Dec 202014
 

America_Jesuit_magazineFront Page Mag: “Among critics of Israel today, there emerges a handful whose opposition to the existence of the Jewish State is so pernicious that their criticism can accurately be described as Jew-hatred. Max Blumenthal, a marginal character who is desperately trying to make inroads into the mainstream, stands at the lead of this fringe group of miscreants. Even those on the far left, who are often critical of Israel, find Blumenthal to be a repugnant malcontent. So outrageous is his conduct that his mischief earned him a lifetime ban from the German parliament.

Blumenthal, the author of “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel,” a book widely viewed as an anti-Semitic screed that one prominent leftist critic noted could easily make it to the top of the “Hamas book of the month club.”

In December, America magazine, a national weekly magazine with Roman Catholic affiliation and published by the Jesuits of the United States, featured an extremely positive review of Blumenthal’s version of Mein Kampf that lacked any form of critical analysis. The reviewer swallows Blumenthal’s racist calumny lock, stock and barrel and accepts its vitriolic premise without reservation or equivocation.”

Opinion: This post is not meant to bash Catholics, it is meant to shed Biblical light.

My wife and I grew up Catholic. We both attended Catholic schools through high school. Each year we were required to take Religion (Catechism) as part of our education and all those years I cannot remember even one reference to the Bible. I graduated high school not knowing that Genesis was the first book of the Bible.

Catholicism teaches that it is the one true church and that salvation is a matter of being a member and dying in a state of grace (forgiven by a priest of mortal sin). As I grew older I could not imagine how anyone could die in a ‘state of grace’, and thanks to my wife’s persistence in Bible study, which I was against, God began to show us that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone Ephesians 2:8-9.

You see, the idea that only Catholics can gain heaven is not only dangerous from a salvific standpoint but can easily lead to anti-Semitism as well.

Augustine, in his work, City of God (354-430 AD) theorized that the church had replaced Israel in God’s plan, and that the prophecy of the 1000 year reign of Christ on earth and the redemption of the Jews as the chosen people was “inferior” and “carnal.” Augustine adopted the position that the reign of Christ should be much more “spiritual” and it would occur during this present Church Age.

Having come to this conclusion, therefore, Augustine wrote 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 and that the prophecies of condemnation and judgment still remain for national Israel and the Jewish people.

Many mainline Protestant denominations, having sprung from Catholicism, adhere to replacement theology today.

While thousands of Bible verses can easily prove Augustine wrong, an astounding number of people who call themselves Christian view Israel and the Jew in an evil light.

The challenge to those Christians is that God’s word is not a collection of stories meant to teach people how to behave, the Bible is the literal word of God as spoken in Paul’s second letter to Timothy 3:16-17:

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Equally powerful are the words of Peter, the disciple that Catholics theorize as the first Pope!

2 Peter 1:29-20 “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

God made a covenant with Abraham and his descendants after him (Genesis 17:7-8) that the Jews would be given a land with specific boundaries as an everlasting and forever gift and that through the line of Abraham (Genesis 12:3; 22:18) and in that land (Micah 5:2) Messiah Jesus would come.

Nowhere in Scripture was the covenant rescinded – it was reinforced Romans 9:3-5.

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Dec 192014
 

Arutz Sheva: “Former Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud) responded to the Gaza rocket attack Friday morning, linking it to the European Union’s (EU) removal of Hamas from its terrorist organization list on Wednesday.

“This morning the Europeans received more proof that Hamas is a terrorist organization,” released Danon in a statement after the rocket attack which fortunately didn’t inflict any wounds or damage.

The MK continued “the rocket that Hamas fired at Israel proves again to European countries that they don’t need to wait for any check as to whether Hamas is a terrorist organization, if anyone still had a doubt about it they received their answer now with the (rocket) firing.”

