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MA 69. THE DEAL. Sept 2015

 

 

 

THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR “DEAL”

“After a league - an alliance, a deal or covenant -

is made with him he will act deceitfully.” (Daniel 11:23)

The nuclear “deal” has been the most prominent news item over the past weeks. There have been more news and comments on “The Deal” than on any other issue.

In mid-July, the P5+1 nations, (the 5 permanent UN Security Council members, plus Germany), reached an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program.

No surprise here. Iran got everything it wanted and we (the US) got nothing. Israel got less. That's because this agreement, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), virtually makes impossible, any future Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear program.

One endtimes commentator has said: The nuclear deal will destabilize the entire planet. Like no other single event, it has catapulted us into a “final days” scenario.

U.N. ENDORSES IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL

The U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, and authorized a series of measures leading to the end of the U.N. sanctions that have hurt Iran's economy.

CATASTROPHIC RESULTS

Jim Hutchens of The Jerusalem Connection said it best:

"The catastrophic results of the Obama administration's deal with Iran are readily apparent and have been widely touted. What has not been noted is that our narcissistic, self-absorbed president has prematurely achieved his demonic obsession for a legacy.  He will be known throughout eternity as the one who jump-started the process that produced the most destructive nuclear holocaust in the history of humanity - the slaughter of a third of mankind -- over two and a third billion people."  (Revelation 6:8. 9:18)

MARCHING ISRAELIS “TO THE OVEN”

This provocative remark by Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas, clearly evoking the Holocaust, add more kindling to an already raging debate in Washington about the wisdom of the deal reached earlier this month between Iran and six world powers, including the US and Britain.

The whole drawn out affair, over 12 years, with all its promises, threats, compromise and antics, has been a drama, a saga, a charade, a pantomime, a deception, and a pulling of the wool over our eyes. It has been compared to …

           HITLER’S DECEIVING OF NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN     

Neville Chamberlain's European Policy was based on a commitment to “peace for our time,” pursuing a policy of appeasement and containment towards

              HITLER GIVES COMMITMENT TO CHAMBERLAIN

 Nazi Germany while increasing the strength of Britain's armed forces, until in September 1939 he delivered an ultimatum over the invasion of Poland followed by a declaration of war against Germany.

After returning from talks with Adolph Hitler in Munich, on 30 Sept 1938, Chamberlain held up a paper containing the resolution to commit to peaceful methods signed by both Hitler and himself. He proclaimed:  

"... the settlement of the Czechoslovakian problem, which has now been achieved is, in my view, only the prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace. This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine. Some of you, perhaps, have already heard what it contains but I would just like to read it to you ..."

"My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time."

One year later, on Sept 1, 1939, World War 2 broke out!

With all that’s going on in the Middle East at present, with Iran’s nuclear ambitions and its blatant hatred of Israel and America, and its calls for their annihilation; the rampaging of ISIS across the Levant and much further afield; the malicious return of the Cold War between Russia and the West; the shenanigans (tricks and antics) of Turkey’s PM Erdogan; and all the rest!! - my attention has been directed to one of Daniel’s prophecies.  Here is the passage:

DANIEL’S PROPHECY  -- 11: 21-32

Daniel’s prophecy in chapter 11, historically describe the schemes and pogroms (terrorism) of Antiochus Epiphanes.

Historically, the prophecy points to the intrigues and expeditions of Antiochus Epiphanes, a Greek king of the Seleucid Empire (BC175-164). But historical prophecies often have secondary fulfilments, or portions can describe various actions.  Some of this prophecy could well be applied to some modern leaders involved in Iran’s nuclear deal.  Khamanei evidently would like to follow the role of the brutal Antiochus. 

Here are verses from this awesome passage:

"A despicable person will arise, to whom the honour of the kingdom has not been given, but he will come in peaceably and seize the kingdom by intrigue. (21)

"After a league - an alliance, a deal or covenant - is made with him he will act deceitfully, and he will come up and gain power and become strong with a small force of people.

"In a time of peace, he will enter the most productive provinces, and he will achieve what neither his father or ancestors ever did. He will distribute plunder, spoil and possessions among them. He will also devise schemes to overthrow strongholds, but only for a time.”  (23-24)

"Both of these kings’ hearts will be intent on evil, and they will speak lies at the same table; but to no avail, for the end is to come at the appointed time.” (27)

“By flattery he will corrupt those who act wickedly against the covenant. But the people who know their God shall be strong, and take action (doing exploits for Him).” (32)

Iran:  “We Will Trample  on America”

A senior Iranian cleric delivered Friday prayers in Tehran while standing behind a podium. He declared:  "We will trample upon America," according to photos released by Iran's state-controlled media.

IRAN’S DICTATOR CALLS FOR MUSLIM WORLD  TO UNITE AND DESTROY ISRAEL

JULY 19/15. Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei went into a conspiracy-laden tirade, blaming the “arrogant powers” for getting in the way of the Muslim world’s mission to unite and destroy Israel.

“If the Islamic Ummah were united and relied on their own commonalities, they would certainly be a unique power in the international political scene, but big powers have imposed such divisions on the Islamic Ummah to pursue their own interests and safeguard the Zionist regime [of Israel],” Khamenei said in remarks to commemorate the end of Ramadan.

Khamenei also defended Iran’s support for its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, which is a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, and also the Assad regime in Syria.

“The Americans dub the Lebanese resistance as terrorist and regard Iran as a supporter of terrorism because of its support for the Lebanese Hezbollah, while the Americans, themselves, are real terrorists,” Khamenei said.

Hezbollah was originally created by Tehran’s first “Supreme Leader” with the mission to “turn Lebanon to a graveyard for Jews,” according to its leader, Hassan Nasrallah.

The Iranian dictator claimed that al-Qaeda and the Islamic State terror group were created by the United States, according to Iran’s state-controlled media. The US “have created al-Qaeda and Daesh [ISIL]” and “support the wicked Zionists [Israel],” he said.

The US cannot criticize Iran’s support for Hezbollah’s “resistance” movement because the US supports the “Zionist, terrorist and infanticidal” Israelis, Khamenei added.

The “Supreme Leader” declared victory over the United States in Tehran’s recent nuclear agreement with world powers, saying, “This is the outcome of the Iranian nation’s resistance and bravery and the creativity of dear Iranian scientists.”

He predicted that in the case of war with the United States, the US “will emerge as loser.”

Khamenei swore to never engage the Americans in dialogue over regional differences, asking, “Our policies and those of the US in the region are 180 degree different, so how could it be possible to enter dialogue and negotiations with them (the Americans)?”

