What′s New?                 Week of 7/15/19

Map of the Middle East with countries Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Iraq and Iran outlined.  Also, the Strait of Hormuz.

This week the British Royal Navy announced their plans to send yet another warship to protect the Strait of Hormuz shipping lane. In case you are not aware, last week marked another incident within those shipping waters—Iran appeared to try to intercept a British oil tanker. Thankfully, a British destroyer was nearby and their presence may have stopped the incident. While this action has been denied by the Iranian government, they may have been trying to get the attention of the British for seizing one of their own oil tankers off the coast of Gibraltar that was headed for Syria. The tanker would have been in violation of the International sanctions on Syria.

As the world waits for yet another incident within the straits of Hormuz catapulting into war (or awaiting the meeting between the EU and Iran regarding their claims to enrich more plutonium), on Friday a senior Hamas official, Fathi Hammad called for members of the Palestinian diaspora to kill Jews around the world. “But our brothers [in the diaspora] are still preparing. They are trying to prepare. They are warming up. A long time has passed with them warming up. All of you 7 million Palestinians abroad, enough of the warming up. You have Jews everywhere and we must attack every Jew on the globe by way of slaughter and killing, if God permits. Enough of the warming up”.

The outcry against such statements were condemned, not only by those you would expect, but also by some you would not expect—including a top PLO official, a UN envoy, and a number of Palestinian activists. Today, Mr. Hammad′s statements have been re‐clarified and he has fallen back in line with Hamas′s official position which is, that their war is with the occupation—with those Jews who are occupying their land and sullying their holy sites, and not with Jews around the world or with Judaism as a religion.

But wait, there is yet another Middle East actor visibly disseminating war and destruction for the land of Israel—the leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah. In a speech yesterday commemorating the 2006 Second Lebanon War with Israel, Nasrallah spoke of the importance of Hezbollah and how they have developed into the first most fighting division of Iran, partnering with them against Israel and are proud to be part of an “axis of resistance” against the West and her allies. The speech appeared to be in one accord with Tehran, but what was most surprising was that the Hezbollah leader spoke as if Hezbollah (which translates, the party of God) was a state, or country, or world political player—in actuality, it is a group of Lebanese Shiite clerics who created Hezbollah with the goal of driving Israel out of the country and into the sea (along with all the other terrorist groups in Lebanon) and establishing an Islamic state within Lebanon. It has, in recent years, developed into a major political party within the small Mediterranean country, taking 13 seats in Parliament last year and securing three posts in the current Cabinet. During the Syria war they provided paramilitary support to Syrian President Bashar al‐Assad′s regime and have the support of many Lebanese Shiites along with some Christian′s, also receiving considerable relief from Iran.

Yesterday, Hassan Nasrallah expressed his expectations of invading Israel by way of the Galilee; however, he is also able to attach by land, sea or air and boasted to be able to reach all of Israel using their some 150,000 rockets. Nasrallah apparently is referring to an arc of conflict coming from Lebanon to Syria, Iraq and Yemen. According to jpost.com, Nasrallah expects all the forces of the region that are pro‐Iranian to be arrayed against Israel. “This likely means Shiite paramilitaries in Iraq and the threatening of Israel from Syria. Hezbollah is now planning for a scenario of war between the US and Iran—and that Hezbollah will be part of that war by fighting Israel. “Israel will not be neutral—and when the war begins against Iran, this war will begin in the entire region.””

