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Why do Earthquakes Occur?

Why do earthquakes occur and why are we seeing so many natural disasters around the world? Why do earthquakes occur with increasing frequency and severity? Earlier this month we saw some deadly disasters such as the Indonesian Earthquake. Some details are below on this and other stories.

Aside from the geological and tectonic-plate reasons for why earthquakes occur, there is also a spiritual dimension. God has promised His protection but it is not provided where it is not wanted. When people despise and reject Him and turn to other gods, He, being a gentleman, does not impose His presence but leaves those people to their own choices, their own Gods and, ultimately, to the consequences of their choices. This principle is well described in the book Light on the Dark Side of God that I have been offering a FREE COPY of for some time now. When God removes His protection, Satanic and any destructive natural forces are freed to do their work.

Note that in the articles below I am simply sharing items of interest. That does not imply that I agree with everything presented.

Prophecy News - 2009 October

Globe Feels Nature's Wrath
FREE PRESS NEWS SERVICE / / October 4, 2009

why earthquakes

"After days of earthquakes and killer weather, scenes of devastation were widespread across Asia and the South Pacific on Saturday: Whole villages wiped out by earthquakes or buried under landslides. Tens of thousands of terrified people huddling in shelters to escape typhoons. Hundreds of victims drowned in flash floods, crushed by buildings, buried in mud or swept out to sea. Here's a look at the tragedies."

INDONESIA: Quake kills 715; hundreds more could be buried
A massive earthquake shook Indonesia on Wednesday, killing 715 people. On Saturday, rescuers finally reached four remote villages and said they expected to find more than 600 people dead there, many of them guests at a wedding, buried beneath tons of mud. An Associated Press photographer who flew over Indonesia's West Sumatra area said virtually nothing remained of the four villages that had dotted the hillside of the Padang Pariman district three days before. About 400 people were at the wedding in Pulau Aiya village when the 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck. Authorities said the quake unleashed a landslide that buried the village under 100 feet of earth and debris. Even the mosque's minaret, taller than 65 feet, disappeared, they said. Meanwhile, in Padang, a survivor trapped in a collapsed hotel sent text messages Friday saying he and others were alive. But authorities said Saturday that hopes of rescuing them had faded after sniffer dogs failed to detect life in the ruins. Across western Indonesia, about 2,400 people were hospitalized Saturday, and tens of thousands were believed to have been displaced.

SAMOA: Quake-triggered tsunami's death toll is at 170
Days after an 8.3-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami in the Pacific Ocean, authorities said Saturday the death toll had risen to 170, with 129 in Samoa, 32 in American Samoa and nine in Tonga. Samoan officials shifted their focus from rescuing victims to burying the dead and providing survivors with food, water and power, but stressed it didn't mean they were giving up on the missing. Many survivors refused to return to their villages. "They're scared; a lot of them have been psychologically affected by seeing their relations die in huge numbers," said Taule'alea Laavasa, chairman of the Samoan government's National Disaster Advisory Committee.

US May Face 'Armageddon' If China, Japan Don't Buy Debt
By: Jee Yeon Park / / September 24, 2009

"The US is too dependent on Japan and China buying up the country's debt and could face severe economic problems if that stops, Tiger Management founder and chairman Julian Robertson told CNBC. "'It's almost Armageddon if the Japanese and Chinese don't buy our debt,' Robertson said in an interview. "'I don't know where we could get the money. I think we've let ourselves get in a terrible situation and I think we ought to try and get out of it.' "Robertson said inflation is a big risk if foreign countries were to stop buying bonds. "'If the Chinese and Japanese stop buying our bonds, we could easily see [inflation] go to 15 to 20 percent,' he said. 'It's not a question of the economy. It's a question of who will lend us the money if they don't. Imagine us getting ourselves in a situation where we're totally dependent on those two countries. It's crazy."

The Coming War With Iran
By: Jeffrey T. Kuhner / The Washington / October 4, 2009


"War with Iran is now inevitable. The only question is: Will it happen sooner or later? Tehran's recent missile tests and war games suggest that the apocalyptic mullahs have reached the same conclusion.

"Iran is on the march.
"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a Holocaust-denier and virulent anti-Semite. He is a Persian Nazi strongman who vows to wipe Israel 'off the map.' He is a revolutionary Shi'ite. He believes the Jews must be extinguished in order to usher the coming of the Shi'ite Messiah, the so-called 'Hidden Imam.'

"Iran is on the verge of acquiring the bomb . . . .
"President Obama's policy of diplomatic engagement combined with possible sanctions is doomed to fail. It is ineffective, naive and reckless. Direct talks, like those conducted in Geneva on Thursday, only give Iran more time. Mr. Obama is simply providing the mullahs with the cover they need to finish completing their nuclear arsenal.

"Washington now has two choices: Sanction an American or Israeli military attack to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities or allow Tehran to go nuclear. Either option means war.

"A devastating strike would likely trigger a fierce Iranian response, including waves of suicide bombers targeting Israeli civilians and U.S. troops in Iraq. Iranian missiles would pound Israeli and, maybe, European cities. Vital shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf would be disrupted, driving the price of oil to more than $300 a barrel -- plunging the West into a possible depression. Hezbollah sleeper cells might be activated within the United States, unleashing deadly atrocities on American soil.

