God says in Hosea 4:6 that his people die because they lack knowledge. Knowing world events clues us in to where we are on the Biblical, prophetic time line. News should prompt us to pray for two things: that the eyes of the lost and deceived are opened to God’s love as expressed through the life and death and life of Yeshua and that God’s Kingdom come on earth.
Why so much Israel news? God always meant Israel to be an example to the nations, an example of His righteousness, His justice, His mercy, His love. She is also a signpost. Consider this. Zion, God’s other name of Jerusalem, means “signpost.”Messiah draws nigh. The events in Zion speak to that.
While the links posted here are mostly news items, some may be lighter and include websites and stories that caught my interest. To get news links in real time or to read my editorial commentary, visit my Twitter feed @RoamingChile or on my Facebook page.
Sunday, 28 August
US presidential candidate: Israel has given up enough
Speaking in Jlem, Herman Cain suggests that Obamas Mideast policies are insane, calls on Israel not to make concessions to PA.
Egyptian Muslim political would rein in tourist
Egypt Islamists want to ban alcohol, bikinis, statues of pharaohs, unmarried cohabitation among tourists.
- US Denies Threat to Cut Off Aid to Palestinian Authority
The US denies widespread reports that it directly told the PA American aid would be cut off if it goes to the UN for recognition.
- 8 dead as typhoon slams northern Philippines
Slow-moving Typhoon Nanmadol remained dangerous Sunday despite weakening as it struck the tip of the mountainous northern Philippines, leaving at least eight people dead and scuttling a visit by a U.S. Navy battleship group, officials said.
- UN rep. Prosor: Israel has no chance of stopping recognition of Palestinian state
Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office say Netanyahu is considering sitting out this year’s General Assembly, sending Peres to face likely diplomatic barrage in his stead.
- El Paso Weathers Drought, Thanks To Lawn Policy
For years, El Paso, in far West Texas, defied the look of most desert communities, boasting lush, green lawns. Then, in 1979, a study came out that showed how close El Paso was to a crisis: At its rate of water use, the city would run dry within 36 years.RC: El Paso makes headlines again because we’ve been good stewards with our water. Praise God.
- Iran Launches Bible-burning Campaign
Iran seizing, burning Bibles. Good news in story: Cleric warned of “spread of Christianity among our youth”
Monday, 29 August
- Openly Gay Mormon Appointed to LDS Church Leadership Position
Openly gay appointed to Mormon leadership in San Francisco, to work to repair LDS-LGBT relations
UN recognition wont stop PA demand for right of return into Israel
Abbas tells Jordanian paper that PLO will continue fight for Palestinian refugees even if a Palestinian state is recognized on the pre-1967 lines.
Eight wounded, one seriously, in Tel Aviv terror attack
Attacker steals taxi in south Tel Aviv, drives into police checkpoint securing street near popular nightclub and then gets out of car and stabs passers-by; one person seriously injured in attack; perpetrator arrested
Tuesday, 30 August
- Virginia quake may have exceeded nuclear plant design
The historic earthquake that shut Dominion Resources Inc’s North Anna nuclear plant in Virginia last week may have shaken the facility more than it was designed to withstand, the U.S. nuclear regulator said on Monday.
Wednesday, 31 August
- ‘Exterminate Christians, close pyramids, Sphinx’
A rising leader in the radical Islamic movement in Egypt that has become a major political player since the demise of Hosni Mubarak’s regime says Christian churches may need to be blown up and Christians exterminated to allow the advance of Islamic law, or Shariah.RC: Egyptian’s willingness to ‘exterminate Christians’ considered on fringe of Islam. Nevertheless, word of caution.
Israel Deploying Warships in Red Sea – Iran Following Suit
The IDF has deployed two warships to the Red Sea near the Egyptian border as Sinai terror alerts pour in; Iran plans to follow suit.
- Key Parts Of Texas Sonogram Law Struck Down
The law, one of dozens of anti-abortion measures that advanced through state capitals across the United States this year, was set to take effect Thursday. A federal judge ruled the measure violates the free speech rights of both doctors and patients.RC: What about baby’s right to say ‘I am alive’?
Thursday, 1 September
- Tekoa Rabbi Supports PA’s Statehood Bid
Rabbi Menachem Froman of Tekoa meets PA President Abbas, tells him that establishing a Palestinian state would benefit peace.RC: Hey, Rabbi, didn’t you hear. No Jews will be allowed in Palestine.
- Remember The Burmese Christians
Four percent of Burma’s 53.4 million people are Christians, according to the CIA World Factbook. (Voice of the Martyrs believes 8.7 percent are Christian.) The exact numbers are hard to know, however, since much of the Burmese church faces daily danger. Religious freedom is on the books in Burma, but it is no secret that Christians are targeted and killed in this country torn by civil war.RC: Remember your brothers in chains. Pray for the persecuted church. Could be any of us next.
