Living Alongside Adversaries Who’s Greatest Aspiration Is To Eradicate Your Nation And People – By Tim Moore - https://harbingersdaily.com/living-alongside-adversaries-whos-greatest-aspiration-is-to-eradicate-your-nation-and-people/
In the classic musical, Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye looks to heaven and exclaims, “I know, I know. We are Your chosen people. But, once in a while, can’t You choose someone else?”
Most of us have never been viscerally hated for who we are. We have not lived alongside people who proclaim their greatest aspiration is to eradicate our nation and our families. Welcome to the reality of Israeli Jews.
On October 7th, the long-declared intention of Hamas was carried out with murderous results. For a few traumatic hours, a few thousand Hamas terrorists and other Palestinian opportunists rampaged in southern Israel. They massacred over 1,400 men, women, and children, wounded scores more, and kidnapped 242 people—dragging them back to Gaza and imprisoning them in an underground warren of terror tunnels. Even now, the fate of those hostages remains maddeningly unclear.
To understand the biblical and prophetic implications of this attack—and the ensuing War in Gaza—we need to consider the who, what, when, where, and why.
The terror organization behind this most recent atrocity is Hamas. The word “Hamas” is an acronym for Harakat al-Muqawama al-Isamiya (Islamic Resistance Movement). It emerged in the 1980s as a spin-off of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine. Palestinian cleric Sheikh Ahmed Yassin brought the militant activism of the Muslim Brotherhood from Egypt to the West Bank and Gaza after the Six Day War in 1967.
Following the first Intifada (launched by Yassir Arafat in 1987), Yassin asserted Hamas’ political influence—initially standing in opposition to both Arafat’s Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad but demonstrating a willingness to engage in dramatically more violent attacks against Israel. In 1988 Hamas published its charter promising a “very great and very serious” struggle against the Jews. It committed itself to vanquishing the enemy in order to “raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine.”
The single-minded fixation of Hamas—along with Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Islamic State (or ISIS)—to annihilate the Jews has at times led to pitched rivalries with their fellow Muslims. That is why Hamas competed with the Fatah (the political wing of the Palestinian Authority) for control of the Gaza Strip in 2005 when Israel unilaterally withdrew its military under pressure from the Bush Administration. Following Arafat’s death, the PA was no competition for Hamas’ more extreme ideology. As it consolidated power, Hamas militants murdered Fatah leaders. Tellingly, a majority of Palestinians in Gaza affirmed Hamas’ radical leadership, handing Hamas 56% of the seats in their Gazan parliament.
Almost immediately, Hamas demonstrated its intention to incite more violence against Israel. It quickly drew the ire of even Arab countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. Egypt had firsthand knowledge of the radical Muslim Brotherhood and its destabilizing influence in its own country, and did not want any part of an even more dangerous organization.
Fast-forward to this past October. Some in the West expressed shock that Hamas had squandered millions in aid intended to benefit the people of Gaza in pursuit of its war against Israel. While Gazans live in squalor, Hamas militants amassed thousands of rockets, built 300 miles of terror tunnels, and prepared to launch its all-out attack on Israel. But Hamas spokesman Taher El-Nounou was quite candid when he confessed, “Hamas’s goal is not to run Gaza and to bring it water and electricity and such. I hope that the state of war with Israel will become permanent on all the borders, and that the Arab world will stand with us.”
Although fraught with internal divisions of their own, the major Arab nations around Israel have declined to adopt the radical position of Hamas. In fact, they have made it rather clear that they would like to see Israel excise this infectious cancer. Exceptions have included Syria—a long-standing and rabid foe of Israel, Yemen, and Qatar. Qatar has been particularly duplicitous throughout, because they allow the string-pulling heads of Hamas—Ismail Haniyeh, Moussa Abu Marzuk, and Khaled Mashal—to live in luxury and security. American news outlets have reported that those three Hamas leaders are worth over $11 billion. They have enriched themselves while relegating the Palestinian people to refugee camps and poverty, even as they funnel millions toward terror against Israel and the West.
But as evil as Hamas is, it is not alone. Hezbollah has overrun south Lebanon and has even more weapons, more fighters, and more support from the financier of most Middle Eastern terrorism today: Iran.
