Articles of the Day 6/16/15: An Islamic Anti-Christ?

“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)

Report: Hamas Considering 5-Year Ceasefire

“Hamas officials travel to Qatar to work out final details of ceasefire offer under alleged UN supervision; Israel expected to agree.”

Shows how much Hamas is hurting. What did Israel give up for this ceasefire? What good is it to Israel if rocket firewall continues, whomever fires the rockets? Looks to me like Hamas just wants to be protected when ISIS fires rockets into Israel. 

Analysis: Hezbollah and Israel’s common interest in Syria

“Israel is preparing for an emergency in which it will have to absorb tens of thousands of Druse refugees, or as a last resort use its air force to defend them.”

Israel weighs ‘safe zone’ for Syria’s embattled Druze

“Military says no intention to absorb refugees, but memory of Holocaust requires action to avert ‘mass genocide’”

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

ISIS Dealt ‘Biggest Setback’ Since its Founding

“Kurds capture key border town cutting off major supply route from Turkey to the brutal jihadists, as the tide of battle shifts against ISIS.”

Not sure I believe the title but the Kurds do seem to be more effective against ISIS then any else in the region, including the US forces in the region. 

Iraq Situation Report: June 13 – 15, 2015

ISIS goes underground for guerilla warfare against new US “lily pad” strategy in Iraq

“While the Obama administration was compiling a plan to send American advisers to work with Iraqi troops and tribesmen in “lily pad” bases near the frontlines, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant adopted a new strategy. DEBKAfile’s exclusive military and counter-terror sources disclose that ISIS is going underground to pursue guerilla tactics on all five of its active fronts in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Egyptian Sinai and the Palestinian Gaza Strip. They turned to this strategy after being impressed by the effectiveness of Hamas’ assault and smuggling tunnel system for terrorist assaults on Israel and Egyptian forces in Sinai.”

Nusra Front: ISIS planning attack in northern Lebanon

“Islamic State sleeper cells in Lebanon would allegedly be called into action against the Lebanese army.”

Prophecy

Ron Rhodes on the Muslim Antichrist View

“If I might put it this way, how would it be possible for the Antichrist to be a Muslim in view of what we know from Scripture elsewhere that’s going to be true about the situation of the end times? For example, we know from 2 Thessalonians 2 that the Antichrist is going to claim to be God, right? What Muslim would ever claim to be God? It completely goes against the Muslim Creed. The Muslim Creed says that there is one God named Allah and Muhammad is his prophet. No good Muslim would ever, ever claim to be God. And how would the Muslim world respond if one did claim to be God? They would kill him immediately. He’d be history. So, that’s an impossibility.”

What if he is a Muslim in name only? Obama claims to be a Christian but his policies bare no resemblance to the Christian faith.  The point is, the Anti-Christ may claim to be a Muslim to rise to power but he really desires power and worship. These people need to let go of our Western bias. In this article, these are weak counter arguments. Also, Israel is desperate for peace. And they have signed peace deals with other Muslims in the past. 

Ron Rhodes on the Timing of the Rapture

“Just think about that for a minute. Doesn’t the Lord have a long pattern of delivering His people before judgment falls? God delivered Noah before the Flood fell. He caught Enoch up to His side before the Flood fell. The spies were out of Jericho before the judgment fell on Jericho. Lot was out of Sodom before judgment fell on Sodom. I could go on and on. That is in keeping with who God is. And so, God is going to rescue the Church before His judgment falls upon the world.”

Now this I can agree with Mr Rhodes. 

Wrong About The End Times?

“Q. Lately I have heard a lot about a theory that Islam is the religion that will dominate in the last days and the Catholic Church is not the one world religion. A book I read recently seems to offer proof that “the West has been wrong in our Western Views and the Bible is a Jerusalem-Centric book written about the Middle East”. I was thinking if we’re wrong on the EU and the Catholic church then what else are we wrong on? Have your heard and looked into this theory on the last days?

A. Someone once said that as humans we don’t see the world the way it is. We see the world the way we are. As part of the Western World we have a western perspective. But as I’ve been teaching for nearly 9 years now, the Roman Empire also had an Eastern leg. Constantinople was its capitol, and it was also known as a city on 7 hills. Also, the Islamic Mahdi is described in ways that make him appear remarkably similar to the anti-Christ. Both will initially appear as peace makers in a time of chaos, both will have 7 year reigns, a one world government and a one world religion, both will try to destroy the Jews, and on it goes. I don’t look at this as people being wrong in the past, but as having things in clearer focus now that we’re closer to the end. Even so, none of us is perfect and we’re all influenced by our backgrounds. Paul said that now we see as though through a darkened glass, but after we’re made perfect (and only then) we’ll see clearly. (1 Cor 13:12)”

The Watchman

“In summary, I believe Ezekiel 33:7-9 was intended specifically for Ezekiel as God’s prophet to Israel. It was was not meant to have general application in the Church today.

But that doesn’t mean God has left the Church in the dark where His plan is concerned. In fact Paul specifically said that we should not be in the dark concerning the things to come (1 Thes 5:4). You see, the church has something the people of Ezekiel’s day didn’t have. We have the completed Word of God and it contains everything we need in order to know where we are on God’s timeline.”

A Partial Rapture In Rev. 12?

“Q. If there is not a partial rapture can you help me with Rev. 12:5 and those who are caught up here and possibly the timing of this event?

A. In Revelation 12, John is reviewing the relationship between Israel and Satan, beginning with Jacob and his 12 sons and continuing on into the Great Tribulation. Israel is characterized as the woman, which is consistent with a dream Joseph had in Genesis 37:9-10, and Satan is the dragon, which is explained in verse 9.

Since Israel gave birth to the Messiah, it’s clear that the woman’s child is Jesus. The child is also described as being one who will rule the nations with an iron scepter. This is a reference to Psalm 2:9, viewed by scholars as pertaining to the Messiah. Satan waited to devour Jesus, and succeeded in having Him killed, but God raised Him from the dead and snatched Him up to Heaven in the ascension.

There’s a 2000 year gap between verses 5 and 6. Then the story picks up again with Israel being protected in the desert for 1260 days (3 1/2 years) during the Great Tribulation, which begins when Satan is expelled from Heaven and confined to Earth.

He tries to destroy Israel, but God provides the same kind of supernatural protection that He gave Israel in the wilderness wanderings (the wings of an eagle is a reference to Exodus 19:4). Furious and knowing that his time is short, Satan unleashes his full fury on Earth and especially on Tribulation believers.

In summary, Rev. 12:5 describes the Lord being taken up to heaven after His Resurrection, not some group of believers who missed out on the initial rapture of the Church. There is no partial rapture. Everyone goes at once, and then the Church Age is over.”

Meanwhile…

Army to establish unified cyber corps

“The IDF decision aims to streamline offensive and defensive efforts and points to the rising potency of the threat.”

Seven trends to watch in the Middle East

“To say the Middle East is experiencing trying times would be an understatement. The region is experiencing unprecedented chaos and lacks political and economic direction. The assumption is that most of this will go on for years to come, and it will likely get worse before it gets better. There are a number of trends and developments that are worth watching, some of which are being ignored by the media. In no particular order, the following are what anyone interested in the future of the region should be paying attention to.”

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