Prophecy Update Newsletter
April 3, 2017
IN TODAY'S NEWSLETTER...
An Approaching Point of Crisis - By Matt Ward - http://www.raptureready.com/2017/04/02/an-approaching-point-of-crisis-by-matt-ward/
Late on Friday, March 17th, Israeli fighter jets crossed the Syrian border and carried out bombing raids against targets located in or near Palmyra. It represents the most northerly point Israel have ever attacked in Syria since the beginning of the civil war in 2011. It is believed Israel were targeting Hezbollah advanced weapons transfers.
The Syrian response was immediate, launching several anti-aircraft missiles which pursued the IDF jets back into Israeli airspace. Israel were then forced, for the first time, to deploy the new Arrow defense system, which according the Israeli government successfully intercepted the Syrian anti-aircraft missiles just moments before they hit the retreating Israeli jets.
Syria replied officially through its Ambassador to the United Nation's, Bashar Al Jaafari, who reflected a change of mood in the Syrian capital Damascus to such attacks, "the Syrian response was appropriate and changed the rules of the game." 
The Syrian government, under Bashar Al Assad, is feeling increasingly empowered and to a very large degree immune from Israel's more drastic military responses, due to Russia's ever growing presence within Syria. Assad is beginning to feel secure again and also quite emboldened, to the point that he clearly no longer fears the consequences of firing upon Israeli jets, or perhaps even upon Israel itself.
Shortly after the successful bombing raid, Israel's Ambassador to Russia, Cary Koren, was summoned to Moscow to hear the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister deliver a stern and severe rebuke, warning Israel in no uncertain terms not to interfere again in future Russian plans for Syria. 
Avigdor Lieberman, Israeli Defense Minister responded as only he can, by threatening to wipe out all Syrian anti-aircraft batteries that fire on intruding Israeli bombers in the future. These Israeli fears have led the defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, to threaten to wipe out any Syria anti-aircraft battery that fires on intruding Israeli bombers. These Israeli fears have led the defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, to threaten to wipe out any Syria anti-aircraft battery that fires on intruding Israeli bombers. These Israeli fears have led the defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, to threaten to wipe out any Syria anti-aircraft battery that fires on intruding Israeli bombers.
Israel are heading towards war. Though much of Israel's future security strategy is understandably shrouded in secrecy, there are enough fragments of publicly available information to clearly signpost in which direction Israel is headed.
In mid-June of last year, at the annual Herzliya Security Conference, Major General Herzl Halevi, the chief of the IDF's military intelligence directorate, gave a speech in which he detailed the immediate military and security threats faced by Israel at that time. He was very clear about the belief within the Israeli military establishment that Iran's Lebanese terrorist proxy Hezbollah are Israel's current number one threat. He concluded ominously that, "For Israel, Hezbollah must be incapacitated or destroyed; war becomes inexorable by implication." 
Israel views war with Hezbollah as being a certainty at this point, and there is a belief that this unavoidable future conflict will be different from those fought in the recent past. The IDF believe that in the next war, unlike previously, Israel will sustain serious numbers of casualties, "I wouldn't say the next round of violence with the Iran-backed terror group would result in mass casualties among Israel's civilian population, but close."
The Israeli Defense Forces have been preparing for this eventuality and seem to genuinely believe they are ready for what is to come. Halevi continued,
"I'm going to say this with all due caution, but there has never been an army that knows as much about its enemy as we know about Hezbollah...But still, the next war will not be simple, it will not be easy." 
Halevi's comments reflect the growing assumption within Israel's political and military leadership that at this late point in the Syrian civil war, after years of death, displacement and suffering, there will not now be any meaningful political settlement found that will be able to reunify and bring peace to Syria. Halevi himself believes that Syria is "saturated by bloodshed," making any realistic or lasting peace impossible.
The second key assumption of Israel's leadership is that Iran, under the cover of this Syrian civil war and using Hezbollah as a front, have been transporting increasing numbers of Iranian commanders directly into the Syrian border areas, adjacent to Israel. It is now a commonly held view in the IDF that they will soon begin seeing, "entire Iranian Revolutionary Guards battalions from their Golan observation points." [5)
Israel's military and political leadership believe Iran have been hugely emboldened by Barack Obama's failed Iranian Nuclear Accords. Obama has given Iran international legitimacy without providing any way at all to check the real and growing threat they pose to Israel. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Syria today.
