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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Climatologist: 30-Year Cold Spell Strikes Earth

Prophecy Sign:  Anguish and perplexity at the anomalous weather patterns

So while the truly fanatical adherents still pound the drums of global climate change, some real scientists have come to the conclusion that its all about that big ole glowing disc in the sky. The amount of solar activity that our sun generates has far more to do with global climate change that anything mankind can do.  But still the howls of protest and anguish are uttered from the fanatical climate change zealots as they drive themselves mad with the thought that the world is doomed to destruction.

Meanwhile in the real world, the winters are getting worse and we may be entering another long period of global cooling, (just as existed back in the 1970's).

There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Luke 21:25 NIV

The tempest comes out from its chamber, the cold from the driving winds. The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen. Job 37:9-10 NIV

Climatologist: 30-Year Cold Spell Strikes Earth
With nasty cold fronts thrusting an icy and early winter across the continental U.S. — along with last winter described by USA Today as "one of the snowiest, coldest, most miserable on record" — climatologist John L. Casey thinks the weather pattern is here to stay for decades to come.  In fact, Casey, a former space shuttle engineer and NASA consultant, is out with the provocative book "Dark Winter: How the Sun Is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell," which warns that a radical shift in global climate is underway, and that Al Gore and other environmentalists have it completely wrong. 
The earth, he says, is cooling, and cooling fast.  And unless the scientific community and political leaders act soon, cold, dark days are ahead.  
NASA Admits That Winters are going to get colder…Much Colder
The Maunder Minimum (also known as the prolonged sunspot minimum) is the name used for the period roughly spanning 1645 to 1715 when sunspots became exceedingly rare, as noted by solar observers of the time.  Like the Dalton Minimum and Spörer Minimum, the Maunder Minimum coincided with a period of lower-than-average global temperatures. During one 30-year period within the Maunder Minimum, astronomers observed only about 50 sunspots, as opposed to a more typical 40,000-50,000 spots. Climatologist John Casey, a former space shuttle engineer and NASA consultant, thinks that last year’s winter, described by USA Today as “one of the snowiest, coldest, most miserable on record” is going to be a regular occurrence over the coming decades. Casey asserts that there is mounting evidence that the Earth is getting cooler due to a decline in solar activity. He warns in his latest book, Dark Winter, that a major alteration of global climate has already started and that, at a minimum, it is likely to last 30 years.

Welcome to winter! Second polar plunge dumps FIVE FEET of snow on Great Lakes

Harsh Cold to Freeze Northeast, Set Records in South

Southcentral Europe hit by severe weather, heavy rain and floods
Parts of southern and central Europe were hit by severe weather over the last 5 days. The storm system already delivered heavy rainfall to parts of southern France, southern Switzerland, northern Italy, western Austria, western Slovenia and northwestern Croatia.  Rainfall in excess of 175 mm (7 inches) inundated Nice, France. A 300 mm of rain was recorded in Kotschach, Austria and at the same time, 265 mm (10.5 inches) fell in Cevio, Switzerland. The system also delivered heavy snowfall in western Alps. Over 91 cm (36 inches) of snow was recorded at Andermatt, Switzerland.

Global terrorism on rise: Fivefold increase in terror-related deaths since 2000

Prophecy Sign:  Perilous times in the last days

Time have changed, have they not?  Who would have believed mere decades ago that schools would be practicing lockdown scenarios in order to be prepared for the day when some ragingly insane shooter walked through the halls with gun in hand shooting everything in sight.  And then we have the nations of the earth all locking down their respective nations to protect from acts of terrorism.

These days are indeed becoming ever more perilous and terror filled, just as bible prophecy warned would happen.

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 Timothy 3:1 KJV

People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. Luke 21:26 NIV

Global terrorism on rise: Fivefold increase in terror-related deaths since 2000
Almost 18,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks in 2013, a 61 percent increase from the 2012. Four terrorist groups, the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Boko Haram were responsible for two thirds of all such deaths around the globe. Almost 18,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks in 2013, a 61 percent increase from the 2012. Four terrorist groups, the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Boko Haram were responsible for two thirds of all such deaths around the globe.
The Global Terrorism Index, produced by the London-based Institute for Economics and Peace, also found that 80 percent of terrorist attack fatalities occurred in only five countries; Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria. Worryingly, the 63 percent increase from 11,133 terrorist deaths in 2012 to 17,958 in 2013 is the biggest year-on-year escalation since records began in 2000.

