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May 14, 2018: A HISTORIC DAY For Israel

 

May 14, 2018, is a special day in the life of Israel.
And it’s a proud day to be an
American friend of Israel.

May 14, 2018: A HISTORIC DAY

May 14 loomed large in 1948.
It was the date, according to the secular calendar, when the modern state of Israel was born. It was a time of ecstasy. Nearly 19 centuries had passed since the last chance for Jewish sovereignty was destroyed, but the prayers for a return to the ancestral land – and to Jerusalem, the heartbeat of the Jewish people – had never stopped through all the years of wandering, exile, and persecution.
Fast forward 70 years to May 14, 2018.

This day will be remembered, above all, for another celebration…the transfer of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to its rightful place in Jerusalem.
I am in Israel’s capital city to join in the festivities and express appreciation, on behalf of the nonpartisan American Jewish Committee (AJC), to the Trump administration for its bold decision.
It shouldn’t have had to be so bold. Every country ought to have the right to choose its own capital. But that basic political rule applies to each nation on earth, save one.
Think about it. The other 192 United Nations member states pick the site for their capital and it’s no one else’s business.
No doubt, diplomats assigned to Australia would prefer to be situated in Melbourne or Sydney, but the political choice was Canberra and that was that.
Nor did anyone utter a peep when Germany, following reunification, moved its capital from Bonn to Berlin, compelling governments around the world to spend a fortune to find new premises in Berlin.
The same goes for Kazakhstan, which decided to move its capital from Almaty to Astana in 1998, again disrupting the lives of every country that had a diplomatic post in the Central Asian nation.
Or take Nigeria, which chose to leave Lagos and create a new capital city, in distant Abudja, in 1991.
But Israel, and Israel alone, has found itself in the unique position of having its self-declared capital in Jerusalem, while other nations insist it’s in Tel Aviv, where they locate their embassies and residences.
Why? Well, we’re told, it’s because the original UN resolution recommending a two-state solution, adopted in November 1947, designated Jerusalem as a corpus separatum, or a city with no sovereign affiliation to the proposed Arab and Jewish states.
But the Arab world rejected the resolution in its entirety and declared war on Israel. Fortunately, Israel, though heavily outgunned and outmanned, prevailed. The western part of Jerusalem came under Israeli control. The offices of the president and prime minister, the Knesset, the Supreme Court, and the Foreign Affairs Ministry were all established there.
For nearly seven decades, we have witnessed the anomaly of world leaders, whose countries reject Jerusalem as the capital, traveling precisely to that city to meet with Israeli presidents and prime ministers, to see Knesset members, and to hold dialogues in the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
How patently absurd! We have also been treated to the assertion that Jerusalem’s status should not be determined until there is a final peace agreement. But that gives the Palestinians veto power over the process, even as they have rejected one proposal after another, including those that would have essentially divided Jerusalem into two parts.
Why should Israel’s capital be spurned by the international community ad infinitum because the Palestinian leadership refuses to make a deal? In the case of the US, the situation was a bit different. The rhetoric was often right, and there was even congressional legislation (Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995) to back it up, but the results never matched the words.
In 2000, for example, George W. Bush said: “Something will happen when I’m president. As soon as I take office, I will begin the process of moving the US embassy to the city Israel has chosen as its capital.”
For eight years, Bush had the chance to do just that. For eight years, however, he balked.
In 2008, Barack Obama declared that “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”
In the ensuing eight years, not only did Obama not move to fulfill his commitment, but he actually took a big step back.
When the White House Office of the Press Secretary released the full text of the president’s eulogy at the 2016 funeral of Shimon Peres, the words “Mount Herzl, Jerusalem, Israel” were included to indicate the location.
Shortly afterward, the White House pointedly deleted the word “Israel” from the text, in effect orphaning Jerusalem. It was no longer located in any country, even as Peres, with Obama present, was being buried in Jerusalem as an Israeli statesman.
In September 2016, Donald Trump pledged to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem.
Some observers understandably thought he was simply parroting his predecessors by making a campaign promise he had no intention of fulfilling.
But he meant what he said, which is why we are all gathering in Jerusalem to mark this historic occasion, to be followed two days later, it should be noted, by the Guatemalan decision to do the same.
In today’s hyper-partisan world, many who oppose the president on other issues are unlikely to give him any credit for this move. But we remain fiercely nonpartisan and call them as we see them.
Trump, as he said, simply recognized reality. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Period.
Does this move preclude a peace deal with the Palestinians? Absolutely not. In fact, perhaps in the long haul it accelerates the chances by signaling to their leadership that they don’t necessarily have the continued luxury of avoiding the peace table and rejecting one peace deal after another.
And does it prevent the possibility of a Palestinian state that includes part of Jerusalem within its borders, allowing the Palestinians to declare their own capital? Again, absolutely not.

