As The 70th Anniversary Of Regathered Israel Approaches, Will It Be A Time Of Prophetic Fulfillment?

 

The prophecies of both Jeremiah and Daniel are crucial in unlocking the mysteries of the book of Revelation. In both cases, God worked things out with the number 70, which brings us to today’s topic. Israel was officially regathered on May 14, 1948. On May 14, 2018, they will have been back in their own land for exactly 70 years. Is God getting ready to move again?

by Geoffrey Grider August 21, 2016

Jeremiah calls it the time of Jacob’s trouble. He calls it that because it has nothing to do with the Church of Jesus Christ, it is the final judgment on Israel.

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“For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.” Jeremiah 29:10 (KJV)

The prophet Daniel found himself and his people the Jews in Babylonian captivity. God had allowed the nation of Israel to be taken captive for their unfaithfulness. One day, while reading through the scrolls of the prophet Jeremiah, he had an amazing discovery. As it turns out, Jeremiah had already prophesied that this would take place for a 70 year period:

“In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:” Daniel 9:2,3 (KJV)

Israel is God’s timepiece for Bible prophecy. Tick, tock…

Daniel was so moved and shaken by his discovery that he immediately set out to seek the Lord his God, and plead for mercy on Israel and the Jewish people. In the midst of his amazing prayer, he was visited by the angel Gabriel who presented him with another prophecy having to do with the number 70.

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” Daniel 9:24 (KJV)

This prophecy dealt with 70 “weeks of years” which turns out to be 490 years by the Hebrew calendar. The first 69 weeks of that prophecy have already transpired, but the last week – the final 7 years – has yet to take place. This last week is commonly known as the Great Tribulation, but Jeremiah has another name for it. He calls it the time of Jacob’s trouble. He calls it that because it has nothing to do with the Church of Jesus Christ, it is the final judgment on Israel.

“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:7 (KJV)

The prophecies of both Jeremiah and Daniel are crucial in unlocking the mysteries of the book of Revelation. In both cases, God worked things out with the number 70, which brings us to today’s topic. Israel was officially regathered on May 14, 1948. On May 14, 2018, they will have been back in their own land for exactly 70 years.

Is God getting ready to move again?

No, I am not predicting any specific event will have on or around May 14, 2018. But what I am saying is that with how God has already moved with regards to Israel and the number 70, it is best to go into it with our spiritual eyes and ears wide open. The anniversary of Israel being regathered for 70 years may be a small thing in the eyes of the world, but God is the God of the small things.

“For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.” Zechariah 4:10 (KJV)

The Church will not be here for the time of Jacob’s trouble, Israel will be in the spotlight. The Rapture takes us out before all that. But how fitting would it be for God to have a major move of prophecy on the 70th anniversary of the miracle of the fulfillment of the regathering of the Jews? Israel being back in the land was fulfillment of Bible prophecy.

“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” Matthew 24:32,33 (KJV)

Israel is God’s timepiece for Bible prophecy. Tick, tock…

Are you ready for what comes next?

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Shock As George Soros’ Masked Protesters Attack Donald Trump Motorcade After Rally In Minneapolis

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The ‘protestors’ morphed into rent-a-mobs, and then they became ‘rent-a-thugs’ looking for a beat-down. It was nothing more than Obama/Hillary’s lawlessness and disrespect for decency playing out on the streets of Minneapolis. The only idea the left seems to understand is physical violence used to intimidate political opposition. These brute thugs who attacked Donald Trump’s vehicle demonstrate exactly why we need to elect Donald Trump as our next President of the United States, so we can see respect for the rule of law return again in this country.

by Geoffrey Grider August 21, 2016

The “deranged” progressive protesters who attacked GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s motorcade and targeted Trump supporters in Minneapolis on Friday night are being protected by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told Breitbart News exclusively.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last night, George Soros’ masked thugs jumped on Donald Trump’s motorcade as it was leaving the Minneapolis rally, shouted obscenities, and beat and hammered the car carrying Trump. This morning, not one liberal news outlet has this story. If the same thing had happened to Hillary there would be a “national outcry” and calls to bring them to justice. 

Michelle Bachmann, who ran for president herself in 2012 and was one of the top conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives for years before her retirement after last Congress, is a Trump supporter and was at the Trump event in Minneapolis.

