Many nations in our world, especially the 57 Arabic countries, have been planning to destroy Israel since her inception in 1948. Yikes, are they in for a big surprise! The Islamic nations and terrorist groups are ALWAYS boasting how they will annihilate Israel and push her into the Mediterranean Sea. They attacked her in 1948, 1967, 1973, and on several other occasions. Israel smashed her enemies and increased in size after every attack! Israel is the one nation with a 100% guarantee to enter the Millennium totally unscathed. Israel is the apple of God’s eye: Psalm 17:8, Proverbs 7:2, Zechariah 2:8.
Genesis 12:3 King James Version (KJV)
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Maranatha, Pastor Steve <><
Top Iranian General: Islamic Army In Syria Awaiting Orders To Eradicate Israel
By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz Breaking Israel News July 10, 2018
Hossein Salami, the vice commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, recently gave a speech full of threats aimed directly at Israel, referring to the Palestinians as Iran’s main tool against their true enemy: the United States.
“Seventy years have passed since the policy of England and America planted in the Islamic world an accursed and criminal tree [i.e. Israel],” Salami began, in the speech on Quds (Jerusalem) Day last month that was just translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
“For 70 years, this poisoned dagger has been embedded in the body of the Islamic ummah, and all the problems of the Islamic world stem from the existence of the false, counterfeit, historically rootless, and identity-less regime named Israel.”
Salami gave the speech in the city of Mashhad to commemorate Quds Day, officially called International Quds Day, an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan that was initiated by Iran in 1979 to express support for the Palestinians and oppose Zionism and Israel. In his speech, he describes Israel as a tool, bringing the threat of the US into the heart of the Islamic world.
“[Israel] brings the range of America’s missiles against the Islamic world 12,000 kilometers closer, and becomes a tool for imposing America’s policy against the Islamic world,” Salami said. “[Ayatollah Khomeini] transformed the heart of Iran with the great [Islamic] Revolution, [and set] a new power against the evil of the arrogance [i.e. the U.S.], against the supporters of the Zionist regime, and against this regime itself.”
He emphasized that due to its size, Israel has no defense against the Iranian threat.
“The Islamic Revolution created a mighty power called Hizbullah, that today, as the Zionist regime itself acknowledges, has over 100,000 missiles ready for launch,” Salami said. “The Zionist regime has no strategic-defensive depth, and in some places, the breadth of this regime is barely 34 km, and in order to destroy it, it will take only one ‘Jerusalem operation’ to destroy it.”
During the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, Iran referred to its operations against Iraq as “Jerusalem operations.” Another such operation against Israel is imminent, Salami warned.
“Today an international Islamic army has been formed in Syria, and the voices of the Muslims are heard near the Golan,” Salami said. “Orders are awaited, so that the custom of God vis-à-vis the eradication of the evil regime [Israel] will land and the life of this regime will be ended for good. The life of the Zionist regime was never in danger as it is now.”
In his speech, Salami identified the Palestinians as Iran’s primary weapon against its enemies.
“Once, the Palestinians fought with stones and slingshots, but today they are armed with missiles,” Salami said. “Every regime site is today under fire from the missile launchers. The farther and more deeply [we look], the more we see that there is a politically and militarily powerful regime in the world that raises the flag of fighting evil. This regime is Iran.”
Iran is considered the head of Shiite Islam. As such, Salami called on young Muslims around the world to join in fighting against Israel and the US.
“Iran invites the Muslims to jihad, and the spirit of jihad today breathes in the body of the Muslim nations. The young Muslims who care are proud of fighting the Zionists, the Americans, and their allies, and becoming a martyr is an honor for them. This is our main might.”
Originally published at Breaking Israel News – reposted with permission.
End-Time Weariness: Haven’t We Waited Long Enough?
By Jan Markell/Olive Tree Ministries July 13, 2018
The malady goes by many names: End-time weariness; Rapture fatigue; Israel burn-out. The results are the same: The scoffers and skeptics are gaining too much territory and too many followers.
