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God's Plan for You

God's Plan for this World and You

 

THE view of planet earth, seen from outer space, is very beautiful indeed. Confirmation of this has come from the astronauts who have gazed upon it. The earth is the fairest jewel in God's creation and it is the chosen place in the whole universe where He has promised to reveal His Kingdom in all its glory. That is why it is so beautiful.

 

The earth, of all the planets in the solar system, is the one that is perfectly suited to all forms of life and the one that orbits at exactly the right distance from the sun to provide comfortable conditions for the human race.

 

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“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”  John 17:3

 

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The Greek word for "know" in the passage above is 'ginosko' and it means to have a thorough and deep understanding of the subject. 

 

So if you seek "life eternal" then you must truly "know the only true God and Jesus Christ".

 

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Wrested Scripture and True Bible Teaching

 

Are mainstream Christian teachings correct?


The true Gospel can suffer from preconceived ideas and misinterpretations.


Find out what the Bible is actually saying and where interpretation can go wrong.

 

You owe it to yourself and your family to be sure of what it is you believe, the Apostle Paul has told us to "work out our own salvation with fear and trembling"  Philippians 2:12

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  1. The Bible is God's word and the only message from him. It is without error, except for copying and translation errors.
  2. There is only one God - the Father. The Holy Spirit is God's power.
  3. Jesus is the Son of God, and a human being, through his mother Mary.
  4. Man is mortal, having no existence when dead.
  5. By living a sinless life, ending with his sacrificial death by crucifixion, Jesus has opened the way of salvation from death.
  6. Belief and baptism are essential steps to salvation.
  7. God raised Jesus from death. Jesus is currently in Heaven, on God's right hand. He will one day return.
  8. When Jesus returns, he will raise his "sleeping" followers from death and grant immortality to the faithful who have tried to live by God's precepts.
  9. His followers will help him to rule, bringing justice, righteousness and peace to the whole world - the Kingdom of God.

 

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The Bible is our only true source for the Truth!

 

If we claim to follow Christ we should trust in the Scriptures as confidently as Jesus and his Apostles did:

Jesus said that: The Scripture cannot be broken.  (John 10:35)

 

Paul said that: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)

 

Peter said that: For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21)

The things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven (1 Peter 1:12)

 

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“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.   See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him… This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…"  Deuteronomy Chapter 30:12-20

 

From this passage we see how important it is to each one of us that we seek after God and His Word the Bible to us.

 

Without this we have no hope of LIFE, but only a future of DEATH.

 

This Word of God was originally given to the Nation of Israel and later it spread via the Apostles of Christ to the World, that even we today might have this same HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL.

 

It is UP to YOU then to seek out God’s Word, to KNOW what is the TRUTH of God’s Word so that you and your family might KNOW the way of LIFE ETERNAL and the great HOPE of living in God’s Kingdom on EARTH.

 

Do not let your HOPE rest upon others and most importantly on what others teach, search it out for yourself because we have been warned that the churches would be astray from God’s word in the last days.

 

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”   2 Timothy 4:3-4

 

Too much is at stake for you to not act yourself to seek out the TRUTH.

 

Christ himself has told us to do this when he said…

 

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Godis a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24

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World News Today is Fulfilling Bible Prophecy spoken 1000's of years ago.  World News Today is a Sign of the near RETURN OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST TO THIS EARTH!
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The Dinosaur Problem

T Rex Tissue Stumps Evolutionists

T-Rex Soft Tissue Disproves Evolution

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Is there something wrong when a supposedly 70 million-year-old tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur is found with soft tissue—including blood vessels and even whole cells? This is what a U.S. researcher reported in late March.  Biologist Mary Schweitzer discovered this soft tissue when it was necessary to break a T. rex’s huge thigh bone.

Schweitzer said that the vessels were flexible and some could even be squeezed. After extensive testing, there was confirmation that this T. rex bone even had hemoglobin (red blood cells).

This discovery is unexplained by evolutionary thinking, which suggests that millions and millions of years have passed since this “King of Dinos” met its demise. Schweitzer is puzzled and cannot understand why this bone was not mineralized. “It’s very amazing. It’s utterly shocking, actually, because it flies in the face of everything we understand about how tissues and cells degrade,” she said on MSNBC.

“It’s very amazing. It’s utterly shocking, actually….”

—Dr. Mary Schweitzer

In 1995, Joe Taylor, a professional dinosaur excavator and a biblical creationist, was curious about the hip girdle of another T. rex that was found in 1916. It was found in the same Hell Creek Formation where Schweitzer’s T. rex bone was found. Taylor was amazed that this 65 million-year-old specimen still had the appearance of skin on the sacral vertebrae. He sent a sample to Azusa Pacific College in California and had it scanned with an electron microscope by Professor Mark Armitage, who found that the bone had collagen filaments intact inside the bone. The presence of collagen suggests that this supposedly 65 million year old fossil was not completely fossilized. Armitage states, “It can’t be but a few thousand years old.”

