U.S. And Israel Week of 1/14/19
Days before 24 December 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump declared he was pulling the American troops out of Syria to bring them back home. This announcement lead to a flurry of emotion including the resignation of the U.S. Defense Secretary‐James Mattis; former envoy for the global coalition to defeat ISIS‐Brett McGurk; chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff‐Joseph Dunford; and the man who had the tasked of resolving the Qatar dispute‐Anthony Zinni.
The U.S. is not the only country changing the military guard—Israel also has a new IDF leader‐Maj.‐Gen. Aviv Kochavi who will be the 22nd chief of staff for the IDF replacing Lt.‐Gen. Gadi Eisenkot. Also leaving PM Netanyahu's cabinet is the Defense Minister‐Avigdor Lieberman and Minister of Aliyah and Integration‐Sofa Landver. The PM has taken on the task of running the Defense Minister′s position himself and is not overjoyed with the new selection of the IDF, but right now his full attentions need to be on Israel′s upcoming April election. (Note, it is very interesting how similar the political picture is between both the U.S. and Israel. Both Presidents are facing law suits and accusations, both have cabinet members jumping ship, both are considered as great defenders of their country or the greatest fools their country has produced (depends on which side of the fence you ride) and both are having problems making peace with the Palestinians.)
How does the U.S. pulling out of Syria affect Israel? Many Israeli′s are confused. They consider President Trump their best US Presidential ally, but why is he recalling troops that help secure their northern border? Some believe it may have been in connection with a deal that was made with Turkey (a very moderate U.S. ally) for buying weapons and an agreement that the U.S. would leave Syria. More than likely it is due to the campaign promise he made to send sons and daughters back home—alive. But as it turns out, President Trump is not forsaking his allies in the Middle East. He has continued to support US allies in Syria with weapons, munitions and logistical equipment—it is just that the President thinks it is time for the Kurds to stand on their own, without U.S. intervention. However to date, it is unclear whether he will leave Syria completely as the country continues to be a powder keg between Iran, Turkey, and the Kurds (a U.S. ally). No matter what the U.S. does, PM Netanyahu says Israel will defend itself. And as the Scriptures foretell, after the Rapture Israel will only have one friend who can come to their rescue, but they will need to humble themselves and call out for His help first—that friend is God (click here for more).
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January-New Beginning Week of 1/7/19
The month of January denotes a time of new beginnings, but there is one particular fact that could be rather alarming—population growth. Presently, the population of the world is nearing 7.6 billion people. In a data book entitled, “The World′s Cities in 2018” by the UN′s Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2018), suggest that some 55% of the world′s population currently live in cities while projecting that by 2030 the percentage will rise to 60. In the year 2000 there were 371 cities with a population over one million. In 2018 there were 548 and it is projected that by 2030 there will be 706 cities. Let us not forget those cities that have a population over 10 million—mega‐cities. They are projected to rise from 33 in 2018 to 43 by 2030. (China had 6 mega‐cities, India had 5.) While all these cities are growing, there is the expected rural land decline where countries are losing farm land and natural empty spaces.
What are the ten largest cities in the world? For 2018 they were Tokyo (Japan), Delhi (India), Shanghai (China), São Paulo (Brazil), Mexico City (Mexico), Cairo (Egypt), Beijing (China), Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Osaka (Japan). In 2030 the projection is Delhi (India), Tokyo (Japan), Shanghai (China), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Cairo (Egypt), Bombay (India), Beijing (China), Mexico City (Mexico), São Paulo (Brazil), and Kinshasa (Congo)—most in the global south. Note, none of the largest cities in the world are in the most powerful countries of the world—except China. The Kings of the East—countries like India, Pakistan, China, etc. have vast populations just as the Bible details that they would. In fact, statistics show that in America and Europe population growth is slowing and as America is the 3rd largest country by population in the world, it is estimated that by 2050 (or sooner) the Caucasian will be a minority in America due to the influx of immigrants having children. (See our 7/17/2018 blog).
So, while the UN expects the world′s cities population to rise, other sources paint a slightly different picture. Statistically and put simply, women in certain areas are not giving birth. There are a number of reasons why they decline to have children: they want to pursue a career, the cost of raising children or they have the availability to birth control and abortion. In some instances the government can play a role as in China. For over 35 years the Chinese government had a policy for the ethnic Han Chinese living in urban areas to only have one child. (Citizens living in rural areas and minorities living in China were not subject to this law.) If that child was a girl, they would kill the child by government forced abortion, abandonment, take the baby to an orphanage or put her up for adoption out of country—boys were counted as more valuable. And even though the policy did decrease China′s 1.4 billion population by 300 million in over the first 20 years, the government realized that a society of only men can not produce children; hence fewer in the work force and no one to care for these aging “forever bachelors” changed the policy to two children per family. Another reason for the decline in population, which is especially true in America and Europe—there simply are not enough men who desire to have sex with a women. They prefer men with men, which has been escalated by the #me too movement.
Another way to offset the world′s population growth is by natural disaster and economics. For example, after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan the death toll left the city with 15,894 confirmed deaths and around 2,500 missing persons. Economics can be just as devastating to a city. Take Detroit, Michigan in the United States when the auto industry closed its doors leaving the city “and surrounding areas” a virtual ghost town, which have since been inhabited by immigrants desiring Sharia law (a religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition).
Most, as being citizens of the world, have a bleak future. The Bible tells us what to expect. There are people already in place who desire a one‐world government. America, for instance, is fighting to keep her over 200 year old Constitution. There is no country in the world that has lived under one document of law for so long as they. Sadly, as modern American children have been taught in school that their form of government (that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness) is bad and the best form of government is communist China (according to reference.com, "disadvantages of communism include strong government control, little motivation for individuals to better themselves, limited individual freedom, and protection of inefficient people or producers"). Unfortunately, the tides will more than likely turn in America as more Millennials (who have been taught one‐world is the new order) and immigrants gain political power. There will be a population decrease in the not so distance future and if you survive (your best chance of survival would be in the southern hemisphere; however, no where will be pleasant) you will see ¼ of the world′s population destroyed, all green grass (crops) destroyed, ⅓ of the waters becoming radioactive and you will wish you had seriously considered surrendering your life to Jesus Christ. Click here for more detail. Most Christians today are not watching for the Rapture. Most do not even have time to spend with their Creator reading the Bible. Being a Christian is only a word of which they do not know the true meaning. They will not hear the words, “Well done thou good and faithful servant”. They will not enter into joy of the Lord‐ref Mt 25:21. If you are a true believer in Jesus Christ then you have a much different future—one of joy not of despair. The choice is yours.
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