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Rev. Graham: ‘As I Read the News, I Can’t Help But Wonder if We’re in Last Hours’

By Michael W. Chapman

(CNSNews.com) – Rev. Franklin Graham, head of the international Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse and son of world-renowned preacher Billy Graham, said that given all the “bad news” about the killing of Christians by Muslims in some countries, and attacks on Christians by the media and the government even in America, he cannot “help but wonder if we are in the last hours before our Lord Jesus Christ returns.”

“As I read the news, I can’t help but wonder if we are in the last hours before our Lord Jesus Christ returns to rescue His church and God pours out His wrath on the world for the rejection of His Son,” said Rev. Graham in a post on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) website.

“I don’t know if we have hours, days, months, or years—but as Christians, God calls us to take the truth of the Gospel to the ends of the earth,” said Graham.  “Our job is to warn sinners of the consequences of sin and show them that God is loving and gracious, willing to forgive if we come to Him in repentance and faith.”

 

American journalist James Foley, a Christian, just before he was beheaded by an ISIS jihadist. His excution was videotaped and posted on the Internet. (Photo: YouTube.)

The BGEA was founded in 1950 by Rev. Billy Graham, and Franklin Graham is vice chairman and CEO of the evangelical organization.

In his remarks, Rev. Graham talked about the spread of Ebola in Africa, noting that just in 2014 “the virus has already claimed the lives of over 1,000, making it the deadliest outbreak in history.”  One of the American doctors, Kent Brantly, infected with Ebola in Liberia and flown back to the United States for treatment last month was working with Samaritan’s Purse.

As for the religious persecution in the Middle East and elsewhere, Rev. Graham questioned whether “the world is coming apart at the seams,” adding, “There appears to be no end to the bad news. The killing of Christians by Muslims from Indonesia to Bangladesh to Pakistan. China tearing down church buildings. Christians tortured, beheaded, and crucified in Iraq, with villages burned and churches destroyed, and much the same in Syria.”

“American pastor Saeed Abedini is still imprisoned in Iran for his faith,” said Rev. Graham.  “Throughout Northern Africa, the Middle East, and many parts of the world, the church of Jesus Christ—and anyone or any group who bears His Name—is under attack.”

 

“In our own country as well, there is great opposition to the church of Jesus Christ,” he said.  “We see this throughout the media, the entertainment industry, government, and politics.”

Rev. Graham continued, “Jesus warned His disciples in Matthew 24 when they asked Him about the signs of the end of the age. He said there would be wars and rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes, and pestilence. He told them, ‘Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.’”

Franklin Graham is married, has five children, and lives in Boone, N.C. His father, Rev. Billy Graham, 95, is in poor health and not expected to live much longer. Over the years, Billy Graham preached to more than 215 million people in 185 different countries, and he wrote 31 books. For more than 50 years he has regularly been ranked among one of the most admired people in the world.

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Officials warn ELEVEN missing airplanes in Libya could be used to carry out terrorist attack on 9/11 anniversary

Eleven missing airplanes from Tripoli International Airport, after it was overtaken by an Islamic rebel group late last month.

U.S. officials are reportedly warning that the planes could be used to carry out terrorist attacks for the anniversary of September 11

U.S. officials fear Islamic militants have stolen nearly a dozen commercial planes in Libya which could be used to carry out 9/11-style terrorist attacks in the region.
Eleven commercial jets operated by two state-owned airlines went missing last month, after militant group Libyan Dawn overtook the international airport in the capital city of Tripoli.
In the past two weeks, the U.S. government has been issuing warnings about the deteriorating state in Libya, drawing attention to the fact that the planes could be used in attacks to mark the anniversary of 9/11 later this month, sources who read the briefs told the Washington Free-Beacon.
‘There are a number of commercial airliners in Libya that are missing,’ one official told the Free-beacon. ‘We found out on September 11 what can happen with hijacked planes.’

 

Fears: Nearly a dozen commercial planes are missing in Libya after a radical Islamic group overtook the international airport in the capital of Tripoli late last month.

 

Anniversary: U.S. officials are reportedly concerned the stolen airplanes will be used to carry out 9/11-style attacks in North Africa or the Middle East. The 11th also marks the second anniversary of the raid on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya which resulted in the deaths of four Americans. Above, a view of the World Trade Center Towers in New York, after they were hit by two commercial airplanes on September 11, 2001.

