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MA66  November 2014  HOW LONG?

HOW  LONG ?

 

My friends, do you remember our first Millennium Alert , #61, this year.  It was entitled –

 “2014 – A CRUCIAL YEAR.”               

That issue dealt with a heap of hot spots around the world, and it quoted Daniel’s prophecy:

“The end will come like a flood. There will be war until the end; and desolations have been decreed.” (Daniel 9:26)

Most of you will agree, I believe, that time seems to be passing very swiftly, as newer and more alarming events have come upon us rapidly. At the beginning of the year we had not even heard of ISIS and the ISLAMIC STATE; EBOLA was a minor problem; Ukraine was still in one piece; Iran seemed to be showing a more moderate face with its nuclear talks; moderate calm was prevailing in Gaza; global air traffic was stable, as were the streets and cities – at least in Western countries..

But by mid-year ISIS was on the rampage in Iraq and Syria, capturing swathes of territory, and beheading and slaughtering enemies like a plague. And soon an “Islamic State” was created, and threatened the nations. The Syrian civil war waged on and spilled over into Lebanon and began affecting the Middle East. The ISIS offensive then brought conflict to the borders of Turkey, Jordan, Iran, Kurdistan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, Sinai and Israel.

The “liberation” of Libya turned into disaster. In Nigeria, Boko Haram engaged in a string of atrocities not unlike the ISIS pograms. Terrorist attacks were carried out in Mali, Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania; an unprecedented flow of Westerners joining ISIS enhanced the threat of international terrorism, as ISIS called for loyal Muslims in western countries to attack and behead people at random. Attacks in Ottawa, New York, and Melbourne led to widespread fear, and to new tough security measures in Western countries.

Upheavals and uprisings continued in Thailand, Hong Kong, South America, Spain, and elsewhere, even in Burkina Faso in North Africa.

In Ukraine, Russia orchestrated a takeover of the Crimea region, which led to a civil conflict in the East of Ukraine. Not only Malaysian flight MH 370 disappeared without trace, but another Malaysian plane MH 17 was downed by an enemy missile, killing the 298 people on board. This led further to the deteriorating relations between Russia and Europe and the US.

Another Israel-Gaza war broke out in July, and seven weeks of conflict followed as Gazans fired thousands of missiles into Israel, and the IDF responded with an intense aerial bombardment. The “end” of the war was inconclusive, with Hamas still threatening.  Within weeks the Temple Mount in Jerusalem was erupting with violence.

All these events, and more, highlighted the collapse of Western counter-terrorism strategy as we’ve known it, since 2001. And after 13 years of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere in the Middle East; after thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars expended, we’re worse off today than before 9/11, with a stronger, more motivated, more dangerous enemy than ever.

Terrorism now stalks the streets of many of the “safe” nations around the world. 

Ebola has now taken on epidemic proportions in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. 14,000 cases have already been reported, and more than half of them have died. Suspected or potential cases have appeared in the US, Australia and Europe as well as several more African nations. The fear is that Ebola could be exported and take root around the world.

Fears and dire predictions are being expressed about the epidemic’s potential of becoming another Black Death - like the Bubonic Plague in the 14th century that wiped out millions of people.

Since mid-year, the world has entered a very turbulent time, to say the least, taking many leaders by surprise, and leaving them stunned and stuttering. 

Let me remind you of what the apostle Paul said:

“But evil men and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

And, “realize this, that in the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of self, (utterly self-centered), lovers of money, boastful, arrogant (proud), blasphemers, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy (profane), without natural affection, (callous and inhuman), unloving, unforgiving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips (slanderers), without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited (traitors, headstrong, haughty), lovers of sensual pleasures rather than lovers of God; holding to a form of godliness (spiritual life), although they have denied its power. Avoid such people - turn away from them!” (2 Timothy 3: 13, 1-5)

Today more believers are asking, “How long, oh Lord? How long before You step in and deliver us, and deal with this corrupt and violent world?”

I remember an old hymn, written in 1907, which we used to sing in my youth. Some of you will remember it.  You will find it in many of the old hymn books. But I wonder when it was last sung heartedly in your church? 

O Lord Jesus, HOW LONG?

How long before we shout the glad song?

Christ returneth, HalleluYah!  HalleluYah! Amen.

HalleluYah! Amen.

It may be at morn, when the day is awaking

When sunlight through darkness and shadow is breaking,

That Jesus will come in the fullness of glory,

To receive from the world “His own.”

It may be at mid-day, it may be at twilight,

It may be perchance, that the blackness of midnight

Will burst into light in the blaze of His glory,

When Jesus receives “His own.”

Oh joy! Oh delight should we go without dying;

No sickness, no sadness, no dread and no crying;

Caught up through the clouds with our Lord into glory,

When  Jesus receives “His own.”       - H L Turner / James McGranahan

The Scriptures tell us in HEBREWS 10: 23-25,  35-39

“Let us hold fast without wavering to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful; let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds; and let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us exhort and encourage one another - and all the more, as you see the Day of YHWH, approaching. …

“So do not throw away your confidence which has a great reward; for you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. For in just a very little while, the One who is coming WILL COME, AND HE WILL NOT DELAY.

"THE RIGHTEOUS MAN WILL LIVE BY FAITH. [Hab. 2:3-4]; but if he draws back, I will not be pleased with him.  But we are not of those who defect and draw back to destruction, but we are of those who have faith to the saving of the soul.”   Amen!

And here are other promises and encouragements that we need to also hold fast in our hearts and minds.

 “YHWH the LORD is not slow concerning His promise, as some understand slowness, but is patient toward you, not wanting anyone to perish, but for everyone to come to repentance. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and Destruction of ungodly men.” (2 Peter 3:9, 7)

So when you hear all the bad news being fed to us daily, remember the Saviour’s exhortation:

“But when these things begin to take place, straighten yourselves and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28)

How long?   Not long!   HalleluYah!   Look up!  

 

OUR PRESENT WORLD

Now for some details of our present horrific world. The major event occupying the nations, causing much fear and panic, is …

THE ISLAMIC STATE & TERRORISM

“As it was in the days of Noah  (Luke 17:26) …

the world was filled with violence.” (Genesis 6:11)

   THE CONTAGION SPREADS

President Obama’s hurried withdrawal from Iraq, indicated his weakness to Iran and Russia, and led to the emergence of the Islamic State from the ashes of ­al-Qa’ida.

Now, in spite of coalition air strikes on Islamic State positions in Iraq and Syria, the terrorist movement grows. Estimates are that it has more than 30,000 fighters. About half of them are foreigners drawn from 80 countries as far away as Australia, Norway, the Maldives and Chile.

Not only do many militants swear allegiance to Islamic State, this contagion is also evident in the way Islamic State has won declarations of allegiance or support from militant groups across the world. Many militant groups, including the Pakistan Taliban; the brutal Boko Haram in Nigeria, and militants among Sunnis who make up 27% of Lebanon’s population, and Tunisia, are the source of more foreign fighters joining Islamic State than any other country. More than 3000 from Tunisia have joined so far.

Militant groups in Libya as well as Algeria have also sworn allegiance to Islamic State, proving their credentials by carrying out beheadings.

In Egypt, President el-Sisi has warned of a growing existential threat. He declared a state of emergency in Sinai following beheadings of soldiers by Ansar Bayt ­al-Maqdis militants, who have also pledged loyalty to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Apart from fighters, large segments of the younger generations in the West, and in countries around the world, have “warm feelings” towards the Islamic State.

“LONE WOLF” TERRORISTS MORE DANGEROUS

Well-known prophecy teacher, Hal Lindsey, writes:

OCT 31.  Some members of the mainstream media and government are trying to say that the terrorist events in Canada and the US are not important because, 1) they're "lone wolf" attacks, not co-ordinated by any terrorist organization, and, 2) the assailants had been in trouble with the law before converting to Islam.

I think that makes them even more disturbing. First, the fact that they're "lone wolf" attacks only confirms the size and scope of the challenge. It's more subversive and dangerous than if they were "card-carrying" members of an organization. This means they harbor jihad in their hearts and heads until they're ready to unleash an attack. That makes it impossible for them to be identified by the authorities. It's much easier for them to fall through the cracks or operate under the radar.

As to being in trouble with the law before conversion, that's part of the plan. Radical Muslims actively recruit people whose lives seem hopeless or who are thoroughly disenchanted with the system.

ISLAMIC STATE CALLS ON SUPPORTERS TO KILL AT RANDOM

In September, the Islamic State called on its supporters to kill soldiers and civilians in Australia, the US and Europe.

