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I once had a pastor that said we should see the gray in a black and white world.  I knew that was the day I needed to move on because it is exactly backwards of what God calls us to do and be.  We are to be the light to the world.  The white light, erasing blackness and the gray.  We are at a point which this world is calling good, evil and evil, good.  We must stand strong and pray that God will give us the strength to remain standing firm.  Through Him all things are possible.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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So often what we receive is a thin layer of Christian doctrine, history, and overall understanding of God’s word, but there is so much more.  As you dive into God’s word, it comes alive and I am constantly amazed at the depths of the wisdom and the foreshadowing that is on every page of the Bible when we take the time to explore it.

It really is true, “seek and ye shall find”.

Jack Kelly does a great job unpacking the Olivet Discourse as you may not have heard it before.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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The Olivet Discourse…Luke’s Version

By Jack Kelley

Students of prophecy often pay more attention to Matthew’s version of the Olivet Discourse because of its greater length and detail. But when we bypass Luke’s account, we miss one third of the Lord’s message. That’s because the disciples asked the Lord three questions and in Matthew 24 He only answered the last two. Also, it’s Luke’s answer to their first question that confirms the whole message as it relates to the end times.

Here’s why: When a prophet revealed events that would take place beyond the lifetimes of the people he was speaking to, the Lord often provided a short term partial fulfillment to validate the distant prophecy. This is because He had told the people that if what a prophet said didn’t come true, then the people were not to fear him, for he hadn’t spoken for the Lord (Deut 18:21-22).

There are numerous partial fulfillments in Scripture that would serve as good examples of this, but perhaps the clearest one comes from John 5:43. Speaking to Israel, Jesus said, “I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.” He was referring to the Antichrist, who many in Israel will believe to be the Messiah when he comes on the scene at the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week.

But just before Jesus was handed over to be executed, Pilate offered to free Him as a sign of Roman mercy, traditionally expressed on Passover. He gave the people a choice, the innocent Jesus who came in His Father’s name or a convicted killer named, Barabbas, who came in his own name. The people chose Barabbas. It was the partial fulfillment that validated the Lord’s prophecy of Israel and the Antichrist in the 70th Week.

And as we’ll see, the destruction of Jerusalem in 69AD was the partial fulfillment that validated the Lord’s prophecy of the End Times. Let’s take a look.

Luke 21:5-36

“Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God.  But Jesus said, ‘As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.’ ‘Teacher,’ they asked, ‘When will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?’” (Luke 21:5-7).

According to Mark 13:3, it was Peter, James, John and Andrew who asked. And in Matt. 24:3 we can read their complete question. “When will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

This is our first hint that things will be different in Luke’s account. He only has the disciples asking the first question, the one about their immediate future.

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Key headlines this week (just a few from the last 5 days) on how so many prophecies are nearing fulfillment or are having the stage set.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Pope Francis on ISIS persecution of Christians: ‘We are in World War Three’
“Pope Francis told us privately that he believes we are in World War Three,” said Ronald S. Lauder, the head of the World Jewish Congress.

Scientists Admit Defeat And Ask Pope Francis To Help Combat Global Warming
In what is being described as a ‘watershed moment’, a group of scientists have called on Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church to help combat global warming. It sounds a rather bizarre relationship doesn’t it? relying on politicians to combat global warming is not enough and that engaging faith leaders could be just the spark required to ignite billions of people around the world into changing aspects of their lifestyles to prevent… climate change.

False Christs Arising Worldwide Claiming to Be Second Coming of Jesus
A number of false Christs have been arising in various nations worldwide, claiming to be the second coming of Jesus. While many are following these self-proclaimed Messiahs, some are speaking out against their cults, being mindful of Christ’s words in Matthew 24:5, “For many shall come in My name, saying, ‘I am Christ,’ and shall deceive many.”

Poll: Liberals Ignore Religion, Value Teaching Tolerance
A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that liberals think teaching tolerance to children is far more important than instilling religious faith, whereas conservatives think the exact opposite. Pew points to increasing political polarization as a reason for major divergence between conservatives and liberals on what to teach children.

U.N. to deploy Ebola mission as death toll reaches 2,630
The United Nations Security Council on Thursday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a “threat to international peace and security” as the death toll hit 2,630… Since then the virus has infected at least 5,357 people, according to World Health Organization (WHO), mostly in Guinea, neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia. It has also spread to Senegal and Nigeria.

The End of European Jewry? 80% Assimilation Rate
Research conducted by over 800 rabbis of the Rabbinical Center of Europe (RCE) and European Council of Jewish Communities (ECJC) has revealed that assimilation in the European continent has reached a shocking rate of 80%.   (more…)

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There are some amazing headlines today on the 13th anniversary of 9/11.

One in particular jumped out at me as the stage setting for what will bring about Ezekiel 38.  As you well know Ezekiel 38 is different from other aggression against Israel in that it is said the motive is to take spoils and loot, not drive the Jews into the sea and annihilate them, which is the motivator for all other aggression.

