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LATEST WORLD NEWS-ARTICLES SATURDAY JUNE 23rd 2018

DAILY SCRIPTURE:

Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Matt. 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows
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WATER CANOPY OR CLOUDS?

https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/water-canopy-or-clouds
QUESTION:    Awhile back I was reading something about in Genesis when God created water above the expanse of the sky. What this article was saying is that this was the creation of the water cycle (i.e. clouds). This seems so make sense and so does the Water Vapor Canopy. This isn’t an important issue worth arguing about but I’m just curious if you have anything against the water above the expanse being the creation of the water cycle.
ANSWER:    I have never heard the opinion that the water canopy above the atmosphere was just clouds. Typically clouds fly in the lower atmosphere, don’t they? Don’t air planes fly above them? And yet Genesis 1:6-8 says the atmosphere separated the waters above from the waters below. I don’t think the Lord intended for us to think of the water canopy as the clouds.

THE WATER VAPOR CANOPY

https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/the-water-vapor-canopy-3/
QUESTION:    Re: No More Sea. I have a question on the whole idea of a water vapor canopy. Where did you come up with this idea? It sounds plausible but did it come from the Word or another place?
ANSWER:    In Genesis 1:6-8 God said,
“Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky.”
The water under the sky was the sea and the water above the sky was the protective canopy that surrounded the earth in the upper atmosphere.

THE WATER VAPOR CANOPY (CONTINUED)

https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/the-water-vapor-canopy-2/
QUESTION:    I know you believe there was a water vapor canopy surrounding the Earth before the flood, but I recently read an article claiming that both the Bible and science agree that couldn’t have been so. The author’s conclusions are based on two Hebrew words in Genesis 1:6-7 and the fact that our atmosphere couldn’t support the amount of water it would take. What do you think? Did God change the atmosphere so He could put the water vapor canopy in place?
ANSWER:    I’ve done my own research on the Hebrew of Genesis 1:6-7 and disagree with the author’s conclusions. I think the most straight forward interpretation of the passage describes what we could call a water vapor canopy that encircled the Earth before the Great Flood. Rather than wondering if God changed atmospheric conditions to make a water vapor canopy possible, wouldn’t it make more sense to wonder if the collapse of the canopy caused the Earth’s atmosphere to change? After all the Bible says there was one, and no man can measure atmospheric conditions before the collapse.
For reasons I fail to understand, we seem much more willing to accept fallen man’s objections to what the Bible says than we are to take God’s word for things. I always suspect that people who write articles like the one you referred to begin with the conclusion that the Bible is wrong, and then set about to prove it. What do people gain by disputing God’s word? Are they trying to prove they’re smarter than He is? Or that His word isn’t reliable? Either way, it’s a losing strategy.
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23/06/2018
 

ISRAEL NEWS:

THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN IS “ANTI GOD” – (GOD WILL NOT ALLOW JERUSALEM TO BE DIVIDED).
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

WORLD TERRORISM – WARS

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WORLD FINANCE:

MASSIVE EARTH CHANGES/EARTHQUAKES/VOLCANOES ETC:

 
 

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EXTRA WORLD – ALTERNATIVE NEWS:

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PROPHETIC NEWS ARTICLES:

MIDDLE EAST WAR LOOMING THE BUILD UP TO PSALM 83  – ISAIAH 17 AND GOG OF MAGOG WARS EZEKIEL 38:
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GAZA WARFRONT CANNOT BE DETACHED FROM ISRAEL’S SYRIAN ARENA, ISRAEL FOILS MASSIVE HAMAS TERROR ASSAULT

