Wednesday, January 30, 2002

UN Envoy: Mideast Situation Is Grim
The UN special envoy to the Middle East suggested a high level gathering between the United States, Russia, the European Union and U.N. in an attempt to stop the 16 months of fighting between Israel and the Palestinians. He said he hopes the leaders can gather soon in Washington to discuss Mideast peace. Submitted for your covenant with many files.

Sunday, January 27, 2002

This has been quite a week for prophetic events and I have to admit, I've had trouble keeping up. I suppose that it's no exaggeration to say that the frequency of prophetic events is off the chart. I've been watching the signs for several years now and have been interested in Bible prophecy for most of my life, and compared to the past, things are really happening. First, there has been in increase in the tit-for-tat cycle of violence in the Middle East - a Palestinian attack followed by an Israeli reprisal. Just today there was another Palestinian suicide attack in Jerusalem, again attacking civilians in Jaffa Street. No doubt an Israeli reprisal is only hours away. Yasser Arafat remains under an unofficial house arrest in his headquarters while Israel and the U.S. increase pressure on him to control his militants. Second, this has been a week in which two major news outlets reported developments on the Temple Mount. The BBC and AP both reported that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is considering opening up the Temple Mount to all faiths. If this happens now, it will send shockwaves through the region and may precipitate a regional war. And speaking of wars and rumors of wars, the standoff between India and Pakistan over Kashmir continues, as does the now global war on terrorism. The pestilence department reports outbreaks of cholera in Malawi and dengue fever in Brazil. The mark of the beast department reports continued advances in biometrics, particularly the use of facial recognition devices in major airports to increase security, and Digital Angel does PDAs.

Saturday, January 12, 2002

Three Christians Sentenced to Death
The Washington Times reports that China is cracking down harder than ever on Christians, sentencing three people to death in late December for Bible smuggling, operating an unauthorized church and bogus charges of "rape and hooliganism." Submitted for your persecution files.
India Ready for War
India is ready for war with Pakistan, CNN reports, and would use its nuclear weapons if its neighbor were to launch a nuclear strike first, according to Pakistan's army chief says. Speaking at a press conference on Friday, General Sunderajan Padmanabhan reiterated India's position that it wants Pakistan to take concrete steps to end state-sponsored terrorism. Submitted for your rumor of war files.

Thursday, January 10, 2002

AmEx and HP Join M-Commerce Alliance
Reuters reports that American Express and computer technology group Hewlett-Packard have joined the Mobey Forum, a consortium of banks and cellphone makers which intend to set global rules for mobile commerce. American Express said it wanted ``to influence the future direction of the wireless industry at a local and international level.'' The Mobey Forum was set up by 10 leading European banks and the continent's largest mobile phone makers, and has since been backed by a host of other European banks and international technology service providers. This is a very important development for the future of m-commerce. Submitted for your mark of the beast files.
Israel Suspends Ties with Palestinian Authority
Reuters reports that Israel suspended ties with the Palestinian Authority on Thursday, vowing not to resume contacts until the Palestinians arrested those involved in an alleged plot to smuggle a shipload of arms, political sources said. Sharon's move -- a day after a deadly Palestinian raid in southern Israel and hours after the militant group Islamic Jihad said it would no longer adhere to a halt in attacks on Israelis -- further clouded U.S. efforts to end more than 15 months of bloodshed. Submitted for your covenant with many and Jerusalem surrounded files.
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Wednesday, January 09, 2002

Africa Ebola Death Toll Hits 24
According to the AP, an outbreak of the Ebola virus has taken another life in West Africa, bringing the death toll to 24. The latest fatality occurred in Republic of Congo, where seven people have now died. The disease has already killed 17 people in neighboring Gabon. Submitted for your pestilence files.

Sunday, January 06, 2002

It has come to my attention that the archives function of this blog is not working. As you can see to the right, there is supposed to be a listing of dated archives. I have consulted the help section of Blogger and have attempted every fix except one, changing the blog template. This will mean a fresh new look, but the blog will also lose some of the customized links, at least for a short time. I just wanted to let you now about the transition to the new template. I will work on restoring the links and customization, and hopefully the blog will be new, improved and generally better than ever.
Chinese Court Indicts Bible Importer
AP reports that a Chinese court has indicted a Hong Kong businessman, Li Guangqiang, who allegedly brought thousands of Bibles to an underground Christian group in China. The group, the Shouters Sect, was banned by the Chinese government in 1995 as an "aberrant religious organization" and was labeled a cult. Li was accused of taking 33,080 Bibles to the Shouters Sect in two trips in April and May 2001. Two members of the Christian group, Yu Zhudi and Lin Xifu, who made the request for the Bibles, were also indicted. Chinese Christian churches outside the state-controlled non-denominational church are seen as challenging the Communist Party's political monopoly and often face prosecution. Amnesty International estimates that at least 16 Christian organizations have been banned in China. Submitted for your persecution files.

Saturday, January 05, 2002

Quakes Kill More Than 21,000 in 2001
This AP article provides a summary of quake activity in 2001. It notes that 2001 was a particularly deadly year for earthquakes, with 65 significant quakes worldwide blamed for killing more than 21,000 people. Most of the fatalities occurred in the magnitude 7.7 quake that struck northwestern India on Jan. 26. In all, 21,436 people died in earthquakes last year according to the USGS. The toll was significantly higher than in 2000, when 225 earthquake deaths were reported worldwide. On average, 10,000 people die in earthquakes annually, the USGS said. The deadliest earthquake in the past 100 years occurred in 1976 in Tangshan, China, where at least 240,000 died in a magnitude 7.8 event. The largest earthquake in 2001 was a magnitude 8.4 off the coast of Peru on June 23. It caused more than 100 deaths, but the impact was reduced because of its offshore location. Submitted for your quake files.
Sun Unleashes Monster Eruption
CNN reports that the sun discharged a powerful burst of energy on Friday, igniting the most complex coronal mass ejection since an international solar observatory was launched six years ago. The solar flare erupted away from the Earth and is not expected to cause any disturbances in local space weather. Submitted for your signs in the sun files.

Thursday, January 03, 2002

Australians Outraged by Arsonists
AP reports that Australians struggled to contain their outrage today after learning that nearly half the fires that have laid waste to much of the country's most populous state were deliberately lit - many by bored children looking for a quick thrill. Submitted for your wickedness increases files.

Tuesday, January 01, 2002

The Euro Makes History, With Hardly a Hitch
First on a tropical French island in the Indian Ocean and then in the cold dark of a European winter, the Continent's single currency became a physical reality for 306 million citizens on Tuesday in an audacious move toward economic integration and perhaps eventual political unity. This IHT article reviews the latest developments, submitted for your mark of the beast files.