The speech, the first formal call by Islamic State (IS) for a war against and in the West, came just days after anti-terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane sought to disrupt a plot by IS supporters to abduct and kill a random member of the public.

The call which was uploaded to the web as an audio file, instructed:  "If you can kill an American or European infidel – especially the spiteful and cursed French – or an Australian or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the infidel fighters ... then rely upon God and kill them in any way possible. Do not consult with anyone and do not seek anyone's advice. Whether they are civilian or military, the same ruling applies."

The message had the appearance of a fatwa, or religious decree, which is a binding ruling for supporters, and it represented a significant shift for the militant group, which until then had only made scattered references to undertaking attacks outside Syria and Iraq.

“The fatwa” was directed at IS fighters.  "Why is it that the world has united against you? Why have the nations of disbelief entrenched together against you? What threat do you pose to the distant place of Australia for it to send its legions towards you?"

Since then there have been random attacks on individuals, in Australia, Canada and New York and elsewhere. 

“An hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think that he is rendering service to God.” (Y’shua - John 16:2)

WOMAN BEHEADED IN OKLAHOMA

After this grisly ISIS-style beheading set off shock waves, the press was asking, “Will copycat ISIS-style beheadings become commonplace in America?”

In September, police say a man dismissed from a food processing plant in an Oklahoma City suburb beheaded a woman with a knife, and while he was attacking another worker he was shot and wounded by the owner of the company. 

THE BATTLE FOR KOBANE

NOV 4.  150 Kurdish fighters from Iraq have joined Syrian Kurds in their offensive against Islamic State in the Syrian town of Kobane.  US airstrikes, working in conjunction with the ground forces, have increased.

Much depends on the battle for this highly strategic Kurdish town of Kobane on the Syrian-Turkish border. A setback there would be a crushing blow for the coalition fighting  Islamic State. Victory for the jihadists would further boost perceptions of their strength that are drawing support from other terrorist groups.

The Prime Minister of Iraq’s Kurdish regional government, Nechervan Barzani, said additional heavy weapons were needed to defeat Islamic State.

“We can’t say that they (the international community) provided any material thing to change the situation on the operational ground,” he said. “The arms provided to us so far are more light weapons, but what are really needed are heavy weapons.”

He said only Germany had provided anti-tank weapons and that “since 2003 neither Iraq nor the United States let us buy a single bullet from abroad … why don’t they support the Peshmerga in this respect?”

The issue of the Kurds is a highly sensitive one in Turkey - for 30 years the Turkish government engaged in a civil war with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which it regards as a terrorist group.

Two years ago the two sides reached a ceasefire and began peace talks. But three weeks ago Turkish fighter jets attacked Kurdish positions in the south-east of the country after what Turkey claimed were attacks by PKK fighters against Turkish soldiers.

Hurriyet said the peace process (between Turkey and the Kurds) “appears to be near collapse” as the government has frozen dialogue following attacks on members of the Turkish armed forces.

ISLAMIC STATE CALLS FOR THE INVASION OF 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)

NOV 4. The Islamic State has issued a statement saying that an Islamic Caliphate will be established in the Sinai, calling it the “first step towards the invasion of Jerusalem.”

The statement threatens Egyptian security forces, which suffered an attack on October 24. ISIS urged jihadists in the region to “destroy police checkpoints and stations, launch RPGs (Rocket-Propelled Grenade) at their gatherings and show the world that the Rule of God must be imposed.”

The allied rocket strike attacks on ISIS in Syria and Iraq have certainly slowed down their forward momentum, but has not even come close to stopping them.

The Russian Times today reports that the Islamic State has seized it's second oil field in Syria in a week: Islamic State militants claim to have gained control of the Jahar gas field in central Homs province from the Syrian army.

Last week, the insurgents took control of the Sha’ar gas field, where they killed at least 30 pro-government soldiers, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The mere fact that ISIS is able to do that after a month of allied bombing shows you how ineffective the strikes truly are. But this battle that has been raging for months now is about one main thing - Israel.

Today the Islamic State made the announcement that revealed their true intentions.

For now, the Islamic State seems to be on a pre-ordained unstoppable path that began with the formation of a caliphate in Iraq and ends in an attack on Jerusalem. Just how much they will be able to accomplish only God knows.   -  NTEB News Desk

As the prophets have declared, Jerusalem is the end game in this spiritual battle. Everything that is happening right now will reach its true fulfilment in the battle of Armageddon during the time of Jacob's trouble – the Great Tribulation).

"Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it." (Jeremiah 30:7)  

ISLAMIC STATE FLYING MILITARY JETS

OCT 18. Islamic State is training militants to fly fighter jets captured from Syrian government air bases — the first time the jihadists have taken to the air.

They are reportedly being trained in three Russian jets by former pilots of Saddam Hussein’s air force. Activists in the Syrian province of Aleppo reported seeing the jets flying training sorties from one of several air bases seized by Islamic State (IS).

Disgruntled former Iraqi officers who lost their jobs when Saddam’s military was disbanded, have formed a core of military expertise at the heart of IS, which evolved out of the Sunni insurgency against the American military presence in Iraq.

Activists in Syria have also suggested that Syrian regime officers with useful expertise, such as fighter pilots, may have been spared death after being captured by IS, so that their knowledge could be exploited.

IS has posted a video online showing captured Russian fighter jets. In one, a masked militant stands on a MiG jet and addresses President Vladimir Putin, threatening to bomb Russian targets in revenge for his support for the Assad regime.  - The Times

15,000 FOREIGN JIHADISTS HAVE JOINED ISIS

OCT 31.  According to a UN special report, a mass influx of foreign nationals from 80 countries have joined the ranks of the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization in Syria, Iraq over the last two years.

DOZENS OF EX-GITMO PRISONERS JOINING ISIS

OCT 30.  At least 20 to 30 Guantanamo Bay detainees who have been released may have joined up with Islamic State forces (ISIS) or other extremist groups within the Syrian border, according to senior Defence Department and intelligence officials.

Other former detainees are helping the groups from outside through financing operations and support for their propaganda campaigns.

According to Defence Department and intelligence officials, out of the 620 GITMO detainees who have been released, 180 have returned to fight with militant forces.

Of those 180 people, just 20 or 30 have joined with the Islamic State forces or other militants in Syria, or are participating from outside countries.  - Newsmax.com

AIR STRIKES FAIL TO CAUSE MAJOR ISIS RETREAT

NOV 2. NEW YORK – US-led airstrikes have not forced major retreats of Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, Christopher Harmer, analyst from the Institute for the Study of War, told RIA Novosti.

"For about six months from April, ISIS [Islamic State] was winning everywhere they fought – beating the Syrian army, Iraq's army, the Peshmerga in Iraqi Kurdistan and Shia militias down south. They were winning everywhere they went," he said. "US airpower has intervened to hit ISIS whenever they come out into the open: we've blunted their advance. But we have not seen any significant rollbacks of ISIS territory, just some peripheral areas, such as Mosul Dam," Harmer stated, adding that "overall, ISIS territory continues to expand" and "their influence in Syriacontinues to expand."

It is reported that fighters are streaming into the area by the thousands every month.

US-BACKED SUNNI REBELS HAVE AGAIN BEEN ROUTED IN SYRIA

NOV 3.  “Over the last two months, al-Qaida’s Nusra Front, with few exceptions, has come under the complete domination of ISIS.”

The US plan to rally proxy ground forces to complement its air strikes against ISIS militants in Syria is in tatters after jihadis this week ousted Washington’s main ally from its stronghold in the north.

The attack on the Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF) by Jabhat al-Nusra came after weeks of clashes between the two groups around the city of Idlib, which has remained one of the last bastions of regime control in northern Syria throughout the civil war.

Militants overran the command centre of the SRF’s leader, Jamal Maarouf, in Deir Sonbol in a humiliating rout.

The defeat of Maarouf is a serious blow to the US strategy of building a proxy coalition against ISIS. It comes amid a groundswell of anger at the US strikes across the opposition-held north, which have done nothing to slow the intensity of attacks from Bashar al-Assad’s air force, especially in Aleppo.

“We thought the Americans were going to help us,” said an SRF spokesman. “But not only have they abandoned us, they have been helping the tyrant Bashar instead.

U.S.-trained and -equipped rebel militias were driven out of their strongholds in northern Syria. At least two major militias aligned with the Free Syrian Army fled an advance by the Nusra Front.  “In the space of two days, more than a year’s worth of work with the rebels was destroyed,” a source said.

Two of Nusra’s targets were the Syrian Revolutionary Front and the Hazem movement.

