QUESTION: Last Sunday at my church, our pastor talked about the refiners fire’s process and he said that God wants us to suffer so he can cleanse us. He used 1 Peter 1:6-7 to support his position. Is this true?
ANSWER:The “refiner’s fire” analogy is used in the Old Testament as a model of the Great Tribulation, as in Zechariah 13:8-9, to describe Israel’s purification. But the context there is to separate believers from unbelievers, to purify the nation in advance of the coming kingdom, not purify individuals who are already believers.
The Church was made clean at the cross. If any one is in Christ He’s a new creation, as righteous as God himself (2 Cor 5:17,21). In the Lord’s eyes we have been washed in the water of His word, and are without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless (Ephesians 5:25-27). And while Jesus said we would have difficulties in this world (John 16:33) He didn’t associate them with our cleansing. The writer of Hebrews said that God disciplines those He loves, but again His discipline is for teaching, not cleansing. From Hebrews 10:12-14 we learn that by His once for all time sacrifice for sins, the Lord has made us perfect forever.
In 1 Peter 1:6-7 Peter was writing to first century Christians who had suffered persecution for their faith, reminding them that their faith was made stronger because of it. James wrote about the same thing in James 1:2-4even promising a crown to those who persevere under trial (James 1:12). Paul also mentioned this in several of his letters, as did the writer of Hebrews.
Christians have suffered persecution for their faith at various times and in various places through out history, and even today we read of Christians being imprisoned for their faith, driven from their homes, having their churches burned down, their families massacred, or living in fear of these things happening. That’s who these passages are written to and for. But this is not common to Christianity in general. And as we can see from the above verses, it is definitely not something God requires of us.
QUESTION: Can born-again Christians believers have demons?
ANSWER:Yes, I believe born again believers can suffer demonic attacks, and even have a long term demonic presence in their lives. Believers are often surprised to learn that they’ve actually made such attacks possible by refusing to forgive someone who has made them angry (Ephesians 4:26-27) or by living in a state of un-confessed sin.
But when we submit our selves to God and draw near to Hm, He will draw near to us and when we resist the devil he will flee from us (James 4:7-8).
We do this by confessing our sins (1 John 1:9) and by using our knowledge of God to demolish the strongholds we’ve allowed the enemy to build in our minds (2 Cor. 10:3-5).
QUESTION: I understand that the first abomination of desolation rendered the temple unfit for used in about 167BC and that the altar to the pagan god Zeus Olympus was set up in about 168BC by Antiochus Epiphanes prefiguring a similar abomination that Jesus Christ predicted would be erected in Matthew 24:15. In Revelation 13:5-7, the antichrist is seen in the future to make war with the church! Before the rapture, will the present church undergo prosecution like in the days of the first abomination when worshipers in the temple in Jerusalem were falling by the sword, burned, captured, or plundered?
ANSWER:Rev. 13:7says the anti-Christ will be given power to make war against the saints and to overcome them. But in Matt. 16:18 Jesus said the gates of Hell will never overcome the Church. Therefore the saints in Rev. 13:7 are tribulation believers not the Church. Rev. 13:7 takes place shortly after the beginning of the Great Tribulation, and by then the Church will already be gone.
However, we should all remember that the Church has always undergone persecution, and is experiencing some of the worst right now. On average more Christians are dying for their faith in the world today than did during the Roman persecution of the 1st and 2nd centuries.
The only persecution the Church will escape is that which takes place during the last seven years before the 2nd Coming, the period known as Daniel’s 70th Week, or the time of God’s wrath.
In striking more than 50 Iranian military targets within 90 minutes early on Thursday morning, the Israel Defense Force displayed just a sample of its advanced, intelligence-fueled precision firepower, dealing a crushing blow to Iran’s assets in Syria.
This exchange of fire represents a new, stepped-up phase in the escalating Israeli-Iranian standoff in Syria.
Much of Iran’s military infrastructure in Syria was destroyed in this wave of strikes, likely leaving the Quds Force—the overseas elite Iranian unit trying to consolidate its presence in Syria—reeling.
The Quds Force has been busy in Iran, building missile and rocket bases, drone bases, importing Shi’ite militia forces and trafficking heavy weapons into the region. It had begun launching direct attacks on Israel in contrast to Iran’s older pattern of aggression, which was based on activating proxy attacks.
