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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.

 August 1 - Netanyahu: Talks to begin in August
 Article: Israel And The Last Days

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced at a ministerial meeting Sunday that direct negotiations with the Palestinians will begin by the middle of August.

Netanyahu's comments come after Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said that the Palestinians are proposing a detailed peace plan proposal that covers all the core issues.

Erekat refused to reveal the details of the plan but said that the Palestinians do not want to disqualify Netanyhau as a partner for peace. "I hope that [Netanyahu] will be a partner to peace so that we can reach a solution involving two states for two nations," the chief negotiator said.

Erekat also mentioned the letter that US President Barack Obama sent to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas saying that if the Palestinians don't enter direct talks then relations with Washington will be damaged.

"The letter did not contain threats, he requested that we enter into direct talks and stand shoulder to shoulder so that we can reach a two state solution,"
Erekat added.

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 August 2 - Dog's Anglican communion leaves tongues wagging
 Article: Misc.

An Anglican priest has apologized for offering communion to a dog, but the act has repercussions for a Church already divided by liberalization measures.

"Communion is a symbol of the sacrifice of Jesus's body; he died for all of us," said Cheryl Chang, director of the Anglican Network in Canada (ANIC). "But I don't recall anything from the Scripture saying anything about Jesus dying for the salvation of our pets.''

Marguerite Rea, the interim priest at St. Peter's Anglican Church in Toronto, offered Trapper -- a four-year-old German shepherd-Rhodesian Ridgeback cross --communion during a church service in late June. It quickly became symbolic of an ever-widening theological rift between the conservative brand of Anglicanism observed by ANIC congregations, which, for example, reject same-sex marriage, and a more liberal-leaning Anglican Church of Canada that condones the rite.

St. Peter's has long stood out as a church with a reputation for being open. Once a year, a service is conducted to bless pets.

Meanwhile, the dog-loving interim priest, buffeted by the fallout from Trapper's tale ever since the story became public last week, delivered a mea culpa during her sermon on Sunday. Rev. Rea apologized to those who may have been hurt or embarrassed by her actions and rationalized the initial gesture as a way of welcoming a stranger -- and nothing more.

"The intention might be to make a visitor feel comfortable, but the real message being sent is that the members of the church don't take communion seriously--so newcomers shouldn't take it seriously either," commentator Joe Carter wrote on First Things, a magazine website dedicated to religious issues in the wider culture. "But if nothing is sacred, then you no longer have a church; you just have a religious club that is going to the dogs."

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 July 27 - The Next Big Privacy Concern: RFID "Spychips"
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

Radio-frequency I.D. (RFID) tags are a convenient way to track items and cut costs for companies. But this technology is increasingly being used to track other things, like security badges - or even people - giving it the potential to cause a horrific erosion of privacy. Tracking people with smart tags, their shopping preferences, their activities, and their personal belongings sounds like something from a sci-fi thriller. But If you got your panties in a twist over Walmart's decision to track your undies via RFID smart tags, then you'll be doublely concerned at how close we are to cradle-to-grave surveillance.

But the idea is far from dead. How about if governments started using RFID to issue automated ticket violations? As part of a project called ASSET-Road, VTT Technical Research Center in Finland, has developed RFID license plate tracking. The project began in 2008 and will wrap in June, 2011. VTT attempts to detect traffic congestion but it also achieved the goal of "traffic violations detected in a flash." And then Arizona-based camera vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) expanded upon that RFID technology by developing automated tailgating tickets as a feature that can soon be added to existing speed camera programs. Now add in this bit of info: There are also drivers licenses that "come equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags that can be read right through a wallet, pocket or purse from as far away as 30 feet."

Along similar lines is a company using RFID to track employees. An Indian company, Unity Infraprojects, uses RFID employee tags to keep track of so-called "ghost workers." The only way an employee gets paid is by a combination of RFID evidence and physical presence to collect daily payment.

