Wednesday, January 31, 2007
AP reports: "Health officials reported Nigeria's first cases of bird flu in humans Wednesday, saying one woman had died and a family member had been infected but was responding to treatment." [Pestilence, Luke 21:11]
AP reports: "Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres says that Israel does not intend to use military force against Iran, which Israel suspects is building nuclear bombs. In addition to Iran's nuclear program, Israel considers the Mideast country a threat because of repeated declarations by its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, that the Jewish state should be wiped off the map."
AP reports: "Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office on Wednesday said the government is looking into moving a stretch of its separation barrier deeper into the West Bank to include two Jewish settlements"
AP reports: "Citing Iranian involvement with Iraqi militias and Tehran's nuclear ambitions, the Bush administration has shifted to offense in its confrontation with Iran - building up the U.S. military in the Persian Gulf and promising more aggressive moves against Iranian operatives in Iraq and Lebanon. The behind-the-scenes struggle between the two nations could explode into open warfare over a single misstep, analysts and U.S. military officials warn." [Rumors of War, Matthew 24:6]
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
AP reports: "Republican and Democratic senators warned Tuesday against a drift toward war with an emboldened Iran and suggested the Bush administration was missing a chance to engage its longtime adversary in potentially helpful talks over next-door Iraq."
Reuters reports: "Switching more land from food to biofuel production raises the risk of future famines, a conference organised by the Soil Association, the country's leading organic certification body, was told." [Famine, Matthew 24:7]
Monday, January 29, 2007
AP reports, "The planet's temperature is rising, sea levels threaten to swallow coastlines and the world's residents want to know how much to be afraid. An authoritative answer comes this week." [Fear/Apprehensive for the Future, Luke 21:26]
AP reports, "A Palestinian suicide bomber killed three Israelis at a bakery Monday in the first such attack inside the country in nine months, and the two radical groups that claimed to have sent him said they were trying to end weeks of Palestinian infighting by taking aim at Israel instead."
According to this report, "Four Muslim minarets already dominate the Temple Mount, holiest site to Jews and Bible-believing Christians. Plans are being drawn up, however, to build a fifth platform from which to sing out praises to Allah - the god of Islam.[...] Muslims insist that the entire Temple Mount is one big mosque, and forbid Jews and Christians from praying on it." [Temple Mount/Holy Place, Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15 & 2 Thessalonians 2:4]
The editor continues with an incredible screed against anyone who understands that the Holocaust actually happened.
This suggests two things:
- Ezekiel's War [chh. 38-9] cannot be too far away.
- The Beast [Revelation 13:1-10] is even less likely to be a Muslim and is more likely to be a secularlist. Either that, or the UN as we know it will fall in favor of a New Baghdad (or Teheran) Caliphate.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
The Jerusalem Post reports, "A few decades ago Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, was a thriving town, a tourist magnet and a majority Christian town. [...] Resorting to violence, terrorism, brazen land-theft and massive abuse of power, Muslim Arab civilians and Muslim members of the Palestinian Authority are effectively and purposefully driving the Christians away." [Believers Persecuted, Matthew 24:8]
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Here is a news report on a new approach to identification verification that combines the simplicity of a tattoo with the technology of radio frequency tagging:
Somark Innovations, a small company working out of Saint Louis, has successfully tested an RFID tattoo, on cows, mice and rats: enabling an identifying number embedded under the skin to be read from over a meter away. [...] Somark are in the process of raising money to exploit the technology, and point out that what works for animals can, of course, also work for people; identifying Military Personnel as one of their secondary markets, after cattle and other livestock.We had many debates about the Mark of the Beast (Rev 13:16-18) on the Bible Prophecy-L discussion group and there were always many people who rejected the notion that the mark would be technological, insisting that it could be something as simple as a tattoo. Perhaps it will be both?
