Daily Archives: December 19, 2018


Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

—Psalm 2:11

When we come into this sweet relationship, we are beginning to learn astonished reverence, breathless adoration, awesome fascination, lofty admiration of the attributes of God and something of the breathless silence that we know when God is near.

You may never have realized it before, but all of those elements in our perception and consciousness of the divine Presence add up to what the Bible calls “the fear of God.” …

The fear of God is that “astonished reverence” of which the great Faber wrote. I would say that it may grade anywhere from its basic element—the terror of the guilty soul before a holy God—to the fascinated rapture of the worshiping saint. There are very few unqualified things in our lives, but I believe that the reverential fear of God mixed with love and fascination and astonishment and admiration and devotion is the most enjoyable state and the most purifying emotion the human soul can know. WHT030-031

Lord, teach me today something of that astonished reverence, that combination of frightening and wonderful feelings that make up true knowledge of You. Amen. [1]

[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

December 19 A Message of Grace

You shall call His name JESUS. For He will save His people from their sins.

Matthew 1:21

You may skip the genealogy when you read the Christmas story aloud. But don’t overlook its message of grace, which after all is the heart of the Christmas story: God in His mercy doing for sinners what they cannot do for themselves—mending broken lives and restoring shattered hopes. That’s why He came—to save His people from their sins (Matt. 1:21).

Here’s the best part: the same grace that was evident in the genealogy is active today, and the same Jesus is saving His people from their sins. No sin, no matter how heinous, puts sinners beyond His reach. “He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Heb. 7:25, kjv).[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 380). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room: A Baby Changed History — David Fiorazo

Many of us began preparing for Christmas and the five ‘F’s a month ago: festivities, family, food, fellowship, and fun. It’s easy to forget one of the most important aspects of the season: forgiveness – and renewed hope. Christmas is the celebration of an actual historical event that forever changed the world, as the God who never changes carried out His plan to change the hearts of mankind.

No matter who you are, no matter what you’ve done or what kind of past you’ve had, there’s always hope – if you open up your heart and receive the greatest gift of all. As the song says:

Joy to the world, the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing…

Through the centuries before Christ, the prophets predicted the promised Messiah would come – and from where He would come. Scriptures such as Micah 5:2 state:

But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.”

According to God’s preordained plan, when the perfect religious, cultural, and political conditions were in place, Jesus Christ left the Father’s presence and entered this world to become one of us. Isaiah 7:14 states:

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel,”

Three of the most astounding words in history are, “God with us.”

Most people don’t have a problem with a baby in a manger, but the same baby we sing about during Christmas grew up and preached repentance to all people only to be killed by hypocritical religious leaders.

An infant in a feeding trough isn’t too confrontational or threatening. But Jesus declared that He is the Truth and the only way to God the Father (John 14:6). This claim is something to seriously consider. Why? Because evidence backed by archaeology, eye-witnesses, and history suggests it’s true.

So what is the meaning of Christmas? At the perfect time, Jesus was born for the purpose of dying for our sins. He lived a sinless life and sacrificed Himself so that we might believe in Him and live eternally. This really is good news! The gospel is the greatest gift God has given the church – because the message about Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the greatest treasure God has given the world.

The Lord sees the end from the beginning and His ways are above our ways. So where was Jesus before coming to earth?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men; And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-3, 14

But Christmas has been hijacked, secularized, commercialized, and made into a time for businesses to make tons of money, for people to exchange presents (often out of obligation), and for children to make their list of demands and sing meaningless songs such as Jingle Bells, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and Frosty the Snowman.

Not all songs are meaningless. Some actually are based upon Scripture: O Holy Night, Away in a Manger, Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and O Little Town of Bethlehem.

Not long after Jesus was born, God warned Joseph in a dream to leave Bethlehem, “Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt,” not just to escape Herod’s slaughter of babies, but to fulfill another prophecy!

Because when Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph again in a dream instructing him (Matt. 2:13-16) to move the family to the land of Israel which fulfilled Hosea 11:1, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

Paul further explains:

“When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)”

Before the birth of Jesus Christ, mankind was without help and without hope in this world. We needed a Savior.

