Inside the White House – William Koenig
September 2015 has an unprecedented number of major news items, events and meetings occurring. In my 19 years of our news ministry, I don’t recall another month like this. I’m not making any predictions about the outcomes, but the alignment of so many crucial events and news items will have an impact now and into the future. We should plan wisely for the worst and hope for the best led by the Lord — especially those of us who live in major cities. We know that Washington, D.C., and New York City are on the future target list.
News additions from Sept. 4: The first week of September was filled with unprecedented news and threats to the U.S.—domestically and internationally.
September ‘Perfect Storm’ Calendar
NASA addressed doomsday prediction by comet strike in September 2015; says nothing will be remotely near Earth. (The Guardian, UK)
In September, Russia’s Pravda News Service wrote that the U.N. Security Council is expected to vote on a U.N. resolution to establish a Palestinian state. France has been working on a proposal to give formal U.N. Security Council recognition to the Palestinians. (More details below.)
Monday, August 31: Ynet – Russian jets in Syrian skies: Russia has begun its military intervention in Syria, deploying an aerial contingent to a permanent Syrian base, in order to launch attacks against ISIS and Islamist rebels; U.S. stays silent.
Tuesday, Sept. 1: Times of Israel: Iran has bolstered defenses at its nuclear facilities, introduced new radar systems, and “raised its alert” for fear of an Israeli attack, an Israeli television report said Tuesday evening. The regime has also being carrying out a series of drills and exercises, including testing anti-aircraft missiles above its Bushehr reactor, the Channel 10 report said.
Tuesday, Sept. 1: Reuters: Test results show more details about ‘God particle.’ After three years of scrutinizing the elusive Higgs boson closely, scientists say they've determined that the “God particle” behaves just as predicted. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, said Tuesday two experiments that previously helped confirm the particle have produced the most precise measurements yet of its decay and interaction with other particles.
Wednesday, Sept 2: Democrat Senator Mikulski is 34th senator to support Iran nuke deal, which will all but ensure an Obama victory in the event of a veto from him —barring any unexpected last-minute change of heart by one or more U.S. senators.
Wednesday, Sept. 2: The Wall Street Journal: Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska, Pentagon officials said Wednesday, marking the first time the U.S. military has seen them in the area. The officials have been tracking the movements in recent days of three Chinese combat ships, a replenishment vessel and an amphibious landing ship after observing them moving toward the Aleutian Islands, which are split between U.S. and Russian control.
Thursday, Sept. 3: Fox News: Iran’s supreme leader says world powers must lift international sanctions and not merely suspend them as part of a landmark nuclear agreement. Speaking to a group of clerics, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “there will be no deal” if the sanctions are not lifted. His remarks were read by a state TV anchorman.
Thursday, Sept.3: From Todd Starnes: U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis she would be jailed until she complied with his order to issue the licenses. Davis said “thank you” before she was led out of the courtroom by a U.S. marshal. She was not in handcuffs. Bunning also warned deputy clerks around the state that they could suffer the same fate should they refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Davis has refused to issue marriages licenses for two months since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. She argues that her Christian faith should exempt her from signing the licenses: “I’m very steadfast in what I believe. I don’t leave my conscience and my Christian soul out in my vehicle and come in here and pretend to be something I’m not. It’s easy to talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?” Liberty Counsel attorney Mat Staver, who is representing Davis, called the ruling “outrageous.” (Note: Obama and former Attorney General Holder refused to defend Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) one of numerous violations of their oath that are impeachable offenses.)
Thursday, Sept. 3: Bill Gertz: U.S. intelligence ships, aircraft, and satellites are closely watching a Russian military vessel in the Atlantic that has been sailing near a U.S. nuclear missile submarine base and underwater transit routes, according to Pentagon officials. The Russian research ship Yantar has been tracked from the northern Atlantic near Canada since late August as it makes its way south toward Cuba. (Note: Bill Gertz is the Pentagon’s most well-respected journalist. He actively monitors China and Russia.)
Friday, Sept. 4: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters traveling on Air Force One that the two leaders will discuss Yemen, Syria and steps to counter Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region.
Wednesday, Sept. 9: Breaking Israel News: A re-established and self-declared Israeli Sanhedrin is calling U.S. President Barack Obama to trial for what it says are “criminal offenses” against the Jewish people following the passage of the Iran nuclear deal. The modern-day Jewish high court, made up of 71 Judaic scholars and rabbis, plans to bring the American president to trial on Mount Zion on Sept. 9, 2015, four days before Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of heavenly judgment days for the Jewish nation.
Wednesday, Sept. 9: AIPAC is having a fly-in of over 600 activists to visit members of Congress in an effort to drum up last-minute support to call for members of the Senate and House to vote against President Obama’s Iran deal.
