April 6, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump said an apparent poison gas attack in Syria that killed more than 70 people has changed his thinking on the civil war, as the U.S. signaled it could take action against the Syrian government as well as targeting Islamic State strongholds in the country.

The U.S. deported a former New York banker to Russia who allegedly tried to recruit an ex-adviser to President Donald Trump and was convicted and imprisoned in 2016 for being a spy for Moscow.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government warned Hungary against obstructing democracy with a law that threatens to shutter a university founded by George Soros, renewing tension between the two European Union allies.

The Department of Homeland Security will continue searching the mobile phones and electronic devices of travelers at U.S. airports, the agency’s leader said as lawmakers of both parties questioned whether the anti-terrorism tool is unlawfully intrusive.

South Korea has tested a long-range ballistic missile capable of reaching anywhere in North Korea, Yonhap News reported, a day after its northern neighbor drew condemnation for launching another projectile.

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits declined to a five-week low, highlighting a resilient job market, a Labor Department report showed Thursday. Jobless claims slumped by 25,000 to 234,000 (forecast was 250,000) in the week ended April 1.

Hong Kong may soon get its first billion-dollar startup, thanks to a 25-year-old entrepreneur whose company leases phones to travelers.

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A California woman accused of killing the father of her two children is expected to be released from jail Thursday after posting an unprecedented $35 million bail raised by wealthy friends, family and business associates with ties to China.

The seven-year-old Syrian refugee who chronicled her life in war-torn Aleppo on social media has a clear message for leaders of the international community: It’s never too late to save innocent civilians caught in her home country’s ongoing civil war. A chemical attack on Tuesday that killed at least 75 civilians and left scores more wounded in the rebel-held Idlib province in northeastern Syria, almost universally attributed to the government of President Bashar al-Assad, sparked widespread outrage and underscored the Assad regime’s apparent indifference to world opinion as the bloody conflict enters its sixth year.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday ordered the occupation of uninhabited islands and shoals it claims in the disputed South China Sea, asserting Philippine sovereignty in an apparent change of tack.

The governors of the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana have sent an open letter urging the Trump administration to work with them before making any changes to the enforcement of federal drug laws in their states.

In a simple act of solidarity, same-sex couples and many others across the Netherlands have held hands this week to protest the beating of two gay men – an attack that shook a nation that has long prided itself on its tolerance.

Hundreds of South Sudanese refugees fled into Uganda for a second day on Wednesday, bearing further grim testimony of an attack by government forces on the border town of Pajok in which at least 17 people were killed, according to a Reuters tally.

Federal authorities on Wednesday raided a Los Angeles-area business suspected of cheating a U.S. government visa program to obtain green cards for wealthy Chinese investors.

A Massachusetts advertising agency has agreed not to use location technology to target women entering clinics that offer abortion with smartphone ads with messages including “You Have Choices,” state officials said on Tuesday.

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The Australian government has warned that terrorists may seek to target Anzac Day commemorations in Turkey later this month. The anniversary on 25 April marks the first major battle involving Australia and New Zealand in World War One.

A Dutch retailer has been forced to apologize after it unwittingly sold a color-by-numbers book featuring Adolf Hitler. The dictator was pictured making a Nazi salute and wearing a Swastika armband.

Facebook is taking fresh action to prevent so-called revenge porn from being spread across its platforms. The social network is making it impossible to repost or share intimate images of people thought to have been uploaded without their permission once they have been identified as such and removed.

The Supreme Court in Brazil has ruled that strikes by police are unconstitutional. In a seven to three ruling, the court banned federal and civil police officers as well as firefighters from going on strike. Members of the military police were already banned from stopping work.

Australian police have made the largest seizure of crystal methamphetamine in the nation’s history, officials said. The 1,990lb haul of the drug, also called ice, is estimated to have a street value of $680m.

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A new sheriff to shut Tent City as he seeks to undo Joe Arpaio’s policies. Tent City, the infamous outdoor jail in Arizona where inmates wore pink underwear and shuffled around in chain gangs, will close, officials announced Tuesday.

