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Saturday, April 09, 2005
Ezra promises to prevent Jewish rally on MountJerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "A scenario in which thousands of Jews plan to flood the Temple Mount is highly problematic and the police will not enable them to reach the site, Internal Security Minister Gideon Ezra said on Thursday. "
Haaretz - Israel News - Analysis / Danger of a sparkHaaretz - Israel News - Analysis / Danger of a spark: "If extremists from the Revava organization and others manage to break into the Temple Mount today, it will end the calm between Israel and the Palestinian terror organizations, according to the worrisome assessment now occupying all branches of Israel's security services."
Chinese Protesters Attack Japanese EmbassyMy Way News: "BEIJING (Reuters) - Thousands of Chinese smashed windows and threw rocks at the Japanese embassy and ambassador's residence in Beijing on Saturday in a protest against Japan's wartime past and its bid for a U.N. Security Council seat."
Attacks Briefly Halt WHO Campaign in AngolaMy Way News: "LUANDA (Reuters) - World Health Organization (WHO) teams fighting an outbreak of Marburg virus in Angola were forced to temporarily suspend work in one area after scared residents stoned their vehicles, officials said on Saturday."
India and China Are Poised to Share Defining MomentThe New York Times > International > Asia Pacific > India and China Are Poised to Share Defining Moment: "NEW DELHI, April 9 - Wen Jiabao, prime minister of China, began a four-day visit to India on Saturday just as the two countries - a third of humanity - are coming into their own at the same moment, with the potential for a dynamic shift in the world's politics and economy. "
We should remember that this portion of the world will play a huge roll in the end times.
"14 And the voice spoke to the sixth angel who held the trumpet: "Release the four angels who are bound at the great Euphrates River." 15 And the four angels who had been prepared for this hour and day and month and year were turned loose to kill one-third of all the people on earth. 16 They led an army of 200 million mounted troops – I heard an announcement of how many there were." (Revelations 9:14-16)
Notice that John told us very specifically the amount of troops that were coming, 200 million. this is very important because right now India and China make up 1/3 of the human race. These countries, specifically China, are the only ones capable of raising an army this size.
ABC News: Sharon Expects U.S. Support on PulloutABC News: Sharon Expects U.S. Support on Pullout: "JERUSALEM Apr 9, 2005 � Prime Minister Ariel Sharon expects overwhelming support from President Bush before embarking on one of the most fundamental concessions in Israeli history the evacuation of 9,500 Jewish settlers from their homes. "
USATODAY.com - Red tide spreads distress by airUSATODAY.com - Red tide spreads distress by air: "A toxic algae bloom that has been lingering along the southwest coast of Florida since December has poisoned large numbers of fish, killed as many as 45 endangered manatee and may turn out to be more hazardous to people than previously believed."
Israeli Troops Kill Two Palestinians Despite TruceMy Way News: "GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers shot dead two Palestinians in Gaza near the border, medics said on Saturday, in the first deadly incident since Palestinian militants agreed in March to abide by a truce."
Hal Lindsey Oracle - An Extraordinary ProphecyHal Lindsey Oracle - Politically Incorrect - Prophetically Correct: "Modern communication technology has helped make the Pope�s death an unparalleled event. The entire world has literally come together to praise this one man. I find that many sense that there will be some important and climactic consequences to follow the death of this Pope. "
A Pessah sacrifice in JerusalemJerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "Thought about sacrificing a paschal lamb this year? Many of the hundreds � perhaps more than a thousand including the women � who gathered Thursday night at the Western Wall to march a circle around the Temple Mount believe it can become a reality � if not this year in Jerusalem, next. "
The New York Times > Washington > North Korea Said to Reject China's Bid on Nuclear TalksThe New York Times > Washington > North Korea Said to Reject China's Bid on Nuclear Talks: "WASHINGTON, April 8 - After two senior-level meetings between North Korean and Chinese leaders over the last two weeks to discuss the North's nuclear-weapons program, the Chinese have failed so far to persuade North Korea to rejoin nuclear disarmament talks, senior administration officials and diplomats said Friday."
