Friday, October 31, 2003

Israel Restricts Muslim Visits to Shrine
AP reports, "Israel limited access of Muslim worshippers to a disputed shrine [they mean the Temple Mount, hardly a "shrine"] for special Friday prayers during the holy month of Ramadan, setting off an angry scuffle, while the United States offered a $5 million reward in the investigation of a deadly bombing of a U.S. convoy. About 175,000 Palestinians flocked to the sacred hilltop plaza in Jerusalem for Ramadan prayers, while others were turned away at army checkpoints. Control over the site, revered by Muslims and Jews, is one of the most hotly contested issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." :: Submitted for your files on the Abomination in the Holy Place - Temple Mount (Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15 & 2 Thessalonians 2:4) files.
Priests To Train On Temple Model
Israel Today reports, "For several months, Jewish experts have been working on a replica of the Third Temple in the blazing heat near the Dead Sea. The Jewish community of Mitzpe Yericho, between Jerusalem and Jericho, is home to the model, which is built on a 1:1 scale. Covering an area of 25,000 square meters (269,000 square feet), it will function as a training site to prepare priests (kohanim) for service in the Third Temple in Jerusalem." :: Submitted for your files on the Holy Place - Temple Mount (Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15 & 2 Thessalonians 2:4).

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Russia Wants U.N. to OK Mideast 'Map'
AP reports, "Russia introduced a resolution Thursday asking the U.N. Security Council to endorse the "road map" peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the United States said the timing was not right." :: Submitted for your Covenant With Many (Daniel 9:27) files on the search for Mideast peace.
Strong Earthquake Rocks Northern Japan
AP reports, "A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 shook the northern part of Japan's main island early Friday, and was followed by another, more moderate jolt. There were no reports of injuries or damage." :: Submitted for your Quake (Matthew 24:7) files.
Target Earth: Second Major Space Storm May Join First Blast

Space reports, "The most powerful solar storm in decades continued to buffet Earth Thursday morning while another major storm appeared headed for the planet by Friday. The back-to-back pairing of two historically huge flares is unprecedented, one physicist says." :: Submitted for your Signs in the Sun (Luke 21:25) files.
MEMRI: Member of Syrian Reform Movement Criticizes Syrian Regime and Warns Hamas Attacks Could Bring About the Demise of Syria
He cites rumblings in the "moderate" State Department and reminds everyone that America, burdened as she is in Iraq, might give Israel carte blanche against Syria.::Submitted for your Doom of Damascus [Isaiah] files.
The Golden Report - God has given us all a choice!
The choice, says Golden, is to go out and reach souls for Christ in these final days, as the Tribulation gallops to its unfolding. Golden also points out that the increasing anti-Semitism around the world, such as has not been seen since Hitler, "is part of God's plan to force them home to Israel in these last days."::Submitted for your struggle for Jerusalem [Zechariah 12, 14] files.

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Ridge: U.S. and E.U. Should Pioneer Biometrics
Reuters reports, "The United States and the European Union should lead the world in setting international standards for biometrics such as facial recognition technology, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said on Wednesday. Ridge said agreement between America and Europe on ways to combine fingerprints and facial recognition in travel documents could lead to a global standard...He added: 'The United States and the European Union can be pioneers, and we're convinced that if we unite, that will make a global agreement easier.' " :: Submitted for your Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:16-18) files on identification technology. :: This is fantastic, one global biometric ID standard, bring it on, get that infrastructure in place.
Annan Backs Nascent Mideast Peace Plan
AP reports, "A prominent Palestinian moderate and the popular former head of Israel's security service won support from U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan for their grass-roots campaign to get Palestinians and Israelis to sign a petition calling for a peace settlement based on two states." :: Submitted for your Covenant With Many (Daniel 9:27) files on the search for Mideast peace.
Most Potent Geomagnetic Storm Hits Earth
AP reports, "The most powerful geomagnetic storm possible walloped the Earth early Wednesday, knocking out some airline communications but apparently causing no large power outages or other major problems. :: Submitted for your Signs in the Sun (Luke 21:25) files.
U.S. post-war Iraq deaths surpass war casualties
Reuters reports, "U.S. military deaths from hostile fire in Iraq have reached a grim landmark with the post-war toll surpassing the numbers killed during the invasion itself." :: Submitted for your War (Matthew 24:6) files.
MEMRI: Syrian Ramadan TV Series on Hizbullah's Al-Manar: 'Diaspora,' Episode I
More anti-Semitic screeds on the order of The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.::Submitted for your war and rumor of war [Matthew 24:6] files.
MEMRI: Al-Qa'ida Fighters On Attacks Against Americans - Part II
More of the same sort of anti-American screeds--but between the lines you can see some uncomfortably valid criticisms of Western society.::Submitted for your war and rumor of war [Matthew 24:6] files.
Enormous Solar Flare Heads for Earth
The New Scientist reports, "The biggest solar flare in decades has put satellite operators battening down the hatches in preparation for a severe geomagnetic storm on Wednesday." :: Submitted for your Signs in the Sun (Luke 21:25) files.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Scientists: Solar flare may cause power outages
San Jose Mercury News reports, "Scientists Tuesday warned that a massive solar flare could cause power outages and spectacular northern lights shows Wednesday and Thursday. :: Submitted for your Signs in the Sun (Luke 21:25) files.
WMDS to become a permanent item on Security Council agenda - Helsinki Sanomat
... Nearly all the recent international meetings from the EU Summit Meeting to the G8 Summit and the EU-USA Summit have taken notice of the issue...:: Submitted for your Ten Kings (Rev 17:12-14) files on the Security Council.
Islam Expanding Globally, Adapting Locally
National Geographic News reports, "One in every five people worldwide is a Muslim, some 1.3 billion believers. Islam is the world's fastest growing religion and it has spread across the globe. Muslims everywhere agree on the Shahadah, the profession of faith: 'There is no God but Allah; Mohammed is the prophet of Allah.' But Islam is far from homogenous - the faith reflects the increasingly diverse areas in which it is practiced." :: Submitted for your False Prophets (Matthew 24:11) files.
Car Bomb Kills Four in Fallujah, Iraq
AP reports, "A car bomb exploded Tuesday west of Baghdad, killing at least four people a day after three dozen people died in a wave of suicide bombings in the Iraqi capital. U.S. officials said one of Baghdad's three deputy mayors was killed in a hit-and-run shooting." :: Submitted for your Wars and Rumors of War (Matthew 24:6) files. :: Another day, another car bombing.