May 14, 2018, is a special day in the life of Israel. And it’s a proud day to be an American friend of Israel.
Reported by: The Jerusalem Post

By Prophecy in the News| May 14th, 2018|Tags: Ancestral Land, Bible Prophecy, Christian News, Holy Land, Israel is Born, Jerusalem, Jewish Sovereignty, Prophecy News, State of Israel, Tel Aviv, US Embassy Move to Jerusalem

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At Reception, PM Netanyahu Cites ‘A Momentous Time, Our People Will Be Eternally Grateful’ to President Trump
VIDEO

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara welcomed the U.S. delegation on Sunday to the transfer of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, at a special reception held at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem. During the event, the prime minister presented a Letter of Appreciation to U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman in gratitude for his activity on behalf of moving the Embassy to Jerusalem.
Reported by: Hana Levi Julian – The Jewish Press

By Prophecy in the News| May 14th, 2018|Tags: Bible Prophecy, Christian News, Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, moving the Embassy to Jerusalem, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Prophecy News, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, U.S. delegation

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Prophecy News Watch / Update For May 15, 2018

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American Christian Leaders Praise Jerusalem Embassy Opening

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Remember this moment, this is history. President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history.”

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American Evangelical Christian leaders praised the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday and the American leader for keeping his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Christians United for Israel’s founder and chairman Pastor John Hagee, who gave the benediction at the embassy ceremony, told JNS that he is “deeply proud” of his country and its president.

“I was deeply honored to participate in this historic moment. Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel, and I am very proud of my country and my president for recognizing that fact,” said Hagee. “This moment would not have been possible were it not for President Trump’s courage and the unwavering commitment of CUFI’s 4.1 million members.”

The embassy ceremony in Jerusalem was attended by some 800 guests from the United States and Israel.

“Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like any other nation to determine its own capital,” Trump said in a video greeting at the embassy ceremony.”Today we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in the historic and sacred land of Jerusalem.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Remember this moment, this is history. President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history.”

Pastor Mario Bramnick, president of the Latino Coalition for Israel, told JNS that he was “amazed” by the embassy move.

“We are in amazement with today’s movement of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. We are so proud of President Trump’s historic actions today.”

David Parsons, vice president of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, told JNS that “The ICEJ joins with the people and government of Israel in rejoicing over the historic events of this day, as the United States brings its Embassy up to Jerusalem.”

“We are praying and working towards the goal of many more nations taking their rightful place in this city in due recognition of its status as the capital of Israel. Jerusalem has to be shared as a ‘house of prayer’ for all peoples, but the proper sovereign and custodian of the city is the Jewish people.

They were the first and only nation in history to truly honor and select Jerusalem as their capital and the focal point of their national identity, and it is most fitting that they be the ones to see this special city through to its glorious destiny.”

Similarly, Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel and president of Christians in Defense of Israel, noted that the embassy opening was a “historic” day for America and Israel.

“Today is a historic moment when on the 70th anniversary of the re-establishment of Israel, the U.S. embassy opens in Jerusalem,” said Staver. “The timing could not be more appropriate to open the embassy at the 70th anniversary of the founding of the modern state of Israel. We celebrate with the Jewish people for this long-awaited event.”

