MIDDLE EAST CAULDRON
The Middle East is a simmering
pot, and one day it will reach boiling
point and spill over like a volcano, to engulf the region, and the world,
in a fiery ordeal.
Iraq has already boiled over.
Baghdad is burning. Lebanon
is on the brink of more tragic days.
Gaza is a powder keg waiting to explode. Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea
and Sudan are seething, and the battles continue to rage in Afghanistan.
Iran and Syria are heating and stirring the cauldron, and of course,
Satan “the god of this world” (2 Cor 4:4), is unceasingly supplying
the fuel to bring the pot to the boil.
There are many other pots also
simmering around the world. The Scripture refers to one of them as “the
kingdoms of the north.”
Look at this prophecy ...
“The Word of YHWH
came to me saying, ‘What do you see, Jeremiah?’ And I said, ‘I see a
branch of an almond tree.’ Then YHWH said to me, ‘You have seen well,
for I am watching over My Word to perform it.’
“The Word of YHWH
came to me a second time saying, ‘What do you see?’ And I said, ‘I see
a boiling pot, tilting away from the north.’ Then YHWH said to
me, ‘Out of the north the evil will be poured out on all the inhabitants
of the land.
“‘Now watch for I am calling all the clans of the
kingdoms of the north,’ declares the Sovereign Master
YHWH; ‘and they will come, and each one will set up his throne at the
entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all its surrounding
walls, and against all the cities of Judah. I will pronounce My judgments
on them concerning all their wickedness, because they have forsaken
Me, and burned incense to other gods, and worshipped the works of their
The primary fulfillment of this
prophecy was the invasion of Israel by Babylon in BC 586. But Biblical
prophecies often have more than one fulfillment. And there is certainly an endtime alliance of the kings of the north
that is going to become a boiling pot in these last days. As Ezekiel also said:
Master, YHWH, says: ‘Listen! I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of
Rosh (Russia), Meshech (Moscow), and Tubal (Tobolsk-
Asiatic Russia). I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws
and bring you out with your whole army - your horses and horsemen all
fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of
them brandishing swords.
Cush (Ethiopia), and Put (Libya) will be with them, all
with shields and helmets; Gomer (Germany) also with all its troops;
and the House of Togarmah from the far north (Turkey and the Turkic
people of Central Asia) with all its troops - many nations with
you. Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you,
and take command of them.
‘After many days
you will be summoned; in the latter years you will invade the land that
has recovered from the sword, whose people have been gathered from many
nations to the mountains of Israel which had long been desolate. Its
people had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them are
living securely. You and all your troops and the many nations with you
will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering
the land ...
“Then you will
come from your place out of the remote parts of the north, you
and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company
and a mighty army; and you will come up against My people Israel like
a cloud, to cover the land - it will be in the last days. I will bring
you against My land, in order that the nations may know Me, when I am
sanctified in you before their eyes, O Gog.’
(Ezekiel 38:3-9, 15-16)
nations named in this prophecy are all part of a great Russian-led confederation
that will invade Israel during World War in the first year of the Tribulation.
And today we can see this boiling pot simmering and tilting towards
the Promised Land.
the last week of November, King Abdullah of Jordan warned that 2007
could witness three simultaneous wars in the region in the coming year
– in Iraq, Lebanon and in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Ominous
signs are all around: the Democrat’s victory in US; Syria establishing
relations with Iraq; the Iraqi president’s visit to Iran; and Ahmadinejad
and Khamenei both promising help to Iraq; Somalia falling to Islamic
fundamentalism, and threatening Ethiopia.
look at some of the latest developments in the simmering Middle East
cauldron. And remember …
“When these things
begin to take place, straighten and lift up your heads, because your
redemption is drawing near.”
CRISIS IN LEBANON
HIZB’ALLAH DEMANDS MORE POWER
TRAGIC ASSASSINATION OF PIERRE GEMAYEL
Lebanon is in turmoil after the assassination
of Pierre Gemayel, Lebanon’s industry minister, who was a leading anti-Syrian
figure. Pierre died in a Christian area of Beirut after several gunmen
ambushed and rammed his car with their vehicle, and sprayed it with
gunfire from close range.
34, was his country’s youngest MP, a rising star in the Maronite (Catholic)
Christian Phalange party, and a member of the Gemayel political dynasty.
He was a strong critic of the Shi’ite Hizb’allah and of the Syrian
influence in Lebanon. In the past, Phalangist leaders have called for
the expulsion of Palestinian Liberation Organization supporters and
have intimated support for peaceful relations with Israel.
Pierre Gemayel was the sixth anti-Syrian
figure killed in Lebanon in the past two years, including former PM
Rafik Hariri in Feb 2005.
Gemayel’s father, former President
Amin Gemayel, speaking from behind a panel of bulletproof glass, on
the day of the funeral, told a crowd in downtown Beirut: “The second
independence uprising was launched today for change and it will not
stop. I pledge to you that we will soon take steps so that your efforts
will not go in vain.”
Gemayel is a leader of the Maronist Christian community. (Maronites
are Christians affiliated to the Roman Catholic Church. Between 800,000
and 900,000 live in Lebanon, roughly 25% of the population. Lebanon’s
constitution requires that the president is Maronite, and the prime
minister a Sunni. The current Lebanese “Christian” president, Emile
Lahoud, is staunchly pro-Syrian.)
In recent weeks, Hizb’allah, boasting
of their assumed victory in the recent war against Israel, demanded
to be given one third of the seats in the Lebanese cabinet. This would give them veto power over the decisions
of the government. They also threatened to create mass demonstrations
in the streets if they were not given an increased role in government
Hizb’allah chief Hassan Nasrallah attacked
the Lebanese government on Nov 18th saying it lacked credibility. “The Lebanese government is in a
state of weakness and is still feeling a huge defeat as the result of
the last Israeli war in Lebanon,” he said in a taped address aired on
Hizb’allah’s Al-Manar satellite station on Nov 19th.
Nasrallah told thousands
of Lebanese supporters to prepare to take to the streets of Beirut in
order to force the resignation of the government. He said the current
Lebanese government is a puppet of the Bush administration.
US DEMOCRATS WIN PAVES WAY
FOR MIDEAST CHAOS
Lebanon’s Druze leader Walid
Jumblatt fears the emboldened Hizb’allah will provoke violence, and
says that following the political changes in the US, Syrians feel they
have the upper hand in the region.
is head of Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party and is widely considered
the most prominent anti-Syrian Lebanese politician.
on 19th Nov, he said
the US Democrats’ calls for a withdrawal from Iraq and for changes in
US Middle East policy has, in part, emboldened Syrian-backed Hizb’allah
militia to quit the Lebanese parliament and to threaten street protests
against the government.
Syrians play this game where they have been waiting for the Americans
to get weaker in Iraq,” he said. “Now with the Democrats’ win paving
the way for an American withdrawal, and with Rumsfeld’s resignation
making a statement, the Syrians believe they have the upper hand in
the region to retake Lebanon. The Syrians are trying to profit from
the circumstances by creating havoc and by using Hizb’allah to stage
a coup d’etat to get rid of us (the anti-Syrian parliamentary majority).”
A SYRIAN-BACKED COUP FEARED
Walid Jumblatt went on to warn
that Lebanon is on the verge of a coup d’etat staged by Hizb’allah and
other pro-Syrian elements.
“The opposition groups are on
the verge of announcing a coup in the country and we should take the
brave decision to confront all options,” Jumblatt said in a briefing
to his ruling parliamentary faction.
TO TRY HARIRI KILLERS
A recent UN report implicated
Damascus in the assassination of Rafik Hariri, and just a week before
Gemayel’s assassination, the Lebanese cabinet endorsed plans to set
up a tribunal to try those suspected of killing Hariri.
Six pro-Syrian ministers (5 Shi’ites
and 1 Christian) opposed those plans, and resigned from the cabinet
in an attempt to bring down the government. (Lebanese law requires the
dissolution of the government if one-third of the 24-member cabinet
resigns or becomes unavailable.)
With 6 pro-Syrian cabinet members
resigned, and now another member, Gemayel, eliminated the government
is very shaky. The death or resignation of one more would cause Siniora
to lose the quorum required by the constitution to legally govern, while
the fall of two ministers would cause the government to collapse.
Hizb’allah is now positioning
itself in readiness to attempt a take over after the anticipated collapse.
President Emile Lahoud has written to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
saying: “The cabinet’s approval of the plans (for a tribunal)
... is not binding on the Lebanese state. These documents were not approved
by the President of the Republic because the decision to endorse them
was taken by an authority that defied the constitution.”
declared, “the government has lost its legitimacy following the (six)
ministers’ resignations, and any decision it makes will be considered
unconstitutional.” He warned
of “dangerous divisions that would threaten internal civilian peace”
if a “unity government” was not formed soon.
Lahoud’s idea of a solution is to give Hizb’allah the extra cabinet
seats they demand, in line with their “new status.” That would give
Hizb’allah veto power over all major government decisions; and it would
be a victory to Syria.
On the same day as Pierre Gemayel’s
killing, the UN Security Council approved the plans for the tribunal
on Tuesday, 21st Nov. Both events intensified the acute political
crisis in Lebanon.
Gemayel’s funeral took place on
23rd Nov, the day
on which Hizb’allah had planned a massive protest aimed at toppling
the government of prime minister, Fouad Siniora, a Sunni Muslim.