In declaring victory over the US in nuclear negotiations, he added, “today, they [world powers] have been forced to accept the spinning of thousands of centrifuges and the continuation of research and development in Iran.”    - By Jordan Schachtel / Reuters

KHAMENEI HAILS HIS PEOPLE FOR DEMANDING DEATH TO AMERICA AND ISRAEL

JULY 18.  Iran's supreme leader has hailed the Iranian masses for demanding the destruction of Israel and America, and says he hopes that God would answer their prayers. In a viciously anti-US speech delivered in Tehran four days after Iran and the world powers signed an accord designed to thwart Iran's nuclear program, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised "the slogans of the people of Iran" which "indicated what directions they're heading for," according to the English translation of his speech by Iran's Press TV. 

At Al-Quds day rallies last week, Khamenei noted appreciatively, "You heard ‘Death to Israel,’ ‘Death to the US.’ You could hear it. The whole nation was shaken by these slogans. It wasn't only confined to Tehran. The whole of the nation, you could hear, that was covered by this great movement. So we ask Almighty God to accept these prayers by the people of Iran.”

KERRY: “IRAN’S ‘DEATH TO AMERICA’ CHANTS

DON’T MEAN IRAN WANTS TO DESTROY US.”

Secretary of State John Kerry dismissed concerns in the House of Representatives that Iran is out to destroy the US despite Iranian statements calling for “Death to America.”

IRAN DEFENCE CHIEF FORBIDS INTERNATIONAL

INSPECTIONS OF MILITARY SITES

Iran's defence minister said Tehran would not allow international inspectors to enter the Islamic Republic's military sites, in comments that appear at odds with the terms of the landmark nuclear deal struck with world powers.

IRAN SAYS, “UN CAN'T BAN BALLISTIC MISSILES

UNDER NUKE DEAL”

Iran said its ballistic missile program was not connected to the UN Security Council resolution which endorses its July 14 nuclear accord with world powers.

U.S. BANNED FROM KNOWING DETAILS OF

IRAN NUCLEAR INSPECTION AGREEMENT

Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the nuclear inspection organization is barred from revealing to the United States any details of the deals it has inked with Tehran to inspect its contested nuclear program going forward, according to regional reports.

IRAN TO BUILD 4 REACTORS WITHIN A DECADE,

SAYS NUCLEAR CHIEF

Iran intends to construct at least four new nuclear plants in the country within a decade, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said recently.

IRAN SAYS IT CAN BOOST OIL OUTPUT JUST DAYS AFTER SANCTIONS END

Production can increase by 500,000 barrels a day within a week after sanctions end and by 1 million barrels a day within a month following that, state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported, citing Zanganeh in an interview with state TV. Sanctions against Iran’s oil industry should be lifted by late November, he said, according to Iran oil ministry’s Shana news agency.

OBAMA: “ISRAEL IS SOLE OBJECTOR TO

IRAN DEAL!  NETANYAHU IS WRONG!”

President Barack Obama said last month that Israel was the only country to object to the Iran nuclear deal. Israel’s opposition, he said, was ‘sincere’ but ‘wrong.’   - Times of Israel reported.

Obama knows full well that Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries also oppose the accord, but Israel is the only brave country to do it publicly.

BATTLE IN US CONGRESS AGAINST IRAN DEAL

AUG 3/15. A new Congressional resolution calling for an end to the Iran nuclear deal has already received the support of at least 218 Republican lawmakers within just two weeks, and is well on its way to obtaining a two-thirds majority so  that US President Barack Obama will be unable to veto, according to its sponsor.

The majority support in the House for the resolution drafted by Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL) comes during the 60-day Congressional review period of the deal.

Having rallied impressive Republican support, Roskam now intends to convince Democrats to support the measure during the August recess so as to ensure Obama's desperate efforts to veto will fail.

Roskam needs at least 290 of the 435 members of the House of Representatives to gain a two-thirds majority in overruling the presidential veto.   - Arutz Sheva

Saudi Arabian Prince Bandar bin Sultan, says the deal would allow Iran to acquire a nuclear bomb that would “wreak havoc in the region." In fact, the deal does not prevent a nuclear Iran. The deal only delays it a few years. 

DEMOCRATS SCORCH OBAMA'S IRAN DEAL

AUG 5. Obama made another impassioned push for Congress to support the Iran nuclear deal, saying it’s the toughest possible agreement and the alternative is war, a conclusion that even some loyal Democrats find infuriating. During an hour-long speech at American University in Washington, Obama insisted the deal would mean Iran would never get a nuclear weapon, that inspections are air-tight and that opposition is largely a product of “kneejerk partisanship,” despite the misgivings of many Democrats.

PRESIDENT GETS PERSONAL ABOUT DEAL

AUG 5, 2015. President Obama, in his desperation to save his Iran deal, has taken to attacking its opponents in personal ways. He has accused critics of his deal of being the same Republican warmongers who drove us into the ground war against Iraq, and has warned that they would offer "overheated" and often dishonest arguments. He has complained about the influence of lobbyists and the money used on the process of deciding this important issue, as if lobbying and money were not involved in other important matters before Congress.

These types of ad hominem (prejudicial) arguments are becoming less and less convincing as more Democratic members of Congress, more liberal supporters of the President, more nuclear experts and more foreign policy gurus are expressing deep concern about, and sometimes strong opposition to the deal that is currently before Congress.  - By Alan M. Dershowitz  

OBAMA: IF CONGRESS KILLS IRAN DEAL,

ROCKETS WILL FALL ON TEL AVIV

If the US Congress shoots down the Iranian nuclear deal, America will eventually be pressured into a military strike against Tehran's nuclear facilities, which will in turn increase terror against Israel, President Obama told a meeting of Jewish leaders.

ATTEMPT TO BLOCK THE DEAL FAILS

SEPT 4. The Republican-led attempt to secure 2/3rds majority against “the deal” in Congress, fell short by a few votes, and thus it fails to prevent Obama from vetoing the decision of the majority members of parliament.

Iran is clearly the top winner, with its $388 billion economy likely to reach 6 percent growth as early as 2016, according to Garbis Iradian, chief economist for the Middle East & North Africa at the Institute of International Finance.

 

WHY BIBI SHOULD LEVEL IRAN ?

By Attorney Jonathan Emord  - NewsWithViews.com

AUG 7/15.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has watched as Israel, once tied to the American hip, has undergone a surgical separation from the United States, by a President whose love for a deal with Iran has overcome any semblance of desire for the survival of Israel.

