Archive for November, 2011

Will Israel attack Iran? Don’t underestimate the military capability of this blessed nation. They are not a nation of saints, but be sure that the God of Israel doesn’t take kindly to the nations messing around with Israel & her interests.

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” – Zechariah 12

Another Blast in Iran, This Time Followed by Rockets Landing in Israel
Former MI chief: Iran has enough material for 4 or 5 nuclear bombs
Israel could mount pinpoint raids on Iran: analysts

Aaron Klein. Listen to full audio here.


Budget failures in several nations (Greece, Italy), what does it tell us? Cutting $1.2 trillion from American budget by decision doesn’t seem to work – maybe by default (across the board cut) will.

Also, Spanish government failure. Average of 21% unemployment and for ages 20-25 years 47%. I thought Africa had bad numbers. What is wrong with the younger generation? Is it their fault? …likely more to do the parents & popular culture.

This post doesn’t try hard to fit these trends into the ‘stack trace trend line’, but you can be sure that all this fits. In a culture that doesn’t understand the “morality of debt” or “if anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat” these things should not be too surprising. The Bible tells us where this trajectory will lead.

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How sad is this – a reflection of the desperate our society is in, as is mentioned at the end of the audio clip discussing this. Everybody is “too scared to interfere” – understandably, considering the article “Homosexual agenda can’t make ‘fearless one’ tremble” as an example. What if you’re branded a homophobe, fired etc? Thankfully this gay propaganda (and I’m not in the mood to tippy-toe around this issue) isn’t pervasive all around the world yet, but America is very effective in exporting their ideologies – thanks mostly to Hollywood I’m sure.

LA Times: McInerney shot King in a school computer lab at E.O Green Junior High in Oxnard in February 2008, after days of conflict between the boys. Students and teachers at the trial testified that King had been dressing in women’s accessories and wearing makeup, and was flirting aggressively with male students on campus who did not want the attention.

School administrators sent a memo advising teachers to give King his space, but to report safety problems. Teachers at the trial testified that when they tried to report growing tensions between King and several boys, school leaders shunned them.

The victim’s mother, Dawn King, revealed for the first time Monday that she had contacted school officials four days before the shooting in an effort to solicit their cooperation in toning down her son’s behavior. The boy had been taken from the Kings’ home two months earlier by authorities because of problems at home.

She said she was told that her son had a civil right to explore his sexual identity.

“I knew, gut instinct, that something serious was going to happen,” she said. “They should have contained him, contained his behavior.”

Prosecutors said the first trial showed that the case was too emotional to take to trial a second time.

“The first jury was unable to keep their emotions out of it,” Ventura County Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Mike Frawley said. “This really tugged powerfully at people’s hearts.”

See also: “Brandon McInerney gets 21 years: School faulted in gay teen slaying

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Israel plays a major part in technology innovation & combined with riches blessing prophesied over Israel, potentially mainly in the form of oil & gas (more info on that here), here are some key facts that are amazing, considering that modern Israel is only about 60 years old.

7 minute extract of the Epicenter book, or get it as audiobook:

The following “boycott Israel” satire video illustrates the scope & influence of Israel:

Israel in numbers:

Economics:

  • Israel has the largest number of startup companies per capita in the world.
  • Israel is the world’s largest wholesale diamond center, finally surpassing Antwerp in the 1970′s. Most of the cut & polished diamonds in the world come from Israel.
  • Israel has the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies outside of the US and Canada.
  • Israel was the first country to have a free trade agreement with the United States.
  • Apart from the Silicon Valley, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world.
  • The cell phone was developed in Israel at Motorola’s largest development center.
  • The Voice Mail technology was developed in Israel.
  • In the early 80′s, IBM chose an Israeli-designed computer chip as the brains for its first personal computers.
  • The first anti-virus software for computers was developed in Israel in 1979.
  • Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed in Israel by Microsoft.
  • Both the Pentium-4 and Centrino processors were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel.
  • The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.
  • Israel has the highest number of home computers per capita in the world.
  • The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ was developed in 1996 by 4 young Israelis.
  • Israel was the first Middle Eastern country to launch a satellite, the Ofek 1, on September 19, 1988.

Military/Security:

  • Israel has the largest fleet of F-16 aircraft outside of the US.
  • Israel has the world’s most impenetrable airline security.
  • Israel spends more money per capita on its own protection than any country in the world.

Geography:

  • Israel is only 1/6 of 1% of the landmass of the Middle East.
  • Israel is roughly half the size of Lake Michigan.
  • The Sea of Galilee, at 695 ft. below sea level, is the lowest freshwater lake in the world.
  • The Dead Sea is the lowest surface point on earth, at about 1,373 feet below sea level.
  • Israel is the only nation in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees.
  • Jericho is the oldest continuously inhabited town in the world.

