And Shalom! Yes I must wish you shalom (peace), for we’re into
September. And this month, stretching into October, promises to be a
very turbulent period.
One main source of this turbulence is the
bid to gain UN recognition of unilateral statehood for “Palestine.” The
Palestinian Authority want the UN to impute statehood to a Palestinian
state - without compromise or negotiation with Israel. And a majority
of the nations in the US are disposed to give their endorsement.
Mahmoud Abbas will ask the international community to recognize
Palestine as a sovereign state on the first day of the annual opening
gathering at UN headquarters in New York.
The expected date for the UN vote is between Sept 20 & 27.
conflict between Israel and Sinai & Gazan militants has been raging
since mid-August, but it is merely a prelude to a bigger storm that’s
brewing. Massive Arab demonstrations in Judea and Samaria are planned in
the build up to the Sept vote. And both the Israel Defence Forces and
the Palestinians are preparing for a war in the period following the
What makes this anticipated vote so significant is that it is in direct
confrontation with God’s covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
(Israel). Yahweh the LORD has warned clearly and strongly:
"Watch! For in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes
of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations, and bring them
down to the valley of Y'hoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment
against them on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom
they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My
land." - Joel 3:1-2
FESTIVALS OF THE LORD
factor in Sept-Oct, is that the anti-Israel UN vote will likely take
place just prior to Israel’s Biblical
Festival of Trumpets
which is also Rosh Hosanna (new year) (Sept 28/29); and then the
Day of Atonement
8); and the 8-day
Feast of Sukkot –
Autumn festivals of the LORD are full of prophetic significance. Just as
the four Spring festivals were all fulfilled by Y’shua the Messiah,
these three will be fulfilled by His coming and Kingdom.
The Festival of
warning of dangers and things to come. It is also a reminder to us that
the Master is coming with the sound of trumpets, and that the Rapture is
scheduled. It may be this year, it may be next year, or the next; it may
take place on the actual day of trumpets, or any other day – but it is
scheduled, and it will not be postponed even for a single day beyond the
(At the end of
this issue I have included a summary of the seven festivals, which have
a great significance even for believers today ).
This year there
have been reports about a space object - evidently a comet - that is at
present racing through our solar system for a rendezvous with Earth in
There have been
diverse opinions about Elenin in astronomical and scientific circles –
some saying it will be insignificant. Astronomers have produced
computer models that show four previous Elenin-Earth-Sun alignments have
coincided with four recent major earthquakes - in Chile (Feb. 27, 2010),
New Zealand (Sept. 4, 2010), New Zealand (Feb. 22, 2011), and Japan
(March 11, 2011) - even though Elenin was much farther from the Sun than
it is now.
We are told that
Elenin’s next strong alignment with Earth and the Sun occurs between
Sept. 26 - 28. (28th
is the Day of Trumpets.) And Elenin crosses earth’s orbit on Oct. 1-17
(during the Feast of Tabernacles). Super earthquakes could possibly
occur on these dates.
alignment, on Nov 5, as Elenin heads away, could cause debris to be torn
from the comet to become asteroids that could target the earth.
We don’t have
long to wait now to see whether Elenin is a threat, or a non-event. But
it may possibly be a
“sign in the sky.”
You remember our
Master’s words of prophecy:
will be mighty and violent earthquakes in various places,
and plagues, and famines; and there will be terrors,
and great signs from heaven ... And there will be signs in
the sun and moon and stars, and upon earth despair among nations,
with perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.
“Men's hearts will faint
from terror, being apprehensive of what is coming upon the world;
for the very powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then will they
see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”
(Luke 21:11, 25-27)
All the other
things in that passage are increasingly evident today, so why should we
not expect to see
“great signs from
in these days?
We are certainly
seeing many other warning signs around us, and around the world, today.
Here is a rundown on some very significant developments.
STRUGGLES WITH BIRTH PANGS
Union is going through upheavals with its financial crisis, riots, and
magazine (Aug 22) had the front page headline,
THE DECLINE AND FALL OF EUROPE
"THE END OF EUROPE."
And then it bleakly says: "Its economic union is unraveling, London is
ablaze, and the
continent's once dependable trading partner, the U.S., is too feeble to
save the day or the euro. Say goodbye to the old order."
the endtime Roman Confederation as being brittle - a mixture of clay
and iron. And that is what we see in the European Union today.
As the European
debt crisis deepens, there are cries all over the EU for full economic
integration in Europe.
President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sent a
letter to European Council President Herman Van Rompuy stating that they
want a new "economic governance" for Europe.
critics are already howling that Sarkozy and Merkel have not gone nearly
far enough. The critics are proclaiming that without
the creation of "Eurobonds,"
Europe is doomed. Germany is strongly opposed to issuing mutual
Eurobonds, as Europe could end up like the US -needing to print huge
amounts of bogus (inflated) money.
