Articles of the Day 5/13/16: Who Killed Mustafa Badreddine?
Current Major Trends To Watch
(⇑=increasing, ⇓=decreasing ⇔=no change)
Deepening Russian involvement in Syria– ⇔
Temple Mount tensions– ⇔
Palestinian terror across Jerusalem– ⇔
US retreat from Middle East- ⇔
Pope Francis active in politics– ⇔
Hezbollah\Iran military buildup in north– Did Israel take out another top Hezbollah commander? ⇑⇑
Northern border tension– ⇔
Southern border tension– ⇔
One world government advancement– ⇔
One world religion advancement- ⇔
Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)
“Debka’s exclusive military and anti-terror sources note that while it is indeed possible that Israel is behind the attack, it is also known that Al-din had numerous rivals among Iranian and Syrian top leaders. Lately, Al-Din and Nasrallah were known to be in dispute over Al-din’s wish to withdraw large parts of Hizballah’s forces from Syria back to Lebanon and his refusal to take part in several crucial battles in the Syrian war. Al-din claimed that President Assad as well as the Iranian leadership were assigning Hizballah forces excessively demanding operative tasks. Furthermore, Al-din claimed that Hizballah finds it hard to cope with the high volume of losses and casualties in the Syrian war.
Debka’s exclusive sources further report that earlier this week Al-din met with the commander of the Iranian forces in Syria General Qassem Soleimani near Aleppo in northern Syria. The two clashed over the way in which the war in Syria should be conducted. Al-din claimed the Iran has been a victim of a Russian disinformation scheme under which Moscow is no longer providing aerial backup in Syria. Following what he called “Russia’s pulling out from the war”, A-din demanded not only not to expand Iran and Hezbollah’s attacks in Syria but to narrow them down significantly. Moreover, A-din announced, seemingly without consulting Nassrallah, that he had begun to withdraw Hezbollah forces from the various fronts in Syria and concentrated them near the Syrian-Lebanese border.
All of these appear to be a good enough reason for many parties in Teheran, Damascus and Beirut to get rid of Al-din. That said, all along Al-din never stopped planning attacks on Israeli targets.”
“While the statement did not blame Israel for killing the 55-year-old Badreddine, several Lebanese television outlets — including the al-Mayadeen channel thought to be close to Hezbollah — said early Friday that Israel carried out the attack. Beirut-based al-Mayadeen later removed the report on Israel’s involvement. Israel’s Haaretz daily said Friday that there were “signs” the Jewish state was not behind the assassination, but did not elaborate.”
Most people probably think it was Israel and that is probably the safe bet but remember the Imad Mughniyeh assassination was a joint Mossad-CIA operation. The world should know by now that, despite who is in the White House, the US government has a long memory. There could be a secret joint program between the US and Israel aimed at Hezbollah. Keep also in mind the number of enemies Hezbollah has made in the world. Saudi Arabia, US, Israel, even France all have the capability to carry out an op in Syria. That said, Israel is the only one with any will to do it.
“Israeli security establishment furious as Egypt lets cement trucks through Rafah crossing, in decision with Abbas that disregarded Israel.”
Surprising move by Egypt. Apparently security cooperation between Egypt and Israel has its limits.
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“Israel and Greece have in recent years upgraded bilateral diplomatic and defense relations to a significant degree, creating a new Mediterranean alliance that developed quickly following Turkey’s plunge into Islamism.”
“Q. A Bible teacher whom I respect greatly wrote an article concerning our judgment for sins after we die as Christians. My whole Christian life I have been painfully aware of my sins. The only hope I have is the knowledge that all my sins are covered by the blood of Jesus. I have been looking forward to the Rapture when all the things of this life will be no more and we will be free from this burden of sin.
But according to the Bible teacher this won’t happen. As soon as we die or are raptured we will face God’s judgment and and have to answer for every sinful thought and deed we ever had. I am almost in tears thinking of the shame I will feel. Now the rapture doesn’t seem like something we can look forward to but is something to dread. How can we encourage each other about the rapture if there’s a big judgment coming right after it?
A. Stop and think. God knew every sin of your life before He went to the cross, and died for all of them. Your sins can’t be pinned on you because they’ve been nailed to the cross and taken away (Colossians 2:13-14). He did this before you even knew Him, because He knew you and loved you enough to die for you so you could live in eternity with Him (Ephesians 2:1-7).
Now that you’ve professed your love for Him does it make sense that He’d make you answer for the very things He has already paid for with His life?
Stop listening to the opinions of men and stay focused on what God has said. There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). If you’re in Christ you’re a new creation (1 Cor. 5:17) with a righteousness from God that comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe (Romans 3:21-22).
You have been washed (cleansed of your sins) sanctified (made holy) and justified (rendered righteous) in the name of Jesus by the Spirit of God (1 Cor. 6:11). As part of a radiant Church, you are without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless (Ephes. 5:27).
Your sins have been removed from you as far as the East is from the West (Psalm 103:12) and God will never bring them up again. From His perspective it’s like they never happened. Reclaim your joy and be encouraged in the name of the Lord.”
“Hostility toward Christians in the United States is on the rise and will grow unless believers stand up for their freedoms of religion and conscience, stated BGEA President Franklin Graham in a recent message to ministry friends.”