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"please chill out"

| sun, february 6, 2011 |

Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.
Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: Psalm 148:1,8

Events currently unfolding in the Middle East have gripped much of the world. All across northern Africa and into the Middle East protests and violence have broken out. The West seems to view this as an opportunity for democracy,1 while many government officials in Israel2 view this mass uprising across the multi-national neighborhood, three of which nations touch the borders of Israel, as a troubling turn of events, as they rightly should.

Since the self immolation3 (setting one's self on fire in protest) of a young man in Tunisia several weeks ago, said by many to have sparked the radical wildfire that raced across the parched and arid spiritual landscape of northern Africa and Middle East, governments across the region have felt the effects of the revolutionary earthquake shaking the very foundations of their age-hardened regimes.

The Middle East is changing, the landscape is changing and the spiritual battle that has raged within and around this region for millennia is intensifying.

Despite what is currently changing, prophetically speaking, we must always remember,

JEHOVAH stays the same!

JEHOVAH'S plan stays the same!

JEHOVAH'S Word stays the same!

The current events taking place are extremely prophetic in nature. The prophet Ezekiel, to which our current reality is confirming, under the unction of the Holy Spirit has already foretold the alignment of nations in and around the Middle East towards Israel as we approach the war of Gog and Magog. The prophet Zechariah prophesied that all the nations of the world would one day come up against Israel and like the prophet Joel, prophesied the outcome of such a move by the nations, this too is being confirmed in our current reality.

Israel and the region in which she lies is the focal point.

I say again, end-time events are rapidly unfolding; don't just watch the white caps roll on to the shore, flee to higher ground, a tsunami is coming and the only escape is found under and within the Pavilion of our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

President Barack Obama walks with, from left, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority,
and King Abdullah II of Jordan, through the Cross Hall of the White House, Sept. 1, 2010.
(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

It must be noted that every leader seen in the picture above, taken on September 1, 2010, in Washington, D.C., for the resumption of "peace talks" sponsored by the Obama administration, have all found themselves in the middle of this situation unfolding in the Middle East. Each of these leaders is affected to a different degree, but all are feeling the flames that are intensifying daily.

· President Obama's agenda in the US is being challenged. Once again his agenda is being dictated by events outside of his control. Ironically in 2008, it was the Middle East conflict he told the Palestinian leadership he didn't want to "waste a minute" tackling if elected.4 Since then, his foreign policy has been geared around the resumption of Israeli / Palestinian "peace" negotiations coupled with apology tours to which he gave the "Cairo speech" and "Apology in Turkey" as he thought this would bridge many of the gaps his predecessor had created. He was going to fix the mistakes, bring change, and set the Middle East on the right course. Now, all eyes are on him.

· King Abdullah II of Jordan took the unprecedented step of preemptively5 dissolving his government and appointed a new prime minister on the fear of similar Tunisian/Egyptian style protests shaking the Hashemite Kingdom. Along with his own degree of government and social turmoil, Hamas operatives, using the tumult in Egypt as cover, blew up a natural gas pipeline from Egypt that supplies Israel and Jordan with natural gas.6 This pipeline supplies Jordan with approximately 80% of their natural gas demand.

· Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is wrestling against credibility issues after the "Palestinian Papers" were released documenting previously unpublicized concessions he was willing to make to the Israelis.7 Along with these credibility-damning concessions, these leaked documents also declared that Abbas had foreknowledge about the Israeli Cast Lead operation carried out in the Gaza Strip at the end of 2008, only to shed fake tears for the Palestinians in Gaza after the Israeli operation to appear sympathetic.

· The situation unfolding for Egyptian President Mubarak is well known.

These leaders are not the only ones feeling the heat of the current situation.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is also feeling the effects of the flames as he and his government wonder what the future holds for the 32 year-old peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, one that President Mubarak has honored, though coolly, for over 30 years.8

Will the peace treaty disappear with Mubarak?

Reports have already surfaced that militants from Hezbollah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood serving time in an Egyptian prison were some of the violent inmates who escaped as the escalating violence and protests in Egypt made many of the police officers flee their posts, allowing for members of the Muslim Brotherhood to assist a Hezbollah-Hamas9 joint operation to storm the Wadi Natrun prison on Sunday, January 30. The operatives from Hamas were said to have fled back to Gaza. Days later, news broke early Saturday morning, that Hamas operatives blew up a natural gas pipeline used by Egypt to supply natural gas demand to both Israel and Jordan. It is becoming more and more obvious with each passing day that certain terrorist groups are using the growing turmoil as a smoke screen, using it to their advantage to advance their agenda against Israel. The US has even suggested that Hamas share power with the Palestinian Authority in the event of a finalized Palestinian State and more recently suggested that the Muslim Brotherhood could be part of the new government that will be formed in Egypt upon Mubarak's departure.

