Articles of the Day 10/16/15: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem
Current Major Trends To Watch
(⇑=increasing, ⇓=decreasing ⇔=no change)
Deepening Russian involvement in Syria– ground offensive sputters. ⇑ Israel-Russia hotline setup. ⇓
Precarious position of Damascus– ⇔
Temple Mount tensions at an all time high– ⇔
Palestinian terror across Jerusalem– Palestinians torch Joseph’s Tomb. ⇑⇑⇑
US retreat from Middle East– ⇔
Pope Francis active in politics– ⇔
Hezbollah\Iran military buildup in north– ⇔
Northern Border Tension– ⇔
Southern Border Tension– ⇔
“And so we humbly come to you and ask you for prayer for our beloved Jack Kelley. For the past two weeks he has not been feeling well, and he couldn’t keep anything down. I, Samantha, took him to a hospital in San Diego to be treated for dehydration. After the doctors ran numerous blood tests, CT scans, and MRI’s they discovered that he wasn’t just dehydrated, however he had cancer in many parts and organs of his body. And the doctors have said there is nothing they can do, and are putting him in hospice care.”
I am absolutely shocked by this news. I have come to rely on the teachings of Jack for the past two years. He is a great teacher with endless wisdom. I will indeed pray for him and Samantha as I hope you do too. Cannot imagine posting on this blog with out a link to the Great Jack Kelly! God bless him.
Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)
“3 And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.” Zechariah 12:3
“Despite dozens of stabbing attacks against Israelis, western media outlets refuse to acknowledge the culpability of Palestinian terrorists. Instead, leading news outlets frame each terrorist attack as Israeli security forces shooting Palestinians while Israelis are killed by unnamed assailants.”
The MSM, as always, has been particularly biased during the recent round of attacks by Palestinians. Demonstrates how much antisemitism has infiltrated the MSM. This is the main reason the conflict continues. People in the MSM perpetuate the lies of the Palestinians and should be ashamed of themselves. God is watching.
“Proposal likely to pass due to automatic Arab-Muslim majority there; proposal also condemns Israel for calling on its citizens to bear arms.”
The Palestinians are using UNESCO to take Israeli land and de-legitimize Israeli sovereignty over their own land.
“‘I went there to stab Jews,’ Ahmed Mansara, 13, reportedly tells police from his Israeli hospital bed, a day after Abbas charged Israel killed him in cold blood.”
“Palestinian officials and relatives have claimed the two cousins were not involved in an attack and were unjustly targeted.”
Clearly the security camera photo proves otherwise. BTW, Ahmed Mansara is recovering from his injuries at an ISRAELI hospital.
“Fatah’s official Twitter feed directly calls for more attacks in the capital, a day before Tuesday’s double attack that left 3 murdered.”
“Muslims in Israel and around the world may find this hard to believe, but their religious and political leaders have been deceiving them, brainwashing them with unfounded lies and blood libels, and driving terrorists to wreak havoc and death on our streets under false pretenses.”
“Netanyahu convened a press conference with the foreign media that related to the incitement within the Palestinian Authority, according to which Israel stabbed a Palestinian teenager in Pisgat Ze’ev instead of eliminating a terrorist armed with a knife.”
“Alongside the recent wave of terror that resulted in seven Israelis losing their lives in recent weeks, there has been a constant barrage of Palestinian incitement from both Hamas and Fatah. Minister Gila Gamliel criticized world leaders and the international media for ignoring the wave of violent attacks targeting Israeli Jews.”
“Amid firestorm over State Department comments on Israel, US secretary doubles down on condemnation of terrorism.”
The US still reluctant to for their actions of terror.
“Radical Arab MK calls for new phase in terror war, demanding a ‘true popular intifada’ in which thousands of Arabs attack the ‘occupation.'”
Arab MKs are part of the incitement problem.
These videos prove who the aggressor really is.
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“Key Takeaway: The Syrian regime has not gained much terrain in the first week of its large-scale ground offensive against rebel forces, despite support from intensified Russian airstrikes and hundreds of Iranian proxy reinforcements. Operations against the Syrian opposition will likely prove harder and slower than anticipated by either Russia or Iran, protracting the conflict and exacerbating extremism.”
“BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian army and allied Iranian and Hezbollah forces are preparing for a ground offensive against insurgents in the Aleppo area backed by Russian air strikes, two senior regional officials familiar with the plans said on Tuesday.”
“A regional official and Syrian activists said Wednesday that Iran and its proxy militia in Lebanon have poured in hundreds of fighters to central and northern Syria in recent days.”
“An Arab military officer at the Damascus airport reportedly witnessed two Russian planes arrive there with Cuban military personnel on board. When the officer questioned the Cubans, they told him they were there to assist Assad because they are experts at operating Russian tanks, according to Jaime Suchlicki, the institute’s executive director.”
