“Be very careful, then, how you live, not as unwise but as wise…because the days are evil.” Eph. 5:15
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AMERICAN JEWS BUY FULL-PAGE AD TO THANK TRUMP: President Donald Trump’s commitment to battle anti-Semitism has received a major round of applause from American Jewish leaders even as Democrats are embroiled over accusations of anti-Semitism in their own ranks. Days ago, members of the Republican Jewish Coalition took out a full-page ad in The New York Times to publicly support Trump and endorse his selection of Elan Carr as the administration’s chief troubleshooter against anti-Semitism. Trump cited his determination to fight anti-Semitism last week during his State of the Union address. “We must never ignore the vile poison of anti-Semitism, or those who spread its venomous creed. With one voice, we must confront this hatred anywhere and everywhere it occurs,” Trump said. The ad praised Trump under the headline, “Anti-Semitism Must Be Confronted and Defeated".
“We wish to congratulate and to thank President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the entire Trump administration for the recent appointment of Mr. Elan S. Carr to the position of State Department Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism ranks among the oldest, most destructive forms of bigotry,” the ad stated. “It is a scourge that has plagued mankind. From the Nazi regime’s genocide of six million Jews to the 27 October 2018, Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that claimed the lives of eleven Shabbat worshipers, anti-Semitism is responsible for a multitude of history’s most heinous atrocities. We thank President Trump for his courageous, leadership in engaging in the fight to defeat anti-Semitism. While the Iranian Majlis has long demonized Israel, anti-Semitic voices can now be heard in the halls of the British Parliament and even the USA Congress,” the ad said. (Western Journal)
POPE FRANCIS, LEADING IMAM SIGN COVENANT PUSHING TOWARD ONE-WORLD RELIGION: A historic interfaith covenant was signed in the Middle East on Mon. 11 Feb. 2019 and the mainstream media in the USA has been almost entirely silent about it. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb is considered to be the most important imam in Sunni Islam, and he arrived at the signing ceremony in Abu Dhabi with Pope Francis "hand in hand in a symbol of interfaith brotherhood." But this wasn't just a ceremony for Catholics and Muslims. According to a British news source, the signing of this covenant was done "in front of a global audience of religious leaders from Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other faiths". In other words, there was a concerted effort to make sure that all of the religions of the world were represented at this gathering. According to the official Vatican website, a tremendous amount of preparation went into the drafting of this document, and it encourages believers from all religions "to shake hands, embrace one another, kiss one another and even pray" with one another.
There is a lot of language about peace in this document, but it goes way beyond just advocating for peace. Over and over again, the word "God" is used to simultaneously identify Allah and the God of Christianity. On top of that, the document also boldly declares that "the diversity of religions" that we see in the world was "willed by God". In essence, this is saying that it is the will of God that there are hundreds of different religions in the world and that they are all acceptable in His sight. We know that the elite want a one-world religion, but to see the most important clerics from both Catholicism and Islam make such a dramatic public push for it is absolutely stunning. (Charisma News) “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days…evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it.” 2 Tim. 3: 1, 8,13-14.
REPORT REVEALS SOUTHERN BAPTIST MINISTERS ABUSED MORE THAN 700 VICTIMS OVER 20 YEARS: An investigation revealed Sun.10 Feb. 2019 that almost 400 Southern Baptist ministers and church volunteers sexually abused more than 700 victims across the country over the last 20 years. The investigation revealed that 380 Southern Baptist ministers and volunteers have faced allegations of sexual abuse from a collective total of more than 700 alleged victims since 1998. The majority of these accused sexual abusers have either been convicted or taken plea deals, but a number of them have continued to work in ministry. Those accused of sexual abuse include church volunteers, pastors, ministers, Sunday school teachers, and youth pastors. Some of the alleged victims, both male and female, were as young as three when they claim the abuse occurred, and the abuse allegations include claims of molestation, repeated rape, being photographed naked, and being exposed to pornography.