Hizb’allah postponed its rally,
as crowds of Lebanese took to the streets in a show of support for the
government. An estimated crowd
of up to 800,000 people participated in the funeral and/or rally which
turned into a massive demonstration of anger against Syria and its allies.
Many burned pictures of Syria’s president and Lebanon’s pro-Syrian leaders.
The rally, which was a major show
of Sunni-Christian unity, reinvigorated the supporters of independence
in their power struggle with Syrian-backed Hizb’allah, and its allies,
which is threatening to split the nation.
Several politicians, speaking
at the rally, vowed the next step will be the removal of President Lahoud.
Many Lebanese blame Syria for
the killings of Hariri, Gemayel and other anti-Syrian figures. Damascus,
like Hizb’allah and Iran, of course, deny any involvement.
Syria dominated Lebanon for 29
years until it was forced to pull its troops out last year by the powerful
popular movement, along with international pressure, in the wake of
the assassination of Rafik Hariri.
Anti-Syrian politicians were subsequently
voted into power and Fouad Siniora become prime minister. But the pro-Syria
president, Emile Lahoud, continued in power.
The great fault of the government,
however, was their failure or inability to disarm Hizb’allah as was
called for in the UN resolutions.
Hizb’allah has re-armed to pre-war
levels, according to TIME magazine, fulfilling intelligence
forecasts and negating the Israeli government claims of a victory that
severely weakened the terrorist group.
The magazine confirmed numerous
media reports since the UN Security Council ceasefire resolution last
August that Iran and Syria have been re-arming Hizb’allah. A recent
British newspaper report quoted the UN Interim Force (UNIFIL) troops
as saying that the terrorist group can operate freely at night, when
the UNIFIL troops do not operate because of the danger.
Hizb’allah now has 20,000 missiles, twice the number acknowledged
by the Israel Defence Force.
Weapons smugglers have easily
circumvented UNIFIL forces by using mountain passes, according to TIME, which also said
the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is using Damascus as well as Beirut
as command centers.
The likelihood that Hizb’allah
would re-arm was apparent since the day that Israel agreed to the ceasefire
because UNIFIL leaders categorically said they would not enforce the
clause in the UN Security Council Resolution 1701, calling for the disarming
of non-Lebanese army forces.
The whereabouts and fate of the
two Israeli hostages still are unknown, despite Israeli and American
vows that there would be no ceasefire agreement without their return.
Israel not only accepted the UN-brokered
agreement but also claimed it was part of a victory in the war. “Hizb’allah
has been pushed back from the fence, from the border,” PM Olmert asserted
in an August speech to local authority leaders in Haifa. “Most of the
long-range missiles ... were destroyed. ... A strong international force
... is organizing to ... assist in stopping the Hizb’allah.” Olmert
concluded, “It is clear to the world that Hizb’allah has been beaten.”
However, 8 days earlier, the Intelligence
and Terrorism Information Center at the Center for Special Studies,
issued a report headlined Countdown to Conflict. It said, “Any end
to the war that does not involve Hizb’allah’s disarmament will enable
the Jihadist movement to rise again like a phoenix.” -
Arutz /27 Nov
The charged atmosphere that took
over Lebanon following last summer’s war with Israel continues to be
the source of internal conflict between political parties in the country.
An earlier unknown organization
named “Lebanon’s Mujahidin” called on Sunnis in the country to prepare
to confront the Shi’ites represented by Hizb’allah, who want to take
over all of Lebanon and cause revolution and civil war.
“The Mujahadeen” (holy fighters) are Sunni extremists affiliated with al-Qaida in
Lebanon, and they have accused Hizb’allah of killing Pierre Gemayel.
In an internet message, according
to the SITE Institute, a website which monitors Islamist web activity,
they maintained that the assassination was directly executed
by five individuals from Hizb’allah, and that it is a part of a continued
effort by Hizb’allah and its Syrian backers to coerce Shi’ite ministers
into withdrawal, ultimately facilitating an overthrow of the Lebanese
government. The announcement was launched on an al-Qaida-owned website
in Iraq, and was published by the Associated French Press.
“Hizb’allah is a party. In addition
to having Iranian tendencies, basis, and support, it doesn’t hide its
loyalty to the Syrian regime,” the announcement explained.
“We call on our people in Lebanon
to face this bitter truth with courage and to tackle this hatred by
preparing for a confrontation. We won’t let them (Shi’ites) implement
their evil wishes after they succeeded in allowing an international
force enter as a buffer between us and Palestine,” the announcement
The announcement even contained
criticism of Hizb’allah’s leaders’ political conduct and emphasized
that “today they want to control all of Lebanon through an alliance
with the crusaders and to eliminate the Sunni group completely. They
should know we are prepared to fight them. It would be a war and we
would be stronger than them.”
Syrians believe the US is weakened, but Syria is now in a position of
strength, and that Damascus will be able to set the new rules of the
game in the region.
* In Iraq, after Syrian
Foreign Minister Walid Moallem’s visit to Baghdad on Nov 20, full diplomatic
relations between Damascus and Iraq were renewed.
* President Bashar Assad is now
considering how to respond to an American overture following reports
that the Iraq Study Group will recommend that the US engage Syria and
Iran in talks on Iraq in order to enable the US to formulate an exit
Both Iran and Syria are able to
the insurgency in Iraq. For the most part terrorists enter the
country from Syria and Iran.
“Syria will not do anything unless
it has secured guarantees from Washington and London that every action
Damascus takes to help them will be reciprocated. It will be a step
by step scenario: these actions for those actions,” a Syrian official
said. Bashar al-Assad’s “top demand” is that Israel be pressured to
withdraw from the Golan. Syria also demands a staged withdrawal of US
troops from the region.
Bakhash, an expert on the Middle East at George Mason University, Washington,
said: “Neither Iran nor Syria will do a favour for the US without wanting
something back - and what both countries want are things that the US is not willing
to give them.”
In Lebanon, Syria is backing Hizb’allah and encouraging them
to stage a revolution, for two reasons: to thwart the UN tribunal which
will investigate Syrian officials regarding the Hariri assassination
last year; and to regain its influence in Lebanon affairs. - Source / The Sunday imes / Nov 19, 06
At the time of going to press,
we see Hizb’allah supporters continuing to beseige the Lebanon government
in Beirut in an attempt to bring the Siniora government down. Jordan
and Saudi Arabia are expressing alarm because of these developments.
Egypt’s leader Hosni Mubarak has warned that Lebanon will become a sectarian
battlefield if the Hizb’allah protests turn violent.
As reported in our Millennium Alert #29 (see The Katyusha War, The Salafists,
the Sunni Salafists are more than “at odds” with the Shia Muslims of
Iran. They are engaged in a war of their own – a war to claim hegemony
(dominance) of the whole Islamic world. Here’s more evidence of the
warn against the ‘Persian Empire’; call Nasrallah an ‘agent of anti-Christ,’
and declare an ‘Islamic state’ in Iraq. Hizb’allah chief Hassan Nasrallah
has been branded a “worshipper of idols, an agent of the anti-Christ,”
and a “charlatan,” in a statement by Iraqi al-Qaida leader Sheikh Abu
Hamza al-Muhajir in a statement made in November.
Al-Muhajir’s statement also contained
threats to blow up the White House, and forms another escalation in
al-Qaida’s increasingly hostile anti-Iranian rhetoric, that has also
Discussing the actions of US President
Bush in a statement, released by al-Qaida’s al-Furqan Foundation, translated
into English by the Al-Boraq Workshop, and reproduced on the Jihad Unspun
website, Muhajir said: “He (Bush) turned to the Sham (Syria and Lebanon
) and terrorized its tyrant (Basher Assad), who is a
Rafidi (Shi’ite) and a Nusayri (one of Shi’ite’s factions). The blockade
continued until he (Assad) had to open his country to hundreds and thousands
of Persians to acquire citizenship in it, so that they can support the
charlatan agent of the
anti-Christ, Nasr Allat
(a common nickname for Hizb’allah’s Nasrallah, which means “a
supporter and worshipper of idols”) who is called Nasrallah.
“Hence, the Old Persian Empire
has become complete, extending from the countries behind the river,
Iran and Iraq … to the Sham (Syria and Lebanon).”
The al-Qaida leader said the United
States had become an agent for Iran. “I wonder whether the wise of the
Romans (Americans) realize that they have become slaves and mercenaries
for Persia, and that they are fighting Persia’s battles for free,” he
On Nov 17, Sunni al-Qaida followers
in Lebanon released a statement on the internet calling on Lebanese
Sunnis to prepare for an imminent confrontation.
According to the SITE Institute,
a website which monitors Islamist web activity, the statement also said:
“Let the Rafidi (Shi’ites) know that we are ready to fight them with
Allah’s help, and let it be a war. We are more eager for it than they.”
Rafida is an Arabic collective noun which means “turncoats,
dissenters, deserters”, from the Arabic verb root which can mean “to
reject.” It is an Islamic term,
which refers in a derogatory way to those who (in the opinion of the
person using the term) reject legitimate Islamic authority and leadership.
In past times, it was used by some Shi’a Muslims
to refer to other Shi’a who refused to follow Zayd ibn Ali. It is thought
that the usage of the term came from Zayd ibn Ali himself who exclaimed
“You have abandoned me (rafadtumuni)” to his own followers who
retracted their oath of allegiance on hearing Zayd ibn Ali declare his
love for Abu Bakr and Umar. It was also used by Sunni Muslims as a term
of abuse for Shi’a Muslims. They were considered “Refusers” because
they refused to give allegiance to Abu Bakr, or refused to recognize
the authority of Sunni caliphs.
