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Posted 8/10/17 at 10:27 AM | Prince Chakanyuka

Historical Signficance Of Temple Mount

Introduction

The temple mount has historical and religious significance for all three of the major Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It has particular religious significance for Judaism and Islam, and the competing claims of these faith communities has made it one of the most contested religious sites in the world.

Judaism

The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism, which regards it as the place where God's divine presence is manifested more than in any other place, and is the place Jews turn towards during prayer. Due to its extreme sanctity, many Jews will not walk on the Mount itself, to avoid unintentionally entering the area where the Holy of Holies stood, since according to Rabbinical law, some aspect of the divine presence is still present at the site. It was from the Holy of Holies that the High Priest communicated directly with God.

According to the rabbinic sages whose debates produced the Talmud, it was from here the world expanded into its present form and where God gathered the dust used to create the first human, Adam. Since at least the first century , the site has been associated in Judaism with Mount Moriah ; Mount Moriah is the name given by the Hebrew Bible to the location of Abraham's binding of Isaac, this identification being perpetuated by Jewish and Christian tradition. FULL POST

Posted 8/7/17 at 4:48 PM | Mark Ellis

Gog & Magog? Russia building military base near Israel’s border

Russian soldiers in Syria

By Mark Ellis

Russian military forces have replaced the Syrian regime’s military presence in southern Syria, and have built a base in the area, according to a report by the Jewish News Service.

The unsettling development reveals that Russia plans to create a more permanent military presence near Israel’s northern border, setting the stage for the potential fulfillment of Bible prophecies.

The Russian build-up near Israel comes after the implementation of a Syrian cease-fire agreement brokered by the U.S. and Russia in July.

Israeli soldier patrols on the Golan Heights (Credit:IDF)
Many students of Bible prophecy believe that Russia will lead an attack against Israel with other nations in the “latter days” mentioned in Ezekial 38.

At the beginning of Ezekial 38 a vast army is identified that includes: “Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal…Persia, Ethiopia and Put…Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north.”

Many interpreters identify these with the modern nations of Russia, Iran, Ethiopia, Libya, and other Slavic people to the north of Israel.

Ezekial 38:14-16 states: Therefore prophesy, son of man, and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “On that day when My people Israel are living securely, will you not know it? You will come from your place out of the remote parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great assembly and a mighty army; and you will come up against My people Israel like a cloud to cover the land. It shall come about in the last days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me when I am sanctified through you before their eyes, O Gog. FULL POST

Posted 8/4/17 at 2:20 PM | Mark Ellis

L.A. Times uses front page ‘hit piece’ to attack pastor leading WH Bible study

Trump cabinet gathers for prayer after Gorsuch nomination

By Mark Ellis

President Donald Trump’s cabinet members have been gathering weekly for prayer and Bible study sessions, which seems to infuriate media elites at the L.A. Times, who recently launched a venomous attack against the man leading the studies.

Ralph Drollinger, the founder of Capitol Ministries, initiated the Bible study during President Trump’s transition to the White House and continues to lead the group.

At 7’1”, Drollinger once played under legendary Coach John Wooden at UCLA and was the first player to go to four NCAA Final-Four Tournaments. Wooden famously coached his players to exhibit “grace under pressure,” something Drollinger may need in abundance to withstand the fiery darts of enraged secular critics.

Attendees at the study have included Vice President Pence; Secretaries Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson, Sonny Perdue, Rick Perry, Tom Price and Jeff Sessions; EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

They are some of the most powerful people in the U.S. government, something that agitates critics of the administration.

The writer of the L.A. Times story claimed to be in “shock” because Drollinger “once counseled a group of Sacramento lawmakers that female politicians with young children have no business serving in the Legislature. In fact, he called them sinners.” FULL POST

Posted 8/3/17 at 3:06 PM | Mark Ellis

Unemployed coal miner who confronted Clinton to run for Senate against Joe Manchin

Bo Copley

By Mark Ellis

Bo Copley, the unemployed coal miner who gained national attention after he challenged Secretary Clinton’s statements about the coal industry, is also a strong Christian who was at the heart of the revival that swept West Virginia.

He prayed and fasted before meeting Mrs. Clinton, then invited her to attend a revival meeting that night only a short distance away from their encounter on May 2, 2016.

Now he’s stirred up the political establishment by throwing his hat into the ring as a Republican running against Democratic Senator Joe Manchin. He declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate exactly one year to the day after his meeting with Hillary Clinton.

“I prayed and labored for some time about whether or not we should attempt this,” he says. “I have some very established and high profile politicians that I will face in the primary, but we know that God goes before us into battle.”

Copley and his wife, Lauren, made the decision together. “I felt in my heart He was telling me to pray with Lauren, TOGETHER. We view marriage as a covenant relationship, and I know that He wouldn’t send me somewhere without her being onboard, or at least revealing to her the same goal,” he says. FULL POST

Posted 8/2/17 at 1:35 PM | Karen Kramer

Taxing the Givers

They say numbers don’t lie. So here it is: $1.2 trillion dollars are contributed annually to our US economy by religious folks.

The money supports programs aimed at the hurting, helpless, hungry, and the people that support them.

Google, Apple, Microsoft, and the other top tech companies don’t put as much money into our economy.

When the idea is tossed around that churches need to be taxed, it’s important to look at the real dollars churches provide to our nation.

People are giving money away to help those in need. Churches provide their buildings for childcare centers, soup kitchens, job training, free clothing outlets, medical clinics, and that’s in addition to the direct dollars spent on the poor.

