WORLD NEEDS A DELIVERER!
BURMA desperately needs a
Deliverer today! So do North Korea, Darfur, Zimbabwe, Israel and many
other war-torn, threatened or destitute nations. In fact, the whole
world needs a Deliverer!
But where is there a deliverer in
this world of brutal turmoil and woe? Can we find him in the government,
or in the opposition, or in the United Nations? Will he stand up in the
World Parliament of Religions, or in our environment or economic forums?
Dr Henri Spaack, one of the early
planners of the European Common Market, and Secretary-General of NATO
made this statement:
“We do not want another
committee. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the
allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass into
which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and be he God or devil, we
will receive him.”
That’s true! The world will
welcome a devil!
Ah! But there
a true Deliverer available - a Redeemer! He is Jesus Christ -
Y’shua the Messiah, who came from God to set captives free from their
Y’shua said: “I have come in My Father’s Name, and you do no receive Me;
if another comes in his own name, you will receive him.”
That’s also true! The
majority in the world have been so blinded that they will actually
receive a demoniac who will bring the world to ruins. That evil man will
be the Antichrist, the self-exalting “son of Satan,” who “destroys to an
But in these present times, every
day, tens of thousands of people around the world are turning to the
Messiah, the true Deliverer, and finding His peace and salvation. The
Hand of Grace is stretching out to captives, to the broken-hearted, to
lives that are down-trodden and that are heading for destruction. Oh
that millions more will grasp that outstretched Hand!
“The LORD is not slow concerning His promise, as some understand
slowness, but is patient toward you, not wanting anyone to perish, but
for everyone to come to repentance.”
(2 Peter 3:9)
BRUTAL ENDTIMES ARE HERE
Over the last month we have seen
another human tragedy unfold in Myanmar (Burma). But there are
equally disastrous tragedies in other nations.
The Bible describes the endtimes
in these words:
“But evil men and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving
and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:13)
“But realize this, that in the last days perilous times will come. For
men will be lovers of self, utterly self-centered, lovers of
money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, revilers, disobedient to
parents, ungrateful, profane, callous and inhuman, unloving,
unforgiving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips (slanderers),
without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, treacherous, reckless,
traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of sensual pleasures rather than
lovers of God.” (2 Timothy 3:1-4)
MILITARY CRACKDOWN IN BURMA
After simmering hatred for the
military’s 45-year rule exploded into protests in September, tens of
thousands of people marched through Burma’s main city of Rangoon, in a
mounting wave of anti-government protests.
After the number of protestors
reached 100,000 at the end of Sept, the military rulers cracked down.
Hundreds of monks and civilians were carted off to detention camps.
The crackdown has continued
despite a crescendo of international outrage and a UN mission to try to
bring an end to the bloody crackdown.
Once Southeast Asia’s most
prosperous nation, Burma, which changed its official name to Myanmar in
1989, had abundant natural resources, minerals, gems and hydrocarbons,
beautiful beaches and mountains, and fascinating ancient temples – a
potential tourist haven.
For the last 45 years the nation
has been ruled by a corrupt and
inept military regime that
52 million to an economic and
Burma’s successions of military
rulers have been isolationists, displaying a strong dislike of other
countries, and have brutally reacted to any internal dissent.
The Karen tribe, whose ancestors
long ago were
Tibetan refugees, has
suffered dreadfully over the past 60 years in Burma. The tribe had
become largely Christian in the time of Adoniram Judson, the first
missionary to Burma, early in the 19th century.
The Karen were loyal to the
British Raj, but when the
occupied the region, long-term tensions between the Karen and the
Burmese government turned into open fighting. As a consequence,
many villages were destroyed and massacres committed by both the
Japanese and the
Burma Independence Army
troops who helped the
Japanese invade the country.
After Burma was granted
independence, in 1948, the Karen, led by the Karen National Union,
attempted to co-exist peacefully with the Burman ethnic majority. Karen
people held leading positions in both the government and the army. In
the fall of 1948, the Burmese government, led by U Nu, began raising and
arming irregular political militias known as Sitwundan. These
militias were under the command of Major Gen. Ne Win and outside the
control of the regular army.
In January 1949, some of these
militias went on a rampage through Karen communities. In late January,
the Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Smith Dun, a Karen, was removed from
office and imprisoned. He was replaced by the fanatic Burmese
nationalist Ne Win, who became head of the caretaker government between
October 1958 and April 1960.
