Artificial Intelligence & The Coming Global Empire

The following article sounds like science fiction but it is not.  Do not be intimidated by the following article, as fallen man focuses on his “utopia” and the New World Order (NWO) without God.  These are prominent signs of the soon return of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Himself said, “When all these things begin to happen, look up for your salvation is near!” (Luke 21:28). In fact, He said the generation witnessing these signs will not pass away before He returns (Matthew 24:34). The appearance of these signs is the #1 indicator the end of the age and the Second Coming of Jesus are near.  For the first time in history, we see those signs. They’re all around us. So don’t doubt it. Jesus is coming!

Note:  It is also important to keep in mind that the availability of technology does not mean it will be used immediately.  The atom bomb was first used seventy three years ago at the close of World War II, but by the grace of God, has not been used since.  The Artificial Intelligence (AI) you see below, is currently being discovered and refined, yet will not become a danger to mankind until it is mass produced and under the dominion of evil leaders.  This, of course, is all under the hand of God’s sovereignty and is where prayer comes in for we Christians.

Yours in Christ, Pastor Steve <><

 

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Artificial Intelligence & The Coming Global Empire
By Britt Gillette February 16, 2018
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A series of recent news stories have highlighted the massive advances made in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Several of those focus on China’s Yitu Technologies, a company at the forefront of AI development. Yitu created a technology called Dragonfly.

Dragonfly can search and analyze billions of photographs and locate a single person in a matter of seconds. Connected to cameras in the Shanghai Metro, it identified over 500 criminals in a three month period. It’s so powerful it can recognize people wearing disguises. And it can identify people using pictures that are more than 30 years old.

Think of the power this gives the Chinese government. As Dragonfly connects to every camera in the nation, criminals will have nowhere to hide. Unfortunately, no one else will either. Chinese dissidents, political activists, ethnic minorities, Christians, and other “enemies of the state” will also have nowhere to hide. And it’s quite unlikely China will be the only state to take advantage of this technology.

The Rise of Big Brother

In George Orwell’s novel 1984, we’re first introduced to “Big Brother” – an omnipresent, all-powerful and “well-intentioned” totalitarian regime. The book’s hero, Winston Smith, lives in a world where every citizen is under 24/7 surveillance. Personal privacy doesn’t exist.

 Government controls every part of life. Monitors in Winston’s apartment spy on him when he’s home. Other devices spy on him when he’s not home. Hidden cameras and microphones capture his words, deeds, and even his facial expressions. His mail is opened, and “thought police” search for and arrest any citizens who dare to have thoughts or feelings outside of those sanctioned by Big Brother and the ruling elite.

Winston’s world is a place of absolute government control. No conversation, movement, or transaction goes unnoticed. The government is watching – always. In the decades since Orwell first released 1984, people have marveled at what they see as great insight into our future.

And they’re right to do so. Because 1984 is becoming our reality. And unfortunately, Yitu Technologies and Dragonfly are just a small part of what’s coming. Why do I say that? Because we’re only in the first stages of the AI revolution.

What’s Coming

In the near future, technologies like Dragonfly will be commonplace. And the ability to see and hear everything will be even easier for government. Unfortunately, while most people object to this type of surveillance and invasion of privacy, their everyday actions bring it closer and closer to reality. How? Many people voluntarily reveal the most intimate details of their lives.

They upload pictures of themselves and their friends to Facebook, and they tag them so AI systems can recognize them. They reveal personal information on Snapchat and Twitter. And they set up devices like the Google Mini and the Amazon Echo in their homes.

These devices respond to voice commands and make life easier. But they also have a downside. By definition, they’re always listening. That means a microphone is in your house listening at all times. And some of the newer devices feature cameras as well.

As time goes by, these devices will become smaller and cheaper. And as they become smaller and cheaper, they’ll become ubiquitous. They’ll be everywhere. How much smaller and cheaper will these devices become? Imagine trillions of HD cameras and microphones – each one the size of a dust particle.

Some might be so small the naked eye can’t see them. These cameras and microphones will constantly record everything. How will they be placed? They won’t. Like dust, they’ll spread across the earth and settle on every surface. They’ll be everywhere.

They’ll settle on your clothes. They’ll come in through the ventilation in your house. They’ll stick to the bottoms of shoes, and they’ll blow through the streets. And this “nanodust” will send raw video and audio content straight to the government.

“But wait,” you might say. “How will the government sift through all this data? It would take legions of intelligence analysts a century or more to listen to just one day of global conversations, right?” That’s true. But humans won’t comb through all this data. AI will.

Technology similar to Dragonfly will search and analyze everything – not just faces. In the same way Dragonfly analyzes faces, AI systems of the future will search audio recordings for specific phrases and undesirable language.

They’ll analyze video to find certain patterns of movement or behavior. And AI systems will be able to identify common traits shared by enemies of the state. With the ability to process mountains of information at high speeds, AI systems will analyze information with a much higher level of precision than any human analyst ever could.

A global network of such technologies will have the ability to “listen” to every conversation on earth. No one will be able to escape the ever watchful eye of “Big Brother.”

