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Friday Church News Notes
Volume 18, Issue 32 - August 11, 2017
The Friday Church News Notes is designed for use in churches and is published by Way of Life Literature. Unless otherwise stated, the Notes are written by David Cloud. Of necessity we quote from a wide variety of sources, though this does not imply an endorsement.
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EVIDENCE FOUND FOR THE BURNING OF JERUSALEM BY THE BABYLONIANS (Friday Church News Notes, August 11, 2017, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Discovery Testifies to Babylonian Destruction of First Temple,” Breaking Israel News, Jul. 26, 2017: “On the eve of Tisha B’av, the fast day commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples, archaeological evidence of that destruction has been uncovered, verifying the truth of the Book of Kings and reaffirming that the Temples stood in Jerusalem. In a discovery the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) called ‘mesmerizing proof’ of the Babylonian destruction of the First Temple, structures over 2,600 years old were exposed under collapsed layers of stone in Jerusalem’s City of David excavation park. ‘We have a very very clear destruction level’ showing signs of destruction by fire, said Dr. Joe Uziel, Excavation Director of the IAA. ... The City of David discovery was full of clues revealing the nature of First Temple-era life. Within the collapse, archaeologists found charred wood, grape seeds, pottery, fish scales and bones, and unique and rare artifacts. ... Dozens of clay storage jars, used for both grain and liquids like wine, were discovered, several of which had stamped seals depicting a rosette on the handle. The seals are typical of the end of the First Temple Judean period, said IAA excavation directors Ortal Chalaf and Dr. Uziel. The seals ‘were used for the administrative system that developed towards the end of the Judean dynasty,’ they said in a joint statement.” “And he burnt the house of the LORD, and the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man's house burnt he with fire” (2 Kings 25:9).

HEAD OF U.S. COAST GUARD’S INSUBORDINATION (Friday Church News Notes, August 11, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, has publicly and brazenly stated that he will disregard his Commander-in-Chief’s announced ban on transgenders in the military. “Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, who took charge of the Coast Guard under former President Barack Obama, says he ‘will not break faith’ with transgenders under his command. ‘The first thing we did is we reached out to all 13 members of the Coast Guard who have come out’ as transgender, Zukunft said at an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, reports the Hill. In his comments, Zukunft referred to the Coast Guard’s first openly transitioning officer, Lt. Taylor Miller, who was featured in a Washington Post article about the effects of the ban on transgender members of the service. ‘I feel very unwanted,’ Miller reportedly said. ‘Mortified and embarrassed. Most people my age are worried whether they’re going to get a date or what apartment they’re going to rent. I’m worried about how I’m going to cover the cost of my hormones, hide from everybody and not get beaten up and murdered in an alleyway’” (“Coast Guard Chief Will Disregard Trump’s Ban,” Breitbart, Aug. 3, 2017). This is a huge mess which has the potential to bring great harm to the U.S. military and the nation at large. In fact, it already has. There was gross lack of wisdom on the part of President Obama in foisting his radical social agenda upon the military. There is lack of wisdom on the current President’s side in announcing a major policy change in such a slapdash manner (via his private Twitter account). And there is gross insubordination on the part of the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard in making a public announcement that he will not obey a lawful order. It is evidence of the lawless spirit that has permeated American society.

MAINSTREAM MEDIA ADMITS DNA STUDY DOESN’T DISPROVE THE BIBLE (Friday Church News Notes, August 11, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Fake News Gets Major Blow,” Breaking Israel News, Aug. 3, 2017: “After dozens of major media outlets published stories last week gleefully citing a scientific report claiming to ‘disprove’ the Biblical account of the Canaanite people, at least one mainstream site has been forced to issue a retraction as it quickly became clear that the ‘debunking’ was itself a hoax. The story first broke after an archaeological research team published a scientific paper on July 27 proving that today’s modern-day Lebanese are the genetic descendants of the ancient Canaanite people. Using DNA extracted from two skeletons found in Sidon, Lebanon, the study traced the migration of the Canaanites from the land of Israel to Lebanon and concluded that their findings disproved the Biblical account in which God commands the Israelites to destroy the pagan people. ... Mainstream media immediately seized on the story, publishing such ‘gotcha’ headlines as ‘Study disproves the Bible’s suggestion that the ancient Canaanites were wiped out’ (The Telegraph), ‘The Bible was WRONG: Civilisation God ordered to be KILLED still live and kicking’ (Express), ‘New DNA study casts doubt on Bible claim’ (Mother Nature Network), and dozens more. None of the stories’ authors bothered to check their Bibles first. ... [But] contrary to the media’s claims, the story actually proves the Bible’s accuracy [since the Bible says the Canaanites were not wiped out.] ‘Yet it came to pass, when the children of Israel were waxen strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute; but did not utterly drive them out’ (Joshua 17:13). ‘And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute, and did not utterly drive them out’ (Judges 1:28). ... A few days after running its original story, British news outlet The Telegraph publicly acknowledged its mistake, adding a correction beneath its article reading, ‘The original version of this story erroneously said the Bible claimed the Canaanites were wiped. However, elsewhere in the Bible, it says the elimination was not successful.’”

