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Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Fall of America and Judgment on the Beast Nature

Following are some sobering parables from very recent experiences in my life and in the life of a brother in Christ who resides in Canada. You may remember some weeks back that I posted a testimony by this brother whose name is Brian Klumpenhouwer. He wrote about his German Shepherd dog named Stallone who was very sick due to the name brand dog food he was eating. 

Brian wrote me and shared that Stallone was struck by a car and killed a couple days ago. Although in one regard this is a tragic loss of a beautiful animal that was loved by its owners, Yahweh has also used this experience to provide a sober message regarding what lies ahead for His people. I am going to share Brian’s testimony as he wrote it. I will follow this by sharing the parable I have discerned in my fall from my bike and my broken ribs, and the message the Father is speaking to me about changes that are coming. Brian shared with me that he wrote the first part 11 days ago on Halloween day, but was not released by the Father to send it to me. When his dog was later struck and killed he understood the reason for the delay. Here is Brian’s full account.
Hi Joseph,

I am writing you today to relay some events that are further witnesses of things occurring right now. Today, (Oct 31, 2013) was a wet, cold day here. I had planned on doing some outdoor work in the afternoon at home after work. Because of the weather, I decided to accompany my wife to Brockville where she had to do a couple hours of work for a client. After dropping her off I did some errands and then had some time to fill until she was done working.

As I was driving through town I thought I would go down to the water to eat my lunch which I had with me. While headed that way I felt the Lord tell me to go to a specific park along the St. Lawrence River. This was the same spot he directed me to in January of 2009 while I was on a 21 day fast. As I stood on the shore of the river at that time I was reminded of Daniel who had fasted 21 days and was standing on the shore of the great river Hiddekel (Tigris).

(View of the U.S. from Canada, across the St. Lawrence)

Today, as I stood on the shore of “The Mighty St Lawrence” and was looking out over the water, I felt the Lord ask me, what do you see? I looked out across the river and said “I see the U.S.A..” He said, “What else do you see?” I looked again and saw all the trees along America’s shoreline in their orange and red colors and said “I see fall.”

Then he spoke this to me, “America is in her fall season, and you will surely see her fall. Many of her people will cross this water in search of refuge. Will you help those whom I direct you to help?” My heart was heavy as I affirmed my willingness to do whatever He wanted. It occurred to me that when Daniel stood on the bank of the river that day so long ago that it was then that he received the vision of the angel who proceeded to tell him of the fall of the empire of his day (Daniel 10).

(Pavilion where I had lunch looking at the river)

I was cold and wet and was going to go back to sit in my car to eat my lunch, but felt a strong presence of the Lord with me. I grabbed my lunch and went under the cover of a pavilion overlooking the river. Out of the rain but not warm, I sat on a picnic table and ate lunch as He continued to show me things. I noticed a change on the docks since the last time I had been here. There was a gate barring entry halfway down the dock with a sign reading “Private – Authorized Personnel Only.” This has always been a dock owned by the park and used by the public. I knew this was another sign of the times, that the freedoms previously enjoyed by the public were being restricted. These docks are filled with pleasure craft during the summer season, but were now completely desolate. This too was a sign, that this season of the fall of America is the end of the season of pleasure. The gates also appear to be barring entry to the U.S., and show her attempts to seal her borders, though as you can see it would take very little to get around this gate.

I also observed two more signs on the shore which also spoke to that which is at hand.

This Equipment Is For Emergency Use Only

In Case Of Emergency Call 911


Caution – Unsupervised Waterfront

America will be unable to supervise her waterfront (protect her coastline) in this season of her fall, against that which is coming. She will be calling 911, but no help will come. Believers in America will be resting on Psalm 91:1 and the Almighty will answer.

Psalms 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

As I left the park and drove back through town I still had that unsettled heavy feeling. This being Halloween everywhere I looked I saw people on the sidewalks and driving their cars dressed up in costumes. It seemed the current theme was one of complete darkness as all I saw were witches, zombies and devils. It truly felt like I was surrounded by the beast nature manifesting itself in people everywhere. I remember when I was younger that Halloween was at least celebrated with some lighter costume characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. (This seems so long ago now.)

Joseph, as I was contemplating all this I felt the Lord speak this to me about your recent accident. Your fall on the bicycle was another parable of America’s fall. This puzzled me because I couldn’t see how you fit into that picture. However, the Lord showed me that many of His people around the world are going through many different things, in a sense foreshadowing what is to befall their nations in much the same way the prophets of old played out a prophetic picture of what was coming to ancient Israel. This reminded me of Ezekiel lying on his left side for three hundred and ninety days and on his right side for forty days to bear the iniquity of Israel and Judah in the prophetic parable of Ezekiel 4.

That you were moving along quickly on your bicycle with Champ pulling you, speaks to how America moves forward in the world with great confidence. Her vehicle is her government, the two wheeled, two party system, Republican and Democrat, each moving the nation forward in tandem. Once again the dog, man’s best friend, is a type of the beast nature, the abode of demons, and America has been the CHAMPion of the world. Her maturing beast nature is now pulling her forward more quickly, rushing headlong for the sand trap ahead. The leading wheel (current party in power), suddenly sinking into the sand and bringing down the whole nation in a moment is what Jesus warned about.

Matthew 7:26-27 And every one that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and smote upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall thereof.

Every one that heareth these words of mine, and doeth them not.

This is a description of America’s leaders today. There has been warning after warning as the words of Christ have been spoken to the nation and her leaders. I’m thinking even recently of Jonathan Cahn’s message at the inaugural prayer breakfast this past January, and even more recently the words spoken in the House of Representatives by Diane Reidy which appear to have fallen on deaf ears and hard hearts. The rain, floods, and winds are coming in greater and greater measure upon this nation and great will be the fall.

The injuries you sustained are a testament to the pain coming to the nation. She will be in a state of vulnerability and unable to protect her borders. There will be no rest for her as she will find no way to be comfortable in this time. This will be a time of great distress.

(I do not believe the U.S. is more wicked than Canada. I am aware that Canada and the U.S. are much the same in many ways and that Canada has even led the way in many immoralities. I believe that much of the judgement that is coming to the U.S. is also going to fall on Canada, but that America holds the position of world leader and is the one nation able to affect the course of the world unlike any other. Therefore her accountability is more prominent and her fall more severe. This word of judgement is not new, but yet sent to stand as another witness as to what the Lord is speaking at this time.)

