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December 12, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send American astronauts back to the moon and eventually to Mars, but eliminated his predecessors’ deadlines for such missions.

President Donald Trump said that Monday’s New York City bombing shows the urgency of tightening immigration laws as his spokeswoman argued the administration’s policies would have kept the suspect out of the country.

The Trump administration is preparing to unveil as soon as this week an expansive offshore oil plan that would open the door to selling new drilling rights in Atlantic waters, according to people familiar with the plan.

The U.S. is ramping up pressure on Saudi Arabia to ease its blockade of Yemen amid fears that the crisis is slipping further into catastrophe and people will lose access to clean drinking water, President Donald Trump’s foreign aid chief said in an interview.

A court in Kiev rejected a request by prosecutors to place Mikheil Saakashvili — the ex-Georgian leader-turned Ukrainian opposition politician — under house arrest as he fights accusations he plotted to overthrow the government.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should be allowed to run for re-election, Russia’s top envoy for Syria said, dismissing Western efforts to condition reconstruction aid on the departure of a leader blamed for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of his citizens.

The U.S. and South Korea are considering delaying joint military drills until after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February in a bid to reduce tensions with North Korea, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Transgender recruits will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, the Pentagon said Monday, as President Donald Trump’s ordered ban suffered more legal setbacks.

Europe’s energy markets were rattled for a second consecutive day after an explosion at a natural gas hub in Austria threatened supplies already pinched from a closed pipeline in the North Sea and a cold snap across the continent.

Optimism among small companies in the U.S. advanced last month to the highest level in more than 34 years as owners became more upbeat about future economic conditions and sales prospects, according to a National Federation of Independent Business survey released Tuesday.

AP Top Stories

The U.S. Education Department under President Donald Trump and Secretary Betsy DeVos has stopped cancelling the student-loan debt of people defrauded by failed for-profit schools and those borrowers face mounting interest and other burdens, its inspector general said.

Eighteen climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere hit the jackpot Monday as French President Emmanuel Macron awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term.

Suspicions are growing that North Korea has resumed forging $100 dollar bills that are so realistic that they are virtually indistinguishable from genuine currency.

U.S.-backed militias in Syria said they have formed a joint military center with the Iraqi army to protect their common border region after ousting Islamic State militants.

Russia and China are kicking off a series of joint air defense exercises called Aerospace Security-2017, highlighting the growing strategic partnership between the two great powers. In recent years, Russia and China have more or less set aside their differences dating back to the Soviet-era to jointly push back against the American-led liberal institutional world order.

U.S. producer prices rose in November as gasoline prices surged and the cost of other goods increased, leading to the largest annual gain in nearly six years.

Monsanto will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use.

BBC

A former US sergeant who defected to North Korea and became Pyongyang’s prisoner for nearly 40 years has died. Charles Jenkins, 77, lived in Japan where he had settled with his family after his 2004 release. He was among four US soldiers who defected in the 1960s and later became North Korean film stars, but was the only one who was released.

France will enforce a ban on children’s mobile phone use at school from 3 September next year, the French education minister said. The minister said pupils’ phones could be kept in lockers during lessons.

The UN has warned of a rise in trafficking of the synthetic opioid tramadol across West Africa, as one official revealed it is being found in the pockets of suicide bombers. Seizures of the drug have skyrocketed since 2013, from 660lb to more than three tons a year, the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said. In September, three million pills in UN-logoed boxes were found in Niger. The opioid is known to be popular with Islamist militants Boko Haram.

More than 170 people have died in the last week in clashes between two sub-clans in South Sudan, an MP has said.

A meeting of experts in Kenya warned last week that marine life is facing “irreparable damage” from the millions of tons of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year.

A South African official has told a court he fears donkey meat is being fed to unsuspecting customers after being illegally slaughtered TimesLive reports.

A Japanese businessman diagnosed with terminal cancer invited about 1,000 guests to a huge party to say thank you and goodbye.

WND

Professor Lesley Regan, the president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG), continues to advance her opinion in favor of abortion pills being consumed at home, without medical assistance.


The Briefing —Tuesday, December 12, 2017

1) A special election and a crisis of conscience in Alabama

New York Times (Campbell Robertson and Jonathan Martin) –
Alabama, Despite History of Unruly Politics, Has ‘Never Seen Anything Like This’

2) The crucible of political discourse and the mixed messages of political results

 

3) Abortion and a missed political opportunity

New Yorker (Ben Wallace-Wells) –
Roy Moore and the Invisible Religious Right

4) The urgency of fire as wildfires expand in California

New York Times (Adam Nagourney) –
California Today: A Weekend of Fires


News – 12/12/2017

Messianic Trump-Cyrus Connection Revealed Through Hebrew Numerology, Bible Codes
President Trump is similar to Cyrus in a number of observable ways, rabbis and commentators have noted. Though separated by 2,500 years, both men rule the greatest nation of their respective eras. Cyrus, like Trump, was powerful and rich but not at all devout. And like Cyrus, Trump supports Jewish national aspirations. Now, a Messianic connection has come to light.

North Korean defector describes forced abortion, said bodies fed to dogs in prison
United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley held a meeting on the human rights situation in North Korea where one defector spoke about how she was forced to have an abortion following her repatriation from China. The woman, Ji Hyeon-A, describes a harrowing scene of prison dogs eating dead bodies at her prison camp. She pleaded for the world to act.

100,000 Still Stranded Amid California Fires; Giant Thomas Fire Only 20% Contained
In an unexpected run of good fortune, a shift in the powerful winds that have fanned the SoCal wildfires over the past week and a half has pushed the Thomas Fire – the largest of the six uncontained blazes – away from nearby communities while also clearing the air of smoke, improving visibility for the beleaguered firefighters working tirelessly to suppress the flames. Meanwhile, further south, firefighters have managed to achieve upwards of 90% containment for the Rye, Lilac and Creek Fires:

Iron Dome intercepts missile fired from Gaza to Israel
Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted at least one rocket fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory Monday night, the IDF’s Spokesperson’s office said in a statement. No one was injured and no damage was caused as a result of the fire and interception. Rocket alarm sirens blared across communities surrounding the Gaza Strip, but the rocket fire appeared to be aimed at the coastal city of Ashkelon, some 20 kilometers away.

IDF demands answers after Palestinian ambulance filmed carting protesters
A senior Israeli commander demanded answers from the Palestinian Red Crescent on Monday after one of its ambulances was captured on video appearing to drop off masked protesters at an active demonstration in Ramallah. The video distributed by the IDF shows masked men disembarking from the ambulance that then continues to the scene of the confrontation, at a demonstration against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Right-wing groups call for international recognition of Temple Mount
Less than a week after the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, leader of the Zionist movement World Betar is calling for international recognition of the Temple Mount, Nablus and Hebron. “After the Trump declaration, the time has come to recognize the heart, the Temple Mount,” said Neria Meir, head of the Betar World leadership.

Catalonia independence: Spain removes art work from Lleida
Police in Spain’s Catalonia region have begun transferring medieval artefacts on Madrid’s orders in an ownership battle with neighbouring Aragon. The operation, which started before dawn on Monday, involves 44 items stored in the Catalan Museum of Lleida but originally from Sijena monastery. Aragon claims they were sold illegally by the monastery’s nuns.

Netanyahu: Iran eyes sending 80,000 Shiite fighters to ME
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday of Iran’s entrenchment in Syria, as his official visit to Paris and Brussels was winding down. “If Iran makes good on its threat, it will do so by utilizing 80,000 Shiite fighters, which will cause religious wars to erupt again,” Netanyahu said in a press briefing before returning to Israel.

Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman: Ultra-Orthodox spiritual leader dies in Israel
The death has been announced in Israel of one of the leading figures in ultra-Orthodox Judaism. Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman – who was widely regarded as “Gadol Hador” or “Leader of the Generation” – died in hospital at the age of 104. Israel’s president said he had “carried the entire weight of the existence of the Jewish people on his shoulders”.

Bucking a trend, these churches figured out how to bring millennials back to worship
…By updating…dress codes and preaching styles, attitudes toward the secular, a willingness to discuss the taboo — and embracing modern music and technology (AD3 preaches not from a Bible but from his iPad), these churches brim with youthful vivacity…Like City of Truth, The Cause strives to free younger people from the rigid rituals and judgment of more traditional churches…“So often people approach topics putting the focus on sin,” Kyle says. “For people to change their life, they need to see that God is good, not that God is a tyrant.

Taxes on Meat Could Join Carbon and Sugar to Help Limit Emissions
Move over, taxes on carbon and sugar: the global levy that may be next is meat. Some investors are betting governments around the world will find a way to start taxing meat production as they aim to improve public health and hit emissions targets set in the Paris Climate Agreement. Socially focused investors are starting to push companies to diversify into plant protein, or even suggest livestock producers use a “shadow price” of meat…to estimate future costs.

Five years after Sandy Hook, U.S. gun-control advocates switch strategy
Five years after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, advocates who are disappointed with the failure of efforts to limit access to firearms are changing their strategy. Instead of pressuring lawmakers to push new gun-control measures through the U.S. Congress, volunteers from groups including Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are now running for office themselves.

Judge accused of seizing Trump’s authority on transgenders in military
A federal judge – already criticized for acting as the “supreme judicial commander of the military”  by  usurping the president’s authority – doubled down Monday on her ruling allowing transgenders to enlist in the military.

Plasma For Pay: Broke Millennials Sell Blood Just To Survive
There is no doubt, in a period where burdensome student loans and wage stagnation are crushing the hopes of achieving the American dream while living in their parents’ basements, the millennial generation is struggling to survive.

High premiums for Obamacare and no subsidies
As open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage nears the deadline of Dec. 15, and Florida once again leads all states using the federal exchange at healthcare.gov, Heidi and Richard Reiter sit at the kitchen table at their Davie home and struggle to piece together the family’s health insurance for 2018.

Putin Orders Withdrawal Of Russian Troops During Surprise Syria Visit
Drawing a stark contrast between himself and his counterpart in the US, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise appearance at Khmeimim Airbase in Syria – which has traditionally been used by the Russian air force – on Monday morning, where he ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, now that the ISIS insurgency that once controlled roughly one-third of the country’s land area has been effectively dismantled.

AMERICAN BOMBSHELL: ICE confirms that deadly California fires were set by illegal alien arrested & released 5 times by sanctuary city cops…ignoring ICE detainer requests each time
The acting director of ICE has confirmed that not only is the individual responsible for setting many of the fires consuming California an illegal alien, he has been arrested by local Sonoma County police at least five times.

Vatican Echoes Arab League Appeal for Meetings Concerning Jerusalem Status
On Sunday the Vatican issued a communiqué appealing for cooperation with groups like the Arab League that are concerned with the recent decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

[VIDEO] Is The Flu Shot An IQ Test To Eliminate Stupid People?
Is the flu shot a nationwide IQ test or experiment being run by globalists to “thin the herd” and eliminate people who are stupid enough to line up for flu shots?  One YouTube channel has tackled this very issue, and their take on it is extremely unnerving.

Trump’s First Year Debt is One-Third of Obama’s Debt and Most of the Debt is Due to Yellen’s Interest Rate Increases
President Trump held the longest and largest decrease of US Federal Debt in US history at $100 Billion, earlier this year, however, this is now over.  When President Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017 the amount of US Federal Debt owed both externally and internally was over $19 trillion at $19,947,304,555,212. As of last Thursday, December 7th, 2017, the amount of US Debt increased this year by $594 billion or 3 percent.

UK MPs Demand Ban Of Franklin Graham
More than 6,000 people joined members of the British parliament in demanding that American evangelist Franklin Graham be banned from the U.K. over his views on homosexuality and Islam.

Pentagon Defies Commander in Chief Trump – Will Allow Transgenders into Military in January
Let’s face it. We live in a lawless country. Obama caused much more ruin than any of us realized. The Pentagon announced today they will defy their Commander in Chief and allow transgenders into the military.

FIGURES. George Soros-Funded Group Behind Effort to Parade Out Trump’s Accusers
Brave New Films hosted the fake news conference Monday morning where debunked accusers were paraded out rehashing accusations against President Trump. Who are Brave New Films’ donors? George Soros, naturally.

Mormon Church gives $5 million to help resettle refugees in U.S.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has donated $5 million worth of aid to the nine federal refugee resettlement agencies in the U.S., according to the Deseret News.

NHS Gives 10 Year-Olds Gender Survey
Britain’s major health organization is now asking pre-teens in schools across England to take a survey asking whether they feel comfortable with their biological identity.


Bitcoin Futures Begin Trading – Let The Madness Commence!

One of the things that I love about Bitcoin is that the fun never seems to end.  On Sunday, Bitcoin futures began trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange for the first time ever, and within minutes the CBOE’s website crashed.  What a perfect metaphor.  Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are completely and utterly disrupting the global financial system, and the financial establishment is still groping for a cohesive response to this growing phenomenon. (Read More…)


The Left Is Trying To Use The #MeToo Movement As A Weapon To Destroy Donald Trump

The left is willing to use any means necessary to get rid of Donald Trump, and so it should be no surprise that they are now using the #metoo movement as a weapon in their crusade against him.  Personally, I have been a big fan of the #metoo movement, and I have been thrilled to see so many sexual predators exposed in recent months.  I applauded the exposure of Hollywood giants such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, and I believe that the resignations of Al Franken and John Conyers will be followed by many others as the truth about what has been happening on Capitol Hill continues to come out. (Read More…)


Palm Springs Becomes First City Council in Nation to Be All Homosexual, Bisexual or Transgender

Christian News reports:

The City of Palm Springs, California has sworn in a man who identifies as a woman, as well as a woman who identifies as bisexual, making its city council all-“LGBT” as its other three members identify as homosexual.

Lisa Middleton, a man who identifies as a woman (pictured), and Christy Holstege, an attorney who identifies as bisexual, were both sworn in on Wednesday after being elected last month.

They join Mayor Robert Moon and Councilman Geoff Kors, who both are “married” to men, and Councilman J.R. Roberts, who likewise identifies as homosexual.

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America’s malls are rotting away

CNN Money

The worst is yet to come for American shopping malls.

As Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears and other major department stores close their doors, the malls that housed those stores are facing a serious crisis.

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Mid-Day Snapshot

Dec. 12, 2017

This ‘Lone Wolf’ Jihadi Is a Chain Migrant

The terrorist immigrated to the U.S. via chain migration seven years ago. Time for change.

The Foundation

“The policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by so doing, they retain the Language, habits and principles (good or bad) which they bring with them.” —George Washington (1794)

December 12, 2017
Embassy move will help ‘end the reign of Islamist terror’
ALAN KEYES — In 1995, The United States Congress passed (by a vote of 374-37 in the U.S. House of Representatives, and 93-5 in the U.S. Senate) the bill entitled the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. Its stated purpose was “to provide for the relocation of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem.” So, why is the United States Embassy to Israel still physically located in Tel Aviv?… (more)

December 12, 2017
JOAN SWIRSKY — It’s become de rigeur for public figures and media personalities to repeat the tired mantra: Always believe the women. This refers, of course, to any accusation of sexual harassment, no matter how far in the past it took place and even if it was interpreted at the time as innocent flirting…. (more)

December 12, 2017
AL.COM — In a poll released less than 24 hours before the polls open on Tuesday, Alabama Senate Republican nominee Roy Moore has taken his biggest lead in weeks. In the Emerson College poll, Moore has seized a 9-point lead over Democrat Doug Jones in polling done in recent days…. (more)

December 12, 2017
CHELSEA SCHILLING — “Impeach him!” some Democrats cry, as they accuse the U.S. president of “colluding” with Russia to undermine the 2016 presidential election. Americans can’t escape the apparent feeding frenzy: Every day, headlines screech with new plot twists in the alleged Trump-Russia saga…. (more)

December 12, 2017
BOB UNRUH — A federal judge – – already criticized for acting as the “supreme judicial commander of the military” by usurping the president’s authority – – doubled down Monday on her ruling allowing transgenders to enlist in the military…. (more)

December 12, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — California Gov. Jerry Brown and former Vice President Al Gore lead the list of those blaming climate change for Southern California’s devastating wildfires, calling them “the new normal,” but others insist the science just isn’t there. That includes climate scientists such as University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass, who moved to extinguish the “now normal” narrative by arguing that the data “strongly suggests there is no credible evidence” that global warming is fueling this fall’s California coastal wildfires, and that claims to the contrary are “baseless, if not outright wrong.”… (more)

December 12, 2017
AL.COM — North Korea’s political prisons are just as bad as – and perhaps even worse than – the Nazi concentration camps of the Holocaust, a renowned judge and Auschwitz survivor has concluded after hearing from former North Korean prisoners and guards…. (more)

December 11, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — A terrorist set off a bomb in New York’s subway Monday morning, and the worst thing he did was blow up his own crotch. That may be why you don’t see the cries and arguments that you usually see in the wake of terrorist attacks. There have been no loud calls for new security measures, no angry attacks on the intelligence community, no bills proposing more surveillance, no new legislation to curb immigration, and no new country we’re supposed to invade…. (more)

December 11, 2017
PAUL BREMMER — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has donated $5 million worth of aid to the nine federal refugee resettlement agencies in the U.S., according to the Deseret News. The donation comprises $1.2 million in cash and $3.8 million in commodities to be used during 2018, and it marks the second straight year the church has made such a donation…. (more)

December 11, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — A Nevada federal judge raised the possibility of a mistrial Monday in the 2014 standoff at the Bundy ranch, citing the failure of prosecutors to provide the defense in a timely fashion with a slew of documents. U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro also dismissed the jurors, who had returned Monday to the Las Vegas courthouse for the first time since Nov. 29, and told them to return Dec. 20…. (more)

December 10, 2017
ALICIA POWE — The Central Intelligence Agency knows the identities of the people who leaked DNC emails to the whistleblower organization WikiLeaks during the heat of the 2016 presidential campaign, a former CIA officer contends…. (more)

December 10, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump continues to push back at the hostile news media with great vigor, prompting his critics to squawk and chafe – – but to no avail. The presidential tweet has become a strategic fixture in the war between White House and press corps, and an effective one at that…. (more)

December 10, 2017
ROBERT KNIGHT — Faced with plummeting attendance and TV ratings over its boneheaded unwillingness to require its millionaire players to at least stand during the national anthem, the National Football League brain trust has come up with another beauty: Let’s throw millions of dollars at left wing political causes…. (more)

December 10, 2017

WASHINGTON EXAMINER — California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, warned Saturday that climate change could bring more wildfires to the state as firefighters continue battling at least six blazes that have spread throughout Southern California…. (more)


December 10, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Al Gore’s sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth” has ended up on the shortlist for Oscar consideration despite questions about its credibility raised by challenges to some of its climate-change claims. “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” was among the 15 films included by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on its list of those still in the hunt for 2017 Best Documentary, which will be pared down to five finalists when the nominees are announced Jan. 23…. (more)

December 10, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — FBI Director Christopher Wray rebuffed requests from Republican lawmakers Thursday for information about a key agent accused of political bias against President Trump and the role the man played in exonerating Hillary Clinton of criminal wrongdoing and in starting surveillance of Trump campaign officials…. (more)

December 10, 2017
BOB UNRUH — Responding to an expert for the United Nation’s Human Rights Committee who recently advocated killing unborn children who have Down syndrome, a young woman with the condition fired back. “You sir, do not speak for my community,” Charlotte Fien said a video on the website for the European Center for Law and Justice, a non-governmental organization that has special consultative status before the United Nations…. (more)

December 10, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — A Korean War veteran who spent 16 months on the front lines told reporters on Friday that God was with him when two men broke into his home. Don Lutz of Ellport, Pennsylvania, woke up to the sound of strangers barreling their way into his kitchen early Friday, but only one of invaders left alive. The former power-lifter and gymnast, just three months shy of his 85th birthday, grabbed his Taurus M380 revolver and fired a round that went through the chest of one assailant…. (more)

December 9, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — One of the women accusing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when he was a prosecutor and she was a teen admitted to fabricating part of the evidence she’s provided to back her story, ABC News reported Friday. Beverly Young Nelson had offered her yearbook up as proof she and Mr. Moore interacted decades ago, but on Friday she admitted to adding to the signature in her yearbook…. (more)

December 9, 2017
BRYAN FISCHER — Contrary to popular perception, Al Franken did not resign yesterday. He only announced his intent to resign on a future date uncertain. Here’s what he said: [T]oday I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as member of the United States Senate. I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of … sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party…. (more)

December 9, 2017
LLOYD MARCUS — After spending the last four months moving from Florida and settling into our new home in West Virginia, Mary and I are on the road again. We are flying to campaign for Judge Moore in the Alabama U.S. Senate race. Moore’s Democrat opponent, Doug Jones, is a horrible, deceitful man. Jones supports slaughtering babies even up to the point of birth. He supports Planned Parenthood trafficking baby body parts for profit…. (more)

December 9, 2017
DAILY CALLER — Like a headless turkey running around in circles, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s anti-Trump investigation is dead, even if he does not yet realize it. While his investigation stumbles onward, with life support provided by the biased media, from a legal perspective the viability of any criminal case that Mueller could possibly bring has been effectively gutted thanks to the news (suppressed for months by Mueller’s team) that the FBI’s “key agent” in both the Russia investigation and the Clinton email probe was an ardent Hillary supporter with an anti-Trump bias…. (more)

December 9, 2017

YOUTUBE — Sean Hannity and Ben Shapiro break down why the news surrounding the actions and biases of FBI agent Peter Strzok, a former member of the Mueller investigative team, is so crucial…. (more)


December 8, 2017
WES VERNON — The fate of this nation, as some of us see it, now depends (some would say perilously so) on the outcome of the vote in several states in upcoming elections. The makeup of the next Congress, plus governorships and legislatures on state levels, will be determined in the years ahead. Much of this drama has erupted largely through the banana republic-like tactics of an angry effort to gin up a revolutionary-appearing attempt to foment a “silent coup,” whose endgame is to bring down a duly-elected President of the United States…. (more)

December 7, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — Rush Limbaugh has interviewed former prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy about how Robert S. Mueller’s Russia-gate investigation has turned out so badly for President Trump and his associates. That’s funny. Back in May, McCarthy, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, wrote an article for National Review appearing under the headline, “Robert Mueller: A Solid Choice for Trump-Russia Investigation ‘Special Counsel.'”… (more)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: December 12

  • Parties Make Final Push Ahead of Dramatic Alabama Senate Race (Read More)
  • Oil hits two-and-a-half year high on pipeline shutdown, stocks take breather (Read More)
  • Alabama drama nears an explosive end (Read More)
  • Moore, Jones Expose Rural-Urban Divide That Defines Alabama Race (Read More)
  • The Force Behind Bitcoin’s Meteoric Rise: Millions of Asian Investors (Read More)
  • Austrian Explosion Rattles Europe’s Gas Market (Read More)
  • Scant oversight on building adds to hurricane costs (Read More)
  • Optimism Among U.S. Small Businesses Jumps to Highest Since 1983 (Read More)
  • As Fed Deliberates, Amazon Is Making Its Job More Difficult (Read More)
  • Trump’s push to cut federal jobs has modest impact, mostly in defense (Read More)
  • Westfield Agrees to European Takeover Valued at $16 Billion (Read More)
  • Risks lurk as yen keeps BOJ from faster tapering despite stronger economy (Read More)
  • A Manager of $42 Billion Fears Bubble in World’s Biggest Stocks (Read More)
  • Japan air force drills with U.S. bombers, stealth fighters near Korean peninsula (Read More)
  • What Hedge Funds Will Do After the Hedge Fund Model Dies (Read More)
  • Be careful, murdered Iranian activist’s daughter tells European exiles (Read More)
  • Audi CEO drops plan to sell motorcycle brand Ducati (Read More)
  • Trump May Actually Be Right About the Trade Deficit With Canada (Read More)
  • PepsiCo makes biggest public pre-order of Tesla Semis: 100 trucks (Read More)
  • Lockheed’s Littoral Ships Running 11 Months Late, U.S. Navy Says (Read More)
  • Musk’s SpaceX Doubles Down on Method for Cheaper Rocket Launches (Read More)
  • Macron seeks climate action after U.S. withdrawal from Paris accord (Read More)

Headlines – 12/12/2017

Putin: US move on Jerusalem may ‘finish prospects’ for Israeli-Palestinian peace

Abbas, Sisi agree to continue consultations and coordination

Palestinian official urges Istanbul summit: Recognize Jerusalem as our capital

E.U. Leaders Reject Netanyahu on Jerusalem Recognition

Netanyahu tells EU to stop ‘spoiling’ the Palestinians

Skeptical Netanyahu to EU on Palestinian state: Would it be Costa Rica or Yemen?

Hezbollah Leader Calls for Arab Countries to Stop Seeking New Ties With Israel

Netanyahu Blasts Erdogan: I Won’t Be Lectured on Morality by a Leader Who Bombs Kurds

Poll: 45% of Israelis believe its democracy in ‘danger’

IDF responds to Gaza rockets with attacks on Hamas targets

Netanyahu: Iran eyes sending 80,000 Shiite fighters to ME

Congress ignores Trump’s deadline on Iran nuclear deal

Whirlwind Putin Tour Highlights Moscow’s New Reach in Mideast

Syrian opposition urges Russia to rescue UN peace talks

On Russia’s Syria pullout claims, Pentagon voices skepticism

Return of defeated ISIS fighters ‘real threat’ to Russia

NYC blast suspect Akayed Ullah aimed to avenge Muslim deaths, sources say

NYC Terror Suspect Is Fourth Bangladeshi National Accused of Terrorism in Last Decade

New Times Square Threat: ISIS Backers ‘Recognize Explosives as the Capital’ of U.S.

New York bombing suspect said to claim he was angry at Israel over Gaza

Trump says New York attack highlights need for immigration reform

They made her put out her cigarette. She then threatened to kill everyone on the plane.

White House clashes with reporters over ‘fake news’

Former Facebook exec: Social media is ripping apart society

Kim Jong Un’s Brutal Regime in North Korea Is Worse Than Nazi Concentration Camps, Human Rights Leader Says

North Korean defector describes forced abortion, said bodies fed to dogs in prison

Why North Korea’s nuclear test is still producing aftershocks

Funny North Korean Dictator Kim Claims to Be Able to Control Weather

Trump to send astronauts back to the moon — and eventually Mars

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Kerman, Iran

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Sola, Vanuatu

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Iquique, Chile

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Halabjah, Iraq

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 18,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Massive Thomas Fire grows to 5th largest in California history

Ash falls like snow as celebrities flee California community

Supreme Court declines to settle gay rights employment discrimination

Pentagon says transgender people can enlist starting in January, after court order

Women accusing Trump of sexual misconduct seek congressional probe

New York Catholic Archdiocese Pays $40 Million to Sexual Abuse Victims

Peter Walker – Jerusalem: at the centre of God’s plans? 

The folly of Jennifer Eivaz – New Apostolic Reformation false prophetess

How are we to regard Michael Brown, Todd White and other NAR leaders?

James White’s Mere Christianity Checklist and Shady Litmus Test for Brotherhood

Charismatics now using Christian tarot cards

Bucking a trend, these churches figured out how to bring millennials back to worship

Ron Carpenter to Step Down From Redemption Church Greenville, Move Megachurch Headquarters to Calif

‘I Forgive You, and Pray You Repent and Accept Jesus,’ Mom Says to Ex-Cop Who Killed Her Son

Bible Translation Workshops Hit by Demonic Attacks as Pioneering Method Sees Unprecedented Success

A hipster holy family? Out-of-the-ordinary Nativities on display at Belleville cathedral

Atheist Flag to Be Raised Over New Hampshire Ten Commandments Monument

Palm Springs Becomes First City Council in Nation to Be All Homosexual, Bisexual or Transgender

Is humanity being groomed for the coming “Image of the Beast”?

Posted: 12 Dec 2017 05:37 AM PST

Is humanity being groomed for the coming “Image of the Beast”?(By Ricky Scaparo) In this special segment, we will show you technology is paving the way for the coming “Image of the Beast” mentioned in the book of Revelation. We will also reveal to you the preview of this event from the Book of Daniel and what al this means for you and me. For the entire message watch the video below:

Artificial Intelligence machine can identify 2 Billion people in seconds

Posted: 12 Dec 2017 05:09 AM PST

Artificial Intelligence machine can identify 2 Billion people in secondsA leading tech company has developed an Artificial Intelligence machine that can identify two billion people in a matter of seconds.  Yitu Technology has made an AI algorithm that can connect to millions of surveillance cameras and instantly recognize people.  The company – based in Shanghai, China – developed Dragonfly Eye to scan through millions of photographs that have been logged in the country’s national database.

This means it has a collection of 1.8 billion photos on file, including visitors to the country and those taken at ports and airports. It may also have access to the photos of every one of Hong Kong’s identity card holders, although Yitu has refused to confirm this. The cutting-edge technology is now being used track down criminals, with the early stages of use showing it has been a hugely successful. READ MORE

PROPHECY WATCH: ‘Global War’ on followers of Jesus Increasing– including in America!

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 08:00 PM PST

PROPHECY WATCH: ‘Global War’ on followers of Jesus Increasing– including in America!The story of Jesus Christ raising Lazarus from the dead is one of the most dramatic in the New Testament. Yet, almost as amazing as bringing a man back to life after four days in the grave is the authorities’ reaction to this astonishing miracle: It made them want to kill Jesus. This cosmic irony – of genuine godliness inspiring loathing and violence – has been reflected throughout the world ever since. Christianity inspired hostility from the beginning; not only was Jesus crucified, but 11 of the 12 apostles

were martyred. Today, sincere followers of Jesus Christ are under attack everywhere, not only in lands dominated by religions and governments hostile to Christianity, but increasingly in those parts of the world historically home to, and founded by, Christians. Think of it. The most transcendent way of life a man or woman can embrace on this earth – one that commands not only that you love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself, but that you love your enemies, “bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you” – is cursed, hated and persecuted. READ MORE

 

Interstellar ‘comet’ is being investigated for signs of extraterrestrial technology

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 07:48 PM PST

Interstellar ‘comet’ is being investigated for signs of extraterrestrial technologyAstronomers are set to scan an ‘alien’ comet for signs of extraterrestrial technology. The cigar-shaped asteroid, named ‘Oumuamua by its discoverers, sailed past Earth last month and is the first interstellar object seen in the solar system. A team of alien-hunting scientists, led by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, will scan the comet this week before it sails beyond the reach of Earth’s telescopes. They say they are looking for radio signals, claiming the mysterious visitor could be an alien spaceship.Milner, the

business mogul behind Breakthrough Listen, a $100 million (£75m) search for intelligent extraterrestrial life, received an email about the object last week from one of his chief scientists, the Atlantic reports.  ‘The more I study this object, the more unusual it appears, making me wonder whether it might be an artificially made probe which was sent by an alien civilisation,’ Professor Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard’s astronomy department and one of Milner’s advisers on Breakthrough Listen, wrote in the email. READ MORE

 

The Jezebel Seduction Is Alive and Well

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 07:43 PM PST

The Jezebel Seduction Is Alive and Well(By Shane Idleman) In Revelation 2:20, Jesus addresses the church in Thyatira, “… I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality…” Who was Jezebel? In short, she enticed Israel to worship false gods. Psalm 106:35-37 gives us a glimpse into the debauchery, “but they mixed among the nations and learned their deeds; they served their idols, which were a snare to them. Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.”

