Articles of the Day 9/16/16: a land of unwalled villages?

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–
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)

IDF prepares for national drill: 230,000 rockets towards Israel, war on 3 fronts

“1,500 rockets per day, hundreds of casualties and thousands of damaged buildings: Israel’s National Home Front Command drill will take place next week and will test the country’s levels of preparedness for worst-case scenarios such as all-out war and a powerful earthquake.”

Many people claim Ezekiel 38 war is near fulfillment.  But look at verse  Ez 38:11:

“You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’—”

Israel is about to drill for sudden hostilities on the north and south borders. I really don’t see how the Ezekiel 38 war is near when this is taking place. 

Analysis: Israel suffers serious blow to intelligence gathering abilities

“The satellite orbits the Earth every 90 minutes, and would have given IDF Military Intelligence, as well as other defense agencies, advanced visual intelligence abilities, enabling Israel to keep close tabs on developments in areas controlled by its enemies near and far.”

“To be sure, IAI is already working on future spy satellites, and Israel has five working military satellites in orbit, meaning that if Ofek-11 is lost, Israel’s eyes and ears in space will remain intact.”

It might just be me but it seems as though Israel is preparing for something beyond  just the prudent measures a government takes to protect its people. In the last week, Israel launches a spy satellite, drills its civilian population for evacuation, and sees increased hostilities on it borders. And for the first time, in a long time, Assad fires back at Israeli warplanes.

It always seems like war can break out any moment but this week seems particularly worrisome.  Could this satellite have been rushed into service?   Hence the problems. A couple of weeks ago there were reports of increased Hezbollah and SAA troop movements near the border with Israel. People wrote it off thinking is for because of the civil war in Syria. But now we see a spy satellite launch and simulated evacuations in the north.  

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

Saudi official warns Iran: Attack us at your own risk

“But if they are preparing an army to invade us, we are not easily taken by someone who would make war on us.”

Interesting words from the Saudis. I don’t think anyone believes Iran would invade Saudi Arabia with all that is happening in Syria. But a few things to keep in mind.

1)The US has shown a reluctance to get involved more heavily in the Middle East.

2)For whatever reason, now the US now seems to give Iran a pass on just about anything it does in the Middle East.

3)Free from sanctions, Iran might feel confident enough to do something very stupid. I don’t expect an outright invasion but an escalation in Yemen is a possibility.

4)Even Israel has toned down its rhetoric towards Iran. No one was listening so I guess they just gave up.

5)Assad is winning in Syria, we are nearing and end game. Even though victory is far from complete Iran might just start to make more trouble for Saudi Arabia and Israel.


Bible Prophecy

Questions About Israel And The Church

Q. Why did Jesus speak of raising up those who believe in Him on the last day? Doesn’t the rapture come at least 7 years before the last day? Also, is the New Jerusalem populated only by the Church, or will Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have residence there. It’s difficult to believe they will live on the new earth but have no permanent home in the Eternal City.

A. If you look carefully, you’ll find that Jesus spoke only of the 2nd Coming. He never taught about the Rapture. In fact the very first clear teaching on the Rapture was given by Paul over 20 years after the resurrection, and then it was only for the Church (1 Thes. 4:16-17). Jews who became believers before the age of the Church began will be resurrected at the time of the 2nd Coming (Daniel 12:1-2) along with those who come to faith after the Church is gone (Rev. 20:4).

As for where they’ll live, this is why it’s so important to understand the difference between Israel and the Church. In the Old Testament Israel was promised that one day God would come to live with them forever in the Promised land. According to Ezekiel 43:7 this will be fulfilled at the beginning of the Millennium.

On the other hand, in the New Testament the Church was promised that one day we would go to Heaven and be with Jesus. (John 14:1-3) For the Bible to be accurate, both promises have to come true. What we think of as Heaven is really the New Jerusalem.

John 14:2 says it will be in Heaven at the time of the rapture, but according toRev. 21:2 it will descend to the vicinity of Earth after the 2nd Coming. Rev. 21:27tells us that only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will live there. The Lamb’s Book of Life is the list of those who are in the Church.



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