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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Preconditions and Prerequisites - Chuck Missler

Babylon Rising Part One

Joseph Herrin

One World Trade Center - Manhattan Island
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It is well for Christians to discern the time that they live in. Christ reproved the Jews because they failed to recognize those things prophesied to occur in His day.

Matthew 16:2-3
But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?”

Not knowing the Scriptures, and those things Yahweh would do in their day, the Jews failed to recognize that it was the time of their visitation. They lived in that very hour when it had been prophesied that the Messiah must appear to bring salvation to mankind. There is another visitation of the Messiah prophesied to occur in these last days, but first there must be the appearing of the Antichrist and his minions. I urge you to study well the following words, for they are soon to be accomplished.

Revelation 13:2-9
And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?" There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him. And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven. It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. If anyone has an ear, let him hear.

My attention recently has been drawn to the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in New York City. I believe the rise of One World Trade Center (formerly called Freedom Tower) parallels a work that Satan is accomplishing in the earth. From the time of man’s creation Satan has been seeking to establish his dominion over all mankind. His first success in doing so was observed at the building of another tower, the Tower of Babel.

Artist’s Depiction of Tower of Babel

Genesis 11:1-9
Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. They said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly." And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. They said, "Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth." Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. Yahweh said, "Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. "Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another's speech." So Yahweh scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there Yahweh confused the language of the whole earth; and from there Yahweh scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.

Satan was the chief architect of the Tower of Babel. He is the one Freemasons refer to as The Great Architect of the Universe. The universal image Satan has chosen to display his rule over mankind is found on the Great Seal of America. It is observed on the back of the one dollar bill. It too is a tower of great construction.

This image is based upon the Great Pyramid in Egypt. The Great Pyramid is missing its capstone. In Freemasonry and other esoteric groups, the various layers of the pyramid represent the initiates into a secret order. The higher up one goes, the more aware they are of the true mind (the “mysteries”) of Satan. Albert Pike, former Grandmaster of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in America declared that to the brothers of the 30th degree and above it could be disclosed that their doctrines are in fact “Luciferian.” Satan is the god of Freemasonry, but the vast majority of those members at the lower levels are deceived about this fact. If they are Christian, they are told that Freemasonry is Christian. If they are Muslim, they are told that Freemasonry is Muslim. In truth, Freemasonry seeks to embrace all religions with the ultimate goal of bringing all men under the rule of Satan.

For more on the subject of Freemasonry, see the writing titled Freemasonry, the Spirit of Babylon.


The capstone can only be set upon the pyramid when all men have come under the rule of Satan. Those who are true disciples of Christ will not submit to Satan’s rule. Therefore, he will make war against them. John tells us in the book of Revelation that it will be granted to him “to make war with the saints and to overcome them.” It is a mystery of God that the disciples of Christ overcome the enemy through weakness. Outwardly the saints are put to death, but inwardly they triumph. Like Christ before them, they are like lambs led to the slaughter. They do not resist evil with weapons of flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but spiritual.

Revelation 12:11
“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.”

Christ used the word “martyrs” to describe His followers. They face a foe in this world who comes only “to kill, steal, and destroy.” Satan is greatly enraged against Christ and all of His followers. Yahshua did not overcome Satan by calling forth legions of angels, nor by telling His disciples to take up arms. He submitted to the suffering of the cross. He freely yielded up His life, overcoming evil with good. As He hung upon the cross He viewed those men who had become the unwitting pawns of Satan and declared, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do.”

Not long after Yahshua’s crucifixion we see Satan’s wrath unleashed upon the disciples of Christ. They too overcame by manifesting the same Spirit that was observed in Christ. The first Christian martyr was that righteous man Stephen. As he was being stoned to death he declared, “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.”

It is for this reason that God does not deliver the saints from suffering the depredations of the adversary. We obtain victory not by force of arms, nor by successfully resisting the physical assaults of a spiritual foe and his earthly subjects. We obtain victory as we rule over the sinful passions of the flesh. Even as we are being persecuted, are suffering injustice, and being put to death, we conquer through forgiveness, manifesting love toward the very ones who are treating us with hate. For more on this deep truth, and to understand how the saints advance the kingdom and purposes of God through forgiving the sins of others, see the posts at the following links:


The earth is entering a time when the rule of Satan must once again come to its fullest extent upon the earth. Though his emissaries cloak their actions in words of benevolence and righteousness, underneath is the true heart of Satan. He comes only to kill, steal, and destroy. He is not, and never has been, the friend of mankind. The tower being built in New York serves as a symbol of the rising of Satan’s kingdom over the earth. It has been called “Freedom Tower,” but Satan comes only to enslave mankind. It is Christ who came to set men free.

On the Great Seal of the United States the capstone is pictured as an all seeing eye with rays of light radiating out from it. This bears a two-fold meaning. Satan claims to have all wisdom, to understand all mysteries, and to be able to pierce all darkness. He would like to portray himself as a being to whom nothing is hidden. Secondly, he would portray himself as a source of light to mankind. He is pictured as Prometheus, whose statue is set in Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

Prometheus Bringing Fire to Mankind

Those who understand the mysteries of the Luciferian doctrines know that Satan would cast himself in the light of the friend of man when he tempted Adam and Eve to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Albert Pike said that it is Jehovah who is the evil god, depicting the judgment upon Satan in the Garden as cruel and unjust. Lucifer is presented as the friend of man, bringing light to the world.