So the Theory of Evolution is just that ‘A Theory’ that has never been proved and evidence like this says it can’t be and isn’t true.

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Abandoning Israel to the Iranian Crocodile

Obama's Nuclear Deal With Iran - Appeasement with Terrorists.

While the world rejoices in the historic nuclear arms deal signed in Vienna between America, Iran, Russia, the EU, Israel vs IranBritain and other nations - our minds go back to the appeasement policies of Chamberlain prior to WWII. It was Churchill who defined appeasement as feeding a crocodile hoping it will eat you last.

The nuclear agreement made with Iran dominated World News. The Vienna Agreement was signed on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at the Palais Coburg hotel, located in (of all places) Herzl Square in Vienna. 

 Peace For Our Time, now go to sleep!

Obama’s agreement is by all accounts “historic”, on the same level that pre-WWII British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s “Peace for our Time” appeasement agreement with Hitler and Nazi Germany was.

If we cast our minds back in history to September 29, 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, French Prime Minister Édouard Daladier, Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini and German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler signed the agreement together. The agreement capitulated to Germany’s demands, sacrificing the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia to Germany. 

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, French Prime Minister Edouard Daladier with German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler and Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, French Prime Minister Édouard Daladier,  German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler and Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini at the signing of the Munich Agreement in September, 1938. Chamberlain returns victorious to England with his "piece of paper"

The 1938  Munich Agreement was hailed as a great success, with Chamberlain returning to Britain to a hero’s welcome having achieved peace. After stepping off the plane from Germany on September 30, 1938, he proudly addressed the crowds:

“The settlement of the Czechoslovakian problem, which has now been achieved is, in my view, only the prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace. This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine.... We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again.”

Later the same day, Chamberlain stood on the steps of number 10 Downing Street and proclaimed:

“My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.”

A grim faced Chamberlain explains Britain is at war with GermanyA grim faced Chamberlain explains Britain is at war with Germany.

While Britain slept, the German war machine was started. Less than one year later Germany had Czekslosvakia and Austria in its grip and had pushed into Poland. Chamberlain’s appeasement policy had failed and he went on the airwaves once again:

"This morning the British Ambassador in Berlin handed the German Government a  final Note stating that, unless we heard from them by 11 o'clock that they were  prepared at once to withdraw their troops from Poland, a state of war would exist between us.

I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received, and that  consequently this country is at war with Germany.

That was seventy six years ago. Today it is not the British who have led the charge, although they were involved. It was the United States.

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Earthquake - Alarming Facts about Earthquakes Trends

Leading earthquake predictions point to intensifying trends in both future and recent earthquakes.

Is Global Warming having an impact on the frequency of Earthquakes?

And accepted facts about earthquakes link this to the effects of global warming.

This seems crazy at first, until you consider scientific earthquakes information and how earthquakes happen.

We also meet an amazing geologist who, despite ridicule and exclusion by his peers, has been accurately predicting earthquakes with animals for decades.

Facts about Earthquakes and Global Warming

At first glance, there doesn’t seem like there could be any connection between global warming and seismic activity. After all, why would the earth become less stable just because it’s a little warmer?

Well, connected they are. The earth’s crust is a lot more sensitive than you might think. There are well documented cases of even the load of water in a new dam triggering earthquakes in the local area.

A number of geologists say glacial melting, in particular, will unleash pent-up pressures in the Earth's crust. Aside from massive earthquake predictions, they believe we are in for other extreme geological events such as tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.

Before we consider how earthquakes happen, let’s look at recent earthquake activity.

Recent Earthquake Activity

Below is a graph showing how the number of high magnitude earthquakes has grown over the past 25 years:

Earthquake Graph provided by DL ResearchGraph above provided by DL Research. - http://www.dlindquist.com
Source: http://www.earth.webecs.co.uk/

Global earthquakes information and reporting, particularly of minor quakes, has increased around the world due to improving earthquake detection technology.

The graph shows the incidence of all earthquakes has risen over the last 25 years. Why?

You can check out the latest earthquake activity on the IRIS website as shown on the map.

Is There a Link Between Earthquake Predictions and Global Warming?

Though I am no longer convinced that we are still in a global warming phase, there is plenty of evidence that the earth did, in fact, experience significant warming up until 2004/2005. Since then there has in fact been cooling. In any case, the following still applies:

In predicting earthquakes to increase further as global warming progresses, consider this: a cubic meter of ice weighs nearly a ton and some glaciers are kilometers thick.

This prodigious weight acts to suppress tectonic movements in the underlying crust, and plug cracks where volcanic magma might otherwise escape to the surface.

When the weight is removed through melting, the suppressed strains and stresses of the underlying rock are free to come to life.

Harvard seismologist Göran Ekström has found a striking increase in the frequency of glacial quakes, particularly in Greenland, but concerning Antarctic and Alaska earthquakes.

