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Bombings ongoing . . . time to pray!
Note: This evening, we have been receiving numerous reports of bombings taking place in Damascus. Details are still sketchy in these reports, especially the lack of identification of who is doing this. However, due to the serious nature of these reports, we release them to you now, simply asking that prayers in the Spirit be uttered over the situation tonight in Damascus, Syria.
1. Airstrikes hit Assad air base after deadly chemical attack, state TV reports - Fox News
Syrian state TV and witnesses said late Sunday that airstrikes had hit a military airport near the city of Homs shortly after a suspected chemical attack that killed at least 40 people in a suburb of the capital city, Damascus, over the weekend.
It was not immediately clear which country launched the strikes. The report on SANA said the attack on the T4 military airbase "is likely to be an American aggression." However, U.S. officials denied that it had launched airstrikes on Syria.
SANA said Syrian air defenses had shot down eight missiles and a number of casualties had been reported. (Read more)
2. "Massive Explosions" Heard Above Syria Amid Reports Of Fighter Jets Airstrikes; Pentagon Denies - Zero Hedge
Multiple so far unconfirmed reports are coming in of a Sunday night air raid over Eastern Homs targeting several military facilities in Syria, including explosions at Syria's Tiyas Military Airbase (also known as T-4), as well as Al Sin and Al Shoryaat air bases.
The unconfirmed reports follow footage of jets crossing through Lebanon, while there are also reports that U.S. warships have fired cruise missiles. (Read more)
> > > Caution! This report is a summary of many tweets, etc., that have been published over this weekend about the situation in Syria. We caution you to stop at the last tweet, and not scroll down further, due to the language that is posted in this comment section. Bless you!
3. Russia Issues Ultimatum: If U.S. Attacks Damascus, "It Will Be The Last Thing You Do" - Hal Turner Radio Show
[Published on Monday, March 19, 2018]
On Saturday, the Hal Turner Radio Show web site outlined sudden and dramatic events which led Russia to conclude the U.S. is planning a major attack upon Syria. That timeline of events appears HERE.
Late Sunday, the Hal Turner Radio Show web site outlined the bolstering of US Navy forces by 13 surface vessels and six submarines of NATO countries, which were just finishing exercises. That story appears HERE.
The risk of miscalculation between major powers active in Syria has never been higher than today. The situation is critical
The events on Saturday and Sunday, as well as today's speech by General Rudskoy has not been mentioned EVEN ONCE by the regular mass-media in the United States or in Europe. Citizens of the West of blissfully unaware of just how close we are to the physical breakout of World War 3. (Read more)
4. Syria conflict: Strikes hit Syrian airfield, state media report - BBC News
Several people have died or were injured after a military airport in Syria came under missile attack, the country's state media reported.
Several missiles struck the Tiyas airbase, also known as T4, near the city of Homs in the early hours of Monday, state news agency Sana said.
Details are still emerging and it is not clear who is responsible.
It follows international alarm over a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma. (Read more)
Focus on Israel
1. US officials: Trump-Netanyahu call grew tense over plans to leave Syria - The Times of Israel
A phone call Wednesday between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump grew tense over Israeli objections to US plans to leave Syria, US administration officials said Wednesday, adding that Trump wants to pull out all troops within six months to the dismay of the country's main security agencies and allies.
A short statement from the White House early Wednesday said Netanyahu and Trump had discussed "recent developments in the Middle East" during their phone conversation, without clarifying what developments were addressed or what was said.
It said that "President Trump reiterated the commitment of the United States to Israel's security," and added that "the two leaders agreed to continue their close coordination on countering Iran's malign influence and destabilizing activities."
Netanyahu later tweeted that he "thanked President Trump for his commitment to Israel's security and America's support for Israel at the United Nations."
2. Fallout from the Turkey-Iran-Russia meeting - Jerusalem Post
Iranian regime media is boasting after a successful summit in Turkey with the Turkish, Russian and Iranian presidents.
But Iran was not the only winner at the meeting designed to discuss the future of Syria. Russia and Turkey both feel that they are achieving their goals in Syria at the expense of the US. While the three leaders met, Washington was still undecided on what to do in Syria where it has soldiers and bases and is working to defeat Islamic State.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Ankara for their second trilateral meeting on Syria. They see themselves as the "three guarantor states of the ceasefire in Syria," according to Sputnik media, and they have been participating in talks in Astana relating to "reconciliation." Absent from all of this is the United States, whose partners among the Syrian Democratic Forces control around third of Syria. The message from the Ankara summit is that the US will play no role in Syria in the future.
