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Was the presidential election swayed by “fake media” – Or did the fear of God awaken 81% of the evangelicals who voted for Trump?

[The following report was posted by Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, Washington, D.C.]

There’s been a lot of talk about the role the Supreme Court played in last month’s election — but what about the current justices? According to one columnist, the present Court may have had just as much to sway voters as any future nominees would. In a thoughtful article by David Bernstein in today’s Washington Post, the George Mason University Foundation professor talks about the impact a certain marriage ruling may have had in cementing Americans’ choice for president.

Of course, plenty of ink has been spilled about Donald Trump’s unprecedented support from evangelicals — besting even churchgoing favorite George W. Bush. But some people are still wondering: what could have possibly made the controversial figure so popular with the country’s faith bloc? Bernstein argues that one issue motivated Christians more than any other to turn out and pull the lever for the real estate mogul. “To what can we attribute Trump’s success? The most logical answer is that their religious liberty was under assault from liberals, and they therefore had to hold their noses and vote for Trump.”

Using a laundry list of examples — from taking God out of the Democratic platform to prosecuting bakers for turning down same-sex wedding cake orders — Bernstein explains that it was the Left’s fierce assault on faith and conscience that drove evangelicals to the polls. The extremism, he argues, was never clearer than in the oral arguments of Obergefell – when, in one candid moment, the president’s top lawyer confirmed everyone’s worst fears: that the government would use a liberal ruling as a weapon to use against Christians.

Asked if religious schools could lose their tax-exempt status for holding a natural view of marriage, U.S. Solicitor Donald Verrilli was surprisingly honest. “…[I]t’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is going to be an issue.” The admission was stunning, even to liberals. “If I were a conservative Christian,” law professor Eugene Volokh said shortly after, “(which I most certainly am not), I would be very reasonably fearful, not just as to tax exemptions but as to a wide range of other programs — fearful that within a generation or so, my religious beliefs would be treated the same way as racist religious beliefs are.”

Obviously, Bernstein believes, that concern was shared by millions of evangelical voters. In a country where 53 percent still define marriage as the union of a man and woman, the writing on the wall was clear.

“Many religious Christians of a traditionalist bent believed that liberals not only reduce their deeply-held beliefs to ‘bigotry,’ but want to run them out of their jobs, close down their stores and undermine their institutions. When I first posted about this on Facebook, I wrote that I hope liberals really enjoyed running Brendan Eich out of his job and closing down the Sweet Cakes bakery, because it cost them the Supreme Court. I’ll add now that I hope Verrilli enjoyed putting the fear of government into the God-fearing because it cost his party the election.”

Source: Family Research Council, A Tale of Two Donalds; December 08, 2016

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Looking Ahead!

After 32 years, serving the Church in the most powerful city in the world, one observation stands out: America remains strong because it was built on a foundation of faith and prayer. Each generation inherits the duty to keep that beacon of light shining.

During this election year, we saw a true spiritual awakening as thousands upon thousands of Christians committed themselves to prayer and action, attended prayer rallies, voted, and took to heart the admonishment of 2 Chronicles 7:14 – to humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways.

Nevertheless, there are many loud voices in our country dedicated to eroding that foundation. In times as challenging as these, it is exciting to see so many people taking a stand for their faith. 

We fought and worked hard this year to help Turn the Tide, but there is still much to do. We ask you to join with us with your prayer and support while we stand against those who believe God and prayer should be stripped from the public square. Also, there are those who are determined to undermine the U.S. Constitution.

Our Washington Report serves to be “Your eyes and ears at the Nation’s Capital.” Our agenda for 2017 is aggressive as we mobilize a nationwide outreach to unite the Christian voice from grassroots back to Washington, D.C. A single voice can have a huge impact when united with thousands of other like voices. 

A silent Church is like salt that has lost its savor. In 2017, we are positioned to advance God’s enduring place in America, but we need you as a partner. With your help we can continue our mission to unite the body of Christ and stir up revival.

Without you, we cannot accomplish all that God has commissioned us to do. As we face the New Year, we need your help to clear the books of a remaining deficit of $5,600. by December 31st.  Please pray about what the Lord would have you to do with a special end of the year contribution.

We “must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4).

