“Hamas is Not a Terrorist Group!”

Yes, I know we are celebrating the festive Hanukkah season, but unfortunately ridiculous news in the Middle East does not take a holiday!

The UN General Assembly is scheduled to vote today on a resolution condemning Hamas for firing rockets at Israeli citizens, demanding an end to the incessant violence.  However, according to Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, “Hamas is not a terrorist group!”

What is interesting here is that Fatah and Hamas have been fighting one another for years over joint control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.  The two organizations are fierce adversaries…unless, of course, Israel is involved.  In that case, they team up like long lost allies!

The Fatah spokesman went on to say that rather than condemning Hamas, Israel, “which is the true face of state-sponsored terrorism,” should be condemned.  

Another Fatah spokesman, Abbas Zaki, managed to cram his foot further in the Fatah-Hamas mouth when he said:

“If Hamas, which is practicing resistance, is labeled a terrorist movement, this would mean that all Palestinians practice terrorism. Hamas belongs to us and we belong to Hamas. We can’t leave Hamas to fight alone.”

Hamas is recognized by virtually the entire free world as an unquestionable terrorist organization.  Per Fatah’s assessment, it seems Hamas is not alone.

The resolution was drafted by the US and is reportedly supported by all EU nations.  Friends, please pray today that UN delegates from around the world will vote truthfully, and that a resolution condemning Hamas’ violence will finally be issued.

PS: We’ll return to our Hanukkah celebration tomorrow morning, so stay tuned!

US Reinstates Full Sanctions on Iran Today

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The Trump administration is reimposing crippling sanctions on Iran’s exports, oil and and financials sectors today.  These follow restrictions on purchasing US dollars, exporting of oil, and sale and trade of gold, graphite and precious metals, handed down in August.  President Trump calls them the “strongest sanctions our country has ever issued,” and Iran’s economy is reeling.

Timing of this round of sanctions not-so-coincidentally coincides with the anniversary date of the 1979 storming of the US Embassy in Tehran by angry Iranian students, resulting in 52 American diplomats held hostage for 444 days.

All this, just in time for mid-term elections here in America.

However, other less publicized, but perhaps just as critical, events are happening in the world.  Just days ago, reports were released confirming Israel’s Mossad (intelligence agency) shared intel with Denmark, thwarting an Iranian terror attack.  So, while the European Union (EU) continues to support the Iranian nuclear deal, Israel provides intelligence to EU nations preventing Iranian attacks!

This is putting stress on EU leadership to hold the union together.  Denmark is now heading efforts to discuss sanctions on Iran.  Denmark’s Foreign Minister declared that Iran’s behavior is not limited to Denmark, and is urging other EU nations to “stand up to Iran.”

If that’s not enough, there are rumblings that President Trump is proposing a NATO-like alliance with Arab nations.  NATO is currently made up of several European nations, so this proposal has the implications of disregarding the EU and turning America’s interests in military partnership toward moderate Sunni Arab states, all equally committed to stopping Iran from becoming a greater military  threat in the Middle East.

Add to that, the fact Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is aggressively pursuing partnerships with nations such as Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and others, it appears clear that efforts are underway to rearrange alliances in Europe and the Middle East.

One of the things I find particularly interesting about developments in Europe is the growing division among EU members.  Britain has already exited and others are suddenly awakening to the fact that support of Iran may not be the wisest move.

Biblically speaking, Daniel 2 and Daniel 7 describe the rise of one coming out of the revised Roman empire, widely recognized as the antichrist.  Those chapters describe 10 horns (and 10 toes) that represent the European confederacy that will produce the evil one, and many believe the European Union appears to be the confederacy.  (More about that here.)  Currently, however, more than 10 nations belong to the EU.

But, if current attempts to realign confederacies in Europe and the Middle East are successful, we could easily see the EU stripped down to 10 nations, perhaps fulfilling Daniel’s prophecy!  It is definitely too soon to know that for sure, but events in our world today, whether in Iran, Europe or the Middle East, seem to be aligning with God’s Word!

Continue to watch and wait, knowing and understanding the signs of the times.  Our Lord is returning soon and everything we see points to that magnificent day!

Russian War Games, Iran Cuts a Deal with Syria, EU Cooperation with Turkey and Russia

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You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom…But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
~Matthew 24:6-8

Signs of the time.  The birth pangs are intensifying once again.

Reuters has reported that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that Russia is set to commence the largest war games since 1981.  Vostok-2018 (East-2018), involving 300,000 troops and thousands of aircraft and naval vessels, will take place in central and eastern Russia next month.

For what purpose?  Are they suddenly ramping up unprecedented levels of training just to stay sharp, or is there an ultimate objective they are working toward?  I suspect the latter.  With a tumbling economy and oil riches at stake, could it be the shark-like czar smells blood in the water?

Meanwhile in Syria, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami has signed an agreement stipulating Iran’s assistance in rebuilding the Syrian military.  He also issued a warning against “foreign aggression,” seemingly in defiance against America’s stance on Iran’s support of the Assad regime.