Before we judge, do we not sacrifice our children and unborn on the altar of convenience and pleasure? What do we allow into our homes through the internet and television? What do we allow in our churches as we continue to embrace sexual activity outside the boundaries of marriage between a man and a woman? The Jezebel seduction is alive and well. The power of the Jezebel seduction is only as strong as her fuel source. She is alive and well in those who continue to fuel her desires. The more you feed her the stronger she will become. READ MORE

CA wildfires larger than Boston and NY combined have destroyed 1,000 structures

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 05:13 PM PST

CA wildfires larger than Boston and NY combined have destroyed 1,000 structuresOne week after the Thomas Fire exploded from a brush fire to a raging inferno, hundreds of firefighters are still struggling to contain it.  The blaze is larger than all of New York City and was only 15% contained as of Monday, according to the fire protection agency CAL FIRE.  But it’s only one of six major wildfires torching the state, which have destroyed more than 1,000 structures.  As the flames move on to

new neighborhoods, some evacuated residents have returned to find no home standing. David Karian used a hand rake to sift through the charred rubble of his elderly parents’ home in Ventura. 7 images show why the Southern California wildfires are so dangerous“There’s not much, but if there’s a few things that will help them have some connection to the past, then that what I’m trying to do,” he said. “That’s what it is … memories of a lot of years.”  READ MORE

ISIS warns NY Attack linked to recognition of Israel, Makes Threat To Times Square

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 05:08 PM PST

ISIS warns NY Attack linked to recognition of Israel, Makes Threat To Times SquareISIS supporters online linked today’s Port Authority Bus Terminal explosion in New York to last week’s administration recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a new propaganda poster.  The poster also revives ISIS backers’ holiday threats against Times Square, showing a hand holding an explosive device photoshopped over an image of the busy Broadway block.  “The recognition of your dog ‘Trump’

Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, will make us recognize explosives as the capital of your country,” the message on the poster said. ISIS supporters also cheered news of the attack on their Telegram channels. ISIS’ official Amaq news agency had not yet issued any claim for the attack, in which three commuters suffered minor injuries as a bomber partially detonated his explosives. READ MORE

US Military Training Drills Take Place Over DC

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 05:02 PM PST

US Military Training Drills Take Place Over DCA training exercise involving several military aircraft will take place early Tuesday over the D.C. region, authorities said. The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its Continental U.S. NORAD Region will be conducting the exercise, called Falcon Virgo 18-03. It will include an F-16 fighter, a C-21 transport plane and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, which will fly over the D.C. region from about midnight until 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, officials said.

In the event of bad weather, the drill will be moved to Wednesday morning. Continued bad weather will postpone the exercise or it will be canceled, officials said. The exercise involves training flights, officials said, with the cooperation of the Federal Aviation Administration, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center and the Office of National Capital Region Coordination. READ MORE

CUP OF TREMBLING: Iran Warns “Trump’s Jerusalem Move Will Hasten Israel’s Destruction”

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 04:58 PM PST

CUP OF TREMBLING: Iran Warns “Trump’s Jerusalem Move Will Hasten Israel’s Destruction”Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will hasten the country’s destruction, Iran’s defense minister said on Monday, while a top Revolutionary Guards commander phoned two Palestinian armed groups and pledged support for them. Leaders of Iran, where opposition to Israel and support for the Palestinian cause has been central to foreign policy since the 1979 Islamic revolution, have denounced last week’s announcement by the US president, including a plan to move the US embassy to

the city.  The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. “(Trump’s) step will hasten the destruction of the Zionist regime and will double the unity of Muslims,” Iran’s defense minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, said on Monday, according to state media. The army’s chief of staff, General Mohammad Baqeri, said Trump’s “foolish move” could be seen as the beginning of a new intifada, or Palestinian uprising. READ MORE

 

Pentagon announces that transgenders will be able to enlist in military beginning January 1st

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 12:56 PM PST

Pentagon announces that transgenders will be able to enlist in military beginning January 1stThe Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump’s opposition. The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump’s demand to ban transgender individuals from the military. Two federal courts already have ruled against the ban. Potential transgender recruits will have to overcome a lengthy and strict set of physical, medical and mental

conditions that make it possible, though difficult, for them to join the armed services. Maj. David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, says the enlistment of transgender recruits will start Jan. 1 and go on amid the legal battles. The Defense Department also is studying the issue. Eastburn told The Associated Press on Monday that the new guidelines mean the Pentagon can disqualify potential recruits with gender dysphoria, a history of medical treatments associated with gender transition and those who underwent reconstruction. READ MORE

European Court to Decide if Islamic Sharia Law Can Override a Nation’s Civil Law

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 12:50 PM PST

European Court to Decide if Islamic Sharia Law Can Override a Nation’s Civil LawCan Islamic religious sharia law override a country’s domestic law in Europe? That’s a question the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights is weighing.  The Court heard a case this week that involves applying sharia law to a disagreement between citizens of Greece who are Muslims.  Christian Concern, a non-profit organization based in London, intervened in the case “because of the

importance of the case in European law and its implications for countries across Europe, including the UK,” according to a news release from the organization.”We intervened in the case in order to make clear that sharia law is fundamentally incompatible with human rights,” wrote Tim Dieppe, head of public policy of Christian Concern, on the organization’s website. “We hope and pray that the judges will see this and act accordingly.”  READ MORE

U.S., Israel and Saudis working ‘hand in hand’ on new “peace deal”

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 12:46 PM PST

U.S., Israel and Saudis working ‘hand in hand’ on new “peace deal”A much-overlooked motive for President Trump’s historic recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is to jump-start the Middle East peace process, and do it on terms more favorable to Israel, experts on the Middle East tell WND.  As the world will soon find out, Arab leaders in Egypt, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Jordan who would have normally balked at such a deal, are now eager to see it consummated. A key line in President Trump’s speech announcing his change of longstanding U.S. policy toward Jerusalem

was this: “It is time for young and moderate voices all across the Middle East to claim for themselves a bright and beautiful future.” The call for younger voices to be heard was a direct jab at Mahmoud Abbas, the entrenched, corrupt 82-year-old Palestinian leader. Abbas’s days may be numbered, says Dr. Mark Christian, a former Islamic imam who converted to Christianity and founded the Omaha, Nebraska-based Global Faith Institute. He says back-channel peace negotiations have been going on for months. READ MORE

 

Why humans will happily follow a robot messiah

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 10:46 AM PST

Why humans will happily follow a robot messiahA religion based on a robot god will succeed because humans tend to ‘worship supreme understanding’, experts have claimed.  One researcher has said the same drive that compels people to believe in higher beings and follow religions will also work for so-called AI ‘Godheads’. Others have commented that, like religion, people will eventually rely on a ‘robot messiah’ to solve society’s problems. Last month, former Uber and Google engineer Anthony Levandowski formed the first church to follow an artificially intelligent being.

The religion, known as ‘Way of the Future’, claims our species can better itself by following the instructions of a robot that is ‘a billion times smarter than humans’.  Now AI expert and lawyer John Mitchell has said humans have a tendency to ‘worship supreme understanding’, and that this also applies to AI. ‘We [believe] there must be some higher power that causes lightning, sunsets, and crashing waves – or at least speaks to the bottom of our beings, rather than ignore them as ho-hum background,’ he told Fox News. READ MORE

 

What You Need to Know About the Number of the Beast

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 10:23 AM PST

What You Need to Know About the Number of the Beast(By Michael S. Heiser) If there’s one part of the Bible virtually everyone has heard of, it’s 666—the “number of the beast.” And if there’s one thing no one can agree upon, it’s what that number stands for. We find the number in Revelation 13:18, “Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast. It is the number of a man. His number is six hundred and sixty-six.” The wording here is important: John tells readers that the number needs to be “calculated,” which means there must be a hidden meaning behind it. But how do we calculate it? One option for solving this biblical riddle is gematria, the idea that numbers have symbolic meaning.

While some have called gematria a tool for speculation, it actually derives from an ancient convention in languages like Greek and Hebrew where letters of the alphabet are used to represent numbers. But gematria is not limited to just Revelation; the New Testament contains several other symbolic figures. The 153 fish of John 21:11could be interpreted as ancient symbolism for the church, the body of Christ and the Old Testament sons of God as analogous to believers in the church. The Greek word for “dove,” like the dove that descends on Jesus at His baptism, has a numerical value equivalent to the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, thus symbolizing the Alpha and Omega (Rev 1:8). CONTINUE

Largest Christian Music Fest Founder Charged With Child Molestation

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 10:17 AM PST

Largest Christian Music Fest Founder Charged With Child MolestationThe founder of Creation Festival—the nation’s largest Christian music festival—has been “indefinitely suspended” from the ministry and his position as pastor of his New Jersey church after he was arrested on charges of child molestation.  Harry L. Thomas, 74, was charged Wednesday (Dec. 6) with sexually assaulting four minors “over a lengthy period of time ending two years ago,” according to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.

The charges include one count of aggravated sexual assault, three counts of sexual assault and four counts of endangering the welfare of children. Those alleged assaults occurred over a 16-year period between 1999 and 2015 in Medford Township, N.J., where Thomas lives, according to the prosecutor’s office. His church—Come Alive New Testament Church, which has been described as charismatic—also is in Medford Township. READ MORE

NYC Bombing Witness: ‘If I Didn’t Believe in God, I Believe in God Today’

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 10:14 AM PST

NYC Bombing Witness: ‘If I Didn’t Believe in God, I Believe in God Today’A woman who was in the passageway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal saw the explosion and thought of her maker.  “If I didn’t believe in God, I believe in God today,” says Christina Bathea, 29. As she was headed to Manhattan, she says she heard a bang and saw smoke.

According to Reuters: A man with a bomb-like device strapped to his body set off an explosion at one of New York’s busiest commuter hubs at rush hour on Monday, injuring himself and three others in what New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called an attempted terrorist attack. The suspect in the incident at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, a block from Times Square, was identified as Akayed Ullah, the New York Police Department commissioner said. The suspect had burns and lacerations while three other people, including a police officer, had minor injuries. READ MORE


What is The Gospel?


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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December 11, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

An explosive detonated near New York City’s Times Square subway station Monday morning, sending ambulances racing through Midtown and commuters fleeing. Three people, including the suspect, were injured, police said. The Associated Press reported that the suspect had an explosive device strapped on when it exploded, without citing a source.

President Vladimir Putin flew to Russia’s airbase in Syria and declared “victory” in its two-year military campaign in support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, as he issued an order to begin withdrawing forces from the war-torn country.

Saudi Arabia will allow public cinemas for the first time in more than 35 years, the latest religiously-inspired restriction to fall as the kingdom strives to overhaul the economy.

Egypt and Russia signed a $30 billion deal to build North Africa’s first nuclear power plant as the Kremlin moves to expand its influence in the region.

The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a chance to decide whether the main federal job-bias law bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Bitcoin has landed on Wall Street. Futures on the world’s most popular cryptocurrency surged as much as 26 percent in their debut session on Cboe Global Markets Inc.’s exchange, triggering two temporary trading halts designed to calm the market. Initial volume exceeded dealers’ expectations, while traffic on Cboe’s website was so heavy that it caused delays and temporary outages. The website’s problems had no impact on trading systems, Cboe said.

Wall Street economists are telling investors to brace for the biggest tightening of monetary policy in more than a decade. With the world economy heading into its strongest period since 2011, Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. predict average interest rates across advanced economies will climb to at least 1 percent next year in what would be the largest increase since 2006.

The world’s largest container shipping line says international freight rates are reversing after climbing for most of this year, raising questions about the sustainability of the global trade recovery.

AP Top Stories

New evacuation orders were issued for more areas in Santa Barbara County as the 230,000-acre Thomas Fire continued on its destructive path.

The French and Israeli leaders sparred verbally Sunday over the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, while new violence rippled across the region following the move by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Officials with the federal government say it’s time to consider the possibility that endangered right whales could become extinct unless new steps are taken to protect them.

Health officials have confirmed a norovirus outbreak at North Carolina State University after the school says about 60 students have shown symptoms of the illness.

Blue Origin, the space venture founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has alerted the Federal Aviation Administration that it’s planning to put a brand-new New Shepard rocket ship through an uncrewed flight test at its West Texas spaceport this week.

Total nuclear destruction is “only one impulsive tantrum away,” this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner warned while accepting the award for an international anti-nuclear weapons campaign.

The Rev. William Aitcheson, a former Ku Klux Klan member who burned a cross on a black couple’s lawn 40 years ago, before becoming a Roman Catholic priest, has finally written his victims an apology.

Thousands of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday for the second consecutive week against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is under criminal investigation over allegations of abuse of office.

Pope Francis on Sunday called on world leaders to work in favor of nuclear disarmament to protect human rights, particularly those of weaker and underprivileged people.

Donald Trump’s administration is facing a lawsuit for permitting oil companies to dump fracking waste into the Gulf of Mexico.

Cryptocurrency Bitcoin made its debut on a major bourse Sunday, opening at $15,000 per unit at the Chicago board options exchange. Around 23:20 GMT, the price of the currency had risen to $15,940 dollars on a futures contract scheduled for settlement on January 17 according to data provided by the CBOE.

Qatar signed a multi-billion-dollar deal Sunday to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from Britain, its second major defense agreement this week, which comes during the worst political crisis in the region for years.

BBC

The small city of Minas in Uruguay has set a new Guinness world record by hosting the largest barbecue ever. Almost 200 cooks used 60 tons of wood to fire up their gigantic barbecue on which they grilled 16.5 tons of raw meat for a total of 14 hours.

As the first same-sex couples began registering for marriage in Australia, one woman was exercising another new right – being allowed to divorce.

Archaeologists in Egypt have displayed items, including a mummy, from one of two previously unexplored tombs in the ancient Nile city of Luxor.

WND

A teacher is suing his secondary school after being sacked for calling a transgender boy a ‘girl’. Joshua Sutcliffe, who worked at the school for two years, claimed he misgendered the pupil by accident, and was shocked when the boy’s parents complained.

Five months before North Korea’s first nuclear test in 2006, U.S. intelligence officials sent a report to Congress warning that secret work also was underway on a biological weapon. The communist regime, which had long ago acquired the pathogens that cause smallpox and anthrax, had assembled teams of scientists but seemed to be lacking in certain technical skills.


The Briefing —Monday, December 11, 2017

1) The moral mayhem of last week in Congress

WSJ (Editors) –
Al Franken’s Non Sequitur

WSJ (Peggy Noonan) –
Al Franken Departs Without Grace

New York Times (Gail Collins) –
The Great Al Franken Moment

2) Our brave new world of political morality

New York Times (Katie Rogers) –
Trent Franks, Accused of Offering $5 Million to Aide for Surrogacy, Resigns

3) Why Christians should be deeply troubled by surrogate parenting

National Review (Jennifer Lahl) –
The Pro-Life Movement Shouldn’t Embrace Surrogacy

4) Very nature of New Testament as the Word of God at stake in Pope’s proposal to change the Lord’s prayer


Headlines – 12/11/2017

Washington Post (Julie Zauzmer and Stefano Pitrelli) –
‘Lead us not into’ what? Pope Francis suggests changing the words of the Lord’s Prayer.

New York Times (Elisabetta Povoledo, Laurie Goodstein, and Alan Cowell) –
Lost in Translation? Pope Ponders an Update to Lord’s Prayer

AI is now so complex its creators can’t trust why it makes decisions
But there’s a core problem with this technology, whether it’s being used in social media or for the Mars rover: The programmers that built it don’t know why AI makes one decision over another. “In order for machine learning models to be accepted by society, we’re going to need to know why they’re making the decisions they’re making.”

Netanyahu to EU: Recognition of Jerusalem as Capital Makes Peace Possible
In remarks to leading members of the European Union, PM Netanyahu said that recognizing the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is the only way to make peace with the Palestinians. (VIDEO)

Strong earthquake swarm ongoing in Skjaldbreið shield volcano
At the moment the number of earthquakes recorded is at 100 and that number is going to increase as this earthquake swarm continues, number of earthquakes happening has dropped considerably for the last few hours. This is the first large earthquake swarm in Skjaldbreið since 1992 according to Icelandic Met Office records

China weaponizing social media ‘to infiltrate European parliaments’ – German spy agency
China’s spy agency created fake LinkedIn profiles to infiltrate German and European political circles, claims Germany’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV). China denies the allegations, saying they risk undermining bilateral relations. Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the BfV, alleges that the Chinese dummy accounts posed as consultants, policy experts, scholars and headhunters and targeted up to 10,000 German citizens.

Explosion on Manhattan subway, multiple injuries
Police report ‘some type of explosion’ near Times Square, trains being evacuated. Multiple injuries reported. Possible suspect in custody.

The MIddle East ‘Peace Process’ meme: What peace process?
Now that he formally has announced that the United States of America fully recognizes Jerusalem as the undisputed capital of the country of Israel, President Donald Trump once again has proven that he is the first American President since Ronald Reagan who actually fulfills campaign promises he made to the American people who elected him. And now he has fulfilled his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the country of Israel. So, while other experts debate the meme, let us share a secret: There is no Middle East “peace process” and there has not been a “Middle East peace process” for decades. It is a sham.

Weary firefighters brace for second week battling California wildfire
Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 800 buildings and charred 230,000 acres are bracing on Monday to protect communities menaced by flames along the state’s scenic coastline.

North Korea pushing for biological weapons factories, analysts say
U.S. analysts have raised concerns over North Korea’s potential to pursue an industrial-scale production of biological pathogens it could use to threaten neighbors and U.S. troops, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The report, citing U.S. and Asian intelligence officials, said Pyongyang is moving forward to access machinery to use in the program and “factories that can produce microbes by the ton.”

Santa Barbara Evacuates As Uncontained 230,000 Acre Thomas Fire Becomes Fifth Largest In State History
Santa Barbara officials expanded evacuations Sunday as the Thomas Fire continues to rage through the Southern alifornia county – burning over 230,000 acres to make it the fifth largest in the state since California began keeping records in 1932. Overall, approximately 8,500 firefighters are battling six wildfires across Southern California.

Welcome To The Hell Hole That Is Brussels
If you penetrate the thick cloud of professional indignation to scrutinize the reality of the “capital of Europe”, what you see in many respects is actually a hell hole, one where socialism, Islamism, riots and looting are the new normal.

Putin, on surprise visit, orders Russian forces to start leaving Syria
President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered Russian forces in Syria to start withdrawing, saying that after a two year military campaign, Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying ISIS. Putin made the announcement during a surprise visit to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria’s Latakia Province where he held talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad and addressed Russian military servicemen.

Netanyahu in Brussels: Recognizing Jerusalem as capital can promote peace
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the EU on Monday not to put forth a peace plan of its own, but rather to wait and see what the Americans will offer, and work on that. Netanyahu’s comments came during comments he and EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini gave before a breakfast meeting with all 28 EU foreign ministers in Brussels.

Bahraini delegation visits Jerusalem to ‘talk about peace’
A 25-member Bahraini delegation is on a visit to Jerusalem in a small but significant move towards normalizing relations between Israel and the tiny Gulf monarchy. Although the group does not include any governmental officials, its arrival on Saturday for a five-day visit makes good on a pledge by King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa to allow his citizens to travel freely to Israel, said Rabbi Abraham Cooper…

Why North Korea’s nuclear test is still producing aftershocks
North Korea’s nuclear test in September didn’t just generate diplomatic shockwaves but also a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Aftershocks have continued ever since, and on Saturday the US Geological Survey said it had detected two more, sparking significant debate about what might be going on underground.

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger
Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models. Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work. HP said more than 460 models of laptop were affected by the “potential security vulnerability”.

Israel says it destroyed Hamas tunnel using new techniques
The Israeli military on Sunday said it has destroyed a tunnel built by the Hamas militant group that stretched from the Gaza Strip several hundred meters (yards) into Israeli territory, declaring a breakthrough in its war against underground threats from the Palestinian enclave…Conricus said a new system involving combat units, military intelligence, logistics and research had been used to destroy the tunnel.

Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical
Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage… The incentive to use XtendiMax with VaporGrip, a herbicide based on a chemical known as dicamba, could refund farmers over half the sticker price of the product in 2018 if they spray it on soybeans Monsanto engineered to resist the weed killer, according to company data.

Microbes by the ton: Officials see weapons threat as North Korea gains biotech expertise
Five months before North Korea’s first nuclear test in 2006, U.S. intelligence officials sent a report to Congress warning that secret work also was underway on a biological weapon. The communist regime, which had long ago acquired the pathogens that cause smallpox and anthrax, had assembled teams of scientists but seemed to be lacking in certain technical skills, the report said.

WATCH: 300 landmines detonated in Golan Heights
The Landmines Removal Agency detonated a chain of 300 landmines in the Golan Heights in a controlled explosion at noon on Monday. This was the biggest explosion thus far in the Ministry of Defense’s current campaign to clear the Golan Heights of landmines. The campaign began in August and is expected to last three years at a cost of tens of millions of shekels.

Ancient pagan ‘gods’ reappearing around U.S., world
The same group that recreated the Roman triumphal arch that once welcomed travelers to the Temple of Baal is now honoring another pagan deity. The United Arab Emirates, the Italian mission to the United Nations and the Institute for Digital Archeology have re-created a statue of the goddess Athena which once stood in Palmyra, according to Breaking Israel News.

Trump’s Jerusalem declaration sparks talk of 3rd Temple
While Muslims jeer, Israelis cheer President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration, prompting Jewish religious activists to suggest building the Third Temple is closer to reality than ever before. “What he did … was an enormous step in bringing the Temple,” said Asaf Fried, official spokesman for the United Temple Movement, an association of organizations working towards making the Third Temple a reality.

“CAN’T MAKE IT UP”: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Serves Obama The Stone Cold Truth About The TRUMP ECONOMY
Former President Barack Obama wants Americans to believe the U.S.’s sunny economic outlook is thanks to his administration’s policies. In a speech this week in Chicago, Obama took full credit for President Trump’s record economic numbers.

Obama-Appointed Judge: Salvation Army—Not Catholic Church—Can Advertise on D.C.’s Metro
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, issued an opinion  on Saturday permitting the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to ban an advertisement by the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., while allowing one by the Salvation Army, which, like the archdiocese, is also a Christian organization.

DNA Testing Companies Like 23andme Admit Adding Fake African Ancestry To White Profiles In Order To “Screw With Racists”
Who were your ancestors? What is your ethnic background composed of? Sites like Ancestry.com and 23andme have always been some go to sources in answering all of your toughest questions. But how accurate are they? In a recent interview with Cracked, one of the major ancestry testing companies, (which specific company is unknown) spilled the beans on what really happens when you purchase an ancestry kit. While I can’t say I’m surprised, you may be shocked to learn that these ancestry sites aren’t always as accurate as they claim to be. Beyond this, they’ve also admitted to tampering with the result to “screw with racists”.

Pentagon To Undergo First Ever Audit Amid Missing Trillions
After decades of waste, overpayments, trillions of missing or improperly accounted for dollars, and most recently losing track of 44,000 US soldiers, the Pentagon is about to undergo its first audit in history conducted by 2,400 auditors from independent public accounting firms to conduct reviews across the Army, Navy, Air Force and more – followed by annual audits going forward.

Charity Amnesty International Ordered To Return Donation From George Soros
Humanitarian charity Amnesty International has been ordered by the State’s ethics watchdog to return a donation from Billionaire globalist George Soros. The donation from Soros was to help the charity fund its campaign to overturn Ireland’s abortion ban.

California governor blames devastating wildfires on climate change
California’s governor has said that deadly wildfires in the winter will be ‘the new normal’, as fire crews rushed to contain the fires, with dry desert winds expected to intensify over the weekend.

These 8 Places Around The World Are Actively Preparing For Nuclear War
Tensions are high in practically every corner of the world, but somehow, despite the proliferation of imminent threats, many people are still blithely unaware of the hell that could be unleashed.


Bitcoin Futures Begin Trading – Let The Madness Commence!

One of the things that I love about Bitcoin is that the fun never seems to end.  On Sunday, Bitcoin futures began trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange for the first time ever, and within minutes the CBOE’s website crashed.  What a perfect metaphor.  Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are completely and utterly disrupting the global financial system, and the financial establishment is still groping for a cohesive response to this growing phenomenon. (Read More…)

Mid-Day Snapshot

Dec. 11, 2017

CNN’s Blinders Cause More Fake News

It’s a cycle — false reporting only leads to more mistrust of the mainstream media.

The Foundation

“During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been levelled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety.” —Thomas Jefferson (1805)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: December 11

  • Hotly anticipated bitcoin futures ease off after 22 percent surge (Read More)
  • Bitcoin Futures Debut With 26% Rally, Trigger Cboe Trading Halts (Read More)
  • Powell faces early test of policy view as tax cuts near approval (Read More)
  • Small Investors Face Higher Taxes Under Senate Proposal (Read More)
  • US, Japan and South Korea host joint missile tracking drills (Read More)
  • Bakers, farmers struggle to make any dough on poor wheat crop (Read More)
  • Fund Managers’ Great 2017 Comeback Almost Blew Up (Read More)
  • Hospital Giants in Talks to Create U.S.’s Largest Operator (Read More)
  • Catalan protesters clash with police over ‘plunder’ of religious artefacts (Read More)
  • EU tells Netanyahu no support for Trump’s Jerusalem move (Read More)
  • Another Sign of Frothy Markets: Blank-Check Boom (Read More)
  • Small Banks, Big Worry (Read More)
  • The Middle Class Might Not Even Notice If the GOP Cuts Their Taxes (Read More)
  • Russian military chief criticizes U.S., Japan and South Korea drills (Read More)
  • Palestinian stabs Israeli in Jerusalem; anti-Trump protest flares in Beirut (Read More)
  • A Fight in Afghanistan That America Is Winning (Read More)
  • Investors Told to Brace for Steepest Rate Hikes Since 2006 (Read More)
  • U.S. citizen on the run after busting out of Bali prison (Read More)
  • Mobile-Wireless Offers Insight Into Post Net-Neutrality World (Read More)

Headlines – 12/11/2017

Still seeking peace in Jerusalem 100 years since Britain’s victory

Erdogan: Israel has been ‘occupying’ the Palestinian people’s hundreds-of-years-old homeland

PFLP: Cancel the Oslo Accords – terrorist group says Trump’s decision on Jerusalem destroyed the possibility of implementing the two-state solution.

Macron tells Netanyahu that US recognition of Jerusalem is threat to peace

Netanyahu faces pressure in Europe amid Jerusalem protests

Jerusalem: Netanyahu expects EU to follow US recognition

Netanyahu in Brussels: Israel is preventing the spread of radical Islam to Europe

Palestinian reconciliation hits ‘obstacles’ on deadline, Fatah says

Egypt’s Sisi invites Palestinian president to Cairo to discuss Trump’s Jerusalem move

Israel, Turkey leaders trade insults over US Jerusalem decision

Netanyahu slams Turkey’s Erdogan for claiming Israel is ‘terrorist state’ that ‘kills children’

Implementation of US decision on Jerusalem will not be easy, says Erdogan

Hardline Indonesian Muslim groups burn US, Israeli flags over Trump’s Jerusalem move

US seeks to quell global outrage over Jerusalem: ‘The sky hasn’t fallen’

Pope warns of Jerusalem ‘spiral of violence’

White House: unfortunate that Palestinians declined meeting with Pence

Hamas: ‘The enemy will pay the price of breaking rules of engagement with Gazan resistance’

Israel says it destroyed Hamas tunnel using new techniques

Lieberman: World is interested in our anti-tunnel technology

American diplomat: US looking to counter Iran in post-war Iraq

In landmark move, Saudi Arabia to issue cinema licenses in early 2018

Egypt to sign contracts for nuclear power plant during Putin’s visit

North Korea is hacking bitcoin exchanges as currency value soars, expert says

South Korea imposes new sanctions on North Korea

Microbes by the ton: Officials see weapons threat as North Korea gains biotech expertise

US, S. Korea, Japan start missile-tracking drill

Nobel Peace Prize winners warn nuclear war is ‘a tantrum away’

House gavel with impeachment power up for grabs

CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Turns Network’s Colossal Screwup Into An Attack On Trump

Danske Bank’s Wealth Management Robot Now Has 11,500 Clients

Meet Your New Boss: An Algorithm

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 28,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 18,000ft

Fuego volano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Sinabung volcnao in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

It’s so cold outside that it snowed in Florida

New evacuations as huge Southern California fire flares up

California wildfire rages toward scenic coastal communities

California Gov. Jerry Brown suggests on climate change, Trump doesn’t fear ‘the Lord’ or ‘the wrath of God’

Millions gained coverage since Obamacare, but many are worse off as premiums soar

Plasma For Pay: Broke Millennials Sell Blood Just To Survive

Nikki Haley: women who accuse Trump of sexual misconduct ‘should be heard’

Support for Israel from younger evangelicals dropping

Mike Ratliff – Are we in the midst of God’s wrath of abandonment?

James White Embraces Brotherhood with NAR Apologist, Michael Brown

Reclaiming the 7 Mountains – is it dominionism?

North Carolina steps in on child abuse cases involving Word of Faith Fellowship

Pope Francis’ Claims Angel’s Greeting to Mary as Being ‘Full of Grace’ Meant She Was Without Sin

Founder of nation’s largest Christian music festival charged with child molestation

This Has Been The Worst Year For California Wildfires In The History Of The State

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 05:52 AM PST

This Has Been The Worst Year For California Wildfires In The History Of The State(By Michael Snyder) We have never seen a year like this in the history of the state of California. Yes, there are large wildfires in California every year, but this is one for the record books. Well over half a million acres have already been burned, and we still have three weeks remaining in 2017. At this moment, the fires that have absolutely ravaged Ventura County for the past seven days are moving into Santa Barbara County, and at this point no end to the crisis is in sight.   It would be hard to overstate the devastation that has been caused by these fires in recent months.

One climatologist even used the term “apocalyptic conditions” to describe what he has been witnessing. The following comes from the Los Angeles Daily News… From Jan. 1 to Dec. 3, there were 6,762 fires that destroyed 505,391 acres. That’s 43 percent more events for the same time period last year, when 244,297 acres were destroyed, according to Cal Fire. “Fuel. Ignition. Meteorology. Each component of the formula are off the charts this year,” said Bill Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “When all three elements in the equation are supersized, you’re set up for apocalyptic conditions.” READ MORE

Putin orders withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 05:44 AM PST

Putin orders withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria. He gave the command during a surprise visit to Khmeimim Airbase in Syria’s Latakia province on Monday morning. A “significant part” of the Russian military contingent in Syria should return to Russia, Putin announced, addressing Russian military personnel at Khmeimim. The order to withdraw followed the defeat of “the most battle-hardened grouping of international terrorists” by the Russian and Syrianmilitaries in the space of two years. As he arrived at the base, which houses Russian forces assisting Syria in the battle against Islamic State terrorists (IS, formerly ISIS), the Russian president was greeted by his Syrian counterpart, Bashar Assad, and by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, in a brief stop on his (President Putin’s) way to bilateral talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo, followed by a meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. READ MORE

US, Japan and S. Korea launch two-day ‘missile tracking’ drills

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 05:37 AM PST

US, Japan and S. Korea launch two-day ‘missile tracking’ drillsWashington, Seoul and Tokyo have have begun joint “missile tracking” drills, South Korea’s military said. The new round of military exercises comes just days after the US and its allies concluded the largest ever air maneuvers over the peninsula. The exercises kicked off Monday amid speculation that North Korea may soon test launch a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), South Korea’s military

announced, according to the Yonhap news agency. Two US Aegis destroyers – USS Stethem and USS Decatur – are leading the war games along with South Korea’s Seoae Ryu Seong Ryong Aegis destroyer, and Japan’s Chokai Aegis vessel. During the exercises, the three navies aim to polish their skills at detecting and tracking potential ballistic missiles using a computer-simulated training module. READ MORE

Netanyahu cites Bible to justify Trump’s Jerusalem move, urges EU to follow suit

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 05:34 AM PST

Netanyahu cites Bible to justify Trump’s Jerusalem move, urges EU to follow suitFollowing Donald Trump’s controversial Jerusalem move, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has told EU leaders there is no other place for the capital – and that the Bible proves it. As protests continue, he also urged the Palestinians to embrace “reality.”  During his visit to Brussels on Monday, Netanyahu praised US President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate its embassy, saying that it was based on the recognition of reality. The controversial decision triggered

protests in the Middle East and across the globe, and was met with international condemnation. Nonetheless, the Israeli Prime Minister said that the decision promotes peace, and called on EU states and the Palestinians to follow suit. “It makes peace possible because recognizing reality is the substance of peace, the foundation of peace,” Netanyahu told reporters prior to a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Explosion reported in New York City’s Port Authority during morning rush

Posted: 11 Dec 2017 05:10 AM PST

DEVELOPING: Explosion reported in New York City’s Port Authority during morning rushPolice are responding to reports of an explosion near New York City’s Port Authority during Monday morning’s rush hour, prompting evacuations on multiple subway lines. NYPD and the FDNY confirmed to Fox News they are investigating reports of an explosion “of an unknown origin” near 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue.