On the top of One World Trade Center an unusual, but highly symbolic, device will be placed. A spire will rise from the roof of the building. Toward the top of the spire will be a light that will be lit at night. It will be an exceptionally brilliant light, drawing all eyes to its splendor. It is a perfect parallel to the light coming from the top of the pyramid on the Great Seal of America. It will serve as a symbol of Lucifer being the “Light Bringer” to all mankind.

Spire Atop One World Trade Center
(Image from Architects Skidmore, Owens and Merrill)

This spire also resembles a great horn, as of a unicorn. This is also by design. Horns throughout the Bible are used as symbols of power and authority.

Psalms 92:10
But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn...

It is significant that the spire resembles the horn of a unicorn. Of all land animals, the unicorn alone is known to have only a single horn. Satan is declaring that he will share his power with no one. He alone will be the master (Baal) of the world. As this building moves closer to completion, Satan is declaring that the hour is near at hand for his horn to be exalted above all mankind. As John testified in Revelation, “the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast.” Satan is the dragon.

Revelation 20:2
And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan...

The Scriptures testify that Satan will exalt himself in this last hour as the ruler of the world. All mankind will be brought under his dominion in political, financial, and religious realms. In this same passage we read that “There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies...” The spire, and the roof of One World Trade Center, will be brimming with television broadcast antennas. This is the mouth of the Beast, and the Beast is the pawn of Satan.

29 May, 2003 - The New York Times reports that the Metropolitan Television Alliance has signed a deal to put as many as 22 antennae on top of Freedom Tower. The World Trade Center was home to many of New York's television and radio transmitters until the attacks of September 11, 2001. The Freedom Tower will be the new home to TV channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 28, 30, 31, 36, 38, 40, 41, 44, 45, 47, 53, 56, 61, and 68.
[Source: http://www.glasssteelandstone.com/BuildingDetail/439.php]

It is obvious that One World Trade Center has incorporated into its design the shape of a pyramid. Satan is testifying that the long awaited fulfillment of the design found on the Great Seal of America is at hand. His kingdom is rising. His rule over the earth through his chosen emissaries is at hand. Note the numerous pyramids evident in the design of the tower.

One World Trade Center

What is not as obvious to the casual observer is the fact that this building is constructed in an identical alignment to the three great pyramids found on the Giza plateau outside of Cairo, Egypt. The locations of the fallen two towers have been made into memorials. These memorials and the new tower are aligned in a perfect duplication of the alignment of the Egyptian pyramids.

The Christian who seeks understanding of this hour should keep in mind that the pyramids of Egypt are funerary structures. They were designed to hold those who were dead. Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy. This monument arising in New York City is being hailed as a monument to freedom, to victory over tyranny and terrorism. Yet, the very ground from which this monument arises was anointed with the blood of thousands who perished in a very deceitful action by the world rulers. Satan required a blood sacrifice to “hallow” the ground for this monument. The blood came from the lives of thousands of Americans, including hundreds of firemen who were rushing to rescue their fellow citizens.

The grounds of the One World Trade Center bear many marks from the false religious practices that Yahweh so often condemned in the pages of Scriptures. A grove of approximately 400 oak trees now adorns the property. Groves in the Old Testament were revealed to be the location of idolatrous worship of the Baals and Asherah.

Exodus 34:13-14
But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: For thou shalt worship no other god: for Yahweh, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God...

II Chronicles 33:18-19
Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer unto his God, and the words of the seers that spake to him in the name of the Lord God of Israel, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel. His prayer also, and how God was intreated of him, and all his sin, and his trespass, and the places wherein he built high places, and set up groves and graven images, before he was humbled: behold, they are written among the sayings of the seers.

The word “druid” means “oak priest.” The groves planted at the location of this high Luciferic shrine are observed in the following pictures.

One World Trade Center Oak Grove

One World Trade Center Oak Groves

The foundations of the former towers are shown above. They have been turned into monuments. They are two of the largest manmade waterfalls on earth. The waters pour into an abyss at the center of each monument. Waters throughout Scripture represent death and the souls of men. What is represented is the work of Satan to destroy the lives of men, women, and children and to cast them into the abyss. These waterfalls are surrounded with a railing that has inscribed upon it the names of the thousands who perished in the two towers on 9-11.

The Abyss and Names of the Dead

This monument is very dark and foreboding. The waters plunging into the abyss represent the billions of lives destroyed by Satan, and more that are soon to perish at his hands. Looking into this monument is like staring into the doorway to hell. It is a region without light, hidden away from the light of the Sun.

Staring into the Abyss

It is no doubt not coincidental that as this tower has been under construction, a statue of Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, and of funerary rites, made a visit to the island of Manhattan.