I think the Israel’s recent world leading gas reserves that were found exactly where God said they would be, will be the hook that pulls Russia (Gog) down into the region.  Israel will step up and break the monopoly that Russia has today on Europe gas supply.  See the lead article below, on how they are using the supply as a “weapon” to combat sanctions.

The stage is being set, which means the return of our Lord and Savior is still closer yet!

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Russia stokes tensions with the west by cutting gas exports to Poland
A decision by Russia to cut gas exports to Poland without warning has rekindled fears about Europe’s reliance on Siberian gas at a time of increasing tension between Moscow and the west. The Polish state energy group, PGNiG, said it was trying to find out why volumes had been slashed by up to 24% when it had been exporting gas itself to Ukraine to make up for Russian shortfalls there.

Obama and Presidential Hubris
When a nation’s chief executive presumes to be the sole judge of what’s “right” for his nation he has crossed the fine line between a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” and a regime that cavalierly sets aside what might be the will of the people for the chief’s own idea of what is “right.” Such a person has gone from being a leader to a controller.

Putin is under Satan’s influence, says leader of Kiev Orthodox Church
President Vladimir Putin has fallen under the spell of Satan and faces eternal damnation unless he repents, a top Ukrainian clergyman said in an unusually blunt statement that squarely blamed the Russian leader for the war in Ukraine. “With great regret I must now say publicly that among the rulers of this world … there has appeared a new Cain, not by his name but by his deeds,” Patriarch Filaret said on Saturday, invoking the Biblical character who killed his brother Abel.

No Saudi ban over Ebola for Nigerians going on haj – Arab News
Saudi Arabia, which has barred pilgrims from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea from the haj due to Ebola concerns, will allow Nigerians to attend, an official was reported on Monday as saying, suggesting the smaller outbreak there was less worrying.

Beheaded corpse of alleged Israeli spy found in Sinai with note attached
This is the eighth beheading claimed by the Islamic State linked group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis in under a month. Residents in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula said on Wednesday they found a beheaded corpse bearing a note signed by an Islamist militant group linked to the Syria and Iraq-based Islamic State, accusing the victim of being an Israeli spy.

STORM WARNING
A pair of CMEs is heading for Earth. The two solar storm clouds were launched on Sept. 9th and 10th by strong explosions in the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2158. NOAA forecasters estimate a nearly 80% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Sept. 12th when the first of the two CMEs arrives.

Eruption Update: Earthquake Activity Continuing
Around 20 earthquakes were measured in the Bárðarbunga area between midnight and 6:30 am, which is about half the number of events detected during the same period yesterday, according to the latest report from the Icelandic Met Office. The largest earthquake last night measured magnitude 5.3 and occurred shortly after midnight at the southern caldera rim of Bárðarbunga.

Cardinal: U.S. ‘Creed’ on Gay Marriage Like Sharia Law
Cardinal Francis George, head of the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago, said the levers of power in government, education, entertainment, and media are enforcing a “public creed,” a “fake church” that requires all citizens to approve of gay marriage and related sexual anomalies or be punished by the State, just “as Christians and Jews are fined for their religion in countries governed by Sharia law.”

“Extreme” solar storm streaking towards Earth, scientists say
An extreme solar flare is blasting its way to Earth and could mess up some power grids, satellites and radio transmissions, scientists say. It’s been several years since Earth has had a solar storm of this size coming from sunspots smack in the middle of the sun, said Tom Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado.

U.S. Confirms ISIL Planning Infiltration of U.S. Southern Border
A senior Homeland Security (DHS) official confirmed to Congress on Wednesday that militants associated with…(ISIL or ISIS) are planning to enter the United States via the porous southern border. Francis Taylor, under secretary for intelligence and analysis at DHS, told senators during a hearing that ISIL supporters are known to be plotting ways to infiltrate the United States through the border.

Islamic State crisis: Kerry to meet Arab leaders in Jeddah
US Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet key Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, as he tries to build a coalition against Islamic State (IS) militants. A US official was quoted as saying Mr Kerry would discuss co-operation in Jeddah to facilitate US air strikes. Earlier, President Barack Obama said he would not hesitate to take action against IS in Syria as well as Iraq.

US issues new travel warning to Israel, cites airport closure
The US State Department issued a new warning against travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories on Wednesday. …The warning includes US acknowledgment of flight disruptions into Ben Gurion Airport, initiated by the US Federal Aviation Commission during the conflict after a Hamas rocket fell too close to the airport by commission standards.

Ted Cruz Booed Off Stage At Middle East Christian Conference
Sen. Ted Cruz was booed offstage at a conference for Middle Eastern Christians Wednesday night after saying that “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.”

EU delays sanctions talks as Russia withdraws in Ukraine
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has pledged greater autonomy for the separatist east but says that would not compromise Kiev’s control. He has also said that 70 per cent of Russian forces had left the east, greatly improving security in the region and enhancing chances of a fragile truce.