Police tweeted A, C, E subways lines are being evacuated. It’s unclear if there are any injuries at this time. Several people wrote on social media there was mass chaos at the bus terminal, some saying there was a “stampede” when an explosion was heard. NYC Office of Emergency Management also tweeted there was “police activity” near West 42nd Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues and advised commuters to expect delays.  READ MORE

Shall we continue in sin that Grace may abound?

Posted: 10 Dec 2017 08:09 PM PST

Shall we continue in sin that Grace may abound?(By Ricky Scaparo) In this message, we will dig deeper in the understanding of the new life and walk of a believer after their conversion to Christ and why we must be aware of the attempt to distort the true message of Grace in the Church today.

SPREADING: California wildfire rages toward scenic coastal communities

Posted: 10 Dec 2017 07:47 PM PST

SPREADING: California wildfire rages toward scenic coastal communitiesA raging wildfire pushed toward a string of California coastal cities on Sunday, prompting new evacuations as crews fought to save homes in the face of gusty winds that have fueled blazes across the state for nearly a week. Authorities ordered residents in parts of Carpinteria and Montecito to leave early on Sunday as the Thomas Fire edged closer to Santa Barbara, about 100 miles (160 km) northwest of Los Angeles on the scenic central California coast. The blaze, the worst of six major fires in Southern

California in the last week and already the 10th largest on record in the state since 1932, has blackened 173,000 acres (62,726 hectares), destroyed hundreds of structures and left nearly 90,000 homes and businesses without power. The combination of Santa Ana winds and rugged terrain in the mountains that run through Santa Barbara and Ventura counties have hampered firefighting efforts, and officials said the Thomas Fire was only 15 percent contained on Sunday. READ MORE

British & Canadian Families Denied Adoption For Christian Views On Homosexuality

Posted: 10 Dec 2017 07:42 PM PST

British & Canadian Families Denied Adoption For Christian Views On HomosexualityRecent cases of British and Canadian families that were denied permission to adopt show that the war gender radicals are waging on Christianity increasingly targets families. In several recent high-profile cases, Christian families holding mainstream Biblical views on homosexuality were rejected for adoption solely due to their beliefs that children should be raised by both a mother and a father and that the choice to live a homosexual lifestyle is fraught with risk. A husband and wife in the UK (their names withheld from the media), who have biological children of their own, had opened their family to foster

children for years. As they continued to act as loving foster parents for a happy family, they were informed by a social worker that a homosexual couple was seeking to adopt their foster children. The foster parents expressed their concern and only two days later applied again to adopt the children. Still focused on the best interests of the children, they believed that to uproot them from the loving family bonds they had formed were do more harm than good. They are reported to have said, “We want to look after them. We want to adopt them; we love them. READ MORE

 

Egypt’s Coptic Leader Cancels Pence Meeting Over Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Posted: 10 Dec 2017 07:35 PM PST

Egypt’s Coptic Leader Cancels Pence Meeting Over Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s CapitalEgypt’s Coptic Church said Saturday its leader, Pope Tawadros II, will not meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during the latter’s visit to Cairo this month, citing President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Coptic Church said in a statement that it has “excused itself from hosting Mike Pence” due to Washington’s move “at an unsuitable time and without consideration for the feelings of millions of people,” according to Times of Israel.

“The Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church declines to receive American Vice President Mike Pence,” it said, adding it would pray for “wisdom and to address all issues that impact peace for the people of the Middle East.” The Trump administration has voiced concerns over the ongoing persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt at the hands of Islamist terrorists and others. On Friday, Egypt’s top Muslim cleric Ahmed al-Tayeb, the head of Al-Azhar Islamic seminary, also declared he will not meet Pence. READ MORE

3 Dallas Cowboys Give Their Life to Jesus and Share Video of Their Baptisms

Posted: 10 Dec 2017 07:22 PM PST

3 Dallas Cowboys Give Their Life to Jesus and Share Video of Their BaptismsDallas Cowboys chaplain Jonathan Evans, son of Dr. Tony Evans and a former NFL fullback took to Social Media on Wednesday to share footage of three NFL players openly accepting Jesus Christ as savior and getting baptized.  “It was an honor to baptize 3 Dallas Cowboys who identify themselves as Christ-followers first,” Evans wrote on his Facebook page sharing a video of the event along with the hashtags “Identity In Christ” and “Cowboy Nation.” The athletes getting baptized were Kavon Frazier, 23, Anthony Hitchens, 25, and Justin March-Lillard, 24.

Upon entering the pool, the team minister quoted 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore those who are in Christ are a new creation. The old has gone and the new has come,” Evans told the entire team as they watch the baptismal service. “Baptism is just an external expression about an internal reality,” Evans explained to those standing around the pool. “Going under the water means he died with Christ and coming back up means he’s resurrected to the newness of life.” FULL STORY

Ancient pagan ‘gods’ are reappearing around US and the world

Posted: 10 Dec 2017 07:14 PM PST

Ancient pagan ‘gods’ are reappearing around US and the worldThe same group that recreated the Roman triumphal arch that once welcomed travelers to the Temple of Baal is now honoring another pagan deity.  The United Arab Emirates, the Italian mission to the United Nations and the Institute for Digital Archeology have re-created a statue of the goddess Athena which once stood in Palmyra, according to Breaking Israel News.  Though Athena was venerated as a goddess

of reason, she was also known as “Athena Promachos,” a war goddess, and the re-created statue features her holding a spear. The exhibit, titled “The Spirit In the Stone,” is being hosted at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. It’s another move by globalist organizations to honor pagan deities, months after the reconstructed “Arch of Baal” went on a world tour, including being placed outside the G7 meeting of the world’s industrialized nations.  READ MORE

 

 

Russia may turn to cryptocurrencies in oil trade to challenge sanctions & the petrodollar

Posted: 10 Dec 2017 01:31 PM PST

Russia may turn to cryptocurrencies in oil trade to challenge sanctions & the petrodollarThe gradual acceptance of digital currencies, with major exchanges about to launch bitcoin futures trading, may prompt some oil producing nations to ditch the US dollar in crude trade in favor of cryptocurrencies, an oil analyst says.  Russia, Iran and Venezuela have more than one thing in common. All three are major oil-producing nations dependent on the dollar since the global crude market is

traditionally dominated by contracts denominated in US currency. Moscow, Tehran and Caracas are also facing US sanctions; penalties which are proving effective since the sanctioned countries are dependent on the US dollar to sell their crude. A decentralized currency – allowing anonymous transactions along with blockchain technology support to facilitate oil contracts – may be the ideal tool to allow the oil-producing trio to turn their back on the greenback. READ MORE

RUMORS OF WAR: US will take North Korea ‘into our own hands’ if China doesn’t do more

Posted: 10 Dec 2017 01:24 PM PST

RUMORS OF WAR: US will take North Korea ‘into our own hands’ if China doesn’t do moreChina must to do more to counter North Korea or the US will take things “into our own hands,” America’s Ambassador to the UN has said.  Nikky Haley told Fox News Sunday that Beijing and the rest of the international community are following through with sanctions against Pyongyang for developing its nuclear weapons programme. She then commended Washington for leading the charge. “But to be

clear, China can do more,” Haley said. “And we’re putting as much pressure on them as we can. The last time they completely cut off the oil, North Korea came to the table. And so we’ve told China they’ve got to do more. If they don’t do more, we’re going to take it into our own hands and then we’ll start to deal with secondary sanctions.” READ MORE

CUP OF TREMBLING: Mideast Tensions at Boiling Point in Wake of U.S. Shift in Israel Policy

Posted: 10 Dec 2017 01:09 PM PST

CUP OF TREMBLING: Mideast Tensions at Boiling Point in Wake of U.S. Shift in Israel PolicyPockets of anger surfaced Sunday in the Middle East and Asia over the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but predictions of widespread upheaval failed to materialize as riots petered out in the Palestinian territories.  In a sign of festering regional dissent, protesters gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut on Sunday, with Lebanese security forces firing tear gas and water

cannons at demonstrators. Protesters carried Palestinian flags and set fire to tires near the embassy but the unrest had largely calmed by late afternoon. The decision by the White House last week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its embassy there from Tel Aviv was widely condemned in Lebanon, which hosts about half a million Palestinian refugees—representing roughly 10% of the country’s population. READ MORE

CUP OF TREMBLING: Erdogan calls Israel ‘terrorist state’

Posted: 10 Dec 2017 12:54 PM PST

CUP OF TREMBLING: Erdogan calls Israel ‘terrorist state’Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday described Israel as a “terrorist state” and vowed to use “all means to fight” against the US recognition of Jerusalem as the country’s capital. “Palestine is an innocent victim… As for Israel, it is a terrorist state, yes, terrorist!” Erdogan said in a speech in the central city of Sivas.  “We will not abandon Jerusalem to the mercy of a state that kills children.” His speech came days after US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,

angering Palestinians and sparking protests in Muslim and Arab countries. Four Palestinians were killed and dozens injured in violence following the US announcement. Rockets were fired from Gaza and Israeli warplanes carried out raids on the territory. Erdogan earlier described the status of Jerusalem, whose eastern sector Palestinians see as the capital of their future state, as a “red line” for Muslims. He called Trump’s declaration “null and void”. READ MORE

3 dead, 480,000 without power, numerous records broken as winter storm hits US South

Posted: 10 Dec 2017 12:49 PM PST

3 dead, 480,000 without power, numerous records broken as winter storm hits US SouthNearly 500,000 people were left without power and three have died as a surprisingly strong early winter storm hit the US South on its way toward the Northeast. The storm dumped rare snow on the Deep South, in many places record-breaking for December. Relatively quiet weather is expected across much of the country today as the storm continues to pull away from the Northeast Sunday morning. There is a chance for light snow showers in the Northeast today and tonight but the greatest snowfall accumulations are expected east of lakes Erie and Ontario due to lake effect snow. The storm blanketed

parts of the Deep South this week with up to 46 cm (18 inches) of snow in places, causing traffic chaos and leaving more than 480,000 people without power as of Saturday morning, December 9, 2017. More than 334,000 homes and businesses were still without power Saturday afternoon in Georgia (235,000), Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Over 170,000 woke up Sunday still without power; 125,000 in Georgia, 17,000 in Alabama, another 17,000 in Louisiana and 12 000 in North Carolina. Snow started falling in Houston, Texas on December 8, making it the second earliest snowfall on record. READ MORE

Will God Bless Trump for Moving Our Embassy to Jerusalem?

Posted: 09 Dec 2017 06:14 PM PST

Will God Bless Trump for Moving Our Embassy to Jerusalem?(By Dr. Michael Brown) Ben Shapiro listed 7 reasons why Trump’s decision to move our embassy to Jerusalem is right, calling it “an act of not only political bravery but moral courage.” But is it an act that God Himself will bless? Is there spiritual significance to this decision as well?  Earlier this year, a pastor asked me if there was any way to get a message to the president. With great passion, he said to me, “During the campaign, Donald Trump promised to move the embassy his first day in office, but he didn’t do it. And when did the protest marches against him begin? His second day in office! He will never see the full blessing of God

until he makes good on his promise.” Others believe that Trump’s decision will prove disastrous. As a headline on the Daily Mail proclaims, “’He’s declaring war on 1.5billion Muslims’: Trump will recognize  Jerusalem as Israel’s capital TODAY despite international fury from the Pope, Britain, Russia, China and Palestinians.” In the words of the Palestinian Authority’s Manuel Hassassian, “He is declaring war in the Middle East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims [and] hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel.”  CONTINUE

 

North Korea rocked by earthquakes after nuclear blast amid fears more tests are on the way

Posted: 09 Dec 2017 05:45 PM PST

North Korea rocked by earthquakes after nuclear blast amid fears more tests are on the wayTwo tremors detected near North Korea’s nuclear test site early on Saturday morning were probably aftershocks from Kim’s huge nuclear blast in September, according to a US Geological Survey (USGS) official.  The 2.9 and 2.4-magnitude aftershocks were detected at 06.13 and 06.40 GMT and a tweet from Lassina Zerbo, executive secretary of the Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

Organisation, revealed analysis’s had confirmed the activity was “tectonic” in origin. The tremors were recorded close to North Korea’s Punggye-Ri nuclear test site in the north-west of the country, close to the border with China. The USGS official explained: “They’re probably relaxation events from the sixth nuclear test.”When you have a large nuclear test, it moves the earth’s crust around the area, and it takes  a while for it to fully subside.  READ MORE

‘Pope Francis’ Claims Angel’s Greeting to Mary as Being ‘Full of Grace’ Meant She Was Without Sin

Posted: 09 Dec 2017 05:36 PM PST

‘Pope Francis’ Claims Angel’s Greeting to Mary as Being ‘Full of Grace’ Meant She Was Without SinIn one of the feasts and celebrations marked on the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar leading up to Christmas, Catholics around the world observed the Feast of Immaculate Conception on Friday, a day in which those who follow the religion commemorate their belief that Mary was conceived in her mother Anne’s womb without original sin.  Jorge Bergoglio, also known as Pope Francis, delivered an Angelus

address, during which he claimed that the angel Gabriel’s reference to Mary as being “full of grace” meant that there was no sin in her. Most Bible translations use the phrase “highly favored,” while a few use “full of grace.” Through this wording, Gabriel “reveals the new name which God has given her and which befits her more than the one given by her parents,” Bergoglio asserted, according to a report by Vatican Radio.  READ MORE

Atheist group objects to creation of cross memorials at a Georgia high school

Posted: 09 Dec 2017 05:29 PM PST

Atheist group objects to creation of cross memorials at a Georgia high schoolThe nation’s most conspicuous professing atheist organization has expressed objection to the creation of cross memorials at a Georgia high school as part of a city effort to remember fallen soldiers. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter earlier this year to the attorney for Catoosa County Public Schools to assert that the crosses, made at Ringgold High School, were unconstitutional. “We write to request assurances that, in the future, Mr. Elliott nor any other

district employee will include religious messages in student assignments, allow school-sponsored religious activities, or otherwise promote or endorse religion in their official capacities,” it read. The organization also took issue with another school in the district, as it had learned that Heritage High School’s leadership class had partnered with a Christian missions organization to build a school for the poor in Nicaragua. READ MORE

Mysterious hum from deep inside the Earth leaves experts baffled

Posted: 09 Dec 2017 01:36 PM PST

Mysterious hum from deep inside the Earth leaves experts baffledScientists have captured a mysterious hum coming from deep inside the Earth, but they are still no closer to working out what it is. It has long been known that the Earth constantly generates a low-frequency vibrational signal. The first attempt to detect this hum was made in 1959, but it wasn’t until 1998 that scientists finally proved its existence. Since then, there have been hundreds of attempts to record the Earth’s hum, but they have all been made using seismometers on land. Now researchers have

captured the hum for the first time using seismic instruments at the bottom of the sea. The researchers first gathered data from 57 seismometer stations located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, between 2012 and 2013. They then applied a combination of techniques to remove interference from ocean infragravity waves, currents and electronic glitches, and corrected for the signal generated by any earthquakes. READ MORE

U.S. Warns Saudi Arabia on Mideast Actions as Allies’ Ties Fray

Posted: 09 Dec 2017 01:23 PM PST

U.S. Warns Saudi Arabia on Mideast Actions as Allies’ Ties FrayThe Trump administration delivered an unusually blunt warning to Saudi Arabia on Friday, saying the U.S. might curtail its support for Riyadh’s military campaign in Yemen unless the kingdom takes immediate steps to allow more humanitarian aid into the besieged country. In a series of public comments and private conversations in recent weeks, the Trump administration has urged the Saudi-led

coalition fighting in Yemen to lift a blockade on the country to allow food, water, fuel and medicines to reach those in need. The White House stepped up that call on Friday, saying the U.S. is “gravely concerned by the recent escalation in violence and continued dire humanitarian conditions in Yemen.” A senior administration official warned that the situation “could constrain the U.S. if steps aren’t taken” to ease the conditions. READ MORE

PROPHECY WATCH: Turkey Seeking Muslim Coalition To End Occupation of Israel

Posted: 09 Dec 2017 01:10 PM PST

PROPHECY WATCH: Turkey Seeking Muslim Coalition To End Occupation of IsraelTurkey’s leader is seeking to spearhead Islamic reaction to the US declaration on Jerusalem, but it is uncertain if he can coordinate a meaningful response among often disunited Muslim nations. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, had fulminated against President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital even before it was officially announced this week.

Erdogan described the status of the city, whose eastern sector Palestinians see as the capital of their future state, as a “red line” for Muslims. With Trump disregarding such warnings, the Turkish president used his position as the current chairman of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to call a summit of the pan-Islamic group. “He is seeking to garner an international response,” said Ziya Meral, resident fellow at the British Army’s Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research, READ MORE

CUP OF TREMBLING: Israel airstrikes, Gaza rockets amid tensions over Jerusalem…

Posted: 09 Dec 2017 12:58 PM PST

CUP OF TREMBLING: Israel airstrikes, Gaza rockets amid tensions over Jerusalem…

Two Palestinians were killed Saturday in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, as tensions rose in the region after US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Israel Defense Forces said aircraft had targeted what it identified as four facilities belonging to Hamas — the Palestinian Islamist group that controls Gaza — early Saturday in response to rockets fired into southern Israel from Gaza. The aircraft targeted two weapons manufacturing sites, a

weapons warehouse and a military compound, according to an IDF statement. The two Palestinians killed were men, 27 and 30 years old, Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qadra told CNN. The IDF said Israeli aircraft had also struck a Hamas training compound and ammunition warehouse late Friday in Gaza. One of the rockets fired from Gaza landed in the Israeli city of Sderot, according to the IDF. There was no mention of casualties. READ MORE

More Americans Turning To Witchcraft As Traditional Religions Declines…

Posted: 09 Dec 2017 12:53 PM PST

More Americans Turning To Witchcraft As Traditional Religions Declines…The following piece is an excerpt from CBS New York: At a time when participation in traditional religions is declining among Americans, the practice of witchcraft is said to be on the rise.  CBS2’s Ali Bauman went inside the secret world of modern-day witches to explore why so many say they’re falling under its spell. “I am the high priestess,” Lisa Stewart said. “To be a witch is incredibly relevant in today’s society,” Anton Stewart explained. Nestled in the

heart of the Hudson Valley is the Church of the Eternal Circle, the only legally recognized Wiccan Church in the state of New York. “We follow the tradition of the craft of the wise — witchcraft — and we are witches,” Stewart said. For the first time, members invited CBS2 to attend their services. “The time is right,” Lisa said. Stewart and her husband Anton are the founders of the church. “There are definitely more of us than you think,” she said. READ MORE

Heads of Turkey and France Urge US to Reverse Decision Regarding Jerusalem

Posted: 09 Dec 2017 07:16 AM PST

Heads of Turkey and France Urge US to Reverse Decision Regarding JerusalemTurkey’s Tayyip Erdogan and France’s Emmanuel Macron will work together to try to persuade the United States to reconsider its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a Turkish presidential source said on Saturday.  The two leaders agreed during a phone call that the move is worrisome for the region, the source said, adding that Turkey and France would make a joint effort to try to reverse the US decision.

Erdogan also spoke on the phone to the presidents of Kazakhstan, Lebanon and Azerbaijan on Saturday regarding the issue, the source said. On Wednesday, he called an urgent meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Turkey next week. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday has upset US allies in the West. At the United Nations, France, Italy, Germany, Britain and Sweden called on the United States to “bring forward detailed proposals for an Israeli-Palestinian settlement.”  READ MORE

Half of Humanity Believes In Aliens

Posted: 09 Dec 2017 05:21 AM PST

Half of Humanity Believes In AliensNearly half of humans believe in alien life and want to make contact, a survey in 24 countries has found, in what researchers said helps to explain the lasting popularity of the “Star Wars” franchise 40 years after the first movie was screened.  On the eve of the release of “The Last Jedi”, researchers published findings that 47 percent of more than 26,000 respondents believe “in the existence of intelligent alien civilizations in the universe”. An even greater 61 percent said “yes” when asked if they believe in “some form of life on other planets”.

Roughly a quarter said they do not believe intelligent life exists beyond Earth, researchers at Glocalities said. Among those who believe we are not alone in the universe, 60 percent said we should try to seek contact with alien civilizations, it found. It was not the first survey to collect views on extraterrestrial beings — questionnaires in Germany, Britain and the United States have found similar rates — but researchers said this was the largest poll of its kind with such global reach. READ MORE

What is The Gospel?


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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December 8, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

The legal battle over President Donald Trump’s travel ban resumes Friday in Richmond, Virginia, after a pit stop in Seattle, on an inevitable path back to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.

The U.S. added more jobs than forecast in November and the unemployment rate held at an almost 17-year low, though below-forecast wage gains suggested the labor market still has slack to absorb.

Muslims took to the streets from the West Bank to Jakarta on Friday to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Facing opposition from conservative elements in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party, Japan’s only openly gay lawmaker said it could take a decade for the country to legalize same-sex partnerships.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed U.S. plans to go to the 2018 Winter Olympics shortly after raising questions about whether American athletes would participate in the games in South Korea, where North Korea’s nuclear ambitions have raised security concerns about the event.

President Donald Trump plans to keep pushing his legislative agenda in 2018 by releasing his long-promised infrastructure proposal in early January, a senior administration official said.

Workers at U.S. meat and poultry processing plants are reluctant to tell federal inspectors about injuries or workplace hazards amid concerns that they could lose their jobs, according to a government report.

So many S. Koreans have embraced bitcoin that the prime minister recently warned that cryptocurrencies might corrupt the nation’s youth. The craze has spread so far that, in Korea, bitcoin is trading at a premium of about 23 percent over prevailing international rates.

AP Top Stories

Protests erupt throughout the Mideast in response to President Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Israel’s army launched strikes on two locations inside the Gaza Strip on Thursday, according to Israeli media reports. The attacks targeted Hamas, the Islamist militant group that rules Gaza, and used both tank and air power.

The United States has revealed which Russian cruise missile Washington believes is in violation of the landmark 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. The weapon is in fact the Novator 9M729-which carries the NATO designation of SSC-8.

Three people were fatally shot at Aztec High School in Aztec, New Mexico, on Thursday morning, according to police. New Mexico State Police have confirmed two students and the suspected shooter are dead.

Former Democratic Congressman Harold Ford Jr. has been fired for misconduct by Morgan Stanley after facing a human resources investigation into allegations of misconduct, a company spokeswoman confirmed.

More than 180 people, including two Democratic House members, were arrested Wednesday in an act of civil disobedience on the U.S. Capitol steps, while demanding that lawmakers inside the building take swift action to help young undocumented immigrants.

Genes linked to homosexuality have been discovered by scientists in the biggest ever study into the genetic basis for sexual orientation. For the first time, researchers looked at the complete genome – a person’s entire DNA code – for more than 1,000 gay men and compared it to genetic data from a similar number of heterosexual males. They discovered that DNA was different for gay and straight men around the genes SLITRK5 and SLITRK6.

The navy has one submarine that could drop 154 tomahawk missiles on North Korea. The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN) was built to destroy cities and military installations in the event of a nuclear war-or more precisely, to deter adversaries from ever starting one. The Navy first intended to scrap the four oldest of the massive submarines, but instead opted to overhaul and convert them to launch Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles (TLAM) at a cost of $700-900 million each. These vessels were redesignated Ohio-class guided-missile submarines (SSGN) and intended to deliver conventional attacks on targets on land. The Ohio and Florida began the nuclear refueling, overhaul and armament upgrade in 2003 and were back in service by 2006, while the Michigan and Florida followed in 2008.

Bitcoin rocketed higher Thursday, crossing the $16,000 mark in less than two days after topping $12,000 for the first time. In trading on the Coinbase exchange, the digital currency rose above $16,900 and was last at $16,748. The price on Coinbase is often at a premium over other exchanges.

BBC

Japan plans to acquire medium-range air-to-surface missiles, expanding its strike capability to North Korea.

“Highly professional” hackers made off with around 4,700 Bitcoin from a leading mining service, a Bitcoin exchange has said. The value of Bitcoin is currently extremely volatile, but at the time of writing, the amount stolen was worth approximately $80m.

An attack believed to have been sparked by a succession feud has left three people dead at a well-known Shinto shrine in Tokyo. The chief priestess was stabbed to death, reportedly by her brother. A bloodied Samurai sword was found at the scene, along with other knives.

WND

The Justice Department has launched a federal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices and the sale of fetal tissue.

The American Center for Law and Justice, long an advocate for America’s top Middle East ally, is asking the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to fight a plan to turn over $65 million to Palestinians to teach them to fight Israel in the courts.


The Briefing — Friday, December 8, 2017

1) The combustible mix of scandal, moral relativism, and political expediency

New York Times (Yamiche Alcindor) –
John Conyers to Leave Congress Amid Harassment Claims

New York Times (Sheryl Gay Stolberg) –
As Harassment Accusations Multiply, a Question: Who Stays and Who Goes?

2) A new big question in Congress: Who leaves and who stays?

New York Times (Nellie Bowles) –
A Reckoning on Sexual Misconduct? Absolutely. But How Harsh, Women Ask.

3) The odd but interesting timing of Vladimir Putin’s re-election announcement

Washington Post (David Filipov and Andrew Roth) –
Vladimir Putin says he’ll run for reelection. Nobody is surprised.

4) Raising big questions about shame and guilt while raising children

New York Times (Perri Klass) –
A Healthy Dose of Guilt


News – 12/8/2017

This time, Trump is right
The world’s 70-year refusal to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was a foolish mistake, the result of diplomatic cowardice and neglect on the part of Israel’s governments. The argument that the US president’s speech harms the peace process is baseless, as there is no peace process going on.

Tillerson hints at deal to resolve Arab-Israeli conflict in one fell swoop, Moscow waits in wings
Rex [Tillerson]… hinted to me that the United States is expecting to strike a ‘deal of the century,’ which would resolve the Palestinian-Israeli problem in one swoop,” Sergey Lavrov said. “We certainly want to understand how they see this happening.”

Israel to build 14,000 new housing units in Jerusalem
Construction and Housing Minister Yoav Galant (Kulanu) is promoting a plan to build 14,000 housing units in Jerusalem, Hahadashot (formerly Channel 2 News) reported on Thursday. The move follows President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. According to the report, the government would promote the construction of 5,000 housing units in Atarot, in addition to a new neighborhood in the area which is being promoted by the Jerusalem municipality.

‘The love is all about Jerusalem,’ Trump says at WH Hanukka party
US President Donald Trump said Jerusalem was in his heart as he hosted the White House’s annual Hanukka party on Wednesday night. “Right now I am thinking about what is going on and the love that is all over Israel and all about Jerusalem,” Trump said. The president spoke just one day after declaring that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, the first such US recognition of the city since the country’s establishment in 1948. “I know for a fact there are a lot of happy people in this room,” Trump said as he looked out at the audience.

250 Rabbis Bless Trump With Biblical Joshua’s Strength in Letter of Support
Over two hundred prominent Israeli rabbis sent a letter of gratitude to President Donald Trump, blessing him in the manner that God blessed Joshua as he led the Jews into Israel and stating that Trump’s acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital assures him a permanent place in the annals of Jewish history.

Vladimir Putin officially announces he will seek re-election as Russian president in 2018
Putin confirms worst kept secret in Russia by pursuing another six-year term as Russia’s leader, extending his rule of the country into a third decade. Putin, 65, has been in power, either as president or prime minister, since 2000, longer than veteran Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and outstripped only by dictator Josef Stalin.

No tsunami threat to Guam from earthquake in Micronesia
The U.S. Geological Survey reported an earthquake with a magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Micronesia at 10:22 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8. There is no threat of a tsunami to Guam or the Mariana Islands from the earthquake, Guam Homeland Security said, referring to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. No tsunami threat to Guam from earthquake in Micronesia

Archaeologists Discover Muslim Artifacts Proving Jerusalem’s Jewish Identity
Israeli archaeologists announced to the press a discovery of 1,300-year-old coins from the Islamic Umayyad Dynasty imprinted with an image of the menorah from the Jewish Temple. This new discovery joins a trove of artifacts that show Muslim acknowledgment of Jerusalem’s Jewish identity. Assaf Avraham of Bar-Ilan University, and Peretz Reuven of the Hebrew University made their announcement on Wednesday.

LIVE COVERAGE: Palestinians protest Trump decision in Jerusalem, W. Bank
Israel stepped up security in Jerusalem on Friday ahead of a declared Palestinian “day of rage” in the holy city. Palestinians and Arab nations made their anger and dismay known after US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The decision was denounced by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who said that the United States had effectively given up its role as arbiter in the peace process in the region.

Thousands protest in Jordan, burn US and Israeli flags
Thousands of protesters have gathered in the Jordanian capital of Amman, one of the largest demonstrations against Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem. The protesters are calling for their government to cut ties with Israel. Local Jordanian media is reporting that protesters in Amman are also burning American and Israeli flags and demand closure of the US embassy in Amman.

Iranians rally against Trump’s Jerusalem move, burn US flags
Hundreds of Iranians took part in rallies across the country on Friday to condemn US President Donald Trump’s decision this week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, state TV reported. Leaders of Iran, where opposition to Israel and support for the Palestinian cause has been central to foreign policy since the 1979 Islamic revolution, have denounced Trump’s move, including his plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

China does U-turn on coal ban to avert heating crisis
China’s government has allowed some northern cities to burn coal in a temporary policy U-turn, as the country faces a heating crisis. Beijing had banned the use of coal for heating this winter in an ambitious plan to reduce pollution. Recent winters had seen heavy smog blanket China’s northern region.

Brexit: ‘Breakthrough’ deal paves way for future trade talks
PM Theresa May has struck a last-minute deal with the EU in a bid to move Brexit talks on to the next phase. There will be no “hard border” with Ireland; and EU citizens in the UK, and UK citizens in the EU, will see their rights protected. The so-called “divorce bill” will amount to between £35bn and £40bn, the BBC understands.

California wildfires: Nearly 200,000 flee as new blaze spreads
Nearly 200,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes in California as firefighters battle several raging wildfires. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego on Thursday after a new blaze spread from 10 acres to 4,100 acres in just a few hours. Three firefighters have been injured and about 500 buildings destroyed.

More than a quarter of millennials say they would replace a human lover with a DROID
As robots become an ever increasing part of our daily lives, humans could soon find love with the machines, according to a new report. The report suggests that over a quarter of 18-34 year-olds will feel it’s normal to form friendships and even romantic relationships with robots in the future instead of humans.

Trump dangles Middle East peace plan to limit Jerusalem outcry
When President Donald Trump told the Palestinian president of his intention to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, he assured him a peace plan being put together would please the Palestinians…an apparent effort to limit fallout…Trump sought to temper the blow from his Jerusalem announcement by stressing that the Palestinians stood to gain from the peace plan that Kushner and U.S. Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt were crafting…

EU vows push to make Jerusalem capital for Palestinians too
The EU’s top diplomat pledged on Thursday to reinvigorate diplomacy with Russia, the United States, Jordan and others to ensure Palestinians have a capital in Jerusalem after President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel’s capital. The European Union, a member of the Middle East Quartet along with the United States, the United Nations and Russia, believes it has a duty to make its voice heard as the Palestinians’ biggest aid donor and Israel’s top trade partner.

Japan to acquire air-launched missiles able to strike North Korea
Japan is to acquire medium-range, air-launched cruise missiles, capable of striking North Korea, a controversial purchase of what will become the longest-range munitions of a country that has renounced the right to wage war. Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera did not refer to North Korea when announcing the planned acquisition and said the new missiles would be for defence, with Japan still relying on the United States to strike any enemy bases.

Report: Influx of Russian Oil Rescues North Korean Economy from Sanctions
A report from Japan’s Asia Press International (API) identifies “massive amounts” of Russian oil entering North Korea, providing a much-needed lifeline as the rest of the world pressures the rogue regime for its consistent nuclear threats with growing sanctions.

RED ALERT: China Warns Of IMMINENT North Korea Nuclear Attack, Issues ‘Duck And Cover’ Pamphlets To Public
According to Express, a Chinese province bordering the diabolical hermit kingdom is preparing for an all-out nuclear holocaust. The government has started to issue pamphlets to the public which depict cartoons instructing citizens what to do and how to stay alive in the event of a sudden atomic strike. It’s a degree of propaganda we haven’t seen since the end of the Cold War.

Justice Department Launches Investigation Into Planned Parenthood Over Sale of Fetal Tissue
The Justice Department has launched a full investigation into Planned Parenthood over their alleged practices of selling fetal tissue.

