Articles of the Day 9/10/15: All Part of God’s Plan

Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)

Israel Bans Two Muslim Activist Groups From Temple Mount

“The activity of the Morabiton and Morabitat groups constitutes a central figure in creating tension and violence on Temple Mount in particular and Jerusalem in general,” Ya’alon’s office announced. “The activity is inflammatory and endangers tourists, visitors and worshippers at the site, leading to violence that could harm human life. The goal of Morabiton and Morabitat is to undermine Israeli authority on Temple Mount, alter reality and existing arrangements and restrict freedom of worship, and it is tied to the activity of hostile Islamist organizations and even directed by them.”

This is long overdue and frankly should have been done years ago. Soft terrorism performed by women and elderly men. Sadly, most Palestinians are engaged in hatred for Israel. 

Israelis suffer through worst dust storm in 10 years

“A thick haze blanketed the nation’s skies for the second day in a row on Wednesday, as electricity consumption broke records amid escalating temperatures. Poor visibility, heavy heat and extreme mugginess are forecast throughout the country into Thursday and beyond. The dusty weather is the heaviest and most polluting to hit the country in 15 years, according to the Environmental Protection Ministry.”

The storm is probably obstructing Israeli surveillance of Syria and Lebanon so you can bet Iran and Hezbollah are taking full advantage of it by transferring advanced weaponry from Syria to Lebanon. Would not be surprised to hear of an Israeli strike soon after the storm.

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

Khamenei: Zionist regime won’t exist in 25 years

“Israel will not exist in 25 years, Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared in a Twitter tirade on Wednesday.”

How about that for reassurance? Woe to those is favor of the Iran deal. It will come back to haunt us all.  In 25 years, many will look back and ask why they made such a pact with the devil. 

Turkey’s ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Terrorists

“This is jihad tourism, and people do not understand this is a one-way tour. You cannot say ‘IS is terrorist but Hamas and Hizballah are not.’ Hizballah is the Shia version of IS. Hamas, IS and others are the Sunni branches of the same tree.” – High-level foreign diplomat.”

After two-year siege, rebels conquer Syrian airbase in Idlib

“Syria’s state-run television station announced on Wednesday that government forces had withdrawn from the Abu al-Duhur air force base in Idlib province, located in the northwestern part of the country, and abandoned it after a long battle and a siege of about two years. Besides the base, fighters from the radical Ahrar-al-Sham militia also occupied the nearby city of al-Mastouma and thus completed the rebel takeover of most of Idlib province.”

Iran sent hundreds of fighters to Syria to back Assad, Israel says

“‘Unprecedented’ deployment of Revolutionary Guards forces said to be carried out in coordination with Russia, which is also sending in troops.”

Israel notified of active Russian participation in Syrian war

“The policy adviser at Israel’s Defense Minister, Amos Gilead, disclosed Thursday that Israel had been notified of active Russian intervention in the Syrian conflict. Without specifying the source, he said that Israel had been updated in advance that Russian military forces would take part in active combat in the Syrian war. The Russian Defense Ministry mouthpiece Kommersant revealed that among the items carried by Moscow’s airlift to Syria are assault rifles, ammunition, grenade launchers, BTR-82 APCs and KamAz military trucks.”

The Russians know there people are at risk of Israeli air attack. They would be best served by staying far away from anything Hezbollah-ish. Be interesting to see if Israel continues surgical strikes in Syria. 

Why an Expanded Military Presence in Syria Would Carry Big Risks for Russia

“The Russian gambit, however, likely has wider aims. The involvement of Russian forces on the side of the regime would complicate any American military action against Mr. Assad, including a no-fly zone. Like the impending sale of the advanced S-300 air defense system to Iran, it has the effect not only of enhancing Russian influence but limiting US options and influence at a time where Moscow may calculate that Washington is unlikely to respond sharply.

