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LATEST WORLD NEWS-ARTICLES TUESDAY MARCH 13th 2018

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1John 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

1John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

2Pet. 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of

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1Tim. 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords

Rev. 17:14 ¶ These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful

Rev. 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS

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THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER

https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/parable-sower/

QUESTION:   You may have answered this before, but would you explain the parable of the Sower, in relation to OSAS?

ANSWER:   The parable of the Sower in Matt. 13:3-9 represents the Lord sowing the Gospel into the world. The four kinds of soil on which the seed falls represent four kinds of people. Jesus explained the four kinds in Matt. 13:18-23.

The first kind of soil is the hard packed path. It represents people with hardened hearts that don’t allow the Gospel to penetrate their heart. The birds, who represent the enemy, eat it up before it can take root. These people will not be saved. In 2 Thes. 2:9-10 Paul said they will perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

The second kind is rocky soil. It represents people who initially accept the Gospel intellectually, but like the first group, it never penetrates their heart. These people will soon fall away. They are not saved.

The third kind is covered in thorns, which choke out the seed making it unfruitful. Since salvation is not a fruit bearing event, these people are saved. But because of their preoccupation with the things of this world they never accomplish anything of value for the Kingdom. Most born-again Christians in the US today fall into this category.

The fourth kind is good soil. These people are both saved and fruitful.

Where OSAS is concerned the first two groups were never saved, and the second two are forever saved. (Remember we’re saved because of what we believe not because of how we behave.)

You can read my full study on this parable here.

You can read my full 4 part study on the Kingdom Parables of Matt. 13 here.

 

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THE MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN IS “ANTI GOD” – (GOD WILL NOT ALLOW JERUSALEM TO BE DIVIDED).

1Th. 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; THEN SUDDEN DESTRUCTION COMETH UPON THEM, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape

 

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WILL TURKEY LEAD AN END-OF-DAYS GLOBAL ISLAMIC JIHAD AGAINST ISRAEL AND THE US?

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz –https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/104068/will-turkey-lead-an-end-of-days-global-islamic-jihad-against-israel-and-the-us/#04YKQziGKkbZ7bYI.99

“He shall be a wild ass of a man; His hand against everyone, And everyone’s hand against him; He shall dwell alongside of all his kinsmen.” Genesis 16:12 (The Israel Bible™)

A recent study by a Middle East analysis organization based in Washington DC revealed that the Turkish president’s call for 57 nations to join together to form an anti-Israel army of Islam could create the most formidable military force on the planet. One Israeli expert on Islam stated emphatically, “make no mistake; this is war,” and lest the message is missed, he also emphasized that this call for jihad includes a direct threat against the US.

A report on Wednesday by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) investigated an article that was published in December in the Turkish daily Yeni Şafak, a media outlet which is closely affiliated with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling AKP party. The article titled, “A Call for Urgent Action,” which also appeared on the paper’s website under the title, “What If an Army of Islam Was Formed against Israel?” called on the 57 member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to form a joint “Army of Islam” to besiege and attack the state of Israel. The article went into specifics, describing in detail how such an army would overwhelm the Jewish State.

Once warm, relations between Turkey and Israel have been shaky in the last decade. But this call for a religious war against Israel is a relatively new development. The political differences between the two countries took on global religious overtones last May when Erdogan called for Muslims to flood the Temple Mount.

“Each day that Jerusalem is under occupation is an insult to us,” Erdogan had said from the International Forum on al-Quds Waqf in Istanbul.

The article in Yeni Şafak explained how Erdogan’s Islamic military campaign against Israel would play out, citing logistical details that portrayed this theoretical Army of Islam as being formidable.

“If the OIC member states unite and form a joint military force, it will be the largest army in the world,” the article said. “These countries’ total population is 1,674,526,931. The number of soldiers in active service in these countries is at least 5,206,100. Their [overall] military defense budget, of $174,728,420, is also worthy of emphasis.”

“As for Israel, it is significantly inferior,” the article continued. “The population of this country, which attempted to occupy Jerusalem while surrounded by Muslim states, is 8,049,314. Note that the population of Istanbul alone exceeds 14 million. The number of soldiers in active service in the [Israeli] occupation forces is 160,000, and [Israel’s] defense budget is approximately $15, 600,000,000”.

In comparison, the US military has 1,281,900 active soldiers, less than one quarter of the proposed Army of Islam. The US military budget, which is the largest of any single country in the world, is approximately $580 billion and over 30 times that of the proposed Army of Islam.

