As the remberances of our Lord’s resurrection were only a few days ago, I was surprised in the account of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus that there are several parallels to the time we find ourselves at here in 2014. One of the most annoying things about sitting in the radar room is that when you relay information to people for a heads-up, the response is generally akin to, "meh, yeah, yeah, I know, Christ’s coming back…"; yet, in spite of the signs pointing to this particular time in history that we should be most expecting our Lord’s return, people mentally acknowledge the fact, but their lives go on as though they don’t.
Rewinding to Emmaus, we find two disciples who knew the prophecies, and even testified that Jesus, Himself, told them He would rise from the dead. Here they were, on the exact same day that Christ had told them that He would rise from the dead, and where were they?! They were walking away from the tomb instead of towards it! Too many Christians are walking the same way even now! Christ told us dozens of signs to look for, and even gave us a very specific sign in Revelation to confirm the timeline. So are Christians lifting up their heads, knowing that His coming is nigh, even at the doors?! Nope, not the vast majority of them… They’re walking and living in a different direction.
One of the common phrases I hear in response is often along the lines of: "As long as I’m in Heaven, I’ll be happy…" Um, reality check - that part comes later; the accountability and weeping-your-eyeballs-out part comes first. Most people have a Santa Claus idea of God - warm, fuzzy, you’re alright, kinda fluff. They think that the second they get to Heaven, Southern Gospel music will be playing in the background, and everyone sits on a giant porchswing sipping sweet tea. Reality check! When we look back to Emmaus, what is the very first thing that Christ told the two disciples after they told Him what they knew He told them prior? Was it warm platitudes to make them feel happy and sappy? Was it give them a great big bear hug? NO!! He chewed them out for not believing what He told them!
"Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?" - Luke 24:25-26
A head knowledge of Christ’s return, without a heart knowledge of Christ’s return, makes one more accountable, not more acceptable. There will be many Christians who will be caught unawares (Luke 21:34), walking the wrong way, and like the 5 virgins out buying oil, they will not be where they should be when Christ returns. What about us? What will be the first words that Christ will say to you? Faithful servant? or Foolish servant?
...off the end of Vancouver Island, British Columbia Wednesday evening. ...The National Weather Service's National Tsunami Warning Center said there was no danger of a tsunami along the Pacific coat from the temblor.
During the past 30 days, Oklahoma recorded 135 earthquakes of at least 2.5 magnitude, according to USGS.
...the Taylor would briefly overlap with the Cook ...Earlier this month a Russian Su-24 fighter jet made a dozen close-range, low-altitude passes near the Cook while it operated in international waters. ...the Taylor will participate in exercises with NATO allies and partners in the region, Navy officials said.
The troops were later returned to Turkey, news outlets in the Turkish city of Sanliurfa said. But it wasn’t clear what happened to the four armored personnel carriers they’d been traveling in. One report said ISIS had kept the vehicles ...an incident that could put Turkey’s military, widely regarded as the region’s best equipped, on a collision course with ISIS, whose militants are fighting both Syrian government forces and other anti-government rebel groups for control of eastern Syria.
...the largest monthly increase since September 2011. Beef, pork, poultry, eggs and milk have had the most dramatic price hikes as drought, a virus outbreak and rising exports have thinned U.S. supplies.
Editor: Be prudent with your purchases and planning. Prices will continue to leap...
Since the incubation period for Ebola can be as long as three weeks, “it is likely that the Guinean health authorities will report new cases in the coming weeks and additional suspected cases may also be identified in neighboring countries,” WHO said. “It is anticipated that most of the suspected cases currently reported by Liberia will be reclassified as discarded and removed from the case count.”
Russia warned on Wednesday that any attack on its citizens in Ukraine would be considered an attack on Russia itself ...I do not see any other way but to respond in accordance with international law," Mr. Lavrov said ...In 2008, Russia sent troops into the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia after Georgian forces allegedly fired on Russian peacekeepers. The ensuing 10-day war triggered what was at the time the most severe East-West conflict since the Cold War.
Editor: Next up will probably be some deliberate provocation or false flag to continue the justification. Note that since they hold America responsible for the puppets in Kiev, things may not be limited...
The exercises will continue for a week’s time and will include 10 naval ships and 400 crew members. ...Russia has intensified the frequency of its military exercises in the region since the onset of the current crisis with the Ukraine.
