RUSSIA SUPPLIES THE
“The Sovereign Master, YHWH, says: Listen! I am against you, O Gog,
chief prince of Rosh (Russia), Meshech,
and Tubal. 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. Persia (Iran) – and many nations
with you.” (Ezekiel 38:3-5)
IT’S GETTING CLOSER
This has been the BIG story over
the past month. Russia helped Iran cross a major threshold on Aug 21, by
loading Iran’s first nuclear reactor with fuel. Over the next two weeks,
some 80 tons of uranium fuel was moved into the reactor core.
“Despite all the pressures,
sanctions and hardships imposed by Western nations, we are now
witnessing the start-up of the largest symbol of Iran’s peaceful nuclear
activities,” Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s nuclear chief told reporters. “I
thank the Russian government and nation, which cooperated with the great
Iranian nation and registered their name in Islamic Iran’s golden
history,” he said. “Today is a historic day and it will be remembered in
Across the world, news of
Bushehr’s activation has been met with emotions ranging from apathy to
alarm. The indifferent argue that Bushehr’s activation was merely a
matter of time, and that the facility will not pose a significant threat
because it will be used for the production of nuclear energy for
(The 1,000-megawatt light water
reactor is expected to begin pumping electricity to Iranian cities in
Some experts maintain the Bushehr
plant is not considered a proliferation risk because Russia, which
helped build the nuclear plant, has pledged to safeguard the site and
prevent spent nuclear fuel -- which could be used to make weapons-grade
plutonium -- from being diverted to a possible nuclear weapons program.
But Iran, defying UN sanctions
levied against it, has now announced its plans to build 10 new uranium
enrichment sites inside protected mountain strong-holds over the next
Many observers are deeply
concerned because Bushehr, once fueled and operating, “will produce
plutonium 239, which can be used to make nuclear weapons.”
John Bolton, the former U.S.
ambassador to the UN, warned that this is a “very, very big victory for
Iran. This is a huge threshold.”
The opening of Bushehr, apart from
providing a moral and psychological boost to supporters of the nuclear
program inside Iran, will be seen as a victory for Iran in its
confrontation with America and Europe over its agenda to develop nuclear
The advancement of the Iranian
nuclear program at Bushehr thrusts Mahmoud Ahmadinejad one step closer
to achieving his goal of setting off a nuclear Armageddon!
It may now be impossible to stop
Iran from building nuclear weapons. With Russian-supplied uranium in its
reactors, any aerial bombing risks spreading nuclear fallout throughout
the Persian Gulf region, and beyond.
Previously Israel might have taken
the risk, but America’s pressure on Israel has constantly postponed
military options, until now the risk of fallout makes an attack a
It is apparent that the US itself
does not have the will to attack Iran. And in spite of all the talking,
negotiating, and appeasing, Iran remains undeterred!
MAHDI MOTIVATION & YA MADHI MISSILE
The primary motivation behind
Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s quest for nuclear weapons is the belief
in a returning Mahdi, the Twelfth Imam. Ahmadinejad doesn’t merely
believe the Mahdi is about to return — he considers it his
responsibility to bring about the apocalyptic conditions that will
surround his return!
Ahmadinejad pursues nukes as a
means of laying the foundation for the Mahdi’s return. He considers the
acquisition of nuclear weapons a religious mandate — one he must not
On Friday, the day before Iran
began loading its radioactive uranium rods, its Defence Minister, Brig.
Gen. Ahmad Vahidi announced the launch of a special new upgraded
Written on the side of the missile
was a poignant message for Pres. Obama and anyone who would oppose Iran
- Ya Mahdi.
The Mahdi, also known as the 12th
imam, is the most important Shi’ite after Mohammad. The belief of a
returning Mahdi, is a defining doctrine within the most populous group
of Shi’ite Muslims (known as the “Twelvers”), to which Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a devout adherent.
believe that the 12th imam will emerge from hiding during a time of
world chaos to bring order and exalt Shi’ite believers to their rightful
place. Ahmadinejad belongs to this sect, which believes it is their job
to pave the way for the Mahdi’s return. Ahmadinejad claims that Ya
Mahdi has communicated with him personally and that it is within his
ability to hasten the Mahdi’s return.
Iran has now sent a clear message
to the world: “We are going nuclear and there is nothing you can do
about it. And even if you try, we will actually welcome that because you
are just doing us a favor. Long live the12th imam and hasten his
Yet, in the face of Iran’s
systematic march toward acquiring the means to carry out its agenda, the
US and much of the West still pursue a policy of negotiation and
GULF STATES PUSH FOR ATTACK ON IRAN
An official Saudi Arabian
newspaper indicated that a military attack against Iran might be the
only way of stopping it from obtaining nuclear weapons. Delaying this
option, the paper continues, “may lead to a point where it is impossible
to implement it - if Tehran manages to produce a nuclear bomb of its
In July, the United Arab Emirates
ambassador to Washington said, “A military attack on Iran by whomever
would be a disaster, but Iran with a nuclear weapon would be a bigger
disaster. We cannot
live with a nuclear Iran
... I am willing to absorb whatever takes place at the expense of the
security of the U.A.E.”
Former US Ambassador to the United
Nations. John Bolton, says an attack is the only way of stopping Iran’s
nuclear buildup. Bolton feels that many states in the Persian Gulf
region feel the same. He told Army Radio, however, that it might now be
too late to attack Iran because of the radioactivity that would emanate
from the bombed reactor, harming the civilian population.
“Diplomacy and sanctions against
Iran have failed,” Bolton declared, “and I don’t think the West took
seriously enough Iran’s efforts over the course of decades to get
nuclear power. Frankly, I think the most likely outcome now is that
Iran will indeed
get nuclear weapons.
I think the only possibility of
stopping this is the use of military force - an extremely unattractive
option; but it’s even more unattractive to consider a world in which
Iran has nuclear weapons.”
Bolton explained that with Russia
supplying fuel to Bushehr, BOLTON
it makes the reactor essentially
immune to attack, except in the most dire circumstances - because to
attack it would mean the release of radioactivity into the atmosphere
and possibly into the waters of the Persian Gulf.
“I don’t think there’s a ghost of
a chance that the Obama Administration will use force against Iran’s
nuclear weapons program,” Bolton said. “If anyone will do it, it’s going
to have to be Israel - and I don’t know what Israel is going to do... I
am very worried that Obama’s fallback position is
to accept an Iran with
I think that can have potentially catastrophic consequences in the
Middle East and beyond - but I think that’s where the Obama
Israeli officials have expressed
disappointment that diplomacy failed to stop the plant, and have warned
about their concerns at the development.
“It is totally unacceptable that a
country that blatantly violates decisions of the UN Security Council and
the International Atomic Energy Agency, and ignores its commitment to
the Non-Proliferation Treaty charter, will enjoy the fruits of using
nuclear energy,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yossi Levy said.
Israel has long warned that it
cannot live with a
nuclear-armed Iran, and
there are still fears that Israel could launch a pre-emptive military
strike on Iran.
