Articles of the Day 8/10/15: Palestinians Declare War on Jewish Children

Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)

Jewish Child Shot by Unidentified Arab in Pisgat Ze’ev, Jerusalem

“It is still not clear whether 5-year-old Uriah Levy was hit by stray gunfire on Sunday, or was deliberately shot in Pisgat Ze’ev, Jerusalem.”

Palestinians Take Sick Selfies at Site of Car Terror Attack

“Israeli witnesses describe shocking scene as dozens of Arabs celebrate attack under soldiers’ noses; not first terror ‘selfie’ incident.”

Palestinians….disgusting as ever. 

Murdering Jewish children is for Allah, according to the Palestinian Authority

“The test of a society’s morality is how it responds to murderers and acts of terror.”

Israelis condemn acts of terror against children. Palestinians glorify it.  

Over 100 prisoners join hunger strike

“Over 100 prisoners in Israeli prisons go on a hunger strike, expressing their solidarity with Mohammed Alaan, who has been striking for 50 days and may be force-fed if there is a threat to his life.”

Because the Israeli government released Khader Adan now all of them will attempt the same tactic. You can murder an Israeli, go to prison, go on a hunger strike, then get released, then go back to terror.

In North and South, IDF’s ‘Pere’ platform can hurl Tamuz missiles at targets 30 km away

“The Pere platform, which was converted from the M48 (Magah) tank by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, has been in existence since the early 1980s, when it was deployed to meet the threat of massive Syrian tank formations. But it is only now that the IDF is prepared to officially acknowledge it.”

IDF Kills Arab Attacker at Gas Station on Highway 443

“A Palestinian Authority terrorist was shot and killed Sunday night after stabbing an Israeli civilian at a gas station.”

Hamas Admits Gazans Behind Water Crisis, Not Israel

“Hamas paper finds excessive digging of wells and pumping in Gush Katif lands evacuated in 2005 causing resource collapse.”

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

Assad clan’s center Latakia gets first taste of Scud rocket fire

“The Islamic Army and Jaish al-Fatah – two rebel militias associated with the Nusra Front – are closing in on the western Syrian port town of Latakia, a stronghold of the Assad clan. For the first time in the war, Latakia is under Scud B ground-to-ground rocket fire. In the northwest, the Islamic State has launched an offensive on the villages between Aleppo and the key road hub town of Azaz in an effort to cut the highway from Turkey to Aleppo.”

Eighth Iranian general killed in Syrian fighting

“DEBKAfile reports that Gen. Hassan Hosseini, of the Revolutionary Guards Engineering Corps, was killed in battle over the weekend in the southern Syria town of Deraa. He was buried with full military honors in Tehran Sunday. The eighth Iranian general to die in the Syrian war, Iran customarily imposes a blackout on their deaths in battle.”

Power Shift? ISIS Trying to Conquer Key Rebel Supply Line

“ISIS launches extended assault replete with suicide bombers to capture key villages in supply line from Turkey to Aleppo region.”

Military reinforcements enter Yemen from Saudi Arabia

“Saudi Arabia has sent new military equipment including tanks into Yemen to support loyalists fighting Iran-backed Huthi rebels, tribal and military sources said on Thursday.”

ISIS Abducts 60 Christians Who Already Fled Once

“Will the Christian world respond? Large number of Christians among 230 total civilians kidnapped in capture of central Syrian town.”

Prophecy

Fatal Flaws in the Modern Pre-Wrath Rapture Position

“Introduction: Within the last few years a new view of the timing of the Rapture has become popular. This modern view, called the Pre-Wrath View, was first taught by Robert Van Kampen in the 1970’s. In the early 1990s Marvin J. Rosenthal published a book titled “The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church” which popularized the Pre-Wrath Rapture view. Today it is accepted by many evangelicals who were once Pre-Tribulationalists. The basic difference is that the Pre-Tribulational view places the Rapture before the coming seven year Tribulation or Daniel’s 70th Week. (See Dan. 9:27) The Pre-Wrath view places the rapture of believers as occurring sometime during the middle of the Tribulation. It concludes that believers, of this present Church Age, will experience the beginning years of the Tribulation, but be raptured before God pours His wrath upon the earth. Thus this is the reason for the title, “Pre-Wrath Rapture.”

