Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Global SITREP A6-16: The New Mediterranean Alliance

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (center), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras shake hands at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, on January 28, 2016.

Update 10 February 2016: This SITREP has to be updated with the fact that a brand new political reality, a unity of purpose, exists in Israel at this time. This is in every sense a tectonic shift of the political reality in the State of Israel to the political right. And that this shift comes on the heels of Israel's historic alliance with Mediterranean Sea partners Greece and Cyprus is by no means accident of history.

Both of Israel's main political parties, the rightist Likud and leftist Labor, find themselves in complete agreement that a two-state solution with the "Palestinians" is not attainable. This major political shift has come about through the rank and file members of the Labor Party, led by Yaacov Herzog, voting to change a longstanding platform of the party from one of being a solid backer of negotiating a "Two State Solution" to one of near total disengagement from negotiations with the PA because, as Herzog put it, "Israel is at war."  

At a time when the political left in the United States remains in total denial regarding the truth and costs of negotiating and cooperating with Islamic jihadists, the political left in Israel has finally seen, albeit belatedly, that the daily death toll of Jewish Israeli citizens at the hands of knife-wielding Arab Islamists is no longer a cost it is willing to bear politically.

The State of Israel now has the requisite political unity based upon the fact that the nation is at war and that the war must be fought and won before any further negotiations with the enemy can become a worthwhile endeavor. It is the belief of this Eschatology Today blog that a political realization of this exact kind is the first and most basic necessity for the prophecy of the whole Psalm 83 scenario to begin an approach its final fulfillment.

03 February 2016:  The fourth sentence of the Trilateral Declaration can been seen as the enlargement clause through which other Mediterranean nations can join these three nations: "Our partnership is not exclusive in design or nature, and we are ready to welcome other like-minded actors to join our efforts to promote coordination and cooperation, as well as regional peace and stability." Also of significant importance are the following sentences.

"We remain steadfastly committed to working together towards the enhancement of the bilateral relations between the European Union and Israel in areas of mutual interest and concern.

We stress the importance of the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation for the countries of the region. On the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the Barcelona Declaration, we welcome the role the Union for the Mediterranean can play to this end, as reflected in the EU Joint Communication on the Review of the European Neighborhood Policy of 18th November 2015."

The Trilateral Declaration, as an instrument of international relations in unity of purpose for the 21st century, is unique in that nowhere within any of its paragraphs is there any reference to the United States of America. The next Trilateral Summit will be held in Israel during the latter half of this year.

31 January 2016: This is another very important SITREP, having what I believe will be monumental prophetic repercussions in the Middle East and for the world at-large. Better late than never, I've been chomping at the bit to get this posted for three days now, but waited for any further important developments to become known before doing so.

The Trilateral Declaration of Israel, Greece and Cyprus was announced on Thursday. 28 January 2016 by the above imaged three heads of state representing Israel, Greece and Cyprus. The Trilateral Declaration is a geopolitical paradigm shift of immense importance in that it commits the three nations to act as one "in promoting peace, stability, security and prosperity in the Mediterranean and the wider region." 

From this moment forward whatever Israel does in the Middle East and the greater Mediterranean region, Greece and Cyprus will be integral to that action. This is a virtual economic, energy, diplomatic and military alliance between Israel, Greece and Cyprus. I, for one, cannot think of this paradigm shift with out thinking of the ten toes of the image in Daniel 2, the ten-nation confederacy of the Antichrist of the 70th Week, and all that stems from it in other Bible prophecies.

The alliance will be the facilitator of the immense wealth that is evident in the prophecy of Ezekiel 38/39, much of it in the form of hydrocarbon exports that will flow from Israeli and Cypriot fields of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea into Greece and Europe beyond. Think of the Arab oil boom of the 1970s and the immense wealth generated and transfer that image to these three nations for the immediate future. The strategic implications, regional and global, are positively mind-boggling as Bible prophecy makes abundantly clear to those who understand the literal sense of the prophecies.

The ink was barely dry on the Declaration, and harmonic echos of the public announcement were still reverberating when the Obama Administration, which has spent the past seven years alternately snubbing, insulting, ignoring, lecturing and in some cases betraying Israel in favor of Islamists in the region, suddenly came calling with a new set of demands for what Israel needs to do in exchange for more empty promises from the socialist American regime. The phrase "take a hike and hit the pike" comes to mind here as the diplomatically proper Israeli response.

