Jerusalem on Alert as Tensions Rise at Temple Mount

After two Israeli policemen were shot and killed, the response was to employ non-violent measures to curb future behavior.  This was of course met with extreme fury and baseless accusations regarding motive. It is easy to see now how this area will explode and become the focus of prophesy for the region.

Israel bolstered security in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday and prepared for possible clashes with Muslim worshippers after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided metal detectors at a sensitive holy site would not be removed.

There have been daily confrontations between Palestinians hurling rocks and Israeli police using stun grenades since the detectors were placed at the entrance to the shrine, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, on Sunday, after the killing of two Israeli policemen.

Muslim leaders and Palestinian political factions have urged the faithful to gather for a “day of rage” against the new security policies, which they see as changing delicate agreements that have governed the holy site for decades.

The Israeli police said extra units had been mobilised to bolster security in the Old City, while Muslim access to the shrine for prayers would be limited to women of all ages and men over 50. Roadblocks were in place on approach roads to Jerusalem to stop buses carrying Muslims to the site.

On Thursday, there were calls for Netanyahu to back down and remove the metal detectors so as not to inflame the situation. But after a late-night meeting of his security cabinet, Netanyahu decided the metal detectors should stay. Officials said they were necessary to ensure Palestinians and Israeli-Arabs do not smuggle weapons into the holy compound.

Israel is committed to maintaining the status quo at the Temple Mount and the freedom of access to the holy places,” the security cabinet said in a statement.

Trump to Unveil Plans for an ‘Arab NATO’ in Saudi Arabia

While trying to help the Saudi’s (while helping ourselves), the US may actually help bolster a Middle Eastern confederation in its march against Israel as prophesied by Psalm 83.

When President Trump arrives in Riyadh this week, he will lay out his vision for a new regional security architecture White House officials call an “Arab NATO,” to guide the fight against terrorism and push back against Iran. As a cornerstone of the plan, Trump will also announce one of the largest arms-sales deals in history.

The idea of an “Arab NATO” has been bandied about for years — and has always had strong Saudi support — but until now was never openly endorsed by the U.S. government.

The president is looking for an answer to the question of how the United States can eventually hand over security responsibility in the region to the countries that are there, officials said.

Reports from the region about early discussions of the project said that in addition to Saudi Arabia, initial participants in the coalition would include the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan, with the United States playing an organizing and support role while staying outside the alliance.

The most concrete part of the idea is a mammoth U.S. arms package for Saudi Arabia that Trump will also announce in Riyadh. Final details are still being worked out, but officials said the package will include between $98 billion and $128 billion in arms sales. Over 10 years, total sales could reach $350 billion.

“From the U.S. perspective, the stronger the Saudi deterrent is, the lower the risk of any military confrontation with Iran.”

All Signals Point Once Again to War in Gaza

The next war in Gaza is coming.

In over five years as U.S. Ambassador to Israel, I found no issue more impervious to solutions than Gaza. We were constantly preventing, managing or responding to crises — trying to head off terror attacks by Hamas and others, supporting Israel’s right to defend itself, negotiating ceasefires and working to alleviate human suffering.

I also learned that Gaza wars follow a kind of routine….

During the Obama years, we faced a Gaza crisis roughly every two years. It doesn’t take a genius to predict another round — one can feel it coming, like the change of seasons. Each conflict saw Israeli civilians under fire and left Gaza civilians in agony, and the next one will as well.

Source: All Signals Point Once Again to War in Gaza – Bloomberg View

Iran Approved to Import Tons of Uranium

The world is just asking for apocalyptic trouble with asinine decisions like this!

Iran’s English language Press TV is reporting that world powers have approved Iran importing as much as 130 tons of uranium.

The Friday report quotes Behrouz Kamalvandi, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran spokesman as saying “the Joint Commission monitoring the implementation of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 approved the purchase….”

Kamalvandi said that the country had previously bought 220 tons of the material, and was currently in possession of a total of 350 tons.

