Prophecy Update Newsletter
December 27, 2016
IN TODAY'S NEWSLETTER...
The Aha! Moment - By Cynthia Nuara - http://raptureready.com/soap2/nuara33.html
"Let them not rejoice over me who are wrongfully my enemies; Nor let them wink with the eye who hate me without a cause. For they do not speak peace, but they devise deceitful matters against the quiet ones in the land. They also opened their mouth wide against me, and said, "Aha, aha! Our eyes have seen it" (Psalm 35:19-21).
Barack Hussein Obama and his Demonicrat party have cursed the US with his last days in office backstabbing of Israel at the United Nations Security Council. His "Aha moment" for Israel was to abstain, knowing full well that anything short of a veto by the US allowed the council to pass its resolution denying the right of what it calls Israel's "settlements." Already the Arab-dominated UN's agency UNESCO had recently won the vote to claim that the Temple Mount and holy sites in Israel are all Arab history, not Jewish history. Has this latest affront to Israel assisted the UN in driving the final nail in Israel's coffin? No.
"For I am with you (Israel),' says the Lord, 'to save you; 'Though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, and will not let you go altogether unpunished... I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,' says the Lord, 'Because they called you an outcast saying: 'This is Zion; No one seeks her' ... Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goes forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind; It will fall violently on the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of the Lord will not return until He has done it, and until He has performed the intents of His heart. In the latter days you will consider it" (excerpt Jeremiah 30).
God is without a doubt allowing Islam to wreak havoc in the world...for now. All through the Bible God uses the enemy to punish nations for their sins, while calling them to turn back to Him in repentance, and then He destroys the enemy.
Who would have thought that only seven years after 911, the US would elect a man with deep Muslim roots & even a Muslim name to run our country. The ideals of Islam are polar opposite to Judeo-Christian values, and we are considered infidels to be conquered in Islam's quest to take over the world through infiltration, over-population, subjugation, and murder.
Did you know there are even Muslims who see Obama as the sign to them that their Mahdi is coming soon, due to an old Shiite prophecy? The Mahdi, as believed by Muslims, is their Savior who will arrive around the same time as the Second Coming of Jesus. As I've said before, according to Islam Jesus is only a messenger and not the Son of God, but one who will assist the Mahdi in ridding the world of the Jews and Christians and in taking over the world for Islam; and then 40 years later their version of Jesus dies and is buried next to their esteemed prophet Muhammad. Needless to say, that's not our Jesus!
The following is an excerpt from a Forbes article several years ago: According to the tradition, Imam Ali Ibn Abi-Talib prophesied that at the End of Times and just before the return of Islam's Mahdi, a "tall black man will assume the reins of government in the West." Commanding "the strongest army on earth," the new ruler in the West will carry "a clear sign" from the third imam, whose name was Hussein Ibn Ali. The tradition concludes: "Shiites should have no doubt that he is with us."
In a curious coincidence Obama's first and second names-Barack Hussein-mean "the blessing of Hussein" in Arabic and Persian. His family name, Obama, written in the Persian alphabet, reads O Ba Ma, which means "he is with us." --- from Forbes.com, Oct.28, 2008 "Obama and Ahmadinejad"
Let me just say that Satan knows Bible prophecy, and he is a sneaky counterfeiter of God's Word, who has helpers in this endeavor. Muhammad, for example, who invented Islam several hundred years after the Bible was written, twisted Scripture from it for his own purposes, and completely made up many other verses from scratch. If only Muslims who follow the Qur'an to the letter would realize that they don't have to kill for the god they worship in order to be guaranteed a spot in heaven. The true God of the Bible came to earth in the flesh and died for us so that we could be saved who believe in Him.
Barack Hussein Obama has been bad news from day one & has followed the agenda of his Marxist beliefs, of Islam, and of globalists ---to destroy the US. There were clues from the start to let the US know what a mistake it was making. Here are some interesting FACTS concerning this man who did nothing of note to deserve the presidency, but rather was relatively unknown until he burst onto the scene promising "change" and "to fundamentally transform America." Only his idea of transforming the US is to bring it down.
The day after his election, his home state of Illinois' pick 3 lottery was 666 & the pick 4 was 7779. The number seven in the Bible indicates completion, and so does nine, even finality. During the seven-year Tribulation there will be three sets of seven judgments: 7 trumpet judgments, 7 seal judgments & 7 bowl judgments, each one worse than the other to be poured out on an unbelieving world.
Other indicators that turning the US into an Obama Nation would be an abomination: The security code name Obama chose was "Renegade," which means "lawless one," also "a deserter from one faith or allegiance to another." His steel-plated limousine was dubbed "The Beast."
He got his start in Chicago as a community organizer, working closely with ACORN Housing Corporation in Chicago IL 60606. (It is said that he represented zip code region 60606 when in the Illinois Senate. I do know that is a Chicago zip code). The phone number of his campaign headquarters began with the toll-free area code of 866, with the first number after that also being six. (I don't think the phone number for his campaign headquarters in Chicago exists anymore).
I'm not making this stuff up. I did a lot of research on him when he first became president, and I'm sure you can still find this information online from "reliable" sources. I've listed some of the sources in this article and at the end.
