(Washington, D.C.) — In 1979, there were fewer than 500 Muslim converts to Christianity in all of Iran. Today, there are over one million Iranian who love Jesus Christ, have become His followers, and are celebrating Easter. In fact, this Easter millions of former Muslims throughout the Middle East, North Africa and central Asia are celebrating […]
UPDATED: Here is a statement issued by Natan Sharanksy, head of the Jewish Agency — “an act of provocation.” (Washington, D.C.) — There is a deeply disturbing article in the USA Today that I encourage you to read and share with others. It reports that leaflets are being spread throughout the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk saying that government […]
As Jews celebrate Passover and Christians celebrate Easter this week, Ron Prosor, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, has written an excellent op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on the intense persecution followers of Jesus Christ are facing in Islamic countries. He notes that there is an “exodus” of Christians leaving the Middle East today, just as Jews […]
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When a woman has children, she goes through birth pains.You have a contraction, and then some time would go by, and the woman would have another.You knew the contraction would come, but you would not know when.It seems we are between contractions.There is a lot of talk about war, reports of Sweden going cashless, Spain is back in the news with its troubling economy, and life goes on.The world is preparing for a cashless society, and the Middle East is preparing for prophetic fulfillment as well.In time, we all have to realize the prophetic roller coaster can zap energy out of us.Be emotionally stable, pray to God for guidance, and allow Him to let you see the Scriptures.
Spain has been out of the news for a while, but it is creeping back in.Remember, I said Spain seems may bring down the world economies.Spain has rejected the European demand for austerity, and they are going through with their own economic plan.Spain needs Euros for their bonds, and this friction could lead 10 year bonds near and/or pass the critical 7% mark.Time will tell.
Javier Solana is saying some interesting things as of late.He predicts the more liberal Social Democrats will share power with Merkel, and Merkel will fall more in line with the EU position on Greece.Also, the influential Wolfgang Munchau stated that the worst is yet to come as the EU is pulled apart through economic calamity.Solana seems to be involved in the EU makeover as the EU tries to rescue itself from the brink of calamity.Solana's quotes from the very influential elitist Council of Foreign Relations shows the influence of this guy.Whatever part he plays if any, we do know change is coming in Europe, and a crisis will make this change.Sounds Biblical doesn't it?
"Greece's debt situation is as unsustainable as ever; so is Portugal's; so is the European banking sector's and so is Spain's," the influential Financial Times commentator Wolfgang Munchau wrote Monday. "The worst, I fear, is yet to come."
There are signs however, that the Germans might be persuaded to take a softer line. Merkel has hinted she may be prepared to drop opposition to increasing the size of the euro zone's firewall fund to around 700 billion euros.
That could provoke a rift with her government coalition partners ? the Free Democratic Party. However, with the FDP slipping in polls, some observers think Merkel may be preparing to ditch them to form a "Grand Coalition" with the opposition Social Democrats, who are more amenable to helping out southerners.
"The Social Democrats know that what Merkel is doing is not correct," Javier Solana, a former EU foreign policy chief, said recently in London.
"We are beginning to see a change in the German position," Solana told the European Council on Foreign Relations. "I think we will see a Grand Coalition again in Germany which will put things in a much more different situation than the one we have today."
Such a change might just convince hard-pressed southern Europeans that the optimism is justified.
Russian elite troops have arrived in Syria.This is major, because Russia's presence in Syria brings the likelihood of Gog/Magog War prophetically close.Also, in Isaiah 17:2, Damascus ceases being a city, which is interesting in light of Russian troops in Syria.Could devastation happen and Russian troops are killed by an Israeli action?This could bring Russia into the Middle East to fulfill Scripture.Thank the Lord you can see the Scriptures fulfilled.Many do not have that blessing.
Reports show that the Middle East is as tense as it has been in a long time.The likelihood of war is increasing by the day, and it would not surprise me to see headlines surfing the web in the days and weeks ahead.The peace process is in shambles, the American President is weak, the EU Foreign Policy Chief is nowhere to be found, and Israel's enemies are surrounding her more every day.
