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October 23, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump said there will not be changes to tax-deferred retirement savings plans under his proposed tax plan, shooting down reports that House Republicans were considering tweaking or capping one of the most popular breaks.

Under siege for letting their platforms be co-opted by Russian hackers during the 2016 election, Silicon Valley companies are learning what many businesses with interests in Washington have long known: It pays to have staff with government security clearances.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned global companies that they do business with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards “at their own risk,” remarks that will add to investment uncertainty in a country eager to reap the economic benefits of a 2015 nuclear accord.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said a bipartisan bill to temporarily stabilize Obamacare’s insurance markets has enough support to pass the Senate, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he’s waiting for assurances from President Trump before he allows a vote.

Singapore, among the world’s most expensive places to own a vehicle, will stop increasing the total number of cars on its roads next year. The government will cut the annual growth rate for cars and motorcycles to zero from 0.25 percent starting in February.

The U.S. retirement age is rising, as the government pushes it higher and workers stay in careers longer. Data released last week suggest Americans’ health is declining and millions of middle-age workers face the prospect of shorter, and less active, retirements than their parents enjoyed.

Saudi Arabia is stepping up plans to turn its sovereign wealth fund into a global giant. The Saudis are hosting the titans of investing and finance at a summit that aims to raise the profile of the PIF, which could eventually control more than $2 trillion.

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Chinese president Xi Jinping declared an era of national rejuvenation in a speech that garnered 1.5 billion virtual claps on a virtual applause app released in conjunction with the Communist Party congress.

The EPA has reportedly barred three agency scientists from giving talks about climate change at a conference in Rhode Island days before they were scheduled to speak.

US President Donald Trump said in an interview aired Sunday he does not object to France and Germany continuing trade with Iran, despite his refusal to certify the Iran nuclear deal.

A Category 4 typhoon roared towards Japan’s main island on Election Day on Sunday, killing at least two people, prompting a warning for tens of thousands to evacuate and the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

The Philippines on Monday announced the end of five months of military operations in a southern city held by pro-Islamic State rebels, after a fierce and unfamiliar urban war that has marked the country’s biggest security crisis in years.

The U.S.-led coalition in Syria says the Islamic State group’s oil production has been reduced to less than $4 million per month. That’s from a peak of approximately $50 million per month since the coalition began operations against IS in 2014.

A suicide bomber killed 15 Afghan army trainees as they travelled home from their base in Kabul on Saturday, officials said, as militants intensify a deadly rampage that has claimed more than 200 lives this week.

Regulators in Oregon have shuttered a day care after a second baby died there in as many years, an unprecedented number of deaths at a single day care center for the state.

Catalan separatists Monday threatened “mass civil disobedience” against the Spanish government if it fulfils its vow to depose the region’s secessionist leader to stifle his drive for independence.

British Isil fighters should be killed in Syria rather than be allowed to return to UK, a Government minister has said. Rory Stewart said converts who leave Britain to fight for the terror group are guilty of horrific acts and the only way of dealing with them is to kill them “in almost every case”.

The smell of death permeated the Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul on Saturday hours after dozens of Shiite worshippers were slaughtered by a suicide bomber during evening prayers. 56 people were killed and 55 others wounded in the assault claimed by the Islamic State group — one of two deadly mosque attacks on Friday.

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Dozens of civilians were reportedly killed by Islamic State militants in a central Syrian town before it was retaken by the Syrian army on Saturday.

The five living former US presidents gathered for a concert in aid of victims of the hurricanes which ravaged the US this year. Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton, George HW Bush and Jimmy Carter appeared in Texas on Saturday.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised strong “counter-measures” against North Korea, after winning a decisive victory in Sunday’s election.

Dozens of civilians were reportedly killed by Islamic State militants in a central Syrian town before it was retaken by the Syrian army on Saturday. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 116 died in the three weeks that Qaryatain, in Homs province, was under jihadist control.

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The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991. That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this base’s 11,000-foot runway – dubbed the “Christmas tree” for their angular markings – could once again find several B-52s parked on them, laden with nuclear weapons and set to take off at a moment’s notice.

Lawyers for an undocumented 17-year-old girl in a federally funded shelter in Texas are asking the full bench of a federal appeals court in Washington to permit her to have an abortion immediately despite resistance from the Trump administration.


The Briefing 10-23-17

Fragility of democracy on display as Catalans, others seek independence

Constitutional question raised as Trump administration blocks undocumented teenager from getting abortion

Buy a T-shirt for $45, get marijuana for ‘free’: Cannabis dealers in D.C. get creative

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News – 10/23/2017

5 dead after Typhoon Lan hits Japan
Typhoon Lan traveled out to sea early Monday after hitting Japan’s east coast, killing at least five people. The powerful storm brought 100 mph winds as it struck Shizuoka Prefecture and dumped more than 30 inches of rain in 48 hours, beginning Sunday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. A gust of 164.5 mph was recorded in Okayama province.

UK weather to bring winter HELL as 11 storms to batter Britain with high winds and SNOW
After the battering so far this autumn from storms Aileen and Brian, 11 further bouts of severe wind, rain and even snow now threaten chaos over the next two months, according to forecasters. The warning comes as the nation cleans up after a trail of destruction was left by storm Brian’s weekend assault.

Japanese PM to have ‘deep discussions’ on North Korea with Trump after election victory
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe vowed on Monday to tackle North Korea’s nuclear threat with “decisive and strong diplomacy” after his conservative party won a landslide victory in a snap election.

Informant claims right to reveal secrets of true Russian collusion
The lawyer for a former FBI informant who gathered evidence of a massive Russian bribery scheme to influence U.S. nuclear policy during the Obama administration says it is illegal for the government to prevent her client from speaking to Congress about what he knows. She also says her client’s revelations went largely ignored by the FBI for political reasons and that he was threatened with criminal prosecution by the Justice Department under former Attorney General Loretta Lynch if he ever spoke publicly about the case.

What Do China And North Korea Think About One Another? It’s Not Good
China has a complicated relationship with North Korea, which simultaneously serves as both a strategic asset and a liability. However, it has become more the latter than the former in recent years. North Korea’s frequent provocations frustrate Beijing, and China’s decisions to pressure North Korea in concert with the U.S. greatly angers Pyongyang. China and North Korea’s top leaders absolutely despise one another, according to individuals close to the respective governments.

Philippines declares battle with Islamist rebels over in Marawi City
The Philippines on Monday announced the end of five months of military operations in a southern city held by pro-Islamic State rebels, after a fierce and unfamiliar urban war that has marked the country’s biggest security crisis in years.

ATMOSPHERIC CANYON ON THE SUN
A large hole has opened in the sun’s atmosphere, cleaving the Earth-facing side of the sun with a gaseous canyon more than 700,000 km long.

B-52 Heavy Bombers Re-Enlisted For Nuclear Payload to Handle N. Korean Crisis
For the first time in decades, the old-but-still formidable U.S. fleet of B-52 high-altitude long-range strategic bombers have reportedly been ordered prepared to return to their Cold War mission of carrying nuclear weapons in preparation for a conflict with North Korea.

UN Envoy Condemns Hamas for Calling for Destruction of Israel
“I condemn the latest statements made by some Hamas leaders, reportedly calling for the destruction of the State of Israel,” Mladenov said. “They do not serve the interest of peace and the goal of achieving a negotiated two-state solution.”

Chief Rabbinate Lobbied Over Groundbreaking Authorization of Genetic Determination of Halakhic Jewish Status
In a groundbreaking Responsa B’mareh Habazak Volume 9 ruling by the Eretz Hemdah Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, a collection of dayanim (Rabbinic judges) ruled that it is possible to determine one’s Jewish status based on genetic testing of the mitochondrial genome. If the Chief Rabbinate of Israel embraces the ruling, some 40% of olim (immigrants to Israel) from the former Soviet Union may be absolved of the need to convert in order to receive state recognition as Jews.

Reports of ashfall as Solomons volcano erupts
Authorities in the Solomon Islands are trying to work out if there’s been any damage after a remote volcano erupted early this morning. The volcano, Tinakula, which forms an uninhabited island in the northern Temotu province, roared to life at about 2am today. Villages on nearby islands have reported heavy ashfall.

