Prophecy News Watch - May 8, 2018

Around the World
Hezbollah head hails electoral ‘victory’ as protection from calls to disarm
The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah on Monday praised provisional parliamentary election results as vindicating his Shiite group’s armed operations.
China's trade surplus with US grows
China's surplus with the United States widened in April, underlining an imbalance between the economic titans as they struggle to reach an agreement on averting a potentially damaging trade war.
EU piles last-minute pressure on US over Iran nuclear deal
The EU is demanding the nuclear deal with Iran remain intact and unchanged ahead of US plans to possibly scrap the pact.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
IDF on high alert in north, fears Iran reprisal may include infiltration attack
The Israeli military was in a state of high alert in the country’s north Monday, in readiness for possible retaliation by Iran over alleged Israeli strikes on its sites in Syria. Security forces are preparing for the possibility of attempted infiltrations of military bases and communities in the north, Hadashot TV news reported.
Obama State Department Misled Congress on the Use of Taxpayer Funding to 'Influence the Current Israeli Election'
The ACLJ has just obtained new documents showing the Obama State Department misled Members of Congress about taxpayer funding going to an organization that was attempting to unseat the government of our ally Israel.
Shi'ite militia groups in Syria to do Iran's dirty work, strike Israel
Shi'ite militia groups in Syria are the ones likely to carry out a strike on Israel on behalf of Iran, giving Tehran the ability to deny its role in the attack, according to leading regional experts.

Inside the United States
Trump to demand Congress cut $15B in Spending Cuts in ‘rescission’ package
President Trump wants to do even more to limit the spending side of the budget, the White House told Congress. He said he will send up a $15 billion 'rescissions' package on Tuesday and challenge lawmakers to cut money that has been sitting unspent in accounts across the government.
April was best month in history for U.S. budget, according to CBO figures
The federal government took in a record tax haul in April en route to its biggest-ever monthly budget surplus, the Congressional Budget Office said, as a surging economy left Americans with more money in their paychecks -- and this more to pay to Uncle Sam.
Housing confidence hits record high as home prices skyrocket
Supply is tight, prices are soaring and mortgage rates are rising. That shouldn't exactly add up to a happy housing market, and yet, it does. Consumer confidence in housing jumped to its highest level on record in April, according to a monthly sentiment index from Fannie Mae.
Obamacare Premiums to Surge Next Year, Early Requests Show
The first glimpse of what health-insurance companies plan to charge for Obamacare plans next year suggests there’s no relief ahead for consumers saddled with high premiums.
April Sets Gun Sales Record
April 2018 saw the most gun-related checks run through the Federal Bureau of Investigation's background check system.

Christian News
American Missionary Missing After Boat Capsizes in Indian Ocean
American missionary Kenneth Danforth, who is also known as J.R., is missing after a boat carrying him capsized off the coast of Tanzania.
Trump Religious Freedom Order Helps Charities Serve Over 13.7 Million in Need, Analysis Finds
Over 13.7 million people have been provided with health care and other social services offered by faith-based organizations this past year thanks to President Donald Trump's signing of an executive order protecting religious liberty last year, a new analysis has found.
Turkish Court Rules US Pastor to Remain in Jail, Stoking US-Turkish Tensions
A Turkish court ruled for the continued detention of an American pastor in the face of growing U.S. pressure for his release. Andrew Brunson faces 35 years behind bars on terrorism and espionage charges, in a case condemned by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Prophecy News Watch - May 7, 2018

Around the World
Hezbollah Growing in Power after Low Turnout in Lebanon vote
Hezbollah was poised to seal its dominance of Lebanon Monday with results for the decade's first general election expected to confirm the Iran-backed party as the main winner.
Turkey 'will absolutely retaliate' if US weapons sales are threatened
A move by House lawmakers to try to block the sales of U.S. arms to Turkey could lead to retaliation by the country, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned on Sunday.
Russia Starts Advanced Construction on New Iranian Nuke Plant
Russia has begun advanced construction on a new Iranian nuclear plant that could provide Tehran with a second, plutonium-based pathway to a nuclear weapon, according to regional reports that have rattled U.S. officials in the wake of a major disclosure showing Iran lied about its past efforts to construct nuclear warheads.
Pentagon: ‘NYT Story Is False,’ Trump Has Not Asked for Plan to Reduce Troop Numbers in South Korea
The Pentagon released a statement on Friday that called a New York Times story, which reported President Donald Trump is considering reducing the number of U.S. forces in South Korea, false.
John Kerry under fire for reported 'shadow diplomacy' to save Iran deal
Former Secretary of State John Kerry is under fire over a report claiming that he has been engaged in 'shadow diplomacy' with officials from Iran and Europe as part of a final attempt to save the seemingly doomed 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Facebook accused of introducing extremists to one another through 'suggested friends' feature
Facebook has helped introduce thousands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) extremists to one another, via its 'suggested friends' feature, it can be revealed.
Russia eyes closer Iran ties, more trade if Trump nixes nuclear deal
A top Russian official said bilateral relations and trade with Iran could actually be enhanced if President Trump follows through on a threat to take the United States out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran next week.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel fears ‘explosion of violence’ as US prepares to open embassy in Jerusalem
Police in Israel has started patrols and security sweeps of a southern Jerusalem neighborhood, anxiously preparing for a US embassy inauguration that Israelis and Palestinians fear may launch a week of violence.
Defense officials warn of impending Iranian missile strike on northern Israel
Iran is planning to retaliate for recent deadly airstrikes in Syria attributed to the Jewish state by having its proxies fire missiles at military targets in northern Israel sometime in the near future, defense officials warned on Sunday.
Netanyahu Says Better to Face Iran Sooner Rather Than Later
Israel will do what’s needed to block Iranian aggression, sooner rather than later, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.
'U.S. Embassy' Road Sign Goes Up in Jerusalem
At least three 'US Embassy' road signs went up in Jerusalem on Monday ahead of next week's opening of the mission in the city, eyewitnesses said.

