Saturday, January 31, 2004

China Announces a New Case of SARS
AP reports, "China announced its fourth confirmed SARS case of the season Saturday, saying the patient had already left the hospital after "total recovery" - a disclosure that prompted a strongly worded statement from the World Health Organization urging an urgent investigation." :: Submitted for your Pestilence (Luke 21:11) files.

Friday, January 30, 2004

MEMRI: Arab Press Reactions to President Bush's State of the Union Address
The reaction appears to be uniformly negative--and the Saudis prove once again that they are not friends either of America or of genuine peace in this or any other region.::Submitted for your wild man in the desert [Genesis 25] and ride a red horse [Revelation 6:3-4] files.

Thursday, January 29, 2004

Jerusalem Bus Bomber Kills 10, Injures 50
AP reports, "A suicide bomber struck a bus near Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Jerusalem residence Thursday, killing 10 Israelis and wounding 50 in the deadliest attack in four months and disrupting modest U.S. efforts to restart peace talks." :: Submitted for your War (Matthew 24:6) and Battle for Jerusalem files.
MEMRI: Conflicting Arab Press Reactions to the Gaza Suicide Bombing
The incident in question was the suicide of Reem Saleh Al-Riyashi, age 21, in Gaza on 14 January. Most Arab reaction is favorable--and it's a sad commentary that this includes Egyptian government organs. But not all Arabs agree, and some are beginning to ask what's the point of it all.::Submitted for your struggle for Jerusalem [Zechariah 14] files.

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

More people attend mosques than Church of England
HindustanTimes reports, "More people in Britain attend mosques than the Church of England. It is for the first time that Muslims have overtaken Anglicans. According to figures 930,000 Muslims attend a place of worship at least once a week, whereas only 916,000 Anglicans do the same." :: This is a worrisome development considering the anti-Jewish and anti-Christian hatred noted in the MEMRI report, Contemporary Islamist Ideology Permitting Genocidal Murder. Perhaps it is time for the nations of Christendom to send missionaries to the UK? :: Submitted for your Persecution (Matthew 24:8) files.
Moderate Quake Jolts Southern Iran - AP
A moderate earthquake jolted the southern Iranian town of Minab on Wednesday, but caused no damage or casualties, the local governor said. The quake was estimated at magnitude 5, Gov. Ali Khorramnasab told The Associated Press. :: Submitted for your Quake (Matthew 24:7) files.
Gates Foresees Seamless Software Links - AP
Microsoft founder Bill Gates expressed his vision Wednesday for a future in which advanced software will seamlessly connect personal computers with mobile phones, watches and other small devices.
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Crisis talks as flu hits Bangkok
CNN reports, "Health experts are meeting in Bangkok for crisis talks on the bird flu, as parts of the Thai capital are declared 'danger zones.'" :: Submitted for your Pestilence (Luke 21:11) files.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Diplomats Try to Restart Mideast Peace Efforts - FOX News
Mideast diplomacy picked up Monday after a long stalemate, with Egypt planning ... visit the region this week hoping to revive the "road map" peace plan. :: Submitted for your Covenant With Many (Daniel 9:27) files.
MEMRI: Contemporary Islamist Ideology Permitting Genocidal Murder
The head of MEMRI presented this to the 2004 Stockholm International Forum on Preventing Genocide. It pretty much speaks for itself.::Submitted for your ride a red horse [Revelation 4:3-4] files.
WHO rushing vaccine amid Asian bird flu epidemic - AFP
A prototype vaccine to protect humans from avian influenza could be ready for clinical testing shortly, the WHO said Thursday, as three Asian countries battle with epidemics among their bird populations. :: For your Pestilence (Luke 21:11) files.

Monday, January 26, 2004

MEMRI: Al-Qa'ida's 'Voice of Jihad' Magazine: Issue No. 9
The big news here is that Osama bin Laden would in fact like nothing better than to overthrow the current House of Saud. That family has been playing both ends against the middle for a long time, and now they might be running out of time.::Submitted for your wild man in the desert [Genesis 25] and ride a red horse [Revelation 6:3-4] files.