‘IF ATTACKED, IRAN
WILL ANNIHILATE THE U.S.’
Aug 9/10. A top Iranian commander
has warned that in the event of a US-led military attack on Iran, the
Islamic Republic will go after the United States until its
“annihilation.” - Iranian Press TV
Iran’s Defence Minister Ahmed
Wahidi said recently that Israel’s existence will be endangered if it
attacks the Bushehr reactor. He said such an attack would be an
Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad told Qatari newspaper Al-Shark that if the Islamic
Republic’s nuclear facilities were attacked, the response from Teheran
in its scope.
S-300 BATTERIES IN
Abkhazia is one of the breakaway
Georgian regions that are now allied with Russia.
Aug 15/10. Jerusalem is worried
by the news that Russia has stationed powerful S-300 anti-missile
batteries in Abkhazia on the Black Sea; and it believes this deployment
ties in with the activation of the Bushehr reactor. It is taken as a
signal that Israel’s northern air route to Iran is now closed and that
Moscow will do its utmost to thwart a strike against Iran’s nuclear
The deployment was also a message
of reassurance from Moscow to Tehran. Although Russia has withheld the
supply of the advanced S-300 interceptors to Iran, it is indicating that
it has its own methods for block-ing an American or Israel raid on the
US and Israeli military sources
say that a threat from Georgia was
the reason why Russia
posted advanced S-300 interceptor batteries in Abkhazia and air defense
weapons in South Ossetia on the northern shore of the Black Sea - as
Moscow officially maintained.
Georgia’s armed forces do not run
to the sophisticated warplanes, missiles or drones that would warrant
establishing the high-powered S-300 interceptors for defending the
breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia. http://www.debka.com
NOT AFRAID OF ISRAEL OR THE US”
Aug 22/10. The
Iranian President continues his attacks against Israel and the US.
In an interview he
gave to the Al-Jazeera network, Ahmadinejad said that Israel is
“too weak” to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, and added that Israel
did not have “the courage to do it ... and I do not think its threat is
serious.” He also said that his country would act decisively against
anyone who attempts a military strike against it.
dismissed the possibility of a US strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities,
saying that “America is not interested in sparking a military
confrontation. There are no logical reasons for the United States to
carry out such an act.
Do you believe an army
that has been defeated by a small army in Iraq can enter into a war with
a large and well trained army like the Iranian army?”
Looking from the
prophetic perspective we can expect Iran-Russia relations to be
strengthened, as they prepare for their prophesied role in the coming
invasion of Israel which will initiate what I believe will be the climax
of the Battle for Jerusalem, and the next world war.
The destruction of Iran will take
place as a result of its involvement with the Russian Confederation,
during that nuclear war.
“The Lord, YHWH, says: ‘Listen! I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of
Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal; I will turn you around and drive you on. I
will bring you from the remotest parts of the north, and send you
against the mountains of Israel.
Then I will strike your bow from your left hand, and make your arrows
drop from your right hand.
You will fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops, and
the nations who are with you. I will
give you as food to birds of prey of every kind and to the wild animals.
You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Lord,
I will also send fire on Magog
and on those who live in safety in the coastlands. Then they will know
that I am YHWH.
I will make My holy Name known among My people Israel; and I shall not
allow My holy Name to be profaned anymore. Then the nations will know
that I am YHWH, the Holy One of Israel.
Look! It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Lord, YHWH.
This is the day of which I have spoken.” (Ezekiel 39:1-8)
IRAN: NO NUCLEAR
TALKS WITH U.S. UNTIL SANCTIONS LIFTED
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah
Khamenei, said the Islamic Republic would not conduct talks with the
United States about its nuclear program unless sanctions and military
threats are lifted.
- Ha’aretz / Aug
AHMADINEJAD TO VISIT
TIGHTENS THE KNOT
Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad will visit Lebanon in September and tighten the knot
connecting Iran, Syria, Turkey, Hizb’ullah and Hamas.
He will travel to Beirut after the
Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. It will be Ahmadinejad’s first trip to
Lebanon, and the first Iranian presidential visit there since 2003.
LEBANON ON THE BRINK AGAIN
BORDER CLASH ALMOST
SPARKS NEW MIDEAST WAR
Aug 10/10. Israel was
almost plunged into a major war in early August when Lebanese Army
troops opened fire on Israeli soldiers along their shared Northern
Galilee border, not far from the tense Golan Heights. One long-serving
IDF reserve officer was instantly killed and another soldier severely
wounded during the unprovoked attack.
Subsequent press reports said
Defence Minister Ehud Barak was on the verge of responding by launching
a large military operation against Lebanon, which the Lebanese Army,
Syria and Hizb’ullah would have undoubtedly fully and violently
resisted. He was said to have been talked out of doing so by French
President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is close to both Israeli and Lebanese
leaders. - By David Dolan.
POWDERKEG READY TO BLOW
After the border clash, The
Wall Street Journal reported that the incident was instigated by a
Lebanese army brigade commander who is a Shi’ite and Hizb’ullah
The clash, in fact, coincided with
the anticipated report of the international enquiry into the 2005
assassination of Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri.
It is widely believed that the UN
panel will indict senior Hizb’ullah officials. And this now puts the
Lebanese government in a bind, as the current Prime Minister is Saad
Hariri, the son of the assassinated Rafik Hariri.
Saad Hariri detests the Shi’ite
Hizb’ullah and he would like nothing better than to see his father’s
killers brought to justice.
But he is also very much aware of
the support Hizb’ullah enjoys among both Shi’ites and Sunnis, and he
seeks to avoid being seen as too closely aligned with the West.
Hizb’ullah leader, Hassan
Nasrallah, has been making news by claiming that Israel was behind the
assassination of Rafik Hariri. And he claimed he was going to prove it!
Both Nasrallah and Syrian
President Bashar Assad have threatened that the entire region would
erupt in flames if indictments were issued against them.
Some subsequent developments …
FIGHTING BREAKS OUT
IN LEBANON BETWEEN SUNNIS AND HIZB’ULLAH
Aug 25/10. The Sunni
community has begun to resist the Iranian-sponsored Hizb’ullah in
Lebanon during the most serious political crisis in years.
Hizb’ullah and Sunni fighters
exchanged heavy fire in which at least four people were killed and 10
others injured. The battle on Aug. 24 included members of the pro-Syrian
Al Ahbash, believed funded by Saudi Arabia.
“The situation is very tense and
the military is in the area,” a Lebanese source said. -
IRAN TO ARM THE LEBANESE ARMY
Aug 25/10. Hizb’ullah leader
Hassan Nasrallah called on the Lebanese government to seek Iran’s
assistance in providing arms for the Lebanese army.
“I vow that Hizb’ullah will work
fervently and capitalize on its friendship with Iran to ensure it helps
arm the Lebanese military in any way it can, and Hizb’ullah’s ministers
will make that same vow before the cabinet,” Nasrallah said in a speech
on Hizb’ullah’s al-Manar satellite station.