Chinese villagers are willing to pay as much as $26,000 for female corpses they can bury with dead unmarried male relatives. The practice of “ghost marriages,” where Chinese pay their respects to the deceased with a gift of a “bride” in the afterlife, persists in rural areas despite the exorbitant costs to families.


At least nine tornadoes reported in Southeast; Masters event canceled
Severe weather in the U.S. Southeast generated lightning that caused fires and reports of at least nine tornadoes as the Mid-Atlantic prepares for more strong thunderstorms Thursday. Officials said there were at least nine reported tornadoes on Wednesday: seven in Georgia, one in South Carolina and one in Indiana. Masters organizers stopped play and canceled the Par 3 contest at Augusta National after inclement weather twice forced evacuations.

Does Daniel’s Vision Predict Assad’s Downfall?
The Jewish text predicting the rise of an ‘Eastern Nero’ and his destruction is known as the Otzar Midrashim, which relates the story of a Talmudic sage who received an angelic message regarding the coming of the Messiah. “This will be for you a sign: when you see that the Nero of the East has fallen in Damascus, the kingdom of the east will fall, and then the salvation of Israel will grow, and the Messiah of the House of David will arrive and [the Jews] will go up to Jerusalem. ”

Orthodox rabbi, education pioneer appointed advisor to Friedman
Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone, an Orthodox rabbi from New York who works in various capacities in Jewish education, has been appointed to serve in an advisory role in the U.S. Embassy in Israel. He will work alongside newly-appointed Ambassador David Friedman, a State Department official confirmed this week.

Israel braces for annual cyber attack by Anonymous-led hackers
As Israeli authorities and companies brace for an annual cyber attack expected this Friday, the country’s capability to thwart website defacements and data pilfering attempts will be put to the test.

Going Nuclear: McConnell Confirms The GOP Has Votes To Foil Democratic Filibuster Of Gorsuch
With Friday’s final vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch looming, Senate Republicans reiterated that they have the votes to invoke the nuclear option to break Senate Democrats’ unprecedented filibuster.

Report: New chemical attack in Syria leaves numerous casualties
Allegations of a second chemical attack launched by Syrian Army forces surfaced on Thursday after various sources on the ground reported the incident, according to Arab media. Helicopters belonging to President Bashar Assad’s forces were seen dropping barrel bombs allegedly containing chlorine gas in the village of Al-Lataminah, located in northern part of the country near Hama.

Syria chemical ‘attack’: Trump condemns ‘affront to humanity’
US President Donald Trump has condemned the killing of dozens of civilians in northern Syria in an apparent chemical weapons attack by Syria’s air force. It was an “affront to humanity”, he said, adding: “When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies… that crosses… many lines.” He did not mention Russia, Syria’s ally, which says chemical weapons in rebel hands may have been released.

Hamas hails ‘heroic’ ramming attack that killed Israeli in West Bank
Hamas praised a vehicular ramming attack that killed one Israeli and wounded another in the Binyamin region of the West Bank on Thursday. “We bless this heroic ramming attack at the Ofra intersection near Ramallah, which is a response to the continued crimes of the Zionist occupation at the expense of our people,” said Hamas spokesman Abdul-Latif Qanou.

Israel braces for annual cyber attack by Anonymous-led hackers
As Israeli authorities and companies brace for an annual cyber attack expected this Friday, the country’s capability to thwart website defacements and data pilfering attempts will be put to the test. “There is a nice twist,” Dudu Mimran, the CTO of Telekom Innovation Laboratories at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and BGU Cyber Security Labs, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. “It’s kind of a training for Israelis.”

New Zealand floods force evacuations after Tropical Storm Debbie
The entire town of Edgecumbe on New Zealand’s North Island has been evacuated, after severe flooding. About 600 homes and 2,000 people are affected, as tractors and boats helped take locals to safety. The rain, caused by the remnants of Cyclone Debbie, which hit Australia a week ago, has caused a river to burst its banks.

Australia warns of Anzac Day terror threat in Turkey
The Australian government has warned that terrorists may seek to target Anzac Day commemorations in Turkey later this month. The anniversary on 25 April marks the first major battle involving Australia and New Zealand in World War One. Australian Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said his government had received information of a possible threat to Turkey’s Gallipoli peninsula.

