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The People’s Republic and Community Standards

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Culture with tags , , , , , , , on March 17, 2020 by paulthepoke

Proverbs 31:8-9 Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

It has been brought to my attention that a post shared on a social media platform has not reached “community standards” and has been removed. Below is the content of the post and the attached article. I was informed this was “spam”.

This is why a national emergency was declared…
Simple math and healthcare availability…
There is time now…

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/who-gets-hospital-bed/607807/

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“This post goes against our Community Standards on spam.” -Facebook

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Free Money!!! March 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Pestilence, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2020 by paulthepoke

Revelation 6:5-6 When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!”

Jesus has opened the scroll and initiated judgment with a series of seals, trumpets, and bowls. With the opening of the third seal, John speaks of a time when it will cost a day’s wage for food. About 2,000 years ago, a denarius was a day’s wage for labor. We are living in and witnessing historical times and events. However, we are not witnessing the third seal of Revelation.

photo: Business Insider

In an unprecedented move, the United States Federal Reserve slashed interest rates to ZERO! A new round of quantitative easing will be initiated worth $700 billion in treasuries and mortgage backed securities.

Emergency lending for banks has been reduced to .25%. Repayment has been extended to 90 days.

Requirement ratios for banks has been reduced to ZERO.

Here is the statement from the Federal Reserve.

“The coronavirus outbreak has harmed communities and disrupted economic activity in many countries, including the United States.”

“…is prepared to use its full range of tools to support the flow of credit to households and businesses and thereby promote its maximum employment and price stability goals.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/15/federal-reserve-cuts-rates-to-zero-and-launches-massive-700-billion-quantitative-easing-program.html

Here is the latest statistical data from around the globe.

  • 169,000+ infected globally
  • 6,500+ deaths
  • Spain is on lock down.
  • France is on lock down.
  • Germany is reported to close its borders on Monday.
  • Nike and Apple have essentially closed all stores globally.
  • United States has 3,600+ cases
  • States are closing public schools.
  • Hoboken, NJ has issued a 10:00 p.m. curfew.
  • Universities are moving to on line instruction and closing campi.
  • College and professional sporting competition has been suspended.

Many critics state there is much hyperbole and over reaction with the media reporting and government response to the coronavirus COVID 19. I would encourage those critics to look at Italy. Cases are now over 24,000 and the death toll is increasing. Physicians are now making decisions on who gets care and who does not. Hospitals and health care providers cannot meet demands. The number of cases has doubled in the last four days.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/who-gets-hospital-bed/607807

https://www.propublica.org/article/this-coronavirus-is-unlike-anything-in-our-lifetime-and-we-have-to-stop-comparing-it-to-the-flu

We do not want videos of overwhelmed hospitals and health care workers making decisions in the parking lot on who gets care and who does not.

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

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Revelation 6:7-8 When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.

One quarter of the earth will be affected by death with the fourth seal! 1/4 of 7.8 billion is 1.95 billion!

Please understand. What we are watching and living is a human tragedy. I do not want to minimize this. But, this is nothing of the scope and scale of what is to come. We are not in the Revelation seals. There is time now.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

1 John 2:2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Corona Virus/COVID 19 Update, March 8, 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Pestilence, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2020 by paulthepoke

Leviticus 13:46 He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp. 

March 8, 2020: This is what the world is doing on a global scale. People infected with COVID 19, the corona virus, or Wuhan virus, take your pick, are being quarantined and isolated.

Italy COVID

Italy made a major move to stop the progression of the disease. The northern part of the country has been blocked off from the rest of the country. 17 million people have been effectively quarantined. The Italian government states people must “absolutely avoid any movement into and out of the areas.”

The decree is in effect until April 3, 2020. To date, 85% of the cases are reported in northern Italy.

Even the Vatican has its first case.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/italy-plans-large-scale-lockdown-in-countrys-north-to-fight-coronavirus-11583613874

The largest number of cases outside of China are located in Italy, Iran, and South Korea. Roughly 21,000 people are infected in these three countries.