Most disturbingly, the Quds Force had begun initiating the next stage of Iran’s takeover of Syria. All of these efforts had one goal: to be able to use Syria as a springboard for attacking Israel.
The Iranian axis in Syria, with the help of Russian airpower, has nearly completed its victory over the Sunni rebel organizations and could now turn its attention to stage two of its Syrian project: Israel.
The Iranian leadership has made no secret of its intention to establish a grand, radical Shi’ite empire across the Middle East, stretching across Iraq, Syria and Lebanon—and beyond. These imperial ambitions threaten not only Israel, but the region’s Sunni powers, which is why these states are in full support of Israel’s self-defense measures.
Iran’s mistake was to underestimate Israel’s ability to put a stop to this plan. On Tuesday night the Quds Force, led by the charismatic and notorious Gen. Qasem Soleimani, dispatched a truck rocket-launcher towards Israel. As it drove south of Damascus, preparing to fire on Israel, it was destroyed in a missile attack.
Large quantities of munitions fired in little time
The ability to detect such a developing threat in real time—and take action—is exactly the kind of unparalleled intelligence and strike capabilities that enable Israel to be a step ahead in its conflict with Iran.
But the Iranians did not take the hint. They tried again on Wednesday night, firing 20 rockets at IDF positions on the Golan Heights. The IDF was prepared, intercepting the rockets with Iron Dome missile-defense system, and then going on the offensive in a massive wave of firepower.
Israel’s operation on Thursday, which was the largest conducted by the Israel Air Force in years, required extraordinary intelligence-gathering abilities, and in particular, the know-how to map out the various locations in which the Quds Force had taken root. This intelligence was then converted into the capability to fire guided munitions at the targets in large quantities in little time.
Several of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air-defense batteries made the mistake of getting involved in the fight, firing surface-to-air missiles at Israeli jets. They paid a price for that decision; a good number of units were destroyed in Israeli counter-strikes.
These events ultimately mean that Iran tried to force the Jewish state to accept its presence in Syria, and the effort completely failed. Iran ended up losing more than 50 military targets, and Israel’s message to Tehran—to exit Syria immediately—received a powerful boost.
It’s too soon to know if this round of fighting has ended. But Iran is unlikely to give up on Syria so quickly. Despite the blow absorbed, the Iranians will likely make a new attempt to move into Syria, smuggling new kinds of weapons, and preparing the ground for future attacks on Israel.
The events of recent days have marked the start of a new phase in a long-term Iranian-Israeli long-term conflagration. This is a conflict, however, that began when Iran came to Israel’s borders to threaten and attack it, and not the other way around.
So far, Hezbollah has kept out of this conflict, and this is welcome news. Iran is unlikely to want to risk its proxy ensconced in Lebanon, preferring to continue pointing Hezbollah’s 120,000 rockets and missiles at the Jewish state.
Despite a remarkable display of Israeli military capabilities, this is no time to be complacent. The Iranians will be back, and the IDF must be prepared for its return.
‘ISRAEL WILL NOT PAY A PRICE FOR EMBASSY RELOCATION’
Coates stated that President Donald Trump moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem serves U.S. interests and is not part of a “give-and-take” with Israel.
“This is something that serves the United States. There is no give and take with Israel with regards to this decision,” she said.
Coates added, “There are people who are happy with the decision and people who are unhappy – but it’s far too early to measure reactions. We are convinced this decision creates a platform and an opportunity to promote a peace process based on realities, not fantasies. We’re sure it will create greater stability in the long run.”
At the inauguration ceremony of the Embassy relocation this coming Monday, Trump will give a speech from the White House, where the President will watch the ceremony live.
Earlier this week, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat hung a road sign directing traffic to the new American Embassy.
“It’s not a dream, it’s reality,” Barkat said. “This morning, I am proud and excited to hang the first signs for the U.S. Embassy, which will open next week in Jerusalem.”
“This is an historic event, and I thank US President Donald Trump for it. Jerusalem is the Jewish nation’s eternal capital, and now, the world is beginning to recognize that. Happy Jerusalem holiday,” said Barkat.
ANALYSIS: TRUMP OFFERS SWEET VINDICATION FOR ISRAEL, BUT WHAT’S NEXT?
Trump’s decision on Iran this week may have put Netanyahu on cloud nine, but what happens next?