The Coming Global Empire

So why does all this matter? Because two thousand years ago the Bible said a single government will rule all the people of the world (Revelation 13:7). It also said the leader of that government will exercise such total control he’ll be able to decide who can buy or sell anything (Revelation 13:17). Think about those statements.

A global government will have total and complete control over all commerce. To achieve this feat requires a police state the likes of which the world has never seen. Was such a state possible in the 1st Century? No. Was it possible in the 20th Century? No. How about in this century? Yes. It will be. And it won’t just be a possibility. It will be reality. Government won’t be able to resist the temptation AI offers. It’s just one more sign we’re nearing the end of the present age.

Remember, global government isn’t the only sign of the end. But it’s appearing at the same time as the other signs Jesus and the prophets said to look for. Israel is back in the land (Jeremiah 23:7-8)… The Jewish people once again reside in Jerusalem (Luke 21:24-28)… Though small, Israel has an exceedingly great army (Ezekiel 37:10)… Europe is unifying (Daniel 2:31-45)… And the Gospel is being preached to the ends of the earth (Matthew 24:14). These are all signs Jesus and the prophets said to look for. And our generation is the first ever to witness these signs. Think this is mere coincidence? I don’t either.

Jesus Himself said, “When all these things begin to happen, look up for your salvation is near!” (Luke 21:28). In fact, He said the generation witnessing these signs will not pass away before He returns (Matthew 24:34). The appearance of these signs is the #1 indicator the end of the age and the Second Coming of Jesus are near.

For the first time in history, we see those signs. They’re all around us. So don’t doubt it. Jesus is coming!

Britt Gillette is author of the free ebook Coming to Jesus as well as the books Signs of the Second Coming and Racing Toward Armageddon.

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Arab Emirates Bring Pagan War Goddess to United Nations ~ November 28, 2017

“For he built again the high places which Chizkiyahu his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal.”
II Kings 21:3 (The Israel Bible™)
The same multinational group that recreated the Palmyra Victory Arch and sent it on a world tour has now recreated a statue of Athena, the Roman goddess of war, for an exhibit in the United Nations, an organization that claims to be working towards world peace but which one rabbi likens to modern-day paganism.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) officially inaugurated the Digital Archaeology Exhibition, “The Spirit in the Stone”, at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York City last Thursday. The UAE, the Italian mission to the UN, and the Institute of Digital Archaeology (IDA) cooperated in re-creating a statue of the Roman goddess Athena for the exhibit.

The original Athena statue stood in Palmyra, Syria, until it was destroyed by ISIS in 2015. The UAE announcement described the goddess as “synonymous with reason, refuge and the rule of law, all of the same values on which that historic institution was built,” but the statue depicts Athena in her classic pose grasping a spear, belying her prominent role as the Roman goddess of war.
It is also believed that the Roman goddess Athena was based on the earlier Mesopotamian goddess Ashera and was later incorporated into early Islam as al-Lāt, worshipped in Saudi Arabia as the consort of Allah mentioned in the Koran. This would be consistent with the statue’s history at the site in Palmyra, which was used as a temple by the Mesopotamians, Romans, and Muslims in succession.

Rabbi Elad Dokow, the head rabbi and lecturer at Israel’s Technion Institute of Technology, was not surprised that the United Nations would feature a display of pagan symbols.
“There is currently an unmistakable rise of paganism and idol worship in the world, more than any other religion, and it is naive to believe this display is disconnected from this phenomenon,” Rabbi Dokow told Breaking Israel News. “Paganism creates the ability for each man to create his own truth, as opposed to Judaism and Christianity, which state that there is an objective truth man must abide by. The UN, like paganism, is a place of subjective reality created by a vote.”
“What we are seeing in the world today is that every place Christianity grows weak, paganism and idolatry grow stronger, and where Christianity disappears, horrible things happen.”
Though an initiative bringing together the Muslim-majority UAE with Italy to recreate a Roman pagan idol seems incongruous, just such a union was described in Jewish prophecy, first alluded to in Psalms.
For they have consulted together with one consent; against Thee do they make a covenant; The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moav, and the Hagrites. Psalms 83:6-7
The first-century Jewish sage Jonathan ben Uzziel described how this Biblical alliance between Ishmael and Esau would reappear in war at the End of Days.
“Great ships full of weapons will depart as a large fleet from Roman Italy and will join up with a legion that will depart from Constantine [this is Ishmael]. They will harm the inhabitants of other lands, and subjugate the descendants of Eber [a reference to Israel].”
The UAE has worked with the IDA in the past. Their first collaboration, the 3-D printed Arch of Palmyra, was prominently featured in the UN exhibit as a full-size projection onto a screen. The original Arch of Palmyra was a Roman victory arch that stood for 1,800 years in front of the temple to the pagan god Ba’al in Palmyra until, like the statue of Athena, it was destroyed by ISIS.

