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Prophecy News – 10 September 2011

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Where is the U.S. in Bible Prophecy?

  • China seeks to dispel fears over military build-up

China said Wednesday it would avoid “invasion, expansion or war” — but not at the expense of its claims on Taiwan — as it seeks to dispel fears over its military build-up and territorial assertiveness. Washington and China’s neighbours have expressed rising concerns about Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea, military spending and new high-tech equipment that includes an aircraft carrier that trialled last month. Introducing a white paper on China’s “peaceful” development plans, Wang Yajun, head of the Central Foreign Affairs Office — which advises the top leadership — reiterated the “defensive” nature of China’s defence policy.

  • 9/11: US warns of ‘credible’ anniversary threat

The US has warned of a “specific, credible threat” ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, possibly in New York or Washington DC. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the threat was “uncorroborated”, but security would be boosted at bridges, tunnels and on public transport. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said spot checks in the New York subway would be more frequent in coming days. President Barack Obama called on the US to “redouble” anti-terror efforts.

Hillary Clinton for president?“So far she hasn’t said she would, but I think it’s not a bad idea,” former Vice President Dick Cheney told ABC’s Jonathan Karl in an interview on Wednesday to promote his new book “In My  Time.” Cheney declined to say whether he thought the current Secretary of State would have been a better president than Barack Obama, but called her a “pretty formidable individual.”

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who envisions himself as the next Russian president come the 2012 elections, already is working on a Eurasian economic union designed to rival the European Union. And that not only could be a big political bonanza but could affect the economic life of as many as 165 million people – 60 percent of the former Soviet population, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.Sometimes accused of wanting to recreate the Soviet Union, former KGB agent Putin has been working to set up a customs union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan that will remove customs controls and tariffs along their three borders.

Israel – God’s Timepiece

  • The Mysterious Raid on Eilat: Why No One Wants to Dig Too Deep

A month after an unusual terror attack killed eight Israelis along a desert highway approaching the Red Sea, the incident remains shrouded in mystery, especially in Gaza, where Israeli officials insist the complex, military-style attack was orchestrated but where no group has taken responsibility. “Usually the problem is more than one group takes credit after a successful operation,” says Taheri Al-Nunu, a spokesman for Hamas, the militant group that governs Gaza. Hamas had immediately denied knowledge of the attack, and hurriedly surveyed the other militant groups operating in the enclave. “All of them denied it.”

A senior Israeli military official says the air force has deployed a special unit of unmanned surveillance aircraft along its long, porous border with Egypt after militants crossed the frontier and killed eight Israelis last month. The official says the drones are monitoring both sides of the 150-mile (250-kilometer) border, though the aircraft are flying only in Israeli airspace. In the wake of the attack, Israel also has sent more troops along the border.

  • IDF general: Likelihood of regional war growing

Recent revolutions in the Arab world and the deteriorating ties with Turkey are raising the likelihood of a regional war in the Middle East, IDF Home Front Command Chief, Major General Eyal Eisenberg warned Monday. “It looks like the Arab Spring, but it can also be a radical Islamic winter,” he said in a speech at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. “This leads us to the conclusion that through a long-term process, the likelihood of an all-out war is increasingly growing,” the IDF general said.

  • The Next Arab-Israeli War – 9 Fronts?

The current unrest pursuant to the “Arab Spring” is a mixed blessing for Iran. On one hand, if young Bashir were to fall, Iran will lose its most important ally in the western part of the Arab world. A break with Syria would be a serious defeat for Iran, since it would no longer be able to supply Hezbollah directly, nor would it have direct contact and supervision over its proxy terror armies in Lebanon, the Sinai, and the Gaza Strip. It would also be very bad news for Hezbollah, whose terrorist leaders rely heavily on Iranian supplies, funds, and armaments, all channeled into Lebanon via Syria. Hamas too would suffer from a break in its link with its Iranian godfather.

  • Why Palestine Will Not Have Peaceful Relations with Israel

Judging from the reactions of many Palestinians this week to Turkey’s decision to expel the Israeli ambassador and freeze security contracts with Israel, it does not seem that the future state of Palestine will have peaceful relations with its Jewish neighbors. In fact, the joy that many Palestinians belonging to various political groups expressed over the Turkish decision is a sign that even if the United Nations votes in favor of a Palestinian state later this month, the “two-state solution” is not going to bring peace, stability and coexistence to the Middle East.

  • Palestinians kick-off UN bid as US vows to use veto

Representatives of various Palestinian factions on Thursday delivered a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon in support of accepting a Palestinian state as a full member of the UN, seemingly kicking off the PA’s September UN maneuver. Palestinian Authority officials denied that the letter was an official request to the UN to recognize a Palestinian state along the pre-1967 lines. They said that the factions decided to deliver the letter as part of a popular campaign in support of the statehood bid.

A Revived Roman Empire?

