Prophecy Watch 8-17-15

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This is a semi-regular posting of whereby I collect interesting newsy bits from a variety of sources that I feel have End-times significance for us.  I hope that this saves you time and keeps you moderately informed of what is going on around the world!

Israel Still top priority for Hezbollah

Jerusalem Post by Ariel Ben Solomon ShowImage (13) A Lebanese newspaper close to Hezbollah said on Monday that “Israeli is still at the top of the party’s priorities” despite the war in Syria. This came within the context of the arrest by Israel last month of a Swedish Palestinian charged for spying for the terrorist group. Hezbollah continues its engagement “against the enemy,” some of which is offensive in nature and some defensive, reported Al-Akhbar. The suspect, Khalil Hizran, was arrested on July 21 after flying into Tel Aviv, and confessed under interrogation to working for Hezbollah, Israel’s Shin Bet security service said after a gag order on the case was lifted. According to a Shin Bet statement, Hizran planned to gather information on military sites in Israel, a mission it deemed “proof that Hezbollah is preparing for the next war with Israel and is marking out a ‘target bank.'” The accused spy’s wife denied the charges in comments to Al-Akhbar, and said they had left Lebanon in 1985 for Sweden and only returned recently for family visits. “The enemy may have tallied an intelligence achievement in its confrontation with the Resistance,” but the delay in releasing the information “may have contributed to the transfer of the desired information to Hezbollah,” said the report. During his interrogation, the suspect provided an account of how he was recruited by Hezbollah and subsequent cooperation with the Lebanese Shi’ite terrorist organization. In 2009, according to Hizran’s testimony, he traveled with his wife and children to Lebanon, during which time he received an offer to meet with Hezbollah operatives and he agreed, the Shin Bet said. During secret meetings with Hezbollah members, he was told the Lebanese terrorist organization was seeking to recruit Palestinians living in Europe who hold foreign passports and send them to Israel to gather intelligence for Hezbollah. Yaakov Lappin and Reuters contributed to this report.

ISIS abducts dozens of Christians from Syrian town

Jerusalem Post reports that Christians taken from church in Qaryatain: ShowImage (12) BEIRUT – Islamic State militants have abducted dozens of Christian families after seizing a strategically located town in the central Syrian province of Homs, a monitor said on Friday. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 230 people were kidnapped, including dozens of Christians, some of whom were taken from a church in Qaryatain, the town captured overnight after heavy fighting with the Syrian army. Qaryatain is near a road linking the ancient city of Palmyra to the Qalamoun mountains, along the border with Lebanon. Islamic State has killed members of religious minorities and Sunni Muslims who do not swear allegiance to its self-declared “caliphate”. They also consider Christians as infidels. Last February, the hardline jihadists abducted at least 250 Assyrian Christians, many of whom were children and women, during raids on villages in northeastern Syria, in a mass abduction coinciding with an offensive in the same region by Kurdish forces backed by US led air strikes. The fate of many of these civilians is unclear, as is that of a number of priests who went missing and are believed to be held by the militants, according to Christian groups.

Anti-Semitic Graffiti tapped on over 30 Cars and Buildings in San Antonio

by JTA  August 12, 2015 Anti-Semitic graffiti was spray-painted on some 30 cars and buildings in a San Antonio neighborhood near an Orthodox synagogue. The graffiti discovered Wednesday morning in the Texas city included swastikas and references to the Ku Klux Klan, according to local reports. At least one car’s side window was smashed in with a rock. The San Antonio Police are investigating the incident. Much of the vandalism was centered on Sholom Drive and Sholom Place, streets that border Congregation Rodfei Sholom. Most of the congregation’s 300 member families live near the synagogue. “I want to tell those who did this that you have done something destructive,” Rabbi Arnold Scheinberg of Rodfei Shalom told News Radio 1200 WOAI. “Your life could be much better if you could have more love than hate. We’re sorry for you; we are sorry the way you express your life.” The synagogue members are “outraged that in this day and age there are people who still live in their own minds and own worlds where it seems to be OK to hate people based on their religion,” synagogue board member Howard Feinberg told the Times-Picayune newspaper. “We are cleaning up and moving on.”