‘There is this ebb and flow in politics,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told me in an interview back in 2011. “You just have to be experienced enough – and I think I have experience enough – not to take too much heart when the tide is rising and not to be disconcerted when the waters are falling. Be steady as you go, that is my advice to myself.” It’s advice, however, that Netanyahu might be tempted to ignore this week – a week when his tides were definitely on the rise. This was a week that saw US President Donald Trump walk away from a nuclear agreement with Iran that Netanyahu viewed as a catastrophe; a week during which he spent 10 hours with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, and upon returning to Israel okayed a widespread air-attack on Iranian positions inside Syria following Iranian missiles fired on the Golan; and a week when the polls showed the Likud winning a decades-high 35 to 42 seats in the Knesset, were elections to be held today. And on Monday, this winning streak is expected to continue with the formal transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Not bad for a man whose critics and political opponents claimed that with all the various affairs he is allegedly involved in and that are currently under investigation – Cases 1000 to 4000 – that he was politically a dead-man-walking; that the end of the Bibi era was nigh. Affairs? What affairs. With the Iranians at the gates, and the doors of a US embassy in Jerusalem to be sprung wide open, who remembers Nir Hefetz, Ari Harow, Arnon Milchan or James Packer? Nobody remembers them. At least not right now. But as Netanyahu rightly pointed out in that interview in 2011, there is an ebb and flow in the life of a politician. The waters are currently flowing in his favor, but he is experienced enough – as he himself pointed out – to realize that this high tide is not permanent. For example, what if the expected Palestinian riots near the Gaza border fence get out of hand this week? What if the fatalities there mount? What if “Nakba Day” activities in the West Bank and inside Israel lead to deadly clashes? What if an air sortie over Syria goes sour, leading either to a downed plane or a clash with the Russians? Many scenarios could ruin Netanyahu’s current party.
But still. A few years back, when Netanyahu publicly and continuously butted heads with president Barack Obama over the Iranian nuclear issue, his critics said he had sacrificed Israel’s relations with the US; that by speaking against the deal in Congress in 2015 he had irreparably strained ties with Washington; and that he was simply expending all of Israel’s political capital on a losing battle. And then Trump steps up to the podium in the White House on Tuesday and delivers a speech that Netanyahu himself could very well have written, all the way down to the president’s turning to the Iranian people – as Netanyahu often does – and assuring them that they are not the enemy, but rather the victims of a dictatorship. For more than a quarter of a century, Netanyahu has made preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb his overall purpose. In 1992, as a relatively junior MK, he warned the Knesset that Iran was only a few years away from nuclear capability. In 1993 he wrote in Yediot Ahronot that “the most dangerous threat to Israel’s existence does not lie in the Arab countries – but in Iran.” In 1996, during his first address to Congress as prime minister, he chastised Iran and warned of catastrophic consequences were it to acquire nuclear weapons. And ever since taking office for a second time in 2009, he has said repeatedly that the three biggest threats that Israel faces are Iran, Iran and Iran. Wake Netanyahu up in the middle of the night, ask him why he is in office, and his instinctive reply would likely be, “to keep us safe from Iran.”
WHILE YITZHAK Rabin, Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert, and even – perhaps – Ariel Sharon might very well have defined their goal in power as reaching peace with the Palestinians, Netanyahu would define it differently: preventing an Ayatollah bomb. Netanyahu has made no secret of his admiration of Winston Churchill. And what he appreciates the most in the wartime leader – an attribute he has praised time and time again in his speeches – was the British leader’s ability to foresee the Nazi menace in real time, even as others were downplaying the threat, and his willingness to act strongly against that threat to save the West. In Netanyahu’s mind, his own 25-year struggle to prevent Iran from getting a bomb is made of similar, Churchillian stuff. Therefore, the prime minister must have felt a great sense of vindication listening to Trump on Tuesday. Suddenly a new era on Iran had dawned. While Trump’s announcement obviously does not mean the end of Iran’s nuclear program or ambitions – and it remains unclear how Tehran will respond to Trump’s move – at least it was proof that Netanyahu’s 25-years of yelling and screaming were heard, and that his arguments were now accepted by the most powerful nation in the world. The tide had turned. Yes, vindication. Netanyahu could very well have sat and listened to Trump’s speech with pen and paper, checking off all his arguments against the deal that appeared in the president’s comments.