We are grateful for all the continued support that has helped us represent the Christian voice at the nation’s capital. My third book, Power of the King’s Blood, is headed to the publisher in January. Look for it on our website. Available in paperbook and eBooks.

Let freedom ring in America!!  Shalom to all.  (Ruth)

Ruth Schofield, Founder/President
Embassy for World Peace
P.O. Box 5649
Washington, D.C. 20016

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Tell the US not to betray Israel at the UN

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon hosted a gathering of supporters at UN Headquarters in New York Wednesday for a rally against the international effort to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) the Jewish State. His address covered a wide variety of tactics to combat BDS, from legal and political moves at the UN and in individual countries to social media activity and, for those who could, direct business ties with Israeli companies and the promotion of tourism to Israel.

“We are here to send a simple message to the BDS movement: to the bullies who harass students on campus, to those who use the language of civil rights to mask their hate, to the activists who are conducting this illegal and unjust campaign of hate; your time is over, your movement based on lies and intimidation is coming to an end,” he told the crowd. “We will use every tool and every legal measure to stop the hate.”

ACLJ in Washington, DC also warns that President Obama is poised to betray Israel in his final days in office. There are reports that the Administration is plotting to use the U.N. Security Council against Israel.

It’s a renewed attempt to abandon Israel, slash its borders, leave it defenseless, and force our greatest ally in the Middle East to make dangerous concessions to terrorists before negotiations even begin.

Palestinian terrorists have launched over 300 attacks on Israelis – literally stabbing women and children in the back – murdering Israeli civilians and American citizens.

We must not force Israel into talks with terrorists. Israel must not be forced to negotiate with a Palestinian Authority that empowers terrorists. Jerusalem should be united, not divided.

Contact your Members of Congress and tell them to Defend Israel and Stop Forced Negotiations with Terrorists

Source: International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ); American Center for Law and Justice; Jay Sekulow, Washington, D.C.

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Hope and a future for American liberty!

ABC News has reported that the evangelical voter turnout was the largest in U.S. history. The unified prayer movement that prevailed over this election is greater than any in our nation’s history. Let’s continue to fan the flames of this movement to ignite spiritual awakening in America. We cannot go back to sleep again. As the Church goes, so goes the nation! 

Join together in giving God the glory for this remarkable, dramatic turn of events.

This election was not a choice about party lines, or between a man and a woman. It was about the choice between restoration over corruption. The “basket of deplorables” made it very clear they were not going to take corruption or excessive bureaucracy anymore. Trump is making a call to “reclaim our country’s destiny.”

Trump’s win stunned the world, ending eight years of Democratic rule, sending the United States on a new path. Exit polls conducted by Edison Research indicate the country is more divided than we thought. They reflect deep racial, gender, economic and cultural divides across the nation.

President-elect Donald Trump said it was time to heal the divisions caused by the campaign and find common ground.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a short video on YouTube and Facebook Wednesday afternoon congratulating US President-elect Donald Trump on his electoral victory. The PMO issued a statement saying that Netanyahu and Trump are looking forward to a warm and productive relationship in the months and years to come.

Some countries of the Middle East are looking for America to be an ally. They are looking for America to lead the peoples of the Middle East.

Pray for unity and for the country to bind the wounds of division. Trump and his administration need all the help and prayers they can get—given the many challenges we face as a nation. We pray for the success of our country and of our new president.

President Obama has a huge agenda for his final days in office. Washington insiders report that he is plotting to abandon Israel, and make numerous unconstitutional Executive actions that will undermine the law.

Attorney General Lynch could be in office for months during the transition. FBI Director Comey has seven more years in office. Pray for Congress to impeach Comey to restore trust in our system of justice.

Pray for the “Checks and Balances” to return to the three Executive branches of our government. Pray for righteous justice in the federal court system.

Pray for the healing and rebuilding of America. We must not slack off in prayer, but double down. 

Pray for all public officials to move in the sevenfold Spirit of Isaiah 11:2-3: Wisdom, Counsel, Understanding, Strength, Knowledge, Courage and Might. Pray that they will govern in Godliness and Holy fear.

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Evangelicals and Trump: Personality or Policies

WASHINGTON — Even though the platform of the Republican Party this year has the most biblically oriented, pro-church policies; the dividing line is growing wider between evangelicals who continue to support Republican nominee Donald Trump and those who believe the now infamous “Trump tapes” make it impossible to stand with him.

