Western Wall Prayers for Rain Answered

Prayers for rain offered up by thousands of Jews at the Western Wall on Thursday had an effect as desperately needed rain fell, raising the level of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) one centimeter.

Israel has suffered five dry years in a row, causing the worst drought in 40 years. The country has received just 45 percent of its multiyear average rainfall for September through November, and with only two light rainfalls in December.

This dire situation has led to emergency measures, both spiritual and physical. At the behest of Chief Rabbi David Lau three weeks ago, Jews and Christians around the world began adding special prayers for rain.

Last Thursday, thousands answered Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel’s call for a special prayer session at the Western Wall.

“I call on the public to participate in this event on the 10th of Tevet,” Ariel said when announcing the event earlier this week, “and to bring umbrellas because together we will tear open the gates of Heaven.”

The prayers were led by the chief rabbis of Israel, Rabbi David Lau and Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, along with other prominent rabbis.

The prayers were answered quickly. Israel’s Water Authority announced on Monday morning that approximately one inch of rain fell overnight in Israel’s Golan and Upper Galilee regions.

As a result of the blessing, the Kinneret’s water level rose .4 inches, bringing it to four and a half feet from the lower red line and eighteen feet from the lake’s maximum capacity.

Approximately six inches of snow gathered on Mount Hermon’s upper slopes, and three inches fell on the mountain’s lower slopes.


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Evolutionary Scientists Retract Groundbreaking Results, Leaving Hole in Theory

A Harvard biologist published a paper three weeks ago recanting a previous article and admitting that his preconceived beliefs led him to faulty conclusions, leaving him with a gaping hole in his findings that current evolutionary theories simply cannot explain.

In a 2016 paper published in Nature Chemistry, Jack Szostak, a Nobel Prize laureate and  Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, made a discovery he labeled a “synthetic tour de force”. He claimed that he had discovered a way for ribonucleic acid (RNA) to replicate itself. His discovery was a powerful proof for the evolutionary model of the beginning of life.

Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is necessary for the production of enzymes so it is an essential element for all forms of life. Evolutionary theory states that RNA was among the first molecules to develop and that RNA had to exist for life to exist. RNA, as it is found in cells today, is a complex and unstable molecule requiring its own enzymes to reproduce. For the first RNA to develop at a pre-biotic stage in world history, it would need to be self-reproducing, existing without these enzymes already in place.

Solving this RNA puzzle, identical to the riddle of the chicken and the egg, is so essential to the evolutionary model that researchers have been working on it for over 50 years.

Szostak claimed to have facilitated RNA self-replication in his lab without these enzymes, proving that RNA could fit into the evolutionary model and did not spontaneously appear. His experiment involved combining elements believed to have existed in the primal earth environment, including heating, water and phosphates, and irradiating the result. These laboratory conditions are intended to resemble those of the life-originating “warm little pond” hypothesized by Charles Darwin, who theorized that the pond “evaporated, got heated, and then it rained and the sun shone.”

“Ribonucleotides are simply an expression of the fundamental principles of organic chemistry,” said organic chemist John Sutherland of the University of Manchester, co-author of the original study. “They’re doing it unwittingly. The instructions for them to do it are inherent in the structure of the precursor materials. And if they can self-assemble so easily, perhaps they shouldn’t be viewed as complicated.”

It appears that the origins of life on earth are a bit more complicated than the researchers believed. Earlier this month, Tivoli Olsen, a colleague, tried to replicate Szostak’s results but could not. Szostak admitted that his results were inconclusive.

“In retrospect, we were totally blinded by our belief [in our findings] … we were not as careful or rigorous as we should have been (and as Tivoli was) in interpreting these experiments,” Szostak told Retraction Watch.

Without being able to produce RNA in the laboratory in the absence of the necessary enzymes, the ‘warm little pond’ theory of the origin of life does not work. The chemical processes produced in the lab did not, in fact, produce the building blocks necessary for life.

Szostak said that he plans to continue working to unravel “the problem of chemically replicating RNA:”

“Although we are disappointed that that approach does not work, we are going back to the drawing board and looking into other ways of overcoming this roadblock,” Szotak said.

Dr. Gerald Schroeder, an Orthodox Jewish physicist, explained the difficulties presented by the RNA puzzle for the evolutionary theory of the origins of life.

