Prophecy Update Newsletter
March 2, 2017
IN TODAY'S NEWSLETTER...
Miracle of Israel and the Third Temple - Pastor Mike Taylor - http://pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com/2017/03/miracle-of-israel-and-third-temple.html
"And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all." (Ezekiel 37:21-22)
As I've longed believed, Israel is the door to end time prophecy, and Jerusalem is the key. Things are lining up for Israel to fulfill her destiny and the building of the the 3rd Temple again. More on that in a little bit.
Prophecy is being fulfilled right in front of our eyes. And there is not a better example than the nation of Israel. To say that Israel is an astonishment of our modern times to come back into existence after almost 2000 years would be an understatement...This was the will of God and it signaled the count down of the prophecy clock and the return of Jesus Christ.
The prophet Ezekiel prophesied in around 536 BC of this occurrence would happen at the end of days as the nation of Israel would be, once again the same state that was destroyed in 70 AD and the Jewish people banished by Rome some 60 years later after several revolts against the Roman Empire and its rule.
ISRAEL INTO EXILE, AND EVENTUAL DESTRUCTION.
One hundred and sixty-six years before, Sargon II of Assyria besieged and divided Israel and Judea, capturing the Kingdom of Israel. Sargon II followed the practice of removing the nobles from a conquered land and settling them elsewhere. As a consequence, the nation of 'Israel' ceased to exist and its people became known to history as the 'ten lost tribes' of Israel.
When Nebuchadnezzar conquered Judea and settled Judean nobility in Babylon during Ezekiel's lifetime, there was no reason to expect the Jews to escape the same fate as their Israelite cousins 166 years earlier.
But Ezekiel, under Divine inspiration, not only predicted the restoration of a Jewish State, he confidently predicted it would bear the name of a nation that had not existed for generations! This did not fully happen during the 2nd Temple, as Israel was ruled by several nations until Rome conquered the area.
ISRAEL, THE NATION RESTORED.
The nation of Israel almost didn't become a a nation because of rabid anti-semitism being fostered within the nation that would become its greatest friend since 1948. In a letter sent by Chaim Weitzman sent to then President Harry Truman on May 13th of 1948, then President of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, Weitzman asked Truman to recognize their new state. At the time, the Zionist leaders had not even picked out a name for the new state and were arguing over the name whether it should be called Judea, Zion, or until somebody out of left field invoked the question "What about the name Israel?" Weitzman was asking Truman for recognition of a then nameless state.
Abba Eban was Israel's first representative to the United Nations, even before there was a state of Israel. Prior to declaring statehood, Eban was the Jewish Relief Agency's official representative.
Eban served as the Ambassador the the UN and Israel Ambassador to the USA before becoming Israel's foreign minister. Eban was a man with a quick wit and spoke his mind and was present at every major event involving Israel until his departure from the Knesset in 1988. He fought rash Anti-Semitism wherever it raised it's ugly head. He once proclaimed that if "Algeria introduced a resolution declaring the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass overwhelmingly with a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.
IN a book written by Eban, he recounted how the Soviet Union had enthusiastically supported the establishment of a Jewish state, while the USA almost withheld their recognition, which would have doomed their new state to stillbirth.
President Truman, a crusty mid-Westerner with no particular love for the Jews, fought a pitched battle with Secretary of State George C Marshall, who told Truman in blunt terms;
"They don't deserve a state, they have stolen that country. If you give this recognition, Mr. President, I may not vote for you in the next election."...Truman ignored his secretary of state and upon advise from the united cabinet, sent a letter of recognition to the new Jewish State. On that day, Israel was born in one day as prophesied.
"Who ever heard of such a thing or imagined it could happen? Can a nation be born in a day or come to life in a second? Jerusalem is like a mother who gave birth to her children as soon as she was in labor. " (Isaiah 66:8)
But that is exactly what happened, and when the Soviet Union realized that Israel was looking west, instead of to them, they blocked the deportation of Russian Jews to Israel....many countries did likewise with their Jewish populations...and the Soviets in turn aligned themselves with the Arabs, Israel's enemies.
But God had proclaimed that the scattered Jews would indeed return to the land given to them in a covenant with their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
"Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;" (Isaiah 43:4-5)
History does not need repeating, as anyone can read the historical accounts as time passed and the wars that Israel had to fight at unspeakable odds, just to survive and won them decisively with the help of God Almighty. Through it all, the scattered Jewish people came from the west from the USA, from Egypt as the Egyptians had blocked their leaving for the new land of Israel, as had the holocaust driven the European Jews back to Israel, and the ten lost tribes of Israel were identified in Afghanistan, northern India, and Africa in the countries of Sudan and Ethiopia. The return of the Jewish people to their homeland has been on going for the last almost 70 years. Some of the Preterest belief that all was fulfilled in 70 AD when Rome destroyed Jerusalem and Israel was no more, was the end of prophecy, But Israel was again populated with the Jewish people from the four corners of the globe and prophecy is being fulfilled at a rapid pace.
What appears to be the fulfillment of Bible prophecy in this generation, the argument goes, is the consequence of misreading or misinterpreting the Scriptures by naysayers of Old Testament prophets wrote what God would do in the last days of this Age. They have all been wrong.
It took the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall to make the Soviets to the north 'give up'. . Yemeni Jews were transferred enmasse, some 56,000 of them, during what Israel called "Operation Flying Carpet." ("to the south, keep not back").