Bachmann said the protesters were using profanity to verbally harass Trump supporters, spitting on them, and were so much a threat to the community that police officers advised people that they needed to leave through alternative exits.

Bachmann told Breitbart News via text message about the Friday night event:

The deranged left was on hand at the Trump event last night in Minneapolis looking for pre-planned, predictably choreographed trouble. They were swearing at attendees as we arrived, spitting at whomever they could reach. They weren’t protesting as much as they were looking to beat people up. After Donald Trump had our wildly enthusiastic crowd riled up and on our feet with multiple standing ovations, the crowd tried leaving the building. Police officers told us protesters had physically attacked people as they were leaving the building and we were instructed to leave through alternative exits.

It was so bad, she said, the so-called “protesters” were really in her view “rent-a-mobs” who turned into “rent-a-thugs.” She went on:

The ‘protestors’ morphed into rent-a-mobs, and then they became ‘rent-a-thugs’ looking for a beat-down. It was nothing more than Obama/Hillary’s lawlessness and disrespect for decency playing out on the streets of Minneapolis. The only idea the left seems to understand is physical violence used to intimidate political opposition. These brute thugs who attacked Donald Trump’s vehicle demonstrate exactly why we need to elect Donald Trump as our next President of the United States, so we can see respect for the rule of law return again in this country.

At one point, too, she saw protesters yelling profanities at police officers—and she said the experience was “frightening” to those ordinary Americans supporting Donald Trump for president.

“The media probably didn’t report it, but these protestor/thugs were running wild back and forth in a frenzy shouting, ‘F— the police!  F— the police,’” Bachmann said. “For normal, happy Trump supporting people, it was frightening. Welcome to Hillary’s America. These are the people she protects and rewards.”

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has not responded to a request for comment on whether or not she disavows the actions of the violent protesters in Minneapolis on Friday night. source

DECLARING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING

…for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, DECLARING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure (Isa 46:9b-10)

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(Isa 17:1)  The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap

(Eze 38:2-8)  Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,   And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: 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, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:   Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

Note: Russia is in alliance with Iran and is going after ISIS from Iran’s airbase

(2Th 2:7) For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

Note: Listen to George Soros’ devilish plans to promote chaos and anarchy in the video reeepot andread the following:

George Soros Is The Real Controlling Power Behind The Black Lives Matter Movement

(Luk 21:25)  And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars;

  • and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;
  • the sea and the waves roaring;

(Luk 21:26-27)  Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:

  • for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Now,  watch the following video report  and apply what these secular TV stations/reporters are showing in terms of what the word of GOD foretold or forewarned us thousands of years ago:

(Mat 24:4-8)  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

  • For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
  • And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
  • For nation shall rise against nation,
  • and kingdom against kingdom:
  • and there shall be famines,
  • and pestilences,
  • and earthquakes, in divers places.

All these are the beginning of sorrows.

and pestilences,

(Luk 21:28)  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

 Are you redeemed yet?

Want to be redeemed and live eternally with your Redeemer and Lord, Jesus Christ? Here is how:

(Rom 10:9-13)  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Aaron Halim

CHALLENGING THE NEW ORTHODOXY OF THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION

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A STRONG VOICE FROM EUROPE WARNS THAT ‘SEXUAL LIBERATION’ IS ANYTHING BUT.

Originally posted at Virtueonline.

When German writer and public speaker Gabriele Kuby talks about the effects of the West’s student revolution of 1968 she knows her stuff. She was there, at the Free University of Berlin, studying sociology and gung-ho with the anti-authoritarianism of the era.

There has been a revolution in her own life since then and she now devotes her public work to raising consciousness about the cultural devastation being wrought by the ongoing sexual revolution. In the following Q&A she talks about her book on the subject, an English edition of which was published in December.

