One does not have to be a conspiracy theorist or prophecy junky to see that America and the world are changing. Things are becoming more secular. Living a life in Biblical faith is becoming less politically correct. It’s time to prepare.
Many people feel this and the solution often manifests itself in a desire to prepare physically. The rise of “preppers” has been mocked on television shows with labels thrown out towards anyone who stockpiles food, water, and ammunition in their garages. Many of these people look to changes in the government and in public sentiment. They feel the need to defend their lives and the lives of their family by preparing for hardships to come. I won’t go into the needs or challenges with this mentality other than to point out one thing: whether you want to prepare physically or not, you absolutely must be prepared spiritually.
Much of the world is already experiencing hardship over faith. That’s why this article singled out Americans specifically, though anyone living in a country where persecution for faith is light will face the same types of challenges. Whether it’s the government “coming for our guns,” natural disasters, economic collapse, revoking of rights, or any other worldly challenges that come, there’s only one requirement. We must stay faithful. We must be willing to maintain our belief and worship of Yeshua as Lord and Savior no matter what the world throws at us.
A common feeling that many worldly preppers have is that they have their faith covered and now they need to prepare physically. They are getting their survival gear, storing water, buying gold, building bunkers, and any of a plethora of prepper activities. They are training their children how to fire a weapon. They have maps in place of where they’ll go if they’re separated, how to hunt for food, where to find ammunition… the list of physical preparations that some are going through is huge.
Many see the changes and realize that times are getting weird, but they’re only preparing a little bit. An average American household has enough food for two weeks and very little water other than what’s in the tap. Maybe they have a “bug out bag” or some food stores, but not enough to live without assistance for very long.
Most are intentionally avoiding the issue. If disaster strikes, they’ll rely on the government to fix things.
Regardless of which category you fall into, it’s imperative that you prepare yourself and your family from a spiritual perspective. That doesn’t mean going to church every Sunday. That means learning the Word of God and understanding what can happen in the not-too-distant future. The Christians who are being murdered around the world have a choice. They could denounce their faith in Yeshua the Messiah and claim allegiance to Allah. If they do, their lives will be spared, but they don’t. They are martyrs.
Are you prepared spiritually to be a martyr? If a knife is to your neck, are you certain that you would accept death? If a knife is to the neck of someone in your family, are they prepared? Would they let you die? Would you let them die?
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. – Matthew 16:25 (KJV)
Nobody wants to think about it let alone talk about it with their family, but it’s the most important conversation you could have. This is why we are so against the teachings of people like Joel Osteen and others who promote the idea of living the best life today. This life is not the best life. The one to come is forever and glorious. Don’t sacrifice that life in order to save this one. Persevering to the end, regardless of what hardships or persecution you face, will be the ultimate test of your faith. Whether you’re a worldly prepper or not, you must be a spiritual prepper. You must know how to respond if things go crazy in our lifetime.
Have the conversation and make a plan with your family.
The Commitment to Persevere
Sometimes, it comes down to a simple promise. These thoughts are challenging to have and even harder to discuss, but if you don’t have them, you might be caught unprepared if hardships come suddenly.
Make the commitment yourself and then have the uncomfortable conversation with the family. Tell them that no matter what happens, regardless of any situation that could arise, that you’ll always stay faithful all the way to the end. All the way to death if necessary.
There is nothing that can be done to you in this world that can prevent you from keeping your faith if you keep the full Armor of God on you at all times.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil – Ephesians 6:11 (KJV)
Know the scriptures and understand that tribulation is ahead. It doesn’t matter whether or not you believe we are in the end times. It doesn’t even matter if you believe as most do in the pre-tribulation rapture. There are people even in America who have been faced with the same choice of faith versus denouncing faith that those in the Middle East and around the world have faced. With the radical Islamic terrorism growing around the world, it’s possible for anyone to be faced with a choice over persecution.
