Archives for August 2014

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THE PERCEPTION OF SURRENDER – The cease fire worked out between on the one hand Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the like – and on the other hand Israel - has left Arab Gazans dancing in the streets as if they had won a massive victory. And despite the one-sided military successes of the IDF, Israeli residents are said to view the seven week war as a defeat. Many are considering moving away from the border.[i] What’s interesting however, is that through the course of the war Israel managed to create a 5km buffer zone around Gaza. This could serve as the possible set up for the fulfillment of Obadiah which clearly prophesies the destruction of the entire Palestinian nation. Look at the passage found in Obadiah 1:15-18. “For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head. For as you have drunk on my holy mountain, so all the nations shall drink continually; they shall drink and swallow, and shall be as ... [More]

REAL ISLAM – PART II

Just as the true essence of the Christian Faith reflects the heart of its’ genesis, so too Islam has taken on the characteristics of both its early history and its founding prophet.  ISLAM: INCUBUS OF TERROR The faith that is called Islam emerged out of the religious chaos that characterized the Arabian desert of the 7th century AD. Zoroasterism dominated Persia, (today’s Iran). The Byzantine Empire practiced the Eastern brand of Christianity, Jewish tribes could be found, scattered about the Arabian Peninsula, maintaining as best they could, the traditions of the faith. Still much of the area was dominated by the multi-god paganism that had its origin in ancient times. Once a year, this pagan world would all come together in the city of Mecca. Now in that city, there was a shrine, the Kaba, that housed 360 idols. During peace and war, the various tribes would come together, encamped about the shrine for this five-day religious festival. This was the world into which the Prophet ... [More]

A WARNING!

I don’t generally engage in this type of story but we’re going to make an exception. In the last week or so warnings have surfaced on FOX News and other news outlets that point to a planned terror attack of massive scope – at multiple locations – to be carried out by ISIS – possibly on this year’s 9/11 anniversary. On Saturday August 23rd, retired Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney was being interviewed on FOX News. Citing the very real current threat from ISIS, McInerney told the FOX audience: “On the seventh of September, a major news network and publishing network are going to put out a book. It is going to be earth shattering of what's happening and what happened. The fact is we may even see a 9/11/14 MH-370 surface again. We should go to DEFCON 1, our highest state of readiness and be prepared as we lead up to 9/11.”[i] On the surface this may seem like mere fear mongering, but General McInerney is connected and has some highly placed private sources. More significantly, his ... [More]

ISRAEL’S PROMISE – PART VI

In this series we’ve watched God’s hand at work as He determined and guided history toward the end of His choosing – all the while allowing mankind its’ free will. Individuals and nations have conspired and plotted and operated to thwart the will of God – but always without success. The Gog / Magog invasion of Israel will be a major rebellion against the proclamations and purposes of the God of the Universe. It will fail. What follows that hubristic and ill-fated rebellion is a time of revelation to the nations, as they see God’s Will come to pass, despite the plans of man.  THE FURY OF THE LORD “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it? Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army. You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the ... [More]

REAL ISLAM – PART I

If you go on Islam.org you will see it argued that “Islam is primarily a religion of peace. Its name ‘Islam’ comes from ‘silm’ which means two things: one is ‘submitting to God’ and the second is ‘peace.’” It tells us that Jihad means struggle and refers primarily to a spiritual struggle inside the individual. They go on to make a decent case that the portrayals of Islam a violent religion comes from taking the words of the Quran out of context. Of the famous Sura 2:191, which enjoins Muslims to confront unbelievers and “Kill them wherever you find them,” it says: “It surely does not say that Muslims should go around the world killing any infidel that they find!”[i] But what is the truth? Is Islam a ‘religion of peace’? Or is it the religion of intolerance and violence and terror? In this series we will explore the real face of Islam.  BLOOD LUST “Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they ... [More]