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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Monday, July 20, 2015
"The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
and His sovereignty rules over all." (Psalm 103:19)
Please note: The Daily Brief will not be published this Friday, July 24.
" . . . His sovereignty rules over all." (Psalm 103:19b)
Update: The Iranian Nuclear Agreement
Update: The Iranian Nuclear Agreement
(Please be sure to note our prayer, at the end of this section.)
1. U.N. Security Council votes 15-0 to back Iran nuclear accord; the world chose Iran over Israel - LA Times
The United Nations Security Council on Monday unanimously endorsed a deal aimed at halting Iran's nuclear weapons program, a plan the U.S. representative said would make the world "safer and more secure."
The 15-0 vote on the resolution was swift, coming just a couple of minutes after the members convened in the meeting hall. The resolution sets the stage for the phasing out of several U.N. sanctions resolutions passed since 2006, which have included the freezing of assets and an arms embargo.
Some members of Congress had urged the United Nations to wait until U.S. lawmakers had considered the accord. A congressional vote is not expected until September, too long for Security Council members who have spent years trying to hammer out a deal to end the rancor over Iran's nuclear program. (Read more)
2. UN Security Council endorses Iran deal, Tehran diplomat lashes out at US - Fox News
The U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously endorsed the Iran nuclear deal, though the show of support was interrupted shortly afterward by a war of words between the American and Iranian ambassadors.
Iran's ambassador lashed out at the U.S. mere moments after the vote, in retaliation for U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power bringing up Tehran's human rights record.
Power, during the session, had raised concerns about Iran's support for terror proxies and reiterated a U.S. demand that Iran release all unjustly held American prisoners. Iran's ambassador fired back, blaming the U.S. for instability in the region.
Iranian U.N. Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo said a country that "invaded two countries" in the region should not be leveling such accusations against Iran. (Read more)
3. How about this Barack and John? - Great work: Iran's Khamenei hails his people for demanding death to America and Israel - Times of Israel
Iran's supreme leader on Saturday hailed the Iranian masses for demanding the destruction of Israel and America, and said he hoped that God would answer their prayers.
In a viciously anti-US speech delivered in Tehran four days after Iran and the world powers signed an accord designed to thwart Iran's nuclear program, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised "the slogans of the people of Iran" which "indicated what directions they're heading for," according to the English translation of his speech by Iran's Press TV.
At Al-Quds day rallies last week, Khamenei noted appreciatively, "You heard 'Death to Israel', 'Death to the US.' You could hear it. The whole nation was shaken by these slogans. It wasn't only confined to Tehran. The whole of the nation, you could hear, that was covered by this great movement. So we ask Almighty God to accept these prayers by the people of Iran." (Read more)
4. Netanyahu: Why would US compensate Israel for a good Iran deal? - Jerusalem Post
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Israel on Sunday night as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated an unwillingness to speak about any "compensation" the US could provide to make Israel feel more secure after last week's signing of the Iranian nuclear deal.
Netanyahu, in an interview Sunday on ABC, said there was much talk about compensating Israel. The question that needed to be asked, the premier said, was, "If this deal is supposed to make Israel and our Arab neighbors safer, why should we be compensated with anything?" Furthermore, he said, "how can you compensate a country, my country, against a terrorist regime that is sworn to our destruction and is going to get a path to nuclear bombs and billions of dollars to boot for its terror activities against us."
Carter is scheduled to meet Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Monday, and hold a press conference with him. On Tuesday, he is scheduled to meet Netanyahu. (Read more)
5. US aims to shift Israel focus to security ties after Iran deal - Jerusalem Post
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said it plainly just before landing in Israel, where officials are fuming over the Iran nuclear deal: "I'm not going to change anybody's mind in Israel. That's not the purpose of my trip."
Carter, making the first visit by a US cabinet official to Israel since last week's landmark agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program, aims instead to move away from political tensions over the accord to more cool-headed, nuts-and-bolts discussions on deepening security ties.
Increased US military-related support is expected to be on the table. But Israeli and US officials have played down the prospects of any looming announcements. (Read more)
6. Analysis: AIPAC pulling out all the stops in battle against deal - Jerusalem Post
If the American Israel Public Affairs Committee hopes to kill the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran, it is going to have to pull out all the stops. The largest pro-Israel lobby in Washington is not shying away from the fight, despite the fact that, according to White House officials, their actions amount to overt partisanship.
