Prophecy — Signs
by Jack Kinsella — www.omegaletter.com Editor
Recently, the Bush administration approved an Israeli request for 100 laser-guided bombs capable of destroying underground bunkers. There is no doubt in the administration’s mind exactly what the Israelis plan to do with these weapons.
Iran is getting too close to becoming a nuclear threat and the Bush administration is still too far away from a solution for the Israelis to sit on their hands.
The deal, valued at $30 million, would transfer 100 GBU-28s and associated equipment and services to Israel. The Pentagon notified Congress on April 26 that the GBU-28 bomb would include BLU-113A/B penetration warhead, WGU-36A/B guidance control unit, FMU-143H/B bomb fuse and BSG-92/B airfoil group guide.
The GBU-28, first deployed in the 1991 Gulf war, is designed to penetrate hardened command centers located deep underground.
The laser-guided GBU-28 weighs 5,000 pounds and uses a 4,400-pound penetrating warhead. During tests in the 1990s, the GBU-28 demonstrated a capability to penetrate more than 20 feet of concrete or 100 feet of earth.
The Israeli air force would use the GBU-28s on its F-15 aircraft fleet. Israel’s F-15I fleet, procured in the late 1990s, is reportedly capable of striking targets a thousand miles away.
It is worth noting that the Pentagon isn’t sending bombs from the existing US inventory, but said it would come from ‘new procurement’. That is more significant than it sounds.
There have been a lot of improvements to both the GBU-28 and to bunker construction technology since the early 1990’s.
The Pentagon decision to procure the GBUs from ‘new procurement’ means that the Israelis will have the full advantages of improvements made since — presumably incorporating non-conventional capabilities, like what are often called mini-nukes.
If it comes to an airstrike, the Pentagon wants to make sure the Israelis get it done right the first time.
According to European diplomats furiously working towards some kind of diplomatic solution, talks with Iran are on the verge of collapse.
On Tuesday, Tehran accused the United States and other nations of “using a fear of nuclear weapons to deny peaceful nuclear technology to developing nations” in an effort to win support from non-aligned nations at the twice-per-decade Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Conference at the UN.
The conference to review the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty enters day five this morning. Like every other global effort sponsored by the UN in the 21st century, it has accomplished nothing, breaking down into squabbles between the ‘have’ nations and the ‘have-nots’.
As of this morning, the conference still hasn’t even finished working out its agenda.
Tehran continues to stall the global nuclear conference, hoping it will adjourn without addressing the nuclear-fuel cell issue until its next meeting in 2010.
While Israel continues to make its not-so-secret contingency plans for an airstrike against Iran, Syrian intelligence units have been quietly infiltrating Palestinian ‘refugee’ camps inside Lebanon.
Syrian intelligence has worked closely with the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist forces entrenched in the Bekaa Valley for a decade, shuttling Iranian military supplies from the Damascus airport to Hezbollah camps for the past decade.
Members of the Lebanese parliament say Syrian military officers began to transfer Syrian units from their headquarters in Beirut to Palestinian bases as soon as heavy pressure began for a withdrawal from Lebanon.
In 1982, the PFLP-GC established bases in Lebanon used largely for training and storage of Katyusha rockets, rocket-propelled grenades and light weapons. Neither Lebanese police nor army units have been permitted to enter the bases.
The threat posed to global security by a nuclear-armed Iran is just one of many emerging threats — threats emerging so quickly that it is hard to catch a breath in between.
North Korea continues to openly conduct tests of its expanding arsenal of medium and long-range missiles, in defiance of international conventions.
Last year, a North Korean missile overshot Japan, demonstrating Pyongyang’s ability to strike the Japanese home islands. Last week, it tested a medium-range missile that it brought down sixty-five miles inside the Sea of Japan.
Word of that test came just days after a top U.S. military intelligence official told a U.S. Senate committee that North Korea has the ability to arm a missile with a nuclear weapon.
According to US intelligence, Pyongyang nuclear missile range includes Japan, most of Europe and the west coast of the United States. And Kim Jong Il is believed to be just crazy enough to order a launch.
Setting down the strategic overview of the situation is sobering, even terrifying. The simple facts are these:
Iran cannot be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. Period. And North Korea cannot be allowed to keep theirs. Period.
Iran will not back down to threats, and it has no intention of honoring any agreements arising out of a diplomatic ‘solution’.
Tehran is betting that it can stall until it can announce it has a nuclear weapon, counting on the threat of a nuclear counter-strike to keep Israel and the United States at bay until it can develop a permanent nuclear deterrent that will make it virtually untouchable.
North Korea is counting on its successful missile tests to convince the West it already has such a deterrent.
The United Nations is powerless. It is hopelessly corrupt, has lost any serious credibility, and appears destined to join the League of Nations on the scrapheap of history.
The United States’ conventional military capabilities are stretched to the limit by the war on terror. Recruitment is down, weapons stockpiles depleted, and it remains vulnerable to a sneak EMP attack.
Iran recently tested a missile capable of detonating a nuclear warhead from low orbit. One detonated over the United States could throw the US, technologically, back to the 1880’s for months, if not years.
The Russians continue to cultivate dependent satellite states across the Islamic Middle East, while the Chinese are increasing their saber-rattling over Taiwan.
The European Union’s continued existence is threatened by an expected defeat of the proposed constitution by French, German and British voters, further destabilizing the global order.
At the center of the maelstrom is tiny Israel. A single decision from Jerusalem to launch against Iran’s nuclear facilities would be enough to set off the fuse.
Meanwhile, back in the States, the headlines are all about ‘peace and safety’ as the Department of Homeland Security announces that the threat assessment level is lower than at any time in the past four years.
“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” (1st Thessalonians 5:1-3)
People get up in the mornings like they always do. They go to work, come home, plan their weekends, plan their vacations, contribute to their 401k plans, argue about the solvency of Social Security thirty years hence, in short, going about business as usual.
“And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:26-27)
But in the back of everybody’s mind is the question. Is this really it? Can it really be possible that these are the last days?
It is at least believable enough for TV executives to begin devoting whole television series plots to the possibility. A TV series like ‘Revelations’ would never have gotten off the ground ten years ago.
Today, it is part of an emerging entertainment genre — ‘the antichrist is coming… the antichrist is coming… !’
Which reflects the seemingly nonchalant attitude by the world about the possibility that these really ARE the last days. They know… but they really don’t believe it.
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” 2nd Peter 3:3-4
As any long time reader of the Omega Letter has already noticed, the strategic global assessment as it exists, today, May 6, 2005, is a perfect match for the strategic global assessment outlined by Bible prophecy for the last days.
From the perspective of the natural, it is a dismal picture of impending chaos unlike anything the world has ever experienced. That pretty much sums up the way Jesus described the events that are clearly poised to unleash themselves upon the earth.
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matthew 24:21)
But to the true Church, what appears to be impending doom is evidence of impending redemption. “And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)
It is evidence that God intends to keep His promises as outlined in Scripture, and among those promises is the one made by Jesus Christ to the Church.
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions: if IT WERE NOT SO, I WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3)
The Apostle Paul gives previously unrevealed details about how Jesus intends to receive the Church unto Himself, saying,
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (1st Corinthians 15:51-53)
“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1st Thessalonians 4:16-17)
The world is rapidly approaching the boiling point, and unless a way is found to release the pressure, the final scenario outlined by Scripture for the last days is exactly the same scenario outlined by any reasonable secular threat assessment.
If the Tribulation is that close, then the Rapture is even closer. So, go ahead. Bring it on.
We’re almost outta here!
“Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1st Thessalonians 4:18)