Strong earthquake, 6 mag has occurred near Africa
A earthquake magnitude 6 (ml/mb) has struck on Monday, Southwest of Africa (0 miles). The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 10 km (6 miles) below the earth’s surface. Exact location of earthquake, longitude 16.7453 East, latitude -52.3506 South, depth = 10 km. Event id: us1000avue. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us1000avue. The 6-magnitude earthquake was detected at 09:32:32 / 9:32 am (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued.

Hamas visit to Tehran defines the limits of Palestinian reconciliation
Tehran was the first stop for Hamas after signing a reconciliation agreement with Fatah in Cairo ten days ago.

Report: Islamic State killed at least 128 people in Syrian town
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday that ISIS killed at least 128 people in a Syrian town in central Homs over a three-week period before the Syrian army recaptured it on Saturday. There was no immediate comment from Syrian government officials or state media on the report by the Observatory, a Britain-based war monitor.

Hamas visit to Tehran defines the limits of Palestinian reconciliation
Any hopes that Hamas would become more moderate as a result of its reconciliation process with Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement have been put to rest by the current visit of its leaders to Tehran and their affirmation there of armed resistance as their unshakable strategic choice. Indeed, the visit…amounts to Hamas setting a clear limit on the scope of the reconciliation: handing over daily governance of the Gaza Strip to the PA, yes; changing foreign policy or long term strategy, no.

Japan PM Shinzo Abe promises to handle North Korea threat
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised strong “counter-measures” against North Korea, after winning a decisive victory in Sunday’s election. Mr Abe had called an early election for a greater mandate to deal with “crises”, including the growing threat from Pyongyang, which has fired missiles over Japan in recent months. His ruling coalition has retained a two-thirds majority in parliament.

US Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers Back on 24-Hour Alert
The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991. That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this base’s 11,000-foot runway — dubbed the “Christmas tree” for their angular markings — could once again find several B-52s parked on them, laden with nuclear weapons and set to take off at a moment’s notice.

Churches merge, close: ‘We no longer live in Christendom.
For a decade and more, Govans Presbyterian Church and Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church have labored in the manner of many mainline Protestant congregations: Working ever harder to provide spiritual resources for dwindling number of congregants. But with attendance stagnating, maintenance costs rising and the population of Christians from which to draw shrinking, the two have decided to join forces.

Hamas deputy hopes Iran continues aiding their ‘resistance’
Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri said during his visit to Tehran that the terrorist group hopes to continue to receive Iran’s support in their resistance against Israel… “The main and primary benefactor supporting the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades in developing their capabilities, whether through knowledge or assistance, is Iran,” al-Arouri openly stated at a meeting with Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran. “We hope this will continue until the occupation is defeated.”

U.S. Midwest oil refiners boost output, cut region’s dependence on Gulf Coast
U.S. refineries from Ohio to Minnesota are capitalizing on access to cheap crude from Western Canada and North Dakota oilfields, helping their region break a historic dependence on fuel from the Gulf Coast while redrawing oil trade maps. Since the early 2000s, crude and fuel flows from the Gulf Coast into the U.S. heartland have been cut in half, as crude coming from Canada and North Dakota has pushed U.S. Midwest refining activity to record levels.

Amazon backs German artificial intelligence research hub
Amazon.com will open an artificial intelligence research center in the German university city of Tuebingen, creating 100 jobs over the next five years. It joins BMW, Bosch, Daimler, Facebook and Porsche in backing a German initiative launched last year and focused on areas such as robotics, machine learning and computer vision. The research center will…draw on the expertise of two of its experts, Prof. Bernhard Schoelkopf and Prof. Michael J. Black.

Surge in spiritism: Most Americans believe in paranormal
It’s official – if you don’t believe in ghosts, you’re in the minority.  The Chapman University of America Fears 2017 has revealed a surprising number of Americans believe in the supernatural. A solid majority – 55 percent – believe ancient advanced civilizations such as Atlantis once existed, and more than 50 percent also believe places can be haunted by spirits.

Is Real Purpose of Mueller Investigation for Mueller to Destroy Evidence of Hillary-Obama Criminal Activity?
Is the Special Investigation created by former Obama and Hillary lackeys from the FBI and Department of Justice, not only an effort to find dirt on President Trump and his administration but also to destroy records that would lead to Obama or Hillary crimes?

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: Richard Spencer Confirmed as Deep State Plant
Media darling and Alt-Right leader Richard Spencer ran his own Discord chat server, where he required that Alt-Right members submit photographs and detailed personal information about themselves, before they were allowed to join the group planning the Charlottesville attacks.

PHOTOS: Bill Clinton Met with Vladimir Putin AT HIS HOME IN RUSSIA Before Uranium One Deal and After Being Bribed
In 2010 former President Bill Clinton met with Vladimir Putin at the State residence Novo-Ogaryovo outside of Moscow. This was after his $500,000 speech and before the Uranium One deal was approved by the Hillary Clinton State Department and Obama administration officials. The Gateway Pundit uncovered photos from Bill’s meeting with Vladimir Putin.

Somali Terrorist Who Killed One and Injured Four in Canada Entered US Thru Mexican Border – OBAMA SET HIM FREEOn October 1st a 30-year-old Islamist terrorist drove a U-haul through a busy Edmonton street and then stabbed a police officer. The ISIS operative, Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, was ordered deported by ICE in 2011, but was released on an “order of supervision” and the feds never saw him again. Sharif fled to Canada and later committed a terrorist attack.

Former Secret Service Agent Bongino Goes Off on Democrat Corruption in Epic Tweetstorm
Dan Bongino gave the Democrats a good tongue lashing on Saturday. He listed the most recent scandals coming from the Obama Admin and Clintons and said, “Uranium One, the House IT scandal, Obamagate, the IRS scandal, the Clinton Foundation, and more…. The Democrats OWN corruption.”


MID-DAY SNAPSHOT

OCT. 23, 2017

The Demo/MSM’s Gold Star Defamation

It’s a diversionary tactic designed to sow division as well as avoid focusing on the recent turn in the Mueller probe.

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“If by the liberty of the press were understood merely the liberty of discussing the propriety of public measures and political opinions, let us have as much of it as you please: But if it means the liberty of affronting, calumniating and defaming one another, I, for my part, own myself willing to part with my share of it.” —Benjamin Franklin (1789)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: October 23

  • Trump Backs GOP Incumbents, Hinting at Bannon Conflict (Read More)
  • Japan’s Abe to push pacifist constitution reform after strong election win (Read More)
  • Yellen Says Fed May Need to Use Unconventional Policy Again Some Day (Read More)
  • Big money shies from booming bitcoin (Read More)
  • This Big Tax Cut for ‘High Fliers’ Shows Why an Overhaul Is So Hard (Read More)
  • Ill-Timed Uber Investment Roils a Giant Saudi Fund (Read More)
  • Industry continues driving German growth: Bundesbank (Read More)
  • China’s Pursuit of Fugitive Businessman Guo Wengui Kicks Off Caper Worthy of Spy Thriller (Read More)
  • Trump’s tougher stance could backfire by boosting Iran’s Guards (Read More)
  • Venezuela’s Behind on Its Debt and Facing Two Huge Bond Payments (Read More)
  • London introduces charge on most polluting vehicles (Read More)
  • Noble Group Warns of Loss Topping $1 Billion (Read More)
  • A Xi Jinping Protégé Rises to Stardom (Read More)
  • U.S. Midwest oil refiners boost output, cut region’s dependence on Gulf Coast (Read More)
  • TD Has Quickly Become a Top 10 U.S. Bank and It’s Not Done Yet (Read More)
  • The Crude Market May Be Underestimating China (Read More)
  • Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between (Read More)
  • May’s Brussels Gains Eclipsed by Domestic Challenge on Brexit (Read More)
  • Merrill Lynch Fined $45 Million by U.K. for Failing to Report Transactions (Read More)

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Headlines – 10/23/2017

Egypt ready to help Palestinians, assist in peace talks, White House official says

Details of Trump’s upcoming Middle East peace plan revealed

After TV report, US official says no peace proposal ‘imminent’

US official after Greenblatt meetings in Cairo: Peace agreement will take time

Trump peace proposal will seek regional deal, won’t set timetable

Trump’s peace envoy conditions Palestinian reconciliation on disarming Hamas

Jordan’s king endorses Palestinian reconciliation deal

UN Is No Longer Home Court of the Palestinians, Israeli Envoy Says

Former defense minister, courted by Labor Party: There’ll be no peace, West Bank can hold millions of more settlers

