Sunday, January 30, 2005

I've been incredibly busy of late and have considered abandoning this blog, but I still have faith in the idea of a group blog, so here are some assorted link of interest, in no particular order, without context, and hopefully I will have time in the near future to devote more time to this blog:

AllAfrica.com - Famine Threatens 700,000 in Coast

Arutz Sheva - Rabbinical Dispute on Ascent to Temple Mount

CBS News - U.S. Rejoins Mideast Peace Quest

Arabic News - Syria & Russia statement on al-Assad's visit to Moscow

Silicon.com - U.S. to slap tourists with RFID

ISN - N Korea cuts food rations, sparking famine fears

Washington Times - EU vies for a seat on Security Council

East African Standard - Kenya warned of looming famine

CNN - U.S. bids to jump-start Mideast peace process

Jerusalem Post - US politician hopes to speed building of third temple

Monday, January 17, 2005

VOA - US Denies Report on Secret Military Operations in Iran
There was an extraordinary rumor of war(Matthew 24:6) today about U.S. military intentions towards Iran (Ezekiel 38:5). It is rumored that the U.S. has been conducting secret reconnaissance missions inside Iran in advance of a military strike later this year to take out Iran's nuclear capability. Given that Iran, and their Russian sponsor, have yet to fulfill an important prophetic role, a near-term military defeat is not likely, and an American attack is unwise. Still, this is only a rumor.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

My Way News - Malaria Threat Emerges in Tsunami Zone
According to this AP report, "Health officials plan to go door to door and tent to tent with mosquito-killing spray guns beginning Friday to head off a looming threat that one expert says could kill 100,000 more people around the tsunami disaster zone: malaria." For your files on pestilence (Luke 21:11).

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Guardian - Ridge Seeks Fingerprints on Passports
Fingerprints are so 20th Century, but still, this is another example of the power of government to mandate a certain kind of ID. For your files on Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:16-18) tech and trends.
Olive Tree Ministries - THE DELUSION OF THE YEAR
Jan Markell, of Olive Tree Ministries, casts doubt on the ability of the new leader of the Palestinians to depart from the Arafat legacy.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

AFP - Rights Group Accuses Vietnam of Persecuting Christians
According to this AFP report, "Human Rights Watch accused Vietnam of carrying out mass arrests, persecution and torture of ethnic minority Christians in the troubled Central Highlands, a hotbed of anti-government unrest." Submitted for your files on persecution (Matthew 24:8).

Monday, January 10, 2005

WND - Has U.S. Threatened to Vaporize Mecca?
Here is a rumor of war (Matthew 24:6), submitted for your discernment. How credible is the rumor? While I have no doubt that the U.S. has the capability to take the action that is rumored, I wonder if there really exists lines of communication between the Bush White House and OBL such that the threat could really be made? Think about it.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

New York Times - Remapping the Middle East, Maybe

After Saddam Hussein seized neighboring Kuwait in 1990, the historian David Fromkin published an essay in the Smithsonian journal recalling how the modern Middle East was formed, in which he wrote: "In 1922, Churchill succeeded in mapping out the Arab Middle East along lines suitable to the needs of the British civilian and military administrations. T. E. Lawrence ["Lawrence of Arabia"] would later brag that he, Churchill and a few others had designed the modern Middle East over dinner. Seventy years later ... the question is whether the peoples of the Middle East are willing or able to continue living with that design."

AP - New Quake Rocks Devastated Sumatra Island
The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that another earthquake (Matthew 24:7) has struck Indonesia, this one measuring 6.2 in magnitude, no injuries or damage were reported.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

All Africa - 23 African Countries Face Famine
As international relief efforts focus on the tsunami victims in Asia, Africa is haunted by the specter of famine (Matthew 24:7).

Friday, January 07, 2005

CNN - G7 'to back nation debt freeze'
The Group of Seven countries has announced a deal to immediately freeze debt repayments from countries afflicted by the Asian tsunami disaster. The G7 remains one possible fulfillment of the Ten Kings (Rev 17:12-14) prophecy, along with the UNSC, the EU and/or the WEU. Unlike those organizations, the G7 is not a formal treaty organization, merely an informal alliance of wealthy countries, but many of their ministerial meetings and annual summits include one representative from Russia and two representatives from the EU, which makes them a de facto G10 already.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Yahoo News - TV May Soon Beam From Cell Phone Screens
In the future, it will be possible for people to view televised breaking news on their cell phones. You would be walking down the street and then your cell phone rings to give you a news alert from CNN, not a text message, but full video feed of breaking news from Jerusalem (Rev 11:9). Now that's progress.
Financial Times - The black hole that cannot stop eating
According to this report, "Astronomers have recorded the most powerful eruption of energy yet observed in the universe. It comes from a gigantic black hole, a billion times more massive than our sun...," which makes it one amazing Sign in the Stars (Luke 21:25).
VNUNet.com - Radio Frequency ID enters second phase
Those of you looking for some information on how RFID tags are being introduced will find lots of background info here. Submitted for your files on Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:16-18) type technology.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Spiritual Deception
Jesus says on the Mount of Olives (Matt. 24) that deception would be the primary cultural sign of the last days. Even some of God’s “elect” might be deceived by false theologies. “Good would be called evil and evil good” (Isaiah 5:20). Men would substitute light for darkness and darkness for light. Apostasy would consume churches and denominations that were once solid.

Years of 'corpse meditation' now serving monks well

PHUKET, Thailand — The grim task of cremating thousands of tsunami victims has fallen to Thailand's saffron-robed monks, whose training requires them to stare at photos of decomposing bodies to better understand the transitory nature of life.

Article> http://www.washtimes.com/world/20050103-123230-5077r.htm
Wired - British ID Card Gains Ground
ID cards are neither here nor there, they have nothing to do with the Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:16-18), but they serve as an example of the power of government to compel citizens to carry a certain kind of identification.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Yahoo! News Reuters - Quake May Have Made Earth Wobble--US Scientists
More details are emerging about the power of the recent Sumatra earthquake, submitted for your Quake (Matthew 24:7) files.
Reuters - eBay to Drop Support for Microsoft's Passport
A few years ago some commentators suggested that Microsoft's attempt to control e-commerce would lay the info-infrastructure for the mark of the beast (Rev 13:16-18) by providing a secure method of identity verification. It appears that for now at least, that will not happen.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

San Diego Union Tribune - Germany leaves Security Council with hopes of return
This report notes that as various countries continue to jockey for position on an expanded Security Council, Germany would like to have a permanent seat. :: Submitted for your files on the rise of Ten Kings (Rev 17:12-14).
Ha'aretz - Israel, PA in talks over Abbas campaign visit to Temple Mount
This report reveals that Arafat's likely replacement would like to visit the Temple Mount as part of his election campaign. Remember that Ariel Sharon's September 2000 visit to the Temple Mount sparked Palestinian rioting and the second Intifada. It appears that when an Israeli leader visits the Temple Mount it sparks violence, but when a Palestinian leader visits the Temple Mount it is merely a photo op. :: Submitted for your files on the Temple Mount (Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15 & 2 Thessalonians 2:4).

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Religion Today - Groups Mobilize Disaster Aid
The above link to Religion Today cites a Charisma News Service report on how Christian groups are responding to the SE Asian disaster. The scope of this disaster is truly hard to comprehend, but we can be certain of the spiritual response that is required of us: pray for those in need, provide for those in need, and witness (Matthew 24:14) to those in need.