Saturday, January 24, 2004

Core-Sampling Helps Pin Down Quake Dates
AP reports, "Scientists using sophisticated sonar and seismic instruments to probe a lake bottom near Seattle have confirmed what Northwest Indian oral histories have long described: a major earthquake that struck the area about 300 years ago.And the scientists believe another big quake is due in the next century or two." :: Submitted for your Quake (Matthew 24:7) files.
Vietnam Confirms New Bird Flu Death
AP reports, "Thailand's prime minister said Saturday the bird flu epidemic could hurt the country's giant chicken export sector, as Vietnam confirmed that a sixth person had died from the disease." :: Submitted for your Pestilence (Luke 21:11) files.

Friday, January 23, 2004

US Official: Mideast Peace Efforts Hit 'Stalemate'
Voice of America reports, "A top US official says Middle East Peace efforts are 'at a bit of a stalemate,' because Israelis and Palestinians are not helping move the process forward." :: Submitted for your Covenant With Many (Daniel 9:27) files on the search for Mideast peace.
MEMRI: Lebanese Member of Parliament: 'The Fall of One Jew, Whether Soldier or Civilian, Is a Great Accomplishment'
The parliamentarian involved is one Walid Jumblatt, whom readers might remember as the leader of the Druze militia. Now that he is a "respectable" member of a parliament, you'd think he'd be smarter than to shoot his mouth off like that. Clearly he is not. And that no one has haled him before any sort of committee on standards of conduct speaks volumes about "democracy" in Lebanon.::Submitted for your wild man in the desert [Genesis 25] and struggle of the Jews [Zechariah 12 and 14] files.

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Bush Has Little Hope for Palestinian State in 2004 -MENL
The Bush administration has little hope that an interim Palestinian state will be established in 2004. Officials said President George Bush and his top aides were said to have concluded that the prospect of a dramatic breakthrough that would lead to an agreement for an interim Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and most of the West Bank appears unlikely in 2004. They said the administration envisions a continuing cycle of Israeli-Palestinian violence fueled by Iran and Hizbullah that will rule out virtually any diplomatic gain. :: Submitted for your Covenant With Many (Daniel 9:27) files on the search for Mideast peace.
MEMRI: The Trial of Saddam Hussein
Nimrod Raphaeli examines in detail all the hows and whys and wherefores of bringing Saddam Hussein to trial.::Submitted for your war [Matthew 24:6] files.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

MEMRI: Popular Egyptian Singer's New Song: 'Hey People It was Only a Tower and I Swear by God that They [the U.S.] are the Ones Who Pulled It Down'
So says one Sha'ban Abd Al-Rahim, and the people in Egypt are lapping it up. They will not admit that Arab Muslims knocked down those towers. It's one thing to say to the victim of an atrocity that he deserved it, quite another to say that he did it to himself to frame others.::Submitted for your wild man in the desert with his hand against every man [Genesis 25] and your Ride a Red Horse [Revelation 6:3-4] files.

Monday, January 19, 2004

About This Blog - The Big Picture
The original inspiration for this blog was another blog you may be familiar with, it was the team news blog that eventually evolved in The Command Post. The fist incarnation of TCP was hosted on Blogspot and featured a team of bloggers sharing the latest news of the Iraq war. The idea of a team of bloggers posting links to breaking news stories was what sparked my imagination as I saw the potential for our community of end times watchers. So, Prophecy News Blog Team was born. Right now there are three people manning the blog and we would be happy to welcome new members. If you are a Bible prophecy enthusiast and follow current events closely (very closely) and you get the blog idea, please think about joining the team. Just e-mail and let us know you are interested, please also provide links to your Christian blog so we can confirm your bona fides as a member of our little corner of the blogosphere. Thanks to all of you who are frequent visitors, and thank you especially to Temlakos and Karla, for your efforts with this. These are amazing times to live in, keep watching the signs!
Japanese Soldiers Make Historic Foray
AP reports, "Japanese soldiers entered a conflict zone Monday for first time since World War II, crossing into Iraq on a humanitarian mission that has stirred controversy at home while raising great expectations among Iraqis...They will carry arms for self-protection, but their role will be noncombatant." :: Submitted for your War (Matthew 24:6) files. :: I wonder what the reaction will be in Japan when their noncombatants suddenly become victims of combat?
Sharon: Syria Peace Means Golan Pullout
AP reports, "Israel would have to withdraw from the Golan Heights to reach peace with Syria, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday, a rare acknowledgment by a hard-line leader that Israel would have to relinquish the territory under an agreement." :: Submitted for your War (Matthew 24:6) files on the still officially ongoing state of war between Israel and Syria, and your Doomed Damascus (Isaiah 17:1) files.

