Posts Tagged ‘signs of the times’

 

50 new translations of the Bible completed last year

editor 14 May 2017

By United Bible Societies.. In 2015 Bible Societies assisted in the completion of translations in 50 languages spoken by nearly 160 million people. 2015 was ‘a first’ for no fewer than 28 languages, spoken by nearly 33 million people. 11 communities now have their very first full Bible, 6 have a New Testament and 11 communities have their first, or additional, portions of Scripture. [Photo top right: United Bible Societies are committed to working towards the day when everyone can access the full Bible so much work still remains to be done.] (more…)

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Jakarta’s Christian governor found guilty in Islam blasphemy trial

editor 9 May 2017

By Mike Bambach.. May 9 (UPI) — The outgoing Chinese Christian governor of Jakarta was found guilty of blasphemy Tuesday and sentenced to two years in prison, an Indonesian court ruled. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, was accused of insulting Islam by referring to a verse in the Quran during a campaign speech last year. [Photo top right:Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja “Ahok” Purnama (C) talks to journalists shortly after investigation by police an Nov. 7, 2016. Photo by Adi Weda/EPA]. (more…)

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Turkey’s Erdogan Calls On Muslims Of The World To Flock To ‘Al-Aksa’

editor 9 May 2017

By Tovah Lazaroff.. The Turkish president condemned “the Israeli crimes against the Palestinians.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday (May 8, 2017) called on Muslims to visit al-Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount as frequently as possible. “As a Muslim community, we need to visit al-Aksa Mosque often – each day that Jerusalem is under occupation is an insult to us,” he said, according to the Turkish news agency Daily Sabah. [Photo top right:Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during an iftar event in Ankara, Turkey, June 27, 2016. (photo credit:REUTERS)]. (more…)

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“Spit on the Cross or Die” Muslim Persecution of Christians, January 2017

editor 3 May 2017

By Raymond Ibrahim.. According to the Christian Association of Nigeria, 900 Christian churches have been destroyed in 12 northern states that adopted Islamic law, in the early 2000s. A blasphemy case was registered against Shaan Taseer — son of Salman Taseer, a human rights activist and defender of persecuted Christians who was assassinated by Muslims — for saying “Merry Christmas.” — Pakistan. [Photo top right: The scene in one of the Churches attacked on Sunday April 9, 2017. (Courtesy: NYTimes)]. (more…)

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Discerning

editor 29 April 2017

By Bill Wilson.. A lot is written about fake news these days. Fake news actually has been around for a long time. It is one of those sensational headlines that entices you to read the story, but in reality, the story is not really a story. The National Enquirer had a reputation of such. Perhaps a headline about a celebrity having another celebrity’s babies. When you read the story you discover that the celebrity gave a dog that is having puppies to the other celebrity. That was fake news before the politicians got a hold of it and took it to a whole different level. Then there always has been propaganda—some news with a political bent to move people’s thinking. It’s all about weaving in enough truth to make a better lie. How do you discern?.. (more…)

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President Rivlin: Persecution of Mideast Christians ‘A Stain on Humanity’

editor 29 April 2017

By JNS.. “And He said: ‘What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto Me from the ground.11 And now cursed art thou from the ground, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand.” Genesis 4:10-11. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said the persecution of Middle East Christians is “a stain on humanity” during a meeting Wednesday with the head of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch and other Christian leaders. (more…)

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A Word to Consider

editor 22 April 2017

By Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer..

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“…The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the golden altar that is before God. It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand [two hundred million]. I heard their number…” (Revelation 9:13-16). (more…)

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Iran vows ‘Death to Israel’ as it unveils its latest missiles during National Army Day parades (but at least one looks like North Korea’s ‘fake’ wonky rocket)

editor 21 April 2017

By Gareth Davies.. Iran has paraded a missile with the sign ‘Death to Israel’ attached to it during a huge military parade showcasing deadly weapons this morning (April 18, 2017).  The ceremony was held in the capital Tehran and troops from all units took part to mark National Army Day in the country, but one weapon in particular looked a lot like a North Korean missile critics said was a fake at a similar parade. The nose of a rocket mounted onto a bigger missile appears to be pointing skywards, in the same way the North Korean weapon was comically built which prompted people to take to Twitter to say it was an empty, painted box. (more…)

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Comment: Sisi and the Copts

editor 20 April 2017

By Rami Aziz.. After nearly three years of Sisi’s reign, the Copts find themselves facing continuous decay in their livelihoods and rights, with no end in sight. On December 11 (2016), a massive explosion shattered St. Mark’s Cathedral in Abbasia, central Cairo, claiming the lives of more than 25 worshipers and wounding scores of others. The event cast even more anxiety and strain over the situation of Egypt’s Copts, which has been volatile and troubled for some time. [Photo top right:Egyptians gather in front of a Coptic church that was bombed on Sunday in Tanta, Egypt, April 9, 2017. (photo credit:REUTERS)]. (more…)

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2016 REPORT: 90,000 Christians killed for their faith in bloodiest year of Modern History

editor 18 April 2017

By Turin-based Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR).. 2016 was the most brutal year to be a Christian in modern history. In the last twelve months, some 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith around the world, according to a new study from the Turin-based Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR). (more…)

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