Prophecy News Watch - October 13, 2023

Around the World
U.S., Qatar put hold on Iranian $6 billion fund after Hamas attack: Report
Facing bipartisan criticism at home, the Biden administration has reportedly put a new hold of some $6 billion in Iranian funds held in a Qatari bank account in the wake of the attack by Palestinian Hamas militants on Israel that has killed more than 1,200 Israelis and foreigners.
NATO will hold a major nuclear exercise next week as Russia plans to pull out of a test ban treaty
NATO will hold a major nuclear exercise next week, the alliance’s chief said Thursday, in an announcement that came after Russia warned it would pull out of a global nuclear test ban agreement.
Hamas founder calls for ‘global day of jihad’ against Israel on Friday, for Arab nations to join war
A founding member and leader of the Hamas Palestinian terror group from 2004 to 2017, Khaled Meshaal has called on Muslims around the world to hold anti-Israeli demonstrations and for Arab nations to take up arms against Israel as part of a global day of jihad on Friday, October 13, 2023, the New York Post reports.
Dozens of Israeli Flags Torched In Dutch Fishing Town
Christians in the Dutch fishing town of Urk prayed for Israel late Wednesday after dozens of Israeli flags were torn from homes, destroyed, and set on fire near one of the many local churches here.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Two Israeli Police Injured As Terror Hits Jerusalem
Two Israeli police officers were wounded late Thursday in “a terrorist shooting” at a police station in Jerusalem, and the suspected attacker was killed, Israeli officials said.
U.S. Vows Support For Israel Ahead Of Ground Offensive As Death Toll Rises To Over 1,300
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed unending U.S. support for Israel during a visit to the country as the official death toll of Hamas attacks rose to more than 1,300. “You may be strong enough on your own to defend yourself, but as long as America exists, you will never, ever have to," he said after talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israeli strikes said to target Syrian airports
Explosions were heard across Syria on Thursday afternoon, with local media claiming Israeli airstrikes targeted the airports of Damascus and Aleppo.
Twin Babies Survive Massacre At Israel Kibbutz
Israeli officials say they uncovered twin babies less than a year old who miraculously survived – because their young parents hid them just before being murdered by Hamas militants.
Israel’s sees shelling from Syria amid war against Hamas in Gaza
Amid the ongoing assault on Israeli citizens by the Hamas jihadist terror group in Gaza, Israel saw shelling from Syria as well on Tuesday, the Jerusalem Post reports. The Iran-backed Lebanese terror group, Hezbollah, has bases in Syria as well as southern Lebanon, from which it, too, attacks Israel.

Inside the United States
Call for ‘Day of Jihad’ prompts greater vigilance by FBI, Jewish groups
FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday warned of attacks in the U.S. as security around Jewish institutions ramped up, prompted by an increase in threats against Jews and a former Hamas leader’s call for a global “Day of Jihad” against Israel on Friday.
Steve Scalise drops out of House speaker race: ‘What this country needs’
House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) announced at a closed-door House Republican conference meeting that he is withdrawing his bid to be House speaker.
Senate Republicans seek to block Biden’s $6 billion payout to Iran for U.S. prisoners
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Tom Cotton will seek to pass legislation by unanimous consent next week to block the release of $6 billion in Iranian assets by President Biden.

Christian News
Texas church reports “record-breaking” number of baptisms this year
Amid other recent reports of Christian spiritual revival around the United States, a church in Texas announced it has seen a “record-breaking” number of baptisms for the third consecutive year, CBN News reports. The Champion Forest congregation in Houston, Texas saw 755 baptisms this church year (October 1 - September 30), CBN reports.
Nigeria: Jihadists continue onslaught against Christians in Kaduna state, 30 abductions in one attack
On the same day Palestinian jihadists launched their wholesale slaughter and kidnapping of Jewish civilians in Israel, Islamic terrorists in Nigeria continued their years-long genocidal campaign against Nigerian Christians by abducting 30 more Christians in southern Kaduna state on October 7, Morning Star News reports.