After staging a coup d’etat in
March 1962, Ne Win appointed himself Chairman of the Revolutionary
Council and Prime Minister of the Revolutionary Government. He was the
‘elected’ President of the Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma from
March 1974 to November 1981. Most importantly, he founded the Burma
Socialist Programme Party (BSPP) and served as its chairman for 26 years
from July 1962 until he ‘resigned’ in July 1988.
After 23 March 1964 when all
political parties were abolished by military decree of the Revolutionary
Council, the BSPP became the sole political party in Burma, establishing
a one party state under Ne Win.
Throughout Ne Win’s regime, the
Karen were persecuted and butchered, and this persecution has continued
right up to the present time.
In 1988, the Burmese military
unleashed a brutal assault on student protestors, leaving thousands
In 1990 the party of
Aung San Suu Kyi won national elections, but the results were
annulled by the army and she was never allowed to take office. Ms
Suu Kyi, who later became a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, has spent 11 of
the last 18 years under house arrest.
THE 2007 UPRISING
The recent protests were triggered
by a decision on August l5 to quadruple the price of compressed natural
gas, on which most of Rangoon’s taxi and light transport are dependent.
(Despite sitting on vast, mostly
untapped, reserves of hydrocarbons in the Bay of Bengal, Burma is
dependent on imported petroleum products.)
The generals tried to extinguish
the protests by arresting pro-democracy activists who started the
On Sept 5, a group of about 100
Buddhist monks led a march in Mandalay, chanting their scriptures and
appealing for righteousness, piety and non-violence. Officials
told the monks to end their protests, and fired warnings shots. 16
protesters and several monks were arrested.
The next day another group of
monks demanded an apology from the officials, and tensions began to
increase as officials ordered the monks to stay out of political
protests. The unrest escalated and moved to Rangoon. On Sept
17, monks began peaceful protest marches in the capital.
The junta at first avoided direct
confrontation with the demonstrating monks — after all, this is a
country where the 300,000-plus clergy is second in numbers only to the
450,000-strong military. But the military regime is not one given to
Sept 21. The Alliance of All
Burmese Buddhist Monks, which was leading the demonstrations, vowed to
continue until they had “wiped the military dictatorship from the land.”
By 22nd the numbers increased to
thousands. And in a rare concession by the generals, permission was
given for a group of 500 monks, laymen and supporters, totalling about
1,000, to pray outside the residence of opposition leader Aung San Suu
Ms Suu Kyi emerged tearfully from
the home to pray with the monks, after they were allowed through a
Sept 23. The demonstrations
escalated as the monks were now urging civilians to join in, after
advising them a week earlier, not to get involved.
Five columns of monks, one
reportedly stretching for more than a kilometre entered the city centre
to cheers and applause from thousands of bystanders. Some demonstrators
chanted “Release Suu Kyi.” Some monks carried placards calling for
better living conditions and national reconciliation.
About 5,000 marching Burmese monks
were joined by up to 150 (Buddhist) nuns for the first time,
calling for an end to the military government. They were cheered on by
The protest was the biggest public
show of opposition since the 1988 uprising. But unlike the day
earlier, police barred a group of monks from entering the road that
leads to the home of Aung San Suu Kyi. The barricades were firmly back
in place and there was a heavy security presence near the democracy
icon’s home to prevent a repeat protest march past.
On Sept 24 and 25, the protesters,
monks and civilians, increased to around 100,000.
There were also reports of
protests in at least 25 other cities, including Pakokku, Sittwe and
MONKS HELD IN HIGH REGARD
Witnesses said the crowds formed a
protective human chain, as the monks and nuns set off from Burma’s most
famous landmark, the revered Shwedagon Pagoda.
The fabled Shwedagon pagoda, with
an impressive 98-metre, gold-covered, bell-shaped dome, is a site so
revered that it is the duty of every devout Burmese Buddhist to make a
pilgrimage to it at 1east once.
Monks are highly revered in Burma
and any action against them would spark an outcry. And when the
monks act, people follow. By Sept. 24, thousands of ordinary Burmese had
overcome the fear of the regime and joined the demonstrations.
Many hoped this would be the start
of a “Burgundy Revolution,” another rebellion that upends a
In Buddhist society violence
against the shaven-headed monks is anathema. In Burma they remain
highly influential, with most young men expected to take vows and don
robes for several years of their lives.
POLICE ATTACK DEMONSTRATORS
Sept 26. Thousands of
Buddhist monks and other protesters continued marching in Rangoon
despite warnings and a bloody crackdown by police. For the third day, an
estimated 100,000+ demonstrators took to the streets.
Troops responded by firing tear
gas and live rounds over the protesters’ heads, sending people running
for cover. The military government clamped down on the media, banned
gatherings of five people or more, and imposed a night-time curfew.