“The policy of the United States is clear—the Senkaku Islands are administered by Japan and therefore fall within the scope of Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security. And we oppose any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands,” the U.S leader stated ahead of his visit to Japan starting Wednesday.
The Dutch defense department says several NATO member countries scrambled jets Wednesday afternoon after a pair of Russian bomber planes approached their airspace over the North Sea.
Editor: They seem to be testing response times... Related: Dutch scramble jets after Russian bombers approach
...after three pairs of Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bombers were detected flying around the Japanese archipelago Friday ...While they did not violate Japanese airspace, this was the sixth day in a row in which Russian military planes were spotted flying close to Japan.
...to guard the tomb of a leading Turkish figure ...The move - which essentially amounts to a limited military intervention in wore-torn Syria - should come as no surprise, after secret conversations were leaked online in which leading Turkish political and military figures can be heard discussing military intervention in Syria
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country is prepared to retaliate if its “legitimate interests” are “attacked directly,” drawing a parallel with its actions during a 2008 war over the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia. ...“Russian citizens being attacked is an attack against the Russian Federation,” Lavrov said in an interview today with the state-run television broadcaster RT. “If we are attacked, we would certainly respond.”
Editor: Lavrov (and Russia) have showed incredible restraint so far until now. The article title should have used the word 'Raises' instead of 'Renews'. They are getting much clearer that they have a red line, and they are fully ready to rapidly take action if need be. Keep in mind none of the parties in this debacle are innocent, but Russia is playing it so they will be viewed as acting legitimately. Because of that, they will be able to act in a much stronger capacity as well, and with a heavier hand.
The crisis over Ukraine, now in its fourth month, has dragged Russia's relations with the West to their lowest level since the Cold War. A further escalation could lead to damaging economic sanctions, and raises the risk of a disruption to the Russian gas supplies on which Europe depends.
...issued a renewed warning on Tuesday that if the American-sponsored Middle East peace talks fail, he may dissolve the authority and hand sole responsibility for the West Bank back to Israel.
The 8-1 decision reaffirmed the Alabama Supreme Court’s ruling in a similar case last year that the word “child” includes “unborn child.” ...According to Justice Tom Parker, who wrote the majority decision, “It is impossible for an unborn child to be a separate and distinct person at a particular point in time in one respect and not to be a separate and distinct person at the same point in time but in another respect.
Six hundred US troops are headed for Poland and the three Baltic countries for live-ammunition infantry exercises with armed forces from the four former Soviet-bloc nations.
This infographic examines who the two witnesses of the Tribulation are, and why it is important to the chronology and events that take place during the first half of the Tribulation. It also can give us some insight into the possible timing of some key Tribulation events. By Daniel Valles.
...but Moscow refused to be rushed, saying it could handle any tougher economic sanctions the West might impose. ...The EU has been more cautious than the United States in imposing sanctions on Russia, with some member states worried about antagonizing a country that supplies a third of Europe's gas.
Editor: Related: Lavrov: US should face responsibility for powers it installed in Kiev - "All attempts to isolate Russia will lead to a dead end because Russia is "a big, independent power that knows what it wants," he added "
It said the seizure related to unpaid compensation for two Chinese ships leased in 1936. ...this appeared to be the first time that a Japanese company asset had been confiscated as war-linked compensation.
In its talk with the Israeli ambassador, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry accused Israel of assaulting Muslim worshippers and allowing Jewish extremists in the holy site, Petra reported. ...Tensions on the Temple Mount, known in Arabic as Haram al-Sharif, or “the Noble Sanctuary,” have increased recently, with barely a day passing without any incident in recent months.
Editor: Things are going to continue to escalate, mostly likely in relatively short period of time. Related: Temple Mount, a flash point ready to ignite - "It seems that Hamas has recognized, rightly so, the Temple Mount’s potential for reigniting an intifada in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, while it upholds the ceasefire on the Gaza-Israel border. ...On the Jewish side, the various “Temple movements” (there are around 30 organizations clamoring to rebuild the Jewish temple or reinstate ritual sacrifice), have made unprecedented achievements in bringing the notion of altering the status quo on the Temple Mount into Israeli public discourse."
