What Are Your Beliefs? 7/31/2017
Do you believe in God? Have you made a commitment to Jesus? Do you agree that the Bible is accurate? Have you prayed to God (in the last week)? These are the kinds of questions the US based Barna Group have been asking the people of the U.S. for the last 7 years. This survey was taken to calculate what cities in the U.S. had the most “post‐Christians”. The term, “post‐Christians”, is defined as individuals who must meet nine or more of Barna Groups 16 criteria, which identify a lack of Christian identity, belief and practice.
- Do not believe in God
- Identify as atheist or agnostic
- Disagree that faith is important in their lives
- Have not prayed to God (in the last week)
- Have never made a commitment to Jesus
- Disagree the Bible is accurate
- Have not donated money to a church (in the last year)
- Have not attended a Christian church (in the last 6 months)
- Agree that Jesus committed sins
- Do not feel a responsibility to “share their faith”
- Have not read the Bible (in the last week!
- Have not volunteered at church (in the last week!
- Have not attended Sunday school (in the last week!
- Have not attended religious small group (in the last week!
- Bible engagement scale: low (have not read the Bible in the past week and disagree strongly or somewhat that the Bible is accurate)
- Not Born Again
To qualify as “post‐Christians”, out of these 16 questions individuals had to meet nine or more. “Highly post‐Christians” individuals meet 13 or more. These questions paint an accurate picture of the belief/disbelief of Christianity in America and the cities to which they gravitate.
And why is this important to us and important to anyone around the world? Because the Bible speaks of how people will be in the latter days:
- People would be ever learning but not able to understand the truth.
- People would be willingly ignorant of the truth.
- People would resist the truth.
- These would be depraved, unprincipled, of corrupt minds.
- People would not receive the love of the truth.
- People would not endure sound doctrine.
- People would turn away from God′s Word and follow things that are untrue.
- People would forget that the world was destroyed by water.
- People would gather around themselves teachers to say what they want to hear.
(This is not a complete list. Please check out biblestudies.org to dig deeper into the subject.)
If you are trying to be obedient to the Lord and watch for His return, you not only look at world events, but also at the character of the people because the Bible is very explicit about how events, people and even the church will be in the latter days. Lord willing, we will look at the church in a future blog.
1 Thessalonians chapter 4 (NASB)‐Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more. For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel (body) in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you. Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
Around The World 7/24/2017
On Friday, July 21, 2017, the entrance to the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem was almost empty as men under 50 were banned from the al‐Aqsa Mosque. Men over 50 and all women were allowed. The previous Friday, July 14, 2017, (Friday′s being holy days for Muslims) three Palestinian gunmen came from inside the al‐Aqsa Mosque complex and killed two Israeli police. For this reason, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had initiated a closure of the site for 48 hours as Israeli′s searched for more weapons, and then installed metal detector gates at its entrances like most Arab holy sites and even Israel′s western wall.
An Israeli government minister quoted by TimesofIsrael.com stated, “Israel will not capitulate to violence and incitement, and will not allow police officers to be murdered at the Temple Mount”.
Jordan in response to the metal detectors (they, as well as the Israeli′s, are protectors of the sacred sites in Jerusalem) instructed those wishing to pray not to pass through the metal detector gates posted at the Temple Mount. However, Ammos (leader of the Palestinians) on Monday wants Muslims to boycott the Jerusalem holy site.
Only a few Palestinians agreed to security checks and entered the site on Friday, with thousands more praying or protesting at various sites around the city.
There have been causalities and deaths on both sides. The United Nations Secretary‐General Antonio Guterres remarked he “deeply deplores” the death of three Palestinians in clashes with Israeli security forces. He is urging Israeli and Palestinian leaders to refrain from actions that could further escalate the volatile situation in Jerusalem′s Old City. Perhaps he did not hear about the Israeli police officers that were murdered or the three west bank settlement members who were stabbed to death by an enraged Palestinian man.
Other world news, China and Russia are planning war games in the Baltic Seas, Monday 7/24/17 through 7/31/17. China has already joined Russia with her very best—her most advanced guided‐missile destroyer, the Changsha; a multipurpose frigate Yuncheng; one supply ship; ship‐borne helicopters and a number of marines. This comes just days after the U.S. and NATO had their war games in the Baltic region.
Russia does not have out her very best, but she probably feels she does not need to. China in particular wants to display to the world her new naval might.