“RNA is phenomenally unstable and it would not last long enough for the myriad of possible chance interactions of molecules to produce similar to life and cells,” Dr. Schroeder told Breaking Israel News. “The RNA would be long gone. DNA is the genetic library but RNA is the workhorse that makes life possible.”

“Evolutionary science has not proven anything about the origins of life,” Dr. Schroeder said. “For sustaining life, the earth is the perfect platform. The origin is an entirely different question.”

Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/100123/evolutionary-scientists-retract-groundbreaking-results-leaving-hole-theory/#3bLeqe5wG2rL2GVS.99


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Israeli Jews open synagogue beneath Temple Mount

Orthodox Jews Temple Mount

Israeli authorities have unveiled a new synagogue in Jerusalem underneath the Temple Mount that is now open for prayer after 12 years of construction and an investment of $50 million.

The significance of the new Jewish worship center placed beneath the foundation of the holy site is of biblical proportions.

“[I]t is located directly under the Western Wall, where Jews have gathered for centuries to pray at the retaining wall for the Temple Mount,” WND reported.

A bridge between history and the future unveiled

The grand opening of the synagogue took place a week before Christmas after the traditional Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall plaza.

“The synagogue – which was funded by donations from the Delek Foundation and Delek Group owner Yitzhak Tshuva – is deep inside the complex, adjacent to the area above which the ancient Jewish temples stood on the Temple Mount, and the inner sanctum of the Holy of Holies, in particular,” The Jerusalem Post explained. “The subterranean synagogue has a dramatic feel to it, with low-arched ceilings and walls of ancient stones on all sides, and a unique spherical, metal ark to house Torah scrolls.”

Visitors find themselves immersed in the imagery and words of millennia past.

“The ark’s walls are formed from the words of the ‘Shema Yisrael’ prayer and the biblical book of the Song of Songs cast in metal and running the entire circumference of the sphere, topped by a cast metal sculpture of the burning bush,” the Post’s Jeremy Sharon described.

Regulations on prayer in the underground synagogue are slated to be published by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation (WWHF), which invites all who want to learn more about God’s people and Jewish history.

“[The new synagogue] will be open to anyone who desires to study and connect,” WWHF informed.

The foundation, which is an Israeli government body, describes the newly unveiled Jewish house of worship as a balance between the past and present.

“The unique design of the prayer hall combines rare art and unique lighting, creating a wonderful contrast between ancient and modern,” WWHF announced in a statement, according to WND.

In addition to Scripture on the walls and the sculpture of the burning bush that Moses witnessed – as described in the Old Testament – many components inside the synagogue are designed to replicate the worship atmosphere described in the Bible that took place in ancient Jerusalem.

“In the new synagogue, the bimah, or altar, and seating are made of wood,” WND reported. “The synagogue features dozens of elegant benches, arranged in separate men’s and women’s sections.”

For those familiar with the cityscape of Jerusalem, the new synagogue is situated not far from the Dome of the Rock – the golden structure also know as the Islamic Al-Aqsa Mosque, which could possibly be standing above a future Jewish Temple.

“In a related development, Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev has suggested the government allocate another $50 million to explore the foundations Temple beneath Muslim Al-Aqsa Mosque,” WND noted.

Familiar tension

The subterranean synagogue was not built without protest.

“In recent years, Islamic institutions in East Jerusalem have lodged repeated protests over excavations being carried out by the Israeli authorities under the flashpoint mosque compound,” The Middle East Monitor reported.

The head of Jerusalem’s Supreme Islamic Council, Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, who is also a former imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, made the unbiblical claim that the so-called ”Al-Buraq Wall” – underneath which the new synagogue was built – was a component of the Western Wall where Al-Aqsa Mosque is located.

“The wall is part of our Islamic heritage and will remain so until Judgment Day,” Sabri insisted, according to the Monitor. “The Israeli occupation has no claim on Jerusalem’s heritage. This new synagogue … doesn’t have any historical roots. All new construction by the [Israeli] occupation authorities in Jerusalem is illegitimate and lacks a historical basis … [and the holy city] cannot be partitioned.”

Keeping true to its anti-Semitic policies, the United Nations declared the Dome of the Rock standing atop Jerusalem’s Temple Mount as an Islamic historical site and designated it as a place of worship for Muslims.

“In October 2016, UNSECO voted on a resolution which denied any Jewish connection to Al-Aqsa Mosque and Al-Buraq Wall in occupied Jerusalem,” the Monitor recounted.