Been reading a lot of material from Joel Richardson lately so I wanted to see what his position was on when the Rapture might take place. I was surprised to find out he seems to lean towards Pre-Wrath position. Joel has done some very compelling work regarding the anti-Christ but I am a bit disappointed to see such a scholarly fellow take a pre-Wrath position, or at least promote a book that does.  I found a nice rebuttal to the Pre-Wrath position by Cooper Abrams. It is a worthy read. 

Some Taken, Some Left?

“Q. Why is it that I keep having different people tell me that there will be Christians left behind at the time of the rapture? I was never taught this and don’t understand it. I don’t believe it, but I don’t know how to answer them. Thank you for your help.

A. The partial rapture is a faith plus works concept has been around for a long time. It’s based on the false notion that even though we’re saved by grace, only those who through their exemplary Christian life have earned the right to be taken in the rapture will go. The rest will be left behind to endure part or all of the End Time judgments.

A more recent adaptation of this idea this holds that all believers will be taken in the rapture, but only those who’ve properly sanctified themselves will be allowed to enter the Kingdom. The others will be sent to the outer darkness for 1,000 years of additional preparation before being allowed to enter into the kingdom.

There isn’t a shred of Biblical support for either of these views. In fact they contradict the Bible’s statements that by the Lord’s once-for-all-time sacrifice we have been made perfect forever (Hebr. 10:12-14) and are now a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). We have a righteousness that comes from God apart from the Law (our behavior) through our faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:21-22).”

The Lukewarm Laodiceans and The Prodigal

“Q. In a recent article about the Laodiceans you said you don’t think a true believer can become lukewarm.

I know I wasted many years after I was saved, doing what I wanted to do instead of growing mature in the Lord as I should have done. Yet God has pulled me back now, and I am striving to die to my old self, and fully go forward as God always intended me to do.

But all those “off” years, I was lukewarm! God’s Grace brought me back to Him again. Are you saying the Prodigal Son would have gone to Hell if he never came Home ?

A. The Lord described the Laodiceans as thinking they had everything and were in need of nothing (Rev. 3:17). What made them lukewarm toward him is they didn’t think they needed Him. I wonder if they were even saved. After all they serve as the model of the apostate post-rapture church. I don’t believe a true believer can get to the point where they don’t think they need the Lord. Remember, they have the Holy Spirit sealed within Him.

As I’ve written in my commentaries on the Prodigal Son, this parable is not about salvation. The prodigal never stopped being his father’s son, nor could he, and his place in his father’s family was never in doubt. In his time of estrangement, he had no fellowship with his father but he never stopped loving him. Therefore, he was never a “lukewarm” son, neither loving nor hating his father, but a rebellious one.”

Meanwhile…

Goliath Gates: Entrance to Famous Biblical Metropolis Uncovered

“A massive gate unearthed in Israel may have marked the entrance to a biblical city that, at its heyday, was the biggest metropolis in the region.

The town, called Gath, was occupied until the ninth century B.C. In biblical accounts, the Philistines — the mortal enemies of the Israelites — ruled the city. The Old Testament also describes Gath as the home of Goliath, the giant warrior whom the Israelite King David felled with a slingshot.”

Displaced Iraq Christians in frontline prayer for return

“Christian clerics prayed in the ruins of a monastery not far from jihadist positions in northern Iraq Thursday to mark a year since the exodus of Iraq’s Christians from nearby ancestral lands.”

Pray for the Christians of the Mideast: If not now, when?

“It is this philosophy that grounds the Council of Christians and Jews “If Not Now When” initiative which encourages Jews to engage in prayer and spiritual reflection for Christians who are being persecuted in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq and Syria at the hands of ISIS.”

Obama indifferent to Christians in Middle East, Sununu says

“Former White House Chief of Staff John Sununu said in an interview on Sunday that President Obama seems to be “indifferent” to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.”

President Obama gives unending support to Muslim people and Islamic powers. He gives near zero support to Christian people….unless they are black. I think race means more to him then religion.  It certainly mean more to him then God but not more then golf. 

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