The comments coming out of Ankara speak of a "sustainable ceasefire" and "peace and stability" as well as a "strong and continued commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity, territorial integrity and non-sectarian character of Syria." The message to Washington is that the US is undermining that "unity" and "territorial integrity" by supporting the SDF and in its continued war against ISIS.
3. Gaza Hamas leader vows to 'breach the borders and pray at Al-Aqsa' - Times of Israel
As thousands of Palestinians demonstrated along the Gaza border on Friday, Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, speaking before protesters, warned that the Strip was ready to "explode in the face of the occupation." He said the world should "wait for our great move, when we breach the borders and pray at Al-Aqsa," referring to the major Muslim shrine in Jerusalem.
Arriving at one of the demonstration sites, Sinwar received a hero's welcome. He was surrounded by hundreds of supporters who chanted, "We are going to Jerusalem, millions of martyrs."
Friday's violent demonstration was the second of what Gaza's ruling Hamas terror group said would be several weeks of "March of Return" protests which Hamas leaders say ultimately aim to see the removal of the border and the liberation of Palestine.
4. International court warns Israel may be charged over Gaza deaths - Israel National News
The International Criminal Court at The Hague may prosecute Israel over the deaths of Arab rioters who clashed with IDF forces on the Gaza-Israel frontier over the past week and a half, a top ICC official warned Sunday.
Chief Prosecutor for the ICC Fatou Bensouda issued a statement Sunday demanding an end to the use of violence on the border between Israel and Gaza, and suggested that both Israel and the Hamas terror organization could be held responsible for the deaths of some 30 Arab rioters and terrorists killed since activists launched six weeks of violent protests on the frontier on March 30th.
"The resort to violence must stop," Bensouda said. "Any person who incites or engages in acts of violence including by ordering, requesting, encouraging or contributing in any other manner to the commission of crimes within ICC's jurisdiction is liable to prosecution before the Court."
Bensouda added that her office had launched a "preliminary" probe ahead of a possible prosecution over the use of force "in Palestine" in recent years.
5. Israeli Defense Minister: Palestinian Journalist Who was Killed Posed Threat to IDF - United with Israel
Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman said that the Palestinian journalist killed on Friday on the border with Israel was flying a drone over IDF forces, and by doing so was posing a threat.
Speaking to Israel Radio on Sunday, Liberman said that "all the demonstrators near the security fence in the Gaza Strip receive salaries from Hamas."
"Those who are trying to breach the border are members of the Hamas' military wing," he added. Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja, 30, died from a gunshot wound he sustained while filming on the Gaza border on Friday. He was known to support Hamas. The IDF said it fired only at "instigators" involved in attacks on soldiers and was investigating Murtaja's death.
6. Israel Prayer Update - Bridges for Peace
To read this week's update, go here.
The Daily Brief
1. Secret, direct talks underway between US and North Korea - CNN
The United States and North Korea have been holding secret, direct talks to prepare for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, a sign that planning for the highly anticipated meeting is progressing, several administration officials familiar with the discussions tell CNN. Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo and a team at the CIA have been working through intelligence back-channels to make preparations for the summit, the officials said. American and North Korean intelligence officials have spoken several times and have even met in a third country, with a focus on nailing down a location for the talks. Although the North Korean regime has not publicly declared its invitation by Kim Jong Un to meet with Trump, which was conveyed last month by a South Korean envoy, several officials say North Korea has since acknowledged Trump's acceptance, and Pyongyang has reaffirmed Kim is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
The talks between intelligence officials are laying the groundwork for a meeting between Pompeo and his North Korea counterpart, the head of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, in advance of the leaders' summit. Once a location is agreed upon the officials said that the date will be set and the agenda discussed in greater detail. Officials said the decision to use the already existing intelligence channel was more a facet of Pompeo's current status as CIA director as he awaits confirmation as secretary of state than a reflection of the content of the discussions. Pompeo is expected to begin the process of Senate confirmation in the next several weeks.
- Father God, we ask that You would be present in the midst of these talks, granting Your unusual wisdom to our President, Donald Trump. Guide our leader in the way He should go, and give him unusual discernment to "see through" any traps or snares that are being set before him in these discussions. We ask in Your name, amen.
