But here's a different way to look at Tisha B'Av:
Is it to mourn a city and a Temple?
Or is it to mourn the rejection of God?
Are we to weep for ourselves? Or do we weep for God who cried to us with such offers of grace and forgiveness, and that SO MANY times, begging us not to go into destruction?
Concerning the destruction of the first Temple, we were told:
"Thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel: 'Behold I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, BECAUSE they have hardened their necks, THAT they might not hear my words.'" Jer. 19:15
"And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man to his neighbor, "Why has the Lord done thus to this great city?' Then they shall answer, 'BECAUSE they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God...'" Jer. 22:8-9
They lost their city and their Temple because they rejected their God.
Before the destruction of the second Temple hear Yeshua (Jesus):
And when he was come near, he beheld the city and WEPT over it,
'If you had known, even you, at least in this your day,
the things which pertain unto your peace!
But now they are hidden from your eyes.
For the days shall come upon you, that your enemies
shall cast a trench around you, and compass you around,
and keep you in on every side; and shall lay you even with
the ground, and your children within you;
and they shall not leave in you one stone upon another,
BECAUSE you knew not the time of your visitation.'"
Israel lost their city and their Temple BECAUSE they rejected the Messiah-who had spent more than three years healing them, restoring their sight, casting out their demons, raising their dead. But they rejected him. And that's why, he said, they lost their city and their Temple. Because they did not recognize the time of their visitation.
Shall we not, therefore, weep for Israel's God who offered them all things and was rejected?
It is not that they were forsaken...
...but that HE was forsaken.
The rabbis sharply criticized Kerry for his plans to establish an Arab capital in Jerusalem for Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, and to have Israel withdraw to the 1949 Armistice lines. On Saturday, Kerry threatened Israel with an international boycott if peace talks fail, in addition to previous threats of a "Third Intifada" last year.
"Your incessant efforts to expropriate integral parts of our Holy Land and hand them over to Abbas’s terrorist gang, amount to a declaration of war against the Creator and Ruler of the universe. For G-d awarded the entire Land of Israel to our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in order that they bequeath it, as an everlasting inheritance, to their descendants, the Jewish people, until the end of all time," opens the rabbis' letter.
The letter was signed by Rabbi Gedalya Axelrod, emeritus head of the Haifa Rabbinical Court, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, Chairman of the Temple Institute, Rabbi Ben Tziyon Grossman of Migdal Haemek, Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpo, Dean of the Institute for the Complete Code of Maimonides, and Rabbi Yigal Pizam, Dean of Yeshivat Kiryat Shmuel.
Warning of the imminent security threat that Kerry's plans would place Israelis in, and bringing the example of Gaza's having turned into a launching pad for rockets, the rabbis slammed the plan for seeking to immediately uproot "20% of the Jews now living productively in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan valley."
The letter adds that Kerry's plan "would force tens of thousands of Jews to be evicted from their homes and livelihoods, devastating their lives financially, economically and psychologically, as happened to those expelled from the flourishing Gaza settlements, most of whom still suffer from the expulsion’s ruinous after-effects."
Drawing on Jewish history, the letters declares to Kerry: "If you continue on this destructive path, you will ensure your everlasting disgrace in Jewish history for bringing calamity upon the Jewish people – like Nebuchadnezer and Titus who destroyed, respectively, the first and second great Temples and the entire Holy City of Jerusalem, and who, by Heavenly punishment, brought eventual disaster upon themselves, too."
"By the power of our Holy Torah, we admonish you to cease immediately all efforts to achieve these disastrous agreements – in order to avoid severe Heavenly punishment for everyone involved," warned the rabbis.
The letter closed with a reference to the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim, in which the Book of Esther records Haman's genocidal plots against the Jewish people were turned against him and he was "hung on the very same gallows he had prepared for Mordechai, the Jew."
Employing the language of scripture, the rabbis warned “conspire a plan and it will be frustrated; talk the talk and it will not be fulfilled, for G-d is with us" (Isaiah 9:5).
Israel National News
Listen to the 3 most recent here:
Friends -we're heading into something most of you have never experienced before and I can't plead with you strongly enough to pay attention. I believe we're going to be awakened out of our day-to-day mundaneness this year. In April, Kerry is going to Israel to demand that the Israelis surrender to the "peace process," laying terms that Israel cannot live with. One observer said that Kerry's obsessed with this and is going to push it to the max. That spells great -- GREAT -- judgment coming upon this country if he goes through with what he's planning.
PLUS -there are a series of "tetrads" coming this year and next. Total lunar eclipses falling on God's feast days, this year and next. Something is coming, of that we can be sure. I'd say more, but this is going to be too long already. PLEASE wake up and pay attention.
In addition to pastor Cripe's presentation, I recommend the book, "As America Has Done To Israel," by John McTernan. You can get it at amazon.com. John shows that ever since the "peace process" began in Madrid in 1991, every major effort by the United States government to interfere with or hinder God's program of the restoration of Israel -- has brought hard judgments against the US, usually within 48 hours. I've made a chart of them at the link below, but please become informed and read the book.
Here's the chart
And here's the book:
PLEASE read it.
The Bible tells us that all human beings are born into a fallen human nature, and are by nature, sinners. No one escapes this, no matter how "good" that person is, "for ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
Sin separates us from God.
God so loved us that he sent his Son to take upon himself the judgment due on all our sins, reconciling to himself each one who places their faith in Christ and the atonement he accomplished so that we can be saved.
There are three great wars spoken of in "the last days." The final war is of course Armageddon in which the God of Israel brings into the great and final judgment all the nations who opposed Him in his restoration of the nation of Israel.
The other war is the great war of Ezekiel 38 in which God judges specific nations led by Russia (Magog) and Iran (Persia). It's astounding how the prophet Ezekiel, over 2,400 years ago was able to state which countries would be specifically allied against Israel "in the last days."
What has only been revealed in recent years, however, is that there is another war that will precede both of these. Bible scholars noticed that in the lineup of nations listed in the Ezekiel 38 war, none of Israel's immediate neighbors are listed. This is especially interesting in light of the fact that at the present, the violence being perpetrated against Israel is coming from those immediate neighbors, the so-called "Palestinians." If the chief trouble-makers of today are NOT listed in the great Ezekiel 38 war, "why not?" scholars have asked. The reason is obvious. The Lord is going to judge those immediate neighbors of Israel BEFORE the great war of Ezekiel 38.
Russia, Iran, Turkey, Libya, Sudan
Gog of the uttermost parts of the north, is Russia.
