Two Centuries Before The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

The worst earthquake in Massachusetts history 260 years ago
It happened before, and it could happen again.
By Hilary Sargent @lilsarg Staff | 11.19.15 | 5:53 AM
On November 18, 1755, Massachusetts experienced its largest recorded earthquake.
The earthquake occurred in the waters off Cape Ann, and was felt within seconds in Boston, and as far away as Nova Scotia, the Chesapeake Bay, and upstate New York, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Seismologists have since estimated the quake to have been between 6.0 and 6.3 on the Richter scale, according to the Massachusetts Historical Society.
While there were no fatalities, the damage was extensive.
According to the USGS, approximately 100 chimneys and roofs collapsed, and over a thousand were damaged.
The worst damage occurred north of Boston, but the city was not unscathed.
A 1755 report in The Philadelphia Gazette described the quake’s impact on Boston:
“There was at first a rumbling noise like low thunder, which was immediately followed with such a violent shaking of the earth and buildings, as threw every into the greatest amazement, expecting every moment to be buried in the ruins of their houses. In a word, the instances of damage done to our houses and chimnies are so many, that it would be endless to recount them.”
The quake sent the grasshopper weathervane atop Faneuil Hall tumbling to the ground, according to the Massachusetts Historical Society.
An account of the earthquake, published in The Pennsylvania Gazette on December 4, 1755.
The earthquake struck at 4:30 in the morning, and the shaking lasted “near four minutes,” according to an entry John Adams, then 20, wrote in his diary that day.
The brief diary entry described the damage he witnessed.
“I was then at my Fathers in Braintree, and awoke out of my sleep in the midst of it,” he wrote. “The house seemed to rock and reel and crack as if it would fall in ruins about us. 7 Chimnies were shatter’d by it within one mile of my Fathers house.”
The shaking was so intense that the crew of one ship off the Boston coast became convinced the vessel had run aground, and did not learn about the earthquake until they reached land, according to the Massachusetts Historical Society.
In 1832, a writer for the Hampshire (Northampton) Gazette wrote about one woman’s memories from the quake upon her death.
“It was between 4 and 5 in the morning, and the moon shone brightly. She and the rest of the family were suddenly awaked from sleep by a noise like that of the trampling of many horses; the house trembled and the pewter rattled on the shelves. They all sprang out of bed, and the affrightted children clung to their parents. “I cannot help you dear children,” said the good mother, “we must look to God for help.”
The Cape Ann earthquake came just 17 days after an earthquake estimated to have been 8.5-9.0 on the Richter scale struck in Lisbon, Portugal, killing at least 60,000 and causing untold damage.
There was no shortage of people sure they knew the impretus for the Cape Ann earthquake.
According to many ministers in and around Boston, “God’s wrath had brought this earthquake upon Boston,” according to the Massachusetts Historical Society.
In “Verses Occasioned by the Earthquakes in the Month of November, 1755,” Jeremiah Newland, a Taunton resident who was active in religious activities in the Colony, wrote that the earthquake was a reminder of the importance of obedience to God.
“It is becaufe we broke thy Laws,
that thou didst shake the Earth.

O what a Day the Scriptures say,
the EARTHQUAKE doth foretell;
O turn to God; lest by his Rod,
he cast thee down to Hell.”
Boston Pastor Jonathan Mayhew warned in a sermon that the 1755 earthquakes in Massachusetts and Portugal were “judgments of heaven, at least as intimations of God’s righteous displeasure, and warnings from him.”
There were some, though, who attempted to put forth a scientific explanation for the earthquake.
Well, sort of.
In a lecture delivered just a week after the earthquake, Harvard mathematics professor John Winthrop said the quake was the result of a reaction between “vapors” and “the heat within the bowels of the earth.” But even Winthrop made sure to state that his scientific theory “does not in the least detract from the majesty … of God.”
It has been 260 years since the Cape Ann earthquake. Some experts, including Boston College seismologist John Ebel, think New England could be due for another significant quake.
In a recent Boston Globe report, Ebel said the New England region “can expect a 4 to 5 magnitude quake every decade, a 5 to 6 every century, and a magnitude 6 or above every thousand years.”
If the Cape Ann earthquake occurred today, “the City of Boston could sustain billions of dollars of earthquake damage, with many thousands injured or killed,” according to a 1997 study by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Babylon the Great is attacked in Iraq again

No Injuries, Damage In Attack On US Forces In Syria- Defense Official

Monday, 12 Jul 2021 19:20 

WASHINGTON, July 10 (Reuters) – U.S. forces in eastern Syria took indirect fire on Saturday but initial reports did not indicate any casualties or damage, a U.S. defense official told Reuters.

