Articles of the Day 2/29/16: The Great Apostasy

Current Major Trends To Watch

(=increasing, =decreasing =no change)

Deepening Russian involvement in Syria– Arab ‘North Thunder’ exercises begin. ⇑⇑
Temple Mount tensions– Cameras to be installed next on the Temple Mount. 
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– another tunnel collapse.
One world government advancement–
One world religion advancement-

 

Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)

Hebron snipers caught after months-long search

“Two brothers, Nasser and Akram Badawi, accused of carrying out shooting attacks that left 4 Israelis wounded.”

WATCH: Hamas emulates ISIS beheadings in Gaza propaganda

“Hamas in Gaza continues to incite, inspire attacks in Israel with public simulations, including beheadings and suicide bombings.”

Israel ‘very concerned’ by rising Iranian power in Syria, Ya’alon says

“Defense minister says strengthening of Shi’ite axis could lead to renewal of Iranian terror front from Golan; says Iran keeps trying to smuggle weapons to Gaza.”

Report: Israel’s northern border violated daily

“The report also shows the degree to which UN resolutions are ignored and even tolerated – despite the presence of United Nations observers. In 2015 alone, there were fully 2,374 documented violations of the most recent UN ruling on the Israel-Lebanon border, UN Security Council Resolution 1701.”

5 Hamas men missing in Gaza tunnel collapse

“Palestinian news outlets reported that a Hamas tunnel in eastern Gaza has collapsed, injuring at least 5 men. According to the reports, Hamas authorities in Gaza are searching for trapped diggers. “This is the way to liberate Jerusalem,” Haniyeh stated earlier this month.”

Netanyahu: Israel has red lines in Syria against Iranian aggression, terror

“He stressed: “We won’t stand for the delivery of weapons to Hizballah, or the creation of a terrorist front on the Golan. Those are red lines for the State of Israel.”

Temple Mount cameras won’t include mosques

“The Jordanian Minister said that technical teams have already arrived at the Temple Mount in order to carry out technical and operational testing and determine where to place the cameras. They are scheduled to install the actual cameras later this week, he added.”

Iran uses Syrian truce to deploy hundreds of Palestinian terrorists on Golan border

“Under cover of the Syrian ceasefire that went into effect Saturday, Feb. 27, and the Russian air umbrella, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps finally managed to secretly install hundreds of armed Palestinian terrorists on the Syrian-Israeli border face-to-face with the IDF’s Golan positions.

This is reported exclusively by DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources.
These Palestinians belong to Al-Sabirin, a new terrorist organization the Iranian Guards and Hizballah are building in the refugee camps of Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. Their agents clandestinely recruited the new terrorists from among young Palestinians who fled the Yarmouk refugee camp outside Damascus and sought refuge in Lebanon. Hizballah organized their return to Syria through south Lebanon – but not before training and arming them for penetration deep inside Israel to carry out mass-casualty assaults on IDF positions, highways and civilians.

So Iran and Hizballah have finally been able to achieve one of the most cherished goals of their integration in the Syria civil war, namely, to bring a loyal terrorist force right up to Israel’s border.”

DEBKA sources so probably not true but interesting.

Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)

‘North Thunder’ sends a message of unity, power

“According to unofficial sources, around 150,000 soldiers, 2,540 warplanes, 20,000 tanks, and 460 helicopters are participating in the largest military exercise in the history of the region.”

These are big numbers. Probably inflated to scare Iran and Syria. We will see if it leads to something. I think it is a big bluff. I give it a less then 10% chance it leads to an invasion of Syria.

ISIL bombings near Baghdad kill scores of Iraqis

“Roadside bombs near Iraq’s capital kill at least 70 while military comes under assault in Abu Ghraib and near Fallujah.”

Report: Iran to withdraw all its fighters from Syria

“According to the Channel 2 report from Sunday, the majority of Iran’s forces have already been evacuated from Syria and the rest are expected to return home imminently.”

We have heard these reports before only to find out they were still there and even increased their number. I find it hard to believe that after all they have invested Iran would just suddenly vacate Syria. This is just a fake attempt to appease Saudi Arabia. 

