January 30, 2010

Jehovah's Witnesses have 'new truth' on the 1914 generation.....again

The Jehovah's Witnesses recently produced a new revelation regarding the 1914 generation, which is the generation that is supposed to see the Battle of Armageddon unfold.

The "new truth" says, "How, then, are we to understand Jesus’ words about 'this generation'? He evidently meant that the lives of the anointed who were on hand when the sign began to become evident in 1914 would overlap with the lives of other anointed ones who would see the start of the great tribulation" ("The Holy Spirit's Role in the Outworking of Jehovah's Purpose", The Watchtower, April 15, 2010, p. 10).

James Walker of Watchman Fellowship has a great article on another "new truth" put forth by the Jehovah's Witnesses regarding the 1914 generation.

Watchman Fellowship also has another great article on the history of 1914 as put forth by the Jehovah's Witnesses.

US speeds up preparations for clash with Iran

Debkafile has a very interesting story today regarding the potential clash between the US and Iran.

According to Debkafile, "The Obama administration took the unusual step Saturday night, Jan. 30, of leaking word to major US media that the United States, Saudi Arabia and Gulf allies - the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain - have accelerated the deployment of new defenses against possible Iranian missile attacks. They are preparing for Iran, or its surrogate Hizballah, to hit back for a possible US or strikes on Tehran's nuclear facilities."

The Debkafile piece goes on to say, "
The White House's decision to deploy additional defenses in the Gulf came only a day after National Security Adviser James Jones warned that Iran was liable to react to pressure by having its proxies Hizballah and Hamas attack Israel. The abruptness of this step pointed to the administration having woken up to the realization that its diplomatic and military position in the region was in grave jeopardy and in dire need of shoring up without delay."

January 26, 2010

Iran crosses the line: can now enrich Uranium up to 20% grade

Debkafile had an alarming story yesterday regarding Iran's nuclear capabilities.

According to Debkafile, "Attaining the ability to enrich uranium up to 20 percent grade brings Iran dangerously close to 'break-out' point for a nuclear weapon capability, Debkafile's intelligence sources report. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised the 'good news' would be announced during the Feb. 1-11 celebrations of the Islamic Revolution. The 'news' was the subject of an urgent cabinet meeting in Jerusalem last week."

The Debkafile piece goes on to say, "
The only straight talk from any Western leader has come from French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Saturday, Jan. 23, he told visiting Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri that France has evidence Iran is developing nuclear weapons contrary to its claims. He warned that Israel "would not stand by while Iran develops nuclear weapons."

It's a sad day when France is the apparent leader on something as significant as standing up to a dangerous regime very near to attaining nuclear weapons.

January 16, 2010

Earliest known Hebrew inscription discovered!

Physorg.com reports that University of Haifa Biblical Studies Professor, Gershon Galil, recently deciphered an ancient inscription on a pottery shard in the Elah Valley. The inscription dates back to 10th century BC, which was the period of King David's reign making this the earliest known Hebrew inscription.

This discovery even predates another discovery counted as the oldest Hebrew document ever discovered.

Israel Today reports that the significance of this discovery is that, "Previously, a wide range of respected academics had insisted that the Bible could not possibly have been written before the 6th century BC due to widespread illiteracy, making most of text hearsay rather than eye-witness accounts. But the new inscription was found at what was a remote settlement in the 10th century BC, meaning that even small isolated communities had capable scribes."

January 12, 2010

Obama Executive Order: Council of 10 Governors....

The LA Times has a story today about President Obama's latest Executive Order. The title of the Executive Order is "Establishment of the Council of Governors."

According to The LA Times piece, the function of the council is,

"Sec. 2. Functions. The Council shall meet at the call of the Secretary of Defense or the Co-Chairs of the Council to exchange views, information, or advice with the Secretary of Defense; the Secretary of Homeland Security; the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism; the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement; the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs; the Commander, United States Northern Command; the Chief, National Guard Bureau; the Commandant of the Coast Guard; and other appropriate officials of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, and appropriate officials of other executive departments or agencies as may be designated by the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of Homeland Security.Such views, information, or advice shall concern:

(a) matters involving the National Guard of the various States;

(b) homeland defense;

(c) civil support;

(d) synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and

(e) other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities."

January 11, 2010

General Petraeus: Iran's nuclear sites can be bombed

Yesterday General David Petraeus made some very interesting comments regarding the U.S. bombing Iran's nuclear facilities.

Petraeus told CNN, "Well, they certainly can be bombed. The level of effect would vary with who it is that carries it out, what ordnance they have, and what capability they can bring to bear." Petraeus went on to say, "It would be almost literally irresponsible if CENTCOM were not to have been thinking about the various 'what ifs' and to make plans for a whole variety of different contingencies."

Debkafile also reported on this story and noted, "The deployment in the Middle East of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower carrier strike group in the first week of January adds muscle to the words of Gen. David Petraeus, CENTCOM commander, on Jan 10 that Iranian nuclear infrastructure, albeit strengthened against attack with enhanced underground tunnels, wasn't fully protected."

Famous psychic Sylvia Browne wrong on her predictions for 2009

Famous psychic, Sylvia Browne, recently had her predictions for 2009 evaluated by journalist Christopher McAlpin and published online by examiner.com.

McAlpin's piece states of Browne's predictions, "To put it bluntly, Ms. Browne failed miserably." He then goes on to state Browne's prophecies with the result.

McAlpin concludes, "Of the fifteen Sylvia Browne predictions specific and unequivocal enough to be verified or disproven, none have been shown to come true. It remains possible, however, that there was an unpublicized major bank robbery in Las Vegas that involved a Brinks truck. If that is later found to have happened, Ms. Browne's record will be one in fifteen."

January 9, 2010

Southern Baptist Minister running for Congress in Oklahoma

James Lankford, a Southern Baptist Minister in Oklahoma, recently decided to make an interesting career choice. His decision, however, is not the kind of career decision that most Baptist ministers decide upon. Lankford is running for Oklahoma's 5th Congressional seat.

One has to wonder that given the current state of affairs of the country, if Lankford is representative of other Christians and Christian leaders who will decide in the near future to get more involved in the political arena beyond just voting.

January 7, 2010

Brit Hume under fire for encouraging Tiger Woods to convert to Christianity

Fox News veteran anchor, Brit Hume, has come under fire recently by the likes of Jon Stewart among others for encouraging Tiger Woods to convert to Christianity.

Hume defended his statements on the Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor and on CBN News. The CBN News interview was especially interesting because he discusses his faith a little more.

Hume told CBN News, " If you think about what Christianity is about it's about sinners and Christianity is a religion for sinners and I think that Tiger Woods has an opportunity here and my prayer would be that he would take it. If you're trying to find the two most explosive words in the English language those two words are Jesus Christ. You start talking about Jesus Christ and I don't mean to make a pun but all hell breaks loose. People rage about this. It's very offensive to those who don't share the faith. It's offensive to some people who claim they do share the faith. This is to be expected and it's been happening to people who proclaim their faith in Christ for as long as anybody can remember. This is part of the deal. You have to be willing to deal with this if you're going to say his name out loud you’re going to hear about it."

January 2, 2010

Haorld Camping says Rapture will happen May 21, 2011

Harold Camping, President of Family Stations, Inc. (Family Radio) has come out with a refutation of the recent 2012 hysterical prophecies. Of the 2012 hoopla, Camping says, "That date has not one stitch of biblical authority....it's like a fairy tale."

Camping's refutation, however, is really just a prophecy of his own. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that based on his equation, Camping predicted that the Rapture would take place on May 21, 2011.