Israeli newspaper Haaretz laments the cultural co-opting of the phrase "the writing on the wall."
Wordplay: The writing on your (Facebook) wall
Today's 'writings' are not what they used to be. There are 'texts,' 'tweets' and 'posts,' and walls are not what they used to be either.
"The key part of the well-known phrase “the writing was on the wall” − which is, according to most lexicons, an idiom that presages “imminent doom or misfortune” − is the verb “to be,” in the past simple (“was”) tense. Only by virtue of that “was,” with hindsight, do mere words inscribed on a partition become validated, and acquire the heavy weight of a warning unheeded." ... "But today “writings” are not what they used to be. There are no “writings” anymore per se: There are “texts,” “tweets” and “posts” in our post-writing post-modern age. And walls are not what they used to be either. A “Wall” was once the original Profile space of Facebook users, something they could cover with their own “posts” and keep unblemished by other people’s (friends’ or foes’) words."
Making a new life after 20 years of false imprisonment
Frank Carrillo was falsely imprisoned in California and after 20 years released after witnesses admitted they had lied. It took 15 years even to get anyone to listen to him. This 3-minute video is a first-person recounting of his journey and how he feels now. He is not bitter he says. Not angry, either. He only wants to finish his education and live a free life.
Here is a map I found in Facebook (HT Julie Sommerkamp Pence) showing in visual style the breadth of the hostile territory surrounding Israel. Even the white blob is too big, for Israel is truly tiny. Zechariah 12:3 says that "On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it."
They will not prevail.
God will save all Israel (Romans 11:26.) At the end of the Tribulation God will redeem His nation, not just the individual people. Jeremiah 31:31, Jeremiah 32:38). The LORD said it, it will come to pass.
Here is a Pentagon release on the status of the ships in the Asian theatre of operations:
"Pentagon official on status of USN destroyers in Pacific: "The guided missile destroyers USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) have arrived at pre-determined positions in the Western Pacific, where they stand poised to respond to any missile threats to our allies or our territory. USS Decatur is finishing a deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility and the hope is to not extend her deployment any further. USS Fitzgerald is forward-deployed to Yokosuka,Japan and is fully-capable of taking over for Decatur."'
Naming false teachers? Don't be so mean! Except ... in one book of the bible, Paul named eight. (2 Timothy). From "Naming Names...Is it Biblical?"
1) Phygellus 1:15
2) Hermogenes 1:15
3) Hymenaeus 2:17
4) Philetus 2:17
5) Jannes 3:8
6) Jambres 3:8
7) Demas 4:10 (apostate)
8) Alexander the coppersmith 4:14
"We see clearly here that fighting the good fight and finishing our course involves and includes marking deceivers. Men of God today are mandated to do the same, yet only by the revelation of the Word of God. Marking people is commanded in the Bible (Rom. 16:17-18). If a public leader is teaching people falsehood, he is to be confronted and exposed. The fruit of truly repenting of teaching something that contradicts God’s Word is that the leader will publicly amend his way and doctrine. Naming names must never be done recklessly or out of a personal vendetta, but only according to the Word and in the Spirit for the glory of God and protection of His beloved people."