Of the 380 accused, 220 were successfully prosecuted and either convicted or took plea deals, and 100 of those who were convicted remain in jail. The report found, however, that at least 10 churches since 1998 had employed some 35 ministers and church volunteers and employees who faced charges of sexual misconduct and some of whom are registered sex offenders. Six former Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) presidents also faced accusations of mishandling or covering up sexual abuse allegations, including by shaming the alleged victims. Current SBC president J.D. Greear lamented the revelations and the fact that SBC leaders failed to listen to victims over Twitter and pledged to do “everything possible to ensure we never make these mistakes again.” Victims of sexual abuse expressed doubt that any change would actually occur. (Daily Caller) “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity…. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. Eph. 5: 3,11-12
ANTI-SEMITIC GRAFFITI FOUND IN PARIS FOR 2ND TIME IN 3 DAYS: Mailboxes on which a street artist was commissioned to paint portraits of the late French politician Simone Veil, a Holocaust survivor, were defaced with swastikas. In addition, anti-Semitic graffiti was found in various locations in the capital. The Paris Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation for “provocation to racial hatred,” Le Parisian reported. “This is not the first time that one of my works is vandalized,” said artist Christian Guémy, who was commissioned to paint Veil. “But what is shocking is that Simone Veil suffered from the Holocaust. It is very vile. This woman embodied fighting values. She defended Europeanism, women’s rights, the memory of the Holocaust and her Jewishness. This is all that is flouted, in the worst possible way, since it is disfigured with a swastika.” The vandalism comes two days after the word “Juden!” was spray-painted in yellow across the window of a bagel shop in Paris. The number of anti-Semitic incidents in France surged in 2018, jumping a whopping 74% compared to the number in 2017, a senior French official said Monday night 11 Feb. 2019. France’s interior minister, Christophe Castaner, lamented that anti-Jewish acts were becoming increasingly commonplace. “Anti-Semitism is spreading like poison,” Castaner said, warning that the surge of anti-Jewish acts constituted “an attack against hope.” The interior minister noted that the number of anti-Semitic acts reported in 2018 had jumped from 311 in 2017 to 541 – a 74% increase. (Arutz-7/J.Post)
DEMOCRATIC LEADERS URGE REP. OMAR TO APOLOGIZE FOR “ANTI-SEMITIC” TWEET: House Democratic leaders, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), on Mon. 11 Feb. 2019 accused Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) of using "anti-Semitic tropes" and called on her to apologize after she sent tweets suggesting that lawmakers defending Israel were motivated by money. Pelosi's statement was co-signed by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Caucus Vice Chairwoman Katherine Clark (D-Mass.). "Legitimate criticism of Israel's policies is protected by the values of free speech that the United States and Israel share. But Congresswoman Omar's use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks." (The Hill)
VIRGIN ATLANTIC ANNOUNCES DAILY LONDON-TEL AVIV ROUTE: Virgin Atlantic has announced the launch of a new daily flight route between London’s Heathrow and Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion airports, starting 25 Sept. 2019. The five-hour flight – the company’s shortest from the UK – will operate on Virgin Atlantic’s Airbus A330-300 aircraft and offer in excess of 180,000 seats per year between Tel Aviv and Heathrow. Tickets will go on sale from 25 Feb. 2019. “The entry of one of the world’s leading airlines into Israel is another expression of confidence in the Israel tourism product,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin. “The new flights will be integrated with the marketing campaign in Europe, which highlights Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. I am convinced that with the entry of Virgin Atlantic into Israel, we will see continued growth in incoming tourism from the UK.” Approximately 218,000 visitors arrived in Israel from the UK in 2018, a 10% increase over 2017, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics. In 2018, Israel had a record-breaking year of incoming tourism, with entries exceeding 4.1 million visitors. (Arutz-7)
ANCIENT COIN FROM BAR KOCHBA REVOLT FOUND IN ISRAEL: An Israeli tour guide last week came across a 1,900-year-old coin from the time of the Bar Kochba revolt in the Lachish region, southwest of Jerusalem, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority said Mon.11 Feb. 2018. The coin, from 133 AD, has an image of a palm tree with seven branches and two clusters of grapes above the name "Shimon" - Bar Kochba's first name - in ancient Hebrew. Coins of this type were minted during the Bar Kochba revolt, during which Jewish rebels regained some autonomy from Rome. (Times of Israel)
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