Global terror attack deaths rose sharply in 2013, says report

The Dangers of the Temple Mount

Prophecy Sign:  The battle for Jerusalem, (and the land of Israel) 

Events are quickly moving the Middle-East to yet another major war fought between Israel and her Arab neighbors.  The events of the last days will revolve around Israel and will see many battles fought including the Psalm 83 war, the Gog/Magog war and culminating in the battle of Armageddon. The God of Israel will deal with her envious neighbors who seek the destruction of the Jewish state for the purpose of taking over all the land currently occupied by Israel.

Because you have said, “These two nations and countries will be ours and we will take possession of them,” even though I the Lord was there, therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will treat you in accordance with the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them and I will make myself known among them when I judge you. Ezekiel 35:10-11 NIV

The Dangers of the Temple Mount
The Old City of Jerusalem is that fortunate one-third of a square mile in the world where holy sites of the three major monotheistic religions are intimately contained. In its four quarters are the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Via Dolorosa, the Western Wall, and the Temple Mount, upon which sit the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, an Islamic shrine and one of the Middle East's most recognizable buildings.
It is in this religious realm that everything grows inexorably more dangerous. Israeli leaders have pointed to the recent violence and blamed their Palestinian counterparts for incitement. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to call this month's closure of the Temple Mount "a declaration of war" had its echoes among Palestinian groups and others who frequently allege that Israel is plotting to destroy the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Analysis: The Two-State Illusion
What are Palestinian officials asking for? Theoretically they want two states based on the 1948 armistice lines. Accordingly, everything outside those lines, which includes Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, belongs to "Palestine." In other words, they're laying claim to everything Israelis have built in areas that came back under Jewish sovereignty in 1967. But beyond that, they teach their kids that one day all of Israel will be theirs.

Jerusalem Temple Mount Debate May Spark Religious War; US Gov't 'Deeply Concerned'
The mounting tensions have prompted Israelis to stock up on self-defence weapons following the random and fatal stabbings of two Israelis. The Jerusalem Post said they were attacked by Palestinians in Tel Aviv earlier this week. Staff at gun store told the local paper that they were sold out of weapons. Aryeh Green, a 16-year-old Israeli said people are arming themselves with knives, pepper spray and even brass knuckles. Violent attacks have been on the rise in the last few weeks over the Temple Mount as Palestinians in east Jerusalem claimed the Jews were secretly attempting to take control of the site. Meanwhile, the collapse of peace talks, the war in Gaza against Hamas and the continued resettlement of Israelis in east Jerusalem added to the growing distrust between Israelis and Palestinians. The recent turn of events has caught the attention of the United States that previously brokered peace talks between the two parties.

Two militants storm Jerusalem synagogue with meat cleavers and a gun, killing four

Hamas releases video calling for more attacks in Jerusalem

3 Of The 10 Largest Economies In The World Have Already Fallen Into Recession – Is The U.S. Next?

Prophecy Sign:  The coming global economic collapse - and reset

Many economists are nervously watching the coming months with expectation that something serious is about to happen to the global economic system.  Most expect a crash much greater than what the world saw in 2008.  Incidentally that would be exactly 7 years, (one Shemitah cycle), between economic crashes.  For more information in just what the Shemitah is we would refer you to this video featuring Jonathan Cahn.

It will take a full-scale economic crash to bring about the right conditions to implement the final global economic system of the Antichrist and the 10 world kings/kingdoms that will administer it, (Revelation 17).  That will be the global economic world order that God will destroy during the coming Tribulation period.

