Words of Tolerance? Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas!    Week of 6/18/2018

Photo of Israel with fires in the south, Iranian Army on the border of Syria and Israel.

In May 2018 a report surfaced with the news that Israeli tourism was up by twenty‐five percent over the previous year. However, there was some concern that they would not out due the previous end of year number of 3.6 million visitors due to the regional conflicts.

To date, Israel is indeed having border conflicts. In the southern regions of Israel along the Gaza border, Israel continues to be on fire. The terror kites (kites attached to Molotov cocktails or other incendiary devices) are the newest crime against the Israeli′s causing severe damage to crops—not to mention the risk to firefighters and others trying to extinguish the blazes. Yes, Israel has the technology to destroy any missile coming over her borders, but, a kite with a Molotov cocktail attached? What can they do? Perhaps some prayers that the Lord will change the wind patterns to blow toward the west are called for. The Israeli children living near the Gaza border have decided to send their own message to the children of Gaza. On Saturday they sent balloons, but, these were filled with candy. The message was, “The children in Gaza, who are innocent victims of the cruel Hamas regime, deserve to know that children in Israel don′t hate them.”

On Israel′s most northern border, along the Golan Heights, the Iranian militias are to keep a distance of about twenty‐five to thirty‐seven miles from the Golan border. To date, they range from about six to just under a mile and it appears they are pretending to be Syrian soldiers by their uniforms. Five hundred strong they are reportedly ready to attack a Syrian Rebel position in what is known as the Triangle of Death. Any fighting here would be of special interest to the IDF (Israel Defense Force) as war could easily flow over its borders. Russian diplomats are in Israel presently to discuss the withdrawal of all Iranian troops and Shiite militias from areas near Israel′s border.

Speaking of Iran, in our blog of 4/23/18 we discussed the critical situation Iran has due to water shortages. Now it appears Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to help. In response to Iran′s current water crisis, the PM has made a video (actually he has made five videos to Iran which are extremely popular on his Facebook page) offering the Iranians with the technology from Israel to help them through this drought. The PM says, “We will show how Iranian farmers can save their crops and feed their families. The Iranian regime shouts, ‘Death to Israel.’ In response, Israel shouts, ‘Life to the Iranian people,’” Netanyahu says. “The people of Iran are good and decent—they shouldn′t have to face such a cruel regime alone.” (Even though the PM is a true Jew, it seems he may have been reading the New Testament which reads, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you‐Mt 5:44). This video was widely reported in the Iranian media and the Iranian Energy Minister said, “Iran does not need Israel′s help.”

On Israel′s eastern front there is still another conflict. As it may not be life threatening or property damaging—it is indeed an attack. From May 28‐June 1, 2018, the fifth, “Christ at the Checkpoint” was held in Bethlehem, Palestine (according to the website). This every other year event (under the supervision of the Bethlehem Bible College) is led by Palestinian Christians, for the purpose of, well, click here for their manifesto. On their website they state, “Many of our supporters are Israeli Jews who believe that the present Israeli treatment of the Palestinians does not reflect the deeper moral values of Judaism itself.” At the conference, not all were Christian—there were also Muslims, (maybe for the first time) a Messianic Jew and non‐believers. At the opening session, the chairman of the Bible College said, “This conference is not about taking sides…We don′t want you to go back and say, I′m on the Palestinian side or I′m on the Israeli side. This conference is about building awareness.” Awareness of the many check points that Israel has set‐up in what the Palestinians consider their land. Check points that (through Palestinian eyes) are hindrances to daily life and demoralizing. In truth, Israel has set‐up check points, but, it is not to hinder or cause stress to the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians. Israeli soldiers do guard these checkpoints—to protect other Israelis. They guard against suicide bombers. They guard against Arabs driving cars loaded with bombs ramming into crowds of Jews. Yes, to be honest, there have been bad decisions made by Israeli soldiers—but, there has also been bad decisions made by the Arab citizens as well. If Christ was at the center of this conference and they truly wanted to heal relationships between Jews and Arabs then why bring up what they perceive as hardships for the Palestinian people as a result of Israeli occupation? Why call for support for the anti-Israel Boycott? Why even care if American moves its embassy to Jerusalem which they call a crime? The list goes on. What has happened to the church? It use to preach, The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these‐Mt 12:29‐31. It seems if you really want to bring groups of people together it would be best to start teaching, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself‐ref Mt 12:31.

As the Rapture and Tribulation approach the world is aliening against the Jew. Within Israel, some of her own citizens are very critical of the government′s response to the Palestinian problem. Globally, one would be hard pressed to find a country that is in support of Israel, with the exception of the U.S. government. (Note, many Americans are sympathetic to the Palestinian cause.) Anti‐Semitism is on the rise even polluting European football (soccer) matches whose fans chant, “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas” and worse. True Christians will stand with Israel and will pray for the peace of Jerusalem as God commanded them‐ref Ps 122:6. Nowhere in Scripture does it command us to hate the Jew. Those who teach such things are revealing what spirit they really follow—and it is not Christ. Students of Bible can′t say, we never read that. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me‐Jn 5:39. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so‐Acts 17:11.

Sources: globes.co.il; israeltoday.co.il; jpost.com; jpost.com; jpost.com; christatthecheckpoint.bethbc.edu; israeltoday.co.il, biblegateway.com, jpost.com.

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2018—Should the World Tremble?   Week of 6/11/2018

Photo of Russia's newest weapontry for 2018.

