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Trend Update: US Army Assists with Mosul Dam Assessment, January 2018

Posted in Mosul/Nineveh, Trend Update with tags , , , , , on January 17, 2018 by paulthepoke

Nahum 1:8 But with an overflowing flood He will make a complete end of the adversaries, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.

Nahum 2:6 The gates of the rivers are opened and the palace is dissolved.

The prophet Nahum promises the judgment of ancient Nineveh or what is 21st century Mosul, Iraq. It comes with a flood after a long history of bloodshed.

The Mosul Dam was built by Saddam Hussein in 1986 on soluble gypsum. Translation, the dam is built on a shifting, poor foundation. The dam faces a continued high risk of catastrophic failure. The Mosul Dam has been called the most dangerous dam in the world. It is located 35 miles north of Mosul, Iraq. The dam manages the Tigris River in Iraq. The dam holds an estimated 11-12 billion cubic meters of water. This equates to approximately 3,170,064,624,000 US Fluid Gallons. Translation, 3.1 trillion gallons of water!

http://www.asknumbers.com/CubicMeterToGallon.aspx

On the lake side of the dam, sinkholes are increasing in size and number. As of December 2016, the size of the sinkholes are 60 feet and larger.

Globe & Mail Mosul Dam

Graphic: The Globe & Mail

December 2017: Soldiers from the 569th Engineer Dive Detachment assisted with assessment of the Mosul Dam. The dive team was assessing the sinkholes or caves in the plunge pool. The Army chose a remote-control vehicle instead of divers for safety purposes. Direct observation of the caves was obtained.

Captain James MacGibbon, 569th Engineer Dive Detachment Commander, stated, “The work we did at the Mosul Dam was extremely rewarding because the lead United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) engineers have been wanting to get a look into the caves for months, and we were able to provide that for them.”

“The capabilities and professionalism of the dive team was incredible. They were able to help us answer a lot of unanswered questions of the underwater terrain as well as the southern bridge. Using both their analysis and the video, we were able to conduct some key classifications of the area and gain a much better idea of what we are dealing with throughout this uncertain terrain,” USACE Project Engineer Matthew Collins.

Specific details of the assessment were not provided. How much have the caves grown???

https://www.army.mil/article/198674/divers_support_the_mosul_dam_and_local_iraqi_government

A dam breech would spell big trouble for those in the Tigris River valley. The city of Mosul would be underwater within four hours of a dam break. Within 77 hours, Baghdad would be targeted.

An estimated 45-70 foot wall of water could flood the river valley if the dam breaks. This could potentially kill millions and displace 150 million more per estimates.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2016/mar/10/the-mosul-dam-is-crumbling-if-it-bursts-it-would-be-a-disaster-on-a-biblical-scale

Concern for the dam increases in the Spring with snow melt from the mountains in Turkey. Then come the rains. This is likely to be a story again come March, April, and May…

 

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Our Daily Bread…Featuring Paul Beverly

Posted in Our Daily Bread, Trend Update with tags , , , , , on January 11, 2018 by paulthepoke

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

The rod of discipline is an option…

Proverbs 13:24 Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.

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So Kelly Clarkson is catching a lot of backlash after admitting to spanking her children. Not beating them or hitting them hard, but spanking to let them know what they did isn’t okay. They are calling her lazy & ignorant for parenting this way. I’m guessing these are the same people that feel entitled & are raising entitled children. I received my fair share of spankings as a child & rightfully deserved them. I was a slow learner sometimes, but I figured it out. The American Academy of Pediatrics says any kind of physical punishment is wrong. I don’t agree with them. Each child is different in how they respond to punishment I believe. Time out may work for one child where it has no affect on another. Spanking may not work for some children when trying to get your point across. There is a fine line when it comes to spanking I believe, but parent the best way you know how, without crossing the line. Thoughts?

Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of discipline will remove it far from him.

Proverbs 23:13 Do not hold back discipline from the child, although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.

Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.

Trend Update: Turkey’s Naval Base on the Red Sea, January 2018

Posted in Egypt/Nile River, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2018 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:1-3 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.

Ezekiel 38:6 Gomer and all his hordes; Beth-Togarmah from the uttermost parts of the north with all his hordes—many peoples are with you.

For insight linking Meshech, Tubal, Gomer, and Beth-Togarmah to modern day Turkey, click the link below.

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/08/08/ezekiel-38-who-are-meshech-tubal-gomer-beth-togarmah/

January 2018: Turkey is quietly building a naval presence on the Red Sea. The Turks and the Sudanese have inked a deal.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has proclaimed Turkey has been given access to the Suakin Island from Sudan. The island is effectively across the Red Sea from Mecca, Saudia Arabia. Historically, Turkey is no stranger to the area. The Suakin Island has ties to the Ottoman Empire during the 16th century. The island was the capital of the Habes Province.

Suakin Island

photo: Daily Sabah

Turkey will manage and rebuild infrastructure. The agreement is open ended in regards to time. Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour indicated military and security cooperation are part of the agreement. With the treaty, Turkey now has access to other ports in Sudan.