For many evangelical Christians, the issues of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocating the U.S. embassy to that city have been top priority for years. Evangelical Christian groups, who have been strong supporters of Trump, strongly lobbied the American leader to keep his campaign promise of moving the embassy during his first year in office.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who heads the Jerusalem-based International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, credited the Christian community for playing a “critical” part in ensuring the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital and the decision to move the U.S. embassy to the Holy City on the Jewish state’s 70th anniversary could not have happened without critical U.S. Christian support,” said Eckstein.

He added that “Israel’s future rests on continuing and strengthening the Christian bond with Israel.”

One such effort includes a new comprehensive building in Jerusalem about a mile from the embassy to accommodate Christian visitors to Israel.

Originally published at JNS.org – reposted with permission.

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Jordan/Israel ~ 1987-1988 ~ Part 9

Day #9

We enjoyed another beautiful sunrise over New Jerusalem while eating breakfast at the Shalom Hotel.  We observed the Jewish people around us during breakfast.  As one observes the Jewish people in Israel, we share Paul’s burden of loving a people with such a great zeal, yet such stubbornness, unbelief, hardness of heart, and in a lost and unsaved state.

We entered Jerusalem today through the Jaffa Gate, just to browse.  We passed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  This church, as far as the Catholics are concerned, is where Jesus was crucified.

One proprieter in a shop was surprised I had only one wife – he had four wives.  Wives are still bought for camels.

We went into a memorial for the Jewish independence in 1948, called the “War of Independence Memorial.”  Then we entered the old synagogue of the Jews, the Hurva Synagogue.

Once again we passed the Byzantine Cardo (ancient Roman shop area).  Pictures were taken of the folks in our group at this locale.  (Pastor Grimes, James Taylor, Dawn Presti, and Jo Anne Abbott).  We went back to our hotel early in order to rest, and to pack for our long journey home.

Day #10

Today, Lord willing, we will proceed over the Israeli/Jordan border, catch our Royal Jordanian flight from Amman, Jordan to New York, and drive home to Stafford, Virginia.

We rode along “the old Roman road” to the border.  This was the most beautiful ride of the trip, and naturally, my camera is packed away.  We stopped above a Greek Orthodox Church, surrounded by DEEP canyons.  Wooden crosses were seen everywhere.  There was an aqueduct, and a cement path, and dirt paths.  We passed another of Herod’s palaces, his winter palace in Jericho.  Our road was narrow as we drove along the canyon called the Wadi Kelt.  If we veered off the road just a little bit, we would have plunged to our certain death.  We came to Jericho and saw a very rare occurrence indeed – rain!  We crossed the Allenby Bridge into Jordan under the usual intense scrutiny.  On the flight home, I sat next to a Lebanese American who was a Christian and we had a good conversation.  We had a refueling stop once again in Amsterdam, Holland.  On our stop in Amsterdam it was dark and stormy.  Once above the clouds though, we found daylight.  And likewise in our spiritual lives.  To the lost, life is dark and stormy and full of uncertainty after death.  But once we come to terms with Jesus Christ, we live in the sunshine, above our circumstances, with no fear of death – we even look forward to it.  Our journey came to an end.  It was like “a little taste of heaven.”  Until we really arrive in heaven though, all good things must come to an end.

Shalom, Pastor Steve

Sanctuary Cities In America Compared To Cities Of Refuge In Ancient Israel

In America, liberal mayors protect the “rights” of convicted felons, illegal immigrants (often repeat offenders), and all of the criminal element, in sanctuary cities.  Innocent, bono fide citizens often lose their lives at the expense of the protection afforded to criminal aliens.  I find it hard to believe that this can be legal, but these incidents graphically describe the days in which we live.

In stark contrast to this awful situation in America, are the cities of refuge of the Bible.  There were a total of six cities, three on each side of the Jordan River.  They were places whereby a person could flee if they were involved in an accidental death, until their respective cases were tried in a court of law.  They are also a type of Christ, as they beautifully represent the sanctuary that we find in our Lord and Savior.  Enjoy the following devotional on this subject from the Institute For Creation Research’s devotional booklet Days of Praise.

