US gives up military option, non-UN sanctions against Iran
US deputy defense secretary Michele Flournoy said Wednesday, April 21: "The US has ruled out a military strike against Iran's nuclear program any time soon." This is the first time a senior administration official has publicly admitted that America has dropped its military option against Iran. Washington has even abandoned its option of sanctions outside the United Nations (Debkafile).
This is an expected announcement by the US that is long overdue. For years, the US has held Israel in check by dangling the possibility of military action against Iran in front of them. The same broken promise of security that was supposed to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power will again be offered to Israel in exchange for peace. It's not a matter of if Israel will accept it, since they have little choice, but when they will accept it. This promise of direct or indirect US security will prove to be a vital part of the coming Middle East peace.
In a surprise visit, Syrian President Bashar Assad is in Egypt today to discuss the Israeli accusation that they supplied Hezbollah with scud missiles. Syria claims that Israel made up the story as "an Israeli excuse for warmongering," according to the media reports. According to Isaiah 17, Damascus will one day be destroyed forever. Frankly, I think peace will come first.
Although many signs are beginning to develop, the Antichrist and false prophet will not be revealed until after the rapture of the church. Which means, at this time, they cannot be known and may not be completely revealed until midway through the tribulation period.
One obvious sign that is beginning to take shape and is garnering considerable coverage in the news media is the sudden increase in earthquakes that have claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people in 2010. The deadliest decade in history, as far as earthquakes are concerned, was last decade (2000-2009) claiming 650,000 lives worldwide. We're already at near forty percent of that total in the first three and a half months of this year.
Certainly, much of the secular news media is making excuses for the increase from the growth of population centers on fault lines to the initial attention given to the first earthquake in Haiti. It is unfortunate that most will not realize the day they are living in until it's too late!
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