A visit between a pope and the man considered a prophet by millions of Latter-day Saints would have been unimaginable to leaders and members in both churches 50 years ago. Clandestine olive branches and decades of détente were necessary, according to sources from both faiths interviewed for this story. That is exactly what has happened. In fact, today’s meeting is a culmination of a web of deepening and expanding alliances between the Latter-day Saints and the Roman Catholic Church and its many sister organizations.
Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church and Prophet President Russell M.
Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met today at the
Vatican in the first-ever face-to-face discussion between the heads of the two
During his reign as both king of Vatican City and as the
pope of the Catholic Church, Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been widening his tent
and making preparations for the coming One World Religion of Antichrist. From
pawns like Rick Warren who gushingly calls him ‘our pope’,
all the way up to signing a ‘Universal
Peace Document‘ with a high-ranking leader of Islam, Pope Francis is a
man on an end
“For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath
of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with
her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her
delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my
people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her
plagues.” Revelation 18:3,4 (KJV)
Now a secret, closed-door meeting with the head ‘prophet’ of
the Mormon Church, Russell Nelson, reveals the expansion of another end
times partnership as the Vatican adds more pieces to their end times
chessboard. The Roman harlot is on the move, and trading in the souls in men.
Pope Francis meets with Mormon President Nelson in the Vatican
FROM THE DESERET NEWS: “The differences in doctrine are
real and they’re important,” President Nelson said afterward as he stood just
outside St. Peter’s Square, “but they’re not nearly as important as the things
we have in common — our concern for human suffering, the importance of
religious liberty for all of society, and the importance of building bridges of
friendship instead of building walls of segregation.”
The two world religious leaders shared a belief that faith in God brings
morality and stability to society. “If we have a godless society, we have a
rudderless ship,” President Nelson said.
The pope extended the invitation for a private audience to the Latter-day
Saint leader in conjunction with President Nelson’s trip this weekend to Italy,
where he will dedicate thehistory-making
new Rome Italy Temple.
The two men met for 30-35 minutes and also discussed their mutual concern
for the youth in their churches, their concern about secularization and the
desire for people to worship God, President Nelson said.
President M. Russell Ballard, president of the Quorum
of the Twelve Apostles, joined President Nelson in the meeting, along
with Elder Massimo De Feo, a General Authority Seventy, and Elder Alessandro
Dini Ciacci, an Area Seventy. President Nelson’s executive secretary, Mark
Woodruff, also attended.
The pope presented President Nelson with two gifts, his declarations on the
family and on the Islamic faith. President Nelson gave the pope a Lladro
figurine of the Christus statue and a copy of “The Family: A Proclamation to
After the meeting, the Latter-day Saint leaders smiled as
they walked arm in arm down Via
della Conciliazione — the Road of the Conciliation — to address a large
media contingent with the iconic St. Peter’s Basilica in the background.
The most senior Latter-day Saint leader to meet with a pope before today was
President Henry B. Eyring, who was greeted by Pope Francis in November 2014
when both spoke at an international marriage summit at the Vatican. President
Eyring then was the first counselor in the First Presidency.
A visit between a pope and the man considered a prophet by millions of
Latter-day Saints would have been unimaginable to leaders and members in both
churches 50 years ago. Clandestine olive branches and decades of détente were
necessary, according to sources from both faiths interviewed for this story. That
is exactly what has happened. In fact, today’s meeting is a culmination of a
web of deepening and expanding alliances between the Latter-day Saints and the
Roman Catholic Church and its many sister organizations.
That growing relationship has intensified during the past
decade, resulting in collaborations that now have the two churches working
side-by-side all over the world on projects vast and tiny.
The Deseret News conducted more than 20 interviews with people from both
faiths around the world, from Bosnia to Rome and from Salt Lake City to Norway,
to provide a definitive look at how the churches’ combined efforts are not only
helping to resolve differences between their own members but delivering
emergency humanitarian aid to some of the world’s most vulnerable people
many at the U.S.-Mexico border — as well as working to defend
religious liberty and to bolster families.
“We explained to His Holiness that we work side by side, that we have
projects with Catholic Relief Services all over the world, in over 43
countries,” President Ballard said. “We’ve been shoulder-to-shoulder as
partners, and try to relieve suffering, trying to help people that are
struggling. He was very interested in that and was very cordial , very kind to
Rome and Salt Lake City
On Thursday, Catholics and Latter-day Saints indeed worked
side-by-side to help the homeless and refugees in their respective
headquarters, Rome and Salt Lake City.
That appeared impossible in the 1950s when, fearing their own congregations
would be scandalized if church members knew they were meeting, the leader of
the Latter-day Saints came to Salt Lake City’s Holy Cross Hospital for
conversations with the head of the Salt Lake City Catholic diocese.
“Whoever touches a corpse, the body of a person who has died, and does not
cleanse himself, defiles Hashem‘s Mishkan; that person shall be cut off from
Yisrael. Since the water of lustration was not dashed on him, he remains unclean;
his uncleanness is still upon him.” Numbers
19:13 (The Israel Bible™)
After years of hard work and preparation, the rabbi charged with overseeing
the red heifer claims that this Biblical commandment is on the verge of
reappearing. Rabbi Azariah Ariel goes on record, explaining how the return of
this ritual of purification will, and will not, change our lives.
The Temple Institute in Jerusalem
has been working for three decades to educate the public and make practical
steps to prepare for the Third Temple. After many years of research and work,
they are close to bringing about an essential element: the Red Heifer. If they
are successful, implementing the red heifer ritual will not only have
implications for the Temple service but will also help Jews observe other
commandments in a more complete manner.
