The immediate news is the powerful typhoon that slammed the Philippines this weekend. Early death estimates hovered around 1,000, though officials fear that as many as 10,000 could be dead. Keep an eye on this story as we continue to pray for the people of the Philippines, that God and his people may provide and comfort in this time of destruction and sorrow.
For Middle East watchers, the news of the week was the nuclear deal with Iran that almost was. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to discuss Iran’s nuclear aspirations and the lifting of economic sanctions that have resulted from nuclear activity. No decisions were made, but talks were the longest the U.S. and Iran have had in decades. Representatives from the European Union, Great Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China also participated.
Israel loudly condemned any compromise with the nation that in the past has said it wants to wipe Israel from the map. Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, reportedly went shopping for its own nuclear weapons. The Sunni Muslim Saudis fear a nuclear Shia Iran as much as Jewish Israel does.
Joel Rosenberg has been following the developments and breaking down details. I recommend “Netanyahu is in a state of shock,” “Arab allies of U.S. horrified” and “Details on the contours of the [potential] nuclear deal.”
The Middle East continues to abound with rumors of war. The potential for religious wars on a level never before seen continues to grow. We as followers of Jesus Messiah know these things are just more signs, more birth pangs pointing to his return.
Paper.li works a little like a newspaper. It categorizes the news into topics and is interactive. Click a topic on the right-hand column to “flip the page” and see another set of headlines. #Church includes headlines about persecution of the brothers. #Israel as all stories about “the apple of God’s eye.” #Matthew24 highlight end-time birth pangs detailed by Jesus.
[Editor’s note: Click the screen capture to browse headlines from this week.]