Monthly Archives: September 2017

September 30, 2017: Verse of the day

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So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments. Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods that they had, and the rings that were in their ears. Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree that was near Shechem. [1]


35:2–4 / Responding to God’s orders, Jacob immediately instructed his household and others who had joined him to prepare themselves for a religious pilgrimage to Bethel. Careful preparations had to be made to protect everyone from the possibility of God’s breaking forth against anyone who was not ritually pure. Specifically Jacob commanded those of his house to get rid of the foreign gods, indicating that some continued to worship various deities. Some gods or idols may have been brought from Haran; others might have been taken from the pillage of the Shechemites. The report of this command accounts for the removal of the teraphim Rachel had stolen from her father’s house (31:19). Jacob also ordered his company to purify themselves so that they could be in the presence of God without danger. Ritual purification included bathing, shaving, and putting on clean clothes. It symbolized the removal of all that was unclean and sinful. In an exhortation Jacob told his entire household that they were going up to Bethel, where he would build an altar to God, who had helped him in his distress and who had been present with him throughout his long journey. The mention of God’s being with Jacob establishes a connection to the vow he had made at Bethel long ago (28:20).

The people responded willingly by giving Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears. These earrings must have had religious significance; possibly they were amulets. Jacob disposed of all the idols and rings he had collected by burying them under the oak at Shechem.[2]


2 But Jacob was as prompt as Abraham (cf. 22:3), and he immediately instructs them to prepare for pilgrimage. Worship of other gods was always incompatible with serving the God who said, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exod 20:3). Ps 24:3–4 asks, “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?” and answers, “He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false” (i.e., idols).

And other texts record the putting away of foreign gods in the context of renewed devotion to God (Josh 24:14, 23–24; Judg 10:16; 1 Sam 7:3–4). Worship, which brings one into the presence of a holy God, demands inward and outward purity, the latter being seen as an expression of the former. Purification usually took the form of bathing the body, washing the clothes, and shaving (Lev 14:8–9; Num 8:7). Before the Sinai revelation, all the people were told to wash their clothes and abstain from sexual intercourse (Exod 19:10–15). Here Jacob insists that they change their “outer garments,” the poncho-type wrapper used as coat and blanket (Exod 22:25–26 [26–27]). Their change of clothes represents a new and purified way of life (cf. 41:14). Elsewhere in the Pentateuch, sexual intercourse and the spilling of blood in war are seen as polluting (Num 31:19; Lev 15:18; 18:24–29). So this command to purify themselves probably looks back to the pollution produced in chap. 34.

3 “My time of crisis” is a common phrase, especially in the Psalms (e.g., 20:2 [1]; 50:15). Here Jacob is harking back to his flight from Esau, as the reference to the vow he made then, “If God will be with me, guard me on the journey I am undertaking” (28:20), makes clear. When the prayer offered as a vow was answered, the votary was duty bound to fulfill the promise he had made. Now Jacob implies he is about to do that.

4 The family members respond as requested, putting away their foreign gods and also their earrings. The significance of this last point is elusive. On two later occasions, earrings were used to make objects of idolatrous worship, the golden calf and an ephod (Exod 32:2–4; Judg 8:24–27). It could be that burying the earrings along with the foreign gods expressed their complete determination to dispose of the idols and also any material that could be used to replace them. A comparison with Num 31:48–54 suggests a quite different possibility. After the battle with the Midianites, the Israelites had to purify themselves (Num 31:19–20). Part of their purification process included donating to the sanctuary booty consisting of “articles of gold, armlets and bracelets, signet rings, earrings, and beads, to make atonement for ourselves before the Lord” (Num 31:50). This suggests that the rings removed by Jacob’s sons may well have been part of the booty captured by them from the Shechemites; indeed it is possible that the outer garments and the foreign gods (gold-plated idols?) were part of the spoil (cf. Num 31:20; Josh 7:21; Deut 7:25). We have already noted the close parallels between Gen 34 and Num 31:1–9 (see Comment on 34:27–29). These further parallels strengthen the case for reading all of 35:1–4, not merely v 5, in the light of chap. 34. 35:5 is not a late gloss or extract from a different source, but it flows naturally out of the preceding verses.

“Terebinth” (אלה): probably the Atlantic terebinth according to M. Zohary (Plants of the Bible, 110–11).[3]


35:2–4 Put away the foreign gods. Moving to Bethel necessitated spiritual preparation beyond the level of an exercise in logistics. Possession of idolatrous symbols such as figurines, amulets, or cultic charms (v. 4, “rings … in their ears”) were no longer tolerable, including Rachel’s troubling teraphim (31:19). Idols buried out of sight, plus bathing and changing to clean clothes, all served to portray both cleansing from defilement by idolatry and consecration of the heart to the Lord. It had been 8 or 10 years since his return to Canaan and, appropriately, time enough to clean up all traces of idolatry.[4]


35:2–3 Jacob’s instructions are intended to prepare his household for entering God’s presence; Bethel (v. 3) is the “house of God.” They must rid themselves of foreign gods (v. 2). As emphasized later in the first prohibition of the Ten Commandments, those who worship the Lord must not have other gods (see Ex. 20:3). Rachel’s theft of her father’s household gods suggests that polytheistic beliefs existed within Jacob’s household. These must be eradicated. The members of Jacob’s household must purify themselves (Gen. 35:2). While no details are given here, later Israelite tradition emphasized the importance of purification rituals, some of which involved the washing of clothes. This may explain Jacob’s final instruction to change garments (v. 2; see Ex. 19:10). who answers me in the day of my distress (Gen. 35:3). The present tense, “answers,” here indicates that God has consistently responded to Jacob in every time of trouble.

35:4 the rings that were in their ears. It is not clear whether these earrings were worn by the people or by the foreign gods; some ancient Near Eastern evidence indicates that idols could have earrings. Jacob probably buried these cultic objects so that their location would not be easily discovered.[5]


[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ge 35:2–4). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[2] Hartley, J. E. (2012). Genesis. (W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston, Eds.) (pp. 298–299). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Wenham, G. J. (1998). Genesis 16–50 (Vol. 2, pp. 323–324). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ge 35:2–4). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[5] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (pp. 110–111). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

September 29, 2017: Verse of the day

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33 But the Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me, I will blot out of my book. 34 But now go, lead the people to the place about which I have spoken to you; behold, my angel shall go before you. Nevertheless, in the day when I visit, I will visit their sin upon them.” [1]

33–34 The Lord refuses Moses’ offer and replies, “Whoever has sinned … I will blot out of my book” (v. 33; cf. Pss 9:5; 51:1). Thus the OT principle is reaffirmed: the person who sins is accountable for his or her own sin (cf. Dt 24:16; Eze 18:4, 13, 17). Whereas in the past the Lord led (12:42, 51; 13:17; 15:13; 20:2), with Moses being only God’s servant, from now on Moses and an angel are to lead (v. 34). “The time comes for me to punish” is literally, “in the day of my visitation.” Perhaps this is the beginning of the day-of-the-Lord warnings by the later prophets.[2]

32:33–34 The Lord affirms the presumption in Moses’ request that the Lord determines whose names will be in his book, a reality which is referred to in both the OT and NT in various ways: “the book of the living” (Ps. 69:28), “the book” (Dan. 12:1), “names … written in heaven” (Luke 10:20), “the book of life” (Phil. 4:3).[3]


32:33 I will blot Refers to the practice of lifting wet ink from parchment, which results in the illegibility of what was written, and also a visible smudge. Sometimes this area could be written over, but it would always appear as a blemish.[4]


32:33 Whoever has sinned. Moses’ intercession is partially successful: God does not finally reject His people, but the sinful individuals will be judged. The limitations of Moses’ mediatorial office and ministry point to the need for a greater Mediator who will present a full and efficacious atonement for sin (Heb. 3:1–6; 10:11–18). See “Christ the Mediator” at 1 Tim. 2:5.[5]


[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ex 32:33–34). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[2] Kaiser, W. C., Jr. (2008). Exodus. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Genesis–Leviticus (Revised Edition) (Vol. 1, p. 543). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 198). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ex 32:33). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 142). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

September 28, 2017: Verse of the day

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So shall you know that I have sent this command to you, that my covenant with Levi may stand, says the Lord of hosts. My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him. It was a covenant of fear, and he feared me. He stood in awe of my name. True instruction was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity. For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts. [1]


4–7 The purpose for this strong warning to the priests is to caution them against the perversion of their office that has already begun (v. 4). The Lord made a covenant with Levi guaranteeing him life and well-being (thus Heb. šālôm), but only as he revered the Lord and served him faithfully (v. 5). This duty is precisely what the postexilic priests are failing to fulfill; thus they are already in violation of the covenant and are in danger of being cut off from their sacred office, that of custodian and teacher of Torah (v. 7).

The covenant referred to here no doubt pertains to the one made with Phinehas, a grandson of Aaron who at a crisis point in Israel’s spiritual life showed himself mightily on behalf of the Lord. When the Hebrews encamped on the plains of Moab, they became enticed by the Baalism of the area, and some began to involve themselves in lascivious idolatry (Nu 25:1–5). Having witnessed one particularly egregious act of sexual immorality, Phinehas, with spear in hand, slew the guilty parties, an Israelite man and a Midianite woman (v. 8). The Lord therefore held back the plague that was already underway and then singled out Phinehas for special recognition. God praised him and promised to make with him a covenant of everlasting priesthood characterized by well-being (šālôm; vv. 10–13).

In the words of Malachi, Levi (i.e., Phinehas, his descendant) “stood in awe” at the name of the Lord and was known as one whose mouth uttered “true instruction” (lit., “a tôrâ of truth”) and not falsehood. He walked in peace and uprightness and was responsible for the conversion of many to the Lord (v. 6). This rich legacy could and would be forfeited if the priests addressed by Malachi do not repent of their corrupt ways and once more serve the Lord in integrity and truth.[2]


The purpose of the covenant (v. 5)

To give life and peace

One of the most productive lies of the devil is that God enjoys making life miserable for human beings, that he gives us certain rules to spoil our happiness.

The truth of the matter is, of course, just the opposite. The laws of God are designed, not to destroy our happiness, but rather to secure it. Such was the case with God’s covenant with the Levites. By obeying it, they would bring both life and peace to the nation and to themselves. By disobeying it, they would bring destruction and unrest.

To produce fear of God

To fear God is to stand in awe of him. It is to revere his person, to submit to his authority and to dread his displeasure. This may seem to run counter to our happiness, but it is not. The more we stand in awe of God, the more likely we are to obey, and the more we obey the more happiness we find.[3]


2:4–5 / As a result of this punishment the priests would know that God had sent this admonition (see also v. 1) with a purpose—that the Lord’s covenant with Levi, which the priests had “violated” (v. 8), might continue. God was not ready to abolish the priesthood but intended, by means of judgment and the prophetic word, to reform the priests. The ministry of Malachi, the prophet and the book, was to call the priests back to their covenant obligations (vv. 5–7), to call them to work in the interim toward the purification to be completed in days to come by “the messenger of the covenant” (3:1–4).

There is no account in the ot of the making of this covenant with Levi, but Jeremiah 33:20–26 and Nehemiah 13:29 also speak of it. Several passages stand behind Malachi’s formulation (cf. the marriage covenant in Mal. 2:14). According to Deuteronomy 18:1–8, the entire tribe of Levi had been set aside for service at the sanctuary. Like Malachi 2, the blessing of Moses (Deut. 33:8–11) personalizes the tribe of Levi as an individual. Levi was “the man you [God] favored,” who “watched over your word and guarded your covenant.” According to Deuteronomy 33:10, Levi carries out the priestly duties of offering incense and whole burnt offerings, as well as teaching God’s precepts and law (torah) to Israel. “True instruction” (torah) is a major priestly responsibility in Malachi 2:6–7. Leviticus 1:10–11; Deuteronomy 17:8–12, 18; 21:5; 24:8; and 27:14–26 all speak of the requirement to teach and make decisions according to the law (torah). God had granted to Phinehas, a descendant of Aaron, and to his descendants a covenant of lasting priesthood, a covenant of peace, because of his zeal for God’s honor (Num. 25:10–13; cf. Mal. 2:2, 5). But Malachi gives the label “covenant” to the special obligations and provisions for all the priests, who are Levites, as set forth in the law (e.g., Deut. 17:8–13; 18:1–8; Num. 18). The ideal priest revered the Lord and stood in awe of the Lord’s name, for God had kept covenant by giving him life and peace—the best gifts of God to humankind, gifts no one else can bestow.[4]


2:4, 5 My covenant … with Levi. The relationship of God to the priesthood was clearly set forth in the Levitic covenant (Nu 3:44–48; 18:8–24; Dt 33:8–11). The covenant was one of mutual responsibility, in which God expected reverence for Himself in exchange for life and peace for the priests. Verbally similar to the covenant made with Phinehas relating to the lineage of the High-Priest (cf. Nu 25:10–13), this covenant was made with Aaron of Levi’s line and his descendants. The Jewish priests of Malachi’s day had deceived themselves by claiming the privileges of the covenant, while neglecting the conditions of it, as if God was bound to bless them even while they rejected the obligation to serve Him.

2:4 Then you will know. The priests will know the price of disobedience by bitter experience with the consequences.[5]


2:5 with him Levi was the ancestor of Aaron who was ordained as the first priest of Israel (see Exod 28–29). Levi did not personally serve as a priest and is not prominent in Genesis. (He is primarily mentioned in passing in lists of Jacob’s sons apart from the story in Gen 34:1–31). In Mal 2:5–6, he stands symbolically for the institution of the priesthood in general.[6]


2:5 one of life and peace. The central thrust of Deuteronomy is to show the connection between covenant obedience and life. Commitment to God leads to a full life. Some see in “covenant … of … peace” an allusion to the covenant with Phinehas mentioned in Num. 25:10–13.[7]


[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mal 2:4–7). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[2] Merrill, E. H. (2008). Malachi. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Daniel–Malachi (Revised Edition) (Vol. 8, p. 852). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Ellsworth, R. (2007). Opening up Malachi (p. 45). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[4] Goldingay, J., & Scalise, P. J. (2012). Minor Prophets II. (W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston, Eds.) (p. 337). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Mal 2:4). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Mal 2:5). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[7] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1346). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

September 27, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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BLOOMBERG

President Donald Trump and Republican leaders will launch an urgent effort to get a major legislative win this year, announcing a long-awaited tax plan that will immediately set off a fight over how much top earners should pay.

Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who was removed from office for his display of a Ten Commandments statue, on Tuesday defeated incumbent Senator Luther Strange, capturing almost 55 percent of the vote.

King Salman’s decision to allow women to drive marks the end of a long and arduous journey for scores of Saudi female drivers who faced arrest, harassment, slander and loss of jobs to get behind the wheel.

As Puerto Rico lies prostrate and powerless, 12 tankers are bound for the island, bringing fuel crucial to the emergency generators that provide power to hospitals and water-purification plants.

The House Science Committee received a classified briefing Tuesday related to Kaspersky Lab Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke about the Moscow-based security firm believed to have links to Russian intelligence. The discussion dealt with recent news and U.S. government actions regarding the Russian-owned company’s anti-virus software.

President Donald Trump said the U.S. is prepared to use “devastating” military force against North Korea but encouraged the world to work together to end the country’s nuclear program as he imposed new sanctions on the country’s banks.

AP Top Stories

Trump declared that he’s prepared to use military force if necessary on Tuesday, while more details on the torture American student Otto Warmbier faced during his 17 months in a North Korean prison have come to light.

Frustration is mounting on the island of Puerto Rico, where there’s no air conditioning., no hotels and no escape. With few commercial flights available, residents are scrambling amid an unfolding humanitarian crisis.

An officer in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s elite military security force was found shot dead on Tuesday inside the sprawling presidential compound, an official said.

Former President Obama described the moment he became overwhelmed with emotion sending his eldest daughter off to college while speaking at an event for the Beau Biden Foundation.

President Donald Trump will visit Puerto Rico on Oct. 3, nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria tore through the island as a Category 4 storm, he announced at a press briefing Tuesday morning.

Russia will retaliate against the United States in a row over a treaty that allows both states to conduct military observation flights over each other’s territory, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.

A Russian couple is suspected of dozens of cases of cannibalism after they were found with pictures of human body parts, including a cooked human head on a platter of oranges.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday signed into law a controversial language bill which has sparked a standoff with Romania and other east European states. The law states that starting in September 2020, students will be taught exclusively in Ukrainian from the fifth grade onwards, though they can still learn their native languages as a separate subject.

Qatar Airways announced Tuesday it has placed an order worth more than $2 billion for six Boeing planes, which it said reflected the airline’s continued expansion in the United States.

Russian officials have criticized a U.S. military handbook preparing soldiers for a possible future conflict with Moscow and its allies.

Ukrainian authorities evacuated more than 30,000 people Wednesday from the central Vinnytsia region after a huge arms depot storing missiles caught fire and exploded in what prosecutors said was a possible act of “sabotage”. It was the second major incident affecting a large Ukrainian weapons storage site this year.

Russia’s defense ministry on Wednesday said it had killed five field commanders and 32 fighters from a group formerly affiliated with Al-Qaeda in strikes on Syria’s Idlib province.

Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani said on Tuesday that Kurds had voted “yes” to independence in a referendum held in defiance of the government in Baghdad and which had angered their neighbors and their U.S. allies.

BBC

Iraq’s prime minister has demanded the Kurdistan Regional Government “cancel” the outcome of the referendum on independence that it held on Monday. Haider al-Abadi said he would “never discuss” the result and called on the Kurds to initiate dialogue “in the framework of the constitution”.

An Italian woman has married herself in a ceremony complete with white dress, three-layer wedding cake, bridesmaids and 70 guests. The ceremony carries no legal weight.

The US government has announced the start of construction on eight prototype barriers for the border with Mexico, a campaign promise of President Donald Trump.

WND

The lawyers for the Christian owners of a Minnesota video-services company are firing back after a federal judge there called the couple’s efforts to limit their wedding work to heterosexual couples “akin to a ‘White Applicants Only’ sign.”

Poland’s bishops have urged the nation’s Catholics to join a massive rosary prayer crusade along the country’s 2,000-mile border to pray for the salvation of their country. Organizers say they expect up to a million people to participate in the “Rosary on the Borders” event on October 7, the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, where “the Christian fleet overcame the Muslim armada, saving Europe from Islamization.”


The Briefing 09-27-17

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Why international organizations fail to deliver world peace

What the quest for self-fulfillment in the 1970s bequeathed to America today

Major American newspapers divide Americans into the dead and the pre-dead

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News – 9/27/2017

More Faith-Based Films May Feature F-Bombs
Are Christian movies going blue? Generational Sins, in theaters Oct.  6 via Freestyle Digital Media, is rated PG-13 and contains 32 profanities — not unusual except that Sins is a faith-based movie.

Interpol votes to admit ‘State of Palestine’ as new member state
A week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly how Israel’s stature on the world stage was on the rise, the country suffered a diplomatic setback on Wednesday when the International Police Organization (Interpol) voted to accept the Palestinians as a member. The move passed by a vote of 75 to 24, with 34 abstentions.

Saudi Arabia women hail end of driving ban
Campaigners in Saudi Arabia have hailed King Salman’s decree allowing women to drive for the first time. One female activist called it a “great victory”, while another said things would “never be the same again”. The country’s US ambassador has described the move as “the right decision at the right time”.

Roy Moore Wins Alabama’s GOP Senate Primary
Alabama Republicans on Tuesday voted decisively to nominate Roy Moore, a former state Supreme Court judge, for a U.S. Senate seat, delivering a rebuke to President Donald Trump and the GOP establishment that supported his rival…In his victory rally, Mr. Moore underscored the evangelical conservative spirit of his campaign, while invoking a Trumpian slogan.

Sex diseases in US surge to record high
Sexually transmitted diseases surged to a record high in the United States last year, with more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis nationwide, officials said Tuesday. This was “the highest number ever,” said the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In Historic Speech, Macron Makes “Radical” Appeal For United Europe, Calls For “Military Intervention Force”
“The challenge is vital: the sea walls behind which Europe has thrived have gone. We need to trace the only path ensuring our future; it is the refoundation of a sovereign, united and democratic Europe.”

Otto Warmbier ‘systematically tortured’ by N Korea say parents
The parents of Otto Warmbier have shared horrific details of his condition when he arrived home from North Korea. Fred and Cindy Warmbier told Fox and Friends that the North Koreans were “terrorists” who had “systematically tortured” their son. The US student was jailed in Pyongyang in 2016 for stealing a hotel sign.

BREAKING: Republicans Renew Call For SECOND SPECIAL COUNSEL to Investigate Hillary, Comey, and Lynch
In light of reports that Comey ended the FBI investigation into Hillary’s emails before interviewing seventeen key witnesses including Hillary herself, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee renewed called for a second special counsel Tuesday.

Trump Stumped As Bannon-Backed Roy Moore Wins Alabama Republican Primary By Landslide
In a serious rebuke for President Trump (and perhaps even moreso for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell), ousted judge and alt-right favorite Roy Moore has won the Alabama Republican Primary by a landslide.

MAJOR TERROR ATTACK ROCKS ISRAEL: Border policeman, 2 security guards killed as Muslim terrorist opens fire northwest of Jerusalem
…Two security officers and a border policeman were murdered Tuesday morning in a suspected terror attack in the town of Har Adar outside Jerusalem. Another Israeli was badly wounded.

Fraud? 248 counties have more voters than eligible citizens
…“Voter fraud begins with corrupted voter rolls. Our nation’s voter rolls have records that cannot be distinguished between living or dead; citizen or alien; resident or relocated. We hear about possible cyber-attacks, but we aren’t doing enough to fix voter rolls that are certainly corrupt,” he said. “The voter rolls are so bad in some states that election officials would have a hard time telling the difference between sabotage and negligence.”

Students protest U.S. Attorney General speech at Georgetown
Students and faculty at Georgetown Law School gathered on Tuesday to protest that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was delivering an address about the right of free speech on college campuses to an invitation-only audience without giving critics of the Trump administration an opportunity to ask questions.

Mid-Day Snapshot

Sept. 27, 2017

2LT Rapone — A Chronic Case of Stupid

Infiltration? A West Point graduate promotes communism and Che Guevara while in uniform.

The Foundation

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” —Thomas Paine (1777)


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 27

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  • U.S. slaps steep duties on Bombardier jets after Boeing complaint (Read More)
  • Dismayed Britain chides Boeing over Bombardier ruling (Read More)
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  • Manafort’s Offer to Russian Oligarch Was Tied to Disputed Deal (Read More)
  • There’s One North Korea Taboo China’s Leaders Won’t Talk About (Read More)
  • Mattis arrives in Afghanistan as rockets hit Kabul airport (Read More)
  • Falling prices, borrowing binge haunt Midwest ‘go-go farmers’ (Read More)
  • Canada Says It’s No Safe Haven for Immigrants Losing U.S. Protection (Read More)
  • Ford and Lyft Sign Driverless-Car Agreement (Read More)
  • Trump’s Made-in-America Car Campaign Hasn’t Spurred Investment (Read More)
  • Uber defends business model at UK tribunal on worker rights (Read More)
  • Alstom, Siemens Announce Merger to Create European Train Giant (Read More)
  • PepsiCo Lawyer’s Exit Is Focus of SEC Probe (Read More)
  • Greek central bank dismisses Anonymous hacking claim (Read More)
  • Amazon says Google has pulled YouTube from Echo Show device in tech face-off (Read More)
  • Thai former PM Yingluck gets five-year jail term for negligence (Read More)

Headlines – 9/27/2017

UN: Israeli, PA incitement violates Resolution 2334

Son of Hamas Founder Shakes Up UN Human Rights Council: ‘If Israel Did Not Exist, You Would Have No One to Blame’

Survey: 67% of PA, Gaza Arabs Want Abbas to Resign, Replaced by Barghouti or Haniyeh

Supreme Court justices to skip settlement jubilee ceremony

In chat with Merkel, Netanyahu says Israel worried about rising anti-Semitism

In Tunisia, an ancient Jewish community braves uncertain future

Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled to speak at European Parliament event

Israeli PM blames deadly attack on ‘Palestinian incitement’

After deadly attack by cleaner, some in Har Adar rethink Palestinian hires

Mayor of Palestinian assailant’s hometown accuses Israel of ‘collective punishment’

Liberman’s party revives death penalty for terrorists bill after Har Adar attack

‘Deport family members of Palestinian terrorists to Syria’

Jewish man, 54, sets himself on fire at King David’s tomb

Leviathan value revised up to $7.4b

Report: Israel fires missile at Syrian aircraft over Golan

Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to halt renewed Israel ties over backing for Kurdish state

Turkey warns Kurds ‘Israeli flags won’t save you’

Top Iranian general says Kurdish referendum an Israeli ‘plot’

Kurdish bid for independence from Iraq emerges as regional flash point

Kurdish referendum: President Barzani declares victory in independence vote amid threats

After vote, defiant Iraqi Kurds say they are ready to fight for independence

Barzani says ‘yes’ vote won independence referendum, calls on Baghdad to engage in dialogue

Iran vows to stand with Baghdad, Ankara against Iraqi Kurds’ independence push

Iraqi PM, Kurdish leader trade barbs over independence vote

Iraq Orders Kurdistan to Surrender Its Airports

Iraqi Kurds must give up on independence or go hungry – Erdogan

Iraq hangs 42 Sunni militants convicted of terrorism

Trump plans to slash US refugee admissions

Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive for the first time

Amid genocide allegations, Israel mum on halting arms sales to Myanmar

New US sanctions hit 8 North Korean banks, 26 bank workers

North Korea taps GOP analysts to better understand Trump and his messages

Trump warns of ‘devastating’ military option as North Korea moves jets

Trump says world must isolate NKorean ‘menace’

Trump lowers temperature in simmering conflict with North Korea and claims pressure is working

North Korea: Hawaii residents told to prepare for nuclear attack as tensions reach new high

Trump says US captive in North Korea was ‘tortured beyond belief’

U.S. asks China not to enforce cyber security law

Israeli surveillance balloon helped protect Pope in South America

U.S. does not believe Cuba is behind sonic attacks on American diplomats

Meeting with economists and blue-collar workers, Fed Chair Janet Yellen talks of economic uncertainty

Yellen: Fed may have ‘misjudged’ inflation, keeping rates lower

Home-price gains accelerate in July as a reminder of the housing bubble stirs to life

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Hachinohe, Japan

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Manokwari, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 12,000ft

The graphs that show why Bali’s Mt Agung volcano could erupt at any minute, as 75,000 flee

Can an active hurricane season lead to an increase in earthquakes?

September 2017 Was the Most Active Month on Record for Atlantic Hurricanes

Thousands flee North Carolina’s Outer Banks ahead of Maria

Dems accuse Trump of ‘anemic’ response to Puerto Rico crisis

Iceberg 3 times the size of Manhattan breaks off Antarctica

Witch doctors in Uganda sacrificing children in bid to end drought, report says

Senate GOP abandons latest effort to unwind the Affordable Care Act

New STD cases in U.S. set record high in 2016: CDC report

Trump wants to ban transgender military troops. His top general feels differently.

Trump urges NFL to ban players kneeling during anthem

Dem lawmaker threatens to force Trump impeachment vote next week

Miss Puerto Rico Suspended for Tweets: ‘Islamic God is NOT the Same God as Christians & Jews’

Scriptures Prove Jewish Feast of Yom Kippur Was Fulfilled In Jesus Christ!

Flag Worship and the Idolatry of American Patriotic Christianity

The Simon the Sorcerer Mentality – Jennifer LeClaire and Jeremy Gibson

Word of Faith Superstar Kenneth Copeland Proven 100% WRONG (and Nobody Cares)

Bible Scholar Claims Apostle Paul Never Said ‘Women Should Remain Silent in Church’

Oprah Magazine: God’s “in” Abortions?

 


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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The origins of Hillsong (Part 7): Wagner acknowledges Hillsong & AOG are NAR.

Many people assume that the origins of Hillsong originated from Charismaticism, Pentecostalism or the Salvation Army – however this is not true.

This series of articles looks at the history of the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) and how it overtook the AOG in NZ, the AOG in Australia and how Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong/Christian Life Center, was instrumental in spreading Latter Rain influences throughout New Zealand and Australian churches.

In this article we will report on what Wagner had to say about the NAR taking over the Australian AOG.

05_Code-Blue_NAR The New Apostolic Reformation cult preach a false Jesus, false gospel and New Age metaphysical teachings and strategies in an attempt to bring heaven to earth.

