“…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: Historical record confirms Biblical figures walked the earth; Hunger crises deepens in four nations; Minority of Christian celebrate The Feast of Tabernacles; Boko Haram wages war on children in Nigeria; Starvation looms in Chad Basin; World Hunger rising again; King Herod’s Fortress found; Saturday or Sunday? What does the Bible say?
Week of October 15 – October 22, 2017
Historic Record Confirms These 53 Biblical Figures Once Walked the Earth
Breaking Israel News
A recently published academic study which proves the historical existence of at least 53 Biblical figures may represent a recent trend in the academic and archaeological world giving unprecedented credibility to the truth of the Bible.
Lawrence Mykytiuk, a Purdue University Libraries professor, recently confirmed in a study that 53 figures “mentioned in the Bible have been identified in the archaeological record”. Using archaeological sources and references from outside of the Bible, Mykytiuk established that the existence of at least 53 people described in the Bible is confirmed by the historical record (see below for the full list).
Mykytiuk’s study is a watershed moment in the debate surrounding whether or not the Bible is historically accurate and therefore relevant to academia and historic studies outside the realm of religion and theology.
Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/92823/study-confirming-existence-53-scriptural-figures-reflects-growing-academic-trend-bible-true/#ZsY3JPLfK6qKtku0.99
Conflict Prevention Crucial to Ending Hunger Crises in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen
Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the high-level event on famine prevention and response:
I thank the World Bank for co-hosting this event and I thank all of you for being here to express your solidarity with some of the most vulnerable people in the world.
Nearly seven months have passed since my Call to Action to respond to the threat of famine in South Sudan, Somalia, north-east Nigeria and Yemen.
Since then, donors and partners have stepped up and taken action. Of the $4.9 billion required to cover urgent humanitarian operations, 60 per cent has been received. Humanitarian agencies and their partners are reaching close to 30 million people each month with life-saving food, livelihood support, health, water and sanitation and nutrition assistance. The Central Emergency Response Fund was one of the earliest sources of funding, releasing nearly $130 million to support early action and famine prevention activities.
To keep famine at bay doesn’t mean to keep suffering at bay. So, millions and millions of people suffer, millions and millions of people are not food secure, and we have people dying at this very moment. So to a certain extent, we can recognize that we were able to keep famine at bay, but let’s also be honest, we have not been able to keep suffering at bay.
Development partners have also stepped up, working together with humanitarian agencies to intervene earlier, linking emergency relief to long-term activities. Their engagement is vital to build resilience, break the cycle of risk and vulnerability, and avoid dependency on emergency aid.
While we have avoided famine so far, we must recognize that this crisis is not over. There is much more still be done. In each of the four countries, people’s needs have deepened since February.
In South Sudan, 6 million people are now severely food insecure — an increase of 1 million, and more than half of the population. In Somalia, 3.1 million people are now unable to meet their daily food needs — an increase of 200,000 since the Call to Action. In Yemen, the scene of the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world, a staggering 17 million people are now food insecure, 6.8 million of whom are one step away from famine.
And in north-east Nigeria, around 5.2 million people are severely food insecure and in need of emergency assistance. Of an estimated 450,000 children who will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year, one in five is likely to die without specialized treatment. Many others will suffer stunting and developmental challenges for their whole lives.
The most important factor behind these four hunger crises is simple, and it was said already today. That factor is: Conflict. These crises all resulted from protracted conflict, failure to uphold international humanitarian and human rights law, and lack of safe and sustained humanitarian access to people who need help.
In South Sudan, an estimated 1,800 people are forced to flee to Uganda every day. At least 18 humanitarian aid workers have been killed this year. In Somalia, around 1.9 million people in need are in areas controlled by Al-Shabaab, where delivery routes are inaccessible. In north-east Nigeria, hundreds of thousands of people are extremely difficult to reach because of Boko Haram’s attacks. And in Yemen, quantities that are able to enter the country are insufficient and access is limited in some parts of the country.
I urge you all to do whatever you can to influence the parties to the conflicts to abide by international law, to protect civilians and to allow humanitarians safe access to deliver emergency food, nutritional aid, and other urgent relief to those in need. I call on the parties themselves to pursue their ambitions through peaceful means and to spare civilians the agony and lifelong effects of hunger and famine.
Some Christians observe biblical festival – The Feast of Tabernacles
A small minority of Christians from around the world observed the Feast of Tabernacles – one of the seven annual Sabbaths or Holy Days outlined in Lev. 23. It is from October 5 – 12, this year.
This festival is not observed by traditional Christians who regard them as Jewish. However, these Christians are at a loss for their excuse in not observing them, as in Lev. 23: 2 God described them as “my feasts,” and “feasts of the LORD.”
Why observe pagan-rooted holidays such as Christmas and Easter and totally ignore the true and authentic Holy Days of God given in the bible, whereas the former and the latter have no scriptural authority.
The Feast of Tabernacles is observed by daily church services for eight-days, bible studies, prayer sessions, family-related activities, and lots of fellowship. Jesus Christ is the centre of all these feasts days, and the Feast of Tabernacles pictures the kingdom of God when it is established on Earth.
It is hard to argue with these Christians who noted that man’s traditions seem to have hijacked the Word of God, something Jesus criticised while on Earth calling them vain worship. It is felt anti-Jewish sentiments, which stemmed from early church fathers and others, blaming Jews for killing Christ. This led to the abandonment of everything Jewish in the early church, which included the weekly sabbath, the Holy Days, the dietary law and other teachings that the primitive and the apostolic church followed right up to the close of the first century.
Christian Tourists Bless Israel With Bounty as Feast of Tabernacle Pilgrims Stream to Jerusalem
Breaking Israel News
Christian tourists are flooding Jerusalem during the holiday of Sukkot, bringing a blessing to the economy in a manner reminiscent of Jerusalem in the days of the Temple, when pilgrims filled the city’s markets. This faith-based tourism has its own special flavor, connecting Jews and Christians in unexpected ways.
In what is shaping up to be a record year for tourism, the Sukkot holiday was an especially blessed period. According to the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, 739,000 tourists visited Israel in the first quarter of the year, a 24 percent increase from the same period last year, giving an estimated $1.14 billion boost to the economy.
In addition to the holy sites and other tourist attractions that have always attracted people of all religions to Israel, the Sukkot holiday offers a special atmosphere created by the festive booths and many activities and events, both religious and secular. The Ministry of Tourism estimated that the week-long holiday attracted an astounding 47,000 Christians.
Undoubtedly the largest draw for Christians during Sukkot is the week-long Feast of Tabernacles hosted by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ). The event brings over 5,000 Christians from 85 nations to Jerusalem, and though their intention is to bless the nation of Abraham and to be blessed in return, hosting these well-minded pilgrims brings an economic blessing as well.
Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/96086/christians-tourists-bless-israel-bounty-sukkot-pilgrims-stream-jerusalem/#3vhSKIjt13DTqBYE.99