This new alliance also is the direct result of the Islamist policies of Erdogan-led Turkey, as all three of the principles in the Trilateral Declaration have significant issues with that country. One need only look at a map of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to see what this means strategically for Turkey. All three nations currently have friendly relations with Russia, while Turkey continues to threaten shooting down Russian aircraft operation from their bases in Syria.

A new regional superpower is born: Israel, Greece and Cyprus


Did I say paradigm shift? Maybe I should have said a tectonic shift instead. Israel now possesses a strategic depth which it has never had previously, and appeared to have lost when Obama assumed the presidency of the United States. All of that is changed now, and all three countries, marginalized in geopolitical terms for the past several decades, are now to emerge as a dominant force to be reckoned with in the Mediterranean and Middle East region. No pun intended, but Israel, Greece and Cyprus now stand firmly under the Israeli military's 'holy of holies', its long established nuclear weapons arsenal. A new regional superpower has been born.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Global SITREP A5-16: Odds and Ends

UPDATED 4 February 2016: Not sure if anyone or everyone else has noticed this, but the bride of Christ has a chance in the 2016 election to actually make a change for the better of all concerned. I awoke this morning to the thought that we are begin given a great opportunity and it is an opportunity that should be seized for all manner of moral and ethical reasons. 


At this point there remains in the direct vote GOP nominating process of 49 states at least three of our brothers-in-Christ who are candidates for the Office of the President of the United States. In alphabetical order, Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Marco Rubio have all publicly professed Jesus the Messiah to be their Lord and Savior. All political bickering aside, at the end of this process we must all end up supporting one of these candidates to ensure he is the nominee and then vote for him in the general election come November. Pretty simple, right?

On the Democrat side, Hillary is exceptionally untrustworthy and as corrupt as corrupt can be. She is a member of the Antichrist hastening global oligarchy, and stands a very strong chance of indictment and lengthy imprisonment for crimes against our desperately in need of saving Republic. There is also Bernard Sanders, a card carrying dinosaur of world socialism who is too senile to understand that his brand of socialism has abjectly failed wherever in the world it has been attempted or imposed upon a nation-state of people; he manifestly represents the failed past. Neither of these can be the next POTUS. 

This makes what might be our final chance to make a real difference almost palpable and a virtual no-brainer Christian duty.

1 February 2016: I've been meaning to post some odds and ends and assorted things that made me go 'Hmmmm' or otherwise make a note of that others might like to read about as general interest material. However, none of this is 'Mickey Mouse' material; I just liked the above cartoon for its sense of nostalgia.

First Item: The other day I received an Email from a US Intelligence Community (IC) veteran in which he related a very succinct rendering concerning ongoing rumblings within the IC regarding the FBI investigation of Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email server crime: "Indictment, Hospitalization and Pardon." 

Transliterated into plain English, this means the prevailing view is that Hillary will be indicted for her crimes while Secretary of State for the abject failure to properly  safeguard above-top-secret caveat code-word (also known as SAP or Special Access Programs) compartmentalized intelligence issues. The indictment will immediately be followed by a sudden and acute health issue requiring immediate hospitalization (i.e. she will disappear from public view for some unknown period of time, as has occurred in her past). She will only re-emerge from this 'hospitalization' upon receiving a full chief executive pardon at the very end of POTUS Obama's term in office, possibly Christmas 2016. Hmmm, sounds plausible.

The update to this item is that since 28 October 2015 Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL) of Florida 5th District has yet to receive a reply to his letter to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, The letter was an inquiry as to why the DoJ had not appointed a special counsel to oversee the investigation into Hillary's email server and related issues. Today Rep. DeSantis sent a second letter demanding to know the specifics of the DoJ's failure to appoint special counsel. There's no doubt the Obama Administration is doing its best to provide partisan political cover and and obfuscation of the many crimes former SECSTATE Clinton is accused of committing instead of engaging in the impartial investigation such extraordinary circumstance as these demand. Both the FBI and patriotic Americans serving in the FBI and the DoJ are reportedly fed up deluxe with such blatant partisanship in the ongoing cover-up.