The nuclear deal limits Iran’s ability to enrich uranium in exchange for the lifting of some international economic sanctions. It allows Iran to conduct peaceful atomic research.

Source: News from The Associated Press

Iran Stages Massive War Drills In Show of ‘Supremacy’

According to the Bible, the peoples of Israel and the US will find themselves captive among many nations — including Iran.  But the key here is that we will not find them doing this on their own.  So they may rattle their sabers all they want for now, but they will need help in bringing about their continued rhetoric.

Iran has been conducting a series of massive war-drills meant to demonstrate the Islamic Republic’s “supremacy” and show Western forces that the country is prepared to attack forces stationed in the Persian Gulf region, according to Iranian military leaders and reports in the country’s state-run media.

The war drills, which began on Sunday in southeastern Iran and continued into Monday, include ground and air forces as well as unmanned drones.

Iran military leaders warned the United States against taking any provocative action in the region and promised a swift military response, according to comments over the weekend as the war drills began.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s military forces enjoy supremacy over the Persian Gulf region more than any other time,” ….

“Based on studies that we have carried out, the project is assessed to be much more dangerous than the Stuxnet project,” Karimi was reported as saying, referring to a joint U.S.-Israeli cyber effort to disrupt Iran’s nuclear network.

Source: Iran Stages Massive War Drills In Show of ‘Supremacy’

Erdogan Says Turkey Threatens to Join Eastern Bloc

It is not likely that Turkey, who is modern day Edom and Esau, will be a part of the end-time Beast Power (EU) or the Kings of the East (some confederation like the Shanghai Bloc [SCO]). As in their past history, there future goal will continue to be to “cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” Of course this does not preclude Turkey from working with Assyria (leader of the EU) and a confederation of other Middle East nations in the end-time (Psalm 83:4-8).

President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted on Sunday as saying that Turkey did not need to join the European Union “at all costs” and could instead become part of a security bloc dominated by China, Russia and Central Asian nations.

NATO member Turkey’s prospects of joining the EU look more remote than ever after 11 years of negotiations. European leaders have been critical of its record on democratic freedoms, while Ankara has grown increasingly exasperated by what it sees as Western condescension.

“Turkey must feel at ease. It mustn’t say ‘for me it’s the European Union at all costs’.

“Why shouldn’t Turkey be in the Shanghai Five? I said this to (Russian President) Mr Putin, to (Kazakh President) Nazarbayev, to those who are in the Shanghai Five now,” he said.

“I hope that if there is a positive development there, I think if Turkey were to join the Shanghai Five, it will enable it to act with much greater ease.”

Source: Fed up with EU, Erdogan says Turkey could join Shanghai bloc

Israeli Lawmaker Wants to see a Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount

It really seems according to scripture that there will be a temple built before the return of Christ(2 Thessalonians 2:3-4) .

Yehuda Glick….is best known as an activist who is demanding that Jews be allowed to pray at one of Islam’s holiest sites.

Jews call it the Temple Mount, believed to be where the first and second temples once stood. They say the place was sanctified by God. It is considered the holiest site in Judaism.

Under a status quo agreement, Jews are allowed to visit but not visibly pray there. Jews in religious garb — as opposed to tourists — are accompanied by armed Israeli troops, who are assigned to protect them but also stop them from praying.

Muslims consider the presence of Jewish worshipers a provocation.

Do you think there will be a third Jewish Temple there one day?

What will be in the future I don’t know. I try to be active in the present. I think that the word of God materialized and became a reality, against all rationality, the Jewish people came back to their homeland. The same thing will happen here. God said you will have a temple on the Temple Mount and that prophecy will also be fulfilled.

Source: Meet the Israeli lawmaker who wants to see a Jewish temple at Jerusalem’s holy Islamic site – The Washington Post

ISIS battle in Dabiq, Town of Islamic Apocalyptic Prophecy

We have not seen the beginning of the Great Tribulation or the Heavenly Signs that will precede the coming of Christ — so we are still at least three and one half years away from His return. But Muslims believe this so-called prophecy below to the extent that they will even try to bring it about themselves.  In doing so the Middle-East will remain a flashpoint for wars and fighting even up to and immediately following the return of Christ (Revelation 19:19).