From a biblical perspective, Hamas and Hezbollah would consider themselves Arab organizations. As such, they trace their lineage back to Abraham’s son Ishmael. In Genesis 16:11-12, God told Hagar that her son would be a: “wild donkey of a man” and that: “his hand will be against everyone.” To this day, that prophetic word lives on in an oft-quoted Arab proverb:
Me against my brothers. Me and my brothers against my cousins. Me and my family against the tribe. Me and my tribe against the world.
Many of the details of October 7th are well-established. In a surprisingly coordinated attack, Hamas militants pierced the security fence separating Israel from Gaza and rampaged through several Israeli towns and villages. They quickly overwhelmed a local military outpost and police station, rendering the civilian population virtually defenseless.
Many people have speculated on how Hamas could plan such a complicated mission without the vaunted Israeli intelligence organizations getting wind of the plan. But Hamas’ operational security was exceeded only by their audacity and blood-lust. Utilizing drone technology, paragliders, sea-borne craft, and motorcycle-mounted gunmen, Hamas terrorists first blinded the electronic monitoring equipment and then began their murderous rampage.
An inevitable Israeli investigation will determine just how such an intelligence failure occurred. From a military perspective, it is obvious that Israel’s reliance on high-tech gear and smug self-confidence in the face of constant boastful but unfulfilled threats had led to complacency. There is another uniquely Western attitude that was certainly at play: an inability to recognize that the enemy is as ruthless as their words would indicate.
So, when the first wave of militants blinded the IDF’s local surveillance equipment (and reports are already being circulated that women IDF soldiers monitoring that equipment warned of a possible attack but were ignored), following waves were able to range throughout the region of Israel surrounding Gaza with no resistance.
What has also become obvious in recent weeks is that scores of Palestinian civilians streamed through the breaches in the border fence to engage in atrocities. Some of the most horrific mutilations of dead Israelis was at the hands of those radicalized Gazans civilians.
Once again, it is difficult to understand hatred that is incited from birth. We cannot conceive of teaching our children that their greatest aspiration should be to die while killing Jews. But that is the undeniable ideology of those who cheered when Hamas terrorists brought dead, wounded, and helpless people back to Gaza from their assault into Israel.
This latest war began on October 7th—exactly 50 years and a day after Egyptian and Syrian forces launched the Yom Kippur War—but the reverberations continue to this day. It is likely that the War in Gaza will continue for some time. For its part, Israel has been clear about its intention to destroy Hamas—a feat that will take months or years to accomplish (if it can be done at all).
What complicates every war Israel has fought is the pressure that is brought to bear by the world at large. In 1948, the world did not intervene when Israel was threatened with annihilation by five Arab armies. In 1956, Great Britain and France did not keep Israel from bearing the brunt of Egypt’s attacks even though they had instigated the war in a secret pact with Israel.
In 1967, the world did not feel any compulsion to intervene while Abdul Nassar was falsely claiming to be devastating the Jewish nation. But it forced Israel to stop the war after six days when it realized the forces of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan had been defeated so soundly. When it became obvious that Israel had the upper hand, the United Nations insisted on a cessation of hostilities.
Even in 1973, the United States only intervened once it became apparent Israel was in such dire straits that it was considering a nuclear option. And the rest of the world only became concerned and demanded a ceasefire when Israel turned the tide against Egypt and Syria and was driving toward Cairo and Damascus.
This war is no different. The outpouring of support for Israel from the West has already waned dramatically. America and its European allies are quite alarmed at the possibility of this conflict widening to encompass the entire Middle East. And they are all mired in internal protests from loud and violent Muslim and Progressive agitators. Our own President Biden, who declared “America stands with Israel” when they began their own just war, has wavered in his support due to political pressure from Leftists in the Democratic party. [The Squad Stands with Hamas]
By mid-November, I became personally aware that the Biden Administration was attempting to stop the transfer of defensive gear like bulletproof vests and helmets to Israeli citizens. So much for standing with Israel.
Prophetically, we know that the remaining Jewish diaspora will be motivated to return home to Israel. This war may spark a mass Aliyah. [Aliyah = “Going Up”, a Jew returning to Israel] But we also know all the nations of the world will come against Israel in the End Times. Rising Antisemitism in the West is providing the motivation for the diaspora to return, and the rapidly shifting sands of political expediency demonstrate why the nations will turn against God’s chosen people when they are fully regathered to their ancient homeland.
The accelerating pace of world events is yet another sign that we are living in the End Times. The wars forecast in Scripture may materialize very soon—and in rapid succession.
But this moment in time also demonstrates that the ramifications of this war extend far beyond the borders of Gaza or Israel.