  1. In your book, The Global Sexual Revolution: Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom, you report and warn about the destruction of freedom and culture through the global sexual revolution. Why is this so?
  2. As sex goes, so goes the family. As the family goes, so goes society. Sexual norms have a decisive influence on the whole cultural edifice. The anthropologist J.D. Unwin, an Oxford scholar of the 1930s, showed in his book Sex and Culture that high culture can only exist with strict sexual norms. Christian European culture rests on the ideal of monogamy. We are now in a cultural revolution that overthrows sexual morality. The severe consequences are obvious: The destruction of the family and the demographic crisis. But the powers of this world continue to force the sexual revolution on every nation.
  3. Does moral deregulation lead to sexual liberation?
  4. To throw off any moral restraint to sexual activity is wrapped in the temptation of “sexual liberation”. Everybody knows from experience that the urges and drives of the body need to be controlled, be it sex or food or drink, otherwise they will control us. Therefore temperance is one of the cardinal virtues. The explosion of pornography through the internet creates millions of sexually addicted people, tragically more and more youth are among them. Marriage and families break up if husband and wife are driven into unfaithfulness by their sexual desires, because they have not learnt to make them a servant of the expression of love.
  5. Who has contributed to the sexual revolution intellectually?
  1. Tracing the ideas that have powered the sexual revolution one can go back to the Greek philosopher Protagoras who proclaimed that “man is the measure of all things”. This belief is the basis of relativism which claims, that there are no absolute moral values. The French Revolution overturned the Christian concept of man, created by God and ultimately responsible to God. Since then, many revered minds have contributed philosophical and psychological ideas and cultural revolutionary expertise. They all sympathise with communist or liberal political movements. To name just a few: Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Sigmund Freud, Simone de Beauvoir, Alfred Kinsey, the outright sexual revolutionist Wilhelm Reich, and the philosophers Adorno, Horkheimer and Marcuse, who are known as the Frankfurter Schule (Frankfurt school).
  2. What role did the radical feminism and Marxism of the 1968 movement play?
  3. The breakthrough that changed society as a whole was the student rebellion of 1968. It was fuelled by the ideas of the Frankfurter School and it put into practice the ideas of Wilhelm Reich. Marxism, radical feminism and the “sexual liberation” merged and attacked the Christian value system at the root by rebelling against any authority. Children were the immediate object of the revolutionaries: So called anti-authoritarian “children shops” (Kinderläden) were founded, where children could do what they wanted and were encouraged in sex play.
  4. How has the 1968 movement influenced the time we live in?
  5. The goals of 1968-movement have become the agenda of the UN and EU and are carried forward by the global enforcement of LGBT-“rights” and the deconstruction of male and female identity:

* The deregulation of sexual norms. Promotion of LGBT-privileges, including same sex marriage and transgender “rights”.

* Undermining of the family by ideological and economic means (tax- and social security systems penalize mothers and families)

* Collectivization of children below three years in state day care facilities

* Sexualization of children through obligatory sex-education in schools

* Eradication of “gender-stereotypes” by pedagogical methods in kindergarten and school

These attacks on the foundations of a healthy, viable society create masses of uprooted people who are easily manipulated. It is not only the strategy of the UN and EU, but of a network of UN-agencies like WHO and UNICEF, global NGOs like IPPF and ILGA, global corporations like Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, billionaire foundations like Rockefeller and Gates, supported by the mainstream media.

