· The Daily Brief
· The Middle East in Focus
· The White House in Transition
· G20 and Prophetic Implications
· Global Financial Summit in Washington
· "Smoking Gun" Found in Syria Incident?
· Hizbullah Slams Interfaith Conference
Friday, November 14, 2008
The Daily Brief
1. More Than 100 Homes Burned in California Blaze - CNN
A brush fire that roared out of control in Santa Barbara County has damaged or destroyed nearly 150 homes, charred 1,500 acres and possibly contributed to at least one death, officials said Friday.
- Give strength to those suffering from the fires and to the firefighters who are putting their lives on the line.
- But I am afflicted and in pain; May Your salvation, O God, set me securely on high. (Psalm 69:29)
2. A. Paulson Shifts Focus of Rescue to Consumer Lending - Bloomberg
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson plans to use the second half of the $700 billion financial rescue program to help relieve pressures on consumer credit, scrapping an effort to buy devalued mortgage assets.
B. Treasury Draws Fire for Shift in Rescue - Wall Street Journal
Lawmakers sharply criticized the Treasury Department on Thursday for saying in recent weeks it intended to buy distressed assets despite having already decided to move away from the concept.
C. Economic Summit to Focus on The Long Term - USA Today
World leaders converging here this weekend will try to reverse the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, amid a change in the White House that leaves a key player on the sidelines.
- We pray that peace will prevail and the world will look to You for sustenance in difficult economic times.
- He shall lend to you, but you will not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you will be the tail. (Deut 28:44)
3. Honduran Floods: The Disaster No One Is Reporting - Reuters
Landslides and flooding in Honduras have affected an estimated 320,000 people, wiped out almost half the crops and prompted the government to declare a state of emergency.
- Lord, we pray for comfort and peace for the victims of this flood. We also ask for an outpouring of Your provision to help them rebuild.
- There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain. (Isaiah 4:6)
4. Power Supergrid Plan to Protect Europe from Russian Threat to Choke Off Energy - London Times"
A supergrid of power supplies to protect Europe's energy from the threat of a Russian stranglehold will be announced today.
- We pray for help for the nations that may be attacked using the power given to countries that have energy reserves.
- "The foolish said to the prudent, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' "But the prudent answered, 'No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.'" (Matthew 25:8-9)
5. Belarus President Seeks to Deploy Russian Missiles - Wall Street Journal
President Alexander Lukashenko is in talks with Moscow about placing in Belarus advanced Iskander missiles that could hit targets deep inside Europe.
- We claim a shield from the designs of those who seek to militarily intimidate their neighbors.
- "Come, let us deal wisely with them, or else they will multiply and in the event of war, they will also join themselves to those who hate us, and fight against us and depart from the land." (Exodus 1:10)
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
When LORD shall build up Zion, He shall appear in His glory. He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer. This shall be written for the generation to come [lit: the last generation]: and the people which shall be created shall praise LORD." (Psalm 102:16-18)
1. Switzerland Accuses Israel of Breaking International Law - Fox News
Switzerland accused Israel on Thursday of wantonly destroying Palestinian homes in east Jerusalem and near Ramallah in violation of the Geneva Conventions' rules on military occupation.
2. Palestinian PM: Peace process endangered by settlements - Ynet News
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Thursday that Israel was endangering the peace process by refusing to respect its commitment to halt West Bank settlement.
3. IDF hits Qassam launchers in Gaza - Ynet News
The Israel Defense Forces bombed a ring of Qassam rocket launchers in the Gaza Strip Friday morning.
4. Defense Ministry's Amos Gilad: We won't let Iran go nuclear - Jerusalem Post
Israel will not tolerate a nuclear Iran, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, the head of the Defense Ministry's Diplomatic-Security Bureau, has stressed to The Jerusalem Post in an unusually hard-hitting interview.
5. Bush unexpectedly meets Livni, Peres - Jerusalem Post
During a brief, unscheduled and warm encounter on Thursday afternoon in New York, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told President George W. Bush that he had helped advance Israeli-Palestinian peace hopes, and congratulated him for standing up to terrorism and extremism.
The White House in Transition
1. Officials: Obama Considering Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State - Fox News
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is among the candidates that President-elect Barack Obama is considering for secretary of state, according to two Democratic officials in close contact with the Obama transition team.
- We pray for wisdom for the president-elect as he begins to assemble his cabinet.
- With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding. (Job 12:13)
2. Ayers Says 'Secret Link' with Obama Is a 'Myth' - CNN
Anti-Vietnam War activist William Ayers spoke out for the first time Friday, calling the Republican effort to tie him to President-elect Barack Obama during the election campaign a "dishonest narrative" with the intent of "demonizing" Ayers.
- Let all things that have been hidden be brought into the light and let Americans practice discernment as news begins to break.
- Hide me from the secret counsel of evildoers, from the tumult of those who do iniquity, (Psalm 64:2)
G20 and Prophetic Implications
World Financial Summit Moves Prophecy Clock Forward
The leaders of some 20 countries are meeting in Washington, D.C. at the invite of President George W. Bush. They will discuss how your money is going to be used to bail out a global economy. This meeting, the first of its kind in recent history, is convened to determine a global response to the worldwide economic crisis. Hundreds of billions of dollars will be on the table as these world leaders divvy up how they will spend that money to ward off what they say will be a global recession. The real intention of the meeting, however, is to establish a one world order financial system and to begin laying the groundwork for a worldwide government.
