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An asteroid big enough to destroy New York just missed Earth and even NASA didn’t notice

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An asteroid big enough to destroy New York just missed Earth and even NASA didn’t notice

An asteroid big enough to destroy New York just missed Earth and even NASA didn’t notice

An asteroid that had the potential to wreak havoc on Earth recently whizzed passed us and space boffins had no idea it was coming.  The asteroid, known as 2017 VL2, shot by Earth on November 9 and experts did not find out about it until a day later. The space rock flew by just 73,000 miles from our planet – which is a third of the distance between Earth and the moon. Experts believe the asteroid is between 16 and 32 meters long, and if it hit Earth, it would have had the potential to flatten a city such as New York.

A recent investigation from Science Alert found that if a 12-meter asteroid were to hit New York it could destroy buildings within six kilometers of the impact. As the 2017 VL2 asteroid is almost three times the size of Science Alert’s hypothetical rock, it could cause three times the damage. Asteroid 2017 VL2 was observed at ATLAS-MLO, Mauna Loa, Hawaii and is only the 48th known asteroid to have flown within one lunar distance – READ MORE

Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration ‘Enormous Step Towards Bringing Third Temple’

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Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration ‘Enormous Step Towards Bringing Third Temple’

“Like channeled water is the mind of the king in Hashem’s hand; He directs it to whatever He wishes.” Proverbs 21:1 (The Israel Bible™)

President Donald Trump’s epic proclamation on Wednesday acknowledging Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people was a major step towards establishing the Third Temple and bringing the Messianic era, said a number of Jewish activists working to rebuild the Holy Temple.

“What he did last night was an enormous step in bringing the Temple,” Asaf Fried, official spokesman for the United Temple Movement, an association of organizations working towards making the Third Temple a reality, told Breaking Israel News.

He added, “This necessarily had to come from a non-Jew in order to bring them into the process, so they will be able to take their part in the Temple.”

Fried compared Trump’s role to that of Cyrus, the Persian King who ended the Babylonian exile and helped build the Second Jewish Temple. Fried cited Proverbs to emphasize this point.

Like channeled water is the mind of the king in Hashem’s hand; He directs it to whatever He wishes. Proverbs 21:1

“There have been amazing advances towards bringing the Temple this year. It was clear that Trump was part of that process, guided by Hashem (God),” Fried declared.

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Yakov Hayman, the United Temple Movement chairman, saw Trump’s statement as part of a historical progression joining a number of major shifts in modern history for Israel and the Jewish people.

“1917 was the Balfour Declaration establishing Israel for the nations,” Hayman told Breaking Israel News. “2017 was Trump’s declaration.”

He said it was now only a matter of time until non-Jews made a similar declaration recognizing the Temple Mount as the site of the Jewish Temples, but noted that to move forward, it was necessary for foot soldiers in the cause to take the first steps. “When Jews and non-Jews go up en masse, the Temple is inevitable.”

Hayman emphasized that all of the stages in this process required a multifaith effort, with Jews and non-Jews performing different roles while moving towards a mutual goal.

“The people of Israel are returning to their roots while simultaneously the non-Jews of the world are realizing the authenticity of our claim to the Temple Mount and our right to build a Jewish Temple as a House of Prayer for All Nations,” Hayman explained.

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“These processes are codependent. It depends on the Jews, our actions, but the non-Jews are an essential part of the process.”

“Our task is to act as priests to make the whole world holy,” Hayman said, citing Exodus.

You shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. Exodus 19:6

“That will only happen in a Temple in Jerusalem,” he emphasized. “The next step, the most important step, must be taken by the Jews. We need to begin going up to the Temple Mount is massive numbers. Once we do that, the Temple is the next inevitable step.”

He noted that Trump’s personality is uniquely suited for the role of the non-Jewish leader who begins the Messianic process.

“There is something very special and holy in Trump,” Hayman said. “Sometimes, he appears coarse and not connected to religion, but every time he addresses the nation he speaks about God. Last night, he said his motivation for recognizing was Jerusalem was because it was the right thing to do. That is precisely how a leader guided by God should speak.”

READ NOW: Prophecy of Nations ‘Gazing on Jerusalem With Joy’ Unfolds as Czech Republic, Philippines Join US in Affirming Capital

Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the nascent Sanhedrin, was cautiously optimistic.

