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This is the second article in the series on Javier Solana.  If you haven’t read the first one yet, “The Rise of Javier Solana,” please scroll down to the previous post.  Enjoy!

Originally published on July 25, 2009 at 11:46 pm

The Many Faces of Javier Solana
By Meshawn Senior

In the previous article entitled “The Rise of Javier Solana,” we discussed Mr. Solana’s early background and steady rise up the ladder of success in politics. We will now focus on the more recent positions he has held over the past decade.

According to his curriculum vitae, after resigning from his position as the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in October of 1999, Javier Solana became the Secretary General of the Council of the European Union (EU) as well as the EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy.  A month later, in November of 1999, he also acquired the title of Secretary General of the Western European Union (WEU).

Hence, since 1999, Javier Solana has held three of the highest positions in the EU and the WEU – concurrently, I might add.  That’s pretty impressive, is it not?  Well, he didn’t stop there.  On July 12, 2004, he also became the Head of the European Defence* Agency (EDA).

At the time of this article, Mr. Solana heads up four of the most powerful organizations in charge of governing, for all practical purposes, the entire continent of Europe!  However, this may cease to be the case in the very near future, details of which will be shared in a later segment.

With these facts in mind, let us examine the magnitude and scope of what this all means.  The following are descriptions of each of these government organizations headed by Javier Solana.

The European Union is “a unification of 27 member states united to create a political and economic community throughout Europe.” (About.com)  These 27 “member states” consist of sovereign countries that have acceded to the European Union.  Included in this list of countries are Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, and others.  Virtually all of Europe has agreed to align themselves with this very powerful political entity.

Here is a description of the Western European Union:  “Association of 10 European countries to coordinate matters of European security and defense. The WEU was formed in 1955 as an outgrowth of the Brussels Treaty of 1948. Composed of Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Britain, it works in cooperation with NATO and the European Union and is administered by a council of the foreign affairs and defense ministers of the member countries. There are also several associate members, observers, and associate partners. It is headquartered in Brussels.” (Answers.com under Britannica Concise Encyclopedia)

And finally, this is from the European Defence Agency’s own website:  “The European Defence Agency was established under a Joint Action of the Council of Ministers on 12 July, 2004, ‘to support the Member States and the Council in their effort to improve European defence capabilities in the field of crisis management and to sustain the European Security and Defence Policy as it stands now and develops in the future.’”

Now we see that Javier Solana is the foremost individual who calls the shots in all of these very powerful European political organizations.  It’s no wonder some have labeled him “Mr. Europe.”  However, this man’s influence is not only limited to Europe.  His political tentacles are far-reaching – even deeply into the affairs of the Middle East.  We will discuss this in the next segment.

Stay tuned …

*For American readers, this is how “defense” is spelled in Europe.

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The following is the first article in the series on Javier Solana that was published on Pray4bibi.com.  In case some of you haven’t been on that site to read it, I wanted to make it available here.

Originally published on July 16, 2009 at 3:39 am

Pray4bibi has started to follow a man named Javier Solana.  I have asked Meshawn Senior to write a four part series on this important figure in this century.  She has been following him for several years.  Here is the first of the series – Thank you Meshawn!

The Rise of Javier Solana, by Meshawn Senior

In the previous blog post entitled “Who is Javier Solana?,” you were introduced to a very influential person on the world scene today who “is considered to be the European Union’s top diplomat and one of the most powerful men in the world.”  It is expedient for our readers to pay particularly close attention to his movements – especially during the coming months.  I’m sure most of you have been hearing his name mentioned more and more in the news lately.  However, most people have no idea who this man is – especially those of us living in the United States.

So, who exactly is Javier Solana and how did he rise to his present position of political power and in such relative obscurity?  This article, and the ones following, will seek to give you an overview of the background of this key world player and the pertinent steps he has taken in his rise to worldwide political influence.

A Brief Background

Francisco Javier Solana de Madariaga was born in Madrid, Spain on July 14, 1942.  The son of a well-known Spanish family, he was educated in Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States where he received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Virginia.  After returning to Spain, he taught physics at the Complutense University in Madrid for a number of years.  During this time, he authored over 30 publications.  He married Concepcion Gimenez and the couple have two children.

