(Galatians 1:8) But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!
(John 8:32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come
Luke 10:22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.


QUESTION: The Bible says that when one receives Christ as their savior, that God is gracious to forgive us of all our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. That seems absolute in its wording, but I am still left with two questions. The first is why do we continue to sin after we are saved? and second, are there any sins for which we can not be forgiven after becoming saved?
The reason I ask these questions is that a young man at my daughter’s Christian school took his own life. God, being all-knowing, had to know this was going to happen. If this young man was saved, would God have already forgiven this particular sin in advance?
ANSWER: The reason we continue to sin is because we still have a sin nature (Romans 7:18-20). In other words, sinning is our default setting. This setting will be changed when we’re raptured/resurrected but until then, while the Holy Spirit helps us to greatly reduce our willful acts of sin, we can’t eliminate sin altogether. It’s too much a part of us. In the meantime, God, who knows all the sins of our life and has already forgiven them, chooses to see us as we will be after he’s perfected us, not as we are now (2 Cor. 5:21). He can do this because although Jesus only died once, He died for all time. That means past present and future. (Hebr. 10:12)
The only unforgivable sin is the refusal to accept the provision God has made for our sins in the death of His Son. If the young man who took his own life was saved at the time, then He’s with the Lord today. He will not receive the Crown of Victory (1 Cor. 9:24-25) but his faith will have saved Him.

QUESTION: If one has a bad habit (tobacco) and has the habit from before they are saved to while they are saved, it is a besetting sin or is it practicing Sin? Regardless, I’m OSAS since day one and more secure with the help of your answers to questions in the past. I love God’s Word and love telling people about the Lord when I get the chance and look forward to His return, my conscience is sharp when I know I’ve hurt someone or done wrong. It sometimes feels as if I’m not changing much though. How can I tell that God is still making me holy (sanctified)?
ANSWER: If a person truly wants to stop doing something and has prayed for the power, but can’t stop for very long, it’s a besetting sin. If they enjoy it and don’t really want to stop, it’s a practicing sin. Either way, the inability or unwillingness to stop will not endanger a person’s salvation. And even though it’s a nasty habit with potentially serious health consequences, there’s some doubt as to whether smoking is a sin or not. Personally, I don’t think it is.
Sanctification is an ongoing process that will only be complete in the Rapture/Resurrection. You can tell it’s working if you’re growing closer to God in your heart.



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1Th. 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; THEN SUDDEN DESTRUCTION COMETH UPON THEM, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape

• Israel, Iran exchange threats as war prospects mount
• Iran’s Revolutionary Guards threaten Israel: ‘Finger’s on the trigger, missiles ready for launch’
• Iran’s Moves in Syria Raise Risk of Conflict With Israel
• Iran warns Israeli bases are within reach as pair lock horns over Syria
• In Iran-Israel spar, Netanyahu says Iran will pay a heavy price
• As Iran threatens Israel, Liberman says ‘we have never been so ready’
• Reports: Israeli Independence Day ‘Large-Scale’ Terror Attack Foiled
• Senior Likud MK appeals directly to Gazans in Arabic: ‘Quit terror’
• Ahead of border protests, IDF drops leaflets warning Gazans: ‘Hamas endangers your lives’
• Palestinians fly swastika kite with petrol bomb across Gaza border into Israel
• Palestinians report four killed, 96 wounded by Israeli fire in fourth Friday of Gaza protests
• Israel to Investigate Killing of 15-year-old in Gaza Border, Says Trump Envoy Greenblatt
• Liberman says Hamas to blame for death of 15-year-old in Gaza
• Palestinians want independent probe of Gaza killings
• Greenblatt urges Palestinians not to respond to teen’s death to avoid escalation
• UN envoy accuses Israel of killing children
• Trump’s State Department no longer calls West Bank ‘occupied’ in annual report
• Ingathering of the exiles: The Jews who found the Promised Land
• Netanyahu says recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will advance peace
• US State Department says it ‘looks forward to moving Embassy’
• Netanyahu: At least six states in ‘serious’ talks to move embassies to Jerusalem
• Defying EU policy, Romania advances proposal to move embassy to Jerusalem
• Romania’s president dispels rumors of embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
• Netanyahu: Preferential treatment given for first 10 embassies moving to Jerusalem
• It’s Israel Independence Day — and millions around the world are being aided by the Jewish state
• Natalie Portman refuses to visit Israel to accept prize, citing ‘recent events’
• New York Times Greets Israel’s 70th With Piece Claiming 1948 Was ‘Catastrophe’
• Dozens protest for Palestinian right of return on Israel’s Independence Day
• Thousands of Israeli Arabs join Nakba Day march
• Poll: 82% of Israelis proud of the country, half fear war is near
• Gaza protest camps moved closer to Israel border fence
• Israel drops leaflets warning Gaza protesters to keep away from fence
• Greenblatt: Gazans have right to protest, but at ‘safe distance’ from fence
• Trump’s top envoy upholds right of Palestinians to protest ‘dire circumstances’ on Gaza border – peacefully
• Islamic Jihad sets sniper sights on top IDF commanders in threatening new video
• Russian Missiles Alarm Israel, Stoking Risk of Next Syria Crisis
• Netanyahu at Israel’s 70th anniversary celebration: Israel a rising world power
• As Israelis mark 70 years, satisfaction and a grim disquiet share the stage
• PM Netanyahu in Independence Day message: ‘We will continue realizing hope in State of Israel’
• Netanyahu on Israel’s 70th: We’re just getting started – Seventy years “is the blink of an eye”
• Poland marks 75th anniversary of uprising in Warsaw Ghetto
• Pence: Miracle of Israel’s rebirth in her historic homeland an inspiration to world
• Trump in message to Israel: ‘We have no better friends, looking forward to embassy move’
• President Rivlin: ‘More countries sure to join US, recognize J’lem as Israel’s capital’
• PM Netanyahu at torch-lighting ceremony: ‘There are still those who seek to extinguish the light; it will not happen’
• On Independence Day, Netanyahu says there are still those who want to destroy Israel
• Netanyahu at Memorial Day ceremony: Israel ‘must resolutely defend our existence’
• Netanyahu: We’ll keep defeating terror fanatics threatening to destroy us
• In ‘glitch,’ IDF accidentally calls up reservists on Independence Day
• Palestinian with truck carrying explosives for ‘Independence Day terror attack’ arrested
• Egypt, Hamas agree on proposal for prisoner swap with Israel
• ‘Take our warnings seriously,’ defense minister tells Iran, Hamas
• Palestinian mayor sparks BDS storm by admitting he works for Israeli company