CNN.com - Marburg Virus Worse Than Ebola - 205 CasesCNN.com - Marburg virus death toll hits 180 - Apr 8, 2005: "As of Thursday, 205 cases of Marburg hemorrhagic fever had been reported in the country, and 180 of those affected had died. Seven provinces have been affected, the latest being Zaire province, where six cases have been reported, the WHO said in its most recent update."
The New York Times > Health > Fear and Violence Accompany a Deadly Virus Across AngolaThe New York Times > Health > Fear and Violence Accompany a Deadly Virus Across Angola: "LUANDA, Angola, April 8 - The death toll in Angola from an epidemic caused by an Ebola-like virus rose to 174 Friday as aid workers in one northern provincial town reported that terrified people had attacked them and that a number of health workers had fled out of fear of catching the disease."
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Hamas Protests Jewish Extremist DemonstrationFOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Hamas Protests Jewish Extremist Demonstration: "GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip � Tens of thousands of Hamas supporters paraded through downtown Gaza City (search) on Friday, threatening to end a monthlong truce if Jewish extremists follow through on a pledge to hold a rally at a disputed holy site in Jerusalem next week. "
Friday, April 08, 2005
Fires sweep through Israel's Mt. Carmel regionJerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "Dozens of firemen, aided by at least six light planes and scores of volunteers, fought on Friday afternoon to prevent fires sweeping the Mount Carmel National Park, 'Hai Bar' wildlife sanctuary, and the Dania housing estate on the southern outskirts of Haifa. "
Pakistani Accused of Exporting Nuclear Weapon DevicesMy Way News: "WASHINGTON (AP) - A Pakistani businessman illegally exported devices from the United States that could be used to test, develop and detonate nuclear weapons, the government alleged on Friday."
Israel, Mideast Foes Shake Hands at Pope's FuneralMy Way News: "JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli President Moshe Katsav said he shook hands with the leaders of Syria and Iran at Pope John Paul's funeral Friday when the Pontiff in death brought together Middle East foes as no man alive ever had."
U.S. advises Americans to defer travel to Israel, avoid GazaHaaretz - Israel News: "The U.S. State Department on Thursday advised American citizens to defer any unnecessary travel to Israel and the territories citing growing efforts to thwart recent diplomatic achievements and the disengagement plan. "
MILITARY HOLDS EXERCISE IN PENGHU AGAINST CHINESE INVASIONe-Government Website/Homapage: "Penghu, April 7 (CNA) The military held a live-fire exercise on the outlying Penghu Islands on Thursday to simulate actions against an invasion by China. The 'Lien Hsin No. 248' joint land, sea and air exercise came one month after China enacted its Anti-Secession Law, which threatens the use of force against Taiwan. In the drill, combat readiness was practiced under the scenario of unusual military maneuvering along Chinese coasts, with Chinese fighter jets flying across the median of the Taiwan Strait and Chinese frigates approaching Penghu to try to intercept Taiwan's supply ships. However, operations of the Air Force and Navy were called off because of poor visibility as a result of foggy weather. Artillery live-fire exercises were successful. Also on Thursday, Penghu County councilors Li Tien-chin and Hsu Yueh-li demanded that the military hold the routine exercise in some other place in the future, saying that the exercises damage Penghu's marine ecology and affect the life of Penghu residents. Military officials in Penghu said the military had consulted with local residents before the exercise. The impact of the exercise on local residents should be minimal because the site of the exercise is several hundred meters away from their communities, they said. "
Fatima, John Paul II and the Final BattleFatima, John Paul II and the Final Battle: "Perhaps no event more animated Pope John Paul II than a series of claimed appearances of the Virgin Mary during the early part of the 20th century in Fatima, Portugal."
