The contract, announced by aerospace firm Hermeus on Thursday, will fund the development of a small passenger jet that could replace the Gulfstream-based planes currently in the presidential fleet. Though the current aircraft under consideration would be too small to replace Air Force One, it could conceivably someday be used to transport Cabinet members, Congressional delegations, and other officials whose transport is overseen by the Special Air Mission. The Air Force investment, awarded through AFWERX, is worth $1.5 million and will be used to evaluate potential hypersonic military transports for an aircraft seating nine to 19 people, according to Aviation Week Defense Editor Steve Trimble .
HEADLINES & STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Week-33
News Stories from Across The World:
Disputes from mail-in ballots could make naming winner impossible by Jan. 20- Would Make Nancy Pelsoi President!
Game-changing video of Kenosha shooting turns tables on accusers, has NYT admitting there was another gunman
Two hundred and forty-four years ago this week, “Gentleman of Honour, Family, and Fortune” made a Thermopylae-like stand that saved Washington’s army during the Battle of Brooklyn. Their attack that earned them the nickname “The Bayonets of The Revolution” may have also saved the month-old United States.
In August 1776, America had just declared its independence one month prior. After successfully driving the British out of Boston, General George Washington had marched his army to New York, hoping to prevent the British from capturing the city. During the invasion of New York, British General William Howe landed more than 20,000 troops on Long Island. He sent a third of his Redcoats and Hessians to attack the American defenses head-on, engaging them while 10,000 men looped around and attacked the Patriots from behind in what would become known as the Battle of Brooklyn.
President Donald Trump’s approval with black voters rose nine points during the Republican National Convention, according to a Hill-HarrisX poll conducted August 22-25.
The poll asked one question: “Do you approve or disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as President of the United States?”
The Hill reported:
Twenty-four percent of registered black voters in the Aug. 22-25 survey, which included the first two days of the convention, said they approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while 76 percent said they disapprove.
That is up 9 points from the previous survey conducted Aug. 8-11, where the President received 15 percent support among this group.
The survey found support among Hispanic voters also grew by 2 percentage points, from 30 percent in the last poll to 32 percent in this most recent survey.
The poll conducted an online survey of 2,861 registered voters. Among Republicans, 82 percent approve of Trump while 18 percent disapprove.
A Zogby poll of 901 “likely voters” published on Wednesday reported Trump’s approval at 52 percent, with a 47 percent disapproval rating. More narrowly, the president had a 36 percent approval rating with blacks, a 37 percent approval rating with Hispanics, and a 35 percent approval rating with Asians.
Ten percent of black and Hispanic voters changed their support from former Vice President Joe Biden to Trump over a two-month period, according to a CNN poll published on August 16.
By Bob Barney
My family and I, and all of those who understand Bible prophecy have been awaiting signs from God that will bring on the END TIMES, as spoken by Jesus in Matthew 24.
Today in the wake of a worldwide panic, caused by nit-witted world leaders and the press, many are panicking needlessly that The Great Tribulation has started... IT HAS NOT! Although we have biblically been in the END TIMES since the first century, waiting for Christ to return, we are not even close to the Great Tribulation, the terrible times that will come just 7 years before Christ returns, when upwards of 90% of the world's population will die... That's like 6-7 billion people - not the 2500 of coronavirus!
What we are witnessing today is fear based upon ignorance. God says in His word, "My people die because of their lack of knowledge," and so it is so today. Hysteria and panic, caused by a severe cold-like virus has caused the world to shut down. Either we have the most stupid leaders today, or the most evil. Whatever they are, they are going to find a backlash to their actions like they could never realize.
This is not the tribulation
Contrary to media reports, this is not the Tribulation. The Tribulation will be when a real virus that can kill 2 billion occurs, when a great nuclear war will kill 2-3 billion and false religion will kill another billion or so! We are not even close to that scenario ---yet.
The panic going around the world is being spread by fake news, and a task force that does nothing but spread hysteria to a panicked population. As I reported in many articles, this is not anywhere the pandemic that H1N1 was, or the Spanish Flu, or especially the Black Death in the Middle Ages that killed over 200 million people out of a population probably less than 600 million! That's a third of everyone you know dying! These plagues where of biblical proportion, not this one.