To understand the backdrop of the situation so far, it’s important to familiarize what Frank Houston embraced and practiced in New Zealand regarding the New Order of the Latter Rain cult. Read here:

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September 27, 2017: Verse of the day

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19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” [1]


19–20 For a final time, Moses solemnly exhorts God’s children to choose life (for themselves and for their descendants) and all the other blessings that accompany a proper relationship with the God of their ancestors. To emphasize the importance of this demand, Moses for the third time uses the expression “today” (cf. 30:15, 18). He presents heaven and earth as enduring witnesses to this call to covenantal conformity (see Note on 4:26). Appeals to creation as part of a rebuke for covenantal disobedience also occur in other OT passages (Isa 1:2; Mic 1:2; 6:1 [mountains and hills]).

Israel’s choice to obey or disobey Yahweh will have far-reaching implications: life or death, blessings or curses (cf. ch. 28). Choosing life (for them and their descendants) is equated with wholehearted commitment to a genuine covenantal relationship with Yahweh. Verse 20 delineates that commitment by employing stock “covenantal” verbs: “love,” “listen,” “hold fast” (see Note at 13:4). Moses concludes this section by affirming that Yahweh, Israel’s covenantal Lord, will give them long tenure in the land if they live as loyal citizens. Just prior to that statement he declares a powerful reality: “For the Lord is your life.” True life is only to be found in God, i.e., in an intimate relationship with him.[2]


30:19 choose life. Moses forces the decision, exhorting Israel on the plains of Moab before God (heaven) and man (earth) to choose by believing in and loving God, the life available through the New Covenant (see v. 6). Sadly, Israel failed to respond to this call to the right choice (see 31:16–18, 27–29). Choosing life or death was also emphasized by Jesus. The one who believed in Him had the promise of eternal life; while the one who refused to believe faced eternal death (cf. Jn 3:1–36). Every person faces this same choice.[3]


30:19–20 I call heaven and earth. Ancient treaties had witnesses to their ratification. Often those witnesses were the gods. In Deuteronomy, since God himself is a partner to the covenant, heaven and earth are called as witnesses. See 4:25–26 and note. Life, and living, is a key theme in ch. 30 (see vv. 6, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20). To choose life is to choose God himself, to trust in God’s grace and circumcision of the heart. holding fast. See 4:4 and note on 4:3–4 on 4:3–4.[4]


[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Dt 30:19–20). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[2] Grisanti, M. A. (2012). Deuteronomy. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Numbers–Ruth (Revised Edition) (Vol. 2, p. 768). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Dt 30:19). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 375). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

September 26, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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BLOOMBERG

President Donald Trump told dinner guests Monday night that he expects the House will approve a tax bill in October and the Senate by year’s end — an extremely rapid timeline that would deliver Trump’s much-desired signature legislative victory.

Some of the biggest names in U.S. finance and real estate are expected to gather at New York’s Le Cirque restaurant on Tuesday as President Donald Trump raises money for the Republican National Committee. For $250,000 a couple, donors can attend a “private roundtable” with the president, while $100,000 will guarantee “VIP access.”

A top House Republican has demanded details on the use of private emails by some of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers.

China said patriotism must be the highest priority in entrepreneurship, officially defining for the first time what the concept should mean for the world’s second-biggest economy. Patriotism and professionalism are the first “core” components of entrepreneurship, followed by “innovation and the pursuit of greatness” and “social responsibility,” the Communist Party’s Central Committee and the State Council said in a joint statement late Monday. They called for strengthening party leadership over entrepreneurs and guiding them to endorse party leaders.

Home prices in 20 U.S. cities climbed more than forecast in July, reflects solid demand against a backdrop of modest listings of properties.

The internal combustion engine’s days may be numbered in California, where officials are mulling whether a ban on sales of polluting autos is needed to achieve long-term targets for cleaner air.

Lucara Diamond Corp. finally sold the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona diamond for $53 million, or $47,777 a carat, on Monday to Graff Diamonds. While it’s significantly bigger than the 813-carat Constellation stone Lucara found at the same time that stone sold for a record $63 million, or about $77,500 a carat.

AP Top Stories

European diplomats warned the Trump administration on Monday that Europe is prepared to block U.S. efforts to re-impose international sanctions against Iran as long as Tehran continues to comply with its obligations under the nuclear deal.

Nearly 50,000 people have fled the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing an imminent eruption as dozens of tremors rattle the surrounding region, officials said Monday.

Submarines can run-but they can’t hide-from drones. That’s the contention of a new report by a British think tank, which argues that the growing numbers and sophistication of drones are depriving submarines of their stealthiness.

Voting began Monday in northern Iraq on a controversial referendum that will decide whether Iraqi Kurds will declare independence from Iraq. Iraq’s central government remains starkly opposed to the effort and has asked countries to stop buying oil from Kurdistan, and threatened a wider economic blockade.

The U.S. wants a diplomatic solution to the escalating nuclear crisis with North Korea, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday, toning down the shrill rhetoric between the two countries.

The Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico holds 60 billion to 70 billion barrels of yet-to-be pumped crude oil, according to a study by IHS Markit Ltd.

BBC

Egyptian police have arrested seven people after they were allegedly seen raising rainbow flags at a concert in Cairo last week, security sources said. The seven were reportedly detained on Monday for “promoting sexual deviancy”, but have not yet been formally charged.

A couple arrested for murder in the south-west Russian city of Krasnodar have admitted killing up to 30 people, local media report. Dmitry Baksheev, 35, and his wife Natalia, were reportedly arrested after a dismembered body was found at the military base where they lived. Police confirmed a number of food and meat items discovered at their home were now being tested for human DNA.

A website’s ad campaign telling young women they could fund their studies by dating a sugar daddy has provoked a wave of anger at Belgian universities. Vans have been driven around universities displaying messages such as “Hey students! Improve your lifestyle” and “Zero euro student loan? Date a sugar daddy”.

The Brazilian government has revoked a controversial decree that would have opened up a vast reserve in the Amazon to commercial mining. It is thought to be rich in gold, iron, manganese and other minerals. From the moment President Michel Temer signed the decree in August opening the reserve to commercial mining, it was widely condemned.

Two US-led coalition air strikes on towns held by so-called Islamic State in Syria in March killed at least 84 civilians, Human Rights Watch said.

WND

Lowndes County, Alabama, has been accused of having 131 percent of its total eligible population on its list of registered voters. There are 11 more Alabama counties with the problem. 247 counties have the same problem, prompting the Public Interest Legal Foundation to send letters to officials, warning them to clean up their voter rolls or face legal consequences. Kentucky has 41 counties with more voters than residents, Michigan 32, Iowa 31, Illinois 22, Mississippi 19, Colorado 17, Texas 12, Alabama 12, South Dakota 12, Nebraska 9, Georgia 6, New York 6, West Virginia 6, New Mexico 5, North Carolina 5, California 2, Louisiana 2, Montana 2, Virginia 2, Arizona 1 and Florida 1.

A new survey in the United Kingdom by the charity Girlguiding found that one girl in six has felt pressured to send nude images of themselves via texting or other digital communications.

The Los Angeles-area Joint Regional Intelligence Center issued a bulletin last month warning that a nuclear attack on Southern California would be “catastrophic” and urged officials in the region to shore up their nuclear attack response plans.


The Briefing 09-26-17

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News – 9/26/2017

Earthquake Epidemic Sweeping Globe Part of End-of-Days Redemption: Rabbis
While the heavens raged above in one of the most disastrous hurricane seasons in history, the earth trembled below as a global epidemic of major earthquakes shook all around the volatile Pacific Ring of Fire. A Bible Codes expert, searching for the divine message hidden in the Mexico disaster, discovered a shockingly clear reference that indicates this trend will only continue.

Powerful 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck off Papua New Guinea but no tsunami warning has been issued.

The graphs that show why Bali’s Mt Agung volcano could erupt at any minute, as 75,000 flee
Vehicles laden with food, masks and bedding have been dispatched to help more than 75,000 people who have fled a volcano on the tourist island of Bali, as rising magma and increased tremors fuel fears of an imminent eruption. Mount Agung, about 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the Indonesian tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August, threatening to erupt for the first time since 1963.

Iraq hangs 42 Sunni militants convicted of terrorism
Iraq on Sunday executed 42 Sunni Muslim militants convicted on terrorism charges ranging from killing members of security forces to detonating car bombs. The biggest mass execution this year in Iraq came after the government came after Sunni suicide attacks killed at least 60 people near the southern city of Nassiriya, a Shi’ite area, on Sept. 14, prompting Shi’ite demands for tougher judicial action.

Survey: 67% of PA, Gaza Arabs Want Abbas to Resign, Replaced by Barghouti or Haniyeh
A large majority believes that Palestinians cannot criticize the PA without fear. In fact, half of the public believes that the PA has now become a burden on the Palestinian people,” the PSR states.

North Korea appears to bolster defenses as crisis with US escalates
North Korea appears to have boosted defenses on its east coast, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday, after the North said US President Donald Trump had declared war and that it would shoot down US bombers flying near the peninsula.

The German AfD party has surged and Europe is falling apart
The mainstream media repeats the mantra that behind this right-wing surge lies the xenophobic and fascist hate that has raised its head in Europe, citing Vladimir Putin with his hackers, Donald Trump and his tweets, and other children’s fairy tales. These are the real fake newsmongers. What lies behind the right-wing surge is, instead, the big cultural shock that hit at the heart of the European democracies…, the ideological shock (derision of the people by the élites and political correctness), rampant anti-Christian secularization and massive illegal immigration.

Israel fires missile at Syrian aircraft over Golan
Arab media outlets have reported that a Syrian aircraft flying over the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights near the border with Israel was targeted by an Israeli missile. According to the report, the incident took place over the town of Kuneitra on the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan.

Hamas speaks highly of deadly shooting attack that killed 3 Israelis
Hamas spoke highly of a deadly shooting attack on Tuesday outside the Har Adar settlement near Jerusalem. “Once again Jerusalem proves that it is the heart of the conflict with the occupation,” Hamas spokesman Hazim Qassim said… “The operation this morning in northern Jerusalem is a new chapter of the Jerusalem intifada and… an affirmation that our uprising youth will continue to fight until the people and land are completely liberated.”

Netanyahu: Israel expects Abbas to condemn terror attack
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to condemn the Har Adar terror attack Tuesday morning that killed two security guards and one border police officer, and not to justify it. Speaking before the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said that the attack is the result – among other things – of “systematic incitement by the Palestinian Authority and other elements.”

UN: Israeli, PA incitement violates Resolution 2334
Israelis and Palestinians have engaged in inflammatory rhetoric that violates UN Resolution 2334, which condemns settlement activity, UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nikolay Mladenov said on Monday. He presented the UN Security Council with his third report on the resolution since its approval last December, in which he gave both Israelis and Palestinians a failing grade.

Manus refugees rejected by Australia head to US
A small group of refugees have become the first to be moved from Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus island to the US to start new lives. The 22 men have been accepted by the US under a deal reached between Australia and the Obama administration. Another group are expected to be moved from the island nation of Nauru in coming days.

Brexit: Theresa May to meet Donald Tusk for talks
Theresa May will meet European Council President Donald Tusk later – the first time since the PM set out plans for a two-year transition period post-Brexit. It comes a month before the council will decide whether sufficient progress has been made to begin trade talks. The council says it first wants more detail on citizen’s rights, a financial settlement and the Irish border.

California Is Already Preparing for a North Korean Nuclear Attack
With U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un trading insults and threatening war, California officials are taking the threat of nuclear exchange seriously. Noting the heightened North Korean threat, the Los Angeles-area Joint Regional Intelligence Center issued a bulletin…warning that a nuclear attack on Southern California would be “catastrophic” and urged officials in the region to shore up their nuclear attack response plans.

US spy chief urges Congress to renew surveillance authority
Intelligence Director Dan Coats Monday urged Congress to tread carefully as it considers imposing limitations on surveillance authorities enjoyed by the nation’s spy agencies for nearly a decade. “This is clearly a major issue for the intelligence community,” Coats told a group of journalists at his office complex in suburban Virginia. “It’s one of our top priorities.”

U.S. tells WTO concerned about Chinese cyber security laws
The United States has told the World Trade Organization that a new Chinese cyber security law could have a significant adverse effect on global trade in services… “China’s measures would disrupt, deter, and in many cases, prohibit cross-border transfers of information that are routine in the ordinary course of business,” said the U.S. document that was submitted for debate at the WTO Services Council.

Son of Hamas Founder Shakes Up UN Human Rights Council: ‘If Israel Did Not Exist, You Would Have No-One To Blame’
The U.N. Human Rights Council’s perennial debate focusing on condemning Israel witnessed an unusual intervention Monday – a strong-worded statement in Arabic-accented English slamming not Israel but the Palestinian Authority.

Prof sounds alarm over same-sex ‘studies’ on children
Twenty years after politicians and researchers howled in protest at research suggesting there was no lasting harm to minors who engage in same-sex sexual relationships with much older adults, similar research now is being met with the silence of the scientific community and may be used to challenge age of consent laws.

WATCH – Donald Trump Releases Epic Video to Warn America
…with extremist groups like ISIS on the decline — we can see that jihadists are still committed to the destruction of the Western world. While the Islamic State (ISIS) is all but defeated in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria, they are adopting a new tactic: infiltrating Western nations whose immigration policies are lax enough to allow entry to those who would carry out violent attacks.

Hubble images mysterious object hurtling through the solar system
The Hubble space telescope has unravelled the mystery of a strange asteroid which had also been classified as a comet – and which had puzzled astronomers. Hubble was used to image the asteroid, designated 2006 VW139, in September 2016 – and the image revealed that it’s not one, but two asteroids. The two rocks are orbiting each other at a distance of 60 miles – and behave very weirdly, the researchers say.

SODOM AND GEMORRAH: UK Introduces Gender Neutral, Tranny-Sensitive School Uniforms
In response to pressures from “diversity” campaigners in the United Kingdom, dozens of schools have introduced “gender neutral” uniform codes in order to be more sensitive to children who “identify” as the opposite sex. The ultra-progressive policies would allow, and some say encourage, boys as young as five years old to “come out” as transgender and wear skirts to class. silent?