C. S. Lewis simplified it this way:

“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of God.”

The arrival of the Christ would also not be during peaceful times, but times of injustice, rebellion, the strong hand of government, religious hypocrisy and pride. But that wouldn’t stop the plan as the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary:

“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:31-33

A Messiah, the descendant of David? A kingdom that would never end? Son of the Most High God? These are not just random prophecies, and the history of Jesus’ life and ministry isn’t just some fable manufactured by man. Hundreds of prophecies have been fulfilled.

Preaching on the day of Pentecost, the Apostle Peter declared to the people Jesus:

“…delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again (Acts 2:23-24)…”

And this is our hope: to be resurrected to life after death. This is all temporal; He is eternal.

God sent Jesus (“a Child was born”) so that whoever believes in Him could have everlasting life. “A Son was given.” If you have never received God’s perfect Gift and trusted in Him, why wait? You can have the assurance of salvation right now. That’s what Christmas is all about!

Jesus humbled Himself, set aside His deity, stepped down and set aside His crown of gold to temporarily wear a crown of thorns – that we might wear the crown of life. Believe God’s Word, it’s accuracy and reliability. Christian friend, this is why you and I live: to point others to Christ: the only true hope and lasting peace.

In all the busyness, bad news, and distractions of the season, may your heart prepare Him room. God bless you, stay strong in the truth of Christ; and have a meaningful, Merry Christmas!

*Originally published by Freedom Project Media

via Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room: A Baby Changed History — David Fiorazo

Victor Davis Hanson: We Are Witnessing a Soft Coup of the Trump Administration (Video) — The Gateway Pundit

Author and historian Victor Davis Hanson joined Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night after the Flynn court hearing today.

Hanson described the fantastical stories building on the left and the US elite’s unwillingness to accept the results of the 2016 election.

Hanson described it as a soft coup.

Victor Davis Hanson: This Mueller investigation that we have is not in isolation. We had, remember, from the day Trump was elected we were told the election machines were flawed, we were going to sue. And then there was a group, remember we were told about the Electoral College, and we were told we had to overturn the electors. And then we went to the 25th Amendment that Trump was unbalanced. And that didn’t work. And then we went to the emoluments clause, he profited even though his businesses had lost a billion dollars. And then we’ve gone to Mueller. And so there’s a slow motion if you will, I don’t want to be too psychodramatic like MSNBC gets. But there is sort of a slow motion coup to overturn the elections.

He’s right.

via Victor Davis Hanson: We Are Witnessing a Soft Coup of the Trump Administration (Video) — The Gateway Pundit

December 19, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


The U.S. Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed legislation long in the making and backed by President Donald Trump to reduce sentences for certain prison inmates.

Two Democratic lawmakers urged the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday to better protect U.S. oil and gas pipelines from cyberattacks, after a report they requested detailed a lack of federal oversight of the critical conduits.

Days after a judge in Texas declared that the Obamacare healthcare law is unconstitutional, Maryland’s Democratic attorney general on Wednesday will pursue his request that another judge rule the opposite way.

The United States has defeated the Islamic State in Syria, U.S. President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday, adding that it was the only reason he had kept troops in the country.

The United States is considering a total withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria as it nears the very end of its campaign to retake all of the territory once held by Islamic State, U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday Hezbollah had shut down plants to develop precision-guided missiles but was imperiling Lebanon with a cross-border tunnel network he deemed “an act of war”.

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a bishop in Los Angeles accused of sexually abusing a minor, the Vatican said on Wednesday, in the latest case of clergy misconduct to shake the U.S. Catholic Church.

The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates on Wednesday, but may cut the number of hikes it anticipates next year and signal an earlier end to its monetary tightening in the face of financial market volatility and rising recession fears.

AP Top Stories

The murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi in a year when more than half of all journalists killed were targeted deliberately reflects a hatred of the media in many areas of society, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Tuesday.

Ethiopian Airlines on Monday resumed flights to Moscow after a gap of 27 years stretching back to the demise of the Soviet Union, which saw relations with Moscow dive.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley gave a hint, but no details, of the Trump administration’s peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday, saying it’s long, takes advantage of new technology, and has a lot both sides will like and things they won’t like.