The problem is that world leaders are using this scenario to stop the rise of nationalism that has scared the heck out of them since the election of President Trump, and has been raging around the world. The Deep State elite has lost their power, and they are trying to get it back again, using fear to do so, not unlike those preachers who spread the fear of burning forever in hell if you don't obey them (a lie by the way, we do not go to a place of torment -EVER). Dr Fauci is like the old time fire and brimstone preachers who preached fear rather than The Plain Truth. More people in the world are still dying of the flu, than coronavirus. More Christians around the world are being slaughtered for their beliefs than this so-called pandemic.
Ben Franklin understood just how governments gain control over their people. Franklin once said: "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
Patrick Henry added to this idea with his famous speech, "“I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided,” he said, “and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past."
God forbid if we choose to give up our liberty, because we fear dying. Henry continued, “The war is actually begun! Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty”
I hope not! Fear God, NOT what man can do. Paul wrote, "If God is for us, who really can be against us!" That is as true today's it was then, some two thousand years ago. We have nothing to fear if we have God who is in control of everything!
No, this is not the tribulation, so realize that the world is to continue. It's a question of the rights that we will ignorantly give up.
During the Tribulation, an event known as "The Riding The Four Horsemen" will occur, which will be God's wrath on the world. Garner Ted Armstrong's 4 part series of what the four horsemen represent. They are, The The Rider on the White Horse, which represents FALSE CHRISTIANITY, The Rider on the RED HORSE, which represents unprecedented world wars, The third Horsemen, that rides a BLACK Horse, represents inflation, depression and famine, and the FOURTH HORSEMAN on a PALE-Green Horse that represents pestilence and Death.
Many are not aware that the Four Horsemen prophecy mirrors Jesus' famous Olivet prophecy found in Matthew 24 when He is asked when the Tribulation will start and when the end of the world will be. He told His followers this: “Watch out that no one deceives you. (White Horse)For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I, (Jesus) am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars (Red Horse), but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.(Black Horse) All these are the beginning of birth pains.
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death(Pale-Green Horse), and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come."
We are in no way even close to these times, but they will happen! God says so, and it's time that everyone prepares for what's next and draw near to Christ before the door to salvation is closed. God is real, His word, the Bible is real and factual! Prophecy is HISTORY before for happens! It is like reading a newspaper describing an awful event, years before it is ever published!
AMERICA IS LOST ISRAEL
Many, including myself have written over the years articles proving who the lost ten tribes of Israel are. Most in the world today do not know that Israelites are not Jews! Only the tribe of Judah (with Levi and parts of Benjamin) make up modern and ancient Jews. There are 10 other tribes that the Bible says were taken into captivity a 100 years before Babylon took the Jews into captivity. These lost ten tribes were enslaved by the ancient Assyrian empire, who were the descendants of modern Germany (Read this incredible article on this HERE.)
The peoples of Western Europe (Denmark, France, Scandinavia, Ireland, Great Britain and Spain) are actually identifiable Israelite tribes. America, the literal 13th tribe coming out of Joseph, and you can prove it.
Whenever you see prophecies in your Bible, you will see that some prophecies are especially for Judah (Jews) and some prophecies are written especially to "The House of Israel" and the House of Jacob. This always refer to the lost ten tribes and especially Great Britain and America.
Did you know that God told Jacob that one of his son's Joseph's desendents would make up the single most powerful nation in the world? It's in the Bible. Who has been the single most affluent powerful nation in the world?
Jacob also knew that the firstborn son of Joseph would make up the most powerful commonwealth of nations.... England. It's there for you to read for yourselves. If God is real, and you believe the words of the Bible, you can only come to the conclusions above!
ISRAEL (America and the Western lost tribes) WILL BE DESTROYED BEFORE The Great Tribulation
I have stated many times, and will do so again. It makes no difference to your spiritual Christian fate if you understand who America is. If you declare Jesus Christ as both God and Savior, AND YOU OBEY HIM, and not a church figure, then you will be saved! Whether you follow the Sabbath, or Sunday ignorantly, it does not matter. If you understand God's Holy holidays, or follow pagan Christmas and Easter, it doesn't matter - IF YOU BELIEVE and OBEY as best as God has informed you - YOU WILL BE SAVED!