The article also described the details of the battle plans, with Turkey being the headquarters, and emphasized that Turkey’s army is the seventh largest in the world and the second largest in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Rabbi Pinchas Winston, a prolific end-of-days author, said that according to Jewish mystical sources, Erdogan’s Islamic alliance is more of an immediate threat to the US.

“The Zohar states that the end-of-days conflict will begin with a confrontation between Ishmael, represented today by the world of Islam, and Esav (Esau), represented today by aspects of America and parts of Europe.” Rabbi Winston told Breaking Israel News.

“Unfortunately, the Zohar states that Esav will lose this war, which will then become a war between Ishmael and Yaakov, represented by Israel.”

As a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Turkey is technically a US ally, but recent developments in Syria have made a US-Turkish confrontation seem more likely. In January, Turkey launched an incursion into Syria, which Istanbul claimed was targeting the anti-Turkish Kurdish forces on the Syrian border. This offensive pushed eastward, putting Turkish forces in uncomfortable proximity with US forces in Manjib.

The very real risk of an armed confrontation between these two NATO armies is being handled in a noticeably aggressive fashion that is not normally seen in a relationship between allies. The situation is further complicated by the US military’s support for Kurds militias in the past.

Two weeks ago, the White House warned Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that should US troops in Syria be threatened, they would return fire. Erdogan responded, “”those who say that they would respond if they are hit have never tasted an Ottoman slap.”

The “Ottoman slap” is a legendary Turkish fighting technique involving an open handed blow that if properly executed, is claimed to be fatal.

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, a senior lecturer in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University, believes that Erdogan’s threats should be taken seriously.

“In the language of Islam, the message is embedded in codes,” Dr. Kedar told Breaking Israel News.

“Right now, there is no such thing as the Army of Islam. But a call to form an army was a call for Jihad against anyone who opposes their views, which, for now, are focused on Jerusalem. This includes a call against America. He didn’t call explicitly for war against America because that would open the Gates of Hell on his head.”

Nonetheless, Dr. Kedar said the message to the world of Islam was clear.

“It doesn’t matter what he says,” Dr. Kedar said. “The Muslims heard the message that they are at war with America, and he was very clear on how this threat should be handled.

“If anyone succumbs to the threats of Islam, they are doomed,” he continued. “They take you seriously only if you are too dangerous to mess with. And they know that Trump is dangerous.”

The plans described in the Turkish article for an Army of Islam are already progress.

“In a statement, Malaysian Defense Minister [Hishammuddin] Hussein described Trump’s recognition [of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital] as a blow to Muslims,” the article stated, adding, ‘”the Malaysian armed forces are ready to fulfill their duty regarding Jerusalem.”

“In recent years, Turkey has launched a series of collaborations with [OIC] member states. The joint military drill with our Iraqi neighbors conveyed a clear message to the terrorists, and Turkey is [also] engaging in new collaborations with Qatar, Somalia and other Gulf and African countries. In this context it should be underlined that Turkey is taking steps to realize the model of the ‘Army of Islam,’ forging alliances with many Muslim countries to increase its military mobility.”

Dr Efrat Aviv, a specialist in Turkey and lecturer in the department of Middle Eastern Studies at Bar Ilan University, sees Turkey’s conflict with the US as being separate from its conflict with Israel.

“As a Muslim leader, Erdogan supports the Palestinian claim to Jerusalem, but the problem Turkey has with America goes much deeper than Trump’s support of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” Dr. Aviv said. She referred to a case in 2014 in which US servicemen who were visiting Turkey were beaten by crowds in the streets of Istanbul. “Anti-American sentiment goes as deep as anti-Israel sentiment.”

“Today, there is also the difficulty of US support for Kurdistan, which is entirely disconnected from Israel,” she added.

Dr. Aviv also noted that the US has resisted Turkish requests to extradite Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish Muslim preacher living in exile in Pennsylvania. Formerly a close ally of Erdogan, Gülen is now on Turkey’s most-wanted list for terrorism, a claim which the US government rejects.

“Israel and Turkey have managed to overcome their religious differences in the past,” Dr. Aviv said. “But the differences between the US and Turkey, and the resulting anti-American sentiment in Turkey, no one knows how to move past that. And it is in danger of just getting bigger.”

 

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U.S. & ISRAEL TRAIN FOR JOINT RESPONSE TO MULTI-FRONT WAR

http://prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=2073

The Israeli and U.S. militaries are in the midst of a large-scale missile-defense exercise, designed to simulate responses to a Middle East war on multiple fronts.

