Prophecy News Watch - December 6, 2017

Around the World
Iran nears completion of ‘Shiite Crescent’ across Middle East; land bridge to pose U.S. challenges
Iran has virtually completed a 'Shiite Crescent' of influence across the heart of the Middle East, using a string of battlefield successes to link a network of allies and proxy forces now spanning from nation’s border with Iraq all the way to Lebanon.
Putin Vows to Rebuild Christian Syria, Restoring Churches and Bringing Refugees Home
Russia will help rebuild Christian churches in Syria and establish peace in historically Christian regions of the war-torn country, Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed on Monday during a meeting with representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Russia Banned from 2018 Winter Olympics
The International Olympic Committee banned Russia on Tuesday from competing as a country in the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but said that individual Russians could compete as an 'Olympic Athlete from Russia.'

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Trump presses ahead with plan to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem despite uproar
President Trump will announce Wednesday that the U.S. government recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a risky and diplomatically fraught decision that will put in motion his plans to move the U.S. embassy to the divided ancient city over the heated objections of the Palestinians and other leaders across the Arab world and in Europe.
Congressional Committee Passes Taylor Force Act, Strikes a Major Blow to Palestinian Terrorists' 'Pay to Slay' Efforts Using Your Tax Dollars
What would you say if you found out your tax dollars were indirectly going to pay Palestinian Arab terrorists to murder Israeli Jews and others? A new bill passed in the House now makes that impossible.
Israel braces for violent protests over Trump Jerusalem announcement
Palestinians burned pictures of US President Donald Trump in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Tuesday night, as anger ramped up over an expected announcement by Trump Wednesday of US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
TV: Netanyahu and aides were ‘active partners’ with Trump team on Jerusalem move
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his aides have been 'active partners' working in 'total coordination' with US President Donald Trump and his administration in the lead-up to the president’s anticipated speech Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and declaring his intended relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel’s Hadashot TV said Tuesday evening.

Inside the United States
SCOTUS Justices Divided in Case of Christian Baker Who Refused to Make Same-Sex Wedding Cake
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in the major religious freedom case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission which began when Colorado Christian baker Jack Phillips refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple’s wedding because he disagrees with same-sex marriage.
House to vote on controversial Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act
House lawmakers are set to vote Wednesday on a bill that would force states to recognize concealed carry permits issued in other states, effectively undercutting restrictive local laws that require gun owners to prove a good reason in order to carry a firearm in public.
How Trump turned tide of illegal immigration in first year: Border crossing hits 45-year low
Illegal border crossing tumbled to a 45-year low and interior arrests of illegal immigrants soared in 2017, according to data released Tuesday that showed President Trump’s enforcement crackdown netted tangible results during his first year on the job.
Team Obama attempted ‘stealth coup’ by undermining Trump
From the moment Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination and then the presidency, national security officials under President Obama have shown themselves to be intense adversaries in public and behind the scenes.
Conyers resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations
Facing a surge of pressure from his fellow Democrats, Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) stepped down from Congress on Tuesday over mounting allegations of sexual harassment, marking an extraordinary fall for the longest-serving member.
Ventura County wildfire rages over 50,000 acres, reaches Pacific Ocean as it jumps 101 Freeway
The destructive Thomas fire finally met a fire line it could not jump: the Pacific Ocean.

Christian News
After More Than 20 Years: Egyptian Churches Finally Allowed to Rebuild
After waiting more than two decades, churches in Egypt finally are allowed to rebuild their houses of worship, according to World Watch Monitor.
'Wake-up Call for Christians': A Call to Prayer for Major Religious Liberty Supreme Court Case
Same-sex marriage advocates see Christian baker Jack Phillips' actions as discrimination. People of faith say his case is a matter of freedom of conscience.
Red Cross in Belgium to Remove Its Iconic Crucifixes to Not Offend Non-Christians
The Belgian branches of the Red Cross have been told they must remove the organization's iconic red crosses from building walls amid concerns that the Christian symbol will offend non-Christians.