If you take a ruler and start at Jerusalem going north,
the line goes right through Moscow
The land of Magog: Southern Russia near the Black Sea Meshech: the area where the borders of Russia, Iran, and Turkey merge Tubal: central Turkey Persia: Iran Ethiopia of that day is now called Sudan Libya: present-day Libya Gomer and Togarmah: parts of Turkey The north Africa nations:
Cush: Sudan and Ethiopia
Put: part of Libya, Algeria, Tunisia
"Many peoples with you:" most likely the other Islamic nations
Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt
Breakdown:It's amazing that the Bible was able to state with such accuracy the alliances that would be formed thousands of years later.
The tents of Edom: "Palestinians" of the "West Bank"
and southern Jordan
The Ishmaelites: Saudi Arabia, Syria Moab: central Jordan The Hagarites: Egypt Gebal: northern Lebanon Ammon: northern Jordan and part of Syria Amalek's descendants are in Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia Philistia: "Palestinians" from Gaza, south into Egypt Tyre: southern Lebanon (which Hezbollah controls now) Assyria: Syria and northern Iraq Lot’s descendants: Jordan
All the parties are posturing for war. Israel has placed warships in the Red Sea, and Iran has as well. Turkey has placed warships in the Mediterranean. The tension is so loud it's deafening. Syria has nuclear weapons, but Isaiah 17 clearly shows that Damascus is going to be totally and permanently destroyed.
* The end of "the Palestinians" is guaranteed.
And Ishmael is demanding that its capital will be half of Jerusalem, WHICH IS ISRAEL'S CAPITAL!!!
And the world can't see the insanity of it all!
God specified which of Abraham's sons He would establish the covenant with:
"And Abraham said to God, 'Oh, that Ishmael (father of the Arabs) might live before You!'This issue is very much a "calling and choosing issue," because the bottom line is man's acceptance or rejection of the Word of God. Throughout history, from the very Garden-of-Eden scene, Satan's method of keeping mankind away from God is his constant temptation to doubt or disbelieve the Word of God.
Then God said: 'No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son,
and you shall call his name Isaac;
I will establish my covenant with HIM
for an EVERLASTING covenant,
and with HIS descendants after him.'"
"Has God indeed said.....?" posited Satan, casting doubt on what God HAD INDEED said.Satan is spoken of throughout the Bible, yet one of his cleverest schemes is to convince man he doesn't exist, or to make man think he is some caricature in a red suit with a long tail. If he can make mankind laugh at the idea, he's succeeded.
Satan's whole method-of-operation is DECEPTION. As it was in the beginning, so it is still.
"Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar, and the father of lies."SATAN’S AGENDA IS: to keep mankind away from the Truth. He doesn't approach with a sign saying, "Here comes Satan, out to destroy you." He doesn't come as an ugly evil that mankind might reject. No, he comes as "an angel of light." He makes sin appealing. He makes deception seem reasonable.
"For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness…"Mankind's only defense against Satan is the Word of God. You will not realize you're being deceived, unless you KNOW the Word of God.
2nd Corinthians 11:14-15
The Israel story is there to choose, to "elect," those who will accept what God has said, in this case about Israel, against what the world so vocally and loudly contradicts. It's a hard one, because Satan has made sure that the "cause of the Palestinians" draws out the sympathy of those who don't understand the story.
It's your choice: either what the world says, what the pundits say, what the media puts out, what professors teach...
what God has said, which will often be evident by the amount of people who make fun of it.
Awhile back, a different year, the Lord gave the following to me, which at that time I sent out. This year, I was prompted to post it again.
Here's the word:
Is it to mourn a city and a Temple?
Or is it to mourn their rejection of their God?
Are we to weep for them?
Or do we weep for God ...who cried to them with such offers of grace and forgiveness, and that so many times, begging them not to go into destruction?
Concerning the destruction of the first Temple, they were foretold:
Thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel:
Behold I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, BECAUSE they have hardened their necks, THAT they might not hear my words.
And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man to his neighbor, "Why has the Lord done thus to this great city?"
Then they shall answer, "BECAUSE they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God..."
They lost their city and the first Temple BECAUSE they rejected their God.
Before the destruction of the second Temple they were foretold:
And when he was come near, he beheld the city and WEPT over it, saying:
"If you had known, even you, at least in this your day, the things which pertain unto your peace!
But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days shall come upon you, that your enemies shall cast a trench around you, and compass you around, and keep you in on every side; and shall lay you even with the ground, and your children within you; and they shall not leave in you one stone upon another, BECAUSE you knew not the time of your visitation."
This was fulfilled in 70 AD when they lost their city and their Temple BECAUSE they rejected his Son - His Son who had spent more than three years healing them, restoring their sight, casting out their demons, raising their dead.
But they rejected him. And that's why, HE said, they would lose their city and their Temple.
Shall we not, therefore, weep for their God who offered them all things and was rejected?
It is not that they were forsaken...
...but that HE was forsaken.
I say to America, and not only to America but to all nations: you are in danger of judgment for the same reason.
Repent, therefore. God does not desire that judgment come upon you, but it is at the doors!
Turn back to Him!
What are his REAL objectives?
Warning - it's not for the faint of heart.
If I had no other reason to believe in God, the Israel story would be enough. May others find the Lord as they learn about this story and come to repentance.
What bothers me the most about it is the reproach on the Gospel. Camping made a laughing-stock out of the very real doctrine of the Rapture. Indeed, the Scriptures tell us that EXACTLY THAT would characterize the last days.
"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and 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
Ironically, producing scoffers is exactly the fruit of the false prophecies of Harold Camping and others like him. He isn't the first, there have been many. They set dates, and when the dates come and go, scoffing is the fruit. In the early years of my walk with the Lord, I fell for it several times. Men would write books explaining why such and such a date was going to be the time of the Rapture. These were not unintelligent men, and their arguments were convincing. They told of how planets would be lined up in a certain way, and what that meant, and used many other convincing signs that the Rapture would happen at such and such a time. To a young Christian, and especially to those who have had a lot of pain in their lives, these theories gave them hope. But I can speak as one who fell for those theories several times, the great disappointment it produced is enough to turn people away entirely from any more talk of anything "religious." And of course, that's the Satanic intent.
Why is it so hard to understand:
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven..."
That very clearly states that anyone who has some theory that the Rapture takes place on a certain day, is automatically disqualifying that very day.
The Rapture surely WILL come. There is no "sign" given beforehand, no Bible prophecy that needs to take place pointing the way to it. If there IS any sign, it's the scoffers.