MKs threaten to enter Temple MountJerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "MKs threaten to enter Temple Mount"
WorldNetDaily: U.S. intel once considered causing huge quakeWorldNetDaily: U.S. intel once considered causing huge quake: "Months before the end of World War II, an American intelligence agency launched a top-secret project aimed at devising ways to trigger massive earthquakes and tsunamis that would wreak havoc among enemy civilian populations, recently uncovered documents reveal. "
TEHRAN: �GET USED TO A NUCLEAR IRAN�TEHRAN: �GET USED TO A NUCLEAR IRAN�: "French officials tried to put a good face on the EU�s high-stakes negotiations with Iran over its nuclear ambitions during the visit to Paris this week of Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, but could not mask Tehran�s determination to cross the nuclear threshold."
WorldNetDaily: Jerusalem police abound at Temple Mount areaWorldNetDaily: Jerusalem police abound at Temple Mount area: "The Jerusalem police blocked off access to the Temple Mount this morning, deploying thousands of officers around the walled sections of the city to thwart plans to bring 10,000 Jews, including several Knesset members, to the Temple Mount Sunday. "
FT.com / Home UK - IMF warns on risk of 'permanent oil shock'FT.com / Home UK - IMF warns on risk of �permanent oil shock�: "The world faces �a permanent oil shock� and will have to adjust to sustained high prices in the next two decades, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday in the starkest official warning yet about the long-term outlook for energy supplies."
Chinese begin to worry U.S. militarilyChinese begin to worry U.S. militarily: printer friendly version: "China, these officials say, has smartly analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of the American military and focused its growing defense spending on weapons systems that could exploit the perceived weaknesses in case the United States ever needs to respond to fighting in Taiwan. "
CNN.com - Deadly�Ebola-like virus spreads - Apr 8, 2005CNN.com - Deadly�Ebola-like virus spreads - Apr 8, 2005: "(CNN) -- Angola's death toll from the Marburg virus has climbed to 173 and four more countries have been placed on alert, as health officials struggle to contain the deadly virus, according to the World Health Organization Web site."
"There will be violent earthquakes, and famines and plagues in various places, and there will be terrifying sights and great signs from heaven. " (Luke 21:11)
Thursday, April 07, 2005
WorldNetDaily: Canada pulls out of Iran talksWorldNetDaily: Canada pulls out of Iran talks: "The Canadian government has pulled out of an upcoming trade conference 'On Doing Business with Iran' amid new revelations about the brutal death of Iranian-born Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi in Tehran. "
Yahoo! News - Text of Pope's Last Will and TestamentYahoo! News - Text of Pope's Last Will and Testament: "VATICAN CITY - The following is an English translation of the official Vatican Italian translation of the text of Pope John Paul II's last will and testament, which was originally written in Polish, dated June 3, 1979, with successive additions: "
NBC5.com - Health - Study: Half Of Sexually Active Young People Get STDsNBC5.com - Health - Study: Half Of Sexually Active Young People Get STDs: "RALEIGH, N.C. -- A new study suggests 50 percent of sexually active young people will contract a sexually transmitted disease by the time they're 25."
Maybe we should all wake up and realize that this is God's way of saying DON'T DO THAT!
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Paper: Two N.Y. Girls Held Over TerrorFOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Paper: Two N.Y. Girls Held Over Terror: "NEW YORK � Two 16-year-old girls from New York City (search) have been arrested on immigration charges after federal authorities said they planned to become suicide bombers, according to a published report. "
Solar Eclipse On Day Of Pope's FuneralMy Way News: "Sky-watchers from the South Pacific to the Americas will witness the first solar eclipse of 2005 on Friday when the moon blots out part of the sun."
Lab Uses X-Ray to Study Nuclear ExplosionsMy Way News: "ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are using an enormous X-ray machine to see what happens inside an exploding nuclear weapon without actually setting one off."