Hazem was trained in Qatar, and it was deemed the largest recipient of US equipment and training in 2014. But sources confirmed that its fighters surrendered their weapons and fled to neighbouring Turkey.

The Syrian Revolutionary Front, which underwent training in Jordan, was also said to have lost a huge stockpile of U.S.-origin weapons, including the TOW anti-tank guided missile.

SYRIAN ARMY RECAPTURES TWO KEY GAS FIELDS

The Syrian troops have wrested back control over key gas fields in the country’s central province of Homs after battles with the Islamic State militants (IS), state media and activists reported.

The army units recaptured the al-Muher and Hajjar gas fields in eastern countryside of Homs, Xinhua reports citing state media, adding the troops killed 20 militants near the Hayan gas field in the eastern part of Homs.

 

TURKEY AND U.S. AT ODDS OVER SYRIA

60-YEAR ALLIANCE SHOWS SIGNS OF CRUMBLING

The increasingly hostile divergence of views between Turkey and the US over Syria is testing the durability of their 60-year alliance, to the point where some are asking if the two countries still can be considered allies.

Turkey’s refusal to allow the US to use its bases to launch attacks against the Islamic State, quarrels over how to manage the battle raging in the Syrian border town of Kobane, and the harsh tone of the anti-American rhetoric used by top Turkish officials to denounce US policy, have served to illuminate the vast gulf that divides the two nations as they scramble to address the menace posed by the extremists.

Whether the Islamic State is the chief threat confronting the region is disputed, with Washington and Ankara publicly airing their differences through a fog of sniping, insults and recrimination over who is to blame for the mess the Middle East has become.

At stake is a six-decade-old relationship forged during the Cold War and now endowed with a different but equally vital strategic dimension. Turkey is positioned on the front line of the war against the Islamic State, controlling a 780-mile border with Iraq and Syria.

Without Turkey’s co-operation, no US policy to bring stability to the region can succeed, analysts and officials on both sides say. - Washington Post

Watch Turkey (Beth-Togarmah)!  It will end up in the alliance of Russia.  (Ezekiel 38:6):

“The House of Togarmah from the far north (Turkey and the Turkic people of Central Asia) with all its troops - many nations with you.”

 

AUSTRALIA

    A news headline in mid-Oct, asked:

“HAS TERRORISM TURNED LIBERAL AUSTRALIA INTO A POLICE STATE?”

Australian PM Tony Abbott had some "regrettable" news. In late September, Australia had just thwarted an Islamic State plot to behead random Australians.

"Regrettably, for some time to come, Australians will have to endure more security than we're used to, and more inconvenience than we would like," he told the country's parliament. "For some time to come, the delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift." 

AL-QAIDA THREATENS AUSTRALIAN FUEL SUPPLIES

NOV 1.  Al Qaida has urged jihadists to attack oil tankers in two maritime hotspots that supply Australia with up to 70% of its petrol, raising a concern over the nation's near-complete reliance on imported fuel.

In its English language propaganda magazine Resurgence, the terror group identifies the "energy umbilical cord" sustaining western economies and describes fuel pipelines and shipping lanes as the "Achilles heel of western economies dependent on oil from the Muslim world."

The magazine includes a map of shipping "choke points" it says are ripe for sabotage and a diagram of the fuel routes between the Persian Gulf, Singapore and Australia.

In September, Al Qaeda-aligned militants attempted to hijack a Pakistani frigate and use it to target US Navy vessels in the Indian Ocean.

Al Qaida has received less attention since the emergence of Islamic State, but its new focus on the Indian Ocean was described as "chilling" by the motoring organization NRMA, which is campaigning against what it describes as Australia's declining energy security.

With the closure of Caltex's Kurnell refinery and Shell's Clyde refinery in Sydney and planned closures by BP in Brisbane, Australia now imports 91% of its petrol and diesel – up from 60% in 2000.

One major refinery in Singapore alone is responsible for producing half the fuel consumed in Australia.

The NRMA director commented: "It's chilling stuff, absolutely chilling stuff.”

He said a significant supply cut precipitated by terrorism or piracy would result in Australian supermarket shelves emptying within seven days and petrol bowsers being dry within three days. Hospital supplies would also go undelivered within days, he said.

The Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics calculates that Australia has 12 days of diesel stock but aviation fuel stocks are said to be even lower.

"This terrorist threat raises fundamental questions of national security and sovereign risk for some of our biggest industries, let alone our motorists' right to expect a constant supply of fuel at a reasonable price," MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin said.

The federal government has called for submissions to its energy green paper which will investigate energy security.                                                                    - www.theage.com.au

"And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence.” (Acts 4:29)

ISRAEL, PALESTINIANS AND RELATIONSHIPS

HAMAS: ISRAEL WILL PAY IF GAZA IS NOT REHABILITATED

Forever issuing threats, Khalil al-Haya, a senior member of Hamas’s political bureau, says Gazans "will blow up the region" if the territory isn't rehabilitated. “Israel will be the first to pay the price for the delay in rebuilding Gaza after the recent war,” he said.

ABBAS TO JOURNALISTS: “DON'T USE THE TERM 'TEMPLE MOUNT' ”

PA chief Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has issued special instructions to members of the international media, urging them to stop using the term "Temple Mount," and to instead refer to the holy site as "the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound" or "Haram al-Sharif/Noble Sanctuary."

HIZBOLLAH THREATENS ISRAEL

NOV 4.  Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel that the Lebanese organization's rockets can reach all of Israel and will cause the closure of Ben-Gurion Airport and Haifa Port during any future conflict. 

You should close all of your airports and your ports because there is no place in the land of occupied Palestine that the resistances rockets cannot reach,” he warned Israel. “They (Israelis) know that going to war with the resistance will be very costly because we are more determined, stronger, more experienced ... and we are capable of achieving such accomplishments.”

 

ISRAEL IS PREPARED TO WIPE OUT LEBANON

SHOULD MISSILE ATTACKS BEGIN

NOV 5. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz has warned Nasrallah that Israel was prepared to completely eviscerate (destroy) Lebanon in response to any cross-border missile attack by Hizbollah.

Katz was responding to a fiery speech by the Shi’ite group’s head, Hassan Nasrallah, earlier in the day in which the extremist leader claimed that his organization’s rockets can hit anywhere in Israel; and he threatened to target the country’s sea ports and main airport in the next conflict.

“In order to avoid any doubt on the matter, Nasrallah the cowardly braggart should know this: that option does not exist for us!,” Katz wrote on his official Facebook page. “If such a scenario does materialise, we will raze Lebanon to the ground! We will return it to the Stone Age and bury Nasrallah under the rocks.”

In his speech, Nasrallah said Hizbollah “is fully ready in southern Lebanon.” His televised address came a day after he made a rare public appearance in the Lebanese capital’s southern suburbs, addressing thousands of his supporters ahead of the Shi’ite Ashura commemorations.

In September, an Israeli TV report said the Israeli army is making plans and training” for “a very violent war against Hezbollah in south Lebanon, without specifying when this war might break out.   - NTEB News Desk

“In that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a burning pot in a woodpile, and like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples.” (Zechariah 12:6)

STRONG WORDS FROM JORDAN’S KING ABDULLAH

AGAINST ISRAEL’S “VILE AGGRESSION”

Jordan’s monarch accuses Israel of "brutal aggression" during Operation Protective Edge, vowing to mobilize international efforts to rebuild Gaza.

He also promised that Jordan would safeguard holy Muslim and Christian sites in Jerusalem,  as a former senior official warned that aggressive Israeli actions will lead to a third intifada.

Jordan will “continue to confront, through all available means, Israeli unilateral policies and measures in Jerusalem and preserve its Muslim and Christian holy sites, until peace is restored to the land of peace,” the King said, as reported by the Jordan News Agency. “The Palestinian cause remains our principal cause and is a higher national interest.”

Abdullah also vowed his country would continue “to mobilize international support to rebuild Gaza, following the vile Israeli aggression, which killed thousands of our brethren.” He linked preventing further “aggression” to a two state solution and the Arab Peace Initiative.

 

NETANYAHU HOLDS MEETING WITH ABDULLAH

NOV 1.  Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida has reported Binyamin Netanyahu has held a secret meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman.

The meeting was intended to try and calm inflamed tensions in Jerusalem, following the temporary decision to stop all visits to the Temple Mount last week. That decision was made following the assassination attempt against Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick who championed the struggle for Jewish prayer rights at the holiest site in Judaism.

