Friday, January 20, 2017

Anti-Christian Attacks Rise In France, Israel Hails 'New Era' Of Relations With U.S., Trump To Develop Missile Defense System Against Iran, N Korea

Anti-Christian Attacks Rise 38 Per Cent in France

Anti-Christian attacks in France rose by 38 per cent in 2016, a pressure group has said.

The Observatoire de la Christianophobie said instances of “Christianophobic” attacks in France rose from 273 in 2015 to 376 in 2016, with a significant number happening in December. These include attacks on churches, other places of worship, and threats on social media.
Examples include blasphemous graffiti on the interior of one church and an attack on the figure of Christ at a memorial to Catholics killed in the First World War in the town of Fournes-en-Weppes.

The most notorious anti-Christian attack, however, was the martyrdom of Fr Jacques Hamel at the hands of two Islamists while celebrating Mass at his church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.
Fr Hamel reportedly shouted “Be gone, Satan!” as the men slit his throat, something Archbishop Dominique Lebrun mentioned in his tribute to him. In a memorial service with members of the Muslim community present, the archbishop explicitly addressed others who may be tempted by extremism.
“You who are tormented by diabolical violence, you who are drawn to kill by a demonic, murderous madness, pray to God to free you from the devil’s grip,” he said. “We pray for you, we pray to Jesus who healed all those who were under the power of evil.”
There is increasing evidence the rise of Islamist violence in France is leading to a cultural reawakening of the country’s Catholic community, long silenced by the Republic’s strict secularism laws.
France’s Jewish community has also suffered increasing anti-Semitic attacks in recent years, leading to record numbers of Jews leaving the country for Israel.
Nearly 8,000 Jews left the country in 2015, a number far higher than any other country in Europe, creating one of the largest migrations of Jews since the formation of the state of Israel.

Israel welcomed the inauguration of President Donald Trump after eight, often tense, years with the Obama administration, vowing to make the alliance between Israel and the US “greater than ever” and heralding the start of “a new era.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu preempted the inauguration to offer his congratulations to “President Trump,” apparently because the inauguration took place after the Sabbath had started in Israel.
He tweeted “Congrats to my friend President Trump. Look fwd to working closely with you to make the alliance between Israel&USA stronger than ever.”
That was echoed almost immediately after the inauguration by Israel’s ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer, who tweeted: “Congratulations President Trump! Israel looks forward to working with you to make the US-Israel alliance greater than ever.”
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said this would herald a sea-change, particularly at the United Nations, where Israel recently suffered one of its worst reverses in recent years, when President Obama refused to use the US veto in a resolution that condemned Israeli settlements.

“A true friend of Israel will enter the White House today,” said Danon in a statement. “Thank you President Trump for your unequivocal support, we look forward to welcoming you to our capital of Jerusalem.”
“After the shameful resolution that was adopted by the Security Council, Israel looks forward to strengthening our most important alliance and leading together towards a new era at the UN,” he said.

The administration also stated it would make defeating "radical Islamic terror groups" its top foreign policy goal.

The Trump administration intends to develop a "state of the art" missile defense system to protect against attacks from Iran and North Korea, the White House said in a policy position posted on its website on Friday.

The statement, posted on the White House website within minutes of Donald Trump's inauguration, did not provide details on whether the system would differ from those already under development, its cost or how it would be paid for.

The administration also stated it would make defeating "radical Islamic terror groups" its top foreign policy goal.

Trump, a Republican, used his inaugural address on Friday to promise to "unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth."

In the statement, titled "America First Foreign Policy," the Trump administration said, "Defeating ISIS and other radical Islamic terror groups will be our highest priority." ISIS is an acronym for Islamic State.

In order to "defeat and destroy" Islamic State and similar groups, the new administration said it "will pursue aggressive joint and coalition military operations when necessary," work to cut off funding for terrorist groups, expand intelligence sharing, and use "cyberwarfare" to disrupt propaganda and recruitment efforts.

Trump's speech and the statement echoed his campaign criticism of former president Barack Obama and his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for not using the phrase "radical Islamic terror" to describe Islamic State and other hardline jihadist groups.

