On September 18, Scotland will hold a major referendum. Voters will be asked: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” The British government in London has promised to honor the outcome of the referendum. Basically, that means that if a majority of Scots vote “yes” next Thursday, the British government will renounce its sovereignty over Scotland.
Great Britain formally joined together in the year 1707. That was when the Parliaments of Scotland and England ratified the Act of Union, and England and Scotland became Great Britain. The reason Britain has existed for the past 300 years is because Scotland is not an independent country.
The seven-week war between Hamas terrorists and Israel Defense Forces is now over—at least for the time being. Terrorists in Gaza launched missiles at civilians for weeks while the idf hit Gaza with airstrikes and even a ground incursion to shut down its smuggling tunnels. It’s estimated that more than 2,100 Palestinians died, along with 70 Israelis.
Why is there so much misunderstanding about the universe? There are two mainstream schools of thought about the source of the universe—are either of them based on sound, provable truths?
In Part 8 of this Revelation series we covered the fifth era of the Christian Church: Sardis. God said there was a few that remained faithful to God’s truth, but most people in this era failed in supporting God’s Work. Christ said to Sardis, “I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead” (Revelation 3:1). This era of God’s Church was spiritually dead.
With events boiling around the world, two stories have recently bubbled to the surface that are especially alarming. The first story is titled “A Quiet Intifada in Jerusalem.” It’s about the recent increase of attacks aimed at Jews in Jerusalem. Attacks such as using fireworks as weapons, rock throwing and hurling Molotov cocktails. The article calls it a “quiet” intifada because the media is ignoring it.
America has “rarely been stronger,” President Barack Obama said on May 28. He believes critics who challenge that assessment are either misreading history or are partisan ideologues. “Our economy remains the most dynamic on Earth, our businesses the most innovative,” he said. “The United States is and remains the one indispensable nation. That has been true for the century past, and it will be true for the century to come” (emphasis added throughout).
Think about the world in 1945. Nazi Germany was in shambles. Japan was devastated after having nuclear bombs detonated on its soil. The Soviet Union had just lost 24 million people. Britain was in debt and struggling to stay afloat. All the great nations of the world were decimated. But through the rubble of World War II, a new superpower emerged: America.
New developments in Libya show that the country is on the verge of another crisis. The most recent round of fighting erupted after Islamist parties lost the elections last month. After the loss, they raised up a group of militias that calls itself “Operation Dawn.” Over the past several weeks, this militia has taken over parts of Libya, including sections of the capital and the international airport. Yet, despite the violent turn of events in Libya, this isn’t the biggest part of the story.