Besides the war games, China is granting Russia loans worth $70 billion dollars. They have even discussed the possible idea of creating a Russian‐Chinese Bank, which will allow better exchange in national currencies. And, according to Sputniknews.com, “Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has presented to Chinese Defense Minister a road map on the development in the military sphere between Moscow and Beijing, 2017‐2020.” “Russia and China are ready to jointly protect the world and strengthen the international security” stated Russian Defense Minister. With most admitting that Russia and China are number 2 and 3 in world military might, one might wonder what they are ready to protect against.
As nations around Russia are looking to NATO to protect them from what happened in Crimea and Ukraine, Russia is starting to feel encroached upon. And not that Russia is looking to China for protection; however, it does send a signal to those in command at NATO that the number 2 and 3 world military might′s look pretty impressive together.
If that is not enough, there is more. Regarding the persistence of North Korea to enlighten the sky of the Korean peninsula with radiant light (there nuclear project), Russia has decided that they will get involved. Apparently, they have a plan to calm the situation. The U.S. is leery of this plan and is concerned Russian′s involvement will back fill North Korea, according to U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley. As the U.S. was looking toward China to put pressure on North Korea, (and it has applied some pressure i.e. choking coal imports and oil sales) the U.S. feels it has not done enough. China′s view on the situation is that they are welcoming all those who have constructive efforts to denuclearization and granting the peace and stability to the Korean Peninsula. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson stated, “China and Russia are comprehensive strategic partners of coordination who maintain close communication and coordination on international and regional affairs.”
And there is more news, back in 2003 with the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, the US aligned with a Shi′ite dominated government which has very close ties to Iran—and they′ve retained those ties despite the UN sanctions on Iran. As of July 24, 2017, Iran and Iraq have sealed an agreement to boost military cooperation with a focus on fighting against terrorism and keeping their borders safe. Both countries are concerned ISIS′s territorial ambitions won't end at the Syrian and Iraqi borders. If you know a little about Bible Prophecy and the invasion of Russia and Arab nations coming against Israel, this is very interesting. If you would like to do a little read up on the topic try out this link.
(Photo:photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM-timesofisrael.com.)
Nothing New Under The Sun 7/17/2017
If you have not been keeping up with your outer space updates, here is the latest. Last Friday, July 13, 2017, Russian Soyuz rocket was launched into space amassing some 73 payloads from 6 different countries. That is a record for Russia, but India′s Polar Satellite launch last February is the record holder. They sent up 104 satellites. However, the Russian′s have developed a Fregat upper stage that allows the launcher to deploy satellites into different orbits optimized for their respective operational application. On this mission the payloads where dropped off into three different orbits—a personal best for Russia marked by an eight and a half hour trip.
One of those payloads, the largest, released the Kanopus V‐IK Earth Imaging Satellite. If that does not mean a lot to you let′s look at its history. The Kanopus V project was designed for real‐time monitoring of natural and man‐made disasters and other emergency situations on earth. Since its development around 2008, it has evolved into a wide‐angle Earth imagery for civilian users, fitted with an additional infrared imaging. It carries a Panchromatic Imaging System (PSS), a Multispectral Imaging System (MSS) and a prototype Multispectral Scanner Unit (MSU‐200). The panchromatic imager, operating at a wavelength of 0.52 to 0.85 microns, has a resolution of 2.5 meters (8.2 feet). Panchromatic film is black and white and measures all visible light into one image giving a higher resolution to the images.
Countries have been trying to send things into space since the 1950′s and still continue to try to do so. However, with the extreme cost of such projects they have found it mutually beneficial to co‐operate on such projects and even sell the images they take to other interested countries. The Russians are no exception. Some of the early photos taken by Kanopus‐V satellite in the fall of 2012 were of an Israeli air force base. These photos were published on the Internet alongside an image of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Seems to be no doubt who the Russian were hoping would buy their new photos.
All of this is very interesting as Russia will invade Israel at God′s time appointed. And how does Russia know Israel has anything to take for a spoil? They can see it—from outer space. These cameras are very sophisticated. They can detect a fire burning that is only five and a half yards wide. The satellite is designed to operate for at least five years. (NASA′s website has the best breakdown of all the payloads.)