Israel’s effort to reclaim the land that God has clearly given them – as stated in Scripture – has been backed by President Donald Trump, who has been targeted with harsh opposition by the global community after his highly contested decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Tension has mounted in the occupied territories since U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6, drawing condemnation from across the world,” the Monitor noted. “[On December 18], United Nationals Security Council voted 14 to one against Trump’s decision. However, due to the U.S. power of veto, a resolution could not be passed against his unilateral move.”

 


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Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2017

Each year, on an almost daily basis, archaeological discoveries help us better understand the Bible and affirm its details about people, events, and culture.

Below are the top excavation findings reported in 2017 which have increased our knowledge of the biblical world and the early history of Christianity.

10) Pagan center discovered at Hippos/Sussita

A theater and bath house complex discovered at Hippos/Sussita, overlooking the Sea of Galilee, was part of a pagan cult site. As part of the Decapolis—the pagan Roman cities mentioned in the gospels—Hippos/Sussita was not a focus of Jesus’ ministry, but many of its people were likely a part of his audiences (Matthew 4:25). The existence of this cultic center was first suggested by the discovery of a mask of the Roman god Pan in 2015.

9) Byzantine church mosaics found

Mosaic inscriptions found in the remains of churches excavated at the site of Byzantine villages in the Galilee give new evidence for the spread of Christianity in the region

after the religion’s formal adoption by the Byzantine Empire in A.D. 380. The mosaics date to the fourth and fifth centuries. One includes the mention of a woman who was a donor to the church construction—clear evidence for the prominent role of women in the history of the early church. Then just last week, the discovery of another was announced, drawing more attention to how Christianity spread.

8) Augustus temple altar at Caesarea

Recent excavations at Caesarea Maritima found the base of an altar that stood near the entrance of a temple dedicated to Augustus Caesar that was built by King Herod. The historian Josephus reported that the temple, built high to overlook the harbor, contained a gigantic statue of Augustus and a statue of Roma. Beneath the level of the altar, archaeologists found two large halls and the remains of a large staircase similar in construction to the architecture around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. A church was later built on the site of the temple during the Byzantine period. (Archaeologists are re-excavating the entrance area to Caesarea as part of a large renovation to make it into a much larger attraction, including the restoration of its 2,000-year-old synagogue.)

7) Merneptah’s destruction of Gezer

Ten years of archaeology at Tel Gezer wrapped up in 2017. Archaeologists Steven Ortiz of Southwestern Baptist Seminary and Sam Wolff of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reported a clear sequence of occupations and destructions dating from the time of the Egyptian pharaoh Merneptah (13th century B.C.) to the Assyrian conquest (eighth century B.C.). The Merneptah destruction affirms the inscription on the Merneptah stele in the Cairo Museum, which states: “Gezer has been captured; Yano’am is made non-existent. Israel is laid waste and his seed is not.” Another destruction level corresponds to the biblical account of a pharaoh who captured the city and gave it as dowry for his daughter, who became one of King Solomon’s wives (1 Kings 9:16).

6) 12th Dead Sea Scrolls cave confirmed

Seventy years after the first discovery of Dead Sea Scrolls in caves overlooking the famous body of water, archaeologists identified one more cave where scroll materials had been stored. A careful reinvestigation of Qumran Cave No. 53 by a team led by Randall Price of Liberty University and Oren Gutfeld of Hebrew University found broken pottery of the type that had been used to store scrolls. In the remains of one pot, they found a scrap of rolled papyrus but with no writing on it. The archaeologists also found 1950s-era pickaxes in the back of the cave, indicating it had been looted many years ago.

5) Seal impressions and tower redating in City of David

The City of David, the oldest area of Jerusalem, continues to reveal new details of life in biblical times. In September, the IAA exhibited for the first time a collection of clay seal impressions (known as bullae) which came from various excavations. The clay sealings date from roughly the time of King Hezekiah (700 B.C.) to the end of the Judean monarchy (586 B.C.). One of the sealings bears the name of Achiav ben Menachem, which suggests a connection to two kings of the northern kingdom: Ahab and Menachem. Archaeologists believe this is evidence that refugees from the northern kingdom of Israel found their way into senior positions in the southern kingdom of Judea.

Meanwhile, a tower guarding the Gihon spring in the Kidron Valley may not be as old as archaeologists had believed. When originally excavated a number of years ago, it was dated to the Canaanite period, 1700 B.C., because of pottery and other findings. But an analysis of organic matter by the Weizmann Institute of Science suggests construction around 800–900 B.C., during the Judean Kingdom period.

