Articles of the Day 10/17/16: War With Russia Hysteria
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)
“The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Thursday adopted a biased and political resolution that disregards Judaism’s historic connection to the Temple Mount, casts doubts regarding the Jewish connection to the Western Wall, and protests against the Israel Antiquities Authority’s attempts to supervise construction work on and around the Temple Mount in order to preserve the antiquities and other archaeological data.
This is a purely political resolution that was formulated by Palestinian officials and that was accepted by UNESCO as is. It seeks only to preserve the heritage of Islam, and while this is important, UNESCO must not do this at the expense of Jewish and Christian heritage and culture. This resolution does not recognize the daily reality of Jerusalem or the Temple Mount, and its political agenda is in opposition to UNESCO’s own charter and mission to protect and promote science, culture, education and heritage.”
“With increased archeological findings of a Byzantine presence prior to the Muslim conquest, the historical holy site is clearly linked to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity — and not necessarily in that order.”
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not border Israel)
“Long-awaited offensive begins to recapture city that has been under Islamic State control.”
“Russia’s flagship aircraft carrier set off Saturday for the Mediterranean Sea where Moscow’s naval forces are supporting its bombing campaign in Syria, the defense ministry said.”
“Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s de facto leader and the world’s largest oil exporter, has seen better days – much better days.”
“(CNN)The Navy destroyer USS Mason fired countermeasures in the Red Sea on Saturday after it detected what it believed were incoming missiles.
Officials Saturday night were uncertain about what exactly happened, if there were multiple incoming missiles or if there was a malfunction with the radar detection system on the destroyer.”
US officials seem uncertain how to react to these attacks. They reluctantly attacked radar installations a few days ago but that obviously not enough to deter attacks. I think Iran is behind the attacks. This fits their policy of harassment of the US Navy. Until their is a bold response these attacks will continue.
“Q. Thanks for this wonderful forum to ask Biblical questions. I really appreciate it.
My question concerns the anti-Christ. I heard of one preacher saying he has to be Jewish or the Jewish people would never follow him as their Messiah at the end times. I heard of another preacher saying he will come from Europe with a mention of “the city of the seven hills,” possibly Rome, or at least the reference being to the emerging European Union. What are your thoughts?
A. One of the first things the Lord will do when He inhabits His Temple at the beginning of the Millennium is to accuse Israel of letting foreigners, uncircumcised in heart (not Christian) or flesh (not Jewish) have charge of the Temple services. (Ezekiel 44:7) Since this has never happened in history, it will have to happen during the Great Tribulation. It’s an indication that either the anti-Christ or the false prophet or both will be neither Jewish nor Christian.
Jesus warned all believing Jews to flee Jerusalem at the beginning of the Great Tribulation. (Matt. 24:15) That leaves only unbelievers to receive the anti-Christ. He also warned Israel that even though they rejected Him, who had come in His father’s name, they would receive another who would come in his own name. (John 5:43) Today they would take anyone who will promise them peace.
For many years scholars have assumed that the city on 7 hills is Rome, capital of the Western leg of the Roman Empire. But the capital of the Eastern leg is also known as a city on 7 hills. It’s Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople. The Eastern leg of the Old Roman Empire is made up of countries that follow Islam today, and the one that some believe is their messiah, al-Mahdi, bears a striking resemblance to the anti-Christ.”
“Some activities going on in Russia these days might make it seem like the country is genuinely preparing for war. Talk of bunkers and rations; missiles moving around; politicians uttering dire warnings — are these harbingers of a Russian-U.S. conflict?”
This article brings a bit of a reality check and it is needed. There is plenty of of ‘war with Russia’ hysteria out there especially in prophecy circles. No one can really explain why Russia has incrementally embarked on a policy of aggression against the West. Given their economy it would seem more friendly relations would be beneficial. Putin doesn’t see it that way. Because of this, many feel Ezekiel 38 is imminent.
I don’t think so. I think Putin is just taking advantage of a weak US President. Obama has projected weakness since day 1 and world leaders see it and are taking full advantage. Obama has chosen a policy of appeasement which has made conflict more likely because Western adversaries know he will not act. The chances are high for miscalculation. The US President has already been embarrassed multiple times by Putin, Assad and Iran. Does that mean war is at hand between the US and Russia. I don’t think so. I believe it is just typical schoolyard bullying that seems to work on this US President. After the US election this kind of talk will calm down.
“In reality, there is only one group of people today — Muslims — that is forcing Christians to choose between their god and death.”
“(Central Israel) — You probably haven’t heard this in the mainstream media, but Israel’s most senior leaders are urging the Jewish people to read through the Bible, the whole Bible, verse by verse, chapter by chapter. Can you imagine President Obama or any other U.S. leader calling on American people to read through the Bible? Neither can I.”
LOL. I don’t think I will hear a Western leader exhort people to study the word of God in my lifetime. But that is why this blog exists. Please do follow the example of some of Israelis leadership and study the word of God. Please also study both the Old and New Testament.