Sunday, January 18, 2004

Cheney: Arafat 'torpedoed' peace agreement
The Jerusalem Post reports, "Cheney said that during the change in US administrations, outgoing President Bill Clinton talked repeatedly about his disappointment with Arafat." :: Submitted for your Covenant with Many (Daniel 9:27) files on the Mideast peace process.
Suicide Bomber Kills About 20 in Baghdad
AP reports, "A suicide driver set off a truck bomb at the gates of the U.S.-led coalition headquarters Sunday, killing about 20 people and wounding 63 in the deadliest attack here since Saddam Hussein's capture last month.":: Submitted for your War (Matthew 24:6) files.
MEMRI: Syrian Writers Union Chairman: Syria Hosts Noble Fighters, Not Terrorists
In other words: Blame America, and more to the point, blame Israel.::Submitted for your struggle for Jerusalem [Zechariah 14] files.

Saturday, January 17, 2004

Next wave of phone features may have less to do with calls
IHT reports, "DoCoMo, the world's second-biggest mobile phone operator, and Sony, Japan's fifth-biggest cellphone seller, have teamed to add a smart-card computer chip called FeliCa to phones...The chip allows handsets to become payment cards." :: Submitted for your Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:16-18) files on mobile commerce technology.

Friday, January 16, 2004

MEMRI: Renowned Egyptian Liberal Author and Playwright Ridicules Pan-Arab Nationalist Intellectuals
He mainly criticizes certain persons who flocked to Baghdad after Nasser, the big pan-Arab nationalist of his day, died. He also skewers Saddam Hussein and seems to say, "At last, the Arab world can have peace!" Whether he will be any more than the Arab equivalent of an anti-Vietnam peacenik remains for history to determine.::Submitted for your wild man in the desert [Genesis 25] files.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Old City, Temple Mount most at risk from quake
Ha'aretz reports, "The Temple Mount and the Old City would be the worst hit parts of Jerusalem if a serious earthquake were to strike the capital..." :: Submitted for your Temple Mount (Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15 & 2 Thessalonians 2:4) files.
Vaccine Is Said to Fail to Protect Against Flu Strain
The New York Times reports, "A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that this season's influenza vaccine failed to protect against the Fujian strain that has caused most cases." :: Submitted for your Pestilence (Luke 21:11) files.
MEMRI: Saudi Court Finds In Favor of an Author Sued for 'Secularism'
The article mainly contains reaction to the verdict, which actually came down in December 2003. Now maybe MEMRI picked a skewed sample, but it quoted three reactions, all of them highly favorable and some of them saying that the author's plight highlights much of what is wrong with Saudi society. This includes without limitation what the Saudis teach their children in school--something for Americans to remember, given that the Saudis routinely fund schools called madrassas that openly foment hate and arguably incite to treason.::Submitted for your wild man in the desert [Genesis 25] files.
Jerry Golden: Enough is enough, is enough!
Jerry Golden revisits the whole "Palestinian Authority" question in the wake of a woman, this time from Hamas, blowing herself up to kill other people. He also suggests that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction are to be found in Syria, and claims to know exactly where they lie.::Submitted for your struggle for Jerusalem [Zechariah 14] files.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

MEMRI: Yasser Arafat and Ahmad Qurei (Abu 'Alaa) Speeches to PA Legislative Council Prior to Vote on New Government
These speeches sound like trying to placate--or gull--the international community.::Submitted for your struggle for Jerusalem [Zechariah 14] files.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

VeriSign to Manage Tags for Consumer Items
AP reports, "The company that manages the Internet's core directory - and has been criticized for trying to take undue advantage of its position - has been hired to perform a similar role in the developing system for radio-frequency identification tags on consumer products." :: Submitted for your Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:13-18) files on ID tech.