4) Timna copper camp dated to time of David and Solomon

For several decades, some Bible scholars have suggested that a lack of convincing archaeological evidence raises doubts about the significance of the reign of the Old Testament kings David and Solomon. But the evidence to support a powerful 10th century B.C. centralized authority based in Jerusalem has been piling up. This year, archaeologists from Tel Aviv University announced results on tests of donkey dung discovered at Timna, a site of ancient copper mines along the Rift Valley in southern Israel. The animal waste was 3,000 years old, and the donkeys’ diet indicated that their feed came from near Jerusalem—another example of centralized power at the time of David and Solomon.

3) Rethinking the identity of Bethsaida

Hometown to three of the apostles (Peter, Andrew, and Philip), Bethsaida is believed to have been located just east of the outlet of the Jordan River into the northern Sea of Galilee. But its precise location has eluded Bible scholars. Archaeologist Rami Arav of the University of Nebraska–Omaha maintains Bethsaida was located at et-Tell, a site he has been excavating since 1987. But its distance—two kilometers from the current shore of the lake—has always raised questions about that identification. This year, a team led by archaeologist Mordechai Aviam of Kinneret College discovered remains of a Roman-era bathhouse at el-Araj, much closer to the shore. Neither site is convincingly identified as Bethsaida at this point; other archaeologists have weighed in to support each side.

2) A relic from the temple that Jesus knew

Solomon’s portico, the double colonnade that surrounded the temple built by Herod, came into a little sharper focus this year with the discovery of an ornamental capitalfrom one of the tops of the columns. Discovered by the Temple Mount Sifting Project, the capital—an architectural feature which mediates between a column and the load it bears—indicates that the 41-foot column had a circumference of 30 inches at its top. Jesus is recorded visiting Solomon’s portico during the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah) in John 10:23, and the early church used it as a meeting place (Acts 3:11, 5:12).

1) Small Roman theater found next to the Temple Mount’s Western Wall

Although this may not be the Jerusalem Roman theater described by the Jewish historian Josephus, it is the first example of a Roman public building discovered in Jerusalem. Its discovery highlights the centrality of the Temple Mount in Jewish history and Roman control of the Jewish holy city. The theater was discovered at the bottom of eight excavated courses of Western Wall stones, 26 feet below Warrens Arch and the current level of the Western Wall plaza. Smaller than the typical Roman theaters seen today at Caesarea and Betshean, this theater could seat about 200 people. It may have been meant for entertainment, or perhaps for government meetings. Its date has not been precisely determined, but IAA archaeologists believe that its construction was halted before it was finished and put into use—perhaps by the beginning of the Bar Kochba revolt, about 100 years after the time of Christ.

Bonus Item: New dating for the tomb of Jesus

A final note on recent news about last year’s top item: The National Geographic-sponsored renovation of the traditional tomb of Jesus at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem has offered new evidence that confirms the tradition linked to the site. Mortar recovered during last year’s renovation was dated to as early as A.D. 345, using a scientific process called optically stimulated luminescence. That supports the traditional dating of the construction of the first Church of the Holy Sepulchre, to mark the tomb of Christ, during the reign of the Roman emperor Constantine.


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New Year Supermoon Ushering in God-Based Feminism Necessary for Messiah

“And on your joyous occasions—your fixed festivals and new moon days—you shall sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and your sacrifices of well-being. They shall be a reminder of you before your God: I, Hashem, am your God.” Numbers 10:10 (The Israel Bible™)

The first night of the New Year will feature a full-fledged supermoon, the second in a series of three that will be the largest supermoon of 2018, a phenomenon which, in Jewish mysticism, embodies a process of God-based feminism based in Genesis which is, according to Jewish mysticism, a necessary component in bringing the Messiah.

supermoon occurs when the moon is at the part of its elliptical orbit that brings it closer to Earth, appearing up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than when it is viewed at its furthest point. On the night of January 1st, the moon will be at its closest point of the entire year.

Sara Yehudit Schneider, an author and director of A Still Small Voice Torah teaching institution, believes the appearance of a larger-than-normal moon is a necessary precursor to the Messianic era. Though a supermoon is a purely astronomical appearance, it embodies a God-based feminism that was hinted at in the Story of Creation and the moon’s phases are a constant reminder of mankind’s Messianic mission.