http://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/
Gaza warfront cannot be detached from Israel’s Syrian arena
By playing down the Hamas assaults from the Gaza Strip, Israel’s leaders hope to gloss over the IDF’s mounting involvement in two if not three battlefronts. The IDF has therefore long been restrained from hitting back hard for Hamas’ flaming kites and balloons. On Tuesday night, June 19, the Israeli Air Force strafed 25 Hamas structures, sparking a 45-rocket barrage against the Israeli communities around the Gaza Strip.
The urgent need to halt his militia’s passage into Syria on June 18 was not the only challenge facing the IDF. 
For nearly a week, the Syrian army and Hizballah have been massing a large force in southwestern Syria around Quneitra – opposite Israel’s Golan border – and Daraa – facing the Jordanian border. This buildup followed an announcement from Damascus of a forthcoming offensive to capture the two border regions from rebel hands. Until now, the Assad regime has not given the order to go forward, while waiting for Russian approval. However, when these troops do advance, neither Israel nor Jordan can afford to sit on their hands and allow two hostile armies to reach their borders.
This predicament was at the heart of the conversation Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman on Monday.
It is becoming increasingly evident that the Gaza and Syrian battlefronts are interactive.
The argument that Hamas hopes by escalating the violence from Gaza to cash in economically to sustain its rule is old hat. It has been overtaken by events. The rockets, mortar shells, kites and balloons of recent days point at one objective: to pile on Israel an extra active war front and so force the IDF to divide its strength between the two arenas. 
Therefore, the challenge of a multiple-front war has become a reality for Israel’s armed forces. How this could have been prevented is no longer relevant. The IDF must now concentrate on grappling with the various fronts and organize its priorities in the best way possible. 
For now, the the aggression from Gaza continues to be relegated to a secondary challenge compared with Syria. And so, on Tuesday night, Israeli air strikes continued to bomb empty Hamas buildings after Hamas and other Palestinian terrorists had a chance to escape harm; while Hamas, for its part, is still confining its rocket and mortar volleys to nearby Shear Hanegev, Eshkol district and Hof Ashkelon councils, causing damage but no casualties. Those populations were advised the next day to send their children to school and keep to their usual routines.
At the same time, Israel’s government and military leaders are under no illusions. An escalated level of military clashes in Syria will bring forth a heightened threat from the Gaza Strip. The rockets will be more precise and of longer range for reaching populations outside the immediate neighborhood, including the southern cities of Ashkelon, Ashdod and Beersheba or further north. Maybe it would be preferable for the IDF to prioritize the task of smashing Palestinian war capabilities in the Gaza Strip now before the Syrian front spirals into a major showdown.
ISRAEL FOILS MASSIVE HAMAS TERROR ASSAULT
http://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/
Israeli security officials this week revealed the recent thwarting of a massive Hamas terror assault on central Israel.
In October of last year, the Israel Security Agency (ISA, known in Israel as the “Shin Bet”) began investigating a large Hamas cell established in the Samarian town of Nablus.
In the ensuing months, the ISA discovered that the cell was planning an unprecedented terrorist offensive.
“In recent months, the Shin Bet, Israel Defense Forces and Israel Police uncovered a Hamas terror cell, extraordinary in its size and level of activity, which operated in the Nablus area,” read an ISA statement released this past Sunday.
The cell was made up of over 20 operatives, most of whom have now been arrested. They were planning to carrying out a suicide bombing in Jerusalem, bomb attacks in Tel Aviv and the Jewish settlement of Itamar, and shooting attacks across the northern West Bank.
All of the aforementioned attacks were thwarted, and by the end of April, nearly all the cell members had been taken into custody.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said these revelations again proved why Israel can’t simply surrender its biblical heartland for a questionable peace agreement.
“Hamas is trying to harm us both from Gaza and from Judea and Samaria. That is the reason that we will continue to maintain security control over the entire area west of the Jordan,” said the Israeli leader in a prepared statement.
 