Mr. Solana’s political ambitions were birthed early on.  In 1964, under the regime of General Francisco Franco, he joined the Spanish Socialist Party, which was illegal under this regime.  He went on to be elected to several positions in this party over the next couple of decades.  He became a member of the Spanish Parliament in 1977.   Between the years of 1982 and 1995, he held various positions as Spanish Cabinet Minister – positions such as Minister for Culture, Minister for Education and Science, and Minister for Foreign Affairs.  Then, in 1995, he became the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and continued in this position until 1999.  Mr. Solana is also a member of the Spanish chapter of the Club of Rome.   (Information on the Club of Rome may be found at http://www.answers.com/topic/club-of-rome.)

These are just some of the components that have propelled Javier Solana to become probably the most powerful man in the world today.   It seems as if everything this man has set his mind to accomplish has been successful in a colossal way.   And the things mentioned in this article are just the tip of the iceberg!

In the next installment of this series, we will discuss the most recent positions held by Mr. Solana – positions that directly affect Europe as a whole … and quite possibly the entire world.

To be continued …

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I thought this was interesting, considering the topic of my previous post.

The following is a link to a video and article about yesterday’s solar eclipse.  If you watch the video, you can clearly see the sun emerging from behind the moon in the shape of the Star of David.

Absolutely amazing!

Click here:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8161578.stm

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By Meshawn Senior

Tomorrow, on July 22, 2009, a total solar eclipse will occur that will be visible across parts of China and India, as well as portions of the South Pacific Ocean.  This will be the second of three solar eclipses that are happening consecutively for three years.  The first one occurred last year on August 1, 2008, and the third one will occur next year on July 11, 2010.

If we look at the above dates, which are from the Gregorian calendar, this may not seem significant.  However, if we look at the Jewish calendar, we see that these three solar eclipses take place on the same day, Av 1, in three consecutive years.  That’s like saying three solar eclipses will occur on “January 1” three years in a row or “some other calendar date” three years in a row.  Eclipses don’t usually fall on the same calendar dates in consecutive years.

Of interest, Av 1 just happens to be right in the middle of the three weeks of Israel’s “Days of Mourning.  This is the period of time that Israel observes in commemoration of past calamities that have happened to the Jewish people during this time.  These three weeks begin on Tammuz 17 and end on Av 9.   However, the last nine days are the most intense.  Also of interest is that these three solar eclipses fall on the very “first day” of this last 9-day period, which the Jews actually refer to as “The Nine Days”.

So, we see that there are three total solar eclipses occurring on the same Jewish calendar date three years in a row.  What could this possibly mean?

Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries says that solar eclipses are generally warnings to the Gentile nations (from God) that judgment will soon follow.  Some Biblical prophecy scholars have surmised that this is exactly what happened last year with the first solar eclipse in this triad.  Shortly after that event, there was a global financial collapse.  Could this have been the first judgment to the Gentile nations or was it a mere coincidence?

This year, there is speculation that tomorrow’s eclipse could mean that war will ensue in the near future. There is no argument that war is definitely looming on the horizon and, interestingly enough, it involves the nation of Israel.  However, since last year’s post-eclipse financial crisis involved the whole world, and if these eclipses are truly warnings of judgment from God, will the next one mean a war is coming that will encompass the entire world?  It’s been said that if war breaks out between Israel and Iran, this could set the stage for World War III.

If tomorrow’s eclipse does, in fact, signal the soon start of a global war, then what judgment could next year’s solar eclipse possibly bring with it?  Could it be pestilence, disease, or famine, which are all aftermaths of war, or could it be something totally inconceivable?

Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 24:6-8:  “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.  All these [are] the beginning of sorrows.”

Could these eclipses be signaling the beginning of sorrows?  We have no choice but to wait and see.

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Related Article:   The Total Solar Eclipse of July 11, 2010

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H1N1 (Swine Flu) Protection

By Meshawn Senior

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently declared the H1N1 influenza a.k.a. Swine Flu a global pandemic.  They are only expecting it to get worse, especially in the fall and winter months.

I thought it would be beneficial to offer suggestions for protecting yourself from this deadly virus.  They are as follows:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • Take vitamin and mineral supplements daily – especially Vitamin C, which builds up your immune system by helping your white blood cells to function better and fight disease.  Echinachea and elderberry supplements are good for building up your immunity, as well.
  • Try to stay away from closed-in areas where there are a lot of people.  If you have no choice, then I suggest taking a product called Airborne beforehand.  Follow the instructions on the label for as long as you have to be in that environment.
  • At the first sign of cold or flu symptoms, I recommend taking 5 to 15 drops of a product called Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE).  It is an antiviral/antibacterial/antifungal agent that I find usually wipes out my symptoms when they “first” appear.  I like to mix the drops in a glass of orange juice or tea.  Read all instructions and warnings on the label to avoid wrong usage.  This product can be purchased at a health food store such as Whole Foods.  (I would suggest consulting with a physician before taking this product if you have any other known medical conditions, if you are pregnant or nursing, or before giving it to children.)
  • Talk to your health care provider about any other concerns you may have about the H1N1 virus and how to protect yourself and your loved ones.