Monday, October 27, 2003

The Great Storm: Solar Tempest of 1859 Revealed
Space reports, "A pair of strong solar storms that hit Earth late last week were squalls compared to the torrent of electrons that rained down in the "perfect space storm" of 1859. And sooner or later, experts warn, the Sun will again conspire again send earthlings a truly destructive bout of space weather." :: Submitted for your Signs in the Sun (Luke 21:25) files on solar activity and space weather.
Antiglobalism's Jewish Problem
Foreign Policy reports, "Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's recent claim that Jews "now rule the world by proxy" not only garnered loud applause at the summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, but likely earned silent nods of approval worldwide. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, anti-Semitism has been making a global comeback. Why now? Blame the backlash against globalization. As public fears grow over lost jobs, shaky economies, and political and social upheaval, the far right and extreme left are seeking solace in conspiracy theories. Modern anxieties are merging with old hatreds and the myths on which they rest. :: Submitted for your Wickedness Increases (Matthew 24:12) and Dragon Attacks (Rev 12:13) files.
Sony, Carrier Join on 'Smart Card' Phones
AP reports, "Sony Corp. and Japan's top mobile phone carrier, NTT DoCoMo, plan to cooperate in developing a system that will allow people to use their cell phones to pay for train tickets or buy items in stores. They plan to create a FeliCa Networks joint venture, to be set up in Tokyo in January, that will develop a new chip that integrates mobile phones with smart card technology developed by Sony, the companies said Monday." :: Submitted for your Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:16-18) files on mobile commerce.
The Golden Report - The Red Crescent Brings Death!
In the "It couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of guys" department, Jerry Golden tells us that the bomb that blew a hole in the Baghdad headquarters of the International Red Cross was carried in an ambulance that bore the symbol of the Red Crescent. Ah, irony! And a sharp reminder of the spiritual warfare [Ephesians 6:10-18] that is getting hotter all the time as the Seven-year Tribulation [Daniel 9:27] approaches.

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Eight Die in Southern California Wildfire
AP reports, "Flames stoked by powerful winds raced through Southern California on Sunday, growing to more than 208,000 acres, destroying 500 homes in densely populated suburbs and causing at least 11 deaths." :: Submitted for your Fearsome Events (Luke 21:11) files.
MEMRI: Shirin 'Ebadi – Iranian Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Interview in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat and reaction--mostly negative--in the Iranian media. This illustrates two of the three corners of the war of civilizations that now rages: Muslim v. secularistic.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.
The Golden Report - With Friends Like This Who Needs Enemies?
Jerry Golden criticizes the White House for doing more favors for Muslims than for Jews and especially Israelis. In the process he drops this bombshell: that the diplomatic mission in Gaza, which Palestinian terrorists attacked, killing three Americans, was a mission "to give grants to Palestinians to not only go to the US but to attend Universities there."::Submitted for your inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of My brethren [Matthew 26] files.
Earthquakes Kill at Least Eight in China
AP reports, "Two powerful earthquakes shook a remote desert region of northwestern China, killing eight people and injuring at least 30 others, the government said Sunday." :: Submitted for your files on major quakes (Matthew 24:7).