AIPAC runs the risk of brandishing that image as it enters the fray. But its leadership is well aware of that risk as it moves toward a historic vote on Capitol Hill. They believe that, on the contrary, this is a principled policy position that many Democrats hold and that a "bad deal" with Iran over its nuclear program has nothing to do with the sitting president's party affiliation. (Read more)
7. Iran deal will save Assad - Israel National News
Analysis: The world powers' agreement with the Islamic Republic promises the Syrian president that his ally will continue to support him and fund the military aid and everything required for his survival. As long as Iran is not producing a bomb, no one will touch the Syrian field.
Bashar Assad is the only Arab leader who commented on the nuclear agreement. In the flattery letters he sent to Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei and to President Hassan Rouhani, he praises the "great achievement" and offers his own evaluation of the situation: This agreement, he states, will actually contribute to peace and stability in the Middle East.
Put simply, the agreement with Iran promises Bashar that the Islamic Republic will continue to support him and fund the military aid and everything required for his survival. As long as Iran is not producing a bomb, the Syrian field will not be touched. (Read more)
8. Democrats Raise Tough Questions on Iran Nuclear Deal - Christian Coalition
President Obama "vigorously'" defended his nuclear agreement with Iran this week, the Associated Press reports, but "in Congress, resistance comes not only from Republicans, but also Obama's own Democratic Party." Indeed, numerous Democrats are raising tough questions for the Obama administration on its Iran deal, from lifting the arms embargo to providing a cash infusion that will allow Iran to continue fomenting terrorism in the region. Here's a look:
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD): "Without Verification, This Is a Useless Agreement" "'Verification is going to be very critical,' House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said. 'Without verification, this is a useless agreement. Without verification that's meaningful and effective, it's not an agreement that I can support." (Read more)
9. Republicans fuming over UN voting on Iran deal before Congress - Fox News
Republican lawmakers are fuming that the Obama administration is asking the U.N. Security Council to endorse the newly struck Iran nuclear deal before Congress gets a chance to have its say. A vote on the agreement before the Security Council already has been set for Monday, with the resolution itself written and ready for consideration. Top-ranking lawmakers have fired off a series of letters to the president urging him to delay the vote, calling it an "affront" to the public and Congress to go to the U.N. first.
Under legislation agreed to earlier this year, Congress has a 60-day window to review the deal, which curbs Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars' worth of sanctions relief.
. . . Republicans don't even want the Security Council to act. They're also angry that Secretary of State John Kerry said recently that if Congress rejects the deal, the U.S. "would be in noncompliance with this agreement and contrary to all of the other countries of the world." "President Obama's attempt to circumvent Congress and hastily move forward with a United Nations Security Council vote on the Iran nuclear agreement is outrageous," Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said in a statement. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said in a statement he was "shocked" by the comment, and called the plan to "preempt" Congress' review with a Security Council vote a "breathtaking assault on American sovereignty and Congressional prerogative." (Read more)
10. Obama calls critics of Iran nuclear deal 'overheated and dishonest' - Jerusalem Post
US President Barack Obama on Saturday defended the historic nuclear deal made with Iran last week and warned that some critics of the agreement will offer the American people "dishonest arguments" against the accord in the weeks ahead.
"There's a reason this deal took so long to negotiate. Because we refused to accept a bad deal. We held out for a deal that met every one of our bottom lines. And we got it," Obama said during his weekly address to the American people. "This deal will make America and the world safer and more secure. Still, you're going to hear a lot of overheated and often dishonest arguments about it in the weeks ahead," he said. (Read more)
IN CLOSING: OUR PRAYER, DECREE AND WORSHIP
Now that the UN Security Council has approved the Iranian Nuclear Agreement . . . we weep before Your Throne of Grace. As believers, we truly identify with the people of Israel, for it seems indeed that the world is now allied against us. And Lord God, as we view the actions of this administration, it has become increasingly clear that we are now living in "occupied territory," in a nation whose government is acting against our own best interests, much like occupied France under Hitler's Germany.
Grant us Your strength, O Lord, we pray.
As Your children living here in America - in what has now become a "foreign land" -- we ask that Your grace would rest upon us. We ask that You grant us the same fearless determination, strength and boldness that rested upon those freedom fighters in France, as we stand in Your armor. We thank You that You do have a plan for the nations and for Israel, and that Your ways are pasting finding out.