Russia has cut its military flights in Syria from more than 100 per day to fewer than four a week, the defense minister said Tuesday, in another sign the country’s conflict is winding down.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas on Tuesday filed a lawsuit over a state law requiring contractors to certify that they do not boycott Israel or Israel-controlled territories, arguing the law forces people to choose between their First Amendment rights and their livelihoods.

Russia, Iran and Turkey, supporters of the main sides in Syria’s complex civil war, on Tuesday failed to agree on the makeup of a U.N.-sponsored Syrian Constitutional Committee but called for it to convene early next year to kick off a viable peace process.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered the creation of “Space Command,” a new organizational structure within the Pentagon that will have overall control of military space operations.

Russia said on Monday it had built new barracks for troops on a disputed chain of islands near Japan and would build more facilities for armored vehicles, prompting a diplomatic protest from Tokyo.

The UN General Assembly on Monday adopted by a wide majority a Global Compact on Refugees aimed at improving efforts to manage large refugee movements — but without the support of the United States and Hungary.

Yemen’s warring parties have exchanged lists with a total of 16,000 names of people believed to be detained as part of a prisoner swap deal agreed last week, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday.

Nearly one in five U.S. fuel stations are charging less than $2 per gallon of gasoline as falling oil prices deliver holiday savings for American motorists. Missouri’s already there with an average of $1.96 on Tuesday, according to AAA. Others within cents of the two-buck threshold: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and South Carolina. 31 states had at least one station with fuel for less than $2, according to GasBuddy. One station in Texas was charging $1.65 – the lowest in the country.


Facebook has been caught on the back foot again over its data privacy practices, following an investigation by the New York Times. The newspaper has disclosed fresh details about ways the social network shared access to users’ data with other tech firms, including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, Spotify and Yandex.

Four transgender women have been allowed to pray at an Indian temple at the center of a bitter row over whether women should be permitted to enter. The panel agreed that they could pray at the shrine, and temple officials also said they did not object to the transgender women because they do not menstruate.


The Nation of Islam and its leaders have received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the U.S. government since 2008 to teach religious study programs for federal prison inmates, according to records reviewed by the Washington Examiner.

China has begun colluding with Russia on war-game experiments that heat up the atmosphere in a process that would kill satellite technology and eliminate a military opponent’s communications. Phenomena such as hurricanes, cyclones and even earthquakes also could result.

News – 12/19/2018

My 4-Year Career Reporting on Messiah and Why I Know It’s Happening
Nearly 2,000 articles have been posted since that first meeting and not a single headline has read “Still Waiting.” Shockingly, on only two occasions did I fail to find a geula article in time for the 9:00 AM meeting with my editor. I think I can safely say that according to all reports, the Messiah is quickly approaching.

Sanhedrin Invites Nikki Haley to be Honorary President of Organization of 70 Nations
Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the Sanhedrin, explained their decision to choose Nikki Haley to head the organization. “Nikki Haley displayed a strength of character that showed a deeply sincere and unwavering willingness to fight for truth,” Rabbi Weiss told Breaking Israel News. “She was a faithful representative of the president but her character gave her a strength that went far beyond the requirements of her job.”

Terrorist deportation bill passes first reading in Knesset
A bill that would allow Israel to deport the family members of terrorists passed its first reading in the Knesset Wednesday. Sponsored by Bayit Yehudi MK Moti Yogev with backing from Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the bill would allow the army to expel family members of a terrorist from their home, by removing them from their town or city, or demarcating an area in which they are not allowed to enter.

Knesset approves Netanyahu as defense minister
The Knesset approved Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s appointment as defense minister on Monday evening after opposition MKs spoke out against the appointment for nearly three hours.

Tension with Moscow seems over as Russian defense delegation visits Israel
Ties between Israel and Russia were said to be tense in recent months after Syria shot down a Russian plane in September. Russia blamed Israel.