As I ate my lunch under that pavilion today, I saw a picture of the many people who would be on the move, seeking a safe place, having to eat on the run in the cold and damp. However, I was comforted by this scripture that came to mind.

1 Timothy 6:7-8 For we brought nothing into the world, for neither can we carry anything out; but having food and covering we shall be therewith content.

The believers have the promises of God to sustain them in this day. Those who have already given everything to Christ cannot suffer loss. I was grateful in that moment for the cover over me and the food in front of me. As I thanked him, the cold didn’t feel so cold anymore, and the food was good.

More Pain and Suffering in another Parable

I delayed sending you what I wrote above on Oct 31st, as I felt I was to wait, but did not know why. This past Thursday night, one week later, another event took place and this time we found ourselves living out a parable. I was outside with Stallone around 9 p.m. and decided to take a short drive with him. (He loves to ride in our van.) I was listening to a hockey game on the radio as we drove and when I got home there were still a couple minutes in the game. I let Stallone out of the van and then sat in the seat listening to the game’s conclusion while he stood beside me waiting for me. Suddenly he took off and began barking. Because of the season we are in and our area in the country, my first thought was that there was a skunk out there, and I jumped out of the van to grab him. I came around the corner of the van and could not see him in the dark, but just then heard a loud boom like the sound of a shotgun blast, as a car drove past our house. I ran to the road and saw Stallone lying on the pavement. The car stopped a ways down the road and slowly backed up to us. I realized that whatever he was chasing had run across the road we live on and he ran out right in front of the car at the exact moment the car had shown up (Stallone never went on the road and our road is generally quiet at this time of night so this whole sequence was very strange.) When I got to him I saw our beautiful pet lying in two pools of his own blood filling the road.

Stallone did not die instantly, but rather left this world many hours later. I do not want to go into the details of what we went through with him, but needless to say we were all suffering with him. He truly was a broken animal and it broke our hearts to see him this way.

(Stallone looking at the place he would be struck down – taken 3 months earlier in negative setting.)

While going through this I asked the Lord to direct me to a word in His scriptures. I was led very clearly to Hosea 8: 3-7.

Israel hath cast off that which is good: the enemy shall pursue him. They have set up kings, but not by me; they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off. He hath cast off thy calf, O Samaria; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocency? For from Israel is even this; the workman made it, and it is no God; yea, the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces. For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: he hath no standing grain; the blade shall yield no meal; if so be it yield, strangers shall swallow it up.

This was not what I wanted or needed in that moment. I did not understand what God was speaking to me. When I read the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces I could not stop seeing our broken dog. I cried out to the Lord, but I could not find the comfort I was seeking.

On Saturday morning I felt the Lord begin to reveal things and open up the parable we were living. He showed me again how many of His people are becoming living epistles on the earth in this hour. How various events and painful fiery trials are to become parables to the larger world, speaking in pictures through the believers. (Like your accident) Earlier this fall he showed us the parable of Stallone representing a type of the beast nature. He carried this analogy on now as he revealed what Stallone’s death represented.

Stallone was our third German shepherd. He was given to us as a registered, micro-chipped shepherd whose registered name is actually The Italian Stallion. The whole picture is full of beast representation. The beast nature is given to us; we do nothing to get it, though we are responsible for its growth and maturity. Registration and micro-chipping are all pictures of world systems of control. German shepherd reveals the German leader or shepherd who typified the beast government in Adolph Hitler who was on a mission to destroy God’s people. Italian stallion refers to the beast government of Rome.

Our first two shepherds each died when they were six years of age. Stallone was also six years old when he died. All three of our dogs dying at six formed a 666, or mark/symbol of the beast. As our dog, he was a type of our beast nature. As believers we are being called to crucify, put off, or destroy the old nature. The process is not easy as we have fallen in love with the beast world. This carnal nature has brought us much fleshly pleasure, even as Stallone brought us much pleasure. The fiery trial that comes to purge us also tests us. We are not tested in our love to God when He blesses us. When He brings pleasure to us we find it easy to profess love and gratitude to Him, but what about when he takes away? Will we bless Him with words of love and gratitude, or will we curse Him.

In a very strange twist, my sister and her family who live a few minutes away from us on the same highway lost their pet cat Fonzy, also struck and killed by a car on the same road, earlier on the same day that Stallone was hit. Fonzy, of course, was named after the likeable character of “The Fonz” on the old show “Happy Days.” As stated above, we are entering the season where the pleasures once in abundance will now be taken away. The “Happy Days” are ending for the peoples of the earth, but the Bible says that judgement begins in the house of the Lord. This experience with Stallone is a parable attesting to this truth. Our entire family are believers, yet we co-existed with the beast nature, Stallone. Judgement has come to God’s house to remove and destroy all that is not of His perfect spiritual nature.

The Church now faces the test of Sodom and Gomorrah where that which is truly in our hearts will be revealed. We will be unable to pretend our way through what is ahead. If God is not firmly in place as our All in All, we will turn from Him. Our professed love for God will be tested against our love for this world (Sodom and Gomorrah, Babylon) as he puts His hand forth and begins to touch the things in the lives of His Church wherein they find their earthly pleasure. As these things are destroyed will we look back as Lot’s wife did, revealing where our true love actually resides?

The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. Job 1: 21

As we can attest to in our loss of Stallone (who is just a shadow of the real trials ahead for carnal Christianity), the pain and suffering is real. There is no easy way to allow God to purge our beast nature. This is completely by His design, as He said He was going to separate the sheep from the goats; those who are truly His from the pretenders. While God has spoken clearly that He is coming to judge and destroy the beast nature on the whole earth, He will first cleanse His own temple. Much of the Church lies in a state of apostasy in this final hour. Now, I understood why God led me to Hosea 8 when I was seeking His comfort. Apostate Christians will be in shock and grief when judgement begins in the temple. They will seek God for comfort while still clinging to their apostasy. They will not be comforted, but rather confronted. This seeking is not of repentance, but of comfort as they mourn the destruction of beastly, carnal things.

