Easter Weekend: World Events

North Korea celebrated the 105th birthday of Kim Il-sung, the founder of the current regime and grandfather of Kim Jong-un. In honor of the occasion, Kim ordered that a missile be launched  but it blew up almost immediately. The missile is presumed to have been a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). A test conducted last month was also a failure.
Another part of Saturday’s celebration was the revealing of several new weapons systems.
China and Russia have sent intelligence-gatheringvessels to cover the actions of the USS Carl Vinson, a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier heading to the Korean peninsula. Analysts say this is being done as a warning that the U.S. resolve issues with North Korea peacefully.
Why this Matters: North Koreans are literally starving to death and Christianity is outlawed under this very unstable and unpredictable dictator. President Trump threatened the North last week because they continue to fire missiles in violation of international laws. The world wondering what North Korea will do next.
Pray for the believers in North Korea. May the gospel of Jesus Christ spread and may God sustain them in the midst of their tribulation.
Deut. 4:30-31 – When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

Nearly 100 ISIS Dead in Afghanistan

The U.S. dropped an MOAB (Mother Of All Bombs) on ISIS caves and tunnels in Afghanistan on Thursday, and over the weekend nearly 100 bodies were discovered. No civilian casualties have been reported.
The MOAB is designed to explode 6 feet before it hits the ground. This one collapsed the underlying tunnels and caves, killing the ISIS fighters hiding inside.
Praise God for this victory! May there be many more.

Bloody Weekend in Cleveland, Chicago 

Cleveland Police are after a killer who live-streamed  his murder of an innocent man. Steve Stephens, 37, drove down the street and shot a senior citizen, then put the recording on social media. Stephens claims to have killed 15 people on Easter Sunday, but only one death has been confirmed. The police are still looking for him.
In Chicago, one of the deadliest cities in the nation, 29 people were shot in less than 18 hours over the Easter weekend. Three of them were teens, ages 14, 15, and 17.
Pray the police will be able to find Stephens. Pray for Chicago police and that the citizens of that city will wake up from their apathy and demand better things of their leaders.

Turkey Votes Against Democracy

Turkish citizens voted on Sunday in a referendum giving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers over that county, including the ability to remain president until 2029. According to the official Turkish media outlet Anadolu, Erdogan looks poised to win the referendum with 51.4 percent of voters casting ballots in his favor, and 99.8 percent of the ballots in.
The current system of parliamentary democracy will now be replaced with a powerful executive presidency. Parliament will become ineffective and all checks and balances will disappear. Erdogan will be able to enact laws as he chooses.
Some of the celebrants of Erdogan’s victory called it “the rebirth of the Ottoman Empire,” and “a win for a strong Islamic state.” His supporters say Erdogan is the new leader of the Middle East.
Last July, Erdogan survived an attempted coup. He then jailed 47,155 journalists, military officials, teachers, and civic leaders who disagreed with him.
Why this Matters: It is now very unlikely that Turkey will become more Westernized and less Islamic. Turkey is the geographical gateway from the Middle East into Europe, and Erdogan controls the flow of refugees into the West.
How to Pray: This is in God’s hands. May He use what is happening to fulfill prophecy. Lord, make us ready for the days ahead.
Eph. 5:15, 16 – See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 
 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

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