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
Boston.com 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.

Another shake before the Sixth Seal: Revelation 6

Another Earthquake Felt in Parts of New York State
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Another Earthquake Felt in Parts of New York State

Published: August 19, 2022

Less than a month after a magnitude 2.5 earthquake struck near the New York state-Canadian border, another tremor has occurred. As a drought has been dominating weather-related news across the state this summer, New York does see its share of seismic activity. WVIBsays the quake struck Monday afternoon.

According to the NESEC, around 551 earthquakes have been recorded in New York state from the years 1737-2016.

Tremor in New York

The United States Geological Survey says the small magnitude 1.2 tremor happened just east of Batavia, NY in Genesee County. To put that into perspective, an earthquake measuring 1.0 on the Richter Scale has the equivalent energy of a 60 watt lightbulb left on for 9 hours straight. So, unless you’re right on top of the epicenter, you’re generally not going to feel much. No damage was reported during the quake.

A number of quakes like this can occur regularly and you’d probably never know they ever did.

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Could Something as Strong as a Magnitude 7.0 Ever Happen?

The most well known fault line near our area is the Ramapo fault line. The 185 mile system of faults runs through parts of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and has been known to spawn smaller earthquakes.

Some say New York’s fault systems are much more complex and extensive than originally thought. A 2008 study proposed that there may be an additional fault zone extending from the Ramapo Fault into southwestern Connecticut. There are also many smaller faults that criss-cross across New York City, and the city could be long overdue for a significant earthquake.

There is also the Western Quebec Seismic Zone, which can produce larger quakes that can be felt up and down the eastern coast of the United States, particularly for their neighbors directly south in the Empire State. This is where the strongest quakes happen near us.

New York State’s All-Time Most Powerful Earthquake?

According to the NESEC, the largest earthquake centered in New York state happened on September 5, 1944. The magnitude 5.9 quake, with an epicenter beneath the New York-Canada border, did major damage in the towns of Massena, NY, and Cornwall, Ontario. Heavy damage was recorded in the town of Massena (St. Lawrence County), with a number of chimneys, windows, housing foundations, and a high school gymnasium reported destroyed.

NYC Earthquakes

New York City has suffered two damaging quakes of note. The first was December 18, 1737, when a 5.2 struck in the Greater New York City area. However, since it was so long ago, little is known about the epicenter or the extent of the damage. Another 5.2 quake struck on August 10, 1884, in Brooklyn, which cracked houses, tossed objects off shelves and shook towns in New York and New Jersey.

Stacker ranked the most expensive climate disasters by the billions since 1980 by the total cost of all damages, adjusted for inflation, based on 2021 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The list starts with Hurricane Sally, which caused $7.3 billion in damages in 2020, and ends with a devastating 2005 hurricane that caused $170 billion in damage and killed at least 1,833 people. Keep reading to discover the 50 of the most expensive climate disasters in recent decades in the U.S.

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The Pakistani Nuclear Horn Tests more Missiles: Daniel 8

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Pakistan test-fires ballistic missile Shaheen-II

Pakistan announced training launch of Shaheen-II surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear war-heads up to 1,500 km

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Published: 23 May 2019, 3:00 PM

Engagement: 23

Pakistan on Thursday announced training launch of Shaheen-II surface-to-surface ballistic missile, capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear war-heads up to 1,500 km.

“The training launch was aimed at ensuring (the) operational readiness of (the) Army Strategic Forces Command. (The) Shaheen-II missile is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear war-heads up to a range of 1,500 km,” the Pakistan military’s media wing Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

The test came a day after India conducted second test of air-launch version of Brahmos supersonic cruise missile.

It described Shaheen-II as a “highly capable missile, which fully meets Pakistan’s strategic needs towards maintenance of desired deterrence stability in the region”. The launch had its impact point in the Arabian Sea, Dawn newspaper reported citing ISPR.

The launch was witnessed by the Director General of the Strategic Plans Division, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command Lt. Gen. Qazi Muhammad Ahmad and senior officers from the Army Strategic Forces Command, scientists and engineers of the strategic organisations.