Ezra: Temple Mount rally is very problematicJerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "A scenario in which thousands of Jews plan to flood the Temple Mount is highly problematic and the police will not enable them to reach the site, Internal Security Minister Gideon Ezra said on Thursday. "
WorldNetDaily: Hezbollah cell targeting Israeli official nabbedWorldNetDaily: Hezbollah cell targeting Israeli official nabbed: "JERUSALEM � A Palestinian who admitted to being a Hezbollah operative has been arrested for involvement in a plot to assassinate an Israeli official, Israel's Shin Bet security agency announced yesterday. "
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - U.S.: N. Korean Nuke Material Went to LibyaFOXNews.com - U.S. & World - U.S.: N. Korean Nuke Material Went to Libya: "SEOUL, South Korea � U.S. intelligence has proof that North Korean nuclear materials ended up in Libya (search), the top U.S. envoy on the standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program said Thursday, as he expressed concern about the potential for more proliferation by the isolated communist nation. "
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
CNN.com - Volcano pours ash over Pacific islands - Apr 6, 2005CNN.com - Volcano pours ash over Pacific islands - Apr 6, 2005: "SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (AP) -- Anatahan Volcano erupted Wednesday morning, shooting a thick plume of ash 50,000 feet into the air and darkening the skies over this tiny U.S. territory in the Pacific."
WHO Expert: Bird Flu Strains Could CombineMy Way News: "BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Two strains of bird flu in Asia may combine to create a highly lethal and easily transmissible virus, a U.N. health official warned Wednesday, amid widespread fears that the disease could cause the next human pandemic."
Chinese Campaign to Block Japan From U.N.My Way News: "In recent weeks, organizers claim to have collected more than 24 million names on an Internet petition demanding that Japan be denied a permanent U.N. Security Council seat, claiming it has failed to apologize for wartime aggression against China."
U.S. Focusing on Disease Spread Through Air TravelMy Way News: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. government health agencies are strengthening ties to airlines and aviation regulators to guard against the spread of infectious diseases or other deadly agents aboard commercial aircraft, federal officials said on Wednesday."
Nuclear Plants in 31 States Said ProneMy Way News: "WASHINGTON (AP) - Fuel storage pools at nuclear power plants in 31 states may be vulnerable to terrorist attacks that could unleash raging fires and deadly radiation, scientists advised the government on Wednesday."
Senate Votes to Reduce U.S. Dues to U.N.Senate Votes to Reduce U.S. Dues to U.N.: "The Senate voted Wednesday to reduce the United States' share of the cost of U.N. peacekeeping missions by tens of millions of dollars."
FOXNews.com - Health - Study: Drug-Resistant Staph Cases RiseFOXNews.com - Health - Study: Drug-Resistant Staph Cases Rise: "TRENTON, N.J. � Dangerous drug-resistant staph infections (search) are showing up at an alarming rate outside hospitals and nursing homes in the United States. New research found that in one part of the country, as many as one in five infections were picked up out in the community. "
Islamic movement to mobilize tens of thousands to counter Jewish rallyJerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "The Islamic Movement intends to mobilize tens of thousands of Israeli Arab Muslims from throughout the country to take part in a mass pilgrimage to the Aksa mosque in Jerusalem on Sunday to counter a planned demonstration by the Temple Mount faithful and those opposed to disengagement. "
Police to shut down Temple Mount to visitors on SundayJerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "Bracing for possible violence, Jerusalem police announced Wednesday that the Temple Mount will be completely closed off to non-Muslim visitors on Sunday, the day of a major ultra-nationalist rally to the site. "
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Storms Spawn Tornadoes in MississippiFOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Storms Spawn Tornadoes in Mississippi: "BRANDON, Miss. � Lines of violent thunderstorms rolled through the South on Wednesday with at least one tornado, destroying homes and ripping the roof off a school after students were rushed to shelter. "
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Thousands of Sharks Spotted Off Fla. CoastFOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Thousands of Sharks Spotted Off Fla. Coast: "JUNO BEACH, Fla. � Thousands of sharks were seen circling a few hundred feet from the shore of Juno Beach Wednesday. "
UN report blames Israel, US for lack of Arab reformJerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "The creation of Israel and the US support for its policies in the West Bank are partially to blame for the lack of reform in the Arab world, according to a UN-sponsored report released Tuesday. "