Friday, October 24, 2003

MEMRI: President of American University in Kuwait: The Arabs Must do More to Help Iraq
Spoken by a subject of an emirate willing to chip in two billion dollars--while the EU is going to pony up a miserly "235 million, give or take a few euros" (The Wall Street Journal). But Mr. Ghabra's most severe criticism here is for his fellow Arabs, whom he nails for their political motivations.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Mystery Spot on Jupiter Baffles Astronomers
Space reports, "Astronomers have photographed a strange and obvious black spot near the equator of Jupiter, and no one can explain it." :: Submitted for your signs and wonders in the heavens (Luke 21:11) and signs in the stars (Luke 21:25) files. :: I love a good mystery.
China arrests church leaders for subversion - report
Reuters reports, "China has arrested two underground Christian church leaders for suspected subversion, a sign that the country is intensifying its crackdown on religious freedom, a Hong Kong human rights group said on Thursday." :: Submitted for your believers persecuted (Matthew 24:8) files.
Pakistan, Saudi Arabia in secret nuke pact
The Washington Times reports, "Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have concluded a secret agreement on "nuclear cooperation" that will provide the Saudis with nuclear-weapons technology in exchange for cheap oil, according to a ranking Pakistani insider." :: Submitted for your rumors of war (Matthew 24:6) files.
The Golden Report - Is There A Difference?
Specifically, Jerry Golden asks whether there is a difference between Yasser Arafat and his Palestine Liberation Organization on one side, and Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda on the other. His answer: No.::Submitted for your struggle for Jerusalem [Zechariah 12, 14] files.
MEMRI: Egyptian Government Weekly: Treason and Deception are in the Blood of the Jews
The statements come from the former Undersecretary for Religious Affairs in Egypt. Once again he cites the Koran, and the Medina surat, to make his point, as many of his co-religionists have done before him.::Submitted for your dragon pursues the woman [Revelation 12] files.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Sony Studying Ways to Embed Cell Phones
AP reports, "Sony Corp. (SNE) is studying ways to let consumers use their cell phones to buy groceries at convenience stores, pick up the tab for lunch and pay train fares, the company said Wednesday. The electronics giant already has its own smart card payment service called Edy - an acronym for "euro, dollar, yen" - which is accepted by about 2,700 stores in Japan." :: Submitted for your mark of the beast (Rev 13:16-18) files on mobile commerce.
MEMRI: Panic in Khartoum over Sorcery Urban Legend
This Special Dispatch rates a Parental Judgment and Discretion Advisory because apparently the subject matter involves male reproductive anatomy, and a threat thereto by "foreigners" who are going around shaking men's hands and causing their private parts to vanish. This is silly, of course--but it's worth remembering in this context that sorcery [Revelation 9:22] will be very much in play during the Tribulation to come. Evidently, even Arabs are subject to getting spooked by an urban legend.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

VeriChip Receives First Orders for VeriGuard Access Control
Business Wire reports, "Applied Digital Solutions, Inc., an advanced technology development company, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, VeriChip Corporation, has received an initial order for ten of the Company's new wall-mounted VeriGuard(TM) secure access control scanning devices. The first VeriGuard(TM) sales will be featured in the upcoming VeriChip(TM) product launch planned for Brazil in mid November. Launch details will be announced in the near future." :: Submitted for your Mark of the Beast (Rev. 13:16-18) files on ID technology and access control technology. :: No shirt, no shoes, no chip, no access. :: I would like to coin a new term, if you don't mind: BeastTek, (noun), technology for the validation of identity to secure commerce, access, travel, and communication.
Rabbi Assaulted on Paris Street
Jerusalem Post reports, "A French rabbi was attacked and physically assaulted in a Paris suburb Friday on the eve of the Simchat Torah holiday weekend, French television reported. Rabbi Michel Serfaty was walking to a synagogue in the Essonne neighborhood when several men reportedly began pushing him. One of the attackers then got out of his car and punched him in the face." :: Submitted for your wickedness increases (Matthew 24:12) files.
Memri: Al-Qaeda Videos
At this link is a three-minute Real Media presentation of an Al-Qaeda man addressing "American soldiers" and Christians and Jews everywhere and laying it on the line.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.
MEMRI: Al-Qa'ida Fighters On Attacks Against Americans (English Video Excerpts)
These excerpts refer primarily to the May bombing in Riyadh, but also to the general incitement of war against America and everyone and everything American.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.

Monday, October 20, 2003

China Christian Church Activist Detained
AP reports, "An activist for China's unofficial Christian church has been detained after investigating the destruction of churches by authorities in eastern China, human rights groups say." :: Submitted for your Believers Persecuted (Matthew 24:8) files.
MEMRI Special Dispatch Series - No. 592: Iraqi Daily: Saddam Ordered Training of Al-Qa'ida Members
An Iraqi officer describes the training that Saddam gave to Al-Qa'ida members before 9/11. This pretty much establishes that Saddam Hussein keeps company with terrorists, and even gives him an indirect connection to the World Trade Center Incident.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.
MEMRI Special Dispatch Series - No. 591: New Al-Qa'ida Online Magazine Features Interview with a 'Most-Wanted' Saudi Islamist, Calls for Killing of Americans and Non-Muslims

The new Webzine is called The Voice of Jihad, which pretty much says it all.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.
The Golden Report - Earthquake on the Mount of Olive's.
No, we have not yet seen an earthquake on the Mount of Olives. We have, however, seen earthquakes in India, Turkey, and Japan. Jerry Golden cites these and discusses what the Temple complex will look like when the Mount of Olives splits into northern and southern halves [Zechariah 14:4].