Rockhampton: Homes in Australian city flooded as river peaks
More than 200 houses in the Australian city of Rockhampton have been flooded after a river reached its flood peak, authorities say. The Fitzroy River rose to 8.75m (29ft) in the central Queensland city on Thursday. It comes nine days after Cyclone Debbie made landfall in northern Queensland, causing floods along a 1,200km (745 miles) stretch of coast.

St Petersburg metro attack: ‘Bomb’ found in city raid
An explosive device has been made safe in a flat in St Petersburg by Russian police, three days after a bomb on the city’s metro left 14 people dead. A city official said several suspects were detained after police raided the flat early on Thursday morning, Ria Novosti reported. Neighbours were moved away and witnesses said three men were led out in handcuffs, the agency said.

Satellite images of Peru floods show devastation
A series of devastating floods in Peru have left 100 dead and tens of thousands homeless since the start of the year. Entire roads and bridges have been swept away, towns have been engulfed and farmland has been turned to muddy swamp. It has led to more than 800 towns and cities declaring states of emergency, and brought about a rise in the price of food. Police have been deployed to keep law and order in flood-ravaged areas.

First study finds neonic pesticides in US drinking water
Small traces of the world’s most widely used insecticides have been detected in tap water for the first time. Samples taken by scientists in the US state of Iowa showed that levels of neonicotinoid chemicals remained constant despite treatment. However drinking water treated using a different method of filtration showed big reductions in neonic levels.

CDC Issues New Warning On Potential Impact Of Zika Virus
The Centers for Disease Control released new information Tuesday showing the impact of the Zika virus last year — offering advice on what to do before the insects start biting this year. The new report summarizes the number of Zika related infections last year in all U.S. states and territories with the exception of Puerto Rico, which has a separate registry due to its large number of cases.

Senate set for pivotal vote on Supreme Court nominee
The U.S. Senate is set for a vote on Thursday that will test the resolve of Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, and likely prompt Republicans to change the chamber’s rules to allow his confirmation by the end of the week. The Senate vote, expected at 11 a.m. (1500 GMT), is a bid by Republican leaders to try to end a Democratic procedural effort called a filibuster aimed at blocking Gorsuch’s confirmation to a lifetime post on the court.

How artificial life spawned a billion-dollar industry
Scientists are getting closer to building life from scratch and technology pioneers are taking notice, with record sums moving into a field that could deliver novel drugs, materials, chemicals and even perfumes. Despite ethical and safety concerns, investors are attracted by synthetic biology’s wide market potential and the plummeting cost of DNA synthesis, which is industrializing the writing of the genetic code that determines how organisms function.

Why Xi Jinping Needs to Tread Carefully When He Meets Trump
Nothing is supposed to go off script for President Xi Jinping in what is the equivalent of an election year in one-party China. Enter Donald Trump, who rarely stays on message and regularly bashes China on Twitter. The U.S. president will host Xi on Thursday and Friday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida for the first face-to-face meeting between the pair. On the agenda will be everything from trade to North Korea’s nuclear threat.

East Libyan forces target rivals’ air base in central desert region
East Libyan forces said on Wednesday they had carried out air strikes and a ground attack on an air base controlled by rivals from the western city of Misrata, prompting a pledge of retaliation from the government in Tripoli.

Venezuela’s opposition censures judges; 18 held after protests
Venezuela’s opposition lawmakers, some carrying injuries from this week’s protests, on Wednesday sought the dismissal of Supreme Court judges whom they accuse of propping up a socialist dictatorship.

New Smoking Gun Documents – Obama IRS Officials Admit to Inappropriately Targeting Conservative Groups
Judicial Watch has released 695 pages of new documents from the IRS that contain admissions by IRS officials that the agency used “inappropriate political labels” to screen the tax-exempt applications of conservative organizations.

Muslim Births Expected to Outpace Christian Births Within 20 Years
Within 20 years, more babies will be born to Muslim women than to Christian women world-wide, the latest sign of the rapid growth that could make Islam the world’s largest religion by the end of the century.