Anubis in New York City

Anubis Preparing the Dead

The oldest known mention of Anubis is in the Old Kingdom pyramid texts, where he is associated with the burial of the Pharaoh. At this time, Anubis was the most important god of the dead...
[Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anubis]

There is much, much more symbolism associated with this site that reveals its association with the rise of Satan’s kingdom at the end of this age. The all seeing eye atop the pyramid on the Great Seal is modeled after the Eye of Horus, an ancient Egyptian deity, and a personification of Satan.

During the construction of the tower a service was held in which the Eye of Horus was formed on the grounds of this center. Men marching in formation became the medium by which Satan drew this symbol upon the ground. This act demonstrates his rule and control over the lives of men.

Eye of Horus Dedication Ceremony

Note also that the location of the World Trade Center has also become known as “Ground Zero.” The men in the video are marching around a circle, which is the symbol for “zero.” Alexander Hislop in the book The Two Babylons includes the following note on the ancient meaning of zero.

In our own language we have evidence that Zero had signified a circle among the Chaldeans; for what is Zero, the name of the cypher, but just a circle?... Zero in this sense had evidently come from the Chaldee zer, “to encompass...” As he who by the Chaldeans was regarded as the great “Seed,” was looked upon as the Sun incarnate, and as the emblem of the Sun was a circle, the hieroglyphical relation between zero, “the circle,” and zero, “the seed” was easily established.
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Alexander Hislop provides much more information on the name Zero, showing it to be the root from which the pagan Zoroaster is derived. Hislop goes on to write:

Zoroaster was an Assyrian or Chaldean and he was the founder of the idolatrous system of Babylon, and therefore Nimrod.
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Hislop provides much historical evidence in his book that Nimrod was the originator of the Babylonian mystery religions. This religion was antithetical to the worship of Yahweh, for it held Lucifer, in various guises, as the principle deity of its worship. The Scriptures declare that Nimrod was the founder of Babel, the site of the ancient tower of Babel.

Genesis 10:8, 10
Now Cush became the father of Nimrod; he became a mighty one on the earth... The beginning of his kingdom was Babel...

Hislop shows that Nimrod was worshiped as Zoroaster whose symbol was a circle. In an ancient foreshadowing of this present hour, Nimrod served as Satan’s emissary on the earth. He was the Beast, and Satan the Dragon.

By placing the symbol of the Zero at Ground Zero (as seen in the video above), and building this occult tower with all of its inherent symbolism, Satan is announcing the rebuilding of Babel, a world kingdom where all men are united under his rule through the governance of his appointed human emissary. Is it not more than coincidence that as this tower is rising to completion that the man occupying the chief position of world rule, the President of the United States where the headquarters for the United Nations is located, has chosen the circle as the image for his political campaign?

Is it not also to be observed in the image above the shape of a pyramid, with the separate capstone formed by the hands, bearing the all seeing eye and the out-raying beams of light? It has also formerly been mentioned in blogs on this site that the Secret Service had a new armored limousine built for Barack Obama. Vehicles represent ministries and this vehicle was given the nickname of “the beast” by the Secret Service.

Barack Obama Depicted Seated in “The Beast”

I am not declaring that Barack Obama is “THE beast” of Revelation. Certainly, however, he is a type of world ruler that is fulfilling Satan’s desires in many subtle and overt ways. He is depicted as a benevolent crusader bringing positive “change” to mankind. Yet the ultimate change that Satan envisions is for all men to worship him, and to eradicate the worship of Yahweh and His Son from the earth.

The One World Trade Center is most assuredly a symbol of the rising of Babylon on the earth. Babylon is symbolic of Satan’s kingdom even as Zion is symbolic of Christ’s kingdom. Yahweh pronounced judgment on Babel by confusing the languages of men and separating mankind into divisions by tongues, tribes, and nations. Satan is seeking to undo this work of Yahweh. He would unite all men once more under one world government. One of his tools in this work is establishing such bonds of world trade that it becomes necessary to unite all men under a common financial system and a common rule of law.

The architects of the One World Trade Center have employed a geometrical shape in its construction that is quite unusual among the buildings of the world, but which is highly symbolic. The shape of the tower is called an “antiprism.”

Square Antiprism

The main building block of the One World Trade Center being built at the site of the old World Trade Center destroyed on September 11, 2001 has the shape of a square antiprism.
[Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Square_antiprism]

As the tower itself rises from this cubic base, its square edges are chamfered back, transforming the square into eight tall isosceles triangles in elevation, or an elongated square antiprism... The spire will be an intense beam of light that will be lit at night and will likely be visible over a thousand feet (305 m) into the air above the tower.

The antenna consists of two major components: a 408 -foot mast and a communications platform ring. The mast is a hybrid structure, consisting of a steel tower supporting the antenna and a special protective enclosure, called a radome, that is transparent to radio waves. The steel tower has eight sections stacked vertically and decreasing in width, while the radome enclosure is formed of a modular, fiberglass composite sandwich panel system arranged as octagonal antiprism modules.
[Source: http://www.som.com/content.cfm/one_world_trade_center]

Why the abundance of antiprisms in its construction? It is because of what is symbolized by the concept of an antiprism. A prism is used to divide light into separate colored rays. A single ray of light enters a prism and it exits it divided into the colors of the rainbow.