Under the direct military cover of Russia, and using the fight against IS as a convenient excuse, Iran have been flooding Syria with both men and weaponry, as well as reinforcing Hezbollah. All this is for one purpose alone, to bring the fight directly to Israel.
Israel recognize that a major confrontation is coming, as does Hezbollah's leader, radical Shiite cleric, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah. It is for this reason that Hezbollah have withdrawn and recalled all their Special Forces troops from the Syrian theatre back into Lebanon. Hezbollah, it is believed, will need them to face off against Israel in the approaching war,
"Nasrallah was serious when he said that the region is heading towards a conflict and that there would be casualties in the next few months. This is because he has information that tells him Israel is preparing for war and soon. And because of this, Hezbollah is prepared for an armed standoff." 
Israeli military planners have been rapidly drawing up their own plans. Already in the later stages of preparation, plans for the mass evacuation of up to a quarter of a million civilians from communities bordering Lebanon have just been revealed. Colonel Itzik Bar of the IDF's Homefront Command said, "In places where we understand there is a great danger to civilians, for example, where we won't be able to supply defenses or supply deterrence ... we will evacuate..." 
As Bar concludes, in the next war with Hezbollah, "...all of Israel is under threat."
Yet this fragile and dangerous situation is further complicated by one issue over which Israel has no influence or control: Russia. Hezbollah and Iran's obvious reliance upon Russian military cover in Syria presents Israel with a huge strategic problem. Up until this point Israel have proved time and again that when they feel there is an existential threat to their existence, or are faced with a situation where hostile enemies, like Hezbollah, are on the brink of receiving sophisticated weaponry, Israel will act every time. This will not change in the immediate future.
Yet Syria is now at a turning point. Syrian President Assad is increasingly stabilizing his hold over a country torn apart by war. His successes in recent months, propped up by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, have prompted Assad to change his tactics and his approach towards Israel. He is getting bolder and has proven over the last few weeks, especially in his response to Israel's most recent incursion into Syrian airspace, that he is now prepared to start firing back. He is actively trying to bring down Israeli jets operating in Syrian airspace.
Israel, for its part, seems to be in no mood to draw back from its consistent policy of attacking arms transfers to Hezbollah, where ever they see them. The potential for future confrontation between Israel and Syria, or worse between Israel and Russia is now a very real and growing one.
The problem Israel faces is one of balance. Do they continue their policy of strikes against Hezbollah, diminishing their capabilities which have until this point proved a tactical success, but which also may provoke a much greater strategic problem for Israel by drawing Syria and Israel into a full blown military confrontation? Worse still, Israel may even be drawn into an open confrontation with Russia.
Ominously, the beginnings of this may be happening right now. At the United Nations on Sunday night, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari, speaking of Israeli Ambassador Cary Koren's summoning to the Russia Foreign ministry, revealed that a clear message had been sent to Israel, "Putin sent a clear message, and (Israel) were told categorically that this game is over." 
Events in Syria will continue to deteriorate from Israel's strategic point of view. Bashar al-Assad, increasingly empowered, emboldened and now antagonistic, will continue to tighten his growing grip on Syria. Israeli border areas will continue to be flooded with Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah with fighters, all of whom are armed to the teeth and intent upon confronting the Jewish state with an arsenal so vast that it exceeds all of Europe's armies current conventional capabilities put together. 
Russia will also continue to turn Syria into essentially one huge forward operating base.
It would seem Vladimir Putin is signaling that Israel's time to act with impunity against Hezbollah over the skies of Syria is now over. The rules of the game for Israel are changing and her freedom to act decisively is coming to an end. War clouds are gathering over Israel and as Israeli Major General Herzl Halevi asserts, an approaching war for Israel, at this point, would seems to be an inevitability.