The word rafida (and also the Arabic
non-collective singular form rafidi ) is currently used as a
derogatory term for Shi’a Muslims by Sunni Muslims who refuse to accept
Shi’a Islam as being a valid form of Islam. It would seem to be used
primarily by Salafists.
Alawites /Alawis. Bashar Assad is
an Alawi, a religious group that takes its name from Ali ibn Abi Talib, a cousin and son-in-law of the prophet Mohammad.
After the death of Mohammed, Islam split between two successors - Abu Bakr who was accepted
by those who became known as Sunnis; and Ali ibn Abi Talib who
was received by the other side – the Shi’a or Shi’ite. (Shi’a is
short for Shi’at
- “the party of ‘Ali”).
The origin of the Alawites is disputed. Some
sources say they were originally Nusayriya, a sect that
broke ties with Twelver Shi’ites in the 9th century. The Alawites trace
their origins to the eleventh Shi’a Imam, Hasan al Askari (d. 873),
and his pupil Ibn Nusayr (d. 868). Alawites claim to be Shi’a
Muslims, but mainstream Shi’as denounce them as heretics.
In the past, most leading Sunni
scholars openly considered the Shi’a as “Kafir” (disbelievers). Many Islamic scholars of recent history have
become more tolerant towards Shi’a and some have promoted unity; others
have not. Today, both Shi’a and Sunni students study
and graduate together at Islamic universities. However, some Sunni groups
such as Salafists, Taliban or al-Qaida have continued to persecute Shi’a as
heretics. Salafists still consider Shi’as as apostates and openly advocate
their killing. - Ynet News / 26 Nov 06
This is the new title of al-Qaida
in Iraq. The al-Qaida chief in Iraq, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, declared
the formation of a Caliphate -
a “state of Islam” - in Iraq, in anticipation of the withdrawal of US
troops from the region.
“In a long waited step, for which
sacrifices were granted and martyrs’ bloods were shed to achieve its
path; the Mujahideen Shura Council in Iraq has announced the establishment
of the ‘Islamic State of Iraq,’ the state of Islam that will rule the
law of Allah on people and lands, that will protect the core (center)
of Islam and acts as a solid shield for the Sunni people on the land
of Iraq,” Muhajir declared in a statement, published on the newly created
Caliphate Voice Channel website. “O monotheist Muslims … O Mujahideen
across the world; today we announce the end of a stage of Jihad and
the start of a new one, in which we lay the first cornerstone of the
Islamic Caliphate project and revive the glory of religion.”
The al-Qaida site also accused
Shi’ites of working with the United States to kill former Iraqi al-Qaida
leader Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi.
MOST PEOPLE today who watch what is happening, are wondering what will ultimately
happen to Iraq.
Iraq is in a state of virtual
civil war. We see four groups working in Iraq for various purposes:
* The Al-Qaida-backed Sunnis
* The Iran-backed Shi’ites
* The independent-minded Kurds, and
* The moderate coalitionists who still believe
in a federal democratic Iraq.
The first two groups are radical,
anti-Israel and opposed to each other - the Sunni-Shia divide. And as
moderates are seldom the winners these days, Iraq is likely to split
into three. But ultimately modern Iraq does not have a prosperous future.
I expect the 60% Shias of Iraq
will eventually line up with Iran and ultimately with the confederation
of Rosh; the prophecy of which we read near the beginning of this article.
There is a major Biblical prophecy
concerning Babylon and Chaldea (modern Iraq) and its ultimate horrific
destruction in Jeremiah 50 & 51 - two long chapters. On the next
two pages I have quoted part of this prophecy. Some of it sounds like
current events in Iraq, but the prophecy is to be fully fulfilled in
the Great Tribulation.
9-10 ‘For look!
I am going to arouse and bring up against Babylon an alliance of great
nations from the land of the north, and they will draw up their battle
lines against her; from there she will be taken captive. Their arrows
will be like those of a skilled warrior - not returning empty-handed.
‘Chaldea will become plunder; all who plunder her will be gratified,’
declares YHWH. (Yahweh, the Name of the Almighty)
13 ‘Because of the wrath of YHWH she will not
be inhabited, but she will be completely desolate. Everyone who
passes by Babylon will be horrified and will hiss and scoff because
of all her plagues and Prophecy.
18 ‘Therefore thus says YHWH of Hosts, the God
of Israel: “Watch! I am going to punish the king of Babylon and his
land, just as I punished the king of Assyria.”
22-23 ‘The noise
of battle is in the land, and of great destruction. How the hammer of
the whole earth has been broken and shattered! How Babylon has become
a horrendous ruin among the nations!
30 ‘Therefore her young men will fall in her streets,
and all her men of war will be silenced in that day.’
32 The arrogant one will stumble and fall with
no one to raise him up; and I
shall set fire to his cities and it will devour everything around him.”
the desert creatures will live there along with the jackals.
The ostriches also will live in it, and it will never again be inhabited
or dwelt in from generation to generation. As when God overthrew Sodom
and Gomorrah with its neighbours,’ declares YHWH, ‘No man will live
there, nor will any son of man reside in it.
2 ‘And I shall dispatch foreigners to Babylon
that they may winnow her and may devastate her land; ‘For on every side
they will be opposed to her in the day of her calamity.
7 Babylon has been a golden cup in the hand of
YHWH, intoxicating all the earth. The nations have drunk of her wine;
therefore the nations are going mad.
8 Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been
broken. Wail over her! Bring balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed.
9 We applied healing to Babylon, but she was
not healed. ‘Forsake her and let us each go to his own country, for
her judgment has reached to heaven and towers up to the very skies.
11 ‘Sharpen the arrows, fill the quivers! YHWH
has aroused the spirit of the kings of the Medes, because His purpose
is against Babylon to destroy it; for it is the vengeance of YHWH, vengeance
for His temple.’
29-30 So the land quakes and writhes, for the purposes
of YHWH against Babylon stand, to make the land of Babylon a desolation
without inhabitants. The mighty men of Babylon have ceased fighting;
they stay in the strongholds; their strength is exhausted; they
are becoming as women. Their dwelling places are set on fire. The bars of her gates are broken.
42-43 The sea has
come up over Babylon; she has been engulfed with its many tumultuous
waves. ‘Her cities have become ruined and desolate, a parched
and desert land; a land where no-man lives and through which no son
of man passes.
PREPARING FOR FULL-SCALE WAR
Israel is preparing for full scale
war in which Syria is expected to be one of the main players facing
the Jewish state. Both Syria and Iran now
top Israel’s defence priority list, superceding the Palestinian threat,
according to a number of Israeli officials quoted in The Sunday Times.
A defence analyst sourced in the
report opined that Israel had missed a golden opportunity to reduce
the Syrian threat during the war against Lebanon’s Hizb’allah last July.
The Syrian air force could have been destroyed in a couple of days,
effectively leaving that country without the air cover it would need
should it decide to launch its SCUD missiles on Israel.
This assessment just adds to the
numerous others that together have concluded Israel lost the July war,
and will pay for that failure when the next conflict erupts. - Source: The Jerusalem Post /
Nov 12, 06
Many reports and commentators
are now anticipating a major war, and in fact, anyone who is keenly
watching the Middle East Cauldron should be able to see it coming. Here’s
some of the recent news items:
ISRAEL WILL SOON GO TO WAR AGAIN
Another war between Israel and
Hizb’allah is inevitable and unavoidable as Hizb’allah is rebuilding
and replenishing its stocks of missiles in south Lebanon.
the Katyusha War in July-Aug, Hizb’allah, in spite of suffering heavy
losses in the fighting, and as many as 1,000 killed out of its militant
strength of up to 5,000, portrayed itself as “the winner.”
war was certainly a setback for Israel, but it was not the defeat that
much of the news media reported it to be.
The Israel Defence Force (IDF) did not suddenly lose its historic
superiority over its Arab enemies.
launched a fierce attack on the towns of northern Israel, but its own
survival was due to the extensive bunker-and-tunnel system that it had
constructed since June 2000. The tunnel system could not be destroyed
by the Israeli Air Force. A
full scale land assault was needed. Israel’s political leaders were
reluctant to commit to such an assault until it was too late. Israel’s
strategy was to rain down a lot of destruction on Hizb’allah’s headquarters
in Beirut , and other targets, but it was flawed in that one main objective
- silencing the Katyusha rockets - could not be fulfilled before the
UN ceasefire forced the IDF to withdraw.
that Hizb’allah has re-established a “zone of invulnerability,” Israel
will be compelled to reopen its offensive against this sworn enemy on
its northern border.
Israeli return to south Lebanon would most likely provoke a war with
Lebanon’s Arab protector, Syria. But
such an extension of hostilities might prove welcome both to Israel
and to the US, both of which regard Syria as Iran’s advanced post on
the Mediterranean shore. - Source: Daily Telegraph (UK) / Nov 6, 06
THE COMING MIDDLE EAST WAR
Israel’s foes are gearing up for
war; the warning signs are everywhere.
busy rebuilding its expansive terrorist infrastructure after last summer’s
fighting with Israel. Under the protective shield of UN troops, the
group has been welcoming large shipments of weapons from Iran and Syria,
and fortifying its bunkers in advance of the next round of conflict.
