Sep 172014
 

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Stratrisks: “Turkey would welcome exiled leaders of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood who have come under pressure to leave Qatar,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. A Brotherhood official said on Saturday that several members of the group were relocating after Qatar came under enormous pressure from other Gulf Arab states to cut support for the Islamist group.

“If they make any request to come to Turkey, we will review their request,” Erdogan was quoted as telling reporters on his plane back from an official trip to Qatar late on Monday.

Opinion: It began on May 31, 2010. The Turkish flotilla, Mavi Marmara, set sail with Turkish commandos aboard to break the Gaza blockade that prevented weapons and tunnel-building material from reaching Hamas.

Israeli naval commandos boarded the ships from speedboats and helicopters in order to force the ships to the Israeli port of Ashdod to inspect for weapons. During the struggle, ten Turkish activists were killed, fracturing a 60-year relationship between Israel and Turkey.

On March 22, 2013 President Obama coerced Prime Minister Netanyahu to apologize to Recip Erdogan for Turkey’s act of aggression. Turkey demanded reparations which were offered and subsequently turned down by Erdogan.

In the recent 50-day Hamas/Israeli war, Turkey was a primary financier of Hamas.

The fracturing of the Israel/Turkey relationship lines up perfectly with Bible prophecy. In the war of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39), Turkey (Gomer/House of Togarmah) is prophesied to join Russia, Iran, and a host of Islamic allies in a surprise attack on the mountains of Israel to take plunder (Ezekiel 38:13).

It will be a fatal mistake (Ezekiel 38:17-23).

Ezekiel 39:7-8 gives us God’s purpose for Israel’s miraculous victory:

I will make known My holy name among My people Israel. I will no longer let My holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the Lord am the Holy One in Israel. It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of.”

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Sep 162014
 

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The Washington Examiner: “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warning hospitals and doctors that “now is the time to prepare,” has issued a six-page Ebola “checklist” to help healthcare workers quickly determine if patients are infected.

While the CDC does not believe that there are new cases of Ebola in the United States, the assumption in the checklist is that it is only a matter of time before the virus hits home.”

Opinion: Funny how the dialogue is changing.

  • National Geographic July 29, 2014 “The fatal virus rages in Africa, but the U.S. could contain its brutal effects but not spread”
  • Kids Health  August 2014 “Kids who don’t live in Africa are not likely to meet anyone who has Ebola
  • New York Times Sept 8, 2014 “The risk that anyone will contract Ebola in the United States is extremely small, experts say”

Two headlines from last night add to the Ebola warning:

  • Mail On Line: US to send 3000 troops to Ebola danger zone
  • Washington Examiner: 200,000 Africans from countries hosting the deadly Ebola virus – hold temporary visas to visit the United States

It sure feels apocalyptic – but it can’t be just yet. We know from the book of Revelation that pestilence and disease on a grand scale are depicted by the Rider on the pale horse of Revelation 6:7-8, but we also know that Revelation 4:1 (rapture) precedes the 4 horseman of the  apocalypse.

So either the Ebola scare is not apocalyptic, or we are very close to the rapture.

The most important question ever was asked by a Roman jailer to prisoners named Paul and Silas:

“What must I do to be saved?” The answer, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Acts 16:29-31

 

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Sep 152014
 

The New American: “Members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Liberty Caucus have become the sole congressional voice openly speaking out against President Obama’s proposed third war in Iraq.

The Washington Post noted on September 11 that “A group of younger libertarian doves sounded unhappy with their colleagues’ embrace of the president’s push for military action, and wondered aloud whether House Republicans were rushing to rally behind a campaign that could turn sour.”

The anti-war Left has faded into insignificance since the election of a president from the Democratic Party, but the anti-war Right has become more vocal and numerous since its halcyon days of the lone calls by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) against war in Iraq.”

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Opinion: It began in Libya. The Obama administration’s decision to lead from behind was a banner to despots and dictators that the time is right to rise up.

Now the West wants an end to war. The US and EU have no interest in boots on the ground despite their citizens being slaughtered on video. The nations being run by dictators know that and are exploiting weakness.

It is not time for an end to war. Matthew 24:6 tells us that wars and rumors of wars will be like birth pangs, increasing in frequency and intensity right up to the third world war.

Isaiah 2:1-3 gives an account of  the days after the war of Armageddon:

Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the Lord’s house  (Temple) Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it. 

Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He (Jesus) will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths. For out of Zion (Israel) shall go forth the law, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

He shall judge between the nations (final judgment, sheep and goat nations), And rebuke many people; (Here is the end of war) “…  They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.”

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Sep 142014
 
SUNDAY POST: Part Four, The Book of Tears

The Book of Tears is referred to by David in his Psalm 56 verse 4: “You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?” Whether the book referred to is the same book as the Book of Life, or another one, we cannot know. “For now we see

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Sep 102014
 
President Sisi’s Gift

Front Page Mag: “Something extraordinary has happened. On August 31, PLO chief and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told an audience of Fatah members that Egypt had offered to give the PA some 1,600 kilometers of land in Sinai adjacent to Gaza, thus quintupling the size of the Gaza Strip. Egypt even offered to allow

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Sep 072014
 
SUNDAY POST: Part Three, The Book of Remembrance

We continue our current study of the ‘books’ mentioned in Scripture; those that are not the 66 stand-alone books of the Bible. Today we look at The Book of Remembrance, spoken of by Malachi in 3:16, which records the names of those “who fear the Lord and meditate on His Name.” We hope that the interpretations

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Sep 022014
 
Poland on edge 75 years after Hitler and Stalin carved it up

The Times Of Israel: “WARSAW (AFP) — Poland marks the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II Monday with one eye on Russia, which invaded it during the war and is now throwing its weight around in neighboring Ukraine. From the very first German shells fired at a Polish fort in Gdansk in

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