 http://www.timesofisrael.com/intelligence-chief-warns-of-growing-gaps-between-israel-neighbors/ )
 https://www.thejc.com/comment/analysis/israel-grappling-with-tribal-threats-at-home-and-abroad-1.58849 )
 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/israel-war-hezbollah_b_10829902.html )
 http://bigstory.ap.org/article/44c8332fd5a645478fbec7d4732a8fc5/israel-plans-mass-evacuation-if-war-erupts-again )
World shrugs as Hezbollah prepares massive civilian deaths - By Noah Beck - http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/World-shrugs-as-Hezbollah-prepares-massive-civilian-deaths-485894
In a future conflict, Hezbollah has the capacity to fire 1,500 rockets into Israel every day, overwhelming Israel's missile defense systems.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah recently warned Israel that his Iran-backed terrorist group could produce mass Israeli casualties by attacking a huge ammonia storage tank in Haifa, and the nuclear reactor in Dimona.
Also last month, Tower Magazine reported that, since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, Iran has provided Hezbollah with a vast supply of "game-changing," state-of-the-art weapons, despite Israel's occasional air-strikes against weapons convoys.
In a future conflict, Hezbollah has the capacity to fire 1,500 rockets into Israel every day, overwhelming Israel's missile defense systems.
Should such a scenario materialize, Israel will be forced to respond with unprecedented firepower to defend its own civilians.
Hezbollah's advanced weapons and the systems needed to launch them reportedly are embedded across a staggering 10,000 locations in the heart of more than 200 civilian towns and villages. The Israeli military has openly warned about this Hezbollah war crime and the grave threats it poses to both sides, but that alarm generated almost no attention from the global media, the United Nations, or other international institutions.
Like Hamas, Hezbollah knows that civilian deaths at the hands of Israel are a strategic asset, because they produce diplomatic pressure to limit Israel's military response. Hezbollah reportedly went so far as offering reduced-price housing to Shi'ite families who allowed the terrorist group to store rocket launchers in their homes.
But if the global media, the UN, human rights organizations and other international institutions predictably pounce on Israel after it causes civilian casualties, why are they doing nothing to prevent them? Hezbollah's very presence in southern Lebanon is a flagrant violation of UN Security Council resolution 1701, which called for the area to be a zone "free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons" other than the Lebanese military and the UN Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
The resolution also required Hezbollah to be disarmed, but the terrorist group today has an arsenal that rivals that of most armies. Hezbollah possesses an estimated 140,000 missiles and rockets, and reportedly now can manufacture advanced weapons in underground factories that are impervious to aerial attack.
"Israel must stress again and again, before it happens, that these villages [storing Hezbollah weapons] have become military posts, and are therefore legitimate targets," said Yoram Schweitzer, senior research fellow at Israel's Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).
Meir Litvak, director of Tel Aviv University's Alliance Center for Iranian Studies, agrees, adding that global attention would "expose Hezbollah's hypocrisy in its cynical use of civilians as...human shields."
But even a concerted campaign to showcase Hezbollah's war preparation is unlikely to change things, said Eyal Zisser, a senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies. Hezbollah exploits the fact that "the international community is too busy and... weak to do something about it," Zisser said. All of "these talks and reports have no meaning. See what is happening in Syria."
Israel has targeted Hezbollah-bound weapons caches in Syria twice during the past month. Syria responded last Friday by firing a missile carrying 200 kilograms of explosives, which Israel successfully intercepted.
If Hezbollah provokes a war, Israel can legitimately attack civilian areas storing Hezbollah arms if the IDF first attempts to warn the targeted civilians to leave those areas, Litvak said. But "it will certainly be very difficult and will look bad on TV."
While Sunni Arab states are generally united against the Shi'ite Iranian-Hezbollah axis, Litvak, Zisser and Schweitzer all agreed that Israel could hope for no more than silent support from them when the missiles fly.
Indeed, the "Sunni Arab street" is likely to be inflamed by the images of civilian death and destruction caused by Israel that international media will inevitably broadcast, further limiting support for Israel from Iran's Sunni state foes.
Rather perversely, the Lebanese government has embraced the very terrorist organization that could cause hundreds of thousands of Lebanese civilian deaths by converting residential areas into war zones.
"As long as Israel occupies land and covets the natural resources of Lebanon, and as long as the Lebanese military lacks the power to stand up to Israel, [Hezbollah's] arms are essential, in that they complement the actions of the army and do not contradict them," President Michel Aoun told Egyptian television last month. Hezbollah, he said, "has a complementary role to the Lebanese army."
