When things are going fine most people don't think much about hope. Some, many today, take the attitude foretold for the last days:
In the last days mockers will come, walking after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? For, from the day that the fathers fell asleep in death, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” 2 Peter 3:3-4
In so many measurable ways our time is very different from the norms of the past, yet masses of people seem to think this world is as it always was, and that it will go on like this forever. They scorn the validity of prophesies foretelling the end of this world, and the coming of the Lord.
Ah, yes, but Peter warns them that the world has been destroyed before, suggesting that it will be destroyed again:
For this they willfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and an earth formed out of water and amid water, by the word of God; by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished. 2 Peter 3:5-6
There was a world-wide flood - Noah's Flood as reported in the Bible. The evidence of that is everywhere, since that flood totally reshaped the surface of the earth. Yet, they "willfully forget" - in fact, they willfully misinterpret the overwhelming evidence as a host of local events, so they will not have to deal with the truth. The truth they hate is this: Judgment of the world by it's Creator is a reality. This is the very point Peter was making.
Despite the evidence, to them all of that is nothing more than childhood stories, like Santa and the Easter Bunny.
Yet, they have their own stories that shape their concept of the future. They foresee a Star Trek future in which there is, not only global government, but government on a galactic scale! This fiction is based on the fairy tale of man's upward evolution, becoming as God, mankind dwelling above the stars. This is the sort of future they can believe in, because, to them, it is "scientific."
Yet, reality is far more earth-bound. Granted, a few people have spent up to a few months living in a "space-station" that orbits a mere 250 miles above the earth. To put that in perspective, Pittsburgh to Philadelphia (both in the same state of Pennsylvania) are a straight line distance of 257.42 miles from each other. This is a greater distance than the space station from the earth's surface, and you can drive it in your car in one morning.
That infinitesimal distance is as far away in "space" as mankind has attempted to live. We have never colonized our own moon, let alone even the closest planet. The problems of living in space, even on the closest celestial bodies, have been insurmountable. Further, while the Star Trek universe is full of alien life, in the real universe the only life yet discovered by real science is on this beautiful earth. The fact is, we are all stuck on this earth together whether we like it or not, and we all face the same global problems. It turns out, the Star Trek future offers nothing that can really help us now. It is an entertaining story, but a false hope.
There are many false hopes in this world. They make people feel better, like they are "all set." The problem only shows itself when the crises comes. A false hope is like a gun without bullets. It looks impressive, until you actually need it. Then it is too late.
Friends, all the signs of the last days are upon us. Now we are going from one crises to the next, at an ever-increasing pace. We need something to hang onto to get us through. We need real hope for the future, a hope that will actually "work" when you need it!
I have that kind of hope. It has served me well, even saved my life more than once. Tonight I want to share what I have learned about that hope with you. Yes, this is something you can hold on to!
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IRAN COULD HAVE A NUKE BY 2017 END
Reprint: DEBKAfile Special Expose August 6, 2016
The nuclear accord signed a year ago with Iran has become a hot US presidential campaign issue. On Thursday, Aug. 4, US President Barack Obama speaking at the Pentagon said the agreement “has worked exactly the way we said it would,” and even “Israeli defense officials are behind [it]… and now recognize the efficacy of the accord” and that the Iranians “no longer have the short term breakout capacity that would allow them to develop nuclear weapons.”
Hillary Clinton declared at the Democratic Party convention which gave her the presidential nomination:
“We put a lid on Iran’s nuclear program without firing a single shot.”
Both these claims may be called hyperbolic at best and drew a response from Tel Aviv:
Israeli defense establishment believes that agreements have value only if they
are based on reality. They have no value if the facts on the ground are opposite
to the ones the agreement is based on.”
Documents reaching debkafile’s intelligence sources in recent weeks bare some facts contained in unpublished sections of the nuclear accord – Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) - that Iran signed in Vienna with the US, China, France, Russia, retain and Germany on July 14 2015.
This data is at odds with the official version that accord delayed Iran’s short-term breakout capacity to a nuclear bomb by ten years plus one year. It is now demonstrated that if Tehran decides to violate the accord Iran retains the capability to achieve this goal in months - not years.
The strongest confirmation of this fact comes from the horse’s mouth: Ali Akbar Salehi, President of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, has said the nuclear deal stipulates that if any party violates it, then Iran can go back to enriching uranium at Natanz within 45 days at an even higher capacity than before the agreement was signed - – his deputy cited twenty-fold.
Their words followed supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s repeated allegations that the US is in violation of the JCPA.
US administration officials’ insistence that Iran will need a whole year to attain breakout capacity of its nuclear weapons program at the end of the 10-year moratorium is nullified by three cover Iranian steps:
1. Iran has concealed from International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors entire clusters of second-generation IR-2m centrifuges – some by upgrading IR machines at home and some imported from Pakistan and Germany. These hidden machines can substantially cut short the process of enriching uranium at the Natanz and Fordo plants up to weapons-grade.
2. Before signing the nuclear
accord, Tehran stock-piled in Natanz alone 15,420 centrifuges – 9,156 of the
first-generation IR-1 version and 1,000 high-speed IR-2m enrichment machines. On
the date of signing, the inspectors were shown 5,060 IR-1 centrifuges – all
dismantled and stowed away in storage along with the relevant feed equipment
such as pipes, cooling systems and electronics.
That Iran is now in a position to reassemble its enrichment facilities within 45 days was admitted by Salehi himself.
3. The American calculation of the time Iran would need to build a nuclear bomb was based on the quantity of low-grade enriched uranium (LEU) left with Iran for further refinement to weapon-grade level. Washington was satisfied that Tehran abided by the 300 kilograms limit set by the accord.
However, Iran has since been revealed as cheating on that provision too by transferring a much larger LEU stock to Oman and continuing to clandestinely turn out further quantities disguised as materials required for “research.”
All this information adds up to Iran’s current ability to flout the JCPA at any time, having retained all its capabilities and means of production for breaking out to developing a nuclear weapon within months, up to the end of 2017 – rather than years. After marking strides in their missile program, the Iranians would also soon be able to mount a nuke on an intercontinental ballistic missile, which could wipe out a European or Middle East city.