The time has come! The day has arrived! Let not the buyer rejoice nor the seller grieve, for my wrath is on the whole crowd. The seller will not recover the property that was sold-- as long as both buyer and seller live. For the vision concerning the whole crowd will not be reversed. Because of their sins, not one of them will preserve their life. Ezekiel 7:12-13 NIV

3 Of The 10 Largest Economies In The World Have Already Fallen Into Recession – Is The U.S. Next?
Are you waiting for the next major wave of the global economic collapse to strike?  Well, you might want to start paying attention again.  Three of the ten largest economies on the planet have already fallen into recession, and there are very serious warning signs coming from several other global economic powerhouses.  Things are already so bad that British Prime Minister David Cameron is comparing the current state of affairs to the horrific financial crisis of 2008.  In an article for the Guardian that was published on Monday, he delivered the following sobering warning: “Six years on from the financial crash that brought the world to its knees, red warning lights are once again flashing on the dashboard of the global economy.”  For the leader of the nation with the 6th largest economy in the world to make such a statement is more than a little bit concerning. So why is Cameron freaking out?

David Cameron: Red lights are flashing on the global economy

Pope Francis plans to visit United States next year

Prophecy Sign:  The coming global religious system and the False Prophet

The signs of the last days global false religious system are all about us these days, (see video below), with the prototype of the False Prophet, (Pope Francis), hard at work pulling the pieces together to formulate what the bible refers to as 'Mystery Babylon', (Revelation 17).

Its likely that the Roman Catholic Church will only be part of this global ecumenical monstrosity and the Pope just one of many world religious leaders that bring their various faith systems into compliance with the Harlot of last days bible prophecy.

Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon.  It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. Revelation 13:11-12 NIV

Pope Francis plans to visit United States next year
Pope Francis announced on Monday he would make his first visit to the United States next year, travelling to Philadelphia where he will celebrate an outdoor mass before an audience expected to number in the millions.
Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said he was "overjoyed" at the prospect of the pope's attendance at the World Meeting of Families, which convenes every three years. "His charisma, presence and voice will electrify the gathering," Chaput said in a statement. "As I've said many times before, I believe that the presence of the Holy Father will bring all of us - Catholic and non-Catholic alike - together in tremendously powerful, unifying and healing ways," he said.

Change Urged by Pope Francis Is Rattling Hierarchy of Roman Catholic Church
Change is rattling the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church, and the bishops here say they now feel it even if they do not yet understand where Pope Francis is leading them. The change is reflected not only in appointments — with the Chicago seat the main indicator so far — but also in Francis’ call for the church to open discussion on sticky matters long considered settled, such as communion for the divorced and remarried, same-sex relationships, couples who live together without being married and even polygamists in Africa.
Some prelates, like Bishop Cupich, are exhilarated at the pontiff’s fresh message and the prospect of change, while others, like Cardinal George, are more wary. A few have been downright resistant, including Cardinal Raymond Burke, an American in Rome who has publicly challenged Francis and was removed on Saturday from his position as head of the Vatican’s highest court.

Iran: All Set To Dominate Middle East

Prophecy Sign:  The coming prophetic Middle-East wars - Iran

Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei
One of the major adversaries towards Israel that will emerge in the last days is that of Iran, (Persia/Elam).  Iran, (Persia), will align itself with a Russian led, Islamic alliance that will come against Israel in the last days Gog/Magog war, (Ezekiel 38/39).  Iran, (Elam), may also find itself at the short end of an encounter with the God of Israel who will deal with the Iranians for their animosity and hatred towards Israel.

I will shatter Elam, (Iran), before their foes, before those who want to kill them; I will bring disaster on them, even my fierce anger," declares the LORD. "I will pursue them with the sword until I have made an end of them. Jeremiah 49:37 NIV

Iran: All Set To Dominate Middle East
The Middle East is currently the arena for a cross-border sectarian war. The weakening or collapse of repressive regimes has unleashed a fierce war for succession between rival populations, with Shia and Sunni Arabs the main protagonists. This process is playing itself not only in Iraq and Syria but in almost all the countries of the region. The regional rivalry between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia is being intensified. The Iranians are the central pillar of the united and cohesive Shia-dominated bloc which includes the Assad regime in Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon and its allies, the government of Iraq and the Shia militias in that country. The Saudis are now the main force seeking to stem the Iranian advance. The anti-western Turkey-Qatar-Muslim Brotherhood alliance is also an important element on the Sunni side. But now Iran is gaining the upper hand in the Sunni-Shia rift. Iran got another victory in spreading its influence in the region. The Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Yemen has made very significant gains in recent weeks, largely ignored by the western media. With this development Iran has reached to the gates of the Sunni powerhouse of Saudi Arabia.

Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei Tweets 9-Point Plan to Annihilate Israel
Iran's leadership—ever since the shah fell in 1979—has never made any secret of its desire to see Israel wiped off the map. Previous President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for such an outcome in nearly every one of his speeches in the eight years he served until 2013. Now, however, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has decided to quantify the supposedly logical reasons for destroying the Jewish nation. Long known for his anti-Israel rhetoric, Khamenei has issued what appears to be his most detailed tirade to date in a Twitter post titled "9 key questions about the elimination of Israel."

Iran nuclear stakes high as 'end' talks begin

How Safe Are the Jews of Europe?

Prophecy Sign:  Increasing isolation and hatred of the Jews

Israel and Jerusalem will come under attack by the nations of the world.  Throughout bible prophecy we read of future events involving both the temple mount, (Revelation 11), the land of Israel, (Joel 3), and the city of Jerusalem, (Zechariah 12 & 14).  In order for all the nations of the world to come against Israel in the last days, then it must be that all nations of the world become increasing hate-filled towards the Jews and the Jewish state.

Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the LORD will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart. You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life. Deuteronomy 28:65-66 NIV

How Safe Are the Jews of Europe?
A new study by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (a London-based research organization, which conducted the survey on behalf of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU) is “the first in a series of reports looking at the perceptions and experiences of anti-Semitism among Jews in different EU Member States.” The findings are alarming, although they make it clear that the situation of British Jews is considerably better than that of Jews living on the Continent.
These data show that Jewish life in Europe is rather different from that in Canada or the United States, where such elements of fear are absent. Absent as well are the various legal initiatives in Europe to ban kosher slaughter and circumcision; passage of such laws makes Jewish life impossible and delivers a message to Jews that the welcome mat has been pulled and it is time to leave.

The Ivory Tower’s Nazification of Israel
The Nazification of Israelis—and by extension Jews—is both breathtaking in its moral inversion and cruel in the way it makes the actual victims of the Third Reich’s horrors a modern-day reincarnation of that same barbarity. It is, in the words of Boston University’s Richard Landes, “moral sadism,” a salient example of Holocaust inversion that is at once ahistorical, disingenuous, and grotesque in its moral and factual inaccuracy. In reflecting on the current trend he perceived in the burgeoning of anti-Israelism around the world, Canadian Member of Parliament, Irwin Cotler, once observed that conventional strains of anti-Semitism had been masked, so that those who directed enmity towards Jews were now able to transfer that opprobrium to the Jew of nations, Israel.

Orthodox Jewish man attacked at Brooklyn train station in apparent hate crime

Putin's War Games Are Setting Off Alarms Worldwide

Prophecy Sign:  Wars and rumors of Wars

A good many bible prophecy scholars have concluded that Russia is the Land of Magog spoken of in Ezekiel's prophecy, (chapters 38 & 39), which is of a great battle that will occur in the last days.  We do not know for sure of Magog's identity or that of its leader Gog, but with Russia's recent increase in provocative global activity and alliance building in the Middle-East,  it would not be a great stretch to suggest Russia and Putin fit the bill.

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Matthew 24:6 NIV

Putin's War Games Are Setting Off Alarms Worldwide
Russia’s military is engaging in “dangerous brinkmanship,” according to a new report documenting dozens of recent incidents in which Russian warplanes and ships have taken aggressive or provocative actions, often in locations far away from the fighting in Ukraine. The report by the European Leadership Network, a London-based group including former European political and military leaders, says the actions, taken together, present a “highly disturbing picture.” According to the report, the incidents include “violations of national airspace, emergency scrambles, narrowly avoided mid-air collisions, close encounters at sea, simulated attack runs and other dangerous actions happening on a regular basis over a very wide geographical area.”