- "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you." (Psalm 132:8)
2. In Extraordinary Filing, Former Nat Sec Officials Urge SCOTUS To End Travel Ban - Daily Caller
A coalition of former senior national security officials filed an extraordinary amicus (or "friend-of-the-court") brief at the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the justices to strike down the president's latest travel sanctions. Throughout the brief, the officials appear to convey inside information that has not been disclosed through official government channels, while implying their policy views should be treated at parity with those of the Trump administration, like the shadow governments of parliamentary systems. The 52 signatories to the brief served in various diplomatic and national security capacities under presidencies of both parties. Their filing notes held sensitive intelligence and foreign affairs posts when the first and second iterations of the travel ban were issued in early 2017, an unsubtle signal that their views are informed by contemporary intelligence and worthy of deference, the current administration's conclusions notwithstanding. Signatories to the brief who fall into this category include John Brennan, former director of the CIA, and James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence. Both men have been intensely critical of President Donald Trump and resigned their posts effective the day he took office.
Josh Blackman, a constitutional law professor who comments frequently on the Supreme Court, told The Daily Caller News Foundation that it is highly unusual for former officials to speak so authoritatively in an amicus brief. "To the extent these are policy disagreements, there's no problem," he said. "But to assert that they have better knowledge than the current administration is a very strange argument." He also noted that the government alone has the prerogative to make definitive statements to the Court about federal data, reports, and active threat streams. The justices will hear argument in the travel ban case, Trump v. Hawaii, on April 25.
- Holy Father, we pray that Your mighty arm of strength will be extended to President Trump so that all his enemies that would strike down his travel sanctions be met with defeat. Lord, we ask You to judge the group from the past administration who are part of the shadow government that have filed a brief that strongly stands against the President's control of illegal immigration. Father, strike down that brief and turn it to sawdust in Your hands. Render it powerless. Support Trump's travel sanctions, Lord, and lift up a standard against any flood the enemy would try to bring against these sanctions. In the Name of Jesus we pray.
- "So shall they fear the Name of the Lord from he news and His glory from the rising of he sun. When the enemy ball come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard against him." (Isaiah 59:19)
3. Justice Department announces 'zero-tolerance' policy on illegal border crossings - FoxNews
The Justice Department announced Friday that it is implementing a "zero-tolerance" policy for prosecuting those attempting to enter the U.S. illegally -- the latest in a series of measures by the Trump administration to combat illegal immigration. "The situation at our Southwest Border is unacceptable," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement announcing the policy. "Congress has failed to pass effective legislation that serves the national interest -- that closes dangerous loopholes and fully funds a wall along our southern border." The Trump administration says the number of attempted border crossings has increased by 203 percent since March 2017. In response, Trump this week signed a proclamation sending the National Guard to the border. He has said he would like to see 2,000-4,000 members sent to the border.
The latest move by the Justice Department orders U.S. attorneys along the border to adopt a policy of prosecuting all referrals from DHS of illegal entry and attempted illegal entry into the U.S. Other administration officials have echoed Trump's stance, urging Congress to pass laws securing the border and promising more action from the administration. The Pentagon said Thursday it is establishing a new "border security support cell" that will be manned 24 hours a day and will support U.S. Customs and Border Protection. "We will not allow illegal immigration levels to become the norm," DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said this week. "More than 1,000 people a day, 300,000 a year violating our sovereignty as a nation will never be acceptable to this president."
- Lord God, we pray that Your presence will enter Congress and its members by bringing them out of their slumber and complacency and instill in them the responsibility to stand for the right causes and combat illegal immigration. Break the spirit of lawlessness that prevails with those protecting our borders. We pray the National Guard will stand like Gideon's army against illegal crossings into America and there be a determination to uphold the law and fight this fight to the finish. We pray in the Name of Jesus.
- "Violence shall no more be heard in your land, wasting nor destruction within your borders; but you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise." (Isaiah 60:18)
4. Why the FBI Is Dodging Nunes - American Spectator
It was reported recently that the FBI refuses to show Congressman Devin Nunes an unredacted copy of the origination document that triggered the probe into the Trump campaign. What is the FBI hiding? Paradoxically, nothing - that is, no classified information showing collusion between Trump and Russia. The FBI is simply trying to hide the embarrassingly partisan origins of its spying on the Trump campaign. Were the redactions covering material harmful to Trump, that material would have been leaked by now. So the redactions can only be concealing the fingerprints of Hillary's partisans in the Obama administration.
It was the blinding, viscerally personal hatred of Brennan for Trump, perhaps more than anything else, that turned all those phony "tips" into a counterintelligence probe. Anyone who doubts that hatred should just take a look at Brennan's Twitter account these days. Also take a look at the people he is following on Twitter. They make up most of the cast of Obamagate, from James Comey to Samantha Power to Sally Yates to Susan Rice, not to mention the newest cast member, Obama chief of staff Denis McDonough, whose exposure is yet another product of Nunes's refusal to accept redacted material from the FBI/Justice Department.