  1. Abortion and contraception are often justified with the dangers of overpopulation of this earth. Do you think they are real dangers?
  2. One obvious motive for these destructive policies is to reduce the population of this earth. This is foreign policy of the USA since the 1970s. But the real problem is the demographic decline which nearly all industrialized nations are facing and which is now beginning even in developing countries. It is a consequence of separating sex from its existential meaning and function, procreation, through contraception and abortion. Strong forces in the UN and EU battle for defining abortion as a “human right”. Where has humanity come to since the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948?
  3. What are the consequences of the “gender” concept that LGBT lobbies seek to impose on societies?
  4. The goal of implementing gender-ideology into society with sophisticated methods of social engineering is the deconstruction of the identity of man and woman, thus attacking family and morality on its deepest level. Since the decision of the Supreme Court of the USA in June 2015 we see a new wave of transgender activism coming from the USA. Obama, president of the leading nation of this world, is at the front of the “bathroom battle”, authorizing policy that allows a transgender person to use the toilet and locker-room of the sex of his choice. That 99 percent of the population of the United States has a problem when members of the opposite sex enter bathroom-facilities, especially when they are used by children, seems to be of no concern to the political rulers.
  5. What are the main ways to change society according to gender-ideology?
  6. Apart from changing the legal system and sexualizing children by force of the state, this ideology is worked into the brain and psyche of people through the media, the entertainment-industry (film and music) and pornography. Pornography is a multi-billion business. Watching pornography is addictive like a physical drug; it destroys marriages and families and is a slippery slope into sexual crime. Why is there no campaign of the EU against pornography, as there is against smoking? The difference is that smoking does not destroy family, pornography does.
  7. You’ve gone from participation in the revolutionary movement of 1968 as a student at the Free University of Berlin to a courageous activist against the ravages of global sexual revolution. You attribute your “awakening” to your conversion to Catholicism. What is the contribution of Christian humanism in this cultural battle?
  8. I converted to Catholicism twenty years ago and discovered a wealth of teaching on the issues of man and woman, family and sexuality. John Paul II devoted his life and papacy to these issues, providing a theological basis for the encyclical Humanae Vitae of Paul VI, which addressed contraception. Benedict XVI is an enlightened analyst and visionary of our historical epoch. That is the intellectual side. But there is also a spiritual side: Conversion leads to a change of life. Jesus says: “Who loves me will keep my commandments (John 14,15). Keeping the commandments allows the Holy Spirit to enlighten our understanding and change our life.
  9. What prevents us from realizing that the sexual revolution puts the future of our society at risk?
  10. Not keeping the commandments, that is, separating from God through sin creates blindness. The mass-media do what they can to make any kind of sin seem acceptable, so people lose the spirit of discernment between good and evil. In the Bible we read: “I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.” (Deut. 30,19). The statistics of family breakup, psychological disturbances of a high percentage of children and the demographic crisis shout at us, but we are deaf.

We do not know in which phase of the history of mankind we are. But as believers we know that the human story has a good ending. Each one of us can choose life and use his talents to work for life. To know you are on the side of life, and therefore on the “right side of history” allows you to lead a happy and peaceful life.

  1. You are personally attacked as a “homophobic” and “far right” in an attempt to ostracize you from the public discourse. There have been demonstrations against you, and in a theater play in Berlin you and four other politically active women were characterized as “zombies” who had risen from the graves in 1945 and who should be shot in the head to get rid of them. Does that discourage you?
  2. I am not “homophobic”, because I have no fear (phobia = fear) of homosexuals, nor do I have anything to do with the “far right”. I am a defender of democratic rights against this newly arising totalitarianism. The Berlin play works with manipulated quotations, and we are taking them to court to protect the democratic right of free speech. The attacks do not discourage me. I do what I feel I am called to do.
  3. Can we win this cultural battle?
  4. Let me answer with David: “The battle belongs to the Lord (1 Sam 17,47).

Gabriele Kuby is a German writer and sociologist, a frequent lecturer in Germany and around Europe, and has written for numerous print and on-line publications in Europe. This article is a slightly edited version of an interview with Hazte Oir.

China Attempts `To Remold Christianity In Its Own Image

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By Tom Olago August 12, 2016

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Chinese government is increasingly working towards suppressing Christianity as far as possible: tearing down church crosses, destroying buildings and arresting politically-incorrect Christians. Despite all of that, there are indications that China is on track to have the world’s largest Christian population by 2030 – approximately 250 million.

Little wonder then that China has decided to take the path of subtlety: convert the Christian church into a subservient ‘tool’ of the State.

As John Sudworth for the BBC News reported late March, Chairman Mao and the Chinese Communist Party may have failed to destroy the church, but the modern Communist Party has gone one better: it has succeeded in co-opting it.

Today, according to some estimates, there are more Christians in China than Communist Party members. Up to 100 million were expected have celebrated the Easter weekend this year.

But what it failed to destroy, the Party still wants to control. So, an officially atheist government effectively runs its own churches and controls the appointment of its own priests. Like Pastor Wu Weiqing from Beijing’s Haidian Church.

“We have to remember first of all we are a citizen of this country,” he says. “And we are a citizen of the Kingdom of God. That comes second.”

When asked if Jesus would be comfortable with the Communist Party government in China, Weiqing replied: “Absolutely. I think so.”

Sudworth notes that the comment is a perfect illustration of the Communist Party’s latest grand plan for religious belief. Over the past two years, the authorities say they have been trying to develop their own unique version of Christianity, “a Chinese Christian theology” according to one top official.