Indeed, because the deal hastens the day when an avowed enemy of Israel and the United States (and a foremost state sponsor of global terror) obtains the bomb, it is a suicide pact. Moreover, if anti-semitism is a hatred for the Jewish race, the Obama deal with Iran is beyond anti-semitic, turning hatred into an actual license to kill the Jewish state.

So now that Netanyahu is confronted with an imminent threat to the survival of Israel , what must he do? There is only one real option. He must attack Iran and exert as much force as is necessary to eliminate its nuclear weapon potential, including its ability to manufacture fissile material. That will require a sustained and aggressive war, but it is a war that Israel can win. 

                JOHN KERRY WARNS ISRAEL NOT TO STRIKE

              IRAN’S NUCLEAR FACILITIES!

Less than a day after indicating in a Senate hearing that the Iran nuclear deal would have the US defend Iran from Israel, US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Israel that a unilateral strike on Iran's covert nuclear program would be a "huge mistake."

"That'd be an enormous mistake, a huge mistake with grave consequences for Israel and for the region, and I don't think it's necessary," Kerry said in an ominous answer.  Just recently he was asked in a Senate hearing about a clause in the deal requiring the West to train Iran to block sabotage attempts against its nuclear program.

WHAT?!    US TO PROTECT IRANIAN NUKE SITES

FROM ISRAELI ATTACK

“Obama Deal” explicitly states that the US and the other P5+1 powers can help Iran deflect and even “respond” to sabotage and nuclear threats to its nuclear sites.  The damming evidence - that the Obama Deal allows Western powers to help Iran to protect its nuclear sites, and even to stage a counter-attack on the source of the threat - is stated in Annex III of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Congress is reviewing the agreement and has the option to cancel America’s commitments under the deal.

Section “D 10 states that the P5+1 “and possibly other states are prepared to co-operate with Iran on the implementation of nuclear security guidelines and best prac-tices. Emphasis should be placed on the word “respond.”

It leaves open for interpretation the possibility that the United States and other P5 +1 countries can take action in the form of training and preparing Iran to stage a cyber attack or retaliation in the event of a third-party assault on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Israel is assumed to have been behind the Stuxnet cyber attacks on Iran’s centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear facility in 2010, which set back the Iranian nuclear weapons program.

The agreement provides for assistance from the United States and the other P5+1 countries to thwart “sabotage” on Iran’s nuclear sites.

In other words, the US will protect IRAN FROM ISRAEL!    - beastwatchnews.com

 

OBAMA FUMES AS IRAN PUBLISHES BOOK ON “PALESTINE”

 

- AN ANTI-ISRAEL BOOK THAT COULD SINK THE NUCLEAR DEAL

 While Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama do their best to paper over the brutality of the Iranian regime and force through a nuclear agreement, Iran’s religious leader has another issue on his mind: The destruction of Israel.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has published a new book called “Palestine,” a 416-page screed against the Jewish state. A blurb on the back cover credits Khamenei as, “The flag bearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.”

A friend sent me a copy from Iran, the only place the book is currently available, though an Arabic translation is promised soon. Obama administration officials likely hope that no American even hears about it.

Khamenei makes his position clear from the start: Israel has no right to exist as a state.

He uses three words. One is “nabudi” which means “annihilation.” The other is “imha” which means “fading out,” and, finally, there is “zaval” meaning “effacement.”

Khamenei claims that his strategy for the destruction of Israel is not based on anti-Semitism, which he describes as a European phenomenon. His position is instead based on “well-established Islamic principles.”

One such principle is that a land that falls under Muslim rule, even briefly, can never again be ceded to non-Muslims. What matters in Islam is ownership of a land’s government, even if the majority of inhabitants are non-Muslims.

Khomeinists are not alone in this belief. Dozens of maps circulate in the Muslim world showing the extent of Muslim territories lost to the Infidel that must be recovered. These include large parts of Russia and Europe, almost a third of China, the whole of India and parts of The Philippines and Thailand.

However, according to Khamenei, Israel, which he labels as “adou” and “doshman,” meaning “enemy” and “foe,” is a special case for three reasons. The first is that it is a loyal “ally of the American Great Satan” and a key element in its “evil scheme” to dominate “the heartland of the Ummah.” The second reason is that Israel has waged war on Muslims on a number of occasions, thus becoming “a hostile infidel,” or “kaffir al-harbi.”

Finally, Israel is a special case because it occupies Jerusalem, which Khamenei describes as “Islam’s third Holy City.” He intimates that one of his “most cherished wishes” is to one day pray in Jerusalem.

Khamenei insists that he is not recommending “classical wars” to wipe Israel off the map. Nor does he want to “massacre the Jews.” What he recommends is a long period of low-intensity warfare designed to make life unpleasant if not impossible for a majority of Israeli Jews, so that they leave the country. By Geoffrey Grider

SAUDI PRINCE THREATENS ‘MILITARY  ACTION AGAINST IRAN,

WITHOUT AMERICAN SUPPORT’

In the first public criticism of the P5+Iran deal by a member of the Saudi Arabian royal family, Prince Bandar bin Sultan told Lebanon’s Daily Star the deal would allow Iran to acquire a nuclear bomb and would “wreak havoc in the region."

Covered in The Times of London, the prince also told Daily Star, "Saudi Arabia and the Gulf powers are prepared to take military action without American support after the Iran nuclear deal"

PUTIN PRAISES IRAN DEAL IN CALL WITH NETANYAHU

Putin told Netanyahu in a phone conversation that the agreement “provided reliable guarantees” that Iran's nuclear program is exclusively peaceful, according to the Kremlin.

                TURKEY'S ERDOGAN, & RUSSIA'S PUTIN      

       DISCUSS SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President ,Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq, and better co-operation in fighting Islamic State, the Kremlin said

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DECLINES IN IRAN

Despite Iran’s promises to maintain the rights of the country's religious minorities, persecution is still a matter of tremendous concern for various faith groups.

However, it seems that the Islamic regime has a particular interest in the systemic persecution of Christians.

A report from the United States Commission on Inter-national Religious Freedom indicates that Iranian authorities continue to raid churches, threatening their members and also imprisoning them.

The same report states that more than 500 Christians have been arrested since 2010.                                                                                                                                                 - : Mohabat News, World Tribune

It is believed that more than 600 people have been executed in Iran this year.