Ba’al was the form of idol worship frequently mentioned in the Bible as accompanying the worship of the female false goddess, Ashera.
They rejected all the commandments of Hashem their God; they made molten idols for themselves—two calves—and they made a sacred post [Ashera] and they bowed down to all the host of heaven, and they worshiped Baal. II Kings 17:16
The reproduction of the Arch was first presented in April last year at London’s Trafalgar Square for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Week. The unveiling coincided with the most important pagan holiday of the year, Beltane, ushering in a 13-day period known in the occult as “the Blood Sacrifice to the Beast”, which was traditionally celebrated with child sacrifice and bisexual orgies.
Similar to the current display of Athena at the UN, the Palmyra Arch was also displayed at events associated with a world government. It was the centerpiece of the World Government Summit in Dubai last February, and appeared in Sarona, Italy in June, its display intentionally coinciding with the G7 Summit of world leaders.
Reported by: Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz – Breaking Israel News
By Prophecy in the News| November 28th, 2017|Tags: Arch of Palmyra, Christian News, Idol Worship, Pagan, Prophecy News, United Nations
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Sword Of The Lord ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor ~ November 3, 2017

Amen Corner

When the Holy Spirit is in full control of our lives, He will expect our obedience to the written Word of God.  But it is part of our human problem that we would like to be full of the Spirit and yet go on and do as we please!  -A. W. Tozer

A minister without boldness is like a smooth file, a knife without an edge, a sentinel afraid to let off his gun.  If men will be bold in sin, ministers must be bold to reprove.  -William Gurnall

The only alternative to soul winning is disobedience to Christ.  -Curtis Hutson

The Bulwark of religious training is vital if the line is to be held against the forces of corruption, crime and disloyalty.  I believe that men imbued with spiritual values do not betray their country.  I believe that children reared in homes in which morality is taught and lived rarely become delinquents.  -J. Edgar Hoover

Some sing, “I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord”; but they are not willing to stay where He wants them to stay.  -Vance Havner

Brethren, if you cannot pray down fire fom Heaven, it is time you took down your sign.  -John R. Rice

Science!  Thou hast tracked the lightning, traced the path of the tornado, uncurtained the distant planet, foretold the coming of the comet and the return of the eclipse.  But thou hast never been able to gauge the depth of man’s soul or to answer the question  “What must I do to be saved?”  -J.A. Macduff

Your name, your deeds, will be as legible on the hearts you leave behind as the stars on the brow of evening.  -Thomas Chalmers

I have never known a man who habitually and on principle absented himself from the public worship of God who did not sooner or later bring sorrow upon himself or his family.  -Henry Whitney Bellows

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Tennessee Lawmaker Won’t Attend During NFL Protest

 

Donald Trump / Color Him Pugilistic ~ Quotable Quotation

The Wall Street Journal

“Mr. Trump is combative not for political reasons but because he’s been combative all his life.  In the Washington Swamp he has found the ultimate Trumpian arena.  The Swamp is his sparring partner.  Don’t let the raging tweets fool you.  He loves it.”

Daniel Henninger     Today

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I agree.  Trump loves striving against the Deep State / Shadow Government, and His Tweeting drives them up the wall.  The corrupt establishment cannot handle him because he publically connects well with traditional conservative Americans on a daily basis.  Trump continually exposes the cesspool in Washington, D.C.

Pastor Steve <><

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Will Rule The World

Look no farther for the “Mark Of The Beast.”  Manmade Artificial Intelligence will rule during the Great Tribulation period, and what we are now seeing is a foreshadow or precursor.  Elsewhere on this blog site, a gentleman in a large auditorium full of spectators, holds a small drone, lets it go, and it went deep into the skull of a pre programmed dummy.  Of course anyone can be programmed with this kind of weaponry.  This kind of weaponry and crime fighter will one day get into the wrong hands.  It is the perfect fulfillment of man’s false god(s), fulfilling fallen man’s incomplete utopia outside of God in the number six (6).  Praise the Lord, He is the ONLY One who will fulfill our spiritual needs, and He is represented by His perfect number of spiritual fulfillment – seven (7).

Maranatha, Pastor Steve

Meet The New Crimefighter: AI

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is in the headlines every week now from driverless cars to high-frequency stock trading algorithms that outperform any human. Computers now beat the best human players at chess and almost any other game and have even begun to interpret emotions from facial expressions and create works of art.

AI has also surprised human doctors at diagnosing difficult-to-spot eye conditions on scans. Yet as much as these advances may make our lives easier, it is this last area, visual recognition, that corporations and governments around the world are now using to build an unprecedented surveillance state.

There are between 5 and 5.9 million surveillance cameras in the United Kingdom and over 176 million now in China. But for this vast network of recording devices to be truly effective, they would need an equally vast number of humans watching them in real time, around the clock.

It would be impossible to monitor every camera in real time and experiments have demonstrated that human attention spans reduce significantly after only 20 minutes of video footage, and dramatically so if they attempt to watch more than one screen. Artificial intelligence trained to detect human activity, recognize faces, identify silhouettes and track movement in shadows has no such limitation.

Not only will artificial intelligence monitor tens of millions of video feeds in real time, but it will enter the data into a predictive matrix.

When computer recognition for video footage, by itself, is combined with the vast pattern-matching potential of artificially intelligent algorithms, the system begins not only to detect crimes in progress but predict them before they occur and send law enforcement or security resources there ahead of time.

Though this idea may sound farfetched, a location-based variant is already in use in Milan, Italy and Los Angeles, California.

