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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.  The purpose of posting these articles is to warn the church of deception from a Biblical perspective.

 September 27 - Shocking revelation: Former Air Force personnel disclose UFO, alien-related threats
 Article: Rising Interest In The Supernatural

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 News Alert - September 29 India's New Identification Efforts Aimed at the Poor
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

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If anyone ever doubted these are the last days before the revelation of the antichrist, then please read the following article. When the poor in India and around the world start receiving personal identification numbers, then the mark on the right hand or the forehead implemented for the antichrist, is not far behind. 
The only way you can understand our times is to read the Bible - Revelation chapter 13:12-18. Of course, those who are establishing the kingdom of the antichrist are building the kingdom of the antichrist. They plan to set up their man as head of the kingdom in Rome first. Then eventually, they will set up "the man" in Jerusalem, king of the world. The Bible also tells us what happens to this "man." He is defeated by God.
The main point is this: You don't want to be building the kingdom of the antichrist. Someday soon the King, Jesus Christ, will be coming to set up His kingdom. Jesus is the King. Not the pope, nor the coming antichrist.
Jesus Christ will rule and reign. He is the one, who created the Universe. He holds the universe together. He is the only one who can save you from your sins. He has delivered us from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of light. (Colossians chapter one).
India has formally launched an ambitious program to provide identification numbers to its population.  Authorities say they plan to put ID cards in the hands of 100 million of India's poorest citizens within months, making it easier for them to access basic services.  

Indian officials set a festive mood for the new plan, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, leader of the dominant Congress Party, personally handing out the first identification cards to villagers in Maharashtra state.  The government has set an ambitious deadline, aiming to provide hundreds of millions of people with a unique 12-digit number within just a few years.

Officials say
the numbers and the data profiles behind them will offer a fast track for India's poorest citizens to benefit from a wide range of services, from food distribution to banking.

The poorest of the poor in India frequently have difficulty obtaining the right paperwork to certify their identity, and receive government benefits. The new digitally encoded ID cards contain key biographical data, backed up by fingerprint and retinal scans.
Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi says the objective is not just progress, but inclusiveness of everyone in the country. Gandhi said officials are aware the challenges of the 21st century cannot be overcome by old ideas and methods. The goal, she says, is to empower the people.

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 September 28 - Churches Find Empty Pews at Sunday Evening Services
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Doug De Vries describes Sunday evening worship as "a lot less formal" than the morning service at Plymouth Heights Christian Reformed Church. It's also a lot less crowded.

Plymouth Heights is in step with a larger trend of declining evening attendance in evangelical denominations that long have cherished a heritage of worshiping twice on Sunday. Some evening services are more intimate; others have been cancelled or replaced by an alternative.

Researchers wrote that the data "seems to suggest evening service attendance has become optional."

"Many churches are substituting evening worship and putting their energies into other things," said Jeff Meyer, pastor of Crosswinds Community Church, a 4-year-old CRC congregation in Holland, Mich., that, like many new churches, does not conduct evening worship.

"We just saw incremental diminishing returns (in attendance)," Smith said. "Younger families were much busier with all the humming and bumming of life and they found other ways to refresh themselves. The evening service was a wonderful thing back in its heyday, but it cannot continue to function in the same form that it has historically. For a lot of churches, that's really a harsh reality."

The harsh reality, in the Rev. David Engelsma's view, is that churches that drop evening worship are ignoring their spiritual inheritance. The retired seminary professor calls the trend "plain evidence of the great apostasy that Christ has predicted."

"The two services is a way to frame the whole day as belonging to Lord," Rienstra said. "The decline of Sunday evening worship is a marker alongside many that our culture is becoming more popularly secular. We've lost a sense of sacred time that is being offered back to God."

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 October 1 - Bill Gates says vaccines can help reduce world population
 Article: Misc.

"The world today has 6.8 billion people     that's headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent." This statement by Bill Gates was not made with any hesitation, stuttering or other indication that it might have been a mistake. It appears to have been a deliberate, calculated part of a well developed and coherent presentation.

Clearly, this statement implies that vaccines are a method of population reduction. So is "health care," which all NaturalNews readers already know to be more of a "sick care" system that actually harms more people than it helps. Bill Gates seems to be saying that one of the primary purposes is to reduce the global population as a mechanism by which we can reduce CO2 emissions. Once again, watch the video yourself to hear him say it in his own words.

