Global defense spending rises for first time thanks to Russia and China (Second Coming Watch Update #471)

According to The Telegraph, new forecasts are showing that soaring defence budgets in China and Russia mean global military spending is growing for the first time in five years.

According to The New York Times, flu experts have warned that cases of the new H7N9 avian influenza in China are surging alarmingly.

According to Reuters, while watching old Arab enemies reel with sectarian insurgencies and international diplomacy capping the Iranian nuclear drive, Israel's military is confounded by a new challenge: quiet.

According to the BBC, the World Health Organization says the globe is facing a "tidal wave" of cancer.

According to The Times of Israel, Iran ramped up its rhetoric against the United States over the weekend even as Western powers began easing sanctions on the Islamic Republic, saying that the country would “recognize no boundary for its response” if America exercised its military option.

James 5:7-8: "Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh."

John R. W. Stott: "He who came in humility and shame will return in spectacular magnificence."

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