• German neo-Nazis mass for festival on Hitler’s birthday
• Planned neo-Nazi rally has Atlanta-area city bracing for potential violence
• WWII bomb defused in Berlin after large evacuation in city center
• Iraq resumes payments of Gulf War reparations to Kuwait
• Russian FM: Putin, Trump, won’t allow a war
• Russia: US did not violate red lines during Syria strikes
• France: Russia obstructing OPCW experts’ access to site of Douma attack
• Russia’s ‘moral obligation’ not to sell air defense to Syria is over
• Russia says hard to know if Syria’s borders will remain as they are
• Last Damascus rebels bombarded as Assad presses advantage in Syria
• Despite reports of accord, Syrian government bombs ISIS-held zones in Damascus
• ISIS Threatens ‘Satanic’ CNN, Universal Studios Hollywood, NASA
• Al Qaeda Using Google Maps to Plan Jihadist Attacks
• Russia says no reason not to supply S-300 missiles to Assad
• Iran, Iraq, Syria, Russia hold ‘anti-terrorism’ meeting
• Russia says Syrian rebels preventing inspectors from reaching Douma
• Britain’s May, China’s Xi agree chemical weapons use ‘unacceptable’
• China’s Xi urges ‘objective’ probe into suspected Syria chemical weapons attack
• Pentagon: Syria retains limited capability for chemical attack
• Syrian rebels give up Damascus area town to government
• Rebels in Syria’s south brace for onslaught, fear wider war
• Democratic Lawmakers Ask Trump How It Was Legal To Bomb Syria
• Iraq orders air strikes against ISIS militants inside Syria
• Iraq Just Dropped Bombs In Syria – With Help From The Assad Regime
• Turkey, Iran vow to continue alliance with Russia on Syria
• Video of Iran ‘morality police’ wrestling with woman sparks outrage
• Iran warns of ‘unpleasant’ response if US drops nuclear deal
• Rivlin: ‘We must do anything possible to stop Iran’s evil regime’
• Don’t scrap Iran deal, MPs from UK, France and Germany urge US
• US hopes for success in talks with Europeans on “fixing” Iran nuclear deal
• US calls for keeping up pressure on North Korea ahead of summit
• Threat to walk out on Kim highlights risks of Trump’s volatile diplomatic approach
• N. Korean leader removes major nuclear sticking point
• South Korea’s Moon says North seeking ‘complete denuclearization
• Iran Is Outpacing Assad for Control of Syria’s Shia Militias
• Chemical weapons inspectors’ security team fired on in Douma
• US blames Syrian regime for delaying OPCW inspectors from entering Douma
• UN in talks with Syria, Russia on security for chemical weapons experts
• Belgium probing if sarin gas ingredient was illegally exported to Syria
• Belgian firms prosecuted over Syria chemical exports
• Syria: proposal to replace US troops with Arab force comes with grave risks
• Syrian regime gives ISIS militants 48 hours to surrender enclave near Damascus
• More than 300 sentenced to death in Iraq for ISIS links
• Syrian-born German militant tied to 9/11 attacks caught by Kurdish forces