These are just a few of the reasons why events currently taking place in the Middle East are adding strain to the already weakened ties between the US and Israel.

Understanding the unfolding situation across the region better than the Obama administration, PM Netanyahu, who has authored three books specifically focused on terrorism10, along with other Israeli government officials have markedly voiced their dismay at the Obama administration's approach towards a fellow ally, President Mubarak. It has been reported that the Israeli government urged the Obama administration to support Mubarak,11 a solid ally to the US for over 30 years, and were upset with Obama's personal decision to publicly call on Mubarak to step down.

One senior Obama administration official said they had been in daily contact with the Israeli government advising them to "please chill out," reassuring the Israelis that Obama is responding to the situation as it unfolds.12 Tommy Vietor, the White House spokesman, also addressed the concerns of Israel when he said, "we fully understand Israel's security concerns, and we're making clear that our commitment to Israel's security is unshakeable."12

Actions speak louder than words and Obama's treatment of Mubarak, a well-established US ally, has obviously shaken the Israelis' perception of how the US views security needs, especially if the ally's interests are weighed against popular public opinion, to which the Obama administration more often than not sides with the public opinion favorable to his own. Is Obama a precedent that will be seen more often in the future, weighing popular public opinion similar to his own against the security needs of an established ally?

Is Israel, or more specifically PM Netanyahu just as expendable to the Obama administration as President Mubarak? After all, one of President Obama's first trips to the Middle East as president was to Cairo, to make a speech that would extend a warm hand of friendship to the Muslim community in an attempt to reverse the years of Muslim perceived US contempt towards Islam as the US waged a war against Islamic terror. By contrast, Obama still has yet to make a trip to Israel since becoming president.

There will be an inevitable power void that will follow Mubarak's departure from office, a void that will instantaneously become a vacuum, a dangerous black hole that is all too often filled with radical Islamic fundamentalists when opened in heavily Islamic regions. The type of radical groups, which all too often get sucked into this vacuum share a common goal, Jihad against the Jewish State, with the ultimate goal of seeing it destroyed.

This is not the first time Israel has witnessed such phenomena take place in or near her borders. Similar situations in the past have taken place, as the US pushed for democratically held elections, elections which opened the door for both the terrorists organizations Hamas13 and Hezbollah14 to take positions of power in direct opposition to the Jewish State. Both of these terrorist groups have single-mindedly affirmed that a large part of the motivating factor behind the creation and existence of their parties is to see to the complete destruction of the Jewish State.


Hezbollah Flag

Hezbollah, whose leaders were inspired by the Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini and trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, declared one of the four goals in their 1985 manifesto was to see "Israel's final departure from Lebanon as a prelude to its final obliteration." 15

Hamas Flag

Created as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in 1987 during the 1st Intifada, Hamas16 was established for the purpose of eradicating the Jewish "occupation of Palestine" to create an Islamic state "from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River,"17 overcoming the Jewish oppression with Jihad, holy war.
Hamas stated in the Hamas Charter, Article 7 of the Hamas Covenant, its purpose for war against the Jewish State, attributing the following quotation to Mohammed:

"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews."18

Article 32 of the same covenant declares the following:

"Today it is Palestine, tomorrow it will be one country or another. The Zionist plan is limitless. After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on."18

This type of ideology, motivated by religious radicalism is often observed through the words of top Hamas leadership as described by the words of a Hamas legislator Sheik Yunus al-Astal. As Sheik Yunus al-Astal was discussing the meaning behind a Koranic verse which suggested, "suffering by fire is the Jews' destiny in this world and the next," he remarked, "Therefore we are sure that the Holocaust is still to come upon the Jews."19

Keep in mind, these are just a few examples of the virulent anti-Semitic venom that is daily hurled at the Jewish State by individuals rapidly rising to power around Israel, and in some cases, even within Israel.

I believe this is why Israel is so cautious about democracy in areas heavily influenced by Islam's radical hatred for the nation of Israel. Democracy in Israel, or the US, does not produce the same outcome as democracy in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, or Egypt, etc. The fundamentals are different, thus, the application is dissimilar.

That being said, Israeli's concern for the potential power vacuum is warranted. The US too should be concerned, lest she forget 1979 and the power vacuum that led to the creation of a radically different Iran. Many forget, in this current media era, that the US and Iran were once allies.