This is a call to all who profess Jesus Christ as Lord to let go of their love for the things of the world. Embrace fully the working of the Spirit in your life and give everything and everyone in your life to Him so that when the shaking comes to you, you will not be shaken, but rather will remain in Him.

See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken —that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.” ( Hebrews 12:25-27 )

Once again we stand in the place where Joshua and the ancient Israelites stood, the place of decision. We, the people of God, who for a purpose, were born into the final moments of this age, the ones whom God desires to reveal Himself through; we must choose whom we will serve.

Like Joshua, this is my public declaration, Choose this day whom you will serve: But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Blessed be the name of the Lord !!

Brian Klumpenhouwer
Brian has shared three separate prophetic experiences: his being shown the fall of America as he looked at the United States across the St. Lawrence River; his interpretation of my fall from my bicycle; and the death of his dog Stallone. The Spirit bears witness that his explanations of these events are divine in their origin. Although the Father has revealed a different message to me regarding my fall, one with a personal application, He will at times show another person a message that is equally true, viewed from another perspective and containing a different application.

Brian being a Canadian has a different perspective of my fall. To his view, he perceived an American falling. I think his explanation of a bicycle representing America’s two-party system is excellent and insightful. Although the Republican and Democratic parties express differences, they are yoked together and are both rolling in the same direction. It is inarguable that the beast nature is what propels America’s government. Her constant initiation of wars and conflicts, her massive debt which reveals her covetousness, her promotion of abortion, homosexuality and other sins, all give evidence that she is NOT a Christian nation. America is a beast nation who worships the great dragon. Brian’s earlier experience of being on a 21 day fast shares many parallels to Daniel’s fast and vision. Daniel was shown the fall of Babylon. Today America stands as the Daughter of Babylon, and she too must fall. It is sobering to consider that Yahweh is speaking to His servants at this time that America’s fall is at hand, and they will witness it.

Brian’s discernment of his experience of wandering around outside in the rain and cold looking for someplace to sit in a protected environment to eat his meal should produce some somber meditation of what lies ahead. His further insight regarding the people in Halloween costumes is profound. Halloween means “Hallowed Evening.” Another way of expressing this is “Holy Evening.” Despite the name, there is nothing holy or righteous about Halloween. It is the Devil’s day. Similarly, we find that America is often described as a Christian nation, yet she has from her formation been a nation that has sought to serve mammon. America has shown repeatedly that she places a pursuit of mammon above a pursuit of God. I have watched election after election as the citizens of the nation, the majority of whom self-identify as Christians, have voted according to their pocketbooks instead of voting for morality. As Bill Clinton famously stated, “It’s the economy, stupid!”

When Brian saw the people walking about in costumes of “witches, zombies, and devils,” Yahweh was showing him what He sees. Strip away the facade and one will see that the majority of the population of America are serving Satan. As Yahweh stated:

Isaiah 29:13
“This people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, but their hearts are far from Me.”

Yahweh affirmed Brian’s words through some events I was experiencing. I had just come inside from fashioning a cover for Champ’s kennel when I received Brian’s e-mail with the message above. Since I have been camping on Jekyll Island, I have been bringing Champ in at night so he won’t bark. There are lots of critters on the island, and raccoons walk through the campground every night. Many mornings I will find that they have eaten what was left of Champ’s dog food out of his dish.

The thought occurred to me yesterday that I could place Champ’s kennel outside under the screened awning I have set-up next to my bus. I considered that I could cover the kennel with some fabric so that Champ would not be bothered by seeing people, dogs, or other animals wandering by in the night. I had previously set Champ’s kennel on the second bed in my bus, which is directly across from the one I sleep on. I have not enjoyed this arrangement, for Champ smells like a dog, and he also brings ticks and fleas into the bus with him. (I am daily pulling ticks off of Champ and frequently dust him with diatomaceous earth to keep the fleas from taking up permanent residence on him.)

I moved Champ’s kennel out in the morning and found that the bedspread and mattress cover on the bed it had been resting on needed to be washed as they had dirt and dog hair on them. I took care of that job, and then placed the freshly laundered bedding back on the bed. I had purchased a 6x9 (6 is flesh and 9 is judgment= judgment on the flesh) canvas drop cloth the day before. In the afternoon I used this piece of canvas to fashion a cover for the kennel so I could leave Champ outside at night. I may have missed the symbolism of this act had not Brian’s e-mail arrived as soon as I walked back inside.

I have long understood that pets represent the beast nature. I have written about this in the past concerning other dogs that my family has had as pets. See the following link:


When my previous dog died (also being struck by a car), I understood it as a parable of slaying the beast nature which is something all Christians are commanded to do. After my dog was struck and killed, my daughter Kristin’s dog experienced the same fate.

Galatians 5:24
Now those who belong to Christ Yahshua have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Ephesians 4:20-23
But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

I Peter 4:1-3
Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousals, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.

Over the years I have made much progress in ruling over the beast nature, but the Father has testified, and my own conscience convicts me, that I have not been perfect in this regard. There are areas of my life in which I am still pulled along by the beast nature when I ought to put the brakes on. Significantly, in the days prior to my fall from my bicycle I had noticed that the brakes on my bicycle were in need of adjustment. I had very little braking power. I specifically remember thinking about this the morning that I broke my ribs. The thought entered my mind that I should adjust the brakes before I went for a ride. I reasoned, however, that I could get by one more day, or one more ride, before I did so.

Champ is a very powerful dog. If he were much stronger, he would be beyond my ability to control. This is a parallel to the beast nature in our lives. The pull of the flesh is very strong. At times its pull is so strong it appears to exceed our ability to resist. This is never the case, however. Yahweh has given us the following promise in Scripture.

I Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.

I memorized the above Scripture in my youth, and I have understood all my adult life that Yahweh will not permit His children to be overmastered by sin. He always sets a limit to temptation and trials that we might be able to pass through them victoriously. It is necessary, however, that we set our minds to do so, and that we rise up in our spirit man to subdue the flesh. The apostle Paul described this struggle in the following manner.

I Corinthians 9:27
But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

It is significant that the Father has led me to Jekyll Island at this time. It was on Jekyll Island that the beast nature first began to assert itself in my life. It was also on this island that America was brought into further bondage to the beast nature and beast government.