Nasrallah’s statement comes two
weeks after the United States
a freeze on support to the Lebanese army, a decision made in the wake of
deadly border clashes between Lebanese and Israeli troops Aug. 3, the
Aug 26/10. Iran is prepared to
sell weapons to Lebanon if Beirut asks for help in equipping its
military, says Iran’s defence minister.
Gen. Ahmad Vahidi’s comments come
a day after the leader of Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hizb’ullah group, Sheik
Hassan Nasrallah, called on the Lebanese government to formally seek
military assistance from Iran. “Lebanon is our friend,” Vahidi was
quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency. “If there is a demand
in this respect, we are ready to help that country and conduct weapons
transactions with it.”
Nasrallah vowed that his
Iranian-backed group could help secure the aid for Lebanon’s poorly
equipped army. He made his suggestion after a US congressman suspended
$100 million of American military aid to Lebanon earlier this month over
concerns the weapons could be used against Israel and that Hizb’ullah
may have influence over the Lebanese army. –
THE NUCLEAR RACE IS
Saudi Arabia, United Arab
Emirates, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Sudan and Turkey have
all initiated nuclear programs. And if Iran is allowed to go nuclear,
these countries will beat a path to any number of nuclear bomb stores.
LEBANON MUST BUILD
Aug 24/10. Hassan Nasrallah has
his sights set on a nuclear reactor in Lebanon. The Hizb’ullah
secretary-general has commented on the country’s electricity crisis for
the first time and presented an original solution in a televised speech
on the organization’s al-Manar channel.
Nasrallah urged the Lebanese
government to draw conclusions from the current electricity crisis and
follow in Iran’s
by building a nuclear reactor to
generate electricity like the reactor in Bushehr.
EGYPT ANNOUNCES SITE
OF ITS FIRST NUCLEAR PLANT
Aug 26/10. Egypt’s President Hosni
Mubarak announced that the country’s first nuclear power plant will be
built at El Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast.
The Associated Press
reported that Energy Minister Hassan Younis said the decision is
intended to “prioritize national interests and to give a big boost to
the Egyptian nuclear program.” The plant will cost an estimated $1.5
billion, some of which will be financed by the government. Tenders will
be issued by the end of the year.
$60 BILLION WEAPONS
SALE TO SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabia’s shopping list for
American-made weapons has swelled to $60 billion, double the amount
estimated for the previously announced purchase of 84 F-15 warplanes.
The oil kingdom now is interested
in 132 attack helicopters worth another $30 billion. The Obama
administration insists, “The proposed sale of this equipment and support
will not affect the basic military balance in the region.”
LAST U.S. COMBAT
BRIGADE LEAVES IRAQ
In mid August, two weeks ahead of
a schedule set by President Barack Obama, the last large US combat
brigade left Iraq.
Some American combat forces
remained in the country until August 31st to formally transition the US
presence to an advisory and training operation. 50,000 other,
no-combatant troops remain to train and support the Iraqi army until the
end of 2011.
As with many commentators, and
prophecy teachers, I believe that post US-invasion Iraq, with its 60%
Shia population, will fall into Iran’s fundamentalist orbit, and become
once more, a violent enemy of Israel.
The destruction of Babylon (Iraq)
has been foretold in Jeremiah chapters 50 & 51.
“YHWH has opened His arsenal and has brought out the weapons of His
wrath, for the Sovereign Master, Yahweh of Hosts, has a work to do in
the land of the Chaldeans. Come against her from the farthest border;
break open her storehouses. Pile her up like heaps of ruins,
and utterly destroy her. Let nothing be left of her.” (Jeremiah
“Therefore this is what YHWH says: ‘Watch! I am going to plead your
case, and I will avenge you. I will dry up her sea and make her water
sources dry. Babylon will become a heap of ruins, a haunt of
jackals, and object of horror and scorn, without inhabitants. 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’.” (Jeremiah 51:36-37; 42-43)
ARAB WORLD LOSES
HOPE FOR CHANGE UNDER OBAMA
The Arabs’ belief that President
Obama could deliver on promises for a “new beginning” has been dashed,
an annual survey of public opinion in Middle Eastern countries shows.
The survey of Arab public opinion
shows that positive
views of President
Obama have plummeted from 45% in 2009 to 20% today, with the
views of him
skyrocketing from 23% to 62%.
While Obama has been claiming that
his “outstretched hand” approach will win the US new friends in the
Mideast, the poll suggests otherwise. Only 12% expressed favorable views
of the United States, even lower than the 15% that the Bush
administration got in its final year.
According to Middle East analyst,
Arabs have “grown frustrated at Obama’s perceived failure to deliver on
the promise of the ‘new beginning’ outlined in Cairo, and had begun to
lose hope in his ability to meaningfully change American policies
towards the region.”
“WE’RE PREPARING FOR WAR”
While Israel is hoping for a
peaceful resolution to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the Jewish state is
also preparing for “a time of war,” declared a Knesset member of
Israel’s ruling Likud party. “We are prepared for all risks,” said Danny
Danon. “And I think our enemies should know that even though we are
speaking of peace, we are getting ready for a time of war, as well.”
Danon, the deputy speaker of
Israel’s parliament, was speaking in a radio interview with
Danon hinted that Israel may be
forced to act if the world does not stop the Iranian nuclear threat,
recalling Israel’s lone strike on Iraq’s nuclear reactor in 1981.
“We are ready for all scenarios,
and we are able to defend our civilian population. I cannot tell you how
much longer we can wait. But we prefer to wait and see if the
international bodies are acting, or [whether] it will be only the burden
of Israel, like it was in the early ’80s, when the great leader,
Menachem Begin, [made] the great decision to bomb the nuclear reactor in
ADMINISTRATION’S PLAN AND
Aug 26/10. The White House has
apparently decided that military action against Iran is now out of the
question, and that the best option is to accept Iran as a nuclear power,
and seek to contain it through inspections. And the US must also
continue to restrain Israel from making any military strike on Iran’s
To make Israel feel secure in the
new reality, Obama’s representatives have “proposed” 4 steps for
strengthening the Israeli armed forces and lending it a second-strike
capability - even against an Iranian nuke attack.
The US must spread a nuclear umbrella over Israel that would entail the
American nuclear depots in Israel
to show Tehran that a nuclear attack on the Jewish state would meet with
a US nuclear response.
would be supplied to the Israeli Navy as the backbone of its nuclear
counter-strike. There are two categories - ballistic missile submarines
and attack submarines.
The Israeli Air Force would receive
US F-22 Raptor stealth
the most sophisticated warplane in the skies today. They would be
equipped with all the systems and ordnance needed to strike the Iranian
The US would arrange for Israel’s
full membership of NATO,
so rendering an Iranian nuclear attack on Israel subject not just to US
retaliation but a declaration of war by the 26-member alliance.
