Articles of the Day 5/16/16: Neglect of Bible Prophecy

Current Major Trends To Watch

(=increasing, =decreasing =no change)

Deepening Russian involvement in Syria– 
Temple Mount tensions– 
Palestinian terror across Jerusalem–   More Palestinian attacks.
US retreat from Middle East- 
Pope Francis active in politics– 
Hezbollah\Iran military buildup in north– 
Northern border tension– Hezbollah not blaming Israel for the Al-Din killing. 
Southern border tension– 
One world government advancement– 
One world religion advancement-


Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)

Bill Clinton Blames Palestinians for Lack of Peace Deal

“Former US President Bill Clinton, who oversaw the bulk of existing Israeli-Palestinian peace deals, has reiterated that the Palestinian leadership is to blame for the lack of a final status agreement.”

Stabbing attack in Jerusalem; one wounded

Terrorists hurl firebombs at Hebrew University

“Arab vandals throw Molotov cocktails at Hebrew University on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem.”

Column One: The fruits of subversion

“The General Staff is the Left’s representative, and has in recent months served as its surrogate government, taking steps that advance the Left’s agenda against the wishes of the government and the public that elected it.”

I was not sure about posting this article because it gets into politics which I loath to get into in the blog but it does a decent job of explaining the current state of affairs of the IDF. The IDF is supposed to be the vanguard of the Israeli homeland. However, in the last few years it has been plagued with poor leadership. Israel should have attacked Iran but they didn’t. Why? It could be the single biggest strategic blunder ever by the IDF. This article has one explanation as to why. 

Jordanian parliament speaker: We oppose the peace treaty with Israel

“Jordanian House Speaker, Atef Tarawneh, has stated that the Jordanian parliament, which represents the Jordanian people, adamantly disagrees with the government over the peace treaty with Israel.”

How quickly it could unravel between Jordan and Israel.

Revealed: Hamas using Gazan fishermen to smuggle weapons

“Fisherman arrested by Israeli navy reveals Hamas’s efforts to circumvent military blockade, in latest Israeli intelligence coup.”

‘Nobody gave us permission to give away the land of Israel’

“The country should have learned already, that every time we relinquish any part of Eretz Yisrael it only brings upon us terrible suffering. It’s high time that people understand that there will be no relinquishing of land. No Jews will be removed from their homes.”

“The idea of a “two-state solution” to solve the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict “is not a solution at all. It would be a ‘final solution’ and that can’t – and will not – take place. We will stand and fight that it will never ever happen,” he warned.”

Hizballah links US, Russia to Al-din’s killing

“Intelligence sources in Syria and Lebanon said Friday that Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah  strongly suspects that US and Russian special forces assassinated Mustafa Bader Al-din, the commander of Hizballah forces in Syria, in a joint operation-despite the public allegation against amorphous rebels.”  

Funny, they are blaming anyone but Israel because if they blame Israel they will have to respond in some way. The last thing they need right now is a conflict with Israel.

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

Analysis: Iran’s War in Syria to Uphold Hezbollah in Lebanon

“Iranian political theorist Reza Parchizadeh explains why Iran continues to fight in Syria. According to him, it is more about propping up Hezbollah than it is about keeping Assad in power.”

Analysis: What exactly is happening in Saudi Arabia?

“MBS is the author of “Saudi Vision 2030,” a hugely ambitious plan to wean the country of its dependence on oil income and diversify the local economy. Last weekend, the prince calmly fired Ali al-Naimi, Saudi’s minister of oil for the past twenty years, and replaced him with Kalid al-Falih, a widely respected oil industry technocrat.”

IRGC routed in Syria by new missile

“The battle on May 6 in the village of Khan Touman, located southwest of Aleppo near Route 5, the main highway leading to Damascus, will go down in the annals of the Syrian war as the biggest defeat suffered by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hizballah, as well as the battle that changed the face of the war.”

Hezbollah expansion threatens all of Lebanon, UN envoy warns

“Terje Roed-Larsen says Shiite terror group’s involvement in Syria and Iraq may lead to spillover of sectarian tensions there.”


15 Diagnostic Discernment Questions, What is Discernment, and How do I Increase it?

“The root of the false teacher problem is that too many in the church lack discernment. You might be surprised to learn that the false teacher problem plaguing us in today’s church is not simply that ferocious wolves have come in, not sparing the flock. (Acts 20:29). It’s also that those without discernment have let them.”

She has a good list of other discernment resources under ‘Further Reading’.

15 Discernment Diagnostics

“Obviously, there is no foolproof scheme for identifying false teaching. Biblical discernment takes years of prayer, preaching, and practice. But there are certain questions that may be help us sift the good from the bad.”

Good list, but I would add another. Neglect of Bible prophecy. False teachers try to keep the hope in the world alive and the present rather then in Jesus, the second coming, and all the judgement soon to come. Discernment is becoming a central issue for believers today. There are so many false teachers out in the world today.

Oregon pastor accused of “bigotry” for church sign saying Qur’an is “just another book”

“That this church sign is news shows how much the culture has deteriorated. The Belmont Drive Missionary Baptist Church sign says “Wake up Christians, Allah is not our God, Muhammad not greater than Jesus” and “Only the Bible is God’s word, ‘holy book,’ Koran is just another book.” Note that it doesn’t say Allah or Muhammad or the Qur’an are evil, or violent, or anything of the kind — it is just a declaration of faith in Christianity and a rejection of Islam. So now apparently being non-Muslim is “bigoted.” In order to avoid charges “bigotry” henceforth, non-Muslims will be obliged to affirm that the Qur’an is not just another book, but is indeed “holy,” and that Allah is our god and Muhammad is greater than Jesus. By taking offense at this sign, Hood River Mayor Paul Blackburn is essentially saying that one must become Muslim in order to avoid charges of bigotry.”

Jihad on Christian Church Tents

“After waiting 44 years, the Christians of Nag Shenouda were issued the necessary permits to build a church. Because of this, local Muslims rioted and burned down their church tent they had been using. Then, when a Christian allowed some of the congregation to use his home, a Muslim mob attacked it.”

Germany: Christian Refugees Persecuted by Muslims

“Thousands of Christians in German refugee shelters are being persecuted by Muslims, sometimes even by their security guards, according to a new report by the NGO Open Doors.”

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