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Reposted from Prophecy Update Videos YouTube channel.… A fast-paced highlight and review of the major news stories and headlines that relate to Bible Prophecy and the End Times… All the signs of the last days are converging at the same time. Bible Prophecy is happening right before our eyes and like birth pains, the predicted events are happening more frequently and more intently. Never, in the history throughout the world have so many forces, including economic, scientific, techno-logic, ecologic, cultural, geopolitical, moral, spiritual and religion, converged together to bring this world that’s already teetering over the edge into the abyss, to a point of no return. Jesus said when you see all these signs happening, know that I am near, even at the door.





Scientists who are genuinely worried about the potential for catastrophic climate change ought to be the most outraged at how the left politicized the issue and how the international policy community narrowed the range of acceptable responses. Treating climate change as a planet-scale problem that could be solved only by an international regulatory scheme transformed the issue into a political creed for committed believers. Causes that live by politics, die by politics.
EDITOR’S NOTE: As a teenager in the 70’s, how well I remember the headlines blaring the news that man-caused global freezing was about to take place. Yes, we had fake news back then, too. The reason stated at that time, according to science, was our overuse of aerosol spray products which was eating a hole in the ozone layer. This was going to bring about another ice age. Hmmm, still waiting as I purchase products in the supermarket in aerosol containers. Flash forward to the Al Gore Age, with the PowerPoint that scared the Liberal world into, no, not stopping global warming climate change, but making him fabulously wealthy many, many times over. The Millennial generation, who are famously long on outrage and short on history, were easy pickings for the climate con man from Tennessee. Favorite moment from the global warming climate change hoax? When Al Gore sold his television channel, Current TV, to an Arabian petroleum company. Wait, aren’t oil companies the ‘bad guys”? Ho, ho, ho, don’t you know…people love to be fooled. 
Judged by deeds rather than words, most national governments are backing away from forced-marched decarbonization. You can date the arc of climate change as a policy priority from 1988, when highly publicized congressional hearings first elevated the issue, to 2018. President Trump’s ostentatious withdrawal from the Paris Agreement merely ratified a trend long becoming evident.
A good indicator of why climate change as an issue is over can be found early in the text of the Paris Agreement. The “nonbinding” pact declares that climate action must include concern for “gender equality, empowerment of women, and intergenerational equity” as well as “the importance for some of the concept of ‘climate justice.’ ” Another is Sarah Myhre’s address at the most recent meeting of the American Geophysical Union, in which she proclaimed that climate change cannot fully be addressed without also grappling with the misogyny and social injustice that have perpetuated the problem for decades.
Click to watch as Al Gore is confronted by David Letterman for selling his television channel to ‘the enemy, and then laughs about it. Hey Millennials, congrats! You made the climate con man wealthy beyond his wildest dreams. 


The descent of climate change into the abyss of social-justice identity politics represents the last gasp of a cause that has lost its vitality. Climate alarm is like a car alarm—a blaring noise people are tuning out.
This outcome was predictable. Political scientist Anthony Downs described the downward trajectory of many political movements in an article for the Public Interest, “Up and Down With Ecology: The ‘Issue-Attention Cycle,’ ” published in 1972, long before the climate-change campaign began. Observing the movements that had arisen to address issues like crime, poverty and even the U.S.-Soviet space race, Mr. Downs discerned a five-stage cycle through which political issues pass regularly.
  • STAGE ONE: The first stage involves groups of experts and activists calling attention to a public problem, which leads quickly to the second stage, wherein the alarmed media and political class discover the issue.
  • STAGE TWO: The second stage typically includes a large amount of euphoric enthusiasm—you might call it the “dopamine” stage—as activists conceive the issue in terms of global peril and salvation. This tendency explains the fanaticism with which divinity-school dropouts Al Gore and Jerry Brown have warned of climate change.
  • STAGE THREE: Then comes the third stage: the hinge. As Mr. Downs explains, there soon comes “a gradually spreading realization that the cost of ‘solving’ the problem is very high indeed.” That’s where we’ve been since the United Nations’ traveling climate circus committed itself to the fanatical mission of massive near-term reductions in fossil fuel consumption, codified in unrealistic proposals like the Kyoto Protocol. This third stage, Mr. Downs continues, “becomes almost imperceptibly transformed into the fourth stage: a gradual decline in the intensity of public interest in the problem.”
While opinion surveys find that roughly half of Americans regard climate change as a problem, the issue has never achieved high salience among the public, despite the drumbeat of alarm from the climate campaign. Americans have consistently ranked climate change the 19th or 20th of 20 leading issues on the annual Pew Research Center poll, while Gallup’s yearly survey of environmental issues typically ranks climate change far behind air and water pollution.


