Earthquake in California Wine Country

California wine country rocked by 6.0 quake, dozens hurt

The quake, the biggest in the region in 25 years, jolted many residents out of bed when it hit at 3:20 a.m. (1020 GMT). It was centered 6 miles (10 km) south of the city of Napa, which is located about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco.

There were no known fatalities, but three people were seriously injured, including a child who suffered multiple fractures after a fireplace fell on him, local fire battalion chief John Callahan said. Six fires broke out, including one that consumed six mobile homes, he said. Read more.

Luke 21:11-12 (NASB) and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12 “But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake.

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

 

Does the Pentagon need a Bible to develop war strategy against ISIS?

Senior Pentagon officials described the Islamic State (Isis) militant group as an “apocalyptic” organisation that posed an “imminent threat” on Thursday, yet the highest-ranking officer in the US military said that in the short term, it was sufficient for the United States to “contain” the group that has reshaped the map of Iraq and Syria. Army general Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told reporters in a Pentagon briefing that while Isis would eventually have to be defeated, the US should concentrate on building allies in the region to oppose the group that murdered an American journalist, James Foley.  “It is possible to contain them,” Dempsey said, in a Pentagon press conference alongside the defence secretary, Chuck Hagel. “They can be contained, but not in perpetuity. This is an organisation that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision which will eventually have to be defeated.” Read more.

Interesting comment by the Pentagon: “This is an organisation that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision which will eventually have to be defeated.”

Revelation 13:5-8 might be a good read for a morning devotional at the Pentagon. But I hope they still have a chaplain around who will be allowed to read it.

Jesus come quickly.

Another innocent beheaded to the glory of Allah

Journalist James Foley about to be beheaded by Islamist, REUTERS Media

Journalist James Foley about to be beheaded by Islamist, REUTERS Media

Islamic State video purports to show beheading of U.S. journalist

BY ALEXANDER DZIADOSZ AND MICHAEL GEORGY
BAGHDAD Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:25am EDT
Reuters) – Islamic State insurgents posted a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley and images of another U.S. journalist whose life they said depended on how the United States acts in Iraq. …

Foley, 40, was kidnapped by armed men on Nov. 22, 2012, in northern Syria while on his way to the Turkish border, according to GlobalPost, a Boston-based online publication where Foley had worked as a freelancer. He had reported in the Middle East for five years and had been kidnapped and released in Libya. Read more.

I pray for the family of James Foley. His mother posted this comment on his Facebook page after his beheading: “We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.”

I also pray that God will use the blood of another innocent person beheaded in the name of Allah and to the glory of Allah so that others might come to know the truth about Islam; that Muslims who have been deceived by their own faith will come to knowledge of the One, True, God and His only Begotten Son, Jesus the Christ. Allah puts it this way:

When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then, when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds; …. Surah 47:4-5 (Arberry translation).

Related articles: Read more. Read more. Read more. And this post which includes an article from Dr. Timothy Furnish on beheadings in Islam.

May Jesus come ever so quickly. Pray for another journalist in captivity, Steven Sotloff. According to the video, he will be beheaded as well (in response to Obama’s policy on bombing the Islamic State.)

Revelation 8:3 (NASB) And another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

Blessings.

Jack

 

 

Convert or Die. Which would you choose?

