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New data shows global warming
Scientists have released new data, claiming it proves beyond doubt that global warming will have far reaching effects in global temperatures this century.

Quote: "Average atmospheric temperatures rose about 1 degree Fahrenheit in the 20th century. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a U.N.-organized network of scientists, says computer modelling predicts temperatures rising between 2.5 degrees and 10.4 degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2100.

The Bible states such a scenario will occur during the seven year tribulation, not in 2100, but much sooner than that...

Revelation 16:8-9 
And the fourth angel poured out his vial
(of judgement) upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

Source Yahoo

UK - AUT calls for boycott of Israeli Universities
The British Association of University Teachers has called for a boycott of Israeli universities, creating a blacklist of Jewish Israeli academics. What they aim to achieve by this is unclear. But the British action has found no support even among Palestinian academicians, who they claim to support...

Quote: "It is not surprising therefore that even the Palestinian Al-Quds University in Jerusalem headed by Sari Nusseibeh released a statement against the British association blacklist, saying, "We are informed by the principle that we should seek to win Israelis over to our side, not to win against them... Therefore, informed by this national duty, we believe it is in our interest to build bridges, not walls; to reach out to the Israeli academic institutions, not to impose another restriction or dialogue-block on ourselves." 
Not only is the academic blacklist harmful and wrong; it may also be illegal. According to Jocelyn Prudence, head of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association, "This would appear to run contrary to contractual law, race and religious discrimination law, and academic freedom obligations..."

The Anglican church also recently called for a boycott of Israeli goods produced in "occupied territory", hoping that the financial strain would force Israel to make peace with their Arab neighbours, a view which I believe is not only one-sided, but anti-Semitic at its heart, and therefore contrary to Scripture.

Source Jerusalem Post

Putin urges Mid-East peace
President Putin of Russia has suggested holding a Middle East peace conference in Moscow, during his visit to Israel, the first ever by a Russian President. It is extremely interesting that Russia should be getting involved in the Middle East. Many believe Russia is the country mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39, that is to mount an invasion of Israel, along with her Arab partners. The Bible states this invasion may come after Israel is finally at peace with her neighbours...

Ezekiel 38:10-12
Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, [that] at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places [that are now] inhabited, and upon the people [that are] gathered out of the nations (Israel), which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

With Russia's flagging economy, and Putin expressing his opinion that the fall of the USSR was the worst thing ever happened last century, it looks like they could be prime candidates for fulfilling this prophecy, thinking an evil thought, and desiring to take spoil. This invasion will be resisted by some Arab nations, but only by words...

Ezekiel 38:13
Sheba, and Dedan (Saudi Arabia?), and the merchants of Tarshish (in Turkey), with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?

Source Jerusalem Post, Chicago Sun-Times

Sumatra scarred gravity field
Scientists speculated today that the December 26th earthquake in Indonesia, which killed over 200,000 people may have permanently changed the shape of the earth's gravitational field.

Quote: "The magnitude 9.3 earthquake has already been said to have shortened the day by fractions of a second, shifted the North Pole by an inch, and made the planet less fat around the middle

Jesus Christ said earthquakes would characterize the days before His Second Coming to earth...

Luke 21:10-11
Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers
(various) places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. 

The US Geological Survey has reported a sharp rise in the number of earthquakes this past 50 years. Although some may say that is because of advanced detection techniques - which may account for some of the data, the Bible clearly spells out the significance of earthquakes during the last days...

Revelation 17:16-19
And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

Isaiah also speaks about what is to occur during the tribulation period. We have seen this in part with Sumatra, but much worse is yet to come...

Isaiah 24:17-20
Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.

Source Yahoo

Middle East
Syria leaves Lebanon
The Syrian army finally pulled out of Lebanon today, after 29 years of occupation. The pullout came during the "Syria out" protests causing the government to collapse, after suspected Syrian involvement in the assassination of a leading Lebanese politician.

Quote: "Syria allies in Beirut have been eager to give the rushed withdrawal some dignity, which was evident in the formal farewell ceremonies. Top-ranking military commanders from both sides made formal addresses, stressing the close relationship between the two countries in speeches rife with references to the "Israeli enemy."

