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US – and Trump’s – drone attack on Iranian security chief Qasem Soleimani the other day could provide a contemporary illustration of Daniel’s vision about the ram and the goat in Daniel’s eighth chapter:

 “Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.

 I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.

 And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.

And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.

And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.”    – Book of Daniel 8:3 -7

The interpretation of the vision that Daniel received is, that the goat is Greece, and the ram is Media and Persia, or Iran. The goat comes from the west, “without touching the ground”. This seems to be more true about Donald Trump than about Alexander the Great.
But it also says that “ there was no power in the ram to stand ” before the goat.

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In the midst of all the heavy processes and more or less subtle particularities that are taking place in Orthodoxy, between Moscow, Kiev and Constantinople, there are some fatal factors that, maybe, should not be ignored.
One of them may be these words of Feodor Dostoevsky from 1877, which are sometimes heard about:

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“Одним словом … рано ли, поздно ли, а Константинополь должен быть наш, и хотя бы лишь в будущем только столетии! Это нам, русским, надо всегда иметь ввиду, всем неуклонно. Вот что мне хотелось заявить, особенно в настоящий европейский момент .. ”
(Достоевский: “Дневник писателя Январ – Август 1877 года)
Transl:  In one word … if it happens soon or if it is delayed, but Constantinople must become ours, if only in a coming century! We should, all Russians, all without exception. always have this in mind. That is what I would like to say, especially in this present,  European moment ..
(Dostoevsky: “The author’s diary Janua
ry – August 1877″)
What was the “European moment” 1877 ?? There were new, promising winds blowing  at that time, however, not so much in Russia, even though the serfdom had been abolished.

 

A general, “unifying church council” for Orthodox believers in Ukraine, with Constantinople’s envoy as moderator, will start on November 22, according to Credo.press.

 

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There are some press comments that have been brought to my attention after yesterday’s hearing of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in front of two committees in the US Senate: The senators were “a little too old” for the 33-year-old Zuckerberg, it was said.
 “They understand ‘What’s up’, but not ‘WhatsApp’ ‘. “They   address privacy policy terms and tend to forget about the serious issue of Russian interference “, somebody wrote.
     While a Russian article said: “Zuckerberg had to answer for Russia “.

Zuck in the hot seat

  I listened for a while. The senator “Mr. Nelson” spoke slowly,
     but bluntly:
       “My personal information – is it mine, or Facebook’s  ?

 Yes, how would the senators, after the scandal with Cambridge Analytica, “rely on companies like Facebook to take care of the more personal and identifiable information” that they have access to ?

                How would the man on the street !?

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    Today, Zuckerberg will be heard by another committee in the Senate.

More critical press comment –  The Guardian
Less critical press comment – Techspot
History:  Bill Gates in the US senate 1998,  conserning Microsofts monopoly

 

    God wanted Jeremiah to do an investigation in the city:

    Jer. 5:1 -5

Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.

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 And though they say, The Lord liveth; surely they swear falsely.

 Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.  

Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the Lord, nor the judgment of their God.  I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the Lord, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds…

 

“Lenin has returned from exile” – was a comment on Russian social media, as Sergey Udaltsov was released yesterday after 4 1/2 years in prison camp in the Tambov – region in Russia. Udaltsov was one of the most strictly sentenced protesters against the – for the benefit of Putin – arranged presidential elections in Russia *) 2012.

The so-called “Bolotnaya case“.

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Sergey Udaltsov

 

Udaltsov belongs to the Russian opposition, more specifically, the “left front”.

 

*) NOTE! In Russia – not in the US – where it took place a few years later, when (could it be so?) the Russian hackers  more fully, and out of experience, realized their potential..

 

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