So many events of a PROPHETIC nature are happening at a rapidly increasing pace that it is hard for anyone to deny we are in the ENDTIMES. I have already covered many of them. My most recent post gives you a good idea of what is happening with the Third Temple. Today we are going to look at some of the other Prophesized events of which you need to be aware.
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Update for 3:45 p.m. ET: The annular solar eclipse of 2023 has completed its pass over the United States and moved into parts of Central America and South America. Read our wrap to see amazing photos and videos.
Both the sun and the moon will experience eclipses this month, although seeing them both in person could be tricky.
The Oct. 14 annular solar eclipse will be visible from eight states in the U.S. Southwest. This type of eclipse happens when the moon is slightly farther away from Earth than usual, making it appear too small to block out the entire sun and instead leave a thin “ring of fire” visible.
You can watch the annular solar eclipse online here on Space.com courtesy of NASA, beginning at 11:30 a.m. EDT (1630 GMT), and follow along with all the action on our annular eclipse live updates page.
For those outside the path of annularity, a partial solar eclipse will also be visible throughout the entire United States. See our guide on everything you need to know about North America’s “ring of fire” eclipse for a full list of viewing times and locations, including maps.
And later in the month, on Oct. 28, a partial lunar eclipse will be visible from much of the Eastern Hemisphere, including Europe, Africa, Asia, Antarctica and Oceania. During the partial lunar eclipse, the moon will pass through Earth’s shadow, making it appear less bright than usual. The partial lunar eclipse will begin at 3:36 p.m. EDT (1936 GMT) and end at 4:53 p.m. EDT (2053 GMT).
Annular solar eclipse on Oct. 14, 2023
If you’re in the path of the annular solar eclipse, be sure to check out our guides on the 10 best events across the U.S. to celebrate the Oct. 14 annular solar eclipse, seven places in the U.S. Southwest to see rare “edge effects” and 10 breathtaking locations to witness the “ring of fire” eclipse.
The next annular eclipse will take place on Oct. 2, 2024, when a ring of fire will be visible from the Pacific Ocean and parts of South America.
But eclipse watchers have another event to be excited about: A total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, that is already being hailed as the “Great American Eclipse.”
In fact, the “ring of fire” annular eclipse on Oct. 14 is being used as a “warm-up” by scientists who are preparing to conduct atmospheric and heliospheric research during the upcoming 2024 total eclipse.
You can see the eclipse anywhere in the shaded band that says “Total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017.” As you can see, this map also shows the 2024 total eclipse, and the 2021 and 2023 annular eclipses. Source
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Partial lunar eclipse on Oct. 28, 2023
The partial lunar eclipse on Oct. 28 is the second lunar eclipse of the year after a penumbral lunar eclipse on May 5. That eclipse saw the full Flower Moon pass through the outermost part of Earth’s shadow, known as the penumbra.
To determine if you will be able to witness the Oct. 28 partial lunar eclipse for yourself, In-The-Sky.org has assembled a helpful map of locations that will be able to see the moon enter Earth’s shadow.
And if you’re looking to take awesome photos of the moon during this eclipse or any other time, check out our guide on how to photograph the moon as well as our best cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography.
While lunar eclipses can be viewed with the unaided or unprotected eye, witnessing solar eclipses requires the right protection. To safely view the Oct. 14 annular solar eclipse or any other solar eclipse, you must use certified solar filters at all times. Even cameras, binoculars and telescopes will need these filters.
Our how to observe the sun safely guide tells you everything you need to know about safe solar observations.
Editor’s note: If you get a picture of either one of these eclipses and want to share it with Space.com’s readers, send your photo(s), comments, and your name and location to email@example.com.
Patrick Paumen causes a stir whenever he pays for something in a shop or restaurant.
This is because the 37-year-old doesn’t need to use a bank card or his mobile phone to pay. Instead, he simply places his left hand near the contactless card reader, and the payment goes through.
“The reactions I get from cashiers are priceless!” says Mr Paumen, a security guard from the Netherlands.
He is able to pay using his hand because back in 2019 he had a contactless payment microchip injected under his skin.
“The procedure hurts as much as when someone pinches your skin,” says Mr Paumen.
A microchip was first implanted into a human back in 1998, but it is only during the past decade that the technology has been available commercially.
And when it comes to implantable payment chips, British-Polish firm, Walletmor, says that last year it became the first company to offer them for sale.
“The implant can be used to pay for a drink on the beach in Rio, a coffee in New York, a haircut in Paris – or at your local grocery store,” says founder and chief executive Wojtek Paprota. “It can be used wherever contactless payments are accepted.”
