Feb 232015
 

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ABC News: “One of the largest malls in the United States has heightened security after a video claiming to be posted online by a Somali militant group affiliated with al Qaeda called for attacks against the mall.

The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, issued a statement Saturday, saying it had increased security in light of the video purportedly from al-Shabab, which took credit for the deadly attack at a Kenyan mall that killed at least 67 civilians in 2013.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson called the video the “new phase we’ve evolved in terms of the global terrorist threat and what we need to do in terms of counter-terrorism..”

Opinion: Al Shabab means “The Youth” or “The Youngsters.” The Somalia based group pledged allegiance to al Qaeda making it a sub-group of the Muslim Brotherhood.

It is fascinating how future combatants of prophesied wars against Israel keep popping up in news stories. In our earlier post we said this:

“Ezekiel’s war is described as a monumental attack on the mountains of Israel from a 7 nation confederation. The prophet does not leave us guessing and specifically names the armies: Russia, Iran, Turkey,  Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, and Libya. Ezekiel 38:1-6 NIV

Ezekiel calls Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan the nations of Cush, the eldest son of Ham, who was a son of Noah. All three nations are 100% Muslim.

It is interesting that remnants of Jews in the region of Cush were located in Ethiopia. Equally interesting is that on August 13, 2013, the last of the Ethiopian Jews were airlifted (Aliyah) into Israel in fulfillment of Zephaniah 3:10.

In Ezekiel’s war, when God is finished turning the invading force against each other (Ezekiel 38:21), He will rain fire on those nations (Ezekiel 39:6).

God will preserve His children Isaiah 42:6.

And we get to watch.

 

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Feb 182015
 

jordanJoel Rosenberg: “While Jordan has remained a source of calm in the region, the roots of radical Islamic extremism run deep there. A Jordanian, Abu Musab Zarqawi, was the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq — the precursor to ISIS — before he was killed by a U.S. airstrike on June 7, 2006. Today, an estimated 2,000 Jordanian nationals are fighting with ISIS. What happens when they come back to Jordan?

Meanwhile, 1.3 million people, mostly Muslims, have fled Syria and are currently residing in Jordan. Some 600,000 are contained inside refugee camps. The rest are freely moving about the country. How many are plotting against the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and how advanced and sophisticated are their plans?

The good news is that King Abdullah understands full well that he is in a winner-take-all showdown with ISIS, which he describes as “a Third World war.”

Opinion: There are two schools of thought among Dispensational pre-millennial prophecy scholars:

  • Psalm 83 is a ‘lament’ and not a war
  • Psalm 83 is a war that sets the stage for Israel living in a false peace, a prerequite for the war of Ezekiel 38

I am a Rosenberg fan and have many of his books in my library, but Joel Rosenberg does not teach Psalm 83 as a war and also does not explain how Israel comes into the false peace of Ezekiel 38:11-13.

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time you know that I am in the second school.

If that is correct, Jordan, according to Psalm 83:6-7, will supply two of the armies: Moab (central Jordan) and Ammon (northern Jordan).

But the Psalm also mentions Edom, the ancestral home of Esau in southern Jordan. In fulfillment of Ezekiel 35:7, Edom is desolate today. In my book Antichrist: the Search For Amalek, we show how Esau’s tribes were pushed out of southern Jordan just before the Jews’ Babylonian captivity in 605 BC.

Esau’s descendants moved into southern Judea (today’s West Bank) where they still reside today.

Therefore, the Edom of Psalm 83 is represented by the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza.

Credit Bill Salus’ book Israelestine with the research of Psalm 83 as a hot war: “Asaph was complaining 3,000 years ago about the enemies that surround Israel. I’ll admit that when you read it you’d think you are reading about the modern situation in Israel, which shows that in 3,000 years things really haven’t changed. It’s basic Anti-Semitism.”

It will be interesting to watch ISIS’s next moves, since Jordan is listed as a target and Amman (Jordan’s capital) is right next door to Saudi Arabia’s oil fields.

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(Arguments for and against Psalm 83 as a hot war here)

 

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Feb 072015
 

Business Insider: “Friday marked the death knell of the internationally-backed post-Arab Spring order in Yemen, whose parliament and government were finally dissolved by the Iranian-allied Houthi rebels who took over Sa’ana in late 2014.