In Christ, Pastor Steve

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DAYS OF PRAISE
Cities of Refuge
BY HENRY M. MORRIS, PH.D. | MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018

“Ye shall give three cities on this side Jordan, and three cities shall ye give in the land of Canaan, which shall be cities of refuge.” (Numbers 35:14)
When the Israelites entered the promised land, God told Joshua to provide six “cities of refuge” into which those who had slain someone could flee for refuge until a trial could ascertain the facts and render a proper verdict. As such, these cities are a type of Christ, through whom “we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us” (Hebrews 6:18).
The names of the six cities are given in Joshua 20:7-8 as Kedesh, Shechem, Hebron, Bezer, Ramoth, and Golan. The meanings of these names seem planned especially to foreshadow this spiritual application.
Kedesh means “holy place,” and Christ in the New Jerusalem is the ultimate refuge, for “the Lamb [is] the temple of it” (Revelation 21:22). Shechem means “strong shoulder,” which answers to the “strong consolation” we have in Christ when we flee to Him for refuge.
Hebron means “fellowship,” and we who have come to Christ have been “called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9). Bezer means “strong hiding place.” The Scripture assures the believer that “your life is hid with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3).
Ramoth means “high place,” and when we are hidden in Christ, God also has “made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). Finally, Golan apparently means “enclosure for captives,” and this would speak of our being set free from sin and death to become captive to Christ. “When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive” (Ephesians 4:8). Thus, the cities are appropriately named both for their immediate purpose and as a picture of Christ as the Savior of sinners. HMM

Prophecy in the News: Jerusalem: 4,000 Years in 5 Minutes (VIDEO) ~ January 26, 2018

Jerusalem, a Middle Eastern city west of the Dead Sea, has been a place of pilgrimage and worship for Jews, Christians and Muslims since the biblical era. Its Old City has significant religious sites around the Temple Mount compound, including the Western Wall (sacred to Judaism), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (a Christian pilgrimage site) and the Dome of the Rock (a 7th-century Islamic shrine with a gold dome).
Jerusalem is a mosaic of different peoples, faiths, and nationalities. Nevertheless, despite this diversity, under the sovereignty of Israel, Jerusalem is a city that works. But has it always been this way?
Watch this fascinating video of the entire history of Jerusalem in just 5 minutes. You will find it simply amazing!

Jordan/Israel ~ 1987-1988 ~ Part 8

Day #8

At breakfast we witnessed another beautiful sunrise, a red rubber ball rising over new Jerusalem.  This is Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath – no work is done.  Our breakfast was made from food prepared on previous days.  Not even scrambled eggs could be prepared.  Talk about straining gnats.

Israel is made up of hills, valleys, hamlets, and towns.  Mountains abound all around the Jordan Valley.  We descended toward the Dead Sea and traveled the mountain, desert road, which is also rocky, hilly, craggy and lonely – between Jerusalem and Jericho.  We descended over four thousand feet and once again, entered a different climate.  This, as you probably realize by now, was the road used by the Good Samaritan.  Our ears popped.  What a beautiful land of endless variation!  We saw many Bedouin camps and tents, goats, and sheep along the way.  Israel really opens up the past.  We passed through the wilderness of Judea, just north of Neger, and the wilderness of Beersheba.  We passed deep gorges and narrow mountain passes, and canyons (Wadi) on the way toward Jericho.  In the distance we saw Mount Nebo, Jericho, and the Wilderness of Temptation.  We descended rapidly to the Dead Sea which was once a desert, but now, with water available, tomatoes, onions, strawberries, etc. are raised.  We saw a Greek Monastery – the site of Biblical Gilgal.  We also saw the place where Joshua crossed the Jordan River and laid down twelve stones.  The Dead Sea provides Israel with minerals, power and electricity.  We turned south towards En Gedi and Masada.  We passed the mountains at Qumran, where later today, we will see the caves where the Bedouin shepherd boy discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947.  Our ears kept popping.  Now we went by the actual caves which hid the scrolls.  What a desolate place is Qumran, home of the Essenes.  The Dead Sea is 20% salt, and right next to a fresh water spring.  The residents of Qumran depended on this fresh water supply.  We saw possible Essene farms and a community near Qumran.