Leading up to the meeting, Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, "My message is that we must be: internationalist not protectionist; interventionist not neutral; progressive not reactive; and forward looking not frozen by events. We can seize the moment and in doing so build a truly global society." Brown wants to bring economic decisions into alignment with social needs around the world. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, after meeting with European leaders in Paris on October 4th, called for the global summit to implement "a real and complete reform of the international financial system." Sarkozy said, "We want a new world to come out of this."
In announcing the summit in early October, Bush said, "We live in a globalized world. We want to make sure that we're effective at what we do. Once we made the decision that there is a role for the federal government to move to stabilize the markets we want to make sure that all of us move in the best coordinated way as possible." The President of the European Union agreed with Bush during an October 18th meeting at Camp David. Jose Manuel Barroso said, The international financial system -- its basic principles and regulations and its institutions need reform. We need a new global financial order." These leaders all have been very careful to emphasize that the new world order must be built on democracy and capitalism.
World leaders are relying on tax money from Europe and the United States to redistribute wealth and to recapitalize worldwide banks that have been making bad loans for decades-this is a lot of democracy, but hardly any capitalism. Suggested solutions center around using tax money to increase the coffers of large international banks, global governmental ownership of banks, and as Sarkozy puts it, an "end to the American rule" over the global financial system. Ultimately, this means that to utilize global money, one must be a global citizen. As Revelation 13:17 says, "And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." You are watching prophecy unfold.
Global Financial Summit in Washington
Leaders of leading developing and advanced economies prepare to meet in Washington November 15 to discuss weakening conditions in the global economy.
President Bush is opposed to a single global regulator.
The summit of leaders of 20 major advanced and emerging economies this weekend faces stiff challenges to find a plan of attack to shore up the world banking system and avert future crises.
The European Union, led by the French, and some other members of the G20 want a new global financial order, as much as an entire remake of the 1944 Bretton Woods accord that set the basis for the world's financial system after World War II. But host Washington under outgoing President George W. Bush has favored more limited initiatives, and has opposed creating a powerful supranational regulator.
Complicating decisions made this weekend, President Bush will be replaced by President-elect Barack Obama and his Democratic administration, leaving the follow-through on summit initiatives in question.
The G20 encompasses the Group of Seven countries - - Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States -- and 12 other countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea and Turkey. The 27-nation EU is also a member. Leaders of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank will also participate. (VOA, AFP)
PLEASE pray about this meeting on Sat. It will determine whether we govern our nation or whether the IMF/World Bank governs our nation. With the former will be hardship and austerity. With the latter, destruction. Look at the history of the IMF/World Bank in Haiti, in Africa, in Central America, in Argentina; the list is long and the system is lethal.
Prayer is powerful because "He who sits in the heavens laughs . . ..and holds them in derision." God can empower Bush, Sarkozy, and the others who want to stop the destruction they have thus far accomplished in other nations, and most recently in ours through the economic manipulations. Prayer is His power through His people!
"Smoking Gun" Found in Syria Incident?
Has the UN Found the Smoking Gun in the Syrian "Nuclear" Incident ?
There are widespread reports in the international media that the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) inspectors found traces of weapons-grade uranium at a site in Syria, which Israel is believed to have destroyed in an air strike a year ago. The reports suggest the uranium was discovered in June, but the story has only just been leaked to the media. Confirmation is expected to come from the IAEA's head Muhammad Al-Barade'i when the United Nations' watchdog meets at the end of this month. Since the bombing, Syria has insisted the site was used for agricultural purposes, but media reports have persisted about North Korean involvement, as well as links to Iran's nuclear program.
Pray that these findings will establish the real intent of those who seek to "wipe Israel off the map." Pray that those who insist on peace talks will demand that such activities will be totally unacceptable.
"But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one." (Matthew 5:37)
(Source; Bridges for Peace)
Hizbullah Slams Interfaith Conference
The Lebanese Shiite Hizbullah organization is criticizing an interfaith conference in the United States this week, on the grounds that the conference legitimizes normalization with Israel. The three-day meeting is slated to begin on November 11 and will bring together representatives from most, if not all the UN's 192 member states at the United Nations headquarters in New York. "This is a warped way to impose normalization using a backdoor channel," a Hizbullah spokesman said. Israel, he said, will not be required to pay any price in exchange. "It has nothing to do with dialogue between the religions," the spokesman added, according to UPI.
Hizbullah is backed by Syria and Iran and was engaged in a 34-day war with Israel in 2006. Hizbullah accused Shimon Peres of committing war crimes against Lebanese and Palestinians, and said the Israeli president should be standing at the International Criminal Court and not at this event. The conference was initiated by Saudi King Abdallah Bin Abd Al-Aziz and sponsored by the UN. An invitation to Israeli President Shimon Peres to speak at the event is significant, given that Saudi Arabia and Israel have no diplomatic relations. Saudi officials are denying [that] the invitation came from Riyadh, and insist it was extended by the UN. Lebanon and Kuwait, which also do not have diplomatic relations with Israel, have confirmed their participation.
Pray against the stronghold that refuses to recognize Israel and its right to exist. Pray that the power of love will overcome.
Consider my enemies, for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred." (Psalm 25:19)