Vice President Mike Pence Arrives in Israel

Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Israel, January 21, 2018.

Jerusalem Post, January 21, 2018

After important stops in Egypt and Jordan, Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Israel.  During his 2-day visit there, he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Ruben Rivlin, in addition to stops at Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum and Research Center) and the Kotel  (Western Wall).  Pence is also scheduled to address the Knesset.

Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has cancelled a planned meeting with the American VP, and the PA prohibits any communication with Pence during his visit.  The Jerusalem Post has also reported that the Palestinian Authority will turn to the European Union to mediate future peace plans.

VP Pence is the highest-ranking American diplomat to visit Israel since President Trump’s acknowledgement of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Friends, please continue to pray for Vice President Pence and the Netanyahu administration as they make strategic plans and deepen the Israeli-American relationship.

World Leaders React to Iranian Chaos

After almost a week of protests-turned-riots in Iran, world leaders have reacted in various ways.  Let’s take a look:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:  Following Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s outrageous claim that Israel was behind the uprising by Iranian people, Netanyahu responded with a 90-second video that went viral.  He refuted the Iranian claim as “laughable,” called out the Iranians for wasting “tens of billions of dollars spreading hate,” and vowed that, when the regime falls, “Iranians and Israelis will be great friends once again.”  (See video here.)

US President Donald Trump:  Stated that the United States’ aim is to “collect actionable information” in preparations to issue stronger sanctions against Iran.  In multiple tweets, he expressed support for the protesters, that the US was watching for human rights violations and that it is time for a change.  (See news of those tweets and other comments here.)

Hezbollah leader in Lebanon, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah:  First comments were that the protests in Iran were being dealt with “calmly and wisely” and that “there is nothing to worry about.”  He followed with: “Trump’s hopes have been disappointed…[as will the hopes of] all those who bet that the protests would grow and lead to the fall of the regime and chaos in Iran.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Very little reaction came from the German Chancellor. Simply that Berlin was watching the developments and that the protesters “deserve our respect.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan:  Communication has been ongoing between Erdogan and Iran’s Rouhani.  Hoping the protests would end “in a couple days,” Erdogan pledged Turkey’s backing of Rouhani’s statement to uphold protesters rights, but urging them “not to violate laws.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin: Mostly silent, but eventually the Russian Foreign Minister stated: ““This is Iran’s internal affair. External interference destabilizing the situation is inadmissible.”  Perhaps a veiled warning to the US and other backers of the protesters.

French President Emmanuel Macron: Made it clear that the message coming from the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia was “almost one that would lead us to war … a deliberate strategy for some,” and stressed the importance of keeping a dialogue with Tehran.

Very expected reactions as battlelines are being drawn.  Israel, Saudi Arabia and the US stand with the protesters, desiring an end to the oppressive regime in Iran.  Turkey, a drastically growing ally of Iran, takes a stand with them.  Russia (who actually cares less for Iran and more about the benefits they might bring) gives lip service as they focus on other things.  (See Putin’s Titanic has hit a fatal Middle East Iceberg)

Then there is Macron…the rising leader in Europe.  While Germany bears little authoritative power, Macron continues to play the part of peacemaker, urging restraint on the part of the US and allies while “keeping a dialogue with Tehran.”

Do you see the stage being set?  The Bible tells us that Russia, Iran and Turkey (along with Sudan and Libya) will attack Israel from the north.  Those nations are already united and growing stronger in their coalition with one another.

However, with turmoil inside Iran, might it be a distraction that lengthens the timeline?  Given all that is going on in Syria, might this be a bubble of time in which Damascus is destroyed (as prophesied in Isaiah 17)?  Might that be the spark that lights the Ezekiel 38 fuse?

We don’t know!  But what is clear is that the stage for future Biblical events is being set.  It is time for us to be about our Father’s business, friends!  I hope 2018 is a year of commitment to that very thing!

Blessings!

Merry Christmas 2017

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Merry Christmas!

I want to share a special Christmas greeting, an informative Christmas message and a great Christmas presentation.

First, a greeting from Bethlehem from my friends at the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem:

 

Secondly, a very good message from Amir Tsarfati entitled “Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?”  On this blog, I have received comments condemning Christian celebration of Christmas, insisting its roots are in paganism.  I believe Amir provides a very fitting response.  (The video is about 45 minutes long, but worth it!  So carve out some time!)

 

Finally, enjoy a special Christmas presentation displayed on the 510′ “screen” that is the side of the life-sized Noah’s ark at the Ark Encounter.  Absolutely fabulous!  (For best results, watch the video on full screen.)

 

I pray you found something of delight here.  Merry Christmas to all, and may you experience the love of Christ our Savior today!