3 In 4 Americans Want Trump To Make Obamacare ‘Great’ Again
The Trump administration should make President Obama’s troubled health tax work instead of letting it fail, after Republicans tried and failed to repeal and replace Obamacare, according to a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

US, Russia Trade Claims about Who Used Chem Weapons in Syria
The United States and Russia are trading conflicting assertions about who launched a chemical weapons attack in Syria that killed 72 people. The White House says Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government is responsible. But Russia says anti-Assad rebels are to blame. Russia’s military says the chemicals were dispersed when Syrian warplanes bombed a facility where rebels were building chemical weapons.


Islam set to become world’s largest religion by 2075

According to a new study, populations with no religion will shrink while the number of Muslims and Christians will grow.  The Guardian has the story:

The number of babies born to Muslims is expected to overtake those born to Christians within two decades, making Islam the world’s largest religion by 2075, according to new analysis of data by the Pew Research Center.

People with no religious affiliation are set to shrink as a proportion of the world’s population as a result of their declining birthrate and growing numbers of Muslims and Christians.

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Mid-Day Snapshot

Apr. 6, 2017

Syria Is Still Toxic. What Will Trump Do About It?

The president’s position is unclear after the latest chemical attack.

The Foundation

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” —John Marshall (1819)


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The California Senate has passed a bill which prohibits local law enforcement from enforcing federal immigration rules, essentially designating California as a “sanctuary state.”
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Texas: 24 Abortion Clinics Closed in Last 5 Years
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Abortions in Texas have been decreasing in the past few years due to House Bill 2 which mandated that abortion clinics implement increased access to medical help.
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Trump Cuts Funding for Forced Abortions in China
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President Trump has stopped funding for the United Nations Population Fund, an agency that reportedly promotes abortion and population control.
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Death Toll Rises in Aftermath of Syria Poison Gas Attack
Death Toll Rises in Aftermath of Syria Poison Gas Attack
by Veronica Neffinger
The death toll in the deadly poison gas attack in Idlib province, Syria has risen to at least 70, with at least 100 others suffering injuries, according to Christian Today.
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ZeroHedge Frontrunning: April 06

  • Senate Set to Vote to Eliminate Supreme Court Filibuster (Read More)
  • Trump’s Xi Summit Tests Promises on Trade, North Korea  (Read More)
  • Is North Korea putting a nuclear-tipped bargaining chip on the table? (Read More)
  • Why Xi Jinping Must Tread Carefully When He Meets Trump  (Read More)
  • China Market Access in Spotlight as Meeting Nears  (Read More)
  • Trump Rethinks Foreign Policy After Syria, North Korea Crises (Read More)
  • Congress Waits for Trump Tax Overhaul as Questions Pile Up  (Read More)
  • Elizabeth Holmes Owes Theranos $25 Million (Read More)
  • A Quant ‘Alpha Factory’ Hunts for Investing Edge (Read More)
  • Draghi Draws Line Under ECB Rate Debate and Warns on Prices (Read More)
  • Traders Bet the Fed Will Slow Rate Hikes to Shrink Balance Sheet (Read More)
  • Assad tells paper he sees no ‘option except victory’ in Syria (Read More)
  • Syria Deaths Linked to Chemical Weapons, Autopsies Show (Read More)
  • Cohn Backs Wall Street Split of Lending, Investment Banks (Read More)
  • Bezos is selling $1 billion of Amazon stock a year to fund rocket venture (Read More)
  • Spotify Finally Readies an IPO…That’s Not an IPO (Read More)
  • Kraft’s Failed Bid Jolts Unilever Chief Into Protective Revamp  (Read More)
  • Amazon to Add 30,000 Part-Time U.S. Jobs (Read More)
  • Deutsche Bank not thinking about mergers, has other things to do: CEO (Read More)
  • The New Sears Home Is an Affordable Apartment  (Read More)

Top Headlines – 4/6/2017

Abdullah welcomes Trump engagement in Israel-Palestinian peace

Jordan’s King Abdullah says Arab league peace initiative can help Trump as he tries to bring Israelis, Palestinians together

