Prophecy News Watch Newletter

Prophecy News Watch Newsletter

Biblical Prophecy In The News

Keeping You Informed of World Events From A Biblical Perspective

May 01, 2008

Welcome to this week's edition of Prophecy News Watch

Our featured items:

Farewell Israel: Bush, Iran, and The Revolt of Islam DVD &

Pagan Christianity? Book


Farewell Israel: Bush, Iran, and The Revolt of Islam DVD :

One of the most important questions of our time, especially in the post 9/11 world, is how we view the world of Islam. For those of us who view the world through Judeo/Christian lenses - our prophetic perspective can sometimes lead us to approach the subject of Islam too simplistically. There is another important question that we often overlook and that is how Islam views us. Such a question is imperative to understanding what is happening in our world today and as recent headlines loudly declared "Muslims now outnumber Catholics worldwide" - how will their worldview impact the culture, economy and politics of not only the Middle East but Europe and America as well. View a preview trailer for this movie by clicking here.

Pagan Christianity? - Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices :

Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Why do we "dress up" for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why does the congregation sit passively in pews? Why do we have pews, steeples, choirs, and seminaries? Why do our church services seem so similar week after week? Not sure? The vast majority of Christians have no idea why they do what they do on a typical Sunday. Many Christians take for granted that their church's practices are rooted in Scripture. Yet those practices look very different from those of the first-century church.

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Prophetic Trends & Headline News

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1. Where is the United States in Prophecy?

Preparing for the coming energy wars - nations begin arms race for control of world's resources
Last summer, as Americans focused on the surge in Iraq, most ignored a military exercise with a potentially more far-reaching impact. In a remote location in the Ural Mountains, Russia, China, and several Central Asian nations gathered for a massive war game, ironically dubbed "Peace Mission 2007." Thousands of troops, armored vehicles, fighter-bombers, and attack helicopters stormed a town in a mock battle that was supposed to simulate fighting a terrorist takeover. Beneath its anti-terror veneer, Peace Mission 2007 was a classic display of military readiness: When it was over, the troops paraded before their assembled defense chiefs, and the whole event laid the groundwork for a closer military alliance among the participating nations. That such an exercise was held at all might seem shocking. Despite the global war on terrorism, and a steady drumbeat of civil conflicts, no war involving a major power like Russia has occurred in decades, and no external enemy threatens any of the Central Asian nations. But the exercise highlighted an alarming new reality. With much less fanfare than the early days of the Cold War, the world is entering a new arms race, and with it, a dangerous new web of military relationships. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, which tracks international armed forces spending, between 1997 and 2006 global military expenditures jumped by nearly 40 percent. Driven mainly by anxiety over oil and natural resources, countries are building their arsenals of conventional weapons at a rate not seen in decades, beefing up their armies and navies, and forging potential new alliances that could divide up the world in unpredictable ways. Much of this new arms spending is concentrated among the world's biggest consumers of resources, which are trying to protect their access to energy, and the biggest producers of resources, which are taking advantage of their new wealth to build up their defenses at a rate that would have been unthinkable for a developing country until recently........ read more

Global food crisis sparks US survivalist resurgence
So far the threat of a global food crisis has not affected Australia, but there are worrying signs appearing in the United States where some worried locals are beginning to hoard supplies. Two bulk US retailers are rationing some sales of imported rice and that's been enough for some Americans to begin stocking up. It has also rekindled America's survivalist movement. One leading survivalist warning of lean and hungry times ahead is Jim Rawles, a former US intelligence officer and editor of a survivalist blog, who lives in California. Mr Rawles says he thinks the food shortages being seen in the United States could soon become a matter of survival. "I think that families should be prepared for times of crisis, whether it's a man-made disaster or a natural disaster, and I think it's wise and prudent to stock up on food," he said. He says there are thousands of people in the United States stocking up to prepare for the possibility of a food shortage........ read more

U.S. population to hit 1 billion by 2100
If the USA seems too crowded and its roads too congested now, imagine future generations: The nation's population could more than triple to 1 billion as early as 2100. That's the eye-popping projection that urban and rural planners, gathered today for their annual meeting in Las Vegas, are hearing from a land-use expert. "What do we do now to start preparing for that?" asks Arthur Nelson, co-director of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech, whose analysis projects that the USA will hit the 1 billion mark sometime between 2100 and 2120. "It's a realistic long-term challenge." The nation currently has almost 304 million people and is the world's third most populous, behind China (1.3 billion) and India (1.1 billion). China passed the 1 billion mark in the early 1980s. Nelson's projection assumes that current fertility rates remain constant but that longevity and immigration will continue to rise. Jeff Soule, director of outreach for the American Planning Association, hopes it will be provocative enough to inspire planners who anticipate development patterns and infrastructure needs to look beyond their lifetimes and localities. "We have to be more aggressive about looking out at the long term," Soule says. "It may get people thinking beyond their jurisdictions.