 

IRAN: RELIGIOUS MINORITIES EXECUTED FOR "ENMITY AGAINST GOD"

A human rights group recently reported that the Islamic Republic of Iran had executed members of religious minorities who were convicted of "enmity against God," according to The Christian Post.

                                IRAN - ISRAEL  --  ANALYSIS  

It is clear from prophecy (Ezekiel 38:5) that Iran (Persia) will be a crucial part of the northern alliance led by Rosh (Russia) when it invades Israel early in the Tribulation.  Iran

is not an Arab nation, and it will not be destroyed before that invasion which leads to world war 3.

The animosity and tensions involving Israel and Iran will continue, and upheavals will take place. Israel will suffer greatly during the Tribulation (2/3rds will perish – Zech 13:8), but the nation will survive and be restored. (Ezekiel 39:25-29). 

But the armies of Iran and the nations of the Northern Confederation, and much of their territories, however, will be destroyed.  (Ezekiel 38:21-22.  39:1-6)

Current events in the Middle East and throughout the nations are gearing up, and preparing the stage for World War.

The message in the midst of all of this is:

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.”   (2 Peter 3:9)

Yes! “God now commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)

“WHOEVER WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF

YHWH-Y'SHUA the LORD WILL BE SAVED.” (Romans 10:13)

 

 “For the mystery of iniquity and lawlessness is already at work; but He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 

“And then the lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the glory of His coming;  that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with great power and with all kinds of signs and counterfeit miracles, and with all the deception of wickedness among those who are perishing, because they would not receive the love of the truth which could have saved them.

“And for this reason, God will send upon them a powerful delusion so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.”  (2 Thessalonians 3:7-12)

POPE TO JOIN FORCES WITH OBAMA FOR

 “WARMIST” PROPAGANDA – SEPT 23

Pope Frances and Obama will be meeting on Sept 23rd, to discuss global warming and “climate change.”

Obama will host Pope Francis at the White House, where they are, according to reports, “expected to make an impassioned collective call for action.”

The Pope’s meeting with Obama in September is just one of a variety of provocative – and in some cases potentially disastrous – occurrences clustered around September.

 

POPE FRANCIS IN FAVOR OF A "NEW WORLD ORDER

JULY 27/ 15 Jan Markell  of  www.olivetreeviews.org has commented:

The Marxist-oriented Pope, who even conservative Catholics have warned about, is pushing globalism by being a spokesman for "sustainable development." The United Nations and every other globalist outfit or individual, pushes this effort.  

Simply stated, we must change everything to sustain the ability to live on this planet. Everything must change - the environment, world peace, income redistribution, international treaties such as Iran. It is a push to take care of the planet and world government is the only solution.

The Pope kicks off the Sept. 25 United Nations Assembly, and will push these issues. It will lead to the climate change conference in Paris which is Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

Christian Endtime commentator, Gary Kah, feels this is the most important meeting of this year and climate is not the main part of the agenda.

He feels this meeting will produce an international global agreement that will obligate nations of the world to go along with 17 points.  They will include poverty, education, gender equality, water issues, energy, and many more issues that will be a step further towards global government.

A few more international crises along the way will make it all come together.

Gary Kah concludes, "Never before have so many signs of the times manifested simultaneously. Watching the evening news is like witnessing the prophecies of Scripture unfold before our eyes. An emerging caliphate in the Middle East; an energized Russia - thought to be dead; the global economy teetering on the brink because of insurmountable debt; the Pope making interfaith alliances with other religions. These and other headlines are setting the stage for world government that will be presented as the only practical solution in order for mankind to survive."

The web of deception being engineered by Satan's forces is vast and well thought out. He is a formidable adversary but will meet his destiny when Christ returns to defeat him and to reign as our victorious King. Unfortunately, between now and then, our lives will not become easier, but rather, more difficult. The Bible has warned of these times, and they are now upon us.  Sadly, you won't hear about it in most churches today.  

UNITED NATIONS MEMBERS ESTABLISH

15-YEAR GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

In what the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, described as the organization's "to-do" list for the next 15 years, its 193 member states have agreed on an agenda for global development that aims to eliminate poverty and hunger, protect the environment from climate change, achieve gender equality and raise living standards.

MOVE IN UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO END

ISRAELI PRESENCE IN WEST BANK

AUG 3. The Palestinian Authority welcomed French efforts to lead an international group aiming to remove Israelis from the West Bank and resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Al-Jazeera reported.

According to Al-Jazeera, France will submit its resolution to the Security Council in September, after making some amendments. In a broadcast on Voice of Palestine radio, PA envoy to the U.N., Riyad Mansour, said France was committed to restarting the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians by this September. - beastwatchnews.com/

 

PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IS INTENSIFYING

AS ANTI-CHRISTIAN HATRED SWEEPS THE ENTIRE WORLD

There is very little that the entire world seems to agree upon, but there is one very frightening trend that is now taking hold literally all over the globe. A passionate hatred of Christianity is sweeping across the planet, and very few global leaders have been willing to step forward and speak out against this rising persecution of Christians.

In many parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, believers are being relentlessly attacked by extremists; churches are being destroyed, and laws are being passed to try to prevent the spread of the Christian faith.

In some areas, the violence has become so extreme that Christians knowingly risk their own lives just to go to church services each week. Would you risk your life to go to church? In North America and Europe, the persecution is often more subtle.

Even though violent attacks are still fairly rare, Christian beliefs are being undermined by new laws. Comedians and television shows regularly mock the Christian faith, and many employers will immediately mentally disqualify a potential candidate for a job if they discover that the  individual is a Bible-believing Christian.

Sadly, this is just the beginning. In the years ahead, those who choose to be followers of Jesus Christ will face even greater persecution than we have seen already.  -  By Michael Snyder, on July 26th, 2015

     PUMMELLED IN ITS CAPITAL, ISLAMIC STATE GROUP IS

                         STILL  HANGING TOUGH ACROSS IRAQ AND SYRIA

After billions of dollars have been spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamental ly no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded.

DAVID CAMERON VOWS TO ‘DESTROY’ ISLAMIC STATE

British Prime Minister David Cameron is pledging a full-blown Royal Air Force offensive against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq to “destroy the caliphate in both countries.”

In his most explicit comments on the terrorist threat, the Prime Minister reveals he wants Britain to “do more” than just provide logistical support for US attacks.