Monday, January 12, 2004

MEMRI: Interview with Algerian Terror Leader Associated with Al-Qa'ida: The Islamic State Will Arise Only Through Blood and Body Parts
Half his statements are blaming "the other guy." The other half is a brazen boast that could, however, come right out of the Koran--though few in the West want to admit this.::Submitted for your wild man in the desert [Genesis 25] and ride a red horse [Revelation 6:3-4] files.

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Israel Confirms Secret Talks With Syria
AP reports, "Israel had secret contacts with Syria several months ago - well before recent Syrian overtures - but they broke down after word of the meetings leaked out, Israel's foreign minister said Sunday.The secret meetings appeared part of an effort to restart peace talks between Israel and one of its most intractable enemies. Earlier talks broke down in 2000." :: Submitted for your Covenant With Many (Daniel 9:27) and Doomed Damascus (Isaiah 17:1) files.
Record Cold Freezes Northeastern States
AP reports, "Temperatures dropped well below zero across the Northeast, making Saturday the coldest day in a decade for some cities and keeping all but the hardiest people indoors. St. Johnsbury, Vt., led the list of records Saturday with a low of 27 below zero, the National Weather Service said. Unofficially, Saranac Lake, N.Y., reported 34 below." :: Submitted for your Fearsome Events (Luke 21:11) files.

Saturday, January 10, 2004

Saudi Arabia and Jordan meet on Mideast peace process
Ha'aretz reports, "Crown Prince Abdullah, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, and King Abdullah of Jordan "talked about the need for Arabs to be pro-active in the peace process..." :: Submitted for your Covenant With Many (Daniel 9:27) files.

Friday, January 09, 2004

Billy Graham to Hold Kansas City Crusade
AP reports, "Evangelist Billy Graham, who's recovering from partial hip replacement surgery this week, will hold a crusade at Arrowhead Stadium." :: Submitted for your Gospel Preached to All (Matthew 24:14) files.
China Uses New Approach in SARS Fight
AP reports, "Last year, when what would become SARS first appeared, you couldn't pry information loose from China's secretive government. Now, as the virus edges back into the spotlight, the country's leadership has a different message: Operators are standing by." :: Submitted for your Pestilence (Luke 21:11) files.
MEMRI: Syrian Parliament Chairman: U.S. Representatives Betray Their Country by Bowing to Zionists; The Time Has Come to Create An Arab Lobby in the U.S.
Actually, an Arab lobby already exists. It's called the Council on American-Islamic Relations. But we don't want to hear about that, do we?::Submitted for your wild man in the desert [Genesis 25] and struggle for Israel [Zechariah 14] files.

Thursday, January 08, 2004

Koreans bring Christ to people
Japan Times reports, "The past decade witnessed a steady increase in the number of preachers from South Korea who engage in missionary work in Japan." :: Submitted for your Gospel Preached to All (Matthew 24:14) files.
Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of the Christ' Advance Tickets
Yahoo News reports, "The film, which depicts the last 12 hours of Jesus Christ's life on earth, is set to be released on Ash Wednesday, February 25, 2004." :: Submitted for your Gospel Preached to All (Matthew 24:14) files.
Israel to Take All Remaining 18,000 Ethiopia Jews
Reuters reports, "Israel said Thursday it planned to start moving the remaining 18,000 Ethiopians of Jewish origin to Israel from next week." :: Submitted for your Gathering to Israel (Ezekiel 36 & 37) files.
MEMRI: Arab Media Reactions to Libya's Announcement of WMD Disarmament
The reactions vary from enthusiastic to enraged. But some of them attribute Libya's announcement directly to US action.::Submitted for your who is like unto the beast and who can make war against him [Revelation 13:4] files. (Not to say that the present US government is actually "beastly". But a future US government might well be The Beast.)
The Golden Report - God is getting ready to bring the rest of His people home to Israel
The Knesset moves to grant some, but not total, rights of return to Messianic Jews. Jerry Golden has the details.::Submitted for your regathering of God's people [Nehemiah 1] files.
U.S. Chopper Crashes in Iraq, 9 GIs Killed
AP reports, "A Black Hawk medivac helicopter, clearly marked with a red cross, crashed Thursday after a witness said it was hit by a rocket, killing all nine U.S. soldiers aboard." :: Submitted for your Wars and Rumors of War (Matthew 24:6) files.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Jewish worshipper arrested on Temple Mount
The Jerusalem Post reports, "An Israeli visiting the Temple Mount Wednesday morning was arrested by police after he prostrated himself on the ground in prayer, police said." :: Submitted for your files on activity at the Temple Mount (Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15 & 2 Thessalonians 2:4).