“There is an aspect of the geula (redemption) process is a repairing of the moon, which basically means the rising of the feminine,” Schneider told Breaking Israel News. “In Jewish symbology, the masculine archetype conflates with the sun and the feminine with the moon.”

As the basis for her claim, Schneider cited the Talmud (Hulin 60b). The Talmud discusses the seeming contradiction in the verse describing the creation of the sun and the moon.

Hashem made the two great lights, the greater light to dominate the day and the lesser light to dominate the night, and the stars. Genesis 1:16

Though initially described in equal terms, the verse then noted the sun and the moon were not equal, with the sun being called the “greater light” and the moon the “lesser light”. The Talmud explains that when God created the sun and the moon they were equal in every manner, including size and intensity. The moon complained, saying, “Two kings cannot share one crown.” God agreed and made the moon shine less intensely, compensating the moon by commanding Israel to set the calendar by its cycles.

“The moon was diminished as part of the creation, surrendering her throne,” Schneider explained. “The rest of history, from Creation to Messiah, is the moon reattaining her fullness of stature. The bliss of the messianic era is when the masculine and feminine meet face-to-face, completely equal, as represented by the Cherubim on the ark of the covenant.”

“Our messianic goal is for the ‘he’ and ‘she’ to become completely equal,” Schneider said. “The feminine polarity, or shechina (divine presence), is that aspect of the universe that is engaged in a dynamic moving towards perfection, represented by the moon. The masculine is represented by the sun, completeness in a state of unwavering perfection. All of creation has an aspect of feminine and is moving towards a sun-like completeness.”

“To do this, the sun and the moon need to be completely equal, but they aren’t which is why the solar and lunar calendar are out of sync,” Schneider said. “Though the lunar cycle appears circular, returning to the same point each month, each ascent to fullness leaves a trace of growth, bringing us closer to completion and Moshiach (Messiah).”

Schneider emphasized that modern feminism is not intentionally moving towards Messiah but it serves a necessary and holy function nonetheless.

“So many things that are necessary for the Messianic process can be done with a pure God-centered intention or a non-God-centered intention,” Schneider said. “That applies to feminism as well. It is true that if we are not keeping up the pace, if there are changes and transitions that need to happen and the God-conscious folks aren’t getting to work and fulfilling their responsibilities, Hashem will get people to push things through even without the correct intention.”

“One of the distinguishing features of the feminine that is necessary for the messianic age is the collapsing of hierarchy when everyone will be unique and equally the most beloved to Hashem” Schneider concluded.

The night following the first full moon of the month will see the Quadrantid meteor shower light up the skies, although the moon’s bright glare will make it more difficult to spot.

The final supermoon of the trio will arrive on January 31. It is also a ‘Blue Moon’, so called because it is the second full moon in a single calendar month. On average, Blue Moons happen every two and a half years. This full moon will also be a blood moon. The moon’s appearance will change during the eclipse, gradually getting darker and taking on a rusty or blood red color, making the astronomical spectacle a super Blue ‘Blood Moon.’


 

Top 10 Prophetic Natural Phenomena of 2017

“Yea, you shall leave in joy and be led home secure. Before you, mount and hill shall shout aloud, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12 (The Israel Bible™)

Divine will is often expressed through natural means and 2017 was an exceptional year, marked by several major hurricanes, earthquakes, and a rare solar eclipse. Most (though not all) of these events could be explained by scientists but a deeper look into their prophetic significance gives a different perspective.

 

1. 100-Year-Old Jewish Prophecy Predicts Solar Eclipse Portends Destruction of North Korea

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A solar eclipse seen from space, with elements furnished from NASA. (Shutterstock)

A prophecy in a 100-year-old book of Jewish mysticism prophesied that a solar eclipse would usher in powerful storms and signal disaster for “Kings of the East”. A prominent Jerusalem rabbi identified Kim Jong Un, the despotic leader of North Korea, as one of those kings.

 

2. Did Solar Eclipse Bring Hurricane Harvey? Eclipse Rabbis Point to Prophecy Fulfilled

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A satellite image of Hurricane Harvey making landfall in Texas. (Twitter/National Weather Service San Antonio)

The path of totality of the rare total eclipse passed over the entirety of the US before going out to sea and touching on a trio of minor storm systems. These systems developed into Harvey, Irma, and Jose, three storms that devastated the US and Caribbean in precisely the manner described in the prophecy.