The police then began a crackdown
on the demonstrators. Many were dragged away in trucks. At least 100
monks were beaten, and three deaths were reported. Opposition leaders
were arrested amid fears of more extreme action by the military
Human rights groups and diplomats
hold fears for the safety of
those detained. There are daily reports of
mass arrests and of hundreds of suspects being hauled off
in the dead
of night. “Every night now the army and police are
people and taking
Reports said the former Government
Technology Institute in the city has become a concentration camp for at
least 1700 victims of the brutal suppression.
Oct 3. Scores of monks are trying
to leave Rangoon. Many were seen at the railway station, and bus
drivers were reportedly refusing to take them, out of fear they would
not be allowed petrol. Curfews and night-time police raids are
continuing. The city is living in a state of fear and uncertainty
about the future!
Tens of thousands of Burmese have
fled to villages along the Thai border. One who escaped to Thailand is a
Burmese army officer. He is the first apparent defection since the
crackdown began, and he has been giving interviews to media
organisations. His unit in Rangoon was ordered to deal with the
protests, but he said he did not want to beat or shoot monks - who are
revered in Burmese society.
“I knew the plan was to beat and
shoot the monks and if I stayed on, I would have to follow these orders.
Because I’m a Buddhist, I did not want to kill the monks,” he said. The
officer is now seeking asylum abroad.
Oct. 8. Conservative estimates say
up to 200 have lost their lives; and thousands of people have been
wounded. 1,000 monks and 3,000 civilians have been arrested and they
face an uncertain fate.
The real toll is likely to be much
report in a British paper quoted a senior official who defected, as
saying several thousand had died. The report said the bodies of hundreds
of executed monks were dumped in the jungle.
Another report said 40 monks in
the Insein prison were beaten to death and subsequently burned. And mass
secret cremations have been carried out by the Burmese army at night for
more than a week.
The only certainty is that
somewhere in the country, large numbers of people are being held in a
concealed prison camp, without charge, without legal recourse and
without the ability to communicate.
A diplomat said that three
monasteries were raided one afternoon and are now totally abandoned.
“The Burma revolt is over. The military regime won and a new generation
has been violently repressed and violently denied democracy. The Burmese
people now face possibly decades of repression,” he said.
reported about 80 monks and 149
women believed to be nuns had been freed.
The ageing leaders of Burma are
Senior General Than Shwe (head of state), (pic above) and his
deputy, Vice Senior General Maung Aye.
On Sept 29, during the days of
crisis, UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari, met Gen Than Shwe as well as
pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest. He
urged the military regime to relax its iron grip and open talks with the
The UN Security Council has passed
a resolution condemning the recent crackdown, calling on Burma’s rulers
to “cease repressive measures” and to release detainees and political
prisoners including Suu Kyi.
The EU has agreed in principle to
toughen existing sanctions against Burma and is reportedly looking at
ways of specifically targeting its military rulers.
The US and other nations are
increasing sanctions on Burma, but in the past, such measures did little
to change the hardline generals.
CRACKDOWN ON CHRISTIAN MINORITY
Sept 28. Satellite images
confirmed that government-backed forces have massively burnt villages of
predominantly Christian Karen.
Oct 9. 07. The country’s
military government is continuing its often forgotten war against ethnic
minorities in the country.
A missionary working with refugees
from the Christian Karen minority group says the Burmese army is killing
and raping villagers and forcing them to flee their homes. Many have no
choice but to flee from government-controlled areas and live in jungle
camps without access to sanitation, clean water or education for
children. There are an estimated one million internally displaced people
in eastern Burma.
“It is the civilian population
that suffers most from the army’s crackdown in eastern Burma, where the
Karen minority lives. In the Karen state you hear terrible stories of
how they are targeting the population there,” the missionary said.
“Their tactics of choice include rape, extortion, murder, forced
relocation, forced labor.”
While some ethnic-rebel groups in
Burma have signed cease-fire agreements with the military, the Karen
National Liberation Army continues an armed insurgency that started six
The missionary working with Karen
refugees at the Thai-Burmese border says their fight has little chance
of success. “There are now less than 4,000 Karen soldiers against the
Burmese army which is now 500,000.” All that military force is basically
used against the ethnic minorities.”