US, Israel search for common groundJerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "Israel and the US are drafting a statement on settlement construction that will come out of next week's meeting between US President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The statement is vague enough for both sides to live with, a senior diplomatic official said Tuesday. "
Settlers clash with Iraeli Defence Forces in HebronJerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "Settlers in Hebron have continued to scuffle with the police and IDF throughout the day Wednesday at the Beit Sharbati construction site. During the clashes, two police officers were wounded. One, the Hebron police commander, had his hand broken and the other was lightly wounded. "
WorldNetDaily: Hezbollah: We're not going anywhereWorldNetDaily: Hezbollah: We're not going anywhere: "JERUSALEM � With the U.S. calling for a complete Syrian withdrawal and the dismantlement of all Lebanese militia groups, Hezbollah vowed yesterday it will not be disarmed and said it plans to be a major force in any new government. "
WorldNetDaily: Iran: Pope was too close to 'evil' JewsWorldNetDaily: Iran: Pope was too close to 'evil' Jews: "JERUSALEM � Iran's government-sponsored media yesterday blasted Pope John Paul II for what it perceived as his closeness with Israel and the Jewish people, saying Israel should be considered an enemy of the church and not just of the Tehran regime. "
FOXNews.com - Politics - U.S. Re-Entry to Get Tougher for AmericansFOXNews.com - Politics - U.S. Re-Entry to Get Tougher for Americans: "WASHINGTON � Americans will need passports to re-enter the United States from Canada (search), Mexico (search), Panama (search) and Bermuda (search) by 2008, part of a tightening of U.S. border controls in an era of terrorist threat, three administration officials said Tuesday. "
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Differences on Settlements for U.S., IsraelFOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Differences on Settlements for U.S., Israel: "JERUSALEM � A senior Israeli Cabinet minister acknowledged Wednesday that there are serious differences between Israel and the United States over Jewish settlement expansion. "
Isn't it amazing how a little country in the middle east that could fit inside Lake Michigan, could garner such attention from the world.
Once again the Bible gives us some insight. The Bible says in the last days Jerusalem will be a troublesome stone and a burden to the nations. The United Nations has passed more resolutions about the city of Jerusalem than about any other city. The current Middle East crisis is in a stall simply because the debates over whether or not Jerusalem can be considered the capital of the Palestinian state.
Luke 21 talks about Jerusalem being trampled by Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles is through. So as you can see God told us about these troubles in the middle east milleniums ago. Read God's word and be ready the time is getting near!
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Annan Addresses U.N. StaffFOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Annan Addresses U.N. Staff: "UNITED NATIONS � U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan (search) met with staffers Tuesday in an effort to shore up his standing with some who believe the United Nations has suffered humiliation and damage to its reputation under his leadership. "
Looks like the UN is trying for damage control....
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Telegraph | News | Panic in Angola as killer virus spreadsTelegraph | News | Panic in Angola as killer virus spreads: "Panic spread through Angola's capital yesterday after the worst recorded outbreak of the deadly Marburg virus, an Ebola-like condition that kills with massive internal bleeding, claimed its 150th life."
Hurricane expert foresees flurry of named storms: South Florida Sun-SentinelHurricane expert foresees flurry of named storms: South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "The early prediction for this year's Atlantic hurricane season: anxiety."
WorldNetDaily: Muslims protest Jewish Temple Mount visitWorldNetDaily: Muslims protest Jewish Temple Mount visit: "JERUSALEM � Thousands of Muslims protested throughout the Middle East against a plan to bring 10,000 Jews to the Temple Mount, while a senior security source told WND a Palestinian terror group is looking to use the Jewish visit to spark violence. "
Russia banks on Europe, not USInterfax: Russian bank funds placement up in some countries, down in others: "MOSCOW. April 4 (Interfax) - Russian banks had more interbank loans
and deposits with banks in Germany, France and Italy, but less in the
United States, Britain and Austria in 2004, the Central Bank of Russia
reported on its website."