However, being saved, and UNDERSTANDING prophecy are two distinct points. To understand what is happening today, will happen tomorrow and beyond requires you to understand prophecy and WHO THE PLAYERS in THE END TIMES WILL BE!
Once one realizes just who we are today, then that person can understand the prophecies that lie ahead. The "time of Jacob's trouble" comes from Jeremiah 30:7 that says, "Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it" (KJV). What is this "time of distress for Jacob"? Jacob, is another name for Israel, as he was re-named Israel by Jesus (as the Lord of the Old Testament) after having a wrestling match with him! When Jacob blessed his grandsons (only Joseph's two boys), Jacob said, "Let MY NAME be given to these two lads." His name Jacob would always refer to only the tribe of Joseph.
God had promised He would someday restore His people to prosperity, meaning the land of Israel. The Lord would save them from it. Jeremiah 30:8-9 make it clear that this time would be a period in which God's people no longer served other masters, but would serve the Lord and "David their king, whom I will raise up for them" (v. 9). This is during the millennium, which follows the Great Tribulation when Jesus rules here on earth for 1,000 years.
However, although probably closely (in God terms) near the Great Tribulation, God predicted that Jacob, or Israel -- would be destroyed by plagues, wars, fear and panic because they refused to obey the Laws of the Living God. In my commentary, I explain God's warning to the American people, written 4,000 years ago that reads like today's headlines!
God says that because we no longer obey His laws, and have turned our back on God, He would destroy us, and take us into captivity! The Lord Jesus, THE GOD WHO SPEAKS IN THE Old Testament told Moses, if you do not listen to me or obey all these commands, and if you break my covenant by rejecting my statutes and treat my regulations with contempt, and refusing to obey my Commandments, I will punish you. I will bring sudden terrors upon you—wasting diseases and burning fevers that will cause your eyes to fail and your life to ebb away. You will plant your crops in vain because your alien enemies will eat them. I will turn against you, and you will be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you will rule over you, and you will run even when no one is chasing you!"
Does that sound like today?
I know, and am convinced by the world of the Living God, that America will be destroyed, along with "lost Israel" of Western Europe, Canada and Australia. It will happen. Is this the way Satan (the father of lies and fake media, also known as the God of this world) will destroy the west through lies and panic? That may be. It is very possible.
GOD IS IN CONTROL
Friends, I beg you, in the name of Jesus and the Father DO NOT PANIC as the rest are in these times. Regardless of whatever happens in this age, if you have Jesus you have life! Do not worry about the life you have today, which will end whether it be today or not, set your eyes on the future life you will have with Jesus. That is the message. God controls everything.
Paul writes concerning today and our people, "I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”? And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain.The elect among them did, but the others were hardened, as it is written:
“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
eyes that could not see
and ears that could not hear,
to this very day.”
9 And David says:
“May their table become a snare and a trap,
a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
and their backs be bent forever.”
Satan, the God of this world cannot harm you if you are a true Christian unless God allows it! Believe in Jesus and you become the "elect of God." Jesus tells us again in Matthew 24, that we, the elect, actually will save the world from destruction! Speaking of the Tribulation and the destruction of the world in a time worse than the great flood, that will never happen again, He says this: “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened."
Yes For OUR SAKE God will save the world from total destruction.
The God of this world is NOT in control
Some Christians who understand that Satan is the God of this world mistakenly think that Satan can do whatever he wants without the approval of God. He cannot! God has allowed Satan to rule on Earth and basically do whatever he wishes EXCEPT when it concerns one of God's people. There is no better example of this, than in the the book of Job.
Job 1 and 2
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.
He had seven sons and three daughters,
and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
His sons used to take turns holding feasts in their homes, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.
When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, "Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." This was Job's regular custom.
One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them.
The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it."
Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil."
"Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied.
"Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.
But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face."
The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger." Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
One day when Job's sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house,
a messenger came to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby,
and the Sabeans attacked and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"
While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, "The fire of God fell from the sky and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"
While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, "The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"
While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, "Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house,
when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship
and said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised."
In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
Then another day came for the angels to meet with the Lord. Satan joined them for this meeting with the Lord. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you been?”
Satan answered the Lord, “I have been roaming around the earth, going from place to place.”