And in order for them to be accepted by the majority of the people, they obviously can't just kill people outright. If everybody started dropping dead within 24 hours of receiving the flu shot, the danger of vaccines would become obvious rather quickly and the vaccines would be recalled. Thus, if vaccines are to be used as an effective population reduction effort, there are really only three ways in which they might theoretically be "effective" from the point of view of those who wish to reduce world population:

#1) They might kill people slowly in a way that's unnoticeable, taking effect over perhaps 10 - 30 years by accelerating degenerative diseases.

#2) They might reduce fertility and therefore dramatically lower birth rates around the world, thereby reducing the world population over successive generations. This "soft kill" method might seem more acceptable to scientists who want to see the world population fall but don't quite have the stomach to outright kill people with conventional medicine. There is already evidence that vaccines may promote miscarriages

#3) They might increase the death rate from a future pandemic. Theoretically, widespread vaccination efforts could be followed by a deliberate release of a highly virulent flu strain with a high fatality rate. This "bioweapon" approach could kill millions of people whose immune systems have been weakened by previous vaccine injections.

Perhaps not coincidentally, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into vaccine programs targeting people all over the world. One such program is researching the development of "sweat-triggered vaccines" that could use specially-coated nano-materials to deliver vaccines to people without using injections.

More interestingly, his foundation has also invested millions in sterilization technologies that have been called a "temporary castration" solution. By reducing birth rates (through sterilization technologies) and increasing vaccine penetration throughout the world population (by using sweat-triggered nano-vaccines), his stated goal of reducing the world population by 10 to 15 percent could be reached within just a few years.

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 October 1 - Druidry recognised as religion in Britain for first time
 Article: Misc.

Druidry has been recognised as an official religion in Britain for the first time, thousands of years after its adherents first worshipped in the country. The Druid Network has been given charitable status by the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the quango that decides what counts as a genuine faith as well as regulating fundraising bodies. It guarantees the modern group, set up in 2003, valuable tax breaks but also grants the ancient religion equal status to more mainstream denominations. This could mean that Druids, the priestly caste in Celtic societies across Europe, are categorized separately in official surveys of religious believers.
Supporters say the Charity Commission's move could also pave the way for other minority faiths to gain charitable status.

Emma Restall Orr, founder of The Druid Network, added: "The Charity Commission now has a much greater understanding of Pagan, animist, and polytheist religions, so other groups from these minority religions - provided they meet the financial and public benefit criteria for registration as charities - should find registering a much shorter process than the pioneering one we have been through."

In its assessment of the Druid Network's application, the Charity Commission accepts that Druids worship nature, in particular the sun and the earth but also believe in the spirits of places such as mountains and rivers as well as "divine guides" such as Brighid and Bran.

It notes that although there are only 350 members of the Druid Network, a BBC report in 2003 claimed as many as 10,000 people followed the ancient faith across the country.

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 October 1 - World Communion Day spans many faith traditions
 Article: Roman Catholic Church And The Last Days

To First Central Presbyterian pastor Cliff Stewart, the very concept behind "World Communion Sunday" is important because it spans so many faith traditions.

From there, the celebration has spread through the years to become a multidenominational event.

At the heart lies whether the familiar bread and wine (or now-common grape juice stand-in) literally becomes the body and blood of Christ, only symbolically represents those elements, or represents something spiritually in-between.

"We also follow the ancient practice in serving Communion only to those who are in communion with the Church - that is, to Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves to receive Christ through prayer, fasting, and confession of sins," he said. "We do not think of this as closed communion, but simply as communion - as a manifestation of sharing the same faith and living the same life of discipleship in the Church."

Bishop Michael Pfeifer, who heads the Catholic Diocese of San Angelo, said "communion" means two things in Catholicism - the sacrament itself and the wider meaning of bringing people together through "dialogue, respect, and efforts to bring about more understanding of different beliefs."

In his sermon for World Communion Sunday, Tillman said he plans to note communion is "one of the primary marks of Christianity," adding that the event itself allows participants to "visualize people beyond us taking the bread and the fruit of the wine."

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 October 3 - Ahmadinejad calls for US leaders to be 'buried'
 Article: Wars And Rumors If Wars

Iran's president Sunday called for U.S. leaders to be "buried" in response to what he says are American threats of military attack against Tehran's nuclear program.

"May the undertaker bury you, your table and your body, which has soiled the world," he said using language in Iran reserved for hated enemies.

Several top U.S. officials including Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff have said in recent months that the military option remains on the table and there is a plan to attack Iran, although a military strike has been described as a bad idea.