Aoun's declaration means that Lebanon "takes full responsibility for all of Hezbollah's actions, including against Israel, and for their consequences to Lebanon and its entire population, even though the Lebanese government has little ability to actually control the organization's decisions or policy," said INSS senior research fellow Assaf Orion.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett, a veteran of Israel's 2006 war with Hezbollah, believes that Lebanon's official acceptance of Hezbollah and its policy of embedding military assets in residential areas removes any prior constraints on Israeli targeting of civilian areas.
"The Lebanese institutions, its infrastructure, airport, power stations, traffic junctions, Lebanese Army bases - they should all be legitimate targets if a war breaks out," he said. "That's what we should already be saying to them and the world now."
In a future war, Hezbollah is certain bombard Israeli civilian communities with missile barrages.
Israel, in response, will have to target missile launchers and weapons caches surrounded by Lebanese civilians.
But it need not be so. Global attention on Hezbollah's abuses by journalists and diplomats could lead to international pressure that ultimately reduces or even prevents civilian deaths.
Those truly concerned about civilians do not have a difficult case to make. Hezbollah has shown a callous disregard for innocent life in Syria. It helped the Syrian regime violently suppress largely peaceful protests that preceded the Syrian civil war in 2011. Last April, Hezbollah and Syrian army troops reportedly killed civilians attempting to flee the Sunni-populated town of Madaya, near the Lebanese border. In 2008, its fighters seized control of several West Beirut neighborhoods and killed innocent civilians after the Lebanese government moved to shut down Hezbollah's telecommunication network.
Hezbollah terrorism has claimed civilian lives for decades, including a 1994 suicide bombing at Argentina's main Jewish center that killed 85 people. As the IDF notes, "Since 1982, hundreds of innocent civilians have lost their lives and thousands more have been injured thanks to Hezbollah."
If world powers and the international media genuinely care about avoiding civilian casualties, they should be loudly condemning Hezbollah's ongoing efforts - in flagrant violation of a UN resolution - to cause massive civilian death and destruction in Lebanon's next war with Israel.
Analysis: Is Israel Ready to Face Thousands of Hezbollah Missiles? - By Anna Ahronheim - http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Analysis-Is-Israel-ready-to-face-thousands-of-Hezbollah-missiles-486011
The idea for Iron Dome came after the Second Lebanon War in 2006, when large Israeli cities were struck by missiles for the first time from its northern neighbor.
David's sling, the final piece of Israel's protective aerial umbrella, became operational Monday afternoon, filling the last gap in Israel's missile-defense system and sending a clear signal to the country's enemies.
With Iron Dome, Arrow and David Sling batteries deployed throughout the country, Israel should be completely defended against aerial threats. Will the systems measure up if Israel is faced with a real rocket barrage upon its cities? The timing of the system's initial operational capability (IOC) comes as tension has risen along both the northern and Gaza borders, and shortly after the first successful interception by an Arrow battery of a Syrian anti-aircraft missile that had been fired toward Israel.
Speaking at the IOC ceremony at the Hatzor Air Force Base in central Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the "cutting-edge technology" of David's Sling will help protect Israel against her enemies, warning that "whoever seeks to hit us will be hit. Whoever threatens our existence places himself in existential danger."
According to Yiftach Shapir, head of the Middle East Military Balance Project at the Institute for National Security Studies, while David's Sling is a "wonderful addition to Israel's defense arsenal," it will be hard to defend against a rocket barrage of thousands of missiles.
"It will be able to defend against threats that the Iron Dome is not able to," Shapir told The Jerusalem Post, "but nothing is ever 100%. Every kind of defense system is vulnerable."
Designed to intercept medium- to-long-range rockets, as well as cruise missiles fired at ranges between 40 to 300km, David's Sling complements the Iron Dome system, designed to shoot down short-range rockets, and the Arrow system, which intercepts ballistic missiles outside the Earth's atmosphere.
Together the systems will provide Israel the ability to counter threats posed by both short and mid-range missiles used by terrorist groups in Gaza and Hezbollah, as well as the threat posed by more sophisticated long-range Iranian ballistic missiles.
