Verse of the Day
Obadiah 1:15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done (to Israel), it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.
China’s new air defense zone above Senkakus ‘very dangerous’ escalation, Japan says 11/23/13 The Chinese feel that now is the time to move for control of Asia.
It appears China feels that America is now weak enough under Obama as the Commander-in-Chief to exert itself in Asia. With the weakness of Obama, it was just a matter of time until China felt safe to move against America. Obama is embarrassingly weak and the Chinese are about to test America’s mettle.
Please notice the connection to China’s move against Japan and what Obama/Kerry are doing to Israel! They are pushing Israel to war with Iran, at the exact time that God is raising up China to confront America!
It is frightening to think of America going to war in Asia with Obama as the Commander-in-Chief. This is the man who is a world evangelist for homosexuality, he leads the charge to kill babies in the womb and betrays God’s covenant nation Israel.
He has done everything in his power to sodomize the military. Notice the short time between sodomizing the US military and China confronting America! The judgment did not take long.
Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S. 11/01/13 (This article was in my post of November 2. To read this entire post go to: Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.)
Just a short time ago, the Chinese newspapers showed China’s ability to attack America with nuclear weapons and now this move against Japan. The Chinese pattern is clear that they are heading for war with America.
It is crystal clear to me, that God has raised up China as a rod of judgment against America.
Dangerous Times: A Looming Strategic Disaster in the Middle East.11/23/13 This is a great article showing what Obama’s lies and weakness have done to the Middle East. He now has set the stage for World War 3 or, as I see it in the Bible, it will start with the Psalm 83 war. This is the all-out war between Israel and the surrounding Arab nations that will spread throughout the world.
God is about to turn the world we know upside down. Please do not fear but stay focused on God and His word. This will keep you from fear.
May the Holy God of Israel bless and protect you.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
As America Has Done to Israel
Hagel: U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ with China air defense map 11/23/13 This map includes islands that belong to Japan!
“We view this development as a destabilizing attempt to alter the status quo in the region,” Hagel said in a statement. “This unilateral action increases the risk of misunderstanding and miscalculations.” “The Associated Press reports that the Chinese Defense Ministry issued a map showing the new East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone, which encompasses what the Chinese call the Diaoyu islands. The move is seen as an aggressive step against Japan, which bought what it calls the Senkaku islands from private owners in 2012. The islands are uninhabited, but are believed to rest near large underwater oil reserves. Taiwan also claims possession of the islands.”
Iran, world powers reach historic nuclear deal 11/23/13 President Clinton did the same thing with North Korea, and it turned out to be a joke. NK actually completed the nuclear bomb and detonated it while under the terms of the agreement! Iran needs this time to complete its bomb and maybe six months is all Iran needs. The key issue is what is Israel going to do?
“The deal, intended as first step toward a more comprehensive nuclear pact to be completed in six months, freezes or reverses progress at all of Iran’s major nuclear facilities, according to Western officials familiar with the details. It halts the installation of new centrifuges and caps the amount and type of enriched uranium that Iran is allowed to produce.”
‘Geneva talks a facade, US-Iran worked secretly on deal for past year’11/17/13 This shows just how treacherous and underhanded Obama is. Deep down, I knew that Obama would sell Israel out. His love for the Muslim Brotherhood was all the proof that I needed. Now that it is his second term in office, he does not have to worry about the political ramification. This is the real Obama and Hard Left in action against Israel.
“The Geneva negotiations between the so-called P5+1 powers and Iran are a mere “facade,” because the terms of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program have been negotiated in talks between a top adviser to President Barack Obama and a leading Iranian nuclear official that have continued in secret for more than a year, Israeli television reportedSunday.”
Will Israel Attack Iran? 11/23/13 Now that the West made a “deal” with Iran, watch these nations unify against Israel. It is possible that Iran will become the “good guy” while Israel now becomes “intransigent” to the West. I think that Obama will try to break Israel. What will happen if he does this is that God will break him.
“Benjamin Netanyahu understands this. Jewish history, and not just Jewish history, teaches this lesson. Netanyahu may well judge that he has to act to stop the Iranian regime from getting nuclear weapons. If he does, then Israel will fight. And Israel will be right.”
Iran Launches ‘Massive’ War Drills 11/21/13 Iran is building and preparing its military for an all-out war with the “dreaded Zionists”. According to the Bible, they are preparing for their own massive defeat.
“Iranian military forces launched a series of “massive military drills” across nine provinces on Wednesday following an order by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to state media reports.
The drills, codenamed “Towards Jerusalem,” will continue over the coming days and throughout the rest of the year.”
Rouhani to the West: Ignore Israel, Sign a Deal 11/22/13 What I think will happen is that the coming war will turn into a world war. There is great bloodshed coming to all these countries as God will use the Muslims as judgment. I also think that Russia will take control over Europe also as judgment. The West is forcing Israel into war and bloodshed, and that is exactly what is coming on a massive scale to the West .
Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Reposted with permission of the author:
Verse of the Day
1John 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
The Demise of Pax Americana11/15/13 The word “pax” is used but it means: ” A time of wide-ranging stability when there is only a single dominant power” It is most often associated with the Roman Empire.
God’s judgment on Obama and America are really starting to accelerate into a collapse. Under Obama’s leadership America’s position as the dominant world power is now ending. He is totally untrustworthy and seems that his only coherent foreign policy is to promote the Muslim Brotherhood. In addition, he seems determined to see to it that Iran obtains nuclear weapons.
He is so diabolical I have a sense that he cut a deal with Iran, that they could obtain nuclear weapons, as long as they agreed to only use them against Israel and not the United States. I really think that Obama is that evil. In the meantime, China is very subtly threatening America with nuclear war or at least war in Asia! I do believe that God is raising China up as a rod of judgment against America both economically and militarily.
If Obama tries to set up Israel for war with Iran, then for sure, America will find itself in a war that it cannot win.
The 1956 Israeli war is viewed by historians as the end of Great Britain as a world power. Great Britain came against God’s prophetic plan for Israel, and this war put an end to Great Britain’s power. As a result, now this nation is under the complete control of the Hard Left reprobates along with the ascension of Islam to power. God is crushing Great Britain with judgments.