Islamic State crisis: Obama threatens action in Syria
US President Barack Obama says he will not hesitate to take action against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria as well as Iraq. In a nationally televised speech outlining his strategy against IS, he said that any group that threatened America would “find no safe heaven”.

Putin promises new weapons to fend Western threats
Russia will counter military moves by the U.S. and NATO with an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday as the military successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile from a nuclear submarine.

What will the US-led war against jihadists look like?
President Barack Obama’s vow to take the fight to jihadists in Syria and Iraq will expand a US-led air war already underway and likely require deploying more special forces to help local troops.

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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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JD runs through the amazing prophetic events that we are seeing unfolding before our eyes in the alternate media.

Update starts at 6:24 minute mark…

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Click on the article title for a link to full original referenced article.

In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

Read Full Post »

This is just a small sample of the headlines out there over the last three days, it is impossible to keep up (not that you would know that from mainstream media) though even some of these are beginning to seep into the main stream although with a much different “spin”.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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The One Question About Ebola That Nobody Can Seem To Answer
How in the world is it possible that more than 170 health workers have been infected by the Ebola virus? That is the one question about Ebola that nobody can seem to answer. The World Health Organization is reporting this as a fact, but no explanation is given as to why this is happening. We are just assured that Ebola “is not airborne” and that getting infected “requires close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person”.

UN puts new momentum behind its radical green agenda for ‘climate change’
The United Nations is putting new momentum behind the radical green effort to reduce global carbon emissions and drastically reshape the world’s economy

Putin threatens to break Ukraine’s blockade of Donetsk as rebels vow ‘another Stalingrad’
As Kiev tightened the vise on the separatist stronghold of Donetsk, surrounding the eastern city and cutting off supply routes and all roads in, the Kremlin floated plans to send a “humanitarian” convoy through to help embattled pro-Russian insurgents.

Islamic State Funds Caliphate With Mosul Dam as Terror Spreads
Islamic State militants who last week captured the Mosul Dam, Iraq’s largest, had one demand for workers: Keep it going. …Islamic State’s rampage through northern Iraq has inspired terror as stories spread of beheadings and crucifixions. At the same time, its fighters are capturing the strategic assets needed to fund the Islamic caliphate…and strengthen its grip on the territory already captured.

Glass doors vandalized at House of Israel
Glass doors were shattered by rocks at a cottage that showcases Israeli history and culture in San Diego, a regional director for the Anti-Defamation League said Sunday. The damage was first discovered Saturday morning at the House of Israel in Balboa Park, according to Tammy Gillies of the Anti-Defamation League. She said there was no message left behind and nothing else to indicate the reasoning behind the actions.

I guess it’s Islamophobic to report this
This 2-minute report from New Jersey serves to prove that Islamic terrorism is here on our shores. The black ISIS flag was flown right next to the Turkish flag – that’s the red one with the crescent. And in case you’ve missed it, Turkey has taken a turn towards Islamism under Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan, Barack Obama’s friend.

Stirring The Pot: DOJ Sends ‘Marshals’ To ‘Coach’ The Protesters In Ferguson
“Protest marshals” from the same Department of Justice division that organized protests against George Zimmerman in the aftermath of the shooting of Trayvon Martin have been deployed to the troubled city.

Judaism: The Temple Institute on the Parsha: The Land is Ours
Video. The land of Israel – every grain of it – belongs to the people of Israel. It was given to them by G-d in his covenant with Abraham.

Nasrallah: Islamic State is a monster coming to devour region
In the second part of an interview to Al-Akhbar, the Hezbollah leader called the group and “uncontrollable monster conducting horrible massacres,” and said “They have no reservations: Not ideological, not moral, not religious and not human.”

Growing number of atheist churches’ in Bible Belt
‘People hear about it and email saying, ‘I’ve been waiting for this my entire life”

Palestinian officials: War behind us, Gaza ceasefire deal imminent
Deal reportedly reached to see calm in Gaza extended based on two-pronged formula: Ceasefire in return for rehabilitation of Gaza and redevelopment in return for demilitarization; meanwhile, Israeli Cabinet convenes, Islamic Jihad says: War has ended.

Ferguson focus turns from riots to militarized cops
“Why armored vehicles in a Midwestern inner suburb? Why would cops wear camouflage gear against a terrain patterned by convenience stores and beauty parlors? Why are the authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, so given to quasi-martial crowd control methods (such as bans on walking on the street) and, per the reporting of Riverfront Times, the firing of tear gas at people in their own yards?”

Ebola outbreak scale ‘vastly underestimated’ – WHO
“[WHO] staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak,” the organization wrote on its website. While no new cases surfaced, the outbreak is expected to continue “for some time” in West African states affected by the virus, the WHO said, adding that the “operational response plan extends over the next several months.”