The idea for Iron Dome came after the Second Lebanon War in 2006, when large Israeli cities were struck by missiles for the first time from its northern neighbor. It has since been used during two military operations against Hamas.
Iron Dome has proven itself since it went into service in April 2011, with a successful interception rate of 85% of projectiles fired toward Israeli civilian centers since its first deployment.
During the 2014 war with Hamas in Gaza, the system successfully intercepted nearly 800 rockets fired at Israeli cities.
A recent series of successful experiments for Iron Dome focused on the ability of its Tamir anti-missile rocket to intercept a number of targets fired simultaneously at different ranges.
But while Iron Dome has proven itself against Hamas rockets from Gaza, experts have long warned that Israel faces the threat of thousands of Hezbollah rockets pounding the home front in the next war on the northern border.
The Lebanese Shia terrorist group is believed to have more than 100,000 rockets and missiles aimed at Israel, including sophisticated long-range rockets.
This is a threat that despite all of the army's advanced air-defense system, it remains ill-prepared to face.
Even if the air force manages to destroy a large amount of missiles, there will likely remain enough of them to risk the interceptor systems being inundated if either group decides to launch large-scale barrages with rockets from varying ranges simultaneously.
According to a senior officer in the Air Defense Command, while Israel "now has the ability to protect more territory, it is impossible to protect everything at all times."
With one David's Sling interceptor missile costing $1 million, $100,000 for one Iron Dome interceptor missile and $3 million for one Arrow interceptor missile, the economic cost of destroying the hundreds of thousands of rockets aimed at Israel is astronomical.
According to Shapir, Israeli government strategists will have to decide what is to be defended by David's Sling and other missile defense systems.
"When the Iron Dome was first deployed, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot said openly that it should be used to defend strategic assets, so that Israel can continue fighting. But within months, the government decided that defending civilian populations is more important and that was Hamas's targets," Shapir said.
With Hezbollah likely to target Israeli strategic installations as well as military bases, that is what we will have to defend, he added. "But if they decide to target both military installations as well civilian centers, the Israeli leadership will have to decide what they choose to defend. It will be a very tough decision no matter what way you look at it."
Israel fears 'Iranian crescent' in Middle East - https://www.yahoo.com/news/israel-fears-iranian-crescent-middle-east-162010062.html
Israel fears an "Iranian crescent" may be forming in the Middle East because of Tehran's influence in Syria and its connections with regional Shiite groups, an intelligence official said Monday.
The comments from Chagai Tzuriel, director general of Israel's intelligence ministry, illustrate his country's growing concerns over its arch-foe Iran's involvement in the conflict in neighboring Syria.
Iran's support for Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, which also backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, also concerns Israel, as does Tehran's influence in Iraq and its support for groups such as the Huthi rebels in Yemen.
"I think that... Israel believes that if Iran bases itself for the long run in Syria it will be a constant source of friction and tension with the Sunni majority in Syria, with the Sunni countries outside Syria, with Sunni minorities outside the region, with Israel," Tzuriel told foreign reporters.
"And I think that may be only the tip of the iceberg," he added. "We're talking here about the creation of an Iranian crescent."
Part of it, he said, involved worries that Iran could complete a "land bridge" through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to the Mediterranean.
Israel has sought to avoid being dragged into the six-year Syrian conflict, but has acknowledged carrying out strikes to stop advanced weapons deliveries to Hezbollah, with whom it fought a devastating war in 2006.
Last month, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syria war began, Israeli warplanes struck several targets there, drawing retaliatory missile fire.
Israel used its Arrow interceptor to destroy what was believed to have been a Russian-made SA 5 missile, and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened to destroy Syria's air defense systems "without the slightest hesitation" if it happened again.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has held a series of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in recent months on how to avoid accidental clashes in Syria.
A "hotline" has been set up between the two countries, but Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz has said Moscow is not notified in advance of an Israeli strike.
Russia backs Assad in Syria, but Israeli officials say they are confident they can continue to coordinate with Moscow despite their differing interests.
Nearing Midnight: New World Order Throwing Fit - Terry James - http://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/
Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) was quick to get behind mainstream media microphones and cameras. He did so immediately following President Trump pulling the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) from consideration of the House of Representatives.