It does appear that this confrontation between “Pharaoh” Obama and Israel is now America’s turn to be punished as was Great Britain’s. As the “Pharaoh” comes against Israel, his presidency is being destroyed both nationally and internationally right before our very eyes.
God’s Final Warning to Obama/America
Obama: Same-Sex Marriage ‘Exemplifies the Values We Hold Dear as a Nation’ 11/13/13 This is his heart of sin that he projects onto the entire nation. Homosexual “marriage” is a delusion invented by the modern Hard Left which are in total rebellion against God.
Gallup: Belief Obama’s ‘Honest and Trustworthy’ Hits All-Time Low 11/13/13 Now that Obama is a proven liar to the public, he has no place to go but down. I expect his ratings to fall to the percentage of his hardcore believers, which is about 25 percent or so. He is heading towards not being able to govern because he is now exposed as a pathological liar. Everyone around him are also pathological liars! Each hearing showed that all the members of Obama’s administration are bold liars. They actually lie about lying! God raises up people like this into power as punishment for a rebellious nation.
He is wounded and now very dangerous. If he cannot get his way with the Hard Left agenda, he might move with an attempt to usurp power with a form of coup. I repeat that he now is extremely dangerous like a wounded animal. God is now dealing directly with Obama and through him the American people. It really does appear that judgment day is approaching very fast.
The belief among the American people that President Barack Obama is “honest and trustworthy” has hit an all-time low, – See more at:http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/gallup-belief-obamas-honest-and-trustworthy-hits-all-time-low#sthash.ejkIRPQi.dpuf
State Dept.: Israeli Settlements Are ‘Illegitimate’ – See more at:http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/state-dept-israeli-settlements-are-illegitimate#sthash.9BFJg0R0.dpuf
State Dept.: Israeli Settlements Are ‘Illegitimate’ 11/15/13 God might deal with America that sections of our nation are illegitimate. The nation could divide up into regions as the unity of the country melts away.
Increasingly often in recent months, Secretary of State John Kerry and State Department officials have made the point about settlement illegitimacy.
Usually, they have attributed the term to “continued” settlement activity – implying active construction work in existing or new settlements. (President Obama used the same term in his 2009 speech in Cairo and again at the United Nations later that year, saying the U.S. “does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements.”)
But at a meeting with Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem last week Kerry dropped the modifier, saying only “we consider now and have always considered the settlements to be illegitimate.”
Health Law Rollout’s Stumbles Draw Parallels to Bush’s Hurricane Response 11/14/13 Hurricane Katrina was the destruction of Bush’s presidency and it happened at the exact time that he pressured Israel to abandon Gaza. Now Obama is being destroyed, as he is pressuring Israel to create a Palestinian state by April 2014. I see Obama going “down in flames” like Bush did, only Obama might take the nation down with him.
Israel and the Coming Middle East War
The following articles show more of Obama’s pattern of turning against Israel. The real Obama is now starting to show himself. He could not do it during his first term because of reelection, but with nothing to lose, the real Obama is surfacing.
Senators Appalled by Kerry’s Anti-Israel Remarks in Iran Briefing 11/15/13 (Video)
Gallup: Belief Obama’s ‘Honest and Trustworthy’ Hits All-Time Low – See more at:http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/gallup-belief-obamas-honest-and-trustworthy-hits-all-time-low#sthash.ejkIRPQi.dpuf
Obama: Same-Sex Marriage ‘Exemplifies the Values We Hold Dear as a Nation’ – See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/cnsnewscom-staff/obama-same-sex-marriage-exemplifies-values-we-hold-dear-nation#sthash.Ofig2jVU.dpuf
Verse of the Day
Exodus 9:16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.
I believe that Obama was raised up by God as judgment on America, just as God raised up Pharaoh for judgment on Egypt. He is a tremendous agent of destruction.
What appears to be happening is that as Obama promotes his godless agenda, God is now openly and clearly destroying Obama’s presidency. Five years ago he was hailed almost as a messiah figure, while now he is openly mocked at both home and abroad. I see no way out of this for him. He is locked into destruction because he is an ideologue of rebellion against God. He is a proven liar with no credibility.
Obama mocked God and His word and now he is mocked.
Please link Obama being the world’s evangelist for homosexuality and trying to divide Israel with the destruction of his presidency. This linkage is now so clear.
The problem is, as God is judging Obama, it is going to spill over into America. It will affect the economy and may lead into social unrest. He is so weak that it could induce China, North Korea, Russia or Iran to move against us. His weakness could start a world war.
We are heading into a tremendous volatile time with no turning back. Obama is locked into early next year, trying to divide Israel and Jerusalem. It really does appear that early next year America is going to be divided at the very time Pharaoh Obama touches Israel.
May the Holy God of Israel bless and protect you.
Israel and the Middle East War
‘Israel will attack Iran if you sign the deal 11/10/13 Israel is going to attack no matter what happens. Is this why France backed out of the deal with Iran?
Obama Turns on Israel 11/12/13 Obama’s foreign policy is in shambles. America’s enemies do not fear us and our longtime allies do not trust us! What a mess as the curse on Obama is really starting to manifest.
No Illusions Concerning the Obama Administration 11/10/13 Israel now clearly sees the monster it faces with Obama. He never intended to defend Israel against Iran. The way he would do it is it was a cover to protect Saudi Arabia.
Israeli-US rifts ‘should not be aired publicly,’ Liberman says 11/12/13 Unless Obama needs Israel in a war, I do not see this getting better. The real Obama is now showing his colors and he has no interest in Israel.
PA: Arafat was poisoned by Jews like Islam’s Prophet Muhammad 11/12/13 This could become a rallying cry in the coming war against Israel.
Mufti: Jerusalem is ‘Islamic’ 11/12/13 This is ground zero for Bible prophecy. The Muslims cannot allow the Jews to control Jerusalem. It means that allah is weak and cannot defeat the Zionists!
Jordan vetoes Israeli request to allow Jewish prayer on Temple Mount11/12/13 Once again, this is ground zero for Bible prophecy.
Arab textbooks are not the only ones erasing Israel from their maps. Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, has also eliminated the Jewish state in a book.
“Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt,” part of the popular Geronimo Stilton children’s series translated from Italian and published by Scholastic in 2012, tells the story of a group of investigative journalists involved in a treasure hunt in Egypt.
The story commences with a map of modern Egypt and its neighboring countries. While Sudan, Libya and Saudi Arabia appear clearly on the map, the territory of Israel is completely covered by Jordan, painted red. A line indicating the Israeli border with the Sinai Peninsula does appear in the book.
Adina Golombek, a Jerusalem resident who emigrated to Israel from Canada last year, said she was shocked to discover Israel’s absence while reading the book with her 7-year-old son. Read the rest
Verse of the Day
Isaiah 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
As Obama/America Has Done to Israel
I warned, just a while back, that Obama was going to be severely judged by the Holy God of Israel. He acts as an “evangelist” for promoting the homosexual agenda throughout the world which makes him a target of God’s judgment. He is covered with the blood of dead babies with how he promotes abortion in every way. He is in full support of the Muslim Brotherhood knowing full well that they want to destroy Christians and Israel. He is doing everything he can to divide Israel and Jerusalem.
He is bringing upon himself a “Perfect Storm” of judgment. He is like a lightning rod for judgment, and, unfortunately, he is the president, so God’s judgment on Obama could involve the entire nation. America is ripe for judgment with 60 million dead babies and an unfettered homosexual agenda, plus the nonstop interfering with God’s prophetic plan for Israel.
Unless Obama repents of leading the nation into wickedness and sin, it really does appear that God is about to crush him. No one can do what he does without severe judgment.
Look at the timing of how both national and international calamity is falling on him with no end in sight.
I hope that the Lord breaks Obama as he did with Manasseh, the wicked King of Judah. After God’s judgment fell on Manasseh, he repented and turned to the Lord.
Obama’s Credibility Is Melting 10/23/13 While Kerry was meeting with Netanyahu, Obama is being humiliated not only in America but throughout the world.
“Bluntly, Mr. Obama’s partners are concluding that they cannot do business with him. They don’t trust him. Whether it’s the Saudis, the Syrian rebels, the French, the Iraqis, the unpivoted Asians or the congressional Republicans, they’ve all had their fill of coming up on the short end with so mercurial a U.S. president. And when that happens, the world’s important business doesn’t get done. It sits in a dangerous and volatile vacuum”
Netanyahu airs fears of Iran compromise as he meets Kerry in Rome10/23/13 When they meet, dividing Israel is always on the table. Kerry is relentless in his drive to divide Israel.
“A bad deal is worse than no deal, if it leaves Iran with the capacity to produce nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned US Secretary of State John Kerry before the two met in Rome on Wednesday.“I think a partial deal that leaves Iran with these capabilities is a bad deal,” Netanyahu said.”
Merkel frosty on the U.S. over ‘unacceptable’ spying allegations10/24/13 Obama is about to become an international pariah with no credibility. As this happens, think of how he mocks the Lord and His word. Think of how he promotes the Muslim Brotherhood, which is slaughtering Christians and wants to destroy Israel. Think of all the international speeches he makes promoting sodomy.
I cannot see how God’s judgment on Obama can miss America. It appears that the personal judgment on him is going to have a catastrophic impact on America. Watch for the US economy to melt down as Obama is judged.
“German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused the United States of an unacceptable breach of trust on Thursday after allegations that the U.S. bugged her personal mobile phone, and she indicated data agreements with Washington may have to be revised.
Arriving for a two-day summit in Brussels overshadowed by the allegations of eavesdropping by the U.S. National Security Agency against Italy, France and Germany, Merkel said she had told President Barack Obama in a telephone conversation late on Wednesday that the acts were unacceptable.
“It’s not just about me but about every German citizen.
We need to have trust in our allies and partners, and this trust must now be established once again,” she told reporters after arriving in a car with ‘007’ in the numberplate.
“I repeat that spying among friends is not at all acceptable against anyone, and that goes for every citizen in Germany.”
Kerry Says World Leaders Mocked Him Over Shutdown 10/24/13 This is what he gets for tempting God over his zeal to divide Israel and Jerusalem. There is more coming if he does not leave Israel alone.
This is also fitting for the man who came back from Vietnam and called the soldiers “Baby Killers” and made other treasonous statements about the nation! What ironic justice for this man!
God is very patient, but He will not be mocked.
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (8) For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Reprinted with the permission of the author John McTernan
For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done (to Israel), it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.
Last Summer, Dave Hauser, a very good friend of mine, invited me to dinner with Gary Krupp, President of Pave the Way Foundation. I met with Dave and Gary and had a wonderful time. Gary is a Jewish man with tremendous connections within the Jewish community both in America and Israel. He also has connections within the Vatican.
During the meeting, the topic of my book As America Has Done to Israel came up, and I was able to give Gary a copy. I also shared some of the correlations recorded in the book of what happens to America when the president pressures Israel to divide the land and Jerusalem. He was extremely interested, and as it turned out, immediately began to read the book.
Gary called me and we discussed the correlations. He grasped that the God of Israel was directly warning America not to interfere with His covenant land of Israel.
The part of the book that really caught Gary’s attention and seemed to seal that God was directly dealing with America was the death of President Franklin Roosevelt.
On pages 91-94 in a section titled Roosevelt’s Fatal Mistake, I reported that the death of the president coincided with him stating publicly that he would never allow a Jewish state, in then, what was called Palestine. He made this proclamation to King Saud of Saudi Arabia in a letter dated April 5, 1945. Exactly one week later on April 12, 1945, President Roosevelt died and was replaced by Harry Truman. Truman was one of the greatest Zionists in the world and used his presidency to insure the birth of the modern state of Israel on May 14, 1948.
God removed the man, who was an impediment to His prophetic plan for Israel, and replaced him with a Zionist!
Gary wanted to share the book with friends, so I sent him copies. One person he shared the book with was Zion Evrony the Israeli Ambassador to the Vatican! On October 21 he gave the Ambassador a copy! The Ambassador was very interested in the book and said he would read it.
This is truly amazing that my book would reach the inner circles of the Israeli government along with the timing. The Ambassador has direct contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, so there is potential of the book reaching the Prime Minister and others in the Israeli government.