All ethnic minorities, including
the Karen, and some opposition politicians hope for a future Burma that
is a federalized country in which minorities have their own, autonomous
Source: VOA /
Myanmar needs the
OTHER TREACHEROUS AREAS
The Messiah Y’shua said: “Then they will hand you over to be persecuted,
and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of MY
NAME.” (Matthew 24:9)
CHRISTIAN IMPRISONMENT WORSE THAN THOUGHT
In North Korea, the treatment of
Christians is worse than previously thought. Spies have been sent into
the country to find out how believers are treated, and Open Doors
USA president, Carl Moeller, says the number is mind boggling.
“The number of political prisoners
and people, including Christians in prison camps, may number between
500,000 and 1 million people, out of the 25 million or so in North
Korea. It’s almost inconceivable.” Camps this large appear as
small cities on satellite surveillance.
Despite great oppression against
Christians, however, the church is growing, says Moeller. “We estimate
the number of underground Christians to be at least 200,000, and it’s
likely that there are as many as 400,000 to half a million. Christians
there were deemed illegal by the government almost 60 years ago, yet the
church continues to grow. That’s one of the great paradoxes of
OF HOPE AS AS "NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA
AGREEMENT TO ESTABLISH PEACE
KIM JONG IL
and ROH MOO-HYUN
Oct. 4, 07. After three days
of summit meetings in Pyongyang, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and
South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun signed a wide-ranging agreement
promising to finally seek a peace treaty to replace the 1953 cease-fire
that ended the Korean War.
In what was only the second such
meeting between the two countries, the two Koreans said they would open
regular links across their heavily fortified border, establish a
permanent peace regime and increase bilateral exchanges and enhance
North Korea also pledged to detail
its nuclear programs and disable all activities at its main reactor
complex by year’s end. It said it would allow the US to lead a
group of experts to Pyongyang within two weeks “to prepare for
disablement” of its nuclear facilities.
The United States has agreed to
lead disablement activities and provide the initial funding for them.
Washington also reiterated its willingness to remove North Korea from a
list of countries that sponsor terrorism, a key demand of Pyongyang.
Some informed observers are very
sceptical about a real change in N Korea.
PRAY FOR NORTH
KOREA! IT NEEDS THE DELIVERER TODAY!
ETHNIC CLEANSING IN DARFUR (Western Sudan)
“Nation (ethnos) will rise against nation (ethnos), and
kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines, pestilences …”
(Matthew 24:7). (ethnos
is the Greek word from which our English word ethnic is derived.)
Oct 07. The conflict in
Darfur began in 2003 when ethnic African rebels took up arms against the
Arab-dominated Sudanese government, accusing it of decades of
discrimination. Sudan’s government is accused of retaliating by
unleashing the Janjaweed — a charge it denies.
This month, after a 2-day tour of
the region, a group of prominent world figures including former US
President Jimmy Carter, and Desmond Tutu of South Africa, said that they
were shocked by the suffering in Darfur, and strongly condemned the
Sudanese government which they hold responsible for the ongoing carnage.
In the past four years, the
violence has killed more than 200,000 people, and turned 2.5 million
Carter spoke of “crime against
humanity,” pointing at the government-backed Arab Janjaweed
militias’ guilt in the “ethnic cleansing” of ethnic Africans in the
region. He urged the government to cease air raids on Darfur civilians.
“There is no reason for the government to continue to bomb people.”
Tutu described the “unbelievable
squalor” refugees live in, saying, “Darfur is one of the most awful
places in the world.”
Graca Machel the wife of former
South African President Nelson Mandela talked about the horrors of
widespread rape for Darfur refugees, one of the most taboo issues for
Sudan’s government — which denies it. She said women graphically
recounted to her their ordeals. “They even used gestures to show us how
brutally they were treated,” said an emotional Machel.
She said she raised the problem
during the group’s meeting with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. “I
have to confess it was the most depressing moment of our conversation,”
she said. “The government doesn’t seem to have an understanding of what
it means for women to say ‘We are being raped.’ ”
The Delegation is part of a group
of 12 chaired by Nelson Mandela. The group was created two months ago
with a mission of promoting world peace. Mandela was too frail to go,
but his wife was among the four who made the trip to Darfur, along with
billionaire Richard Branson, a financier of the group.
Carter got into a fight with the
head of national security in one town because he was being blocked from
meeting any of the ethnic African refugees, and his security entourage
urged him to let the feared state police have their way.
The delegation called for the
peace process between Khartoum and semi-autonomous southern Sudan to be
invigorated, raising fears that its failure could lead to imminent “new
The visit came two days after the
African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur was attacked by a rebel
faction that killed 10 peacekeepers. The delegation voiced its outrage
at the AU’s poor equipment and funding, and called on Western countries
to commit strong support to the new, 26,000 force of UN and AU
peacekeepers due to take over on Jan. 1, 08.