Second Item: Following the recent torching of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, Iran that was only just barely contained through diplomatic channels, the sectarian warfare between these two polarized Islamic enemies has indeed morphed from a conflict fought mostly by proxies in Lebanon, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen and the Shi'a community within Saudi Arabia itself, into a direct strategic conflict. The next major incident between them may not be manageable through the normal diplomatic channels and mechanisms according the Middle Eastern sources, and full-scale war between them is a distinct possibility.

Third Item: in October 2010 the Professor Emeritus of Physics at UC Santa Barbara, California Hal Lewis sent a letter of resignation to Curtis Callan, President of the American Physical Society (APS). Professor Lewis resigned suddenly after a 67-year long Fellowship in the American Physical Society. The reason for his resignation was not related to his health, or age or anything of the sort as one might expect. No, the reason for this resignation was ... wait for it ... "the global warming scam, with the trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried away APS before it like a rogue wave." Professor Lewis continued in his letter, "[Global Warming]...is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist." Now there goes a scientist with a conscience and integrity.

Fourth Item: According to a poll run within FoxNews that was originated by FoxNews' own Greta Van Susteren (i.e. Gretawire), GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump may have a greater impact and may send a louder message by avoiding tonight's GOP debate than by attending. According to the poll a full 83 to 86% of Fox viewers will boycott the program along with The Donald. I'm with those 86% because, number one, I'm a Cruz guy, and number two, I've been in my own full court press boycott of FoxNews (Losers) ever since the San Bernardino Massacre when 'fair and balanced' died a horrible death that day also.

Fifth Item: Bill Gertz reports - An American RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft was intercepted this past Monday in international airspace over the Black Sea. In the intercept a Russian Su-27 fighter flew within 20 feet of the RC-135 fuselage and then blasted the aircraft broadside with a full-afterburner turn away from the American jet fully "disturbing the controllability" of the aircraft. This is the latest and possibly most egregious in a continuing series of aggressive Russian military provocations. And we're supposed to cooperate with such an unprofessional military force against the Islamic State in Syria?

New Sixth Item: The capture and detention in the Persian Gulf to two US Navy combatant craft appears to be directly related to the Obama Administration's efforts over the past seven years to neuter the US Armed Forces as much as possible. One of the casualties in the effort has been our capabilities in the realm of Electronic Warfare (EW). A new report by Bill Gertz (Washington Times/ Washington Free Beacon) reveals that according to experts in this field the U.S. suddenly finds itself about a generation or two behind other modern nations when it comes to state-of-the-art EW capabilities. This shortfall is considered a major contributor as to why the IRGC Navy was able to so easily overcome the two riverine combat craft and take both of their 5-sailor crews hostage without a fight.

New Seventh item: The USAF is the first of our armed services to refuse or contradict a direct order from President Obama. Contrary to Obama's directives calling for the disarming of U.S. troops, the U.S. Air Force Security Forces has issued directives across the force requesting local commanders to authorize the arming of airmen to carry weapons, even when they are off duty r in civilian attire. This action is in direct response to a study which determined, as all gun owners already know, that the presence of armed service members is the best defense against active shooter situations such as has occurred at Ft. Hood, Texas and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Air Force installation commanders have always had the authorization to issue these directive and training programs, but now in light of recent events the arming of troops is being formalized by higher command authority.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Global SITREP A2-16: The Groom is Coming for His Bride




06 January 2016: This is likely the most important ten-minute instructional video ever presented on Eschatology Today. And a big Thank You to KenB who brought this to my attention earlier today! 

If you have been following the informal comments section of SITREP E10-15 where the subject of when Groom arrives for His Bride at the Harpazo has been discussed in detail over the past few days, then you will find what Messianic Rabbi Daniel Thomson has to say about that coming monumental moment in time to be exceptionally fulfilling. 

This entire video is an absolute blessing, but I would ask all to pay extra close attention beginning at about the 6-minute mark. That's where the teaching begins which makes the 8-minute mark so significant and is spot-on with the tremendous significance of Genesis 7:4 as the leading edge prophetic template for the Harpazo and what will happen at that time. 

Post Script 27 January 2016: Normally I put updates to the top of a given SITREP, but not this time. This update is a Post Scriptum, a PS. 