Trump’s ‘Deep State Advisor’ Reveals Obama Illegally Spied On Him, Leaked It To Washington Post
President Trump’s ‘deep state advisor,’ Blackwater USA founder Erik Prince, revealed during a November 30th testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee, that the Obama administration spied on him and then leaked details to the Washington Post.

Judge Who Presided Over Michael Flynn’s Case and Resigned Today — IS OBAMA APPOINTEE WHO ALSO SITS ON FISA COURT!
On Thursday evening, U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras, was recused from former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s criminal case. Emmet G. Sullivan will now oversee over the trial.

ADP Services Reports Largest Number of New Manufacturing Jobs in History – 40,000 New Manufacturing Jobs in November
Payroll company ADP reported the largest monthly increase in manufacturing jobs ever in their history for November!

OOPS: Muslims go nuts as Jewish Menorahs are found on early Islamic coins
Researchers recently discovered that menorahs prominently adorned Muslim coins and vessels during the early Islamic period 1,300 years ago.

In an obvious response to Trump Embassy declaration, ‘Palestinian’ terrorists fire two rockets into southern Israel
Two rockets fired from Gaza Strip hit southern Israel Thursday evening. Warning sirens were sounded in the Shaar Hanegev and Hof Ashkelon (Ashkelon Coast) regional councils in the western Negev Thursday evening. Shortly after the sirens were sounded, an IDF spokesperson reported that two rockets had been fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel.

Siberian Super Volcano Erupts Spewing Scorching Hot Ash 6 Miles Into The Sky
A Siberian super-volcano is worrying scientists after it’s shocking and sudden eruption flung hot ash six miles into the sky. This volcano is one of the most active in Russia.

President Trump Confirms Blooming of Fig Tree
Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is not only the right thing, and the obvious thing, to do, it is a pushback against Islam’s constant attack on our closest ally.

Warning: ‘They Need The Markets To Implode’ To Usher In Cashless System
Market analyst Lynette Zang predicts in the next market meltdown, “real estate, stocks, and bonds will all crash.” When asked when this will happen, Zang says, “Enjoy your Christmas,” but in 2018, all bets are off.

Pope Francis Calls for ‘Offensive’ Lord’s Prayer to Be Scrapped
Pope Francis has called for the Lords’ payer to be scrapped, arguing that the meaning behind the words is “offensive” because the teachings go against the will of the church.

Ahead of Jerusalem Announcement, House Passes Bill Withholding Funding Until Abbas Stops Paying Terrorists
With all eyes on President Trump’s expected Jerusalem policy announcement, the House of Representatives on Tuesday dealt the Palestinian Authority another potential blow by passing legislation withholding funds until the P.A. stops paying terrorists.

Rev. Graham: No President in My Lifetime Has Defended the Christian Faith Like Trump
In reference to remarks made by President Donald Trump at the lighting of the national Christmas tree, Rev. Franklin Graham said no president in his lifetime had taken such a “strong, outspoken stand for the Christian faith” than President Trump and that he needs our prayers.

Universities strive for ‘Christmas’-free campuses
“The holiday season should be considered an opportunity to demonstrate cultural sensitivity and inclusivity.”


46 Earthquakes Have Shaken California Over The Past 24 Hours

It appears that something unusual is happening along the California coastline.  Over the past 24 hours, California has been hit by 46 earthquakes.  That is approximately twice the normal daily number, and much of the shaking has taken place in the southern part of the state.  In recent weeks I have been writing repeatedly about the alarming seismic activity that we have been seeing along the west coast, and many believe that the potential for a megaquake is significantly higher than normal right now.  Unfortunately, most residents of California are not paying any attention to what is going on at all, and so if there is a major event they will be completely blindsided by it. (Read More…)


Bitcoin Bubble: Is Bitcoin Going To $1 Million Or Is it Going To Zero?

The price of Bitcoin continues to rise at an exponential rate, and the financial world is in a complete state of shock.  Just yesterday, I marveled that the price of Bitcoin had surged past the $13,000 mark for the first time ever, but then on Thursday it actually was selling for more than $19,000 at one point.  As I write this, Bitcoin is sitting at $16,877.42, but a few hours from now it could be a couple of thousand dollars higher or lower than that.  Those that got in early on “the Bitcoin revolution” have made extraordinary amounts of money, and many believe that this is just the beginning. (Read More…)


Peter Schiff Warns Of Impending Crash: ‘Everybody Is Going To Get Wiped Out!’

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This coming crisis will hit everyone in the wallet. Money manager Peter Schiff, who accurately predicted the 2008 financial crisis, can already see the writing on the wall – and he says everyone is going to get wiped out.

Schiff says that this time, gold will explode and the dollar will be wiped out. USA Watch Dog‘s Greg Hunter interviewed Schiff about the impending financial disaster we are facing. Almost ten years after the 2008 meltdown, Schiff had this to say:

“I predicted a lot more than just the stock market going down back then.  I predicted the financial crisis, but more importantly, I predicted what the government would do as a result of the financial crisis and what the consequences of that would be because that’s where we’re headed.  The real crash I wrote about in my most recent book is still coming. . . . This is the third gigantic bubble that the Fed has inflated, and when this one pops, it’s not going to be ‘the third time is a charm.’  It’s going to be ‘three strikes and you’re out.’  I think this bubble is too big to pop.  I think it’s the mother of all bubbles, and when it bursts, there is not a bigger one that the Fed is going to be able to inflate to mask these problems, meaning we can’t kick the can down the road anymore.” Peter Schiff


Mid-Day Snapshot

Dec. 8, 2017

FBI: Deep State Collusion

It’s not just the obstruction of a pro-Hillary official; it’s undisclosed meetings with the fake dossier creator.

The Foundation

“An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.” —Thomas Jefferson (1813)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: December 8

  • U.K., EU Reach an Agreement on Brexit Divorce Terms (Read More)
  • What’s in the Brexit divorce deal? (Read More)
  • China exports growth hits 8-month high, imports defy pollution curbs (Read More)
  • The Bitcoin Whales: 1,000 People Who Own 40 Percent of the Market (Read More)
  • Senator’s Shaky Obamacare Deal Poses Tax Challenge (Read More)
  • Oil edges up on Chinese demand, but weekly losses loom (Read More)
  • Stunning Bitcoin Swings Promise Stop-and-Start Futures Sessions (Read More)
  • JPMorgan’s Dimon taking customer pricing hints from Amazon (Read More)
  • In Bel Air, Wildfires Destroy Multimillion-Dollar Homes (Read More)
  • Mueller Makes Sure His Investigation Will Live On Even If He’s Fired  (Read More)

Headlines – 12/8/2017

Hezbollah leader: Trump move ‘a second Balfour Declaration’

PM Netanyahu on American recognition: ‘I told Trump he was making history’

Former US ambassador slams ‘heavy breathing’ over Jerusalem… critics of Jerusalem decision overreacting. ‘This isn’t the second coming of Harry Truman recognizing Israel.’

At White House Hanukkah party, Trump celebrates his Jerusalem decision

Celebrating Hanukkah, Trump lauds ‘enduring bond’ with Israel

Ambassador Nikki Haley says Trump admin. not seeking concessions from Israel after recognition of Jerusalem. ‘This was our decision.’

At East Jerusalem enclave, some Jews happier with Trump than with Netanyahu

After Trump speech, Fatah official says Pence ‘unwanted in Palestine’

Report: US warns Palestinians not to cancel peace talks with VP Pence

Trump dangles Middle East peace plan to limit Jerusalem outcry

‘Who is Trump to determine our future? Jerusalem is Palestinian’

Israel on high alert for ‘day of rage,’ but no Temple Mount restrictions

Nasrallah: Trump humiliated 1.5 billion Muslims

Iraq militia threatens US forces after Trump Jerusalem move

Putin ‘deeply concerned’ over US Jerusalem recognition

Erdogan, Putin say US decision on Jerusalem will have negative impact on region

Erdogan speaks to Pope Francis over US Jerusalem move – Both agree that any attempt to change the city’s status quo should be avoided

9 out of 11 former US envoys to Israel oppose Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

Arabs, Europe, U.N. reject Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Europe, Arabs to unite against Israel at UN Security Council

EU vows push to make Jerusalem capital for Palestinians too

Israel strikes Gaza militant posts after rockets fired at Israel: army

Iran-sponsored hackers have targeted Israel, Saudis, Turkey since 2014

Russia says ready for talks with US to try to save arms pact

Syria war: UN rebukes Russia and Iran over evacuations

Chronicler of Islamic State ‘killing machine’ goes public

World leaders to ‘re-legitimize’ Lebanon’s Hariri at Paris talks

In series of tweets, minister says what is happening in Yemen is ‘annihilation’

President Putin to visit Egypt next week to discuss expanding ties

Former Argentine president charged with treason over Iran deal

Report: Influx of Russian Oil Rescues North Korean Economy from Sanctions

Russia chides Tillerson over US rhetoric on North Korea

Tillerson says Ukraine is a sticking point in US-Russia ties

Lavrov: US pressure on Russian diplomats and media is unacceptable

‘Over 10,000 texts’ between ex-Mueller team officials found, after discovery of anti-Trump messages

In year of chaos, Trump’s boost to economy can’t be denied

Millions would lose mortgage, gift write-offs under U.S. tax bill: study

The richest 1 percent now owns more of the country’s wealth since 50 years

Warning: ‘They Need The Markets To Implode’ To Usher In Cashless System

6.6 magnitude earthquake hits near Fais, Micronesia

6.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Fais, Micronesia

6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Fais, Micronesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Lautoka, Fiji

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near the Kuril Islands

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Rare snowfall, frigid temperatures in South and East Texas

Nearly 200,000 people flee homes as fifth wildfire erupts in California

Planned Parenthood under investigation by Justice Department over sale of fetal tissue

Genes linked to homosexuality discovered by scientists

Australian prime minister rushes gay marriage into law

Gay marriage becomes law in Australia; weddings start in Jan

Franken takes swipe at Trump as he quits US Senate – notes ‘irony’ that man ‘who bragged on tape’ of assault sits in Oval Office

Commentary: Al Franken isn’t sorry

It’s an ecumenical celebration of winter festivals in Open Holidays

Most Western Europeans No Longer Believe in Heaven and Hell, Survey Finds

Are Earthlings alone? Half of humans believe in alien life

Book Review – Israel Matters: Why Christians Must Think Differently About the People and the Land 

Joyce Meyer — A Prisoner of Heresy

When a Church Misses THE Entire Point of Christ’s Incarnation

Died: ‘God’s Smuggler’ and ‘The Cross and the Switchblade’ Coauthor John Sherrill

Prophet Who Says He Visited Heaven After Heart Attack Charged With Running Prostitution Ring

7 Christian Missionaries Arrested After Hindus Accuse Them of ‘Forcible Conversion’ in India

Prophet Who Says He Visited Heaven After Heart Attack Charged With Running Prostitution Ring

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 06:24 PM PST

Prophet Who Says He Visited Heaven After Heart Attack Charged With Running Prostitution RingA 55-year-old self-styled prophet from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, who said he went to heaven one Christmas after a heart attack, was charged Wednesday for using the telephone number of his ministry to run a house of prostitution which he fronted as a massage parlor.  Prosecutors in Tulsa County allege the Rev. Walter Eugene Brazington Jr., of the All Nations Ministry Evangelistic Team attempted to “encourage, induce or persuade women to become inmates of a house of prostitution,” according to

documents cited by the Tulsa World. He was also charged with possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony.  Tiffany Ann Roach, 40, an HIV positive woman who investigators caught negotiating with a client at the prophet’s business, was also arrested. Brazington explained on his ministry’s website that he was directed by the Lord to preach the Gospel during his heavenly visit in 2008. READ MORE

Heavy winds and dry air could extend California wildfire for weeks

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 06:16 PM PST

Heavy winds and dry air could extend California wildfire for weeksGusty Santa Ana winds and bone-dry conditions continued to stoke major wildfires in Southern California on Thursday as Ventura County fire officials said the battle there could last well over a week. “Until the wind stops blowing, there’s really not a lot we can do as far as controlling the perimeter,” Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said as crews battled the 96,000-acre Thomas fire. “This is a fight we’re going to be fighting probably for a couple of weeks.”

That grim outlook came just hours after authorities said they discovered the body of a woman in a burn area, and after heavy winds prompted residents to flee the coastal community of Faria Beach. As smoke billowed overhead and palm trees burned, a police officer drove through the settlement with a megaphone blaring: “Mandatory evacuation” and “Please go the other way, the road is closed.” In Ojai, 40-mph winds pushed flames to within a mile of the city. READ MORE

US deploys “Nuke Sniffer” as North Korea may be on verge of detonating bomb

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 06:02 PM PST

US deploys “Nuke Sniffer” as North Korea may be on verge of detonating bombNorth Korea may be about to detonate a nuclear bomb as the US has deployed its “nuke sniffer” spy plane. Nuclear explosion tracker Constant Phoenix has gone airborne amid the missile feud between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. War fears loom as 230 US jets and around 12,000 soldiers carry out drills on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea has warned the drill puts the world of the brink of

nuclear war, and warned it will not hide from conflict with the US. Constant Phoenix has been deployed in the region multiple times this year to monitor Kim. Dozens of missiles have been fired and a hydrogen bomb detonated by North Korea this year in its worsening feud with Trump.The spy plane often takes to the air when there are growing fears of a nuclear blast – earlier this year flying over Europe to investigate a radiation cloud. READ MORE

Pope desires to change words to the “Lord’s Prayer”

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 05:38 PM PST

Pope desires to change words to the “Lord’s Prayer”Pope Francis has said he wants to change the interpretation of ‘Our Father’, the best-known prayer in Christianity. The Pontiff said the Roman Catholic Church should adopt a better translation of the phrase ‘lead us not into temptation’ in the Italian version of the Lord’s Prayer.  He said the current phrasing, which is the same in English and many other languages, suggests that it is God who has a choice to lead us into temptation or not.

‘That is not a good translation, because it speaks of a God who induces temptation’,’ the pope said in a television interview on Wednesday night.  Francis said the Catholic Church in France had opted for a different phrasing, which worked around this particular issue. The French translation uses the phrase ‘do not let us fall into temptation’ as an alternative, which, the Pope said, implies that the fault would be human. READ MORE

46 Earthquakes Rock California In Past 24 Hours

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 05:32 PM PST

46 Earthquakes Rock California In Past 24 HoursIt appears that something unusual is happening along the California coastline.  Over the past 24 hours, California has been hit by 46 earthquakes.  That is approximately twice the normal daily number, and much of the shaking has taken place in the southern part of the state.  In recent weeks I have been writing repeatedly about the alarming seismic activity that we have been seeing along the west coast, and many believe that the potential for a megaquake is significantly higher than normal right now.  Unfortunately,

most residents of California are not paying any attention to what is going on at all, and so if there is a major event they will be completely blindsided by it.  When a magnitude 4.0 earthquake struck near Julian, California on Wednesday, that immediately got my attention, and that quake was followed very rapidly by several others… The shaking began at 4:33 p.m. on Wednesday when a 4.0 quake occurred nearly 10 miles beneath the earth’s surface, just east of the Earthquake Valley fault, one of the most active systems in Southern California. The temblor had originally been listed at 4.2. READ MORE

Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration ‘Enormous Step Towards Bringing Third Temple’

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 11:10 AM PST

Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration ‘Enormous Step Towards Bringing Third Temple’President Donald Trump’s epic proclamation on Wednesday acknowledging Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people was a major step towards establishing the Third Temple and bringing the Messianic era, said a number of Jewish activists working to rebuild the Holy Temple. “What he did last night was an enormous step in bringing the Temple,” Asaf Fried, official spokesman for the United

Temple Movement, an association of organizations working towards making the Third Temple a reality, told Breaking Israel News. He added, “This necessarily had to come from a non-Jew in order to bring them into the process, so they will be able to take their part in the Temple.” Fried compared Trump’s role to that of Cyrus, the Persian King who ended the Babylonian exile and helped build the Second Jewish Temple. Fried cited Proverbs to emphasize this point. READ MORE

An asteroid big enough to destroy New York just missed Earth and even NASA didn’t notice

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 10:56 AM PST

An asteroid big enough to destroy New York just missed Earth and even NASA didn’t noticeAn asteroid that had the potential to wreak havoc on Earth recently whizzed passed us and space boffins had no idea it was coming.  The asteroid, known as 2017 VL2, shot by Earth on November 9 and experts did not find out about it until a day later. The space rock flew by just 73,000 miles from our planet – which is a third of the distance between Earth and the moon. Experts believe the asteroid is between 16 and 32 meters long, and if it hit Earth, it would have had the potential to flatten a city such as New York.

A recent investigation from Science Alert found that if a 12-meter asteroid were to hit New York it could destroy buildings within six kilometers of the impact. As the 2017 VL2 asteroid is almost three times the size of Science Alert’s hypothetical rock, it could cause three times the damage. Asteroid 2017 VL2 was observed at ATLAS-MLO, Mauna Loa, Hawaii and is only the 48th known asteroid to have flown within one lunar distance – READ MORE

The Virgin Birth Is Not “Fake News”

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 10:37 AM PST

The Virgin Birth Is Not “Fake News”(By J. Lee Grady) My wife and I have four daughters, and I was in the hospital room for each birth. There was a normal amount of blood, but no serious complications. Our oldest took forever to be born. Our second was in such a hurry that we thought she might end up on the floor of a hospital hallway. Our third tied her umbilical cord in knots in the womb. And our youngest calmly slipped out as if to say: “OK, I’m born. What’s next?” I had very little to do in the delivery room. My wife was the hero. She sweated, strained, pushed and gasped for hours. I stroked her arm a few times—and ate some doughnuts.

Normal births are amazing, whether they occur in hospitals or homes or the back seats of taxis. But when I consider the birth of Jesus, I’m in total awe—not just because of Mary and Joseph’s bumpy ride from Nazareth, Mary’s lack of a doctor (and anesthesia!) and the crudeness of the manger, but also because of how Jesus was conceived. Mary was a virgin. Joseph, the “father,” had nothing to do but stand in the background. Secularists and liberal theologians have mocked the virgin birth for centuries. Thomas Jefferson called it a fable, while Episcopal heretic John Shelby Spong called it an “entrance myth.” READ MORE

Nasrallah calls for support of new Palestinian Intifada

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 10:24 AM PST

Nasrallah calls for support of new Palestinian IntifadaIn a speech on Thursday evening Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah waded into the decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While supporting a new Palestinian intifada, he condemned the American decision and called on Lebanese not to have dealings with Israel. Nasrallah said that he sought to lay out clearly the dangers of the US decision and what would be the best response. The Hezbollah leader is at the peak of his power in Lebanon, eleven years after the Second Lebanon war.

He compared Trump’s decision to the Balfour Declaration 100 years ago, accusing Israel of never accepting international law and seeking to “Judaize Jerusalem.” Although at the end of his speech he said he supported a new Palestinian intifada, most of the discussion was focused on practical responses. Nasrallah sought to emphasize that the US had held back Israel in the past, according to a series of translated tweets by David Daoud, a research analyst on Hezbollah at United Against a Nuclear Iran. He accused the US of endings its practice of being a check on Israel’s actions, and accused the US of recognizing both east and west Jerusalem as “belonging to Israel.” READ MORE

Supersonic jets on ‘secret missions’ causing mystery booms across US

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 10:18 AM PST

Supersonic jets on ‘secret missions’ causing mystery booms across USMysterious “booms” that have been shaking US cities may be caused by supersonic aircraft on secret missions.  The loud and unexplained sounds have been heard dozens of times across the country from New Jersey to Colorado for months. In mid-November, shocked residents in Alabama were left so alarmed by the noise they even called the cops to investigate. They dubbed it the “‘Bama Boom”, saying

it was so powerful it actually shook houses and left windows rattling. However, NASA and the US Geological Survey said they had no idea what was causing the booms, saying they could only theorise. But now it is thought supersonic aircraft are most likely responsible after more booms were heard on Wednesday in in Texas. After a number of loud explosions, a Fort Hood spokesman confirmed live-fire exercises and B-1 “Lancer” bombers were responsible. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: At least 3 Dead and 12 injured after shooting at New Mexico school…

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 10:07 AM PST

DEVELOPING: At least 3 Dead and 12 injured after shooting at New Mexico school…At least three people are dead and more than a dozen are injured after a gunman opened fire at a northern New Mexico high school Thursday morning, law enforcement officials said.  San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen told reporters three people believed to be students died Thursday at Aztec High School. He said the shooter also was dead but didn’t say if the suspect was among the three. The school

is located in the Four Corners region and is near the Navajo Nation, about 180 miles north of Albuquerque. “It’s tragic when our children are harmed in violent ways especially on school campuses. We express our condolences to those families who have been harmed,” Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation, said in a press release. READ MORE

Investor warns ‘Gold price will explode & dollar get wiped out’

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 09:54 AM PST

Investor warns ‘Gold price will explode & dollar get wiped out’

Peter Schiff was among the few economists who correctly predicted the financial crisis in 2008. Ten years later, he sees another crisis emerging: a crisis that can crash the stock market and wipe out the US dollar.  “I predicted a lot more than just the stock market going down back then. I predicted the financial crisis, but more importantly, I predicted what the government would do as a result of the financial crisis and what the consequences of that would be because that’s where we’re headed. The real crash I wroteabout in my most recent book is still coming,”Schiff said in an article posted by Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com and quoted by ZeroHedge.   According to Schiff, the US Fed has inflated a gigantic bubble, which is impossible to pop, but when it bursts, the consequences would be very painful for the economy and much bigger than the 2008 meltdown. “I think this bubble is too big to pop. I think it’s the mother of all bubbles, and when it bursts, there is not a bigger one that the Fed is going to be able to inflate to mask these problems, meaning we can’t kick the can down the road anymore. This time, the crisis is going to hit everyone in the wallet,” he said. READ MORE

Rabbis tell Trump: ‘You are fulfilling prophecies’

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 09:45 AM PST

Rabbis tell Trump: ‘You are fulfilling prophecies’Some 250 Israeli rabbis, including Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, sent a thank you letter to US President Donald Trump praising him for his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  The letter, intiated by the Safed’s Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu and delivered by Yossi Dagan, the head of the Samaria Regional Council, told the American president, “You have a rare privilege to be the first

president to recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the State of Israel.”  “We are privileged to be living in a generation that is repeatedly witnessing the words of the prophets coming true,” said the rabbis, “Jews have made aliyah and are continuing to come to the land of Israel from all corners of the world. Israel triumphs over its enemies time after time, the mountains of Israel offer generous bounty and the economy is booming.”  READ MORE

Academic journal warns against Eating meat, Promotes “toxic masculinity”

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 07:21 AM PST

Academic journal warns against Eating meat, Promotes “toxic masculinity”An academic journal has published an article by a Ph.D. candidate at Pennsylvania State University that argues eating meat maintains a society where “hegemonic masculinity” is the norm. Anne DeLessio-Parson, whose article was published in Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, based her research on Argentina’s “meat-centric” culture. “I contend that in such a context, we cannot separate the ways people ‘do vegetarianism’ from how they ‘do gender,’” Anne DeLessio-Parson wrote.

“Doing vegetarianism in interactions drives social change, contributing to the de-linking of meat from gender hegemony and revealing the resisting and reworking of gender in food spaces.” DeLessio-Parson theorizes that being a vegetarian in the South American nation is a political act that contributes to the destabilization of the gender binary, or the view that there are only two sexes, masculine and feminine. READ MORE

First Living Tattoos Created By MIT Scientists

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 06:28 AM PST

First Living Tattoos Created By MIT ScientistsTattoos are all the rage at MIT these days: researchers at the university have recently produced prototypes that point to the future of biotech, from electronic tattoos that serve as interfaces to tattoos that change color based on body chemistry.  The latest? A tattoo made of living ink–genetically programmed cells that activate when exposed to different types of stimuli. While right now that means

they light up when they come in contact with particular molecular compounds, there are exciting potential applications: the tattoos could be designed so that they respond to environmental pollutants or changes in temperature. That means that sometime in the future, we could all be walking around with living, responsive tattoos that tell us when it’s not safe to go outside because air pollution levels are dangerous, or even just act as a temperature gauge right on your body.  READ MORE

Rare Snow Storm To Blanket Texas and Mexico

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 06:19 AM PST

Rare Snow Storm To Blanket Texas and MexicoSnow will blanket parts of northern Mexico through Friday, giving areas south of the border the first snow of the season before some cities in the U.S. Midwest and Northeast. Cold air has already plunged down the Plains, crossing the Rio Grande River into northern Mexico. A reinforcing blast of cold air is just now arriving. As that happens, a potent jet stream disturbance is now pushing over the region,

providing lift and moisture in the atmosphere for precipitation in northern Mexico and West Texas. Up to an inch of snow was measured in grassy areas in Brackettville, Texas, about 115 miles west of San Antonio, Thursday morning. Snow was also seen covering grassy areas in Eagle Pass, Texas, along the Rio Grande Valley between Del Rio and Laredo. READ MORE

Chris Matthews: ‘Crazy’ Evangelicals ‘Don’t Understand’ the Situation in Israel

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 06:12 AM PST

Chris Matthews: ‘Crazy’ Evangelicals ‘Don’t Understand’ the Situation in IsraelWednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” while discussing President Donald Trump’s expected announcement to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, “Hardball” host Chris Matthews said evangelical Christians have “crazy ideas” and “mythical” beliefs about Israel.  Matthews said, “Deaths are coming now because of this. You can just bet the next few weeks we’ll have hell to pay for this totally erratic decision by this president. Every party who has had the White House since 48 has recognized you

have to be careful over there.”  He added, “Don’t think this isn’t related to Alabama next week. It is related. Because it’s the Christian Evangelicals down there with their crazy ideas about Israel which is, I don’t know, mythical. They don’t understand the situation over there, how tricky it is ethnically and tribally. They don’t care because it’s a religious belief. Trump is playing into that this week you watch him.” READ MORE

Arabs, Europe and UN reject Trump recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital…

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 05:58 AM PST

Arabs, Europe and UN reject Trump recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital…Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East on Wednesday condemned the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region and Palestinians said Washington was abandoning its leading role as a peace mediator. The European Union and United Nations also voiced alarm at U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and its repercussions for any chances of reviving Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

Major U.S. allies came out against Trump’s reversal of decades of U.S. and broad international policy on Jerusalem. France rejected the “unilateral” decision while appealing for calm in the region. Britain said the move would not help peace efforts and Jerusalem should ultimately be shared by Israel and a future Palestinian state. Germany said Jerusalem’s status could only be resolved on the basis of a two-state solution. READ MORE

200,000 Californians flee homes as wind whips wildfires closer to LA

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 05:52 AM PST

200,000 Californians flee homes as wind whips wildfires closer to LAThe relentless wind-whipped wildfires ravaging Southern California are expected to worsen Thursday, as dangerous winds are forecast to fan the flames in different directions and force new evacuations around the second-largest city in the U.S.  Winds on Thursday topped 50 mph already in the greater Los Angeles area, keeping residents across the region wary as more than 200,000 people have been forced from their

homes and nearly 200 homes and buildings have been destroyed since the fires broke out late Sunday. “We are in the beginning of a protracted wind event,” Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), told the Los Angeles Times. “There will be no ability to fight fire in these kinds of winds.”  READ MORE

Illinois Boy Who Identifies as Girl Sues to Use Girls’ Locker Room to Change for Gym Class

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 05:43 AM PST

Illinois Boy Who Identifies as Girl Sues to Use Girls’ Locker Room to Change for Gym ClassAn Illinois teenager who was born male but identifies as female has filed a lawsuit against his school district as he claims that he has been prohibited from using the girls’ locker room for gym class. The district says that the legal challenge does not correctly cite the accommodations that have been offered to the student. The 18-year-old, who goes by the name Nova Maday, says that he is unhappy with the outcome of talks with Township High School District 211 and asserts that that he has to use either the

nurse’s office or a separate single-user locker room at Palatine High School to change his clothes. “I just want to be treated like every other girl in our school,” Maday said in a statement after filing suit on Thursday. “Even after the school district agreed to allow another transgender student to use the locker rooms in her school, they have resisted and made things harder for me. I just want to be able to get dressed for P.E. class without having to jump through a bunch of hoops.”  READ MORE

Paula White, Samuel Rodriguez, Mike Huckabee and Jentezen Franklin All Agree On This One Thing

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 05:38 AM PST

Paula White, Samuel Rodriguez, Mike Huckabee and Jentezen Franklin All Agree On This One ThingAfter news broke President Donald Trump would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there, evangelicals rushed to praise him. Here’s a sampling:

Gov. Mike Huckabee, honorary national chairman of My Faith Votes:

For over two decades American presidents have talked the good talk on Israel. But when it’s come to taking action, they’ve hesitated and kicked the can down the road instead of standing with our ally and recognizing its right to call Jerusalem its capital. Today, President Donald Trump did what his predecessors didn’t have the courage to do: recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. In so doing, he set two great examples for us—how to make good on promises and how to treat your friends. There is no brighter beacon of democracy in the Middle East than Israel, and President Trump’s announcement of Jerusalem as its capital reinforces—for the whole world to see—the truth that it has a right to exist. Christians in America should be proud that one of our closest allies, also the ancient homeland of our Judeo-Christian faith, exudes tolerance, steadiness and strength in a region too often marked by all the reliability of deserts full of shifting sand.

Dr. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas:
Jerusalem is and should be recognized as the capital of Israel. It is David’s capital, the site of the first and second temples, the focus of the historians’ accounts, the psalmists’ songs and the prophets’ visions. It is the place where Jesus, a Jew himself, was crucified and where he was resurrected. It is the place where he will set foot again on earth at his second coming.President Donald J. Trump has demonstrated true leadership today by recognizing Jerusalem as the legitimate capital of Israel. President Trump is a modern-day profile in courage, accomplishing what no other president has been willing to do. It took courage for President Harry S. Truman to recognize Israel as a nation in 1948, and it took courage for President Donald J. Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel today. He is a blessing not only to our nation but to Israel as well. Jerusalem has been the object of the affection of both Jews and Christians down through history and the touchstone of prophecy. But most importantly, God gave Jerusalem—and the rest of the Holy Land—to the Jewish people. CONTINUE

WAR DRUMS: China preparing to join forces with North Korea

Posted: 07 Dec 2017 05:34 AM PST

WAR DRUMS: China preparing to join forces with North KoreaChina has started preparing its military to support North Korea if World War 3 breaks out with the US, a military expert revealed. The People’s Liberation Army of China has been conducting military exercises on the Korean border in preparation for war breaking out between the US and North Korea. The fear of

war between the two countries has risen over the past several months after China’s neighbor carried out a number of illegal missile tests and threatened to target the US territory of Guam with a nuclear missile. Following the announcement regarding China’s new military drills, military expert Li Jie has given her verdict as to who the country would side within any future conflict. READ MORE


What is The Gospel?


Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.

Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).

C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).

If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!

JESUS IS HOLY

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).

As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)

God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless

If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.

JESUS IS LORD

Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.

Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


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December 7, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders are on the brink of achieving their top priority, centerpiece tax legislation, but only after a series of inaccurate claims and broken promises. Lawmakers have made — and then retracted — pledges that their planned overhaul bill wouldn’t raise taxes on any middle-class families. Trump and his top aides have said the changes won’t cut taxes for the highest earners, statements that are demonstrably false.

The Gaza Strip’s militant Hamas rulers called for a new uprising against President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, while protesters burned American flags and pictures of the U.S. leader in demonstrations across the West Bank.

Australia legalized same-sex marriage Thursday, paving the way for the first gay weddings to be held early next year and triggering jubilant celebrations at Parliament House.

President Donald Trump called on Saudi Arabia to immediately end a blockade of Yemen that is preventing people in the war-torn country from receiving essential supplies, a rare criticism of a key U.S. ally.

Citigroup Inc. expects to take a noncash charge to earnings of about $20 billion if the U.S. Senate’s version of the tax reform bill is enacted, Chief Financial Officer John Gerspach said. The hit to profit would mostly stem from the bank writing down its deferred tax assets in the period the bill is signed.

Bitcoin touched $15,000 for the first time on Thursday, extending its advance this month to more than 50 percent as concerns mounted the cryptocurrency’s rapid rise masks risks.

