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IS SATAN A FORCE LIKE GRAVITY?

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QUESTION:    Please remember that the adversary/satan/devil is a spiritual force like gravity. It has always been there. It is not some fallen angel. Lucifer is a mistake caused by the Romans either purposefully or not. Gravity makes babies stronger, it is against our muscles and makes us stonger as long as we walk upright. The adversary makes humans spiritually stronger, as long as we walk upright, holy and perfect. God created all this purposefully. The adversary was also in the beginning, God was not surprised that Adam and Eve would sin, in fact he knew the adversary would get them to fall, that is his job. All people fall and will keep falling, but it is when we get up that we get closer to God, being perfect and holy.
ANSWER:    Throughout the Bible, Satan is consistently mentioned with the use of personal pronouns. In Isaiah 14:12-15, where he’s characterized as the king of Babylon, he’s described as having fallen from Heaven and rebelling against God, saying in his heart that he would make himself like the Most High. I agree that giving him the name Lucifer in Latin translations was incorrect, but in the Hebrew language of Isaiah 14:14 he’s called “Heyel ben Shachar” which means “shining one, son of the morning.” This is the title of a being, not a force.
In Ezekiel 28:12-19 he’s characterized as the king of Tyre and is called a created being. But as in Isaiah 14, he’s spoken of in a way that cannot describe either a human king or a spiritual force.
Job 1:6-12 describes a conversation between Satan and God. In John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11 Jesus called him the prince of this world. In 2 Cor. 4:4 Paul called him the god of this age. In 1 John 5:19 he is said to have authority over the entire world.
In Rev. 12:7-17 Satan and his angels will battle against Michael and his angels. He’ll be defeated and in a rage will go after God’s people on Earth. In Rev. 20:1-2 he’ll be captured and imprisoned for 1,000 years. In Rev, 20:7-17 he’ll be freed and make one final attempt to defeat God. He’ll be defeated again and this time he’ll be thrown into the Lake of fire forever.
To me, this doesn’t sound like the account of a spiritual force similar to gravity. It sounds like the account of a rebellious angelic being who, when he has faced his final judgment will have spent 7,000 years trying to destroy God’s creation because of his resentment over the fact that he can’t be God.
Finally, what would be God’s purpose in creating an adversarial force to send against us? According to 2 Cor. 5:17, 21 if we’re in Christ we’re a new creation, as righteous as God is. Hebrews 10:12-14 explains that by His once for all time sacrifice He has made us perfect forever. And at the rapture/resurrection we’ll be changed from mortal to immortal to become in fact what we already are in faith. Why would he consign us to a life of strife to perfect us when by just believing what He did for us we can accomplish the same thing?
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NETANYAHU: IRAN THE FIRST AND ONLY TOPIC ON AGENDA AS HE HEADS TO EUROPE TO MEET WITH MERKEL, MACRON AND MAY

https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – Posted by Scott at Monday, June 04, 2018
Netanyahu heads to Europe to talk about ‘Iran and Iran’
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated Iran would be the first and only subject on his agenda when meeting with European leaders this week, as he took off for Berlin Monday.
Netanyahu was to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel later in the day followed by meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May in the coming days.
Speaking to press before he left, Netanyahu stressed that he had “a very close and very good personal connection” with all three of the leaders and that he would raise with them two subjects: “Iran and Iran.”
“First of all we need to continue the pressure on Iran against its nuclear program,” the prime minister said. “I believe that pressure should be increased. It may be that on that issue there isn’t full agreement at the moment, but in my opinion over time such an understanding will crystallize.”
“The second subject is halting Iranian aggression in the region, especially its attempts at military entrenchment against us in Syria and to attack us from there. In this matter I hope to formulate an agreed policy.”
He’ll face three skeptical audiences. Merkel, Macron and May have all expressed strident opposition to the US leaving the 2015 nuclear accord, a move Netanyahu had lobbied for.
Israel has been a leading critic of the international nuclear deal with Iran, and more recently, has said it will not allow Iran to establish a permanent military presence in Syria.
Netanyahu unsuccessfully tried to block the landmark nuclear deal, which gave Iran relief from crippling sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, when it was negotiated in 2015 under the leadership of US president Barack Obama. He has found a welcome ally in Trump, who last month announced the US was withdrawing from the deal and would apply heavy sanctions on Tehran.
Both the US and Israel hope that Trump’s withdrawal can lead all sides into addressing what they say are the deal’s shortcomings — including “sunset” provisions that eventually end restrictions on Iranian nuclear activities, such as enriching uranium, as well as permitting Iran to continue to develop long-range missiles. However, Merkel and Macron had both urged Trump to remain in the deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Israel also fears that as the Syrian civil war winds down, Iran, whose forces and Shiite proxies have backed President Bashar Assad, will turn its focus to Israel.
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IRANIAN GENERAL: NO WITHDRAWAL FROM SOUTHERN SYRIA, ‘IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN’