When I was 15 to 16 years old my family moved to Brunswick and the Golden Isles (Jekyll and St. Simon’s Island). We lived for a time on Jekyll, and my first job, other than working for family, was as a store clerk at the IGA grocery store on Jekyll. The store had a media rack with pornographic magazines for sale. I was just feeling the rush of male hormones at that age, and I was enticed by the pornographic magazines. I began sneaking them out back and looking at them, as well as taking some of them home with me. This began an addiction to pornography that I did not subdue until approximately 20 years later. It was ultimately the fear of God that brought me to victory over pornography. I have written about this in the writing titledThe Necessary Fear of God.


It was also on Jekyll Island that America came under bondage. In 1913 a secret meeting was held on the Island where the Federal Reserve System was planned out. A fiat money system controlled by international bankers was devised that would bring America’s government, and the people, under the power of men of great wealth and impoverished morals. The borrower truly becomes slave to the lender.

Jekyll Island has a history of enslavement. The last slave ship to arrive in America landed on the island to off-load its cargo of African men and women. This occurred after the importation of new slaves had been declared illegal by the American government. You can read more on this dark episode here:


Like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this Georgia barrier island has a dual personality. It is a place of tranquil beauty most of the time, but it has also been a place where the power of darkness has asserted itself. I became bound to sin on the island in my youth. An entire nation’s bondage was also devised on this same island.

Although I ceased viewing pornography many years ago, I have not fully ruled over the beast nature. I continued to struggle with lustful thoughts related to the desires of the flesh. I was covetous for many years and got into financial bondage. Yahweh brought me to victory over this area of my life in 1999, and I have owed no many anything except to love him since that time. I also experienced bondage to overeating and impure thoughts, which have led to a battle marked by both victories and failures. I am reminded of Yahshua’s words to the church in Sardis.

Revelation 3:2-6
“Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. Remember therefore what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. If therefore you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you. But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white; for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Yahweh is NOT content for His sons and daughters to walk in partial victory over the flesh. He wants them to walk in complete victory. Yahshua stated:

Matthew 5:48
“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Most of the time I have been able to control Champ well when out riding my bike. I have taken him on hundreds of runs without incident. However, it only takes one time for the beast nature to pull us in a direction we ought not go for the sons and daughters of God to experience serious injury. Yahweh had warned me to pay heed to the brakes on my bike, and I procrastinated. The message is clear. I cannot, nor can the people of God, afford to delay in attending to those areas of the flesh that Yahweh is bringing to their attention. If we reason that we can get by one more day, we are in danger of suffering injury and loss.

When I fell from my bike and broke ribs and dislocated one of my fingers, I discerned that this was more than a physical message. It was a spiritual warning. NOW is the time to buffet my body and keep it under subjection. NOW is the time to walk circumspectly before God, paying great heed to my ways. I cannot put off until tomorrow that which Yahweh’s Spirit is telling me to do today.

I have shared that I believe it is the will of the Father that I sell my bike and begin using a recumbent trike. Many readers are unfamiliar with these vehicles. Pictured above is an image of the one I am desiring to acquire. There is a parable in this as well. The recumbent trike is much more stable than a bicycle for two reasons: It has a third wheel, and it has a lower center of gravity. Taking a lower position speaks of humility. There is no position more stable for a man than a position of humility. Yahweh’s word teaches that pride goes before a fall (paraphrase). Consequently, if we do not want to fall, we should embrace humility.

I will share that my immediate thought after my fall and injury was to get rid of my dog. It was so excruciatingly painful to walk him that I did not know if I could manage on my own. Yet, I saw no open door to give Champ away to a good home. This caused me to consider the matter further. I knew that I did not acquire Champ of my own initiative. Yahweh brought him to me in such a way that I have not doubted His leading in the matter.

As I contemplated the parable in this, I reflected that in this life we cannot ever be free of the beast nature, but we can rule over it. This sinful flesh will always exert a pull on us toward sin, but Yahweh has given us His divine life that we might bring the beast nature into submission. It is Yahweh’s will that we contend with the beast nature in this present age, for in doing so we are brought to exercise ourselves spiritually, growing strong in the Spirit while taking on the nature of our Heavenly Father.

I recognize that I can control Champ on runs much more readily if I am riding on three wheels and have a lower center of gravity. He will find it very hard to turn me over from such a position. The three wheels symbolize the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That the bike is a recumbent, placing the rider in a position of rest, speaks of that spiritual rest that Paul speaks of in Hebrews.

Hebrews 4:10-11
For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall through following the same example of disobedience.

Yahweh is calling His people to enter His rest. This rest is defined as no longer doing their own works. It is living always to do the will of the Father. We cannot be serving the flesh and be at rest at the same time. The flesh must be subdued.

I mentioned that I moved Champ’s kennel outside and placed a cover over it. This is to provide him a place to be kept when people, myself included, are at rest. Moving him outside is symbolic of taking that which defiles and getting it outside of my life. No longer will he be defiling the bed in my bus, or bringing fleas and ticks inside. The smell of a dog will no longer be the aroma that people detect when they come inside my bus. As we rest in Christ, no longer doing our own works, coming to an end of entertaining the flesh’s defiling thoughts, we will find our lives to be greatly improved.

The Spirit is indicating that a time of judgment is at hand. America is already experiencing her fall. The news headlines daily proclaim some new loss of liberty among the people. The beast government is ascending, bringing the populace more firmly under its control in every arena of life. The Affordable Care Act is a clear example of the enslavement of the people. Americans are experiencing a loss of freedom, a loss of choice. Soon the government will no longer pretend to be servants of the people. The constitution will be suspended. Martial law will be implemented. Great chaos and confusion will reign, and the things Brian was shown by the Father will become reality. Many Americans will seek to flee the country, yet only a remnant will be able to do so. Whether they stay or flee, most will lose their possessions, their money, and be left with little more than the clothes on their back.

As Brian indicated, the Father’s focus will be upon judging His people foremost. A church that has given itself to the pursuit of mammon will suffer unspeakable loss. Christians who have been participating in the pleasures of sin will experience much injury. The way to prepare yourself is to adopt an attitude of humility now. Turn away from doing your own works, pursuing your own pleasures. A humble and contrite heart Yahweh will not despise. The hour is late. Let us encourage one another while we may.

