Articles of the Day 3/19/15: God’s Desires Will Triumph

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?

Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)

Why the Likud Won

“It is nothing short of amazing that massive support from the Obama Administration, Europe and Israeli and foreign media proved ineffective in ousting Netanyahu. The best propaganda minds, statistical analysts, campaign geniuses and anonymous donors were powerless in their effort to bring the Israeli Left back to power.”

Despite what the Left wants God’s desires will triumph. 

Report: White House may reconsider pro-Israel stance at U.N. after Likud win

“J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami said he believes the Obama administration “is going to look very closely at the possibility of either joining, or at least not blocking, an internationally backed move at the U.N. to restate the parameters for ending the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict.”

Israel stands alone? As predicted in Zechariah 12:3:

“3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.”

Israel, Hamas and Hezbollah on a Collision Course: Undesirable yet Inevitable

“Given this, we must ask how Israel comes to find itself in a paradoxical situation: on the one hand, the two resistance organizations lack both the desire and public legitimacy to start a war that Israel doesn’t want either, but on the other hand an analysis of events and trends in the Gaza Strip and southern Syria points to the assessment that a military confrontation on both fronts is virtually inevitable in the foreseeable future. Why, then, if all three players, currently sharing the same interest and lacking any desire for war, are they on the brink of the next round of violence?”

Hamas: ‘Holy Obligation’ to Attack Israel from Judea and Samaria

“Even as Hamas claims to be discussing a long term ‘quiet period,’ it is planning to open a front against Israel in Judea and Samaria.”

 

Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)

Iran Sent Arms to Iraq to Fight ISIS, U.S. Says

“One senior American military official who tracks classified intelligence reports said Iran had deployed Fajr-5 artillery rockets and Fateh-110 missiles and their launchers. Another senior American military official who also monitors sensitive government reports on Iran said the deployed weapons were similar to the Fajr-5 rockets and Fateh-110 missiles but were slightly different and had different names. The official offered no other details. The C.I.A. declined to comment.”

“The Fajr-5 rocket and Fateh-110 missile launching systems are typically carried on a specially designed truck and are formidable additions to the Iraqi arsenal. Fajr-5 rockets, which are named after the Persian word for dawn, have a range of about 45 miles. Each is 20 feet long and weighs more than 2,000 pounds. The Fajr-5 warhead alone weighs 375 pounds.”

Iraq’s Bekaa Valley

“Events on the ground in eastern Iraq suggest a different way of looking at the issue. If anything, the battle for Tikrit has shown that there is a whole side of the war from which the international community has been deliberately excluded. Iran and its Iraqi proxies have been carving out a zone of influence in eastern Iraq for well over a decade. And this zone, as Dempsey noted, is expanding.

Iraq, in short, could be experiencing what Lebanon did decades ago as Hezbollah fighters took the Bekaa Valley. In this case, the land in question is Mesopotamia and the forces are PMUs, but the result will be the same: a swath of land in which the government is gradually ceding ground to powerful paramilitary factions with strong terrorist connections.”

Iran is taking over parts of Iraq under the guise of fighting ISIS. The Shia militias won’t just leave after ISIS is defeated. They will stay and Iran will be ever closer to Israel just like in Lebanon. 

Iraq’s Tikrit offensive stalled by IS bombs

“Samarra (Iraq) (AFP) – Iraq’s offensive to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State group was stalled Tuesday because of streets and buildings rigged with booby trap bombs and by the several hundred jihadists still holding out there.”

 

Prophecy

Who Are The Chosen?

“Q. I have a question about the “Chosen”. The scriptures teach us that all who believe are saved. To me that means anyone has the opportunity to be saved. Christ said when He was lifted up all men would be drawn to Him. To me that means he calls all men to repentance. I know not all respond positively to this call. Some accept and others reject. But what I’m trying to figure out is; Believing in free will opportunity for all, who are the Chosen?

A. Both Israel and the Church are referred to as the chosen. For Israel the title has national implications (Deut,7:6) and for the Church it’s a personal matter. Where we’re concerned, Matt. 20:16 and other verses tell us many are called but few are chosen. Jesus said whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life (John 3:16) and everyone who asks receives (Matt. 7:7-8), Paul said whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13), and Peter said that God doesn’t want any to perish but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

Therefore, everyone has to have an opportunity to be saved, and everyone who responds will be saved. But we know that only some of those who are called respond. So if only a few are chosen, logic tells us the ones who are chosen are the ones who respond to the call.”