Syria ceasefire violated as rebels pound west Aleppo with rockets

“The two week long ceasefire has already been violated several times in the last 48 hours, as both the opposition and government forces accuse one another of carrying out prohibited attacks to escalate tensions. On Monday at 12:34 A.M. (Damascus Time), local sources inside the provincial capital of the Aleppo Governorate reported that multiple rockets and mortar shells struck the western neighborhoods of the Al-Zahraa Association Quarter after a relatively calm Sunday that saw both sides refrain from targeted violence.”

Bible Prophecy

Is There A Sign of The Rapture?

“Q. Is there a definite sign post that must come to pass before the rapture of the church? In Bible study our teacher said that there were some debatable sign posts before the rapture, but I cannot find scripture to support that theory.

A. The rapture is called a signless event because there’s nothing that has to happen first. In other words there are no preceding signs. This is one of the reasons why I don’t believe the rapture will take place on a Jewish Feast day, or any other day that could be predicted in advance.

Another is that both James (Acts 15:13-18) and Paul (Romans 11:25-27) taught that there is a predetermined number of people who will come into the church and when that number is reached the rapture will occur, no matter what day it happens to be. After that, the Lord will turn His attention to Israel again and the End Times judgments will commence.

That means rather than waiting for something to happen before the rapture can come, the rapture has to happen before the end times judgments can come.”

Eternal Security For Tribulation Believers?

“Q. You have stated that you feel the post rapture believers will be on their own when it comes to staying faithful to their belief in Christ as their Lord and Savior. In Revelation (7: 1-9) it says that the Angel of God will put a seal on the foreheads of the “servants of God”. It goes on to show that the 144,000 from the 12 tribes (Jews) were at least part of this group, but then it moves right into discussing the “multitude” in white robes that were “serving God and The Lamb” day and night.

I believe the multitude are the tribulation Saints and that they are being included in the group that were sealed on their foreheads by the Angel of God, identifying them as “servants of God”. Also, I don’t think the gentile Christians during this period would be left to suffer the stings of these demonic creatures of Rev. 9 so they must have the seal. In summary; I believe that the tribulation believers will not be able to lose their salvation. Do you disagree with this?

A. Rev. 7:1-3 shows the four winds being held back by four angels. Then another angel with the seal of God comes forward, telling them not to harm the land or sea until he puts the seal on the foreheads of the servants of God. Rev. 7:4 says the number of those who are sealed is 144,000 and then Rev. 7:5-8 lists 12,000 from each of 12 tribes of Israel. From this I conclude that the 144,000 are the only ones sealed. This all happens on Earth.

After that John sees the multitude, but they are before the throne of God (Rev. 7:11). That’s in Heaven, and the elder tells John they’ve come out of the Great Tribulation. The Greek word translated “come out of” applies to both location and time. In essence it means they will have been martyred and come to heaven before the Great Tribulation begins. They and the 144,000 are not part of the same group. In the first place the 144,000 are all Jews. The martyrs are from every nation, tribe, people and language.

Your concern for Tribulation believers is commendable but I don’t think it’s consistent with Scripture. Both Rev. 14:12 and Rev. 16:15 indicate Tribulation believers are responsible for remaining faithful. Matt. 25:1-13 confirms this. Eternal Security is a special blessing given only to the Church.”

 

Meanwhile…

Why we can now declare the end of ‘Christian America’

“How will America fare in this time of judgment, especially when we admit as evidence the millions of Americans (many of them children and the elderly) who do not have enough good food to eat, or the millions of Americans who have to drink water polluted with lead and industrial/agricultural pollutants?

What about the refugees and immigrants who are being refused at our borders and made to feel unwelcome in our land, or the homeless (many of them ill) who do not have a home and proper protection from the elements, or the prison inmates (many of them African American) who are treated like the garbage of society?”

The US, despite its Christian heritage, has succumbed to the same ills as the rest of the world. Christianity in the US has been in decline for sometime. Atheists sue at the drop of a hat. Liberals are allowed to pursue ungodly policy. And belief in the Lord has simply waned. This is the great “falling away” mentioned in 2 Thessalonians:

The Great Apostasy
“2 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2

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