Hezbollah, a terror group based in Lebanon, has had Syrian and Iranian backing and support for many years, and have carried out many attacks against Israel while Syria was "protecting" Lebanon. There were over 300 Kassam rocket attacks on Israeli towns last year alone.

Source Jerusalem Post, Kokhaviv Publications

Catholic Church
Ecumenical Push
The Pope has continued the ecumenical "push" of John Paul II, by expressing unity and dialogue between Muslims and Catholics today, and between all "Christian" groups yesterday. The Ecumenical movement seeks to unite all faiths under one common umbrella. There are many groups seeking this goal, one being the United Religions Initiative project, which was established to function in principle like the United Nations.

Revelation states that during the tribulation, there will be a one-world religious system, at whose head is a false prophet, who will enjoin the whole world to worship the beast (Antichrist), as their true Messiah and God.

Revelation 13:4
And they worshipped the dragon (Satan) which gave power unto the beast (Antichrist): and they (people of earth) worshipped the beast, saying, Who [is] like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

Revelation 13:12 
And he (the false prophet) exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

There is a concerted effort to solve this problem of religious disunity in the world today, to try and bring about this one-world religious system. That is why Incitement to Religious Hatred bills are being passed in our Parliaments - to stifle opposition, and "churches" are pushing for unity at the expense of truth. 

Source Yahoo

Ezer Weizman dies
Ezer Weizman, Israel's seventh president, died today. He was 80 years of age.

Quote: "Prime Minister Ariel Sharon issued a statement calling Weizman a "symbol and model of the Sabra." "I lost today a commander and close friend," the prime minister said. "Ezer was distinguished by his determination, leadership, courage and sharp tongue." Sharon said that every stop along Weizman's life represented a "central stone in the building up Israel" - his days in the Irgun, his role in the establishment of the air force, the victory in the Six Day War, his days as Defence Minister, his central role in the peace accords with Egypt, and as a president "who was beloved by all segments of the population."

Source Jerusalem Post

Catholic Church
Pope's first addresses
On Friday, the Pope openly condemned the Spanish parliament's decision to approve gay marriage, stating Catholics should be prepared to loose jobs rather than support such a bill. The Pope today called on the media to "seek the truth and defend human dignity".

Quote: "He stressed the "ethical responsibility of those who work in the media, especially regarding the sincere search for truth and the defence of the centrality and dignity of the human person... In order to do their work responsibly, the media's mandate was "to discover the truth, to use it and to make it known," said Benedict, wearing the traditional white papal cassock and looking professorial with gold-coloured wire-rimmed glasses."

In a world where "truth" is no longer an absolute, but just a perception ("and every man did that which was right in his own eyes", Judges 17:6) , is the media really capable of seeking truth, without putting their own slant on things?

Source BBC, Yahoo

Iran Nukes
Russia tries to calm Israeli fears
Prime Minister Putin of Russia has tried to allay Israeli fears of Iran developing a nuclear weapon. Mr Putin claims co-operation between Russia and Iran over the technology is for "peaceful uses" only.

Quote: "Mr Putin was talking to Israel's Channel 1 ahead of a historic trip to Israel - the first by a Russian leader. He also said Russian missiles sold to Syria would not fall into the hands of anti-Israeli militants.

It's interesting to see greater co-operation between Russia and the Arab states. Many believe the prophecy in Ezekiel 38-39, of a northern invasion of Israel in the last days will be fulfilled by Russia and it's Arab allies.

Ezekiel 38:3-6 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (Moscow?) and Tubal (Tobolsk?): And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia (Iraq/Iran), Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (Turkey?) of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.

Source BBC

Spain OKs gay marriage
The Spanish lower parliament approved the bill legalizing gay marriage today, making it the 3rd European state to do so. The other two states are Belgium and the Netherlands, although Britain has legalized gay civil unions, which is marriage in all but name. 

Quote: "In the vote, deputies agreed that the phrase "Matrimony shall have the same requisites and effects regardless of whether the persons involved are of the same or different sex" should be incorporated into Spain's Civil Law.