The commandment of the red
heifer is described by the sages as the most inexplicable of any in the
Torah. Yet lacking a red heifer has left all of Israel ritually impure and
unable to properly perform many other commandments. The Temple Institute in
Jerusalem has tasked Rabbi Ariel
with supervising the effort to reestablish this essential Torah commandment. As
such, Rabbi Ariel is precise in his description of the commandment including
its present-day implications.
“The Torah commands us to perform the mitzvah (Torah commandment) in order
to be in a ritually pure condition,” Rabbi Ariel explained to Breaking
Israel News. “This is necessary for us to engage in anything that is holy
or sanctified. It is important to understand that impurity is not any type of
physical dirt or something. For most ritual impurities, bathing in a mikveh
(ritual bath) is sufficient. The highest level of impurity comes from contact
with the dead and to purify this condition, the ashes of the red heifer are
required. This condition comes not only from contact with the dead but to be
under the same roof as a dead body also brings about this severe level of
ritual impurity. This can typically happen if a person is inside a hospital in
which a dead body is present. In such cases, the ashes of the red heifer are
the only method for becoming ritually pure. Lacking the ashes of the red
heifer, this condition remains forever.”
The physical requirements for a red heifer are simple yet precise. This has
led to an intense search for an exceedingly rare candidate.
“We know that there have been nine red heifers throughout history, the first
having been prepared in the times of Moses and Elazar, the son of Aaron,” Ariel
explained. “A red heifer is a female cow that is red. In the language of the
Bible, red is not exclusively what we know today as red. It also includes brown
and other similar shades of red. This excludes black. All of the hairs on its
body must be the same color.”
The rabbi described a recent case in which a calf was found to have six
white hairs near its nose which rendered it unfit.
“The animal must also be two years old. There can be no blemish, no holes in
the ear. Until that point, it is considered a calf and not a cow. At that
point, the cow can be slaughtered and prepared.”
the Temple service in its entirety is dependent on the return of the red
heifer ritual, the ashes of the red heifer are prepared outside of the Temple.
“This is not a sacrifice per se so it is burned in an area outside of the
Temple, on the Mount of Olives. The ashes are collected. A tiny bit of the
ashes are mixed with spring water and can be sprinkled on people in order to
Only a tiny bit of the ashes are required for the purification ritual so one
heifer will suffice for all of the Jews.
“If properly prepared, one heifer is sufficient to purify the entire nation.
There is no limit on how much wood can be burned with the heifer. Those ashes
are also used to purify people. A tiny amount of ash, a few milligrams, can be
mixed with a large quantity of water. In this manner, one heifer can indeed
purify the entire nation.”
“Even after the destruction of the Second Temple, ashes remained hidden away
in different places, and were used to purify the Jews,” Rabbi Ariel said.
But the return of the red heifer ritual will affect everyday life for Jews.
“The lack of ashes from the red heifer has prevented us from performing many
Torah commandments,” Ariel explained. “For example, today, when a Jew makes
bread, they separate out a small amount for the mitzvah of hafrashat challah
(separating out a quantity of dough for the priests). Today, the dough is
disposed of. This is done because of the ritual impurity of the person making
the dough and of the Kohanim (Jewish men of the priestly caste). If we can
reinstate the ritual of the red heifer, this dough can be baked and given to
the Kohanim to eat. This baked product is one of the 24 Divinely ordained gifts
designated for the kohanim. There are many commandments like this that we are
unable to perform due to the lack of the ashes of the red heifer.
“The ashes of the red heifer are not necessary exclusively for
Temple-related commandments. This will enable the complete performance of many
mitzvoth we already do today.”
Many believe that the search for the red heifer is motivated by a desire to
hasten the arrival of the Messiah but Rabbi Ariel stated emphatically that this
is not the case.
“There is a great misconception concerning the red heifer,” Rabbi Ariel
said. “Some people believe that by reinstating the ritual of the red heifer, we
will bring the Messiah or reinstate the Temple service. This is an incorrect
understanding. God does not do my bidding. We do His bidding. The Jews were
given the Torah and commanded to do the mitzvoth. It is not our intention to
bring about a divine reaction through the red heifer. Our only interest is to
perform the mitzvoth as they were given. The red heifer is a commandment so we
perform it. It will allow us to perform other mitzvoth. Other than that, there
are no expectations or additional agenda.”
Ariel told Breaking Israel News that there are two calves that may
potentially be used in for the preparation of the ashes. They are currently
being raised in an undisclosed location under special conditions. Care must be
taken that they are not scarred or blemished
and they must remain separated from bulls.
“As per the Torah requirements, it is forbidden that any yoke or burden be
placed on them. When the calves reach two years of age, they will be checked
again to ensure that the color has not changed and that they have no
“We are working on this but the most important thing we can do is to keep
their location secret. If we succeed, in two years we will be permitted to
perform more mitzvoth in the manner God commanded.”
The sale of the F-35 to Turkey could be halted should the country buy a
Russian air defense system. (Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee/U.S. Air Force)
WASHINGTON — The top uniformed officer in NATO and the head of
American forces in Europe said Tuesday that if Turkey goes through with its
decision to buy a Russian air defense system, he would recommend the
Pentagon refuse to give Ankara its planned purchase of the F-35 joint strike
Testifying in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee,
Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti said it would be his “best military advice” that
sales to Turkey of the F-35 be cut, should that nation buy the S-400 air defense system.