176 new homes set for approval in Jewish enclave in East Jerusalem

Israel police detain 15 over campaign to stop Jewish-Arab dating

In Washington, Liberman praises US efforts for ‘moderate’ Mideast coalition

In first, Israel participates in US chiefs of staff confab on counterterrorism

Israel prepares for Hezbollah chemical attack

Intelligence Agencies Warn Islamic State May Be Plotting Poison Gas Attacks

Golan Heights Residents on Edge After Latest Cross-Border Exchange of Fire; ‘After Syria Civil War Ends, Guns Will Be Turned on Israel’

Iran praises Hamas for sticking to struggle against Israel

Trump tells Paris, Berlin to ‘keep making money’ with Tehran

In Syrian barrage, a confident message signed by Iran and Russia

Buoyed by Iran and Russia, Assad Gains Confidence to Float Trial Balloons Against Israel

Saudi ex-intel chief says Assad is the biggest terrorist, praises Trump’s harsh Iran stance

Kara: Iran is trying to drag the region into war

US House to vote on nonnuclear Iran sanctions next week

US pushes Saudi Arabia, Iraq on united front to counter Iran

Tillerson demands Iranian militias leave Iraq

Russia accuses US-led coalition of ‘barbaric’ bombing of Syria’s Raqqa

Raqqa: US coalition ‘wiped city off Earth’, Russia says

Air Force preparing B-52 bombers for 24-hour alert status, official says

Make Japan great again: Abe’s landslide is a victory for militant nationalism in the Trump era

Abe retains supermajority in Japan’s election, may push to amend constitution

Spain Catalonia: Foreign minister denies ‘coup’ by Madrid

Venezuelans use bitcoin ‘mining’ to escape inflation

Jimmy Carter: ‘Media Have Been Harder on Trump’ More than Other Presidents

New Zealand hit by ‘big’ 5.4 magnitude earthquake, causing landslides

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Putol, Philippines

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Mpanda, Tanzania

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Minab, Iran

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft

Popocateptl volcano on Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

Typhoon kills at least two in Japan, prompts call for thousands to evacuate

Discounts, guarantees and the search for ‘good’ genes: The booming fertility business

UK Gov’t Office: Term ‘Pregnant Woman’ Shouldn’t Be Used Since It ‘Excludes’ Transgender People

UNITED + REVIVAL Conference celebrates ‘Protestant Reformation’ without Protestants

Tullian Cites “The Gospel is Immoral,” Continues Slide into Antinomianism

Gateway Church Pastor Robert Morris Blames America’s Racism on ‘Ignorant White People’

Televangelist Morris Cerullo to Build $131M Religious-Themed Center in San Diego

Jesus Returns On Halloween: Prophecy Predicts Apocalypse ‘Trick-Or-Treat’ On Oct. 31, Doomsday Theorist Claims

Every Picture tells a Story – The Truth Behind the Famous Wm. Branham ‘Halo’ Photo

Denny Burk – Book Review of Single Gay Christian

Word of Faith Fellowship – Trial delayed for Word of Faith member

Westboro Baptist – Family banish daughter who refuses to believe child’s death is God’s punishment

Indiana pastor allegedly molested young girls he lured with candy

Break Your Sexual Stronghold With This Freeing Choice

Posted: 22 Oct 2017 06:27 PM PDT

(By Dr. Doug Weiss) I’m going to get a little theological for a moment to explain where your healing and freedom is and why. I want to share with you a revelation that helped me make sense of why I needed to confess to another person to be made free. This is why “just Jesus and I” wasn’t working, and why I couldn’t get free earlier in my life. After Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, he visited earth a few times. He was on the road to Damascus with two men, then with ten disciples, then with eleven disciples, and then with 500 of his followers (1 Cor. 15). Now, Jesus was with 500 people prior to the medicine era. Surely there was an opportunity to heal, but there’s not one recording of the resurrected Christ doing any healing.

However, turn to the last page in the gospels and you’ll find yourself in the book of Acts, and healing is happening everywhere (Acts 3:1-10). Amazing healing miracles happened through the apostles and other believers in Jesus. Why? The healing power of Jesus transferred from the head of Christ to the body of Christ. If you wanted healing or recovery, it was (and is) found inside other believers. I had been ignorantly going to the head of Jesus for what he places in his body. CONTINUE

WAR DRUMS: US Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers Back on 24-Hour Alert

Posted: 22 Oct 2017 06:18 PM PDT

The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991. That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this base’s 11,000-foot runway — dubbed the “Christmas tree” for their angular markings — could once again find several B-52s parked on them, laden with nuclear weapons and set to take off at a moment’s notice.

“This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared,” Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, said in an interview during his six-day tour of Barksdale and other U.S. Air Force bases that support the nuclear mission. “I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward.” READ MORE

Most Americans Now Believe In The Supernatural

Posted: 22 Oct 2017 06:14 PM PDT

It’s official – if you don’t believe in ghosts, you’re in the minority.  The Chapman University of American Fears 2017 has revealed a surprising number of Americans believe in the supernatural. A solid majority – 55 percent – believe ancient advanced civilizations such as Atlantis once existed, and more than 50 percent also believe places can be haunted by spirits. More than a third of Americans also believe aliens

have visited and a quarter think some people are capable of telekinesis, or moving objects by the power of their minds. The survey found certain types of people are more likely to hold such beliefs – especially unmarried women who claim to be religious and politically conservative but do not often attend formal religious services. Residents of the West Coast were also reportedly more likely to believe in the paranormal. READ MORE

 

Giant sandal-shaped stone artifacts puzzle archaeologists in Israel

Posted: 22 Oct 2017 06:09 PM PDT

They are being referred to in some circles as “the footprints of God.” But, though they a phenomenal archaeological discovery, they are actually ancient man-made stone structures, possibly dating back to the time of Joshua and the entry of the children of Israel into the Promised Land after their 40-year Exodus journey from Egypt. Found just to the east of the Jordan River, these six sandal-shaped rock structures – one bigger than two football fields in length and 228-feet wide – are getting attention, not

just from archaeologists, but increasingly from the Israeli public.  Perhaps the most famous of these sites is one found on Mount Ebal. Its unique feature is a massive altar found in the center measuring about 23 feet by 30 feet in size and a story high. Charred animal bones and ash were found in and around the altar. Adam Zertal, the archaeologist who discovered the site, believes this is the altar Joshua created when Israel first entered the Promised Land. He believes he may be the one mentioned in the Bible (Joshua 8:30). READ MORE

 

 

 

USS Ronald Reagan docks in South Korean port after large-scale drills

Posted: 22 Oct 2017 06:02 PM PDT

The nuclear-powered warship USS ‘Ronald Reagan’ has arrived in the South Korean port of Busan after joint drills, the US Navy said. Earlier Pyongyang described it as “a demonstration of the real strike” upon the North. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group which also included Destroyer Squadron (DESRON), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) and the guided-missile destroyers USS ‘Stethem’ and USS ‘Chafee’ docked in the port of Busan on Saturday, the US Pacific Fleet said in a statement. The group took part in

Maritime Counter Special Operations Force Exercise (MCSOFEX) that kicked off October 15 and ended this Friday. The massive exercises involved fighter jets, helicopters and naval ships and submarines from both countries. “The focus of the bilateral training exercise was to increase the readiness of US and Republic of Korea [ROK] forces and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula,” the US Pacific Fleet added. READ MORE

PSALM 83 WATCH: Hamas Attempting to Join Forces With Iran to “Wipe Israel Out”

Posted: 22 Oct 2017 05:58 PM PDT

A delegation of senior Hamas officials arrived in Iran Friday to improve ties between the Palestinian terror group and the Islamic Republic. According to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, the Hamas officials “will discuss the latest developments on the Palestinian arena, especially the reconciliation file and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as bilateral relations.” The delegation is headed by Saleh al-Arouri,

who heads Hamas’s terror activity in the disputed territories. The visit comes amid the terror group’s reconciliation agreement with its Palestinian rival, Fatah. As a result of the deal, the Palestinians are set to form a unity government by Dec. 1. Both the U.S. and Israel have called on Hamas to disarm, recognize Israel and cut off ties with Iran as prerequisites for future negotiations with the Palestinian unity government. READ MORE

 

Rep. Maxine Waters says she wants to ‘take out’ Trump

Posted: 22 Oct 2017 02:41 PM PDT

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, a leader in the resist-Trump movement, recently told a New York audience that she will “take out” the president, a video posted online last week shows. “Wow, what a moving evening this is,” Waters is heard saying in the video of an Oct. 13 event at the Ali Forney Center in New York City. “I’m sitting here listening, watching, absorbing, thinking about Ali even though I

never met him. And with this kind of inspiration, I will go and take Trump out tonight,” the California lawmaker said as the crowd cheered. Waters has suggested several times in past months that Trump should be impeached, most recently over his argument that NFL players should stop kneeling for the national anthem, a movement started in protest of police mistreatment of African-Americans. Waters’ most recent comment about Trump, READ MORE

Powerful storm strikes Western Australia producing over 50,000 lightning strikes

Posted: 22 Oct 2017 02:37 PM PDT

A complex low-pressure system has brought widespread showers and thunderstorms to south-west Western Australia overnight and into this morning, with storms producing more than 50,000 lightning strikes. So far there have been widespread falls of 5-10mm over southwestern parts of the state, with the heaviest falls occurring in the Great Southern, Southern Coastal, and Southwest districts.