President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan extended their congratulations to scientists upon their achievement, the statement said

The Russian Horn is Aware of Our Nuclear Vulnerability

The Hill: Russia is aware of the vulnerability of US nuclear weapons

On Thursday, the head of US Strategic Command, Admiral Charles Richard, said the US was violently rewriting its nuclear weapons doctrine.

Americans, he hinted, are not prepared for what might come next. Great power conflict is coming.

The situation, Richard said at a symposium on space and missile defense in Huntsville, is unprecedented in the history of this country. America, he said, has never faced two equal adversaries with nuclear capabilities at the same time, who must be contained in different ways, The Hill reported.

So far, America has applied a universal containment strategy left over from the Cold War. During that period, both the United States and the Soviet Union retained the ability to repeatedly destroy each other. The concept of mutual assured destruction, as it became known, maintained a tense peace.

US officials worry that Russia is using smaller warheads in limited numbers against specific targets rather than unleashing the global thermonuclear war they have feared for decades.

There are serious grounds for concern. Among other reasons, the US does not have the right type of non-strategic weapons. They have nuclear gravity bombs, but Russia knows they are especially vulnerable when stored on the ground or on planes flying through disputed airspace. In addition, there is almost always a long period of time between the issuance of the strike order and the passage of the aircraft over the target.

Moreover, the US Navy needs a new generation of nuclear-tipped short-to-medium-range cruise missiles, largely because various presidents, including the current one, have blocked their development. Congress is trying to rectify the situation, but America is still in the unenviable position of having the wrong type of weapons needed to deter Russia’s use of low-yield warheads. Putin probably believes that the US will not start an all-out thermonuclear war because of a tactical strike.

Kissinger and other analysts have come up with nifty-sounding theories of deterrence, but there’s only one factor that matters: what the adversary thinks. It’s safe to say that containment is failing now because America’s adversaries think no American president will ever promise to launch a megaton-sized weapon to prevent low-yield strikes.

Iran Plans For War Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Rockets being fired by Islamic Jihad from Gaza as Israeli air defenses go to work in August 2022

Iran Speaks Of Plan To Unite Palestinians For Multi-Front War

The Jerusalem Post claimed Saturday that Tehran “believes time is on its side” to “erode Israel’s power slowly” by unifying and arming Palestinian groups.

An article by journalist Seth Frantzman cites a Fars News interview with Hossein Salami, commander-in-chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), to claim Tehran had begun a plan to forge unity between Palestinian groups by “provoking tensions in Jerusalem, attempting to push the battle into Israel’s streets last year.”

Fars had described the violence in May 2021 – which escalated from protests by evicted Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarah, occupied east Jerusalem, and saw rockets fired from Gaza and Israeli air-strikes – as a “new phase” in which the Palestinians’ struggle had changed “from an intermittent to a continuous movement.”

The Fars report, Frantzman points out, named Jenin, Ramallah, Tulkarm, and Sheikh Jarrah as areas in the West Bank where Iran wanted more of “this pressure-cooker effect.” Salami noted that the Palestinian movement had “managed to equip itself with a large number of rockets” despite the geographical gap between West Bank and Gaza, both historically within mandate Palestine but outside 1947 Israel, and despite Israel building “concrete walls with…extremely modern and advanced…electronic and optical sensors.” 

Frantzman also highlights Salami pointing out that to the north, Hezbollah in Lebanon had “hundreds of thousands of rockets…arrayed in front of the Zionist regime.”

IRGC commander Hossein Salami (L) at an underground missile base in 2021

IRGC commander Hossein Salami (L) at an underground missile base in 2021

The Jerusalem Post piece argues that Iran aims to drive Hamas into a united command with Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), which is an Iranian ally and earlier this month was involved in an exchange of fire from Gaza that led to 44 dead Palestinians, including 15 children, and three wounded Israelis.

‘Full-scale ground war’

The IRGC commander’s remarks showing more ambitious plans for regional interference comes as Iran is close to reaching agreement on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal. Opponents of the Biden Administration policy of reviving the agreement argue that it would simply provide more money to Iran for making mischief in the region, by lifting US sanctions.