While there is NO indication we can look for to anticipate the Rapture, there ARE some things that show us we're in that period of time. It's sort of like when you see Christmas decorations being put out in the stores, you know Thanksgiving is near.
The Bible has a LOT to say about "the last days." We know that the last days are characterized by God's restoration of the nation of Israel, along with the powers of hell doing everything in their power to prevent it. We know there will come a world ruler who will win the hearts of all the people but who will be a very evil man, sort of like when Hitler came to power and the masses "heiled" him, yet he turned out to be one of the most evil men in history. This coming world leader will be far worse, and will have the power to do "signs and wonders," thus deceiving many. We know there will be a world currency, and no one will be able to buy or sell unless they sign on to that economy and pledge allegiance to that world leader, the Antichrist. We know that the time leading up to that period will be characterized by great earthquakes, famine, disease, and many wars and rumors of wars.
Every generation has had earthquakes or epidemics or famines or wars. Historians can recall "the great earthquake of..." or "the war of ..." or the great epidemic of...." Indeed, almost all generations have had some "great" trauma. But what will characterize the days leading up to that last seven-year period will be that these things will ALL be there at the same time, and will increase in strength and intensity, as Jesus said, "like birth pangs." And that's exactly what we're seeing now.
The other necessary part of the picture is that Israel must be in the land that God gave to her forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Old Testament prophets forewarned them that they would go into world-wide dispersion and will be without their God or their Temple or their nation for a very long time, but "in the last days" God himself would bring them back from their world-wide dispersion and place them once again in the land given to their forefathers. And after 2,000 years of dispersion, God has now brought them back to their land. It even mentions that they will be speaking Hebrew, a language that was lost for millenia much like the Latin of the Roman Empire. Hebrew, like Latin, would disappear and be found only in religious writings. It's an awesome thing to witness, Israel is back in her land, speaking Hebrew as the common language in her country.
We've seen Israel put back into the land promised her. We see the powers of hell determined to destroy her. We've seen the combined disasters of earthquakes, wars, famine, and disease all happening at the same time and increasing in frequency and intensity.
We can't know the day or the hour that the Lord will come for believers, but we CAN see that the prophesied events of the last seven years are clearly imminent. Scripture tells us that the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ will be removed BEFORE that last seven year period begins.
Don't let men like Harold Camping cause YOU to be a scoffer. Harold Camping is actually a sign of the last days, causing men to scoff and bring reproach to the Gospel.
For more information on the Rapture, look here:
The Bible tells us that one characteristic of "the last days" is that people will be scoffers, disbelieving the coming of the Lord. Read it in 2 Peter 3:3. I have come to see that those who set dates that come and go are actually producing the scoffing.
NO ONE knows the day or the hour of the Rapture. And those men who come up with reasons to believe it will happen at a certain time are actully doing harm to the Scriptural truths about the very Rapture they're misrepresenting.
The Rapture can happen at any time, there is nothing that needs to happen before the Rapture can take place. And Scripture tells us that NO ONE is going to know the date beforehand.
But that is not so concerning the end of the age. There ARE things that have to take place before the end. Those things are very observable and everything IS moving alarmingly in that direction. But there yet remains much that has to take place beforehand. There is a period of seven years that will precede the end of the age, and that period has NOT begun yet.
Here's an article addressing the issue concerning May 21.
And here is a brief discussion of the Rapture itself:
What Is The Rapture?
While it is clear that the end of the age is NOT going to happen this year, the Rapture is something that will happen without warning, so if you're an unbeliever or a scoffer you just might get left behind. Once that happens, the terrible things of the Book of Revelation will begin. Jesus said it will be a time of tribulation worse than has ever previously happened on the earth or ever will thereafter.
What does this mean? Why should I care?
If you have the big picture, you'll easily see what it means. You need to see the big picture, because it will bring you to realize the eternal implications for each one of us.
Since the beginning of the year, there have been uprisings across the Middle East. Leaders have been ousted and the countries are still in chaos. It's no coincidence that each of these countries have suddenly had cataclysmic revolutions all at the same time. There is a common force behind it all.
The Islamic Brotherhood has three main goals:
1- Submission to the Koran
2- To bring the whole world under Islamic Sharia law
by using whatever force necessary
3 - The destruction of Israel off the face of the earth
Who could ever have anticipated that the opposing Islamic factions would ever, could ever, unite? Generally, Sunnis hate Shiites and Shiites hate Sunnis and so it has always been. But there is one thing that unites them all: their hatred for Israel and their determination to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, and to bring THE WHOLE EARTH under submission to Allah.
So now we see a Middle East-wide revolution taking place, toppling dictators and bringing a supposed "democracy" to all involved. But to anyone who knows the Koran and the history of Islam, it's an oxymoron: democracy is not possible in Islam, in fact, is contradictory to Islam. Islam demands subservience to its tenets (as listed above) and harsh Shariah law prevents individual choice. So what is coming is a unification of Islam across the Middle East, the imposition of Shariah law forbidding all opposition, and the carrying out of its goal to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.
There's no other way to explain the consistent revolts across the entire Middle East than to understand that there is a central unifying force behind it. If you know the prophecies of the Bible, you'll easily see where this is going. Scroll down to the post before this one, for a more detailed explanation.
As of right now, there is a planned march of hundreds of thousands of Islamists upon Israel, scheduled for May 15. Will this lead to the Psalm 83 war? We can't know that yet, but what we do know is that everything is pointing to it; whether it be now or later, it's going to happen. What's happening now is clearly uniting the Muslims in the Middle East in their common goal of the destruction of the Jews.
We need to watch this closely, as this may be the time of the destruction of the "Palestians," which will bring in a period of false peace during which the Antichrist will arise and form a covenant with Israel for a period of seven years, which he will break at midpoint.
Is that where this is going? We can only watch, but woe to those who do not watch. Those who believe that the Lord will come for his Church before the events of the seven last years, the time of the Antichrist, these believers are watching closely because one thing we DO know, He will return for his own before then.
In other words, anytime now.
"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face:
now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."
1 Corinthians 13:12
With that in mind, let's take a look at the rapidly-developing events happening in the Middle East through the lens of what has been revealed in the Bible. It's all about Israel!
We know of two of the great wars Israel will face, one presented in great detail in Ezekiel 38, and another in Psalm 83. It looks like the latter will precede the former, for very good reasons.
1. The most well-known and long-discussed passage is in Ezekiel 38 where Iran and Russia, along with several north African Muslim nations will come down to destroy Israel. When these prophecies were given, keep in mind that the prophet used the names of the places as they were called then. Historians have been able to trace who they were at the time, and what those areas are called today. For example, "Persia" was the leading kingdom on earth in the times of some of the prophets. Today, the area which was then called Persia is present-day Iran. In like manor we can identify the other nations listed.