Ahmadinejad often resorts to provocative statements to lash out enemies. He has already compared the power of Iran's enemies to a "mosquito," saying Iran deals with the West over its nuclear activities from a position of power and he has likened the United States to a "farm animal trapped in a quagmire" in Afghanistan.

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 October 3 - U.S. Issues Europe Travel Alert as Intel Shows Terror Plot Targeting Paris, Berlin Landmarks
 Article: Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Terrorists plotting to carry out a Mumbai-style massacre in western Europe have a list of high-profile targets in their sights ranging from the Eiffel Tower to a hotel near Berlin's famed Brandenburg Gate, according to intelligence relayed to Fox News. 

Information about the threat is seeping out as the United States issues a rare blanket travel alert for Americans in Europe, warning about the possibility of an Al Qaeda strike and advising U.S. citizens to be vigilant. The State Department alert did not offer specifics about the targets and countries that could be most at risk, saying only that Americans should be careful around transportation hubs and other popular tourist locations. 

But a senior western intelligence official confirmed Sunday that a German-Pakistani national interrogated at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan provided a list of targets. They include the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the luxury Hotel Adlon near Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. Targets also include the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, as well as Berlin's Central Station and its landmark Alexanderplatz TV tower. 

The State Department alert is one step below a travel warning advising Americans not to visit Europe. It comes after officials warned that Usama bin Laden is trying to execute a multi-city terror attack modeled after the deadly rampage in Mumbai two years ago. 

State Department spokeswoman Nicole Thompson said she could not recall another Europe-wide alert of this nature. She said the department is "arming Americans with information" should they choose to travel and that visitors should use extra caution while traveling around "soft targets" like hotels. 

"It's clear and the plot is clear. The clarity of detail on the plans for these attacks is disturbing," one official told Fox News

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 September 30 - Global employment crisis will stir social unrest, warns UN agency
 Article: Misc.

The United Nations work agency said it was putting back by two years from 2013 its previous assessment of the time needed to create the 22 million jobs still needed to regain the pre-crisis level - 14 million in rich countries and 8 million in developing states.
"Despite these significant gains ... new clouds have emerged on the employment horizon and the prospects have worsened significantly in many countries," it said.

The extended loss of employment and growing perceptions of unfairness risked increasing social tension, the ILO said.

It noted that social unrest related to the crisis has been reported in at least 25 countries, including some recovering emerging economies. This week riot police were on the streets as protesters in Spain, Belgium, Italy and Greece demonstrated against tough austerity measures.

The ILO recommended three policies for a jobs-led recovery:

* A combination of active labour market policies including work-sharing that target vulnerable groups such as young people, and training;

* A closer link between wages and productivity gains in surplus countries to boost demand and job creation;

* Reforms of the financial sector to ensure savings are channelled to productive investment.

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 October 1 - Babylonian, dead for millennia, now online
 Article: Misc.

The language of the Epic of Gilgamesh and King Hammurabi has found a new life online after being dead for some 2,000 years.

Academics from across the world have recorded audio of Babylonian epics, poems, and even a magic spell to the Internet in an effort to help scholars and laymen understand what the language of the ancient Near East sounded like. The answer? Cambridge University's Martin Worthington told The Associated Press that it's "a bit like a mixture of Arabic and Italian."

Babylonia was among the world's first civilizations and produced some of its earliest pieces of literature. Its people also play a central role in the Bible. Babylon's soaring, pyramid-shaped Temple of Marduk is thought to have inspired the tale of the Tower of Babel, while their conquest of the Kingdom of Judah in the early sixth century B.C. led to the deportation and exile of the nation's Jewish population.

The Babylonian language, written on clay tablets in cuneiform script, dominated the Near East for centuries before it was gradually displaced by Aramaic. After a long decline, it disappeared from use altogether sometime in the first century A.D. - and was only deciphered nearly two millennia later by 19th-century European academics.

"I think it's a wonderful idea," said Woodard, who counts Babylonian among his languages. "There are just a few people in every generation who are the keepers of this knowledge, and by putting it on the Internet it's possible for a great many more people to be exposed to it, which in the end would help with the preservation of this knowledge."

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 October 1 - Rick Warren Blasted as a "Shill for Terror"
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Christianity Uniting With Other Religions

David Horrowitz' Front Page Magazine has branded Pastor Rick Warren a "shill for terror." because Warren is listed on the "Speakers Corner" of a Muslim group that some have linked to terror. 