To qualify for these American
security benefits, Israel would be required to
come to terms with a
nuclear-armed Iran and abandon any plan for military action against it.
This “deterrence” would supposedly
provide Israel with the security of a nuclear umbrella.
The Netanyahu government, however,
is most unlikely to accept this plan. For what would all the wonderful
new military systems be to Israel for a second-strike capability, when
an initial Iranian nuclear attack would suffice to wipe out the tiny
Jewish state? A response is awaited from the Netanyahu government. –
DIRECT MIDEAST PEACE TALKS START
SEPT 1– 2, 10
International Quartet - the US, the EU, Russia and the UN - invited
Israelis and Palestinians to begin direct peace talks at a Summit in
Washington on Sept. 1
President Barack Obama, Egyptian
President Mubarak, and King Abdullah of Jordan, were present at the
summit, along with Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas.
day after the summit, (2nd), Israel and the Palestinians embarked on
direct talks that aim at concluding with a treaty within one year.
After a breakdown of the peace
process at the end of 2008, there was a lapse of 20 months.
began last May as a step
towards direct talks. But it has been a struggle to get to the new talks
on the way.
Israel insisted it is ready for
direct talks provided there are no preconditions. The Palestinians are
ready provided there is a clear agenda. Israel said an agenda would mean
preconditions. Obama’s pressure has finally caused the two parties to
agree - to start.
Diplomats say the idea of a
Palestinian unilateral declaration of statehood could win support if
talks collapse in the next 12 months.
The Palestinian Authority
government intends to establish all the attributes of statehood by
The PA has maintained that it will
not continue in the talks if the freeze on Jewish construction, which is
due to expire on Sept. 26, is not extended.
Netanyahu and other government
leaders have said many times that the expiration date is final.
ISRAELI PM STAKES
OUT POSITIONS FOR PEACE TALKS
Aug 22/10. Israel’s PM has
demanded that any future Palestinian state be demilitarized and that it
must recognise Israel as the Jewish homeland, as he staked out his
starting position for the new Mideast peace talks.
Many security experts in Israel
have reiterated that Netanyahu’s insistence on a demilitarized
Palestinian state is critical for Israel’s existence.
Sources in Netanyahu’s office
emphasize that the talks will deal first with final-status security
arrangements, and only afterwards with the borders and Israel’s
The Palestinian Authority, on the
other hand, says the talks must be comprehensive and deal with all
matters in dispute.
ABBAS THREATENS TO QUIT
TALKS IF CONSTRUCTION RESUMED
PA Chief Mahmoud Abbas has sent a
letter to the Quartet (US, EU, Russia, UN) saying the end of the
newly-announced direct talks with Israel will come quickly if Israel
Moreover, the Palestinian
Authority has told the U.S. administration that an Israeli commitment to
continuing the freeze on settlement construction must include East
Aug 23/10. PA President Mahmoud
Abbas has warned in a letter to EU high representative Catherine Ashton
that ending Israel’s settlement freeze would bring an immediate halt to
direct peace talks between the two sides.
Israel announced a ten-month
freeze on all new Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria nine months
ago, with the hope and understanding that this would bring the
Palestinian Authority to the negotiating table. Nine months of
stagnation then passed over Judea and Samaria while the PA still refused
to agree to direct talks. Now, ironically, as the freeze is about to
expire, the PA has agreed to the talks, while threatening to end them if
the freeze ends.
PM Binyamin Netanyahu and other
members of his government have emphasized repeatedly that the freeze
must and will end when it expires on Sept. 26.
Renewed construction in the
settlements could spell disaster for the peace talks before they even
get off the ground. But extending the freeze could cause Netanyahu’s
hard-line Israeli government to crumble.
A report says the Americans are
not inclined to adopt a compromise proposed by Deputy PM Dan Meridor
that would see construction continue in large settlement blocs that
Israel expects to retain under a future peace deal, but not in isolated
Foreign Minister, Avigdor
Lieberman, has proposed that Israel should be allowed settlement
construction based on natural growth.
Israel National News spoke with
people on “both sides of the street” and discovered almost everyone
thinks direct talks
will start in a blind alley and end up in a dead end.
PEACE TALKS THAT WILL MAKE WAR MORE LIKELY
“They heal the brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially,
saying, ‘Peace, peace, but there is no peace’.” (Jeremiah 8:11)
The following is the conclusion of
an Opinion Article by commentator, Israel Harel, in Ha’aretz, Aug
The minimalist Jewish Zionist
consensus requires recognition of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish
people; relinquishing the “right of return”; ending the conflict and
waiving all further demands once the agreement is signed; no division of
Jerusalem by formal agreement, as opposed to practical arrangements; and
the continued existence of the settlement blocs.
Are the Palestinians prepared to
accept this Zionist minimum? Absolutely not!
But even if this time, the
Palestinians didn’t want to miss another opportunity, those with the
real power would torpedo the process: Tehran, Damascus, Hizb’ullah in
Beirut, and soon also in Baghdad where Iran will pull the strings. They
would never accept recognizing Israel as the home of the Jewish people.
They would use force to prevent
the Palestinians from relinquishing the right of return, to prevent a
declaration that the Arabs have no more ideological, religious and
territorial claims in Palestine, that the conflict has ended.
The man who has forced Abbas to go
to Washington, is the same one who, by withdrawing from Iraq and
appeasing Iran, sowed the seeds of trouble that will undermine any
agreement. Iraq’s abandonment by the United States is creating regional
The one who will benefit from the
chaos is the one with power, defined goals and the determination to
achieve them: Iran. And America, its wings clipped by choice and fearing
another entanglement, will not be able to stop Iran from achieving
decisive influence in the region and completing its nuclear bomb
project. The axis
of evil will not make do with its outpost in Gaza.
Given this situation, how could
Abbas reach an agreement, even if he wanted to?
Terror is likely to resume during
the talks, in order to thwart them. And Israel must prepare on all
fronts for a long period of unrest - because Egypt is also in
transition, characterized by instability, and the Jordanian monarch, as
we all have seen and heard, is in a panic.
There is no certainty that the
instability will lead to war. But it certainly doesn’t bring peace
between us and the Palestinians, or with most of the Arab world, any
closer. Obama, when he imposed the direct talks, apparently didn’t think
about that. Thus the peace talks bring us no prospect of peace - only
the seeds of war.
ISRAEL’S CHOICE IS
“SETTLEMENTS OR PEACE”
Aug 23/10. Israel must chose
between “settlements or peace,” Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat
said ahead of the September restart of negotiations in Washington.
“The choice of the Israeli
government is settlement or peace, they cannot have both,” he said at a
news conference in Ramallah, the political capital of the
Israeli-occupied West Bank. But he also said he believed agreement could
be reached within one year. –
RECOGNIZE ANY AGREEMENT
Aug 29/10.The military wing of the
Hamas terrorist organization that controls Gaza has threatened to “step
on the heads” of the PA government if it compromises on Jerusalem and
other issues, in direct talks with Israel.