Daily Mail article
entitled Rise of the Fourth
Reich, says, "Germany is using the financial crisis to
conquer Europe," and it contains an assessment of what deeper economic
integration for Europe would mean. Fiscal union will mean a loss of
sovereignty, a one economic policy, one taxation system, one social
security system, one debt, one economy, and one finance minister. The
article says all of the above would be German.
We are, in fact,
witnessing a Europe struggling to give birth to the Beast kingdom that
will rule the world in the second half of the Tribulation.
EU members are
losing their sovereignty as the
integration in Europe certainly will not be easy. There is still a lot
of resistance in the EU to the idea of a
"United States of
and many in the
northern countries are strongly opposed to further economic integration
with the financially irresponsible nations of southern Europe. There is
a very real chance that the EU could break up and the euro could
implode. But the leaders of the EU are struggling to keep it all
In the end, the
real goal is to
unite the entire
governments, such as the EU, are seen as intermediate steps toward a
truly global government. The globalists hope one day to have a truly
global economy that uses a new global currency. Globalists are convinced
that they are doing this for the good of mankind. They believe that war
and poverty can be wiped out if we are all under one giant government.
Setting up a
may seem like a
the truth is that it would set the stage for a greater oppression than
we have ever seen before.
PROPHECY: "And in the latter period
of their rule ... a king
(Antichrist) will arise, insolent and skilled in intrigue. He
will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will destroy to an
extraordinary degree and prosper and perform his will; he will destroy
mighty men, and also the holy people."
But soon the
Kingdom of Messiah Y'shua "will crush all these kingdoms and bring them
to an end, but it will
(Daniel 2:44). Amen!
Renowned Christian author, Joel Rosenberg writes:
what the Lord Almighty says: 'In a little while, I will once more shake
the heavens and the earth. I will shake all the nations....I will shake
the heavens and the earth. I will overturn royal thrones and shatter the
power of the foreign kingdoms."
(Haggai 2:6-7, 21-22)
the last few weeks, the U.S. stock markets have tanked. Americans have
lost more than $2.3 trillion in personal wealth. Our economy has nearly
stalled. Some 14 million American are out of work. We may be facing a
double-dip recession. Our debt is exploding. And Washington is nearly
paralyzed with partisan gridlock, even as Iran is building nuclear
weapons, Syria and Libya are slaughtering thousands, Egypt has imploded,
and Israel is increasingly threatened. Put it simply: Storm clouds are
gathering. The winds are picking up. The tectonic plates beneath us are
shifting. America is being shaken. Israel and the Middle East are being
shaken. The Church is being shaken. Why? Where are we headed? What is
God doing? And what is He asking followers of Jesus Christ to do?
know what time it is, and that it is high time for us to wake up
from slumber; for our salvation is nearer now than when we
is now threatened
by a new Global Financial Crisis. It’s because of the huge European and
US financial debt.
In the US,
after a fierce battle, the Congress allowed Obama to borrow another
When Obama was
inaugurated in Jan 2009, the national debt was $10.4 trillion. It will
now set to become
TOPS 100% OF GDP
AUG. 4/11. After
the government's debt ceiling was lifted,
immediately shot up $US238 billion to reach 100% of gross domestic
“U.S. IS A
PARASITE ON GLOBAL ECONOMY”
Russian PM Vladimir Putin accused the US in early August of living
beyond its means. It is “like a parasite” on the global economy and
“dollar dominance was a threat to the financial markets. They are living
beyond their means and shifting a part of the weight of their problems
to the world economy,” he said. -
chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, has said the
Eurozone is breaking apart due to variations between economies in the
north and south
WARNING ABOUT EUROPEAN BANKS
The head of the
International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde has called into
question the health of European banks amid a stark warning about a
global economic slowdown.
Her comments -
unusually strong for such a senior policy-maker - risk further spooking
investors, who already have concerns about the exposure of European
banks to sovereign debt.
'COULD HIT WITHIN WEEKS'
Wilson, and Philip Aldrick
A more severe
crash than the one triggered by the collapse of Lehman Brothers could be
on the way, according to alarm signals in the credit markets.
on the debt
of several major European banks has now hit historic levels, higher even
than those recorded during the financial crisis caused by the US
financial group's implosion nearly three years ago.
swaps on the bonds of Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank
and Intesa Sanpaolo, among others, have flashed warning signals. Credit
Default Swaps on RBS were trading at 343.54 basis points, meaning the
cost to insure £10m
state-backed lender's bonds against default is now
The cost of
insuring RBS bonds is now higher than before the taxpayer was forced to
step in and rescue the bank in October 2008, and shows the recent
dramatic downturn in sentiment among credit investors towards banks.
"The problem is a
shortage of liquidity – that is what is causing the problems with the
banks. It feels exactly as it felt in 2008," said a senior London-based
"I think we are
heading for a market shock in September or October that will match
anything we have ever seen before," said a senior credit banker at a
major European bank.
Take comfort !!!
“NO CHANCE OF DEFAULT,
US CAN PRINT
Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan on Sunday ruled out the chance of a US
default following S&P's decision to downgrade America's credit rating.