• Twenty killed in air strike in southwest Yemen – residents
• Yemen PM: Houthi militia have lost strength, its end is near
• North Korea says will stop nuclear tests, scrap test site
• Kim Jong Un: North Korea no longer needs nuclear tests, state-run media reports
• Asian push to crack down on ‘fake news’ sparks alarm
• US State Dept. brands China and Russia ‘forces of instability’
• Democrats sue Russia, Trump campaign for alleged 2016 election conspiracy
• Trump campaign calls DNC lawsuit ‘frivolous’
• ‘Yes, I’m Running as a Socialist.’ Why Candidates Are Embracing the Label in 2018
• Marc Thiessen: Pompeo is close to confirmation and 11 senators are close to making a colossal mistake
• How to become a space tourist: 8 companies (almost) ready to launch
• NASA Will Start Construction On Lunar Space Station In 2019
• China looks to speed up chip plans as U.S. trade tensions boil
• Kremlin says can’t rule out further unfriendly US moves in future
• Comey memos released to Congress, track his testimony and new book
• In Comey memos, Trump talks of Russian prostitutes, jailed journalists
• Trump Claims Vindication After Memos Released
• Rosenstein Tells Trump He’s Not a Target in Mueller, Cohen Probes
• Government Accidentally Releases Documents on “Psycho-Electric” Weapons
• Facebook to put 1.5 billion users out of reach of new EU privacy law
• Bill Gates Backs Plan to Surveil the Entire Planet From Space
• Trump: US will punish Russia with sanctions ‘as soon as they very much deserve it’
• Iran president: If US scraps nuke deal, they’ll see impact ‘within a week’
• Top GOP Senator Hopes Macron And Merkel Convince Trump To Save Iran Deal
• Erdogan calls for snap elections in Turkey ‘to switch to new system’ of government
• UAE forces capture Iranian drone loaded with explosives in Yemen
• Saudi King meets with top Vatican cardinal for inter-religious dialogue
• First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and ‘Black Panther’
• Trump hopes for successful North Korea summit, but warns he could walk away
• Trump says he’ll walk away from North Korea summit if Kim Jong-un plays games
• Facebook’s facial recognition technology may not meet strict new EU data rules, a top watchdog says
• SpaceX blasts off NASA’s new spacecraft on quest to find new planets


• Trump blasts OPEC, says cartel is keeping oil prices ‘artificially very high’ and that ‘will not be accepted’
• Oil tumbles off 3-year highs after Trump takes a jab at OPEC
• Dow tumbles about 200 points as Apple drags tech lower
• Trump’s next $100 billion tariff dilemma: hit Wal-Mart or Apple Store?
• Oil soars 2.9% to 3-year high, settling at $68.47, as US crude stockpiles drop
• Moody’s says Russian economy resilient to latest US sanctions
• EU edges closer to new Iran sanctions ahead of Trump deadline, envoys say


• 5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Pyu, Burma
• 5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Raoul Island, New Zealand
• 6.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Prince Edward Islands region
• 5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga
• Magnitude 3.6 Earthquake Rattles Canada, Suburban Detroit
• 5.5 Iran quake, at least 5.5 in magnitude, strikes near nuclear power plant
• 5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the South Atlantic Ocean
• 5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Saumlaki, Indonesia
• 5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge
• Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 27,000ft
• Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 21,000ft
• Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft
• Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft
• Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft
• Mount Ioyama in Japan erupts for first time in 250 years
• Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft
• Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft
• Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft
• Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft
• Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 13,000ft
• Nevado De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to 12,000ft
• Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 24,000ft
• Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft
• Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft
• Dukono volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft
• Hawaii’s Kauai hit with more rain days after historic deluge
• Oklahoma wildfires consume over 350,000 acres, kills 2 people
• Lettuce-Linked E. Coli Outbreak Expands to 53 Cases in 16 States; 31 Hospitalized
• Former NBA, NFL athletes estimate marijuana use among players is higher than 80%
• Indiana abortion law signed by Mike Pence ruled unconstitutional
• California School District Says Parents Can’t Pull Kids Out Of New LGBT Sex Ed Class
• Student wounded in shooting at Florida high school, authorities say
• Student Walkout: 19 Years After Columbine, Students Again Say ‘Enough’ on Gun Violence
• More spring snow in Chicago, and forecasters call April’s start among coldest in 130 years
• April on track to be the coldest in 143 years
• Smartphone Addiction Increases Loneliness, Isolation; No Different From Substance Abuse, Experts Say
• Some male sexual assault victims feel left behind by #MeToo
• Teens are breaking old rules about gender. Now they want to change old rules about prom.
• She Instagrammed her exotic drug-smuggling vacation. Now ‘Cocaine Babe’ is going to prison.
• Miami among cities at risk from yellow fever spread
• Implant will show when cancer is present by generating artificial mole on skin
• Man jailed for life after deliberately infecting men with HIV
• LGBTQ Arabs Share Stories Of The Social Stigma Of Growing Up Queer


• Two-thirds of US Senate pushes Turkey to release pastor
• What the @#$%! Americans can’t get through the day without cursing
• Government vs. God? People are less religious when government is bigger, research says

