Articles of the Day 2/22/16: Ignorance Is Bliss
Current Major Trends To Watch
(⇑=increasing, ⇓=decreasing ⇔=no change)
Deepening Russian involvement in Syria– ⇔
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– ⇔
One world government advancement– ⇔
One world religion advancement- ⇔
Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)
“An Arab terrorist was thwarted in an attempted stabbing attack on Monday afternoon, but since fleeing the scene remains at large, raising questions about the IDF opening fire protocols.”
Incredible! Israelis are putting their own lives at risk so as not to harm Palestinians. Won’t see that on the news.
“Finance officials from both sides propose new cooperation in medicine, tech and construction, among other areas.”
This is amazing! Despite constant daily attacks by Palestinians, Israelis choose to follow a Godly doctrine.
Love Your Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-48
Go the Second Mile
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.” Matthew 5:38-40
The Israelis hope this will make the attacks stop but because of the hard heart of Arabs this will likely embolden them to do more attacks. Israel will get no credit for this but they do have the love of God which is all they need.
“Al Quds University begins series of programs honoring terrorists who murder Jews.”
“Palestine Press Agency has an expose on the huge market in Gaza for fake medical paperwork. Apparently, this has turned into a huge industry, with doctors and nurses soliciting bribes to write up diagnoses for various illnesses. Students are bribing doctors to avoid exams. Families are obtaining the faked reports in order to get benefits from social services. The bribes can range from $50 to $3000.
The practice is widespread and everyone in Gaza knows about it, admitting it freely but justifying it because everyone else is doing it.In September, the New York Times wrote about the phenomenon of Gazans faking injuries in order to get out of Gaza, to see family or attend conferences. This means that some people who are in real need for medical help are not getting it.The PalPress article adds another aspect, though. The Gaza war in 2014 gave people a wonderful excuse to fake injuries – because they know that NGOs will pay them.
Their investigation found that a large number of those who claimed injury during the Gaza war faked their papers in order to be given monthly payments. There is less scrutiny on that money because those whose injuries can be blamed on Israel are a high priority. The war was an opportunity to claim injuries without any real vetting. How many of the thousands who were said to be injured in the war simply made it up?”
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“ISIS has lost many fighters due to the recent Russian attacks on al-Raqqah. However, the terror organization is preparing for the next attack: ISIS is threatening to execute hundreds of Syrian civilians who have been taken captive by them, if Assad’s army approaches the city.”
Just a reminder how evil ISIS is. ISIS is made up of Islamic believers are they not? Contrast this to the IDF who is constantly attacked for bogus war crimes. Yet deafening silence from the UN on ISIS atrocities.
“Recent reports have emerged indicating that in addition to going after ISIS, Saudi Arabia seeks to enter ground forces into Syria in order to go after the Iran axis and Assad’s regime as well.”
“The Middle East’s largest ever war games are now underway and will boost military cooperation between the 20 Muslim nations taking part, host country Saudi Arabia said on Monday, as it seeks to check the growing influence of arch rival Iran.
The Northern Thunder exercises, which began on Feb. 14 and will run until March 10, involve more than 150,000 troops from the Gulf Arab nations, Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Jordan, Sudan and Senegal. “The council of ministers … expressed the hope that these exercises achieve what was defined as their goals in exchanging expertise and raising the level of military coordination,” Saudi Arabia’s cabinet said in a statement. The statement also praised “the levels of preparedness and administrative and supply capabilities” shown by the nations participating in Northern Thunder exercises.”
“Former head of Saudi intelligence Turki al-Faisal insists ‘world community can put a stop to the killing,’ but ground intervention needed.”
“Q. I have always heard men talk about the teaching of the Immanency of Christ’s return; that he can return at any moment and that there aren’t any “signs” that have to occur first. I really don’t understand this. It seems to me that, there were some signs and are others still, that have to happen before the Lord returns for us at the Rapture.
For example, didn’t Israel have to be reestablished as an independent nation again, first? If so, then throughout prior church history until Israel was a nation again, how could his return have been imminent? One other example is the battle described in Ezek.38-39. This battle can’t happen until, as Ezek.38:14 says, it happens “In that day when my people of Israel dwell safely,”. They are not dwelling safely (or securely) today. They are attacked frequently. I really can’t see how the doctrine (or teaching) of Imminence can stand. Do you have any views on this?
A. I used to feel a lot more comfortable applying the doctrine of immanency to our generation than to those in the past. And remember it applies only to the Rapture, not to the 2nd Coming. There’s no real connection between the Rapture and other End Times events, like there is with the 2nd Coming.
Then I realized that the Lord has come for every generation as death has overtaken them, and no one really knows when his or her personal encounter with the Lord will take place. So in my opinion, it’s best to live our lives as though the Lord could come for us at any moment, because He could.”
“As part of a new pro-Palestinian campaign, anti-Israel ads were hung throughout cars of the London Tube, the local subway network. The ads, which were posted as part of the “Israeli Apartheid Week,” blame Israel for murdering terrorists during the current terror wave. The ads also blame the BBC for biased coverage.”
“In the two interviews, both with CBC, Trudeau insisted that Islam is “not incompatible with the Western secular democracy.”
Ignorance is bliss.
“Jay Shapiro argues that it is impossible to distinguish between bad Islam and good Islam, considering the current wave of terror.”
Many in the West like to proclaim that there is only a few ‘radicals ‘ in Islam. That Islam is a religion of peace. That Islam is just another path to God etc, etc. The truth is there is just no evidence of this. Muslims refuse to assimilate, most want Sharia law in their host country, and many believe it is ok to kill unbelievers. There is no real cooperation from the Muslim communities against terrorism and incitement to violence is prevalent in many Mosques in Western countries. Islamic community leaders rarely condemn violence by Muslims against other people. In fact, they usually justify it. I just don’t see a moderate Islam in the world today. Perhaps when Jesus returns that will change.
“MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Florida’s Jewish community is on edge over the odd behavior of two women. “These two people came into one of the temples in the community. One, if not two, walked inside the temple,” said Yona Lunger of the two Middle Eastern women in question. A police report shows two women pulled up in silver Nissan Altima to Beth Israel at 770 W 40th St.
The driver remained silent while the passenger was standing just outside the car. The woman that was standing outside the car asked, “Did you have services already?”The people they engaged replied, “Yes.” Then the woman asked, “When are you saying Yizkor?” The men found the question unusual because Yizkor is a prayer that is only used a few times a year such as Yom Kippur.
They replied, “We only use it a few times a year.” The woman then asked, “Do you also get together during the week?” They replied, “Yes, in the evenings.”The man questioned didn’t think anything of the whole incident until the following evening when his mother told him about a similar incident occurred.”
Does not take a scientist to figure out this was an attempt to gather intel for a potential attack.