“If they accept the S-400 to establish it in Turkey, there is
first the issue that it’s not interoperable with NATO systems, nor is it
interoperable inside of our integrated missile defense system. The second has
to do with the F-35. It presents a problem to all of our aircraft, but
specifically the F-35, I believe,” Scaparrotti said.
“My best military advice would be that we don’t then follow
through with the F-35 — flying it or working with an ally that is working with
Russian systems, particularly air defense systems, with one of our most
advanced technological capabilities,” he added.
The comments came in an exchange with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen,
D-N.H., who has sponsored legislative language to to explore Turkey’s
removal from the F-35 program.
Concerns about Turkey’s decision to procure the S-400 are nothing new. Officials in the U.S. and Europe believe
Russia could gain a dangerous amount of information on the fifth-generation
fighter should the systems be linked.
But Scaparrotti’s statement is particularly notable, as he
also serves as supreme allied commander of NATO. His comments come weeks after
the Munich Security Conference, where U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned Turkey that “we will not stand idly by while NATO
allies purchase weapons from our adversaries. We cannot ensure the defense of
the West if our allies grow dependent on the East.”
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Turkey plans to buy 100 joint strike fighters over the course
of the program, and its first F-35 pilots have already begun training alongside
U.S. pilots at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Turkish companies play a key
industrial role in the program as one of the producers of the center fuselage
and the maker of the cockpit display.
As a result of the planned S-400 procurement, the Pentagon
launched a large study into whether it would be possible to remove Turkey from
the F-35 industrial base.
Asked about the industrial base, the general said: “For them I
would underscore this is a huge decision for Turkey. I have talked to them, as
all of our leadership has.” He added that there is a team on the ground today
talking with the Turks about the issue.
“I would hope they would reconsider this decision on the
S-400, one system, but potentially forfeit many of the other systems and one of
the most important systems we provide them,” he said.
One such system besides the F-35 that could be impacted should
Russia buy the S-400 is the Patriot missile defense system, which Turkey was recently cleared to buy.
On that day, He will set His feet on the Mount of Olives, near Yerushalayim
on the east; and the Mount of Olives shall split across from east to west, and
one part of the Mount shall shift to the north and the other to the south, a
huge gorge. Zechariah
14:4 (The Israel Bible™)
A confrontation between the Israeli police and the Palestinians is expected
as more politicians are calling for the closure of a prayer area that was
opened in the area of the Sha’ar
HaRachamim (the Gate of Mercy, also known as the Golden Gate).
The area was closed 16 years ago by court order after it was used as a
meeting place for Hamas-related organizations. Last Friday, Arabs began
protesting and broke the lock, entering the site.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the site closed but the
police have yet to carry out that order. Haaretz
reported that the Waqf (Muslim authority) director-general Sheikh Azzam
al-Hatib requested permission from the police to bring construction materials
into Sha’ar HaRachamim for renovations and according to Waqf sources, his
request was not denied.
The Waqf has thus far refused to respond to summonses to appear in court and
on Monday, an Israeli court ordered the area closed unless the Waqf responds.
It is expected that riots will break out on Friday when the area normally fills
with Muslim worshipers. On Monday, Agriculture Minister (MK) Uri Ariel (Bayit
Yehudi) ascended to the Temple Mount and attempted to enter the Sha’ar
Harachamim area but was turned away by police.
“What’s happening at the Gate of
Mercy [Golden Gate] is a major breach of the status quo, and our demand is that
this matter be returned to its previous status immediately. There is no reason
for Netanyahu to agree to this change and certainly not when Muslims are
allowed in and Jews are not,” Ariel told the Orthodox news site Kipa.
At an emergency meeting on Sunday night of all the Temple Mount movements
concerning the recent Muslim takeover of Sha’ar HaRachamim. Assaf
Fried, spokesman for the Temple Organizations, was at the meeting.
“We are not giving up on Sha’ar Harachamim at all,” Fried told Breaking
Israel News. “We know that this is entirely the fault of this government
but three mosques have been built under Netanyahu. This time there are many
more Jews on site so hopefully that will prevent them from turning the site
into a mosque. And indeed, the government is taking steps that they never took
in the past. They have issued legal restrictions forbidding several Muslim
leaders from entering the Temple Mount.”
In order to show the government that the Jews in Israel are firmly committed
to the Temple Mount, the group of organizations has called for everyone who
objects to the Muslims usurping the site to ascend next Thursday, March 14.
The assembly also called for the government to have the Waqf declared an
illegal organization and to have it banned from the Temple Mount.
The participants at the conference also called on Israeli political parties
to demand the permission of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount as a precondition
for any coalition agreement after the upcoming Israeli elections.
The groups also called for the establishment of a synagogue on the Temple
Mount. This project was first advocated by Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, former
Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, in the mid-1990s. His son, Rabbi Shmuel
Eliyahu, Safed’s chief rabbi, continues to work toward that goal and in 2016,
Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David
Lau, generally considered to be moderate in his politics as well as his
religious rulings, stunned many when he said
in 2016 that there was enough room on the Temple Mount for the addition of both
a synagogue and church without infringing on the Muslim sites currently in
In response to Rabbi Eliyahu’s call to make a synagogue in the unused
underground area of Solomon’s Stables, the Waqf built the Marwani
Mosque at that location capable of accommodating at least 10,000
worshippers. The construction was carried out without permits and in violation
of agreements signed with Jordan. When the Waqf constructed the
underground mosque, they worked with heavy machinery, trucking away tons of
dirt with total
disregard for the archaeological integrity.