EU, Russia to Trump: 2-state solution only viable Israeli-Palestinian peace plan
Warning comes as Haley hints at Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ peace plan: Long, takes advantage of new technology, and has a lot both sides will like and things they won’t like. The US ambassador, who said she has read the plan, told the UN Security Council that “both sides would benefit greatly from a peace agreement, but the Palestinians would benefit more, and the Israelis would risk more.” Haley, who is stepping down at the end of the month, said moving forward to negotiations and peace “will need leaders with real vision to do it.” She declared: “The world will be watching.”

Netanyahu ahead of UN debate: Hezbollah puts all of Lebanon at risk
Hezbollah puts the people of Lebanon at great risk and endangers their lives, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday at a special briefing for the foreign press. Netanyahu spoke ahead of the UN Security Council debate later in the day about the discovery of Hezbollah’s terror tunnels along the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Netanyahu: The IDF is the only army fighting Iran, and we are winning
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel is winning the fight against Iran and over Iranian influence in Syria, in a speech at the Globes conference Wednesday. “The IDF is the only army that is fighting the Iranian army in the world, and now we are seeing great successes,” Netanyahu said at the event.

Eight EU states warn Trump peace plan will fail unless based on 1967 lines
Any Israeli-Palestinian peace plan not based on the pre-1967 lines will fail, eight European Union member states warned…“We…would like to reiterate once more and emphasize the EU’s strong continued commitment to the internationally agreed parameters for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East, based on international law, relevant UN resolutions and previous agreements,” ambassadors from the eight nations said in a joint statement…

Brexit: EU to reveal no-deal plans
The European Commission will publish its no-deal contingency plans on Wednesday – an attempt to mitigate the damage if the UK crashes out of the EU. The proposals are designed to limit disruption in certain key areas, such as finance and transport, if Brexit goes ahead in March without a deal. As PM Theresa May’s proposed exit plan flounders in parliament, both sides are preparing for the worst-case scenario.

European Union diplomatic communications ‘targeted by hackers’
Hackers successfully targeted the European Union’s diplomatic communications over a period of several years, The New York Times reports. Thousands of messages were intercepted in which diplomats referenced a range of subjects from US President Donald Trump to global trade. The breach was reportedly discovered by the cyber-security company Area 1.

Syria war: Russia, Iran and Turkey fail to agree on new constitution body
Talks in Geneva on setting up a constitutional committee for Syria have ended without a clear outcome. The foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey attended the United Nations-sponsored talks to build a sustainable peace in the country, but failed to agree on the committee’s makeup. The UN says more work needs to be done before it is set up.

US pledges $10.6B aid for Central America, southern Mexico
The United States pledged $5.8 billion in aid and investment Tuesday for strengthening government and economic development in Central America, and another $4.8 billion in development aid for southern Mexico. The U.S aid aims to promote better security conditions and job opportunities as part of a regional plan to allow Central Americans and Mexicans to remain in their countries and not have to emigrate.

Girl’s inoperable brain tumor disappears, doctors can’t explain it
A girl’s inoperable brain tumor is gone and doctors have no explanation. Today, Roxli Doss is doing what she loves, and that’s horseback riding. “She is just as active as she ever was,” said Scott Doss, Roxli’s father…The family held a benefit for her in August, and the community responded in a big way. At that point, all Gena and Scott Doss could do was pray for a miracle.

Christians ‘Standing in the Way’ of China’s Xi Jinping’s Totalitarian Rule
…China’s current leader believes in the absolute power of the Party and wants his government to exert control over every aspect of Chinese life. Since coming to power in 2012, Xi has severely cracked down on human rights, religious freedom and freedom of expression. Christians are experiencing some of the worst persecution in decades.

Putin: Russia has enough missiles without violating treaty
President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday rejected the U.S. claim that Russia developed a new cruise missile in violation of a key nuclear treaty, arguing that Russia has no need for such a land-based weapon because it already has similar missiles on its ships and aircraft. Washington warned this month it would suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 60 days if Russia did not return to full compliance.