NiceHash, the marketplace for cloud-based mining of cryptocurrencies, said hackers breached its systems and stole an unknown amount of bitcoin from its virtual wallet. A wallet address circulated by NiceHash users shows that more than $60 million of bitcoins might be affected.

General Electric Co. plans to cut 12,000 jobs in its power business as the company’s new leaders look to slash costs and stabilize the beleaguered manufacturer.

Applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S. declined to a five-week low, consistent with a resilient labor market, Labor Department figures showed Thursday. Jobless claims decreased by 2k to 236k.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is getting Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi,” which sold last month at a Christie’s auction for $450 million, the most ever paid for a work of art. The New York Times reported that Saudi Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud was the buyer, citing documents it reviewed.

AP Top Stories

As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 83,000 acres had been charred by fires surrounding Los Angeles to the north and the east.

The most complete skeleton ever found of an australopithecus, a forerunner to modern man, went on display for the first time in Johannesburg on Wednesday following a 20-year process to excavate and assemble the 3.67 million-year-old remains.

Singapore Airlines changed a flight route between South Korea and the US earlier this year over fears about North Korean missile launches in the Asia-Pacific region, it has emerged.

Washington’s first priority in dealing with the war in Ukraine is to reach agreement on a UN peacekeeping force, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday.

A snake measuring more than 17 feet and bagged last week is the longest ever caught in Florida’s Python Elimination Program.

As North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs have become more adventurous, a worrying possibility has begun to emerge. There’s a chance that-at some point-the North Koreans might want to combine the two testing programs, by putting a live nuclear warhead on top of a ballistic missile. That means, assuming all goes as it should, the missile would fly downrange to its appointed target zone, and the warhead would detonate in the atmosphere.

A senior US official has cast doubt on the US team attending the Winter Olympics in South Korea, in comments which were described as “an insult” to Seoul.

BBC

The Chinese government has scaled back its ambitious plans to eradicate coal-fired heating for this winter amid shortage of gas. Beijing had ordered the nation’s northern provinces to convert from coal to cleaner fuel by the end of this year to reduce pollution. However, in many places the transition has not completed or gas supplies proved inadequate. Millions have reportedly been left without proper heating.

A dissident republican leader who plotted a bomb attack during Prince Charles’ visit to Ireland has been jailed for more than 11 years.

An Indian drone has “invaded China’s airspace and crashed” on its territory, Chinese state media said. The Indian army said the drone had been deployed on a training mission and developed a technical problem.

WND

A new survey by insurance firm Aviva found that 72 percent of 16 to 24-year-olds believe the term “snowflake” is unfairly applied to millennials. 74 percent of respondents took it a step farther, arguing that they believe the use of the label could have a negative effect on young people’s mental health.

Researchers recently discovered that menorahs prominently adorned Muslim coins and vessels during the early Islamic period 1,300 years ago. Relics inscribed with the Jewish symbol dating to the Umayyad dynasty during the seventh-eighth centuries were found at various archeological sites in Israel and are now being exhibited to the public.

The Czech Republic on Wednesday evening followed in the footsteps of U.S. President Donald Trump and said it recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.


The Briefing — Thursday, December 7, 2017

1) The significance of the U.S. recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Washington Post (David Nakamura) –
Trump recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel in reversal of longtime U.S. policy

2) How the marriage revolution in Austria reveals the comprehensive confusion of the sexual revolution

CNN (Nadine Schmidt and Hilary Clarke) –
Austrian court rules same-sex couples can marry from 2019

3) If religious liberty is for everyone, that would actually include Christians

WSJ (Luke W. Goodrich) –
Religious Freedom Is for Christians, Too


News – 12/7/2017

‘After Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration, Next Step Is Third Temple’
President Donald Trump’s epic proclamation on Wednesday acknowledging Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people was a major step towards establishing the Third Temple and bringing the Messianic era, said a number of Jewish activists working to rebuild the Holy Temple. “This necessarily had to come from a non-Jew in order to bring them into the process, so they will be able to take their part in the Temple.”

Netanyahu: More countries plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Netanyahu lauded Trump’s decision explaining that he had earned himself “an eternal role” in Jerusalem’s history and the annals of the Jewish people. Israel is talking with more countries about recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday. His announcement comes as the UN Security Council in New York prepares to hold a meeting in New York to discuss US President Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to officially recognize Jerusalem and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Thousands of Palestinians protest US Jerusalem move
Heeding Palestinian Authority calls for day of protests, Palestinians demonstrate in Jerusalem, major West Bank cities, and the Gaza border, coming out against US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

‘Over 10,000 texts’ between ex-Mueller team officials found, after discovery of anti-Trump messages
Department of Justice officials told Fox News they are in the process of going through the texts so they can hand them over to the House Intelligence Committee. Strzok, who was an FBI counterintelligence agent, had worked on the Mueller probe, but was reassigned to the FBI’s human resources division after the discovery of anti-Trump text messages with Page, with whom he was having an affair. Page was briefly on Mueller’s team, but since has returned to the FBI. The disclosure of those messages revived Republican concerns about the objectivity of Mueller’s probe.

Southern California wildfires force mass evacuations around Los Angeles
The relentless wind-whipped wildfires ravaging Southern California are expected to worsen Thursday, as dangerous winds are forecast to fan the flames in different directions and force new evacuations around the second-largest city in the U.S. Winds on Thursday topped 50 mph already in the greater Los Angeles area, keeping residents across the region wary as more than 200,000 people have been forced from their homes and nearly 200 homes and buildings have been destroyed since the fires broke out late Sunday.

Russia voices ‘serious concern’ at US Jerusalem move
Russia expressed “serious concern” Thursday over United States President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, saying the move threatened security in the region.

Under pressure, Democratic Senator Franken to address calls to step down
Democratic Senator Al Franken will announce his decision to remain in or resign from the U.S. Senate on Thursday after facing intense pressure from members of his own party to step down following allegations of sexual misconduct. Minnesota Public Radio, citing a Democratic official who had spoken to the senator and aides, reported Franken would resign.

Israel boosts troops following Trump announcement, Palestinian rage
Following an assessment by the general staff, the IDF has decided to reinforce troops in the West Bank ahead of expected riots following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. According to the IDF Spokesperson’s unit, the IDF will be reinforcing its West Bank division with extra battalions and intelligence collection and territorial defense resources.

UN Security Council to meet Friday to discuss Trump’s Jerusalem move
The United Nations Security Council will meet on Friday at the request of eight states on the 15-member body over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, diplomats said on Wednesday. The request for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to publicly brief the Security Council meeting was made by France, Bolivia, Egypt, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, Britain and Uruguay, said diplomats.

Australian parliament approves same-sex marriage
Same-sex marriage will become legal in Australia after a historic bill was passed in the House of Representatives. An overwhelming majority of MPs voted to change the Marriage Act, eight days after a similarly decisive result in the Senate. The vote set off immediate celebrations in parliament, prompting cheers, applause and even a song.

Russia election: Putin to run again for president
Russia’s Vladimir Putin has said he will seek another term as president in next year’s election. He made the announcement in a speech to workers at a car factory in the Volga city of Nizhny Novgorod. “I will put forward my candidacy for the post of president of the Russian federation,” he said. Mr Putin has been in power since 2000, either as president or prime minister. If he wins the March election he will be eligible to serve until 2024.

California fire burns Bel-Air mansions as spread continues
Residents of Los Angeles’ wealthy Bel-Air neighbourhood have found their homes under threat after another wildfire erupted in California. The so-called Skirball Fire destroyed several homes in the exclusive area, quickly spreading over 150 acres. It is the latest eruption of wildfire in the state, which has already seen widespread destruction from a series of uncontrolled blazes.

US House votes to expand concealed carry gun rights
The House of Representatives has voted to allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons between states, accomplishing a decades-long firearms lobby goal. The Republican-controlled chamber passed the bill by 231-198, in their first major gun legislation since a 2012 Connecticut school massacre. Republicans said the bill would allow gun owners to travel without having to worry about conflicting state laws.

North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable as China urges calm
Two American B-1B heavy bombers joined large-scale combat drills over South Korea on Thursday amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and U.S. threats have made the outbreak of war “an established fact”. The annual U.S.-South Korean “Vigilant Ace” exercises…come a week after North Korea tested its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to date which it says can reach the mainland United States.

Netanyahu sees ‘many’ nations following US move on Jerusalem
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday Israel is holding initial talks with other friendly nations in an effort to get them to follow US President Donald Trump’s lead in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “I would like to announce that we are already in contact with other countries which will issue a similar recognition,” Netanyahu said in a speech at the Foreign Ministry without naming any of these countries.

REPORT: Barack Obama Blocked Deportation of 550,000 Illegal Aliens
U.S. immigration officials have revealed that their current backlog of deportations is 550,000 after illegal aliens were granted temporary amnesty by former President Obama.

LOL: Prince Charles declares “let’s remember Mohammed on Christmas”
Is Prince Charles willfully blind? Or evil?  While speaking on the British radio show “Thought for the Day,” the future King of Britain, Prince Charles, said that Christians should be more mindful of Islam and Muhammad during the holidays.

Study: 80% Of Babies In The US Are Born Addicted to ‘Big Pharma’ Painkillers
Shocking new figures have revealed 80% of newborn babies born in the US are dependent on ‘Big Pharma sponsored’ painkillers, with the first days of their life consisting of intense drug withdrawals.

Jennifer Lawrence: ‘Our Lord Satan Will Destroy Donald Trump’
…As the group laughed in agreement, she continued with the rant: “And what’s with all this nativity, Jesus bullsh*t in the White House all of a sudden?”That’s not our Lord.”Trump is not one of us.”I’m looking forward to watching Satan destroy that guy.”

Tidalgate: Climate Alarmists Caught Faking Sea Level Rise
Alarmist scientists have been caught red-handed tampering with raw data in order to exaggerate sea level rise.

Update: House Rejects Dem Vote On Trump Impeachment
Update: The House of Representatives has just rejected the Democrats’ resolution to impeach President Trump in a staggering 364-58 vote. The original article detailing the upcoming vote appears below.

Obama thanks himself in speech in which he takes credit for economic growth under Trump
Former President Barack Obama thanked himself in a speech Tuesday in which he took credit for American economic growth occurring under Republican President Donald Trump. Obama told an adoring crowd at a Chicago climate summit that despite “resistance at every step of the way,” his administration’s efforts to fight climate change resulted in a better economy.

Halal Slaughtermen Charged With ‘Systematic’ Animal Abuse
…The case was based on “significant and systemic” breaches of animal welfare rules, alleged Howard Shaw for the prosecution, the Northern Echo reports. Animal activists looked on from the public gallery in horror as the extensive list of cruelty charges were read out. The men worked at the Bowood Yorkshire Lamb slaughterhouse, which was secretly filmed by the animal rights group Animal Aid last year.

The Deep State Plot to Conquer America Is On Full Display
In the previous parts of this series, it was established that the Bundy’s judge, Gloria Navarro, was running interfernce for Obama and protecting Harry Reid. Her illegal conduct and unconstitutional behavior in the trial, served to direct attention away from the use of rancher’s land, like the Bundy land, in which uranium was being extracted and sold to the Russians in the now labeled “Uranium One” scandal in which the Clinton Foundation was profiteering from treason against the people of the United States. History will judge the Uranium One scandal to be the biggest scandal in the history of the United States.

Pope Francis Forced To Handover Pedophile Priests In Child Abuse Crackdown
Pope Francis has been forced to hand over all the remaining ‘pedophile priests’ in the Vatican to the police as part of a “major crackdown” on the child abuse epidemic in the Catholic church.

Nun Broke Child’s Arm for Reporting Sexual Abuse by Pedophile Priest
An 8-year-old child had her arm broken by a nun in a violent attack after trying to report that she was being sexually abused by a Catholic priest, a court has heard.

Bishop Slams Migrant Dinghy Nativity
…Vecchi did not take issue with the inclusion of a boat or other symbols of the migrant crisis, but said that replacing the manger with a migrant dinghy robbed the nativity of the focus on the universality of Christ’s salvation.

Will GOP Congress Fund ‘Humanized Mice’ Made From Aborted-Baby Organs?
…A chart in the summary indicated this mouse was constructed with “(h)uman fetal liver and thymus (20-24 g.w.).” In other words, it was “humanized” with organs taken from babies five to six months after conception. “A single donor (one baby) provides sufficient tissue to implant 50-60 mice,” said the summary.

Sweden: Migration responsible for 300% increase in HIV cases
The number of HIV-related illness in Sweden has grown from 1,684 in 2006 to 6,273 in 2016. That’s an increase of almost 300%. According to Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Authority, this can be explained by migrant flows from countries where HIV is a major problem. “There are more and more people living with HIV, because you no longer die of AIDS,” he said.

Mid-Day Snapshot

Dec. 7, 2017

National Reciprocity: Apocalypse Now?

The House passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which Pelosi warns will cost lives.

The Foundation

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” —Cesare Beccaria


ZeroHedge Frontrunning: December 7

  • Hamas calls for Palestinian uprising (Read More)
  • Arabs, Europe, U.N. reject Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital (Read More)
  • Trump Jr. Refuses to Discuss Father-Son Talk With Investigators (Read More)
  • L.A. Fires Halt Filming, Menace Crops, Send Edison Plunging  (Read More)
  • North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable as China urges calm (Read More)
  • Goldman, BlackRock, and Blackstone: Will They Still Rule Wall Street in 10 Years? (Read More)
  • Bitcoin Soars Through $15,000, Up More Than 50% This Month  (Read More)
  • Uber paid 20-year-old Florida man to keep data breach secret (Read More)
  • Family Businesses Worry the Tax Overhaul Will Hurt Them (Read More)
  • Trump’s Middle-Class Tax Pledges Go Unfulfilled in Senate Bill (Read More)
  • China’s Sinopec sues Venezuela in sign of fraying relations (Read More)
  • Wall Street Tells Frackers to Focus on Profits, Not Output (Read More)
  • Kaspersky to Close Washington Office But Expand Non-State Sales (Read More)
  • Commodities Crumble Again on China Alarm Bells (Read More)
  • German SPD leader takes aim at U.S. tech giants (Read More)
  • They Gave Her a $3.8 Million Bonus—and Then the Boot (Read More)
  • Tillerson holds tough line on Russia sanctions over Ukraine (Read More)

Headlines – 12/7/2017

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, starts embassy move

After Jerusalem recognition, Trump signs waiver delaying embassy move

Text of Trump’s official proclamation of Jerusalem as capital of Israel

Push by evangelicals helped set stage for Trump decision on Jerusalem

Christian Leaders Warned Trump Against Recognizing Jerusalem As Israeli Capital

Pope Francis Implores Trump To Respect ‘Status Quo’ On Jerusalem

If I recognize thee, O Jerusalem: What Trump’s move means for the region

Trump Move on Jerusalem Stings Shekel on Concerns About Regional Violence

Mexico says will keep its embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv

Czech Republic recognizes pre-1967 Jerusalem as capital of Israel – Moving embassy from Tel Aviv will only be done after negotiations with regional and global powers

Netanyahu sees ‘many’ nations following US move on Jerusalem

Jerusalem for Dummies: Why the World Doesn’t Recognize It as Israel’s Capital

The Conflict in Jerusalem Is Distinctly Modern. Here’s the History.

Syrian president says Jerusalem to be Palestinian capital

Erekat: No Palestinian state without Jerusalem

Abbas: Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the State of Palestine

While endorsing Israeli Jerusalem, Trump doesn’t rule out any of Abbas’s demands

Netanyahu says Trump ‘bound himself forever’ with Jerusalem’s history

PM, ahead of US Jerusalem move, hails ‘important expression’ of Israeli identity

Netanyahu calls Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital ‘an important step towards peace’

Trump’s Move Frees Palestinians to Focus on Peace, Not Jerusalem

Abbas says Trump’s Jerusalem decision ends historic US role as peace broker

Arab, Muslim leaders slam Trump for destroying peace efforts

In battle against Jerusalem recognition, Palestinians united by Al-Aqsa

As Palestinians fume over Trump’s acknowledgement of Israeli capital, Ramallah encourages teachers and pupils to rally in protest

Palestinians switch off Christmas lights in Bethlehem in anti-Trump protest

Abbas warns of ‘wars without end’ following US Jerusalem declaration

Hamas says Trump’s Jerusalem decision ‘opens the gates of hell’

Hamas head urges new intifada as Palestinians rage against Trump move

Tunisian labor union says Jerusalem decision a ‘declaration of war,’ calls for protests

Prince Hassan of Jordan: Donald Trump’s Jerusalem Move Plays Politics With International Law – and Our Lives

Jordan’s king warns: ‘denying Islamic rights in Jerusalem will lead to violence’

Iraq demands that US backtrack about Jerusalem

Turkey’s Erdogan: Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem Throws Region Into ‘Ring of Fire’

Saudi Arabia describes Jerusalem decision as irresponsible and unjustified

Iran ‘will not tolerate’ Trump Jerusalem ‘violation’: Rouhani

Iran warns of ‘intifada’ against Israel

Pro-Iran Iraqi militia says Jerusalem decision could make US troops a target

Pro-Hezbollah newspaper declares ‘Death to America’

Trump move on Jerusalem highlights Arab divisions

Palestinian, Muslim Rage Over Trump Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital Will Be Short-Lived, Senior Former White House Official Predicts

Trump suggests previous presidents lacked courage for Jerusalem policy shift

State, Defense and CIA chiefs all opposed Jerusalem declaration, CNN says

US asks Israel to ‘restrain’ response to Jerusalem announcement

Global leaders regret, reject Trump recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Following Trump’s declaration, EU doubles down on Jerusalem policy

Secretary-General takes swipe at Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as UN calls for emergency meeting

Turkey’s Erdogan says US decision on Jerusalem disregards United Nations

Turkish FM: Announcing Jerusalem is Israel’s capital doesn’t make it so

IDF deploying reinforcements in West Bank after Trump Jerusalem speech

IDF Launches Surprise Military Drill in Northern Israel

U.S. Says 2,000 Troops Are in Syria, a Fourfold Increase

France says Syrian government obstructing peace talks

UN urges ‘humanitarian pause’ for Yemen

Trump asks Saudis to lift blockade of Yemen for humanitarian aid

Vandal who left bacon inside mosque gets 15 years in prison

Chinese air force holds drills in ‘new routes and areas’ near Korean peninsula

Impressive photos of the US and South Korea’s massive air drills that should have North Korea on edge

F-35s could assist in intercepting North Korean ICBMs, experiment shows: report

North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable on Korean peninsula

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he’ll seek re-election

House rejects Trump impeachment resolution after Dem Rep. Al Green forces vote

Trump: Government shutdown ‘could happen’ Saturday

Socialism, Capitalism Seen in New Light by Younger Americans

California Bill in the Works to Banish Gasoline Cars by 2040

5.5 magnitude earthquake htis near Luwuk, Indonesia

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Khuzdar, Pakistan

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Thang, India

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Pipalkoti, India

Seismologists worried by tremors in DR Congo

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

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

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft

California faces worst-ever Santa Ana wind risk

Wildfires are turning Southern California into embers and ash

California Fires Enter the Heart of Los Angeles

Southern California wildfires force mass evacuations in Los Angeles

Genetic tool that can doom a species under UN review

Flu cases double last year’s total, CDC says

New 3D Printed Organ Models Don’t Just Look Like Real Organs, They Feel and React Like Them Too

Will GOP Congress Fund ‘Humanized Mice’ Made From Aborted-Baby Organs?

Sweden: Migration responsible for 300% increase in HIV cases

World AIDS chief warns of risk for Africa’s child brides

Same-sex marriage legalised in Australia as Parliament passes historic law

Clerk Kim Davis denied his right to marry another man. Now he’s going to run for her office.

Seven female Democratic senators call on Al Franken to resign over sexual misconduct accusations

A Democratic Chorus Rises in the Senate: ‘Franken Should Resign’

Michelle Lesley – A Pox Upon Our House: Three Chronic Diseases Plaguing Women’s Ministry

Mike Gendron – Guarding the Gospel With Discernment

Infallible prophets? – A Look at the CGI Apostolic Network

Catholic Idolatry Alert: St. Francis Xavier’s forearm set for cross-country tour, will get its own seat on Air Canada

Evangelical vs. Born Again: A Survey of What Americans Say and Believe Beyond Politics

Bill Lenz, Pastor Who Dedicated Ministry to Suicide Prevention, Takes Own Life

Award-Winning Actors to Star in Film Based on Life of Controversial Bishop Carlton Pearson

Illinois Boy Who Identifies as Girl Sues to Use Girls’ Locker Room to Change for Gym Class

Rallying Cry of Jerusalem May Have Lost Force in Arab World
Very good analysis of the new realities in the Middle East

PROPHETIC UPDATE: Trump declares Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel!

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 07:18 PM PST

PROPHETIC UPDATE: Trump declares Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel!(By Ricky Scaparo) In this message, we update you on the latest developments regarding the recent recognition of Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel from US President Trump.

Hamas warns Trump has opened ‘the gates of hell’ and calls for ‘day of rage’

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 07:09 PM PST

Hamas warns Trump has opened ‘the gates of hell’ and calls for ‘day of rage’Hamas has said US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the decision to move the US embassy there, “opens the gates of hell”.  “Trump’s decision on Jerusalem will not succeed in changing the fact that Jerusalem is an Arab Muslim land,” a spokesperson for the militant group running Gaza noted.

The group has also repeatedly called for a Palestinian “day of rage” on 8 December as well. “The youth and the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank need to respond with all means available to the US decision that harms our Jerusalem,” the statement read. Hamas called the decision about the city – home to holy sites for Jews, Muslims, and Christians – “a red line”. The statement was unequivocal: “The resistance will not allow any desecration of it.” READ MORE

Trump And Israel Are Linked By The Number 7 Over And Over Again

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 06:57 PM PST

Trump And Israel Are Linked By The Number 7 Over And Over Again(By Michael Snyder) On Wednesday, President Trump announced that the United States is formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy to the holy city.  This move sent shockwaves around the world, and it is likely that we could see widespread violence erupt in the Middle East.  But what most people don’t realize is that the timing of this announcement was extremely significant.  As you will see below, this came on the exact date on the Hebrew calendar when the Partition Plan for Palestine was adopted 70 years ago, and it is yet another example of how Trump

and Israel are linked by the number “7” over and over again.  Let’s take this one step at a time.  The modern state of Israel was born on May 14th, 1948 and U.S. President Harry Truman formally recognized the new nation on that same day.So 2018 is Israel’s 70th birthday, and many believe that it was not a coincidence that Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel just  prior to this very important anniversary.  In fact, the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem should be ready to open by the time May 14th rolls around. MORE

North Korea warns U.S. threats make war “unavoidable” on Korean peninsula

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 06:52 PM PST

North Korea warns U.S. threats make war “unavoidable” on Korean peninsulaLarge military drills being carried out by the United States and South Korea and U.S. threats of a preemptive war against Pyongyang have made the outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula “an established fact”, North Korea’s foreign ministry said.  A spokesman for the North’s foreign ministry also blamed “confrontational warmongering” remarks by U.S. officials for pushing the peninsula to the brink of war.

“The remaining question now is: when will the war break out?” the spokesman said late on Wednesday in a statement carried by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency. “We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it,” he said. Tensions on the Korean peninsula have risen markedly in recent months after North Korea’s latest missile and nuclear tests, conducted in defiance of international pressure and United Nations resolutions. READ MORE

U.S. Troops Put On High Alert After President Trump’s Embassy Announcement

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 12:29 PM PST

U.S. Troops Put On High Alert After President Trump’s Embassy AnnouncementThe U.S. military is on high alert and has deployed additional troops throughout the Middle East ahead of President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s official capital and ordering the U.S. Embassy to relocate there from Tel Aviv. Pentagon officials tell CBN News the official word is, “The United States military is always postured to handle any threat, in

particular to our embassy’s in the middle east.” U.S. Central Command is responsible for American military activities throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. It tells CBN News, a “contingency plan is in place.” Sources say members of the U.S. Marine Corps, Fleet Antiterrorism Security Teams, or FAST Companies, are in place around U.S. embassy’s in the middle east to provide additional security at American embassies. READ MORE

‘Biblical Timing of Absolute Precision:’ John Hagee Praises Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 12:16 PM PST

‘Biblical Timing of Absolute Precision:’ John Hagee Praises Trump’s Jerusalem DecisionBefore President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced the U.S. Embassy in Israel would be moving there, pastor and New York Times best-selling author John Hagee joined CBN News’ Faith Nation program today for analysis on the Jewish State. He discussed why Israel is important to Christians, as well as what’s behind the Trump administration’s support of the Holy Land. Hagee is the founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel. “What President Trump is

doing is one of the most courageous political things that’s been done in Washington in a long time,” Hagee, who is also the senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, told CBN News.”Many presidents have promised to move the embassy and declare Jerusalem as the eternal capital, but they have promised without performing,” he continued. READ MORE

HOUSE DIVIDED: 58 House Dems Vote To Impeach Trump…

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 12:11 PM PST

HOUSE DIVIDED: 58 House Dems Vote To Impeach Trump…The House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected an attempt to impeach President Trump after a liberal Texas congressman forced a vote on his effort.  Democratic Rep. Al Green, who has repeatedly called for the president’s removal, introduced two articles of impeachment against Trump on Wednesday.  But lawmakers immediately voted to effectively kill his resolution, with 364 voting to table it and 58 Democrats voting to move ahead.  In a dramatic speech on the floor ahead of the vote, Green

called Trump “unfit” for office and accused him of “high misdemeanors.” The symbolic vote had been expected to fail in the Republican-controlled House. It put some lawmakers in competitive districts in a tough spot by forcing them on the record about impeachment. Lawmakers did not actually vote on the actual articles of impeachment, but on a procedural measure that would have led to a vote on them. “As I have said before, this is not about Democrats, it is about democracy,” Green wrote in a memo to his colleagues. “It is not about Republicans, it is about the fate of our Republic. READ MORE

HISTORY MADE! President Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, to move embassy from Tel Aviv

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 11:15 AM PST

HISTORY MADE! President Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, to move embassy from Tel AvivPresident Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying it’s time to “acknowledge the obvious” as he ordered the State Department to begin moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the president said during a speech in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. The move fulfills a campaign promise made to religious conservatives. But it could also inflame tensions across the Middle East.

“This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality,” Trump said. “It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.” Trump acknowledged the opposition from other countries in the Middle East to his decision, saying Vice President Mike Pence will be “traveling to the region” in the coming days. “There will of course be disagreement and dissent regarding this announcement,” Trump said. “But we are confident that ultimately, as we work through these disagreements, we will arrive at a peace and place far greater in understanding and cooperation.” READ MORE

Unrelenting California wildfire threatens thousands of homes

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 07:43 AM PST

Unrelenting California wildfire threatens thousands of homesAn unrelenting wildfire fanned by hot, dry Santa Ana winds threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, California, on Wednesday, forcing thousands of people to race for safety.  The fire, dubbed the Thomas Fire, raged in the foothills above and in the city of Ventura some 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, fire officials said late on Tuesday, a day after it began. It had charred more than 50,000

acres, they said. “We are still in the middle of an aggressive and active firefight on the ground,” said Robert Welsbie, spokesman for the Ventura Fire Department. “If the winds pick up, we will face quite a challenge.” The fire, which was zero percent contained, was being whipped by unpredictable Santa Ana winds, which blow in from the California desert. Wind gusts were forecast to top out at 70 miles per hour (115 km per hour) on Wednesday and remain strong through the week. READ MORE

MYSTERY? Double Sonic Boom heard over Area 51…

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 07:11 AM PST

MYSTERY? Double Sonic Boom heard over Area 51…UFO hunters believe footage of a double sonic boom being heard over Area 51 is proof that the US government is hiding something within the classified location.  In the clip, F-22 fighter jets can be seen flying over the infamous airspace. The stealth planes leave strange trails as they cut through the Nevada skies at speeds of up to 1,500mph. Then, as one accelerates away, a frighteningly loud double booming sound can be heard. The video was posted on YouTube channel UFO Seekers on Sunday and has racked

up over 40,000 hits already. One viewer suggested that these fighter jets are a distraction from the real testing within the site. And they even added that the boom may not have come from the planes. They said “I think the regular fighter jets, F22’s etc, were there as a distraction, to cover for the real testing of experimental hypersonic aircraft. “The burst of flame you captured is possible evidence of some type of Scram/Ram Jet type technology, maybe the cause of the double sonic boom?” READ MORE

Upcoming Cycle of New Year Supermoons Ends With Super Blue Blood Moon

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 05:06 AM PST

Upcoming Cycle of New Year Supermoons Ends With Super Blue Blood MoonA series of three supermoons began on Sunday and will end with a super Blue Blood Moon on January 31, giving what one rabbi explained is a triple-dose of divine judgement to “the haters of Israel” as the secular New Year comes in.  A supermoon occurs when the moon is at the part of its elliptical orbit that brings it closer to Earth, appearing up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than when it is viewed at its furthest point. On Sunday, December 2nd, a supermoon was visible over the United States, and two more supermoons are expected over the course of the beginning of the new year.  The upcoming

supermoon on the night of January 1st will mark when the moon at its closest point this year and will be the largest of the three supermoons.  The final supermoon of the trio will arrive on January 31. It is also a ‘Blue Moon’, so called because it is the second full moon in a single calendar month. On average, Blue Moons happen every two and a half years. That supermoon will also feature a total lunar eclipse, with totality viewable during moonset from western North America across the Pacific to Eastern Asia.  The moon’s appearance will change during the eclipse, gradually getting darker and taking on a rusty or blood red color, making the astronomical spectacle a super Blue ‘Blood Moon.’  READ MORE

 

Turkey Calls For Emergency Summit Meeting After Israel Announcement

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 04:57 AM PST

Turkey Calls For Emergency Summit Meeting After Israel AnnouncementTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is calling a summit of the main pan-Islamic body in Istanbul on December 13 to discuss the expected US move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, his spokesman said on Wednesday. “In the face of developments that arouse sensitivity over the status of Jerusalem, Mr President is calling a leaders’ summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in order to display joint action among Islamic countries,” presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told

reporters in Ankara. He said the summit meeting would take place on December 13. There was no immediate confirmation from Muslim leaders if they would come. Turkey currently holds the chairmanship of the OIC. The recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the moving of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — expected to be announced by President Donald Trump later Wednesday — would be a “grave mistake” against international agreements, Kalin warned. READ MORE

Potential War With North Korea Could Result In “Astronomical Loss Of Life”

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 04:52 AM PST

Potential War With North Korea Could Result In “Astronomical Loss Of Life”Buried somewhere between the latest Washington sex scandals and stern-faced journalists asking about Russian “collusion” in last year’s election is the very real possibility that the U.S. could be heading toward war with a nuclear-armed North Korea. It’s the war nobody seems to want to talk about, let alone fight. But there may not be any viable options to avoid getting into a real live shooting war with North Korea and its brassy, baby-faced dictator. With each new ballistic test, Kim Jong-Un seems to gain a level of credibility to back up his seemingly insane threats against a world superpower no longer headed not by the appeasement-driven Barack Obama but a far more unpredictable Donald Trump. On Nov. 28

the communist state successfully tested a long-range missile launch that could reach any point within the continental United States, including Washington, D.C. Japan announced it will be upgrading its missile defense systems in 2018 to compensate for North Korea’s improved missile technology. Nikkei Asian Review reported that many analysts believe Japan’s current system could have trouble dealing with high-powered missiles launched at a more lofted trajectory, a method that sacrifices range for height and a speedy descent. READ MORE

POWDER KEG – US Recognition Of Jerusalem Is ‘Declaring War”

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 04:41 AM PST

POWDER KEG – US Recognition Of Jerusalem Is ‘Declaring War”US President Donald Trump would effectively be making a declaration of war if he recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Palestinians’ chief representative to Britain said on Wednesday. “If he says what he is intending to say about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, it means a kiss of death to the two-state solution,” Manuel Hassassian said in a BBC radio interview. “He is declaring war in the Middle

East, he is declaring war against 1.5 billion Muslims (and) hundreds of millions of Christians that are not going to accept the holy shrines to be totally under the hegemony of Israel,” Hassassian added. Senior US officials said on Tuesday that Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday and set in motion the relocation of the US embassy to the city. READ MORE

Netanyahu Warns ‘We Have To Act Now Against Iran’!

