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God is Moving - By Daymond Duck -
Here are ways that God moved in early and mid-November 2019:
One, there were wars and rumors of wars in Israel.
On Nov. 12, 2019, Israel assassinated an Iranian-financed Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Commander in Gaza that was responsible for orchestrating dozens of terrorist attacks against Israel.
Israel also tried to assassinate the PIJ Commander's Iranian-backed superior in Damascus, but just wounded him and he escaped.
Over the next 50 hours, the PIJ fired more than 400 rockets into Israel, and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) responded with attacks on PIJ targets in Gaza.
On Nov. 14, 2019, there was a ceasefire, but with sporadic violations by the PIJ.
On Nov. 15, 2019, the PIJ fired two large rockets at Beersheba (a city of 250,000 people) that were shot down by Iron Dome.
On Nov. 15, 2019, Israel had an unconfirmed report that Hamas in Lebanon intended to get involved in support of the PIJ.
On Nov. 16, 2019, before dawn, Israel struck several Hamas targets in Gaza.
At this point, about three dozen Palestinians had been killed, more than 100 had been wounded, and more than 60 Israelis had been injured (none killed).
Where this will go from this point is unpredictable, but, at some point, this will lead to other wars including the Battle of Gog and Magog.
By the way: on Nov. 10, 2019, it was reported that Iran has started construction on a second nuclear reactor.
On Nov. 11, 2019, it was reported that a Russian submarine was sighted in Israeli territorial waters near central Israel three months earlier.
Two, Benjamin Netanyahu has been serving as both Prime Minister and Defense Minister of Israel for several months.
On Nov. 12, 2019, in the morning of the first day that rockets were being fired into Israel, Prime Min. Netanyahu swore in Naftali Bennett as Defense Min.
Mr. Bennett spent the remainder of the day dealing with the rockets, but he comes from a religious family; he is an observant Jew, and as soon as he could, he dressed in religious clothing (a Tallit) and went to a synagogue to pray (right thing to do).
The election controversy in Israel is primarily over whether Israel will be a religious nation or a secular nation.
According to the Bible, Israel will be a religious nation, go back under the Law, rebuild the Temple, resume the animal sacrifices, etc.
Israel's Defense Min. is an observant Jew, a man that would support that.
Three, the USMCA (U.S.-Mexico-Canada) agreement is about the economic integration of North America (creating a North American Union).
If approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, it will create an unaccountable Free Trade Commission that some say will surrender the sovereignty of the U.S. to a world government.
Pres. Trump wants the USMCA passed before the end of 2019.
On Nov. 14, 2019, Nancy Pelosi said an agreement with the White House could be imminent, and she wants to pass the deal before the end of this year.
Four, the Bible teaches that God will gather birds to feast on the bodies (before they are buried) of those that die on the Mountains of Israel in the Battle of Gog and Magog (Ezek. 39:17) and those that die in the Battle of Armageddon (Rev. 19:17-18).
On Nov. 11, 2019, Israel celebrated the opening of a new visitor center for guests to observe and photograph the millions of birds that migrate through Israel each year.
They are calling the Hula Valley Visitor and Education Center one of the top 10 most outstanding sites in the world.
Five, the Bible teaches that Israel will have cattle and goods in the latter years and latter days (Ezek. 38:8, 12, 16).
On Nov. 9, 2019, it was reported that Israeli farmers are asking their government for help because the Palestinians are refusing to import Israeli beef.
The Israeli farmers are claiming that the Palestinian boycott is illegal and costing them money.
Six, there will be a falling away or a departing from the faith at the end of the age, and the apostasy of Pope Francis is nothing short of stunning.
On Nov. 11, 2019, it was reported that Pope Francis held a press conference on Sept. 10, 2019, at which he said humanity is supposed to obey the UN because it has been created as an international organization.
On Oct. 28, 2019, the Pope's Academy of Sciences pledged support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (population reduction, abortion, LGBQT rights, world government by 2030, etc.).
A world government is coming, and it's one and only leader will be a Satan worshipper, kill millions of believers, kill the Two Witnesses, persecute Israel and perhaps be gay.
I expect the Pope to know the Scriptures, and am stunned that he thinks all of humanity should obey the UN, but then, the Antichrist will be supported by a lamb in sheep's clothing called the False Prophet (Hmmm . . . but this Pope is getting old. I wonder?).