United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money
to do that. So there is zero probability of default" said Greenspan on
NBC's Meet the Press.
is that so? And why is China and other investors already dumping their
AS IT WAS IN
THE DAYS OF NOAH
earth was corrupt in God's sight; the earth was full of violence. God
saw how corrupt the earth had become; for all humanity on the earth had
corrupted its ways. Then God said to Noah,
of all people has now come before Me; for the earth is filled
with violence because of them. Watch! I am about to destroy them
along with the earth. Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood …”
I don’t need to
remind you that this generation is increasing in both violence and
corruption. But two recent upheavals grimly illustrate the fulfilling of
the Messiah’s prophecy in Luke 17:26:
“Just as it was in the days
of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.”
BURNING – PURE ANARCHY
The riots last
month in England were not merely unruly protests scenes. It was an
outbreak of arson, looting and lawlessness that caught Britain’s leaders
by surprise. In four nights of mayhem, hundreds of stores across London,
Manchester, Birmingham and other British cities were torched or
ransacked by mostly young hooded hooligans. Some innocent people barely
escaped with their lives from burning buildings.
The anarchy was
triggered by the police killing of a man in London, but that released,
says TIME magazine, a wave of
That’s putting it
gently. The British PM, David Cameron declared more forcefully: “This
pure and simple.”
In recent months
India has been rocked by a string of big corruption scandals; and
wide-spread protests to them.
Last April, the
anti-corruption activist, Anna Hazare, began a “fast until death” in New
Delhi, in an effort to
push the government into enacting tough anti-corruption laws. He
demanded that a committee drafting the new law be made up of activists
as well as politicians. Hazare ended his fast after the government
agreed to introduce measures to stem corruption.
On Aug 4, the
Anna Hazare camp rejected an ineffective government bill, and burned
copies of it. He then began a hunger strike which ended after 96 hours,
as ministers agreed to meet all of his demands.
initiative managed to inspire, mobilize and gain huge public support
even among ultra-modern Indians.
The "Anna Hazare
fast" can be described as the first real "social networking movement" in
When there was no
real progress made, Hazare began a third fast on Aug 16; but he and
hundreds of supporters were arrested for attempting to start a hunger
strike without permission. This sparked massive protests around the
then gave orders to release Hazare from prison, but he refused to leave
unless permission was given for him to continue his fast. After a couple
of days the government backed down and permitted Hazare and his
supporters to congregate at public grounds where he continued his fast
for 12 days until the government “relented.” The new deal, however, is
not the real victory he fasted for.
A climbdown from
the hardline positions had been made at protracted negotiations between
the Team Anna and the government after it became apparent that some of
the demands were not just unworkable, but also unconstitutional. In the
end, a face-saving exit was all that could be won.
the development as only a “half victory.” “The complete victory is still
to be won,” he said from the stage at the Ramlila grounds after
receiving a letter from the Prime Minister and a copy of the
Parliament’s resolution. The battle continues!
The world is
indeed corrupt as it was in Noah’s day, but for all who embrace Y’shua
the Messiah, God has given many precious and magnificent promises to
preserve them in the midst of this corrupt world.
has given us His precious and magnificent promises in order that through
them you might become partakers of the divine nature and escape the
corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
September U.N. VOTE
majority of the nations are expected to vote for the declaration of an
independent Palestinian state, at least one Arab nation – Jordan, has
announced that it will vote against. The reason is obvious: Jordan
itself has a huge Palestinian population problem.
resolution would be all about bashing Israel and nothing else. It would
have no constructive purpose, and will have no effect on the ground
other than to help incite a third Palestinian intifada.
Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd advocates that Australia should abstain
from voting, but as a leading news commentator has well said: “There is
absolutely no good reason why Australia should not vote
To do otherwise would be dishonourable, and bad policy. Our friends are
our friends, after all, especially when the whole world is against
STOP AID TO PALESTINIANS
IF THE UN
The United States will stop all financial aid to the Palestinian
Authority if they proceed with plans to ask the UN for recognition of an
independent state, warned Daniel Rubinstein, the US Consul General in
Jerusalem. He also told the chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat
that the US would veto a UN
resolution calling for recognition of an independent Palestinian state.
FAR FROM READY FOR STATEHOOD
Extracts from an
article by Efraim Inbar, professor of political studies at Bar-Ilan
University, in bitterlemons.org, and published in
The Australian / August
year, Mahmoud Abbas made the decision to
cut off the
Palestine Liberation Organisation's negotiations with Israel and go to
the UN to bid for state recognition. There, a US veto at the
expected, while at the
large majority is likely to endorse a motion recognising a Palestinian
state within the 1967 borders. Such a resolution is not binding in
The UN lacks
legitimacy. It is a morally bankrupt insti-tution, giving equal voice to
the worst aggressors and human rights offenders. It is unclear how a
resolution at the UN, a powerless institution, could make a dent in a
century-old ethnic conflict in the Holy Land. What can it do to
implement the General Assembly recommendations? The only consequence is
negative, reinforcing of Palestinian intransigence.