The timing of this event is astonishing as on October 1, 2013, Netanyahu made a powerful speech to the United Nations. In the speech he made reference to Iran and appearance that the United States and other countries are moving to appease Iran over its nuclear weapons program. He then made a bold statement that Israel’s existence was based on the Bible and quoted verses from the Bible! He was standing on the authority of the Bible!
Netanyahu: The Jews are Home – And We’re Not Leaving 10/03/13 This was one of the most exciting speeches that I ever read. Netanyahu even quoted Amos 9:14,15 as the reason Israel was a nation and that the Jews were not leaving the land.
Amos 9:14,15 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.
Because As America Has Done to Israel is now so close to getting into the hands of Netanyahu that it is possible God could use the book to help strengthen the Israeli government to resist Obama and the Quartet from creating a Palestinian state and dividing Jerusalem. The thought of the book being used by the Lord to help the Israelis stand on the authority of the Bible is such a blessing to me!
What is now needed is prayer that the book will be read and then passed on to Netanyahu who would read it and act on it.
I am asking everyone who prays for this ministry to pray that God would take the book to next step into the heart of the Israeli government, and they would read it!
God could then use this information to strengthen Netanyahu to stand on the word of God and resist Obama and Kerry as they attempt to divide the nation.
This is so exciting to think that we could be used in God’s end-time prophetic plan for Israel!
Joel 3:19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land. (20) But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.
Reprinted with the permission of the author John McTernan
Verse of the Day
Zechariah 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
Dome of the Rock sits where the coming Jewish temple to be built in Jerusalem
With all the war preperations going on in the Middle East, once again Jerusalem comes to the forefront. Somehow all that is happening is going to focus on Jerusalem. This city is going to be the focus of the Muslims in their all-out war with Israel. It is amazing how Jerusalem can be under the radar for a while, and suddenly, it is the center of attention. I keep you on the cutting edge of what is happening with Jerusalem. This city is ground zero for Bible prophecy.
“Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of trying to “destroy” the Al-Aqsa Mosque by allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount.In an interview he gave on Thursday to the Saudi-basedAl-Watan newspaper, Abbas said that “the Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger,” claiming that Israel prevents PA Arabs from praying at the mosque, while allowing “extremist Jews” to worship there. This, he claimed, is proof that Israel has a “malicious” and dangerous plan to destroy the mosque and rebuild the “false” Holy Temple in its place, as he put it.”
May the Holy God of Israel bless and protect you.
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Hard Left Watch
Crowd stunned after valedictorian rips up speech, recites Lord’s prayer06/05/13 We need more Christians with faith like this: pastors are you listening?
“The act was apparently in protest of the Pickens County School District’s decision to no longer include prayer at graduation ceremonies, Christian News reported. Officials said the decision was made after the district was barraged with complaints by atheist groups.”
Hundreds of Gunowners Show up in Temple, TX with Loaded Guns At the “Come and Take it” March 06/04/13 This shows the tension rising between the people and government.
Public High School Makes Blasphemous Play Mocking The Bible 06/02/1306/02/13 These Hard Left cowards would NEVER do this against the Koran. They are in fear of Muslims or in league with them.
Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park to Host Gay Pride Night; Prelude to Gay Pride Parade 06/06/13 We now face a tsunami of sin. It is all around us as the collapse of America has reached high gear. God is turning the nation over to sodomy for the final judgment.
‘Cutest Couple’ at Carmel High School is 2 boys 06/04/13 This mentality is now rampant throughout America. God is giving the youth and the entire nation over to homosexuality.
Israel and the Middle East War
Syria levels warning at Israel in wake of Qusair victory 06/05/13 This is Syria’s downfall when they take on Israel. How far away can this war be?
“The victory that was achieved at the hands of our brave soldiers sends a clear message to all those who are involved in the aggression against Syria, on top being the Zionist enemy and its agents in the region and tools on the ground,” the General Command said. “Our armed forces will remain ready to face any aggression against our dear homeland.”
Israel hit by missiles from Syria as civil war flares in Golan Heights06/06/13 The Syrian border could ignite WW3. All the Muslim groups want to fight Israel and it cannot be too long until war breaks out with Syria.
“Two missiles from Syria landed in Israel Thursday as fighting between President Bashar Assad’s forces and rebels raged on the Golan Heights.The Israel Defense Forces said that a “closed military zone” was declared near the Quneitra border crossing in response to the fighting. People were not being allowed inside the area and locals were warned not to work in the fields.”
Israel moves tanks, Austria moves out as Syrian fighting rages near Golan Heights 06/07/13 All the talk now is war.
Surge by Iran-Hizbullah-Syria axis stuns Israeli intelligence community06/07/13 No matter what way this turns, it is war. If the Sunnis win, it is the Muslim Brotherhood. If Assad wins, he is in a confederation with Iran and war with Israel.
“”[W]hat we need is a willingness to put something on the line in helping the situation. Putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import; it may more crucially mean sacrificing — or investing, I think, more than sacrificing — billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel’s military, but actually investing in the new state of Palestine, in investing the billions of dollars it would probably take, also, to support what will have to be a mammoth protection force …”
“There will be no peace without Jerusalem,” he emphasized. “There will be no Palestinian state without Jerusalem. There will be no security and stability without Jerusalem. They mention Bethlehem, Ramallah, Hebron. These cities are all dear to our hearts. But our capital isJerusalem.”
Deputy defense minister: This government will block any two-state deal06/06/13 There appears a hardening now in Israel against a Palestinian state. What is left is the all-out war that Obadiah writes about.
Russia permanently deploys Navy in Mediterranean 06/07/13 I have a feeling after this coming war is over, that Russia is not going to have a fleet.
Islam and IslamoFascism/Jihad
Middle East genocide 06/02/13
“Captives of political correctness, our governments cater to radical immigrant tantrums as our leaders contort the truth to deny the existence of Islamist terrorism. Meanwhile, our Middle Eastern “allies” and foes alike eradicate thousands of years of Jewish and Christian heritage. Our diplomats treat the persecution as a minor embarrassment, best ignored.”
North Korean officers join Assad’s forces 06/03/13 This is a like a tiny preview of the armies from the east gathering in Israel for the battle of Armageddon. All evil will be drawn to Israel.