Inside the United States
Hawaii Residents on Big Island Face Triple Threat: Lava, Earthquakes and ‘Lethal’ Gas
Hawaii officials are evacuating areas of the Big Island following a series of earthquakes and volcanic activity that have put thousands of lives in danger and are damaging homes and infrastructure.
Federal judge accuses Mueller's team of lying, trying to target Trump: 'C'mon man!' (Court Transcripts)
A federal judge on Friday harshly rebuked Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team during a hearing for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort – suggesting they lied about the scope of the investigation, are seeking 'unfettered power' and are more interested in bringing down the president.
U.S. job growth picks up, unemployment rate falls to 3.9 percent
U.S. job growth increased less than expected in April and the unemployment rate dropped to near a 17-1/2-year low of 3.9 percent as some out-of-work Americans left the labor force.
Rare Magnitude 4.5 Earthquake Strikes Off Coast of Louisiana Near New Orleans
A rare magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck in the Gulf of Mexico about 160 miles southeast of New Orleans.
Judge rejects Mueller's request for delay in Russian troll farm case
A federal judge has rejected special counsel Robert Mueller’s request to delay the first court hearing in a criminal case charging three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens with using social media and other means to foment strife among Americans in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Spy agency NSA triples collection of U.S. phone records: official report
The U.S. National Security Agency collected 534 million records of phone calls and text messages of Americans last year, more than triple gathered in 2016, a U.S. intelligence agency report released on Friday said.
South Carolina Senate Approves Bill Banning 97 Percent of Abortions
The South Carolina Senate approved a measure this week that would ban about 97 percent of abortions in the state.
Navy to resurrect fleet to protect the East Coast and North Atlantic from Russia
The U.S. Navy has reactivated a fleet responsible for overseeing the East Coast and North Atlantic - an escalation of the Pentagon's focus on a resurgent Russia and its expanding military presence.

Christian News
Disney World Cancels Annual Christian Concert 'Night of Joy' After 34 Years
Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida has officially confirmed that the popular family tourist attraction has canceled its annual Christian concert event, Night of Joy, after 34 years.

Prophecy News Watch - May 4, 2018

Around the World
U.S. Army Special Forces Secretly Fighting Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen
U.S. Army Special Forces have been covertly aiding in Saudi Arabia's war against Zaidi Shiite Muslim insurgents in neighboring Yemen, where the rebels control the capital and often fire ballistic missiles, according to a new report by The New York Times.
Iranian foreign minister: Iran will not renegotiate nuclear deal
Iran will not renegotiate a 2015 nuclear deal with major powers, Iran's foreign minister said on Thursday, as a deadline set by US President Donald Trump for Europeans to 'fix' the deal loomed.
U.S. asks foreign airports to Tighten Screening
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) wants foreign airports to tighten screening of U.S.-bound passengers’ carry-on electronics and adopt U.S. domestic security procedures instituted last year, according to officials and a memo to foreign airports.
India dust storms: More than 125 killed as storms continue
At least 125 people are now reported to have died in fierce dust storms in northern India, with officials warning of more bad weather to come.
US Complains After Chinese Lasers Injure 2 Air Force Pilots in Africa
Two U.S. airmen were slightly injured by laser beams directed at their aircraft from the Chinese military base in Djibouti, Pentagon officials said Thursday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israeli Satellite Images Show Renewed Activity at Iran’s Fordo Enrichment Facility
An Israeli satellite has reportedly found signs of renewed activity at the Fordo enrichment facility in Iran.
Israel and Iran on Path to War as Mideast Tinderbox Awaits Spark
There’s a growing risk that a war is about to break out in Syria, pitting Israel against Iran.
Sources: Trump to ask Israel to withdraw from 4 east J'lem neighborhoods
The Trump administration will ask Israel to withdraw from four Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, which will likely become the capital of a future Palestinian state, US officials told Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman during his visit to Washington last week.

