BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – Syrian Air Force Mi-25 attack helicopters continue to carry out various combat missions.
A new video was released over the weekend that shows the Syrian Air Force’s Mi-25 as it conducted another combat mission over an undisclosed area inside Syria.
Filmed from the front cockpit of the pilot, who is responsible for various weapons, including 9M17B missiles, from the “Flanga-PV” complex, the aircraft can be seen taking off and flying over a Syrian city.
The helicopter, an export version of the Mi-24D, has a multi-barrel AK-12.7 machine gun with a standard fire rate of 4,500 rounds per minute.
The crew can use up to 128 unguided S-5 projectiles, as well as air bombs weighing 250 and 500 kg.
The maximum take-off weight is 1150 kg. Maximum flying speed – 320 km / h.
These helicopters have proven themselves as reliable and effective machines that have helped pilots in more complex situations more than once.
According to various estimates, there are still about 16 of these aircraft in service
By Whitney HoplerUpdated April 29, 2019
The Bible records a story that Jesus Christ told about contrasting eternal destinies between two men who had very different lives on Earth: a poor beggar named Lazarus (not to be confused with another man named Lazarus, whom Jesus miraculously raised from the dead) and the rich man who refused to help Lazarus when he had the chance to do so. While on Earth, Lazarus finds compassion only from dogs, rather than from people. But when he dies, God sends angels to carry Lazarus to heaven, where he enjoys eternal rewards. When the rich man dies, he discovers that his fortunes have also been reversed: he ends up in hell. Here’s the story from Luke 16:19-31, with commentary:
Jesus begins telling the story in verses 19-21: “Here was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.”
The dogs would have promoted healing by licking Lazarus’ wounds since dog saliva contains the antibacterial enzyme lysozyme, and stimulating the skin around the wounds through licking would increase healing blood flow to the area. Dogs often lick their own wounds to encourage them to heal. By licking Lazarus’ wounds, these dogs were showing him compassion.
The story continues in verses 22-26: “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side [heaven]. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades [hell], where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue because I am in agony in this fire.’
But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
The biblical prophet Abraham, who long ago went to heaven, tells Lazarus and the rich man that people’s eternal destinies are final once they’ve been decided — and no can assume that the circumstances of a person’s afterlife will be the same as those in his or her earthly life.
Neither the wealth nor the social position that a person has on Earth determines a person’s spiritual standing before God. While some people may assume that rich and admired people enjoy God’s blessings, Jesus is saying here that assumption is wrong. Rather, what determines a person’s spiritual standing — and therefore, his or her eternal destiny — is how that person responds to God’s love, which God offers freely to everyone on Earth. Lazarus decided to respond to God’s love with faith, while the rich man chose to respond by rejecting God’s love. So it was Lazarus who got the blessing of going to heaven as a VIP, with angelic escorts.
By telling this story, Jesus is asking people to consider what they care about the most, and whether or not that has eternal value. Do they care most about how much money they have, or about what other people think of them? Or do they care most about being close to God? Those who truly love God will have God’s love flowing through their lives, which will motivate them to love people by showing compassion to people in need, such as Lazarus was when he was a poor beggar.
The story concludes in verses 27-31: “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’https://b9ae870eb1751bbf90d176756991a09d.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'”
Although the rich man hopes that his five brothers would listen to him tell them the truth about the afterlife and repent and believe if they see him miraculously visit them from the dead, Abraham disagrees. Simply having a miraculous experience isn’t enough to cause rebellious people to repent from their sins and respond to God’s love with faith. Abraham says that if the rich man’s brothers aren’t listening to what Moses and other biblical prophets have said in the scriptures, they won’t be convinced even by a miracle because they’ve decided to live in rebellion rather than truly seek God.
The Miracle of Jesus Feeding 4,000 People
By Whitney HoplerUpdated June 22, 2018
The Bible records the famous miracle of Jesus Christ that has become known as the “feeding the 4,000” in Matthew 15:32-39 and Mark 8:1-13. In this event and another similar one, Jesus multiplied some loaves of bread and fish many times over to feed a huge crowd of hungry people. Learn more about these miraculous stories found in the Bible.
