Prophecy News Watch - September 13, 2018

Around the World
Philippines typhoon: Millions in the path of the year's strongest storm
The most powerful typhoon of the season is closing in on the northern Philippines, where officials ordered precautionary evacuations and closures of schools and offices and urged farmers to quickly harvest their crops to reduce damage.
Iran, in shadow proxy war with Saudis, expands its Pakistan influence
Iran is stepping up its involvement with political and militant Shiite groups in Pakistan, in what foreign affairs experts see as an escalating shadow proxy war with Saudi Arabia in a country with the world's second-largest Muslim population.
US F-22 Raptors intercept Russian bombers flying near Alaska
Two Russian nuclear-capable bombers accompanied by two fighter jets were identified and intercepted by two F-22 Raptor fighters with North American Aerospace Defense Command on Tuesday 'west of mainland Alaska.'
Fresh Debate As Germany Mulls Joining Airstrikes in the Event of Another Chemical Attack in Syria
Amid growing concerns about a possible chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Idlib province, Germany appears to be mulling participation in any retaliatory U.S.-led airstrikes, in a reversal of its traditionally hesitant stance on military engagement.

Inside the United States
Hurricane Florence weakens to Cat 2 storm but storm surge expected to hit 'catastrophic levels'
Hurricane Florence late Wednesday has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it is still considered an extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm.
U.S. Judge Strikes Down Law Requiring Burial or Cremation of Aborted Babies
Last week, U.S. District Judge David Ezra struck down a Texas law that would require hospitals and clinics to bury or cremate fetal remains of pre-born babies instead of discarding them as medical waste.
Small Business Index Soars to Highest Level Since Reagan, Middle-Class Income Sets New Record
Several new reports are providing the latest proof that the US economy is booming right now.

Christian News
Christian Leaders Converging to Plan Grassroots Change for America
Christian and conservative national leaders are heading to Des Moines, Iowa this weekend for a special event.

Prophecy News Watch - September 12, 2018

Around the World
Putin, Xi together for the third time this year as Russia launches largest war games since Cold War
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping met in far-eastern Russia on Tuesday, the same day the Kremlin began its biggest military exercise since the Cold War.
Egypt freezes assets of 1,100 charities linked to Muslim Brotherhood
An Egyptian judicial committee on Tuesday announced an asset freeze of more than 1,000 charities tied to the banned Muslim Brotherhood, as well as those of hospitals and individuals.
US suspects Russia behind ‘attacks’ on diplomats in Cuba and China
Intelligence agencies investigating mysterious suspected sonic attacks on US diplomats in Cuba and China believe that Russia is the main suspect, officials told NBC news on Tuesday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Trump's 'ultimate deal' for Middle East peace meets resistance, throwing rollout into question
Two months ago, the long-awaited release of the Trump administration’s ambitious plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, what the president has called the 'ultimate deal,' seemed imminent.
Al-Qaeda leader: Moving embassy to Jerusalem is proof the US is enemy of Islam
Marking the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the leader of al-Qaeda on Tuesday called on Muslims to wage war against the United States throughout the world.
Head of Iranian Nuclear Program: Consequences to Israel will be severe
Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s nuclear program, warned Israel on Monday, 'If nuclear scientists are killed in Iran, consequences will be severe.'

Inside the United States
Gingrich, Republicans float new Contract with America ahead of midterms
Republicans have poll-tested a Contract with America-style agenda to carry into the fall elections as they ponder whether they need to give voters a bolder plan for what they will do if they keep control of Congress.
US braces for worst as ‘monster’ Hurricane Florence bears down
Motorists streamed inland on highways converted to one-way evacuation routes Tuesday as about 1.7 million people in three states were warned to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a hair-raising storm taking dead aim at the Carolinas with 140 mph (225 kph) winds and potentially ruinous rains.
Democrats to delay Kavanaugh vote until next week
Democrats are poised to block a Thursday committee vote to advance the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
House bill to delay or repeal parts of Obamacare would cost nearly $52B: CBO
A House bill to delay or repeal certain parts Obamacare would cost the federal government $51.6 billion over a decade, according to a new government analysis released Tuesday.
Leaked Google employee's email reveals effort to boost Latino vote, surprise that some voted for Trump
A Google executive’s leaked email reveals efforts to increase Latino turnout prior to the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the executive’s 'surprise' at Donald Trump’s performance among Latino voters.
Trump to target foreign meddling in U.S. elections with sanctions order
President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order as soon as Wednesday that will slap sanctions on any foreign companies or people who interfere in U.S. elections, based on intelligence agency findings, two sources familiar with the matter said.
30 ships ordered to flee US Navy's biggest base in Virginia as Hurricane Florence closes in
The US Navy has ordered 30 ships, likely including nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines, to take to the seas as Hurricane Florence approaches from the Atlantic with 115 mph winds.