Hizb’allah leader, Sheikh Hassan
Nasrallah, has asserted that his organization still has “more than 20,000
rockets” and that it had “recovered all its organizational and military
capabilities.” Even allowing for boasting and exaggeration, there are
clear signs that Nasrallah is steadily engaged in rebuilding his forces.
Brig.-Gen. Yossi Baidatz, head
of the IDF intelligence directorate’s research dept. says there is conclusive
and decisive evidence that Syria is rearming Hizb’allah. “The weapons smuggling from Syria into Lebanon
is continuing with official Syrian involvement.”
Syrian President Bashar Assad
has recently made a series of public statements, speaking openly about
the possibility of military conflict with Israel and his desire to retake
the Golan Heights by force. In
an interview with the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Anba on October 6,
Assad said that Damascus was ready for war with the Jewish state.
In Tehran, the
Iranian president continues to rave on about wiping Israel off the map,
and continues to pursue his nuclear ambitions. Speaking at a mosque
in Tehran, Ahmadinejad insisted that he had received a Divine message
indicating that his country would prevail. “One day,” he said, “I will
be asked whether I have been in touch with someone who told me we would
win, and I will respond: ‘Yes, I have been in touch with God’.”
Iran has been working to strengthen
the extremists throughout the region, who share their desire to hit
America and Israel.
GAZA PREPARES FOR WAR
30 TONS OF EXPLOSIVES SMUGGLED INTO GAZA
Israeli Shin Bet security service
chief Yuval Diskin says that the government must prepare for a “military
option” in Gaza. Palestinians have smuggled 30 tons of military-grade
explosives, large quantities of arms, anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles,
as well as cash, into the Gaza Strip since the IDF pulled out last year.
The Palestinians are arming themselves
to the teeth, building a military force, defensive systems and preparing
Hizb’allah-style surprises. According to media reports, Hamas has assembled
an armed military force consisting of 7,500 fighters, which is said
to include specialized units such as snipers, missile batteries and
Speaking before the Knesset Foreign
Affairs and Defense Committee, Diskin said that Israel has no good options
in the Gaza Strip. “All the options are awful, and we must choose the
least awful of all of them.
The security chief emphasized
that the dangers to Israel posed by the radical Popular Resistance Committees may
be greater than those of Hamas, because the PRC membership contains
more extreme religious fundamentalists. He also told the committee that
Hamas had lost popularity due to its difficulties in ruling the Palestinian
Ha’aretz / 14 Nov 06
“SAMSON, THE PHILISTINES ARE UPON YOU!”
Gaza and Israel today reminds
me of the story of the exploits and fall of Samson, a mighty but flawed
ruler of ancient Israel. His life and dramatic death is recorded in
the Book of Judges, chapters 13-16. Samson’s exploits would make anyone
cringe; on once occasion he killed 1,000 enemies with the jawbone of
a donkey (Judges 15:15). For those who are not familiar with the life
of Samson, here is the tragic ending of his story:
“Now Samson went
to Gaza … after some time he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose
name was Delilah. And the lords
and rulers of the Philistines came up to her and said, ‘Entice
him, and find out where his great strength lies and how we may
overpower him so that we may bind and afflict him; and then each one
of us will give you 1,100 pieces of silver ...
“She called out,
‘Samson! The Philistines are upon you.’ And he awoke from his sleep
and said, ‘I will go out as at other times and shake myself free.’ But
he did not know that YHWH had departed from him.
Then the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes; and
they brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze chains, and
he was a grinder in the prison ….
“Then Samson called
to YHWH and said, ‘O Sovereign Master, YHWH, please strengthen me just
this time, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on
the Philistines for my two eyes.’ Samson grasped the two middle pillars
which supported the house (a religious pavilion), and braced
himself against them, the one with his right hand and the other with
“And Samson said,
‘Let me die with the Philistines!’ And he bent with all his might so
that the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it.
So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he
killed in his life.” (Judges 16:1, 4-5, 20-21, 28-30)
Modern Israel has had a distinct
reputation of being a Samson – the greatest military power in the Middle
East. Its exploits are renowned, but under the present leaders Israel,
it seems, has lost its strength, and does not perceive that YHWH has
departed. The radical, hate-filled enemies of Zion are now conspiring
to bind the strong man, and to pluck out his eyes and kill him.
Gaza has become a terrorist state
just as experts warned it would, before Israel pulled out last year.
It is now in the grip of Hamas - an enemy that continues to call for
the destruction of Israel.
Israel has what is called “The Samson Option.” And it has nuclear weapons! If it is pushed to the brink of destruction,
Israel could bring the whole house - the Middle East - down. But Israel
does not intend to suicide! When it is pushed too far it will become
a fiery brand in a field of dry sheaves.
“In that day I
will make the leaders of Judah like a burning pot in a woodpile, and
like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume on the right hand
and on the left all the surrounding peoples; and Jerusalem will be inhabited
again on her own sites - in Jerusalem.” (Zechariah
This prophecy will be fulfilled
in the Tribulation.
WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING IN GAZA OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS?
1. After Gilad Shalit, an Israeli
soldier was kidnapped by Gazan terrorists last June, Israel has waged
a campaign against the Hamas administration and other terrorist organisations.
2. Israel has sought to prevent
foreign weapons and fighters entering the Gaza; to stop or at least
reduce the firing of Kassam rockets from Gaza into Israeli towns; and
also to promote a moderate Palestinian regime.
Hamas, like Hizb’allah in Lebanon, has been creating a fortified zone
in the Gaza Strip, building an underground system, stockpiling ammunitions
and missiles, and preparing to inflict a devastating blow on Israel.
Hamas re-supplies itself with arms and munitions brought from Egypt
through tunnels under the Egypt-Gaza border.
4. Israel has searched, found
and destroyed some of the tunnels, but the Palestinians keep burrowing
new ones. So it has now become imperative for Israel to move against
the tunnels and also the underground system being constructed. The Gaza
Strip is considered a softer target than south Lebanon, since it is
an enclave that Israel can easily dominate.
5. Israel claims that foreign
fighters are entering Gaza through poorly guarded sections of the Gaza-Egyptian
border. These fighters, according to Israeli intelligence are Iranian
and Hizb’allah-trained bomb and sabotage experts, commando and anti-tank
missile instructors who will train Hamas’ new Special Security Service,
Israeli sources also claim that
this new unit consists of specialised sub-units, including missile,
antitank and sniper units - all of which can be equipped with the type
of armaments used by Hizb’allah during the conflict with Israel last
While Israel is targeting Palestinian militia throughout Gaza, the Palestinians
continue to fight among themselves. Hamas’ Murabitun is rapidly growing into a power base in the
struggle for control in the Palestinian Territories. Hamas is preparing
for an inevitable clash with Fatah and President Abbas. But Mahmoud
Abbas has his own plans, and is creating additional forces to counter
the rising threat to his authority. Eventually, some Israeli observers
expect, the newly-empowered Hamas force is likely to prevail.
On 22 October, Fatah and Hamas
gunmen staged no less than 26 assassination attempts of each other’s
commanders. On 27 October, 15 Palestinians were wounded in armed clashes
between Hamas and Fatah in northern Gaza. External pressure is helping
to bring the Palestinians to the verge of civil war.
The US and Israel have been pressing
President Abbas to act forcefully against Hamas before it gains total
control of the Gaza Strip. Egypt and Jordan are also very concerned
about Iran’s increased influence among the Palestinians by financial
aid and political support to Hamas.
7. In October, a Palestinian delegation
to Tehran, led by the Minister of the Interior, Said Siyam, secured
an agreement from Iran to actively support Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
On this occasion, Iranian President Ahmadinejad and Iran’s Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Khamenei ordered military pacts to be signed between Iran and Hamas.
Under this unprecedented agreement,
between a Shia Islamist government and a Sunni Arab Islamist party,
the Murabitun could fall under the influence of Iran’s Islamic
Revolution Guards Corps, as is the case with Hizb’allah in Lebanon.
This could turn the Gaza Strip into Iran’s second forward base on Israel’s
Salafist al-Qaida will not be
impressed with these compromising developments!
8. There have been persistent
reports in recent months about a growing al-Qaida presence in
the Palestinian territories, as the international terrorist group seeks
to prepare for launching strikes against Israel.
9. Palestinian terrorists have
continued to fire Kassam rockets into the Negev on a daily basis, hitting
Israeli towns and communities such as Sderot and Nir Am. A number of Israelis have been killed, and
many injured, by the attacks.
10. Israel has inflicted a lot
of damage on Gaza, and over 300 Palestinians have been killed in the
past six months, but Israel has not yet succeeded in its main objectives;
stopping the Kassam rockets, stemming the flow of armaments, collapsing
the Hamas administration, and securing the release of Gilad Shalit.
Former Defence Minister Binyamin
Ben-Eliezer is calling for the IDF to do “whatever is necessary” to
halt Kassam rocket attacks from Gaza. In an interview with Army Radio,
the now current Minister of National Infrastructure, Ben-Eliezer exclaimed,
“We’ve had enough! The rocket attacks must stop!”
“I am tired of burying children
and visiting people in the hospital,” he added, stating the government
must order the IDF to do “whatever is necessary” to bring a complete
halt to the attacks. He rejected the opinion of those who feel the attacks
cannot be stopped, but rather just minimized at best.
