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Archive for February 2010

King of Jordan: Protect holy sites from Israel

Feb 28th, 2010 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

Israel’s eastern neighbor makes a call for action: King Abdullah of Jordan said Sunday that the international community must take immediate measures to protect the holy sites in east Jerusalem from unilateral moves on Israel’s part.

According to him, Israel’s moves seek to alter Jerusalem’s identity and constitute a dangerous provocation that threatens all efforts invested in achieving regional peace.

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Snubbed, homosexuals head to mass en masse

Feb 28th, 2010 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

Prince Gijs might have been a wise and benevolent leader – but he is also a homosexual one. That alone was enough for his local church to refuse this atypical nobleman holy communion.

This is where Reusel’s carnival celebrations went awry this year. According to Catholic teaching, people who live in sin are excluded from holy communion. It is public knowledge in Reusel that Vermeulen lives together with his boyfriend. Therefore, father Luc Buyens of the local church told the prince before the ceremony he would receive “a cross on his forehead but no communion wafer”.

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College students urged: Trade Bible for Playboy

Feb 28th, 2010 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

In the lobby of the University of Texas at San Antonio’s humanities building, a hand-drawn poster announces, “Free porn: Just trade in your holy books (Bible, Koran, Vedas) for porn.”

A student group at the university called The Atheist Agenda is reviving its Bibles-for-porn program, called “Smut for Smut,” for three days beginning March 1, according to a report from San Antonio’s KENS-TV.

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Genesis Chapter 31: Laban Turns on Jacob, Jacob Leaves, Laban Persues

Feb 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Genesis, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

God did not strongly criticize the use of teraphim back there. To us, the practice seems abominable, but we are viewing matters from an enlightened standpoint. Today a Christian who does this should be excommunicated, but for those who lived back there, we must view matters as presented in Genesis and then on down through the years. The Apostle Paul said that once the commandment was given, it brought enlightenment and sin if not obeyed, but before the Law, it was different.

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Genesis Chapter 29: Jacob meets Rachel, Jacob marries Rachel but Gets Leah, Their Children

Feb 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Genesis, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

The name Simeon pertains to hearing. God heard Leah’s prayers and desires and rewarded her with a second son. Levi means “joined,” for with his birth, Leah thought that surely now her husband would be joined to her and the bond with Jacob would be closer. Judah means “praise.” How Leah rejoiced to have four sons! As we will see, the names of all 11 children (not Benjamin) pertained to the rivalry between Leah and Rachel for the number of children. When considered prophetically, the emotions of Leah as a mother can be lifted to a higher plane than she ever realized.

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Trilateral meeting in Damascus

Feb 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah met Thursday evening in Damascus along with their senior advisors, and discussed regional developments and “the zionist threat,” it was revealed Friday.

Visiting Damascus, Ahmadinejad vowed that Arab nations will usher in a new Middle East “without Zionists and without colonialists.”

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Teheran takes on Arab neighbors for failing to bridge Gulf

Feb 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

Teheran has decided to teach its Arab neighbors a lesson in geography. From now on the airlines of Gulf countries will have to use the term “Persian Gulf” for flights to the Islamic Republic, or else be banned from Iranian airspace.

“It is an unwise decision for the Iranians, given their current confrontation with the West over Teheran’s nuclear program. Iran is shooting itself in the foot by doing this.

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Genesis Chapter 28: Jacob’s Vision of the Ladder

Feb 26th, 2010 | By | Category: Genesis, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Awed by the communication from God, Jacob poured oil on the stone he had used for a pillow and made a vow. If God would bless him as promised and give him food and clothing so that he would return eventually to his father Isaac’s house in peace, he would give one tenth of all he got to the Lord. Jacob’s vow reveals that he had departed in haste from Isaac as soon as possible after the blessing, leaving possessions behind for fear that Esau would find out and kill him and taking few or no provisions with him. What little oil he took, he now poured out on the stone pillow. (He may have taken flour and oil, intending to knead and make cakes.) Jacob was in a perilous situation in trying to get to his destination. In anointing the stone, Jacob used what little he had to honor the situation. Similarly, Spikenard Mary anointed Jesus. Probably the oil was all Jacob had of worth, so he used it to show his appreciation.

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Archaeologist finds Jerusalem wall matching biblical story

Feb 26th, 2010 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

Along with the wall, which is 10 meters high and 70 meters long, other structures were found, including a monumental gatehouse and a tower. According to Mazar, the wall is additional proof of the accuracy of the Bible’s description of the grandeur of the period of David and Solomon.

According to 1 Kings 3:1, Solomon brought his royal Egyptian wife “into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.”

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Muslim Groups Demand Closure of Large, Legal Church in Indonesia

Feb 26th, 2010 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

Hundreds of Muslims from outside the area where a 600-member church meets in West Java staged a protest there to call for its closure this month in an attempt to portray local opposition.

Demonstrators from 16 Islamic organizations, including the hard-line Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), gathered on Feb. 15 to demand a stop to all activities by the Galilea Protestant Church (GPIB) in the Galaxy area of Bekasi City.

The Rev. M. Tetelepta, pastor of the church, told Compass that the church has had the required consent of local residents and official permission to worship since its inception in 1992.

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