America is getting what it ordered on Election Day.

If anyone was expecting an evolution from Donald Trump the candidate to Donald Trump the president, never mind.

The new president delivered an inaugural address Friday that was straight from his campaign script — to the delight or dismay of different subsets of Americans.

Trump gave nods to unity and began with kind words for Barack and Michelle Obama, but pivoted immediately to a searing indictment of the status quo and the Obama years.

Presidents past have promised an American Covenant, a New Frontier, a Great Society.
Trump sketched a vision of “American carnage.”
Then he promised to end it with a nationalist “America First” approach to governing.
It was a speech for Trump’s supporters, but maybe not those who voted for somebody else.
When Trump told the crowd on the National Mall and watching from afar that “everyone is listening to you now” and spoke of a “historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before,” he seemed to harking back to his voters.

His pledge to make things better came wrapped as a nostalgic paean to better days long gone.
“America will start winning again, winning like never before,” the new president said. “We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.”

 A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the South Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands at a depth of 33 kms (20 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said on Friday.
There were no immediate reports of damage.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said there was no Pacific-wide tsunami threat.
The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said in a separate statement that there was no tsunami threat to Australia's mainland, islands or offshore territories.
Solomon Islands's National Disaster Management Office was not immediately available for comment.
The undersea quake struck 71km (44 miles) west of the city of Kirakira


Unknown said...

Obozo is gone.


WVBORN56 said...

Yes Obama is gone but unlike past Presidents he will continue to be front and center. He will be accompanied by his fake news pals in the main stream media tormenting Trump with their lies every step of the way. I think the Lord gave the faithful this one last glorious victory before he pulls us out of here! Our departure is imminent! Maranatha!

Perhaps today!

Scott said...

I agree

Mrs.C said...

Gods Grace...God is True & Good, and is willing that none should perish. In His Mercy, He has shown this Great Nation and the entire world for that matter, the clear demonstration between good & evil - a choice has been clearly laid out. After the years of the evil running things in this Great Nation, He has now allowed the good to be in power. For those who are undecided in their Faith, and should not participate in the Rapture, they will remember this stark difference and hopefully come to accept Jesus as their Savior even if its during the Trib.
For those who willing shake their fist at God, they will entrench themselves even more deeply into darkness, and be fully enthralled in the "great delusion" to come.
As ONLY God Himself truly knows who is Saved and who is not, a fascinating consideration to ponder...say President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Speaker Paul Ryan are all truly Saved when the Rapture occurs, not to mention members of the House and Senate. Evil will be loosed across this land, across this world, that will be immeasurable...thanking Almighty God that by His Grace, He has allowed a window of time, however short or long it may be, for the Lost to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior before its to late....we Serve an AWESOME GOD!

Scott said...

That is so well stated Mrs C - thanks...I've been searching for the words around everything happening right now and you nailed it....Perfect description

foretastes said...

Amen, Mrs. C.

WVBORN56 said...

Well said Mrs C! The contrast is stark! Two thumbs up! Thank you Lord for your demonstration of long suffering and mercy! May many take advantage of the hope and good news of the gospel message.

Someone reminded me recently many lost don't see the gospel as good news because they no longer hear about the bad news. They are lost in their sin and headed for hell and eternal separation from a loving God.

Anonymous said...

Although I am a repentant sinner, as I am sure all of us fellow christians are, that should not give us an excuse to overlook the fact that DT is just as sinful as we are. He can make as much promises as he want and the only One Who knows entirely about Trump is Our Lord.

Bless The Lord for giving america a chance to be redeemed, but do not for one second stop praying for america. We can still be betrayed the moment we least expect it.

Mrs.C said...