- O righteous Father, draw out the lawlessness of the FBI and expose the control that even Hillary Clinton had/has over the FBI and its counterparts. God, we stand with You and pray Your power pull down Clinton's control over everything that involves President Trump. May all the deceitful lies and gossip against him be dropped and met with utter defeat. We pray in the Name of Jesus.
- "Slay them not, lest My people forget: scatter them by Your power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield. For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak."
5. DOJ Will Allow House, Senate Intel Committees Access To Carter Page FISA Documents - Daily Caller
The Department of Justice says it will allow members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees to view surveillance warrants granted against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in what the agency is calling an "extraordinary accommodation." DOJ is allowing the access to the four warrant applications in response to demands from California Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Nunes threatened earlier this week to take legal action if the DOJ did not provide all committee members access to the four Page warrants, which were issued in 2016 and 2017 by judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court. Nunes also demanded that the FBI hand over an internal document known as an Electronic Communication (EC), which laid out the basis for the bureau's investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with the Russian government.
Nunes and other congressional Republicans have accused the DOJ and FBI of abusing the FISA process by relying on the unverified Steele dossier to obtain the warrants to spy on Page. Republicans also want to view the EC in order to see whether the FBI cited the dossier in the beginning stages of the Russia probe. Nunes said that the committee asked the Justice Department's Office of Legislative Affairs on four occasions in February to grant all committee members access to the Page FISAs, in a letter sent earlier this week. Nunes said in the letter that the DOJ responded on Feb. 26 by denying the request. But Nunes' recent letter seems to have forced the Justice Department's hand.
- Father God, we pray that there will be no damaging findings in the four warrant applications regarding Trump's possible collusion with the Russian government. Put all the damaging effects under the Blood of Jesus that were created by President Trump's enemies from the past administration. Strip all that entanglement with its poisonous gossip and render it powerless against Trump. We pray in the Name of Jesus.
- "But the king shall rejoice in God; everyone that swears by Him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped." (Psalm 63:11)
6. Feds charge Backpage founder after human-trafficking investigation - USA Today
A founder of a 45-year-old alternative weekly newspaper in Phoenix has been charged in the apparent culmination of a federal human-trafficking investigation. Michael Lacey, 69, of Sedona, Ariz., who helped build a nationwide media empire out of the Phoenix New Times, was charged Friday as part a 93-count indictment that remained sealed late Friday, according to Lacey's lawyer, Larry Kazan. Lacey also co-founded the online classified advertising site Backpage, and authorities had spent months probing whether the website served as a willing participant in the online sale of sex, including with underage girls. Lacey, former editor of New Times, and Jim Larkin, the former publisher, were arrested in October 2016 on California charges that they had profited from prostitution activities through Backpage. A judge there threw out charges that the pair and Backpage Chief Executive Carl Ferrer conspired to engage in pimping. "I wish that it didn't have to go this far. I wish they would have cooperated with us when we tried to get them to see they needed to stop this." Cindy McCain, Cornville, Ariz.
Its problems didn't stem from the pets for sale section, but the personal ads - what a Senate subcommittee last year considered as people for sale, knowingly aiding in prostitution and child sex trafficking. Craigslist restricted and then closed its erotic services section in 2010. Backpage considered that move an economic opportunity. Backpage experienced a 50% growth in ad volume within two months of Craigslist closing its adult section, according to an internal history of the company included in the Senate report.
- O righteous Father, we pray that those who are guilty of seeking the souls of the innocent to destroy them, shall come to judgment under Your Mighty Hand. Lord, we pray for the young lives that have been stolen from them and who have lived with altered meanings of what true life is all about. Redeem these precious souls out of this darkness and save their souls from sin to serve the risen Savior Jesus Christ the Lord.
Heal their many wounds and set them free from their past experiences through the Blood of Jesus. Let not one be lost but save every soul that was destroyed by the evil of these men. We pray and trust in the Name of the Living Christ.