Walletmor’s chip, which weighs less than a gram and is little bigger than a grain of rice, is comprised of a tiny microchip and an antenna encased in a biopolymer – a naturally sourced material, similar to plastic.
Mr Paprota adds that it is entirely safe, has regulatory approval, works immediately after being implanted, and will stay firmly in place. It also does not require a battery, or other power source. The firm says it has now sold more than 500 of the chips.
The technology Walletmor uses is near-field communication or NFC, the contactless payment system in smartphones. Other payment implants are based on radio-frequency identification (RFID), which is the similar technology typically found in physical contactless debit and credit cards.
For many of us, the idea of having such a chip implanted in our body is an appalling one, but a 2021 survey of more than 4,000 people across the UK and the European Union found that 51% would consider it.
However, without giving a percentage figure, the report added that “invasiveness and security issues remained a major concern” for respondents.
Mr Paumen says he doesn’t have any of these worries.
“Chip implants contain the same kind of technology that people use on a daily basis,” he says, “From key fobs to unlock doors, public transit cards like the London Oyster card, or bank cards with contactless payment function.
“The reading distance is limited by the small antenna coil inside the implant. The implant needs to be within the electromagnetic field of a compatible RFID [or NFC] reader. Only when there is a magnetic coupling between the reader and the transponder can the implant can be read.”
He adds that he is not concerned that his whereabouts could be tracked.
“RFID chips are used in pets to identify them when they’re lost,” he says. “But it’s not possible to locate them using an RFID chip implant – the missing pet needs to be found physically. Then the entire body gets scanned until the RFID chip implant is found and read.”
Yet the issue with such chips, (and what causes concern), is whether in the future they become ever more advanced, and packed full of a person’s private data. And, in turn, whether this information is secure, and if a person could indeed be tracked.
Financial technology or fintech, expert Theodora Lau, is co-author of the book Beyond Good: How Technology Is Leading A Business Driven Revolution.
She says that implanted payment chips are just “an extension of the internet of things”. By that she means another new way of connecting and exchanging data.
Yet, while she says that many people are open to the idea – as it would make paying for things quicker and easier – the benefit must be weighed up with the risks. Especially as and when embedded chips carry more of our personal information.
“How much are we willing to pay, for the sake of convenience?” she says. “Where do we draw the line when it comes to privacy and security? Who will be protecting the critical infrastructure, and the humans that are part of it?”
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Nada Kakabadse, professor of policy, governance and ethics at Reading University’s Henley Business School, is also cautious about the future of more advanced embedded chips.
“There is a dark side to the technology that has a potential for abuse,” she says. “To those with no love of individual freedom, it opens up seductive new vistas for control, manipulation and oppression.
“And who owns the data? Who has access to the data? And, is it ethical to chip people like we do pets?”
The result, she cautions, could be “the disempowerment of many for the benefits of a few”.
Steven Northam, senior lecturer in innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Winchester, says that the concerns are unwarranted. In addition to his academic work he is the founder of UK firm BioTeq, which has been making implanted, contactless chips since 2017.
Its implants are aimed at people with disabilities who can use the chips to automatically open doors.
“We have daily enquiries,” he says, “And have carried out over 500 implants in the UK – but Covid caused some reduction in this.”
“This technology has been used in animals for years,” he argues. “They are very small, inert objects. There are no risks.”
Back in the Netherlands, Mr Paumen describes himself as a “biohacker” – someone who puts pieces of technology into his body to try to improve his performance. He has 32 implants in total, including chips to open doors and imbedded magnets.
“Technology keeps evolving, so I keep collecting more,” he says. “My implants augment my body. I wouldn’t want to live without them,” he says.
“There will always be people who don’t want to modify their body. We should respect that – and they should respect us as biohackers.”
The idea of governments giving residents no-strings-attached cash payments is picking up steam, due in part to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Last June, Mayor Michael Tubbs of Stockton, California, created Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, a coalition to “advocate for a guaranteed income — direct, recurring cash payments — that lifts all of our communities, building a resilient, just America.”
Durham Mayor Steve Schewel joined the group. In January, Schewel announced that Durham was one of 30 U.S. cities being considered to receive a $500,000 slice of a $15 million gift from Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey. The money would fund Universal Basic Income pilot projects, such as the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration. Durham council member Mark-Anthony Middleton announced that Durham’s proposed project would guarantee $500 per month to 55 formerly incarcerated residents until the pandemic ends and the city’s economy recovers.
