Articles of the Day 5/26/15: Courage and Faith

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)

Five long-range rockets from inside Gaza City target S. Israel, claimed by Islamic Jihad, Popular Front

“Sirens across southern Israeli Tuesday night, May 26, warned of at least five incoming rockets from the Gaza Strip. They were accompanied by loud explosions. One long-range Grad rocket exploded in the industrial zone of the coastal city and port of Ashdod near the Big In shopping mall which was crowded with shoppers; another on Frnakfurter St in the town. More explosions occurred at the entrance to Gan Yavne and were heard in the Lachish district. No casualties were immediately reported except for a number of shock victims, but accounts of damage are still awaited. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the rockets were fired from the Sheikh Ajloun district of Gaza City, and spotted by IDF surveillance by air and land. There have been three incidents of short-range rockets fired at Israeli communities from the Gaza Strip since last summer’s IDF operation in the Gaza Strip against Hamas. But the Grad attack Tuesday night was the most significant. Seconds later, a large number of Israeli drones were deployed over Gaza. Israeli military units deployed in the Gaza sector and local police were placed on a high state of readiness. Coinciding with the rocket attack, a Palestinian driver drove his car at a group of Israelis outside Gush Etzion on the West Bank. No information about this incident has yet been received.

The Islamic Jihad and Popular Front have meanwhile claimed responsibility for shooting the rockets. Hamas is rushing to evacuate its command posts and bases for fear of Israeli retaliation. In the coastal towns of Ashdod and Ashkelon, the municipal authorities held emergency meetings to decide whether to open schools and kindergartens Wednesday morning. Beersheba announced schools would operate as usual. The Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon has begun moving patients down to fortified wards.”

Abbas’s Fatah Calls to Conquer Israel ‘By Force’

“Fatah ‘Nakba’ messages call for terrorism as ‘only’ way to take entire state of Israel for its own, while showing off its terror branches.”

How Anti-Israel Incitement Backfires

“Jordan has a peace treaty with Israel, while the Palestinian Authority (PA) is conducting security coordination with the Israeli Defense Forces. That is enough for their people to turn against them and accuse them of “collaboration” with the “Zionist enemy.”

Will the PA and Jordan start educating their people abut tolerance and peace with Israel? Sadly, that is unlikely to happen, at least not in the near future. The anti-Israel rhetoric has made it impossible even to talk about the possibility of peace with Israel.”

Iran said to pull Islamic Jihad’s funding over group’s neutrality on Yemen

“Gaza operatives haven’t received salaries in months as Tehran moves to back rival organization, reports say.”

Interesting today’s rocket attack came from Islamic Jihad. Most people don’t realize but most rocket attacks by terrorist groups against Israel are the result of internal problems. Attacks often spur increased funding from wealthy Arabs in the Middle East. Israel is often to blame by the world but the source often is Arab politics. 

Hezbollah touts rockets, tunnels on border with Israel

“Report from pro-Hezbollah newspaper showcases group’s new offensive strategy – from round the clock patrols to special combat rations, this is how Hezbollah hopes to scare Israel.”

Egypt reports 521 tunnel openings destroyed on Gaza border

“Some of the passages said to have been equipped with railroad tracks, communications rooms.”

ANALYSIS: Israel’s Next Trouble Spot is the Golan Heights

“With the Islamists taking over Syria, the Golan Heights stands to be threatened by ISIS and other terror groups.”

Gazan terrorists share their tunnel expertise with Syrian rebels

“They even sent me a video and we did it exactly the way they do it,” rebel tells journalist.”

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

Delivery of Russian S-300 missiles to Iran ‘to be done at the soonest opportunity possible’

“The negotiations on the subject have ended in success,” Abdollahian explained and noted personally, “I estimate that the S-300 delivery will take place in quite a short time.”

Pro-government forces retake Yemeni city

“SANAA – Pro-government fighters have retaken a southern Yemeni city from Shiite rebels in their first significant advance since a Saudi-led coalition began striking the rebels in late March. Officials and witnesses in the southwestern city of Dhale said Tuesday that pro-government fighters also captured the command center of the 33rd Armored Brigade. The brigade, which once controlled the city, is one of the country’s largest army units. It is loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is allied with the rebels, known as Houthis.” 

Hezbollah says it will step up presence in Syria as needed

“Hezbollah is fighting across all of Syria alongside the army of President Bashar al-Assad and is willing to increase its presence there when needed, the leader of the Lebanese Shi’ite movement said on Sunday.”

No army in Mid East is challenging ISIS. Iran regroups to defend S. Iraqi Shiites, Assad to save Damascus

“Hassan Nasrallah Saturday, May 23, called his Lebanese Shiite Hizballah movement to the flag, because “we are faced with an existential crisis” from the rising belligerence of the Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant. His deputy, Sheik Naim Qssem, sounded even more desperate: “The Middle East is at the risk of partition” in a war with no end in sight, he said. “Solutions for Syria are suspended. We must now see what happens in Iraq.”