The prism serves as a parable of that work God accomplished at the tower of Babel. Look at the image above. The triangle is a pyramid shape. It is the prism. Light enters and is scattered. So too did God come down to the Tower of Babel and scatter mankind into various divisions by tongue, and tribe, and nation. Satan ever seeks to undo the work of God. He would create an antiprism where that which is scattered will be gathered together back into one.


Look closely at the back of the United States one dollar bill.

On one side we see the Great Seal with the image of the pyramid and the all seeing eye. The words Annuit Coeptis and Novus Ordo Seclorum surround it. The phrase 'Annuit Coeptis' is derived from Virgil and is usually translated as 'He favours our undertakings.' It must be kept in mind that Satan is called by God, “the great deceiver.” Americans have been taught that it is the God of Christianity who is being referred to by this phrase, but everything about the design of the great seal points back to Babylon and Satan. Lucifer is “he” who favored the work of the Masonic founding fathers of America.

Novus Ordo Seclorum is translated commonly as “New Order of the Ages.” Much is being spoken in this hour of creating a “New World Order.” This is Satan’s code phrase of a world under his dominion, having a central government, a single monetary system, and a one world religion.

On the other side of the dollar we see the image of the eagle.

In the eagle’s beak is a banner with the word E Pluribus Unum. These words mean “Out of many, one.” This is the antiprism. The antiprism reverses the work of the prism even as Satan is seeking to reverse the work of Yahweh. Satan would unite many diverse peoples, tongues and tribes under a common world rule. It is significant that these words are displayed on the back of the dollar bill. The United States dollar bill is used as the standard for commerce throughout the world. Satan has been working to unite the world through trade, thus we see the significance behind the name One World Trade Center.

The uniting of the world under a single government, financial system, and religion, will only come through much violence and death. In the passage from Revelation it is apparent that force of arms will be used to bring forth this New World Order. John writes of Satan’s emissary, the Beast, “they worshiped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?’” His power in the ability to wage war will eclipse all others in the earth. Ultimately, Satan will wage war with the true followers of Messiah that he might establish a unified religious system that is as much a melting pot and merger of diverse beliefs as the United States is a mixture of races from all across the world.

On April 18th (6+6+6), 2008 Pope Benedict XVI visited ground zero and pronounced a blessing upon the ground there. The Roman Catholic Pope hallowed the ground where Satan was constructing his great edifice and monument to his diabolical world rule. In the Pope’s of the Roman Catholic church is seen the drive to ecumenism. They have embraced all the world’s religions as is shown in the post at the following link:


The One World Trade Center when finished will rise to the height of 1,776 feet. The media, who serve as Satan’s mouthpiece and whose antennas will adorn the top of the building, would have all to believe that this height was chosen to commemorate the founding of America as a nation in the year 1776. It actually commemorates the founding of the Bavarian Illuminati in the same year. The Illuminati are those men and women throughout the world who are acting as Satan’s emissaries in bringing forth his desires.

Much more could be written of the occult symbolism surrounding this building. I do not wish to spend more time on the subject, however. That which is shared here should be sufficient to reveal the message I have desired to share. The hour is late. One World Trade Center is scheduled to be completed and open to tenants in the fall of 2013. The number 13 is found in abundance throughout this structure. The base is constructed of prisms that are 13 feet tall. The latitude and longitude of the tower location both end in the number 13. The square footage inside the building is a multiple of 13, etc..

Even as this building is nearing completion, so too are Satan’s plan quite advanced at this time. The Christian should be aware of the hour in which he lives. The days ahead will require great faith and a deep commitment to Christ. Those who would survive spiritually must know what it is to be led of the Spirit of Christ in all things. They must have a martyr’s mentality, not shrinking back from suffering, persecution, reproaches, and even death.

Now is the time to be advancing in spiritual growth and maturity. It is NOT the time to be pursuing the things of the world. Many are the Christians who will fall away in coming days. They will be as those described by Christ in the following words:

Mark 4:16-17
“In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.”

Are your present life decisions leading to a greater trust and dependency upon God, or are they leading to a greater reliance upon this world system? Are you looking to Medicaid, and Medicare for your health, to government food stamps for your food, to SSI, and various welfare programs for your shelter and provision? How then will you be prepared to stand in faith in an hour when allegiance to the Beast is required in order to obtain these things? Will you have the faith to flee from the Beast and trust Yahweh for your needs?

These are things the saints need to consider in this hour. Christ testified that before His return MANY will fall away from the faith.

Matthew 24:9-13
“Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.”

Will not the deceivers of this hour be all the more appealing because they hold forth the promise of sustenance, safety, and a secure life if only the Christian will make some compromise of his faith? Will not many yield to the temptation to say that Christ is merely “one path” to God, but He is not the ONLY path? Already there are Christian voices making such statements. Watch the following video to see Joel Osteen making the following comments about Mitt Romney who is a Mormon.

"That's enough for me," Osteen said. "There's differences in all religion. I realize Mormonism is different from Christianity, but you know what, he's a man of faith and values. And to me, that's strong."

