Articles of the Day 12/22/14: Rare Tolerance

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?

Israel Borders

Latest report on Mossad’s ‘Hezbollah spy’ says he gave up details of Burgas bombing

“The alleged spy had frustrated attacks against Israel and held a number of important positions.”

IDF official: Israel must foster unlikely alliances with regional neighbors to combat ISIS threat

“The threat of Islamic State has compelled Israel to foster unlikely alliances, or “frenemies,” IDF Planning Directorate head, Maj.-Gen. Nimrod Shefer tell Post’s Diplomatic Conference.”

700 troops could have died retaking Gaza, ex-general says

“Former senior IDF official says Hamas wanted to draw soldiers into central Gaza’s maze of tunnels.”

IDF soldiers give their lunch to hungry Palestinian children

“Paratrooper writes that children approached the soldiers asking for food after searching through dumpsters in the area.”

No you won’t hear about this from the evening news or the UN. 

ISIL tests Jordan defenses with clashes along borders with Iraq, Syria

“AMMAN — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has been approaching Jordan. Officials said the Hashemite kingdom was on alert for an ISIL presence along Jordan’s borders with Iraq and Syria. They said ISIL was trying to use Jordan as a waystation for fighters and weapons for the jihad campaign in Iraq and Syria. “The Jordanian armed forces are ready to repel any infiltration or attempts to harm security and stability,” Jordanian military spokesman Col. Mamdouh Al Ameri said.

In a statement on Dec. 17, Al Ameri acknowledged an ISIL attempt to storm the Iraqi border with Jordan. He said three ISIL vehicles opened fire and detonated explosives against Iraqi border forces before withdrawing.
Officials also reported clashes with Jordanian security forces along the Syrian border. They said the attackers could have been ISIL fighters or smugglers.

“They have been trying to smuggle weapons, ammunition and drugs into the kingdom,” an official said.
Jordan, deemed a leading base for Syrian rebels, has been working with the United States to bolster border security and surveillance. Officials cited a command and control center designed to look deep into Syria.”

Palestinians, Leftists Uproot Israeli Olive Grove

“Residents of Elon Moreh say IDF did nothing to stop some 200 Arab and left-wing extremists from destroying Jewish-owned orchard.”

Muslim Scholar Calls for Jewish Place of Worship on Temple Mount

“Jordanian Salafi cleric makes surprising ruling, notes Jewish presence pre-Islam and says ‘Israelites’ should thus be given a right to pray.”

Rare tolerance and clarity from a Muslim. Were are the rest of the ‘moderate’ voices?

 

Syria-Iraq

Why Muslims Are Converting to Christ in the Face of ISIS Atrocities

“Atrocities by the Islamic State (ISIS) are softening the hearts of Muslims to Christianity, and evangelistic techniques and technologies are proving effective, but locally-based missionaries say the main reason for the spike in conversions in the Middle East is simply that former Muslims are finding God is real.”

IS said to execute 100 foreign fighters who wanted to quit

“Activist says he verified the killings in the Syrian city of Raqqa; dozens of Britons fighting with jihadist group want to return home.”

Hundreds of US troops help fight ISIS in Iraq’s Anbar

“Some 350 US troops on the ground in Iraq’s Anbar province are helping the 7th Iraqi Division develop strategies, mission planning and coordinating close air support operations, said the spokesman for the Joint chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey Saturday. They are “not accompanying Iraq forces into combat,” he stressed.”

Iraq Situation Report: December 19-21, 2014

Control of Terrain in Iraq: December 21, 2014

Iran’s IRGC ‘Massacring’ Iraqi Sunnis It ‘Saves’ from ISIS

“Iraq’s Grand Mufti accuses IRGC, Iraqi government, Shiite militias of genocide and rape of Sunnis they ‘liberated’ from ISIS.”

ISIS sneaks behind US-backed Kurdish victories in Iraq to retake Baiji refinery city

“American, Kurdish and Iraqi officials have hailed as a “major victory” the release of thousands of distressed members of the Yazdi community, trapped for four months on on Mt. Sinjar in northern Iraq, since Islamic State thugs overran their town. Many more fled to Syria while Yazdi women were kidnapped. This was a necessary rescue operation, but hardly a major victory, say DEBKAfile’s military experts. ISIS continues to maintain its grip on vast stretches of Iraq and Syria, defying the efforts of sparse US and coalition air strikes to dislodge them – beyond minor tactical withdrawals.”

