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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
"Standing Together in the Kingdom of God . . .
Under the Cross of Christ"
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11)
Keeping It Simple
Keeping It Simple:
Headlines to Scan and Pray Over . . . as the LORD Leads . . .
1. Isil wants to carry out mass chemical attack on Britain, minister warns - Telegraph
2. Putin won 2016, but Russia has its limits as a superpower - Washington Post
3. Washington Post Publishes False News Story About Russians Hacking Electrical Grid - Daily Caller
4. Report: Homeland Security Officials Took Millions in Bribes to 'Look the Other Way' on Drug Cartels - Town Hall
5. Mark Zuckerberg says he's no longer an atheist, believes 'religion is very important' - Washington Post
Focus on Israel
1. Israel erased in UN schools - YNET News
An Israeli investigation into UN schools don't teach Palestinian children to recognize Israel as a country-not within the 1947 borders, nor any borders at all. (Read more)
2. INSS report: Hezbollah remains most serious conventional threat to Israel - YNET News
Hezbollah remains the most serious conventional threat Israel is facing, more than Hamas or Iran, a report released Monday by the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) determined.
According to the report, submitted to President Rivlin by INSS head Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, Hezbollah has rockets that can reach any range, precision-guided missiles, attack and suicide drones, the best Russian-made air defense systems and ground units that are training to conquer Israeli towns and cities.
The INSS recommended to improve Israeli intelligence gathering in an effort to continue reducing the transfer of advanced arms to the terror organization and consequently reduce the chances of an escalation. (Read more)
3. Report: Palestinian Arabs sell land near Tulkarem to Israelis - Israel National News
The Hamas-affiliated Palestine newspaper reported on Monday, citing sources in Tulkarem, that 100 dunams of land in the area were recently sold in transactions carried out through Israeli lawyers.
The land in question is located in the village of Deir Al-Rosson, located north of Tulkarem.
The mayor of Deir Al-Rosson, Abdel Karim Ghanem, told the Palestine newspaper that there is information indicating that lands in the area are being sold to Israeli citizens. Ghanem called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its government to investigate this matter. (Read more)
4. Former intelligence chief: Syrian crisis is strengthening Israel's enemies - Jerusalem Post
Contrary to opinions from some other quarters, Israel's military balance is the best it has ever been, said Maj. Gen. (ret) Amos Yadlin, the director of the Institute for National Security Studies when he presented the institute's strategic assessment for 2016-2017 to President Reuven Rivlin on Monday.
Despite the civil war in Syria, the general instability of the region and the consolidation of terrorist organizations on Israel's northern and southern borders, Israel's military capabilities make the Israel Defense Forces the strongest, most modern and most technologically advanced military power in the Middle East, said Yadlin. (Read more)
5. Under investigation, Netanyahu slams coverage of now-closed graft cases - Times of Israel
In his first public statements since being questioned under caution by police as a criminal suspect Monday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed media coverage of several other now-closed corruption cases, vowing that the latest allegations would also prove to be "nothing."
"Bibitours - nothing! A claim of illicit campaign funding - nothing! A claim of skewing primary results - nothing! A claim of receiving gifts abroad and funding for flights - nothing!" the prime minister wrote on Facebook, listing past corruption cases against him that Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit said Monday had been closed. (Read more)
The Daily Brief
Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.
1. Report: Dems target eight Trump nominees in bid to delay process, get picks to disclose more info - FoxNews
Senate Democrats reportedly plan to attack eight of Republican President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks and stretch their confirmation process from days to perhaps months, despite having essentially no chance of blocking their nominations.
The Democratic senators are vowing to make good on their vow unless the nominees start disclosing personal financial information, according to The Washington Post.
- Father, we pray each of Donald Trump's nominees would acknowledge Your goodness, submit to You and experience Your supernatural help in being confirmed. We pray there would be no delay in approving each of these able men and women.
- How great is the goodness You have stored up for those who fear You. You lavish it on those who come to You for protection, blessing them before the watching world. You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues. (Psalm 31:19-20)
2. Exclusive: Trump team seeks agency records on border barriers, surveillance - Reuters
In a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.
- Thank You, Father, for moving upon our leaders to protect our nation! May the plans enacted by the Trump administration bring peace and prosperity to both sides of the United States and Mexican border.