Such a theology needs to be compatible with China’s political development which, it seems clear, really means subservient to it. In this view of faith, then, it is easy to see why even Jesus should find Himself being welcomed into the Communist fold.

This approach from the government leaves Christians with only two options: comply and compromise your faith to please the powers that be, or go underground – risking arrest and detention – in order to seek first the Kingdom of God.

The typical underground church is held in a private home cell group and with as much secrecy as possible. In one such cell, a member named Xu Yonghai bluntly stated: “Official churches are in fact just political institutes,” he says. “It is impossible for us to leave Jesus and follow the Party.”

And despite all the persecution, the truth of Jesus Christ still marches on. Brandon Showalter for the Christian Post (CP) recently quoted Rodney Pennington who studies religious trends for OMF International.

“We are overjoyed with what the Lord has already done in China,” said Pennington, vice president for mobilization of OMF, a missions organization, in a recent interview with The CP.

“But that doesn’t mean the task is finished…by 2030 China will almost certainly have the most evangelical Christians…and that will greatly shape the global evangelical Church in the coming years”.

Yu Jie, a Chinese Christian and democracy activist, said in an essay published in the August edition of First Things that Chinese Christians are known to say “the greater the persecution, the greater the revival.” If recent reports are correct, the persecution has indeed been great but the revival has been, in Yu’s words, a “gushing well or geyser.”

Certainly not music to the ears of the authoritarian Chinese government. As Showalter pointed out, China is still officially an atheist country.

In April, CP reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping told his Communist Party members that they must be “unyielding Marxist atheists” who will command Christians and other religious groups in the country.

Yu noted that there are three times as many illegal house churches as state-sponsored ones, and that repression is particularly bad in Wenzhou, “China’s Jerusalem” in Zhejiang province, where an estimated 15 percent of the population is Christian.

So having realized that persecution tends to have the opposite effect to that intended – to crush, cripple and intimidate – China now ardently pursues its Trojan Horse technique.

As Andrew Brown recently argued in his opinion post for the guardian.com on a recent outbreak of persecution of Christians in China, the officially communistic nation now doesn’t want to suppress Christianity – just control it. After all, there are already thought to be more Christians there (some 100 million) than members of the Communist party (87 million).

The great majority of Chinese Christians are Protestants of one sort or another. This numerical advantage over Catholicism appears to stem at least in part over poor relations between the Vatican and Beijing.

The strain has resulted from China’s attempts to dictate who controls Roman Catholic leaders: the Vatican asserts its right to do so without political interference or imposition by the atheistic Chinese government.

On the other hand, Brown opines that the decentralized structure of the Protestant movement helps it to grow and spread, but also makes it much harder for governments to cut lasting deals with it. That’s the same kind of problem European governments face with Islam: who are the leaders?

Some of the churches attacked in the most recent wave of persecutions have been official and state-sanctioned members of the “Three-Self” movement, a Protestant denomination that is meant to be entirely under government control (many of the churches have CCTV cameras facing the pulpits, to check the sermons for political unorthodoxy).

All this suggests a party that really does not know what to do. Marxism is emptied of content in today’s China, and capitalism alone will not supply big collective dreams. Nationalism is too dangerous. But Christianity cannot be entirely tamed.

In conclusion, Brown states that perhaps the most striking statistic in this story is that Christians now make up about 5% of the Chinese population.

That is rather more than the proportion of Muslims in Britain as a whole. It’s about the level when religious minorities become too big to ignore, and yet too small to feel secure. This week’s outbreak (of persecution) won’t be the last, he predicts.

This, despite indications that this worn-out tactic continues to backfire. Thomas Williams, in a report for Breitbart.com earlier this year, stated that the crackdown is leading more and more professing Christians underground.

Williams explained that in recent months, Beijing has ramped up its persecution of house churches, demolishing crosses from places of worship and driving followers deeper underground.

“If the independent church is no longer allowed, I will just go home and pray,” said Dong Baolu, an underground Chinese priest. “There is only one road for us Catholics.”

The persecutions don’t stop at church levels – they cut across wider aspects of life, targeting Christians for discrimination and penalties in various ways.