 

Meanwhile…

Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

“TEL AVIV – Russia is preparing a contingency plan to prompt Hezbollah and possibly the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad into a direct military conflict with Israel, according to a French official who has been apprised of the situation. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the contingency was meant to be used as a card against the West, particularly the U.S. and European Union, which has been engaged in efforts to isolate Moscow. This past week, the U.S. and E.U. adapted tighter sanctions on the Russian economy, including restrictions on investments in the Crimea, with emphasis on Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and tourism. The official said there is information Russia in recent weeks successfully shipped to Hezbollah a large convoy of Iskandar ballistic missiles and surface-to-air missiles. The missiles were received, despite Israel’s alleged airstrikes in Syria targeting Russian-shipped weapons earlier this month, the official said.The official said Russia has not made any decision about agitating a Hezbollah attack on Israel, but views a possible conflict in the Mideast as a card it can play in its confrontation with the West, particularly in Ukraine.”

An Iran-Russia axis

“What do two nations with a history of over 200 years of enmity and war do when they seek a change of discourse? Find a common enemy — real or imagined. For Russia and Iran, traditional foes since the 18th century, that common enemy is the United States, according to political circles in Moscow and Tehran. Russian President Vladimir Putin dwelt on the idea last month during a speech in Sochi. He said the United States regards “Russia, because of its military might, China because of its rising economic power and Iran because of its nuclear program” as “enemies.”

Intel official: Israel not pushing for tougher Iran sanctions until nuke talks deadline

“Intelligence Ministry chief says Jerusalem not planning to press Washington for more sanctions during extended negotiations over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.”

Top 10 Worst U.N. Decisions Of 2014

“10. U.N. Elects Iran to Women’s Rights Commission
9. U.N. Elects Elects New Human Rights Council Members: China, Russia, Cuba and Saudi Arabia
8. U.N. Creates Biased Inquiry into Hamas-Israel War, Declares Israel Guilty in Advance
7. U.N. Picks Genocidal Sudan to Oversee Human Rights Activists
6. U.N. “Sees No Objection” to Praising Qatar’s Human Rights Record
5. As 9/11 Truther Richard Falk Exits, U.N. Names His Wife and Co-Author to Top Human Rights Post
4. UNRWA Hands Rockets in Gaza Schools Back to Hamas Terrorists
3. U.N. Names Anti-Israel Judge to Head Gaza Inquiry
2. U.N. rewards murderous Syrian regime with top post on human rights committee
1. U.N. Adopts 20 Resolutions on Israel vs. 4 on Rest of World Combined”

 

Prophecy

Is Dispensationalism A False Teaching?

“Q. I’m a strong dispensationalist, so I’m always taken by surprise when someone calls it a false teaching. Can you explain why people would feel this way? As I see it, while the label “dispensation” may be more recent, the principle of God having different covenants with different peoples is clearly outlined in the bible. Can you elaborate?

A. It’s popular these days for people to call anything they disagree with a false teaching. I think the reason some people don’t like dispensationalism is they don’t like Israel. They may have been taught that the Church has inherited Israel’s unfulfilled promises and there’s no longer any reason for a Jewish nation to exist. This has caused them to look at the entire end times scenario in a way that can’t be reconciled with a literal understanding of the Bible.

In some ways, they remind me of the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son, who resented the way his errant brother was welcomed back into the family after going off on his own (Luke 15:25-30).

Of all theological systems, I believe dispensationalism is the one most consistent with a literal interpretation of Scripture. It teaches that Israel and the Church are two different entities with different destinies. We insist that Israel not only has a part in end times prophecy, but is destined to become the world’s preeminent nation again. We believe the Bible’s prophecies about the the end times actually describe the process by which Israel will be reconciled to God and their long awaited Kingdom Age will come to them.

And you’re correct, the inspiration for the dispensational system of theology came from Ephesians 3, and was first put forth by John Nelson Darby in the early 1800’s, but the idea that God has dealt with His people in different ways at different times can be seen throughout the Bible.”

 

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