INSIDE THIS EDITION: Temple of Ba’al arch back in New York City; Superbugs are here to stay? Christian may lose job for not watching LGBTQ video; Halloween: Devilish or Godly; The Tip of the Iceberg; America’s fate at the end of days; Some Christians returning to Saturday Sabbath; You won’t believe where an ancient carving of the Ten Commandments is found; Gender ideology hurts children; We reap what we sow.
“…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 places…” Matt. 24:6-7
Week of September 26 – October 2, 2016
The Temple of Ba’al arch is again set for New York
An arch that stood before the Temple of Ba’al in Palmyra, Syria, is being recreated in New York City this year. Plans to build the arch in Times Square were shelved earlier this year, but it’s now being erected at New York City Hall Park.
The Institute for Digital Archaeology says it is building a full-size 48-foot tall reproduction of the Victory Arch that stood for 1,800 years in front of the Temple of Ba’al. The arch was retrieved before the temple was destroyed by ISIS forces last year. The institute already displayed a replica of the arch in London’s Trafalgar Square in April for UNESCO Heritage week.
“There are few cities in the world as much defined by their architecture as New York. The Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge — all symbols of the audacity, strength, technical prowess, diversity and optimism of what Ezra Pound called ‘the most beautiful city in the world.’ It is also a city that has known terrible loss — first and foremost the loss of life, but also the loss of familiar landmarks that helped inform the city’s identity,” the IDA said in a statement.
“The Triumphal Arch, a symbol of resilience in the face of loss, will be a fitting tribute to America’s great metropolis. The arch will stand in City Hall Park, surrounded by buildings adorned with classical features suggesting the common cultural roots of East and West. We hope that you will visit us this fall to consider the relationship between people and the places they inhabit,” the statement added.
The original arch was built in the third century and was one of Syrians biggest tourist attractions until it was destroyed by ISIS in 2015.
The arch was built by Roman Emperor Septimius Severus in front of a temple that was used to worship the pagan god, Bel, mentioned often in the Bible as Ba’al. It was regarded as a symbol of idolatry – the worship of false gods.
Superbugs here to stay?
The United Nations General Assembly is convening a high-level meeting to talk about antibiotic resistance superbugs.
Health officials say when the U.N. convenes such a meeting, it’s obvious there’s a crisis that requires immediate attention.
The assembly has only held a few such meetings since its inception. It met in 2011 to discuss AIDS and HIV, and that same year, it also met to examine non-communicable diseases such as cancer and diabetes. The Assembly met again in 2014 to discuss the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa.
Diseases that are resisting antibiotics are expected to kill more people than cancer in the coming years. Already, they kill 700,000 people annually, and that number is expected to rise to 10-million by 2050.
The UN meeting is expected to produce the first-ever U.N. resolution focused on combating the health threat of antibiotic resistance.
“This is only the fourth time the General Assembly has addressed a health issue, and the others rose to the level of HIV and Ebola,” Keiji Fukuda, the special representative for antimicrobial resistance for the director-general of the World Health Organization, told National Geographic this month. “Hopefully what will be achieved is to have the highest-level decision-makers in the world acknowledge that we have a major issue that has to be addressed, and also have that level acknowledge that certain actions are needed.”
In the United States, at least 2-million-people are infected annually with bacteria that cannot be killed with antibiotics. More than 23,000 of these patients die annually from these infections. The use of antibiotics in the mid-twentieth century was seen as a kind of miracle drugs to cure a number of infectious diseases, but in recent years medical professionals are finding out that most of these diseases have built up a resistance to antibiotics and are no longer effective in treating them.
The World Health Organization warned last year sexually transmitted infection such as gonorrhea is becoming untreatable because of antibiotic resistance. Some strains of the E.coli bacteria and tuberculosis have also developed resistance to antibiotics.
Christian could lose his job for not watching LGBTQ Video
A Christian employee could lose his job because he refused to watch a LGBTQ video on “diversity and inclusivity.”
LifeSiteNews.com, reports David Hall has worked in information technology for the Social Security Administration for 14 years.
However, all employees were told they had to watch a diversity training video, but Hall refused on the grounds of his religious beliefs.
Although Hall said he has gay and lesbian friends and holds no animosity toward homosexuals, he still believes homosexuality is a sin. “I’m not going to certify sin,” he said. Hall was reprimanded and suspended without pay.
Hall explained that the training was essentially LGBTQ propaganda. “This is something I want to fight and expose, to give other Christians the courage of their convictions,” he said, adding that several employees shared his convictions but were too “scared” to make a stand.
Americans for Truth president Peter LaBarbera praised Hall for standing up for his convictions:
“He is absolutely correct: LGBT ‘diversity’ sessions and films are NOT truly ‘diverse’ because they disrespect or ignore faith-based and moral opposition to homosexualism and transsexualism,” said LaBarbera.
“By calling out this forced groupthink, David Hall is helping to educate others — and ultimately standing up for our First Amendment freedoms,” LaBarbera continued. “People like him willing to suffer for liberty’s sake keep us all free.
The Earth Created Specially to Sustain Life?
Scientists searching for alien life are discovering something different.
Since this month, scientists have announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet in our own cosmic backyard, 4.2 light years away. The planet, Proxima b, orbits Proxima Centauri, the star closest to our solar system.
A few days later, news broke that scientists in Russia had detected a star, about the size of our sun, emitting an unusual signal from 95 light years away.
The two discoveries sparked an initial flurry of excitement for those who long to find ET. Proxima b orbits close enough to its star to have enough potential heat to sustain liquid water, and the planet probably is rocky like our own. Could it support life? And could the Russians’ mysterious signal be aliens sending us a message?
Scientists who believe in the theory of Darwinian evolution reason that if life evolved on Earth by mere random chance, then it must have evolved elsewhere, too. Evolutionists are desperate to show Earth is just one of thousands of planets that could potentially support life, Ken Ham, president and founder of Answer in Genesis, wrote on the organization’s blog: “In their view, we can’t be unique or special because we’re just a cosmic accident.”
However, most scientists who believe the universe was created also believe the earth is unique – designed specifically to support life. Those who think otherwise are often disappointed by these exciting scientific discoveries.