The incident was the latest in a series of attacks on U.S. personnel in Iraq and Syria in recent days.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the attack occurred in Conoco, Syria.

U.S. diplomats and troops in Iraq and Syria were targeted in three rocket and drone attacks on Wednesday alone, including at least 14 rockets hitting an Iraqi air base hosting U.S. forces, wounding two American service members.

While there have not been immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks, analysts believed they were part of a campaign by Iranian-backed militias.

Iraqi militia groups aligned with Iran vowed to retaliate after U.S. strikes on the Iraqi-Syrian border killed four of their members last month.

Iran has denied supporting attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria and condemned U.S. air strikes on Iranian-backed groups.

The United States has been holding indirect talks with Iran aimed at bringing both nations back into compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which was abandoned by the Trump administration. No date has been set for a next round of the talks, which adjourned on June 20.

Hardline members of the Iranian parliament have proposed a law to ban “any negotiations or initiation of negotiations” with the United States without parliament’s prior approval. The proposed law, entitled ‘Ban on Islamic Republic Authorities’ Negotiation with US officials’ aims to prevent officials from “again taking advantage” of insufficient parliamentary involvement.

If passed into legislation, unapproved talks with the US would be punishable with fines and exclusion from government service.

The lawmakers’ motion notes that the US broke promises after signing Iran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The US could do this, the motion claims, because those supporting the agreement concealed the “real contents despite Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s instructions” and “misled” lawmakers to acquire parliament’s approval. The JCPOA was considered a victory for Hassan Rouhani who had campaigned during his successful 2013 presidential campaign for a more flexible approach.

Despite vocal opposition to the JCPOA from some members, the parliament approved its implementing by 161 votes to 59 with 13 abstentions in October 2015. Ali Larijani, parliamentary speaker and former nuclear negotiator played an important role in the approval of the JCPOA. In a Clubhouse session on May 20 when he was accused of pushing for a hasty approval of the JCPOA in 2015, he it had been “the decision of nezam” (system) — a word often used to the Supreme Leader — and pointed out that the constitutional watchdog, the Guardian Council, had approved the legislation within hours and without any objections, too.

A number of parliament members were disgruntled about the parliament’s approval of the JCPOA as was the flagship principlist newspaper Kayhan, a long-term critic of limiting Iran’s nuclear program.

Since 2002 Iranian and US officials have met over Afghanistan, Iraq and Tehran’s nuclear program. Washington is currently involved indirectly in Vienna talks to revive the JCPOA.

The Growing Nuclear Threat: Revelation 16

How Right-Wing Extremists Pose A Nuclear Threat

By Ann Thompson • 9 hours ago
This Belgium Nuclear Reactor was sabotaged in 2014. A former employee died earlier in the year while fighting with Islamist militants in Syria. Matthew Bunn points out this is another example of extremists and their connection with nuclear plants.
According to the Harvard Kennedy School’s Matthew Bunn, “For whatever reason, for a certain brand of right-wing extremists in the United States and elsewhere, there’s a real obsession with nuclear.” He says we need to be especially concerned when they work or know somebody who works at a nuclear plant.

These insiders are especially dangerous, he says, because of all the nuclear threats we know about, almost all of them were perpetrated by insiders or with the help of insiders.

Bunn and Scott Sagan recently co-edited a book called Insider Threats. Some of the material covered involves nuclear threats

” ‘The Turner Diaries,’ which is one of the sort of foundational documents for extreme racists, right-wing movements in the United States, envisons them using nuclear weapons against U.S. cities to sort of bring down the government in order to rebuild a whites-only nation,” says Bunn.

One extremist who worked at a nuclear plant was Ashli Babbitt. She was among the crowd storming the Capitol Jan. 6. Police shot and killed her after she tried to get through a barrier. From 2015 to 2017, Babbitt was employed by Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Maryland and as far as anybody knows, didn’t do anything wrong there.

But nuclear plants remain an interest to plenty of extremists. In 2015, a suspect linked to the Paris attacks was found with surveillance footage of a top official at a nuclear facility in Belgium. Authorities were worried the Islamic State may have been plotting to kidnap the official to obtain radioactive material for the terrorist attack, according to The New York Times.

