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Last Sunday we wrote on the Book of Life. Today, we look at the Lamb’s Book of Life.

We believe that these books are not the same, but two different books.

Revelation is the only place where the Lamb’s Book of Life is mentioned – twice. This book contains the names of those from the Church Age who inherit eternal life because of their faith in our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. We are the ones who will receive the special blessings reserved for the Church, the Bride of Christ. This includes eternal life in the New Jerusalem. Editor

Click on the blue headline above to read more on the Lamb’s Book of Life.

 

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Aug 292014
 

jimmy-carter-fist-APBreitbart: “Former President Jimmy Carter is the featured keynote speaker at this weekend’s Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention at Detroit’s Cobo Hall.

The Justice Department recently implicated ISNA, which claims to be America’s largest Muslim organization, as the lead conduit in a scheme to illegally pass on $12 million to Hamas, the Palestinian terror group established to annihilate the State of Israel. Hamas is officially designated a terrorist group by the US government.”

Opinion: Racism is condemned against any and all nationalities, except one, Judaism.

A review of a 1991 book “The Oldest Hatred” by Robert S. Wistrich:

“The book predicted the resurgence of the ancient hatred; it was unfortunately correct. In the introduction Wistrich discusses the problematic term ‘Anti-Semitism’ then briefly explores its continuity and development down the ages. He does not believe that history provides definitive answers to the Why? of the phenomenon but emphasizes the importance of understanding the How? of it. The most enduring conspiracy theory of all times, it’s a shape shifter and nothing seems able to stop it.”

Neither the Reformation nor the Enlightenment put an end to anti-Semitism. Neither the author nor most Christians today understand its roots. Wistrich missed the most important point, that while history has not provided definitive answers to anti-Semitism - Bible prophecy does.

In Genesis 12:3, God promised to bless those who bless Abraham and his descendants after him, and curse those who cursed him and his descendants. That covenant began a great battle that had been prophesied in Genesis 3:15 between the ruler of this world, Satan, and the coming Savior, Jesus Christ.

When God changed Abram’s name to Abraham (Genesis 17:5) and created a holy people unto Himself, Satan launched an attack, because out of Abraham’s bloodline, the Messiah would come.

Replacement Theology, or Supersessionism, essentially teaches that the Church has replaced Israel in God’s plan and that the covenant that God made with Abraham was finished.

All the different views of the relationship between the Church and Israel can be divided into two camps: either the Church is a continuation of Israel (replacement/covenant theology), or the Church is completely different and distinct from Israel (Dispensational Theology).

Replacement Theology became the position of the early Church during the time of Augustine (A.D. 354-430), who popularized it in his book The City of God. Initially, Augustine claimed that he was a Chiliast, one who believed in the literal thousand-year reign of Christ on the earth, the basic view of Premillennialism today.

Having come to the conclusion that this view was “inferior” and “carnal,” he adopted the position that the reign of Christ should be much more “spiritual” and it would occur during this present Church Age.  Therefore, the view of the Church was that the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in AD 70 was brought about divinely, that God had ordained the end of unbelieving Jewish Israel. The prophecies of condemnation and judgment, however, still remain for national Israel and the Jewish people.

Major Christian denominations have advanced either Replacement or Covenantal theologies despite major problems with these views, i.e., completely ignoring the supernatural survival of the Jewish people, and Israel’s prophesied rebirth in one day among the gentile nations (Isaiah 66: 7-8).

The miracle of Israel's rebirth

 

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Aug 272014
 

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The Daily Beast: “U.S. warplanes striking targets in Iraq. Iranian tanks are reportedly moving into the northern part of the country. But the two foreign militaries fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) are not talking to one another.

U.S. and Iraqi officials tell The Daily Beast that, for now, there is no direct channel to coordinate military activities inside Iraq. Instead messages are occasionally passed by senior Iraqi officials who have for years served as interlocutors between Iran and the United States.”

Opinion: Chinese checkers anyone?

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The objective is to be first to race one’s pieces across the hexagram-shaped gameboard into “home”—the corner of the star opposite one’s starting corner—using single-step moves or moves which jump over other pieces. The others continue playing to establish 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and last place finishers. Like other skill-based games, Chinese checkers involves strategy. The rules are simple, so even young children can play.

There are at least 6 main armies involved in Iraq/Syria, each one with different goals and the rules are anything but simple.

  • US Air Force
  • Syria’s armed forces
  • Al Qaeda’s so-called moderate army
  • Peshmerga (Kurdish forces)
  • Iranian tanks
  • ISIS

In this game of “Chinese checkers” all 5 of the armies are against ISIS … sort of.

The US, Iran, and Syria have a common goal but are by no means allies. In fact it was Assad’s army that gassed rebels and of whom John Kerry said the US was going to ‘lightly’ bomb because they crossed Obama’s red line - but nothing ever happened.

Iran and the US are acting like friends while the stalled nuclear talks are on hold, but are against each other because of Iran’s support for Assad. Obama has demanded that Assad be removed from power.

The US will NOT under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES put boots on the ground but will continue air strikes while Obama figures out a plan.

The US is sort of backing the Peshmerga (Kurds) but have held back on heavy weapons, leaving them vulnerable to ISIS attacks.

The US is sort of backing so-called moderate Al Qaeda, but like the Kurds have been given minimal support leaving them vulnerable to ISIS.

Assad’s Syrian Army is vulnerable to ISIS.

Conclusion: ISIS is the only Army that is sure of its goal to establish an Islamic caliphate. They have billions in confiscated funds, US weapons, US uranium, cash flow from 7 oil wells, and a bunch of enemies with no clear-cut objectives.

Now somebody better call Somebody ’cause this is getting ugly.

 

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Aug 262014
 
Khaled Meshaal rock firm against truce. Hamas-Gaza fires upgraded rocket to maximize casualties

Debkafile: “Battered by Hamas’ escalating rocket and mortar assaults, Israelis are again tossed on the uncertain waters of an imminent ceasefire which never materializes. This illusion is propagated again by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi. Washington has also been enlisted to the effort by drafting a resolution for the UN Security

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Aug 262014
 
Mashal: Lift Gaza siege, end 'real holocaust' by Israel

YNet News: “Hamas leader asserts Obama has moral responsibility to pressure Israel to halt fire in Gaza; claims he is not responsible for rocket fire as he does not interfere in military affairs. “You as the leader of the most powerful state in the world, I ask you to call (on) Israel to stop its aggression

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Aug 252014
 
Abbas to Present 'Deadline' for Israel to 'End Occupation'

Arutz Sheva: “Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is continuing his quest to unilaterally achieve a Palestinian state. Aides to Abbas on Sunday told The Associated Press (AP) that he will soon appeal to the international community to set a deadline for Israel to withdraw back to the pre-1967 borders and make way for an

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Aug 242014
 
SUNDAY POST: The Books of God, Part 1

I must admit that I had very little knowledge regarding the books of the LORD (Wars, Tears, Remembrance) that are mentioned in the Bible. Exodus 17:14; Numbers 21:14; Psalm 56:8; Psalm 139:16; Daniel 7:10; Malachi 3:16; Luke 10:20; Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5; Revelation 13:8; Revelation 17:8; Revelation 20:12; Revelation 20:15; Revelation 21:27; Revelation 22:19 Having studied the book of

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