The military commanders in chief of Turkey, Qatar, and Sudan met at the signing. This alliance is consistent with the Sunni branch of Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood.

 

The alliance between Turkey and Sudan is concerning to the southern coalition of Sunni Muslims including Egypt and Saudia Arabia. Egypt is expressing concern. The Egyptians have a water problem. Access to the Nile River is the issue. Egypt gets 90% of their water from the Nile River. Sudan and Egypt are not working together regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

https://paulthepoke.com/2018/01/04/trend-update-grand-ethiopian-renaissance-dam-january-2018/

Egypt is currently spending millions beefing up their military. They recently purchased two helicopter carriers, one frigate from France, three submarines from Germany, and dozens of warplanes from France and Russia.

 

The Turks currently have a seaport in Somalia. Turkey already has military troops in Qatar. Turkey’s Recep Erdogan has his eyes on the religious sites in Mecca.

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Is-Turkey-setting-up-a-naval-base-on-the-Red-Sea-532904

Water and Muslim religious sites are volatile issues.

 

The prophet Ezekiel stated Russia, Turkey, and allies are prophesied to invade Israel (Ezekiel 38-39). Russia and Sudan have recently formed ties. Russia has entered Libya as of early 2017.

https://paulthepoke.com/2017/12/01/trend-update-sudan-calls-russia-for-help-december-2017/

https://paulthepoke.com/2017/03/20/trend-update-russian-special-forces-in-libya-march-2017/

The southern front of the invasion appears to be taking shape.

 

Trend Update: Israel Strikes SCUD Targets East of Damascus, January 2018

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2018 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 17:1 The oracle concerning Damascus. “Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city and will become a fallen ruin.

January 9, 2018: Syria is claiming Israel has fired missiles from fighter jets at targets northeast of Damascus. Surface to surface missiles were fired from the Golan Heights area. Targets appeared to be related to scud missiles near the town of al-Qutayfah, Syria.

The incidents took place at approximately 2:00-3:00 in the morning.

Syria says that Israel is “fully responsible” for the military action.

Damascus is upset with Israel “as Israel does not announce their raids against Syrian targets.”

“The Israeli aggression affirms again the support of the occupying entity to terrorist organizations in Syria and its desperate attempts to raise their morale after the painful blows they received in Harasta in eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside and the sweeping victories the Syrian Arab Army is achieving in Idlib.” -Syrian Army Spokesman

Syria is claiming to have hit an Israeli jet and intercepted incoming missiles…allegedly.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has sent a letter to the United Nations (UN). Syria warned Israel had better stop the aggression. Excerpts from the letter indicated the following…

“Israel’s aggressive attitude will lead to a regional conflagration and further exacerbate the situation. This is in order to support terror and perpetuate the occupation of Arab lands. The repeated Israeli strikes on Syria will not succeed in protecting terror organizations of Israel’s that are used as its agents, with the heads being ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front.”

“The Syrian government will repeat its warning to Israel of the serious consequences of striking Syria and the continued support to armed terror movements, and it holds it responsible. The Security Council must condemn the Israeli strikes and take steps to stop its aggression.” President al-Assad letter to UN

 

The Israeli Defense Forces have not publicly commented. It should be noted that Israel has admitted to hitting over 100 Hezbollah convoys and military targets. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated the Jewish state will strike when “we have information and operational feasibility.”

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5068669,00.html

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Syrian-army-claims-Israel-struck-targets-near-Damascus-in-overnight-raids-533211

 

Trend Update: Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, January 2018

Posted in Egypt/Nile River, Isaiah, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , on January 4, 2018 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 19:5-8 The waters from the sea will dry up, and the river will be parched and dry. The canals will emit a stench, the streams of Egypt will thin out and dry up; the reeds and rushes will rot away. The bulrushes by the Nile, by the edge of the Nile and all the sown fields by the Nile will become dry, be driven away, and be no more. And the fishermen will lament, and all those who cast a line into the Nile will mourn, and those who spread nets on the waters will pine away.

Yes, the Bible says the Nile River will go dry. This is part of the end time scenario leading up to the return of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) construction continues on the Nile River. Construction of the dam is located in northwest Ethiopia. When finished, the GERD will be the largest hydroelectric plant in Africa. As of the summer of 2017, the project is estimated to be 60% complete. Once finished, it estimated to take 5-15 years for the reservoir to fill to capacity. There is no definitive timeline for the completion of the project.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Ethiopian_Renaissance_Dam

Egypt is calling for an independent third party to assist with negotiation of water rights for the Nile River. Egypt is admitting previous talks have failed. The World Bank is looking to be an intermediary in the discussions. The Egyptians have concerns about water loss. Proposal of dam in southeast Egypt is now in the works.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/12/egypt-ethiopia-sudan-gerd-shalateen-dam-water-talks-dispute.html?