September 11 not only marks the anniversary of the al-Qaeda organized attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and Pentagon in Washington, DC – but it will also be the second anniversary of the Islamic militant-led raid of the U.S. Ambassador’s compound in Benghazi, Libya.
Four Americans were killed in the attack, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Tripoli International Airport was being run by two anti-Islamist militias and had been closed since mid-July when it was taken over at the end of August by the group Libyan Dawn. Pictures show the aftermath of the firefight, with planes completely or partially blasted and several littered with bullet holes.

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Muslims Attack Church In America Called “Home Of The Crusaders”

Muslims in Columbus Ohio attacked a Catholic church, vandalizing it with spray painted words such as “Infidels” and even Koranic verses. The parish calls itself the “Home of the Crusaders,” a great title. They also attacked two other churches. As read from one report:

According to St. Bartholomew Catholic Church member Brian Pinto, the vandals spray painted “INFIDELS!” in black on the outside brick of his church. “Quran 3:151″ was also spray painted on the front of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church.

According to the Columbus Police Department, two other churches were also vandalized. Those churches were East Columbus Christian Church on Indiana Avenue and Lakeview Church of Christ on N. County Road 150 W.

Several religious communities aren’t letting the hateful speech come between them.

On first look, the verses can appear threatening.

When translated into English, Quran’s chapter 3, verse 151 includes phrases like: “We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve,” as well as, “And their refuge will be the fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers.”

But members of the Islamic community say those words are being taken out of context.

The vandals outside St. Bartholomew didn’t use sticks or stones, but words meant to hurt.

“Down here, you could see it all right here and it said ‘Infidels!’” said father Doug Marcotte.

The graffiti had been washed off before 24-Hour News 8 arrived, but the threats that were sprayed across them still lingered in Marcotte’s mind.

“It’s certainly not very kind. I mean they are trying to send a message,” he said.

Not just to his church, but two more, including East Columbus Christian Church where we met Nassim Khaled with the Islamic Society of Columbus.

“The first reaction was I was very sad,” he said. “We are almost certain that it’s someone from outside of our community or it’s an unstable person.”

Khaled is also certain that the words used to incite fear, specifically chapter 3, verse 151, were used incorrectly.

“There is a story behind that. (Muslims) at the time were being prosecuted and God said he would send terror to those who are prosecuting the Muslims,” said Khaled. “That’s the bottom line of the story.”

It’s the same story he relayed to senior Minister Ron Bridgewater of East Columbus Christian.

“Nobody really thought it was somebody from the Islamic community,” said Bridgewater. “We just thought it was probably some kids trying to stir up some hate.”

If hate’s what they were trying to stir up, the outcome was the complete opposite.

“This strong relation with our friends, Christian friends, and other religions is very strong. It cannot be shaken by such acts,” said Khaled.

Members of the Islamic Society didn’t just condemn the graffiti, they offered to help clean it up. Marcotte said his church did turn some surveillance video over to investigators, but police don’t have a description of the suspects at this time.

Here is a video on the vandalism:

Christians must fight the Islamic attacks on Christianity. We are going to see extreme violence against Christians in America, done by Muslims and other heretics.

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HOLY SHEMITAH! BIBLE CYCLE UNLOCKS U.S. FUTURE

WASHINGTON – Wall Street analysts have pondered the mystery of what appears to be seven-year economic cycles.

They’ve also wondered why crashes seem to come in September.

Jonathan Cahn, author of the mega-bestselling book “The Harbinger,” thinks he has figured it out.

In his sequel, called of “The Mystery of the Shemitah,” the messianic rabbi reveals the shocking discovery that the five great economic crashes of the last 40 years – 1973, 1980, 1987, 2001 and 2008 – have all occurred in Shemitah years – those God set apart as sabbath years.

The new book has rocketed to become an instant bestseller, listed at No. 8 overall on Amazon.com, and No. 1 in Amazon’s Christian prophecies section.

Cahn was taken to the hospital with pneumonia over the Labor Day holiday weekend, postponing appearances for the promotion of “The Mystery of the Shemitah,” although he had been able to make a scheduled appearance on “The Sid Roth Show.”

As he pointed out in his earlier book, in 2001 and 2008 they coincided precisely with the exact end of the Shemitah year on the Hebrew calendar day of Elul 29.