Author and columnist Craig Parshall told CBN News despite the revelations, the urgency of the state of the union is more important.

“If you have a house that’s on fire and your children are on the second floor, you want a fire captain and firemen who are going to put out the fire and save your children,” he said. “If that’s the state of our union right now, and many people believe that it is, then we need someone who’s going to be able to put out the fire, protect the church, protect our families.”

“Unfortunately, if words of profanity come out during the process of that person putting out the fire, that’s not optimal but it’s certainly necessary to get someone who knows how to handle the conflagration that’s facing our republic,” Parshall said.

Trump has since apologized for the remarks but that hasn’t halted the avalanche of criticism. One of the biggest rifts comes from inside Trump’s own “evangelical council.”

Megachurch pastor James MacDonald sent an email to fellow members of the faith council condemning Trump and distancing himself from the candidate.

In an interview with CBN News, Bishop Harry Jackson, who is also a member of the council, respectfully disagreed.

“Mr. MacDonald, who I highly respect, is coming from a spiritual coaching point of view. I believe that he thought Mr. Trump was further in his spiritual journey. I think all of us get confused about the language of 11 years ago versus the heart of today…We are over spiritualizing this process. I don’t consider Hillary a Christian advocate. I’m not questioning her faith. I am not considering Donald Trump as a born-again believer who is 100 percent in the fold. I’m looking at their policies,” Jackson explained.

Jackson said the consensus of the council is to stick by Trump for the sake of policy, pointing to Trump’s stance on Israel and religious liberty.

“We kind of came to an agreement on this… We’re not supporting a personality but a set of policies. The policies and the platform of the Republican Party this year are probably the most biblically oriented, pro-church kind of platform that we’ve had in all the years that I have been publically active in politics,” Jackson stated.

Meanwhile, Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, has called on Christians to show a little forgiveness. “I believe in forgiveness, and we are called to forgive as we have been forgiven,” Pence said.

Former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, a Trump supporter, implored Christians to look at the bigger picture. In an interview with CBN News, Carson said he was “uncomfortable” with Trump’s remarks but brought up the issue of policy, namely abortion.

“I’m uncomfortable with them too. Everybody is uncomfortable with them. But you have to be able to look at the big picture. If you’re talking to evangelicals, you have to say, which candidate is pro-life, is trying to save babies? And which candidate is okay with tearing babies heads off when they are fully formed and could survive outside the womb?” Carson said.

Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Dr. James Dobson echoed similar sentiments…..

“Mr. Trump promises to support religious liberty and the dignity of the unborn. Mrs. Clinton promises she will not,” Dobson said.

Falwell Jr. called Trump’s comments “reprehensible” but went on to say, “we’re never going to have a perfect candidate.”

Prominent evangelist Franklin Graham is among the latest to chastise Trump’s behavior, but he also reminds Christians of the long-term severity of this election.

In a Facebook post Graham wrote,” The crude comments made by Donald J. Trump more than 11 years ago cannot be defended. But the godless progressive agenda of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton likewise cannot be defended.”

“But as Christians, we can’t back down from our responsibility to remain engaged in the politics of our nation,” he added. “On November 8 we will all have a choice to make.

Source: Excerpted from CBN News Article by Amber C. Strong; A House Divided: More Evangelical Leaders Take A Stand Against Trump;10-12-2016

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A Global Selloff Threatens to Spiral Economy

Another October surprise? Economic warfare continues to work behind the scenes to orchestrate a global economic crash this FALL. Greedy U.S. politicians are part of the movement—Republicans and Democrats. The opportunity to vote will bring transformation and clean house if Christians will show up and vote their Biblical values. Prayer and crying out to God is the other component. God will send us one final revival.

Is the U.S. economy going into another Great Depression, or something worse, like a total collapse? Is it under judgment by God? Some say that the collapse of the dollar is inevitable due to the enormous national debt. But what does Bible prophecy say? God’s Word is “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Although predictable, Scripture indicates that threats of America’s total financial collapse are premature. For the sake of the Church and Israel, we have been praying against economic warfare the past 32 years at the nation’s capital. The Church is here to thwart the plans of the enemy until the Lord says our work is finished (John 9:4). Until then, we do what Jesus told His servants, “Occupy till I come” (Luke 19:14 KJV). Or the NKJ versions says, “Do business till I come.”

