Articles of the Day 10/8/14: Turkish Arrogance Rising

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IDF Exposes Hezbollah’s ‘Killer Deal’ for Lebanese Citizens

“The IDF’s Spokesperson Unit lost no time returning fire in the media battle on Tuesday, hours after Iran-proxy Hezbollah terrorists wounded two IDF soldiers by detonating two explosives set on the Israeli-Lebanese border near Har Dov.”

Hezbollah sends message to Israel: No more carte blanche for the IDF in Lebanon

“Hezbollah is not interested in war with Israel, but is striving to achieve a balance of deterrence against it. This is the conclusion from the blast of the two explosive devices on Mount Dov (Shaba Farms) on Tuesday. The devices were laid a while ago, and on Tuesday Hezbollah commanders decided to activate them. Fortunately, only two soldiers were lightly injured, and therefore the IDF’s response was moderate – it fired some 40 shells at two posts belonging to the Lebanese Shi’ite organization.”

Yadlin: “Hezbollah Seeks an Escalation Slowly and Gradually”

“According to Amos Yadlin, the head of the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate and a former Israeli Air Force General, Hezbollah has a number of reasons to seek an escalation in a slow manner: “Now, Hezbollah hopes that they will not be forced to acknowledge again that they didn’t read well the Israeli response to its provocative acts.”

Envoy: Palestinians Serious about Materializing Leader’s Fiat for Arming West Bank

“I would like to stress that the remarks of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution need to be materialized,” Zawawi said on Tuesday. He said all the Palestinians wish for equipping their lands with weapons in a bid to be able to free the occupied territories from the hands of the Zionist regime, and stressed that “arming the West Bank is of high priority”.

ISIS Claims Attack on French Cultural Center in Gaza

“Declaration claims ISIS’s first ever attack in Gaza on ‘center of heresy’ with 200 kg explosive, as Hamas tries to hush up blast.”

Temple Mount clashes: Palestinians spray flammable material at the police, five arrested

“Palestinians rioters, who were pushed into Al-Aqsa Mosque earlier Wednesday, threw stones, fire bombs and flammable material through the mosques’ windows at the police. Five rioters were arrested and one policeman suffered a light injury to his arm. Earlier three officers were lightly injured by firecrackers and stones.”

Yeah those Palestinians sure do want peace don’t they. How tolerant they are. True examples of a peace-loving people.

IDF Special Ops Unit’s Heroism in Gaza Revealed

“Commanders in Duvdevan unit tell of daring rescue to prevent abduction in fierce fighting of Operation Protective Edge.”

US has no clear path back to Israeli-Palestinian talks

“Parties now seem more interested in indirect action, with Abbas seeking UN recognition and Netanyahu pursuing peace with Arab nations.”

The Palestinians simply don’t want peace unless it involves Israeli withdraw out of the Middle East. There is no two-state solution. There never was as far as the Palestinians are concerned…at least until they need Western money…but then only for a short while.

Blackballed Jordanian Author: ‘Jews Have a Right to the Land of Israel’

“Despite being arrested, fired from his job, called “crazy” and an “infidel” and being left destitute, Jordanian writer Jihad Ali Alwan, 42, has no intention backing off his full-throated support of Israel, and from every possible platform, Israel’s NRG News reported Monday.”



Islamic State offensive driven by apocalyptic prophesy

“A foretold battle over the Syrian town of Dabiq — already controlled by the jihadi group — has become a rallying cry for IS supporters.”

In Bible Prophecy I have read nothing about the town of Dabiq, however, Damascus figures prominently. 

Few gains testify to weak air campaign against Islamic State

“Extremist fighters in Syria and Iraq still making territorial advances despite joint effort to push them back.”

Turkey says Syria town about to fall as Islamic State advances

“MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Turkey’s president said on Tuesday the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani was “about to fall” as Islamic State fighters pressed home a three-week assault that has cost a reported 400 lives and forced thousands to flee their homes.”

Western fear of angering Turkey leaves besieged Kurdish town at mercy of Islamic State

“Turkish hostility to the embryonic Kurdish autonomous zones in northern Syria is the key to understanding Western and regional indifference to the fate of Kobani. Turkish armor is currently waiting on the border, facing Kobani, but no effort is being made to assist the Kurdish fighters. Indeed, the Turks have acted to prevent Kurdish volunteers from reaching the combat zone in recent days.”

Exactly, Turkey hopes for the the fall of Kobani but they pretend to care because they don’t want to be kicked out of NATO yet.

Syria Feature: US Officials — “Not Major Concern” If Kobane Falls to Islamic State

“Several senior U.S. administration officials” have told CNN that an Islamic State capture of Kobane, the Kurdish center in northern Syria, is not a major concern. The officials said Washington’s primary goals are not to save Syrian cities and towns, but to go after the Islamic State’s senior leadership, oil refineries, and other infrastructure. This would limit the “sanctuary” for Islamic State forces, supporting their offensives in Iraq.”

