PA President Mahmoud Abbas Hospitalized for Third Time in a Week

Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, was hospitalized earlier today (Sunday) for the third time in a week.

Find the story here.

Though a staunch hater of Israel, we have a commandment from our Lord to pray:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
~Matthew 5:43-48

Perfection is a high standard.  In fact, none of us can achieve it apart from the power of the Holy Spirit and the life of Christ who lives in us.  Will you call upon that power and pray for President Abbas?  He needs the mercy and salvation of the One True God of Abraham.  He believes his name is Allah, so ask our Lord Jesus Christ to send the Holy Spirit to reveal truth and to make Himself known.

True peace in the Middle East is impossible, short of the Prince of Peace!

Why Doesn’t the Palestinian Authority Care about Palestinians Killed in Syria?

Wow…I read a very insightful and well-articulated article describing the response (or lack thereof) of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to the loss of Palestinian lives in Syria.  They simply don’t care if their people are killed.

To find out why, read Here is Why the PA Does Not Care about Palestinians Killed in Syria?  It pulls back a curtain, revealing the ugly underbelly of the PA.  Please pray for Palestinian families whose lives obviously have no value to their leaders.  Likewise, pray for those leaders to somehow see the Light and change their ways.

What Does North Korea have to do with the Middle East?

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Welcome to May, my friends!  Could this month be one of the most historic ever?  Perhaps it’s a far reach to say it will be, but the potential is certainly there for dramatic history to be made this month.  Here is just a taste of what’s on the world stage as May marchs in:

  • New US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has made the rounds in North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Israel and other places, rallying support behind President Trump’s foreign policy.
  • Historic peace plans are happening between North and South Korea…with significant impact on the Middle East.
  • It is believed that Iran is now operating on 19 Russian military bases in Syria.
  • Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary (on the Gregorian calendar), much to the chagrin of the Palestinian Authority who has pledged to breach Israel’s borders on or around that day (May 14).
  • The US Embassy is scheduled to open in Jerusalem on May 14, followed by embassies of at least 4 other countries.
  • May 12 is the deadline for President Trump to decide whether or not to pull the US out of the Iranian nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions.
  • Iranian transport aircraft have been discovered flying into bases all around Syria, thought to be carrying troops, missiles, drone parts, and other equipment intended for Israel’s destruction.  A few days ago two of those bases were attacked.
  • Iran continues to clearly threaten Israel and the US with destruction.  (Just yesterday I shared news of Iran’s threat to sink American naval vessels.)
  • Iranian-backed Houthi rebels continue attacking Saudi Arabia from Yemen.
  • Recently, Russia brought in heavily-loaded military aircraft and sea vessels to bases in Syria, unloading them under cover of smoke screen.  Those loads are thought to contain S-400 missile defense systems to protect Russian and Iranian bases in Syria.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ripped the cover off Iran’s nuclear lies, providing very strong evidence that Iran’s nuclear program is alive and well despite the 2015 nuclear deal.

So, what does it all mean, and should we as followers of Jesus Christ be concerned?  Amir Tsarfati gave a recent update that covers all these bases much better than I can. If you’re wondering what the Korean peace deal as to do with the Middle East, you’ll find the answer.  If you’re wondering about Israel’s preparedness for all that is swirling around her, you’ll find the answer.  More importantly, if you’re wondering how to view these events through the lens of Scripture, you’ll find the answer!

Take some time to understand the times and seasons in which we live.  It is critical if we are to be prepared for our Lord’s return.  Enjoy!

PS: Tomorrow is the first Wednesday of the month, which means the designated day of prayer for those of you involved in the Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative.  Check back tomorrow for specific prayer points.  Also, I’ve invited others to join me in prayer for President Trump and other world leaders leading up to the May 12 decision regarding the Iranian nuclear deal.  There are plenty of opportunities to pray and I urge you to be faithful in that.  The battle is not won in the physical realm, but in the spiritual realm.  Let’s fight the battle!

Silent Respect, Fleeing Armies and Stark Irony

I admit…I’m a Middle East news junky!  I just find it so intriguing that the news so closely aligns with Scripture!  But, I seem to find the ridiculous and absurd more often than not.  (That’s easy when Israel’s enemies habitually open their mouths with the strangest and most untruthful things!)

But yesterday was an especially intriguing news day.  To begin with, it was Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.  It is a day filled with ceremony honoring the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.  The grandest ceremony takes place at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum where the Israeli Prime Minister and President almost always speak to the Jewish people, exhorting them to never forget the atrocities carried out against their people.

But perhaps most fascinating is what happens mid-morning on Yom HaShoah.  Sirens go off around the country for two minutes and the entire nation literally stands still to honor the Holocaust victims.  Here is what it looks like on busy freeways (click the picture to see the video):

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Of course, while that was going on, we continued receiving news regarding Syria.  The US has pledged to send missiles in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons on innocent Syrian civilians.  There are US threats against Russian, Iranian and Assad regime positions.  (Other allies are making commitments to the effort as well.)

The response: Military aircraft and sea vessels are scrambling every which direction!  After commandeering a Syrian port months ago, Russian vessels are scooting out into the Mediterranean Sea.  Iran is evacuating air bases it claims not to have, and Assad is moving his military assets to what he considers to be safer, Russian protected bases!

Before the US threat of airstrikes in Syria:

After the US threat of airstrikes in Syria:

 

Finally, a stark irony (among many).  According to Israel National News (Arutz Sheva), just days before Yom HaShoah, the Palestinian Authority used pictures of dead Holocaust victims to misrepresent an alleged massacre of Palestinians by Jews in 1948.  The picture is clearly misappropriated.  (You will find the story and pictures here.)

These are crazy news days, but it doesn’t mean we have to be afraid.  As Christians, we are living in one of the most exciting times in history.  Not because of the crazy things taking place, but because we know that Jesus is returning soon!  We can lift up our heads because we know our redemption draws near!  (Luke 21:28)