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SAUDIS REFUTE CLAIM THAT TEMPLE MOUNT HOLY TO ISLAM: IS IT A PROPHECY FROM THE ZOHAR?

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | MAR 8, 2021 | BIBLICAL NEWS

In the days to come, The Mount of Hashem‘s House Shall stand firm above the mountains And tower above the hills; And all the nations Shall gaze on it with joy. Isaiah 2:2 (The Israel BibleTM)

As the “Palestinians” try to reestablish themselves with the new US president, many Arab nations, now politically aligned with Israel, are rejecting the Palestinian claim to the Temple Mount, saying it is insulting to Islam. It seems, in fact, that the Palestinian efforts to dominate Judaism’s holiest site have more to do with an eschatological battle described in the Zohar than with Muslim theology.

“PALESTINIANS INSULT AND HUMILIATE SAUDI ARABIA”

A new Saudi Arabian social media initiative is working to refute the “Palestinian” claim to the Temple Mount.

Israel National News (Arutz Sheva) reported on a new Saudi Twitter campaign that emphasizes the religious importance of Mecca and Medina while refuting that the Temple Mount has any significance to Islam.

“According to the Saudis, the campaign is in response to the Palestinians who insult and humiliate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its cooperation with Israel, both online and in many demonstrations on the Temple Mount on Fridays,” the report read. 

Jews around the world face towards the Temple Mount when praying. Islamic law mandates the ‘qibla’, requiring Muslims to face the Kaaba in Mecca when praying. This is expressed in a teaching in the Koran that was revealed to Muhammad in the second Hijri year.  Prior to this revelation, Muhammad and his followers in Medina faced Jerusalem for prayers, mimicking the custom of the Jews in Medina.

A FRIDAY TRADITION

Thousands of Palestinians come every Friday to pray at the Temple Mount in contravention of Health Ministry guidelines pertaining to the pandemic. 

“The reaction of the Saudis is to emphasize that Al-Aqsa is a mosque like all mosques, but the direction of prayer of the Muslims is to the city of Mecca and to it only,” the report in Arutz Sheva continued. Despite their insistence that the Temple Mount is holy to Islam, even the Muslims who pray on the Temple Mount do so while facing Mecca, effectively turning their backs to the Dome of the Rock, the site of the Holy of Holies in the Jewish Temples.

This point was emphasized in the Twitter campaign as seen in the comment by prominent Saudi cartoonist Fahd al-Jabiri who wrote, “”The direction of the prayers of the Jews is not important to us, what is important to us is only our homeland.” 

In the context of current events, we see the Palestinians insisting upon worshipping on the Temple Mount despite its non-relevance to Islam. They are,in effect, disassociating from Saudi Arabia, the leaders of Sunni Islam, and instead of bowing down on the Temple Mount with the Dome of the Rock, the site of Holy of Holies, as the focus of their religious war, precisely as the Sohar predicted.

TEMPLE MOUNT HOLY TO ISLAM: “FAKE NEWS”

Many of the comments noted that the Temple Mount has, in fact, no significance to Islam, a claim that is becoming more prominent in Saudi Arabian social discourse

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, a senior lecturer in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University, frequently refers to the myth that the Aqsa Mosque described in the Koran is located in Jerusalem as “fake news” and insulting to Saudi Arabian Muslims since it would raise the mosque on the Temple Mount to a level of importance that could contest the centrality of Mecca in Islam.

“In early Islam, we see that assigning holiness to the Temple Mount was criticized as an attempt to introduce Jewish concepts into Islam,” Dr. Kedar said. “Today, this narrative describing Mohammad’s Night Journey as culminating in Jerusalem has been revived, advanced by the Muslim  Brotherhood, Turkey’s President Erdogan, Qatar, and other Islamist movements seeking to unite Muslims and/or Arabs under a caliphate who seek to take over Jerusalem and use it like a crown.”

Dr. Kedar cited the notable exceptions of Islamic interest in Jerusalem were the periods in which the Muslims identified a risk that other religions would rule in Jerusalem, such as during the Crusades, the First World War, and of course, the period of Zionism.

In an article first published in 2016, Dr. Kedar, a senior lecturer in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University, is a long-time advocate for a more precise and accurate understanding of the significance of Jerusalem for some Muslims by dispelling some clear lies perpetuated about the Temple Mount. Dr. Kedar explained that Al-Aqsa is mentioned once in the Koran, and Jerusalem is never named even once.

“Since the Haj pilgrimage is one of the five basic Islamic commandments, the Umayads were forced to choose Jerusalem as their alternative for a pilgrimage site,” Dr. Kedar explained. “In order to justify choosing Jerusalem, the Umayyads rewrote the story told in the Koran, moving the al Aqsa mosque to Jerusalem, and adding, for good measure, the myth of the night-time journey of Mohammed to al Aqsa. This is the reason the Sunnis now consider Jerusalem their third holiest city.”

“Shia Islam, mercilessly persecuted by the Umayya Caliphate, did not accept the holy Jerusalem canard, which is the reason the second holiest city to Shiites is Najif in Iraq, the burial place of Shiite founder Ali bin Abi Talib. Many of the Shiite elders – Iranian and Hezbollah – only began to call Jerusalem holy after the Khomeni rebellion in 1979 so as to keep the Sunnis from accusing them of being soft on Zionism.”

ZOHAR: SONS OF ISHMAEL WILL BOW DOWN BEFORE GOD AT THE HOLY MOUNTAIN

The Palestinian imperative to lay claim to the site of the Jewish Temples may have more to do with an end-of-days prophecy described in the Zohar than with Muslim theology. Jewish sources describe that in the end-of-days the descendants of Ishmael will have a place and a purpose on the Temple Mount. A surprisingly detailed description of the Messianic process is given in the Zohar Hadash, a collection of previously unpublished manuscripts pertaining to the Zohar printed in the late 16th century. In one section (Balak 68b), the Zohar Hadash describes a process that will begin in the 274th year of the sixth millennium. This works out to be the year 5774 in the Hebrew calendar which began in September 2013. This same prophecy is repeated in other sources, adding that the “Sons of Ishmael” (Arabs) will make war against the Messiah, and will “come and bow down before God at the holy mountain in Jerusalem”.