God is moving to fulfill every jot and tittle of His Word whether it is a big thing like a departing from the faith, world government, the Battle of Gog and Magog, the Battle of Armageddon, or little things like the return of the birds or the raising of cattle in Israel.
His Word is amazing, and people need to make sure they are trusting in Jesus.
Prophecy Plus Ministries, Inc.
Daymond & Rachel Duck
Israel Rebuffs Iran's Attempt To Force New Rules Of The Game - By Yaakov Lappin/JNS.org -
Israel launched a broad wave of precision airstrikes early on Wednesday morning, hitting dozens of Iranian and Syrian military targets, and sending a very strong message that Israel is rejecting Iran's attempt to force new "rules of the game" against it.
Most of the Iranian military targets that were hit were situated within Syrian military bases, underlying the Iranian tactic of embedding and disguising its threatening presence within the Syrian Arab Army.
According to international media reports, 23 people, including 16 "foreigners"--an apparent reference to Iranian operatives--were killed in the strikes.
The Israeli action came in response to an Iranian-directed rocket attack on Tuesday morning, in which projectiles were launched from the Damascus area in the direction of Israel. An Israeli Iron Dome battery intercepted the four rockets, which set off warning sirens in northern Israeli communities.
That rocket attack could be linked to a reported Israeli strike on a key Iranian military installation in the Damascus area this week, though Israel has not commented on such reports.
Iran is continuing its efforts to build a war machine in Syria and entrench itself militarily by moving weapons, military forces, militias and building missile bases on the territory controlled by the Bashar Assad regime. The goal of Iran is to build a second Hezbollah in Syria and to move its own military capabilities into the area so that it can threaten Israel from multiple fronts.
Israel has been pursuing an active campaign of removing these threats as it detects them, taking the initiative, and relying on high-quality intelligence and precision firepower to deal with the ongoing Iranian challenge from Syria. The goal is to nip the threat in the bud and not wait until it takes on monstrous proportions, as Hezbollah's rocket and missile arsenal has become in Lebanon.
The Quds Force, Iran's overseas special operations unit, is in charge of the Iranian expansion program in Syria. Its commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, has attempted to enforce new rules on Israel, according to which any Israeli preemptive strike will result in Iranian retaliation.
This Iranian equation is essentially designed to deter Israel from taking the initiative and removing threats to its security preemptively. Iran wants to impose a "price tag" on Jerusalem for the active defense campaign that Israel has been pursuing with much success.
Hundreds of Israeli airstrikes in recent years have prevented the Iranians from achieving most of their goals in Syria, leading to frustration in Tehran, though its confidence has been rising recently.
The successful Iranian cruise missile and drone attack on Saudi state-oiled oil fields on Sept. 14 were a display of highly advanced, long-range firepower. The Iranian attack was a threat directed at Israel as much as it was to Iran's other regional arch-foe: Saudi Arabia. Israel heard the message and sent one of its own on Tuesday, rejecting Iran's attempt to deter it from taking action in the region to defend itself.
It appears as if the Iranians absorbed a painful blow in Syria, just as they did in May 2018 during "Operation House of Cards," when Israel struck a series of Iranian targets in response to an Iranian truck-mounted rocket attack.
Iran now has three options going forward: It can choose not to respond, launch a minor response or order a more significant response.
The fact that the regime is under pressure at home due to domestic unrest, that its economy is bleeding due to biting American sanctions, and that it is facing unrest in other zones of influence--like Lebanon and Iraq--means that Iranian decision-making may become more unpredictable going forward.
'We are prepared for any scenario'
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday after the strike, Israel Defense Forces' spokesman Brig. Gen. Hadi Zilberman stressed that the IDF still has the initiative. "We will not allow Iran to entrench itself in Syria," he said.
"We prepared a battle procedure that included deployment of air defense and attack preparations. The wave of strikes was broad in its targets."
According to an IDF statement, dozens of targets were struck in the Damascus area, south and west of Syria's capital, and on the Syrian Golan Heights near the Israeli border.
In addition, the Israeli Air Force destroyed Syrian surface-to-air missile batteries that are considered advanced after they fired at Israeli aircraft. Syrian weapons storage facilities, military headquarters and observation posts were all destroyed by Israeli aircraft.
