June 26, 2017 - July 9,2017 
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 June 15 - World's Top Religious Leaders Issue Rare Joint Appeal
 Article: Ecumenical Movement Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

Comment from UTT:
Current events indicate a continuing ecumenical agenda that unites all religions together for the cause of peace. This includes the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis. It is also interesting that many who claim to believe the Bible ignore this trend and even applaud what is going on.
Religion is often viewed as a force that sows divisions between people. But the world's most prominent religious leaders have come together to present a different vision of how faith can work in the world.  In a rare move, major religious leaders ― from Pope Francis to the Dalai Lama ― issued a joint appeal Wednesday asking people to follow a simple bit of advice: Make friends with people of other faiths.

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 June 24 - Nebraska 'Tri-Faith Initiative' Building Church, Synagogue, Mosque Side by Side
 Article: Ecumenical Movement Miscellaneous

Comment from UTT:
While this article makes the claim that Jews and Christians worship the same God as Islam, this is totally wrong. The Christian faith is based on the belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God - Islam and Jews do not. This is another example of an attempt to unite world religions in an effort to bring about peace that we are experiencing.


A groundbreaking was recently held as part of a Nebraska building project that will erect a church, synagogue and mosque side by side on the same property.

Temple Israel, the American Muslim Institute and Countryside Christian Church claim that they are being led by God to create the multi-faith location in Omaha. "We believe that we are being led by our God to continue the journey started by Abraham and that we are all called to be a blessing to each other and our community," the FAQ section of the Tri-Faith Initiative website outlines.

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 June 21 - Can relics unite Catholics and Orthodox? Pope Francis thinks so.
 Article: Road To Rome

Comment from UTT:
There is not a single verse in the Bible that supports the veneration of "Christian relics." There are many verses that explain that such a practice would be better described as idolatry which God forbids.

Common veneration of relics is one of the tools Pope Francis is using to foster ecumenical relations with the Eastern Orthodox Churches.


In May, relics of St. Philip and St. Nicholas were transported to Turkey and Russia, respectively. They have been exposed for the veneration of the Orthodox faithful from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Patriarchate of Moscow. The transportation of the relics of St. Nicholas from the Italian city of Bari to Moscow is particularly noteworthy. It is the first time in 930 years that a part of the body of St. Nicholas has left Bari for veneration abroad.

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 June 23 - Hezbollah warns '100s of thousands' would retaliate if conflict with Israel erupts
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Comment from UTT:
This article indicates the seriousness of the conflict that is underway in the middle east. Syria is a potential powder keg that is about to explode. As the Bible indicates, Israel is the epicenter for future chaos and trouble in the region.

The next war with Israel would draw hundreds of thousands of fighters from across the entire Middle East, Hezbollah's leader has warned after the Israeli Air Force chief promised to drop a month's bombs in a matter of days if a new conflict breaks out. 

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 June 16 - What's Up With the Sudden Rise in Satanism?
 Article: Miscellaneous

Comment from UTT:
Did you know that there is a group of atheists who describe them themselves non-theistic Satanists? While the following article does not make a lot of sense it does show that humans that deny the existence of God go to great lengths to justify their beliefs. It should be obvious that they have been inspired by Satan.

In recent years, there's been a bizarre spike in media attention paid to people who openly associate with a group called The Satanic Temple. You might wonder what, exactly, would prompt someone to want to be associated with what some might call "pure evil." Well, there's a key detail that some people might be missing after reading the litany of Satanist-themed news stories that have emerged over the past few years: While many activists call themselves Satanists, a lot of them are effectively atheists.

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 June 20 - Paying with Your Face / Face-detecting systems in China now authorize payments, provide access to facilities, and track down criminals. Will other countries follow?
 Article: Technology For A Global Monetary System

Comment from UTT:
The Chinese are taking "face recognition" to a new level. A global monetary system that will use personal identification in various ways provides the basis for what the Bible predicts will soon control the world.

Shortly after walking through the door at Face++, a Chinese startup valued at roughly a billion dollars, I see my face, unshaven and looking a bit jet-lagged, flash up on a large screen near the entrance. Having been added to a database, my face now provides automatic access to the building. It can also be used to monitor my movements through each room inside. As I tour the offices of Face++ (pronounced "face plus plus"), located in a suburb of Beijing, I see it appear on several more screens, automatically captured from countless angles by the company's software. On one screen a video shows the software tracking 83 different points on my face simultaneously. It's a little creepy, but undeniably impressive.

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