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STEPHEN PADDOCK TOOK 20 CRUISES MOSTLY IN MIDDLE EAST, MADE $5 MILLION IN 2015, SAYS IRS

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Stephen Paddock IRS records reveal the gunman was a professional gambler and made more than $5 million in 2015.

In addition to his frequent forays into casinos and gun shops, the Las Vegas shooter took 20 cruises, many of them in Europe and the Middle East, investigators have learned.

CNN reports:

The cruises included stops at ports in Spain, Italy, Greece, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, according to information provided by a law enforcement source who asked not to be identified because the source was not authorized to share information about the investigation. Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, accompanied him on nine of the cruises.
The information provided by the source did not specify the cruise line involved, the type of cruises, when they occurred or the couple’s reason for travel. Most cruise ships have casinos on board, and Paddock was an avid gambler that according to an anonymous law enforcement source who asked not to be identified, Paddock took 20 cruises, including stops at ports in Spain, Italy, Greece, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates.

 

SUPERNATURAL EVENTS BEFORE JEWISH TEMPLE WAS DESTROYED IN 70 A.D.

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40 YEARS OF WARNINGS BEFORE THE JEWISH TEMPLE WAS DESTROYED IN 70 A.D.

  • A Black Stone and A Scarlet Thread
  • Beginning with the Day of Atonement in 30 A.D. (the year of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ), the black stone appeared in the right hand of the high priest for the next 39 years
  • The chances of the black stone (For Azazal) appearing 40 consecutive times in the right hand of the high priest is over a trillion to one according to Pascal’s table of numerical odds.
  • Beginning on the Day of Atonement in 30 A.D., the scarlet thread never turned white again. See Yoma 39b, Babylonian Talmud and pages 166, 170 Mishnah, by Danby.
  • THE REBELLION: Beginning of 63 A.D. and while Jerusalem was still a peaceful and thriving city, Jesus the son of Ananus began proclaiming and warning of the coming destruction to Jerusalem
  • During the Feast of Unleavened Bread in 66 A.D., at about 3 in them morning, a light as bright as daylight appeared around the altar for half an hour
  • A heifer being led for sacrifice was said to have given birth to a lamb in the midst of the Temple
  • Around midnight, during the Feast, the huge eastern gate of the inner court of the temple, which was made of brass and normally took twenty men to shut, opened on its own.
  • On the twenty first of the month of Iyar, just before sunset, chariots and soldiers in armor were seen running about in the clouds around the city.
  • During the night portion of the day of Pentecost in 66 A.D., as the priests were entering the inner court of the Temple, they felt a quaking and heard a great noise and a sound like a great multitude of voices saying, “Let us remove hence”.
  • Jewish historical records state that the shekinah glory departed the Temple at that time and remained over the mount of olives for three and a half years
  • See Midrash Lamentations 2:11. It is said that, just before the Roman’sfinal siege of Jerusalem, that this light which appeared over the Mount of Olives disappeared into the heavens

 

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FREE! 82 CHRISTIAN SCHOOLGIRLS KIDNAPPED BY ISIS-LINKED BOKO HARAM IN NIGERIA FREED AFER THREE YEARS OF CAPTIVITY

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( Daily Mail ) Jubilant families of 82 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram could not hide their emotions, as they were freed after more than three years in captivity.

They are the largest group yet to be released after years of tense negotiations between the government and the terrorist group, a Nigerian government spokesman said.

The girls were among about 220 students abducted from a secondary school in the northeastern town of Chibok in 2014, sparking a global campaign #bringbackourgirls supported by then-U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, and a host of other celebrities.

 

Enoch Mark, a Christian pastor whose two daughters were among those kidnapped, said he was told of the release by the Bring Back Our Girls pressure group and an official in Maiduguri.

He added: ‘This is good news to us. We have been waiting for this day. We hope the remaining girls will soon be released.’

Bring Back Our Girls said it was awaiting an official statement but added: ‘Our hopes and expectations are high as we look forward to this news being true and confirmed.’

Boko Haram fighters stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in the remote town of Chibok on the evening of April 14, 2014 and kidnapped 276 girls.