A case in point is climate campaigners’ push for clean energy, whereas they write off nuclear power because it doesn’t fit their green utopian vision. A new study of climate-related philanthropy by Matthew Nisbet found that of the $556.7 million green-leaning foundations spent from 2011-15, “not a single grant supported work on promoting or reducing the cost of nuclear energy.” The major emphasis of green giving was “devoted to mobilizing public opinion and to opposing the fossil fuel industry.”
Scientists who are genuinely worried about the potential for catastrophic climate change ought to be the most outraged at how the left politicized the issue and how the international policy community narrowed the range of acceptable responses. Treating climate change as a planet-scale problem that could be solved only by an international regulatory scheme transformed the issue into a political creed for committed believers. Causes that live by politics, die by politics.





Evidence Emerges That Hawaii Eruptions Caused By Fracking – Hilina Slump Slipped over 6 ft




06th JUNE 2018


QUESTION:    I have a friend who is very knowledgeable in the Word, and we meet for study every week. We have only one main disagreement, and although we have discussed it at length many times, he keeps going back to it. He is not convinced that there is a rapture and believes instead that the Church will be protected somewhere on earth by the Lord during the Tribulation period. He is also convinced that the woman in Revelation 12 is the Church, but this is the only scripture he can really use to support his view. We have pointed out that this woman is Israel, and having given birth to a child, can’t be a virgin bride. Would you agree?
ANSWER:    In 1 Thes. 1:10 Paul wrote that Jesus would rescue us from the coming wrath. The Greek word for rescue in the verse means to deliver or draw to oneself. The word for from denotes a separation of time and distance. So the Lord will draw us to Himself to distance us from the time and place of the wrath to come. In 1 Thes. 5:9 he said the Church was not appointed to suffer wrath. In Rev. 3:10 the Lord promised to keep us from the “hour of trial” that’s coming upon the whole world. A different Greek word for “from” is used there. It means out of the place, time, or cause of the event being referenced. So here His promise is to keep us out of the time and place of His wrath since we’re not the cause of it. Put it all together and it’s clear that we won’t be here for any of it.
And you’re right about the woman in Rev. 12. Being pregnant, she can’t be the virgin bride. Additionally, the child she’s about to give birth to is the Messiah. The Church did not give birth to the Messiah. The woman is Israel.

QUESTION:    Hebrews 9:27 says that it is appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgment – does this mean once believers die, they are judged for their works? If so, the judgment occurs at a different time for each believer. For some reason, I thought it happened at the rapture. Am I correct?
ANSWER:    Here’s Hebrews 9:27.
It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.
Notice it doesn’t say, “immediately after this”. The only judgment that occurs immediately after death is the one that separates believers from unbelievers. The various other judgments occur at different times. For the Church, it’s at the rapture/resurrection and is only for the purpose of rewarding us for things we’ve done. For unbelievers, it’s at the end of the Millennium, when they’re transferred from hell to the lake of fire. A sometimes overlooked point of Hebrews 9:27 is that once our physical life ends, our opportunity to decide our eternal destiny ends, too.