It is no Scriptural sleight-of-hand trick, or a manipulation or misinterpretation of the Bible. The restoration of Israel -- viewed from our vantage point as personal witnesses to recent history -- is an EXACT match to the Bible's description of how, when and where that restoration would take place.
JESUS CHRIST SPOKE OF ISRAEL'S RETURN
32"Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." (Matthew 24:32-36)
This was Jesus speaking to His disciples concerning the signs of His return. As most know, the sign of fig tree is a sign of Israel...Israel bloomed in 1948, and as Jesus prophesied in V. 34, this generation would NOT pass away till all things be fulfilled. We know from Psalms that the generation of a man is 70 years.
"The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strengththey be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." (Psalms 90:10).
Counting those years that Jesus made this prophecy of what a generation from the founding of Israel would be before all things would be complete, you can see that we are approaching the fulfillment of those allotted years of those born during this time of Israel's rebirth.
All of this, we have covered in past messages, but I wish to cover something that will be in place during the first part of the Tribulation and it is huge news for the prophecy watcher who keeps their eyes open and watching current events as they line up to the Word of God.
THE BUILDING OF THE 3RD TEMPLE
A huge development for the fulfilling of prophecy concerning the 3rd Jewish temple has just broke in the news in last couple of weeks. The Sanhedrin of Israel has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin, and USA President Donald Trump to assist them in rebuilding the 3rd Jewish temple.
2"Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
3Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem." (Ezra 1:2-3).
It has been pointed out, that God may have raised up POTUS Trump as a modern day Cyrus to bring to pass the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Rabb Hillel Weiss spokesman for the Sanhedrin, contacted Breaking Israel News to announce that the election of Trump, who has promised to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, coupled with Putin's expressed desire for the Temple to be rebuilt, prompted the Jewish court to send a letter offering the two the opportunity to act as modern-day Cyrus figures: non-Jewish kings who recognize the importance of Israel and the Temple.
Since the election of this new administration the tone and support of Israel has done a 180 degree turn-around from the outgoing POTUS, the "traitor in chief" to voicing undying support for our only democratic ally in the Middle East, the nation of Israel. Has God appointed two "kings" of two nations, to bring the Jewish Temple to fruition? If God has chosen Trump to bring this to pass, there is no stopping a POTUS Trump, as God will protect him so that His will be done concerning Israel. What the role of Putin will be may be found in the Gog-Magog coalition that is forming right now.
According to Israel News "The Sanhedrin also recalled Putin's connection to the Temple in its letter. During his third official trip to Jerusalem in 2012, Putin paid a late-night visit to the Kotel (Western Wall). When he arrived at the holy site, the Russian leader stood in silence for several minutes, offering up a personal prayer, after which he read Psalms from a Russian-Hebrew prayer book."
I believe it could be true that Trump could be instrumental in the project of the Jewish Temple being at least started..I have reservations about Vladimir Putin being involved, as noted below.
Why is this important for prophecy watchers?
As Israel news emphasized in the article ""We are poised to rebuild the Temple. The political conditions today, in which the two most important national leaders in the world support the Jewish right to Jerusalem as their spiritual inheritance, is historically unprecedented," Rabbi Weiss told Breaking Israel News."
The Bible says that the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple will be connected with other important events.
"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."(Daniel 9:27)
For the man of sin, called the Anti-Christ is revealed, there has to be a covenant of 7 years and in those years of the first part of the Tribulation, the temple will be rebuilt. How fast will it go up? The Sanhedrin and the Temple Institute has all the implements, the temple implements , the red heifer and the Priest ordained to minister and cleanse the Temple for resuming the animal sacrifices as were performed in the 2nd temple destroyed in 70 AD. Let us look at a short, possible timeline that will lead to the Abomination of Desolation which stands in the Temple and the beginning of the Great Tribulation.
It is believed that a great war will break out in the Middle East, with Gog-Magog coming into Israel as a cloud and God will defeat them on the mountains of Israel supernaturally, delivered by Ezekiel from God, This is where Vladimir Putin, I believe may fulfill prophecy:
1 "Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
2And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD." (Ezekiel 39:2-5
After such devastation, a man of great superior diplomatic skills, a charismatic individual will arise who will bring a "false peace" to the area and allow Israel to rebuild their Temple and assure they will be protected by his regime. To try and speculate who this man is, is an exercise in futility, as we may have an idea, but I believe we will never know, this side of the coming of Jesus Christ for His Church.
"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."(Daniel 9:27)
To have these Tribulation events unfold, there has to be a Temple, and the Sanhedrin believes that since there are two leaders who desire the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple, there is no better time than the present.
President Trump has given the green light for returning the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, thus recognizing Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. So we see the domino lining up for the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. How long? If the covenant is made with Israel, and the go ahead of the Temple is ratified, it could happen within 3 months, as all the building blocks are ready for immediate construction. This could all fall into place in lightning speed. When will this war of Ezekiel bring a clamor for the rebuilding of this Temple? If you look at the region right now, the Arabs, Iran, and Russia are on the borders of Israel to the north, to the east, and from the northeast of the Golan Heights, Lebanon with Hezbollah, Gaza with Hamas and the Russian Bear supporting them all. It could happen in a flash, but it will be a quick war. As God has said He will fight for Israel and 5/6 of this invading army will be destroyed with the plague of destruction following the survivors back to the home country. Note that one event leads to another....the Anti-Christ is alive today and he will make his appearance when God says he will make himself known, but one thing will happen first.