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Can You Not See That The Crust Of Our Planet Is Becoming Increasingly Unstable?

March 4, 2021 by Michael Snyder

How much shaking is it going to take for most people to wake up?  As I write this article, New Zealand continues to be slammed by large earthquake after large earthquake.  On the other side of the globe, Iceland has been hit by more than 18,000 earthquakes in the past week, and authorities are warning that two volcanoes in a “densely populated” region of the country could erupt at literally any moment.  On Wednesday, I wrote that “we are moving into a time when I believe that the changes that are happening to our planet will accelerate dramatically”.  That was before an area off the New Zealand coast was shaken by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake and a magnitude 8.1 earthquake on Thursday.  Following the magnitude 8.1 earthquake, there have been 33 aftershocks of at least magnitude 5.0.  Of course by the time you read this article that number will inevitably be even higher.

As I have warned so many times, the infamous “Ring of Fire” is roaring to life, and the major quakes that just shook the New Zealand coast prompted authorities to warn of the potential for tsunamis

Several powerful earthquakes hit near the coast of New Zealand on Thursday night and Friday morning, prompting tsunami warnings for New Zealand and tsunami watches for Hawaii.

The most powerful was an 8.1 quake that hit some 620 miles northeast of New Zealand on Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Two earlier quakes registered magnitude 7.4 and magnitude 7.3.

Thankfully, no large tsunamis were generated this time.

But next time could be much different.

In New Zealand, there was quite a bit of panic after officials urged residents to get “as far inland as possible”

“This evacuation advice overrides the current COVID-19 Alert Level requirements. Do not stay at home if you are near the coast and felt the earthquake LONG or STRONG. Evacuate immediately to the nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones or as far inland as possible. Stay 2 metres away from others if you can and it is safe to do so.”

After watching what happened during the Fukushima disaster, none of us should take the threat of tsunamis lightly ever again.

The good news is that the tsunami threat has now passed and the quakes were far enough away from New Zealand that no serious damage was done.

But experts are warning that it is just a matter of time before a historic disaster strikes.  The entire west coast of the United States sits along the Ring of Fire, and seeing so much unusual activity elsewhere along the Ring of Fire should definitely concern coastal residents.

In fact, on Thursday there was an “explosion” at Mount Veniaminof in Alaska…

A small explosion was recorded Thursday at a remote volcano on the Alaska Peninsula, prompting officials to raise the alert level.

Satellite and webcam views indicated low-level ash emissions from Mount Veniaminof volcano. The ash plume did not rise above 10,000 feet (3048 meters), the Alaska Volcano Observatory said. Minor ash deposits are visible at the volcano, located 480 miles (772 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage.

Meanwhile, things are getting crazy on the other side of the planet as well.

In Iceland, a swarm of more than 18,000 earthquakes has put everyone on edge…

A volcanic eruption in Iceland ‘could be imminent’ after more than 18,000 earthquakes hit the island in the past week, authorities have warned.

On Wednesday alone, there were about 2,500 earthquake detected and since midnight on Thursday almost 800 earthquakes measured, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO).

Most of the quakes are occurring in a “densely populated region in southwest Iceland”, and officials are now telling us that they “expect” two volcanoes to erupt shortly…

The sudden burst in seismic activity has been centred around Reykjanes Peninsula, a densely populated region in southwest Iceland just south of capital city Reykjavík.

Icelandic authorities are now expecting two volcanoes on the Reykjanes Peninsula – Mount Keilir and Mount Fagradalsfjall – to erupt in the coming hours.

Two volcanoes erupting at the same time in a “densely populated region”?

That doesn’t sound good at all.

In Guatemala, “Pacaya” continued to send hot volcanic ash thousands of feet into the sky on Thursday…

Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano continued to spew columns of ash thousands of feet (meters) into the air Thursday, but residents of hamlets on the volcano’s slopes have largely ignored a recommendation to evacuate, relying instead on folk traditions and their own knowledge of the peak to judge when it’s time to go.

Of course Guatemala sits directly along the Ring of Fire, and many experts are watching developments there very closely.

With so much seismic activity happening elsewhere along the Ring of Fire, it amazes me that so many people on the west coast continue to assume that a major disaster will never hit them.

But even though so many people are ignoring them, the warning signs are definitely there.

As I discussed earlier this week, Mt. Hood was shaken by earthquakes for 45 straight minutes on Monday.

One of these volcanoes on the west coast is likely to erupt sooner rather than later.  Of course a massive earthquake along the San Andreas fault could happen at any time, and scientists assure us that a major rupture of the Cascadia Subduction Zone is inevitable.

I know that authorities are interested in keeping people calm, but the truth is that we have entered a time when the crust of our planet is going to be getting increasingly unstable.

Just in the time that it has taken me to write this article, there have been four more earthquakes off the New Zealand coast of at least magnitude 5.0.

The talking heads on television are going to keep telling you that all of this is “normal” and that there is nothing to be concerned about at all.

You can believe them if you would like.

But we are going to continue to see unusual earthquakes and violent volcanic eruptions shake the globe.

The clock is ticking for our planet, and many believe that all of this shaking is leading up to something really, really big.

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POPE FRANCIS REFERS TO THE FLOOD OF NOAH AS A ‘MYTHICAL TALE’ AND SAYS GOD WILL SEND JUDGMENT ON EARTH NOT FOR SIN BUT BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

POPE FRANCIS REFERS TO THE FLOOD OF NOAH AS A ‘MYTHICAL TALE’ AND SAYS GOD WILL SEND JUDGMENT ON EARTH NOT FOR SIN BUT BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Pope Francis believes that climate change is something that God will judge the world for with perhaps a second flood, and says nothing about God judging people for their sins. Guess no one told Francis that God cursed the earth back in Genesis 3, and Romans 8 shows of how the earth desires to be released from that curse. But isn’t that just like the Whore of Babylon to get you focused on your ‘sin’ of climate change while leaving your actual sins which you have committed unpaid for. 

by Geoffrey Grider March 1, 2021

“The biblical flood, according to experts, is a mythical tale,” the pope states, “But myth is a form of knowledge,” he says.