By mapping very specific crime statistics (time of day, type of crime, location) onto a map and creating a complex pattern of associations within the data, the algorithm is able to predict the probable time and location of the next crime. Whereas it remains simply a general prediction, this crude system allows law enforcement better to deploy their resources.

The system employed in Milan is known as KeyCrime and has been predicting robberies for more than ten years. The American version, PredPol, is now hard at work in 40% of the nation’s largest police departments, again providing estimates of the time and location for future crimes. But the systems now coming online in China and elsewhere go much further.

With the use of video-linked artificial intelligence, the system grows exponentially more powerful and can operate in real time. By linking security camera footage to individuals and feeding it with thousands of data points about each subject, the goal becomes not simply to predict when and where a crime might occur, but who will be responsible.

The artificial intelligence watches you purchase a kitchen knife and it files the information away and does not act. But a week later, if you buy a roll of tape and a set of gloves, the system may consider this alongside a variation in your daily traffic patterns to flag your behavior for analysis.

The Chinese company Uniview is tasked with identifying Chinese citizens who travel to specific countries, such as Vietnam and Myanmar, and then marking them for more intensive data collection. In July of this year, the Chinese government announced that it plans to spend $150 billion to construct an artificial intelligence industry by the end of 2030.

With the ability to design new products, develop, build more advanced AI systems, and surveil citizens, the use of AI in policing is set to become pervasive.

Li Meng, the vice-minister of science and technology in China, pointed to crime prediction as a task for AI within the government, “If we use our smart systems and smart facilities, we can know beforehand… who might be a terrorist, who might do something bad,” the vice-minister said. Bad, such as opposing the authoritarian rule of the Communist Party.

In Russia, VisionLabs is providing advanced, real-time facial recognition software to the government and in the United States, the software and hardware company Nvidia is doing so as well. Marc Rotenberg is the President of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

He has been active in pointing out how the accelerated growth of these technologies raises privacy risks. “Some of these techniques can be helpful, but there are huge privacy issues when systems are designed to capture identity and make a determination based on personal data,” Rotenberg believes. “That’s where issues of secret profiling, bias and accuracy enter the picture.”

With traditional computer programming models, the code may be complex but is still decipherable to human programmers. With trainable and evolved artificial intelligence systems, the code is now becoming a black box because it is modified not by the programmers but by its own interaction with the environment.

With such systems as are being developed to match patterns among vast seas of complex data, there really is no way to understand how it thinks, and thus controlling or policing such a system becomes impossible for humans.

It is entirely possible that we are building the perfect police state and its level of control will be both absolute and outside of the reach of its human masters.

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Gay / Christian / Conservative

The above headline is an oxymoron to the discerning Christian eye.  Yet to the Millennial “progressive” view of Christianity, it is the new normal.  The subject of this article, Guy Benson, places his faith in political correctness rather than in the holy scriptures.  This is a lose, lose situation.  Enjoy the following article from the American Renewal Project, who addresses the abomination of sodomy for what it is.  In His Service, Pastor Steve  <><

Gay, Christian, Conservative
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David Lane via auth.ccsend.com
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Guy Benson – Fox News contributor, political editor of Townhall.com, and conservative talk radio personality – was featured in a video last week, in which he said: “I’m a Christian, a patriotic American, and a free-market, shrink-the-government conservative – who also happens to be gay. What I mean by that is my values define me, while my sexual orientation sometimes feels more like … well, a footnote.”

Guy Benson is a striking example of how to make a ‘footnote’ into a headline.

By putting himself forward as a ‘Christian’, Mr. Benson transforms the dialogue from Democrat vs. Republican, liberal vs. conservative, to Secularism vs. Christianity. The ordained eye will discern quickly that Mr. Benson is rooting his faith in his political beliefs, rather than in the Biblical standard established in Scripture. The Bible ordains traditional marriage, from beginning to end; the family is the center and the foundation of community. Why? God ordained it as the method to prevent the disintegration of marriage, the collapse of the family, and the breakdown of social order.

Mr. Benson may be unaware, but his formula will lead to unrest, confusion, and ultimately, revolution, chaos, and cultural death.

To paraphrase Dennis Prager, “You hold the standard in the macro (homosexuality is sin) and you love in the micro (love gay individuals).” Yet, Guy Benson reverses this order, allowing a flawed message and messenger to seek to establish a flawed standard. In 4,000 years of Judeo-Christian religion, homosexuality has been condemned as sin. Two examples from the Old and New Testaments:

* Leviticus 18:22, “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.”
* 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, “Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people – none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

Whereas the Human Rights Commission may deem the Scriptures referenced above as ‘hate speech’, God’s intent is on righteousness (“For Scripture says, ‘You must be holy because I am holy.'” [1 Peter 1:16]) and the permanence of the family.

