June 5, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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Four U.S. Arab allies led by Saudi Arabia pushed ahead with plans to isolate Qatar in an unprecedented escalation designed to punish one of the region’s financial superpowers for its support of Islamist groups and ties with Iran.

Oil erased earlier gains as a diplomatic clash involving OPEC members Saudi Arabia and Qatar was seen having limited impact on the group’s policy.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson again urged China to do more to rein in North Korea, saying it should use its growing clout responsibly.

As global defense chiefs debated what “America First” and China’s rise meant for Asia’s future, regional officials focused on a more immediate concern: terrorism.

Philippine security forces and its gaming regulator will investigate possible security lapses by Resorts World Manila after a gunman set fire to its casino in the capital and fumes choked at least 36 people to death on Friday.

New York city Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito — both Democrats — shook hands on an $85 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year that includes about $30 million to create thousands of permanent and summer jobs for city youth.

Concrete and metal barriers are being erected along the sidewalks on some of London’s bridges after terrorists used cars and vans to target pedestrians for the second time in just over two months.

The current U.S. economic expansion is one of the longest on record. The longer it lasts, the more likely growth will become tepid and uneven, raising angst about its sustainability.

United Airlines will suspend flights to Venezuela next month, a move that further cuts off access to the Latin American nation engulfed in violent political protests and economic chaos.

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More than 1,500 people were injured, three seriously, after a bomb scare triggered a stampede among Juventus fans watching the Champions League final in Turin.

Gold hit a six-week high on Monday, buoyed by disappointing U.S. jobs data on Friday that dimmed the prospects for an aggressive run of interest rate increases in the world’s biggest economy.

In 2016, 33 lions freed from circuses in Peru and Colombia were transported to South Africa to live out their days in a wildlife refuge. Last week, poachers broke into the sanctuary, killing two of the big cats.

Shi’ite paramilitaries have captured the Iraqi town of Baaj from Islamic State, further shrinking the northern region under jihadist control as part of a U.S.-backed campaign to retake the city of Mosul, the Iraqi military said on Sunday.

Experts forecast that over the next five years, 20-25 percent of malls in the U.S. will close permanently. The Labor Department reported that 6,000 retail jobs were lost last month.

Top US and Australian officials warned on Monday that battle-hardened and angry foreign fighters may return to Southeast Asia from the Middle East and take up arms in their own countries.

Efforts to rescue up to 2,000 civilians trapped by fighting between troops and Islamist militants in a southern Philippine city failed Sunday when a proposed truce ended in a hail of gunfire and explosions, authorities and witnesses said.

Banging empty pots as symbols of hunger, opponents of President Nicolas Maduro tried Saturday to bring their fight for his departure to more of Venezuela’s poor. But the protest march — designed to go from a middle class area of Caracas to a poor one — was broken up by police firing tear gas, water cannon and buck shot.

Yemeni government forces fought Saturday to capture a rebel-held presidential palace in the southwestern province of Taez after clashes that killed 27 people.

SpaceX on Saturday blasted off a shipment of food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station using for the first time a vessel that had flown before.

A climber who has become the first person to reach the top of California’s El Capitan rock without a rope has described his intense satisfaction. His ascent of the 3,000ft rock-face in Yosemite National Park on Saturday has been described as one of the greatest solo climbing feats.

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A judge in Chile has sentenced 106 intelligence officers for the kidnapping and murder of 16 leftist activists in 1974 and 1975.

West African regional group Ecowas has in principle approved Morocco’s membership application despite the country being in North Africa.

India’s space agency has successfully launched its heaviest rocket. The 640-tonne rocket blasted off from a launching site off the Bay of Bengal in Sriharikota.

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ACT! For America is planning a nationwide “March Against Sharia – March for Human Rights” on June 10 that so far has 28 cities signed up to participate. Organizers say they will be taking a public stand against female genital mutilation, honor violence, the blasphemy and apostasy laws, among other elements of Shariah that are increasingly showing up in American society.

The Trump administration’s newest move to build a security wall along the nation’s southwestern border has been delegated to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, or USACE, which has launched an initiative to assess the capabilities of construction and engineering firms seeking lucrative awards in the ambitious endeavor.