Archaeologists uncover massive gate to Goliath’s Biblical City

In yesterday’s post, Stranger than Fiction, we discussed the Giant Nephilim.  Here is an interesting confirming connection in archaeological discovery:

Archaeologists on a two-decade-long mission have discovered the gate and the fortifications of one of the most coveted ancient Biblical cities – Philistine Gath, located in the Judean foothills. The city was also home to Goliath. The gate to the city, where the biblical giant warrior Goliath, defeated by young David, the future king of Israel, came from, was enormous. 55c0d7abc3618893788b45a8 It is among the largest found to date in digs of this kind, says Professor Aren Maeir, of the Martin Department of Land, Israel Studies and Archaeology at the Bar-Ilan University. The finding, he says, is evidence of the city’s political influence in the 10th – 9th centuries BCE, during the ‘United Kingdom’ of Israel and the reign of King Ahab of Israel. The Biblical city is located in the Judean foothills, between Jerusalem and Ashkelon, in the Tel Zafit national park, where Maeir and his team’s excavations have been ongoing for some time. Their long-term aim is to study the way of life and history of the city. Read Full Article Read more at

Forget Wearable tech like Apple Watch:  The Implants are coming!

In yesterday’s post, Stranger than Fiction, we speculated on  implant chips as the Mark of the Beast. Sometimes truth is more interesting than fiction:

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(CNN) — Smartphone mapping features are great for getting directions, until you lose signal. But you could avoid getting lost in the woods with a guiding system embedded in your body.

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Electronic engineer and biohacker Brian McEvoy has designed the first internal compass, and will be the first test subject. The ‘Southpaw‘ — inspired by the North Paw bracelet – works by sealing a miniature compass inside a silicon coat, within a rounded Titanium shell, to be implanted under the skin. An ultra-thin whisker juts out, which is activated when the user faces north, to lightly brush an alert on the underside of the skin.

“For a disc shape, it would be best located near shoulder”, says McEvoy, ahead of the procedure. “I don’t foresee any safety issues”. Materials and shape have been chosen for the body’s tolerance of them, but the Minnesota biohacker is working with experts to minimize risk before going under the knife.

Although McEvoy alone will take the implant, Southpaw has been a collaborative project, developed through the leading forum, that draws on the shared knowledge of citizen science labs around the world. For these dedicated blue-sky enthusiasts with stated goals that include eternal life and learning to fly, the paradigm for technology has gone beyond wearable, to implanted.

Magnets and microchips are standard for community members, often for aesthetic or novelty value. But the implants are growing in sophistication to offer practical applications, such as the ‘Circadia’ micro-computer developed by offshoot company Grindhouse Wetware, which CEO Tim Cannon embedded in his arm last year, and was able to collect and transmit temperature data via Bluetooth.

Another of the forum’s stars, Rich Lee has pioneered the use of magnets. With one embedded in each ear he can listen to music through them, via a wire coil he wore around his neck, that converts sound into electromagnetic fields, creating the first ‘internal headphones’.

But his experiments go far beyond sound. “It is a sixth sense”, says Lee. “The implants allow me to detect different sensors, so I can ‘hear’ heat from a distance. I can detect magnetic fields and Wi-Fi signals, so much of the world that I had no awareness of.”

There is a practical purpose to Lee’s experiments, as he suffers deteriorating eyesight and hopes to improve his orientation through greater sensory awareness, and is learning to navigate through echolocation. But he sees his self-hacking as a voyage of discovery rather than a medical trial.

“It’s almost erotic when you feel something totally unexpected when there was no sensation before. You want to enquire and learn more. This is an adventure for me.”