Pope Francis has a curious understanding of the bible, according to him it’s a real book that contains stories that may or not be ‘mythical’, like the flood of Noah. He seems to be quite unsure of the veracity of the Genesis account, so he quotes secular experts who agree it’s mythical . I am guessing he does this so as to not offend the atheists.

“And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.” Genesis 6:17 (KJB)

Moving on from whether or not the ‘vicar of Christ’ actually does believe the biblical account of Noah’s flood, on his second point there is no misunderstanding him. Pope Francis believes that climate change is something that God will judge the world for with perhaps a second flood, and says nothing about God judging people for their sins. Guess no one told Francis that God cursed the earth back in Genesis 3, and Romans 8 shows of how the earth desires to be released from that curse. But isn’t that just like the Whore of Babylon to get you focused on your ‘sin’ of climate change while leaving your actual sins which you have committed unpaid for.

If you are a Roman Catholic, your pope is taking you to Hell at lightning speed. You better get saved before you die because Hell is real, and purgatory is not. Choose wisely. And I can guarantee you one thing, no one will be sent to Hell for how they treated the earth. But you will be sent to Hell for dying without getting saved by the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

Pope Francis Warns of Second ‘Great Flood’ from Global Warming

FROM BREITBART NEWS: Pope Francis has warned of the possibility of a second great flood, like that of Noah’s time, if humanity fails to address global warming.

“God’s wrath is directed against injustice, against Satan,” the pope states in a book titled Of Vices and Virtues due for release Tuesday. “It is directed against evil, not that which derives from human weakness, but evil of Satanic inspiration: the corruption generated by Satan.”

“God’s wrath is meant to bring justice, to ‘clean up,’” the pontiff declares in an advance excerpt of the book published by the Italian daily Corriere della Sera Sunday.

“The Bible says that the flood is the result of God’s wrath,” Francis continues. “It is a figure of God’s wrath, who according to the Bible has seen too many bad things and decides to obliterate humanity.”

“THE BIBLICAL FLOOD, ACCORDING TO EXPERTS, IS A MYTHICAL TALE,” THE POPE STATES, PARENTHETICALLY ADDING HIS HOPE THAT NO ONE WRITES THAT “THE POPE SAYS THE BIBLE IS A MYTH.”

“But myth is a form of knowledge,” he says. “The flood is a historical tale, archaeologists say, because they found traces of a flood in their excavations.”

“A great flood, perhaps due to a rise in temperature and the melting of the glaciers, is what will happen now if we continue along the same path,” the pope warns.

“God unleashed his wrath, but he saw a righteous one, took him and saved him,” he says. “The story of Noah demonstrates that God’s wrath is also salvific.”

The pope’s new book recounts conversations between the pontiff and Father Marco Pozza, chaplain of the prison of Padua in the north of Italy.

Francis has made care for the environment and opposition to climate change a hallmark of his almost eight-year pontificate, taking to task world leaders who have shown too little resolve in their battle against global warming.

HE SAID LAST YEAR THAT IT IS “EVIDENT” THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS TO BLAME FOR A NUMBER OF HUMANITY’S SOCIAL ILLS, AS WELL AS DISRUPTING THE BALANCE OF NATURE.

“It is evident that climate change not only upsets the balance of nature, but causes poverty and hunger, affects the most vulnerable, and sometimes forces them to leave their land,” the pope told a group gathered in the Vatican. The pope’s audience consisted of participants in a meeting of members of the Laudato Sì community, named after the pontiff’s 2015 encyclical letter on the environment, which bears the same name.

“We need a real will to tackle the root causes of the ongoing climate upheavals,” Francis insisted. “Generic commitments are not enough — words, words.”

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Israel in talks with Saudi, UAE, Bahrain for defense alliance against Iran

Following op-ed by Ronald Lauder in Saudi paper, PMO says its ‘not confirming report, but we are always interested in upgrading ties with our Middle East partners.’

By LAHAV HARKOV   

MARCH 1, 2021 18:07

Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain discussed expanding cooperation in facing its common enemies, an Israeli official with knowledge of the matter said on Monday.

The matter is being “informally discussed,” the source said, pointing out that the countries are American allies. All four view a nuclear Iran as a major threat, and have been eyeing the Biden administration’s plan to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal with concern.

“There is much to be gained by expanding cooperation,” the source said.

The remarks came following an article by World Jewish Congress President Ron Lauder in Arab News calling for a “NATO of the Middle East.” Saudi Arabia does not have a free press, and Arab News is owned by Prince Turki bin Salman Al Saud, a son of King Salman and brother of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and is seen as reflecting the Saudi government’s official views.

Lauder wrote that his contacts in Arab states viewed Israel as the only reliable ally against Iran, and vice-versa. He said they are “contemplating, aghast, the West’s inability to halt these belligerent, dangerous developments” of Iran resuming uranium enrichment and limiting International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors’ access to nuclear sites.

“Facing the accelerating threat of a malevolent Iran and the weakness of a coronavirus-hit world, the path toward self-reliance seems also to be the only path forward,” Lauder wrote. “Israelis and Arabs should seize the opportunity to work together to save the Middle East from the looming catastrophe of extremism and nuclearization.”

Last week, i24 News reported that Israel is in talks with the three Gulf states about a defense alliance.

The Prime Minister’s Office said it is “not confirming the report, but we are always interested in upgrading ties with our Middle East partners.”

One early indicator of a possible defense alliance is that Israel did not object to the US selling F-35 fighter jets to the UAE, after the countries normalized ties as part of the Abraham Accords last year. Under US law, Washington must make sure its weapons sales in the Middle East do not threaten Israel’s qualitative military edge in the region; following meetings between Defense Minister Benny Gantz and his US counterpart at the time, Jerusalem gave the green light to sell the planes to Abu Dhabi.