Wednesday, Sept. 9, or Thursday, Sept. 10: Congress is expected to vote on Obama’s Iran deal. He may have the votes in the Senate to approve his Iran deal. If not, Obama says he will veto any rejection. It would then go back to Congress and require a two-thirds vote of both the Senate and the House to override Obama’s veto. It appears that Obama has 34 Democrats in the Senate to defeat a veto attempt. It is possible that the final vote could take place on Friday, Sept. 11, before the Rosh Hashanah holiday.
Friday, Sept. 11: The 14th anniversary of the World Trade Center and Pentagon terror attacks.
Saturday, Sept. 12: Breaking Israel News: Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, a leading authority in mainstream ultra-orthodox Judaism, has been giving clear and unequivocal messages recently that the coming of the Messiah is imminent. He is urging Jews to make aliyah as soon as possible. Aliyah, the Hebrew verb for “going up,” refers to immigrating to Israel, which is seen as higher spiritual action that can help usher in the coming of the Messiah.
When asked about the timing of the Messiah’s arrival, Rabbi Kanievsky answered, “At the end of the sabbatical year.” Several people have asked the rabbi to verify this, and he has given the same answer each time. This year is the sabbatical year, and it will end on the 29th day of Elul—which, by the Gregorian calendar, falls on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.
Saturday, Sept. 12: Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour (People Magazine) begins in Washington, D.C. It will be filled with sacrilegious innuendo, rebellion, vulgarity and obscenity. It will be around the time of major U.S. events in Washington, D.C., and New York City—and will be two days before the Pope comes to Philadelphia. Madonna will be in John Kerry’s Boston and Barack Obama’s Chicago at the end of the month.
Sept. 12 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
Sept. 16 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Sept. 17 - New York. NY - Madison Square Garden
Sept. 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
Sept. 24 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 26 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
Sept. 28 - Chicago, IL - United Center
Sunday, Sept. 13 to Tuesday, Sept. 15: Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown.
Sunday, Sept. 13 or Elul 29: The last two Elul 29s at the end of the Shemittah year produced two of the largest Dow Jones sell-offs in history. (In 2001, $1 trillion—an estimated $1.4 trillion—was wiped out in five days of trading. In 2008, $1.2 trillion was wiped out.)
Monday, Sept. 14: First trading day after end of Shemittah.
Tuesday, Sept. 15: The U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) began its seven-state Jade Helm military exercise on July 15, which is scheduled to end by this day. (Source: Army Times)
Tuesday, Sept. 15: The U.N. General Assembly convenes in New York City for its 70th General Session.
Tuesday, Sept. 15: The Jerusalem Post: Palestinian Flag to Fly Over the UN? A draft resolution was presented to the United Nations on Thursday, Aug. 27, to request that the Palestinian flag be raised the next time world leaders convene at U.N. headquarters, according to Agence France-Presse. The resolution was presented in advance of the annual 193-nation U.N. General Assembly set for Sept. 25. It originally included a request for the Vatican flag to fly as well, but was removed at the Vatican’s insistence. A vote on the resolution, sponsored by 21 countries, will take place Sept. 15. Among the co-sponsors are Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria and Jordan.
Wednesday, Sept. 16, to Thursday, Sept. 17: Federal Reserve meetings to decide about an interest rate increase.
Wednesday, Sept. 16: Second Republican presidential debate on CNN
Thursday, Sept. 17: The Congressional deadline to approve the Iran nuclear deal.
Sunday, Sept. 20: Source: Breaking Israel News: Sanhedrin to put Pope Francis on trial. If Pope Francis chooses to ignore the summons, he will be judged in absentia. In February 2013, the Vatican officially recognized the “State of Palestine” but, more significantly, the Vatican signed a treaty in June with “Palestine” in which the Holy See switched its diplomatic relations from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the “State of Palestine.” This treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state and, as such, constitutes an official recognition.
Sunday, Sept. 20-26: The World Council of Churches is sponsoring the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel.
Monday, Sept. 21: The U.N.’s International Day of Peace—an annual event. Could this be the day when the U.N. Security Council resolution establishing a Palestinian state is actually adopted?
Tuesday, Sept. 22, at sundown, ending Wednesday, Sept. 23, at sundown: Yom Kippur and the beginning of the final year of the Jubilee.
Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 4 p.m.: Pope Frances arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. The Pope’s trip is being called the 2015 Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to the United States of America. Click here for the schedule.
Tuesday, Sept. 22: Islam.about.com: The 9th day of Dhul-Hijjah (the Month of Hajj) is called the Day of Arafat. This day is the culminating event of the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The Day of Arafat falls on the 2nd day of pilgrimage rituals. At dawn of this day, nearly 2 million Muslim pilgrims will make their way from Mecca to a nearby hillside and plain called Mount Arafat and the Plain of Arafat. It was from this site that the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, gave his famous Farewell Sermon in his final year of life. Muslims gathered around Mount Arafat to beg for God’s forgiveness and cleanse themselves of their sins, on the second official day of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, one of the world’s biggest displays of mass religious devotion.
