Risk of Nuclear War in Europe Growing

Daniel 11:44-45 describes the beginning and end of the war between the King of the North (European Beast Power) and the Kings from the East (Russia, China, etc) which is precipitated by news from that region (“from the east and the north”) that is troubling. 

Revelation 9:13-21, which is the sixth trumpet, further depicts the in between details of the war between these two entities. A 200 million man army that Russia and China, along with others in the region, have amassed will be instrumental in killing 1/3 of the world’s population.

The events of this time will no doubt be punctuated with the WMD’s that Russia and others have stockpiled and are becoming more inclined to use.

“The risk of confrontation with the use of nuclear weapons in Europe is higher than in the 1980s,” said Igor Ivanov, Russia’s foreign minister from 1998 to 2004 and now head of a Moscow-based think-tank founded by the Russian government.

“We have less nuclear warheads, but the risk of them being used is growing,” Ivanov said at a Brussels event with the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Poland and a U.S. lawmaker.

Ivanov blamed a missile defense shield that the United States is setting up in Europe for raising the stakes.

“It can be assured that once the U.S. deploys its missile defense system in Poland, Russia would respond by deploying its own missile defense system in Kaliningrad,” Ivanov said, referring to Russia’s territory in the Baltics.

“The paths of Europe and Russia are seriously diverging and will remain so for a long time … probably for decades to come,” Ivanov said, adding that Russia could not be the eastern flank of a “failed greater Europe.”

“These beautiful plans, we have to forget,” he said, adding that Russia’s destiny was now as the leader of a greater Eurasia stretching from Belarus to the Chinese border.

Source: Risk of nuclear war in Europe growing, warns Russian ex-minister – Yahoo News

Russian Military Plans Far-Reaching Buildup

There are still many end-time events that have to take place before the developments of the previous article can take place. Still, what we are most likely seeing here are the pieces of future prophecies falling in place.

Russia is to beef up its military forces all the way from its western border to the Pacific islands amid ongoing strains with the West, the military said Friday.

While announcing the buildup, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the deployment of NATO’s forces near Russia’s borders has caused concern. As part of a response, he said new units in the Western Military District, including two new divisions, will be formed.

The military forces in western Russia will receive 1,100 new weapons systems, including warplanes, helicopters, tanks and other armored vehicles.

In the far east, the military will deploy state-of-the art Bal and Bastion anti-ship missile systems and new drones to the southern Kurils, a group of islands that Japan calls the Northern Territories and claims as its own.

The defense minister said the military will also continue to strengthen its presence in the Arctic region. As part of efforts to build military facilities on Wrangel Island and Cape Schmidt, the Defense Ministry delivered 9,500 metric tons of equipment and materials during last year’s brief navigation season, he said.

Across Siberia, the military will focus on deploying top-of-the line air defense missile systems to protect the vast region, Shoigu said.

Source: Russian military plans buildup from West to Pacific

Former ISIS fighter from Belgium on Europe’s Future

Europe will have to get its own house in order before it can become the prophesied beast power and right now they have the prospects of an enormous task ahead of them.

Per capita, Belgium has sent more fighters to join ISIS than any other nation in Europe. Michael Delefortrie was one of the first, and he lived to return to his home in Brussels. Many of his friends, he says, “went to Paradise.” As part of its upcoming hour-long documentary on extremism in Europe, Fusion’s investigative team sat down with the former altar boy to discuss his views on Islam and jihad.

Just weeks before the Brussels attacks, Delefortrie told us his dream to “live under an Islamic caliphate” would soon become a reality in Europe. ISIS’s brand of militant Islam would not be denied, he said, because “ISIS is not a group, it’s an ideology.”

Delefortrie is currently serving three years’ probation for his connections with terror groups.

Source: Michael Delefortrie, the former ISIS fighter from Belgium | Fusion

Geert Wilders: ‘We Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’

Long held to represent extremist views, Geert Wilders way of thinking is becoming more mainstream and increasing in popularity as we see here and in the next news story.

Mr. Wilders said: “I fear that we ain’t seen nothing yet. According to Europol 3,000 to 5,000 European jihadists, who went to Syria to fight in the ranks of IS and similar terrorist groups, have meanwhile returned to Western Europe. Some of them hid among the hundreds of thousands of Islamic asylum seekers that entered Europe from Asia and Africa.

“Two of last November’s terrorist in Paris had fought in Syria. So had the terrorist who, last August, attempted to attack the high speed train between Amsterdam and Paris. So had the two terrorists who, in January 2015, massacred the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo. So had the terrorist who, in May 2014, shot four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels”.

