Articles of the Day 10/22/14: Like A Bad Dream

Israel Borders

Ya’alon: Palestinians Only Want to Destroy the Jewish State

“The push for a two-state solution is a front, the Defense Minister says; the PA won’t even use the phrase ‘two states for two peoples.'”

IDF Finally Admits: Hamas Planned Terror-Tunnel Massacre

“Attack, potentially timed for Rosh Hashana, would have involved 200 heavily-armed terrorists and been on an unprecedented scale.”

Strategy Minister: Judea Pullout ‘Like Committing Suicide’

“Yuval Steinitz repeated three times in eight minutes that withdrawal from the Biblical heartland would spell death for Israel.”

Yet it keeps coming up like a bad dream.

Ya’alon slams Turkey for harboring terrorism

“Hamas runs two headquarters, defense minister says, one in Gaza and one in Istanbul.”

Turkey has become about as dangerous to Israel as Iran. 

Jordan Pressing Israel not to Allow Jewish Temple Mount Prayer

“Jordanian ambassador to ‘Palestine’ reveals diplomatic war against new prayer bill, and vast financial network to Arabize Jerusalem.”

Imagine if Israel or the US pressed Saudi Arabia not to let their own citizens pray at Mecca. Ridiculous right? That is the equivalent of what Jordan is doing to Israel.

Arab Rioters Fail to Force Jews from Jerusalem Neighborhood

“Arab extremists attack new Jewish residents of Kfar Shiloach with firebombs, rocks just hours after they moved in.”

Again imagine the situation in reverse. Id Israelis attacked Arab residents with rocks and firebombs after they move in. There would be a UN investigation, condemnation from around the world , even Israeli politicians would condemn such a thing.  How does the world react when Arabs do it?

 

Syria-Iraq

U.S. Cooperated Secretly with Syrian Kurds in Battle Against Islamic State

“As the U.S. role rapidly evolved, U.S. and Syrian Kurdish commanders began to coordinate air and ground operations far more closely than previously disclosed. A Syrian Kurdish general in a joint operations center in northern Iraq delivered daily battlefield intelligence reports to U.S. military planners, and helped spot targets for airstrikes on Islamic State positions.”

There’s a Worrisome Amount of Support in Jordan for the Islamic State

“But not everyone in Jordan supports membership in the coalition. According to a poll published last month by the Center for Strategic Studies at University of Jordan, only 62 percent of Jordanians consider IS—and a mere 31 percent the Syria-based Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Al Nusra—to be terrorist organizations. Even more stunning, just 44 percent of Jordanians surveyed say that Al Qaeda is a terrorist group.”

 

Meanwhile…

Lessons from Operation Protective Edge: Israel to Rely Less on US Arms after Obama Halts Weapons Shipments

“Following the temporary embargo placed by the Obama administration on weapons shipments to Israel during Operation Protective Edge, Israel is taking steps to not have to rely in the future upon the kindness of strangers.”

Frankly, this is what Israel needs to do. There is too much reliance on the US and Israel needs to break away from the US and pursue its own interests instead of the interests of the US. 

 

Prophecy

Must The Church Be Physically Removed?

“Q. Is there a reason why the Church must be physically removed from the earth for the prophetic clock to begin ticking again so that Daniel’s prophesied 70th week can be completed?

A. I think there are good reasons for physically removing the Church from the time and place of Daniel’s 70th Week.

One big one is the theological incompatibility between the age of Grace and the Age of Law. In the New Testament we’re told that the Law was only a shadow of things to come (Hebrews 10:1), and that no one can be saved by keeping it (Romans 3:20). But when God turns His attention back to Israel it will be within the context of the Old Covenant, which has seven years yet to fullfill. Imagine the conflict that would create between Israel and the Church.

Also Acts 15:13-18 says that after the Lord has taken out of the Gentiles a people for Himself He will rebuild David’s fallen tabernacle. The Greek words translated “taken out of” literally mean “to carry away from the time and place.” It’s a reference to the rapture of the Church and indicates it will happen before the Temple is rebuilt.

Paul confirmed this in Romans 11:25 when he said Israel has been hardened in part until the full number of Gentiles has come in. The hardening Israel is experiencing is what keeps them from reuniting with God. Paul said it will remain in place for as long as the Church is on Earth, meaning the 70th week can not begin until we’re gone.

A variation on this theme appears in 1 Thes. 1:10 where Paul said Jesus will rescue (deliver) us out of the time and place of the coming wrath. The 70th Week of Daniel is the time of God’s wrath and Earth is the place.

And finally, Jeremiah 30:11 tells us the purpose of the end times judgments is to completely destroy the nations among which Israel has been scattered and to discipline Israel in preparation for the coming Kingdom. The Church has neither part nor place in this, and would just be in the way.”

The Rapture And The Bride

“Q. If I’m not wrong there is no evidence in the gospels of Jesus mentionig about the rapture. Since this is an important subject why hasn’t Jesus spoken a single word about it? I tried to figure out an answer by myself: maybe because the people He was addressing to would not be involved with the rapture. But, even so, He spoke a lot about the wedding of the Lamb and the bride, the wedding banquet, and they were not involved on these topics as well. Could you please give me some light on that?

A. Jesus never taught openly about the rapture although we who already know about it can see a subtle hint now and then. John 11:25-26 is an example. John 14:2-3 is another. The reason for this is that Jesus came to offer the kingdom to Israel and had they accepted His offer there would have been no Church and thus no rapture.

Although as early as Matt. 8:10-12 Jesus warned the Jews that the kingdom would be taken from them and given to others, I believe His offer to them remained open until 40 days after the resurrection when He returned to Heaven as prophesied in Hosea 5:15.

Jesus spoke of Himself as the bridegroom (Matt. 9:15), but He never spoke of a bride, even in such obvious opportunities as the Parable of the Wedding Banquet (Matt. 22:1-14) and the Parable of the 10 virgins (Matt. 25:1-13).

The rapture was first introduced on earth by Paul about 20 years after the Ascension. He claimed at the time that he was revealing a secret (1 Cor. 15:51-53). And while Paul spoke of the Church being betrothed to the Lord (2 Cor. 11:2) and hinted at the relationship between the two in Ephesians 5:25-27, the first and only mention of a bride as the wife of the Lamb is in Rev. 21:9. The term “bride of Christ” does not appear in the Bible, but is assumed from Paul’s statement in 2 Cor. 11:2.”

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