Israel still does not have official ties with Saudi Arabia. Israel grew closer with the three Gulf states with which it is discussing further security cooperation in the aftermath of the 2015 deal between world powers and Iran, which they felt does not prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon once the agreement expires.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and MBS, as the Saudi crown prince is known, secretly met in Neom, a planned futuristic-Saudi city on the Red Sea, in November of last year.

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi spoke with Omani Foreign Minister Badr Albusaidi on Monday.

“Views were exchanged on a number of issues of common interest, as well as the importance of supporting all efforts aimed at achieving peace and stability in the region,” Ashkenazi said. “We agreed to maintain our direct channel of communication and to further enhance cooperation.”

Israel does not have official diplomatic relations with Oman, but Netanyahu led a delegation to the country in 2018.

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GERMANY TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION ON CHRISLAM ‘HOUSE OF ONE’ FOR ONE WORLD RELIGION WORSHIP SERVICES THAT WILL ALSO INCLUDE ATHEISTS

The foundation stone of the House of One in Berlin will be laid at a ceremony on 27 May, marking the end of 10 years of planning and the beginning of an estimated four years of construction, and symbolising a new venture in interfaith cooperation and dialogue. The €47m building, designed by Berlin architects Kuehn Malvezzi, will incorporate a church, a mosque and a synagogue linked to a central meeting space. People of other faiths and denominations, and those of no faith, will be invited to events and discussions in the large hall

by Geoffrey Grider March 1, 2021

On the site of a church torn down by East Germany’s communist rulers, a new place of Chrislam worship is set to rise that will bring Christians, Jews and Muslims under one roof – and it has already been dubbed a “churmosquagogue”.

Prophecy watchers are buzzing as news of the ‘House Of One’ Chrislam worship center being built in Berlin was reported by the Jerusalem Post today. But longtime readers of NTEB were alerted to this way back in 2014 when we first broke the story. Why has it taken so long to finally begin? Because that’s the time it took for Rick Warren, who began Chrislam back in 2008, to pass the torch to Pope Francis who officially codified Chrislam in Abu Dhabi in 2019.

“And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” Revelation 13:5-7 (KJB)

Chrislam is the perfect end times hybrid for a coming time when hybrid humans and animals will populate this earth. It combines the counterfeit Christianity of Roman Catholicism, Islam and apostate Judaism, as well as incorporating atheists, Buddhists, and the entire pantheon of the New Age. The ‘House of One’ in Berlin is a bookend to the Abrahamic Family House being built in Abu Dhabi. Why Berlin? Because Germany led the charge in WWI, WWII and will be center stage for the soon-coming WWIII. This is Chrislam, the One World Religion of Antichrist.

Christians, Muslims and Jews to share Chrislam faith center in Berlin

FROM THE GUARDIAN UK: The foundation stone of the House of One in Berlin will be laid at a ceremony on 27 May, marking the end of 10 years of planning and the beginning of an estimated four years of construction, and symbolising a new venture in interfaith cooperation and dialogue. The €47m building, designed by Berlin architects Kuehn Malvezzi, will incorporate a church, a mosque and a synagogue linked to a central meeting space. People of other faiths and denominations, and those of no faith, will be invited to events and discussions in the large hall.

“THE IDEA IS PRETTY SIMPLE,” SAID ROLAND STOLTE, A CHRISTIAN THEOLOGIAN WHO HELPED START THE PROJECT. “WE WANTED TO BUILD A HOUSE OF PRAYER AND LEARNING, WHERE THESE THREE RELIGIONS COULD CO-EXIST WHILE EACH RETAINING THEIR OWN IDENTITY.”

Andreas Nachama, a rabbi who is turning the vision into reality in partnership with a pastor and imam, said: “There are many different ways to God, and each is a good way.” In the House of One, Christians, Muslims and Jews would worship separately, but would visit each other for religious holidays, commemorations and celebrations, he added.

“IT IS MORE THAN A SYMBOL. IT IS THE START OF A NEW ERA WHERE WE SHOW THERE IS NO HATE BETWEEN US.”

The House of One will be built on the site of St Peter’s church in Petriplatz, which was damaged during the second world war and demolished in 1964 by the GDR authorities. When the foundations of the church were uncovered more than a decade ago, consideration was given to a memorial or a new church on the site. “But we wanted to create a new kind of sacred building that mirrors Berlin today,” said Stolte. “The initiators are acting as placeholders. This is not a club for monotheistic religions – we want others to join us.”

The federal government and the state of Berlin have between them contributed €30m to the cost of the project, with another €9m coming from donations and fundraising. A new drive for contributions, launched in December, is expected to fill the gap of nearly €8m.

The project has been generally supported by faith communities and the public, said Stolte, although “in the first few years there were some fears that we were mixing religions or trying to create a new religion”. The inclusion in the planning of people of no faith was a very important aspect of the House of One project, he said. “East Berlin is a very secular place. Religious institutions have to find new language and ways to be relevant, and to make connections.”

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NETANYAHU’S PURIM WARNING TO IRAN: LIKE HAMAN, YOUR PLOT TO ANNIHILATE US WILL FAIL TOO

BY DAVID SIDMAN | FEB 25, 2021 | BIBLICAL NEWS

Haman plotted to do away with all the Yehudim, Mordechai‘s people, throughout the kingdom of Ahasuerus. Esther 3:6 (The Israel BibleTM)

As US president Joe Biden is expected to renew the Iran nuclear deal and remove the sanctions placed upon it, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded on Tuesday to what he says is the Islamic Republic’s efforts to obtain nuclear weapons reports 0404.

“On the eve of the holiday of Purim I am telling those who want to destroy us, Iran and its proxies throughout the Middle East: 2,500 years ago, a different oppressive Persian regime tried to annihilate the Jewish nation and just like they failed then, so too will you fail today. We will not allow your extremist, brutal regime obtain nuclear weapons.”