Ben-Eliezer, a retired IDF Brigadier
General stated he is certain that the attacks can be halted in a two-hour
period if and when the military is given
the green light to do that which must be done. Ben-Eliezer stated the
targeted surgical strikes must be stepped-up, around-the-clock, not
only to target terrorists who fire rockets, but with direct strikes
against anyone who plays a role in the attacks, including those who
Responding to concerns over the
condemnations of the international community that IDF fire into Gaza
kills innocent civilians, Ben-Eliezer said in an agitated voice, “Have
you ever been in Sderot? They are civilians too! We pulled out of Gaza.
Instead of busying themselves with building Gaza, they (the Palestinians)
UNITY GOVERNMENT TALKS “AT DEAD END”
has been greatly hindered in its administrative role since it came to
power early in the year, because it has been branded a terrorist organisation,
and European and American financial foreign aid has been withheld. Hamas
has not been able to pay the salaries of 165,000 workers including police
for most of the year. And yet,
Hamas is not willing to recognise the state of Israel or the agreements
that have been made by earlier Palestinian administrations.
Mahmoud Abbas, the Fatah leader, has been trying for months to come
to a coalition deal with Hamas whereby they could establish a unity
government made up of “independent experts” - to replace the Hamas-led
body. He was hoping a coalition deal would enable him to revive peace
efforts with Israel, and that it would lead to the restoration of American
and European aid to the Palestinian Authority.
was reported that negotiators had agreed on a new prime minister - US-educated
Mohammed Shabir, the former president of the Islamic University in Gaza
City - but differences persisted over the distribution of Cabinet portfolios.
insisted on retaining control over the Interior and Finance Ministries
and also refused to allow Fatah to control the education, health, welfare
and religious affairs portfolios.
Interior Ministry controls the PA security forces. Hamas is demanding
to be a full partner in the PA National Security Council as well as
share in the appointment of governors and ambassadors, which until now
was controlled by Fatah.
heads of state, including those of a number of Arab countries, have
worked hard to encourage the Hamas PM, Ismail Haniyeh, to agree to a
coalition government which would also meet the demands of the Quartet.
The demands by Russia, the US, the EU and the UN include recognition
of Israel’s right to exist, renouncing violence and upholding peace
agreements signed by the previous PA government led by Mahmoud Abbas.
But Hamas has refused to budge
on any of the issues, and has now added more stumbling blocks, making
it unlikely that a unity government will be formed in the near future.
proposed coalition government was expected to take a vague position
toward Israel in hopes that the West will lift the financial sanctions.
Nov 30. Mr Abbas, met with US
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Jericho and later told a press
conference after the meeting that the unity talks with Hamas had reached
a “dead end.” Abbas said he would now weigh all possible options after
the failure of the talks with Hamas.
“The negotiations with Hamas are
over,” said a PA official. “There’s no point in pursuing the talks over
the unity government because Hamas is not interested in partnership.”
Abbas has called an emergency
meeting of the PLO executive committee to brief its members on the failure
of the unity talks and his future plans, said another official, holding
ISRAEL’S EX-INTELLIGENCE CHIEF:
“NO POLITICAL SOLUTION IN GAZA”
In his first interview since retiring
as Head of IDF Intelligence, Major-General Aharon Ze’evi-Farkash said
stability is not foreseen in the PA; al-Qaida is down but working hard
to rise; and Iran can and must be stopped. He sees increasing threats
against Israel from an increasingly radicalized Islamic Middle East.
The General says he fears that the international
community will not galvanize together to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear
capabilities, despite the threat Iran poses to Europe and the West.
Ze’evi-Farkash provided a brief
analysis of the forces at work in the Middle East: “The Arab world has
two major circles of influence. One is the Shi’ites, including Iran,
the Shi’ites in Iraq, the Alawis in Syria, and Hizb’allah in Lebanon.
Opposing them are the moderate Sunnis, which include Saudi Arabia, Egypt,
Jordan and some Gulf States. The two groups are preparing to fight it
out, as we can see by the declared intentions of some Sunni countries,
led by Egypt, to develop nuclear capabilities, leading to an atom bomb.”
Both camps have identified the
problematic areas that can provide either an opportunity or a threat,
depending on their viewpoint: Iraq, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Authority. In all three, the state is weak, the terror
organizations are getting stronger, and mini civil wars have develop-ed:
Shi’ite-Sunni in Iraq, the new vs. the old in Lebanon, and in the PA,
it’s Hamas against Fatah, and even Gaza against the West Bank].
Asked how the Iranian threat can
be stopped, Ze’evi-Farkash said the world must recognize Iran’s nuclear
ambitions as a threat not only against Israel, but against Europe and
the U.S. “Iran wants to be a super-power,” he said, “and is encouraged
by the West’s inability to stop North Korea.
“However, Iran has not yet attained
nuclear power and it can still be stopped - if the world makes it clear
that this is its united goal. But this message has not yet been given,
because of disagreements among the various nations ... There must be
a host of political and economic sanctions ... internal opposition to
Ahmadinejad must be encouraged - and only if these steps don’t work,
a coalition must be built and military sanctions must be taken.
“For this, a strong network is needed, and
I am not optimistic that a coalition like this will be formed.”
Al-Qaida is a contributing element
to unrest throughout the Middle East, the intelligence expert says:
“It is on the run and has not succeeded in carrying out a major attack
in two years. But it is looking for the weak points in the moderate
regimes ... Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan have become centers of
Al-Qaida operations, and it has influence in the PA as well. The Popular
Resistance Committees [Gaza terrorist organization] is connected to
Uncertainty in Lebanon
Asked about Lebanon, Ze’evi-Farkash
said that the recent war did not bring about a sufficiently decisive
outcome: “Israel impressively destroyed 60% of Hizb’allah’s medium-range
rocket capabilities, as well as many command posts. But we did not use
our full power. If the army had begun a ground offensive at the start,
it would have dealt Hizb’allah a mortal blow.”
Hizb’allah wants to add three
ministers to the Lebanese government in order to erase Seniora’s two-thirds
majority. If they don’t succeed, they will try to topple the government
and even kill Seniora. By the spring of 2007, Hizb’allah may well have
rehabilitated itself, bringing about a revolution in the country or
at least paralyzing the government.”
Ze’evi-Farkash does not feel that
Syria will initiate a war against Israel, but notes hostile Syrian activity
in every other sphere: “Assad supports Palestinian terrorism, helps
Hizb’allah, is considering starting terrorism in the Golan, enables
Al-Qaida members to travel freely to Iraq, and is likely to step in
if the situation in Lebanon escalates.”
Ze’evi-Farkash is not optimistic
about the Gaza front. “Despite the international isolation and difficult
economic situation, Hamas terrorism continues. For Hamas, ideology is
more important than pragmatism. Though it is clear that Israel would
not fire even one bullet into Gaza if the rockets stop, the terrorists
don’t take their own people’s suffering into account, but rather continue
their terrorism. I am not optimistic.
“A political solution is on the
horizon in the form of a Fatah-Hamas unity government, but even then
the change will only be tactical, while the Fatah-Hamas struggle will continue on the backs of the
State of Israel
Ze’evi-Farkash declared “I believe
in mutual responsibility in the Nation of Israel, in the Torah of Israel,
and in the Land of Israel. The only place where our roots and history
can be actualized, and our future can be built, is in Israel. Living
in Israel is an import-ant commandment.”
ISLAMIC HISTORY EXPERT:
“NO POSSIBILITY OF PEACE!”
Islamic History Professor Moshe
Sharon of Hebrew University says: “There is no possibility of peace
between Israel and the Palestinians whatsoever - ever.”
Speaking at the Herzliya’s Counter
Terrorism Institute, Sharon said that Iran is dead serious about obtaining
and using nuclear weapons in order to bring about its vision of an Islamic
End of Days.
Sharon dismissed various peace
treaties signed by Moslem and Arab officials over the years as “pieces
of paper, parts of tactics and strategies … with no meaning.”
Sharon’s assessment focused on
the danger posed by Iran. From studying Iranian culture, literature,
newspapers, broadcasts and interviews with major players in the Islamic
regime, Sharon concludes that a deep belief in a Shi’ite messiah is
at the root of Iran’s nuclear project. “They truly believe that the
Shi’ite messiah, the 12th Imam (also known as the Mahdi), is here, and
that he will reveal himself… What moves the Iranian government and leadership
today is first and foremost the wish to bring about the 12th Imam.”
Addressing the theological doctrine
of how exactly this Messiah will be revealed, Sharon explained: “How
will they bring him? Through an apocalypse. He (the Mahdi) needs a war.
He cannot come into this world without an Armageddon. He wants an Armageddon.
The earlier we understand this, the better. Ahmadinejad wants nuclear
weapons for this!”
“The idea is not that the whole
world would necessarily become Moslem at this time, but that the whole
world would be subdued under the rule of Islam. This is why [Iranian
President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad seeks nuclear weapons,” he emphasized.
AVIGDOR LIEBERMAN: “ISRAEL MUST DECLARE
AND WIPE OUT HAMAS LEADERSHIP”
President Mahmoud Abbas, who was elected president in 2005, is an ineffective
leader and Israel must declare him irrelevant, says Israel’s new deputy
PM, Avigdor Lieberman.
Olmert brought Lieberman into the government in Oct, to shore up a shaky
coalition government weakened by the summer war in Lebanon. Lieberman,
proposed that Israel wipe out the leadership of the militant Hamas and
Islamic Jihad groups.
“FORGET PEACE, DECLARE WAR!”