Does the US administration have any major concerns at all….about anything?

Turkey Asks U.S. to Step Up Airstrikes Against ISIS

“Turkey’s Deputy PM says his country asked Washington to step up airstrikes in order to prevent ISIS from seizing town of Kobane.”

Wow, pretty arrogant of Turkey to request this of the US given Turkey’s own reluctance to help even a little. Many, including myself, believe Turkey is largly responsible for the current ISIS mess. 

Rebels find joint Russian-Syrian spy site near Golan Heights

“FSA fighters post images of a Russian map, showing location of IDF units, at facility close to Israeli border.”

Syria Declares Four More Chemical Facilities

“Syria declares four chemical weapons facilities it had not mentioned before, raising concerns among the West.”

Disturbing the Obama administration basically got duped here but I’m not surprised . I am sure Israel is not either. 

Islamic State jihadists are using water as a weapon in Iraq

“BAGHDAD — The Islamic State militants who have rampaged across northern Iraq are increasingly using water as a weapon, cutting off supplies to villages that resist their rule and pressing to expand their control over the country’s water infrastructure.”



Turkish Warship in Cyprus Zone Sends Tensions Soaring

“Turkey is sending a seismographic vessel to explore areas in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone.”

Cyprus Suspends Peace Talks with Turkey over ‘Aggressive’ Moves

“Danger of conflagration as Turkish frigate violates Cyprus’ southern waters, Cyprus accuses Turkey of provocation.”

In case you are wondering, Israel does have a defense agreement with Cyprus but it seems limited military exercises and coordination of defense. There is a MoU that includes : “ensuring the mutual protection and assistance between the two countries in the field of disaster management and civil protection. The MoU provides for collaboration and sharing practices on how to prepare the population for disasters and crises”. Turkey might be testing the limits of that relationship.



Witnesses Or Servants?

“Q. My dad is a faithful believer who has end stage bone cancer. He has always held to a mid-tribulation rapture theology, but lately that view has become a source of torment, as he contemplates leaving his loved ones behind to the cruel persecution of believers that he foresees. I have tried to comfort him with your articles teaching about a pre-trib rapture and he has actually come close to seeing your point of view a few times. His only remaining problem concerns the 144,000. He doesn’t believe people will be getting saved by grace after the rapture, so why do we call the 144,000 “witnesses” especially when the Bible never calls them that? This is no big deal to me, but I’d sure like an answer for my dad. Why do we call them witnesses anyway?

A. He’s right in the sense that the 144,000 are not called witnesses in the Bible. They’re called “Servants of God.” The Greek word is usually translated “bond servant” denoting someone who has willingly given his life in service to another. Paul used this same word in describing his own role in the Kingdom. According to the Strong’s concordance the metaphorical use of this word refers to “those whose service is used by Christ in extending and advancing his cause among men.” I believe this qualifies them as witnesses.

Whether your dad accepts the pre-trib position or sticks with the mid-trib view, his real problem is his opinion that no one gets saved by grace after the rapture. The only way any one has ever been saved is by the Grace of God. This was true before the Church was born and will be true after the Church is gone because no one could ever qualify for salvation based on merit. The thing that’s different about the Church is that we aren’t required to do anything else as evidence of our faith. One of the most eloquent descriptions of salvation by Grace anywhere in the Bible comes from the Old Testament and is recited by Orthodox Jews on the first afternoon of the Feast of Trumpets.

“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. You will be true to Jacob, and show mercy to Abraham, as you pledged on oath to our fathers in days long ago” (Micah 7:18-20)”

Satan Against Himself

“Q. A prophecy website that just bashed someone for talking about an Islamic antichrist, by asking how it is possible when Armageddon has the “kings of the east” marching on the middle east by asking, “what are they going to do march on themselves?” Is this writer of eschatology looking at it correctly regarding the Armageddon question; he is a long-time opponent to anyone who thinks the antichrist can be Islamic.

A. The phrase “kings of the East” literally means “kings of the rising sun” a term usually reserved for people of the far east. But no matter how you interpret the term, this argument is without merit. Rev. 13:4-8 tells us the whole world will worship the dragon (Satan) and the beast (anti-Christ). It doesn’t matter what religion we’re talking about, the bottom line is several end times battles will pit the forces of Satan against themselves. This is one of God’s signature moves, used throughout the Old Testament. One example still in the future is mentioned in Ezekiel 38:21. For a real time example of Muslim against Muslim, just look at the Middle East today where you can see Sunni Muslims fighting against Shia Muslims and even against other Sunni Muslims.”



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