It is written, When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end‐Mark 13:7 (NAS).

Since Adam′s spiritual fall in the garden, the earth has been filling itself with violence. Kings (or rulers) going to battle have been a common occurrence for millennia and will continue until the Millennium (click here for more detail).

The 2017 Global Peace index reveals the most unstable countries in the world are in the Middle East. Let′s take a look at how they stack up militarily. MIL PERS = Military Personnel, FTR AIRCFT = Fighter Aircraft, COMBAT TA = Combat Tanks, ROCKET PROJ = Rocket Projectors, AIRCFT CARRIERS = Aircraft Carriers, SUBS = Submarines and DES = Destroyers. Just because a country has no submarines or destroyers or fighter aircraft does not mean it is devoid of a navy or an air force. They may have other vessels or jets not on our list. Check out this source for a more complete accounting.

COUNTRY MIL PERS FTR AIRCFT COMBAT TA ROCKET PROJ AIRCFT CARRIERS SUBS DES
Syria 304,000 201 4,640 650 0 0 0
Iran 934,000 150 1,650 1,533 0 33 0
Turkey 710,565 207 2,446 418 0 12 0
Egypt 1,329,250 309 4,946 1,216 2 6 0
Jordan 170,600 36 1,321 88 0 0 0
Saudi Arabia 256,000 203 1,142 322 0 0 0
Iraq 318,000 23 389 30 0 0 0
Lebanon 116,000 0 294 30 0 0 0
Iran 934,000 150 1,650 1,533 0 33 0
Israel 615,000 252 2,760 148 0 6 0

Compared to the top three powers in the world:

COUNTRY MIL PERS FTR AIRCFT COMBAT TA ROCKET PROJ AIRCFT CARRIERS SUBS DES
USA 2,083,100 1,962 5,884 1,197 20 66 65
Russia 3,586,128 818 20,300 3,816 1 62 13
China 2,693,000 1,125 7,716 2,050 1 73 29

While the above figures do not represent countries with nuclear capabilities, it is usually considered a great military advantage to have a nuclear bomb or two. Also, traditional warfare fought in hand to hand combat would usually favor a military with the greatest number of personnel. However, history shows that this is not always true. For instance Israel, because she was under God protection, while being outnumbered by the enemy won great victories during many of her wars (War of Independence, 7 Day War, etc.). So, the size of the military personnel is not always a sign of conclusive victory.

As wars continue to increase in the Middle East (culminating to the Russian/Arab invasion of Israel), the major powers of this world are already posturing themselves. With new technologies always on the horizon, developers from all walks of life have an infinite number of ways to destroy their enemies and the world as we know it. Russia has been especially busy on this front. One of the most alarming weapons is the nuclear capable underwater drone called, Ocean Multipurpose System Status‐6 developed by Rubin Design Bureau, one of Russia′s submarine manufacturers. Russia reports it can be outfitted with a 100‐megaton nuclear warhead; and, according to Russian TV (from 2015), the drone has a range of 6,200 miles, a top speed in excess of 56 knots and can descend into depths of 3,280 feet. The top brass of the Russian Navy has said the drone′s miniature nuclear power plant has successfully passed operational tests giving their fleet a variety of options while in enemy waters. Some have projected those options include a rocket causing a 300 foot tsunami enabling an enemy naval base to be submerged.

And if that is not intimidating enough, Ynetnews.com has reported Russia has attempted and succeeded with the longest surface to air missile launch. It comes from the new S‐500 aerial defense system which intercepted a target almost 300 miles away. This is almost 50 miles better than previously tested missiles. It is also suppose to intercept missiles, drones, and even stealth fighters like the F‐35 which is used by the Israeli Air Force.

Speaking of Air Forces, the newest Russian war fighter jet is the SU‐57. This is supposed to put fear in all who pilot the American F‐22. This Russian war jet is not exactly stealth, but it has mounted radars that allows it to excel at a tactic called, “beaming” which means it will trick the radars on any of the US stealth jets. It is equipped with data link, integrated sensors and electronic warfare components. It even has an electrically enhanced optical sensor (a glorified telescope) which enables the pilot to use the optical eye piece to locate any stealth fighters, even if his sensors have provided only a general direction. As great as this jet sounds, not everyone is buying into the hype. Buyers for the Russian jet have backed out opting for American made stealth jets. But only time will tell if any of these new weapons are as good as the Russians say they are. If indeed they are as good as they’ve been made to sound, some of us may not be around to give a full report, but if you know Bible Prophecy this is not a surprise.

Will Russia invade Israel this year? Probably not, but, sometimes things move rather quickly in the Middle East. Will the Rapture happen tomorrow? No. Remember, there is a good possibility that Damascus will be turned into a ruinous heap before the Rapture, and Syria has had a lot of fighting in the surrounding areas of Damascus. Whether Damascus is destroyed or not before the Rapture are you ready to meet Jesus? You watch the news for end‐time events, but, are you watching out for your soul? It′s not a question if you know Jesus, but, does He know you?‐ref Mt 7:21-23. Be sure—your eternity depends on it.

Sources: biblestudies.org; indy100.com; globalfirepower.com; defensenews.com; zerohedge.com; ynetnews.com; news.com.au.

Photo: Russian drone from zerohedge.com, S-500 aerial defense system from ynetnews.com and the Su-57 jet from news.com.au. Design by End-Time.com.