Is Hezbollah On The Verge Of Entering The War In The Middle East? - by Michael Snyder - http://endoftheamericandream.com/is-hezbollah-on-the-verge-of-entering-the-war-in-the-middle-east/
There are all sorts of rumors floating around on social media that Hezbollah is about to join the war in the Middle East. In this article, I am going to go over what has been confirmed and what has not been confirmed. If Hezbollah chooses to enter the war, things are going to get really crazy. The terror organization has approximately 100,000 highly trained fighters, and it possesses well over 100,000 missiles. If thousands upon thousands of missiles start raining down on Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities, the response by the IDF will be overwhelmingly forceful. In other words, we could be about to witness a truly apocalyptic scenario play out right in front of our eyes.
On Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told the entire world that there will be “harsh consequences” if a ceasefire in Gaza does not happen immediately…
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian warned on Wednesday of “harsh consequences” if attacks continue on the Gaza Strip, the latest in a series of warnings from the country, which backs Hamas in Gaza and militias elsewhere in the region.
“If an immediate ceasefire doesn’t take place in Gaza Strip and the rapid attacks by U.S. and Zionist Regime continue then the consequences would be harsh,” he said in Ankara.
So what would “harsh consequences” look like?
That is a very good question.
If the Iranians plan to take more direct action, one of the first things that is likely to happen is that Hezbollah will officially enter the war.
Of course there has already been constant fighting along the northern border. Since October 7th, 47 Hezbollah fighters have been killed in clashes with the IDF…
With dozens of Hezbollah fighters killed in three weeks of border clashes with Israel, the Lebanese group is working to stem its losses as it prepares for the possibility of a drawn-out conflict, three sources familiar with its thinking said.
The Iran-backed group has lost 47 fighters to Israeli strikes at Lebanon’s frontier since its Palestinian ally Hamas and Israel went to war on Oct. 7 – about a fifth of the number killed in a full-scale war between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006.
But what we have seen so far is just small potatoes compared to what would happen if Hezbollah officially joins the war.
What that happens, the entire world will know it because vast numbers of missiles will start raining down on Israel.
In recent hours, I have seen all sorts of rumors on social media that Hezbollah has warned that it will join the war if the fighting in Gaza does not end by Friday. Here is just one example…
HEZBOLLAH & IRAN informed America that they have until Friday morning (before Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah’s speech) to end the aggression against Gaza, or else they will enter into a direct and open war with the entire resistance axis and there will be no going back.
I have not been able to find any confirmation of this rumor from any mainstream source.
But it is true that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is scheduled to give a major speech on Friday…
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is set to deliver a speech on Friday, his first public address since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas.
The speech is scheduled for 3 p.m. Israel time, during a ceremony to honor the “martyrs who died on the road to Jerusalem,” according to pro-Hezbollah news outlet Al Mayadeen.
And it is being reported that the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force has landed in Beirut…
Brigadier General Esmail Qaani, the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force, landed in Beirut this Tuesday. According to Lebanon’s Nidaa al-Watan newspaper, this isn’t his first visit since the Gaza war erupted.
The timing is noteworthy, as it precedes a significant speech by Hezbollah’s chief, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.
His arrival could definitely be an indication that something is up.
But we will just have to wait and see if anything changes on Friday or the days immediately following.
If Hezbollah does decide to pull the trigger and join the war, there is going to be a tremendous amount of death and destruction.
In recent articles, I have stated that Hezbollah possesses an arsenal of 130,000 missiles.
That is actually the most conservative number that is floating around out there, and that is why I have been using it.
But I have also seen estimates of 150,000, 180,000 and 200,000.
Nobody in the western world actually knows the true number, but everyone agrees that it is very large.
And Iran has been feeding Hezbollah even more missiles on a continual basis for a very long time.
Of course Israel possesses very sophisticated anti-missile systems, but they can only handle so many missiles at a time.
If Hezbollah starts launching thousands of missiles at Israeli cities, most of them will get through.
Could this be what I saw on the morning of April 17th, 2022? In my book entitled “End Times”, I shared what I was shown…
With all that being said, I would like to share what I was shown about Israel on the morning of April 17th, 2022.
This was an experience that I had while asleep, but it was qualitatively different from a normal dream. Those that have similar experiences know what I am talking about.
