Articles of the Day 12/14/15: The Islamic Civil War
Current Major Trends To Watch
(⇑=increasing, ⇓=decreasing ⇔=no change)
Deepening Russian involvement in Syria– Russia adds 4 more attack aircraft to Syria. ⇑
Precarious position of Damascus– Fighting picks up near Damascus. ⇑
Temple Mount tensions– ⇔
Palestinian terror across Jerusalem– Palestinian attacks continue. ⇑
US retreat from Middle East– ⇔
Pope Francis active in politics–⇔
Hezbollah\Iran military buildup in north– ⇔
Northern border tension– ⇔
Southern border tension– Israel strikes Hamas after rocket attack. ⇑
One world government advancement– Climate agreement reached, developed countries to pay underdeveloped countries 100 billion. ⇑
Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)
“Two reserve units, two regular IDF units to be deployed at the beginning of 2016, in first call-up since terror wave began.”
“Army says it targeted 2 Hamas posts in the Strip, hours after projectile explodes in south of country.”
“MK Eliezer Stern, who is close to the family of Oron Shaul, notes that Hamas has been using the family’s pain to their advantage.”
“Jewish Home MK Shuli Muallem visits Gush Katif museum, says lesson of expulsion is that ‘giving up land to the enemy only destroys lives.'”
“Under the new concept, the army has redeployed infantry, armored, artillery and intelligence units, with many now hidden from view, and placed in areas that offer good control of the area. They are largely out of sight, but close to the border, ready to respond to Hamas surprises with surprises of their own.”
“The current wave of terror is fuelled by incitement in the social media by Palestinian activists. An indictment was submitted today against a Palestinian who posted messages every day urging Palestinians to carry out terror attacks.”
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“Airstrikes on opposition hubs claim lives of 28 civilians in Douma and Saqba, three more in Harasta; school said among targets.”
“U.S. officials tell me they are seeing significant numbers of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps troops retreat from the Syrian combat zone in recent weeks, following the deaths and wounding of some of top officers in a campaign to retake Idlib Province and other areas lost this year to opposition forces supported by the West and Gulf Arab States. As a result, the Russian-initiated offensive that was launched in September seems to be losing an important ally.”
“According to unconfirmed reports from Mosul, at least 38 babies have allegedly been killed by lethal injection or asphyxiation.”
“Today, Islam is perceived as the cause of killing and “everything that is anti-life,” he said, and radical Islamic groups often rely on “stories and unreliable hadiths.”
Yep, sounds demonic to me.
“A detachment of the Turkish troops deployed in Northern Iraq were on Monday leaving a camp close to the Islamic State-held city of Mosul and moving north, a Turkish military source said, after Baghdad said it would ask the U.N. Security Council to order them out of Iraq.
The Turkish prime minister’s office had announced on Friday its decision to reorganise its military personnel at the Bashiqa camp, after talks with Iraqi officials. Monday’s troop movement was part of the “new arrangement,” the source told Reuters.”
“The Sunni coalition is led secretly by Saudi Arabia, the country that sees itself as the leader of Sunni Islam. Members on various levels of loyalty are Turkey, Qatar, the United Emirates, Kuwait, Jordan and Islamic State which has footholds in Nigeria (Boko Haram), Sinai, Libya and Tunisia. Jordan and Islamic State are at loggerheads ever since Islamic State burned a Jordanian pilot to death and launched threats to conquer Jordan, but their dispute is currently kept on a low flame.
The opposing coalition is headed by Russia, with honorary members the Assad Regime, Iran, Shiite Iraq and Hezbollah, whose joint agenda is fighting the Sunni coalition. Russia is not acting to help the Shiites (it is highly doubtful that a random citizen on the streets of Moscow knows about the Shiite-Sunni conflict) but for strategic reasons. Russia sees Assad as a local foothold on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and the basis for achieving Russia’s Middle Eastern aspirations, which include control of a port and over territory.”
I have referred to this in the past as the Islamic civil war. Who ever wins faces off against Israel.
“Russia has further bolstered its strike capability in Syria by deploying another four Su-34 aircraft to the Humaymim Air Base in Latakia province, Airbus Defence and Space imagery captured on 7 December shows.”
“Q. What of those who were Philadelphian Christians & have become Laodicean Christians? I know them, they no longer proclaim Christ Jesus as they used to, following Purpose Driven and other “emerging church” teachings.
A. The movement of members from the evangelical Church into the emerging church is a sign that the great falling away Paul prophesied in 2 Thes. 2:3 has begun. Our ranks have to be thinned of those who were believers in name only.
Remember, the Laodicean Church claims to have acquired wealth and doesn’t need a thing (Rev. 3:17) while the Church of Philadelphia has little strength but has kept His word. (Rev. 3:8) As this distinction becomes more obvious, we’ll be seeing Paul’s very important prophecy fulfilled right before our eyes, setting the stage for the Rapture and then the Anti-Christ.
This is not to say that everyone currently moving toward the emerging church is a non-believer. I’m convinced that the real driving force behind the Emerging Church is its growth and prosperity. As someone once said, “Nothing succeeds like success.” It’s logical that some believers will be attracted to something that appears to be very successful by world standards, especially because sheep are prone to wander. But if they are truly Philadelphian Christians, they won’t become Laodiceans. The Good Shepherd knows who are His and at the appropriate time will bring them back into His flock.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:27-28).”
To me it seems like Evangelicals are the Philadelphian church and those who follow the Pope are Laodicean….or worse.