- "My soul, wait only upon God, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation: He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God." (Psalm 62:5-7)
7. ICE Raids Tennessee Slaughterhouse For Hiring Illegal Immigrants In Tax Evasion Scheme - Daily Caller
Federal agents raided an eastern Tennessee meatpacking facility on Thursday following a months-long investigation into allegations the owners were employing illegal immigrants to avoid paying millions of dollars in taxes, according to court records. Agents with the IRS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) served a search warrant at cattle slaughterhouse Southeastern Provisions, which has allegedly been hiring immigrants without work authorization since 2008 and hiding it from tax collectors. The illegal hiring practices allowed owners James and Pamela Brantley to avoid paying $2.5 million in payroll taxes, reported the Knoxville News Sentinel, citing an IRS search warrant affidavit.
Agents encountered 97 people working at the plant during the raid, ICE spokeswoman Tammy Spicer said in a statement Friday. Of those, 11 were arrested on criminal charges, while the remaining 86 were held pending immigration status checks. Ultimately, 54 workers were detained for further immigration proceedings, according to Spicer. The raid comes as President Donald Trump's administration has sought to more closely scrutinize companies that hire illegal immigrants or foreign nationals without proper work authorization. The investigation into Southeastern Provisions began when Citizens Bank, where the Brantleys held accounts, notified authorities of suspiciously large cash withdrawals the company said were for "payroll," according to the IRS affidavit. The Brantleys allegedly lied to the IRS about how much they paid themselves, filed false tax returns and exploited their employees, who were largely Hispanic illegal immigrants.
- O righteous Father, hear my cry O God, attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto You, Lord, when my heart is overwhelmed. Wickedness is rampant in our land, O God. Cleanse the land and the people and bring each guilty party to justice and put them out of business so that the land can be made clean. God, put an end to this evil and liars who know not the truth. In the Name of Jesus we pray and trust.
- "The show of their countenance does witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have awarded evil unto themselves. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him." (Isaiah 3:9,11)
8. White House downplays big drop in stock market - Washington Times
The White House downplayed the huge drop in the stock market Friday, saying President Trump's tough trade policy for China would pay off in the long term. The Dow Jones industrial average had plummeted more than 700 points, or 3 percent, on fears of a trade war after Mr. Trump on Thursday proposed $100 billion more in tariffs on Chinese goods. She defended the president's move as long overdue and justified in confronting China's unfair trade practices and theft of intellectual property.
"Frankly, we shouldn't be in this situation," she said. "Previous administrations should have stepped up and tried to stop these actions long before today. But thankfully we have a president who is willing to stand up, be tough and take some courageous and bold action." Mrs. Sanders said that the administration did not want the dispute to become a full-blown trade war. "This is something China created and President Trump is trying to fix it," she said. The order to review $100 billion in tariffs follows a tit-for-tat exchange in which the U.S. and China both proposed $50 billion lists of goods to target with tariffs. None of the measures immediately take effect. Mr. Trump has said he wants to negotiate better trade relations, but China has to change its ways.
- O righteous Father, we trust that all of China's unfair trade practices and theft of intellectual property will be levied against them and they pay for their crimes and their deceptive acts. Strengthen President Trump to stand for the right and be determined to stand against all wrongdoing with a tenacious boldness until the table is turned in the right direction. We pray in the Name of Jesus and trust in our God.
- "No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, says the Lord." (Isaiah 54:17)
9. China Bans Bibles from Online Sellers Like Amazon - Christianity Today
Last week, Chinese social media users began noticing that they couldn't find Bibles listed on some of their nation's most popular e-commerce platforms. Shoppers who searched the word Bible on retailers such as Taobao, Jingdong, Dang Dang, and Amazon.cn began receiving a "no results" response, reported the South China Morning Post. Search analytics revealed a significant spike in the keyword Bible on March 30. But by April 1, analytics showed a zero, suggesting that the word may have been censored, reported the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Two days before the Bibles were banned from online purchase, the Chinese government released a document outlining how it intends to promote "Chinese Christianity" over the next five years. According to the document, one of the government's key objectives is to reinterpret and retranslate the Bible in order to enhance "Chinese-style Christianity and theology." Among China's main religions-which include Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, and folk beliefs-Christianity is unique for having its holy text banned from commercial brick-and-mortar bookstores.
- O righteous Father, we ask that You forgive all the Chinese who are guilty of taking the Bible out of circulation and thus withholding the truth from hungry souls that are searching for You. We ask that Jesus will appear to the hungry souls in China and they will know in their heart that He saves their souls. We pray in the Name above all Names known to man, the Name of Jesus the Christ, Yeshuah in Hebrew to the Jews.