Unfortunately, Christians squandered the inheritance bequeathed to them by America’s Founders. The antidote to the current trend of dislodging America from her Judeo-Christian moorings is fortitude and valor in the public square. As the Spirit has faded in America’s churches, the political reality is that her parishioners are disproportionately fearful to engage the public arena. Like King Lear, the church in America has progressively divested herself of her royal garb, and with that, of her authority in the civil sphere.[2]

Joseph Boot explains how such events unfold: “Once unhooked from biblical law, man’s legislation soon enshrines murder and perversity as legal rights (as witness abortion and sodomy). What must be clearly understood is that when changes are made to the penalties for crimes, we in fact witness a change in social values. Furthermore, foundational changes in the law order in terms of which acts are deemed criminal, indicate a change of ‘gods’, and therefore a new source of sovereignty.”[3]

Pastor Rob McCoy, Thousand Oaks City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem, reacted to Mr. Benson’s video by stating: ‘What Guy Benson calls ‘progress’ is in fact using his sexual orientation to determine his political values as he invokes his theological beliefs that orthodox Christianity and homosexuality can be mutually inclusive in a human heart. He declares his sexuality determines his political position of liberalism.

“We conservative prudes of Evangelicalism need to just shut up and deal with the Millennial ‘progressive’ view of Scripture. Count me out if ‘so-called’ conservatives want to embrace this liberal progressive view.”

As Christians, let’s pray that Mr. Benson sees the Light – the sole requirement of the Gospel is belief. He also was created in the image of God, and one of the greatest truths in Scripture is that we are unconditionally loved by God. “A wise man will seek to profit from good advice, no matter who may proffer it or how unkindly it may be given – shall I refuse an important letter because I dislike the appearance or manners of the postman?”[4]

The Good News is that Gideons, such as Rob McCoy, and Rahabs are beginning to stand.

David Lane
American Renewal Project

[1] Joseph Boot, The Mission of God: A Manifesto of Hope for Society
https://www.amazon.com/Mission-God- Manifesto-Hope- Society/dp/0994727909
[2] Dr. Peter J. Leithart, A Son to Me, An Exposition of 1 & 2 Samuel
[3] The Mission of God: A Manifesto of Hope for Society
[4] A.W. Pink, The Life of David

 

 

Europe: Making Islam Great Again

All of the sudden, the bizarre is becoming the new normal.  Fact is stranger than fiction.  Islam tried to conquer Europe throughout the Middle Ages and failed.  Now, without even drawing the sword or the bow, Europe seems to be falling into their hands like an overripe piece of fruit.  Without even a protest from German Chancellor Angela Merkel or from British Prime Minister Theresa May.  Thousands of years of Christianity and European Jurisprudence are thrown out the window in favor of Islam and Sharia Law.  Why?  Simply because Europe appears to be nearly devoid of ANY semblance of religious, cultural or moral fiber!  Come and take our culture and nation, and do as you please!  We will do whatever you say!  We are truly living in surreal times.  People use to gladly die in order to defend their nations from Islamic rule.

Blessings, Pastor Steve  <><

 

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By Judith Bergman/Gatestone Institute February 06, 2018
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“We cannot and will never be able to stop migration”, wrote the EU’s Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos recently. “At the end of the day, we all need to be ready to accept migration, mobility and diversity as the new norm and tailor our policies accordingly”.

Given that such people would have us believe that migration has become such a categorical and seemingly incontestable policy of the EU — “Migration is deeply intertwined with our policies on economics, trade, education and employment”, Avramapolous also wrote — it is crucial to analyze what kind of “diversity” the EU is inviting to make its home on the European continent.

Professor Ednan Aslan, Professor of Islamic Religious Education at the University of Vienna, recently interviewed a sample of 288 of the approximately 4,000 predominantly Afghan asylum seekers in the Austrian city of Graz, on behalf of the city’s integration department.

Members of the department understandably wanted to know the views of the Muslim newcomers there. The results were published in a study, “Religiöse und Ethische Orientierungen von Muslimischen Flüchtlingen in Graz” (“Religious and ethical orientations of Muslim refugees in Graz”).

According to the study, two-thirds of the asylum seekers are men, mostly under 30 years old. They are all in favor of preserving their traditional, conservative, Islamic values. The migrants are extremely religious; 70% go to the mosque every Friday for prayers.

The women are just as religious, if not more: 62.6% pray five times a day, notably more than the men (39.7%). In addition, 66.3% of the women wear a headscarf in public, and 44.3% refuse to shake hands with a man.

Half of the migrants (49.8%), report that religion now plays a larger role in their daily lives in Europe, than it did in their native country. 47.2% are convinced that Jews and Christians have strayed from the “right path”, and 47.8% think that the future of Islam would be in danger if Islam were to be interpreted in a modern and contemporary fashion.

For 51.6% of the interviewees, the supremacy of Islam over other religions is undisputed. 55% believe in hell for unbelievers.

Anti-Semitism is deeply ingrained: 46% believe that Jews have “too much influence in world affairs”, and 44% believe that Judaism is harmful. 43% opine that Jews themselves are at fault for being persecuted, while 54.5% think that Jews only care about themselves.

The migrants are not only intolerant of other religions: 50% find that homosexuality is a punishable sin. 44% of respondents said they would endorse violence against a woman if she cheated on her husband. 43% also said that fathers have a right to use violence on children if necessary.