- He strengthens the bars of your gates and blesses your people within you. He grants peace to your borders and satisfies you with the finest of wheat. (Psalm 147:13-14)
3. Bill and Hillary Clinton to Attend Trump Inauguration - NewsMax
Bill and Hillary Clinton will attend President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration later this month, aides to the former president and secretary of state said Tuesday. The Clintons will attend the Jan. 20 inauguration in Washington, the aides said. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, has largely avoided the public eye since Trump's Nov. 8 victory after a bruising campaign.
The Clintons will join former Republican President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush at the inauguration. In addition, former Democratic President Jimmy Carter has said that he will attend Trump's swearing-in.
- Father, we are grateful for this public acceptance of President-Elect Donald Trump by his predecessors. May this be a day where the people of the United States truly unite for the benefit of our nation.
- And not only for that nation, but to bring together and unite all the children of God scattered around the world. (John 11:52)
4. Alabama Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Unborn Child - Liberty Council
The Alabama Supreme Court unanimously ruled Friday in defense of unborn life in a wrongful death lawsuit against an OB/GYN accused of contributing to the death of a woman's unborn child.
The Alabama Supreme Court declared that Stinnett v. Kennedy may proceed, stating that unborn children are human beings and are entitled to legal protection. The court largely based its decision on an amendment in Alabama's Homicide Act, which "changed the definition of a 'person' who could be a victim of homicide to include 'an unborn child in utero at any stage of development, regardless of viability." Alabama Supreme Court Justice Thomas Parker also wrote a concurring opinion, noting that the "viability" standard in Roe v. Wade is faulty.
- Author of Life, we thank You for this bold stand by the Alabama Supreme Court. We also pray the hearts of people would be moved with love and compassion to protect the unborn.
- With every bone in my body I will praise him: "Lord, who can compare with You? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?" (Psalm 35:10)
5. Republicans deliver on 'Day One' promise, begin ObamaCare repeal on Hill - Foxnews
Republicans delivered Tuesday on their "Day One" promise to start repealing ObamaCare at the start of the 115th Congress, introducing a resolution to dismantle the 2010 health care law.
"Today, we take the first steps to repair the nation's broken health care system, removing Washington from the equation and putting control back where it belongs: with patients, their families, and their doctors," said Wyoming GOP Sen. Mike Enzi, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee.
- Father God, we pray this resolution will be followed by thoughtful legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
- It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes. Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city. (Ecclesiastes 7:18-19)
6. Study: Christians Most Persecuted Religious Group in the World - Newsbusters
Here's a study you won't find in any of the major-media headlines. According to the Director of the Centre for Studies on New Religions (Cesnur), Massimo Introvigne, Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world, with over 90,000 Christians killed in 2016 alone.
Introvigne told Vatican Radio that there are nearly half a billion Christians who are unable to express or practice fully their Christian faith.
- Father, we remember our brothers and sisters who have given their lives, holding on to faith in You. We pray their sacrifice will bring great multitudes into Your kingdom.
- Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. (Psalm 116:15)
7. ISIS Leader, 400 Militants Enter Europe Disguised as Refugees - Christian Post
An Islamic State general, who has been designated by the United States as a global terrorist, is reportedly back in Europe from Syria along with about 400 of his soldiers, many of whom crossed the borders disguised as refugees.
- Father God, we pray for the people of Europe to repent and turn to You! Only You can protect them from these agents of the enemy.
- For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
The Daily Jot
The prophetic peril of America
(Published on Monday, January 2, 2017)
On Friday December 23, The UN Security Council passed a resolution calling for an end to the Judea and Samaria settlement enterprise and condemning it as an obstacle to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In a dramatic and historic departure from past policy, the US "president" instructed America's Ambassador to the UN to refrain from vetoing the resolution. Since occupying the Oval Office in 2009, the Islamic Marxist US "president" has steadily moved away from supporting Israel, and in turn, has bolstered Israel's enemies by supporting the Muslim Brotherhood's Arab Spring, signing a nuclear weapons-enabling deal with Iran, and destabilizing the Middle East. There are prophetic consequences.
All the while, the "president" has fueled the narrative that the Russians are the bad guys. This narrative plays into a revived cold war mantra and continues fanning the flames among Christians who want to believe that Russia is the Gog of Ezekiel 38 who leads a force against Israel in a colossal end time battle. After years of study on this topic, I am convinced that Russia is not Gog. The coalition, led by "Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal (v 38:3)" are Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Magog, Gomer and Togarmah. Ancient history and maps confirm that Magog, Meshech, Tubal, Gomer and Togarmah are located in modern Turkey. Persia is modern Iran. Libya is Libya and Ethiopia is likely modern Sudan.