- "For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)
10. 'Christians Need to Stand Up Against Injustice': Beth Moore Calls for Reform, Repentance in Evangelical Church - CBN News
Evangelist Beth Moore is calling on the church to repent and renounce what she calls "pampered gospel." "What I think has happened here is that in our discipleship, we are not teaching what is normative in the believing life," she said. "When we carry our cross and we follow Jesus, we are walking into a storm. We were told that in Luke 10, Matthew 10 we will be 'sheep among wolves,' not wolves among sheep." Moore explained that "sheep among wolves" means Christians will be "persecuted," "criticized," "imprisoned" and even killed for speaking the truth -- something she believes few American Christians truly experience or understand.
"We have been very proud of the fact that we have not subscribed to a prosperity gospel. But what we have subscribed to is a pampered gospel where we are so afraid of suffering and we are so afraid someone is going to criticize us and hurt our feelings," Moore said. "This is the Gospel work of Jesus Christ and we are going with Him. Whatever it takes, no matter how unpopular it is. He was hated. We have to have thicker skin than that."
Before the conference, she took to Twitter to encourage the church to repent of its failures. "Why on God's green earth are we expending untold energy still defending ourselves when we could just repent of placing trust in man to save & champion us, defend our principles & meanwhile keep us privileged & empowered instead of trusting God to help us? How hard is it to repent?" she said. "Evangelicalism is in humiliating need of reform but the thing is, it's possible. In OUR lifetimes. All that stands between us & an astonishing work of the Holy Spirit is repentance. Quit being scared of rocking a boat that has run aground on an island of compromise. Walk on water," she concluded.
- Father in heaven, thank You for this teaching! We cry out now for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to come upon the church, that we may find the grace to repent of our sin and our lukewarm faith. Let easygoing Christianity be gone! Lord, awaken the Christ who lives inside the hearts of every Blood-washed soul and enliven our minds to live for Jesus, propagate the gospel of the living Savior and make it real that there really is salvation through the Blood of Christ. We ask this in the Name of Jesus and believe it done for God's glory.
- "The eyes of our understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints; And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in heavenly places."
The Daily Jot (Part One)
Friday, April 6, 2018
The prophetic events of the week
There seems to be a lot of confusion and misinformation about the Ezekiel 38-39 end time battle in which the Lord finishes the attackers of Israel, "Thus will I magnify myself and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations and they shall know that I am the Lord (38:23)," and speaking of his people, "Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, says the Lord God (39:29)." These chapters reference the Day of the Lord where the Lord God crushes the enemies of Israel after they attack "like a cloud to cover the land." There is no mention of Russia or of the United States in this attack. And now for the "Yeah, buts . . ."
The "Yeah buts" are those who say that most Bible commentators and prophecy experts they listen to, say that it is Russia that leads the attack against Israel. This is clearly not the case. Ezekiel 38:2 says, "Son of man, set your face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him." Verse 4 says, "And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into your jaws, and I willbring thee forth, and all thine army . . . " Verses 5 and 6 name who joins Gog--Persia (Iran), Ethiopia (Sudan), Libya (Libya), Gomer and Togarmah. Magog, Mesech, Tubal, Gomer, and Togarmah are all located in modern Turkey.
Bible scholars are divided over the use of the word "Rosh" in the Hebrew translation, which always is the Hebrew word for "Chief." Some "Scholars" insist Rosh is a people group. In attempting to connect Russia to this particular prophecy, some suggest that the Scythians, a nomadic people, settled in parts of what are now Russia, thus becoming the "Russian" connection. In the context of the scriptures, there is yet another clue. In Revelation 2:13, Jesus tells us that Pergamos is "where Satan's seat is." Pergamos is in Turkey, not Russia. The "Beast" of the end times is referred to in several places in the Bible as the Assyrian, an empire that once controlled many of these prophetic locations in Turkey, but not Russia.
This controversy is further flamed by interpretations of the Bible. The King James Version translates the word "Rosh" as "Chief." As does the King James 2000, American King James, New International Version, New Living Translation, English Standard Version, Holman Christian Standard Version, International Standard Version, NET Bible, God's Word Translation, JPS Tanakh 1917, Jubilee Bible 2000, and Webster's Bible Translation. Those who changed the translation to "prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal" include: Young's Literal Translation, World English Bible, English Revised Version, Darby Bible Translation, and the American and New American Standard Versions.