Before the pandemic hit, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang put UBI, also known as guaranteed basic income, on the map by making it his signature policy. His proposed “Freedom Dividend” — $1,000 per month payments to every American adult — was a response to job displacement by automation.
For a deeper understanding of this issue, The Well spoke with two Carolina faculty members who have studied UBI. Fabian Wendt, a teaching assistant professor in the College of Arts & Sciences’ philosophy department and the philosophy, politics & economics program, first came across UBI while studying theories of distributive justice. Doug MacKay, associate professor in the College’s public policy department, grew interested in UBI through research into paternalism in the U.S. social safety net.
What is universal basic income?
Wendt: It is a regular cash payment by the government that is given on a monthly or annual basis. It’s unconditional in several respects. In contrast to many other welfare programs that you only get when you prove your willingness to work, a UBI would be unconditional in that respect. It would also be unconditional on what money you make, what you have in general and on what contribution you made to finance the UBI. Finally, it would be unconditional on your family situation, on whether you’re married or not.
UBI is probably best conceived as a floor to stand on, not as a safety net. A safety net is only meant to catch you when you need it, which requires some institution to test whether you really need it, and that opens up all these worries about paternalism, bureaucracy and so on, whereas the UBI would be a floor to stand on for everybody.
MacKay: I completely agree with Fabian’s description. UBI is a platform to stand on and to build a life on. But it’s not something that’s going to allow you to live a great life. The sort of numbers that we’re talking about are, at most, $1,000 a month per person. People will still have a strong motivation to work.
What are the goals of UBI?
MacKay: The goals really differ, depending on the policymaker but also on who’s proposing it. I think for a lot of folks on the left, they see it as more a platform to build your life on. So it’s going to be there for you when you when you need it.
If you think about the pandemic, when people are losing their jobs, it takes a long time for government to react. Had we had a basic income in place, that would have been a way of ensuring people are secure, have the ability to meet their basic needs and live a dignified human life. They don’t need to appeal to various agencies. They have consistency in terms of being able to afford housing, food and so on. It’s an anti-poverty measure.
You also see from people on the left the idea of UBI as promoting freedom. Oftentimes we talk about freedom as being freedom from constraints. Some folks on the right, libertarians in particular, emphasize the need for government to stay out of our lives. And thinkers on the left often point out that if people are just leaving you alone, you might be unlimited in terms of choices, but you’re not actually going to be able to do anything unless you have resources. So the idea is that if people have a platform to build their lives off, they have resources every month. They can actually do things. They can meet their needs. They can pursue various projects.
On the right side of the political spectrum, people see UBI as potentially realizing a number of goals. One, they emphasize this is anti-paternalistic in nature. There’s an element of government not interfering with the lives of individuals by imposing all these conditionalities on them, but rather just letting them be free to live their lives as they see fit with the income.
The other thing that folks on the right emphasize is the way UBI might allow you to shrink the size of government. People on the left often think of basic income as something we’re going to add to the safety net and keep much of the safety net intact. People on the right often see it as a replacement: We’re going to give people a guaranteed income, and we’re going to get rid of a whole host of social safety net programs that cost a lot of money and require a lot of people to administer.
Wendt: One thing I found interesting about Andrew Yang’s proposal was his idea to let people choose whether they either take the UBI or keep the benefits from current programs.
Another thing different proponents will disagree upon is how high UBI should be. A thousand dollars a month was Yang’s proposal, but you could also go much lower or much higher. Maybe even “as high as is sustainable,” as [Belgian philosopher and economist and chief UBI proponent Philippe] Van Parijs would say.
Its sustainability will depend on how high it is pitched, but also on how it’s financed. It seems very natural to think that it would be financed through the income tax. That would make it a close relative to a negative income tax proposal, which was popular in the 1960s and ’70s. [The influential American economist] Milton Friedman was a famous advocate of that. But Andrew Yang and others propose a mix in terms of how it’s financed. It could also be a sales tax or capital income tax or some other way.
Andrew Yang put UBI on the map, but what’s driving it and why now?
Wendt: UBI has often been seen as a response to the challenge of automation — the worry that many people are going to become unemployed and replaced by machines. For example, truck drivers will lose their jobs once there are automated trucks. In the end, that’s not a new concern, though. People have worried that machines would replace jobs at least since the 19th century, but usually new types of jobs were always created elsewhere.
The idea of a UBI was brought up last spring as a response to the pandemic — an emergency UBI. The coronavirus hit so hard. Many people felt like this was a chance to get some serious reform of the welfare state going. In the end we got the stimulus checks instead, which were not completely different, but a one-time thing, and not unconditional. The checks depended on how much you earned.