Greenland quakes have risen from 6 to 15 a year between 1993 and 2002, to 30 in 2003, 23 in 2004 and 32 in the first 10 months of 2005, closely matching the rise in Greenland's temperatures over the same period.

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Israeli WEALTH Bait For The Russian Invasion

The prophecy claims that Russia will invade the land "to take a spoil, and to take a prey" (Ezekiel 38:12). It describes the confederated Eurasian forces under Gog as being drawn out like a huge whale with hooks in its jaws in the midst of the seas. God is represented as saying: "I will put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth . . ." (v. 4).

There are some well baited hooks in the Middle East, well calculated to draw the Gogian forces to their doom. Part of the bait is the lure of oil which is a key element in modern conditions. At the present time, Russia has ample oil, and supplies much of this commodity to the European Union.  But Russia has a vested interest in controlling the price of oil as it amasses great wealth from it.  So they might well be persuaded to take action against the vast Oil reserves of the Middle East in order to allow them greater control over pricing of this commodity and so this may comprise a most attractive bait to the Russian dictator.

A further "bait" is the strategic position of Israel and Egypt; for the Middle East is the bridgehead to three main continents: Europe, Asia and Africa, and its domination is necessary to a nation bent on world conquest.

A third attractive "bait" is the fact that Jerusalem is a holy city to the three great religions of the world: Catholic Christianity, Judaism and Mohammedism; and the recent moves between Catholicism and the Orthodox Church of Russia on the one hand, and Russia and the Moslems on the other, could make that consideration of prime importance to an invading force that desires to unite the world around a Holy Place.

But what of the Western powers?

The prophecy speaks of nations who will protest against the Russian invasion of the Middle East:

"Sheba, Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil, hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? ... to take a great spoil" (Ezekiel 38:13).

The British will play a key role in the time of the endSheba and Dedan are the ancient names for Arab countries that today remain sympathetic to the West, and are opposed to Russia. Tarshish can be identified with Great Britain, whilst "the young lions" are familiar symbols of English speaking nations.

The statement, therefore, relates to the English speaking world, whose officials will make an ineffectual protest against the Russian invasion of the Middle East. And well they might protest, for a Soviet dominated Middle East, with its wealth of oil, will spell doom for the future of Western Democracy.

And here, again, the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel is of greatest significance. For one of the terms, signed by President Carter on behalf of the USA, is that military forces will be established in the Middle East to buttress the terms of the treaty. Accordingly, this peace treaty will bring USA and other English speaking nations, physically back into the Middle East, in such a way as to justify the protest suggested by the prophet Ezekiel as emanating from powers that can be identified with Britain, USA, Australia, Canada and so forth.

Events now taking place in the world answer exactly to the requirements of this amazing prophecy of Ezekiel 38.

And this shows that Christ is at the door.

For two protests are voiced in Ezekiel 38: an ineffectual one, and a powerful one. The ineffectual one is represented as coming from the powers of the West, as cited above; the effectual one, is that uttered by God's representative then returned to earth: the Lord Jesus Christ.

The former one is expressed in the terms of enquiry: "Art thou come to take a spoil? Hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey?" (v. 13). It is the type of ineffectual protest that is normal with the UNO, and which might well be ignored by an aggressor like Russia.

Nevertheless, it would appear from Daniel's prophecy, that the West will make preparations to resist the Russian challenge for world domination, and will aim to fortify Jerusalem, and so cut off Gog's line of communications, because, the prophet declares, "tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him" (Daniel 11:44). These shall cause him to withdraw his main troops from Egypt, and aim at the conquest of Jerusalem. He shall set up his headquarters "between the seas (the Mediterranean and Dead Seas) in the glorious holy mountain" but there his might shall be broken "without hand" (Daniel 8:25; 11:45), that is, by divine instrumentality.

And this introduces us to the second protest. It is a protest made with power. God through Ezekiel declares:

"It shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that My fury shall come up in My face. . ." (Ezekiel 38:18).

God's anger at the power-crazed attack of Gog, will be manifested through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. For Bible prophecy indicates that before the judgment of Armageddon on the nations, Christ will return; the resurrection of those responsible (a comparatively small percentage of humanity. See Psalm 49:19-20; Isaiah 26:14; Ephesians 2:12) will take place, and those judged worthy will receive eternal life, and will be appointed positions of responsibility in the government to be set up by the Lord.

Daniel predicted these events. He wrote:

"And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people, and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many (not all) of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt" (Daniel 12:1-2).

The time referred to is "the time of the end" of Daniel 11:40: the time that will witness the attack of the power of the north against Israel and Egypt. Whilst that is taking place, Christ will be supervising the judgment of those resurrected from the dead. The site of the Judgment, most likely, will be in the isolated area of Sinai. This is east of Egypt, and probably will comprise the "tidings out of the east" that shall trouble the king of the north. If so, they will be tidings that he will not understand, and, therefore, tidings that he will ignore, as he makes his drive towards Jerusalem, to meet the threat in the north. His action will bring him, and "all nations to Jerusalem to battle" (Zech. 14:1).