September 25, 2017
WES VERNON — It seems weird that, at this point, one man holds the future of America in his hands. That man is not an enemy. He is an honored United States Senator whose military record on this nation’s behalf has earned him the respect and gratitude of his fellow countrymen…. (more)

September 25, 2017
ALAN KEYES — Is the whole present crisis of the United States due to the fact that many Americans who profess to be followers of Christ fail to walk the path he exampled for us? The Scripture reports that Christ had the power to transform material things, changing water into wine. He had the power to heal physical infirmities – – to make the blind see and the lame walk. He could restore life to those who were dead, in every sense the human body could perceive…. (more)

September 25, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — A new video from the public policy group America’s Survival, Inc. documents how so-called “progressives” are now demanding acceptance of “psychedelics,” or mind-altering drugs that create hallucinations. America’s Survival, Inc. President Cliff Kincaid interviews Dr. Tina Trent about how Barack Hussein Obama implemented the George Soros vision of legalized dope and how the “progressive” pro-drug movement he is leading is now demanding legalization of LSD and heroin…. (more)

September 25, 2017
HOT AIR — Yes, this poll was conducted over the weekend, after Trump’s rally for Strange on Friday night. And yes, the pollster is legit. It’s Trafalgar, whom you may remember as having called Michigan and Pennsylvania last fall with eerie precision when most others in the field were projecting Hillary Clinton wins by comfortable-ish margins…. (more)

September 25, 2017
CHELSEA SCHILLING — Former U.S. Army Ranger officer Alejandro Villanueva – – the Pittsburgh Steelers player who is being hailed as a hero after he defied his whole team Sunday and stood for the national anthem – – actually earned his true hero status three years before he played professional football…. (more)


September 25, 2017
BOB UNRUH — Who would have thought the National Football League – – those teams with big guys who chase a little ball all over the gridiron – – would get caught up in a fight over the First Amendment’s free-speech protections? But it has, in an explosive way…. (more)


September 25, 2017
WESLEY PRUDEN — There’s a lunatic in Asia credibly threatening the world with a hydrogen bomb. Congress can’t pull itself together to do anything. But enough of that. We’re all obsessed now with what a few tubby athletes think about the flag, the national anthem and the country others have shed blood and lives to defend and protect…. (more)

September 25, 2017
ALICIA POWE — After sabotaging his career, humiliating his wife and lying to the people of New York City, disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for persuading a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina to undress and touch herself via Skype in 2016…. (more)


September 25, 2017
LEO HOHMANN — Was Alton Nolen mentally ill when he beheaded a female co-worker and tried to behead a second woman at a food plant in Oklahoma on Sept. 25, 2014, or was he simply being a good Muslim by following the dictates of the Quran?… (more)


September 25, 2017
POLITICO — The White House and senior Republicans are deeply worried about Sen. Luther Strange’s chances in Tuesday’s GOP runoff here – even after unleashing the full weight of the party machinery to stop his opponent, flame-throwing conservative Roy Moore…. (more)


September 24, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Roy Moore’s supporters rallied on Saturday amid bluegrass music, pulled pork and “Make America Great Again” hats, lamenting what they view as the wrong turn their beloved President Trump took with his endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange…. (more)

September 24, 2017
NEWSMAX — Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics…. (more)

September 24, 2017
BOB UNRUH — A federal judge in Minnesota with a long history of Democratic Party activism has issued a ruling that effectively concludes the LGBT agenda trumps the First Amendment’s religious-rights protections. John Tunheim, appointed by then-President Bill Clinton in 1995, ordered Wednesday that Christian videographers Carl and Angel Larsen, through their company, Telescope Media Group, must use their filmmaking talents to promote same-sex marriages if they produce films that celebrate marriage as the union of one man and one woman…. (more)

September 24, 2017
FORTUNE — Hillary Clinton spoke about her thoughts on what she viewed as sexist comments by President Donald Trump and women who continued to support him. “When I see women doing that, I think why are they publicly disrespecting themselves? Why are they opening the door to have someone say that about them in their workplace? In a community setting? Do they not see the connection there?” Clinton said in an interview on AM Joy…. (more)

September 23, 2017
BREITBART — President Donald Trump admitted to Alabama voters Friday that he might have made a mistake by endorsing appointed Alabama Sen. Luther Strange in the Republican primary. “We have to be loyal in life,” Trump said. “There is something called loyalty, and I might have made a mistake and I’ll be honest, I might have made a mistake.”… (more)

September 23, 2017
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY — Robert Mueller’s sprawling special-counsel investigation is playing hardball. It was not enough to get a search warrant to ransack the Virginia home of Paul Manafort, even as the former Trump campaign chairman was cooperating with congressional investigators. Mueller’s bad-asses persuaded a judge to give them permission to pick the door lock…. (more)

September 23, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Sen. Elizabeth Warren was forced to defend her wealth despite her frequent attacks on the rich after she was confronted by a Boston radio host earlier this week. Ms. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who frequently attacks big banks and Wall Street, ran into WRKO radio host Jeff Kuhner at the studio Monday and was asked how she can justify “railing” against a class of Americans to which she belongs…. (more)


September 22, 2017
FOX NEWS — Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University ended a six-decade ban Thursday on the sale of caffeinated soft drinks on campus, surprising students by posting a picture of a can of Coca-Cola on Twitter and just two words: “It’s happening.”… (more)


September 22, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson praised Judge Roy Moore, a Senate candidate in Alabama, hours ahead of President Trump’s visit to Alabama to stump for Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala. In a statement, Carson called Moore a “fine man of proven character and integrity,” and someone who “reflects the Judeo-Christian values” needed to “make America great again” – – Trump’s 2016 campaign motto. He also said he was “delighted” that Moore was running…. (more)

September 22, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — It is not possible for Congress to pass a comprehensive bipartisan solution to healthcare reform. That much is incontrovertible. But in a statement announcing his opposition to the Graham-Cassidy legislation – – one that signaled it was as good as dead – – Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., argued bipartisanship was a necessary component to such efforts, so as not to “leave the American people guessing from one election to the next whether and how they will acquire health insurance.”… (more)

September 22, 2017
BYRON YORK — A third deadline has now passed for the FBI and Justice Department to give the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed documents related to the Trump dossier. And for a third time, the bureau has not produced the material…. (more)

September 22, 2017
BOB UNRUH — A Twitter comment from the Associated Press, the international wire service begun in the 1800s to enable newspapers to share stories with each other, blasting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for using a private jet for her travels has bounced back. It seems the AP’s criticism – – “Education Secretary DeVos uses a private jet to fly around the country to tour schools and attend other work events” – – failed to mention that the jet in question is owned by DeVos…. (more)

September 22, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — President Trump in his U.N. speech failed to mention that Russia and China are responsible for North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. What’s worse, Trump actually thanked Russia and China for helping to somehow restrain North Korea through the ineffective United Nations…. (more)

September 22, 2017
ALICIA POWE — The Republican Party has swept all of the special elections to replace members of Congress tapped by President Trump for posts in his administration. But there’s another one coming up: next week’s GOP runoff in Alabama between seated temporary Sen. Luther Strange, the state’s former attorney general, and Judge Roy Moore, the state’s former Supreme Court chief justice…. (more)

September 22, 2017
BREITBART — Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King announced his endorsement of Judge Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate. “Judge Roy Moore has shown time and time again that he will stand strong against the prevailing winds to champion causes that are important to conservatives,” King said Thursday about the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice…. (more)

Mid-Day Snapshot

Sept. 26, 2017

Challenging the Racist Cops Myth

The real controversy should not be over those protesting the national anthem but the perpetuation of the racism myth.

The Foundation

“To prevent crimes, is the noblest end and aim of criminal jurisprudence. To punish them, is one of the means necessary for the accomplishment of this noble end and aim.” —James Wilson (1790)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 26

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  • Republican’s Latest Tax Plan Has Little Room to Maneuver (Read More)
  • Mexico in three-day countdown to search for earthquake survivors (Read More)
  • Oil near 26-month high as Turkey threatens to choke Kurdish exports (Read More)
  • North Korea bolsters defenses after flight by U.S. bombers as rhetoric escalates (Read More)
  • U.S. to Curb Russian Military Flights Over America (Read More)
  • U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross tells China to guarantee fair treatment for U.S. firms (Read More)
  • Novogratz Says Bitcoin Is a Bubble, But You Should Own It (Read More)
  • Citi Says Get Ready for an Oil Squeeze (Read More)
  • Alibaba takes control of logistics business, pledges $15 billion to expand network (Read More)
  • This Is Chaos’: Sweltering Puerto Rico on Day 6 Without Power (Read More)
  • Nestlé Cedes Ground to Loeb but Won’t Budge on L’Oreal (Read More)
  • Western Digital to seek injunction to block Toshiba’s $18 billion chip unit sale (Read More)
  • Citi Is Bringing Back One of the Most Infamous Bets of the Credit Crisis (Read More)
  • Nafta Negotiators Turn to Thorny Issue Just as Ministers Arrive (Read More)
  • U.S. companies urge EU to refrain from unilateral moves on Web tax (Read More)
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Headlines – 9/26/2017

Three Israelis Killed in Terrorist Attack in West Bank Settlement

After deadly shooting, IDF seals off hometown of Har Adar terrorist

Rioting breaks out in vicinity of Har Adar terrorist’s village

Netanyahu: Israel expects Abbas to condemn terror attack

Hamas speaks highly of deadly shooting attack that killed 3 Israelis

UN Secretary-General: ‘Hamas glorifying terrorism is deplorable, undermines possibility of peace’

Lieberman: ‘Before negotiating, we must demand Palestinians cease incitement’

Right-wing MKs: Call off US peace push over terror attack – shooting was a message to US envoy Jason Greenblatt

Washington seeks to jumpstart Israeli-Palestinian peace process with “the deal of the century”

Israel Set to Advance Plans Next Week for Some 2,000 New Homes in West Bank Settlements

UN Mideast Envoy Says Israel Ignoring Security Council Demand to Halt Settlements

EU ambassador to Israel to boycott state event marking 50th anniversary of liberation of Judea, Samaria

100 years later – Current Lord Balfour: Everyone knew Jews needed a home

Racing toward disaster: Israel’s unsustainable population bomb

Saudi Newspaper: ‘No Lasting Peace Can Exclude Hamas and its Supporters’

For first time in over two years, PA to hold cabinet meeting in Gaza

A severe electricity shortage in Gaza leaves residents with as little as four hours of power a day

Kurds Turned Out en Masse to Vote on Independence Despite Iran and Turkey Prepping for War

Erdogan warns Kurdish independence could spark ‘ethnic war’

Iraqi Kurds vote on creating an independent Kurdistan – but big obstacles stand in the way

Oil Slips After Entering Bull Market on Kurdish Export Threats

Analysis : Israel Isn’t Doing the Kurds Any Favors by Openly Supporting Independence

Erdogan: Israel must reconsider support for Kurdish independence – or else

Why do state-seeking Palestinians oppose Kurdish independence vote?

Iraq’s PM Abadi refuses talks with Kurds over independence vote results

Iran parliament to hold meeting on Kurd vote

Report: Damascus says Syrian Kurdish autonomy negotiable

Syrian War Drags On, but Assad’s Future Looks as Secure as Ever

Syria will retaliate against Israel if it continues attacking it, foreign minister says

Russia denies it killed civilians in air strikes on Syria’s Idlib

Returning home, Syrians find Raqqa battered beyond recognition

German ‘Islamic State leader’ on trial for recruiting jihadists

Qatar Says Trump wants to fix Gulf crisis with dialogue

Trump pushing Afghan president to close Taliban office in Qatar, sources say

Myanmar says no ‘ethnic cleansing,’ genocide against Muslims

Israel Refuses to Stop Arms Sales to Myanmar, Despite Its Campaign of Rape, Torture and Massacres Against the Rohingya

Kenyan police use tear gas, batons to disperse opposition protesters

Jewish groups join criticism of Trump’s updated travel ban

Trump and Israel Blasted an Iranian Missile Launch That Didn’t Happen

North Korea Also Has Nerve Agent VX, Chemical Weapons Expert Warns

North Korea appears to bolster defenses after flight by U.S. bombers as rhetoric escalates

North Korean official says Trump has ‘declared war,’ threatens to shoot down U.S. warplanes

North Korea foreign minister says President Trump’s tweet is ‘a declaration of war’

White House Rejects N. Korean Claim That Trump ‘Declared War’

Seoul urges US to avoid ‘further escalation’ with North Korea

As North Korea threatens electromagnetic pulse attack, questions over lapses in US grid security rise

North Korea’s ‘gruesome’ murder of Kim’s brother meant to ‘horrify world,’ new report says

Kremlin: Ramping up tensions over N.Korea may have dangerous consequences

UN human rights office: Russia violating international law in Crimea

U.S. to Curb Russian Military Flights Over American Territory

Some Trump advisers used private email for government business

Clinton reportedly calls Kushner emails ‘the height of hypocrisy’

Bannon to conservatives: Fear ‘corrupt’ GOP establishment

Catalan president ‘could be arrested over independence referendum’

US spy chief urges Congress to renew surveillance authority

Elon Musk’s Plan to Girdle Earth With Satellites Hits Turbulence

Driverless hover-taxi makes first ‘concept’ flight in Dubai

Israeli tech helps Mexican rescuers locate quake victims

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Langgen, Indonesia

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Ndoi Island, Fiji

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Atocha, Bolivia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Ulawan volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

‘Apocalyptic’ devastation in Puerto Rico, and little help in sight

‘It’s like the end of the world’ inside San Juan’s steaming airport

North Carolina: Outer Banks visitors evacuate ahead of Maria

Texas faces flood threat as Tropical Storm Pilar enhances downpours this week

Texas congressman to flood victims: “God is telling you to move”

Canyon Fire prompts evacuations, backs up traffic on Anaheim-area freeways

Antarctic sea ice levels hit record low, but experts are not sure why

Mass extinctions could threaten the world’s food supplies as key species of plants and animals come under threat from climate change, disease and pests

Nerve implant ‘restores consciousness’ to man in persistant vegetative state

Egypt arrests 7 for raising rainbow flag at indie rock gig

Meet the Lesbian Goldman Sachs Economist Who Just Led Germany’s Far Right to Victory

Girls’ School Head Stops Calling Students ‘Girls,’ Fearful of Offending Transgender Students

In Venezuela, they were teachers and doctors. To buy food, they became prostitutes.

Anthony Weiner Sentenced to Nearly Two Years in Prison for Sexting Scandal

Russian couple suspected of killing and eating up to 30 victims

NASCAR’s defense of the national anthem draws praise from President Trump

Trump says NFL insults about patriotism, not race

Sessions to declare free speech ‘under attack’ on campus, in broadside at political correctness

Kevin DeYoung – Protestant and Catholic – What’s The Difference?