Netanyahu: UN must act against Hezbollah tunnels
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday urged the United Nations Security Council to take action against Hezbollah tunnels dug from Lebanon under the Israeli border. Speaking ahead of a Security Council session on the issue, Netanyahu said UNIFIL, the UN presence in Lebanon, should be granted “unrestrained access to any area in southern Lebanon,” where the Iranian-backed Hezbollah has traditionally operated unfettered.

The Latest Facebook Scandal: Netflix, Spotify Could Read Private Messages, Yandex Was Given IDs
“This is just giving third parties permission to harvest data without you being informed of it or giving consent to it”

Will catastrophic Yellowstone supervolcano eruption set off the End Days war of Gog and Magog?
A mystic rabbi suggested that an alarming spate of recent geyser activity in Yellowstone National Park may be the precursor to the pre-Messiah war of Gog and Magog. While scientists predict that seismic activity will increase, people of faith look for the spiritual implications.

SODOM AND GEMORRAH: San Francisco Creates World’s First ‘Transgender District,’ Paid for with Taxpayer Money
San Francisco is creating a “transgender district” and using public money as part of the process, according to a new report.

Pastor arrested for ‘showing movie about Jesus’
Authorities have arrested a Christian pastor for showing a film titled “Jesus Christ,” charging him with attempting “forced conversions” in India.

Washington state Women’s March chapter shuts over anti-Semitism concerns
The Washington state chapter of the Women’s March has shut down over concerns of anti-Semitism by the national leadership of the movement.

Pope Lectures Against Blaming Migrants For Evil, Urges Fraternity Of ‘Globalized World’
Pope Francis decried nationalism Tuesday and lambasted political leaders who blame migrants for societal problems, lauding instead the fraternity of the “globalized world.”

DOJ, ATF Are About to Find Themselves in Court Over the Newly-Released Bump Stock Ban
For over a year, gun owners have prepared for a ban on bump stocks. After the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, the Trump administration vowed to make the firearm accessory illegal.

11-Year-Old Boy Dressed In Drag Dances At Gay Bar, Gets Dollar Bills Thrown At Him
On December 1, an 11-year-old boy dressed in drag danced on stage in a sexual manner at a gay bar in Brooklyn, NY, called 3 Dollar Bill. The child, Desmond Napoles, was dressed as a Gwen Stefani-lookalike — full drag make up, a blonde wig, and crop top included — as he bounced around onstage to No Doubt’s Like a Girl” and collected dollar bills from male adults viewing the number.

NYT Guest Column: Human Extinction Could Be Good for the Planet
A philosophy professor writing for the New York Times pondered whether the extinction of the human race would be a positive thing for the Earth.

40% of Millennials Don’t Know Jesus is the Baby in the Nativity Story
The new generation of millennials are not just offended by traditional aspects of Christmas, two out of five of them are not even aware that the baby in the Nativity story is Jesus.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Sent His Beard Hair to a Rapper Who Does Witchcraft to Protect Him From ISIS
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey keeps banning conservatives who want to protect people from ISIS with things like border security, stronger vetting and discussions about Islam because he apparently has a better solution: actual witchcraft.

Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all citizens.” —Thomas Jefferson (1816)

Flynn’s Sentencing Delayed by Berating Judge

The judge rebuked Flynn — even suggesting he acted treasonously — before backing off.

Call for Human Self-Extinction Is Foolish and Nihilistic

Is humanity the scourge of the earth, or is mankind capable of goodness and benefit?

Second Amendment: Nunchucks and Bump Stocks

Judge declares NY ban on nunchucks unconstitutional; meanwhile, DOJ bans bump stocks.

Canada’s ‘Gun-Control’ Harbinger

America can avoid a lot of headache simply by taking heed of the missteps of our northern neighbor.

McSally Is the Best Choice for Arizona

The defeated Republican veteran is a good choice to take John McCain’s Senate seat.

Video: Why You Should Be a Nationalist

Around the world, nationalism is on the march, and it’s not a dangerous disaster in the making.