This isn’t intended to scare people. We truly have nothing to fear as long as we understand in our hearts that our commitment to persevere is strong. No matter what circumstance falls upon you, make certain you will never denounce your faith.
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Is technology making it feel like time is speeding up?
Some of the things they put out at Truthstream Media are extremely compelling. Then there are times when their videos are a bit blah. This is one of those times, but don’t be discouraged. There’s actually some pretty interesting information to glean from all of this.
Time does seem to be getting faster, or at least passing faster. Most attribute it to age. Some have speculated about the changing speed of light which scientists have demonstrated is getting slower. Since time, space, and light are all relative to each other, a slowing speed of light would actually make us feel like time is getting faster. But the notion that Truthstream Media latched onto is both the real likely cause as well as an interesting bit of information in and of itself.
Our attention spans are dropping thanks the prevalence of information and media in our lives. When once it could take hours just to download a television show, today we can stream movies without interruption on our smartphones. We’re able to bounce around from website to website, app to app, all in our search for the next stimulation, the next dopamine hit.
Since we’re able to get information more quickly, is that the reason our attention spans are growing shorter? Is that also the reason time seems to be moving faster? Know knows. It’s a decent video, albeit not their best.
Endless Mayfly: Iran’s disinformation wing that attacked America, Israel, and Saudi Arabia online
There are times when Iran seems to be one of the most sophisticated nations in the world when it comes to covert operations. They don’t have the level of techniques employed by espionage experts in the United States, Russia, or Israel, nor do they have the technical prowess of China or North Korea, but they have a level of deceptiveness that makes them formidable nonetheless.
But when it comes to disinformation campaigns, they’re ineptitude is almost comical, as Citizen Lab revealed early this morning. The media and technology watchdog and research group has built a reputation for uncovering some of the most complex disinformation schemes conducted across the internet. Their comprehensive uncovering of Endless Mayfly is another huge feather in their bountiful cap.
Here are the key findings from their report:
- Endless Mayfly is an Iran-aligned network of inauthentic personas and social media accounts that spreads falsehoods and amplifies narratives critical of Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Israel.
- Endless Mayfly publishes divisive content on websites that impersonate legitimate media outlets. Inauthentic personas are then used to amplify the content into social media conversations. In some cases, these personas also privately and publicly engage journalists, political dissidents, and activists.
- Once Endless Mayfly content achieves social media traction, it is deleted and the links are redirected to the domain being impersonated. This technique creates an appearance of legitimacy, while obscuring the origin of the false narrative. We call this technique “ephemeral disinformation”.
- Our investigation identifies cases where Endless Mayfly content led to incorrect media reporting and caused confusion among journalists, and accusations of intentional wrongdoing. Even in cases where stories were later debunked, confusion remained about the intentions and origins behind the stories.
- Despite extensive exposure of Endless Mayfly’s activity by established news outlets and research organizations, the network is still active, albeit with some shifts in tactics.
It was initially believed the organization was a Russian proxy, but their techniques and subjects eventually pointed to a likelihood of Iran being involved. While Citizen Lab rightly proclaims a likelihood instead of certainty of Iranian involvement, the data seems to be so clearly linked to Iran that there are only two reasonable explanations: either it is someone trying awfully hard to appear to be linked to Iran, or it’s Iran.
I’m going with the latter.
Their favored technique seems to be establishing fake websites with names close enough to legitimate websites that they’re able to fool prolific social media users and eager journalists dying for a juicy story. Buzzfeed News fell victim to one such instance on a website that looked identical to The Guardian, but that used a URL with a Turkish symbol replacing the “i” in “Guardian.”
They weren’t the only ones fooled. This operation seems to be quite vast.
But there were other obvious signs of falsehood that should have been noticed by the “useful idiots” propagating their disinformation. One article linked to from the report shows plenty of errors that a trained journalist should have noticed, and in this case, he did.
On November 5, 2018, Ali Al-Ahmed, a Washington-based expert in terrorism in the Gulf states and a vocal critic of Saudi Arabia, received a direct message on Twitter from “Mona A. Rahman” (@Mona_ARahman, now suspended).