The former presidential candidate, acknowledged as a severe critic and opponent of the new president, presumed to instruct Mr. Trump on how he might approach Democrats in order to improve the soon-to-implode health system President Obama ramrodded through Congress.
McCain then launched into his thoughts on how Trump and himself are totally on the opposite ends of the ideological spectrum with regard to America's rightful place so far as world leadership is concerned.
The senator talked about how he believes the United States should come closer to the European Union (EU) and totally embrace NATO as part of a new world order. He implied that Trump foolishly rejects this approach, wanting America more or less to be isolationist in its approach to dealings with the world around our nation.
McCain said "The new world order is under tremendous strain." While speaking at the Brussels Forum, he went on to say that the world "cries out for American and European leadership" through the EU and NATO, and said that the EU and the US needed to develop "more cooperation, more connectivity."
McCain, chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, said, "I trust the EU." He said further that the EU was "one of the most important alliances" for the U.S. and that the EU and NATO were the " [most effective organizations] in history"-in maintaining the peace for the last seventy years.
McCain's strong implication was that Trump's idea of moving away from the so-called new world order was opposite of the direction America should move. The nation must, he implied, embrace this alliance in order to save the world in keeping peace and security in view.
I am reminded of Psalms chapter 2 about the end-times powers that be that will have no deity to rule over them, but declare that humanist effort will prevail. I believe the tremendous upheaval we have seen, particularly since Trump's election, is minion-driven enragement. The insane statements and movements are centered in the fact that God has intervened, for whatever reason, into Satan's plans to install world government.
It is just a postponement-a temporary setback-for the new world order builders, but it has driven them into manifesting the insanity that reprobate minds come to, as indicated in Romans chapter 1.
All of this involves two of the end-times characteristics the apostle Paul prophesied in his 2 Timothy chapter 3 foretelling.
I wrote about this in-depth in my latest book Rapture Ready...Or Not: 15 Reasons Why This Is the Generation That Will Be Left Behind. I include a portion of that presentation here.
The powerful and elite, would-be new world order builders fit well within this perilous times category. They sell out their nations and even their families for the sake of building the new world they desire -apart from any governance by God. Psalms, chapter 2, calls out these earth-dwellers as the KJV of the Bible defines them. They are driven by the powers and principalities outlined in Ephesians, chapter 6.
This self-uplifting, while ascending on the misfortune of others, is symptomatic of headiness or high-mindedness. Satan was and is the highest-minded of all. He sought and still has the audacity to believe he can lift himself to a position above the one, true, eternal God. Those who reject the truth of Jesus Christ are, through omission, heirs to the fallen ones - Lucifer's great high-mindedness.
All who seek, through their great intellect, their desire, or their superiority in the realm of power-brokerage, to put themselves upon the pinnacle of god-likeness in the world they have chosen to conquer are inheritors of Satan's pridefulness. They are exhilarated by the cut-throat struggle to vanquish all obstacles, all foes.
The high-minded intellectuals of academia, of the sciences, or of the liberal clergy seek more than at any time in history to erase all mention of God the Almighty, even at the temporary expedient of tolerating many religions and allowing those religions their many various ways to godhood.
With the intellectual exercise of plotting the planet's physical and social salvation, they are sacrificing their eternal souls on the altar of "Evolutional Theory." God's Word tells that the last generation will be as was the generation that perished in the flood of Noah's day. Of that people God says:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things (Rom. 1:21-23).
What is this, if not a description of modern intellectual man and his attempts to rationalize away all vestiges of the true God? It perfectly describes the writings of Charles Darwin and those who have reworked, reformulated and totally fallen for, in one form or another, the evolution lie These, like the antediluvians, "changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator." (Rom. 1:25). These foolish, soul-darkened "intellects" join forces with those they would once have termed superstitious idiots, the occultists, and New Age adherents, to deify Mother Earth for the sake of ecological purity.
Headiness and high-mindedness are encapsulated within the climate change, radical environmentalism that is being used to destroy national sovereignty and autonomy, thus to bring all within one-world rule. The Antichrist regime will be the penultimate outgrowth of that drive toward global order.
The headiness and high-mindedness of the new world order builders-and the rage we are witnessing, I believe, are prime reasons why believers in Christ should be more than ever looking up-as we are exhorted in Luke 21: 28.