Isn't Greece supposed to default?Fake, deception, lies, are some of the code words today.Behind the scenes the Central Bankers and the leaders of the world are pumping money into the system to save the elites and the countries that threaten the elites' money power.In doing this, they cover up the real world where countries have defaulted, and are readying to default.Look at the food, gas, and daily prices and we all know inflation is more serious than the governments are leading us to believe.In time, when peace is taken from the earth and Jews and Christians are blamed for the world's problems, hyperinflation will take hold, the mark of the beast will be instituted, and mass persecution by governments throughout the world will strangle society.We are living some of it today, my friends.
It is hard to look into the future to see exactly where everything is going.We know God's Word, and we are confident in that, and we know we seemingly are close.However, where is a viable peace/security agreement, or a rebuilt Temple, or the Antichrist?There are many questions left unanswered in today's headlines, but many can be found.We have to find wisdom in God, which begins with the fear of the Lord.In that wisdom we know His plan, and in time all things will be shown to us.God Bless.
Stars and Stripes reports the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he's sending the mine ships in addition to four airborne mine countermeasure helicopters.
An unreported news story late last week may be very important in the long run.Israeli sources reported the Cabinet of Netanyahu voted 8 to 6 to attack Iran.This is not an order to attack, but permission for Netanyahu to attack at a time of his choosing.This is significant in that this must be agreed upon in the Security Cabinet before it can happen, and that is the real story.The vote in the Security Cabinet allows Netanyahu to continue and push for war preparation.
An Israeli army official was sent to Canada and the United States in an unidentified mission.I believe it was to garner and solidify Canadian and American support for an Iranian attack.The Canadian support will probably come, but the American support is harder to put together.I can see Obama tepidly supporting an attack on Iran because an attack, yet detrimental to the American economy, could solidify his reelection.Americans don't like to change presidencies in a crisis.However, I have been wrong before, but this is my opinion so far.
Russian sophisticated air defense officials are in Syria manning the Russian anti-air radar defense system.The Russian presence brings Russia into the Middle East theatre more than it has ever been in the past, and in a great position to be involved in a major Middle East flare up.Also, reports have stated Turkey has promised to come to Iran's defense if Israel attacks Iran.Therefore, Ezekiel's Gog/Magog War alliance is set, and the Israeli government is preparing for war.We must all prepare ourselves in our own personal ministry by studying Ezekiel 38/39.
In all, we see the Lord preparing for His Son's Coming so that in the day and hour of His choosing, He will send the King of Kings in all of His Glory to the earth to defeat His enemies at Armageddon.The church is asleep, and Christians, including myself, must prepare ourselves for the Coming of our Savior.We have all fallen short of His Glory, but in time it will be determined whether we have the obedient spirit He calls us to have.Deception is great, immorality abounds, crisis upon crisis is coming upon us, and you and I are the feet, mouth, and hands of the Lord.Be ready to stand in the gap.
Too numerous here, but Daniel 11:33-45, Ezekiel 38/39, Isaiah 17:1-2, Book of Joel, Matthew 24, and Revelation Chapter 6 to name but a few.Psalm 83 is another Scripture, and I am sure others I have missed.
"Israeli political sources believe that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a majority Cabinet support Israeli military action against Iran without American approval....He announced that he would not hesitate to perform the operation without the approval of President Obama mentioned the precedent of the decision to attack the Iraqi reactor, Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and with the comments heard yesterday some cabinet ministers say privately that "It sounds like a speech preparation for attack." Political - Security Cabinet 14 ministers. According to estimates, at this stage tend to support Netanyahu and Barak's approach eight ministers, and six against it.
Sad. Once upon a time the British had an empire that stretched from once side of the world to the other. The American influence replaced Britain's, and it currently stretches throughout the world. Both brought the Gospel to places that would never have it. Now, both weakened powers have decided to go against God and turn their backs Israel. For one of the first times in recent memory, British Prime Minister Cameron did not visit with one major (maybe any) Republican in America. I guess the great words Cameron gave to the man of steel, Obama, was enough. Sickening seeing these two leaders groveling over each other, sticking their noses to God, and they tell their populace how to live. God, forgive me and my nation for being so disrespectful to You.