Lord God, we rest in You, and we place this matter fully into Your hands, as we await Your soon coming. Help us, dear Lord, to yet place our trust in You, and not in man, and to proclaim the Gospel of Your Kingdom to a lost and a dying world, while time remains. We ask this all in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, amen and amen.
a. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
b. "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)
c. "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me . . . To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified."
We offer a sacrifice of praise as we sing along with Chris Tomlin, decreeing: "How Great is our God!" Amen.
The Middle East in Focus
"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you." (Isaiah 54:10)
1. Publicly backing Netanyahu on Iran, slamming him behind closed doors -YNET News
The Israeli leadership was not surprised by the announcement on the nuclear agreement signed between Iran and world powers. They have been ready for this moment for months now, even if the prime minister thought, until the very last moment, that there would be someone in Vienna to understand the magnitude of this screw up, of this danger.
Ahead of the signing, Israeli ministers received a list of talking points. Fairly childish and unimaginative. Not all ministers stuck to the instructions they received, even though they all repeated the mantra that this was a bad deal that endangers the State of Israel. Even several members of the opposition joined them. (Read more)
2. Israel signals may ask for more US military aid over Iran deal - Jerusalem Post
Israel signaled on Friday that it would ask the United States for increased military aid to counter any threats that may arise as result of the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program.
Israel gets $3 billion in annual military aid from Washington under a package due to expire in 2017 and has in recent years secured hundreds of millions of dollars in additional US funding for missile defense. (Read more)
3. Iran deal will set off nuclear, conventional arms race, warns top Israeli official - Times of Israel
The new nuclear deal with Iran gives Tehran full legitimacy to engage in further atomic work and will set off a regional nuclear and conventional arms race, a senior Israeli official warned on Friday.
Ram Ben Barak said Iran was plainly still determined to break out to the bomb at a time of its choosing, and that its insistence in the deal on preventing inspectors from gaining instant access to suspect facilities, and on winning the right to continue R&D on fast-enrichment centrifuges, demonstrated that the regime remains committed to attaining nuclear weapons.
Ben Barak, who is director general of the Strategic Affairs Ministry and a leading candidate to be the next head of Israel's Mossad spy agency, told Channel 10 that the 10-year deal between the US-led P5+1 world powers and Iran signed Tuesday, which is aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for lifting harsh international sanctions, is "very bad." (Read more)
4. Cabinet okays bill allowing ministers to resign from Knesset - Times of Israel
The cabinet on Sunday lent its support to a bill that would help separate Israel's parliamentary and executive branches.
The so-called "Norwegian Law," advanced by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home), would allow one minister in every coalition party to give up their Knesset seat in favor of the next person in line on their party's slate.
It won the approval of the full cabinet Sunday morning, and the go-ahead from the Ministerial Committee for Legislation in the afternoon. It is expected to proceed successfully through its Knesset readings and become law. (Read more)
5. Netanyahu Tells Abbas Israel Wants Peace In Rare Phone Call - JP Updates
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas that Israel wants peace, in a rare phone conversation on Friday. (Read more)
6. US warns Israel against 'provocative' plan to raze Palestinian village - Jerusalem Post
The United States on Friday warned Israel against following through with a planned demolition of a tiny Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills.
Israeli authorities say that many of the structures in the village of Sussiya were built illegally, but the US State Department said that razing the buildings would constitute a "provocative" act.
"We're closely following developments in the village of Sussiya in the West Bank, and we strongly urge the Israeli authorities to refrain from carrying out any demolitions in the village," said State Department spokesman John Kirby. "Demolition of this Palestinian village or of parts of it, and evictions of Palestinians from their homes would be harmful and provocative." (Read more)
7. German minister in Iran: We can't accept questioning of Israel's right to exist - Times of Israel
Germany cannot accept Iran questioning Israel's right to exist, a practice that could harm business relations between the two countries, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel warned at the start of a three-day visit to Tehran on Sunday.
He said Berlin would be willing to mediate between the two enemies.
"You can't have a good economic relationship with Germany in the long-term if we don't discuss such issues too and try to move them along," Reuters quoted Gabriel as telling a gathering of German and Iranian business people in Tehran.(Read more)
8. Report: Pollard likely to be released this year - Jerusalem Post
The United States is considering releasing Jonathan Pollard this Fall on November 21st - the day of his parole eligibility - The Algemeiner reported Friday.
Pollard, who was sentenced to life in prison in the United States in 1987, will be 61 years old with his supposed release, having served 30-years behind bars.
