Articles of the Day 6/30/14: May the Lord Avenge Those Innocent

Breaking: As I write this news is coming out and it is not good about the 3 hostages taken by Hamas. Lord have mercy on us. May the Lord avenge those innocent.

But Egypt will be desolate, Edom a desert waste, because of violence done to the people of Judah, in whose land they shed innocent blood.  Joel 3:19

Shall I leave their innocent blood unavenged? No, I will not.” The Lord dwells in Zion!  Joel 3:21


Iraq Crisis

Caliphate declaration shows militants threaten all countries

“BAGHDAD – Militant group Islamic State’s declaration of a caliphate in lands seized this month across Iraq and Syria is a message that the group has become a threat to all countries, Iraqi army spokesman Qassim Atta told Reuters on Monday. “This declaration is a message by Islamic State not only to Iraq or Syria but to the region and the world. The message is that Islamic State has become a threat to all countries,” he said. (Reuters)”

Most Scary Man in the Middle East: Meet the Caliph Who Occupied Iraq and Syria

“He was born in Iraq 43 years ago. He worked in different areas for Islamist terrorist organizations. Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, forces Americans to understand that the campaign never ended. The world feared Bin Ladin and then Al Baghdadi came.”

ISIS Battle Plan for Baghdad

“There are indications that ISIS is about to launch into a new offensive in Iraq. ISIS published photos of a military parade through the streets of Mosul on June 24, 2014 showcasing U.S. military equipment, including armored vehicles and towed artillery systems. ISIS reportedly executed another parade in Hawijah on June 26, 2014.These parades may be a demonstration of force to reinforce their control of these urban centers. They may also be a prelude to ISIS troop movements, and it is important to anticipate where ISIS may deploy these forces forward. Meanwhile, ISIS also renewed the use of suicide bombers in the vicinity of Baghdad. An ISIS bomber with a suicide vest (SVEST) attacked the Kadhimiya shrine in northern Baghdad on June 26, 2014, one of the four holy sites in Iraq that Iran and Shi’a militias are most concerned to protect.ISIS also incorporated an SVEST into a complex attack in Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad, on June 25, 2014 in a zone primarily controlled by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Shi’a militias on the road from Baghdad to Karbala. These attacks are demonstrations that ISIS has uncommitted forces in the Baghdad Belts that may be brought to bear in new offensives. ISIS’s offensive has not culminated, and the ISIS campaign for Iraq is not over. Rather, as Ramadan approaches, their main offensive is likely imminent.”

Netanyahu: Israel must stay on West Bank “for very long time” 

“Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Israel would have to maintain a long-term military presence in the West Bank “to keep a jihadi juggernaut from powering its way to the outskirts of Tel Aviv.” He also stressed the importance of establishing an independent Kurdistan as part of a broader alliance with moderate forces across the region. The offensive by the Islamic State’s militants “can be aimed toward Jordan in the shortest time,” he warned.”

ISIS weapons windfall may alter balance in Iraq, Syria conflicts

“Six months ago, Sunni Arab militants faced a daunting firepower imbalance in their uprising against the U.S.-equipped Iraqi army west of Baghdad.But once their campaign for the city of Fallouja was launched in January, their lethal capabilities were bolstered from the stockpiles of the Iraqi armed forces.”

I agree the ISIS combat power has increased, but to what extent remains to be seen. Remember now too ISIS is fighting what amounts to a two front war. Weapons, ammo, and people will be used up at a faster rate then in Syria alone where ISIS could muster resources in one sector at at time. The strategy that has worked so far seems to be to lay siege to a town or village and then ‘negotiate’ (although its really psychological warfare) with tribal elders who simply just switch sides. This is effective in areas where ISIS already enjoys Sunni support. In pro-government Shiite areas this will likely not work especially given the atrocities committed. I think this shows that ISIS is very adept at tribal politics not necessary brilliant military strategists. What we are seeing today is basically the reverse of the Awakening Movement which was so key to the US successes in the same areas. 