CP’s Stoyan Zaimov recently reported that Chinese students attending a Christian house church in the central Guizhou province are being threatened by government authorities who are warning them that if they don’t stop going to the church, they will be barred from going to college.

“This notice was sent to all of the schools in Huaqiu,” explained Mou, the person that human-rights advocacy group China Aid said was in charge of Huaqiu Church. “They (public security) intend to cleanse us and ask us to join the Three-Self Church.”

The Three-Self Patriotic Movement, a government-run Protestant church, does not permit the “brainwashing” of teenagers or children by bringing them to religious services. China Aid explains that children younger than 18 are not allowed to receive any religious education.

The house church members have also reportedly been pressured into signing a document vowing that they will not take minors into the church.

Additionally, parents have been told that they will be sued if they bring their children to church, while the children themselves will not be allowed to take the college entrance exam or be admitted into the army.

In a separate report, Zaimov observed that seminary students in China are being forced to live under “absolute obedience” to the Communist Party and put the State ahead of God.

Persecution watchdog group China Aid correspondent Guo Baosheng stated: “It is obvious the seminary has degenerated into absolute obedience to the Communist Party’s so-called Christian pastors’ education base, becoming a Communist Party school dressed in the cloak of Christianity,” Guo wrote.

“In this way, they submit to Caesar and [operate] contrary to God. They distort the true way [to God], and [these actions] will certainly accelerate the demise of the Three-Self Church and its seminary.”

The seminary’s president, Pastor Pan Xingwang, reportedly supports the ongoing cross demolition campaign, which has also led to hundreds of Christians arrested and sent to prison for speaking out and protesting against the government’s actions.

Matt Moir, in a religionnews.com article earlier this year, noted that these actions are part of an attempt to mold Christianity to China’s own image: A Chinese version of Christianity.

A pastor from Zhejiang province in eastern China said the intent of sinicizing Christianity is “to reform and remold Christianity into a (Communist) Party-dominated tool that can be used in its service.”

China Aid, a Christian human rights organization based in Midland, Texas, released a report stating that sinicization is nothing less than an attempt to “de-Christianize the church in China.”

Xi Lian, professor of World Christianity at Duke University, warns that if Chinese authorities do, indeed, fear the rise of a robust, defiant Christianity in China, they should think carefully about the strategy they use to address it. He thinks Christianity is “here to stay,” and that its membership and influence will only expand.

“The harsher the state’s treatment of Christianity, the more vigorously and unpredictably it will grow,” he said.

The Chinese government, like all pagan governments throughout history, assumes that it is dealing merely with the ideology of men like themselves; that it is merely a contest of opinion and will.

In so doing, they reckon without God and fail to factor into their equation the reality of Divine intervention. The Church of Jesus Christ, however, is not a man-made institution. As Jesus Himself clearly states, “I will build My Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16.18)

Profiling America: Big Data Knows Everything About You

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By PNW Staff August 08, 2016

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The twentieth-century can be seen as a struggle between individualism and collectivism, whether it was the fight against totalitarian regimes in World War II or the Cold War’s struggle between capitalism and communism.

This collection of data, done on a massive scale by the Stasi of East Germany for example, was a massive undertaking meant to locate any dissent to totalitarian rule before it could become organized, but it was also very resource intensive. That has all changed in the digital age.

Behold the emergence of Big Data, a privately controlled market-driven force that relentlessly compiles information to create profiles on every consumer, anywhere.

Edward Snowden made headlines for leaking classified NSA data collection on US citizens, and US tech companies have been vocal advocates against government intrusion, but far less has been said about the private sector’s collection of personal data and its use in creating databases of profiles.

Companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Google make money by collecting and monetizing data on customer spending habits. But suppose that thousands of bits of information you leave behind could be gathered together?

Imagine for a moment the countless scraps of data you leave around you: your book purchase history, the emails you write, the websites you visit, your health conditions, where you use your credit card, which coupons you use, what you search on Google, what cars you buy, when you were late for payments, what you pay in taxes, who you call, photos of your license plate.

Collecting thousands of individual pieces of data on every person in the country and combining it into profiles is the work of companies such as Interactive Data Intelligence (IDI), whose database, idiCORE, is available to its clients, whether they be private detectives, lenders, political campaigns or marketing companies.