Sunday, October 19, 2003

Solar Activity Surges
Space Weather reports, "An X-class solar flare erupted today near sunspot 484--a remarkably fast growing active region near the sun's northeastern limb. Yesterday the spot was barely visible; now it is about 7 times wider than Earth. Because of its location near the suns's limb, today's blast was probably not Earth-directed. Sunspot 484 is, however, moving into position where it could aim solar flares and coronal mass ejections our way later this week--if solar activity continues high." :: Submitted for your Signs in the Sun (Luke 21:25) files.

Saturday, October 18, 2003

Comatose Woman Denied Final Communion
AP reports, "The Roman Catholic priest of a brain-damaged woman whose feeding tube was removed this week tried to give her a final communion Saturday but was refused entry by police officers guarding the entrance to the hospice." :: Submitted for your wickedness increases (Matthew 24:12) files on the culture of death. :: Something is very wrong in the state of Florida. A citizen is being deprived of the right to life and now her religious rights are being violated.
Four Palestinians Killed in Clashes
AP reports, "Israeli troops clashed with Hamas militants in Gaza on Saturday, killing two of them and a bystander in a shootout in a refugee camp where Israel has been conducting raids for more than a week."
NBC Uncovers Christians in American Military
In a brilliant piece of investigative journalism, NBC's senior investigative correspondent Lisa Myers uncovered a Christian working in the Pentagon. In a shocking expose, she provides video documentation of a General Boykin making overtly Christian statements in public. First aired on October 15, 2003 (with a follow-up report on October 17th), this report will scare you and make you wonder just how many Christians may be working in the United States military. Myers breathlessly documents Boykin's subversive tendencies, his belief that God put Bush in the White House to serve in this time of national crisis, his assertion that Islamics worship someone other than God, and his belief that the war on terrorism is at heart a spiritual war. In a real coup, Myers reveals audio as well as video footage of Myers meeting in public with other Christians and even wearing his uniform while spreading his dangerous propaganda. Myers' report on this latest threat to the Republic was received with solemnity by Tom Brokaw, who clearly understood the premise of the report, that Boykin was a threat and something needs to be done. Thank you NBC for alerting the public to the growing Christian menace. Following that networks lead, the Associated Press, ABC and CNN have picked up the story. Be sure to pass this on to your friends and tell them to watch out for Christians, especially Christians in uniform, we certainly don't want them in positions of authority.

Ok, I'm clearly being facetious, but watching this report was truly a surreal experience. I kept thinking, does Myers know just how not a problem this all is to Christians viewing her report? Does she not realize that the reason Israel and the U.S. are under attack is because this is a spiritual war? Does she not realize that the God of the Koran, called Allah, does not have a son named Jesus, and encourages his followers to kill Christians and Jews? Does she not realize that most Christians totally agree with the statements made by Gen. Boykin that she aired in her report? And does she not realize how absurd it is in this time of war and crisis to suggest that having Christians in positions of power and authority is in any way a problem or threat? This report was a blatant attack on a member of the American military because of his religious beliefs, because he met with other Christians in public and professed his faith, and because he refused to recant his beliefs when challenged. This is yet another example of how the media accords tolerance to religious faiths as long as they are not Christian. They will celebrate Wiccans in the military, but let a general profess his Christian faith and suddenly, this is a problem. I would say the real problem is the anti-Christian bias of the media establishment and I can only hope and pray that there are one or two Christians at NBC who might have a word with Lisa Myers and Tom Brokaw about the tone and substance of this report. It clearly crossed the line.
Bin Laden Vows More Suicide Attacks
Sky News reports, "Osama bin Laden has vowed to carry out more September 11-style suicide attacks against U.S. interests." :: Submitted for your rumors of war (Matthew 24:6) and fear for the future (Luke 21:26) files.

Friday, October 17, 2003

The Golden Report - Smoke Screens Everywhere
Specifically, Jerry Golden says that Egypt has been laying down smoke screens against an accurate perception of its own behavior. Egypt is the enemy, says Golden.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.
The Golden Report - Americans Murdered On The Streets Of Gaza.
Naturally, Jerry Golden would not miss the irony of the latest incident in Gaza.::Submitted for you war [Matthew 24:6] files.