Appropriately enough, a priority among Lee’s 130 projects are ‘adult industry’ implants for erogenous zones to maximize pleasure, for which he anticipates major commercial interest. Another device for the nose would aim to control the body temperature, which could increase endurance and physical capacity.

Lee is convinced that improving implants equate to a better body and a better life, and puts no limit on what procedure he would undergo. “If better models come out every 18 months I would buy them. The way people are with cellphones, I feel the same way about implants.”

Availability looks set to improve. Writer and biohacker Frank Swain, who with degenerative hearing, has secured commercial backing for a new type of implant that would convert environmental data — such as Wifi signals, into sounds that allow the user to orientate themselves. A prototype will be unveiled this fall.

On a larger scale, several hundred RFID tags are being shipped around the world to backers of a successful crowd funding campaign. Amal Graafstra, an implant enthusiast who received his first tag in 2005, launched the campaign through his start-up Dangerous Things and claims it is the largest non-medical implantation program yet.

It’s almost erotic when you feel something totally unexpected when there was no sensation before. Implant pioneer Rich Lee

“We’re the first to put near field communication (NFC) compliant implants on the market like this”, says Graafstra, adding that recent breakthroughs have facilitated chips with greater memory and potential. “There are 880 bytes of space, relative to 97 in the previous generation, so before you could keep a name and phone number but now it has far greater capacity.”

Graafstra already uses his implants as universal passwords, unlocking physical and electronic barriers. Similar technology is already widely used in contactless card payment systems and clothing tags, and Motorola are developing an RFID-activated ‘password pill’ that a user can swallow and access their devices without the hassle of remembering them.

Graafstra recommends the people buying his tags have the procedures professionally implanted through vetted specialists, but includes a DIY guide for those who insist on going it alone. “I mainly got into this to encourage safety standards”, says Graffstra. “When I first started people were using the wrong equipment and having horrible accidents, this is a step to standardizing procedures.”

In the US and across much of Europe, professional medics would be forbidden from implanting the device, and there is widespread distrust of biohackers. “Anyone doing this to themselves should stop”, says Dr. Anthony Guiseppe-Elie, professor of bioengineering at the University of South Carolina, and editor of ‘Bioengineering’ journal, stressing the medical principle to solve problems rather than enhance healthy people.

Yet Guiseppe-Elie accepts the biohackers could be drivers for public acceptance of emerging technologies such as cochlear and retina implants, that have had dramatic successes in improving the conditions of hearing and sight-impaired people.

Food Seizures begin:  Venezuela Farmers ordered to turn over their Food to the Government

Friday August 7, 2015 by Daniel Barker

(NaturalNews) As Venezuela’s economy continues to worsen — its currency having entered “free fall mode,” according to the Financial Times — the desperate Maduro government has taken the extreme measure of nationalizing the nation’s food industry.

Sad-Man-Farmer-Depressed-BeardVenezuelan farmers and food producers are now required to sell anywhere from 30 percent to 100 percent of their products to state-owned stores. The order covers staple foods such as rice, milk, oil, sugar and flour. Shortages and long lines in stores have become common since Venezuela’s economy began sliding into inflation — a situation that placed them at the top of the list in the world for inflation in 2014. The official inflation rate was 65 percent last year, and in the last month the currency has lost another 43 percent of its value. Oil prices once again have dropped, causing further strain on Venezuela’s struggling economy. The recent free fall of the country’s currency — the bolivar — is evidence, according to, of “the growing inability of Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s president, to stabilise the country’s fast deteriorating economy.” Maduro’s Leftist government has attempted to cover its debts by printing money, a move which has pushed the country towards a state of hyperinflation, according to leading economists. Venezuela’s money supply has increased 85 percent in the last year, while the currency continues to devalue. The black market value of the bolivar has nearly reached the 700 to one dollar mark — a figure roughly one-hundredth of the official government rate of 6.3 bolivars to the dollar. Many observers believe that the move to nationalize the food supply will only worsen the situation, especially for Venezuela’s lower income citizens. Pablo Baraybar, president of the Venezuelan Food Industry Chamber, says the order is “illogical” and will harm consumers: Taking products from the supermarkets and shops to hand them over to the state network doesn’t help in any way. And problems like speculating will only get worse, because the foods will be concentrated precisely in the areas where the resellers go.

