Thread One: the Islamic State
Unannounced President Donald Trump has approved efforts against the Islamic State which include more troops and the removal of restraints on commanders. Besides Iraq Syria, a sustained attack is underway against extremists in Yemen.
The United States is continuing with several days of heavy aerial bombardment of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in what is being billed as an extended operation to eradicate the organization and the Islamic State from Yemen. Nearly 4,000 Marine’s and special forces are waiting off shore. Trump has also quietly approved the unannounced deployment of troops and special forces for action in Iraq, Syria, and North Africa.
The move in Yemen first, was to be expected due to the need to secure the Red Sea shipping lane.
A substantial American army is also being deployed to staging areas in Kuwait. 2,000 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team are the first to arrive and are to be followed by many others including about 3,800 soldiers from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, which will deploy to Kuwait in support of combatant command mission requirements, according to an Army press release.
This force will be in position to move into Iraq / Syria or to defend Kuwait or even enter Khuzestan – the oil producing region of Iran – if open hostilities break out with Iran.
Thread Two Israel: Hamas and Hezbollah
The present coalition government in Israel is expected to fall and a new election called.
The far right extremists expect to win again but after a very costly and bloody existential war the electorate will more likely be inclined towards a more peace oriented government.
Hamas announces a new policy, from now on they will retaliate for each Israeli attack on them. Israel routinely attacks Hamas for the activities of other organizations which Hamas has been valiantly trying to prevent.
As Israel prepares for war on Gaza and Hezbollah; Hezbollah released a target list which includes the Haifa Ammonia plant and Israeli nuclear sites.
Nuclear locations on the list included the nuclear reactors at Dimona in southern Israel and Nahal Soreq on the Mediterranean coast.
Three secret locations for the production, assembly and storage of nuclear missiles and warheads. Kfar Zacharia near Beit Shemesh in the Jerusalem Hills, defined as the main depot for the Jericho Series I, II and III, of three-stage ballistic missiles, which can reach ranges of up to 6,000 km (3,600 miles), a factory in Beer Yaakov near the central Israeli town of Ramleh, the alleged production site for nuclear warheads; and the “Galilee Wing-20” plant at the Tefen Industrial Park, 17 km from the town of Carmiel, a facility where the Rafael Advanced Defense System Authority was said to mount nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles and prepare them for launching.
The video stresses that Hezbollah now possesses precise missiles able to pinpoint and destroy every single facility [if the missiles get through the defenses]. Just two weeks ago, Nasrallah “advised” Israel that its large ammonia tank in Haifa and the nuclear reactor in Dimona would be targeted if Israel launches any further attacks on the organization.
Israel is now desperately draining the huge ammonia facility in Haifa to be completed by end March and moving its nuclear materials.
Hamas has warned Israel that they will respond to any further Israeli attacks and Hezbollah has also warned Israel that they will respond to any further Israeli attacks on it.
A major Middle East war has been planned and prepared for over the past decade, and can now be ignited at any time.
Any Israeli war on Gaza / Hezbollah is expected to include Syria and Iran, with Israel demolishing the Gaza militants and Hezbollah and the remains of the Syrian military, thus allowing the US backed rebels to take over that country.
Also expected is a massive American Coalition aerial bombardment of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards bringing regime change to Iran. Please visit our Daily News Blogs for up to date information.
The Scriptures say that a peace agreement will be achieved ( 1 Thess 5:3, Dan 8:25) and to achieve a peace would require serious changes in the regional realities; Those changes are now lining up for this year.
Thread Three: Europe
The European Union is in crisis and a team of officials has put together five different plans to save the project. They will be meeting with the pope on March 24 for his advice. Then the five plans will be presented to the EU leaders along with the papal recommendations, for their deliberations and a final selection of the new EU direction in December.
1. Carrying On as Before
The EU27 focuses on delivering its existing reform agenda.
The unity of the EU at 27 is preserved, but may be tested by major events.
2. Nothing but the Single Market
The EU27 cannot agree to do more in many policy areas beyond key aspects of the single market.
Decision-making may be simpler to understand.
Citizens’ rights guaranteed under EU law may become restricted over time.
3. Those Who Want More Do More
Sometimes called the multi-speed Europe: allows some countries to move ahead with greater integration while others hold back.
The EU27 proceeds as today but allows willing member States to do more together in specific areas.
The unity of the EU at 27 is preserved while progress is made possible for those who want more.
The gap between expectation and delivery closes in countries who want and choose to do more.
Questions arise about the transparency and accountability of the different layers of decision-making.
Citizens’ rights guaranteed under EU law vary depending on where people live.