Fifty-seven managed to escape in the hours that followed but the remaining 219 were held by the group.

Read more: Free at last! Joy as 82 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls are reunited with their families – THREE YEARS after being abducted by Boko Haram jihadists 

 

A Boko Haram video shows the girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location

 

 

The release of 82 Chibok schoolgirls by Boko Haram brought emotional scenes from their families in Nigeria

 

 

This mother is tearfully reunited with her daughter after three years, in which the girl has been living under the captivity of the terror group

 

What happened to the 12 disciples of Jesus ? How did they die and where?

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What happened to the 12 disciples of Jesus ?


  • Who were the 12 disciples:New Testament Apostolic Lists
    Matt 10:2 Mark 3:16 Luke 6:14 Acts 1:13
    Andrew Andrew Andrew Andrew
    Bartholomew Bartholomew Bartholomew Bartholomew
    James son of Alphaeus James son of Alphaeus James son of Alphaeus James son of Alphaeus
    James son of Zebedee James son of Zebedee James James
    John John John John
    Judas Iscariot Judas Iscariot Judas Iscariot (not named)
    Matthew Matthew Matthew Matthew
    Philip Philip Philip Philip
    Simon (who is called Peter) Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter) Simon (whom he named Peter) Peter
    Simon the Zealot Simon the Zealot Simon who was called the Zealot Simon the Zealot
    Thaddaeus Thaddaeus Judas son of James Judas son of James
    Thomas Thomas Thomas Thomas

     

  • Sources on what happened to Jesus’ disciples
    • Hippolytus of Rome:
      • Birth unknown, died around 236 AD
      • See his entry in the Catholic Encyclopedia: click here
      • Here is a page on the Internet containing his writings: click here
    • Eusebius:
      • Was the Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine, known as the “Father of Church History” because he wrote about the church history.
      • Lived around 260-341 AD
      • See his entry in the Catholic Encyclopedia: click here
    • A very nice write up on the disciples (my source for this webpage): click here

    ….And now… what ever happened to the disciples of Jesus….


  • Judas
      We all know what happened to him…
  • Andrew
    • According to Hippolytus:
          Andrew preached to the Scythians [modern day Georgia] and Thracians [modern day Bulgaria], and was

      crucified

        , suspended on an olive tree, at Patrae, a town of Achaia [Greece]; and there too he was buried.

 

 

  • Bartholomew
    • According to Hippolytus, Bartholomew preached in India:
          Bartholomew, again, preached to the Indians, to whom he also gave the Gospel according to Matthew, and was

      crucified

        with his head downward, and was buried in Allanum, a town of the great Armenia [modern day southern Georgia].
    • Eusebius, in his Church History, confirms the ministry of Bartholomew in India, and adds an eye witness account:
        About that time, Pantaenus, a man highly distinguished for his learning, had charge of the school of the faithful in Alexandria… Pantaenus…is said to have gone to India. It is reported that among persons there who knew of Christ, he found the Gospel according to Matthew, which had anticipated his own arrival. For Bartholomew, one of the apostles, had preached to them, and left with them the writing of Matthew in the Hebrew language, which they had preserved till that time. —- (Book 5, Chapter 10)
  • James, Son of Alphaeus
    • Hippolytus identifies that James was stoned to death in Jerusalem:
          And James the son of Alphaeus, when preaching in Jerusalem, was

      stoned to death

        by the Jews, and was buried there beside the temple.
  • James, Son of ZebedeeJames was the brother of John, the disciple “that Jesus loved”.
    • According to Hippolytus:
          James, his brother, when preaching in Judea,

      was cut off with the sword

        by Herod the tetrarch, and was buried there.
    • Eusebius descibed more precisely what was cut off of James:
        First Stephen was stoned to death by them, and after him James, the son of Zebedee and the brother of John, was beheaded… (Book 3, Chapter 5)

      Yep… James’ head was cut…

     

 

 

 

 