In this experience, I saw an endless barrage of missiles being fired at Israel during what seemed to be a major war in the Middle East. The missiles were being launched in rapid fire fashion, and it kind of reminded me of some of the footage that I have seen from Ukraine.
I did not see where the missiles landed. I also did not see the death and destruction that they caused.
Of course Israel has very advanced anti-missile systems, and so perhaps a lot of these missiles were being intercepted. I was not shown any of that.
My perspective was from the side of those firing the missiles. There seemed to be a lot of emotion. It appeared to me that the goal was to inflict as much damage upon Israel as possible.
These missiles were not being fired from a vast distance away. Rather, they all seemed to be coming from other nations or terror groups in the Middle East.
And in my dream I had the impression that there were more missiles pointed at the land of Israel than anywhere else on the globe.
Those that were firing all of those missiles were not identified during that experience.
But certainly Hezbollah possesses the kind of firepower that I witnessed.
If Hezbollah chooses to fire thousands of missiles at Israel, the Israelis will respond.
And the response will be even more devastating than the initial attack.
At this point, the Israelis fully understand that this is a fight for national survival.
When Hamas terrorists invaded Israel on October 7th, they were told “to kill every person we see”…
Israel’s Shin Bet released footage on Wednesday of a Hamas terrorist describing his actions in the south of Israel during the October 7 massacre.
“The mission was simply to kill,” said Hamas operative Omar Abu Rusha. “We weren’t supposed to kidnap. Just kill.”
He specified: “[We were told] to kill every person we see and come back.”
The interviewer asked if he was told to make any distinction between men, women, and children. He said he was not.
And a top Hamas official recently stated during a television interview that his organization will do the same thing over and over again until Israel is destroyed.
When there are people that are absolutely determined to kill you, that severely limits your options.
There will be no peace with Hamas or Hezbollah.
Both organizations are fundamentally committed to wiping out the nation of Israel.
So now the final confrontation between the two sides has begun, and it appears that it could soon reach a cataclysmic stage.
Esau, Hamas, and the Last Days - By Jack Kinsella - https://www.raptureforums.com/jack-kinsella/esau-hamas-and-the-last-days/
The Book of Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament at only 21 verses. But Obadiah’s theme could have been lifted directly from the pages of the Jerusalem Post.
It is all about the abuse of God’s people, God’s land, and God’s Holy Hill, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
The villain, the guilty party, will end up devastated. Obadiah identifies the guilty party as Israel’s twin brother Esau (Edom), and his physical and spiritual descendants.
Obadiah accuses Edom of “violence against your brother Jacob.” (v 10) This is not an isolated incident of violence, but systematic, repetitive, unrelenting violence.
The Book of Obadiah reads as a formal indictment against Edom and their allies. One of the first things to examine in prophecy is the time frame in which it applies. Some prophecies were given for the near-term, others are for the long term. In Obadiah’s case, it is both.
Or, put another way, Obadiah looks at Edom from beginning to end in a glance. The abuses accumulate throughout history, and end with the establishment of God’s rule on earth. It is a broad chronological perspective ranging from the Destruction of the First Temple to the end of days.
Visions that prophets were given are not always restricted to a thin slice of time. Some encompass a very long period of time, as is the case in the Messianic prophecies.
Some were fulfilled at Jesus’ First Advent, others will be fulfilled in His Second. Some verses contain prophecies that address both Advents in the same verse.
Who is Edom today? I believe the Bible answers that question. The ancient Edomites were the descendants of Edom, or Esau. The area known as Edom eventually became known as Idumea.
King Herod was an Idumean, or Edomite, puppet king who was installed by the Romans. Edom — or Idumea, bordered what is today the West Bank.
Genesis 25 tells the story of Esau trading his birthright, as Isaac’s eldest son, to Jacob, his younger twin brother.
In Genesis 25:30 God renamed Esau to Edom: “And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.”
Ezekiel picks up where Obadiah leaves off, identifying the modern Edomites in Ezekiel 36:5.
“Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Surely in the fire of My jealousy I have spoken against the rest of the nations, and against all Edom, who appropriated My land for themselves as a possession with wholehearted joy and with scorn of soul, to drive it out for a prey.” (NASB)
Obadiah further illuminates Edom’s identity in his indictment, delivering four ‘you should not haves’.