Trump says he’s working ‘very, very hard’ to try to create peace between Palestinians and Israel

Trump thinks he’ll ‘be successful’ on Israeli-Palestinian peace

Trump Reportedly Looking to Host Mideast Peace Summit

Egyptian president says Trump has ‘true understanding’ of terrorism

6 Israelis killed or injured abroad recognized as victims of terror

Dublin City Hall to raise Palestinian flag in solidarity against ‘brutal’ Israeli occupation

Temple Mount Activists Plan Passover Sacrifice Near Western Wall

Nearly 300 died in Mosul airstrike, making it one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in recent memory

Iraq: Airstrikes kill over 100 ISIS militants near Syria border

Pro-ISIS hackers release ‘kill list’ with 8,786 targets in US, UK

Pence says chemical attack in Syria ‘a reflection of the failure’ of Obama admin to confront violence

Trump faults Obama for Middle East ‘mess,’ says he’s now responsible

Senators to Trump: Don’t shift blame for Syria gas attack

Trump’s View of Syria and Assad Altered After ‘Unacceptable’ Chemical Attack

Donald Trump Calls Syria Chemical Attack An ‘Affront To Humanity’

Trump: Syria chemical attack ‘crosses many, many lines’

Pope “horrified” by Syria chemical weapons attack

Syria attack symptoms consistent with nerve agent use, WHO says

Syria chemical weapons attack toll rises to 70 as Russian narrative is dismissed

Haley slams Russia over Syrian chemical attack, warns US may take ‘our own action’

Trump’s response to Syria chemical attack exposes administration’s volatility

Syria: UK rules out military action after chemical attack

Syria chemical ‘attack’: Russia faces fury at UN Security Council

U.S. dismisses Russian assertion rebels to blame for Syria gas attack

Russia launches most powerful nuclear attack submarine yet

Turkish prosecutors accuse newspaper of “asymmetric war” on Erdogan

Car bomb rams cafe in Somalia’s capital, killing 3

Dog saves wedding party from suicide bomber in Nigeria

One man hospitalised as 20,000 killer bees attack a mosque in Arizona

Muslim Births Expected to Outpace Christian Births Within 20 Years

German Cabinet OKs rules to not recognize child marriages

European Union Tells Hungary and Poland To Accept Mass Migration Or Leave

White House Tallies $10 Billion Saved by Repeal of Regulations

Trump at CEO Business Town Hall: ‘Common Core… We Have to End It’

National Security Council shake-up: Bannon out, Rick Perry in

Senate Is Running Out of Compromises to Avoid ‘Nuclear Option’ in Gorsuch Vote

Trump claims Susan Rice may have committed crime

Susan Rice Responds To Trump Unmasking Allegations: “I Leaked Nothing To Nobody”

MSNBC Guest Claims Susan Rice Criticism Is Racist and Sexist

How the intel community was turned into a political weapon against President Trump

Germany approves bill curbing online hate crime, fake news

Germany threatens online giants with 50 mn euro hate speech fines

Facebook launches new tools to stop ‘revenge porn’

Professor behind designated drivers takes on distracted ones

Pop songs getting faster as listeners’ attention spans diminish

Retiring with robots? How your folks will get high-tech help

Amazon’s Robot War Is Spreading

Military strike on North Korea may be only option, Gen. Keane says

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Torbat-e Jam, Iran

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Andaman Islands, India region

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Torbat-e Jam, Iran

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

Sheveluch volcano in Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 22,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Drone captures spectacular footage of river of Lava flowing down Mt. Etna

Severe weather: At least 5 suspected tornadoes reported in Georgia, South Carolina

Georgia leads country in number of tornadoes for 2017

2017 Atlantic hurricane forecast: Possible El Nino to limit development of storms

CDC Issues New Warning On Potential Impact Of Zika Virus

First major U.S. city braces for Obamacare collapse

Barry Manilow Reveals Why He Didn’t Come Out for Decades: I Thought I Would ‘Disappoint’ Fans If They Knew I Was Gay

How a court ruling that a lesbian was illegally passed over for a job could be a ‘big moment’ for LGBT rights

Secret Service agent on VP’s detail caught after meeting with prostitute at Maryland hotel

Philippines’ Duterte draws ire for defending adultery

Muslim man dies after attack by cow vigilantes in India

Will Pope Francis acknowledge the Holy Mother as the ‘Co-Redemptrix’ at Fatima this year?