https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – Posted by Scott at Monday, June 04, 2018
Iranian general denies reports of withdrawal from southern Syria: ‘It’s not going to happen’ 
A top Iranian general on Sunday denied reports that Tehran is considering withdrawing from southern Syria, saying that “the U.S. and Israel are making desperate attempts to change the situation at the border. They need to know that it’s not going to happen.”
Brig. Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, deputy chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces, said that “the Zionist regime’s greatest fear is the presence of Muslim fighters near the border. It has come to pass.”
Jazayeri further told the Tasnim news agency that “Iran and Syria enjoy deep ties that will not be inflicted by anyone’s propaganda tools. Unlike the U.S. army and extremists in the region, the Iranian advisers are in Syria at the request of the government and the people. We are waiting for the day that Syria and the countries of the region witness an era without bothersome foreigners causing trouble.”
Reports emerged in recent days claiming that Israel and Russia had struck an agreement to remove Iranian forces from southern Syria and to limit their presence in other areas controlled by Bashar Assad’s regime.
According to the reports, including one in the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed in a talk with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel may attack targets in Syria that endanger its security, as long as they are not facilities belonging to the Assad regime.
An Israeli official denied the report and said that Netanyahu told Putin and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Iran must fully exit Syria. According to the official, Netanyahu emphasized that Israel intends to maintain full freedom of operation in Syria in accordance with its security needs.
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REBEL GROUPS TRYING TO DRAG IDF INTO WAR IN GAZA

https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – Posted by Scott at Monday, June 04, 2018   
Rebel groups trying to drag IDF into war in Gaza 
Satturday night’s rocket fire from the Gaza Strip was likely carried out by Salafi Islamist organizations, which Israeli officials refer to as “rebel” groups. The radical Muslim members of these organizations wish to turn the strip into the Islamic State’s “Sinai district” branch. 
Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which belong to the political Islam, are these groups’ bitter enemies and are constantly trying to destroy and target their members, seeing them as a threat to the Hamas rule in Gaza. 
The Salafi group’s strategy is to get Israel to do their job for them. Their goal to get the IDF to enter the strip for another round, which will include a ground invasion. In this round, they believe, the IDF will eliminate the Hamas rule and maybe even replace it or bring members of Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority to control the strip.
Either case, the radical groups believe, would make it easier for them to act, as the regime would be less violent and would receive less support from the population compared to the Hamas government, facilitating their cooperation with Islamic State operatives in Sinai who are fighting Egypt. 
Aware of the explosive situation and knowing Israel will retaliate against Hamas targets, the members of these organizations are doing everything they can to prevent an arrangement that will leave Hamas in power for a long time. 
Cairo is scheduled this week to host a meeting for a long-term arrangement in Gaza, both of the economic situation and of the security situation, and the rebels are interested in preventing this meeting from succeeding. That’s why they are firing rockets and mortar shells.
Another reason is the anger in the Gaza Strip following the killing of a Palestinian nurse during the fence riots. On Saturday, thousands attended the funeral of 21-year-old Razan Ashraf Najjar, a volunteer medic, whose apparent killing by IDF troops is still being investigated by the army. 
These appear to be the two reasons prompting the rebel organizations to launch occasional rockets, knowing that the IDF will respond to make Hamas prevent them from firing. 
They are also hearing the Israeli media’s interview with residents of the Gaza vicinity and they know that without a lot of effort, although their rockets don’t endanger the residents and although the Iron Dome system intercepts the rockets that do endanger the residents, they can disrupt the residents’ lives by making them sleep in their safe rooms and traumatizing their children. 
Then, the rebels hear interviews with the heads of the Gaza vicinity regional councils, and they know that the government in Jerusalem is being pressured to enter Gaza and put things in order, and that’s exactly what they’re hoping for. Hamas usually tries to prevent the rebel groups’ from firing rockets, but it’s quite possible that it gave them free rein following the nurse’s killing.
There is no doubt that Hamas is deterred and was deterred by the IDF’s activities in the past week, which is why it is avoiding firing rockets itself. It is also imposing its authority on the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the fear of IDF strikes along with the Egyptian pressure are doing the trick. 
The problem remains unchanged. This pattern of rebel fire, an Israeli response, and so on and so forth, harms the Gaza vicinity residents’ routine life and causes them a lot of suffering, if only as a result of the repeated sirens at night. It may also drag the IDF and Hamas into a conflict they aren’t interested in.
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MERKEL SUPPORTS MACRON’S EUROPEAN MILITARY FORCE PROPOSAL

https://prophecyupdate.blogspot.com/ – Posted by Scott at Monday, June 04, 2018
Merkel Backs Macron’s Proposal on European Defense Force 
The politician’s decision to give the project a green light is of crucial importance, since German opposition had for a long time been the main obstacle to its implementation.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed on Sunday her support for the French president’s plan to create a joint European military force that is supposed to intervene in hot spots around the world.
“I am in favor of President Macron’s proposal for an intervention initiative,” the politician told the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.
“However, such an intervention force with a common military-strategic culture must fit into the structure of defense cooperation,” she added.
Merkel’s decision is a breakthrough in the long-lasting talks, which had previously been hampered by her cautious approach to the idea.
The force is a crucial element of Emmanuel Macron’s defense reform, which is aimed at fostering closer integration of European defense capacities.

 

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