Demographics:

  • Israel’s population is half the size of Metro New York City.
  • Israel has only 2% of the population of the Middle East.
  • Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees per capita in the world.
  • Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation in the world – by a large margin.
  • Israel has the highest number of scientists and technicians per capita in the world – by a large margin.
  • Israel has the highest number of engineers per capita in the world.
  • Israel has the highest number of PhD’s per capita in the world.
  • Israel has the highest number of physicians per capita in the world.
  • Israel has the largest percentage of its workforce employed in technical professions in the world.
  • Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation in the world, per capita.
  • Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the Christian population has grown over the last 50 years.
  • Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Christians, Muslims and Jews are all free to vote.
  • Israel is the only country in the Middle East where women enjoy full political rights.

Culture:

  • Hebrew is the only case of a dead national language being revived in all of world history. Hebrew had not been spoken as a native tongue by anyone for centuries. Today it is the native tongue of millions of people.
  • Israel has more museums per capita than any other nation in the world.
  • Israel has more orchestras per capita than any other nation in the world.
  • Israel publishes more books per capita than any other nation in the world.
  • Israel publishes more books translated from other languages than any other nation in the world.
  • Israel reads more books per capita than any other nation in the world.
  • The most independent and free Arabic press in the Middle East is in Israel.

Other:

  • Israel’s dairy cows are the most productive dairy cows in the world. They average 25,432 pounds of milk per cow per year, compared to just 18,747 pounds from American cows; 17,085 from Canadian cows; 13,778 from European Union cows; 10,207 from Australian cows; and 6,600 from Chinese cows.
  • Israel has more in-vitro fertilization per capita than anywhere in the world, and it’s free.
  • Israelis, per capita, are the world’s biggest consumers of fruits and vegetables.
  • Of the 175 UN Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel. Of the 690 UN General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel.

Quote from Epicenter book (published 2006), before all the headlines on this started to  show up: “FUTURE HEADLINE: ISRAEL DISCOVERS MASSIVE RESERVES OF OIL, GAS.” Note the when news volume on these topics started (2008) according to Google screenshot below.

Both of these (more on oil, more on oil & gas as well as BBC : Could Israel be another Middle East oil giant?) have since happened & this is not the first “lucky guess” from Rosenberg’s books. Oil production has some challenges, but potential is starting to look more actual as months pass by:

Quote (from BBC, 30/09/2011):

The project could be lucrative. The World Energy Council estimates Israel is sitting on enough shale to produce around four billion barrels of oil, enough at today’s usage to keep the country in oil for more than 40 years. Mr Nguyen’s company claims Israel may turn out to have oil deposits comparable to Saudi Arabia, which sits on an estimated 260 billion barrels. Corben says it may not be a fair comparison. He says in Saudi Arabia “oil is actually oil” whereas in Israel a lot of money needs to be spent heating the rock and recovering the oil. And there’s a long way to go before the company proves its technology will work, and before it gets all the necessary government permits.

How is it possible to predict headlines such at this? That’s what hundreds of interviewers have asked him. He says he gets it from the Bible. Does the Bible really talk of things like this? Some people have started taking both Rosenberg & more importantly, the Bible more seriously.

Some background over the ‘weird coincidences’ that seemed to match what Rosenberg wrote as fiction…

From Wikipedia:
A Modern Nostradamus?
Rosenberg’s novels have attracted those interested in Bible Prophecy, due to several of his fictional elements of his books that would occur after his writing of books. Nine months before the September 11th attacks, Rosenberg wrote a novel with a kamikaze plane attack on an American city. Five months before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, he wrote a novel about war with Saddam Hussein, the death of Yasser Arafat eight months before it occurred, a story with Russia, Iran, and Libya forming a military alliance against Israel occurring the date of publishing, the rebuilding of the city of Babylon, Iran vowing to have Israel “wiped off the face of the map forever” five months before Iranian President Ahmadinejad used similar language, and the discovery of huge amounts of oil and natural gas in Israel (a major gas discovery occurred in January 2009). A brief article in U.S. News & World Report referred to him as a “Modern Nostradamus” (quoted below) although Rosenberg tries to play down those proclamations, stating that “I am not a clairvoyant, a psychic, or a ‘Modern Nostradamus,’ as some have suggested.” He gives the credit for his accurate predictions to studying Biblical prophecy and applying to the modern world.

U.S. News & World Report:
It’s getting a little weird being Joel Rosenberg, the New York Times bestseller of terrorism thrillers and speechwriter in Steve Forbes’s 2000 presidential campaign. First, he wrote The Last Jihad about a terrorist’s kamikaze attack on a U.S. city and the subsequent hunt for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. That was well before 9/11. Now he has written The Last Days, which opens with a Palestinian attack on a U.S. convoy, just like what happened a few weeks back. And look out, Yasser Arafat: Rosenberg offs you on Page 28. “People,” said Rosenberg, “are starting to think these books are ripped from tomorrow’s headlines.”

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Dawkins says that “…if Jesus knew what we know today, He would have been an atheist”. If Dawkins took the Bible seriously he would not spew out ‘intellectual vomit’ like this.

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