The fact that the King is coming is boring and just old news. What Hal Lindsey wrote in 1969 in his classic “The Late-Great Planet Earth”, in the eyes of many, did not come to pass. Thus, there is a collective so-what sigh.
Haven’t we waited long enough??
It is the tragedy of my lifetime – and I never thought I would see the day.
Recently I read a revealing article in The Guardian recommended by Bill Koenig. It talks about the destruction of the new Christian progressiveness. This article suggests:
– “The Late-Great Planet Earth” and the “Left Behind” series prophesied a lot of things that have not yet come to pass. Haven’t we waited long enough? Isn’t it time to move on from their message?
– Those who hung onto the words of the popular 1970s Larry Norman song, “I Wish We’d All Been Ready” have also waited long enough. Life has always been filled with guns and war and everyone gets trampled on the floor as the song goes, but so what? Almost 45 years have passed and the world is still groaning. It’s time to move on.
– “We’ve been through all of this before” has replaced apocalyptic fervor! There is nothing new under the sun. Your words of warning are now falling on deaf ears.
– Maybe you evangelicals have sided with the wrong players. Don’t you know that hundreds of innocent Palestinians are being killed daily by apartheid Israelis?
End-time weariness. Rapture fatigue. Late-Great burn-out. The Chosen People have lost their chosenness. The article in The Guardian suggests all this and more!
The Spoilers: Date-Setters
Add to this mix that some date-setters have been wrong. Edgar Weisenhunt and Harold Camping not only set dates, but re-set dates when nothing happened the first time! Hal Lindsey never said 1988 was the date of the Rapture but that was the accusation. He suggested 40 years after 1948 was an intriguing date. That’s all.
Then came the bashers who are respected in some circles. Hank Hanegraaff said there was no Rapture to be found in the Bible. Who knew? Well, he’s no Bible Answer Man to me.
Lynne Hybels and World Vision teamed up to condemn Israel as almost barbaric persecutors of the Palestinians in their one-sided “Hope for the Holy Land” tours across America.
What’s in the water Frankie Schaeffer is drinking? When he, like Hanegraaf, joined the Eastern Orthodox Church, he went sideways. He now goes into tirades on MSNBC against what his parents – Francis and Edith Schaeffer – might have believed about the end-times.
He slams his “good friend” Jerry Jenkins for coming up with the “Left Behind” books that belong in the Twilight Zone category according to Schaeffer. What’s in them can only be believed by white evangelicals who support Donald Trump, says Frankie.
Internet broadcaster Rick Wiles consistently says that Dispensationalists and Christian Zionists are the root of the world’s problems and also the church’s problems. We are destroying the world.
Destructive Social Justice
If your teen or twenty-something kid goes off to a Justice Conference, they will likely hear Marxist Cornell West rather than any pro-Israel speaker. The Catalyst Conferences aren’t much better when it comes to promoting end-time theology. A persecuted Palestinian might be an honored guest so that the social justice cravings of the Millennials can be satisfied.
Social justice has gained ground over good old-fashioned evangelical support for Israel and her God-given land. The under-age-40 crowd is listening to voices that are not telling the truth. They are hearing that Israel is illustrative of a new form of apartheid; that the Palestinians had their land stolen; and don’t you know that the Church is the new Israel?
Most reject what their parents grew up on: Israel is the apple of God’s eye and the key to the end of the age.
These are just a few of many reasons why this glorious message that years ago had nearly every Christian excited that today might be the day is now a big yawn! It is now a wake-me-when-it’s-over sentiment. Add to that the fact that our churches have dropped this message!
Deja vu All Over Again!
So when stunning events take place such as the moving of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, the aligning of the nations in the Mideast that could be a part of the Gog-Magog War, and the convergence of dozens of end-time signs, there is a collective sigh. Some will say it’s déjà vu all over again. You said that 40 years ago. Nothing happened.
