“…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
INSIDE THIS WEEK’S EDITION: ISIS using small children to participate in executions; New calendar designed for use in the Third Temple; Israel threatens to act against Iran; Amazing archeological discovery in Jerusalem; Nuclear concerns in Iran; Fight to end hunger faces challenges; Nothing can stop the return of Jesus Christ; What is the Lord’s Day?
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Week of March 18-25, 2018
ISIS using children to participate in executions
(AhlulBayt News Agency) – Members of the so-called Islamic State have released evidence that they are once again using children to execute prisoners in Afghanistan.
Photos distributed on Wednesday show two small children participating in the execution of two Afghan soldiers and an accused spy in the country’s eastern province of Nangarhar. In the photos Intelligence Group, which monitors extremism online, the children are seen leading the orange-clad prisoners to the place of their execution. A final photo shows the children raising their guns in a celebratory salute as the prisoners lie dead on the floor in front of them. It is unclear exactly how old the children are, but in the images, they appear to be between the ages of five and eight.
ISIS has routinely used children to carry out its bloody executions. The videos and photographs of the children are often used for the extremist group’s propaganda, which thrives on shock value. Similar videos and photographs have appeared from Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq, showing ISIS-affiliated children killing Kurdish, Palestinian and Russian prisoners, among others.
Before the group’s military defeat in Raqqa, Syria, its erstwhile stronghold, videos emerged of ISIS training children there as the next generation of fighters. As the militant group was driven out of Iraq and Syria, the group has increased its presence in eastern Afghanistan. The Nangarhar province is now considered one of the deadliest regions for American and other foreign troops stationed there. U.S. warplanes have carried out hundreds of strikes on the area in recent months.
Nevertheless, the group continues to carry out attacks across Afghanistan, including one on the office of the children’s charity Save the Children in Jalalabad in late January. ISIS is also responsible for several deadly bombing attacks on the capital that killed hundreds of people. As it builds its presence, the self-declared Islamic State is competing with the terror group Al Qaeda for prominence in the country
New calendar designed for use in the Third Temple
Breaking Israel News
This Saturday will be the first day of the Hebrew month of Nissan, which according to the Bible is the first day of the year. This fact is only noted on the “King’s Calendar,” a new calendar specifically designed for use in the Third Temple.
The calendar was created by Reuven Prager, a tailor who makes Biblically styled clothes in Jerusalem. Prager is a Levite and takes his Biblical identity seriously, using his skills as a tailor to create the banner of the tribe of Levi. Prager based the design on a description of the banner in Midrash Rabbah, an ancient collection of homiletic teachings. For 20 years, Prager has minted silver half-shekel coins, a Biblical donation that was used for Temple expenses.
As part of his passion for the Temple, Prager decided 36 years ago that he wanted to create a calendar for the Third Temple. But the project was so complicated and requires so much research that the first calendar is only coming out now.
“It’s a mind-blowing calendar for the Third Temple Era,” Prager told Breaking Israel News. “It’s the first of its kind and will be followed by calendar makers in future generations.”
The calendar is aesthetically pleasing, beautifully printed with images relevant to each month, but the calendar may not make sense at first glance to those unfamiliar with the Biblical system of dates. A Gregorian calendar goes from January to December. A Hebrew calendar usually begins in Tishrei, the seventh month in the Bible, which generally falls around September, and ends in the month of Elul. The “King’s Calendar” begins in Nissan, referred to in the Bible as “the first month” since it is the month of the Children of Israel’s exodus from Egypt.
Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/104090/third-temple-calendar-launches-this-saturday-on-the-new-year-of-kings/#K4r4H02T9ozMYwzu.99
Netanyahu Threatens to Act Against Iran to Prevent ‘Noose of Terror’
Just a week before the Jewish holiday of Purim, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is threatening war against what he considers to be another attempt by yet another Persian potentate to destroy the Jewish people. In a speech at the Munich Conference on Sunday, Netanyahu said the Jewish state is prepared to act against the modern-day Persian regime of Iran in order to defend itself against Tehran’s aggression in the region.
“Israel will not allow Iran’s regime to put a noose of terror around our neck,” Netanyahu insisted. “We will act without hesitation to defend ourselves, and we will act if necessary not just against Iran’s proxies that are attacking us, but against Iran itself.”
During his remarks, Netanyahu referred to the regime’s most recent act of aggression against the Jewish state while holding up a piece of the Iranian drone that illegally infiltrated Israeli airspace on Saturday, February 10.
“(The Iranian regime) sent a drone into Israeli territory, violating Israel’s sovereignty, threatening our security,” Netanyahu noted.
“We destroyed that drone and the control center that operated it from Syria, and when our places were fired upon, Israel destroyed Syrian anti-aircraft batteries.”
Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/102896/netanyahu-threatens-act-iran-prevent-noose-terror/#R9jpm23bt28D07yH.99
Over 4,700 UN agency trained veterinarians new vanguard against deadly disease outbreaks
In addition to keeping fowl, cattle, pigs and other animals safe, the freshly trained veterinarians will also help keep at bay diseases that are deadly to humans.
“Some 75 per cent of new infectious diseases that have emerged in recent decades originated in animals before jumping to us Homo sapiens, a terrestrial mammal,” says Juan Lubroth, the Chief Veterinary Officer at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which has been organizing the trainings over the past year.
“This is why adequately discovering and tackling animal disease threats at-source represents a strategic high-ground in pre-empting future pandemics.”
According to the UN food security agency, beyond the risks posed to human health, animal diseases can cost billions of dollars and hamstringing economic growth.
For instance, outbreaks of high impact disease in recent decades all had an animal source, including H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza, H1N1 pandemic influenza, Ebola, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
The H5N1 outbreak of the mid-2000s alone caused an estimated $30 billion in economic losses, globally. A few years later, H1N1 racked up as much as $55 billion in damages.
As with any disaster, the worst affected are often the poorest and most vulnerable.
“Animals are their primary capital assets – ‘equity on four legs’. Losing them can push these families out of self-reliance and into destitution,” states FAO.
Backed by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) support, the FAO trainings covered critical areas related to animal health, including disease surveillance and forecasting, laboratory operations, biosafety and biosecurity, prevention and control methods and outbreak response strategies.
A proactive approach to animal health and disease is critical, highlights Mr. Lubroth.
“For that [approach], the world needs well-trained, up-to-speed professionals – biologists, ecologists, microbiologists, modellers, physicians and veterinarians which is why the United States’ consistent support for building up that kind of capacity has been invaluable,” he stressed.