After engaging in some polite conversation in Arabic with Al-Ahmed, “Mona” shared what appeared to be an article from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. The article contained a purported quote from former Mossad director Tamir Pardo, alleging that former Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman had been dismissed by Netanyahu for being a Russian agent. These allegations, if true, might reasonably be expected to strain relations between Russia and Israel.
The story sent to Al-Ahmed is so loaded with spelling and grammatical mistakes, it’s a wonder anyone could get fooled if this is indicative of the quality of Iran’s disinformation work.
If we assume Iran is, indeed, behind all of this, what does that tell us? We know tensions have been rising between Iran and both the U.S. and Israel. We can assume if they’ve been working at this since at least early 2016, they’ve had an agenda that extended to long before President Trump was elected. They probably found it unlikely he would be. So their goals weren’t to influence the U.S. elections as much as they were intended to shift sentiment from the rest of the world towards the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.
The full report is a wonderful read. As research on such topics, this one is exhaustive and enlightening.
But it still doesn’t answer the question of what this all means for the geopolitical positioning of Iran. They clearly want something, but that something has very likely changed since inception. Their economy was starting to flourish when President Obama was in office. Under President Trump, their economy has begun a rapid fall, prompting alleged actions ranging from sabotaging oil tankers to preparing to strike U.S. targets. They are desperate, and having access to a disinformation organization may help them seed discontent with the United States as our military stance in the Persian Gulf becomes more aggressive.
Iran has been acting like a wild animal cornered by superior forces ever since President Trump started pulling back the layers of protection given to them by President Obama. What will they do next? Their desperation is showing.
U.S. points to Iran being behind weekend oil tanker bombings
Rumors of wars keep popping up in the Middle East and around the world as the United States continues to have our allies prodded and provoked. The latest example is Iran, which U.S. military officials have fingered for the wave of oil tanker bombings over the weekend.
BREAKING: The Associated Press reports that an American military team’s initial assessment of the 4 ships that were bombed over the weekend in the Persian Gulf is that "Iranian or Iranian-backed proxies" were behind the attack
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 13, 2019
The Associated Press reported that a U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, “said each ship has a 5- to 10-foot hole in it, near or just below the water line, and the team’s early belief is that the holes were caused by explosive charges.”
Was this the intelligence the United States received last month, likely from Ali Nasiri, that prompted the dramatic increase in our military presence in the Persian Gulf? If it is, then this could mark the beginning of actions taken by the United States and/or Israel against Iran.
Not to sound too conspiratorial, but the timing of all this is strange. Now that the United States has a stronger military presence in the region, one would think it should have been enough to dissuade Iran from carrying out such attacks. This leads me to two possible conclusions:
- Iran wants to get attacked. Their economy is in such shambles and getting worse, they feel if they can prompt an attack against them while still being able to claim plausible deniability by using their proxies instead of their military, they will get the sympathies and aid from gullible nations around the world and continue to paint the United States and Israel as the aggressors.
- Someone staged the attacks to implicate Iran. Saudi Arabian proxies would be the most likely culprits.
The former is by far more likely than the latter, but nothing should be ruled out until we have all the facts.
Either way, Iran continues to play a very dangerous game, one they know they cannot win but that they hope they can survive until they get a handle on all of the moving parts in this situation. Even a massive attack from the United States could leave Iran with their current leadership structure intact; it would not behoove the United States to get involved in regime change now or any time in the reasonable future considering our track record in such things.
“We’ll see what happens with Iran. If they do anything it will be a very bad mistake, if they do anything. I’m hearing little stories about Iran. If they do anything, they will suffer greatly. We’ll see what happens with Iran.” – President Trump
I’m against getting involved in any wars that don’t involve us, but Iran continues to creep closer and closer to direct conflict. It’s as if they want us to attack while painting themselves as non-aggressors. These are dangerous times.
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