 

3. Rabbi: Incredibly Rare 9-Hour Rainbow in Taiwan ‘Sign of Our Dangerous Times’

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The post-flood sign of God’s promise to Noah was replayed when a rainbow was observed in the skies over Taiwan for an astounding nine hours. Though God promised never to use a flood to destroy the world again, one rabbi understood this sign as a message specifically for our generation, which has a god-like power of global destruction.

 

4. ‘Year of Earthquakes’ Caused By Man’s Immorality, But Will End After Messiah: Rabbi

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This year was also marked by drastically increased seismic activity around the globe, including three catastrophic earthquakes in Mexico, another deadly earthquake in Iraq, and thousands of tremors at the Yellowstone Caldera.

 

5. Spectacular Geminid Meteor Shower Signals Messiah’s Approach: Mystic Rabbi

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The whole world looked to the heavens as spectacular meteor shower hovered above the entire globe, signaling a close proximity pass of a huge asteroid. These astronomical phenomena were specifically described in Jewish mystical sources as accompanying the arrival of the Messiah.

6. Freak Hail Storm Brings Seventh Plague to Argentinian Heartland

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Massive hailstones fall into the sea in Argentina during the storm, Thursday, October 27, 2017. (Screenshot)

The seventh plague that hit Egypt before the Exodus was recreated in Argentina as a freak hailstorm literally buried people in their cars under five feet of ice. Though the Argentinian version of the plague lacked the miraculous mixture of fire and ice, it was still remarkably destructive.

 

7. Prophesied Sounds of Messiah Heard Around World in Mysterious ‘Booms’

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In one week, strange ‘booms’ terrified residents and left experts scratching their heads. Heard across the US and in Europe, these powerful sounds registered on scientific instruments but there remains no explanation for them. In several places, these sounds were accompanied by fireballs tracking across the sky. Though scientists remain baffled, Biblical scholars understand the signs as those described by the prophets.

 

8. WATCH: Hurricane Irma Recreates Splitting of Red Sea in Florida and Bahamas

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The winds of Hurricane Irma drove back the ocean from the shores, leaving miles of dry land. (Screenshot)

A hint of the Exodus revealed itself in Florida as Hurricane Irma caused a section of the ocean to recede, leaving a swath of dry land wide enough for a nation to walk upon. Boats were left high-and-dry and marine mammals were stranded but the amazing scene remained long enough for bystanders to be amazed by the glorious sight.

 

9. Locust ‘Plague’ of Biblical Proportions Strikes Across Globe [WATCH]

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Desert locusts feast on grass. (Shutterstock)

Despite man’s best technological efforts, swarms of locusts still appear, plaguing modern farmers just as they did Egyptian farmers in Biblical times. Clouds of the voracious flying insects covered wide areas in Russia creating bizarre scenes in which desperate farmers went out to catch the insects in nets. Trinidad was struck by locusts, though local experts still have no idea where the bugs came from.

10. Ghana River Turns Blood-Red Preceding Local Exodus Festival [WATCH]

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The Nsukwao River in Ghana turns blood red (Photo via Twitter Strange Sounds)

Residents of this town in Ghana were shocked when their idyllic river, an essential source of their livelihood, turned blood red overnight. The significance of the scene was not lost on them as it preceeded a local festival commemorating their tribal exodus.


 

U.N. votes to condemn U.S. recognition of Jerusalem

Why does the UN Building resemble the Tower of Babel?

 Despite President Donald Trump’s threat to cut off U.S. funding to countries that oppose his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the vast majority of U.N. countries voted in favor of such a resolution on Thursday.

A total of 128 nations voted to support the resolution that condemned the U.S. for its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and its decision to eventually move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Nine nations, including the United States and Israel, voted against the resolution; 35 nations abstained from voting, and 21 delegations were absent. (See vote by nation)

The Trump administration launched a massive lobbying campaign, which included letters sent from U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley to over 180 countries warning that the U.S. would be taking names of those who voted against Trump’s decision.

But when it came to the vote, major U.S. aid recipients including Egypt, Afghanistan and Iraq ignored Trump’s threat and supported the resolution.

The nine countries voting “no” were the U.S., Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands and Togo. Among the notable abstentions were Australia, Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic and Mexico.

It is also noteworthy that 21 of the 193 U.N. member states were absent for the vote including Kenya, Georgia and Ukraine which have close U.S. ties.

Trump’s threat to cut off U.S. aid raised the stakes in Thursday’s U.N. vote and sparked criticism at his tactics, which one Muslim group called bullying or blackmail.