As he did with his previous book, Cahn announced his findings on Sid Roth’s “It’s Supernatural” TV program – even before the book was officially released for sale by bookstores nationwide today.

What does it all mean?

Cahn summed up his message by saying, “America is progressing toward God’s judgment.”

According to the Bible, the Shemitah year was set aside as a blessing for the nation of Israel.

Like the weekly Sabbath, the Shemitah year would be a time of rest for the land and for the agricultural society. There would be no sowing and reaping. Instead, God would provide food miraculously for the people, as He did during the Exodus from Egypt.

Leviticus 25:4 says: “But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the Lord: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.”

However, Cahn points out, if the Shemitah was not observed by the people, it would become a curse, as described later in Leviticus chapter 25. That’s exactly what happened, Cahn says in 586 B.C., a Shemitah year, when the Temple fell and Judah went into captivity in Babylon for 70 years.

It’s no mystery that of “The Mystery of the Shemitah” comes out just before the next Shemitah cycle begins Sept. 25, 2014 – ending Sept. 13, 2015.

Cahn explains the Shemitah can has several meanings. It can mean a “release” – and in ancient Israel debts were canceled and land returned to its original owners. But it can also mean “to fall, to collapse, to shake,” he says.

But the Shemitah seems to be affecting the U.S. economy throughout much of the nation’s history.

The eight greatest postwar economic crashes are all mysteriously connected to a biblical Sabbath year pattern known in Hebrew as “the Shemitah,” reveals the book – evidence certain to rock the world of financial speculators, stock market traders and economists.

Among the stunning findings of the author who found jaw-dropping links between the 9/11 terrorist attack and an otherwise obscure biblical passage, Isaiah 9:10, is that 100 percent of the worst U.S. economic calamities since World War II are all lined to the “Shemitah,” the biblical Sabbath year, its wake or the biblical month of Tishri in which the “Shemitah” falls.

But more than that – all of the great economic crashes in U.S. history, including the Great Depression, line up with Shemitah years.

“It has been affecting everything in our lives,” says Cahn. “There’s no end to it. It’s amazing. It’s precise. It’s down to the days, the hours, the minutes, even the seconds.”

“I have to tell you, economically speaking, this new book by Jonathan Cahn is one of the scariest things I have ever read,” said Joseph Farah, producer of “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” the bestselling documentary film made with the author about the subject matter of “The Harbinger.” “If ‘The Harbinger’ got your attention, ‘The Mystery of the Shemitah’ will have you on your face praying.”

In 1931, a solar eclipse took place on Sept. 12 – the end of a “Shemitah” year. Eight days later, England abandoned the gold standard, setting off market crashes and bank failures around the world. It also ushered in the greatest monthlong stock market percentage crash in Wall Street history.

In 1987, a solar eclipse took place Sept. 23 – again the end of a “Shemitah” year. Less than 30 days later came “Black Monday” the greatest percentage crash in Wall Street history.

Is Cahn predicting doom and gloom on Sept. 13, 2015? He’s careful to avoid a prediction, saying, “In the past, this ushered in the worst collapses in Wall Street history. What will it bring this time? Again, as before, the phenomenon does not have to manifest at the next convergence. But, at the same time, and again, it is wise to take note.”

To top it off, “Shemitah” years are also grouped in sevens – with the 50th year being a year of jubilee – or trumpet blast.

“The jubilee was something of a super Shemitah,” writes Cahn. “It was the Shemitah taken to a new level. In the year of the Shemitah the land rested – so too in the Year of Jubilee. In the year of the Shemitah came release. But in the Year of Jubilee the release took on new meaning. It was not simply the letting go of land or debt. In the jubilee, slaves and prisoners were set free. It was thus the year of liberty.”

While no one is certain when the year of jubilee is, Cahn presents evidence that the next one may coincide with the end of the next Shemitah year – again Sept. 13 on the Gregorian calendar.

Cahn also looks at the five greatest financial turning points of the past 40 years and finds they are connected to the Shemitah cycle.

As he puts it, “From the 40-year period beginning in 1973, every single one of the five greatest financial and economic peaks and collapses have converged, clustered and taken place according to the set time of the Shemitah.”

“Something very much more than natural is indeed going on,” concludes the understated Cahn. “And the signs of the phenomenon all point to the same ancient biblical mystery. If the collapse of the world’s stock markets were an act of crime, the Shemitah would have long ago been indicted for the evidence left at the crime scene. In its numbers, its connections, its convergences, its percentages, its magnitude and its consistency, the amount of fingerprints covering the financial cataclysms of modern times is overwhelming.”