Invoking Jewish history, Netanyahu added: “We did not make the journey throughout the generations and over thousands of years to return to the land of Israel just to allow some basket-case regime of Ayatollahs to finish off the story of the establishment of the Jewish people. We are not sacrificing our loved ones for any agreement with an extremist dictatorship like yours.”

“We have already seen the nature of agreements with extremist regimes like yours. In the past century and in this century with the government of North Korea. With or without an agreement, we will do everything in our power to ensure you don’t obtain a nuclear weapon” Netanyahu concluded.

In a possible response to Netanyahu’s sentiments, Israel365 reported that Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted that nuclear weapons violate Islam.

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MAN OF SIN: EMMANUEL MACRON’S END TIMES DREAM OF A 10-NATION EUROPEAN ARMY GETS MAJOR BOOST FROM EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

Of the 10 nations asked, 67 percent across all countries believe their own country could not rely on the US. Even in the UK, 74 percent of those asked issued their support for a EU-level defence force. Last week Mr Macron once against issued his support for a new defence strategy which may replace NATO. During the virtual G7 Summit with other leaders, Mr Macron once again issued his call for Europe to rely on its strategic security rather than the US.

by Geoffrey Grider February 23, 2021

Emmanuel Macron said “I am a defender of European sovereignty, of strategic autonomy, not because I’m against NATO or because I doubt our American friends, but because I am lucid on the state of the world.

For everyone who still continues to doubt our assessment of Emmanuel Macron being the biblical man of sin from 2 Thessalonians 2, we present to you this latest update regarding Macron’s plan for a United States of Europe with their own free-standing army. Now let me see, where have I read about that before?  Oh wait, now I remember.

“And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” Revelation 17:11-13 (KJB)

If you think this article is something, wait to you see the one we’re working on where Macron talked back in 2017 about the ‘Geist’ or the spirit entering into him to propel him to take command of all of Europe. Funny thing, because that’s exactly what your King James bible says will happen when the spirit of Judas Iscariot is released from ‘his own place’ and enters into Emmanuel Macron upgrading him from the ‘man of sin’ which is what he is right now, to the ‘son of perdition’ what he will be after we who are saved leave on Flight #777. That’s how close we are. Are you ready for what comes next?

“That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fellthat he might go to his own place.” Acts 1:25 (KJB)

Emmanuel Macron’s EU army plans handed major boost – poll finds support growing

FROM DAILY EXPRESS UK: An EU army has long been contemplated in the bloc with French President Emmanuel Macron, being a key supporter of any plan. In a boost to the EU’s plans, two-thirds of those surveyed in a poll from the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) think-tank, were supportive of a European-level defence force. In the poll which surveyed 15,000 people, the most supportive of a defence force within the EU were found to be Portugal (72 percent), Sweden (71 percent), Spain (71 percent), France (70 percent) and Poland (69 percent).

This comes in response to many within the poll claiming they could not rely on Washington as a strategic ally. When asked on their opinion on the EU’s security partnership with the US, just 10 percent viewed the US as a viable partner.

IN CONTRAST, OF THE 10 NATIONS ASKED, 67 PERCENT ACROSS ALL COUNTRIES BELIEVE THEIR OWN COUNTRY COULD NOT RELY ON THE US. EVEN IN THE UK, 74 PERCENT OF THOSE ASKED ISSUED THEIR SUPPORT FOR A EU-LEVEL DEFENCE FORCE.

Last week Mr Macron once against issued his support for a new defence strategy which may replace NATO. During the virtual G7 Summit with other leaders, Mr Macron once again issued his call for Europe to rely on its strategic security rather than the US.

He told the Financial Times: “I am a defender of European sovereignty, of strategic autonomy, not because I’m against NATO or because I doubt our American friends, but because I am lucid on the state of the world.

“BECAUSE I THINK WE NEED A FAIR SHARING OF THE BURDEN AND EUROPE CANNOT DELEGATE ITS PROTECTION AND THE PROTECTION OF ITS NEIGHBOURHOOD TO THE USA AND SO WE HAVE TO DO IT TOGETHER. NOBODY CAN TELL ME THAT TODAY’S NATO IS A STRUCTURE THAT, IN ITS FOUNDATIONS, IS STILL PERTINENT. IT WAS FOUNDED TO FACE DOWN THE WARSAW PACT. THERE IS NO MORE A WARSAW PACT.”

France’s EU Affairs minister Clement Beaune also echoed calls for an EU defence force amid the threats from China and Russia

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A “Biblical” Invasion Of Locusts Threatens To Cause Widespread Famine In The Horn Of Africa

February 21, 2021 by Michael Snyder

The locusts are back, and they are hungry.  Last year, an unprecedented plague of locusts devastated crops in eastern Africa, across the Middle East and throughout much of Asia.  Many were hoping that it would just be a one year phenomenon, but now the locusts have returned and one British news source is using the world “biblical” to describe this second wave.  At this moment, the Horn of Africa is being hit the hardest, and the UN is warning that this new infestation “threatens the livelihoods of more than 39 million people”

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the next generation of locusts threatens the livelihoods of more than 39 million people in Ethiopia, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Kenya. Over recent months, the pests have been combated on 1.3 million hectares of land in the Horn of Africa. However, in northern and central Kenya, more than 15 districts, including many new areas, have already been severely affected by the second wave of locusts. Around 1.9 million people were already living in a precarious nutrition situation, which could now dramatically worsen.

One reporter recently had the opportunity to fly with a pilot that is tracking locust swarms in Kenya, and he was stunned when they came across a “swarm about twice the size of the City of London ready to devour every bit of vegetation in its wake”.

Can you imagine what it must be like for local farmers when millions upon millions of locusts suddenly show up in their area?

These locusts can literally wipe out an entire farm in as little as 30 seconds, and these swarms are capable of traveling vast distances in a single day

Swarms can fly up to 150 kilometres a day with the wind, and a single square kilometre swarm can eat as much food in a day as 35,000 people.

More than half of the counties in Kenya have already been hit, and many local farmers have had their fields completely devastated.