Source: The Associated Press.
SUDAN RED TAPE DELAYING
Oct 11. 07. The UN has criticised
the Sudanese government’s use of red tape to delay the deployment of the
hybrid UN-African Union force to Darfur.
In a highly critical report, UN
Sec-Gen Ban Ki-moon accused Khartoum of failing to approve a list of
troop-contributing countries. He also said the UN was being prevented
from obtaining land for offices and accommodation in Darfur. Mr Ban also
said there was an unacceptable upsurge of violence in Darfur.
PRAY FOR Darfur
They need the
“YHWH your God is in your midst, the Mighty One who will save.
He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with songs of joy.”
AND THE COMING MID-EAST PEACE SUMMIT
“He is YHWH our God. His judgments are in all the earth. Remember
His covenant forever, the word which He commanded for a thousand
generations; the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His
oath to Isaac. He also confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as
an everlasting covenant, saying, ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan
as the portion of your inheritance,’ - when they were only few in
number, very few, and strangers in it.”
(1 Chronicles 16:14-19)
PM Ehud Olmert and PA Chairman
Mahmoud Abbas are having regular meetings in an effort to draft a joint
statement on “where they are going,” to present to the Middle East peace
conference which is expected to be held in Annapolis, Maryland, US, in
But the ground they are treading
is very rough indeed, and the conference could be scuttled because of
hardline Palestinian demands, and Israel’s refusal to give the
Palestinians everything they want.
Olmert appears to be bending over
backwards to clinch a deal, but he is not quite ready for personal or
While Olmert wants a general
“declaration of interests,” leaving detailed negotiations for after the
conference. Abbas is pushing for specific final stage concessions, and a
timetable for implementation of statehood,
Abbas says the conference will be
worthless and even dangerous if it does not produce actual land
give-aways to the PA. And he continues to insist on the “right of
return” for millions of Arabs who claim descent from those who fled
Israel during the War of Independence in 1948-9.
“PALESTINIANS OPEN TO
POSSIBLE LAND SWAP”
Abbas and the PA, taking a maximum
hardline, insist on Israel’s withdrawal to the pre-1967 borders and the
destruction of Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria. But reports say they
may be willing to accept land in other areas of Israel in exchange for
the three major settlement blocs that might remain under Israeli
Former Prime Minister and now a
negotiator, Ahmed Qureia, says the PA is ready to give up parts of the
West Bank if they are compensated with an equal amount of Israeli
“In a joint declaration, it would
be enough to declare the 1967 lines as the starting point, and to say
the border is open to modifications, based on the principle that the
Palestinians end up with as much land as they lost in 1967,” he said.
The exact border would be worked
out in negotiations following the Annapolis conference. Part of
the deal would likely be a land corridor linking the West Bank and Gaza
which are separated by 25 miles of Israeli territory.
Qureia suggested that on one of
the hardest issues, Jerusalem, a declaration would suffice that “east
Jerusalem” will be the capital of Palestine and “west Jerusalem” the
capital of Israel. The sticky details of who would control key holy
shrines and where the line of division would run could be dealt with
Israel is not willing for a total pullback to the 1967
borders, when the Old City was in Jordanian hands. And Israel is not
willing to cede all of east Jerusalem to the Arabs. But Ehud Olmert
(pictured) reportedly has
agreed to put Jerusalem on the negotiating table - without being
specific as to who will receive the spoils.
“Oh, that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My
ways! I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn My hand against their
adversaries.” (Psalm 81:13,14)
ABBAS HARDENS HIS DEMANDS
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told
Palestinian TV viewers that he will accept nothing less than a new Arab
state along the lines of the 1949 armistice. He stated, “We have 6,205
square kilometres in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. We want it as it
Abbas is demanding that the
conference include an agreement with Israel on final issues “Jerusalem,
refugees, borders, settlements, water and security.”
In Abbas’ mind, the Old City of
Jerusalem would become the centrepiece of the new PA state, and it would
include all the parts of Jerusalem that Israel took over in the 1967
Six-Day War, including the Jewish neighbourhoods around Jerusalem such as
Gilo, Ramot and Talpiot. (There are 250,000 Jews who have moved into the
neighbourhoods of Jerusalem since they were liberated in 1967.)
PALESTINIANS CLAIM THE
As the Middle East summit
approaches, Palestinian Arabs are hardening their positions. An aide to
Mahmoud Abbas said that the Palestinians will demand sole Arab control
over Judaism’s holiest site in Jerusalem,
the Western Wall.