QUESTION:    From studying Matthew 12:36 seems to me that Jesus was referring to all the “empty words” (idle and careless) that were ever spoken from both believers and unbelievers. Unbelievers will be judged for their words at the Great White Throne Judgement when it mentions in Rev. 20:12 that certain “books were opened.” Since the Matthew 12 verse is also for believers, when will this take place?
ANSWER:    From Matt. 12:25 to the end of the chapter, Jesus was talking directly to the Pharisees who had just accused Him of performing miracles by the power of Satan. This is confirmed in Matt. 12:34. We know that unbelievers will be judged at the Great White Throne (Rev. 20:11-15) but there is no such judgment for believers. All our sins were forgiven at the cross and washed away in the blood of Jesus. From God’s perspective we’re as righteous as He is.
It’s important to follow this thought to its conclusion, because that’s where Jesus spoke abut believers. In Matt. 12:37 He said, “For by your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned”
If we say words of repentance such as, “Lord Jesus I know I’m a sinner in need of a Savior, please forgive my sins and be my Savior” our words will acquit us. The Holy Spirit will come to dwell in us, preventing us from saying words that condemn us like the Pharisees did.

QUESTION:    I’ve read in several places that the only ones at the Great White Throne judgment (Rev. 20:11-15) will be all of the “unsaved” dead throughout time. But I have always had a question about that. If the church is judged at the Bema Seat (to receive awards), when are the OT saints judged? Also, what about the people that live through the tribulation and go into the millennium to repopulate the Earth? When do those people and their descendants get judged? Will those that trust in Christ for salvation during the millennium receive sinless eternal bodies like the “Church” will receive at the rapture? If these people will not be present at the Great White Throne judgment, then why would Jesus even bother opening the Lamb’s Book of Life? If only those whose names are not written in the Book at present, why would He even need to check?
ANSWER:    In the Old Testament, believers were separated from unbelievers at death just like they are in the New. The Lord’s teaching on Lazarus and the Rich Man describes this. (Luke 16:19-31). According to Daniel 12:1-2 believing OT Jews will receive resurrection bodies at the end of the Great Tribulation. Tribulation survivors will be judged in the Sheep and Goat judgment with believers going into the Kingdom and non-believers taken to the place prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matt. 25:31-46) This judgment is also mentioned in Joel 3:1-3.
The Bible doesn’t give us any information concerning the disposition of millennial believers. Unbelievers of all ages willl be resurrected for judgment at the end of the Millennium.
The Lamb’s Book of Life is different from the Book of Life referred to in Rev. 20:12. Every person’s name can be found there, and as Rev. 20:12 explains it will be used to judge the dead according to their works. This is a record God has kept from the beginning of time, and according to Jewish tradition, is updated every year at Yom Kippur.


Tracking Bible Prophecy Headlines – 6/1/2018












Report: Pentagon May Expand Operations in South China Sea
The United States is reportedly looking to increase the number of its naval patrols in the South China Sea to challenge China’s growing militarization of the disputed waterway. In defiance of international law, China has claimed most of the South China Sea, including territory belonging to Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan.
According to Reuters, U.S. officials declined to say when these changes will take place but noted that “the moves could involve longer patrols, ones involving larger numbers of ships or operations involving closer surveillance of Chinese facilities in the area, which now include electronic jamming equipment and advanced military radars.”
The head of the Pentagon, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, remarked during this weekend’s Shangri-La Dialogue security conference in Singapore that China’s militarization of the South China Sea has now become a “reality” and warned, “eventually, these (actions) do not pay off.”
“China’s policy in the South China Sea stands in stark contrast to the openness our strategy promotes. It calls into question China’s broader goals,” Mattis said. “The placement of these weapons systems is tied directly to military use for the purposes of intimidation and coercion.”
On Sunday, two American warships reportedly sailed within 12 miles of islands in the South China Sea. The move could reportedly be interpreted as an attempt to assert America’s stance on freedom of navigation in the international waters.
China has repeatedly objected to the global outrage over its colonization of the region.
“It is China’s sovereign and legal right for China to place our army and military weapons there,” He Lei, of the PLA’s Academy of Military Sciences, said outside the Singapore conference, according to Reuters. “We see any other country that tries to make noise about this as interfering in our internal affairs.”
On Thursday, Chinese government newspaper Global Times said the nation is intent on making “full preparations and strategic arrangements for long-lasting contention” with the United States in the disputed waters.
“The South China Sea as an arena for strategic competition between China and the US is difficult to cool down in the short term,” the Global Times wrote. “It’s very likely to heat up more in the future. China must make full preparations and strategic arrangements for long-lasting contention with the US in the area.”


