Prophetic Word (5/11/11)

Within the next 6 months to 2 years, the world will experience increasingly severe financial, earthquake, weather, wildfire, nuclear and terrorist catastrophes in a run-up to the 7-year Tribulation. The USA will especially be afflicted financially when the dollar loses its status as the world’s reserve currency. Hyperinflation will wipe out the savings of many and defaults on government debt will plunge America into an unprecedented depression. War in the Middle East will once again break out. This will not be Armageddon, but rather the crisis that will bring the anti-Christ to the forefront as the Beast orchestrates a false peace and deceives the world into believing that he is humanity’s savior. The Tribulation will begin when he signs a peace accord with the many involved nations (Daniel 9:27) and subsequently institutes a global, one-world government (Revelation 13:7-8,12)

Obama Shocker: Palestinian State Must Be Based on 1967 Borders

President Obama, delivering his first major address tackling the uprisings in the Middle East, on Thursday endorsed Palestinians’ demand for their own state based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war. Until Thursday, the U.S. position had been that the Palestinian goal of a state based on the 1967 borders, with agreed land swaps, should be reconciled with Israel’s desire for a secure Jewish state through negotiations. Obama said he will also offer new levels of support to Egypt and Tunisia, countries where demonstrations ousted entrenched leaders and which the administration plans to hold up as a “beacon” in the region, according to one official. Obama plans to forgive roughly $1 billion in debt owed by Egypt to free up money for job-creation efforts there. Plus he plans to guarantee up to $1 billion in loans for Egypt through the Overseas Private Investment Corp., a U.S. government institution that mobilizes private capital. Obama is pushing other steps to bolster loans, trade and international support in Egypt and in Tunisia. Protesters in Bahrain, Yemen, Syria and other nations have endured brutal setbacks.

  • Obama continues to sacrifice Israel on the altar of Muslim appeasement

Planned Parenthood Given Unprecedented Access to White House

Pro-Life watchdog LifeNews just revealed important data uncovered in their investigation of White House visitor logs. It appears that Planned Parenthood and specifically PP President Cecile Richards has had unprecedented access to the White House. Visitor logs show that Richards was present at the White House nearly every time Congress was deciding on an abortion-related matter – including Obama’s first day in office, the White House “Health Care Summit” and even the day of former Congressman Bart Stupak’s now infamous ObamaCare Abortion Vote betrayal. Over the last two years, Richards has publicly bragged(via the social networking site Twitter) about her easy on-demand access to the White House. Just this week, Obama met with Richards over a cozy and uber-expensive dinner with a handful of Texas-based abortion mill supporters in an effort to raise money for his 2012 Presidential run.

  • The Faith & Freedom Foundation comments, “With ‘friends’ like these, is it any wonder Planned Parenthood feels comfortable enough to demand abortion quotas from their member clinics, while they flagrantly violate state and federal laws protecting minor girls from predatory older men AND they keep on raking in YOUR tax dollars to subsidize their sick and twisted agenda?”

Americans as Unhappy as Ever with Congress

Americans voted to turn over control of the House of Representatives to Republicans last fall, but a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds they remain as unhappy as they have ever been with Capitol Hill. By more than 2-1, voters say most members of Congress don’t deserve re-election, matching the historic low reached last spring. The levels of discontent are higher than they were just before elections in 1994, 2006 and 2010, all years when control changed hands.

  • Despite a lot of rhetoric so far, nothing much has been accomplished

Senate Blocks GOP Bid to Speed Offshore Drilling

A GOP bid to expand and hasten offshore oil drilling in the face of $4-a-gallon gasoline prices suffered an overwhelming defeat in the Senate on Wednesday. Five Republicans joined 52 Democrats or independents in rejecting a bill to speed up decision-making on drilling permits and force previously scheduled lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Alaska and Virginia coasts. The bill was supported by 42 Republicans, well short of the 60 needed to advance it. The Obama administration suspended several lease sales after last year’s massive BP oil spill.

Conservatives Slam ‘Corrupt’ Pelosi Healthcare Waivers

Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty and other leading conservatives blasted former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Obama administration Wednesday over the huge number of waivers from the national healthcare law being granted to posh eateries and other businesses in Pelosi’s San Francisco district. The dustup may have obscured a more pressing question for Democrats: Why are businesses in liberal San Francisco and elsewhere clamoring to opt out of the massive healthcare law that was supposed to help them? The answer boils down to simple dollars and sense, experts say. Because so-called Obamacare prohibits lifetime dollar limits on health insurance plans, businesses from Pelosi’s — as well as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s — districts are demanding waivers because they already are paying for employees to be covered in plans with limits in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Obamacare forbids insurers from placing annual and lifetime limits on health plans.