For example, 70-year-old Isabella Karoki says that she has “lost everything”

Seventy-year-old Isabella Karoki has never witnessed such a devastating invasion of desert locusts.

“I have lost everything. What do you expect me to eat?” said Karoki, who lives in central Kenya, an agricultural region known for its rich volcanic soils and moderate rainfall.

I honestly do not know what she is going to eat.

When you are a poor farmer and your existence for the entire year depends on what you grow, a disaster of this magnitude can be absolutely crippling.

Hopefully some assistance will be made available, but millions of other farmers in the Horn of Africa will be in the exact same boat.

Of course the locusts eat everything that was meant for livestock as well, and one local dairy farmer named Thomas Mwerore doesn’t know what he will do now

Dairy farmer Thomas Mwerore is among them.

“The locusts have eaten all the pasture that was there for our livestock,” the 62-year-old told DW. “We are suffering. Even food that we humans eat isn’t there, what can we do?”

Needless to say, this new wave of locusts is going to make the emerging global food crisis even worse.

In 2020, a combination of the COVID pandemic, the locust plague and other factors pushed global hunger to levels that we had not seen in decades.  According to the UN World Food Program, nearly 700 million people were suffering from hunger late last year…

The numbers are staggering— as reflected in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has triggered a new round of food shortages, famine and starvation.

According to the Rome-based World Food Programme (WFP) 690 million people do not have enough to eat while 130 million additional people risk being pushed to the brink of starvation by the end of the year.

And the head of the UN World Food Program has previously warned that we could literally see “famines of biblical proportions in 2021”

The head of the World Food Program says the Nobel Peace Prize has given the U.N. agency a spotlight and megaphone to warn world leaders that next year is going to be worse than this year, and without billions of dollars “we are going to have famines of biblical proportions in 2021.”

When David Beasley made that statement, he didn’t even know that another massive plague of locusts would be hitting Africa this year.

Unfortunately, this new locust plague could soon escalate dramatically.  According to an expert in Kenya, his team is expecting that March and April could be even worse

“We expect the worst if the young hatch in March and April,” said Kelvin Shingles, Kenya Country Director for German Agro Action (Deutsche Welthungerhilfe), an aid organization, in a press release.

For a long time, I have been warning that global food supplies were getting tighter.

Here in the western world, we can still go to the grocery store and fill up our carts with plenty of food, and so it can be difficult for us to have sympathy for those that are literally facing starvation on the other side of the planet.

But the truth is that it is happening, and the number of people that are suffering from hunger is going to continue to grow.

Even in the best of times we have struggled to feed everyone on the planet, and these are definitely not the best of times.  Even the UN is warning that “famines of biblical proportions” are coming, and the suffering that we will witness will be off the charts.

Here in the United States, our food distribution systems have been rattled by the events of the past year, but there is still lots of food on the shelves.

Of course it is quite true that economic suffering is on the rise, and we have seen a number of instances where Americans have been forced to wait in lines that are miles long at local food banks around the nation.

And it is also undeniable that food prices have been rising aggressively, and this will become an even greater concern as time rolls along.

But for now, let us be thankful for what we still have, and let us also pray for those that are suffering on the other side of the globe because these locust invasions are truly, truly awful.

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‘PRESIDENT’ BIDEN URGES CONGRESS TO PASS DEMONIC ‘EQUALITY ACT’ WHICH ERASES GOD-GIVEN GENDER DISTINCTIONS AND PAVES THE WAY FOR LEGALIZED PEDOPHILIA

In a separate statement, five chairmen of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference condemned the Equality Act, saying it would “impose sweeping new norms that negatively impact the unborn, health care, charitable services, schools, personal privacy, athletics, free speech, religious liberties, and parental rights.” “The Act’s unsound definitions of ‘sex’ and ’gender identity’ would erase women’s distinct, hard-won recognition in federal laws,” the bishops said. On Friday, Catholic League President Bill Donohue joined the bishops in denouncing the attempt to impose gender ideology on the nation in the name of “equality.” “The Equality Act is, without a doubt, the most radical assault on religious liberty, the right to life, and privacy rights ever packaged into one bill,” Dr. Donohue declared.

by Geoffrey Grider February 21, 2021

Strong Catholic and ‘President’ Joe Biden urged Congress Friday to “swiftly pass” the Equality Act, setting him squarely on a collision course with the U.S. Catholic Bishops.

In 1933, Adolf Hitler proposed the Enabling Act that was promoted as something that would ‘enable’ Hitler to keep the German people safe and secure, in reality it did the exact opposite. The Enabling Act made Hitler supreme dictator and enabled him to kill 6 million Jews in a war that killed 55 million people. In our day, the Equality Act is now about to be put up for a vote, and like the Enabling Act before it, it does the exact opposite of what its title would lead you to believe.

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Proverbs 29:2 (KJB)

Under the guise of ‘transgender protection’, the Equality Act will obliterate gender, rendering the term meaningless, and force people to accept biological men as women under penalty of law. In a wonderfully iconic touch, the Equality Act now being demanded by the radical Left will destroy the feminism movement. If men can magically become women, then being a woman is really nothing unique or special, is it? Men cannot be feminine, that is a biological and scientific impossibility, they can be effeminate which is what transgenders are, but feminine is a quality only biological women can possess. In the bible, effeminate is an attribute of an unsaved person who rejects the gospel of the grace of God.

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (KJB)

The worst part of the Equality Act is that it will allow gay and straight pedophiles unfettered access to your children in the locker rooms and in the ladies room, is that something that you parents of minor children can live with? Transgenderism is a mental disorder, and it is a spiritual sickness, it is not something to be embraced and accepted. It goes against the bible, it goes against God, it is a doctrine of Satan. That’s not hate speech, that’s the truth. Mark my words, if they pass the Equality Act, the next step will be legalized pedophilia. Guaranteed.

Joe Biden Collides with Catholic Bishops over Equality Act

FROM BREITBART NEWS: “Full equality has been denied to LGBTQ+ Americans and their families for far too long,” Biden said in a statement. “Despite the extraordinary progress the LGBTQ+ community has made to secure their basic civil rights, discrimination is still rampant in many areas of our society.”