Putin says United States will never 'subdue' Russia
The United States wants to subdue Moscow, but will never succeed, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday. "They do not want to humiliate us, they want to subdue us, solve their problems at our expense," Putin said at the end of a four-hour meeting with his core support group, the People's Front. "No one in history ever managed to achieve this with Russia, and no one ever will," he said, triggering a wave of applause.

German FM warns of Ukraine danger before crucial Moscow talks
Germany's foreign minister said Tuesday he was not optimistic about an end to the conflict in Ukraine because of a "dangerous" escalation of fighting in the east. Frank-Walter Steinmeier made the downbeat assessment after NATO's secretary-general spoke of a "very serious build-up" of troops, artillery and air defence systems inside Ukraine and on the Russian side of the border.

Russia has moved Mig-31 interceptors close to Ukrainian border
According to the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the Russian Federation is continuing to amass forces at the border, including radar stations and Mig-31 Foxhound combat planes, interceptors capable of a maximum speed of Mach 2.83. An unspecified amount of Mig-31s based at Perm have been deployed to Millerovo airfield, in the Rostov region, close to the border with Ukraine, a sign that Moscow may be preparing to actively control the airspace over Luhansk Oblast.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Russia Sends More Convoys Into Ukraine as Cease-Fire Collapses

Prophecy Sign:  Rumors of War

What's up with Vladimir Putin and the Russians these days?  Not a day goes when yet another report surfaces telling us the the Russians are busily preparing for something or engaging in more provocative moves which will only stir up yet more unsettled nerves.  Seems the Russians have a new toy with which they completely shut down the vaunted Aegis defence system which protects American warships, (that should cause some concern at the Pentagon don't you think?), and the Russians are also sending more convoys towards Ukraine.   Rumors of War!!

When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Mark 13:7 NIV

Russia Sends More Convoys Into Ukraine as Cease-Fire Collapses
Russian officials announced on Wednesday plans to send a seventh convoy across the border into Ukraine’s war-torn Donbas region, amid widespread accusations that the Kremlin is sending arms to separatist forces instead of aid to civilians. The announcement follows reports from the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) that 43 unmarked green military trucks were spotted heading toward the rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Tuesday. “Five of the trucks were each towing 120mm howitzer artillery pieces. Another five were each towing partly-covered multi-launch rocket systems,” read a statement released by the OSCE.

Advisor to SBU chief: There are all signs that Russia is preparing for active hostilities
An advisor to the chief of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), Markiyan Lubkivsky, has said that Russia is trying to block Mariupol from the sea and is preparing for active hostilities. "Today we see and document a buildup in Russia's military presence in the temporarily occupied territories, troops are being redeployed, and positions are being fortified. There are all symptoms that Russia... is planning or preparing for active hostilities," he said on the Shuster Live program late on Wednesday.

Russian bomber patrols to reach Gulf of Mexico
In a show of military muscle amid tensions with the West, Russia will send long-range strategic bombers on regular patrol missions across the globe, from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, a top official said Wednesday. The announcement by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu came as NATO's chief accused Russia of sending fresh troops and tanks into eastern Ukraine. "Over the last few days, we have seen multiple reports of large convoys moving into Eastern Ukraine," said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. "We assess that this significant military buildup includes Russian artillery, tanks, air defense systems and troops. His statement called the situation a "severe threat to the cease-fire."

Australia Monitoring Heavily-Armed Russian Warships Nearing Its Northern Shores Ahead Of G20 Summit
Australia said Wednesday that it is constantly monitoring a convoy of four heavily-armed Russian warships, including at least one powerful missile cruiser, that are approaching its waters to the country’s north. According to the Australian Defence Force, or ADF, the Russian vessels are currently sailing in international waters. Australia has deployed two frigates and a surveillance aircraft to track the warships, which reportedly include a missile cruiser, a destroyer, a tug boat and a refueller. According to some analysts, the warships are heading toward Australia in a show of strength from Russian President Vladimir Putin, ahead of the G20 summit in Brisbane, BBC News reported.