• SYRIA – the Terrifying Truth of What is Really Happening: This is what every person needs to know about what is really happening in Syria. To jump to the most recent news, skip to 26:05 – (COPY AND PASTE LINK ON UTUBE)
• SYRIA – the Terrifying Truth of What is Really Happening: This is what every person needs to know about what is really happening in Syria. To jump to the most recent news, skip to 26:05
• Military Helicopters Scare the Hell out of Folks in Manhattan as they fly BETWEEN Skyscrapers at night
• Mount Io (Iwo-yama volcano) erupts for the first time since 1768, Japan: Kirishimayama is a large group of more than 20 Quaternary volcanoes located north of Kagoshima Bay
• Is Satanic Artificial Intelligence (AI) Going to Control The World?
• WEAPONIZED MIGRATION | INDUCED SELF DESTRUCTION | NWO PSYCHO ‘ART OF WAR’- unsettling the enemy psychologically; goal is to force the enemy’s leadership and society from a condition of harmony, in which they can resist effectively, toward one of chaos,
• DAILY MAIL Greece opens the doors for more migrants to enter Europe: Court rules asylum seekers cannot be forced to stay in the country while being processed :WEAPONIZED MIGRATION-THEIR WOMB’S HAVE BECOME THE WEAPON OF EUROPE’S DESTRUCTION
• What Hyperinflation in Venezuela Really Looks Like: One Bolivar is worth 0.000020 USD. The minimum wage is $5.21 or 1.800.000 Bs for a month. Now, how could we expect someone to live under these conditions? It is entirely unexplainable to me
• Chilling Confirmation The ‘Conspiracy Theorists’ Were Right All Along As James Comey Verifies The ‘American Hydra’ Is Real – This Is Why America Continues To Spiral Into The Abyss!
• UN admits ‘refugees’ are ‘replacement migration’ for low-fertility countries
• The Purge Is Here-Can 42 Congressman and 82 Mexican Politicians be Wrong? American society is about to be overrun by a combination of the same terrorist forces and paramilitary groups that have overrun Mexico.
• American-Russian Flight Connection Could be Severed As US Reduces Visa Issuance: Direct flight connections between Russia and the US could come to a complete halt, due to Washington’s ongoing ‘visa blockade’ policy against Russian citizens,
• Government accidentally sends file on ‘remote mind control’ methods to journalist
• Black Conservatives Under Attack By Liberals For Daring To ‘Wander Off Their Plantation’ – The Level Of Viciousness Is Unprecedented
• COLOSSAL statue of Ramses II, was ALIVE *reloaded “(Tanis, Egypt)-SQ-REAL GIANT ENCASED IN STONE EXOSKELETON! This Egyptian statue appears to have anatomical human remains under the eroded exterior. It is simply not deniable.



• Israel, Iran exchange threats as war prospects mount
• Iran’s Revolutionary Guards threaten Israel: ‘Finger’s on the trigger, missiles ready for launch’
• Iran’s Moves in Syria Raise Risk of Conflict With Israel
• Iran warns Israeli bases are within reach as pair lock horns over Syria
• In Iran-Israel spar, Netanyahu says Iran will pay a heavy price
• As Iran threatens Israel, Liberman says ‘we have never been so ready’
• Islamic Jihad sets sniper sights on top IDF commanders in threatening new video
• Russian Missiles Alarm Israel, Stoking Risk of Next Syria Crisis



Joel –
“See, Damascus will cease from being a city; it shall be a ruinous heap.” (Isaiah 17:1)
Did you know Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world? Yet, despite its long history, the Bible says Damascus will come to a sudden end (Jeremiah 49:23-27 and Isaiah 17). The prophet Isaiah says Damascus will disappear, become a heap of ruins, and see its power and influence end forever (Isaiah 17:1-3). At the same time, large parts of northern Israel will also lie in ruin (Isaiah 17:3).
With current events, it’s not difficult to envision the scenarios outlined in Isaiah 17. On April 14, Syrians were awoken by the sounds of about 120 missiles/bombs sent against areas of their country. US President Trump had led a coalition with the United Kingdom and France in a missile attack against Syrian President Assad’s chemical weapons laboratories in response to a chlorine attack Assad allegedly perpetrated against the Syrian town of Dhouma, in which dozens of civilians were killed.
Following the strike, Syria’s allies issued a joint statement saying,
“What America waged in an aggression on Syria is a crossing of red lines. From now on we will respond with force to any aggressor or any breach of red lines from whoever it is and America knows our ability to respond well”.
To make matters worse, only hours later Israel bombed an Iranian base near Aleppo Syria. The rising multinational tensions in Syria burst into flames. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres explained that the Middle East is in great “peril,” and that Syria represents “the most serious threat” that could easily tip the scale toward “escalation, fragmentation and division as far as the eye can see with profound regional and global ramifications.”
Not only does this recent conflict have the potential of descending into full-scale war, but Iran is now preparing for a direct assault on Israel, even setting a date for Israel’s destruction. But make no mistake, if Israel is attacked with weapons of mass destruction, its response will be swift and devastating. Israel is armed with nuclear weapons, and if its survival is put in question, it will not hesitate to use them. Just last week, following the bombing of an airbase that resulted in several Iranian Republican Guard deaths, including a Colonel, senior Israeli security officials threatened that if Iran strikes at Israel from Syrian territory, “Assad’s regime and Assad himself will disappear from the map.” They warned, “Our recommendation to Iran is that it does not try to act because Israel is determined to continue on this issue to the very end.” Could this be what eventually destroys Damascus?
At the same time, current events in Syria have also firmed up the alliances for future confrontations between Israel, the West and the alliance which will eventually come against Israel (Ezekiel 38 & 39: The Magog Invasion), as the other side (Russia, Syria, Iran) threaten their own responses at both Israel and America.
Interestingly, just over a week earlier, on Wednesday, April 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to discuss Syria’s future at a summit in the Turkish capital of Ankara. According to reports, Russia, Turkey, and Iran are working together to create “de-escalation zones” to end the seven-year civil war in Syria. See: Iran, Russia and Turkey meet to plan Syria’s future – without U.S.
The presidents of the three countries pledged to cooperate on reconstruction and aid. The nations also vowed to protect Syria’s “territorial integrity, according to the Washington Post.
Let me remind you that the nations involved in the invasion force that attacks Israel, identified in Ezekiel 38:5-6, are:
• Russia
• Iran
• Sudan
• Libya and Algeria
• Turkey
Look back at the bolded names on the list. Russia, Iran, and Turkey are now collaborating. Meanwhile, Libya and Algeria are already closely aligned with Russia and hostile to Israel, and Sudan is a radical Islamic Sunni state allied with Iran and Russia that is anti-Israel. The alliance of these nations makes it clear the stage is now being set for the Gog of Magog War. Syria is not mentioned as part of the invasion force that attacks Israel in Ezekiel 38, perhaps because it is destroyed by then.
Of even more significance, on February 10, an Israeli F-16D jet was shot down by Syrian military for the first time in 36 years! (See here) This was seen as a triumph in the Muslim world in that the ‘mighty’ technological and superior Israeli war-machine can be taken down. This event is very singular in that it has escalated the war in Syria wherein Israel is now in open conflict with Iran as a USA-copied Iranian drone was shot down over Israeli territory.
Conditions are ripe for a present day destruction of Damascus. The terrible destruction that awaits Damascus (Isaiah 17:1), northern Israel (Isaiah 17:3), and the entire Gog of Magog Alliance (Ezekiel 38:19-22), is about to be fulfilled. The pieces of the prophetic puzzle are rapidly coming together and the 70th Week of Daniel is fast approaching…
Considering the fact that Damascus is merely 136 miles away as the crow flies to Jerusalem, and only 91 miles from Megiddo, from which Armageddon gets its name in the Bible, what are the odds that such a location could have been predicted 2,000 years ago as the final stage of global war?