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Harvesting Grapes on the Mountain of Blessings as Prophesied in Jeremiah - By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz - https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/86038/hayovel-harvesting-grapes-mountain-blessings-prophesied-jeremiah/#jrr2HI32KtHI0CLo.99
"Again shalt thou plant vineyards upon the mountains of Shomron; the planters shall plant, and shall have the use thereof." Jeremiah 31:4 (The Israel Bible™)
Motivated by a powerful desire to take part in the manifestation of prophecy, a Christian organization called HaYovel has just completed its twelfth season of bringing Christian volunteers to Israel to help farm the holy land. Despite a millennium of difficult relations, Jewish farmers are opening their fields and their hearts, bringing about a reciprocal prophecy, and at least one rabbi has ruled that accepting this hand of friendship is a prophetic imperative.
Since its first season in 2005, HaYovel ("The Jubilee") has brought almost 2,000 Christian volunteers to work the Holy Land. This year, 78 volunteers pruned a total of 303 dunams (75 acres), planted 7 dunams of new grapevines and worked 4,000 man hours. This saved the Israeli farmers, hard pressed by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, over $27,000 in labor costs. When the grapes are harvested and pressed, these vines will produce enough wine to fill approximately 180,000 bottles.
The organization is a family effort led by Tommy and Sherri Waller, devout Christian Zionists committed to helping bring Biblical prophecy to life in Israel after seeing its physical manifestation in the replanting of ancient farmlands. But when Tommy Waller came up with a plan to bring Christian volunteers to work on Jewish farms, he found that Jews were reluctant to accept. After a millennium of difficult relations in which Jewish-Christian relations were dominated by Jewish persecution and Christian proselytizing, many Jews suspected Waller's motives.
To overcome the obstacle, the Wallers met with Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, the religious leader of the community where HaYovel does its work. Known as Har Bracha ("Mountain of Blessings) on Mount Gerizim, the site was chosen by Tommy, who learned on a 2004 visit that the Bible identifies the mountain as the source of the blessings that Israel received before entering the Land of Israel.
And it shall come to pass, when Hashem thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt set the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal. Deuteronomy 11:29
Waller's guide at the time quoted the Biblical prophet Jeremiah, who foresaw that the land would blossom again.
Again shalt thou plant vineyards upon the mountains of Shomron; the planters shall plant, and shall have the use thereof. Jeremiah 31:4
Waller, with agricultural roots in his native Tennessee, realized the vines he was seeing were the physical manifestation of the prophecy.
Rabbi Melamed interviewed Tommy at length before giving HaYovel legal approval in a Halachic (Torah law) ruling titled 'Honor and Love for the Lovers of Israel'. In his decision, the rabbi noted that the Christians were not seeking to "change our faith" and labelled them "righteous among the nations."
"In recent years, we have witnessed an increasing support of Israel from the Evangelical Christians. They see in the State of Israel the materialization of the miracle envisioned by the prophets," he wrote in the ruling.
"Today there are quite a few who believe, to some extent, that Israel is the Chosen Nation, who must return to their land, settle it, and occupy themselves with Torah and mitzvoth (Biblical commandments). They see it as a privilege to help fulfill the prophecies in the Bible.
"That being the case, when it comes to Christians who believe that God chose Israel, and that all of the good prophecies should be realized within Israel, and they are not working to convert us, God forbid, rather, to strengthen us - then all the severe things mentioned about Christians do not apply to them. On the contrary - great corrections are being made by them, they are righteous Gentiles, and God will reward them."
The rabbi concluded by saying that attempts to missionize Jews in Israel should be fought, but Christians who were not trying to influence our Jewish faith should be "respected and loved". Rabbi Melamed quoted Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, the first Chief Ashkenazi rabbi of Israel, who envisioned Jews and Christians working in harmony to bring the messiah.
Love of creation...should spread to all mankind, despite all the differing opinions, religions and faiths, despite all the differences of races and climates...only on a soul rich in love of the creation and man, can love of the nation rise in all its pride and grace, and spiritual and practical greatness.
For the farmers, the esteemed rabbi's words have come true. For Ira Rappaport, owner of a prize-winning vineyard in Shilo, his eight-year working relationship with HaYovel has been as prophetic as it has been for Tommy Waller.