By 8am, Wandering, in the Great Southern region, had recorded 20mm – its highest daily October total in 12 years. In the Southern Coastal region, Jacup received 11mm – its highest daily October fall in three years. Elsewhere, Narrogin has recorded 28mm, Margaret River 22mm, Mumballup 18mm, Newdegate 14m, Witchcliffe 11mm and Bunbury 10mm. READ MORE

Scientists Link Sugar Directly to Cancer

Posted: 22 Oct 2017 02:31 PM PDT

Scientists in Belgium have found sugars can stimulate the growth of cancerous tumors. They believe certain types of sugar can essentially make cancer cells grow even faster, though they’re not sure why it happens. The scientists say the link between sugar and cancer has sweeping consequences and requires more research. They say the findings could help create new diet plans for cancer patients. CBN News

Health Reporter Lorie Johnson has reported for years about the link between sugar and cancer. Scientists are increasingly discovering a clear relationship between sugar and cancer, which has led them to two conclusions: sugar use contributes to cancer, and going without it can slow the growth of the disease. READ MORE

Could Kim Jong-un unleash killer plague in shock biowarfare attack?

Posted: 22 Oct 2017 11:10 AM PDT

North Korea is feared to be preparing for World War 3 by weaponizing the Black Death for use in a biological warfare attack. A chilling new report claims Kim Jong-un‘s regime could unleash the plague, cholera and other diseases across the US and South Korea. The document, by Harvard University’s Belfer Centre, says Pyongyang may use missiles, drones or planes to spread the deadly viruses. And it warns preparation against the devastating threat of biological warfare is “urgent and necessary”.

North Korea is thought to already have 13 pathogens in its weaponry, the researchers said, including anthrax, smallpox and yellow fever. And scientists are feared to be weaponizing the viruses in top-secret labs across the war-crazed rogue state. The report states: “While nuclear programs can be monitored by the number of nuclear tests and the success of missile tests, weaponizing and cultivating pathogens can stay invisible behind closed doors. READ MORE

 

DEVELOPING: US Sends Hundreds Of Thousands Of Bombs To Guam

Posted: 22 Oct 2017 10:57 AM PDT

The Air Force munitions stockpile in Guam recently received a ten percent boost, according to the U.S. military. A total of 816,393 munitions assets valued at over $95 million dollars were delivered to Andersen Air Force Base between Aug. 21 and Sept. 30, 36th Wing Public Affairs revealed in a statement Wednesday. “The inbound munitions ensure required assets are available in theater to support national objectives,” explained Maj. Erik Schmid, 36th Munitions Squadron commander. “The munitions will increase the overall availability of day-to-day training assets and War Reserve Material stocks to support

warfighting capabilities,” the statement introduced.  The commander of the Pacific Air Forces addressed the severity of the North Korean threat Monday while warning that the U.S. military remains ready to fight should that course of action be required.“The North Korean nuclear weapons and missile development program is truly a threat to us all,” Pacific Air Forces commander Gen. Terrence O‘Shaughnessy said in Seoul, South Korea, adding, “While the United States will always seek peace over war, we remain poised to defend our ideals, our allies, and those who help preserve these international rules and norms.”  READ MORE

Nuclear Bombers Buzz North Korea in Show of Force

Posted: 21 Oct 2017 06:03 PM PDT

The US B-1B strategic bombers flew over South Korea today as part of an air show designed to intimidate North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un. The supersonic bombers, which cost more than a quarter of a billion each, flew low over Seoul Air Base for eight minutes.  The brazen show of force follows weeks of bellicose rhetoric from Kim and Trump, who threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if force to do so.

Trump is amassing warships in the region, including aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, amid fears Kim may test another nuclear weapon or ballistic missile.  US war drills were ramped up this week as warships fired a barrage of shells into the sky during joint exercises with South Korea.  Today Trump showcased his air capability, with his bombers conducting air-to-surface missile firing drills before appearing at the airshow in Seoul.  READ MORE

Germany Begins Full Censorship Of Social Media Outlets

Posted: 21 Oct 2017 05:54 PM PDT

A new German law introducing state censorship on social media platforms came into effect on October 1, 2017. The new law requires social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, to censor their users on behalf of the German state. Social media companies are obliged to delete or block any online “criminal offenses” such as libel, slander, defamation or incitement, within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint — regardless of whether or the content is accurate or not. Social media companies

receive seven days for more complicated cases. If they fail to do so, the German government can fine them up to 50 million euros for failing to comply with the law. This state censorship makes free speech subject to the arbitrary decisions of corporate entities that are likely to censor more than absolutely necessary, rather than risk a crushing fine. When employees of social media companies are appointed as the state’s private thought police and given the power to shape the form of current political and cultural discourse by deciding who shall be allowed to speak and what to say, READ MORE

A new app available in North Carolina will ship birth control to minors

Posted: 21 Oct 2017 05:45 PM PDT

There’s a new controversy brewing.over an app that gives online access to birth control, even to pre-teen girls. Monique Green said she was shocked to learn her teenage girls could receive birth control without a parent’s consent. “She had the right to tell them and not tell me and so that really made me say ‘wow,’” said Green. It’s called Nurx. It doesn’t cost anything to use. You just answer some medical question

inside the app and provide payment by credit card. Nurx employee Maryam Fikri says they are only trying to help young women. “Despite the current political landscape, we are providing another option to make it easier and more affordable and more convenient to access contraception,” said Fikri. Even someone as young as 12 can be considered for contraceptives. Monique Green wanted to check it out herself. READ MORE

Millennials are ditching religion for witchcraft and astrology

Posted: 21 Oct 2017 05:40 PM PDT

When Coco Layne, a Brooklyn-based producer, meets someone new these days, the first question that comes up in conversation isn’t “Where do you live?” or “What do you do?” but “What’s your sign?” “So many millennials read their horoscopes every day and believe them,” Layne, who is involved in a number of nonreligious spiritual practices, said. “It is a good reference point to identify and place people in the world.” Interest in spirituality has been booming in recent years while interest in religion

plummets, especially among millennials. The majority of Americans now believe it is not necessary to believe in God to have good morals, a study from Pew Research Center released Wednesday found. The percentage of people between the ages of 18 and 29 who “never doubt existence of God” fell from 81% in 2007 to 67% in 2012. Meanwhile, more than half of young adults in the U.S. believe astrology is a science. compared to less than 8% of the Chinese public. The psychic services industry — READ MORE

Could North Korea Launch Cyber Attack Against US Defense Ships?

Posted: 21 Oct 2017 05:34 PM PDT

North Korea could launch a deadly missile attack on the US with the help of sophisticated hackers who could disable Trump’s heralded defense system, a cybersecurity expert has warned. Matt Morris, vice president of NexDefense, told Express.co.uk hackers from North Korea, Russia and China are now capable of adjusting US Navy ships’ GPS, sending them on a collision course with other vessels.

As well as causing confusion and chaos on board, these hacking attacks could have a far deadlier result if a ship boasting anti-missile systems was targeted. If done quickly enough, these ships could be moved from key locations, leaving North Korea with an open shot at enemy states. Mr Morris said: “These ships depend pretty heavily on GPS. The GPS was essentially telling them they were on course when in fact they were in a completely different location. READ MORE

Communities on edge after latest massive earthquake on “Ring of Fire”

Posted: 21 Oct 2017 05:27 PM PDT

Communities across Indonesia, Vanuatu and southwestern Japan are on edge after more rumblings from the earthquake and volcano hotbed dubbed the Ring of Fire. An earthquake struck Japan on Wednesday and was quickly followed by the latest eruption of Mount Sinabung in Indonesia – the latest incident in a worrying increase of seismic activity in the volatile region.

