Articles of the Day 11/18/14: Any Excuse

Israel Borders

4 Killed in Jerusalem Synagogue Terror Attack

“This morning, November 18, at least four Israelis were killed and eight injured when terrorists carried out a massacre during the morning prayer in a synagogue in Har Nof, Jerusalem. This savage attack is the most recent in the latest wave of violence and terrorism in Israel. In the past month, ten Israelis were murdered in terror attacks, and Hamas has been congratulating the attackers. This morning, members of the terrorist organization praised the attackers, describing them as heros.”

Attacks by Palestinians against Jews in Jerusalem are now daily occurrence. There is no justification for these acts of terror. PA incitement is to blame for encouraging these attacks. Not exactly the behavior of a peace partner. 

Palestinians Celebrate Jerusalem Synagogue Slaughter

“Palestinian Arabs in Gaza and elsewhere openly celebrated the massacre of Jewish worshippers at a synagogue in Jerusalem Tuesday morning. Hamas hailed the attack as “revenge” for the death of an Arab bus driver in Jerusalem a day earlier, a death that was ultimately determined to be a suicide.”

Palestinians will use any excuse to attack Israelis, often there is no excuse. 

Report: Kerry Threatens Abbas with Sanctions Over UN Bid

“Sources tell London-based newspaper that Kerry has threatened PA with financial and political sanctions.”

This is a new one. Usually Kerry threatens Netanyahu and Israel. Notice it is for ‘unilateral moves’ not for incitement.  

Palestinian Report: Israel Failed Attempt to Eliminate Nasrallah

“Palestinian news sources claim Monday that Israel thwarted in assassination attempt on terror organization Hezbollah’s leader Nasrallah.”

Whenever I see a story that starts with ” Palestinian Report” I immediately treat it as propaganda and untrue. This story is no different. Palestinians always try to paint Israel as an aggressive bully. That said, I do believe Israel would like to take out Nasrallah but that would happen after hostilities have already started. They really don’t want a war in the North and they seek to avoid it as has been proven by not responding to several cross borders incidents this year.



Iraq Situation Report: November 17, 2014

Syria Daily: Jabhat al-Nusra Denies “Alliance” With Islamic State

“A spokesman for the Islamist faction Jabhat al-Nusra has denied assertions in mainstream media that it has allied with the Islamic State in northern Syria.”

Syria Daily, Nov 17: How Far Can Insurgents Advance in South, Putting Pressure on Damascus?

“A series of insurgent victories in southern Syria this month, continuing an advance from the Israeli border across to the main highway between Damascus and the Jordanian frontier, is raising the question of whether the opposition can cut off the capital from the south. Among the successes are the capture of Sheikh Maskin, near the route from Damascus to Daraa city, and establishing control and repelling a regime offensive in Nawa. This weekend insurgents moved into Dilli (see map), just north of Sheikh Maskin, and began attacks on the regime’s Brigade 82 base.

Can the opposition move further north, taking more territory in the direction of Western Ghouta — which would put it on the doorstep of Damascus from the south? And can the insurgency hold out, after months of regime assaults, in Eastern Ghouta and in the northeast of Damascus? The answers to those questions may not be imminent, but they raise the prospect of the insurgency re-establishing a ring of control from where they can again launch attacks into the capital from more than one front. The regime had relieved some of the pressure on Damascus, with insurgents frequently launching mortar attacks, in the past year with military operations and local ceasefires — often following the “surrender or starve” approach of protracted sieges — in areas of Western and Eastern Ghouta.”

Anytime Damascus is in the headlines it bares close watching. 

CIA Blunder? Kurdish Leader Says ISIS Has ‘200,000 Fighters’

“CIA estimates put ISIS strength at no more than 31,500, but senior Kurdish official reveals that’s ‘impossible’ given realities on ground.”

200k seems to be an exaggeration but likewise the CIA number is way too low. Big reason why the Obama plan is failing. ISIS’s main strength is its numbers. That needs to be addressed first. Turkey could help but it chooses not too. Most ISIS fighters go through Turkey to get to Syria and Iraq. 

Islamic State commanders liable for mass war crimes: U.N

“(Reuters) – Islamic State commanders are liable for war crimes on a “massive scale” in northeast Syria, where they spread terror by beheading, stoning and shooting civilians and captured fighters, U.N. investigators said on Friday.”

Wow, UN taking a break from bashing Israel and actually criticizing IS. 

Qatar Imports 4,000 Tons of Construction Material to Gaza

“Hamas claims gravel, concrete will be used to rebuild apartments and highways, despite evidence that terror tunnels are being rebuilt.”



Egypt Doubles Size of Gaza Buffer Zone

“Egypt announces it will double the depth of a buffer zone along border with Gaza, after discovering more underground tunnels.”

Imagine the world outcry if Israel were to propose the same thing. 

Militant attack deaths soar to all-time high: report

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of people killed in militant attacks worldwide jumped more than 60 percent last year to a record high of nearly 18,000 and the figure could rise further in 2014 due to an escalation of conflict in the Middle East and Nigeria, a report showed on Tuesday.”

And what is the common thread that links all ‘militant’ groups? You guessed it….Islam.