Some facts to notice about the Ezekiel 38 passage:
1. Russia and Iran will be leading the assault
2. Verse 8 shows us it will take place in the last days
3. It will be at a time when Israel is in a state of relative peace
4. In this passage you will not find Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, or Saudi Arabia, which are the present-day immediate neighbors of Israel.
This arouses some questions:
- How can it be when Israel is at a time of peace? She hasn't had peace since Israel has been re-established in 1948.
- And why are Israel's immediate neighbors not mentioned in this conflict?
The answer may lie in the war mentioned in Psalm 83. This passage DOES mention Israel's present-day immediate neighbors, and verse 12 even tells their motive, which is to take the land from Israel.
"Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession..."
So Israel will come to a semblance of peace, when God judges her immediate neighbors, the so-called Palestinians, "as fire burns wood." This will put Israel in a state of peace that she hasn't experienced since she has been regathered to her land.
Is what is happening in Egypt a precursor to the Psalm 83 war?
We can only watch and see, but from viewing the unrest not only in Egypt but in the other countries surrounding Israel, it's only too obvious that exactly that is being set up. In fact, the very words of the Psalm are only too familiar today:
"They have said, 'Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.'"
Those words have constantly been in our news reports on the happenings in the Middle East. How could the psalmist, and the prophet Isaiah have known so particularly, so exactly, the specific alliances and hatreds and motives that would take place "in the last days" from more than 2,700 years ago?
What has been revealed about Egypt in "the last days" which seems to be developing right now?
1. Egyptians will fight against Egyptians
2. They will come under the hand of a dictator, a "cruel master," and a "fierce king."
"I will set Egyptians against Egyptians; Everyone will fight against his brother, and everyone against his neighbor... And the Egyptians I will give into the hand of a cruel master, and a fierce king will rule over them," Says the Lord, the LORD of hosts.
Civil unrest will be the cause of Egyptians warring against Egyptians. That is EXACTLY what we are witnessing right now.
We need to be watching this very, very closely. If the Muslim Brotherhood takes over in Egypt, then the very life of Israel is threatened, because the Muslim Brotherhood vehemently hates Israel.
But it's not just Egypt:
1. Israel's northern border in Lebanon is under the control of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist group.
2. Israel's northeast border is Syria, the avowed and longtime enemy of Israel, and which along with Iran is the supporter of the terrorist groups threatening Israel.
3. Jordan sits as Israel's eastern neighbor and the uproar in the region is spreading into Jordan as well.
4. Israel's neighbor to the further northwest is Turkey, which until recently was an ally but has abandoned its ties with Israel and has embraced the radical Muslim nations.
5. Israel's southern border is under the control of the fierce Israel-hating Hamas terror group, and that area abuts Egypt.
6. Israel's western border is the Mediterranean Sea, which all of the above have vowed to push Israel into.
What more does God have to say concerning Egypt as she relates to Israel? Read Isaiah 19:17-22
1. Israel will be victorious over Egypt:
"And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts, which he hath determined against it."
2. Even the Hebrew language will be spoken in Egypt.
"In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts..."
3.Egypt is one nation that will not be destroyed. She will be struck and then be converted.
"And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and he shall be entreated of them, and shall heal them."
Pray for Israel, and for God's people in the Middle East. Pray for the Muslim nations because even as these things are lining up for last-days events, God is doing a great work among the Muslims. Thousands upon thousands are coming to the Lord.
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Pray for the great harvest of souls before the door is closed and the events of the great Tribulation are unleashed upon a wicked and unbelieving world. Things are even at this moment lining up for the event of the last days to unfold. The door will soon be closed.
And as if that weren't enough --
As I read the article, I could feel the anger rising inside me. I vented some of that anger in my response, and then felt I should post it because believe it or not, some people do not know the following facts.
First of all why, (and WHY don't others raise this issue?) -- why on earth is Israel responsible AT ALL for ANYTHING concerning the "Palestinians?' Palestinians are Jordanians, Syrians, Lebanese, Egyptians, Turks, etc. So why on earth don't THOSE countries take care of their own??? In addition, the "Palestinians" have received incredible amounts of aid from the US and from the world. They should be wealthy -if that wealth were getting to them, that is. When was the last time you heard Israel moaning and groaning that it needs goods and jobs and medical help, etc, from those ancient countries? Israel's only been there 62 years, THEY are the ones who should be getting help from their neighbors. Take another look at the map. Tiny Israel is responsible to supply goods and medical care and jobs, and, and, and, and...to the "Palestinians"...???
This is just crazy. It makes no sense at all ...unless you're listening to MSNBC and other media who put out gross deception which the public just gobbles up as truth.
The world is criticizing Israel for wanting to check all goods going into Gaza by sea. GEE, WHY ON EARTH DO THEY WANT TO DO THAT, ANYWAY? Do you think it might have anything at all to do with the more than 7,000 rockets that have been fired upon Israel since they ceded Gaza to the "Palestinians"?
If Mexicans started launching rockets into our southern states, I mean THOUSANDS of rockets, just how long do you think the US would sit by and let it continue? Yet this same United States, along with the United Nations, demands exactly that from Israel and that is just insane.
Consider this: Israel has the CAPACITY to destroy all the nations around her in one hour. Israel has nuclear armaments. But instead of doing that, they allow their citizens to be butchered and rocketed and shot and blown up by those enemies. Who has ever ever praised Israel for her restraint? For NOT nuking those monsters? No, the world yells and screams and gets all upset because Israel wants to check shipments from Muslim nations going into Gaza. This truly, truly is insanity
I heard a report today of some Gazans getting medical care in Israel. Uh-huhhh. Do you know what Gaza would do if an Israeli accidentally stepped foot into Gaza? They'd either kidnap him for political purposes, or they'd just out-and-out kill him. It's certainly been done enough times already. Yet few take note when Israel gives humanitarian aid for whoever, wherever, including to their enemies. It happens all the time, but the public isn't told that. I remember sitting in an emergency room with a friend in Jerusalem. The room was filled with "Palestinians." One thing you can be sure of, there are NO Palestinian emergency rooms with Israelis in them!
When I lived in Jerusalem, I saw "Palestinians" everywhere I went. They walked the downtown streets. They rested in Israel's parks. Their children sold small wares in public places. Does the world realize that an Israeli would not survive should he be found on a "Palestinian" street? I remember many times hearing the news media report that a hiker, or a settler, or a soldier ventured accidentally into "Palestinian" areas, and was shot.