Word of Faith Fellowship Leaders Told Members to Commit Fraud to Increase Tithing

Christian Numerologist Meade Now Says World Will End October 15th

Holly Pivec Calls out James Goll, Paula White, NAR During Panel Discussion

The Gospel Coalition Shills for Joel Osteen

Tennessee Church Killer Posted Black Nationalist, Anti Police, Pro Islam Material

UK Church Apologizes for Hosting Fashion Show ‘Glorifying Satan

Is America prepared for an EMP attack?

Posted: 26 Sep 2017 05:50 AM PDT

For more than 15 years, security and intelligence officials — including former CIA Director James Woolsey — have been raising the alarm bells about the vulnerability of the U.S. power grid to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. Only now as tensions with North Korea quickly escalate — with the rogue nation refusing to back down from its nuclear testing and threats of such an onslaught — is the matter really generating attention. But according to U.S. defense and security officials, while there are

players purporting to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure given millions of American lives on the line, the reality is that no one really knows what will happen and what can be done. “We recognize that an EMP event would have extremely dire consequences for the entire country, but where the challenge comes is in attempting to quantify those impacts,” one high-ranking Department of Homeland Security official, who requested anonymity, told Fox News. “This is not something we have had a lot of real world experience with.”  READ MORE

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DEVELOPING: Nearly 50,000 evacuated in Indonesia from fears of volcanic eruption

Posted: 26 Sep 2017 05:38 AM PDT

Nearly 50,000 people living near Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia have been evacuated following an increasing unrest detected since August 10, 2017. Evacuations have taken place in an area of up to 12 km (7.4 miles) around the volcano. According to the ARISTOTLE emergency report, the increasing unrest does not necessarily mean that an eruption will take place, nor it can give precise indications on when/if this would happen. However, historical data shows that the eruption of this volcano were of a big

magnitude. As of September 24, nearly 35,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and dispersed across 238 locations in seven districts in Bali. Indonesia’s disaster management agency (BNPB) said Monday morning, September 25 that the number has increased to 48,540, adding that they expected it to rise because more than 60,000 people lived in the danger zone. “There are still people who don’t want to be evacuated,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, BNPB spokesman said at Monday’s press conference. READ MORE

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DEVELOPING: Thousands in mass evacuation as Monaro volcano erupts

Posted: 26 Sep 2017 05:31 AM PDT

A huge volcano in Vanuatu which has been threatening to blow for several weeks has erupted, prompting the South Pacific Ocean nation to declare a state of emergency. The Monaro Voui volcano, located on the northern island of Ambae, has been simmering for weeks and finally erupted on Tuesday, September 26. Some 7,000 residents – roughly 70 percent of the population of Ambae – have forced to evacuate over

the last few days as the threat of an eruption grew larger. The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department raised the alert level from three to four over the weekend as it warned of “flying rocks and volcanic gas”. Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office director, Shadrack Welegtabit, said: “There’s ash, fire, stones and lava being thrown out from the mouth of the volcano.  READ MORE

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DEVELOPING: ‘Explosion’ on London Underground train, Tower Hill station evacuated

Posted: 26 Sep 2017 05:12 AM PDT

Police have evacuated Tower Hill tube station amid reports of an explosion in a train carriage. Officers have not determined whether the incident is terrorism-related. Some witnesses suggested the explosion was caused by a faulty battery pack inside a bag. Daniel Griggs tweeted: “Blimey, someone’s battery

charger just caught fire next to me on the tube at Tower Hill. That gets the adrenaline going. Everyone’s safe!” Another witness, Murtaza Ali Shah, said terrified passengers fled the station in a stampede. He tweeted: “Tower Hill Station closed after a small scale explosion in a bag, passengers fled in panic, injuries in stampede.” READ MORE

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Has Our Power Grid Already Been Hacked?

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 08:35 PM PDT

A report by internet security experts, Symantec, says that a hacking group called Dragonfly 2.0 has gained access to 20 power company networks. The American power grid has been hacked, but for some reason, the culprits restrained themselves from taking down the power like they did in Ukraine recently. The targets were in the United States, Turkey, and Switzerland. According to Symantec, the hackers did gain access to the interface they would need to control the power equipment, with which they couldcause a widespread blackout. Eric Chien, a Symantec security analyst, told Wired: “There’s a difference between being a step away from conducting sabotage and actually being in a position to conduct sabotage … being able to flip the switch on power generation. We’re now talking about on-the-ground technical evidence this could happen in the US, and there’s nothing left standing in the way except the motivation of some actor out in the world.”  READ MORE

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California Preparing for Nuclear Attack…

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 08:13 PM PDT

With U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un trading insults and threatening war, California officials are taking the threat of nuclear exchange seriously. Noting the heightened North Korean threat, the Los Angeles-area Joint Regional Intelligence Center issued a bulletin last month warning that a nuclear attack on Southern California would be “catastrophic” and

urged officials in the region to shore up their nuclear attack response plans. The report cites North Korea’s late July test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could, in theory, reach the West Coast of the United States. “North Korea’s propaganda videos feature ruins of San Francisco and Washington,” the document says. The 16-page “Nuclear Attack Response Considerations” bulletin is dated Aug. 16 and marked for “official use only.” READ MORE

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Evangelical Warns Failed Doomsday Prophecies Could Lead People to Reject Christ

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 06:17 PM PDT

With the latest doomsday prediction coming to pass without fulfillment, prominent Christian leaders are warning that although Jesus Christ will return one day, nobody knows exactly when that will be. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, pointed in a Washington Post article on Friday to numerous media reports that swirled in the past few

weeks concerning predictions that the world will end on Sept. 23. The doomsday reports were largely based on “Christian numerologist” David Meade’s interpretation of Luke 21:25, who came up with the Sept. 23 doomsday date by analyzing how the recent solar eclipse over America and Hurricane Harvey fit in with Scripture. Moore argued that “any day could be Judgment Day,” READ MORE

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Why I Never Drink Alcohol

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 05:04 PM PDT

(By Dr. Michael Brown) Forty-six years ago, in 1971, the Lord graciously saved me from a life from sinful destruction, which included very serious drug abuse and some heavy drinking as well. From that day until today, I have never abused drugs again or had a sip of alcohol, other than taking Communion with a taste of wine when that was the only option. Do I believe that the Scriptures require total abstinence for all believers? No, I do not. Do I believe that Jesus literally turned water into wine in John 2, even if the wine was not as

fermented as today? Yes, I do. Do I believe that some Christians can drink some alcoholic beverages in moderation without sinning before God? I certainly do. So, I am not here as anyone’s judge or jury, nor am I trying to force my convictions on anyone else. I simply want to share with you why I have totally abstained from alcohol for the last 46 years, since I’ve often been asked this question over the years. READ MORE

 

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University Bans Research Into Transgender Surgery Regrets

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 04:58 PM PDT

A public university in the United Kingdom has refused to allow a researcher to look into cases of people who regretted having gender reassignment surgery and transitioned back to living as their birth sex. The university says such a study “may be detrimental to the reputation of the institution,” according to a report. James Caspian, a psychotherapist, proposed to do the study for a master’s degree in counseling and psychotherapy at Bath Spa University but was refused permission, according to The Sunday Times.

The university explained that the potentially “politically incorrect” research could be criticized on the internet and thereby harm the reputation of the institution. Bath Spa is violating “the most basic tenets of academic and intellectual freedom of inquiry,” Caspian, who specializes in therapy for transgender people, tells the Times. READ MORE

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Giant Sinkhole Opens In Turkey, Residents and Animals Terrified By Sound

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 04:53 PM PDT

An enormous sinkhole suddenly formed in the ground of the province of Konya in Turkey on September 23, 2017. The 40 meters wide by 20 meters deep crater collapsed in a loud roaring noise, that terrified both shepherds and livestock. An unusual and terrifying natural phenomenon occurred on Saturday in

the Karapınar district of the central province of Konya in Turkey. According to local residents, shepherds heard a loud rumbling that frightened all livestock. Looking for the source of the loud noise, they found a huge hole in the ground that formed near a road in an empty area. READ MORE

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What is The Gospel?


Who Do You Think That I Am?

Selected Scriptures

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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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Religious News Association Panel: James Goll, Holly Pivec and Paula White talk on NAR.

Recently, the Religious News Association (RNA) had a panel discussion with NAR Apostle James Goll, NAR Apostle Paula White and Apologist and Polemicist Holly Pivec. The panel topic was ‘The New Revivalists’. Thanks to the work of Holly Pivec and her well-researched presentation, many reporters now understand that the Presidential Spiritual Advisor, Paula White, is part of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR).

The entire panel discussion is well worth listening to, with James Goll (inadvertently) naming those who are part of the New Apostolic Reformation. The entire discussion can be watched here:

We have observed that cults like Hillsong and even the SDA’s are capitalizing on the Protestant Reformation in order to legitimize their movements. Holly Pivec observed this with Goll, among other observations, as the discussion unfolded on the panel:

“You may notice how the panelist James Goll – a very influential NAR prophet – didn’t directly respond to any…

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September 26, 2017: Verse of the day

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20    My son, keep your father’s commandment,

and forsake not your mother’s teaching.

21    Bind them on your heart always;

tie them around your neck. [1]


20–21 The youth is exhorted to cling fast to the teachings of his parents (see P. W. Skehan, Studies in Israelite Poetry and Wisdom: Proverbs 5:15–19 and 6:20–24 [Washington: Catholic Biblical Association of America, 1971], 1–8). Implicit in these verses is the basic understanding that a good home life (i.e., father and mother sharing the rearing of the children together) will go a long way to prevent youth from falling into immorality. But the teachings must become a permanent part of the youth’s thinking; they must be memorized and practiced.[2]


20–21 The address to “my son” is an introduction to the final section of the chapter that deals with adultery. These opening verses (vv 20–21) are similar to Prov 3:1–3 and also to 7:1–3. Here, too, the youth’s attention is called to the instruction and command of the teacher; they are to be “bound” on the heart, “tied” on the neck, and also “written on the tablet of the heart” (3:3; 7:3). Such recommendations seem to be a deliberate recall of Deut 6:6–9 (the “Shema”) and Deut 11:18–21, as pointed out by C. Maier, ‘fremde Frau,’ 153–58. The agreement among these three introductions is significant. One may even draw the conclusion that sapiential and “Yahwistic” teaching do not differ, one from another. The teaching of the parents are on a level with, or better, analogous to the commands of Moses. It would not be surprising to find these prescriptions concretized in amulets and other objects. Their apotropaic character (warding off evil) is also to be presumed; cf. P. Miller, JNES 29 (1970) 129–30.[3]


6:20 The subject of adultery or unfaithfulness is taken up again here. The frequency with which it recurs is not accidental. The words of verse 20 are a sort of formula used to introduce important instruction.

6:21 Some extreme literalists in Jesus’ day thought they obeyed this verse by wearing phylacteries, that is, small leather boxes containing Scripture portions. During prayer, these Jews wore one on the left arm (near the heart) and one on the head (near the neck). Some Jews still use them today.

But what this verse really means is that we should make the Word of God so much a part of our lives that it will accompany and direct us wherever we go. It is not just a question of honoring the Scriptures outwardly but of obeying them from the heart.[4]


6:20 your mother’s teaching. In the appeals of chs. 1–9, usually only the father is mentioned. The mother as teacher appears here and in 1:8 (see note on 1:8). The young man’s mother represents respect for the institutions of family and marriage.[5]


6:20 My child, keep the commandment of your father See 1:8; note on 1:8–9:18.

6:21 Bind them on your heart The son is charged to keep his parents’ commandments close and ensure they will not be forgotten. Compare Exod 13:9.[6]


[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Pr 6:20–21). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[2] Ross, A. P. (2008). Proverbs. In T. Longman III, Garland David E. (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Proverbs–Isaiah (Revised Edition) (Vol. 6, p. 88). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Murphy, R. E. (1998). Proverbs (Vol. 22, pp. 38–39). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (pp. 806–807). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1145). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[6] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Pr 6:20–21). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

September 25, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump and Republican leaders plan to release a tax framework this week that would dramatically cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy, provide a measure of middle-class tax relief and punish some households in Democratic-leaning states like New York and New Jersey.

U.S. Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a “very poor prognosis” as he battles brain cancer.

Target Corp. is giving thousands of its employees a pay raise next month, hoping to stay ahead of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other rivals in the war for talent. The retailer announced plans Monday to boost its minimum hourly wage to $11 an hour in October. Target will later up the rate to $15 by the end of 2020. The increase will apply to the 100,000 seasonal employees it’s hiring for the holidays, but the company declined to say how many of its 323,000 regular employees would see a lift.

President Donald Trump restricted or suspended travel to the U.S. from eight countries, while subtracting Sudan, from his earlier ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations. The new restrictions impact travel to varying degrees from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, all of which were on the original list. The U.S. will also now restrict or ban travel from Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.

Wall Street’s robot revolution has begun. JPMorgan Chase & Co. is rolling out a program called LOXM that executes equities trades so well, it’s replacing the humans who used to do that. Goldman Sachs is in the midst of automating the initial public offering process. Innovations in financial technology — fintech — are creating competition in fields long dominated by the institutions. Vikram Pandit, who ran Citigroup Inc. during the financial crisis, says technological advances could make 30 percent of banking jobs disappear in five years. David Siegel, co-founder of quant hedge fund Two Sigma, is worried that machines will soon make swaths of the workforce obsolete.

AP Top Stories

A strong new earthquake, magnitude 6, 1shook Mexico on Saturday, killing at least two people, toppling already damaged homes and a highway bridge, and causing new alarm in a country reeling from two even more powerful quakes that together have killed more than 400 people.

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck on Friday off the coast of Northern California in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no reports of damage or injury.

South Korea’s weather agency said a magnitude 3.2 earthquake was detected in North Korea on Saturday close to where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but it assessed the quake as natural.

In startling remarks made at the United Nations on Saturday, North Korea’s foreign minister said the escalating rhetoric increased the chances of a conflict.

A top Trump administration official ended up conceding on Sunday that individuals with pre-existing medical conditions might end up with higher premiums under the latest effort by Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Saudi Arabia is celebrating the 87th anniversary of its founding this weekend, and on Saturday it allowed women into the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh for the first time for a special pageant operetta.

A masked gunman invaded a Tennessee church Sunday and opened fire, walking silently down the aisle as he shot unsuspecting congregants. At least one person was killed and seven others wounded, authorities said. No motive for the shooting was immediately determined. Investigators said they were not aware of any relationship between the gunman and any of the worshippers,

Iraq’s central government in Baghdad ordered the country’s Kurdish region to hand over all border crossings and airports to federal government control late Sunday night, hours before the region is set to carry out a controversial referendum on support for independence.