As a closing note, Russia is very excited at this last launching. It is a worldwide historic moment for them that they dropped payloads into three different orbits; but, there is no new thing under the sun. The definition of, satellite: A satellite is any object that is orbiting the earth, sun or other massive body. Satellites can be categorized as natural satellites or man‐made satellites. The moon, the planets and comets are examples of natural satellites. Need we say more?
Has Anyone Seen Peace? 7/10/2017
How many countries are there in the world today? According to the UN there are 193, plus two observer states: Holy See (the Vatican. “See” being defined as the seat, center of authority, office, or jurisdiction of a bishop) and Palestine—making the total 195. One could debate this number, but again, this is according to the UN. Out of the 195, there are only 10 countries not in conflict (neither internally or externally): Botswana, Chile, Costa Rica, Japan, Mauritius, Panama, Qatar, Switzerland, Uruguay and Vietnam.
According to the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP, who has been studying world peace for some 10 years), in 2016 found an interesting conclusion. “…the world overall…has become slightly less peaceful in the last 12 months” said Mr Killelea, founder of IEP. “But if we took the Middle East out of the index over the last decade and last year—the world would have become more peaceful. It really highlights the impact the Middle East is having on the world.” Presently, at war in the Middle East are Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Palestine. Although, as of July 8, 2017 it appears that the U.S., Russia and Jordan have agreed upon a cease‐fire in a limited area of southwestern Syria. There are hopes that other areas will follow this example for peace in Syria.
On the topic of peace, an arm of the UN, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, created to build the defenses of peace in the minds of men) at their 41st annual summit in Poland on Friday, voted to designate Hebron′s Old City and the Tomb of the Patriarchs on the List of, World Heritage in Danger, under the State of Palestine. It appears the Palestinians convinced UNESCO that as in Syria and Iraq, places torn by war whose historic landmarks are in danger, so the Jews were vandalizing (among other accusations) Israeli′s 2nd holiest site in an effort to destabilize its authenticity and integrity.
The US representative to UNESCO stated, “The decision to inscribe Hebron/Al Khalil Old Town on an emergency basis is divisive, confusing and impossible to justify. The site is not under any real or immediate threat. The only urgency here is the urgency to express political anger.”
Israeli authorities rejected the Palestinian claims and restated that the resolution, which refers to Hebron′s Islamic history, denies the Jewish heritage to the city. Netanyahu concluded in a speech, “Not a Jewish site?! Who is buried there? Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah—our patriarchs and matriarchs! And the site is in danger? It is only in those places where Israel is, such as Hebron, that freedom of religion for all is ensured.” He continued, “In the Middle East, mosques, churches and synagogues in every other place are being bombed—in places that are not Israel. We will continue to protect the Cave of the Patriarchs, freedom of religion for all and the truth.”
In response to UNESCO, the Israeli government has decided to cut one million dollars in its funding to the UN and build a museum and other projects to strengthen Jewish ties to the Biblical city Hebron and adjoining settlement, Kiryat Arba.
Does anyone hear the cry, peace, peace? No, sudden destruction is not yet, but, keep watching!
Happy Birthday America 7/3/2017
On July 4th America celebrates her separation from Great Britain to which the laws of Nature and of Nature′s God entitled them. The Lord willing, this day will hold festivities, merrymaking and some somber remembrances of those who fought for independence and paid the ultimate—they gave their life. Yes, America still has some grass root folks who believe in fighting for her. Perhaps they do not have the same mind set of the founding fathers; but, in the spirit of our brave founders, these young people risk all to protect what was placed in the hearts of men and women some 241 years ago and in many—still resonates. These soldiers may not agree with present day ideas or politics; however, they go forth to protect Americans′ rights to have those ideas and politics. Their Oath of Enlistment, I…do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
To the majority of Americans, it is honorable to serve their country and as Americans, they should be thankful to them for such service.
Our liberties come from God—that is what makes America great. That is what makes America a beacon of light—a city on a hill. An exhortation to all Americans, in all the festivities and merrymaking, make sure that you thank God for allowing you to live in one of the greatest countries that ever existed; because, God is what makes it great.
My country 'Tis of Thee
My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From ev'ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!
Our fathers' God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom's holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King.
Kings Of The East 6/26/2017
With twist and turns of a gentle breeze the nations are slowly aligning as God pleased.