This September 11th Bloomberg headline is another warning: Selloff in U.S. Stocks, Bonds Eases; Crude Leads Resources Lower – Read article…..

America’s enemies are engaged in economic warfare against the U. S. dollar and our world trade. Who is the enemy that would like to sabotage America’s economy? Russia, Iran and greedy politicians. Part of the official communist plan is to get America to bury itself in massive debt. Iran has been working to kill the American dollar as the world currency. All presidents and their administrations are guilty of growing our debt, but President Obama has championed the idea to a new and crushing level from which the nation will only recover from with God’s divine help.

Still, as a nation, we are not ready to be turned over to a final deathblow. Recessions have come and passed in America; but there has always been a recovery. America needs to come back to God one more time!!

According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch Head of Global Rates and Currencies Research David Woo says investors are still underestimating real estate mogul Donald Trump’s chances of ascending to the highest office in the land, and what a seismic change this could be for markets and the world’s largest economy. He could prove to be a massive boost for the greenback and U.S. economy.

“The U.S. economy would take off in a big way” if Trump were elected and Republicans control both legislative houses next year, Woo said, thanks to the fiscal stimulus that Trump would enact. The greenback would strengthen and U.S. Treasury yields would rise, a view shared by Woo and other fixed income veterans as well.

We believe prayer has averted a premature global takeover that would also destabilize and topple governments around the world (2 Thessalonians 2:7).

We need to REPENT for our sins and the destructive stewardship of greedy politicians (2 Chronicles 7:13-14), and replace them at the voting booth.

Please pray Proverbs 19:21: “There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.”

WHAT IS THE BIBLICAL TIMELINE FOR AMERICA’S TOTAL COLLAPSE?

If we identify America with Revelation’s Babylon, Scripture predicts America’s financial collapse after her complete military defeat mentioned in Revelation 17 and 18—not before. Revelation describes Babylon as the great city that sits on many waters and makes the world’s merchants and traders rich (Revelation 18:12-15). America will remain to be the biggest market for goods in the world until she is divinely destroyed forever. In verses 17-24, the merchants are pictured on that day as weeping offshore in their ships looking at the smoke of her burning and wondering who will buy their goods now that she is gone.

Although John’s Revelation describes the military defeat of America in one hour, it tells us plainly that it will be an America that is still the economic center and wealth creator of the world economy. A complete economic collapse of the dollar would ruin America forever and the world economy at the same time.

God’s prophetic timing is revealed in Revelation 14 that predicts America’s military defeat does not come until right before the Great Tribulation starts in the middle of the 70th Week of Daniel before the Mark of the Beast is released. The 70th Week of Daniel has not even begun yet and none of the world indicators that define it have occurred (Nuclear Middle East War, Third Temple and its sacrifices).

Both chapters of Revelation 17 and 18 depict Babylon as a whore riding the Beast and controlling it, which is why the Beast needs to remove her to be free. The Beast is the Anti-Christ’s world government. The defeat of America actually comes at the hands of the Anti-Christ himself and his Ten World Rulers (Revelation 17:16-17); right before he sets up his own global military and financial empire to fill the void America leaves. The Rapture of the Church precedes the rule of the Anti-Christ.

We need to believe prophecy in the Bible and not fear the predictions of America’s total economic collapse. Nevertheless, the enemy is orchestrating a spoil behind the scenes, but the Church is God’s restrainer (2 Thessalonians 2:7). If we believe the Bible on this and even God’s will for our own personal financial abundance (John 10:10) then there is much hope for our future despite the current financial trial many of us are in. We need to be the Church that occupies until Christ returns!! The final harvest is mighty and ready (Joel 3:13-14). We are here for such a time as this — even though we detest living in Babylon! Be salt and light until He comes.

Resource: Escape All These Things

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Discerning God’s Chosen

At a time when America faces the most critical crossroads in her history, Christians are more confused and divided than ever before. It appears they have shut up their ears to shut out God’s VOICE. Nonetheless, religious persecution has awakened prayer across the nation, and faithful saints around the globe have been crying out to God for America. They have repented, prayed for justice and cried out for revival; and the Lord says, “I have heard their CRY!” When God hears our prayers, then we know He will answer:

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him (1 John 5:14-15).