One thing to emphasize is also how UBI would empower women. It gives working mothers cash to pay for childcare, for example, or it makes it easier to leave an abusive husband if you have something to rely on that is independent from the family situation.
MacKay: The other thing I would point to are concerns about income inequality. I don’t think this is necessarily a great solution to the problem of income inequality, but I think the economic anxiety leads people to UBI.
Is there evidence that UBI works?
MacKay: There’s been a variety of studies. There were a couple of really famous experiments in the ’70s in Canada and here in the United States. There was a really interesting study in Manitoba in the late ’70s, where they had a whole town that was subject to a guaranteed income policy — a floor that families would not fall below. A lot of randomized controlled trials in low-income countries have been using cash transfers since the late ’80s, early ’90s. Some of these are conditional cash transfers. In Mexico, for example, you might get a cash transfer from the government if you send your kids to school and take them for yearly doctor visits. And there was one recently in Finland, where they gave $500 per month to unemployed folks.
These are high-quality studies. The evidence has shown that the UBI programs are pretty effective in a number of different ways. The caveat I would give is that they happen in different contexts, and the interventions are very different.
Wendt: An experiment in Kenya is the largest. It involves around 20,000 people and unconditional cash payments that cover basic needs. It started in 2017 and will last 12 years. There are four different groups. One group gets the cash for the whole 12 years. Another group gets paid up front rather than on a monthly basis, I believe. Another group receives payments for a shorter period of time. And then there’s a control group that doesn’t get any cash. Some people reported that it has changed how women see their role in the household, because they felt entitled to have a say over how to spend the money.
What are the main points of criticism against UBI?
MacKay: A big one is a reciprocity worry — that in order to get access to public benefits, you should be at least willing to participate in the labor market.
Think of the earned-income tax credit. That’s a cash transfer that goes to low-income Americans. But to get access to it, you need to be participating in the labor force. A lot of programs like SNAP [the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as the Food Stamp Program] and TANF [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, another federal program] have work requirements attached to them. The Trump administration was trying to attach a work requirement to Medicaid programs, as well. The thought is, you should only get access to public benefits if you are participating in the formal labor market and earning an income.
The question they ask is: Why should some group of individuals be participating in the labor force and paying taxes to fund a UBI for other people who aren’t participating in the labor market? One of the responses to this is that UBI recognizes all those forms of contribution to society that aren’t remunerated. Think about parents taking care of their children or poor people taking care of elderly family members. There’s lots of ways in which people contribute to society. And you can think of a UBI as reciprocating in that sense, remunerating people for those contributions.
Wendt: Another common worry is that UBI is a waste of money on the wealthy. Why should all of those wealthy people get a monthly check? If the goal is to do something about poverty, then why UBI, since the rich by definition are not poor? That’s an understandable concern for sure. But the reply there is that depending on how the UBI is financed, the rich will not be net beneficiaries. They will contribute more to finance the UBI than what they get as their monthly check.
What do you think about the Durham proposal?
MacKay: This is the first time I’ve heard of a guaranteed income program that’s aimed at people coming out of prison. I think it makes perfect sense. Part of the justification here is that people with a felony record face a lot of difficulty in terms of accessing other public programs. I think they’re actually banned for at least some period of time from federal housing programs and from receiving SNAP benefits. Felons face a lot of difficulty getting jobs. Employers can legitimately ask if they have a record and deny them employment on that basis. So it makes a lot of sense that you would target this type of pilot project at those folks. If you think about who needs a platform in American society, it’s going to be people who don’t have access to these other programs and are economically vulnerable in terms of not being able to get a job. And so I think it makes a lot of sense that you would target the program this way.
Oftentimes we discuss UBI as a major transformation to society, as a sort of utopian policy. That draws a lot of attention. But I think the discussion might lead to a simpler idea — just using cash payments in more of our social safety net programs. That might be more sustainable, more cost effective, than trying to try to implement a full UBI type policy. For that reason, what’s happening in Durham — a guaranteed income for a very narrow group of individuals — is really interesting.
One thing the pandemic has shown us is that the government got a little bit more comfortable with giving cash payments to people. Another thing I’m really excited about are these proposals to expand the child tax credit, both coming from [Mitt] Romney and also coming from the Democrats, which you might think of as a basic income for kids. Every month, they would get a certain amount of money, maybe a few hundred dollars. The parents decide how to spend it, but the thought is it’s kind of like a baseline for kids. We don’t want to spend too much time focusing on the big UBI utopian policy proposals and miss that there’s a lot of interesting and potentially really important, cost-effective policy proposals around using cash payments in very targeted ways.