Egypt’s gathering economic gloom leaves millions facing food shortages06/06/13 The Muslim Brotherhood is now in charge of Egypt. The Brotherhood wants to destroy Israel and make Jerusalem the capital of an Islamic caliphate. It appears the full curse of trying to destroy Israel is now resting on Egypt. According to the Bible, this nation has no hope nor a future.
Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Jordan and Syria, with Soviet weapons, violently shelled Jerusalem and Israeli villages.
Cairo radio announced:
“The hour has come in which we shall destroy Israel.”
The hot line between Washington and Moscow was used for the first time.
In a surprise move, Israeli Air Force destroyed 400 Egyptian planes, courageously drove Syria from the Golan Heights and captured all of Jerusalem.
In a CBS-TV interview, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion stated:
“In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.”
Seven months after the War, on Jan. 7, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson toasted Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, saying:
“Welcome to our family table…
All Americans-and all Israelis-know…that none…can ever live by bread alone…
One of your ancestors said it for all men almost 2,000 years ago…for peace it is written, ‘pursue it.’
That is our intention in the Middle East…To pursue peace…
If we are wise, if we are fortunate, if we work together – perhaps our Nation and all nations may know the joys of that promise God once made about the children of Israel:
‘I will make a covenant of peace with them…it shall be an everlasting covenant.'”
On February 5, 1996, Margaret Thatcher stated:
“We have to remember that the Jewish people never, ever lost their faith in the face of all the persecution and as a result have come to have their own promised land and to have Jerusalem as a capital city again.”
In April 3, 2002, while serving as House Majority Whip, Tom DeLay stated in a speech at Westminster College, titled “The Bonds of Freedom”:
The State of Israel has fought five major wars to defend its right to exist since 1948…
Israel and America are kindred nations. The founders of both countries were profoundly influenced by faith. Both countries drafted governments that practice religious tolerance. Both countries are filled with immigrants summoned by dreams…
Freedom is alive in Israel today.
We can’t allow the lone light of democracy to be extinguished by a wave of hatred.”
Verse of the Day
1Thessalonians 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. (2) For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lordso cometh as a thief in the night.
These scandals are not going to stop Obama and the Hard Left from trying to destroy America. It appears now that the Justice Department is going to turn the FBI and US Attorneys loose to attack our First Amendment right of free speech. They want the truth about Islam silenced. This is frightening in light of what they were trying to do with reports that exposed their lies.
U.S Attorney To Suppress 1st Amend in Tennessee 05/25/13 If you live in East Tennessee, I suggest that you attend this meeting in Manchester and stand against the federal government’s attempt to muzzle the truth about Islam and how dangerous it is.
“Killian and the FBI want to let us know it is against the federal law to speak out against political islam. But wait, this isn’t about a religion at all. This is clearly another government entity promoting the pro islamist sensibilities of the Obama administration. This is about free speech pure and simple. The IRS has targeted conservative groups and individuals, now the Dept of Justice and law enforcement want to tell you it’s against the law to state facts. Facts offend political Muslims. They may not like the facts, but it isn’t against the law…yet.”
Obama and the 1917 Espionage Act 05/27/13 I found this article very interesting with tying history into what Obama is currently doing to the media.
“It was an ugly period in our history. It’s also a reminder that big-government liberals can be as much inclined to suppress civil liberties as small-government conservatives can — or more so. Fortunately, things changed after Wilson left office. A Republican Congress allowed the Sedition Act to expire in 1921. Debs received 915,000 votes for president in 1920 while in Atlanta federal prison, but President Warren Harding, a former journalist and a Republican, commuted Debs’s sentence to time served, effective Christmas day 1921, and invited him to the White House.”
Events are now racing towards confrontations and crisis. Is WW3 about to breakout over Russian and Iranian missiles in Syria? Will Israel attack Syria and start WW3? All these events and more should drive us closer to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and to look for His coming for His bride! If you are going to work for the Lord, now is the time, as events are closing in that are going to dramatically change the world. No matter what happens, keep your eyes on Jesus and do not flinch.
God warned us in His word what is coming, so He will give us the grace. The way to live in His grace is to keep looking and living for the Blessed Hope, the coming of Jesus Christ for His believers.
May the LORD God of Israel bless and protect you.
1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
As America/Obama Has Done to Israel
I have started to see a pattern that Obama’s scandals have exploded while Secretary of State Kerry was in Israel to divide the land. This is exactly what happened to President Clinton with his sex scandal. He was waiting to meet with Arafat when the scandal broke, and then he was impeached while in Israel meeting with Arafat. I am going to watch very closely to see if these scandals explode while Obama is doing something with Israel.
Normally, I would say that I do not think that the scandal would have a great impact on Obama because he is so insulated by the Hard Left; however, if the Lord wants to bring him down in disgrace and judgment, then these scandals might be very significant. The more he comes against Israel and promotes the homosexual agenda, the greater chance the Lord might bring him down from office in judgment.
Kerry, Abbas, Perez meet in Jordan 05/28/13 I believe that Kerry is going to put enormous pressure on Israel this summer to create a Palestinian state. Abbas will go back to the UN this September to gain more support, so Kerry has only to then. If he puts the pressure on Israel, watch for the disasters hitting America.
“Nonetheless, Kerry called the plan “transformative” and “different than anything we’ve done before.” Kerry acknowledged the plan offers a very optimistic vision for a region that has suffered through decades of conflict, and where peace prospects remain dim, but he insisted: “We know it can be done.” He also said Netanyahu and Abbas support the plan.Regarding peace itself, Kerry added that “No one is talking about temporary borders. We are talking about an end-of-conflict peace.”
Obama embraces role as consoler in chief to remain above the fray05/28/13 There are now so many scandals that it is difficult to follow all of them.
“The trip comes as his administration faces tough questions over a trio of controversies: the IRS political targeting scandal, the Justice Department’s leak probes and the handling of the Benghazi mission attack.”
Washington launches four different investigations into IRS scandal05/28/13 Everyone hates and fears the IRS, so maybe this scandal might tear deep into his administration.
“I think there is an opportunity [for peace], but for many reasons it’s not on the tips of everyone’s tongue. People in Israel aren’t waking up every day and wondering if tomorrow there will be peace because there is a sense of security and a sense of accomplishment and of prosperity.”
