Concern for Chinese Christians Grows as President Xi Becomes Most Powerful Since Communist Leader Mao


The concern for persecuted Christians and churches in China is set to grow following the 19th National Party Congress of the Communist Party of China, a watchdog group said, with President Xi Jinping set to rule for years to come.

Bob Fu, president of persecution watchdog China Aid, told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Tuesday that the “clear signal” from the week-long congress, which is held only twice a decade, is that the Communist government will seek to “exert total control over all ares of life” of Chinese citizens, extending to churches and other places of worship.

As Reuters reported on Wednesday, the Communist Party revealed a new leadership line-up without a clear successor to Xi, meaning that he is likely to continue being a top figure even beyond the end of his second term in power in 2022…. read more

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Expert: China’s ‘Sneaky’ Navy Aims to Overpower South China Sea


ZHOUSHAN, CHINA - AUGUST 01: Fishing boats set sail to East China Sea for fishing on August 1, 2017 in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province of China. About 3575 fishing boats set off from Shenjiamen fishing harbor from 12 pm Tuesday in Zhoushan. They will sail to the East China Sea for fishing. (Photo by Yu Ruowang/CHINA NEWS SERVICE/VCG via Getty Images)WASHINGTON, DC – The United States should keep an eye on China’s rapidly growing naval forces, a part of which China has hidden as civilian fishing boats, a prominent U.S. expert on China warned at an event on Wednesday.

China’s regular navy already has more ships than the U.S. — a little more than 300 to the U.S.’s 277. But Andrew Erickson, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College’s China Maritime Studies Institute, warns that it is China’s informal sea forces that need close watching.

At an event hosted by the Jamestown Foundation, Erickson described the three elements of China’s maritime forces: the navy, coast guard, and a maritime militia – or, as he said a friend’s five-year-old son acutely described it: “a regular navy, the police navy, and the sneaky navy.”…. read more

iPhone’s future could be for good — or for evil


Market Watch: As the 10th anniversary iPhones are sold, we should not only marvel at where smartphones have taken us but also consider where those devices will help us travel in not too many more years.

The Chinese government is testing in several cities a social credit system that notes behavior considered harmful to society — for example, shouting at another driver or overly aggressive bargaining with a government official — to ration access to credit, jobs and even schools for offenders’ children. According to an official planning document, the system will “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.”

Does this sound like anyone — The Antichrist

In Shenzhen, a bicyclist recently raced to beat a red light, and her face appeared on screens above the intersection with a warning that “jaywalkers will be captured using facial-recognition technology.”…. read more

Opinion by Bible Prophecy Tracker: Surveillance, from the novel 1984, “It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public

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place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself – anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called. (1.5.65).”

Surveillance in the future time of trial will be so intense that most people on the planet will be forced to worship the world ruler.

“All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Rev. 13:8

They will be forced to make an image of the ruler:

 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.” Rev. 13:14

And they will be given a mark:

“He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Rev. 13:16-17

‘A US trade war with China will end US monopoly on global financial system’ – Jim Rogers


'A US trade war with China will end US monopoly on global financial system’ – Jim RogersIf the Trump administration puts sanctions on China, this would hurt America more because it just forces China and Russia and other countries to cooperate, says investor and financial commentator Jim Rogers.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned on Tuesday that the US could impose economic sanctions on China if it does not implement the new sanctions regime against North Korea, saying that the restrictions could involve cutting off Beijing’s access to the US financial system.

“If China doesn’t follow these sanctions, we will put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the US and international dollar system, and that’s quite meaningful,” Mnuchin said at the Delivering Alpha Conference in New York City…. read more

Reports: China Banning Children From Church


china_cross_burningChina’s Communist Party-controlled government long has tried to stamp out faith.

It has banned churches unless they are affiliated with the government, imprisoned pastors and lay leaders, and discriminated against church goers.

Lately, government officials have removed crosses from church buildings.

Now, according to UCA News, at least four regional governments in China are banning children from church.

The governments have issued notices that “restrict children from joining Christian groups and attending religious activities,” the report said.

Children are being turned away from church, even if they show up with parents…. read more

Earthquakes are Rising August 11, 2017 Update


Matthew 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

philippines earthquake august 11 2017 locM6.3 earthquake hits Luzon, Philippines at intermediate depth
A strong earthquake registered by the PHIVOLCS as M6.3 hit Luzon, Philippines at 05:28 UTC (01:28 local time) on August 11, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 177 km (110 miles). USGS is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 168.2 km (104.5 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 2.5 km (1.6 miles) NW of Putol (population 5 287), 8.1…

August 11, 2017

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits China - Kazakhstan borderStrong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits China – Kazakhstan border
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by CENC as M6.6 hit China – Kazakhstan border region at 23:27 UTC on August 8, 2017 (07:27 local time, August 9). The agency is reporting a depth of 11 km (6.8 miles). USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 25.9 km (16 km).

August 09, 2017

china kazakhstan earthquake august 8 2017 locStrong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits China – Kazakhstan border
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by CENC as M6.6 hit China – Kazakhstan border region at 23:27 UTC on August 8, 2017 (07:27 local time, August 9). The agency is reporting a depth of 11 km (6.8 miles). USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 25.9 km (16 km)….

August 09, 2017

earthquake swarm rijeka croatia august 2017Earthquake swarm near Rijeka, Croatia
An unusual earthquake swarm is in progress near Rijeka, Croatia since 09:35 UTC on August 8, 2017. EMSC is reporting 7 earthquakes within 39 hours, but residents say they already felt dozens. This region sits directly on top of Adriatic plate’s NW border. As of 15:32 UTC on August 9, EMSC database has 7 earthquakes in this region with…

August 09, 2017

U.S. destroyer challenges China’s claims in South China Sea


FILE PHOTO – The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain approaches the aircraft carrier USS George Washington for a fueling at sea in this December 5, 2010 handout photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a “freedom of navigation operation” on Thursday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters.

The operation came as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs and could complicate efforts to secure a common stance.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS John S. McCain traveled close to Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals. China has territorial disputes with its neighbors over the area.

It was the third “freedom of navigation operation” during Trump’s presidency… read more

Weather & Updated News – 08-08-2017


Flooding in and man was rescued, Landslide in China, Typhoon hits Japan, Heavy rain in China, Tornado in Oklahoma, Flooding in Kansas, Florida hit with lightening injuring one man, North Korea and nuclear bombs, Australia voting on same sex marriage, Israel bans Al-Jazeera, UK forcing child marriages, Plane tosses passengers around from Greece and Venezuala rioting