Articles of the Day 6/27/14: Christian Liquidation
“Paris (AFP) – Israel offered to help moderate Arab nations threatened by a lightning offensive by Islamic militants in Iraq, as the country’s top diplomat met with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday.”
“BAGHDAD/ARBIL – Iraqi forces launched an airborne assault on rebel-held Tikrit on Thursday with commandos flown into a stadium in helicopters, at least one of which crashed after taking fire from insurgents who have seized northern cities. Eyewitnesses said battles were raging in the city, hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein, which fell to Sunni Islamist fighters two weeks ago on the third day of a lightning offensive that has given them control of most majority Sunni regions. The helicopters were shot at as they flew low over the city and landed in a stadium at the city’s university, a security source at the scene said.”
“Reports indicate ISIS within six miles of Baghdad; captured two cities linking to Shi’ite south, town to east and air base to north.”
“Signs of spillover war as Jordan places tanks, missile launchers and army vehicles on border; ISIS reportedly advancing on Jordan.”
“A glimpse of the passionate loyalty inspired by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the insurgent group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, comes in a recent video made by a 20-year-old Muslim recruit from Cardiff, Wales.”
“Salam and his parents are Catholic. Their hometown, Qaraqosh, is located some 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Mosul in northern Iraq between craggy mountains and the Nineveh plains. Iraq is a culturally divided country, and it’s in cities like Qaraqosh where this division is most evident. There are few places in the Middle East that are home to as many Christians as the population of 40,000 residing here. In Qaraqosh, they have established 12 churches that rise above the city like stone sentinels. They include names like Tahira, MarZena, Saint Behnam et Sara, and they count both Catholics and Orthodox Christians among their followers.”
Liquidation of these Christians has already begun.
“Marwan al-Kawasmeh, 32 and Omar Abu Aisha, 33, were named by the Shin Bet Security Service Thursday as the chief suspects in the kidnapping of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shear and Naftali Fraenkel two weeks ago outside Hebron. Both suspects are Hamas activists in Hebron and have not been seen for two weeks. The IDF also released the name of the village north of Hebron, Beit Kahil, where the soldiers’ hunt for the boys has been concentrated in the last ten days. No clue has been turned up of their whereabouts.”
“In a riveting example of the psychological and emotional toll the immense manhunt for three Israeli teens abducted – presumably by Hamas – is inflicting on Israelis, one of Israel’s top pediatric surgeons says he may have had enough.”
“Q. Is there something about the rapture that I and many others are missing? Perhaps you can bring some light to this. Many Christians, perhaps like me, believe that the pre trib rapture is sort of a Great Escape for people who don’t deserve to escape( like me) the hour of trial coming upon the world. It seems too easy. But perhaps we don’t see the rapture for what it really is. Is it true that the Davidic Kingdom cannot be set up on earth as long as the Church is on earth and that to remove the Church from the earth is the real reason for the rapture?
A. There are several good reasons why the Church will escape all the end times judgments, even though from a purely human perspective we don’t deserve to be taken away. (I say human perspective because from God’s perspective we are perfect and don’t deserve to be left here during that time (Hebrews 10:12-14)…..”
“By tomorrow, there will be 175,000 more Christians than there are today.” So says Jim Rutz, author of Megashift, a book on the growth of Christianity in the world. He makes the point that Christianity, not Islam, is the world’s fastest-growing faith. This is a fact that for the most part is overlooked because most surveys only count the traditional Protestant denominations and the Roman Catholic Church in calculating the total number of Christians, while ignoring Christian believers who aren’t part of either. And there are also hundreds of millions of Christians who are not associated with institutional churches at all. In many countries, they meet in homes and barns and caves, often in secret.”
“WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama, under pressure from some lawmakers for greater US backing for Syria’s opposition, on Thursday asked the US Congress approve $500 million to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels seeking to oust President Bashar Assad. A White House statement said rebels would be vetted before being given assistance, in an effort to assuage concerns that some equipment provided to the Syrian opposition might ultimately fall into the hands of US enemies. Obama’s request for $500 million followed through on a promise he made in late May in a foreign policy speech that he would “ramp up support for those in the Syrian opposition who offer the best alternative to terrorists and brutal dictators.”
“Protesters chant slurs and hold up three fingers in show of support for kidnapping of three Israeli teens.”
“The first statement declared that Jews have no right to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque, namely the Temple Mount – the holiest site in Judaism.”
The enemy within. People forget Israel is a democracy with Arabs in Israeli government. Jewish people suffer greatly because of this. Look anywhere in the Middle East and ask yourself are Jews allowed in government in any Arab country?
“Peres receives Congressional Gold Medal; praises ‘peace partner’ Abbas, tells skeptics: ‘believe me.'”
I am not quite sure what planet he is living on suffice it to say it is probably best he will be leaving politics soon.
“The US Department of Defense announced on 19 June that Raytheon had been awarded a USD391.5 million contract to produce wireless versions of the TOW anti-tank guided missile (ATGMs) for the US Army, US Marine Corps (USMC), Saudi Arabia National Guard (SANG), and Oman. It said the contract was expected to be completed by 30 March 2018 and that the US Army was providing USD57.6 million of the funds, with the remaining USD333.9 million coming from unspecified ‘other funds’, presumably the foreign states rather than the USMC. Previously released information suggests that USD334 million would cover around 5,700 missiles. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 5 December 2013 that Saudi Arabia had requested the sale of nearly 14,000 TOWs at an estimated cost of USD900 million.”