Egypt Up in Arms After Star of David Engraving Discovered in Ancient Temple

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The ruins of a Roman Temple, dating back to the third century BCE, is the center of a storm of Egyptian controversy owing to a pair of six-pointed stars found engraved at the site. According to a report by The Jerusalem Post, the ruins are located on the Elephantine Island in the southern Egyptian city of Aswan.

Dr. Mahmoud Afifi, the head of the Egyptian Antiquities branch in the Antiquities Ministry, said he noticed the engravings, which resemble the Star of David which appears on the Israeli flag, on a stone. He accused the German archaeologists assisting in the temple reconstruction of carving the stars into the stone.

Afifi demanded the German team immediately remove the offending stone, threatening legal action if the archaeologists repeat the move.

One Egyptian news site, Suezbalady, went so far as to accuse a Jewish member of the German team of vandalism with the intent of harming Egyptian culture.
Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/65013/egypt-up-in-arms-after-star-of-david-engraving-discovered-in-ancient-temple-middle-east/#dvkcGJXisFWoKdbY.99

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Fear of new showdown on Egypt streets in ‘Friday of martyrs’

By Lin Noueihed and Maggie Fick

CAIRO (Reuters) – Supporters of Egypt’s deposed president will stage a “Friday of martyrs” of mass protests, risking more potential bloodshed to show they can still claim the streets after a week in which hundreds were gunned down and their leaders jailed.

MORE http://news.yahoo.com/divided-egypt-prepares-release-mubarak-jail-064536205.html

But for the Grace of God, Go I

 

1016870_10151473088035047_1170660494_n click here to sign a petition to stop the abuse in Egypt.

When you lay down tonight or rise in the morning to say your prayers and make your requests to God-remember our brothers and sisters who truly know what it means to “take up their cross daily” and know that following Jesus just may be their death sentence or sentencing their children to rape, torture and unspeakable horrors. Say a heartfelt “Thanks” that you are not in such a position; that though this country is going downhill at lightening speed, you do not have to face the nightmares that the persecuted around the world do.

If you read my blog and you ARE one of the persecuted (I have readers from Pakistan, India, UAE, Malaysia, Brazil, and others), please know that you have God’s family in other parts of the world that are praying for you….we pray you may have strength. We pray for you to have a peace in your spirit that only Christ can provide. We pray that you keep an eye on eternity, knowing that your momentary troubles are nothing compared to the glory that awaits you.  Bless you and Christ be with you!

Arab countries take aim at Israel’s alleged nuclear arsenal

Arab countries take aim at Israel’s alleged nuclear arsenal

VIENNA – Arab diplomats signaled on Tuesday they would seek to step up pressure on Israel over its assumed nuclear arsenal but the Jewish state said any attempt to “bash” it would be counterproductive.

Arab countries, angry at the lack of movement in efforts to move towards a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, have served notice they plan to target Israel for criticism at the UN atomic agency’s annual member state gathering in September.

“We need to raise our frustration, we need to raise our concern about this issue,” one Arab envoy in Vienna, where the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is based, said.

Israel’s ambassador to the IAEA, Ehud Azoulay, told Reuters that Arab states “are taking a counterproductive route by raising this issue … and trying to bash Israel”.  READ MORE

Islam’s Collective Punishment of Christians

I understand that many Muslims, primarily here in America, claim Islam is a religion of peace. I am finding it more and more difficult to believe them. Perhaps they themselves are peaceful, but obviously millions are not. I would love to read more articles about peaceful Muslims speaking out against their radical brothers. I search many news sights a day and have yet to find any. If any of my readers can point me to some, I’d appreciate it. The above is a REBLOG:

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As many of Israel’s critics portray it as collectively punishing the Palestinians, overlooked and unsaid is the greater frequency with which Muslims collectively punish the religious minorities living under their authority, often in atrocious ways.   Consider Egypt alone. The most recent attacks on Egypt’s Copts, culminating in the unprecedented besiegement of the St. Mark Cathedral, the holiest site of Coptic Orthodoxy, is the latest large-scale “collective punishment” of the nation’s indigenous Christian minority.     Islam’s Collective Punishment of Christians

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A Darkness Over Egypt?

Drew Zahn of WND posted an article yesterday that is disturbing to say the least.  Entitled Bone appetit! Muslims go wild in ‘demonic’ ritual, the article includes a video of a wedding reception where a group of men rip apart a chicken then scramble to eat the raw pieces. The theme of the article is to bring awareness of the “darkness” that has washed over Egypt since 2011.
Article excerpt:

“The video is a glimpse into the dark and incomprehensible spirit that has  possessed the souls of Egypt,” claims Walid  Shoebat, a former Palestinian Liberation Organization operative who has  since renounced his terrorist ways. “Lawlessness has abounded, excesses have  gone unrestricted and the full force of Islam has greatly dimmed the land with  its dark clouds, thundering about and striking without discrimination.”

It seems too ghastly to be real, but the source seems reliable enough. These are indeed dark days, my friends. I shudder to imagine what the world will be like once the Restrainer (Holy Spirit) is taken out of the way and evil will abound.

To read Mr. Zahn’s full article, click here.

 

 

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The Persecuted

Have you heard the “blessings” teachings? All you have to do is believe and claim the power of God and all your sickness, stress and worries will disappear. Whenever I hear this, my skin crawls.  No, they flat-out make me angry. Of course God wants to bless us, but His blessings may be different than we expect and take longer than we’d like. After all, He isn’t nearly concerned about our “happiness” as He is that we become like His Son.  How many sincere new believers walk away from the faith when it becomes obvious that the Christian life is not a guarantee of a easy and wealthy life? Several years ago I nearly fell victim to this load of hogwash  false teaching. I wondered why I wasn’t receiving the blessings that these ministers promised. What was I doing wrong? Could I not even muster faith the size of a mustard seed?

Then Jesus spoke to me. He said, “I never promised you a bed of roses”. (Okay, no, there was no audible voice, but those who speak to God regularly know what I am talking about) . In fact, He said, you can be certain you will face many struggles for my name.

Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.  21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. 25 But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’ John 15

16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. Matthew 10

We Christians in America have it pretty good, do we not? Sure animosity towards Christians grows daily in America, but we still have no idea what it means to be persecuted on a grand scale. Not like our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world. Christians all over the world are fearing for their very lives. Young girls are being kidnapped and raped in Egypt. Churches are being burned, or denied building permits.  And lots worse. All over the world, followers of Christ know what Jesus meant when He warned of persecution. We in America fret because we can’t afford that vacation or this new car. We are “stressed out”, mostly as a result of our own choices. Feels me with shame; how spoiled we are. The “blessing” teachings that have swept the nation are a slap in the face of those Christians who truly know what persecution is all about. I’d be willing to bet they also have a better understanding, when it comes down to it, of what peace in Christ really means too.

Will you join me in praying for these brothers and sisters? May God give them peace, comfort and direction. May they believe and cling to His words when He said,

18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. John 15

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,     For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5

22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 10

12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1

For an idea of the persecutions facing Christians across the globe, take a look at the following articles:

For Christians, Spring begins with persecution

Mounting persecution scaring Egypt’s Christians into leaving

Alarm over exodus of Christians from Syria

Bangladeshi Christians targets of persecution

Anglican school where 75% of the pupils are Muslim drops Christian hymns from  assemblies

Abductions of Christian girls in Egypt

Christians in Tanzania Nervous

Violence against Christians in India

Sudan says no new churches

Church raided in Kazakhstan

Many Christians suffer in central asian prisons