Issa subpoenas State Department for Benghazi documents 05/28/13 There is something very deep here that he allowed the Ambassador to Libya to die.
Kerry wants major Israeli concessions for Palestinians, including sovereign northern Dead Sea coast 05/28/13 Abbas wants to destroy Israel and Kerry continues with this foolishness. He wants Israel to give up lots of things, just for Abbas agreeing to sit for the talks.
“He keeps the package’s contents firmly under his hat. However, according to some of the details revealed here for the first time bydebkafile’s sources, Kerry’s top-secret plan places on Israel the onus of major concessions including strategic and national assets, for the sake of buying the Palestinian leader’s consent to sit down and talk. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is not required to pay anything real in return – although it was who stalled the peace negotiations in the first place.”
A new road map to Middle East peace? 05/27/13 I have laid out the big plan of what Kerry/Obama want to do with Israel. It is nonsense to think that the Arab states, along with other Muslim nations, will recognize Israel as a sovereign nation. They detest the “Zionist entity” and want it destroyed. The problem is the existence of Israel and not the need for the creation of a Palestinian state. I think Kerry is not living in reality and fails to understand Islam or he is going along with the attempt to destroy Israel.
“The revived initiative, ratified by Arab League foreign ministers in April, included several important amendments. The Arabs called for a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, as before, but endorsed a “comparable and mutually agreed minor swap of the land,” in the words of Sheik Hamad Bin Jasim al-Thani, Qatar’s peripatetic foreign minister. Second, and perhaps more important, the Arabs said that if the deal were ratified by both sides, “they would consider the conflict ended,” as Kerry put it, and they would have peace treaties and normalized relations with Israel.”
Israel and the Middle East War
Israel warns of action over Russian plan to give missiles to Syria’s Assad05/28/13 The tension keeps building over Syria. How much more before it breaks out into the all-out war?
“A senior Israeli defense official warned on Tuesday that Russia’s plan to send sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons systems to Syria’s President Bashar Assad was a “threat” and signaled Israel could take some form of unspecified action in response.Russia on Tuesday reiterated its intention to go ahead with the arms deal. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said it would “restrain some hotheads from escalating the conflict to the international scale,” according to Russia Today.”
Russia’s Brinkmanship with US Clashes with Israel’s Security 05/20/13 Russia is doing this because Obama is so weak. Russian power is filling the void left by Obama. This is setting up a confrontation between Israel and Russia which could then draw America into the war. Wow, is this now hot!
“Russia is aggressively squaring off with an indecisive and rather meek West about Syria, and in the process, is also threatening to undermine Israeli efforts to ensure that Iran and Syria do not ship strategic weapons to Hezbollah.The Syrian civil war has become a dangerous and complex battle of multiple actors and their proxies: Sunni versus Shi’ite, Iran versus the Gulf states, Al-Qaeda versus Hezbollah, and on a global scale, the United States versus Russia.Moscow is trying to deter a potential US or NATO-led initiative to set up a no-fly zone over areas of Syria, and is seeking to stop Western-led air strikes against chemical weapons sites.
S-300 Air Defense Systems Deployed at Snap Alert Drills 05/28/13 Is Russia fine-tuning its military for war?
“The three-day exercise, in which the fighters will fend off aerospace attacks, is part of a series of random checks of the Russian armed forces that began in February … A total of 8,700 personnel, 185 warplanes and 240 armored vehicles are participating in the checks.”
Obama Asks Pentagon for Syria No-Fly Zone Plan 05/28/13 Would the no-fly zone include shooting down Russian planes? Wow, more tension and bringing a possible confrontation with Russia. Obama is doing this for the Muslim Brotherhood, so he might just risk war with Israel!
“The White House has asked the Pentagon to draw up plans for a no-fly zone inside Syria that would be enforced by the U.S. and other countries such as France and Great Britain, two administration officials told The Daily Beast.”
The demise of Middle East borders 05/29/13
Islam and IslamoFascism/Jihad
Dutch anxiety over ‘Sharia triangle’ police no-go area in The Hague05/24/13 Notice how Islam is advancing in Europe so that now small pockets of cities are under its control. They are going to build from this to gain control of entire cities and nations. Short of bloodshed, there is no way for the Europeans to stop this.
Expert: Islam taking over, Europe soon to be unrecognizable 05/28/13 There is no hope for Europe. It has passed the point of no return with the Muslims. God has turned the Europeans over to judgment for abortion, homosexuality and touching Israel.
The New, Improved Axis of Jihad 05/24/13 This article is detailed with lots of good information.
There has been an understanding among a number of Arab governments which stated that the first objective was to force Israel through world pressure to return all the lands lost by three of these countries resulting from the Six Day War in June of 1967. The initial efforts to have Israel required to return these lands failed as the Israelis resisted and at that time still had the support of much of the world, particularly the Western World. The main contributing factor to the support Israel was receiving was due to the perception that the Arab Israeli conflict was perceived accurately as one tiny little country, Israel, standing against Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Arab World. The statements and propaganda emanating from the Arab World supported the concept that Israel was fighting against almost unimaginable odds facing a coordinated attack supported by countries with tens, if not hundreds or even thousands, of times sized militaries, tanks, planes, troops, helicopters, trucks, rifles, artillery, mortars and every other imaginable military equipment and other essentials. The solution to this problem was to find some manner of changing the equation on the ground, but how to shrink the Arab forces and make Israel to appear as the military giant instead of the outmanned and outgunned small country in a sea of enemies. There was a solution and it was to invent a group and isolate them from the rest of the Arab World and recast the representation of the two adversaries replacing the overwhelming Arab forces with a small and virtually defenseless and powerless group of Arabs with no military and no resources and cast Israel as an oppressor. This was what brought on the invention of the Palestinians as the indigenous people from whom the Israelis had stolen their lands and forced them into refugee camps where they languished under the most inhuman conditions. Read the complete post at The World Pushing for Yet Another Arab Israeli War « Beyond the Cusp.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012
In time for Christmas, the National Intelligence Council is predicting that Islamic Terrorism will end by 2030. And that seems reasonable. What room will there be for headchopping barbarians in the enlightened world of tomorrow where food comes in pill form, flying cars take you around the country in a minute and everyone follows international law.