Cities and municipalities in the United States appear to be ill prepared and behind the curve to manage the corona virus. The ability to assess and diagnose patients infected is poor. Diagnostic kits are limited. To date, about 1,600 people have been tested.

Effective Monday, March 9, 2020, 2.1 million testing kits will be distributed to commercial labs which equates to 850,000 people being assessed. This is per the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC mandates two swabs per patient.

Dr Anthony Fauci is the head of the infectious diseases unit at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He states there will be 4 million test kits available by the end of the week.

Click on the link below for Dr. Fauci’s comments on the Meet the Press Sunday morning.

 

Current statistics from the United States:

  • 516 infected
  • 21 deaths
  • 33 states and DC reporting cases

Look for numbers to spike in the United States moving forward. Testing kits are beginning to be manufactured and distributed.

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/486452-cdc-has-tested-1583-people-for-coronavirus

Micah 5:2 But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.

Bethlehem: 19 people have tested positive in the birth place of Jesus. Infected patients have been transferred to Jericho. Israel Defense Minister Naftali Bennett has closed down the city until further notice. Only the transport of goods will be allowed in and out of Bethlehem. The closure was coordinated with the Palestinian Authority.

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-bethlehem-becomes-a-ghost-town-after-coronavirus-closure-1.8635434

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Here is the latest statistical data from around the globe.

  • 110,000+ infected world wide
  • 3,800+ deaths reported
  • 108 countries impacted
  • Fatality rate is being adjust upwards to at least 3% infected

Track virus statistics at the Johns Hopkins CSSE link below.

https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html

Wuhan Virus Update, February 24, 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Michael Douville, Pestilence, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on February 24, 2020 by paulthepoke

Luke 21:11b …and in various places famines and pestilences. -Jesus

February 24, 2020: The Wuhan Virus has left main land China and is spreading internationally. The number of infected has seen a significant jump in South Korea, Italy, and Iran. Here is an overview from global headlines around the world from the internet.

wuhan iran

South Korea: The number of cases is now approaching 900 with 8 deaths. The government has placed the city of Daegu and its 2.5 million people on lock down. Samsung has closed operations in Gumi at a phone manufacturing facility where an employee has been infected.

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Italy: The concern is the virus will spread into Europe. Austria has blocked traffic coming from Italy at the border. 11 towns east of Milan in northern Italy have quarantined. The towns have roughly 50,000 residents. Across the country, Italians are emptying grocery stores for supplies. Food shortages are being reported in northern Italy. Schools and museums have been closed. Airport screenings are now taking place. Milan Fashion Week has been severely impacted. As of the post, Italy reports 231 infected with 7 deaths.

https://www.rt.com/news/481542-milan-zombie-apocalypse-coronavirus/

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Iran: There appears to be some conflicting information coming out of Shia leadership in Tehran. For the record, Iran is reporting 61 cases with 12 deaths. However, an Iranian legislator is stating there are 50 deaths in Qom. Of note, Qom is the home of Shia religious sites and Qom is also home to a nuclear facility.

Other foreign countries are not taking any chances. Turkey, Armenia, Afghanistan, and Iraq have closed their borders with Iran.

Complicating the situation, the Corona Virus is making its way into the Middle East.

The World Health Organization (WHO) remains stead fast in not calling the current situation a pandemic.

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The stock markets around the globe are starting to react to the financial impact of the Wuhan Virus. The Dow Jones Industrial was down over 1,000 points at times today. Interest rates reached all time lows in the United States. 10 year Treasury notes closed at 1.396%. 30 year Treasury notes closed at 1.857%. Oil has fallen to $50 per barrel. Global supply chains are being impacted due to a lack of economic activity. Economic activity is zero in parts of the far east.

Check out PaulthePoke’s financial planning and economic expert Michael Douville and his comments on the impact of the Wuhan Virus. Click on the link below.

 

Here is the latest statistical data from around the globe.