Osama bin Laden Assassinated, 5/2/11 Forerunner to Islamic State

Osama bin Laden
Assassinated, 5/2/11
Forerunner to Islamic State

‘No’ from one Iraq villager triggered Islamic State mass killings

DOHUK Iraq (Reuters, by Humeyra Pamuk, August 19, 2014) – When Islamic State militants stormed into a northern Iraqi village and ordered everyone to convert to Islam or die only one person refused. But that did not satisfy the Sunni insurgents who are even more hardline than al Qaeda. The militants, who have seized much of northern Iraq since arriving from Syria in June, wasted no time after the village’s leader, or sheikh, stood up for his ancient Yazidi faith. Khalof Khodede, an unemployed father of three who escaped with his life, recalled how 80 men in the village of Kocho were killed and all the women and girls were kidnapped. … “Then our sheikh said ‘I won’t convert to Islam’. And then they gathered us inside the village school,” he said. The men were taken to the first floor and the women to the second after the villagers’ money and gold jewelry were seized, probably to fund the group made up of Iraqis and other Arabs as well as foreign fighters. Then the Yazidis were loaded onto minibuses in groups of 10 to 20 and transported outside the village after being told they would be taken to Sinjar, the ancient homeland of the sect. The vehicles stopped abruptly and the militants opened fire without warning. “They started shooting at us randomly. They had heavy guns like machine guns. I was hit in my leg and on my pelvis,” said Khodede, showing where he had been wounded. (Read more).

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Constantinople – Remembering a Day of Victory

Hagia Sophia Church in Istanbul. Now a Muslim museum.

Hagia Sophia Church in Istanbul. Now a Muslim museum but not for long.

I am posting an article from Raymond Ibrahim entitled “The Siege of Constantinople.” The article was first published a year ago to commemorate the anniversary of the failed siege of Constantinople by the Muslims on August 15, 717-718. It is a fascinating read, particularly in light of its fulfillment of Revelation 12:17 and the holy war prophesied there. Here is how historian Roger Crowley describes the great city:

For a thousand years Constantinople was quite simply the city: fabulously wealthy, imperial, intimidating—and Christian. Single-handedly it blunted early Arab enthusiasm for Holy War; when a second wave of Islamic warriors swept out of the Asian steppes in the Middle Ages, Constantinople was the ultimate prize: “The Red Apple.” It was a city that had always lived under threat. On average it had survived a siege every forty years for a millennium…1

Unfortunately, another date in history comes to mind with Constantinople — its capture by the Muslims on May 23, 1453. As Historian Crowley notes above, the “Red Apple” was the “jewel” long sought after by the Muslims but never obtained — at least until 1453 when Ottoman Sultan, Mehmet II, at the young age of 21, led his huge army against her. (Read more).
The picture above is the famed Hagia Sophia Church, the great church of Christendom in the East which served as the seat of the Patriarch of Constantinople for over 900 years.  The Hagia Sophia Church was standing when the Muslims were defeated on August 15, 718; and it was standing when Constantinople fell to the Muslims on May 23, 1453. Before the day ended, the Hagia Sophia was no longer a church — it had been proclaimed a mosque by her conquerors. It remained as such until 1935 when it was converted into a museum. Recent legislation has been introduced in Turkey to convert the museum back to a mosque. Read more. As one might expect, Christians are against such an action. However, Turkey is 99.8% Muslim….

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

  1. http://www.rogercrowley.co.uk/constantinople.htm (accessed February 28, 2010). []

Birth pangs trending to the tribulation. Saturday, August 16, 2014

DOM_5924_thumb.jpgI had thought this past week was more of a respite in the “birth pangs” experienced in recent weeks. Mark 13:8. Read more. Then I started compiling a few just from the last two days.

Ukraine separatist leader says rebels getting tanks and reinforcements. BY THOMAS GROVE, DONETSK Ukraine Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:47pm EDT (Reuters) – Ukrainian rebels are receiving new armoured vehicles and fighters trained in Russia, with which they plan to launch a major counter-offensive against government forces, a separatist leader said in a video released on Saturday. Read more.

Hamas says Israel must accept Palestinian demands or face long war. BY ASMA ALSHARIF AND DAN WILLIAMS. CAIRO/JERUSALEM. Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:14pm EDT. (Reuters) – Hamas rejected on Saturday as insufficient offers made in Cairo to Palestinian negotiators seeking to end Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip, and raised the possibility of renewed fighting when the current truce expires [on Monday night]. Read more.