A new RFID product, "guarantees that RFID will follow you straight to your grave." The palm-size stone tablet has an RFID tag that talks with mobile phones to direct users to an Internet memorial archive. And such uses for RFID are only the tip of the iceberg. Thing Magic, a company that builds embedded RFID readers, recently launched 100 Uses of RFID

Location-aware apps are scary enough, based on GPS with the broad range they offer. But for the most part you still have to sign up for those. RFID is being implemented all around you. It has slowly been moving to mainstream. It can track infants to senior citizens with Alzheimer's. In between it can track your clothes, your purchases, your car - even you. RFID is on the verge of tracking us all, cradle to the grave.

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 July 29 - Your smartphone is watching you
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

Australian security experts, consumer advocates and privacy campaigners have sounded the alarm over the hundreds of thousands of free smartphone applications that spy on their users.

Lookout, a smartphone security firm based in San Francisco, scanned nearly 300,000 free applications for Apple's iPhone and phones built around Google's Android software. It found that many of them secretly pull sensitive data off users' phones and ship them off to third parties without notification.

The data can include full details about users' contacts, their pictures, text messages and internet and search histories. The third parties can include advertisers and companies that analyse data on users.

The information is used by companies to target ads and learn more about their users. The danger, though, is that the data can become vulnerable to hacking and used in identity theft if the third party isn't careful about securing the information.

Lookout found that nearly a quarter of the iPhone apps and almost half the Android apps contained software code that contained those capabilities.

Australian online users' lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia spokesman Colin Jacobs said the issue of applications spying on their users "was something that everybody needs to be aware of". Jacobs said that many did not think of their phone as a computer. "Mobiles contain as much personal information as people's everyday computers do," he said.

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 August 6 News Alert - Russia bans grain exports because of fire and drought, sending prices soaring
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Russia announced Thursday that it will ban all grain exports for the rest of the year, sending wheat prices soaring to a two-year high and raising the possibility of inflated food prices that could throw an already fitful global economy recovery off track.
A severe drought and wildfires have destroyed one-fifth of Russia's crop and forced the country to draw from emergency reserves.

Internationally, wheat prices have increased nearly 50 percent since June, fueling worries about a repeat of the food crisis in 2008 that triggered riots from Bangladesh to Haiti to Mozambique. Wheat prices in the United States are less likely to remain high, experts said, and a bumper crop could put American farmers in a position to benefit from the low supplies elsewhere.

While commodities analysts emphasized that there is no reason to fear another global wheat shortage, governments and companies worldwide are preparing for the worst.

In Egypt -- one of the biggest importers of wheat and a nation that experienced deadly violence in bread lines two years ago -- the government assured the public that it has a four-month supply of wheat and urged Russia to honor contracts it signed before the ban.

Grain harvests around the world have been devastated by unusual weather this year.

The countryside in western Russia, suffering from the nation's hottest summer since recording began 130 years ago, is now battling wildfires that have engulfed 196,000 hectares (about 484 acres) and are continuing to spread.

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 July 30 - In Mary, Humanity and Divinity Are at Home
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Lasy Days

Comment from UTT:
The Bible does not agree with the statements made in the following article published by Zenit.

For Catholic Christians, the belief in the Assumption of Mary flows from our belief in and understanding of Mary's Immaculate Conception. We believe that if Mary was preserved from sin by the free gift of God, she would not be bound to experience the consequences of sin and death in the same way that we do. We believe that because of the obedience and fidelity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the end of her earthly life, she was assumed both body and soul into heavenly glory.

Eastern Orthodox Christians believe that Mary died a natural death, that her soul was received by Christ upon death, and that her body was resurrected on the third day after her death and that she was taken up into heaven bodily in anticipation of the general resurrection. Her tomb was found empty on the third day. (One can visit the Orthodox tomb of the Virgin Mary in Jerusalem. It is located near the Church of All Nations and the Garden of Gethsemane.)