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him. He is a good, faithful man. He respects God and refuses to do evil. He is still faithful, even though you asked me to let you destroy, without reason, everything he has.”
Satan answered, “Skin for skin! A man will give everything he has to protect himself. I swear, if you attack his flesh and bones, he will curse you to your face!”
So the Lord said to Satan, “All right, Job is in your hands, but you are not allowed to kill him.”
So Satan left the meeting with the Lord and gave Job painful sores all over his body, from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head. Job sat on the pile of ashes where he was mourning and used a piece of broken pottery to scrape his sores. His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your faith? Why don’t you just curse God and die!”
Job answered, “You sound like one of those fools on the street corner! How can we accept all the good things that God gives us and not accept the problems?” So even after all that happened to Job, he did not sin. He did not accuse God of doing anything wrong.
The lessons of Job....
Three things that should be noted here:
1 Although Satan is the God of this world, He must ask God to do anything to a person under God's grace.
2 God sometimes allows us to be harmed, and we must accept whatever God Does!
3 God even admits to Satan that God was provoked and acted in a way He should not have! “Have you noticed my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him. He is a good, faithful man. He respects God and refuses to do evil. He is still faithful, even though you asked me to let you destroy, without reason, everything he has.”
God allows things too happen to us, but we are to deal with it.
Paul again instructs us in Romans.
What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses,
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”
It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?
What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? As he says in Hosea:
“I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people;
and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,” and,
“In the very place where it was said to them,
‘You are not my people,’
there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’”
Isaiah cries out concerning Israel:
“Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea,
only the remnant will be saved.
For the Lord will carry out
his sentence on earth with speed and finality.”
29 It is just as Isaiah said previously:
“Unless the Lord Almighty
had left us descendants,
we would have become like Sodom,
we would have been like Gomorrah.” Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority?
Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.
Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.
Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
The Day Is Near (Even in Paul's time 2,000 years ago)
And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.
So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.
Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh
In conclusion friends, DO NOT FEAR ANYTHING IN THIS LIFE. Get yourself in alignment with God's will and you will be saved! Satan has no power over God's people! NONE, ZILCH! God is in control, whether you like it or not. Most I know, do not.
I will conclude my remarks again by the comforting words of Paul who says:
More Than Conquerors
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God Bless you all! Believe in Him who Died for you! Believe also in Him who resurrected Jesus and will do the same for you.
God Bless you, Friends!
In Christ name,
The Bible describes why God unleashed his wrath on the ancient cities Sodom and Gomorrah, but archaeologists have explained, in a 2018 study, how they think it happened, which may offer unique, relevant insight into the ways of the Creator.
Abraham tried to intercede on their behalf, pleading for God to spare them even if there were only 10 good people left in Sodom. God agreed, and sent two angels to meet Abraham's nephew Lot there.
Lot took the angels into his home, where the wicked men in Sodom came after them, wanting to "know" the angels (largely understood as wanting to have sexual relations with them), proving their sinfulness and justifying God to go ahead with the destruction, but not before warning Lot to flee the city with his wife and daughters.
"Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven. And he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. But Lot's wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt."
The Daily Stew? Everyday Meals in Ancient Israel
By Cynthia Shafer-Elliott
What did the ancient Israelites eat and how did they cook? Unfortunately, the Hebrew Bible doesn’t contain as much information on daily cooking and meals as one would like. The limited amount of information on food in the Hebrew Bible relates to the kosher dietary laws (Lev. 11), the sacrificial system (Lev. 1-7; Num.), or elite feasting or meals.
For example, 1 Kings 4:22-23 lists the daily provisions for King Solomon’s table: thirty cors of choice flour, sixty corsof meal, ten fat oxen, twenty pasture-fed cattle, one hundred sheep, deer, gazelles, roebucks, and fatted fowl. These are daily provisions for the king and do not reflect what the average ancient Israelite man, woman, or child ate.
Meals in Biblical and Ancient Israel
Textual resources are an important source of information on any ancient society but their original purpose was to provide accounts of monumental people and events such as military conquests and the reigns of kings. Even the Hebrew Bible was written and edited by the literate elite and not the average Israelite man or woman, and as such it infrequently reflects the daily lives of the average person. It should come as no surprise that the Hebrew Bible isn’t especially concerned with what the average Israelite cooked and ate.
