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    May 23, 2016

    The U.S. Military Has Become a Paper Tiger

    After the collapse of the Soviet Union in December of 1991, the United States found itself positioned as the world’s sole superpower. America had the largest economy in the world, and its military budget was greater than all other nations combined. The strength of the dollar made it possible for the U.S. to exert influence over much of the world.

    As we fast forward to today, it has become very questionable if the term superpower can still be genuinely applied to America. The U.S. Army has the lowest headcount prior to World War II. Our national debt has become so large that we can no longer afford to play the role of a foreign aid Santa Claus.

    Even our military leaders have begun to question our readiness in fighting a war with global powers like Russia and China. U.S. Army Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley, recently told a House Armed Services Committee hearing that the military lacks the needed funding to “execute satisfactorily” military objectives.

    A core problem with our military is the lack of leadership and moral courage. I blame Barack Hussein Obama the most, for this shortfall. His fixation on sexual social engineering has had a disastrous impact on the Department of Defense.

    The enemies of America have been quick to notice the lack of resolve emanating from Washington. On several occasions, our forces have been harassed without provocation.

    Last week, two Chinese fighter jets flew approximately fifty feet from a U.S. military reconnaissance plane over the South China Sea. At that time, our plane was flying on a “routine patrol” in international airspace.

    Russian jets also frequently buzz our ships and aircraft. Last month, an SU-24 Russian fighter came as close as 30 yards to the USS Donald Cook missile destroyer. (That’s about three car lengths.) In January, a Russian jet nearly collided with one of our aircraft over international waters.

    Even the Iranians feel they have the liberty to bully our military forces. The Iranian navy has regularly played chicken will our ships—at times firing live rounds in dangerous proximity to our ships.

    The most outrageous harassment of our forces was the capture of 10 navy sailors in February.

    The sordid details of how our military members were mistreated has been conveniently classified. The Iranian thugs would have held of our sailors much longer if Tehran had not been waiting the release of about $150 billion from the U.S. and did not want to lose out.

    North Korea has made threats against the U.S. into a sick joke, by constantly saying it is ready to use nuclear weapons “against the United States.” In one propaganda video, North Korea broadcast its desires to drop a nuclear bomb on Washington D.C. In another video, it threatens to destroy New York City with a hydrogen bomb. This little yap dog barks endlessly because it knows America will never flex her muscles.

    American forces wouldn’t have to worry about a jet crashing into them if the Obama Administration would clearly define the tragic consequences of getting too close to our strategic interests and our military.

    A few months ago Russia thought it could ignore Turkey by regularly violating its airspace. When the Turkish military shot down a Russian jet in November, Russian President Vladimir Putin had a fit. But since then, Russian jets have stayed clear of the Turkish border.

    Another area where America gets the rebuff is in all the financial markets. In response to the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, the United States imposed sanctions on Russian individuals and businesses. The sanctions contributed to the collapse of the Russian ruble and its bond market.

    Initially it appeared that Russia would be forced to give into the economic pressure. But not so. Now that the ruble has stabilized and Russian bond prices have fully recovered, the current thinking is that sanctions from Uncle Sam are no longer the kiss of death.

    The key reason why America has become a paper tiger may have everything to do with Bible prophecy. In the coming days, the center of power will shift to the nations that once comprised the Roman Empire. Obama may be setting the stage for the rise of the Antichrist. After eight years of his weak floundering positions as “leader” of the Western world, the global community would likely welcome someone who commands respect.

    “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

    And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:4-8).

    --Todd


    Reviving Roman Empire Gestapo Growing

    Thinking on the rise of Adolf Hitler to power in the Germany of the 1930s immediately produces realization that the bringing together of ruthless enforcement entities was key to establishment of der Fuhrer's dictatorship.

    It started with the brown shirts, headed by Ernst Rhome, a homosexual thug who did Hitler's bidding in creating chaos and fear in a failing German republic. When the future Fuhrer began to consolidate power through eliminating opposition, the German Wehrmacht (Germany's army) soon had to share controlling authority with the Waffen-SS, the black-uniformed, select group of supposedly Aryan troops assigned as Hitler's personal body guard. The brown shirts were eliminated, and the SS, headed by the now infamous Heinrich Himmler, began the implementation of the final solution--the genocidal war on all Jews in Europe.

    At the same time, the civilian police establishment was turned into the dreaded Gestapo, the police force that locked the Nazi regime into place. The Nazi military and civilian policing establishment became, in effect, a single force against which there was little resistance.

    And, this brings us to the crux of things going on in that same geographical area from which Hitler terrorized the world.

    There is seen by some the development of a movement to establish similar tyrannical controls within the European Union (EU) at the present hour. A recent article frames the growing threat the concerned observers fear. It states the following to begin the piece.

    As the European Union and the establishment behind it become increasingly totalitarian, paranoid, and unstable, the EU super-state is raising up and training its own transnational military-police force. According to reports and its own propaganda material, the EU “Gendarmerie,” as the force is known, will apparently be charged with putting down protests and civil unrest, raiding illegal political meetings, propping up foreign governments, and even confiscating weapons. ("EU Building Potentially Tyrannical Military-Police Force" by Alex Newman, http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/23163, May 10, 2016)

    The article states that the EU's military-police force is merely one component of the broader transnational police-state apparatus being quietly imposed on the formerly sovereign peoples of Europe. The force includes the bringing together of "transnational police" with "transnational army units" and "EU air and naval operations."

    The bringing together of the forces has all been accomplished in the shadows, but is now being thrust into the light of geopolitical reality, according to the concerned observers reporting--those of Breitbart's U.K. operation.

    It was a controversial training operation taking place in Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia in April that sparked concern and alarm within Europe and beyond. Media reports stirred fears of the rise of a tyrannical, controlling force. According to those reports, the training consolidated 600 troops and police officers in order to prepare for crises of the international and civil war sorts.

    The EU military-operation information branch reported about its training scheme that the aim of the [April 15, 2016] Comprehensive Live Exercise will be capacity building of police and gendarmes who will participate in international stabilization missions and projects with a police component. The force is aimed at preparing the hybrid military-police force for “future" missions.

    The troubling reports said that forces from Islamic Turkey, and Tunisia, as well as the African nation of Cameroon, participated in the "scheming."

    There remains, of course, considerable resistance to the reuniting of Europe. There is at the same time all of this is going on, a strong trend toward nationalism. The threat from the Islamist world, with deadly attacks such as that in Brussels, make the populations, if not the one-world order leaderships of EU nations, deeply concerned about a reviving, unified, European empire that takes protection against dangerous, Islamist, "migrants" out of the hands of local and national authority. Yet, crises that loom, particularly involving Greece-type financial meltdowns and rioting, make probable over-arching EU police controls and military involvement inevitable.

    Remember, it was severe fiscal crisis that brought Hitler to power, along with and through his all-controlling military/police monstrosity. There are those who agree with George Santayana that"those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

    God's Word foretells that history repeats time after time. Every empire has eventually fallen, even, arguably, the greatest of all world empires, the Roman Empire. The same basic ingredients have constituted most every such collapse.

    While Santayana's bit of philosophy has been proven true time after time, he left out a key element in phrasing his thought. It should be: "Those who do not acknowledge God and cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

    Every world empire has ignored the true God of Heaven. Prophecy tells us that the final empire--that of Antichrist, the Roman prince of Daniel 9: 26-27--will be the most God-hating empire of all history. Along with all other signals of Christ's soon return on the world-scene today, the reviving of the Roman Empire is more and more coming into view. It is a sure signal that this generation is at the end of the Church Age and that Christ's call to His Bride must be near indeed.

    --Terry