Illegal Asian Immigrants on Rise

The shocking discovery Tuesday of 513 migrants –many of them from India and other Asian countries — in two trucks in Chiapas, Mexico headed for the U.S. border, lays bare the growing importance of an illegal pipeline that funnels people from South Asia to the United States. Increasingly, immigrants from India seem to be using Guatemala – which doesn’t require a visa for Indian nationals – as a bridge to begin an illegal journey through Mexico, where a visa is required, to their final destination in the United States. An abrupt increase in the number of Indian citizens entering Enrique Degenhart, Guatemala’s director of immigration services, says, “An abrupt increase in the number of Indian citizens entering Guatemala led us to ponder whether they were using this country as a bridge. “After exchanging information with Mexico, we realized that a high percentage [of Indians] entered Guatemala and crossed the border illegally onto Mexico.”

Debt Limit Reached, U.S. Stops Pension Investments

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Monday that he will immediately halt investments in two big government pension plans so the government can continue to borrow money after reaching the debt limit Monday. He repeated a warning that if lawmakers do not increase the borrowing limit by Aug. 2, the government is at risk of an unprecedented default on its debt. Even though the government has reached its official borrowing limit, Geithner said unexpected revenue and bookkeeping maneuvers will allow the Treasury to continue auctioning debt for another 11 weeks. The money that the two pension funds lose will be replaced if Congress votes to raise the borrowing limit. The debt limit is the amount of money the government can borrow to help finance its operations. The nation has reached its limit because the federal government has grown accustomed to borrowing massive amounts of money. The latest estimate is that it borrows 40 cents of every dollar it spends.

Budget Deal Actually Costs More in Short-Term

Remember that budget deal last month between President Obama and congressional Republicans that averted a government shutdown? The one that would cut the budget? Only in the long-term, it turns out — and not by as much as once projected. The deal will actually cost the government $3.2 billion in the current fiscal year, the Congressional Budget Office reported yesterday. The reason: A $7.5 billion shift in defense spending that outweighs $4.4 billion in cuts to domestic programs. The deal will cut budget deficits by $122 billion over the next decade, the CBO reported. But that is less than half the more than $300 billion in savings that deal advocates promoted when it passed in April.

Rural Community Facilities Program Provides Economic Boost

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, known for its drought and disaster assistance to farmers, is providing hundreds of millions of dollars to cash-strapped towns and public safety agencies to buy police patrol cars, equip fire stations and renovate courthouses. Part of a broad mission directed by the agency’s Rural Community Facilities Program, the mix of grants and loans is offering a lifeline to small communities across the country that are struggling in a difficult economy. Since FY 2006, the program has doled out $770million in public safety funding, including $39million for 1,235 police cars and $120.5million for 1,149 fire trucks. Though not widely known outside rural areas served by the program, the funding is drawing new interest from financially stressed communities and as traditional sources of public safety aid — from the U.S. Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security— are being reduced.

  • If the federal government can’t find money in one trough they use another, simply adding more and more to the heavy debt load that will soon sink the economy

One-Quarter of Hospital ERs have Closed over Past 20 years

Over a quarter of emergency departments closed shop over the past two decades, a new study shows. From 1990 to 2009, the number of hospital emergency departments in non-rural areas in the USA declined by 27%, according to a study in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found that the number of emergency departments dropped from 2,446 to 1,779 — an average of 89 closings per year. The figure included only non-rural locations. ERs shut down were more likely to: have low profit margins; serve patients below the poverty level; and serve patients with poorer forms of insurance, including Medicaid. The report notes that it’s a major concern that there’s been a 35% increase in ER visits during the same period of time that number of ERs has decreased.

  • Note that these conditions also match areas with high concentrations of illegal aliens

Economic News

New claims for benefits dropped 29,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 409,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The declines come after applications had surged to an eight-month high of 474,000 last month. That was nearly 100,000 above February’s three-year low of 375,000 — a level typically consistent with sustainable job growth. Weekly applications peaked during the recession at 659,000.

Construction of new homes plummeted in April, another troubling sign for the battered housing market. The Commerce Department says construction of new homes fell 10.6% in April from March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 523,000 homes. That’s down nearly 25% from one year ago and less than half the 1.2 million homes per year that economists consider a sign of a healthy market.