About two years ago while working in my office, I heard a silence in Heaven that immediately stopped me to give an ear to the Holy Spirit. The Lord said, “I have reset time for America for the sake of My people. I have heard their prayers and will reverse the downward spiral for a season.” The Lord then instructed me to tell His people to pray for His divine intervention to turn back the tide in the nation.” God wants to revive America from spiritual darkness. Thirty years ago, the Lord spoke to me in the middle of taping a television program in Washington, D.C. saying, “I want to send a Nineveh-type revival to the nation.”

In this 2016 presidential election cycle, I believe the Lord is saying, “STOP, LOOK and LISTEN to the evident signs I’m giving you! Pray for discernment. Do what My Word tells you in Proverbs 3:5-6; ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.’”

Discernment is supernatural insight and is only possible when we look through the eyes (or lens) of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2-3). Daniel the prophet, glorified God in Babylon. He governed within the king’s court in Babylon during the 70-year captivity of Israel. The Bible lists the sons of Issachar among the divisions of David’s army at Hebron: Scripture says, they possessed “understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command” (2 Chronicles 12:32).

How do we know we are hearing from God? Look for confirmation. Today, hundreds of credible pastors and public figures are making a bold stand to publicly witness that they believe God has anointed Donald J. Trump as his chosen vessel for the presidency of the U.S. Mr. Trump has shown solidarity in expressing his public support for pro-life issues, religious freedom and the U.S. Constitution. These are values that matter to Christians, yet many are opting out from voting because Mr. Trump does not pass their litmus test.

God often answers prayer contrary to our thinking. Jesus, the Messiah, was rejected by the established religious order, even though He fulfilled prophecy before their eyes. In Isaiah, chapter 45 we read about Cyrus, a Persian king chosen by Yahweh to deliver the Jewish nation out of Babylon and restore their Holy City Jerusalem. Daniel was serving in the king’s court when Cyrus conquered the Babylonians Empire. After Daniel read Isaiah’s prophecy to Cyrus, over 150 years after Isaiah’s time, the Persian king was moved to fund the restoration of Jerusalem and their Temple.

In 1979, the Holy Spirit directed me to read the life of Cyrus in Ezra chapter six, and Isaiah chapter 45. I was led to pray for God’s Cyrus to come forth on behalf of America. In 1980-88, Ronald Reagan wasn’t called God’s Cyrus, even though he was God’s instrument to restore America from its decline. In 2016, many prophetic voices have been hearing the Holy Spirit connect Donald J. Trump with Isaiah’s Cyrus. Six months ago, I received a Word from the Lord that Trump is God’s Cyrus for such a time as this. God knows this nation needs a deliverer with the anointing of Cyrus to restore our freedoms.

The 2016 presidential election is about the Church and Israel. The Church must restrain her enemies so she can fulfill the final harvest of souls (2 Thessalonians 2:7). Israel needs the Church and America to stand with her; she is God’s timepiece for prophecy to be fulfilled in these end times.

The future of the U.S. Supreme Court will be the most critical issue decided in the 2016 election. The President we elect will nominate between 1 to 4 Justices. The Senate we elect will confirm those Justices. According to George Barna, godly leaders would govern our nation if only 10% more Christians voted—39 million Christians did not vote in the 2012 general election. Christians have a key role to play in influencing the Supreme Court and bringing hope to our nation this election!

We are in a battle for America’s SOUL. God chooses kings and leaders. Israel missed her Messiah. In this hour, will we miss God’s deliverer? If we will not stand up and fight, our enemies will be given permission to run over us:

But I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you, who have said to you, ‘Lie down, that we may walk over you.’ And you have laid your body like the ground, and as the street, for those who walk over (Isaiah 51:23).

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Is God Sending Natural Disasters as Judgment?

When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:13-14).

Breaking Israel News took a look back at the top five Biblical phenomenon stories of the year proving that in these modern times, God is more visible than ever before those who are willing to see Him.

  • Life Discovered on Shores of Dead Sea as Prophesied in Ezekiel 47:9
  • End of Days Yellowstone Volcano Prophesied in Zechariah
  • Nile River Turns to Blood-Red in Biblical Nature Phenomenon
  • Biblical Plague Mysteriously Appears as Passover Approaches
  • Global Wave of Earthquakes a Prelude to Redemption? 