At the time of Jesus, word had been spreading about a healing man who could help the ill recover from their maladies. According to the Bible, Jesus healed those he passed or who followed him.
“Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.”—Matthew 15:29-31
As many know when crowds of people want something, most will stand in lines for days to get it. This was the case in the time of Jesus. There were thousands of people who did not want to leave Jesus to go get some food. So, people began starving. Out of compassion, Jesus miraculously multiplied the food that his disciples had with them, which was seven loaves of bread and a few fish, to feed 4,000 men, plus many women and children who were there.
In Matthew 15:32-39, the story unfolds:
Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”
His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?”
“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked.
“Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.”
He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven full baskets of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was 4,000 men, besides women and children.
This was not the first time Jesus did this. According to the Bible, in John 6:1-15, prior to this mass feeding, there had been a separate event at which Jesus performed a similar miracle for a different hungry crowd. That miracle has come to be known as the “feeding the 5,000” since 5,000 men, women, and children were gathered. For that miracle, Jesus multiplied the food from a lunch that a faithful boy gave up so Jesus could use it to feed the hungry people. https://1c60e8dd310c87fb324698f5183135f8.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
Just as in the earlier miraculous event where Jesus multiplied the food from a boy’s lunch to feed thousands of people, here too, he created such an abundance of food that some was left over. Bible scholars believe that the amount of the leftover food is symbolic in both cases. Seven baskets were left over when Jesus fed the 4,000, and the number seven symbolizes spiritual completion and perfection in the Bible.
In the case of the feeding of the 5,000, 12 baskets were left over when Jesus fed 5,000 people, and 12 represents both the 12 tribes of Israel from the Old Testament and Jesus’ 12 apostles from the New Testament.
Mark’s Gospel tells the same story as Matthew’s does about the feeding of the masses, and adds some more information that gives readers insight into how Jesus decided to reward the faithful and dismissed the cynical.
According to Mark 8:9-13 says:
…He got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha. The Pharisees [Jewish religious leaders] came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven.
He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it.”
Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side.
Jesus had just performed a miracle for people who hadn’t even asked for it, yet then refused to make a miracle happen for people who asked him for one. Why? The different groups of people had different motives in their minds. While the hungry crowd was seeking to learn from Jesus, the Pharisees were trying to test Jesus. The hungry people approached Jesus with faith, but the Pharisees approached Jesus with cynicism.
Jesus makes it clear throughout the Bible that using miracles to test God corrupts the purity of their purpose, which is to help people develop genuine faith.
In the Gospel of Luke, when Jesus fights off Satan’s efforts to tempt him to sin, Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6:16, which says, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” The Bible makes it clear that it is important for people to check their motives before asking God for miracles.Cite this Article
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By LUKE MONEY, CARLOS LOZANOAUG. 2, 20208:46 AM UPDATED8:46 AM
The search and rescue operation for eight U.S. servicemen who went missing last week after their landing craft sank in hundreds of feet of water off San Clemente Island during a training exercise has ended, officials announced early Sunday.
The seven Marines and one sailor who are missing are presumed dead, officials said.
“It is with a heavy heart, that I decided to conclude the search and rescue effort,” Col. Christopher Bronzi, commanding officer of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, said in a statement. “The steadfast dedication of the Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen to the persistent rescue effort was tremendous.”
With the assistance of helicopters, ships and boats, more than 1,000 square nautical miles were searched but it was determined that there was little probability of successful rescue given the circumstances of the incident, officials said. The 26-ton amphibious assault vehicle was beyond the reach of divers.ADVERTISEMENT
The incident occurred when the vehicle carrying 15 Marines and one Navy sailor began taking on water about 5:45 p.m. Thursday, according to the Marine Corps.
One Marine was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and later died. Two others were injured and remain hospitalized but are no longer in intensive care.
Five other service members were rescued.
Efforts will now turn to finding and recovering the missing servicemen, officials said. Their names have not yet been released.
“Our thoughts and prayers have been, and will continue to be with our Marines’ and Sailor’s families, during this difficult time,” Bronzi said.