"The winds of war are blowing across the Persian Gulf."

Is The U.S. Preparing To Bomb Iran?
By: Jonathan Karl / ABC / October 6, 2009

Ahmadinejed and Obama

"Is the U.S. stepping up preparations for a possible attack on Iran's nuclear facilities?

"The Pentagon is always making plans, but based on a little-noticed funding request recently sent to Congress, the answer to that question appears to be yes.

"Back in October 2007, ABC News reported that the Pentagon had asked Congress for $88 million in the emergency Iraq/Afghanistan war funding request to develop a gargantuan bunker-busting bomb called the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). It's a 30,000-pound bomb designed to hit targets buried 200 feet below ground. Back then, the Pentagon cited an 'urgent operational need' for the new weapon.

'Urgent Operational Need'
"Why now? The notification says simply, 'The Department has an Urgent Operational Need (UON) for the capability to strike hard and deeply buried targets in high threat environments. The MOP is the weapon of choice to meet the requirements of the UON.' It further states that the request is endorsed by Pacific Command (which has responsibility over North Korea) and Central Command (which has responsibility over Iran).

Is the U.S. Preparing to Bomb Iran?
"The request was quietly approved. On Friday, McDonnell Douglas was awarded a $51.9 million contract to provide 'Massive Penetrator Ordnance Integration' on B-2 aircraft."

USD broken

The Demise of the Dollar
In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading
By: Robert Fisk / The / October 6, 2009

"In graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading.

"The Mehr News Agency reported that this order was issued in line with a decision made in this regard by the board of trustees of the Forex Reserve Fund.

"Prior to this, the Islamic Republic of Iran had announced that it had stopped selling oil in dollars and started using euro in its oil transactions.

"In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning -- along with China, Russia, Japan and France -- to end dollar dealings for oil, moving instead to a basket of currencies including the Japanese yen and Chinese yuan, the euro, gold and a new, unified currency planned for nations in the Gulf Co-operation Council, including Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar.

"The plans, confirmed to The Independent by both Gulf Arab and Chinese banking sources in Hong Kong, may help to explain the sudden rise in gold prices.

"Against the background to these currency meetings, Sun Bigan, China's former special envoy to the Middle East, has warned there is a risk of deepening divisions between China and the US over influence and oil in the Middle East. 'Bilateral quarrels and clashes are unavoidable,' he told the Asia and Africa Review.

"This sounds like a dangerous prediction of a future economic war between the US and China over Middle East oil -- yet again turning the region's conflicts into a battle for great power supremacy.

"The decline of American economic power linked to the current global recession was implicitly acknowledged by the World Bank president Robert Zoellick. 'One of the legacies of this crisis may be recognition of changed economic power relations,' he said.

"'These plans will change the face of international financial transactions,' one Chinese banker said. 'America and Britain must be very worried.'

"Iran announced late last month that its foreign currency reserves would henceforth be held in euros rather than dollars. Bankers remember, of course, what happened to the last Middle East oil producer to sell its oil in euros rather than dollars. A few months after Saddam Hussein trumpeted his decision, the Americans and British invaded Iraq."

World Won't End in 2012, Mayans Insist
By: Mark Stevenson / AOL and Associated Press / October 13, 2009 MEXICO CITY (Oct. 11)

Apolinario Chile Pixtun is tired of being bombarded with frantic questions about the Mayan calendar supposedly 'running out' on Dec. 21, 2012. After all, it's not the end of the world.


Or is it?

"Definitely not, the Mayan Indian elder insists. 'I came back from England last year and, man, they had me fed up with this stuff.'

"At Cornell University, Ann Martin, who runs the 'Curious? Ask an Astronomer' Web site, says people are scared.

"'It's too bad that we're getting e-mails from fourth-graders who are saying that they're too young to die,' Martin said. 'We had a mother of two young children who was afraid she wouldn't live to see them grow up.'

"A significant time period for the Mayas does end on the date, and enthusiasts have found a series of astronomical alignments they say coincide in 2012, including one that happens roughly only once every 25,800 years."

Economic Pearl Harbor / October 2009

Pearl Harbor

"Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He says, 'The worst part of the decline is yet to come. Bank failures and home foreclosures are yet to peak. The commercial real estate bust is yet to hit. The dollar crisis is building. When it hits, interest rates will rise dramatically as the US struggles to finance its massive budget and trade deficits while the rest of the world tries to escape a depreciating dollar.'

"A second leg down in the U.S. economy is all but certain and we won't have to wait long to see how things are going to shake out. There are many likely triggers for the next phase of the crisis . . .

"Our next crisis, due sometime soon (any day, week or month now; for many millions it is already here), will likely be much more dangerous than what we saw in the fall of 2008; and it's probably going to come on like an unannounced force five tornado but the government and the media have been sounding the all clear sirens for months. Jim Sinclair and others on the other hand are riding down the virtual streets like Paul Revere did on his horse shouting, 'Everything we have discussed here for many years is NOW taking place. Everything we have suggested is coming is NOW on your doorstep.'"

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