The Austrian study is not the first of its kind to show that Muslim migrants to Europe hold supremacist, anti-Semitic, and misogynistic views. In 2016, a study of nearly 800 migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea in the German state of Bavaria was conducted by a German think tank, the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

This study showed that patriarchal beliefs were widespread among the migrants interviewed, especially among migrants from Afghanistan and the mainly non-Muslim migrants from Eritrea, over 60% of whom believed that women should stay at home. Anti-Semitism was another major finding of the study, which showed that regardless of age and educational background, a majority of the migrants held anti-Semitic beliefs. Well over 50% of Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans said that the “Jews in the world have too much influence”.

Anti-Semitism in Germany has indeed become so widespread that Germany recently decided to appoint a special commissioner to fight it. Germany is reportedly preparing legislation that could see migrants who express anti-Semitic views deported from the country. “You Jew!” has apparently become a common insult among Muslim pupils in Berlin schools.

Other studies and polls also reveal the large degree to which Muslims in Europe value sharia law over national law:

A 2016 UK poll showed that 43% of British Muslims “believed that parts of the Islamic legal system should replace British law while only 22 per cent opposed the idea”. A different poll, also from 2016, found that nearly a quarter (23%) of all Muslims supported the introduction of sharia law in some areas of Britain, and 39% agreed that “wives should always obey their husbands”.

Nearly a third (31%) thought it was acceptable for a British Muslim man to have more than one wife. According to the same poll, 52% of all British Muslims believe that homosexuality should be illegal.

According to a 2014 study of Moroccan and Turkish Muslims in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Sweden, an average of almost 60% of the Muslims polled agreed that Muslims should return to the roots of Islam; 75% thought there is only one interpretation of the Koran possible and 65% said that Sharia is more important to them than the laws of the country in which they live.

The specific numbers for Germany were that 47% of Muslims believe Sharia is more important than German law. In Sweden, 52% of Muslims believe that Sharia is more important than Swedish law.

The studies are supported by European intelligence reports. In Germany, intelligence agencies warned in the early fall of 2015 that, “We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples, as well as a different understanding of society and law.”

Four major German security agencies made it clear that “German security agencies… will not be in the position to solve these imported security problems and thereby the arising reactions from Germany’s population.”

In Norway, the head of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST), Benedicte Bjørnland, said, in January 2016, that one cannot, “assume that new arrivals will automatically adapt to the norms and rules of Norwegian society.”

“Furthermore, new arrivals are not homogenous and can bring ethnic and religious strife with them… If parallel societies, radicalization and extremist environments emerge in the long run, we will have challenges as a security service.”

It is hardly surprising, then, that Europeans have begun to report that they no longer feel at home in their own countries. A recent Belgian study, in which 4,734 Belgians were polled, showed that two-thirds of Belgians feel that their nation is being “increasingly invaded”.

Two thirds of the people said that there are “too many immigrants in Belgium”, while 77% agreed with the statement, “Today we no longer feel at home as we did before [mass migration]”. According to 74% of people surveyed, Islam is “not a tolerant religion”, while 60% said the presence of so many Muslims in their nation presents a threat to its identity. Only 12% said they believe the religion is “a source of enrichment” for Belgium.

The study also surveyed 400 Belgian Muslims: 33% said they “don’t like Western culture”, 29% said they believe the laws of Islam to be superior to Belgian law, and 34% said they “would definitely prefer a political system inspired by the Quran”. The study also found that 59% of Muslims in Belgium would “condemn” the marriage if their son chose a non-Muslim partner, and 54% would condemn the marriage if their daughter chose a non-Muslim partner.

Tellingly, the response of the researchers behind the study — public broadcaster RTBF, liberal newspaper Le Soir, sociology research institute Survey and Action and a foundation called This is Not a Crisis — was to claim that they “observed the development of a true anti-Muslim paranoia [among Belgians], which has taken on a pathological dimension”.

None of these studies, polls, and intelligence reports appear to be making the least impression on European leaders. In the starry-eyed words of Avramapolous, it is not enough that the mainly Muslim migrants who have come to Europe, “have found safety in Europe”. According to him, “We also need to make sure they find a home”.

The question that remains unanswered — as European leaders seek to make Islam great again on the continent — is where Europeans are supposed to make their homes.

Read more at http://prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1987#54kHTa0p6YrTbQWB.99

Championship Winning Football Players And Coaches Give Glory To God For Their Success

What a breath of fresh air after a season involving NFL players who refused to stand and salute the flag for the National Anthem.  Players and coaches on both the Collegiate Champion Alabama Crimson Tide, and the NFL Superbowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, gave thanks to their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, giving all glory to God.  That was truly encouraging news as well as a great witness!  Blessings, Pastor Steve

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Super Bowl Winners: Philadelphia Eagles Give Glory to God
February 05 2018

As President Donald Trump tweeted…”Congratulations to the Super Bowl Winners: Philadelphia Eagles Give Glory to God
February 05 2018  Philadelphia Eagles on a great Super Bowl victory!”
Stand-Up Team: No Philadelphia Eagles Players Knelt For National Anthem in 2017
Not a single Eagles player sat or knelt during the national anthem, one of just seven teams with perfect non-kneeling records, in a season that saw 684 such incidents, according to a study released Thursday by Sports Pundit.