Mr Abbas’ adviser on religious
affairs, Adnan al-Husseini, made the new demand in an interview with the
Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv, sparking an outcry from many Israeli
As the last remnant of the ancient
Second Temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in the year AD 70, the
Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall, is considered Judaism’s
holiest site. But Muslims call the Wall, Al-Burak, and claim it
is the place where the prophet Muhammad tied his horse before ascending
to the heavens.
“We are talking about full
control” over Jerusalem, including “The Wailing Wall,” Husseini said.
“It is a Muslim waqf,” or sacred endowment, “and therefore cannot be
This demand is a non-starter. If
it persists, it will cause the total collapse of the peace process!
Mr. Husseini’s demand “is a direct
result of the unilateral appeasement policies of the Olmert-Barak
government,” according to a statement released by the right-of-center
Likud Party. “These policies,” the statement said, “would abandon
Jerusalem to the threats of Hamas.”
Some Laborites were also angry.
“The Wall is a remnant of our Temple, the holiest place for Jews,”
Labor’s Knesset member Danny Yatom said. “The summit in Annapolis is
bound to fail if the Palestinians raise such extreme ideas.”
- Source: The
Sun / Oct 12, 07.
“CATASTROPHE” IF SUMMIT “FAILS”
Senior Fatah terrorists threaten a
“new intifada” if the PA’s demands are not met. If the upcoming
conference fails to produce the desired results, Fatah parliament head
Azzam al-Ahmed says, “the repercussions will be more dangerous than what
happened after the failure of Camp David.” Al-Ahmed said that the
PA might even boycott the conference altogether if Israeli negotiators
do not agree in advance to certain concessions.
Al-Ahmed was referring to the Oslo
War that followed Yasser Arafat’s refusal, in 2000, to accept then-Prime
Minister Ehud Barak’s offer of 95-98% of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. One
thousand Israelis were murdered by Palestinian terrorists between
September 2000 and September 2003. Thousands of Palestinians lost their
lives in turn.
DESPERATE FOR RESULTS
US Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice is pressing Abbas and Olmert to reach agreement on a joint document
addressing “core issues” for the conference, which President Bush hopes
will launch a final push to end the 60-year-old conflict.
Rice said: This is the time for a
A senior Israeli official said:
“We feel a growing sense of urgency from Washington.” He said he feared
Israel’s security concerns were not being taken fully into account in
Bush’s rush for some sort of deal before leaving office in early 2009.
“They are eager to get results,” he said. “Desperation breeds
Western officials said heavy U.S.
pressure on its Israeli ally would make it very difficult for Olmert to
offer less than Clinton’s 97 percent figure for West Bank land. Yet that
could also trigger a backlash from within his own coalition.
BIBLE SOCIETY WORKER
ASSASSINATED IN GAZA
Oct 10, 07. Rami Ayyad, 32,
was kidnapped last night by an unknown group directly after he closed
the doors of the Bible Society Bookshop in Gaza at around 16:30. A day
before, Rami noted that a car with no plate numbers had been following
His family received a telephone
call from him at around 18:00, saying that he had been taken by a group
of people and will return home late that evening.
At 6:25 this morning, news was
received that Rami’s body had been found at a location near the
Teachers’ Bookshop where he had spent most of his time running the
bookshop. Signs of bullets and knife stabs could be clearly seen on his
body. No group or party has claimed responsibility. Rami leaves behind
two young children, and a pregnant wife.
Palestinian Bible Society
About 3,200 Christians live in the
Gaza Strip, most of them Greek Orthodox. Relations with Gaza’s Muslims
are generally good, and have not deteriorated since the Hamas takeover
IsraeL & the palestinians
They all need the
THERE IS A
“THE DELIVERER WILL
COME TO ZION,
He will remove
ungodliness from Jacob.”
[Isaiah 59:20] (Romans 11:26)
This is the Deliverer, the
Redeemer, that Israel needs; the Deliverer that Burma needs, and the
Deliverer that the whole world needs; for it is not only “Jacob” that is
being smothered in ungodliness!
This is what the Heavenly Father
“Look! My Servant, whom I uphold; My Chosen One in whom My soul
delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him. He will bring forth justice to
the nations. He will not cry out or raise His voice, nor make His
voice heard in the street. (He will not be a rabble-rouser). A
bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not
extinguish. (He will be gentle with the weak). He will bring
forth justice in accordance with truth. He will not falter or be
discouraged until He has established justice in the earth; and the
coastlands will wait expectantly for His instruction.”
This is the Redeemer, the Saviour.
