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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.

 January 18 - Unseen food crisis: Farmers may be a dying breed
 Article: Miscellaneous

Comment from Understand the Times:
Farmers are a dying breed all over the world, not just in the Philippines. For example, in Canada and the USA farmers are being forced off the farm by the joint effort of large corporations and governments and their regulations that are designed to turn the land over to the New World Order, who is made up of the wealthy ruling class. 
This can be clearly understood in light of the Bible, as we have been told ahead of time what to expect. There is no way out, is there? All we can do is see it coming and tell people about it, right?
FILIPINO farmers are growing old and the younger generation won't replace them in the fields. Senator Francis Pangilinan, committee chair on agriculture and food, said in a media briefing this has been an "unseen crisis" in Philippine agriculture, one that could affect the country's food supply in the next few years.

According to Pangilinan, there are 4.3 million farmers in the Philippines, with an average land of 2.5 hectares each. Their average age is 57, much too old to till the fields. "This is reaching crisis level. If we don't correct this in three years, we will have a problem getting our output," he said.

The demographics have indicated that younger Filipinos are not enticed to enter in the agricultural sector because farming does not offer a way out of poverty, according to the senator. "Their grandfathers were poor, their fathers were poor," he said.

He expressed support for strengthening the local government's role in agricultural productivity because the local executives would be in the position to know the needs of their farmers.

"I am more partial to the idea of just letting the (Department of Agriculture or DA) set the policy direction and then let the local governments implement (that policy),"
Pangilinan said.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the DA has been working to enhance the market access and entrepreneurial skills of farmers and fisherfolks to increase their competitiveness. DA, he said, would establish Trading Centers in strategic locations based on the competitive advantage of the area.

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 January 17 - Bill gates wants to register all new babies on the planet for vaccines
 Article: One World Government

Bill Gates is promoting a plan to use wireless technology to register every newborn on the planet in a vaccine database.

In a keynote address to the mHealth Summit, which focuses on using mobile technology to improve health care, Gates said that improving survival rates among children under the age of 5 would benefit not just individual families, but societies and the planet as a whole. "The key thing, the most important fact that people should know and make sure other people know: As you save children under 5, that is the thing that reduces population growth," he said. "That sounds paradoxical. The fact is that within a decade of improving health outcomes, parents decide to have less children."

The number of children who die before their fifth birthday has already dropped from 20 million in 1960 to 8.5 million today, a statistic Gates attributes mostly to vaccination.

"About one-third [of that improvement] is by increasing income," Gates said. "The majority has been through vaccines. Vaccines will be the key. If you could register every birth on a cell phone - get fingerprints, get a location - then you could [set up] systems to make sure the immunizations happen."

Gates suggested using cell phones to record each birth and send the information, including biometric identifiers, to a central database. This database would then send reminders to parents' phones when it was time to come in for vaccines or other treatments. He said a prime location to implement such programs would be northern Nigeria or northern India, where vaccination rates are less than 50 percent.

Acknowledging that registering every single birth has never been done before, Gates called for "1,000 new ideas" to "blossom" in order to make it happen.  Such ideas could conceivably involve using the GPS devices inside phones to physically track parents who do not bring their children in for vaccines.

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 January 17 - World is 'one poor harvest' from chaos, new book warns
 Article: Signs Of The Last Times

Like many environmentalists, Lester Brown is worried. In his new book "World on the Edge," released this week, Brown says mankind has pushed civilization to the brink of collapse by bleeding aquifers dry and overplowing land to feed an ever-growing population, while overloading the atmosphere with carbon dioxide.
What distinguishes "World on the Edge" from his dozens of other books is "the sense of urgency," Brown told AFP. "Things could start unraveling at any time now and it's likely to start on the food front.
"We've got to get our act together quickly. We don't have generations or even decades -- we're one poor harvest away from chaos," he said. "We have been talking for decades about saving the planet, but the question now is, can we save civilization?" In "World on the Edge", Brown points to warning signs and lays out arguments for why he believes the cause of the chaos will be the unsustainable way that mankind is going about producing more and more food. 
In "World on the Edge", Brown paints a grim picture of how a failed harvest could spark a grain shortage that would send food prices sky-rocketing, cause hunger to spread, governments to collapse and states to fail.
Food riots would erupt in low-income countries and "with confidence in the world grain market shattered, the global economy could start to unravel," Brown warned.