But the prophet, having predicted such a gathering of nations to Jerusalem, and current events illustrating how such a battle is likely in these days when the Middle East is the key to world domination and power, proceeds to state:

"Then shall the Lord go forth to fight against those nations, as when He fought in the day of battle . . . and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee" (Zechariah 14:3,5).

Consider the significance of such a statement. It means that when Russia attacks Israel and Egypt, Christ already will have returned. And as a Russian attack on the Middle East is already a possibility, how close is Christ's coming?

And how important is it that we make our peace with God in the way appointed, for at the Lord's return the door of opportunity to attain eternal life at his coming will close.

It would seem from the outline of prophecy above, that the Camp David Peace Treaty is contributing considerably to the development of things in the Middle East, as predicted by Bible prophecy over 2,500 years ago. For example:

  1. Bible prophecy requires that Israel be "at rest, dwelling in safety (in confidence)" at the time that Russia attacks from the north. The peace treaty is adding to Israel's confidence.
  2. It predicts that Israel would continue to trespass against God because of self confidence induced by peace, so that the nation is indicted by God for its attitude (Ezek. 39:26). Israel's self-confident attitude, and its ignoring of the help of God is indicative of this.
  3. It anticipates the physical presence of Western troops in the area to strengthen the ties of peace between Israel and Egypt. The prophecies of Ezekiel, Daniel and elsewhere require the same thing. "All nations" will be drawn to Jerusalem to battle (Zech. 14-1-2), whilst Ezekiel predicts a protest on the part of nations that can be identified with the English speaking world (Ezek. 38:13).
  4. It necessitates Egypt being in the Western camp, so as to be attacked and invaded by Russia (Daniel 11:40-45). Since the signing of the Peace treaty, Egypt has become tied more completely with the West, and has received the bitter hostility of Russia.
  5. Russia will invade Egypt and so secure a prize of great wealth (Daniel 11:43). Today the possession of oil is of more value than gold, and in recent years, oil has been discovered in the area dominated by Egypt and more recently by Israel.

Therefore, in a remarkable way, thoroughly vindicating the predictions of Bible prophecy, the peace accord signed between Israel and Egypt has contributed towards the development of a situation that answers to the requirements of Bible prophecy.

What this means to you

The time is rapidly approaching when the world will no longer be able to ignore the claims of God and the Bible. A crisis is developing that will force every person to make a decision. How important then, to make it now, and to make it wisely.

That Christ is to return to the earth to bring to consummation the divine purpose therein is beyond doubt. It is a doctrine clearly taught in the Bible, and one tied in with personal salvation. Consider the following appeal:

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you; whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began" (Acts 3:19-21).

Your personal salvation is bound up with Christ's second coming, and the fulfilment of Bible prophecy in our day teaches that his coming is near at hand.

Why not seek further information concerning these matters. It costs you nothing to do so, but it is to your advantage to seek it out. Remember! the times are significant, the issues are vital. You owe it to yourself and your family to seek God's way.

 
 
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Israel’s Enemies Exploit Every Opportunity

The recent horrific death of a Palestinian toddler, in an arson attack on his home, has brought the usual torrent of condemnation on Israel, and its government.  Of course, it’s not surprising that such a killing should be vigorously denounced; but why is it that Israel is the only country where the whole nation, or at least the government, is held accountable for every crime that occurs in its territory?

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign attempts to demonise Israel.The Boycott of Israeli Products attempts to domonise Israel

The death of a small child in such circumstances is truly dreadful, but to put it into context, this is only the third case where a child has been murdered by Jewish terrorists in the last 25 years [1]; and without exception, each case was received by Israel’s people and government with shock, horror and utter revulsion.

In contrast, the number of children murdered by Palestinian terrorists, in the same period, is 177 [1]; and in many cases, the murders brought celebrations in the streets, and the murderers were fated by Palestinian people and leaders alike, with roads, squares and parks named in their honour.

In fact the very village, currently under suspicion of harbouring the arsonists, Itamar, was itself the victim of the ghastly murder of five members of one family.  A column in the Washington Post, from the time, reported, under the heading

Palestinians celebrate and then reluctantly denounce Itamar murders

“It is hard to conceive of a more grisly murder. On shabbat, Palestinian terrorists broke into the home of residents of the West Bank town of Itamar and stabbed to death five members of the family, including a 3-month old baby. The initial reaction of Palestinians was grotesque, if not predictable. Ynet news reported, “Gaza residents from the southern city of Rafah hit the streets Saturday to celebrate the terror attack in the West Bank settlement of Itamar where five family members were murdered in their sleep, including three children. Residents handed out candy and sweets, one resident saying the joy ‘is a natural response to the harm settlers inflict on the Palestinian residents in the West Bank.’