What frightened the USS Donald Cook so much in the Black Sea?
Meanwhile, the Russian Su-24 that buzzed the USS Donald Cook carried neither bombs nor missiles but only a basket mounted under the fuselage, which, according to the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, contained a Russian electronic warfare device called Khibiny. As the Russian jet approached the US vessel, the electronic device disabled all radars, control circuits, systems, information transmission, etc. on board the US destroyer. In other words, the all-powerful Aegis system, now hooked up - or about to be - with the defense systems installed on NATO’s most modern ships was shut down, as turning off the TV set with the remote control. The Russian Su-24 then simulated a missile attack against the USS Donald Cook, which was left literally deaf and blind. As if carrying out a training exercise, the Russian aircraft - unarmed - repeated the same maneuver 12 times before flying away.

Beware the Cycle of War Turns Back Up Next Week

Abbas: We won’t let Israeli extremists ‘contaminate’ Temple Mount; warns of global ‘religious war’

Prophecy Sign:  The coming prophetic Middle-East wars - Jerusalem/Temple Mount

As the world continues to pressure Israel to the acceptance of yet another radical Arab Muslim nation on its border, (that being any new state called Palestine), the radicals all over the Islamic world are getting more and more bent out of shape that the Israelis have control over Jerusalem.  Then you also have some Jewish leaders looking to advance religious freedom on the Temple Mount, (which are fighten words for the Islamists).

Even Jordan and Turkey, (who were both at ease with Israel up until recent years), are warning Israel over the Temple Mount issue and further construction in East Jerusalem).  Could this be the issue that galvanizes the Islamic world to action against the Jewish state?  We know that Jerusalem will be fought for during the coming Tribulation period.

I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Zechariah 14:2 NIV

Abbas: We won’t let Israeli extremists ‘contaminate’ Temple Mount; warns of global ‘religious war’
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday warned that the Palestinians will not allow Israeli extremists to “contaminate” the Temple Mount, and said that allowing Jewish prayer at the site would risk a global religious war. The PA leader also maintained that the rioters at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the disputed holy site had the right to defend themselves, and said Muslims and Christians would never recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Israeli sheikh says Jerusalem will soon become capital of global caliphate
Only days after being released from prison, the leader of the Islamic Movement's northern Israel branch returned to the public eye, giving a fiery sermon about conquering Jerusalem and making it the Muslim-only capital of a Sunni Islamic empire. In a video of his November 7 sermon in Nazareth, translated by MEMRI, Sheikh Raed Salah said "Inshallah, Jerusalem will soon become the capital of the global caliphate."  "The caliphate will spread justice throughout the land after it was filled with injustice by America, the Zionist enterprise, the Batiniyya, reactionism, Paganism and the Crusaders," referring to the West, Jews, Christians, Shi'a Muslims, and anyone who does not follow Sunni Islam. 

Jerusalem lurches towards open conflict over Temple Mount

‘We need a Palestinian state,’ new EU foreign affairs chief says in Gaza
The European Union’s new foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Saturday called for the establishment of a Palestinian state, saying the world “cannot afford” another war in Gaza. “We need a Palestinian state — that is the ultimate goal and this is the position of all the European Union,” Mogherini said during her first visit to Gaza. 

French parliament to vote on Palestinian state

School Dumps Christmas, Easter

Prophecy Sign:  Increasing Christian marginalization

It's pretty darn sad that a grade two student needs to take his school to court in order to be able to hand out candy canes at Christmas time which have a brief reference to Jesus attached to them.  But of course the next battle for the grade two student will be to keep the name "Christmas" on the school calendar for that two week stretch that kids take off at the end of December, (we must now call it "Winterfest"  - sigh!!!!).  Christianity is being marginalized in this post Christian secular society of ours as even many who call themselves "Christian" never dare to set foot in a church.

There are those who turn justice into bitterness and cast righteousness to the ground. Amos 5:7 NIV

School Dumps Christmas, Easter
There’s a new battleground in the war on Christmas – the suburbs of our nation’s capital. The school board in Montgomery County, Maryland has decided to appease Muslims families by making the school calendar — religious neutral. That’s bad news for all you Jews and Gentiles out there. As of next year – all Christian and Jewish holidays will be removed from the calendar. That means no more Christmas, no more Easter and no more Yom Kippur. There’s no word on whether the board will remove the Irish from St. Patrick’s Day or the love from St. Valentine’s Day or the trees from Arbor Day. For years local Muslims had been urging the district to close schools for two of their holidays. Many gathered outside the school board offices holding signs like “Support Equality for Eid” and “Because…our children matter too.” Instead, the school board opted to eliminate all religious holidays.