During his candidacy & election as president, some celebrities & mainstream media were so mesmerized by him, they referred to him as a Messiah or the Messiah. The Nation of Islam's Louis Farrakhan said that when Obama talks"the Messiah is absolutely speaking." Mainstream publications depicted him in photos with light surrounding him. And when he was re-elected, Newsweek titled its cover "The Second Coming."
Here's a huge one: He finally visited Israel as president in his second term during the Jewish Passover week in March 2013. The day B.O. & his donkey party arrived in Israel for meetings with the leaders and stayed at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, was the exact number of days before Passover (5 days) as when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey & allowed his followers to proclaim him to be the Messiah. Was that day picked on purpose, either in jest or because Obama really began to believe the Messiah hype?
Interestingly, just a week before that, the papacy was taken over by a man who appears like a lamb, but more and more speaks like a dragon, who promotes global government & a global religion. He insinuates that "all paths lead to God." He made that very clear in a video for all the world to see.. This is unbiblical and will lead many down the path of destruction. Jesus is the only way! (John 14:6). As you've heard by now, unless you're a cave dweller, global government and global religion will be the sinister case during the Tribulation. Read Rev.13 and Rev.17. But I digress. Let's get back to the infamous man of the hour.
Just ahead of Obama's March 2013 visit to Israel, the Middle East was hit with a 30-million strong plague of locusts. On the last day of Obama's visit, Israel was hit with a sandstorm that grounded his helicopter. So he had to ride in his limousine, The Beast (an identical backup to the one that "broke down" two days earlier), in a slow-moving convoy through an Israel checkpoint to Bethlehem. This shortened his visit to Bethlehem from 50 minutes to 15 minutes. The winds were so fierce at Ben Gurion Airport where Obama's departure ceremony took place, that the staff had to take down the flags.
That brings to mind the fact that the White House became infested with flies upon Obama's moving into the building. All the staff had to be issued flyswatters. It was reported, oddly enough, by the "liberal" New York Times in an article titled "What Has 132 Rooms and Flies?" And who can forget the flies that seemed to follow him in public forums and land on his face. Then there's at least two incidents of him being surrounded by bees that made the news. One of them was when he was leaving the White House to attend some function, when a swarm of bees suddenly appeared around him. Another was when he was reading to a group of children at an egg roll event on the White House lawn. The title of the book he was reading was "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak.
What about Obama's claim to be Christian and his membership in Jeremiah Wright's Christian church? Well, he's not and it's not! And have you heard the lowdown on Wright's "Down Low Club?" Um um um! Well, you'll just have to read WND's exclusive article "Obama Didn't Join Wright's Church to Follow Jesus." It is an exposé that some may find shocking, but it connects the dots to the hows and the whys for "what pools he swims in" so to speak-on a number of levels. Here is the link to the exposé:
Obama must be laughing with delight right now at the "Aha moment" he's been waiting to spring on Israel. But his day is coming when he will reap what he has sown, and he won't be laughing then. The other world leaders on the UN Security Council who voted against Israel (all 14 of them did) will receive their comeuppance as well.
"Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha!" (Psalm 40:15).
France actually has the gall to call the world leaders to Paris again on January 15th for another Middle East "peace" conference aka another "let's force Israel to divide" conference. When they held one in June, various parts of the world were deluged with massive floods at the same time, with Paris getting the worst of it-so much so that the conference ended early. But the world at large, being blinded by the god of this world (Satan), doesn't connect the dots and see that God does not want His Promised Land divided.
"And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it" (Zechariah 12:3).
God will have the last "Aha" moment, and His Word says that mankind is without excuse. The nations have turned against God, and despite His chastisements, they refuse to repent and turn back to Him. They would rather worship false gods and created things instead of the Creator. (See Romans 1).
Many pastors do not teach Bible prophecy because it's easier to fill the church pews by tickling people's ears, telling them what they want to hear instead. Apostasy is rampant now, and many false prophets are filling their pockets, using the pulpit for monetary gain and telling lies to their congregations. More and more churches have become nothing more than entertainment-and worldly entertainment at that!
"And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, 'The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play'" (1 Corinthians 10:7).
But we watchmen and women on the wall, who have included last days' Bible prophecy in our study of God's Word, will keep urging people to turn to Christ and will keep warning them of what is soon to come. Many will scoff at this, but there has never before been a time in history like now when we are seeing all the signs CONVERGING that Jesus and His prophets told us to watch for occurring with greater frequency and intensity by the day-that tell us it's almost time for the False Prophet's partner, The Antichrist, to step onto the world stage and confirm the so-called "peace covenant" the world is forcing Israel into, which will divide Israel and which will turn out to be a false peace covenant. (Daniel 9:27).
But first the trump of God will sound, and Christ will "catch away" his true followers in the twinkling of an eye. Then, seven years later we will come back with Him when He returns at Armageddon to judge the nations and set up His kingdom on Earth for the next 1000 years. Here is an excerpt from Joel 3 that speaks of the final battle before Christ's return:
"For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; (Battle of Armageddon) and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land...Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war!... Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down; For the winepress is full, the vats overflow-for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will diminish their brightness. The Lord also will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; The heavens and earth will shake; But the Lord will be a shelter for His people, and the strength of the children of Israel. So you shall know that I am the Lord your God, dwelling in Zion My holy mountain. Then Jerusalem shall be holy, and no aliens shall ever pass through her again."