On a side note, I am concerned with the obvious push by the Western mainstream media to demonize all Mubarak supporters as bad guys and paint the opposition to Mubarak as the good guys. Wasn't it just two weeks ago that Mubarak was a strong US ally? Wasn't it just a week ago that Vice President Joe Biden said," "Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things. And he's been very responsible on, relative to geopolitical interest in the region, the Middle East peace efforts; the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing relationship with - with Israel. ... I would not refer to him as a dictator." When he was asked if Mubarak should step down, he replied with, "No."20

This is concerning on many levels, many of which I will not address here, but the one I am most concerned with is the idea that if you support Mubarak you are automatically a bad guy. Is this setting the stage for a bigger confrontation between the US and Israel? Wasn't it PM Netanyahu and his government that urged Obama to support Mubarak? I attempt to avoid conspiracies on this website, but it is obvious that the media here in the US is pushing an anti-Mubarak campaign that just so happens to line up perfectly with Obama's approach. Israel's due concern for the continued stability of a 32-year peace treaty should not be confused with turning a blind eye to the plight of many impoverished Egyptians. I too would be concerned if my neighborhood started to appear destabilized and the reality that years of peace may quickly turn to years of bloodshed. This doesn't mean I don't care about the treatment of my neighbors.

As I observe the US role in the events unfolding abroad, along with the immensity of the recent powerful winter storm that raked the nation, I can't help but wonder if Obama's attitude towards Israel's warranted concern, observable through the admission of a senior ranking administration official, with a "please chill out," could have led to the manifestation of a storm many states haven't seen since 1967. It was the year 1967, which Jerusalem was liberated from the Jordanians by Israeli forces. During my short time of research into the 6-Day War, I quickly came to the conclusion, as have many others that this 144-hour war is nothing short of miraculous. Could this record-breaking storm be the result of the Obama administration's attitude towards the legitimate and historically verifiable concerns of the Jewish people? This type of cavalier attitude has the potential, as in the past, of placing the Jewish State on course with bloodshed.

I find it also interesting that one of the hardest hit cities was Chicago, in Obama's home state of Illinois. Chicago was hit so hard, mail stopped for the first time in 25 years and schools were closed for the first time in a decade.21 This all precipitated during the time the Obama administration was imploring Israel to forget history and "chill out."

In closing, before the 1979 Egypt/Israel peace treaty was signed, Egypt played a large part in all of the major military confrontations with Israel since her rebirth in 1948. The purpose behind each and every conflict against Israel by her Arab neighbors has always been for the same purpose, the eradication of the Jewish State. The 1979 Egypt/Israel peace treaty has played a huge role in the relative calm over the last thirty plus years. Take a moment and read each of the following quotes in the excerpt that follows. The source is from Israel's Major Wars, Eli E. Hertz.

Israel's Wars with Her Neighbors are Zero-Sum Games

The Arab objective in the 1948 War of Independence, the 1967 Six-Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War was to overrun and eradicate the Jewish state.

That objective is very much in the minds of Palestinian Arabs - in the leadership and the general population, as well as in the minds of their brethren in other Arab countries - though their tactics may have changed.

1948: Arab League Secretary-General Azzam Pasha exulted: "This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades."

1954: Saudi Arabian King Saud ibn Abdul Aziz: "The Arab nations should sacrifice up to 10 million of their 50 million people, if necessary, to wipe out Israel. ... Israel to the Arab world is like a cancer to the human body, and the only way of remedy is to uproot it, just like a cancer."

1967: Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser: "Our basic objective will be the destruction of Israel." (May 27, 1967, nine days before the start of the Six-Day War)

1973: Libyan President Mohammar Qadaffi: "The battle with Israel must be such that, after it, Israel will cease to exist." (al-Usbu al-Arrabi, Beirut. Quoted by Algiers Radio, Nov. 12, 1973)

1980: PLO representative in Saudi Arabia Rafiq Najshah: "There has been no change whatsoever in the fundamental strategy of the PLO, which is based on the total liberation of Palestine and the destruction of the occupying country.... On no accounts will the Palestinians accept part of Palestine and call it the Palestinian state, while forfeiting the remaining areas which are called the State of Israel."