Belgian police have recently said at least 90 returned fighters from the Islamic State are living at liberty in Brussels, many of them in the infamous Molenbeek neighbourhood.

“In the Netherlands, we have dozens of these returned jihadists. Our government allows most of them to freely walk our streets and refuses to lock them up. I demand that they be detained at once. Every government in the West, which refuses to do so, is a moral accessory if one of these monsters commits an atrocity.

“The government must also close our national borders. The European Union’s Schengen zone, where no border controls are allowed, is a catastrophe.

“This is intolerable. Open borders are a huge safety risk. Our citizens are in mortal danger if we do not restore control over our own national borders”.

Speaking earlier today Mr. Wilders lamented that commuters were killed in “cold blood” and said “The cause of all this bloodshed is Islam. We need to de-Islamize the West. That is the only way to safeguard our lives and protect our freedom”.

Source: Geert Wilders For Breitbart: ‘We Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’

Belgium Membership of Far-right Group DOUBLES

Many are becoming increasingly disenchanted with the state of affairs in Europe and the actions of its de-facto leader, Angela Merkel.  This could easily facilitate the rise of a charismatic, populist leader that could be its final leader as foreseen in scripture.

Belgium has turned on immigrants in the wake of the Brussels terror attack as far-right skinhead groups are experiencing a surge in popularity, promising ‘drastic action’ in the aftermath of the atrocities.

Voorpost, a Belgian White Power organisation that is being closely monitored by security services, says its membership has rocketed following the carnage.

‘A huge number of people have started supporting us online. We have had more than double the number of new members in the last three days,’ Bart Vanpachtenbeke, the leader of the organisation, told MailOnline.

Members of the Flemish nationalist group Voorpost (Outpost) carrying a symbolic coffin of Belgium during a demonstration for independence for the Flemish part of Belgium in Rhode-Saint-Genest, near Brussels, 07 October 2007. Tensions have been rising since the general elections more than three months ago, with Belgium's two largest communities Flanders and Wallonia unable to overcome their differences and form a government. AFP PHOTO/DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)‘White Power’ rising: Extreme right-wing group Voorpost, seen carrying a symbolic coffin of Belgium during a demonstration in 2007, say they have seen a surge in support in the wake of the Brussels terrorist attacks

Source: Belgium turns after Brussels attack as membership of far-right group DOUBLES | Daily Mail Online

Americans Skeptical Of God

As we move away from God and adopt more lawless ways, the blessings and protection that we have enjoyed will be removed (Deuteronomy 28:15-68).  We MUST do our part in obeying God, if we expect Him to do His!

The United States formally separates Church and State, but it’s hard to deny that America is inundated with religious innuendo, from its controversial pledge of allegiance all the way down to its Judeo-Christian courthouse displays and faith-espousing legal tender. Yet fewer Americans pray or believe in God than ever before, according to a new study in the journal Sage Open.

Researchers found that the percentage of Americans who claim they never pray reached an all-time high in 2014, up five-fold since the 1980s. Over the same time period, belief in God and interest in spirituality appears to have similarly declined, especially among young adults.

The findings suggest that, “millennials are the least religious generation in memory, and possibly in American history,” says Jean M. Twenge, psychology professor at San Diego State University and coauthor on the study, in a press statement.

But this new study suggests that Americans have a problem with God—and that our spiritual issues run deeper than paltry mistrust of religious institutions.

One odd quirk, however—Americans have become slightly more likely to believe in an afterlife, even as they are abandoning prayer, belief in God and rituals. This, too, is perhaps a telling sign of America’s newfound relationship with old-time religion. “It might be part of a growing entitlement mentality,” Twenge said. “Thinking you can get something for nothing.”

Source: Americans Skeptical Of God But Think Heaven Is Real, Somehow

There is No Russian Withdrawal from Syria

In spite of unpopular opinion and dwindling funds Putin is not REALLY stopping his warring ways.  It is more of a political move in order to accomplish what he continues to covet and lust after in his heart (James 4:1-2).  There is a time soon coming when false teachers, prophets and preachers will say, “Peace, peace….” (Jeremiah 6:14) — do not be fooled then either!

With characteristic deadpan delivery, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the sudden withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria earlier this week, declaring their campaign a success.  Before the day was through, Russian aircraft and crews were already departing from Hmeymim air base in Latakia.  Since this announcement, the media has been alight with speculation on the meaning of Russia’s sudden departure, its political and military implications, and the reasons for this seemingly unexpected move.  Much of the discussion has thus far missed the mark.  There is no Russian withdrawal from Syria, but rather a drawdown of the air contingent present in Latakia. Putin simply moved pieces on the board, without altering the equation.

