Articles of the Day 4/2/15: Peace In Our Time

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?

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Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)

Air force: Israel still mulling preemptive strikes on foes

“IAF chief Amir Eshel does not specify a target; predicts that air bases will come under Hezbollah fire in future conflicts.”

Top IDF Commander: Hamas Again Digging Tunnels into Israel

“IDF Southern Command head General Sami Turgeman said that Hamas is back at it – attempting to dig tunnels into Israel.”

Report: IAF Struck Military Positions in Syria

“An Arab media outlet, quoting a German news agency, reported that the Israeli Air Force struck Syrian military positions near Homs last Thursday, Ynet has reported. The report, which appeared in Al-Quds Al-Arabi, added that the US knew of the operation and the IAF jets safely returned to base after completing their mission.”

‘Iran is placing guided warheads on Hezbollah rockets’

“Speaking at the Israel Air and Missile Defense Conference in Herzliya, Col. Aviram Hasson, who is involved in preparing IDF air defenses, said Iran was converting Zilzal unguided rockets into accurate, guided M-600 projectiles by upgrading their warheads.”

Three years from now…..what if Hezbollah had a nuke? What if Hamas had a nuke? What if Islamic Jihad had a nuke? Starting to see how the Isaiah 17 could happen? Has Obama thought about this? Apparently not. 

‘1,500 rockets per day’ predicted in next war with Hezbollah

“Outgoing Home Front commander says Lebanese terror group will attempt ‘blitzkrieg’ in next confrontation.”

Deterring Hezbollah: The ex-IDF deputy chief of staff shares his vision for Israeli security

“When you analyze the fundamental interests of semi-state terror organizations, these are not like the interests of normal governments, which seek their people’s welfare,” he told The Jerusalem Post in Tel Aviv on Monday.”

Caroline Glick: Annex Judea and Samaria Now

“Journalist and writer Caroline Glick says Israel should respond to America’s new policy by applying sovereignty to Judea and Samaria.”

Palestinians Repel ISIS in Syrian Refugee Camp

“Palestinian and Syrian fighters were able Thursday to retake control of a large refugee camp in Damascus seized by ISIS.”

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

Obama Touts ‘Historic’ Iran Nuclear Deal

“US President Barack Obama made a public address at the White House on Thursday after Iranian and world negotiators announced that a framework deal had been reached over the Islamic regime’s nuclear program.”

They will claim this is some great achievement but the US caved on nearly every major issue. Iran retains it’s nuclear weapons or the capability to make them. This agreement actually makes war more likely. Israel has very little choice now. 

Does Israel have a military option vs. Iran nuclear program?

“These Israeli public diplomacy measures will be complemented by continued intelligence monitoring of Iran’s activities in the nuclear sphere as well as its involvement in regional conflicts. Opting for a military strike against Iran, however, must take into consideration the consequences of such a decision. In light of all that is at stake, it does not seem like a plausible option at present.”

The mainstream media like to reinforce the myth that a military strike by Israel again Iranian nuke sites is not a good option but the truth is a military strike will do more to curb Iranian nuke program then diplomacy has or that sanctions could. Diplomacy has authorized and legitimized the Iranian nuke program. Sanctions have proven ineffective to stop the program. What is left for Israel? Some say Israel can live with a nuclear Iran. But can they live with a nuclear Hezbollah?

Assad Finally Losing His Grip on Syria?

“Syrian regime suffering major losses, which experts say show its utter reliance on Iran and susceptibility to influence of its neighbors.”

ISIS in Syria Campaign Update: March 31, 2015

IRAQ SITUATION REPORT: MARCH 31- APRIL 1, 2015

Yemen ground operation carries major risks

“As Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan contemplate incursion to reverse Shiite gains, dangers loom”

Is Turkey behind ISIS?

“Isis is surrounded by a series of mysteries without apparent explanation. What enabled Isis to conquer a large part of Syria and Iraq with such stunning rapidity? How does a collection of untrained fanatics rapidly integrate sophisticated U.S. weapons systems captured during this conquest, and command far-flung battlefronts? Where does the Islamic State, bordered by hostile and warring powers, obtain food for the millions under its control? There is increasing evidence that the explanation for all these anomalies can be found in Turkey’s secret backing of ISIS.”

Prophecy

New Bodies For Unbelievers?

“Q. I had a discussion today about the bodies of the wicked-dead. After reading Revelation 20, it wasn’t clear to me whether they receive bodies (some kind like our glorified ones?) or not, in which to spend eternity in the “lake of fire”. Perhaps I have missed other locations of Scripture that deals with this topic. In any event, thank you so much for your help.