- 140 Mexican Schools Shut Down Amid Extortion Fears
600 teachers in Acapulco are too afraid to show up to school. A drug gang has demanded they turn over 50 percent of their salary or face the consequences.
Frances Sarkozy wants united EU voice on PA statehood bid
The role of the US is uncontested and irreplaceable, but everybody sees that it is not enough, French president says; EU commitee votes in favor of opening European markets to goods from West Bank, Gaza.
Friday, 2 September
- Report: Hizbullah Establishes Cuba Base
Hizbullah has reportedly established a base in Cuba with the aim of striking Israeli targets to avenge slain commander Imad Mughniyeh.
- 6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Felt Off Alaska
A strong earthquake (preliminary magnitude of 7.1 later revised to 6.8) has been detected in a remote area of the Aleutian Islands off Alaska, about 1,000 miles west southwest of Anchorage, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.
- Turkey disagrees w UN flotilla report, expels Israeli’s ambassador, still demands apology
Speaking to reporters, Turkish FM says Anakra disagrees with Palmer Commission report’s support of Israel’s blockade of Gaza, intends to aid Turkish families of Gaza flotilla raid to file suit against Israel.
Syria’s attorney general resigns, says hundreds killed and buried in mass graves in parks.
News: Adnan al-Bakkour says resignation due to security forces killing of 72 jailed protesters and activists at Hama’s central jail on eve of July 31 military assault on city; claims at least another 420 people were killed in operation and buried in mass graves in public parks
New Egypt troop presence in Sinai a gamble for Israel
The aftermath of the “Arab Spring” is forcing Israel to gamble with what had long been one of the foundations of its security: a demilitarized Sinai peninsula.
Forget Irene: The Drought in Texas Is the Catastrophe That Could Really Hurt
Soaring temperatures have kept the Lone Star State dry as a bone and ensure the drought will have a huge, negative economic impact on the U.S. and the worldRC: Take time to read. Then pray for mercy.
Israelis seek EU passports amid existential angst
Despite their country’s turbulent history, Israelis enjoy a fairly secure existence: they have military might, a world-class high tech industry powering a strong economy, and America as a solid ally. Yet in recent years, tens of thousands have requested and received the citizenship of European countries like Poland and Germany, which were killing fields for Jews just decades ago.RC: Israelis seek EU passports for travel practicality & as escape plan. I see logic, but YHWH will protect you, Yaakov.
- Israeli ships near Sinai suggest that Egypt, Jewish state still cooperating, upholding treaty
The announced deployment of Israeli warships off the coast between Egypt and Israel near the Sinai Peninsula suggests a level of cooperation between the two countries in the face of a common terrorist threat – despite their increasing political difficulties since the ouster last January of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, according to a report
US confirms al-Qaeda assisting -if not leading- Libya rebels. Qaddafi, who first warned, now reaching out
The Obama administration finally acknowledged Wednesday, Aug. 31 that al Qaeda elements had been fighting in Libyan rebel ranks in last week’s capture of Tripoli. This came about in a cautious remark from the office of President Barack Obama’s terrorism adviser John Brennan: “Some members of the LIFG [Al Qaeda’s Libyan Islamic Fighting Group offshoot] in the past had connections with al Qaeda in Sudan, Afghanistan or Pakistan. Others dropped their relationship with al Qaeda entirely. It seems from their statements and support for establishing a democracy in Libya that this faction of LIFG does not support al Qaeda. We’ll definitely be watching to see whether this is for real or just for show.”
49th officer killed in less than a year in Juarez
A municipal police captain was fatally shot while driving to work on Thursday in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, becoming the 49th municipal police officer killed since October 2010, authorities told CNN.
Saturday, 3 September
- Report: Turkey navy to escort aid ships to Palestinians in Gaza
Turkish officials tell Hurriyet Daily News that Turkish navy will strengthen presence in eastern Mediterranean Sea to stop Israeli ‘bullying’, imply they will challenge Israel’s naval blockade.
- Why Palestinians can’t recognize a ‘Jewish state’
For Palestinians to recognize the Jewish state is to declare their surrender; to waive their group dignity.
- 21 dead in religious rioting in central Nigeria
Religious rioting in the troubled central Nigeria city of Jos has killed at least 21 people in recent days, as authorities seem to be unable to curb the rising violence.
- UN: Credible evidence Iran working on nuke weapons
The U.N. nuclear agency said this week it is “increasingly concerned” about a stream of intelligence suggesting that Iran continues to work secretly on developing a nuclear payload for a missile and other components of a nuclear weapons program.
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- US Denies Threat to Cut Off Aid to Palestinian Authority