Articles of the Day 2/17/16: An Arab Bluff?
Current Major Trends To Watch
(⇑=increasing, ⇓=decreasing ⇔=no change)
Deepening Russian involvement in Syria– Is Saudi Arabia bluffing? ⇓
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– More reports that Russia is arming Hezbollah. ⇑
Northern border tension– ⇔
Southern border tension– ⇔
One world government advancement– ⇔
One world religion advancement- ⇔
Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)
“Lebanese officials say Hezbollah is worse than Nazism over involvement in Madaya siege in Syria.”
“Shiite leader Hassan Nasrallah Tuesday threatened to shoot missile at the ammonia plan in Haifa Bay. In a broadcast speech, he quoted Israeli experts as comparing the effect of a direct hit to an ammonia storage depot to that of a nuclear bomb. The death toll could rise to 800,000, he said.”
“Although the assessments held by Military Intelligence put the chances of Hezbollah initiating a war with Israel in 2016 as being low, a considerable risk remains of an inadvertent conflict breaking out and escalating quickly. This could begin with a Hezbollah response to IDF action, with Hezbollah moving advanced missiles into southern Lebanon.”
“Hizbullah is using sophisticated radars to track Israeli fighter jets on reconnaissance flights over Lebanon, Israeli media, including the Hebrew Walla website, have reported.
The new technology can identify all Israeli planes, according to sources within Israel’s security establishment. By locking on to the jets as targets Hizbullah can then fire missiles at them, they said.
In such an event, Israeli pilots can change the route of their jets, especially when they are simply on intelligence gathering missions, the reports added.
According to the Israeli media, Hizbullah has acquired the radar technology since Russia’s entry into the Syrian civil war.”
Backs up earlier reports of Russia arming Hezbollah.
“The U.N. Mideast envoy says threats by Hamas to continue building tunnels into Israel do “not help” reconstruction efforts in war-battered Gaza Strip.
Nikolay Mladenov spoke on Wednesday during a visit to Gaza. He toured Shijaiyah, one of the hardest hit areas in the 2014 war between Hamas and Israel.
His remarks appeared to be a veiled criticism aimed at the Islamic militant group, which has struggled to balance its hard-line anti-Israel ideology and the pragmatic needs of ruling the territory.
Hamas officials have pledged to continue building tunnels along the Israeli border, even after recent collapses killed 10 Hamas fighters. Israel views the tunnels as a top threat.
Reconstruction in Gaza has been sluggish. Mladenov says only a third of funds pledged by international donors has been received.”
Since the UN takes care of the Palestinian people Hamas is free to focus on committing terror against Israeli civilians. This is how the UN aides terror against Israel. All funding to the the UN should cease immediately as they have shown that their ‘aide’ increases the chance of terror against civilians. But because the civilians are Jewish this is overlooked. This is antisemitism, this advances terror and it goes against God’s command. God said:
“I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
“For Abbas and the Palestinian leadership, the death of more than 170 Palestinians and 26 Israelis in the past five months occurred in the context of a “popular and peaceful uprising.” One can only imagine what the uprising would have looked like had it not been “peaceful.”
“For the past five months, a wave of Palestinian attacks against Israelis has marked a deadly escalation in the two sides’ long-running conflict. According to a count by The Washington Post, more than 27 Israelis have been killed in knife, gun and vehicular attacks; more than 160 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli forces, 110 while carrying out attacks and 50 during clashes. The Damascus Gate has served as the backdrop — and the beacon — for at least 14 of those attacks.”
“President Sisi’s administration enacts overhaul of national curriculum, scrubs out Muslim Brotherhood influence.”
Lately, the only good news coming out of the Middle East seems to be coming from Egypt.
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“In new documentary film, the Islamist Jaish al-Islam opposition group claims to reveal complex built to house military and political leaders under the Syrian capital.”
“The Saudi kingdom now has a presence at the İncirlik base in Turkey,” Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri was quoted as saying by the Al-Arabiya TV station late on Feb. 13.
“Saudi warplanes are present with their crews to intensify aerial operations along with missions launched from bases in Saudi Arabia,” al-Assiri said, without going into further details. However, Turkish military sources denied the arrival of Saudi warplanes.”
Sensing bluff from the Saudis.
“Q. At the end of the millennium, God releases Satan from the lake of fire. Why? Where do we find more information about this in the scriptures?
A. God actually releases Satan from his imprisonment in the Abyss. (Rev. 20:3) I believe this is part of God’s purpose for the Millennium. Think about it. Why a 1000 year interlude between time and eternity? I think it’s to answer three accusations man has hurled at God through the ages.
In justifying his sinfulness man has said,
1) “The devil made me do it.” So the devil is bound for 1000 years.(Rev. 20:3)
2) “It’s the influence of all those unbelievers.” So at the beginning of the Millennium, all unbelievers are taken from Earth.(Matt. 25:41)
3) “It’s because you went away and left us.” So God comes to Earth to rule in person from Jerusalem.(Ezek. 43:7)
After 1000 years of perfect in person rule with the devil bound, what’s the outcome?
When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth–Gog and Magog–to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. (Rev. 20:7-9)
That’s all we’re told, but here’s my opinion.
Remember, at the beginning of the Millennium Tribulation Survivors who become believers after the Church is Raptured come into the Kingdom in their natural states to re-populate the planet. Their children are the ones who Satan recruits. Even after 1000 years of perfect rule by the Lord Himself, there’s still enough rebellion in the hearts of natural man that as soon as Satan’s released they rise up in arms against the Almighty.
I think the whole purpose of the Millennium is to demonstrate that there’s no condition possible under which natural man can live in peace with God. Satan is released to help prove this point.”
“Q. Were angels created with free will? If Lucifer fell from grace by exercising free will in declaring himself God’s equal, and about one-third of the remaining angels in heaven apparently did the same and followed Lucifer when he was banished to earth, does that mean that any of the remaining two-thirds of the angel complement still remaining with God in heaven could yet deny God and also be banished to earth to dwell in Satan’s realm? And will fallen angels be judged in The Great White Throne Judgment, or is that reserved for human unrepentant sinners only?
Thank you for continuing to render concise clarity to the matrix of God’s teachings.
A. Like humans, angels have intellect, agency (free will) and eternal existence. Angels remaining faithful to God could theoretically rebel and side with Satan at some time, although there’s no record of that ever happening other than at Satan’s rebellion. A judgment of angels is mentioned in 1 Cor. 6:3 where the Church acts as judge, in 2 Peter 2:4, and in Jude 1:6 where the judgment is called the Great Day, which is likely a reference to the Great White Throne Judgment.”
Incredible! The Church, us, will judge angels.
“Senior IDF official says cyber attacks against Israel down overall in 2015 – but many significant threats remain.”
“Apple has refused a court order to help FBI investigators unlock the phone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook. The FBI believes that the phone contains crucial information regarding the case.”
Impeding a terror investigation. Apple can add that to the list of questionable moral decisions Apple has made of late. I guess they feel the privacy of terrorists is more important then the safety of their customers. I wonder, would Steve Jobs be leading this company this way? Shame on Apple.