Other Significant Sources:
YouTube, video uploaded Nov.8, 2008 "Obama's State Lottery Is 666 Day After Win" (shows proof also of pick 4)
The Green Olive Tree, April 7, 2013 "In the News: Locust Plague-Obama--Sandstorm in Israel"
Times of Israel, March 19, 2013: "Barack Obama's Timetable in Israel"
John Kerry Is Working on Another UN Resolution That Would Officially Recognize a Palestinian State - http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/62048-john-kerry-is-working-on-another-un-resolution-that-would-officially-recognize-a-palestinian-state
Multiple media outlets are reporting that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is finalizing a document that the Obama administration hopes will form the basis for a U.N. Security Council resolution that officially recognizes a Palestinian state before the end of Barack Obama's term on Jan. 20.
This comes on the heels of the U.N. Security Council's adoption of resolution 2334 on Dec. 23. That resolution declared that all Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal, it stated that the Security Council recognizes the 1967 ceasefire lines as the border between Israel and "Palestine," and it officially gave East Jerusalem to the Palestinians. But it stopped short of formally recognizing a Palestinian state. Resolution 2334 speaks of a Palestinian state in the future tense, but this new resolution John Kerry is reportedly working on would give immediate and permanent U.N. Security Council recognition to a Palestinian state.
If there is a U.N. Security Council resolution that officially establishes a Palestinian state prior to Jan. 20, there will be no question that it will represent "the dividing of the land of Israel" at the United Nations that so many of us have been watching for.
According to The Times of Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is anticipating precisely this kind of move at the U.N., and he is reaching out to Donald Trump for assistance:
Amid escalating fallout from the U.N. Security Council vote Friday that condemned Israel's settlement activities, a furious Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reported on Sunday night to be attempting to "recruit" the incoming Trump administration and the U.S. Congress to block a feared bid by the outgoing Obama administration to have the Security Council approve principles for a Palestinian state.
It is being widely reported that John Kerry will deliver a speech within the next few days that will set out a specific plan for a "two-state solution." That same article from The Times of Israel says that Netanyahu is deeply concerned that Obama "will seek to have a resolution enshrining those parameters adopted by the U.N. Security Council" before the end of his term on Jan. 20:
Netanyahu's fear is that Secretary of State John Kerry will set out principles or parameters for a Palestinian state in a speech that he has said he will deliver in the next few days on his Middle-East vision. The prime minister fears that, in its final days, the Obama administration will seek to have a resolution enshrining those parameters adopted by the U.N. Security Council, the report said.
France is to hold a conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Jan. 15, and Netanyahu expects that Kerry will attend, that the Middle East Quartet-the U.S., U.N., Russia and EU-will coordinate their positions at that summit, and that they will then turn to the Security Council in the very last days of the Obama presidency, a Channel 10 report further suggested.
If John Kerry simply were to get up and give a speech about what he thinks the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be, that would be rather meaningless. In fact, there would be little point in doing that unless action was going to be taken at the U.N. Security Council before the end of Obama's term.
Earlier today, Israeli-French anchor and reporter Julien Bahloul sent out the following message on his verified Twitter account: "#Breaking: le Secrétaire d'Etat John Kerry travaillerait sur un texte reconnaissant l'Etat de Palestine".
When you hit the translate button, this is how that tweet gets translated: "#Breaking: Secretary of State John Kerry would work on a text recognizing the State of Palestine".
When I first saw that, it sent chills through me.
According to i24news, this document that Kerry is working on would use the 1967 ceasefire lines as the basis for the borders between the two states, but it would also incorporate "land-swaps" so that most of the Jewish settlers in the West Bank could stay where they are:
United States Secretary of State John Kerry is preparing a document which will form the basis for final negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians to be presented next month before President Barack Obama leaves office, the Palestinian al-Quds newspaper reported Monday.
The document will outline the establishment of a future Palestinian state according to the internationally recognized 1967 borders, with land-swaps leaving approximately 75 to 80 percent of Israeli settlers living in the West Bank under the sovereignty of Israel, the report states.
The principles will also set out requirements for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish State, and Israel's required recognition of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, al-Quds says.
It would be hard to overstate how dangerous this is. As I explained yesterday, when Barack Obama decided to betray Israel at the United Nations, he cursed America. And a resolution that would officially recognize a Palestinian state would be an even bigger betrayal than resolution 2334 was.
Back in August, I went on one of the biggest Christian shows in America and specifically warned that Barack Obama would betray Israel at the United Nations. I have also repeatedly pointed out the pattern of judgment we have seen over the last several decades whenever the U.S. has made moves toward dividing the land, and I have repeatedly warned about what will happen when our government is involved in officially dividing the land of Israel and establishing a Palestinian state.
I cannot understand why more Christian leaders are not getting extremely upset about this. They know the Bible says that God will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel.