Khalil al-Haya, a senior member of
the Hamas leadership, announced in Gaza that the group would “step on
the heads of those who dare give up the right of return to Jerusalem and
Al-Haya said the talks in
Washington, would give Israel the excuse to “wipe away the Palestinian
presence, continue Judaizing Jerusalem, continue building settlements
and erase the Palestinian right of return.”
He called on PA Arabs to “rise up”
against the talks and against the Ramallah-based PA negotiators who are
set to travel to the United States. PA Chairman and Fatah leader
Mahmoud Abbas does not
“represent Palestine, Jerusalem, the refugees, or al-Aqsa,” Al-Haya
said. – Arutz Sheva
ARAB LEAGUE PREPARES
FOR UNITED FRONT AGAINST ISRAEL
“They have said, ‘Come, and let us destroy them as a nation, that the
name of Israel may be remembered no more.’ For they have conspired
together with one mind; they make a pact against You; the tents of Edom
and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagarites; Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre.” (Psalm 83:4-7)
Aug 15/10. The chief of the Arab
League warned that Israel’s actions could bring about a final end to the
Middle East peace process.
Moussa urged an Arab leadership summit in Libya to forge a new strategy
to pressure Israel, saying the peace process could not be “an open ended
“We must prepare for the
possibility that the peace process will be a complete failure,” Moussa
said. “This is the time to stand up to Israel. We must find alternative
options, because the situation appears to have reached a turning point.”
At the conclusion of the 22nd Arab
League summit in Libya in April, the long-standing positions of the
League were again confirmed. The Arab nations will
not recognize Israel as a
legal state with a right to exist under any conditions.
PREPARING FOR WAR WITH ISRAEL
Hizb’ullah reportedly has built a
tunnel system ‘more impressive than the Paris underground’ to counter
IDF strikes. An elaborate network of tunnels that will allow its members
to fight a future war against Israel without being exposed to Air Force
bombardments and IDF surveillance, a Kuwaiti newspaper says.
A Yemenite al-Qaeda leader tells
followers to prepare for Israel-Iran war, urging pilots to replicate
9/11 attacks in Israel. Al-Qaeda wants a 9/11 in Israel.
- Aug 10.
HAMAS AND TEN
PALESTINIAN GROUPS REJECT
Aug 16/10. Eleven militant
Palestinian groups based in Syria have warned against a “concession and
compromise,” and they oppose the resumption of direct negotiations
between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
TERROR PLOT SETS OFF
Aug 25/10. Debkafile reports on a
belligerent speech delivered by Hamas’ Damascus-based political leader,
Khaled Meshaal on Aug. 24. Information reaching Israel and the
Palestinian Authority intelligence services that the extremist
Palestinian group is set for large-scale terror attacks against Israeli
and Palestinian West Bank targets.
debkafile’s sources report that
Hamas is setting its sights on
torpedoing the direct
Hamas is said to be preparing to
activate its West Bank networks for coordinated strikes against a major
target inside Israel and another associated with Abbas’ power base, or
the US and British-trained Palestinian security forces.
However, if those networks are
thwarted by the preventive measures set in motion, Hamas will resort to
attacks from the Gaza Strip which it controls, or from Sinai, across the
leaky Egyptian-Israeli border.
Israeli and Palestinian security
officials do not rule out a Hamas strike from Lebanon or even from the
Meshaal’s speech was exceptionally vicious. Never before, had he dared
vent his fury on Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and Jordan’s King
For the first time, Meshaal not
only openly criticized Mubarak and Abdullah, but he also threatened
them: Should they refuse to boycott the US-sponsored Israel-Palestinian
negotiations, he said, “The results … will be catastrophic for the
interests and the security of Jordan and Egypt.”
The Hamas leader showed he was
even prepared to jeopardize the lifelines given his organization by both
Arab governments: Egypt provides Hamas officials and military leaders
with their only exit route from Gaza, while Jordan tolerates Hamas’
extensive political organization, which has always been careful not to
upset its delicate ties with the royal family and risk its freedom of
Meshaal had only venom to pour on
Mahmoud Abbas, who, he predicted, would end up like Yasser Arafat. He
depicted the PA Chairman as an enemy of Islam, accusing him of setting
loose Palestinian security forces on mosques, Islamic charitable
associations, cultural centers and Koran study groups.
Allowing the Shin Bet director
Yuval Diskin to visit Jenin - the city of martyrs - was unconscionable
(bad, immoral), Meshaal said, and so was permitting Israeli
officers to be present at training courses for Palestinian security
The direct talks with Israel, he
said, aimed at “liquidating” the Palestinian cause.
Meshaal’s speech was the last
straw, Palestinian and other Arab intelligence officials said. The
breach between him and Mahmoud Abbas must be seen as final and
irrevocable. - www.debka.com/article/8989/
‘JUDGMENT DAY’ SHELTERS
Jerusalem’s railway station,
Haifa’s Carmel Tunnels, and the Habima parking lot in Tel Aviv, are
among places slated to protect thousands from chemical or biological
“Israel is preparing to build
additional large underground spaces which would be able to absorb tens
of thousands of people and protect them from non-conventional weapons
for a long period of time,” said Major-General Ronny Seri, head of the
Home Front Command’s fortification department.
The Home Front Command’s flagship
project will undoubtedly be the railway station in Jerusalem which will
serve the fast train from Tel Aviv to the capital. The station’s lower
level will be 80 meters deep (262 feet) and in times of emergency it
would turn into an underground bomb shelter which would be able to
protect 5,000. –
1.5 BILLION BARRELS OF
OIL DISCOVERED IN ISRAEL
An Israeli oil exploration company
has announced a potential new oil field.
Estimates of the amount of oil in
the Rosh HaAyin discovery have rises to 1.5 billion barrels, and there
is more oil off-shore, but it is not yet known how much of the “black
gold” can be extracted for commercial use.
The new estimate, along with the
gas and oil finds off the Mediterranean Coast, raise the likelihood that
Israel will be self-sufficient for energy for the next three decades and
even become an exporter of gas.
The amount of oil at Rosh HaAyin
represents a tiny percentage of Israel’s oil consumption, but
development is continuing in the area as well as in the Dead Sea.
The Book of Deuteronomy indicates
“oil” and “hidden treasures” will be found in Israel in the last days of
“They shall call peoples to the mountain; there they shall offer
righteous sacrifices; for they shall draw out the abundance of the seas,
and the hidden treasures of the
“Of Asher he said, ‘More blessed than sons is Asher. May he be favoured
by his brothers, and may he dip his foot in
oil’.” (Deuteronomy 33:19, 24)
IN SUPPORT OF ISRAEL
On August 8, 2010, at a big public
meeting held in Perth, West Australia, a new organisation was launched
“FRIENDS OF ISRAEL, WESTERN AUSTRALIA (INC).”
Its aims are …
* to promote the interest of
Israel as the State of the Jewish people.