4. Doing Less More Efficiently
The EU27 focuses on delivering more and faster in selected policy areas not acting in where it is perceived not to have an added value.
European citizens feel that the EU is only acting where it has real added value.
A clearer focus of resources and attention on a number of selected domains helps the EU27 to act faster.
But what are the priority areas, and who decides?
5. Doing Much More Together
Closer integration among the 27, but would require significant treaty change.
Member States decide to do much more together across all policy areas.
There is far greater and quicker decision-making at EU level.
Parts of society which feel that the EU lacks legitimacy or has taken too much power away from national authorities risk being alienated.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “As we mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, it is time for a united Europe of 27 to shape a vision for its future. It’s time for leadership, unity and common resolve.
“The Commission’s White Paper presents a series of different paths this united EU at 27 could chose to follow. It is the start of the process, not the end, and I hope that now an honest and wide-ranging debate will take place”.
The European Commission plans to publish a series of discussion papers during the year on specific issues:
- developing the social dimension of Europe.
- deepening the Economic and Monetary Union on the basis of the Five Presidents’ Report of June 2015.
- harnessing globalisation.
- the future of Europe’s defence.
- the future of EU finances.
The obvious choice is to keep the EU as a trade organization and to set up a new entity of those wanting further political unity, which would be built around Germany and France if this year’s elections go as expected.
In Germany the SPD [the Catholic controlled Social Democratic Party], has gained strength since nominating former European Parliament President Martin Schulz as its candidate and now leads in the polls with 32 percent while Merkel’s conservative bloc is at 31 percent and falling. As Merkel collapses in the polls, Martin Schulz a strong Roman Catholic educated man with ties to France may well become the next Chancellor of Germany. Schulz is like minded with Emmanuel Macron who is favored to win the French presidency this spring.
If elected these two leaders would form the core of a rising New Federal Europe built up with papal approval.
A Summit in December this year is to select and approve one of the plans, and work is then to begin on the project. The core of the New Europe is likely to be the G-6 (Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Poland).
Today’s EU is deeply divided and maintaining the present EU is dependent on Germany breaking up the blocks within the EU, which is unlikely. Therefore Germany is backing the two speed approach and seeking papal endorsement.
The looming Mideast wars will result in a genuine dialogue for peace in that region, but may bring crises in Europe expediting the formation of the coming New Federal Europe. Regardless of the best of plans, nations must then still decide to give up much sovereignty to join.
Either the present pope will be empowered or a new pope will be set up doing impressive miracles at just the right moment, and he will endorse the creation of a New Federal Europe influencing ten nations to join the new system.
Revelation 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast [the one who is to be the leader] ; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast [replica of the Babylonian Holy Roman Empire System], which had the wound by a sword [the Mussolini Vatican Concordat was destroyed by war and that church state system will be revived in a United Federal Europe the heir of Babylon the Great of Daniel 2], and did live.
13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast [this pope will by his miracles to revive this political system], that the image [likeness, revival of the Babylonian Holy Roman Empire System] of the beast should both speak [rule], and cause that as many as would not worship the image [those who will not accept the authority of this new Federal Europe System will suffer for a time] of the beast should be killed.
The Scriptures tell us that it will take the endorsement of a pope who will impress people with miracles, to bring the New Federal Europe about, and ten nations will agree to give much of their authority – especially over foreign and military affairs – to a central ruler, forming a system somewhat like the United States or the Holy Roman Empire.
Revelation 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings [rulers], which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
17:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast [one central leader, the eleventh ruler; somewhat like fifty American governors give much authority to the federal government in the United States].
17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
This miracle working pope will present himself as a great man of peace and the ultimate moral authority of all people regardless of their individual religious traditions. In fact he will reject living by the Word of God to stand on the traditions of men in rebellion against God [for example changing God’s Friday sunset to Saturday sunset Sabbath; to Sunday]. For more visit TheShiningLight School of Biblical Studies and begin with the Sabbath Calendar Category.
Professing Christians, mainstream Muslims and even mainstream Jews will accept him as a profoundly influential moral authority despite differences in religious doctrine.
About 75 days after he is set up doing miracles – during which time the New Europe will be agreed by ten nations – this pope will visit the Temple Mount in Jerusalem where the far right Jewish extremists will demonstrate against the peace deal; sabotaging the peace. At that point God will withdraw his protection because of our many sins, and the surrounding nations – incensed at the collapse of the peace – will flood into Jerusalem and Judea.
Then the New Europe, in the name of mercy and peace; will enter Palestine to stop the bloodbath. More in Part 2