Key lawmaker calls for criminalizing TV indecencyNews: "SAN FRANCISCO (Hollywood Reporter) - The chairman of one of the entertainment industry's most important congressional committees says he wants to take the enforcement of broadcast decency standards into the realm of criminal prosecution. "
Now, I am all for TV decency, but this sounds a little like Big Brother!
WorldNetDaily: Terror cover-up in Texas City?WorldNetDaily: Terror cover-up in Texas City?: "Within hours of the explosion of the Texas City oil refinery that killed 15 and injured more than 100, FBI officials were ruling out terrorism as a cause. "
Monday, April 04, 2005
Special Report: ''Behold a Pale Horse'' by Jack KinsellaBible Prophecy - The Omega Letter - Christian Intelligence - News & Current Events: "'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; 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.' (Luke 21:25-26)"
USATODAY.com - High-tech passports coming; complaints already inUSATODAY.com - High-tech passports coming; complaints already in: "WASHINGTON � The dark blue cover will look the same, but U.S. passports are getting a high-tech makeover this year."
As U.S. Trip Looms, Sharon Vows Settlement GrowthMy Way News: "JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pledged on Monday to push ahead with expansion of a large Jewish settlement near Jerusalem, despite U.S. concerns and Palestinian protests it would cut them off from the city."
Gospel of Judas back in spotlight after 20 centuriesMiddle East Online: "Swiss foundation seeks to shed light on controversial Christian text named after apostle said to have betrayed Jesus."
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Second Attack on Abu Ghraib in Three DaysFOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Second Attack on Abu Ghraib in Three Days: "BAGHDAD, Iraq � A homicide bomber driving a tractor blew himself up Monday in the second attack in three days near the infamous Abu Ghraib (search) prison. "
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Floods Force Evacuations in NortheastFOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Floods Force Evacuations in Northeast: "TRENTON, N.J. � Flooding forced hundreds of people from their homes Monday in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and closed the New Jersey Statehouse and several nearby state office buildings. "
Special Report: Cardinal Lustiger NEXT POPE?The Next Pope? - by Jack Kinsella - www.omegaletter.com
On March 14, Pope John Paul II will surpass Pope Leon XIII as the Pope with third longest papacy in history after St. Peter and Pius IX, according to a Vatican press release.
Having been elected on October 16, 1978, on March 14, Pope John Paul will have led the Catholic Church for exactly 9,281 days, 25 years, six months and two days.
The current Pope is 83 years old, suffers from Parkinson's Disease and has knee and hip ailments that make it hard for him to either stand or walk. He is so frail that there was talk at the Vatican about his resignation. It is unlikely, however.
Popes are elected for life, but given John Paul's condition, the Vatican is already buzzing about who will succeed him. Indeed, TIME Magazine ran a recent story asking the question, "Who Will Be the Next Pope?' before supplying some of the answers.
TIME listed some of the leading contenders, and one name in particular caught my eye. The Archbishop of Paris, Jean-Marie Lustiger.
"Archbishop of Paris, Lustiger was born of a Polish Jewish family in France. After his parents were deported during the Nazi occupation, he lived with a Christian family in Orléans and converted to Catholicism at the age of 13. He has been criticized by Israeli rabbis and may be a long shot if the cardinals decide his nomination would anger the Jewish community."
I know that I have Catholic readers, and I am myself a former Catholic. I am not a Catholic-basher, although I disagree strongly with Catholic dogma.
That said, the Bible pictures a global religious system in the last days that John describes as having 'two horns like a Lamb but who speaks as a dragon.' (Revelation 13:11)
There are lots of theories about the identification of that global religion, but the most widely accepted is that it will be the post-Rapture Catholic Church.
This makes Catholics go ballistic, but they shouldn't. I believe that saved Catholics will be Raptured with the rest of the believing Church.
Revelation's global religious system will be made up of religionists practicing a counterfeit Christianity. John said it has the appearance of a lamb (Christ, the Lamb of God) but that its doctrine is that of the Dragon (Satan).
There are NO Christians mentioned after Revelation 4:1 -- only Tribulation Saints, (all of whom are martyred).
