Articles of the Day 8/1/16: A Lost Moral Compass
Current Major Trends To Watch
(⇑=increasing, ⇓=decreasing ⇔=no change)
Deepening Russian involvement in the Middle East– ⇔
Temple Mount tensions– ⇔
Palestinian terror– Another attack. ⇑
Palestinian incitement– More sick PA incitement. ⇑
US retreat from Middle East– ⇔
Pope Francis active in politics– Pope thinks Muslim attacks are not about religion. ⇑
Northern border tension– ⇔
Southern border tension– ⇔
One world government advancement– ⇔
One world religion advancement– ⇔
Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)
“IDF says troops opened fire at knife-wielding would-be attacker who charged at them at the Hawara checkpoint.”
“During weekly protest near town of Modiin Illit, Arab protester sends small child towards IDF soldiers, tells them to shoot his son.”
This is so sad. Palestinians exploit their children for many things but child sacrifice is particularly shameful. What is also not mentioned is that family members of those who are ‘martyred’ get a cash payout by the PA. This father was sacrificing his child to the God of money. Many Palestinian children and teenagers are often pressured by family members into attacking an Israeli so they perform their duty for their clan and family. The PA fully approves of this behavior and encourages it. In fact, they use Western aide money to pay the families. Western governments know this but continue to send aide anyway which makes them part of the problem. God sees all of this and will enact judgement upon all for this terrible crime. Nothing fits child abuse more then this situation. Keep that in mind when you support Palestinian causes.
“We are also disturbed by such donations to organizations that deny the State of Israel’s right to exist,” Netanyahu proclaimed. “I have requested a preliminary inquiry. In this inquiry, we found support from European countries including France for several organizations that engage in incitement, call for a boycott of Israel and who don’t recognize Israel’s right to exist.”
Another sick video directed to Palestinian children where Jews are depicted as evil. No wonder they grow up with such hate.
“New cartoon underscores the Palestinian Authority’s commitment to incitement against Jews and the use of classic anti-Semitic tropes.”
More evidence of Palestinian incitement.
“One of the conclusions from Operation Protective Edge was that the IDF needs new APCs that are better protected and can move easily in difficult terrain. Today, the Defense Ministry announced that it has completed developing a prototype of the new and improved APC, the “Eitan,” and is now testing it.”
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“Those theories are fueled by the central part apparently played by followers of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen in the coup. The government points the finger squarely at the Gülenists. But while there is near unanimity in Turkey about Gülen’s role, many outside observers are skeptical at best. Much of the evidence emerging suggests at least some and perhaps many of those involved in the coup attempt did indeed have links to the Gülen movement, but it is far from clear that any smoking gun evidence will eventually incriminate Gülen himself or his movement as a whole. There is frustration in Turkey over the Washington’s alleged insistence on harboring a man Ankara calls a terrorist. And there is frustration in the United States over the lack of any direct evidence so far submitted tying Gülen to the coup attempt. Differences over the issue is driving a wedge between the two NATO allies – and the schism only seems to be getting wider.”
“Some 7,000 police officers in heavy vehicles overnight Saturday surrounded the Incirlik air base in Turkey, which is used by NATO forces in Adana, in what a Turkish minister called a “security check”, Russia Today reports.”
I am not sure I agree with the authors interpretation of prophecy but I find the map of the map of the Roman empire intriguing. Every country that made up the Roman empire is in some sort of state of upheaval today. The European nations are suffering from severe economic problems and middle eastern nations are either in civil war, recently had a coup, or could be toppled at any moment. The only stable nations are the UK and Israel. Why is this important? This area of the world could figure prominently in end time events, Gotquestions.org has some good advice:
“Answer: The term Revived Roman Empire (which is not used in Scripture) refers to a powerful government predicted in biblical prophecy. This regime will rise to power and dominate the world during the end times. According to various interpretations of the books of Daniel and Revelation, the Revived Roman Empire is either a generic world political system or a specific nation under a specific ruler. Various interpreters have centered this empire in Rome itself, in Turkey, or in the Middle East.
The Revived Roman Empire is commonly associated with the fourth beast of Daniel chapter 7. This beast is described as “terrifying and frightening and very powerful” (Daniel 7:7). This ten-horned beast is a prophetic picture of the Roman Empire (verses 19–24), but, as Daniel watches, a little horn rises from the beast, with “eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully” (verse 8). This final horn is the Antichrist, who will somehow be connected with the Roman Empire. Since the Roman Empire has been defunct since the fifth century, we expect it to be “revived” in some way to fulfill the end-times’ prophecies.