Verse 14 says, “Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress.”
When, during a deadly time in Jewish history, a time of death and destruction, did the Palestinians serve as accomplices of the agents of death by not allowing Jews to come to their place of refuge?
A better question would be, when didn’t they? Edom has much to answer for. But there is a specific historical point that eclipses all others.
The Arab riots of the late 1930’s forced the British to restrict Jewish immigration to their ancestral homeland during the Holocaust. Had it not been for Arab rioting and violence, the British would not have enacted those policies. Therefore, Edom was responsible for “killing those who tried to escape.”
The Nazis were the hatchet men, but the Palestinians were accessories and accomplices. Palestinian leader Haj Amin al-Husseini, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem during the Nazi era, played a major role in the Holocaust.
al-Husseini lived in Berlin during the war years. He worked closely with Hitler to help achieve the Nazi Final Solution to the Jewish Question. He even personally recruited Bosnian Muslims who formed a whole division of the Nazi Waffen SS.
While Jewish immigration was tightly restricted during the Nazi era, Arabs were under no immigration limits. Arabs flooded into the Holy Land to help the British keep out the Jews.
Obadiah notes in his indictment:
“Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity;” (v 13)
Let’s tick off the charges in Obadiah’s indictment and see if there is any validity to identifying ‘Edom’ with the Palestinian Arabs of the last days.
Verse 10 indicts Edom of violence against ‘thy brother, Jacob’. Jacob’s descendents are modern Israel.
Verse 12 indicts Edom for celebrating Israel’s catastrophes; “Neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.”
Compare that verse to images of chanting crowds of Palestinians dancing for joy at the news of a new bombing attack against Israeli civilians. Or the cheering crowds that celebrated Saddam’s missile attacks on Israel during the 1991 Gulf War.
Verse 13 indicts Edom for ‘entering the gates of my people’. When the British Mandate ended in 1948, the Arabs immediately seized the Old City of Jerusalem.
It took until 1967 for the Jews to re-take the city. They still have no control over the Jewish Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Jerusalem, and the Temple Mount, remain at the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict, as God said they would.
Verse 14 indicts Edom for handing over Jews in their day of trouble. Verse 21 says that, in the last days, “Saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’s.”
The mount of Esau upon the mount of Zion can only refer to the al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. And completing Obadiah’s identification of Edom as the Palestinian people is his mention of the emblem of the Palestinian Authority.
“Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.”
The PA’s official emblem is the eagle.
In verses 10-11 of Obadiah, the prophet jumps forward to the last days. He writes: “Shall I not in that day, saith the LORD, even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau? And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter.”
The word ‘Teman’ means south. And the ‘mount of Esau’, in context, is located on mount Zion. Let’s take another look at what the verse is saying. “Your mighty allies in the south (the Saudis?) will be neutralized, and those who try to keep possession of al Aqsa will be slaughtered.”
In verse 11, Obadiah writes, “For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.”
But how strong a case does Obadiah make for ‘Edom’ being representative of the modern Palestinian people? The word rendered chosen by Obadiah and rendered in English as ‘violence’ in verse 11 is translated from the Hebrew word ‘chamac.’
‘Chamac’ transliterated into modern Hebrew, is pronounced, ‘Hamas’.
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Increased Knowledge In The Last Days—The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly – By Tim Moore - https://harbingersdaily.com/increased-knowledge-in-the-last-days-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/
Mankind has leveraged technology since leaving the Garden of Eden — in the sense that he has always applied knowledge to solve practical problems.
Knowledge, in and of itself, can be good or bad. The knowledge of good and evil was acquired through disobedience to God lead to Him banning Adam and Eve from the Garden and placing the entire creation under the curse. Later, God revealed His plan of judgment to Noah and provided specific instructions that equipped him to build an ark and escape the coming deluge.
As men began to repopulate the earth, their flagrant arrogance and pride led them to attempt to build a great tower that would reaching Heaven. The technology of the day involved fire-hardened bricks and grandiose construction aspirations. Scripture tells us the motivation was to “make a name” and avoid being “scattered over the face of the whole earth” — directly contradicting to God’s first command to mankind.