And it doesn’t stop there. “The Japanese terror group called Alum Shinnikyo that launched nine gas attacks in the Tokyo subways in 1995 and Al Quaeda both pursued nuclear weapons fairly actively,” Bunn says. “Recently the Under Secretary General of the United Nations for Counterterrorism reported that the Islamic State has used bitcoin to buy and sell radioactive materials.”

The UN also says North Korea funded its nuclear program with cryptocurrency hacks in 2020 worth $316 million.

Where Are The Fastest Growing Arsenals?

Bunn says India and Pakistan are especially concerning because of the terrorists who live and operate there. Also, we don’t know what’s happening in Russia ever since the invasion of Crimea and cooperation on nuclear security ground to a halt.

“We really have only very modest information available on what’s going on in Russia which is the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear weapons, the world’s largest stockpile of plutonium and highly enriched uranium in the world’s largest number of buildings and bunkers,” he says.

The Good News

The U.S. has been helping countries get rid of nuclear material entirely if they don’t need it anymore, thanks to a program Bunn suggested. He says more than half of all countries in the world that used to have material to make a nuclear weapon have gotten rid of it.

Bunn says there’s still much to be done. He encourages the U.S. to keep its attention on nuclear weapons, pointing to the saying, “If you’re not getting better, you’re probably getting worse.”

The China Horn Seeks More Advanced Nuclear Weapons Systems: Daniel 7

China Seeks More Advanced Nuclear Weapons Systems, Says Senior U.S. Diplomat

“Beijing might soon obtain ‘exotic nukes’ such as underwater drones and nuclear powered missiles.”

Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 02:00pm 9 Comments

The Chinese military is looking to acquire more advanced nuclear weapons systems, a senior U.S. diplomat warns.

Beijing is interested in Russian-made “exotic nukes” like underwater drones and missiles that run on nuclear power, Ambassador Robert Wood, U.S. envoy to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, said.

This will be a game-changer for China, which seeks global dominance, since the U.S. and the West do not possesany of these nuclear technologies.

Chinese nuclear planners have the U.S. in its cross-hairs, the only Western power capable of countering the Communist regime militarily. “China is looking to raise the stakes by upgrading its nuclear arsenal with the latest technology so their weapons could hit US targets,” the German public broadcaster DW News reported Friday.

The Associated Press reported U.S. envoy’s remarks:

A U.S. diplomat focusing on disarmament said Thursday that China is “looking at” developing naval and aerial autonomous nuclear weapons systems, warning any such development could disrupt strategic stability.

Ambassador Robert Wood, the U.S. envoy to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, said China hasn’t developed or been able to weaponize the technology yet. But his comments suggested that China is interested in such so-called “exotic nukes” like nuclear-powered underwater drones and nuclear-powered cruise missiles being developed by Russia.

“This is something they are looking at,” Wood said. “If they were to develop … these kinds of weapons and aerial systems, this has the potential to change the strategic stability environment in a dynamic way.”

The United States doesn’t have either type of system.

“This is not where China was 10 years ago,” Wood added, noting the “upward trajectory” that China has been on in the quantity and quality of its weapons systems. “They’re pursuing weapons similar to some of the nuclear-powered delivery systems that the Russians have been pursuing.”

The U.S. revelation comes as the China’s People Liberation Army, the world’s largest armed force, is engaged in a massive expansion of its offensive military capabilities. According to London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), between 2014-18, China “launched more submarines, warships, principal amphibious vessels and auxiliaries than the total number of ships currently serving in the navies of Germany, India, Spain, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.” The Pentagon calls it the “the most comprehensive restructure in its history.”

In recent months, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has come out even more openly about its plans for global economic and military domination. In February, the CCP’s hand-picked parliament approved a road map to overtake U.S. as the world’s leading economy in 15 years. The Communist grand plan includes sweeping modernization of its armed forces and navy by 2027, to coincide PLA’s 100-year anniversary.

Under Chinese President Xi Jinping’s watch, the Maoist-Communist regime now has the world’s largest navy in terms of ship numbers. Beijing “has the largest navy in the world, with an overall battle force of approximately 350 ships and submarines including over 130 major surface combatants,” the U.S. Defense Department’s 2020 military assessment said.

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Gaza Children at Risk Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Israeli warplanes attacked hundreds of ‘targets’ in the Gaza Strip. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

Gaza Children at Risk: UNICEF Calls for Immediate Humanitarian Assistance

July 11, 2021

The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has called for allowing an immediate delivery of urgent humanitarian assistance to the besieged Gaza Strip.