General Assembly resolutions cannot fix a Palestinian national movement
that is hopelessly fractured and dysfunctional.
The UN cannot
turn the Palestinian factions into one political entity. The UN cannot
deliver a state. It can change neither the facts nor Palestinian
had two historic opportunities to build a state, in 1948 and in 1993,
but both were squandered by terrible leadership.
Recently, we have
observed somewhat more successful efforts at state-building by
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. While he is arguably
the best thing that has happened to the Palestinians in their short
history, his popularity among his people is quite low, indicating the
dysfunctional character of Palestinian politics.
Can the PA
survive without begging for international support every few months? Can
it cut down its bloated and corrupt bureaucracy to enable it to build a
leadership realises that its options against Israel are limited and that
another terrorist campaign would be extremely destructive to the
Palestinians as a whole.
And the Arab
world, in the throes of a socio-political crisis, is hardly able to do
anything but pay lip-service in support of a Palestinian state
The upheaval in
the Arab world indicates there is greater need for caution. Unless we
see the emergence of a more pragmatic Palestinian leadership, the
conflict will continue.
THREE BIG CONCERNS
Foreign Editor of The Australian, Greg Sheridan reports:
“I spoke at
length to Efraim Inbar of the Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies
at Israel's Bar-Ilan University. He recognises three big trends from the
Arab Spring which promise complications, if not outright trouble, for
Israel in the months ahead.
first is the
weakening of the
Weak states cannot control their borders, their weapons or their
second trend is the final
upset of the old
The three main Arab states -- Egypt, Iraq and Syria -- are all weakened
and the region is increasingly dominated by non-Arab players, such as
Iran, Turkey and, indeed, Israel. The two main Muslim nations that were
Israel's allies --
-- have in their
the third big trend, in Inbar's view, is the
decline of US power,
influence and prestige
in the Middle
East. The Americans sacrificed a friend, in Mubarak, but took no action,
not even the deployment of rhetorical enthusiasm, against a long-time
enemy, Syria's Assad.
Barack Obama came
into office with several clear-cut policies for the Middle East.
They have all
Chief among Obama's policies were initiatives to engage Iran and Syria.
Neither of these engagements yielded one ounce of benefit for the US or
for anyone else, apart from the governments of Iran and Syria, in the
Israel/Palestine issue, Obama has been wholly ineffective. His initial
stress on halting Israeli building within its existing Jewish
settlements in the West Bank was completely counter-productive. Not only
did this have absolutely no effect on the amount of land used for
settlements, which does not increase when building occurs within
existing boundaries, but it made it virtually impossible for the
Palestinians to negotiate directly with Israel, because they could not
demand from Israel less than Obama demanded.
PROPHECY: “O God, do not keep
silent! Do not be quiet, and do not be still, O God! For look, Your
enemies are roaring; and those who hate You have raised their heads.
craftily plot against Your people, and conspire against Your hidden,
treasured ones. They have said, 'Come, and let us destroy them as a
nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more’.”
Ahmadinejad says Iran is determined to eradicate Israel. (see item
below). A statement from the Iranian Armed Forces' Headquarters late
last month claimed that the ongoing revolutions and popular uprisings in
the region have created the ideal situation for Muslims to finally
clinch a victory over the Zionist regime and to free the holy Quds
(Jerusalem) from the “Zionist occupation.”
“PA STATE IS FIRST STEP TO
Authority officials prepare to make their statehood bid at the UN,
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the creation of a
“Palestinian state was only the first step to the destruction of
restating the position he outlined after taking office in 2005, said
Israel was a "tumor" to be wiped off the map, and urged Arabs in PA
administered areas not to settle for a two-state solution, but to strive
for a complete return of what they consider their land.
Palestinian state is not the last goal. It is only one step forward
towards liberating the whole of Palestine," Ahmadinejad told worshippers
at Friday prayers on international Qods Day -- an annual show of support
for the PA cause.
regime is a center of microbes, a cancer cell and if it exists in one
iota of Palestine it will mobilize again and hurt everyone."
"It is not enough for them
(Palestinians) to have a weak, powerless state in a very small piece of
Palestine. They should unite to establish a state, but the ultimate goal
is the liberation of the whole of Palestine," he said. "I urge the
Palestinians never to forget this ideal. Forgetting this ideal is equal
to committing suicide. It would be giving an opportunity to an enemy
which is on the verge of collapse and disappearance."
– Arutz Sheva
rant and rave, but the Almighty Ruler of this Universe has news for him:
“Thus says YHWH, who gives the sun for a light by day, and the laws of
the moon and the stars for a light by night, who stirs up the sea so
that its waves roar; YHWH of Hosts is His Name. If these laws vanish
from before Me, declares YHWH, then the seed of Israel also shall
cease from being a nation before Me forever.” (Jeremiah
STRUGGLES FOR STABILITY
struggling with internal tension especially as it prepares for elections
scheduled for November. Its direction is being increasingly influenced
by the Muslim Brotherhood. Radicals are calling for the severing of
Egypt’s peace agreement with Israel.