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IRAN INSTIGATING ISRAEL-GAZA CONFLICT

Aaron Klein – http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2018/06/20/klein-iran-instigating-israel-gaza-conflict/
The massive escalation of Gaza terror rocket and mortar attacks aimed at Israeli civilian population zones over the last twenty-four hours combined with the terror kite onslaught indicates that a desperate Hamas continues to do Iran’s bidding despite the potentially disastrous consequences.
In a notable development, Hamas issued a joint statement with the Iran-backed Islamic Jihad terrorist organization officially taking responsibility for the salvo of 45 rockets and mortars fired toward southern Israeli towns. The barrage of projectiles followed the IDF’s targeting of Hamas infrastructure after some 20 brush fires in southern Israel were sparked by flammable kites, balloons and assorted other objects launched as part of Hamas’s continued campaign against Israel.
The deceptive joint statement by Hamas and Islamic Jihad claimed that the two terror groups “targeted seven Israeli military positions near Gaza… in response to continued Israeli aggression against resistance sites in Gaza.”
Military installations were not the target. The rockets were launched toward Israeli towns. And the projectiles were not in response to “continued Israeli aggression” but rather followed Israeli self-defense against Hamas-orchestrated incendiary device attacks.
Islamic Jihad answers directly to Iran and cannot make a major move in Gaza without explicit permission from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Hamas is risking an all-out war that can devastate the terrorist organization. Already Gaza’s Hamas dictators are teetering on the brink after their border riots failed to achieve much, and there is widespread and growing anger in Gaza over the territory’s all but collapsed economy. While Hamas may be attempting to use the violence to pressure Israel into some sort of ceasefire, it must know that it is playing with its own survival in the event of a full-blown conflict.
Already turned away from other state-sponsors, Hamas understands that it needs Iranian patronage and its strategic alliance with Tehran and seems to be allowing Iran to heat up Israel’s southern border.
In a previous analysis that is worth reviewing, I document the reasons Iran may want to start a conflict in Gaza:
Iran has been humiliated and strategically devastated by Israel’s repeated strikes against Iran-run military bases in Syria and has been feeling the pressure.
The IDF released satellite photos showing the devastation its warplanes wreaked on Iranian bases during the bombing campaign earlier this month that marked the largest IDF action inside Syria since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. This after Iranian forces in Syria fired a volley of around 20 rockets aimed at IDF positions on the Golan Heights – the first time Iran was accused of directly rocketing Israel.
There have since been more airstrikes in Syria attributed to Israel targeting Iran-run bases. The volleys started after Iran brazenly dispatched an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into Israeli territory in February before it was quickly shot down by the Israeli military. An IDF investigation revealed the Iranian drone, sent from the Iran-run T-4 airbase in Syria, was carrying explosives and seemingly deployed to attack an Israeli target.
Iran doesn’t want more Israeli bombardments in Syria, so it must be careful not to provoke another fierce response. Instead, Iran seems to be acting to divert Israel’s attention to the Gaza Strip. It is likely heating up the southern border, perhaps even briefly, as both retaliation and a signal to Israel that Iranian proxies can be turned on at will. For now.
The continued Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror campaign serves as further evidence of Iran’s designs to spark a major conflict on Israel’s southern border.
 
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THE DESTRUCTION OF IRAN:

