| 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
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.
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
Despite what is currently changing,
prophetically speaking, we must always remember,
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!
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.
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
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.
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, 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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"
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.
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!
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.
strong in the LORD and listen to HIS HOLY SPIRIT.
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
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
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
U.S. paved way for Hamas victory
14 Old People in New Times: Post-Elections
17 Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement)
The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement
19 In Gaza, Hamas's
Insults to Jews Complicate Peace
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