This interview was viewed before a worldwide audience on CBS. The message is part of Satan’s propaganda that is being unleashed in this hour. How many men and women are persuaded by popular Christian personalities like Joel Osteen to diminish the uniqueness of Jesus Christ/Yahshua the Messiah? By such deceptions are Christians swept away to perdition. What assurance do you have that you will not be one of them?

Rising - Rebuilding Ground Zero

Is Real ID a step toward ‘mark of the beast’?

CHARLESTON — Is the Real ID a precursor to the end-time world dictator known in Bible prophecy as the Antichrist?

A Randolph County school teacher is convinced there is an eventual link, and wants West Virginia lawmakers to grant anyone with a religious conviction an exemption from the license that employs biometrics.

“If we as Christians comply with the Real ID act, we would be enrolled into a global system of identification that directly links our body through biometrics to our ability to buy or sell,” Philip Hudok told the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Tuesday.

Hudok spoke in support of SB550, authored by Sen. Clark Barnes, R-Randolph, who seeks to extend an exemption to the Real ID on religious grounds.

A few years ago, Barnes sought to block West Virginia from taking part in the Real ID, a spawn of the fear that spread across the nation in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack.

His bill cleared the Senate but wasn’t taken up by the House of Delegates.

Hudok’s beliefs are couched in Revelation 13:16-17, “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads;

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

Hudok emphasized he wasn’t saying that those enrolled in the global system are under the thumb of the ultimate Beast, but said the use of Real ID means biblical prophecy is “well under way.”

“And that’s the bottom line,” he said of the driver’s license.

“You can hardly do anything without a driver’s license.”

Instead of employing biometrics, Hudok suggested the Division of Motor Vehicles rely simply on a birth certificate to verify one’s identity.

Hudok, a member of a church known as Call to Decision, in the Nicholas County town of Nettie, told the panel he teaches at a school in Pickens.

“If end-time prophecy is not important to Christians, I’d like to know what is,” he told the Senate committee.

Hudok told Barnes he considers the matter a First Amendment issue.

“I think you need to make considerations for people who have religious convictions,” he said.

“You can’t compromise on a conviction.”

For that reason, Hudok said, if the new driver’s license becomes standard, he simply will drive without one.

“I don’t have any alternatives but to live according to my convictions,” he said.

“I’ve drawn a line. I can’t go there. My religion says that this is leading to some place where I cannot go.”

Afterward, Barnes said his latest bill is a follow to one he authored a few sessions ago.

“This doesn’t say we’re not going to participate like the original bill,” the senator said.

Register Herald

US study: Iran research center had key role in atom work

UNITED NATIONS - An Iranian research center that has been investigated by UN nuclear inspectors appears to have played a key role in Tehran's atomic program, which Western powers fear is aimed at producing weapons, according to a new report released on Wednesday.

The study by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) will likely cast further doubt on Tehran's denials that it is seeking atomic bombs as the UN nuclear agency prepares to publish a new report on Iran in the coming days.

Iran's Physics Research Center was established in 1989 "as part of an effort to create an undeclared nuclear program," according to ISIS's president David Albright, a nuclear expert and former inspector for the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as well as Andrea Stricker and Paul Brannan.

"Although Iran has admitted that the PHRC was related to themilitary and had a nuclear purpose in the area of defense preparedness and radiation detection, its actual nuclear role appears much more extensive," the ISIS report said.

The Iranian research center was established a year after the end of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, in which Saddam Hussein's troops used chemical weapons against Iranian soldiers.

According to the UN nuclear watchdog's November 2011 report on Iran, the Physics Research Center was established at Lavizan, a complex near a military installation in Tehran.

Lavizan was completely razed in late 2003 and early 2004. Western diplomats and intelligence sources said at the time that they suspected Tehran was conducting undeclared nuclear activities at Lavizan and was determined to cover them up.

ISIS said it has acquired more than 1,600 telexes relating to the nuclear procurement activities of the Physics Research Center and Sharif University, another Iranian institution involved in Tehran's nuclear research, in the 1990s.

"Iran has failed to declare all of PHRC's activities to the (IAEA)," the Albright group's report says. "Iran has stated to the IAEA that the PHRC procurements were not related to a nuclear program. The information assembled in this ISIS report, however, contradicts this claim."

Jerusalem Post

Vladimir Putin praised Cold War era scientists on Thursday for stealing U.S. nuclear secrets

(Reuters) - Vladimir Putin praised Cold War-era scientists on Thursday for stealing U.S. nuclear secrets so that United States would not be the world's sole atomic power, in comments reflecting his vision of Russia as a counterweight to U.S. power.

Spies with suitcases full of data helped the Soviet Union build its atomic bomb, he told military commanders.

"You know, when the States already had nuclear weapons and the Soviet Union was only building them, we got a significant amount of information through Soviet foreign intelligence channels," Putin said, according to state-run Itar-Tass.

"The were carrying the information away not on microfilm but literally in suitcases. Suitcases!"

Putin's remarks referred to the dawn of the Cold War more than half a century ago, but they echoed a message he has made loud and clear more recently: that the United States needs to be restrained, and Russia is the country to do it.