Lieberman said that Israel needs
to wake up and declare war on the “Palestinians,” who do not truly desire
peace with the Jewish state.
Moldova-born Lieberman enjoys tremendous support among Israel’s large
community of immigrants from the former Soviet Union, but since joining
the government as minister of strategic affairs, Lieberman’s inflammatory
statements, such as Saturday’s call for Hamas’ leaders to be sent to
“paradise,” have raised fears that peace efforts will be frozen.
told Israel Radio that Israel should work more closely with Jordan in
dealing with the West Bank, and ignore Abbas. “We have a reliable partner
there which is Jordan,” he said. “We have to coordinate with Jordan.
We have to say that Abbas is simply not relevant, we have to ignore
him ... He has no authority, no power.”
said he believes the Palestinians are not interested in setting up their
own state, but only in destroying Israel. He said Israel must abandon
past peace deals - the Oslo accords, and the Road Map which are in tatters
because of the Palestinian Arabs’ refusal to honour their commitments.
continuation of Oslo, of the Road Map ... will lead us to another round
of conflict, a much more bloody round, and in the end to an even deeper
deadlock, and it threatens our future,” he said.
also said that Israel is too soft on the Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups,
and their leaders should be wiped out. “I see the entire leadership
of Hamas and Jihad walking around freely, and it’s continuing to incite.
They have to disappear, to go to paradise, all of them, and there can’t
be any compromise.”
has killed a series of Hamas leaders in targeted missile strikes in
recent years, including the group’s founder, but has not targeted members
of the Hamas-led government elected 10 months ago.
has tried to distance himself from Lieberman’s hardline positions, as
he had in the past, by say-ing that he himself remains committed to
the U.S.-backed “road map” peace plan, which envisions an independent
Palestinian state alongside Israel.
- AP / Jerusalem /18 Nov 06
HAMAS POLITICAL LEADERS GRANTED IMMUNITY
National Security Cabinet has decided to step-up targeted precision
strikes against Gaza-based terrorists, but accepted the opinion of GSS
(General Security Service Shin Bet) director Yuval Diskin, that political
figures such as Ismail Haniyeh should be granted immunity. They will
not be targeted by the military in the ongoing war on terror. The emphasis
would be on halting rocket attacks into the Sderot and the Negev.
told the Cabinet that targeting Palestinian elected officials would
not advance Israel’s agenda, stating it did not do so in the past and
the same holds true today.
again the ministers released a stern message to the PA, that if the
rocket attacks continue, war will follow.
commanders are calling for a major operation intended to clean out Beit
Hanoun and other northern areas of Gaza of terrorists and weapons and
to distance the rocket launchers from southern Israeli communities.
officers and intelligence community officials warn terrorists are working
in earnest to continue improving the rockets, which now have an extended
range and seemingly more accuracy, striking out at Sderot with some
degree of consistency.
Sderot, life has come to a halt and students remain home rather than
attending classes. Thousands of children are in need of psychological
care for the day-to-day trauma endured by the relentless firing of rockets
into their communities.
NOV 26. President Abbas phoned Israeli PM Ehud Olmert to inform him, in
a telephone call that Palestinian militants had agreed to cease rocket
attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip. Abbas assured Olmert that all
the Palestinian factions are committed to the agreement, and asked in
response that Israel stop all military operations in the Gaza Strip
and withdraw all the forces.
Israel welcomed the move and promised
to end its military operations in the Gaza Strip if the Palestinian
violence stopped. Olmert told Abbas that Israel would respond favourably
as it was operating in the Gaza Strip in response to the violence. With
the end of violence, Israel would be happy to withdraw its troops.”
Mr Olmert agreed that Israeli
forces would not initiate any offensive action after the ceasefire began.
The ceasefire began at 6am on 26th Nov.
Shortly after the ceasefire began,
two terrorist groups announced they were not parties to the ceasefire
agreement. Islamic Jihad and the Abu Rish Brigades of Fatah
declared that they would continue firing rockets at Israeli citizens.
At least five rockets were fired
into Israel on the first morning of the ceasefire, and Hamas
and Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility. Hamas’ armed wing said
it launched the attacks because some Israeli troops were still in Gaza,
despite the Israelis saying they had pulled out all their troops overnight.
A statement from the smaller Islamic
Jihad group said it would not agree to a ceasefire while Israeli
military activity continued in the occupied West Bank.
Ehud Olmert said Israel will show
“patience and restraint” despite some rocket fire from Gaza hours after
a ceasefire began. Israel had “the strength to show the patience and
restraint to allow the ceasefire to take hold,” he said.
Ismail Haniyeh said all Palestinian
factions have re-affirmed their commitment to the ceasefire.
In the wake of the rocket-fire,
Mahmoud Abbas ordered Palestinian security forces to deploy in northern
Gaza and enforce the ceasefire. But it was not clear whether this meant
that the security men would actually be expected to use force against
militants who might be about to launch rockets. They have been reluctant
to do so in the past.
Mr Olmert said he hoped the agreement
“can be extended into the West Bank and that it can lead to serious,
direct negotiation which could lead to a full settlement.” - BBC / 26 Nov
MK Benny Elon, head of the National
Union/National Religious Party, accused Olmert of trying to deceive
the public with an agreement that will “explode in our faces,” and that
the only solution is for the IDF to conquer Gaza.
Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor
Lieberman said that only an Israeli threat to target the heads of the
terror organizations will work. - Arutz
In the first week of the ceasefire
there were “only” 15 Kassam rockets fired on Israel. Good, ay?
Hamas political leader Khaled
Mashaal, who is based in Damascus, indicated, reportedly for the first
time, a readiness for a two-state solution in which a Palestinian state
would arise alongside Israel.
“We give six months to open real
political horizons,” he said at a press conference in Cairo. We (the
Palestinian factions) agreed to establish a Palestinian state within
the June 4, 1967 (pre-Six Day War) borders.”
However, Mashaal warned that unless
an agreement with Israel was reached within six months, a “third intifada”
would erupt. “Hamas will become stronger and the resistance will resume.”
An Israeli spokesman declined
to comment on Mashaal’s statement. Israel has expressed readiness to
see the creation of a Palestinian state but insists that such a state
must recognise the legitimacy of Israel and declare its readiness to
live peacefully alongside it. -
Reuters, AFP / 27 Nov 06
OF REGIONAL ERUPTION DESPITE CEASEFIRE
David Dolan in Jerusalem
reported that the ceasefire came just one day
after the Hamas movement threatened
to launch a new anti-Israel attrition war within six months if government
officials in Jerusalem do not agree to their suicidal demand that the
radical Muslim group be allowed to set up an independent state with
Jerusalem’s sacred Old City as its capital.
before the Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire was announced, Israeli military
leaders were busy at work on a new plan of potential action.
It was designed to stem the rising tide of Palestinian rockets raining
down on Israeli communities, especially upon the long-besieged northern
Negev town of Sderot.
need for a wide-scale operation became apparent to most Israeli leaders
after two civilian residents of the town were killed in the space of
less than one week by Kassam rockets exploding in the town. Analysts
said the fact that a new
major military offensive was being prepared
was the most likely reason that radical Palestinian factions agreed
to halt their rocket attacks late in the month, at least for the time
new Israeli army plan is still expected to be presented to government
leaders despite the November 25 ceasefire. Analysts said this
would give cabinet ministers a reserve plan of action in case intensive
Palestinian rocket fire resumes. They added that the plan’s existence
will also provide Palestinian leaders with a strong incentive to abide
by the ceasefire.
army plan reportedly focuses on a major ground operation that could
mirror the 2002 IDF “Defensive Shield” campaign carried out in Judea
and Samaria following the deaths of nearly 100 Israeli civilians in
terrorist attacks early that year. Thousands of Israeli reserve
soldiers would reportedly be called up for active duty, this time to
support regular army forces who would effectively reoccupy large portions
of the Gaza Strip. Press reports said the army plan proposes that
Israeli forces take control over most of the northern third of the small coastal zone, along with the southern Philadelphi corridor
where it is known that up to 100 Palestinian tunnels
have been dug in recent months to smuggle in banned weapons from
of modifying its radical positions, the overall Hamas Damascus-based
leader, Khaled Mashaal, said that a “third intifada” will be launched
against Israel if the Olmert government does not agree to uproot over
300,000 Jews from their homes in Samaria, Judea and the eastern half
of Jerusalem, and permit the fanatical group to establish a sovereign
anti-Israel state in the evacuated areas.
this is obviously not about to occur, Israeli officials are now bracing
themselves for a possible wave of Hamas rocket attacks upon Jerusalem, Tel
Aviv, and other central Israeli cities,
perhaps coinciding with a Syrian military assault on the Golan Heights and renewed Hizb’allah missile strikes
from Lebanon. Many analysts say such a new regional war is apparently
by Iran in an attempt to keep Israel from launching
military action against Tehran’s escalating nuclear program.
OUTLINES PEACE VISION
PROMISES PALESTINIAN STATE AND CALLS ON PA TO ABANDON TERROR
NOV 27. As a ceasefire takes hold in the Gaza Strip the Israeli PM
hopes to revive
long-stalled peace efforts with the Palestinians.
In a major policy speech,
Ehud Olmert pledged
humanitarian and economic incentives if militants freed the captive Israeli
soldier, Cpl. Gilad Shalit, and if violence ceased. He also spoke of releasing many Palestinian detainees in Israeli
jails, and lifting restrictions on the occupied territories and ultimately
creating a viable state. (Shalit was kidnapped by Hamas operatives in
a cross-border raid from Gaza last June.)
