Persecution of the Church rings in new year

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Globe webcam provided by 123RF Stock PhotosGod 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.

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I’d hoped to do a year in review post (and still may) but life has gotten in the way. So I give you the week in review. There is so much happening, and I’ve only shared here the things that seemed most important last week.

I am back to monitoring the news regularly every day, so these reviews should get beefier in the coming weeks.

From an intense personal trial in my family to the item below that pastor Chuck Smith has cancer to many prayer requests from Facebook friends about illness and death, I see that the enemy has come out swinging this new year.

2012 is not the year the world ends. There are still seven years of history that must happen that have not (see Daniel and Revelation). But, it may mark the beginning of the end of the age. The enemy knows it and will attack the Believers and even the non-believers. And we know the earth groans for it’s Redeemer (just like our souls groan to see our Savior — Romans 8:22-23). Every earthquake and hurricane and tornado is nature groaning for order.

So gird yourself in the armor of God, pray and lean on Him and get ready to stand even in the midst of the storms.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. … And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Eph. 6:10-18 NIV)


  • RC: Pray for the believers in Africa.

    Muslims burn Christian Bishop’s face with acid
    Islamic extremists threw acid on a church leader on Christmas Eve shortly after a seven-day revival at his church, leaving him with severe burns that have blinded one eye and threaten sight in the other.
  • Gaza Christians long for days before Hamas cancelled Christmas
    Since the Palestinian Authority left the Gaza Strip, festive celebrations and displays of crucifixes have become taboo.
  • RC: Another brother for which to pray: Chuck Smith has lung cancer.

    Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel Reveals Cancer Diagnosis
    The congregation of Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, Calif., was left stunned on the first Sunday service of the new year when senior pastor Chuck Smith announced that he has been battling lung cancer.

  • RC: Early 1900s, UK Christian clergy was driving force behind Zionism. Now, British Christian leaders libel the Jews. (Arutz7)

    UK Bishops Come Out Clearly Against Israel
    “Good will to all men” in UK churches, but not, apparently, to Israelis.


  • RC: Al-Qaeda linked group credited with Christmas church bombings in Nigeria blamed for blast near mosque.

    Nigeria’s Boko Haram blamed for Maiduguri attack
    An attack blamed on the Islamist Boko Haram group hits the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, reports say, killing at least two people.



  • Syrian Troops Filmed Firing on Protesters
    As tens of thousands took to the streets in Syria on Friday, film has surfaced of security forces firing on civilians near observers.
  • Arab League: Syrian tanks pull away from cities, but snipers, gunfire continue
    Syrian security forces are still killing anti-government protesters despite the presence of foreign monitors in the country, the head of the Arab League has said. But he insisted the observer mission has yielded important concessions from the Damascus regime, such as the withdrawal of heavy weapons from cities.

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