The Revived Roman Empire has also been linked to the fifth and final kingdom mentioned in Daniel chapter 2 (Daniel 2:41—43). This passage concerns Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of an image made of various metals. The iron legs represent the Roman Empire, and the feet made “partly of iron and partly of baked clay” (Daniel 2:33) represent the final world empire. The fact that it shares the element iron with the fourth kingdom suggests a connection to Rome, and the ten toes could imply a ten-nation confederacy (matching the ten horns in Daniel 7:20) led collectively by a single powerful ruler.
Other commentators point to Revelation chapter 13, which describes a beast coming from the sea having ten horns and seven heads (Revelation 13:1). This depiction connects it to the fourth beast of Daniel 7, which also has ten horns. Revelation describes this government as “blasphemous” (verse 1) and tyrannical, requiring absolute submission in financial, spiritual, and political matters (verses 4–8). The global power this nation wields is given to it by Satan (verse 2). In this context, the symbols are more easily interpreted as references to a particular ruler and a particular political empire yet to come, rather than some figure of prior history.
Speculation about the exact nature of the Revived Roman Empire can be interesting, but we must remember to keep the right perspective. Our primary focus as Christians is supposed to be spreading the gospel, not trying to identify the Antichrist. In particular, we should realize that what’s written about the Revived Roman Empire in the Bible is not very extensive, and we can’t go beyond what’s written (1 Corinthians 4:6). We know the Antichrist is coming, and we know he will have some connection to the ancient Roman Empire, possibly through ancestry, geography, or the structure of his government. We can read the signs of the times (Matthew 16:3), but we don’t know enough to be dogmatic in the details.”
“Hundreds attend mass across France and Italy to show solidarity and express horror at Islamic extremism.”
It is good to see that some Muslims understand what a crime it was when the Normandy priest was murdered. But if we want this violence too end we should see thousands of Muslims protesting the murder not hundreds. When the Mohammed cartoons were released in 2005 thousands upon thousands of Muslims protested. These hundreds are clearly a very small minority. Still, it is brave of them to even publicly display their solidarity with Christians.
“Pontiff says fundamentalists exist in almost every religion, subtly criticizes politicians fueling racism and xenophobia.”
“If I have to talk about Islamic violence I have to talk about Christian violence. Every day in the newspapers I see violence in Italy, someone kills his girlfriend, another kills his mother in law, and these are baptized Catholics.”
Wow, sick moral relativism from Pope Francis. Even after the murder of a Catholic priest he just can’t condemn violence in the name of Islam. While general violence does take place in every culture and society only one religion glorifies and encourages violence against non-believers and that, of course, is Islam. The Pope has lost his moral compass.
“The mass rape of hundreds of German women mostly by Muslim migrants last New Year’s was recently revealed to be far worse than originally acknowledged. Authorities now believe that more than 1,200 women were sexually assaulted – over twice the original estimate of 500. While more than 2,000 men were allegedly involved, only 120 suspects — about half of them recently arrived migrants — have been identified.
One explanation for why it took half a year for the full extent of the crime to be revealed is the German police’s effort to avoid a public backlash against refugees. But ultimately, Holger Munch, president of the German Federal Crime Police Office, acknowledged to the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung that there is “a connection between the [sexual assaults] and the rapid migration in 2015.”
Denial is not a strategy. Western countries that cherish women’s rights must wake up to the fact that many migrants could challenge those values. Most of the mass migration comes from violence-plagued, Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa, where women are second-class citizens subject to honor killings and various legal restrictions, and where the local culture often condones rape, encourages wife-beating, and treats women as sexual objects (with 72 virgins promised to Muslim men who reach heaven).”
Just like the Pope, many political leaders in the West seek to cover up and hide the crimes of Muslims. This is terrible because it only encourages more crime and hurts the refugees who simply want to get away from war and survive. Unfortunately, many refugees seek to change Western society into what they want instead of assimilating and obeying Western laws. It is very difficult to defend that we show mercy to refugees when they break laws and seek to impose their culture on the West.
- “Turkey’s countless agreements with Western organizations do not seem to have reduced the hatred for Christians there.
- In Turkey, it is “ordinary people” who murder or attack Christians, then the judiciary or political system somehow find a way of enabling the perpetrators to get away with the crimes. Most of these crimes are not covered by the international media and Turkey is never held responsible.
- While Muslims are pretty much free to practice their religion and express their views on other religions anywhere in the world, Christians and other non-Muslims can be killed in Turkey and other Muslim-majority countries just for attempting peacefully to practice their religion or openly express their views.
- “Multiculturalism,” which is passionately defended by many liberals in the West, could have worked wonders in multi-ethnic and multi-religious places such as Anatolia. But unfortunately, Islamic ideology allows only one culture, one religion, and one way of thinking under their rule: Islam. Ironically, this is the central fact these liberals do not want to see.”