After proceeding south along the Dead Sea for awhile, away from the spring, the land again turned into a desert.  The Dead Sea is shrinking and getting smaller.  The water line is moving back.  What beautiful terrain – the desert, mountains, and the Dead Sea – it has to be seen.  We drove south a long way, passing caves where rebels hid from Greek and Roman authorities.  The Dead Sea was four shades of blue, surrounded by lush, green vegetation, and towering red and brown mountains and cliffs.  Leopards and ibex dwell in these forlorn mountains.  We kept proceeding south toward the oasis of En Gedi.  As we passed through En Gedi, we immediately saw an oasis filled with beautiful palm trees.  En Gedi, of course, is where David hid from Saul in a cave and cut Saul’s garment.  I can see why David stayed here.

We then passed a health resort where a sulfur spring bubbled from the ground.  Finally we approached our first destination of Masada.  What a majestic site in the distance.  The ramp that the Romans built in order to capture Masada could be seen.  The Romans, under Titus, took three years to capture it through siege (70-73 A.D.).  We also saw Mount Sodom south at a distance.  An oasis was at the bottom of Masada.  What a beautiful drive, Jerusalem to Masada.  One may ascend Masada in one of two ways:  1) by cable car or 2) by the “snake path” which takes about forty five minutes.  There is no rain here, and we saw one large cistern on the way up.  It was a large man made quarry, turned into a cistern.  Masada means stronghold, rock, or fortress, and was built by the paranoid Herod.  There are three separate levels to King Herod’s Pleasure Palace, connected by staircases.  The top level of Masada is twenty acres.  Many of the Roman encampments could be seen below.  The Roman encampments were square shaped and very easy to see.  Masada had water, swimming pools, gardens, and just about everything to make it a paradise.  A Roman wall crept all around the base of the mountain in order to keep the people captive.  After three years, over nine hundred zealots committed suicide.  Masada was discovered only one hundred years ago.  When the Romans laid siege to Masada, they probably got their water at En Gedi.  When the Romans attempted to build the earthen ramp, the zealots threw rocks down on them.  We passed a stone quarry that was used by Herod in order to build.  The walls of all the rooms at Masada were once beautiful, painted, and covered with plaster.  There were saunas, hanging gardens, bath houses, pillars, storage rooms with a nine year food supply (the food was near Herod’s quarters).  There were beautiful mosaics.  There was even a hot room, and the floor was supported by small columns – underneath the floor were coals and hot water which created a sauna.  Tile was on some of the walls.  As mentioned, the pleasure palace of Herod had three tiers, and was located in such a way as to catch the breeze at the end of the mountain.  The outline of the Roman encampments could be seen all around the mountain.  The General’s Quarters could be seen inside the encampments at the corner of each.  Water came to Masada all the way from the mountains near Jerusalem and was collected in cisterns.  There were holes in the base of Mount Masada which collected the water runoff from the mountains nearby.  The force of gravity pushed the water up, because even the top of Masada is below sea level!  The top level of Masada features the Northern “pleasure” Palace.  Next, I visited the lowest tier of the pleasure palace, the third level down.  This tier gave Herod shade and breeze.  There was a hidden stairwell which was built into the rock, that Herod used to go up and down.  There were no trees in the area, hence the Romans had to haul a battering ram for a long distance.  Then I saw the middle terrace of the pleasure palace (Northern Palace), and observed the remains of a narrow, circular stairwell built into the rock.

Back on the top terrace was the oldest synagogue in the world at the time of the Second Temple.  Ezekiel, Chapter Thirty Seven, “The Vision of Dry Bones,” was found in the synagogue.  Nearby, there was a chamber for the scrolls, or library.  We observed the Roman ramp of earth closeup from the top of Masada.  There were many towers posted along the outer walls.  We left the “leisure” Northern Palace, and entered the Western “working” Palace.  This was the Administrative Palace.  A woman  and her daughter were the only ones who did not commit suicide in 73 A.D.  They hid themselves in an empty water cistern.