Will The Assassination of The Brother-In-Law of The Leader of Hezbollah Take Us Into The Next Chapter Of World War 3? - by Michael Snyder - https://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/will-the-assassination-of-the-brother-in-law-of-the-leader-of-hezbollah-take-us-into-the-next-chapter-of-world-war-3/
How is this cycle of escalation going to end? Each day, either Hezbollah or Israel is escalating matters to a dangerous new level. A war between the two parties has already begun, and at this point I don’t see any way to avoid a full-blown regional war that will result in tremendous death and destruction. Many had been hoping that cooler heads would prevail in 2024, but instead this new year has started with a series of very alarming escalations…
In the last week alone, an Israeli airstrike has killed a Hezbollah commander in Lebanon, Hezbollah struck a sensitive Israeli base with rockets and Israel killed a senior Hamas militant with an airstrike in Beirut.
Each strike and counterstrike increases the risk of the catastrophic war in Gaza spilling across the region.
In the decades-old standoff pitting the U.S. and Israel against Iran and allied militant groups, there are fears that any party could trigger a wider war if only to avoid appearing weak. A U.S. airstrike killed an Iran-backed militia leader in Baghdad last week, and the U.S. Navy recently traded fire with Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in the Red Sea.
We are so close to the edge now.
Is there still any hope that we could avoid the unthinkable?
It is being reported that the Biden administration is working very hard to prevent “a full-blown war from erupting”…
President Biden has dispatched his top aides to the Middle East with a critical objective: Prevent a full-blown war from erupting between Israel and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
Israel has made clear it views as untenable the regular exchange of fire between its forces and Hezbollah along the border and may soon launch a major military operation in Lebanon.
“We prefer the path of an agreed-upon diplomatic settlement,” Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Friday, “but we are getting close to the point where the hourglass will turn over.”
After everything that has happened, the Israeli government will not be satisfied until all Hezbollah forces are north of the Litani River.
And Hezbollah will never withdraw north of the Litani River willingly, and so the IDF will be used to drive them back.
Needless to say, once the IDF moves into southern Lebanon events will start to move very, very quickly.
On Monday, a senior Hezbollah commander that was reportedly the mastermind behind the missile attack on Meron Air Force Base in northern Israel was killed by an Israeli strike in southern Lebanon…
An Israeli strike on south Lebanon today killed a senior commander in Hezbollah’s elite Radwan force, escalating fears that the conflict between Israel and Hamas could spiral into a wider Middle East war.
Wissam Hassan Tawil, the deputy head of a unit within the Radwan force, died alongside another Hezbollah fighter when their car, a Honda SUV, was targeted in a strike on the Lebanese village of Majdal Selm.
He was the highest-ranking Hezbollah member to be killed since Israel and the Lebanese group began exchanging cross-border fire following Hamas’ October 7 attacks.
But this wasn’t just some random Hezbollah military leader.
It is being widely reported that he was actually the brother-in-law of Hassan Nasrallah…
The top Hezbollah commander Wissam Hassan Tawil was killed in a roadside bomb attack targeting his car in southern Lebanon today.
Tawil was the brother-in-law of the head of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah.
Up to this point, Nasrallah has been hesitant to pull the trigger on a full-blown war with Israel.
But now a member of his own family has been assassinated.
So what will he do now?
More Hezbollah fighters are dying with each passing day. In fact, we are being told that a total of 130 Hezbollah fighters have died so far…
Since Hamas launched its unprecedented terror attack on southern Israel on Oct. 7, there have been almost daily exchanges of fire along the Israel-Lebanon border between Hezbollah militants and Israeli forces.
At least 175 people have been killed in Lebanon, including 130 Hezbollah fighters, according to the AFP news agency. At least nine soldiers and four civilians have been killed in northern Israel, according to officials in the country, and thousands have been evacuated from their homes in border communities due to the ongoing fighting.
Sadly, this is just the very beginning.
The war in the Middle East is still only in the very early chapters, and so much death and destruction are ahead.
Meanwhile, the situation on the border between North Korea and South Korea has gotten so tense that the South Koreans have actually ordered the evacuation of Yeonpyeong Island…
South Korea has ordered civilians on the western border island of Yeonpyeong Island to evacuate to shelters, officials said Friday, amid apparent signs of a military provocation by North Korea.
The emergency evacuation order was given at 12:02 p.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. on Friday at the request of the South Korean military, according to the local county office.