Several dozen tradition-minded Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy with his 2016 opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.

US forces carried out six “precision air strikes” against an Islamic State camp in Libya, killing 17 people, the US Africa Command said Sunday.

Russian and Syrian jets escalated strikes on rebel-held Idlib and Hama provinces, several days after jihadist rebels opened an offensive against government-held parts of northwestern Syria, rebels and witnesses said on Sunday.

BBC

Iran says it has successfully tested a new-medium range missile, in defiance of US President Donald Trump.

Australia will establish a national space agency, the government has said. Although its space industry employs about 11,500 people, Australia is one of the few major developed countries that do not have a space agency.

China has moved to limit North Korea’s oil supply and will stop buying textiles from the politically isolated nation, it said on Saturday.

People are voting in a landmark referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq – a move which has been criticized by foreign powers. Kurdish leaders say an expected “yes” vote will give them a mandate to start negotiations on secession.

Hackers working for the so-called Islamic State are bad at coding and hiding what they do, suggests research.

WND

A federal judge in Minnesota with a long history of Democratic Party activism has issued a ruling that effectively concludes the LGBT agenda trumps the First Amendment’s religious-rights protections.


The Briefing 09-25-17

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Merkel elected to fourth term as we witness the dawn of a new political era in Germany

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News – 9/25/2017

Turnout high as Iraqi Kurds defy threats to hold independence vote
The vote organized by Kurdish authorities is expected to deliver a comfortable “yes” for independence, but is not binding. A teenager in one SUV waved an Israeli flag, which has become common in the Kurdish region at rallies, as Israel is the only country to openly support Kurdish independence aspirations. Many shops were closed on the morning of the referendum for what was a day off in the region.

Buddhist Monk says all races and religions could live together if it weren’t for Muslims
Buddhist Monk: All religions could Coexist…But Muslims Don’t Want To. (Video)

“Forget Germany, Spain Is The Real Problem”
Division wihin Europe are mounting again. Any success by Catalonia sets a dangerous precedent for other want-away regions, not just in Spain. It emphasizes that many of the structural imbalances in the euro zone haven’t been fixed. Inequality is still growing.

150 Years Since Mark Twain’s Prophetic Israel Revelation in ‘Innocents Abroad’ When Twain visited, the Old City was a “backwater town for the Ottomans, not a glorious city like it is today.” But now, he told Breaking Israel News, “We are living in the realization of the prophecies that Twain witnessed. Only when the Jewish people returned to the land was it built up. Am Yisrael (the Jewish people) returned and finally we see the true unfolding of the redemption process.”

European Union to boycott Israeli state ceremony
On Monday, however, Arutz Sheva was informed that the European Union’s Ambassador to Israel, Emanuele Giaufret, will not be attending the event, despite having received a formal invitation. Staff at Giaufret’s office confirmed that the ambassador had indeed been invited to the ceremony, adding that his decision to snub the event was consistent with the views espoused by the EU’s member states.

Iran displays S-300 defense system
Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard on Sunday displayed the country’s sophisticated Russian-made S-300 air defense system in central Tehran, … This is the first time that the S-300 air defense system has been displayed in public.

The rise of Germany’s far-right: AfD leader talks to the ‘Post’
Much of the attention throughout the German campaign centered on the rise of the far-right party Alternative for Deutschland (AfD). Established just five years ago as a Euroskeptic party, it has since evolved to garner messages that are similar to other European far-right parties: anti-immigration, anti-Islam, anti-EU and German nationalism.

Greenblatt to Israel ‘to continue peace track’
Special representative Jason Greenblatt will return to Israel in early October. “While President Trump had productive meetings with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas at the United Nations, we always said that the UN would not focus on peace conversations and that those conversations would be happening on a separate track,” the official said. “The meetings are part of the Administration’s quiet, steady discussions towards peace.”

For first time in over two years, PA to hold cabinet meeting in Gaza
For the first time in more than two years, the Palestinian Authority government will hold a cabinet meeting in the Gaza Strip next Tuesday, official PA media reported Monday morning. “[PA] Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, in consultation with President Mahmoud Abbas, issued a decision to hold the government’s weekly cabinet meeting in the Gaza Strip,” PA government spokesman Yousif Mahmoud said.

Bali volcano: ‘Thousands evacuated’ from Mount Agung area
The Red Cross says more than 42,000 people have been evacuated from their homes near an active volcano in Bali, as authorities warn it could erupt. The area around Mount Agung has seen hundreds of tremors and signs of magma rising to the surface in recent days. Authorities have imposed a 12km (7.5-mile) exclusion zone around the mountain and issued their highest level alert on Friday.

Iraqi Kurdistan in historic independence vote
People are voting in a landmark referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq – a move which has been criticised by foreign powers. Polls are open in the three northern provinces that make up the region, as well as disputed areas claimed by the Kurds and the government in Baghdad. Iraq’s prime minister has denounced the referendum as “unconstitutional”.

Auditor claims Vatican axed him for probing illegal activity
The Vatican’s former auditor general, who resigned without explanation in June, said Sunday he was forced out after his investigations into possible illegal activity hit too close to home. “Let me be clear: I did not voluntarily resign. I was threatened with arrest,” Libero Milone said in an interview conducted with four media outlets including Italy’s Corriere della Sera daily.

Conditions growing dire in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico
Living conditions in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico are growing worse by the day, with tired, bewildered people lining up to buy scarce fuel and food Sunday amid a blackout and little to no telephone service. Puerto Ricans are spending hours waiting in line to buy whatever they can, but often go home empty-handed if they do not manage a purchase before a dusk to dawn curfew takes effect.

Violent Crime in U.S. Rises for Second Consecutive Year
Violent crime, including homicides, rose for the second consecutive year in 2016, driven by increases in a few urban centers including Baltimore, Chicago and Las Vegas, according to F.B.I. data… Violent crimes increased nationally last year by 4.1 percent and homicides rose by 8.6 percent, one year after violence increased by 3.9 percent and homicides jumped by 10.8 percent. A total of 17,250 people were murdered in 2016…

Tennessee Church Shooting Suspect Is A Sudanese Bodybuilder

Nashville Police have identified the suspect of a mass shooting at a church Sunday morning as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson. Samson is being charged with murder and multiple counts of attempted murder in the attack that killed one and left at least seven other people injured at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, a town just south of Nashville, Tenn.

Debate swirls as power of US tech giants grows
With a handful of US technology giants growing more powerful and dominant, debate is intensifying on whether big tech’s growth is healthy or not. Over the past few years, Apple, Google parent Alphabet, Facebook and Amazon have become among the world’s most valuable companies. Along with stalwarts like Microsoft and rising stars like Netflix, the tech firms exercise enormous control over what people see and how they live.

Netanyahu acquiesces to Trump request to delay settlement talks
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed ministers of the Security Cabinet…of his decision to postpone a meeting scheduled for this week of the West Bank Civil Administration’s planning committee following a request by US President Donald Trump. Justifying his decision to hold off on the meeting by a week or two…the prime minister told the ministers present he had no intention of humiliating the pro-Israel Trump administration…

US, Israel pressuring Interpol to reject Palestinian request to join
Israel and the United States are pressuring international policing organization Interpol to not allow the Palestinian Authority to accede to the organization as a member state. Interpol’s General Assembly has convened in China to discuss whether to postpone opening membership to the organization or hold a vote later this week on accepting any new states.

Former Congressman Warns That Foreign Countries Could Bribe The Feds To “Regulate Drudge”
A former Republican Congressman from Colorado has warned that a foreign country could bribe or “incentivize” the FCC to regulate and “rein in” popular conservative news outlets, including The Drudge Report.

Russia’s Secret Agent Man Hiding in Plain Sight
Russia Secret Agent Man’ Barack Hussein Obama is hiding in plain sight. In fact he hid in plain sight right in the Oval Office for eight, long uninterrupted years.

CHRISTIANS OUTRAGED: Ontario Passes Law Allowing Gov’t to Seize Children From Parents Who Oppose Gender Transition
Canada’s Ontario province has passed legislation that allows the government to seize children from families that refuse to accept their child’s chosen “gender identity” or “gender expression.”

Looking Skywards, Buzzards Closing in on the White House
When the globalist/progressive/left created Barack Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, assigning them the task to finish off what is left of the West, they crafted them as wind-up dolls that would keep on going even after leaving public office.

More quakes shake ‘ring of fire’
Two more earthquakes shook southern Mexico Saturday, further rattling a country still coming to grips with the devastation from stronger temblors earlier this month. Meanwhile, Californians are anxious about a possible Big One, because of the recent major quakes – all seemingly hitting in the “ring of fire,” where about 90 percent of seismic activity occurs.

Girls as Young as Four ‘Forced’ to Wear Hijab in British State Funded Schools
Islamic schools including those funded by the British government and private institutions are forcing children — some of whom are very young — to wear the Islamic Hijab as part of their uniform code.

BADASS: ISRAEL TO ARM APACHE HELICOPTERS WITH ITS OWN SPIKE MISSILES
How Obama’s betrayal during the 2014 Gaza War made it possible.

THANKS SHMUCK: In violation of Obama’s horrendous nuclear deal, Iran tests balistic
Iran says it has successfully tested a new ballistic missile that can carry multiple warheads and travel up to 2000 kilometres. Over and over again, Iran threatens to destroy Israel – why is the world silent?


3 Large Earthquakes And A Major Volcanic Eruption In Mexico Spark Fears That The Big One Could Hit California Soon

The portion of “the Ring of Fire” that runs along the west coast of North America is starting to shake like a leaf. As most of you already know, the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean is known for high levels of seismic activity, and the experts tell us that more than 80 percent of all earthquakes and more than 70 percent of all volcanic eruptions take place within the Ring of Fire. The North American section of the Ring of Fire has been relatively quiet for an extended period of time, but now all of the shaking down in Mexico is causing a tremendous amount of concern. In fact, some now fear that all of the shaking down there may be a harbinger of things to come for California. (Read More…)

The US cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento have all been rattled by large earthquakes 1.5 magnitude or greater in the past day.

The largest quake measured 2.6 magnitude and struck 4.30am local time at a depth of 23km near Tuolumne City, around 213km from San Francisco.

Eleven of the tremors were over 2.0 magnitude, while the rest were between 1.0 to 2.0 magnitude, according to Earthquake Track.

Although relatively small, the wave of earthquakes will entrench fears that a massive tremor measuring 7.0 or above could strike the region.

Scientists believe the US state is overdue a “big one” magnitude 7 or over earthquake by around 50 years.


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: September 25

  • Merkel’s Bloc Regroups After ‘Nightmare Victory’ in Germany (Read More)
  • Germany’s Election Results Reflect European Unease on Economy, Immigration (Read More)
  • Chastened Merkel looks for coalition partners after vote (Read More)
  • Jews around world concerned by far-right breakthrough in German election (Read More)
  • Iraqi Kurds Vote in Independence Referendum (Read More)
  • GOP Revises Obamacare Repeal With Bill Headed to Likely Defeat (Read More)
  • Trump Tax Plan to Cut Taxes for Corporations and Wealthy (Read More)
  • Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Opens New Stage in Legal Fight  (Read More)
  • Trump’s War With NFL Threatens to Overshadow Rollout of Tax Plan (Read More)
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  • China Eyeing Rule Change That Could Aid Tesla (Read More)
  • Springsteen Tickets Hit $10,000, and Wall Street Gets Scalped  (Read More)
  • Equifax’s Massive Hack Has a Tiny Silver Lining  (Read More)
  • Colleges Move to Close Gender Gap in Science (Read More)
  • iPhone Disappointment Hammers Suppliers (Read More)
  • Funding Tesla Annoys Automakers That Need Electric Car Credits (Read More)
  • Department Stores Cling to Power Over Landlords on Mall Upgrades (Read More)
  • In World’s Hottest Oil Patch, Jitters Mount That a Bust Is Near (Read More)
  • GE Agrees to Sell Industrial Unit to ABB for $2.6 Billion (Read More)
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Headlines – 9/25/2017

US special envoy Greenblatt expected in Israel to advance peace talks

Netanyahu Tells Cabinet Ministers: Trump Prepping Peace Plan, Determined to Make Progress

Netanyahu said to delay settlement planning committee meet at US request

Abbas tries to put Trump on notice with warning: “Either you save the two-state solution or we are going to end up in one state where our people are going to ask for full rights”

PA premier to visit Gaza next week to take control from Hamas

Palestinian chief negotiator at top of US transplant waiting list

Women Wage Peace march to end Israeli-Palestinian conflict

‘The Media Is All Garbage’: Why Israelis Have Bought Netanyahu’s Line on Fake News

Israel Tells High Court: Bedouin in Unauthorized West Bank Village Will Be Evacuated by Mid-2018

Israel seeking to block fresh Palestinian bid to join Interpol

For help fighting terror, London police look to Israel

Syrian foreign minister at UN: Israel aids terrorists, we’ll take back the Golan

US Senate boosts Israel’s missile defense program

Despite alleged Israeli strikes, Hezbollah will keep building its arsenal

Russian defense minister to make first official visit to Israel next month

Russian defense minister to make rare Israel visit for talks on Syria

The Kurds: One stateless people across four countries

Iraqi Kurds polarised as region holds historic referendum on independence

Iraqi Kurdish official: No ‘redrawing’ borders

Iraqi PM accuses Kurdish leaders of corruption ahead of referendum

Iraq Kurds begin historic independence vote in defiance of Baghdad

The Birth Pains of a New Kurdish State Start Today

Russia Now Iraqi Kurds’ Biggest Source of Funds, Signals Support for Kurdish Independence

Kurdish president says partnership with Iraq is over

Turkey denies it closed Iraq border over Kurdish vote

Kurdish Referendum: Turkey Threatens to Take ‘All Measures’ as Kurdistan Independence Vote Begins

Syria rejects Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum

Iran halts flights to Iraqi Kurdistan at request of Baghdad

Iran halts flights to Iraq’s Kurdish region in retaliation for independence vote

Iran says Iraqi Kurdish vote ‘untimely,’ ‘wrong’

Iran launches war games near Iraqi Kurdistan border

Iran says Guards attack Islamic State with drones in Eastern Syria

‘Highest Ranking’ Russian General Killed in ISIS Attack in Syria

US army bombs ISIS camp in Libya, kills 17 militants

Pentagon Tests Lasers and Nets to Combat a Vexing Foe: ISIS Drones

London mayor: Like Islamic State, Trump fueling ‘clash of civilizations’

Evidence of rape in Myanmar army ‘cleansing’ campaign

Car bomber hits NATO convoy in Afghanistan, wounds five civilians

Iran shows off S-300 air defense missiles amid rocketing tensions

Liberman: ‘Imagine a World With Iran as Nuclear World Power’

North Korea nuclear tests: How far will radiation travel if a leak occurs?

