Ayatollah Khamenei Calls for an International Islamic Power-Bloc — The First Step in the Fulfillment of Ezekiel 38-39?
By Jack Smith
I direct you to a very interesting article that came through one of the blogs that I subscribe to. The article reports on a sermon given by Iran’s supreme spiritual leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, to 2.5 million people on pilgrimage in Mecca (see also, http://www.kashmirtimes.com/news.aspx?ndid=20635). On this past Sunday, the Ayatollah called for the formation of an “international Islamic power-bloc” of all Muslims uniting against the non-Muslim world (specifically, “the West, the United States, and Zionism, which are weaker than ever before”). According to the Ayatollah, such a power-bloc “can change the destiny of the Islamic Ummah (nation),” and herald “a bright future accompanied with dignity and progress.”
It really doesn’t matter whether we label the Ayatollah’s call a “Revived Caliphate” or an “international Islamic power-bloc,” the point is that a Shia leader is calling for the uniting of all Muslims against the Infidels. This particular Shia leader is also the Ayatollah of Iran, the supreme spiritual leader, who “trumps” all other leaders in Iran, including Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s president. Iran is the one country in the world where we continually read of its nuclear aspirations as well as its intentions to destroy Israel. To Sunnis, the majority sect of Islam, to unite under the banner of Islam at the call of a Shia leader is highly improbable. Shias are considered “unbelievers” by most Sunni Muslims. The Iranian Ayatollah’s call to the Arab world (and all Muslims) is uniquely timed to take advantage of the confusion, chaos, and vacuum of leadership commonly referred to as the “Arab Spring.” The Ayatollah describes this time as critical, and one in which Muslims must “make the most of this opportunity. . . .” He states that Islamic countries that are now able to hold free elections (previously led by dictators) will inevitably follow the lead of Tunisia, and elect Islamist leaders, and new constitutions based on Sharia law.
The tenuous political climate now present in the Middle East beckons Muslims to follow the call of the strongest voice. This is the underlying reason for the Ayatollah’s call for the Islamic power-bloc at this specific time in human history while 2.5 million Muslims listened while on religious pilgrimage. The West is perceived to be at its weakest point, and so the prospects of success seem greater than any time in the last four centuries. Read more…
By Mike Wall – “An asteroid slightly bigger than a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier will zoom by Earth inside the orbit of the moon Tuesday, Nov. 8, but it poses no danger of smashing into our planet, scientists say.
The asteroid 2005 YU55, which is about 1,300 feet (400 meters) across, will make its closest approach to Earth at 6:28 p.m. EST (2328 GMT) today. At that point, the space rock will be traveling at about 29,000 mph and be about 201,700 miles (324,600 kilometers) from Earth — closer than the moon, which orbits 238,864 miles (384,499 km) from us on average.
The flyby will mark the closest such a big space rock has come to Earth since 1976. But there’s no need to scurry down to the basement bunker to await an asteroid impact, researchers say.
‘2005 YU55 cannot hit Earth, at least over the interval that we can compute the motion reliably, which extends for several hundred years,’ research scientist Lance Benner, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., said in a recent NASA video.” Read more.
30-nation tsunami exercise a dry run for asteroid hitting earth? – “Doomsday conspiracy theorists are suggesting that the 30-nation (including the Philippines) tsunami exercise on November 9 is actually a preparation for a ‘deep impact’ scenario of an asteroid crashing into Earth. On video-sharing site YouTube, firehawk71 posted a video with a note that warned, ‘Asteroid YU55 close approach (closer than the moon) on November 8-9th!! Plus, Earth will be passing through debris from Comet Elenin’s tail around the same time. Are they prepping for something catastrophic?’ However, a scientist working with the United States of America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) earlier said: ‘There is no chance that this object will collide with the Earth or moon.'” Read more.
Dangerous Alaska ‘Superstorm’ to Produce Historic Hurricane-Like Conditions, ‘This Will Be One of the Most Severe Bering Sea Storms on Record’
Update: “Initial reports from towns along Alaska’s northwest coast early Wednesday indicated that a massive Bering Sea storm had tossed rocks onto roads, eroded beaches and blown off roofs — and that’s before water surges expected to peak Wednesday night. In Nome, the largest town with 3,600 residents, the main street was closed due to rock and log debris. Residents were told to stay off streets due to live wires from downed power lines, and a highway was feared cut by beach erosion. Roofs were also blown away overnight, when the height of snow and hurricane-force winds hit at about 2 a.m.” Read more.