IMAM IN CALIFORNIA PRAYS FOR ANNIHILATION OF THE JEWS (Friday Church News Notes, August 11, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Imam Ammar Shahin Cites Antisemitic Hadith,” www.memri.org: “On July 21, the Egyptian-born American preacher Ammar Shahin delivered a Friday sermon at the Islamic Center of Davis, northern California, where he serves as Imam. In it he cited an antisemitic hadith, according to which the Muslims would fight the Jews on Judgment Day, and prayed to Allah to ‘liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews’ and to ‘annihilate them down to the very last one,’ not sparing any of them. ‘Oh Allah, make this happen by our hands. Let us play a part in this,’ he prayed in the sermon, which was posted on the Davis Masjid YouTube channel. Imam Shahin, who had earned a B.A. in Islamic studies in Egypt, traveled in 1999 to the U.S., where he obtained a degree in computer engineering. He is listed as an instructor of the Zidni Islamic Institute, a California-based organization that teaches Sunni Islam in the West. Sheikh Ammar Shahin said, ‘Allah does not change the situation of people until they change their own situation. The Prophet Muhammad said, “Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Jews hide behind stones and trees, and the stones and the trees say: Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah...” ... Oh Allah, support the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the rest of the Muslim lands. Oh Allah, liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews. Oh Allah, destroy those who closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Oh Allah, show us the black day that You inflict upon them, and the wonders of Your ability. Oh Allah, count them one by one and annihilate them down to the very last one. Do not spare any of them.’”

FIRST U.S. COMPANY TO PLACE CHIP IMPLANTS IN EMPLOYEES (Friday Church News Notes, August 11, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Chipping Employees,” CBN News, Jul. 24, 2017: “A Wisconsin company is set to become the first in America to give its employees the opportunity to have microchip implants in their hand. Three Square Market is a developer of software used in vending machines and will pay for their employees to get chipped. About 50 employees at the company have volunteered to get the chip injection starting in August. The chips will be implanted in employees' hands to buy things in the break room, log into computers, open doors, and so on. ‘It's the next thing that's inevitably gonna happen and we want to be a part of it,’ said Three Square Market CEO Todd Westby.  The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and will be implanted between the thumb and forefinger. The company will pick up the $300 fee.  ‘Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.,’ Westby predicts in a blog post.”

MASTERS OF MIMICRY (Friday Church News Notes, August 11, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is from CreationMoments.com, July 18, 2017: “Though they are only insects, stick insects seem to have an amazing knowledge of their surroundings. They are geniuses at using their predators’ weakness for their own protection. Stick insects are leaf eaters. Many of them look like little twigs. The longest insect in the world is a walking stick from Borneo that reaches a length of 13 inches. A tropical stick is as thick as a finger and the same color as the bamboo on which it is often found. It also has swollen ridges that make it look even more like bamboo. Other types have leafy flaps that match the leaves of the plants they frequent. Some stick insects go even further. They lay eggs that look exactly like the seeds of the plant on which they feed. A stick that’s found in New Mexico glues its eggs to grass stems. The position and shape of the long pointed eggs exactly mimic the seeds of that species of grass. While they don’t fly, some sticks have brightly colored wings that they can rapidly unfurl. They use this ability to startle away nervous birds who might want to investigate them for lunch. Sticks will often sway with the breeze to make their illusion more effective. Some sticks will sit motionless for hours. Some birds understand this and will closely examine non-moving twigs. Sticks will often refuse to move even when being carried away by a bird. This tactic has fooled many birds into thinking it really was a twig and releasing it. Stick insects are clearly not the result of mindless chance. Their intelligence was created by the Creator of the universe. Source: Sivinski, John. ‘When is a stick not a stick?’ Natural History, June 1992, p. 30.”

CONCLUSION: The Friday Church News Notes is designed for use in churches and is published by Way of Life Literature’s Fundamental Baptist Information Service. Unless otherwise stated, the Notes are written by David Cloud. Of necessity we quote from a wide variety of sources, but this obviously does not imply an endorsement. We trust that our readers will not be discouraged. It is God’s will that we know the times (1 Ch. 12:32; Mat. 16:3) and that we be as wise as serpents and harmless as doves. The News Notes remind us that the hour is very late, and we need to be ready for the Lord’s coming. Are you sure that you are born again? Are you living for Christ? “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof” (Rom. 13:11-14).

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