By Logan Ward, The Well
In contrast, Universal Basic Income (UBI) refers to all people getting a set amount of regular cash regardless of their income or need.
Guaranteed income helps build a consistent, predictable floor under which no one can fall. It is meant to supplement, not supplant existing social safety net benefits. It is based on trust and respect for recipients with a fundamental commitment to preserving the freedom of choice and dignity of individuals. The concept has been championed as a means of ending poverty, reducing social inequalities, and promoting gender and racial equity.
There are nearly 100 guaranteed income demonstration pilots, with more emerging every month, all over the country. With the launch of Arlington’s Guarantee in 2021, we are now part of that movement! Visit the Arlington’s Guarantee landing page to learn more about this exciting new initiative, as well as examples of successful guaranteed income pilots from around the country.
DISTRESS OF NATIONS
On top of all the WARS and RUMORS OF WARS we have been experiencing, the current War is Israel is raising distress and tension all across the earth. Very heated emotions on both sides of the issue are beginning to breakout in violent behavior. Compounded by the very real threat of terrorist strikes on innocent people declared by the Islamic Jihadists, many are not only in fear, but in real danger.
People are not only under emotional and political STRESS but the Financial picture all around the globe has all Nations in DISTRESS.
Stronger fiscal measures are needed to resuscitate the global economy and support the development agenda.
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A series of severe and mutually reinforcing shocks — the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and resulting food and energy crises, surging inflation, debt tightening, as well as the climate emergency — battered the world economy in 2022. Against this backdrop, world output growth is projected to decelerate from an estimated 3.0 per cent in 2022 to 1.9 per cent in 2023, marking one of the lowest growth rates in recent decades, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2023, launched today.
The report presents a gloomy and uncertain economic outlook for the near term. Global growth is forecast to moderately pick up to 2.7 per cent in 2024 as some of the headwinds will begin to subside. However, this is highly dependent on the pace and sequence of further monetary tightening, the course and consequences of the war in Ukraine, and the possibility of further supply-chain disruptions.
The tepid global economic prospects also threaten the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), when the 2023 SDG Summit in September marks the mid-point of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
“This is not the time for short-term thinking or knee-jerk fiscal austerity that exacerbates inequality, increases suffering and could put the SDGs farther out of reach. These unprecedented times demand unprecedented action,” said António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General. “This action includes a transformative SDG stimulus package, generated through the collective and concerted efforts of all stakeholders,” he added.
Gloomy economic outlook for both developed and developing economies
Amid high inflation, aggressive monetary tightening and heightened uncertainties, the current downturn has slowed the pace of economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, threatening several countries — both developed and developing — with the prospects of recession in 2023. Growth momentum significantly weakened in the United States, the European Union and other developed economies in 2022, adversely impacting the rest of the global economy through a number of channels.
Tightening global financial conditions coupled with a strong dollar exacerbated fiscal and debt vulnerabilities in developing countries. Over 85 per cent of central banks worldwide tightened monetary policy and raised interest rates in quick succession since late 2021, to tame inflationary pressures and avoid a recession. Global inflation which reached a multi-decade high of about 9 per cent in 2022 is projected to ease but remain elevated at 6.5 per cent in 2023.
Weaker job recovery and rising poverty
Most developing countries have seen a slower job recovery in 2022 and continue to face considerable employment slack. Disproportionate losses in women’s employment during the initial phase of the pandemic have not been fully reversed, with improvements mainly arising from a recovery in informal jobs.
According to the report, slower growth, coupled with elevated inflation and mounting debt vulnerabilities, threatens to further set back hard-won achievements in sustainable development, deepening the already negative effects of the current crises. Already in 2022, the number of people facing acute food insecurity had more than doubled compared to 2019, reaching almost 350 million. A prolonged period of economic weakness and slow income growth would not only hamper poverty eradication but also constrain countries’ ability to invest in the SDGs more broadly.
“The current crises are hitting the most vulnerable the hardest — often through no fault of their own. The global community needs to step up joint efforts to avert human suffering and support an inclusive and sustainable future for all,” said Li Junhua, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.
Stronger international cooperation is imperative
The report calls for Governments to avoid fiscal austerity which would stifle growth and disproportionately affect the most vulnerable groups, affect progress in gender equality and stymie development prospects across generations. It recommends reallocation and reprioritization of public expenditures through direct policy interventions that will create jobs and reinvigorate growth. This will require strengthening of social protection systems, ensuring continued support through targeted and temporary subsidies, cash transfers, and discounts on utility bills, which can be complemented with reductions in consumption taxes or custom duties.