He added:

THE EQUALITY ACT PROVIDES LONG OVERDUE FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS PROTECTIONS ON THE BASIS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY, LOCKING IN CRITICAL SAFEGUARDS IN OUR HOUSING, EDUCATION, PUBLIC SERVICES, AND LENDING SYSTEMS — AND CODIFYING THE COURAGE AND RESILIENCE OF THE LGBTQ+ MOVEMENT INTO ENDURING LAW.

The U.S. Bishops, along with numerous other faith leaders, have expressed their consternation over the prospect of the Equality Act, urging Congress not to pass the legislation, which would be especially damaging to women and devastating to religious freedom.

In a 2019 letter to the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives, the bishops and other Christian leaders said the Equality Act “hinders quality health care, endangers the privacy and safety of women and girls, regulates free speech, severely undermines religious freedom, and threatens charitable nonprofits and the people they serve.”

THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION IS NOT ABOUT TREATING ALL PEOPLE “WITH EQUAL DIGNITY AND RESPECT,” THEY NOTED, BUT WOULD “MANDATE THAT ALL HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND PROVIDERS PERFORM GENDER TRANSITION PROCEDURES THAT GO AGAINST MANY SUCH PROVIDERS’ BEST MEDICAL JUDGMENT, NOT TO MENTION THEIR DEEPLY HELD MORAL OR RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS.”

The legislation would also “undermine civil rights for women and girls by opening restrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities to biological males who identify as female,” they declared. “Women and girls deserve access to private spaces when they visit their local gym or use the restroom.”

The bill also “threatens to halt the advances women’s sports have achieved” by allowing “those with physical advantages to compete against women and obtain scholarships and other awards at the expense of women,” they said. In a separate statement, five chairmen of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference condemned the Equality Act, saying it would “impose sweeping new norms that negatively impact the unborn, health care, charitable services, schools, personal privacy, athletics, free speech, religious liberties, and parental rights.”

“THE ACT’S UNSOUND DEFINITIONS OF ‘SEX’ AND ’GENDER IDENTITY’ WOULD ERASE WOMEN’S DISTINCT, HARD-WON RECOGNITION IN FEDERAL LAWS,” THE BISHOPS SAID.

On Friday, Catholic League President Bill Donohue joined the bishops in denouncing the attempt to impose gender ideology on the nation in the name of “equality.”

“THE EQUALITY ACT IS, WITHOUT A DOUBT, THE MOST RADICAL ASSAULT ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, THE RIGHT TO LIFE, AND PRIVACY RIGHTS EVER PACKAGED INTO ONE BILL,” DR. DONOHUE DECLARED.

What makes the Equality Act really treacherous is “its endorsement by a Catholic president,” Donohue noted, because, as the Bishops’ chairman has observed, “it creates confusion among the faithful about what the Church actually teaches on these questions.” 

If You Believe Life Will “Return To Normal”, You Have A Fundamental Misunderstanding Of The Times In Which We Live

February 19, 2021 by Michael Snyder

Despite all of the craziness that is going on out there, many pundits are trying to convince us that life will soon “return to normal” and that great days are just around the corner.  They are telling us this despite the fact that the state of Texas has been in a state of collapse this week, the real economy continues to implode, the unemployment numbers are going up, civil unrest continues to rage in our streets on a nightly basis, and our entire planet continues to become even more unstable.  Those that believe that happy days are here again have a fundamental misunderstanding of the times in which we live.  This isn’t a period of time when America is going to “build back better”.  Rather, this is a time when America is going to go even deeper into “the perfect storm”.

One of the reasons why so many on the left are feeling optimistic right now is because the COVID pandemic appears to be subsiding

According to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University, the US is seeing a 29% decline in new Covid-19 cases compared to this time last week, the steepest one-week decline the US has seen during the pandemic.

Improvements have been made; in a White House briefing Friday, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the US continues to see a five-week decline, with the seven-day average of cases declining 69% since peaking on January 11.

We are being told that if the numbers continue to plummet like this, soon there won’t be a need for masks, social distancing and other restrictive measures any longer.

In fact, James Hamblin says that there is a possibility that “pre-pandemic life will return even before summer is upon us”

If all of this holds true, it would mean that many aspects of pre-pandemic life will return even before summer is upon us. Because case numbers guide local policies, much of the country could soon have reason to lift many or even most restrictions on distancing, gathering, and masking. Pre-pandemic norms could return to schools, churches, and restaurants. Sports, theater, and cultural events could resume. People could travel and dance indoors and hug grandparents, their own or others’. In most of the U.S., the summer could feel … “normal.”

But is this pandemic really over, or is it just transitioning into a new chapter?

According to the Daily Mail, the number of confirmed cases of “Super COVID” in the United States is now doubling every 10 days…

There are now more than 1,600 cases of the UK’s B117 ‘super covid’ variant in the US, according to a DailyMail.com analysis. Cases are doubling approximately every 10 days, according to a recent Scripps Research Institute study.

‘Super covid’ cases have exploded in two states that took opposite approaches to the pandemic: California, which has been under some of the nation’s strictest lockdowns, and Florida which has never had a mask mandate.

Cases of the 70 percent more infectious variant have exploded to 433 in Florida, in less than one month since the first case was discovered there.

Of course many experts are far more concerned about the new COVID variants that have emerged in Brazil and South Africa.  Both of those variants have now made it to the U.S., and we already know that the current vaccines don’t work very well against the South African variant.

Meanwhile, the U.S. economy continues to crumble right in front of our eyes.

On Thursday, we learned that another 861,000 Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week…

Last week’s initial jobless claims soared to 861,000, despite more states and cities lifting restrictive business measures amid a decline in the number of coronavirus cases. Economists had predicted around 773,000 first-time claims for the week ended Feb. 13. Data for the previous week was revised up to 848,000 from 793,000.

Unemployment claims have been at catastrophic levels for nearly a year, and now they are starting to surge higher once again.