Basij commander: Millions of Iranians ready for deployment in Gaza

“TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of Iran’s Basij (volunteer) force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi said millions of Iranian people are ready to be sent to Gaza to help the Palestinians in their fight against the Zionist regime.”

Iran seems almost jealous of the Palestinians. 

Iranian media showcases Revolutionary Guard’s ballistic capabilities to “attack and destroy” Israel

“London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Iranian websites close to the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps have run special feature reports and interviews relating to Iran’s capability to “attack and destroy” Israel using ballistic missiles, the semi-state-run Fars and Tasnim news agencies reported on Saturday.”

Don’t worry though nukes shouldn’t be a problem. 



Adding To Or Subtracting From God’s Word

“Q. I much enjoy your insight of the Bible and I have a question adding to and/or taking away from the Word of God. Duet. 4:2 and Proverbs 30:6 warn against this. Rev. 22:18,19 speaks of the consequences of adding to or taking away from “the words of the prophecy of this book” and the resulting punishment in so doing.

A. The idea of these passages is to discourage people from attributing to God something He hasn’t said, and from denying things that He clearly has said. Revelation 22:18-19 is the only place that actually pronounces a threat against anyone who tries to either insert or delete words from the Book of Revelation.

Ignoring these commandments has caused a great deal of false teaching to take place and has resulted in many people becoming deceived into obeying things taught by men rather than the word of God.

In Colossians 2:8 Paul warned us against this yet again. He said,

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.“

Sadly, large components of what passes for doctrine in the Church today fits the description of things that Paul warned us against.”

Why Another Temple? Follow Up

“Q. Re: Why Another Temple? I understand there will always be a temple for the Jewish people even during the Millennium. I don’t understand why, as Zola Levitt said, “Here come the Jews with that slaughterhouse religion of theirs”. Why do they need to sacrifice critters, whom I love, if they now have Jesus who gave the ultimate sacrifice? Can’t they have a temple and just honor Him? He clearly is the only way to salvation, not rites and rituals.

A. I know you also understand that animal sacrifice is not something that originated with the Jewish people. It is something that God has commanded. He required it of them in the past and will require it of them again in the future. Ezekiel devoted 7 chapters (Ezekiel 40-46) to explaining in great detail how to meet this requirement.

If it was just a cultural thing, you would have a point, but when it comes to God’s commandments it’s a different matter. Knowing the character of God, I’m comfortable believing He has a good reason for this. Perhaps it’s necessary for Him to be able to live among them again. But I’m just speculating. If you need a better answer than that, I’m afraid you are going to have to take it up with Him.”

Will I Be Left Behind Because Of My Habits?

“Q. I am a believer. I was raised in a Christian home and have a very passionate belief in Christ and God’s grace. I’m not ashamed of Jesus, nor would I ever deny Him under any circumstance. However, at a young age I chose the profession of bar tending and as I get older I wonder how the Lord may view this. Also, I have developed some tough habits to break over the years that I know aren’t pleasing to God, like drinking and drug use. Will this keep me out of the promise that other believers are going to receive? Will I be left behind? I do feel conviction at times, but i also feel like I am a complex person that isn’t defined by those things viewed as wrong by others.

A. In John 3:3 Jesus said, “No one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again.” The opposite of this is also true. Everyone who is born again will see the Kingdom of God.

We know this because in John 5:24 He said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” By this and similar statements He established belief as the criterion for salvation. Everyone who believes is saved and no one who is saved will be left behind.

Paul said we shouldn’t let anyone condemn us for what we eat or drink (Colossians 2:16). Drinking is not a sin, but being a drunkard is. The Bible doesn’t mention drug use but I believe the same standards apply. Also, it does say we’re obligated to obey the law (Romans 13:1). If drugs are illegal where you live you should abstain. Most important it tells us to avoid doing anything that would cause a weaker believer to yield to temptation he or she has trouble resisting (Romans 14:21).

It does not matter what others say, think, or do. What matters is what God wants for you. If you’re feeling conviction and you believe it’s due to your lifestyle, you should pay attention and find out what needs to be changed. You will be blessed for responding to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.”

Why Another Temple?

“Q. Can you explain why the rebuilding of the Temple is so important? Why, when Jesus died to take away our sins and we are able to worship God without a temple?
And why is a Temple necessary during the Millennium? If Jesus is here with us, why does the Temple need to be rebuilt? It seems to be so vital to the Israelis. Forgive my ignorance on this matter.

A. Only the Church can worship God without a Temple, and that’s because during the Age of Grace the Church is the Temple (1 Cor. 3:16). There was a Temple in Israel before the Church and there will be a Temple in Israel after the Church. Daniel 9:27, Matt. 24:15, 2 Thes. 2:4 and Rev. 11:1-2 all make reference to a Temple during the time between the rapture and the 2nd Coming.

In the New Jerusalem, where the Church will live during the Millennium, there will be no Temple because just as we are the Lord’s Temple now, He will be our temple then (Rev. 21:22). But Ezekiel 40-48 are devoted primarily to a detailed description of a Temple in Israel during the Millennium.

Put it all together and you can see that for Israel, having a Temple has always been and will always be the norm. It’s the Church that is the exception. Why? Because God chose to set us apart from Israel.”


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