It has been known for decades that there were spies among the scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project, the U.S. atomic bomb design operation. Putin suggested those who helped Moscow build its bomb acted out of concern for humanity.

"It was the cream the scientific world that was gathered in America, and I personally have gotten the impression that they consciously gave us information on the atom bomb," Putin was quoted as saying.

"They did this consciously because the atom bomb had been used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and scientists from mankind's intellectual elite at the time understood what unilateral possession of such a weapon might lead to."

A need for Russia to act as a counterweight to U.S. power has been a continuous theme of Putin's time in office since he - himself a former Soviet spy - became president in 2000. He stepped down in 2008 to become prime minister but is poised to reclaim the presidency in an election on March 4.

Last year he criticized the United States for helping Libyan rebels oust Muammar Gaddafi. Lately he has suggested Washington has similar designs on Syria, where Russia has vetoed U.N. action. Earlier this month Putin said the world faced a growing "cult of violence".

US, France, UK, Turkey, Italy prepare for military intervention in Syria

Despite public denials, military preparations for intervention in the horrendous Syrian crisis are quietly afoot in Washington, Paris, Rome, London and Ankara. President Barack Obama is poised for a final decision after the Pentagon submits operational plans for protecting Syrian rebels and beleaguered populations from the brutal assaults of Bashar Assad’s army, DEBKAfile’s Washington sources disclose.
This process is also underway in allied capitals which joined the US in the Libyan operation that ended Muammar Qaddafi’s rule in August, 2011. They are waiting for a White House decision before going forward.

In Libya, foreign intervention began as an operation to protect the Libyan population against its ruler’s outrageous crackdown on dissent. It was mandated by UN Security Council. There is no chance of this in the Syrian case because it will be blocked by a Russian veto. Therefore, Western countries are planning military action of limited scope outside the purview of the world body, possibly on behalf of “Friends of Syria,” a group of 80 world nations which meets for the first time in Tunis Friday, Feb. 24, to hammer out practical steps for terminating the bloodbath pursued by the Assad regime. 

The foreign ministers and senior officials – Russia has excluded itself – will certainly be further galvanized into action by the tragic deaths of two notable journalists Wednesday, Feb. 22, on the 19th day of the shelling of Homs.
Preparations for the event are taking place at the Foreign Office in London. Wednesday, Foreign Secretary William Hague said: Governments around the world have the responsibility to act…and to redouble our efforts to stop the Assad regime’s despicable campaign of terror.”

Hague pointedly said nothing about removing the Syrian ruler. Nor did he spell out the efforts need to stop the campaign of terror. DEBKAfile’s military sources note that he left these issues open because a decision by President Obama about if and how the US will act is pending until the Pentagon submits operational plans to Commander-in-Chief Obama.

The US president is also waiting for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s report on the mood at the Tunis conference. He wants to know in particular if Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar and the UAR will support US-led Western intervention in Syria, both politically and financially.

The Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin and the French Figaro video-photographer Remi Ochik died Wednesday in the heavy shelling of a fortified building which housed Western journalists making their way into Homs under the protection of Syrian rebels. Three other Western journalists were injured. Western military sources reported Thursday that this undercover Western press center was maintained by the rebels in tight secrecy. The building was practically gutted by a direct hit, suggesting that Syrian forces located it with the help of advanced electronic measures.

Another Western source noted that the journalists covering the atrocities in Homs from this hideout used coded channels of communications protected by anti-jamming and anti-tracking devices. The Syrians must therefore have called on Russian satellites or advanced Iranian electronic systems to locate it.
The authorities in Damascus decided to treat the press hideout as the first step in overt Western intervention in the Syrian conflict. It was accordingly razed totally with its occupants.

Israel to US: Challenge Iran to end nuclear program at once

Israel delivers strongly worded message to U.S., following comments advising Israel not to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities • Defense Minister Ehud Barak: We are responsible for our own decisions concerning our future.

Israeli F-15i combat aircraft. Report in U.S. says Israel may not have what it takes to launch a successful attack.

Israel on Monday demanded that the U.S. challenge Iran to immediately put an end to its nuclear program while the U.S., for its part, urged Israel to allow sanctions against Iran to do the job and cease planning for a military strike.

The exchange occurred in a meeting between U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, one of several that U.S. government officials have recently held with their Israeli counterparts in ongoing discussions concerning the Iranian issue. On his visit to Israel this week, Donilon also met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is scheduled to travel to Washington next month where he will meet U.S. President Barack Obama on March 5, according to a White House statement.

Israeli officials clarified that as long as Iran does not halt its nuclear program entirely, action must be taken now to stop it from progressing any further. “The conversation covered a broad spectrum of topics that relate to our ties as well as a variety of issues concerning the entire region,” Barak said after his meeting with Donilon. Barak pointed out that Israel’s ties with the U.S. involve those of “sovereign countries that are ultimately responsible for their own decisions and futures.”

Israeli government officials believe Iran is using diversionary tactics - such as agreeing to talks with Western countries - to stall for time and allow it to advance its nuclear program. The U.S. position is that there is still time for options - other than military action - to run their course.