We will stand by Isis until Maliki steps down, says leader of Iraq’s biggest tribe

“Exclusive: Ali Hatem Suleimani tells Telegraph he will not break his military alliance with Isis to help form a united Sunni-Shia government while Nouri al-Maliki remains Iraqi prime minister.”

Hence all the effort to remove Maliki from power.

Iraq Situation Report: June 29, 2014 (Map)

Iran ‘ready to use Syria methods’ in Iraq

“Iran is ready to help Iraq fight an armed uprising using the same methods it deployed against opposition forces in Syria, an Iranian general said, suggesting Tehran was offering to take a larger role in battling Sunni armed groups threatening Baghdad.”

Guess that means lots of barrel bombs and needless bombing of civilians.

Jordanian Bedouin hoist Al Qaeda flag in Ma’an – 104 km from Eilat. US, Israeli forces on the ready

“Ma’an is the Falluja of Jordan!” shouted thousands of Bedouin Saturday, June 28, in the southern Jordanian town of Ma’an. This legend was inscribed on the placards and flags they bore aloft with one hand in the name of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). In the other, they waved automatic rifles. Ma’an (pop: 50,000) is in a sensitive location: 218 km south of Amman, it also lies 104 km from the Israeli port town of Eilat and some 60 km from the main artery cutting south from northern Israel to the south.”

Could Israel Be Called Upon to Fight ISIS?

“The Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is rapidly making gains in war-torn Iraq and Syria, and is now threatening one of the region’s few stable regimes, Jordan.”

Israel Crisis

Hamas behind rocket barrage on Israel for first time since 2012

“Rockets in latest wave of attacks from Gaza were fired from refugee camps under Hamas’ sole command; strikes follow IAF assault that left Hamas man dead.”

Israel’s final warning to Hamas to stop rocket fire or else…

“DEBKAfile: Hamas has been involved in rocket fire against Israel from the Gaza Strip for some time. A Hamas activist died in the Israeli air strike against a rocket team outside Khan Younes Sunday night, after firing a six-rocket volley against Netivot. The Palestinian fundamentalists is clearly making a habit of posting at least one activist with every rocket team attacking Israel from Gaza on behalf of fellow terrorist groups. His job is to keep the attack with the bounds set by Hamas.

In recent weeks, Israeli authorities avoided blaming Hamas for this involvement to avoid opening a second front during theall-out military operation to recover the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers and smash Hamas’ West Bank strongholds.
By officially confirming Hamas’ culpability in the 15-rocket barrage Monday, the Netanyahu government was conveying a last warning: Stop the rockets or else IDF will ramp up its counter-attacks on Gaza targets, especially those of Hamas.”

Operation Brother’s Keeper Continues: Dozens of Homes Scanned

“The operation to locate the abducted teenagers entered its 18th day, as the IDF continues their searches across Judea and Samaria. At least six Palestinians were arrested and there were a number of incidents of stone throwing at IDF soldiers.”

Netanyahu Threatens Hamas: Stop The Rockets ‘Or We Will’

“Netanyahu says Israel ‘will not allow continuation of rocket fire,’ after morning of rocket attacks against southern communities.”

This is all part of the plan from Hamas. During operation Pillar of Defense Hamas has no Israeli hostages, this time around they do. The plan is to engage the IDF in ground combat in Gaza then Hamas will threaten to execute the hostages unless the IDF withdraws. Hamas hopes that will happen and that they get 3000 prisoners released giving them the propaganda victory they sorely need right now. The question is, what is the will of the Israeli government?

Hamas Admits Giving Rocket Terror a Free Hand

“Hamas deputy leader says group is not making a single arrest to stop the rocket barrage; used 2012 ceasefire to expand power.”