Second Grade Student Asks that Federal Court Protect His Religious Speech this Christmas Season
Advocates for Faith & Freedom has filed a request for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday, November 12th 2014. The injunction, if granted, will prohibit the West Covina Unified School District from stopping seven-year-old Isaiah Martinez from passing out candy canes to his classmates with the candy cane legend attached during the Christmas season.
Last Christmas, Isaiah Martinez took Christmas gifts intended for his first grade teacher and classmates at Merced Elementary in the West Covina Unified School District. Each gift consisted of a traditional candy cane with a message attached that recited the legend of the candy cane. The legend references a candy maker who created the candy cane to symbolize the life of Jesus Christ. When Isaiah brought his Christmas gift to school, his teacher took possession of the candy canes. At the direction of the school principal, the teacher instructed Isaiah that “Jesus is not allowed in school” and she removed the candy cane messages from each candy cane, threw the messages in the trash, and handed the candy canes back to Isaiah for delivery to his classmates. Isaiah then nervously handed the candy canes to his classmates in fear that he was in trouble for trying to bring a little Christmas cheer and “good tidings” to class.

If you’re dismayed that one in five Americans (20 percent) are “nones” — people who claim no particular religious identity — brace yourself. How does 38 percent sound? That’s what religion researcher David Kinnaman calculates when he adds “the unchurched, the never-churched and the skeptics” to the nones. He calls his new category “churchless,” the same title Kinnaman has given his new book. By his count, roughly four in 10 people living in the continental United States are actually “post-Christian” and “essentially secular in belief and practice.”

Pope Francis: A new stage in relations between Catholics and Evangelicals

Prophecy Sign:  The coming global religious system

Evangelical leaders, from Kenneth Copeland to Rick Warren, are all jumping on the Pope Francis bandwagon along with a merry band of religious leaders from an alphabet soup of world religions, (Buddhist, Hindu, Islam, Jewish, Sikh, Taoist - did we miss anybody??).  Seems the bible predicted such a thing would happen as all the religions of the world glad hand each other and formulate the coming global religious world order.

The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. The name written on her forehead was a mystery: Babylon the great the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth. Revelation 17:4-5 NIV

Pope Francis: A new stage in relations between Catholics and Evangelicals
In a meeting on Thursday with a delegation from the World Evangelical Alliance, Pope Francis expressed his confidence that the Holy Spirit “can inaugurate a new stage in the relations between Catholics and Evangelicals—a stage that allows us to realize more fully the will of the Lord to bring the Gospel even to the furthest ends of the earth.”
The Holy Father frankly acknowledged the presence of divisions among Christians “from the beginning,” and noted that “rivalries and conflicts” continue between Christian communities. “Such situations,” he said, “weaken our capacity to fulfil the command of the Lord to preach the Gospel to all nations.” Christians would be able to better proclaim the Gospel if they could overcome their differences so that, together, they might spread the Word of God and witness to Christian charity.

Russell Moore, Rick Warren to Join ‘Pope Francis’ With Muslims, Buddhists for Interfaith Conference
Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Saddleback megachurch leader Rick Warren will team up with Roman Catholic Pontiff Francis later this month for an interfaith Vatican conference on marriage and family. “Complementarity of Man and Woman,” will be held Nov. 17-19 at the Vatican, and is expected to feature more than 30 speakers from over 20 countries. According to the Catholic News Service, those of the Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, Jaina Shasana, Taoist and Sikh religions will be present, as well as Roman Catholics and professing Christians.

In a first, Washington National Cathedral to host Friday Muslim prayer service
Washington National Cathedral, known for presidential funerals and other major spiritual services, will host a Muslim prayer service for the first time Friday. The cathedral, part of the Episcopal Church, has long held high-profile interfaith events, and some mosques hold services in synagogues or churches if they need overflow space. But organizers said Monday that they are seeking to make a statement by having Muslim leaders come and hold their midday service in such a visible Christian house of worship.

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