Part of the concern over construction at the Sha’ar HaRachamim is for for
wooden beams stored at the site. The beams lay in the courtyard outside of the
location under a tarpaulin, neglected and ignored. The politically volatile
situation does not allow the timbers to be removed but carbon-14 dating carried
out in 1984 identified them as Turkish oak and Lebanon cedar ranging in age from
1,340 years to 2,860 years old. The Waqf sold some of the wood in the 1960’s as
scrap and in 2012, a group of Jews visiting the Temple Mount photographed some
of the wood being burned on site.
The Muslims claim that Israel is attempting to change the status quo on the
Temple Mount however, as Ariel indicated, a cursory look at the history of the
site since Israel conquered it in 1967 shows that precisely the opposite is
taking place. In 1967 there was one functioning mosque on the site; the
If the Waqf succeeds in establishing a mosque in Sha’ar HaRachamim, this
will be the fifth mosque on the Temple Mount. During the 1970’s, the Muslims
closed two gates to non-Muslims, restricting their entrance to the Mughrabi
Gate. It was also possible for non-Muslims to enter the structures on the site
and that too became restricted. The hours for non-Muslim visitation have become
more curtailed as time has progressed, though the number of Jews visiting the
site has skyrocketed
in recent years.
Yaakov Hayman, chairman of the United Temple Movements, sees the current
situation as an open confrontation.
“Our holiest site is being trampled by people who have declared themselves
as our enemies,” Hayman told Breaking Israel News. “We can’t blame them
since they are acting precisely like enemies. This shows where we are
spiritually and what we need to do. We need miracles for the Third Temple to
arrive but God will only do miracles after he sees that we want it. Jews are
finally waking up to the Temple Mount but we need to take it up a few notches.”
“The Arabs know all his; that Jews are waking up and that even the non-Jews
are waking up. They see this in Trump and they are terrified. This is their
desperate last-ditch effort.”
Not only is the site significant to the Jews as the site of the two Temples
but it is prophesied to play a significant role in the end-of-days.According to
Jewish tradition, the Shekhinah (שכינה) (Divine Presence) used to appear
through the Eastern Gate and will appear again when the Messiah arrives.
In addition, the Zohar, the seminal work of Jewish mysticism, describes
an pre-Messiah war on the Temple Mount involving the descendants if Ishmael who
are understood to be the Arabs.
But Pitterson is convinced Plato’s description of Atlantis matches
biblical records of the Israeli city of Gilgal Refaim.
Speaking on US radio, Pitterson said the story of
the Nephalim matches the tale of the Greek god Poseidon, who was said
to have fathered children with a human woman in Atlantis.
Pitterson, author of the book Judgement of the Nephalim,
said: “One example that really stood out for me is Plato’s description of
RUINS: Ryan Pitterson believes Gilgal
Rephaim, or Rujm el-Hiri, is the remains of Atlantis (Pic: GOOGLE MAPS)
MAPPED: The ruins are in the
Israeli-occupied Golan Heights (Pic: GOOGLE MAPS)
“It’s almost remarkable how similar it is to Ezekiel 31, which
describes the rise of this fallen angel spawning many children and having a
kingdom with an abundance of resources and rivers as well as a military power
and then having it crumble.”
He went on: “In Plato’s account, it was the Greek god Poseidon who fell
in love with a human woman and impregnated her.
“So right from the onset, it was a god coming to an Earthly realm and
conceiving a child with a human woman in the same fashion of Genesis 6.
“Atlantis is described as having all sorts of great minerals — gold,
precious minerals — and in a biblical account in Genesis 2, we’re told the
rivers that ran out of the Garden of Eden encompassed the whole line of
PHILOSOPHER: The Ancient Greek Plato
first wrote about Atlantis in about 350BC (Pic: GETTY)
MONUMENT: Gilgal Rephaim has sometimes
been called the Stonehenge of the Middle East (Pic: GETTY)
Today, the ancient remains of Gilgal lie near Argaman in the
Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
Atlantis was said to have been built outwards in concentric circles with
water running through it.
Similarly, Gilgal features five concentric circles of stones, built using
40,000 tonnes of rock.
Believed to date from around 3,000 years before Jesus‘s birth, it has
earned the nickname “The Stonehenge of the Middle East”.
War has erupted in Asia. India is the second largest country in the world by population, and Pakistan is the fifth largest, and they both possess large nuclear arsenals. If this conflict continues to escalate, things could get really, really bad very quickly. On Wednesday, military aircraft were shot down by both sides, there was shelling across the border by both armies, and in recent hours videos have been posted of Pakistani tanks and Indian tanks both heading to the border. Once one army crosses the “Line of Control”, it is going to be very difficult to get the two sides to sit down at the negotiating table. War is one of the elements of “the perfect storm” that I have been warning you about, and I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of the conflict that we are going to see in 2019.
Earlier today Pakistan and India said they had shot down each other’s
warplanes, in a dramatic escalation of the dangerous confrontation between the
Pakistan said it downed two Indian jets in its airspace and captured two
pilots, later amended to one: whom they then seemingly paraded – blindfolded
and bloodied – for the camera.
On Tuesday evening, Islamabad used heavy calibre artillery to shell 12 to 15
places along the Indian side creating panic among the populace on the border
where bunkers are being hastily thrown up to ease their fears.