That isn't the believing Christian Church of the Church Age. Even the antichrist couldn't track down and martyr a half-billion people in only seven years.
Any church in the Tribulation Period, according to Scripture, will be an apostate church devoid of Christians.
It is no coincidence that the description of that religious system described in Revelation 17 fits the Vatican like a glove. It is pictured as a woman dressed in purple and scarlet, (colors of the Vatican) decked with gold, precious stones and pearls (the Vatican's wealth is immeasurable) and drunken with the blood of martyrs.
Thousands of Christians were burned at the stake or otherwise martyred during the Papal Inquisitions. That is an historical fact.
Finally, Revelation 17:9 completes the identification, saying, "here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth."
Is there any other global religious system headquartered on seven hills, apart from the Vatican, which is seated in the Eternal City on the Seven Hills of Rome?
According to John, there are two beasts who share power during the Tribulation Period. The first beast is the political beast, the one who rises up out of the 'sea' - symbolic of the 'sea' of nations. Israel is always symbolized by 'the land' -- a picture of Israel as a spiritual island surrounded by a sea of Gentile powers.
"And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy." (Revelation 13:1) This is the first beast -- the political beast -- the one we personify as the antichrist.
John pictures a second beast in verse 11; "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth. . . " The word 'earth' is translated from the Greek word 'ghay' which means, 'ground' or 'land' in the sense of a region. From this one can almost certainly assume the false prophet will be a Jew.
This is where it gets complicated.
John's identification of the antichrist's religious system only fits one existing religious system, headquartered in Rome. But it says the false prophet will be a Jew.
Now, we return to the Archbishop of Paris -- and from here, let me caution you that this is partly speculative.
Lustiger is an ethnic, converted Jew. If he were to become Pope, he would be the first converted Jew ever elevated to the papacy. It has never happened before.
If Lustiger is elevated to the papacy, it is unlikely that another Jew will succeed him as Pope, making Lustiger the odds-on favorite for the office of false prophet, Scripturally speaking.
Even if he isn't elected immediately following John Paul II, remember that John Paul II came to the papacy after John Paul I died 77 days into his reign.
Here's where it gets really interesting. Cardinal Lustiger is 78 years old. The Tribulation Period is of seven years' duration.
I don't usually get this speculative, but this is dynamite. I am not date-setting, but Lustiger's age is a pretty narrow time frame. And Jesus DID say that we would know 'when it was near, even at the doors'.
The Scriptures indicate the false prophet will head an apostate counterfeit, global 'Christian' religion, but that he himself will be a Jew.
The papacy has existed since Pope Clement in the 4th century. From then until now, there has never been a Jewish candidate for the office.
Until this point, in this generation, when one of the leading contenders to replace an aging Pope is Jean Lustiger, a converted Jew.
What are the odds?
U.N. Envoy Presses Lebanon on Hizbollah DisarmamentMy Way News: "BEIRUT (Reuters) - A U.N. envoy discussed a U.N. demand for the disarmament of Lebanon's Shi'ite Muslim Hizbollah guerrillas with Syrian-backed President Emile Lahoud Monday, but reported no agreement."
Bush to Lead U.S. Delegation to Pope's Funeral: First President to ever attend a Pope's funeralMy Way News: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush will lead the U.S. delegation that will attend the funeral on Friday of Pope John Paul II, the White House said."
Bizarre species sightings leave Floridians perplexed: South Florida Sun-SentinelBizarre species sightings leave Floridians perplexed: South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "ST. AUGUSTINE -- Something strange is stirring in and around Florida's coastal waters.
In the last few months, fish and bird species have been popping up in places they're not normally found. These transients aren't arriving in huge numbers, just an oddity here and there -- an Arctic bird off St. Augustine Beach, spiny dogfish normally farther north found in Ponce de Leon Inlet."
Saint's Prophecy: Only Two Popes RemainNewsMax.com: Inside Cover Story: "When the cardinals of the world pick John Paul II's successor, they may well be choosing the next-to-last pope."