Iran Says Fighters Won’t Leave Syria Despite Russia’s Deal With Israel
A top Iranian military official has said that his country’s troops will not withdraw from Syria, despite reports that Russia and Israel had reached a deal that would see Iranian militias retreat from the southern part of the country.
“Iran and Syria enjoy deep relations that would not be influenced by the propaganda measures of anyone,” Iran’s Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri said Sunday, according to local media. “The Zionist regime’s greatest fear is the proximity of Muslim fighters near its border. It has come to pass. Now that this has come true, the U.S. and Israel are making desperate efforts to change the situation. But they should know that this condition is not going to change,” Jazayeri added.
Iran and Israel are bitter enemies, and for years the leadership in Tehran has called for Israel’s destruction. As the war in Syria has dragged on from 2011 until today, Iran’s military advisers have worked with the leadership in Syria’s capital Damascus, while Iran’s militias have gained a foothold in the country, including in areas that border Israel. This has unnerved Israel, which recently began launching strikes against Iranian targets in Syria. 
Reports last week claimed that Russia and Israel had reached a deal that would see Iranian militia fighters retreat at least 15 miles from the border separating Syria and Israel. Moscow had called for all non-Syrian fighters to move away from Israel’s borders in order to quell fighting between Israel and Iranian militias. Russia is the Syrian regime’s biggest ally and enjoys a substantial amount of influence in the war-ravaged country. Russian officials were reportedly worried that fighting between Israel and Iran could undermine the position of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.  
Iran and Russia currently maintain friendly relations, and Moscow has stressed that Tehran can play an important role in Syria both now and in the future, but that does not appear to have been enough to convince Tehran to move its fighters. Iran is investing in Syria’s infrastructure and appears determined to maintain a long-term presence in the country.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has kicked off a three-day visit to Europe, where he is lobbying for Germany, France and the U.K. to renege on their end of the Iran nuclear deal and sideline Tehran. “I’ll raise two issues: Iran and Iran,” Netanyahu told reporters prior to his trip. 


NATO Deploys 30,000 Troops To Eastern Europe, Launches Massive Drill To Confront “Russian Threat
massive U.S.-led military war drill with more than 18,000 soldiers from 19 NATO member states, has begun across Poland and the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania.
The U.S. Army Europe said Monday that Saber Strike 18 exercise has commenced, and “brings full-scale battle simulations for the service members involved to enhance their real-world military occupations and deployment logistics strategies.
The war drill will take place in the Baltic states from June 03-15 as “a demonstration of the commitment and solidarity of the Alliance” at a time when Russia’s military is “increasingly threatening NATO members.”
The report stressed, however, that Saber Strike 18 “is not a provocation of Russia” even though Russia says, year after year, that it is.
U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, from the 127th Wing, Michigan Air National Guard, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan, sit on the tarmac at RAF Mildenhall, England, June 01, 2018. These A-10s were headed to support the U.S. Army Europe-led exercise Saber Strike 2018.
Simultaneously, Lithuania’s defense ministry announced the start of the country’s largest-ever war drill, dubbed “Thunder Storm”, with more than 9,000 troops.
Meanwhile, Russia has once again expressed concerns about NATO’s colossal war drill next to its borders. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that Moscow is closely observing NATO’s exercise and is taking precautionary measures to ensure Russia’s safety. As he emphasized, “Moscow always closely tracks all NATO maneuvers, especially those drills that have a certain degree of proximity to our borders.”
Russia has traditionally criticized NATO for performing military drills in immediate proximity to Russian broders, as well as the ongoing army buildup. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference in February, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov explained that “nothing NATO is doing right now is increasing anyone’s security.
Meanwhile, tensions between Moscow and NATO could escalated further as NATO prepares to increase troop reserves even more. Citing diplomatic sources in Brussels, Die Welt reported that NATO is preparing to deploy a 30,000-strong reserve force, plus hundreds of warplanes and vessels for quick deployment in the event of an invasion by Russia.
The report which was quoted by Sputnik said the reserve force would be added to the 20,000-strong NATO response force in Europe, which can be deployed within a month.
According to Die Welt, Washington is reportedly behind the increased military buildup with Germany assigned a “leading role in the creation of new combat formation.” The German publication also said NATO wants to improve its “combat mobility” by rapidly transporting tanks and heavy machinery to hot zones around the Russian border.
As usual, the only question worth asking here is “what will Russia’s response be”?


AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI Threatens to “Eradicate” Israel, Orders Atomic Agency to Ramp Up Uranium Levels “Without Any Delay” 
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei threatened to eradicate Israel from the world in a Sunday tweet.
Our stance against Israel is the same stance we have always taken. #Israel is a malignant cancerous tumor in the West Asian region that has to be removed and eradicated: it is possible and it will happen. 7/31/91#GreatReturnMarch
— (@khamenei_ir) June 3, 2018
Then on Monday evening Supreme Leader order the country’s Atomic Energy Organization to ramp up production of uranium levels “without any delay.”
Iranian nation & government will not stand being under both sanctions & nuclear restrictions. The Atomic Energy Organization of #Iran must immediately make the preparations for achieving 190K SWU– for now within #JCPOA— starting tomorrow.#IranDeal
— (@khamenei_ir) June 4, 2018
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has ordered the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) to make preparations for enrichment of uranium up to a level of 190,000SWU without any delay.
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a ceremony held at the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum in south Tehran to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the passing away of the founder of the Islamic Republic while talking about Iran’s nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of countries, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“It seems from what they say that some European governments expect the Iranian nation to both put up with sanctions and give up its nuclear activities and continue to observe limitations [on its nuclear program]. I tell those governments that this bad dream will never come true,” the Leader said.
Stressing that the Iranian nation and government cannot tolerate to be both sanctioned and be put in the “nuclear custody,” Ayatollah Khamenei ordered the AEOI to take rapid steps to make preparations for starting uranium enrichment “up to a level of 190,000SWU for the time being within the framework of the JCPOA” and take other preliminary steps that the president has ordered from tomorrow.
US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement, which was reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, Britain, France, Russia and China – plus Germany.
Trump also said he would reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose “the highest level” of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.
Iran’s top leader vows tenfold response to any attack
Iran’s top leader said Monday that anyone who fires one missile at his country “will be hit by 10” in response, but dismissed fears of war as “propaganda” by the West.
Tensions have soared since the US withdrew from the landmark 2015 nuclear accord, and vowed to restore sanctions unless Iran meets a list of strict demands.
In a speech, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also said he had ordered atomic authorities to increase the country’s nuclear enrichment capacity. The increase he detailed in his speech would not exceed limits set by the nuclear accord, which European countries have said they hope to salvage.
The agreement reached by the Obama administration, along with Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran, lifted international sanctions on Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear activities.
Khamenei’s comments came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, Khamenei lashed out at Israel, calling the Jewish state the “cancerous tumor” of the region that must be “removed and eradicated.”
Netanyahu said that Iran would be the first and only subject on the agenda of his trip to Europe.
Intent on winning support for amending the nuclear deal with Iran and getting Iranian troops out of Syria, the prime minister will also meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May, both of whose countries are signatories to the deal.
Netanyahu warned Merkel that Iran’s presence in Syria should also worry Germany, given that Shiite militias there were intent on converting Sunni Muslims to their creed, with the result that a “new religious war” would break out in the Middle East and send further waves of refugees to Europe.
Israel 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.
As nuke deal buckles, Iran says it is upping uranium enrichment capacity
The head of Iran’s nuclear agency said Tuesday his country is set to begin upgrading its uranium enrichment capabilities, hours after Tehran’s supreme leader ordered nuclear activity to ramp up and warned Europe it could pull out of the landmark 2015 nuclear accord.
Atomic Energy Organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi told Iran’s state-run ISNA media outlet early Tuesday that the agency will inform the IAEA nuclear watchdog of its plans Tuesday to up production of UF6 gas, also known as uranium hexafluoride.
The gas is meant to be injected in the IR-8 centrifuge, which Iran says enriches uranium 20 times faster than machines used before the nuclear accord was signed. Under the deal, use of the advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium is not allowed.
On Monday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he had ordered atomic authorities to increase the country’s nuclear enrichment capacity.
He said the increase would not exceed limits set by the nuclear accord, which European countries have said they hope to salvage.
Iranians say research into using IR-8 centrifuges is allowed under the deal, to prepare for the sunset of the accord, which Iran has threatened may fall apart after the US pulled out last month.


