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Israel Angry with the Pope

The Vatican has become the latest country to recognize the state of Palestine, a new treaty was finalized on Wednesday but has yet to be signed. Most Israelis are angry that the Pope has made this decision. The Israeli leadership believes that by acknowledging a Palestinian state the Vatican has legitimized the Hamas terrorists who govern Gaza, and also has embraced the corrupt Palestinian Authority that rules the West Bank.

The strategy of the Palestinian leadership has been to convince as many nations, and institutions as it can, to endorse a fictional “state” so as to create a sense of inevitability that will pressure Israel into embracing world opinion on the Palestinian issue. Now the Pope has officially joined other world governments that claim the need for a separate Palestinian state –a decision they see as is inevitable.

Much of the world agrees with the Pope regarding a Palestinian state; 135 nations, and Parliaments in Britain, Spain, France and Ireland are included among those who have pressed their governments to recognize Palestinian statehood. Do not forget that the Palestinians were offered an independent state in 2000, 2001 (which included an offer for almost all of the West Bank, Gaza and part of Jerusalem) and again in 2008. The Palestinian leadership refused to talk with Israel in 2013 and 2014 under the Obama administration-led plan that included a two-state solution.

Where does the Pope derive the authority to claim that a country exists that has never existed in any legal, or national sense. Under the rule of Israel, Jordan, Egypt, the Ottomans, and the British, there has never been a Palestinian state. But most importantly it is God who determines the boundaries of nations. Acts 17:26–“From one man He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and boundaries of where they live”.

Has the Pope determined where the Palestinian state’s borders begin and end? What scriptures assure us that the Palestinians have a right to a state within the boundaries of Israel? There are no such scriptures!

What the Palestinians have learned is that if you continue terrorist activities long enough the international community, including the Vatican, will cave into pressure and yield to your wishes.

The Pope’s embrace of a Palestinians State will surely be used for propaganda purposes. Israel now becomes even more isolated within the international world that is heavily biased towards the agenda of Palestinian terrorist leaders.

World Flashpoint Ukraine

Steven LeBlanc


Anti-Russian Protestors rally at Independence Square, Kiev Ukraine

Russia’s Vladimir Putin is meddling at the edges of Europe.  But why is he doing this?  Most Americans have no idea where Ukraine is located on a map, nor do they care, but they should.  Ukraine is turning out to be a major flashpoint in Europe.

Putin doesn’t view individual European countries as a particular threat to Russia, but he definitely views the European Union as a major threat to Russia’s security.  Most of Ukraine is anti-Putin (except for small sections in the east and south Ukraine).  Putin is particularly determined not to allow Ukraine to fall under the leadership of the European Union. You need to pay attention to the nation of Ukraine (population 45 million).

The violence in Ukraine and fear of regional spillover has come as quite a shock to Europeans living in Central Europe. The country is vital to Russia as a buffer against the West, and as a route for delivering energy to Europe. Don’t forget energy is the engine of the Russian economy. Europe needs Russian gas and oil; Russia needs Europe’s hard currency, it is an uneasy marriage that could turn into a vicious European fight.



Europe is facing its biggest security challenge since the end of the cold war. So worried is Germany over Russian aggression in Ukraine that the German military is moving to revamp its lagging military.  Berlin, after limiting defense spending for 25 years, will boost its military budget by 6 percent over the next five years.  This is all due to Russia’s grab of Crimea and its incursion into eastern Ukraine.

And now this from Germany, “The Kremlin’s behavior has put the importance of the Nato defensive alliance before our eyes. We thought for years we would not need to defend our borders, but now the facts show otherwise,” says Henning Otte, parliamentary defense spokesman for chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU/CSU bloc.

Well know political analyst Charles Krauthammer writes this about Ukraine: “THIS IS NO TRIVIAL MATTER,” “Ukraine is not just the largest European country, it’s the linchpin for VLADIMIR PUTIN’S DREAM OF A RENEWED IMPERIAL RUSSIA, hegemonic in its neighborhood and rolling back the quarter-century advancement of the ‘Europe whole and free’ bequeathed by America’s victory in the Cold War.

President Putin of Russia continually exploits weakness in the EU nations, and seeks leverage and influence in Europe through Russia’s exports of natural gas.  Europe, especially Germany, is heavily dependent upon Russian natural gas to run its factories and to heat its homes.  The Russian state energy giant Gazprom is one of the world’s biggest energy companies—a bully in the European neighborhood.  The European Union as a whole relies on Russia for a third of its natural gas. Several countries, including Poland, Finland, Romania, Bulgaria, and Serbia, depend on Russia for well over half their supply.  Katusa, Marin (2014-10-17). The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America’s Grasp (Kindle Locations 2237-2239). Russia may control as much as one-third of the world’s natural gas.  This makes Russia a first-rate power.

