Mar. 6, 2017 |
Japan moved to the highest possible alert level after North Korea fired four ballistic missiles simultaneously into nearby waters, the latest provocation from Kim Jong Un’s regime. Three of the missiles fell into Japan’s exclusive economic zone, with one dropping about 350 kilometers west of the nation’s northern Akita prefecture.
Russian hackers are targeting U.S. progressive groups in a new wave of attacks, scouring the organizations’ emails for embarrassing details and attempting to extract hush money, according to two people familiar with probes being conducted by the FBI and private security firms.
Islamist militant group Boko Haram has caused $9 billion of damage in Nigeria’s northeast since 2009, destroying homes, schools, bridges and roads, according to the United Nations.
President Trump is set to issue a revised order restricting entry into the U.S. by people from six predominantly Muslim countries, reviving a signature initiative of his presidency that stalled in the face of court challenges and sparked global protests. The revised directive removes Iraq from an original list of seven countries whose citizens cannot travel to the U.S. for the next 90 days. The order’s scope will give more specifics about who is covered by restrictions on entering the U.S.
The U.K. government risks producing the “worst of all worlds” if it tries to tailor post-Brexit immigration rules for specific industries, according to a study by a House of Lords panel.
The U.S. Supreme Court canceled a scheduled showdown over the bathroom rights of transgender students in public schools, sending the case back to a lower court after the Trump administration changed a pivotal federal policy.
China indicated a continued slowdown in defense spending growth this year, as President Xi Jinping presses ahead with a sweeping military overhaul.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has declined to say exactly where-and how-employees will be touching air travelers as part of the more invasive physical pat-down procedure it recently ordered.
Chinese real-estate investors are losing interest in the U.S. as their concern over yuan depreciation eases and questions swirl around President Donald Trump’s stance on protectionism. That’s the view of Andrew Haskins, executive director of Asia research and advisory services at Colliers International, who expects Chinese capital to return to Asia as investors pull out of America.
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At West Emergency Hospital in Erbil, Iraq, five small children lie in beds, along with their mother, all wrapped in bandages, with chemical burns from a mortar attack that hit their house.
On Tuesday, a bomb hit his neighbor’s house releasing rancid-smelling white smoke, sickening the family and people in the surrounding area. It was one of at least four similar attacks in the past 10 days, prompting international organizations to warn that Islamic State militants could be using chemical weapons against civilians in eastern Mosul. Police confirm the bomb and another that hit a home in the nearby Mishraq neighborhood the same day contained homemade chemical poisons.
A strain of bird flu has been detected in a commercial chicken breeder flock in Tennessee’s Lincoln County and the 73,500 birds will be culled to prevent the virus from entering the food system, U.S. and state agriculture officials said on Sunday.
Somalia’s prime minister said Saturday that at least 110 people had died from drought and drought-related illnesses on Thursday and Friday, the first reported deaths since the country declared a national disaster late last month.
Nigerian pirates have released seven Russian and one Ukrainian sailors after they were captured last month on the cargo ship the BBC Caribbean, Russian news agencies reported.
Police in the south Indian state of Karnataka have arrested three people in connection with the “human sacrifice” of a 10-year-old girl. The child was killed on the instructions of a “sorcerer” to “cure” a paralyzed man.
A report suggests that more than two hours of social media use a day doubled the chances of a person experiencing social isolation.
Mexico has opened legal aid centers at consulates in 50 US cities, in a move designed to protect its citizens from tougher immigration enforcement.
At least 30 people have been killed on Myanmar’s border with China, after clashes between ethnic rebels and the security forces.
Shares in Deutsche Bank fell 5% in early trading on news it plans to bolster its finances through selling new shares. Germany’s biggest bank plans to raise about $8.5bn through the sale, due later this month.
The Israeli government has taken steps to reduce the penalties for personal marijuana use. It backed plans to issue fines initially, and only resort to criminal charges for repeat offenders.
Jordan has executed 15 prisoners, including 10 convicted of terrorism charges, officials said. The prisoners, all Jordanians, were hanged at dawn on Saturday in a jail south of the capital, Amman.
Republicans will introduce their much-awaited bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this week, a senior House Republican aide told NBC News on Sunday.
The European Union is not willing to play nice much longer with member states that refuse to share the continent’s “refugee” burden. Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said member countries have until September to take in 160,000 mostly Syrian refugees currently stranded in Greece and Italy.
Hundreds of students rioted at Middlebury College in Vermont this week, preventing a respected libertarian scholar from speaking and leaving one female professor in a neck brace.
Top News – 3/6/2017
In First, Conservative Synagogues Will Welcome Non-Jewish Members
The resolution, the first of its kind in the Conservative movement, passed overwhelmingly with a 94-8 vote during a Special Meeting of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) General Assembly, JTA reported. “USCJ, as a valued and trusted partner, is committed to assisting welcoming, vibrant, and caring Jewish communities to fully engage the spiritual gifts of all community members,” the resolution read.