Christian News
Chinese officials burn bibles, close churches, force Christian to denounce faith amid 'escalating' crackdown
The Chinese government is destroying crosses, burning bibles, closing churches and forcing Christian believers to sign papers renouncing their faith as the crackdown on religious congregations in Beijing and several provinces intensifies.

Prophecy News Watch - September 11, 2018

Around the World
US, Canada will meet Tuesday, earlier than expected on NAFTA
The U.S. and Canada will resume high-level talks on Tuesday, which is earlier than expected, on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Syria threatened with 'stronger response' if it uses chemical weapons in Idlib
Britain, France and the US have warned Syria it will suffer a "much stronger response" if it uses chemical weapons again.
White House says it’s working to plan 2nd Trump-Kim meeting
US President Donald Trump has received a request from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a follow-up to their historic June summit, and planning is in motion to make it happen.
Bolton Says International Criminal Court is 'Illegitimate'
The United States is already not party to the International Criminal Court, but in a striking decision announced Monday by National Security Advisor John Bolton the Trump administration said it would not cooperate at all with the tribunal – and will moreover take punitive steps against it if it goes after U.S. or allied nationals.
Iran Vows Strikes Outside Borders, ‘Beyond the Seas’
A top Iranian military leader warned on Monday that Iran is plotting strikes outside of its own borders and will even go 'beyond the seas' to carry out attacks on those it perceives as enemies, statements that further highlight Iran's clandestine operations inside the United States and in Europe.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Jewish Group Says End Times Biblical Prophecy Fulfilled, Flawless 'Red Heifer' Could Signal the Third Temple
The Temple Institute has announced the birth of a flawless all-red heifer that could pave the way for the fulfillment of a major End Times biblical prophecy.
Palestinians send incendiary tires to Israeli shores
Hundreds of Palestinians gathered on the beach in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday where they reportedly set afloat on rafts dozens of burning tires, in an attempt to reach Israel’s maritime border.
Trump broadens pressure on PA, closing its DC offices
The Trump administration ordered the closure of Palestine Liberation Organization offices in Washington on Monday, broadening its pressure campaign on Ramallah to return to peace talks with Israel.

Inside the United States
House Republicans Unveil Plan to Make Individuals’ Tax Cuts Permanent
House Republicans have introduced legislation to lock in cuts to individual tax rates beyond 2025, a proposal that will have trouble advancing in the Senate but which sends a signal about GOP priorities ahead of competitive midterm elections.
Expect a Storm Surge of 15-20 Feet in a Landfalling Category 4 Storm in the Carolinas
Landfalling Category 4 hurricanes are rare in the mainland U.S., with just 24 such landfalls since 1851—an average of one every seven years. Category 5 landfalls are rarer still, with just three on record. All but three of these 27 landfalls by Cat 4s and Cat 5s have occurred south of South Carolina’s latitude, so Florence will be in very select company if it manages to make landfall at Category 4 strength in North or South Carolina.
Appeals court rules Missouri may enforce strict abortion law
A U.S. appellate court ruled Monday that Missouri can enforce a law that forces abortion clinics to meet ambulatory surgical center requirements and requires doctors performing abortions to get admitting privileges at local hospitals, despite a 2016 Supreme Court ruling striking down a similar Texas law.
Border agents in South Texas saw increase in migrant families make illegal crossings in August
The number of Central American families arrested for entering the United States illegally surged again in August, according to a Trump administration official and Border Patrol agents in South Texas, an increase that comes as the president threatens a government shutdown to extract funding from Congress for a border wall.
Pacific island chain asks Trump to declare emergency as typhoon strikes
The governor of the Northern Mariana Islands has urged US President Donald Trump to declare a state of emergency as a typhoon struck the US Western Pacific territories overnight and caused blackouts and damaged buildings.
An 'Obvious Act of Deception': Kamala Harris, Planned Parenthood Called Out for Misquoting Kavanaugh on Birth Control
Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Planned Parenthood are garnering criticism for misquoting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's testimony regarding religious groups being compelled to support coverage for abortion-inducing drugs.