The ousted president, Abd-Rabbouh Mansour Hadi, was a highly cooperative US counter-terror partner, and the UN had dispatched a special envoy entrusted with shepherding the country’s fragile transitional process. These efforts failed to prevent the full-on state collapse that Iranian-backed Houthi rebels finally completed on Friday.

But the biggest loser from the Yemeni government’s fall is Sa’ana’s wealthy, powerful, and perpetually insecure neighbor to the north: Saudi Arabia. In recent years, Saudi policy towards Yemen has been built around the need to stabilize the government in Sa’ana while sealing off the two countries’ over 1,000-long and minimally policed frontier.”

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Opinion: Isaiah 23:13-17 NIV, The burden against Arabia.

A prophecy against Arabia: You caravans of Dedanites, who camp in the thickets of Arabia, bring water for the thirsty; you who live in Tema, bring food for the fugitives.

They flee from the sword, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow and from the heat of battle.

This is what the Lord says to me: “Within one year, as a servant bound by contract would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end. The survivors of the archers, the warriors of Kedar, will be few.” The Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.”

 Three of the sons of Ismael:

  • Dedan – Dedanites were a tribe from northwest Arabia (possibly Kuwait)
  • Tema – an oasis in northwestern arabia
  • Kedar – a town in northern Arabia known for beautiful black tents

Opinion: In addition to the often-heard rumors of King Salman’s deteriorating mental health, the fall of the Yemen government on the same day as the death of Saudi King Abdullah will put the oil rich nation in the cross-hairs of Al Qaeda and ISIS.

In January 2009, al-Qaeda groups in Saudi Arabia and Yemen joined to create a single branch: al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

King Abdullah took bold steps to reshuffle the government in February 2009, promoting reformers, firing controversial officials, including the head of the religious police and the country’s most senior judge, and appointing the first-ever female minister for women’s education. Saudi Arabia was largely spared the Arab Spring uprisings that spread throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa in early 2011.

Isaiah’s prophecy against Arabia speaks to a great calamity that will befall the kingdom one year after a significant event. In 715 BC Assyrian king Sargon partially fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy with the capture of a number of Arabian tribes that were deported to Samaria.

Matthew Henry’s commentary on the Isaiah passage says “Within one year according to the years of a hireling (within one year precisely reckoned) this judgment shall come upon Kedar.’’

“If this fixing of the time be of no great use to us now (because we find not either when the prophecy was delivered or when it was accomplished), yet it might be of great use to the Arabians then, to awaken them to repentance, that, like the men of Nineveh, they might prevent the judgment when they were thus told it was just at the door. Or, when it begins to be fulfilled, the business shall be done, be begun and ended in one year’s time.”

If Isaiah 23 is a dual prophecy, the one year (360 day year) clock began ticking on January 23, 2015 with the death of the Saudi king and the fall of Yemen.

Ezekiel 38:13 lists Saudi Arabia, Britain and the US as bystanders in the final wars.

 

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Feb 052015
 
Till we run 'out of fuel and bullets': Jordan's king vows to crush ISIS

Fox News: “Jordan’s King Abdullah, himself a former general, angrily vowed to pursue ISIS until his military runs “out of fuel and bullets,” in a closed door meeting with U.S. lawmakers that followed the release Wednesday of a grisly video showing a captured Jordanian airman being burned alive in a cage by the terrorist army.

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Feb 022015
 
Muslim Brotherhood US Trip ‘Organized and Funded’ by Georgetown University

Breitbart: “An official U.S. State Department transcript revealed that Georgetown University had “organized and funded” a recent trip for members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood to the United States. While in the United States, the Brotherhood operatives met with top State Department officials in the Obama administration.” Opinion: The Muslim Brotherhood began in 1928 by

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Jan 302015
 
Simultaneous attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 27

 YNet News: “Militants struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula with simultaneous attacks involving a car bomb and mortar rounds on Thursday, killing at least 27 people, including civilians, officials said. An Islamic State affiliate previously known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed the attack, the group has launched

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Jan 262015
 
Freed Al Qaeda Agent Was Part of Proposed Swap for Jailed Americans

The Daily Beast: “Before he was released from a U.S. maximum-security prison last week, a confessed al Qaeda sleeper agent was offered up in a potential prisoner swap that would have freed two Americans held abroad. The Daily Beast has learned that the proposal was floated in July 2014 to the then-U.S. ambassador in Qatar

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