There has also been upheaval in the US this week, with two gay prisoners, one jailed for rape and child abuse, demanding their "right" to be married in prison. In a world that has largely rejected the idea of special Creation (with moral absolutes) and accepted an animal ancestry (Romans 1:22-25), is it any wonder lawmakers no longer know why marriage is between a man and woman. And if they do know, they will have a lot of explaining to do to the Judge of all the earth.

Source Jerusalem Post

Catholic Church
Ratzinger proclaimed Pope
A new Pope was elected today, replacing the late John Paul II. Cardinal Ratzinger is claimed to be an Evangelical, who, according to the London's Sunday Times, and quoted in the Jerusalem Post, believes in Jesus so strongly that he thinks everyone should accept Him as Messiah, even the Jews.

According to St Malachy's prophecy, the last Pope will turn against the Catholic church and destroy it with fire. According to this prophecy, there are two Pope's to come after John Paul II. The Benedictine Order claimed this new Pope would come from among them. Although some think that the last Pope's name in this prophecy, "Peter the Roman", was added much later to St Malachy's prophecy by Benedictine Monks who did not want their Order to be associated with the Antichrist. If "Peter the Roman" is an extra addition, this would have made Pope Benedict the last pope.

Whether this happens or not remains to be seen, but whatever form the world church takes that rides the beast, it is slated for destruction according to Revelation 17:16.

Source BBC, Jerusalem Post, News with Views

EU Constitution
Greece OK's treaty
The Greek parliament has given its backing to the new European Constitution today, by an overwhelming majority. Greece is the 6th country in the Union of 25 nations to endorse the Constitution.

Quote: "The document was backed by 268 votes in the 300-member strong parliament. Only 17 lawmakers voted against while another 15 decided to abstain. The vote makes Greece the sixth country to back the constitution.

Source BBC

EU Constitution
UK referendum will be non-binding
An article from Europa's website states the UK referendum on the new EU Constitution will be "consultative" only, and not legally binding. In other words, if the Labour party get in to government on May 5th, and a majority of British citizens vote against endorsing the EU Constitution, expect Prime Minister Blair to approve it anyway.

Source Europa

Gaza pullout delayed
The Israeli government may decide to delay the Gaza pullout by up to three weeks to allow Jews to mourn the destruction of the first and second Temples.

Quote: "Bassi raised the issue after "an internal struggle and talking to rabbis" and explained that Jews are not allowed to move to a new home during the Tisha B'Av mourning period, Altman said.
"Maybe Tisha B'Av is appropriate. If you want to bring destruction on the nation of Israel maybe it is appropriate to do it on a date known for destruction," Wallerstein told Israel's Army Radio, adding that in the end the date of the evacuation is meaningless.

Source Jerusalem Post

Temple Mount artefacts dumped
Israeli archaeologists obtained permission to sift through more than 10,000 tonnes of rubble that was dumped by the Islamic Waqf during construction of their underground mosque in Solomon's Stables, and have found precious artefacts dating back from the First and Second Temple eras.

Many criticize the Israeli government for failing to stop desecration of artefacts of archaeological significance by the Islamic authority, responsible for looking after the site.

Quote: "Over the last five months, Zweig a small team of six workers -- and an equal number of daily volunteers -- who have sifted through 15 percent of the rubble to date have uncovered scores of history-rich artefacts, from the First Temple Period until today amidst the rubble, including a large amount of pottery dating from the Bronze Ages through modern times, a large segment of a marble pillar's shaft, and over 100 ancient coins, among them several from the Hasmonean dynasty. The one meter tall marble column, streaked with purple veins and white spots, is thought to date back to Late Roman or the Byzantine period, Barkay said, and is similar to column shafts near the southern wall of the Temple Mount.

An example of the careless attitude of the Islamic Waqf towards the Jewish heritage, is that of the word "Allah", which still remains inscribed into the side of the Temple Mount wall...

Quote: "After the vandalism was uncovered, Wakf director Adnan Husseini said that he saw nothing wrong with the 'Allah inscription' on the Temple Mount wall. "What's the problem with that? It's the name of God," he said.

Source Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem Post

EU Constitution
France could cease to exist
Jacques Chirac warned in a live debate today that France could "cease to exist politically", if voters reject the EU Constitution in the referendum to be held there soon.