* to defend Israel’s right to
live in peace and security, free from threats of terrorism, and,
* to ensure accurate and fair
reporting on the Middle East.
Its brochure says: “All over the
world, people are joining together to take a stand for democratic values
and freedoms. They know that to take such a stand also means to support
Israel, her right to defend her citizens, and to live in peace and
security, free from threats of terrorism.
“They know that Israel is the best
ally of the free nations - a champion of democratic values in the
Middle East; and a dynamic and open society that has contributed to
culture, science and technology.
“They know that Israel is in the
front lines of the global battle between those who love life and those
who glorify death. They know that if Israel falls, we all fall.”
Israel and Greece have drawn
closer recently after Binyamin Netanyahu traveled to Greece in
mid-August, making him the first sitting Israeli prime minister to visit
the country. His trip follows Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou’s
visit to Israel in July.
In July, Netanyahu said Israel and
Greece would undergo “a major upgrade in relations” that would include
closer ties in finance, tourism and technology. During this latest
meeting, Netanyahu and Papandreou will discuss the possibility of
forging defence ties, officials said.
Israel’s tighter ties with Greece
come on the heels of a crisis in Israeli ties with Turkey, which has
been increasingly critical of Israeli policy under the Erdogan
Netanyahu’s spokesman Mark Regev
said the prime minister’s visit reflected a “new dynamism in
Israel-Greek relations.” Many have attributed the “new dynamism” to the
breakdown of ties with Turkey, saying that Israel is seeking new
Greece, which has historically had
a hostile relationship with Turkey, apparently also sees an advantage in
drawing closer to Turkey’s former ally.
Former Foreign Ministry Director
Alon Liel gave a more simple explanation for Netanyahu’s trip. Speaking
to Bloomberg.com, Liel said, “Israel is not so popular these days, so if
you’re invited to go visit a full member of the European Union like
Greece, why not?”
GAZA: FLOTILLA AID
Aug 9/10. Much of the so-called
aid sent to Gaza in order to “break the siege” is worse than useless,
Gaza officials said in a recent interview with Al-Jazeera that
was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Officials estimated that only 30% of the medicines and medical equipment
sent could be put to use.
THE WHOLE CREATION
GROANS AND LABOURS WITH BIRTH PANGS
The apostle Paul reminds us that
the creation groans while waiting for its deliverance from the curse at
the end of the age.
“For the intense longing of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing
of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not
willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, with the
anticipation that the creation itself also will be set free from its
slavery to corruption into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of
childbirth together until now.
“And not only this, but we ourselves,
who have the first fruits of the Spirit, we also groan within
ourselves, waiting eagerly for
our adoption as sons, the
redemption of our body.” (Romans 8:19-23)
The Bible foretells many signs
that would culminate in the last days. Jesus indicated that these signs
would arise together, occurring together in concert, as His return drew
near. (Matthew 24:33-34)
He said that chaotic and strange
weather would be prevalent. (Luke 21:25-26).
Jesus foresaw the seas and the
waves roaring in the last days. He also likened these signs to birth
pangs (Matthew 24:8).
The Greek word odin, often
translated as sorrows in Matthew 24:8, literally means birth pangs. We
are seeing an increase in strange weather patterns as prophesied;
floods, droughts, famines, earthquakes, etc., and it is because the
earth, ‘creation’ itself, longs to be freed from the curse.
As delivery draws near, birth
pangs always increase in both intensity and frequency. Therefore, the
creation itself would travail as the time of delivery draws near.
These days we are seeing natural
disasters occurring regularly, particularly fires, floods. cyclones,
earthquakes, and extreme heat and cold, one after the other all around
The present day disasters
happening are often referred to as “unprecedented.”
Six of the worst this year have
JANUARY 2010. HAITI
230,000 dead. 250,000 injured. 1½
THE CHILE EARTHQUAKE
700 dead. Most died as the result
of the tsunami. The 8.8.
quake was 7th greatest earthquake ever recorded. 90% of the historic
town of Curico was destroyed.
THE ICELAND VOLCANO
shut down air traffic over much of Europe, and severely hit Iceland’s
THE PAKISTAN FLOODS.
The UN described the disaster as “the worst monsoon-related floods in
living memory.” 20
million people were affected,
8 million acres
of crops were wiped out.
The disaster began in late July
when the rising waters inundated around one-fifth of the country,
one million houses, killed
around 1,700 people,
More than 90%
of the population in the
affected areas were evacuated.
Millions were left homeless and
stranded. 3.5 million children were at risk of waterborne diseases such
as cholera and gastro-enteritis.
JULY-AUGUST. Enormous mud slides
and floods in
THE RUSSIAN HEATWAVE &
In the hottest summer since
records began in Russia 130 years ago,
700 “worse ever” fires hit some
500 town and villages. 20% of grain crops were destroyed.
RUSSIAN GRAIN EXPORT
Aug 15/10. An emergency ban on
Russian grain exports came into force today, raising fears that bread
prices around the world could increase sharply.
The ban will extend from August 15
until December 31, but Vladimir Putin has indicated it could last well
into next year if the harvest is bad.
Russia, the world’s number three
wheat exporter last year, has already said that its grain harvest this
year will be just 60-65 million tonnes, compared to 97 million tonnes in
The Kremlin was forced to halt
grain exports after an unprecedented heat wave, drought and hundreds of
wild fires destroyed a third of its grain crop, meaning it will struggle
to even meet its own domestic needs.
The ban has caused wheat prices
worldwide to surge, fuelling fears of a repeat of the 2008 food crisis.
MAJOR EARTHQUAKES IN ONE MONTH
Geoscience Australia <(http://www.ga.gov.au/bin/listQuakes>
earthquakes in a 30-day
period - 24 July to 22 Aug 10. It included the following
above 6.0. (Six were
21/08/2010 6.1 Northern Sumatra,
20/08/2010 6.2 Bismarck and
18/08/2010 6.3 Mariana Islands
16/08/2010 6.2 Fiji Islands
16/08/2010 6.3 Mauritius -
15/08/2010 6.4 New Britain
14/08/2010 6.6 Mariana Islands
14/08/2010 6.3 Mariana Islands
13/08/2010 6.9 Mariana Islands
12/08/2010 7.1 Ecuador
10/08/2010 7.6 Vanuatu Islands
04/08/2010 7.1 New Britain
04/08/2010 6.4 Andrean
Islands, Aleutian Islands
04/08/2010 6.4 Eastern New
03/08/2010 6.6 N. Molucca Sea,
30/07/2010 6.2 Kamchatka,
29/07/2010 6.5 Mindanao,
24/07/2010 6.4 Mindanao,
23/07/2010 7.5 Mindanao,
23/07/2010 7.5 Mindanao,
23/07/2010 7.2 Mindanao,
“And there will be
earthquakes in various places.”
IS THIS THE UNITED STATES
- THE LAND OF THE FREE?
