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Friday Church News Notes
Volume 18, Issue 39 - September 29, 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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NOTE FROM A DALLAS COWBOY’S FOOTBALL FAN (Friday Church News Notes, September 29, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - We received the following interesting email on September 25, 2017: “I have read your professional sports article and it is very convicting. I have been a Cowboys fan for nearly my entire life. Even after reading your article I find myself overly enthused with watching and keeping up with ‘my team.’ I am glad that Trump called for a boycott of the NFL. These players wouldn’t be making millions if it were not for the soldiers that fought and died for the freedoms we have (that were given by God). But above and beyond all that is Jehovah God who hates the forsaking of the assembly and all the filth associated with professional sports. What is more convicting is that so many fans, including myself, are willing to boycott over not standing during the National Anthem but not willing to boycott over all the evil associated with professional sports. The fact is (as you have pointed out so thoroughly) that pro sports for the most part hates the Lord who saved me. God help us!”
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A Warning About Professional Sports

NETANYAHU SAYS ISRAEL BRINGING SALVATION TO THE WORLD THROUGH TECHNOLOGY (Friday Church News Notes, September 29, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - In his speech before the United Nations General Assembly on September 19, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a loose reference to Isaiah 52:10, saying Israel would be “a light to the nations” and “bring salvation to the ends of the earth” (“Netanyahu Lauds Israel’s Prophetic Contributions to World at UN,” BreakingIsraelNews, Sep. 20, 2017). Netanyahu cited Israel’s influence in “the food you eat, the water you drink, the medicines you take, the cars you drive, the cell phones you use, and in so many other ways that are transforming our world.” Modern Israel is indeed a sign and her inventions are marvelous, but Isaiah 52:10 points, rather, to the coming of the suffering Messiah described in chapter 53. “The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God” (Isa. 52:10). God’s salvation is the atoning work of Christ on Calvary, and all the ends of the earth have seen it through the preaching of the gospel. Understanding that Jesus is the fulfillment of prophecy is the key to understanding Scripture. “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:44-48).

SYRIAN BEAR SIGHTED IN LEBANON (Friday Church News Notes, September 29, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The Syrian bear was thought to be extinct in Lebanon, Israel, and Syria, but a mother and cub were sighted in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in December 2016 (“Extremely rare Syrian bear and cub spotted in Lebanon,” Independent, Jan. 13, 2017). The Syrian bear (Ursus arctos syriacus) is one of 16 types of the brown bear clan that includes the North American grizzly. While not as big as the grizzly, the Syrian bear is still a monster weighing up to 550 pounds. This is the type of bear that is mentioned eight times in the Bible. It is the bear that David killed (1 Sa. 17:34). The Bible teaches us to learn spiritual lessons from creation, and the mother bear’s ferocity in protecting her cubs is often used as an illustration (2 Sa. 17:8; Pr. 17:12; Ho. 13:8). Few things in nature are more fearful than a mother brown bear that is defending her cubs. She lies in wait (La. 3:10) and then attacks quickly and unexpectedly, running 35-40 miles an hour (50 yards in a blazing 3 seconds), and tearing her opponents apart with her sharp claws and terrible teeth. In Hosea 13:8, God warns Israel that He would be to her in judgment as a bear bereaved of her whelps, and in the next verse He says, “in me is thine help.” Like the mother bear, God is a wonderful protector and a terrible enemy. “I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them. O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help” (Hosea 13:8-9).

U.S. ESTABLISHES FIRST PERMANENT MILITARY BASE IN ISRAEL (Friday Church News Notes, September 29, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - America has established its first permanent military base in Israel. Located inside the Israeli Air Force’s Mashabim Air Base in the Negev, the U.S. base is an air defense unit that will accommodate dozens of American soldiers. It is near Dimona, where Israel’s nuclear research center is located and where a U.S. military radar installation tracks ballistic missiles. The U.S. base will be run by the U.S. military’s European Command (EUCOM). In the opening ceremony, Maj. Gen. John Gronski, deputy commander of U.S. Army National Guard in Europe, said the base “symbolizes the strong bond that exists between the United States and Israel” (“In first, US establishes permanent military base,” The Times of Israel, Sep. 18, 2017). Brig. Gen. Tzvika Haimovitch, head of the Israeli Air Force’s Aerial Defense Command, said the presence of the U.S. base sends a “message to the region and our surroundings that our partnership with our friend the United States is important.” Israel has the world’s most effective missile defense system and probably the best air force.

