Figtreewatchers Podcast Episode 154: Current Events Update (9/22/23)

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In this episode, we opened up with an encouraging article reminding us to keep our focus on heavenly things. We then covered a few reasons as to why the Millennium Reign of Christ needs to happen. We then covered Catholic priests blessing same-sex couples, the recent news of Israel and Saudi Arabia moving closer to normalizing ties, and a bit on AI and transhumanism. For a downloadable version of the show notes, click download below. Navigate here to listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts.

Current Events

Bible Prophecy

Harbingers Daily [Terry James] | It Isn’t Earthly Politics But Heavenly Prophetic Truth We Should Base Our Hope On | September 16th, 2023

Harbingers Daily [Skip Heitzig] | The Whole World Under King Jesus: Understanding The Purpose Of The Millennium | September 16th, 2023


Religion

AP News | Catholic priests bless same-sex couples in defiance of a German archbishop | September 20th, 2023

The Pillar | What Berlin’s archbishop said about same-sex blessings | August 28th, 2023

NCR Online | Vatican’s new doctrinal chief: Catholic blessings for gay couples must be studied | July 6th, 2023


Middle East

All Israel News | Peace with Israel is getting ‘closer every day,’ says Saudi Crown Prince MBS with a smile | September 21st, 2023

The Jerusalem Post | Abbas softens demands on Israel, paving way for Saudi peace deal | September 22nd, 2023

The Times of Israel | Netanyahu tells UN that Israel ‘at the cusp’ of historic peace with Saudi Arabia | September 22nd, 2023

The Jerusalem Post | ‘Six or seven’ Muslim nations to make peace with Israel after Saudis – FM | September 22nd, 2023

The Jerusalem Post | Netanyahu unveils ‘new Middle East’ with Israel-Saudi peace at UNGA | September 22nd, 2023


Technology

CBN News | ‘Digital Abomination’: Transhumanism, the New AI Religion and the Globalist Agenda for Your Future | September 22nd, 2023


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The Gospel Presentation

Revelation 19:10 tells us that the essence of bible prophecy is Jesus Christ. These things were revealed to us so that we ultimately believe in Christ (John 13:19). We’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Psalm 51:5, Romans 3:23). Because God is Holy he must judge sin. The penalty of this sin is death and ultimately the Lake of fire (Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:11-15). There’s nothing we can do to save ourselves (Isaiah 64:6).

But God, in his love has provided a way to escape his wrath through Christ (John 3:16-18, John 14:6). Jesus paid for our sin penalty by taking God’s wrath in our stead on the cross (Romans 5:8). He died for our sins, was buried, and rose again 3 days later (1 Corinthians 15:1-5).

You can accept this free gift of salvation by believing in Christ (Acts 16:30-31, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9). Make sure you’ve made the right decision about Jesus today (2 Corinthians 6:2)! It will be the most important decision of your life, for eternal life.

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