Articles of the Day 2/3/14: Gun to the head of Israel

Israel as Proof of God’s Existence: Dispersion and Persecution

“These are prophetic fulfillments that cannot be discarded. As one person has put it, they have the thumbprint of God on them.”

Jordan invokes 1994 peace treaty with Israel for a say in Kerry’s Jordan Valley security and Jerusalem plans 

“3. Another issue is the US approach to the Jerusalem question, which ignores Jordan’s status with regard to the Holy Places, especially Temple Mount.
The monarch drew Kerry’s attention to the peace treaty signed in 1994 between his father, the late King Hussein and Israeli Prime Minister, the late Yitzhak Rabin, which formally recognized Jordan’s special status on Temple Mount.
In 2013, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas signed an understanding with Amman acknowledging that special status. Since then, the kingdom has covered the payroll of the Palestinian bodies and Waqf authority responsible for the administration and maintenance of Muslim mosques on a site which is sacred to Jews and Christians as well as being the second most important Muslim shrine after Mecca.
King Abdullah is demanding the enshrinement and incorporation of these two documents in all the proposals the US Secretary puts before Israel and the Palestinians.”

Interesting, first time I have seen the Temple Mount be included in the peace talks.

Terror Underground: How Hamas Is Digging Tunnels and Building Rockets in Gaza

“Today, there’s one Gaza Strip above ground, and another one underground,” says a senior officer in the IDF Intelligence Corps. “Tunneling has existed [in Gaza] since the mid 1990s, but it has really grown into an industry. More funds are invested in it – we’re talking about millions of dollars every year – and the need for engineers are growing.”

Such a shame these resource are not used for the Palestinian people. Who is really an Apartheid state Israel or Gaza??

Bullying tactics by Kerry and Europeans fuel anti-Israel terror, stir boycott threats

John Kerry Threatens Israel With Boycotts if Talks Fail

“US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday threatened Israel that a failure in the peace talks would lead to global boycotts and delegitimization of the Jewish state. The warning comes as no surprise to those familiar with reports earlier in the month, which revealed that Kerry is orchestrating the European boycotts against Israel.”

Steinitz: Israel may ‘eliminate’ Hamas government

“If the drip of rockets from Gaza continues, we will have no choice but to go inside [Gaza] in order to eliminate Hamas, and allow the Palestinian Authority to regain control of the Gaza Strip,” Steinitz said.”

Ya’alon: Not an inch of the West Bank till Jewish state recognized

“Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told the Munich Security Conference Sunday that not an inch of the West Bank will be ceded until the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state. “The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not a dispute over territory, but over the Palestinian refusal to accept Israel as a Jewish state and to declare an end to the conflict for an agreed-upon withdrawal from the West Bank,” said Ya’alon. “I support the negotiations, I support any political engagement, but we should tell ourselves the truth and not delude ourselves regarding Abu Mazen’s intentions. Will Abu Mazen be ready to recognize our right to exist as the nation state of the Jewish people?” Ya’alon asked. “We got a clear answer. Never.” And if the deal falls through, he said, “We”ll manage.”

Despite threats from the US and EU Israeli politicians appear defiant. This could all be for show before they sign what will likely be a bad agreement for Israel .

Chosen Or Elect Or What?

I have often had trouble with this concept as well. Jack Kelly provides a really good explanation.

Q. I’m having a difficult time separating God’s chosen people from God’s elect. I’ve always thought that Israel is God’s “chosen” people, but when we get into verse like cutting short for the Elects sake in Matt. 24 I get a little confused. Is Israel both the “Chosen” and the “Elect” and if so what is a Christian to identify with? I ask this because I find it nearly impossible to convince post-trib believers that the verses in Matt. 24 are only about Israel and the 2nd coming, not the rapture of the church. Is there a way to convince them with scripture that show clearly that Jesus is speaking of Israel and not the church?

 
A. In the Old Testament the Hebrew word translated “elect” (8 times) is also translated “chosen” (4 times) and refers to both Israel and the Messiah.

In the New Testament the Greek word translated “elect” (16 times) is also translated “chosen” (7 times) and can refer to believers on Earth, believers in Heaven, Israel, the Church, Jesus, and certain angels.

This tells us the person or persons the Bible is referring to when using these words has to be determined by the context in which they appear. In Matt.24:22 we see the word “elect” referring to believers on Earth, while in Matt. 24:31 the same word is used to describe believers in Heaven, but in neither case can they be specifically identified as the Church.

Showing that Matt. 24 pertains to Israel can be done by pointing out that the Lord never mentioned the Church there, but did mention the people in Judea (Israel), the Temple (Israel), travel on the Sabbath (Israel), and a warning against being fooled by false Christs (Israel).

Also, His phrase “He who stands firm to the end will be saved” in Matt. 24:13 cannot apply to the Church because our salvation is guaranteed from the moment we believe (Ephesians 1:13-14).

The entire chapter was devoted to the Lord’s answer to three questions of Matt. 24:3. When will these things happen (the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem), what will be the sign of your (2nd) coming, and of the end of the age, (completion of Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy). All these were of primary importance to Israel.

In all the gospels you won’t find any direct mention of a Church Age, or a rapture of the Church, because Jesus never spoke of these things. The few hints of we can see of them are only clear to us because we already know about them.

Therefore, it is not accurate to assume the inclusion of either the Church or the rapture in Matt. 24. Even after His resurrection the disciples still expected Him to restore the Kingdom to Israel at that time (Acts 1:6), and the doctrine of the rapture was unknown to the early Church until Paul introduced it 20 years after the resurrection in his letters to Corinth and Thessalonica. The phrase. “Listen, I tell you a mystery” in 1 Cor. 15:51 means he was revealing a secret. He was talking about the rapture.

In short, to place the Church in Matt. 24 requires us to alter the context of the chapter, and then assume Jesus was implying something He had never specifically taught about.

Is Israel secretly working to prevent al-Qaida haven on border with Syria?

“Is Israel secretly working to prevent al-Qaida haven on border with Syria?
If Israel is not coordinating its moves in southern Syria with the regime, perhaps, as reports suggest, it is secretly working with Jordan, which also is worried about al-Qaida-linked groups targeting its own government.

In addition to rumors that an operations room in Amman is coordinating assistance to the Syrian opposition, along with Saudi and Western intelligence officials, Ya’ari writes that Jordan “is cultivating an array of local militias close to the long frontier with Syria, taking advantage of the fact that many inhabitants of southern Syria and northern Jordan belong to the same tribes.”

The extent to which Israel and Jordan are cooperating may never be known, but make no mistake, both Israel and Jordan are frustrating the efforts of the Islamic rebels in Syria.

 

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