By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz –
“And I will wipe out the inhabitants of Ashdod And the sceptered ruler of Ashkelon; And I will turn My hand against Ekron, And the Philistines shall perish to the last man -said Hashem.” Amos 1:8 (The Israel Bible™)
As Israel’s southern border is threatened by rockets, mortars and incendiary kites, End-of-Days experts weigh in on the prospective roles that Palestinians in Gaza play in the Messianic era.

Palestinians: Spiritual Roots in Israel’s Biblical Enemy
Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson, a Torah codes expert, believes that the modern day Palestinians have their spiritual roots in the Biblical Philistines.
“We can see this in the name they choose for themselves and we can also see this in their attraction for Gaza,” Rabbi Glazerson told Breaking Israel News.
He emphasized that not only was Gaza a military stronghold but it was also a major center for the Philistines’ idolatry and temple. “Their hatred for Israel is so great that it is clearly an ancient conflict and not just one from the last few decades. Their recent kite attacks, burning the fields in Israel, are precisely a desire of revenge for Samson burning the Philistine fields in a similar manner.”
He lit the torches and turned [the foxes] loose among the standing grain of the Philistines, setting fire to stacked grain, standing grain, vineyards, [and] olive trees. Judges 15:5
In a recent video on the subject, Rabbi Glazerson used a computer program that searches for equidistant letter sequences in the Bible to find the word “Palestinian” in the Torah. He found it in the book of Deuteronomy, which he explained is the section of the Bible that corresponds to the current era. The word “Palestinian” intersected with a verse that described God giving the land of Israel to the Jews.
Hashem your God will bless you in the land that Hashem your God is giving you as a hereditary portion Deuteronomy 15:4
“The Zohar (the seminal source for Jewish mysticism) states that this conflict that began in the Bible will continue until the Moshiach (Messiah)” Rabbi Glazerson said. “This is a spiritual battle which will never be solved by politics. It has to be fought on spiritual terms by learning Torah and keeping the Sabbath.”
Palestinians: A Nation That is no Nation
Rabb Levi Sudri, an award-winning Bible expert who is well-versed in esoteric sources, believes the appearance of the Palestinians is a final attempt to fix a nation that was flawed from its Biblical beginnings.
“Reincarnations are an attempt to fix things and this era, the time preceding the Messiah, is the final chance to fix problems that have their sources in the Bible. What we are seeing in the Middle East is the entire world focused on the final fixing of the Philistines. We first saw this in the Bible in Ham, the son of Noah, who was cursed for gazing on his father’s nakedness.
He said, “Cursed be Canaan; The lowest of slaves Shall he be to his brothers.” Genesis 9:25
“Abraham and Isaac tried to fix Ham by making a covenant with Abimelech the King of the Philistines, Ham’s descendants. But the language of this Biblical agreement is important today”, Rabbi Sudri emphasized.
And Abimelech said, Here, my land is before you; settle wherever you please.” Genesis 20:15
“This covenant was broken by the Philistines in the days of Joshua, and again in the days of Saul,” Rabbi Sudri said. “It is precisely this agreement that is being broken again today.”
Rabbi Sudri noted that despite Israel’s clear military superiority, the Palestinians are succeeding in creating a challenge Israel cannot defeat.
“How can it be that Israel, with such a strong military, cannot cope with the Palestinians?,” the rabbi asked. “If there is a clear enemy, even a strong enemy, we can fight them. We cannot defeat them because the fight is on a spiritual level, the angel of one nation against the angel of another nation. Every nation has an angel but the Zohar explains that the Philistines do not have an angel.”
Rabbi Sudri referred to the Philistines as a “nation that is not a nation.”
“Every nation has a patriarch but the Philistines did not have a patriarch,” Rabbo Sudri said. “The word ‘Philistine’ is derived from the Hebrew word meaning ‘wanderers’ or ‘foreigner.’ With a real nation, you can make war or peace. Since they are not a nation, we cannot do either, neither war nor peace, with the Palestinians.”
According to Rabbi Sudri, this confrontation with the “nation that is not a nation” has a corresponding negative effect on the Jewish Nation.
“Israel is the most ancient nation, with the clearest claim to being a nation. But by entering into relations with the Palestinians, by agreeing to that definition of what is a nation, we shed doubt on our identity as a nation which is explicitly outlined in the Bible, a stronger claim to nationhood than any other nation in existence. By calling the Palestinians a nation, we have brought into doubt our claims to nationhood and our claims to our land, a claim that is clearly seen in the Bible, in archaeology and in every history book in existence.”
The Battle for Prayer

Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, believes the spiritual roots of the Palestinians goes back to Ishmael, the brother of Isaac.
“As such, his fate is to be in conflict always,” Rabbi Berger said, quoting the blessing given to Ishmael by an angel.
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
“His warring nature will continue until the very last moment before the Messiah,” Rabbi Berger said. “It will be the spark that brings the Messiah.”
“But the name ‘Ishmael’ means ‘God will hear,” Rabbi Berger pointed out. “By the merit of Ishmael, God heard Hagar praying in the desert. The real battle is over who God will listen to. That is why the Palestinians are concentrating on the Temple Mount, and specifically on prayer. They want to be the only nation that God listens to, and they think they can do that by preventing the Jews from praying on the Temple Mount.”
“Prayer has much more power than people realize, especially prayer in our times just before Messiah, and especially on the Temple Mount,” Rabbi Berger said. “We see this in the fact that since only Muslims are allowed to pray there, Islam is getting stronger in the world. It isn’t Islam that is getting stronger, it is the angel of Ishmael. The Temple Mount is where the final battle between Ishmael and Israel is going to be, and it is going to be a battle of prayer, a battle of the angel of Ishmael against the angel of Israel.”
‘Run for the Ship’
Rabbi Pinchas Winston, a prolific end-of-days author, believes the Palestinians are a prophesied wake-up call to motivate the Nation of Israel to focus on Messiah. To illustrate his point, he related a midrash (homiletic teaching) from the Talmud (Tractate Baba Batra 73b). According to the Talmud, Rabbah Bar Hana was traveling on a ship and went ashore to cook some food. The island turned out to be an enormous fish covered in sand. Feeling the heat of the fire, the fish turned over, sending Rabbah Bar Hana scrambling for his ship, which fortunately was ready to sail.
Rabbi Winston cited Rabbi Yaakov Lorberbaum, the rabbi of Lissa Poland in the 1800’s, known as Rabbeinu Yaakov.
“Rabbeinu Yaakov taught that this peculiar story in the Talmud is actually an allegory of what will happen in the days before Messiah,” Rabbi Winston said. “He explained the Talmud as teaching that the Jews will return to our land but we will end up ruling over another nation. The other nation will appear weak and small but they will actually turn everything upside down.”
“If the ‘boat is ready’, if the Jews are ready for Messiah, everything will be fine and we will enter into the Messiah,” Rabbi Winston explained. “If the Jews are not ready, we will ‘drown from the problems this small nation will cause us.”
Rabbi Winston sees this allegory as a perfect description of the Palestinian Intifada.
“The Intifada started in 1987, precisely 40 years after Israel became a nation,” Rabbi Winston explained. “40 represents is a complete period of gestation. A woman is pregnant for 40 sabbaths.”
“After Israel became a state, we were given a period of 40 years to show what was really conceived when Israel first became a state,” Rabbi Winston said. “We weren’t ready to ‘run for the boat’, to bring the Messiah. Since we hadn’t prepared for the Messiah, the Intifada was sent to wake us up, to push us to do what we need to bring the Messiah. In this case, the wake-up call came from a small nation that succeeded in overturning the entire nation of Israel, making us ‘run for the ship’.”

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