Articles of the Day 12/10/14: Desire For Retaliation
Repent! The time of the Lord is close at hand. Open your heart to Jesus Christ. He is knocking at your door. Let him in and take up your cause before the Lord. Jesus Christ died for your sins, he was killed for them, he rose again and he will return again. Read Matthew 24:4-14 and ask yourself are these things taking place now?
“The Russian weapons systems Israel jets bombed Sunday are identified by DEBKAfile’s military sources as the highly mobile Buk mobile, radar-guided surface-to-air missile (SAM) system with all four main components — acquisition and targeting radars, a command element, missile launchers, and a logistics element — mounted on tracked vehicles; and the Pantsir-S1 which is effective against cruise missiles as well as aircraft. Our sources add that the two pieces of hardware were concealed in a depot near Damascus international airport inside a shipment of Iranian surface missiles.”
“DEBKAfile reports that the head of Hizballah’s logistic administration was killed in the Israeli air strike near Damascus international airport Sunday. The officer was apparently supervising the transfer to Lebanon of advanced weapons from a deport at the base of the 103rd brigade of the Syrian army’s 4th Division.”
“A Palestinian public opinion poll conduced this week found that an overwhelming majority of Arabs in the Holy Land support acts of terrorism against the Jews in order to protect Jerusalem’s Muslim-dominated Temple Mount from Jewish influence.”
This is the central problem. The heart of the Palestinian has been so harden peace is impossible with them. They are so blinded by hate no amount of land, no concessions could ever satisfy them. If they were to turn to God (not Allah) and accept Jesus Christ they might stand a chance. In their present state, there is no chance for peace.
“PA ‘foreign minister’ Riyad Al-Maliki says Israel ‘will pay’ after former PA minister dies of heart attack and refuses IDF assistance.”
This is how absurd the Palestinians have become. Blaming Israel for a death when it was really natural causes. How can anyone have peace with such a people?
“Dimas area, closed military area controlled by Assad’s brother, apparently joins traditional axis connecting country to neighboring Lebanon.”
“The arrival in Damascus of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov Wednesday has set up new military tension in the region, since it turned out, according to DEBKAfile’s sources, that he had come for two days of discussions with the “Syrian leadership” on how to react to Israel’s air raids on Sunday.”
“UNRWA, after aiding Hamas in its terror war, calls on world to finance ‘suffering Palestinians living under occupation.'”
Notice there is no demand for money for all the internal Israeli refugees created by the Hamas rocket attacks.
“PA chief vows he’ll never recognize ‘Jewish’ Israel, claims he disabused Obama of notion of ‘moderate’ Muslim Brothers, says Hamas ‘liars’ begged for ceasefire in summer.”
An example how the Palestinians cling to impossible demands that consistently thwart peace.
“Israel’s Central District Attorney’s Office filed an indictment Tuesday evening against Adam Everet Livix, a 30-year-old US citizen from Texas and religious Christian who is accused of plotting to attack Muslim holy sites in the country.”
As Christians we need overcome the desire for retaliation and revenge. Jesus said:
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:43-45
I am as bad as anyone when it comes to this. Muslim aggression is responsible for much suffering in the world but we must try overcome the sin within us to strike back out of hate and revenge. Romans 12:19:
19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
All that said, one must protect himself and his family. It is not doing things out of hate that is the key here.
“High-ranking American military sources revealed Monday, Dec. 8, that Israel’s air strikes near Damascus the day before wiped out newly-arrived Russian hardware including missiles that were dispatched post haste to help Syria and Hizballah frustrate a US plan for a no-fly zone over northern Syria.”
“Q. Re: Must God Choose Us? Could you explain these two verses. Isaiah 55:6 says, “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near” and John 6:44 says, ” No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” They seem to contradict each other.
A. Isaiah 55 is primarily a call to the Jewish people to respond to Him. Remember He had a covenant relationship with them, having promised to take them as His people and be their God. (Exodus 6:7). Because of that any of them who came to Him would be accepted. While Isaiah 55:3 holds out the promise of an everlasting covenant, verse 7 shows that this call was to an Old Covenant relationship. In Isaiah 56:1-8 the call was extended to foreigners who kept His covenant as well.
In John 6:44 Jesus was explaining that hence forth keeping the Old Covenant would not be enough to qualify them for a relationship with God. The procedure found in Romans 8:29-30 would apply to both Jews and Gentiles. God foreknew who among all humanity would choose to accept His Son’s death as payment for their sins. Their names had been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundations of Earth were laid. Those He foreknew, He predestined (appointed) to a place in His Kingdom. At some point in their life He would call them, and this is what Jesus was talking about. When they respond to the call, as He knows they will, He justifies them (regards them as though innocent) through the Blood of Jesus, and at the rapture/resurrection He will glorify them as they take their place in the Kingdom.
Matt; 7:7-8, John 3:16, John 6:38-40, Romans 10:9,13, and others clearly explain that the choice to be saved is ours to make. These promises make general to all humanity that which Isaiah 55 made specific to the Jews. They fulfill its promise of the New Covenant as well in that the only condition they contain is belief.”
“Q. Is there a place in the Bible where we find that God offers salvation to those who reach out to Him as best as they know how … even if it’s wrong?
A. Although it’s the intent of our heart that’s most important to God, he does hold us all responsible for knowing that He exists (Romans 1:18-20). It’s my personal conviction that once a person concludes that He exists, God will do what ever is necessary to reveal his Son as well, because no one can come to the Father except through the Son (John 14:6). As long as this results in the person agreeing that he’s a sinner in need of a savior, and accepts the Lord’s death as payment in full for his sins, the specific process he follows in doing this is irrelevant to God.
He promised that all who ask will receive, all who seek will find, and to all who knock the door will be opened. (Matt. 7:7-8) If we make a legitimate effort, He’ll make sure we get the right result. After all He wants everyone to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:3-4).”