When I first published my article on Does the Book of Revelation Describe a Nuclear War, numerous people scoffed at the possibility of a nuclear war, especially with Russia. However, we have seen world events escalate in the past months to bring to head various resentments and divisions between Russia and the US. The world is rapidly changing. The quote from the Financial Times by Putin’s friend sums it up well: “There is a war coming in Europe,” he said. “Do you really think this matters?”
The purpose of being informed is not to satisfy morbid curiosity - it is so you know what you need to do for your life, family, and eternity. Ask yourself the exact same rhetorical question he posed, but relate it to activities you are currently involved with: Do you really think _____ matters? Get close for God, first and foremost; secondly, get busy for God and eternity. Time is running out! As I have repeatedly shown through our various infographics and articles, we are on the very threshold of final end-time events being fulfilled. Your opportunities of ministry toward lasting eternal value are rapidly diminishing - get busy! Throw the idle pastimes out of your life and get busy!!!” [Related: The Great Commandment]
Many Christians are so caught up in preparing for war that they neglect to prepare for eternity first and foremost:
Luke 12:43-47 - “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.”
Romans 13:12 - “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” Maranatha.
...by testing a new type of intermediate-range cruise missile, administration and State Department officials said, in what they termed a "very serious" matter that would require immediate, high-level talks. ...didn't specify when they believed Russia tested such a weapon, but said the alleged violation would be discussed in a forthcoming report on arms control compliance matters, expected on Tuesday.
What Kerry ultimately put forward after consulting with Hamas allies Qatar and Turkey was a complete departure from the Egyptian proposal and a “prize for terror,” according to Israeli officials. ...various ministers described the US secretary of state as “negligent,” “lacking the ability to understand” what is happening on the ground, and “incapable of handling the most basic matters.”
One person close to Mr Putin said the Yukos ruling was insignificant in light of the bigger geopolitical stand-off over Ukraine. “There is a war coming in Europe,” he said. “Do you really think this matters?”
The Russian military industry should phase-out imports rapidly and began full-cycle production of all necessary components and materials, stated President Vladimir Putin at a meeting dedicated to domestic military production on Monday.
The new sanctions, which have a broad consensus across the EU, are likely to target Russian financial institutions, arms deals and energy exploration technology and could be imposed within "12-48 hours".
...strong statement from the United Nations Security Council calling for an "immediate and unconditional" cease-fire.
The statement, he said, does not address Israel's demands for the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip, a principle already established by previous interim agreements with the Palestinians. ...also complained that the statement made no mention of the fact that Hamas used UN facilities to attack Israeli civilians.
China begins five days of drills in the East China Sea tomorrow, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement on its website yesterday. Those exercises, which the ministry called routine, come while China is holding live-fire drills off Beibu Bay, or the Gulf of Tonkin, near Vietnam and drills in the Bohai Strait that both end Aug. 1. ...China is participating along with the U.S. and Japan in the five-week-long Rim of the Pacific Exercise that runs through Aug. 1 in waters off Hawaii.
Almost all of Luhansk’s youth have left, with many taking refuge in Dnepropetrovsk, Kiev, Kharkov and Russian- controlled Crimea, he said. While the rabbi said that determining the exact prewar Jewish population of Luhansk is difficult, “a few hundred out of several thousand still remain in the war torn city.”
“Hamas has broken five cease-fires,” Netanyahu told "Fox News Sunday.” “They’ve violated their own cease-fires. They are firing on us now. … We’ll do whatever is necessary to achieve our goal of a sustained quiet.”
...closed most of the West African nation's border crossings and introduced stringent health measures to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that has killed at least 660 people across the region.
There has been extremely violent Muslim rioting in Jerusalem and its environs in the last few weeks, and this violence has spiked during IDF's Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. The violence is largely unreported in most Israeli and global news outlets.
Thousands of people took to the streets of New York City on Friday evening to protest Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip
With no army, Libya's central government has increasingly lost control over the country to rogue and powerful militias in the last two years, says the BBC's Rana Jawad in Tripoli. ...fighting between rival armed groups was taking place "in very close proximity" to the US embassy in the capital. ...comes one day after Libyan government officials warned of the possibility of a break up of the country if clashes over Tripoli airport continue.
