First Ebola case diagnosed in Texas

presbyterian.hospt(Reuters) – U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the diagnosis. No additional details were immediately available.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement on Monday that an unnamed patient was being tested for Ebola and had been placed in “strict isolation” due to the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history.

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It has begun on American soil.

Jesus come quickly.

Jack

 

Will the Islamic State Succeed based upon Bible Prophecy?

The Internet Published Plan for ISIS

The Internet Published Plan for ISIS

Is the Islamic State (ISIS) in Bible prophecy?

Here are some key prophecy passages that Islam fulfills. If Islam fulfills them, it is likely that the Islamic State (ISIS) fulfills them. Fulfillment is not negated by Islamic experts denying culpability for ISIS’s actions because they are not “Islamic“; or because ISIS has misinterpreted the Qur’an because they have taken passages literally (out of context). Fulfillment occurs when the Bible’s prophetic statements are no longer prophetic; that is, they are fulfilled by fact or history.  We cannot determine fulfillment on the basis of the statement of a Muslim.

Islam is violent.   Daniel 7:7, 7:19, 2:40. There are many Qur’anic passages that fulfill Daniel’s prophecies. A key passage is Qur’an 9:5 (Haleem translation): Continue reading

Muslim Leaders Reject Baghdadi caliphate in Open Letter

Leader of a-Nusra Front Yusuf al-Qaradawi

Yusuf al-Qaradawi Egyptian Islamic Theologian

(Reuters) –  | By Lauren Markoe

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Over 120 Islamic scholars from around the world, many of them leading Muslim voices in their own countries, have issued an open letter denouncing Islamic State militants and refuting their religious arguments. … But the Muslim leaders who endorsed Wednesday’s letter called it an unprecedented refutation of the Islamic State ideology from a collaboration of religious scholars. It is addressed to the group’s self-anointed leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and “the fighters and followers of the self-declared ‘Islamic State.’” An English version of the executive summary of the open letter is here. The full letter is here.

This is not the first time Muslims leaders have made such a declaration, In a lead story (July 7, 2014), Al Jazeera reported that Muslim leaders around the world were rejecting the recently declared Islamic State and its self-declared caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian Islamic Theologian based in Qatar, declared the Islamic State “void” according to the Islamic law. Especially pertinent was the statement of another scholar of Islam, Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, a one-time supporter of al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Nusra Front. He declared fighters associated with the Islamic State as “deviants.”  In a study carried out by the Combating Terrorism Center of the United States Military Academy, it was concluded that Maqdisi “is the most influential living Jihadi Theorist” and that “by all measures, Maqdisi is the key contemporary ideologue in the Jihadi intellectual universe.”1

It seems that key mainstream Muslim leaders and scholars are taking a stand not on the issue of Islam as a caliphate that will one day encompass the whole world, but the level and type of violence being inflicted by the Islamic State on its prisoners and victims. Nevertheless, in spite of the many voices speaking against the Islamic State and its version of the Qur’an and writings, the point must be made — the statements will have little impact on the followers of the Islamic State. They consider such voices liberals who have misinterpreted the Qur’an. In fact, that is what the Islamic State is — a Salafi-jihadist organization that stands for the “path” of Muhammad and his companions in the earliest days of Islam. Those days were the days of the Sword, the days when Muhammad earned his nickname, the “prophet of the sword.”

What will decide the fate of the Islamic State? God will. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob made manifest in the only Begotten Son, the Savior of the world. He will decide what will happen with America’s bombs. Will they cut off the head of the serpent and render him lifeless? Or is this the time prophesied by God to bring in the tribulation ? The question is whether the Islamic State is intended in this passage:

Revelation 13:5-8 (NASB) There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for forty-two months was given to him. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven. 7 It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

If the Islamic State is the hand of the beast in the end-of-days, things will only get worse. The world will have a second plague it must deal with — the first, of course, Ebola. I suppose it depends where you get your mail which will be considered the most evil of satan.

Jesus come quickly.

Jack

  1. USMA Militant Ideology Atlas, summary here. []

The Scales of Revelation 6 are tipping – and Ebola fulfills the edge

Revelation 6:5-6 (NASB) When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”

The color black is representative of darkness. It is a symbol for death, of satan and his underworld. This was particularly the case in the medieval times, when the “Black Death” was one of the most devastating times in human history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people and peaking in Europe in the years 1346–53. Quite to the point is the prophecy of Zechariah 6:2, 6, 8 NASB where the black horse goes to the “land of the north,” where the “wrath of God is appeased.” In Revelation 6:5, the color black apparently symbolizes famine, which is frequently associated with death, particularly as the after-fruit of war.

The prophecy of the 3rd seal envisions a time of economic crisis the world has never known; or, at least since the time of the Dark Ages when the bubonic plague killed millions. The result of such a pandemic is not limited to disease, death, but also, the fruit of disease and death, the failing of world economies. Food being measured by weight envisions a time when food is rationed. Revelation 6 prophesies of precisely such an event. In the 1st century, the economic language was different than today. A denarius was equal to a day’s wage.1 Matthew 20:2. When a day’s wage only pays for a day’s food for one person, it is a time of economic crisis; people will be unable to provide for their families (in the 1st century, a denarius paid for 8 -1 0 x this amount). The law of supply and demand determines the higher price. Barley was the peasant’s food, in fact, the food for animals. In this time, economic crisis will be so great that everyone will eat food normally fed to animals; and, thee times a day’s food for the food for an animal will take a day’s wage for the single worker. The point — even the most basic of foods, bread and water (not steak and potatoes) will cost a full day’s wage. The final characteristic is “not to damage the oil and the wine.” In times of economic crisis the rich will not be impacted. In fact, in most economic downtimes, the rich become richer (and the poor become poorer). Interesting isnt it that it is “oil” that is not damaged.