In presenting the "great sign" of the "woman clothed with the sun," the first reading from the Book of Revelation (11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10) says that she "was with child and ... cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery" (12:2). Just as the risen Christ who has ascended into heaven forever bears the wounds of his redemptive death within his glorious body, so his Mother brings to eternity "the pangs" and "anguish for delivery" (12:2). We could say that Mary, as the new Eve, continues from generation to generation to give birth to the new man, "created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness" (Ephesians 4:24). This is the Church's eschatological image, which is present and active in the Virgin Mary.

In Mary's triumph, the Church contemplates her whom the Father chose as the true Mother of his Only-begotten Son, closely associating her with the saving plan of Redemption.

Taken up into heaven, Mary shows us the way to God, the way to heaven, the way to life. She shows it to her children baptized in Christ and to all people of good will. She opens this way especially to the little ones and to the poor, those who are open to divine mercy. The Queen of the world reveals to individuals and to nations the power of the love of God whose plan upsets that of the proud, pulls down the mighty from their thrones and exalts the humble, fills the hungry with good things and sends the rich empty away (Luke 1:51-53).

The Church celebrates Mary's final journey into the fullness of God's Kingdom with the dogma of the Assumption promulgated by Pius XII in 1950. As with her beginnings, so too, with the end of her life, God fulfilled in her all of the promises that he has given to us. We, too, shall be raised up into heaven as she was. In Mary we have an image of humanity and divinity at home. God is indeed comfortable in our presence and we in God's. Through her Assumption, Mary was chosen to have a special place of honor in the Godhead.

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 August 6 News Alert - Christ's apparition attracts thousands
 Article: Signs And Wonders

Comment from Understand The Times:
The following article which describes an "apparition of Jesus" that supposedly took place in a Catholic church in Nigeria recently, is exactly what authors Jim Tetlow and Roger Oakland predicted would be taking place in the future in their book Another Jesus: The Eucharistic and the New Evangelization. Jesus warned that "false appearances" would be taking place as one of the signs of the last days.
(Matthew 24:23-26).KJ - Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
St Paul's Catholic Church along Airport Road in Benin City, yesterday, turned into a mecca of sorts as people from all walks of life thronged the church to catch a glimpse of what has been literally described as an apparition of Jesus Christ.

The uncommon but holy phenomenon according to catholic faithful and enthusiasts present at the church premises, came up early Wednesday morning immediately after the offering of adoration at the church. It has however generated so much frenzy amongst catholic faithful and non-Catholics who jostled through the ever-busy Airport Road in the state capital to witness the rare spiritual occurrence.

Rev. Fr. Edosomwan further stressed that the appearance of Christ on the Blessed Sacrament through the monstrance would help re-direct the lives of Christians whose faith have been ebbing out owning to varying challenges of life. The "apparition of Christ" according to the Priest," was to remind Christians that through His presence they can draw support and increase their faith in God."

Similarly, the spiritual significance of the "apparition of Christ" at the St Paul's Catholic Church was further described to connote the signs of the end of time by Prince Ken Ebosele, a committed catholic faithful who was present at the church to catch a glimpse of the "apparition". Prince Ebosele revealed that it was a reassurance of the fact that the salvation in Christ which Christians profess was not in vain, adding that the appearance of Christ was a manifestation of the presence of Christ in our lives.

Others who pleaded anonymity disclosed that the "apparition of Christ" at this critical period of human's sinful existence was clear indication that no matter how neck-deep we are involved in sin, the Almighty God has special interest in the salvation of human beings.

A member of the Edo State House of Assembly representing Ikpoba Okha Constituency, Hon. Jude Ise-Idehen who was also in the Church described the occurrence as a re-affirmation that "Jesus Christ is real," adding that, "this is the belief of Catholics and other Christians. It is our faith and belief."

She confirmed that she saw Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament that was placed on the altar, stressing that "it is real and that with her coming to Jesus on the altar, all her hearts desires have been received by faith".