Many of those leaders also know there will be extremely severe consequences for the United States once a Palestinian state is declared.
So why aren't they saying something? Why aren't they warning the people? Why are they just going about business as usual as if nothing is going to happen?
This past weekend, preachers all across America should have been preaching fiery sermons about Obama's betrayal of Israel on Friday. But that wouldn't have been politically correct to preach during the Christmas season, and so in most churches, nothing was said.
The passing of U.N. Security Council resolution 2334 was the most prophetically significant event in at least 40 years, and another resolution that would officially recognize a Palestinian state would be even more important.
America is already under a curse due to the passage of resolution 2334. If another resolution is passed that formally establishes a Palestinian state, our nation will experience a shaking unlike anything we have ever known before.
Let us pray that the Obama administration is not successful in getting this resolution passed before Jan. 20, because if it happens, all hell is going to break loose in America.
The First Step Towards Building the Third Temple: A Synagogue on the Temple Mount - By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz - https://www.breakingisraelnews.com
"Even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon Mine altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples." Isaiah 56:7 (The Israel Bible™)
Yaakov Hayman, the head of Yishai, an NGO dedicated to reinstating Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, is preparing to submit a survey map to the Israeli government to build four synagogues, one in each corner of the Temple Mount compound, a critical turning point steering Israel in the right direction towards prayer at Judaism's holiest site.
Legally, the government is required to permit Jews to pray at the site. In a 2015 case brought by Rabbi Yehuda Glick, now a member of the Likud party, the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court ruled that in accordance with Israel's basic law that ensures freedom of worship for all religions, Jews must be permitted to pray on the Temple Mount.
In practice, Jews who ascend to the Temple Mount are antagonized by Islamic Waqf guards who closely monitor their every move. Any action that appears worshipful results in immediate expulsion.
At present, Christians too are forbidden from praying on the Temple Mount. True to the Bible's vision of a House of Prayer for all Nations, Hayman believes "Anyone who doesn't object to anyone else being on the Temple Mount should be allowed up there to pray", he told Breaking Israel News.
Hayman believes he has the solution. According to Jewish tradition, the Temple was destroyed due to hatred between Jews. Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount is being prevented by hatred; the political agenda determined by Muslim violence. Hayman believes the answer is an outpouring of love for the Temple Mount that brings people together in prayer.
"A synagogue is the first step towards building the Third Temple", Hayman explained. Quoting the book of Kings, he noted that the Temple was inaugurated not just as a place for sacrifices but mainly as a house of prayer.
And hearken Thou to the supplication of Thy servant, and of Thy people Yisrael, when they shall pray toward this place; yea, hear Thou in heaven Thy dwelling-place; and when Thou hearest, forgive. I Kings 8:30
Hayman cited the Mishna (oral law), which stated explicitly that there was a synagogue standing alongside the Temple. Hayman's plan is to build four synagogues angled in to face the Holy of Holies. "The wall facing the Temple will be glass, so the people who can see the Temple while they are praying," he explained.
"We need to get more Jews to go up to the Temple Mount," Hayman urged. Unfortunately, Jewish visitation is severely limited. Over the past 12 months, only 14,000 Jews were permitted to visit the Temple Mount. "Last year, over 7 million Jews visited the Kotel (Western Wall), just a few yards away. When we have thousands of Jews going up every day, Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount will just naturally begin to happen."
Surprisingly, Hayman is not a rabbi. More appropriate to his function, Hayman's profession is developing and managing building projects. He approaches the holy endeavor like any other building project but construction on the Temple Mount poses a unique challenge.
"The first stage in any building project is surveying the land and getting the map accepted by the government as accurate and valid," Hayman explained to Breaking Israel News. "This is usually simple, almost automatic. We surveyed the Temple Mount and submitted the map three years ago. It was the first time the Temple Mount had been measured since 1967."
Upon conducting the research necessary to determine whether construction on the Temple Mount would be legal, "We discovered that the Temple Mount is not registered to anyone," Hayman divulged to Breaking Israel News.
"Nonetheless, the survey was rejected by order of the Prime Minister's office. They didn't want to deal with it."
Despite initial rejections, Hayman is preparing to submit the survey once again.
"My hope is that due to current events and slightly different leadership in the upper levels of government that it may get through this time," Hyman said.
He explained that the UNESCO vote that granted a religious monopoly on the Temple Mount to the Muslims opened the door to last Friday's UN Security Council vote that granted Judea, Samaria, and East Jerusalem to the Palestinians.
"If you don't have sovereignty in your own holiest place, how can you demand sovereignty anywhere else?" Hayman asked rhetorically. "Building a synagogue on the Temple Mount can help Israel politically...I hope the government will understand that."
In a rare show of unity in a profession trained in dialectic, rabbis from all sectors have voiced support for the construction. The seeds of the project were planted when Rabbi Shlomo Goren, the IDF's Chief Rabbi, stood at the Kotel moments after it had been liberated from Jordan. Rabbi Goren organized several prayer sessions on the Temple Mount complete with Torah scrolls, but the government put a stop to them before he could see it through.
Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, called for the construction of a synagogue on the Temple Mount and now, his son, Safed's Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, is working toward that goal as the president of Yishai.
Chief Rabbi David Lau, generally considered to be moderate, stunned many last June when, in an interview on the televised Knesset Channel, he called for the construction of the Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount.
"There's room for Jews, there's room for Christians, there's room for everybody," Rabbi Lau said to a shocked audience.
Thousands fulfilling End Times prophesy in Israel - Michael F. Haverluck - https://www.onenewsnow.com/missions/2016/12/18/thousands-fulfilling-end-times-prophesy-in-israel
Thousands of Jewish people around the world are fulfilling End Times prophesy by making "Aliyah" - the Hebrew word meaning "going" up, or immigrating to Israel.
On an annual basis, thousands of Jewish people from every corner of the Earth are resettling in Israel - even though the transition is often difficult, but they are often the recipients of assistance along the way.
The Bible indicates that in the Last Days, the Jewish people will return in droves to unite in their homeland after being dispersed around the world for two millennia.
Answering the call to go home
Neal Brinn, a Jewish American, made Aliyah with his family back to Israel after serving 20 years with the United States Navy.
"The highest position I had was the commanding officer of the U.S. warship, the USS Carter Hall, which was an amphibious ship about 200 meters long," Brinn told CBN News.
Today, the 20-year veteran lives in a religious neighborhood in Jerusalem with his wife, Shoshanna, and their four children. Even though many believe that Brinn and his family made a great sacrifice to move from the comforts in the West to live in the war-torn Middle East, the young family insists that they are now truly home.
Leaving the luxury of living in America, Brinn found himself living a quite different lifestyle in Israel. Without a car, Brinn spent the entire summer accompanying his four-year-old twins on a bus to public school.
"We do have a car," Brin mused. "It's got four wheels; it's got one seat. Only one person can sit in it and that's Yudi, who's five months old. The propulsion system is human legs attached to arms. It's a stroller. That's our car. It holds everything we need. If we need to go shopping, we can take it everywhere, even up the steps."
Less than a decade ago, Brinn began taking his Jewish heritage more seriously.
"About eight years ago, Brinn's life took on major changes," CBN News' Chris Mitchell and Julie Stahl - who work out of the Christian organization's Jerusalem bureau - reported. "He became more religious, met Shoshanna and married. They knew they would come to Israel at some point; they just didn't know when."
While in the Navy, Brinn went back-and-forth as to whether he would stay 20 or 30 years ... keeping in mind that an additional 10 years would prove to be more financially rewarding - but a decade would make the transition more difficult for his children.
"For staying 30 years, I'd make 2.4 more times retirement pay every month, which is a tremendous difference," the Jewish American-turned Israeli Jew pointed out.
Brinn and his wife finally came to the conclusion that Israel was their true home, spurring the Naval officer to retire and move immediately.
"This is where we feel every Jew needs to be," Brinn asserted. "And our children will learn the language so much better at the ages of between five months, three-and-a-half, and our twins who are four, than if it was 10 years later."
Brinn and his family had to make some major adjustments in their transition to Jerusalem, where they were amazed at the amount of litter people left around his neighborhood - a practice that seemed to be tolerated by most. Not as tolerant as his neighbors, the ex-Navy officer used an idea he had from being the executive officer of a ship and orchestrated a weekly cleaning campaign he dubbed the "Hour of Power."
"We're hoping this will be a habit and stays and can really clean this space up," Brinn shared. "We go from just picking up litter to be actually cleaning. I mean, these stone stairs could look like clean stone - as opposed to stones with weeds here and dirt here."
The motivation behind it all
When asked why he decided to make the transition from a luxurious lifestyle in America to a lower standard of living in Israel, Brinn said his Jewish heritage - and what it means to be a Jew - made the decision easy.
"I can't tell you why some people would move, but I can tell you why a Jew would," Brinn offered. "We have a national anthem called HaTikva -- which means 'the hope' - and it says in HaTikva that as long as the heart of the Jew beats -- I'm not quoting it exactly, but - as long as the heart of the Jew beats, this 2,000-year dream is just finally being realized."
Help along the way
Helping Brinn make the difficult transition, Rabbi Yehoshua Fass' organization, Nefesh B'Nefesh, made the move from America to Israel possible.
"We have this modern-day miracle of the state of Israel that is just unfathomable -- it's fantasy stuff," Fass explained. "For 2,000 years of wandering and dreaming ... and all of a sudden, you get on a plane and change your status and become a citizen of this country - it's incredible."
Brinn and his family were just six of tens of thousands who the Jewish organization helped make the move to Israel a reality.
"Two hundred twenty-three North American immigrants arrived on a flight just weeks after the Brinns, including 75 young people who came to join the Israeli Defense Force - the IDF," Mitchell and Stahl informed. "One of them was Nefesh B'Nefesh's immigrant No. 50,000, Rebekkah Glanzer, from Brooklyn, New York."
Each of the immigrants seem to have an innate sense of belonging once they arrive in the Holy Land.