“Q. I have read and reread your fine article on “John the Baptist: Elijah or Not,” In it you said John the Baptist was actually Elijah. I simply cannot understand this. If there is some way you can help me to understand, I would appreciate it so much. Now, if you are saying that John was a type of Elijah, that I could understand, but you seem to be saying that John was the actual Elijah. I have read almost all of your site content and this is the first time I have been stumped.
A. Many people are stumped by this. We don’t understand how an ancient figure can reappear, especially when Hebrews 9:27 says we only live once. But in Malachi 4:5-6 God promised to send Elijah in the future even though Elijah had been taken into heaven 400 years earlier. The angel Gabriel told John’s father Zechariah that John would minister in the spirit and power of Elijah (Luke 1:17). John said he wasn’t Elijah, (John 1:21) but Jesus said that if the people had accepted him, he would have been the Elijah who was to come. (Matt. 11:14)
Later, after John had been put to death, Jesus plainly said that John was Elijah (Matt. 17:11-13) which meant that the “or else” portion of Malachi’s prophecy would be fulfilled. After Jesus was put to death, God struck the land with a curse in the form of the Roman invasion.
Several Biblical figures will appear more than once. Of course the Lord is one, but Moses, Elijah and David will all show up again for end times assignments.”
“Q. There are two places mentioned Christ’s return and I’m not sure how these occur in terms of timing or sequence:
1) Zech 14:4 at mount of Olives
2) Rev 19:13 at Bozrah (also cited at Is. 63:1-4).
I might think that God will have the battle at Bozrah (Jordan) first, then land His feet on the mount of Olives since Zechariah mentioned about God battling with the people at 14:3.
A. I am in agreement with you that the Lord will appear at Bozrah (Petra) first, to save the embattled Jewish remnant (Isaiah 63:1-6). But I think the order will go more like this. After Bozrah He will appear in the sky over Jerusalem (Matt. 24:30, Rev. 19:11-16) before touching down on the Mt. of Olives (Zech 14:4) to complete the defeat of His enemies and take possession of planet Earth for good.”
“Q. Re: Punishment Day? Psalm 50,Daniel 12:1,2 and Rev. 20:4 indicate that the Old Testament Saints & Tribulation martyrs will be resurrected during the glorious second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Before the second coming, the judgment of believers happens at the bema seat where they will be rewarded. How about the judgment of Old Testament Saints & Tribulation martyrs for their rewards?
A. Beyond the gift of eternal life, the Bible only mention additional rewards for the Church. I believe one reason for this is that only the Church is required to believe by faith alone (John 6:28-29). All other groups will have clear evidence from God that He is Who He claims to be.
When Thomas refused to believe the Lord had been resurrected until he saw evidence to that effect, the Lord accommodated him and showed Thomas His scars. At this, Thomas believed. Then the Lord said, “Because you have seen me you believe. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:24-29).
In addition, God chose the Church as the group through which He would display the incomparable riches of His grace in ages yet to come (Ephes. 2:6-7). No other group before or after the Church has been or will be blessed in this way.”
“Q. I will admit I haven’t read the entire Bible and do not go to church, but I have a strong faith in the Lord and his wonderful work. I was directed to your site by a friend, and am a little worried about everything related to “the end times”. I read your book, “7 Things You Have To Know To Understand End Times Prophecy” and I am pretty terrified now. I am hoping someone can give me some peace of mind and maybe tell me I read something wrong. I am afraid of the terrible things that will happen with the weather, disease, starvation, etc. It sounds like things are going to get so incredibly terrible in this world and we may suffer great death and endure torture before the Lord will come. Is this true? Can you tell me something to educate me further? Thank you for your help!
A. No sane person, upon learning of the severity of the End Times judgments, would feel any differently than you do. Jesus said that time will be more terrifying than any thing that’s ever happened on Earth (Matt. 24:21). But in the book there’s a section entitled “The Purpose of the Rapture.” It’s #4 of the Seven Things You Have To Know and begins on page 31. If you read it again you’ll see that the Church will be hidden safely out of harm’s way during all these judgments.
Whether you go to church or not doesn’t matter, nor does how much of the Bible you’ve read. What matters is that you’ve asked for and received the pardon for your sins that the Lord purchased for you with His life. You do this by admitting that you’re a sinner, believing He died for your sins and rose again, and asking Him to be your Savior.
If you truly believe these things in your heart, then you’re already a member of His Church and will be whisked off with the rest of us to safety before the End Times judgments begin. If you haven’t done that, then find a Bible believing Church in your area and tell the Pastor you want to be saved. He’ll know what to do.”
“I do not understand why the world does not raise its voice against such acts of brutality.” — Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III.
The White House said it was preparing to accuse the Islamic State of genocide against religious minorities, recognizing various groups, such as the Yazidis, as victims. However, Christians are apparently not going to be included.
An NGO report states that one Christian is slaughtered every five minutes in Iraq, and that, “Islamic State Militants in Iraq are using Christian churches as torture chambers where they force Christians to either convert to Islam or die.”
When Pope Francis stood before the world at the UN, his energy was, once again, spent on defending the environment. In his nearly 50-minute speech, only once did Francis make reference to persecuted Christians — and their sufferings were merged in the same sentence with the supposedly equal sufferings of “members of the majority religion,” that is, Sunni Muslims. Sunnis are not being slaughtered, beheaded, and raped for their faith; are not having their mosques bombed and burned; are not being jailed or killed for apostasy, blasphemy, or proselytization.”
“Messianic Judaism group decries Catholic Church’s reversal on evangelism as ‘pandering’ to Jewish leaders.”
“After days of discussion, international conference calls to halt global warming by no more than 2 degrees Celsius.”
“The draft agreement sets a goal for developed countries to dole out at least $100 billion per year by 2020.”
The beginning of global redistribution of wealth.