Japanese leader Shinzo Abe has called an early election to take advantage of higher opinion polls amid North Korea crisis

North Korea ‘blows up US aircraft carrier and jets’ in new propaganda video

Trump and North Korea war of words escalates

Trump cranks up North Korea threats as Pyongyang holds anti-U.S. rally

North Korea, Venezuela, Chad among countries on new US travel ban

Brazil’s army sent to quell Rio favela violence

Catalonia referendum: Madrid moves to take over local policing

As Germans clip Merkel’s wings, Brussels braces for turbulence

Weakened Merkel wins fourth term, hit by nationalist ‘earthquake’

Far-right party wins seats in German parliament for first time in decades

Trepidation looms as Europe’s Jews watch rise of German far-right

Euro slips after German election results

U.S. to partially unveil key NAFTA proposal, talks seen dragging

Jared Kushner Reportedly Used Private Email Account for White House Business

Doomsday Conspiracy Theory: David Meade Reschedules Apocalypse for October After World Didn’t End

The world didn’t end on September 23, but here are six other major threats to humanity

Europe urged to reconsider pullout from ‘Armageddon’ asteroid mission

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near Paredon, Mexico

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bengkulu, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Taron, Papua New Guinea

Bali’s Mount Agung volcano ‘critical’ with hundreds of tremors every day

Evacuations from Bali volcano swell to about 50,000

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 21,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,500ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Ulawun volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts to 10,000ft

Maria prompts tropical storm watches to be issued for Carolina and Virginia coasts

Hurricanes may compel even more Puerto Rico residents to flee to the mainland, officials warn

Conditions growing dire in hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican Astronaut Slammed By Two Hurricanes While in Orbit

Military stretched thin by hurricane relief efforts

Tropical Storm Pilar to unleash flooding, mudslides across southwestern Mexico

Tropical pressure system on course to hit Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay

Texas Officials Urge Trump to Act on FEMA Funding for Houses of Worship

Joel Osteen opens Houston megachurch to Jews whose synagogue was flooded

Global Emergency: The world is running out of antibiotics, says WHO

Drug-resistant strain of malaria spreading through Southeast Asia

Officials say swine flu detected in 11 pigs at Maryland fair

Pope’s sex abuse advisers also look into children of priests

Clergy abuse cases could hit 1,000

Auditor claims Vatican axed him for probing illegal activity

Bishop blasts ‘satanic’ London Fashion Week show

Vermont substitute elementary school teacher fired after teaching kids Nazi salute

The Politicization of Everything

Lawyers say Trump’s free speech shows contempt for free speech

Trump’s call for boycott of NFL reignites furor over players’ national anthem protests

Police: Man arrested near White House had cache of weapons in car

Deadly Tennessee church shooting: Sudanese immigrant arrested, FBI launches civil rights investigation

1 killed, multiple people stabbed in CMC prison riot involving over 160 inmates

Model ‘scalped and drained of blood’ in murder unprecedented ‘outside wartime’

Violent Crime in US Rises for Second Consecutive Year

Michelle Lesley – The Five Solas of the Protestant Deformation

Kris Vallotton — Following the Bible is Small Minded

Prophet James Goll’s ‘revealing’ interpretation of Luke 7:44

The Shack Author Teaches New Age Lie on TBN – The God “in” Everything Heresy

Six other times world didn’t end despite what Mayans, Harold Camping and the Prophet Hen of Leeds claimed

Sudanese Immigrant Kills One, Wounds Seven at Tennessee Church

The Most Evangelical States in America

Idaho ranks worst in nation for faith healing deaths

UK Judge Rules Starving Minimally Conscious Patients to Death Does Not Always Need Court Approval

Planned Parenthood Wants Maine to Allow Nurse Practitioners, Midwives to Perform Abortions

Christian Filmmakers Must Work Gay Weddings Despite Religious Beliefs, Minnesota Court Rules

North Korea ‘blows up US aircraft carrier and jets’ in new propaganda video

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 08:46 AM PDT

North Korean state media has released a new video depicting the destruction of US aircraft and warships and warning that any attack on the North will see US forces “head to the grave”. The 99-second clip was released on Sunday by the DPRK Today news site, just hours after two US Air Force B-1B Lancer

bombers flew off the coast of North Korea in a show of force. Accompanied by US fighters based in Okinawa, the bombers flew further north of the Demilitarised Zone that divides the Korean Peninsula than any US military aircraft in the 21st century, according to the Pentagon. READ MORE

Another Perspective Of The “Days of Noah”

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 08:33 AM PDT

(By Dr. Michael Brown) Have you heard this before? “We know that the last days will be wicked. Very wicked. Just like the days of Noah. That’s what Jesus said.” One website states, “Jesus said that the end times would be like the days of Noah and Lot. Are we living in a day like that?” Another site explains, “Regardless of how one interprets Matthew 24, there’s no doubt that Christ referred to the rebellion and judgment in Noah’s day, which He compared to mankind’s subsequent rebellion and impending judgment. It’s a sober warning

for any generation to consider.” A pastor on YouTube argues that, just as Noah’s day was marked by the great flood, so our day has been marked by massive hurricanes like Harvey, which dumped unprecedented amounts of water on our land. Another Christian teacher goes even further, suggesting a potential connection to aliens: “There continues to be a flow of articles, books and entertainment programs dealing with UFOs, aliens and the like. Many wonder if there is a connection or relationship to the prediction of our Lord in Luke 17:26 (NKJV): ‘And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man.’  READ MORE

Mystery Lights In California Spark Planet X Hysteria

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 08:29 AM PDT

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The prediction that a hidden planet was meant to smash into Earth on Saturday — killing us all — was laughed at by experts. But that quickly turned into nervous laughter when a number of people spotted strange lights in the skies above America hours before the destruction was supposed to take place. Freaked-out Los Angeles residents saw what they described as a UFO with a weird crescent flying over them. People in Huntington Beach, California, witnessed it too. One person posted on Twitter: ‘We

totally just saw UFO over Los Angeles! crazy crescent wing out of light, sputtered slowly, then zoomed outta here! That was nuts.’ Others joked about it being one of Kim Jong-Un’s missiles.Earlier this week, conspiracy theorists were lining up to warn us of hidden Planet X, which for obvious reasons was not been detected by Nasa. READ MORE

 

 

Venezuelan doctors and teachers resort to prostitution to buy food…

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 08:19 AM PDT

At a squat, concrete brothel on the muddy banks of the Arauca River, Gabriel Sánchez rattled off the previous jobs of the women who now sell their bodies at his establishment for $25 an hour. “We’ve got lots of teachers, some doctors, many professional women and one petroleum engineer,” he yelled over the din of vallenato music. “All of them showed up with their degrees in hand.” And all of them came

from Venezuela. As Venezuela’s economy continues to collapse amid food shortages, hyperinflation and U.S. sanctions, waves of economic refugees have fled the country. Those with the means have gone to places like Miami, Santiago and Panama. READ MORE

DECLINE OF AMERICA: Only Quarter Of Americans Can Name All 3 Branches Of Gov’t…

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 08:15 AM PDT

A sizable portion of the American public seems to show little interest in the fabric of the country’s government and history, a new survey finds. Researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) surveyed over 1,000 American adults, finding a shocking lack of knowledge as it pertains to U.S. politics among the general populace. Fifty-three percent of respondents believed the falsehood that illegal

immigrants aren’t granted any constitutional rights, while 37 percent couldn’t even name a single right endowed by the First Amendment. Thankfully, 48 percent of those surveyed were able to identify freedom of speech as being a right enshrined by the First Amendment, although far fewer could identify other rights accorded. READ MORE

Israel must be ready to take on Iran on it’s own.

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 06:01 AM PDT

Israel must ask the international community to stop Iran’s nuclearization but prepare to do the task on its own in case the world fails, Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. Bennett, who is a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet, spoke before a meeting of the forum, in which the prime minister reported about his meetings with US President Donald Trump and other world leaders and his progress on the Iranian issue. The

meeting was held a day after Iran tested a ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel, as security cabinet members backed Netanyahu’s call at the UN last week to either scrap or change the nuclear deal with Iran.“On the one hand, we need to persuade the US to apply paralyzing sanctions of the highest level as soon as possible,” Bennett said. “Iran must be forced to choose between the nuclear path and a prosperous economy. READ MORE

Why are these five locations censored on Google Maps?

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 05:56 AM PDT

Google Maps is one of the most used websites across the globe, but there are some places that even Google don’t want you to see. Most people assume that Google Maps lists every single street, city and country around the world. But there some mysterious places that don’t appear as they should. Five of the most mysteriously blurred-out places were revealed by Youtube user, Dark5, in a video. The information

was uploaded in June 2016, and has been a viral sensation ever since. Express.co.uk researched the places across the globe and lists them below. In the middle of the Mohave Desert, California, is a large airstrip and military testing site known as Junction Ranch. Part of the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, it’s believed people are working on “black” drone projects in the area. READ MORE

Israeli planes attack Hezbollah weapons warehouse

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 05:49 AM PDT

Israeli aircraft on Friday night attacked several targets near the Damascus airfield, Syrian media reported. The attack seems to have been directed at weapons storehouses belonging to Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s army. Syrian websites published pictures of fires which were claimed to be the result of the attack. An IDF spokesperson said he would “not respond” to the reports.

On September 7, the Syrian army claimed Israeli warplanes had attacked a military base in western Syria. According to the announcement, two soldiers were killed in the strikes and part of the base was destroyed. The IDF did not confirm responsibility for the attack. READ MORE

Crowd Recites Lord’s Prayer at Football Game After Group Complains About Loudspeaker Prayer

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 05:45 AM PDT

Students, players and members of the public attending a high school football game in Alabama stood up and recited the Lord’s Prayer in unison on Friday after a secular group complained about a student-led prayer that was broadcast over the loudspeaker during a recent game. On Aug. 31, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter to Dr. James McCoy Jr., superintendent of Lee

County Schools, regarding a prayer that a student volunteered to deliver before a high school football game. “It is our understanding that on August 25, 2017, Smiths Station High School broadcasted a prayer over the loudspeaker prior to the first football game of the season,” wrote FFRF legal fellow Christopher Line. “We understand that this prayer took place right after the national anthem.” READ MORE

Historic church hosts satanic fashion show

Posted: 25 Sep 2017 05:38 AM PDT

A bitter row has erupted after a fashion show featuring satanic designs was held at a historic church. Leading clerics branded the event ‘blasphemous’ after models dressed as devils and vampires sashayed in front of the altar. The show, part of London Fashion Week, was highlighting the work of controversial Turkish designer Dilara Findikoglu, whose creations have been worn by celebrities including

singer Rihanna. Against a backdrop of demonic images, heavily made-up models wearing horns or displaying upside-down crosses paraded down the aisle-turned-catwalk of St Andrew Holborn church in Central London last week.Ms Findikoglu, who has been described as an ‘up-and-coming rebel of the fashion world’, told Vogue magazine earlier this month of her fascination with the occult and magic. READ MORE


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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Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, but Prosperity Preaching Isn’t for Me

As part of the family empire, I lived a life of luxury. Then doubts began to surface.

Growing up in the Hinn family empire was like belonging to some hybrid of the royal family and the mafia. Our lifestyle was lavish, our loyalty was enforced, and our version of the gospel was big business. Though Jesus Christ was still a part of our gospel, he was more of a magic genie than the King of Kings. Rubbing him the right way—by giving money and having enough faith—would unlock your spiritual inheritance.

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Interviews with victims of the New Apostolic Reformation cult.

Michael Boehm of Youth Apologetics Training has a series of archived programs where he interviews victims of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) cult.

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These stories testify how the NAR operate under stealth in various denominations, eventually taking over churches and dividing families – a series is well worth listening too.

The Largest Christian Cult You’ve Never Heard Of with M Barbara Hansell

The Largest Christian Cult You’ve Never Heard Of pt 2 with Oscar and Maria

The Largest Christian Cult You’ve Never Heard Of pt 3 with Jason and Angie

The Largest Christain Cult Youve Never Heard Of pt 4 with Tricia and Joy

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Four Truths About the Universe You Can Share with Your Kids to Demonstrate the Existence of God

If you’ve raised your children to believe Christianity is true, you probably want them to continue to believe it’s true, especially through their critical university years. There are good reasons to be concerned for young Christians once they leave our care. Statistically, most will walk away from the Church (and their belief in God) during their college years. What can we, as parents, do to address this growing problem? How can we help them know that God exists?

As a cold-case detective, parent, and prior youth pastor, I have a suggestion: master the case for God’s existence and start sharing it with your kids at an early age. Sounds simple, right? Maybe, or maybe not. If your kids asked you to defend the existence of God right now, what would say? What evidences would you provide? Are you ready to make the case for what you believe, even as the world around us often makes the case against God’s existence? Don’t panic, you don’t have to be a theologian, philosopher or scientist to defend the truth. All you need to be is interested.

It’s not hard to be interested when the spiritual fate of our kids is hanging in the balance. Make a commitment to investigate the case for God’s existence so you can communicate it to your kids. The Apostle Paul was correct when he said that God’s “invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made” (Romans 1:20). We’ve written God’s Crime Scene for Kids to help you and your children investigate everything “that has been made.” Along the way, you’ll discover four truths that will help your kids demonstrate the existence of God:

Our Universe Requires a Divine “First Cause”
Scientists have determined that our universe is not infinitely old. In fact, they now believe that everything in the universe, all space, time and matter, had a beginning in the distant past. Everything that begins to exist must have a causeWhat could account for the beginning of the universe?

One thing is certain: whatever caused the cosmos must be something other than space, time or matter (since these didn’t exist prior to the beginning of the universe). That means we’re looking for something non-spatial, non-temporal, non-material, and incredibly powerful. Sounds a lot like God, doesn’t it?