Read more at Breaking Israel News….. 

THOUSANDS HIT BY EXTREME GLOBAL FLOODING, LIGHTNING, AND TORNADOES. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

And if in spite of these things ye will not be corrected unto Me, but will walk contrary unto Me; then will I also walk contrary unto you; and I will smite you, even I, seven times for your sins. Leviticus 26:23-24 (The Israel Bible™)

The world is undergoing a global plague of flooding that many are trying to shrug off as a passing anomaly. However, one rabbi thinks the widespread meteorological disasters hold a clear message to the Jewish people.

On June 9th, politicians in Paris packed up their briefcases and left a conference that was a prelude to forcing Israel to accept an internationally imposed two-state solution. Just a few hours after the conference ended, the Seine River rose over 6 meters, levels that have not been seen in over 100 years. Sections of the Metro shut down and workers scrambled to save over 250,000 priceless pieces of art stored in the basement of the Louvre, the world’s largest museum. Thousands were forced from the homes into shelters.

The storm in Paris was only the beginning. The rains that hit Paris spread across Europe over the weekend, causing massive flooding throughout the continent. Southern and Central Germany were hit with heavy storms, raising river less by as much as four meters within minutes, killing 14 people.

Perhaps the strangest aspect of this natural disaster was the human element. Despite meteorology being an advanced science, scientists were caught off guard. Inexplicably, there were virtually no preemptive warnings from the government and scientific institutions constantly on the watch to protect people from these natural disasters.

Two people were killed by flooding in Romania and hundreds were made homeless as rising waters flooded roadways, cutting off thousands more people.

Rain and flooding were not the only strange weather to manifest. Over 70 people were injured by lightning at the Rock am Ring music festival in Germany on Saturday, forcing officials to cancel the last day, sending over 90,000 wet and disappointed fans home.

The flooding was not a local meteorological phenomenon limited to Europe. Last Friday, while Parisians were swimming home, Krasnodar, Russia got hit in three hours with almost 3.5 inches of precipitation, what is normally a full month of rain.

No populated continent was spared. In America, extreme flooding hit the Gulf Coast of Texas, threatening 31 counties. Tragedy struck in Fort Hood when a military vehicle was swept away during a training exercise. Nine soldiers were killed in the accident. Nine more people were killed as at least six tornadoes struck in the state and record levels of precipitation fell in some areas. Water levels are still rising in South Texas.

Right across the border, Iztapalapa, one of the most densely populated areas of Mexico, was hit by flooding that forced hundreds of families from their homes.

In Asia, heavy floods hit the east and central provinces of China, rendering thousands homeless. Parts of that storm flooded India as well

The Eastern Australia coast was pounded by storms on Sunday while flooding hit the southeastern side of the continent, killing three.

In Biblical times, the flooding would likely have been seen as an expression of God’s anger, as nature was understood to be God’s aspect of judgment. When the Egyptians drowned in the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21), the sea was considered to be acting on God’s behalf. Joshua went to battle and the sun stood still for him (Joshua 10:13) as an expression of God’s will. Most of the ten plagues (Exodus 7:14) could be explained by geological, climate or weather-related causes, yet they were divinely directed.

What connection, if any, is there between today’s weather events and divine will? One rabbi has an answer…..Read full article at Breaking Israel News

Article by Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz Published in Breaking Israel News (June 10, 2016)

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Silence in the face of evil

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the brave German pastor who paid with his life for his actions against the Nazi regime said: “Silence in the face of evil is in itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

“A decision not to vote is a de facto vote for Hillary Clinton.” –Jerry Falwell, Jr. (Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA.)

Pray USA: Government Leaders Calling the Nation to Prayer

People of faith can no longer sit idly by and passively watch as our nation’s history and our Judeo-Christian heritage are being rewritten with a false narrative. In a unified step together, government leaders have passionately called on God’s people to unify with one heart and one voice to pray and take action for the United States.

Nevertheless, here is what we can do: We can pray. We can elect government leaders who will fight for our religious liberty. We can organize. We can fight back. We can celebrate our heritage. We can display our National Motto, “In God We Trust.” We can reignite our churches and be a voice for what we believe in.