Posted: 06 Dec 2017 04:37 AM PST

Netanyahu Warns ‘We Have To Act Now Against Iran’!Israel won’t allow Iran to establish a military base in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he called on the world to halt Iran’s development of ballistic missiles, nuclear power and its support of global terrorism.  “We have to act now against Iran,” Netanyahu said on Wednesday afternoon at the

Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference. These comments come the same week that Israeli forces allegedly executed two air strikes against Syria, including one on an Iranian military base and the other on a Syrian military research center.  “We will not let them establish themselves in Syria,” Netanyahu said. “We mean what we say and we say what we mean,” he added.  READ MORE

Rabbi Warns Rare 9-Hour Rainbow in Taiwan ‘Sign of Our Dangerous Times’

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 07:35 PM PST

Rabbi Warns Rare 9-Hour Rainbow in Taiwan ‘Sign of Our Dangerous Times’A new record was set last Thursday when two scientists in Taiwan recorded a rainbow that lasted an incredible nine hours.  Chou Kun-hsuan and Liu Ching-huang, both professors in the Department of Atmospheric Science at the Chinese Culture University, were observing a rainbow for their studies last week when gradually, they realized that something very unusual was going on. Rainbows typically last much less than an hour, so they were shocked when the colorful phenomenon they were watching so carefully failed to dissipate. According to Chou, the rainbow started at 6:57 AM and lasted until 3:55 PM,

or 8 hours and 58 minutes. If confirmed, this will shatter the previous record set in Wetherby in Yorkshire, United Kingdom on March 14, 1994, which was recorded as lasting from 9 AM to 3 PM, or 6 hours. Rainbows are a powerful symbol in the Torah, the postdiluvian sign of God’s promise to Noah that He would never again destroy the world through flooding. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between Hashem and all living creatures, all flesh that is on earth. Genesis 9:16. READ MORE

 

Imports From China Hit Record High As U.S. Trade Deficit Continues To Explode

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 07:23 PM PST

Imports From China Hit Record High As U.S. Trade Deficit Continues To Explode(By Michael Snyder) It should upset you that virtually everything stocking the shelves of our major retailers seems to have been made somewhere else.  As a nation, we are consuming far more wealth than we are producing, and that is a recipe for national economic suicide.  This week we learned that imports from China hit an all-time record high in October, and that was one of the primary reasons why our trade deficit hit a staggering 48.7 billion dollars during that month.  Year after year we buy far more stuff from the rest of the world than they buy from us, and this is systematically impoverishing us.  Let me put this another way.

The amount of money that leaves our country each month is far greater than the amount of money that comes into it.  When you grasp this concept, it becomes easy to understand why major exporting nations such as China have become so wealthy, and why we are drowning in debt. Sadly, most Americans don’t understand the trade deficit, and so they don’t understand how important news like this really is.  The following comes from Bloomberg… The U.S. trade deficit widened in October to a nine-month high on record imports that reflect steady domestic demand, Commerce Department data showed Tuesday. CONTINUE

WAR DRUMS: U.S. B-1B bombers to fly over Korea in joint exercise

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 07:10 PM PST

WAR DRUMS: U.S. B-1B bombers to fly over Korea in joint exerciseThe United States will deploy B-1B Lancer strategic bomber aircraft to Korea on Wednesday as part of a combined air combat training, a defense source said. The long-range, multi-mission supersonic bombers, based in Guam, plan to conduct bombing drills together with South Korea’s fighter jets. The

source would not specify the number of B-1Bs to come here and the exact schedule of their sortie. The U.S. usually sends two B-1Bs to the peninsula either in the wake of North Korea’s provocations in a show of force or on routine flight training missions. A pair of B-1Bs have deployed to South Korea in early November days ahead of President Donald Trump’s regional trip. READ MORE

United States Faces Nightmare Flu Season..Vaccine Only 10% Effective

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 07:02 PM PST

United States Faces Nightmare Flu Season..Vaccine Only 10% Effective

America is set to endure one of the most perilous flu seasons in years – with doctors warning it could be similar to the deadly 2014 outbreak.   It is becoming increasingly clear that the US will be hit by a particular strain of influenza called H3N2, the same strain which has just wreaked havoc in Australia, and was responsible for the four most deadly flu seasons in the last 10 years.  Early assessments suggest

the current vaccine – which was produced in spring after scientists made an educated guess at what strain to expect – will be just 10 percent effective.  While some seasons don’t kick off until February, we are already seeing a surge in people hospitalized with influenza-like symptoms – at a rate even faster and earlier than we saw in 2014.  ‘I’m anticipating this being a bad flu year,’ infectious diseases specialist Dr Pritish Tosh, of the Mayo Clinic, told Daily Mail Online.  READ MORE

 

Islamist suicide plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May foiled

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 06:54 PM PST

Islamist suicide plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May foiledA terror plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May has been foiled, Sky sources have confirmed. Sky’s Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said: “It’s the latest in a number of terror plots that police and MI5 believe they’ve foiled this year. “I understand that the head of MI5, Andrew Parker, briefed Cabinet ministers today, such is the seriousness of what they believed they have uncovered. “It is in essence an

extreme Islamist suicide plot against Downing Street. Essentially police believe that the plan was to launch some sort of improvised explosive device at Downing Street and in the ensuing chaos attack and kill Theresa May, the Prime Minister. “This is something which has been pursued over several weeks at least by Scotland Yard, MI5 and West Midlands Police. “It came to a head last week with the arrest of two men, by armed police, who were charged with preparing acts of terrorism.” FULL REPORT

BREAKING NEWS: Trump to forge ahead with relocating US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 06:34 PM PST

BREAKING NEWS: Trump to forge ahead with relocating US Embassy in Israel to JerusalemPresident Trump on Wednesday will order the State Department to begin moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, senior administration officials said, a move that fulfills a campaign promise made to religious conservatives but one that could inflame tensions across the Middle East. In his announcement, Trump will say that the U.S. government recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. One official described it as an “honest” acknowledgment of a “seven-decade-old fact.” “While

President Trump recognizes that the status of Jerusalem is a highly sensitive issue, he does not think it will be resolved by ignoring the simple truth that Jerusalem is home to Israel’s legislature, its Supreme Court, the prime minister and is such the capital of Israel,” one official said. The U.S. would be the first country to move its embassy to Jerusalem, which is claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians. Other countries who have diplomatic relations with Israel keep their embassies in Tel Aviv. READ MORE

Trump’s Jerusalem endorsement may include two-state support

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 06:28 PM PST

Trump’s Jerusalem endorsement may include two-state supportEndorsement of a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could follow US President Donald Trump pending announcement that he is relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, three US officials said in a late night briefing to the media on Tuesday.  They spoke in advance of Trump’s expected Wednesday afternoon speech, in which he plans to overturn almost 70

years of US policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.  “US policy is going, to be honest about the fact, a seven-decade-old fact, that Jerusalem is [Israel’s] capital and bring US policy fundamentally in-line with that fact,” the officials said. To underscore that new policy understanding Trump will also direct the State Department to create a plan relocate the embassy to a site in Jerusalem, the officials said, adding that it could take at least four years to execute the move. READ MORE


What is The Gospel?


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

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The U.S. deployed a B-1B Lancer bomber to the Korean peninsula Wednesday as part of a joint exercise with South Korea involving 230 warplanes.

Russia held back from immediate retaliation over the International Olympic Committee’s ban on its team from the 2018 Winter Games for doping, even as it cast the punishment as part of a campaign to isolate the country.

President Vladimir Putin, who’s ruled Russia for 18 years, announced he will seek a new six-year term in March. Constitutional limits mean it’s likely to be his last.

Almost a million people fled violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the first half of the year, outpacing conflict zones including Syria and Yemen, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre said.

The U.S. would be ready to talk with North Korea if it renounced further nuclear or missile tests and followed through on the pledge, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad said.

China “unequivocally rejects protectionism” and will seek to safeguard the global trading system, a top Communist Party official told visiting executives at an economic development forum.

An official Chinese newspaper near North Korea has published a page of articles on coping with nuclear attacks, in a sign of growing anxiety over Kim Jong Un’s weapons program.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May was the target of an assassination attempt by Islamist militants that was broken up last week with the arrests of two men, Sky News reported.

A California lawmaker wants to put the state alongside China, France and the U.K. and have its legislature consider a ban on vehicles powered by fossil fuels starting in 2040.

AP Top Stories

United States officials say that Trump will announce that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital Israel.

“The Silence Breakers” behind the #MeToo movement have been named as Person of the Year by Time magazine.

Doctors treating the U.S. Embassy victims of mysterious, invisible attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain the hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned.

The deficit will hit $1.05 trillion in 2019 and $1.1 trillion in 2020, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, if Congress passes the tax cut legislation it’s currently negotiating, along with disaster relief and other measures meant to avert arbitrary limits on spending established several years ago.

The International Committee of the Red Cross on Tuesday appealed for “bold measures” to provide life-saving care to civilians in Yemen after an “unprecedented” escalation of fighting in recent days. More than 230 people have been killed and at least 400 wounded in nearly a week of fighting in the Yemeni capital, now under the control of Huthi rebels.

The US Justice Department announced Tuesday that it is reviewing the legality of “bump stocks,” two months after a man shot down 58 concert-goers from a Las Vegas hotel window using the devices.

Saudi Arabia called on Tuesday for a Yemen free of “militias supported by Iran”, in its first official statement since rebels killed their erstwhile ally former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Israel’s submarine corps is a tiny force with a big open secret: in all likelihood, it is armed with nuclear weapons. The five Dolphin-class submarines represent an ace in the hole for Israel, the ultimate guarantor of the country’s security, ensuring that if attacked with nukes, the tiny nation can strike back in kind.

The US military plans on staying in Syria as long as necessary to ensure the Islamic State group not return, a Pentagon official told AFP on Tuesday, as the fight against the jihadists winds

U.S. worker productivity rose 3 percent in the third quarter, the best showing in three years, while labor costs fell for a second straight quarter.

BBC

Conflict has forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, causing “a mega-crisis”, aid agencies said.

The end of the era of throwaway plastic has been signaled by UN environment ministers meeting in Kenya. They signed off a document stating that the flow of plastic into the ocean must be stopped.

Seventeen million babies under the age of one are breathing toxic air, putting their brain development at risk, the UN children’s agency has warned. Babies in South Asia were worst affected, with more than 12 million living in areas with pollution six times higher than safe levels.

The number of homeless people in the United States has increased for the first time since 2010.

The number of arrests made at the US border has dropped to a 46-year low, according to figures released by the Trump administration.

Most of those detained in a sweeping anti-corruption drive in Saudi Arabia have agreed settlements with the authorities in exchange for a pardon, the attorney general said. Prominent figures, including princes, ministers and businessmen, were taken into custody last month.

WND

A new Harvard University poll Tuesday is blaring a loud danger signal to the Republican Party after finding that millennials are now the largest generation of voters and they are overwhelmingly Democratic, by a two-to-one margin.

The Pentagon revealing this week it is taking steps “to be prepared to accept transgender recruits on Jan. 1”?


The Briefing — Wednesday, December 6, 2017

1) Will Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2018 agree with Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2015?

Washington Post (Robert Barnes Ann Marimow) –
Supreme Court seems divided in case of baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple

New York Times (Adam Liptak) –
Justices Sharply Divided in Wedding Cake Case

2) What Facebook targeting children age 13 and under means for kids and their parents

New York Times (Mike Isaac and Natasha Singer) –
New Facebook App for Children Ignites Debate Among Families

3) A morality tale for our times as Russia is banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics

New York Times (Rebecca Ruiz and Tariq Panja) –
Russia Banned from Winter Olympics by I.O.C.

New York Times (Christopher Clarey) –
Russian Doping: The Case for Barring Russia Entirely


News – 12/6/2017

With Historic Announcement, President Trump Will Declare End to Jerusalem’s 70-Year Exile
After a Biblically significant 70-year gap since an American president first recognized the state of Israel, White House sources announced on Wednesday that President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and that the US State Department will begin making plans to move its embassy from Tel Aviv. “On December 6, 2017, President Trump will recognize that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” White House officials announced to the media. “While President Trump recognizes that the status of Jerusalem is a highly sensitive issue, he does not think it will be resolved by ignoring the truth that Jerusalem is home to Israel’s legislature, its Supreme Court, the Prime Minister’s residence, and as such, it is the capital of Israel,” one of the officials said.

Pope Francis defends Jerusalem ‘status quo’
“I cannot silence my deep concern over the situation that has emerged in recent days. At the same time, I appeal strongly for all to respect the city’s status quo, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions,” the pope said in his weekly address.

Retired CIA Agent Working With Blackwater Founder Claims H.R. McMaster Approved NSA Spy Job On Trump Family
A retired CIA officer reportedly working with Blackwater founder Erik Prince to pitch the White House on a global, private spy network which as we reported yesterday would allow the White House to circumvent and counter “deep state enemies” within U.S. intelligence agencies, is said to have made the stunning claim that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster worked with the NSA to perform surveillance on Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, Steve Bannon and others, according to a report in The Intercept.

150,000 Flee Los Angeles As Wildfires Rage – “We’ll Be Fighting This All Week”
Powerful Santa Ana winds and extremely dry conditions have fueled the wildfires, according to the Washington Post, adding hundreds of millions – if not billions – of dollars in damage to what has already been a devastating year for fires. The winds that caused the fires were part of the season’s longest and strongest wind event – driving down from the desert and mountains into the city of Los Angeles. So far, the latest fires have forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, burned down more than a hundred buildings and triggered power outages in the region. According to CNN, on Tuesday, the city of Ventura declared a daily curfew, beginning 10 pm to 5 am. The curfew is to protect residents and prevent crime such as looting in the evacuation areas, the city said.

France says Syrian government obstructing peace talks
France accused the Syrian government on Wednesday of obstructing U.N.-led peace talks with its refusal to return to Geneva and called on Russia not to shirk its responsibilities to get Damascus to the negotiating table. Talks on ending the war in Syria resumed on Wednesday, but with no sign of President Bashar al-Assad’s negotiators returning to the table in Geneva.

‘Why doesn’t anyone ask why the US has an embassy in Tehran?
“Why doesn’t anyone ask about the fact that we have an embassy in Iran’s capital (Tehran)? Or in North Korea? Or in Syria and Libya? But in the state capital of our closest ally in the Middle East, a democratic state, where there is 3,300 years of Jewish history and heritage since King David, this is a subject that raises so much speculation? “When President Trump visited the Western Wall and made a declaration recognizing Jerusalem as holy to the Jews after the denunciation of UNESCO, there was not even one flare-up, not one demonstration, because when you do the right thing, you shouldn’t ask questions, just do it.”

Hamas plans ‘day of rage’ in response to Trump’s Jerusalem decision
Terror group Hamas is calling for a “day of rage” Friday, urging Palestinians to protest President Donald Trump’s plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Nearly Insolvent Illinois Just Issued AAA-Rated Bonds Via This Shady Goldman Sachs Financing Structure
“It’s a bit of smoke and mirrors…”

EX-CIA AGENT: H.R. McMaster Authorized NSA to Spy on Donald Trump Jr. — Sent Intel to Facility Owned By George Soros
Former CIA paramilitary officer and member of the Trump transition team, John R. Maguire, reportedly revealed during a fund raising meeting for an intelligence gathering operation in Afghanistan, that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster “authorized surveillance of Steven Bannon and Trump family members, including Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.”

NEVER FORGET=> On Christmas Day 2016 Barack Obama Signed Over Judaism and Christendom’s Holiest Sites to Muslims
…On Christmas Day 2016, in a final despicable act against Christians and Jews, Barack Obama effectively signed over Christendom’s and Judaism’s holiest sites to radical Muslim groups. And…. The Christian and Jew-hating Obama administration HELPED WRITE the UN draft!

BIG BROTHER: Google Unleashes 10,000-Strong Army To Censor & Shut Down Conservatives On YouTube
Google, owning a virtual monopoly on the entire internet, is running a left-wing Ministry of Truth from its stronghold in Silicon Valley. The liberal powerhouse was exposed for intolerance and leftist bigotry after it fired one of its engineers, James Demore, over a memo that dared to dissent against the corporation’s code of hiring based on race, sex, and religion.

Byron York Calls Out Obama For Entrapping Michael Flynn With 218-Year-Old Law, Dems Are Desperate
The Logan Act states that no private citizen has the right to negotiate in place of the president – and reporter Byron York of the Washington Examiner has reported on the circumstances leading up to the arrest of Michael Flynn, with Obama using the 280-year-old law as a pretense for illegally spying on Flynn. It’s just downright absurd.

Gates Foundation Manipulated United Nations Over Genetically Modified Mosquitoes, Gene Drives
According to information obtained through Freedom of Information requests the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, through a PR firm, manipulated the United Nations over Gene Drives by recruiting a covert coalition of academics to manipulate the decision-making process.

‘Palestinians’ Devastated : Three Days Of Rage Over Trump’s Decision On Jerusalem Recognition And Embassy Move
The Palestinian factions announced three days of rage from Wednesday to Friday in protest of US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv.

White House Reveals: President Donald Trump will give speech on Jerusalem tomorrow – and it is expected to ROCK the world
White House press secretary says Trump will give speech regarding Jerusalem Wednesday, won’t go into details.

FBI Issues Over 4000 Gun Seizures: US Government Start Taking Citizen’s Firearms
The FBI has issued 4,170 orders to seize guns from US citizens who owned firearms deemed to be ‘unauthorized’ by the US government.

Jim Carrey: ‘The Illuminati is Brainwashing Children into Worshipping Satan’
“Those dark forces who control everything – the Illuminati – the Illumi-nutty – they are working hard to eradicate tradition values.”Satanism is being pushed through movies, TV, and pop music to brainwash young minds into following Satan.”You must of all seen that, right?”It’s everywhere and has been for years.

WW3 RED ALERT: US families urged to EVACUATE military bases near Seoul amid fears North Korea WAR ‘close’
FAMILIES of US military should leave South Korea because war between America and Pyongyang is “getting close”, according to a senior US Senator and ex-Air Force Colonel.

MAHDI: Is Iran Trying to Bring Islamic End-of-Days in Syria?
Iran is establishing bases in Syria, but according to some sources, their preparations to engage Israel are motivated far more by Messianic aspirations than military or political ones.

Does Israel really want this Christmas present from President Trump?
Trump does not worry me. Jerusalem is the right place and Trump’s heart is in the right place. His advisors, still in 2-state solution mode, are the worry.

Muslims outraged as US Supreme Court allows FULL TRAVEL BAN that blocks 7 Islamic countries
The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries. This is not a final ruling on the travel ban: Challenges to the policy are winding through the federal courts, and the justices themselves ultimately are expected to rule on its legality.

Obama slams India and says it needs to “cherish and nurture” its Muslims
This comes from the assumption that jihad terror is all the fault of non-Muslims. It’s simply Muslims lashing out at being treated harshly by non-Muslims. Thus if non-Muslims show good will to Muslims, and shower them with money and favors, all will be well. U.S. foreign policy was built on this under Obama (and Bush before him), and to a great extent still is.


Pope Francis ‘Prays To God’ That Israel’s Capital City Jerusalem Does Not Come Under Jewish Control

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Pope Francis defended the “status quo” of the city hours before Trump’s speech, saying: “Jerusalem is a unique city, sacred for Jews, Christians and Muslims.

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” Zechariah 12:2,3 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: As President Trump prepares to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel later today, Pope Francis chimed in with a prayer of his own. The Pope’s prayer is that Jerusalem, a place that God says is the eternal capital of the Jewish land of Israel, remain a divided region and not be subject to Jewish rule or authority. When he says that he wants the “status quo to remain” he is saying he wants it to remain divided and out of Israeli control. Don’t you just love it when the Catholic king says and does things to reveal that he sides with Antichrist? As if there was any question…(SMH)

Pope Francis Wednesday defended the “status quo” of Jerusalem, hours ahead of an announcement by US President Donald Trump in which officials said he will recognize the disputed city as Israel’s capital.

“I pray to God that this identity is preserved and reinforced, for the sake of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the whole world, and that wisdom and prudence prevail.”

Palestinian terror group Hamas has threatened a “day of rage” on Friday in response to the announcement, releasing a chilling message ordering Palestinians to rise up and send a message to Israel.

Israel annexed eastern Jerusalem after winning the Six Day War with Jordan in 1967 but the move was not recognized by the United Nations. Israel regards it as its capital while Palestinian sees the eastern half of the city as the centre of its ‘future state’.

“I cannot silence my deep concern over the situation that has emerged in recent days. At the same time, I appeal strongly for all to respect the city’s status quo, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions,” the pope said in his weekly address.

Trump is also expected to order the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but this move could take several years to push through.

The United States would become the first country to make the distinction since Israel was created in 1948. The city has been at the heart of constant and violent conflicts between the nations because it is home to key religious sites holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Trump’s move could not only undermine the US administration’s fledgling effort, led by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, but anger the wider international community.

In recent days, the European Union, Germany and France have all implored Trump not to take action on Jerusalem. source


Why Is An Appendectomy In The United States 10 Times More Expensive Than An Appendectomy In Mexico?

This is what can happen when you go to a socialized healthcare system.  A lot of people out there believe that the United States has a free market healthcare system, but that is actually not true.  The percentage of the population that receives government-subsidized healthcare is rapidly approaching 50 percent, and the healthcare industry may be the most heavily regulated sector of the entire U.S. economy.  Every year the rules, red tape and regulations seem to get even worse, and every year health insurance premiums rise much faster than the overall rate of inflation.  If we don’t start applying free market principles and start getting healthcare costs under control, our entire healthcare system could very easily implode. (Read More…)


Imports From China Hit Record High As U.S. Trade Deficit Continues To Explode

It should upset you that virtually everything stocking the shelves of our major retailers seems to have been made somewhere else.  As a nation, we are consuming far more wealth than we are producing, and that is a recipe for national economic suicide.  This week we learned that imports from China hit an all-time record high in October, and that was one of the primary reasons why our trade deficit hit a staggering 48.7 billion dollars during that month.  Year after year we buy far more stuff from the rest of the world than they buy from us, and this is systematically impoverishing us. (Read More…)


Donald Trump’s Recognition Of Jerusalem As The Capital Of Israel Will Shake The Middle East To The Core

This is one of the most historic things to happen in the Middle East in decades.  Just a few days ago I reported that Donald Trump would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “in December”, and now we are being told that Trump will make this announcement at 1 PM eastern time on Wednesday.  Administration officials are stressing that this move is a “recognition of reality”, because of course the seat of the Israeli government has been in the holy city for a very long time.  But without a doubt this announcement will shake the Middle East to the core, because Israel’s neighbors are extremely displeased that Trump is doing this. (Read More…)


‘The Woebot will see you now’ — the rise of chatbot therapy

“Technocracy’s ‘science of social engineering’ is taking a strange and dangerous twist with the invention of AI therapy bots that help humans with their psychological issues. As you confess your darkest secrets to Woebot, rest assured that they will stay in your file forever.” — Technocracy Editor

Amy Ellis Nutt of the liberal Washington Post has the story:

My therapist wanted to explain a few things during our first online session:

“I’m going to check in with you at random times. If  you can’t respond straight away, don’t sweat it. Just come back to me when  you’re ready. I’ll check in daily.”

“Daily?” I asked.

“Yup! It shouldn’t take longer than a couple minutes. Can you handle that?

“Yes, I can,” I answered.

There was a little more back-and-forth, all via Messenger, then this statement from my therapist:

“This might surprise you, but . . . I am a robot.”

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Religious Liberty Case Is Not about Refusing to Serve People ‘Because of Who They Are’

Amy K. Hall of Stand to Reason explains what the case is really about:

Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. I recommend you read this article by David French to clear up a major misconception about the case that’s being promoted out there. The article responds to a New York Times opinion piece that completely misunderstands the case, claiming it’s about denying people services “because of who they are.” (See here and here for more responses to this common mistake.)

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Mid-Day Snapshot

Dec. 6, 2017

SCOTUS to Decide if Religious Liberty Is Sacrificed on LGBT Altar

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the infamous same-sex wedding cake case.

Headlines – 12/6/2017

Despite Arab leaders’ warnings, Trump intends to announce Jerusalem embassy move

Trump to recognize Jerusalem as capital, plan embassy move, White House confirms

Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel capital, upending decades of US policy

White House: Jerusalem embassy move a ‘recognition of reality’

Ten reasons for recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel

US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in world first

TV: Netanyahu and aides were ‘active partners’ with Trump team on Jerusalem move

Putin tells Abbas he supports talks on Jerusalem

Flashback: Moscow surprisingly says west Jerusalem is Israel’s capital

For Abbas, come hell or intifada, Jerusalem is the hill to die on – he is leading the charge and will be the one directing violence if the street explodes

US officials: Trump’s Jerusalem endorsement may include two-state support

MK Zoabi: ‘J’lem capital of Palestinian state, we will keep fighting for that’

Trump Is Bringing Bloodshed, Not Peace, to Jerusalem

Trump phones Sissi on Jerusalem moves as Abbas rallies world to intervene

Saudi king to Trump: Jerusalem embassy move a ‘dangerous step’

Saudi King tells Trump: any declaration on Jerusalem will harm peace negotiations

U.S. Issues Travel Warning for Jerusalem’s Old City, West Bank Amid Embassy Row

Prepare for violence, US Consulate in Jerusalem warns ahead of Trump embassy announcement

Liberal US Jews blast Trump’s expected Jerusalem declaration

Why would moving the US embassy to Jerusalem be so contentious?

Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: Palestinians Declare Three ‘Days of Rage’ Across West Bank; Arab World Outraged

Palestinians burn pictures of Trump as Israel braces for violent protests

Middle Eastern Allies Threaten Trump Over Jerusalem Announcement

Turkey president Erdogan tells Trump declaring Jerusalem Israel’s capital is a ‘red line’ for Muslims

War with Iran’s proxies looming, Israel’s US envoy warns

Iran asks Muslims to disrupt Israeli ties in region

‘More countries not only willing, but eager to embrace Israel,’ says Dore Gold

Palestinian Authority Faces Massive Cut in US Aid as Taylor Force Act Targeting Terror Payments Passes House Vote

Israel Forced to Cancel Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit due to Palestinian Claim

By Joining US-Led Energy Project, Israel Further Expands Newly-Flourishing Ties With African Nations

Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Israel sign MoU for East Med gas pipeline

Putin Vows to Rebuild Christian Syria, Restoring Churches and Bringing Refugees Home

A message to Putin: No calm in Syria as long as Iran calls the shots

Iraq accused of violating due process for ISIS suspects

Islamic terror plot to assassinate British PM Theresa May thwarted, report says

Fatal Flood Leaves Saudis Asking When Their Prince Will Deliver

UAE announces new Saudi alliance that could reshape Gulf relations

It’s Official: Lebanese Prime Minister Not Resigning After All

The Strange Case of Lebanon, France, and a Prime Minister’s Unresignation

‘No One Is Safe’: Violence Soars In Yemen After Death Of Former Dictator

Killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh changes dynamics of Yemen’s civil war

Mattis: Yemen humanitarian situation likely to worsen with Saleh death

Houthis ‘murder 200 prisoners’ and spread forces across Yemen capital

US official on Saleh’s death: ‘Iranian regime exploiting Yemen war’

Iran FM says US travel ban ‘sad!’

Mueller deputy praised DOJ official after she defied Trump travel ban order: ‘I am so proud’

Team Obama attempted ‘stealth coup’ by undermining Trump

Why Democrats Don’t Want To Talk About Flynn’s First Meeting With The Russians

Dem says he will force House vote on impeachment Wednesday

The Democrats’ Dangerous Obsession With Impeachment

Inside China’s Big Tech Conference, New Ways to Track Citizens

World’s first ‘living tattoo’ could be a wearable device in the future

Airlines Are Physically Restraining More Drunk and Unruly Passengers

How the law responds when emoji are the weapon of choice

North Korea crisis: UN political chief in rare visit to Pyongyang

‘The threat is very real’: Millions in Tokyo to take part in North Korean nuclear attack exercise

U.S. B-1B bomber flies over Korean peninsula during military drills

To counter North Korea, South Korea seeks weaponized drones, report says

The Military Is Using Falcons to Build a Drone Killer

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Kirakira, Solomon Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tobelo, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hotaka, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Salcedo, Philippines

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

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Southern California hit with worst Santa Ana winds in a decade

Wildfires raging in Southern California cap most destructive season in state history. Here’s why it’s so bad

Southern California fires growing quickly, forcing thousands to evacuate

Pollution wipes out the benefits of exercise, study suggests

Doctor designs a 3D-printable device that helps people end their life

UN warns of drug-resistant germ risk brewing in nature

Gates Foundation Manipulated United Nations Over Genetically Modified Mosquitoes, Gene Drives

Genetically mutated rats could be released in Britain to solve rodent problem

Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics over state-sponsored doping

Where Silicon Valley Is Going to Get in Touch With Its Soul – hippie hotel in Big Sur, Calif., has reopened with a mission to help technologists who discover that “inside they’re hurting.”

Austria’s supreme court paves way for same-sex marriage from 2019

Supreme Court sounds skeptical of Colorado baker’s refusal to make a wedding cake for gay couple

If the baker wins Supreme Court wedding cake case, will faith-based discrimination be legal?

The 3 Western plagues: Post-God, Post-national, Post-family

Socialist ministers cry “murder” over tax cuts, ignore abortions right down the road

Ravi Zacharias: Why I Don’t Think His Response at Christianity Today Cleared Things Up

Perry Noble Calls Pulpit & Pen “Idiots, White Washed Tombs, Brood of Vipers.”

Charismatics Prophesy of Terrorism (Captain Obvious Rolls His Eyes)

Megachurch pastor with 95,300 Twitter followers says he may quit social media

Golden Krust CEO Lowell Hawthorne Fatally Shoots Himself Days After Thanking God for Success

Former Florida cult leader arrested on charges of abusing and murdering a toddler in the 1980s

Thousands of Pro-Lifers Protest North Carolina’s Busiest Abortion Clinic

Trump to declare Jerusalem capital of Israel

California sued because too many children can’t read

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 12:56 PM PST

California sued because too many children can’t readA group of prominent lawyers representing teachers and students from poor performing schools filed a lawsuit against the state of California on Tuesday, arguing that the state has done nothing about a high number of school children who do not know how to read.  The advocacy law firm, Public Counsel, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court to demand the California Department of Education address its

“literacy crisis.” The state has not followed suggestions from its own report on the problem five years ago, according to the lawsuit. “When it comes to literacy and the delivery of basic education, California is dragging down the nation,” said Public Counsel lawyer Mark Rosenbaum, who filed the lawsuit along with the law firm Morrison & Foerster. READ MORE

WAR DRUMS: Millions in Tokyo to take part in North Korean nuclear attack exercise

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 12:48 PM PST

WAR DRUMS: Millions in Tokyo to take part in North Korean nuclear attack exerciseMillions of residents of Tokyo are to take part in evacuation drills simulating a North Korean nuclear attack on the Japanese capital. The national and city governments are to carry out a series of exercises between January and March to prepare for a potential attack on Tokyo, the Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported, the first time that a major Japanese city will have carried out responses to a simulated attack. Towns facing the Korean Peninsula have in recent months conducted similar drills, with residents

instructed to seek shelter in response to sirens warning of an imminent missile strike. But the Japanese government has until now resisted calls for major cities to carry out similar exercises on the grounds that they would alarm the public. Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, has also called in local governments throughout the country to identify underground facilities or buildings that are sufficiently sturdy to withstand a missile attack and to designate those facilities as shelters. READ MORE

U.S. Braces for Violence at Embassies Around Muslim World as Donald Trump Nears Jerusalem Move

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 12:45 PM PST

U.S. Braces for Violence at Embassies Around Muslim World as Donald Trump Nears Jerusalem MoveThe U.S. government’s diplomatic staff braced for violent protests around the Muslim world as speculation mounted that President Donald Trump planned to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel’s capital. Trump’s stated intention to relocate the embassy has been met with anger in the Arab world for months. The move is controversial due to the city’s significance to Jews, Muslims and Christians. Diplomats fear these tensions will come to a head if

Trump follows through on his campaign pledge. The warning of violence came in the form of two classified cables to staff in the past week, according to Politico. The State Department had not responded to a request for comment at the time of writing. Employees at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, and the U.S. consulate in Istanbul declined to comment on the matter. Jerusalem police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld was not available for comment. READ MORE

First Icelandic Pagan Temple in 1,000 Years Built in Iceland

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 10:14 AM PST

First Icelandic Pagan Temple in 1,000 Years Built in Iceland“On that day, men shall fling away, to the flying foxes and the bats, the idols of silver and the idols of gold which they made for worshiping.” (Isaiah 2:20)

As the pagan Norse religion makes a roaring comeback in Iceland, the Asatru Society is expected to finish construction of a new temple – the first structure dedicated to the Norse god Odin in over one thousand years. The Icelandic Ásatrú religion follows the belief systems of the Old Norse religion, or Germanic neo-paganism. The followers worship the ancient Norse gods such as Ódin, Thor and Freyja. There have been no temples to the Norse gods in Iceland for over 900 years, but in 2015, the Ásatrú

Society, re-established in 1972, began construction on a modern temple in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. It is expected to be ready for use sometime this summer at a final cost of around $1.25 million. The pagan religion is making a comeback in Iceland, necessitating the construction of the new facility. Established 45 years ago by farmer Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson, the Ásatrú Society initially had 12 members. According to the National Bureau of Statistics in Iceland, there were 2,382 members in 2014; today there are 3,583 members. READ MORE

 

Evangelical Support for Israel Declining, Especially Among Millennials

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 10:08 AM PST

Evangelical Support for Israel Declining, Especially Among MillennialsSupport for Israel is decreasing among evangelical Christians, particularly among younger generations, a new survey shows a decline borne out of confusion about or indifference to the world’s only Jewish state. Seventy-seven percent of evangelicals ages 65 and older say they support the existence, security and prosperity of Israel, according to a LifeWay Research survey released Monday. Only 58 percent of evangelicals ages 18 to 34 say the same.