Christian activist: ‘God will curse the children and grandchildren of those who opposed Trump’

The Irrelevant Christine Caine … A Dingo Ate My Legacy?

Leaving the NAR Church: Catrina’s story

Trey Pearson releases first music video since coming out as a gay Christian rock star

Carman Licciardello Cancer Scare; Doctor Discovers Tumor on Shoulder After 4 Years of Remission

Mob Kills Christian Elder at Evangelical School of Sudan

Franklin Graham Warns that It’s Time for Us to Get up and Do Something!

Posted: 06 Apr 2017 08:25 AM PDT

Last year, more than 90,000 Christians were killed because of their faith—that’s one person every six minutes. Studies continue to show Christ followers are the…

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First evidence found of popular farm pesticides in drinking water

Posted: 06 Apr 2017 08:07 AM PDT

Of the many pesticides that American farmers have embraced in their war on bugs, neonicotinoids are among the most popular. One of them, called imidacloprid,…

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Cancer Strikes Carman Again, but His Faith Stands Rock Solid

Posted: 06 Apr 2017 08:02 AM PDT

Popular contemporary Christian artist Carman Licciardello had learned he has cancer again, not long after winning a previous intense battle, according to his recent Facebook…

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PROPHETIC? The dogwood tree — the living symbol of the American spring — makes comeback

Posted: 06 Apr 2017 06:47 AM PDT

The story goes that President Ronald Reagan was riding his horse in the vicinity of Camp David, noticed that all the wild dogwoods were dying…

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Russian court considers Jehovah’s Witnesses ban

Posted: 06 Apr 2017 06:43 AM PDT

Russia’s Supreme Court has begun hearing a government request to outlaw the Jehovah’s Witnesses and declare it an extremist organisation. The justice ministry has already…

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Pastor Scores Big Win for Prayer in Public Schools in Florida

Posted: 06 Apr 2017 06:36 AM PDT

A bill that aims to protect religious expression in Florida’s public schools has passed the state’s House of Representatives. Rep. Kimberly Daniels (D-Jacksonville) a pastor…

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10 Dangerous Signs of Prophetic Abuse

Posted: 06 Apr 2017 06:33 AM PDT

(By Joseph Mattera) I have been in the body of Christ now since the late 1970s. I came into the prophetic movement in the early…

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UK Government Under Pressure to Add Gender ‘X’ to Passports

Posted: 06 Apr 2017 06:23 AM PDT

A gay rights lobby group has called for British passports to feature the letter ‘X’ to cater for those who do not want to identify…

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RUMORS OF WAR: Did Trump Just Commit The United States To A Disastrous War In Syria?

Posted: 06 Apr 2017 06:17 AM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Rumors of war are percolating in Washington D.C., and if the Trump administration is not extremely careful it may find itself…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Now That Trump’s ‘Red Line’ Has Been Crossed, Will He Turn Damascus Into A ‘Ruinous Heap’?

Posted: 06 Apr 2017 06:12 AM PDT

(Reported By Michael Snyder) Will a false flag chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib province be the trigger that causes World War 3 to erupt in…

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DEVELOPING: New Chemical Attack Reported in Syria Leaving Numerous Casualties.