There is no doubt that Russia plays a role. Just this week, Russia's leader met with the leaders of Turkey and Iran to take a unified approach toward Syria. Russia is a traditional supplier of weapons to Israel's enemies; it blocks most UN actions against Israel's enemies. But as far as Biblical proof that Russia is leading the Ezekiel 38 attack, it is mere speculation. Turkey, however, is extremely significant and once was the home of the most antichrist political and religious system on earth, the Islamic Caliphate--the Ottoman Empire. The more important prophetic signal this week was that Turkey and Iran are at the same table working together. Jesus warns in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you." Study the word for yourself that you may discern these times. It is important.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
The Daily Jot (Part Two)
April 5, 2018
The prophetic harvest of Arab Spring
Osama bin Laden's son Hamza is trying to lead a new al Qaeda movement to overthrow Saudi Arabia's monarchy and establish what he calls true Sharia Law. PJ Media reports that Hamza wants to revive jihad, and redistribute the riches of the country to the poor. It is reported that he is inspired by Arab Spring. There are riots on the border of the terrorist state Gaza and Israel, as the terrorist-inspired masses are trying to invade Israel demanding a "right of return." Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Muslim countries to force Israel to "retreat toward the point of demise." The seeds sown by the previous White House-supported Arab Spring in 2010 continue to reap a deadly prophetic harvest.
The immediate past "president" created a game changing prophetic leap in the Middle East by not only supporting, but engineering Arab Spring. Christian and Jewish eschatology speak of the Day of the Lord where the Bible plainly prophesies that Arab/Islamic nations attack Israel and Israel is saved by the Messiah, the Christ, in an end time battle that ushers in the Millennial Reign of Christ. There are many current events that point to this eschatology being set up by the actions of leaders of many nations. The support by the previous White House of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2010 is a major prophetic and eschatological milestone that has had tremendous consequences as current events play out.
The Muslim Brotherhood's advance to establish a worldwide Sharia-based caliphate was catalyzed by the previous White House. The previous "president" threw support behind the Muslim Brotherhood in Arab Spring resulting in Islamists using a false democracy to take over Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen. Additionally, there was strife in Syria, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia that resulted from either a direct or a collateral affect of advancing the Muslim Brotherhood plan. This destabilization of the Middle East created an even more hostile environment for Israel by energizing Islamic terror groups in Israel--Hamas, al Qaeda, Hezbollah and others. The Islamic State was birthed as well. And the effects continue.
Islamic eschatology has its Mahdi returning to earth to establish a seven-year worldwide rule of Islamic peace. Islam's version of Jesus (Isa) is to be the Mahdi's prophet in leading Jews and Christians to Islam. Islam's eschatology is strikingly similar to the Biblical antichrist. Indeed, Islam denies the deity of Christ. 2 John 7 says, "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist." And Zechariah 12:9 speaks of the day of the Lord, "And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem." America has played the eschatological catalyst with its Middle East policy. Its final place in prophecy is yet to be determined, but thankfully, the current President is trying to reverse that disastrous course.
Have a blessed and powerful day!
Our Weekly Bible Study
Week of Sunday, April 8 - Saturday, April 14, 2018
Featured teaching of the week:
Should Christians Follow the Torah?
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Torah portion reading for the week of March 12th
Metzora ~ Leper
Torah portion: Leviticus 14:1-15:33
Haftorah portion (Prophets): 2 Kings 7:3-20
Gospel/New Testament: Mark 1:35-45
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- The Persecuted Church
- Classic Hymns
- Signs and Wonders
- The Good News Corner
- Worship with Us Today!
Prayers for 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.
ONWARD, CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS
"Do not be discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's." (2 Chronicles 20:15)
ONWARD, CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS
"Do not be discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's." (2 Chronicles 20:15)
Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.
Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
Forward into battle see His banners go!
Onward, Christian soldiers,
marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
going on before.
At the sign of triumph Satan's host doth flee;
On then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell's foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
Brothers lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.
Like a mighty army moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod.
We are not divided, all one body we,
One in hope and doctrine, one in charity.
What the saints established that I hold for true.
What the saints believèd, that I believe too.
Long as earth endureth, men the faith will hold,
Kingdoms, nations, empires, in destruction rolled.
Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
But the church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never gainst that church prevail;
We have Christ's own promise, and that cannot fail.
Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.
Glory, laud and honor unto Christ the King,
This through countless ages men and angels sing.
Go here to listen to this classic hymn sung by the children's boy choir, Libera.
About the Author:
Words: Sabine Baring-Gould, 1865
Melody: Arthur S. Sullivan, 1871
This hymn was sung at the funeral of American president Dwight Eisenhower at the National Cathedral, Washington, DC, March 1969.