The survey was conducted using a web-based utility, a probability-based panel designed to be representative of the American population, measuring the attitudes of 2,002 evangelicals pertaining to Israel from Sept. 20–28. “For the most part, younger evangelicals are indifferent about Israel,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Some say such indifference is the result of how young people view recent geopolitical events and conflicts in the region. READ MORE

POWDER KEG: Palestinians call for three days of rage over Trump’s decision on Jerusalem …

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 09:54 AM PST

POWDER KEG: Palestinians call for three days of rage over Trump’s decision on Jerusalem …The Palestinian factions announced three days of rage from Wednesday to Friday in protest of US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv. The Palestinian factions called President Trump’s policy “political blackmail, which would destroy his ability to achieve regional or colonialist achievements in the region.”
In a joint statement, the Palestinian “national and Islamic forces” announced three days of rage that

would begin Wednesday and end on Friday. “We call on all our people in Israel and around the world to gather in city centers and Israeli embassies and consulates, with the aim of bringing about general popular anger,” the statement said.  The statement added that “a huge protest should be launched in order to reject out of hand the attempts of the US administration to transfer the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem or recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. READ MORE

Trump Informs Abbas He Intends to Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 09:48 AM PST

Trump Informs Abbas He Intends to Move U.S. Embassy to JerusalemU.S. President Donald Trump informed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah that he plans to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Tuesday, according to Abbas’ spokesman and Jordanian reports. Trump also called Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi to inform him of the decision.  Abbas warned Trump in response that the action will have “dangerous consequences,” says Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh.  Abu Rudeineh said “the

Palestinian stance is determined and steadfast – there will not be a Palestinian state without East Jerusalem as its capital according to decisions by the international community. Abu Mazen [Abbas] is now holding an emergency meeting in his bureau following the phone conversation with Trump.” Following the call, Abbas urged Pope Francis as well as French and Jordanian leaders to intervene on Trump’s plan to move the embassy. READ MORE

Japan seeking missiles capable of striking range of North Korea

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 05:59 AM PST

Japan seeking missiles capable of striking range of North KoreaJapan is preparing to acquire precision air-launched missiles that for the first time would give it the capability to strike North Korean missile sites, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Japan plans to put money aside in its next defense budget starting April to study whether its F-15 fighters could launch longer-range missiles including Lockheed Martin Corp’s extended-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM-ER), which can hit targets 1,000 km (620 miles) away, said one the

sources with knowledge of the plan. He said: “There is a global trend for using longer-range missiles and it is only natural that Japan would want to consider them.” The sources asked to remain anonymous as they were not authorized to talk to media. Japan is also interested in buying the 500 km-range Joint Strike Missile designed by Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace to be carried by the F-35 stealth fighter, Fuji Television reported earlier. READ MORE

UN warns of drug-resistant germs brewing in the natural environment

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 05:50 AM PST

UN warns of drug-resistant germs brewing in the natural environmentThe UN warned Tuesday of a ticking time bomb of drug-resistant germs brewing in the natural environment, aided by humans dumping antibiotics and chemicals into the water and soil.  If this continues, people will be at an even higher risk of contracting diseases, incurable by existing antibiotics, from swimming in the sea or other seemingly innocuous activities, a report warned.  “Around the world,

discharge from municipal, agricultural and industrial waste in the environment means it is common to find antibiotic concentrations in many rivers, sediments and soils,” the investigation said. “It is steadily driving the evolution of resistant bacteria,” it warned bluntly. “A drug that once protected our health is now in danger of very quietly destroying it.” READ MORE

Scientists and residents on edge waiting for imminent volcanic eruption in Indonesia

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 05:46 AM PST

Scientists and residents on edge waiting for imminent volcanic eruption in IndonesiaThe question Indonesian volcanologist Devy Kamil Syahbana gets most is the one he cannot answer – when, or if, rumbling Mount Agung on Bali island will blow up in a major eruption. The 3,000 metre (9,800 ft) Agung – a so-called strato-volcano capable of very violent eruptions – has recorded a sharp rise in activity that has raised worries about a repeat of a 1963 eruption that killed more than 1,000 people.

“There’s no instrument in the world that can estimate precisely when there will be a major eruption,” said Syahbana, who runs an observatory monitoring the towering volcano, just outside a 10-km exclusion zone. Sensors beeped and walkie-talkies crackled he spoke to Reuters at the monitoring station. READ MORE

GOOGLE supercomputer creates its own ‘AI Child’…

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 05:33 AM PST

GOOGLE supercomputer creates its own ‘AI Child’…The tech giant’s computer-made system known as NASNet is able to identify objects, such as people and cars, in photos and videos. According to studies, the Google “brain” can pick out these objects with a 82.7% accuracy rate – something the company says is better than any man-made AI system. And the AI breakthrough will have a huge impact on the entire field. Experts have said the findings show automation is the key to creating the most accurate AI systems – meaning Artificial Intelligence would

actually create more AI. NASNet itself was actually created earlier this year AutoML, which is an AI system capable of creating more learning programmes. The Google Brain team, which developed the mother system AutoML, said: “We hope that the larger machine learning community will be able to build on these models to address multitudes of computer vision problems we have not yet imagined.” But ethical concerns have been raised about the invention of such powerful machines. READ MORE

Turkey warns recognition of Jerusalem as capital is “Red Line” For Muslims

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 05:21 AM PST

Turkey warns recognition of Jerusalem as capital is “Red Line” For MuslimsTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would be a “red line” for Muslims. He also warned such a step would force Ankara to cut diplomatic ties with the Jewish state. “This could go as far as cutting our diplomatic relations with Israel. You cannot take such a step,” Erdogan told a parliamentary group meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party. The Turkish president also said he would call for a meeting with the Organization

for Islamic Cooperation to oppose any move recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He said the measure would not only be a violation of international law, but also “a big blow to the conscience of the humanity.” US President Donald Trump was expected to weigh in on the sensitive foreign policy matter Monday, but public warnings from allies and private phone calls between world leaders led to the White House delaying its decision. Turkey has been a vocal critic of the proposed move. READ MORE

150 structures destroyed, 27,000 people evacuated in raging CA wildfire

Posted: 05 Dec 2017 05:17 AM PST

150 structures destroyed, 27,000 people evacuated in raging CA wildfirefast-moving, wind-fueled wildfire swept into the city of Ventura early Tuesday, burning 31,000 acres, destroying homes and forcing 27,000 people to evacuate.  About 150 structures — including at least one large apartment complex — were consumed by flames, and much more were threatened as the fire crept about a quarter mile away from City Hall. Engulfed in flames, the Hawaiian Village Apartments collapsed about 4 a.m. Residents watched with their cameras and cell phones out, the sound of propane

tanks bursting filled the air. Hundreds of firefighters working through the night tried to prevent the blaze from spreading, block by block, as they were confronted by wind gusts of up to 50 mph. One firefighter was injured, though it’s unclear how.  Water gushed down North Laurel as firefighters work to put out a flaming Hawaiian Village Apartments. About 4 a.m., the building continued to collapse.  READ MORE

Pink Raising Her Children to Be Gender-Neutral

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 06:29 PM PST

Pink Raising Her Children to Be Gender-NeutralPop star Pink says she is raising her children to be gender-neutral because her family lives in a “label-less household.”  The singer, who is 38 and married to motorcycle racer Carey Hart, 42, told the U.K.’s The People she does not want her children defined by their gender. Pink said she is delighted her 6-year-old daughter Willow told her she wants to marry an African woman when she grows up. “We are a very l,

label-less household,” Pink, whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore, explained, “Last week Willow told me she is going to marry an African woman. I was like: ‘Great, can you teach me how to make African food?’” “And she’s like: ‘Sure mama, and we are going to live with you while our house is getting ready,’” Pink continued. “I was like ‘what the f***, who are you? Who is paying for this by the way?’” READ MORE

Feds issue 4,000 orders to seize guns from people who failed background checks

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 06:15 PM PST

Feds issue 4,000 orders to seize guns from people who failed background checks

Federal authorities sought to take back guns from thousands of people the background check system should have blocked from buying weapons because they had criminal records, mental health issues or other problems that would disqualify them.  A USA TODAY review found that the FBI issued more than 4,000 requests last year for agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives to

retrieve guns from prohibited buyers.  It’s the largest number of such retrieval requests in 10 years, according to bureau records – an especially striking statistic after revelations that a breakdown in the background check system allowed a troubled Air Force veteran to buy a rifle later used to kill 26 worshipers at a Texas church last month. The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) vets millions of gun purchase transactions every year. READ MORE


What is The Gospel?


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

BLOOMBERG

A last-minute change that U.S. senators made to their tax bill before passing it early Saturday morning would result in higher-than-intended taxes for technology firms and other corporations, tax experts said.

FEMA has informed employees who’ve worked extra hours battling a record wave of natural disasters in 2017 that they may have to pay back some of their overtime.

A senior United Nations official will begin a four-day trip to North Korea on Tuesday for talks with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and other officials, a week after the isolated regime launched its most powerful missile to date.

The likelihood of a government shutdown before year’s end is increasing after Senate negotiations stalled over plans to provide deportation protection for 800,000 young undocumented immigrants.

The Syrian conflict is likely to drag on and could reignite into full-scale civil war as long as President Bashar al-Assad remains in power, despite efforts by Russia to paint the conflict as winding down, according to White House officials.

Machine learning, with its prowess in producing insights from data, is poised to have a hand in 99 percent of investing, CEO says.

Crisis-wracked Venezuela has become fertile ground for what’s known as gold farming. People spend hours a day playing dated online games such as Tibia and RuneScape to acquire virtual gold, game points or special characters that they can sell to other players for real money or crypto-currencies such as bitcoin. The practice, which has previously cropped up in other basket-case economies such as North Korea’s, has become so popular with Venezuelans that they’re now spreading inflation inside the virtual worlds.

Boom Technology Inc., seeking to build a supersonic jet for passenger travel, got a $10 million investment from Japan Airlines Co. as the U.S. startup aims to revive ultra-fast travel that ended more than a decade back with the Concorde.

AP Top Stories

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Tuesday declared communist rebels “terrorists”, his spokesman said, weeks after cancelling peace talks with groups waging one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case Tuesday that asks whether a baker in Colorado can legally ignore his state’s nondiscrimination law by refusing, on religious grounds, to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

Former U.S. Representative Corrine Brown of Florida was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison for her role in helping raise more than $800,000 for a bogus charity that was used as a slush fund, federal court officials said.

An explosives-laden bus blew up Tuesday in a predominantly pro-government neighborhood of the central Syrian city of Homs that has been repeatedly targeted, killing eight people.

Officials in Ali Abdullah Saleh’s General People’s Congress party (GPC) confirmed to Reuters that the former Yemeni president and party leader has been killed outside Sanaa, in what sources in the Houthi group said was an RPG and gun attack.

The United States has quit negotiations on a voluntary pact to deal with migration because the global approach to the issue was “simply not compatible with U.S. sovereignty,” said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

Turkey has detained 17 suspects in an investigation into a Turkish-Iranian gold trader who was once a close ally of the government but is now testifying against officials as a star witness in a high profile US case, state media said on Tuesday.

The U.S. Embassy to Russia said it would restart some visa services in U.S. consulates which it had previously canceled due to diplomatic expulsions that had left it short-staffed.

The 9,800 ft., Indonesian Mount Agung on Bali Island, a so-called strato-volcano capable of very violent eruptions – has recorded a sharp rise in activity that has raised worries about a repeat of a 1963 eruption that killed more than 1,000 people.

China has staged military drills near North Korea in a defiant warning to Washington and Seoul that it will uphold a “balance of power”, a military expert said, amid ongoing US-South Korean war games.

U.S. student loan debt now equals the size of the $1.3 trillion U.S. high-yield corporate bond market, presenting investors with a whole different range of risks.

BBC

Hundreds of members of the Honduran riot police force known as Cobras refused to carry out orders to enforce a night-time curfew on Monday. About 200 Cobras gathered at the police headquarters and announced they were no longer willing to confront protesters, arguing that it amounted to “taking sides” in the political battle between Mr. Nasralla and President Hernández.

Amazon has made its long-awaited entry into Australia, in a move that could have ramifications for the country’s A$300bn retail sector.

The Swiss government has announced that it will return $320m of the money allegedly stolen by Nigeria’s late military ruler Sani Abacha.

The “peace diamond,” a giant 709-carat diamond unearthed in Sierra Leone has sold at auction in New York for $6.5m.

WND

The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday passed six resolutions described by a watchdog group as “anti-Israel,” marking 70 years since the world body’s partition plan carved Mandate Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state that never came to be.


 The Briefing — Tuesday, December 5, 2017

1) Stakes are high as Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop case

AP (Kaitlyn Schallhorn) –
Supreme Court to decide Colorado gay wedding cake case: A timeline of events

Washington Post (George Will) –
A cake is food, not speech. But why bully the baker?

2) Media coverage of Masterpiece case insists what case is not about

New York Times (Editors) –
Their Cake Was Not a First Amendment Issue

New York Times (Steve Sanders) –
Even the Bernini of Buttercream Has to Serve Gay Couples

New York Times (John Corvino) –
Drawing a Line in the ‘Gay Wedding Cake’ Case

New York Times (Jennifer Finney Boylan) –
The Masterpiece Cakeshop Case Is Not About Religious Freedom

3) A new right not found in the text of the Constitution and two rights that are

New York Times (Adam Liptak) –
Cake Is His ‘Art.’ So Can He Deny One to a Gay Couple?

4) Debate among biologists about animals and morality goes right down to mollusks

Boston Globe (Mark Peters) –
It’s only human to see our own sins in animals


News – 12/5/2017

Iran asks Muslims to disrupt Israeli ties in region
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged Muslims on Tuesday to disrupt what he called a plot by unnamed countries in the region to build ties with Israel. He gave no more details on the states. But an Israeli cabinet minister said last month that his government had had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia linked to their common concerns over Tehran.

Turkey’s Erdogan threatens cutting ties with Israel over Jerusalem issue
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Turkey could go as far as breaking off diplomatic ties with Israel if the United States formally recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move he said would be a “red line” for Muslims. Erdogan is the latest in a string of regional leaders, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Hussein to warn of negative implications of the move.

US officials warn Trump not to call Jerusalem Israel’s capital
The possibility that US President Donald Trump may recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has stirred opposition from US and foreign officials who fear it could unleash violence. Such a decision, which US officials have said has not been finalized, would violate decades of US policy not to take a stance on the fate of Jerusalem on the grounds that this was an issue Israelis and Palestinians should negotiate and decide.

Saudi Arabia hopes US will not recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel
Saudi Arabia has expressed hope the United States would not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and warned such a decision would have serious implications, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. “The recognition will have very serious implications and will be provocative to all Muslims’ feelings,” SPA said, quoting an unnamed official source at the Saudi Foreign Ministry.

North Korea crisis: UN political chief in rare visit to Pyongyang
The United Nations political affairs chief begins a rare four-day visit to Pyongyang on Tuesday. The trip by Jeffrey Feltman is the first by a senior UN official in six years. North Korea had extended an invitation to the UN in September to visit for a “policy dialogue”.

After Push on Taxes, Republicans Line Up Welfare Revamp Next
As Republicans near the finish line on a long-sought tax overhaul, President Donald Trump has committed them to taking up a welfare-revamp fight next. Mr. Trump has repeatedly said he is interested in kick-starting a debate around means-tested social programs, with allies seeing significant political rewards from taking up the issue even without a clear-cut goal.

Trump dramatically SHRINKS Bears Ears National Monument and slashes another by half in the name of ‘states’ rights’ as he says ‘public lands will once again be for public use’
President Donald Trump unveiled a plan Monday in Utah to dramatically scale back two national monuments – calling it an important move for ‘states’ rights.’ ‘Some people think that the natural resources of Utah should be controlled by a small handful of very distant bureaucrats located in Washington. And guess what? They’re wrong,’ he said in the cavernous Utah Capitol Rotunda in Salt Lake City.

UN warns of drug-resistant germ risk brewing in nature
The UN warned Tuesday of a ticking time bomb of drug-resistant germs brewing in the natural environment, aided by humans dumping antibiotics and chemicals into the water and soil. If this continues, people will be at an even higher risk of contracting diseases, incurable by existing antibiotics, from swimming in the sea or other seemingly innocuous activities, a report warned.

Explosive wildfire in Southern California forces thousands to evacuate
A wind-whipped wildfire exploded early Tuesday in Southern California, forcing more than 27,000 people to evacuate and causing at least one death. Ventura County Fire officials said “The Thomas Fire” broke out Monday evening east of Santa Paula, located about 60 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The fire has grown to 31,000 acres has destroyed 150 structures, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. “The prospects for containment are not good,” Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen said at a news conference.

More Anti-Trump Messages Reportedly Sent By Members Of Mueller’s Team: “A Lot More Is Going To Come Out”
Days after it emerged that former Special Counsel investigator Peter Strzok was fired from Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe in August for sending anti-Trump text messages to his mistress while the two were working together on the Clinton email investigation, Sara Carter of Circa told a Fox News panel that there are more anti-Trump messages sent by Mueller’s team floating around. I think a lot more is going to come out. In fact, I know a lot more is going to come out based on the sources I’ve spoken to.

South Korea, U.S. kick off large-scale air exercise amid North Korean warnings
South Korea and the United States launched large-scale joint aerial drills on Monday, officials said, a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced missile as part of a weapons programme that has raised global tensions.

As Israel Faces Dangerous Drought, Chief Rabbi Calls on Jews and Christians to Pray for Rain
The month of Kislev has come and Israel hasn’t yet been blessed with rains, therefore I call upon the public, first to be compassionate with one another, and then to begin adding the special prayer for rain that is said when there’s a drought,” the rabbi said in an official statement.

‘Better to have a united Jerusalem than be loved by Turkey’
Chairman of Jewish Home party not impressed by Turkish president’s threat to cut diplomatic ties with Israel over US recognition of J’lem. Education Minister and Chairman of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett pushed back Tuesday against the statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whereby American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would lead to a severing of diplomatic ties between Turkey and the Jewish State.

Dermer: War on northern border could be just ‘weeks’ away
The chances of war on Israel’s northern border could be “weeks” away, according to Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer. In an interview on Monday with Politico touching on a wide range of issues, Dermer said that the chances of a military conflict taking place in the near future between Israel and the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group were “higher than people think because of Iran’s continued push through the region.”

Iran asks Muslims to disrupt Israeli ties in region
Hassan Rouhani urged Muslims on Tuesday to disrupt what he called a plot by unnamed countries in the region to build ties with Israel. He gave no more details on the states. But an Israeli cabinet minister said last month that his government had had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia linked to their common concerns over Tehran.

Ten Commandments Suit Dismissed
A federal district court entered a judgment in favor of Liberty Counsel’s client, Levy County, dismissing a lawsuit brought by a national atheist group claiming that the Ten Commandments monument next to the Levy County courthouse violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Report: ‘Paranoid’ White House Staff Worry They’re Being Recorded
“Paranoia is enveloping the White House” as staffers worry their colleagues are wearing wires for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s “Russia” investigation, according to a Monday report in Politico.

UNREAL: Organization Creates Suicide-Machine, Governments Will Use This For Genocide …
An organization called Exit International…has created a suicide-machine using 3D printing technology, reports Zero Hedge. “Sarco” is a capsule which the person can step into and, with the proper access code and push of a button, will lock and fill with euthanasia liquid, induce a minutes-long euphoric passage into death. The capsule detaches as a coffin – suicide has never been so casual or easy.

CHAOS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Video shows Iranian-backed Houthi rebels firing a MISSILE at Abu Dhabi NUCLEAR reactor
YEMEN’s Houthi rebels appear to have fired a missile toward a nuclear reactor in Abu Dhabi amid World War 3 fears.

Victory: Supreme Court Rules Trump Travel Ban to Go Into Full Effect
In a massive victory for President Trump, the Supreme Court has ruled that the White House’s travel ban on individuals from terror linked countries will go into full effect.

Obama Holdover Officially Under Investigation For Pay-To-Play Model
An Obama-era appointee within the Department of Defense is now under investigation after he allegedly helped rig government contracts for personal benefit… and one of the recipients of the “pay-to-play” scheme is apparently a close personal friend of the Clinton family.

Red Cross Enforcing PC Tyranny: Demands Branches Remove Crucifixes To Be More Secular
The once respected Red Cross is enforcing PC tyranny by demanding that branches remove crucifixes to be more secular. After receiving a communication telling them to remove crucifixes from the walls of their branches, volunteers were outraged and disappointed in the charity’s move to become more secular which they interpret as an attack on Christianity. Let’s be honest – they are doing this because they do not want to offend Muslims.

British Police Warn Bumping Into Someone ‘Under the Mistletoe’ Without Consent ‘Is Rape’
British police have been subjected to widespread derision after appearing to suggest that bumping into someone under the mistletoe without consent is rape.

Syria accuses Israel of strike on army base reportedly used by Iranians near Damascus
Arab media reports say Israel attacked a military facility south of Damascus • Base believed to have been earmarked for Iranian troops, local militias loyal to them • Reports of casualties inconsistent • Reports not corroborated by any Israeli source.

PROPHECY IN MOTION: Thousands of Chinese elite troops head to Syria to combat Muslim terrorists they view as a threat
…Beijing is deploying to Syria thousands of members of two elite People Liberation Army units to combat extremist Islamic Uighurs fighting in the northern Syrian province of Idlib, Those units are the Chinese Navy’s Night Tigers and the Shenyang Region’s Siberian Tigers.

3,108 Since Oct. 1: Refugee Admissions Drop 83%, As Trump Withdraws From UN Migration Compact
Fourteen months after the Obama administration backed a push at the U.N. for global responsibility-sharing for refugees and migrants, the Trump administration has pulled out of the initiative.

Soros Army in Alabama to Register Convicted Felons to Vote Against Roy Moore
An organization partnered with a George Soros-financed group and led by a radical leftist who is the half-brother of the infamous controversial Rev. Al Sharpton has been diligently working over the past few weeks to register convicted felons across Alabama.

December 5, 2017
Alan Keyes challenges believers inclined to trust ‘wisdom’ of the world
ALAN KEYES — “The word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God….we are proclaiming Christ crucified – – to the Jews a scandal, to the nations folly, but to the ones who are themselves called…Christ, the power and wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.” (1 Corinthians 1:18, 23-24)… (more)

December 5, 2017

NEWSMAX — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to President Donald Trump by allowing his latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries to go into full effect even as legal challenges continue in lower courts…. (more)


December 5, 2017
NEWSMAX — Peter Strzok, the FBI agent removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe for sending text messages critical of President Donald Trump and praising Hillary Clinton also had a role in the Clinton email probe…. (more)

December 5, 2017
SUSAN FERRECHIO — The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday will begin writing a resolution holding top FBI officials in contempt of Congress after the agency missed a Monday deadline to turn over key evidence the committee has been seeking for months…. (more)

December 5, 2017
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — Republicans searching for their next major task after tax reform may have found their answer, and it’s not infrastructure. Over the past few weeks, President Trump has been talking up reform of anti-poverty programs, and House leaders have begun preliminary talks with his administration on what they could accomplish through a welfare overhaul, aides say. The White House, meanwhile, is preparing an administrative reordering of the welfare system regardless of whether congressional Republicans act…. (more)

December 4, 2017
NEWSMAX — Alabama Republican candidate for the Senate Roy Moore leads his Democratic challenger Doug Jones 49 percent to 43 percent among likely voters who say they expect to vote in the Dec. 12 special election, according to a CBS News poll, CBS News reported Sunday…. (more)

December 4, 2017
NEWSMAX — The GOP tax bill authorizes drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which has been closed to oil exploration since 1980 because of concerns of the impact on wildlife and the ecosystems, CNN reports…. (more)

December 4, 2017

NEWSMAX — President Donald Trump has urged Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to run for re-election in Utah, causing some to speculate the president wants to block former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney from seeking election for the seat, Politico reported Sunday…. (more)


December 4, 2017
ROBERT KNIGHT — One of the biggest challenges facing the president in draining the Washington Swamp is ferreting out the activists who continue to pursue a progressive agenda in federal agencies. Richard C. Pilger has headed the Election Crimes Branch in the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Justice Department since 2010. Appointed by former Attorney General Eric Holder, Mr. Pilger is in charge of prosecuting public corruption cases, and specifically “voter fraud and campaign financing offenses.”… (more)

December 2, 2017

CNN — ABC News announced Saturday that it has suspended investigative reporter Brian Ross for four weeks without pay after Ross was forced to correct a bombshell on-air report about Michael Flynn…. (more)


December 2, 2017
BYRON YORK — House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has issued an angry demand to the FBI and Department of Justice to explain why they kept the committee in the dark over the reason Special Counsel Robert Mueller kicked a key supervising FBI agent off the Trump-Russia investigation…. (more)

December 2, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — President Trump said Saturday that he fired Michael Flynn for lying – – the same lies to which the former national security advisor pleaded guilty. “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”… (more)

December 2, 2017
WORLDNETDAILY — On the heels of comparing President Trump to cult murderer Charles Manson two weeks ago, the latest edition characterizes him in a headline as “basically a hate group all by himself under FBI definition.”… (more)

December 2, 2017
BREITBART — Walmart is selling “Antifa” clothing that “will [allow you to] express yourself inside the opposition to the ideology, organizations, governments and people from the far right (fascism).” The mega-retailer is offering at least 13 different sweatshirts “made in Mexico of 100% COTTON for all-day comfort” promoting the group whose activities were “formally classified” by the Obama Administration “as domestic terrorist violence” as early as April 2016, according to Politico, despite the group’s efforts to downplay this determination…. (more)

December 2, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — You can find conservative policy centers like the Family Research Council on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate map,” but not the violent left-wing extremist group antifa. Why not? Antifa’s radical activists are known for beating up those they view as “fascists,” but according to SPLC president Richard Cohen, antifa doesn’t actually espouse hate…. (more)

December 2, 2017
BREITBART — The Trump administration is ending yet another of Michelle Obama’s hated, overly strict school lunch rules by bringing chocolate milk back to school lunch menus. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced a new rule set to take effect on July 1 after the period of public comment. The new rule relaxes sodium limits and Obama’s whole-grain requirements. The rule will also allow milk with one percent fat back on the menu, ABC News reported…. (more)

December 2, 2017
CHERYL K. CHUMLEY — The egregious jury finding of innocence for Jose Ines Garcia Zarate in the killing of Kate Steinle is one of the biggest travesties of justice in recent memory. Garcia Zarate, at the very least, should’ve been found guilty of manslaughter. But he wasn’t. Jurors found him innocent of manslaughter, assault and murder, and guilty only of illegal gun possession…. (more)

December 2, 2017

NEWSMAX — US Senate Republicans passed landmark tax reform early Saturday, a critical step toward delivering a monumental legislative victory for President Donald Trump in his first year in office…. (more)


December 2, 2017
NEWSMAX — The Republican’s tax overhaul package could lead to as much as $150 billion per year being cut from federal programs such as farm subsidies, student loans, and support for crime victims, according to Politico…. (more)

December 2, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — The Trump administration moved Friday to claim custody of the illegal immigrant who killed Kate Steinle, saying he violated the terms of his probation and should be sent back to federal prison. The move is aimed at taking Jose Inez Garcia Zarate away from California officials, after a jury in that state acquitted him Thursday of murder and manslaughter charges stemming from the Steinle killing…. (more)

December 2, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Conservative author and lawyer Ben Shapiro says a San Francisco jury’s decision to acquit an illegal immigrant of murder for the 2015 death of Kate Steinle encapsulates why voters put President Trump in the White House. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was deported five times before the July 1, 2015, shooting death of Ms. Steinle on a San Francisco pier. Mr. Shapiro, a Harvard Law School graduate, told Fox News after Thursday verdict that it is inexplicable how Mr. Zarate escaped involuntary manslaughter charges after firing the weapon that killed Ms. Steinle…. (more)

December 2, 2017

NEWSMAX — Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday called on the Senate to pass “Kate’s law” after an illegal immigrant was acquitted Thursday for fatally shooting Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier with her father in 2015…. (more)


December 2, 2017

ART MOORE — It’s significant that Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty Friday to the “process crime” of lying to FBI agents rather than to a conspiracy of collusion, contends a former assistant U.S. attorney…. (more)


December 2, 2017
WASHINGTON TIMES — Law enforcement’s failures in preparation, communication, and command-and-control created a perfect storm that contributed to the chaos surrounding the August 12 “Unite the Right” demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to the results of an independent investigation released Friday…. (more)

December 1, 2017
CLIFF KINCAID — The words “national reckoning” are appearing with some regularity in media reports about various sex scandal cases. It’s almost as if there is an unseen hand in the media orchestrating or coordinating in advance the presidential race in 2020, a year already being labeled “The Year of the Woman.” It’s designed to create an opportunity for California Democratic Party Senator and staunch feminist, Kamala Harris, to run as a presidential candidate. In this culmination of the “national reckoning,” she’s ready to take on the male power structure and break the glass ceiling. Where Hillary failed, Harris will succeed…. (more)
Mike Pence: ‘President Trump is a Believer and So am I’
Vice President Mike Pence recently spoke about the role of faith in the Trump administration, and stated that “President Trump is a believer and so am I.”

Mid-Day Snapshot

Dec. 5, 2017

Deep State Obstruction

Fidelity? Integrity? Those words are in the FBI’s seal, but both are seriously in question.