His release follows reports in recent years of Pollard's declining health and hospitalizations, which sparked many calls and efforts on behalf of activists and politicians for his release. (Read more)
9. Cattleman raising historic herd of red heifers in Israel - YNET News
The Temple Institute is working together with an Israeli cattleman to raise a red heifer in Israel, in strict accordance with the Biblical commandment. The project is the culmination of years of research at the Temple Institute that fuses ancient religious texts and modern science.
"We've been working on this for decades. The red heifer has to be supervised and cared for in a special way since its birth. And it's very complex," Rabbi Chaim Richman, the International Director of the Temple Institute told Tazpit News Agency.
Over two thousand years ago, during the near millennium that the two Temples stood in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount, the ashes of the red heifer were used by the priests for purification purposes. (Read more)
10. Red heifers in Israel prompt 3rd Temple speculation - WND
The altar and sacred vessels have been reconstructed. The architectural plans are being drawn up. Now a group is taking another step toward fulfilling the biblical prophecy of a restored Temple by raising a group of red heifers in the land of Israel.
Before the Temple can rise, builders must secure a red heifer, or "para aduma," a three-year-old female cow with totally red hair that is supposed to be able to restore a state of "purity" after ritual slaughter. The group admits red heifers are not uncommon around the world, but claims a "para aduma" suitable for ritual use actually must be raised in Israel and meet painstaking specifications laid out in Scripture.
Yet the fierce debate over the Third Temple and its importance for the contemporary world does not detract from a shared sense among many commentators of prophecy being realized in the modern world. Noting what he sees as the rise of global immorality, ominous signs of war in the Middle East, and the return of the state of Israel, Gallups enthuses, "The solid signs of Jesus' soon return are all around us." (Read more)
- Abba Father, we rejoice as we see prophecy from Your Word being fulfilled. It raises up hope of Your soon return and we know the world so desperately needs You. Hallelujah!! We lift up our praise to You alone, praying this in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen and Amen.
- "So let Your Name be magnified forever, saying, 'The Lord of hosts is the God over Israel.' And let the house of Your servant David be established before You." (2 Samuel 7:26)
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The Daily Brief
1. Pelosi: 'No, No,' Release of 4 U.S. Hostages Held by Iran Should Not Be Part of Nuke Deal - CNS News
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the four American hostages being held in Iran should not have been released as a pre-condition to the Iran nuclear deal.
At a Capitol Hill press conference, CNSNews.com asked Rep. Pelosi, "Do you think the four American hostages being held in Iran should have been released as a pre-condition to any deal made about Iran's nuclear program?"
Pelosi answered: "No, no. It would have been good. But it's just, no, this is a nuclear deal. This is a nuclear agreement. And I think that we have to--I appreciate the fact that since we have a nuclear negotiation and now we have a nuclear agreement that a much brighter light is being shone on the prisoners of conscience in Iran." (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we bring this woman, who is a leader and is a strong influence in Congress, to be confronted and convicted by You with how she appears to go contrary to Your will in so many ways. Father, she believes she is so correct when she speaks concerning not only about the Christians from the US held and tortured in Iranian prisons, but also against unborn children, against control of violent illegal immigrants in 'sanctuary cities', and announces how she was 'offended' by PM Netanyahu when he warned in the US Congress about the extreme danger arising from Iran. We are asking if she can be redeemed, that that will occur, and asking otherwise for You to cause her to be quiet and of no consequence. We stand in repentance for those who helped elect her repeatedly to this office yet do not seem to understand how destructive her actions are. Mercy, mercy we cry, praying this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23 KJV)
2. Letter: Kagan, Ginsburg acted 'unethically and unlawfully' - WND
A couple of constitutional experts have written an open letter to the attorneys general, governors and lawmakers in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky pleading with them to file a request for a rehearing before the U.S. Supreme Court on the decision that created same-sex "marriage" across the nation.
Why? Well, for one thing, Elena Kagan and Ruth Ginsburg acted "unethically and unlawfully" in participating in the case after they publicly had taken a position on the outcome. That's according to the letter from Herbert W. Titus and William J. Olson. They are with the law firm of William J. Olson, P.C.