Much of Russian gas heading toward Europe flows through a 930-mile-long, 40-inch pipe buried in Ukrainian soil.   Currently, about a 30 percent of European Union gas comes from Russia, and at least half of that supply flows through Ukraine.  In Russian eyes Ukraine serves as a buffer against NATO, and a major transit hub for its energy that it sells to Europe.  There is no way that Putin will allow Ukraine to fall into the arms of the European Union, not while he rules Russia anyway.


It may seem that Russia is paranoid of the West, and it is, but understand 25 million Russians (one in eight of the total population at the time) died in World War II, Russians want neutral countries on their border, countries that are aligned with no one (except Russia).  Ukraine is an open plain for any army marching toward Moscow.  Russia wants a Ukraine with strong ties to Russia that serves as a buffer state. It does not want Ukraine to become a missile-hosting member of the European Union.

At about A.D. 90, the Apostle John recorded a shocking prophecy: “And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them” (Revelation 9:16). That means an army of 200 million men. This is an end-time prophecy that will involve Russian, China and other Asian nations. It refers to this Asian confederacy as the “kings of the east” (Revelation 16:12; Daniel 11:44).  This confederacy will attack the European Beast power (Daniel 11:44).  This is why watching Eastern Europe and the nations of Asia is a high priority.  This attack has not taken place yet, but it will take place when God’s timing for this event unfolds.  Because of its strategic setting, Ukraine is not a minor player on the world stage.


37 States Have Legal Same-Sex Marriage

26 by Court Decision

Alabama* (Feb. 9, 2015), Alaska (Oct. 17, 2014), Arizona (Oct. 17, 2014), California (June 28, 2013), Colorado (Oct. 7, 2014), Connecticut (Nov. 12, 2008), Florida (Jan. 6, 2015), Idaho (Oct. 13, 2014), Indiana (Oct. 6, 2014), Iowa (Apr. 24, 2009), Kansas (Nov. 12, 2014), Massachusetts (May 17, 2004), Montana (Nov. 19, 2014), Nevada (Oct. 9, 2014), New Jersey (Oct. 21, 2013), New Mexico (Dec. 19, 2013), North Carolina (Oct. 10, 2014), Oklahoma (Oct. 6, 2014), Oregon (May 19, 2014), Pennsylvania (May 20, 2014), South Carolina (Nov. 20, 2014), Utah (Oct. 6, 2014), Virginia (Oct. 6, 2014), West Virginia (Oct. 9, 2014), Wisconsin (Oct. 6, 2014), Wyoming (Oct. 21, 2014)


8 by State Legislature

Delaware (July 1, 2013), Hawaii (Dec. 2, 2013), Illinois (June 1, 2014), Minnesota (Aug. 1, 2013), New Hampshire (Jan. 1, 2010), New York (July 24, 2011), Rhode Island (Aug. 1, 2013), Vermont (Sep. 1, 2009)


3 by Popular Vote

Maine (Dec. 29, 2012), Maryland (Jan. 1, 2013), Washington (Dec. 9, 2012)


4 18 2015

America continues to embrace same-sex marriage.  Many of our national leaders exhibit no FEAR of God whatsoever–Romans 1:26-27: “For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error.” (NRSV)

Verse 28…Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.

America continues to abandon God…National punishment is ahead of us.

-Steven LeBlanc

The stats above are taken from



Greece Troubles Europe

Steven LeBlanc


German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

The Greek government is in a hazardous position. It needs money to pay its debt obligations and is running out of choices. Greek leaders will have to introduce painful measures to secure European funding and bargain with its creditors — its most stubborn creditor being Germany.

In the face of this swelling crisis, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza party are trying to hold together a parliamentary majority and sustain public support. To do so, Tsipras has to demonstrate strength in negotiations with Germany. This means combining Greek patriotism with anti-German threats. Members of the Syriza government have called for a referendum on a eurozone pullout. Germany fears a pullout could start an exit from the European Union by other countries, starting with Spain. Tsipras has entered into bilateral talks with Russia, a move to show the EU that Greece has other options..

Another Greek line of attack is to soften German creditors by bringing up Nazi reparations, implying that Germany is a debtor itself and has no right to press the Greeks with more austerity. Greeks passionately believe that it is Germany that owes Greece because of World War 2 atrocities against the Greek people.

Nazi Reparation payments

Reparation payment is a serious threat to Germany. Germany’s Angela Merkel must continue to maintain the perception of being a strong leader in negotiations over Greek debt. Berlin knows that making a payout to Greece could set a precedent that would refresh other European claims, particularly those of Poland and Italy. In a time of continuing crisis within the European Union, the issue of Germany’s guilt for the actions of the Nazi regime has received new notoriety, and, as nations within the EU grow more angry with German austerity measures, German reparation payments for Nazi atrocities will continue as a relentless topic of discussion.

The disagreement between Germany and Greece is troubling all of Europe and could cause the world’s stock markets to tumble. Should Greece leave the Eurozone, other nations may follow leading to a nasty economic shake-up that could send Europe back into recession.