  • John, brother of James and son of ZebedeeJohn was one of the few disciples that did not die a cruel death, but of “old age”.
    • Eusebius discusses the reason that John wrote his Gospel:
          “Matthew and John have left us written memorials, and they, tradition says, were led to write only under the pressure of necessity…And when Mark and Luke had already published their Gospels, they say that John, who had employed all his time in proclaiming the Gospel orally, finally proceeded to write for the following reason. The three Gospels already mentioned having come into the hands of all and into his own too, they say that he accepted them and bore witness to their truthfulness; but that

      there was lacking in them an account of the deeds done by Christ at the beginning of his ministry

        .” (Book 3, Chapter 24)
    • According to Hippolytus, John was banished by Domitian to the Isle of Patmos, and later died in Ephesus:
          John, again, in Asia, was banished by Domitian the king to the isle of Patmos, in which also he wrote his Gospel and saw the apocalyptic vision; and

      in Trajan’s time he fell asleep at Ephesus

        , where his remains were sought for, but could not be found.

     

  • Matthew/Levi
    • Eusebius referenced to Bishop Papias of Hierapolis, as early as c. 110 A.D., bearing witness to Matthew’s authorship of his gospel:
        ….Matthew put together the oracles [of the Lord] in the Hebrew language, and each one interpreted them as best he could.” (Eusebius, Book 3, Chapter 39)
    • According to Hippolytus:
          Matthew wrote the Gospel in the Hebrew tongue, and published it at Jerusalem, and

      fell asleep

        at Hierees, a town of Parthia.\224 [Parthia is near modern day Tehran]
  • Simon/Peter
    • Eusebius, quoting Papias of Hierapolis (c. 110 A.D.), records a tradition that the Gospel of Mark preserved the Gospel as preached by Peter:
        “Mark having become the interpreter of Peter, wrote down accurately whatsoever he remembered…. he accompanied Peter…” —- (Book 3, Chapter 39)
    • Irenaeus (c. 180 A.D.) records a similar tradition, and mentions that Peter and Paul founded the Church in Rome:
        “Matthew also issued a written Gospel among the Hebrews in their own dialect, while Peter and Paul were preaching at Rome, and laying the foundations of the Church. After their departure, Mark, the disciple and interpreter of Peter, did also hand down to us in writing what had been preached by Peter…” —- (Irenaeus, “Against Heresies”, Book 3, Chapter 1)
    • Eusebius records that Peter was put to death under Nero in Rome:
          It is, therefore, recorded that

      Paul was beheaded in Rome

          itself, and that

      Peter likewise was crucified under Nero

        . This account of Peter and Paul is substantiated by the fact that their names are preserved in the cemeteries of that place even to the present day. —- (Book 2, Chapter 25)

      (Paul was a Roman citizen can cannot be crucified but got an “easier” death sentence)

    • Hippolytus confirmed the fact that Peter was crucified by Nero in Rome:
          Peter preached the Gospel in Pontus, and Galatia, and Cappadocia, and Betania, and Italy, and Asia, and

      was afterwards crucified by Nero in Rome with his head downward, as he had himself desired to suffer in that manner

        .
  • Philip
    • According to Hippolytus, Philip preached and was executed in what today is eastern Turkey:
          Philip preached in Phrygia, and

      was crucified

        in Hierapolis with his head downward in the time of Domitian, and was buried there.
  • Simon the Zealot
    • According to Hippolytus, Simon the Zealot was the second Bishop of Jerusalem:
          Simon the Zealot, the son of Clopas, who is also called Jude, became bishop of Jerusalem after James the Just, and fell asleep and

      was buried there at the age of 120 years

        .
  • Thaddaeus/Judas son of JamesAccording to Mat 10:3 (KJV): Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus…. Thaddaeus is also known as Lebbaeus.
    • Hippolytus records:
          Jude, who is also called Lebbaeus, preached to the people of Edessa, and to all Mesopotamia, and

      fell asleep

        at Berytus, and was buried there.

     

  • Thomas
    • Hippolytus records that Thomas was an active missionary, and that he met his fate in India:
          And Thomas preached to the Parthians, Medes, Persians, Hyrcanians, Bactrians, and Margians, and

      was thrust through in the four members of his body with a pine spear

        at Calamene, the city of India, and was buried there.