“And you shall call His name Y’shua (Jesus) which means,
Yahweh is salvation, for He will save His people from their sins.”
We read in Luke 4, that Y’shua
went into the synagogue in Nazareth …
“And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him.
When He opened the scroll, He found the place where it was written:
‘THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE
GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKEN-HEARTED,
TO PROCLAIM FREEDOM and DELIVERANCE FOR THE CAPTIVES, AND
RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO RELEASE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO
PROCLAIM THE FAVOURABLE YEAR OF YHWH’.”
[Isaiah 61:1-2] (Luke 4:17-19)
After He had read this prophecy
that spoke of the Messiah’s ministry, Y’shua said … “Today this
Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:21)
In His first coming, the Messiah
legal basis for
emancipation of souls who were in slavery to Satan.
“The Son of God was revealed for this purpose - that He
might undo and destroy the works of the devil.”
(1 John 3:8)
“He, Y’shua, shared in the same humanity so that by His
death He might render ineffective and ultimately destroy the one
who had the power of death - that is, the devil - and deliver those who
through fear of death, were held in slavery all their lives.”
At the present time, the Redeemer
is saving all who call upon His Name, and is transferring them into His
At His second coming, the Messiah
will complete the work of destroying the reprobate administration of
Satan and his grip on lives, by casting the evil one into the bottomless
“He laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the Devil and
Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and hurled him into the
bottomless pit, and shut and sealed it over him, so that he could
not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were
completed. After that he must be released for a short time.”
Jesus the Messiah will soon return
to establish the worldwide Kingdom of God. He will establish
righteousness, and bring an end to all the brutality and wrong.
“Let the rivers clap their hands. Let the mountains sing together for
joy, before YHWH, for He is coming to judge the earth. He judges the
world in righteousness, and the peoples with equity.”
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your kingdom come; Your
will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
“Amen. Even so, Y’shua, Master, come!”
It may seem such a long time - the
time the Lord is taking to destroy the works of the devil, but God’s
purposes are multilateral, and He is fulfilling all things according to
His eternal purpose, in perfect harmony with His eternal justice.
Even the temporary release of
Satan from the bottomless pit will be for a purpose - to separate the
unregenerate (unbelievers) from the true people of God, at the end of
the 1,000 years.
And after his 1,000 year
isolation, Satan’s part in the final rebellion will be a final
demonstration of his unchanging, hell-bent evil nature.
“When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his
prison, and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of
the earth - Gog and Magog - to gather them together for battle. In
number they are like the sand on the seashore. They swarmed across the
breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the set-apart people of
God and the beloved city. But fire came down from heaven and devoured
them.” (Revelation 20:7-9)
“Then the devil who deceived them was cast into the fiery lake of
burning sulphur, where the beast and the false prophet had been
thrown earlier. And they will be tormented day and night for ever
and ever.” (Revelation 20:10)
The eternal fire was prepared for
Satan and his angels, but the day is coming when the King will say to
“Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been
prepared for the devil and his angels.”
THE GREAT WHITE THRONE
This awful judgment and punishment
is played down in the world and by many in “the church” today; but it is
the terrible reality that’s ahead for the unbelieving and rebellious.
The description in Revelation 20:11-15 is a straight-forward warning
from God’s Word:
“I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. Earth and
heaven fled from His Presence, and there was no place found for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before the throne of
God, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is
the Book of life; and the dead were judged according to their works
as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and
Death and Hades (the realm of the dead) gave up the dead that
were in them; and each person was judged according to his works.
“Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the
second death - the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was
not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of
But at this time of grace, there
is a Redeemer, a Saviour who can, and will save all who call on His
“WHOEVER WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF the
LORD WILL BE SAVED.” (Romans
Y’shua the Messiah, the Lord
Jesus, is not a political leader! He is the Redeemer who saves sinners
from their sins, and from the wages of sin. He is the One who loved us
and died to pay the penalty for our sins. He is the Redeemer who “buys
us back” and delivers us from the bondage of Satan. Jesus Christ is the
One who reconciles the believer to the Heavenly Father.
what I received I passed on to you as of first importance, that
the Messiah died
for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and
that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”
Corinthians 15:3-4). For
“God was personally present in the
Messiah reconciling the world to Himself, not
counting men’s trespasses against
(2 Corinthians 5:19)
“For Yahweh, the Almighty God so
loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever
believes in Him, should not perish, but have eternal (everlasting)
life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge
and condemn the world; but so that
the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is
not condemned; he who does not believe has been
condemned already, because he has not believed in
the Name of the only begotten, the one
and only eternal Son of God.”