Strategic public investments in education, health, digital infrastructure, new technologies and climate change mitigation and adaptation can offer large social returns, accelerate productivity growth, and strengthen resilience to economic, social and environmental shocks.
Additional SDG financing needs in developing countries vary by source, but are estimated to amount to a few trillion dollars per year. Stronger international commitment is urgently needed to expand access to emergency financial assistance; to restructure and reduce debt burdens across developing countries; and scale up SDG financing.
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Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great Euphrates River, and it dried up so that the kings from the east could march their armies toward the west ...
By Ahmad Othman
RAQQA, Syria (North Press) – Recently, water levels of the Euphrates River reduced significantly. Turkey continues to limit the flow of the river’s water into Syrian territories for over 30 months.
The drop in water levels has prompted international and local appeals to Turkey to release Syria’s agreed-upon share. Nevertheless Turkey, the upstream country, ignores the appeals.
The residents of northeastern Syria depend primarily on the Euphrates River and consider it as the lifeline of the region. However, the decline in its water levels has widely impacted the population in terms of electricity, irrigation and drinking water, and has even posed threats to food security and livestock.
The river’s declining flow and low water levels have led to an increase in water toxicity, creating a fertile environment for the spread of diseases and epidemics.
Imad Obeid, an official in the Dams General Administration affiliated with the Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES), said that constantly limiting the flow of water of the Euphrates River has impacted the health, environment, and economic conditions in areas of the AANES.
The severe reduction in water coming from Turkish territories has led to a decline in the generation of electricity, and the contamination of drinking water, resulting in the spread of diseases and epidemics, which augurs “a real humanitarian catastrophe,” he added.
According to the 1987 agreement signed between Turkey, Syria and Iraq under the auspices of the United Nations, Syria’s share of the Euphrates River is 500 cubic meters per second.
“However, for about two years, Turkey has stopped the flow of the agreed-upon amount of water, forcing the Dam Administration to draw water from the strategic reserve of the lakes,” according to Obeid.
The water flow, which does not exceed 250 cubic meters per second now, is decreased further due to evaporation, and consumed for drinking water and irrigation. During summer, the Euphrates Lake loses approximately 80 to 100 cubic meters per second through evaporation, he added.
In addition to drawing 75 cubic meters per second via the irrigation channel in the Euphrates River and drawing 70 cubic meters of water for the al-Khafsah and al-Babiri water stations that supply Aleppo with drinking water.
Meanwhile, the share of water passed down to Iraq is 180 cubic meters per second. These amounts exceed the amounts that enter from Turkey and are compensated from the lakes reserve, according to the official.
He revealed that the amount of water stored behind the Euphrates Dam has decreased from 14 billion cubic meters to only 10 billion due to depletion, causing the lake to lose 75 percent of its effective reserve.
Obeid said that the maximum level of the Euphrates Lake is 304 meters above sea level, but due to depletion, the level has dropped to 297,75. The lake has lost over six meters vertically, with two cm daily loss.
The dead level, which is 296 meters above sea level where power generation units are shut down. Hence, the lake is less than a meter away from going out of service. “If limiting water flow continues, we may be forced to shut down the dam,” he said.
The Euphrates Dam’s turbines require a compressor of minimum 40 meters to function. The compressor is the difference between the level of the lake and the river.
Violating international laws
Legal experts consider Turkey’s withholding of the Euphrates River waters a violation of the UN Convention, as it is the sponsor for the regulation of cross-border rivers and water borders. Cross-border rivers have international agreements sponsored by the UN, that stipulate the upstream country to release specific quantities of water to midstream and downstream countries.
Article 7 of the 1997 Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses prohibits causing serious damage to other countries when utilizing an international watercourse.
However, since signing the 1987 agreement, Turkey has continued to control the water flow as it pleases not abiding by acceptable standards in terms of health. Turkey has consistently used the Euphrates River as leverage against Syria and considered the river as its property, using it as a more effective tool than military warfare.
Reaching dead level
Hamoud al-Hamadin, an official at Tishrin Dam in Manbij, says the water situation in northeastern Syria, with the decreasing water levels of the Euphrates River, is miserable.
The official said even though “a difficult and tiring” summer has passed with water demand being at its peak, there has been no change in water inflow amid no response to local and international appeals to restore the river’s level.