The reaction of the Palestinian Authority was equally predictable. On Saturday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas issued a “condemnation” that in essence blamed Israel for the attack…” [2]

And this is the justification given for all such crimes; Jewish settlers shouldn’t be there in the first place, and their theft of Palestinian land, and their suppression of Palestinian political rights, is the spring from which flows the bitter waters of tit-for-tat war.

But this narrative is based on fallacies and distortions. 

After all, why shouldn’t Jews live in Judea & Samaria when they’ve been living there for thousands of years?  Just because the Jordanians illegally invaded the, so called, West Bank in 1948, and both ancient and modern Jewish communities were ethnically cleansed from the area, why does that mean that now, under “international law”, it’s illegal for Jews to live there?

Why are Jews, living in their ancient heartlands (where Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived, where the judges and kings ruled, where the tabernacle was pitched and the temple built) an “obstacle to peace”, and yet Arabs living in “Israel proper” not “obstacles to peace”?  Why would a Palestinian state have to be Jew-free, while the Israeli state still has Arab citizens enjoying its privileges?

And if removing the Jewish towns and villages from the West Bank would bring peace why wasn’t there peace between 1948 and 1967, when no Jews were there?  And after the Six Day War, when Moshe Dayan made it absolutely clear that he was willing to negotiate the return of the West Bank to Jordan, in exchange for peace, why did the Arab League convene the Khartoum “Three ‘No’s” Conference, where the Arab nations agreed a resolution of “no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with Israel”? [4]

At the beginning of the June 1967 war, Israel pleaded with Jordan not become involved. Israel’s troops were under strict orders to use minimal force in self-defence only, and in the first hours mostly did not respond to light arms fire from Jordan’s army.  However, when Jordanian artillery opened up all along the front, and West Jerusalem came under heavy fire, Israel’s response began, and the “West Bank” was taken almost by accident as part of that defensive war.  Incidentally, international law explicitly allows for countries, under attack, to take and hold the aggressor’s territory (not that it belonged to Jordan in the first place) until the attacked nation’s sovereignty and geographical integrity is recognised and accepted by the antagonist.

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Oil Prices and a Changing Middle East

Falling oil prices are having a profound impact on world politics and are reshaping the Middle East.

CNBC reported on July 31, 2015 that, "The price of oil could be stuck firmly at around $50 a barrel by 2020, a Goldman Sachs analyst told CNBC, raising new fears about the energy companies that have already started to cut costs, projects and jobs to cope with falling revenues.”

Falling Oil Prices are having a profound impact on the worldFalling Oil Prices are having a profound impact on world politics and are reshaping the Middle East.

The UK Telegraph reports today: "Another Dubai debt crunch is looming as oil slump hits Gulf. Persian Gulf emirate could suffer the most as falling oil prices hit economies across the Middle East”.

For decades the West was reliant on Middle East oil and the Gulf States could hold a gun to the head of the West as they did in 1973 during the Arab-Israeli war, by means of an oil embargo, in retaliation for the United States decision to re-supply the Israeli military. This has now dramatically changed.

Back in January of this year the Ynet News website in Israel, ran an opinion piece stating that “The Arab oil ear is over”. The piece begins, "The most dramatic news in 2014 almost went unnoticed: The United States lifted the restrictions on American oil exports, and as of the first day of the new year it has begun exporting oil to the world.

"No one believed this would happen so fast, but the US is already the world's biggest oil manufacturer, bigger than Saudi Arabia, thanks to the oil shale technology which "changed the world of energy."

The opinion piece has some very interesting projections.

"As the Gulf states are left with no money to spend and are experiencing internal shocks, the era of destructive Arab power is coming to an end; the Israeli mind and innovation era, on the other hand, is just beginning.

"This means that oil prices will continue to drop, as the US is already competing against other manufacturers. As a result, Russia will be crushed, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Gulf states will fall flat on their face, the cartel will collapse, and all the dictatorships which were mainly based on oil – like Iran – will face a gloomy future.”

For decades oil has defined the Middle East. The West needed it and the Middle East provided it without much effort and became very rich in the process. Israel and Jordan were the only countries in the Middle East without oil. This of course has now changed. The Tamar and Leviathan gas fields discovered off Israel's coast are seen as an opportunity for Israel to become a major energy player in the Middle East.

While it may have been very nice for Israel to have the easy riches of oil like the Gulf States, it has probably been to Israel's benefit, as their economy is diversified and innovative in contrast to the undeveloped one horse economies of the other Middle East countries that have thrived off the riches of oil.

What about Russia? If they are “crushed” is not this the opposite of what we would expect from Bible Prophecy? The opinion piece continues:

"But as oil prices continue to drop, what will happen to Russia? The country is collapsing and could turn to a European war to save itself.”

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The Eastern Tarshish Strengthens Ties with IsraelJoint Israel India Stamp marks 20yr Relationship

India and Israel have been strengthening ties, as foreseen by Bible prophecy students of years gone by.

The ancient nation of Tarshish is identified by scripture as being friendly to Israel in the time of the end. The Biblical text identifies both a western and an eastern Tarshish. India is identified with the East as is seen to be strengthening its ties with Israel after years of cold relations.