High schools across America are being pressured to offer time off school, in-school prayer rooms, and special dietary demands by Muslim students observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.


The Briefing 06-05-17

ISIS claims terror attack in London as British intelligence reveals UK home to 23,000 jihadists

Comedy and morality: When transgressive humor outpaces even the far left

Does “mindset” affect poverty? The complicated, reciprocal relationship between worldview & economics

Foreign policy realism and the legacy of Pres. Carter’s National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski

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Top News – 6/5/2017

President Rivlin on Italy’s National Day: Time for our Friends to Recognize Jerusalem as our Capital
“We might have some disagreement over the borders of Israel’s capital,” Rivlin conceded, “But we all agree that Jerusalem is and will remain Israel’s capital. It is time to translate this truth into a fact.”

Historic-artifact replica, or demonic harbinger?
..why is a reconstruction of a gateway to a temple of a pagan god whose rites were marked by child sacrifice and ritual prostitution being so persistently publicized at globally important gatherings? One rabbi, a member of the nascent Sanhedrin attempting to recreate the ancient Jewish legal body, sees dire implications in the repeated use of the arch.

The Left’s Unilateral Suicide Pact
A rethinking of immigration policies is off the table. Nothing that an Islamic terrorist can do will ever shake the left-wing commitment to open borders — not mass sexual assaults, not the deliberate slaughter of gays, and not, as in Manchester, the killing of young girls.

Zion Oil Company begins drilling in Israel
a Texas-based company, has announced that it has spud [started to drill] the Megiddo-Jezreel #1, a deep, on-shore well located in Israel’s Jezreel Valley, near Beit Sh’ean. “We anticipate drilling through at least four different geologic strata with oil and gas potential,” stated Victor G. Carrillo, Zion’s CEO. “It has been a complicated and difficult multi-year journey to get to this point, but our entire team is very excited to see this project finally come to fruition.”

Shooting and explosion in possible terror attack in Australia
One person was killed in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia Monday afternoon and another taken hostage by a gunman who claimed he was acting on behalf of the ISIS terror group.Police say an explosion was heard on Bay Street in Brighton at roughly 4:30 p.m. local time.

Israel’s alleged 1967 nuclear ‘doomsday operation’ plan to be revealed
One of Israel’s greatest wartime secrets is due to be revealed on Monday – a so-called last gasp nuclear “doomsday operation” to avoid defeat in the imminent 1967 Six Day War.

Senate Committee Launches First New Clinton Corruption Investigation
Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has launched a new investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s effort to thwart a Bangladesh government corruption probe of Muhammad Yunus, a Clinton Foundation donor and close friend of the Clintons. The Iowa Republican’s effort is the first new official inquiry of Clinton since her unexpected loss in the 2016 presidential election to President Donald Trump. Trump’s supporters often chanted “lock her up” during his many boisterous campaign rallies.

Five countries cut links with Qatar
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have severed their ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world. Saudi Arabia accused Qatar of backing militant groups – some backed by regional arch-rival Iran – and broadcasting their ideology, an apparent reference to Qatar’s influential state-owned satellite channel al Jazeera.

London terror attack: May calls assault attack on free world, threat level remains severe
“It is now clear that, sadly, victims came from a number of nationalities. This was an attack on London and the United Kingdom, but it was also an attack on the free world,” she said in an interview with BBC.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are for everyone, Pope Francis says
Pope Francis addressed around 50,000 members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement during an ecumenical prayer vigil inside Rome’s Circus Maximus on June 3.

Poll: Major Majority of Israelis Want Sovereignty in Jerusalem, Not ‘Peace Deal’
While it is often reported that most Israelis favor a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an entirely different picture emerges once Jerusalem is added to the equation, a new survey has found.

Ambassador Haley: UNHRC Must Stop Wrongly Singling Out Israel Or We’ll Quit
US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley on Friday wrote in a Washington Post op-ed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is singling out Israel for relentless condemnations, while truly heinous regimes such as Venezuela and Cuba go scot-free because they are members of the Council.