We also just learned that a whopping 92 percent of all restaurants in New York City “could not afford to pay their rent in December”

A new report from the NYC Hospitality Alliance shows the extreme financial problems restaurants in New York City are facing, as 92% of the city’s restaurants could not afford to pay their rent in December.

The number has steadily worsened throughout the pandemic, from 80% of restaurants in June 2020 not being able to pay rent.

92 percent!

That isn’t what a “recession” looks like.

The truth is that we are in an economic depression, and there is no end in sight.

At the same time, communities all over the U.S. continue to be plagued by civil unrest and crime.

In cities such as Seattle, violent protests and riots have essentially become a nightly occurrence at this point.  But most of the violence that we are witnessing is old-fashioned crime.  One study found that murder rates in major U.S. cities were up by an average of 30 percent last year, and the chaos has continued into 2021.  If you want to see an example of the lawlessness that is prevailing in our urban areas right now, just watch this video.

On top of everything else, our entire planet continues to behave in very unusual ways.

For instance, on Friday morning there was a magnitude 4.2 earthquake in Oklahoma

4.2-magnitude earthquake shook Oklahoma and Kansas Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

The 4.3-mile deep quake hit near Manchester, Oklahoma, at 7:56 a.m. CST, according to the USGS. Manchester is in northern Oklahoma near the state’s border with Kansas.

It is not normal to see earthquakes of that size in the middle of the country, but of course we are moving into times when all of the old rules will no longer apply.

Earlier this month, I wrote an article about how volcanoes all along the Ring of Fire have been “starting to pop off like firecrackers”.  I believe that we have entered a time when we will see natural disasters become increasingly frequent and increasingly powerful, and despite all of our advanced technology we are exceedingly vulnerable.

Just look at what just took place in Texas.  A single wave of cold weather plunged the state into a nightmare scenario.

If cold weather can cause this much chaos in Texas, what would a much more severe long-term emergency mean for our entire nation?

The events of the past week should be a wake up call for all of us, because the road ahead is certainly not going to get any easier.

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Now Their Turn- Southern Baptists Divided Over The Sin That Cries To Heaven For Vengeance

by Andrew Bieszad on February 20, 2021 in FeaturedGeneral

There has always been a problem in the Catholic Church with bad priests or people who have a serious interest in very bad sins. This is to be expected- if the Church is a hospital for all sinners, founded by Christ Himself to touch every race of man, and the whole world is to be gathered into her, then it is only inevitable to conclude that she would see all problems that the human race has, no matter how awful it might be, and if she did not see such a horrible problem, that such a problem would not exist because of the expanse, nature, and mission of the Church. The fact that many other sects will proclaim they do not have “so-and-so” a problem is proof that sect is not directly founded by Christ, since it means it does not reach to the whole world.

This is also not to say that sin is good. Rather, it is to say that they lack the completion of expanse to the human race, and to that, also the ability to conclusively provide an antidote to problems. Remember that seventeen centuries ago, it was normal- as in three-quarters of the Church -denied Jesus’ divinity. However, this never changed dogma or doctrine- as it cannot -and eventually, the truth prevailed. A parallel can be drawn between this situation and the proliferation of sodomy, where while most Christians and arguably people in the Church (especially in the western world) support that sin which cries out to Heaven for vengeance and wrath, the dogma and doctrine, no matter what any pope, cardinal, bishop, priest, or group says, can change the Church’s condemnation of this sin or the antidote to it as evidenced throughout doctrine, time, and history. And just like with the Arian monstrosity, eventually the current situation will pass and be defeated. This was not promised to other churches, and indeed, they may initially seem stronger, but always cave.

For example, a recent AP report found that there is a lot of division, and possibly another coming split ahead, in the Southern Baptists over this issue.

Divisions over race, politics, gender and LGBTQ issues are roiling America’s largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, ahead of a meeting of its executive committee next week.

On the agenda are two items reflecting those divisions: A recommendation that a church in Kennesaw, Georgia, be ousted from the SBC because it accepted LGBTQ people into its congregation, contravening Southern Baptist doctrine; and a report by an executive committee task force criticizing the widely respected leader of the SBC’s public policy arm, the Rev. Russell Moore. Among the grievances against Moore: His outspoken criticism of Donald Trump during Trump’s 2016 election campaign and his presidency.

Towne View began welcoming LGBTQ worshippers in October 2019 after a same-sex couple with three adopted children asked Conrad if they could attend, a decision he defends as the right thing to do.

“The alternative would have been to say, ‘We’re probably not ready for this,’ but I couldn’t do that,” said Conrad, pastor there since 1994.

Conrad has the option of appealing an expulsion, but he’s making plans to affiliate at least temporarily with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, which allows its churches to set their own policies regarding LGBTQ inclusion.

Conrad says about 30% of his congregation — which now numbers about 125 — left his church over the issue, forcing some budget cutbacks, including a pay cut for Conrad.

“But we have had overwhelmingly positive feedback from the community,” he said. “Letters, emails, Facebook messages, phone calls — people telling their own story of rejection by their church and how grateful they’d be to find a place where they’re welcome.”

The most recent disfellowship of an SBC church occurred a year ago when the executive committee ousted Ranchland Heights Baptist Church of Midland, Texas, because it employed a registered sex offender as pastor.

In 2019 the SBC leadership pledged strong action on sex abuse after news reports that hundreds of clergy and staff had been accused of misconduct over the previous 20 years. But critics remain dissatisfied. (source)

It will be important to watch, as it has already been growing for a while, a trend of American Christianity fracturing on the LGBT issue, because most support it, and at this point, being a ‘good American’ in many ways means supporting this sin, which is in direct opposition to not merely “traditional morality”, but morality in the objective sense, as moral truth are not bound to time or place, but are absolute principles that do not chance since they come from God, and He does not change.

This is a major reason why Christianity will continue to decline. Because as long as truth is linked to national sentiment or personal interpretation outside of objective morality, it will eventually fall to cultural norms. Likewise, it is also a reason why those who continue to reject these evil eventually will likely find themselves persecuted by the greater society.

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