Jeremiah 49 – Joel
http://www.christianevidence.net/2018/06/the-destruction-of-iran-jeremiah-49.html
“Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might” (Jeremiah 49:35)
There is another prophecy concerning Iran that possibly precedes the Gog and Magog scenario outlined by Ezekiel. In Jeremiah 49:34-39, we are told that Elam will come under the judgement of God for conspiring to launch an attack against Israel in the “latter days”. Modern day Iran is comprised of ancient Elam (about one-tenth) and Persia. This prophecy concerning Iran has not yet been fulfilled, but seems to align with Iran’s current nuclear aspirations! Let’s see the prophecy in
Jeremiah 49:35-39…35 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.
Jeremiah predicts that Elam will be struck at the foremost place of its strength. Today, this could infer an attack upon Iran’s growing nuclear program. One of Iran’s most strategic and vulnerable nuclear targets is the Bushehr nuclear reactor, located in the heart of ancient Elam (see map below).
Jeremiah also predicts that Iran will suffer the fate of a broken bow. When your bow is broken, you cannot load the arrows from out of your quiver, or in a modern sense, the missiles out of your silo. This might imply that the IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) will be unable to launch scores of its missiles (arrows in modern warfare are missiles) at its enemies.
36 And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come.
Jeremiah then warns that after the attack the affected populations are forced to scatter from the area. This could be the result of Iranian’s attempting to flee from an isolated nuclear disaster. Should the Bushehr nuclear reactor be struck, this becomes a very real possibility because the facility is loaded with Russian supplied fuel rods. John Bolton, former US Ambassador to the UN, said in 2010, “Israel’s got a problem, because once the fuel rods are inserted into the reactor, an attack … would almost certainly release the radiation into the atmosphere”. Several other studies conducted of the safety of the Bushehr nuclear site have concluded that an accident at the facility could result in such a disaster. The radioactive mess would cause a mass exodus of peoples in the surrounding area (a worldwide dispersion of the Iranian people just as prophesied)!
37 For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies, and before them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon them, even my fierce anger, saith the Lord; and I will send the sword after them, till I have consumed them:
From the scripture we can derive the Lord is angry with Iran which results in some disaster in Iran.
38 And I will set my throne in Elam, and will destroy from thence the king and the princes, saith the Lord.
39 But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the Lord.
Jeremiah’s prophecy also points out the Lord will set His throne in Elam. Iranians who accept Christ in advance of His second coming will be returned from global exile into the restored fortunes of their historic homeland in Elam. Interestingly, for the last few years Iran has been experiencing one of the largest revivals on earth. From approximately 500 believers in 1979 [the year of the Iranian Revolution], to several million today, Iran is the fastest-growing evangelical population in the world! Christianity is burgeoning so rapidly that the rogue Islamic regime has instituted harsh policies to curb its growth.
The most likely fulfilment of this prophecy will occur when the nuclear reactor is destroyed, either by the Israelis or by an earthquake, releasing radiation that will force the evacuation of the whole area. Take note that the region where Bushehr is located in Elam is active earthquake country and it sits on a tectonic plate.
The Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is physically separated from greater Iran (Persia) by the Zagros Mountain range.The rapid elevation change due to the Zagros Mountain range would likely protect most of Iran from the meltdown allowing them to attack as one of the nations of Magog another day. Interestingly, Ezekiel was familiar with Elam, according to Ezekiel 32:24-25, but he did not include Elam in the lineup of invaders in Ezekiel 38, perhaps because it is destroyed by then.
Written more than 2,600 years ago, Jeremiah may have predicted the fate of Iran’s nuclear program and today’s spiritual showdown in Iran! What are the odds of that?
 
