Articles of the Day 2/14/14:

Christian IDF Recruitment Reaches All-Time High

“According to the IDF, in the second half of 2013, 84 Christian recruits signed up, more than three times the average to date. It is estimated that 300 Christians are serving in the Israeli military now, the highest total ever, Haaretz reported.”

Hamas objects to UN human rights book in schools

“Gaza’s Hamas authorities have blocked a UN refugee agency from introducing a book promoting human rights into local schools, saying it ignores Palestinian cultural mores and focuses too heavily on “peaceful” means of conflict resolution.

Motesem al-Minawi, spokesman for the Hamas-run Education Ministry, said Thursday the government believes the UNRWA curriculum does not match the “ideology and philosophy” of the local population.”

Makes sense. Hamas is a terrorist organization bent on destroying the lives of innocent civilians so why teach their own children peaceful conflict resolution? No one disputes this, condemns it, or rejects it. Its just accepted. How backward the world has become.

Israel lets in Gazans for medical treatment

“Israel allowed 35 Palestinians from Gaza to enter for medical treatment a day after denying them permission because their application letterhead read “State of Palestine.”

Does anyone find it hypocritical that Palestinians seek medical help from Israel while shooting rockets at Israel? I’m curious who pays for this medical care?

Israelis outraged by EU official comments 

“Comments made by the president of the European Parliament, in which he criticised Israeli settlements and implied that Israelis receive four times more water than Palestinians, has stoked anger in Israel.

The speech, made by German Martin Schulz on Wednesday, prompted the far-right Jewish Home party to storm out of the parliament and the spat made the front pages of Israel’s main newspapers.

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett warned against Germans criticising his country, in reference to the European country’s Nazi past.”

Has the EU done anything positive for peace rather then criticize and threaten Israel?

Israeli patrol shoots Palestinian dead at Gaza fence 

“The IDF patrol opened fire on three Palestinians trying to sabotage the Gaza border fence after they ignored two warnings to back off and shots fired in the air. One of the three Palestinians was killed.”

The fence would not be necessary if Hamas was not sworn to Israel’s destruction.

Temple Activist Tells Police: I’m not your Enemy

“The Coordinator of the LIBA Project for Jewish ascent to the Temple Mount, Yehuda Glick, published an open letter to police serving on the Temple Mount Wednesday in which he asked them to stand up for Jewish individual and national rights on the Mount.

Glick went on to explain that the struggle against Israel continues on the Temple Mount, where many Muslim Arabs make every effort to get rid of all Jewish presence.

“They realize that the Mount is the heartbeat of the Jewish nation, and they do all that they can to hurt this heart. The degree to which they succeed or fail is largely up to you. If you stand firmly and block any violent outburst – physical or verbal –then you are defending the beating heart of our nation.

The Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site and the location of the two Holy Temples of Jerusalem, the latter of which was destroyed by the Romans in 70CE. Despite that fact, Jewish visitors face severe restrictions upon ascending the Mount, while the Waqf works to remove any Jewish presence on the Mount and consistently destroys Jewish antiquities on the compound in a direct violation of a ruling by the Supreme Court.”

It is astonishing that the Israeli government allows this. Their own people are prevented from worshiping at their holiest site. The land belongs to them but they cannot pray on their own land.  I believe Romans 11:25-26 has an explanation:

“I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,  and in this way all Israel will be saved.”

Their hearts are hardened to the point where they are blind to what is right. Does it not seem weird that the Israelis would capture the land in a war but then turn it back over to the enemy.  When the Rapture happens their hard hearts (blindness) will be removed and they will all seek to pray at the temple. This could be what prompts a new temple to be built.

Will The Holy Spirit Leave With The Church?

Wisdom from the gifted Jack Kelly:

Q. Does the Holy Spirit leave the Earth when the rapture happens?

A. I believe the restraining influence of the Holy Spirit will be removed from the earth when the Church is raptured (2 Thes. 2:7). But the Holy Spirit Himself will not leave. Once the Church has joined up with Jesus in the rapture the Holy Spirit’s role as a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance (Ephes. 1:13-14) will be complete, and He will resume a position similar to His Old Testament relationship with mankind. He will be with believers and will come upon them in power from time to time, but will no longer be sealed within them (1 Samuel 16:14, Psalm 51:11). Because a great many people will be saved during the end times judgments (Rev. 7:9), I believe He will also continue to convict men of their sins and draw them to the Lord for salvation as He always has.

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