I was on a bus one time, going from Jerusalem to Beer Sheva. The window had a grate over it, and there was a soldier in the first seat near the driver, sitting stiffly, with his rifle ready in hand should he need to use it. That's all we were doing, traveling from one Israeli city to another Israeli city and our lives were in jeopardy.
This is insanity. It's very, VERY hard for me to understand why the world hates Israel and coddles the "Palestinians." I came to realize recently that part of the reason lies in the news media people choose as their news sources. The left-wing media report out-and-out lies. And people don't know any better, nor much care. They go on believing lies. The lies of the media, and the lies of the Muslim clerics.
Remember this oft-overlooked fact:
According to Muslim clerics, it is NOT a sin to lie for the sake of Islam, in fact it is encouraged, and that is common knowledge. If you believe ANYTHING they say, you're either terribly naive or sadly uninformed. They lie freely and without conscience. In fact they brag about it.
Jesus had this to say about Satan:
"He was a murderer from the beginning,
and does not stand in the truth,
because there is no truth in him.
When he speaks a lie,
he speaks from his own resources,
for he is a liar and the father of it."
Pretty well describes Islam, doesn't it?
While the flotilla incident in the Mediterranean was making the news everywhere this weekend, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu happened to be in Canada, with plans to go on to Washington for a meeting with Obama. Once again, Obama nixed the plan, and minutes after Netanyahu announced he was on his way to Washington, he suddenly announced that he'd be going home to Israel instead. Obama refused to have him at the White House. He did not want it to look like he was endorsing Israel while Israel was experiencing world-wide condemnation for the flotilla disaster happening off Israel's coast.
Then judgment fell upon the US.
Then judgment fell upon the US
For further information on Israel's covenant, see:
For pictorial displays of their promises, see:
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servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they,
their children, and their children's children, forever; and my servant
David shall be their prince forever.
be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and
multiply them, and I will set my Holy Place in their midst forevermore.
and they shall be my people.
my Holy Place is in their midst forevermore.
again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who
are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Cush, from
Elam and Shinar, from Hamath and the islands of the sea.
outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah
from the four corners of the earth.
"I am interested in your take on what's going on in Israel and with the oil crisis as they relate to the end of times."
As you know, for years I have spoken and written about the Arab-Israeli conflict and have tried to make clear the basis for it, that it is the "everlasting hatred" of Ishmael against the descendants of Isaac. That is, of course, true. But I came to see that it's far more than that.
The true basis for the conflict is the hatred of Satan for God. And until people understand this, they will not be able to understand what's really going on in the world and in the Middle East.
Satan knows the "signs of the times" as well as we do, he knows the Scriptures. And he knows that the re-establishment of the nation of Israel after having been desolate for 2,000 years, signals the approaching end of his career. For those who understand this it will be obvious, as he does everything in his power to destroy Israel in order to prevent or delay the coming of the Messiah, because it is written that it is the Messiah of Israel who will bring Satan's career to an end. Satan's master-plan was perpetrated in the Holocaust. His intent was to destroy all the Jews. He managed to destroy 6 million of them, and was enraged when that very effort was what brought in the rebirth of Israel shortly afterwards. His hatred knows no bounds and the world will see that hatred manifested in all that he will do, especially against Israel, as this story comes to its conclusion.
* * Don't ever lose sight of this one thing: it is the opposition of Satan against God which is the basis for all the hatred against Israel. This is a story that started in Genesis, and is reaching its culmination in our days, right before our eyes. If you truly understand this, it will make you rethink everything you know about these days. * *
I've said for years that in order for the "Antichrist" to take over, America has to go down. And for years I wondered how that would or could happen. I never suspected that America would become so corrupt that it would invoke the wrath of God upon her. It's still hard to believe that the America we knew and loved as young people has become so reprobate. The bottom line as far as America goes: using as a pretext the total twisting and misapplication of the first amendment to our Constitution, the American people have kicked God out of every public place, and God is not going to stay in a place where he is rejected and where he is insulted daily. And when God leaves, America will find out what the ramifications are. I don't know if "natural" disasters will destroy this country, or whether it might be nuclear, chemical, and/or biological attacks. Maybe all the above. All we know is that America is not referred to in the "last days" passages which identify the nations who WILL be involved. The greatest nation that has EVER been on the earth not even mentioned? That says it all. America won't be here, at least not as a super-power. Consider this too: if all the Christians were removed, the restraining power of the believers would no longer be an obstacle to the spread of evil, and evil would take over totally and quickly.
There are a lot of things working together to create the one-world global government which the Scriptures tell us will be headed by "the Antichrist." In times past, we wondered how a global government could possibly come into being, because the ideologies of the countries of the world differ so much. But it seems clear that disasters, plus the failing monetary systems, are going to be powerful players in the rise of global government. Just days ago, president Obama was speaking at West Point and he used the buzz-words "new world order." It's this "new world order," spoken of for centuries, that will progress into the global government over which the Antichrist will rule. The Antichrist will be empowered by Satan himself and will persuade the world with supernatural signs and wonders, leading them to believe HE is the Messiah.
Take note that as US pressure upon Israel creates a great threat to her borders, we have had noticeable threats to OUR borders. "The powers that be" in America are allowing foreigners to come into this country and use up our resources, creating a great strain on our financial and also our health systems. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever that this country is willing to allow foreigners to break our immigration laws and saturate our resources, getting free health care, free housing, free education, etc, etc, etc. There is no explanation in the natural for something as insane as this. It has to be the hand of God. As the United States government has caused Israel to be stressed to the max with its "Palestinian" population creating havoc within and around its borders, so there are foreigners now creating havoc within OUR borders. So clear you can hardly miss it, yet the eyes of our officials have been blinded.
Israel becoming isolated
Zephaniah 2:1 calls her the "nation not desired." And it's obvious that the entire world is against Israel. Until this administration, America was the one and only major nation in the world who stood with Israel. Note, too, that America has been the most blessed nation on the earth. But there's been a change, a change you can feel everywhere. And this change has brought Israel into isolation. Just remember that God is ultimately in control. He is going to bring Israel to the point where they have NO ONE to turn to and the entire world is against them. But that's where Israel needs to be, because when there's no way out, they will finally realize that only God can save them. Israel is stubborn. They have to get to a point of helplessness. So yes, Satan is enacting this, but in doing so he's moving them right into the isolation they need to be in, where they will finally cry out to their God.