What has been presented to me in unrelenting fashion by the Holy Spirit over the past three weeks is an increasing burden about Noah's instruction from God in Genesis 7:4 "For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights..." Noah was informed by God in advance (7 days) of the coming judgment. In the Jewish betrothal, as seen in both of the italicized underlined words above... the virgin bride did have foreknowledge of the imminent arrival of the torch-lit procession of her bridegroom.

Underpinning this is the knowledge that Noah and the Ark/Flood were an illustrative type foreshadowing of the Rapture; just as the historical figure Antiochus IV Epiphanes of the Macedonian-Greek Seleucid Empire was an illustrative foreshadowing of the coming Antichrist... and just as the Jewish betrothal custom was an illustrative type foreshadowing of the coming Harpazo.
In Jesus' ten virgins parable the five virgins (lamps lit with oil) went out to meet the arriving procession of the bridegroom. In Matthew 25:6 the virgins are alerted to the fact that the bridegroom's procession was coming - it had not arrived yet, but it was coming - as in enroute to where the bride was. This teaching is echoed by Messianic Rabbi Daniel Thomson in the video above.

Jesus says we, His bride indwelt by the Holy Spirit, are to watch, to be prepared at all times for His coming at the Harpazo. What are we watching for but signs of His coming for us!

In Matthew 24:36-39 Jesus teaches, "But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be."   Indeed!
 
This statement is specific to the Harpazo.  In the days before the flood (judgment) life was going on as usual in the world, right up until Noah entered the ark - but Noah had 7 days advance notice according to Genesis 7:4!  It was the doomed who were totally ignorant!
Again, we, the bride of Christ are commanded in multiple ways and multiple times by our Lord and Savior to watch for His coming. Are we commanded by Him to watch for an event which occurs in a microsecond? NO! We cannot possibly see that. What we the indwelt temples of the Holy Spirit are exhorted to do is to watch closely for His coming prior to that instant in time!!!

Then we come to Jesus teaching of Matthew 24:43: "But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into."

In His very next breath Jesus teaches the parable about the faithful and wise servant and evil servants. Who is it that is completely caught unaware of the day and hours of the master's coming? The evil sinner servant. 

But the faithful and wise servant was not caught unaware was he.

These parables are instructions to the bride of Christ emphasizing that we are to watch for our Groom's coming for the Harpazo. We already know that we're in the season, but we're not looking for the day or hour... we're supposed to be looking for the sign of His coming... the procession of the Bridegroom.
I have been burdened and do believe though this study that the bride will receive immediate for knowledge of His coming, and we will be ready, out to meet Him, our lamps lit and full of oil.

For many years, decades worth of years, I blindly accepted what I had been taught by a host of Bible teachers, just as we have all been taught for many decades by a great many teachers, as virtual doctrine if you will allow, that the Harpazo will be a "secret" Harpazo; that it will be a signless, unheralded event.  

That was then. 

Within the past month all of this former teaching has been re-instructed by the Holy Spirit through multiple Scriptures. I now firmly believe that many of us have received and accepted a fairly significant interpretive inaccuracy regarding the Harpazo, in that what we've been taught is purely an interpretation that came from well-meaning men. At this time the Holy Spirit has been instructing via whole cloth Scripture to teach the truth of the matter. 

Why now? Perhaps it is because the time is right for an instructional correction regarding the Harpazo.

I now firmly believe that just as the ancient Hebrews we're led out of Egypt, across and down the length of Sinai by an unmistakable visible sign, the Amud Anan (Pillar of Cloud), the bride of Christ will also receive very visible signs of the coming of the Lord for the Harpazo. I am absolutely certain that in our obedience to the Lord's command to watch we literally have to look up into the sky, day or night, to see what it is that will be a sign for us for this blessed event.

This is where this dutiful Spirit-led Berean dove in and searched Scripture. Accordingly, I think it will be exactly as Jesus said in Luke 21:25, we will receive extraordinary, and very likely naked-eye visual indications in the sun, in the moon and in (a certain constellation of) the stars." These specific and highly probably unprecedented signs are to occur in conjunction with a time of  synochÄ“ and aporia (Greek, meaning: acute distress and confusion) among the gentile nations. This visual signs activity is also in conjunction with turmoil in the regions of the Mediterranean and Red Seas. Seen a newspaper or a media report recently about this kind of problem in Europe coming from the Middle East? I have, and I know you have as well, especially if you have read this blog for more than the past month or so.


