Weekly News Summary 5 January 2018


Jerusalem remains in the news. Last month, the Jews actually opened a synagogue below what is called the Temple Mount (see Defying Muslims, Jews have synagogue under ‘Temple Mount’). While this has been in progress for about 12 years, the timing is interesting. Its announcement came after US President Donald Trump declared that the USA considered Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. And this week, the Israeli parliament voted to make it more difficult to divide the city of Jerusalem (see Israel raises vote threshold to tighten grip on Jerusalem). These moves have upset the Palestinians and caused international condemnation.

But let this be perfectly clear, according to biblical prophecies, Jerusalem will NOT be the ‘undivided’ capital of the Jewish state during the time of the Great Tribulation (cf. Luke 21:24; Revelation 11:2). The situation in Jerusalem will change and it will not be what many Israeli politicians hope.

Speaking about change, the time will come when the US dollar will no longer be the world’s primary reserve and trading currency. Pakistan just announced that it wants to conduct trade with China now in yuan, instead of US dollars. The Central Bank of Russia has called for the BRICS nations as well as those in the Eurasian Union to come up with an international cryptocurrency for trade within those two blocks (see Russia’s central bank interested in BRICS/Eurasian Economic Union cryptocurrency and watch Gentile Cryptocurrency Proposal). While this will not eliminate the US dollar, it is another step to move away from US dollar dominance.

On religious matters, more and more Russian Orthodox churches have been opening. The Russian Orthodox claims the most adherents of the Eastern Orthodox and has been increasing its international influence (see Russian Orthodox: Growing in churches and influence). While, for a time, the Eastern Orthodox will be involved with the Vatican, the Russian Orthodox will become distant from Rome after that. This will not end well for Europe (cf. Daniel 11:44-45; Jeremiah 50:41-43).

Radio News Reporter: John Hickey.

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