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Gibson Film Renamed 'Passion of Christ'
AP reports, "Mel Gibson has retitled his epic about the last hours of Jesus to "The Passion of Christ" because the original name — "The Passion" — was claimed by another movie in the works...Gibson's film has drawn complaints from Jewish leaders, who say it suggests Jews were responsible for Christ's death. Conservative Catholics who have seen the film have called it a powerful rendering of the hours leading up to Christ's Crucifixion." :: Submitted for your Gospel Preached to All (Matthew 24:14) files.
Malaysian Urges Muslims to Unite Vs. Jews
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday told a summit of Islamic leaders that "Jews rule the world by proxy" and the world's 1.3 billion Muslims should unite, using nonviolent means for a "final victory." :: Submitted for your wars and rumors of war (Matthew 24:6) files and wickedness increases (Matthew 24:12) files on anti-Semitism. :: Final victory sounds a lot like final solution to me.
U.N. Unanimously Adopts Iraq Resolution
AP reports, "In a diplomatic victory for the United States, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday aimed at attracting aid to stabilize Iraq and putting it on the road to independence." :: Submitted for your Ten Kings (Rev 17:12-14) files on the U.N. Security Council.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Fla. Doctors Remove Woman's Feeding Tube
AP reports, "The feeding tube keeping a severely brain-damaged woman alive was removed Wednesday, all but ending an epic, 10-year legal battle between her husband and her parents." :: Submitted for your wickedness increases (Matthew 24:12) files.
Three Americans Killed in Gaza Blast
AP reports, "A remote-controlled bomb tore apart an armored vehicle in a U.S. diplomatic convoy Wednesday, killing three American security guards and wounding a fourth in the first deadly attack on a U.S. target in the Palestinian territories." :: Submitted for your wars and rumors of war (Matthew 24:6) files.
Israel to Surrender Temple Mount
News Report from Jerusalem, citing the Jerusalem Newswire, reports, "Jewish leftists, acting without the knowledge or authorization of the Israeli government, have "agreed" to surrender the Jewish nation's claim to their holiest site - the Temple Mount." :: Submitted for your files on the Temple Mount (Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15 & 2 Thessalonians 2:4).

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Cell Phones Now Debit Cards in S. Korea
In one of South Korea's latest efforts to establish itself as a technology trendsetter, the country's three telecom giants, major credit card companies and several banks have been working for a year to enable Koreans to pay for everything from groceries to gasoline by cell phone. :: Submitted for your Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:16-18) files on mobile commerce technology.
Arafat, Peres Support Unofficial Treaty
AP reports, "Yasser Arafat and Israeli opposition leader Shimon Peres lent their qualified support Tuesday to a symbolic peace treaty drawn up by former Israeli and Palestinian government officials and veteran negotiators." :: Submitted for your covenant with many (Daniel 9:27) files on the search for Mideast peace.
MEMRI Baghdad Dispatch (11)
The new Iraqi press is actually talking seriously about who should participate in the government of a new Iraq, and also about politically motivated media--and here they actually accuse Al-Jazeera of supporting terrorism in their country (to the point that the Governing Council actually banned Al-Jazeera for two weeks).::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.

Monday, October 13, 2003

Mideast Talks Produce 50-Page Peace Deal
AP reports, "Two years of talks between former Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have produced a 50-page peace deal that could be the basis for eventual official negotiations, even though it has no formal standing, participants said Monday...The walled Old City, with its major holy sites [the Temple Mount], would remain open to both sides. The Palestinians would control the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third holiest shrine, while Israel would retain sovereignty over parts of the Western Wall, which runs alongside the mosque compound." :: Submitted for your covenant with many (Daniel 9:27) files on the search for Mideast peace. - Top Stories - Monkeys Move Robot Arms With Their Thoughts
The experiment proceeded thusly:
  1. The two monkeys received EEG implants going a millimeter deep into their brains. Each was then given a task to perform, involving steering a tiny ultralight crane ("robot arm") in return for a sip of juice.
  2. The experimenters, after recording enough of the EEG impulses, disconnected the joystick from the ultralight crane and fed the EEG implants directly to the crane controls. So the monkey could still use the joystick, but now the crane was responding to the monkey's brain and not to the joystick.
  3. Eventually the monkey stopped using the joystick and consciously directed the crane with her thoughts alone, and knew that she was doing it.

The article discusses a perfectly humanitarian application: thought-controlled household appliances or motor vehicles for paralyzed patients. However, I have another application in mind that will go hand-in-hand with the regime of the Beast from the Sea [Revelation 13:1-7].
When the first rumors began to filter out of the Soviet Union some three years ago, our theoretical weapons strategists stood before NATO Command to explain, with much confidence, that it would take the Soviets a minimum of ten years to develop a Mach Five aircraft with thought-controlled weapons systems. I stand before you today to explain, with much regret, that they were wrong.
From Firefox, produced, directed, and starring Clint Eastwood, Warner Brothers Pictures, 1982.
MarketingProfs - Know-How Seminars Online: Introduction to Creating Customer Evangelists: How Loyal Customers Become a Volunteer Sales Force
In the some-people-just-don't-get-it department::Submitted for your having a form of Godliness while denying its power [II Timothy 3:5] files.