I don’t think that North Korea is on the verge of invading just yet, but if the U.S. is distracted by multiple conflicts elsewhere in the world the North Koreans may see an opportunity to make a move.
The war in Ukraine is also heating up, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has publicly identified the U.S. and other western powers as the real enemy of Russia…
Russian president Vladimir Putin has claimed the West is the real “enemy” as his invasion of Ukraine approaches its second anniversary.
The former KGB operative, who is seeking re-election in March, claimed forces in western countries including the US and Britain were working to destroy “Russian statehood” – and providing weapons to Ukraine to ensure the world’s largest country suffered a “strategic defeat” on the battlefield.
While speaking to a wounded soldier at a military hospital, Putin claimed that “Ukraine itself is not our enemy”.
He added: “The point is not that they (the West) are helping our enemy. They are our enemy.
We are living in a time of wars and rumors of wars, and the U.S. military may be required to fight more than one major war simultaneously.
Is our military prepared for that?
Of course not.
In fact, the size of the U.S. Army has fallen to the lowest level since 1940…
By the end of 2023, there will be only 452,000 active-duty soldiers in the US Army, the smallest force since 1940, Defense News recently reported.
In this vein, the international military news outlet pointed to recruiting shortfalls in the U.S. Army that could result in 3,000 Army Special Operations troops being cut before the end of this year.
Once upon a time we had the greatest military machine on the entire planet.
But at this stage the U.S. military has been transformed into a politically-correct joke that is really good at conducting diversity seminars and pride marches.
Now World War 3 has begun, and I have a feeling that we are going to pay a very great price for allowing our military to decline so precipitously.
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Why Not Nuclear? – Terry James - https://terryjamesprophecyline.com/2024/01/08/why-not-nuclear/
Reading Salem Kirban’s novel, 666, many decades ago, I was somewhat incredulous that he portrayed the Ezekiel 38–39 Gog-Magog attack on Israel as he did. The author had it that the Russian-led coalition came down into the area on horseback—and with more or less primitive weapons, exactly as the prophet described. There were no modern-day weapons.
The reason only primitive weapons were used, he gave as a new heat-ray development of some sort. I can’t remember the exact technology. The heat-ray technology, a laser of some sort, I suppose, heated up the metal and fuel, making the advanced weapons—the tanks, aircraft, even the hand-held weapons—too hot to handle, I guess. So the force had to invade using mostly wooden or non-heat-affected weaponry. Neither human flesh nor horseflesh could be affected by the weapon, as I remember.
This article is intended to look a bit into why Ezekiel’s Gog-Magog prophecy does in fact seem to say, on the surface at least, that there one modern weapon will be absent from the invading force’s repertoire.
The force doesn’t use nuclear weapons, according to the prophecy. The force seems to be strictly conventional.
Many have conjectured that this is because the Gog leader has in his mind the evil thought to come and take “great spoil” from Israel. Petroleum and natural gas, it is thought by many–myself included—might be the chief spoil on which the invaders place their crosshairs. Thermonuclear weapons would: 1) destroy any and all things in their path, and/or would contaminate things for centuries with radiological contamination; and 2) ignite all petroleum/gas assets except, perhaps, for those underwater in the Mediterranean.
Israel now has vast such fields, and this is, some believe–again, including me—the reason a Russian leader would want to plunder those assets. Israel almost certainly is more and more to be supplying all of Europe, while Russian oil and gas seems to be a diminishing commodity–especially since the obviously American-inspired, and perhaps carried out, destruction of the Russian underwater pipeline some years ago.
Another important matter in looking at the question of why no nuclear weapons’ usage during the Gog-Magog assault is the current situation with regard to Iran’s uranium enrichment program. This is of utmost concern to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He has vowed that Iran will not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapons arsenal–or even one bomb.
It’s a matter, literally, of life and death to the Jewish state, according to Netanyahu and most all of the IDF general staff.
We who believe God’s prophetic Word is absolutely Infallible know that Israel will never be destroyed–by any weaponry brought against it–nuclear or otherwise. But, apparently, for all the Israeli Defense Force people we know about, they don’t hold the same view. I’m sure there are some who believe Israel is invincible due to God’s promises, but for the most part those in charge of Israel’s defense look through a nonspiritual prism in their planning and concerns.
To that point, consider the following:
Iran recently tripled its enrichment of uranium to 60%, reversing a slowdown earlier this year, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Tuesday.