Quote: "If by chance France did not vote in favour, France would at least for a certain time cease to exist politically at the heart of this Europe," the president said in his concluding comments after a more than two-hour debate at his Elysee palace.

French polls show the "No" camp for the EU Constitution is currently in the lead. In the book of Daniel, the Bible predicted a Europe that would be part strong, part weak (Daniel 2:41-43), a kingdom that would be divided and not cleave one to another. That's exactly what we see today. But the key verse is Daniel 2:44, which shows us the immanency of Christ's return to set up His Kingdom, which shall never be destroyed.

Daniel 2:44
And in the days of these kings (the 10 kings of the last world empire) shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, [but] it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

Source Yahoo

Temple Mount worries
Israel seems to be worried about "extremists" who might seize the opportunity during the police concentration in Gaza, to mount an "attack" on the Al-Aqsa Mosque. 

Note the anti-Israeli slant the BBC has put on the following article, removing any claim of ownership by the Jews to the Temple Mount area. Judaism's most holy site, becomes the "Aqsa mosque compound"

Quote: "Israel's police chief is reportedly in Jordan to discuss ways to protect Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site, the Aqsa mosque compound.
Israel's peace treaty with Jordan recognises Amman's historic role over the Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem.

And we wonder why anti-Semitism is on the rise.

Source BBC

The EU continues its relentless expansion, in the approval of two new members, Bulgaria and Romania. Both countries will have to meet strict criteria, including judicial reform (submission to Brussels) and stamping out corruption.

There is no doubt, the EU certainly is diverse from any other beast (Daniel 7:7). The book of Daniel predicted a last world empire, which would be "dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it:", Daniel 7:7

This is the monster Jacques Chirac, amongst others, seeks to create.

Quote: "Later this month, EU foreign ministers and their Romanian and Bulgarian counterparts will sign an accession treaty, which has to be ratified by national parliaments across the European Union.

Also, with the new EU Neighbourhood scheme, over 130 nations bordering the EU, including Israel, will be given economic boosts for political favours. Thus, the arm of Europe will have a worldwide reach...

Daniel 7:23 
Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

Source BBC

The recent earthquakes in the war-torn island of Sumatra have triggered a violent volcanic eruption there.

Quote: "The volcano's activity comes just two days after the city of Padang was gripped with fear following a powerful 6.7 magnitude quake that caused only minor damage but revived memories of last year's deadly Indian Ocean tsunami.

It seems something major has happened to the earth's tectonic plates since the 9.3 magnitude quake last December. 

Source Yahoo

New Zealand
A Labour Party MP could loose his job after remarking yesterday, "I am sick and tired of hearing how many Jews got gassed in the Holocaust". The Prime Minister of New Zealand, among many others, criticized John Tamihere for his anti-Semitic remarks, and offered the Jewish people of New Zealand an apology. 

With statements like this, it's clear there is a deep undercurrent of hatred against Jews, even in high places, and from those who should know better. And with worldwide media bias constantly pitted against Israel, it's easy to see why. 

Source Jerusalem Post

Sumatra was rocked by yet another earthquake yesterday, measuring around 6 on the Richter scale. The region has experienced many tremors since December 26th, and so far around 5 or more earthquakes, all within three and a half months.

Source BBC

Jews pressing to reinstate sacrifices and build temple
Rabbis in Jerusalem are convening marches around the Temple Mount for Jews to express their desire for the rebuilding of the Temple, and reinstituting the sacrificial system.

Quote: ""Today all we want is the right to pray on the Temple Mount," said Rabbi Yishai Ba'avad, secretary of The Institute for the Establishment of the Temple. "But this is just the first stage to realizing every Jew's aspiration to see the Temple rebuilt and the sacrificial worship renewed." Rabbi Yossi Peli of the Samarian settlement Yitzhar, said he organizes a Sivuv She'arim [march around the Temple Mount] every month to express Jewish yearning to pray on the Temple Mount, renew animal sacrifices and see the rebuilding of the Temple. "As soon as there is real Jewish leadership in Israel, one of the first decisions will be to rebuild the Temple," said Peli.