The 6.1 magnitude quake struck off Japan’s Ryukyu Islands at around 6pm local time, according to the United States Geological Survey. Early reports suggested there were no damage or casualties but the shaking was reported on inhabited islands nearest to the epicentre. The tremors come just days after the Shinmoedake volcano in southwestern Japan started erupting for the first time in about six years. READ MORE

 

Typhoon Lan to strike Japan with 50-mile wide eye!

Posted: 21 Oct 2017 05:21 PM PDT

Typhoon Lan, a storm with an eye 50 miles wide, is expected to lash parts of Japan with intense wind and rain, the country’s meteorological office has warned. Currently, west of Okinawa, the typhoon is traveling north towards mainland Japan. According to forecasts by the Japan Meteorological Agency, the “large” storm will barrel across the nation on Sunday before subsiding on October 23. NASA imagery

reveals the huge scale of the typhoon, with pictures taken by the Suomi NPP satellite revealing powerful thunderstorms swirling around an eye 50 nautical miles in diameter. The US space agency stated that on October 20, Lan’s wind speed reached a whopping 115 miles per hour. It clarified in a later tweet that the weather system has not been designated a “superstorm”. READ MORE

Air Force could recall up to 1,000 retired pilots after Executive Order by Trump

Posted: 21 Oct 2017 05:15 PM PDT

The Air Force could recall up to 1,000 retired pilots after President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at addressing what the Pentagon has described as an “acute shortage of pilots.” The order, which Trump signed Friday, amends an emergency declaration signed by George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. Under current law, the Air Force is limited to recalling just 25 pilots. The order signed by Trump temporarily removes that cap for all branches of the military. A Pentagon spokesman,

Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross, said in a statement that the Air Force is currently “short approximately 1,500 pilots of its requirements.” “We anticipate that the Secretary of Defense will delegate the authority to the Secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to 3 years,” Ross said. “The pilot supply shortage is a national level challenge that could have adverse effects on all aspects of both the government and commercial aviation sectors for years to come.” READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Ebola-like virus presence declared in Uganda

Posted: 21 Oct 2017 05:11 PM PDT

On October 19, 2017, Uganda’s Minister of Health has officially declared the presence of Marburg virus disease, one of the most deadly known pathogens, in the eastern part of the country. The statement comes after one confirmed case was detected and died in Kapchorwa hospital in Kween district, bordering Kenya. While another case was suspected yesterday, latest news confirms two deaths.

According to the AFP, one individual was a male hunter who died on September 25 and the second his 50-year-old sister who died on October 11. “The second victim had taken care of her brother during his sickness and burial preparation rituals when we suspect she contracted the disease,” Health Minister Ruth Achieng said. The two are the first recorded cases of Marburg in Kween district. READ MORE

Ophelia creates biggest waves ever recorded in Ireland

Posted: 21 Oct 2017 05:02 PM PDT

According to recent reports, Hurricane Ophelia just produced the largest individual wave ever recorded off the Irish coast, which measured 58.4 feet! This measurement was recorded off the coast of Ireland! The M5 buoy off the southeast coast of Ireland recorded one individual wave reaching an amazing 17.81 m (58.4 feet) on Monday, October 16, 2017.This is now the biggest wave ever recorded off the Irish coast.

The record wave was created by Ex-hurricane “Ophelia” on Monday, October 16, causing one of the five weather buoys to break its moorings.bThe record-breaking wave recorded off the Irish coastline at 16.00 on Monday measures 17.81m (58.43 feet). The M5 weather buoy subsequently broke away from its mooring. The M5 was recovered October 17 by the MV Puffin of Fastnet Shipping (Waterford) and brought ashore. The world record for significant wave height is 19 m (62.33).  READ MORE

Christian Baker May Be Forced To Bake Cake For Satan

Posted: 21 Oct 2017 06:32 AM PDT

The Christian baker who found himself in legal trouble after declining to make a cake for a same-sex wedding and whose case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court, has been asked to make a birthday cake for Satan.  The Daily Signal reports Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, received the email request last month. It reads in part: “I would like to get a quote on a birthday cake, for a special event. It is a cake that is religious in theme, and since religion is a protected class, I am hoping

that you will gladly bake this cake. As you see, the birthday cake in question is to celebrate the birthday of Lucifer, or as they (sic) are also known Satan who was born as Satan when he was cast from heaven by God.” The email also asks for an “upside down cross, under the head of Lucifer.” The Daily Signal says that Phillips has told the media outlet and others that his Christian beliefs do not allow him to make cakes which celebrate same-sex unions and those that include themes of witchcraft and graphic sexuality. READ MORE

Donald Trump set to release JFK assassination files

Posted: 21 Oct 2017 06:16 AM PDT

Donald Trump has announced the release of the JFK files, classified documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The US President tweeted this afternoon: “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long-blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.” More than 3000 never-before-seen documents relating to the 1963 assassination of then-

President John F Kennedy are set to be released. JFK was shot in the head while riding in an open-top car through Dallas, Texas, by lone shooter Lee Harvey Oswald. His death has long been fodder for conspiracy theorists who suspected a US government cover-up, but the full release of the previously confidential documents is expected to show otherwise. MORE

Man attempted suicide ‘went to HELL and was told to change by Jesus’

Posted: 21 Oct 2017 06:10 AM PDT

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A man who attempted suicide claims he saw hell and was told to clean up his life or “this is where you will spend eternity”. Matthew Devalle has died twice within his lifetime – once when he was 12 in a swimming accident, and decades later when he attempted to take his own life. The first experience came in his youth where Mr Devalle attempted to swim the length of a pool underwater, where he accidentally inhaled and died. In an interview with ABC television, Mr Devalle said: “The instant I took a breath underwater, a white light engulfed me. I was completely happy to be in this place, and I just wanted more. And out of the middle of the light came an individual, just a beautiful creature. “There was Jesus Christ, and he grabbed me by the wrist and said you’ve got to go back. Then I woke up on the side of the pool.” READ MORE

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween? Question Spawns Heated Debate

Posted: 21 Oct 2017 06:02 AM PDT

(Reported By Billy Hallowell) Should Christians celebrate Halloween? That’s a controversial question with the power to spark intense debate among the faithful. After all, some see the holiday as rooted in evil, inappropriate and simply unworthy of being celebrated by believers. Others, though, have no qualms about partaking in the more fun-filled and benign aspects. Pastor Mark Driscoll, formerly of Mars Hill Church, recently tackled this question in a video he uploaded to his website. Driscoll primarily argued that, rather than immediately jumping to a “yes” or “no” response, it’s essential for believers to turn to prayer for guidance on how to

observe holidays like Halloween, as The Christian Post reported. “These are the three options – receive, reject, or redeem,” he argued. “You may be wanting me to tell you ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ but I really think this is something to study through, to pray through.”Of his own experience, Driscoll said he and his wife initially rejected Halloween, though he said they eventually moved into the “redeem” stage, encouraging Christians to ask themselves how they can stay faithful to their beliefs while still loving people as they observe certain calendar events. READ MORE

Australian Churches Vandalized by Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Supporters

Posted: 21 Oct 2017 05:58 AM PDT

Christians who hold a biblical view of marriage are “bigots” and should be ‘crucified’, according to same-sex marriage supporters who vandalized churches in Australia. Last week, two churches in Melbourne were daubed with graffiti including a Nazi swastika. It is the latest in a string of reports of abuse suffered by marriage supporters in the country. In recent weeks, a mother received death threats and a Christian lost her job simply for expressing opposition to the redefinition of marriage.