Israel knows it is all alone in the world. Ezekiel speaks of a time of renewal where Israel learns it is only God who can save them. It has been God all along. Just as the Patriarch Jacob wrestled with the Preincarnate Christ in Genesis, he found out God wins, and he needed to be obedient. We often forget it is with Jacob that Israel got its name and lineage. Grant it, Abraham was the father of the Jews, but he was also the father of many nations. Jacob became the representative of the Jewish people throughout the ages. At the end of the wrestling match the Preincarnate Christ changed his name to Israel. Today, Israel, who has been wrestling with God for 2,000 years, will turn once again to the King of Kings. That day is not far off.
Events are pointing to Ezekiel's war, and it may be soon. There are other Scriptures that must be looked at, but Ezekiel is at the forefront. Also, Javier Solana is saying some very interesting things about soveriegnty. It seems he believes soveriegnty is an outdated idea. The world elites are unifying the world, under the auspices of Satan, against God. Time is now, and the spiritual battle is entering a dangerous phase where many will fall by the sword of Satan. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Will yours?
On a global scale, this complex and interdependent world needs an organisation of states and structures of governance oriented towards responsible dialogue, the aim being to mitigate abuses of power and defend global public assets. Without such structures, the world risks a competitive and disorderly race to the bottom among states, together with a protectionist backlash. History has shown that such developments often lead to disastrous conflicts.
On the European level, legitimacy is essential and ? let's be realistic ? won't be achieved unless and until Europeans overcome certain antiquated ideas about sovereignty. Paradoxically, when the crisis struck, the EU was criticised for its lack of integration. Now that it seeks to advance in that direction, the union is accused of crimping national sovereignty.
Citizens must have the feeling that the institutions that govern them account for their interests and make them part of the decision-making process, which implies a union based on rules rather than power. The fact that the EU does not instantly have all of the answers to a problem does not mean it has no future. The EU is a new and marvellous experiment, which, as with all experiments, entails a degree of uncertainty. But that should not make us ignore the opportunity cost of a more "national" conception of sovereignty.
The dynamics of interdependence have become well established ? so much so that they cannot be reversed. To adhere to a narrow Westphalian concept of sovereignty is an unwise anachronism at best and a dangerous gamble at worst.
The poet Jose Angel Valente might call this a desire ".to wait for history to wind the clocks and return us to the time in which we would wish everything could start". But, in the prosaic world of the here and now, the concept of sovereignty has already moved on. Project Syndicate, 2012. www.project-syndicate.org
? Solana is a former EU foreign policy chief, and is a fellow of the Brookings Institution.
There are some important developments in the Middle East.Israeli warships have passed through the Suez Canal the last couple of days, and the Israeli media has been uncharacteristically quiet about it.Rockets are still being sent into southern Israel after a ceasefire orchestrated by Egypt.This shows Egypt is not in control, but Iran.Interestingly, Egypt's parliament declared Israel as their number one enemy the other day.SWIFT Financials is not allowed to operate in Iran, which means the economic crunch is accelerating. Iranian and Israeli officials are continuing their war of words after Iran predicted Hezbollah will be the next ones to send missiles to Israel.Israel is aware of the fact Iran may be preparing for an unprecedented missile barrage on the Israeli state.Haaretz News is reporting below Israel is preparing for war, and at all stages of government there is evidence to back up the assumption.
As Obama and British Prime Minister Cameron discuss the Middle East, these developments may move faster than many of us think.I would call the Obama/Cameron meeting the Chamberlain Meeting, after the British peacenik who appeased Adolph Hitler.Each step since Netanyahu's visit to America shows both Israel and Iran are preparing for conflict.Obama and the Western world are distancing themselves with Israel.Seems the Ezekiel 38/39 War is being prepared before our very eyes.Of course, Isaiah 17 where Damascus is destroyed is becoming more of a possibility every day.If Iran unleashes Hezbollah and their rockets, Israel may very well go after Damascus before Iran.Going after Damascus may be a hook that brings Russia into the war.Also, Israel's large natural gas find in the Mediterranean will be some of the spoils these countries will go after as they try to extinguish the Jews.The Bible states God will provide Israel's protection.