The rebuilding of the Temple, and reinstating of the sacrificial system is something that will take place just after the Antichrist puts his hand to the seven year peace agreement (Daniel 8:11-13, 9:27, 11:31, 12:11).

Source Jerusalem Post

Temple Mount
Police have closed down the temple mount completely to non-Muslim visitors today, fearing a backlash in violence from those opposed to the Gaza withdrawal. Arab Muslims have also issued a call for a mass rally on the Temple Mount, to oppose any Jewish gathering there.

Quote: "Asked when the Temple Mount will reopen to Jewish visitors, (Internal Security Minister) Ezra said: "Jews will be allowed to visit on Monday, like all visitors who come not to pray." Jewish visitors are allowed to enter the Temple Mount in small groups, but are forbidden from praying, since it could provoke the Muslim Waqf that oversees the holy site.

Isn't it ironic that the Lord Jesus quoted (Matthew 21:13) the Scripture in Isaiah 56:7, that the temple was to be a "house of prayer for all people (nations)", and that is exactly the thing the Jews or Christians are forbidden to do by the Muslim Waqf. 

Source Jerusalem Post

EU expresses opinion on Settlements
The EU continues to wield more of its influence in Israeli affairs, expressing "concern" over Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem.

Quote: "Luxembourg, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, released the statement, saying, "The European Union is deeply concerned over the announcement by the Israeli authorities of a plan to build 3,500 new housing units in Ma'aleh Adumim and plans to expand two other settlement blocks [Ariel and Gush Etzion] in the West Bank." The statement said that the EU "deplores the negative impact that this announcement risks having on the confidence between the two parties at a time when a genuine window of opportunity exists to relaunch the peace process. The continuation of settlement activity by Israel would be a violation of international humanitarian law, the relevant UN resolutions and Israeli commitments in the context of the road map." While the EU is "encouraged by the prospect of the dismantling of settlements in Gaza and parts of the West Bank," the statement called on Israel to "observe its obligations, to freeze all settlement activity and to dismantle outposts."

The Bible states that the Antichrist, the prince (ruler) of the people that destroyed Jerusalem (Daniel 9:26) in AD 70 (Romans), would confirm a covenant (peace agreement) with many (nations) for one week (seven years), Daniel 9:27. Seeing this is the case, we are expecting America to take a decreasing role in Middle East politics, and the EU to take an increasing role, bringing about a solution to this conflict. Up until now, Europe hasn't had one voice, but the EU constitution looks set to change that.  

Source Jerusalem Post

Terrorists to get wages
PA President, Mahmoud Abbas declared yesterday that terrorists from Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, the Aksa Martyrs Brigade, are to get wages as part of their draft into the PA police force from Sunday.

Quote: ""President Abbas has issued an order to treat the wanted gunmen like their colleagues in the security forces and to pay them monthly salaries," a top PA official told The Jerusalem Post. "As of today, these men belong to the security forces." Asked if the PA was planning to confiscate the gunmen's weapons, the official said: "As members of the security forces, they will need to carry guns. They will carry weapons that have been licensed by the Interior Ministry."

Source Jerusalem Post

The tiny island of Sumatra was again rocked by a massive earthquake today, measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale, coming just 13 days after the last quake struck.

Quote: "Scientists have warned that the Indian Ocean faultline could deliver another major earthquake, and tremors have been felt repeatedly in the area since the 9.3-magnitude jolt that unleashed the 26 December tsunami.

Source BBC

Hizbullah may call cease fire
Hizbullah has announced it may consider calling a cease fire, and become part of the Lebanese army, if Israel pulls out of Shebaa, a territory Israel claims is part of Syria, and not Lebanon.

Quote: "Lebanon and Hezbollah argue that the plot is Lebanese territory. This has allowed them to argue that the Israeli occupation continues and Hezbollah needs to remain armed. Israel argues that the area is Syrian territory and says it will not withdraw until there is a Syrian-Israeli peace agreement. The United Nations agrees with the Israeli view that Israel has withdrawn from Lebanon entirely.
UN Security Council resolution 1557, which demands Syria's withdrawal from Lebanon, also calls for Hezbollah to disarm. In the Arab and Islamic world, it is seen as a resistance movement and credited with ending more than 20 years of Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon.

