The following article from Israel National News surprised me. They have done sacrifices at the Temple Mount during Passover before.
Temple-Times Passover Sacrifice Nixed by Government
"Israel’s Veterinary Services will not authorize the planned public ritual sacrifice of a goat in honor of Passover this year, Veterinary Services representative Zohar Dvorkin said Thursday. Jewish groups dedicated to the Temple Mount and Temple renewal are planning the sacrifice as a reminder of what Passover looked like in Temple times. The ritual slaughter is to take place in Jerusalem, in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood opposite the Temple Mount. The organizations planning the sacrifice were unpleasantly surprised at the Veterinary Services’ response. The Veterinary Services has authorized previous sacrifices in honor of Passover, including one held in Jerusalem last year."
But coming on the heels of the wrangling over the Temple Mount and the recent violence there with a firebombing, maybe it is not so surprising. The activity in and around God's holy ground is getting more severe. Expect more articles of this kind in the near future. The fighting is not over the actual mosque or temple, it is satan trying to prevent God from occupying His designated spot. For a short while in the near future, satan will be allowed to place himself there, to allow sin to run its full course. We are fast approaching that time now. It all will come down to a narrow, laser-point focus on Jerusalem.
"who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God." (2 Thessalonians 2:4)
"The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place." (Daniel 11:36).
"He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him." (Daniel 9:27).
Now we go from seriousness to silliness. This is of the "I saw the face of Jesus in my corn flakes" variety of craziness.
Angel-Shaped Cloud Appears In Florida Sky After New Pope Is Announced
"Some say it's nothing. Others believe it's a message from heaven on a big day for the Roman Catholic Church. Just hours after Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio made his first appearance as Pope Francis at the Vatican, Florida resident Jodi Guthrie snapped a photo of a stunning cloud shaped like an angel hovering in the sky over Royal Palm Beach."
|Facebook/Ginger Teixeira Richmond|
On the other hand, it's very good that people are looking around their world and wondering of the religious things happening have anything to do with the natural things happening. That is a good connection to make. However, the imbroglio at the Vatican has nothing to do with God and everything to do with satan, so it is a missed connection. We can pray that as people lift their heads and look up, they make the proper connection. The right things to think in these days are that Jesus is coming soon to judge the living and the dead. He is active and involved with the world in His general revelation (Romans 1) and will soon be appearing in His special revelation (Ezekiel 39). If it causes a person to wonder how they may fare before a holy God then good. If it causes a person to think this is praise for a new pope, then it is bad.
While we are on the topic, we can ask the question, "Do angels have wings?"
There is a situation occurring now in Brooklyn NY that you may not be aware of. A 16-year-old teen named Kimani Gray was shot by Brooklyn police. He was shot 7 times, which infuriated the black community. He pointed a loaded gun at police and threatened to shoot, which infuriated the peace officer community. There's been three nights of rioting, and more police have been deployed to the neighborhood. 45 people were arrested after protests last night and the UK Daily Mail's headline is a little more inflammatory but quite vivid: "It sounds like a war zone': Chaos in Brooklyn as 100 teenagers 'riot' on the streets following vigil of 16-year-old who was shot dead by NYPD plainclothes cops". The situation has become a powder keg, reports The New York Times. There have been mobs marauding the streets, vigils, speeches, and now apparently martial law. Or what they call "A State of Exception."
Iran's PressTV reports,
"The NYPD turned the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn into a ‘State of Exception’ on Thursday, arresting over 45 people including the sister of slain 16-year-old Kimani Gray."
Here is a peek at our world today:
|Today's photos, March 14, 2013|
Above, thousands of students, teachers, and concerned citizens protested in Madrid against cuts in education, and rising tuition fees imposed by the Minister of Education. The demonstration ended in front of Ministry of Education building.
|Anti-nuclear rallies took place across Japan, |
on the eve of the second anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster,
urging Japan’s new government to abandon nuclear power.
Amid all this violence and protests as to the way things are, want to see what love is? It is still on earth, sometimes hidden among the cracks of a crumbling society, like a flower emerging from the concrete crack in the sidewalk, but it is still here. Watch this very moving 4-minute clip- and enjoy your day in Jesus. Days with Him are always good.