When it came to the Iranian assets, the IAF demolished Iranian military buildings, a headquarters situated in Damascus International Airport and an observation post on the Golan Heights.
"We acted against the Syrian host and the Iranian guest," said Zilberman.
Outlining Israel's posture, he assured that "we are prepared for defense and offense, and we will act with severity against any attempt to respond. We are prepared for any scenario. We will not accept Iranian entrenchment. This is a red line."
It also appears as if the Assad regime keeps failing to heed Israel's warnings to refrain from joining the Iranian-Israeli showdown, and Syria's decision to fire surface-to-air missiles resulted in a loss of a number of its air-defense batteries.
Referring to Tuesday's rocket attack on the Israeli Golan, the IDF stated, "Yesterday's Iranian attack towards Israel is further clear proof of the purpose of the Iranian entrenchment in Syria, which threatens Israeli security, regional stability and the Syrian regime.
Furthermore, the IDF holds the Syrian regime responsible for actions taken in its territory and warns it from operating or allowing hostilities against Israel. Such actions will be followed by a severe response. The IDF will continue operating firmly and resolutely against the Iranian entrenchment in Syria."
Israel has heard Iran's message and sent its reply. The ball now returns to Iran's court.
Spinning Out of Control - By Matt Ward -
Many today believe that the Middle East stands on the very brink of all-out war: that huge regional chaos is just around the corner.
At present, the only real certainty in the Middle East is that nobody actually wants all-out war. Certainly, Donald Trump, coming into a re-election season, would at all costs wish to avoid the quagmire of another Middle Eastern conflict, one that would inevitably drag the United States back into a full military commitment from which it has only just managed to extricate itself.
Iran, despite bellicose rhetoric to the contrary, also does not want any kind of a region-wide confrontation with the United States or, indeed, Israel. Iran knows well that it would not win either of those wars.
Israel, for her part, seems to be more than happy maintaining the status quo, confining military operations to limited and controllable single-strike missions into Syria, Gaza and Lebanon, against a range of non-state proxy groups.
Yet, Israel is also desperate to avoid a region-wide war for one other reason. Israel knows that in the next major war it will be bombarded by many thousands of rockets from the northern, southern and eastern fronts, all at once. Despite Israel's recent successes in nullifying this rocket threat, in the next significant war, there is every prospect Israel will be completely swamped by the sheer weight of rockets that will be fired at her.
Yet, despite each of these main Middle-East players not wanting war, the Middle East landscape has never looked more like war is coming. Indeed, I would even go so far as to say that the region has never looked more as if it is on the brink of an imminent all-out war in my lifetime.
In every direction one chooses, there are bubbling pressures, each of which is a potential trigger. Only recently, there was the unprecedented attacks on oil refineries in Saudi Arabia. Iran, no doubt indirectly responsible for these attacks, is actively goading the United States into a limited military confrontation that could easily get out of hand and draw in all her regional allies and enemies, quickly spiraling out of control.
Equally, any one of a number of Israeli operations against Iranian hubs of power in Syria, and now in Iraq, could also provide the spark triggering an escalation into major, region-wide war.
Any confrontation or bloodletting in any of these areas will have a ripple effect upon the entire Middle East that could see it descending into chaos. One of the main, and most misunderstood, reasons why the Middle East is more volatile today than it has been in the past is because of the sheer number of proxy wars taking place there right now.
Take, for example, the current war in Yemen, between the Houthis and the Yemeni government. On the surface, it is a simple conflict between two relatively unimportant regional actors. However, this war is in fact a proxy war where Saudi - Iranian rivalry has come to a direct head.
It is on Yemeni battlefields that Saudi Arabia has finally chosen to confront Iran, and neither side at this point looks to be backing down. This war stopped being about merely the Houthis and the Yemen government long ago. Now it is morphing into no less than a confrontation between two competing ideologies, between Sunni and Shia Islam.
Syria is another fine example of this. On the surface, it would appear to be a brutal and bloody internal civil war, essentially between pro and anti-Assad forces. However, like Yemen, this war has become much more than that now. It is the epicenter of a confrontation between major world powers, and every one of them have deeply entrenched interests in Syria that prevent them from backing down or giving an inch.