Al-Hamadin added they compensate for the loss of water in the Euphrates Lake from Tishrin Lake. However, water comes from one source, hence compensation is useless if you take into consideration the need to generate electricity, provide water for drinking and irrigation, and the water that is lost due to evaporation.
Despite water rationalization programs implemented by the Dams Administration, lake waters continue to be depleted. The operation of the Tishrin Dam was completely shut down in March 2022 to avoid reaching the dead level.
The maximum level of Lake Tishrin water is 325 meters above sea level, but currently stands at 321.5 meters, leaving it only a meter and a half above the dead level.
The water inflow from the Turkish side “fluctuates” between 180-250 cubic meters, which is not sufficient to cover the need of drinking water and irrigation, or compensate the evaporated water, al-Hamadin noted.
Significant negative impacts
One of the most important effects that resulted from the decline in the water level of the Euphrates River is the cessation of the generation of electricity and reduced hours of power supply.
“If the water level returns to the normal level, it is possible to operate the six turbines of the Tishrin Dam or the four turbines of the Euphrates Dam, which means we can provide electricity for 24 hours a day,” according to al-Hamadin.
Currently, the Dams Administration implements a rationalization program to generate the minimum level of power, as only two turbines at the Tishrin Dam operate for just six hours, with a capacity of up to 150 mw out of 210 mw. “This results in inefficiency in the turbine’s performance due to the insufficient water flow,” he said.
Al-Hamadin believes that the decline in the Euphrates River water level has threatened food security in northeastern Syria. This caused thousands of hectares of land to remain uncultivated due to their distance from the river’s watercourse. Additionally, farmers cannot rely on the river’s water level and fear its recession and jeopardizing their harvest.
Farmers who have lands near the course of the Euphrates River suffered from substantial losses due to the recession of the river’s watercourse. Some of them were forced to buy water pipes to draw water and hire heavy machinery to dig small channels in the old riverbed to connect them to their lands.
This process inflicts huge costs on farmers, including the purchase of water pipes, water pumps, costs of maintenance and fuel expenses, exacerbating their suffering.
The Euphrates River is considered the lifeline for the people along its course, with the majority relying on agriculture as a primary source of income, in addition to livestock breeding.
Violated sacred rights
Al-Hamadin said drinking water is an undisputable sacred right, but it is now threatened. The water of the Euphrates has become a fertile environment for the spread of epidemics and pandemics due to poor water quality.
The decreasing flow of the Euphrates contributes to an increased concentration of toxins from wasted water discharged from industrial facilities in Turkey’s sewage channels that pour into the river.
The river’s reduced level has led to the shutdown of drinking water stations and difficulties in obtaining good-quality water suitable for drinking.
The Euphrates River now resembles swamps, leading to the spread of diseases and epidemics due to the high pollution levels in its waters. The direct use of the water now poses a threat to the lives of the population.
International laws, such as Convention on the Rights of the Child, UN resolutions and Geneva Conventions, safeguard the right to access safe drinking water and secured sewage services. The laws consider it as crucial as food, healthcare and protection against attacks.
In July 2010, the UN declared that safe and clean drinking water and sewage services are fundamental human rights essential for the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights.
Risked natural resources
Al-Hamadin noted, the decline in the water level of the river and lakes has negatively impacted both land and marine life. The existence of fish in the lakes has been jeopardized in terms of quantity and quality due to the increase in the concentration of wastewater.
He argues that the river’s impact on agriculture linked to livestock on the long run, as the stability of the river’s water level can contribute to securing seasonal fodder for livestock, positively affecting breeders and economy.
Moreover, the loss of water and food security and unstable living conditions prompt locals to sell their lands and livestock and migrate abroad, according to al-Hamadin.
This is a message about Damascus: “The city of Damascus will be destroyed; only ruins will remain.spacer
23 Concerning Damascus: “Hamath and Arpad are dismayed, for they have heard bad news. They are disheartened, troubled like the restless sea.24 Damascus has become feeble, she has turned to flee and panic has gripped her; anguish and pain have seized her, pain like that of a woman in labor.25 Why has the city of renown not been abandoned, the town in which I delight?26 Surely, her young men will fall in the streets; all her soldiers will be silenced in that day,” declares the LORD Almighty.27 “I will set fire to the walls of Damascus; it will consume the fortresses of Ben-Hadad.”
THE LOCATION OF THE ARK OF THE COVENANT SOON REVEALED TO THE PUBLIC
The Ten Commandments tablets were kept in the Ark of the Covenant when Moses brought down from Mount Sinai. It will soon be made public, and Israeli officials are among those who know exactly where it is.