1996: Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat: "[Our aim is] to eliminate the State of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian one." (In a closed meeting with Arab diplomats in Europe, quoted in the Middle East Digest, March 7, 1996)

1996: PLO spokesperson Bassam abu-Sharif: "The struggle against the Zionist enemy is not a matter of borders but relates to the mere existence of the Zionist entity." (In an interview with the Kuwait News Agency, May 31, 1996)

2001: PA Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, Faisal al-Husseini: "The strategic goal is the liberation of Palestine from the Jordanian [sic] River to the Mediterranean Sea, even if this means that the conflict will last for another thousand years or for many generations." (In an interview with the Egyptian paper al-Arabi, June 24, 2001)

2003: Dr. Abdel Aziz Rantisi, the key leader of Hamas: "By God, we will not leave one Jew in Palestine. We will fight them with all the strength we have. This is our land, not the Jews'." (In a telephone interview with Al Jazeera television. Reported in the Jerusalem Times, June 10, 2003)

2007: Hamas' statement in response to criticism by Al-Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahri, March 12, 2007: "We will not betray promises we made to God to continue the path of Jihad and resistance until the liberation of Palestine, all of Palestine ..."

2009: Egyptian Cleric Muhammad Hussein Ya'qoub: "The Jews are the enemies of Muslims regardless of the occupation of Palestine; you must believe that we will fight, defeat, and annihilate them, until not a single Jew remains on the face of the earth"
(end excerpt)

Only the willing pupil can be taught by History. Sadly, it is all too often the unwilling pupils that make the worst decisions in history.

Whether or not the winter storm recently felt here in the US is connected to the Obama administration's admonishment towards Israel to "chill out," the US could vary well have cursed Israel by ignoring certain legitimate Israeli concerns, having allowed pride to blind them to the true value behind such concerns -value which has stock in history.


JEHOVAH stays the same!

JEHOVAH'S plan stays the same!

JEHOVAH'S Word stays the same!

JEHOVAH is shaking the region and the world. These events and the ones that have yet to come are HIS mechanism to bring the Jewish people back to HIM... through the salvation of Yeshua Ha'Mashiach.

Stay strong in the LORD and listen to HIS HOLY SPIRIT.

God Bless, daniel

Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north. By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened. Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth. He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy. Job 37:9-13

He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly. He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold? Psalm 147:15-17

(Note: John McTernan has often noted that judgments on America have coincided with abortion legislation, homosexual rights legislation, and US pressure upon Israel to divide the Covenant Land. In keeping with what McTernan has noted in the past, it is interesting that William Koenig, Watch.org, drew the connection between the governor of Illinois signing legislation recognizing civil unions and then the next day had to declare a state of emergency for the state of Illinois because of the massive winter storm. I find these parallels interesting because legislation like the type signed into law by Illinois' governor is exactly the type of actions one would expect to be produced by a nation in an observably reprobate condition. I believe that it is through such actions such as abortion, homosexuality, and idolatry that the condition of a nation becomes so reprobate that a nation would then conceive of dividing the Land of Israel. Knowing that JEHOVAH has a plan for the Land, one would have to be reprobate to go against His plan. I think this may explain why we see such judgments often connected.

I would also like to note that not only did the prophets Zechariah and Joel prophesy that all nations would come up against Israel in the latter days, but both prophets have been in the news, so to speak, since Obama became president. In regards to the prophet Joel, I noted in my post
An Ambassador of the LORD Went Forth from November 5, 2009, that the VERY words of the prophet Joel were taken to the U.N. and read before the General Assembly. And in regards to the prophet Zechariah, it was reported on February 3, 2011, while all the rioting was going on in Egypt, that his tomb may have been uncovered by Israeli archaeologists in central Israel.22 What a testimony that these men are still being noted in the news, hundreds of years after their deaths, at the very time the words they prophesied are coming to pass.)

1 US Wastes Chance to Support Mubarak
2 A Concerned Israel Allows Egypt Sinai Troops
3 Self-immolation leads to massive protests in Tunisia
4 Barack Obama: I will not waste a minute in brokering Middle East peace
5 Jordan's King Abdullah fires government as Islamic protests grow
6 Sinai gas pipeline blast. Cairo diverts supplies to Israel, Jordan for domestic use
7 The Palestinian Papers
8 PM Netanyahu Comments on Situation in Egypt
9 Hizballah team breaks 22 members out of Egyptian jail
10 Benjamin Netanyahu
11 Israel rallying support for Mubarak
12 U.S. Trying to Balance Israel's Needs in the Face of Egyptian Reform
13 Saudis: U.S. paved way for Hamas victory
14 Old People in New Times: Post-Elections Lebanon
15 Hezbollah
16 Hamas
17 Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement)
18 The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement
19 In Gaza, Hamas's Insults to Jews Complicate Peace
20 Joe Biden says Egypt's Mubarak no dictator, he shouldn't step down...
21 Quinn declares victory over storm as life slogs back to normal across snow-covered Illinois
22 Archaeologists May Have Found Tomb of Prophet Zechariah