According to the report, Netanyahu told Abdullah that he is considering blocking Jews from entering the Temple Mount.  The PM reportedly said that Israel will also take “new steps” regarding the entry of visitors to the Temple Mount.

A week earlier Netanyahu said, “Jews Won't Be Kept Out of Temple Mount!”

JORDAN THREATENS TO REVOKE PEACE TREATY

OVER TEMPLE MOUNT

Jordan's government has threatened to revoke its 1994 peace treaty with Israel after the Temple Mount was temporarily closed to both Jews and Muslims on Oct 30, in an attempt to calm tensions after an Arab terrorist shot Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick.

Jordan's Minister of Media Affairs and Communications and spokesperson for the Jordanian government, said the peace treaty is "under threat" if Israel continues "breaching" the status of the Temple Mount. The closure has already led Jordan to call Israel a "terrorist state."

Despite the threat of riots and violence, police gave in to the international pressure from Jordan, the US and other sources, and allowed limited access on 31st Oct. - for Muslims only.

 

ISRAEL TO GIVE DESPERATELY NEEDED AID TO CALIFORNIA!

California has been going through a catastrophic drought for three years now, which has cost the state's economy at least $2.2 billion and left 500,000 acres of what was once rich, productive farmland, fallow. So where did California turn to for help? Not to the Obama White House, but to Israel, the world's acknowledged expert on irrigation and water use.

California's Governor Jerry Brown has just signed a strategic cooperation Agreement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to receive aid from Israel.    - beastwatchnews.com/

ISRAEL CREATING 360 DEGREE NAVAL VERSION OF

THE IRON DOME

NOV 2. The maritime version of Iron Dome can fire one  missile per second in any direction.

Israel is looking to build on the success of its Iron Dome, used during the recent Gaza War, by creating a maritime version.

The architect of the new program, Rafael, an Israeli state-owned defence contractor, is looking to find buyers for its new sea-based missile system. They believe it could be especially effective in trying to defend and protect economic assets at sea, such as oil and gas platforms.

The C-Dome maritime system uses similar technology to the land version. The trajectory of an incoming missile is recognized and a counter missile is launched to intercept it.

"C-dome offers something that is not out there (in the market) yet ... the capability to engage multiple targets and saturation threats.

And it's based on the only system in the world that has more than 1,000 intercepts," said program director Ari Sacher.  "We can protect the ship from every direction at the same time. Most systems out there can't do that."  - NTEB News Desk

US ARMY BUYS ITS FIRST IRON DOME FROM ISRAEL

The US has apparently been won over by the performance of the anti-missile system in the Gaza war.

Now the US Army will first acquire one Iron Dome battery, and then, based on tests it will conduct on the system, it will decide whether or not to purchase more units of the Israeli defence system that reportedly boasted a 90% hit rate in Operation Protective Edge.

ISRAEL INCREASING ITS F-35 FIGHTER JETS

OCT 28. Despite the tension between the two countries, and the American rage toward Netanyahu for declaring its plans to continue building in east Jerusalem, the tight security collaboration between them continues. The two nations have agreed upon Israel's purchasing additional F-35 aircraft.

During his recent visit to the US, Defence Minister Ya'alon decided with American Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel that a second squadron of the advanced stealth technology aircraft is to be purchased by Israel.

Israel has signed the initial agreement, which determines she will receive 20 aircraft for 2.75 billion dollars of the American assistance funds. The aircraft's name in the Israeli Air Force is "Adir."

The manufacturers "Lockheed Martin," claim that in early 2016 the first team of Israeli pilots will arrive and train on the aircraft in the American Air Force base LUCK in Arizona. The first aircraft are due to arrive in Israel in 2017, and the squadron will become operational at the end of the same year.  - NTEB News Desk

 

SWEDEN, AND BRITAIN WILLING TO RECOGNIZE

A “PALESTINIAN STATE”

Sweden’s new PM chose the high Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur to announce his country’s intention to recognize “Palestine.”

A few days later, Britain’s parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of a non-binding resolution to “recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.” The resolution passed 274 to 12.

French lawmakers also are calling on government to recognize Palestinian state.

Seven nations in Europe, and 114 countries worldwide have already recognized a “Palestinian state.” This, in spite of the fact that Abbas and the Palestinians have repeatedly refused to take the kinds of simple steps toward peace and stability that would make a two-state solution possible.

“And it will come about in that day, says YHWH, that I will set out to destroy all the nations that come up against Jerusalem.”  (Zechariah 12:9)

WCC DEMANDS ISRAEL RELEASE TERRORISTS

SEPT 22.  The World Council of Churches (WCC) held its annual "World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel," calling on Israel to release jailed terrorists - despite the severity of their crimes and the abundance of terrorists immediately returning to terror.

WCC is a collective of "347 churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories," and in this year's week-long event focused on ending Israel’s "illegal occupation."

This year's conference was organized by the WCC's Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF), and held under the title, "Let My People Go," in an offensive appropriation likening "Palestinian political prisoners" - including jailed terrorists - with the Jewish people leaving Egyptian oppression in Biblical times.

In short WCC called for the release of all jailed terrorists, white-washing their crimes. One such "political prisoner" on their list was Ayman Sharawna who was arrested in 2002 for his role in multiple terrorist attacks, including a bombing in Be’er Sheva that wounded 18 people.  He was released in the 2011 Gilad-Shalit deal. Sharawna was rearrested in 2012 after returning to active terrorism with Hamas in Gaza, but was ultimately released again in 2013 after an eight-month hunger strike. After his second release, he publicly announced his return to terror. And yet WCC listed Sharawna by name as the type of "political prisoner" whose release was an "achievement."

 

OBAMA & NETANYAHU

A FRACTURED ALLIANCE BECOMES OPEN CONFLICT

Previously, despite fundamental policy differences, there was a clear sense of shared purpose between the two. Now that is collapsing, and the implications are far worse for Israel than for the US.

 

OCT 29. Very publicly, very nastily, and very worryingly, we are witnessing the collapse of an alliance. Not between the United States and Israel — the ties run too deep, and the common interests (if not necessarily the common values) are abiding. But between their current leaderships, the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government. Each regards the other as arrogant, incompetent, wrongheaded and ill-intentioned.

And here’s what’s new: Neither much cares anymore about hiding it. A fracturing partnership has given way to open conflict. How and why has it come to this?

The Obama administration, most emphatically including the president and the secretary of state, believes that Israeli building anywhere over the pre-1967 lines deepens Palestinian and wider Arab hostility to Israel and, by extension, to the US — especially when there are no Israeli-Palestinian peace talks going on.

It believes settlements are destroying international support for Israel. It is aghast at the announcement of more construction plans in recent days, as the drumbeat of a possible third intifada — weeks of Palestinian violence in Jerusalem escalating and spreading to the West Bank — grows louder. - By David Horovitz,  Times of Israel

 

THE US IS GOING TO TURN AGAINST ISRAEL.

Joel C. Rosenberg now living in Central Israel; writes:

“I wish it weren't true, but Bible prophecy indicates that ‘all the nations of the earth will turn hostile towards Israel, and her capital of Jerusalem, and towards the Jewish people in the "last days," and that as a result God will judge ‘all the nations.’ Despite the fact the US has been Israel's closest ally for six decades, such a strong and warm strategic alliance won't last. We are currently watching a train wreck in US-Israeli relations.”

    IRAN,  RUSSIA, CHINA   

US - IRAN RELATIONS MOVE TO DÉTENTE

30 OCT. The Obama administration and Iran, engaged in direct nuclear negotiations and facing a common threat from Islamic State militants, have moved into an effective state of détente (improvement in relations) over the past year, according to senior US and Arab officials.

The shift could drastically alter the balance of power in the region, and it risks alienating key US allies such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, and most importantly, Israel!

On top of all the hostility between Washington and

Jerusalem at present, Israel now has to sit back and watch her most dangerous enemy (Iran) become an ally of the US and Europe! An enemy well on its way to being nuclear armed - and breathing out threats of destroying Israel just as soon as they are able to accomplish this.   - Source; Wall Street Journal

We shouldn't be too surprised though – the Bible told us that this must occur as the coming of Christ draws near. The wars detailed by the Biblical prophets cannot be very far away now?

IRANIAN GUARDS SAY US IS “STILL ENEMY NO. 1”

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard renewed its animosity towards the US in a statement released recently which described the US as the “number one enemy of the Iranian nation.”

RUSSIA LAUNCHES BLACK SEA NAVAL BUILDUP

Russia will increase its Black Sea fleet with more than 80 new warships by 2020 and will complete a second naval base for the fleet near another Black Sea city, Novorossiysk, by 2016, its commander said recently.