By Jonathan S. Tobin –
Like some of the past celebrations of Israel’s Independence Day the fuss being made about Israel’s 70th birthday this year hasn’t penetrated too far into the American Jewish consciousness.
While those Jewish activists who are already interested in Israel-oriented events are doing their best to acknowledge the passage of seven decades since 1948, for millions of Americans who identify themselves as Jews, Yom Ha’atzmaut, which will begin on Wednesday night in Israel, is just another day on the calendar.
The problem in our thinking about 70 years of Israeli independence is rooted in its normalcy. Those who grew up in the second half of the 20th century, let alone the 21st, think of Israel’s existence as a given. We relate to it in terms of what we think of its prime minister or our opinions about what it should do to solve the conflict with the Palestinians, with battles over religious pluralism and its treatment of migrants from Africa—or whatever the issue of the day might be.
But its 70th birthday is an apt moment to try and take the long view of Israel’s importance.
What has been forgotten in its rise to the status of a First World economy and a regional military superpower is just how unlikely its existence was considered before 1948 and what that has meant to the lives of every Jew on this planet.
A century ago, even after the Balfour Declaration gave the Zionist movement its first real triumph, the notion of a Jewish state in what was then called Palestine was still considered a fantasy. For nearly 2,000 years, the Jews had been deprived of sovereignty over any part of their ancient homeland.
Homelessness was not merely an unavoidable element of the plight of the Jews, but part of their identity. Many religious and secular Jews—each of them thinking this way as a result of different reasons and ideologies—embraced the absence of the Jewish people from the world stage as a virtue.
Many religious Jews thought that a return to the Land of Israel must await the arrival of the messiah. Secular liberals believed values rooted in universalism were a better defense than sovereignty over their own land. Zionism—the notion that Jews must take charge of their own fate—was, even after Theodor Herzl helped found the modern movement, supported by only a minority of the Jewish people and had little backing from non-Jews.
Yet however the Jews conceived of their role in the world, the non-Jewish world thought of them as a largely despised and homeless minority. The consequences of this for Jewish security everywhere were incalculable. Anti-Semites have always had a variety of contradictory reasons for hating the Jews.
Regardless of the motives of the haters, the lack of a national home inevitably rendered efforts at defense futile in a world in which Jews were thought of as a dhimmi people who deserved second-class status by Muslims.
Herzl’s insight was based on his experience covering the trial of Jewish artillery officer Alfred Dreyfus in France in the 1890s. He understood that if crowds could still cry “death to the Jews” in what was then thought of as the freest and most liberal nation in the world, any hope of Jewish security in Europe was a mirage. He was right.
Jews had no future in Europe or a Muslim world where they could never hope to be treated as equals. While the democracies of Britain and the United States proved to be havens of safety, only the restoration of Jewish sovereignty in the Jewish homeland could provide an answer to the precarious nature of Diaspora life.
Herzl was wrong about a Jewish state solving the problem of anti-Semitism. That most potent virus has shown its ability to adapt itself to the ideologies of the 20th century and now focuses its animus on Israel. Yet he was right when he supposed the creation of a nation for the Jews would change the lives of every Jew for the better.
What happened in 1948, and in the years that followed, caused every Jew in the world—whether religious or non-religious, Zionist or non-Zionist—to stand a little taller. It also changed the way much of the world looked at Jewish existence for the better.
What is needed on Yom Ha’atzmaut is not so much a day of cheering for modern Israel, though it certainly deserves plaudits for its economic achievements, military valor and vibrant culture. Rather, what is called for is an appreciation of how extraordinary the mere fact of its existence is in the context of Jewish history.
Its rebirth and ability to defend itself and thrive in the face of continued hate and terrorism is something previous generations of Jews would have considered a miracle. Though many of us may scoff at such terms and prefer to focus on geostrategic realities (as well as what is often the necessary process of self-criticism), we should not be so quick to dismiss this perspective.
Like any human creation, Israel is imperfect and faces problems. But what the country and its people have done in the last 70 years is something few rational individuals would have imagined possible before they did it.
In our own time and with our own eyes, we have seen 70 years of miracles as the Jewish state survived, thrived and enriched the lives of all Jews, even if they lived elsewhere. That is the point of Israel at 70, and why we should pause this week and appreciate what it means to all of us.