The Foundation

“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” —Thomas Jefferson (1798)

ZeroHedge Frontrunning: December 5

  • Clash Over Young Immigrants Hangs Over Year-End Budget Talks (Read More)
  • Businesses Lobby for Breaks After Last-Minute Tax Changes (Read More)
  • Senate Bill ‘Bombshell’ Could Raise Taxes on Tech (Read More)
  • Europe sucked into sell-off, sterling suffers Brexit blues (Read More)
  • After Tax Overhaul, GOP Will Pivot to Revamping Welfare (Read More)
  • Exiled son of slain Yemen ex-leader calls for revenge (Read More)
  • How AI Will Invade Every Corner of Wall Street (Read More)
  • Does Anything Back This $814 Million Cryptocurrency?  (Read More)
  • Want That House? You’d Better Pay in Cash (Read More)
  • Can This 107-Year-Old Steelmaker Be Brought Back to Life?  (Read More)
  • iPhone market share slips in October-quarter: research firm (Read More)
  • Nissan’s Self-Driving Taxis Will Hit the Road in March (Read More)
  • Supporters free ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili from Ukrainian police amid chaotic scenes (Read More)
  • GM puts an e-commerce marketplace in the dashboard (Read More)
  • Ford Attempts a U-Turn in China (Read More)
  • House Panel Questions Podesta on Trump Dossier Links (Read More)
  • Cineworld Agrees to Buy Regal in $3.6 Billion Theater Deal (Read More)
  • CVS Chief’s Path From Corner Pharmacy to Health-Care Giant (Read More)

Ravi Zacharias Responds to Sexting Allegations, Credentials Critique

Before we get to Christianity Today’s story, you should know that Ravi Zacharias does not hold a doctorate in anything (we reported on this here). He has honorary doctorates. An honorary doctorate is not the same thing as an earned Ph.D.  Zacharias has not written a dissertation nor has he passed an oral defense. He has a […]

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What is Heresy? Is Arminianism Heresy, Part I

Pulpit & Pen News examines what the meaning of heresy is. Included in this piece is a list of specified, defined heresies. Some of the examples given are: Antinomianism, Arianism, Modalism, Montanism, Pelagianism, Sabellianism, and the Galatian Heresy (works righteousness).  All are prominent heresies.  Because the visible Church is infested with heresy, believers must do […]

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The Antidote to Anemic Worship

In far too many churches, the Bible is nearly silent, chides Albert Mohler, president of Baptist Theological Seminary. “The public reading of Scripture has been dropped from many services and the sermon has been sidelined, reduced to a brief devotional appended to the music.” We are in the age of entertainment, says Mohler.  And there […]

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Who’s the founder and leader of the NAR cult?

In a piece over at Churchwatch Central titled  “Why Wagner WAS the Leader of the NAR (Part 4): Generals International interview in 2000 reveals the truth” they examine the late C. Peter Wagner’s claim that the NAR has no leader.  Back in 2011 I expressed my concern (here) over former governor of Texas Rick Perry’s […]

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3 Reasons Every Christian Needs to Use the Creeds

What is the best way to instruct ourselves and our children? According to Timothy W. Massaro the best way is to familiarize ourselves with the creeds (statement of faith) of the early church. “Worshipping God, and understanding what was necessary for our salvation, drove our church fathers to write down why salvation had to look […]

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Another Man’s Done Gone: David Platt and Beth Moore

There’s trouble brewing over David Platt retweeting a video of SBC “Godmother” Beth Moore’s endorsement of the Lottie Moon Christmas offering.  Many consider David Platt a “great Bible teacher” and a truth teller while Moore. who is an idol to a large number of Christian women, is a really bad Bible teacher, even a false teacher who should […]

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Headlines – 12/5/2017

No decision on embassy move to Jerusalem before deadline – White House

Trump missing embassy waiver deadline by a few days is no big deal, experts say

US embassies said to gird for protests over Trump Jerusalem moves

Defense minister unmoved by threats of violence over Jerusalem recognition

Lieberman: Trump has ‘historic opportunity to rectify injustice’ with Jerusalem recognition

Jerusalem mayor, outside White House, pleads with Trump to move the embassy

Saudi Arabia warns of Jerusalem embassy impact as Trump delays announcement

Europe rattled Trump may recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

French president supposedly urges Trump not to act on Jerusalem. Trump heard something different.

Ex-Israeli ambassadors urge Trump’s envoy: U.S. must not unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as capital

Turkey says recognizing Jerusalem as capital would cause catastrophe

Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is ‘naked aggression,’ Islamic nations warn Trump

Muslim nations call for summit if Trump recognizes Jerusalem

‘Kiss of death’ to two-state solution if Jerusalem declared Israel capital: PLO envoy

Mum on peace plan, Kushner leaves everyone guessing, or scratching heads

Hamas Demands PA Prime Minister Resign, as Palestinian Unity Deal Crumbles

Israel-Europe Gas Pipeline Deal to Be Signed This Week

Israel And U.S. Hide Names Of Companies Supporting Israeli Settlements

Islamic Jihad still planning to avenge deaths of members killed in tunnel

Syrian media says Israel struck near Damascus for second time in days

Israel Strikes Assad Regime Military Target in Syria, Foreign Media Reports

Report: Israel attacks military research center in Syria

Satellite shows aftermath of alleged Israeli strike on Iranian base in Syria

5 rockets launched from Sinai, but siren may have malfunctioned – IDF

UK foreign aid money ‘diverted to extremists’ in Syria

Iraqi Kurds still love US despite its opposition to Kurdish independence, says Kurdish leader

Russia provides air cover for Kurdish militia in Syria

UN, France to hold international meeting to support Lebanon

Yemen’s Ex-President Killed as Mayhem Convulses Capital

US Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

A bold new legal defense for Trump: Presidents cannot obstruct justice

Mueller’s Credibility Problem – The special counsel is stonewalling Congress and protecting the FBI

Mueller to invite criticism by revealing taxpayers’ tab for Russia investigation

Pelosi slammed by GOP for calling tax bill ‘Armageddon’

Dow hits record as investors bet on tax cuts

Could Israel Become a Hub for Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrency?

11th Hour Upset to Brexit Deal Complicates Life for Theresa May

UN political affairs chief to visit North Korea this week

‘We’re Getting Close to a Military Conflict’ With North Korea, Sen. Graham Says

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Naisano Dua, Indonesia

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 33,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 24,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Albania sends in military rescue as heavy rains trigger huge floods

Flu-pocalypse? 2017 flu season could be worse, vaccine not as effective, expert warns

Health experts: This year’s flu vaccine only 10% effective

Same-Sex Couples Don’t Get the Same Marriage Benefits as Heterosexuals in Texas

In wake of Weinstein, men wonder if hugging women still OK

Red Cross Demands Branches Remove Crucifixes to Be More Secular

Design (But Not Design) Is the New Unifying Principle of Biology

Mike Ratliff – Godly Discernment is Rooted in Christian Maturity

On Discerning Ravi Zacharias: It’s time to say what needs to be said
This blogger raised questions about Zacharias over 1 year ago

Kent Hovinds adulterous 2nd marriage ends as wife as seeks divorce 

Lou Engle obsessing over Franklin Hall and Latter Rain cult

Are Humans on the Verge of an Evolutionary Leap?

Catholics to Pray Rosary On the Border to Shield U.S. From Terrorism

Drowned city of the Caesars was Roman empire’s wine-soaked party town of luxury and wickedness

Russia-China bond market advancing “dollarless” financial system

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 04:07 PM PST

Russia-China bond market advancing “dollarless” financial systemThe Moscow stock exchange will soon issue nearly $1 billion-worth of yuan-denominated bonds. It could become the start of a new financial system not based on the US dollar, analysts say. Russia will issue the 6 billion yuan (about $900 million) bonds with a five-year maturity in December or January. The Central Bank says it is testing the water for future investments. “Such steps will make it possible to remove the dollar from mutual settlements and use only yuan and rubles (mostly yuan for the moment)

in the mid-term, if more specialists from the Russian financial sector work in this direction,” Gleb Zadoya, Head of Analytics at Analitika Online told RT. Russian bonds in yuan could be interesting for the Chinese, as China has trillions of dollars of excessive liquidity, as well as hundreds of thousands of new investors who are interested in trying new markets, the analyst said. For Russia, facing a new round of US sanctions aimed at its bond market, it is a great opportunity to get closer to China, according to Zadoya. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Israel Strikes Near Damascus Again! Second Strike In Days

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 03:41 PM PST

DEVELOPING: Israel Strikes Near Damascus Again! Second Strike In DaysSyrian state media on Monday said Israel had fired missiles at a Syrian military facility in the Damascus countryside, adding that Syrian air defense systems had intercepted three of the missiles. “Our air defenses are confronting an Israeli missile attack on one of our sites in the Damascus suburbs and three of the targets were downed,” state news agency SANA said, adding the attacks happened at 11:30 p.m. Monday.

A witness told Reuters late on Monday three strong explosions were heard from the direction of Jamraya, west of Damascus. Another witness said thick smoke could be seen rising over the area.
Jamraya contains a military research facility which was hit by what was believed to have been an Israeli attack in 2013. Israel in the past has targeted positions of Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah group inside Syria where the Iran-backed group is heavily involved in fighting alongside the Syrian army. READ MORE

The Enemy’s Attempt to Render the Word of God Powerless!

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 02:06 PM PST

The Enemy’s Attempt to Render the Word of God Powerless!(By Ricky Scaparo) In this message, we will show you how Satan is attempting to strip the Word of God of its power to save, deliver and transform the souls of the lost! For the entire message watch the video below:

Supreme Court allows President Trump’s travel ban to go fully into effect

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 01:55 PM PST

Supreme Court allows President Trump’s travel ban to go fully into effectThe Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries.  The justices, with two dissenting votes, said Monday that the policy can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts. The action suggests the high court could uphold the latest version of the ban that Trump announced in September. The ban applies to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Lower courts

had said people from those nations with a claim of a “bona fide” relationship with someone in the United States could not be kept out of the country. Grandparents, cousins and other relatives were among those courts said could not be excluded. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor would have left the lower court orders in place. The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, will be holding arguments on the legality of the ban this week. READ MORE

 

Red Cross Demands Branches Remove Crucifixes to Be More Secular

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 01:44 PM PST

Red Cross Demands Branches Remove Crucifixes to Be More SecularVolunteers have criticised the Red Cross charity after receiving a communication telling them to remove crucifixes from the walls of their branches as the organization looks to become more secular.
The Belgian branches of the international aid organization received an email from the Provincial Committee of the Red Cross in Liège to remove all crucifixes. André Rouffart, president of the Red Crossin Verviers, said: “We were asked to respect the principles of the Red Cross”, and not to distinguish between race or religious belief 7sur7 reports.  Mr. Rouffart said there had been pushback from volunteers and other members on the issue but downplayed the issue, saying: “I think it’s a storm in a teacup.” Several volunteers spoke to Belgian broadcaster RTL and expressed hostility to the move, with one saying:  READ MORE
Drumbeats Of Ezekiel 38 – Israel Bombs Iranian Base In Syria

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 11:22 AM PST

Drumbeats Of Ezekiel 38 – Israel Bombs Iranian Base In SyriaIsrael’s air force has bombed a military target thought to be an Iranian military base outside Damascus, Syria December 2. The hit was reported by Arab media outlets. An arms depot was destroyed in the strike, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.  Iran is a staunch ally of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and provided him with military and financial assistance during the long Syrian civil war.

Arabic media reported the target was an Iranian military base 9 miles south of Damascus and just 30 miles from the Israeli border that was revealed by the BBC three weeks ago. It is the first time reports have emerged of Iran establishing a permanent base in Syria. “At half past midnight [2230 GMT Friday], the Israeli enemy fired several surface-to-surface missiles at a military position in Damascus province,” Syria’s state SANA news agency reported, according to The Times of Israel. READ MORE

 

Salvation Army Worker Shot Dead With Bible in Hand, Preaching the Gospel to His Killer in Ohio

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 11:09 AM PST

Salvation Army Worker Shot Dead With Bible in Hand, Preaching the Gospel to His Killer in OhioA 21-year-old Salvation Army worker in Cleveland, Ohio, was shot dead in the head Saturday morning with his Bible in hand, while preaching the Gospel.  Those who knew Jared Plesec say that he was devoted to his faith, and lived to teach others about God.  “Jared was an employee (youth worker) and church member of The Salvation Army Temple Corps Community Center in Collinwood. Jared died as he lived, sharing God’s love.

Jared passed away in full Salvation Army uniform with his Bible in hand leaving home on his day off to volunteer at The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle,” The Salvation Army said in a statement, as reported by WKYC.com.  “In the past two days, hundreds of individuals, mostly youth, have flocked to The Salvation Army in Collinwood to pay tribute to Jared’s life. They all had one thing in common, Jared loved them, he cared for them and he changed their lives. READ MORE

Human Ken Doll having 60th surgery even if it KILLS him…

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 10:47 AM PST

Human Ken Doll having 60th surgery even if it KILLS him…‘Human Ken Doll’ Rodrigo Alves has vowed to go ahead with his 60th operation, which will see him having his RIBS cut from his body, even if it kills him.  The Brazilian-born star, 34, who has so far spent $400,000 on plastic surgery, will travel to LA to undergo his latest procedure which he claims will make him thinner.  Rodrigo has opted for the controversial rib removal after being told he cannot have any more liposuction – after having the fat-sucking surgery on 20 different occasions. The larger-than-life

character has had 59 body modification procedures to alter his appearance, and over 100 aesthetic enhancements. And despite his family revealing to The Sun Online last month that they fear he could die on the operating table, Rodrigo remains defiant. He said: “I will keep going. There is no such thing as plastic surgery killing you. READ MORE

Number of Kids in Foster Care in America Rises for Fourth Consecutive Year

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 06:11 AM PST

Number of Kids in Foster Care in America Rises for Fourth Consecutive YearA new U.S. government report has found that the tragic rise of children in foster care has continued for a fourth consecutive year — and the likely reason for the uptick is heartbreaking.   The Administration for Children and Families, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, found that the number of kids in foster care in fiscal year 2016 was 437,500, up from 427,400 the previous year. Meanwhile, adoptions from foster care increased from 54,000 to 57,000 during the same timeframe.

So, the key question is “why?” The report found that the biggest increase when it came to the reasons why kids were removed from the home was in the drug abuse category. Overall, 92,000 kids were removed from their home due to drug use by at least one parent in fiscal year 2016; this proportion increased from 32 percent to 34 percent between 2015 and 2016. Steven Wagner, the acting assistant secretary for the ACF, expressed worries over this trend on Wednesday. READ MORE

Venezuela to create digital currency amid financing crisis…

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 05:57 AM PST

Venezuela to create digital currency amid financing crisis…Venezuela is creating a digital currency to combat a financial blockade by the United States, President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday.  The Petro will be backed by Venezuela’s oil and gas reserves and its gold and diamond holdings, the president said in his weekly television program. “This is going to allow us to move toward new forms of international financing for the country’s economic and social development,” the president said. The government also announced the creation of a “blockchain

observatory” — a software platform for buying and selling virtual currency. Although the president did not offer many details, analysts such as Henkel Garcia see the possibility of success as limited. “You can build it, but trust, acceptance and use is what will determine the cryptocurrency’s success. For me, it will be quite limited. The bolivar is is also backed by reserves and has no strength,” Garcia, director of consultancy Econometrica.  READ MORE

World’s Longest-Lasting Rainbow Seen Over Taiwan for 9 Hours

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 05:44 AM PST

World’s Longest-Lasting Rainbow Seen Over Taiwan for 9 HoursA rainbow appeared in the sky above Taiwan’s capital Taipei this week and lasted for nine hours to become the longest-lasting rainbow in history, two scientists have claimed.  The rainbow appeared at 6:57 a.m. local time and was seen until 3:55 p.m. on Thursday, say Chou Kun-hsuan and Liu Ching-huang, both professors in the Department of Atmospheric Science of Chinese Culture University in Taipei city, according to Taiwan News.

The previous longest-lasting rainbow was seen for six hours in Wetherby in Yorkshire, U.K. on March 14, 1994.  The scientists said the rainbow lasted for such a long time because a monsoon was effecting northern Taiwan, Brinkwire.com.  “This was a gift from the sky,” professor Chou was quoted as saying. “I was shaking when I observed a six-hour rainbow, but this was a miracle [to me], being able to capture a rainbow with such long duration. READ MORE

Children, Entire Evangelical Families Being Arrested in Eritrea Simply for Praying

Posted: 04 Dec 2017 05:39 AM PST

Children, Entire Evangelical Families Being Arrested in Eritrea Simply for PrayingEntire evangelical Christian families, including children, are reportedly being arrested in new persecution tactics being used by Eritrean officials, human rights activists have said.  “Since May of this year, nearly 200 Christians have been arrested. The interesting thing about this — they have shifted tactics … Instead of just raiding church services or Bible studies, now the government is going to the homes of Christians, and they’re arresting the whole family,” Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs USA told Mission Network News.

“Even children have been put under arrest if they’re part of a Christian family.” Nettleton explained that the children are taken into custody when their parents are arrested, and said that 16 students were taken by officials in November, simply for praying. “Even as bad as it was, this seems like even a step further in the persecution of Christians — to arrest even children who are involved in Christian activities,” Nettleton added. READ MORE

UN Passes Six New Anti-Israel Resolutions

Posted: 03 Dec 2017 07:30 PM PST

UN Passes Six New Anti-Israel ResolutionsThe United Nations General Assembly passed six new Arab-sponsored resolutions condemning Israel on Thursday, including a resolution erasing all Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and another condemning Israel’s presence in the Golan Heights.  By contrast, in this year’s session there will be a total of six condemnatory resolutions for the rest of the world combined — with one each on Syria, North Korea, Iran, Crimea, Myanmar, as well as one criticizing the U.S. embargo on Cuba.

The Jerusalem resolution, passed by a vote of  151 votes in favor to 6 against with 9 abstentions, “reiterated that any actions by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction, and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem were illegal and therefore null and void.” The resolution referred to Jerusalem and its holy sites exclusively in Arabic, noting the Muslim significance. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) passed almost identical resolutions in 2015 and 2016.  READ MORE

 

US families urged to evacuate military bases near Seoul amid fears of War

Posted: 03 Dec 2017 07:10 PM PST

US families urged to evacuate military bases near Seoul amid fears of WarFamilies of US military should leave South Korea because war between America and Pyongyang is “getting close”, according to a senior US Senator and ex-Air Force Colonel.  Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has warned that the rising tensions between the the US and Kim Jong-un’s corrupt regime means preparations for war need to be taken.  The member of the Senate Armed Services Committee

warned the US was “running out of time” to prepare itself for war when speaking on CBS yesterday. He said: “I want the Pentagon to stop sending dependents and I think it’s now time to start moving American dependents out of South Korea. “We’re getting close to a military conflict because North Korea is marching toward marrying up the technology of an ICBM with a nuclear weapon on top that can not only get to America, but deliver the weapon. READ MORE

Lester Sumrall’s 7 Troubling Prophecies Over America

Posted: 03 Dec 2017 06:56 PM PST

Lester Sumrall’s 7 Troubling Prophecies Over AmericaLester Sumrall went home to be with the Lord in 1996, but his legacy continues—and his God-breathed prophetic words are still alive.  In a 1987 video capture, Sumrall, whose spiritual father was Smith Wigglesworth, shares seven prophetic insights God revealed to his heart earlier in his walk with the Lord. I wish they weren’t accurate, but it seems he heard rightly. You can watch the video to see all the warnings. I’m going to focus on just one of them. “I said, ‘God, I don’t understand this at all.’ He said,

‘You’re going to see it and here are seven things to watch.’ And God gave me seven things to observe. Number one was, America will depart from its historic faith. Now at that time, the Supreme Court hadn’t done any of those strange things, such as permission to kill unborn babies and giving such rights to homosexuals. See, none of that happened.” None of those things had happened when the Lord first spoke to Sumrall but many things have happened since. The man of God received these revelations before Roe v. Wade, before the Supreme Court decision to sanction homosexual marriages and before the growing persecution of Christians in America. READ MORE


What is The Gospel?


Selected Scriptures

Code: A335

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.

Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.

Consider what the Bible says about Him:

JESUS IS GOD

While Jesus was on earth there was much confusion about who He was. Some thought He was a wise man or a great prophet. Others thought He was a madman. Still others couldn’t decide or didn’t care. But Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). That means He claimed to be nothing less than God in human flesh.

Many people today don’t understand that Jesus claimed to be God. They’re content to think of Him as little more than a great moral teacher. But even His enemies understood His claims to deity. That’s why they tried to stone Him to death (John 5:18; 10:33) and eventually had Him crucified (John 19:7).

C.S. Lewis observed, “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to” (Mere Christianity [Macmillan, 1952], pp. 40-41).

If the biblical claims of Jesus are true, He is God!

JESUS IS HOLY

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13).

As God, Jesus embodied every element of God’s character. Colossians 2:9 says, “In Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” He was perfectly holy (Hebrews 4:15). Even His enemies couldn’t prove any accusation against Him (John 8:46)

God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

JESUS IS THE SAVIOR

Our failure to obey God—to be holy—places us in danger of eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:9). The truth is, we cannot obey Him because we have neither the desire nor the ability to do so. We are by nature rebellious toward God (Ephesians 2:1-3). The Bible calls our rebellion “sin.” According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And we are incapable of changing our sinful condition. Jeremiah 13:23 says, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”

That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. We might even be involved in various religious or humanitarian activities. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one” (Romans 3:10-12).

God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: “The soul who sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s hard for us to understand because we tend to evaluate sin on a relative scale, assuming some sins are less serious than others. However, the Bible teaches that all acts of sin are the result of sinful thinking and evil desires. That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences. We need to be changed inwardly so our thinking and desires are holy

Jesus is the only one who can forgive and transform us, thereby delivering us from the power and penalty of sin: “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior, who paid the penalty and died for sinners: “Christ … died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice, thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26). John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” He alone is “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13).

JESUS IS THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE OBJECT OF SAVING FAITH

Some people think it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you’re sincere. But without a valid object your faith is useless

If you take poison—thinking it’s medicine—all the faith in the world won’t restore your life. Similarly, if Jesus is the only source of salvation, and you’re trusting in anyone or anything else for your salvation, your faith is useless.

Many people assume there are many paths to God and that each religion represents an aspect of truth. But Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). He didn’t claim to be one of many equally legitimate paths to God, or the way to God for His day only. He claimed to be the only way to God—then and forever.

JESUS IS LORD

Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Confessing Jesus as Lord means humbly submitting to His authority (Philippians 2:10-11). Believing that God has raised Him from the dead involves trusting in the historical fact of His resurrection—the pinnacle of Christian faith and the way the Father affirmed the deity and authority of the Son (Romans 1:4; Acts 17:30-31).

True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is more than simply being sorry for sin. It is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin and pursue holiness (Isaiah 55:7). Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15); and “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31).

It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. Their faith is not genuine. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

Jesus is the sovereign Lord. When you obey Him you are acknowledging His lordship and submitting to His authority. That doesn’t mean your obedience will always be perfect, but that is your goal. There is no area of your life that you withhold from Him.

JESUS IS THE JUDGE

All who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior will one day face Him as their Judge: “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

Second Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

Who does the Bible say Jesus is? The living God, the Holy One, the Savior, the only valid object of saving faith, the sovereign Lord, and the righteous Judge.

Who do you say Jesus is? That is the inescapable question. He alone can redeem you—free you from the power and penalty of sin. He alone can transform you, restore you to fellowship with God, and give your life eternal purpose. Will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?


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December 4, 2017 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

BLOOMBERG

The U.S. and South Korea on Monday began a five-day joint air exercise on the Korean peninsula involving 230 aircraft and 12,000 American troops, in what North Korea has dubbed the largest-ever joint aerial drill.

Venezuela’s currency is in free fall. Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin are going precisely the other direction. And there, President Nicolas Maduro sees a way out of his country’s economic ills. Maduro announced the nation would create its own “petrocurrency,” backed by reserves in oil, gas, gold and diamonds. It will enable Venezuela “to advance in monetary sovereignty, carry out its financial transactions to overcome the financial blockade.”

In a dispute that pits free speech and religious rights against equality, the justices on Tuesday will consider the case of a Colorado baker who refuses to make cakes for same-sex weddings.

Rahul Gandhi is set to take the reins of India’s opposition Congress party from his mother Sonia Gandhi, who led the organization for two decades. He’s he sixth person from Nehru-Gandhi family to head the party.

Elon Musk fully intends to put a red sports car made by a company that he runs into an enormous rocket ship made by another company that he runs and fire both into Mars orbit. The car, as it hurtles into space, will be playing a song by David Bowie on repeat.

Bitcoin’s extraordinary price surge means its market capitalization now exceeds the annual output of whole economies, and the estimated worth of some of the world’s top billionaires.

Facebook Inc., Google’s YouTube, which is owned by Alphabet Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Twitter Inc. have added the digital signatures of 40,000 terrorist videos and images to a shared database as they seek to keep extremist content off their platforms.

AP Top Stories

Students at a Florida elementary school have sent over 600 backpacks to recently reopened schools all around Puerto Rico, each with a note to a child they have never met.

The rebel alliance controlling Yemen’s capital appeared to crumble Saturday as a strongman opposed to the internationally recognized government reached out to a Saudi-led coalition fighting the insurgents.

An Anglican minister is feeling the heat after a blog post in which he urged congregants to “pray in the privacy of their hearts” for Prince George to be gay went viral.

Russia’s justice ministry will start registering some foreign media as “foreign agents” this week, the RIA news agency cited a source in the Russian upper house of parliament as saying on Monday.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Pakistan Monday as Washington pressures its wayward ally to eliminate militant safe havens; days after Pakistani authorities freed an alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Israel is building a giant drone comparable to America’s RQ-4 Global Hawk, according to Israeli media. The drone will be an upgrade of Israel’s Eitan long-range reconnaissance UAV, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Tens of thousands of people have protested in Tel Aviv against what they say is corruption within the government and the slow pace of investigations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Pentagon is preparing to spend millions of dollars to fix up a Cold War-era air base in Iceland as Washington rushes to keep an eye on a new generation of stealthy Russian submarines slipping into the North Atlantic.

The death toll from violence in Iraq has fallen to its lowest monthly level in five years following the Islamic State group’s military collapse, the United Nations said Monday.

The F-35 is almost ready to attack from aircraft carriers. Being engineered for a carrier, the F-35C’s 51-foot wingspan is larger than the Air Force’s F-35A and Marine Corps’ F-35B short take-off-and-landing variants. The fighter is configured to carry 19,000 pounds of fuel and 18,000 pounds of weapons. It can fire two AIM-120 air-to-air missiles and two 2,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions. The F-35C can reach speeds up to Mach 1.6 and travel more than 1,200 nautical miles.

The commander of the Taliban’s “special forces” branch, known as the “Red Unit,” was killed last week in Helmand province by Afghan forces, according to Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency.

BBC

Crew on board a Cathay Pacific plane flying over Japan reported a suspected sighting of last week’s North Korean missile test, the airline said. The company confirmed to the BBC that crew witnessed “what is suspected to be the re-entry” of the missile into the earth’s atmosphere.

Chinese authorities have shut down an institute that was teaching women to be obedient and subordinate to men. The education bureau said the institute, which claimed it taught “traditional virtues”, had violated socialist core values. An online video showed lecturers speaking out against gender equality, while other advice to women included not fighting back when being beaten. China has seen a rise in similar institutes in recent years.

Police investigating a bomb found at a Christmas market in Germany on Friday say it was not terrorism but an attempt to blackmail the shipping company, DHL. The nail bomb was sent in a parcel to a pharmacy near a market in Potsdam.

WND

Walmart is selling “Antifa” clothing that “will [allow you to] express yourself inside the opposition to the ideology, organizations, governments and people from the far right (fascism).”

The Advanced Plant Technologies program aims to modify vegetation to detect electromagnetic signals, pathogens, radiation and chemicals in the environment and report the data to military intelligence.


The Briefing — Monday, December 4, 2017

1) Ireland’s turn to the left and the moral dimension of secularization

New York Times (Liam Stack) –
How Ireland Moved to the Left: ‘The Demise of the Church’

2) Australian state turns to euthanasia amid the shifting ground of medical authority

New York Times (Adam Baidawi) –
Euthanasia Law Passes in Australia for First Time

3) As millennials look to horoscopes, belief vacuum at modern embrace of occult is revealed

MarketWatch (Kari Paul) –
Why millennials are ditching religion for witchcraft and astrology

New York Times (Alexandra Levine) –
Leaning on the Stars to Make Sense of the World


News – 12/4/2017

Rare Triad of Supermoons Sends Super Strong Warning to ‘Haters of Israel’
A series of three supermoons began on Sunday and will end with a super Blue Blood Moon on January 31, giving what one rabbi explained is a triple-dose of divine judgement to “the haters of Israel” as the secular New Year comes in.

‘Trump administration has something major planned this week’
Will President Donald Trump fulfill his campaign promise of moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as recent reports citing unnamed administration officials claim? Or will the president settle with a symbolic move of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as other senior sources have claimed?

New documents reveal FBI’s Clinton cover-up
What we haven’t known, until now, is that a frantic scramble erupted in the halls of the FBI to cover up this meeting. In fact, the FBI turned its sharp light not on the scandalous meeting between the attorney general and Bill Clinton – but rather on one of the whistleblowers who got the word out. No wonder the FBI didn’t turn these documents over until we caught it red-handed, hiding and lying about them.

After Steinle verdict, rep unveils bill to imprison officials who shelter illegal immigrants
A Republican congressman plans to introduce a bill Monday that would threaten huge fines and prison time for elected officials accused of sheltering illegal immigrant criminals from deportation, in the wake of the not-guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle murder trial. Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita’s bill is one of the most aggressive pieces of legislation to date aimed at sanctuary city policies, going beyond the Justice Department’s threat to cut off grants to those jurisdictions.

What to Know About Scarlet Fever, the Antique Disease That’s on the Upswing
This disease has never gone away, but now it’s on the upswing in Asia and the United Kingdom. Cases of scarlet fever tripled in England in 2014 and are now at a 50-year high, according to research published in Lancet Infectious Diseases. This surge follows a severe spike in scarlet fever cases in South Korea, Vietnam, China and Hong Kong. Theresa Lamagni, lead author of the study, told STAT that her team quantified the trend but has no idea of the cause.

World War 3: US commences ‘REALISTIC COMBAT EXERCISE’ on Kim Jong-un’s doorstep
The five-day military exercise is taking place between US and South Korean forces as World War 3 tensions are upped another gear. South Korea’s defence ministry said: “It’s aimed at enhancing the all-weather, day and night combined air power operation capabilities of South Korea and the US.” The US Seventh Air Force added: “The realistic air combat exercise is designed to enhance interoperability between US and Republic of Korea forces, and increase the combat effectiveness of both nations.”

The Big One? Magnitude 6 earthquake strikes as damage feared in coastal city
The quake struck 19km north east of Bahia de Caraquez on the west coast of Ecuador at 11.19UTC. Tremors came at a depth of 24.73km, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). It is not known yet if there has been any major damage from the quake.

Golan ISIS threat looms large over Israel and Syrian rebels
In November 2016, Israel and an Islamic State affiliate that controls territory on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights engaged in a brief battle. After coming under small arms and mortar fire, Israel responded with an air strike that killed four members of the ISIS group, which goes by the local name of the “Army of Khalid bin al-Walid” (JKW).

North Korea missile ‘seen by Cathay Pacific airline crew’
Crew on board a Cathay Pacific plane flying over Japan reported a suspected sighting of last week’s North Korean missile test, the airline said. The company confirmed to the BBC that crew witnessed “what is suspected to be the re-entry” of the missile into the earth’s atmosphere. It added that as things stand no flight routes were being modified.

Venezuela unveils virtual currency amid economic crisis
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced the creation of a new virtual currency in a bid to ease the country’s economic crisis. He said the Petro would be backed by Venezuela’s oil, gas, gold and diamond wealth. Opposition MPs, however, poured scorn on the plan.

US families urged to EVACUATE military bases near Seoul amid fears North Korea WAR ‘close’
FAMILIES of US military should leave South Korea because war between America and Pyongyang is “getting close”, according to a senior US Senator and ex-Air Force Colonel. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has warned that the rising tensions between the the US and Kim Jong-un’s corrupt regime means preparations for war need to be taken. The member of the Senate Armed Services Committee warned the US was “running out of time” to prepare itself for war…

Jordan, Egypt warn US against recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
The foreign ministers of Jordan and Egypt, the only Arab states to sign a peace treaty with Israel, warned against the reported decision by the Trump administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi tweeted that he had spoken to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the dangerous consequences of such a move.

Report: Saudi peace plan favors Israel
A November meeting between Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman included a discussion of a peace plan largely favoring Israel, The New York Times reported. According to the Times’ report, bin Salman’s plan offers the PA noncontiguous parts of Judea and Samaria, with limited sovereignty and without eastern Jerusalem as its capital city. Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, for the most part, would not be destroyed or moved.

Report: Trump Mulls Plan to Expand Gaza Into Palestinian State in Sinai
President Donald Trump is mulling a proposal to create a Palestinian state in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula that would significantly expand the territory of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm reported Saturday. The Egyptian report came a day before Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, was set to address the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum regarding renewed U.S.-led peace efforts in the region, and amid reports that Trump may recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital this week.

Cyclone Ockhi Live Updates: Death toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala rise to 19, over 600 fishermen rescued
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