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ENEMIES OF THE CHOSEN

Terry James – http://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/
Dynamic issues and events continue to move and shake the world at a torrid pace. Central to all going on that presents danger to the world is the North Korean matter. That’s the take by most of the news punditry panels I’ve heard, at any rate.
The North Korean talks and economic trade talks are at the top of the heap of things to worry about, according to the talking heads. Even Russia and China have for the moment been moved, at least temporarily, to lesser positions in the order of things.
Of course, the specious matter of Russia-Trump collusion is at the very top of mainstream news and entertainment media, as it will be until the next presidential election. But, at least they have to weave the fake news narrative in between the truly historical things this president is bringing to the world diplomatic table.
With that understood, it is nonetheless impossible to consider those things top priority to cogitate upon when the Bible’s prophetic focus and the news of the day converge as one. I’m referring to God’s chosen  nation as being in the reportorial crosshairs every hour of every day.
Israel’s enemies seem to be in every direction one looks, as we’ve covered many times. It is a satanic hatred that rages, just like it continues to rage in the matter of the 2016 presidential election. That election disrupted the new world order builders’ plans to continue to move the United States into their globalist plans.
The hatred builds toward a crescendo because the new American president and God’s chosen nation are joined at the hip, diplomatically speaking. Never has the Jewish state had such a friend in the White House.
Israel’s enemies in the EU made their threatening anger known in recent days.
Spain has, as well as have most all of Europe, in one form or the other, joined in the Boycott-Divestment-Sanction (DBS) movement.
Following a major Spanish city’s vote to boycott Israel, the leader of Spain’s third-largest party called the Jewish state a “criminal country” during an interview aired by public television broadcaster.
Pablo Iglesias Turrión, leader of the Podemos far-left party, said this in an interview earlier this week on RTVE.
“We need to act more firmly on an illegal country like Israel,” said Iglesias Turrión, whose party in 2015 won 20 percent of the votes in the general election just one year after its creation. (Spain’s third-largest City Valencia officially declares Israel an illegal country,  JEWSNEWS, June 10, 2018)
Israel has only to look northward a few miles to find a threat that is one packed with deadly military virulence.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  warned Friday that Israel “can never” feel safe, as thousands of Iranians marched in an annual day of protest against Israel.
Protesters took to the streets in the capital and other cities for Quds (Jerusalem) Day, held every year since the early days of Iran’s Islamic revolution to show support for the Palestinians. Iranian media said millions marched in hundreds of cities. Iran relentlessly encourages the destruction of Israel, and it finances, arms and trains terrorist groups on Israel’s borders.
“Israel can never feel that it is in a safe place,” Rouhani told reporters in Tehran. (Rouhani says “Israel can never feel safe” as thousands in Iran mark Quds Day, by Agencies and TOI staff, Times of Israel, June 2018)
God’s chosen nation has a diminishing  number of friends and a burgeoning number of enemies of every sort. The most worrisome of the enemies, to my way of thinking, is the “Christ at the Checkpoint’” global effort to, in its own way, destroy Israel.
Known as the CatC movement, the organization has declared its intention to “go global” in its activity in opposition to Israel and to Christians who support the Jewish state. Until recently, the movement has been in the Palestinian-controlled city of Bethlehem.
One enemy against which they have declared themselves is “Christian Zionism.” Basically, that includes any Christian who, on the basis of moral and biblical convictions, stands with the Jewish state of Israel.
CatC official Alex Awad said  Christian Zionists worship the modern state of Israel instead of God.
He added further the night CatC 2018 began that those of the Zionists in the U.S. are responsible for “electing Trump and dashing hopes for Palestinian peace…. Why should Christian Zionists coming to the Holy Land—where they worship Israel, not Jesus—why should they draw tens of thousands and we not get those kinds of numbers?”
The rhetorical question was posed in the closing hour of the fifth anti-Israel Christ at the Checkpoint (CatC) conference in Bethlehem.
CatC counts among its friends some familiar names, according to the article from which I gleaned the information. For example, the following is stated therein.
At the CatC conference in 2016, the hired gun to assault Christian Zionism was the so-called “Bible Answer Man,” Hank Hanegraaff from the US.
Not only is the ethnicity of today’s Jews dubious, said Hanegraaff, Christian Zionists are directly responsible for what he called Jewish Zionism’s “murder, terrorism and ethnic cleansing in 1948.” Moreover, he asserted, all talk of a third Temple (as per the prophet Ezekiel) is “nonsense.” (For the full article, go to http://jerusalemjournal.net/news-and-views/7-ways-to-counter-the-global-assault-of-christ-at-the-checkpoint-conferences-by-brian-schrauger-photo-all-text-edited-out-for-facebook-censor)
Observers of Bible prophecy from the Pre-Trib view of eschatology shouldn’t be surprised or overly alarmed at these developing, incendiary actions against God’s chosen nation. It should, rather, reassure that Israel’s returning Messiah and King is soon to appear to rescue the believing remnant of that people.
We who are believers this side of the Rapture will return with our Savior and Bridegroom!
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. (Revelation 19:11-14)
 