As gas prices hover near $4 a gallon, nearly seven in 10 Americans say the high cost of fuel is causing financial hardship for their families, a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll found. More than half say they have made major changes to compensate for the higher prices, ranging from shorter trips to cutting back on vacation travel. For 21%, the impact is so dramatic they say their standard of living is jeopardized.

People are holding on to cars and trucks about a year longer than before the recession, which has created a tight supply of used vehicles. So few are on the market that prices are the highest in at least 16 years, up almost 30% since December 2008.

European finance ministers on Monday signed off on 78 billion euros ($110 billion) in rescue loans to Portugal to give the debt-ridden country time to overhaul its economy. One-third of the package will be financed by other eurozone states, another third will come from a fund backed by the EU budget, and the International Monetary Fund will contribute the final 26 billion euros.

The European Commission insisted Thursday that the next leader of the International Monetary Fund must come from the 27-nation European Union, a stance backed by the Germany, the continent’s economic heavyweight. Frenchman Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned as IMF chief Wednesday, saying he wants to devote “all his energy” to fighting sexual assault charges in New York. Fast-growing nations such as China, Brazil and South Africa are trying to break Europe’s grip on an organization empowered to direct billions of dollars to stabilize the global economy.

Bin Laden Replaced

Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian, was named al-Qaeda’s interim leader, and Mustafa al-Yemeni will direct operations, Al Jazeera reports. The website says al-Adel is one of al-Qaeda’s leading military commanders and helped plan the bomb attacks against the American embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998. The presumed successor to bin Laden is his long-time deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is also Egyptian. Benotman said the temporary appointment of al-Adel may be a way for the leadership to gauge reaction to the selection of someone from beyond the Arabian Peninsula as the group’s leader.

Pakistan

Pakistani troops and a NATO helicopter that crossed into Pakistani territory exchanged fire on Tuesday, wounding two soldiers, local officials said, and Pakistan protested, further straining relations with the West following the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Pakistan’s army has lodged a strong protest and demanded talks with NATO commanders after an allliance helicopter hit the Pakistani checkpoint. Tuesday’s incident came hours before Yusuf Raza Gilani, the Pakistani prime minister, arrives in China on a visit seen by some as a diplomatic effort to seek closer and more productive ties with another major power.

Libya

Hundreds of Moammar Gadhafi’s loyalists staged a show of support in the capital early Thursday, claiming the rebel insurgency is nearing its end, even as the Libyan leader’s forces have intensified their campaign to take strategic heights in a western mountain range and targeted a road that many people have used to flee the fighting. Meanwhile, a Tunisian security official says Libya’s oil minister has defected, The Associated Press reports. Shukri Ghanem, the head of the national oil company and Libya’s oil minister, crossed into Tunisia by road on Monday and defected, the Tunisian official said. Ghanem is among Gadhafi officials under U.S. sanctions announced by the Treasury Department in early April.

A reporter working for USA TODAY in Libya who was held for 44 days by the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was released Wednesday along with another American reporter after being convicted of entering the country illegally. Gillis was a freelance reporter who had been covering the conflict in Libya for weeks when she was taken April 5 with Foley and a Spanish photographer, Manuel Varela. Also released was Nigel Chandler, a British freelance journalist who was captured elsewhere. Tuesday, the Libyan government gave each journalists a one-year suspended sentence on charges of illegally entering the country and fined them roughly $150 apiece.

Syria

Students in Syria’s second-largest city called for a nationwide strike today amid a government crackdown on democracy protesters, some of whom alleged Tuesday that they had discovered a mass grave of victims of attacks ordered by President Bashar Assad. Two videos posted by activists on YouTube showed decaying bodies being dug up from a pit in Daraa. People in Daraa have reported finding four burial sites in their region in recent days, including two mass graves in the city itself. Since March 15, the area has been the flash point of a pro-democracy movement against Assad, whose family has been in power for 40 years.

The United States slapped sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad and six senior Syrian officials Wednesday for human rights abuses over their brutal crackdown on anti-government protests, for the first time personally penalizing the Syrian leader for actions of his security forces. The sanctions will freeze any assets Assad and the six Syrian government officials have in U.S. jurisdiction and make it illegal for Americans to do business with them.

