Articles of the Day 4/4/16: The Teachings of Jesus Christ
Current Major Trends To Watch
(⇑=increasing, ⇓=decreasing ⇔=no change)
Deepening Russian involvement in Syria– ⇔
Temple Mount tensions– ⇔
Palestinian terror across Jerusalem– Attacks by Palestinians continue. ⇑
US retreat from Middle East- US may send more SP troops to Syria. ⇓
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)
“The state-run Israel Electric Company announced it had restored full power to the Arab city of Jericho near the Dead Sea after curbing the supply last Thursday. According to the IEC, Jericho has not paid its debt of 1.7 billion shekels ($450 million) owed by the Jerusalem District Electricity Company (JDECO) and the Palestinian Authority.”
Pretty incredible mercy here shown by the Israeli people. Unknowingly, they are following the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Go the Second Mile
“38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’[f] 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.41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
Love Your Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor[g] 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,[h] 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[i] only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors[j] do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.“
“A Palestinian woman stabbed a 30-year-old Israeli woman in Afeq Industrial Park near Rosh Ha’ayin. The Israeli woman was moderately injured. The terrorist was neutralized by a security guard.”
“A senior official in Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party has labeled the United States as “the number one enemy of the Palestinian people.”
Quite a thing to say, given the amount of aide money the US has given the PA over the years. No gratitude I guess. Like a spoiled child , the Palestinians are never happy. Perhaps its time for tough love. Aide money was given to the Palestinians in hopes they would choose peace. They have rejected peace. So then why give them money??
“Some Palestinian civil society organizations operating in the West Bank that receive funding from Western countries, institutions, and foundations are openly expressing support for terrorism. They express this support with ceremonies exalting terrorists, with public displays of support for attacks and their perpetrators, by lionizing terrorists, and by posting inciting content on social media.”
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“Al-Qaryatain falls after fierce fighting between regime loyalists and Islamic State, dealing jihadists yet another stinging defeat.”
It appears Hezbollah is still very much in the fight.
“At the heart of the dispute is how to perpetuate Israel’s qualitative military edge – a guarantee that it gets more advanced U.S. weapons than Arab states get. Israel says it needs to bulk up its armed forces, not just upgrade their technologies, to keep ahead of potential foes.”
“The U.S. administration is considering a plan to greatly increase the number of American special operations forces deployed to Syria as it looks to accelerate recent gains against Islamic State, U.S. officials told Reuters.”
Now that the Russians have done all the hard work its time for Obama to claim credit….at the cost of some American lives first though. After all, you have to make it look good.
“The Israel Air Force is “highly disturbed” by the drastic rise in the threat of ballistic missiles to Israel, and the ongoing Middle Eastern arms race, a senior air force official said on Sunday.”
“We, in the Calvinistic and Reformed church, have not done justice to the Scripture’s teaching on this matter. We often rightly respond to the “Left Behind” industry with dismay and sarcasm. In so doing, however, we have, perhaps inadvertently failed to sufficiently and soberly grasp Scripture’s teaching on this period of history which will be instrumental in bringing about a catastrophic and irreversible apostasy. Here then, are twelve biblical observations about the Man of Lawlessness (MoL) to help prepare us for that day.”
I don’t believe we (believers in Christ) will be here when the Anti-Christ is revealed to the world but this is an interesting read nonetheless.
“Violent utopianism isn’t new, of course; but nor is the attempt to explain it away as a response to Western policy. A good portion of the many column inches dedicated to explaining the 9/11 attacks relied upon an unwillingness to countenance the existence of movements that refused to embrace liberal democracy. The real spark of fascistic violence, so some progressives opined in hand-wringing op-eds, must be poverty and hardship. Similar excuse-making prevailed in explaining Nazism.”
“Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen says he isn’t cheating anyone by not talking about Hell and repentance, insisting that people feel guilty enough already, and he wants to lift up believers instead of bringing them down.
When asked in an Easter Sunday interview by CBS News‘ “Sunday Morning” program “Do you feel like you’re cheating people by not telling them about the Hell part? Or repentance part?” Osteen answered: “No, I really don’t, because it’s a different approach.”
Best advice I can give is that you should steer clear of the false teachings of Joel Osteen. If you don’t preach about Hell and repentance then you are worthless as a preacher. God talks about it in the Bible for a reason. Osteen is dismissing the Bible and leading many people astray in the process. He has failed his flock and God miserably.
“We will be aided by an expert of Islamic antiquities to understand whether the Sign of David was common in that early period”, Anani announced.”
“Store owner Osama Farouk insisted in remarks to Gulf News that his decision to use such symbolism was innocent. “I adore the name and the logo, and decided to put them on the front of my shop.” To Farouk’s dismay, a number of Egyptians visiting the area have openly rebuked him and spit at the store in protest. At least one tried to forcibly remove the Hitler sign. “It doesn’t deserve all this trouble,” Farouk maintained. “Why are people so angry? I don’t get involved in politics.”