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POPE FRANCIS INSTRUCTS THE VATICAN TO MAKE UNPRECEDENTED MOVE TO PULL LGBTQ INTO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/pope-francis-instructs-the-vatican-to-make-unprecedented-move-to-pull-lgbtq-into-the-catholic-church/
Vatican officials also invited to speak at a second global meeting a prominent advocate for LGBT people, something some gay Catholic groups say has never been done. The two moves, announced in the last 10 days, are being seen by church-watchers as largely an effort to speak in a more respectful way with a younger generation of Catholics who are confronting the church on topics from female priests and abortion to sexuality – but who are clearly not ready to totally walk away from the faith.
THE VATICAN THIS MONTH IS SHOWING UNPRECEDENTED OUTREACH ON ISSUES OF HUMAN SEXUALITY, USING WHAT’S BELIEVED TO BE FOR THE FIRST TIME THE TERM LGBT IN A PLANNING DOCUMENT FOR A HUGE UPCOMING BISHOPS MEETING.
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” Revelation 18:4,5 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: I went to the web site of the Catholic Church where I grew up, and was surprised/not surprised to see a prominent graphic announcing that St. Mary’s Church was now a proud, LGBTQ welcoming church. I clicked on the link to that graphic, and it brought me to a site called the Tri-State LGBTQ Interparish Collaborative. A tab on that site invited me to attend the St. Francis of Assisi Pride Mass on June 28th. I think you see where I am going with all of this. Pope Francis has been acquiring by stealth the LGBTQ community for years now. And Catholic Churches all over the world have been following his lead with ‘under the radar’ outreach to the LGBTQ community. Not an outreach to give them the gospel, mind you, but an outreach to confirm them in their lifestyle choices and to comfort them with the false hope that God accepts you as you are and will leave you that way. The message of the pope to the LGBTQ community is loud and clear – God made you gay, be proud and embrace it. Will the Vatican change their official position on homosexuality? They already have. 
Vatican officials also invited to speak at a second global meeting a prominent advocate for LGBT people, something some gay Catholic groups say has never been done. The two moves, announced in the last 10 days, are being seen by church-watchers as largely an effort to speak in a more respectful way with a younger generation of Catholics who are confronting the church on topics from female priests and abortion to sexuality – but who are clearly not ready to totally walk away from the faith.
The efforts related to the Synod of Bishops on Young People (in October) and the World Meeting of Families (in August) are part of an explicit push by Pope Francis‘ church to say “we have to pay attention to this whole LGBT reality, especially for those who have chosen to remain in the church,” said the Rev. Thomas Rosica, who has often served as an English assistant to the Vatican press office.
On Tuesday, the Vatican released the details of the upcoming bishops’ synod, or meeting, the third in a series of major global gatherings about the family. The others were in 2014 and 2015. While the document was released only in Italian, the National Catholic Reporter noted that it was the first time the acronym was used. The Catholic Church “has in the past formally referred to gay people as ‘persons with homosexual tendencies,’ ” the Reporter said.
Rosica agreed it was a first, but said “they’re just using the lingo young people use. There’s nothing earth-shattering.” Vatican spokeswoman Paloma Garcia Ovejero declined to comment on the reason for the adoption of the acronym beyond saying, “I guess there’s no specific answer … it’s just the result of so many proposals and will be used as a ‘tool’ for discussion.”
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke did not return request for comment. source
CATHOLIC CARDINAL IN WASHINGTON ACCUSED OF SEX ABUSE
The Vatican has also asked retired Washington, D.C., Archbishop Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, to cease public ministryafter finding he was credibly accused of sexually abusing a teenager almost 50 years ago, the archdiocese and McCarrick said on Wednesday.
McCarrick is among the highest-ranking of the more than 6,700 U.S. Roman Catholic clerics to be accused of sexually abusing children since the church’s sex abuse scandal broke in 2002, according to BishopAccountability.org, a private group that tracks the allegations. source
 