Over the following millennia, mankind mastered technology far beyond mud bricks. The technological advances that we take for granted today would strain the imagination of our forebears. And the pace at which technological advancement has skyrocketed exponentially in recent years is staggering. When observed through the lens of a biblical worldview, the Signs of Technology are shouting that Jesus is coming soon.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Like the category of Spiritual Signs, the Signs of Technology include both good and bad signs, as well as some that are downright ugly. After all, who can deny the blessing of air-conditioning, internal combustion engines, and photography?
Another example would be modern medicine. Would anyone like to revert to the medical practices of the 17 and 1800s? George Washington’s death was likely accelerated by the bloodletting his doctors utilized to relieve the vapors that were vexing him.
Standing in the rotunda of the Kentucky capitol is a statue of Ephraim McDonnell. He is considered the father of abdominal surgery because he performed an operation to remove a 22-pound ovarian cyst from a woman — without anesthesia! Most visitors overlook the depiction of the cyst in a bowl at McDowell’s feet. That woman, who sang hymns throughout her surgery and afterward rode home on horseback, deserves a statue!
Clearly, some aspects of the good ole days were not particularly desirable.
Early in my adult life, I was trained as a pilot. The strides in technology within the field of aviation are mind-boggling. Powered flight is less than 120 years old, yet we have advanced far beyond the Wright brothers’ unprecedented 12-second, 120-foot flight. Every pilgrimage trip Lamb & Lion Ministries hosts proves that point. We get on an airplane and wing our way to Israel in a matter of hours — a journey that took Mark Twain many weeks by steamship just 150 years ago.
But how does technology tie into God’s prophetic Word? In many more ways than meets the eye — if you apply spiritual discernment.
A Tool for Evangelism
From a Biblical perspective, man’s greatest challenge is spiritual in nature. If we don’t overcome our sin problem, no other accomplishment matters. And no technology exists to reconcile sinful man with a Holy God. Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ does that. Any aid to expanding and sharing the Gospel is certainly a tool to be utilized. Still, it is misguided to revere the tool instead of seizing its usefulness.
Paul did not spend time lauding the Roman network of roads and seagoing transportation — even as he took advantage of those technologies to propagate the Gospel. And make no mistake; the Romans took full advantage of the technology available to them at the time. From construction techniques to military applications, Roman engineering was world-renowned. To this day, the standard railroad gauge in most of the Western world is 4 feet, 8.5 inches — the width of an Imperial Roman chariot.
Similarly, although we do not idolize the technology that serves us today, we are grateful for transcontinental air travel that makes Israel pilgrimages possible, television and satellite communications that allow us to broadcast to millions of homes, and Internet capability that connects us with many millions simultaneously. God’s prophetic Word clearly foretold many of these technological advances.
When the Lord revealed distant visions of future events to Daniel, He told the great prophet that understanding would not come until the end of time, when “many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase” (Daniel 12:4). Daniel expressed curiosity about all the events he was witnessing. God’s responded, “Go your way Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end of time” (Daniel 12:9). He promised that those with insight would understand when the time is right.
With the explosion of globe-trotting transportation and the exponential growth of human knowledge (sadly lacking wisdom most of the time), it seems as if we are at the threshold of the “end of time” that the Lord spoke about.
A State of Terror - By Jack Kinsella - https://www.raptureforums.com/jack-kinsella/a-state-of-terror/
Note: Even though this article was written in 2005, it is still relevant to what’s happening now!
A reader took exception to my characterization of a Palestinian state as a ‘terrorist state’ and emailed me to tell me so.
The Palestinians, he explained, were only using terror because they have no other weapon with which to fight against Israeli ‘occupation’ of Palestinian lands.
The Israelis bring the terror upon themselves, argued my correspondent. Palestinian terror is the result of resistance to Israeli occupation. Remove the occupation and the resistance will end. Etc., etc., ad nauseam.
The argument sounds plausible enough. It seems to be the logic behind the shift of US support to a return to the 1949 armistice lines as a final solution to the conflict under the terms of the US-inspired Road Map to Peace effort.
End what the Arabs define as ‘the occupation’ ie; a return to the 1949 Armistice lines, and there will nothing for the resistance to resist. Peace at last! Simple.
In reality the argument breezes right by ‘simple’ — not stopping until it gets to ‘stupid’. The argument is ‘stupid’ — but it is built on what would more rightly be termed willful ignorance.