Meanwhile, Iran continues flouting the international community’s request for greater transparency about its nuclear program and continues to play war games. As U.N. nuclear inspectors arrived in Iran on Sunday for talks with Iranian officials about how far the country’s controversial nuclear program has advanced, Iran’s army began a drill to test the defenses of its nuclear facilities against an aerial assault. The four-day exercise - code-named “God’s revenge” - is said to be testing advanced anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as artillery, radar, and management and control systems.

As International Atomic Energy Agency officials met with Iranian officials, Iran announced that in the coming months it intended to replace the core of a reactor in one of its nuclear facilities near Tehran with a more advanced version. In the same statement, the Iranian government spokesperson said that Iran continues to make important strides in its nuclear capability.

A spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said the visiting U.N. team has no plans to inspect the country’s nuclear facilities but will only hold talks with officials in Tehran. On Monday, Iranian radio said the U.N. team had asked to visit a military complex outside Tehran that has been suspected as a secret weapons-making location.

Ramin Mehmanparast said the IAEA experts are holding discussions Tuesday in Tehran to “accelerate” cooperation with the U.N. watchdog. He says this cooperation is at its “best” level. The two-day IAEA visit, which started Monday, is the second in less than a month by the U.N. team amid growing concerns over alleged Iranian weapons experiments .

Iran also said it would take pre-emptive action against its enemies if it felt its national interests were endangered, the deputy head of the Islamic Republic’s armed forces was quoted by a semi-official news agency as saying on Tuesday.

“Our strategy now is that if we feel our enemies want to endanger Iran’s national interests, and want to decide to do that, we will act without waiting for their actions,” Mohammad Hejazi told Fars news agency.

Following Iran’s announcement on Sunday that it was halting shipments of crude oil to Britain and France, Iran’s Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi said on Monday that the country would halt oil shipments to other European countries if they moved forward with sanctions against Iran. The European Union imposed an embargo on oil imports from Iran, to start from July 1.

Qassemi warned the price of crude oil could reach $150 per barrel. On Monday, the price-per-barrel reached a nine-month high of more than $103.

Meanwhile, the Yomiuri newspaper in Japan, citing unidentified sources, said Japan and the U.S. reached an agreement at talks last week about the size of cuts to crude imports from Iran, with a formal deal expected by the end of this month.

Avoiding sanctions is essential to protect the Japanese financial sector’s operations abroad, but cutting oil imports could pose a risk to Japan’s economy. Reliance on oil imports has grown since a 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered the Fukushima radiation crisis, leading to most nuclear reactors at Japanese power plants being shut down.

“We are closely negotiating with the United States and are moving forward toward mutual understanding, but it is not the case that we have reached a conclusion,” Trade Minister Yukio Edano told reporters.

Iran, the biggest oil producer in OPEC after Saudi Arabia, denies Western suspicions that its nuclear program has military goals, saying it is for purely peaceful purposes.

At the same time that the U.S. government focuses on diplomatic efforts and sanctions, it is also trying to persuade Israel not to launch an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The New York Times reported on Monday that Israel would not be able to successfully strike Iran on its own, saying that “its pilots would have to fly more than 1,000 miles across unfriendly airspace, refuel in the air en route, fight off Iran’s air defenses, attack multiple underground sites simultaneously - and use at least 100 planes.”

According to The New York Times, that assessment is supported by a large part of the U.S. military establishment, many of whom point out that a strike on nuclear facilities in Iran would require much more than the surgical strike Israel carried out against Iraq’s Osirak reactor in 1981 and the 2007 attack on a nuclear reactor in Syria that foreign media have attributed to Israel.

The report explained the practical difficulties involved in such a strike, and said there are “three potential routes [to reach Iran]: to the north over Turkey, to the south over Saudi Arabia or taking a central route across Jordan and Iraq.” It added that military experts say the third choice - over Jordan and Iraq - would be the best path, since Iraq has had no air defense systems in place since U.S. forces left the country last year.

The next problem, says the article, is distance. Although the Israel Air Force possesses F-15i and F-16i combat aircraft, they will not be able to fly to Iran without undertaking complicated refueling operations in midair, and it is not certain that Israel has enough airborne refueling planes (tankers) to fulfill that task. Even if they do have enough tankers, the Times reported, additional combat aircraft would be required for protection during refueling.

Aside from Iranian anti-aircraft systems, The New York Times article cites other obstacles to an aerial strike on Iran, such as the fortified bunkers that house some of its nuclear facilities. Although Israel does reportedly have U.S. manufactured “bunker buster” bombs, it is unclear how far underground they can penetrate.

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UN nuke expert: no 'way forward' with Iran

VIENNA (AP) — A top U.N. nuclear official says his team could "could not find a way forward" in attempts to persuade Iran to talk about suspected secret work on atomic arms.

Herman Nackaerts of the International Atomic Energy Agency says the talks in Tehran were inconclusive, although his mission approached the talks "in a constructive spirit."

Nackaerts spoke to reporters at Vienna airport Wednesday shortly after returning from the Iranian capital.