Pastor Drew Mellor of Glen Waverley Anglican Church said the graffiti left older parishioners fearing for their safety. Following the incident, the church released a lengthy statement outlining their belief in a biblical view on marriage – that it is the union of one man and one woman. And David O’ Brien, Senior Pastor of Waverley Baptist Church (the other church that was vandalized), said the incident was “disturbing and concerning”. READ MORE


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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How The Elite Dominate The World

How The Elite Dominate The World – Part 1: Debt As A Tool Of Enslavement

Throughout human history, those in the ruling class have found various ways to force those under them to work for their economic benefit.  But in our day and age, we are willingly enslaving ourselves.  The borrower is the servant of the lender, and there has never been more debt in our world than there is right now.  According to the Institute of International Finance, global debt has hit the 217 trillion dollar mark, although other estimates would put this number far higher.  Of course everyone knows that our planet is drowning in debt, but most people never stop to consider who owns all of this debt.  This unprecedented debt bubble represents that greatest transfer of wealth in human history, and those that are being enriched are the extremely wealthy elitists at the very, very top of the food chain. (Read More…)


 

How The Elite Dominate The World – Part 2: 99.9% Of The Global Population Lives In A Country With A Central Bank

Even though the nations of the world are very deeply divided on almost everything else, somehow virtually all of them have been convinced that central banking is the way to go.  Today, less than 0.1% of the population of the world lives in a country that does not have a central bank.  Do you think that there is any possible way that this is a coincidence?  And it is also not a coincidence that we are now facing the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world.  In Part I of this series, I discussed the fact that total global debt has reached 217 trillion dollars.  Once you understand that central banks are designed to create endless debt, and once you understand that 99.9% of the global population lives in a country that has a central bank, then it finally makes sense why we have accumulated so much debt.  The elite of the world use debt as a tool of enslavement, and central banking has allowed them to literally enslave the entire planet. (Read More…)


How The Elite Dominate The World – Part 3: 90% Of What You Watch On Television Is Controlled By Just 6 Giant Corporations

How much is your view of the world shaped by what you see on television?  On average, Americans spend more than 150 hours watching television every month, and it is called “programming” for a reason.  If you allow anyone to pour ideas and information into your mind for five hours a day, it is going to change how you look at reality.  Everyone has an agenda, and every single news program, television show and movie is trying to alter your views.  Sadly, our society has become absolutely addicted to media, and the mainstream media is completely dominated by the elite.  In fact, about 90 percent of the programming that comes through your television is controlled by just 6 gigantic media corporations.  Most of us are willingly plugging ourselves into this “propaganda matrix” that is completely dominated by the elite for several hours each day, and that gives them an enormous amount of power over the rest of us. (Read More…)


How The Elite Dominate The World – Part 4: They Buy Politicians, And Incumbents Almost Always Win

Once we wake up to how the game is being played, then we will have a real shot at changing things.  For decades, the elite have been pulling the strings behind the scenes in both major political parties.  That is why nothing has ever seemed to change very much no matter which party has been in power.  The agenda of the elite has always seemed to march forward, and ordinary people like us have always been frustrated that we can’t seem to make a difference.  But now a shift seems to be taking place.  Donald Trump took on the establishment in both major parties, and he miraculously won the presidency.  Down in Alabama, the elite spent more than 30 million dollars to defeat Roy Moore, and he still defeated Luther Strange.  A political awakening is taking place, and I can’t wait to see what happens during the mid-term elections in 2018. (Read More…)

John MacArthur on the Reformation and the Word of God

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This month marks the five hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany—an event commonly cited as the flash point of the Protestant Reformation. Believers around the world are celebrating the legacies of Luther and the other Reformers, who worked to recover the true gospel from the dogma and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.

But how had the gospel of Christ been obscured for so long? How did the Roman Catholic Church gain and maintain such spiritual dominance over people? And how did the light of God’s truth finally break through such pervasive darkness?

We put those questions to John MacArthur. Here’s what he had to say:

We rightly credit men like Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and Knox for their roles in recovering and proclaiming the truth of God’s Word. But the power of the Catholic Church was stifled by Scripture itself, as God’s people came face-to-face with the truth of His Word. The pope and the priesthood, along with Catholic dogma and tradition, were exposed as untrustworthy and unbiblical intermediaries between God and man. In the light of God’s Word, their satanic lies were laid bare.

Today, we worship and serve in the long line of faithful believers who held to the authority, inerrancy, and sufficiency of Scripture. This line includes the heroes of church history who helped recover the gospel of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. If not for the work of those faithful servants, we might still be living under the dark dominion of Catholic lies today.

More on that next time.

 


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To Defeat Your Sin, Look at Jesus

Strategies abound for dealing with sin.

There are mountains of books to help us develop habits to stop lying, beat various addictions, control our thoughts, grow in generosity, or develop contentedness. A quick Google search will reveal list upon list of verses about sexual purity, anger, worry, unbelief, idolatry, business ethics—any area you can think of where Christians struggle to live the way God call us to live.

By all means, read the books and memorize the verses. Many of them have been extremely helpful to large numbers of people. Bad habits do indeed need to be replaced with good ones. I’m not anti-strategy.

What we need to recognize, however, is that all these books and verses, and any other helpful tools, are just that—tools. They are not a cure. You will not suddenly cease to be tempted by porn just because you read Every Man’s Battle. You can memorize every verse in the Bible about financial responsibility and still be addicted to gambling. And those struggling with homosexuality cannot just “pray the gay away.”

Ultimately, focusing on sin will not rid you of it. It is Jesus Christ who saves, not books, tools, or strategies. No matter how deeply you understand the nature of your sin, you cannot rescue yourself from its power.

Jesus Changes Lives

The good news of the gospel is that Jesus changes lives. It’s a statement of unbelief to say you can’t stop or that you can’t change. It’s true that you can’t change yourself. But “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

As new creations, we’re not to manage our sin, but to cease from it: “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires” (Romans 13:14). We don’t focus on our sin as if we can defeat it through the right strategic approach. Instead, we focus on the One who has already done all that is necessary for its defeat and our redemption.


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Jesus isn’t satisfied with simply eradicating this or that particular sin—he demands our whole lives. He didn’t die and rise from the dead just to save you from pornography or gambling or your bad temper. It is too easy for us to think and act as if a homosexual would be just fine if only they were straight, but that isn’t what the Bible says. Sin runs deeper than mere actions. All mankind is opposed to God and needs the redeeming power of the blood of Christ and his reconciling peace.

Love Motivates Holiness

Christian, know what you are forgiven for, but most of all love the One who forgives you. The Bible tells us we have forgiveness of sin through him. Jesus said whoever has been forgiven much loves much (Luke 7:47). We need to be aware of our sin, but not for its own sake; instead, awareness of sin drives us to repentance, to holiness, and to love the One who forgave us:

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:24-25)

…let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1b-2, NASB)

But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)

The Goal Is Jesus

If you are focused on your sin, you will run as one being chased. You will always be looking over your shoulder, and you may be overtaken. To win the race, focus on the goal—but the goal isn’t defeating your sin. The goal is Jesus Christ, who has already defeated it.

So cast yourself upon Jesus. Be conscious and deliberate about following and worshipping him in all things. Ask for his help. Pray without ceasing. Pursue him wholeheartedly in everything you do, for it is he, not you, who conquers sin.

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Why millennials are ditching religion for witchcraft and astrology

From Berean Research:

In our White Paper Sorcery – Occult, we advise:

The Bible details the occult practices that are expressly forbidden by God. He banned sorcery then and He bans it now. Moreover, those who practice these sorts of things are an abomination – detestable. In the case of the Israelites all charms for diseases, all amulets or spells to prevent evil, fortune-telling (looking into the future), contacting the dead – any of the magic arts were considered wicked.

It matters not what others do, what does matter is what God says:

There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God, for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do this (Deuteronomy 18:10-14). (emphases added)

While interest in religion is waning, witchcraft and astrology are becoming more and more normalized, especially among millennials.  Kari Paul’s article appears in MarketWatch.

When Coco Layne, a Brooklyn-based producer, meets someone new these days, the first question that comes up in conversation isn’t “Where do you live?” or “What do you do?” but “What’s your sign?”

“So many millennials read their horoscopes every day and believe them,” Layne, who is involved in a number of nonreligious spiritual practices, said. “It is a good reference point to identify and place people in the world.”

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Source:  Why millennials are ditching religion for witchcraft and astrology

Hollywood’s Plunge into the Bottomless Pit

We cannot log into our electronic media without seeing the face of film producer Harvey Weinstein on almost every news site; likewise, that chubby face is all over TV news stations and magazine covers. The photo of Weinstein, unshaven for several days with a diabolical look in his eyes, is everywhere. Why? Because the Hellywood (not a typo) mogul has been accused by a growing number of actresses and models of everything from sexual harassment to rape. Most of you are aware of the crimes this man allegedly committed so I won’t rehash it here. Those who haven’t heard the story can do a Google search. But before you dig in, take an antacid.

