Signs of the Times (7/29/15

Geneticist Says Evidence Confirms Biblical Adam and Eve

A respected molecular geneticist explores the historicity of Adam and Eve in a newly-released documentary, explaining that modern findings in the field of genetics confirm the Bible’s teachings that all humans descended from an original couple created by God. Dr. Georgia Purdom earned a Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Ohio State University and has published papers in a number of scientific journals, including the Journal of Neuroscience and the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. Formerly a biology professor, Purdom is now a researcher and speaker for the Christian apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis. “One of the most compelling genetic evidences for an original human couple created by God is mitochondrial DNA research done by creation geneticist, Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson,” she advised. “He clearly shows that the common human female ancestor of us all (biblical Eve) lived within the biblical timeframe of several thousand years ago,” she said in an interview with Christian News Network. “A historical Adam and Eve and original sin are the foundation of the gospel,” she said. “The bad news, sin and death, begins in Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve sinned.”

Pope Francis: “Koran And Holy Bible Are The Same”

On Monday the Bishop of Rome addressed Catholic followers regarding the dire importance of exhibiting religious tolerance. During his hour-long speech, a smiling Pope Francis was quoted telling the Vatican’s guests that the Koran, and the spiritual teachings contained therein, are just as valid as the Holy Bible., reports conservativebyte.com. “Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Jehovah, Allah. These are all names employed to describe an entity that is distinctly the same across the world. For centuries, blood has been needlessly shed because of the desire to segregate our faiths. This, however, should be the very concept which unites us as people, as nations, and as a world bound by faith. Together, we can bring about an unprecedented age of peace, all we need to achieve such a state is respect each other’s’ beliefs, for we are all children of God regardless of the name we choose to address him by. We can accomplish miraculous things in the world by merging our faiths, and the time for such a movement is now. No longer shall we slaughter our neighbors over differences in reference to their God.”

  • In addition to the one-world government Satan is working toward (see Revelation 13), there will also be a unified religion under the ‘false Pope’ in which all of humanity will be coerced into worshipping the anti-Christ. Pope Francis is laying the groundwork.

Justice Scalia: Americans Will Be Detained In FEMA Camps

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made headlines nationwide this week after bluntly telling law students at the University of Hawaii that internment camps to detain Americans would eventually return. Acknowledging that the infamous Supreme Court-approved internment of Japanese-Americans in wretched camps during World War II was wrong, the conservative-leaning justice followed up by adding that “you are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again.” There have been countless reports about internment facilities all across the United States set up under the aegis of the Federal Emergency Management Agency — so-called “FEMA camps.” In 2006, a Halliburton subsidiary was even handed a $385-million contract to build a vast network of “detention centers” for the Department of Homeland Security. Last year, FEMA just ordered $1 billion in coffin liners, millions of ready-to-eat meals and body bags, reports truthandaction.org. Congress and the president have even approved a statute to legalize the indefinite detention of Americans without charges, trial, due process, or any other constitutionally guaranteed rights, reports the organization.

Third Undercover Planned Parenthood Video Released

The latest Planned Parenthood video has been released by the Media Research Center (MRC). The third (of possibly ten total) Planned Parenthood undercover videos focuses on a former procurement technician, Holly O’Donnell, as she details the work that was expected of her in a lab called StemExpress, which partners and shares profits with Planned Parenthood. Shortly after being hired to ‘draw blood’ she quickly realized that she was in a situation far more nefarious when doctors began dissecting the individual parts of a recently aborted baby and then casually discussing how to maximize their profits from it. Using tweezers, the trainer explained “This is the head, this the arm…” and shortly after, O’Donnell blacked out when she began to dig through the parts. Planned Parenthood has repeated claimed that it does not profit from the trafficking of baby body parts. This video is proof of the contrary, as documents are revealed to show that first trimester babies are being sold for $550. Holly O’Donnell outlines for the viewers exactly how most of the staff were not concerned with preserving the “specimens.”

Legislators Seek to Defund Planned Parenthood

Several legislative efforts to defund Planned Parenthood of federal tax dollars are in the works after two undercover videos appear to show doctors affiliated with the group discussing the exchange of organs and other body parts from aborted fetuses. In the days after the videos went public, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, also a GOP presidential contender, announced he would move to strip some of the roughly $500 million in taxpayer money given to Planned Parenthood each year. On Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-K.Y., introduced a measure aimed at the same goal. Some states have launched investigations into Planned Parenthood.