This could indicate there is a shortage of capable personnel who can drive Russian tanks. The US TOW missile having a profound effect on the battlefield.
“Iran may be able to fire its missiles from underground through surface vents.”
Well it is a good thing they promised to give up their nuke program……….What do you mean they haven’t?
“The Russian military said its command center at Hmeimim air base in Syria had established a link with a command post of the Israeli air force. Both sides held a training session on Oct. 14 on how to “avoid dangerous incidents” over Syria airspace.”
“In her most dramatic speech to date about climate change, National Security Advisor Susan Rice suggests climate change was partially responsible for the conflict in Syria and represents a looming threat to the entire world.”
Shows how detached from reality the US government is from the real world. Also shows their inability to separate foreign policy from their domestic political agenda.
“Now, with an increased Russian presence in Syria, Jerusalem faces new obstacles. Despite an agreement between Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to coordinate operations in Syria, more recent statements by Putin and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon indicate that Israel’s ability to strike in Syria may not have been sanctioned by the Kremlin. The deployment of certain Russian weapon systems indicate that Putin’s intentions in Syria are not limited to striking the Islamic State or combatting rebel groups hoping to bring down Assad.”
“Q. In your Psalm 91 posting you stated that “The faith we have to believe is a gift from God (Ephes. 2:8-9)…”, which is a very strong point for a Calvinist. I think the proper interpretation of that verse is that God’s “grace” is the gift, not “faith”. A study on the gift of God in the NT will clarify that position. Paul did state in 1 Cor. 12:9 that “faith” is a special spiritual gift, as contrasted with the other 7 listed gifts. So not all of those mentioned had the gift of “faith”, which implies that this was a special empowering of “faith”. I believe that this is the only place in the NT where the “gift of faith” is stated.
A. The rules of grammar require that the word gift in Ephes. 2:8 refers to the faith we’re given, not to God’s grace. The fact that others use the verse improperly does not justify breaking these rules. Certainly our salvation is a manifestation of God’s grace, but it’s given only to those who ask in faith. Before we receive the Holy Spirit we’re unable to comprehend the things of God (1 Cor. 2:14), therefore we cannot generate the faith to believe God would do such a thing for us.
But according to Romans 8:29-30 God fore knew that we would one day choose to become His, and reserved a place for us in His kingdom accordingly. At the appropriate time in our life He called us to do what He had already seen us do and gave us the faith to do it. When we responded, He cleansed us of our sins and gave us the Holy Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance (Ephes. 1:13-14). As we felt the weight of our sins being lifted from us, the Holy Spirit opened our eyes to the things of God. His word, which had previously been confusing to us, suddenly became clear, and through hearing and comprehending it, the faith He had given us grew to become our own (Romans 10:17).
The gift of faith mentioned in 1 Cor. 12:9 is different in that it’s not something every believer receives. It’s a supernatural faith that allows those who’ve received it to believe the impossible and is often accompanied by the gifts of healing, miracles, and prophecy.”
“Referencing Blessed Pope Paul VI’s statement in 1972 that “the smoke of Satan” had entered the Catholic Church, one of the leading archbishops at the Vatican’s ongoing synod (meeting) on the family, said the “smoke of Satan” tried to enter last year’s meeting on the family and now “one can still perceive the smell of this ‘infernal smoke’ in some items” of the working document the bishops are using in the current meeting.”
“Bahrain and other Persian Gulf states are in negotiations to buy the Israeli-developed Iron Dome anti-missile system to defend against “a growing arsenal of Iranian missiles”.
The Israeli weapon, which has reduced the effectiveness of rockets fired out of Gaza into Israel by about 90% would be bought through Raytheon and other American contractors who developed the Iron Dome with Israeli arms giant Rafael.
A deal for the entire Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait, would be worth tens, perhaps hundreds, of billions of dollars.
It would also include longer range interceptor missiles such as David’s Sling, and the Arrow I and Arrow II which are capable of intercepting supersonic intercontinental ballistic missiles – also a joint venture between Israel and the U.S.”
This is ironic since some of those countries help fund Hamas who shot rockets at Israel that were destroyed by Iron Dome. Guess you could say they helped in testing.
“A semi-secret, international conference of top judges proposed to make illegal any opinion that contradicted climate change.”
In other words, they plan to make it illegal to disagree with them. This is the future of the one world government.
“While Agenda 21 focused mainly on the environment, Agenda 2030 encompasses far more and is touted to be the “new universal agenda” for humanity. It professes to be an altruistic plan that will benefit future generations. The reality, however, is that U.N. Agenda 2030 will rob individuals of most every freedom through its imposed mandates.”
The UN is nothing but a warehouse of socialist ideas.
“What will the world’s religious landscape look like a few decades from now? A new Pew Research Center study attempts to answer that question by projecting the changing size of eight major global religious groups through the year 2050 based on a variety of demographic factors.”