Now we will head for En Gedi.  The Dead Sea has no fish or seaweed.  The sulfur smell is very strong.  En Gedi comes from “En” or spring, and “Gedi” or goats.  We came to Wadi David – the springs and water source for En Gedi.  We observed the ibex wandering on the cliffs, the mountain animal of Israel, from which we get the word “Gedi.”  En Gedi features a beautiful waterfall.  At En Gedi, the water originates at a spring and goes underground.  The water is warm.  On our walk back from the waterfall, we saw a “coonie” which looks like a groundhog.  We also saw about twenty ibex walking along a high ridge.  We saw many other ibex amid the rocks.  They are very coordinated for the mountains, and they change the position of their feet to land square on the rocks.

Now we went to the Dead Sea at En Gedi for a swim.  One can float there with no effort at all.  Salt deposits were left all over our bodies.  Since I shaved the previous night before swimming, my neck stung.  You could smell the sulfur, and clay deposits were left everywhere.  The clay is used for cosmetics, facial treatments, and other vain pursuits of man.  Since the Dead Sea is the lowest place on the face of the earth, and tropical, and unseasonably warm, and has many mineral deposits, one feels that God did something special here – such as rain fire and brimstone down on Sodom and Gomorrah, and dropping the entire valley below sea level.

Onward to Qumran.  We passed an oasis filled with palm trees along the way.  (By the way, it just came to mind that there were no problems on the trip which had to do with the recent P.L.O., Gaza Strip and Bethlehem developments).  Qumran was settled by the Essenes in the eighth century B.C.  We visited the remains of the community, observing a water channel, a cistern, scrolls stored in a Scriptorium, and a cemetery.  Many scrolls have been located in these mountains nearby.  Observed in the Essenes Community were homes, pottery, stables, flour, a dining hall, a pool and a cistern.  Every remaining artifact gives evidence of a simple life style.  The Essenes left Qumran and went to Masada.

We left Qumran to go back to Jerusalem.  On the way home, our guide mentioned that Bedouins still trade camels for wives.  They love their simple life style.  We passed a military camp.  Now we went back to the road which goes from Jericho to Jerusalem.  We passed another military camp.  Many Bedouin Camps were seen on the way back to Jerusalem.  We passed through today’s Bethany and stopped at Lazarus’ tomb.  It was deep and dark and seemed very real.  We had to duck and crawl in order to enter the crypt area.  It appeared to be a real possibility of genuine authenticity, like the tomb of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem.

We again entered Jerusalem.  We visited Jesus’ Garden Tomb, mentioned in the paragraph above.  It too, seemed authentic because of 1) the trough where the stone rolled, 2) and the window where the Bible seems to indicate light came in (John 20: 4-8); when John and Peter saw the linen clothes in the tomb, a source of light would have been needed for them to see the clothes after running into the tomb – the window, of course, would have provided the light.

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 64

Bill Salus    ~    Nuclear Showdown In Iran: The Ancient Prophecy Of Elam

The major powers have been dealing with Iran in recent years about nuclear armaments.  Despite the talks, Iran is on the verge of becoming a nuclear power.  Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, is extremely concerned.  Ayatollah Khamenei desired to have even more potential to make more bombs.  Iran’s goal is to wipe Israel off of the map.  Iran, ironically, is recently receiving a strong impetus of Christianity through miracles, healings, visions and dreams.  Iran attacks Christianity and Christianity grows.  Ezekiel 38 depicts Magog (Russia, Persia/Iran and other allies) attacking Israel.  Persia became Iran in 1935.  Elam is in southwest Iran and accounts for one fifth of the nation.  Elam is referred to in Jeremiah 49.

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Dual Prophecies Of Iran

Judgment on Elam

Jeremiah 49

34 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying, 35 “Thus says the Lord of hosts:

‘Behold, I will break the bow of Elam,
The foremost of their might.
36 Against Elam I will bring the four winds
From the four quarters of heaven,
And scatter them toward all those winds;
There shall be no nations where the outcasts of Elam will not go.
37 For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies
And before those who seek their life.
I will bring disaster upon them,
My fierce anger,’ says the Lord;
‘And I will send the sword after them
Until I have consumed them.
38 I will set My throne in Elam,
And will destroy from there the king and the princes,’ says theLord.