CHINA WANTS CLOSER MILITARY TIES WITH IRAN

     

OCT 23. China wants to have closer military ties with Iran, the Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan told the visiting head of the Iranian navy, state media reported, reaffirming Beijing's diplomatic links with Tehran despite controversy over its nuclear plans.

He told Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari that the two armed forces have seen "good cooperation on mutual visits, personnel training and other fields in recent years."

THE UNITED STATES    

REPUBLICANS SURGE TO TAKE CONTROL

OF US SENATE

NOV 4.  Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House of Representatives in elections that are certain to complicate President Barack Obama's final two years in office.

After years of a sluggish economic recovery and many foreign crises, the voters' mood was sour. Nearly two-thirds of voters interviewed after casting ballots said the US was seriously on the wrong track.

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION LURCHING FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS

At a time when the Obama administration is lurching from crisis to crisis — a looming Cold War in Europe, a brutal Islamic caliphate in the Middle East and a deadly epidemic in West Africa — it is not surprising that long-term strategy would take a back seat.

But it raises inevitable questions about the ability of the president and his hard-pressed national security team to manage and somehow get ahead of the daily onslaught of events.

25% OF US PHYSICIANS OPT OUT OF OBAMACARE EXCHANGES

By May 2014, over 214,000 doctors would not participate in the new plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA,) according to an analysis of a new survey by Medical Group Management Association.  That number appears to be growing due to plans that force doctors to take on burdensome costs.

CALIFORNIA FORCES CHURCHES TO FUND ABORTIONS

First, the mayor of Houston flagrantly violated clergy's First Amendment rights, when she subpoenaed sermons, and she still refuses to rescind her mandate. And now California government officials are forcing churches and other faith-based organizations to fund abortions. 

This is the state that is suffering an epochal drought. Just how bad is California's water shortage? It is terrifying. According to new maps, which represent groundwater withdrawals in California during the first three years of the state's ongoing drought, the situation is really bad.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS INDOCTRINATING STUDENTS

IN ISLAM AND SHARIA

This is unbelievable!  None dare call it treason!

OCT. 31.  Allah in the Public School Classroom. .... All over America, as parents go over homework with their children, it is becoming apparent that the US public school system curriculum has been hijacked by the Pro-Muslim Common Core platform with sickening results.

Children are being forced to say the shahada, and forced to learn the Five Pillars Of Islam.

When Muslims force Christians to convert, they are forced to say the shahada (the Muslim declaration of faith). The Arabic writing on the black flag of jihad (also known as the al Qaeda flag or ISIS flag) is the shahada.

This chant used by supremacist and imperialist ideologues is being forced on American school kids.  - NTEB News Desk

“But these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and the things which they do understand by instinct, like irrational beasts, by these things they corrupt themselves and are destroyed. Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for the sake of gain they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and have perished in rebellion like that of Korah.” (Jude 10-11)

 

FBI BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION DATABASE IS NOW 

FULLY OPERATIONAL

The *FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) division announced its biometric identification system, and the Next Generation Identification (NGI), is now in full operational capability phase.  (*FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation)

In August, the agency announced that it had digitally converted 30 million records and 83 million fingerprint cards that were stored at the CJIS division warehouse in West Virginia, in preparation for the transition to the new biometric system.

The NGI processes about 55,000 photos a day and is currently on track to digitize 52 million facial images by 2015.

This completes another phase of the NGI project, expanding on its biometric identification offerings and adding new services, including Rap Back and the Interstate Photo System.

Rap Back is a new functionality that enables users to receive status notifications of criminal history reported on individuals who serve in positions of trust, such as teachers.

The new service will help law enforcement and other criminal justice officials monitor the criminal activity of those individuals who are under investigation or super-vision.

The Interstate Photo System is a facial recognition tool for the law enforcement community that searches for photographs associated with criminal identities.

In February 2011, the FBI launched phase one of NGI as part of its goal to provide automated fingerprint and latent search capabilities, mobile fingerprint identification, and electronic image storage to more than 18,000 agencies and other criminal justice enterprises.

Reported by Stephen Mayhew Sept 16 http://www.biometricupdate.com/201409/the-fbi-says-its-biometric-identification-database-is-now-fully-operational

“He, the False Prophet, compels all, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands, or on their foreheads, so that no one should be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:16-17)

CHUCK HAGEL:

“I THINK WE ARE SEEING A NEW WORLD ORDER”

OCT 30.  At the Aspen Institute's "Washington Ideas Forum," Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said we are living through, "historic, defining times," that will result in a, "new world order.”

When questioned about the ongoing global chaos by the national correspondent for The Atlantic, Hagel said, “I think we are living through one of these historic, defining times. I think we are seeing a new world order. What we’re seeing in the Middle East with ISIS is going to require a steady, long-term effort. It’s going to require coalitions of common interests, which we are forming.”

 

THE UKRAINE CRISIS

 EUROPEAN HELP TO UKRAINE IS AN UNPRECEDENTED’ €11BN     

NOV 5. The European Union is ready to give Ukraine lots of money to help pay its multi-billion dollar gas debt to Russia, according to the head of the EU office in Russia.  It is allocating up to an unprecedented 11 billion in financial aid to Ukraine”

 

RUSSIA MOVING MISSILES, ROCKETS

TOWARD EASTERN UKRAINE

NOV 6.  Russia is sending additional military forces toward the border with eastern Ukraine, including units equipped with ballistic missiles.

US officials with access to intelligence reports said one Russian military unit equipped with short-range ballistic missiles was detected near eastern Ukraine, where Russia has launched a destabilisation program following its military annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in March.

The military movements coincided with the an unusual number of flights last week by Russian strategic nuclear bombers and aircraft along Europe’s northern coasts in a, what NATO’s military commander called, strategic “messaging” toward the West.

“My opinion is that they’re messaging us,” General Phillip Breedlove, the commander, told reporters at the Pentagon this week. “They’re messaging us that they are a great power and that they have the ability to exert these kinds of influences in our thinking.”  - The Washington Free Beacon

UKRAINE, AND ITS PLACE IN

THE FUTURE RULE OF THE BEAST

By PASTOR AARON YOEMAN, NSW

THE recent news has been full of reports on the situation in Ukraine. Sitting as it does between the world powers, Russia and the European Union, the current tensions portend the situation that will soon take over the whole world.

The Bible says that the world under the Antichrist will be divided into ten political zones of influence (kingdoms). As the toes on the statue that arose before King Nebuchadnezzar in his dream (Daniel 2) reveal, there will be an evil world government in the last days. Yet this “New World Order” will be riddled with flaws and will not be allowed to last very long.

Historically, Ukraine has often found itself pressured by surrounding nations. A principality in the 11th and 12th centuries, it’s capital Kyiv (Kiev) is known as the mother of Russian cities. In the 14th century Poland and Lithuania both took large areas of the nation, but resistance by Ukraine’s Cossacks saw most of the nation come under Russian control by 1793.

The western region, Galicia now under the control of the Austrian Empire, remained divided but this long period did not put an end to Ukrainian desires for independence.

With the Communist Bolshevik Revolution (1917) Ukraine established itself as independent, with Galicia attempting to rejoin with the rest of the country in 1918. The victorious allies of the First World War, however, ceded Galicia to Poland. It was not reunited until Poland was divided by military force under the German Nazi-Russian Socialist non-aggression pact at the beginning of the Second World War. Before this, Ukrainian people would suffer terribly under Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, with harsh relocations to large communal farms and a deliberately created famine, which killed up to 10 million people. Ukrainians were hopeful that the Nazi invasion might lead to independence but the nation again suffered, even though large numbers of Cossacks fought alongside German forces.

Ukraine’s current problems started with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the country’s newfound independence in 1991. Joining the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Ukraine continued to keep close relations with Russia, especially regarding the economy, energy and defence.

The Crimea had always been an area of tensions, transferring to Ukrainian control in 1954 but becoming an autonomous republic in 1991. Of great importance to Russia is the port of Sevastopol, the home base of the Black Sea Fleet. Although not always free of ice, with the port of Sevastopol, Russia can easily move its naval strength towards the Middle East.

From a military point of view, it has been obvious that Ukraine and Russia would not be equals as nations. With Ukrainian independence, the 350 ships of the Black Sea Fleet were to be divided, yet Ukraine ended up with a very small navy which has aided Russian aggression. Ukraine also possessed a large number of nuclear weapons as well as a missile assembly site.

However, by 2002, Ukraine had no nuclear offensive weapons due to the START arms reduction treaty between Russia and the United States. Ukraine’s reliance on Russian energy has also proved to be another source of external pressure on the country.