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 January 18 - Invisible Tanks, Planes and Armor Could Hit Battlefields in 5 Years
 Article: Miscellaneous

Invisible tanks -- and maybe invisible soldiers -- may soon be charging onto battlefields. A British weapons manufacturer is making good on the promise of Wonder Woman's invisible jet, describing an "eCamouflage" system that uses electronic ink to disguise combat vehicles by projecting videos of the countryside onto them -- electronic squid ink of a sort.

Using highly sophisticated electronic sensors attached to a vehicle's hull, BAE Systems plans to project images of the surrounding environment back onto the outside of the vehicle -- enabling it to merge into the landscape and evade attack, explained London paper The Telegraph. Unlike conventional forms of camouflage, the images on the hull would change in concert with the changing environment, always insuring that the vehicle remains disguised.

"We're also working on it for aircraft," he told FoxNews.com. 

But BAE plans to make it happen, intending to test in Sweden at the end of the month a technology it calls "adaptive signature." And the next stage, Sweeney explained, will be transparent battle armor for soldiers.

The concept was developed as part of the Future Protected Vehicle program, which BAE's scientists believe will transform the way in which future conflicts will be fought.

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 January 14 - 'Evolutionary' Christians to Discuss Science as Divine Revelation
 Article: Unbiblical Christianity

Attempting to show that science doesn't have to be a threat to religion, a diverse panel of "evolutionary" Christians will discuss evolution and the Christian faith in live online seminars beginning Saturday. The six-part series will draw speakers from across the theological spectrum, including BioLogos Foundation's Karl Giberson, representing an evangelical viewpoint, and the emergent church's Brian McLaren.  Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution, will host of the series entitled, "The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity."

Speaking to The Christian Post, Dowd said he hopes the roundtable discussions will present science as God's way of divine communication to this generation. The 90-minute conversations, he added, will focus more on what "evolution-celebrating" Christians have in common than on their differences.  "We all honor scientific evidence as God's communication and that God is communicating new truths to Christianity today," said Dowd.

Some questions that he intends to tackle during the sessions include: how churches can evolve and be faithful to what God is revealing through science as opposed to Scripture, how Christianity is related to other people equally committed to a healthy future for the planet, and the difference between evolutionary and non-evolutionary Christians on how they relate to others on their faith.

An advocate of the "Epic of Evolution" or "The Great Story," Dowd argued that there are "truths" God has revealed through "evidential knowledge" today that could not have been revealed in the Bible. While science today lends evidence to tectonic plates as the method God used to create the Atlantic Ocean, he explained, people living during biblical times would have simply said, "God spoke it into being," or offered "mythic" explanations.

"It's just realizing that Scripture has continued and what I mean by Scripture is divine guidance. Divine communication just didn't stop in the Bible. I'm not suggesting that people ignore the Bible or treat it any less way as divine revelation," he told The Christian Post.

The first seminar of "The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity" begins Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. PST and goes through Feb. 1. Participants are required to register at evolutionarychristianity.com in order to join online.

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 January 16 - Rick Warren Loses 8 Pounds in Saddleback's Health Plan
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Misc.

Rick Warren has already shed several pounds in January by following a health plan that celebrity doctors helped launched at Saddleback Church on Saturday. The megachurch pastor dropped 8 pounds since starting the Daniel Plan this year, said Dr. Mark Hyman, one of three developers of the 52-week, church-wide plan for the Saddleback family in southern California. The Daniel Plan, based on the prophet Daniel who chose healthy eating instead of the king's rich foods, is part of the church's aim this year to get its parishioners physically healthier.
It is the first of several community programs that Saddleback will launch as part of its Decade of Destiny campaign over the next 10 years. The plan will address 7 key areas of life: spiritual, physical, financial, relational, vocational, emotional, and mental.

The event featured lectures from Hyman, a metabolism expert, and Dr. Daniel Amen, a bestselling author and psychiatrist. Cardiologist Dr. Mehmet Oz wasn't able to join in person but recorded a video clip that was played for the audience.

He asked those making a "covenant" to follow the Daniel Plan to incorporate social connections, new learning, great diet, omega-3 fats, multi-vitamin, green tea, deep breathing, gratitude, prayer, and 6 hours of sleep into their lifestyle. Both Hyman and Amen also said their techniques would help with depression.

After the event, Warren responded to criticism that people might have about the doctors not being part of his church or not being Christian altogether. Hyman is Jewish and Oz is Muslim.