6"And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8And THEN shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders," (2nd Thessalonians 2:6-9)(my emphasis)
Notice that one must proceed the other...there is a power that is holding back evil to rule this world with a hindrance. The evil is Satan and his demon hordes that wish to destroy mankind, but receive worship for himself beforehand, as he knows his time is short...THEN that power (the Holy Spirit) which is the only power that is keeping evil in check according to God's will for men to choose either good or evil, will be removed from HIS fullness....But those who have the earnest deposit of God's Holy Spirit will be removed prior to this revealing of the Anti-Christ.
It all centers around Israel. Never has there been a people, a nation that has caused so much turmoil by just existing, as the tiny nation of Israel which is no bigger than New Jersey...Why? Because Satan hates Israel and explains the rabid hatred of anyone, or anything that supports their existence. Why do you think that there is so much opposition to POTUS Trump? Liberals hate anything that speaks of the God of Israel and when a POTUS supports Israel, as this President does, it gives them even more reason to hate him. They may be opposed to conservative policies, or "draining the swamp", but backing it up is the forces of Satan putting the idea of rebellion in the hearts of a godless half of the country, epitomized by the Democratic/Communist party. But God is in control and no one can thwart His will.
ARE YOU PREPARED?
Why do I say prepared? Because this could happen in the next few years..it could happen tomorrow...what you say? Tomorrow? I'm not talking about the war of Ezekiel 38-39, or the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem, but what could happen tonight, tomorrow or the near future, is the removing of God's Holy Spirit from it's fullness to Pre-Pentecostal manifestations of His power, and the removal of His church out of the way of His coming wrath. All these events are dove-tailed together. Israel, the temple, the Gog-Magog War, and the most important for those who look forward to the appearing of our Blessed Hope, the removal of the body of Christ before these events begin. We may see the Gog-Magog war, but I am believing we won't even see that, because right on it's heels is the 7 year covenant signed by the Anti-Christ. If you read scripture closely and take in the beginning of the wrath of God in Revelation chp. 6, and all we have discussed here in an abbreviated fashion, then I pray you see the prophecy that Paul spoke up come to pass:
50 "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal mustput on immortality" (1st Corinthians 15:50-53)
Don't be one of the scoffers that don't believe that Jesus is coming soon and live for themselves, not accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Peter made that prediction on his epistle in 2nd Peter:
3 "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." (2nd Peter 3:3-4).
Believe on the Lord Jesus and thou shalt be save:
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
Israel being the key to the end of this Age...I pray you can see the signs and symptoms of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ...For the miracle of Israel has already happened and we await the 3rd Temple being rebuilt and Jesus coming in the clouds of heaven prior to its construction.
This is pastor Mike Taylor, praying you make that decision for Christ. If you need prayer, counseling, or just a listening ear. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org , . God bless you all,
TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET
Iran axis in Syria leads Israeli security concerns, top official says - By Raphael Ahren and Judah Ari Gross - http://www.timesofisrael.com/syria-tops-jerusalems-security-agenda-senior-official-says/
Intelligence Ministry chief praises Trump for tough line on Islamic Republic, says Jerusalem hoping for ongoing US involvement in Syrian crisis
Despite ongoing concerns over Iran's nuclear ambitions, dealing with threats emanating from the Syrian war theater currently tops the agenda of Israel's security apparatus, according to a top intelligence official.
"The most important strategic issue we're currently facing is the strengthening of the Shiite axis led by Iran in Syria, especially after the fall of Aleppo," Chagai Tzuriel, the director-general of the Intelligence Ministry, told The Times of Israel.
In mid-December, pro-government forces captured the war-torn city from the hands of rebels fighters.
"Syria is the key arena, because it's a microcosm of everything: world powers, such as Russia and the US; regional actors such as Iran and Turkey; and rival groups within the country, such the Assad regime, the opposition, the Kurds and the Islamic State," Tzuriel said during a briefing last week in his Jerusalem office. "Whatever happens in Syria today will greatly impact the region, and beyond, for years to come."
The war there shows that the entire world is now made up of "frenemies," countries with conflicting interests, he said, using the term both in English and in a Hebrew portmanteau of his own creation: amitorfim, a combination of amit, meaning friend, and torfim, predators.
"It's not schtick," he said; it's how the world operates now.
Israel's recent rapprochement with Turkey, Tzuriel added, could be seen as an extension of this "frenemies" concept. The two staunchly disagree on Hamas and the Palestinian issue, but see eye to eye on the threat from Iran.
Syria, Russia, Iran
Tall, with bright blue eyes and gray hair, Tzuriel became the top civil servant at the Intelligence Ministry in May 2016, taking over for Ram Ben-Barak, who left after losing out for the position of head of the Mossad. Like that of his predecessor, Tzuriel's background is in the clandestine Mossad spy agency, where he served for 28 years.
A map of Tehran hangs on the wall behind his desk and an official-looking hat bearing the emblem of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps sits on his bookshelf, but it's Syria and the war there that occupy his mind, he said.
In a sense, the six-year-long war in Syria has already had a massive impact on the world, Tzuriel said, citing scores of terrorists and millions of immigrants who exited the country and left their mark across the globe. "In that respect, it is no exaggeration to say that the Syrian civil war has, to some extent, influenced important developments way outside its borders, such as Brexit and even the election in the US," he said.
Recent developments in Syria have created "a strong imbalance in the region to Iran's benefit," said Tzuriel.