Analysis: Upheaval in Gulf as UAE, Saudi, Bahrain sever Qatar ties
On Monday…the tiny Gulf State of Bahrain announced it was cutting ties with Qatar and closing its sea and air borders with the country. Minutes later Al-Arabiya announced the Saudi Arabia and the UAE would follow suit and Qatari citizens would have 14 days to leave the country. An hour later Egypt joined in the sanctions. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain…accusing Qatar of supporting “Iranian backed terror groups,” spreading “strife” and “instability” and supporting “al-Qaeda ideology.”

Report: PA halts payments to 250 Hamas-linked prisoners freed by Israel
Hamas-linked media reported on Monday that the Palestinian Authority had stopped paying salaries to some 250 Palestinian security prisoners released from Israeli jails due to their affiliation with the Gaza-based terrorist group. The report by Hamas organ al-Risalah allegedly cited a PA source who said the former prisoners facing stipend cuts from the Palestinian Authority were residents of the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem and all associated with Hamas.

Israel expects change in UN voting patterns, Netanyahu says after Africa trip
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned Monday morning from less than 12 hours in Liberia, stating that his appearance at the 15 member ECOWAS summit opened numerous doors for Israel in Africa. Netanyahu met with 10 African leaders…meeting each for about 30 minutes. Netanyahu told reporters…that in each of the meetings he told the African leaders that Israel expected a change in their voting patterns in international forums.

Denmark freezes $8m. in Palestinian NGO funding
Denmark has frozen $8 million in donor funding it had earmarked for 24 Palestinian and pro-Palestinian NGOs, pending an investigation to ensure that the funds will be used for peaceful and constructive purposes. The country’s Foreign Ministry on Friday issued a statement about the suspension of funding, which is organized through the umbrella organization of the Al-Bireh-based Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat.

Colombia peace deal: Rebels threaten demobilisation delay
Colombia’s Farc rebels have threatened to delay their demobilisation, saying the government has repeatedly broken the terms of last year’s peace deal. Farc leader Rodrigo Londono, known as Timochenko, made the warning after the arrest of a rebel – a move that went against the terms of the deal. President Juan Manuel Santos said there had been “confusion” over the arrest and the situation was being resolved.

London attack: Tech firms fight back in extremism row
Technology companies have defended their handling of extremist content following the London terror attack. Prime Minister Theresa May called for areas of the internet to be closed because tech giants had provided a “safe space” for terrorist ideology. But Google said it had already spent hundreds of millions of pounds on tackling the problem. Facebook and Twitter said they were working hard to rid their networks of terrorist activity and support.

Russia tests Zircon hypersonic missile system, which it says makes U.S. defenses obsolete
Russia declared today its first test of a hypersonic missile, a year ahead of schedule. Defense analysts proclaimed the test made U.S. missile defense systems obsolete…The Russian international news site Sputnik suggested the missile, named Zircon, could be installed on Pyotr Veliky, the country’s nuclear-powered missile strike ship. Analysts stated the missile concept can fly at 4,600 miles per hour — that’s 6 times the speed of sound — and would be practically impervious to missile defense systems…

Chinese working on gigantic warship unlike anything the world has ever seen
The Chinese government is reportedly working to develop a revolutionary new warship that would merge the size and strength of large conventional ships with the ability to submerge underwater. In an article for Popular Science, Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer wrote there are reports “circulating on Chinese websites—including the Wuhan city government site—mention that Chinese institutions are conducting studies on gigantic submersible arsenal ships.”

Putin Hints JFK Was Murdered By The “Deep State” Which Is Now After Trump And Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin strongly denied he had any compromising material about U.S. President Donald Trump in a televised interview broadcast on Sunday.  “Well, this is just another load of nonsense. Do you think we’re gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something? Have you all lost your senses?”

Japan Holds Evacuation Drills Amid Growing Concerns Over North Korea’s Missile Tests
The Japanese government is actively attempting to help the public prepare for the worst by putting on its website a list of tips in case a missile lands in Japanese territory. The tips include “take shelter in a robust building nearby” and “move away from windows or, if possible, move to a room without windows.”

California Senate Passes Bill Allowing Third Gender Option on IDs
California lawmakers voted to pass a bill Wednesday that will add a third gender option – non-binary – on state identification cards.

 Outrageous-Palestinian Authority Forces Christians to Fast In Public during ramadan
The PA has called on Palestinian police to arrest anyone seen eating in public, including Christians, during Islam’s month of Ramadan, which started this week.