“Gaza has 1 million #children, many are in need of assistance. We call for the immediate delivery of unimpeded humanitarian assistance to the #GazaStrip, many children need urgent health, water and education,” UNICEF Palestine tweeted.

“No assistance will have dire consequences on children.”

On Friday, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator of the occupied Palestinian territory Lynn Hastings warned that the Israeli ban on bringing supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip puts vital sectors in the enclave at risk.

She said without a return to the regular entry of goods into Gaza, the capacity of the UN and its partners to deliver critical interventions is at risk, as are the livelihoods of and basic services for the people in Gaza.

(WAFA, PC, Social Media)

Iran Hardliners In Parliament Restrict Iran Talks: Daniel 8

Iran Hardliners In Parliament Table Motion To Restrict Talks With US

A motion tabled by 35 Iranian lawmakers on Sunday July 11, calls for a “ban on the Islamic Republic officials’ negotiations with US officials” without seeking the permission of the Iranian Parliament (Majles).

The motion that has already been put on the agenda of the Majles, suggested that those who negotiate with US officials without parliamentary approval should be subjected to jail sentence for 5 to 10 years and dismissal from government service.

It might be too late, though, if the intention is to try to convince the United States that there are forces in Iran other than Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei who can call the shots about reviving the 2015 nuclear deal also called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The US and other regional states officials have repeatedly said recently that they are certain it is Khamenei who introduces the general policies of the regime, and that it is he who makes all decisions regarding Iran’s foreign policy.

But Iran so far has played the parliamentary card when in December the Majles passed a law to get tougher with the West by further violations of the nuclear deal if US sanctions were not lifted. That move came as Tehran knew that Donald Trump would be soon out of the picture and Joe Biden was ready to negotiate.

It is also generally understood and also reiterated by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that all key decisions about the nuclear deal are made by no one other than Khamenei. In other words, statements made by players such as the Iranian president, the parliament and numerous civilian officials and military commanders who usually talk big about all matters including the nuclear issue, are merely formulaic statements that do not determine or define state policy.

During the past decade, the parliament played a serious role about nuclear negotiations only twice and both times it was cajoled by Khamenei. Once in 2014, when Khamenei engineered parliament’s approval for the JCPOA and then in December 2020 by upping the ante in brinksmanship with the coming Biden administration.  

The new motion calls US sanctions against Iran “shameful and irrational,” and condemns the targeted killing of IRGC Qods Force Commander Qasem Soleimani by the US forces in January 2020. It also condemned the US for having sanctioned Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raisi and other officials. The motion did not name Khamenei and his financial ventures as some of those sanctioned by the United States. 

Meanwhile, condemning the US for designating some Iranian military organizations as terrorist, the motion did not name the Revolutionary Guard, IRGC.

The strongly worded motion also cautiously exempts negotiations about matters relating to international pacts, agreements and treaties based on the Iranian Constitutional Law. This is paradoxical, because the JCPOA is officially an agreement that has been approved by the Iranian parliament.

The details about how to carry out the requirements of the motion once it is approved by the parliament, shall be determined by the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Intelligence, the Iranian Judiciary and the IRGC Intelligence Organization, Fars news agency which is close to the IRGC reported.

Most of the 35 lawmakers who signed the motion, including Hossein Ali Haji Deligani, Ali Asghar Annabestani, Jabbar Kouchakinejad, Morteza Aga Tehrani and Mohammad Saleh Jokar are affiliated with the ultraconservative Paydari Party whose members were close to former hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and now comprise one of the strongest factions in the Iranian parliament.

The European Nuclear Horns express ‘concern’ over Iran’s nuclear plan

Germany, UK and France express ‘concern’ over Iran’s nuclear plan | world | DW

July 12, 2021Edmond Reeves

In a joint statement, the foreign ministries of these three countries indicated that Iran had no “credible civilian need” to produce metallic uranium, the first step in developing nuclear weapons.

They added that the move is a violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), established in Vienna in 2015 between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States – Germany and the European Union. Under the deal, Iran agreed, among other things, to phase out its reserves of medium-enriched uranium.

The memo, which appears on Wednesday on the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s website, adds that this new move by Iran “is of further concern at a time when no date has been set for the continuation of negotiations in Vienna on the return to the JCPOA.” Office.

The three countries ask Tehran to stop “without delay” all activities that violate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and to return to negotiations in Vienna. “With these latest steps, Iran threatens a successful outcome of the Vienna talks despite the progress made so far in six rounds of negotiations,” they added.