Allen West Declares Obama An Islamist
Former Florida Rep. Allen West declared President Obama an Islamist who is intentionally working against the security of the United States.

Bibles are back in Navy Lodges, for now
The Navy has decided to put Bibles back in Navy Lodge rooms while leaders review policy on keeping donated Bibles in Navy Lodge guest rooms. The Aug. 14 announcement followed a widespread backlash from religious, conservative and veterans organizations after officials with Navy Exchange Service Command ordered the Bibles removed in June.

Has Russia invaded? Ukraine enters a critical state
A column of Russian armored personnel carriers (APCs) has reportedly crossed Russia’s border with Ukraine. The APCs had earlier been seen traveling alongside a supposed Russian humanitarian convoy headed towards Ukraine’s conflict-torn east. Evidence of Russian troop movement over the border supports the Ukrainian claim that Russian soldiers have been actively supporting pro-Moscow separatist militants in the region.

Earthquake jolts southwest of Turkey
An earthquake measuring four on the Richter scale occurred in Bodrum Province in southwestern Turkey, TRT Haber TV channel reported Aug. 15. The earthquake occurred at 07:00 local time Aug. 15, according Kandilli Observatory of the Bogazici University and the Earthquake Research Institute of Turkey.

Study Reveals Most American Pastors Silent on Current Issues Despite Biblical Beliefs
Most pastors believe that the Bible addresses the current issues of the day, but few speak about them from behind the pulpit, according to a recent study from a prominent research organization.

Ferguson shooting: US police armed with 93,763 new machine guns
If Ferguson, Missouri, looks like a war zone, that may be because its police force is armed to the teeth with military equipment. In photographs from this week’s protests, officers can be seen toting assault rifles, wearing gas masks and body armour loaded with extra ammunition magazines, and riding around in mine-resistant armoured personnel carriers.

…11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict
…It may make for bleak reading, but of the 162 countries covered by the Institute for Economics and Peace’s (IEP’s) latest study, just 11 were not involved in conflict of one kind or another. Worse still, the world as a whole has been getting incrementally less peaceful every year since 2007 – sharply bucking a trend that had seen a global move away from conflict since the end of the Second World War.

DOCUMENT: Homeland Security Predicts Rise of ‘Anti-Government’ Violence
A leaked document from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office… predicts increased “anti-government violence over the next year.” …DHS’s seven-page report…points to …murders of two Las Vegas law enforcement officers as evidence that there is a “growing trend of anti-government violence compared to the previous four years…” and the “perceived victory at Bunkervile” will “likely prompt more violence.”

Iraq crisis: Philip Hammond says UK would consider arming Kurds
The UK would “consider favourably” any request for arms from the Kurds in their battle with extremists in Iraq, the foreign secretary has confirmed. Kurdish forces are fighting militant group Islamic State (IS), which has seized large parts of northern Iraq. France and the United States have already supplied them arms.

Does George Soros know something we don’t about the S&P 500?
Among the highlights, Soros Fund Management increased a bear-call bet on the S&P 500 in a huge way. The fund lifted a put position — a bet the market will go lower — on the S&P 500 ETF SPY +0.35% to its biggest size yet, in terms of value and portfolio percentage, making a 605% leap over the previous quarter.

Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police
Soldiers and police are supposed to be different. … Police look inward. They’re supposed to protect their fellow citizens from criminals, and to maintain order with a minimum of force. It’s the difference between Audie Murphy and Andy Griffith. But nowadays, police are looking, and acting, more like soldiers than cops, with bad consequences. And those who suffer the consequences are usually innocent civilians.

Iraq crisis: Maliki quits as PM to end deadlock
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has stepped aside, ending political deadlock in Baghdad as the government struggles against insurgents. He resigned on state TV to make way for Haider al-Abadi, who was asked by Iraq’s president to form a government.

Syrian troops seize contested Damascus suburb
Syrian government troops captured a fiercely contested suburb of the capital Thursday after five months of heavy fighting, flushing rebels from their last hideouts and quickly moving to crush pockets of resistance in the surrounding countryside, activists and state media said.

Here’s Why Russia Has Sent $13 Billion Worth Of Weaponry To India In Recent Years
Russia has sent an extraordinary amount of weaponry to India, which was the world’s largest arms importer in 2013. Vladimir Putin’s government has been aggressive in its stance towards Europe and the west — while cultivating one of the developing world’s emerging powers as the leading recipient of Russian arms.

Watch: ‘CHRISTIANS UNDER ATTACK’ On Fox News
Tonight, Franklin Graham will appear with Greta Van Susteren on CHRISTIANS UNDER ATTACK, a special that will air at 7 p.m. Eastern on the Fox News Channel.

Ebola In Ghana? Two Liberians Show Signs Of It At Kasoa
…two persons, currently admitted at the Kasoa Poly Clinic, have shown signs of it. The two, according Peace FM’s Central Regional correspondent, Seth Mantey are from Liberia and have been residing at the Kosoa Buduburam refugee camp with their families.

