Articles of the Day 5/11/15: The March of Evil
Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.’—Isaiah 46:9-10
Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)
“Salafi groups operating in Gaza aligning themselves with ISIS, allegedly looking to become a ‘branch’ of the group’s Sinai division.”
“Strip’s rulers face growing presence of organizations claiming affiliation with Islamic State.”
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“Rebels claim to have slain Marwan Mughniyeh in the Qalamoun region, where regime troops have been making gains.”
“Hezbollah said on Sunday it had killed over 20 fighters from Syria’s Al-Qaeda wing, the Al-Nusra Front, and destroyed several hideouts and training camps the fighters had set up to launch attacks in Lebanon across the border with Syria, Reuters reported.”
“Shiite group captures large areas along Lebanese border, but back home, there’s fear the conflict could spread.”
“The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) assessed in February 2015 that ISIS would pursue simultaneous campaigns to defend territory in Iraq and Syria, to foster affiliates in the region, and to polarize populations globally. Events from the March-May 2015 reporting period demonstrate that ISIS is now executing this multifaceted strategy.”
“RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said Tuesday Gulf leaders must stand up to Iran, as Yemeni rebels backed by Tehran attacked a Saudi border town with mortar shells.”
“US sources report that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are collaborating in a bid to overthrow Syrian ruler Bashar Assad. Officials in both capitals disclosed they had concluded a pact for this purpose, with the Turks giving Syrian rebels intelligence and the Saudis funds for arms. Theyjoined forces, they said, after the US backed out of the campaign to oust Assad because of its rapprochement with Tehran. US sources fear the Saudis and Turks are giving weapons to Al Qaeda’s Syrian arm the Nusra Front. However, DEBKAfile revealed on May 4, that the US, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE had all jumped into bed with al Qaeda to overthrow Assad.”
“The number of emails I receive from people who are discouraged, frustrated, even despondent, is steadily increasing. They point to current conditions in the world and wonder how much worse things can get.You no longer have to be an astute observer to notice how rapidly our world is changing. It wasn’t that long ago when the standard measure was a comparison between what was acceptable to people in their time with what was acceptable in their grandparents’ time. Now we only have to compare what’s currently acceptable with what was acceptable just a few years ago to see measurable change. Not only are things changing, but the rate of change is accelerating.”
“Q. Both Jeremiah and Ezekiel prophesied that believers would have “a new heart” (Jer. 31:33, Ezek. 11:19-20 and 36:26-27), and Paul and other N.T. writers seem to indicate this prophecy has come true in Rom. 2:29, Rom. 6:17, and Heb. 8:10. Would you say that this prophecy has been fulfilled or do you believe the new heart is not yet available to us?
A. The promises of Ezekiel 11 and Ezekiel 36 were intended for Israel in the Millennium, and Jeremiah 31 is a promise that Israel will one day receive the New Covenant, so we’ll focus on the New Testament. None of the references you cited actually promise a new heart to believers, nor are there any that do. In fact the phrase “new heart” does not appear in the New Testament.
But I believe there’s been a partial fulfillment in that believers can recognize sin, feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and seek forgiveness, something non-believers can’t do. However I don’t believe our hearts will be made new until we’re perfected and divested of our sin nature. This will happen at the Rapture when we’re changed in the twinkling of an eye.”
“Q. What is your view in regards to the book of remembrance and the rapture of the church in respect to one’s salvation? It would seem to me that one could be saved and still not go in the rapture due to their inclusion/exclusion in the book of the remembrance spoke about in the book of Malachi ch 3.
A. Malachi 3:16-17 says,
Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name.
“They will be mine,” says the LORD Almighty, “in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him.”
The only names written in the Scroll of Remembrance were those of the people who were speaking together at the time. When the Lord spoke of the day when He makes up His treasured possession, He was speaking about the Kingdom Age, so He was saying that they would be included in the Resurrection of Israel spoken of in Daniel 12:1-2. Also the term “treasured possession” specifically refers to Israel. (Exodus 19:5-6). These verses do not in any way involve the church or the Rapture.”
“The group was founded by a man named Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. There is little known for certain about him. He was born in 1971, making him 44 years old. He is believed to have a doctorate in Islamic Studies from the University of Baghdad.”
Tweet from Donnie @Prophecy Signs
“Saudi King Salman’s last-minute cancellation of his White House summit with US President Obama and his decision to send Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in his place, is seen as a calculated snub for the president’s policies on Iran and the Middle East. Two senior Gulf rulers then opted out of the Camp David summit Obama scheduled for Wednesday, May 13 at Camp David: Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isaa Al Khalifa and UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, leaving only the rulers of Qatar and Kuwait.”
Snub or not Obama has done a number on American influence in the region. War is now more likely on many fronts.
“The boats will be used to secure Israel’s Exclusive Economic Zone in the Mediterranean, described by defense officials as ‘dramatic improvement in Navy’s capabilities.'”
“Israel is already a world leader in the research, production and military integration of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Now, it is successfully integrating robots into its ground forces, as well. At the International Ground Forces Conference held this week in Tel Aviv, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Eyal Ben Reuven revealed that just the week prior the IDF’s 7th Armored Brigade had become one of, if not the first ground force in history to train side-by-side with “advanced ground robotics.”
“The United States is likely to offer Saudi Arabia its advanced GBU-28 bunker buster bombs – so far only provided to Israel – report says.”