Articles of the Day 6/5/15: Why I Stand By Israel
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)
“Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah once again threatened Israel on Friday, saying his group would displace “millions” in Israel if the Jewish state attacks Lebanon.Nasrallah made the threat in a televised address weeks after an Israeli army official warned that Israel would “have to” target civilian areas in Lebanon in a future confrontation with Hezbollah, reported AFP.”If they threaten to displace 1.5 million Lebanese, then the Islamic resistance in Lebanon (Hezbollah) threatens to displace millions of Israelis,” Nasrallah fired back.”
“The Islamic State linked group that fired rockets at southern Israel on Wednesday says it will continue “attacking the Jews.”
Like Hezbollah, Hamas has a big ISIS problem on their hands. Israel will continue to attack Hamas in retaliation for ISIS rockets. Hamas is weak and cannot control ISIS.
“Yesterday, June 3, 2015, two rockets were launched at Southern Israel from the Gaza Strip. The rockets hit open areas near the cities of Ashkelon (population ~123,478) and Netivot (population ~29,529). No injuries were reported. This is the second attack originating in Gaza in the past ten days.”
“In the wake of latest rocket fire from Gaza, IDF deploys three Iron Dome batteries in Ashdod, Netivot and Ashkelon.”
“New tunnel detection system, radars for short-range projectiles being installed in southern Israel; In Gaza, Hamas digging deeper tunnels, watches IDF’s border movements.”
The Jerusalem Post thinks things have been quite in the South. Clearly no one who works for the Post lives in the South.
“Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi teaches two religious classes a week at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. This past Friday, the Sheikh chose to demonize Jews as the epitome of evil – basing his teachings on both Western and Muslim Antisemitism. The Sheikh presented the blood libel that Jews make Passover matzah bread from the blood of children as fact.”
Sad that so many believe the lies spread by those who try to demonize Israel.
Remember when the LORD speaks to Israel in Genesis 12:3:
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.
This is why I stand by Israel.
“Gaza rocket attack leads IAF to retaliate in strikes on terror sites – Hamas tells Egypt to force Israel to keep ceasefire agreement.”
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“Islamic State poised to take Hasakeh Friday; if successful, would mark second provincial capital taken by jihadists.”
“Expert Ehud Yaari says despite Iran’s assistance, Assad is quickly running out of troops and time. IDF: ‘Syrian army has ceased to exist.”
“Tehran is believed to be preparing to dispatch a substantial Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) special operations unit to Syria to tackle the separate rebel and ISIS advances closing in on the Assad regime, Western and Arab intelligence sources report. They say the Syrian army is already setting aside an area in northern Syria for the Iranian troops to take up position.”
“Q. There are some out there who claim that the Ezekiel 38-39 battle is the same as the final Armageddon battle, as a new student of the Bible I am a bit confused, could they be the same?
A. The main problems with the Ezekiel 38 / Armageddon view are that Ezekiel 38:13 mentions several countries standing on the sidelines asking what is going on, while Zechariah 14:2 says that all the nations of the world will line up against Israel for Armageddon. Plus Israel has to believe they’re at peace in the run up to Ezekiel 38, which won’t be the case during the Great Tribulation.
As you may know, I also take the view that Ezekiel 38-39 has to preceed Daniel’s 70th week because it serves as Israel’s wake-up call from God. His world wide call to Jews in Ezekiel 39:28 is what triggers the final migration to Israel and creates the demand for a Temple. That Temple will be built early in Daniel’s 70th week.”
“Q. Re: Observing History. What do you think about Isaiah 65:17? My pastor, a godly man who faithfully preaches verse by verse each week, says that in Heaven we won’t remember anything about our past lives. I think we’ll remember everything but with God’s perspective on everything.
A. For a lot of years I taught the same thing about Isaiah 65:17. But then I realized that Isaiah 65:17-25 concerns Israel on Earth in the Millennium, and is not about the Church. I believe the Lord was telling His people that He would mercifully cause them to forget the terrible ways in which their ancestors had often treated Him, just as He has forgotten it.”
“He gave them 40 days to recognize what was the most dramatic fulfillment of a prophetic sign in the history of mankind and accept Him as their Messiah, and when they didn’t He ascended into Heaven, fulfilling another prophecy in the process.”
“Q. Recently, I got hit with an interesting interpretation of the bride. This group of people believes that Israel is the bride, they are pre trib believers and they think that we go to heaven to rule there, but that the Lord comes to marry Israel and rule with them on the earth. They had several Old Testament passages to support this view. I brought up the book of Ruth and the typology of Joseph and his gentile bride. Beyond that I am kind of fuzzy on defending the church being the bride. Can you help me with this?
A. The Old Testament contains many references to the relationship between God and Israel. Often they’re symbolized as a marriage, just like the relationship between Jesus and the Church is symbolized as a marriage. When Israel broke their covenant with God, He called it a divorce (Jeremiah 3:8) and when the covenant is renewed it will be like a remarriage (Hosea 2:7).”
“In light of coming week’s LGBT Pride festivities emphasizing the transgender community, city reaches out to Olympic gold medalist, reality TV star who garnered media spotlight with recent transition.”
Pride Week? Proverbs 16.18:
Pride goes before destruction,a haughty spirit before a fall.
Or perhaps Isaiah 2:11:
The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low;
the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
Or maybe Ecclesiastes 7:8:
“The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.”
These are but a few verses. The LORD has much to say about Pride. And Israeli hearts are still quite hard.
“An archaeological team led by Dr. Eliat Mazar has unearthed an ancient wall in Jerusalem that dates back to the third king of Israel, King Solomon, the son of King David, and this team believes this discovery gives proof to the Biblical account of the presence of the Jewish people in Jerusalem 3000 years ago.
Dr. Mazar cited the book of I Kings in the Bible as she explained the archaeological significance of this wall which surrounded the central city of the monarchy, the House of King Solomon and the first Temple of the Jewish people.”
“In one of its more recent reports on human rights in the Palestinian-controlled territories, the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights said the situation had reached an all-time low, but not because of Israel.
While the advocacy group does routinely lambast Israel for security measures that inflict hardships on average Palestinians, the reason highlighted for the worsening human rights was corrupt and abusive governance by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.”