By Jason Samenow – “A ferocious, dangerous storm in the north Pacific is on a collision course with the west coast of Alaska. Referred to as the ‘Bering Sea Superstorm’ by the National Weather Service Office in Fairbanks (NWS), damaging winds, severe beach erosion and major coastal flooding are expected. In some locations, heavy snow and blizzard conditions are also forecast.
‘This will be one of the most severe Bering Sea storms on record,’ the NWS wrote today.
The storm is predicted to deepen at an incredible rate, with its central pressure crashing from 973 mb this morning to 945-950 mb tonight.
‘This storm has the potential to produce widespread damage,’ the NWS in Fairbanks said.
Sustained winds of 80 mph (with gusts to 90 mph in some locations) may impact an area the size of Colorado with offshore waves to more than 40 feet according to the NWS Facebook page. A storm surge of 8 to 10 feet is predicted along the coast. The combination of wind, waves, and high sea levels will create many hazards as described by the NWS in a Special Weather Statement:
THE HIGH SEA LEVELS COMBINED WITH HIGH WAVES WILL PRODUCE SEVERE BEACH EROSION AND MAJOR COASTAL FLOODING ALONG THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN SHORES OF NORTON SOUND AND ALONG THE BERING STRAIT COAST. HIGH WATER LEVELS WILL PRODUCE COASTAL FLOODING ALONG THE SOUTHERN SHORE OF NORTON SOUND. STRONG WINDS AND WAVE ACTION MAY PUSH ICE IN NORTON BAY ON SHORE.
Blinding snow is another big concern. NWS cautioned:
THE STORM WILL ALSO PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS OVER ALMOST ALL OF THE WEST COAST TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF AS MUCH AS 14 INCHES ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE SOUTHERN SEWARD PENINSULA COAST AND IN PARTS OF THE INTERIOR SEWARD PENINSULA.
A direct hit is forecast for Nome, Alaska where the conditions will resemble a snow hurricane.” Read more.
By Chris Dolce – “A tropical storm has formed in the Mediterranean Sea. No, this isn’t a typo. Take a look at the satellite imagery from early Tuesday morning below. Circled in white is the tropical storm south of France and to the west of Italy. Click here to view real-time satellite imagery of the system.
Although rare, this is not an unprecedented event. According to the Hurricane Research Division of NOAA, low-pressure systems resembling tropical storms and hurricanes have occurred in September 1947, September 1969, January 1982, September 1983 and January 1995. Due to their rarity, they have not been fully studied so there is some question as to whether these systems have the same structure as tropical storms found over the tropical waters in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
The tropical storm is forecast to weaken as it moves slowly near the southern coast of France and northwest Italy. This is the same region of Italy which has been hit hard by flooding in recent weeks, so any additional rain from this tropical storm would be a very unwelcome sight.” Source – Weather.com.
Iran: If Our Nuclear Progam is Attacked We Will Fight on the Streets of Tel Aviv and All Throughout Europe and the United States
I see. So, if Iran is not permitted to obtain nuclear weapons to threaten Israel and the world, then Iran will launch an assault of Islamic terror in Israel and the world …
By Gavriel Queenann – “The head of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said on Tuesday that Iran would start a ‘street war’ in Tel Aviv if its nuclear program was attacked.
‘Israel is not big enough to launch a military strike on Iran, but if it takes such a foolish decision, the Iranian military will fight with the Zionist soldiers in Tel Aviv streets… and will force them out of the Palestinian soil,’ Seyed Hossein Naqavi said.
Naqavi also warned, should Tehran’s nuclear program be attacked, the battlefield won’t be in Iran, but ‘the entirety of Europe and the US.’
‘Iranian forces will fight with the enemies with maximum might and power all throughout the European and US soil, if Iran comes under attack,’ he reiterated.