Likewise, “The Mystery of the Shemitah” is somewhat overwhelming too. The economic coincidences are only part of the story. The book also explores the rise and fall of kingdoms and their connections with the Shemitah cycles – its connections with World War I, World War II and the Cold War.

But Cahn is careful not to predict what will happen in the coming Shemitah year.

“The phenomenon may manifest in one cycle and not in another and then again in the next,” he writes. “And the focus of the message is not date-setting but the call of God to repentance and return. At the same time, something of significance could take place, and it is wise to note the times.”

Cahn also notes the fact that 2014 and 2015 are marked by a series of blood moons – a pattern that began on Passover 2014 and will conclude on the Feast of Tabernacles in 2015, as discovered by Pastor Mark Biltz, author of “Blood Moons” and the inspiration for a documentary of the same name.

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Vladimir Putin Mocks West: ‘If I Want, I will Take Kiev in Two Weeks’

Russia President Vladimir Putin told outgoing European Commission President Jose Manual Barroso he could take Kiev, Ukraine in two weeks if he wanted to, according to a report in Italian newspaper La Repubblica. This latest threat surfaces just days after Putin allegedly told Russian youths that Kazakhstan never earned its independence.

According to La Repubblica, Barroso asked Putin about Russian troops in Ukraine. Barroso told the EU that Putin said, “If I want, I will take Kiev in two weeks.” Repubblica’s Alberto D’Argenio said Putin is telling the West not to make him angry with threats of new sanctions against Russia.

Tensions between the West and Russia continue to rise, as more information reveals Russian soldiers in east Ukraine with the separatists. British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again repeated threats of tough sanctions against Russia if the Kremlin did not stop violating Ukraine’s sovereignty.

But Putin is not just eyeing Ukraine. Putin is an ex-KGB agent and once said the fall of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical disaster of the 20th century. While Ukraine is the crown jewel of the old Soviet, Putin applies pressure on other ex-Soviet states. Kazakhstan is now worried Putin will target them after he told a pro-Kremlin youth group the country is artificial.

“Kazakhs never had any statehood; [Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev] has created it,” he said.

Nazarbayev immediately fired back with his own threats.

“Kazakhstan has a right to withdraw from the Eurasian Economic Union,” he said on television. “Kazakhstan will not be part of organisations that pose a threat to our independence.”

“Our independence is our dearest treasure, which our grandfathers fought for,” he continued. “First of all, we will never surrender it to someone, and secondly, we will do our best to protect it.”

Nazarbayez signed the Eurasian Economic Union along with Belarus on May 29. Unlike other ex-Soviet states, Kazakhstan does not rely on Russia for gas and energy needs. It is its own star in the energy world, and the deal was signed in Astana, which is known for energy production.

Kazakhstan was the last Soviet state to leave the Soviet Union. The Kazakhs declared independence on December 16, 1991, and finalized their independence on December 25, 1991. Nazarbayev has been Kazakhstan’s only president for the past two decades.

Putin has a history of not acknowledging the independence of ex-Soviet states. In 2008, the same year he invaded Georgia, Putin told President George W. Bush that Ukraine is not a state.

 

UK: Special Forces Move Into London As Gov’t Fears “Mumbai-Style” Terrorist Spectacular

09/01/2014

Some experiments end in success, others end in disaster. Welcome to the utopia called multiculturalism where the future is bright … for Islamic terrorists …

Qur’an Sura 2:191-193, “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-Muslims] … fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.”

 

By Donna Rachel Edmunds, Breitbart – “London could be the scene of a Mumbai-style terrorist ‘spectacular’ if Islamist jihadists get their way, British security chiefs have warned. There is growing concern that a list of ‘soft’ targets is being drawn up, and that weapons and explosives have already been smuggled into the country.

The Sun is reporting that the SAS has moved part of its anti-terror team to a forward base near London, amid concerns that a prolonged attack may be staged in that city. MI5 also referred to the Mumbai atrocity of 2008 as a comparison, in which coordinated bombings and shootings took place over four consecutive days, killing 174 and wounding a further 300.