Post 2nd Coming Rapture?

“Q. How can the “rapture” be “imminent”? Acts 3:21 says that Jesus “must” stay in heaven (He is now there with the Father) “until the times of restitution of all things” which includes, says Scofield, “the restoration of the theocracy under David’s Son” which obviously can’t begin before or during Antichrist’s reign. Since Jesus must personally participate in the rapture, and since He can’t even leave heaven before the tribulation ends, the rapture therefore cannot take place before the end of the tribulation.

A. It’s an interesting argument, but if you look at it carefully you’ll discover what you’re actually saying is that the Rapture can’t take place until after the 2nd Coming. If Jesus has to stay in Heaven until “the restoration of the theocracy under David’s Son” and if He has to personally participate in the Rapture, then you’re not talking about Him coming for the Church after the Great Tribulation, but after the 2nd Coming. No one advocates a post 2nd Coming rapture.

It’s more likely that Peter was speaking in general terms about the end of the age rather than specific ones. And don’t forget that when Peter made this statement, the doctrine of the Rapture hadn’t yet been introduced on Earth. It would be 20 years before Paul would reveal the “mystery” of the Rapture in his letters to the Thessalonians (1 Thes.4:16-17) and the Corinthians (1 Cor. 15:51-52). In the Greek language the phrase “I tell you a mystery” means he was revealing a secret. There’s no evidence that Peter or the other disciples even knew about the Rapture before Paul disclosed it. We see hints of it in the Gospels, but only because we already know about it. The fact is, there’s no clear teaching on the Rapture of the Church that precedes Paul’s.”

More On The 144,000 Of Rev. 7 And Rev. 14

“Q. Concerning The 144,000 of Rev. 7 and Rev 14. You have said Rev. 7 is referring to the Jewish servants of God and Rev. 14 is the church. If that’s the case, why are the numbers of both 144,000? Thanks for all your help, I have learned more from your website than all my teachings in church.

A. The number 144,000 is 12 times 12,000. In Rev. 7:4-8 the Lord goes to great lengths to show this to be an actual number, 12,000 from each of 12 named Tribes of Israel. They will serve the Lord on Earth during Daniel’s 70th Week.

In Rev. 14:1-5 the reference is to a different group. This group is described as having been redeemed from the earth and are before the Throne of God singing a new song, a song only they can sing. They are pure and blameless, they’ve been purchased from among men, and are offered as first fruits to God and the Lamb. These characteristics describe the redeemed Church. They are with the Lord in heaven.

In Biblical numerology 12 is the number of governmental perfection. Multiplying it by 12,000 makes it perfect beyond comprehension. Since all these characteristics uniquely describe the Church, and since the Church contains many more than 144,000 members, the number has to be symbolic of a perfect system of government comprised of the Lord and His Church who will rule together in the millennial Kingdom.”

 

Meanwhile…

Hero of the Middle East: The Israeli Messenger

“In its evident, inexplicable eagerness to sign just about any deal with Iran to allow it nuclear weapons capability, the U.S. State Department has removed Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah — two of the world most undisguised promoters of terror — from its Foreign Terrorist Organizations List.”

‘ISIS Destroyed Christian Civilization and the World Watches’

“Silent Christian expulsion from Syria; thousands of traumatized Assyrian Christians flee to harsh conditions in Lebanon.”

Marks of False Teachers, a discernment lesson

“Scripture gives us many warnings about false teachers. False teachers of any era (and they have existed since the beginning) all have the same markers. They can be identified. And, they should be identified.”

Big red flags for me are when they rarely reference the Bible. They tend to teach their own words instead the words of Jesus or God. Another red flag is the constant request for money. 

Presbyterian Church USA Votes to Change Definition of Marriage to Include Same-Sex Couples

“The largest Presbyterian denomination in the nation voted Tuesday to change the definition of marriage to allow for the inclusion of same-sex couples, The New York Times and Washington Post reported. The majority of the Presbyterian Church USA voted in favor of altering the definition to from “a man and a woman” to “two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” The change is set to take effect on June 21.”

This is blatant approval of sin. This is wrong and needs to be pointed out. God is pretty clear in the Bible that homosexuality is an abomination. Beware of churches that embrace worldly culture to the point of approving sin. 

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