Credi to Joseph Herrin

Federal Student Loans Surpass $1 Trillion; Delinquency Rate Soars To All Time High

There is a reason why US consumer revolving (credit card) credit growth is getting lower and lower and lower and at last check posted a mere 0.2% annual increase.
That reason is that as the NY Fed disclosed moments ago, federal student loans officially crossed the $1 trillion level for the first time ever. Notably: the quarterly student loan balance has increased every quarter without fail for the past 10 years!
And just to prove that while credit card balances are plunging due to more stringent bank repayment requirements, this is more than offset by borrowers shifting to student loans, where the delinquency rate on student loans is soaring and has just hit an all time high of 11.83%, an increase of almost 1% compared to last quarter. Even according to just the government lax definition of delinquency, a whopping $120 billion in student loans will be discharged. Thank you Uncle Sam for your epically lax lending standards in a world in
which it is increasingly becoming probably that up to all of the loans will end up in deliquency.

Credit to Zero Hedge

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that a "bad deal" with Iran on its nuclear program could lead to war

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Wednesday that a "bad deal" with Iran on its nuclear program could lead to war and his aides challenged U.S. assertions to have offered Tehran only "modest" relief from sanctions.

As details emerged of a Western proposal that could let Iran sell oil and gold in return for curbs on its nuclear activities, an Israeli minister said the deal would negate up to 40 percent of the impact of sanctions, reducing pressure on Tehran to halt a program the West says has a military motive.

Israel, which calculated the value of direct sanctions relief on offer at $15-20 billion, has lobbied hard against any such deal and says the United States, its closest ally, is being misled by overtures of detente coming from Tehran.

Negotiations between Iran and six U.N. powers - the United States, Britain, France,Germany, Russia and China - are scheduled to resume on November 20 with both sides saying they are optimistic following talks at Geneva last weekend.

One source briefed on the discussions told Reuters that Iran was being offered a chance to sell about $3.5 billion of oil over six months as well as $2-3 billion of petrochemicals and $1-2 billion of gold. The source, who criticized the offer, said it would also let Tehran import some $7.5 billion of food and medicine plus $5 billion of other goods currently barred.

Several Western officials involved in the talks said they would not discuss details while negotiations were under way.

Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful. The United States and the European Union agree with Israel that it is seeking a nuclear bomb and imposed tough oil and financial sanctions last year that have caused serious economic harm.

Addressing Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said continued economic pressure on Iran was the best alternative to two other options, which he described as a bad deal and war.

"I would go so far as to say that a bad deal could lead to the second, undesired option," he said, meaning war.

Israel, believed to be the sole nuclear power in the Middle East, has long warned it could use force to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon that would threaten the Jewish state, creating tensions with the Obama administration.

Washington says it is important to seek a negotiated solution, especially since Iran elected a relative moderate this year as president, Hassan Rouhani - a man Netanyahu told the United Nations last month was a "wolf in sheep's clothing".
Credit to Reuters

Dead of the paper money on a global scale

Islamist Super-Bloc Begins Forming in the Middle East

A monumental strategic shift is taking place in the Middle East as an Islamist super-bloc is forming. Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood are making up with Iran and Hezbollah. Egypt and the Gulf states are forming their own alliance. The U.S. outreach to Iran and the Brotherhood has left it missing from the equation.

The Syrian civil war has pitted the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood and Turkey against Iran, Hezbollah, Iraq and the Syrian regime since 2011. Now, with a bloody stalemate resulting in consequences each side fears, the two sides are looking for ways to make amends.

Turkey has been trying to move its relationship with Iran past the ancient Ottoman-Persian rivalry for years. The Erdogan government gave secret U.S. intelligence to Iran and in early 2012, informed Iran about ten of its nationals meeting with Israeli intelligence inside Turkey.

One of the architects of the Turkish-Iranian relationship is Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan, who the Israeli Defense Minister described as a “friend of Iran.” Some Israeli officials privately refer to him as the “station chief in Ankara” for Iranian intelligence.

These statements about Fidan’s role is not hype. The recent U.S. ambassador to Turkey and Iraq, James Jeffrey, put it this way:“Hakan Fidan is the face of the new Middle East.”

Until recently, the bitter civil war in Syria blunted Fidan’s aspirations. Turkey’s ideological ally, the Muslim Brotherhood, is trying to overthrow Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, Iran’s most valuable ally. But now both sides are exhausted. The war is costly, bloody and no one is gaining anything by its continuance.

Turkey sees Al-Qaeda affiliates taking control of the Syrian rebel cause and Kurdish militias gaining control near the border. The cost of overthrowing Assad would be exorbitant. Al-Qaeda and the Kurds would be even stronger and sectarian warfare will exasperate the refugee crisis.

Assad’s Iranian and Russians backers want him (or at least his regime) to remain in power for strategic reasons, but both have to realize that his forces are overstretched and cannot hope to reclaim the entirety of the country.

High-level Turkish and Iranian officials are meeting with the expressed purpose of ending the sectarian conflict. An unnamed senior Turkey official told Reuters, “Both Iran and Turkey are at a point where they think they can work together on Syria.”

Turkey has become the “regional hub for the Muslim Brotherhood’s international organization.” It also hosts a Hamas command post. If Turkey is reaching out to Iran, it must be assumed that the Brotherhood is doing the same.

In late September, it was revealed that the Muslim Brotherhood is trying to unite Islamists into an international “Islamic Council.” At the same time, representatives from Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah were meeting and agreed to form an "axis of resistance."

Hamas has been in a dire financial crisis since losing Iran’s support and its stress is only going to increase as the Egyptian government continues to shutdown Hamas’ smuggling tunnels on the Sinai-Gaza border. The Iranians and Hezbollah are spending a ton of resources to save Assad from the Brotherhood-supported rebels. Both sides have major incentives to reach a settlement.

Economics and resources also play a role in the Turkish-Iranian relationship. Their trade is due to reach $30 billion by 2015. Iran wants Turkey to replace the pro-West United Arab Emirates as a re-exporting center, and Turkey wants to be a bigger customer for Iranian natural gas.