DISCOVERY OF SECOND TEMPLE CAPITAL POSSIBLY FROM SOLOMON’S PORCH (Friday Church News Notes, September 29, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The Temple Mount Sifting Project has discovered a capital that dates to the second temple and could be from one of the pillars that formed Solomon’s Porch (“A Capital from Solomon’s Porch on the Temple Mount,” www.ritmeyer.com, Apr. 5, 2017). The porch, which dates to the Hasmonean or Maccabean era, ran along part of the eastern side of the Temple Mount in Jesus’ day. Solomon’s Porch was formed by a double column of 20-feet-high pillars. This was probably where Christ overthrew the money sellers, and it was where the apostles did sign miracles (Acts 3:11; 5:12). The Temple Mount Sifting Project began in 2005 and is dedicated to recovering artifacts from 400 truckloads of rubble that was removed from the Temple Mount by the Waqf during construction of an underground mosque in the last half of the 1990s. The rubble was dumped in the Kidron Valley. Many articles dating to the Second Temple period have been discovered, including coins, arrowheads, floor tiles, and bulla (hardened clay with a seal impression).

IRAN BOASTS THAT IT TRICKED THE WORLD AND CAN NOW START MAKING NUCLEAR BOMBS (Friday Church News Notes, September 29, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Iran Boasts,” Israel Today, Sept. 7, 2017: “Israel warned former US President Barack Obama that Iran wouldn’t honor the nuclear arms deal he brokered with the Islamic Republic. The ayatollahs and their elected puppets went through the motions, but never truly fulfilled the stipulations of the agreement. The West, fearful of escalating tensions, turned a blind eye to numerous violations. But that only kicked the can down the road, as the Americans say. Now, top Iranian officials are openly boasting of successfully playing the West, while retaining the ability to restart their nuclear arms program at a moment’s notice. In an August 22 interview on Iran’s IRINN TV, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, revealed that his people had poured cement into a few external pipes at the Arak nuclear reactor in order to fool international inspectors, but had not disabled its core. ‘If we want to, we can start enriching uranium to 20% within five days, and that is very significant,’ said Salehi.”

ANGLICAN CHURCH BOOKS FACILITIES TO SATANIC FASHION SHOW (Friday Church News Notes, September 29, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Last week, an Anglican church was the venue for a fashion show featuring immodest models wearing satanic horns and upside-down crosses. St. Andrew Holborn Church has long been one of the London Fashion Week venues, but this year the show featured the work of Dilara Findikoglu who told Vogue magazine that she is fascinated with the occult and magic (“Bishop’s blast at ‘satanic’ London Fashion Week,” Daily Mail, Sep. 23, 2017). Michael Nazir-Ali, former bishop of Rochester, rightly called it “not acceptable” and “blasphemous.” The church issued a statement saying, “We took this booking in good faith and were not aware of the content or design before the show took place.” But to host any kind of modern fashion show in a church is not only unacceptable, it is wicked. Recently the Wells Cathedral in Somerset hosted the filming of the latest occultic Hellboy movie. The Church of England is a nest for every kind of heresy and unclean thing. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11).

ONE GENERATION AFTER THE FLOOD (Friday Church News Notes, September 29, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is from CreationMoments.com, December 22, 2016: “Many listeners will recall the volcanic eruption that rocked Washington State as Mount St. Helens exploded in May of 1980. Fortunately, there was plenty of warning and the event was recorded in detail. Since that time, many studies have been made by the Park service and by creationists, including Creation Moments, on the rate of recovery. In 2005, a generation after the eruption, scientists took a close look at the area to get an idea of how the earth might have recovered a generation after Noah’s flood. See David Williams, “Phenomena and Curiosities: Rising from the Ashes,” Smithsonian, May 5, 2016. The volcano destroyed 230 square miles of forest. Much of that area was literally sterilized by hot pyroclastic flows. Twenty-five years later, 150 species of plants had established themselves in this area. This included five species of conifers such as the Western hemlock and Pacific silver fir. This was contrary to current ecological theory since these trees are supposed to sprout only after generations of other plants had improved the soil. Many trees were already 15 feet tall. In addition, birds, frogs, toads, mammals and even elk had returned. Again, many of these species were not expected to have returned to the area for a long while yet. The Bible mentions the appearance of green plants within two months of the rain stopping at the end of the Flood. Mount St. Helens illustrates such a speedy recovery after the Flood.”

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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