September 3, 2018 - September 9, 2018 
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 August 30 - Pope Offers Prayers for Waldensian and Methodist Churches
 Article: Ecumenical Movement Protestants Uniting With Roman Catholics

Comment from UTT:
Pope Francis continues to proclaim ecumenical unity in an effort to draw the "separated brethren" back into the Roman Catholic fold. This is the Jesuit objective which he has vowed to fulfill.
Pope Francis on August 29, 2018, invited the faithful of the Waldensian and Methodist Churches to join Catholics in proclaiming Jesus, especially to the poor and the marginalized, according to Vatican News. In a message sent to the participants in the annual synod of the Union of Methodist and Waldensian Churches that is taking place in Torre Pellice, near Turin, northern Italy, the Pope expressed his and the Catholic Church's fraternal closeness.

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 August 30 - Those Who Left Church Turning to New Age, Pagan Rituals
 Article: New Age

Comment from UTT:
The New Age philosophy has invaded the western world and has now infiltrated the church. This is what is to be expected as part of the last days apostasy foretold by the Bible.
Amanda, a 28-year-old Los Angeles resident, used to go to church every Sunday. She still prays nightly and believes in Jesus, but now she has her own rituals.

"I'll chant, or I'll go to Kundalini (yoga) and meditate with a group," said Amanda, who did not want her last name used because she's afraid religious groups will target her. She's also into crystals. She keeps a bunch on her nightstand and stows a small bag of them in her purse or backpack during the day. "The energy they hold is this ancient energy," she said. "It helps your own energy when you work with them, when you're near them."

Amanda wasn't one of the respondents in a new Pew Research poll. But she fits right in. The poll shows that beyond a small band of reliably predictable "Sunday Stalwarts," as the survey calls them, American religiosity is pretty casual, with less than a quarter of Americans attending worship services weekly but nearly all religious groups adhering to some New Age beliefs. The poll, which grouped 4,729 Americans into seven types, found that though few Americans reject God altogether, most Americans mix traditional faith with beliefs in psychics, reincarnation and spiritual energy that they say can be found in physical objects such as mountains, trees and crystals.

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 September 5 - Temple Institute Announces Birth of Red Heifer
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Comment from UTT:
The birth of a red heifer in Israel is a major step towards fulfilling Bible prophecy and the building of the Third Temple. Bible prophecy students have been looking for this event for years as a major sign of the last days.

Last Tuesday, the Temple Institute's Red Heifer program was blessed with results; an entirely red female calf was born, paving the way for re-establishing the Temple service and marking the final stage of redemption.

Almost three years ago the Temple Institute inaugurated its Raise a Red Heifer in Israel program. Due to laws restricting the importation of live cattle into Israel, the Temple Institute imported frozen embryos of red angus, implanting them in Israeli domestic cows. The pregnant cows were raised on cattle ranches in different locations throughout the country. The cows are giving birth this summer with several calves already having been born. One week after it's birth, the newborn red heifer was certified by a board of rabbis as fulfilling all the Biblical requirements. The rabbis emphasized that the heifer could, at any time, acquire a blemish rendering it unsuitable. They will be inspecting the calf periodically to verify its condition.

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