When the Indian pilot that was shot down was discovered by locals in
Pakistan, they started beating the living daylights out of him. The
following comes from the Mirror…
The brief clip shows the cameraman approach a group of people huddled around
the stricken pilot in what appears to be a small creek.
The pilot, whose arms are being held above his head, is struck in the face
twice before being kicked in the back of the head, with someone behind him
appearing to attempt to knee him.
The Pakistani military was able to rescue the pilot from the locals, and
they are now holding him in a detention facility.
In addition to airstrikes, it is being reported that both armies “have been shelling across the LoC (Line of Control)”.
Needless to say, a lot of civilians that live along the border are really
freaked out, and on the Indian side of the border a total of 14,000 bunkers are hastily being
constructed to give concerned citizens some shelter.
Most westerners don’t really think of India and Pakistan as prominent global
military powers, but the truth is that they both have very large standing
armies. And at this point India is allocating even more money than the UK
toward military spending…
India, home to 1.3 billion people, has a conventional army of about 1.4
million soldiers. Pakistan, with a population of over 200 million people, has
about 650,000 troops. Both countries have spent billions developing
conventional arms. Last year, Pakistan spent about $11 billion or about 3.6
percent of its gross domestic product on defense. India meanwhile allocated
about $58 billion, or 2.1 percent of its GDP on defense, according to the
International Institute for Strategic Studies. India’s ballooning military
spending has propelled it to the world’s fifth-biggest defense spender,
surpassing the United Kingdom, according to the IISS.
But the big concern is that this crisis could go nuclear.
If India and Pakistan fought a war and it stayed strictly conventional, the
rest of the world would probably not be affected too much.
Both India and Pakistan are believed to possess more than 100 nuclear
warheads each and have conducted atomic weapon tests. Both countries have
test-fired nuclear-capable missiles. Pakistan also has refused to renounce a
first-strike option with its atomic bombs should it feel outgunned in a
conventional war. It takes less than four minutes for a missile fired from
Pakistan to reach India. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists warns that “computer
models have predicted that the physical impacts of a nuclear exchange between
India and Pakistan, or even a single strike on a large city, would be
devastating and would reverberate throughout the world.”
Approximately one out of every five people on the entire planet lives in
either India or Pakistan.
So the death toll in a nuclear conflict between these two nations could
result in a death toll that would be unimaginable.
And let us not forget that it looks like the U.S. is about to enter another
new war as well. In an article that I posted yesterday, I discussed the fact that
Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev has just accused the
United States of shipping troops to Colombia and Puerto Rico in preparation for
an invasion of Venezuela. China has come out very strongly against
western military intervention in Venezuela, and the Russians already have
special forces there.
If someone makes the wrong move, it could end up sparking World War 3.
If India backs down, Pakistan will probably be willing to go to the
negotiating table. But if India’s tanks cross the Line of Control,
Pakistan may feel forced to resort to using nukes because they can’t match
India’s military strength, and then all hell could break loose.
Similarly, if the U.S. backs down and doesn’t arm the opposition in
Venezuela, there probably won’t be a bloody war in that nation. But if
the U.S. arms the opposition and decides to invade on top of that, it is going
to unleash a series of negative consequences that we will not be able to
Critical decisions are being made right now that are going to greatly alter
our future, and let us hope that cooler heads prevail.
Benjamin Netanyahu expressed confidence that most voters won’t be influenced by the announcement, but said that even if it influences a few not to vote for him, it will bring the Left to power.”I’ve never seen the Left so happy…They’re sewing suits” to wear because they expect to become ministers, Netanyahu said.As for the timing, 40 days before the April 9 election, Netanyahu said “every citizen knows this is outrageous and meant to bring down the Right.
Only the voters will decide if I remain in office, not bureaucrats, Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after Attorney-General Avihai Mandelblit
announced on Thursday his intention to indict the premier on multiple
charges of fraud and breach of trust, and one bribery charge, pending a
Just as the radical Progressive Left in America wakes up
each and every day thinking of how they might be able to bring down President
Donald Trump, the radical Progressive Left in Israel does the same with their
hatred of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Today they scored of victory of
sorts as the Israeli attorney general announced his intention to indict
Netanyahu on a variety of charges.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper
that love thee.” Psalm 122: 6 (KJV)
Is Netanyahu guilty? I honestly don’t know. What I do know,
however, is that Benjamin Netanyahu has done more to boost the Israeli economy,
and has done more to boost Israeli border security than any other leader in the
70 years history of regathered Israel. Netanyahu certainly seems like God’s man
for this time to me.
Personally, I do not think that Benjamin Netanyahu is
guilty, at least not of what he is being charged with. Either way, he has my
support. Please pray that these charges against him will come to nothing. I
cannot imagine the changes that might take place if Israel were to replace him
with a Liberal leader. Because if Netanyahu were to be replaced, then maybe Jared
Kushner’s peace plan that involves tearing down all of Israel’s
security walls might just happen after all.
Netanyahu to Be Charged With Bribery Pending Hearing
FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: Benjamin Netanyahu gave a very
political speech from the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem, focusing on
the timing of the charges and arguing that they are meant to bring down the
Right, repeatedly using the phrase “witch hunt.”
The prime minister opened by talking about his recent meeting with Russian
President Vladimir Putin and comments US President Trump made overnight
Wednesday, calling him tough and smart. He argued that he and the Likud have
made Israel stronger than ever before.
“These connections are not to be taken for granted,” Netanyahu said. “The
Left knows they cannot compete with these achievements in the voting booth, so
they put massive pressure on the attorney general to indict even though there
is nothing, in order to influence the elections and put the Left in charge.”