Saber-rattling, or are Syria and Iran up to something?  Signs of the times…

Beyond that, French President Emmanuel Macron is pressing for an EU defense project in cooperation with Russia and Turkey.  Seemingly, his plan is to abandon NATO policy, in preference to a stronger EU.  (Think: revived Roman empire!)  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host a summit in Istanbul in September, where France, Germany and Russia will send representatives.

Friends, we know for certain that Damascus will one day be utterly destroyed (Isaiah 17:1), and that Russia, Iran and Turkey will lead a coalition of others in an attack on Israel (Ezekiel 38-39).  Jesus Himself told His disciples that war and rumors of wars, and nations rising against one another, will happen in the last days.  (Matthew 24:6-8)

Verse 8 says these things are the beginning of birth pangs.  Matthew 24:14 tells us that, ultimately, the end will come.  We are watching the birth pangs happen right before our very eyes!  Thus, the question: How long before we are called to meet Jesus in the air?

It’s coming!

Rise of “Mystery Babylon”

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Welcome back, fellow sojourners!  We’re on a journey together to discover Why Israel Matters.  Though we have discussed specific reasons Israel matters, we’ve taken a side road this week to talk about what happens after the rapture occurs and God resumes His plan for His people.  We know the time period as the tribulation and today we’ll focus on the rise of the Antichrist, who will establish One World Government for a short time.  So, let’s get started!

Read the account of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and Daniel’s interpretation in Daniel 2.  We discover what Nebuchadnezzar’s dream means, and here is a diagram that illustrates it:

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A full discussion regarding this diagram is found here, but for today’s purposes, let’s reduce it to this: one kingdom after another defeated a previous one, though neither the restored kingdom of Rome nor the crushing rock have been prophetically fulfilled yet.

The Antichrist will arise out of the restored Roman Empire, which is the next to “rule,” according to Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.  Then a stone will crush him, and we know that stone to be Jesus.  (Matthew 21:42, Psalm 118:22, 1 Peter 2:6-8)

But take note.  Each kingdom conquered and arose in Babylon UNTIL Rome expanded all the way to what we know today as Europe.  Rome was not defeated in Babylon (as the previous kingdoms were), but in Europe.  “Mystery Babylon,” then, took up residence in Europe, and we see the signs of that today!

Image result for EU flagThe European Union flag is adorned with a crown of stars, given to the “queen of heaven.”  The prophet Jeremiah warned of this type of idol worship in Jeremiah 44:15-19.  To Catholics, the queen of heaven is Mary.

Image result for eu parliament building babelThe European Union Parliament building Strasbourg France was intentionally built to replicate the tower of Babel, a pagan attempt to “reach into the sky” to become like God.

Image result for woman riding beast in brusselsIn front of the EU Council Building in Brussels stands a statue of a woman riding a beast!  The exact description of the harlot in Revelation 17.

So, I wonder…were all these things done unknowingly or purposefully?  I’m not sure about the flag, but the buildings in Strasbourg and the statute Brussels were intentionally designed with Babel and the woman on a beast in mind!  Purposeful rebellion!

There is an educated group behind this push for One World Order.  Albert Einstein once said:

“The minority, the ruling class, has the schools and press, usually the church as well, under its thumb.  This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make it’s tool of them.”

Indeed, a group of very wealthy bankers and industrialists formulated a plan long ago to financially control Europe, and then the world.  Among them are the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, George Soros, Bill Gates and many other financially wealthy and socially powerful figures.  You will get a taste for their ambitions from these quotes:

Mayer Amschel Rothschild, during early formulation of the plan:
“Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.”

David Rockefeller, June 1991 at Bilderberg Meeting:
“It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those [early] years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The super national sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”

David Rockefeller, September 1994 at the US Business Conference:
“We are on the verge of a global transformation.  All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.”

David Rockefeller, 2002 autobiography, Memoirs, page 405:
“Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as internationalists and of conspiring with other around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will.  If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”

Wow!  From subtle, behind closed doors, out of the reach of the press, to blatantly “out there” with their agenda.  Here are some of the effects we see today:

  • Bill Gates – depopulation agenda
  • George Soros – financing illegal immigration to Europe, to wipe out borders and establish a globalist agenda
  • Major university presidents – advancing liberal agendas on campus

The One World Order agenda is everywhere!  We’re seeing the stage being set for tribulational days when the false prophet and Antichrist will arise!

Now…let me end with an interesting thought.  Why do the rich and famous hate President Trump?  Could it be because he was commonly on their guest lists to attend major functions where the globalist agenda was being perpetuated?  After all, he was “one of them” financially speaking.  Yet, though it seems he is not in agreement with their agenda, he knows their strategy and their ploys…because he himself was sought after to be “in that crowd.”

I can’t say for sure that is true, but it certainly makes me wonder as I witness the vehement opposition to everything his administration puts forth.  May God grant him tremendous wisdom, and may the President seek to follow after sound, Godly counsel.

Tomorrow we will discuss what else we see in the world that aligns with “Mystery Babylon.”  You may be surprised (or even shocked) by some of it!

Hey, meanwhile…check back later today.  We’ll talk about what the US peace plan might entail…and there is an interesting tie to this lesson!  Check it out!