Besides money, churches coordinate 7.5 million volunteers in 1.5 million social programs aimed at helping those who need it most.

In the past 15 years, religious giving to the needy has tripled. While taxing churches could bring in money, it will only impact the amount they already give away.

One needs to ask how well the government would manage those tax dollars.

This much is certain: with $1.2 trillion being offered through religious groups each year, it reveals the generous hearts of millions of people. They aren’t giving because they’re required to, they are giving because they want to.

Posted 7/22/17 at 3:04 PM | Larry Dozier

Is America Mentioned in Bible Prophecy?

Yes! I am convinced that the USA is mentioned in the Old and New Testaments after listening to Irvin Baxter teach this. And, it appears that America has a specific part to play during the Great Tribulation! Here’s my evidence: There are two chapters in the Bible in which USA and Israel are mentioned as a part of prophecy: Daniel 7 and Revelation 12. In Daniel 7, Daniel’s dream provided a perfect allegory of the rise and fall of America, along with the consequences that America and other modern nations would experience for their wickedness.

Here’s what Daniel 7:4 says:

The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a human being, and the mind of a human was given to it.

The phrase “wings of a great eagle”, I believe, is referring to America who uses the eagle as her national bird. The eagle is on our flag and our currency. Then the scripture goes on to say, “I watched until its wings were torn off”. This is a perfect description of how America was formed – torn from her mother country, the Lion, Great Britain. The word “torn” implies pain, spilled blood and military battles. FULL POST

Posted 7/21/17 at 7:34 PM | Michael Bresciani

Churches: This is the Time to Return to Your First Love!

When Christ addressed the first seven churches in Asia he rebuked five, on one he was neutral, but he commended only one. If the first century church was already leaning toward apostasy, where will these last day’s churches be found?

The great falling away is referenced several times in scripture, but those with a world view are not guided by the Bible, nor do they believe in the prophetic aspects of this great God breathed book. As a result, they are the crowds that go about fulfilling prophecy while they reject it or deny it.

Not a day passes without a new report of some old historic church or denomination sinking to accommodate the new liberal theology of the day. Charisma News recently reported on a list of eight well known ministers and evangelical leaders that have decided to join in with the perversions of the LGBT crowd. The piece entitled “8 Evangelical Leaders Who Have Publicly Embraced Apostasy” also said, that the former pastor of the Mars Hill church, Rob Bell, contends that old line conservative churches will soon be a thing of the past. FULL POST

Posted 7/19/17 at 12:55 PM | Karen Kramer

Driving Under the Influence of Stupidity

Washington State drivers have a new “Driving Under the Influence of Electronics” law. Keep your hands off your phone—don’t even read that text message at a stop light. We are limited to a single finger (not that one) to “trigger a voice-activated application”.

Okay, I understand distraction, but how about reckless stupidity?

A few weeks ago, I witnessed a near-miss collision and it had nothing to do a phone. My rural highway leads to some spectacular camping spots. Tourists flock here every summer.

Thirty foot motorhomes and trucks pulling huge trailers routinely drive slower than the speed limit.

Most of them are unfamiliar with our curvy highway. I was behind a car that was tailgating a truck and travel trailer. But the slow-moving driver was almost going the speed limit—just a couple miles per hour under the limit. FULL POST

Posted 7/19/17 at 5:26 AM | George Smith

Can The US Help Improve Relations Between China and Japan?

It is no secret that relations between China and Japan are struggling. The two countries have a long history of conflict and it seems as if these historic disputes will continue to hinder relations into the foreseeable future. Many experts have debated on what can be done to help improve relations between China and Japan. Out of all the ways that have been suggested, it seems as if one other major country could play a vital role in improving relations between these the two countries.

The United States has a huge influence on the political dynamics of the world. Most importantly, it is seen as an ally to both China and Japan. With a long history of economic and political ties to each respective country, it is one of the few countries that has the power to be heard and complied with.

As two of the most powerful economies in the world, the United States and China have created a long and prosperous partnership. The two countries share many of the same political, economic and security interests. However, the partnership has been marked with several conflicts. In fact, the two are often simultaneously seen as allies and political adversaries. As the Trump administration begins its revisions on foreign policy, relations between the United States and China have become even more strained. However, the partnership holds the most promise towards providing stability to the Asian FULL POST

Posted 7/18/17 at 11:33 PM | Carrie Stoelting

To Stand for Life Is to Stand with Charlie Gard

Imagine someone invading the hospital room of your loved one and decreeing that he must die. That's essentially (and bluntly) what has happened in the case of precious Charlie Gard.

Charlie Gard is a critically ill, eleven month old child in Great Britain. His parents want the opportunity to bring him to the United States so that he may receive an experimental treatment for his rare genetic condition.

Why not try to help him live? No good reason exists to stop him from receiving the treatment. He would not suffer inhumanely. And his parents have the funds to do it.

In fact, Charlie's parents have raised over $1.6 million for both travel and treatment expenses. They have been invited by specialists in the United States and Italy. These specialists believe they can help Charlie. But tragically, the British courts are forbidding Charlie from receiving the treatment.

Congressman Steve King of Iowa explains the situation further, "It will be a horrific affront to every parent's innate right to care for their children if British courts refuse to allow Charlie Gard's parents to pursue offered treatment for their son... British courts should not be allowed to subject an innocent, eleven month old child to the equivalent of a death sentence when hope for a cure exists, and when his parents wish to pursue it at their own expense. The world is watching this story unfold, and the British legal system is being judged harshly." FULL POST

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