The scenario at the heart of the planned, biannual drill involves the Israeli home front coming under heavy enemy fire from several directions simultaneously.

The Juniper Cobra 18 exercise, held since 2001, practices the rapid deployment of American air-defense units and equipment to Israel from Europe in the event of armed conflict, in addition to the integration of U.S. capabilities into Israel’s air-defense layers.

“If conditions arise, and we are requested by the government of Israel, through our government, we will deploy,” said Lt.-Gen. Richard M. Clark, commander of the United States 3rd Air Force. 

Clark, who is based at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, added: “Once we get word, we can get here in days. I could be on the ground in one day. The fighting forces can be here within 72 hours.”

Brig.-Gen. Zvika Haimovich, who heads the Israeli Air Defense Command of the Israel Defense Forces, said it was the largest U.S.-IDF exercise to date, adding that it is expected to play out in the course of more than four weeks.

Some 2,500 American personnel are taking part in the endeavor. Most were mobilized to Israel, while some stayed in Europe and the United States. Around 2,000 IDF personnel are taking part as well.

The United States European Command, based in Germany, sent a number of American air-defense systems to Israel.

“We will practice fighting shoulder to shoulder,” explained Haimovich. “We are practicing responses to real, complex, multidirectional threats. The emphasis is, above all, on cooperation between commanders and people.”

“Savlos, and more accurate, precise, multidirectional fire—those are our assumptions” of what a war will involve, he said. “It doesn’t matter if these come from the south, north, or east . . . unfortunately, we live in an environment in which we need to keep up our skills every year,” he said.

‘Key and critical part’ of the plan

The exercise costs millions of dollars to hold and two years to plan. The commanders declined to provide specific details on the threat scenarios they were simulating—the general scenario they described would appear to outline a war involving Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas firing heavy barrages of rockets and missiles on Israeli cities and towns.

The arrival of accurate rockets and missiles in enemy inventories has played a role in the planning of the drill.

The first part of the drill involves computer simulations, in which Israeli and American air-defense systems are linked to one another and practice shooting down computer-generated threats. In the second stage, live-fire targets will be shot down by U.S. and Israeli Patriot systems, and by an Israeli Iron Dome battery.

Israel is fielding all of its air-defense systems in the exercise. These include Iron Dome; the recently deployed David’s Sling system, designed to intercept medium- and long-range ballistic missiles and cruise missiles; and the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 systems, which intercept missile threats in the atmosphere and in space, respectively.

An interception officer operating the David’s Sling system said the system has been operational “for almost over a year.” He added that it is “deployed across Israel.”

Col. David E. Shank, commander of the 10th Air and Missile Defense, U.S. Army-Europe, told JNS that two versions of American Patriot systems are in Israel for the drill. America’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, which is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles as they descend, was also deployed. A powerful transportable radar was brought by the Americans to Israel.

Clark told JNS that the American Aegis Combat System, which is a ship-based missile-defense system, is also playing a “key and critical part” in the exercise.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy’s Mount Whitney, a command and control, arrived from its base in Italy and docked at the Haifa port to take part in the drill.

Ultimately, said Clark, the ability of America and Israel to moor their systems will define success. He acknowledged that this would have to be done under fire during wartime.

“From the first day we arrive, we have to be able to link up,” he affirmed. “Every day, we get a little better.”

Originally published at JNS.org – reposted with permission.

 

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 U.S. WARNS SYRIA: ‘VERY UNWISE’ TO USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS

MATTIS TELLS REPORTERS TRAVELING WITH HIM TO THE MIDEAST THAT HE WAS DISTURBED BY REPORTS OF CIVILIAN CASUALTIES FROM BOMBINGS BY ASSAD’S FORCES

 

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https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/u-s-warns-syria-very-unwise-to-use-chemical-weapons-1.5890572

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is warning the Syrian government not to use chemical weapons in its civil war and says the Trump administration has made it clear that it would be “very unwise to use gas” in attacks.

Mattis told reporters traveling with him to the Mideast that he was disturbed by reports of civilian casualties from bombings by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.

“Right now we’re getting reports — I don’t have evidence that I can show you — but I’m aware of the reports of chlorine gas use,” he said before arriving Sunday in Oman.

The U.S. responded militarily last year to reported Syrian government use of sarin gas, and Mattis was asked whether the administration is now considering retaliating for chlorine gas use.

“I’m not going to strictly define it. We have made it very clear that it would be very unwise to use gas” as a weapon, Mattis said.