So the fact that things are all coming together excites only a tiny remnant who will never grow weary of keeping their eyes on the sky! If you are among them, hang in there. He is coming soon and Israel remains the apple of God’s eye!
Jan Markell is the founder of Olive Tree Ministries and will be one of the featured speakers you can livestream free this weekend – July 13/14 at the God’s Prophetic Voices To America Conference.
2 Peter 3:4-6 King James Version (KJV)
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.
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
“People who scoff at Christ’s coming are just another sign of His coming.”
A new Middle East “peace plan” is gestating and, according to the Trump administration itself, nearly ready to hatch.
It is easy to be cynical. Peace plans have been produced by various administrations and yet, there is no peace.
On the other hand, the Trump administration–as it has on other issues–is laying the groundwork differently. The refusal of the Palestinian Authority to engage with the president’s envoys, interestingly, has not stopped the shuttle with Israel and Arab states (including a reported joint meeting between Israeli, American and Arab intelligence chiefs), and decisively telling the Palestinians that they will not be paid for attending–and, in fact, have assets to lose by not participating.
We don’t, of course, know the American endgame or its likelihood of success, but there are basically only two possibilities:
The establishment of a Palestinian state with “security guarantees” for Israel; or
Recognition by the Arab states and Palestinians of Israel as a legitimate and permanent state in the region.
If it is the former, it is doomed.
Current Palestinian leadership believes–and encourages people to kill and die for–the principle that Jews are running a country on Palestinian land. That the Galilee, Haifa, Jaffa, Ashkelon and Beersheva belong in the Palestinian Arab state. Not to mention Jerusalem. Given that, why would anyone expect the Palestinians to agree to accept a truncated state separated and squeezed by Israel, Jordan and Egypt? They have their “narrative” and want what they say is theirs.
The Palestinian Authority is not participating in the preliminary talks because the option of agreeing that Israel gets to stay on “Palestinian land” in perpetuity is impossible. The benefit of prior “peace plans” for the P.A. is that its leaders could take what they were offered–settlement freezes, money, status, etc.–and continue to work towards the day when they, not the Jews, would be in charge. Under that scenario, “security guarantees” for Israel are meaningless.
Any plan with hopes of success must start with the legitimacy and permanence of the State of Israel. U.N. Security Council Resolution 242 (1967) lays on the Arab states responsibility for “termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force.”
Resolution 242 has been on the books for 51 years. It is time the Arab states (minus Jordan and Egypt, which have done so) accept their responsibility.
Political life in the region did not begin with the Oslo Accords in 1993, when the Palestinians were treated for the first time in history as a political entity. It began in earnest long before the independence of Israel in 1948, when there were just Arab states that invaded Israel in an attempt to destroy it.
Had the Arab states had accepted their defeats in that war and additional wars they initiated in 1956, 1967 and 1973, there wouldn’t be Palestinian refugees. If Arab states hadn’t provided political and financial support to Palestinian terrorist organizations when they realized they couldn’t wipe Israel out with their Soviet-style armies, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.
The Palestinians are not just Israel’s problem to solve. Arabs put Palestinians in camps with multigenerational refugees. There isn’t a single Palestinian refugee camp in Israel. To think that the Palestinian refugee problem created by Arab rejectionism can be resolved by Israel in the space between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea is misguided and impossible.
The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of people who may have been displaced 70 years ago are not refugees. They are victims of Arab intransigence over the creation of Israel and their own indifference to Palestinian misery. Arab states imprison them, and the United Nations feeds them–and they have little future to contemplate.
The Palestinians must become citizens of actual countries. And it is not impossible. The Palestinian leadership claims 6 million “refugees.” (UNRWA says 5 million). OK. Two million are citizens of Jordan but still hold refugee status–something not legitimate in international refugee law, incidentally.
Another 2 million live in areas that are the putative Palestinian state, governed by Palestinians. That takes care of 4 million of the 5 million or even 6 million. Certainly, international aid money will have to follow that determination.