Iran has announced that it will begin manufacturing fuel to run a nuclear reactor where isotopes are produced to fight cancer, in a process during which uranium is generated with a purity of up to 20%.

Yesterday, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed the Iranian intentions that have been trying for two decades to confirm whether the Iranian nuclear program has a military dimension or has a military dimension.READ  Bowwall fans return as he took Millwall and the Knee Derby football

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  • History of the Islamic Revolution (02.2018)Back to TehranOn February 1, 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini returned from his Parisian exile to Tehran and was greeted with joy by the people. For years, he criticized the Shah of Persia and his political elites for the suppression of people who thought differently, for the strong “Westernization” of Iran and for its lavish and decadent way of life.
  • Hundreds of thousands of Iranians turned out that day to cheer in the motorcade in which Khomeini drove to the central cemetery to deliver his arrival speech there (Photo: afp)History of the Islamic Revolution (02.2018)Waiting for the religious leaderAbout four million Iranians celebrated Khomeini’s arrival on the streets of Tehran. Mass demonstrations against the Shah of Persia have been going on for about a year. Since August 1978, general opposition strikes have crippled the country’s economy.
  • Shah Reza Pahlavi leaving Iran on January 16, 1979 (Photo: of the Islamic Revolution (02.2018)The Shah leaves PersiaAs early as January 16, 1979, Shah Reza Pahlavi left Iran. A short time ago, at the Guadeloupe Conference, he had supported the Western governments, which had been in favor of dialogue with Khomeini. US President Jimmy Carter offered the Shah to stay in the United States, which he accepted.
  • Photo gallery of the 57th revolution in IranHistory of the Islamic Revolution (02.2018)Prime Minister FailedThe Shah had appointed Shapour Bakhtiar, one of the leaders of the opposition National Front, as interim prime minister to reassure his rivals, but to no avail. Bakhtiar was excluded from his party because he accepted the position. The other members of the front had already agreed to work only with Khomeini.
  • Khomeini during his speech at the Tehran Central Cemetery on February 1, 1979 (Photo: of the Islamic Revolution (02.2018)Speech in the cemeteryKhomeini said upon his arrival in Tehran that he did not recognize Bakhtiar’s government. He traveled from the airport to the central cemetery in the Iranian capital, where he addressed hundreds of thousands of people. He stripped the legitimacy of the monarchy and parliament, and announced that he would take the government of Iran into his own hands.
  • Photo gallery of the 57th revolution in IranHistory of the Islamic Revolution (02.2018)Troubles across the countryIn Tehran and other cities of Iran there were violent clashes between revolutionaries and followers of the Shah of Persia. The unrest was serious and the army declared a curfew, but no Iranians listened.
  • Photo gallery of the 57th revolution in IranHistory of the Islamic Revolution (02.2018)Transitional Prime MinisterOn February 5, 1979, Khomeini appointed Mehdi Bazargan of the National Front as the interim prime minister. It seems that the clergy will cooperate with the liberal opposition. However, disputes soon erupted between the two sides and Bazargan resigned on November 5, 1979 in response to the hostage-taking at the US Embassy in Tehran, which Khomeini condoned.
  • Photo gallery of the 57th revolution in IranHistory of the Islamic Revolution (02.2018)Iranian people celebrateAfter Barzgan’s appointment, thousands of people took to the streets to support the transitional government. The army declared that it would not interfere in the power struggle, in which Shapur Bakhtiar lost all support. He was forced to flee his home, and he was chased by armed followers of Khomeini. In April 1979 he went into exile in France.
  • Photo gallery of the 57th revolution in IranHistory of the Islamic Revolution (02.2018)military saluteThe elite unit of the Iranian Air Force salutes Ayatollah Khomeini. The Iranian Air Force played a central role in the victory of the revolution because it gave citizens access to their weapons depots. On February 9, there was a final uprising of the Imperial Guard, which attacked an army base.
  • Photo gallery of the 57th revolution in IranHistory of the Islamic Revolution (02.2018)Overthrow of the monarchyArmed fighting between the Imperial Guard and the Iranian population increased and on February 11, 1979, chaos reigned throughout Iran. The revolutionaries occupied Parliament, the Senate, the state television channel and other state organs. Shortly thereafter, the overthrow of the monarchy was revealed. In Iran, February 11th is celebrated as “Islamic Revolution Day”.Author: Parisa Tonekaboni (CP) 

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