We must therefore turn to other sources to understand the daily preparation and consumption of food in Iron Age Israel, especially archaeology. Archaeological evidence related to cooking includes features like ovens and grinding installations, artifacts such as cooking pots and bowls, and plant and animal remains. Another essential resource is ethnoarchaeology, which observes traditional societies and how they prepare items related to food. Ethnoarchaeology provides insights into food preparation techniques and technologies used by ancient predecessors. A final resource is non-biblical texts that mention food and food preparation, including ancient Near Eastern recipes.
One particular dish is rarely included in discussions of ancient Israelite food and cooking. At the end of the day, the average Israelite meal consisted of a stew. Meat was not consumed on a regular basis by the average Israelite, so most stews were made from legumes and vegetables. This can be seen in the use of the Hebrew word nazid, which is used to describe stews (or pottage) of vegetables and/or legumes (Gen. 25:29, 34; 2 Kgs. 4:38–40; Hag. 2:12).
The Hebrew Bible seldom mentions vegetables (1 Kings 21:2), but many vegetables are native to the area and have been cultivated for millennia, including carrots, cucumbers, onions, garlic, and field greens. Legumes found in Israel include lentils, peas, chickpeas, broad beans, and bitter vetch. Legumes are a good source of vegetable protein, which was imperative in a society that ate little meat. Mesopotamian texts also exhibit the preference for stews in the ancient Near East. One Assyrian source mentions at least 100 different soups or stews. Babylonian recipes for stews are made from ingredients such as vegetables, legumes, and both fresh and not-so-fresh meats.
Stews were prepared in cooking pots placed in or on top of an oven, on or next to a hearth, or suspended over an open fire and could have been prepared in any type of cooking pots, depending on the size of the ingredients and the amount to be prepared.
The cooking vessel evolved throughout the Bronze and Iron Ages and looked more like a bowl with a profiled rim and rounded base. With its open mouth, wide shape, and heat resistant ceramic ware the pot was used for several types of cooking, including steaming, frying, simmering, and boiling. The smallest cooking vessel was more of a jug than a pot and appeared with the arrival of the Philistines. The jug had a more closed mouth and one or two loop handles. The jug’s thin walls were useful for slow, low-heat cooking of liquid dishes and its flat base allowed it to rest directly on or near the heat source. An Iron Age hybrid version combined the rounded body and open mouth of the Bronze-Age pot with the handles and shape of the Philistine jug.
Excavated ovens uncovered are usually incomplete but ethnoarchaeological studies show that they resemble the modern tannur type used throughout the Middle East. A tannur is a conical or beehive-shaped clay oven that stands about one meter high. It has a large opening at its top that allows access to the inside. The opening is often covered with a lid to retain heat and as a cooking surface. Many modern examples include an opening at the bottom as a flue. Dough is slapped onto the interior walls to bake, while cooking pots could be placed inside, over the top opening, or on the lid. The term tannur is found in the Hebrew Bible 15 times, seven of which refer to an oven used to bake bread (Exod. 8:3; Lev. 2:4, 7:9, 11:35, 26:26; Hos. 7:4, 6–7).
Excavations of Iron Age houses find the remains of ovens both inside and outside the house. Indoor ovens are often found in the main living area where multiple household chores were performed, usually near an entryway. Outside ovens are located in adjacent courtyards. Having both indoor and outdoor ovens suggests that food (as well as other chores) were prepared inside the house during the rainy winter months and outside during the hot summer months. The central location of ovens also permitted other household tasks to be conducted while preparing food and for the sharing of ovens and fuel (Lev. 26:26).
The President's new HYPERSONIC jet: Air Force awards $1.5 million contract to develop Mach 5 - 4,000mph - plane for presidential fleet
A Biblical village where Jesus is said to have performed some of his most famous miracles really existed, and today lies in ruins only a mile from the Sea of Galilee, archaeologists believe.
In the Bible, Bethsaida was home to disciples Peter, Andrew and Philip, and was where Jesus purportedly fed the 5,000, walked on water and helped a blind man to see.
Archaeologists have been working for 32 years to find the lost city, which was eventually cursed to destruction by Jesus because residents failed to repent in spite of his miracles.
Now professor Rami Arav of the University of Nebraska says he is in no doubt that Et-Tell, in the Golan Heights near the Jordan River estuary, is the location of the biblical village.