Tehran has “increased its production of highly enriched uranium, reversing a previous output reduction from mid-2023,” said the U.N. watchdog, summarizing a confidential report sent to member states and obtained by Reuters.
Iran is enriching uranium up to 60% at the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant (PFEP) in Natanz and at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant (FFEP), which is located deep in a mountain, according to the report…
Iran already has enough enough high-enriched uranium, if enriched further to 90%, to make three nuclear bombs, Reuters reported, citing the International Atomic Energy Agency’s theoretical definition…
Uranium enriched to 60% purity is just a short technical step away from 90%, considered weapons-grade…
Israeli National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi warned in September that Jerusalem will have no choice but to act if Iran enriches uranium above 60% purity.
“If Iran moves to enrich uranium above 60% and we identify it—and there is no possibility that we won’t, that the world would not recognize it—the result is that Israel would act out of necessity,” said Hanegbi. “There would be no choice” (“IAEA: Iran accelerates production of near-weapons-grade uranium,” 12/26/23, JNS)
Iran’s nuclear centrifuges are, it is said, deep in the Bushehr Mountains to protect against attacks. Israel has in the past inflicted cyberattacks that disrupted Iran’s progress in doing their nuclear production work.
The Bushehr facilities are also used to hide progress from the AIEA investigations, as the above report in its full scope indicates.
We have written previously that Bible prophecy says this area of Persia (Iran) will be so devastated that people will have to scatter to places far away. Is this nuclear contamination from an attack Israel is almost certainly about to launch?
That would explain why Iran, as part of the Gog-Magog coalition, would be without nuclear weaponry. But Russia would continue at that time to have its arsenal of nukes, it seems. So it remains a mystery why there is apparently no advanced nuclear-type weapons in the coming Ezekiel 38–39 assault on God’s chosen nation.
Maybe Kirban will be proven factual with his fiction. However, my own thought is that, as God will intervene to save Israel from the Gog-Magog forces, He will cause any and all such thermonuclear weaponry that might be launched toward Jerusalem to stray from Israel’s direction and instead land on the Magog environs and on the isles, as those areas are indicated in the prophecy to suffer “fires” of some mysterious sort.
And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD. So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. (Ezekiel 39:6–7)
Here, I believe the Holy Spirit urges me to appeal to you if you are a nonbeliever. Jesus is the answer to all of your anxieties, to all of your worries. He is willing and ready to forgive all sin that separates you from God the Father in Heaven. Simply do the following. I have put it in today’s English, rather than the King James Version.
(If you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart (your mind and spirit) that God has raised him (Jesus) from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart men and women believe and are made righteous by God, and with your mouth confession is made that saves you from sin and its consequences, which separate the soul of unbelievers from God for eternity. (This is my paraphrase of Romans 10:9–10)
Prophetic Mega-Trends Reshaping Our World In 2024 – By Mark Hitchcock - https://harbingersdaily.com/prophetic-mega-trends-reshaping-our-world-in-2024/
AI, China’s impact on global events, upcoming elections, major developments in Israel, and many more events are shaping the world in 2024. I would like to provide a brief overview of what I consider “six mega-trends” for the upcoming year, which carry important prophetic significance.
#1 — Artificial Intelligence
The first prophetic mega-trend that I see is AI. Artificial intelligence has really come on the scene in a dramatic way over the last year, but it’s going to continue to accelerate into a mushroom as we go into 2024.
All the things that come from AI will be tools that will be used by the Antichrist. It’s clear that he’ll come and exploit this kind of technology in his domination of the world; therefore, it’s important to keep up to date on what is happening in the development of AI.
#2 — China’s Impact On Global Events
China, I believe, will be the leader of the kings of the East, mentioned in Revelation 16, that will be part of the campaign of Armageddon.
Just in the last few days, the country has been talking about the reunification of China, which means taking Taiwan and making it part of the communist regime.
Many people believe that China right now is sensing US weakness. They look ahead to next November, when someone else could be elected into office, and believe that China is going to seize the opportunity between now and the elections to attack Taiwan. This is something that we have to keep our eyes on.
The elections this coming year are a huge issue that will determine, in many ways, our country’s future. China could very well act this year, maybe early in the year, because they’re sensing US weakness and take Taiwan, just as Russia has invaded Ukraine.
#3 — Digital Currencies
Another prophetic mega-trend is digital currencies, which are paving the way to the one-world economy of the Antichrist.