He said the latest reports of Syrian government forces killing civilians show that troops are “at best, indiscriminately” attacking and “at worst, targeting hospitals. I don’t know which it is, whether they’re incompetent or whether they’re committing illegal acts, or both.”

The Pentagon chief said Russia, which intervened militarily in Syria to support the Assad government, could be complicit in the civilian casualties.

Syria’s deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad, denied opposition charges that government forces used poison gas in their attacks on some suburbs of Damascus, the capital.

Mekdad said at a news conference Saturday that insurgents groups in the eastern Ghouta are preparing “to fabricate” more such attacks to blame the Syrian army.

While in Oman, Mattis planned to meet with the country’s supreme ruler, Sultan Qaboos bin Said on Monday. Oman is a longtime security partner of the U.S., although some question whether it is facilitating, or turning a blind eye to, the movement of Iranian weapons to Yemen to aid Houthi rebels.

Asked whether Oman is assisting Iran in this respect, Mattis said, “I’m not willing to say that.” He said he expects to discuss Yemen with Qaboos. Oman has longstanding commercial and political ties to Iran, an Omani neighbor but a U.S. nemesis.

Anthony Cordesman, a Middle East expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said Saturday that Oman’s role in the Persian Gulf is important to the U.S. at a time of sharp divisions among the Gulf Arab states, civil wars in Yemen and Syria, and growing Iranian influence in Iraq.

“The pattern in the Gulf is one of deep concern for the U.S.,” Cordesman said.

Mattis said he also will visit Bahrain this week. It is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.

 

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WATCHMAN WARNING: GLOOM AND GLORY

By Hal Lindsey – https://www.hallindsey.com/ww-3-9-2018/

Someone recently told a member of my team, “Tell Hal not to have so much gloom and doom.”

I’ve heard things like that before. The truth is, like most people, I don’t like gloom and doom. I prefer good news. In fact, a major emphasis of my ministry has been on the grace of God. And, believe me, the news of grace is as good as news gets.

The person who told me to cool it with the gloom and doom was probably referring to my ministry as a “watchman.” (Isaiah 21:6) I look at world events in light of Bible morality and Bible prophecy. I warn the world that God’s judgment is coming. I give these warnings because they are God’s word, and they are true. But, with the warnings, God’s word also presents the Answer.

Telling the truth to the world of our day will inevitably sound like gloom and doom. The prophet Jeremiah warned the people of Jerusalem that their city was about to be overrun by Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar. As a result, some powerful people petitioned Judah’s King Zedekiah to have Jeremiah executed. They said the prophet was undermining morale. But Jeremiah was only telling the truth.

Things are bad today, and they will get worse before they get better. But when we see Bible prophecy being fulfilled, it doesn’t just mean the coming of judgment and Armageddon. It means that Jesus will soon return. And that’s wonderful news! His rule will bring peace and plenty to Planet Earth.

Remember, too, that even with things looking bad for earth’s immediate future, God still wants to bless you. He wants you to have abundant life now, and He wants that life to last forever!

But to receive eternal life, we have to recognize some bad news. We are sinners. 1 John 1:8 says, “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (NASB)

Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Most people know intuitively that they fall short of God’s standards. But society fights that understanding as hard as it can. It starts by trying to define sin away. It teaches that our actions are purely the result of environment and genetics. It says we are only the products of our programming, and that for human beings, real choice doesn’t exist – or, if it does, it has no meaning.

Alternatively, society teaches that sin is a mere cultural construct – that it has no objective basis. They teach that evil only exists in those who point out that right and wrong are real. Irrationally, they see intolerance of sin as the only real sin.

Christian teacher and philosopher, Francis Schaeffer, was once asked, “What would you do if you met a really modern man on a train and you just had an hour to talk to him about the Gospel?”

Schaeffer answered, “I would spend 45-50 minutes on the negative, to really show him his dilemma – that he is morally dead – then I’d take 10-15 minutes to preach the Gospel. I believe that much of our evangelistic and personal work today is not clear simply because we are too anxious to get to the answer without having a man realize the real cause of his sickness, which is true moral guilt (and not just psychological guilt feelings) in the presence of God.”

The Good News starts with bad news. We are sinners. We have nothing in us worthy of salvation. We deserve hell, not heaven. Jesus said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NASB)

God is not lucky to have you. You are blessed if you know Him.

Sin is a fact. Death is a fact. That sounds like gloom and doom, but here’s some good news. Romans 5:20-21 says, “Where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness, resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

We who know Christ have a lot of good news to tell. That’s what “Gospel” means. We aren’t going to please everyone with our message – not if we’re faithful to God’s word – but we should never be ashamed of the truth. According to the Bible, the truth is glorious! It surpasses imagination!