Netanyahu expressed confidence that most voters won’t be
influenced by the announcement, but said that even if it influences a few not
to vote for him, it will bring the Left to power.
“I’ve never seen the Left so happy…They’re sewing suits” to wear because
they expect to become ministers, Netanyahu said.
As for the timing, 40 days before the April 9 election,
Netanyahu said “every citizen knows this is outrageous and meant to bring down
the Right. “I am not being given the chance to disprove the accusations until
after the election – and I will disprove them all,” he added.
Netanyahu appeared to choke up with tears when he talked
about the “seven circles of hell” his family has been through in recent years.
He specifically referred to an accusation that he tried to have an article
about his son dating a non-Jewish Norwegian woman removed from Walla, saying:
“What father wouldn’t defend his son?
This was a surprise: The denomination’s bishops, its top
clergy, pushed hard for a resolution that would have allowed local
congregations, conferences, and clergy to make their own choices about
conducting same-sex marriages and ordaining LGBTQ pastors. This proposal,
called the “One Church Plan,” was designed to keep the denomination together.
Methodist delegates rejected its recommendations, instead choosing the
so-called Traditional Plan, which affirmed the denomination’s teachings against
The United Methodist Church voted on Tuesday to toughen its teachings
against homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and LGBTQ clergy. It must now decide
whether it will stay together.
The United Methodist Church pulled off a surprise, no, make
that a shocking upset over the forces of spiritual darkness by
voting NO on the proposed pro-LGBTQP ‘One
Church Plan‘ at meetings that lasted over the weekend and into the past
few days. But that victory, tenuous as it may be, comes at the cost of a huge
church split right down the middle. Watchers on both sides are predicting a
mass exodus of pro-LGBTQP people by the time all the dust from this battle
“For the time will come when they will not endure
sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves
teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their
ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all
things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of
thy ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:3-5 (KJV)
Now granted, the UMC has not been, since the days of John Wesley,
anything remotely resembling a real Bible believing church. Their own Book of
Discipline says that the “United Methodist Church is part of the holy catholic
church…”. But even so, this vote was very, very surprising.
Especially to the forces
of the LGBTQP who thought for sure this would be a slam-dunk for their
If you would have said to me 28 years ago when
I first got saved, that I would live to see the day where the
homosexual and transsexual movement would battle for control of the heart and
soul of the professing Christian church, I would have said you were nuts. Stark
raving mad. This is still the Church Age, after all, not even
the Tribulation! But boy, oh boy, are we being pressed right up against that
edge. That can only mean one thing as I see it.
Flight #777 on Titus213 Airlines now
boarding…time to go Home.
Conservative Christians Just Retook the United Methodist Church
FROM THE ATLANTIC: At a special conference in St. Louis
this week, convened specifically to address divisions over LGBTQ issues,
members voted to toughen prohibitions on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy.This
was a surprise: The denomination’s bishops, its top clergy, pushed hard for a
resolution that would have allowed local congregations, conferences, and clergy
to make their own choices about conducting same-sex marriages and ordaining
LGBTQ pastors. This proposal, called the “One Church Plan,” was designed to
keep the denomination together. Methodist delegates rejected its
recommendations, instead choosing the so-called Traditional Plan, which
affirmed the denomination’s teachings against homosexuality.
This is a consequential vote for the future of the United
Methodist Church: Many progressive churches will now almost certainly consider
leaving the denomination. It’s also a reminder that many Christian
denominations, including mainline groups such as the UMC, are still deeply
divided over questions of sexuality and gender identity. While the UMC in the
United States is roughly evenly divided between those who identify as
traditionalists and those who identify as moderates and liberals, it is also a
global organization. Many of the growing communities in the Philippines or
countries in Africa are committed to theological teachings against same-sex
relationships and marriages.
Self-described traditionalists in the United Methodist Church got the
outcome they’ve been fighting for. Still, “I think there’s a lot of grief on
all sides,” said Keith Boyette, the head of the Wesleyan Covenant Association
and a main proponent of the Traditional Plan, in an interview on Tuesday. Methodists
are in mourning for a United Methodist Church that might be on the brink of a
For years, LGBTQ Methodists, clergy, and their supporters
have argued that people of all sexual orientations and gender identities should
be fully included in the denomination as leaders, and that their families
should be recognized. “As someone who has grown up in our Church, as someone
who is gay and goes to one of the least religious colleges in the U.S., my
evangelism on campus has grown,” said J. J. Warren, a senior at Sarah Lawrence
College who hopes to become a Methodist pastor, during the conference on
Tuesday. “We have brought people to Jesus … They did not know God could love
them, because their churches said God didn’t … If we could be a Church that brings
Jesus to people who are told can’t be loved, that’s what I want our Church to
Others in the denomination, however, see LGBTQ issues as a proxy for bigger
divisions over biblical teachings. “This is not a political or social kind of
difference. It is primarily, for us, a theological difference, and the truth
that the Church has been raised up to share,” Boyette said. “When a Church
begins to fracture around its compliance with its doctrine and ethics and
discipline, it becomes a house divided. It becomes dysfunctional.”
According to its Book
of Discipline, the denomination’s collection of laws and doctrines,
Methodist pastors are not allowed to conduct same-sex weddings, and
“self-avowed practicing homosexuals” cannot be ordained. In practice, however,
a number of Methodist clergy and churches have made clear that they disagree
with this teaching, at times openly defying it. A lesbian pastor, Karen
even elected a bishop in the Church, a position she still holds even
though the denomination’s judicial council later ruled that her marriage to a
woman violated Church doctrine. At the same time, other churches remain deeply
committed to UMC teachings against same-sex marriage and relationships.