Iran as leading sponsor of terror? Check, Trump said that. Iran as catalyst of conflict and supporter of terror proxies? Check. The deal allowing Iran to continue enriching uranium and reach the brink of nuclear breakout? Check. The deal allows Iran, if it fully complies, to be on the verge of nuclear breakout when the sunset provisions set in? Check. The deal fails to address Iran’s development of ballistic missiles? Check. And on, and on, culminating with these words that could have come right out of Netanyahu’s notes: “If we do nothing, we know exactly what will happen. In just a short period of time, the world’s leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world’s most dangerous weapons.” Or, as Netanyahu said at the UN in 2014 arguing against the nuclear deal that was being negotiated at the time, “In the future, at a time of its choosing, Iran, the world’s most dangerous state in the world’s most dangerous region, would obtain the world’s most dangerous weapons.” Even as harsh a Netanyahu critic as Ma’ariv columnist Ben Caspit wrote after Trump’s announcement on Wednesday, “Every rational Israeli needs to cheer Trump today, and admit honestly, without any connection to their political affiliation, that this is also a resounding victory for Benjamin Netanyahu.” But now what? Now that Trump has essentially done what Netanyahu called on him from the UN podium in September to do – either fix the deal or nix it – what course of action will Israel follow? First of all, Israel will continue to keep up the diplomatic pressure. Netanyahu can be fully be expected to keep slamming Iran in speeches and statements, and keep underlining the instability the Islamic Republic is sowing in the region. He will do this in meetings with US legislators, and with visiting statesmen in an effort to get them to back the US move and support the sanctions. The EU has come out strongly against Trump’s step, Netanyahu – in his meeting with European leaders – will do his best to convince them otherwise. Also, expect to see Israel push for full implementation and enforcement of the sanctions. There are many laws on the books in the US – and in every nation in the world – but that does not mean they are implemented. It is one thing for Trump to announce that the sanctions will be reinstated, and quite another to actually do so. JERUSALEM WILL work behind the scenes to try and push the US system – the Treasury, the State Department and the Justice Department – to active enforcement of the sanctions, so that not only will US companies be punished if they continue to do business with Iran, but also so that European firms who continue to trade with Iran will risk the prospect of losing US contracts. And Jerusalem will also, as was witnessed clearly early Thursday morning, continue to enforce its own strict redlines through military action against Iranian positions in Syria. Beyond the primary and immediate goal of trying to prevent the transformation of Syria into another southern Lebanon, a region on Israel’s border armed with over a hundred thousand missiles aimed at Israel’s heart, these actions – as long as they continue to be successful – poke holes in the aura of Iranian military might. If Iranian positions can be blasted in Syria with relative ease, then the argument that an end-of-the-world conflict would accompany a wider action against Iran to stop it from building a nuclear bomb does not look as compelling as it once did. These attacks expose Iranian vulnerability, a point Israel has an interest in highlighting, especially if – after a US withdrawal from the nuclear deal – Tehran begins a sprint to the nuclear finish line.
ISRAEL FACES MOST CHALLENGING DAYS SINCE 1967 SIX DAY WAR
The next few days may well be the most challenging and fateful period that Israel’s security establishment has contended with for decades. Not since the Six Day War or the Yom Kippur War has the Jewish state been confronted with such direct threats on its borders.
On Friday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released satellite photos showing the devastation its warplanes wreaked on Iranian bases during Wednesday night’s bombing campaign that marked the largest IDF action inside Syria since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. This after Iranian forces in Syria fired a volley of about 20 rockets aimed at IDF positions in the Golan Heights – the first time Iran was accused of directly rocketing Israel.
This week’s exchanges followed numerous airstrikes in Syria attributed to Israel targeting Iran-run bases in territory controlled by Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Those strikes came after Iran brazenly dispatched an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into Israeli territory in February before it was quickly shot down by the Israeli military. An IDF investigation revealed the Iranian drone, sent from the Iran-run T-4 airbase in Syria, was carrying explosives and seemingly deployed to attack an Israeli target.
The IDF says its major strikes in Syria have set back Iran’s military infrastructure in that country by many months. Still, Israel has warned that Iran likely maintains more hardware, especially missile silos, hidden in the country. The vast Hezbollah missile and larger militant infrastructure in Lebanon remains entirely unscathed and can be utilized by Iran at any time.
While Iran stands to massively lose from another round of Israeli bombardment in Syria and Tehran must be careful not to provoke another fierce response, the thinking among Israeli security ranks here is that the Iranians are likely to retaliate in some form, either directly or through proxies. When and how are open for debate.
