1. Each year the Eurasia Group, a global political risk research and consulting firm, produces a list of the top 10 risks to stability. The number one threat on their list for 2016 is the breakdown of the trans-Atlantic partnership. The group also said the problem of the Islamic State will prove “unfixable.”
2. Hezbollah set off a bomb targeting Israeli forces at the Lebanese border on Monday in an apparent response to the killing in Syria last month of a prominent commander, triggering Israeli shelling of southern Lebanon.
3. The Vatican’s first accord with the Palestinians — an agreement that Israel has attacked as counterproductive to the Middle East peace process — has come into force.
4. The former prime minister of Iraq, Nuri al-Maliki, has said that the execution of the prominent Shi’ite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi Arabia will be the downfall of the Gulf kingdom’s government.
5. ISIS militants continue to launch a series of counterattacks against Iraqi government forces on the edges of the western city of Ramadi days after the militant group was driven out of the city center.
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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Isaiah 27 which reads in part: “In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine. I the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.”
Our second coming quote for today is from I.M. Haldeman. He said: “Small wonder is it that the coming of Christ is called the blessed hope to the church when it means her exaltation, the triumph of her Lord, and the salvation of the whole world. But wonder beyond measure it is that in the face of the fact that the beginning of these “days of Heaven on earth” is imminent and in the face of the fact that all Scripture proclaims it, that the church in any part of it, whether in pulpit or in pew, should turn her back upon it; or that any of her accredited ministers should neglect the story of it, seek to hide the beauty of its shining, or rob the sorrowing of the blessedness of its comfort.”