There are principles or laws that God has established which are as sure as the "laws" of nature. Throw a ball up, you can be sure it will come down. Oppose Israel, and you can be sure judgment will come upon you. Notice the context in which the oil spill disaster hit America: Obama is bowing before the Muslim nations. Why? There are several reasons but one is the oil wealth of those nations. So as America rejects Israel and bows to the oil-rich Muslim nations, America is harshly judged with an unprecedented oil disaster. Not only that, but it happens just when Israel discovers a very, very large resource of oil and natural gas right off the coast of Haifa, deposits so huge that they will make Israel non-dependent on anyone else for energy resources. Incredible coincidence? Of course not. It's the ongoing story in which all the factors are moving into place just before the great Tribulation comes upon the world.
I don't write so much on these subjects anymore, because I find that believers already know these things, and as for unbelievers - they do not "see" no matter how clear you make it. I have the sense that it's too late. People's minds are made up and it's too late to change them. When Jesus walked this earth, he got to the point where he stated that he would no longer speak to the people except through parables that they wouldn't understand, and it was basically for the same reason: by that point, people had made up their minds. He expounded and clarified things to his disciples, but no longer to the people. (Matthew 13:10-16)
Yes, people have made up their minds already. I used to quote Joel 3:14, "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision..." But I suspect the time has come or is near when it's too late, they've made their decisions.
"He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still." Revelation 22:11
After reading this, I encourage you to write a letter of protest the the President, and a letter of support to Prime Minister Netanyahu. Here are the addresses:
Write to the President on the White House site:
Write to Prime Minister Netanyahu on the Prime Minister's site:
I've posted highlights of Netanyahu's speech at the bottom of this post.
From the Times of London:
For a head of state to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of.
Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip seen in Jerusalem tonight as a disastrous humiliation.
After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on Jewish settlements, Mr. Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisors and “let me know if there is anything new,” a US congressman who spoke to the Prime Minister said today.
“The Prime Minister leaves America disgraced, isolated and altogether weaker than when he came,” the Israeli daily Ha'aretz said.
With the atmosphere so soured by the end of the evening, the Israelis decided that they could not trust the phone line they had been lent. Mr. Netanyahu retired with his defense minister, Ehud Barak, to the Israeli Embassy to ensure the Americans were not listening in.
Israel Insider put it this way:
If Benjamin Netanyahu thought that a meeting with Barack Hussein Obama was just the thing to clear the air and smooth ruffled relations between the two nations, he was sadly and badly mistaken.
The signs were there. The White House demanded no media, no outside photographers, not even a ceremonial handshake nor the vaguest of pleasantries. All of the sweet words of a "rock solid.... unwavering.... forever" alliance uttered by Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden in the preceding days were out the window.
Instead, he walked into an ambush. Israel's Channel Two correspondent Udi Segal described it as "brutal."
In the wake of the disagreements, and continued lower-level consultations Wednesday morning, Netanyahu canceled his media appearances and stayed, with Ehud Barak, in the secure confines of the Israeli embassy -- secure also in the confidence that their conversations were not being monitored, a feeling lacking in the White House.
Last week, vicious storms laced the northeast again, seemingly coming out of nowhere. Hurricane-force winds hit all along the east coast, and for 30 straight hours knocked down trees that fell on cars and on houses and on power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity; and as though that weren't enough, floods erupted furthering the damage.
It was something of an oddity to us here, because all the storms of the past few weeks were hitting all around us, but none of them touched us here in central Maine. In fact, we've had the mildest winter in Maine that I ever in my life remember having, while all around us experienced storms which decimated the areas, leaving multiple hundreds of thousands without power, while we have had spring-like weather since February. There's no snow on the ground. None. This is central Maine, I remind you. The trees are budding, six weeks early. I don't know if this is unprecedented, but I surely have never seen it in all my years in Maine.
There's a news analysis program I watch each day, but this week the daily link didn't appear to be there. I wondered if the speaker were ill. What I didn't know was that the site was having problems with the link, but that it was there all along. Today for some reason, I clicked on it anyway and voila, there it was. What I heard made me sit up and take notice.
The speaker, J R Church, was speaking on the latest spate of severe storms that have hit the east coast. As he spoke, I had a "duhhh" moment as he correlated them to the meddling America has been doing in Israel once again. I was speechless as the realization fell upon me that I hadn't noticed the principle of judgment falling on America within 48 hours of her meddling in God's program in the restoration of Israel. I hadn't connected the dots this time.
Hear it on:
-Click on Tuesday
Why didn't I "get" it? I don't know, getting old I guess. But sure enough, these storms hit while American Vice-President Joe Biden was in Israel giving the Israeli Prime Minister a tongue-lashing for daring to build homes in Jerusalem. Accompanying that, Secretary of State Clinton did the same, speaking angrily and harshly to the Israeli Prime Minister, demanding that he stop all building in Jerusalem. And then the American President gave an angry weigh-in, not realizing what they were bringing on America.
This vicious storm came out of nowhere, lashing the northeast furiously and causing a tremendous lot of damage. In fact, when I woke up to the news of the storms, I realized that at the very time it was happening, my daughter Sherry and her family were traveling in the worst-hit areas. I immediately went to the Lord to pray for their safety. On returning, she told me that it was very scary, and that all along the highway they were on, cars were off the roads in ditches, and she saw multiple instances of the rescuers having to use the "jaws of life" to get people out. Yet my daughter and her family only SAW the destruction. None of it touched them as they traveled through it.
This morning as I listened to J R Church, the goosebumps stood up on my arms as I was able to connect the dots concerning these storms. Only this week I had remarked to several people that it seemed like the Lord had drawn a red circle around central Maine all winter long, forbidding any of the storms from coming here. It has been SO "weird" to see everyone all around us get pummeled and pummeled again and again by back-to-back storms that wreaked havoc all along the east coast, yet all the while we in central Maine experienced NO snow, and spring-like temperatures throughout that time.
It reminded me of a similar thing that happened when California experienced those horrible fires that left billions of dollars of damage and the loss of lives as well. My mother and sister live there, and it was absolutely astounding that the fires burned all around them, but did not touch the streets around the area they live in. They had been told to be ready to evacuate, and the bags were all packed for that possibility, but while all the communities around them were being evacuated, my mother and sister's area was not touched. There was soot on the cars, and smoke in the air, but that was all. Made me think of Lot as he must have observed the fires destroying Sodom.