Wednesday Short Cuts

Insight: “To most of us nothing is so invisible as an unpleasant truth.” —Eric Hoffer

Wednesday Top Headlines

Trump retreats, criminal justice, Flynn sentencing delay, Comey misled, bump stocks banned, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Ben Shapiro
The Left’s War on Parenting
Byron York
After Wild Hearing, Michael Flynn’s Future Remains Uncertain
John Stossel
Capitalists vs. Capitalism
Star Parker
Trump’s Important New Africa Strategy
Walter E. Williams
FDA Policies Kill

Today’s Meme

Today’s Cartoon

Headlines – 12/19/2018

In 2019, Mideast economic troubles loom as wars wind down

Netanyahu visits site of terror attack, pledges to strengthen settlements

Bennett: Israelis of Judea and Samaria have rights, too

Rights group says IDF ‘non-lethal’ warning missiles killed two Gaza teenagers

Trump’s Mideast envoy slams Israeli revenge attacks on Palestinians

Hosting Abbas, Jordan king raps Israeli response to uptick in violence

Think tank: Abbas allocates $330 million to pay terrorists, ‘martyrs,’ inmates

PA believes it has identified Hamas mastermind behind deadly West Bank attacks

Tucker Carlson: Why Is Congress Paying for Walls in Israel, but Not the U.S.

GOP senators pitch resolution to recognize Israeli sovereignty of Golan Heights

Haley Says She Read Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan: ‘It Will Take Advantage of Technology’

Haley: Trump peace plan more thoughtful, creative, specific than past efforts

Eight EU states warn Trump peace plan will fail unless based on 1967 lines

Arab League urges Australia, Brazil to change stance on Jerusalem

Arab League calls on Australia and Brazil to “abide by international law” concerning the status of Jerusalem

Message to UN and Europe: Palestinian Terrorism Always Violates International Law

Australian Labor party says it will recognize Palestinian state if in power

UK’s Labor conference votes for a Shorten government to recognise Palestinian statehood

Georgia mulls moving its embassy to Jerusalem

PA negotiator: We haven’t given up on West Jerusalem

Poll shows Hamas leader would win Palestinian elections

Minister said to freeze Palestinian produce imports, defying security warning

Israel-Saudi rapprochement said to face setback due to Khashoggi murder fallout

Nikki Haley: Saudi Crown prince must stop ‘thuggish’ behavior

Saudi Hack Attack? Twitter Tumbles on Concerns Over ‘Suspicious Traffic’

South Sudan, Israeli ex-general deny arms deals, reject US sanctions

Netanyahu: Israel developing missiles ‘no other country has’

Netanyahu: Israel has missiles that can strike any target in the Middle East

US targets Hamas, Hezbollah with anti-human shield legislation

Israel reportedly asking US to lean on Lebanon over Hezbollah tunnels

US registers ‘deep concerns’ over Hezbollah’s growing sway in Lebanon

IDF: Hezbollah likely attempting to close off its attack tunnels

Ex-Lebanese minister: Hezbollah tunnels no violation of UN resolution

Lebanon seen closer to new government, minister says could be within days

Russia warns Lebanon against violations of Israeli territory

Russia, Iran, Turkey Meet, Seeking Deal on New Syria Constitution Body

Syria war: Russia, Iran and Turkey fail to agree on new constitution body

Russian disinformation campaign targets Syria’s beleaguered rescue workers

US accepts Assad staying in Syria – but won’t give aid

Observatory: Islamic State kills 700 prisoners in east Syria

Nearly 2,000 jailed for life since 2016 coup: Turkey state media

Iran hackers target US officials, nuclear experts

Iranian Crude Oil May Be Behind Hundreds of Hospitalizations in Chile

Iran braces for more protests as US Congress members continue to extend support

Children as young as 10 fight, kill and die in Yemen’s war

Yemen war: Ceasefire takes effect in Hudaydah after skirmishes

UN condemns North Korea rights violations and nuke spending

North Korea again lashes out at US over sanctions, threatens to ‘block the path to denuclearization’ forever

U.S. to review travel ban, sanctions to ensure aid reaches North Korea: U.S. envoy

Chaos on French highways as ‘yellow vests’ torch toll booths

U.K. Says 3,500 Troops to Be on Standby for No-deal Brexit

Trump approves additional financial help for US farmers hurt by ongoing trade war