A major breakthrough happened when Hamas Deputy Politburo Chief Moussa Abu Marzook publicly criticized another Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal, for supporting the Syrian rebels. Marzook emphasized that Hamas has no official relationship with the rebels.

Hamas leaders began calling for renewed violence against Israel, Mashaal showed up in Turkey and a planned trip to Iran was reported. It was subsequently reported that Iran postponed the visit, but there have been secret high-level visits from other Hamas officials recently.

Another important player is the U.S. “ally” Qatar. It is firmly in the camp of Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Qatari Emir is making overtures to the new President of Iran.

Saudi Arabia is leading a third bloc that opposes Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. The United Arab Emirates has loudly lobbied for such a coalition. Other members include Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Yemen and Oman. The North African countries of Libya, Morocco and Algeria are likely participants, as is Tunisia once the Brotherhood’s ousting there is completed.

This is the bloc that is the least hostile to U.S. interests and Israel. It’s been long reported that these countries privately welcome an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear program. Their officials are holding secret meetings in Israel.

Unfortunately, Saudi Arabia is a Sharia-based Salafist state that cannot be expected to support Muslim moderates with a diametrically-opposed vision. The Saudis are supporting so-called “moderate” Salafists in Syria to compete with Al-Qaeda.

A rebel commander says that “Saudi tribal figures have been making calls on behalf of Saudi intelligence” and spreading money around to buy loyalty.

Approximately 50 rebel groups near Damascus announced they were uniting into the “Army of Islam” and would fight for a country solely based on Sharia. It is suspected that the Saudis engineered this in order to steer the rebel cause.

There may be a difference of opinion within this bloc regarding Syria. Egypt has not taken a clear stance. It isn’t adding its voice to the Saudis’ loud demands that Assad step down, but it isn’t dissenting either.

Where does the U.S. fit into all this? Nowhere.

The U.S. support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has alienated the majority of Egyptians. After the Obama Administration suspended a significant amount of military aid, the Egyptian government embraced Russia as an alternative.
The U.S. outreach to Iran and minimal support for the Syrian rebels has caused Saudi officials to talk of a "major shift" away from America. Secretary of State John Kerry tried to soothe the Saudis with a visit and a joint statement reiterating that Assad must be removed from power.

The Saudis are eager to convince Russia to end its support for Assad in exchange for a secret oil deal and strategic alliance. The Saudis may also move aggressively towards China; a country that has been a bigger customer for Saudi exports than the U.S. since 2009. It is apparent that Asia is going to become the most important customerfor Saudi oil.

Credit to Clarion Project

Beast Tech Part Number 11

EDITOR'S NOTE: The next three entrues will cover Barcodes, GPS, RFID and finally the more concerning recent developments in "living" tattoos and biochips.


In and of itself, there is nothing inherently evil about a barcode—it is just another, more efficient way of keeping track of your inventory and movement of freight, laundry, etc.—chores formerly accomplished with painstaking manual labor. The problem lies in placing this technology at the disposal of a New World Order-minded government that not only wants to meddle in our affairs, but wants to control them (and us).

A barcode is simply a mathematically arranged symbol of vertical lines. It is a parallel arrangement of bars and spaces of varying width. The structural arrangement or spacing of these lines, relative to a given set of parameters, can be made to represent a product’s identification number. The UPC, better known simply as a “barcode,” has been put to this use since 1973, having been adopted by the retail industry in 1972. The UPC barcode is considered the “mother” of all microchip transponder technology.

The code is not really as complicated as it may first seem. A typical UPC Version A barcode symbol contains thirty black vertical lines (called “bars”). A pair of these lines equals only one digit or number. In other words, this coding system requires two lines to equal one number.

As shown below, the UPC code is mainly comprised of digits, the first set of digits linking to the manufacturer of the product, and the second set of digits linking to distinctive information about the product (or a unique product identifier code). The number to the left preceding the central digits is a “number system digit,” and the number to the right of the central digits is a “transpositional check digit” (or TCD) to flag any transposition errors.

On each side and in the center of this series of carefully spaced lines are three pairs of longer lines that extend slightly below the others. These longer pairs of lines are special—they are called “guard bars.”

Guard bars provide reference points for store computer scanners (barcode reading machines) by segregating the left half of the code lines from the right half. This is needed because the left lines have a different message on them than the right lines and must, therefore, be read by the scanner differently. The center pair of guard bars in the UPC barcode is used both to divide the code in half and to tell the scanner/computer what it needs to know in order to readjust its program to interpret the remaining half of the code. Note again the diagram—the left half represents the manufacturer’s code and the right half represents the product code.

Simply stated, a typical UPC Version A barcode symbol consists of two halves, representing a total of twelve numeric digits. These six-digit halves are surrounded by left, center, and right guard bar patterns. Together, the black and white lines produce a series of elec­tronic “dits” and “dahs,” similar to the old Morse code telegraph key “dots and dashes.” The scanner reads these electronic messages as a series of “zeroes” and “ones.” These zeroes and ones represent what are called binary numbers, in computer language.

Binary numbers are a “machine language” that is the basic internal language of computers. This is how the computer “thinks” and gives itself orders. All computers operate on the basis of this two-digit mathematical binary system.

While such barcodes alone are unlikely to be the Mark, they have served to condition mankind for nearly everything in the world—both animate and inanimate—being marked, tagged, coded, numbered, implanted, and identified with some type of ID system that will allow the dictatorial New World Order global government to label, trace, track, monitor, and control everything and everybody on Earth.

Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

This subsection just as well could be called “The Crowded Skies.” That’s because without all those satellites up there, a Global Positioning System (GPS) would not be possible. But they are, indeed, up there—in abundance. In fact, they seem to be proliferating like little rabbits.

A simplified definition of GPS could be: the ability to locate and track people or things on a global scale, to know the exact position of anything, utilizing a battery-powered GPS receiver or other similar telecommunications device (or, as discussed earlier, almost any electronic gadget in any purse or back pocket of the average American).

How does GPS operate, and why is it needed? The answer to the first part of that question is very technical, and the answer to the second part is very obvious. Simply stated, signals are sent from a series of satellites from space to Earth. Receivers on Earth triangulate the signals and calculate latitude/longitude position. The information may then be fed into a computer controlled by the individual (or organization) doing the “locating.”

