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September 30, 1997

Israel Rejects Palestinian Demand

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Only a day after Israel agreed to consider a ``timeout'' in Jewish settlement construction, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today that construction would continue to accommodate natural population growth.

The Palestinians, meanwhile, said peace negotiations cannot resume unless Israel stops all building in the settlements. ``This is the bottom line as far as all Palestinians are concerned,'' said Palestinian Cabinet minister Hanan Ashrawi.


September 29, 1997

Pope Continues Hectic Schedule

The pope moves with increasing difficulty these days, sometimes uses a cane, has a strong tremor in his left hand and an often quavering voice. But he continues to confound skeptics with his ability to maintain grueling schedules. On Friday, he begins a five-day trip to Brazil.

Sunday's Mass was the closing event in a religious congress aimed at reinvigorating the faith of Catholics and preparing them for the year 2000, when Christianity enters its third millennium.

``This congress is the last of the century: a century that has seen, on a planetary scale, grave attacks against man and the truth of his being. In the name of totalitarian and mendacious ideologies, this century has sacrificed millions of human lives,'' the pope said in a strong voice.

At the same time, he said, ``from the dark shadows, this century has also conserved the faith transmitted by the Apostles.''


Catholic prayer for the Pope:

September 28, 1997

Israel Commemoration Falling Apart

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- The Jewish year 5758 was going to be one long party, marking a century since the founding of the Zionist movement and 50 years since the tumultuous, exhilarating establishment of Israel.

Instead, plans for a year-long commemoration are falling apart, undermined by a nationwide funk, a deepening economic crisis and worsening social divisions.

For Israelis, who will usher in the Jewish New Year on Wednesday night, there is mostly aggravation these days:

--Prospects for peace with the Arabs, which seemed so tantalizingly close, are fading. There appears to be no remedy to the terrorism of Islamic militant groups, and relations with the Palestinians and other Arabs are fraying.

--Tension between Israelis who think the Palestinians should get their own state and those who don't has blossomed into open loathing.

--Animosity is growing between Israel's shrinking secular majority and resurgent groups of religious and ultra-religious Jews who seek to turn the Middle East's only democracy into a Jewish theocracy.

--Efforts to integrate the half of Israel's 4.7 million Jews who are European-descended Ashkenazim and the poorer Sephardim who hail from the Middle East are floundering.

Pollster Yossi Vadana said the national mood has seldom been darker. ``There is a feeling that the country is weaker than in the past. There is disappointment and fear,'' he said.


(Psa 122:6) Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May those who love you be secure.

(Isa 54:17) No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

September 27, 1997


Jesus said: "My people, when you see the leaves start to fall, you know that winter and long nights are coming. Even now as you see the signs of the End Times coming, you know the darkness of the brief reign of the Anti-Christ will soon be upon you. But, rejoice My people. As I came as the Light of the World in the middle of the longest nights at Christmas, so I will come as a great light in victory to renew the earth at the end of the Tribulation."

"Surely the Lord God will do nothing without revealing His secrets to His servants, the prophets." {Amos 3:7}

September 26, 1997

Russia brings Mideast war closer

Intelligence Digest - 19 September, 1997

This could prove to be one of the most-important issues that Intelligence Digest has published during its entire 60-year history..........


September 25, 1997

Hurricane Nora Pummels Baja

SAN QUINTIN, Mexico (AP) -- Hurricane Nora pummeled Baja California  with high winds and heavy rain today and headed toward the American Southwest, where people hurried to fill sand bags and stockpile emergency supplies.

Nora was expected to cross Baja California and move north up the Gulf of California, weakening as it approached southern Arizona. Meterologists warned, however, that Nora would still be a tropical storm when it entered the United States -- a rarity for the desert Southwest.

Forecasters predicted up to 8 inches of rain for the Yuma, Ariz., region -- double the area's average annual rainfall.


September 24, 1997


Arab Israeli Knesset member Abdul Wahab Darawashe has predicted the breakout of an Arab-Israeli war before the end of this year, and believes Israel would lose.

Meanwhile another Arabic newspaper, AL-QUDS AL-ARABI, has warned in an editorial that a "bloody confrontation" in the Middle East is imminent (Sept 18).


September 23, 1997


A Ruz al-Yusuf editorial writes [before the Jewish families entered the Ras el-Amud building] that the Arab nation has made a decision, via the Palestinians, to embark on a war for Jerusalem, and that the results will soon be felt. {YEHOSHUA MEIRI 9/22 T}


September 22, 1997

Concern mounts over virus outbreak

SANTIAGO, Chile -- An outbreak of hantavirus, which causes pneumonia and high fever, has caused 13 people to die and dozens more to be hospitalized in Chile in recent months, and health officials fear the virus is spreading to other countries in the region.