About the Hymn:
Whit-Monday is a great day for school festivals in Yorkshire. One Whit-Monday, thirty years ago, it was arranged that our school should join forces with that of a neighboring village. I wanted the children to sing when marching from one village to another, but couldn't think of anything quite suitable; so I sat up at night, resolved that I would write something myself. "Onward, Christian Soldiers" was the result. It was written in great haste, and I am afraid some of the rhymes are faulty. Certainly nothing has surprised me more than its popularity. I don't remember how it got printed first, but I know that very soon it found its way into several collections. I have written a few other hymns since then, but only two or three have become at all well-known.
Signs and Wonders
Lyrid meteor shower to put on spectacular show in April: What to know about the starry spectacle
In late April, skywatchers in the northern hemisphere will get a view of 2018's Lyrid meteor shower. Here is everything you need to know about this year's starry spectacle.
Stargazers are going to appreciate these April showers.
Night skies in the Northern Hemisphere are going to sparkle with meteors this month as the annual Lyrid meteor shower puts on a spectacular display -- with 10 to 20 meteors per hour at its peak.
"The number of meteors can vary, and very rarely 'storm,' but on a very dark and moonless night there are usually up to 20 good meteors an hour," according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory "This year's peak should be relatively free of bright moonlight as the moon will set before the peak of the shower."
The Lyrid meteor shower has reportedly been around 2,700 years, making it one of the oldest meteor showers on record. It typically hits Earth around April 16 through April 25.
Here's everything you need to know about the starry spectacle.
"I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke." (Acts 2:19)
The Good News Corner
Australia Calls the World to Pray & Fast for the USA: April 30 - May 3
"America and Australia need revival and reformation, as does the whole world. We all need more of God. We invite you and the nations of the world to join with us in four days of prayer and fasting for the USA." -Warwick Marsh
For the sixth year in a row, Australia is calling the nations of the world to join with them to pray and fast for four days for the United States of America, from 30 April - 3 May 2018.
Commissioner James Condon, a member of the National Day of Prayer & Fasting team, said, "God has done remarkable things in America since we began to pray and fast, but God can do greater things yet! We in Australia believe it is our turn to stand in the gap for the nation of America and pray for revival and transformation for the USA through prayer and fasting according to 2 Chronicles 7:14. Whilst America has a new administration, the need for a new National Awakening has never been more apparent.
Worship With Us Today!
"Word of God Speak" - Mercy Me
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About Capitol Hill Prayer Partners
Our Mission Statement
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP) is a ministry which is positioned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., helping members of the Body of Christ to "pray for those in authority over us" in our federal government. Our primary purpose is to offer intercession on site for the members of Congress and their staffs each day that the Senate and the House of Representatives are in session; and our chief prayer focus is that "God's will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." [Matthew 6:10].
Because Jesus Christ has shed His blood for all, we, too, pray for ALL, in a nonpartisan manner. Also, because the scriptures indicate that "the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 4:17), we are confident that fervent prayer, offered in the halls of the highest chambers of government in our land, can avail much for America. Capitol Hill Prayer Partners welcomes those who feel called to join us, engaging in this strategic work of intercession for our nation: "For there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God." [Romans 13:1]
Friends may participate by receiving our daily prayer alerts. You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. CHPP is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt ministry. Thank you and God bless you!
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We Welcome Your Gifts
We Welcome Your Gifts
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP) is a 501(c)(3), tax- exempt, faith-based, ministry, dedicated to praying for our leaders (1 Tim. 2:1-4). CHPP relies solely on the gifts of our readers to continue this work; thus we greatly appreciate your help in supporting this publication. Offerings may be sent to: Capitol Hill Prayer Partners, P.O. Box 5152, Herndon, VA 20172-1970. Please make checks payable to: CHPP. THANK YOU!
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"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)
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Pray for America!
Now you can join the Salt & Light Council, praying for our nation six days each week on a conference line!
Repentance and Restoration Prayer Line
For many years now, the Salt & Light Council has sponsored this outstanding half-hour of prayer, six days per week, with additional time available for Bible reading and fellowship.
We are delighted to make this "hidden treasure" available to all of you who make up our CHPP family.
You can also view their daily prayer calendar by going here.
The following press release was issued by the Salt and Light Council. Praise the Lord!
This is a 30 minute national conference prayer call offered Monday through Saturday. We pray daily for our President, Cabinet, Supreme Court, one or two state legislatures, preambles, plus a moral topic and Israel. All are welcome to participate in prayer for our nation. Fellowship and Bible reading is optional for those who would like to remain on the line. The call is hosted by The Salt & Light Council.
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