Far from being a resistance movement for Lebanon, Hizbullah has even after the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, continued to regularly fire Kassam rockets into Northern Galilee. The EU is also considering whether to freeze all Hizbullah assets.

Source BBC

Catholic Church
Sworn enemies shake hands at funeral
The funeral of John Paul II took place on Friday in the Vatican. In attendance were many world leaders, among whom were sworn enemies, sometimes sitting just seats away from each other. The Presidents of Syria and Israel reportedly shook hands on two occasions, saying "May peace be upon you". Prince Charles also shook hands with President Mugabe.

Quote: "Mr Katsav told the website of the Israeli newspaper Maariv that the first handshake occurred when he turned to shake hands with the nearby Swiss president. "The Syrian president also stood there. We exchanged smiles and shook hands," Mr Katsav said. "During the prayers, according to the Christian tradition, we exchanged handshakes... During this, it was the Syrian president who extended his hand to me and we again shook hands," Mr Katsav said. Mr Katsav said that as he was leaving, "the Iranian president held his hand out to me. I shook his hand and greeted him in Farsi [Persian]." The two men are reported to have talked about Yazd, the city in central Iran where both were born.

Source BBC, BBC

Security alert on Temple Mount
Thousands of Israeli police have surrounded the Temple Mount to try and prevent any possible attacks there by Jewish or Palestinian factions ahead of the Gaza pullout.

Quote: "Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia appealed to Israel to stop any action against the compound, saying it would cause the region to "explode".

The Temple Mount is to be the site of the future temple that will be built before or during the tribulation period, and later defiled by the Antichrist (Daniel 9:27). Although no-one is yet sure of the exact area Herod's temple stood (it may be slightly north of the mosque), some feel that any new temple cannot be built until the Al-aqsa Mosque "comes down", making the Temple Mount area a place of high contention.

Source BBC

Dividing the land
Rabbis urged Israelis today to disobey the government's evacuation plan for Gaza, even though those not co-operating may face jail. The Rabbis also urged the public to resist by physically blocking soldiers involved in the evacuation.

Quote: ""The rabbis today need to affirm that it is forbidden to contribute to the evacuation of settlements and to give them to non-Jews," Shapira said, bringing the crowd to its feet in an ecstatic round of applause. "It is against the Torah and it is immoral."

Source Jerusalem Post

MRSA flesh eating strain
The MRSA super-bug continues to cause havoc around the globe, with a new "flesh-eating" variant being discovered.

Quote: "The infections in the US community have typically manifested as skin infections, such as pimples and boils, in otherwise healthy people. Although none of the 14 patients died, they had serious complications, including the need for reconstructive surgery and prolonged stay in the intensive care unit.

In other news today, experts are trying to bring an Ebola-like virus under control in Angola. With the discovery of antibiotics, doctors once had hoped to be able to eradicate diseases completely, but bacteria are becoming more and more resistant to every type of antibiotics we have. The Lord Jesus said terrible pestilences were to be one of the signs of the last days...

Luke 21:10-11
Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

Source BBC, Jerusalem Post

Connecticut backs gay unions
Connecticut has become the first US state to legalize gay and lesbian civil unions which will not be pressured by the courts. 

Quote: ""We stand today before a portal to history," said Democratic Sen. Andrew McDonald, one of a handful of openly gay lawmakers. "I ask you to pass through it."

Sadly it looks like this "portal", once opened, can never be shut...

Quote: "State Sen. John Kissel, ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, who voted against the legislation, said experience shows that civil unions will just be a temporary answer and advocates will continue to press for gay marriage.

In the age of Laodicea (Rev 3:14-22), the "people's rights" have once again prevailed. Instituted after the flood, the law is the only thing that keeps a check on the wickedness of man. Is it a wonder then, that so many are eager to throw the Ten Commandments out of the courts. Perhaps it would do good to remember the original Ten Commandments were written in stone by the hand of God.

Daniel 7:25 
And he (Antichrist) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (three and a half years).

Source Yahoo

9 year high
A new report published shows incidents of Anti-Semitism in the US are at a nine year high.

