Apr 172015
 

frameworkFront Page Magazine: “It  was recently revealed that the President intends to publicly endorse specific borders and other terms for a Palestinian state, which he hopes will go down in history as the “Obama Framework.”  But it would be more truthful to call it what it is — the Palestinian Framework.

The new “Obama Framework” scheme was reported on March 30 by Jackson Diehl, deputy editorial page editor of the Washington Post, a journalist whom the Obama administration has often used to leak information it wants to float for trial balloons.

  • Palestine’s territory would be based on Israel pre-1967 borders
  • Jerusalem would be the capital of both nations.”
  • The thorny question of Palestinian refugees would be dispatched with a call for an ‘agreed solution’.”
  • A stipulation that Israel would remain the homeland of the Jewish people.”
  • A description of security arrangements would glide over the question of exactly how the West Bank and Gaza would be prevented from becoming a launching pad for attacks on Israel.

20speech-popupOpinion: First, it is important to note that the authors Moshe Philips and Benyamin Korn are forgetting that according to the prophets when Israel is restored to the land a second time – it will never again be uprooted, Amos 9:15; Isaiah 11:11.

Second, notice that the so-called Obama Framework has not changed since the president’s speech on May 19, 2011 when the president declared that the prevailing borders before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war — adjusted to some degree to account for Israeli settlements in the West Bank — should be the basis of a deal.

But that doesn’t mean that Biblically ignorant politicians will not try to destroy Israel, but in fact, they are the people God will use to bring about the prophesied wars that will determine Israel’s glorious future.

Zechariah 14:4On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.”

Isaiah 2:4He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war any more.”

Revelation 20:1-3 “And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient snake, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations any more until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.”

 

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Apr 092015
 

Ed1warships_345_gifInvestors Business Daily Op-Ed: “In the summer of 2007, first-term Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois greatly enhanced his media-perceived gravitas with what was hailed as a weighty article in Foreign Affairs magazine.

Its title was “Renewing American Leadership.” But it is its subtitle that is painfully ironic today: “Common Security for our Common Humanity.” The notion of “national security” was to be rendered obsolete by an enlightened vision of the U.S. finally working as equals with the rest of the world.

If we act with boldness and foresight, we will be able to tell our grandchildren that this was the time when we helped forge peace in the Middle East.”

Opinion: How sad that a nation of 300 million people, 85% of whom claim to be Christian, would believe that any man would have the formula to achieve peace in the Middle East.

Three other US presidents in recent years tried to make peace in the ME with disastrous results:

Camp David Accords –  on September 17, 1978 President Jimmy Carter, along with Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin, embraced the Camp David Accords. Israel agreed to turn over the Sinai to Egypt in exchange for peace:

  • Jimmy Carter until recently has been called the worst president in US history.
  • Menachem Begin: Lived his last years in seclusion until his death in 1992.
  • Anwar Sadat: Was assassinated in 1981.

Oslo Accords – In the 1993 land for peace deal with Bill Clinton, Yitzhak Rabin, and Yasser Arafat, Israel was to give up 78% of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and receive a capital city in Jerusalem in exchange for peace.

  • President Bill Clinton (December 13, 1993), was faced with allegations that state troopers had arranged sexual relations for him while he was governor. One of the women mentioned was Paula Jones, a claim that persisted throughout his administration.
  • Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated on November 4, 1995.
  • Yasser Arafat continued his reign of terror until his death from AIDS in 2004.

Gaza Expulsion Plan: Began on  August 15, 2005 with the eviction of all Israeli residents, demolition of the residential buildings and evacuation of associated security personnel from the Gaza Strip. The operation was completed by September 12, 2005. Hurricane Katrina, the deadliest in US history, hit the US on August 23, 2005.

  • George Bush: The Bush presidency suffered widespread criticism for his handling of hurricane Katrina and lost the majority in Congress in 2006. The Bush presidency never recovered.
  • Ariel Sharon: After signing, Sharon suffered a massive stroke on January 3, 2006 and lapsed into a coma a short time later and never recovered before his death on January 11, 2014.

Only the Prince of Peace will bring lasting peace to the Middle East, Zechariah 14:4.

 

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Apr 042015
 

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Was Jesus Crucified on Friday?

Some time ago a member of a small group I was leading got very upset over which day of the week Christ was crucified. My friend was absolutely positively sure that Christ was crucified on Wednesday.

When I first came to Christ and began to study, I was surprised by the controversies within the body of Christ: which version of the Bible is the closest to what God intended? Should Christians should celebrate Christmas or Easter?

Sometimes the debate can get heated – crossing lines.

My former neighbor Paul, who lived next door for some time before we found out that we were both members of the Omega Letter fellowship, used to say that when he had questions of great debate, he would go to a pair of Jacks for an answer: Jack Kinsella and Jack Kelley.

  • In the case of Bible versions both men are split on the issue: Jack Kinsella – KJV, and Jack Kelley NIV and KJV as reference.
  • In the case of Good Friday, both split again: Jack Kinsella “there is a way to sort it out – read Great Friday” and Jack Kelley says Thursday.

I will add one more name to the equation, Dan, our pastor, blessed by God with an amazing knowledge and recall of God’s word and an easy but sure way of sorting out controversies. Pastor Dan is one of three people I go to for advice on this blog.

Pastor Dan’s first response was Friday, but he has an open mind about Thursday, and always reminds me that what is important is to remember that whichever day it was should not cause too much controversy – since the matter is not salvific.

Dan sent me two links (below) for further study and he uses the ESV Bible.

Click on the blue link at top of the page for Jack Kinsella’s post from April 22, 2011 “Great Friday”

 

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Apr 032015
 

John 19  “IT IS FINISHED” “After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus

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Mar 242015
 
Top White House official calls for end to ’50-year occupation’

The Times Of Israel: “WASHINGTON — White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough called for the end of Israel’s “50-year occupation” and doubled down on the Obama administration’s critique of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a warmly received speech to the lobbying group J Street in Washington Monday. “No matter who leads Israel, America’s commitment to

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Mar 212015
 
EU Planning Sanctions on Israel for 'Polarizing Jerusalem'

Arutz Sheva: “A new European Union (EU) report says that Jerusalem is at a “boiling point” and recommends sanctions against Israel over the “polarization” in the capital. The report, obtained by the British Guardian on Friday, says that Jerusalem has reached a dangerous boiling point of “polarization and violence” not seen since the end of

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