Alan Greenspan: Investors should prepare for the worst

The collapse of Caracas, the jewel of Latin America – Once a thriving, glamorous city, Venezuela’s capital is buckling under hyperinflation, crime and poverty

White House backs off Trump’s $5 billion border wall demand as shutdown looms

US pledges $10.6B aid for Central America, southern Mexico

Embattled Trump Foundation forced to shut down after ‘egregious pattern of illegality’: Officials

Michael Flynn sentencing postponed after judge issues blistering rebuke

Michael Flynn sentencing delayed as judge tells ex-Trump official: ‘You sold your country out’

Dan Abrams: Michael Flynn Got ‘Railroaded,’ Judge ‘Either Unprepared’ or ‘Vindictive’

Trump panel recommends guns in schools to keep US students safe

US bans ‘bump stock’ gun device used in mass shootings

Pittsburgh considers stricter gun laws after synagogue attack

Rights groups call for Facebook board overhaul for ‘weaponizing anti-Semitism’

Facebook offered users privacy wall, then let tech giants around it

Russia Still Using Social Media to Roil U.S. Politics, Senate Concludes

Putin – Nothing to stop new states joining nuclear pact with U.S. and Russia

Putin says Russia can easily make intermediate-range missiles if U.S. quits nuclear treaty

Putin: Russia has enough missiles without violating treaty

Russia says will build up Arctic military presence

Japan to buy more U.S.-made stealth jets, radar to counter China, Russia

Trump expected to sign order creating US Space Command in coming days: officials

Giant ‘earthquake fish’ caught off E. Taiwan after 5.6 temblor in Hualien

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits Southeast of Easter Island

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits South of the Fiji Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Lakatoro, Vanuatu

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Kuchinoerabujima volcano on Japan erupts to 16,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 16,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Nevado de Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 13,000ft

Rare tornado touches down near Seattle, causing “catastrophic damage”

NGOs launch legal action against France over climate

Teen tells climate negotiators they aren’t mature enough

Farm linked to romaine E. coli outbreak recalls red, green leaf lettuce, cauliflower

Up to 319 people dead as Congo Ebola outbreak worsens

Media Has Third-Highest Suicide Rate in the U.S., CDC Report Finds

Cuba eliminates gay marriage language from new constitution

Trans Teenager Claims Teacher Demanded He ‘Prove’ He Was a Boy In Bathroom

Why are so many millennial Christians confused about homosexuality?

Colorado baker back in court over 2nd LGBT bias allegation

Israeli religious group targets LGBT love as ‘poison’

Jesuits name priests ‘credibly accused’ of sexually abusing children, including in D.C. area

Pope Francis asks top bishops to meet with sex abuse victims before Vatican summit

‘A church without Putin, Moscow poison’: Ukraine elects new Orthodox bishop in major Christian rift

China Closes Megachurches Before Christmas

Christians ‘Standing in the Way’ of China’s Xi Jinping’s Totalitarian Rule

Iranians ‘Disillusioned with Islam’ Are Fleeing Country, Converting to Christianity

Apostasy Watch Daily News

My Declaration of Faithful Disobedience – An open letter from detained Chinese pastor Wang Yi

Bill Johnson Sells Prophetic Dream Pillow Cases

Christian Neighbor Complains About Dragons in Christmas Yard Display

Southwest Baptist University Fires Prof For Objecting to Heresy

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The Unknown Wars: Congo

With the world’s eyes on hotspots like Syria and Yemen, it’s easy to forget there are a lot more other conflicts raging at this very moment, killing thousands. This is the first episode of our videos on the unknown wars, this time shedding light on the plight of Democratic Republic of Congo.

“If The Fed Raises Interest Rates Today, They Should All Be Fired For Economic Malpractice…”

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

The Federal Reserve is responsible for creating the stock market boom that we have witnessed in recent years.  Are they now also setting the stage for a stock market bust?