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Experts Worry Terrorists Could Get Nuke Bomb
Reuters reports, "International nuclear experts are quietly confronting the most terrifying scenario of all -- what to do if terrorists manage to build and detonate a nuclear fission bomb, a diplomat and senior nuclear scientist said." :: Submitted for your fear for the future (Luke 21:26) files.
The Golden Report - The Falling Wall
Reports of the imminent collapse of part of the Temple Mount complex have been greatly exaggerated. Jerry Golden provides excellent pictures and commentaries to put recent reports into their proper perspective.
The Golden Report - War With Syria?
Submitted here for your doom of Damascus files.
MEMRI: Al-Qaddafi: 'Libya Should Quit the Arab League... Women Must be Trained to Booby-Trap Cars, Houses, Luggage, and Children's Toys
What indeed is the world coming to when a head of state actually encourages women to do such things?::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.
WorldNetDaily: University hosts bondage rope class
Warning! Parental judgment and discretion are advised before you follow this link!

Now imagine this: a university community hosting a safety course in--how to tie someone up? Indeed, wickedness is increasing [II Timothy 3:1-5].

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Israel Can Launch Nuclear Weapons from Subs -Report
Reuters reports, "U.S. and Israeli officials say Israel has modified U.S.-made Harpoon cruise missiles so it can launch nuclear warheads from submarines, the Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday." :: As tensions in the region heat up, Israel is reminding everyone that they have the ultimate deterrent. :: Submitted for your wars and rumors of war and battle for Jerusalem files.

Friday, October 10, 2003

Strong Earthquake Hits Northern Japan
AP reports, "A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 rocked northern Japan Saturday morning, the Meteorological Agency said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries." :: Submitted for your files on earthquake activity (Matthew 24:7).
Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Baghdad Ambush
AP reports, "Two U.S. soldiers were killed and four were wounded in an ambush in the Baghdad district of Sadr City, scene of a fatal car-bombing at an Iraqi police station, the U.S. military said Friday." :: Submitted for your files on war (Matthew 24:6).
China Arrests Church Leader's Adviser
AP reports, "The legal adviser to an imprisoned leader of China's unofficial Christian church has been arrested along with a prominent church activist and his wife, international human rights groups reported Friday." :: Submitted for your files on religious persecution (Matthew 24:8).
MEMRI: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat Editor: Iran's Nuclear Weapons a Threat to Arab and Islamic Countries
This editor frankly accuses Iran of planning to nuke Pakistan, and also observes that the Middle East has no shortage of "insane leaders", including Saddam Hussein.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.

Thursday, October 09, 2003

VeriChip Corporation Launches "VeriGuard" Secure Access Control
Business Wire reports, "Named 'VeriGuard-S.A.C.' (Secure Access Control), the newly developed device represents the first-ever deployment of a wall-mounted RFID (radio frequency identification) subdermal VeriChip reader that has been integrated into a building-access security system." :: No chip, no access. :: Submitted for your mark of the beast files on ID tech and implanted chip tech.
MEMRI: Iraq: Moving Forward Despite Violence
Nimrod Raphaeli reports that, all things considered, Iraq is becoming a far better place today than it was when Saddam Hussein was in charge.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Study: Sonar May Cause Bends Disease in Dolphins
Reuters reports, "Sonar may cause a type of decompression sickness in whales and dolphins similar to the 'bends' in humans, scientists said on Wednesday." :: This would be tragic if it is true. The navies of the world are not going to stop using sonar, that's certain. :: Submitted for your fear for the future (Luke 21:26) files on environmental degradation.
Israel to Send More Troops to Palestinian Areas
Reuters reports, "Israel said on Wednesday it was sending troop reinforcements into Palestinian areas and cleared the way for a call-up of army reservists amid fears of a new wave of suicide bombings." :: Submitted for your battle for Jerusalem (Ezekiel 38:8; Zechariah 12; Luke 21:20) and rumor of war files.
The Golden Report - The Brink Of War Once Again.
Jerry Golden follows up on his earlier commentary and reminds everyone that the goal of Arab policy is always to destroy Israel.::Submitted for your stuggle for Jerusalem [Zechariah 12, 14] files.
MEMRI: Saudi Princess Assails American History and Policy
The history that this Princess of the House of Saud is assailing has to do with our contact, and eventual struggle, with the various peoples once called "American Indians" and now called "Native Americans." Let all who count Saudi Arabia as a US ally parse her words carefully. The Arabs are drawing their battle lines, though few in the higher echelons of American government realize this.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Russia bares its military teeth
BBC reports, "Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov has said his country does not rule out a pre-emptive military strike anywhere in the world if the national interest demands it. President Vladimir Putin, who met Mr. Ivanov on Thursday, added that the Russian military still possessed a formidable nuclear arsenal. A report by the Defence Ministry also called on Nato to review its strategy, warning that otherwise it would be necessary to pursue "a radical reconstruction of Russian military planning, including changes in Russian nuclear strategy". :: Submitted for your rumor of war (Matthew 24:6)files.
Mel Gibson's Film Can't Get a Distributor
Newsweek reports that it seems no major studio wants to touch Mel Gibson's latest film, "The Passion," a controversial movie about Jesus' death that has inspired more hostile attention than any movie in recent history. "It's not worth the aggravation," says a studio head. "Even if it makes money, it's not going to be 'Titanic.'" Studios are worried about protests, hate mail and boycotts. :: Submitted for your gospel preached to all (Matthew 24:14) and they will mourn (Zech. 12:10) files. :: I think they are wrong, in the history of celebrity, there has never been a bigger superstar than Jesus. Think about it. You hear his name every day in conversations both sacred and profane, you see his image on products, jewelry, and in all media...two thousand years after his death and resurrection. This movie, when and if it finds a distributor, will be a blockbuster, in the U.S. and in the rest of the world. It will be a phenomenon, just like Jesus was...and still is.