One last thing before I get to my point. According to reports, pretty much everyone in Hellywood was aware of Weinstein’s, now admitted to, reprehensible treatment of women and chose not to out him. Victims didn’t spill the beans because attorneys on Harvey’s payroll paid them big bucks for their silence. Oh to be filthy rich, a powerful studio executive, and recipient of an Academy Award!

Now to my point. For several years I’ve exposed the ways in which the Hellywood elites sexualize tweens and teens (articles below). Back in 2011 I wrote a piece entitled “Tinseltown’s on a mission to sexualize young girls” that came to mind when Harvey Weinstein became the big story. I realized that, although it was written six years ago, it contains information that is pertinent today. So rather than writing a new piece on Tinseltown, I’m re-posting a chunk of my old piece with minor changes. The re-post has nothing to do with the disgraced Hellywood producer. It’s not even about the entertainment industry’s plunge into the bottomless pit.  No. I’m going to address the collateral damage that invariably occurs when a nation loses its moral compass. Who suffers? You guessed it. Children. Not knowing any better, kids dive right into the pit with their heroes.

I’ll begin from the beginning:

Wholesome teen star “Hannah Montana”

By Marsha West

There are some disturbing things going on right under parents’ noses.  Their daughters are being sexualized by Hollywood elites who would sell their soul to the devil (perhaps they have) to make a buck and/or to win a coveted Oscar, Emmy, or Golden Globe award.  Life is so about them!

This will come as no surprise to anyone: The Parents TV Council (PTC) report entitled “Sexualized Teen Girls: Tinsel Town’s New Target” provides proof that many in the media have their sights set on young girls for the purpose of sexualizing them.

Have these people completely lost their moral compass?  Have they no shame?  Yes and no.  They are immoral, shameless, child exploiters who could care less who they hurt as long as the ratings remain high and they receive that big paycheck.  And, quite honestly, in our wicked, depraved, immoral culture, sex sells.

These are the major findings in PTC’s 2011 report:

  • Underage female characters are shown participating in a higher percentage of sexual depictions compared to adults (47% and 29% respectively)
  • Only 5% of the underage female characters communicated any form of dislike for being sexualized (excluding scenes depicting healthy sexuality).
  • Out of all the sexualized female characters depicted in the underage and young adult category for the entire database, 86% were presented as only being of high school age.
  • Seventy-five percent of shows that included sexualized underage female characters were shows that did not have an “S” descriptor to warn parents about the sexual content
  • Based upon a definition established by the American Psychological Association of “healthy” vs. “unhealthy” sexuality, the study findings show that 93% of the sexual incidents involving underage female characters occurred within a context that qualified as “unhealthy.”
  • The data revealed that 98% of the sexual incidents involving underage female characters occurred outside of any form of a committed relationship.
  • The data show that 73% of the underage sexualized incidents were presented in a humorous manner or as a punch line to a joke.

Here’s what struck me: 93% of the sexual incidents involving underage female characters occurred within a context that the APA would qualify as unhealthy. What is wrong with film makers?  Oh I remember — they have no souls.

“The results from this report show Tinseltown’s eagerness to not only objectify and fetishize young girls, but to sexualize them in such a way that real teens are led to believe their sole value comes from their sexuality. This report is less about the shocking numbers that detail the sickness of early sexualization in our entertainment culture, and more about the generation of young girls who are being told how society expects them to behave.” [Bold mine.]

Miley now.

I’m reminded of Miley Cyrus’ appalling behavior. Young Miley went from a teeny bopper role model to teen vixen overnight. Recently we saw Miss Cyrus on a YouTube.com video inhaling Silvia from a bong. Silvia is a legal mild hallucinogenic drug that can produce visions. This is not about Miley, though. It’s about all young girls. According to PTC:

“Storylines on the most popular shows among teens are sending the message to our daughters that being sexualized isn’t just acceptable, it should be sought after. It is outrageous that TV executives have made it their business to profit off of programs that depict teen girls blissfully being sexualized by casual partners and only showing disapproval for being sexualized five percent of the time.”

As a result of becoming sexualized at a young age a large number of teens are having casual sex.  What many of them are unaware of is that sleeping around can be hazardous to one’s health. Those who have sex with multiple partners are far more likely to contract a deadly disease such as HIV/AIDS, human papillomavirus (genital warts or HPV), genital herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.  Information on how to prevent diseases can be obtained on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.  Some preventative measures recommended by the CDC are:  Abstain from sexual activity; use a condom; long-term monogamous relationships.

The only way to prevent disease is by abstaining from sexual relations.  Using a condom for protection does not provide100% effectiveness against some STDs.  This may explain why 25% of American teenage girls ages 14-19 have at least one STD.  Many teens are unaware that there is no treatment or cure for HPV.

How ironic that the entertainment industry sexualizes young people and then turns around and advises them to practice safe sex!  Is the liberal Hollywood elite so ignorant that they don’t understand that the so-called safetymeasures aren’t safe?

And we wonder why we have an STD epidemic in this country.  Hello!

The truth is, Tinseltown does not give a hoot that sexualizing young girls impacts their emotional development.  Will someone please give them the memo that:

“In February 2007, the American Psychological Association released a report on the sexualization of girls which found that girls’ exposure to hyper-sexualized media content negatively impacts their cognitive and emotional development; was strongly associated with eating disorders, low self-esteem and depression; fewer girls pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and diminished sexual health.” 

More…

“We have ample evidence to conclude that sexualization has negative effects in a variety of domains, including cognitive functioning, physical and mental health, and healthy sexual development,” said Dr Eileen Zurbriggen, Chair of the APA Task Force.

“The consequences of the sexualization of girls in media today are very real and are likely to be a negative influence on girls’ healthy development.”

Does that not make your blood boil?  Where are the women’s rights groups on this terrible news?  Specifically, where is the National Organization for Women (NOW)?  They are the self-styled defenders of the female gender, are they not?  We now know that exposing girls to sex at a young age is psychologically damaging.  Feelings of shame, anxiety and depression result.  Depression hurts!  Eating disorders destroy lives!  Yet NOW is MIA.

It seems clear that radical feminists only care about our daughters when it comes to ensuring their “right” to abort an unwanted pre-born baby.

You may be wondering if the hyper-sexualization of our culture affects males.  The answer is…

“It’s not just our daughters that are being affected by these images. Boys and adult men are also learning to value women only for their sex appeal, leading to increased incidents of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and increased demand for child pornography.”

Just for the record, Christians will have to stand before a holy God and explain why they stood by and did nothing while our children were used and abused by people who do the work of Satan in tempting others to sin.  Jesus warned:

“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Mat 18:6).

Clarke’s commentary on the Bible explains what this means:

“It would be better for him to have died before he had committed the sin. To injure, or to cause to sin, the feeblest Christian, will be regarded by Christ as a most serious offence, and will be punished accordingly.”

Bottom line: God punishes sin.  Adults who exploit or injure children emotionally or physically will face His wrath.

For over four decades children have been saturated with Tinseltown’s liberal propaganda while most parents and grandparents said nary a word.  Today many of the movies and TV programs kids watch are infecting their minds with the far left’s ideology of moral relativism and political correctness, and so-called conservative parents don’t bat an eye.  Why?  The sort of stuff kids fill their minds with helps form their worldview!

Clearly our country is experiencing an assault against conservative values and principles.  The cat is out of the bag….the Left is doing everything in their power to transform people’s minds. They want to radically and unrecognizably transform America!

The transformation of America is a topic for another time, so I’ll move on.

Those who wish to save our children from those who are filling their minds with toxic garbage must be willing to turn back the clock to a time when America still had a moral compass — when young women were valued for more than just their bodies.  There’s no other choice.   It’s do, or die.

One more point and then I’ll move on.  Sadly, many entertainment executives, advertisers, and high paid actors continue to push the envelope.  It seems these degenerates won’t be satisfied until our younger generation is wallowing in unbridled hedonism.  And they’ll continue pushing the envelope until conservative people of faith man-up and put a stop to it.

Source:  Hollywood’s Plunge into the Bottomless Pit

October 23, 2017: Verse of the day

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The Lord’s Covenant of Peace

25 “I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. 26 And I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing. 27 And the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase, and they shall be secure in their land. And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke, and deliver them from the hand of those who enslaved them. 28 They shall no more be a prey to the nations, nor shall the beasts of the land devour them. They shall dwell securely, and none shall make them afraid. 29 And I will provide for them renowned plantations so that they shall no more be consumed with hunger in the land, and no longer suffer the reproach of the nations. 30 And they shall know that I am the Lord their God with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, declares the Lord God. 31 And you are my sheep, human sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Lord God.” [1]


34:25–31 / Many have also seen this glowing description of restoration after the exile as a later expansion to the text. The language is awkward (note, e.g., the repeated recognition formulae, vv. 27, 30), suggesting that Ezekiel or an editor has revised and expanded this passage (and all of vv. 11–31).