From a prophetic point of view, Scripture is clear that the future world government under the Antichrist (the Beast) will have 10 regions or kingdoms. A horn represents a world power, or an individual that represents a power. Scripture continually depicts the reign of the Beast as being in a time of 10 world regions.

In Daniel 7:6 the Beast has 10 horns, as also does the Beast of Revelation 17:7, 17:12 and 17:16. The ten toes of the statue in Daniel 2:41-42 indicates that the 10 powers will have attributes of great strength but will also have certain significant weaknesses, hence the iron and the clay.

In the next verse the interpretation gives more detail. It seems that the power of the Antichrist’s rule will touch all people (Dan 2:43), but that some previous geo-political loyalties and identities will remain.

In other words, in spite of all the attempts to merge the Nations under the Beasts’ rule, it will not be a complete success. There will still be striving with and between the kingdoms, like iron and clay when mixed, they will not really bond strongly, or will do so only superficially or weakly.

THE CLUB OF ROME

Of great interest to our generation was the public announcement in 1968 of a previously semi-secret group called the Club of Rome. Made up of elite scientists, economists and industrialists, this ‘think tank’ started a very influential campaign about ‘sustainability” concerns around the world with their then, very high-tech, computer modelling. They warned of overpopulation and of resources running out; and they predicted famines, pollution and the upheavals in the global society that would come about as a result of these problems.

The Club of Rome has continued up to this day, and its influence on the world can be seen in the policies of the United Nations such as Global 2000 and Agenda 21.

No matter what the problem, the Club of Rome always sees the solution in the form of global governance and the destruction of sovereign and democratic nation states. By 1973 the Club of Rome had developed what they called a “Regionalised and Adaptive Model of the Global World System.” Their plan for the survival of the planet is a world split into ten regions under a One World Government.

THE CLUB OF ROME’S “NEW WORLD” MAP

In the following years, many, many groups have been working towards this goal at all levels of influence, including such prominent groups as Greenpeace and secretive groups such as the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberger Group.

It is obvious from a number of Scriptures that there will be tensions between the Beast and the ten horns or regions (kingdoms) that are represented by the clay in the ten toes.

With the world rushing to implement the ten regions plan at this time, even prior to the 7 year Tribulation, tensions will certainly arise. Ukraine is in the Club of Rome’s Region 5, along with the rest of the ex-Soviet Union and Eastern European nations – the “King of the North.”

 Ukraine’s present interest in joining the European Union, if successful, would place it within Region 2, Western Europe. Though many Ukrainian people have desired a future with Europe, Russia has kept to the plan by using whatever it can to keep Ukraine in Region 5.

This plan can be seen in the internal politics within Ukraine since her independence. Pro-Russian presidents such as Leonid Kuchma, Anatolii Kinakh and Viktor Yanukovych have enjoyed strong support from Moscow. Successful pro-European politicians, however, have suffered extreme pressure: Viktor Yushchenko poisoned by dioxin; Yulia Tymoshenko gaoled on dubious corruption charges. Russian and CIS leader, Vladimir Putin, is perfect for his role of keeping Region 5 together. As an ex (?) communist and patriot, he finds himself controlling or dominating an area similar to the old Soviet Union (USSR).

Although the West (U.S., E.U.) has been portrayed as the innocent party in the Ukrainian conflict, this is not completely true. The increasingly bankrupt Western world sees these ex-Communist states as an opportunity to derive wealth from the new markets for goods and services and as a source of cheap resources.

This should not be seen as the wishes of the Western populations but rather of the giant corporations with no loyalty to their home nations, who, on the whole, will not benefit. To help this change from socialist type planned economies to supposedly Western type free enterprise economies, the United Nations has offered loans and expertise.

The United Nations uses these economic changes as one way of uniting the world for the future New World Order. The changes, implemented by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, are rapid and have been harsh on the Ukrainian population. As a rule, the elected government has been ignored and non-governmental agencies (NGO’s) have distributed loans and advice on democratic change. Many have suffered as pensions have been reduced, medical care withdrawn and many have become unemployed because of the closure of previously state-run industries.

Also, much of the finance has been directed towards areas that are subversive - more designed to destroy the society than improve it. Ukraine received a large amount of aid when compared to other ex-Soviet nations, but money was wasted on such things as feminist organizations.

This was not widely welcomed by Ukrainian women who had previously experienced so-called ‘equality’ under socialism and found it highly undesirable! It was mainly elite and educated professional women who were attracted to these organizations because of the money being offered.

Russia viewed the 2004/5 Orange (Colour) Revolution as Western interference, which was at least partly true. Even under the current president, Petro Poroshenko, it is unlikely that Ukraine will be able to break from Russian influence. Russia’s obvious military support and political co-ordination of the eastern separatist groups will probably end in a stalemate, and a strategic victory for Russia.

2014

With the shooting down of a commercial Malaysian airliner, the situation took on a more global significance. However, as Vladimir Putin has not been excluded from the G20 Summit, it is obvious that continual global integration is considered more important, even though the host nation, Australia, lost a number of innocent citizens!

The little horn in Daniel, that has two eyes and boasts and blasphemes (Dan, 7:8, 11:36), represents Antichrist or the Beast. When he arises, he destroys three other horns or kingdoms. What exactly the process is we are not told in detail, but it is evidence of conflict between at least four of the 10 regions.

As Antichrist breaks his covenant with Israel in the middle of the Tribulation (Dan 9:27), he shows his satanic origin. It is highly likely that the pretext for his betrayal is the conflict with the Russian region which is “pulled out by its roots” after its failed attack on Israel. (Dan 11:40-41).

Another adversary of Antichrist that collides with him is the King of the South (Region 7).  (Dan 11:40).  This King is attacked by Antichrist in return (Dan 11:42). The conflict could be because of Egypt’s intention to wipe out Israel which is actually aligned militarily with Europe at the time of the 7-year covenant.  Israel has no allies in the Middle East.

Then there are the Kings of the East (Region 10). China’s rise and desire to become the premier world power (Region 10), grouped with Mongolia, N. Korea and Vietnam, may also lead to an attack on the Middle East (Israel), in a desire to rival Antichrist as world ruler (Dan 11:44, Rev 16:12). Whatever the actual reasons for the destruction of the three regions (North, South and East), there will be continual conflict throughout the Tribulation period.

Organizations like the Club of Rome are tools of the wealthy and powerful elite of the planet who see themselves as the rightful heirs to rule the world. Their world system is based partly on relations between like-minded nations, but also on the best way to control the world.

Using military alliances, global corporations, manipulation of governments and financial pressures, they continue to mould the world into their evil plan. They cheat, coerce, undermine, mislead and reward those willing to betray their own nation states. Deception was not ruled out in a 1991 Club of Rome publication. In the “The First Global Revolution” an environmental fear campaign, like the current ‘climate change’ scam, is a suggested tactic.

However, the Lord will allow them to bring their plans to fruition during the seven year Tribulation. In doing so, He will give them the world leader they desire, one that is completely evil and an appropriate reward for their blackened hearts. As the Scriptures say of Antichrist:

“His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; he shall destroy fearfully, and shall prosper and thrive; he shall destroy the mighty and also the holy people.”  (Daniel 8:24)

Ukraine will not join with the European Union in any permanent way, but it will fulfil prophecy, and place its backing behind the Northern Confederacy that attacks Israel (Ezekiel 38-39) in the middle of the Tribulation. It will have no choice in the matter. The Lord God says:

 “I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out.” (Ezekiel 38:2)

God Himself will stop the attack on the mountains of Israel. (Ezekiel 39:4). At the end of the Tribulation, Ukraine will again, in her spiritual blindness, send some of its remaining forces to the great battle of Armageddon.

Though the Ukrainian people are captivated by images of Europe, the fact of the matter is that Europe is economically and spiritually dead. Europe’s desire to expand eastwards has more to do with her own problems than with any power to conquer.

There is no future in being a citizen of any nation state in this fallen world as the world is doomed.

To the Ukrainians and all people, I say:

The only future is to be a citizen of heaven through the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

THE PLAGUE OF EBOLA

“And there will be … in various places, plagues.” (Luke 21:11)

So far the virus has infected over 13,000 people in the three adjoining West African nations — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Between 60% and 70% of the patients have died. Some victims are able to beat the disease.

In West Africa the disease is outpacing all attempts to contain it. Treatment centres are overcrowded, and dying people are left lying around. The dead are being buried in increasing numbers.  Whole families are being wiped out.