Editor's note:  Note that the illnesses reported in the past two days are largely viral in origin. Doctors are helpless to cure these diseases and can provide supportive care only.

September 21, 1997

Pestilences- A sign of the times

(Luke 21:11) There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

Each article below can be found scattered throughout today's Miami Herald!

Eye virus sweeping Cuba, shows up in Miami

MIAMI -- (AP) -- A highly contagious eye infection that has broken out in Cuba and Panama, showed up in a traveler at Miami International Airport, a University of Miami ophthalmologist said Saturday.


Doctors fight bacteria linked to infant deaths

BOSTON -- (AP) -- Doctors are trying to determine how to fight an aggressive strain of bacteria that has killed four babies this summer at Children's Hospital in Boston.


65 on cruise ship are stricken by flu

NEW YORK -- (AP) -- A cruise ship struck with an outbreak of influenza on its way south from Canada was sanitized Saturday after docking in New York City.


Pioneering AIDS doctor brings a message of hope

The father of the drug tails that dramatically altered the landscape of AIDS predicted Saturday that within six months some patients could be taking a single pill a day from the newest, most potent class of medications.


Governors join forces to battle microbe blamed for fish deaths

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- (AP) -- Governors from six states have agreed to share research and to lobby Washington for help in dealing with a toxic microbe blamed for killing fish and sickening people who work on the water.


September 20, 1997

Air Force suspends Monday's training flights

Hours after the sixth military plane in a week crashed, the U.S. Air Force ordered that a one-day suspension of its training flights take place Monday, four days earlier than planned.


List of Recent Military Crashes

Here are the six U.S. military air crashes since Saturday, Sept. 13:


Word of the Lord to Thomas S. Gibson on September 14, 1997

(Prophecy, #114); Technology:

There is coming a day when the technology of this world shall fail. Those who put their trust in it, shall fail with it. Note that! Put your trust in the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He it is, that shall never fail.


September 17, 1997

Syria & Russia Holding Joint Military Exercises

(IINS News Service -Israel-9/17) Following recent objections by Syria over the planned military exercises in November between Turkey and Israel, Syria is now moving ahead to participate in military exercises with Russia. The joint exercises will take place in Russia , for one week, at the end of the month.



Palestinians warn of violence if Jews remain in Ras al-Amud

JERUSALEM (September 17) -- The Palestinian Authority, escalating its rhetoric against the Netanyahu government, raised the specter of Arab riots today unless Israel removed the three Jewish families from Jerusalem's Ras al-Amud neighborhood.

"The PA officially holds the Israeli government responsible for any development that will take place unless the settlers are evicted in the coming hours," PA Local Authorities Minister Saeb Erekat told the Palestinian Legislative Council yesterday during its session in Ramallah.


September 16, 1997

El Nino Bigger Than Continental U.S

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- El Niño is anything but little. Signs tracked by satellites in space show that the globally disruptive weather phenomenon could well live up to its stormy billing. For one thing, its mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean has grown to 1 and 1/2 times the size of the continental United States. And other data mean the southwestern states could well be pounded with winter storms.

In May, when scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena announced that satellite images showed a brewing El Niño, the warm mass was two-thirds its current size.


September 15, 1997

Settler takeover stirs new tension in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers made themselves at home on Monday in two houses they took over in disputed east Jerusalem. The Israeli government, though officially opposed, said they had a legal right to stay.

Palestinians threw stones at police guarding the settlers after they moved in late Sunday, and Palestinian leaders warned more violence would erupt unless the settlers were immediately evicted.



Syrian Preparing for War

(IINS News Service -Israel-9/15) According to an unnamed senior official in the Israeli intelligence community, the Syrian military is in the advanced stages of preparing for war.

The senior official stated the Syrians still prefer the negotiating option but nevertheless, is maintaining a high lever of preparedness.