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CALIFORNIA BILL WILL OUTLAW CHURCHES HELPING PEOPLE OUT OF LGBT LIFESTYLE
(IT BEGINS)

http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=2344
The state of California is close to passing a law that would use consumer protection regulations to control the information presented by churches under the guise of protecting Californians from fraud. 
Bill AB 2943, which has passed several rounds of committee votes and amendments as well as the assembly and will be voted on by the state senate on June 25th, would specifically ban any religious organization from providing assistance to those struggling with gender identity.
The law cites the American Psychiatric Association, as well as several other organizations, to claim that there is no evidence that adults can change their gender orientation and that attempts to do so may be harmful. The law argues that since there is no evidence that the services offered by the church are effective, then charging individuals for such therapy amounts to fraud. 
In doing so, they have plunged the state deeply into issues of sexuality, individual freedom to choose and religious liberty. The law would ban anyone from offering sexual orientation change services or the materials, print or otherwise, in conjunction with such services.
While this is not likely to result in the banning of Bibles, a strict reading of the law would allow for such a ban the moment one is used to counsel someone on God’s plan for sexual morality. Luis Javier Ruiz, a survivor of the 2016 massacre at The Pulse, a gay night club in Orlando, has joined the voices speaking out against this law.  
Following the tragedy, Ruiz left behind a life of homosexual hedonism with the help of God’s Word, but he is worried that others will be prevented from getting the same help.
“If they pass that bill in California, it will take away the rights of counselors, pastors and people that want to give you guidance on coming out of homosexuality.” he told The Christian Post.  “I came to Christ through the Word of God. I came to Christ over Godly counsel, pastors, people prayed me through,” and he fears that this law will prevent others from getting the same help he did.
The president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Reverend Dr. Samuel Rodríguez, has spoken out on the use of this bill to discriminate against Christians and the LGBT community in California. The reverend didn’t mince words when he said that “California’s AB-2943 is the most egregious, tone-deaf, and discriminatory example of anti-religious legislation that I have witnessed in all my years of ministry. I am deeply troubled that this profoundly flawed bill has already passed the California Assembly and now sits with the Senate.”
Several young adult conferences have already been canceled in California, such as those held by Summit Ministries, out of fear for how they may be attacked legally for teaching the Bible, and ministries across the state are now afraid that sermons from the pulpit may open them up to lawsuits, discrimination and smear campaigns.
The idea that if the state of California isn’t convinced your beliefs are both true and effective, it can prosecute you, flies in the face of the core concepts of religious liberty as well as freedom of expression and association. Jim Domen, now a Christian pastor who was saved by the Word of God from a lifestyle of spiraling depression and social alienation caused by his struggles with the homosexual life-style, has also called out the legislature for “trying to silence the power of Jesus Christ.”
Domen sees the bill as the government “controlling how we identify sexually,” and far from protecting the rights of the LGBT community is instead cutting off their right to choose; to decide to seek the help of the Church and of God.
These are men and women who have experienced the misery and confusion surrounding issues of sexual identity and come to the other side with the help of the Church and of God and they know firsthand the harm this bill will do to Californians. Shouldn’t we listen to those who have benefited from the efforts of dedicated pastors and Christian counselors and allow individuals to make their own decisions?
Other more libertarian voices, such as Rob Dreher who writes for The American Conservative, warns of the chilling effect Bill 2943 will have on freedoms of thought when he writes, “I would be appalled if a pro-LGBT organization decided to cancel a conference in my conservative state because they legitimately feared that local prosecutors would charge them over what they intended to say at the conference. That’s not America, or at least not the kind of America I want to live in.”
Leave it to the government of California to legislate what religious and sexual beliefs are valid and which are forbidden. In support of the freedom to follow their own beliefs, a series of demonstrations called Freedom Marches is being organized as a gathering together of those who have put aside homosexual and transgender lifestyles. 
Luis Javier Ruiz was in attendance in Washington D.C. near the Washington monument at the first march and began by asking those in the LGBT lifestyle to come back, come back to the church and back to God through repentance of a lifestyle that is not God’s best for them.

 

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