Sex Trafficking in U.S. Increasing

More than 3,500 U.S. sex trafficking cases were reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center last year. Under federal law, anyone under 18 years of age induced into commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking — regardless of whether the trafficker uses force, fraud, or coercion. According to a 2014 study by the Urban Institute, some traffickers in Atlanta make more than $32,000 a week. The study also cited research findings from 2007 that Atlanta’s illegal sex industry generates around $290 million a year. A big part of Atlanta’s draw is the airport, which is the busiest in the world.

  • These were just the reported cases. Many more go unreported. Still more are older than eighteen. Slavery still exists in the U.S.

Heroin Becoming an Epidemic in U.S.

Heroin deaths are spiking in the U.S. Concerned lawmakers have proclaimed it to be an epidemic and a significant public health issue. Between 2012-13, the number of U.S. drug overdose deaths resulting from heroin spiked from 5,900 to 8,200, said Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of National Drug Policy Center. “I’ve been with [the] DEA almost 30 years, and I have to tell you, I’ve never seen it this bad,” Jack Riley, acting deputy administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said at a House judiciary subcommittee hearing Tuesday.

More Black Babies Aborted Than Born in New York City

Black lives matter? Apparently not for blacks in New York City. A “Pregnancy Outcomes” report from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals in 2013, more black babies were aborted than born in the city. A chart on page 7 shows 24,108 “non-Hispanic black” babies were born while 29,007 faced “induced terminations” — or abortions. Abortions among the “non-Hispanic black” demographic were by far the highest among any racial group.

Surge of Syrian Refugees into U.S. Stirs Security Concerns

Syria’s bloody civil war has brought the largest number of refugees and asylum-seekers to the United States in a decade, and thousands more are expected. But with the influx comes mounting concerns over whether the Obama administration can properly vet them, and keep out those with terror ties seeking to exploit the system. Lawmakers are worried that not only is Syria the headquarters of the Islamic State, but that the country’s state of chaos makes screening refugees that much harder. “The vast majority of Syrian refugees do not have ties to terror groups,” Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who chairs the Homeland Security Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee, said at a recent hearing. “However, we have been reviewing the current security vetting procedures for a number of months, and I have a number of concerns, not the least of which is the lack of on-the-ground intelligence necessary to identify terror links.”

  • More and more sleeper cells and ‘lone wolves’ are gathering in the U.S. – domestic terrorism will rise significantly in the months/years ahead.

Thousands of Migrants Swarm the Eurotunnel

A man died as more than 1,500 migrants tried to storm the tunnel that links Britain with France for the second successive night Tuesday. Many suffered injuries. On Monday, more than 2,000 migrants, desperate to reach England, tried to enter the terminal, causing delays for travelers. The man is the ninth person to die near the terminal since June. The tunnel, also known as the Chunnel, runs 31 miles from a point near Calais, in northern France, to Folkestone, in southeastern England. Calais has long been a gathering place for migrants trying to find a way into the UK. Eurotunnel, which operates the route, said it has intercepted more than 37,000 migrants since Jan. 1, and handed them over to law enforcement officials.

The British government, which has announced up to $11 million to improve fencing near the tunnel, was holding an emergency meeting about the crisis Wednesday. But French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the problem extends beyond France and Britain. “If we want to solve this problem in Calais, if we want to prevent the networks of smugglers from driving vulnerable men, women and kids to Calais, we need to work on this from the migrants’ countries of origin and follow their path which leads to European territory.”

Persecution Watch

A Michigan man is suing Ford Motor Company after the company fired him for calling homosexuality “immoral.” The Christian Post reports Thomas Banks, a contract engineer, was terminated without warning in August 2014 after Ford updated its policies to become more LGBT friendly. When Banks stated his opinion against the changes, he was swiftly fired for “harassment” without permission to discuss the matter with officials.

A Washington state pharmacy must stock the morning-after abortion pill despite the owner’s claim that the pill is against his religious beliefs. A federal appeals court ruled last week that Ralph’s Thriftway must stock Plan B despite his religious beliefs.

The Boy Scouts of America voted Monday to allow gay leaders. This could mean troops based at churches may end up in court if they ban gay Scoutmasters. The ‘gay agenda’ is being ramrodded through our court system to make moral opposition a crime.

An ordained pastor’s volunteer credentials have been revoked by the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) for refusing to sign a statement promising to never tell inmates that homosexuality was “sinful.” The Liberty Counsel is now defending David Wells, arguing that the pastor should be able to explain what the Bible says about sexuality.

Economic News

Consumer confidence plunged in July as global turmoil rocked financial markets. The Conference Board’s index of consumers’ perceptions fell to 90.9 from June’s 99.8. The reading for June was revised down from 101.4. The closely watched measure of Americans’ attitudes hit a 7-½-year high of 103.8 in January, but has been volatile in recent months. Strong job growth generally has buoyed consumers this year but the Greek debt crisis and China’s stock market plunge have hurt U.S. stocks in recent weeks. In July, the share of consumers expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months fell to 14.7% from 17.9%. And those expecting more jobs tumbled to 13.1% from 17.1%.