Back in 2012, the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China had announced their new Chinese leadership. People wondered where China was headed? What path is China going to take? In an op‐ed by China′s Ambassador to Israel for the Jerusalem Post, dated November 14, 2012, “The Party has vowed to usher in a more prosperous society in China by 2021…In addition it has vowed to turn China into a modernized socialist nation…Human rights fully respected and protected…On foreign policy, for the sake of world peace and development, China will unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development…China will unwaveringly follow a win‐win strategy of opening up and robust, sustainable and balanced growth of the global economy through increased cooperation.”
And it is cooperating, especially when it comes to her need for energy—oil. Presently, China is importing oil from Angola, Venezuela, Kazakhstan (they have a pipeline directly into China), Russia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan—with the majority coming from the Middle East and Africa.
In March 2017 Chinese company Sinopec agreed to buy out Chevron′s downstream businesses in South Africa and Botswana. This is China′s first major investment into the downstream oil industry in Africa. Down streaming is the refining of petroleum crude oil, the processing and purifying of raw natural gas, as well as the marketing and distribution of products derived from crude oil and natural gas.
Also with the largest population in the world at 1,388,232,693 (as of 2017), China has exceeded the United States—at least 43 countries count China as their main export partner. In Africa, China is their biggest trading partner. Historically, China has never had an interest in the Middle‐East, but due to the oil need, China has one now.
If that is not enough to keep the Chinese very busy, they have another grand plan. In May of 2017 China hosted an event where 130 countries attended the two‐day, Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing. This has also been referred to as the New Silk Road. At the conclusion of the conference, leaders signed onto the idea of “shared commitment to building an open economy, ensuring free and inclusive trade (and) opposing all forms of protectionism.” The plan is to create a network of trade routes, rail lines, ports and highways, linking countries on four continents. The Chinese are pledging tens of billions of dollars in infrastructure financing and development aid for needy countries, to promote economic integration and free global trade. In countries like Myanmar and Pakistan, Chinese‐backed pipelines and highways traverse areas plagued by ethnic insurgencies, necessitating spending on security for the projects and raising concerns that they could be the target of insurgent attacks. Perhaps this would explain China′s interest in Israeli scientific and technological products as well as other Israeli exports.
All of this said to show that China, the Sleeping Dragon, is wide awake and very busy securing its role on the national stage. After all, if our understanding is correct, China is at least one of the "Kings of the East". Also, this shows that when Russia hears tidings out of the east…(the tidings) shall trouble him (Gog or Magog-Russia)‐Dan 11:44. Remember, the world sees China as a Sleeping Dragon because China's muscle over other countries has yet to be flexed.
Is God Positioning Russia For The End? 6/19/2017
In 2011 Russia had big plans for a ten year military build‐up (from 2011‐2020). They were planning to spend some 19 trillion roubles (647 billion USD at the 2011 exchange rate) for new or upgraded weapons systems across the board for their armed forces. Since then the Russians have suffered a decline in their major export—oil, which is where most of their income is derived. With 2014 came the Russian aggression against Ukraine and in an effort to fort off the aggression, then President Obama and the UN, placed economic sanctions on the state. However, by 2015 Russia's minister of finance estimated overall with the drop in oil prices, the rouble′s depreciation, and Western sanctions on the country′s economy to be up to $140 billion—$40 billion (one third) was due to the sanctions.
There is the belief that Russia is financially secured enough to go two to three years before needing to bend because of sanctions. However, in the case of Ukraine there are some that believe the sanctions did constrain Russia from seizing even bigger chunks of territory beyond the Ukraine.
The Russians had hoped for a stronger economy in 2017 with the improvement of oil prices, but, as of 14 Jun 2017, the U.S. Senate approved still more sanctions against the Russian government for allegedly meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (It is interesting to note that the Senate bill was initially intended for more sanctions on Iran which Republicans favor. The sanctions against Russia were tacked on to entice Democrats to vote favorably.)
In an article by Forbes.com, “this latest bill, steeped in rhetoric about standing up for Ukraine, goes beyond the original scope for sanctions.…it gives American shale oil producers some protection as it seeks to corral Russian energy companies worldwide instead of just in Russia, and fine companies for doing certain types of business with them. Moreover, the legislation calls out Putin for daring to stand in the way of regime change in Syria and considers whether foreign investors buying Russian government bonds are indirectly sponsoring America′s historical adversary. It sets the table for Iran‐like, full‐blown sanctions at some point in the future.”
In any case, presently, Russia has not changed its mind on military build‐up. It has, however, recalculated that some current military modernization efforts may be delayed as late as 2025.