ISIS INFILTRATES EGYPTIAN SPECIAL FORCES,

JOINS WITH HAMAS TO OCCUPY N. SINAI,

and to LIQUIDATE PRESIDENT EL-SISI

Islamic State affiliates in Sinai and Libya have banded together with the Palestinian Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip for the shared goals of capturing northern Sinai from the Egyptian army and staging an assassination coup against President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi, debkafile’s exclusive military and intelligence sources report.      - DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 23, 2015

ISLAMIC STATE CIRCULATES SEX SLAVE PRICE LIST

A senior United Nations official says Islamic State is circulating a slave price list for captured women and children, and that the group's ongoing appeal and barbarity pose an unprecedented challenge.

ISLAMIC STATE PLANNING TO PROVOKE “END OF THE WORLD”

BY ATTACKING INDIA TO ENTICE USA INTO ALL-OUT-WAR

JULY 29. A recruitment document understood to be written by ISIS militants has revealed the terrorist group's plans for all-out war to bring about ‘the end of the world.’

The Urdu document, passed to the American Media Institute by a Pakistani citizen connected to the Taliban, reveals the scale of the ambition of ISIS, including targeting India to provoke the USA to intervene. It details how they are urging the units of the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban into one army with ISIS, and asking al--Qaeda to join ISIS to forge a caliphate.  —  beastwatchnews.com/

WATCH THE KURDS !

The Kurds are said to be descendants of the ancient Medes, of the Medo-Persian empire.

There are Kurdish populations in northern Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran. For many decades they have aspired to be a separate nation – Kurdistan. They are mostly Muslims but are not Arabs. They are totally opposed to ISIS offensives in Kurdish areas in both Syria and Iraq.

They have a strong army called the Peshmerga which has effectively warded off ISIS attacks in the autonomous Kurdistan region of N Iraq, and are currently helping to defend Kobane, on the Syria-Turkey border.

TURKEY & THE KURDS

Watch the Kurds — the ancient Medes.

“YHWH has aroused the spirit of the kings of the Medes, because His purpose is against Babylon to destroy it; for it is the vengeance of YHWH, vengeance for His temple. (Jeremiah 51:11)

TURKEY'S ERDOGAN SAYS PEACE PROCESS WITH KURDS OVER

"It is not possible to carry on the (peace) process with those who target our national unity and brotherhood," Erdogan told a news conference at an Ankara airport before leaving for a visit to China.

TURKEY LAUNCHES HEAVIEST AIR STRIKES

 ON KURDISH FORCES

JULY 29. Turkish jets launched their heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq since air strikes began last week, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan said a peace process had become impossible.

The strikes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets including shelters, depots and caves in six areas, a statement from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's office said. A senior official told Reuters it was the biggest assault since the campaign started.

OBAMA SUPPORTS TURKEY’S ATTACKS ON THE KURDS

Extracts from a lengthy article by Jerusalem journalist,

Caroline Glick.   July 31/15.

Most of the antiquities (ancient objects) that ISIS plunders in Iraq and Syria make their way to the world market through Turkey.  So, too, most of the oil that ISIS produces in Syria and Iraq is smuggled out through Turkey. According to the US Treasury, ISIS has made between $1 million and $4 million a day from oil revenue.

In late July, Obama cut a deal with Erdogan that changes the West’s relationship with Erdogan. Instead of maintaining its current practice of balancing its support for Turkey with its support for the Kurds, under the agreement, the West ditches its support for the Kurds and transfers its support to Turkey exclusively.

The Kurdish Peshmerga militias operating today in Iraq and Syria are the only military outfits making sustained progress in the war against ISIS. Since last October, the Kurds in Syria have liberated ISIS-controlled and threatened areas along the Turkish border.

The YPG, the Peshmerga militia in Syria, won its first major victory in January, when after a protracted, bloody battle, with US air support, it freed the Kurdish border town of Kobani from ISIS’s assault.

In June, the YPG scored a strategic victory against ISIS by taking control of Tal Abyad, a town that controls the road connecting ISIS’s capital of Raqqa with Turkey. By capturing Tal Abyad, the Kurds cut off Raqqa’s supply lines.

Last month, Time magazine reported that the Turks reacted with hysteria to Tal Abyad’s capture.  Not only did the operation endanger Raqqa, it gave the Kurds territorial contiguity (adjoining territories) in Syria.

The YPG’s victories enhanced the Kurds’ standing among Western nations. Indeed, some British and American officials were quoted openly discussing the possibility of removing the PKK, the YPG’s Iraqi counterpart, from their official lists of terrorist organizations.

The YPG’s victories similarly enhanced the Kurds’ standing inside Turkey itself. In the June elections to the Turkish parliament, the Kurdish HDP party won 12% of the vote nationally, and so blocked Erdogan’s AKP party from winning a parliamentary majority.

Without that majority Erdogan’s plan of reforming the constitution to transform Turkey into a presidential republic and secure his dictatorship for the long run has been jeopardized.

As far as Erdogan was concerned, by the middle of July the Kurdish threat to his power had reached unacceptable levels. Then two weeks ago the deck was miraculously reshuffled.

On July 20, young Kurdish activists convened in Suduc, a Kurdish town on the Turkish side of the border, 6 kilo-meters from Kobani. A suicide bomber walked up to them, and detonated, massacring 32 people.

Turkish officials claim that the bomber was a Turkish Kurd, and a member of ISIS. But the Kurds didn’t buy that line. Last week, HDP lawmakers accused the regime of complicity with the bomber. And two days after the attack, militants from the PKK killed two Turkish policemen in a neighbouring village, claiming that they collaborated with ISIS.  At that point, Erdogan sprang into action.

ERDOGAN ENTERS THE FRAY

After refusing for months to work with NATO forces in their anti-ISIS operations, Erdogan announced he was entering the fray.

He would begin targeting “terrorists” and allow the US air force to use two Turkish air bases for its anti-ISIS operations. In exchange, the US agreed to set up a “safe zone” in Syria along the Turkish border.

Turkish officials were quick to explain that in targeting “terrorists,” the Turks would not distinguish between Kurdish terrorists and ISIS terrorists just because the former are fighting ISIS. Both, they insisted, are legitimate targets.

Erdogan closed his deal in a telephone call with Obama. And he immediately went into action.

Turkish forces began bombing terrorist targets and rounding up terrorist suspects. Although a few of the Turkish bombing runs have been directly against ISIS, the vast majority have targeted Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria.

Already the Kurds are reporting that the US has stopped providing air support for their forces fighting ISIS in the border town of Jarablus. Those forces were bombed this week by Turkish F-16s.