Naqavi also responded to reports Britain might strike Iran’s nuclear sites, saying ‘a look at the history reveals that the British regime has been using threat, intimidation, terror and colonialism all throughout the last 500 years.’
‘Now a country with such a long record of crimes and colonialist actions should know very well that the Islamic Republic enjoys a high military capability today,’ he added.
Naqavi’s remarks have become a part of Tehran’s mantra of threatening counter-strikes as international criticism of its nuclear aspirations continues to mount.
A recent indictment of two members of Iran’s foreign covert action Quds force by the United States for allegedly plotting the assassination of the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington has served to fuel efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic.” Read more.
Islamic Republic escalates rhetoric ahead of IAEA report – “A top commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard force threatened to kill ‘dozens’ of American military commanders, should the US kill any one of theirs. ‘You also should not forget that American commanders have plenty of presence and travel in the region. If you kill any of us, we will kill dozens of you,’ Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the Guards’ aerospace division, was quoted by Fars agency on Tuesday as saying. Earlier last week several American neoconservatives, including retired US Army general Jack Keane, urged the Obama administration to use covert action against Iran and target members of the Quds Force, the Guard’s special foreign actions unit.” Read more.
Fukushima Children No Longer Growing at Normal Rate, Japanese Newscaster Eating Fukushima Produce Now Diagnosed with Leukemia
“A survey shows that some children in Fukushima Prefecture have smaller average weight gains this year compared to the year before. A pediatrician says the results indicate the negative effects of the nuclear plant accident in March.
Doctor Shintaro Kikuchi tracked the weights of 245 children aged from 4 to 6 in 2 kindergartens in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture. The results show an average weight increase of 0.81 kilograms over the past year through June. The increase for children in the same age group the previous year was 3.1 kilograms.
The average increase for children aged 5 to 6 in the survey was 0.84 kilograms. But a nationwide health ministry survey conducted last year for children of the same age group showed an average gain of 1.8 kilograms.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident has caused high levels of radioactivity in areas around the plant. Koriyama is located about 60 kilometers from the facility and many children in the city have been forced to play indoors to avoid contamination.
Kikuchi noted that the smaller weight increases could be related to reduced appetite resulting from less exercise as well as changes in the secretion of growth hormones due to stress. He said measures should be taken to restore normal hormone levels in the children.” Source – NHK.
Japan: 63 Year-Old newscaster promoting and eating Fukushima produce now diagnosed with leukemia – “A 63-year-old TV newscaster has been diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia and is now hospitalized, getting ready for chemo. He felt a strange lump in his neck on October 28, he says. (Various news sources including: Zakzak 11/7/2011, Yomiuri Shinbun 11/6/2011). In his morning program on Fuji TV he’s been promoting Fukushima produce by eating them in the show. He also happened to be in Fukushima in March 15. Just a coincidence. Never mind that ALL is predominant in small children, and an adult case is one in 100,000 annually in Japan.” Read more.
Proverbs 8:35-36: For he who finds Me finds life And obtains favor from the LORD. But he who sins against Me injures himself. All those who hate Me love death.
‘Martyrdom is the more desirable,’ it says.
Its estimate of the number of terrorists trained for war against Israelis the first time Islamic Jihad has disclosed how many fighters it has.
‘We are proud and honored to say that the Islamic Republic of Iran gives us support and help,’ Abu Ahmed, the spokesman for Islamic Jihad’s al-Quds Brigades told Reuters in a rare interview.
He denied that its weapons come from Iran and refused to comment on whether its fighters were trained by Iranians. Israeli intelligence officials previously have said that Hamas and other terrorists often travel to Iran, where Revolutionary Guards teach them.
‘What I will say is that we have every right to turn to every source of power for help,’ said Abu Ahmed.
He told the interviewer that there is a demand from young people to join Islamic Jihad but that it ‘can’t accept everyone … It is a question of quality, not quantity.’
Concerning Israel’s successful targeting of Islamic Jihad terrorists last week, Abu Ahmed commented, ‘It is a good feeling to be under drone attack. When we chose the path of resistance, we opted either for martyrdom or victory. Martyrdom is the more desirable.’
Islamic Jihad has become more prominent by virtue of its not being in an official political role in Gaza, which officially is governed by Hamas.” Read more.