#4 — Narratives Surrounding Climate Change
Another point that we often overlook is climate change. Climate change is being grossly over-exaggerated to exert greater control over people’s lives. Just last month, the COP28 annual UN Climate Change Conference was held in Dubai. Climate change is being whipped up constantly as an “existential crisis” for the world—and that’s simply not true.
I recently read a book on climate change called “False Alarm.” The author actually believes in climate change and that human beings contribute to that through carbon dioxide, but says it’s massively over-exaggerated. According to the author, if America shuts down all fossil fuels today, it would only lower the temperature by a mere .3º Fahrenheit by 2100.
What we see again is that the creation of a crisis can bring about compliance and gain control. That is what climate change is, and it’s paving the way for the global control that we will see exercised by the Antichrist.
#5 — Russia
The fifth prophetic mega-trend is Russia. An article this week stated that Russia’s ties with Israel are at the lowest point since the fall of the Soviet Union. Another article called it the “end of a friendship” between Israel and Russia.
Russia has chosen to align itself with the Palestinians in this Israel-Gaza war. As a result, their relationship with Israel is at a near all-time low. This development points toward the future war described in Ezekiel 38-39.
#6 — Israel and the Middle East
Finally, the most important and significant mega-trend is Israel and the Middle East. This is the flashing red light.
We are more than 90 days into the Israel-Gaza war, and recent events that are happening in Israel could cause this conflict to explode into a wider battle.
Israel’s mission to hunt down Hamas is stoking fears of an escalation of this war. On Tuesday, Israel assassinated the person that many believed to be the number two leader of Hamas. Saleh al-Arouri was assassinated in Beirut, Lebanon, and was the linchpin of relations between Hamas, Iran, and Hezbollah.
Of course, this has been decried by Hezbollah, Iran, Lebanon, and others, but Israel has vowed to neutralize—a nice word for assassinate—the leaders of Hamas, tracking them down wherever they are, even after the war is over. Most of them can be found in Lebanon, Qatar, and Turkey.
Last week, an Israeli airstrike in Syria killed a senior figure in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, showing Israel is also assassinating leaders from Iran as well.
Wednesday was the fourth anniversary of the American drone attack in Iraq, ordered by President Trump, that killed the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Iran had scheduled a big ceremony in commemoration of Soleimani on Wednesday morning. However, on the road to the cemetery, two explosions changed their plans and killed approximately 100 people.
Blame for this has not yet been assigned. Iran has called it a terrorist attack. Certainly, Israel could have been behind this, but it may have been Sunni Muslims attacking the Shiites in Iran; we may never know. Nevertheless, all of this is stoking fears of escalation.
Meanwhile, Turkey has just arrested 33 People who were suspected of being Mossad agents, which is essentially Israel’s version of the CIA. Turkey believes they’ve uncovered an Israeli spy ring and are looking for 13 more individuals they insist have links to Mossad.
Turkey has said very clearly that if Israel attacks any Hamas leaders on Turkish soil, there will be serious consequences. They have also stepped up their support for Gaza since October 7th.
The Spark That Ignites The Fuse
Iran is obviously a veteran enemy of Israel, but we can also now see Russia and Turkey’s relationship with Israel deteriorating. These are the three key players in the Ezekiel 38 invasion. All three of these relationships with Israel have come to an all-time low.
This area of the world today is experiencing a series of pinprick attacks that constantly put more and more gas on the fire. Behind all of this, you have the Israel-Gaza war that shows no signs of dwindling.
Add to that what’s happening over in the Red Sea with the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who are firing at American warships, and Iranian warships now entering the Red Sea.
All of these different events, or the combination of them, could easily be the spark that ignites the fuse to blow up this Middle East powder keg and can so easily precipitate the war of Ezekiel 38.
Over the last few weeks, I read a book by Dr. David Jeremiah called “The Great Disappearance.” He opens the book with these words:
“You and I are privileged to stand on the cresting waves of prophecy, to live in a time closer to the return of Jesus Christ than any other generation in the history of the world. We sense the nearness of His return; we see the signs of the times; we know the world is reaching a climactic point of unparalleled crisis.”
I think we all sense that. And it should lead all of us to say, Even so, come Lord Jesus.