The second issue is the one of limitations in the decision. "A careful reading of the holding of the Kennedy opinion reveals that the right to marry recognized by the Supreme Court is not at all what has been assumed," the lawyers said. "Kennedy pronounced that 'the state laws challenged [by the same-sex couple] petitioners in these cases are now held invalid to the extent they exclude same-sex couples from civil marriage on the same terms and conditions as opposite-sex couples." (Read more)
- Abba Father, it is clear that parts of this Supreme Court decision were not 'shared' and therefore are not being acted upon. First it is obvious that two justices chose to ignore the law and did not withdraw from the decision after they publicly had taken a position on the outcome. However another concern is the decision openly stated that Justice Kennedy spoke of 'civil' marriage and that he included from legal harm not only the couple involved but any 'third parties'.
Father, we know this entire ruling is an 'abomination' to You because both sections lack Your justice and because Your people are being harmed through this decision. Help and guide us as to how to respond, praying this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen and Amen.
- "A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies will not escape." (Proverbs 19:50)
3. States Seeking Voter Citizenship Proof Denied by U.S. Supreme Court - Bloomberg
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider letting states require evidence of citizenship when people register to vote for federal elections, rejecting an appeal from Arizona and Kansas. The two states made that request, and the EAC refused, saying the states didn't need evidence of citizenship to verify voter eligibility. The agency pointed to the federal form's requirement that prospective voters swear that they are citizens, under penalty of perjury.
The rebuff is a victory for the Obama administration and voting and minority-rights groups that battled the two states in court. It leaves intact a decision by a U.S. agency that blocked the states from requiring proof of citizenship for voters in federal elections. It's the second high court defeat on the issue for Arizona. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, what was being asked of this court appears to be just 'common sense'. If just anyone who 'feels like voting' can walk into a polling place and vote then this becomes an 'open door' to intense fraud. Mercy, mercy we cry, praying this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "It is time for You to act, O Lord, for they have regarded Your law as void." (Psalm 119:126)
4. Obama to Introduce New Rules to Desegregate Neighborhoods - Newsmax
The Obama administration on Wednesday will announce new rules requiring cities to look for racial bias in housing practices in order to promote racially integrated neighborhoods, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. The rules would further the work of the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act, which made it illegal to refuse to sell or rent a home to a person based on race, religion, gender or national origin. The Post said cities and towns now would be required to look for patterns of racial bias in local housing, report the results every three to five years and set goals on how to reduce segregation in housing.
Julian Castro, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will announce the new rules on Wednesday in Chicago, the Post said. "This is the most serious effort that HUD has ever undertaken to do that," the Post quoted Castro as saying. "I believe that it's historic." The newspaper said the rules, sought by civil rights organizations, will show when communities flout housing law and will allow HUD to withhold federal funding in flagrant cases.
This is a plan they have been working on since 2009 to eradicate the Suburbs and "Cleanse" the rural countryside - which they say must revert to its 'undisturbed natural habitat'. Some point to Agenda 21 of the UN as the pretext for this. Whatever it is, genocide and ghettos are coming folks. The evidence is hiding in plain sight, right in front of you. What is being followed is a Blueprint for how Marxist/Socialist Totalitarian societies exterminate entire segments of their population. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, this 'forced inclusion' within neighborhoods of differing racial and ethnic groups and great variance of income has been attempted for decades but now is becoming a more strongly enforced 'reality'. We fall before You alone, Father, as we know that redemption of the human heart according to Your ways is the only way this can work. However this is being 'forced' by humanistic actions with many hidden agendas motivating it. We seek Your mercy for Your people, as this 'mandate' is enforced upon us. We pray this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility." (Proverbs 15:33)
5. Exploding Muslim Immigration Overwhelms FBI - WND
The FBI failed to stop another terror attack, this time in Chattanooga, and the pressure building on the bureau from President Obama's reckless immigration policies may be reaching a boiling point, say security experts. And the problem goes far beyond a loose border, where some 400,000 illegal aliens enter each year. It's also the ease with which someone from a hostile Middle Eastern country can get a visa. Under current U.S. immigration policy, an ISIS terrorist doesn't need to hop a fence or swim a river to reach America. He can enter the U.S. legally as a student, as a skilled guest-worker, as a refugee, as an entrepreneur, or as a tourist - and fly here in the comfort of a jumbo jet.
According to U.S. Census data, the U.S. welcomes about 100,000 Muslim immigrants legally each year. This represents the fastest growing segment of immigrants coming to America. While some may enter with questionable backgrounds, the chances are greater that they will get radicalized after they arrive. And with the U.S. so liberally allowing more Muslims into the country - about 800 new refugees a month come from one country, Somalia, arguably the most jihadist-rich country in the world - there is no telling how many have become radicalized or are in the process of being radicalized.