The United Methodist Church, which was formed in a 1968
merger between two denominations, has known for a long time that it would
eventually have to address these deeply felt disagreements over LGBTQ issues.
At the denomination’s 2016 General Conference, delegates asked
UMC bishops to produce recommendations for how the Church should
resolve divisions over LGBTQ issues. Over the next three years, Methodist
leaders developed the One Church Plan, which would have allowed local pastors
and regional conferences to make their own decisions, keeping the denomination
together but allowing for diversity in its ranks.
Tensions between two of the world’s nuclear powers were
raised dramatically Wednesday after Pakistan’s air force said it shot down two Indian warplanes that crossed the disputed Kashmir
border and captured each of the aircraft’s pilots.
Police officials in Indian-occupied Kashmir told Reuters two Indian pilots and a civilian on the
ground died when the planes crashed. The officials did not confirm the planes
were shot down by Pakistani forces.
Raveesh Kumar, a spokesman for India’s Ministry of External Affairs, also
claimed an Indian plane shot down a Pakistani fighter jet — although Pakistan
denied any of its jets had been hit and photographic evidence had yet to
The Pakistani official said one of the Indian planes crashed in the
Pakistani part of Kashmir and the other went down in Indian-controlled
Kashmir. Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor told the Associated Press one of the
pilots was injured and was being treated in a military hospital. He did not
elaborate on the pilot’s injuries. Ghafoor said the other pilot was in custody.
News sites out of Pakistan posted unconfirmed pictures and videos of one of
the pilots who appeared blindfolded and with a bloody nose. Pakistan’s
information ministry also tweeted out apparent footage of one of the downed
Indian jets as well as a message congratulating the Pakistan Air Force.
A senior Indian police officer said earlier that an Indian Air Force
plane crashed in the Indian-controlled sector of Kashmir. No information about
injuries or deaths was immediately available.
Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority said later it closed its airspace to all
commercial flights as tensions with India escalated.
Tensions have been simmering between the two nuclear-powers after India
launched an airstrike Tuesday following a suicide bombing that killed more than
40 soldiers in India’s section of the disputed territory of Kashmir
earlier this month.
Indian air force spokesman Anupam Banerjee in New Delhi told the Associated
Press he had no information on Wednesday’s incident.
Tensions have been simmering between the two nuclear-powers after India
launched an airstrike Tuesday following a suicide bombing that killed more than
40 soldiers in India’s section of the disputed territory of Kashmir earlier
this month. (AP)
In a televised address, Imran Khan, the Pakistani prime minister, warned
against further escalation between the two countries.
“If we let it happen, it will remain neither in my nor [Indian prime
minister] Narendra Modi’s control,” he said.
Referring to air strikes by Pakistan earlier Wednesday, he said Pakistan had
been obliged to respond to Tuesday’s action by India.
“Our action is just to let them know that just like they intruded into
our territory, we are also capable of going into their territory.”
Sushma Swaraj, the Indian foreign minister, said India “does not wish
to see further escalation of the situation.”
Residents on both sides of the de-facto frontier, the so-called Line of
Control, said there were exchanges of fire between the two sides through the
night. In Pakistan’s part of Kashmir, hundreds of villagers have fled border
The airport in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir, was
closed in what was described as a “temporary and precautionary
measure,” an Indian official told the Associated Press.
Asian News International reported
that commercial flights between Indian and Pakistani airspace are affected. Its
report said Pakistan immediately stopped domestic and international flight
operations from Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Islamabad airports.
At the conference, Adnan Tanriverdi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s top military advisor, delivered a speech detailing the inner workings of the “Islamic Confederal State” that Tanriverdi’s Strategic Research Center for Defenders of Justice (ASSAM) aims to establish with 61 Muslim countries.
Judging by an article Tanriverdi penned in 2009, the purpose of this joint Islamic force is to defeat Israel, which “should be made to get engaged [in war] and the length of the war should be extended.”
Erdogan and his chief military advisor are obviously engaging in projection. It is Turkey that has ethnically cleansed itself of Greeks, Assyrians and Armenians, and that is now targeting Syrian Kurds. It is the Turkish government’s continued aggression against various peoples in Israel, Syria, Iraq, Cyprus and other countries that is a threat to world peace; not Israel. It is Turkey, not Israel, whose destabilizing foreign policy needs to change.
Istanbul recently hosted the second
Union Congress,” sponsored mainly by the
Strategic Research Center for Defenders of Justice (ASSAM), which is headed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan’s chief military advisor, Adnan Tanriverdi, a retired lieutenant general and an Islamist .
At the conference, Tanriverdi delivered a speech detailing the inner workings of the “Islamic
Confederal State” that ASSAM aims to establish with 61 Muslim countries.
In his address, Tanriverdi said that a “rapid deployment force”
should be created. Judging by an article Tanriverdi penned in 2009, the purpose of this joint
Islamic force is to defeat Israel, which “should be made to get engaged
and the length of the war should be extended.”