 

Is the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam the reason for the Nile going dry in the end times? Will God use a drought or a combination with the dam? Time will tell. One thing is for sure, at some point in the future the Nile River will go dry. Economic calamity and social unrest will follow in Egypt. These events are the precursor to the return of a Savior. The story ends well…

Isaiah 19:20 It will become a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them.

 

 

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Trend Update: US to Cut Funding to UN, Palestinians, & Pakistanis??? January 2018

Posted in Peace Plan, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on January 2, 2018 by paulthepoke

Obadiah 1:15 For the day of the Lord draws near on all the nations. As you have done, it will be done to you. Your dealings will return on your own head.

January 2, 2018: More money may be returning to the American tax payer. In protest of President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas has refused to participate in further peace talks on any level. In response, United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has been talking to the press. The Palestinians have been issued a warning. Return to the peace negotiation table with Israel or lose American funding.

In 2016, the United States gave $368,429,712 of financial support to Palestinian refugees.

“I think the president has basically said that he doesn’t want to give any additional funding until the Palestinians are agreeing to come back to the negotiation table. We’re trying to move for a peace process but if that doesn’t happen the president is not going to continue to fund that situation.”

“The Palestinians now have to show their will; they want to come to the table. As of now they are not coming to the table but they ask for aid. We’re not giving the aid. We’re going to make sure they come to the table and we want to move forward with the peace process.” -Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-warns-it-wont-fund-refugee-agency-if-palestinians-reject-talks/

 

The United States is also defunding Pakistan to the tune of $255,000,000. Ambassador Haley made these comments as well.

“The administration is withholding $255 million in assistance to Pakistan. There are clear reasons for this. Pakistan has played a double game for years. They work with us at time, and they also harbor the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan. That game is not acceptable to this administration.”

“We expect far more cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against terrorism. The president is willing to go to great lengthens to stop all funding from Pakistan as they continue to harbor and support terrorism.” -Nikki Haley

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/367090-us-withholding-255m-in-aid-from-pakistan-haley-confirms

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Official portrait of President Donald J. Trump, Friday, October 6, 2017. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

Regarding Pakistan, President Trump has weighed in with a tweet.

The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/947802588174577664

That is a potential savings of roughly $600,000,000. Let’s find out how serious some people are about peace.

 

Trend Update: UN Declares Trump “Null & Void”, December 2017

Posted in Peace Plan, Prophecy, Sanhedrin, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2017 by paulthepoke

Zechariah 12:3 On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it.

December 21, 2017: We are living the verse above in today’s world. The nations of the planet are throwing an absolute tantrum over Jerusalem, Israel.

The UN has stated Trump’s declaration is “null and void”.

Today the United Nations (UN) held an emergency vote over Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 128 countries voted and urged President Trump to take back the proclamation. 35 countries abstained from voting.

9 countries voted against the UN resolution and stood with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. These countries included: Israel, United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Togo, and Nauru.

For countries who voted accordingly, see the link below.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Taking-score-These-states-didnt-vote-against-Trump-and-Israel-519719

 

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley had the following comment after the vote.

Nikki Haley UN CNN

Photo: CNN

“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in this assembly. We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution. That is what the American people want us to do and it is the right thing to do. This vote will make a difference in how Americans look at the UN. And this vote will be remembered.” -Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN.

President Trump weighed in on the vote.

“We’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us, we’ll save a lot. We don’t care.” -President Trump.

President-Trump-Official-Portrait

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/21/politics/haley-un-jerusalem/index.html

 

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Photo: Breaking Israel News

Even the Sanhedrin held an emergency meeting in light of the UN vote. The Sanhedrin warned the nations their vote will seal their fate. Here is the declaration.

Isaiah 11:9 In all of My sacred mount nothing evil or vile shall be done; for the land shall be filled with devotion to Hashem as water covers the sea. Israel Bible Translation

The declaration reads:

The nations should now take this opportunity to advance their required role in building God’s House in Jerusalem, the House of Universal Peace, on Mount Moriah, as prophesied in the Bible in order to bring about the long-awaited world peace.

Nations that vote for this evil decree via their representatives are instruments of destruction and their fate is sealed, as has been the case throughout history for those nations who have chosen the path of evil.

For the nations that have, until now, come against Jerusalem this vote is an opportunity to leave their evil ways. If not, they are sealing their own fate and will see judgments from heaven. The nations that support the US president’s declaration will gain merit in heaven.

We emphasize that this vote does not affect the prophecies concerning Jerusalem as the City of God since God’s word is eternal. It is Jerusalem’s fate to be a Light Unto the Nations.

Any nation that desires life will act intelligently and support the declaration of the United States.”
Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/99725/sanhedrin-declares-un-vote-nations-choosing-blessing-curse/#8A9lTuPffMKhUguA.99

 

A little recommendation for the nations of the world… We are not there yet. But God has some guidance if you choose to go against His people in His capital Jerusalem in His nation Israel.

Zechariah 12:9 And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

 

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