Quote: "The League's annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents issued Monday, reported a total of 1,821 anti-Semitic incidents in 2004, an increase of 17% over the 1,557 incidents reported during 2003. Among the factors contributing to the increase, according to the Audit, were stepped up activity by organized neo-Nazi hate groups and a spike in reports of anti-Jewish harassment and intimidation in America's schools.
30% of the American people believe Jews were responsible for the death of Christ, up from 25% in 2002.

Sadly it seems the Church has utterly failed in its responsibility. We were meant to be examples to the Jewish people, provoking them to jealousy (Romans 11:11) because through their fall, salvation came to the Gentiles. Instead we have provoked them to hatred, confiscating God's promises to the Jews for ourselves, and teaching that God somehow was finished with Israel (Isaiah 66:22).

Source Jerusalem Post

PA wants Jerusalem
Palestinian Prime Minister, Ahmed Qureia has put more pressure on Israel to give up Jerusalem, or else there will be perpetual conflict.

Quote: ""Without Jerusalem there will be no stability, no security and no peace," Qureia warned during Thursday’s “Save Jerusalem” conference in Ramallah.
Qureia said those who seek to unilaterally change Jerusalem “from a city of co-existence into a city of racial hatred, religious enmity and eternal animosity…will be the losers.”

Qureia was joined by other senior PLO/PA officials in claiming the Jews were involved in numerous plots to erase Arab history in Jerusalem, and called on the Palestinian Arab public “confront” and “resist” the Jews.

The battle is intensifying over Jerusalem, and will continue to. It is doubtful that Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza strip will satisfy the Palestinians, and with the US not prepared to back up Israel's claim to the Holy city (according to Condoleezza Rice), things look set to get much worse. Israel is not prepared to give up Jerusalem in any circumstances, which has been its capital for over 3000 years. Eventually Jerusalem will become such a sore point with the world, that all the nations of the world will gather against it to take it by force.

Zechariah 12:2-3 
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah [and] against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Joel 3:2 
I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and [for] my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

Source Jerusalem Newswire, CBC

Catholic Church
Pope passes into eternity
Pope John Paul II, the leader of the Catholic Church, passed into eternity today, aged 84. Whether he was saved or not, the Lord knows them that are His (2 Timothy 2:19). Still, it makes me sad, when a person who has achieved notoriety in this world, passes into the next, with nothing. It reminds me of the frailty of man. 

Ecclesiastes 12:7-8 
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.

The Lord also takes no pleasure in the death of any man...

Ezekiel 18:32 
For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

Knowing about God is not enough, even for the Pope (James 2:19). You need a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This only comes through asking God to forgive your sins, and by faith, accepting that Jesus Christ took the punishment you justly deserve. The moment you do this, your sins are forgiven through the precious blood of Jesus Christ, God's Holy Spirit indwells you, and you become a child of God.

Source Yahoo

EU Constitution
French "No vote" in majority
Panic has spread throughout France as the polls now show that the "No" campaign for the EU Constitution is in the majority. As usual, rather than try to convince voters of the benefits of voting yes, French politicians have stepped up their campaigns to try and convince voters that voting "No" will mean staying in a Europe they do not like. EU ministers would rather have us governed by a group of unelected bureaucrats from Brussels, than by politicians, elected by the will of the people.

What the EU constitution does provide for, is a European President and Foreign Minister. The current self-appointed European Foreign Minister is Javier Solana, who has been involved in numerous peace deals across the globe. He is also currently the Secretary General of the Western European Union (a group of the 10 original nations, which is a separate entity from the whole European Union).

Whether there will be a proper European President or not, who knows. But Daniel states that it will be the "Prince" (Ruler) of the "people that shall come and destroy the city (Jerusalem) and sanctuary (Temple)", will be the one who will broker the peace deal spoke of in Daniel 9:27. Many believe these verses were fulfilled by Titus, when he destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD, along with the temple, literally not leaving one stone on top of another (to get at the gold between the stones), Luke 21:6. Therefore many believe that the Antichrist will rise out of Europe, the Revived Roman Empire.

Source Yahoo