"There's a feeling of belonging here that you really don't have anywhere else, and I just couldn't see myself spending the rest of my life any other place - so I'm here," Glanzer expressed. "IDF service is part of what makes Israel such a united country. It makes everyone feel like it's really their own. So, I didn't feel I could make Aliyah without contributing or participating in that way."
Ally Strauss also made Aliyah and shared that she could not support Israel from afar as well as she could as an Israeli citizen.
"It's something I've dreamed about doing since [I was] seven years old," Strauss shared. "I think Israel has a right to be a country, and I want to do what I can to make sure it stays a country as long as possible."
Zachary Olstein was even more compelled to make Aliyah and join the IDF after witnessing the remnants of the Holocaust in Europe.
"I went to Poland ... I saw the concentration camps ... I saw the ghettos," Olstein recalled. "It became so much more real. My purpose for coming to the army, I think, is that I want to help protect the one place that I know - God forbid it ever happens - the place that's safe for the Jewish people."
Two Jewish Americans from Washington, D.C., Tammy and Gene Berman, decided to make Aliyah after their retirement in order to fill a void that would exist until they went home.
"It's our destiny - we're Jewish," Tammy Berman insisted. "America's a wonderful, fantastic country; I love it. My parents were immigrants to America, but we're visitors there. We belong here."
Nearing Midnight: Jerusalem Move Prophetic? - Terry James - http://raptureready.com/rap16.html
One can sense prophetic movement afoot within this presidential election cycle. The globalist agenda, as mentioned a number of times in these commentaries, seems to have been put on hold, or at least slowed.
That is not to say that the forces wanting to set the stage for Antichrist's rise to power--unwittingly no doubt in most cases--have by any means given up on their agenda. But, in America, for the moment, the people's decision to put this particular man in the most powerful office on earth appears to have erected a wall of opposition.
It is God, Himself, who in actuality has put Trump in the office of U.S. president, just as He allows any potentate, prince, or president to come to power.
With this in mind, it is most interesting to consider developments as offshoots of this particular election--thus in light of the coalescing of prophetic indicators the issues and events of these times have wrought.
One such indicator I've written about previously that has potential prophetic overtones in my estimation is the possibility of a coming economic boom. This is the trend in every direction one looks in consideration of the financial markets of late. Most every indicator leading up to this election year pointed to dire outcomes in America and the world regarding economic prospects. Europe and much of the rest of the world continue to be steeped in dire such predictions. The United States prospects, however, are looking brighter and brighter as the inauguration of Donald J. Trump approaches.
I'm not deluded--nor should you be--that all is well. It isn't. But, a boom, I believe, was prophesied by the Lord Jesus Himself. It will be a time of buying, selling, building, marrying, planting, and doing all the things that say good times are here again.
Jesus said as recorded in Matthew 24:36-42 and Luke 17:26-30 that times will be booming economically at the time judgment will fall. Anytime the Lord prophesied--such as in His Olivet Discourse foretelling--the things He foretold announced an especially accelerated or more pronounced state than normal circumstance would indicate. When He said people will be buying, selling, building, etc., "like in the days of Lot," He was, I'm convinced, predicting a boom in wealth, etc.--i.e., economic circumstance well beyond business as usual.
We see, at this present hour, a movement into economic boom times for this nation. Trump is an acknowledged business whiz, and the financial markets almost without exception give indication they have confidence he will "make America great again"--at least economically speaking.
This optimism of the money changers of Wall Street and other echelons of fiscal power inspired me to meander a bit through the Revelation chapter 18 prophecy in which the entity known as Babylon the Great is described. The ruminating in my mind raises the question, despite the longstanding seminary declaration that this entity will rise from the geographical area of ancient Babylon. Is it possible the prophecy might involve the United States of America?
I'm not saying it will be thus--just that it is legitimate to raise the question. I'm aware that great theologically prophetic minds--some belonging to dear friends--say there is no such possibility.
Another such prophetic indicator flowing from this presidential election--the subject of this essay--is the matter of the president-elect's promise to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Actually, candidate Trump long ago made this declaration during many stump speeches. It is more than noteworthy, therefore, that his selection to be ambassador to Israel has at the center of his thinking the move of the American embassy from where it now sits in Tel Aviv to--you guessed it--Jerusalem.
Trump's choice, David Friedman, an orthodox Jew, has stated that he looks forward to serving as ambassador to Israel at "the US embassy in Israel's eternal capital, Jerusalem."
Former Republican National Committee chairman and now President-Elect Donald Trump's chief of staff, Reince Priebus, was told in an interview on the December 18, 2016 FOX News Sunday program by Chris Wallace, the show's host, that Freidman has said he is against the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This, Wallace indicated, is against the international community's determination to make such a "solution" part of a peace deal. The upshot of Wallace's thought was that this is going to be a highly controversial stand by Friedman and Trump. This, it was implied, will prevent the peace from eventuating, which the globalists want to impose upon Israel and the region.
Zechariah's prophecy might here come into play as we look forward to the coming months of the Trump presidency. The establishment of America's embassy in Jerusalem, thus making recognition of that most controversial city on earth as Israel's capital ironclad, will almost certainly both drive the Arab-Islamists of the region into a frenzy and cause massive diplomatic headaches for the globalist, international community sort.