September 13, 1997

A Eurasian Lunar Eclipse

Speaking of eclipses, a total eclipse of the Moon will be visible from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia on September 16th. The partial phase of the eclipse begins at 17:08 Universal Time, when the edge of the Moon first enters the dark umbra of the Earth's shadow. Total eclipse lasts from 18:15 to 19:18 UT, and the final partial phase ends at 20:25 UT. Totality occurs during dusk and moonrise in westernmost Europe and Africa, when the Moon is high in the middle of the night in the longitudes of central Asia, and around dawn and moonset in Australia and New Zealand. Several astronomical Web sites will post images of the eclipse in real time or conduct other eclipse-related online events:

Source: S&T's Weekly News Bulletin

September 12, 1997

Monster storm swirls off Mexico's Pacific coast

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The strongest hurricane on record for the eastern Pacific raged well off of Mexico's west coast on Friday. Officials warned fishing vessels to avoid Hurricane Linda, and warned the storm could affect the Southwestern United States as it weakens.

Linda had winds of 184 mph (294 kph) at 1500 GMT (11 a.m. EDT), with gusts of up to almost 220 mph (352 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.



Jesus said: "My people, I have told you that in these End Times you will see one event right after the other in quick succession. You are seeing volcanoes, earthquakes, and other storms coming together. These again are the signs of the End Times, but the people are not looking to Scripture for this interpretation.

WAKE UP, My people, and see that your time of tribulation draws near. Even though these events will be closing in on you, have trust in My protection when this destruction meets a fever's pitch. Men will finally take notice of their losses and they will seek My help.

For some, My Justice for their sins will be hard to understand, but as time goes on, these events will bring sinners to their knees seeking My Mercy.

KNOW, My children, that the face of the earth will be greatly changed during these coming days.

PREPARE, My children, to be tested in a way where all of your material possessions will be stripped from you."

(Luke 21:11 ) There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

September 10, 1997

Drug-resistant TB spreads to 42 states

CHICAGO (AP) -- A highly drug-resistant tuberculosis found in only 13 states six years ago has spread to 42 states, but the total number of the hard-to-treat TB cases nationwide has declined, federal researchers say.


September 9, 1997

St. Paul's detention site believed found in Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuter) -- Archeologists in Israel have uncovered a Roman governmental complex where they believe St. Paul was held in detention almost 2,000 years ago.


September 7, 1997

Mubarak, Hussein, Arafat Hold Talks

CAIRO, Egypt -- Top Arab leaders say the breakdown in Israeli-Palestinian relations is a ''grave threat'' to the Middle East. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hosted a meeting with Jordan King's Hussein and PLO leader Yasser Arafat today in advance of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's visit to the region this week.


September 5, 1997

Israel Drops Palestinian Peace Deal

By KARIN LAUB Associated Press Writer

JERUSALEM (AP) -- His country shaken anew by a triple bombing, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Friday that Israel is no longer bound by peace accords with the Palestinians and will not hand over large chunks of the West Bank by mid-1998, as once pledged.

The dramatic announcement came only a week before Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visits the region to try to resuscitate the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations -- a mission that now appears doomed before it begins.


September 4, 1997

7 killed in downtown Jerusalem explosions

Scores injured; Hamas wing reportedly responsible

At least seven people were killed and 192 others injured Thursday when three explosions rocked a pedestrian mall in downtown Jerusalem in an apparent attack.


September 3, 1997

Increased Syrian Threat of Non-Conventional Warfare

(IINS News Service -Israel-9/3) According to Jane's Defense Weekly, Syria will begin producing chemical "bomblets" for its Scud "C" missiles within months, according to US Ballistic Missile Defense Organization officials.

The claims follow the establishment of a chemical agent production line near Damascus.


September 2, 1997

Earthquake Shakes Columbia

BOGOTA, Colombia -- A strong earthquake centered deep under the Andes mountains shook a large area of Colombia this morning. No damage or injuries were reported.



Jesus said: "My people, you will see great changes made on the earth's surface as huge earthquakes and volcanoes will reshape the dry land. There will be much death and suffering when these great disturbances occur. There will be nothing that you can do because these things will take place swiftly with NO warning. Be ever-prepared spiritually, because you know not when you will be called home to Judgment. So continue your frequent, fervent Confessions so your souls are always ready to receive Me."

(Luke 21:9) When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away."

(Luke 21:10) Then he said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

(Luke 21:11) There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

September 1, 1997

International Fellowship of Intercessors calls for 40 days of prayer and fasting


During the past couple of months, the leaders of my local church in Germany asked me to teach on the subject of Israel and Jerusalem.  On one of these occasions, a Sunday morning service, as we were worshipping the Lord after the message, I believe I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Call My people to forty days of fasting and praying for Jerusalem, for I am setting the scene for the return of My Son, the Messiah, to the earth!"

Johannes Facius, Coordinator of the International Fellowship of Intercessors


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