Speaking to The Sun, a source said: ‘The nightmare scenario is they mount a spectacular attack at a high profile location. They may try to storm a building, take hostages, rig it with explosives or kill at will.’

The threat has caused the official ‘threat level’ to be raised to severe, increasing tensions in the city and prompting people to share warnings of an imminent bomb attack on the London Underground on social media and via text last night. The threat was dismissed as a hoax after the head of the British Transport Police took to Twitter, posting: ‘Social media contains lots of rumours regarding threats to tube network tomorrow. There is no specific threat so keep calm & carry on.’

However, Twitter user David O’Neill pointed out: ‘Must say though. If you raise the threat level to severe you can’t be shocked when people believe stupid rumours about attacks on the tube.’

Up to 500 British-born men are understood to have gone abroad in order to fight for the Islamic State (IS). Scotland Yard believes that up to 200 may have already returned, and are concerned that they will have been taught to carry out similar violent attacks on the streets of Britain.

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ISIS PREPARING FOR MOVE AGAINST U.S.

F. Michael Maloof

WASHINGTON – A video released by the Islamic State, or ISIS, showing the beheading of missing American journalist James Wright Foley in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes has underscored concern of new information indicating ISIS has declared war on the United States.

The Islamic supremacist group also is training jihadists to attack targets in the United States and Europe, according to U.S. intelligence sources.

The sources told WND the al-Qaida splinter group is comprised of thousands of European and American jihadists who fought in the Syrian civil war and came to Iraq to train and fighting, first on behalf of various jihadist groups and now ISIS.

ISIS has declared the establishment of a caliphate that includes portions of northeastern Syria and western and central Iraq. It has threatened to expand throughout the Levant, which includes Syria, southern Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
ISIS could join forces with other al-Qaida groups such as Al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula, or AQAP, and Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, approximating all of the land Muslims conquered after the death of Muhammad in A.D. 632.

The development would make Europe particularly vulnerable from the south, especially through Spain, as WND recently reported.

‘Caliphate established’

Britain is especially concerned, since in recent weeks leaflets have been distributed in the London area declaring “Khilafah established,” or caliphate, without openly identifying with ISIS.

In addition, the executioner of Foley, as recorded in a video posted on YouTube, spoke with a distinct London accent. Voice recognition also is being tested to determine whether the murderer had been a prisoner at the U.S. facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

In the video, Foley’s killer displayed a second missing American journalist, Steven Joel Scotloff, and said he was next if there was any further U.S. air attacks on ISIS positions in Iraq.

“We are very concerned by the apparent fact that the murderer in question is British,” British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond told the London Daily Telegraph. “We are urgently investigating.”

Foley and Scotloff went missing in 2012 in Syria, and the videos are the first confirmation of their captivity.

European recruits

In all, there are more than 2,000 Europeans and some 100 Americans who have gone to Syria to join ISIS.

According to the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College in London, among the Europeans are some 700 French, 500 British, 100 Dutch, 300 German and 300 from various other countries, including Spain.

European Union officials say that over the years, as many as 4,000 Muslims, particularly with European passports, may have joined ISIS.

In June, for example, Spanish officials arrested eight men attempting to recruit militants to fight for ISIS and then return to Spain.

Last fall, Britain’s MI-5 domestic security service stopped a plot to conduct an attack in London on the scale of the one conducted in Mumbai, India, in November 2008.

In that attack, some 164 people were killed by 10 Pakistanis from the Sunni Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group, which is an instrument of the Sunni Pakistani government.

The developments pose a serious problem for the U.S., since many European countries have visa waivers with the U.S., allowing their nationals to fly to the U.S. with a minimum of background checks. The problem is compounded since security officials in Europe and the U.S. are unable to identify most of the jihadists who hold valid passports.

There would be no record of their having fought for ISIS, since they can travel through Turkey to link up with the jihadists in Syria.

The intelligence sources tell WND that officials in Europe and the U.S. are unprepared for what could be large-scale attacks in the U.S. and Europe.

They add that ISIS recruiting of European and American Muslims suggests a long-term plan in the making.

As democratic countries, there is little European and U.S. authorities can do when the ISIS flag is flown in peaceful demonstrations.

Officials point out ISIS can carry out its plans since it is well-financed and has the following of young people who then will return home to wage jihad.

They add that in an attempt to prevent jihad in the U.S. and Europe, the Obama administration must confront ISIS in the Middle East, but President Obama has rejected such action.