It is God who sets up and takes down nations (Daniel 4:25; 5:21). Will the 28- member European Union fragment? Most likely that will take place sometime in the near future. Revelation 17 describes an end-time European power that consists of 10 leaders who give their power to a beast dictator who we believe will be European.

“The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are on one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast”. (Revelation 17:12,13).

I continue to monitor Germany’s effort to reign in the erratic Greek leadership.

Why Europe's fixation on a European Union of nations

Steven LeBlanc

03 29 2015

The political tremors impacting Europe are significant. The fear is that the European Union may fracture; if it does the world’s financial markets will take a severe hit—stock markets do not like uncertainty. The driving problem in Europe is unemployment—which remains high in most countries—people are angry, afraid and restless. The result– Europe is seeing the rise in popularity of extreme parties, both left and right parties that are anti-Immigration, anti-Germany, and anti-European Union.

Recent elections in France and a regional election in Spain showcase the extent to which the employment emergency in Europe continues to threaten division in Europe. In France, former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s center-right Union for a Popular Movement, or UMP, received the most votes, but the anti-immigration National Front party placed a strong 2nd. In Spain, two anti-establishment parties emerged: the left-wing Podemos and the centrist Ciudadanos. Spain will see national elections in late 2015 and France is scheduled to hold its presidential election in 2017, extreme parties could possibly come to power in both these countries.

The rise of the new anti-establishment parties can be traced directly back to Europe’s economic crisis. Many Europeans have had enough with spending cuts, high unemployment and austerity programs promoted by Germany. Spain’s increasingly popular Podemos party, for example, opposes austerity measures and demands a renegotiation of Spain’s debt, while the National Front party in France questions France’s embrace of Islamic immigrants and German leadership in Europe. But above all it is high unemployment and economic stagnation that has created fertile ground for these extremist parties.


Germany has always been, when united, a very powerful country. It is also a nation that is surrounded by countries that are frightened of it. Today, as the leading economic and political power in the European Union, Germany is working to keep the European Union from fragmenting. Along with economic tensions, how to deal with Russia is creating division among EU members. The events in Ukraine have highlighted the European Union’s divisions. Imposing sanctions on Russia requires agreement, which is hard to find in Europe’s amalgam of nations. Over the past year, countries within the European Union differ regarding what to do about Russia— There are hawkish anti-Russian countries such as Poland and the Baltics, then their are countries with a very different set of strategic priorities such as Spain and Italy who have a good relationship with Russia. Russia continues to court countries such as Greece, Cyprus and Hungary, promising greater economic cooperation in exchange for voting against extending EU sanctions against Russia.

It becomes more challenging for Germany to successfully accommodate the very different interests among EU members while also maintaining close cooperation with the United States, remember individual nations within the European Union do significant trade with Russia—and many nations within the EU rely on Russia’s natural gas. Germany is not interested in Russia’s economic decline and will resist any moves from America that could escalate the violence in Ukraine or give the Kremlin a pretext to boost its military activities inside Ukraine.

Why Europe is so invested in the European Union

Winston Churchill, Britain’s Prime Minister during WWII, suggested a solution to the seemingly endless wars of Europe, wars that were inflicting a devastating toll on women and children. In a speech in Zurich, Switzerland in 1946 he said: “we must build a kind of United States of Europe.” Churchill was repeating the age-old vision of a Europe united in a peaceful union; a union that would finally drown out the individual ambitions of nations (such as Germany, Italy and France), and replace national sovereignty with a super-national European super state composed of many nations. It would be a union that would encourage trade, tourism, and mutual respect.

European leaders thought that if Germany could be included in a greater European structure, this union of nations could keep in check German power. Finally the continent would be at peace, and Europe would never again have to endure a devastating world war. That was the great European hope. Movement toward this dream began with The Treaty of Rome, signed in 1957, bringing the European Economic Community (EEC) into existence.

The Treaty removed economic barriers between the original member states (the Republic of Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg). This Treaty became the seedling that has grown into the 28 member states of the European Union today with a population of 515 million citizens, the greatest trading bloc in the world today.

Nevertheless, European leaders with all of their good intentions will not prevent another world war. Prophecy paints a picture of an end-time Europe that is described as a beast that wages war on a scale far greater than what took place during World War II. (see Revelation 13 & 17 and Daniel 7).

Daniel 7:7 reveals that a great European power, a particularly ambitious and cruel power, will conquer millions, enter and take control of much of the Middle East (Daniel 11:40-45), and draw the nations into world war. This beast is described as a military beast that will be “dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong…(with) huge iron teeth, it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet.”—Daniel 7:7. This European entity will be led by a cruel and ambitious dictator who will act as the 7th head of the final resurrection of the Roman Empire. This means that Germany will once again dominate Europe politically and militarily.

Analyzing events taking place on the European continent is high on my list of “trends to watch”.

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