To use Netanyahu's "duck allegory", what looks like a preparation for war, acts like a preparation for war, and quacks like a preparation for war, is a preparation for war, and not just a "bluff" or a diversion tactic. Until his trip to Washington, Netanyahu and his supporters in the media refrained from such explicit wording and made do with hints. But since he's been back, Netanyahu has issued an emergency call-up for himself and the Israeli public.
The Gaza offensive was a test run for an Iranian/Israeli conflict.The Iranians were testing Israeli defense capabilities, and the Western response.In light of the missile barrage, British Prime Minister Cameron and President Obama are meeting in Washington DC.I suspect they are discussing ways to keep an Israeli attack from happening, and how to respond if and when one does happen.Also, I suspect the Western world is lining up against Israel.The drums of war are loud, and analysts who I trust still say a Middle East war is very, very likely within the next few months before American elections in November.
There are rumors the wheels are coming off of the world's economy much faster than anticipated.Spain is causing worry in the EU as its economy is in shambles.Spain's economy has high unemployment, horrific debt, and a socialistic model that is killing any chance of economic revitalization.Remember, Spain is the key.If Spain goes, then the whole economic model goes with it.I believe the Central Banks are secretly printing money to pay the huge sums of debt being pushed around.According to the Bible, hyperinflation will grip the world as peace is taken from the earth.It goes hand in hand, and we are seeing the groundwork laid for these things to be fulfilled.Yet, as we speak we can see and feel it already happening.
Scripturally, before the seals open, the Antichrist will be revealed at the midpoint.In my humble opinion, I believe if the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) is not the 70th week, then we are looking at a prolong deception lasting at least more than 3 ½ years for we do not have a confirmed treaty.The world is bad enough as it is, but it will get much worse.The Ezekiel Gog/Magog War can happen anytime during or before the 70th week.I am not dogmatic at the war's timing.This I do know, the generation of 1948 does not have much time left, and this means His coming is soon.Time will tell.
The United States has asked Russia to deliver an ultimatum to Iran, warning the Islamic Republic that it has one last chance for talks before a military strike, the Kommersant daily quoted Russian diplomats as saying on Wednesday.
According to the Russian newspaper, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in New York on Monday to tell Tehran that it has one last chance to solve the conflict peacefully by making progress in the talks with the P5+1 group - United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany. Otherwise, an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities will occur within months, the diplomats said.
Note:If you live in Israel, or know the situation in Israel, please post comments.We would like to know what is going on.Israel is in our prayers--Bro. Brian
Israel's meeting with Obama left an uneasy feeling with Iran.Iran pulled the trigger, and the Islamic Jihad is sending missiles into Israel.Iran is testing Israel's missile defense systems, Israel's resolve, and the West's reaction.Tepid condemnation from the West has fueled the latest round of rockets into Israel, and there is talk of more devastating rockets may be on the way.We shall see.I believe Iran and its allies are prepping for conflict, and Israel is too by taking out important terrorist leaders in Gaza.In the Bible, we see from Scriptures that Israel will be attacked by the South, North, East, and not be protected from the West.
If a rocket lands in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, or at Ben Gurion Airport, then hold on to major prophetic fulfillment.The word is the Gaza terrorists, along with Iran, may try something spectacular in the coming days. Today, one landed close to Tel Aviv. Time will tell.
Greece defaulted, and no one noticed.The markets seemed oblivious to the fact that Greece is finished, and I believe this is so because of all the money printing that is going on.In Revelation, hyperinflation will grip the world as peace is taken from the earth, and in time all the money printing will present this very scenario.When the Middle East goes under fire, then Israel will be blamed as the world economy goes into a hyperinflation tailspin.