The Lord Jesus is the One who will
bring ultimate blessing to the nations - through the individuals who
trust in Him. He is the One who will turn the hearts of the Jews to the
Father. He will shortly save “all Israel.” And He will save you
my reader, if you call upon His Name.
“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek (Gentile); for
the same Master is Master of all, abounding in riches for
all who call upon Him; for WHOEVER WILL CALL
UPON THE NAME OF Y’SHUA (Jesus) the LORD WILL BE SAVED.”
The Lord Jesus is the One who has
prepared a place in Heaven for the redeemed. He is the One who is coming
again to receive them unto Himself. He is the One who keeps and
satisfies His people, and who shares His life with them, both now, and
“In My Father’s House are many dwelling places;
if it were not so, I would have told you, for I am going there to
prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will
come again and receive you to Myself, so that you also may be where I
am.” (John 14:2-3)
What a blessing! Saved from
the penalty of sin! Saved from the clutches of Satan! Saved
from Hell! Saved for eternity!
My reader, do you know Him as your
own personal Saviour? If you don’t, please do not hesitate! Don’t delay.
Today is the day of Salvation! Tomorrow you must stand before your
Creator. And the question is, “When you meet Him, will you meet Him as
your Redeemer, or as the One whose love, grace and salvation you have
neglected or spurned?”
This gracious, holy and Almighty
God is saying to the whole world today:
“‘Repent and turn away from all your transgressions, so that iniquity
may not be a stumbling block to you. Cast away from you all the
transgressions which you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart
and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have
no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,’ declares the Lord, Yahweh.
‘Therefore, turn to Me and live’.”
This is like calling to someone on
a cliff edge, “Don’t suicide! Why should you die? There is hope! There
is an answer! You can have a new life!”
And when God says, “Make
yourselves a new heart and a new spirit,” He is not saying
must make ourselves
new. Because we can’t! It is God Himself who creates a new
heart in us when we simply believe and trust in Him. God says:
“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will
cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will
give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; and I will remove from
you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will
put My Spirit within you.”
Today the loving Messiah is
calling out to you:
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give
you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and
humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls.”
At the same time, the Lord Jesus
is emphatic that we need to repent. He says: “Unless you repent, you
will all likewise perish.”
To repent means to change your
and to change your
direction. It means to turn
from sin, and to turn to the Saviour. It means to come back from the
cliff edge, and to let the Rescuer embrace you and take care of you.
Many people want to receive care
and comfort, but they don’t want to turn away from the sin that causes
them distress and guilt. It will never do! It’s like a drunkard who
wants to be delivered from drink, but he doesn’t want to give up the
bottle. It’s like someone who is dying of thirst,
who refuses to bend
down and drink water from a flowing stream.
The last verses in the Bible
include this invitation:
“ ‘Come.’ So let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is
thirsty come; let the one who desires it, take the
water of life freely - without
Yes, it’s free, my reader.
The cost of your salvation has already been paid for by the Lord Jesus.
Now He offers you the gift of God which is eternal life. And
there’s no way you can pay for eternal life, either though your money,
or through your efforts and good works. No! He says, “Come and
“To all who receive Him as their personal Saviour, to those who
believe in His Name, He has given the right to become children of God.”
My reader, if you have not
received the Lord Jesus as your personal Saviour, the following
“Decision Prayer” will help you express your faith in the Redeemer.
Heavenly Father, I come to You in
the Name of the Lord Jesus. I come just as I am, a sinner, needing
forgiveness and salvation.
Father, You have said that whoever
believes in the Lord Jesus will be saved, and will become Your child. I
am not worthy to be Your child, but I believe the Lord Jesus died on the
cross to pay the penalty of my sins. I believe that He rose from the
dead, and that He lives to save all who call upon Him.
Lord Jesus, I call on Your Name,
and I trust in You to save me right now. By Your grace, I will follow
You, and own You as my Master all the days of my life. Thank You for
indwelling and filling me with Your Holy Spirit, and for the joy of Your
Salvation. Make me, I pray, Your faithful witness until You return to
take me to the Father’s House.
Thank You, Father, for hearing my
prayer. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for taking my sins away. Thank You for
Your salvation. Thank You, Master. Thank You, Father. Amen.
Signed ………….......……….. Date ………
PLEASE KEEP YOUR SIGNED PRAYER WITH YOU AS A REMEMBRANCE OF THIS
WONDERFUL DAY IN YOUR LIFE. AND WE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO HEAR OF
YOUR DECISION. KINDLY LET US KNOW AT ONE OF OUR CONTACT ADDRESSES.
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