And yet, since Moscow decided to take a more engaged role in the conflict, actively supporting the Assad regime, Iran's role as Damascus's main backer has been diminished, he said.
"Russia has become the dominant power in Syria," he said, adding that Moscow achieved that feat despite investing remarkably minor resources into the civil war. "The Russians have managed to become the key player with only a few dozen aircraft. That's proof that political will and the readiness to use military force are key."
On Tuesday, Russia, along with China and Bolivia, vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that would have sanctioned Syrian officials over the regime's illicit use of chemical weapons. The US and other Western powers on the council voted in favor of the resolution and denounced Moscow for blocking it.
Besides treating wounded civilians on the border and attacking weapons convoys deemed a strategic threat, Israel has so far stayed out of the war. However, Tzuriel said, the US's continued involvement is crucial to Israel's interest in seeing Iran kept from extending hegemony to Syria, allowing the Islamic Republic to link Tehran and Beirut.
"For Israel, it is important to see the US remaining active in Syria and the region," he said.
Criticizing the previous US administration, he said president Barack Obama's decision, in 2013, to not use military force against Assad's regime despite its use of chemical weapons "was a pivotal moment for the entire region."
"This moment changed everything," said Tzuriel, who served as the Mossad's representative to the US a few years ago."It showed [Russian President Vladimir] Putin that the US was not willing to use force. It opened the door for Russia to take center stage."
For Israel, the most important issue in Syria is making sure Iran and its proxies aren't able to set up a base to attack Israel from.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to travel to Moscow in the coming days to further discuss Israeli-Russian coordination regarding Syria. He has said Israel will oppose any peace agreement that would allow Iran and its Shiite proxies any foothold there.
"If Iran and Hezbollah manage to base themselves in Syria, it would be a permanent source of instability in the entire region," Tzuriel explained, referring specifically to the threat of an Iranian naval base on the Mediterranean. "It would also bring instability to areas with Sunni minorities outside the Middle East."
'Obama didn't see Iran as part of the problem. Trump does'
Despite the supreme focus on Syria, the Iranian nuclear program remains high on Israel's agenda, Tzuriel said. Affirming Jerusalem's general objection to the nuclear pact Iran and six world powers signed in 2015, he confirmed that, so far, Tehran "abides by the terms of the deal."
But the world may have "bought the present in exchange for the future," he said.
"The main problem with the deal is that it allows the regime to build advanced centrifuges. These centrifuges will enable Tehran to build several nuclear bombs in much less time than they did before the deal with the old centrifuges," he said.
Stopping short of calling for the deal to be torn up, he said it would be good "if there was a way to improve the terms of the deal and advance other resolutions that deal with the Iranian missile program and support of terror organizations."
As opposed to the Obama administration, Trump has indicated a tough policy vis-a-vis Tehran. It is noteworthy that the new president said that he will "never" allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon capability, Tzuriel said.
"The feeling in Israel was that Obama didn't see Iran as part of the problem. Trump, by contrast, appears to view Iran as part of the problem."
Experts Warn: Iran-Allied Shiite Militias in Iraq to Threaten U.S. After Mosul Falls - Edwin Mora - http://www.breitbart.com
The U.S.-led coalition and its Iraqi partners should be vigilant against a near certain reemergence attempt by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) after it loses its territory in Iraq, where tens of thousands of Iran-allied Shiite militias pose just as serious of a threat to America's interests, experts warned.
Dr. Michael Knights, a Boston-based fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy that champions conservative perspectives, and Hardin Lang, a fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress (CAP), testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
They suggested that the United States should leave behind a military force of between 3,000 to 5,000 troops to continue working with their Iraqi counterparts for at least three years.
Dr. Knights specifically warned against withdrawing American troops from the country prematurely, adding, "Just two and a half years after the U.S. military left the country, ISIL took over Mosul and a third of Iraq. ISIL's success and the complete and hasty withdrawal of U.S. military support to Iraq was no coincidence."
Meanwhile, Lang reminded lawmakers that Shiite, or Shia, militiamen backed by Iran killed about 500 American troops in Iraq between 2003 and 2011.
"We need to make smart choices now while we are still keenly focused on the threats to U.S. interests that are present in Iraq," testified Dr. Knights, according to his prepared remarks. "These threats include not only ISIL but also Shia militias groups that parasitically exploit ISIL's presence and which make up part of the Iranian threat network discussed in this committee earlier this month."
"The regime in the Tehran, the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism, has an ambitious agenda inside Iraq," he added. "Tehran seeks to exploit the justifiable fear of ISIL that is felt by Iraqi Shia majority in Iraq."
When alluding to the Shiite fighters, Lang singled out the Iraqi government-sanctioned Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an Iran-affiliated umbrella network of mainly Shiite fighters currently fighting ISIS in Iraq.
Th PMF represents the largest alliance of all Shiite militias in Iraq and is also known as the Popular Mobilization Units (PMF) and al-Hashd al-Shabi.
Lang estimates the size of the Shiite militia force in Iraq to be between 100,000 and 120,000.
In his written testimony, the CAP expert acknowledged that "one of the biggest threats to reconciliation [primarily between Sunnis and Shias] remains sectarian Shia militias, adding:
There is a very real risk that the PMF could take root as a Hezbollah-style Iranian [terrorist] proxy. Such a development would threaten Iraqi sovereignty and undercut attempts at national reconciliation. There are no easy solutions to managing the threat posed by Iranian- backed PMF units, but the U.S. could play a constructive role in facilitating the demobilization or integration of the remaining PMF units into the ISF [Iraqi Security Forces].