“One year ago, the Sanhedrin called on Trump to build the Temple as Cyrus did 2,000 years ago,” Rabbi Weiss told Breaking Israel News. “He has clearly moved in this direction but there is still a long way to go and many pitfalls that could prevent that from happening.”

“Trump is facing enormous political pressures,” Rabbi Weiss noted. “The borders of Jerusalem are still open to negotiation. The Temple Mount is still not a settled issue and the United Nations is working hard at trying to convince the world the Jews have no place there. If Trump is to succeed, the Jews have to come together in unity in order for him to remain strong.”

Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/99002/trumps-jerusalem-declaration-next-step-third-temple/#rM1PAqj8cVCEupry.99

Trump urges Saudi Arabia to “immediately” end Yemen blockade

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Trump urges Saudi Arabia to “immediately” end Yemen blockade

People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen Photo: AP

People search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen

Donald Trump made an unexpected move by calling on his partner, Saudi Arabia, to end the blockade on Yemen that has endangered millions and is placing the Arab country on the brink of starvation.

In a rare divergence from Saudi Arabia, U.S. President Donald Trump called on the kingdom to end its blockade on Yemen, citing human rights.

The blockade in Yemen that has accompanied the Saudi-led coalition’s intervention in Yemen’s war has restricted access to food and medical supplies.

According to reports, two out of three Yemenis face the risk of starvation while many more are suffering from cholera, rabies, bacterial infections, and other preventable diseases.

Trump’s official statement urged U.S. officials “to call the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to request that they completely allow food, fuel, water, and medicine to reach the Yemeni people who desperately need it.”

“This must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately,” the statement added.

Saudi Arabia has been accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity by human rights organizations for their indiscriminate bombing runs, siege tactics, and the nationwide blockade.

The intervention in Yemen has been led by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who has otherwise received praise from Trump and the U.S. media for his progressive reforms that have included allowing women the right to drive a vehicle and diminishing the role of Saudi Arabia’s religious police.

Yemen has been described by observers as “worse than Syria” while the UN has christened it the most pressing humanitarian crisis in the world.

Saudi Arabia entered Yemen to reinstall the former president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, a Saudi-friendly head of state, and quell the popular Houthi rebellion that has sought to overthrow Hadi.

In turn the Houthi movement sees president Hadi as a Saudi puppet, favoring national liberation instead.

The intervention, which began in early 2015, has resulted in thousands of deaths. Current estimates suggest that as many as 14,000 people have been killed or wounded, overwhelmingly attributed to the coalition’s airstrikes.

Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East that imports a vast majority of its food and medical supplies, has reported 1 million cases of cholera and is on the brink of starvation. Millions more have fled the violence internally.

The U.S. and its allies have played a major role in Yemen by assisting Saudi aircraft in refueling, providing intelligence, and selling billions in arms and military equipment.

In May, Trump signed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia that included military equipment to be deployed in Yemen.

De persoon en de mens “Maria”, de moeder van Jezus, is vaak onderbelicht in de protestantse traditie.

Dat dit als oorzaak heeft dat de figuur van Maria overbelicht werd en nog steeds is in de R.K. traditie is daar natuurlijk de oorzaak van. (Red. Boinnk) 

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During this Christmas season, how should we deal with Mary, the mother of Jesus? Should she be worshiped or respected? Adored or ignored? Magnified or belittled?

For a fresh, fascinating, and biblical viewpoint, I was delighted to interview on Christ in Prophecy Pastor Glenn Meredith of the Brookhaven Church located in McKinney, Texas. Glenn is one of the most anointed and gifted preachers I have ever encountered, and so I am sure you will be challenged by the answers he gave to these questions concerning the adoration of Mary.

Why has Mary been so ignored in the the Protestant world?

Glenn Meredith: Those of us who have grown up as Evangelical Protestant Christians have seen what we would perceive as the abuse and overemphasis of Mary by the Catholic Church and other denominations. But, I also think that too often times we Protestants have underemphasized her importance as well. It is to our detriment, because Mary is an incredible woman of God and is a person who should be honored. As the Bible says, we should give honor to whom honor is due. We have failed in that regard.

Dr. Reagan: In fact, Mary is one of the few people in the Word of God who is referred to as a righteous person. The Bible also refers to people like Noah and Job as being righteous. Cornelius is referred to as a righteous person, even though he was lost and needed a Savior. Mary stands out in the Bible as one of the very few referred to in that way.

