Articles of the Day 8/19/16: Losing Friends

Current Major Trends To Watch

(=increasing, =decreasing =no change)

Deepening Russian involvement in the Middle East–
Temple Mount tensions–
Palestinian terror–
Palestinian incitement–
US retreat from Middle East– US moving nukes from Turkey.
Pope Francis active in politics–
Northern border tension–
Southern border tension–
One world government advancement–
One world religion advancement–

 

Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)

Hezbollah’s shadow war

“It should come as no surprise that Hezbollah is operating a terrorist network in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Despite the strong mutual deterrence along Israel’s border with Lebanon, and despite Hezbollah’s deep involvement in the Syrian quagmire, the Shiite terrorist organization has not for one second abandoned its jihadist ideology or its efforts to harm Israel in a variety of ways and arenas.”

 

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

US moves nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania

“EXCLUSIVE/ Two independent sources told EurActiv.com that the US has started transferring nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania, against the background of worsening relations between Washington and Ankara.”

This is somewhat of a victory for Putin or was it?  If they were indeed moved to Romania that puts them closer to the Ukraine. Something I don’t think Putin wanted. However, the US may have lost Turkey as an ally.

U.S. scrambles jets to protect its advisers in Syria

“Fighters sent to protect U.S. advisers working with Kurdish forces after Syrian regime jets bombed the area.”

“This is very unusual, we have not seen the regime take this type of action against YPG before,” Davis said, using the initials of the U.S.-supported Kurdish militia fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) group in northern Syria.”

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is fighting the Kurds near Hasaka for some reason. If they don’t control it things could get very interesting very fast. 

Russian Warships Launch Cruise Missiles on Targets in Syria

“Russian warships of the Black Sea Fleet conducted three launches of the Kalibr cruise missiles on al-Nusra Front targets in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.
The strikes destroyed an al-Nusra command center and a base Dar-Taaza, as well as a major plant producing mortar ammunition and a large arms depot in the Aleppo province, the ministry said.”

The launching is not news but I am curious about the flight path. Since Russia and Turkey are so buddy buddy now I wonder if the missiles went over Turkey which would be different from the past when Turkey did not allow such over flight. Last November Russia launched them from the Caspian Sea.

UPDATE: AP now says they were launched from the Mediterranean Sea.

Bible Prophecy

The Great Psalm 83 Debate: Thomas Ice and Bill Salus

“Many Bible prophecy experts like Hal Lindsey, Dr. David Reagan and Chuck Missler believe that Psalm 83 is an important prophecy for our time. Others, like Dr. Thomas Ice and Dr. Mark Hitchcock believe the Psalm is primarily a prayer of lament and not necessarily a prophecy.

You are invited to watch a televised debate between Dr. Thomas Ice and Bill Salus that is presented by Christ in Prophecy TV concerning Psalm 83.

Dr. Ice believes that it is “utter speculation” to consider Psalm 83 as a Bible prophecy. Bill Salus provides Scriptural proof that the author of the Psalm was a prophet. Moreover, Salus explains how the details of the Psalm apply to an impending Bible prophecy.

Dr. David Reagan, the host of the program, concludes the show by agreeing with Bill Salus that Psalm 83 is a legitimate prophecy to be watching for. Both Salus and Reagan believe that Psalm 83 could precede the Gog of Magog invasion described in Ezekiel 38 and 39.”

Does Psalm 83 Set the Stage for Ezekiel 38?

“The psalm was authored by Asaph, approximately 3000 years ago, at a time in Israel’s history when King David reigned, the Israelites were preparing to build their first temple, and the nation as a whole was divinely blessed and empowered. We are told in 2 Chronicles 29:30 that Asaph was a seer, chozeh in the Hebrew, meaning he was a prophet in the vein of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel.”

The Great White Throne Judgment

“Q. A the end of the Millennium, who will be resurrected? Will they all be judged at the Great White Throne? Will we witness this? that is, will we see the resurrected before the Throne? Will they all be sent to Hell? Some have said we will be aware of their punishment; that we will be taken to see the damned and witness their condition. In Eternity, will we, can we, be aware of the damned?

A. At the end of the Millennium the unsaved dead from all ages will be resurrected to face judgment at the Great White Throne (Rev. 20:11-15). I tend to think the Church will not witness this judgment. If it’s true that the rapture brings a new life of everlasting joy, how could we be made to witness the judgment of unbelievers, some of whom we’ll know?

The dead will be judged according to their works, but since the only work God requires of man is that we believe in the one He sent (John 6:28-29), I assume this will be the standard for judgment.

In John 15:5 and 1 Cor. 3:12-15 we’re told that work we do apart from the Lord is of no value, no matter the outcome, so I don’t think unbelievers will be judged on the “quality” of their lives. Those whose names aren’t found in the Book of Life will go into the Lake of Fire.

Isaiah 66:24 says the people of Earth will be able to look upon the dead in their torment during the Millennium , but I don’t believe this passage deals with eternity.”

Angry Over Pre-Trib

“Q. Thank you for your site. It brings me great comfort. In these time I find I get the most anger not from the unsaved but more from Christians. They say the Pre-Trib Rapture is everything from an 1800’s fairy tale to the devils work and worse. Of course they are of post or no rapture beliefs themselves. I guess the question is why are they so angry at the pre trib rapture?

A. As a general rule, the more confident people are in their position the less likely they are to become emotional when challenged to defend it. And the opposite is also true. The less confident they are the more likely they are to become emotional. Whether it’s the rapture, eternal security, or whatever, most people believe what they believe solely because that’s what they’ve been taught. They’ve never really confirmed it with their own research, so they can’t defend their beliefs in a rational way. As a result, they often get emotional when challenged and sometimes become angry with people who believe differently.”

Meanwhile…

Archaeologists in Galilee unearth synagogue from Jesus’s time

“Remains of ancient rural structure uncovered in northern Israel in area where he is believed to have traveled to preach.”

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