Russian companies, facing $115 billion of debt due over the next 12 months, will have the funds even as bond markets shut because of the Ukraine crisis, according to Moody’s ...The discord adds to skepticism about whether Ukraine, the U.S., and the European Union will be able to use an April 17 Geneva accord to hold Putin accountable for easing tensions that he says he’s had no role in creating. The U.S. and its European allies have demanded Russia help calm the crisis or face new sanctions.
No reasons were given for the move, but it comes as the kingdom is scrambling to contain the spread of the coronavirus related to SARS. The Health Ministry says 79 people have died and more than 240 have been infected by the virus since 2012.
Editor: Related: Sharp Rise In MERS Cases May Mean The Virus Is Evolving - "several of the new clusters of MERS cases are not among camel herders, but rather among health care workers. This could indicate that the virus is changing, he says, so that it can move more easily between people."
...arrested 16 Palestinians at one of Jerusalem's most revered and politically sensitive holy sites on Sunday as they dispersed protesters opposed to any Jewish attempts to pray there.
...this year the holiday has coincided with Jewish Passover, bringing thousands of religious pilgrims to the Old Town. The week has been mostly peaceful, but tensions remain high.
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A tsunami warning was issued for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, but it later cancelled the alert. ...A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea's Bougainville Island earlier on Saturday, but there were no reports of damage.
Multiple drivers with dashcams out on the streets of the 300,000-people city at 2.10am on Saturday noticed a bright blue trail speed across the night sky, then explode while still in the air. ...The most spectacular meteorite of recent years was over the Urals city of Chelyabinsk last year...
Editor: Another significant one... Related: Dash cams record possible meteor over Russia
"Over the last five days, the Temple Mount has not been occupied by the Jordanian army, but by a division of Hamas," Feiglin said. "The failure of the police to control events the Temple Mount is, in fact, the failure of political leadership in keeping the heart of Jerusalem [intact]." ...On Sunday, over 20 Hamas men stayed overnight on the compound, sparking calls for the police commissioner to resign after it was revealed that police forces had allowed them to do so.
...will only speed up the integration with the Asia-Pacific region,” Naryshkin told the Eurasian Economic Perspectives forum. Naryshkin said the proposed Eurasian Economic Union (EAU) is a “serious geopolitical player” that will in the future bridge Western Europe
There were no initial reports of injuries and only minor damage in the capital, though information from elsewhere in central Mexico was still coming in. ... one of the stronger temblors registered in Mexico City in several years.
...near the western coast of Mexico occurred in the state of Guerrero, 265 km southwest of Mexico City.
A future treaty of what is to become the Eurasian Economic Union is going to be ready for signature by May, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at a meeting with his Belarusian and Kazakh counterparts on Tuesday.
...if there is one overriding lesson from this study, and others like it that we we’ve reported on, it’s that large numbers of patients with severe brain injuries are quickly—and often inaccurately—labeled in a PVS.
NATO, the 28-member alliance dominated by the United States, has made clear it does not plan to get involved militarily in Ukraine, which is not a NATO member. But it announced plans on Wednesday to send more ships, planes and troops to eastern Europe to reassure members of the alliance...
Mr. Rasmussen said the decision on Wednesday meant that aircraft will fly more sorties over the Baltic region and that allied ships will deploy to the Baltic Sea, the eastern Mediterranean and elsewhere, as required.
For the second day in a row violent clashes broke out between the IDF and Palestinian activists in Hebron by the Policeman’s Checkpoint in the West Bank city.
It is the fifth state to vote down a ban on the practice in recent months, following high profile debates over the issue in California and New Jersey, which both instated bans last year.
Pro-Russian separatists from Donetsk in eastern Ukraine denied any involvement in the circulation of fliers calling on Jews to register with separatists and pay special taxes.
Editor: Related: Flyer in East Ukraine Demands all Jews Register With Separatists, Pay Special Fees; Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine
The Kiev government, which has accused Moscow of stirring up trouble in the largely Russian-speaking east, said it would target checks on "men of an active age" due to "possible provocations". ...between the ages of 16 and 60 would be denied entry unless they had proof of a reason to visit, such as family ties or an invitation from a business or individual, or were travelling with their families.
He then reminded viewers that the Russian parliament has given him approval to send troops into Ukraine. “I really hope that I’m won’t be forced to use that right,” he says. But Russia has been warning for months that it would take eastern Ukraine “under its protection” if the local population came under threat of military force.
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