‘Trump will keep his promise to move embassy to Jerusalem‘
Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security Ron DeSantis (R-Florida), a member of the delegation, told reporters at a press conference Sunday evening that President Trump intends to stand by his campaign pledge to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. Israeli journalists have been writing articles doubting Trump’s intentions since the inauguration.
Tony Blair, Jared Kushner Held 3 Secret Meetings on Mid-East Advisor Appointment
former Prime Minister Tony Blair (Labour) held a secret meeting at the White House to discuss his becoming an advisor to President Donald Trump on the Middle East. According to the reports, Blair has met three times in secret with the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner since September 2016. It is possible that the fact that the meetings are being leaked suggest the appointment is about to be announced.
Trump to Let Jerusalem Embassy Veto Expire in Time for 50 Years of Reunification
President Trump would not renew the waiver that enables the President to postpone implementing the Congressional decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem, said Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Florida), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, on Sunday.
Pro-Pope Francis Cardinals Seek His Resignation to Avoid Schism, Reports Times of London
The London Times newspaper is reporting that a group of cardinals who supported Pope Francis now want him to resign and be replaced by Cardinal Pietro Parolin because they fear his reforms will cause a schism “more disastrous” than the Reformation. The Times article draws on a report by the Vatican expert Antonio Socci, a prominent Italian Catholic journalist
The Ark of the Covenant, which supposedly has contained the tablets with the Ten Commandments, is the subject of a new search
Researchers from France and Israel are getting together to search for this historical artifact. They believe the Ark rests in a Biblical site that has not yet been extensively explored. Kiriath-Jearim in West Jerusalem will be opened for research between August 7th and September 1st.
In Memory of Cris David Putnam
All at SkyWatch TV are saddened to learn of the death of Cris David Putnam. He passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday evening March 1, 2017 at the age of 51.
6.5-magnitude quake hits off PNG, no tsunami
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday, officials said, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued.
Powerful aftershock leaves one killed, 41 injured in Mindanao city
The 5.9-magnitude quake struck the southern city of Surigao and surrounding areas, causing two houses and several walls to collapse, government seismologists and civil defense officers said. A 65-year-old woman died of a heart attack while 41 people were treated for injuries mostly caused by falling objects, civil defense officials said.
Liberman: Israeli annexation of West Bank will cause ‘immediate crisis’ with US
Applying Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank would lead to an “immediate crisis” with the new US administration, said Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman at the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday. Liberman made the remarks in reference to statements made by MK Miki Zohar (Likud), who said on Sunday that he sought for Israel to annex the West Bank without granting full citizenship to its Palestinian inhabitants.
Israel eyeing Iran’s test of advanced Russian-made missile system
A day after Iran test its S-300 advanced missile defense system, Israel is cautiously monitoring the situation. After years of delay, the advanced Russian-made S-300 missile-defense system successfully completed a series of tests and has become operational, Iranians state media reported on Saturday.
North Korea: Four ballistic missiles fired into sea
North Korea has launched four ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan. Three of them fell into Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) after flying some 1,000km (620 miles), in what PM Shinzo Abe called a “new stage of threat”. They were fired from the Tongchang-ri region, near the North’s border with China, the South Korean military said.
Schumer’s plan to stop the wall
Chuck Schumer has concluded that denying President Trump his wall is perhaps the surest major defeat Democrats can hand the President in his first year. Trump needs 60 Senate votes to fund construction of his “great wall” along the Southern border. Unlike healthcare or tax reform, Republicans can’t use the budget process to ram the wall funding through Congress using only Republican votes.
U.S. Republicans expected to unveil healthcare bill this week
Republican U.S. lawmakers expect to unveil this week the text of long-awaited legislation to repeal and replace the Obamacare healthcare law, one of President Donald Trump’s top legislative priorities, a senior Republican congressional aide said on Sunday. Since taking office in January, Trump has pressed his fellow Republicans who control Congress to act quickly to dismantle former Democratic President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and pass a plan to replace it, but lawmakers in the party have differed on the specifics.
Syrian Muslim Refugees Converting to Christianity After Fleeing War Zone: ‘Jesus Saved Us’
Numerous Syrian Muslims who fled their war-torn country and found refuge in Lebanon have converted to Christianity despite threats and incidents of attacks on new converts, according to a report.George Saliba, Bishop of Syrian Orthodox Church in Lebanon, said he has baptized around 100 Muslim Syrian refugees since the start of the civil war in Syria in 2011, according to USA Today.
UK will have to give up all EU perks after Brexit, François Hollande warns
The French president, François Hollande, has warned that Britain cannot hang on to the advantages of EU membership after it leaves, saying his message to Britain is: “That’s not possible; the UK will become an outsider to the European Union.” In an interview…Hollande said he regretted Britain’s decision to leave but stressed France’s long-held position that the UK could not exit the EU while holding on to any of the perks of membership.