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Obama Choosing Turkey, Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas over Israel; and NATO makes it easier

ByBen Barrack on August 20, 2014 in Featured, General

For the second day in a row, State Department spokesman Marie Harf was pressed on Turkey’s support for Hamas launching a coup in the West Bank so that it can better fight Israel. There is also grave concern over Turkey’s alleged harboring of a Hamas leader implicated in the kidnapping and subsequent murdering of three Israeli teenagers earlier this summer. For the second day in a row, Harf didn’t seem to have any answers.

It should be noted that Turkey was behind the 2010 Gaza flotilla as well.

Via Washington Free Beacon:

A heated back-and-forth between reporters and Harf broke out at the State Department’s daily briefing on Monday and Tuesday when questions emerged about why the administration is going through with the transfer of U.S. missiles to Turkey while simultaneously holding up similar weapons shipments to Israel.

Harf again on Tuesday ducked questions by reporters asking if the U.S. government had conveyed concerns to Turkey over the plot.

“Do you have any concerns at all about the apparent role of Turkey in this?” AP reporter Matt Lee asked Harf.

“I don’t have any more details on this, Matt. I’m happy to check with our team,” Harf responded.

“Okay. Because I did ask this yesterday. You weren’t aware of the incident, but … now, the Israelis say that this is all being planned and funded from Turkish territory,” Lee followd up.

“Well, as I said, I think it involves some Hamas militants and cash, but let me check on that piece of it. I certainly have nothing to confirm that,” Harf told Lee.

“I’m most curious to know if you guys are planning to raise any concerns with the—I don’t know, maybe you don’t have any concerns … if you’ll raise them with the Turks,” Lee responded.

Harf responded that she would “check on that.”

Again, Harf defaulted back to the NATO alliance between the U.S. and Turkey:

“Turkey is also a NATO ally,” she told reporters. “So for all of us who are—talk a lot about the importance of the NATO alliance, particularly when it comes to Russia and Ukraine and what’s happening there, we think it’s important to provide our NATO allies with resources. We think that’s an important use of our resources. The two [cases] aren’t comparable, but those are the facts behind them, I would say.”

Regardless of where one stands on the issue of Russia and Ukraine, the fact is that a big factor there – especially in Crimea – has been Russia’s concerns over the Muslim tartars, which are allies of the Turks. Their heaviest population can be found in Crimea. Another dispute between Russia and Turkey is in Syria. Russia has been on the side of Bashar al-Assad and Turkey – like the U.S. – has been on the side of the opposition there.

That is, until now.

Now, Turkey is on the side of ISIS and the U.S. – whether it wants to acknowledge it or not – is on the side of Assad by default (the U.S. is fighting ISIS in Iraq).

Then, of course, we have the situation with Israel. As is the case in Egypt right now, Russia is aligning with anti-Muslim Brotherhood forces by siding with Gen. el-Sisi. The Obama administration has been siding with the Brotherhood there (siding with Turkey).

By aligning with Turkey, the U.S. is siding against Israel, increasingly so.

Add to that the issue of Hamas mentioned above.

Based on all the conflicts in the world today, Russia is closer to being a natural ally with Israel than is the U.S.

That’s sad and regardless of what complexities people would like to introduce into the argument telling us why the U.S. can’t exit NATO, there’s one simple reason it should.

The U.S. is increasingly against Israel the longer it’s with Turkey.

That’s a flat-out disastrous alliance, regardless of any high-minded political intricacies the ‘little people’ don’t understand.

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Tommy Settipani Special: Barna: Pastors deliberately keeping flock in the dark!

This is a Tommy Settipani original.

 

Pastors beware! I do not know everything but I do know this: when you become one who has been called to shepherd the flock and accept it, you become more accountable to God! It is an awesome responsibility to accept, one with many rewards, both here and in eternity, but also one that has serious consequences if you miss lead God’s people!

I know this becuase I have travelled this path and I take my calling very seriously!

George Barna, noted and foremost Christian researcher, has recently completed a two-year research project studying why modern pastors and churches are so silent regarding political issues.

 

The result of his research explains why America and modern Christianity is in the mess that it is in today. Even to the point of being the Laodecian church in some cases.

The findings are as follows: when pastors were asked about all the key issues of the day and if they were discussed in the Scriptures 90% of them said that yes the Bible clearly talks about these issues. When the second question was asked about whether or not the pastors were teaching their people what the Bible had to say about these issues only 10% said that yes they were teaching their people what the Bible says!