Kingdom Circles, the Kingdom, and the Church
Firstly, nowhere in scripture is the Kingdom of God described as intersecting to share common ground with any other entity. It is clear from Colossians 1:13-14 that there are only two kingdoms, domains, or authorities. One is the kingdom of the devil and the other is the Kingdom of God. These kingdoms do not interconnect with one another.

Report: US halted weapons transfer to Israel during Gaza offensive
Amid diplomatic tensions between US President Barack Obama’s administration and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the US halted a shipment of air-to-ground missiles to Israel last month during Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

NSA bot MonsterMind can wage cyberwar on its own – Snowden
The US National Security Agency owns a “MonsterMind” program designed to prevent foreign cyberattacks and, also, automatically strike back, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden told Wired magazine. MonsterMind – unlike similar schemes that have existed for many years now – would also be capable to fire back at such attacks without any human intervention…

Russian conducts military exercises in disputed islands
Today, Russia announced that it was conducting military exercises not only in the Kurils but on the islands claimed by Japan.

Obama blames others for abandoning Iraq
The current crisis in Iraq that has caused Barack Obama to flee Washington and responsibility for Martha’s Vineyard in search of a perfect tee-time . There are many causes for the current mess, most of them can inevitably be traced back to Obama.

Minor Earthquake Reported in Connecticut
Some residents in southern Connecticut say they were awoken by their homes shaking, and the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed a minor earthquake.

DigitalGlobe launches super-sharp WorldView-3 Earth imager
The most powerful commercial imaging satellite ever built has just gone into orbit from California, US. DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 spacecraft will return pictures of the Earth’s surface down to a resolution of 31cm. Until recently, the company was restricted to selling images sharper than 50cm only to the US government.

Iraq crisis: UK says situation ‘still desperate’
The plight of Iraqis trapped on Mount Sinjar by Islamist fighters remains “desperate” but a rescue is now “less likely”, the UK has said. International Development Secretary Justine Greening said the latest US inspection found fewer Yazidi refugees than expected and those remaining were in a better condition than feared.

Jewish groups accuse UN chief of being one-sided
Leaders of major Jewish organizations on Wednesday accused U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of being one-sided in his handling of the crisis in Gaza.

Why is Turkey supporting Islamic State fighters in Iraq?
Now that U.S. forces are engaged in combat operations against Islamic State fighters in Iraq, the Obama administration must press ISIS on all fronts, targeting its financing, logistics, and weapons providers. Turkey — America’s ally and NATO member — is allegedly involved. Clarifying Turkey’s role would serve U.S.-Turkey relations.

Rift grows between Obama, media as press groups blast administration ‘spin’
While Congress is on recess and President Obama vacations in Martha’s Vineyard, a coalition of free press groups is escalating an already-aggressive campaign against the Obama administration for allegedly freezing out the press and cracking down on reporters.

“The Future of America, Israel & the Middle East in the Light of Scripture.”
America faces the implosion because we face divine judgment for murdering so many unborn children.

New York City man at center of Ebola scare speaks out
“They gave me a mask. They took me into the isolation room and shut the door. I was there for about three days. I was transferred to a special ICU and only one nurse and one doctor could visit. They wore space suits.

This Computer Chip Can Think Like a Human Brain
Researchers for the computer hardware giant have developed a postage-stamp-size chip, equipped with 5.4 billion transistors, that is capable of simulating 1 million neurons and 256 million neural connections, or synapses. In addition to mimicking the brain’s processing by themselves, individual chips can be connected together like tiles, similar to how circuits are linked in the human brain

Pro-Pot Push: The Next Gay Marriage
Marijuana legalization, its backers say, is the new gay marriage, on an unstoppable path to social and legal acceptance. “It’s turned quite quickly,” says Erik Altieri, communications director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “More and more Americans are waking up to the failure of marijuana prohibition.”

Virus is found in 14 Kansas City area newborns
Health authorities on both sides of the state line are investigating infections among 14 Kansas City area infants with a virus that can cause meningitis, as well as widespread inflammation, serious enough to require intensive care. The condition of the infants was not immediately available, but many have had to be hospitalized.

A Massive ‘Red Tide’ Is Threatening Florida Beaches — and Scientists Haven’t Seen One So Large in Nearly a Decade
A toxic red tide blooming off the coast of Florida has killed about one-thousand sea creatures and may soon pose a minor health threat to humans. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the red tide occurs when Karenia brevis, a microscopic algae, begins to multiply quickly in numbers.

Rare Event Captured In Region Around A Supermassive Black Hole
An extreme and rare event in the region of space immediately surrounding a supermassive black hole has been captured by NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. The corona of the black hole, a compact source of X-rays that is situated nearby, has moved closer to the black hole over a period of just days.