Several countries around the world have moved quickly towards cashless societies in the last five years, most notably China and Denmark.
As electronic payment apps, debit cards and credit cards replace paper currency, governments, bank and corporations delight in the level of control this allows them over the population.
The United States has held out longer than other countries, but now has started to show signs that cash, and the freedom it brings, is on the decline. Businesses, from Starbucks to Sweetgreen, are now experimenting with no-cash policies at some locations and debit/credit/app only policies are creeping into other sectors as well.
The Church of England has now adopted electronic payment systems such as Apple Pay, Android Pay and the major credit cards.
Not yet abandoning cash, the introduction of the new payment systems is a response to a social movement that is increasingly rejecting cash.
Though the numbers are not easy to track, the number of young adults who pay their bills, send money to friends, fill up their cars and buy groceries all without touching cash is growing to the point where some financial experts believe that today’s teens may, in another decade, be the first cashless generation in the United States.
On March 29th, Visa announced the fifty winners of its cashless challenge contest, which challenges small businesses that now accept only credit card payments to compete for $10,000 prizes. Visa may be awarding $500K a year of its money to small businesses for the simple act of foregoing cash payments, but the investment can have a powerful knock-on effect.
First, the winners are required to explain how going cashless has positively impacted their businesses, which is, in itself, valuable marketing and research data the credit card companies can use to persuade others to abandon physical currency.
Second, the more businesses that go credit-only, the greater the level of acceptance we are likely to see across a broader spectrum of society, resulting in increased credit card use overall and more businesses ditching cash. For credit card companies and banks, collecting fees on every transaction is a powerful incentive to undermine the use of cash.
Businesses cite cost savings from time wasted counting cash, fees paid for armor car services and safety from theft. When cash is created as an object of value that must be counted, stored and transported with care, it is clear how digital payment systems and credit cards can come out ahead.
For individuals, there are no more trips to the ATM and no cash for thieves to grab in a robbery. A recent study sponsored by credit card company Capital One found that 25% of Americans don’t carry cash at all any longer and that rises to 33% for adults between 18 and 35.
Just 21% of Americans use cash as their most common form of payment and the average amount carried is a mere $25.
China and Denmark stand out as the two countries moving most quickly away from cash, with India and several other countries not far behind. Denmark favors credit and debit cards while China has skipped cards in favor of app-based digital payment networks such as WeChat.
According to the South China Morning Post, China registered $12.8 trillion of digital transactions in the first 10 months of 2017 alone, a truly staggering figure. The Chinese Communist Party has fully embraced payment apps not just for their efficiency but also the level of control they offer.
Without paper money, every transaction can be tracked, logged and forever linked to every citizen. Under the new social scoring system, purchases that the Communist Party favors will improve one’s score, but use your money for video games or vices and your access to jobs, education and loans will dry up.
Legally restricting or banning gun ownership is a tall order in the United States but cutting off the ability to purchase them may not be.
Following the Bush administration’s attacks on the credit card processors of pornography sites more than a decade ago, New York’s Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli, appealed in a letter to major banks and credit card companies to block all transactions associated with firearms.
Today, if credit cards and banks refused transactions involving firearms or ammunition an individual could simply pay in cash, but once physical currency has been eliminated such purchases will require the permission of both corporations and government.
A system of loyalty or mark to a government ruler that controls your ability to buy or sell is exactly what is described in the book of Revelation and is often referred to as “the mark of the beast”. Those who like to dismiss the book of Revelation as mere allegory may want to take another look.
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For many years I’ve said that, when it comes to America, I’m more concerned with the absence of light than with the presence of darkness. In the same way, I’m more concerned with our failure to speak freely than with those who are trying to silence us.
This, of course, is not to deny that there is a frontal assault on our most fundamental freedoms. I’ve witnessed this firsthand and documented it for years.
Just this week, media researcher Brent Bozell sounded the alarm about this concerted attack. He said, “This is the emerging of the greatest censorship of free speech worldwide in the history of man.
Now, let me explain this, the left is on a jihad against conservative thought. It’s happening in academia, entertainment, business, religion, everywhere.”
His warning follows on the heels of the release of a major study done by Bozell’s Media Research Center (MRC) titled, “CENSORED! How Online Media Companies Are Suppressing Conservative Speech.”
According to this study: Twitter Leads in Censorship; Facebook’s Trending Feed Has Been Hiding Conservative Topics; Google Search Aids Democrats; YouTube Is Shutting Down Conservative Videos; Tech Firms Are Relying on Groups That Hate Conservatives; Liberal Twitter Advisors Outnumber Conservatives 12-to-1; Tech Companies Rely on Anti-Conservative Fact-Checkers.
In short, the MRC study confirms what we knew to be true already: There is a war against conservative and religious speech. And it not just in the realm of online media, as Bozell rightly observed.
But, to repeat, that’s not my greatest concern today, as weighty as these developments are.
Instead my focus is on our failure to stand up and speak out, especially as religious conservatives.
Who’s stopping pastors from speaking freely from the pulpit? I’m not talking about endorsing political candidates. I’m talking about addressing abortion and LGBT activism and racial division and more. Who’s stopping us from being socially and culturally relevant?
Why must we dance around these issues with the constant fear of stepping on people’s toes? How can we possibly take gospel-worthy, moral stands if we are such people-pleasers? If we are so ambiguous in our declarations? Why are we more concerned with not offending people than with genuinely helping people?
And what about the rest of us who are not preaching behind pulpits (or speaking over the airwaves)? Who’s stopping us from speaking the truth in love on our social media outlets? Or in our social circles?
Why are we more concerned with the opinions of people than with the opinions of God? Why don’t we share our faith our convictions more clearly and boldly and publicly?
A young man once reached out to me on Facebook. He wrote, “I shared one of your articles recently, and I was shocked at the negative comments I received. Some folks even unfriended me. So, what do you think I should do? Should I pull the article?”
Seriously? Pull an article you agree with because you got some flack? Delete a post you feel is important because some people unfriended you? Our fellow-believers around the world are being tortured and killed for the gospel, and we’re afraid of losing friends on social media?
No wonder we’re losing our freedoms. We’re handling the jailer the keys.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for being sensitive and compassionate. I’m all for using wisdom. But true compassion speaks the truth. Love warns. Wisdom doesn’t waver.
Unfortunately, so much of what we call sensitivity and compassion and wisdom is nothing more than cowardice and compromise. Let the truth be told.
Again, I’m not downplaying the very real assault on our freedoms. We are getting hit on every front. I don’t deny this and I don’t minimize it.
But if we all started to speak up together, things would change. If pastors and leaders took their clues from the Word of God rather than from what’s trending, the nation would be rocked.
If we used the freedoms we do have and used them to the full, those freedoms could not be taken from us in 100 years. (I’m speaking in particular of the situation here in America.)
Jesus urged us to let our shine, to put it on a lampstand where everyone could see it rather than hiding it under the bed. It’s time we let our shine for America to see.
If we do, our nation will be blessed and our freedoms will be preserved. If we don’t, we will have no one to blame but ourselves.
So let your line shine!