Have you noticed the number of Christians being interviewed?The world is drunk with religion, and they want to marginalize Christians.The world elites know their moment is at hand, and they want to marginalize Christianity to bring about their world dominance.Satan knows Christ is coming, and he has just a short time.Think about this, if we know His Coming is soon, then think how much Satan knows.He can still visit God in heaven, because he is not thrown down until the Antichrist is revealed at the midpoint.We often forget Satan knows much more than we do in many matters, it is just he does not accept Jesus as Lord.Of course, angels can't be saved anyway; their eternal destiny has already been set when Satan rebelled.Jesus can only redeem humans for He came as a boy in a womb, not an angel.The world is heading toward a major battle, and the lines are being drawn.Stand strong, pray for those who present the Gospel to a lost world, and do your part in the Kingdom of God, or God will choose someone else, and ask you later why you did not take up the banner.
2 Peter 3:3-7
"Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, 4 and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation." 5 For [a]when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, 6 through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. 7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men."
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired more than 40 rockets at Israel on Monday, as the heavy cross-border barrage continued into its fourth day. Two of the rockets fired Monday exploded near Gedera, just 40 kilometers south of Tel Aviv, and another struck inside the southern city of Ashdod.
A woman and one other person sustained light to moderate shrapnel wounds as a result of a grad rocket striking Ashdod. The woman was evacuated to Rehovot's Kaplan Hospital. Four Israelis were also treated for shock. Damage was caused to store buildings and cars in the city.
You can tell how a President, Prime Minister, or dictator will behave not by their words as much as who they have around them.The American President has liberal activists and anti-Semitic people around him.The Prime Minister of Israel has Ya'akov Amidror near him.Netanyahu's new advisor is shown in the picture above helping Netanyahu prepare his AIPAC speech.Mr. Amidror is an ultra-hawkMr. Amidror advocates a Greater Israel, which is Israel keeping lands it took in the 1967 war, believes negotiations with the Palestinians is a non-starter, and advocates a very hawkish view of Israel policy toward Iran.Putting it all together, it seems Netanyahu has appointed the national religious leader to prepare for not only an Iranian attack, but a religious transformation of Israel.
It is hard to see where we stand.There is only one confirmed treaty, and that is the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP).You can check out this http://cumbey.blogspot.com (March 1st article), which states it is still apart of European foreign policy.Javier Solana speaks, and he is a globalist, but has not come upon the scene again to fulfill any prophecies, which he could.If the ENP is not it, then could an Ezekiel war bring about a treaty between Israel and her neighbors, and the 70th week begins in the near future?Whatever the case, don't be disheartened, the world is progressing as God wants it, and in time we all will walk the golden streets of Jerusalem.Pray for Zion, for the earthly Zion is just a representation of the Heavenly Zion.As for me, I feel very good right now, because I am on God's side.
On Tuesday, Netanyahu's staff went even further, sending Amidror to a round of interviews on Israeli television. Amidror was interviewed on the steps of the Capitol building by the Israeli journalists accompanying Netanyahu on his state visit to the U.S., explaining the crux of disagreement with the Obama administration on the Iranian issue.
At this point, it seems that Amidror is the big winner from the Natan Eshel and Uzi Arad affairs. Amidror didn't plan this, but the Eshel affair left him one of the only people in Netanyahu's close circle. On the other hand, the Uzi Arad affair, motivated Netanyahu to pull Amidror closer and highlight his work in order to annoy Arad and signal to the public - Arad was replaced by a professional.
Amidror is associated with the ultra-right national-religions party "The Jewish Home." In 2008, he headed a commission tasked with composing the party's list for the general elections. The party, which is dominated by former National Religious Party (NRP) politicians, supports a "greater Israel" ideology and is considered the most authentic political representative of the ideological messianic settlers in the West Bank.
Most of Amidror's recent articles were published in a column in the pro-Netanyahu Hebrew daily Yisrael Hayom (Israel Today). The most recent one, dated February 2 2011, was headlined "The Chief Lesson - Security is Preferable to Peace." In this article, Amidror argues that because Israel lives "on the edge of a volcano," it must always be ready for the worse. "The main lesson is that we must emphasize Israel's security needs and its ability to defend itself over any other requirement, including the lofty dream to reach political agreements [with its neighbors]. If we will have to choose between an agreement and Israel's security requirements - security is preferable."