39 ‘But it shall come to pass in the latter days:
I will bring back the captives of Elam,’ says the Lord.”

The 7 “I Wills” of Elam

  1. break the bow of Elam, The foremost of their might,
  2. bring the four winds From the four quarters of heaven,
  3. scatter them toward all those winds, (worldwide)
  4. cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies And before those who seek their life,
  5. bring  disaster upon them, My fierce anger,
  6. send the sword after them Until I have consumed them,
  7. set My throne in Elam,
  8. destroy from there the king and the princes,
  9. And, (in the latter days) bring back the captives of Elam.

Iran’s nuclear position today and their ICBM’s can be harmonized with this passage.  Elam was the son of Shem and grandson of Noah.  The Elamites were warmongers (Genesis 14:1-9) and expert archers (Isaiah 22:1-6).  Perhaps the Lord will break Iran’s (Elam) nuclear capabilities.  Benjamin Netanyahu’s two concerns are: 1)a nuclear weapon, and 2)ICBM’s.  Will God use Israel to take out their nuclear program?  There will be refugees from Elam en mass.  Is that a hint of a nuclear disaster?  Israel struck Iraq’s nuclear facility in 1981, and Syria’s nuclear facility in 2007.  Iran has nuclear sites in Syria.  This all gives more credence for Israel to attack Iran.  The world community is concerned about Iran closing the Strait of Hormuz and cutting off the worlds’ oil supply.  Other Islamic nations are concerned about Iran’s ambitions, which could start a nuclear arms race.  Furthermore, Iranian radiation is a threat to GCC water security and desalinization plant operations.

Ayatollah had a 9 point plan to eliminate Israel.  Iran is planning to strike Israel if Israel attacks them.  We are in the final hour and the Lord is accomplishing his will.

Many Iranians who previously hated Christians are becoming saved.  God is performing miracles for them.  Jesus, and not the local Imam is healing Iranians from illness.  Iran is receiving Christianity in a greater way than any other nation in the world.

Christians need to get prepared for the end times, because once apocalyptic events commence, there will be no turning back or stopping them.

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 50

Things To Come:  The Shemitah’s Harbingers & What Lies Ahead    ~    Jonathan Cahn

Jonathan Cahn has a gripping conviction about the sin of our nation and about the need for national repentance.  God is not looking at the White House, He is looking at the church house.  II Chronicles 7:14   “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Jonathan Cahn wrote the Harbinger, and now focuses on the Mystery of the Shemitah.  Cahn claims this 3,000 year old mystery holds the secret of America’s future, the world’s future and your future.  His third book is The Harbinger Decoded, and reveals all of these things fulfilled prophetically.
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The Shemitah begins where the Harbinger leaves off.  George Washington placed his hand on the Bible and warned our nation that a disobedient nation could never expect favor from God.  America has rebelled against God, and we are witnessing the removal of His blessing.  A national prayer was given by Washington in what we know today to be ground zero from 9/11/01.  The calamity returned to the same place where the nation was dedicated to God.  Cahn points out the Sycamore tree that was struck down, as well as all of the other buildings during 9/11, EXCEPT the little stone chapel where America was dedicated to God.  This was a miracle.  The Sycamore tree actually saved the chapel.  God was attempting to wake up America, and seeking for America to repent and return to the Lord.
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Cahn is speaking on things to come.  Things related to the Harbinger and to the Shemitah.  What has happened since 9/11?  Our nation’s apostasy has accelerated.  The harbingers have not stopped but have progressed.  We will face revival or total judgment.  The second harbinger in the book is the sign of the terrorists.  The Assyrians attacked Israel in 722 B.C.  Isis is now attacking the world and America.  They are the offspring of Al Qaeda.  The Assyrians and Isis both come from Syria and Iraq.  Both are cruel nations, having the same capitol site of Nineveh.  They both mutilate and decapitate their victims, and place them on display.  A Biblical sign of judgment is a tree withering away with broken branches.  America is spiritually withering away.  Cahn mentioned a tree dying and the moon turning blood red a couple of years ago, coupled with this second harbinger of judgment.  The third harbinger was our determination to rebuild, and make the Twin Towers bigger, stronger and greater.  This was done in pride and arrogance.  It is indicative of the spirit of the Tower of Babel.  The rising and falling of towers is related to the rising and falling of nations.  The new tower has Isaiah 9:10 at its’ base, the verse that alludes to a nation building a tower in defiance of God.