As one reads the prophecies regarding Russia in the latter days, it is easy to see God′s hand in all of this. Situations, world leaders, even disputes, violence and wars—all foretold in a book that continues to be ignored by the masses. Should you be afraid when you hear of these things? No. What you should be doing is watching and praying always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man‐ref Lk 21:36. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh‐Lk 21:28.
Providence Or Just By Chance? 6/12/2017
In 1939 Germany was on the march—WW2 had begun. By June 1941 the Germanic army invaded Russia with crushing blows. Germany tried to get Japan to attack at Russia′s eastern front in retailiation for the batte of Khalkhin‐Gol (known in Japan as the Nomonhan Incident in the Mongolian borderlands) where Russian General Georgy Zhukov devastated the Japanese just months prior. Now with Hilters′ urging, Japan had to decide whether to attack and sweep up as much Russian territory as they could or move south. The answer to their decision came July 1941 when America and Great Britain placed an oil embargo that threatened to starve the Japanese war machine.
With their recent defeat with Russia still fresh in their minds, the Japanese decided that an attack on America (a much weaker enemy) at Pearl Harbor would be quick and decisive. They only wanted to destroy or neutralize American striking power in the Pacific (the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor and the U.S. Far East Air Force in the Philippines) and make a treaty with them before moving southward to claim more territory and victories. They did not intend on the sleeping giant (America) to arise out of slumber and fight.
It is thought that had Japan attacked Russia at the same time the Germans were attacking, Russia would have indeed fallen. That means Hilter would have gained more momentum, Japan would not have attacked Pearl Harbor, the U.S. would not have entered the war when they did, Great Britain (one of the lone hold outs against Germany in 1941) may not have been able to hold the resistance, and most interestly Russia may not be the power it is today. And why is that so important?
God, in His sovereignty has explained in His Word, those things that are to come to pass. One of those things is that Russia will be a great power and she will attack Israel in the latter days. (Click here for more detail.)
If Russia had ceased from becoming a great power from the north of Israel, then God′s Word would be untrue. However, it does appear we are right in line with what the Bible foretold.
Websters 1828 Dictionary defines providence as “the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures.” So, do things just happen or do they happen for His purpose and glory?
Are You Ready For A Nuclear War? 6/5/2017
With continued concern about North Korea for good reason, their neighboring countries (particularly Japan and South Korea) are considering stepping up their arsenals with nuclear options (better known as a nuclear arms race). (Presently, we are not going into detail about the arms race that is currently going on between Russia, the U.S. and China.) If, indeed, the Japanese and the South Koreans did go nuclear, it would mean some 11 countries would have nuclear capabilities. This does not include the countries that have in the past had nuclear weapons, but have since dismantled them (South Africa and Former Soviet Republics Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine). Neither does it include the NATO nuclear weapons sharing nations that have been provided nuclear weapons by the U.S. to deploy and store (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Turkey). Nor does this include the nations that used to hold nuclear arms for the U.S. (Canada and Greece).
So what countries actually have their own nukes? According to WorldAtlas.com‐Feb 2017 update, Russia (7,500), U.S. (7,200), France (300), China (260), UK (215), Pakistan (120‐130), India (110‐120), Israel (80) and N. Korea (under 10).
What would it be like for you, if a nuclear blast went off in your country? For most countries, you would hear no warning—but what would you do, if you did hear anything? Where would you go?
Next you would see a flash of light; the intensity so great that whatever it comes in contact with immediately fries. People's eyes are instantly gone, if their eyes are facing the light. Eyelids do little to protect the eyes from this intense flash.
The temperature, for an instant, is in the millions of degrees. Fires will erupt in various places. The heat from the flash is intense. Many will die immediately. People may be standing on a sidewalk. Then, when the blinding flash occurs, the light and heat will turn the sidewalk a darker color and vaporize anyone standing there; leaving an impression of their shadow on the sidewalk.
This is followed by an ear‐piercing noise with the ground shaking and collapsing (depending on the distance a person is from the blast and the size of the blast). The blast (or shock wave) rushes out from the center at the speed of sound, slightly over 700 miles an hour. This is far faster than the speed of a tornado, and it is in all directions. The power of the blast is unbelievable. Everything in its path is flattened instantly. As the blast rushes out several miles from the center, it becomes less powerful depending on the size of the bomb. Then the blast, with its debris, reverses direction and is sucked inward at the same speed. Anything that might have withstood the first blast may be destroyed by the implosion at over 700 miles an hour. A huge fireball also appears. Nukemap is a good resource for showing how far reaching the effects of a nuclear bomb would be.