Friday, January 19, 2007
AP reports: "Britain, Japan and Australia joined the United States on Friday in voicing concern about the rising militarization of space after China successfully carried out a test of an anti-satellite weapon." [Rumors of War, Matthew 24:6]
AP reports: "Israel and the Palestinians can pick any agenda they want for a preliminary peacemaking summit with the United States, but it is too early to tackle the toughest issues, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday." [Covenant With Many, Daniel 9:27]
AP reports: "Democratic leaders in Congress lobbed a warning shot Friday at the White House not to launch an attack against Iran without first seeking approval from lawmakers." [Rumors of War, Matthew 24:6]
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
AP reports: "Despite progress in preventing HIV transmission from pregnant mothers to their babies, more than 1,000 children around the world were infected with the disease each day in 2006, according to a U.N. report." [Pestilence, Luke 21:11]
AP reports: "The world is nudging closer to nuclear or environmental apocalypse, a group of prominent scientists warned Wednesday as it pushed the hand of its symbolic Doomsday Clock closer to midnight." [Fear for the Future, Luke 21:26]
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
AP reports: "More than 2,760 people have died of cholera in Angola since an epidemic broke out last February, authorities said Monday." [Pestilence, Luke 21:11]
AP reports: "The deployment of the USS John C. Stennis to the Middle East will put two U.S. aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf region for the first time since the 2003 Iraq invasion, in a clear response to Iran's aggressive posture in the region." [Rumors of War, Matthew 24:6]
WND reports, "While Jerusalem serves as Israel's capital, and the Temple Mount is located within Israeli sovereignty, the popular satellite map program Google Earth divides the city and places the Mount – Judaism's holiest site – within Palestinian territory." [Temple Mount/Holy Place, Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15 & 2 Thessalonians 2:4]
Saturday, January 13, 2007
AP reports: "Five Iranians arrested in northern Iraq last week were connected to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard faction that funds and arms insurgents in Iraq, the U.S. military said on Sunday." [Wars and Rumors of War, Matthew 24:6; Iran/Persia, Ezekiel 38:5]
AP reports: "Wildlife authorities investigating why thousands of birds fell from the sky over a town in remote southwestern Australia have ruled out infectious diseases but are no closer to figuring out what killed them, a state official said Friday. [...] Earlier this week, authorities discovered 63 dead birds in a section of downtown Austin, Texas, and temporarily shut down the area. Officials are awaiting lab results to determine the cause of the deaths." [Fearsome Events, Luke 21:11]
AP reports: "A man suspected of decapitating his 4-year-old daughter and leaving the body for her mother to find in their suburban home was arrested in Washington, D.C., early Saturday, authorities said." [Wickedness Increases, Matthew 24:12]
AP reports: "A new idea is gaining steam amid the gloom of failed Mideast peacemaking: Start outlining the final contours of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal - even in the absence of calm on the ground - as a way of propping up moderates and undermining Iranian-backed radicals." [Covenant With Many, Daniel 9:27]
Friday, January 12, 2007
They love it, do those government dailies in Damascus and Teheran. They want Russia to counterbalance the USA.
Trouble is, they're asking for ignominious defeat, as the prophet Ezekiel (chh. 38-9) makes clear.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
AP reports: "Iran and Syria on Thursday denounced President Bush's new Iraq strategy that blames them for fueling violence in the war-torn country, and they said the plan to send more U.S. troops would only increase bloodshed." [Doomed Damascus, Isaiah 17:1; Iran/Persia, Ezekiel 38:5]
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Reuters reports: "U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will see if conditions are right for a meeting of four-party Mideast peace mediators, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was quoted as saying on Wednesday." [Covenant With Many, Daniel 9:27]
AP reports: "A 14-year-old Indonesian boy died from bird flu Wednesday, just days after being hospitalized, a health official said. It was the first H5N1 fatality in the country in six weeks." [Pestilence, Luke 21:11]
Monday, January 08, 2007
AP reports: "The U.S. military launched a strike against several suspected members of al-Qaida in Somalia, a government official said Monday night." [Wars and Rumors of War, Matthew 24:6]
Saturday, January 06, 2007
AP reports: "An estimated 5.4 million of South Africa's 48 million people are infected with the AIDS virus. In 2006, an estimated 950 people died per day from AIDS-related diseases, while 1,400 were infected each day - a total of 530,000 new infections - according to an authoritative report by the Actuarial Society of South Africa and the Medical Research Council." [Pestilence, Luke 21:11]
AP reports: "Entertainment is going extreme as content providers, distributors and electronics makers race to keep pace in a world in which digital media becomes accessible anytime, anywhere." [Interactive World Community, Rev 11:9]
Reuters reports, "Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran's uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons, Britain's Sunday Times newspaper said. [...] Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for Israel to be 'wiped off the map.' Israel, widely believed to have the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal, has said it will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons." [Rumors of War, Matthew 24:6; Iran (Persia), Ezekiel 38:5]
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
AP reports: "Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will search for ways to restart Mideast peace talks and free a captured Israeli soldier when they meet Thursday, although Israeli officials said they did not expect a breakthrough on the prisoner issue." [Covenant With Many, Daniel 9:27]
AP reports: "In what has become an annual tradition of prognostications, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson said Tuesday God has told him that a terrorist attack on the United States would result in 'mass killing' late in 2007. [....] 'I have a relatively good track record," he said. "Sometimes I miss.' " [False Prophets, Matthew 24:11]
CSM reports, "North Koreans are taught to worship Kim Jong Il as a god. In a manner unique among nations, the North exerts extraordinary control through deification - a cult ideology of complete subservience - that goes beyond the "Stalinist" label often used to describe the newly nuclear North." [False Christs, Matthew 24:4]
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
AP reports: "President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad scorned U.N Security Council sanctions imposed against Iran, telling a crowd Tuesday that Iran had humiliated the United States in the past and would do so again." [Iran/Persia, Ezekiel 38:5]
AFP reports: "Controversial Russian contracts to sell anti-aircraft weapons to Syria and Iran are being fulfilled on schedule, Russian news agencies cited defence and industry officials as saying Tuesday. At least half of the 29 Tor-M1 missile systems bought by Iran for 1.4 billion dollars (1.06 billion euros) had been delivered, state-run ITAR-TASS quoted an unnamed source at the defence ministry as saying." [King of the North, Ezekiel 38:3 & Daniel 11:40; Doomed Damascus, Isaiah 17:1; Persia, Ezekiel 38:5]