According to FrontPageMag.com, Warren knows about his being listed on the site and "refuses to demand its deletion and offers no apology for its existence."

ISNA, The Islamic Society of North America, lists Warren amidst some controversial Muslim leaders and at least one unindicted co-conspirator in the war on terror.

Warren addressed ISNA's national convention last year, saying, "Muslims and Christians can work together for the common good without compromising my convictions or your convictions. I am not interested in interfaith dialogue but interfaith projects," said the pastor of the 24,000-member Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., who is widely known for his bestseller "The Purpose-Driven Life."

"Talk is cheap ... but love is something we do together," he added. "As the two largest faiths on this planet - more than 1 billion Muslims and 2 billion Christians - as Muslims and Christians, we must believe in this. As more than half the world, we must do something to model what it is to live in peace, to live in harmony."

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 October 1 - Sarkozy jilts U.S. in vision of new world order
 Article: One World Government

President Sarkozy is to set out his vision of a new world order that embraces Russia in a powerful European alliance and could threaten to destabilize America's global dominance.

At the same time, the ambitious French President wants to craft a new global economic framework that would give China greater influence.

He plans to use the French presidency of the G20 group of world nations - which starts on November 14 - to promote his redrawing of the world diplomatic and monetary stage.
From the French point of view, the time is ripe to forge new global architecture because the end of the postwar monetary system has left a void and the world needs shock absorbers on the financial and commodities markets. Both China and Russia are critical to his new post-Cold War vision.

But Paris insists that its ideas are complementary to a strong Atlantic partnership and the Nato alliance, which France has rejoined fully under Mr Sarkozy. He wants Russia and the 27 nations of the European Union to form close bonds on issues as diverse as national security, diplomatic relations, economic policy, human rights and immigration. A senior French source said yesterday: "We must do everything for Russian rapprochement with Europe."

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 October 2 - Square Personal Credit Card Reader Will Change Everything
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

Have you heard about the new "Square"? As in, "Are we square?" It's a new square-shaped gizmo that gives people a way to accept credit card payments on their iPhone, iPad, or Android. It was invented by Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, a guy who knows something about new ideas that catch on with people carrying cell phones.

According to its Web site, the small Square device is free and plugs into the earphone jack, the downloadable app for it is free, there are no set-up or monthly fees, and the per-transaction costs are much lower. It's secure, it E-mails the receipts, and it keeps track of all your cash and credit card transactions for you. 

What it does is make it easier for customers to pay small business owners such as women with home trunk shows, day care workers, even dog walkers. Many charities who couldn't afford a credit card machine for fundraising events could now use this for charitable donations. You can even add tips to the total for people in the service industry. For better or for worse, it could also speed up the transition to a cashless society.

It has the potential to make life much easier for small- and medium-size businesses, especially home-based ones. If Square catches on, think of all the young people with a good idea who will have an easier time launching their businesses and making money. You could call it a license to print money--or really, E-mail money--that crosses all industries and demographics.

Its economic effect is going to be huge, and the Obama administration should realize that rewarding--not punishing--private sector innovation like this is the best way to economic growth and prosperity for all Americans.

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 September 26 - Spirituality Gaining; How About Religion?
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

There's seemingly an increasing interest these days in spirituality, especially among those who are younger rather than older. In contrast, the focus on religion is apparently somewhat on the wane.

The latest Pew Religious Landscape survey says that "More than one-quarter of American adults (28 percent) have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion - or no religion at all." At the same time, bolstered by events like Oprah's recent highly watched webinar, "Spirituality 101" with author and spiritual guru Eckhart Tolle, the appreciation of spirituality has come more to the forefront.

When participants were asked "what it primarily means to them to be spiritual," United States respondents said it meant "believing there is a purpose to life" (41 percent) and "believing in God" (33 percent).

According to some, surveys like the Pew and Search Institute are indicating that this quest for meaning to life appears to be at the root of many young folks' desire for spirituality. But at the same time they apparently don't want all the baggage of organized religion.

"The number of people who self-identify using the long-popular phrase 'spiritual but not religious' is still growing. In 1998, 9 percent of American adults told the General Social Survey they were spiritual but not religious. By 2008, it had risen to 14 percent. Among those ages 18 to 39, the increase was even more dramatic, and 18 percent now say they are spiritual but not religious."

She notes an explanation by Duke University professor of sociology, religion and divinity, Mark Chaves, who says, "The growth is not because people are less likely to identify as religious, but because nonreligious people are more likely to say they are spiritual."

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