This maneuver is more about political perceptions than military reality. It constitutes a political reframing of Russia’s intervention in order to normalize Moscow’s military presence in Syria, and make it permanent, while convincing Russians at home that the campaign is over. Putin’s statement is yet another successful effort to achieve a domestic and international publicity coup.

The “withdrawal” announcement is not about how Russia leaves, but about how it stays in Syria….The worrisome S-400 long range air defense, along with shorter range systems, will remain in place, a point emphasized in later statement by Vladimir Putin.  Russia’s main military bases will continue operations: with naval cover, a ground contingent for force protection, and an unknown number of troops still on the ground to advise Syrian forces.

Source: There is No Russian Withdrawal from Syria

Putin’s Hand Grows Stronger as Right-Wing Parties Advance in Europe

It is interesting that the groups that are more closely aligned with Russia are the ones that are advancing in power in Europe. Recently, Europe has taken a dim view of Russian activities, particularly in the Ukraine. The tide appears to be changing and as prophecy indicates the relationship between the two will be amicable until we reach the time of Daniel 11:44.  At this point, end-time events will be well and truly under way.

A growing pro-Kremlin contingent in Europe, likely emboldened by Russia’s decision to withdraw most of its forces from Syria, is tipping popular sentiment further toward President Vladimir Putin.

The most pressing of the issues vital to Putin is European Union sanctions against Russia, introduced in the wake of Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine in 2014. It’s hard to say whether the EU can preserve unity on the subject for much longer….

Ten days ago, yet another far-right party supporting Russia gained a foothold in an EU country, this time Slovakia. People’s Party, Our Slovakia won 8% of the vote in national elections, joining a burgeoning club including Hungary’s Jobbik, Greece’s Golden Dawn and Marine Le Pen’s National Front in France.

The far-right parties, which often stem from neo-Nazi groups and sport crypto-fascist insignia, are the most visible layer of the pro-Russia camp in Europe. With Europe engulfed in a migrant crisis sparked by the war in Syria, their anti-immigrant and anti-EU rhetoric is in hot demand across the continent, particularly in the east. Party leaders are frequent guests in Moscow, and many of them are closely linked to Russia’s own reactionary networks. Together, they are nudging the political mainstream toward radical nationalism, which these days often comes hand in hand with pro-Russian sentiment.

In fact, one large country already has moved that direction. In December, Italy blocked the automatic rollover of the sanctions, which increases the possibility of their being lowered in one of the coming renewal rounds. The large pro-Russian camps in France and Germany are adding to the chorus of skepticism.

Source: Putin’s Hand Grows Stronger as Right-Wing Parties Advance in Europe – Bloomberg Business

AfD Success Smashes Right-Wing Populism Taboo in Germany

Though a charismatic leader has not shown himself yet, it appears that a fertile ground for his rise as the “beast power” is being laid.

Traumatised by its Nazi past, post-war Germany has carefully relegated right-wing populist movements to the fringes of politics, but the anti-migrant AfD may have muscled its way in from the cold.

With discontent growing in Germany over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s liberal refugee policy, the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) on Sunday captured seats in the regional parliaments of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rhineland Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt.

It garnered as many as close to one in four votes in Saxony-Anhalt while in the other two states, support reached between 12.5 and 15 percent, projections based on partial results showed.

Andreas Roedder, contemporary history professor at Mainz University, told AFP that due to the migrant crisis, “we are seeing a normalisation of right-wing populist movements in Germany just like elsewhere in Europe, even if here, it takes on a special form because we can’t ignore Germany’s past.”

“AfD has become a national German party,” said the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Opinion polls suggest that AfD might even capture seats in the lower house of parliament in elections in 2017 in what would be an unprecedented success for such a movement.

“Until now, right-wing populist or extreme-right parties are considered taboo, considered like aliens in the political sphere,” said German political analyst Wolfgang Merkel in a interview with Tagesspiegel daily.

But the analyst believes that the taboo surrounding such right-wing populism could be soon shattered.

“In which case, we would have to live with AfD like France does with the National Front and Switzerland with the SVP (Swiss People’s Party), and be confronted daily with xenophobia in political discourse,” he said.

Die Welt daily went as far as to say that “AfD is Merkel’s child” because the CDU has “ditched its identity”.

Source: AfD success smashes right-wing populism taboo in Germany – Yahoo News