That’s it in a nutshell.   I hope these suggestions help you to stay healthy.

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What if you were to die today unexpectedly?  It happens to people all the time.  Young and old die in automobile accidents daily.  Heart attacks take many thousands of lives yearly.  And in this post-911 world we’re living in, who knows what could happen to any of us at any given moment?

One question that crosses most people’s minds is whether or not there’s a heaven or hell; and if so, which place will they end up when they die?  There are also some who believe that there is no conscious awareness upon death – that they will just cease to exist.  What is the truth? This needs to be understood by every one of us before our set time on this earth runs out.

WHO ARE WE REALLY?

There’s more to life than what we can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste.  Human beings have a physical body.  However, many don’t realize that we also have a soul and a spirit.  The spirit is the REAL us. Depending on the condition of our spirits when we die, this determines where we will end up.

When the first humans, Adam and Eve, sinned against God by eating forbidden fruit that God told them not to eat,  they died spiritually. This means that their spirits were separated from God, their Creator.  This spiritual state has been passed down to all their children throughout all generations.  This includes you and me.  When we are born into this world, we are spiritually dead.  This is why Jesus said that we must be born again (spiritually) in order to enter into the kingdom of God.  (”Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  – John 3:3)

HOW IS THIS DONE?

Because God is merciful, He provided a means for us to undo our spiritual death and be reconciled to Him.  Under God’s law, when a sin is committed, a death has to occur.  In order to fulfill the death penalty for our sins (i.e., lying, gossiping, bad thoughts, etc.), He needed a sinless human being to die once and for all so that our sins could be wiped out and our spirits reborn and passed from death to life.  In other words, He needed the perfect human sacrifice to pay the penalty of death for our sins.  Since the children of Adam and Eve had sin passed down to them, God had to send His own Son to undergo this  heart-rending  task.  There was no other way! (“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  – John 3:16)

WHO IS GOD’S SON?

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)  “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us …” (John 1:14)

Who is the Word?  This is referring to Jesus Christ, God’s Son.  He was “made flesh” approximately 2,000 years ago and “dwelt among us” in the form of a perfect human being so that He could pay the penalty for sins with His own death on the cross.  This is the only way that our spirits can be reconciled to God – by accepting that Jesus died for our sins.  (“I am the way, the truth, and the life:  no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  – John 14:6)

There’s a view some believe that assumes all one has to do is be a good person and do more good than bad, and God will let them into heaven.  However,  doing  these  things does  not correct the dead condition of the spirit.  Only by believing and accepting what Jesus Christ did on the cross can one be assured of going to heaven.

THE BOTTOM LINE!

How is the condition of your spirit?  Is the “real you” alive because you’ve accepted what Jesus did for you on the cross, or are you still dead spiritually?  If this latter condition describes you, then when you take your last breath here on this earth, you will remain this way forever.  Don’t let this happen to you.

Accept the provision that God has given to all people to be reconciled to Himself.  Pray the following prayer (or a similar one) and really mean it with your whole heart.

“Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and I need to be saved from eternal death and separation from you in hell.  I believe that You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to die for my sins.  I know that no amount of good works or deeds that I do can reconcile me to You; only my believing in what Your Son, Jesus, did for me on the cross.  I ask you to forgive my sins, revive my spirit, and place me into Your heavenly kingdom.  In Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”

If you just said this prayer and meant it, then you will be with God in heaven when you die.  You have no reason to doubt this anymore.

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Begin by reading the Bible, starting with the Gospel of John in the New Testament and pray to God daily.  These two activities keep our lines of communication open with God.  Reading the Bible is Him talking to us and our prayers are us talking to Him.  You should also start attending a good “Bible-teaching” church regularly.  These things will get your new “spiritual life” started on the right track.

May God richly bless you in your walk with Him!

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Copyright 2008 by Meshawn Senior (JMS Tracts)

Spanish Version:  No Tenemos Prometido El Mañana

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