Indeed, when one spends any serious time considering Syria, the only conclusion one can draw is that it would be truly remarkable if all-out war did not come from here. Interesting, and more than a little frightening, this is just the scenario that Isaiah describes in his Burden of Damascus prophecy. The house of Israel suddenly attacked, from Syria, provoking a reaction that can only be a nuclear retaliation, and thus Damascus, the oldest continually inhabited city on Earth, is reduced overnight into a heap of ruins. This could happen today or it could happen tomorrow.
This volatility in the Middle East is unlikely to change any time soon either because a number of huge power bloc confrontations upholds the current situation. It is these vast power blocs, similar to those that existed in pre-First World War Europe, that are fueling the chaos in the Middle East. Firstly, there is Israel, backed by America, against all her many regional enemies. Currently, these enemies consist of Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas and Syria. This power struggle is manifesting itself in sporadic violence between Israel and the West Bank and Gaza.
However, there are other competing power blocs in the Middle East too. Iran is actively engaged all over the region against Saudi Arabia, mainly through the proxy war both sides are fighting in Yemen, but also in Iraq and elsewhere.
Add to this mix Turkey and their ongoing, burgeoning offensive against the Kurds - and remember that Russia has very fixed commitments now in the Middle East too - and it is not hard to see how things could quickly spiral out of control.
Skeptics, though, would argue that the Middle East has always been this dysfunctional and volatile. However, this time is different. The dynamics of this present-day Middle East are different from any that have come before it, for three main reasons.
China, for the first time ever, is now very much present in the Middle East in a way it has never been before. Russia, that generation-old nemesis of NATO, is resurgent, and its influence over the region cannot be overestimated or overemphasized.
Yet, significant though these two pivotal factors are, by themselves they are no harbinger of war shortly ahead. What does create that harbinger is the relative decline of the United States, both in a general foreign policy sense, and in its "boots on the ground" influence in the region.
There is a sense in the Middle East that the old rules simply do not apply any longer. There is a belief that what might once have been out of bounds is now very much up for grabs, and that if these state and non-state actors don't rush in and take what they perceive to be the new spoils, that opportunity may be lost to them forever. All of this reinforced by the obvious desire of the United States to disengage from all Middle Eastern military commitments.
In the past, there were known certainties in the Middle East that everyone counted on, all underpinned by one thing: the unyielding presence of the United States. Now that cannot be taken for granted, and the impact of this on the Middle East has been the removal of the restraint that once curtailed nations like Iran, and also transnational actors, from acting too rashly or foolishly.
Any future war between nation-states in the Middle East will easily spill across borders and quickly draw in a host of other nations. The paradox for America is that even despite Trump's obvious efforts to disengage from the region, any conflict between any of these nations would see the United States inevitably drawn back in to the region, and a situation that Donald Trump has spent the last four years trying to escape from will repeat itself.
The Middle East, at present, seems to be spinning out of control. When war does finally come, as it will, it is also looking more and more likely that Israel will stand in this war all alone.
Israel Watch: New Elections - Jim Fletcher -
Benny Gantz was not able to form a coalition in order to become prime minister of Israel today, and so the mandate is turned back to the president, which means Israel will hold another round of elections in a few months. Evidently, Benjamin Netanyahu invited Gantz to form a unity government but was rebuffed.
It has been reported that Gantz has been urged to invite Arab elements into a government by Yair Lapid, a Netanyahu political foe.
Through all this, Avigdor Liberman has taken on the role of "kingmaker" in Israel, and his dislike of religious parties has brought the country to this point, this stalemate. After a decade in office, Netanyahu has even more enemies than he did in the late 90s.
It had been rumored that Liberman would be willing to bring in Arab MKs to join a Gantz-led government. However, according to the Jerusalem Post:
"It became impossible for Gantz to form a government when Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman ruled out helping to establish a minority government backed by the Joint List. Liberman called the faction of four Arab parties a 'fifth column' and said he never intended to cooperate with its MKs.
"'We won't enter a government backed directly or indirectly by the Joint List,' Liberman said."
Now comes an intriguing ingredient into this stew. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the earthquake statement that the United States will no longer consider the Israeli communities in Judea-Samaria (the West Bank) are illegal. That had been the long-standing view of American political leadership for 40 years, since the presidency of the odious Jimmy Carter.