Afghanistan

An Afghan company says insurgents have shot and killed more than 30 construction workers in the country’s eastern province. CNN, quoting provincial officials, reported earlier that Taliban forces had abducted 72 road workers and burned their equipment in Paktia province. Elsewhere, hundreds of protesters, angered by an overnight NATO raid that they believed killed four civilians, clashed on Wednesday with security forces on the streets of a northern Afghan city. Twelve people died in the fighting, government officials said. There was also deadly violence in the east on Wednesday. A suicide bomber crashed a car into a police bus, killing 14 people and wounding 16. Four American soldiers serving with NATO forces in Afghanistan died Monday in an explosion in the country’s southern region. They were hit by an improvised explosive device. The latest deaths make a total of 16 NATO service members killed so far this month, and 167 so far this year.

Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told the semi-official Press TV news station on Wednesday that the Bushehr nuclear power plant is operational. “As we have previously announced, Bushehr power plant has reached the criticality stage, meaning it has been successfully launched,” Salehi said. “This stage lasts for two months. We hope the plant will gain some 40 percent of its power within the next one or two months.” The plant, which has been built by Russian engineers, has been plagued by repeated delays and safety concerns, but Iran has forged ahead, considering Bushehr to be a major component of its renegade nuclear program.

Mexico

Authorities in southern Mexico say gunmen opened fire on four local police officers Monday, killing them and two bystanders. Two other bystanders were wounded when the gunmen shot the officers Monday in the downtown area of Coyuca de Catalan. a mountainous zone known as Tierra Caliente that is plagued by drug violence. More than 35,000 people have died in such violence nationwide since Mexico began a crackdown on cartels in December 2006.

Wildfires

Wildfires that blazed through a northern Canadian town forced the evacuation of nearly 7,000 people. Nearly one-third of the buildings were destroyed after strong winds suddenly turned the flames on the town. All residents were ordered to leave Sunday afternoon, but evacuation proved difficult as smoke and fast-moving flames blocked some of the highways. No deaths or injuries have been reported but rescue officials were knocking on doors to ensure that everyone ordered out had gone.

Warnings about a difficult allergy season have come from allergy specialists from New York to Atlanta, Chicago to California. Heavy snow and rain in some parts of the country have nourished a profusion of tree pollen, while a sudden shift to warm, sunny weather has made its release more robust. The deluges and, in some places, flooding have pumped up the volume on mold. Add in the wind, and the suffering skyrockets. Allergy seasons in general have been getting longer and more challenging, said Angel Waldron, spokeswoman for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation.” Warmer temperatures are allowing trees to pollinate longer than usual,” she said.

Wildfires

The Honey Prairie wildfire in Georgia has grown to 147,000 acres (about 230 square miles) with no containment in sight yet. Meanwhile, the Miller fire in New Mexico has consumed almost 77,000 acres (about 135 square miles) and is threatening some nearby residences. In Arizona, the Horseshoe2 fire northeast of Bisbee grew to almost 33,000 acres (about 51 square miles) Thursday, also threatening some residences in the area.

Weather

Cargo was slowly moving along the bloated Mississippi River Wednesday after a costly daylong standstill, while officials kept an eye on the lower Delta where thousands of acres of farmland could be swamped by water that is inching closer to the top of a levee. The Coast Guard closed a 15-mile stretch Tuesday at Natchez, Miss., north of New Orleans, blocking vessels heading toward the Gulf of Mexico and others trying to return north after dropping off their freight. Later in the day, barges that haul coal, timber, iron, steel and more than half of America’s grain exports were again allowed to pass, but at the slowest possible speed. Such interruptions cost the U.S. economy hundreds of millions of dollars for each day the barges are idled, as the toll from the weeks of flooding from Arkansas to Louisiana continues to mount.

Flood-weary residents in the path of the swollen Mississippi River and its tributaries have a new worry — snakes. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is advising residents in flooded areas to remain on the lookout for venomous snakes. Snakes may move into residential and commercial areas as flood waters drive

them from their habitat, the department warns. Of the 22 species of snakes in the Morganza-Atchafalaya spillway, three are venomous: the Copperhead, the Cottonmouth and the Canebrake Rattlesnake.

As the Mississippi River reaches historic crests, the flood control system designed to protect property is instead destroying crops, homes and businesses that will cost billions of dollars and require months of recovery efforts, flood experts and conservationists say. That has prompted them to call for a major shift in federal policy that since the 1920s has tried to limit Mississippi River flooding through a massive system of levees, release valves, floodways and drainage basins. The shift would let the river run more freely but would probably force the relocation of communities to convert developed areas into open space.

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