The Hebrew prophets all proclaimed that in the last days, the exiles of Israel would return to the Promised Land and that the Temple would be rebuilt..
The truth is that the location of the Ark of the Covenant has actually been known for decades. At one time the Temple Mount Faithful site contained a notation that they did not know where the Ark is located. However, not long after Ron Wyatt found it, the site removed that statement. They did not add a statement saying it had been found because they were denying Ron’s claim and even denying they had any knowledge of Ron. Though you have to have permission to do any archeological digging in the Holy Land.
The Temple Institute has even officially claimed that they know the exact location of Ark of the Covenant The following passage is taken from the page where the Temple Institute responds to frequently asked questions:
Where is the Ark of the Covenant Located?
The Ark of the Covenant is one of the most fascinating of all Temple-related subjects. There are many theories about what happened to the Ark of the Covenant, and speculation abounds as to its actual location. Some people think it was taken to the Vatican, together with other Temple vessels, such as those depicted on the Roman monument, the Arch of Titus. There are many authentic, ancient historical chronicles, and even more popular legends, that attest to many sacred vessels having been taken away to Rome. However, this does not apply to the most holy feature of the First Temple, the Ark.
While some claim to have evidence that the ark is in Ethiopia, and of course, moviegoers were treated to a fanciful version of the story in “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” in reality, the expression “lost” ark is not an accurate description for the Jewish people’s point of view – because we have always known exactly where it is. So the Ark is “Hidden,” and hidden quite well, but it is not lost.
Tradition records that even as King Solomon built the First Temple, he already knew, through Divine inspiration, that eventually it would be destroyed. Thus Solomon, the wisest of all men, oversaw the construction of a vast system of labyrinths, mazes, chambers and corridors underneath the Temple Mount complex. He commanded that a special place be built in the bowels of the earth, where the sacred vessels of the Temple could be hidden in case of approaching danger. Midrashic tradition teaches that King Josiah of Israel, who lived about forty years before the destruction of the First Temple, commanded the Levites to hide the Ark, together with the original menorah and several other items*, in this secret hiding place which Solomon had prepared.
This location is recorded in our sources, and today, there are those who know exactly where this chamber is. And we know that the ark is still there, undisturbed, and waiting for the day when it will be revealed. An attempt was made some few years ago to excavate towards the direction of this chamber. This resulted in widespread Moslem unrest and rioting. They stand a great deal to lose if the Ark is revealed – for it will prove to the whole world that there really was a Holy Temple, and thus, that the Jews really do have a claim to the Temple Mount. (The official position of the Islamic Wakf, the body that governs over the Temple Mount, is that there never was a Holy Temple, and that the Jews have no rights whatsoever to the place).
* such as the staff of Aaron that brought forth almond blossoms during the controversy involving Korach (Numbers 16); the jar of manna that had been placed in the Holy of Holies as a testimony; and the jar of anointing oil.
REMEMBER RON SAID WHEN THEY REVEAL THE ARK IT’S RAPTURE TIME!!
“The temple in Jerusalem and a king of Israel are the most powerful elements in this battle and must be recreated before the War of Gog and Magog fully materializes.”
By ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ
Weiss emphasized that the minting of the coin was timed to coincide with the beginning of the Hebrew month of Adar when these coins were collected for the temple.
It is currently the Hebrew month of Adar.
“For this reason, the first temples were, and the third temple must be, a house of prayer for all nations,” Weiss said. “The Temple was and will be, the only hope for true peace among the nations. History has shown that any effort to bring the nations together that is not centered in Jerusalem, the city of peace, ends in catastrophe.”
“After the destruction of the temple, Adar took on added significance, as the month in which we celebrate Purim,” Weiss said. “Haman was from the nation of Amalek, so the month of Adar represents the victory over Israel’s perennial enemy, the victory of light over darkness. The temple in Jerusalem and a king of Israel are the most powerful elements in this battle and must be recreated before the War of Gog and Magog fully materializes.”
Towards the beginning of the month of Nisan, the month in which the fire of the Divine Presence descended on the Tabernacle, we all pray for the raising of King David’s Crown once again!
One side of the coin features a crown and the Hebrew name David representing the Davidic dynasty that will be established at the end of days.
There are also images of the seven species of fruit and grain through which Israel is blessed.
The term, “Sanhedrin Court” is also embossed on the face of the coin. The reverse side is embossed with an image of pilgrims ascending to the temple and the words “Temple Coin” in English, Hebrew and Persian.