IDI, like much of the data-fusion industry, traces its lineage to Hank Asher, a former cocaine smuggler and self-taught programmer who began fusing sets of public data from state and federal governments in the early 1990s. After Sept. 11, law enforcements interest in commercial databases grew, and more money and data began raining down, says Julia Angwin, a reporter who wrote about the industry in her 2014 book, Dragnet Nation.

Asher died suddenly in 2013, leaving behind his company, the Last One (TLO), which credit bureau TransUnion bought in bankruptcy for $154 million. Ashers disciples, including Dubner, left TLO and eventually teamed up with Michael Brauser, a former business partner of Ashers, and billionaire health-care investor Phillip Frost. In May 2015, after a flurry of purchases and mergers, the group rebranded its database venture as IDI.

Taking advantage of the abundance of private information flowing across the wires and with a quarterly revenue of $40 million dollars, IDI’s business model of selling detailed personal profiles is obviously working.

Most people don’t pay any heed to the terms of service (TOS) when opening an account with nearly any website or business, but if they did they would find clauses that allow an almost unlimited use of their personal data.

This monetization of personal data has been at the heart of Google’s and Facebook’s success, allowing them very directly to target advertising. But Big Data has quietly begun to take this further by combining dozens of large databases in this so-called data-fusion industry. The combination of information gleaned from separate databases allows the creation of ever more targeted profiles.

Gun ownership, religion, race, credit history, purchase history, web habits, reading list, health profile and many other factors contribute to build profiles such as: “Affluent Baby Boomer”, “Rural Everlasting” (low education, low net-worth rural consumers), “Elvis memorabilia collectors”, “alcoholism sufferers,” and even “rape sufferers.” Data brokers create hundreds of such labels classify nearly every person over age 12 in the US and sell these detailed profiles without the knowledge of most consumers.

Putting aside the creepy nature of this lack of privacy in the modern world, many people do not see the harm in a system that will provide them more helpful services and products in exchange for their privacy.

Small invasions of privacy, each one of little significance by itself, has inured the average person to this serious invasion of privacy, but China now offers a glimpse at the ultimate dystopian goal  such a system is heading towards.

In what the ACLU calls a “warning for Americans”, China has adopted a system of “citizen scores” that uses hundreds of data points to track the behavior of every Chinese citizen and create a score of acceptable behavior that is publicly displayed on social networks.

The government-sponsored system is run by the two largest Chinese social media/commerce companies, Alibaba and Tencent, having access to an incredible range of information. Much like a credit score, every person receives a rating between 350 and 950 but this rating determines far more than credit worthiness, being calculated by hundreds of other factors that ensure compliance with the government.

Writing subversively will lower one’s score, as will buying video games or reading certain books. Perhaps even scarier, simply being friends with those who have lower scores will lower one’s score, creating a powerful social incentive towards government-approved behavior and political compliance.

The scores are publicly available on every citizen’s online profile. Lower scores restrict education, travel and employment while higher scores allow visa options (to Singapore for instance) and government loans and access to jobs.

This is a powerful example of what is known as gamification of social behavior, wherein game theory is applied to billions of people who struggle to earn points in a game in which corporations and the government provide the rules. Voicing any objection or trying to step outside such a system cuts one off from work, education, finances, travel and brings social consequences.

Ultimately, this information-age method of control promises to be a far more powerful tool of control than the blunt instrument of secret police agencies, torture chambers and re-education camps. And vastly more efficient.

Up to now, the system in China has been voluntary, but over 100,000 people are already proudly promoting their scores on the Chinese version of Twitter. The social point system will become mandatory for all Chinese citizens in the year 2020.

The system in place in the West is already nearly as omniscient with regards to our personal data, but it is also both capitalist and private with virtually no government oversight or regulation.

Setting aside the abuses already present in the private model, there remains an inevitable question: how long until Western nations realize the incredible potential for controlling every thought and behavior of their citizens through data-driven social scores?

The data-bases already exist. The social profiles are already created. The media infrastructure is already in place. The political lust for power is strong.

 How obedient will you become to earn points towards your citizen score? Perhaps you might even agree to take a ‘mark’, to show your loyalty to the state or if it were required for buying or selling? (Revelation 13.16, 17)

Conspiracies Abound: Will Obama Try To Stay In Office If Donald Trump Wins?