It is almost
certain that only US influence is causing the Egyptian military to hold
to its peace treaty with Israel at present. The Egyptian army is
US-trained and equipped, and to some extent even US-funded, and it wants
to maintain that American connection. And the price for that is the
peace treaty with Israel.
The frame of mind
in Egypt since the fall of Hosni Mubarak, however, has been increasingly
Islamist. The young, secular protesters of Tahrir Square are hopelessly
dis-organised and divided, the Muslim Brotherhood, which exercised
brilliant tactical quiet during the big demonstrations, has now come to
the fore and looks set to win well over a third of the vote in
FOR SHARIA & ISLAMIC CALIPHATE
Tens of thousands
of Egyptians poured into Cairo's now-famed Tahrir Square to demand their
nation become subject to Sharia Law and form the cornerstone for a new
demonstrators, who were led by the increasingly powerful Muslim
Brotherhood, demanded that Egypt's interim military regime give way to
an intolerant Islamic dictatorship.
were shouting and holding up signs reading: "Egypt will return to Sharia
"Liberals and secularists are the enemies of Allah!",
& "The solution is Islam!"
Mubarak was ousted in February, the international media made much of how
conservative Muslims, Coptic Christians and Egyptian secularists worked
together for the common goal of democratic freedom.
assumption was that Egypt would serve as a model of how a diverse, but
tolerant Middle East society could throw off the shackles of dictatorial
oppression and build something better. But Egyptian commentators are now
saying that what is happening in their country more closely resembles
the Iranian revolution of 1979.
A broad coalition
of Iranians overthrew the regime of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. The shah
was briefly replaced by a secular, democratic government. But Islamists
quickly hijacked the revolution, and Iran today is ruled by a religious
council and is subject to the strictest interpretation of Sharia Law.
Egypt's one hope
at this point is that the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamist movement
currently lack a charismatic leader like the Iranians had in Ayatollah
But the chances
of a free democratic Egypt are very slim!
CONCERNED OVER TERROR THREATS TO SUEZ CANAL
tensions in the Sinai Peninsula and the concerns over the growing
presence of terrorist groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda are having an
effect on Egyptian operations in the Suez Canal.
reports coming in from Egypt, officials fear that terrorists are
planning an attack in the canal, and they have taken measures to protect
the area, such as increasing security presence and deploying units
throughout the canal.
Egyptians’ main concern is that Al-Qaeda terrorists will try to attack a
Western ship as it is crossing the Suez Canal.
Egypt, and especially in the Sinai Peninsula, has been a headache for
Egypt’s ruling military. Since the uprising which ended the Mubarak
regime, the Sinai Peninsula has been in a state of anarchy with
terrorists, some of them, affiliated with Al-Qaeda, having infiltrated
- Arutz Sheva
has become the new arena for terrorism, and Israel has declared the
Egyptian-Sinai/Israel border unsafe, and regards the Sinai as now a
EXTREMISTS COULD MAKE SINAI THE NEW SOMALIA
On August 27,
Sheridan, Foreign editor of
result of the Arab Spring is a brand new franchise operation for
al-Qaeda. In Egypt's Sinai desert, which borders Israel, a group has
arrived announcing itself as al-Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula. Another
group calls itself al-Shabab al-Islam (Youth of Islam). Al-Qaeda
central has not yet granted formal recognition to its aspiring Sinai
franchise. But really, it's only a matter of time.”
out that in both Libya and Egypt, prisons were emptied. Many innocent
people had been wrongly incarcerated in those prisons. But there were
also many, many extremist jihadists who have now gone back to the life
of murder, suicide and caliphate building, which is their true love.
This could turn the Sinai into a new Somalia – a violent feral state.
The Sinai is of
iconic significance to the Middle East. It is the one example in
independent Israel's history of the land-for-peace formula actually
working. Now the Israel/Egypt treaty is under deep threat. Israel will
need to build a security fence along the Sinai and devote many more
military resources to its southern flank.
FRONTIER NO LONGER A BORDER OF PEACE
frontier units are on peak alert following specific intelligence that
Palestinian Jihad Islami was preparing to launch another
cross-border terrorist attack from Sinai.
Chief of Staff,
Gen. Benny Gantz, announced that Israel's Defence Forces were no longer
treating the Egyptian frontier as a border of peace because of new
threats – a radical change of outlook after three decades since a peace
treaty was concluded.
The new situation
was exemplified by the terrorist attacks Palestinian gunmen launched
from Egyptian Sinai on Aug. 8 killing eight Israeli civilians and
The IDF is
elevating the army's mission from border defence to a more proactive
offensive role - the warding off of cross-border attacks. The border
forces will receive infusions of extra combat manpower, intelligence
systems and weapons - tank units, armoured infantry, airborne radar, and
early warning electronic capabilities that will be strung along the
200-kilometer length of the Egyptian-Sinai border.