Russian humanitarian aid convoy pushes south to Ukraine
Russian lorries taking aid to conflict-hit east Ukraine have started a second day of their journey. The convoy of almost 300 vehicles stopped overnight in the southern city of Voronezh, and is due to arrive at the Ukraine border later on Wednesday. Uncertainty remains about how the aid will be delivered, amid fears Russia could use the convoy as a pretext for military action in Ukraine.

Japan angry at Russian army drills on disputed islands
Japan says it will strongly protest to Russia over military exercises it is staging on disputed islands off northern Japan. The prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said the drills were totally unacceptable. He has been trying to improve relations with Russia at a time of high tension with China over other islands, but has angered Moscow by backing sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine.

Magnitude 5.8 quake shakes southwest Mexico, no damage reported
An emergency services official in Pinotepa told Reuters that no damage had been reported by its patrols, and Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said on his Twitter feed there had been no damage in the capital, Mexico City.

Magnitude-5.1 quake rattles Ecuadorian capital
The powerful quake caused landslides in a number of sandpits and hills in the area, which sent up a dust cloud that was easily observed from the capital.

5.4-magnitude earthquake rattles Guam, Rota
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the earthquake’s center was located 23 miles southwest of Rota at a depth of 62 miles.

Israeli tactic to stop soldier capture criticized
An Israeli military tactic that allows overwhelming fire to stop the capture of soldiers — even at the risk of killing them — is facing criticism after its use in the Gaza war killed some 100 Palestinians.

Ogallala Aquifer’s dramatic drying sows deep concerns for High Plains agriculture
The Ogallala Aquifer across the region has dropped about 325 billion gallons every year for at least the past four decades. To put that number into perspective, the roughly 1-foot annual drop in the aquifer is more than enough to supply all of Lubbock’s municipal water needs for 25 years.

In North Korea, a church renovated, missionaries jailed
Tucked between trees and paddy fields in a quiet suburb in the west of Pyongyang, Chilgol Church is one of four state-operated churches in the capital of a country that espouses freedom of religion but effectively bans it.

U.S. sends 130 more troops to Iraq
Another 130 U.S. troops arrived in Iraq on Tuesday on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain and evaluate options for getting them out to safety.

Israel furious as UN unveils Gaza probe team
Israel lashed out on Tuesday after the UN Human Rights Council named the man who will be running an inquiry into its Gaza offensive. Related Stories Clock ticks down to end of Gaza truce deadline AFP Clooney’s fiancee opts not to join UN Gaza probe team AFP Palestinians say UN probe will prove Israel war crimes AFP Israel Ready To Continue Gaza War After Tunnels Razed: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Huffington Post Israel has the right to defend itself. What about the Palestinians? The Week (RSS) Canadian international lawyer William Schabas, who will head the commission, is widely regarded in Israel as being hostile to the Jewish state over reported calls to bring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the International Criminal Court.

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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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… and just more evidence that we are living in the Days of Noah and the Days of Lot, just as our Lord said we would.

These are just the articles from over the weekend.  I used to post these every week but there are just to many.  Every week is like this these days.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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The ‘brave German woman’ and Europe’s Islam question
On November 10, 2013, a Muslim imam was invited to give the Islamic call to prayer inside the Memorial Church of the Reformation in the city of Speyer, Germany—a church dedicated to honoring Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. Mund can be heard responding in German, “No it’s not! Allahu Akbar is what Muslims scream while murdering people! Don’t be fooled! Don’t be fooled! This is a lie!”  

Dept. of Education erects obstacles to keep states in Common Core
But another federal government department is fast adopting the language of strict and onerous regulation. Annoyed that Indiana wants to extricate themselves from the Common Core education standards, the U.S. Department of Education is erecting procedural obstacles to make this as difficult possible.  

Unusual Arctic earthquakes intrigue scientists
In recent weeks, two powerful earthquakes have rocked the Northwest Arctic, leading some to ask why, and if these two are a sign of things to come.  

Michael Savage: Pope Should Redistribute Vatican’s Income First
Michael Savage says if Pope Francis wants income redistribution he should start with his own Church. On his Friday show, Savage said he would bid $1 million for Michelangelo’s famous painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican.  

Three new MERS deaths in Saudi Arabia
Three more people have died from the MERS coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, the health ministry said Sunday, taking the number of fatalities from the disease in the kingdom to 142.  

US starts countrywide nuclear drill after similar war games in Russia
The US Strategic Command, the agency responsible for country’s nuclear arsenal, will hold large-scale war games this week that will include 10 B-52 Stratofortresses and up to six B-2 Spirit bombers, along with other military and government agencies.  

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Pawnee
Another small earthquake struck near the town of Pawnee, Sunday evening. The earthquake weighed in at a 3.0 on the Richter scale, and was recorded around 7:15 p.m. The epicenter of the quake was located four miles south of Pawnee, or about 67 miles northeast of the Oklahoma City metro, at a depth of three miles.  