A coronal hole in the sun this large has got to get your attention, right?
When it comes to an unprecedented sign in the sun I have noticed that there have recently occurred great black voids, massive coronal holes, in the sun's surface. These voids are many thousands of times the size of the earth. They cannot be missed via our current technological means of observation of the helios. If you are not awed immediately, please have a doctor check your body for a pulse. The most recent of these holes to appear was just last October. It was one-quarter of the sun's visible surface. Yes, Lord, you have my attention!

So, now I look for something to occur with the moon and one or more of the twelve constellations. I happen to think or have the impression that Orion may be worth watching. At the present and for near foreseeable future the flood across the Mediterranean Sea of people from the Middle East certainly is causing distress and confusion, which will likely increase as time progresses into this year. 

Marana'tha!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Global SITREP A4-16: IDF Northern Front Exercise

IDF UH-60 Blackhawk in Northern Front Exercise (IDF photo)
21 January 2016: The IDF has conducted a two-week long warfighting exercise along the entire length of the border with Lebanon and Syria. The objective of the exercise was to train up land, sea and airborne elements of the IDF for a protracted, simultaneous war against Hezbollah and Islamist elements operating in both Lebanon and Syria.

Head of the Northern Command Gen. Aviv Kochavi, right, speaks with IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, center, alongside head of the Operations Directorate Gen. Nitsan Alon, during a military exercise on January 20, 2016. (IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)
Northern Command General Aviv Kochavi recapped the scope of the simulated warfighting as encompassing vast maneuvers, substantial firepower and offensive, high efficiency strikes on thousands of targets, including residential areas being exploited by the terrorist forces. Concurrent with this exercise the IDF has deployed mechanized artillery in many locations opposite Gaza.

In this activity we can see major elements of the prophetic pre-70th Week wars being actively readied in advance by the IDF, and which are currently missing only the Sinai and Jordanian sectors in the full-scope of the Psalm 83 scenario. As with most military pre-war planning, first contact with the enemy usually requires the implementation of additional ad hoc vignettes into the overall war plan. The IDF has proven itself extremely adept in this regard in the past, and as is evident in the prophetic narrative on these coming wars.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Positional Statement on Salvation


19 January 2016: It has become necessary due to recent events that I present a Positional Statement which explains in detail per Scripture how an individual is saved and how that individual maintains their salvation through to death or the Harpazo.  This Positional Statement is not being made so that it may be debated in any matter whatsoever; no debate in the comments section will be allowed because every jot and iota of what follows is based upon Scripture. 

I have long been a student of the Biblical teaching of Dr. David R. Reagan of Lamb and Lion Ministries and his teaching which follows in the embedded link to the Lamb & Lion Ministries website is expressly what I also believe and therefore I present it as the Positional Statement on Salvation.  

In this Positional Statement you will learn that the salvation of the individual is an ongoing process that begins with justification, continues with sanctification and is finalized with glorification at resurrection from the dead or at the Harpazo. You will also learn that the so-called doctrine of "One Saved Always Saved" is an extremist doctrine; it is not Biblical and I do reject it as not being in accordance with the Word of God.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Global SITREP A3-16: The Invisible Persian Gulf Tsunami



UPDATE 19 January 2016: This link to AmericanThinker.com will provide the reader with former U.S. Navy SEAL Matt Bracken's assessment on what was really going on last week in the middle of the Persian Gulf. This is a MUST read for those week seek the truth not coming from Obama's lap dog media.

17 January 2016: No single image has exposed the abject malfeasance of the Obama Administration and its military rules of engagement (ROE) than the above image of the two crews of the two U.S. Navy combat watercraft surrendering, weapons still cold from not firing a single shot, to Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps naval forces in the Persian Gulf. This image and others in a series of images released by the Iranian regime has resulted in a tsunami of unprecedented intensity through the entirety of the United States Armed Forces.



That these US Navy combat vessels did not know their location is belied by the fact that Iran seized as a part of its booty the DAGR GPS (Defense Advanced GPS Receiver) devices which were on board both vessels. An image of the DAGR GPS is above. 

These devices, along with their integrated and now fully compromised COMSEC (Communications Security) electronic circuits, were also summarily surrendered to Iran by the Obama Administration. This loss is a high level crime and misdemeanor. Per American federal law (Title 18, US Code sections 641, 793, 798 and 952) it is illegal for any person or organization to be in possession of these devices irregardless of the fact that they are operational or not without the express authorization of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps now has possession of at least two DAGR GPS devices. And the U.S. Congress has done exactly what about this compromise?