U.S. schools ‘bowing’ to Islam during Ramadan
High schools across America are being pressured to offer time off school, in-school prayer rooms, and special dietary demands by Muslim students observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. One campus in Brooklyn has agreed not to serve food at its prom until after sundown while another school in upstate New York is setting up prayer rooms to satisfy the demands of students who observe Ramadan.

The Death Of American Manufacturing In 1 Simple Chart
Manufacturing’s share of all U.S. employment fell to an all-time record low of 8.48% in May. While blame has been laid at the foot of globalization and technology, in fact it has been an almost non-stop decline since the end of World War 2.

It Begins! Close Obama Ally Convicted of 18 Felonies! Faces Life In Prison!
Close Obama ally, Florida Democrat Corrine Brown, faces what could amount to life in prison after being convicted of 18 felonies! As she was stealing scholarship money from school children, Corrine Brown flew with Obama, partied with Pelosi, and campaigned for Clinton, and she was a Superdelegate!


The Real Unemployment Number: 102 Million Working Age Americans Do Not Have A Job

Did you know that the number of working age Americans that do not have a job right now is far higher than it was during the worst moments of the last recession?  For example, in January 2009 92.6 million working age Americans did not have a job, but we just found out that in May the number of working age Americans without a job increased to just a shade under 102 million.  We’ll go over those numbers in more detail in a moment, but first I want to talk a bit about the difference between perception and reality.  According to the bureaucrats in the federal government, the “unemployment rate” in May was the lowest that we have seen in 16 years.  At just “4.3 percent”, we are essentially at “full employment”, and so according to them anyone that really wants a job should be able to find one pretty easily. (Read More…)


Did CNN just stage a protest in London for the camera? (VIDEO)

The “fake news” critique (with regard to CNN particularly) is a legitimate one. It’s not a pro-Left bias at this point, CNN seems to have become a propaganda outfit.

Earlier today Drudge pointed out that The New York Times referred to The Drudge Report as an “unofficial source.” Yet it cited CNN in the same piece as a legitimate news organization. That CNN has hosts now refering to the president as a piece of excrement is OK.

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Why the Democrats are making a big mistake by obsessing over Russia

Allegedly.

The Democrats are in many respects a regional party now. The current obsession with Russia and the effort to take Trump down, at what seems almost any cost has become clinical. The Dems seem to have divorced themselves from reality and now wring their hands – gollum like – as they contemplate Trump’s downfall. It’s weird. It is bad for the country to say the least. And it isn’t good for the Dems.

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Allegedly Uses Voice Changer To Call Law Firm Suing DNC – Forgets To Disable Caller ID

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CNN Caught Stage-Managing Scene in London Aftermath

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CNN stages Muslim protest in London. Look at them stage-managing the scene after another horrible event, a clear violation of journalistic ethics. Media analyst Mark Dice has the story.

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Central Banks Now Own A Third Of The Entire $54 Trillion Global Bond Market

Two weeks ago we asked a question: maybe behind all the rhetoric and constant (ab)use of sophisticated terms like “gamma”, “vega”, CTAs, risk-parity, vol-neutral, central bank vol-suppression, (inverse) VIX ETFs and so forth to explain why despite the surging political uncertainty in recent years, and especially since the US election…

… global equity volatility, both implied and realized, has tumbled to record lows, sliding below levels not even seen before the 2008 financial crisis, there was a far simpler reason for the plunge in vol: trading was slowly grinding to a halt.

That’s what Goldman Sachs found when looking at 13F filings in Q1, when it emerged that the gross portfolio turnover of hedge funds had retreated to a record low of just 28%. In other words, few if any of the “smart money” was actually trading in size.

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Trump: ‘I Am Calling It What We Need and What It Is, a TRAVEL BAN’

CNSNews reports:

In four tweets on Monday morning, President Donald Trump doubled down on his “travel ban” and criticized his own Justice Department for watering down the original ban – out of political correctness, he said.

The four tweets, printed below, started coming at 6:30 a.m.

— “People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN.

— The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.”

–The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court – & seek much tougher version!

–In any event, we are EXTREME VETTING people coming into the U.S. in order to help keep our country safe. The courts are slow and political!”