Christian News
Three Pastors Severely Injured in Attack on Spiritual Retreat in India
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) severely injured three pastors in an attack on Saturday, September 8. The attack took place under the close watch of local policemen in Premnagar, located in the Barely District of India’s Uttar Pradesh State, where Christians were holding a two-day spiritual retreat. Pastor Ashok Benjamin, Pastor Vijay Masih, and Pastor Shivcharan were among those injured in the assault, sustaining wounds to their heads, hands, and lower backs.
Franklin Graham says 'Christians in Nigeria Are Being Brutally Slaughtered', Urges Church Not to Turn 'A Deaf Ear to Their Cries'
Evangelist Franklin Graham is making an impassioned plea on behalf of Nigeria's persecuted Christians.

Prophecy News Watch - September 10, 2018

Around the World
Iran nuclear chief announces completion of new facility to produce centrifuges
Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi on Sunday announced to state media that the Islamic Republic had completed construction of a facility capable of producing advanced centrifuges at its nuclear plant Natanz, fulfilling threats that it would continue nuclear production in the event that the US withdraw from the 2014 nuclear deal and slap heavy sanctions on the country.
Syria's Assad approves gas attack in Idlib despite warning, report says
President Bashar al-Assad has approved a gas attack in the Idlib province, which is the country’s last rebel stronghold, a report on Sunday said.
Trump administration to take tough stance against International Criminal Court
The United States on Monday will adopt an aggressive posture against the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, threatening sanctions against its judges if they proceed with an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Americans in Afghanistan.
Bloodbath Expected as Russia, Iran, Syria, Turkey Unite for Final Showdown in Idlib
The United Nations is warning of catastrophic consequences facing civilians trapped in Syria's Idlib province.
Knife-wielding attacker wounds 7 in Paris
At least seven people were injured in an attack by a knife-wielding man in Paris on Sunday, officials said.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
US ambassador sees Golan remaining in Israeli hands 'forever'
US ambassador to Israel David Friedman expects the annexed Golan Heights to remain under Israeli control 'forever', according to an excerpt released Thursday of an interview he gave to an Israeli newspaper.
Envoy: US won't present peace plan that fails to meet Israel's security needs
'We will not put forth a plan or endorse a plan that doesn't meet all of Israel's security issues because they are of extreme importance to us,' U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt said in an interview to the Land of Israel Network over the weekend.
IDF to investigate death of 2 Palestinian teens in Gaza border riot
The military on Saturday said it would launch an ‎inquest into claims of a fatal shooting of two ‎Palestinian teens by Israeli forces during a Gaza ‎border riot on Friday.‎

Inside the United States
Congress ready to call Trump’s bluff on shutdown threat
President Trump this week threatened to partially shut down the federal government unless it approves funding for his border wall, but lawmakers from both parties say that isn't going to happen.
Strengthening Hurricane Florence Takes Aim at US Southeast
A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Florence churned across the Atlantic on Sunday toward a possible direct hit on the U.S. Southeast late this week, triggering warnings to people up and down the coast to get their emergency kits ready, map out escape routes and fill sandbags.
Senate comes together to fight opioid crisis
The Senate will vote this week on a massive bipartisan bill that combines 70 different measures aimed at reducing addiction and drug overdose deaths from opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers.
Kavanaugh Says Gov't Can't Force Christian Groups to Pay for Abortion Drugs
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has stated that the federal government cannot compel Christian organizations to provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs.

Christian News
Chinese Authorities Tear Down Crosses and Close Down Churches in Henan
According to ChinaAid, Henan authorities have continued to tear down crosses across China.
Trump Admin. Reopens Asylum Cases of Indonesian Christians Facing Deportation
The Trump administration has reopened the asylum cases of nearly three dozen Indonesian Christian immigrants who face the possibility of deportation back to a country where they could be persecuted.