  • After thought
    • Many of Jesus disciples died cruel deaths for preaching the gospel
    • From other sources (e.g., Paul’s letters, Pliny’s letters to Trajan ( click here ), all they need to do escape such a cruel death was to denounce their faith.

 

 

SOURCE: http://www.ichthus.info/Disciples/intro.html

 

 

 

JESUS IN THE TALMUD: WHAT THE ANCIENT RABBIS SAID ABOUT JESUS THAT MADE THE JEWS REJECT HIM AS THEIR MESSIAH

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THE LIFE OF CHRIST/THE CHRISTIAN CROSS The Talmud teaches that Jesus Christ was illegitimate and was conceived during menstruation; that he had the soul of Esau; that he was a fool, a conjurer, a seducer; that he was crucified, buried in hell and set up as an idol ever since by his followers.

 

1. ILLEGITIMATE AND CONCEIVED DURING MENSTRUATION

The following is narrated in the Tract Kallah, 1b:

“Once when the Elders were seated at the Gate, two young men passed by, one of whom had his head covered, the other with his head bare. Rabbi Eliezer remarked that the one in his bare head was illegitimate, a mamzer. Rabbi Jehoschua said that he was conceived during menstruation, ben niddah. Rabbi Akibah, however, said that he was both. Whereupon the others asked Rabbi Akibah why he dared to contradict his colleagues. He answered that he could prove what he said. He went therefore to the boy’s mother whom he saw sitting in the market place selling vegetables and said to her: ‘My daughter, if you will answer truthfully what I am going to ask you, I promise that you will be saved in the next life.’ She demanded that he would swear to keep his promise, and Rabbi Akibah did so—but with his lips only, for in his heart he invalidated his oath. Then he said: ‘Tell me, what kind of son is this of yours’? To which she replied: ‘The day I was married I was having menstruation, and because of this my husband left me. But an evil spirit came and slept with me and from this intercourse my son was born to me.’ Thus it was proved that this young man was not only illegitimate but also conceived during the menstruation of his mother. And when his questioners heard this they declared: ‘Great indeed was Rabbi Akibah when he corrected his Elders’! And they exclaimed: ‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel who revealed his secret to Rabbi Akibah the son of Joseph’ “!

That the Jews understand this story to refer to Jesus and his mother, Mary, is clearly demonstrated in their book Toldath Jeschu—’The Generations of Jesus’where the birth of our Savior is narrated in almost the same words.(4)

 

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FEMINISTS PERFORM FAKE ABORTION ON WOMAN DRESSED AS VIRGIN MARY…LOONEY FEMINAZIS!

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( Daily Wire ) Last week, during an International Women’s Day protest, feminists staged a bloody abortion on a woman dressed as the Virgin Mary, outside an Argentinean cathedral.

Apparently engaging in “performance art,” feminists donning pink masks poured out massive amounts of fake blood as they pretended to abort a baby. The smiling woman dressed as Mary was wearing a rosary and a veil and holding a triumphant finger in the air.

LifeSiteNews reports:

The photo of the “performance art” was circulated on social media. Clarin and a Spanish EWTN affiliate reported that Tucuman Archbishop Alfredo Zecca condemned it.

“It is with great sadness that we read about this highly offensive protest in Argentina,” Maureen Ferguson of The Catholic Association told LifeSiteNews. “It is gravely disrespectful to mock the faith of billions of people in the woman whom National Geographic recently described as ‘The Most Powerful Woman in the World’ in its cover story on the Virgin Mary. It is also highly ironic for a feminist march protesting femicide to advocate for the right to take human lives, including the lives of female babies. Annually about 25 million little girls are aborted worldwide.” 

A group known as Socorro Rosa Tucuman praised the “art,” reported EWTN’s Spanish affiliate. In a now-deleted post, the group said the feminists were aborting “patriarchy” and “forced heterosexuality.”

National Director of Priests for Life’s Father Frank Pavone called the mock abortion “grotesque and blasphemous,” adding that it’s a representation of what “every abortion actually is.”