"My statement on that is: if I have a brain tumor, I find the best brain surgeon I can find. I'm not asking what his background is or what his belief is," he told online viewers. "If you are dying, you might even let an atheist save your life."

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 January 19 - Rogen stunned by Lucas' 2012 theory
 Article: Miscellaneous

Comment from Understand the Times:
Why would the media be so obsessed with the destruction of the world and be so certain? Speaking of the media, how Godly is the media? Do you remember Mel Gibson? Some were warning that the media could never give an accurate perspective of Jesus, right?
Do you remember what happened? Some pastors purchased seats at theaters for the sheep. Who was the Jesus in the film? Was this a GREAT EVANGELISTIC TOOL? WHERE WAS THE DISCERNMENT, then and now? 
Is discernment getting better or worse, now that we are in full blown apostasy?
Funnyman Seth Rogen was left stunned by a recent encounter with his moviemaking hero George Lucas - because the Star Wars director spent 20 minutes telling him the world would end in 2012.  Rogen was left speechless when Lucas and Steven Spielberg joined a movie meeting he was a part of - but the encounter has left him worried his life will be over next year.

He recalls, "George Lucas sits down and seriously proceeds to talk for around 25 minutes about how he thinks the world is gonna end in the year 2012, like, for real. He thinks it.

"He's going on about the tectonic plates and all the time Spielberg is, like, rolling his eyes, like, 'My nerdy friend won't shut up, I'm sorry...'

"I first thought he (Lucas) was joking... and then I totally realized he was serious and then I started thinking, 'If you're George Lucas and you actually think the world is gonna end in a year, there's no way you haven't built a spaceship for yourself... So I asked him... 'Can I have a seat on it?'

"He claimed he didn't have a spaceship, but there's no doubt there's a Millennium Falcon in a garage somewhere with a pilot just waiting to go... It's gonna be him and Steven Spielberg and I'll be blown up like the rest of us."

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 January 20 - Are You Ready to Pay by Cellphone?
 Article: Technology For Global Monetary System

Does the announcement by Starbucks Wednesday that customers could now pay for their coffee via smartphone mean the move to electronic payments is finally coming?

We've been hearing for years about the rise of a cashless society, one in which coins, bills and even credit cards are obsolete. One day, pulling out a credit card is going to make you look like this blogger's mom, who continues to pay by check at the grocery store.

The Starbucks move, combined with a few other developments by companies like Google Inc., means we're closer to real-world stores accepting these smartphone payments, even if consumers don't make the change (no pun intended) right away.

Near-field communication, which transmits information only within a very small radius, is supported by the latest version of Android, Gingerbread, and Google is expressing more interest in enabling payments with the tap of a cellphone. Once retailers, tech giants and financial companies adopt such a system, consumers will follow - especially if they find it more convenient than keeping track of cash and cards.

But there still are a few stumbling blocks that might make users and businesses wary. The biggest concern? As with any new payment system, it's security. Kenneth van Wyk over at ComputerWorld points out that new technology often has defects that can be exploited by criminals. "We have to get this right. For this new dawn of mobile payment systems to be accepted broadly by both consumers and enterprises, the system's security must be the hero," he writes.

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 September 28 - Fruit in Europe Contains Illegal Pesticide Levels
 Article: One World Government

Comment from Understand the Times:
Pesticides are found in the blood of most every human. It's not normal, it's not natural, and it's only been the case in the last century. Depression, fibromyalgia, cancer, chronic fatigue, nerve damage, Parkinson's disease, immune deficiencies, intestinal disease, damage to the reproductive system, neurological problems, attention deficit, infertility, hyperactivity, violence, mental disease, schizophrenia, learning disabilities, the inability to handle stress, and hormonal disruption that leads to gender confusion and loss of normal parental instincts have all been found to be associated with chemical pesticides, that are currently or have been at one time approved for use.

If We Can't Detoxify Them, They Accumulate! 
The problem with chemical pesticides is that our body's normal detoxification methods, don't detoxify them thoroughly. So, we end up accumulating pesticides in our bodies over time, and this is when the problems start.

The fact is the accumulation of pesticides is the real problem, and it's the reason the short-term tests that chemical companies run don't show anywhere near the problems they create. Chemical companies use these tests to get government approval to put them on our food and in our air; they are also the backing of continual assertions that pesticides are harmless inside of us.