“EGYPT-ISRAEL PEACE TREATY NOT AS SACRED AS THE KORAN”
Secretary-General, Nabil Elaraby, says the 1979 peace treaty is 'not
sacred,' and is subject to annulment or amendment if breached by either
side. Nabil declared the Egypt-Israel peace treaty is not as sacred as
the Koran, or the New Testament.
with Israel will soon be broken; and as Jeremiah, and Daniel (11:40-43)
both indicate, Egypt will become the King of the South who rises up
against the Holy Land. Awful times are ahead for Egypt:
PROPHECY: “Egypt rises like a
flood, and like the rivers whose waters surge about; and he says, 'I
will go up; I will cover that land; I will destroy the city and
its inhabitants’.” (Jeremiah 46:8)
this is the day of the Sovereign Master, YHWH of Hosts; a day of
vengeance, so that He may take vengeance on His foes. The sword will
devour until it is satiated and has drunk their blood; for there will be
a sacrifice for the Sovereign Master, YHWH of Hosts, in the land of the
north by the River Euphrates … ‘Pack your bags ready for exile, O
daughter dwelling in Egypt, for Memphis will become a desolation. It
will be burned down and bereft of inhabitants’.”
(Jeremiah 46:10, 19)
“And the land of Egypt will not escape.”
will become a desolate wasteland. Then they will know that I am YHWH.
Because you said, ‘The Nile is mine, and I have made it,’ therefore, be
sure, I am against you and against your rivers and I will make the land
of Egypt a total desolate waste from Migdol to Aswan, as far as
the border of Cush (Ethiopia). No foot of man will pass through it, nor
will the foot of an animal pass through it. No-one will live there for
forty years.” (Ezekiel 29:9-11)
After the ouster
of Colonel Gadhafi, and the consolidation of the victory of the
“rebels,” the work of rebuilding the nation is under way. But the fear
of many international observers is that Libya is likely to follow the
pattern of Egypt – euphoria followed by the infighting of the
“liberators,” resulting in Islamic dominance.
will join the Northern Confederation of Rosh, as Ezekiel foretells:
“O Gog, chief prince of Rosh, 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),
Cush (Sudan~Ethiopia), and Put (Libya) will be with
them, all with shields and helmets.”
SYRIAN CLIMAX AHEAD
The crushing of
town after town, and the ruthless slaughter of thousands of Syrians by
Bashar Assad’s regime continues. Encouraged and aided by Iran’s radical
regime, Assad is holding out against civilian protests, and condemnation
of the UN, Turkey and many Sunni Arab nations. In late August,
Assad saw his own capital rallying against him with big
situation is explosive .
Opt for War to Escape Russian, Arab, European Ultimatums
reports: In the last two days, three international heavyweights -
Russia, the European Union and key Muslim nations – gave
President Bashar Assad
for ending his ferocious crackdown.
Nevertheless, yesterday, his troops shot dead another 17 people in
Syrian cities - even as he received Russian Deputy Foreign Minister
Mikhail Bogdanov, who arrived in Damascus with
President Dmitry Medvedev:
“Recall your soldiers to their bases immediately and implement changes
or Moscow will
UN Security Council sanctions stiff enough to stifle the Syrian economy.”
Those sanctions are only a step away from a resolution authorising NATO,
together with Muslim and Arab nations, to intervene militarily in the
Our military and intelligence sources disclose that
as a NATO member, and
on behalf of the
have been in discussions this past week
form this intervention would take:
The long-considered Turkish plan to send troops into northern Syria and
carve out a military pocket from which Syria's rebels would be supplied
with military, logistic and medical aid.
Ankara and Riyadh will provide the anti-Assad movements with
large quantities of
be smuggled in from outside Syria.
The Turkish military incursion would be matched by
troops entering southern Syria
the head of GCC contingents. They would move in
and establish a second military enclave under GCC auspices.
third option came up in Tehran
Aug. 25, when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad heard some
straight talk from the visiting
Our exclusive Iranian sources reveal that the Qatari ruler
down a blunt warning:
Assad was finished,
Iran to face up to this.
For the sake of
minimal relations with the Arab world,
Iran must ditch the Assad regime in Damascus or face the real danger of
the Syrian crisis deteriorating into a regional conflict.
Ahmadinejad turned the emir down flat,
according to our sources.
Iran would never renege on its pact with Assad.
Well-informed military sources warn that Assad
not be cowed
the international, military and economic noose tightening around his
neck. He is far more likely to try and loosen it
lashing out against his enemies,
starting with Israel.
Iran will certainly be a willing supporter of such belligerence,
starting a war which could spread like wildfire across the region.
* * * *
does not have much future. The capital, Damascus, at least, will be
PROPHECY: “The oracle concerning
Damascus. Look! Damascus is about to be removed from being a city, and
it will become a heap of ruins.”
In spite of all
the turmoil and violence in the Middle East, the Gospel is penetrating
those lands, and many souls are being saved. It is the grace of the
Lord, delivering souls from the bondage of sin and spiritual bondage. In
spite of persecution, the Messiah, Y’shua, is setting captives free.