Monday, October 06, 2003

EU Study: More Privacy Protections Needed
AP reports, "Terrorism-fighting tools and the rise of "little brother" digital devices threaten to erode Europeans' right to be left alone, according to a study released Monday by the European Commission...Policy makers need to work now to properly balance security and privacy before emerging technologies — such as mobile phones that pinpoint drivers' locations — become a part of daily life, the study says." :: Submitted for your mark of the beast (Rev 13:16-18) files.
WorldNetDaily: Hold Syria accountable
Joseph L. Farah, himself a Lebanese Christian, puts the latest UN furor over an Israeli airstrike in Syria into the context of Syria's conduct of long standing.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.
MEMRI: Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad: 'Terrorism is a State of Mind'
Typically, Mr. al-Assad denies involvement in terrorism. So why did he have a terrorist training camp inside the borders of his country, which the Israel Air Force hit over the weekend in retaliation against yet another homicide bombing in their country?::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.

Sunday, October 05, 2003

Israel Bombs Alleged Terror Base in Syria
AP reports, "Israel bombed a target inside Syria that it claimed was an Islamic Jihad training base, striking deep inside its neighbor's territory Sunday for the first time in three decades and widening its pursuit of Palestinian militants. The airstrike - a retaliation for a suicide bombing Saturday that killed 19 Israelis - alarmed the Arab world and deepened concerns that three years of Israeli-Palestinian violence could spread through the region." :: Submitted for your Battle for Jerusalem (Ezekiel 38:8; Zechariah 12; Luke 21:20) and Doomed Damascus (Isaiah 17:1) files. :: It looks like Israel has finally called Syria's bluff and is forcing the world to face the fact that Syria has been actively supporting Islamic Jihad, Al Aqsa, and Hamas for years. Damascus' days are numbered.
The Golden Report - Islamic murderers strike us again!
Jerry Golden gives his perspective on the restaurant bombing that Joel has already posted a story about in this log.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.

Saturday, October 04, 2003

Israel Strikes Back After Suicide Blast
AP reports, "Israeli helicopters fired missiles at an empty home near the beach in Gaza City and at a house belonging to an Islamic Jihad leader in the Boureij refugee camp in central Gaza, witnesses said. The military said it targeted two Hamas weapons caches, and there were no reports that anyone was hurt."

Report: 18 Die in Israel Suicide Blast
AP reports, "A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded beach restaurant in the Israeli port city of Haifa on Saturday. A television report said 18 people were killed, including five children. Police said about two dozen people were wounded as well." :: Submitted for your battle for Jerusalem (Ezekiel 38:8; Zechariah 12; Luke 21:20) files.
MEMRI: Egyptian Ministry of Culture Publication: The Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock were Built to Divert the Pilgrimage from Mecca; Jerusalem was Not the Center of Worship for the Followers of the Prophet Muhammad
That's the most seriously anti-orthodox charge I have yet seen in any Arab news organ--and this is an Egyptian government organ. Someone is playing dangerous games in a part of the world where disputes about doctrine are settled violently. Now it's hard to feature the Egyptian Ministry of Culture deliberately rationalizing a Third Jewish Temple. But should a debunking of the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque gain wide acceptance, the UN--or the Beast from the Sea [Revelation 13:1-7]--could use that as an excuse to authorize a Third Temple. Such a thing in turn would pave the way for the Abomination That Causes Desolation [Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24; Luke 21].
Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. Signs Agreement to Distribute DNA-Embedded Security Access Systems
Business Wire reports, "Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., a provider of proprietary DNA-embedded security products and services that protect corporate and intellectual property from counterfeiting and fraud, has signed a value added reseller (VAR) agreement with Pach and Company. Security industry specialists, Pach and Company will be distributing Applied DNA Sciences' DNA-embedded security products in North America...Applied DNA Sciences is able to isolate and combine unique sequences of DNA codes that become a fingerprint or traceable marking for any product. This fingerprint is virtually impossible to replicate." :: Submitted for your mark of the beast/number of man (Rev 13:16-19) files on ID tech.
North Korea Escalates Nuclear Standoff
AP reports, "North Korea said Friday it had solved 'all the technological matters' involved in using plutonium from nuclear fuel rods to build atomic bombs, a brazen statement prompting more international hand-wringing over Pyongyang's intentions." :: Submitted for your wars and rumors of war (Matthew 24:6) files on the Korean nuclear crisis.