In the years between 1949 and 1967, Israel stayed within the 1949 Armistice lines now being championed as the solution to terrorism against Israel. There was no ‘occupation’ to resist.
The 1949 Armistice lines gave what is today called ‘occupied Palestinian territory’ in what the Jews call Judea and Samaria to Jordan. Jerusalem was divided into Jordanian East Jerusalem and Israeli West Jerusalem.
The Gaza Strip was, according to the agreed-on 1949 Armistice lines, given to Egypt. Jordanians settled in their territory and Egypt sent settlers into theirs to establish possession. There was no territory under dispute that was ‘occupied’ in any meaningful sense.
The world had accepted the 1949 lines and the existence of the State of Israel as a legally established member state of the United Nations, whether the Arabs accepted it philosophically or not.
Remember, the issue under discussion is the removal of the ‘occupation’ as a solution to Arab ‘resistance’.
In the years 1951-1955, while Israel was inside the 1949 Armistice lines and there was neither an ‘occupation’ nor a ‘resistance’ 503 Israelis were killed in terrorist attacks emanating from the Jordanian West Bank.
Another 358 Israelis were killed in terrorist attacks emanating from Egypt’s Gaza Strip.
Terrorist attacks launched from Lebanon and Syria killed another 61 Israelis. Then, as now, the majority of the attacks were launched against population centers and the majority of the targets were innocent Israeli civilians.
For example, on June 11, 1953 terrorists attacked a young couple in their home in Kfar Hess, and shot them to death. The victims weren’t collateral damage of a ‘legitimate act of resistance’ to some ‘illegal occupation’ — they were a young couple planning a life together in their own country who were deliberately targeted and murdered.
On March 17, 1954, terrorists ambushed a bus traveling from Eilat to Tel Aviv, and opened fire at short range when the bus reached the area of Maale Akrabim in the northern Negev. In the initial ambush, the terrorists killed the driver and wounded most of the passengers.
The terrorists then boarded the bus, and shot each passenger, one by one. Eleven passengers died in the attack. Survivors said the terrorists spat on the bodies of their victims. The attack was launched from Jordan’s West Bank.
In 1957, a kibbutz farmer was killed and two others wounded by a Jordanian landmine; another was killed from ambush as he worked in the fields.
In 1958, two fishermen were shot and killed as they fished; a motorist was ambushed near Sharon…this wasn’t resistance to an ‘occupation’.
It was a ‘resistance’ to the existence of the State of Israel.
In 1965, TWO YEARS BEFORE the Six Days’ War that created the so-called ‘occupation’ that is the alleged justification for Palestinian ‘resistance’, Yasser Arafat’s Fatah attempted its first terrorist operation against Israel when it tried to bomb Israel’s National Water Carrier.
Israel was in 1965 still within the 1949 Armistice lines, the so-called ‘occupied territories’ were part of Jordan, but the “Palestine Liberation Organization” was already in existence.
Here’s a brain-teaser. If Jordan and Egypt were in possession of the so-called ‘occupied’ territories in 1965, and if the Palestine Liberation Organization’s first attack was against Israel and NOT Jordan, then where is the ‘Palestine’ that Fatah was created to ‘liberate’?
I’ll wait and give you a few seconds to think about it.
Ready? I want you to get this, so I am typing slowly…the ‘Palestine’ that the PLO was created to ‘liberate’ — the ‘occupied territory’ against which the Palestinians are ‘resisting’…is the Israel that existed as defined by the 1949 Armistice lines.
We return, for a moment, to my original assessment that the ‘simple’ solution slid past ‘simple’ and all the way to ‘stupid’ — it doesn’t sound so harsh anymore.
The ‘occupation’ created by the capture of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967 is a smokescreen.
That isn’t to say that the PA doesn’t want the ‘occupied territories’ of Judea, Samaria and Gaza — but they are a means to an end, not the end itself.
The ethnic cleansing of Jews from the territories outside the 1949 Armistice lines is only the first step in the greater historical goal of the ethnic cleansing of Jews from the “Palestine” the PLO was created to ‘liberate’. Israel.
In the thirty years from 1960 to 1990, 704 Israelis died from terrorist attacks, including terror attacks against Israeli targets abroad.
In 1993, Israel signed its ‘memorandum of understanding’ with Yasser Arafat that resulted in Israel’s disastrous policy of trading portions of the captured territory to Palestinian control in exchange for peace with the Palestinians.