Olmert said, “I hereby declare that when Gilad Shalit is released and
returned to his family, safe and sound, the Government of Israel will
be willing to release numerous Palestinian prisoners – including ones
who were sentenced to lengthy prison terms – in order to increase the
trust between us and prove that our hand is truly extended in genuine
Mr Olmert said the Palestinians
now stood at an ‘historic crossroads.’ “Palestinians would see substantive
improvements in their lives if they chose the path of peace,” he said.
“We will agree to leave large territories and dismantle settlements
that we established.” But he
also warned of the dire consequences if violence continued.
called on PA leaders to “open a new page” and come back to the negotiating
table for peace talks with Israel. “You must stop terror and recognize
our right to live in peace, and you must give up the demand
for the ‘right of return’,” he said in
remarks aimed directly at the PA government.
“right of return” refers to the Arab claim that millions of Arabs now
living in other countries and whose ancestors lived in Israel prior
to the re-establishment of the Jewish state, must be allowed to “return”
to live in Israel. The issue has been a major point of contention in
peace negotiations between the PA and Israel. (Mahmoud Abbas said at
a recent Arab conference that the “right of return” is a condition for
establishing a Palestinian state.)
said that the Gaza-based “terror, violence, murders and incessant attacks
against the citizens of Israel are liable to lead us closer to a new
and painful wave of terrible violence. The uncompromising radicalism
of your terror organizations – the Hamas, Jihad, the El-Aksa Martyrs’
Brigade and other organizations – did not bring you closer to attaining
the goal which I am convinced many of you share: the establishment of
a Palestinian state, which will guarantee you a future of prosperity
and which will exist in good neighbourly relations side-by-side with
the State of Israel.”
therefore said he now “proposes a different path.” He suggested that
if “a new Palestinian government is established – a government which
will be committed to the principles of the Quartet, implement the Roadmap
and bring about the release of Gilad Shalit, I will invite Abu-Mazen
(Mahmoud Abbas) to meet with me immediately, in order to conduct a real,
open, genuine and serious dialogue between us.”
The prime minister also said that
Israel would be willing to surrender parts of Judea and Samaria in return
for peace. He promised a Palestinian state “with territorial contiguity
in Judea and Samaria,” and borders that will be defined “in accordance
with President Bush’s April 14th, 2004 letter to Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon - borders that will be different from the territories currently
under Israel’s control.”
The Palestinian Authority gave
a lukewarm reaction to Ehud Olmert’s offer to withdraw from large parts
of the West Bank and return to the negotiating table, while Hamas described
the statements as a “conspiracy.”
Olmert’s statements are “not in
accordance with the Road Map and the  Arab peace initiative,”
said a spokesman for President Abbas. “We want the implementation of
the UN resolutions concerning the establishment of a Palestinian state
within the territories that were occupied in 1967. With regards to the
issue of the refugees, we want a solution based on United Nations resolution
194. The only way to achieve peace is by implementing the Road Map and
the Arab peace initiative, and not by coming up with new initiatives.
We need serious negotiations and actions, not only words.”
Hamas spokesmen, on the other
hand, denounced Olmert’s statements as “a new conspiracy” against the
Palestinians. Referring to Olmert’s demand that the Palestinians relinquish
the right of return for the refugees to their original homes inside
Israel, Ghazi Hamad, spokesman for the Hamas-led government said: “This
is a conspiracy, especially since Olmert is trying to bypass the core
of the Palestinian cause, namely the right of return for the refugees.
This speech is lacking in clarity.”
Syria-based Musa Abu Marzouk,
the No. 2 man in the Hamas leadership, said the right of return for
the refugees is “sacred” for all Palestinians. “The Palestinian people
will never give up this sacred right,” he said. “Our people have been
fighting for 58 years to achieve the right of return for all those who
were expelled from their homeland. We reject any deal that does not
recognize the right of return.”
Hamas’s parliamentary list condemned
Olmert’s remarks as a “deceit intended to beautify the face of the occupation.”
The list said that the Palestinians are insisting that Israel remove
all the settlements from the West Bank.
Palestinian militant groups have
warned that the ceasefire which came into force on Sunday could collapse
unless Israel halts military operations in the West Bank.
TERRORISTS SAY “CEASEFIRE ENABLES
ARMS SMUGGLING AND TRAINING”
the first day of the ceasefire, leaders of major terrorist groups in
Gaza said they either do not recognize the ceasefire agreement, or that
they plan to use it to re-arm and improve terrorist training.
Abir, spokesman for the Hamas-linked Popular Resistance Committees terrorist
organization in Gaza, “The ceasefire offers a period of calm for our
fighters to recover and prepare for our final goal of evacuating Palestine.”
leaders said the ceasefire will be used to smuggle weapons into Gaza,
reinforce and train “fighter units,” and produce rockets for a future
confrontation with the Jewish State.
Abdullah, a senior leader of Hamas’ “military wing,” told WorldNetDaily
that Hamas agreed to the ceasefire “because we need a period of
calm to recuperate. This lull in fighting will
not bring us to speak about peace.”
Luay, a leader of Islamic Jihad in Gaza, said Israel’s weak stance “proves that
our rocket attacks work. The Zionists know
there is no remedy for our rockets .. rocket attacks against Israel
would resume at a time of our choosing,” he added.
military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin and General Security Service
(Shin Bet) director Yuval Diskin both recently warned the Knesset that
PA terrorists will soon achieve military capability similar to that
of the Hizb’allah guerilla terrorist organization in Lebanon.
security chiefs urged Knesset Members to allow the IDF to launch a major
offensive into Gaza to prevent PA terrorists from upgrading their military
preparedness, in order to avoid a scenario similar to the debacle that
took place during the Lebanon war this summer.
that war, numerous IDF reservists and other groups charged that Israel
badly underestimated the military capability of Hizb’allah. They said
Hizb’allah had used the time following Israel’s pullout from southern
Lebanon in 2000 in order to re-arm and upgrade its military skills.
Now a similar situation is on the horizon in Gaza.
Olmert, however, told reporters he had faith that the ceasefire could
lead to a comprehensive peace deal with the PA. Olmert said Israel would
show “patience and restraint” despite the violations.
terror organizations said they did not recognize and would not be bound
by the ceasefire agreement.
PA officials announced that some 13,000 PA troops have been deployed
along the entire northern Gaza border with Israel as a deterrent force
to prevent Kassam rockets being fired at Israel - Arutz
/ 28 Nov, 06
SPEECH ANGERS MANY
“How can it be that the Prime
Minister, the leader of our party, talks about a new broad diplomatic
plan without even consulting with his own party members?”
Two Kadima Knesset Members have
scathing criticism for Ehud Olmert. “Because there’s a ceasefire for
a day and a half, we have to go and promise a Palestinian state and
the release of terrorist prisoners?” said one. Another said he categorically
opposes Olmert’s plan as it was articulated yesterday, noting that other
MKs feel the same way.
MK Tzvi Hendel, of the National
Union party, was disgusted by Olmert’s offer to destroy more Jewish
communities. “I have no expectations,” he said, “from a man who is so
devoid of morality that in the middle of a terrorism war, and amidst
threats of murderous terrorism from every direction, he is not embarrassed
to promise the enemy the expulsion of the residents and the establishment
of a terror state.” Hendel also said he expects Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael
Beiteinu) and Eli Yishai (Shas) “not to betray their voters, and to
immediately quit the Olmert government.”
Speaking at a memorial to David
Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, Olmert said he believes Ben-Gurion
would have supported his plan - but MK Gilad Erdan of the Likud said
it is more likely that Ben-Gurion is actually turning over in his grave
“at the military and diplomatic blindness shown by the Prime Minister.”
MK Erdan said that Olmert “continues
to ignore the warnings of the security leaders, choosing instead to
deal with withdrawals and retreats instead of strengthening Israel’s
strength and deterrence power.”
MK Yuval Shteinitz (Likud), a
former Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee,
condemned Olmert for offering to make an agreement with a group that
has broken all agreements in the past.
“The speech symbolizes the end
of Israel’s determination to fight terrorism,” said Shteinitz. “Olmert
promises land to Hamas, which has murderously violated all the previous
agreements and truces without changing its principles and charter.”
On the other hand, far-left Meretz
MK Chaim Oron said, “Finally, the mantra that ‘we have no partner’ has
been replaced. The Government of Israel must act to strengthen the PA’s
national unity government that will arise and conduct a real dialogue
towards a permanent arrangement that will bring an end to the cycle
of bloodshed in our region.”
The Labor Party welcomed Olmert’s
speech. Faction whip MK Yoram Marciano said, “Labor supports Olmert’s
diplomatic initiative and peace moves, as they were expressed [in his
speech]... In response, the Palestinian Authority must stretch out its
arm in peace and lay down its arms in order to create a life of hope
and peace between the two nations.” - Arutz / Nov 29
1,400 TERRORISTS FOR GILAD SHALIT?
Reports of an imminent prisoner-exchange
deal are once again in the air. This time, they speak of up to 1,400
Arab terrorist prisoners going free in three stages, in return for Gilad
Egypt’s Minister of Intelligence,
Omar Suleimon, is seeking to finalize the details of the agreement.
Egypt figures heavily in the deal: the abducted soldier Gilad Shalit
is scheduled to be transferred to that country and from there to Israel,
as part of the deal.