China’s Shanghai Composite index shed 8.5% on Monday, a severe decline that raises questions about the government’s ability to prevent a crash. Beijing managed to stabilize markets with a dramatic rescue in late June and early July, intervening in a number of ways to limit losses for investors. But the rout has now resumed: Monday’s slump was the biggest daily percentage decline since 2007. The vast majority of companies listed in Shanghai, including many large state-owned firms, fell by the maximum daily limit of 10%.

The U.S. dollar is getting too strong for some countries. Early warning signs suggest another emerging currency crisis. Brazil’s currency, the real, hit a 12-year low Monday. Currencies in Southeast Asia are at their worst points since the region’s last financial crisis in the late 1990s. Mexico and South Africa’s exchange rates are at their lowest levels ever compared to the dollar. A large scale currency crisis could be a real hit to the global economy. China’s stock market plunge might just be the beginning of the troubles for emerging markets.

Oil has plunged nearly 20% this month alone and it briefly dipped below $47 a barrel on Tuesday. That leaves it flirting with the March lows, which was the weakest price since 2009. The latest selling has been fueled by the same dynamics that caused oil to tumble from $100 last summer. The American energy revolution has created a massive supply glut and the tepid global economy is depressing demand. American drivers can expect these dynamics to persist, keeping energy prices cheap for some time. Thousands of U.S. gas stations will have sub-$2 gasoline prices by December, according to Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service.

Once a staple of the American workplace, the annual raise is turning into a relic of the pre-crisis economy as companies turn to creative — and cheaper — ways to compensate their employees. More businesses are upping their spending on benefits such as one-time bonuses, health care and paid time off, according to a recent government survey. Many are rolling out perks such as free gym membership, commuting subsidies, even pet health insurance. Often, those benefits are being provided in lieu of higher salaries. It’s one of the main reasons many Americans feel the recovery remains elusive, as stagnant wages mean rising rents and college tuition take a bigger bite out of the family budget.

The average age of vehicles on the road in the U.S. is rising, even as consumers snap up more new vehicles — a paradox attributable to substantial increases in reliability. The typical car on the road in the U.S. is a record-high 11.5 years old, according to a new IHS Automotive survey. Yet Americans are buying cars at an annualized rate of more than 17 million vehicles, marking a high not seen since before the Great Recession. Many consumers are buying new vehicles while not scrapping old cars that are still running fine. U.S. vehicle owners bought 42% more cars than they scrapped in 2014, according to IHS.

Islamic State

Turkey and the United States have agreed in general terms on a plan that envisions American warplanes, Syrian insurgents and Turkish forces working together to sweep Islamic State militants from a 60-mile-long strip of northern Syria along the Turkish border. The plan would create what officials from both countries are calling an Islamic State-free zone controlled by relatively moderate Syrian insurgents, which the Turks say could also be a “safe zone” for displaced Syrians. But the plan faces the same challenges that have long plagued American policy in Syria. While the United States is focused on the Islamic State, both the Turks and the Syrian insurgents see defeating President Bashar al-Assad of Syria as their first priority.

Pakistan

Pakistani police have killed the leader of an al Qaeda-linked militant group that has repeatedly carried out deadly attacks on the country’s Shiite Muslim minority in recent years, authorities said Wednesday. Malik Ishaq, the head of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, was killed during a shootout after armed men on motorcycles ambushed a police convoy that was transporting him. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is known for targeting Shiites in Sunni-majority Pakistan, including a series of bombings in early 2013 that left more than 160 people dead in Balochistan province. Ishaq was detained by authorities soon after those attacks. In the clash with police early Wednesday, the motorcycle-riding attackers freed Ishaq and two of his sons in the ambush, but police responded with gunfire that killed the terrorist leader, both of his sons and 12 others.

Yemen

Just hours into a five-day humanitarian ceasefire, dueling sides of the Yemeni conflict are accusing each other of breaching the peace deal. According to the Saudi-backed Yemeni government, Houthi rebels started artillery shelling almost immediately after the truce went into effect at midnight Sunday. The source said Houthi militias shelled several areas in the central city of Taiz, including “many residential areas.” But the Houthi-controlled Defense Ministry accused a Saudi-backed coalition of violating the ceasefire, saying two airstrikes struck Hajjah and Saada provinces. One person was killed and seven injured in the Hajjah strike on a medical center, which is used as a shelter by Houthi rebels.

