Articles of the Day 6/23/14: Lots of Disturbing Trends

Iraq Crisis:

Report: US, UK Knew About ISIS Takeover Months in Advance

“Kurdish authorities tell news outlet that they passed along intelligence about the ISIS plans months ago to US, UK – who then did nothing.”

Jordan, Lebanon beef up security against Islamist threat

“While shoring up defenses, Amman confident ISIL jihadists will find it difficult to make inroads against well-trained army.”

Jordan mobilizes reserves after ISIS captures border point

“Western military sources reported Sunday night that Jordan had begun calling up reserve units for deployment on the Iraqi border for repelling a possible incursion by Iraqi al Qaeda. This was in reaction to the capture by ISIS of the main crossing from Iraq to Jordan at Turaibi which gained the Islamists control of the strategic trade artery between the two countries.”

Jordan beefs up Iraq border defenses as frontier post falls

“AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan beefed up its border defenses with Iraq on Sunday after Sunni gunmen seized territory close to its border in Anbar province and appeared to have also taken control of the only land crossing with its large eastern neighbor, officials and witnesses said.”

Militants blitz through Iraq’s western desert

“BAGHDAD (AP) — Sunni militants have blitzed through the vast desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings and deepening the predicament of the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.”

Iraq, Syria conflicts merge, feed off each other

“The borders between the two countries are being largely ignored, with fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant said to be crossing freely from one side to the other, transporting weapons, equipment and cash in a development that has potential to shift the balance of power in a largely stalemated battle.”

ISIS and the threat to Turkey

“The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) seized the Turkish consulate in Mosul, Iraq last week, abducting 49 people, including several diplomats, guards, and others. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stated that Turkey would retaliate if any Turkish citizen were harmed, warning ISIS should not “test Turkey’s resolve.” Ankara also requested an emergency NATO meeting, after which Secretary-General Rasmussen said that NATO would not hesitate to defend and protect Turkey.”

Netanyahu to Obama: IDF on the Jordan is sole security guarantee against ISIS for Israel, Hashemite kingdom and Palestinians

“Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu posted notes Friday, June 20, to President Barack Obama, King Abdullah of Jordan and Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, debkafile’s exclusive sources in Washington and Jerusalem reveal. They dealt with the rapid advances made by Al Qaeda-related Sunni Islamist fighters in Iraq, now heading towards the Iraqi-Syrian-Jordanian border intersection and how they bore on the security of Israel, the Palestinians and Kingdom of Jordan just next door.”

 

Israel Crisis:

The Search for the Boys Continues: 37 Palestinian Terrorists Arrested

“IDF forces continue searching and arresting terrorists as part of Operation Brother’s Keeper that seeks to return the abducted boys. During the night, 37 Palestinian terrorists were arrested and seven institutions affiliated with Hamas were closed.”

1,400 Sites Searched, 350 Arrests Made in Search for Teens

“Terror suspect shot dead as search for missing teens extends north of Hevron.”

Danon: Hypocritical EU Condemns Israel, Not Kidnappers

“Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud Beiteinu) demanded that ‘hypocritical’ EU countries stop funding PA terror.”

Israeli tech to ‘see’ through walls could aid in kidnap crisis

“Camero-Tech’s system allows security personnel to peer into closed rooms, basements, or bunkers.”

Israel may have fabricated kidnapping, says Palestinian FM

“Abduction possibly a ‘childish Israeli ploy’ to deflect negative attention, or just a criminal act, Riyad al-Maliki claims.”

This is the whole blaming the victim narrative the Palestinians often use when they do something horrible to Israel. The UN is of course falling for it.

PM Soon to Publish ‘Unequivocal Proof’ of Hamas’s Abduction

“Information on ‘Brothers’ Keeper’ soon to be released to the media, Netanyahu says – and will put Abbas ‘to the test.'”

 

Prophecy:

Psalm 83 War About To Happen

“The Psalm 83 War is about to come altogether and will begin very soon. This war is a biblical war found in Psalm 83 and will see the Arab nations that are getting close to the borders of Israel and will soon start to attack and try to force her to free up her land to the Palestinians who have sought after this Land for many thousands of years. In fact God(Elohim) will help the Israeli Defense Force to win this war. God will never allow His land to be taken away from the Jews who rightfully belong to this land and are quickly returning to live on this special piece of land – Israel.”