In addition to its own plans, Dempsey said the U.S. military is having “conversations with our NATO allies about increasing their capability and readiness” and that there’s a “very active” ongoing process and debate about how best to provide support to Ukraine.
But Israel rejected a proposal by the United States and United Nations for a seven-day truce. Its defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, put troops on notice Friday that ground operations in the coastal enclave could be expanded. ...Kerry's proposal begins with a one-week cease-fire, and then moves to broader negotiations over the status of Gaza. Kerry also made clear that he believes the two sides need to complete their negotiations over the creation of an independent Palestinian state to finally resolve the problem.
"We have always and will always stand by the Palestinian people and all resistance movements in Palestine, without exception. We tell our brothers in Gaza we are with you and beside you and we will do anything that we perceive is a duty in all fields," Xinhua quoted Nasrallah as saying on the occasion of the International al-Quds Day, an event to rally support for the Palestinians every year on the last Friday of the Muslim's Ramadan fasting month.
The Israeli aggression on Gaza might have the counterproductive effect, as far as Israel is concerned, of restoring the broken ties between Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas. All three, despite the objections from Damascus, sense an opportunity to seize the regional circumstances and renew alliances.
...Israel viewed Kerry's bridging proposals as "a Qatari proposal with ornaments." Qatar has been accused by Israel of providing financing and political support to Hamas.
President Obama at a fundraiser last night ...“Part of people’s concern is just the sense that around the world the old order isn’t holding and we’re not quite yet to where we need to be in terms of a new order that’s based on a different set of principles...
Across Zhejiang province, which hugs China's rocky southeastern coast, authorities have toppled - or threatened to topple - crosses at more than 130 churches. In a few cases, the government has even razed sanctuaries.
The protest is being described as the largest in decades, and unconfirmed reports suggest three protesters have already been shot dead and more than 100 injured.
Meanwhile, rioting was reported at several locations Thursday night in eastern Jerusalem, the Times of Israel reported, after Palestinians younger than 50 were prevented from ascending the Temple Mount on Laylat al-Qadr, which is considered the most important night in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
“Hamas said no, and has a long list of demands,” one official said. “As long as Hamas has closed the door to the cease-fire, the other [military] option will be pursued vigorously.”
The U.S. has been accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of supporting armed pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine, but the newest allegation suggests the conflict is coming to more closely resemble a war between the two countries.
Talks on the options for stepped-up action drafted by the European Commission will continue on Friday morning, an EU official said, and diplomats said decisions on wider sanctions were likely at the earliest next week.
The present threat emanates from the proximity of IS forces to the cities of Homs and Hama, especially from the group’s ability to cut off Syria’s energy supply — specifically petroleum and electrical energy — as it has gained control over the lion’s share of the country’s energy resources.
Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported Thursday that Egyptian troops shot and killed a terrorist who was on his way to commit a massive suicide bombing at the Kerem Shalom border crossing with Israel. ...On Wednesday, it was reported that the Egyptian army stopped a vehicle loaded with grad rockets and launchers in Sinai that were meant to be fired at Israel and at Egyptian military bases.
Now, a new pro-life state law that requires abortion doctors to document hospital admitting privileges with the state is making it so Klopfer is not allowed to perform abortions.
The prisoners, who were suspected militants, were put in a convoy after mortar rounds hit military bases in Taji at dawn on Thursday ...It is almost a year to the day since gunmen stormed prisons in Taji and Abu Ghraib, also in the Baghdad area, freeing hundreds of inmates. Other prisons have been attacked this year.
...the frequency of earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S. has quintupled, to an average of 100 a year during the 2011-2013 period, up from only 20 per year during the 30-year period to 2000. Most of these quakes were minor, but research published by the USGS earlier this year demonstrated that a relatively minor magnitude 5.0 quake caused by wastewater injection after conventional oil drilling triggered a much bigger, 5.7 magnitude quake in Prague, Okla.