For their part, despite Erdogan’s pledge to fight ISIS, his forces seem remarkably uninterested in rolling back ISIS achievements. The Turks have no plan for removing ISIS from its strongholds in Raqqa or Haskiyah.

The Obama administration is presenting the deal with Turkey as yet another great achievement.

The deal was a long time in the making. It began with a phone conversation between Obama and Erdogan last October and it ended with their phone call last week.

In October, Obama convinced Erdogan not to oppose US air support for the Kurds in Kobani and to enable the US to resupply YPG fighters in Kobani through Turkey.

In the second call, Obama agreed not to oppose Erdogan’s offensive against the Kurds.

                                          http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2015/07/31/obama_strikes_again_127611.html

 

                                 THE CHIEF PRINCE OF ROSH     

Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes  gathered about you,

                        and take command of them.”  (Ezekiel 38:7)

 

RUSSIAN MILITARY TO CREATE TWO NEW ARMIES

IN WEST OF COUNTRY AS HOSTILITY TOWARDS NATO INCREASES

The moves, which will include the creation of an army designed to support the Kremlin's new 5th generation Armata tank, is the latest in a long line of changes to Moscow’s military as it looks to re-establish itself as a global military force on par with the US.

The establishment of the new military units will again cause concern for NATO, which has its own forces conducting US-led exercises on the alliance’s eastern flank in the former Soviet Republics of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, as well as in the Balkans.

Many will see Moscow’s move as the clearest sign yet that Russia and the West are reinventing Cold War style military postures.

According to a directive of the chief of the General Staff, the 1st Guards Tank Army and 20th Guards Combined Army are to be formed within the western military district by Dec.1, 2015, a Tass source said.      - beastwatchnews.com/

RUSSIA & CHINA ALIGN STRATEGIES AGAINST US

Following more than two decades of development, bilateral relations between China and Russia have reached a new phase, a July 18 commentary said, adding that China now considers Russia an irreplaceable partner for all its key strategies.

These include the Silk Road Economic Belt, the land-based component of Beijing’s ambitious “Belt and Road” initiative to boost cooperation and connectivity in Eurasia; the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation, the political, economic and military organisation that the two countries founded along with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan; and the BRICS association comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, as well as the group's New Development Bank.

RUSSIA SIGNS NUCLEAR DEALS WITH TRADITIONAL U.S. ALLIES IN MIDDLE EAST

The Russian government has signed major nuclear co-operation agreements with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan since the start of this year, increasing its influence among traditional US allies in the region.

 

           THE BRICS COUNTRIES

LAUNCH  A RIVAL TO THE IMF AND THE WORLD BANK

 JULY. 21/15.  The bank’s opening comes two weeks after a BRICS summit hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A new bank dedicated to the emerging BRICS countries opened for business in China’s commercial hub of Shanghai, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The so-called emerging BRICS countries are made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, and their “New Development Bank” has been seen as a challenge to the Washington-based International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

The institution’s management was “working on initiation of operations,” Xinhua quoted bank president, K. V. Kamath, formerly a private banker in India, as saying, including “making business policy” and “developing project preparations.”

Operations would begin late this year or early in 2016, he added. The opening — announced in a short report — comes two weeks after a BRICS summit hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Moscow, which has suffered huge currency fluctuations and has struggled to attract investors since the outbreak of the crisis in Ukraine, sees the bank and a BRICS currency reserve pool as an alternative to international financial institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank, which are dominated by the US.

At the time of the summit, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a statement that BRICS “illustrates a new polycentric system of international relations” demonstrating the increasing influence of “new centers of power.”

The BRICS nations represent 40% of the world's population and previously agreed to establish the bank, with estimated capital of $100 billion (90 billion euros).

A Chinese analyst denied the BRICS bank was aimed at challenging other multilateral agencies.

"It's a complement, instead of a challenge, to existing international institutions," Li Daxiao, chief economist of Yingda Securities, told AFP.

The BRICS countries have also agreed to set up a $100 billion reserve fund, aimed at shielding them from short-term liquidity pressure and promoting greater financial co-operation.

“It can help avoid another crisis through establishing a fund pool within the BRICS, which can help cushion instability in the currency market,” Li said, referring to the 2008 global economic crisis.

China, the world's second-largest economy, is also leading the setting up of another new multilateral lender, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which will be headquartered in Beijing.

China will be the biggest AIIB shareholder at about 30%, according to the legal framework signed late last month by 50 founding member countries.

The US and Japan — the world's largest and third-largest economies, respectively — have declined to join the AIIB.    - www.businessinsider.com

MASS STARVATION EXPECTED IN VENEZUELA

AFTER SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT NATIONALIZES

FOOD DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

In a policy move that is sure to worsen Venezuela's economic conditions and impose more suffering on the country's population, President Nicolas Maduro pledged recently to nationalize food distribution amid record shortages of the most basic goods, skyrocketing inflation and a deepening financial crisis.         -  beastwatchnews.com/

GEO-PHYSICAL DISASTERS

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT COULD WIPE CITIES

 OFF MAP IF THEIR WATER RUNS OUT

The epicenter of California’s drought crisis is in the Central Valley, where there are growing fears the drought could wipe entire towns off of the map.

Wells are going dry, jobs are harder to come by and families are already moving, either to different states or even Mexico in search of work.

MEXICAN VOLCANO SPEWS ASH

TWO KILOMETRES INTO THE SKY

Amazing footage has emerged of dozens of ash exhalations from Mexico's most active volcano, Popocatepetl - reaching up to two kilometers into the sky. Just one of over 25 active volcanoes erupting at the moment.

WILDFIRES RAGE ACROSS SWATHES OF CALIFORNIA   

AUG 2. Wildfires burned out of control across swathes of parched California, forcing residents to hastily evacuate, and shutting miles of highway after claiming the life of a firefighter. There had been “thousands” of lightning strikes since Thursday night, California fire chiefs said, sparking several hundred small wildfires.

At least 23 large fires were burning menacingly across California but many were clustered in the north of the bone-dry US state, which is in the crippling throes of a historic drought. About 9,000 firefighters backed by helicopters and air tankers were battling the blazes.

MASSIVE BUSH FIRE IN JERUSALEM SUBURBS

AUG 1. 700 residents were evacuated, and over 20 firefighting crews and 8 planes attempted to contain blazes encroaching on Even Sapir moshav and Ein Kerem.  Fire department says a farmer’s negligence likely started blaze.

HEAT WAVE CAUSES MILLIONS IN DAMAGE TO ISRAELI CROPS

Israel has not escaped the heat wave scorching the Middle East in recent days, which has caused massive damage to the Israeli agricultural industry to the tune of millions of shekels.

