Articles of the Day 12/26/15: Is War Looming With Hezbollah?
Current Major Trends To Watch
(⇑=increasing, ⇓=decreasing ⇔=no change)
Deepening Russian involvement in Syria– ⇔
Precarious position of Damascus– the rebel threat has receded to the point where I may not monitor it anymore. ⇓
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– Israel may have struck again. Is war looming with Hezbollah? ⇑⇑
Southern border tension– ⇔
One world government advancement– ⇔
Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)
“Local reports say that at least seven airstrikes were carried out by Israeli warplanes.”
Wow, if true, Israel is really stirring the pot here. Tensions are already high after the Kuntar hit. Kind of surprised Israel not laying low.
“A senior level Israeli official made it clear to Hezbollah that Israel would respond with force to any action against it, even at the cost of entering the territory of Lebanon and Syria.”
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“The Russian air strike that Friday, Dec. 25, killed Zahran Aloush, founder of the most powerful Syrian rebel group Jaysh al-Islam and his deputy, gave President Bashar Assad a big break in the Syrian war, thanks to his powerful backer, Vladimir Putin.
This grave loss will accelerate the breakup of Syrian rebel strongholds in and around Damascus. It will also hasten the evacuation under a UN-sponsored ceasefire of at least 2,000 rebels from the Damascus region. Less noticed, was the UN plan to remove at the same time several thousands ISIS fighters from the Syrian capital and transport them to their Syrian headquarters. The latter project has not been trumpeted for good reason: It implies UN recognition of ISIS as a party in the Syria war.”
Have to be careful with a Debka report but it does appear the rebel threat to Damascus has receded.
“Hamas leader says Turkey updated it throughout normalization talks, was asked to use negotiations for Hamas’s interests.”
“‘Hurriyet Daily News’ reports that Erdogan will not accept any Israeli restrictions on the flow of Turkish aid to the Palestinian coastal enclave.”
So much for normalization. All just a ploy to arm Hamas. Erdogan simply cannot be trusted.
“Tishreen Dam provided electricity to large parts of Aleppo province, but now ISIS has been swept away in a tide of Kurdish and Arab rebels.”
“ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi threatened Israel in an audio recording released on Saturday. “The Jews thought we forgot Palestine and that they had distracted us from it,” says al-Baghdadi in the recording. “Not at all, Jews. We did not forget Palestine for a moment. With the help of Allah, we will not forget it… The pioneers of the jihadist fighters will surround you on a day that you think is distant and we know is close. We are getting closer every day.”
“Pope Francis, meanwhile, issued a Christmas Day prayer that recent UN-backed peace processes for Syria and Libya will quickly end the suffering of their people. He denounced the “monstrous evil” and atrocities they have endured and praised the countries that have taken in their refugees.”
Christian persecution should be the Popes main concern but he has instead chosen to focus on the fantasy of Climate Change. It is good he mentions something here and I do agree mercy should be shown to Syrian refugees.
“Q. Unfortunately for me, I believe that Mathew 24:9-14 is all pre-trib, pre-rapture and coming very soon. There sure won’t be ‘many’ false prophets running around during the tribulation, maybe one. God sure didn’t spare Israel from wrath. Crazy thing is my pre-trib philosophy excluded a possibility that God is angry at the U.S. And when He gets angry people die, and being God, He may not wait until the Tribulation to settle up. This warm fuzzy pre-trib business may end soon. Few are prepared. Fewer are speaking about it.
A. Some scholars believe Matt. 24:4-14 describes the first half of Daniel’s 70th Week. Others say Matt. 24:4-8 is a run-up to the End Times known as the birth pangs and Matt. 24:9-14 is an overview of Daniel’s 70th Week. Everyone agrees that Matt 24:15 is about the Abomination of Desolation. This is the point at which the Great Tribulation, or last half of Daniel’s 70th week, will begin. Which ever view is right, Matt. 24:9-14 cannot be speaking of the Church and here’s why.
First of all, the focus of Matt. 24 is Israel. The Church is never mentioned and for sound theological reasons can’t be on Earth for any part of Daniel’s 70th Week. Second, the Church can’t turn away from the faith as verse 10 indicates because our salvation was guaranteed from the moment we believed (Ephes. 1:13-14, 2 Cor. 1:21-22 and others). Third, we don’t have to stand firm to the end to be saved as verse 13 says for the same reason. And finally, verse 14 speaks of the Gospel being preached in the whole world. This will not be fulfilled until Rev. 14:6-7 after the Great Tribulation has begun, and it won’t be the Church that does it but an angel sent from God.”
“Q. I understand that we are saved by Grace through faith, but the servant who received the one talent was sent to a place of ‘weeping and gnashing of teeth’ because he as I understand it, did nothing with the gifts and talents god has given him. I am a born again spirit filled believer, but if at the end of my life I haven’t actually put the gifts God has given me to good use for his kingdom, is this saying that God wont accept me in heaven? I am confused because it also says there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. As you can see I am very confused as to what this scripture is actually talking about, Please help!!
A. Your confusion comes from the fact that, like many others, you haven’t carefully considered the context of this parable. Even though you saw the contradictions between it and passages that clearly apply to the Church, you didn’t take the next step to see just who the Lord was speaking to.
In Matt. 25, Jesus gave three illustrations of conditions on Earth at the time of His return, and they all have to do with the disposition of people who will have survived the Great Tribulation. We know this because in Matt. 24:29, 30, 36, and Matt. 25:1, 14, & 31 the Lord clearly identified the time of these illustrations as being after the 2nd Coming. Therefore, they can’t apply to us because the Church will have been raptured at least 7 years previously and won’t be on the earth when He returns, but will be coming down out of heaven in the New Jerusalem.”
“In our definition of Muslim moderates, we basically only had one red line. If a person disavowed violence and terrorism, he or she was a moderate. But this is not enough. You can eschew terrorism while still harboring attitudes of hostility and alienation that in turn become the breeding ground for extremism and the safe harbor for extremists. What we lumped together as moderates includes what we might better have termed aggressive traditionalists, people who believe that Muslims living in the West must struggle to remain external to Western values and lifestyles, and should owe little or no loyalty to Western institutions and persons. They might be against violence, but they are also against integration.”
In my view there really is no moderate Islam today. If there are any moderates then they are too afraid or unable to speak out against ‘radical’ Islam. So they have no impact or any hope for Islamic reform. If no one speaks out then there is no moderate Islam. I believe most Muslims support the violence, although covertly, and I believe most in Islam believe violence is the best way to spread their religion. I wish I was wrong and there was a moderate voice but the only hope for these people is to turn to Jesus Christ.
“The total number abortion clinics in America continues to decline, following a nationwide trend extending back to 1991. In 2015, abortion clinics closed at a rate of more than one per week with 53 abortion clinics shutting down or halting all abortion services.”
This is good news but still way too many children are being sacrificed to the God of money.
“BURNING fossil fuels and cutting down trees causes global COOLING, a shock new NASA study has found.”
Facts keep coming out against Climate Change but the lie continues on.