Chemical pesticides are considered necessary for food growth these days; the assumption is that all the brilliant minds around the world can't come up with something both effective and non-toxic, which is absurd. But tons of money is dumped into finding chemical-based "solutions," and very little into finding non-toxic solutions.
The fact that we all have bug killer in our blood, starting from the time we are born, doesn't seem to be factored into the standard health care equation. Neither does the fact that, deep detoxification, or removing those poisons from our bodies, would actually be the first step in creating health. People have a minimum of hundreds, if not thousands, of chemical poisons in their blood these days. As damaging as pesticides are, they are just the beginning of our chemical contamination problem.

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 January 18 - Can Woolly Mammoth Be Cloned From Frozen DNA?
 Article: Cloning And Genetic Engineering

They've been extinct for about 10,000 years, but woolly mammoths could be back on Earth in just five years, according to Japanese scientists who plan to use frozen DNA to resurrect the behemoth.

Researchers from Japan's Kinki University
have found a way to isolate DNA from the frozen mammoth's tissue. Now they plan to insert that DNA into the egg cells of a normal, modern African elephant and then plant the resulting embryo into the elephant's womb.
After a 600-day gestation period, the elephant would give birth to a baby mammoth. That baby would be a clone of that frozen mammoth found in the Siberian tundra and believed to have died more than 10,000 years ago. The baby would not have any genetic relation to the surrogate mother that actually gives birth to it.

Unlike dinosaurs and other extinct animals whose remains have been fossilized, bodies of several mammoths were frozen under ice, preserving their muscle, skin and, most important, their DNA. The massive creatures are believed to have once grazed in large herds across Asia and North America.
Whatever caused their species to die out is a huge point of contention among paleontologists. Some believe it was the onset of human hunters or climate change that led to the mammoths' demise.

"After the mammoth is born, we'll examine its ecology and genes to study why the species became extinct and other factors,"
he said.

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 January 18 - The christening without much Christianity: Anglican church offers 'baptism lite' to attract non-worshippers
 Article: Unbiblical Christianity

Comment from Understand the Times:
Xmas takes Jesus Christ out of Christ Mass. Christ Mass is not in the Bible. While Jesus was born, He was not born on Christ Mass. Christ Mass is a Roman Catholic term meaning that Jesus can be transubtantiated from a wafer. 
Now the Anglicans are putting their own slant on the meaning of Christianity. They say that one can be baptized the "Anglican way" by not even knowing anything about Jesus Christ. I suppose this is true of a lot of ritualistic religions.
What is even more interesting is that Anglicans are now joining back to the Roman Catholic Church as fast as possible, now that the Jesuits are in the fast track with the Queen of Heaven bringing the separated brethren back to the Mother of All Churches.
Church of England baptism services may be re-written to remove some references to Christianity.  The plan for a new 'baptism lite' service designed to make christenings more interesting to non-churchgoers will be considered next month by the Church's parliament, the General Synod.

Supporters say the baptism service should be 'expressed in culturally appropriate and accessible language' that is readily understood by 'non-theologically versed Britons'.But traditionalist clergy said the idea amounted to 'dumbing down'.

The new service would be used at 150,000 christenings each year. If the plan is accepted, it will be the third full re-write of the baptism ceremony in around 30 years - the version in the Church's Book of Common Prayer went virtually unaltered for more than 400 years until 1980.

Complaints centre on three sections of the baptism service from the Church's latest prayer book, Common Worship, authorised for use in 1997. In one, parents, godparents or an adult being baptised are asked to 'reject the devil and all rebellion against God' and to renounce 'the deceit and corruption of evil'. They are asked to 'submit to Christ as Lord'. The Reverend Dr Tim Stratford, from Liverpool, who is putting the plans before the synod, said in a paper that 'there remains some unhappiness about the language not being earthed enough'.

Bishops indicated yesterday that if the Synod accepts the argument a committee will be instructed to begin writing a new baptism service, but they warned that such re-writing would raise arguments over faith and doctrine.

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 January 21 - Flu vaccine causing infant seizures; FDA to investigate
 Article: Miscellaneous

The Sanofi-Aventis flu vaccine known as "Fluzone" is causing febrile seizures in children, the FDA revealed yesterday. According to the FDA, 42 cases of seizures have been reported in children receiving the Fluzone vaccine. Most of the children suffering seizures are under the age of two.

