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
 

1418907537802_cachedThe Daily Beast: “”Cop-killers, hijackers, and bomb-makers are living in tropical paradise 90 miles from justice. Will they ever be tried for their crimes?

With the prisoner exchange and the normalizing of relations with Cuba arises the question of the dozens of American fugitives enjoying asylum there—including a cop-killer on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List with a $1 million reward offered for her capture.

Opinion: There are so many facets to the president’s move to open relations with a murderous dictator like Castro that it we will be following this for days to come.

The mainstream press dismisses the move by comparing it to president Nixon’s normalization with China. But China is not 90 miles from the coast of the US. So what will happen when the Castro boys decide that Cuba should have the same right to nuclear weapons as China?

 

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Dec 192014
 

Investors Business Daily Op-Ed: “The imbroglio over cancellation of Sony’s holiday comedy “The Interview” might seem on one level to be a minor Hollywood flap over what even its writer/co-star calls “a silly movie.”

But the corporate chaos and complete cave of the Japanese firm to hackmail, vague threats of terrorism by anonymous hackers against movie theaters scheduled to show the $44 million film starting Christmas Day raises a panoply of very serious concerns from censorship to national security.”

Opinion: I have to admit being ambivalent about this one. At first I couldn’t connect it to the end times and dismissed it as a one time event. But last night on Fox, Alan Dershowitz put a whole new light in the story.

We have been talking for years about a final dictator. Revelation 13 tells us he will have so much power that he will be able to control buying and selling. But he will also have total control of media and put to death and resemblance of Constitutional freedom.

 

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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 192014
 

Bloomberg: “Blaming the U.S. and Europe for an economic crisis gripping his country of 144 million and warning the slump could drag on for two years, Putin today signaled a sustained standoff over Ukraine.

“He believes that the economy is capable of withstanding the shock,” said Alexei Makarkin, deputy director of the Moscow-based Center for Political Technologies. “Putin’s psychology is very simple. From his point of view Russia has made concessions for years and to no effect.”

Putin held his annual press conference, speaking to hundreds of reporters for more than three hours.”

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Opinion: Tell the Russian czar not to worry, Barack Obama is on the job –  and like most Democrat presidents before him, dictators are a protected species.

Jack Kennedy cancelled US support of the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961. The invading force of Cuban civilians was slaughtered within three days by the Cuban armed forces under the direct command of Prime Minister Fidel Castro, who went on to 60 years of dictatorship.

In 1980, Fidel Castro decided to empty Cuban jails and asylums by allowing 125,000 criminals and dissidents to leave on the Mariel Boatlift, President Carter did nothing while the streets of Miami were riddled with crime.

Bill Clinton was so fond of Yasser Arafat in the 1990’s that the will-to-power thug spent more nights in the Lincoln bedroom than … Lincoln.

Cuba was struggling in 2002 when Jimmy Carter visited the Castro brothers giving a glimmer of hope to the economically struggling nation, and Raul was tickled pink, “We received him warmly,” reciprocated Castro. “Now, I reiterated to him our respect and esteem” … “Jimmy Carter was the best of all U.S. Presidents.”

Who can forget 2009 and the Iranian revolution when young Iranians carried signs in English begging President Obama to get rid of the thug-ocracy that was impoverishing the nation? Obama said he “didn’t want to meddle.

smileIn 2013, Hasan Rouhani became president of Iran and with a few well-placed smiles was able to get billions in sanctions relief and endless talks so that the Ayatollahs could build nuclear bombs.

Fast forward to Tuesday, the Castro regime was on its last legs due to their chief benefactors’ (Russia and Venezuela) oil economies plummeting, and whamo – amigo, Batman, best friend to dictators and despots, Barack O, rides in to save the day.

Iran wil get the bomb, Raul and compatriots can expect tons of American dollars, and Putin can rest assured that somehow, someway, Barack will be there to help.

It’s in the DNA.

 

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Dec 182014
 

snb_2783022bZero Hedge: “Everyone thought that any major monetary policy surprises and/or capital controls today would come from Putin during his annual press conference. Boy were they wrong: just after 2 am Eastern, none other than the Swiss National Bank joined the ranks of the ECB in scrambling to stem the wave of capital flight, not to mention the cost of money, when it announced it too would start charging customers for the privilege of holding cash in its banks, when it revealed a negative, -0.25% interest rate on sight deposits: a step which according to the SNB was critical in maintaining the 1.20 EURCHF floor.

From the SNB:

  The Swiss National Bank (SNB) is imposing an interest rate of –0.25% on sight deposit account balances at the SNB, with the aim of taking the three-month Libor into negative territory. It is thus expanding the target range for the three-month Libor to –0.75% to 0.25% and extending it to its usual width of 1 percentage point. Negative interest will be levied on balances exceeding a given exemption threshold.Zero Hedge: “Everyone thought that any major monetary policy surprises and/or capital controls today would come from Putin

Opinion: This is really not complicated. Think of the US Federal Reserve (Fed) and the European Central Bank (ECB) as a bank for banks.

Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, J.P. Morgan, and other large banks use the Fed and the ECB much as we use a bank. They store large amounts of money, called reserves, at central banks and when they need loans they can borrow directly from them.

In a normal world, banks pay depositors an interest rate and then loan these funds out to businesses and consumers at a higher interest rate for a profit. The bank’s goal is to earn a “spread”, which is the difference between the small business loan revenue of 5% and their cost to depositors of 1%. In this example, the bank would earn a spread of 4% on the total loan value (5% – 1% = 4%).

In addition, the Swiss have inched negative rates to avoid hot money flowing in from other EU nations which would drastically appreciate their currency and cause a severe disruption in exports.

The Fed has maintained a Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP) for over five years in order to help repair our economy from the damage caused by the financial crisis. The goal of ZIRP was to keep interest rates so low that companies would be enticed to borrow super cheap money to hire workers and grow their businesses.

So if you are confused as to why banks find it necessary to take such drastic measures with all the positive economic news being reported, it is because the global economy, especially the EU, Russia, and China are actually incredibly weak.

And that is why the US dollar is strong; the cleanest’ shirt in the dirty laundry bag.

From a Biblical view, the Rider on the Black Horse (Revelation 6:5-6) bringing economic collapse is in view. But remember Revelation 6, the beginning of the 7 year tribulation period, comes after Revelation 4:1, the rapture.

(Thanks to Vason for editing and adding to this post)

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