"We have no idea if there are hundreds, thousands or hundreds of thousands across America today who decide to pledge their allegiance instead to the Shariah doctrine of jihad," Lopez said. And where do they go to feed on the poison of Islamic jihadism? "Family influence, Muslim Brotherhood-dominated mosques, Islamic centers and online indoctrination all play some role," Lopez said. "But neither Comey nor the FBI nor local law enforcement currently has the legal or investigative tools to identify and stop such individuals before they take the next step on the pathway to violent jihad." (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we seek Your guidance and direction for all involved who deal with this situation. We know we are in a time of judgment for our personal and national sins, but we ask that it be tempered with mercy. We pray this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, for a throne is established by righteousness." (Proverbs 16:12)
6. The Empire State Building Submits to Islam - Brietbart
Not one day - not twenty-four hours after the Chattanooga jihad mass murder - the symbol of American individualism, capitalism, and the capital of the world, the Empire State Building, one of the foremost symbols of American freedom, celebrated the Muslim "holiday" of Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. Ramadan is the most violent month of the year in the Islamic world, because Ramadan is the month in which Muslims renew their devotion to Allah, and violent jihad is a supreme act of devotion to Allah.
Wouldn't it have been appropriate and respectful for the owners of the Empire State Building, in honor of our fallen heroes, if they had to commemorate Eid at all, to drape the Empire State Building in red, white and blue? What "moderate Muslim," what Muslim of conscience, would have or could have objected? (Read more)
- Abba Father, here is another example of a prominent building in our nation being used to honor the idol of Islam. Forgive us, O Lord, as we have fallen so far away from Your ways. We seek this forgiveness in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits. Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established." (Proverbs 16:2 and 3)
7. Motorists flee cars to save lives from fire on highway - CBS News
A few minutes before they had been on the vacation of a lifetime, but now Russell Allevato and his family were running for their lives from a raging brushfire that had trapped them and hundreds of other terrified people on a traffic-jammed highway connecting Los Angeles to Las Vegas. "People were screaming. It was just crazy," said Allevato, who watched helplessly Friday afternoon as flames engulfed his rental car and destroyed everything inside it while he, his nephew and two teenage daughters fled to safety.
The fire in the winding, mountainous Cajon Pass 55 miles northeast of Los Angeles began about 2:30 p.m. Friday in drought-ravaged dry grass below the elevated lanes of Interstate 15. Pushed by 40-mph winds, it raced up a hill and onto the traffic-clogged freeway, trapping literally hundreds of people amid a cauldron of smoke, flames and ash.(Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we lift up praise to you that this horrific 'fire storm' came under control due to a rainstorm, and that no one was killed. We seek Your comfort and peace for those who were traumatized, having to quickly evacuate their cars, trucks and homes, losing all that was within them, as this fire swept through. We seek Your protection, Lord. We pray this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you." (John 14:18)
The Daily Jot
Monday, July 20, 2015
Prophetic Meets Pathetic--shock over Muslim slayings
Much of the American public, the news media and its politicians are shocked over the murder of five people, including four Marines by Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez. Mohammad was not from the impoverished. He was from an upper middle class family. He was not an uneducated person. He was an engineer. By all accounts, he did not fit the reasoning of Islamic apologists for his actions--being poor and uneducated and felling a sense of disenfranchisement. Until America suspends its disbelief, these incidents will continue until they grow into full scale insurgency. Islam's history and present day actions are proof positive. Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazees is the precursor for Islam in America.
His grieving parents issued a statement cited by NPR radio saying, "There are no words to describe our shock, horror and grief. The person who committed this horrible crime was not the son we knew and loved. For many years, our son suffered from depression. It grieves us beyond belief to know that his pain found its expression in this heinous act of violence." Certainly, Mohammad experienced depression. He was indoctrinated by a devout Muslim family on the death cult that at least the last two American presidents have tried to convince America is a peaceful "religion." He had no light in his soul. He had only the conflicting writings of the Koran and its interpretation by Imams as his dark, soulless guide.
