US was planning to abstain from UN anti-settlements vote — report

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Dec 222016
 

The Times of Israel: “Sources confirmed to the TV network the US was planning to forgo its veto and allow the vote to take place before Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi pulled out and asked for a delay, reportedly under Israeli diplomatic pressure.

The resolution, which demanded that Israel immediately halt its settlement activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, was scheduled to be brought to a vote on Thursday afternoon.”

Opinion: The longstanding US policy has been that peace would come not through UN resolutions, but only through direct negotiations between the parties.

We speculated earlier today that based on the damage Barack Obama was inflicting on the US economy with respect to business regulations and oil drilling restrictions, he just might take one last shot at his nemesis Benjamin Netanyahu.

And he was going to do it. Barack Hussein Obama was going to throw Israel under the bus, but thanks to divine intervention, pressure from pro-Israel Donald Trump, and the good sense of Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who wants to re-establish relations with the US, the vote was cancelled.

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Is Hebrew the world's first alphabet?

 Egypt, God, Israel  Comments Off on Is Hebrew the world’s first alphabet?
Dec 102016
 

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Daily Mail: Israelites in Egypt may have turned hieroglyphs into letters 3,800 years ago

  • Dr Douglas Petrovich looked at 16 Hebrew letters from Egyptian tablets
  • He combined earlier identifications of some letters in the ancient alphabet with his own interpretation of disputed letters to create the ‘Hebrew 1.0’ script
  • He found names of three biblical figures – Asenath, Ahisamach and Moses
  • But the theory is controversial as some historians dispute the Israelites’ presence in Egypt, and others suggest the biblical dates used are unreliable

Opinion: Did you catch that? Some historians dispute the Israelites’ presence in Egypt, and others suggest the biblical dates used are unreliable. If the Israelites were not in Egypt, who cares if the dates are unreliable?

For students of the Bible, the Exodus is one of the most fascinating studies. Editor and I had a chance to study the books of Moses in detail two years ago and I often remarked that if the book was made up, it would have been more logical to have Moses complete the journey and triumphantly lead his people into the land with shofars blaring and the people filled with gratitude.

Of course, that’s not what happened. Moses disobeyed God that one time and was denied the honor. You can read a brief commentary here.

Hebrew as a language began to die out after the destruction of the 2nd temple, but was revived in the early 1880s when Eliezer Ben-Yehuda made it his personal mission to revive Hebrew as a spoken language.

Ben Yehuda believed it was important for the Jewish people to have their own language if they were to have their own land. In 1881, he said: “In order to have our own land and political life… we must have a Hebrew language in which we can conduct the business of life.”

The first Aliyah of Jews back to the land was in 1882 when Hebrew was once again spoken in preparation for Israel’s prophesied rebirth on May 14, 1948. The Hebrew language will be necessary for the high priest when the third temple is built.

I have no doubt that Dr. Douglas Petrovich is correct.

 

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SUNDAY STUDY: The Giving of the Law

 Egypt, God, Israel, Sunday Posts  Comments Off on SUNDAY STUDY: The Giving of the Law
Nov 272016
 

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The Midrash says, “If Torah had been given in the land of Israel, Israel might have said to the nations of the world: ‘you have no share in it.’ Therefore the Torah was given in the wilderness, ie., in public for all to see; and everyone who wishes to receive it let him come and receive it” [Mekhilta]

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“There is a good deal of confusion in our minds when we read on the one hand in Romans 6:14, “You are no longer under law but under grace,” but on the other hand in Romans 3:31, “Do we then overthrow the law by faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.”

Jesus said in Luke 24:44, “These are my words which I spoke to you . . . that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” … Many in Israel twisted the Mosaic law into legalism. That is, they severed it from its foundation of faith, failed to stress dependence on the Spirit, and thus turned the commandments into a job description for how to earn the wages of salvation.

That is legalism. But there is no Greek word for legalism, so when Paul wanted to refer to this distortion of the Mosaic law, he often used the phrase, “works of law” (e.g., Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16, 3:2, 5)… sometimes he simply used the word “law,” as when he said, “You are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:14).

This does not mean: you don’t have to keep the law. It means you are not burdened by it as a job description of how to earn the wages of salvation.”  (John Piper)

For we know that salvation is only through faith in Jesus Christ and not in works of any law (John 6:29).

Editor

Click on the blue headline link at top to read a beautiful commentary on the giving of the Law to Moses.

 

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Nov 102016
 
Egyptian MP: Trump’s Election Means ‘Dark Days for Muslim Brotherhood’

Breitbart: “Egyptian lawmaker Mustafa Juneidi said he was sure Trump was going to win, and said that “dark days are awaiting the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies.” He also said that Egypt’s relations with the US “will improve, as Trump already named President [Abdel Fatah] Sisi as a hero and a strong ally who was

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How Clinton’s Foreign Policy Has Destabilized Nearly Every Corner of the Globe

 Egypt, End Times, GEO POLITICS, Hillary Clinton, Muslim Brotherhood, National security, New World Order  Comments Off on How Clinton’s Foreign Policy Has Destabilized Nearly Every Corner of the Globe
Nov 082016
 
How Clinton’s Foreign Policy Has Destabilized Nearly Every Corner of the Globe

Breitbart: “Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton – as senator, secretary of state, and active partner in the Clinton Foundation – has had the privilege of influencing major players in governments across the globe. The above map shows the nations of the world Clinton’s policies have destabilized and, below, an explanation of why each is labeled

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Mossad listened in on Arab states' preparations for Six-Day War

 Barack Obama, Egypt, GEO POLITICS, MIDDLE EAST  Comments Off on Mossad listened in on Arab states’ preparations for Six-Day War
Oct 222016
 
Mossad listened in on Arab states' preparations for Six-Day War

YNet News: “King Hassan II of Morocco, who didn’t trust his guests from the Arab League, secretly recorded the discussions at a 1965 summit. It was the information mined from these recordings—that the king gave the Israeli Mossad—which helped the IDF prepare for the war to come some two years later.” Opinion: Does God bless

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Oct 202016
 
Why does Egypt need such expensive weapon systems?

YNet News: “Analysis: As long as the Egyptian army is growing stronger in order to transform the country into a leading force in the Sunni world and secure al-Sisi’s regime, Israel is silently trembling. But at some point, all that military strength could take on a different—perhaps hostile—significance.”  Opinion: There are two reasons Egypt needs

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