1. The Islamic State said it was behind an attack by suicide bombers and gunmen in the heart of Jakarta on Thursday, the first time the radical group has targeted the world’s most populous Muslim nation.
2. A Palestinian jihadist group with close ties to Iran claimed on Wednesday that it has expanded out of the Gaza Strip and is now operating in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
3. Defense Secretary Ash Carter laid out broad plans on Wednesday to defeat Islamic State militants and retake the group’s key power centers in Iraq and Syria.
4. A strong earthquake struck just off the coast of northern Japan on Thursday. No tsunami warning was issued.
5. Five people were killed and 39 wounded on Thursday in a car bomb attack by Kurdish militants on a police station and adjacent housing for officers in southeastern Turkey.
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The prophetic passage of Scripture that we are looking at today is Isaiah 28:14-29 which reads in part: “Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech. Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground? When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rye in their place? For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him.”
Our second coming quote for today is from Tim Keller. He said: “Christ’s liberating rule is not fully here. All his disciples are to pray for it to come, and at the end of time we will receive it in completion. But finally the day comes when the city of God will descend. It contains the throne of God – the seat of the kingdom – from which the renewal of all things proceeds. This is the ecstatic enthronement depicted in Psalms 96-98. When God returns to rule, even the rivers will clap their hands and the mountains will sing for joy that their liberator has finally come. The freedom and joy of the kingdom of heaven will come to earth.”