This single command, Frantzman continues citing Salami, would then absorb “Palestinian factions in the West Bank,” presumably Fatah, and means Iran could “threaten Israeli with a multi-front war,” especially as Iran “mobilizes Hezbollah to control more of Lebanon” utilizing experience fighting Isis (the Islamic State group] in Syria to lead to a “full-scale ground war.”

Neither Salami nor Frantzman explain why Hamas or Fatah would accept Tehran-allied PIJ as such a driving force. While PIJ maintained its alliance with Iran and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad through the Syrian war, Hamas backed mainly Sunni rebels, left its offices in Damascus 2012 and has only recently started talks to resume relations with Assad.

‘Salami politics’

Frantzman disputes Salami’s claim that Israel’s withdrawal under fire from Lebanon in 2000, ending a 22-year occupation, shows Zionists “are not people who stay in the trenches.” Neither does he savor Salami’s wrestling notion that an opponent’s strength can sometimes be turned into a weakness.

But the Iranian plan ignores another factor, the potential influence of Saudi Arabia and its allies in Palestinian politics. It assumes that Iran is the only player in the region, while even Syria has improved ties with the United Arab Emriates.

The IRGC’s approach, Frantzman concludes, hinges on trying to replace the disunity long characterizing Palestinian politics. “The IRGC wants to stop this salami politics, this divide and conquer strategy. It wants the PIJ to united Palestinians, despite constant failure in this respect.”

Antichrist: I will not sit with the corrupt

Al-Sadr: I will not sit with the corrupt

Baghdad – INA

The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, confirmed today, Saturday, that he will not sit with the corrupt.

Al-Sadr said in a tweet to him, which was followed by the Iraqi News Agency (INA): “Dear Iraqi people, peace, mercy and blessings of God be upon you. We would like to inform you that we have submitted a proposal to the United Nations (for a dialogue session), but rather a public and live (debate) with all political parties. We haven’t seen a tangible response from them.”.

He added: “The answer through the mediator was an answer that neither enriched nor fattened from hunger, and their answer did not include anything about reform, nor about the demands of the revolutionaries, nor what the people are suffering from ignoring what has become of Iraq and its people because of corruption and dependency.”.

Al-Sadr continued: “Do not expect us to have a new secret dialogue after that. I do not hide anything from my people, and I will not sit with the corrupt and those who want evil or (to kill) me, or to undermine those who belong to us.”.

He stressed: “I have waived a lot for the sake of the people and civil peace, and we are waiting for what they can do to fix what has been corrupted to save Iraq.”

US makes concessions again for Iran-Obama deal

In this handout image provide by EU Delegation Vienna, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi (R) speaks with other participants at the JCPOA Iran nuclear talks on April 27, 2021 in Vienna, Austria [EU DELEGATION VIENNA via Getty Images]

US makes concessions to Iran in exchange for nuclear deal return

August 15, 2022

In this handout image provide by EU Delegation Vienna, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi (R) speaks with other participants at the JCPOA Iran nuclear talks on April 27, 2021 in Vienna, Austria [EU DELEGATION VIENNA via Getty Images]

August 20, 2022 at 1:45 pm 

The US has made several concessions to Iran in exchange for returning to the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran International revealed on Friday.

Iran International reported officials confirming the concessions the US agreed to include the removal of sanctions on 17 banks, the immediate release of $7 billion worth of Iranian assets frozen in South Korea and allowing the sale of 50 million barrels of Iranian oil in 120 days.

According to Iran International, the concessions include the annulment of multiple executive orders signed by former US President Donald Trump.

If the US withdraws from the deal again, Iran International reported that foreign companies would be exempt from US sanctions as part of the new concessions.

Both the US and Iran will release prisoners from the other side, Iran International disclosed, without specifying any other concessions Iran would make.

The US National Security Council denied these concessions, stating: “Nothing here is true. We would never accept such terms. We also would not have left a deal that was working only to see Iran massively accelerate its nuclear programme.”

The Times of Israel reported top Israeli officials warning their counterparts in the US and Europe against the deal and called for the negotiators to give up on the talks.

“The Europeans sent Iran a final offer, which does not even meet the demands that the Americans committed to, and established that this offer was ‘take it or leave it,'” the Israeli newspaper reported an Israeli official saying on Thursday.