According to The National Catholic Reporter, Pope Francis told the crowd that Emanuele’s father, who had recently passed away, was a ‘good man’ but hadn’t believed in God. And he reassured the heartbroken boy that his late father was in heaven because God is ‘surely proud of him’. The touching moment took place when Emanuele broke down while crying.
Watch as the Pope comforts a grieving boy who feared his atheist father isn’t in heaven – and tells him that God is ‘surely proud’ of his dad, and that God wouldn’t leave a ‘good man’ out of Heaven’
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the years we’ve brought you stories about some of the spiritually horrific acts committed by various popes, past and present, not limited to and including Pope Francis warning people against have a ‘personal relationship’ with Jesus Christ. But this story, in my opinion, is far and away the worst one because not only did the pope lie about the very clear Bible teaching on salvation, he also gave this young boy and all the others presents a false hope on how people get to Heaven. Unsaved people do not and cannot go to Heaven because Heaven is only for believers redeemed by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. People do not go to Heaven because they are ‘good’, and they don’t go to Hell because they were ‘bad’. Heaven is for saved people and Hell is for the unsaved. That’s what the Bible teaches. It is for reasons exactly like this that we continue to believe and teach that the Roman Catholic Church is not only not the church that Jesus started, it is not even Christian by any Biblical standard.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
This is the touching moment Pope Francis comforted a grieving boy who was worried his father didn’t go to heaven as he was an atheist. The boy, known only as Emanuele, broke down in tears as he approached the microphone to take part in a Q&A session with the pontiff who visited the St. Paul of the Cross parish on the outskirts of Rome on Sunday.
According to The National Catholic Reporter, Pope Francis told the crowd that Emanuele’s father, who had recently passed away, was a ‘good man’ but hadn’t believed in God.
And he reassured the heartbroken boy that his late father was in heaven because God is ‘surely proud of him’. The touching moment took place when Emanuele broke down while crying. Unable to get his words out, the Pope beckoned him to come forward and whisper the question and they pair had a private chat and shared a hug.
With Emanuele’s permission, the Pope told the crowd that the boy had shown ‘courage’ to cry in front of everyone.
‘If that man was able to make his children like that, then it’s true, he was a good man.
“That man did not have the gift of faith, he wasn’t a believer, but he had his children baptized. He had a good heart,” Francis said.
He explained that God makes the decision on who is welcomed into heaven and said that he has ‘a dad’s heart’.
Describing Emanuele’s father, he said: ‘Do you think God would be able to leave him far from himself? Does God abandon his children when they are good?
The children in the crowd shouted back: ‘No.’ ‘There, Emanuele, that is the answer,’ the pope told Emanuele. ‘God surely was proud of your father.’ source


