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INSIDE THIS WEEK’S EDITION:  Worldwide famine looms; Christian persecutions continue; More finds to support the exodus from Egypt; Is there an ever-burning hell? Christians being persecuted in Algeria and Eritrea; What is the Lord’s Day? The Christianity of the Holy Bible;  There is only one true God. newsy

wars and rumours of wars… for all these things must come to pass. Nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom… famines and pestilences and earthquakes in unusual placesMatt. 24:6-7

Week of  June 18 – June 25, 2017

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End-of-Days Famine on Horizon as Wheat Crop Fails, But Rabbis Say Israel Will Bring Salvation

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By Breaking Israel News

Wheat harvests around the world are falling dangerously short, raising the possibility that the end-of-days famine prophesied in the Book of Amos as preceding the Messiah has arrived. Israel, the tiny nation that has made its deserts bloom, is poised to be a guiding light in this developing crisis, helping the world grow crops while bringing them closer to redemption.

Massive shortages in the wheat crop became obvious as farmers recently began harvesting the winter yield. Winter wheat, accounting for 70-80 percent of the total annual harvest, dropped 38 percent from last year in the US. Prices on wheat futures are soaring as concern grows over where the country’s bread will come from.

The shortage in America is part of a global trend. The Ukraine, once considered Europe’s breadbasket, is harvesting 7 percent less than last year, a downward progression that has continued for several years. Overall, European countries and Canada saw a similar drop in the harvest of cereal crops this year. Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/89625/looming-global-famine-will-bring-world-closer-israel-end-days/#KCTkxmMiSpIzKe9Q.99

Iraqi senior cleric shown calling for Christians to ‘convert, pay tax or be killed’

B The Worldwatch Monitor

A video showing a call for jihad from a senior Iraqi Shi’ite cleric has caused anger among Iraqi Christians.

The undated footage shows Sheikh Alaa Al-Mousawi, head of the Shia Endowment, a government body that looks after Iraq’s Shia holy sites, describing Christians as “infidels”, saying “either they should convert to Islam, or else they are killed or they pay the jizya” [a tax on non-Muslims]. When challenged, Al-Mousawi was reported to have said the video dates back three years. Other local reports say that the video is more recent.

A boy, recently returned to his home in the Nineveh plains, looks out over the remains of Karamles (WWM May 2017)
A boy, recently returned to his home in the Nineveh plains, looks out over the remains of Karamles (WWM May 2017)

Almost 200 Iraqi Christian families have filed a lawsuit against the government-appointed cleric on charges of “incitement of sectarian violence against Christians”. Meanwhile, Al-Mousawi has sent a delegation from the Endowment to the Babylonian Christian Movement to mediate the lawsuit.

The statement is a chilling reminder of when IS captured towns in the Nineveh plains in June 2014, reinstating the same traditional Islamic ultimatum to Christians.

“Al-Mousawi’s call reminds us of the extremist rhetoric issued by radical groups like IS,” said Henriette Kats, an analyst for the World Watch Research Unit of Open Doors International which works to support the global Church under pressure.

“There are many other extremist Islamic groups active in Iraq which target local religious minorities, including Christians. However, for such incitements to come from senior government officials is rare and is all the more shocking.”

The news will disappoint displaced Iraqi Christians told by the authorities it is now safe to return to homes in the Nineveh plains liberated from IS. To many Iraqi Christians living in the capital, Baghdad, it is further confirmation that they must stay and continue working in dangerous places.

Archbishop of Canterbury: ‘Conservative attitudes can be passport for misogyny’

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said that sometimes “[religiously] conservative attitudes are a passport for misogyny, while at other times they are simply inherited attitudes”.

His comment came two days after a consultation about Christian women under pressure for their faith, where speakers noted that women living in highly patriarchal societies often have less religious freedom.

Women are often subject to discrimination and rejection due to social, legal and cultural norms, especially in patriarchal societies. (Photo: Open Doors International)
Women are often subject to discrimination and rejection due to social, legal and cultural norms, especially in patriarchal societies. (Photo: Open Doors International)

Asked on BBC radio on Monday (5 June) about segregation of men and women in places of worship, and whether there might be an element of misogyny in culturally conservative Islam, the Archbishop said that this could not be concluded, as the reason for segregation might vary. “Is it simply a hold-over from a cultural past or is it something that says we can treat women as less valuable … than men?” he said.

Doubly vulnerable

The question of culture, religion and the position of women surfaced during the international consultation held in Leuven, Belgium, last week. More than 50 NGO practitioners, academics, legal experts, trauma counsellors and community development experts from 23 countries learnt how, under pressure for their faith, Christian women are persecuted in the same ways as men but are doubly vulnerable: because of their gender, as well as their faith.

Women are often subject to discrimination and rejection due to social, legal and cultural norms, inside and outside the Church. For example, kidnapped Christians who are raped can, on return, sometimes be ostracised by their communities in an “honour and shame” culture.

Discovery of Mass Grave of Egyptian Child Slaves Unmistakably Echoes Israelite Exodus

The arms and torso of a juvenile skeleton from the North Tombs Cemetery. (Facebook Page, Mary Shepperson)
The arms and torso of a juvenile skeleton from the North Tombs Cemetery. (Facebook Page, Mary Shepperson)

Breaking Israel News

An archaeologist in Egypt has discovered a cemetery full of child slaves from the time of the pharaohs, a chilling find which echoes the Biblical account describing the difficulties the Hebrews suffered in Egypt. That finding, and several others, connect an famous pharaoh and his city to the Biblical narrative describing the Hebrews’ pre-Exodus experience in Egypt.

we needArchaeologist Mary Shepperson uncovered something entirely unexpected at the archaeological dig at Amarna in Upper Egypt. After studying the cemetery at the southern end of the ancient ruined city with expected results, she moved to a separate burial site at the northern end. What she found at the new site shocked her: narrow graves containing multiple bodies, buried with little ceremony or care. Altogether, 105 sets of remains were found. But the most shocking discovery was that all of the remains belonged to young people whose bones showed signs of brutal labor and neglect.

The haphazard disposal of the bodies, 90 percent of whom belonged to youths between the ages of 7 and 25 at time of death, pointed clearly to the conclusion that the children had not been buried – or cared for – by their families, which led Shepperson to conclude that the children were likely slaves.
Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/89490/eerie-archaeological-find-ancient-mass-grave-child-slaves-mirrors-exodus-story-jews-egypt/#jvMUYe83s3jPJyJw.99

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