IDF Pic 6-30-14



Times Of The Gentiles Vs. The Church Age

“Q. I’ve been intrigued by the recent posts regarding the “Times of the Gentiles” and whether or not that time continues through Daniel’s 70th week. I am confused regarding the terminology of the Church Age and the Times of the Gentiles. It seems like you are saying that they are different, overlapping time periods – the Church Age started with Jesus’ resurrection and ends with the rapture, but the Times of the Gentiles started with the destruction of the temple and continues through the 70th week, right? I guess I’m confused because I thought the 70th week was when God completed his plan for the Jewish people, not the Gentiles?

A. I think the confusion is due to the fact that the Church is comprised mostly of people who were formerly Gentiles, but the two terms are not synonymous. Remember Paul said that once we’re in Christ we are neither Jew nor Gentile (Gal. 3:28), but are part of a new race of human (Ephes. 2:14-16) called the Church (1 Cor. 10:32). The Church Age began at Pentecost and will end with the Rapture.

The Times of the Gentiles began with King Nebuchadnezzar and will end with the 2nd Coming, as symbolized in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of Daniel 2. Remember how Daniel’s interpretation of the dream indicated that Nebuchadnezzar had been given authority over all of mankind, and even the animals. (Daniel 2:36-38). Then he described 3 other gentile kingdoms (Persia, Greece, and Rome) that would rule the world after that until the Lord established a 5th Kingdom, His own. This will bring the Times of the Gentiles to a close. In confirmation Jesus said that Jerusalem would be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. (Luke 21:24) In Rev 11:1-2 the phrase is repeated almost exactly, showing that the Gentiles would trample on the Holy City for 42 months, the duration of the Great Tribulation.

While God’s focus will shift to Israel during the last 7 years, His purpose is to prepare them for the coming of His Kingdom, while at the same time bringing judgment upon the Gentiles. (Jeremiah 30:1-11)”


Middle East

EU, U.S., Funding Incentives to Kill Jews

“Rival factions of Fatah and Hamas formed a new Palestinian “unity government” on June 12. The Israeli government expressed deep concern. Israel’s Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, stressed that the alliance could lead to a resurgence of terrorist acts. The European Union and current U.S. administration decided, nevertheless, to legitimize the new government.No Western leader highlighted that Hamas had not renounced its explicitly genocidal goals, and that Hamas leaders have never renounced the use of violence.

Netanyahu’s prediction proved accurate: rocket fire resumed from Gaza.”

Shelly Dadon’s Family Calls For Terror Recognition

“The family of Shelly Dadon Hy”d held a press conference on Monday, in which they called on the state to recognize Shelly’s brutal murder as a terrorist act.”

Temple Mount: Jews Harassed, Ordered to ‘Respect Ramadan’

“As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins, further restrictions have been imposed on Jews wishing to ascend the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site.”

Why are restrictions being placed on Jews to worship their God, on their land. Especially when Palestinians are  firing rockets at Israeli civilians ( a war crime) and holding three Israeli children hostage? This is how backwards it is in the Middle East now. What is bad is good and what is good is bad. Just the way Satan likes it.

Netanyahu: I support Kurdish independence

“In a move that placed him at odds with US policy, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday took his first public stand in support of Kurdish independence.”

Staging Area

“Call me suspicious, but is Israel’s endorsement of Kurdish independence given in order to get Kurdistan on Iran’s border as a staging area to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities?”

Interesting speculation but unlikely being that the areas are so close to another conflict. Also, Iran is now on hyper-alert on their eastern border for anything coming from Iraq. Azerbaijan is a possibility. Here is a wild one, how about Afghanistan? Could the Israelis construct a secrete airbase in the remote north western part of the that country. Recall that the Israelis created a whole military apparatus called Depth Corps for conducting long range operations and operations deep in enemy territory. Afghanistan does not really possess air defenses or much of any radar detection and most of the country is remote land uninhabited by people. Still there would be the challenge of getting arms, people, and fuel to a remote strip capable of supporting fighters in the IAF to land locked nation. Seems the US would have to assist for this type of effort.

Elkin: There is No Escaping Annexation

“MK Ze’ev Elkin (Likud), chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, on Sunday called for Israel to annex parts of Judea and Samaria.”

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