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Global Warming. The Bible Has The Answer

Peter further warned, “The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10) While this will certainly be global warming, it will neither be gradual nor the result of auto emissions.

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US Schools Bowing to Islam During Ramadan

Educators across nation pressured to open prayer rooms, accommodate fasting

High schools across America are being pressured to offer time off school, in-school prayer rooms, and special dietary demands by Muslim students observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

One campus in Brooklyn has agreed not to serve food at its prom until after sundown while another school in upstate New York is setting up prayer rooms to satisfy the demands of students who observe Ramadan.

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Why You Should Be Skeptical of Global Warming Alarmists

According to Terry Jarrett of LifeZette the cause of so-called global warming may be solar activity, not carbon dioxide as we’ve been led to believe. Jarrett writes:

When it comes to the global warming debate, both alarmists and critics agree on one thing: The earth has warmed by roughly 0.8 degrees Celsius over the past 150 years. It’s the cause of this warming, however, that remains in dispute. And while the public is constantly bombarded with messages about the evils of carbon dioxide emissions, there are actually compelling reasons to believe that contemporary global warming has been driven by rising solar output, not carbon dioxide.

To start with the basics, when the sun’s ultraviolet radiation strikes the earth’s surface, it is re-emitted as heat in the form of infrared radiation (IR). Carbon dioxide is one of the atmospheric gases that absorb and re-radiate this heat.

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50 Years Ago Today, The God Of Abraham Provided Israel With The Miracle Of The 6 Day War Victory

In the early morning of June 5, Israel launched a preemptive aerial strike on Egyptian air force bases in response to Egypt’s ongoing provocations.

“They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:” Psalm 83:4,5 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: 50 years ago today, 5 Muslim nations conspired to attack the nascent state of Israel sure in their knowledge that utter destruction would swiftly follow. It did, only it was Israel that did all the destroying. For 6 days and night, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob gave Israel the greatest and most unprecedented victory in military history. And on the  seventh day, they rested. Now where have we read that before? Israel’s return to the land is a total fulfillment of prophecy, with more to come. Lots more to come.

Every military jet in the Israeli Air Force, except for 12, took off, flying low to avoid radar detection and observing complete radio silence. They bombed and incapacitated the runways of 11 Egyptian air force bases, as well as the aircraft on the ground.

In just four hours, Israel demolished two-thirds of the entire Egyptian air force, the largest in the Arab world.

Israel then issued a final offer to Jordan: if you stay out of the war, Israel will not retaliate – even though that meant that the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and other Jewish holy sites would remain under Jordanian control.

But Jordan had received disinformation from Egypt, claiming massive, successful attacks inside Israel, and Jordan joined the war against Israel.

Thousands of mortar shells rained down on Jewish areas in Jerusalem, hitting civilian locations including Hadassah Hospital and Mount Zion church. Controlling the highlands of the West Bank, Jordan easily shelled civilian targets all the way to Tel Aviv and carried out airstrikes against the coastal cities of Netanya and Kfar Saba.

Syria and Iraq also joined the war, targeting Haifa’s oil refineries and Jewish communities beneath the Syrian-controlled Golan Heights.

Israel retaliated and attacked Jordanian, Syrian, and Iraqi air bases. Stretched thin in a war on three fronts – Egypt in the south, Jordan in the east, and Syria in the north – it would soon be clear whether Israel’s military would hold, or break.

This video was produced by Jerusalem U in partnership with The Jerusalem Post, the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Jewish National Fund, the Israel Action Network, the European Jewish Congress and the Center for Israel Education. For more on the dramatic events and impact of the Six Day War, visit sixdaywarproject.org. source

Mid-Day Snapshot

June 5, 2017

Jihadi Déjà Vu in London

These grisly scenes will continue to play out unless and until political leaders are willing to truly combat this rabid ideology.