  • 80,000+ infected world wide
  • 2,699 deaths reported
  • 37 countries impacted
  • Fatality rate of 1-2% infected

Track virus statistics at the Johns Hopkins CSSE link below.

https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#

 

Recession in Europe, Michael Douville

Posted in Michael Douville, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2019 by paulthepoke

Proverbs 22:3 The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

Recession may be starting in Europe!

Real Estate is an illiquid asset, tenants and leases and sales and marketing and escrows take time. The timing model clearly indicates slowdown and for over a year the warnings have been very clear. The slowdown is now fact and price declines are starting to become visible.


Europe is teetering on the edge of a Recession. A Recession with Historic Debt and non-existent Interest rates!


New data shows Central Bank Intervention in the Global markets; markets react quickly as seen in the  recent runup. However, the liquidity lag time for the general Economy is easily a few quarters and may be too late to avoid a Recession.

Economic indications indicate Italy and the Netherlands have entered into recession. How should we prepare for global economic recession.


Is the Powerhouse of Europe, Germany, heading into Recession? What will this mean for the United States?

Click on the video for German economic data

A Recession now could be EPIC! It also coincides with the Timing Model; the precursor to the ‘Explosive” Phase.


Super Volcanoes Rumble to Life, Christmas 2018

Posted in Earthquakes/Volcanoes, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on December 24, 2018 by paulthepoke

Psalm 97:5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.

Photo: AP/Weather Channel

December 24, 2018: Mount Etna in Italy has erupted. This is Italy’s largest volcano. Mt. Etna is located on the island of Sicily. This is west of the toe in the boot of Italy. According to experts, the eruption occurred from a new fracture. Approximately 130 quakes less than 4.0 on the Richter Scale have been reported. Air space in the region has been closed because of extensive ash.

“The eruption occurred on the side of Mt. Etna. It’s the first lateral eruption in more than 10 years, but it doesn’t seem to be dangerous.” -Boris Behncke, Volcanologist, Italy’s National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology

https://weather.com/news/news/2018-12-24-mount-etna-eruption-ash-lava

Click on the video link above for geography and additional analysis

Luke 21:25 And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves… -Jesus

Isaiah 51:15 I am the LORD your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the LORD of hosts is his name.

December 23, 2018: Anak Krakatoa has erupted and is likely the cause of a deadly tsunami. The volcano is located in the Sunda Strait between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra. The number of dead is approaching 400 at the time of this post. Hundreds of others have been injured and missing. Landslides from the eruption are the likely cause of the tsunami. Fears of further eruptions and tsunamis are indicated.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46667970

Video of the continued eruption provided by Channel NewsAsia.

Channel NewsAsia

These events are not prophetic fulfillment. They are trends that will increase as the time draws nearer…

Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.

Trend Update: Israel’s Natural Gas Riches, January 2018

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2018 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:13 Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all its leaders will say to you, ‘Have you come to seize spoil? Have you assembled your hosts to carry off plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to seize great spoil?’

This is the bait for the Russian invasion of Israel. At some point in the future, Russia and its allies will invade Israel for their “great spoil”.

For details linking modern day Russia to ancient Magog. See the link below.

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/08/04/ezekiel-38-who-is-magog/

January 30, 2018: The Israeli government has an anti-monopoly policy in place for protection. As part of this policy, the American company Noble Energy will sell $800,000,000 worth of shares and cash to be in compliance. The money will go to Tamar Petroleum Ltd. Noble’s holdings is now 25%.

At this time, the Tamar field is the only operational natural gas field. But things will be changing…

The development of the Leviathan natural gas field is in process. The Leviathan is Israel’s largest gas field. It is estimated to contain 18.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, plus 34.1 million barrels of condensate.

Noble Energy is looking to invest $4 billion (4,000,000,000) into the Leviathan project. The Leviathan is looking to be online by 2019.

So far, Noble has pocketed up to $1.25 billion. Almost $1 billion has been in cash.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/noble-energy-sells-part-of-tamar-gas-field-stake/

Offshore Energy Today

Europe and Israel have agreed to the construction of a pipeline linking the Leviathan gas field to Europe. The name of the project is EastMed. The European Union will spend 34.5 million euros for planning the pipeline. The project is tentatively scheduled to begin construction in 2021. It is expected to take four years to be completed and operational by 2025.