The possibilities for commercial use of this technology appear to be, and have already proven to be, limitless…which means the possibilities for abuse of this technology likewise appear to be limited only to the imagination of the powers who control it. With Big Brother gaining more control and power every day, what do you think will be the eventual use of this kind of technology?

Winn Schwartau, in his book, Information Wars, states:

The question “Where are you?” will be answered at the push of a button. Global positioning satellites will know, to within a few feet, your exact location. Lives will be saved as personal digital assistants broadcast the location of lost or injured or kidnapped people. But what about employees? Will their every step be tracked to enhance security or to evaluate their performances for promotions? To the dismay of the unions who say the practice is an invasion of privacy, we already track the routes and times of trucks to increase shipping efficiency. Computers already know almost everything about us; will we also decide to add our every location to this list?

The May 8, 1994, edition of The Bulletin, Bend, Oregon, carried an article by writer Ralph Vartabedian entitled “Defense Satellite Technology Ready for Commercial Boom.” According to Vartabedian, “The Pentagon is awash in obsolete nuclear bombs, mothballed battleships, and surplus military bases [although FEMA apparently has plans to make use of these deserted bases], but out of the scrap heaps left by the Cold War has come a technology with a promising payoff.” Below are some excerpts.

When the Defense Department laid plans in the 1970s for its Global Position System, a network of 24 satellites that broadcasts navigation signals to users on Earth, it was intended to help soldiers fight anywhere, from jungles to deserts.

Along the way, though, commercial interests saw a potentially lucrative concept that could revolutionize industries such as land surveying, trucking, environmental protection, and farming.

The technology [is] now poised to leap into virtually every facet of the American economy.…

With a special receiver that taps the satellite signals, civilian users can determine their position by latitude and longitude within 100 meters (328 feet) anywhere in the world. Once as big as a file cabinet, the receivers are now the size of a paperback book and still shrinking.…

Some visionaries anticipate the day when virtually everything that moves in U.S. society—every shipping container, aircraft, car, truck, train, bus, farm tractor, and bulldozer—will contain a microchip that will track and, in many cases report its location. [Note: This is no longer just the dream of some visionaries—it’s actually occurring now, and Vartabedian forgot to mention they’ll be tracking your garbage, as well.] Massive computer systems, they say, will tie together the movement of assets in the economy, providing a sophisticated information system for the status and location of goods.

“Communications satellites were the first great success in space, but GPS is going to dwarf that,” said…a former Hughes Aircraft chairman.… “GPS is going to pervade everything we do.”

…Eventually the price will drop below $50.… At that point, GPS would be inserted into a lot of other electronic gear [sound familiar?]…that could instantly alert police [or others] to an individual’s location.…

Computerized maps are being used to track the spread of disease, pollution, and crime, based on data collected from GPS systems. Hamburger chains pour over these kinds of computer-generated maps to determine the best sites for new franchises.

Interstate truckers use the system to keep tabs of their road taxes.… Cities use the satellite system to dispatch emergency vehicles and track the location of passenger buses. Railroads are finally able to figure out where their trains are.

Orbiting 11,000 miles above Earth, the 24 satellites are the heart of the system.…

An article appearing in ENR entitled “Surveying’s Brave New Digital World” included the following preface:

Surveying and mapping tools have progressed significantly from the days of meticulously entering transit readings in survey notebooks. From the latest in survey marker technology to the latest in computer-enhanced technologies, surveyors and engineers can do their jobs faster, better, and with more precision than ever before.

Recent hardware advances, declining prices of hardware and software, and the greater availability of pre-packaged data are making geographic information system (GIS) technology an affordable and appealing technology for even the smallest firms. In some instances, state legislatures are funding new initiatives or enacting legislation requiring GIS use throughout the state, and Public Utility Commissions are mandating that utilities use GIS to ensure efficient and low-cost public services. Consultants hoping to contract services to these organizations will have to move into the “all digital” world or risk obsolescence. Many private sector clients—such as large engineering firms or developers—are also requesting surveying firms use computer-aided design (CAD) or GIS on projects and deliver digital products.

In this year’s special section on surveying and mapping, we’ll look at what’s new today and what lies just ahead in products and services—including some exciting trends for users of GIS technology, global positioning systems (GPS), and satellite imagery/aerial photography. (emphasis added)

The application of GPS technology can run from the mundane to the “Indiana Jones” adventure project. For example, one company was contracted to map a Caribbean island about ten thousand feet off the coast of St. Thomas. Since it was used for jungle warfare training during and following World War II, there was a real possibility of unexploded ordnance remaining behind. “Lowe [the engineering firm] used the latest in both hazardous materials handling methods and surveying—including GPS, aerial photography, and GIS technology—to produce preliminary digital (CAD) maps in just 30 days.” Gone are the “good old days” when two guys stood behind tripods and waved at each other…for the most part.


One of the major uses of all those satellites is telecommunications, in a myriad of forms. In Infomart magazine, AT&T’s Roy Weber, director of new business concepts, asks the question, “What’s This World Coming To?” I’d be happy to tell him, but since he’s the director for new business concepts, I’m sure he’s one of those visionaries who is limited only by his imagination when it comes to what we can do with our technology in the future.

Weber has promoted a six-theme program running the gamut from visual communications and telephone automated voice recognition to “connecting the world” with a multimedia broadband network and numbering you. Of course, that’s my favorite. It is Weber’s Theme Five: “We do everything wrong. We number telephones. You don’t want to speak to the telephone. You want to speak to a person…we’re developing Global Personal Calling Services that will find you [anywhere].”

The editor actually felt obliged—I’m sure because of the content of the article—to insert a somewhat tongue-in-cheek preface between the title and the start of the article. It begins:

Editor’s note: In the harsh light of the hospital nursery, the nurses are filling in the blanks on a birth certificate: name, weight, phone number. Phone number? The mere thought of assigning a number to a human being calls forth torrents of ethical and philosophical questions—questions about the relationship between man and machine, about individuality, about privacy.

For Weber, these questions are not simply a matter of intellectual curiosity, they are part of the exercise of inventing the future at AT&T.…

And may we remind you that AT&T has always been right up there with the big banks, MasterCard, and Visa when it comes to development and promotion of smart cards.