“This grotesque and blasphemous act represents what every abortion actually is, and those who are upset by it should be equally upset by each and every abortion that occurs,” Father Pavone told LifeSiteNews. “As Pope St. John Paul the Second wrote in Evangelium Vitae, every attack on a human life is an attack on God and every rejection of a human life is a rejection of Christ himself.

“This act also shows what is at the foundation of the hard-core pro-abortion people,” Father Pavone added. “They hate the church, and they literally want to abort Jesus off the face of the earth in every manifestation of his presence today.”

 

READ MORE: SICK: Feminists Perform Bloody Fake Abortion On Woman Dressed As Virgin Mary

 

 

 

Millennials abandoning Christianity because of family breakdown, author claims

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  • The real cause of why millennials left their faith, a lot of times he would hear of troubled upbringings. Despite growing up in Christian homes, they would say that their parents never lived out their faith

 

( Fox News ) Millennials abandoning Christianity is mostly fueled by family breakdown, says the author of a new book on why so many of them are leaving their faith, yet reasons do exist to be encouraged.

In Abandoned Faith: Why Millennials Are Walking Away and How You Can Lead Them Home, co-authors Alex McFarland and Jason Jimenez engage this vaunted generation and examine what went wrong. And they explore the forces influencing young people today while offering advice to parents and church leaders on how to mend relationships and win those who have left back to Christ.

McFarland, 52, who is both an apologist and director of the Christian Worldview Center at North Greenville University in Greenville, South Carolina, said in a recent interview with The Christian Post that he believes that the largest factor driving millennials (born roughly between 1982 and 2004) away from Jesus is the disintegration of their family relationships. But he was quick to note that God is moving among young people and there are welcome signs too.

 

“Something really good about millennials is they’ve got a heart to serve others,” McFarland said. “Twenty-five years ago to get a bunch of young people to go on missions trips was a challenge,” he noted. But today, “it’s almost the inverse of that.”

“We have no trouble getting kids to go to developing nations and to get dirty and to work hard,” he added, hailing their work ethic and heart to serve as “inspiring.”

 

But when it comes to actual spirituality, the majority of American teens today believe in a “combination of works-righteousness, religion as psychological well-being, but a distant non-interfering God,” McFarland said, quoting the words of sociologist Christian Smith.

“It’s almost as if [they believe] God is a benign therapist and He exists to enhance my life experience but He certainly wouldn’t interfere with my life,” McFarland said.

CP reported last month that only 10 percent of Americans, and only four percent of millennials, espouse and live out a biblical worldview by any measurable standard, according to recent surveys from the American Culture and Faith Institute that veteran researcher George Barna directed. Also, compared to previous generations, millennials are most likely to be religiously unaffiliated, according to the Pew Research Center.

While acknowledging the fact that many traditional churches are often full of graying heads and are ineffective at reaching people below the age of 40, McFarland believes there’s a bigger issue at play.

“But I’ve got to say this,” he emphasized, “as a pastor, as a researcher, as an educator, as just a Christian who cares, the single greatest contributor to the attrition rate [of the Christian faith] has been the breakdown of the family.”

When co-author Jimenez asked deeper questions to find the real cause of why millennials left their faith, a lot of times he would hear of troubled upbringings. Despite growing up in Christian homes, they would say that their parents never lived out their faith.

He recalled a time he encountered an argumentative college student in Florida who asked, “If God exists, and He knew we would suffer, then why did He create us?” Jimenez spoke with the student and his girlfriend and found out that though the student grew up going to church, he never saw his parents reading the Bible or praying together. The girlfriend’s father, meanwhile, often lectured her family about the Bible but he left her mother for another woman.

“I could see now why they questioned God, His nature, and His unconditional love,” Jimenez stated in the book. “If what their parents believed was true, why didn’t they live it? If God is so loving, why didn’t their parents show that same love to each other?”

Along with hypocrisy and divorce, legalism and overprotective parenting can also negatively impact a child’s faith.

Many parents, whose children left Christianity, testified that they have many regrets about how they raised them.

 

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