When the Titanic when down on that cold April night in 1912, it had nearly a dozen wealthy businessmen on board nearly all of whom opposed Morgan’s takeover of the US financial system. But one person it did not have onboard was its owner, J.P. Morgan, who had mysteriously cancelled right before Titanic set sail. And within less than 2 years, the Federal Reserve Act would pass in December of 1913, and America would forever be under the control of Wall Street and the banking system.
than 2 years, the Federal Reserve Act would pass in December of 1913, and America would forever be under the control of Wall Street and the banking system.
“We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent.” James Paul Warburg, before the US Senate Subcommittee on Revision of the United Nations Charter February 17, 1950
The Federal Reserve scheme was birthed at a secret meeting on Jekyll Island, Georgia in 1910, and would force upon the United States the greatest and most diabolical act of treason this country has ever seen. It is not part of the Federal Government, it has no reserves, and is in fact the biggest ponzi scheme in the world. And oh, almost forgot, it’s against the law to audit their books and see what they’re actually up to.
The seven men met on Jekyll island were Nelson Aldrich and Frank Vanderclip who represented the Rockefeller financial empire. Henry Davidson, Charles Norton and Benjamin Strong represented J.P. Morgan. Paul Warburg represented the Rothschilds Banking dynasty of Europe.
The Federal Reserve is how Wall Street and the US banking cartel controls the finances of America, and it has been that way since its creation in 1913
Not coincidentally, 1913 was also the year that the Federal Income Tax was started as well. Within two decades, America would be in the grip of the greatest depression in modern times, with a never-ending cycle of inflation and recession that we have endured since then. Furthermore, the Federal Reserve is illegal.
According to Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Congress is the one that is supposed to have the authority to “coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures”. So exactly why is the Federal Reserve doing it? The slime trail of evidence takes us all the way back to when a man named J.P. Morgan controlled just about everything and everyone, and he would have his way no matter the cost.
J.P. Morgan had so much money and so much power at the turn of the 20th Century that he loaned the United States government money during a financial crisis to keep it afloat. When I was in school, Morgan and his contemporaries like Andrew Mellon and John D. Rockefeller were known as the ‘robber barons‘ for the ruthless and scheming ways they used to create their vast wealth and empires. One of the companies that J.P. Morgan owned was called the International Mercantile Marine Company, which in turn purchased the White Star Line that built two vast luxury liners. One was called the Olympic, and the other was called the Titanic.
J.P. Morgan was one of the main driving forces calling for the creation of the fraudulent Federal Reserve system. But standing in his way were other very powerful businessmen like John Jacob Astor, Benjamin Guggenheim and Isador Strauss who did not want to see the Federal Reserve come to life. But J.P. Morgan had a plan, and he had a ship. An ‘unsinkable’ ship.
When the Titanic when down on that cold April night in 1912, it had nearly a dozen wealthy businessmen on board nearly all of whom opposed Morgan’s takeover of the US financial system. But one person it did not have onboard was its owner, J.P. Morgan, who had mysteriously cancelled right before Titanic set sail. And within less than 2 years, the Federal Reserve Act would pass in December of 1913, and America would forever be under the control of Wall Street and the banking system.
Now this is where things get really weird
Many times the New World Order will broadcast their plans well in advance of when they are actually carried out, this is known today as ‘predictive programming‘. We have all seen episodes of the Simpsons where future events like 9/11 were eerily predicted. But did you know that a plan to have a jetliner smash into New York buildings and blame it on another country were first conceived in 1962 in a US government false flag operation called Operation Northwoods? And so it was with the Titanic.
In 1898, 14 years before Titanic was sunk, a man by the name of Morgan Robertson wrote a book called ‘The Wreck Of The Titan‘ about a massive luxury liner that was filled with rich and powerful passengers that sunk to the bottom of the ocean.
Here are some super-creepy bullet points about Titan and Titanic:
• In the book, Titan is described as the largest ship of it’s day (1898). Titanic was the largest ship in real-life in 1912.
• Both the fictional Titan and the actual Titanic are the same size, with Titanic a mere 25 meters longer.
• The fictional Titan is called ‘unsinkable’ in the book, and hits an iceberg in mid-April. Titanic was called unsinkable and hit an iceberg in mid-April.
• Both ships were capable of speeds over 20 knots, which was unheard of.
• The fictional Titan did not have enough lifeboats to serve its passengers, and neither did the Titanic because they were removed before the ship set sail.
Did the New World Order broadcast thier plans 14 years before carrying them out? Did J.P. Morgan deliberately sink the Titanic in 1912 to ensure passage of the Federal Reserve Act in 1913? Before you answer that, consider this. During the Recession of 2008-11, President Barack Obama declared that the Wall Street and the banking giants were ‘too big to fail’, and authorized 200 billion dollars in ‘loans’ to be given to them while millions of average Americans were allowed to lose everything.
And who right near the top of that list? J.P. Morgan Chase, of course. Wall Street and the banks were not allowed to go under because Wall Street and the banks control the Federal Reserve, so what did they do? They simply printed fake money and ‘loaned’ it to themselves, and magically wiped away their losses. But it was only possible because the Titanic sunk in 1912, and took with it the people who would have stopped J.P. Morgan from creating the Federal Reserve.

WEBPGAGE ADMINISTRATOR: Jesus said that in the last days all truth will be revealed to the wise and prudent. Evil abounds today like never before. We are in the very last moments of the “Last” days. Seek Jesus Christ, he alone has the truth
Luke 12:2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
Luke 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed
Matt. 10:26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known
Matt. 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes

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