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.
‘Increasing Like Labor Pains,’ Rumours and Threats of Wars; Exclusive: Russia’s aggression against its neighbours and the West ‘risks a new Cold War’
Edward Malnick The Telegraph•September 5, 2020
Russia’s aggression towards its neighbours and the West risks a new Cold War, Nato’s Secretary-General has warned.
In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph following the disclosure that Russia’s opposition leader had been poisoned with Novichok, Jens Stoltenberg warned that Moscow’s behaviour and attempt to establish a new “sphere of influence … requires a response from Nato”.
“We don’t want a new Cold War, we don’t want a new arms race, but at the same time we have to make sure that we are adapting as the world is changing,” Mr Stoltenberg said. “So we are responding to what Russia is doing.”
Mr Stoltenberg first learned of the probability that Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a chemical weapon in a private briefing with Angela Merkel a week before the German Chancellor announced the findings to the world.
To the leader of the world’s largest military alliance, the attack represented yet another alarming use of poison against a Russian dissident – following the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko in London and the attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.
“What matters now is that Russia has to answer some very serious questions,” Mr Stoltenberg told The Telegraph.
“How can this happen and how can we see again and again that opposition leaders in Russia are attacked and their lives threatened and some actually killed?
“This is not the first time we’ve seen the use of poison against people who are in opposition to the Russian regime. That makes it even more serious.”
He said the poisoning, of course, was an attack on Mr Navalny, 44, “as an individual”, and “we all wish [him] a speedy recovery”… “but it is also an attack on fundamental democratic rights, the right to be in opposition, the right to be an outspoken critic of the regime.”
Novichok attackers ‘must be held accountable’
While the attack took place in Russia rather than a Nato member state, Mr Stoltenberg – who served two terms as Norwegian prime minister – said the use of Novichok represented a breach of international law and “requires an international response”.
It is a breach that previously occurred in Salisbury more than two years ago, when Mr Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer, was targeted by officers of the GRU, the Russian ministry of defence’s intelligence and special forces arm.
The nerve agent attack led to the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats from Europe and the US and fresh sanctions on the regime. For Nato countries, a second Novichok poisoning in as many years raises the question of whether, or, indeed, when, another could follow – and whether the substance could yet again be transported outside of Russia.
Perhaps it is partly with this in mind that Mr Stoltenberg is insisting that Russia must now provide “complete disclosure” of its Novichok programme to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. He said that those responsible for the attack “have to be held accountable”, adding: “And that’s exactly what we are clearly conveying to Russian authorities.”
But the men accused of assassinating Mr Litvinenko and carrying out the Salisbury attack have never been brought to trial as a result of Russia’s refusal to extradite its citizens. Pressed on the resulting lack of accountability of those suspected of the Litvinenko and Skripal poisonings, Mr Stoltenberg acknowledged that the rule of law does not “stand as strong as we would like to see in Russia”.
But he insisted: “Nato is built on some core values, which includes the rule of law, respect for fundamental democratic rights. So therefore, we will continue to call on Russia, we will continue to be very clear on our message that the right for opposition politicians to be in a position to criticise the regime has to be protected and those who do so have to be safe.”
Nato countries will now “coordinate the way forward” in response to the attack, but “it’s a bit early to say anything more”.
‘We don’t want a new arms race’
Much of Nato’s work is focused on responding to Russia’s aggression towards its neighbours and Moscow’s development of new military capabilities, including new missiles, some of which are designed to reach satellites in orbit. (This video below from 2018 shows some of the missiles promised by Vladimir Putin)
In a recent speech to launch Nato 2030, the alliance’s blueprint for the next decade, Russia’s military activities topped Mr Stoltenberg’s list of existing “tensions” faced by members of the alliance. It has recently embarked on a major programme to counter Russian disinformation.
Asked whether he feared another Cold War, Mr Stoltenberg said: “This is a different situation, particularly because during the Cold War we had two military blocs confronting each other, Europe was divided, Germany was divided … it’s not the same kind of ideological confrontation.” But he added: “At the same time, we see a Russia which is responsible for aggressive actions against neighbours, a Russia which is trying to reestablish some kind of sphere of influence.
“We have seen that in Georgia, in Moldova, in Ukraine, and that requires a response from Nato. And that’s exactly why we now are implementing the biggest reinforcement of our collective defence since the end of the Cold War … After years of cutting defence spending, all Nato allies are now increasing defence spending and we are modernising our armed forces. So Nato is responding in a defensive, proportionate way.
“We don’t want a new Cold War, we don’t want a new arms race, but at the same time we have to make sure that we are adapting as the world is changing. So we are responding to what Russia is doing.”
In the UK, Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP has campaigned on a pledge to scrap Trident, the UK’s nuclear deterrent, which the party insists makes the world “more dangerous”. Mr Stoltenberg warned: “The UK is a staunch and very important Nato ally. The UK has the second largest defence budget in the alliance, just next to the United States and the UK is a nuclear power and the UK nuclear capabilities are important as part of Nato’s nuclear deterrence.”
Last week a row erupted over reports that Rishi Sunak was seeking to divert billions of pounds from the foreign aid budget to help fund Britain’s intelligence and defence capabilities. Mr Stoltenberg points out that investment in defence can help lead to economic development in countries that benefit from aid spending.
“I believe that defence spending can assist countries in making them safe and secure and peace is a precondition for economic development.
“We need stability, we need peace, to help economic development, to alleviate poverty … They are two sides of the same coin but they are two different things. To provide vaccines or development aid is one thing, to help provide security is another thing, but the end result is better living conditions for people in the country.”
Helping to stabilise countries such as Afghanistan is “also in our interest because if they are more stable, we are more secure”.
In His Service,
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 12:19. Dearly 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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