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel: Military’s Transgender Policy ‘Continually Should Be Reviewed’
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz that he believes the ban that prohibits transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military should be reviewed. “I do think it continually should be reviewed,” Hagel said. “I’m open to that.”  

4.2-magnitude tremor jolts Catanduanes; 3 volcanic quakes recorded on Mt. Mayon
The tremor’s epicenter was at 93 kilometers northwest of Pandan town, Catanduanes and was tectonic in origin, the Phivolc’s Seismological Observation and Earthquake Prediction Division said on its official online quake recording site.  

Meet the new fascists – and their victims
Remember when, a few weeks ago, Newt Gingrich called the forced resignation of Brendan Eich as Mozilla CEO an “open, blatant example of the new fascism”? Charles Krauthammer called it “totalitarian,” Pat Buchanan labeled it “the new blacklist” and RedState headlined it as “a fascist purge.” Even foulmouthed leftist comedian Bill Maher described the perpetrators as the “gay mafia,” while well-known “gay” media personalities condemned it, Andrew Sullivan saying it “disgusts me” and radio talker Tammy Bruce calling out the “gay gestapo.”  

Putin’s Rise Highlights U.S. Descent from Global Stage
On ABC’s This Week Sunday morning, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel conceded that the U.S. may not be perceived, internationally, as being quite as powerful as it has been in the past.  

Israel closes Golan zone adjacent to Syria
Israel’s army on Sunday declared part of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights a closed military zone, fearing battles on the Syrian side would spill over the ceasefire line. An army spokeswoman told AFP the area around the Quneitra crossing was closed “for security reasons.” Speaking to AFP, security sources said they feared fighting between rebels and Syrian army forces would affect the area.  

Nigeria abducted girls ‘sighted’, says state governor
The governor of Nigeria’s Borno state says he has information on the whereabouts of about 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist group Boko Haram. Governor Kashim Shettima said he had passed reports of the sightings of the girls to the military for verification. Mr Shettima added that he did not think the girls had been taken across the border to Chad or Cameroon.  

Iran leader slams West’s ‘stupid’ missile stance before talks
Iran’s Supreme Leader described as “stupid and idiotic” Western expectations for his country to curb its missile development, striking a defiant tone ahead of a fresh round of nuclear talks.  

Mexico Earthquake Today 2014: Terremoto en Mexico Strikes Coast Near Acapulco
USGS indicates to news that a 6.0 Mexico temblor today started just after 2:36 am local time. The terremoto en Mexico hoy was far more shallow than recent quakes. This one started only fourteen miles below sea level.  

5.8 earthquake felt in Alaska
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck at 7:16 a.m. PDT on Saturday and was centred about 19 miles northwest of Anchor Point in the Cook Inlet region.  

Obama congratulates Michael Sam, first openly gay player drafted by NFL
President Barack Obama congratulated Michael Sam on Saturday for being the first openly gay football player taken in the National Football League draft, the White House said in a statement.  

Iran’s president says his country only offers transparency in nuclear talks with world powers
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is saying his country has nothing to offer except transparency in nuclear talks with world powers. Iranian state television aired a speech by Rouhani live Sunday. The president says the Islamic Republic does not seek nuclear weapons. Rouhani says: “We do not have anything on the table to submit to others except transparency.”  

Ukraine crisis: Eastern rebels hold self-rule referendums
Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s two eastern regions are holding “self-rule” referendums – a move condemned by the Ukrainian government and the West. Self-proclaimed leaders in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are going ahead with the vote despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s call to postpone it.  

Pope demands ‘legitimate redistribution’ of wealth
Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the “economy of exclusion” that is taking hold today. Francis made the appeal during a speech to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of major U.N. agencies who met in Rome this week.  

CDC: Syphilis Reaches Highest Level Since 1995, Steady Rise In Gay And Bisexual Men
Health officials say syphilis has reached its highest level since 1995 with the increase all in men. Syphilis remains far less common in the U.S. than many other sexually spread diseases. But there has been a steady rise in gay and bisexual men catching the disease. They account for most of the recent infectious cases.  

Militiamen move on from Bundy fight to next battle with BLM
Militiamen and woman camping on Cliven Bundy’s cattle ranch are packing up and heading to Utah where another protest against the Bureau of Land Management will happen Saturday. Ryan Payne, a Montana resident who had been staying at the ranch for a month, said he drove eight hours to arrive in the eastern Utah town this morning.  

Putin’s Export Machine Rolls Right Over Sanctions, Outcry
Vladimir Putin’s incursion into Ukraine and the international condemnation that followed haven’t put a dent in Russia’s exports of gas and raw materials. The world’s largest energy producer shipped 2 percent more gas to Europe in the first three months of 2014 than it did in the same period last year, government data show.  

Ark. judge strikes down gay marriage ban
An Arkansas judge on Friday struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage, opening the door for gay couples to wed. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza said the 2004 amendment’s definition of marriage as allowable only between a man and a woman is unconstitutional and violates the rights of same-sex couples.  