Thank you Brother Scott it was my privilege :) With all that we are witnessing with the Left so quickly & so viciously responding to their loss of power, satan is feeding their hatred.
What the Holy Spirit keeps bringing to mind with the Left's behavior, is like the wicked in Genesis 19. God sent His Angels into Sodom to rescue Lot and his family. The purely evil wicked of that city, soon began to approach them, like blood hounds sniffing out prey they hated anything that was good & Holy. They then feverishly began to attempt to surround,encapsulate Lot, his family, and the Angels, with it escalating to the point of attacking them. It was all fed by the evil within them. The Angels held them off with the power of God given them, but then they instructed Lot & his family that it was time to leave.
2017 and God has allowed the good to step into the heart of evil in this Great Nation,corrupted DC. God is pulling back the layers like an onion, exposing the evil doers and their crimes. The Left is behaving more and more like the wicked of Sodom, swarming,surrounding the good,attacking, with the ever present evil growing within them. This furor of hatred within the wicked will grow. More & more they hate all that is good,all things Holy of God and His Church. God is holding them back,but it will reach a point at some time, where God will say enough. As with Lot, God will pull His Church out of this wicked, fallen world, with the Rapture. Those left behind will face His Judgements...just as the wicked of Sodom faced His Judgements after He saved Lot & his family...

Scott said...

Couldnt agree more. The sad irony is - after the gathering up and the subsequent rise of the AC and his world rule - they will have FINALLY gotten EVERYTHING they have ever wanted. Until sudden destruction comes and the 21 judgments begin.

Mrs.C said...

Brother Ivan, Forgive me, but some of your previous posts have kinda indicated that perhaps you believe we,His Church, will go through the Trib? Forgive me again, but that would kinda explain your questioning of President Trump, with a veiled suggestion that he will "betray" us? No one has ever said that President Trump is a Saint, nor that he, as WE ALL, fall short of the Glory of God. Thats pretty much understood. Yes indeed, ONLY GOD HIMSELF, knows if someone is Saved, and that includes you, and all of us.
Absolutely we need to Pray for America, for our Leaders also. In fact, with the dark evil forces coming against President Trump, Vice President Pence, and all of us for that matter, we need to Pray constantly :)
God can choose and raise up leaders, whom ever He wants for His Purposes, and that includes "sinners". The Bible has a lot of examples of that! :) He can raise up "builders" too, just look at Nehemiah. Nehemiah faced a lot of critics, and the like, yet God used him to build a defensive WALL all around Jerusalem :)God also slam dunked those that were plotting against him. :)
With EVERYTHING, and EVERYONE that was against President Trump, it truly was the Hand of God that allowed him to become President. EVERY weapon formed against him, failed. Even to a non-Believer, they know also how with everything against President Trump, it was a Miracle that he was elected. With these Last Days we are living, even if for a short time before the Rapture,we can celebrate a victory for good for this moment, and it is for ALL the world to see clearly now, the difference between good and evil...yes this is Spiritual warfare, and we need to put on the whole Armor of God, fight the good fight, and finish the race! :)

Mrs.C said...

Yes indeed Brother Scott...its like the UFO nuts on top of the Capital Records building in the movie Independence Day.They hold up signs welcoming the aliens! Then suddenly, the bottom of the alien space craft opens up, and they are suddenly destroyed! Weird analogy, I know :) lol
But you are so right, they will suddenly experience what Sodom & Gomorrah did...what those perished in Noah's day...sad indeed...

Mrs.C said...

Amen! Brothers WV & David :)

Caver said...

After the last 8 years of oppressive heaviness and darkness, its such a feeling of euphoric lightness even now. I had become so normal I have forgotten how heavy Obama's darkness weighed....until it was lifted.

Absolutely agree with the comments expressed above. Its like the Lord is pealing back the evil like the layers of an onion. Love that analogy. But layer by layer its exposing the rats below as they scurry for cover only to re-exposed as the next layer is lifted.

Father, You are amazing. Thank You!!!!

Scott said...

Amen - and the parallel to Genesis 19 is spot on

ally said...

Actually it's a great analogy Mrs.C!!! And I wouldn't totally toss out perhaps that may happen too! ;) This lead up to the rapture is full of demonic circusry (I just made that word up, I think, but I know you get it) 3 rings consisting of the anti Christ, the false prophet and the beast.
No tickets for me please, I'm opting out and instead trakng the free ride to glory train instead.....
I can hear it getting ready to pull into the station.....