Prophecy

The Body Of Elijah

“Q. I love the vivid word picture describing Elijah, the fiery chariots, and charioteers. And I believe he will return, stand, preach, be killed and resurrected in the streets of Jerusalem during the Great Tribulation period. And I also know bodies will rise from the grave to meet Jesus in the Rapture.

But in the mean time, where is Elijah’s earthly body? I wonder if the fire consumed his body for this time until he inhabits it again during the Tribulation? Or is the body he’ll inhabit in Jerusalem already glorified?

A. We know from 2 Kings 2:11 that Elijah did not die but was taken alive. We know from Daniel 3:24-27 that God is able to preserve human bodies in the midst of fire. We also know that glorified bodies are immortal and can’t be killed (1 Cor. 15:51-53). Therefore, when Elijah appears again in Rev. 11:7 it will be in his earthly body which God will have preserved for him.”

All Bible Prophecy Fulfilled?

“Q. I have a friend who used to have the same beliefs as I, but within the past few years has ended up being what he calls a Historical Realist, but to me he seems to be more of a Preterist. He believes ALL prophecies were fulfilled in 70AD.

I have been doing a lot of research to disprove his reasoning, but I want to make sure I have a strong impact. He believes Revelation was written before 70AD cause the temple was mentioned. I know it’s a temple of the future, not of the one of Biblical times. And Nero does have anti-Christ characteristics, but I don’t see where he fit full prophecy of the Antichrist & beast.

Do you have any strong scripture references to support against Jesus’ teaching at the Mt of Olives was not referring to 70AD? Also do you know where I can find solid proof Revelation was written in the mid 90s AD?

Thank you, your site is a blessing.

A. I had a discussion recently with a Preterist and came away just as frustrated as you are. To adopt a Preterist view, people have to take such a radical departure from the Bible’s literal intent that it’s almost impossible to conduct a legitimate conversation with them. It seems like everything is really something else. The person I was speaking with is also an educator and has a very intellectual view of scripture. It’s like he and his Preterist cronies have re-interpreted the book so the common folk can no longer understand it.

The main objections to the Preterist view lie in this re-interpretation. They say that the 2nd Coming happened on the Mt. of Transfiguration where only 3 disciples witnessed it, whereas the Bible says that every eye will behold it. They say that the church has replaced Israel in God’s plan although the last eight chapters of Ezekiel clearly describe Israel on Earth during a time yet future to us. They say that the Abomination of Desolation was the attachment of the Roman shield to the Temple wall, but the Bible describes a man standing in the Holy Place proclaiming himself to be God and requiring worship. They say that Nero was the anti-Christ but the wars begun by the real anti-Christ involve the whole world and result in the deaths of 1/2 of its population.

I could go on, but you get the point. Like I said, having a real conversation with a Preterist is nearly impossible because of this re-interpretation. The best thing to do is pray that the Lord will deliver your friend from this delusion. The one saving grace of all this is that at least Preterists haven’t re-invented the meaning of Salvation, so if we fail to change their minds the Lord can explain the end times to them more clearly.

As far as I’ve been able to determine, Preterists are the only ones who date the Revelation in the 50-60 AD range. They have to do this to accommodate their view. Most competent scholars place it in the 90’s, but there’s no conclusive evidence that I know of.”

Judgment Before Rapture?

“Q. Do you think America will be judged before the Rapture? America has changed drastically the last 6-10 years and I do not recognize her any more. Is it wrong to ask God to spare America and the Christians who live there? I long to see King Jesus and my family. I have many there including my first born and only son. I am so ready, especially since my children are covered and my granchildren are under the age of accountability.

A. As you say, the America of 10 years ago is hardly recognizable in current events. Our country has been fundamentally transformed. Because of that, I think the judgment of America is already underway. This judgment is progressive and serves as an alert to the Church to get ready for our departure (Luke 21:28).

I don’t think we can pray for God to spare America and the Christians who live here, although I do believe the worst of America’s judgment will take place after the rapture (1 Thes. 1:10). It will be part of God’s final judgment of Earth and will culminate in the country’s total destruction (Jere. 30:11).”

Meanwhile…

Christian witness to Muslims surges after ISIS executions

“A worldwide Christian organization says that the horrific executions of Christians by members of ISIS in Libya in February have sparked a surge in conversations between Christians and Muslims about faith.”

He is believed to not have been a Christian before kneeling in the sand beside the ‘people of the cross,’” Yeager reported. “Witnessing the courage and faith of the Egyptian Christians, he also chose to follow Jesus. Mere moments before Matthew was executed, his executors are seen asking, “Do you reject Christ?’ His reply was, “Their God is my God.’”

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