So what am I saying, you ask? Am I stating that God literally drew a red line around the place I live in and forbad the storms from coming here? Of course I cannot say that, how could I? But what I CAN do is observe, and I'm reporting what I've seen. And it's something I've NEVER seen the likes of yet -- trees budding in March in Maine??? We've had spring-like weather as vicious snow storms caused blackouts all around us leaving hundreds of thousands in the dark. We're able to go out for a daily walk while all the area from Washington up to southern Maine gets two feet of snow, and then get another one in back-to-back storms? Trees budding in wintertime while they get snow in Florida?
There are a few in the central Maine area who take a public stand for Israel and against America's meddling in God's program. And there are a few where my mother and sister live whose area was also spared while the communities all around them were receiving judgment connected to America's meddling in God's program in Israel. And I'm not saying there aren't people taking public stands for Israel in areas that WERE hit with judgment. I'm only reporting what I have observed, and that is that as I put out information about God's program in Israel, my immediate area was cocooned in total separation from the judgment happening all around us. And the same happened when the fires were destroying the places around the area my mother and sister live in.
We can only wait and see what happens next. In the meantime, I pray that a message like this might touch hearts, revealing to them that God is very, VERY serious about his program of the restoration of Israel, and when America opposes him in this, America is always judged within 48 hours.
I highly recommend the book, "As America Has Done To Israel," by John McTernan, who has charted all these correlations, bringing the principle into clear focus with facts, dates, and observations. I pray that many will take this to heart and begin to show people this correlation that so far has been consistent. I pray that many will start to speak out in opposition to what the American government is doing concerning Israel, lest far-worse consequences happen to this country.
What is it about the recent earthquakes that makes them significant concerning the "last days" events foretold by Jesus Christ?
Every century has had its disasters. A time-line would clearly show earthquakes, famines, pestilence (disease) and wars dispersed throughout the years. Each century seems to have had one or more disasters marking that century, whether they be an earthquake, a great war, or whatever.
Jesus told us that what would characterize the "last days," would be disasters coming in the nature of BIRTH PAINS, that is, they would increase in number and intensity as the time of the end nears.
Because I am very interested in the events prophesied about these days, I've paid particular attention to the nature and character of the disasters that have come upon us especially in the past decade. A few decades ago, a great earthquake was unusual and would remain a topic of discussion for a long time. But things are changing.
* In 2008, for example, there were EIGHT earthquakes measuring 7.0 or greater on the Richter scale, and a great tsunami.
* In 2009, I recorded thirteen earthquakes at 7.0 or more.
* Now in 2010, there have been 11 earthquakes of 6.0 or greater just since January, and two that were devastating.
Much of the world is either at war or talking about war. Wars and atrocities throughout the world have resulted in a large percentage of the world's population starving. Pestilence, or disease, has been in the forefront throughout the past recent years, especially noteworthy being Aids, the Swine Flu, for example.
The point that makes all these particularly worthy of note, however, is that these things are coming TOGETHER in these times. No longer is it a great pestilence of a century, or a great famine occurring in a century, or a great war demarcating a century, but these things are ALL upon us together in THIS century, and increasing in number and intensity.
The greatest sign of the times, however, is another thing the Bible speaks of, and without this one all the above would not have qualified as being the ones pointing to the end of the age. And that is the sign of Israel being back in the land. Israel was destroyed in the year 70 AD and the Jewish people scattered throughout the entire earth, and remained so for almost 2,000 years. The Bible clearly foretold, however, that in the "last days," the Lord God would bring them back to the land he gave to their fathers, and that has been happening right before our eyes. Israel was reborn on May 14, 1948 and since then the Jewish people have been flooding back to the land of their fathers in droves, with the Jewish population in Israel hovering around 6 million now. In just 62 years.
It is my hope that an article like this might touch the hearts of people and encourage them to watch the events of the next few months as we see the birth pains increasingly announcing that the end of the age is drawing near. And if so, what that means for each individual. It is a time to consider one's mortality and seek after God to find salvation in him. A time to establish correct priorities. And a a time to inform the uninformed that they might do the same, those who have ears to hear and eyes to see, that is.
vs: 7-8 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains."
Note: some translations say the beginning of "sorrows." The Greek word is "odin, Strong's 5604, correctly translated "birth pains."
vs 21-22 "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved..."
vs 10-11 "Then He said to them, 'Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven."
vs 25-26 "And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear and the anticipation of those things which are coming on the earth..."
Earthquakes Jan-Mar 2010
Jan 9, 2010 Ferndale, CA
6.5 at 10 miles deep
Jan 12, 2010 w-of Port Au Prince, Haiti
7.0 at 8 miles deep
230,000+ dead, 1.5 mil homeless
Feb 18, 2010 China-Russia-N Korea
6.9 at 356 miles deep
Feb 26, 2010 Ryukyu Islands, Japan
7.0 at 14 miles deep
Feb 27, 2010 Okinawa, Japan
6.9 at 6 miles deep
Feb 27, 2010 Offshore Maule, Chile
8.8 at 22 miles deep
Hundreds dead, many missing, app 1 million homeless
Feb 27, 2010 Salta, Argentina
6.3 Separate, not related to the one in Chile
Mar 5, 2010 Offshore Bio Bio, Chile
6.6 at 22 miles deep
Mar 5, 2010 Sumatra, Indonesia
6.5 at 14 miles deep
Mar 8, 2010 Akcular, eastern Turkey
6.1 at 6 miles deep
More than 50 aftershocks
Mar 11, 2010 3 large aftershocks in Chile
6.9, 6.7, 6.0
Mar 14, 2010 Off east coast of Honshu, Japan
6.6 at 25 miles deep
Less than a week after a huge blizzard engulfed the White House and shut down Washington DC as well as a large part of the country around it, a second snow storm dumped yet another foot of snow on the city which hadn't even recovered from the first one yet.
But that's not all. Did anyone notice this?
There also was an earthquake -- where of all places?
Chicago, Obama's home state.
And it was strong enough that residents in several states around it also reported feeling the quake.
Connect those dots if you can!
Doubled Biblical message:
Joseph said to Pharoah, "and the dream was repeated to Pharoah twice, because the thing is established by God..."
Do any of you remember climate expert Lord Christopher Monckton who urged Americans to resist what was going to happen in Copenhagen in December? To jog your memory -- it was the global warming thing -- because we in America have such a huge carbon footprint, we were going to join other countries and cede our US sovereignty over to the United Nations so they can spread the wealth to the developing nations that haven't left a large carbon footprint.
The whole global warming thing ties into the push for globalism, something that the Bible prophesied ages ago, the one-world system that will be headed by the Antichrist. Just remember this: the global warming subject has an agenda and it's an agenda we don't want. A fluke stopped it from happening this time in Copenhagen, but it will happen, be assured of that.