The Arab states should step up for the Palestinians.
The Trump administration has talked about billions in Arab investment in Palestinian areas, but the problem is not a lack of money. The actual investment follows legal and economic systems designed to return profits to the investors, like Israel.
To get there, Palestinian society must come off its war footing and agree to harness the talent and capability of individual Palestinians with their closest and best trading partner, Israel, and with others. But the Palestinians can’t get there alone.
Today, when the Sunni Arab states look to Israel as a partner against Iran and make use of Israeli defense capabilities (as well as water and solar technologies) under the table, the time has come for them to step up and make the deal public and irrevocable.
Finish the 1948 war. Accept the legitimate and permanent presence of the State of Israel, even if it is 70 years late. Provide support for the Palestinians to build a new government committed to the economic and social health of its people.
That is a plan for peace.
Originally published at JNS.org – reposted with permission.
The #1 Most Overlooked Prophetic Sign- The Spread Of The Gospel
The #1 Most Overlooked Prophetic Sign
By Britt Gillette/EndTimesBibleProphecy May 17, 2018
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Can we know when Jesus is coming back? No. No one knows the day or the hour of His return (Mark 13:32). However, we can know the general season of His return. Why do I say this? Because Jesus told us so. He said certain signs will indicate His return is near.
And today, we see them. Those signs include (but are not limited to): the rebirth of Israel as a nation (Jeremiah 23:7-8)… The Jewish people in control of Jerusalem (Luke 21:24-28)… A marked increase in travel and knowledge (Daniel 12:4)… and many more.
Centuries ago, Jesus and the prophets pointed to dozens of signs just like these. Jesus said when you see them, you should “look up, because your salvation draws near” (Luke 21:28). But I want to focus on just one of those signs. It’s a sign so obvious, people take it for granted.
It may even be the most important sign. Yet, while it’s in full view of every man, woman, and child on earth, most people still ignore it. Hard to believe isn’t it? But it’s true. One of the foremost signs of the Second Coming is either ignored or dismissed by almost everyone in the world.
The Most Overlooked Sign of the Second Coming
So what is this sign? It’s the Gospel. That’s right. The spread of the Gospel is the most overlooked sign of the Second Coming. When Jesus was asked, “When will the end come? And what will be the signs of your coming?” He said, “the Good News will be preached to the whole world so all nations will hear it, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). Our generation is on the verge of fulfilling this sign.
Right now, the Gospel is being preached in every nation on earth. It’s an unmistakable sign of the times in which we live. Yet, it’s the #1 most overlooked sign. The world, and even many Christians, take it for granted.
Those people say, “What’s the big deal? Why wouldn’t the Gospel spread across the world? We live in an age of satellite TV, the Internet, and global travel.” True. Technology partially explains the recent explosion of the Gospel. Print books, ebooks, websites, television, radio, and more take the Gospel to millions on a daily basis. But is technology solely responsible? No. Technology alone will not make a message go global.
So what will? The power of the message. God is the one behind the spread of the Gospel. Don’t doubt it. As Gamaliel observed, “If the Gospel is not from God, it will soon fade away. But if the Gospel is from God, no one will be able to stop it” (Acts 5:38-39).
How many others have tried to spread a different message and failed? The Gospel has spread because it’s the Word of God. The Bible says the Word of God always produces fruit. It will accomplish all God wants it to and prosper everywhere He sends it (Isaiah 55:11). No one should take this for granted. After all, the global spread of the Gospel is nothing less than a miracle.
Think about it. A first century carpenter on the outskirts of the Roman Empire said His message would be proclaimed to the ends of the earth. He said “the whole world” and “all nations” will hear it. That’s a bold claim. Remember, Jesus only had a few followers at the time. He had no great wealth. He didn’t hold a high or important government position.