I really like Netanyahu.I hope he is a believer or becomes one.He says so much that is correct when he speaks.I watched the whole speech last night, and it is what I expected.Eloquent, quoted Scripture and the end result is that Israel is going to war.This was a war speech.In the book of Esther, Mordecai's life was in danger as Haman's anger toward Jews led him to order the execution of Mordecai, Esther's uncle.In God's Grace, Haman made some serious mistakes, God saved Mordecai, and more importantly saved the Jews in Persia.Netanyahu's speech was to announce that God will save the Jews not through a Queen, but through a Prime Minister.I don't think Netanyahu was being prideful, but truthful.The countdown, if it wasn't before, has started, and the world is preparing for war.
Obama's reaction was also expected.He offered tepid support that means little to Israel.According to Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, no one will come to Israel's aid except God.Ezekiel prophesies a war coming to Israel, so however this plays out, we know in order for the prophecy to come to pass, war will come to Israel, and God will save the Jews.Many people in the know expect war within months.When war happens, the economic situation will worsen.Hyperinflation may take hold.Events of Ezekiel 38/39, Daniel 11, and Revelation 6 must be studied.Other Scriptures may have to be taken into account also.
I suspect if war is going to happen, then some preparations will have to take place, and in reality I think some already have.Gas masks will have to be distributed in Israel, and that is currently happening.You will see swings in the gold market as countries hoard gold.Private money printing by central banks will continue to spur inflation as governments inflate their bank accounts.Western nations will continue, and some at great speed to distance themselves from Israel.You will hear of the many reasons why a military strike will be catastrophic.Words will become harsher.President Obama may speak highly of Israel in public, but will stay away from positive comments about Israel in private.Obama's advisors/generals will speak ill of Israel, not of good.If war happens, then many of these events will transpire before, during, and after the conflict.It won't be good, but in light of everything I agree with Israel, they cannot live near a country that wants them annihilated.Somber times indeed, but God is in control.
Then there is the EU.The EU is accepting nuclear talks with Iran, which will likely speed up preparations.See link here. This is a smoke screen.We know from Scripture the EU will send the Antichrist down to E. Jerusalem to stop the sacrifices.We do not have sacrifices, and we do not have the Antichrist in power at this time, in my opinion.Yet, we know who he is when he will be revealed at the abomination of desolation which starts the 42 months of his reign.Time will tell.
President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been working hard to present a united front on Iran, the nation at the heart of a simmering dispute between the two close allies. But there is no disguising the fact that the two leaders remain sharply divided on the way forward.
Netanyahu sees a nuclear-armed Iran as an existential threat to his country's future, and Israeli officials have been openly suggesting they might conduct military strikes against Iran's nuclear sites this summer. Obama regularly says that he will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapons, but just as regularly says that he believes the hard-hitting economic and diplomatic sanctions on Iran should be given more time to work.
That fundamental difference between the two leaders hung over every aspect of Netanyahu's visit this week, including a late-night address to more than 13,000 cheering supporters at the annual convention of the pro-Israel group the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
There will be events this weekend involving AIPAC Sunday speeches from Obama, Netanyahu, and the important White House meeting following on Monday. I decided to put a live FoxNews link on the site http://www.pastorbrianroberts.com/foxnews_live , which can be found at the top of the site also. Some of us may not be in front of the TV or have satellite. I will tweet news relevant to the events this week with short commentary on the twitter part of the website. After the news cycle this weekend, I will post a more detailed commentary of the events and where we go from here. As one source stated, this weekend may be one of the most important weekends in modern history. Time will tell.
Let's open up the comment section. Put your thoughts and prayers in the comment section here in this commentary as we all take in what is going on in light of our Good Lord's Plan. You don't have to wait till Sunday. You are welcome to put any comment anytime.