The Muslim Brotherhood issued a plan in 1991 to take over North America and to destroy its "miserable house" from within. The plan called for a massive media campaign, the use of America's civil rights laws, colonization, establishment of Islamic Centers and societies, and the ultimate unification of all diverse Muslims in the US either by indoctrination or by force to overthrow our society through a "grand civilization jihad." If a Muslim believes the Koran, that person is susceptible to the plan. Islam is a tyrannical political system disguised as a religion using the right of religious freedom to conquer our free society. It is pathetic that much of America cannot see the prophetically obvious.
Islam is come to America to do as Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazees left as his last quote from the Koran: "Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then I have declared war against him." Think about it. All the named nations and people groups prophesied to come against the people of God in the Day of the Lord are today Islamic. Currently, Islam is the largest purveyor of slave trafficking in the world. It is known for its brutality against women and children; its hatred of Christians and Jews. While we should show individual Muslims the love of Christ that no one should be lost to eternal damnation, the Islamic system is an enemy to all that is good. As Christ said in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you."
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
A Horrible Week for the Free World
A Horrible Week for the Free World-And a Glimmer of Hope
By Erick Stakelbeck,
If you're an American who believes in peace through strength, steadfast support for Israel and fierce resistance to the growing global jihadist movement, this past week was from hell.
On the other hand, if you believe that Neville Chamberlain was a bold foreign policy visionary, that Israel is the problem, not the solution, in the Middle East, and that the word "Islamic terrorist" should never, ever be uttered, it may very well have been your best week ever.
Things got off to a nightmarish start with the announcement of an Iran nuclear deal that Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum accurately described as "arguably the worst treaty not just in American history or modern history, but ever."
For the key, gory details of the abomination of a deal that President Obama undoubtedly views as his crowning foreign policy achievement, read this.
Oh, and if you're an American who thinks "tough break for Israel, but an Iranian nuclear bomb doesn't affect me," you may want to know that Iran is currently developing intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBM's, that could one day reach the United States. You only develop ICBM's for one reason: to mount them with a nuclear warhead. The kind the Iranian regime is working feverishly to develop. This is the same Iranian regime, mind you, that has practically copyrighted the phrase "Death to America" (chanting it gleefully even as Secretary of State John Kerry was capitulating to its demands in Vienna) and still considers the United States to be the Great Satan and a target for destruction-despite the Obama administration's surrender in Vienna, as Iran's Supreme Leader made clear this weekend. Our weakness only makes the mullahs stronger, bolder and more assured that Allah is on their side and victory will soon be at hand. But move along, nothing to see here.
Actually, let's move on to sleepy Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the buckle of the Bible Belt, where the week came to a close with a jihadist killing rampage that has, of this writing, claimed the lives of five brave U.S. servicemen. . . Folks, in the Age of ISIS, when a devout young Muslim male with a Salafi-style beard murders five American soldiers on U.S. soil-the kind of domestic attack on U.S. military members that both Al Qaeda and ISIS have repeatedly called for-well, you do the math.
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1. Shooter's Motive Stumps Obama, Fbi, Media - WND
The nation's top talk-radio host, Rush Limbaugh, says parody becomes real life when the Obama administration tries to respond to Islamic terrorism in America.
- President Obama said it was a "lone gunman."
- White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the FBI was "looking at a variety of possible motives."
- U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said "it's premature to speculate on the motives of the shooter."
- FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Edward Reinhold said he "no idea" what the shooter's motive was because because, "There is nothing that ties him to an international terror organization."
- If the administration, the FBI and the media were stumped, a group that monitors online posts by radical Islamists was on the case.
A picture of Abdulazeez had already begun to emerge on the day of the massacre, after the SITE Intelligence Group discovered a blog post from the shooter extolling the virtues of fighting "Jihad for the sake of Allah."
On July 13, Abdulazeez wrote, "Don't let the society we live in deviate you from the task at hand. Take your study guide, the Quran and Sunnah, with strength and faith, and be firm as you live your short life in this prison called Dunya." In the context of the post, Dunya apparently signified the world, as opposed to the afterlife. (Read more)
- Abba Father, we are grieved that our leaders appear to be 'unable' to state the obvious when violence arises from believers in Islam. We stand in the gap and repent for all of us in this nation as we understand that we are under well deserved judgment. Lord, we seek for Your truth to be spoken out so no one can deny what really is happening, praying this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen and Amen.
