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The News In Review newsletter is a service provided by Understand The Times that is a compilation of the news articles previously posted on our site . Understand The Times does not endorse these events but rather is showing the church the current events.  Our purpose of posting these articles is to warn the church of the Biblical deception.

 February 8 - Khamenei: Iran Set to Deliver 'Punch' to Stun West on Anniversary
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Iran is set to deliver a "punch" that will stun world powers during this week's 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution, AFP reported.

"The Iranian nation, with its unity and God's grace, will punch the arrogance (Western powers) on the 22nd of Bahman, February 11, in a way that will leave them stunned," Khamenei, who is also Iran's commander-in-chief, told a gathering of air force personnel according to AFP.

The country's top cleric was marking the occasion when Iran's air force gave its support to revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a key event which led to the toppling of the U.S.-backed shah on February 11, 1979.

His reported comments came as Iran said it would begin to produce higher enriched uranium from Tuesday, in defiance of Western powers trying to ensure the country's nuclear drive is peaceful.

This year's anniversary is expected to become a flashpoint between security forces and supporters of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who charge that the June re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was rigged.

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 February 8 - Iran Announces Production of 'High Precision' Attack Drones
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Iran's military has launched two production lines to build unmanned aircraft with surveillance and attack capabilities, their defense minister said Monday.

The drones would be used for "surveillance, detection and even assaults with high precision," according to a report quoted by the London Daily Telegraph.

Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said the unmanned aircraft would be able to carry out offensive tasks with a long range, according to Iran's state news agency.

Iran announced two years ago it had built an unmanned aircraft that it claimed would be undetectable to radars, SpaceWar.com reported.

"We have built a drone with a more than 600-mile range which can collect information and shoot films," the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards, General Yahya Rahim Safavi, told Iran's Arabic-language satellite news channel Al-Alam, according to the site.

These aircraft would have a range long enough to reach Israel.

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 February 10 - Holy Father meets with Lutheran delegation, encourages prayer and dialogue
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Misc.

After todays general audience, the Holy Father met with a delegation from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) in which he expressed hope for the continuing Lutheran-Catholic dialogue.

The Lutheran delegation was led by the ELCAs Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, who is also President of the Lutheran World Foundation, the global Lutheran partner to the Catholic Church since the Second Vatican Council.

The Holy Father addressed the delegation in English, saying that he hoped the continuing Lutheran-Catholic dialogue both in the United States of America and at the international level will help to build upon the agreements reached so far.

One such agreement is a joint declaration on the Doctrine of Justification signed by the Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation on October 31, 1999. It was the product of nearly 35 years of Lutheran-Catholic dialogue in the United States and abroad.

The Pope the noted that an important additional task will be to harvest the results of the Lutheran-Catholic dialogue that so promisingly started after the Vatican Council II.  In order to continue what has been achieved together since that time, he encouraged Lutherans and Catholics toward ardent prayer and conversion to Christ, the source of grace and truth in order to build a spiritual ecumenism.

May the Lord help us to treasure what has been accomplished so far, to guard it with care, and to foster its development," the Pope prayed. The Holy Father concluded by echoing his predecessor, John Paul IIs words while addressing a similar Lutheran delegation in 1985: Let us rejoice that an encounter such as this can take place. Let us resolve to be open to the Lord so that He can use this meeting for His purposes, to bring about the unity that He desires. Thank you for the efforts you are making for full unity in faith and charity.

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 January 18 - Faith healings, dead raising teams part of Bethel experience
 Artilce: Signs And Wonders

Jonathan Lair stood in the middle of Bethel Church's Healing Room on Dec. 5 and joyfully got straight to the point: "I'm going to get new feet today."

As Lair closed his eyes and bowed his head, the two older women stood on either side of him and began to pray quietly, tapping him on the chest and back. They motioned for another woman, one with a ram's horn known as a shofar, to come to where they stood. She began to blow the shofar at Lair's feet and in moments he fell to the ground, shaking.

Four teams with about 70 people each work the Healing Rooms. Many pray over visitors, commanding the body to be healed, speak in tongues and invite the presence of the Holy Spirit through impartation, or laying on of hands. Others, Castle said, play worship music in the "Encounter Room" where people can go bask in the presence of God.

Music performed in the Encounter Room made its way through the Healing Room speakers, repeating "God is good, God is good, God is good," while worshippers prayed, danced, laughed, cried, fell down and lay on the floor under what they say is the power of God. According to Bethel leadership, this is the room where people are cured of cancer, broken bones, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis and a host of other diseases.

Johnson, who himself required hernia surgery last year and wears prescription glasses, teaches that the supernatural miracles that happened in Biblical times still happen today if people just value God's presence and open themselves up to receiving it. "Because we have such value for his presence with us, things just happen," he said.

In an Oct. 19, 2008, sermon, Johnson shared a story about a former BSSM student who moved to Washington State and started a ministry called the Dead Raising Team. In a video of the sermon, Johnson said the team got approval from Mason County to be listed along with other county services and had been given badges so they can go behind police lines if there's an accident or fatality. Johnson told the audience, who erupted in shouts of "come on, Jesus" and cheers, that there had been one resurrection so far.

Lair slowly sat up 10 minutes later and looked around. He looked at his feet, then stood up.He said he had expected bones to crack and form an arch but his feet were still flat. "I look at them, and they don't look healed," he said. But his faith was not shaken, he said, because he felt so loved and maybe the physical healing was secondary to the spiritual experience he had. And he still believes that, someday, God will heal his feet.

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