Weekly News Summary 26 January 2018


The World Economic Forum began in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday–which is the same day the US government announced tariffs on certain products from China, South Korea, and other parts of Asia (see US to impose tariffs: China and South Korea unhappy trade targets). That was probably not a coincidence. Trade issues between the USA and other parts of the world are expected–that is part of why they were featured on the cover of the latest edition our BibleNewsProphecy magazine (see BibleNewsProphecy: January-March 2018: Trade Wars!). US President Donald Trump arrived in Davos today and again declared he wanted a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK (see Davos, Trump, Trade, and Brexit).

In Germany, there have been protests against certain US-implicated agricultural practices (see Germans protesting industrial agricultural practices with links to the USA). Also, one German city has temporarily banned new refugees, essentially because of increased crime (see German city says no to more refugees).

The Swedish government is reissuing a brochure on what to do in case of war–and some think that this is also related to concerns about refugees contributing to civil unrest there (see Sweden is preparing for possible external or civil war!). In Estonia, concerns about Russia have that government also sending out information to its citizenry about war (see Estonia preparing for war, while North Korea ransacks farms for WWIII?). These are times of wars and rumors of war (cf. Matthew 24:6-8).

Things are changing in Europe and will not turn out well for the USA (Daniel 11:39), its Anglo-Saxon related allies (Daniel 8:24-25), nations in the Middle East and North Africa (cf. Daniel 11:40-43), and ultimately Europe, itself, as well (Daniel 11:44-45; Revelation 17:12-14).

The Catholic Pope Francis denounced persecution and killing in the name of religion this week, but that disagrees with historical positions and actions by his church (see Pope Francis denounces war and persecution in the name of religion: A change from his church’s historical position and actions?). Despite his statements, the Church of Rome will be involved in murderous persecutions in the future (cf. Revelation 13; see also Persecutions by Church and State).

In other Vatican-connected news, Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in his 18 January sermon spoke on a painted cross which is the work of Salvadoran artist Christian Chavarría Ayala–this cross has seemingly now been adopted as an icon for the ecumenists, including the World Council of Churches and the Vatican (see Salvadorian cross being used as a symbol of ecumenical unity: Could a cross be a mark of the beast?).

A ‘super blood moon’ is expected for January 31, 2018. Yet despite statements from people like the Messianic Mark Biltz, this is not a special message from God (see ‘Super Blood Moon’ expected next week: Mark Biltz claims prophetic ramifications). Christians are not to be dismayed by signs in the heavens like others are (cf. Jeremiah 10). The prophesied time of heavenly signs begin years after the great tribulation (Matthew 24:29; Revelation 6:12-15; 8:5-12; see also Blood Moons, Eclipses, and Prophecy).

Radio News Reporter: John Hickey.

News sound effect: Recorded by Maximilien.