He wasn’t a conquering hero. He was a poor wandering preacher in an all but forgotten province of the mighty Roman Empire. He lived in a time when TV, radio, the Internet, and the printing press did not yet exist. Nothing indicated His name and message would spread to all nations. Yet, here we are today, where the name of Jesus is known throughout the world.
Do we really grasp the significance of this? When Jesus made this bold claim, His followers didn’t even understand what “the whole world” was. Perhaps they had heard of India and China, but Japan? Australia? North and South America?
All these places were unknown to the disciples. No one at the time knew how large the world was or even how many nations existed. The idea of reaching them all was absurd. Yet Jesus knew. As God in the flesh, He knew how big the world was. And He said the global spread of the Gospel would be a sign of His return.
The Spread of the Gospel
Following the crucifixion, the Gospel spread throughout Israel. But it took several decades to reach the rest of the Roman Empire. For the first 1,000 years of Christianity, the Gospel rarely left western Europe and the Mediterranean region. So for fifteen centuries, no Christian could point to this sign of the Second Coming.
Many honored the Lord’s command to “go into all nations and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19), and they tried to fulfill this sign in their time. But only in recent years could anyone claim this sign is nearing fulfillment.
Today, the Gospel circles the globe on a daily basis. Missionaries take it to the most remote corners of the world. Radio and television transmit the Word of God into nations hostile to Christianity, and the Internet brings the Gospel to everyone with an electronic device. Yet, despite all this, the spread of the Gospel goes largely unnoticed. Jesus said this would be a sign of His return.
He said in the days of Noah, people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all (Luke 17:26-30). The people of Noah’s day did not believe a flood was coming. But the flood did come, and so will Jesus.
Remember, Jesus said, “The Gospel will be preached to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). He didn’t say, “The Gospel will be preached to all nations, and then I’ll come 50 years or 100 years or 1,000 years later.” No. He said, “And then the end will come.” Our generation is on the verge of seeing the Gospel preached to all the nations. That means Jesus is right at the door. He’s coming soon!
Britt Gillette is author of the ebook Coming to Jesus as well as the books Signs of the Second Coming and Racing Toward Armageddon.
In 2015, the American Renewal Project hosted pastors and pews events preparing for the first four presidential primaries in 2016: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada. Participants included Mike Huckabee, LA Governor Bobby Jindal, TX Governor Rick Perry, TX Senator Ted Cruz, KY Senator Rand Paul, and FL Senator Marco Rubio.
On May 3, 2016, Donald J. Trump clinched the Republican nomination with his victory in the Indiana primary. The race to become the next president was down to Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald J. Trump.
Some Evangelical leaders got caught up in the ‘Never Trump’ movement. Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), declared in a Washington Post opinion piece of October 9, 2016, that “If Donald Trump has done anything, he has snuffed out the Religious Right.” The article seemed an effort to suppress Evangelical turnout on Election Day. [Russell Moore is a wolf in sheepskin and he is bad for the SBC. He promoted “Crooked Hillary” in 2016. Why would anyone be surprised that he desires to enable LGBTQ? Note Trump’s accomplishments below. Moore totally lacked discernment of what Trump would do. Pastor Steve <><]
On May 10, 2016, we examined the ‘Never Trump’ movement in an editorial addressed to 100,000 American Renewal Project pastors:
“What and how will Mr. Trump do? I don’t have a clue.
“But with Hillary we do know. The progressives that she will stack on the Supreme Court alone will set back America for a century. Americans may well lose 1) their Second Amendment right to ‘keep and bear Arms’ and 2) their religious liberty (Kim Davis was just the warm-up act). Codifying transgender bathrooms rights will only be the beginning of nine unelected and unaccountable Justices imposing a godless agenda, tearing America apart brick-by-brick.” (read full story here: https://bit.ly/2wFciXj )
Fast-forwarding now to June 2018, a list of President Trump’s victories includes:
• Defending religious liberty.
• Standing up for the unborn.
• Defunding Planned Parenthood.
• Appointing conservative jurists to the Supreme Court and federal appeals courts.