In addition, radio‐active dust is in the clouds, and it rains down on everything for miles. The radio‐active clouds travel as the wind directs it. Anyone, even in the vicinity of where the blast went off (many years later), can become radio‐active and die. It can kill grass, trees, animals, insects, birds, people—just about everything. (Radio‐activity does not easily penetrate thick cement structures or several feet of water.)
When the smoke clears there may be a crater. It depends on the size of the hydrogen bomb. It also depends on where the explosion takes place; example, a high air drop, a low air drop or an underground explosion.
How many nukes would it take to disrupt your lifestyle? Not many at all. A small regional nuclear war on the other side of the planet would be sufficient to create Tribulation-like conditions in your hemisphere.
So what can one do to protect themselves? There are many websites out there that give helpful information; however, the simpliest thing to do is to fall on your knees and cry out to God now, before it is too late. It will happen, those nukes will fly. Turn from your sins and read and obey the Bible. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?‐Mark 8:36.
(Sources:Study: ‘Small’ Nuclear War Would Destroy The World; WorldAtlas.com; BibleStudies.org; scienceabc.com; MayoClinic.org; family-survival-planning.com; Photos: openclipart.org, pixabay.com, Covington News Archives-Hiroshima & Nagasaki: 'Prompt and utter destruction'; giphy.com.
On Thursday Islamic State forces took over large portions of a predominantly Muslim Philippines city, Marawl, in southern Philippines. They snatched Christians and used them as human shields from the authorities. They seized and set ablaze buildings such as the hospital, college, prison and set many prisoners free. The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte has decided to declare martial law on Marawl. "The government must put an end to this. I cannot gamble with ISIS because they are everywhere." Long time residences are supportive of the martial law because they feel it will make things safer.
Headlines for NBCNews.com 26 May 2017, Egypt Attack: Coptic Christians Killed on Bus Heading to Monastery. Once again, Egyptian Christians have been hunted down and murdered by radical Islamics. "Experts told NBC News last month that the violence leveled against them was 'the worst it has ever been.'" "Squeezed by a U.S.-backed military effort in Syria and Iraq, ISIS is attempting to establish a foothold in Egypt by destabilizing the country's fragile demographic patchwork." Since the Pope visited Egypt last year, ISIS has vowed to escalate violence towards Christians.
And let us not forget the horrific attack on Christians in North Korea where, according to Prophetic Newsletter May 2017 issue, 80 people were publicly executed for such offences as owning a Bible. Relatives and helpers of the people that were executed were sent to prison camps.
There is also an alarming alert from WesternJournalism.com. Their headline reads, Judge Says It's OK for Muslim Violence Against Christians. It appears that in Dearborn, Michigan (a city that has the largest population of Muslims in the U.S.) many of the Arabs have been taking over several of the city's elected positions and instated laws that are Muslim friendly. Therefore, if a Christian would like to witness to a Muslim and that Muslim is offended by it, he may throw bottles or garbage, etc. at the Christian. When the police arrive they arrest the Christian, because he has offended the Muslim.
If you refer to yourself as a Christian are you really prepared for the persecution that many Christians face abroad and are starting to face in the U.S.? Is your faith based on the Word of God? Do you read your Bible everyday to get refreshed spiritually and mentally? Do you make it a daily practice to put on the whole armor of God? There were 10 virgins (ref-Mt 25:1-13), five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Which are you? Time is running out.
(Sources include: Reuters.com 25 Ma 2017-Thousands flee Philippine city after rebel rampage claimed by Islamic State; theguardian.com 25 May 2017-Manchester Arena Bombing; Prophetic Newsletter May 2017-North Korea Publicly Executes 80 People for Possessing Bibles; WesternJournalism.com 16 May 2017- Judge Says It's OK for Muslim Violence Against Christians; Photo: from americanthinker.com photos, Artist-Mike Harris.)
Israel′s Jerusalem Day 5/22/2017
May 23 marks Israel′s Jerusalem Day. It has been 50 years since the 1967 Six Day War reuniting the city (Jerusalem) and bringing the Temple Mount and Western Wall back under Jewish control.