While participating in the ongoing Mosul offensive in Iraq, the U.S. military is providing assistance to the PMF.
The Pentagon says it is only providing support to Shiite militiamen vetted for links to Iran and terrorist groups, as mandated by law.
"A large proportion [of the PMF] receives direct Iranian backing," testified Lang. The CAP expert acknowledged that U.S. policy towards the PMF changed under former President Barack Obama.
"In 2014, U.S. refused to provide them military support, but since mid-2015, American policy has evolved to include air and other support for those PMF units not beholden to Iran," he explained, noting that the Iraqi parliament legalized the PMF in November 2016.
Some news reports have accused the U.S. military of providing support to all Shiite militiamen, including those linked to Iran who may have American blood on their hands. The Pentagon has denied the allegations.
Rabbi's Deathbed Vision: Angel Michael Bringing Mercy to Jewish People in Messianic Tumult - By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz - https://www.breakingisraelnews.com
"And Yaakov called unto his sons, and said: 'Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the end of days.'" Genesis 49:1 (The Israel Bible™)
Just like Biblical Jacob, a rabbi renowned for his piety left a deathbed message last week for Israel, explaining that the extreme difficulties facing the Jews today are the prophesied end-of-days pangs of Messiah. But the message was also meant to reassure Israel by revealing that a guardian angel is protecting the Jews.
After a throat operation last year, Rabbi Yaakov Edelstein, the chief rabbi of Ramat Hasharon, communicated only through writing notes. After he passed away last Thursday at the age of 93, his family discovered two notes he had written in the last hour of his life, bearing powerful messages concerning the end of days. The first message read, "Michael will rise up, for these are difficult times."
Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David's Tomb on Mount Zion, explained the meaning of the rabbi's message.
"In Jewish tradition, when a tzaddik (righteous man) is about to leave the world, he receives a greater vision, a form of prophecy," Rabbi Berger told Breaking Israel News. "Rabbi Edelstein was referring to the last chapter in Daniel that discusses the war of Gog and Magog preceding the Messiah."
In the book of Daniel, Michael, the archangel and savior of the Jews, appears three times to bring mercy to the Jews at that difficult time.
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who standeth for the children of thy people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time; and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. Daniel 12:1
"It is clear that the Rabbi Edelstein, a revered and holy rabbi, believed that we are in the later stages of the Moshiach, times that have potential to be especially difficult for the Jews," explained Rabbi Berger. He cited Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan, a late-nineteenth century sage known by the name of his epic book, Chafetz Chaim ("Desire Life"). Rabbi Kagan taught that the final war of Gog and Magog will be fought in three stages. At the end of the First World War, Rabbi Kagan stated that it had been the first stage of Gog and Magog.
Rabbi Edelstein's note continued, "Our comfort: A fox goes out and the rabbis cry, but Rabbi Akiva laughs?"
This is a reference to a section of the Talmud Rabbi Edelstein wrote about in the second note.
"Look carefully at the last page of the Talmud folio of Makot, and learn it well," Rabbi Edelsten wrote. "May blessed God protect us that the danger will pass."
The page of the Talmud Rabbi Edelstein referred to concerns a group of rabbis, including Rabbi Akiva, one of the most revered scholars in the history of Judaism, who went up to the Temple Mount after the destruction of the Temple.
The rabbis performed the mitzvah (commandment) of tearing their clothes upon seeing the destruction. Then a fox ran through the ruins of the Holy of Holies, causing the rabbis to cry. Rabbi Akiva, on the other hand, began to laugh.
Rabbi Akiva asked the other rabbis why they cried and they related the prophecy from the Bible:
When the Mishkan is to be pitched, the Leviim shall set it up; and the common man that draweth nigh shall be put to death. Number 1:51
The rabbis explained that now that the Temple was well and truly destroyed, even an impure animal like a fox could go into the holiest area with impunity.
Rabbi Akiva explained that he had laughed because of two other prophecies.
Therefore shall Tzion for your sake be plowed as a field and Yerushalayim shall become heaps and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest. Micah 3:12
Rabbi Akiva stated that since the first prophecy had come to pass, as evidenced by the fox running through the ruined Temple, the later prophecies concerning the Temple could now also come to pass.
Thus saith Hashem of hosts: There shall yet old men and old women sit in the broad places of Yerushalayim every man with his staff in his hand for very age. Zechariah 8:4
"It is clear that what the rabbi was saying in his final hour was that the Angel Michael is bringing mercy to the Jews even in these difficult times," said Rabbi Berger. "Today, an impurity worse than any animal is ruling over the Temple Mount, but just as Rabbi Akiva saw the redemption in the fox, in the end, all of the prophecies will appear, the Messiah will come, and the Third Temple will stand in its proper place."