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

MEMRI: First Audio Recording By Al-Qa'ida Leader in Iraq Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi
This is the brains behind the Millennium Plot, which the Jordanians thwarted.::Submitted for your wild man in the desert [Genesis 25] files.
Prodi Urges Implementation of EU Charter
AP reports, "The EU's top official warned on Tuesday that some nations may pursue political and economic integration on their own if the European Union as a whole fails to adopt a constitution this year." :: Submitted for your Ten Kings (Rev 17:12-14) files.
MEMRI: Assad Tampers with New York Times Interview: One Message to Americans, Another to Syrians
A Syrian journalist, on a Communist web site, accuses the President of Syria with managing the news. Evidently Assad redacted several paragraphs from the Arabic version of his interview with The New York Times. This wouldn't be the first time that an Arab leader said one thing to Arabs and another thing to foreigners, and nobody would know the difference who didn't speak Arabic and check the translations. But for a Communist to be making such an accusation certainly smacks of hypocrisy.::Submitted for your wild man in the desert [Genesis 25] files.

Monday, January 05, 2004

White House: Bin Laden Tape Likely Real
AP reports, "A speaker believed to be Osama bin Laden said on an audiotape that the U.S.-led war in Iraq was the beginning of the "occupation" of Gulf states for their oil and called on Muslims to keep fighting a holy war in the Middle East." :: Submitted for your Wars and Rumors of War (Matthew 24:6) files.
China to Slaughter Animals Over SARS Case
AP reports, "Faced with the return of SARS, China on Monday ordered wild animals slaughtered by the thousands in the disease's suspected region of origin, a striking response that elicited calls for caution from international doctors concerned about safety and destroying medical evidence." :: Submitted for your Pestilence files.
MEMRI: The Al-Battar Training Camp: The First Issue of Al-Qa'ida's Online Military Magazine
Al-Quaeda (lit., The Base) publishes a Web-zine for Muslim youth, encouraging them to advance their religion the old-fashioned way--by force of arms. Islam is not a religion of peace.::Submitted for your wild man in the desert [Genesis 25] and your Second Horseman of the Apocalypse [Revelation 6:3-4] files.
Chinese Researcher Confirms SARS Case
Newsday/AP reports, "China's latest suspected SARS patient definitely has the disease and could represent the beginning of a new outbreak, a Chinese researcher said Monday, although the World Health Organization said tests have not yet confirmed that the man has SARS." :: Submitted for your Pestilence (Luke 21:11) files.

Sunday, January 04, 2004

Hundreds see fireballs fall from sky in Spain
Reuters reports, "Hundreds of witnesses reported seeing fireballs cross the skies of northern Spain today in what authorities said may have been a disintegrating meteorite...The bright flashes were spotted in a swathe across the northern half of Spain...In some cases, objects were reported to have fallen to earth." :: Submitted for your Signs in the Heavens (Joel 2:30; Luke 21:11) files.

Friday, January 02, 2004

Quake Hits Indonesia's Bali, 29 Said Hurt
AP reports, "A severe earthquake shook Indonesia's tourist islands of Bali and Lombok on Friday, injuring 29 people and damaging dozens of buildings, officials and witnesses said. The Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said the quake had a magnitude of 6.1. The U.S Geological Service recorded the temblor at 5.4." :: Submitted for your Quake (Matthew 24:7) files.
Strong Earthquake Rocks Mexico City
AP reports, "A strong earthquake rocked Mexico City and Acapulco Thursday, shaking buildings and sending some people fleeing into the streets. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage. The quake, centered 25 miles east of the resort of Zihuatanejo, had a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 and struck shortly after 5:30 p.m. local time..." :: Submitted for your Quake (Matthew 24:7) files.