Prophecy News Watch - March 9, 2023

Around the World
NATO: ‘Russia Could Capture Ukraine’s Bakhmut In Days’
The secretary general of the NATO military alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, warned Wednesday that Russia could capture the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut "in the coming days."
China “most consequential threat” to U.S. national security, top intelligence official says
U.S. intelligence leaders told lawmakers Wednesday that the Chinese Communist Party remained the "most consequential threat" to U.S. national security, as President Xi Jinping consolidates power and his government takes steps to fuel divides both within the U.S. and between Washington and its allies.
Russia Detains Christians Opposing War
Russian authorities are detaining prominent Christians opposing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including a Christian musician and a priest, investigators told Worthy News.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
US backs Israel’s ‘legitimate right’ to fight terror following Jenin operation
The United States expressed support on Tuesday for an Israeli counter-terror operation in Jenin earlier in the day. During the daylight raid, Israeli forces eliminated the terrorist responsible for the murder of two Israelis on Feb. 26, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
All Signs Point to Imminent Israeli Attack on Iran
Is Israel about to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities? It sure looks that way. The Jewish state has been preparing for years for such an eventuality, and now it appears the time has arrived.

Inside the United States
FBI director says China could use TikTok to control data on millions of Americans
The Chinese government could use the Chinese-owned video app TikTok to control data on millions of US users, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray said on Wednesday.
Federal court says pro life pregnancy centers should not have to hire pro choice employees
A federal court has ruled that the Evergreen Association of pro-life pregnancy centers in New York has legal standing to challenge a law that could force anti-abortion groups to hire people who hold views that are contrary to their mission, the Christian Post (CP) reports. The Evergreen Association runs a network of crisis pregnancy centers called the Expectant Mother Care (EMC Frontline).
Diverse faith groups file amicus briefs supporting evangelical postal worker in SCOTUS religious accommodations case
Many diverse individuals and faith groups that do not normally work together have filed joint amicus briefs in support of a religious accommodations case brought to the US Supreme Court by an evangelical postal worker who sued his employer for insisting he work on Sundays. The high court will hear the case in April this year.

Christian News
New Reports of Revival, 20 Baptisms at Purdue – Evangelist Chastises Critics, ‘God Is Moving, It’s Just Starting’
As the flames of the Holy Spirit continue to spread across the nation, there are new reports of young people answering the gospel's call. And one noted evangelist says he believes "it's just starting."
A further 41 Texas churches leave UMC over LGBTQ stance
A further 41 conservative congregations in Texas have now left The United Methodist Church amid ongoing disagreement over the Bible’s teaching on same-sex marriage and the ordination of openly gay and trans clergy, the Christian Post (CP) reports.
England: Large Anglican church to stop payments to Diocese in split over LGBT blessing ceremonies
A large Anglican church in Oxford, UK has announced it will stop making payments to its Church of England diocese because the denomination’s General Synod voted last month to allow clergy to perform blessings for same-sex marriages, Christian Today reports. In its announcement, the St Ebbe's church in Oxford, England, said its communion with the Oxford diocese bishops was fractured over the partial acceptance of LGBT marriages. Accordingly, the church will be diverting payments to a trust fund instead.