The bodies are brought in by burial teams patrolling the streets of Freetown. Each burial must be carried out in full protective gear.

One of the African team says:  “I am afraid …We’re doing this (burial work) because it’s our country and God wanted us here. But it’s very hard to see so many of our citizens dying.”

Health services have been overwhelmed and the death toll among medical staff has been high. Of 401 staff infected by patients, 232 have died.

There is no proven cure or vaccine for Ebola

In response to the largest epidemic of the disease in history, the WHO is accelerating the process of vaccine development.  It normally takes years to produce and test a vaccine, but drug manufacturers are now working on a scale of weeks.

There’s an experimental, still unapproved treatment for Ebola called ZMapp. It offers passive immunity to the virus, and has been called the “miracle drug” for treating Ebola. But supplies of ZMapp have run out and vaccines are only in trial stages.

American naturopath, Dr Mercola, explains that “ZMapp is not a vaccine but three monoclonal antibodies that have been humanized by genetic engineering and grown in tobacco plants. It’s very costly and time consuming to produce and it’s not yet commercially available.

ZMapp works with your body’s immune system, slowing down the viral load to give your body enough time to respond and not get killed by the cytokine storm. It’s not really a drug in the conventional sense, as it acts simply by slowing down the virus from reaching the cells.”

An American doctor, Robert Rowen, who is a leading expert on oxidative therapy has been invited by the President of Sierra Leone to go there to teach health care workers on how to treat Ebola using ozone.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/10/26/ozone-therapy-ebola.aspx?e_cid=20141106Z1_WNL_art_1&utm_source=wklynl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20141106Z1&et_cid=DM59460&et_rid=718290107

HOW EBOLA AFFECTS THE BODY

INFECTED

The virus may enter through the mouth, eyes, nose, a break in the skin or through sexual intercourse. The most common incubation period is about 10 days

10 DAYS AFTER INFECTION

The patient shows sudden flu-like symptoms, which are often mistaken for common diseases like  malaria  or  pneumonia:

                             * Fever      * Fatigue    * Headache    * Muscle pain

13-15 DAYS

On average, the patient is hospitalised five days after showing symptoms. New symptoms include:

                      * Diarrhoea   * Loss of appetite    * Chest pain   

                      * Coughing    * Eye inflammation

  15-17 DAYS

The body's immune response and damage to the vascular system cause blood to leak from the veins. Some patients -around 18% - begin to show unexplained bleeding such as:

                             * Blood in stool    * Coughing up Vomiting blood            * Bleeding gums

18 DAYS.   DEATH

About 70% of those infected die, usually from multi-organ failure or shock. On average, death occurs eight days after the onset of symptoms and four days after hospitalization.

SURVIVAL.  Survival is believed to be dependent on an early, strong immune response, with improvement after the first week. Recovered patients often remain hospitalised for 1-2 weeks, facing a long convalescence and long-term health problems.

 

WESTERN PANIC IN THE FACE OF EBOLA’S DEADLY ADVANCE

The Western world has been given the starkest of warnings about the spread of the virus: it is no longer just a West African problem.

The response has been understandably confused. In the French town of Cergy-Pontoise, northwest of Paris, the authorities locked 60 people in a building after four residents from Guinea complained of headaches and fever.

British universities are preparing for 20,000 students from West Africa to arrive for the new term and some are considering whether those from countries with Ebola outbreaks should be sharing rooms with other students.

Elsewhere in the US, panic gripped the midwest with news that a second nurse from Dallas had contracted the disease from a now deceased patient and flown to Cleveland, Ohio.

Nor has the rest of Europe escaped. A 56-year-old Sudanese man who had been working with the United Nations in Liberia died at the hospital in Leipzig where he was being treated for Ebola.  Two others are being treated in Germany, while a Medecins Sans Frontieres aid worker is being treated in Oslo, Norway.

The fears in Western countries appear to be advancing at a greater pace than the virus itself.

The US has committed to send up to 4,000 military personnel to west Africa to provide logistics and humanitarian assistance and help build treatment units to confront the rapidly spreading deadly virus.

RELIGIOUS NEWS

TIME TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST

GENOCIDE OF CHRISTIANS IN MIDDLE EAST

World Jewish Congress President, Ronald S. Louder, recently addressed a large gathering of evangelical Christians at Jerusalem's Pais Arena in which he spoke out forcefully against the slaughter of Christians across the Middle East and in Africa:

"When hundreds of thousands of Christians - men, women and children — are killed, this isn't war. This is genocide. And we Jews know what happens when the world is silent to genocide."

Lauder urged Jews and Christians to join forces: 'Together, we must speak as one and tell the world: no more discrimination, no more terror, no more death, and no more silence!"

Israel's President, Reuven Rivlin, also addressed the crowd.

"Our enemy has shown its true face, with its rapes, with the slaughter of Christian women and children and with its beheadings. These are the barbarians we read about in the Bible. They are as bad as anything we have ever seen, and they must be stopped," the WJC president said.

Lauder highlighted the fact that Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the number of Christians is on the rise. 'There is no safer place in the Middle East for Christians than here in Israel. In Israel, Christians can pray in the open. In Israel, Christian holy sites are protected. In Israel, Christians do not fear for their lives."

He also urged Christians to speak out against what he termed "a bone-chilling rise in anti-Semitism," asking the crowd of 4,000 in the hall: "Raise your voice, speak out against anti-Semitism. Speak out against anti-Christian terror. Tell the truth about Israel and what is happening to Christians."  - World Jewish Congress

DOZENS OF CHURCHES DESTROYED IN TANZANIA

PERES PROPOSES ‘UN FOR RELIGIONS’ TO POPE AT VATICAN

Sept 5.  Former Israeli president Shimon Peres emerged from a Vatican City audience with Pope Francis after proposing a kind of United Nations for Religions.

Peres, 91, who was the world’s oldest head of state until his term ended in July, met with Francis amid heightened tensions in the Middle East. He used the talks to highlight human rights abuses from Hamas and to discuss the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe. But the main topic of conversation was Peres’s idea to create a UN-like organization that he called “the United Religions.”

Peres said the Argentina-born pontiff was the only world figure respected enough to bring an end to the wars raging in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.     - Mystery Babylon!

SALT LAKE CITY TO HOST

PARLIAMENT OF WORLD RELIGIONS

The State of Utah will welcome the world’s largest and most historic interfaith gathering to Salt Lake City in 2015. This is the first time in 22 years the Parliament of the World’s Religions has voted to hold its conference in the US.

“America is the home base of the interfaith movement, and it’s about time the Parliament come back home,” Parliament Chairman, Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, said in an announcement.

 

                   SUKKOT CUSTOM RESTORED IN JERUSALEM   

(Refer to our last Maranatha edition on Sukkot

– MHG#47 –  Sept 2014. pages 20-23).

For the first time since the destruction of the Second Temple, a re-enactment of the famed Festival of the Water Libation was held on the 18th of Tishrei (Oct. 12 2014) during the Festival of Sukkot, under the direction of the Temple Institute and in co-operation with the Association of Temple Organizations.

Cohanim (men of priestly descent) dressed in priestly garments, accompanied by a crowd estimated at many hundreds, descended to the ancient Shiloach spring (Siloam) in the City of David, and drew water in a special Temple vessel.

The ceremony was marked by dancing and singing, and the sounding of blasts from the shofar and silver trumpets. By the time the procession reached the old city of Jerusalem, the ranks of participants had swelled to well over one thousand

 HOW CAN WE BE SURE OF SALVATION  ?

First we must clearly recognise that …

OUR OWN WORKS CANNOT SECURE A “TICKET TO HEAVEN”

Because of the confusion which is often caused by human feelings, let me first list things that do not give us the right to enter heaven:

  Salvation is NOT the result of:

*         trying to do our best

*          self-effort

*          many good works

*          trying to be honest

*          child baptism 

*          adult baptism

*          church membership    

*          church attendance

*          higher education         

*          social work

*          much prayer and knowledge of the Bible

*          family heritage or lineage

*          giving generous donations to religious causes

*          our parent’s faith or sincerity

*          penance or pilgrimages

*          keeping the Ten Commandments

*          keeping the Golden Rule

*          keeping the Sabbath Day

*          partaking of the “Communion”

*          partaking of “Mass” or the “Eucharist”

*          being religious               

*          trying to lead a good life

Not one of these things can save us. These things may or may not be good. But they definitely do not give us salvation and eternal life!

This may seem incredible to you, and you may be asking “Who then can be saved? It must be some very special work or observance that I need to do?”