Life in the Universe Requires a Divine “Author”
Scientists have also determined that life in the universe is formed and guided by information. Biological organisms (like humans) possess deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) molecules. The nucleotide sequence in DNA is an incredibly long (and sophisticated) code that guides the growth, development, function and reproduction of every living organism.

But where does the information in DNA come from? Did this incredibly complex series of instructions come about by chance? Was it caused by the laws of physics or some process of evolution? No. The best explanation for information is intelligence. The information in DNA requires an intelligent author. Once again, God is the most reasonable explanation.

Moral Laws in the Universe Require a Divine “Law Giver”
All of us recognize the existence of moral laws and obligations. While some behaviors (like stealing or lying) may be justified on rare occasion (to save the life of an innocent person, for example), it’s never morally acceptable to steal or lie for the fun of it. This is true for all of us, regardless of when we have lived in history or where we have lived on the planet. These objective moral laws also describe obligations between persons. No one, for example, is morally obligated to the laws of physics or chemistry.

All laws such as these require law givers. Objective laws and obligations that transcend all of us require an objective, personal law giver who transcends all of us. Once again, God is the best explanation for the moral laws and obligations we all recognize.

Evil in the Universe Requires a Divine “Standard”
Some people point to evil as an evidence against the existence of God. Why would an all-powerful, all-loving God allow bad things to happen? Is He unable to stop them? Is He simply unwilling to prevent them? In either case, the existence of evil seems to invalidate our definition of God as an all-powerful and all-loving Being.

But what defines something as evil in the first place? Is something “evil” simply because we don’t personally approve of it, or do we believe some acts are truly evil, regardless of our opinion? If the latter is true, we would need an objective, transcendent standard ofgood by which to judge any particular act. The existence of God offers such a standard, and God often allows and uses temporal evil to develop our eternal character, draw us to himself, and achieve a greater good (if not immediately, over the course of history). Evil doesn’t disprove God’s existence, but instead requires a standard of good to be anything more than a matter of opinion. Only God can provide such a standard.

There’s much more to examine in the universe, and you can help your kids make the case for God at http://www.CaseMakersAcademy.com. They’ll solve an intriguing mystery, as they also learn how to investigate the truth about the cosmos. They’ll also have a chance to become Case Making Cadets and earn a Certificate of Graduation after completing our free Case Makers Academy. It’s never too early to master the truth. Help your kids defend with they believe so they can worship God with their hearts, souls, andminds.

This article first appeared at Crosswalk.com.

J. Warner Wallace is a Cold-Case Detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Adj. Professor of Apologetics at Biola University, and the author of Cold-Case ChristianityCold-Case Christianity for KidsGod’s Crime SceneGod’s Crime Scene for Kids, and Forensic Faith.

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Seminar — False Love: Overcoming Sexual Sin from Pornography to Adultery (Podcasts)

Below are podcasts from the presentation of “False Love: Overcoming Sexual Sin from Pornography to Adultery.” For the various counseling options available from this material visit http://www.summitrdu.com/counseling.

  • The False Love seminar is also available in video format.
  • The complimenting study “True Betrayal: Overcoming the Betrayal of Your Spouse’s Sexual Sin” is also available in a video and podcast format.

NOTE: Many people have asked how they can get a copy of the seminar notebook referenced in this verbal presentation. You can request a copy from Summit’s admin over counseling at counseling@summitrdu.com (please note this is an administrative account; no individual or family counsel is provided through e-mail).

STEP 1.
ADMIT I have a struggle I cannot overcome without God.

https://player.pippa.io/g4-addiction/episodes/false-love-step-1?theme=white

STEP 2.
ACKNOWLEDGE the breadth and impact of my sin.

https://player.pippa.io/g4-addiction/episodes/false-love-step-2?theme=white

STEP 3.
UNDERSTAND the origin, motive, and history of my sin.

https://player.pippa.io/g4-addiction/episodes/false-love-step-3?theme=white

STEP 4.
REPENT TO GOD for how my sin replaced and misrepresented Him.

https://player.pippa.io/g4-addiction/episodes/false-love-step-4?theme=white

STEP 5.
CONFESS TO THOSE AFFECTED for harm done and seek to make amends.

https://player.pippa.io/g4-addiction/episodes/false-love-step-5?theme=white

STEP 6.
RESTRUCTURE MY LIFE to rely on God’s grace and Word to transform my life.

https://player.pippa.io/g4-addiction/episodes/false-love-step-6?theme=white

STEP 7.
IMPLEMENT the new structure pervasively with humility and flexibility.

https://player.pippa.io/g4-addiction/episodes/false-love-step-7?theme=white

STEP 8.
PERSEVERE in the new life and identity to which God has called me.

https://player.pippa.io/g4-addiction/episodes/false-love-step-8?theme=white

STEP 9.
STEWARD all of my life for God’s glory.

https://player.pippa.io/g4-addiction/episodes/false-love-step-9?theme=white

If this post was beneficial for you, then consider reading other blogs from my “Favorite Posts on Adultery” or “Favorite Posts on Pornography” post which address other facets of this subject.

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Documented cases of discrimination against religious people skyrocketing

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Discrimination against religious people Discrimination against religious people

Consider this story from the Daily Signal, and keep in mind that these are only the documented cases.

Excerpt:

Freedom of religion isn’t as protected as some Americans may think. In fact, reported attacks on religion are increasing in the U.S. and, according to First Liberty Institute, the evidence is undeniable.

The 2017 edition of a First Liberty report called “Undeniable” shows threats to Americans’ First Amendment rights spanning the past five years.

The number of documented incidents of religious discrimination grew 15 percent in 2016 compared with 2015. The number of incidents increased by 133 percent, from 600 to more than 1,400, between 2011 and 2016.

“We’re in a battle right now for religious freedom in the future of our country,” First Liberty President Kelly Shackelford said in a Facebook Live video Sept. 12.

Justin Butterfield, editor-in-chief of the study, said in an interview with…

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Beth Moore Praises Brother Lawrence and Obscures the Reformation

For those who are still in the dark regarding SBC darling Beth Moore’s slide into apostasy, six years ago the late Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries penned a piece to warn her many fans that she had become “iffy about Reformation theology.” As often happens, the video clip Ken used to prove his case has been removed from YouTube. so replacing it with a video produced by Emergent Watch Media was necessary:

September 4, 2011

The largely pretending to be Protestant evangelical community continues its pilgrimage back to the legalistic spiritual bondage of apostate Roman Catholicismand its evil author the Church of Rome.

As an online apologetics and discernment work Apprising Ministries does what we can to document this woeful walk away from the truths recaptured during the Lord’s Reformation; how sad He must be.

Southern Baptist Bible teacher Beth Moore remains enormously popular within today’s anything goes evanjellyfish.

Not unlike charismatic prophet-pastors like PDL Pope Rick Warren, Moore is also an SBC figure receiving direct revelations from God.

The Slowly Becoming Catholic (SBC) is said to frown upon charismatic practices; but I guess they’re okay as long as someone isn’t a Calvinist, I mean we can’t havethat. Like Warren, Moore’s teachings are peppered with things God “told me,” “spoke to my heart,” etc.

Interestingly enough, both of them are pretty iffy about Reformation theology, most specifically that the Roman Catholic Church teaches another gospel. This clip from Emergent Watch Media is from the Be Still DVD, which is an ode to the unbiblical practice of Contemplative/Centering Prayer (CCP).

You may remember that in Alabama Baptist Convention (SBC) Encourages You To Learn Lectio Divina From Apostate Tony Jones—yes, you read that right—I explained CCP, a form of transcendental meditation, is the crown jewel of the highly subjective Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM).

Under the guise of so-called Spiritual Formation this spurious CSM— a refried Roman Catholic mysticism—has been taught for years now within evangelicalism by Living Spiritual Teacher and Quaker mystic Richard Foster. As a matter of fact, Foster is featured prominently in Be Still.

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Rightly Understanding The Crucified King

Was Jesus the true Messiah or was Jesus a failed Messiah? In other words, did his death confirm his failure? Or, to the contrary, did his death confirm his triumph?

This question is relevant to every person alive today. If we confess Jesus as the true Messiah, then we will serve Him as our King forever. If we consider Jesus to be a failed Messiah, then we will be separated from him forever. This is the difference between salvation and damnation. This is the difference between heaven and hell.

The Disciples’ Initial Confidence

This also is a question that the followers of Jesus asked. Initially, they were convinced that Jesus was the Messiah. Consider, for example, the great confession of Peter in Matthew 16:13-16. Jesus asked His disciples, “‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ [i.e., the Messiah], the Son of the living God’” (see e.g., Mark 8:27–30; 10:35–45; John 1:43–51). This was the conviction of the disciples and other followers of Jesus prior to Jesus’ death.

The Disciples’ Confidence Shaken

However, when Jesus was arrested and then crucified, their confidence faltered. They began to think that they had misjudged Jesus, and that he had failed. When Jesus was arrested, Peter disassociated himself from Jesus and asserted: “I do not know the man” (Matthew 26:72). Later, after Jesus’ death and resurrection, Thomas refused to believe that Jesus was different from any other person who dies, and declared: “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe” (John 20:25). Thomas is making a rhetorical statement here and essentially stating: “We had hoped that Jesus was the Messiah, but He died.” In short, when Jesus died, the hopes of his followers were crushed.

Three Reasons for the Disciples’ Shaken Confidence

Why then did Jesus’ followers think that Jesus failed when He died? Of course, each disciple may have had his or her own particular reaction to Jesus’ death. But the following are three flawed perspectives—evident within different followers of Jesus—that contributed to the sentiment that Jesus failed.

Erroneous Human Perspective

The followers of Jesus evidently believed that death meant human failure. This is the very assumption that the two men traveling to Emmaus betray about their thinking. When Jesus asked the two men what they were talking about, they said: “19 Concerning Jesus of Nazareth…. 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel” (24:19–21). They had initially thought that he was the Messiah, but then he was killed; therefore, the reasoning goes, he failed to fulfill the role of the Messiah.

We also see in Acts 5:35-39 that this notion—that death means failure—was accepted at that time more broadly. After Jesus had already risen from the dead, his disciples began to preach that He is the Messiah. Opposing this message, the Jewish leadership deliberated how to stop the disciples. At one such deliberation, a prominent Pharisee named Gamaliel offered a suggestion, which exhibits a belief that death means failure.

Gamaliel said, “Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men. 36 For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. But he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.”

Gamaliel is essentially saying: “We have seen this before. A charismatic personality rises up, gains a following, dies, and then the movement falls apart.” Despite his qualification that God’s potential involvement changes the significance of the situation, Gamaliel’s general point is that under normal human circumstances, death marks the end of every leader.

This is how the disciples evidently saw it too. Jesus died, therefore, Jesus failed. Their human perspective that death means failure clouded their understanding of Scriptures and the very things that they heard from Jesus Himself.

Faulty Theological Perspective

Jesus’ followers also believed that death was divine punishment—a tenet that is true at its core—but this theological point produced an irreconcilable conundrum for them concerning Jesus’ death. If Jesus is the Messiah, the unique servant of God, then how is it that He suffers divine punishment?

That death is divine punishment is an accurate theological truth. We know this from Ezekiel 18:4: “The soul who sins shall die”; or Roman 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death.” But the culture of that time took it to an unbiblical level and associated every experience of suffering and death directly with the person’s presumable sin. In John 9:2, Jesus and the disciples encountered a blind man, and the disciples asked Jesus, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” The disciples assumed that the man’s suffering was directly linked to his or to his parents’ sins.

In Luke 13, Jesus comments on an incident in which a tower in Siloam fell and killed 18 people, and in his remarks Jesus states: “Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Why did Jesus say this? Because that’s what the people were thinking—that those who died were worse sinners and that God was punishing them.

With this mindset, the disciples viewed Jesus’ death and were puzzled. What made this even more unfathomable was that Jesus was crucified on a cross—that is, Jesus’ form of death was reserved for those who were cursed by God (Deut 21:22–23). When Jesus died, his followers and the rest of the Jewish community thought that He was being punished by God. But if he was being punished, then how could he be the Messiah?

This response, however, is the very response that Isaiah predicted would be expressed by the people of Israel about the Messiah’s death: “We esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted” (53:4). Isaiah wrote that the Jewish people would in fact misinterpret the Messiah’s suffering and death as divine punishment for his sins. However, the very point of this prophecy is that this was a faulty theological perspective. Isaiah proceeds to say in 53:5: “But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for ouriniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed.” The apostle Paul articulated this principle and applied it to Jesus as follows: “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Yes, the Messiah was punished by God, but not for his own sins. The Messiah was punished for the sins of the sinners. Because the followers of Jesus failed to understand this role of the Messiah, they misinterpreted the nature of Jesus’ death and they wrongly concluded that he had failed.

Outright Unbelieving Perspective

Additionally, the death of the Messiah was an inconceivable and an unacceptable notion for the followers of Jesus.

The refusal to believe that the Messiah must suffer and die is clearly evident within Peter immediately following his confession that Jesus is the Messiah. As Jesus began to explain to His disciples that He would suffer and die, Peter rebuked Jesus, and said: “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you” (Matthew 16:22).

This lack of belief is also what Jesus confronts the two men about on the road to Emmaus. After the men expressed their disappointment that Jesus failed as Messiah because He died, Jesus replied: “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” (Luke 24:25-26)

In other words, the followers of Jesus failed to see and to believe the revelation concerning the Messiah’s death in the Scriptures. They refused the fact that the death of the Messiah was the plan of God and they missed that the death of the Messiah served a specific purpose. Isaiah 53:6 states: “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.” This was the purpose—redemption. And Jesus made this very point about Himself in Mark 10:45, when He said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” The ultimate purpose of Jesus’ life was His death, but the disciples and the followers of Jesus missed this because they refused to believe.

Because of their unbelieving hearts, the followers of Jesus thought that Jesus was a failed Messiah because he died. The fact is that if Jesus had not died, then He would have been a failed Messiah, because then He would not have fulfilled the Scriptures.

However, inasmuch as Jesus did fulfill this key messianic prophecy—to die and to bring redemption in his resurrection from death—Jesus must necessarily be the true Messiah.

Jesus and the Scriptures Today

Today, people refuse to confess Jesus as the Messiah for the very same reasons. The question is: How should we respond? Well, how did Jesus respond when he was on the road to Emmaus with the two men who thought that he had failed? Beginning with Moses and the prophets, He interpreted to them the Scriptures concerning Himself (Luke 24:27). Just like Jesus, we must also always go back to the Scriptures, because it is the Scriptures that demonstrate that Jesus is the Messiah.

 

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