Opinion: As world opinion continues to turn against Israel we are reminded of Psalm 2:2:  ““The kings of the earth stand up, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against His anointed.” (Psalm 2:2)

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Dec 192014
 

Breaking Israel News: ““The kings of the earth stand up, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against His anointed.” (Psalm 2:2)

In Geneva, world powers gathered to condemn Israel’s actions in Judea and Samaria; in Luxembourg, the EU Court of Justice removed Hamas from its terror blacklist; and back in the United States, a draft resolution was introduced at the United Nations demanding an Israeli withdrawal from lands wanted for a Palestinian State by 2017.

Geneva hosted a one-day conference for the signatories to the Geneva Conventions which govern the rules of war and military occupation. 126 of the 196 parties attended Wednesday’s gathering, which adopted a declaration condemning Israel’s activities in Judea and Samaria. The 10-point declaration seeks to “emphasize that all serious violations of international humanitarian law must be investigated and that all those responsible should be brought to justice,” reported The Times of Israel.

The declaration demands that the Geneva Conventions be applied by Israel in conflict zones between Israel and the Palestinians, particularly by not building settlements in Judea and Samaria, which the Palestinians want for their own country.”

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Opinion: Behold Amalek.

Mahmoud Abbas is winning world opinion while the nations rethink whether or not Hamas is a terror organization. I cannot imagine a more prophetic scenario leading to Psalm 83.

That Abbas has succeeded in convincing the nations that the Palestinian Authority is moderate despite countless terror attacks on innocent civilians is reminiscent of his former boss Yasser Arafat.

In our book, Antichrist: The Search  for Amalek, we call Arafat Antichrist #10:

Excerpt: “The Mainstream Press Love Affair:  Tom Gross, writing for the National Review, in November 2004 summed up the mystery of the Left’s love affair with Arafat:

Arab leaders long ago stopped liking or respecting Yasser Arafat, or indeed believing a word he said. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak once referred to him, in the presence of Secretary of State Warren Christopher, as “a son of a dog.” The Syrian defense minister called Arafat the “son of sixty-thousand whores.”

Yet until the very end, some prominent Western journalists never stopped heaping praise on him, or covering up for his countless crimes and misdeeds. It didn’t matter how many Jews, Arabs, and others died on his orders, or how many times he let down his own people, or stole from them. For these journalists, as well as for many European governments, he remained a worthy Nobel peace-prize winner and the “sole legiti- mate representative” of the Palestinian people.

To judge by some of the reporting as he lay on his deathbed in Paris—the hushed tone of the television newsreaders, the flattering touched-up portrait photos on the cover of the London Times—Arafat was a figure who deserved to be deeply revered, a kind of ailing pope.”

“Because the Lord has sworn, the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation” Exodus 17:16.”

 

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Dec 182014
 
Kerry Recycles Discredited Claim On West Bank Mosque Fire

The Algemeiner: “US Secretary of State John Kerry has described a fire that broke out in a mosque in the West Bank village of Mughayer, near Ramallah, on November 12 as an “indefensible price tag attack” carried out by Jewish settlers, despite the conclusion reached by an Israeli firefighters investigation that the cause of the

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Dec 172014
 
ISIL regains ground it lost in Iraq

The World Tribune: “BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has reversed its losses in northern Iraq. Iraqi sources said ISIL recaptured areas lost in the Anbar province, the largest in the country. On Dec. 13, ISIL, which controls a third of Iraq, killed at least 21 police officers when the jihadist movement seized

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Dec 172014
 

Investors Business Daily Op-Ed: Israel: A U.N. Security Council resolution setting a deadline for Israeli retreat from land sought for a Palestinian state might as well declare the Jewish state dead. The U.S., disgracefully, is taking it seriously. Netanyahu’s forceful response is no surprise: “Israel won’t accept any unilateral, time-defined measures” and “will repulse all

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Dec 162014
 

Front Page Mag: “A shockingly, disturbing video has recently surfaced exposing the true and pernicious face of Palestinian extremism and xenophobia. The video, made available by Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) shows a bearded sheikh giving what appears to be an impromptu sermon on the Jews. (After all, what else is there to talk about?) The

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