You can’t pray on the steps of the
Supreme Court. And now a New Mexico federal judge has warned a
graduating class that he was sending a US Marshall to their graduation
to ensure nobody said the Name ‘Jesus’; if they did
they would spend six
months in jail. “Anyone who
violates these orders,
is going to wish that he or she had
as a child when
this court gets through with it all,”
the judge told the students.
A teacher at the Lynn Lucas Middle
School in Houston Texas threw away two students’ Truth for Youth
Bibles, calling them “garbage.”
She then took the students to the principal’s office where she
threatened to call
Child Protective Services onto their parents
for permitting them to
bring their Bibles.
Later at the same school,
different officials threw away students’ book covers showing the Ten
claiming the commandments
were hate speech and could offend students.
in Balch Springs, Texas were forbidden from saying grace before meals
because the food was
over federally-subsidized food, “the authorities” say, violates the
provisions of the 1st Amendment which says:
“Congress shall make no rule respecting the establishment of religion
nor prohibit the free exercise thereof.”
Then why prohibit the
free exercise of prayer?
In another case, school officials
at the University of New Orleans denied Michelle Beadle permission to
hand out an evangelistic tract that encourages Jewish people to embrace
Jesus Christ as the true Messiah.
The university told Beadle, a
Messianic Jew who works as a missionary for Christian Jew Foundation
Ministries, that the content of the literature
be offensive’ to some
“Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have stored up for
those who fear You; which You have prepared for those who trust in You,
in the sight of the sons of men! You hide them in the secrecy of Your
Presence from the conspiracies of men.
You keep them in a shelter from the strife
of tongues.” (Psalm 31:19-20)
YOUTH PASTOR WHO WAS
SHARING HIS FAITH,
Aug 20/10. In a victory, not only
for freedom of speech, but also for Christians and the ability to share
their faith in an increasingly hostile climate in America, a California
Appeal Court issued a sharp rebuke to a local shopping mall for
arresting a Christian youth pastor.
Matthew Snatchko, the youth
pastor, was arrested in 2007 for engaging in casual conversation about
faith in Jesus Christ with two other shoppers. Even though the shoppers
had given permission to him to speak to them regarding the subject, a
store employee objected and called mall security, who then arrested Mr.
Under Roseville Galleria Mall
rules, shoppers are not allowed to engage in conversational topics such
as religion or politics, because the mall says they may be potentially
controversial. The criminal charges were later dropped against Mr.
However, Pacific Justice Institute
(PJI) attorneys thought it prudent to file suit to challenge the mall’s
restrictions on free speech.
The Sacramento Court of Appeal
struck down the mall’s rules as unconstitutionally vague and restrictive
of free speech. And the court indicated Mr. Snatchko would be able to
collect damages and attorney’s fees, and awarded him costs on appeal.
“We are very pleased with this
landmark ruling by the California Court of Appeal that vindicates the
right to engage in casual conversations about faith without fear of
being arrested,” the PJI President said. “This is a great victory for
free speech and common sense.”
- Worthy News
DISAPPEAR IN GREECE, SPAIN AND PORTUGAL
Aug 15/10. Democracy could
‘collapse’ in Greece, Spain and Portugal unless urgent action is taken
to tackle the debt crisis, the head of the European Commission has
In an extraordinary briefing to
trade union chiefs last week, Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso
set out an ‘apocalyptic’ vision in which crisis-hit countries in
southern Europe could fall victim to military coups or popular uprisings
as interest rates soar and public services collapse because their
governments run out of money.
The stark warning came as it
emerged that EU chiefs have begun work on an emergency bailout package
for Spain which is likely to run into hundreds of billions of pounds. A
£650 billion bailout for Greece has already been agreed.
CHINA BEGINS TO RESHAPE
THE WORLD ECONOMY
“The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and
its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the rising
of the sun - the East.” (Revelation
Aug 10. China has passed Japan to
become the second-largest economy behind the US. After three decades of
spectacular growth, it has passed Japan to become the world’s
second-largest economy behind the US, according to government figures.
The milestone, though anticipated,
is the most striking evidence yet of China’s ascendance and that the
rest of the world will have to reckon with a new economic superpower.
The recognition came as Tokyo said
Japan’s economy was valued at about $1.28 trillion in the second
quarter, slightly below China’s $1.33 trillion. Experts say unseating
Japan — and in recent years passing Germany, France and Great Britain —
underscores China’s growing clout and bolsters forecasts that China will
pass the US as the world’s biggest economy as early as 2030. America’s
gross domestic product was about $14 trillion in 2009. -
China certainly appears to be the
leader of the endtime Kings of the East!
CHINA PERFORMS 13
MILLION ABORTIONS EACH YEAR
China performs more abortions than
any other country in the world, about 13 million a year, mostly for
young single women who aren’t using contraception. One expert says the
figures show many Chinese now consider the cheap, widely available
procedure an acceptable form of birth control.
/ Aug 10
And around the world, millions
more are exterminated so that they never see the light of day.
“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 … disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy (profane),
without natural affection (callous and inhuman), unloving …
without self-control, brutal.” (2 Timothy
OF OIL IS STILL IN WATER
Oil from the
Deepwater Horizon spill formed an underwater plume of hydrocarbons the
size of Manhattan, scientists say, raising fears of a lingering cloud of
trace chemicals in the Gulf with an unknown long-term impact.
“One major misconception is that
the oil that has dissolved into water is gone and therefore, harmless,”
he said. “The
oil is still out there
and it will likely take years to
completely degrade. We are still far from a complete understanding of
what its impacts are.”
Nearly 80 percent of the oil
spilled from a BP well in the Gulf of Mexico is still in the gulf, US
scientists have estimated, challenging a more optimistic assessment by
the US government earlier in the month that said about half of the oil
spilled by the April 20 blowout had been evaporated, burned, skimmed or
A team of scientists from the
University of Georgia came to a different conclusion.
“We just reanalyzed this
report...and then we calculated how much oil is still likely to be out
there and that is how we came up to 70 to 79% that must be out there,”
said Charles Hopkinson, a marine scientist at the University of Georgia.
Oil from the Deepwater Horizon
spill may have settled to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico further east
than previously suspected and at levels toxic to marine life,
Initial findings from a new survey
of the Gulf conclude that dispersants may have sent the oil to the ocean
floor, where it has turned up at the bottom of an undersea canyon within
40 miles of the Florida Panhandle. Plankton and other organisms showed a
“strong toxic response” to the crude, according to researchers from the
University of South Florida.
“The dispersant is moving the oil
down out of the surface and into the deeper waters, where it can affect
phytoplankton and other marine life,” said John Paul, a marine
microbiologist at USF.
BENEDICT’S UK VISIT
POPE EXPECTED TO SHOW
THE “BEAUTY” OF
Aug. 18/10. Jesuit Father
Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman says Benedict XVI’s trip to the
UK in September will be an opportunity to effectively
present a secularized society with the positive contribution and beauty
of the “Christian faith” and the Roman Catholic Church.