TEMPERATURE SEARS IN IRAN AS

'HEAT DOME' TRAPS MIDDLE EAST

The Middle East is trapped under a brutal 'heat dome' that has brought apocalyptic weather and a heat index that makes it feel like the Lake of Fire, in one Iranian city.

5 VOLCANOES  ERUPT IN INDONESIA

JULY 27. Mount Raung on Java island blasted ash and debris up to 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) into the air after rumbling for several weeks, government volcanologist Surono said. Ash erupted also from Gamalama and Dukono mountains on the Moluccas islands chain, Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island and Mount Karangetang on Siau island, darkening the skies, Surono said. A total of more than 13,000 people have been evacuated due to the volcanic eruptions since last month, mostly from around the slopes of Sinabung in Tanah Karo District, added Surono, who uses a single name.

LOCUST SWARMS PLAGUE SOUTHERN RUSSIA

Millions of locusts have descended on farmlands in southern Russia, devouring entire fields of crops and causing officials to declare a state of emergency in the region.

SECRET NSA MAP SHOWS CHINA CYBER

ATTACKS ON U.S. TARGETS

A secret NSA map obtained exclusively by NBC News shows the Chinese government’s massive cyber assault on all sectors of the US economy, including major firms like Google and Lockheed Martin, as well as the US government and military. The map uses red dots to mark more than 600 corporate, private or government “Victims of Chinese Cyber Espionage” that were attacked over a five-year period, with clusters in America’s industrial centers.      - beastwatchnews.com/

    WHO IS DESTROYING THE PALESTINIAN DREAM?   

         Hamas's totalitarian rule over the Gaza Strip seems to be nearing its end, as the Islamist movement faces increased challenges from various militias in the area. Many Palestinians are worried  that  Gaza  will fall into the hands of Islamic State or Al-Qaeda.

         "By Allah's will, we will uproot the state of the Jews and you [Hamas] and others will vanish as the Gaza Strip will be ruled by sharia, whether you like it or not." — Spokesman for the Islamic State.

         In public, Hamas leaders do not admit that their movement is being challenged by Islamic State and Al-Qaeda supporters in Gaza. It is more convenient for them to blame "Israeli occupation" for the violence, on the pretext that only Israel is interested in removing Hamas from power. This claim, however, has proven to be untrue.

         It is time for the international community to realize that the Palestinian dream of establishing an independent state is being destroyed by none other than the Palestinians themselves.

         The Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, which Palestinians hope will one day become part of a future Palestinian state, is quickly sliding toward anarchy and chaos.

         Since its violent takeover of the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2007, Hamas has maintained a tight grip on the area, home to some 1.7 million Palestinians.  But now Hamas' totalitarian rule over the Gaza Strip seems to be nearing its end, as the Islamist movement faces increased challenges from various militias and groups in the area.

         Some of Hamas' rivals belong to more radical terror groups such as the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda-affiliated militias created by salafi-jihadis inside the Gaza Strip. Others belong to the secular Fatah faction, whose members continue to dream of the day when they will be able to topple the Hamas regime and regain control over the Gaza Strip.   -   by Khaled Abu Toameh /Israel News   Aug 3, 2015

JERRY GOLDEN’S REPORT FROM JERUSALEM

It is with great urgency that this report is sent to you, I have just returned from a trip from the Island of Cyprus after a very important meeting. It is now believed by all concerned that the European Jews have very little time to be able to freely leave and immigrate to Israel.

We have all seen the ugly head of the Nazi spirit rise in the name of Islam coming for some time. Possibly there were some among us who didn’t believe it would spread so quickly.

In today’s Europe Jews are living in fear of being beaten on the streets – even murdered, their synagogues being bombed and homes burned. It’s like a rerun of a terrible movie of the Holocaust. One of the oldest populations of Jews in Turkey are now leaving for fear of their lives.

We have spent years preparing for the time when Jews will have no other way to leave and come home to Israel but by boats. It would be hard to find anyone living in the Middle East who would not tell you that ISIS, al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Hamas and many others all have their one common desire – that is to kill Jews wherever they can find them. But we are also seeing ISIS murdering and beheading Christians by the tens of thousands. They have placed even small children’s heads on stakes around the cities to further terrorize the Christian populations in the Middle East, telling them that they have three choices, pay for protection, convert to Islam, or die.

What I find terribly troubling is that the Churches and the entire populations of the so-called free world are more concerned over the death of a lion than the lives of brothers and sisters in Yeshua. Surely God will pour out His judgment in greater measures in the coming days.

OBAMA TELLS UK TO STAY IN THE EU

JULY 24.  President Obama has repeated his call that the UK should remain a member of the European Union.

“Having the UK in the EU gives us much greater confidence about the strength of the transatlantic union and is part of the cornerstone of institutions built after World War Two that has made the world safer and more prosperous,” he said.

‘IMPOSSIBLE'’ ROCKET DRIVE WORKS AND

COULD GET TO MOON IN FOUR HOURS

Interplanetary travel could be a step closer after scientists confirmed that an electro-magnetic propulsion drive, which is fast enough to get to the Moon in four hours, actually works.

MISSISSIPPI SCHOOL DISTRICT FINED $7,500

FOR LEADING ASSEMBLY WITH PRAYER

A Mississippi school district was fined $7,500 for opening an optional assembly with a prayer.

SAUDI PRINCE PLEDGES $32 BILLION TO

PROMOTE ISLAM/SHARIA IN AMERICA

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a senior member of the Saudi monarchy, says he'll pledge his $32 billion to advance the islamization of America. This is a MOAB (mother of all bombs) in the information battle-space.

The Saudis have spent billions already. 80% of the mosques build in America are Saudi funded. Islamic groups working to impose the sharia are largely funded by the Saudis.

SATANIC STATUE UNVEILED IN DETROIT TO SHOUTS OF ‘HAIL SATAN

At least 100 people in Detroit recently attended the unveiling of a Satanic statue depicting Baphomet. Children flanked the statue that was originally intended to be placed at the Oklahoma state capitol, but now may be the subject of an effort to erect it next to a Ten Commandments monument in Arkansas.

The New York-based Satanic Temple had scheduled the unveiling for July 25th in Detroit, Michigan. The group says that it chose Detroit because it has a “good com-munity” of followers, with over 200 members, billing the event as “a night of chaos, noise, and debauchery.”

Come dance with the Devil and experience history in the making,” its invitation read.