By 2034, the last murder will have taken place and by 2042, a scientific cure will be found for crime. By 2051, even bad thoughts will have been eliminated, and by 2062, work as we know it will be abolished and everyone will mediate all day on the serious questions of life. “Why are we here? What is our purpose in life? How can there be a National Intelligence Council so devoid of intelligence?”
In the real world, by 2030, there will be thousands of emirates, many no more than small terrorist groups, but some of which control sizable territories. Mali is a reminder that a dedicated Islamist militia backed by oil money can create its own Afghanistan anywhere it likes. And once it has its emirate, then like any good bunch of robber barons, the Islamist militia will take a cut of the drug trade, kidnap the sons of the wealthy for ransom and shake down the international community for foreign aid.
Western countries are already paying their Jizya as foreign aid, trading cash for the promise of stability. The United States and its allies have paid out fortunes to Afghan and Iraqi militias during the past two wars. And that doesn’t even begin to take into account the sheer amount of money spent on development in the Muslim world. It is likely that the United States has spent more on Jizya, the traditional protection money payment of the Dhimmi to the Muslim, than every other nation had throughout all of history. And that’s just the down payment on the big bill.
Back when the Marines first saw action against the Barbary pirates, most nations found it easier to pay the savages than fight the savages. There are countless such private deals that have been made already and there will be countless more made to allow Western countries, and their companies and NGOs to function in territory controlled by Islamist Emirates. And that territory will include international shipping lanes. Read more at American’s Stand with Israel
Read more: The Israeli Periphery | Stratfor
By Reva Bhalla
Vice President of Global Affairs
The state of Israel has a basic, inescapable geopolitical dilemma: Its national security requirements outstrip its military capabilities, making it dependent on an outside power. Not only must that power have significant military capabilities but it also must have enough common ground with Israel to align its foreign policy toward the Arab world with that of Israel’s. These are rather heavy requirements for such a small nation.
Security, in the Israeli sense, is thus often characterized in terms of survival. And for Israel to survive, it needs just the right blend of geopolitical circumstance, complex diplomatic arrangements and military preparedness to respond to potential threats nearby. Over the past 33 years, a sense of complacency settled over Israel and gave rise to various theories that it could finally overcome its dependency on outside powers. But a familiar sense of unease crept back into the Israeli psyche before any of those arguments could take root. A survey of the Israeli periphery in Egypt, Syria and Jordan explains why.
Maintaining the Sinai Buffer
To Israel’s southwest lies the Sinai Desert. This land is economically useless; only hardened Bedouins who sparsely populate the desert expanse consider the terrain suitable for living. This makes the Sinai an ideal buffer. Its economic lifelessness gives it extraordinary strategic importance in keeping the largest Arab army — Egypt’s — at a safe distance from Israeli population centers. It is the maintenance of this buffer that forms the foundation of the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.
The question percolating in Israeli policy circles is whether an Islamist Egypt will give the same level of importance to this strategic buffer. The answer to that question rests with the military, an institution that has formed the backbone of the Egyptian state since the rise of Gamel Abdul Nasser in 1952.
Over the past month, the military’s role in this new Muslim Brotherhood-run Egypt quietly revealed itself. The first test came in the form of the Gaza crisis, when the military quietly negotiated security guarantees with Israel while the Muslim Brotherhood basked in the diplomatic spotlight. The second test came when Egypt’s Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, attempted a unilateral push on a constitutional draft to institutionalize the Muslim Brotherhood’s hold on power.
The military bided its time, waiting for the protests to escalate to the point that rioters began targeting the presidential palace. By then, it was apparent that the police were not to be fully relied on to secure the streets. Morsi had no choice but to turn to the military for help, and that request revealed how indispensable the military is for Egyptian stability.
There will be plenty of noise and confusion in the lead-up to the Dec. 15 referendum as the secular, anti-Muslim Brotherhood civilian opposition continues its protests against Morsi. But filter through that noise, and one can see that the military and the Muslim Brotherhood appear to be adjusting slowly to a new order of Nasserite-Islamist rule. Unlike the 1979 peace treaty, this working arrangement between the military and the Islamists is alive and temperamental. Israel can find some comfort in seeing that the military remains central to the stability of the Egyptian state and will thus likely play a major role in protecting the Sinai buffer. However, merely observing this dance between the military and the Islamists from across the desert is enough to unnerve Israel and justify a more pre-emptive military posture on the border.
Israel lacks a good buffer to its north. The most natural, albeit imperfect, line of defense is the Litani River in modern-day Lebanon, with a second line of defense between Mount Hermon and the Sea of Galilee. Modern-day Israel encompasses this second barrier, a hilly area that has been the target of sporadic mortar shelling from Syrian government forces in pursuit of Sunni rebels.
Israel does not face a conventional military threat to its north, nor will it for some time. But the descent of the northern Levant into sectarian-driven, clan-based warfare presents a different kind of threat on Israel’s northern frontier.
It is only a matter of time before Alawite forces will have to retreat from Damascus and defend themselves against a Sunni majority from their coastal enclave. The conflict will necessarily subsume Lebanon, and the framework that Israel has relied on for decades to manage more sizable, unconventional threats like Hezbollah will come undone.
Somewhere along the way, there will be an internationally endorsed attempt to prop up a provisional government and maintain as much of the state machinery as possible to avoid the scenario of a post-U.S. invasion Iraq. But when decades-old, sectarian-driven vendettas are concerned, there is cause for pessimism in judging the viability of those plans. Israel cannot avoid thinking in terms of worst-case scenarios, so it will continue to reinforce its northern defenses ahead of more instability.
Neutralizing the Jordan River Valley
The status of the Jordan River Valley is essential to Israel’s sense of security to the east. So long as Israel can dominate the west bank of the river (the biblical area of Judea and Samaria, or the modern-day West Bank) then it can overwhelm indigenous forces from the desert farther east. To keep this arrangement intact, Israel will somehow attempt to politically neutralize whichever power controls the east bank of the Jordan River. In the post-Ottoman Middle East, this power takes the form of the Hashemite monarchs, who were transplanted from Arabia by the British.
