American Express just announced a deal with Ripple related to using its blockchain technology. No longer confined to Bitcoin, blockchain technology is moving towards the mainstream. Former German Economic and later Defense Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has long been an adviser to Ripple and has plans for internationally-expanding the use of blockchain money.
The Jewish festival known as Hanukkah normally occurs in December each year. This is something that Jesus appeared to observe according to John's gospel. Do you know much about this holiday? Is the was many Jews celebrate now biblically acceptable? What does Maccabees mean? What did Antiochus Epiphanes do to the Jews?
Instead of a celebration of a separation from Rome, many celebrated the 500 anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 theses as an ecumenical time to come together. Vatican, Eastern Orthodox, and and Protestant leaders made positive comments about the 500th anniversary. When does the Bible teach Christian unity is to come about? Is the ecumenical movement good or, instead consistent with something that Jesus warned about? Are Christians to come out of spiritual Babylon and be separate?
There are problems within the European Union. Places, like Catalonia want to be independent of their nation (in the case of Catalonia, it declared independence from Spain--but Spanish King Felipe VI and the Spanish invoking of its constitutional article 155 oppose this). The European Union does is concerned that these types of separations would render the EU ungovernable.
Are super volcanoes, such as Yellowstone in the USA or various ones in New Zealand a real threat? If so, what type of threat? Are super volcano issues consistent with biblical prophecies? If so, which ones? Could the eruption of a supervolcano make the USA, New Zealand, or other lands vulnerable to takeover in the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21).
Various Europeans believe that Donald Trump has been 'warmongering' related to North Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. They believe that Europe must lead and the US President learn from Europe. Jesus spoke of a time called the "beginning of sorrows" that included wars and rumors of war, are we ...
The US dollar has been the world's primary reserve currency for decades. Is this about to change? What is going on with the Chinese yuan and oil and gold? What do the BRICS nations want? What did Venezuela do? Do the Europeans want to dislodge the US dollar as the world's primary reserve currency? Does US debt play any role?
Hurricane Harvey dropped the greatest amount of rainfall in any USA storm. Hurricane Irma was the strongest hurricane ever in the Atlantic. Hurricane Irma wiped out most of the island of Barbuda, caused a million to lose power in Puerto Rico, devastated St. Martin's, hit Cuba, and hit Florida. A news headline stated " 'Nature’s gone crazy': Winds, fire, floods and quakes plague North America." Is there any tie to prophecy? Are heavy winds and rains discussed in the Bible?
Russian President Vladimir Putin told school children that whoever leads in the field of 'artificial intelligence' will rule the world. He wants Russia to be the leader. He also wants international cooperation on artificial intelligence. But who does the Bible say will rule the world?
In 1949, the late George Orwell wrote a disturbing book about a totalitarian government called "nineteen-eighty four." Despite laws that are supposed to protect freedom of speech and religion, we are seeing governments taking steps consistent with those that Geroge Orwell warned against.
Bloomberg reported that the New World Order is leaving the USA behind. Other secular news sources are also reporting the rise of a new world order and decline of the influence of the USA. What about NAFTA, the Paris Accords, TPP, TWO, and NATO? Russia, China, and Europe are all working towards reducing dominance of the USA
World Net Daily editor concluded that former US President Jimmy Carter claimed that Jesus failed. Jesus was not accepted by His religious leaders, betrayed by His disciples, and killed by the Romans. Did Jesus fail or what His death and sacrifice part of God's plan? What is His plan now? Is it happening?
Are there twelve verses at the end of the Gospel According to Mark that should not be in there? Various modern scholars say that is the case. What does the Bible teach? What do early church-related writings teach? How can you know the truth about this?
In July 2017, the Vatican seemingly endorsed references to Donald Trump's Administration as "apocalyptic." In November 2008, Cardinal James Francis Stafford said that Barack Obama was apocalyptic. Has Donald Trump taken any steps that are apocalyptic? What about the Vatican?
The State of Oregon decided to make abortions free for those that wants them. Does freedom of choice include the right to shed innocent blood? What has happened to the economy of the USA since abortions became legalized? What has happened to incomes since that time?
Are you truly converted? Is it possible to call Jesus "Lord" and not be a Christian? What is sin? Do real Christians keep the Ten Commandments? Are you saved by grace? What about works? Were there false conversions in the New Testament? Are modern churches affected by the doctrines of some who were falsely converted in the first and second centuries?
In 2017, Lauri Skori of the Battle River School board told a religious school in Alberta, Canada that it could not teach/read certain portions of the Bible. In 2002, a court in Canada ruled against one who referred to certain scriptures that some homosexuals objected to. In 2017, there was "An Act to Amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code"
In mid-2017, BBC ran an article under the headline of "End of the Anglo-American order?" Is that really a question or the biblical reality? After the Brexit vote, the election of US President Donald Trump, and US rejection of the Paris accords on climate change, is the world really going to put in a different order?
Sweden continues to reduce the amount of currency notes and coins in circulation as more and more Swedes turn to digital forms of payments. Even 'farmers' markets' take debit and credit cards. Will this eliminate crime or lead to the rise of the Beast and Antichrist power?
China is working on something known as the 'Silk Road' project or the “One Belt, One Road” initiative. NBC reports that China intends to spend one trillion dollars to build roads, bridges, railroads, and maritime facilities to reach from China to Europe and China to the Middle East.