Let’s see what Schwartau had to say on the subject of satellite telecommunications:

In under thirty years, satellite communications became an absolute necessity for international transactions. Today, the demand is such that hundreds of new satellite launches are being planned. Motorola’s Iridium Project, for example, will ring the planet with sixty-six satellites, permitting portable phone users to talk to anyone, anywhere, at any time. [Can you imagine how amazing and sensational this announcement was at the time? How desensitized technology has made us all?] A true multinational effort is under way, including Japanese money and manufacturing and Russian orbital launch capabilities. Two competing consortiums have also begun staging their own satellite-based competitive global communications efforts.

…Charles Reich also noticed that technology and society were at odds. “What we have is technology, organization, and administration out of control, running for their own sake.… And we have turned over to this system the control and direction of everything—the natural environment, our minds, our lives.” (emphasis added)

It’s hard to say it much better than that. But as the title of Schwartau’s book, Information Warfare, implies, he continues to issue warnings about the pitfalls involved:

Not all of the switch connections are made through and across wires of copper and fiber optics. Communications increasingly uses the airwaves, as we can see in the proliferation of cellular phones, Motorola’s multibillion dollar Iridium Project, and microwave and satellite transmissions. The electromagnetic ether represents a new battlefield for the Information Warrior.

Cellular phone conversations, for example, are wide open to interception by $179 scanner devices that can be bought from Radio Shack, Monitoring Times magazine, or dozens of other sources. Courts have upheld that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy when one is talking on a cellular phone.

Then Schwartau proceeds to describe a number of different methods used in telefraud, and to tell how much it costs the public. If you are convinced that your secrets (or any other information) are safe—even with encryption devices, because the government has the “back-door key”—on the Internet, the information superhighway, satellite telecommunications, your smart card, the Social Security computers…you’re really just kidding yourself—probably because it’s too scary to consider the alternative.

Credit to Raiders News Update

Senators Told to 'Ignore Israel' On Iran

Republican senators who were briefed on Wednesday about recent talks with Iran were reportedly told to “ignore anything the Israelis say” about the issue, BuzzFeed reports.

Members of the Senate Banking Committee who spoke to the website after a briefing by Secretary of State John Kerry and lead Iran negotiator Wendy Sherman sharply criticized the presentation.

The briefing came as part of an ongoing appeal by the Obama administration to the Senate to hold off on a new round of sanctions against Iran.

Senator Mark Kirk (R-Il.), a member of the Banking Committee, described the briefing as “very unconvincing” and, in what seems more disturbing, he said it was also “anti-Israeli”.

“I was supposed to disbelieve everything the Israelis had just told me, and I think the Israelis probably have a pretty good intelligence service,” Kirk told BuzzFeed. He added that the Israelis had told him that the “total changes proposed set back the program by 24 days.”

A Senate aide familiar with the meeting told the website that “every time anybody would say anything about what would the Israelis say they’d get cut off and Kerry would say, ‘You have to ignore what they’re telling you, stop listening to the Israelis on this.’”

“They had no details,” the aide told BuzzFeed. “They had no ability to verify anything, to describe anything, to answer basic questions.”

Another member of the Banking Committee, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), said he was left “undecided” following the presentation, adding that he was “very disappointed in the presentation.”

Corker said that senators were given no details of the interim deal being formulated in negotiations between Iran and world powers in Geneva this month.

“I am stunned that in a classified setting when you’re trying to talk to the very folks that would be originating legislation relative to sanctions, to have such a lack of specificity - I feel I may get that over the next 24 hours in another setting, but it was solely an emotional appeal,” Corker said.

Kirk also criticized Sherman, whose “record on North Korea is a total failure and embarrassment to her service.” Sherman was part of the U.S. negotiating team that focused on North Korea in the 1990s.

“Wendy wants you to forget her service on North Korea,” Kirk said. “You shouldn’t allow her.”

He added, “Today is the day I witnessed the future of nuclear war in the Middle East. How do you define an Iranian moderate? An Iranian who is out of bullets and out of money.”

Kirk said that he supports multiple avenues for increasing sanctions, including an amendment on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is supposed to come to a vote later this month.

Members of both the Republican and Democratic parties have overwhelmingly backed tougher economic pressure on Iran in recent years amid concern it is closing in on nuclear weapons capability.

Several weeks ago, a group of Senators from both parties called on Iran to end all its uranium enrichment activity and pushed for a speedy escalation of sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The Senate Banking panel has been considering whether to act on legislation hitting Iran’s oil industry. The House overwhelmingly passed such legislation in July, but the White House has been urging Senate Democrats to hold off while multilateral talks on Iran’s nuclear program continue.

Credit to Arutz Sheva

GVT Spying Exposes Media Cowardice

Russian lawmaker wants to outlaw U.S. dollar, calls it a Ponzi scheme

MOSCOW — Predicting the imminent collapse of the U.S. dollar, a Russian lawmaker submitted a bill to his country’s parliament Wednesday that would ban the use or possession of the American currency.

Mikhail Degtyarev, the lawmaker who proposed the bill, compared the dollar to a Ponzi scheme. He warned that the government would have to bail out Russians holding the U.S. currency if it collapses.

“If the U.S. national debt continues to grow, the collapse of the dollar system will take place in 2017,” said Mr. Degtyarev, a member of the nationalist Liberal Democrat Party who lost in Moscow’s recent mayoral election.

“The countries that will suffer the most will be those that have failed to wean themselves off their dependence on the dollar in time. In light of this, the fact that confidence in the dollar is growing among Russian citizens is extremely dangerous.”

The bill would partially revive a Soviet-era ban on the dollar. It would prohibit Russians from holding dollars in the country’s banks, and banks would be unable to carry out transactions in the dollar.

However, Russians still would be able to buy or sell dollars while abroad and hold dollar accounts in foreign banks.

Russia’s Central Bank and the government would be exempt from the law.

Russian financial analysts were largely critical of the bill, which they suggested was more about making political capital on the back of rising anti-U.S. sentiment in Russia than protecting the country’s economy.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/13/bill-would-outlaw-us-dollar-russia/#ixzz2kcdeGbdh