Finally, direct Russian military involvement would be consistent with Moscow’s recent, revanchist pattern of behavior globally. Mr. Putin has spoken of restoring Russia’s faded glory, and has made good on his musings in Georgia, Crimea, Ukraine, and via the increasingly aggressive behavior of Russian air and naval forces around the world. So too would deeper involvement in the Middle East hearken to Russia’s past.

Whatever Moscow’s motivation, expanded Russian military involvement in Syria, should it come to pass, seems likely to be a lose-lose proposition for the United States and Russia. For Washington, it would seriously complicate any contemplated military pressure on the Syrian regime, and lend Assad renewed confidence that would make more remote any diplomatic settlement acceptable to the U.S. and the Syrian opposition. Russia, meanwhile, will be further yoked to a vulnerable and needy ally while antagonizing regional powers such as Israel and Saudi Arabia. An increased Russian presence may itself become a target for Syrian opposition and Jihadist elements, with resulting Russian casualties. Rather than recalling past glories, the move may prove a reminder of why they faded in the first place.”

The reason for Russian persistent involvement has to be deeper then old glory. While I agree the US has left a gaping wide vacuum the risks for Russia seem greater then the benefits.

First Egyptian troops for Yemen to fight Houthi rebels

“The first 800 Egyptian ground troops sent to fight in Yemen will broaden the Saudi-led Arab coalition battling the Iranian-backed Houthi insurgency. Security sources in Cairo reported Thursday that Egypt is sending four army units with artillery and tanks. Wednesday, a thousand Qatari troops landed in Yemen. They are expected to be followed by ground troops from Jordan, Morocco, Sudan and Kuwait in support of the Saudi-UAE effort.”

This really is an incredible coalition without the US involved. Shows how concerned gulf states are about Iran. Would such a coalition welcome Israel?

Iran’s elite military is entangled in regional wars. Mission creep?

“Never before has the Revolutionary Guard, whose 120,000-strong force is much smaller than Iran’s regular 425,000-strong armed forces, been engaged so deeply and widely abroad – yet with increasingly mixed and entangling results.”

Navy reducing presence in Persian Gulf

“Although the Navy has maintained at least one aircraft carrier in or near the Gulf for the last seven years, it is planning longer periods where there will be no carriers there at all.

The reduced presence is happening as the U.S. prepares to enter into a nuclear deal with Iran, and White House and defense officials assure lawmakers, critics and allies that the military will keep up military pressure on the regime.

In fact, if the nuclear deal makes it past Congress, it could enter into effect during a two-month gap without a carrier in the Persian Gulf. The USS Theodore Roosevelt is scheduled to leave the region sometime in October, and its replacement, the USS Harry S. Truman, won’t arrive there until later in the winter.

That gap is also occurring amid the battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The Roosevelt is providing about 20 percent of coalition airstrikes against ISIS, but officials say the opening of a Turkish airbase to conduct strikes from will help mitigate that gap.”

At a time when the presence of the US navy could influence events and calm the region President Obama and the Democrats have made regional war more likely in the Middle East. Relax though, this is all part of God’s plan.

Prophecy

Kings And Priests

“Q. You have said on your web site that Revelation 5 has the church in heaven. I have read it and I can’t find any mention of the church there. Can you explain? ( It says…”I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands”….I see angels, elders, and living creatures, but no saints or church.)

A. Look at the song they’re singing.

“You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev. 5:9-10 NKJV)

No group but the Church can sing these words. If you do a study of the 24 elders you’ll see that’s exactly who they represent. They don’t appear in any Old Testament views of God’s throne, showing up for the first time in Rev. 4. They’re wearing the crowns of overcomers (Greek, stephanos), are dressed in white, and are seated on thrones surrounding the Throne of God. Skeptics have tried in vain to make them into some other group, but no reasonable alternative has been found. This is the Raptured Church.”

Meanwhile…

Expert Warns of Link Between ‘Human Rights Orgs’ and Terror

“Head of NGO Monitor speaks of the link between recognized human rights organizations which are linked to terror groups.”

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