Iran has numerous strike possibilities and Israel must be on its highest alert for every scenario. Tehran can directly rocket Israel from Syria or less likely from Lebanon. Iranian proxies such as Hezbollah or other Shiite militias can launch projectiles or attempt to infiltrate the Golan Heights. Iran can also attack a Jewish or Israeli target overseas using one of the many terrorist organizations the Mullahs support. Any attack from Lebanon would risk the immediate opening of a new front against Israel.
Meanwhile, the Jewish state next week must contend with numerous other potential threats, some of which can be easily fueled by Iran.
On Sunday, Israelis will celebrate Jerusalem Day, which marks Israel’s reunification of its capital city. On this day in 1967, Israel took eastern Jerusalem from illegal Jordanian occupation, including the ancient Old City, which houses historic Jewish neighborhoods and Judaism’s holiest site the Temple Mount. Due to the shifting political dynamics these last months, Palestinian terrorist groups – some directly financed by Iran – are more likely than ever to use this year’s Jerusalem Day to provoke attacks.
Israel’s security forces will step up deployment throughout Jerusalem the next day as well. Monday will see the official opening of the new U.S. embassy building in Jerusalem, another occasion that could be hijacked by Palestinian groups, including Iran-backed terrorist organizations, to provoke chaos.
And on Tuesday, Palestinians commemorate so-called Nakba Day, which essentially mourns the “catastrophe” of Israel’s founding. The IDF, already deployed to the North to contend with the Syria threat, will need to defend against Hamas’s announced plot to escalate terror riots along the Gaza-Israel border. In fact, Hamas is planning its largest escalation yet for Tuesday, prompting the IDF’s Gaza Division and Southern Command to deploy along the Gaza border to protect against the coming surge. One need not be a military tactician to view Tuesday’s Gaza riots as an opportune time for Iran to launch a provocation from the North.
As Shabbat, the day of rest, begins here in Israel, the country prepares for the most critical days since its previous wars.
Whenever we are dealing with potential world war in the Middle East, we are dealing with the potential for Armageddon. The prospect of the final war is frightening indeed. Even though we could be living in the final days, we may not even realize it. Why? This is true because truth is often the first casualty of war. Even the President has issued an order which basically hides the events of the Middle East from the American citizens.
Former CIA operative, Cody Snodgres, sent me an email stating that we have both been recently targeted for extreme censorship. The nature of both of our works does make us likely targets of censorship. In fact, a recent video was snatched right out of a recent article on The Common Sense Show. What the Satanists don’t want you to hear is what follows as I take a brief look at what the Bible says about America and the end days.
The Bible Is the Final Answer, but the Message Is Not Always Clear When Discussing the End Days
When our normal communications are blocked, we have to rely on the word of God, which we should be doing anyway, for direction and warning of what is to come. In fact, it have been pointed out to me that we have been warned by the Bible, mutliple times about the times we apparently live in and America’s future in it.
Israel and the desperate central bankers will drive us to war. I captured the essence of this warning in yesterday’s publication when i wrote a hypothetical conversation between Netanyahu, Trump and Rothschild. I based some of the mythical, but very likely conversation, on Biblical phrases like what we find in Zech.1:15-2:5, in which a war that was fought almost 2500 years ago, bears a striking resemblance to today. There was a war ending with Jerusalem comprised of villages without walls (the result of a treaty of the “many peoples”). The obvious parallel, as one reader told me, would be the United Nations and their provocation for war.
In Daniel 9:27, we see the the false prophet (The Prince of9:26 from Rome) was being provoked by Israel. It is my contention in the previously referenced article that Netanyahu and Israel will drag us into a fateful World War. Iran, ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood as well as Syria have prophecized their version of the final days as well.
America’s Fateful Position In the Bible
We have absolute proof that the United States can be discovered in the Bible. Daniel said, “I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. (Daniel 7: 2-4).”
Keep in mind America’s national symbol is the Eagle.
Other Nations Are Depicted As Well
The modern nations represented by the Russian bear, the German leopard with wings of a fowl, the French Rooster, and Daniel’s dreadful Fourth Beast, the last superpower on earth.