At the start of the emergency General Assembly meeting ahead of the vote, representatives of Arab, Islamic and non-aligned nations rejected his threat and urged a “yes” vote against the U.S. unilateral decision on Jerusalem.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, who flew to New York for the meeting, called the U.S. action “an aggression on the status of Jerusalem” and said “those who want peace must vote for peace today.”

Trump told reporters on Wednesday that Americans are tired of being taken advantage of by countries that take hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars, and then vote against the United States. He said he will be watching Thursday’s vote: “Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.”

Haley echoed his words in her speech to the packed assembly chamber, threatening not only the 193 U.N. member states with funding cuts, but the United Nations itself if the world body approves the resolution declaring Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem “null and void.”

“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very right of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” she said.

The vote will make no difference on U.S. plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem, Haley said, but it “will make a difference on how Americans look at the U.N., and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the U.N., and this vote will be remembered.”

Yemen’s U.N. Khaled Hussein Mohamed Alyemany, whose country chairs the Arab Group at the United Nations, introduced the resolution and urged all “peace-loving countries” to vote in favor of it.

He called Trump’s action “a blatant violation of the rights of the Palestinian people and the Arab nations, and all Muslims and Christians of the world,” and “a dangerous violation and breach of international law.”

It threatens peace in the world, undermines any chance for peace in the Mideast, “and only serves to fan the fires of violence and extremism,” Alyemany warned.

Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, tweeted after Trump’s comments: “Our government should not use its leadership at the UN to bully/blackmail other nations that stand for religious liberty and justice in Jerusalem. Justice is a core value of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.”

Israel’s prime minister says he completely rejects the “preposterous” U.N. resolution declaring the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as “null and void.”

Benjamin Netanyahu says in a video posted to Facebook that Jerusalem “always was, always will be” Israel’s capital. He also says he appreciates that “a growing number of countries refuse to participate in this theater of the absurd.”

Netanyahu is thanking President Donald Trump for his “stalwart defense of Israel.”

Trump’s declaration on Dec. 6 departed from decades of U.S. policy, and international consensus, that the fate of Jerusalem should be decided through negotiations.

Jerusalem lies at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel sees the city as its undivided capital.


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Biblical city thought to be destroyed by quake 1,400 years ago uncovered in new underwater excavations

Archaeologists have found the Biblical city of Corinth which was thought to be destroyed by a massive earthquake in the sixth or early seventh century A.D.

The underwater excavations conducted by Greek and Danish archaeologists have uncovered traces of Roman engineering and ancient buildings at the ancient Corinth port of Lechaion, which was previously one of two ports that connected the city to Mediterranean trade networks.

“For almost two decades I have been hunting for the perfect archaeological context where all the organic material normally not found on land is preserved. The potential for more unique discoveries is mind blowing,” Bjørn Lovén, the director of the excavation project, said according to Express.

The ancient Greek city holds significance for Christians as the apostle Paul was believed to have visited it while it was under Roman rule. He had also penned two letters that are now part of the Bible’s New Testament as the books of 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians.

Corinth rose to prominence under the ancient Greeks, and it was sacked by the Romans in 146 B.C. It was left in ruins for more than 100 years before it was rebuilt by Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.

The excavations in the area began in 2015 as part of the Lechaion Harbour Project (LHP), which is a collaboration of the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities in Greece, the Danish Institute of Athens and the University of Copenhagen.

The archaeologists found what they believed to be the remains of an ancient lighthouse which was depicted on coins from that time. Experts also uncovered rubble from another monument, but they have been unable to confirm its exact purpose. Archaeologists have speculated that it could be a religious sanctuary, the base of a large statue or a customs office.

“The island monument was destroyed by an earthquake between 50 and 125 AD. It may well be the first evidence of the earthquake of circa AD 70 under the emperor Vespasian mentioned in ancient literary sources,” said Guy Sanders, who previously lead projects at Corinth.

A massive earthquake struck the port of Lechaion in the sixth or early seventh century A.D., but wooden foundations in the area were well preserved in addition to other artifacts, such as fishing lines and hooks, ceramics and wooden pulleys.

It was once thought that the quake had destroyed the city, but it may have helped preserve the artifacts by covering them in layers of sediment.

The experts were able to discover a new harbor basin after mapping the coastal changes in the area using core drilling and drone surveys. A sediment study is revealing how the harbor silted over time and which part of it would have been accessible in different periods.