While Russia may be part of the invading force, it is not Gog. Neither is America, but the actions of our "president" may have placed the US in prophetic peril. The Lord says in Zechariah 12:3, "And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it." Many find it hard to imagine how the US could ever be part of the nations gathered prophetically against Israel. The lame duck US "president" has crossed that line and has shown the world, and God Almighty, how this could happen by not vetoing the UN resolution. This UN resolution is permanent because of America.
Americans chose a leader-not once but twice-who audaciously broke with supporting the only true democracy in the Middle East and sided with the sponsors of Islamic terrorism. In doing so, the "president" also led America onto the side of Israel's enemies and the enemies of God himself. Israel's Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon was profound in his criticism of the US "president", saying, "We've talked a lot about the significance of the Security Council resolution, but we need to take note of one thing: how our best friends in the UN turned their backs on us at the moment of truth." Indeed, it is noted on earth as it is in heaven. Fortunately, the next President vows to reverse this dangerous trend. Let us pray for our new President and for mercy for our nation.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
The Daily Jot Part 2
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Post admits fake news on Russian utility hack
Last week there was story after story about how the Russians had hacked into a Vermont utility company and possibly could have shut down the entire US electric grid. This just proved the point that the lame duck "president" was making about how Russia was attacking the US and, more specifically, had engineered a Donald Trump victory over the "president's" fellow communist and legacy preserver, Hillary Clinton. Trouble is, the accusers and inventors of "fake news" were at it again. The utility in question could not have been hacked because it was offline. And the head purveyor of "fake news" who broke the story, the venerable Washington Post, had to print a retraction.
The Post wrote on January 2: "As federal officials investigate suspicious Internet activity found last week on a Vermont utility computer, they are finding evidence that the incident is not linked to any Russian government effort to target or hack the utility...An employee at Burlington Electric Department was checking his Yahoo email account Friday and triggered an alert indicating that his computer had connected to a suspicious IP address associated by authorities with the Russian hacking operation that infiltrated the Democratic Party...Indeed, officials say it is possible that the traffic is benign, since this particular IP address is not always connected to malicious activity...The Post initially reported incorrectly that the country's electric grid had been penetrated through a Vermont utility."
So this story went from the Washington Post reporting that the entire country's electric grid was hacked by the Russians to issuing a retraction that there was no such incident at all. This is very similar to reporting throughout the election cycle that Clinton is up by several points and will win, despite knowing that the polling samples are skewed by 12 points in her favor. Then the Post and the "president" decry "fake news" as influencing the election. Also notice how the Post tied its "fake news" to the same hackers that "infiltrated the Democratic Party"-stating as fact something that is still unproven. This is the same tactic employed to establish global warming while the researchers all along were admittedly manipulating the data.
WikiLeaks obtained the DNC and Clinton information and released it. WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange was asked directly by Fox News' Sean Hannity: "Can you say to the American people, unequivocally, that you did not get this information about the DNC, John Podesta's emails, can you tell the American people 1,000 percent that you did not get it from Russia or anybody associated with Russia?" Assange answered: "Yes. We can say, we have said, repeatedly that over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party." So when you are checking under your bed at night for the Russian boogeyman, don't be surprised if you find the lame duck US "president." Ephesians 5:6 says, "Let no man deceive you with vain words." Neither the "president" nor The Washington Post, for sure.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
More Daily Features
The Persecuted Church
"Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body." (Hebrews 13:3)
Please visit the website for International Christian Concern to lift up prayers for the persecuted around the world, every day. Their link is: www.persecution.org -- or go here to connect. Thank you for interceding for our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Asia, the Islamic World, and the Far East.
IN THE SWEET BY AND BY
"In My Father's house there are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you." (John 14:2)
There's a land that is fairer than day,
And by faith we can see it afar;
For the Father waits over the way
To prepare us a dwelling place there.
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore;
In the sweet by and by,
We shall meet on that beautiful shore.
We shall sing on that beautiful shore
The melodious songs of the blessed;
And our spirits shall sorrow no more,
Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.
To our bountiful Father above,
We will offer our tribute of praise
For the glorious gift of His love
And the blessings that hallow our days.
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About the Author:
Words: Sanford F. Bennett, 1868.