We have often spoken of the latter day Tarshish on the Bible in the News program, discussing the relationships between Britain, America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Israel. The cause of our attention comes from passages such as Ezekiel 38:13 where there is a notable presence of the Tarshish powers, friendly to Israel in the time of the end:

“Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” (Ezekiel 38:13)

It is another subject, but Tarshish is identified with the ancient trade in tin and led identified by Ezekiel 37:12:

“Tarshish was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded in thy fairs.” (Ezekiel 27:12)

Tarshish is identified as a western lying nation because Tarshish is identified with the nation of Tyre on the coasts of Lebanon, and Jonah left from Joppa to take a ship to Tarshish heading west.

Ancient authorities such as Herodotus and Julius Caesar identify an island beyond the straights of Gibraltar and off the coast of Europe as being the source of tin. More current authorities such as Encyclopedia Britannica, and Barbara Tuchman in her book "The Bible and Sword" identify Britain as this ancient source. “Bronze Age Sea Traders” and  “The Merchants of Tarshish” for more on this).

The Eastern Tarshish

The people of Tarshish have roots that go way back in history. It is interesting that Herodotus, writing about 100 years after Ezekiel, identifies the Phoenicians (who are associated in the Bible with Tarshish), as originating from an Eastern direction, and migrating into the west via their naval prowess. Herodotus tells us:

These people originally came from the coasts of the Indian Ocean; and as soon as they penetrated into the Mediterranean and settled in that part of the country where they are today, they took to making long trading voyages. (Herodotus Histories, Book 1, page 1)

Solomon entered into a joint project with Hiram king of Tyre to built ships to go to Tarshish:

“And king Solomon made a navy of ships in Ezion-geber, which is beside Eloth (Elat), on the shore of the Red sea, in the land of Edom. And Hiram sent in the navy his servants, shipmen that had knowledge of the sea, with the servants of Solomon. And they came to Ophir, and fetched from thence gold, four hundred and twenty talents, and brought it to king Solomon.” (1 Kings 9:26–28)

Years later Jehoshaphat decided to follow Solomon’s example, he made an alliance with Ahaziah of Israel, however he failed in his exploits:

“And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly: And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Ezion-geber. Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.” (2 Chronicles 20:35–37)

Note where Jehoshaphat’s ships were destroyed, Ezion Geber. We are told this in the Kings record too:

“Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber.” (1 Kings 22:48)

Both Solomon and Jehoshaphat’s navy’s were built in Elat, in on the northern tip of the Red sea and were destined for an eastern “Tarshish”.

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Sexual Freedom and the War on Bible Morality

A UK judge rules against Ashers Bakery on refusal to bake a cake promoting gay marriage.

During the week of May 23rd 2015 a UK judge ruled that a Christian-run bakery discriminated against a gay customer by refusing to make a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan.  Ashers Baking Company, based in County Antrim, was taken to court by gay rights activist Gareth Lee.

We read in Isaiah 5:20-21

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

And the Bible teaches that sexual immorality (whether fornication, adultery or homosexuality) is wrong; and rightly so, for the consequence of such behaviour is family breakdown with all its social ills; with children and the innocent party being the first to suffer.  And in the UK alone, hundreds of thousands of sexually transmitted infections occur each year – unnecessary cases which can ruin lives, including those not immediately responsible, such as the spouses of the unfaithful, unborn children and even the thousands of haemophiliacs who perished due to contaminated blood products, produced in the 1980s.

Asher Bakers

And yet modern western society is so obsessed with sex and with sexual freedom, that it is treated as a “right” and as a necessity of life, like having food to eat.  The freedom to fulfil one’s lusts outweighs all its evils and certainly is more important than allowing a poor and principled baker to make an honest living.

And it is a fundamental as that.  The Equality Commission were reported as suggesting that Ashers should close down if unwilling to conform.   Guesthouse owners have already been driven out of business, and out of home, by similar judgements – and employees in many fields, already have to choose between signing ethics policies, which are contrary to biblical teachings, and losing their jobs.

In politics, it is said, extreme right meets left – as a comparison of Stalin & Hitler soon demonstrates.  Likewise laws, in western countries, have become so permissive and so against discrimination, that they have become authoritarian and discriminatory.  In their rush to protect sexual freedom, they have become like the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages, who caused…

“…all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark…” (Revelations 13:16-17)

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” (Isaiah 5:20-21)

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The UK election in the light of Bible prophecy

God's hand at work with Tarshish

Prime Minister David Cameron wins shock majority Vote in UK Elections

The UK election has happened. The Conservative Party has got in with a majority vote and David Cameron is back as UK Prime Minister - but where does this leave the UK? This week we take a look at this election result through the lens of Bible prophecy and note the signs of the soon return of Jesus Christ to the earth.

God is in control of human affairs

The Bible has much to say about human rulership of the earth. In this there is a very important principle  to consider, and that is that God is in control.