Franklin Graham posted on Facebook:
Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles on their #SuperBowl 2018 win last night! After the game, it was great to hear so many Christians on the team publicly thanking God. Tight End Zach Ertz said, “Glory to God first and foremost. We wouldn’t be here without Him.” Quarterback and MVP Nick Foles gave glory to God, and Head Coach Doug Pederson said, “I can only give the praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity…” This is sure good to hear in the media.
We may not be playing a championship game today, but the Bible tells us, “…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
By Prophecy in the News| February 5th, 2018|Tags: Christian News, Eagles Win Super Bowl, Glory to God, National Anthem, Philadelphia Eagles, Prophecy News, Super Bowl

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All the Glory Belongs to God’: The Faith of the Super Bowl-Winning Philadelphia Eagles
02-04-2018
Mark Martin,
Benjamin Gill

Photo Credit: philadelphiaeagles via Instagram
Do faith and football go together? For players on the Philadelphia Eagles, the answer is a resounding “yes.”
The Eagles won their first Super Bowl 41-33 over the New England Patriots in a hard-fought game Sunday night in Minneapolis.
“All glory to God,” MVP Quarterback Nick Foles said right after the win.

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“I felt calm. We have such a great group of guys, such a great coaching staff,” Foles said. “We’re very blessed.”
Just nine years ago, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was coaching high school. Now he’s a Super Bowl champion.
“I can only give the praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity,” Pederson said Sunday night.
Touchdown-scoring Wide Receiver Zach Ertz echoed the same sentiment.
“Glory to God first and foremost,” Ertz said.
And despite being sidelined by a season-ending injury, Eagles franchise QB Carson Wentz threw all his support to Foles, and all the glory to God.

NFC Conference Champions
On January 21st, the Eagles clinched the NFC Conference Championship, earning the right to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
“First and foremost, all glory belongs to God. I wouldn’t be here without Him and this is just very humbling and unbelievable,” QB Nick Foles said immediately after that Eagles’ win over the Minnesota Vikings. “I’m blessed to have amazing teammates, amazing coaches.”
Foles, who has turned in a multiple amazing performances to lead the Eagles to victory, is bold about professing his born-again faith, describing himself on Twitter as a: “Believer in Jesus Christ, husband, father, son, brother.”
A number of his teammates share that faith in Christ, and you can bet many on the team were as “prayed up” for the Super Bowl as they were throughout the season.
At the start of the season, Foles and teammates Zach Ertz, Trey Burton, Carson Wentz, and Chris Maragos released a Bible study on humility and surrender through the YouVersion Bible app.

And back in November, the Eagles team released a video on its Facebook page entitled, “The Locker Room’s Binding Force.” It’s a look at the Christian faith of three players and how Christianity is a big part of the team’s unity.

Starting quarterback Carson Wentz, wide receiver Torrey Smith, and safety/special teams player Chris Maragos shared their testimonies in the video.
“I was kind of on this downward spiral because the things I was trying to place in my life to give me satisfaction would last for a little bit and then they’d fade away,” Maragos said in the video. “And that was my sophomore year in high school.”
“I was really at a crossroads at that point and had to make a decision on where I was going,” he continued. “And that’s when I gave my life to Christ, and really he supplied that satisfaction and that joy for me.”
Players have the opportunity to attend chapel among other things.
“On every Monday night, we have a couple’s Bible study. We have a Thursday night team Bible study,” Wentz explained in the video. “And then Saturday nights, we actually get together the night before the game and just kind of pray; talk through the Word; what guy’s have been reading, what they’re struggling with, and just kind of keep it real with each other.”
“To have that here in an NFL facility like this, it’s really special,” he added.
“As men, you tend to be very sheltered. If I’m going through some things, I may not express that to the next man,” Smith shared. “Only you can kind of expose your weaknesses and things you want to work on, whether it’s in your relationship or your marriage or your family, whatever it may be.”
“When you’re able to talk about it amongst your brothers, amongst your family, it helps you grow,” he continued. “And when you realize that you can apply Biblical principles to it, it helps us all grow.”
“I think the biggest thing that we’re always challenging each other with is just to not lose sight of the bigger picture,” Wentz said. “I think wins, losses, highs, lows, everything that comes with this game, it’s so easy to take your mind and your eyes off of the ultimate prize, and that’s living for the Lord.”
“And we want to be united,” Maragos said. “We want to support each other; we want to support each other in our lives through the difficulties off the field as well as on the field.”
“And so I think it’s really kind of something to where we’re all just kind of binding together to kind of keep each other sharpened and keep pushing forward,” he continued.
That unity helped propel them to the NFC Championship game and now a 41-33 win over the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

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Alabama QB After Championship Game: ‘I’d Just Like to Thank My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ’

By Michael Morris | January 9, 2018 | 8:54 AM EST

Alabama true freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa gives all the glory to God in CFP National Championship post-game interview.  (Screenshot)


Upon winning the College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship 26-23 over SEC rival Georgia in overtime last night, Alabama true freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa took a page out of former NFL quarterback and college Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow’s book in his post-game interview, thanking his “Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” and saying: “All glory goes to God.”

“Excuse me,” Tua Tagovailoa said as he was interviewed by ESPN. “First and foremost, I’d just like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. With him, all things are possible. That’s what happened tonight.”