Music:Joseph P. Webster
About the hymn:
Mr. Webster, like many musicians, was of an exceedingly nervous and sensitive nature, and subject to periods of depression, in which he looked upon the dark side of all things in life. I had learned his peculiarities so well that on meeting him I could tell at a glance if he was melancholy, and had found that I could rouse him up by giving him a new song to work on.
He came into my place of business [in Elkhorn, Wisconsin], walked down to the stove, and turned his back on me without speaking. I was at my desk. Turning to him, I said, "Webster, what is the matter now?" "It's no matter," he replied, "it will be all right by and by." The idea of the hymn came me like a flash of sunlight, and I replied, "The Sweet By and By! Why would not that make a good hymn?" "Maybe it would," he said indifferently. Turning to my desk I penned the words of the hymn as fast as I could write. I handed the words to Webster. As he read his eyes kindled, and stepping to the desk he began writing the notes. Taking his violin, he played the melody and then jotted down the notes of the chorus. It was not over thirty minutes from the time I took my pen to write the words before two friends with Webster and myself were singing the hymn.
Sanford Fillmore Bennett (1836-1898)
Signs and Wonders
MAGNETIC STORMS LIKELY THIS WEEK
NOAA forecasters have boosted the odds of polar geomagnetic storms on Jan. 4th and 5th to 65% as a stream of solar wind approaches Earth. The hot wind is flowing from a large hole in the sun's atmosphere. This image, from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, shows the yawning structure almost directly facing Earth on Jan. 3rd:
Coronal holes are regions where the sun's magnetic field peels back and allows solar wind to escape. The stream of wind emerging from this coronal hole recently blew past NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft with peak speeds exceeding 700 km/s. Similar high speeds are likely when the stream reaches Earth on Jan. 4th and 5th.
Read more here.
"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
Amazing Academic Feat Astounds This Student's Professor:
"God Reminded Me I Had Prayed For a Perfect Score"
(Portsmouth, VA) - [CBN News] A freshman at Regent University has accomplished an amazing feat by earning a perfect score on a national chemistry exam.
Jonee Lillard of Portsmouth, Virginia, enjoys playing video games and is an accomplished piano player. But it is in the classroom where the 17-year-old really excels. "It's kind of my priority, honestly," she told CBN News.
That focus paid off when Jonee aced the American Chemical Society Exam, a standardized test given to first-year college students across the country. Not only did Jonee answer all 70 multiple choice questions correctly, but she became the only student do so in the past two years out of more than 3,800 students from 34 colleges. The highest grade any other student scored in the past two years was 53 out of 70.
"I was surprised. I did not expect it," Jonee commented. "Looking back on this it's just like this was God. There's no other way to explain it.
Jonee's mother, Valerie Lillard, said she was not surprised by her daughter's test results. She believes it was an answer to prayer.
"Wow, wow! Thank You, Jesus -- then He reminded me that that's what we asked for in prayer," she explained. "He says, 'You asked for it -- a hundred or better. You were specific,' and I said, 'Thank You, God!" (Read more)
"Our God" - Chris Tomlin
The Bible Readathon
Our Bible Readathon Continues
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)
We are now reading the Word of God every night from midnight to 6:00 a.m. EST. We are reading through the whole Word, from Genesis to Revelation, and beginning again in Genesis when finished.
Our numbers of readers continues to grow over time. All are welcome to join!
The access code is: 350430#. Please call at any time from midnight to 6:00 a.m. EST. WELCOME!
[Note: we are reading from these versions of the Scripture: King James, New King James, New American Standard, and NIV.]
PrayerSurgeNow and 24/7 Prayer
PrayerSurgeNow and 24/7 Prayer:
Two other prayer ministries to note --
24/7 Prayer Continues!
You are welcome to join the 24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call!
> > > The 24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call is taking place for 70 Days leading up to the Jan 20, 2017 Presidential Inauguration in DC.
Numerous ministries are participating. Join in any time, day or night in this continuous stream of intercession:
Our good friend, Dai Sup Han, raised up PrayerSurgeNow at the leading of our Lord, nine years ago. Ever since then, "PSN" has hosted weekly conference calls every Saturday morning from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EST, with speakers who provide briefings to the Body of Christ of different topics needing prayer.
PSN also offers other opportunities now, throughout the week each week, to join with other seasoned intercessors in releasing targeted prayers for our nation.
For news of PSN's weekly agendas, please visit their website by going to: prayersurgenow.blogspot.com, or by going here.