Islamic State executed 700 people from Syrian tribe: monitoring group. BY OLIVER HOLMES AND SULEIMAN AL-KHALIDI, BEIRUT/AMMAN Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:06pm EDT. (Reuters) – The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group and activists said on Saturday. … The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has tracked violence on all sides of the three-year-old conflict, said reliable sources reported beheadings were used to execute many of the al-Sheitaat tribe, which is from Deir al-Zor province. The conflict between Islamic State and the al-Sheitaat tribe, who number about 70,000, flared after the militants took over two oil fields in July. Read more.

Islamic State ‘massacres’ 80 Yazidis in north Iraq: officials. BAGHDAD Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:25am EDT. (Reuters) – Islamic State insurgents “massacred” some 80 members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority in a village in the country’s north, a Yazidi lawmaker and two Kurdish officials said on Friday. “They arrived in vehicles and they started their killing this afternoon,” senior Kurdish official Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters. “We believe it’s because of their creed: convert or be killed.” A Yazidi lawmaker and another senior Kurdish official also said the killings had taken place and that the women of the village were kidnapped. Read more.

Evidence suggests Ebola toll vastly underestimated: WHO. BY SALIOU SAMB CONAKRY. Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:47am EDT. (Reuters) – Staff with the World Health Organisation battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak, the U.N. agency said on its website on Thursday. The death toll from the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola stood on Wednesday at 1,069 from 1,975 confirmed, probable and suspected cases, the agency said. The majority were in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, while four people have died in Nigeria. The agency’s apparent acknowledgement the situation is worse than previously thought could spur governments and aid organisations to take stronger measures against the virus. Read more.

Kenya Airways to suspend flights to Freetown, Monrovia due to Ebola. NAIROBI, Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:44pm EDT. (Reuters) – Kenya Airways will suspend flights to Liberia’s capital Monrovia and Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the company said on Saturday. … Korean Airlines suspended its flights to Nairobi last week citing the risk of Ebola…. The World Health Organization said on Friday that the death toll from the virus in West Africa had now risen to 1,145. Read more.

Jesus come quickly. Have a GREAT Lord’s Day! I am.

Blessings.

Jack

 

 

 

The World Seems to be Listening – ISIS Revealed

yazidis2I received the post on my Facebook account from a friend. I could not believe who the author was. I read her article entitled “Who is ISIS” and I found myself thinking about how much time this particular article must have taken her to write. The topic was “outside her box.” Almost all adult believers recognize her name, but not in the area she was writing. Yet there she was, and so I read. Her article follows:

Who is ISIS?

For many of us, ISIS came screaming into our consciousness only after they captured Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. Suddenly we were confronted with a terrorist group that acted like an army. Their atrocities were demonic, beyond comprehension. As their brutal persecution of minorities and Christians caught my attention, I wondered who are these people and where did they come from? So, I wanted to share with you a brief overview of ISIS and why it matters.

When this terrorist group expanded across eastern Syria and into western Iraq they started referring to themselves as ISIS or “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.” But when they swept across Iraq without much resistance, their vision of an Islamic kingdom grew larger and they began to refer to themselves as ISIL or “The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.” The Levant is another term for the geographical area of Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. By using the term they were indicating to the world that they had had expanded their vision to include all of these countries.

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The significance of Kay Arthur, one of the most gifted speakers, writers, and people of influence in Christian circles, writing about ISIS is astounding to me (since first posting the article, I have learned that it was not written by Kay Arthur but by Dave Lawson, on the staff of Precept Ministries). Not that she is female; that has nothing to do with it. If Charles Stanley wrote the article, I would feel much the same way. Its simply not her “playing field,” and for that reason, I was shocked by what I was reading. I was also encouraged. When a “Kay Arthur” begins to write what many of us have been writing for years, it is a blessing. Because it tells me the world is finally listening. See Islam the Cloak of Antichrist Continue reading