Posted: 06 Apr 2017 06:07 AM PDT

Allegations of a second chemical attack launched by Syrian Army forces surfaced on Thursday after various sources on the ground reported the incident, according to…

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Baseball-Sized Hail Reported In Southeastern Alabama

Posted: 05 Apr 2017 08:19 PM PDT

News 5 has confirmed photos that show enormous chunks of hail falling in parts of southeastern Alabama. Photos sent in to the Barbour County EMA…

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Swiss man faces defamation trial for ‘liking’ Facebook posts

Posted: 05 Apr 2017 06:40 PM PDT

A Swiss man is on trial for ‘liking’ Facebook posts that accused an animal rights activist of racism and anti-Semitism. The prosecution has accused him…

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DAYS OF LOT: Appeals Court Says Sex Discrimination Law Applies to Gay and Lesbian Discrimination

Posted: 05 Apr 2017 06:23 PM PDT

An appeals court ruled that a federal civil rights law on sex discrimination can now be used for sexual orientation discrimination claims, the first time…

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Trump Warns that Syrian Chemical Attack Cannot be tolerated!

Posted: 05 Apr 2017 04:33 PM PDT

President Trump said on Wednesday that this week’s devastating chemical weapons attack in Syria had changed his view of the brutal civil war in that…

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Discerning the Demonic Deception Inundating Our Culture

Posted: 05 Apr 2017 04:21 PM PDT

(By Mackenzie Monroe) Truth. Some say it’s all relative, but let’s face it, those people are kind of missing the entire definition of “truth.” When…

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WAR DRUMS: Japan and South Korea Condemn Latest Actions of North Korea!

Posted: 05 Apr 2017 04:04 PM PDT

North Korea has reportedly test-fired a middle-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, drawing strong condemnation from its neighbors, Japan and South Korea. The…

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ISIS Release ‘kill list’ of 8,786 targets in US and UK

Posted: 05 Apr 2017 03:50 PM PDT

An ISIS-linked group of hackers has released a “kill list” of 8,786 names and addresses in the U.S. and U.K., calling for lone wolf attacks on…

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Removing the Leaven from our House!

Posted: 05 Apr 2017 03:39 PM PDT

(By Ricky Scaparo) As we approach Passover on the Jewish Calendar we will show you three types of Leaven that we need to remove from…

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Scientists create artificial brain connection that Learns like human mind

Posted: 05 Apr 2017 01:35 PM PDT

The idea of a robot that can learn and function on its own, without the need for any human help, might sound like the plot…

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PROPHECY WATCH: Jerusalem Receives Money for Construction of Third Temple

Posted: 05 Apr 2017 01:25 PM PDT

The prophesied third temple may be on its way to fulfillment now that the Temple Heritage Foundation was granted a budget toward restoration. Though the…

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Germany approves bill curbing online “Hate Crime” and “Fake News”….

Posted: 05 Apr 2017 01:21 PM PDT

Germany’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved a new bill that punishes social networking sites if they fail to swiftly remove illegal content such as hate speech…

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Lamb to be slaughtered near Temple Mount for Passover Sacrifice

Posted: 05 Apr 2017 01:16 PM PDT

Jewish activists seeking to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem will be conducting a ritual Passover sacrifice of a lamb in a nearby park in full…

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Pastor and family credits faith in God for miraculous rescue

Posted: 05 Apr 2017 01:08 PM PDT

A Bailey, Colorado family is safe after an ordeal that tested their strength and confirmed their faith. Jay Vonesh, his wife and two daughters were…

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Muslim Births to Outpace Christian Births Within 20 Years…

Posted: 05 Apr 2017 01:03 PM PDT

Within 20 years, more babies will be born to Muslim women than to Christian women world-wide, the latest sign of the rapid growth that could…

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UFO enthusiast mysteriously vanishes after ‘Secret Project’…

Posted: 05 Apr 2017 12:51 PM PDT

A UFO enthusiast who mysteriously vanished last week left behind a den plastered wall-to-wall with Illuminati codes and symbols.  Bruno Borges, 24, disappeared from his…

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Russia launches most powerful nuclear attack submarine yet

Posted: 05 Apr 2017 12:47 PM PDT

Russia has unveiled its army’s most powerful submarine to date, capable of carrying hundreds of torpedoes and reaching speeds of up to 31 knots. The…

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YOU’RE FIRED! : Bannon Removed From Power In White House Shakeup!

Posted: 05 Apr 2017 12:41 PM PDT

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been removed from his seat on the National Security Council, reversing one of the most controversial decisions of…

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

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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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