Meanwhile, the miraculous appearance of Jesus Christ in Benin City yesterday have been described as a good Omen and an indication that better things are coming to Edo State. The Director, Edo State Poverty Alleviation Agency, Chief (Mrs.) Evelyn Igbafe who stated this is a chat with The NIGERIAN OBSERVER in Benin City yesterday, remarked that the appearance of Jesus Christ in the state was an affirmation that the present governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was God -sent.

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 August 2 - Toronto Blessing Church 'Exports' Revival Through New Network
 Article: Experience-Based Christianity

The church that housed the Toronto Blessing revival hopes to "export" the values of the renewal through a new network of churches.  Dubbed Catch the Fire World, the denomination officially launched in May when Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship (TACF), the church that housed the revival services for 12 years, changed its name to Catch the Fire Toronto. The new group already includes congregations in Oslo, Norway; Rekjavik, Iceland; Montreal; London; and Raleigh, N.C. Another church is expected to open in Switzerland later this year.

The new name reflects the church's growing influence beyond Toronto as well as its evolving mission to spread the revival's core message of knowing God's love and deepening one's intimacy with the Father, said Steve Long, senior pastor of the Toronto church and vice president of Catch the Fire World.

"Our initial focus wasn't .... on building a church; it was to facilitate what the Holy Spirit was doing-a revival," said Long, whose 2,000-member congregation meets in 11 locations across Toronto. "We really feel the Lord's changed us to now giving it away, hence the new name."

The Toronto Blessing began in January 1994 at a small church led by John and Carol Arnott that was then known as the Toronto Airport Vineyard. The revival drew hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world, but controversy over unusual manifestations such as barking and uncontrolled shaking led to a break with the Vineyard denomination in 1995.

That year, Arnott resigned as pastor of TACF and founded Catch the Fire Ministries, which hosted leadership schools for pastors and encouraged the founding of "soaking centers," where people sit for hours in prayer and worship.

"Our ministry has always been fire, ready, aim," Long said. "The Holy Spirit just kind of does stuff, then we have to figure out how to facilitate what God is doing."

Catch the Fire leaders plan to spend 2010 establishing the organization's base and preparing for future church plants. Long said the new congregations are a sign that the Toronto Blessing hasn't stopped.

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 August 7 - Climate change sparks 'quickest evolution ever'
 Article: Creation/Evolution - Evolutionary Assumptions Exposed

Comment from Understand The Times:
Evolution's claim that adaptation, for example, to temperature change over time, is proof that evolution can produce humans over time from single-celled creatures. Creationists believe that adaptation to various environmental changes is a genetic mechanism designed by a Creator so that life can perpetuate through time in a fallen world. Adaptation is a fact of life, but in no way shows how life has developed from simple to complex over time.
At least one fish species can adapt in just three generations to survive a sharp change in temperature, researchers said in a study on the fastest rate of evolution ever recorded in wild animals."Our study is the first to experimentally show that certain species in the wild could adapt to climate change very rapidly," said Friday lead researcher Rowan Barrett.
The findings suggest at least some animals may be able to change quickly enough to survive predicted climate change.

Virtually all climate research in peer-reviewed science journals predicts global temperatures will gradually rise by several degrees in coming decades, accompanied by swings of extreme cold and heat.

"But just because we've seen a large evolutionary response, that doesn't mean a natural population can adapt to climate change with no consequences," Barrett told AFP Thursday.

About 95 per cent of the fish population died during the three-year study, with only five per cent developing a tolerance for cold," he said. "The consequences of losing 95 per cent might be catastrophic, because the remaining five per cent might not be able to sustain the population," said Barrett. He added: "We don't know the genetic basis of this trait."

The rapid evolution by the marine fish in the study mirrored the 10,000-year-long evolution of freshwater stickleback in British Columbia - descendants of marine fish trapped inland at the end of the last Ice Age, who evolved to live in extreme cold.

Barrett noted that humans also evolved over some 10,000 generations, since their first migration from Africa, raising the question of how many generations it might take for northern peoples to evolve genes that could cope with warmer climates experienced by their African ancestors."You can start to draw a parallel in evolutionary rates," said Barrett.

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