A Stanford epidemiologist declared back in March it was a mistake to implement mass, long-term lockdowns against COVID-19, warning of unintended social harms.
Now, Dr. John Ioannidis says it provides him no satisfaction to see that borne out.
In an article in March for STAT, he wrote "we don’t know how long social distancing measures and lockdowns can be maintained without major consequences to the economy, society, and mental health."
"Unpredictable evolutions may ensue, including financial crisis, unrest, civil strife, war, and a meltdown of the social fabric."
Over the weekend, in an interview with the Greek Reporter, he noted unemployment numbers matched only by the Great Depression, business closures from small to large, drug abuse and suicide spikes, and social unrest.
If you watched last week’s virtual Democratic convention, you heard about an America with which you might not be familiar.
Speaker after speaker portrayed America as a failing nation full of misery, poverty and angst that only they can make better.
On his radio program last week, Rush Limbaugh reminded listeners what the fight for the future of America is about. He played an excerpt from Donald Trump’s inaugural address on Jan. 20, 2017:
When he was vice president, Biden and President Obama had a chance to get out in front of the pandemic, which they now blame on Trump. Instead, they did nothing to replenish the stockpile of masks and other needed protective equipment.
As a USA Today story put it: “… according to NIH, the stockpile’s resources were also used during hurricanes Alex, Irene, Isaac and Sandy. Flooding in 2010 in North Dakota also called for stockpile funds to be deployed. The 2014 outbreaks of the Ebola virus and botulism, as well as the 2016 outbreak of the Zika virus, continued to significantly tax the stockpile with no serious effort from the Obama administration to replenish the fund.”
"This is hypocrisy at its worst," said Kelly Shackelford, the chief counsel for First Liberty Institute. "It is outrageous that the U.S. Postal Service would end a steady source of revenue that raised millions of dollars just because someone might choose a religious image on a stamp."
First Liberty, representing a woman who wanted to create a Nativity-themed stamp, sued to strike the restriction in U.S. District Court in Texas. The complaint argued the U.S. Supreme Court has held such categorical exclusion of religious content as viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment.
Ahmad Hashem made the provocative statement on the website Saudi Opinions, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute.
MEMRI explained: "Since this writing system is a human invention, argues Hashem, there is no reason to sanctify it, as many Muslims do. In fact, he says, it is time to correct some 2,500 errors of spelling and grammar that were made by the scribes in that period and remain part of the Quranic text to this day."
Hashem said the objective is to make the Quran "more readable."
One of the criticisms came from Kuwaiti academic Ahmad Al-Dhaidi, wrote on Twitter: "The Elaph website, directed by Saudi journalist 'Othman Al-'Omeir, calls to rewrite the Quran in order to fix the great mistakes of the 'Uthmani script! Has their contempt reached the point of harming Allah's book?"
Hedonism amid the pandemic: How Jamaica's famous 'clothing optional' resort, where guests are free to bare it all and engage in steamy sex romps in its nude pools, is adapting to the new era of coronavirus restrictions and social distancing
The Hedonism II Resort in Negril, Jamaica reopened last month under new coronavirus health restrictions. Prior to the outbreak, the hotel, touted as an 'adult playground', was known for offering 'the sexiest hedo experience' where guests are encouraged to ditch their clothes and let loose under the Caribbean sun. The resort has become a swingers' paradise since its rebranding in 1981, attracting travelers from all over the world who identify as 'consensually nonmonogamous', to meet others with similar lifestyles. But as Jamaica reopened its borders last month, resort owners were faced with the challenge of having to adapt to the new era of social distancing, while still keeping in line with Hedonism's 'be wicked' mantra. The ongoing pandemic means that some of the resort's most popular activities and attractions that involve close contact - and intimacy - such as its sexy foam parties
(left) and 'car washes', have been scrapped. All guests are now required to have their temperatures taken upon arrival and must keep six feet apart in all common areas, including the lobby, restaurants, bars, and pools.
Joe Biden told a reporter this week he would not hesitate to shut down the entire country upon advice from scientists to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Sitting alongside his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Biden told ABC News anchor David Muir on Friday he would be willing to authorize a nationwide lockdown.