According to the extremists’ twisted ideology, Dabiq – a tiny town in northern Syria – will see a “major apocalyptic showdown with the armies of the infidel” that will result in the collapse of civilisation.

And Turkish troops backed by American commandos are understood to be just three miles from the town.

ISIS claim the battle will erupt in a field outside the small town….

Jihadists believe the Prophet Mohammed remarked that “the last hour will not come” until an army vanquishes the Romans at “Dabiq or Al-A’maq”.

One of the founders of ISIS, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is quoted in the vile group’s propaganda magazine as saying: “The spark has been lit here in Iraq, and its heat will continue to intensify – by Allah’s permission – until it burns the crusader armies in Dābiq.”

ISIS has vowed to revert to an early form of Islam and their prediction of a battle at Dabiq fits this narrative.

According to their theory, “nations gathering under 80 flags will confront the Muslim armies”.

For many jihadists, the alliance of Western and other powers against ISIS in bombing raids over Iraq and Syria is seen as the fulfilment of that prophecy.

According to the prophecy, one third of the Islamist fighters will flee the town while another third will be killed.

But the group believes the remaining third will survive the battle and triumph against the Western forces.

This warped ideology contrasts with the group’s humiliating daily defeat on the battlefield. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon – who has just returned from Iraq – said there was “no doubt” that ISIS was now “facing defeat”.

The extremists have lost vast swathes of territory in both Iraq and Syria, including strategic towns close to Dabiq that have allowed weapons and fighters to be smuggled in from Turkey.

Source: ISIS battle in Dabiq – US special forces encircle town of ancient apocalypse prophecy | World | News | Daily Express

$400 Million Sent to Iran as U.S. Prisoners Released

The more important question now is: What is the largest state sponsor of terrorism going to do with all this money….  Once again we see the ascendancy of one country and the decline of another.

BTW there were reports that the hostages were not allowed to leave Iran until the money landed!

The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran….

Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.

The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal signed just before the 1979 fall of Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

The settlement, which resolved claims before an international tribunal in The Hague, also coincided with the formal implementation that same weekend of the landmark nuclear agreement reached between Tehran, the U.S. and other global powers the summer before.

Senior U.S. officials denied any link between the payment and the prisoner exchange. They say the way the various strands came together simultaneously was coincidental, not the result of any quid pro quo.

But U.S. officials also acknowledge that Iranian negotiators on the prisoner exchange said they wanted the cash to show they had gained something tangible.

Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and a fierce foe of the Iran nuclear deal, accused President Barack Obama of paying “a $1.7 billion ransom to the ayatollahs for U.S. hostages.”

“This break with longstanding U.S. policy [not to] put a price on the head of Americans, and has led Iran to continue its illegal seizures” of Americans, he said.

Since the cash shipment, the intelligence arm of the Revolutionary Guard has arrested two more Iranian-Americans. Tehran has also detained dual-nationals from France, Canada and the U.K. in recent months.

Source: $400 million sent to Iran as U.S. prisoners released, raising questions – MarketWatch

Iran’s FM Extolls Country’s Ability to Restore Nuke Program

Also, nearly equally as disconcerting is the fact that Iran has attempted four ballistic missile launches with the latest having a theoretical range of 2500 miles.  This is in direct violation of a UN resolution and with the added defiance that they would continue with testing.  Iran will go on to become a war machine playing their part in end-time prophecy.

Iran’s foreign minister on Tuesday extolled the country’s ability to bring its nuclear program back on track as limits on the landmark 15-year accord between Tehran and world powers ease in the coming years.

Mohammad Javad Zarif said a document, submitted by Iran to the International Atomic Energy Agency and outlining plans to expand Iran’s uranium enrichment program, is a “matter of pride.”

Centrifuges churn out uranium to levels that can range from use as reactor fuel and for medical and research purposes to much higher levels for the core of a nuclear warhead.

Source: News from The Associated Press