Christians in Israel and Palestine fear rise in violence ahead of pope’s visit
Christians in Israel and Palestine fear an escalation of violence against them after a spate of vandalism in Jerusalem churches by hardline Jewish nationalists ahead of Pope Francis’s visit this month.  

Iranian General Accidentally Reveals Troops In Syria
An Iranian general made a major mistake by conceding Shiite Iran has military forces in Syria fighting to preserve the embattled government of Shiite Alawite President Bashar al-Assad.  

School Scorched For Having Kids Bow To ‘Sun God’
A California school district is going too far when it has public school students “bowing to the sun god” and participating in “liturgical/ritual religious practices” aimed at having them “become one with god,” according to a brief filed with an appeals court.  

Priest sees deluge of support against Harvard ‘black mass’
A Harvard chaplain says a student group’s plans to re-enact a satanic black mass on campus has elicited a strong response, and he is encouraging the Catholic community to engage in prayer and witness. Fr. Michael Drea, senior chaplain at the Harvard Catholic Student Association, told CNA on May 8 that he has seen “a huge groundswell from Catholics on campus, as well as alumni” protesting the black mass re-enactment, which the priest characterized as “absolutely ludicrous” and extremely offensive.  

Chile Earthquake Today 2014 Strikes Near Santa Cruz
The Chile earthquake today 2014 struck moments ago in the same area as several Chile quakes this year.  

Magnitude 5 earthquake kills 1 in Pakistan
A moderate earthquake rattled several towns in southern Pakistan before dawn Friday, killing one person and injuring 70, a government official said.  

Philippines Earthquake Today 2014 Hits off the Coast
A strong Philippines earthquake 2014 today has just struck off the coast. A Philippines earthquake today May 9, 2014 began moments ago. Damage assessment is pending.  

Study: 300 Earthquakes In Parker County Since December
There have been more than 300 earthquakes reported in Parker County since December, according to just-published research conducted by an earthquake study team. In preliminary findings released Wednesday, the team reported that the quakes show a complex fault system in the area near Reno and Azle, which started experiencing quakes for the first time in November.  

Atheists to launch the first TV channel dedicated to godlessness
A New Jersey-based atheist group is starting the first on-demand TV channel dedicated to godlessness. AtheistTV will be launching this summer with big plans to reach out to atheists, humanists, freethinkers, and folks who are looking for a way out of faith. Members of American Atheists, the organization behind the endeavor, think it’s about time.  

Decline of religious belief means we need more exorcists, say Catholics
The decline of religious belief in the West and the growth of secularism has “opened the window” to black magic, Satanism and belief in the occult, the organisers of a conference on exorcism have said. The six-day meeting in Rome aims to train about 200 Roman Catholic priests from more than 30 countries in how to cast out evil from people who believe themselves to be in thrall to the Devil.  

Oklahoma Initiative Would Make Pot a Legal, Exportable Cash Crop
Marijuana reform advocates hope Oklahoma will live up to its nickname – the Sooner State – by becoming the first U.S. jurisdiction to both legalize cannabis for personal use and allow it to be exported as a cash crop. …pro-pot campaigners [hope], there will be two initiatives on the November ballot: One that would allow medical marijuana and another more far-reaching initiative that would comprehensively dismantle status quo pot policies.  

Fed Chair Unsure If Capitalism or Oligarchy Describes the U.S.
“Are we still a capitalist democracy or have we gone over into an oligarchic form of society in which incredible economic and political power now rests with the billionaire class?” Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont socialist, asked that question of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Yellen said she’d “prefer not to give labels,” but she admitted to being very concerned about income inequality.  

Semi-synthetic bug extends ‘life’s alphabet’
Scientists have produced a semi-synthetic version of a bacterium that has an extended genetic code. All Earth’s lifeforms use four chemical units, or bases, arranged in pairs within DNA, to drive their biology. The modified E. coli bug produced at The Scripps Research Institute in California incorporates two more bases that were wholly designed in the lab.  

Muslim Brotherhood ties to White House resurface
On the distribution list of the “smoking gun” email released in the Benghazi probe last week was a figure with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, Medhi Alhassani, who shares a similar background with Huma Abedin, the longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, reported former PLO-member and Arabic-speaking researcher Walid Shoebat.  

6 Times Democrats Demonstrated Their Hatred of the Bible
Kerry makes no distinction between the Koran, the Old Testament, or the New Testament; he makes no distinction between the myriad streams of religious thought throughout history. They are all the same. Anyone who believes in ancient codes of morality is out of step with history. In this, Kerry is no different from the rest of his party. Today’s Democratic Party has become the enemy of Biblical religion. In April 2008, then-Senator Obama was caught on tape at a fundraiser in San Francisco. Obama stated: Only idiots, racists, xenophobes, and gun-clingers believe in the Bible.  

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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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