While You Were Sleeping - Nathele Graham - email@example.com
Many things can happen when you're asleep. You slip into a dream world and are usually unaware of what happens around you; a sound sleeper can sleep through almost anything. A good night's sleep can make you feel refreshed and able to face the challenges of a new day, but if you have nightmares or toss and turn, you wake up feeling bad. Sometimes it's better to be asleep, such as when you face surgery. Anesthesia will dull your senses in induced sleep so you don't feel pain. The first instance of an induced sleep was when God took Eve out of Adam's side. "And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man." Genesis 2:21-22. God created Adam but knew he needed a companion in life, so Eve was created. Instead of creating her in the same way as He had created Adam, God first put Adam into a deep sleep then took Eve from Adam's side. When Adam awoke from that deep sleep he was very pleased to find Eve there for him. While Adam slept, God performed a miracle. This established that marriage is only between a man and a woman and anything else is an abomination. Unfortunately, while Christians are sleeping the precious union between a man and a woman is being perverted into something ugly. Brothers and sisters, stay alert. Satan is trying to corrupt marriage into something that God abhors. Wake up, Christians. Romance between two men or two women is of Satan.
Another instance of God using sleep to accomplish great things is when He established a covenant with Abraham. That covenant established that Abraham would have descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and that those descendants would have everlasting ownership of the land now known as Israel. Because these things could only come about by God's intervention, Abraham asked for a sign. Abraham was to sacrifice a 3 year old heifer, a 3 year old goat, a 3 year old ram, a turtledove and a pigeon. Abraham obeyed God and watched over the sacrifices waiting for God to confirm His promises. At sundown, Abraham fell into a deep sleep, but as he slept he heard God's voice. God promised him a long life and that he would die peacefully, but the future generations would face trouble and become slaves. God said that it would be many years until Abraham's descendants would fully possess the land. "And it came to pass, that when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates" Genesis 15:17-18. While Abraham slept God confirmed the covenant. Through Abraham's son Isaac the promise of numerous descendants has been fulfilled. They did go to Egypt where they were made slaves, just as God had prophesied, but they came out of that slavery and eventually entered the land that God had promised them. At various times in history the nation of Israel disobeyed God and they were disbursed to other nations, but the land was given by God to the descendants of Abraham forever. Today we see the Jewish people returning to Jerusalem and to the land of Israel. The opposition to this return is fueled by Satan and many people, including Christians, are asleep and are against the Jewish nation. Satan wants it that way and fuels the fire of war. Brothers and sisters, wake up. Pray for Israel and the Jewish people who are fighting for their God-given right to the land.
There are times when you may not actually be asleep, but go through life with your eyes closed to God's truth. Heathens generally don't have a clue and lust after worldly sins of the flesh rather than understanding life from God's perspective. Such was that case with Belshazzar. He came to rule Babylon some time after King Nebuchadnezzar who had taken the Southern Kingdom of Judah captive. Nebuchadnezzar had plundered treasures from the Jewish Temple before destroying it. When Belshazzar became king he embraced the pagan sin of Babylon and gave no honor to God Almighty. One day he threw a party and drank from the golden vessels that had been stolen from the Temple. Not only that but he mocked God as "They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone." Daniel 5:4. Belshazzar may not have been asleep, but his eyes were blinded by drunkenness and idolatry. While he was sleeping the enemy was at the door. God will not be mocked by people with their eyes and hearts turned to the lusts of this world. It was that night that the enemy of Babylon quietly attacked, but God gave a warning. A mysterious hand appeared and wrote a cryptic message on the wall. When Belshazzar saw it he was scared. He called the pagan astrologers and soothsayers to come and give him answers. Godly answers will never come from ungodly people. When the astrologers where unable to decipher the message, Belshazzar called for Daniel to decipher the message. Daniel basically said that Belshazzar was filled with pride and was going to be judged. "In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain. And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old." Daniel 5:30-31. Brothers and sisters, don't be spiritually asleep because that's when the enemy will attack. Witchcraft, Satan worship, sorcery, astrology, and many more evil things are all around us, but they go unnoticed by the majority of Christians. Have you looked into what's going on at the Large Hadron Collider at Cern? This is one of the most satanically inspired places on earth. Is there a statue of the Baphomet in your neighborhood? What about Satanism and witchcraft? You might be surprised at what your neighbor practices. How many people in your city take mind-altering drugs that are entry points for demons? These things are all pure evil and as Christians we cannot close our eyes to what is happening around us. The spiritual battle is aggressive and is becoming more evident. As it was in Belshazzar's day the enemy is at the door and he handwriting is on the wall. If Christians are sleeping, mock God, and aren't vigilant, the strongholds of Satan will continue to grow stronger.
Jesus wants us to be alert. An example of men being asleep when they should have been alert happened on the night Jesus was arrested. He knew what was about to happen and took a few disciples with Him to pray at Gethsemane. "And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch." Mark 14:34. That seems like a simple request, but the disciples hadn't been paying attention. These men, who had followed Jesus and heard Him say that He would be put to death, were in denial. A few days earlier Peter had tried to stop Jesus from going to Jerusalem because he knew the danger there, but on this night Peter slept. "And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak." Mark 14:37-38. What was about to happen wouldn't have been changed by Peter, James, and John staying awake and praying. Jesus would indeed be arrested and crucified according to prophecy, but by sleeping these men compromised their walk with the Lord. They were unaware of what Satan was trying to accomplish and that put them in a spiritually weakened state. When Judas showed up with the soldiers to arrest Jesus, those who slept were caught off-guard. As we point fingers at them for not being vigilant we are pointing fingers at ourselves. Brothers and sisters, don't fall asleep when Jesus needs you to be alert. Watch and pray.