We read in Daniel: "the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” (Daniel 4:17).

This principle is picked up in Romans 13 where we read:
"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained (or set up) of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” Romans 13:1-2

So the political powers of men are in fact controlled by God. He sets them up, unbeknown to man. He allows them a certain level of temporal power to rule. For this reason all God fearing men and women should be "subject to principalities and powers” (Titus 3:1), or as we read in Peter "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake:” (1 Peter 2:13). Should these powers ask us to do something which is not in accordance with God’s principles though, as God is the higher authority in such matters, we would choose to follow Him after the examples of the apostles. In Acts 4:19, after being asked to act contrary to God’s ways, Peter and John say "Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye".

So we believe God has been in control of this recent election in the UK and this must not be lost sight of.

Who gets your vote?

The other wider question here is on whom do we, as individuals, trust to solve societies problems. "Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish” says Psalms 146:3-4. In our humanist, postmodern and democratic age we should be very weary of men who have excluded God from their minds. Having no confidence in man we must put our confidence in God. As the proverb says: "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6).

As “God”, or indeed a representative of God, is not on the election ballot, how could we vote for a man? If we knew which man God wished to put into power then this would be a different matter - but we do not. If we were to cast our vote, how would we know if we were, in fact, voting against God’s will? The whole human system is set up in a way a Bible believer must ultimately utterly reject. It is the way of the human herd, unmotivated by Gods word. We must be very careful not to be entangled with the “affairs of this life” but rather choose to be "strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Hebrews 11:13), looking for the coming Kingdom of the age to come.

The nations in the "Latter Days"

However there is more of the Bible in this week’s election news which we want to briefly consider. In Ezekiel chapter 38 we have a prophecy about "the latter days" (see verses 8 and 16). We are told when this time period is within the chapter itself in verses 8 and 12 - a time period when Gods people of Israel have returned to their land after a long period of being scattered. So this chapter then is very relevant to us living today seeing that the Jews have, in only recent times, returned to their homeland. Israel as a state has only existed from 1948.

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Iranian Nuclear Deal Helps Form Arab States into Biblical Alignment

Saudia Arabia and the other Arab states are responding to the Iranian deal with

The American-Iranian Nuclear deal has brought strong criticism from Israel and the Arab states. Israel sees it as a threat to its existence. One of the outcomes has been the development of closer ties between the Arab states, answering to the "Sheba and Dedan" of Ezekiel, and also the development of better relationships with Israel.  

Headlines this week revolved around the historic agreement between the USA and Iran regarding the nuclear agreement.

President Obama proudly took the podium brag about his “peace in our time” nuclear agreement. Here are some of the excerpts of his deal:
President Obama

Today, the United States -- together with our allies and partners -- has reached a historic understanding with Iran, which, if fully implemented, will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon…. I am convinced that if this framework leads to a final, comprehensive deal, it will make our country, our allies, and our world safer.

Today, after many months of tough, principled diplomacy, we have achieved the framework for that deal. And it is a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives. This framework would cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon. Iran will face strict limitations on its program, and Iran has also agreed to the most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regime ever negotiated for any nuclear program in history. So this deal is not based on trust, it’s based on unprecedented verification.

Many key details will be finalized over the next three months, and nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed. But here are the basic outlines of the deal that we are working to finalize.

First, Iran will not be able to pursue a bomb using plutonium, because it will not develop weapons-grade plutonium. The core of its reactor at Arak will be dismantled and replaced. The spent fuel from that facility will be shipped out of Iran for the life of the reactor. Iran will not build a new heavy-water reactor. And Iran will not reprocess fuel from its existing reactors -- ever.

Second, this deal shuts down Iran’s path to a bomb using enriched uranium. Iran has agreed that its installed centrifuges will be reduced by two-thirds. Iran will no longer enrich uranium at its Fordow facility. Iran will not enrich uranium with its advanced centrifuges for at least the next 10 years. The vast majority of Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium will be neutralized….

Third, this deal provides the best possible defense against Iran’s ability to pursue a nuclear weapon covertly -- that is, in secret. International inspectors will have unprecedented access not only to Iranian nuclear facilities, but to the entire supply chain that supports Iran’s nuclear program -- from uranium   mills that provide the raw materials, to the centrifuge production and storage facilities that support the program. If Iran cheats, the world will know it. If we see something suspicious, we will inspect it. Iran’s past efforts to weaponize its program will be addressed. With this deal, Iran will face more inspections than any other country in the world.

The ongoing failure of Obama to deal with Iran was made evident in an article in the New York Times, (April 3, 2015), commenting on the negotiations and the agreements that came out of them:

But as the talks hit one deadline after another, the administration had to compromise more. Instead of maintaining strict limits throughout the life of a 15-year accord, for example, it began to talk about keeping the toughest limits — the ones that would extend to a year the time Iran needed to produce enough nuclear material for a bomb — in place for at least 10 years….