How does this relate to the world we live in? Consider the words of politicians and leaders of the world who would not mention potential calamities for fear of creating an epidemic of fear in the world we live in.

The Wall Street Journal online reports:

The International Monetary Fund Wednesday proposed expanding its emergency lending to the three worst-hit countries—Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, where the crisis is already slashing growth prospects as fear of the virus has prompted farmers to abandon their fields, shop owners to shutter their stores and manufacturers to cut output. The loss of revenue and other crisis costs are overwhelming the governments’ budgets. But Mr. Kim said if the virus continues to spread, it could send the three nations into an economic depression next year. “This would deal a potentially catastrophic blow to their already fragile economies,” he said. … A senior IMF official said Ebola was having an “unprecedented” economic impact on the economies. Previous contagions, such as the SARS and HIV epidemics, wreaked economic havoc in Asia and Africa, but were either in larger economies that could handle the fallout or the crisis took longer to develop. The Ebola epidemic, however, is striking small, fragile economies. …  Without stronger international efforts, the crisis could metastasize into a far larger humanitarian and economic disaster, IMF and World Bank officials warn. The three countries worst hit only represent 5% of West Africa’s gross domestic product. There’s already some spillover into neighboring countries such as Senegal and Gambia, where fear of the disease is taking a toll on a major economic driver, tourism. … The bank’s worst-case scenario imagines a slow containment in the three hard-hit nations and likely broader regional contagion. That would push Liberia and Sierra Leone into deep economic contractions next year and cause larger problems for the growth across the continent. … “That impact could be much, much larger…on the order of billions of dollars” said Francisco Ferreira, the bank’s chief economist for the Africa region. Read more.

What do you do with the truth of what is about to occur in the world we live in? Run to Jesus. He is the only answer to the sin we have brought upon ourselves.

Jesus come quickly.

Jack

  1. Aune, D. E. (1998). Revelation 6–16 (Vol. 52B, p. 397). Dallas: Word, Incorporated. []

EBOLA Estimate in Africa raised to up to 1.4 million by U.S.

(Reuters) -By Sharon Begley and Tom Miles NEW YORK/GENEVA. Tue Sep 23, 2014 5:02pm EDT

Global experts issued stark new warnings of the scale of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak on Tuesday, with the U.S. government estimating between 550,000 and 1.4 million people might be infected in the region by January. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said its projection was based on data from late August and did not take into account a planned U.S. mission to fight the disease, so the upper end of the forecast was unlikely. … The worst-case scenario assumes that there are 2.5 times the number of recorded cases, currently at 5,864. “A surge now can break the back of the epidemic,” Frieden said. “If you get enough people effectively isolated, the epidemic can be stopped.” …

Experts from the WHO and Imperial College were less optimistic. In an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, they warned that infections could reach 20,000 by November if strict controls were not put in place.

“With exponential growth, you’ll see that the case numbers per week go up, so that by the second of November, over these three countries our best estimate is over 20,000 cases, confirmed and suspected cases,” said Dr. Christopher Dye, WHO director of strategy and co-author of the article. …

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Jesus come quickly.

Jack

If the Islamic State Succeeds – What Will the Middle East Look Like Under Ezek 38?

kurds.fleeIn a recent post (“If Allah Wills It“), I made this point:

Caliph Ibrahim and his caliphate [the Islamic State], if successful, will be seen by Muslims as an act that Allah has willed. If Muslims, particularly Salafi-jihadists, conclude that Allah has willed Caliph Ibrahim’s success, the caliphate will have an immediate gain in momentum. And, group by group, even moderate Muslims all over the world, will be forced to decide whether they will join the jihad because Allah has willed it.  Read more.

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If the United States fails against ISIL, who will stand in the gap?

John Kerry Senate Foreign Relations Hearing

John Kerry
Senate Foreign Relations Hearing

A war of words occurred recently  (9/18/14) at the Senate Foreign Relations Hearing (SH – 216). Senator Marco Rubio (video) challenged Secretary of State John Kerry in an exchange that brought every ear in the room to center. The exchange related to the deployment of U S ground forces against ISIL (ISIS or Islamic State) and whether or not success was achievable without combat ground troops. Senator Rubio quoted U S military  experts who recently stated that they were open to ground troops if necessary to combat ISIL. The exchange took a vociferous turn when Kerry refused to address “hypotheticals” posed by Rubio. The President had recently stated no US troops would be deployed in a combat mission in the Middle East and Kerry refused to speculate what would happen if ground troops were the only means for success to be achieved. Kerry responded:

… I am not going to get into hypotheticals but you are presuming that Iran and Syria don’t have any capacity to take on ISIL. I mean, who knows? I don’t know what is going to happen here. [Rubio interjects that Kerry's implication is that America might cooperate with Iran and Syria] … I never said anything about coordinating [with Iran and Syria]. If we are failing and failing miserably who knows what choice they [Iran and Syria] might make.

Iran is Twelver Shia. Syria is Alawite Shia (President Bashar al-Assad is Alawite Shia). ISIL is Sunni Salafi-Islamist. ISIL considers Shias as unbelievers (“kafirs“), hypocrites to whom repentance is unavailible.

Does Bible prophecy give any hint that Shia Islam will be involved in end-of-days conflicts?

Consider the following two passages, both of which are fulfilled by Shia Islam.

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