Weekly News Summary
17 August 2017
There has been a lessening of the warring rhetoric now that North Korea withdrew its threat against Guam (see North Korea ‘blinks’ in the latest round of military ‘chicken’). How long this will last is a question. While I had thought that North Korea would be wise to do that (see see Trump: Military ‘Locked and Loaded’–But China says it will defend North Korea is USA strikes first), do not be surprised when something else develops with North Korea.
The US media has been fixated on statements Donald Trump made related to what was supposed to be a demonstration against the removal of a confederate statue (see Protests and counter-protests). During the demonstration, a cowardly thug decided to drive a car into a crowd, killing one woman and injured about 19 more. Another senseless act by someone who does not love his neighbor as himself. As it turns out, violence often begets violence and we will see more violence and protests in the USA. Expect to see more severe civil unrest in the future.
The USA is coming close to another ‘debt ceiling’ (see M&M: Brace Yourself for the Dreaded Debt Ceiling Debate; COGwriter: Jeremiah gives clues as to how bad it will get). Historically, the US government has never resolved its debt issues, but has ended up increasing its debt and its so-called debt ceiling. The time will come when foreigners will rise up because of US debt (cf. Habakkuk 2:6-8) and the USA will be no more (cf. Daniel 11:39).
Brexit negotiations between the EU and UK still do not seem to be going well. The UK would like to have a ‘customs union’ arrangement with the EU, but the EU wants to negotiate other matters before discussing future trade (see UK wants interim ‘customs union’ trade post-Brexit, but says that the EU’s negotiator is ‘quite cross’ with the UK). Ultimately, this will not end well for the UK (cf. Daniel 8:24-25; Isaiah 17:3).
Europe also has issues with the USA. A new study found that Europeans tended to trust Russia’s President Vladimir Putin more than US President Donald Trump (see Germans trust Vladimir Putin more than Donald Trump). Europe is separating from the USA, which is something we in the Radio/Worldwide/Continuing Church of God have long expected.
In the past week, World Net Daily (WND) made two posts that I commented upon related to the improper view that the final Antichrist will be an Islamic Arab and the final King of the North will not be European (see Richardson: Rebirth of the Turkish Caliphate — and why it matters and WND editor claims Daniel 9:26 is proof of the final Antichrist being Islamic). While the coming King of the South (Daniel 11:40-43) will seemingly be an Islamic Arab and will be an Antichrist, the final Antichrist will not be that leader. The related improper view that some have that the final King of the North will not be a European will blind those who hold it from seeing what really will be happening. Anyway, WND’s editor asked for feedback on why he may be wrong, and I emailed him and sent him a link to one of those posts.
It was reported this week that Iceland has nearly eliminated Down syndrome, by aborting nearly all babies with it (see Iceland’s Down syndrome ‘eugenics’). The Bible warns against those that shed “innocent blood” (Psalm 106:37-38; Proverbs 6:16-19; Isaiah 59:7-8; Jeremiah 22:3,17). The unborn with Down syndrome certainly are innocent and their blood should not be shed. Furthermore, consider that God’s word records that a leader filled his land “with innocent blood, which the Lord would not pardon” (2 Kings 24:4). Because of that, God had others to destroy that kingdom (2 Kings 24:1-4).
Radio News Reporter: Jay Chang.
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