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“It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf.” —Thomas Paine (1776)


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: June 05

  • Saudis, U.A.E., Bahrain and Egypt Cut Ties With Qatar (Read More)
  • Saudi-Led Alliance Cuts Ties With Qatar (Read More)
  • Saudi, Egypt lead Arab states cutting Qatar ties, Iran blames Trump (Read More); Qatar asks citizens to leave UAE within 14 days: embassy (Read More)
  • London Fortifies Bridges to Protect Pedestrians From Attack (Read More)
  • Bank at Center of U.S. Inquiry Projects Russian ‘Soft Power’ (Read More)
  • Democrat Questions Russia Link as Comey Heads to Hill (Read More)
  • Chats by Metals Trader Reveal Spoofing ‘Tricks from the Master’ (Read More)
  • Draghi Seen Taking Slowest Possible Path Out of ECB Stimulus (Read More)
  • Kushners Hunt for a Loan to Pay Back Chinese Investors (Read More)
  • ‘Pink Slime’ case against ABC a challenge to press in era of ‘fake news’ (Read More)
  • Dems to Clinton: Stay out of the spotlight (Read More)
  • Iraqi Forces Disrupt ISIS Supply Route (Read More)
  • California Localities Primed for Legal Recreational Cannabis Use (Read More)
  • What can $75,560 get you in California? A prison cell (Read More)
  • Deutsche Bank asks for more time for U.S. query on Trump, Russia (Read More)
  • Why Aren’t American Teenagers Working Anymore? (Read More)
  • John Paulson Goes From Hot to Not as Most Client Money Vanishes (Read More)
  • Trump’s London Tweets Shock U.K. But Can’t Distract From Comey (Read More)
  • Mexican Peso Rebounds as Ruling Party Win Eases Political Risk (Read More)

Top Headlines – 6/5/2017

Embassy location ‘part of peace process,’ Ambassador Haley says

Shifting Mideast an ‘opportunity’ for Israel, top US official says

Slashing of West Bank home plans frustrate settlers

40,000 people show support for Israel at Manhattan parade

Migrants from former USSR connecting to Judaism overseas

Atop holy mount, Samaritans mark biblical festival of Shavuot

Giant Ramadan lantern lights up Jerusalem

Shin Bet arrests terrorists suspected of planning attack at Temple Mount

Israeli researcher refutes NYT report that Israel had nuclear bomb in ’67

IDF’s Six-Day War ending proclamation: ‘We have crushed the enemy’

US Holocaust museum releases online encyclopedia of Nazi sites

Gaza Dating Site Matches Widows to Men Seeking 2nd (or 3rd) Wife

Palestinian man beaten, injured by soldiers during arrest

Bnei Brak resident arrested after calling for attack on TLV Gay Pride parade

Morocco king skips W. Africa summit because Israel attends

Israel and Senegal mend fences after UN resolution spat

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE sever ties to Qatar over ‘terrorism’

Arab Gulf nations, Turkey condemn London attack

Iran condemns London attack as ‘alarming signal’

Islamic State ‘backfiring’ on West, Iran leader charges

Islamic State claims deadly London attack as dozen arrested

UK leader: Islamic extremism must be contained after attack

After London attack, May vows to fight ‘evil ideology of Islamist extremism’

British Prime Minister Calls For International Internet Regulations To Combat Terrorism

London terror attack: British officials eye burka ban and stripping citizenship

Theresa May says the internet must now be regulated following London Bridge terror attack

London terrorist had twice been referred to police over his extremist views

Britain attacks: Lack of pattern puts officials on edge

Netanyahu on London Terror Atrocity: ‘Fight This Scourge That Knows No Bounds’

‘Bloodshed will end,’ Trump vows after London attack

London attacks: Trump vows to protect US from ‘vile enemy’

Trump blasts London mayor, political correctness after terror attacks

Acting US ambassador to Britain praises London mayor after Trump’s criticisms

CNN Host: Trump ‘A Piece of $#@!’ for His Response to London Attack

MSNBC Anchor Wonders If Trump Trying To Provoke A Terror Attack To Prove A Point

Putin says joint efforts to fight terrorism should be stepped up after London attacks

In shadow of London attack, Ariana Grande leads star-studded Manchester benefit

Trump quietly slashes number of refugees from Obama’s target despite court order

Turin bomb scare sparks stampede, leaving 1,500 injured

Portland pro-Trump, anti-Trump demonstrations converge, sparking violence

Putin: Claim that Russia has damaging information on Trump ‘nonsense’

Was Obama administration illegal spying worse than Watergate?