Not sure I agree Psalm 83 is about to happen yet but the events in Iraq are unprecedented and the crisis in Israel at the same time is very unusual. What happens to Jordan over the next few months could be a key indicator. ISIS is now currently siting on the border of Jordan. The tempo of their blitz seems to have slowed or perhaps just shifted West.

Frankly, it would make more sense for ISIS to go after northern Jordan and try to secure the southern Caliphate then attempt a bloody assault to take Baghdad. I think ISIS would rather have Damascus the Baghdad. They have already achieved a main goal by getting thousands of Iraqi fighters to leave the Damascus front and head home to Iraq. Here is the kicker….if ISIS goes into Jordan will Israel finally act and act big?

 

Middle East:

IDF 3 fronts 6-22-14

Israel struck nine Syrian targets in response to boy’s death, and as a boost for the rebel bid for Quneitra

“Israel carried out nine strikes against Syrian military targets after midnight Monday, June 23, in retaliation for the Kornet rocket attack which killed an Israeli boy and injured two others a few hours earlier. They were conducted by air strikes and Spike NLOS anti-tank missiles (Tamuz), against Syrian firing positions, its 90th Brigade command center in Quneitra and three battalions. The IDF Spokesman called the strikes a direct response to ongoing cross-border aggression which culminated in Sunday’s deadly missile attack.”

 

Christianity: 

Christians “Most Persecuted Group in World”

“The most historic and emblematic sign of Muslim persecution of Christians returned in February: Christians in Raqqa, Syria, under the occupation of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS], which has since consolidated more territory, were given the three classic choices of Islam: 1) convert to Islam or 2) pay jizya (tribute or extortion money, as in the Koran 9:29) and uphold all the conditions stipulated in the medieval Conditions of Omar—which include heavy restrictions on Christian worship—or 3) the sword.”

Berlin House of One: The first church-mosque-synagogue?

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“Berlin thinks it is making religious history as Muslims, Jews and Christians join hands to build a place where they can all worship. The House of One, as it is being called, will be a synagogue, a church and a mosque under one roof.”

A bit out of scope for my blog, but disturbing none the less. There is an effort in the world to combine the three great religions of the world into one religion. People on the left some how believe that if the religions were combined they would peacefully coexist. This is deception and false teaching if Christians support this.  

The Pope just recently advocated this as well. Do you see the trend here?

Please remember what Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

The world religions cannot be combined into a one world religion in any way shape or form. But Satan will try anyway.

And speaking of the Pope….

Pope condemns torture as a ‘very grave sin,’ urges Christians to abolish such practices

“VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is urging Christians to work together to abolish every form of torture, condemning the practice as a grave sin.Francis told the public in St. Peter’s Square Sunday he wanted to reiterate his “firm condemnation of every kind of torture.” He sought united efforts to work for torture’s end and to support victims and their families.Francis said it was a “mortal sin, a very grave sin, to torture people” and noted that Thursday marks the United Nation’s day for torture victims.Torture was a powerful tool of the military regime ruling his native Argentina from 1976 till 1983. The local church hierarchy then openly sided with the junta.Francis has been credited with saving lives of political dissidents while a Jesuit priest in Argentina.”

His comments were directed towards Christians not Muslims while today Muslims routinely torture Christians to intimidate and for entertainment. The Pope should be exposing Muslims for the bad things they do to Christians but instead he ignores that and invites them to pray at the Vatican.  Something very wrong with this Pope.

It Is Time to Leave the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

“If you are a Jesus-loving, Bible-based member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), unless God has called you to stand as a prophetic voice of rebuke to the denomination, or unless your ministry commitments to individuals make it impossible for you to leave, now is the time to make your exit.”

Presbyterian Church (USA) Makes Controversial Divestment Move Against Israel

“The largest U.S. Presbyterian church narrowly voted Friday to divest from three multinational corporations that it said supply Israel with products that promote violence in occupied Palestinian territories.”

I must say I am very disturbed and sadden to see this denomination rebel against God in so many ways. I left my old church (which was Presbyterian) for many of the same reasons we are seeing now. There are probably some good Presbyterian churches out there still but Israelis will rightfully be wary of any Presbyterian church. 

Lots of disturbing trends in the Church as a whole these days.

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