"For me, it is the fulfillment of that prophecy [in Jeremiah], as well as the prophecy in Ezekiel," Rappaport told Breaking Israel News.
Then the nations that are left round about you shall know that I Hashem have builded the ruined places and planted that which was desolate; I Hashem have spoken it and I will do it. Ezekiel 36:36
Rappaport noted that his relationship with the volunteers and staff of HaYovel has been a step towards improving the historically difficult relations between the two faiths.
"They are very careful while working not to discuss theology with the Jews," he said. "I don't have the fear that they will influence me or my workers, though other people might have that fear."
Daily Jot: The Susan Rice reruns - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
No matter what is going on behind the scenes, the illegal, unethical, immoral dealings of politics, the ex "president" and his minions have been air-tight for years in never giving up the scam. They never admitted to exactly what they were doing, and as part of that, blamed their actions on their detractors. Such is the case with spying on then President-elect Donald Trump and spreading misinformation among intelligence agencies to make it look like Trump conspired with Russia to win the election. When caught, the ex "president" and his henchmen denied everything and continued to insinuate that it was Trump all along doing the dirty deeds. Richard Nixon's presidency ended over spying on Democrats.
In response to accusations of spying on Trump, the former "president's" spokesman Kevin Lewis said, "A cardinal rule of the [sic] Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither the [sic] "president" nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false." Now, Fox News is reporting that it was former National Security Advisor Susan Rice-a direct report of the ex "president"-who "unmasked" those on the Trump transition team that the White House was spying on and spread their names among the various intelligence agencies.
Rice seems to have been working with former Deputy Secretary of Defense Evelyn Farkas, who purposely spread the misinformation among the spy agencies. She admitted last month, "I was urging my former colleagues and, frankly speaking, the people on the Hill - it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before [sic] the "president" leaves the administration." She was afraid that the narrative that Russia and Trump collaborated to influence the election would be lost if the information wasn't spread far and wide. An interesting twist to the story is that Republicans knew about the spying on Trump even before the election.
Rice appears to be the "go-to" girl when the ex "president" needs some dirty work done. Remember Rice and Benghazi? In May 2013, ABC News obtained 12 different versions of the talking points with extensive edits by the CIA before then UN Ambassador UN Susan Rice appeared on five talk shows the Sunday after that attack saying the attacks were inspired by a movie critical of Islam. Rice was also the one who in June 2014 called deserter Bowe Bergadahl not "simply a hostage; he was an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield." Psalm 37:12 says, "The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes upon him with his teeth." Rice, the ex "president" and his cronies have been in the "plotting" and "blame-shifting" business a long time. They are good at it. Many of Nixon's minions went to prison for far less.
Daily Devotion: Certain of His Death - Greg Laurie - www.harvest.org
Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. -1 Corinthians 15:3
An advice columnist received this letter about the Resurrection: "Dear Uticus, Our preacher said on Easter that Jesus just swooned on the cross and the disciples nurtured Him back to health. What do you think? Sincerely, Bewildered."
Here was the response: "Dear Bewildered, Beat your preacher with a cat of nine tails with 39 heavy strokes. Nail him to a cross. Hang him in the sun for three hours. Run a spear through his heart. Embalm him. Put him in an airless tomb for 36 hours, and see what happens. Sincerely, Uticus."
Inevitably, unbelievers will offer their own concepts regarding the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus in an attempt to discredit the Bible and its message. Among the most commonly held theories is "the swoon theory," proposing that Jesus didn't actually die on the cross, but went into a deep coma, or swoon. It further proposes that He was revived in the cool atmosphere of the tomb, was somehow able to get out of the tightly wrapped strips of cloth, and appeared to His disciples.
Yet the Roman guards were the first to report the death of Jesus. They were experts at execution, and they would be put to death themselves if they allowed a condemned man to escape death. These soldiers were so certain Jesus was dead, they did not bother to break His legs. They thrust a spear into His body and out came blood and water (which occurs when the heart stops beating), giving them the final proof they needed.
We can either believe or hang our doubts on some flimsy theory. But the death and Resurrection of Jesus means that one day, we all will stand before God and be held accountable.
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