In recent times we have seen the illegal launching of Iranian nuclear-capable missiles and volley missile fire in very close proximity and with virtually no warning as the USS Truman Carrier Strike Group transited the Strait of Hormuz. No reaction of substance from the Obama Administration whatsoever to these overt provocations.

More importantly, The IRGC Naval Commander, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi (image above) claimed that news of the IRGC seizure of the two small combat craft was reflected in preparations for combat operations that were immediately executed over a forty-minute period by the USS Truman CSG. The Truman's obvious call to battle stations also resulted in Iran targeting the Truman CSG with its shore-based missile batteries and other naval missile firing platforms. War was imminent.

I have no doubt that yet another in a now infamous series of "stand down" orders was issued by the Obama Administration on 13 January to the US naval commanders afloat in the Persian Gulf and other US military commands in the region. 

The "stand down" order was issued within three days (16 January) of the JCPOA nuclear deal lifting of sanctions on Iran and the freeing of $100 billion in frozen cash assets. These things could not have occurred had the United States Navy gone to war with the Iranian regime on Wednesday of this past week. As suspected, what is truly sacred to the Obama Administration above all other things is on full display to all who would dare to look with eyes wide open.

How completely revealing of Iran's true intentions, and the internal Iranian political struggle noted on 28 December (see: fourth paragraph of SITREP E10-15) is it that within 72 hours of the lifting of sanctions the Ayatollah-led IRGC would literally go to the brink of war with America, a war they have ostensibly had been working to avoid at all cost by engaging in the nuclear weapons JCPOA negotiations to begin with? 

There is a point coming where orders from this White House will no longer be considered lawful and will be disobeyed. This is when the invisible Persian Gulf tsunami will have hit Washington DC.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

American Pastor Saeed Abedini Imprisoned in Iran and Facing a Hanging Muslim Judge IS NOW A FREE MAN!!!

Naghmeh Abedini, Pastor Saeed Abedini and their son and daughter.

UPDATE 16 January 2016: According to numerous media reports which were confirmed a few hours ago by the American Center for Law and Justice, Pastor Saeed Abedini was one of five dual-nationality American-Iranian prisoners released from Iranian imprisonment today. 

Also released with Pastor Abedini were Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, and businessman Nosratollah Khosravi. The fifth one released was Matthew Trevithnick. These five were part of a deal that released seven Iranian prisoners from U.S. jails, six of who were also dual US-Iranian citizens who had been convicted as guilty of violating sanctions against Iran.

The release of Pastor Abedini is indeed an answer to many prayers offered to God by his brethren.

20 January 2013: Brothers and Sisters in Christ all over the world the situation of Pastor Saeed Abedini is our immediate concern, and we must lift him, his wife Naghmeh and their two young children up to God in prayer. Pastor Abedini, an American-Iranian citizen, was pulled off a public transportation bus and arrested in September 2012 for the same "crime" as Iranian Pastor Yusef Nadarkhani - his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and his preaching of The Word to the Iranian people.

Pastor Abedini in being held in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran where is subjected to an alternating daily regimen of physical torture, mental anguish, sleep deprivation as well as an unrelenting assault upon his inviolable human rights. A hastily scheduled trial before Judge Pir-Abassi the day after tomorrow, Monday, 21 January 2013, stands  before our brother-in-Christ. Judge Pir-Abassi is infamous the world over for the number of unwarranted death sentences he has handed down.

At the present time and to the best of any one's knowledge the United States Department of State under Hillary Rodham Clinton has done absolutely nothing to intercede on Pastor Abedini's behalf. Neither has U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama made an official statement regarding Pastor Abedini's imprisonment and impending trial. However, in a "better something than nothing" development the following statement was issued on Friday, 18 January by National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor:

“We remain troubled by the case of US citizen Saeed Abedini, who was arrested by Iranian officials more than three months ago on charges relating to his religious beliefs. We call upon Iranian authorities to release him immediately.”

Even though the United States of America's National Security Council remains "troubled," let us continue to pray in vigil wherever we are in the world for Pastor Saeed, his wife Naghmeh and their children in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.