Friday, October 03, 2003

MEMRI: Editorials from the New Iraqi Press: MEMRI Baghdad Dispatch (10)
The latest and greatest from all those new non-government organs opening in post-Saddam Iraq. Most of the editorials have good things to say about the Iraqi Governing Council. Curiously, MEMRI quotes only a Socialist paper on the prospects for a new constitution.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.

Thursday, October 02, 2003

N. Korea Says It's Making Atomic Bombs
AP reports, "North Korea said Thursday it was using plutonium extracted from some 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods to make atomic bombs, alarming South Korea and other Asian countries that feared the assertion would jeopardize efforts to resolve the nuclear dispute peacefully." :: Submitted for your wars and rumors of war (Matthew 24:6) files on the Korean nuclear crisis.
General: 3-6 GIs Die Each Week in Iraq
AP reports, "Each week in Iraq, an average of three to six Americans are dying and another 40 wounded by a foe that has become more lethal and sophisticated since the fall of Baghdad in April, the commander of coalition forces said Thursday. U.S. soldiers are facing 15-20 attacks a day, including roadside bombs, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez said. Seven to 10 attacks a day involve small groups of fighters." :: Submitted for your wars and rumors of war (Matthew 24:6) files on the Iraq war.
MEMRI: Yasser Arafat On the 33rd Anniversary of the Death of Egyptian President Abd Al-Nasser: 'The Warrior-President... is With Us in Self-Sacrifice in Battle'
Yasser Arafat waxes eloquently on Nasser's pan-Arab nationalism and Arafat's own favorite subjects and whipping boys. Yet Arafat isn't "using" Nasser inappropriately--because Nasser really did espouse all of the anti-Western and anti-Semitic extremism that we see from Arafat today.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] and wild man of the desert [Genesis 24] files.

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

School Apologizes for Nazi Display by Band
Reuters reports, "The Paris, Texas, school district apologized Tuesday for a performance by one of its marching bands which played an Adolf Hitler anthem and waved a Nazi flag during a football halftime show." :: Submitted for your wickedness increases (Matthew 24:12) files. :: Although this news report makes clear that this display of Nazi music and imagery was not motivated by malice, but by stupidity, it is a reminder of how desensitized some have become to pure evil. We should always remember that the forces behind Nazism are not finished with their efforts to seduce humanity. They await only the right convergence of calamity and charisma to introduce a new gospel and a new symbol for rebellion against God. The enemy of humanity hates us and wants nothing more than to herd us like cattle, number us, brand us, and slaughter us until humanity is no more. Never forget.
U.S. Takes Over Security Council Post
AP reports, "The United States took over the presidency of the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday, a stroke of good timing as it campaigns for approval of a new resolution aimed at getting more countries to contribute troops and money to Iraq." :: Submitted for your ten kings (Rev 17:12-14) files on the Security Council.
Five Killed During Fighting in Liberia
AP reports, "Gunfire and explosions erupted in Liberia's capital Wednesday even as a new U.N. peace mission took control, with insurgents and government forces opening fire as the top rebel leader tried to make his way into Monrovia." :: Submitted for your wars and rumors of war (Matthew 24:6) files.
Expel US, Canadian Anglicans, says Jensen - National - Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald
The Archbishop of Sydney, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Peter Jensen, says that it is time to expel the Protestant Episcopal Church of the USA over its confirmation of The Rev. Canon V. Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire. Jensen charges that such willful and "sustained disobedience to the word of God" is "put[ting]...souls at risk." Strong language? Yes. Necessary? Also yes.::Submitted for your Depart from Me I Never Knew You files.
Northwest Indiana Times: VU interfaith investigation concluded
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod lays it on the line: Valparaiso University President Alan Harre was out-of-line when he held an interfaith service on September 11, 2002. The LCMS Praesidium called the service "unionistic and syncretistic." It's nice to see a mainline denomination taking some stand against such contra-Biblical behavior.::Submitted for your Mystery Babylon Mother of Harlots [Revelation 17] files.
MEMRI:The New Egyptian Mufti - Dr. Sheikh 'Ali Gum'a: Opinions About Jihad, Supporting Suicide Bombings, and Forbidding Muslims in the U.S. Military From Fighting Other Muslims
That's right: the new Mufti of Egypt, Sheikh Doctor 'Ali Gum'a, has in the past stated that it is unlawful for a Muslim to fight against another Muslim, even when they are in opposing armies. That goes right along with Surah 9:1-5. Once again, despite the well-meaning platitudes of peaceniks in the West, the seed of Ishmael is mustering for war [Matthew 24:6]. Furthermore, the Mufti declares war against everyone and everything Jewish, thus declaring an intent to come against Jerusalem [Zechariah 12-14].