What is the importance of these events to Bible Prophecy? The words the Hezbollah leader used were interesting—invade by land, sea and air. Ezekiel chapter 38, which depicts the Russian Invasion of Israel, also indicates that Israel will be attacked on these three fronts. Click here if you would like to read it. While Russia seems to be the chief instigator of the invasion into Israel, the Scriptures indicate Lebanon will also be included. Currently, Lebanon does have economic and environmental reasons (setting aside their pure hatred of Jews) to invade Israel. Lebanon, once a prosperous and attractive country has gone the way of most war torn nations. And due to the Syria refugees they are burdened further. They need money to support infrastructure (such as water, electricity, and transportation), but due to government salaries and limited income for citizens, among other things, money has yet to be appropriated for rebuilding Lebanon, which gets most of their revenue from tourism. To further their plight, they have deforestation, soil deterioration, pollutions from the burning of industrial wastes, pollution of coastal waters from raw sewage and oil spills, plus, they need a waste‐water management system. Israel could help solve all of these issues, and if requested, Israel, in most cases, has always helped other nations. However, it is prophesized that the armies invade Israel or come against them to attack the Israelis (sheer hatred for the Jews), pillage things relating to food, plunder various goods, and loot riches. Some things cannot be solved by negotiation, but only through having a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. Do you have problems with bitterness? Click here to read more about what the Bible says on the subject.

Sources: jpost.com-Tensions Rise in Gulf as U.S, UK Up their Forces ; jpost.com-Nasrallah: Israel will vanish in next war with Hezbollah ; jpost.com-Ten takeaways from Nasrallah’s speech; dailystar.com.lb; cia.gov, timesofisrael.com.

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The Bible‐What Is That?                 Week of 7/8/19

Bibles on a shelf with the lyric, Of all the other books you'll find, there's none salvation holds
Get the dust off the Bible and redeem your poor soul.

By definition (according to the creator of the first American Dictionary, Noah Webster), the word Bible means, by way of eminence (to stand or show itself above); the sacred volume, in which are contained the revelations of God, the principles of Christian faith, and the rules of practice. It consists of two parts, called the Old and New Testaments.

If indeed the Bible is such an important book, how come people (especially church goers) do not read it more frequently? Even though the Bible has been translated in over 692 languages, it is not among the favorite book of believers. While many American Protestant church goers (61%) will admit to reading books about the Bible (at least one a year), they do not tend to read the Bible. In a survey taken January 2019 of Americans Protestants who attend church on a regular basis, (32%) claim to read the Bible every day, while (12%) rarely or never read it. (In a Pew study done in 2014 by the Pew Research Center, that number goes up to (45%) if people of several faiths are included.)

In this Laodicean Church age, there has been an increase of attacks on the Holy Scriptures, not only from unbelievers, but from the pulpits of famous preachers. Preachers who, traditionally have used the Holy Writ to reveal to their congregations the love and fear of God, the importance of where they will spend eternity; using the Bible to warn about sin—encouraging their congregation to repent of sins and follow the Gospel by faith. Faith that only comes by hearing the Word of God‐ref Rom 10:17. There was a time when Preachers held the belief that the Bible was a practical book, worthy to be read and meditated upon everyday in seeking help for daily problems—it answered any question, dealt with any circumstance. However today, many famous Preachers do not even use one Scripture in their sermons. Many do not believe the Bible is truth. It might be a good history book or a book written to advocate a particular belief—but, it is not considered the Word of God—infallible. (Click here to read what the Bible says ought to be preach.)

So, what is being preached today?—Motivational speaking. Many of today′s Preachers do not want to condemn anyone, they do not want to talk about sin—they want to coach their flock to experience the life God has for them.

How does this relate to Bible Prophecy? One commandment for Preachers is, Holding fast the faithful Word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he (the Preacher) will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict‐Tit 1:9 (NASB). It is further written, Preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they (the congregation) will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths‐2 Tim 4:2‐4 (NASB). In the time of the Prophet Isaiah, God spoke through Isaiah to warn them. It is written, Their watchmen (He showeth that this affliction shall come through the fault of the governors, prophets, and pastors, whose ignorance, negligence, avarice and obstinacy provoked God′s wrath against them) are all blind: they have no knowledge: they are all dumb dogs: they cannot bark: they lie and sleep, and delight in sleeping. And these greedy dogs can never have enough: and these shepherds cannot understand: for they all look to their own way, everyone for his advantage, and for his own purpose‐Is 56:10,11 (1599 Geneva Bible).

Sources: webstersdictionary1828.com; unitedbiblesocieties.org; christianitytoday.com; lifewayresearch.com; pewresearch.org.

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