This has prompted Netanyahu to approve an annexation bill in the Knesset, establishing long-term Israeli sovereignty in the Jordan Valley. This is also a bombshell announcement, and we can hope that this will become established fact.
Now, all this plays a role in Bible prophecy, of course. As I constantly say, all we can is look at what the Bible says is coming and be certain that it will happen. Big Picture stuff.
This means that no matter what is happening geopolitically at any given time, we must keep our eyes on the Prize: the fulfillment of prophecy in the future.
I do not believe in saying that things that are happening right now are certainly going to result in an outcome in the immediate or even near future. We can know the general era.
Point being, it appears that the U.S. is becoming a catalyst in moving things toward conditions in which Israel will be hated even more by the international community. Specifically, anything that buttresses Israel's argument that the Jewish state "owns" the land will be met with resistance globally.
Thus we can see how the current situation might play into a coming coalition against Israel. We just don't know exactly when they will unfold.
For the moment though, huge things are happening in Israel, and I am proud of my president for taking unprecedented steps to bolster Israel.
Daily Jot: The failed 1620 socialist experiment - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
My grandfather 13 generations back was William Bradford, co writer of the Mayflower Compact and eventual leader of the Pilgrims who came to America on the Mayflower in 1620. There were some 102 passengers and about 30 crewmen on that ship that braved horrible weather, disease, and other hardships to come to this new place that later would become the greatest Christian nation in the world. Bradford wrote, "So they committed themselves to the will of God, and resolved to proceed. In several of these storms the wind was so strong and the seas so high that they could not carry a knot of sail, but were forced to hull for many days." The trip in of itself to find a place to worship without persecution was most difficult.
Once landed, it was no picnic either. Bradford says, "But soon a most lamentable blow fell upon them. In two or three month's time half of their company died...scarcely 50 remained, and sometimes two or three persons died in a day. In the time of worst distress, there were but six or seven sound persons, who, to their great commendation be it spoken, spared no pains night or day, but with great toil and at the risk of their own health, fetched wood, made fires, prepared food for the sick, made their beds, washed their infected clothes, dressed and undressed them; in a word did all the homely and necessary services for them which dainty and queasy stomachs cannot endure to hear mentioned."
"...And what I have said of these few, I should say of many others who died in this general visitation, and others yet living, that while they had health or strength, they forsook none that had need of them. I doubt not that their recompense is with the Lord." Their Virginia Company Charter, however, called for common ownership of land, property, food, drink, clothing, and provisions. Bradford saw that this socialist experiment was detrimental to the colony because it inspired laziness and a lack of productivity. Bradford then did away with this structure, giving ownership of land to each person and two days a week for "their own private employment." This was the first capitalist system and the colony then prospered.
The headlines 399 years later say over 36 million Americans (the combined population of NY, CT, MA, NH, ME, RH, DE and VT) likely will eat their Thanksgiving dinner purchased by food stamps. Liberals say without the government, these people would starve. In reality, without the government, the citizens across the land would be blessed as the Pilgrims were by reaching out and helping their neighbor from the goodness of their hearts. As written in 2 Corinthians 9:11-12, "Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causes through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this service not only supplies the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God." Bradford knew in 1620 that government won't save you. Only the Lord will save you. He chooses to do it through his people.
Daily Devotion: How Thankful Are You? - by Greg Laurie -
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.-Luke 17:15-16
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the account of Jesus healing ten men who had leprosy. Leprosy at that time was an incurable disease, and if you had leprosy, you knew you were going to die. It was only a matter of time.
Not only that, you would be ostracized by the community. In fact, if you were approaching someone, you had to yell out, "Unclean! Unclean!" No one would want to be around you.
We pick up the story in Luke's gospel: "Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, 'Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!'" (17:11-13 NKJV).
These men came to Jesus and asked Him to heal them. And He did. Then Luke tells us, "And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan" (verses 15-16 NKJV).
But Jesus said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?" (verses 17-18 NKJV).
Of course, we're quick to receive the blessing from God but we're not so quick to return thanks to Him.
The Bible tells us, "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV).
Have you thanked God recently for what He has blessed you with? Most importantly, have you taken the time to thank Him for your salvation? We need to give thanks to God, because there is so much to thank Him for.
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