Top Democrat says there’s smoke, but ‘no smoking gun’ yet in Russia probe

‘Kushnergate’ is a big fat nothing-burger

Conservatives torch Comey’s credibility ahead of Senate hearing

The U.S. Government heads to the cloud to keep America safe

Iran’s leader lashes out at Trump, Saudis for anti-Tehran alliance

IAEA report: Iran honoring nuclear deal but nearing violation

North Korea says rejects new sanctions, to continue nuclear program

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Iwo Jima, Japan

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 11,000ft

Marapi volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

A hysterical, crazed, politically correct global meltdown

Al Gore: Trump’s Paris climate decision ‘reckless,’ indefensible’

Tel Aviv City Hall goes green to protest US climate accord pullout

Vice President Pence urges Congress to complete Obamacare repeal

100,000 Nebraskans May Lose Their Last Remaining Obamacare Insurance Provider

Ontario Passes Law Allowing Gov’t to Seize Children From Parents Who Oppose Gender Transition

March for Marriage Organizers ‘More Hopeful’ With Trump as Ally in the White House

Two rescue lions in South Africa dead in apparent witchcraft killing

 

Jackie Alnor – TBN Trial: Carra Crouch: “Blamed, Branded and Broken”

Bethel Church peddling New Breed heresy (Part 2)

What Your Church Needs to Know Before Doing a Priscilla Shirer Study

Todd Bentley exposed for reading out bogus ‘confirmed’ resurrection testimony

California pastor arrested on child molestation charges

Cambodia’s Child Sex Industry Is Dwindling—And They Have Christians to Thank

Watch the Damning Planned Parenthood Video Banned by YouTube

Evangelical Lutherans Overwhelmingly Vote To Approve Declaration Of Unity With Roman Catholics

Illinois Purges Foster Families Who Don’t Facilitate Transgenderism

Iowa Supreme Court Rules Mother May Sue Doctors for ‘Wrongful Birth’ of Disabled Child

13-Y-O Girl Kills Herself After Christian Parents Allow Her to Live as Transgender Boy

Muslims Take Over New York Street – Start Praying in Front of Trump Tower for Ramadan

Theresa May says the internet must now be regulated following London Bridge terror attack

8 Filipino Christians Killed for Refusing to Recite Islamic Creed

DEVELOPING: Multiple fatalities after gunman opens fire at business headquarters in Florida

Posted: 05 Jun 2017 06:53 AM PDT

Police are investigating ‘multiple fatalities’ following a mass shooting at business premises on a busy industrial estate in Orlando in Orange County, Florida.  Orange County…

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China is creating a gigantic warship unlike anything the world has ever seen

Posted: 05 Jun 2017 06:46 AM PDT

The Chinese government is reportedly working to develop a revolutionary new warship that would merge the size and strength of large conventional ships with the…

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Another deadly storm hits Russia just days after the deadliest storm in Moscow history

Posted: 05 Jun 2017 06:38 AM PDT

A powerful storm hit Sverdlovsk Region on Saturday, killing at least one person and injuring three others. Over 30,000 people were forced to go without…

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Are You Ready For Your Hardware Update for the Brain?

Posted: 05 Jun 2017 06:32 AM PDT

Emily Borghard has a computer inside her skull, but you wouldn’t know it to look at her. A small bump behind her left ear, the only…

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Prostate cancer drug trial breakthrough could DOUBLE life expectancy

Posted: 05 Jun 2017 06:26 AM PDT

A treatment that could more than double the life expectancy of prostate cancer sufferers has been hailed as a once-in-a-career discovery.  Researchers believe giving patients…

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Israeli Scientists Verify Miraculous Bible Event

Posted: 05 Jun 2017 06:21 AM PDT

Israeli scientists have discovered evidence for an event recorded in the Bible that took place thousands of years ago. University researchers in Israel say they…

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This Evil Megatrend Will Precede the Antichrist

Posted: 05 Jun 2017 06:16 AM PDT

(By Mike Shreve) It is very apparent that we are living in the last days. Speaking of the coming of the Lord and the catching…

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UPDATE: Death toll could rise in London Bridge terror attack: 7 dead, 21 critical

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

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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