Inside the United States
Trump Creates New White House Faith-Based Initiative Office
President Donald Trump signed an executive order creating the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, expanding upon previous administrations' faith-based initiatives.
Hawaii volcano eruption forces mandatory evacuation order
Up to 10,000 people have been asked to leave their homes on Hawaii's Big Island following the eruption of the Kilauea volcano on Thursday (May 4) that came after a series of recent earthquakes.
Oklahoma, Kansas approve religious veto on LGBT adoptions
State lawmakers in Oklahoma and Kansas have approved legislation to grant legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that cite their religious beliefs for not placing children in LGBT homes.
Mike Pompeo brings his reset button to the State Department
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is moving immediately to fill vacant senior positions at the State Department, a task so large it has the feel of a 'presidential transition' as opposed to a hand-off from one member of President Trump’s Cabinet to another, according to Republican foreign policy experts.
Giuliani's 'spectacularly bad' media tour leaves attorneys baffled, White House aides fuming
President Trump's newest legal adviser, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, shocked White House allies on Wednesday when he admitted in a televised appearance that President Trump reimbursed his personal attorney for the $130,000 payment he made to porn actress Stormy Daniels.
‘Tradecraft failings’: CIA’s conclusion that Putin interfered in election to help Trump was flawed
U.S. intelligence agencies’ far-reaching conclusion that Vladimir Putin interfered in the 2016 presidential election to specifically help Donald Trump was flawed by 'tradecraft failings,' says a House report.

Christian News
Pentecostal Pastor Beheaded in India
Indian police say they have found the beheaded body of a popular Pentecostal pastor near a thick forest in the eastern state of Jharkhand.
Lawmakers Pray for Unity During National Day of Prayer at US Capitol
Lawmakers and religious leaders gathered together Thursday evening for the 67th National Observance of the National Day of Prayer at the US Capitol.
'There's Prayer on a Regular Basis in This White House': Mike Pence on Religious Freedom, Praying for Jerusalem
After President Donald Trump held a celebration for the National Day of Prayer in the Rose Garden, and signed an executive order setting up a new faith-based office, Vice President Mike Pence did an interview with CBN News' David Brody – in his office.

Prophecy News Watch - May 3, 2018

Around the World
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warns war in Syria will escalate
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has warned Syrian's civil war may be about to escalate and enter a new phase.
UN chief warns against scrapping Iran nuclear deal
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday against scrapping an international deal on Iran's nuclear programme unless there was a good alternative in place.
Tehran terrified, ex-Pentagon official says
The Iranian regime is 'quaking in its boots,' after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed secret nuclear-program documents appropriated by the Mossad, an ex-Pentagon Iran expert told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Dead Sea Scroll fragment unveiled in Israel may point to an unknown manuscript
Previously unseen Dead Sea Scroll fragments, which had been stored in cigar boxes since archaeologists unearthed them in the 1950s, were identified and unveiled at an international conference on Tuesday in honor of the 70th anniversary of the scrolls’ discovery in Jerusalem.
EU calls Abbas Holocaust remarks 'unacceptable'
The European Union's foreign service condemned remarks on the Holocaust by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as 'unacceptable,' echoing criticism on Wednesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
World fumes over Abbas’s antisemitism
Friends and foes alike blasted Abbas as an “antisemite” and a “Holocaust denier,” after he charged that the Nazis killed Jews in the Holocaust because they were money lenders.

Inside the United States
Iowa Legislature Passes Legislation Banning Abortion When Fetal Heartbeat Is Detected
The Iowa State Legislature passed legislation on Wednesday aimed at banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Texas Leads States Suing To Revoke DACA
A lawsuit filed Tuesday by Texas and six other states may finally result in the long-overdue termination of the DACA program, which was created without legal authority by President Obama in 2012 to allow children brought into the U.S. illegally to temporarily remain here under certain conditions.
Trump threatens to use presidential ‘powers’ to intervene in ‘rigged system’
President Trump lashed out at his own Justice Department again on Wednesday, tearing into officials for not cooperating with document requests from congressional Republicans while warning he could 'use the powers' of the presidency to intervene in the dispute.
Rudy Giuliani blasts Mueller probe, says ‘disgraceful’ Comey should be indicted
President Trump’s top legal adviser called former FBI director James B. Comey a liar who should be indicted.

Christian News
Prayer Day Could Bring Next 'Great Awakening,' Religious Leaders Say
Dr. Ronnie Floyd, the president of the National Day of Prayer, tells Newsmax that he believes the National Observance being held Thursday evening in Statuary Hall could be the start of something truly historic -- the next great spiritual revival to heal an American commonwealth torn by enmity, strife, and mistrust.
3 American Christians Held in North Korean Prison Could Soon Be Released
Three American Christians detained in North Korea have reportedly been moved from a labor camp to a hotel on the outskirts of the capital city Pyongyang.
Ruins of Ancient Church Discovered in Syria, in Territory Formerly under ISIS Control
The ancient ruins of what is thought to be a Christian refuge or early church was discovered in Manbij, Syria, according to reports.