Did you get that! Only 10% of pastors teach their flock what the Bible has to say about the political and social issues that we face in America and the church today.

Barna’s research staff asked even one more question and it was then that they do to get their people active in the political process the repsonse was nothing!

It has been decades since even a sizeable portion of pastors have bothered to educate and inform their congregations as to the Biblical teachings relating to America’s political, social and cultural lives.

Again let me state that 90% of america’s pastors say they KNOW that the Bible speaks to all these issues, but they are deliberately determined NOT to teach these Biblical priniciples! God must be rolling over on His throne! But wait, God already knew this would happen! He did because He provided us with a description of the end-times church in multiple places like Revelation chapters 2 and 3 and describesd the falling away and apostasy in the last days in Thessalonians.

Why does this happen? Simple! It is becuase these same pastors do not teach about the end-times to their congregations! Church has become a place for happy, happy and not a message of grace and truth! The end-times will see the most people saved! But there will be judgment from the heavens for all the wrath that an unbelieving world has brought on itself! We are told that judgment will begin in the house of God!

We can now officially dismiss ignorance as the reason that the Bible is not being taught on these issues. It is a deliberate decision to steer clear of these parts of Scripture plus steer clear of prophecy! Wow over 50 to 60% of Scripture is deliberately not being taught to the church! I would not want to stand before the King with this evidence against me!

Does the church today even care? This is also a good question. I would venture an educated guess here and say no! Why? Well because Scripture also tells me that in the end that church going people will want their ears tickled by their pastors. What does this mean? It means people want to hear happy messages and go to social club instead of being taught the meat of the Word!

Barna went on to ask the pastors how they measure success? Again the truth hurts. The five top answers from pastors were: attendance, giving, number of programs, number of staff and how big teir facility was. Well then right from the horses mouth! And we wonder why America is sinking quickly!

So I guess the key question we all need to ask ourselves is this: do you want a pastor and a church who desires to be faithful to GOd and His Word or do you want a pastor and church that is simply trying to be successful? You need to think carefully on this one. One key factor to remember as you decide is: Jesus did not come here and die for any of those 5 points of success! Read 2 Corinthians chapter 11 to see what pastors should be remember for and what the Biblical definition of pastoral success is.

The number one reason why pastors are afraid to be controversial or to take a Biblical stand today is according to Barna their fear of the IRS and losing their 501c3 tax empet status. WOW!

Keep looking up friends becuase we are in the last days and your redemption draws near!

 

Tommy Settipani

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Harbinger Author: Tree is down! Judgement to begin!

http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/harbinger-author-says-loss-of-tree-of-hope-a-warning/?cat_orig=faith

The eretz tree has been removed by officials at the Ground Zero location next to St. Paul’s chapel due to the book the Harbinger. The tree was put up in defiance against the prophecy found in Isaiah 9:10 that tells of the judgment against Israel and the pattern is being seen in America today!

Please take the time to launch the link above to the article It will open your eyes as to the destiny of America and the coming judgment!

Keep looking up!

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Yellowstone Volcano Eruption: If Supervolcano Erupts, What Could People Do?

This map from the U.S. Geological Service shows the range of the volcanic ash and debris that was deposited after the three large Yellowstone volcano eruptions over the last 2.1 million years. as well as the Mount St. Helens eruption. (USGS)
The possibility of the volcano under Yellowstone National Park erupting has increasingly caught the attention of people around the United States (and even other parts of the world), and a number of discussions have centered on potential action plans if an eruption does happen.

Note that these discussions are purely hypothetical and that most scientists have emphasized that the chances of Yellowstone having a major eruption again anytime soon are actually diminishing.

At the same time, several agencies and universities do constantly monitor signs from the caldera to be able to warn people if there is an eruption. And if an eruption did happen, it could cover half of North America in ash and debris, with winds possibly distributing it even further.

First, some survival blogs suggest stocking up on supplies if you live in an area that would be affected by a large eruption. Supplies include dust masks, goggles, non-perishable food, and drinking water.

Radios, flashlights, and extra batteries, as well as extra blankets and maps of potential places to evacuate to are also considered essential, as are huge tarps that could cover your home and vehicles. Duct tape would be good for sealing gaps between windows and walls, etc

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