The pipeline will go from the Leviathan field to Cyprus to Greece then to Italy. From Italy, the natural gas will be distributed throughout Europe.

The following statement is an excerpt from the Globes article…

“The EU regards EastMed as a strategic project that will enhance the energy security of European countries by giving them access to a supply of gas through another pipeline besides Russia’s and the dwindling gas resources of Norway and the Netherlands.”

https://www.globes.co.il/en/article-eu-to-fund-planning-of-pipeline-from-leviathan-to-europe-1001221467

eastmed

Israel will cut into Russia’s bottom line.

 

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Trend Update: Tremors in Super Volcanoes, August 2017

Posted in Earthquakes/Volcanoes, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2017 by paulthepoke

Luke 21:11a There will be great earthquakes…

While America was watching the solar eclipse…there were a couple of earthquakes of note. The issue was not the size of the quakes but the location. An earthquake was reported in Yellowstone National Park during the eclipse. Also in Europe, a quake was noted near Naples, Italy on the island of Ischia. Both of these earthquakes took place in relation to super volcanoes.

The vacation island of Ischia is located west of the Naples metro area. Ischia Island is located in the Campi Flegrei super volcano complex. This is the same region that is home to Mount Vesuvius near Pompeii. This is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

The quake has been revised to 4.2 on the Richter Scale at a depth of 10 km (approximately 6 miles). Up to 14 aftershocks have been reported. Damage to buildings and homes has been significant. At least 2 lives were lost. Injuries continue to mount.

https://www.thelocal.it/20170822/shocking-to-die-in-such-low-magnitude-earthquake-says-chief-geologist

 

yellowstoneYellowstone National Park: A 3.2 magnitude quake was indicated on the western edge of the park per the USGS. Quakes in the Yellowstone area have been increasing in frequency and intensity over the past few months. With all the activity in the park, the ground is reported to have risen by 3 inches in various area.

NASA is reported to have plans on the books to stop a Yellowstone volcano eruption.

The following is an excerpt from The Sun. One of the “risky” plans includes drilling to the bottom of the the volcano and using high pressure water to release heat from the magma chamber.

Editorial comment by this author…bad idea. This concept is not working with injection wells at fracking sites in the oil fields. The end result has been earthquakes where quakes had not previously occurred. See Oklahoma.

Of note, all stories related to this event in Yellowstone were noted in foreign news sources from England and Israel.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/844037/eclipse-solar-eclipse-earthquake-Yellowstone-volcano

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4279102/nasas-risky-plan-to-save-the-world-from-the-yellowstone-volcano-which-could-trigger-an-eruption-instead-of-stop-it/

 

Long Valley CAThese two super volcanoes are not the only active areas. The Long Valley Caldera in California is awake. Seismic activity is reported at negative levels per the USGS. Measurements taken are relative to sea level. The majority of quake activity is reported to occur below sea level. Many shallow quakes occur at depth down to 7 miles or less below the surface. That would mean the activity taking place in California is occurring in the mountains of the volcano. As in Yellowstone, the geography of the area is reported to be raised up to 6 inches.

 

Lake Toba and Krakatoa in Indonesia remain active with consistent seismic activity. Super volcanoes are actively rumbling in Europe, North America, and southeast Asia.

Micah 1:4 And the mountains will melt under him, and the valleys will split open, like wax before the fire, like waters poured down a steep place.

 

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Trend Update: Italian Supervolcano at “Critical Stage”, May 2017

Posted in Earthquakes/Volcanoes, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2017 by paulthepoke

Psalm 97:5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.

May 17, 2017: The Italian super volcano Campi Flegrei is flaring again. Reports out of Italy indicate risk of eruption is increasing. Campi Flegrei translates to “burning fields” in Italian. The caldera is estimated to be seven miles across. Campi Flegrei has not erupted since 1538.

