Articles of the Day 10/27/14: Losing Friends, Making Enemies
“The Gazan leadership of Hamas test-fired two homemade rockets early Sunday morning from the settlement of Gush Katif. A short-range rocket fell inside an open area of the Gaza Strip while a long-range rocket landed in the Mediterranean Sea. The news will likely bolster Israel’s restrictions on supplies into Gaza to rebuild the area after the 50-day war with Israel this summer. Distribution of construction materials has been largely non-existent since the visit of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Gaza on October 14.”
“Khalil al-Haya, a member of Hamas’s political bureau, says Gazans “will blow up the region” if the territory isn’t rehabilitated.”
“22-year-old Karen Mosquera came to Israel from Ecuador to study and convert to Judaism, was on her way to a Torah lesson at the Midrasha where she studied when she was struck. Mosquera, 22, succumbed to her wounds on Sunday at the Hadassah Medical Center – Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, after being critically wounded in the Jerusalem light rail terrorist attack last week. The death toll in the incident has now reached two people.”
Incitement from the Palestinian government leadership is responsible for this and it has made peace impossible at present.
“The Police and Border Police activated increased forces in East Jerusalem, following tensions in recent days. Yesterday, there were a number of conflicts in Arab neighborhoods and stones were thrown at the Light Rail in Shuafat Beit Hanina.”
“Arieh King says total breakdown of law on Mount of Olives due to politicians’ flawed worldview.”
Israeli government seems almost powerless against Palestinian ‘silent’ intifada.
“In a conference marking the 20 year anniversary of the peace agreement between Israel and Jordan, the Jordanian Ambassador warned of the effects of the Israeli government’s actions in the territories and stated that if the settlement construction continues, there will be consequences for the understandings reached between his country and Israel, even though a peace treaty was signed.”
“In spite of Hamas denying its involvement, Cairo insists that Palestinian bodies are the ones behind the recent attacks in Sinai.”
“Due to Friday’s attack, claiming the lives of 31 soldiers, President Sisi plans to expand the buffer zone on border between Gaza and Sinai.”
“ARBIL/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Kurdish forces will not engage in ground fighting in the Syrian town of Kobani but provide artillery support for fellow Kurds fending off Islamic State militants there, a Kurdish spokesman said on Sunday.”
“The Iraqi military and the Kurdish Peshmerga said their forces have driven the Islamic State from Jurf al Sahkar south of Baghdad and the town of Zumar northwest of Mosul over the weekend. The two towns have changed hands several times over the past few months.”
“US strikes on jihadists slow terrorist group’s advance into Kurdish-populated territory.”
“Insurgents have launched a major attack on Idlib in northwest Syria, taking key positions on the edge of the city and in the industrial area. Opposition fighters have long controlled most of the province around Idlib, but Syrian forces have maintained control of the city throughout the uprising. Insurgent forces, including Jabhat al-Nusra and the Free Syrian Army, attacked this morning from the north, south, and west and captured several checkpoints on the perimeter of the city. They then moved on positions such as the stadium and the College of Education. Insurgents reportedly are also in the industrial area east of the city and have taken the Governor’s Palace. They said they have cut a main highway into Idlib.”
“Lebanese commandos, backed by helicopter gunships, claimed the capture of the Abdullah bin Masoud Mosque in the Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood on Monday. They said it was the headquarters of an Islamist commanders Shadi Mawlawi and Osama Mansour, linked to the faction Jabhat al-Nusra. Troops fanned out through the surrounding area in search of gunmen, following the evacuation of civilians. Security sources said 23 gunmen, 11 soldiers, and eight civilians have died since Friday night, when a military checkpoint was attacked. Earlier Monday, assailants tossed a hand grenade at a police station in the Tripoli neighborhood of Mina. The fighting is the worst spillover of the Syrian war since battles between the Lebanese army with fighters of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra Front in the border town of Arsal in August. Jabhat al-Nusra has again said it will execute Ali Bazzal, one of the 27 Lebanese troops being held captive by it and the Islamic State after August’s fighting. The execution was first threatened on Sunday morning if the Lebanese army did not halt operations in Tripoli, but the deadline was pushed back throughout the day.”
“Erdogan’s Turkey is no longer an attraction for the Muslim street. Instead, it is, overtly or covertly, on hostile terms with Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Iran — all at the same time. In this mind-set, “We’re so superb that we cannot be wrong because what we think right is Allah-given.” If things go wrong, it must be because of something else.”
Turkey has few friends these days and many enemies.
“Q. Your website is such a blessing to me. May God bless you for it because it has strengthened me in many ways. I have a question regarding Matt 24:14: And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14). My question is this… can you define “the end” mentioned in Matt 24:14?
A. At the beginning of Matt. 24, the disciples asked Jesus 3 questions. They were “ When will this (temple destruction) happen, what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?” (Matt. 24:3) The rest of Matt. 24 and all of Matt. 25 contain His answer, so His reference to the end is to the time which immediately precedes the beginning of the Millennium, also known as the Kingdom Age.”
“Q. I saw a video where a man took Daniel 9:24-27 and used his knowledge of coming lunar and solar eclipses to determine that the missing 70th Week cannot be the same as the 7 year covenant with Israel. Would you take a look at this and give me your opinion?
A. The facts are, whether you look at Daniel 9:24-27 from a theological perspective, a grammatical one or a historical one it comes out the same. The passage is very clear. Israel was given a period of 70 “weeks”. The Hebrew word translated “weeks” means a period of seven years, or a week of years. The 70 were split into three segments. The first was 7 weeks (49 years), the second was 62 weeks (434 years) and the third was 1 week (seven years).
The first and second periods have passed but the third is yet to come. There is nether need nor reason to consult the stars in order to understand this. There is one 7 year period left. According to Daniel 9:27, that period, called Daniel’s 70th week, will begin when a covenant is confirmed by a leader of the same people who destroyed the city and the sanctuary (temple) in 70AD.
This man’s reasoning seems to rest on his opinion that since the anti-Christ violates the covenant in the middle of the 70th Week, then it can’t be the final week in Israel’s covenant. But God established the 70th Week. The fact that a man breaks his agreement with Israel does not negate that, especially when the angel told Daniel that’s exactly what will happen, and even though it does happen the week will continue until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”
“Q. I just have a short question. If we are saved totally by grace, what is the judgment all mankind will face at the end? Thank for your inspiration. I look forward to coming to this site every single day.
A. There are several judgments for the different components of humanity mentioned in the Bible. 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 speaks of a judgment for the Church. It will happen in Heaven, probably right after the Rapture. It’s more of an awards ceremony because the issue is not whether a person is saved or not, but what rewards they’ll receive for things they did for the Lord while on Earth. This is the only so-called judgment the Church will face. It’s also mentioned in 2 Cor. 5:10 where “good” represents things we will have done at the Lord’s direction, and “bad” stands for things we will have done on our own, apart from Him.
At the 2nd Coming there will be a judgment for Old Testament Jews who died in faith of a coming redeemer (Daniel 12:2). They’ll be resurrected to help populate Israel during the Millennium. There will also be a series of judgments right after the 2nd Coming for Tribulation survivors to determine whether they go live into the Kingdom or are cast into hell. These judgments are explained in parable form in Matt. 24:45 – Matt. 25:46.
Finally, at the end of the Millennium there will be a judgment for unbelievers of all ages, both Jew and Gentile (Rev. 20:11-15). They’ll be judged by their works and then sent to their final destiny in Hell.”