It starts with this. God exists! He is “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth.” (Exodus 34:6 NASB)

God loves us so much “that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NASB)

The blessings from this gift go beyond our ability to imagine. 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV) says, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Earlier, I quoted Jesus saying, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NASB)

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) looks at the other side of the equation. It says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

That’s beyond gloom and doom. That’s awesome!

 

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 A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN

Is. 33:17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.

Is. 33:18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers?

Is. 33:19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand.

Is. 33:20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.

Is. 33:21 But there the glorious LORD will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.

Is. 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.

 

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A DYING CHURCH TAKES TIME TO GIVE ISRAEL A KICK

http://prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=2072

You have to hand it to the Presbyterian Church USA. Its leaders can’t figure out how to recruit new members or stop churches from leaving the denomination in droves, but they sure do know how to run a propaganda war against Israel and its Jewish supporters in the United States. 

Like the Palestinians for whom the church advocates so irresponsibly, officials and activists in the PCUSA are more intent on attacking Israel and its supporters in the United States than promoting the welfare of the community they lead.

About the best that can be said for the denomination is that it is not losing as many members as it used to. That was the underlying message of a press release written last March by Jerry Van Marter, interim communications director in the PCUSA’s Office of the General Assembly. In a piece about the church’s ongoing collapse, Van Marter’s headline declared that “PC(USA) membership decline continues but slows.”

In 2016, the denomination lost almost 90,000 members, or 5.7 percent of its membership from the year before. In 2015, the church lost 95,000 members from the year before, which represented a 5 percent decline.

How did Van Marter spin it? “Hey, we lost 5,000 fewer members last year than we did the year before!” Still, he wasn’t able to sugarcoat the decline, reporting, “The denomination experienced an all-time low in total member losses, but also an all-time low in total member gains.”

He’s not kidding. In 1993, the church had 3.1 million members; in 2016, it had less than 1.5 million.

The delegates who attend the PCUSA’s General Assembly, which will take place in St. Louis in June 2018, may spend some time talking about this decline and what to do about it, but a lot of their time and energy will be directed at promoting anti-Israel propaganda to the church’s declining membership.

One overture already on the agenda directs the General Assembly to affirm the right “to criticize practices and policies of Israel, as we do any other global political entity, without fear of being labeled anti-Semitic.” The same resolution calls on the church to articulate its “faith with confidence, humility, and integrity, and anticipate respect for our own faith convictions, as we also would respect others.”

This resolution is pretty rich coming from a church whose peace activists have regularly trafficked in anti-Jewish propaganda over the years, while remaining virtually silent about the ongoing murder and oppression of Christians in Muslim-majority countries throughout the world. 

The fact is, the “global entity” that the denomination regularly condemns is Israel. Jihad is a global reality, but good luck finding any direct reference to it on the PCUSA’s website. And as far as “respect,” were PCUSA “peace” activists being respectful when they posted an image of President Barack Obama wearing “Star of David” earrings a few years ago?

Another resolution on the PCUSA’s agenda calls for the church to affirm a letter written by Palestinian Christian leaders that, among other things, declares that the Balfour Declaration was “unjust and unlawful,” accusing Israel of apartheid and describing the Jewish state as a “colonial state.” Arguments like this affirm Palestinian rejectionism and promote more Palestinian violence against Israel.

As outrageous as the resolutions that are already on the agenda are, they are not going to be the main show. They will surely generate criticism and anger from American Jews who have grown tired of Presbyterian Jew-baiting, though such resolutions are merely put forth as smoke and camouflage to distract observers from a pro-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions)  resolution that will likely be put forward sometime between now and June. 

Currently, there is an overture on the agenda that opposes legislative efforts to ban anti-Israel boycotts, but observers fully expect to see a more explicit attempt on the part of Presbyterian activists to push the BDS agenda forward.

An explicitly pro-BDS overture has yet to be posted on the denomination’s website, but one is almost surely in the offing, and if it passes, anti-Israel activists will claim a victory against the evil of Zionism.

The intention of the activists and staffers in the PCUSA is to distract and enrage Israel’s supporters with an opening salvo of shameful resolutions in the hopes of sneaking a pro-BDS resolution past a distracted and exhausted community of pro-Israel activists. 

It is all part of a sophisticated and intentional strategy of Jew-baiting that the denomination’s peace activists and leaders have been perfecting for more than a decade—while their church dies.

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