The vulnerability that the Hashemites felt as a foreign entity in charge of economically lackluster terrain created ideal conditions for Israel to protect its eastern approach. The Hashemites had to devise complex political arrangements at home to sustain the monarchy in the face of left-wing Nasserist, Palestinian separatist and Islamist militant threats. The key to Hashemite survival was in aligning with the rural East Bank tribes, co-opting the Palestinians and cooperating with Israel in security issues to keep its western frontier calm. In short, the Hashemites were vulnerable enough for Israel to be considered a useful security partner but not so vulnerable that Israel couldn’t rely on the regime to protect its eastern approach. There was a level of tension that was necessary to maintain the strategic partnership, but that level of tension had to remain within a certain band.
That arrangement is now under considerable stress. The Hashemites are facing outright calls for deposition from the same tribal East Bankers, Palestinians and Islamists that for decades formed the foundation of the state. That is because the state itself is weakening under the pressure of high oil prices, now sapping at the subsidies that have been relied on to tame the population.
One could assume that Jordan’s oil-rich Gulf Arab neighbors would step in to defend one of the region’s remaining monarchies of the post-Ottoman order against a rising tide of Muslim Brotherhood-led Islamism with heavily subsidized energy sales. However, a still-bitter, age-old geopolitical rivalry between the Hejaz-hailing Hashemite dynasty and the Nejd-hailing Saudi dynasty over supremacy in Arabia is getting in the way. From across the Gulf, an emboldened Iran is already trying to exploit this Arab tension by cozying up to the Hashemites with subsidized energy sales to extend Tehran’s reach into the West Bank and eventually threaten Israel. Jordan has publicly warded off Iran’s offer, and significant logistical challenges may inhibit such cooperation. But ongoing negotiations between Iran’s allies in Baghdad and the Jordanian regime bear close watching as Jordan’s vulnerabilities continue to rise at home.
Powerful Partners Abroad
In this fluctuating strategic environment, Israel cannot afford to be isolated politically. Its need for a power patron will grow alongside its insecurities in its periphery. Israel’s current patron, the United States, is also grappling with the emerging Islamist order in the region. But in this new regional dynamic, the United States will eventually look past ideology in search of partners to help manage the region. As U.S.-Turkish relations in recent years and the United States’ recent interactions with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood reveal, it will be an awkward and bumpy experience while Washington tries to figure out who holds the reins of power and which brand of Islamists it can negotiate with amid messy power transitions. This is much harder for Israel to do independently by virtue of ideology, size and location.
Israel’s range of maneuver in foreign policy will narrow considerably as it becomes more dependent on external powers and as its interests clash with those of its patrons. Israel is in store for more discomfort in its decision-making and more creativity in its diplomacy. The irony is that while Israel is a western-style democracy, it was most secure in an age of Arab dictatorships. As those dictatorships give way to weak and in some cases crumbling states, Israeli survival instincts will again be put to the test.
Read more: The Israeli Periphery | Stratfor
8 “But you, Israel, my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
you descendants of Abraham my friend,
9 I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
11 “All who rage against you
will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you
will be as nothing and perish.
12 Though you search for your enemies,
you will not find them.
Those who wage war against you
will be as nothing at all.
13 For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.
14 Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob,
little Israel, do not fear,
for I myself will help you,” declares theLord,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
“Comfort, yes, comfort My people! Says your God.
“Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her,
That her warfare has ended,
That her iniquity is pardoned;
For she has received from the LORD’s hand
Double for all her sins.”
The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
Prepare the way of the LORD;
Make straight in the desert
A highway for our God.
Every valley shall be exalted,
And every mountain and hill shall be made low;
The crooked places shall be made straight,
And the rough places make smooth;
The glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
And all flesh shall see it together,
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
Numbers 14:6-10; 20-24
And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes;
and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.
“If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’
“Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them.”
And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before the children of Israel.
Then the LORD said: “I have pardoned, according to your word;
“but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD—
“because these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice,
“they certainly shall not see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it.
“But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.
1 Timothy 6:6-16
Now godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
But you, O man of God, flee from these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate,
that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ‘s appearing,
who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen
Sing to the Lord a new song,
And His praise in the congregation of saints.
Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
Let them praise His name with the dance;
Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.
Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Let them sing aloud on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,
To execute vengeance on the nations,
And punishments on the peoples;
To bind their kings with chains,
And their nobles with fetters of iron;
To execute on them the written judgment—
This honor have all His saints.
Praise the Lord!
that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart.
For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh,
who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God,
and the promises; of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen.
But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel,
That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.
For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son.”
And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac
(for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls),
it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.”
As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”
What shall we say then? Is there unrighteous with God? Certainly not!
For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.”
So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy,
For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “Even for this same purpose I have raised you up, that I might show My power in you, and that My name might be declared in all the earth.”
Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.
You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?”
But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?”
Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?
What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction,
and that He might make know the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory,
As He says also in Hosea:
“I will call them My people, who were not My people,
And her beloved, who was not beloved.”
“And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them,
‘You are not My people,’
There they will be called the sons of the living God.”
Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel:
“Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea,
The remnant will be saved.
For He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness,
Because the Lord will make a short work upon the earth.”
And as Isaiah said before:
“Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed,
We would have become like Sodom,
And we would have been made like Gomorrah.”
What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith;
but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.
Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone.
As it is written:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense,
And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
Study finds “Israel” mentioned 200 years before Merneptah’s stele
The Merneptah Stele has long been touted as the earliest extrabiblical reference to Israel. The ancient Egyptian inscription dates to about 1205 B.C.E. and recounts the military conquests of the pharaoh Merneptah. Near the bottom of the hieroglyphic inscription, a people called “Israel” is said to have been wiped out by the conquering pharaoh.
But a new publication by Egyptologists and Biblical scholars Manfred Görg, Peter van der Veen and Christoffer Theis suggests that there may be an even earlier reference to Israel in the Egyptian record. Görg discovered a broken statue pedestal containing hieroglyphic name-rings in the Egyptian Museum of Berlin (pictured) and, after studying it with his colleagues, they suggest that one of the name-rings should be read as “Israel.” This newly rediscovered inscription is dated to around 1400 B.C.E.–about 200 years earlier than the Merneptah Stele.