  • Economic Crisis May Advance United States of Europe

It took nearly a decade of squabbling amongst EU states, a series of referendum disasters and a last-minute game of high-stakes brinksmanship from a stubborn Czech president, but the bloc finally managed to radically refashion the way it worked with the passage of the Lisbon Treaty in 2010. So exhausted were they by the struggle by the time the soap opera ended, European leaders then swore it would be very long indeed, perhaps a generation, before the EU treaties would be opened again.

  • Netherlands: Indebted states must be made ‘wards’ of the commission or leave euro

The Dutch government has proposed that highly indebted states be put into “guardianship”, with spending decisions seized from the elected government and placed under the direct control of a European commissioner. If a state is unwilling to surrender its sovereignty in this way, then it would be forced to exit the euro. “”Member states not willing to make themselves a ward, may choose to make use of the option to leave the eurozone,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a letter to the national parliament co-signed by the finance, economy and foreign ministers.

The Gog/Magog War

  • Turkey set to sign military pact with Egypt after cutting trade ties with Israel

A military and economic alliance with Egypt is set to be signed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The deal should be clinched when Erdogan visits Cairo next Monday – the first such visit paid by a Turkish prime minister in 15 years. The alliance is not intended as “revenge” against Israel; Erdogan’s intention is to extend Turkey’s influence to areas it has not reached in past decades.

  • Erdogan: Turkey warships will escort any future Gaza aid flotilla

Turkish warships will escort any Turkish aid vessels to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said in remarks broadcast on Al Jazeera television on Thursday. Erdogan also said that Turkey had taken steps to stop Israel from unilaterally exploiting natural resources from the eastern Mediterranean, according to Al Jazeera’s Arabic translation of excerpts of the interview, which was conducted in Turkish.

Apostate Christianity

  • Rethinking theology for HIV response

For churches in Africa, the Old Testament has historically occupied a prominent place in theological thinking. “Our theology is constructed with the image of God in the Old Testament,” reflects Charles Klagba, theological consultant for the Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa (EHAIA). “It is for that reason the reaction of many churches on this continent to the epidemic is very much influenced by the belief that illness is a punishment for individual sins,” he says. “This theology is very vivid in the Old Testament. This interpretation has reinforced the stigma and hindered the ministry of the church to be competent.”

Amid worldwide grappling with the economic crisis, Benedict XVI’s representative at Italy’s 25th National Eucharistic Congress is proposing the Eucharist as an invitation to solidarity. Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re opened the congress in Ancona on Sunday. He said that for today’s society, marked as it is with “so much egoism,” the Eucharist is “an appeal for openness toward others, to be able to love and to be able to forgive.” The Eucharist “is an invitation to solidarity and commitment to the poor, the suffering, the little ones, the marginalized,” the cardinal reflected.

The United Church of Christ, the denomination whose Chicago pastor Jeremiah Wright blasted the United States and white people for years from the pulpit while Barack Obama sat in his pews, has decided to banish God “the Father” from its organizational documents. A report from Eric Anderson on the denomination’s website confirmed that delegates to the UCC’s “General Synod 28″ agreed late Monday to a series of proposed amendments to the constitution and bylaws. The vote was 613 in favor of the changes, 171 against and 10 abstaining.

The Rise of Islam

  • Ahmadinejad Describes Introduction of New World Order as Main Mission of Iran

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad underlined the Islamic Revolution’s influence on the world nations and their rise against tyrannical rulers, and said introducing the new world order is the main mission of Iran.  “The most important mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran is to introducing an alternative world order to the people of the world,” Ahmadinejad said, addressing a gathering of Iran’s cultural attachés in 80 countries here in Tehran today.

  • Spanish Town Becoming “New Mecca of the Most Radical Islamism”

The municipality of Salt, a town near Barcelona where Muslim immigrants now make up 40% of the population, has approved a one-year ban on the construction of new mosques. It is the first ban of its kind in Spain. The moratorium follows public outrage over plans to build a massive Salafi mosque that is being financed by Saudi Arabia. Salafism is a branch of revivalist Islam that calls for restoring past Muslim glory by forcibly re-establishing an Islamic empire (Caliphate) across the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Europe such as Spain, which Salafists view as a Muslim state that must be reconquered for Islam.

  • Jihadists plot to take over Libya

Jihadists among the Libyan rebels revealed plans last week on the Internet to subvert the post-Moammar Gadhafi government and create an Islamist state, according to U.S. intelligence agencies. U.S. officials said spy agencies are stepping up surveillance of Islamist-oriented elements among Libyan rebels. A government report circulated Tuesday said extremists were observed “strategizing” on Internet forums about how to set up an Islamist state in Libya after the regime of Col. Gadhafi is defeated.