“If Israel has to call all of
its reserve soldiers to duty,” he explained, “there will be no one
left at home or in their businesses. It cannot continue like that for a long
Tanriverdi also suggested how this
could be accomplished:
“The Defense Ministers of
Islamic Countries should be invited to an urgent meeting, at which
possibilities for ‘defense cooperation’ should be examined; Turkey, Iran,
Syria, the Iraqi Resistance Organization and Palestine should be the core of
Within this context, he said, a
“‘rapid Deployment Force of Islam,’ which will consist of an amphibious
brigade, an armored brigade and an aero-landing brigade, should be
He went on:
“A peace force of Islamic
countries should be deployed in Gaza… International efforts should continue,
and the use of military force in Islamic countries should be encouraged. A
joint military operation by our ground, naval and air forces should be carried
out in the international waters of the Eastern Mediterranean. Aid convoys from
Turkey, accompanied by Turkish warplanes, should land at the Gaza port. The
resistance movements in Gaza should be supported with anti-tank and
low-altitude anti-aircraft weapons.
“An aid fund should be formed
by Islamic countries; the monthly budget of the legitimate Palestinian
government should be paid from this fund and every adult individual in [the
Palestinian territories] should be paid a monthly salary… Egypt should be
pressured to open the Rafah border crossing. Syria should be encouraged to
enhance its military presence on the Israeli border.”
Tanriverdi also claimed that:
“Turkish states, throughout
history, prevented 21 crusades through which the West targeted Islam. Turkey
did not get involved in the invasions following World War II, the establishment
of the State of Israel and the US invasion of Iraq, which we could call the
22nd, 23rd and 24th crusades. It is Turkey’s duty to rectify this. Avoiding
this responsibility would be contrary to our historic mission, our commitment to
the civilization to which we belong and to Turkey’s survival.”
Tanriverdi’s views are the impetus
for the founding in 2012 of his company, “SADAT International Defense
Consultancy.” On its official website, Tanriverdi writes:
“The Turkish Armed Forces give
services of training, consultancy and equipment to 22 friendly Turkish and
Muslim countries. But it is impossible for them to respond to all the needs of
60 Islamic countries in the defense sector.
“In order to give services in
needed fields, to prevent dependence on crusader-minded colonialist countries,
to help form an environment of defense industry and defense cooperation among
Islamic countries, and to serve the Islamic alliance, SADAT was formed by 23
founding shareholders and with the support of 64 army officers and
non-commissioned officers who have successfully served the Turkish armed forces
and who are respectful of the religious sensitivities of Islamic
Four years after SADAT’s
establishment, Necati Yılmaz, an MP from the opposition Republican People’s
Party (CHP), submitted a written parliamentary motion to then-Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, questioning
SADAT’s activities and international connections. The motion read, in part:
“SADAT states on its official
website that that it tries to ‘help establish a military force in the Islamic
world that will be self-sufficient.’ With what countries does SADAT have
connections? Is there any other country to which SADAT gives military and
intelligence training? Does it have camps in other countries?
“Is it true that Sadat has
connections with al-Nusra, al-Qaeda and ISIS? Is it true that Sadat has trained
Yıldırım did not answer the motion
during his tenure, but allegations about SADAT’s providing military training to
jihadist organizations abroad and to some pro-Erdogan groups in “secret
military camps” in Turkey have not subsided. Tanriverdi and other SADAT
officials have repeatedly denied the accusations, going as far as to sue some newspapers that published pieces repeating them.
In an interview last January with the pro-government newspaper, Habertürk,
Tanriverdi called claims about SADAT “slanderous” and
“imaginary.” Replaying SADAT’s “founding objective,” he
insisted that it “engages with the state organs of friendly nations and
provides them with services of corporate consultancy, training and equipment in
line with their laws in their own countries.”
“With very pure and decent
feelings, we just want to transfer the experiences of our armed forces to
Islamic countries. That is all. We also want the Islamic countries to get
He failed, however, to remind
readers that SADAT’s objective is to unite against the West and Israel. He also omitted comments from his 2009 article entitled “Palestine too should have an army”,
“The states whose peoples are
Muslim should either protect Palestine with their own armed forces or form a
modern armed force for Palestine to deal with Israel.”
Although Tanriverdi’s dream of an
“army of Islam” to fight Israel has yet to be realized, his company,
SADAT, seems to be aiding Palestinian-Arab jihadist organizations targeting
Israel. In February 2018, for instance, Israel’s internal security service, the
Shin Bet, said that Hamas was funneling terror funds to the West Bank and
Gaza through Turkey. The Shin Bet statement also accused Turkey of aiding
Hamas’ military build-up via SADAT. Kamil Tekeli, a Turkish law professor who
was arrested in Israel in mid-January, told his interrogators that SADAT sends
money and arms to Hamas. Tekeli, after being interrogated, was deported back to
Turkey, according to the Israeli media. The Turkish Foreign Ministry, however, rejected the Shin Bet’s accusations.
Tanriverdi’s statements and his
company nevertheless appear to reflect Erdogan’s worldview.
“We as Turkey and myself — as
long as I am in charge — can never have a positive view of Israel,”
Erdogan said in 2014. “The obvious reality is that Israel is the
country that threatens peace in the world and in the Middle East.”
Erdogan and his chief military
advisor are obviously engaging in projection. It is Turkey that has ethnically
cleansed itself of Greeks,
Assyrians and Armenians, that refuses to recognize the religious rights of the Alevi minority and that is now targeting Syrian Kurds. It is the Turkish government’s continued aggression
against various peoples in Israel,
Syria, Iraq, Cyprus and other countries that is a threat to world peace, not Israel. It
is Turkey, not Israel, whose destabilizing foreign policy needs to change.
Revelation 1:3 "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near".
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