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit." Joel 2:28-29. Peter quoted this verse when he stood up on the day of Pentecost and gave a powerful speech concerning the power of the Holy Spirit. What a day that was! Peter wasn't asleep anymore, and all of the disciples were spiritually wide awake. The Holy Spirit indwells every Christian, but we stifle Him by denying His power. "This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." 2 Timothy 3:1-5. Wake up, Christians. We are in the last days and we have very little time left to come out of our slumber. Each day the signs of the times grow more evident and you'll only see them if you're awake. As we see the signs telling us that Daniel's 70th week is drawing closer we can be sure that the Rapture is even closer. Maybe you will prophesy, have visions, or dream dreams. Stop watering down your faith by denying the power God. Wake up, be alert, and fight the spiritual battle before us.
What's been happening while you're sleeping? If you open your eyes God will accomplish great things through you. Even though Adam and Abraham slept, God's miracles abounded and we all benefit from what God did in their lives. On the other hand, Belshazzar was in a drunken state and lost his life because he closed his eyes to God. The great prophet Daniel was nearby and would have advised him, but Belshazzar chose worldly lusts and pagan advisors instead of words from a Godly man. You have to be willing to turn from sin and listen to Godly advice before it's too late. Peter slept, but when he awakened from his denial of God's power he made a difference in the lives of millions throughout time. Are you dreaming dreams and seeing visions? Wake up and let God's power flow through your life.
While you were sleeping, Satan has dug deep into government and has provoked hatred in every level of life. Drug use has exploded, murder is an everyday occurrence, witchcraft has invaded every aspect of life, and sin abounds. Brothers and sisters, it's time to wake up and allow God's power to rule in your life.
God bless you all,
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My Review of "Rapture Ready...Or Not?"
Over the last 35 years, I have literally read hundreds of books on Bible Prophecy and End Time signs. I especially enjoy books on the Rapture, and I have read almost every Rapture-related book published. In all those years, devouring thousands of pages, and millions of words, I have not read a better book on the Rapture than, Rapture Ready...Or Not?
Terry James might be physically blind, but he is spiritually sharp and well discerning beyond most authors. In "Rapture Ready...Or Not?" Terry has nailed the pre-trib Rapture, and removed any doubt what so ever about the Church going through the Tribulation. With great insight and Godly discernment, Terry explains with simple, yet profound words, why and how that he has come to believe the ways he does about the Rapture, the Tribulation, and the End Times scenario. I think after reading "Rapture Ready...Or Not?" you too will believe as Terry does, and be Ready for the Rapture like never before! - Randy Thomas - Publisher / Editor - Prophecy Update
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Is Something Strange Happening Inside the Earth? - Michael Snyder - http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1058
Why are "giant fountains of lava" suddenly pouring out of some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the entire planet, and why are so many long dormant volcanoes suddenly roaring back to life?
The spectacular eruption of Mt. Etna in Italy is making headlines all over the world, but it is far from alone.
According to Volcano Discovery, 35 major volcanoes either are erupting right now or have just recently erupted, and dozens of others are stirring.
So what is causing this upsurge in volcanic activity? Is something strange happening inside the Earth?
According to the USGS, magma is "molten rock underground", and lava is molten rock "that breaks through the Earth's surface".
Right now, something is pushing magma up through the crust of the Earth at a number of key spots around the planet. On the island of Sicily, the "giant fountains of lava" that are coming out of Mt. Etna can be seen 30 kilometers away...
Giant fountains of lava could be seen sprouting from the volcano, located on the isle of Sicily, as far away as Catania, around 30 kilometres away, and the resort town of Taormina.
The Meteorological Observatory in Nunziata said: "You can clearly see the lava fountains, although currently modest, as it escapes from the crater in the southeast."
An orange air alert has been issued, meaning that airspace will remain open but authorities will continue to monitor the situation.
On the other side of the world, a constant stream of molten rock has been springing out of Guatemala's "Volcano of Fire" since February 25th...
Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupted Saturday (Feb 25), spewing lava and sending up plumes of ash that rained down on nearby communities and could eventually reach the capital, civil protection authorities said.
The Volcan de Fuego, one of the country's three active volcanoes, is located about 45km southwest of the capital Guatemala City. It was the volcano's second eruption this year.
And in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a "firehose of lava" has been pouring out of the Kilauea Volcano since December 31st.
Meanwhile, a number of large volcanoes that have been dormant for a very long time all over the world have started springing back to life.
For instance, the only active volcano in India has suddenly started "spewing lava and ash" after being silent for 150 years...
Barren Islands volcano, India's only active volcano, is reportedly spewing lava and ash after a gap of 150 years. It erupted for about four hours in January, scientists from the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) claimed.
The volcano is situated in Barren Islands in the Andaman & Nicobar archipelago. Some unsubstantiated reports even claim that it is South Asia's only active volcano.
Its first recorded eruption dates back to 1787. Since then, the volcano has erupted more than ten times, including the one this year.
At one time scientists would speak of "dead volcanoes", but now we learning that it really isn't safe to speak of any volcano as being completely "dead".
So many of these long dormant volcanoes are roaring back to life, and why this is suddenly happening now is puzzling many of the experts.
And as you have seen, this isn't isolated to just one or two geographic regions. It literally is happening all over the globe.
Last month, Indonesia's Mount Sinabung in the southern hemisphere erupted seven times in the space of a single day, and meanwhile authorities in the northern hemisphere were warning us that four of Iceland's biggest volcanoes are preparing to erupt.
Indonesia and Iceland are about as far apart as you can get, and yet they are both being affected by this worldwide phenomenon.
Without a doubt, something definitely appears to be causing a significant increase in worldwide seismic activity.