The spokesman said that the Pope’s
first-day meeting with the Queen is “awaited with great
intensity and emotion,” as is the Scotland leg of the trip. The Pope
will be in Scotland on the day of the feast of St. Ninian, who is the
patron, the evangeliser of Scotland - a very important day for
Lombardi added that the ecumenical
dimension of the trip should not be discounted. That element includes a
meeting between the Pope and the leader of the Anglican Communion, the
Archbishop of Canterbury.
In reference to the novelty of
this visit, compared to that of Pope John Paul II, 30 years ago,
Father Lombardi stressed that much has changed, particularly
elements such as “the approach of the visit itself, which has the
aspect of a state visit with an
official invitation from
the queen and the government,
whereas that of John Paul II was more specifically pastoral.”
would say that what is expected, what can be desired, truly hoped for
from this visit is the fact of making it understood, of presenting the
service of the
and the service of
the Catholic Church for a
very developed but also a very secularized society, such as that of the
United Kingdom,” he said. “A reality, where perhaps
many persons wonder about
the value of
Catholic witness in
hope that this trip will also be a
manifestation of the
positiveness of the Holy
Father’s service in society,
much more so in times in
which we also have had
[several hundred years]
The danger of ecumenism
(religious union) is constituents of the union are required to
compromise – sink their differences. A true Bible believer can never
deny the Word of God; and that Word says:
“Come out of her, My people, so that you will not participate in her
sins, and that you will not receive of her plagues; ‘for her sins have
piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her depravity and
crimes.” (Revelation 18:4-5)
NORTH KOREA EXECUTES
DETAINS 20 OTHERS
Aug 15/10. In mid-May, police
discovered 23 Christians meeting in an underground church in North
Korea. They were arrested and interrogated at length. Three
“ringleaders” of the group were sentenced to death and executed,”
AsiaNews said. “The others were sent to Kwanliso, a notorious Penal
Attacks on Christians in various parts of India are occurring quite
regularly. Evangelists and pastors in particular, are targetted and
accused of forcibly converting Hindus.
In one such event, on July 6, a
Christian woman, Amodini, (40), was brutally attacked for sharing her
faith in Karnataka. Amodini is a member of a church where a Gospel for
Asia-supported missionary serves as pastor. She was at her home when a
group of 15 men arrived and began accusing her of forcing people to
convert to Christianity. They then grabbed and began to beat her.
Witnesses of the horrific scene
said, “Amodini’s clothes were removed in public and she was attacked
with knives.” At last report, she was hospitalized and in critical
condition. Police have arrested 14 of the accused attackers. (Source:
Assist News Service)
The believers in the area ask for
prayers for Amodini, that the Lord would heal her wounds, and that the
peace of God will keep her firm in her faith. Pray that believers in
India will continue to be bold in sharing the Gospel amid violent
“A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they
will persecute you also.” (John 15:20)
“Who shall separate us from the love of the Messiah? Shall tribulation,
or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” (Romans 8:35)
GOOD NEWS !!!
There does not seem to
good news in the world today, but there
some good news!
Yahweh the Almighty is working in
many places around the world in great grace. Many precious souls,
including Muslims and Hindus, are turning to the Saviour, and are being
saved and delivered from sin and bondage.
And the Bible certainly gives us
good news. Let me mention, three main
good news promises
GOOD NEWS #1
The great and glorious
“Now I make known to you, brethren, the
Gospel which I preached to you ... that
Christ (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.” (1 Corinthians 15:1, 3-4)
“For the Scripture says, whoever believes in Him (the Messiah)
will not be disappointed. There is no distinction between Jew and Greek;
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 the LORD will be saved.”
This Good News is for
who will receive and
“For Yahweh, the Eternal God so loved the world, that He gave His
only begotten (His one-and-only eternal) Son, so that
whoever believes in Him should not perish, but
have eternal (everlasting) life.” (John 3:16)
GOOD NEWS #2
This Good News is for all who have
received Jesus, Y’shua the Messiah, as their personal Saviour. It is the
promise of the
- the catching up of believers to
meet the Master in the air. The Master is coming soon, to receive His
people to Himself - and to take them to the New Jerusalem - the Heavenly
City that He has prepared for them. As He promised:
“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)
“For the Master Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the
voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. Then
the dead in Christ - those who died in union with the Messiah -
shall rise first. Then we, the living believers who remain, will
simultaneously be caught up together
with them in the clouds, to meet the Master in the air. And so we
will be with the Master for ever.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
This event is imminent. It could
happen any day now! So believer, look up! He will come as He said.
GOOD NEWS #3
The Messiah taught His people to
“Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your Name.
Your kingdom come; Your
will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10)
The Kingdom of God, in the near
future, is to replace the kingdoms of this world, as the
Messiah King reigns in
The whole earth will be cleansed,
restored and filled with the knowledge and glory of God.
“For the LORD of Hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and
His glory will be before His elders.” (Isaiah 24:23)
“Then I saw thrones, and sitting on them were those to whom authority to
judge was given. And I saw the souls of those who had been
beheaded because of their testimony for Y’shua and because of the
Word of God - these had not worshipped the beast or his image and
had not received his mark upon their foreheads or upon their hands. They
came to life and reigned with the Messiah for
the thousand years.” (Revelation 20:4)
This is tremendous Good News for
the remnant of people who will be saved during the Great Tribulation.
It is good news for the planet Earth, for the Master will come to bring
It is good news also for the Body
of the Messiah (the born again believers), for they will reign with the
King (from the Heavenly City) during the 1,000 year Millennial kingdom.
My dear reader, if you have not
yet received the Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Saviour, why
don’t you call on His Name right now - believe in Him - express your
faith in Him as the Saviour who died for you, and who rose again
to be your ever-present Saviour. Just pray to Him in simple
words, and receive the forgiveness of your sins, and the gift of
eternal life that He offers freely to all who put their trust in Him.
This prayer may help you to express your faith.
I come to You just as I am, a
sinner needing Your forgiveness, and salvation.
I believe that Your Son, Jesus,
Y’shua, paid the penalty for all my sins when He died, as my
substitute, on the cross. I believe that He rose from the dead, and
that He is the living Saviour for all who call on His Name. And Father,
I call on His Name right now, and ask You to forgive my sin, to save me,
to make me a new person, and to make me Your child.
Lord Jesus I give my life to You,
and by Your enabling power, I will follow You, and own You as my Saviour
and Master from this day on. Master, make me Your faithful witness.
Thank You Father, for hearing my
prayer. Thank You for Your forgiveness and salvation. Thank You, Y’shua,
for dying for me, and for paying my penalty, and thank You for Your gift
of eternal life.
Thank You Father. I pray in
Jesus’ Name. Amen
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PLEASE KEEP YOUR SIGNED
PRAYER WITH YOU AS A REMEMBRANCE OF THIS WONDERFUL DAY IN YOUR LIFE.
If this has been your decision prayer today, we will be very happy to
hear from you, and to pray for you.
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