In modern times, the lion, the first Beast, is most clearly associated with Great Britain. The British Lion is universally recognised in the Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom and several national emblems, flags as well as several British coins. The American Eagle is associated with the British Lion because the United States of America was plucked up from the British Empire when the citizens of the thirteen original American colonies declared their independence in 1776. However, there is bad news for the United States. In Daniel chapter 7, the four beasts depict four individual nations. In Revelation chapter 13, the Apostle John saw a vision of only one beast where there had been four beasts. The one beast was described as having the body of the leopard, the feet of the bear, the mouth of the lion, and the ten horns of the ten-horned beast. This merger of the beasts is foreseen in Revelation 13 which is describing the end-time world government and it is controlled by the Antichrist. All of the beasts in Daniel chapter 7 have now merged into this one unified beast, except for one, and that would be the United States. The eagle’s wings, America’s universal symbol are not mentioned in the description of the world government beast. This is not proprietary information, as it is clearly laid out in the Bible. However, we often fail to ask the question, where did the missing “Eagle” (ie America) go?
Many have taken the aforementioned prophecy and applied it to the premature destruction of the United States by stating that America will be destroyed in the upcoming World War III, the war that will kill over 2 billion people. However, there is another view, another possibility.
Under President Trump’s leadership, America has become nationalistic, even to the point where other world leaders have warned the US to abandon its nationalistic position and have commanded us to adopt a “globalist” perspective.
Could this lead to alternative path?
(click on url below) and watch the French President and his alternative path to World dominance and total control i.e. the NEW WORLD ORDER
Based in the Trump influence of “Making America Great Again, The United States vould very well be awakened to the Satanic dangers of globalism and pull back from the brink of destruction.
We know, for certain, that the antichrist’s one-world governmental system is coming. However, we cannot be certain that it is coming in our time and this is why Trump’s nationalistic movement is so important in terms of pulling back from the brink of the Satanic New World Order, at least in the present moment. The Bible tells us we will not know the time of the return of Jesus. So, nobody alive today, knows for certain.
Some have looked for scriptural evidence in the Bible that the US is still here after World War III. Keep in mind that the Euphrates River War described in Revelation 9: 13-21? In Revelation 12:13, the dragon, Satan is depicted making war against Israel. Then, Israel is rescued by “two wings of a great eagle.” Could that be the United States?
Prophecy then clearly states in (Revelation 12:14) that the woman (ie Israel) were given two wings of a great eagle (ie the US?), that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where “she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent” (Revelation 12:14).
A Pastor friend of mine believes that the United States is around at the 3.5 years before Satan begins to come against Israel three and one-half years before Armageddon. (Daniel 7: 4).
Trump’s blackout of news media coverage is symbolic of the fact that Christians cannot be sure about where we are at until the end days are here.
Trying to predict America’s place in the end days is very confusing and difficult because, as stated, we do not know the time of Christ’s glorious return. There are strong indicators that America will not survive. However, there are several rays of hope that America is mentioned as the Tribulation approaches. I am of the opinion that the America we know will not survive in its present form. And when we look at the Deagel and the America2050.0rg predictions, it is clear from these two sources believe that we will not be around. However, these two sources are not the Bible and therefore, America still has some degree of hope. However, if we do not repent, and I do not see that happening, and stop killing millions of innocent babies, our country does not deserve to survive.
The best thing we can do, right now, is to confess Jesus and repent and enourage our neighbors to do the same.
HAMAS PROVOKES ISRAEL: 1 DEAD, 49 WOUNDED AS PALESTINIANS RUSH THE GAZA BORDER FORCING ISRAEL TO ENGAGE
It was the seventh weekly protest aimed at shaking off a decade-old border blockade of Gaza, and a preview of what is expected to be a much larger border rally on Monday. On that day, protests are timed to coincide with the planned move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to contested Jerusalem, where Palestinians hope to establish a future capital. Protester Ahmed Deifallah, 25, said that President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy there “is causing the volcano to spew.”
Israeli troops fired live bullets and tear gas Friday across a border fence into Gaza where Palestinian protesters threw stones, burned tires and flew kites with burning rags attached. One protester was killed and 49 were wounded by Israeli fire, Gaza health officials said.
“But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof: And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD.” Amos 1:7,8 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: For the past 7 weeks now, Palestinian terror group Hamas has led riots on the Gaza Israel border which to date has resulted in 41 dead, with another 5,560 wounded. Middle East watchers are expecting things to really ramp up on Monday, May 14th, as Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary of being back in the land and the United States opens their Embassy there in Jerusalem. Add to that the fact that Iran and Israel are a kitten’s whisker away from all out war with each other, and you have the makings of the potential fulfillment of Bible prophecy. NTEB will be live-blogging all day on the 14th, so make sure you stop by to see what’s happening. It just might blow your mind.