Increase in Knowledge & New Technologies

Organ printing, or the process of engineering tissue via 3D printing, possesses revolutionary potential for organ transplants. But do sociological consequences follow? Organ printing offers help to those in need of immediate organ transplants and other emergency situations, but it also pushes the medical establishment towards utilizing artificial biology as an immediate means of treatment over sound nutrition and preventative treatment. The hasty technological advancement towards organ printing is offering surgery-happy medical establishments even more ways to use invasive medical practices.

  • John’s Revelation: New Technologies or the Supernatural?

According to the Bible an unprecedented war will occur in the future. It will be fought on land and sea, in the heavens above, and in the earth below, in the physical and spiritual worlds. It will include “Michael and his angels [fighting] against the dragon; and the dragon [fighting] and his angels” (Rev. 12:7). Heretics will join the battle, calling upon “idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood” (Rev. 9:20) to convene their evil powers against the Christian God. They will unite with “unclean spirits….to gather them to the battle of that great day….[to] a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon ["Mount Megiddo"]” (Rev. 16:13-14;16). The fowl of the air will “eat the flesh of the mighty” and hybrid locusts will sting the enemies of God until the omnipotent Christ utterly repels the forces of darkness and destroys the New World Army.

Reflecting on the Paris exposition of 1900, Henry Adams admitted to being overwhelmed by the new technologies on display. He was awed in particular by the electricity-generating dynamo. One wonders what he would make of the technologies described by Sonia Arrison in “100 Plus.” “We are at the cusp of a revolution in medicine and biotechnology,” Ms. Arrison announces, “that will radically increase not just our life spans but also, and more importantly, our health spans.” This revolution will “change everything, from careers and relationships to family and faith.”

  • Police Can Track Your Cell in Real Time

In a case more interesting for its look at the state of modern tracking technology and the brave new world we all live in than for its legal ramifications, a Florida appeals court said Wednesday the police didn’t violate a drug dealer’s rights when they used his cell phone to pinpoint his whereabouts as he drove across the state. While the legal outcome of the case may catch some people off guard (any idea how close the government can get to your cell phone with GPS?), the legal issue breaks no new ground. The question in the case has already been answered by the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • U.S. Army Ordering Weaponized Kamikaze Suicide Drones

The idea of small, man portable, soldier-launched aerial drones has been catching on for some time now with military operations commanders, as they bring the unique situational awareness and reconnaissance capabilities of larger drone aircraft down to the platoon–or even the individual–level. Now, the U.S. Army is taking the idea to the next level, ordering its first batch of weaponized drones capable of launching from small, portable tube and suicide bombing a target from above.

  • Super Computer Predicts Civil Unrest

In Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” series, the future of masses of people can be predicted with “psychohistory,” a method of predicting future political and social trends, using a device called the “Prime Radiant.” In the 1950s, there wasn’t the math or the computational power available to make such a thing reality. Now there might be. Supercomputers, such as the Nautilus at the University of Tennessee’s Center for Remote Data Analysis and Visualization, may have brought the world closer to Asimov’s vision, though it is still early days. The key is seeking patterns in massive amounts of data and being able to visualize them. Kalev Leetaru, assistant director for text and digital media analytics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, did just that

IBM has unveiled a new experimental computer chip that it says mimics the human brain in that it perceives, acts and even thinks. It terms the machines built with these chips “cognitive computers”, claiming that they are able to learn through experience, find patterns, generate ideas and understand the outcomes. In building this new generation of chip, IBM combined principles of nanoscience, neuroscience and supercomputing.

Christian Worldview & Issues

  • Organic churches offer alternative to traditional service

As God builds his church, sometimes he does it in a home, a park or a pizzeria, said Lindsay Cofield, director of multi-housing/organic churches for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Cofield assists and mobilizes the birth, growth and development of organic churches across the state, he said.  He described an organic church as one detached from the conventional concept of a traditional church. Organic churches typically exhibit a much more informal setting and meet in homes, apartments, recreation centers and other locations.

Other Events To Watch

So far, there have been 10 separate natural disasters with economic losses of $1 billion or more, according to Chris Vaccaro, spokesman for the National Weather Service. That’s the most since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began tracking the cost of weather disasters in 1980.  There have been costlier years than 2011, mostly due to single extraordinary disasters like Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But this already ranks among the top 25 percent all time, said Vaccaro, and hurricane season isn’t even half over.

  • Is the world doomed to suffer another Depression?

Europe is in disarray, stock markets are plunging, the banking crisis is back in full swing, gold is at record levels, and both the UK and US are self-evidently slipping back towards recession – not since the autumn of 2008 have things looked quite so ominous. We appear to be at another pivotal moment, with Western economies once more staring into the abyss. At a conference in Frankfurt this week, Josef Ackermann, chief executive of Deutsche Bank, compared events to the Lehman Brothers catastrophe of 2008 and warned that many banks in Europe are essentially bust. His opposite number at KfW went further still and said that the present cocktail of negatives was “much more dramatic than 2008”.

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