After hitting an all-time high earlier this year, the Dow has plunged more than 3,000 points from the peak of the market, and it would appear that it would be extremely irresponsible for the Fed to raise interest rates in such a chaotic environment.  In addition, evidence continues to mount that the U.S. economy is slowing down, and everyone knows that raising interest rates tends to depress economic activity.  So it would seem that it would not be logical for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates at this time.  In fact, economist Stephen Moore told Fox Business that if the Fed raises interest rates “they should all be fired for economic malpractice”

“The Fed has been way too tight. They made a major blunder three months ago with raising the rates. It’s caused a deflation in commodity prices. And I will say this, David, if the Fed raises interest rates tomorrow they should all be fired for economic malpractice.”

If the Federal Reserve raises interest rates and indicates that more rate hikes are coming in 2019, it is quite likely that the markets will throw another huge temper tantrum.

But as Jim Cramer has noted, if the Federal Reserve make the right choice and leaves rates where they currently are, we could potentially see a significant market rally…

“Today was a dress rehearsal for the kind of rally we can get if the Fed does the right thing tomorrow and repudiates the idea that we need a series of rate hikes in 2019, not just one more tomorrow,” Cramer said Tuesday. “If we get the Fed on board, expect more positive action like we had this morning before the market gave up much of its gains.”

Unfortunately, there is a factor that is complicating things.

In recent weeks, President Trump has been extremely critical of the Federal Reserve and Fed Chair Jerome Powell.  If the Fed decides to leave interest rates where they are, that could be interpreted as them giving Trump exactly what he wants, and it is likely that they do not want to be viewed as siding with Trump.

This is yet another reason why we need to end the FedThe Fed has become just another player in the game of politics, and the truth is that the Federal Reserve is a deeply un-American institution.  Our founders intended for us to have a free market capitalist system, but instead we have an unelected panel of central planners setting our interest rates and running our economy.

Since the Federal Reserve was created in 1913, there have been 18 major economic downturns, and now we are heading into another one.  Central banking manipulation endlessly causes boom and bust cycles, and hopefully this time around the American people will finally decide that enough is enough.

As losses on Wall Street mount, hedge funds are starting to go down like dominoes, and that is going to cause huge problems for some of our largest financial institutions.  For example, we just found out that Citigroup could potentially lose 180 million dollars due to bad loans that it made to a prominent Asian hedge fund

It’s not just hedge funds that are blowing up left and right: so are the banks that are lending them money.

Citigroup is facing losses of up to $180 million on loans made to an unnamed Asian hedge fund which saw major losses on its FX trades Bloomberg reports citing a person briefed on the matter. The hedge fund and Citi “are in discussions on the positions and how they should be valued” which is usually a bad sign as when it comes to FX the mark to market is, at least, instantaneous. Bloomberg adds that the situation is fluid and the eventual losses may end up being smaller depending on how the trades are unwound.

We haven’t seen anything like this in 10 years, and if the Fed raises interest rates this new financial crisis could begin to escalate quite rapidly.

At this point, even former Fed chair Alan Greenspan is urging investors to “run for cover”

The former Federal Reserve chairman who famously warned more than two decades ago about “irrational exuberance” in the stock market doesn’t see equity prices going any higher than they are now.

“It would be very surprising to see it sort of stabilize here, and then take off,” Greenspan said in an interview with CNN anchor Julia Chatterley.

He added that markets could still go up further — but warned investors that the correction would be painful: “At the end of that run, run for cover.”

The markets were calmer on Tuesday because everyone was kind of waiting to see what the Fed would do today.

The decision should be obvious, but unfortunately things are never that simple.

We live in very uncertain times, and the shaking of our financial system has begun.

Source: “If The Fed Raises Interest Rates Today, They Should All Be Fired For Economic Malpractice…”

Banks Acting Like They Did In 2007! Banking Problem Part II underway? — Kimble Charting Solutions

Is the Banking sector sending a message that weaker economic times are ahead for the U.S. economy? Possible! This chart looks at the Banking Index (BKX) over the past 25-years. It 2007 the index broke 11-year rising support and its 1-year moving average at (1). Once the index broke long-term support and the moving average,…

via Banks Acting Like They Did In 2007! Banking Problem Part II underway? — Kimble Charting Solutions