Speculation and exploitation

The “speculating” that Baraybar refers to is the widespread practice of private retailers in Venezuela purchasing and hoarding cheap food products from the state-owned markets for resale at greatly inflated prices in the private stores.The speculators, nicknamed “bachaqueros” (giant ants), buy goods from the three state-owned store chains, then resell them at a profit. The nationalization will also lead to even longer lines in the markets, according to Baraybar, because “goods will be available in fewer stores.”

A group of pro-government supporters stand outside the distribution center belonging to Venezuela’s largest food company, Empresas Polar, in La Yaguara, Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, July 30, 2015. According to Empresas Polar director Manuel Felipe Larrazabal the government occupied of one of its Caracas food distribution centers. President Nicolas Maduro has accused Polar of sabotaging the economy by hoarding goods and intentionally creating shortages, a charge the company has denied. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
A group of pro-government supporters stand outside the distribution center belonging to Venezuela’s largest food company, Empresas Polar, in La Yaguara, Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, July 30, 2015. According to Empresas Polar director Manuel Felipe Larrazabal the government occupied of one of its Caracas food distribution centers. President Nicolas Maduro has accused Polar of sabotaging the economy by hoarding goods and intentionally creating shortages, a charge the company has denied. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

  From the The state owns 7,245 stores, compared to more than 113,000 in private hands. Mr Baraybar said that many of the private shops were in densely-populated areas, meaning that people will now be forced to make longer journeys to the state stores.

Solution: increased production, not nationalization

Baraybar says that the Venezuelan Food Industry Chamber was not informed about the order and has called for a meeting with the government to discuss the plan. He says that the move “does absolutely nothing to help with the shortages” and that increased national production is the solution.For years now, Venezuela has exercised strict price controls on many basic goods in an effort to keep them affordable for the country’s poor, but manufacturers claim that high production costs make it impossible to for them to operate, leading to further shortages. Meanwhile, the government accuses the producers of greedy speculation and trying to undermine the revolution. The socialist model has proven to be disastrous to Venezuela’s economy, as it has in other countries which opted for the same approach. Simply taking over the private sector will never be a formula for economic success. Sources:

Looting turns Deadly in Venezuela Amid Severe Food Shortages

August 1, 2015CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A man was killed and dozens were arrested Friday as a mob looted a supermarket and other shops in an industrial Venezuelan city, Bolivar state authorities said.

Members of national guard patrol a supermarket in Caracas, on February 3, 2015. President Nicolas Maduro, whose country faces severe economic crisis and shortages, ordered a Venezuelan chain be taken over Tuesday and its proprietors detained for inciting "a food war against the people."AFP   PHOTO/JUAN BARRETO        (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of national guard patrol a supermarket in Caracas, on February 3, 2015. President Nicolas Maduro, whose country faces severe economic crisis and shortages, ordered a Venezuelan chain be taken over Tuesday and its proprietors detained for inciting “a food war against the people.”AFP PHOTO/JUAN BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

In announcing the looting, Gov. Francisco Rangel pushed back against opponents of Venezuela’s socialist government who attributed the unrest to widespread scarcities of basic goods across the oil-rich nation.He said more than two dozen people were arrested in connection with the looting in the southeastern city ofCiudad Guyana and added that there was no excuse for the behavior. “No one is starving,” he said.Rangel also suggested to the television station Globovision that the looting might have been driven by people with “political motives.” Tensions are running high in Venezuela as the country gears up for December legislative elections.Local newspaper Correo del Caroni said the commotion, which centered on four stroes, caused merchants to temporarily shutter nearby businesses in fear they might be attacked, too.

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