• Reinstating the Mexico City Policy [policy blocking U.S. federal funding for non-governmental organizations that provide abortion counselling or referrals, advocate to decriminalize abortion or expand abortion services].
• Rescinding the Johnson Amendment by Executive Order.
• Commitment to sign the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
• Opening the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. “Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Trump said. Many promised for nearly three decades, only Donald Trump kept his word.
A good explanation for the Trump phenomenon, aside from the Left’s narrative, would be “God helps those who cannot help themselves.”
Last week we discussed how Cardinal Karol Wojtyla – who later became Pope John Paul II – and Father Frank Blachnicki established a youth ministry in Poland to renew the Polish church. They did this through spiritual mobilization in the fight against communism. Their Oasis movement was created to counter Soviet ‘propagandizement’ of Polish youth by USSR Young Pioneer camps. An estimated ten million children had passed through 40,000 pioneer camps across the USSR during the 1960s and 1970s. (1) This was ‘evangelization’ and indoctrination by a pagan, communistic godless religion. Contrast this to the Oasis alumni, who took vows to live ethical lifestyles of spiritual dissent in the face of a hostile communistic system.
It is evidently high time for an ‘ Oasis movement ’ for America’s youth. We need a movement that will expel pagan Secularism, presently entrenched as gospel, from public education and America’s cultural mountains of influence. This would be a miracle of similar magnitude to Joshua commanding the sun to stand still.
In any case, let’s be clear: neither Wall Street, politicians, government, nor public education is going to save America. “They one and all fail, utterly fail, to meet the deep need of the soul. One and all they are unable to put away sin. And, yet, sad to say, they one and all supplant the Christ of God – He is not wanted; He passes by unnoticed.” (2)
The phrase “passes by unnoticed” leads us to Proverbs 8:10: “Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.” If riches are esteemed and desired over Wisdom, she quietly withdraws, without a commotion. Even a cursory glance at our culture will show that God has withdrawn His hand from secularized, public education. Wisdom’s absence is unmistakable.
As long as pagan Secularism controls America’s cultural mountains of influence – public education, academia, newsrooms, sports, the courts, big business, Hollywood, medicine – we are going downhill as a nation. Each passing day it becomes clearer that Christians have neglected their duty over the last three-quarters of a century. Christians have treated the conflict between the pagan religion of Secularism and the Biblical God Jehovah casually, as just another passing fancy. Yet, on the contrary, this is war.
We Christians must now make the fullest possible use of all means at our disposal to dislodge Secularism from the public square and the culture if America is to survive. This spiritual war calls for persistent vigilance together with action.
Currently, Donald Trump looks to be our best ally. God has raised a Samson “willing to do what God’s people are not.” ( goo.gl/2p6TXE)
Christians must take their civic government skills to the next level. A great tutor for developing such skills is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Newt’s new book is titled Trump’s America. ( goo.gl/YrH8pM)
In Chapter 3 – The Comeback of ‘Under God’ – it reads: “Essentially, the anti-Trump coalition has twisted freedom of religion into freedom from religion by casting faith as a source of oppression that should be removed from public life. … This is why freedom of religion is an essential pillar of America – and a key to the American comeback.”
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
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At Reception, PM Netanyahu Cites ‘A Momentous Time, Our People Will Be Eternally Grateful’ to President Trump
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
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Prophecy News Watch / Update For May 15, 2018
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.”
American Christian Leaders Praise Jerusalem Embassy Opening
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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.
Sorry folks, I do not have the warm fuzzies when I ponder upon the Bush family, legacy and Christian faith. The only words I heard about Barbara Bush in the spiritual realm were that “she had a strong belief in the afterlife.” I have never heard anyone in the extended Bush household refer to THE Author of salvation, Jesus Christ. Read James 2:19 New King James Version (NKJV):
“You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!”