Daily Jot: Biden's democracy is a war on Americans – Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
When Joe Biden took office in 2020, he promised to be the president of all Americans. As he kicked off his 2024 campaign at Valley Forge, Pa, he attacked some 75 million Americans, characterizing them as extremists. His speech ranted against Donald Trump and those who voted for him. He accused Trump and his supporters of being threats to democracy. There was nothing about his policies. Nothing about border security, inflation, or how he is going to relieve the financial pain Americans are suffering from his leftist policies. Nothing about national security. All about how Trump and those who voted for him are insurrectionists. He insinuated that those who voted for Trump were not Americans.
Biden is also saying that he is democracy. Biden said, “Democracy means having the freedom to speak your mind, to be who you are, to be who you want to be. Democracy is about being able to bring about peaceful change.” He and his party, however, have spent the last three years trying to undermine elections by removing Trump and others as candidates through weaponizing the court system and using democrat-appointed judges and political hacks as well as leftists in the administration. They have censored Americans who dissented against government mandates of forced vaccinations, forced business and school closings, and characterized parents as terrorists when they stood up against child predation by sexual anarchists in public schools. And they characterize violence and crime in our cities as “peaceful protests.”
The speech was shrill about Biden’s version of democracy. Something not lost on Commentator Jonathan Turley writing for The Hill, who pointed out “Biden spoke of how Democrats are fighting to protect the “right to vote.” Democratic activists and officials across the country are seeking to remove Trump from the ballot even though he is the most popular choice for the presidency right now. In fact, dozens of Democratic officials have sought to remove 126 Republicans from Congress on the same basis. Even as Biden was telling citizens to vote Democrat to preserve democracy, a Democratic activist was seeking to remove a GOP congressman from the ballot in a nearby Pennsylvania district.” Biden’s form of democracy wars against anyone who opposes his Marxist vision of America.
His speech at Valley Forge often invoked George Washington—who by the way was considered an insurrectionist by King George, and would be repulsed by most everything Biden and his party advocate. In referring to Trump and his supporters, Biden said, “This is like something out of a fairy tale, a bad fairy tale.” In reality, those words characterized not only Biden’s speech, but also his entire term in the White House. His accusations are exactly his own deeds. Herein we have a Romans 2:1 example of the one who accuses, condemns himself, “for he does the same.” Romans 2:3 asks, “And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?” Perhaps democracy doesn’t mean what Biden thinks. We certainly need prayer for our nation.
Daily Devotion: Falling Short - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
So I said, “Laughter is silly. What good does it do to seek pleasure?” —Ecclesiastes 2:2
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/falling-short/ - Listen
Shortly before his death at age thirty-three, comedian Chris Farley said in an interview, “I used to think that you could get to a level of success where the laws of the universe didn’t apply. But they do. It’s still life on life’s terms, not on movie-star terms. . . . Once I thought that if I just had enough in the bank, if I had enough fame, that it would be all right.”
But it wasn’t all right, was it? Farley overindulged himself and needlessly threw his life away. He may have been laughing on the outside, but apparently, he was crying on the inside.
Solomon, too, gave pleasure a try. He said, “ ‘Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the “good things” in life.’ But I found that this, too, was meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 2:1 NLT).
“No fear” is a popular slogan for T-shirts. The problem is that we’re not afraid of what we ought to be afraid of. We ought to fear God.
When the Bible tells us to fear God, it means that we should have reverence for God. We should honor God and respect Him. To fear God means to recognize that He is God Almighty and never take His offer of forgiveness for granted.
Maybe you’ve tried to play by the rules, but you’ve failed. You’ve tried to clean up your life and live by God’s commandments, but you’ve fallen short.
When I became a Christian, I was full of doubt. Even as I was praying to ask Jesus Christ to come into my life, I thought, “I’m the one person this is not going to work for. I’m not a Christian type of person.”
I thought certain kinds of people were predisposed to become Christians, the kind of people who were naturally upbeat and optimistic. I wasn’t one of them. But I qualified because I was a sinner.
That is the kind of person God is looking for. We have all sinned. We have all fallen short of the glory of God (see Romans 3:23).
If that is the case, then who will get into Heaven? Without Jesus Christ, no one will. We can’t do it on our own. We can’t be flawless.
God knew that we would fall short. But He loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth. Jesus was more than a good man; He was the God-Man who went to the cross willingly, laid down His life, and shed His blood for us.
He paid the price of sin for us. He came to pay a debt He did not owe because we owed a debt we could not pay.
That is why Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father. It sounds radical, but it came from Jesus Himself. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 NLT).
Jesus—and Jesus alone—is uniquely qualified to connect us with the Father in Heaven.
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