The agreement under consideration
stipulates the following three steps: An unknown number of Palestinian
terrorists currently incarcerated in Israel for various crimes will
be set free, immediately after which Corp. Shalit is to be transferred
to Egypt. A second group of terrorists will then be freed, followed
by Shalit’s return to Israel. In the third stage, Israel will free a
final group of terrorists.
Similar agreements have reportedly
been “nearly ready” several times in the past as well, yet did not materialize.
The question of releasing hundreds
of terrorists in exchange for kidnapped Israelis has long been a controversial
one in Israel. IDF historian Meir Pa’il totally dismisses the theory
that if Israel gives in to Hamas demands, terrorists will kidnap more
Israelis. “It’s important for every soldier and Israeli to know,” Pa’il
said, “that if he is taken captive, we’ll do everything to redeem him.”
(ret.) Meir Indor of the Almagor Terror Victims Association retorts,
“That’s important, but it’s also important for every soldier and every
Israeli to know that he won’t be the next candidate for kidnapping.
The kidnappers must be dealt with forcefully.” – Arutz / 29 Nov
ISRAEL BEING SURROUNDED BY “ARC OF HATE”
Israel now finds itself surrounded
by an arc of hate stretching from Beirut and Damascus in the north,
to Tehran in the east, and back to Gaza in the south. Along each chord
of this arc, foes are diligently arming themselves and preparing for
battle, both verbally and in practice. It seems safe to assume that
these coordinated efforts are all linked to the inevitable confrontation
that is looming over the region regarding Iran’s nuclear program.
Just as Iran sought to send a
message to Israel and the US this summer by provoking an outbreak of
hostilities in Lebanon, so too Tehran now appears determined to lay
the groundwork for a much greater, and far more ambitious, flare-up,
one that would threaten to consume the entire region. The Iranians presumably
view this as their trump card, thinking that it will give them the means
of forestalling a possible US or Israeli attack on their nuclear facilities.
How should Israel react to this
growing threat? First, we must learn the lesson of this summer’s Lebanon
war, which was disastrous because we sat back and allowed our enemies
to build up their military infra-structure over time. Instead of making
this same mistake once again, Israel should take whatever steps are
necessary to interdict weapons shipments to the terrorists, seal off
their supply routes, and hit hard at those who are sending them the
weapons in the first place.
Second, as our foes are openly
preparing for war, the government needs to begin seriously contemplating
the possibility of launching pre-emptive and wide-ranging military strikes. The last thing Israel needs right now is another
painful conflict, but it needs to be ready for the challenge. –Source / The Jerusalem
Post / Oct. 18, 06
IRAN SLOWLY SECURING ITS GRIP
A nuclear threat is only one of
several Iranian problems facing Israel as the Islamic Republic increases
its influence in Gaza and Lebanon.The Iranian government has donated
$120 million to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority and it is gradually
extending its influence over the region surrounding Israel.
According to the PA Foreign Minister
Mahmoud al-Zahar who met in Tehran with Ali Larijani, the head of national
security in Iran, Iran will supply more aid.
PA terrorists have significantly
stepped up their Kassam rocket attacks against southern Israeli communities
recently. Sderot residents have said the rockets are increasing in accuracy,
and now contain more explosives as well as ball bearings to maximize
damage upon impact.
Meanwhile, international efforts to
stop Iran’s nuclear development activities have slowly ground to a halt. Despite threats by the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions
against the Islamic Republic if it did not end its uranium enrichment
program by the end of August, the program continues uninterrupted, and no action has been taken
RUSSIA SUPPLYING IRAN WITH
ADVANCED DEFENCE SYSTEM
Iran’s news agency reported that
Russia is providing Tehran with TOR-M1 ground-to-air missiles. The move
is seen as preparing Iran for a strike by Israel or the U.S. against
its nuclear program.
According to Israel Aircraft Industries
(IAI) information, the TOR-M1 surface-to-air missile system is a mobile,
integrated, air defense system, designed for operation at medium, low,
and very low altitudes, against fixed/rotary wing aircraft, UAVs, guided
missiles and precision weapons. IAI reports the deal between Russia
and Iran was signed last December, and delivery began in November.
The system is capable of operating
in an intensive aerial jamming environment. It is effective against precision guided weapons and cruise missiles.
Deliveries of the TOR systems
to Iran are expected to continue through 2008. The $1-billion deal covers
the procurement of up to 29 TOR M-1 missile systems, modernization of
air-force systems and the supply of patrol boats. The TOR component
of the deal was reported to be $700 million.
The new defence system would make
attempts at an aerial assault against Iran’s nuclear facilities considerably
more complicated. - Arutz /27 Nov 06
to the Iranian media, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared
that Israel was destined to ‘disappearance and destruction’ at a council
meeting with Iranian ministers.
western powers created the Zionist regime in order to expand their control
of the area. This regime massacres Palestinians every day, but since
this regime is against nature, we will soon witness its disappearance
and destruction,” Ahmadinejad said. – AFP /13 Nov 06
IRAN INTENT ON MOVING AWAY FROM THE DOLLAR
Iran has openly declared its decision
to move away from the dollar in foreign-exchange transactions. At an
e-commerce conference in Tehran in mid Nov., Iran’s Minister of Economy
and Finance presented the policy as a defensive move aimed at blocking
Washington’s ability to monitor and interfere with Iran’s conduct of
Some U.S. banks have been disrupting
our dollar transactions for a long time and Iran, in return, has been
decreasing its dependence on the dollar.
The U.S. Treasury in September barred Iran’s state-run Bank Saderat
from having any links with U.S.-owned banks because of Iran’s support
The Bush administration sees Iran’s
decision as economic warfare, a move calculated to weaken the dollar
in retaliation for the US seeking UN Security Council sanctions against
Iran’s continued uranium enrichment.
Saddam Hussein “signed his death
warrant” by getting the UN to agree Iraq could hold foreign exchange
currency in Euros resulting from “oil for food” transactions. Iran may now be signing a virtual “death warrant”
by its intention of creating an oil exchange pricing oil in Euros.
Because of the US’s continuing
budget and trade deficits, the Bush administration will react strongly
to any suggestion that world international markets might move away from
dollar transactions or dollar holdings of foreign exchange currency.
CHINA ADDS THE PRESSURE ON DOLLAR
China, which now holds $1 trillion
in their foreign exchange currency, presents another threat, especially
since it declared its intention to diversify their holdings more into
Euros. This threatens the ability of the US Treasury to float its budget
deficits by selling U.S. government debt into the foreign exchange currency
China recently signed a multi-billion
dollar deal “guaranteed to make Iran one of the major suppliers of oil
and natural gas to China for decades to come.”
“If China joins Iran in pressuring
the dollar, the dollar faces a devaluation much faster than the Bush
administration has allowed the US public to know.”
/ Nov 16, 06
IS THERE SECURITY THESE DAYS?
My dear Reader,
You can see the seriousness of
the times, I’m sure. And if you have read right through this Alert to
these last two pages, I think I might be right in assuming that you
are concerned - to say the least - about the state of the world, and
about your own security.
Security in these times is very
fragile. It’s insecurity that is the hallmark
of the present age.
But when it comes to the question
of your salvation and eternal destination, there is a very real security
available for you, a security that is a solid rock. But we need to anchor onto that rock. That Rock is Y’shua, Jesus
the Messiah! And His Name, Y’shua, means “Yahweh, the Eternal One, is salvation.”
Y’shua is “The Rock of Ages” -
the everlasting Rock. (Isaiah 26:4). And Y’shua is the “Saviour of the world.”
But that expression “Saviour of
the world” does not mean that everyone in the world will be automatically
saved. No! Jesus is the Saviour for every one in the world who will trust in Him for salvation. And He is willing to save all who believe and call on His Name. It is
written clearly in Scripture:
“WHOEVER WILL CALL
UPON THE NAME OF Y’SHUA the LORD WILL BE SAVED.” (Romans 10:13)
“THE WORD IS NEAR
YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART – that is, the Word of faith which
we are proclaiming, that if you confess with your mouth Y’shua as Lord
- your Sovereign Master, and believe in your heart that God raised
Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart man believes,
resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses,
resulting in salvation.” (Romans
It is as simple as that! Cast your anchor (your faith)
onto the solid Rock. There is nothing you
can do to earn, or help to pay
for your salvation. The tremendous
cost of your salvation was paid for by the Messiah when He shed His
blood and died on the cross at Calvary, paying the penalty for your
“For you know that
it was not with perishable things like silver or gold that you were
redeemed from the futile way of life handed down to you from your forefathers,
but with the precious blood of the Messiah, a Lamb without blemish or
defect.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)
“And they sang
a new song to the Lamb-the Messiah: ‘You are worthy to take the
scroll, and to open its seals, for You were slain, and by Your blood
You have redeemed us to God out of every tribe, language, people
and nation’.” (Revelation 5:9)
If you have not yet believed in,
and called on the Messiah to be your Saviour, please do not delay. Today
is the day of salvation. Tomorrow may be too late! He is waiting and
ready to forgive your sin, and to receive you into His family. Pray
to Him simply, from your heart, and settle the matter now.
will be destroyed together; the final result of the wicked will be,
to be cut off. But the salvation of the righteous (believers)
is from YHWH - their strength in time of trouble. And YHWH helps
them, and delivers them. He delivers them from the wicked, and saves
them, because they trust and take refuge in Him.”