Over the course of seven years, the deal expanded until what began as a deal to give the PA limited autonomy over Jericho became all the West Bank, the Gaza strip, and a demand that Israel withdraw to within the pre-1967 borders.
How much peace did Israel get in exchange for trading away half its territory? From the signing of the Declaration of Principles outlining the exchange of land for peace until Arafat launched the Oslo War in September 2000, 256 Israelis were killed in terrorist attacks. That’s a period of precisely seven years.
In the preceding thirty years of terror that brought Israel to its knees, 704 Israelis were killed. Averaged over the decades, ummm, 704 divided by three decades…that’s an average of 234 victims of terrorist attacks per decade.
‘Peace’, therefore, killed more Israelis in seven years than war did, on average, in the preceding thirty years!
The ‘peace’ for Israel ended when Arafat rejected a settlement that was tantamount to an Israeli surrender to demands that were beyond his wildest dreams when Oslo was first signed in 1993.
Arafat’s rejection of the Camp David Accords, a virtual surrender to Palestinian terror, has, as of April, killed more than 1,058 Israelis, again, mostly innocent civilians deliberately selected as targets.
The Oslo formula of trading land for peace has therefore resulted in more Israeli deaths from terrorism since September 1993 than all the terrorist attacks from 1949 to 1993 combined.
Here is the interesting thing about this whole thing. At least, it is the thing that stands out as the most inexplicable part of it. It isn’t selective propaganda — it is recent history.
Sixty years isn’t that long a period of time, but it is evidently long enough for selective propaganda to create a mythical Palestinian people out of displaced Jordanian and Egyptian terrorists.
But Oslo was only twelve years ago. And the terrorism continues unabated. And somehow, history is being revised as it happens.
The Palestinian intentions are clear and unmistakable. They are borne out by history, year by year, for each of Israel’s fifty-seven years of continual conflict against an enemy whose goal is Israel’s annihilation.
During the 1967 War, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir stood before the global press corps to defend the war, saying, “the Arabs can fight, and lose, and come back to fight another day. Israel can only lose once.”
I’ve yet to hear anybody mount a logical argument to the contrary.
None of this is unknown to the leaders of the European Union. Or the leaders of the Russian Federation. Or the diplomats at the United Nations.
One would think that even the United States government might have analysts clever enough to detect a pattern here and realize the objective isn’t Palestinian statehood but Israeli annihilation.
So it can’t be chalked up to ignorance in the usual sense. It is willful ignorance. Deliberate, willful ignorance adopted by a conscious choice to ignore the facts and participate instead in what is, in the final analysis, a global conspiracy against Israel’s existence.
The chosen target for the coming flashpoint is Jerusalem. Since there isn’t a world leader on the planet who doesn’t have analysts who can see the same thing we can, they know that forcing Israel back behind 1949 lines won’t end the terror. And they also know that Israel will not surrender East Jerusalem by accepting the imposition of the 1949 Armistice lines.
Two thousand, five hundred years ago, (think of it!) the prophet Zechariah described the events that would lead up to the coming of Israel’s Messiah.
“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me Whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10)
Zechariah was probably born in Babylon and was among those priests who returned to Jerusalem after the Captivity in the group led by Zerubbabel. This would place the beginning of Zechariah’s work as a prophet around the month of November, 520 BC.
In his lifetime, ‘Israel’ had not existed for two hundred years. Judah was under Persian occupation. The Temple had been destroyed and Jerusalem was in ruins.
From that vantage point in history, Zechariah described Israel’s political situation in the last generation before the coming of the Messiah.
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 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.
In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.” (Zechariah 12:2-4)
Jerusalem as a burdensome stone, a place that causes all the people around to tremble. Check.
All the nations that ‘burden’ themselves with Jerusalem to be cut into pieces. Hmmm…US support for Israel is the stated cause of 9/11 and the subsequent war on terror. Check.
‘All the people of the earth gathered against it.’ Sadly, that now appears to be true. Check.
Zechariah predicted God would smite those who ride against Jerusalem with madness. Hmmmm. (again)
The Palestinian Authority has more or less global support for the creation of an openly terrorist state dedicated to Israel’s destruction existing side by side with Israel.