“All glory goes to God,” Tagovailoa said later in the interview. “I can’t describe what He’s done for me and my family. Who would have ever thought I would have been here, right now in this moment. So, you know, thank God for that, and I’d just like to thank my teammates and coach Saban for giving me the opportunity.”

Tua Tagovailoa’s comments came after he led the Crimson Tide to victory upon entering the game to start the second half in place of a struggling Jalen Hurts.

 Tagovailoa threw three touchdown passes on his way to leading a come-from-behind win over the third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs, giving the Alabama Crimson Tide their fifth national championship under coach Nick Saban.

According to ESPN, Tagovailoa threw for 166 yards, completing 14 of 24 passes (58.3%) and averaging 6.9 yards through the air, while only throwing one interception on the night. He finished with a QBR of 71.3, the highest of the three quarterbacks who saw action in last night’s CFP National Championship game.

Sword Of The Lord ~ October 6 & 20, 2017

Amen Corner

On any important truth, the Devil tries to get you either to stop too short or go too far.  -Curtis Hutson

In times of physical weakness, discouragement or exhaustion, it is more difficult to resist Satan.  This is the time you must watch and pray.  -John R. Rice

Surely it ill becomes us to waste a penny, an hour or an opportunity.  Let us be severely economical for the Lord our God.  -Charles H. Spurgeon

We must face the fact that many today are notoriously careless in their living.  This attitude finds its way into the church.  We have liberty; we have money; and we live in comparative luxury.  As a result, discipline practically has disappeared.  What would a violin solo sound like if the strings on the musician’s instrument were all hanging loose, not stretched tight, not “disciplined”?  -A. W. Tozer

Faith either removes mountains or tunnels through them.

If tomorrow does not bring forth death, it will bring forth a less favorable opportunity of getting right with God.  Hearts become hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.  Character crystallizes while you linger.  This is the poorest chance you have ever had, but it is the best chance you will ever have again.  -C. A. Cooper

What is needed desperately today is prophetic insight.  Scholars can interpret the past; it takes prophets to interpret the present.  -A. W. Tozer

Some of you are spiritually dead as far as any power is concerned.  The salt has lost its savor.  -John R. Rice

Christ is an amply sufficient Way.  All may get to Heaven by the same Way, and none need be excluded.  On it there is room, and plenty of room, for all that will.  -John Cumming

There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.  -George Washington

I would sooner be a cat on hot bricks or a toad under a harrow than let my own children be my masters.  -Charles H. Spurgeon

The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.  -Thomas Macaulay

The best evidence of the Bible’s being the Word of God is found between its covers.  -Charles Hodges

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.  -Thomas Jefferson

God can’t build a great church with spare time and pocket change.  -Curtis Hutson

Some say, “If only I could have lived in Jesus’ time.”  But plenty of people did live then, and they crucified Him.  Physical proximity and visibility did not help.  -Vance Havner

We do not admire a man of timid peace.  -Theodore Roosevelt

Works without faith are like a fish without water; it wants the element it should live in.  -Owen Feltham

It is not geographical location, but rather spiritual qualification, that makes missionaries effective.

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Headlines Across The Nation

Late Pastor’s Widow Found Murdered In Kentucky Church

ACLU To Challenge Trump’s Military Transgender Ban

New Zealand University Votes To Ban Pro-Life Club, Says Pro-Life Students Are “An Embarrassment”

Kindergarten Teacher Celebrates Transgender “Change” Of Five-Year-Old In Class

First Grader Sent To The Principal’s Office For “Misgendering”

Teacher Says To Parents: Tell Your Kids To Stop Talking About God

Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Has Closed 338 Clinics in Twenty Years – Here’s Its Desperate Next Move

Stunning Government Jobs Report: One In Fifteen Americans Has A Government Job

Coach Prays, Ninth Circuit Says No – Blame Supreme Court Conservatives

Planned Parenthood Protests Ceremony Honoring Iowa’s First Female Governor Just Because She’s Pro-Life

Michigan Court Finds Public Officials Can Pray In Public Meetings

Growth Of “No Religion” Among Brits Ominous For U.S.

Activists Want Climate Change Skeptics Charged With Crime

College Republican Threatened After Asking Muslims To Decry Terrorism

Newsletter At University In Colorado Says Veterans Are Not Fit For A Four-Year University

Pennsylvania School District Surrenders To Transgenders

Poem Blasting God As A “Lie” Given To Middle Schoolers

“Satanist Group” Fizzles In Tacoma School

Attacks On Religious Liberty Increased In 2016

Evolutionary Scientist Admits Theory’s Major Flaws

Mother In Coma Heard Everything, Including How Doctors Shut Off Her Life Support And Said She’d Die

Climate Alarmists Admit They’ve Got It Wrong On Global Warming

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Dangerous Trends 2017

More Americans Say Polygamy Is Morally Acceptable

Pastors Told They Cannot Refuse To Marry Same-Sex Couples (Sweden)

Judge Rejects Churches On Abortion Coverage (Churches Forced To Accept Abortions On Their Health Insurance Plans)

Motel 6 Says It Will Be A “Sanctuary” Motel (They Will Not Leave The Light On For Me  ~  Pastor Steve)

A “Transwoman” Hired By Syracuse University’s Library To Promote Diversity