Isaiah 9:10 King James Version (KJV)

10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.

Our leaders thought this was an appropriate verse for the occasion, but actually it infers God’s judgment on nations who build towers rather than turn to Him!  We think we will come back with our own power, and not that of God.  President Bush spoke on this and said:  “…we will rebuild and we will come back stronger.”  -conspicuously absent was any mention of God.

The Seven Year Mystery.  The Mystery Of Sevens.

Cahn expounded on the Shemitah, and how the land was suppose to rest for one year out of every seven in Israel.  When God judged Israel, all seventy years for which they disobeyed the Lord were collected together when they were taken captive by the Babylonians.  He attempts to show that the same thing could be happening to us as well.  In the last forty years, there have been five times our finances have been shaken- 1973, 1980, 1987, 2000, and 2007.  There are seven years between them all.  Cahn compares previous economic collapses in American history to the Shemitah.  Cahn contends that the Bible ordains most economic crashes in world history to happen in September and October.  9/11 happened during Shemitah.

If America does not turn back to God, then the age of America as we know it will end.

Cahn claims the Shemitah marks the shaping of great world events like World Wars I and II.  It marks the rise and collapses of empires.  The Tribulation Period is likewise seven years.

Every seven Shemitahs in Israel is fulfilled by the Year of Jubilee.  Everything, your land and possessions are restored.  Cahn went into several examples of the Lord fulfilling His will after seven Shemitahs.  There is a significant Shemitah coming up on September 2015 through September 2016.  This is the year of the Jubilee.  Cahn believes this last year represents judgment, and the beginning of the end of the American age, as Russia just passed us as the greatest nuclear power, and China surpassed us as the greatest economic power.  We have also observed the end of the Biblical definition of marriage during this time.  Christians in America are being persecuted now to a large degree.  Cahn brought up the Pharaoh’s dream in the Bible of the seven years of plenty and the seven lean years.  God warned Egypt of what was coming.  This was the first recorded Shemitah in the Bible.  Could the Lord be warning America the same way?  Cahn showed the audience pictures of two cows that each had the number seven on their heads.  They were born at the opening of the Shemitah.

The Shemitah is related to death.  The darkening of the sun can be a sign of judgment.  There are two eclipses scheduled for 2015.  The harbingers are converging with the Shemitahs.  Cahn thinks the single tower replacing the Twin Towers will be a sign, and seals God’s judgment upon America.  We are no longer speculating about prophecy, we are now living in prophecy.  We are observing a great shaking of the global order, involving the collapse of the American economy, the removal of blessing and prosperity, and it may come with famine and the cutting off of our infrastructure.  Unbelievers and those outside of His will should fear.  Jesus is our only refuge and Savior.  If there is going to be a revival, then a great shaking must precede it.  After 9/11 there was no revival because there was no repentance.  Come what may, we will serve the Lord.  Christians have a wonderful opportunity to shine at this time.

Note:  Jonathan Cahn has a great zeal about repentance, judgment, apostasy, blessings and the last days.  He rightly encourages our sin sick nation to repent.  I love his fervor for his God.  He is very unique, however, when he applies God’s plan for Israel to the United States of America and all other nations.  He considers events that happen during the “Shemitah” years, trees falling, and occurrences happening in the order of seven years as harbingers of judgment, yet I am not sure he is correct in doing so.  We all feel God’s hand of judgment on America, yet I do not believe that we can apply all the same theology and precepts  to our nation, as when the Lord worked with Israel.  Actually, when he displayed pictures of two cows with the number seven on their heads, I felt very uncomfortable.  We must ALWAYS ask ourselves “Does this Bible study go right along with the truths that are found in the word of God?”

Blessings, Pastor Steve