The FDA went out of its way to claim that even though these children suffered seizures, they're all fine now. "All children recovered and no lasting effects have been seen," the FDA said. Can you imagine them making such a statement about an herb that was found to cause
seizures? This is a case where the FDA has clearly put itself in the position of defending the safety of the vaccine and downplaying the risk that it sends children into convulsions.

Nearly all the reported seizures occurred within 24 hours after the children received the Fluzone vaccine. This, according to vaccine apologists, is mere "coincidence."

It is well established that only 1% - 10% of vaccine side effects are ever reported to the FDA. This means that potentially thousands of children have suffered seizures due to this flu vaccine.

Both the drug maker and the FDA take the position that "
are safe until proven dangerous." This is the opposite of what commonsense precaution would require: That vaccines should be proven safe before being injected into the bodies of children.

This is how America's children are turned into medical experiments by the vaccine industry.

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 January 21 - Hawaii Senate becomes first legislative body to end daily prayer
 Article: Perilous Times

Hawaii lawmakers halted the daily prayer in the state's chambers out of fear of a court challenge from the ACLU. The Associated Press reports: (bolding is mine)

Fearing a possible court challenge, Hawaii's state Senate has voted to silence the daily prayer offered before each session began - making it the first state legislative body in the nation to halt the practice.

A citizen's complaint had prompted the American Civil Liberties Union last summer to send the Senate a letter noting that its invocations often referenced Jesus Christ, contravening the separation of church and state.

That prompted the state attorney general's office to advise the Senate that their handling of prayers - by inviting speakers from various religions to preach before every session - wouldn't survive a likely court challenge, said Democratic Majority Leader Brickwood Galuteria.

"Above all, our responsibility is to adhere to the Constitution," Galuteria said after Thursday's vote to halt the daily blessings.

A three-member Senate committee formed to evaluate the issue recommended allowing nonsectarian, nonpolitical invocations that avoided references to deities, but the legislative body decided to do away with prayers altogether rather than constrain them.

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 January 21 - Mary Unites Christians and Muslims
 Article: Ecumenical Movement - Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

Comment from Understand the Times:
Hang on and check if your seat belt is fastened. We are getting real close to the rapture of the church when you see the pope joining hands with Muslims because they have a common bond in the Queen of Peace. 
Will the real Mary, the Mother of Jesus, PLEASE STAND UP? Of course not! She is dead and has not risen from the dead prematurely as has been claimed. 
Now, how about this? Will the emerging church be the next to claim that Mary can bring peace? Who is heading up one of the major wings of the emerging church? Well, the man with the Peace Plan, Rick Warren, right? 
Isn't he the one who was on the platform with Greg Laurie at the Harvest Crusade? Do you think Greg Laurie and some other Calvary Pastors will be in favor of Mary uniting Roman Catholics with Muslims someday? Time will tell, but for now, it looks like they are on that road to Babylon, right?

Christians and Muslims might lack a common dogmatic base from which to discuss theology, but they share devotion and esteem for a woman who brings them together: Mary, mother of Jesus.

In the following excerpts from the interview with Father Saghbini, the priest speaks of the conference, Christians in the Middle East and prospects for Christian-Muslim collaboration. 

Q: Have theological issues been discussed at this conference?

Father Saghbini: There is no common dogmatic basis that is valid for Christians and Muslims together in order to deal with theological questions and the magisterium of the Church. However, what is possible is the common reflection about Mary. The Christian point of view is: Mary is the elected Virgin and Mother of God and we are venerating her and we are praying to her. She is the intercessor for us with Jesus Christ. The Muslim point of view is: Mary is a special woman and the best among the women. 

In Lebanon, for example, a common feast day for the honor of Mary has been introduced. On this day Christians and Muslims have the possibility to venerate Mary in their own religious approaches.

Brotherhood (Ikha' in Arabic) between Christians and Muslims shall be intensified and supported by the lectures given at this conference.
Another important issue for the synod fathers is daily, peaceful common life between Christians and Muslims. The daily talks between Christians and Muslims should be led and should be based on the foundation of love, mutual tolerance and respect. In this manner a common dialogue, for a common search for truth, enables a better understanding of each other and the exchange of personal points of view and experiences.
Father Saghbini: Our Patriarch Gregorios III is planning similar meetings in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt. Of course, the Center Al-Liqa, founded by His Beatitude, is a place where encounters between Christians and Muslims will take place and which may lead to a better knowledge and understanding between the cultures and religions.

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