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By Michael Snyder – End of The America Dream Blog

August 08, 2016

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If Donald Trump wins in November, will Barack Obama leave office and hand over power in an orderly fashion? Normally we would not even have to ask such a question, but these are not normal times. This week, Obama publicly stated that Trump “is unfit to serve as President” and that he is “woefully unprepared to do this job”.

In addition, he told the press that Trump “doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world.” If Obama really believes those things are true, would he really just stand aside and hand the keys to the White House to Trump?

Never before have I ever heard a sitting president claim that one of the major party candidates could not function as president. But that is what Obama has just done. The following is an excerpt from a transcript of remarks made by Obama earlier this week that comes directly from the official White House website. I want you to truly consider the implications of what he is saying here…

Intermission [agh]; WHO IS INCOMPETENT IN ACTUALITY

“But there have been Republican Presidents with whom I disagreed with, but I didn’t have a doubt that they could function as President. I think I was right, and Mitt Romney and John McCain were wrong on certain policy issues, but I never thought that they couldn’t do the job. And had they won, I would have been disappointed, but I would have said to all Americans they are — this is our President, and I know they’re going to abide by certain norms and rules and common sense, will observe basic decency, will have enough knowledge about economic policy and foreign policy and our constitutional traditions and rule of law that our government will work, and then we’ll compete four years from now to try to win an election. But that’s not the situation here. And that’s not just my opinion; that is the opinion of many prominent Republicans. There has to come a point at which you say, enough.”

Earlier today, I came across an outstanding article by Joseph Farah of WND in which he summarized the claims that Obama was making against Trump…

– He said Trump would not abide by “norms and rules and common sense.”

– He questioned whether he would “observe basic decency” should he reach the Oval Office.

– He said he would have been disappointed to lose the elections of 2008 and 2012, but never doubted whether his rivals in those elections, John McCain and Mitt Romney, could function as president or had the knowledge to make government work. “That’s not the situation here,” he added.

– He added Trump “doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding, to occupy the most powerful position in the world.”

– He said he was “woefully unprepared to do this job.”

– Obama said Trump lacked knowledge about Europe, the Middle East and other parts of Asia.

This is some extremely strong language, and I truly wish one of the reporters at the press conference would have asked one incredibly important follow up question.

Will Barack Obama try to stay in office if Donald Trump wins the election?

In his article, Joseph Farah raised the same issue…

If no one else will ask the question, I will: “Mr. President, if Donald Trump wins the election to become the next president of the United States, will you willingly and peacefully leave office and cooperate fully with the transition of power the way all of your predecessors in the White House have done in the past?”

It’s a simple question that needs to be asked and answered – given Obama’s highly inflammatory rhetoric over the last week.

Like Farah, I believe that it is a fair question.

If Barack Obama truly believes all of the things he said about Donald Trump, does he also believe that he has a responsibility to keep Donald Trump from taking office?

Absent a major national emergency of some sort, this would be very difficult for Obama to do. But if there were some sort of enormous national crisis between now and next January, Barack Obama could potentially employ some of the extraordinary emergency powers that have been endowed on the office of the president over the past several decades.

There is not a single statute, regulation, executive order or presidential directive that contains all of the powers that a president would possess during a major national emergency. Rather, these powers have been layered on top of one another for a very long period of time, and they come from literally dozens of different laws, regulations, court decisions, executive orders and presidential directives.

One document that I would refer you to is National Security Presidential Directive 51 which was put into effect during the Bush administration. It is all about “national continuity policy” and it defines a “catastrophic emergency” as “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions”.

In such a scenario, the president would have almost unlimited power, and he would wield enormously powerful executive orders such as this one. If there was a big enough emergency, the president would potentially be able to declare martial law, suspend elections and essentially become a dictator.

Let us hope that we never see such a thing play out in the United States of America.

On the other-hand, the alternative to Donald Trump, America and the world will be placed in the hand of this lady:

Still not convinced yet? Please watch the following Dinesh D’ movie:

Whatever the outcome of the November 2016 US presidential election, we have to remember this truth that God is in control and established or dethroned kings (rulers).