Articles of the Day 1/5/15: Happy New Year!

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

Hamas attempting to rebuild terror infrastructure

 “Using funds from Qatar, Iran and Turkey to build new tunnels and reestablish rocket manufacturing capabilities.”

 Gaza Division Commander: War Was ‘A Finger in Hamas’s Eye’

“Hamas lost its balance of power during the war, Gaza Division Commander states, opines that if Hamas were dethroned, ISIS would take Gaza.”

IDF preparing for possible campaign against IS

“Growing concern in Israel that the failure of the Western campaign against IS is exacerbating the threat it is posing to Israel and all options have to be considered on the table.”

IDF Creates New Intelligence Dept. to Monitor ISIS

“In April, the IDF began tracking the spread of Islamic State; today, an entire intelligence department has been dedicated to surveillance.”

Hezbollah: Sunnis, Shiites will unite against Israel in next war

“Report in Lebanese paper quotes top Hezbollah official as saying radical Shiite group will have ‘thousands’ of Sunnis fighting alongside in next battle against Israel.”

Expert: Be Realistic, Only Israel West of the River

“Professor Nisan has long argued that the narrow strip of land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River simply can not accommodate two separate states, especially two that are in constant conflict with one another.”

Orthodox Judaism and the Temple Mount dilemma

“Over the past decade, there has been a steady increase in rabbinical rulings that permit the entry of Jews to the Temple Mount. It began with the precedent-setting ruling of the Council of Yesha Rabbis (from Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip) in February 1996, which permitted Jews to enter certain areas of the Mount, with a call to each rabbi who agreed with the ruling to go up to the Mount together with his congregation. The only limitation was to observe the restrictions regarding purity when doing so.”

 

Syria-Iraq

Iraq Situation Report: January 2-4, 2015

 

Meanwhile…

America: Israel Among Top Most “Unacceptable” Countries

“The US State Department in 2014 condemned Israel as one of the most “unacceptable” countries in the world, just behind North Korea.”

The Arab oil era is over

“Op-ed: As the Gulf states are left with no money to spend and are experiencing internal shocks, the era of destructive Arab power is coming to an end; the Israeli mind and innovation era, on the other hand, is just beginning.”

 

Prophecy

The Rapture And The Tribulation

“Q. Thank you very much for your site, I’ve learned a lot and my day is not complete when I miss reading it. My question is, as I heard and read that the last 7 years are called the tribulation, do we begin to count 7 years just after the rapture or is there any time interval before beginning to count the 7 years?

A. The Rapture and the last 7 years are only related in the sense that the former has to precede the latter. Technically, the 7 years are called Daniel’s 70th week (Daniel 9:24-27). They begin after the Rapture when God restores His covenant with Israel and the anti-Christ confirms a covenant of peace (Daniel 9:27). I believe Ezek. 39:22 tells us this will take place at the end of the Battle of Ezekiel 38-39.

The last half of the 70th week is called the Great Tribulation. It’s 3.5 years long. The Bible doesn’t specify whether there’s an interval between the Rapture and Daniel’s 70th week or not.”

Why Does Satan Continue To Persecute The Jews?

“Q. I have a question re:Hosea 5:15. I’ve wondered why Satan continued to persecute the Jews after the cross. Before that I could see his efforts at Jewish destruction as an attempt to corrupt or break the bloodline required for Jesus’ lineage. But after that, why continue pursuing the elimination of Jews?

A. Hosea 5:15 has the Lord saying,

“I will return again to My place till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; in their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.”

After fulfilling the unmistakable sign of the prophet Jonah (Matt. 12:39-40), the Lord waited 40 days for Israel to officially acknowledge Him. when they failed to do so He returned to Heaven, fulfilling the verse above.

If Satan can destroy the nation of Israel, there will be no way for the Jewish people to officially acknowledge their offense (rejecting Him) and petition His return. Satan thinks if he can destroy Israel he will have thwarted the plan of God and will be able to retain possession of planet Earth.

We know he will fail because Israel’s petition for the Lord’s return can be found in Hosea 6:1-2 and many believe their official confession is contained in Isaiah 53.”

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