Articles of the Day: Turkey….The Friendenemy
“US President Barack Obama in his speech before the UN General Assembly last week said the Arab and Muslim world had to stop using the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as an excuse for all the Middle East’s woes.”
Some unusual clarity from Mr Obama. The rest of the speech…..the usual.
“Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ virulently anti-Israel speech before the UN General Assembly on Friday was for many Israelis further evidence that he and his Palestinian Authority are not genuine peace partners, and likely killed any hopes of reviving negotiations in the near future.”
For a person getting millions in Western aide he is not doing much to encourage peace. In fact, most of what he is doing encourages the opposite.
“Op-ed: One wishes Netanyahu, apart from bashing the PA chief, would tell the UN that Israelis and Palestinians have an interest in creating a different climate here — in which demonization gradually gives way to moderation.”
Palestinians want peace with Israel if it weakens Israel enough to make military conquest of Israel possible. It is a means to an end. They reject coexistence with Israel. The plan all along has been to incrementally reduce Israel to nothing.
“We are now more ready to start a new battle with the enemy and strike deep inside Israel,” the spokesman said at the Gaza rally, according to a statement released by the group Sunday. “Today we stand before a new equation against the occupation. Today, it’s blood for blood, shelling for shelling and destruction for destruction.”
“Teheran general says fighters helping Iraqis, Hezbollah and Palestinians, marking shift in level of overseas engagement.”
“BEIRUT — Islamic State militants pounded the Syrian border town of Kobane with artillery shells Sunday, residents said, as the jihadists continued their attack on the strategic city despite U.S.-led airstrikes on Islamic State positions there Saturday.”
“Turkey’s lax border policies have enabled ISIS to finance and arm its fighters in Syria; ISIS cells are now operating throughout Turkey.”
“According to numerous sources and witnesses, Turkey permits the use of its national territory for the shipment of arms and ammunition to the terrorist groups, including ISIS, and Islamist terrorists from around the world cross into Syria and Iraq via Turkey. Despite U.S. pressure, Turkey has reportedly failed to cut ISIS oil revenue, which has made ISIS one of the wealthiest terror groups in history. U.S. government officials and analysts are shocked that Turkey does not disrupt the cash flow to ISIS or the flow of Islamist terrorists into Iraq and Syria across its borders.”
“Turkish IHH activist who took part in infamous Gaza flotilla killed in Syria airstrike; reports say he was fighting with Al Qaeda.”
“The Turkish media reported claims that the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TİKA), the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) and the Yunus Emre Cultural Foundations have been involved in organizing jihadist groups in Kosovo linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “
Evidence starting to pile up pointing to Turkey as the key nation-state behind ISIS.
“Kurdish forces say US bombing ’empty buildings’, failing to slow Islamic State advance on Kobane.”
“Analysts say coalition attempting to cut income to terror group; jihadist leader and 7 civilians said to have been killed.”
“According to Fars News Agency, the new missile, “Ya Ali,” is said to be capable of being fired from ground launchers as well as by fighter jets.”
“World believes Israeli military threat against Iran no longer realistic.”
This could work in Israels favor. Conditions are actually quite optimal for Israel to strike Iran. There is no peace talks going on that could hindered by a strike. Iran and Hezbollah are distracted by ISIS. US air activity over Iraq could be used as cover to launch strikes. Israel just received it’s fourth submarine that could be used in an opening salvo against Iran. Fresh off Hamas terrorist attacks, the Israeli people may be more supportive of attacking Iranian nuclear sites. And finally, if the rest of the world does not believe Israel will strike then what is Iran thinking?
“The world is bigger than five,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in his speech during the General Debate, referencing the five countries with veto power – the US, Britain, France, China, and Russia.”
World leaders trying to remove US veto power from the Security Council. That it is Erdogan one of the big complainers here is no surprise. With US veto power removed resolution after resolution against Israel would sail through the UN.
“Q. I just received an email yesterday from a friend of mine. She forwarded an email to me about situations going on in Iraq and the takeover by ISIS in Queragosh, Her friend is a missionary who feeds 50,000 people per day in Iraq and he is dealing with this tragedy. Some of the members of his church who he knows personally just experienced having their children executed. The insurgents went from house to house and asked the children to denounce Jesus or be killed. These teenagers refused to denounce our Lord and Savior and they were executed. So my question is this? What do you say to the parents of these children about Christians not suffering Wrath?
To be honest I would think you would have a very difficult time suggesting to them that the Christian church will not suffer persecution even unto death. I feel very strongly that this doctrine of a pre-tribulation rapture gives people a false sense of security. That they do not really have to get their lives right with God, all they have to do if believe and they will go up to Jesus in heaven and let the other two thirds of the planet be killed and destroyed. I truly believe that this doctrine is going to make it very difficult for those to be prepared to have to give up their life if called upon.
A. The Bible never says, nor have I, that believers won’t suffer and die for their faith. All through the Church Age Christians have suffered and died for their faith. It’s a fact that more Christians are dying for their faith in our time than did during the entire Roman and Jewish persecution of the 1st and 2nd Centuries. It’s also a fact that none of this persecution can be attributed to God’s wrath. What the Bible says and what I teach about the rapture is that the Church will be delivered from the end times judgments, a specific seven year period of God’s Wrath that will immediately precede the Second Coming (Isaiah 26:19-21, Romans 5:9, 1 Thes. 1:10, 1 Thes, 5:9, Rev. 3:10)
When you say the suffering of believers proves the pre-trib rapture is wrong you are misrepresenting the Scriptures. You would be doing both the Lord and the people you talk to a much better service by telling them the truth about the rapture. What I would say to the grieving parents is that Jesus said in this world we would have tribulation but to take heart because He has overcome the world (John 16:33). He wasn’t talking about the Great Tribulation, He was talking about the fact that this world is an evil place, under the control of the evil one (1 John 5:19) and because of that believers suffer and die at the hands of evil people. But because of what He did, these children are with Him right now and will be forever, and because of their faithfulness they will be awarded the crown of life directly from the Lord’s hand. There is no greater honor for a believer. James 1:12 tells us, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” And Jesus said, “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev. 2:10).”
“Q. In Rev 1:7 it reads, “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, and they also who pierced Him.” But in Rev 20:11-15 it reads that the unsaved won’t be raised until the end of the Millennium. Assuming that, “…they also who pierced Him,” were unsaved Jews (or Gentiles) at the time of the crucifixion, then how can they see Him when He comes in the clouds at the 2nd coming?
A. Jesus also told the Jewish leaders who were condemning Him to death that they would see Him in the future sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of Heaven (Matt. 26:64). Add this to John’s statement in Rev. 1:7 and it means it won’t just be those who are alive at the time of the Second Coming who will see Him. His Coming will be visible to the spirit world as well, saved or unsaved, including those who were directly responsible for His death. When John said, “Every eye will see Him” he meant that literally.”