Let's talk about earthquakes for a moment. A website known as the Big Wobble recently published an article that included two extraordinary maps.
The first map showed the number of major earthquakes from January 1900 to January 1917, and the second map showed the number of major earthquakes from January 2000 to January 2017.
The difference between the two maps was startling to say the least.
It is becoming extremely difficult to deny that something is happening to the crust of our planet, and many are becoming concerned about what we could soon experience if the level of seismic activity continues to rise.
We already talked about Mt. Etna, but a much greater threat in Italy appears to be awakening under the city of Naples. A massive supervolcano known as "Campi Flegrei" is close to a "critical state", and if it erupts the consequences will be beyond catastrophic. The following comes from National Geographic...
A long-quiet yet huge supervolcano that lies under 500,000 people in Italy may be waking up and approaching a "critical state," scientists report this week in the journal Nature Communications.
Based on physical measurements and computer modeling, "we propose that magma could be approaching the CDP [critical degassing pressure] at Campi Flegrei, a volcano in the metropolitan area of Naples, one of the most densely inhabited areas in the world, and where accelerating deformation and heating are currently being observed," wrote the scientists--who are led by Giovanni Chiodini of the Italian National Institute of Geophysics in Rome.
If that supervolcano were to fully erupt, millions could die, the skies in the northern hemisphere would be darkened for months and the resulting "volcanic winter" would cause famines all around the globe.
And the same things could be said about the supervolcano that is awakening in North Korea too.
In the United States, we should be watching the volcanoes on the west coast for signs of trouble, and my regular readers know that I am particularly concerned about Mt. Rainier.
Someday Mt. Rainier will erupt, and the horror that this will mean for the Northwest is beyond anything that I could put into words for you right now.
We live at a time when our planet is becoming increasingly unstable, and a major natural disaster could change all of our lives in a single moment.
Just because our lives have been somewhat "normal" for an extended period of time does not mean that they will always be this way, and those that are ignoring the rumblings of our planet do so at their own peril.
Daily Jot: Discerning the truth from fake news - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
The news media had a brief setback after an overwhelming majority of Americans responded positively to President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech. But within 24 hours, they are back to their old tricks of making stories out of insinuation and conjecture. Now there is a renewed attack on Attorney General Jeff Sessions where the media is trying to make him out as some sort of accomplice with Russian influence over the last election. The New York Times is doing a nice little fake news job on Sessions with a story about how the previous "president's" aides were scrambling in the last days of that Administration to provide an intel trail for investigators to prove that the Russians influenced the election.
Enter the left's public enemy number 1: Jeff Sessions. During Sessions' confirmation hearing, Senator Al Franken (D-Mn) planted the seed by asking, "if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?" Sessions answered: "Senator Franken, I'm not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians, and I'm unable to comment on it." The Washington Post is also fake newsing with a story claiming Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a Heritage Foundation event in July 2016.
The meeting was at an event where several Ambassadors were present. Another meeting with Kislyak occurred in Sessions' capacity on the Senate Armed Service Committee in September. The Post is trying to say that Sessions didn't disclose these meetings during his Senate confirmation hearings. To back its claim, the Post says Sessions was asked by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) if he had "been in contact with anyone connected to any part of the Russian government about the 2016 election, either before or after election day." Sessions answered "no." Both the Post and the Times center their fake news story on the implication that Sessions represented the Trump Campaign during meetings on that topic with the Russian Ambassador, downplaying or omitting that the meetings were normal course of conducting his Senate business.
Sessions, during his confirmation hearing, denied meeting Kislyak as a representative of the Trump campaign. Since, Sessions' office has denied such meetings were connected to the campaign. Notwithstanding, the Democrats in Congress, such as Nancy Pelosi, are using the stories to call for Sessions' resignation, saying he perjured himself. See how fake news works? The media insinuates unrelated events are linked which are used by political opposition to imply guilt. Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you." These media outlets are purposely deceiving people to prevent Sessions from enforcing laws that the communist left knows will restore order to our nation and block their revolutionary designs.
Daily Devotion: The Surprising Truth about Idols - Greg Laurie - www.harvest.org
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. -1 John 5:21
Everyone is passionate about something. Some people are passionate about clothes. Other people are passionate about sports. Some are passionate about computers. Some are passionate about cars. Others are passionate about their careers. And that area can become so important to them that they eat, drink, and breathe it. It essentially can become their god.
God warned the prophet Ezekiel, "Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put before them that which causes them to stumble into iniquity. Should I let Myself be inquired of at all by them?" (Ezekiel 14:3). Idols in our hearts can hinder our prayers.
You may say, "I don't have any idols in my life. I don't go and bow before some statue. Therefore, this doesn't apply to me." Yet we are told in the New Testament, "Little children, keep yourselves from idols" (1 John 5:21).
Understand, an idol is anything or anyone that takes the place of God in our lives. Is there something right now that is more important to you than Jesus Christ is? Let me rephrase that: Is there something in your life right now that, if God were to ask you to give it up, you would be unwilling to?
If so, that very well could be an idol. It is not because God wants that particular thing. He wants your heart. But if that thing, if that pursuit, if that possession, or whatever it might be, could get in the way of your relationship with Him, it could be an idol that might hinder your prayers.
Is a relationship with someone more important to you than God? Is it keeping you away from Him? Is something you're engaged in more important than Him? Consider that, because it could be hindering your prayer life.
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