In all paint jobs, things do not always line up the same. And the position of the flag on MH370 puts the leading edge at the first window behind the door, and on MH17, that flag instead lines up with the second window.
Editor: Food for thought...
Almost half of the passengers were French citizens, an airline official said. ...authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso, but other officials gave differing accounts of the times of contact, adding to confusion about the plane's fate. ...a source in the control tower in Niamey, who declined to be identified, said it had not been contacted by the plane, which in theory should have flown over Mali.
A U.N.-run school crowded with Palestinian evacuees in the northern part of the Gaza Strip came under shelling on Thursday, leaving at least 15 people dead and more than 100 wounded, Palestinian officials said.
...the problem is worldwide and not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category.
The government and the current parliament will keep working until new institutions are formed, he said.
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A senior Sudanese official confirmed that Sudan's government had approved of Ibrahim's departure to Italy...
The Red Cross has made a confidential legal assessment that Ukraine is officially in a war, Western diplomats and officials say, opening the door to possible war crimes prosecutions, including over the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH-17. ...turns both sides into combatants with equal liability for war crimes, which have no statute of limitations and cannot be absolved by an amnesty.
...the United States’ largest abortion business is seizing this opportunity to re-expand and drive the remaining independent abortion clinics under, so as to capture the Lone Star State’s lucrative abortion trade.
...imposed a new type of sanctions which limit the financing activities of some of Russia's biggest companies, including state-controlled oil giant OAO Rosneft.
No other cases of the plague have been reported, according to the Guardian. About 150 people who had contact with the plague victim have been placed under quarantine.
Threatened by Serbian ambition in the tumultuous Balkans region of Europe, Austria-Hungary determined that the proper response to the assassinations was to prepare for a possible military invasion of Serbia. After securing the unconditional support of its powerful ally, Germany, Austria-Hungary presented Serbia with a rigid ultimatum on July 23, 1914 ...alerted to the impending crisis, Russia—Serbia's own mighty supporter in the Balkans—began its own initial steps towards military mobilization against Austria.
Editor: Sound familiar?
“No matter what our Western counterparts tell us, we can see what’s going on. As it stands, NATO is blatantly building up its forces in Eastern Europe, including the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea areas. Its operational and combat training activities are gaining in scale.” Putin stated that NATO’s military build-up near Russia’s border is not just for defense, but is an “offensive weapon” and an “element of the US offensive system deployed outside the mainland.”
According to the source, it is clear only that Russia's top-ranking officials "planned something" on the situation in the east of Ukraine if they plan to hold an unscheduled meeting of the State Duma.
Khodakovsky blamed the Kiev authorities for provoking what may have been the missile strike that destroyed the doomed airliner, saying Kiev had deliberately launched air strikes in the area, knowing the missiles were in place. ...Other separatist leaders have said they did not bring the Malaysian plane down. Russia has denied involvement. ...one of the few major rebel commanders in Donetsk who actually hails from Ukraine rather than Russia.
...around 100 health workers had been infected by Ebola in the three countries, with 50 of them dying.
Since taking Mosul on June 10, ISIL militants have squeezed Qaraqosh and nearby Christian villages by blocking the pipes that connect the communities with the Tigris river. Without a sufficient number of deep wells to fill the gap, the city must have water trucked in, at huge cost, from Kurdish-controlled areas... Apart from the enforced drought conditions, electrical blackouts last most of the day.
EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels agreed Tuesday to expand a list of Russian entities and individuals subject to asset freezes and travel bans, but stopped short of immediately carrying out so-called “phase three sanctions” that could cripple the Russian economy.
...the abortion quotas that are established inside abortion facilities
Last week, the family received good news after a lawsuit by her Islamic relatives seeking to prove that she is a Muslim and belongs to her Muslim father, was dropped.
The Federal Aviation Administration instructed American air carriers on Tuesday not to fly to Israel for 24 hours, and major airlines canceled their flights, after a rocket fell about a mile from Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv.
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