“The Spirit of Adonai YHWH
is upon Me, because YHWH has anointed Me to bring good news to
the meek - the poor and afflicted. He has sent me to bind up the
brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to
those who are bound; to proclaim the favorable year of YHWH and the day
of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to console those who
mourn in Zion, giving them beauty instead of ashes, the oil of
joy instead of mourning, a garment of praise instead of a spirit of
heaviness. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of
YHWH, that He may be glorified.” (Isaiah
of the LORD
“The appointed times of YHWH”
23:4 to 44
What significance do the
festivals have for us
This is a brief summary of the seven Old Testament festivals.
An in-depth study can be rewarding, and there are a number of books
written by Messianic authors, which elaborate fully on the subject.
PASSOVER - PESACH
14th of 1st month
(Nisan). (round about
Pesach looks back to deliverance from Egypt. It represents freedom from
On 14th of Nisan,
each Israelite family sacrificed its chosen lamb, and sprink-led its
blood on the doorposts and lintels of their homes.
That night the
Angel of Death passed throughout Egypt and struck down the firstborn son
of every home where the blood was not applied. The blood of the lamb was
the provision for the salvation of God’s obedient people, as the angel
passed over the homes where the blood was applied to the door frames.
For the church,
Passover prefigures our redemption and freedom, for our Passover Lamb
was Y’shua the Messiah, and He was slain at Calvary for our deliverance
from the bondage of sin. And His shed blood covers all who
“apply it” to
their lives by faith in the Lamb of God.
know that it was not with perishable things like silver or
gold that you were redeemed from the futile way
of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but
with the precious blood of the Messiah, a Lamb without
blemish or defect.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)
Lord’s table” is a typical remembrance of Pesach, for it
commemorates Christ our Passover Lamb, in a simple but
sublime and beautiful way.
2. UNLEAVENED BREAD - HAG HAMATZAH
- Leviticus 23:6-8
For Israel, this
holy week, beginning the day after Pesach, was a solemn time to
emphasise the need for sanctification – separation from all evil.
Leaven is a
symbol of sin, and in preparation for this 8-day Passover/Unleavened
Bread season, all leaven had to be removed from the peoples’ homes.
For the church,
the Feast of Unleavened Bread is fulfilled through Christ who is made to
us, sanctification (1 Corinthians 2:30). And this appointed week is a
reminder of our responsibility to be holy, for our God is holy.
Why should we not
have a special season of ministry and emphasis on holiness?
3. WAVING OF FIRST FRUITS - YOM HABIKURIM -
in the 1st month.
For Israel, the
day of waving of the sheaves of the first fruits meant thanksgiving and
dedication of the barley harvest. It was held on the day after the
first Sabbath after Passover – which means, it was on the first day of
the week which began at sunset on Saturday. Sheaves of the first fruits
of the harvest were brought to the priest who would wave it before the
LORD, and an unblemished lamb would then be offered as a burnt sacrifice
For the church, the Day of First Fruits was fulfilled by the
resurrection of Christ – His was the First Fruits of the
Resurrection. And of course, Y’shua rose on the first day of the
week, fulfilling this festival exactly to the very day.
fact is that the Messiah has been raised from the dead, and He became
the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep - (believers
who have died) ... The Messiah is the firstfruits;
then those who belong to the Messiah, at the time of His
coming.” (1 Corinthians 15:20, 23)
PENTECOST – SHAVUOT
- FEAST OF WEEKS
FEAST OF HARVEST.
- Leviticus 23:15-22
50 days after the waving of first fruits - in the third month - Sivan.
Shavuot is linked
to the earlier waving of the first fruits, as its date is calculated -
50 days - from that event. It was celebrated with much excitement in
Israel because it signified the completion of the early firstfruits
harvest from the fields. Two loaves of bread, made with leaven from the
wheat harvest, were waved before the LORD.
For Israel it was a thanksgiving and dedication of the wheat harvest,
and it was an agricultural holiday. Traditionally, the rabbis have tied
the giving of the Law at Sinai, to Shavuot.
As part of the
Jewish ceremonies, there was the reading of the Book of Ruth, because
its story took place around harvest time.
The story of Ruth
contains the message of redemption of a Gentile. Ruth chose to become an
Israelite at heart by clinging tightly to Naomi the Jewess and her God –
the God of Israel.
For the church,
Pentecost was fulfilled by the formation of the church – the Bride of
the Lamb - exactly on the day of Shavuot.
the way for believing Gentiles to be included with believing Jews, in
the redemptive plan of God, in the one “new man” - the Body of Christ.
is traditionally listed in the “church calendar,” most evangelical
churches neglect this wonderful event, and hardly acknowledge the day of
Pentecost. Why should we not celebrate the formation of the Church?
DAY OF TRUMPETS - YOM TRUAH
1st of 7th month
For Israel, the
Shofar (Trumpet) is blown on this day so that everyone might know the
Time of Judgment is near. It begins the “10 days of awe” that are a
preparation for the Day of Atonement. Yom Truah is, in fact, a warning
of the coming
“Day of Jacob’s
For the church,
the Day of Trumpets anticipates the Rapture. It will be fulfilled at the
return of Christ when the Lord comes with the sound of trumpets.