No, my dear friend, it is not some work YOU must do. It is the work that the Messiah has already done. It’s the grace, the loving-kindness of GOD that saves, and it is based on the redemptive work of Christ for you on the cross!  He was crucified to save you!

“For when we were still weak, the Messiah at the right time died for the ungodly. Now very rarely will someone die even for a righteous man, though possibly for a good man someone might even have the courage to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, the Messiah died for us.”  (Romans 5:6-8)

Yes it was Y’shua, Jesus, who died for us. It was Y’shua who paid the penalty for our sins. And it is only on the basis of His sacrifice at Calvary that our sins can be forgiven.  As the apostle Peter wrote: 

The Messiah also suffered for you … there was no deceit found in his mouth … and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree (the cross).” (1 Peter 2:21-24)

 

HOW  THEN CAN  I BE  SAVED ?

The Bible says: Whoever will call upon the Name of the LORD will be saved.”  (Romans 10:13)

TO CALL upon the LORD is to cry out from the heart - not merely from the lips. It is a heart-cry; a cry of desperation - Y’shua save me. I’m lost!  It is a genuine cry that the Almighty is waiting to hear.

SALVATION IS GOD’S GIFT

God does not reward us with salvation for our efforts, but He wants to give us salvation freely. In other words, you can’t buy it, or pay for it in any way; but you can receive it as a free gift. The Bible says:

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in the Messiah, Y’shua our Master.”  (Romans 6:23)

THE GIFT MUST BE PERSONALLY RECEIVED!

You may know all about the Bible, you may know that salvation is available to you, but unless you receive it, your knowledge will do you no good at all.

Y’SHUA (Jesus) MUST BE RECEIVED AS SAVIOUR

The Messiah is the Way, and the Entrance into the Kingdom of God; and it is into His kingdom that we must be transferred. Look at the following Bible verses very carefully and you will see that Y’shua must become your personal Saviour.

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”  (Acts 4:12)

“Yet to all who received Him, to those who believe in, and trust in His Name, Y’shua, He gave the right to become children of God.”  (John 1:12)

“For God, Yahweh, the Almighty, so loved the world, that He gave His one-and-only unique, eternal Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal (everlasting) life.” (John 3:16)

He who believes and trusts in the Son, has eternal life; but he who does not believe the Son, shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”  (John 3:36)

Because Y’shua is God’s anointed One - sent to be the Saviour of the world - it is essential that we accept His sacrifice for us, that we believe and trust in Him, and receive Him as our personal Saviour.

How do we receive Y’shua as our Saviour and Master? There are three words that explain the step of faith that we each one needs to take:

1. ACKNOWLEDGE our condition to God  - that we are a condemned sinner; that we have sinned against God; have broken His commands and gone my own way; that we need to be saved from sin and its awful penalty; and need to be reconciled to the Holy, Heavenly Master.

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  And, “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in the Messiah, Y’shua our Master.”   (Romans 3:23; 6:23)

“God, be merciful to me, the sinner!”  (Luke 18:13)

2. BELIEVE in our heart that Y’shua, Jesus the Messiah - the Anointed One - is the One who came from Heaven, lived   amongst men, and gave His life as a sacrifice, and substitute, to pay the penalty of our sins; and that He rose from the dead, and ascended to Heaven.

“All of us like sheep have gone astray. Each of us has turned to his own way, but Yahweh has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him - Y’shua the Lamb of God.”  (Isaiah 53:6)

“For Yahweh, the Almighty God so loved the world, that He gave His one-and-only unique, eternal  Son, so that whoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have eternal (everlasting) life.”  (John 3:16)

Y’shua said: “I am the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep ... My sheep hear and listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; and no-one will snatch them out of My hand.”  (John 10:11, 27-28)

To believe means that on the basis of what the Lamb of God has done for you at Calvary, you trust Him to forgive your sins; to save you, to cleanse you, and to make you a new person “in Christ.” It means you are trusting Him to work the miracle of new life in you; to put His Holy Spirit within you; and to write your name in the “Book of Life” in Heaven.

To believe in the Messiah means you are trusting the Saviour to fulfil His promises - to deliver you from Satan’s kingdom; to implant you in the Kingdom of Light; and to make you His own - a genuine child of God.

Yes, He does all that for you; and your part is to simply receive His provision by trusting in Him. It is by simple, childlike faith - that this becomes real to us. This is what is meant by receiving Y’shua as your personal Saviour.

He who believes and trusts in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”  (John 3:36)

3. CONFESS Y’shua the Messiah as your Master, your Saviour, and your God.

“If you confess with your mouth Y’shua as LORD, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.”  (Romans 10:9-11)

First, you can express your faith by thanking Y’shua for paying the penalty of all your sin at Calvary, and for answering your prayer today.

Then confess to the Father that you are now receiving Y’shua as your personal Saviour, and that you will now own Him as your Master.

Then, as soon as possible, witness to someone else - to a friend or relative, that Y’shua is your Saviour.

SIMPLE FAITH

It is your simple faith that the Almighty honours. He is waiting and knocking at the door of your life, waiting to come in to fulfil His word within you.

My dear reader, if you have not already done so, will you open the door of your life to the Saviour today? If you do your part, He will definitely do His. Just come to Him in prayer, wherever you are. Kneel or bow your head, and take those three simple A B C steps:                   

Acknowledge  -  Believe  -  Confess

When you have done that, thank the Heavenly Father for answering your prayer. For if you pray with a sincere heart, He will hear and answer immediately. You may or may not have spontaneous “feelings,” but the peace and joy of God will follow. And this is His promise:

“AND IT SHALL BE, THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD, Y’shua, JESUS, WILL BE SAVED.”  (Acts 2:21)

On the next page there’s a decision prayer which may help you to express your thoughts. If you are ready to receive Y’shua (Jesus) as your Saviour, then pray to Him sincerely in the words of this prayer, or in similar words.

 

DECISION PRAYER

Heavenly Father,  I come to You in the Name of Jesus, Y’shua the Messiah. I come just as I am, acknowledging that I am a sinner, weighed down by failure and evil deeds, words and thoughts.

Almighty One, You know my heart and life, and all the things I ever did. You know I want to be saved. I need to be made anew. Heavenly Father, I want Your miracle in my life; I don’t want to go on another day without Your salvation.

Father, on the basis of the sacrifice of Y’shua at Calvary, I ask You to forgive my sins, and to cleanse my life. By Your power and grace I am turning from my unbelief, and I trust You to deliver me, and to make me a new person. Save me, Father, both now and for eternity.

Y’shua, Master, I believe You are the Saviour, the Anointed Lamb of God who died in my place. I thank You for paying the penalty of my sins.  I believe You rose from the dead - that You are the living Saviour. I now receive You, and confess You as my Saviour and Master.  I am simply trusting You to fulfil Your promises to me, and to do Your miracle in my life today. By Your grace, I will follow You all the days of my life, and confess You before men.

Thank You Father, for answering my prayer; thank You for receiving me as Your child. Thank You, Y’shua my Master, for coming into my life. Thank You for Your love and Salvation. Thank You for Your gift of eternal life. Thank You for writing my name in Your Book of Life.  Amen.

 

      Signed   .....................................    date ..............

 

If this is your decision prayer, and you have prayed to receive Y’shua the Messiah today, I will be glad to hear from you, and will pray for your spiritual growth, and send you a booklet to help you in your new life.

Write to: Bro. Don Stanton, at one of the addresses on our inside front cover.  And now a few words of guidance for the immediate days ahead ...

GROW IN THE LORD

“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Master and Saviour, Y’shua the Messiah.”  (2 Peter 3:18)

1.  FEED ON THE WORD OF GOD

The food you need for your spiritual life is found in the Bible. Read, study and meditate on the Word of God daily, and listen to what God is saying to you. The Word will give you knowledge, guidance, and encouragement.

2.  DEVELOP YOUR PRAYER LIFE

Prayer is communicating with God; it is having fellowship with your Father and Saviour; it is worshiping God in spirit. Pray to your Master at the beginning and end of every day. But talk to Him regularly throughout the day. He wants to be your closest companion.

3.  TAKE A STAND FOR YOUR MASTER

Don’t be a “secret believer.” Be baptised, and witness concerning your Saviour whenever possible. Declare your allegiance to Y’shua the Messiah.

4.  HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER BELIEVERS

Meet with God’s people regularly. Pray, seek, and find a faithful church, or a gathering of believers. Many small groups meet in homes for fellowship.

5.  LIVE FOR THE MASTER

Let the Master live out His life in you. Let your life count for Christ, and for eternity.           

And Messiah Y’shua bless you!

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