It was the seventh weekly protest aimed at shaking off a decade-old border blockade of Gaza, and a preview of what is expected to be a much larger border rally on Monday. On that day, protests are timed to coincide with the planned move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to contested Jerusalem, where Palestinians hope to establish a future capital.
Protester Ahmed Deifallah, 25, said that President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy there “is causing the volcano to spew.”
Deifallah, who is unemployed, said he is not afraid to die. “We are used to confronting the (Israeli) occupation with our bare chests,” he said, a Palestinian flag draped around his head. “We are used to wars and no one with us but Allah.”
Gaza’s Hamas leader, Yehiyeh Sinwawr, has said he expects tens of thousands to participate on Monday. He has raised the possibility of a mass border breach, comparing protesters to a “starving tiger,” unpredictable and full of pent-up anger.
Israel has said it will prevent any border breach and has stuck to its open-fire policies, such as targeting “main instigators” and those approaching the fence, despite growing international criticism.
There are growing concerns that if Israel and Hamas dig in, a widespread border breach in coming days could lead to large numbers of casualties.
Since the Hamas-led marches began in late March, 41 Palestinian protesters have been killed by Israeli fire, including a 40-year-old man shot dead Friday, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. More than 1,700 Palestinians have been shot and wounded, including 49 on Friday. Seven of the injured on Friday were in serious condition, among them a 16-year-old with a shot to the head.
Israel says it has a right to defend its border and has accused Hamas of using the protests as a cover for attacking the border. Rights groups say the use of potentially lethal force against unarmed protesters is unlawful.
The protests, driven by despair among Gaza’s 2 million people, are part of a campaign to break the blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt after the Islamic militant Hamas overran Gaza in 2007.
Monday’s inauguration of the U.S. Embassy comes five months after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that outraged Palestinians as blatantly pro-Israel.
The Israeli-annexed eastern sector of Jerusalem is sought as a future Palestinian capital — at least by those supporting Hamas’ political rival, West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Hamas seeks an Islamic state in the entire historic Palestine, including what is now Israel, but has said it is ready for a long-term truce.
Another large-scale protest is planned for Tuesday, when Palestinians mark their “nakba,” or catastrophe, referring to their mass uprooting during the Mideast war over Israel’s 1948 creation. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were driven out or fled homes in what is now Israel. More than two-thirds of Gaza residents are descendants of refugees.
On Friday, thousands of protesters gathered in five tent camps set up weeks ago, each several hundred meters (yards) from the border. From there, smaller groups moved closer to the border fence.
In an area east of Gaza City, protesters burned tires, releasing large plumes of black smoke, and threw stones. Some flew kites with burning rags attached. One of the kites was downed by a small Israeli drone. Israeli soldiers fired live rounds and volleys of tear gas.
Witnesses said Israeli forces on the other side of the fence had added reinforcements, including cement slabs, as protective cover. In recent weeks, soldiers have fired from behind sand berms.
Meanwhile, Gaza government officials announced that Egypt will open its border with Gaza for four days starting Saturday. Helping reinforce the Israeli blockade, Egypt has kept the Rafah crossing point, Gaza’s main gate to the outside world, closed most of the time since the Hamas takeover.Egypt opens the crossing from time to time, mainly to allow people in special categories, including medical patients and Gaza residents studying abroad, to leave the territory or return to it. The upcoming opening was framed as a humanitarian gesture ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which begins next week.
In Jordan, dozens of Palestinians waving flags and chanting slogans joined “nakba” protests in an area near the Israeli-controlled frontier between the West Bank and the kingdom. Many of Jordan’s residents are descendants of Palestinian refugees. source
BEHOLD MAY 14TH: ISRAELI GROUP CREATES KING CYRUS ‘TEMPLE COIN’ THANKING PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP FOR MOVING THE US EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM
The ‘Temple Coin’ depicts King Cyrus, who allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem 2,500 years ago, alongside Trump, KOBI reported. A menorah and the seal of the United States government are also pictured, with biblical verses written in in Hebrew on the face of the coin. On the back is a dove, holding an olive branch in its beak, above a temple. “The coin expresses our joy and gratitude that the American Embassy will be transferred to Jerusalem in honor of Israel’s Independence Day,” the Mikdash Educational Center said on its website. “It is the fulfillment of the Trump declaration recognizing the centrality of Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.”