Glenn Meredith: Protestants have overreacted to Catholics placing too high an emphasis on Mary and so have missed what an incredible example of faith she portrayed. She was a person who yielded to the Lord. Mary exhibited a person who walks by faith. She lived out what God can do with a person who is willing to obey the Lord. And, Mary was a young person who really knew the Word of God.

Dr. Reagan: Most people are not aware of the fact that at the time that Mary lived, the age of marriage was around 13 years old or so. As soon as a girl went through puberty in that culture, she was considered at an eligible age for marriage. She would have been a young woman at the time the Nativity story took place. Despite her youth, Mary demonstrated incredible faith.

Glenn Meredith: Yes, Mary’s obedient response to God stands out as an incredible example for us all to emulate.

Should Protestants place more of an emphasis on Mary?

Dr. Reagan: The cover of the March 2005 edition of Time magazine reads, “Hail, Mary! Catholics have long revered her, but now Protestants are finding their own reasons to celebrate the mother of Jesus.” What are some reasons why we as Protestants should be putting some emphasis on Mary?

Glenn Meredith: For one, Mary is a wonderful example of a person who makes their life available to Jesus Christ. She was willing to trust His plan for her life, as should we. Maybe someone struggles with whether or not they can trust God with their life. They may already have a plan for their life, and they’ve got their own dreams, along with their own direction they want to travel. And yet, they know God wants them to travel along another direction, and are struggling with that reality. Well, Mary is a phenomenal example of a person who entrusts themselves to the Lord and looks openly to learn what God will do through her life.

Dr. Reagan: What a tremendous trust Mary demonstrated! Here’s a girl who’s probably 13-14 years old. She is legally married under the Jewish system, being betrothed, and that was considered to be legally binding, although the marriage wouldn’t be consummated for some nine months. A waiting period had to be endured before the betrothed could actually have sexual relations with her husband.

So, here’s this young girl who is approached by an angel, and he tells her that she is going to become the mother of the Messiah. Mary learns she is going to become pregnant. She must know immediately what that would mean in her First Century society. Total disgrace! Mary could be stoned to death as an adulteress. And yet, she says basically, “Here am I. Do with me as you please.”

Glenn Meredith: During this betrothal period, Mary had been diligently preparing for that day when she finally moves in and lives with Joseph. She’s making her plans, as any young bride would do. She is excited, no doubt, about her future. She believes her life is all mapped out. She thinks she’s going to live in Nazareth, raise a family, and so forth. And then, all of a sudden, the angel shows up and everything drastically changes for her. The angel tells her she’s going to birth the Messiah. The Messiah! Young Mary suddenly is faced with a very difficult decision. To go through this would most certainly mean she was going to perhaps lose Joseph, her reputation, and her security for the future. Her family could even disown her. Joseph could legally kill her even.

And yet, as young as Mary was — 13-14 years old — her response was absolutely amazing! In Luke 1:38 she says, “Behold, the bond slave of the Lord, be it done to me according to your word.”

Wow! What a contrast between her response to how Zacharias had responded just six months or so beforehand when he responded in disbelief. This young girl responds in tremendous faith. Mary stands out as a wonderful example of trust in the Lord. She says in Luke 1:38, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”

Once Mary has placed her trust in God, we then witness throughout the Gospels how beautifully God begins to work through her life. To me, Mary is such an encouragement.

How can mankind be reconciled with God?

Dr. Reagan: The Bible tells us that all of us have fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). That means everyone needs to be reconciled to God our Creator.

Glenn Meredith: An angel revealed to Joseph that he would call the baby’s name Jesus, for He would save His people from their sins. A heavenly host of angels later appeared to the local shepherds and they shouted, “I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Lk. 2:8-20). This Savior will save His people from their sins.

Because of that great sacrifice of Jesus the Savior on the cross, today if you would admit that you are a sinner and that you need salvation, then you will be rescued from the penalty of your sins, which is eternal death. The Bible has declared to us that the only Savior is Jesus Christ. He died on the cross for your sins, was buried in a tomb, and three days later rose again from the dead, all so that you may be saved from your sins. The Bible tells us that anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

So, if you have faith, then today cry out to Jesus Christ and pray, “Dear, Lord Jesus, please save me from my sins and be my Lord and Savior.” And Jesus will do just that.

For the full interview, watch Christ in Prophecy!