According to The Guardian, the excavations will continue next year and it is expected to reveal more details about ancient engineering. The project was funded by Her Majesty the Queen Margrethe II’s Archaeological Foundation, Augustinus Foundation, and Carlsberg Foundation.


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Arab Girls Who Taunted Helpless IDF Soldiers Arrested, Soldiers Investigated

The IDF delusional rules of engagement governing encounters between soldiers and a hostile Arab population often result in injury to the soldiers, who are terrified of the disciplinary action they would sustain should they use force to defend themselves.

In this case, the soldiers, who last Friday were taunted, shoved and kicked by Arab girls in Nabi Saleh, outside Ramallah – are also going up on charges because of their humiliation—made public by a Facebook post. As usual, the generals who write the debilitating rules of engagement get to punish their confused (and battered) underlings.

On Tuesday morning, Border Policewomen arrested Ahad Tamimi, a teenage girl from in Nabi Saleh who led the beatings of those innocent IDF soldiers.

They also confiscated five mobile phones, cameras, sim cards and laptops. According to Arab sources, the Israeli law enforcement folks entered the village in ten jeeps and carried out the arrest without resistance.


“Warning!” wrote the post author, “the Shadow,” a notoriously abrasive, rightwing working class hero, “If you do not want your day to be ruined, do not press Play.”

“I assure you, you are about to be shocked,” the post continued. “I have never seen impotence on this level, it looks like a castrated army. I have never before prayed so hard to see the butt of a gun hitting a person’s face.
The soldier and the officer could have solved this problem with an 80 shekel pepper spray.”

He then added: “For anyone who does not recognize them – these are the Tamimi girls from Nabi Saleh.”

The Tamimi girls from Nabi Saleh are the nasty teenage daughters of a privileged Fatah family who for several years have been taking advantage of the IDF’s reluctance to perform its law enforcement duty in front of the rolling cameras, creating the perfect stage for these girls to kick, bite, and spit at helpless Israeli soldiers who much prefer to take the beating than to face a military court for violating the IDF commandment of “Thou shall not raise your hand to defend yourself against crazed and violent Arab children in front of a camera.”

An initial investigation conducted by the battalion commander on Friday concluded that the commander of the humiliated IDF force acted professionally by not being dragged into using violence. However, the battalion commander continued, they should have arrested the girls, because they used physical violence and because they tried to interfere with the soldiers’ performance of their mission.

Crazymaking is defined as a form of psychological attack on an individual through offering them contradictory alternatives and criticizing them for choosing either. Praising his soldiers for not using violence while criticizing them for not using violence certainly adds this battalion commander to a long list of IDF commanders who are themselves the victims of crazymaking rules of engagement and then abuse their subordinates with the same treatment.


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Defense Minister at Gaza Border: Zero Tolerance for Rocket ‘Drizzle’

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Tuesday morning toured the IDF Re’im base near the Gaza Strip border and praised the “optimism and good mood” of the local residents of the Gaza vicinity. Referring to the barrage of between 30 and 40 rockets that had hit the Jewish settlements in the area, Liberman said, “We will not tolerate any drizzle [of rockets] … We know what to do, how to do it and especially when to do it”

He added that “the drizzle did not last, as you’ve noticed, we’ve had a completely calm day.”

Pointing to the connection between President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the sharp increase in rocket attacks from Gaza against Israeli settlements, the defense minister commented: “It was clear to us that the announcement by the US president would come with a price – and I repeat, we are willing to pay any price.”

“That statement is important,” he reiterated, “and these things seem to have a price which is worth paying.”

Since Trump’s announcement on December 6, between 30 and 40 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip towards the Israeli border settlements. About half of them landed in the Gaza Strip, but on two occasions last week, the rockets landed in populated areas south of Ashkelon and Sderot. There were no casualties but the property was damaged.

Liberman mentioned the multiple arrests of Salafi terrorists Hamas has been carrying out in the Gaza Strip in recent days, in order to put a stop to firing the rocket – after Israel had targeted Hamas facilities for its unusually fierce retaliation. Ha’aretz earlier reported that the Salafi detainees had been subject to severe torture at the hand of Hamas security services.

Liberman expressed satisfaction at the fact that Hamas had “internalized the lesson” of the unabashed Israeli Air Force response, saying, “To my understanding, after their interrogation in Hamas’ detention, no one is going back [to firing rockets].”


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