The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. (Zechariah 12:1-3)
Like in the prophecy involving Jesus' days of Noah, days of Lot foretelling, Zechariah's prophecy regarding Jerusalem looks to be forming. Stay tuned...
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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10 Previous Times America Faced Major Disaster After Attempting To Divide Israel - http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=906
Because Barack Obama has cursed Israel at the United Nations, America is now under a curse. Friday's stunning betrayal of Israel at the UN Security Council is making headlines all over the planet, but the truth is that what Obama has just done is far more serious than most people would dare to imagine.
Over the past several decades, whenever the U.S. government has taken a major step toward the division of the land of Israel it has resulted in a major disaster hitting the United States.
This keeps happening over and over again, and yet our leaders never seem to learn. And despite the fact that President-elect Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and prominent members of both parties in Congress strongly urged Obama to veto Security Council resolution 2334, he went ahead and let it pass anyway.
Because the United States has veto power on the UN Security Council, nothing can get passed without our support. And it has been the policy of the U.S. government for decades to veto all anti-Israel resolutions that come before the Security Council.
But this time around, it appears that the Obama administration was working very hard behind the scenes to get this resolution pushed through the Security Council before the end of Obama's term. At least that is what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is claiming...
"From the information that we have, we have no doubt that the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed," Netanyahu said in a statement. "This is, of course, in complete contradiction of the traditional American policy that was committed to not trying to dictate terms for a permanent agreement, like any issue related to them in the Security Council, and, of course, the explicit commitment of President Obama himself, in 2011, to refrain from such steps."
I am sure that there will be a tremendous amount of debate about to what extent the U.S. was involved in creating and drafting this resolution, but there is one thing that is exceedingly clear.
The ultimate decision as to whether or not this resolution would be adopted was in the hands of one man. Barack Obama knew very well that he had this power, and in the end he ultimately decided to betray Israel.
And now that our government has cursed Israel at the UN, our entire nation will be cursed as a result.
In the Scriptures we are repeatedly told that God will bless those that bless Israel and will curse those that curse Israel.
When Barack Obama blocked a similar resolution that France wanted to submit for a vote in September 2015, it resulted in America being blessed, and we definitely have been blessed over the past 16 months.
But now that Barack Obama has reversed course and has betrayed Israel, we will most assuredly be cursed. In the days ahead we will see how this plays out, and perhaps we can get some hints about what may happen by reviewing recent history.
There have literally been dozens of instances in recent decades when the U.S. has been hit by some sort of immediate disaster when it has made a move toward the dividing of the land of Israel.
The following are ten of the most prominent examples that stand out to me...
#1 The last time the U.S. government refused to veto an anti-Israel resolution at the UN Security Council was in 1979. On March 22nd, 1979 the Carter administration chose not to veto UN Resolution 446.
Four days after that on March 26th, the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty was signed in Washington. As a result of that treaty, Israel gave up a tremendous amount of territory. Two days later, on March 28th, the worst nuclear power plant disaster in U.S. history made headlines all over the globe. The following comes from Wikipedia...
The Three Mile Island accident was a partial nuclear meltdown that occurred on March 28, 1979, in reactor number 2 of Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station (TMI-2) in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States. It was the most significant accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history. The incident was rated a five on the seven-point International Nuclear Event Scale: Accident With Wider Consequences.
#2 On October 30th, 1991 President George H. W. Bush opened the Madrid Peace Conference which brought Israelis and Palestinians together to negotiate for the very first time.
In his opening speech, Bush told Israel that "territorial compromise is essential for peace". At the exact same time, "the Perfect Storm" was brewing in the north Atlantic.
This legendary storm traveled 1000 miles the wrong direction and sent 35 foot waves slamming directly into President Bush's home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
#3 On August 23rd, 1992 the Madrid Peace Conference moved to Washington D.C., and the very next day Hurricane Andrew made landfall in Florida causing 30 billion dollars in damage. It was the worst natural disaster up to that time in U.S. history.
#4 On January 16th, 1994 President Clinton met with President Assad of Syria to discuss the possibility of Israel giving up the Golan Heights. Within 24 hours, the devastating Northridge earthquake hit southern California. It was the second worst natural disaster up to that time in U.S. history.
#5 On January 21st, 1998 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived at the White House but received a very cold reception. In fact, President Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright actually refused to have lunch with him. That exact same day the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke, sending the Clinton presidency into a tailspin from which it would never recover.
#6 On September 28th, 1998 Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was working on finalizing a plan which would have had Israel give up approximately 13 percent of Judea and Samaria. On that precise day, Hurricane George slammed into the Gulf Coast with wind gusts of up to 175 miles an hour.
#7 On May 3rd, 1999 Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was supposed to hold a press conference to declare the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capital.
On that precise day, the most powerful tornadoes ever recorded in the U.S. ripped through Oklahoma and Kansas. At one point one of the tornadoes actually had a recorded wind speed of 316 miles an hour.
#8 On April 30th, 2003, "the Road Map to Peace" that had been developed by the so-called "Quartet" was presented to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon by U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer.