Mosul exodus grows as Iraqi army advances towards Isil-held old city centre
The exodus from war-battered Mosul passed 200,000 people on Sunday, as US-backed Iraqi forces launched a fresh push towards the Isil-held old city centre. The speed of displacement has accelerated as fighting approaches the most densely populated areas of west Mosul, with more than 40,000 men, women and children fleeing in the past week alone. By Sunday evening, Iraqi forces were in sight of the main government complex in Mosul.
Netanyahu: 80% of security threats against Israel emanate from Iran
Iran is the source of the vast majority of Israel’s security concerns, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday at an event commemorating the victims of a 1992 Iranian-sponsored terror attack against Israel in Argentina. “Iran is the greatest generator of terrorism in the world in the world and we need to to fight this terror because it is just one arm of Iranian aggression, which also seeks nuclear weapons and advances its ballistic missiles program,” he said at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem.
Russia’s developing 100 megaton dirty Tsunami Creating submarine drone bomb
The report outlines how when a nuclear weapon goes off underwater, it produces a cavity of hot gasses, which then collapses. If the explosion happens near the surface, it can create some pretty big waves—under some circumstances, they can be hundreds of feet high near ground zero.
North Korea fires four ballistic missiles into sea near Japan
North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan’s northwest coast early on Monday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, days after the reclusive state promised retaliation over U.S.-South Korea military drills it sees as a preparation for war.
Flashback: Obama Promises “No More Illegal Wiretapping of American Citizens”
In 2007, Obama promised, “There will be no more illegal wiretapping of American citizens.” Obama went on to say that under his administration, he won’t do that.
Predictive Programming: TNT’s The Last Ship
The term “predictive programming”, is used to refer to the conditioning of the masses to accept a bleak future planned by the globalists. The Last Ship, a TNT original series, is the latest in predictive programming. The show has been filled with tales of mass genocide involving pandemics, mass vaccinations, and civil war, as well as the breakup of the United States. The details are in the video.
Israel gives green light to decriminalize marijuana use
The Israeli government voted on Sunday in favor of decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, joining some U.S. states and European countries who have adopted a similar approach.
Deep State Preparing to Launch Paramilitary Operations Against Americans
Paul Martin of Revolution Radio.org, joined me for an emergency broadcast of The Common Sense Show in early morning hours of March 4th. Paul Martin’s best source, a high-placed operative in an intelligence agency, that he refers to as “East Coast’ told Paul that the Deep State is ready to make their move and that paramilitary activities are being prepared to be launched against the American people. For a variety of reasons Paul feels that there will be a biochemical nature to what is coming. This is all covered in the following interview.
The Briefing 03-06-17
Scientism and ethics: Scientist raises host of ethical questions in human embryo, “embryoid” research
Pew: Islam is only religion growing faster than world’s population, will outgrow Christianity in 2070
- Pew Research Center (Michael Lipka) — Muslims and Islam: Key findings in the U.S. and around the world
- The Telegraph (Olivia Rudgard) — Islam will be largest religion in the world by 2070, says report
The debate isn’t over: California cities debate marijuana licensing even as it is legalized statewide
- San Francisco Chronicle (Matier & Ross) — Jean Quan’s weed shop gets chilly reception in Sunset
- Fresno Bee (Rory Appleton) — Fact check: Councilman’s column on pot misstates use by children
There Is One Word Which Explains Obama’s Rage Against Trump: Globalism
By Geri Ungurean
As Paul Sperry writes in the New York Post, “Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.” Obama’s OFA Washington HQ is now the nerve center that coordinates 250 offices nationwide, which together with its Chicago-based sister organization, the Community Organizing Institute (COI), are planning to facilitate the “training [of] more than 2 million youths in Alinsky street tactics”….
David Horowitz on Shadow Government
Freedom Center founder weighs in on the behind-the-scenes movement to take down Trump.
Top Headlines – 3/6/2017
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- Rich Asian Millennials Pool Family Fortunes to Build Venture Fund (Read More)
- South Korea prosecutor paves way for charges against Park if impeachment upheld (Read More)
- Chinese Property Investors Could Exit U.S. as Asia Beckons (Read More)
- Orphan Endowments of Dead Schools Bedevil States Across America (Read More)
- Greek PM glosses over delays and weak data, says economy is recovering (Read More)
- Verizon’s Unlimited Data Offer Puts Its Reputation for Reliability at Risk (Read More)
- Alphabet lawsuit against Uber cements end of uneasy marriage (Read More)
- UK manufacturers enjoy post-Brexit surge in orders (Read More)
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Posted: 05 Mar 2017 07:15 PM PST
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Posted: 05 Mar 2017 06:45 PM PST
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Posted: 05 Mar 2017 05:19 PM PST
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With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.
Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.
Consider what the Bible says about Him:
JESUS IS GOD
While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.
Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).
C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).
If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!
JESUS IS HOLY
God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).
As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)
God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
JESUS IS THE SAVIOR
Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”
That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).
God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy
Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).
JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH
Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless
If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.
Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.
JESUS IS LORD
Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him
The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.
Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).
True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).
It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).
Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.
JESUS IS THE JUDGE
All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).
Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”
HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?
Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.
Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
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