Somalia

A suicide attacker drove a vehicle loaded with explosives into the gate of the Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Sunday, killing at least 15 people. The Al-Shabaab terror group took responsibility for the attack, saying it was targeting Western diplomats. The luxury hotel houses the diplomatic missions for several nations, including China. The bomb destroyed part of the hotel and caused damage to nearby structures. The attack follows a series of Al-Shabaab assaults July 10 on two Mogadishu hotels and a stadium housing peacekeepers.

Kenya

Christians have come under repeated attacks in North Eastern Province in Kenya at the hands of Al-Shabaab militants who have killed hundreds. Christians have suffered many attacks and there are weekly, if not daily threats. Many Christians who are too scared to sleep inside Garissa town. Each Sunday brings with it new threats from Al-Shabaab. Garissa’s Christians are told that if you worship here, you’ll die. In spite of the threats that arrive before every Sunday mass, Josepth Allesandro, the Bishop of Garissa says he would never consider leaving his congregation. He along with his fellow bishops and nuns, have been a constant in this community.

Earthquakes

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit southern Alaska Tuesday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake’s epicenter — about 150 miles from Anchorage — was located on the western edge of the of Cook Inlet, near the Chigmit Mountains. According to USGS, it is about 45 miles southwest of Redoubt Volcano.

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck near Alaska’s Aleutian Islands late Sunday night. The quake occurred 58 miles east-southeast of Yunaska Island, in the Fox Islands — which are in the middle of the Aleutians. There was no immediate reports of injuries or of a tsunami warning.

Wildfires

Several large wildfires are burning across the parched West as the week begins, including a blaze that has injured multiple firefighters. A fast-moving wildfire that began Saturday afternoon has injured four people and burned through 1,500 acres in Northern California. The fire also threatens 150 homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Three firefighters and a U.S. Forest Service member were injured battling the inferno. The fire crew’s position was overrun by flames, burning their engine. Steep terrain and general inaccessibility is hindering firefighting efforts. The fire was just 15 percent contained as of Sunday night.

Weather

A wall of dust, known as a haboob, triggered by monsoon season thunderstorms rolled through the Phoenix area Tuesday night. A cluster of showers and thunderstorms southwest of Greater Phoenix produced outflow winds of about 30 mph that kicked up dust and sent it rolling north into the Valley of the Sun. The brunt of the haboob appeared to hit the East Valley, where Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport reported visibility as low as 3/4 of a mile. According to the National Weather Service, Phoenix experiences an average of about three haboobs a year during from June through September.

California’s historic drought appears to be matched by severe dry spells on three other continents. Brazil, North Korea and South Africa are bearing the brunt of much lower-than-average precipitation, wreaking havoc on millions of peoples’ lives and livelihoods. Brazil’s worst drought in 50 years is impacting a fifth of that country’s 200 million people, including those in the megacities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janiero. Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, is now running on emergency reserves of water and has started rationing because of the lack of precipitation. What little water is left in the rivers and reservoirs is just about unusable in its current state. In Africa, drought continues to intensify in the equatorial region and remains entrenched in South Africa, which is seeing its worst dry spell in two decades. The country has been forced to import corn (maize) this year, rather than export it as it usually does. The drought in North Korea is extremely difficult to track or verify, because of the lack of accurate information that comes out of the reclusive nation. The country said it is undergoing its worst drought in a century, and the U.N. is warning of mass starvation since many of the areas affected by the dry conditions produce staple food crops.

Evacuations were ordered for residents in Pasco County, Florida, threatened by the rising Anclote River, as severe storms continued to slam Florida. Residents of the Anclote River Estates neighborhood and elsewhere in the Elfers area were ordered to evacuate and the Red Cross established an evacuation center for those affected at First Presbyterian Church of Port Richey. Late Sunday night, officials confirmed that more than 300 homes had been evacuated in the area.

In the dead of summer, a time when attention-getting storms are typically tropical and the atmosphere is otherwise stagnant and steamy, a storm system straight is winding up north of the U.S.-Canada border. It whipped up a wild combination of snow showers and straight-line thunderstorm winds of 90-100 mph on Monday. The storm then produced extremely strong non-thunderstorm winds on Tuesday in the northern Plains, including gusts in excess of 70 mph in Montana and North Dakota.

Residents in at least four European countries will be cleaning up after being blasted by damaging winds from an unseasonably strong low-pressure system and several lines of severe thunderstorms associated with it Friday and Saturday. At least three people have reportedly been killed and 15 others injured by the stormy weather. Trees were felled across much of the Netherlands as winds gusted over 50 mph. In Amsterdam, a peak gust of 63 mph was recorded. The same high winds that battered the Netherlands also moved into Germany, hitting the northern half of the country especially hard.

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