An IAEA statement published overnight already acknowledged the talks had failed.

Iran denies it has experimented with nuclear arms programs but has refused to cooperate with an IAEA probe on the issue for nearly four years.

VIENNA (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency on Wednesday acknowledged its renewed failure in trying to probe suspicions that Tehran has worked secretly on atomic arms, in a statement issued shortly after an Iranian general warned of a pre-emptive strike against any nation that threatens Iran.

The double signs of defiance reflected continued Iranian determination not to bow to demands that it defuse suspicions about its nuclear activities despite rapidly growing international sanctions imposed over its refusal to signal it is ready to compromise.

With the International Atomic Energy Agency already failing to dent Iranian stonewalling in talks that ended just three weeks ago, hopes had been muted that the latest effort would be any more successful even before the IAEA issued its statement.

The fact that the communique was issued early Wednesday, shortly after midnight and just after the IAEA experts left Tehran, reflected the urgency the agency attached to telling its side of the story.

As the two-day IAEA visit was winding down, Iranian officials sought to cast it in a positive light, with foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast telling reporters that "cooperation with the agency continues and is at its best level."

Beyond differing with that view, the language of the IAEA communique clearly — if indirectly — blamed Tehran for the lack of progress.

"We engaged in a constructive spirit, but no agreement was reached," it quoted IAEA chief Yukiya Amano as saying.

The communique said that on both visits, Iran did not grant requests by the IAEA mission to visit Parchin — a military site thought to be used for explosives testing related to nuclear detonations, and cited Amano as calling this decision "disappointing."

It also said that no agreement was reached on how to begin "clarification of unresolved issues in connection with Iran's nuclear programme, particularly those relating to possible military dimensions."

The abortive trip was just the latest sign of Iranian resolve to continue hard-line resistance in the face of international pressure to curb its nuclear activities, despite sanctions and U.S. and Israeli warnings of possible last-resort military action should diplomacy fail.

Iran over the weekend announced that it will stop selling oil to Britain and France in retaliation for a planned European oil embargo this summer. The move was mainly symbolic — Britain and France import almost no oil from Iran — but it raised concerns that Iran could take the same hard line with other European nations that use more Iranian crude.

The European Union buys about 18 percent of Iran's oil exports, though most of that comes from sales to just two countries: Italy and Spain.

Iran flailed out again just hours before the IAEA team left, with Gen. Mohammed Hejazi, who heads the military's logistical wing, warning that Iran will "not wait for enemies to take action against us."

"We will use all our means to protect our national interests," he told the semiofficial Fars news agency.

His comments followed Iran's announcement of war games to practice protecting nuclear and other sensitive sites, the latest military maneuver viewed as a message to the U.S. and Israel that the Islamic Republic is ready both to defend itself and to retaliate against an armed strike..

The official news agency IRNA said the four-day air defense war games, dubbed "Sarallah," or "God's Revenge," were taking place in the south of the country and involve anti-aircraft batteries, radar, and warplanes. The drill will be held over 73,000 square miles (190,000 square kilometers) near the port of Bushehr, the site of Iran's lone nuclear power plant.

Iran has held multiple air, land, and sea maneuvers in recent months as tensions increase, while at the same time continuing to deny any interest in nuclear weapons. It asserts that the allegations of secret work on developing such arms are based on fabricated U.S. and Israeli intelligence.

But Amano, the IAEA chief, outlined his concerns in a 13-page summary late last year listing clandestine activities that he said can either be used in civilian or military nuclear programs, or "are specific to nuclear weapons."

Among these were indications that Iran has conducted high-explosives testing to set off a nuclear charge at Parchin — the site the agency said Wednesday that the IAEA team was not allowed to visit.

Other suspicions include computer modeling of a core of a nuclear warhead and alleged preparatory work for a nuclear weapons test and development of a nuclear payload for Iran's Shahab 3 intermediate range missile — a weapon that could reach Israel.

The IAEA team had hoped to talk to key Iranian scientists suspected of working on the alleged weapons program, break down opposition to their plans to inspect documents related to nuclear work and secure commitments from Iranian authorities to allow future visits.

Beyond denying any covert work on nuclear arms, Iran also insists concerns that it will turn its uranium enrichment program to making fissile warhead material are unfounded, saying it is enriching uranium only to make nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes such as producing energy.

But because of weapons fears, the U.N. Security Council has imposed sanctions on Tehran in a failed attempt to force it to stop enrichment.

More recently, the U.S., the European Union and other Western allies have either tightened up their own sanctions or rapidly put new penalties in place striking at the heart of Iran's oil exports lifeline and its financial system.

Tehran's expanding enrichment activities at its plant at Fordo, near the holy city of Qom, are of particular concern for Israel — which has warned it will not let Iran develop nuclear arms — because it is dug into a mountain and possibly resistant to attack.

In interviews late last week, diplomats told The Associated Press that Iran is poised to install thousands of new-generation centrifuges at the cavernous facility. That would mean that Iran would have the capability of enriching to weapons-grade level much more quickly and efficiently that with its present, less efficient mainstay machines.

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