- "In my distress I cried to the Lord, and He heard me. My soul has dwelt too long with one who hates peace. I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war." (Psalm 120:1 and 6-7)
2. Chattanooga shooter's real, online lives seem to take divergent paths - Washington Post
The 24-year-old gunman who killed four Marines here on Thursday struggled to find meaning in a life that included both the outward success of an assimilated, college graduate and the turmoil of a dysfunctional, sometimes violent home.
FBI investigators spent much of Friday morning combing through and carting off material from the home where Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez spent much of his life.
Abdulazeez, who was killed during the attack on two military sites, described his existence in an online blog as a "prison" of monotony and routine. He praised early followers of Islam's prophet Muhammad, who "fought Jihad for the sake of Allah," hailing them as among "the best human beings that ever lived." (Read more)
3. Mohammad Abdulazeez's Father Was Muslim Fundamentalist Accused of Violent Abuse - Breitbart
Mohammad Abdulazeez, the slain shooter in the Chattanooga, Tennessee terror attack that took the lives of four U.S. Marines, may have had a strained relationship with his fundamentalist Muslim father Youssuf Saed.
The FBI investigated him twice - in 1994 and 2002 - for allegedly making financial contributions to entities controlled by Hamas, the Islamist Palestinian militant group that runs the Gaza Strip, U.S. officials said. He was put on a terrorism watch list the second time but later removed. (Read more)
- Abba Father, it is clear that the 'warning signs' were there and that problems could easily arise out of this troubled family life. We cry out for TRUTH to be seen and heard, not just 'political correctness'. May mercy arise, tempering the judgment of our nation, Father. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen and Amen.
- "You will save the humble people; but Your eyes are on the haughty, that You may bring them down." (2 Samuel 22:28)
4. Governors Order Arming of Military Members in U.S. Following Chattanooga Tragedy - Breaking Christian News
In the wake of the tragic shooting last week at military recruitment facilities in Chattanooga, several governors are taking matters into their own hands, authorizing military personnel to be armed.
According to an NBC News report, the governors of Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Florida and Indiana have ordered, Friday and Saturday, that full-time National Guard members should be allowed to carry arms in order to "deter attacks and allow the ability to protect themselves and civilians in case they are targeted."
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin remarked, "It is painful enough when we lose members of our armed forces when they are sent in harm's way, but it is unfathomable that they should be vulnerable for attack in our own communities." (Read more)
- Father, we give You all the praise and all the glory that these governors are now moving to ARM and to PROTECT our military men and women when they are serving on base. We ask that all other governors in all other states now make this same decision and issue forth this same decree. Thank You, Lord, in Jesus' name, amen and amen!
- "Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness." (Psalm 150:1,2)
Our Weekly Bible Study
Our Weekly Bible Study: Week of Sunday, July 19 - Saturday, July 25
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Our Grandmothers' Songs
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
HOLY GOD, WE PRAISE THY NAME
"All my inmost being, praise His holy Name." (Psalm 103:3)
Holy God, we praise Thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee!
All on earth Thy scepter claim,
All in Heaven above adore Thee;
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.
Hark! the loud celestial hymn
Angel choirs above are raising,
Cherubim and seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising;
Fill the heavens with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord.
Spare Thy people, Lord, we pray,
By a thousand snares surrounded:
Keep us without sin today,
Never let us be confounded.
Lo, I put my trust in Thee;
Never, Lord, abandon me.
(To read all the lyrics, please go here.)
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About the Author:
Words: Ignaz Franz, 1774.
Music: George F. Le Jeune
Signs and Wonders
NORTHERN SKY TURNS GREEN, NO AURORAS REQUIRED
There was no geomagnetic storm on July 18th, but northern skies turned green anyway. Photographer Bryan Hansel recorded the phenomenon over rural Hovland, Minnesota: (go here)
The green glow was barely visible to the naked eye, but a deep-sky exposure with Hansel's Nikon D800 digital camera captured it easily.
This is called "airglow." Although it resembles the aurora borealis, the underlying physics is different. Airglow is caused by an assortment of chemical reactions in the upper atmosphere driven mainly by solar ultraviolet radiation; auroras, on the other hand, are ignited by gusts of solar wind. Green airglow is best photographed from extremely dark sites on nights when the Moon is new or below the horizon. It often shows up in long exposures of the Milky Way.
"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea." (Luke 21:25)
The Good News Corner
The story of the nation's largest flag . . . and flagpole!
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What a wonderful way to start this new week!
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God . . . please . . . .still . . . bless . . . America . . . amen.
Two Daily Conference Calls
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