Stepping back to 1948 after Israel declared itself a nation the surrounding Arab countries retaliated with war. By God′s great hand, Israel emerged the victor. By 1949, with the diplomatic help of the UN, Israel concluded armistice agreements with Jordan, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon thus reaching an official cease of hostilities from most of the counties that started the 1948 war. The armistice line drawn at the end of the 1948 war divided Jerusalem into two. Between 1949 and 1967, Israel controlled the western part of Jerusalem. Jordan controlled the eastern part, including the old walled city containing important Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious sites. During the ′50′s the Western Wall area became a slum with many Jewish sites being desecrated. In direct contravention of the 1949 armistice agreements, Jordan did not permit Jews access to their holy sites or to the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives. Christians could enter the city but had numerous stipulations placed upon them.
Fast forward to 1967. With rising threats from their Arab neighbors, Israel was expecting an attack. The Arabs threaten to turn the Mediterranean Sea red with the blood of Israelis. Instead of waiting, Israel went on the defensive. They conducted a surprise airborn attack on Egypt. This destroyed the entire Egyptian airforce. (To read more about this miracleous air strike see JewishHistory.org, the six-day war.) This did not stop Egypt and the other Arab States from bombarding Israel on land; however, it did not take long before all the Arab Nations were subdued. As stated in Ps 124‐If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say; If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us. The Lord was on their side and gave them a decisive victory, not only in capturing lands, but also the holiest place to the Jew.
The following is a quote from SixDayWar.org. “On June 7, 1967, IDF paratroopers advanced through the Old City toward the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, bringing Jerusalem′s holiest site under Jewish control for the first time in 2000 years. There are sound recordings of the scene, as the commander of the brigade, Lt. General Mordechai (Motta) Gur, approaches the Old City and announces to his company commanders, “We′re sitting right now on the ridge and we’re seeing the Old City. Shortly we′re going to go in to the Old City of Jerusalem, that all generations have dreamed about. We will be the first to enter the Old City…” and shortly afterwards, “The Temple Mount is in our hands! I repeat, the Temple Mount is in our hands!” General Rabbi Shlomo Goren, chief chaplain of the IDF, sounded the Shofar at the Western Wall to signify its liberation.”
While the UN wants to declare that Jews have no historic right to the Western Wall, Israeli Prime Minister says, “the Western Wall will always be Israeli.” According to Scripture, God agrees with him.
(Sources for the article: SixDayWar.org, TimesofIsrael.com-5/21/17 "Old City bathed in blue and white ahead of Jerusalem Day" and JewishHistory.org.
Victory for Palestinians 5/15/2017
Headlines from the Times of Israel May 14 read, “Hamas calls UNESCO vote on Jerusalem ‘victory’ for Palestinians”. The UNESCO resolution we spoke about last week has delighted Israel's neighbors, the Palestinians and Hamas (the Gaza-based terror group). The Palestinian Authority seemed to appreciate that Israelis would be reminded that they are the "occupying power" in East Jerusalem (where the temple mount is located) and that they need to “stop all their violations”.
Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri stated, “UNSECO text “demolished the Israeli fiction” concerning the Temple Mount, the holy area Jews consider to be their most sacred place as the site of the two biblical temples.” This New World wording, in their eyes, disregards Jewish and Christian ties to Jerusalem and makes al-Aqsa (the Temple Mount) purely an Islamic heritage. This would erase hundreds of years of archaeological evidence as well as (for those who believe the Bible to be the inheret Word of God) Biblical references.
The Israeli Government has responded with expected fervor. Due to the UN's continued harassment, the Associated Press quotes the Israel Prime Minister saying, “Israel will not sit idly by as a U.N. organization tries to negate its sovereignty in Jerusalem.” Mr Netanyahu has decided to withhold payments (1 million dollars) from the United Nations.
In the general interest of fairness a brief look into modern history as to how the tiny state of Israel obtained the city of Jerusalem, which was under Jordanian control until 1967, is in order. (Please note, that God giving the land we now call Israel to the Israelis goes back hundreds of years. Remember Abraham? And there was the conquest of Joshua and the children of Israel? How about King David and King Solomon? These Jewish leaders ruled from that ancient city of Jerusalem. And any Biblicist would be able to list many of evidences of Israeli rule throughout the ages).