Provided Israel surrenders Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and the rest of Judaism holiest places. Madness? Check again!
There are two conclusions one can draw. The first is that this is quite a coincidence. Simply amazing. What a great guess! If the coincidence theory leaves you flat, that leaves only one remaining conclusion.
Jesus is coming. And He is coming soon.
Daily Jot: The Catholic Church’s Priest Problem - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
The Roman Catholic Church has a systemic problem with its priests—sexual abuse of minors. Adding to the thousands having been sexually abused by priests in the United States, Chile, Australia, Ireland and France, is Spain. Spain’s human rights ombudsman presented a report to the Spanish parliament October 27th indicating that more than one in 200 Spaniards may have been sexually abused by Catholic Church priests since the 1940’s. Given Spain’s population of roughly 47 million (a little larger than California), that amounts to about 235,000 victims where some 61% of Spaniards identify as Roman Catholic. The Catholic Spanish Episcopal Conference said the reports “do not correspond to the truth.”
But the Spanish parliament heard a different story. The parliament commissioned the Spanish Ombudsman to conduct an investigation beginning in July 2022 into allegations of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and the role of public authorities. Over 8,000 people were surveyed, victims were interviewed and public reports were investigated according to the Ombudsman’s report. The report states that while some Catholic Church representatives were cooperative, the bulk of the Church was defensive and “refused to collaborate with the investigation.” The report documents that records of sexual abuse were not kept by the church “even when offenders were named by several victims.”
The report stated: “There is a great deal of evidence that sexual abuse within the Catholic Church is a serious social and public healthcare issue that has caused a great deal of harm. The seriousness of the phenomenon at a social level stems not only from how intensely the victims have suffered, but also from the number of people who have been affected and how their trust, and the trust of a large number of people, has been betrayed by an institution that has clearly exercised power and moral authority… The issue of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has affected boys, girls and adolescents in particular and must be viewed in the context of the issue of child sex abuse and, more specifically, victimization in institutional contexts.” The report said that some 64.6% of the victims were male.
The report said: “At least from an official standpoint, the Catholic Church’s response has long been characterized by denial and attempts to downplay the issue.” Accordingly, Spain’s Catholic Church reacted to the report first, by trying to discredit the report by calling the numbers untruthful—a polite way of saying they were a lie. Second, by issuing a feckless statement rather than a direct apology. Cardinal Juan Jose Omella told reporters, “I reiterate the petition for pardon to the victims for this pain.” In the US, the Baltimore Diocese is declaring bankruptcy to avoid future sex abuse claims. In Mark 9:42 Christ said, “And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.” How much tithe money perpetuates this evil and stains the hands of givers?
Daily Devotion: It’s How You Finish - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. —Philippians 2:16
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/its-how-you-finish-2/ - Listen
The most important part of the race is the finish line. Yes, the start is important, but you can have a bad start and still finish well. However, if you finish badly, it doesn’t matter how well you started. You’re simply tired, and it was all for nothing. Finishing is everything.
In Acts 20, the apostle Paul talked about finishing the race of life well. He said, “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God” (verse 24 NLT).
When we’re young, we may think that we’re just starting our race. But we don’t know how long our lives will be. That is why we want to run the race of life well. And the objective is to finish well too.
In the New Kings James Version of this verse, Paul says that he wants to finish his race “with joy.” Some Christians have lost their joy. They may have started off their race with joy, but then something happened to them.
Maybe they lost interest in the things of God or other things crowded out their relationship with the Lord. They still do the things that they should as a Christian, but they’re simply going through the motions. And they’re not happy about it.
They need to pray, like the psalmist David, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you” (Psalm 51:12 NLT).
For the Christian, the race of life is not a sprint; it’s a long-distance run.
As Hebrews encourages us, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith” (12:1–2 NLT).
Paul warned about looking back in this race. He said, “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Philippians 3:13–14 NLT).
You can’t run a good race if you’re looking over your shoulder. You can trip and fall. Don’t look wistfully at the sinful things you used to do. Put it behind you.
Here’s how to run the race well and finish it well: Run it for Jesus. Don’t run it for people. Don’t run it out of mere duty. You have an audience of one. Jesus Christ Himself is watching you. So run for Him.
Don’t just start your race well. Finish it well. And finish it with joy.
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