Over the next seven days, the U.S. was hit by a staggering 412 tornadoes. It was the largest tornado cluster ever recorded up to that time.
#9 In 2005, President George W. Bush (the son of George H. W. Bush) convinced Israel that it was necessary to remove all of the Jewish settlers out of Gaza and turn it over entirely to the Palestinians.
According to the New York Times, the very last of the settlers were evacuated on August 23, 2005. On that precise day, a storm that would be given the name "Katrina" started forming over the Bahamas.
The city of New Orleans still has not fully recovered from the damage that storm caused, and it ranked as the costliest natural disaster in all of U.S. history up to that time.
#10 On May 19th, 2011 Barack Obama told Israel that there must be a return to the pre-1967 borders. Three days later on May 22nd a half-mile wide EF-5 multiple-vortex tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri. According to Wikipedia, it was "the costliest single tornado in U.S. history."
The UN Security Council resolution that was passed on Friday is the biggest betrayal of Israel in modern history. As I explained in my last article, I believe that America's reprieve is now over and all hell is about to break loose in this country.
When Barack Obama blocked the UN Security Council from dividing the land of Israel in September 2015, according to the Word of God we should have been blessed as a nation as a result, and we were blessed.
But now Barack Obama has cursed Israel by stabbing them in the back at the United Nations, and according to the Word of God we should be cursed as a nation as a result.
And as surely as I am writing this article, we will be cursed.
Daily Jot: My Favorite Christmas Memory - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
As many of you know, I grew up on our family farm in Northeastern Ohio. It was part of a land grant in payment to my grandfather seven generations back for fighting in the Revolutionary War. At the time my grandfather sent two of his sons to claim the land, it was wilderness, the most western part of the new America, and most certainly Indian country. They had to carve out their inheritance while defending themselves and learning how to farm fertile, but rather low land. The house they built was a sturdy two room structure with a loft above, with two inch planks pegged together as walls and large beams, also pegged together, held the house up over the crude cellar. The house was added on to in 1840.
The entire farm was handed down from Wilson to Wilson from around 1800 till even today, when my son will take over the property. We all were raised on this farm since then. When my father went on to be with the Lord in 1989, my mother continued living at the farm until she was unable to do so and moved in to our Maryland home. During those times before, we would pack up the family and "go home" for Christmas. Sometimes, my mother didn't make the best decisions at Christmas time, especially since it was my dad's birthday, and the anniversary of his death was just a few days after my mother's birthday, also in December. Mother, however, never wanted to admit that her decisions might not be the best.
We were finished opening presents and all the paper from the gifts was stuffed into a couple of trash bags. There was no garbage pick up at the farm. We burned everything in an old sawed-off 50 gallon drum out about 30 feet from the milk house. Now this drum was old and had charred and rusted down to about half its height. On this Christmas morning, the wind was blowing pretty hard and there was no snow on the ground. I protested that it was not a good idea to burn these wrappings, but mom insisted--she was a neat-kin to the max and didn't want the trash in her house another second. So I reluctantly complied. I set the wrappings on fire and soon they blew all over the pasture, setting tiny fires as they landed.
These tiny fires grew into bigger fires and soon about half an acre of pasture was on fire with the wind shifting toward the barns. I was fighting the fire with a shovel and an old gunny sack while everyone else was in the house enjoying the morning, unaware of the fiasco outside. I finally prevailed over the fire. I came in the house with smoky clothes, smudges on my face, arms and hands, and my eyebrows were singed. My mother calmly sat across the kitchen table and without any hesitation said, "You shouldn't have burned that trash with that wind blowing like it was." Ephesians 6:2,3 says, "Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth." You can, if you survive the fires <wink>.
Daily Devotion: A Pivotal Moment in Church History - Greg Laurie - www.harvest.org
Then he said to them, "You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean." -Acts 10:28
A pivotal moment arrived in the spread of the gospel by the early church with the conversion of a man named Cornelius. His conversion was significant because Cornelius was not a Jew, but a Gentile.
For us living today in the melting pot called the United States of America, that doesn't mean a lot. But it did mean a lot to the first-century Jew. Despite the fact that Jesus told His disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel, that really wasn't happening. Christianity was running the risk of becoming a sect of Judaism.
But that all changed when God impacted one man, and that man was Simon Peter. Peter was pretty much like any other Jew living in his time. He was proud of his heritage, and I don't mean that in a critical way.
The Jews of this time, however, wanted nothing to do with non-Jews, or Gentiles. So God wanted to redirect the early church to go to the non-Jews and bring them the message of the gospel. And the Lord did that through Peter.
Acts 10 tells us that while Peter was waiting for lunch one day in Joppa, he went up on the housetop to pray. Then he fell into a trance and saw the sky open, while something resembling a sheet was lowered that contained all kinds of unclean animals. Then a voice said, "Rise, Peter; kill and eat" (verse 13).
This wasn't about food as much as it was about people. God was saying: "Peter, time to leave your comfort zone and reach a whole new group of people-the Gentiles."
Soon after, Peter preached the gospel to Cornelius and his relatives and friends, and they believed. Peter obeyed God and left his comfort zone, and it changed church history.
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