Rumors and Threats of Wars

In just the past six (6) days, over 30 (6×5) incidents related to increasing ‘Rumours and Threats of Wars’; U.S.-Russia Military Tensions Intensify in the Air and on the Ground Worldwide. “Russia’s aggressive action appears to have picked up in recent months.” “This year, we’ve conducted more than a dozen intercepts, the most in recent years.”

Matthew 24:6-8 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Mark 13:7-8 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

1 Thessalonians 5:3 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.

In just the past six (6) days, over 30 (6×5) incidents related to increasing ‘Rumours and Threats of Wars’; U.S.-Russia Military Tensions Intensify in the Air and on the Ground Worldwide. “Russia’s aggressive action appears to have picked up in recent months.” “This year, we’ve conducted more than a dozen intercepts, the most in recent years.”

Eric Schmitt The New York Times•September 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — Russian fighter jets repeatedly veered 100 feet in front of a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber over the Black Sea. Six Russian warplanes flew close enough to Alaska that Air Force F-22s scrambled to intercept them. And seven U.S. soldiers were injured when a Russian armored vehicle deliberately rammed an American patrol in northeast Syria.

Within a few days last week, smoldering tensions between the United States and Russian militaries flared around the world. Already fraught with fresh evidence of election interference, the relationship between Washington and Moscow has grown even more tense after the recent military encounters.

Joe Biden, in a speech in Pennsylvania on Monday, rebuked President Donald Trump for failing to publicly address the altercation in Syria. “Did you hear the president say a single word? Did he lift one finger?” Biden asked.

Biden, the Democratic Party’s nominee for president, also criticized Trump for failing to raise the issue of suspected Russian bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan during multiple phone calls with President Vladimir Putin of Russia in recent months.

“Never before has an American president played such a subservient role to a Russian leader,” Biden said. “It’s not only dangerous, it’s humiliating and embarrassing for the rest of the world to see. It weakens us.”

Biden added. “Not even American troops can feel safer under Trump.”

Trump has said that he did not bring up the CIA assessment of bounties when he talked to Putin, describing reports of such intelligence as a “hoax.” It was unclear if the president brought up the subject in a phone call with Putin on Thursday.

By contrast, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he took the issue seriously enough that he and a senior Pentagon leader had warned their Russian counterparts about the matter.

The incidents last week come at a time when Trump’s critics say he has refused to criticize or challenge Russia’s increasing aggressions toward the West, and has even accommodated Moscow’s wishes.

The United States is cutting back its deployments in Germany by nearly 12,000 troops over the objections of NATO allies, shrinking a military footprint long resented by the Kremlin. Trump in June invited Putin to an expanded meeting of the Group of 7 nations, despite Russia having been banned from such meetings of the world’s major economic powers after its 2014 annexation of Crimea and attacks on eastern Ukraine.

“Russia’s aggressive action appears to have picked up in recent months,” said Curtis M. Scaparrotti, a retired Army general and former top NATO military commander. “I suspect they see an opportunity during COVID focus to be more aggressive. They are also aware of the U.S. reduction in Germany and other tensions in the alliance. A good time to add a little stress?”

When asked about the episode in northeastern Syria last week, Pompeo said, “These are the kinds of things that we work closely with the Russians to say this is unacceptable behavior, that America will respond.”

The trouble there started last Tuesday morning during what the Pentagon called a routine American patrol near Dayrick, Syria.

Russian military personnel have increasingly had run-ins with U.S. troops on highways in the region, breaking agreements between the two countries to steer clear of each other, American officials say. The United States withdrew from much of that area before a Turkish cross-border offensive last fall.

Videos of the encounter that emerged on Twitter last Wednesday appeared to show Russian and Americans vehicles speeding in an open field, with a Russian vehicle ramming an American vehicle, and a Russian helicopter flying low over U.S. forces.

The clash ignited a war of words and finger-pointing between the two sides.

John Ullyot, a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council, said in a statement last Wednesday, “Unsafe and unprofessional actions like this represent a breach of deconfliction protocols, committed to by the United States and Russia in December 2019.”

Congressional Democrats and Republicans and even some former Trump national security aides criticized the White House response as woefully inadequate.

The next day, Pentagon and U.S. Central Command officials issued tougher statements, condemning the Russian action.

The Russians “proceeded to aggressively and recklessly pursue the coalition convoy including a sideswipe of a U.S. vehicle and the extremely low-level overflight by a Russian helicopter” after failing to use established communications channels to request passage through the eastern Syria security area near Dayrick, Capt. Bill Urban, a Central Command spokesman, said in a statement.

Seven U.S. soldiers were treated for concussion-like symptoms at their base in Syria and returned to duty soon after, Urban said.

The Pentagon statement contrasted sharply with the Russian accounts. In a phone call with Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shortly after the episode, Gen. Valery V. Gerasimov, Russian chief of the general staff, blamed U.S. forces for the clash, claiming that American troops attempted to block a Russian patrol “in breach of the existing agreements,” according to a Facebook post from the Russian embassy.

During the conversation, Gerasimov told Milley that coalition commanders were notified in advance about the passage of the Russian military through the area, according to the post. Gerasimov told Milley that U.S. troops tried to block the Russian patrol, which “took every step necessary to prevent the incident and proceed with its mission.”

A spokeswoman for Milley confirmed that he spoke to his Russian counterpart, but declined to disclose any details about the call.

More than the 5,000 miles away Thursday, the rivalry kicked up again when Air Force F-22s intercepted six Russian Tu-142 maritime patrol planes flying within 50 nautical miles of the Alaskan coast in international air space, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD.

While Russia occasionally flies military aircraft into this zone beyond U.S. and Canadian air space, and those incursions are routinely met by U.S. or Canadian jets to check out the Russian planes, American officials say such flights have increased in recent months.

“This year, we’ve conducted more than a dozen intercepts, the most in recent years,” Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, commander of NORAD, said in a statement.

The United States conducted its own show of force the next day, Friday, when it flew four B-52 bombers over NATO countries in Europe.

The tit-for-tat continued when two Russian Su-27 Flanker jets repeatedly crossed within 100 feet in front of one of the B-52s in what the U.S. military said in a statement and accompanying video was “an unsafe, unprofessional” manner. The resulting turbulence to the B-52 restricted its ability to maneuver, according to the statement.

“Actions like these increase the potential for midair collisions, are unnecessary, and inconsistent with good airmanship and international flight rules,” Gen. Jeffrey L. Harrigian, commander of U.S. air forces in Europe and Africa, said in a statement.

In His Service,

Night Watchman

Paul Rolland

Night Watchman Ministries

Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!

Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:

The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)

A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.

. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.

. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).

. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).

. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).

. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).

. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).

. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).

. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).

. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:

 Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Romans 12:19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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