Inside this issue: Temple Institute opens school for Levite priests; A plea to stop abortions because of Zika; No more bananas in ten years?; Some Christians returning to Saturday Sabbath; Is the Pope for Islam?; Gender ideology hurts children; Creating our own gods; UK Government funds security at places of worship
“…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 August 21 – August 28, 2016
Temple Institute Opens School for Levite Priests in Preparation for Third Temple
Breaking Israeli News
The Temple Institute has brought the Third Temple one step closer by establishing a school for Jewish priests (kohanim) to learn how to perform the Temple Service. A group of students, certified as being from the priestly caste, stands ready to learn all of the details of this complicated task, which may become relevant sooner than anyone thinks.
Four months ago, the Temple Institute established a registry of Kohanim, a list of men who have a clear patriarchal heritage from the priestly class. The Kohanim must fit certain criteria, in addition to having priestly heritage: they must have been born and raised in Israel, and have observed the laws of purity incumbent upon priests.
This excludes anyone who has come into proximity with the dead, so priests who were born in hospitals, have visited hospitals, or have entered cemeteries are not eligible.
The Temple Institute was founded in 1987 to fulfill the mission of bringing about the Third Temple. In addition to educating and raising awareness, the Institute made amazing practical progress in this daunting task.
To read more on this story, please go to this link http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/73287/school-year-begins-for-third-temple-priests/
The Zika fall-out…
A plea for women not to abort Zika-affected babies
The Zika virus keeps spreading, and as more and more women get infected, some of them are turning to abortion because their babies are likely to be born with birth defects.
However, pro-lifers are pleading to these women not to abort their babies who might be affected by the virus, which is transmitted through mosquitos and sex.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a leading figure in this call, told the Catholic News Agency “I understand a lot of people disagree with my view – but I believe that all human life is worthy of protection of our laws. And when you present it in the context of Zika or any prenatal condition, it’s a difficult question and a hard one.”.
The Senator says “But if I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of life.”
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life advocacy group, agrees with Rubio’s position and says Zika “should not be used as a springboard for a search-and-destroy mission against disabled babies.”
“The United States strives to be a beacon for disability rights. To advocate abortion in cases of Zika and other prenatal diagnoses is a major step backwards for the rights of Americans with disabilities and a distraction from the urgent need to develop a vaccine or method to eliminate mosquitoes carrying the virus,” she added.
South Florida is one area of the U.S. where pregnant women are being cautioned not to visit because of local cases of Zika in recent weeks. There have been thousands of women who are infected with the Zika virus in a number of Caribbean, Central and South American countries, notably Brazil.
No more bananas in 10 years?
Quickly-advancing fungal diseases could wipe out bananas in five to ten years, according to researchers. Already, Sigatoka — a three-fungus disease complex — is already reducing banana production by 40 percent.
PLOS Genetics, an online journal that specialises in genetic research, says constant threat of the disease requires farmers to make 50 fungicide applications to their banana crops each year to control the disease.
Plant pathologist Ioannis Stergiopoulo of the University of California, Davis , who led the effort to sequence two of the fungal genomes, says “We have demonstrated that two of the three most serious banana fungal diseases have become more virulent by increasing their ability to manipulate the banana’s metabolic pathways and make use of its nutrients.”
“This parallel change in metabolism of the pathogen and the host plant has been overlooked until now and may represent a ‘molecular fingerprint’ of the adaption process. It is really a wake-up call to the research community to look at similar mechanisms between pathogens and their plant hosts.”
“The Cavendish banana plants all originated from one plant and so as clones, they all have the same genotype — and that is a recipe for disaster,” Stergiopoulos says, noting that a disease capable of killing one plant could kill them all.
Stergiopoulos says, “Thirty to 35 percent of banana production cost is in fungicide applications. Because many farmers can’t afford the fungicide, they grow bananas of lesser quality, which bring them less income.”
The banana is one of the world’s top five staple foods. 100 million tons of bananas are produced annually in about 120 countries. There are millions of small-scale farmers who depend on the fruit for food, fiber, and income in many developing countries.
Churches avoid preaching social issues
A new poll by the Pew Research Center has found that most churches are not preaching social issues from the pulpit.
The poll interviewed more than 4,000 churchgoers and asked them how often they heard about various social issues in a sermon. Forty percent of respondents said the pastor had spoken about religious liberty. Thirty-nine percent said the pastor had spoken about homosexuality, and 29 percent said they heard about abortion from the pulpit.
The results of the survey were similar among denominations such as White Evangelicals, Black Protestants, and Roman Catholics. The reasons clergy are reluctant to discuss such sensitive social issues from the pulpit could be fear the controversy such a discussion may bring or they may be afraid of losing their tax-exempt status.