Pray USA was launched in 2015 when government leaders called the nation to a national prayer initiative. The vision: Government leaders and pastors standing together in the church will help break the back of the lie and misapplication of the “separation of church and state” which has hindered Christians from expressing their faith in the public square.

We hear the echoes of true prejudicial hatred that cry out, “You can’t pray at the football game.” “You can’t wear that cross to work?” You can’t quote the Bible outside of your church.” “You can’t ‘harass’ your coworkers with your religious talk.” “You can’t call that sin.” “You can’t put up that Christmas display.” And the list goes on.

As people of faith, we believe that freedom is secured through Judeo-Christian values, and it is time to wake up, stand up and speak up! The concerted effort to secularize America has eroded our nation’s spiritual foundation, assaulted our natural rights and nearly silenced Christians with threats and intimidation. This is not a cause for pulling back—this is a call to action!

Pray USA has been launched by the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, along with Congressman J. Randy Forbes and Senator James Lankford, co-chairs of the Congressional Prayer Caucus.

It’s time to reclaim our heritage and for the nation to recognize that people of faith care about what’s happening within our culture, about our beliefs and values—millions of us! It’s time to send a wake-up call to the halls of power, as well as to the person next door.

Do not be apathetic! Do not sit back and tolerate evil! We pray that you will have the moral courage to vote to affirm, the inward vision that the Creator God in Heaven now prepares for those who trust in Him. “Without faith, it is impossible to please God…..” (Hebrews 11:6).

Resource: Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation; Pray USA

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Weep with those who weep!

Early Sunday morning, in what is now being called the “deadliest mass shooting in US history,” a radicalized Islamic jihadist who pledged allegiance to ISIS, entered a Orlando gay nightclub and opened fire on patrons, killing what is now believed to be about 50 people, and injuring 53. The shooter is among the deceased. The FBI has assured Orlando residents that there is no further threat to their safety.

Florida Family Policy Council President and General Counsel John Stemberger has released the following statement in response to this horrible tragedy:

“The people shot by the Islamic jihadist were sons and daughters, mothers and fathers. They were citizens and workers. They were precious souls. Most importantly they were people who were made in the image and likeness of God himself. They were image bearers of the Creator and worthy of dignity, value, and respect. 

This is an unspeakable tragedy and we should take extended time to mourn, to pray for the families of those murdered and injured, and to consider the depth of evil in the hearts of men that this senseless act represents. Finally, we should also pray for and support law enforcement as they investigate and bring to justice all persons involved.”

First Baptist Church of Orlando is holding a citywide prayer service Tuesday, June 14 at 7 p.m. The church is using the hashtag #LoveOrlando to spread the message across social media. Dr. David Uth, senior pastor at First Baptist Orlando stated, “And I believe the body of Christ is called upon now to demonstrate his love for all people. One of our core values is all people matter to God, and they matter to us.”

Uth said he welcomes the prayers of the body of Christ. “It will be an evening to pray for the community and certainly the families of the victims,” Uth said, referring to Tuesday’s prayer service. “But also we are remembering Christina Grimmie and her family because she was the one killed that began the weekend of violence here in Orlando. And so we don’t want to leave her out because she was a strong believer, and her family will be here with us tomorrow night as well,” he said.

A gunman shot and killed the 22-year-old former finalist of NBC’s “The Voice” at a Florida concert venue before killing himself during a struggle with Grimmie’s brother.

“So I’ve heard from the body of Christ in so many places, and what I would say is pray that the love of Jesus be manifested among his people,” Uth continued. “And that the takeaway is that what evil wanted to do, God took and glorified his Name. And so, pray that for us as we serve our Lord in these very difficult times in Orlando.”

Unfortunately, these modern-day Islamic jihadists have one war cry. They want to exterminate all infidels — Gay and straight, Christian and Jew.

Senator Ted Cruz made this comment: “We need a commander-in-chief who will speak the truth, and who will unleash the full force and fury of the American military to utterly destroy ISIS and its affiliates,” said Cruz. “We need to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act, so that known ISIS terrorists cannot use U.S. passports to return to America and wage jihad. We need a President who is serious – who will identify the enemy by name and do everything necessary to defeat it.”

Join with praying Christians across the nation, and ask the Lord to send a spiritual awakening and revival to America. Also, contact your members of Congress and demand they pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act.

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