Wednesday, Sept. 23: Pope Francis arrives at the White House at 9:15 a.m. There is a welcoming ceremony and a visit with President Obama scheduled. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the Pope and President Obama plan to discuss a broad range of issues including poverty, the environment, religious freedom and immigration. The Pope will be visiting the White House on Yom Kippur.
Wednesday, Sept. 23, to Thursday, Sept. 24: TimeandDate.com: Eid al-Adha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice Abraham’s son Ishmael (instead of what the Bible records as having been the promised son by Sarah—Isaac). Muslims around the world observe this event. In the period around Eid al-Adha, many Muslims travel to Mecca and the surrounding area in Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj pilgrimage.
Wednesday, Sept. 23: This day has been celebrated around the world as Bi Visibility Day or International Celebrate Bisexuality Day since 1999
Thursday, Sept. 24: Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress at 9:20 a.m.—the first time the head of the Roman Catholic Church will have done so.
Friday, Sept. 25: The New York Times: Pope Francis speaks to the U.N. General Assembly at 8:30 am with many world leaders expected in attendance. He is expected to discuss his climate change encyclical and speak on the Vatican’s support of a Palestinian state, persecution in the Middle East, the plight of those in poverty, inequality and more. He attends a multi-religious service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center, at 11:30 am., with a Madison Square Garden Mass at 6:30 pm.
Friday, Sept. 25 to Sunday, Sept. 27: The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development summit for the adoption of the post-2015 agenda will be held in New York City and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the U.N. General Assembly. More than 150 world leaders are expected to formally adopt the outcome document of the new sustainable agenda.
Friday, Sept. 25, to Sunday, Sept. 27: Tomorrow World gathering in Atlanta, Ga. Hailing from Belgium, the mother festival of TomorrowWorld, Tomorrowland, celebrated its 10-year anniversary this past July. To mark this anniversary, two weekends played host to the sold out pilgrimage of over 360,000 International guests. The magic and inspiration of TomorrowWorld is crafted from Tomorrowland, where stages and concepts come to life, experiences are created, and musical explorations are made. The Arising of Life! The Fairytale continues … unlock true Happiness at TomorrowWorld 2015.
Saturday, Sept. 26 to Sunday, Sept. 27: Pope Francis Visit Schedule—Philadelphia. Saturday: Visit to Festival of Families at Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Prayer Vigil with World Meeting of Families 2015. Sunday: Papal Mass for World Meeting of Families. (Held every three years and sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family, the World Meeting of Families is the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families.)
Monday, Sept 28: Tentative date: Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit the United States late this month, and U.S. commentators and presidential hopefuls are debating whether Xi’s planned state visit should be downgraded or even cancelled.
Monday, Sept. 28: The U.N. General Assembly speeches begin. The major nations’ leaders usually speak on the first day of the U.N. General Assembly. This year, the leaders of the U.S., France and the UK will speak—with possible addresses by Russia’s Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping
Monday, Sept. 28: Deutsche Welle-Germany – Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the 70th anniversary session of the U.N. General Assembly. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed Putin’s appearance in a press conference on Wednesday. Putin has been provisionally booked to give a speech at the Sept. 28 session in New York, and his name was on a list of speakers released by the U.N. last month. But Lavrov didn’t confirm whether or not Putin will speak.
REFERENCE: Possible U.N. Vote on Palestinian State: Ha’aretz : On March 27, France began discussions on a U.N. Security Council resolution that would set out the steps for a negotiated end of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and a solution to the nearly 70-year-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict, France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday.
At this point, the U.N. Security Council has not published their September schedule. There are five permanent members (US, UK, France, China, Russia) and 10 non-permanent ones. For a UNSC resolution to pass, it must be by unanimous vote by the five permanent members. The UNSC voted in late December on this, but the UK abstained and the U.S .voted no. If Obama wants to be vindictive towards Netanyahu, this may be where he does it.
Monday, Sept. 28: This first day of Sukkoth will see a super blood-red moon over Jerusalem and the Middle East. This will be the fourth one in the past two years. The first was on the first day of Passover 2014, the second on the first day of Sukkoth in 2015, the third on the first day of Passover 2015, and this will be the final one in the tetrad.
Monday, Sept. 28: The U.N. General Assembly begins its annual debate through Oct. 3. One of the main subjects usually is the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The Arab countries use this as a time to bash Israel publicly. It is also a time where the leaders of Israel have recently pointed out dangers posed by Iran.
Wednesday, Sept. 30: Times of Israel: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a ministerial meeting of key global players trying to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Sept. 30 during the annual high-level session of the General Assembly, the United Nations announced Friday, September 4. Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that in addition to foreign ministers from the Quartet of Mideast mediators — the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia — the secretary-general is inviting the Arab League secretary-general and the foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to join the meeting. Ban Ki-moon previously boasted that the UN was the first to acknowledge the Hamas-Fatah unity agreement in 2014.