News and Prophecy

Towns “Falling Apart” in South Africa

  1. 09th July 2018
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

According to the Co-operative Governance Ministry of South Africa, “More than 60 percent of the 257 municipalities are categorized as dysfunctional or almost dysfunctional” (Bloomberg, June 14, 2018). A recent government report revealed that only 33 of the 257 municipalities received a clean audit last year—just 13 percent!

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India Is Drying Up!

  1. 06th July 2018
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

Dry Cracked earth “India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history and around 600 million people face a severe water shortage” (The Independent, June 17, 2018). Roughly 200,000 people die in India every year due to lack of clean water, and 21 cities—including some of India’s largest—are expected to run out of water in just two years.

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Suicides Rise: But There Is Hope!

  1. 02nd July 2018
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, “Suicide rates are climbing in nearly every demographic, age group and geographic area” in the United States (Time, June 7, 2018). Suicide deaths have increased by almost 30 percent since 1999 and “among all racial and ethnic groups and in every age range except adults older than 75.”

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Too Many Nukes!

  1. 29th June 2018
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

In a recently published study, researchers determined that the detonation of just 100 nuclear warheads by one country would cause catastrophic damage, including widespread food shortages on the other side of the globe (Telegraph, June 13, 2018). Such an event would also bring significant blowback and destruction on the nation that launched the weapons. One...

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And Now—Disease X

  1. 25th June 2018
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

Public health officials are preparing for what they call “Disease X”—a hypothetical disease that would be virulent and infectious, with the potential to become a pandemic (a worldwide epidemic) and kill large numbers of people (The Economist, March 23, 2018). This disease might be manmade, a brand-new disease or a genetic variant of an existing disease.

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A Coming Universal Church?

  1. 22nd June 2018
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

This week Pope Francis made a highly anticipated visit to the World Council of Churches (WCC) headquarters in Geneva. In an earlier interview, Evangelical pastor Martin Robra, a senior WCC official, commented, “[I]t looks as if we have reached a new spring with Pope Francis and his initiatives” (Vatican News, May 31, 2018). He stated further that “there is so...

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Death by Plastic!

  1. 18th June 2018
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

a beach strewn with plastic garbage The amount of plastic waste in our environment is skyrocketing worldwide, and it is having a devastating impact. In Thailand, a pilot whale recently died “after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags” (The Guardian, June 2, 2018). Experts estimate that over 100,000 marine animals die each year as a result of plastic ingestion.

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Is America Pushing Europe Together?

  1. 15th June 2018
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

two people with stars and stripes pushing two giant puzzle pieces together that make up the EU flag While commentators in the media and government debate the consequences of rapidly developing world events, Bible prophecies provide unique insights about the future that are missing from these discussions. The Bible predicts the rise of a European “beast” power at the end of the age. This “beast” will be a political and religiously supported entity that will...

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Unthankfulness Is the Norm

  1. 11th June 2018
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

man and woman arguing Have you noticed that in today’s fast-paced and self-centered society, few people take time to say “thank you” or show appreciation? Others have noticed as well. Recent research based on recordings of more than 1,000 conversations in eight languages revealed that very few people express appreciation when others help them out.

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Human Attempts at Peace

  1. 08th June 2018
  2. News and Prophecy Staff

collage of war scenes and a dove of peace in the crosshairs We live in the twenty-first century—nearly 29 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall—and nations are moving away from democratic governments and reverting to hardline leaders with dictatorial and tyrannical tendencies (Washington Post, March 20, 2018).

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