The growth of the Iranian nuclear project has been substantial since Obama has been in office, the article stated:

“Iran had a few hundred working centrifuges in 2003, thousands when Mr. Obama took over and 19,000 now.”

Israel’s Response:

Israel is extremely concerned with this agreement. This is why Netanyahu came to address the congress a few weeks prior to the Israeli election, much to the chagrin of Obama.

Netanyahu gave Israel’s response to Obama’s agreement. It is clear and reasonable:

Netanyahu responds to Obama's deal as a threat "to the very survival of the state of Israel"This deal would pose a grave danger to the region and to the world and would threaten the very survival of the state of Israel. The deal would not shut down a single nuclear facility in Iran, would not destroy a single centrifuge in Iran, and would not stop R&D on Iran’s advanced centrifuges. On the contrary, the deal would legitimize Iran’s illegal nuclear program, it would leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure. The deal would lift sanctions almost immediately, and this the very  time when Iran is stepping up its aggression and terror in the region and beyond the region. In a few years the deal would remove the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program, enabling Iran to have a massive enrichment capacity that it could use to produce many nuclear bombs within a matter of months. The deal would greatly bolster Iran’s economy. It would give Iran, thereby, tremendous means to propel its aggression and terrorism throughout the Middle East. Such a deal does not block Iran’s path to the bomb, such a deal paves Iran’s path to the bomb. And it might very well spark a nuclear arms race throughout the Middle East, and it might greatly increase the risks of terrible war. Now some say that the only alternative to this bad deal is war. That is not true. There is a third alternative. Standing firm, increasing the pressure on Iran, until a good deal is achieved.

And finally, let me say one more thing. Iran is a regime that openly calls for Israel’s destruction and openly and actively works toward that end. Just two days ago, in the midst of the negotiations in Losan, the commander of the besieged security forces in Iran said this: “The destruction of Israel is non-negotiable.” Well I want to make clear to all, the survival of Israel is non-negotiable. Israel will not accept an agreement which allows a company which vows to annihilate us to develop nuclear weapons… period. In addition, Israel demands that any final agreement with Iran will include a clear and unambiguous Iranian commitment of Israel’s right to exist.”

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MASADA - SYMBOL OF JEWISH COURAGE

Masada - Symbol of Jewish Courage

Masada today is one of the Jewish people's greatest symbols. Israeli soldiers take an oath there: "Masada shall not fall again." Next to Jerusalem, it is the most popular destination of Jewish tourists visiting Israel. As a rabbi, I have even had occasion to conduct five Bar and Bat Mitzvah services there. It is strange that a place known only because 960 Jews committed suicide there in the first century C.E. should become a modern symbol of Jewish survival.

What is even stranger is that the Masada episode is not mentioned in the Talmud. Why did the rabbis choose to ignore the courageous stance and tragic fate of the last fighters in the Jewish rebellion against Rome?

After Rome destroyed Jerusalem and the Second Temple in 70, the Great Revolt ended-except for the surviving Zealots, who fled Jerusalem to the fortress of Masada, near the Dead Sea. There, they held out for three years. Anyone who has climbed the famous "snake path" to Masada can understand why the surrounding Roman troops had to content themselves with a siege. Masada is situated on top of an enormous, isolated rock: Anyone climbing it to attack the fortress would be an easy target. Yet the Jews, encamped in the fortress, could never feel secure; every morning, they awoke to see the Roman Tenth Legion hard at work, constructing battering rams and other weapons. If the 960 defenders of Masada hoped that the Romans eventually would consider this last Jewish beachhead too insignificant to bother conquering, they were to be disappointed. The Romans were well aware that the Zealots at Masada were the group that had started the Great Revolt; in fact, the Zealots had been in revolt against the Romans since the year 6. More than anything else, the length and bitterness of their uprising probably account for Rome's unwillingness to let Masada and its small group of defiant Jews alone.

Once it became apparent that the Tenth Legion's battering rams and catapults would soon succeed in breaching Masada's walls, Elazar ben Yair, the Zealots’ leader, decided that all the Jewish defenders should commit suicide.

According to Josephus, two women and five children managed to hide themselves during the mass suicide, and it was from one of these women that he heard an account of Elazar ben Yair's final speech. Josephus probably added some rhetorical flourishes of his own, but Elazar’s speech clearly was a masterful oration: "Since we long ago resolved,

"Elazar began, "never to be servants to the Romans, nor to any other than to God Himself, Who alone is the true and just Lord of mankind, the time is now come that obliges us to make that resolution true in practice.... We were the very first that revolted [against Rome], and we are the last that fight against them; and I cannot but esteem it as a favor that God has granted us, that it is still in our power to die bravely, and in a state of freedom."

Even at this late juncture, Elazar could not accept that the main reason the revolt had failed was because Rome's army was vastly superior. Instead, he dwelt on his belief that the Lord had turned against the Jewish people.

But this was not to be the End of the Jewish People as God had said that He would regather Israel in the Last Days and so 2000 years later this was miraculously fulfilled.

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