Anyway, when I saw the White House covered in global warming, errrr, uhhhh, snow, that is, -- it struck me as hilarious. Only problem is, they don't have eyes to see, or ears to hear and understand the incredible irony in this.
Many people scoff at the mention of evil spirits, curses, spells, witchcraft, and practices such as voodoo. Let the facts speak for themselves.
Back when Haiti was France's richest colony, it was known as "the Pearl of the Antilles," lush and beautiful, truly the crown of the Caribbean.
What happened? HOW could a place of such wealth and beauty become the poorest land in the western world, and one of the poorest and most oppressed countries on the face of the earth?
It is a historical fact that on August 14, 1791, the nation was dedicated to Satan by voodoo priests who covenanted with Satan, dedicating their country to him if he would set them free of the French who were enslaving and exploiting them. Everyone present sacrificed a black pig in a voodoo ritual and hundreds of the slaves drank its blood, swearing an oath to Satan to serve him if he would grant them this deliverance.
The nation of Haiti was officially born in 1804 and ever since, the witch doctors have met there each August 14 to sacrifice to Satan. And since then its fortunes have turned to chains of poverty, despair, oppression, and untold tragedy.
A Second Time
In 1991 Haiti was rededicated to Satan on its 200-year anniversary by then president Jean-Bertgrand Aristide, a defrocked Catholic priest who made voodoo the official religion in Haiti. In his decree, Aristide said, "Voodoo is an essential part of our national identity." On that day he had all the radio stations play nothing but Voodoo music. He flew in hundreds of Voodoo priests from Africa to take part.
Haiti is the only country in the entire world that has dedicated its nation to Satan. Demonic spirits are consulted for decisions, to cast spells, to perform all that has to do with witchcraft. Haitian children are taught at a very young age all about Voodoo rites, services and rituals, about the bòkò or witch doctor, and the power he has. They live their lives going to the witch doctor with requests that he cast spells of illness, malnutrition, misfortune or even death on others. Up to 75% of the population of Haiti practice Voodoo.
Let The Facts Speak
When you look at countries of the far east, the poorest and most desperate of them live under various Hindu and Buddhist gods which they are constantly appeasing with their devotions. The results speak volumes.
In contrast, consider the United States which was founded on the Judeo-Christian principles of the Bible. There has never been a nation on earth as blessed and prosperous, mighty and successful as America. Those who have eyes to see have been screaming desperate warnings that America's present course will change all that, having started with the nation-wide effort to erase all that has to with God and his Word.
Haiti, along with places like India and China, are visual examples of the poverty and devastation unleashed when peoples worship and serve the gods of this world, who are representations of Satan who, the Bible says, has come only to "steal, to kill, and to destroy."1 The pictures we are seeing of the misery in Haiti are stark demonstrations of exactly that.
In the same passage Jesus said, on the other hand, that he has come to bring life, and that more abundantly. America has been a stark demonstration of this blessing for more than 200 years now.
Jesus, in a discussion of tragedy, said "unless you repent, you shall also likewise perish."2
Is anyone listening?
1 -John 10:10
2 -Luke 13:3
Such is the case with America. It's happened so gradually that we haven't noticed it.
We've all seen clips of terrorist training camps in places on the other side of the world. We yawn. We've heard it so many times, yada yada yada....
With the current administration in power, how long do you think it would take for the Muslims to start terrorist training camps in the US? Take a guess. Ten years? Twenty?
No. It's going on right here, right now. And you haven't heard about it yet? I wonder why?
If you read the speech, you hear a man PLEADING with the world for peace. ALL he asks is that Israel be acknowledged as the Jewish State in the land of Israel, to be allowed just to live in peace.
He made some very good points:
1. It was in this land that Israel was born - no, not only in 1948, but 3,500 years ago. It is where Abraham lived, Isaac, Jacob, King David, Solomon, and the other patriarchs of Israel. In fact (my addition) the land that King David ruled over included much more territory than what Israel presently resides in. It is beyond dispute that this is the land where Israel was born - brought into being by God himself.
2. It's really not about land. He makes the point that the attacks against the present-day Jewish people began long before 1948.
"The attacks against us began in the 1920s, escalated into a comprehensive attack in 1948 with the declaration of Israel's independence, continued with the fedayeen attacks in the 1950s, and climaxed in 1967, on the eve of he Six-Day War, in an attempt to tighten a noose around the neck of the State of Israel. All this occurred during the fifty years before a single Israeli soldier ever set foot in Judea and Samaria." (the "west bank")
In other words, it's not about land. Take a look at that land: HERE
3. He makes the point that the "Palestinian" refugee problem will be resolved OUTSIDE of Israel's borders. For those who don't know, the "Palestinians" demand that the "refugees" be allowed to return into Israel proper. Can you imagine hundreds of thousands of Muslim "refugees" pouring into tiny Israel? Did you look at that map???
He goes on to say that at the same time the "refugee" problem began, multiple tens of thousands of JEWS were evicted from all Arab lands where they had lived for millenia. My point: Tiny Israel absorbed their Jewish refugee brothers, the Arab countries should absorb theirs.
4. The two requests Israel makes
First, that the Muslims recognize the State of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. How can Israel negotiate peace with Muslims who don't even recognize her existence?
Second, that a new "Palestinian" state be demilitarized.
My comments: In 2005, Israel embarked on a very costly experiment. Israel forcibly removed all Jews from the Gaza region. I've been to Gaza, when the Jews lived there. I have pictures of the beautiful greenhouses we visited, the well-kept lands, the thriving community. But in 2005, they were forcibly removed, thousands upon thousands of them, and that land was given over to the "Palestinians." The "Palestinians" thoroughly trashed it. Today it is a heap of poverty and ruination, though tens of millions of dollars were poured into it by the US and the world.
But that's not the main point here. Here's the point: today Gaza is full of "Palestinians" who rain down missiles upon Israel's southern cities daily - tens of thousands of missiles since 2005. So now, they want Israel to give up the "west bank" too? So the same thing can happen there? And make no bones about it because the "Palestinians" don't - that's exactly what would happen. That would be out and out insanity.
Basically, what Netanyahu has said is just let's live side by side in peace, that's all we ask. You can have your "Palestinian" state, we have no desire to rule over you. You'll have your own flag, your own national anthem, your own government. Together we could achieve so much for the next generation of our children.
This is all he said. He submitted to Obama's demand that he stop building settlements or increasing the ones they already have. He's SO willing to venture into peace with the US, the "Palestinians," and the world. All he wants is security for his country. Nothing more.