For the world,
Trumpets is a warning of the
Hour of Trial
coming on the whole world.
FOR BLOWING THE SHOFAR
the Coronation or the arrival of a king .
Y’shua is the King of the Universe.
2 To call to Repentance. 1 Peter 4:17, James 4:8
3 To remember the Covenant-keeping God who descended on Mt Sinai.
4 To issue a warning of danger:
"I appointed watchmen over you, and said, 'Listen to the sound of
the trumpet!' But you said, 'We will not listen'." (Jeremiah 6:17)
5 To signal the rebuilding of the temple.
6 To cause the people to stand in awe of God.
7 To warn of Judgment –
the Day of the LORD.
8 To anticipate the ingathering of Israel –the latter rain harvest.
9 To announce the Resurrection - the shofar of the
It is a blessing
to celebrate the Festival of Trumpets in a New Testament way – as a
Second Coming festival. This is, I believe, a very appropriate time to
herald the soon return of our beloved Saviour.
“Awaiting and looking for the blessed hope - the glorious
appearing of our great God and Saviour, Y'shua the Messiah; who gave
Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all lawlessness (all
wickedness), and purify for Himself a people who are uniquely His
own; people zealous to do good works.”
6. DAY OF ATONEMENT - YOM KIPPUR
10th of 7th month
(Tishrei). Leviticus 23:26-32
For Israel, Yom
Kippur was a day of
atonement was made for the sins of the entire congregation. It was the
one day of the year when the high priest entered the Holy of Holies and
sprinkled the blood of the animal sacrifice on the Mercy Seat. Yom
Kippur is the most holy day on the Jewish Calendar. It is also called
Shabbat Shabbaton – the Sabbath of Sabbaths. On this day the people
of Israel were to afflict their souls, and repent of their sins.
In past Israel,
Yom Kippur looked forward to the great day when Y’shua, who is both our
Sacrifice and our Great High Priest, would make atonement for sinners of
has for sin atonement made, what a wonderful Saviour.
We are redeemed, the price is paid, what a wonderful
For Israel, Yom
Kippur will be fulfilled when Y’shua the Great High Priest of the New
Covenant appears to Israel, and Israel receives His atonement.
For the church,
Atonement was fulfilled was when Y’shua entered the holy of holies in
heaven on our behalf.
(Hebrews 9:11-14. 2:17).
Why should Yom
Kippur not be a special day in the church, when a powerful Gospel
message is preached to make sure every person in the church is included
in the Atonement?
7. TABERNACLES (Booths) - SUKKOT -
of the month
(usually in October)
Sukkot was a celebration of God’s provisions throughout the 40 years of
wilderness wandering, when the people lived in booths – huts made of
tree branches, or tents. But it also looks forward to the Millennial age
when Messiah tabernacles (dwells) in the midst of His people, and Y’shua
will be King over all the earth.
Millennium, the Festival of Tabernacles will be obligatory for all
One of the
ceremonies carried out at Sukkot, during the Temple period of the time
of Y’shua, was called The Pouring Out of the Water.
In this ceremony
the priests marched from the Temple Mount down the Kidron Valley to the
Pool of Siloam where pitchers were filled with water. The priests then
marched back up to the Temple Mount. There they poured out the water
into the large laver in the Temple compound which was followed by great
rejoicing. The rabbis interpreted the pouring out of the water as a
symbol of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Israel in the last days.
Sukkot, and on one occasion during the pouring out of the water, He gave
an invitation, saying:
“If any one thirst, let him
come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures says,
from within him shall flow rivers of living water.”
referring to the coming of the Holy Spirit to indwell every believer.
So for the
church, Sukkot is a reality! The Holy Spirit tabernacles in all
believers. They are, each one, a temple – a tabernacle of God; and
corporally, they are the Body, the Temple of Christ.
(1 Corinthians 6:19)
Why don’t we
celebrate and proclaim the coming Millennium in these days? It is not
far off. It will begin seven years after the Rapture.
For Israel, Yes!
For the church, No! BUT … all the feasts point to realities in the
Messiah; they have been, or will be, fulfilled in Y’shua. They are all
shadows and types of Messiah and His work. So in one sense, if we have
the reality, if we have Christ, we don’t really need the type. But
there remains the need
to remember and
to our beloved Redeemer.
encouraged us to observe Pass-over and the unleavened bread,
in 1 Corinthians
“Our Passover Lamb,
the Messiah, has been sacrificed for us. Let us therefore
celebrate the feast, not with old yeast, nor with the leaven of
malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity
This is not a “You must keep the
Feast” command. Rather it is as the Saviour said, “Do this in
remembrance of Me.”
Under the New
Covenant we are free to keep the Feasts -the Festivals - in a New
Covenant way, but there is no compulsion, except to ...
“Do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke
So if our heart
wants to observe the festivals, let us do so in a spiritual way as our
Father leads us. Amen!
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