The volcano is located approximately 11 miles southwest of Naples, Italy. 500,000 people live in the Naples area. The local area is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

The area is across the bay from Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. History records the big eruption in 79 AD which resulted in the destruction of Pompeii and nearby villages.

 

Micah 1:4 And the mountains will melt under him, and the valleys will split open, like wax before the fire, like waters poured down a steep place.

Dr. Christopher Kilburn, Director of the UCL Hazard Centre, said: “By studying how the ground is cracking and moving at Campi Flegrei, we think it may be approaching a critical stage where further unrest will increase the possibility of an eruption, and it’s imperative that the authorities are prepared for this.

“We don’t know when or if this long-term unrest will lead to an eruption, but Campi Flegrei is following a trend we’ve seen when testing our model on other volcanoes, including Rabaul in Papua New Guinea, El Hierro in the Canary Islands, and Soufriere Hills on Montserrat in the Caribbean.”

He added: “We are getting closer to forecasting eruptions at volcanoes that have been quiet for generations by using detailed physical models to understand how the preceding unrest develops.”

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Nahum 1:5 Mountains quake because of Him and the hills dissolve; indeed the earth is upheaved by His presence, the world and all the inhabitants in it.

“In case of a big one, it could affect our chances to live in Europe, immediately killing hundreds of thousands if not millions. Ashes would cover the sun, possibly for days/months/years, affecting humanity, fauna, and flora in other continents.” -Dr. Luca De Siena, University of Aberdeen

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/805011/volcano-eruption-Italy-Campi-Flegrei-Naples-Vesuvius-Europe-thousands-lives-threatened-UCL

 

Seismic activity is a hallmark of end time’s happenings. Earthquakes and volcano eruptions have dramatically risen in the past 2-4 years. This report is about one volcano in Italy. The Bible states volcanic activity will be global and affect all the people of the earth.

Isaiah 24:1 Behold, the LORD lays the earth waste, devastates it, distorts its surface and scatters its inhabitants.

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

Trend Update: Naples, Italy Super Volcano Awakens??? January 2017

Posted in Earthquakes/Volcanoes, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2017 by paulthepoke

Psalm 97:5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.

Isaiah 24:1 Behold, the LORD lays the earth waste, devastates it, distorts its surface and scatters its inhabitants.

Micah 1:4 And the mountains will melt under him, and the valleys will split open, like wax before the fire, like waters poured down a steep place.

Nahum 1:5 Mountains quake because of Him and the hills dissolve; indeed the earth is upheaved by His presence, the world and all the inhabitants in it.

Reports out of Italy have been emerging since Christmas 2016. A super volcano near Naples, Italy may be coming back to life. The area is prone to volcanic activity with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and the destruction of Pompeii and other local villages.

The Campi Flegrei area west of Naples may be reaching a critical pressure point. Campi Flegrei translates to “burning fields” in Italian. The caldera is estimated to be seven miles across. The eruption threat level was raised in 2012 from green to yellow. Now in 2017, temperature and magma levels are rising.

Giovanni Chiodini, a researcher at Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Bologna stated, “Hydrothermal rocks, if heated, can ultimately lose their mechanical resistance, causing an acceleration towards critical conditions.”

Is this a proclamation that an eruption would signal the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy? NO!

This is one super volcano in one country. If this volcano were to erupt, 500,000 people in the Naples area would be in severe danger. This is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. It would be a terrible disaster.

http://home.bt.com/news/world-news/italian-supervolcano-near-naples-shows-signs-of-reawakening-11364129415375

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/02/massive-volcano-is-rumblingright-under-one-italys-biggest-cities-report.html

One has to admit, seismic frequency and intensity are on the increase over the past decades. The trend and trajectory are up.

The scope and scale of Biblical prophecy is global and not isolated to a country or region of that country. Scripture has multiple examples of seismic activity in the end times scenario. It is not hard to find verses and references. Peter makes it very clear. This will happen suddenly like a thief.

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

Paul the Poke

Habakkuk 1:5 Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. -LORD God

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