WorldNetDaily: Big Iraq pullout seen next yearWorldNetDaily: Big Iraq pullout seen next year: "Much of the U.S. military force in Iraq will be withdrawn within a year, says a report published yesterday in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. "
1000s of bullets stolen from Israeli Defense Forces bunkersJerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "The IDF and Judea and Samaria police are investigating who is responsible for breaking into IDF ammunition store rooms in Messua and Yafit in the Jordan Valley, stealing tens of thousands of bullets. "
Mass call to outlaw Jewish groupsJerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "Over 5,000 known public activists and members of the clergy in Russia have sent a petition to the state prosecutor's office in which they demand to outlaw Jewish groups. "
WorldNetDaily: Palestinian TV: Jews torture in name of GodWorldNetDaily: Palestinian TV: Jews torture in name of God: "JERUSALEM -- In spite of recent reports Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has reformed his government-controlled media, a new song broadcast last week on Palestinian television accuses Jews of torturing, mutilating and killing Palestinians in the name of God. "
WorldNetDaily: Ex-PM: Syria behind recent bomb blastsWorldNetDaily: Ex-PM: Syria behind recent bomb blasts: "Syrian-backed Lebanese forces are attempting to cause a deterioration in the security situation in Lebanon by backing four bomb blasts in the past two weeks, including an attack that injured seven this weekend, in hopes of stalling a planned troop withdrawal from the country, former Prime Minister Michel Aoun told WorldNetDaily last night in an exclusive interview. "
VOA News - European Union Embargo To ChinaVOA News - European Union Embargo To China: "The European Union's 15-year embargo on arms sales to China apparently will remain in effect for the time being in the wake of strong U.S. lobbying against lifting the ban, as well as the passage last week of a Chinese law authorizing the use of force against Taiwan if it seeks formal independence. OPT the arms embargo was imposed on China after the 1989 military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing. END OPT Robert Ahdieh, associate professor of law at Emory University School of Law, agrees the E-U should not lift the ban at this time: "
Finally, some good news! :)
US nuclear warheads so flawed they may fail to detonateTelegraph | News | West's submarine nuclear warheads flawed, say scientists: "British and American nuclear warheads carried by submarines are so poorly designed that they may fail to detonate if fired, scientists have said."
Yahoo! News - Oil Hits New RecordYahoo! News - Oil Hits New Record: "MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Oil prices raced to a new all-time peak on Monday, climbing toward $58 a barrel as OPEC signaled it would discuss a second output rise to try to quell the market's relentless rally. "
MSNBC - Two contrasting regions brace for wildfiresMSNBC - Two contrasting regions brace for wildfires: "It was a dry, warm winter across the Northwest, with experts in some areas saying they can�t remember the last time the snowpack was this low. It was just the opposite in the Southwest, with record winter rainfall that flooded deserts and caused murderous landslides."
Sunday, April 03, 2005
Envoy: Syria Vows to Exit Lebanon in AprilMy Way News: "DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Syria plans to pull all its troops and intelligence agents from Lebanon by April 30, and a U.N. team could be dispatched to verify the withdrawal, a U.N. envoy said Sunday after meeting President Bashar Assad."
U.S. Warns EU on China Arms EmbargoMy Way News: "RIGA (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said if the European Union ended a ban on selling arms to China it would affect its transatlantic defense trade with the United States."
The UN's Trojan HorseThe Trojan Horse On America's Shores -- Oliver North -- GOPUSA: "About 3,200 years ago, the defenders of Troy, a maritime power of the day, found a large wooden horse outside the walls of their city where their foes had been encamped. "
Haaretz - Israel News - U.S. says Israel must give up nukesHaaretz - Israel News - U.S. says Israel must give up nukes: "The State Department yesterday called on Israel to forswear nuclear weapons and accept international Atomic Energy Agency safeguards on all nuclear activities. "
Why in the world would our government call on Israel to give up nukes? What in the world do we think keeps the Arab countries from annihilating Israel off of the face of the earth?