Muir asked Biden whether, if he is inaugurated in January and faced with a dual crisis of influenza and the coronavirus, he would “be prepared to shut this country down again.”
CDC Grossly Overcounting Active China Coronavirus Cases Causing States to Keep Their Economies Closed Indefinitely In fact every 1 positive case is counted as 16!
On May 21, 2020, the Atlantic reported that the CDC was over counting the number of cases of individuals with the China coronavirus:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conflating the results of two different types of coronavirus tests, distorting several important metrics and providing the country with an inaccurate picture of the state of the pandemic. We’ve learned that the CDC is making, at best, a debilitating mistake: combining test results that diagnose current coronavirus infections with test results that measure whether someone has ever had the virus. The upshot is that the government’s disease-fighting agency is overstating the country’s ability to test people who are sick with COVID-19. The agency confirmed to The Atlantic on Wednesday that it is mixing the results of viral and antibody tests, even though the two tests reveal different information and are used for different reasons.
This is not merely a technical error. States have set quantitative guidelines for reopening their economies based on these flawed data points.
Several states—including Pennsylvania, the site of one of the country’s largest outbreaks, as well as Texas, Georgia, and Vermont—are blending the data in the same way. Virginia likewise mixed viral and antibody test results until last week, but it reversed course and the governor apologized for the practice after it was covered by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Atlantic. Maine similarly separated its data on Wednesday; Vermont authorities claimed they didn’t even know they were doing this.
BY INCLUDING BOTH ACTIVE CASES WITH CASES OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAD THE CHINA CORONAVIRUS IN THE PAST, THE CDC IS GROSSLY OVERSTATING THE NUMBER OF ACTIVE CASES IN THE US. UNFORTUNATELY, STATES LIKE TEXAS AND FLORIDA HAVE RESET THEIR ECONOMIC REOPENING TIME TABLES BASED ON THIS BOGUS DATA.
Apparently the CDC is still co-mingling these results. Forbes reported last week:
A report released Thursday from the Government Accountability Office levied criticism at the CDC for combining active cases of the coronavirus and positive antibody tests, which may give a misleading view of nationwide testing and spread.
HEADLINES & STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD: Week-32
News Stories from Across The World:
(STUDY FINDS) -- SÃO PAULO, Brazil – Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become less dense and can break easily as we age. A new study finds the answer to avoiding brittle bones may be more love. Researchers at São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Brazil suggest that oxytocin, the so-called “love hormone” known for its role in affection and bonding, can reverse age-related changes that lead to people developing osteoporosis.
Throughout our lives, our bones are constantly remodeling. When we’re younger, the body is able to maintain a healthy balance between removing old bone and forming new ones. As we get older however, our bodies become less efficient at maintaining this balance. This is what can lead to losses in bone mass and density eventually bringing on this condition.
Jason Reed is digital director of the British Conservation Alliance, deputy editor of opinion site 1828, and a Young Voices contributor. He writes for the Times of London, the Independent, the Telegraph, and several other outlets. Follow him on Twitter: @JasonReed624.
[Editor's note: This story originally was published by Real Clear Energy.]
Assembly of the world’s largest nuclear fusion project is underway. At a facility in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, southern France, the U.S. and six other countries have launched what has been described as “the most complicated piece of engineering anybody has ever attempted.” Called the Iter Project, it is set to replicate the reactions that power the sun. If it works, it’ll prove that nuclear fusion power can be generated on a commercial scale—paving the way for unlimited clean energy production.
This monumental step forward in the development of nuclear technology comes as the government lifts its ban on financing global nuclear projects. Until very recently, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) explicitly prohibited investing in the production of radioactive materials, including in nuclear reactors.
'Would you mind giving it a crack?' Bill Clinton leans back and smiles while receiving neck massage from Epstein victim, 22, in never-before-seen photos during trip on pedophile's plane to Africa in 2002
Bill Clinton is seen grinning with pleasure as he enjoys an intimate neck massage with a young Jeffrey Epstein victim in never-before-seen photographs obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com. The troubling pictures are an ill-timed reminder of Clinton's links to Epstein especially after the former President, 72, endorsed Joe Biden tonight at the Democratic Convention. Clinton traveled numerous times on the dead pedophile's private Jet, the Lolita Express, socialized with his alleged Madame, Ghislaine Maxwell, and faced a slew sexual misconduct accusations himself during his years in public life. In the photos, Clinton sits comfortably and laughs as Chauntae Davies, then a 22-year-old massage therapist who acted as Epstein's personal masseuse, rubs her hands into his shoulders to get out the kinks in his neck.