A. There’s no specific mention of this but here is a hint. In the story of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31), all the participants were in a fixed physical position. The rich man could see Lazarus across the chasm, he could feel the agony of the fire and the thirst he was suffering, he knew he had a tongue and Lazarus had fingers, and that a drop of water would be soothing to him. To me these indicate he was some kind of a physical entity. If he’s an example of other deceased unbelievers, then it’s possible they will stand before the Lord in their current form.

Also in Daniel 12:2-3 we find the first mention of 2 resurrections, some to everlasting life and others to shame and everlasting contempt. The first group will have glorified bodies that will “shine like the brightness of the heavens.” Perhaps the second group will have bodies that are shameful and contemptible.”

The Holy Spirit As The Restrainer

“Q. The Biblical translations that I’m aware of all capitalize pronouns referring to God in the New Testament no matter if the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit is in context, except for 2 Thes. 2:6-7. The restrainer, I do believe, is the Holy Spirit but why isn’t the pronoun “he” capitalized?

A. I think it’s because in the opinion of many 2 Thes. 2:6-7 is not necessarily about the Holy Spirit. Other opinions include human government and the rule of law; spreading the gospel; the binding of Satan; the providence of God; the Jewish state; the Church; and the Archangel Michael.

I prefer the Holy Spirit because the influence for good He projects through the Church has historically restrained the growth of evil in the world. In addition, there’s a precedent for His withdrawal before a world wide judgment. God also withdrew the Holy Spirit before the Great Flood (Genesis 6:3).”

Meanwhile…

Evaluating the Pan-Arab “Joint Army”

“Money talks, and the Saudis have the bankroll. The Saudis also have an air force (flying U.S.-made jets) capable of conducting a credible air campaign. On March 26, the coalition’s Operation Resolute Storm began with air strikes against various Houthi targets. The question is how long can they keep it up before logistic and maintenance deficiencies emerge? They can hire private contractors to provide these services.

At the moment, naval operations are secondary, though that could change if the Iranian-Houthi coalition takes complete control. Yemen’s Southwestern edge borders the strait connecting the Indian Ocean and Red Sea. However, coalition naval operations indicate the centrality of the Arab world’s strongest nation state: Egypt. Egypt’s Al-Ahram reported that Egyptian warships shelled Houthi fighters advancing on the Yemeni port of Aden. Egyptian officials did not comment, on the record.

Ground operations will determine Yemen’s winner, and Egypt’s large and comparatively capable army is the pan-Arab coalition’s decisive force.

Bankrolls matter, but the quality of generals, captains, sergeants and privates matters as well. At times their quality matters more than cash. Egypt and Jordan both have fair-to-good military reputations. Every regime can field a small elite force, but the Egyptian and Jordanian armies field larger units (brigades) with comparatively higher training standards than other Arab states. Last year, Egyptian forces conducted some cursory training exercises with countries now participating in the coalition, so that coalition’s formation may not be as sudden as the headlines suggest. Egyptian advisers are reportedly in Saudi Arabia, on both the Iraq and Yemen borders.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi adds credibility to the coalition. Al-Sisi has the military skills. He also understands the ideological component. He has shaped his own country’s fight as one against militant Islam, whether Sunni or Shiite. If al-Sisi has the final decision in the pan-Arab army’s operations against Iranian proxies and — potentially — Iran itself, there is a very good chance it will prevail. If the Arab force fails? The Israelis won’t.”

Watch: David’s Sling shoots down mock missile in successful trial

“During the trial, carried out this week in central Israel by the Defense Ministry and the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, David’s Sling radar identified an unarmed Sparrow missile heading into its air space, and fired an interceptor that struck and destroyed the target.”

Glad it works. Looks like Israel is going to need it.

One of the IDF’s Most Unique Intelligence Teams: The Group Within Unit 9900

“The IDF is a multifaceted body, with various units and teams that are highly classified and specialized. One such example is a team within the Intelligence Corps’ Unit 9900: the soldiers that serve in the unique “Roim Rachok” (RR) Program – Hebrew for far beyond horizons. The soldiers are some of IDF’s most valued, and each and every one of them is on the autism spectrum.”

50 Reasons Muhammad Was Not a Prophet

“Why should the entire world reject Muhammad as a prophet? Here are 50 reasons, arranged by category (some reasons could have been listed under more than one category). Click on a reason to get the facts about Muhammad, or click here for a brief video overview.”

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