The terms and imagery in this passage are priestly, as we would expect from either the prophet or his priestly editors. Verse 25 describes God’s covenant with Israel as a covenant of peace (see also 37:26, and Isa. 54:10, likely influenced by the use of this expression in Ezekiel)—the expression that also refers to the covenant of eternal priesthood the Lord made with Phineas at BaalPeor (Num. 25:12). God’s new covenant with Israel will be eternal and unbreakable, unlike the first (see the discussion of 16:59–63). The imagery of the restoration in verses 25–31 is likewise priestly, drawn from the promises in the Holiness Code regarding the life God intends for Israel in the land (Lev. 26:3–13; Odell, Ezekiel, p. 429). So, God will banish wild beasts from the land, so that one may lie down anywhere, even in the desert or in the forests, and be safe (vv. 25, 28; compare Lev. 26:6, and see the Additional Note on 14:15). They will be safe from foreign nations (vv. 27–29; compare Lev. 26:6–8). God will send showers in season; there will be showers of blessing (v. 26; compare Lev. 26:4), yielding abundant crops (vv. 27, 29; compare Lev. 26:4–5). Most of all, however, the Lord says, “they will know that I, the Lord their God, am with them and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, declares the Sovereign Lord” (v. 30; see also v. 26, and compare Lev. 26:11–12). This promise of divine presence, bringing life and fruitfulness, will be an important feature of the third vision of the Lord’s Glory, the climax of these oracles of hope (see 43:7a; 47:1–12). Whether Ezekiel or his editors penned verses 25–31, the message is consistent with the vision of the entire book.[2]


25–30 The covenant formula used in v 24aα triggers a fresh development, which is also meant as an interpretative unfolding of “my sheep,” a key term in the first two oracles, and so as a reassuring delineation of Yahweh’s commitment to them. The relationship is now set to a different tune, the blessings of Lev 26:4–13 (see the table in Baltzer, Ezechiel 156–157). It is not difficult to trace a very close connection with it, especially 26:4–6, 13. Yet the borrowing is not slavish but creative. The blessings are relayed via a double, parallel scheme of banished dangers relating to wild animals, famine and the nations respectively. The expanded recognition formula of vv 27b–28aα has been inspired by the self-introduction formula of Lev 26:13, with the old Exodus achievement reapplied to future liberation in a manner reminiscent of v 13a earlier. There is thus a sensitivity to the previous material in this chapter: the danger of being eaten by beasts corresponds to the metaphor of vv 5, 8 and the provision of fertility to the good pasture of vv 14, 18, while sheep imagery lingers in v 25b (cf. Mic 5:3[4]b). The accent on political and psychological inferiority to other nations, while in the first case echoing Lev 26 and interpreting the “prey” metaphor of vv 8, 22, also sympathetically responds to keenly felt exilic (and post-exilic) concerns. The prophetic assurance is that Yahweh was able and willing to resolve these and the other problems. The double presentation of promises of Yahweh’s sufficiency is set in a covenantal framework, in vv 25aα and 30. As the latter verse implies, the realization of covenant blessings would bring with them a proof of the bond between Yahweh and his people.

31 In a summarizing climax to the unit, readers are warmly (“you,” “your”) reminded of the pervading metaphor by an echo of the phrase “the sheep that I tend” from Jer 23:1, part of the passage that underlies vv 2–16. They are reminded too of the precious reality behind the metaphor, the covenant bond between them and Yahweh, in a recapitulating echo of vv 24a and 30.[3]


34:25–31 The security and prosperity of God’s flock during the future reign of Christ are described here. Under a covenant of peace (v. 25) there shall be showers of blessing (v. 26) and a garden of renown (v. 29).

The ideal form of government is a beneficent, absolute monarchy with Christ as King.[4]


34:25 covenant of peace. Refers to the New Covenant of Jer 31:31–34 (cf. 37:26) in full operation during the millennial kingdom. harmful beasts. This refers to actual animals that will be tamed in the kingdom, see Is 11:6–9; 35:9 and Hos 2:18.

34:26 My hill. A reference to Jerusalem and Zion in particular, where the Jews will come to worship the Lord. showers of blessing. Cf. the “times of refreshing” in Ac 3:19, 20, when the curses of Dt 28:15–68 are lifted.

34:27 The faithfulness of the Land is also indicated in Am 9:13.

34:28, 29 no longer be a prey. God will stop other nations from subjugating the people of Israel.

34:30 I … their God. An oft-repeated OT theme (cf. Ge 17:7, 8). This speaks of the ultimate salvation of Israel as in Ro 11:25–27.[5]


34:25–31 The covenant of peace announced in v. 25 extends the renewal of life from the human community to the natural world. These effects also come in tandem with the messianic age in Isa. 11:1–9. Covenant curses have been prominent until this point, but the covenant also entailed blessings (cf. Lev. 26:4–6; Deut. 28:8–14). They shall be showers of blessing refers not only to literal rain but also to abundant blessings from God. Ezekiel 34:31 returns explicitly to the pastoral metaphor to draw the threads of the chapter together.[6]


34:25–31 Restoration of Israel’s relationship with Yahweh brings the covenant blessings promised in Lev 26:3–13. Ezekiel has skillfully reworked the blessings from Lev 26:3–13 into a future picture of hope for Israel.

 

34:29 the insult of the nations A reversal of Yahweh’s prior judgment. See Ezek 22:4 and note.

34:31 my flock, the flock of my pasture. You are my people Ties the oracle of blessing and restoration back to the metaphor of the sheep and shepherd from vv. 1–24.[7]


34:25 covenant of peace. The verses that follow spell out what this covenant entails. It includes safety and agricultural bounty in the land. The imagery is of paradise restored.

securely. Wild animals were a constant danger (Lev. 26:6; Deut. 33:20; Judg. 14:5, 6; 1 Sam. 17:34–37; 1 Kin. 13:24–28; 20:36; 2 Kin. 2:24; 17:25, 26; Ps. 7:2; 10:9; 17:12; Prov. 28:15; Is. 31:4; Jer. 5:6; Lam. 3:10; Hos. 13:8; Amos 3:4, 8, 12; 5:19; Mic. 5:8; cf. Is. 11:6–9; 65:25).

34:26 a blessing. Agricultural prosperity is a common theme in Old Testament portrayals of the blessed future of God’s people (vv. 25–29); see note 28:26.

34:30 And they shall know. See note 6:7.

with them … my people. The essence of God’s covenant with Israel was that the Lord would be their God, and they would be His people (11:20; 36:28; Ex. 6:7; Lev. 26:12; Deut. 7:6; 14:2; 27:9; 29:13; Ps. 50:7; Is. 51:22; Jer. 7:23; 11:4; 30:22; Joel 2:27).[8]


34:25–29 The new age of the “one shepherd” (v. 23) will be governed by a “covenant of peace” which God will enact through Him. Isaiah envisioned the same covenant (Is. 11:1–10). Note especially in v. 27 the mention of Israel’s safety “in their land.” If such a lucid statement can be allegorized, as it is by amillennialists, then words have no dependable meaning at all. Actually the prophecy is to be interpreted literally. The themes in this promissory passage are more fully developed in the oracles that follow in chs. 35–39.[9]


34:25–31 The exiles were encouraged through this promise of a covenant of peace (37:26–28; 38:11–13; 39:25–29; Is. 54:10), which was characterized by these promises: (1) security from foreign aggressor nations, the wild beasts; (2) showers of blessing, meaning productivity and prosperity; and, (3) the certainty that the Lord is Israel’s God and desires reunion with His people and a lasting relationship built on a new covenant (Jer. 31:31–34; Heb. 8:6).[10]


[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Eze 34:25–31). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

[2] Tuell, S. (2012). Ezekiel. (W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston, Eds.) (pp. 240–241). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Allen, L. C. (1998). Ezekiel 20–48 (Vol. 29, pp. 163–164). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.

[4] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1062). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Eze 34:25–30). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1555). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[7] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Eze 34:25–31). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[8] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1189). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[9] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Eze 34:25–29). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[10] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (pp. 992–993). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.