By Mike Exton
Jesus Christ told His disciples that if the world hated & persecuted Him (they did!) then it would hate and persecute His true followers (John 15:18 & 15:20). But WHY? WHY would the world hate genuine Christians? For the same reason of course that the world hated Jesus (since true Christians are to emulate their Savior). But why did the world hate Jesus? Let’s let Jesus answer that: “The world… hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil” (John 7:7). So if we are following in Christ’s footsteps, we (just like Christ Himself) would be hated and persecuted for telling the world that its ways are evil.
Another Scripture that reminds us of our responsibility to speak out concerning the evil in this world can found in the book of Isaiah: “Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” (Isaiah 58:1). Unfortunately, though, when we speak out against the wicked ways of this world, the world does not take kindly to it. As a result, they will often hate us. But take heart, the world hated Christ first! “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you” (John 15:18).
Jesus also told His followers: “WOE TO YOU when all men speak WELL of you, for so did their fathers to the FALSE prophets” (Luke 6:26). But why did people speak highly of the false prophets and not God’s true prophets? Because the FALSE prophets would tell the people what they wanted to hear. They would tell them comforting words. They would tell them that their deeds were good and pleasing to God.
The soothing words that rolled off the tongues of the false prophets were in sharp contrast to the true prophets of God, who would continually plead with the people to REPENT of their evil ways. But unfortunately people don’t like being told that their deeds are wicked; that they need to change their ways. And as a result they will hate and even persecute those who do. And this is why the true prophets in the Old Testament were hated & persecuted, and why the apostles of Christ were also hated & persecuted. And that’s exactly why Jesus Christ was hated and persecuted, and why FAITHFUL followers of Jesus today (who are following in Christ’s footsteps) would also be hated and persecuted.
Jill Biden’s ex-husband has accused the potential first lady of having an affair with Joe Biden and says they lied about how they met in the 1970s, according to a bombshell new report.
Bill Stevenson on Monday accused the presumptive Democratic nominee of being a home-wrecker and says the feel-good story of how Joe and Jill met on a blind date is completely made up, the Daily Mail reported.
“I don’t want to hurt anyone,” said Stevenson, now 72, who is working on a book that includes the lurid claim. “But facts are facts and what happened, happened.”
Stevenson and his then-wife grew close to Biden in 1972 while working on his first campaign to represent Delaware in the US Senate.
That same year, tragedy struck when Biden’s first wife, Neilia, and infant daughter were killed in a car crash.
Stevenson said he first suspected an affair in 1974, when his wife passed on meeting an up-and-coming rock star who was set to play at his Delaware club.
“I know exactly when it was,” he told the Daily Mail. “Bruce Springsteen was going to play at The Stone Balloon and I had to go to Northern New Jersey to pay him in advance.
“’I asked Jill to go with me and she said no — she had things to do, she had to look after Joe’s kids, Beau and Hunter. It was kind of a big deal to go meet Springsteen,” he continued. “I had no idea she and Joe were that kind of friendly.
“Then one of her best friends told me she thought Joe and Jill were getting a little too close. I was surprised that she came to me.”
A couple months later, Stevenson got all the evidence he needed when he was told that his wife had been in a fender-bender in her car — while Biden was behind the wheel.
“I was at work and a guy came in and asked, ‘Do you own a brown Corvette?’” Stevenson recalled. “He said back in May it had crunched his bumper and they told him to get an estimate and he never heard back from them.
“I said, ‘Wait a minute. Who is they?’ And he said, ‘Funnily enough, Senator Biden was driving.’”
“I considered Joe a friend. I’m not surprised he fell in love with Jill. Everyone who meets Jill falls in love with her immediately. It’s hard not to,” Stevenson said.
The Bidens, who have been married since 1977, have publicly said they met on a blind date in 1975 — after Joe became a widower and Jill’s first marriage had broken up.
The damaging Daily Mail report comes just days before Biden is expected to be officially named the Democratic nominee Thursday.