The eulogy for this First Lady was dotted with words like iconic, public servant, matriarch and patriotic. Conspicuously absent was any reference to a Christian woman. In my opinion, the highest praise that can be lauded on any woman is the following: Proverbs 31:30 English Standard Version (ESV)
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
Barbara Bush was given the familiar accolades that we have grown accustomed to, after her passing, but the fact of the matter is that “good people never go to heaven.” Why is this? Because we are all sinners: Romans 3:23 King James Version (KJV)
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…” Romans 3:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
“As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one…”
Here is the key to salvation: Hebrews 9:22 King James Version (KJV)
“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission (of sins).”
Prescott Bush, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, are all globalists who seek the New World Order (NWO), and the so called Two State Solution, whereas Israel would forfeit the little land she has. Christians would never do such a thing because we believe Genesis 12:3-
Genesis 12:3 New King James Version (NKJV)
“I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Amazingly, the crude and sometimes bombastic Donald Trump seems to understand the need to support Israel better than the “refined” Bush family. Trump’s support of Israel may prolong the longevity of the United States of America! This gives real meaning to the old adage: “We will be surprised by who we do see in heaven and by who we do not see in heaven.” Amen and amen.
If you do some research, you will find that Prescott Bush supported the Nazi Party in Germany, prior to the United States entering World War II, and George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush were members of the Skull and Bones Society at Yale University. George H.W. Bush’s nickname was “Magog.” Enough said…
We Christians should never judge another, as far as where one spends eternity. But given the lack of evidence of understanding that salvation is “by grace through faith,” and the lack of even the mere mention of the name of Jesus Christ, does not give us a good feeling about where one will spend eternity. Patriotism and love of country will not enable one to go to heaven. One must be born from above and place their faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
Acts 4:12 King James Version (KJV)
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Salvation Comes Solely through the blood of Christ, Do Not Leave Earth Without It!
Students taking the current course at the SouthWest Florida Bible Institute: “NT701 Two Tremendous Archaeological Discoveries,” will find the book, “Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus,” invaluable. The book goes into much greater depth than the film, and is a tremendous tool in Bible history, apologetics and archaeology. In His Service, Pastor Steve <><
Palm Sunday is March 25, 2018
In Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19, Jesus descends from the Mount of Olives towards Jerusalem, and the crowds lay their clothes on the ground to welcome him as he triumphantly enters Jerusalem. Christians celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as Palm Sunday, a week before Easter Sunday.
Some churches decorate with palms and distribute palm branches in memory of the greeting Jesus received from the pilgrims as He rode into Jerusalem.
Jesus had spent many months traveling through the towns and villages. He preached about the kingdom of God and healed the sick wherever He went. Now the time had come for Him to claim His title as the Messiah – the Savior that God had promised to the Jewish people.
Jesus knew His mission was almost finished. As they traveled to Jerusalem, Jesus warned His disciples that He would soon be put to death, and after three days He would rise again.
As they came near Jerusalem, Jesus told two of His disciples to go into a nearby village and bring a donkey that would be waiting there. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the donkey. Crowds of people spread their coats on the ground in front of Him. Some waved branches of palm trees, a sign of victory. The people shouted, Hosanna!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord – the King of Israel!
Only a king would be greeted this way, and the people wanted Jesus to be their king. (II Kings 9:13)
Most of the people did not understand what kind of king Jesus would be. They expected their Messiah to be a great political and military leader who would free them from the tyranny of the Roman Empire. But, the kingdom of God is not of this world. It is a spiritual kingdom that is now growing in the hearts of people who put their faith and trust in God.
Did you know that a Donkey is the only animal in the world with a cross on its back, Jesus the Messiah came into Jerusalem on the cross and he also left Jerusalem with a cross. Coincidence ? I don’t think so. Thank you Jesus for taking ALL our sins on You!
By Prophecy in the News| March 23rd, 2018|Tags: Bible, Christians, Churches, Donkey, Easter, Israel, Jerusalem, Jesus, Jewish, Jews, Kingdom of God, Messiah, Palm Branches, Palm Sunday
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