An Israeli nonprofit announced Wednesday that it would be releasing a celebratory coin in honor of the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence, and it will feature the face of President Donald Trump as an expression of “gratitude” for his decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem.
“For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.” Jeremiah 29:10 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Donald Trump has done something no other US president has ever done in both the declaring Jerusalem to the capital of Israel, and in the moving of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The global impact and importance of these two events in the reshaping of the Middle East cannot be overstated. The 70th anniversary of regathered Israel on Monday May 14th commemorates when President Harry S. Truman recognized the right of regathered Israel to exist as a sovereign nation, a decision which immediately fulfilled Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 24 and also triggered the Arab-Israeli War of 1948. What events will be triggered this Monday when the US Embassy officially opens in the middle of the most-contested piece of real estate in world history? I have no idea, but I bet it’ll be something pretty big.
The ‘Temple Coin’ depicts King Cyrus, who allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem 2,500 years ago, alongside Trump, KOBI reported.
A menorah and the seal of the United States government are also pictured, with biblical verses written in in Hebrew on the face of the coin. On the back is a dove, holding an olive branch in its beak, above a temple.
“The coin expresses our joy and gratitude that the American Embassy will be transferred to Jerusalem in honor of Israel’s Independence Day,” the Mikdash Educational Center said on its website. “It is the fulfillment of the Trump declaration recognizing the centrality of Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel.”
Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017 by directing the State Department to begin the move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Plans to open the embassy in May were made to coincide with Israel’s independence anniversary. source
The police presence will be larger than usual at this year’s Jerusalem Day celebrations, in which tens of thousands of people are expected to take part, Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.
Hundreds of additional security personnel will be securing the annual march through the Old City, which is expected to be bigger than usual on the heels of Israel’s 70th Independence Day.
Police will be on especially high alert next week, with the US Embassy move to Jerusalem scheduled for Monday and the Palestinian Nakba Day the day after that. The Palestinians have announced the day of the US Embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as a “day of rage.” source
Israel is currently defending the Golan Heights from Iran’s hostile bases in Syria by launching very precise missile strikes. The presence of Turkey, Iran, al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, Hezbollah, Hamas and other enemies of God and of Israel in the Syrian theatre has many wondering about the Isaiah 17 prophecy about the destruction of Damascus. There is much speculation about whether we are now entering into the end time scenario written so much about by the prophets in the Bible. Certainly, the crucible of prophecy is being stirred and heated, but we must pay close attention to the actual words and context of the prophets to discern current events.
According to the prophet Isaiah, 17:1,“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” Many point to this verse to speculate when and how Damascus will be destroyed. If we study the context of the prophecy, Chapter 10 begins with prophesying judgment on Assyria and Ephraim (one of the tribes of Israel) for attacking Israel. Damascus is named as one of the Assyrian’s vassals. Damascus also is included in end time judgment accounts of Egypt, Babylon, Moab, Assyria, Ethiopia, Tyre, Philistia and others. This demonstrates the near and the far of prophesy. Some of this was fulfilled historically; other parts of it are yet to be fulfilled.
There has been a lot of talk that this is the time that perhaps Isaiah’s prophecy will be fulfilled. Damascus, after all, is hardly a city nowadays. It is maintaining a heartbeat after years of civil war and fighting that includes various al Qaeda terrorist groups, Hezbollah from Iran, Russian interests, American interests, Turkey, the Islamic State, and, of course the Assad government. The ingredients are there for the total destruction of Damascus. Damascus may be devastated by this massive gathering of many forces, but it is not the total destruction prophesied by Isaiah. As with most prophecy, it often appears to be fulfilled, but in types and shadows, layers, and signs before it is ultimately fulfilled.
The context of Isaiah 17is judgment on nations that come against Israel, beginning inChapter 9 and continuing through Chapter 24. The phrase “In/At that day” is mentioned no less than four times in Isaiah 17, a short chapter of 14 verses. This phrase is an indicator for the Day of the Lord, meaning when the Lord returns to judge the nations that came against Israel. Verse 7 says, “At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.” Verse 11 speaks that the harvest shall be a day of grief and of desperate sorrow. Context is key. It’s irresponsible to take just one verse and develop a scenario or doctrine around it. In Syria, we are seeing prophetic movement, but we will know when God fulfills the prophecy. It will be clear.