According to History.com, “The Six-Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbors ends with a United Nations-brokered cease-fire. The outnumbered Israel Defense Forces achieved a swift and decisive victory in the brief war, rolling over the Arab coalition that threatened the Jewish state and more than doubling the amount of territory under Israel's control. The greatest fruit of victory lay in seizing the Old City of Jerusalem from Jordan; thousands of Jews wept while bent in prayer at the Second Temple's Western Wall", which is in east Jerusalem. Note, even though the Temple Mount is in east Jerusalem it is called the Western Wall because it is on the west wall of the Temple Mount.
As tiny Israel can only expect more problems, further anti-Semitism from other countries and (from a Biblical view) a prophetic war with her neighbors; one thing is for sure, they may not have many friends, but they do have the Creator of all things watching out for them; although, like with all of us, they need to repent and cry out to Him.
NO Jews Allowed 5/8/2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 was Israel's Independance Day. Note, this date changes due to the Jewish calendar. The actual date is the 5th of lyar. Next year the 5th of lyar will occur on our April 19, if the Lord tarrys. This is a very special day in Israel as most days of independance are in any country. An arm of the United Nations called, UNESCO has taken this opportunity to condemn Israel's sovereignty in Jerusalem. In October 2016, the group passed a resolution that Jews had NO ties with the Western Wall and Temple Mount sites. According to Aljazeera News-May 2, 2017, by a vote of 22-10, a UNESCO resolution (Occupied Palestine) calls on Israel, “as the “occupying power”, to cease “persistent excavations, tunnelling, works and projects in East Jerusalem”, which the Palestinians want as the capital of their future state.” “The resolution was submitted by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan.””
Just in case you are not familiar with UNESCO it stands for, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. According to their website (unesco.org) their “messages are of increasing importance today in a globalized world where interconnections and diversity must serve as opportunities to build peace in the minds of men and women”. They have 195 Members and 10 Associate Members.
There are many conflicting reports between Arab News sources and others; however, it does appear that the United States, Germany, Italy and seven other board members voted against the resolution. Many other nations either abstained or were absent.
As has been discussed before, Jerusalem is a trembling pot to the nations and there will not be peace between the Jews and the Palestians; according to Scripture it's an unsolvable problem. But, one day in the near future the King of kings and Lord of lords will end this conflict.
Move The Embassy To The Capital? 5/4/2017
Should he? Could he? Would President Donald Trump actually move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem? According to many news sources it is not confirmed, but, there is great speculation that an announcement will be made some time this month regarding this matter. The Agenda new source, explains that the present U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv is in disrepair making it difficult to secure the facility plus the distance from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem (where the Knesset is located) is long (especially due to traffic).
Back in 1995 the U.S. Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which overwhelmingly supported to move the Embassy to Jerusalem. However, there was at least one clause that provided the President an “opt out” if it was not in the best interest of the U.S. From the time that bill was passed we have never moved the Embassy. Since Jerusalem is the capital of Israel why not have our Embassy there? It is due to the peace negogiations which the U.S. brokers between the Israelis and Palestians. Apparently, the Palestinians also claim Jerusalem is their capital.
As our 24 Apr 17 blog stated, the Palestian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, just visited Washington and met with the President. It is reported that Abbas was hopeful after his first visit with President Trump. But, how will that play out if the U.S. Embassy moves? Many are expecting a violent erruption from neighboring Palestians and possibly other Arab neighbors.
Some Bible Prophecy scholars are looking for the war that is referenced in Ps 83; could this start it? The following Scripture actually refers to the time just before Armageddon, however it definitely can be applied to these times, Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about…-ref Zech 12:2.
Every Heard Of THAAD? 5/1/2017
Every heard of THAAD? It stands for Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system. In an article from Independent.co.uk dated, 17 April 2017, THAAD is days away from being installed by the U.S. in South Korea as it has already installed the system in Guam and Hawaii. With reports of the North Korean problem coming to a head, there is international consenus that a nuclear North Korea is not something that can continue.
The BBC (27 April 2017) reports that Russia's Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Abe of Japan are calling for the U.S. and North Korea to come and reason together. Obviously, both countries are situated extremely close to North Korea and they are probably concerned that if N. Korea sets off some of their missiles, their countries could feel the direct effects of a nuclear blast due to any retaliations (or any more failed missile attempts).
There are plenty more rumors out there regarding this issue, and the rumors will continue to escalate, but one thing is certain, we are one day closer to the Rapture. Have you prepared your heart?