WHAT DOES THE PROPHECY SAY?

“And the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, to stop worshiping demons and the idols of gold, and of silver and brass, and of stone and wood, which can neither see, nor hear, nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders, their drug-related sorcery, witchcraft and magic, nor of their sexual immorality and their thefts.”   (Revelation 9:20-21)

 

              NEW JOE FINDS DELIVERANCE

 

Following is an extract from my book, THE BROAD AND NARROW WAY.

(Although I wrote his allegorical story in several stages over many years, the message brings me to tears whenever I read it. I find myself in the story. You will also). If this extract touches your heart, re-read the whole book. The message is supported by 177 Bible verses. If you don’t have a copy, please contact us and request the book. –  Don)

                                                

SURRENDER AND NEW JOE continued their journey together. The Apostle had to leave them as he had much work to do, and was constantly helping pilgrims to understand the Way.

New Joe was very careful now, never to neglect meditation on the Word of God. He and Surrender began to grow stronger in the Master, and were learning to conquer by faith and the Word.

Sometimes they met travellers coming back along the Way. “Why are you returning?” they would enquire. So often the answer was the same ... “There is a mountain range ahead, and it’s impossible for us to cross it. There are many mountains in the Range, and if you conquer one, you are bound to fall on the next.”

“What mountain range is this?” they would ask.

“Haven’t you heard of the Besetting Sin Mountain Range? There are mountains there that you will try a hundred times to climb, and you’ll fail every time.”

The two young men would reason: “But by faith we can conquer every mountain.”

“Well, you try,” they would reply. “But we’re giving up. If it were not for this mountain range, we could reach the Celestial City without too much difficulty.”

Surrender and New Joe felt so sorry for the many defeated travellers they came across. There was such a frustration about them all. “Surely there must be some secret of victory that all these pilgrims are missing,” they said to each other.

 Soon they were within sight of the infamous Besetting Sin Mountain Range. Yes, it did look like a forbidding task - to cross this range. And there was no other way to cross over than by the Narrow Way which led right through these mountains.

At the foot of this awesome range there was a signboard, with instructions for travellers to read before proceeding.  The two young men studied these instructions carefully, but they noticed some pilgrims who confidently started their climb with barely a glance at the signs or instruction board.

The signboard indicated that there were many mountains in the way, and that each one had its own name. The board listed the main peaks:

  

SURRENDER LOOKED AT NEW JOE. “It seems that there is a Besetting Sin Mountain to break even the most prepared heart,” he said.

“Yes, it sure does. Now I remember old Faithful telling me that there are mountains to climb where every inch of the Way will be contested.”

“Let us make sure we know the instructions, New Joe, and keep them in our minds.”

They looked at the board carefully. They read the rules over and over, and noted them in a pocket book. Both were determined that they would conquer this mountain range, and not turn back as so many others had done.

Surrender and New Joe spent much time in prayer, committing their way to the Master, and seeking His guidance and enabling for all that was ahead of them.

They then checked all the instructions on the board.

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR PILGRIMS

CROSSING THE BESETTING SIN MOUNTAIN RANGE

1  Don’t attempt to conquer these mountains with an attitude of defeat and doubt.

If you expect to fail, you will fail. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

2  Start from Victory Ground. Your Master has conquered all mountains. He has conquered even death. Your Master is your Victory.

3  Never trust in your own stamina and strength to cross this range. You will fail if you do.

4  Present your body a living sacrifice unto God, and be filled with the power of His Holy Spirit. Keep your body in subjection to Christ. Buffet your body, and don’t give way to it.

5 Always be sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and obey His leading immediately.

6  Walk in the Spirit, and you will not obey the desire of the flesh. Always mortify the enemy, Fleshly Desire.

7 Be wary of the deadly enemy called Pride. Cast down everything in your life that exalts itself against God.

8  Bring your every thought into captivity so that it obeys Christ. Don’t let your thoughts run wild with vain imaginations. Think on the things that are lovely, pure and of good report. Meditate on your Example and Master, Yeshua. Always keep your eyes on Him.

Surrender and New Joe looked again at the mountain range ahead. “Let’s press on,” said Joe.

The way was indeed contested, but the young men kept the instructions in their minds, and focused their eyes on the Saviour. They climbed the Hill of Dishonesty without suffering any real setback, and they were feeling happy in their progress.

Surrender reached the pass first and was beaming with confidence. “I’ve made it!  Come on, New Joe,” he called, looking behind him. “We are doing fine. We’ll show those defeated travellers that we can climb and pass right over this Besetting Sin Range.”

Joe glanced up, and saw Surrender suddenly disappear from view. He gasped. In a couple of minutes he reached the place. He could see that Surrender had stepped on some boulders which had given way. He had fallen down the side of the mountain, and was lying in a heap some distance below.

New Joe hurried down to the aid of his companion. He found him bruised and nursing his pride.

“What happened, Surrender?” he asked.

“I don’t know, Joe. I was feeling really victorious, but something gave beneath me. I guess it must have been pride.”

“Oh, we must watch against that enemy, Surrender. Remember? It was on the instruction board - the deadly enemy Pride. I remember reading also, that Pride goes before a fall.”

 

PRIDE IS A DEADLY ENEMY THAT

LEADS TO MANY A FALL

“Yes, you are right. I was thinking that we have succeeded in climbing Dishonesty Hill. But it was the Master who conquered it for us. I’ll confess my sin to Him.”

Soon the travellers came to Mt Dissension. It was a great hill indeed. Many pilgrims seemed to be “hung up” on this hill. They could not make much progress at all. Joe and Surrender noticed at once, the quarrelsome nature of those who were forever falling back down the hill.

They stopped to help some of them. They reasoned with them. “Brothers and sisters, the Scriptures exhort us to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension. We must walk in the Spirit; the fruit of the Spirit is love.”

“What do you know about love?” some of the defeated cried. “You are just youngsters. How can we love these people who are always teaching doctrines that don’t fit in with our ideas?”

“Yes, what do you know about walking in the Spirit,” shouted some others. “Have you been baptized in the Spirit in the way we think you ought to?”

Before New Joe or Surrender could reply, someone else had joined in the discussion, which threatened to become more of a battle with every new contribution.

“Oh, these people are altogether wrong! They don’t hold the same views as I do,” went the arguments.

“Your prophecy interpretation is altogether wrong!”

“But you teach that your denomination is the only one holding the truth!”

“We do not! We say that we hold a monopoly of the truth. But you say believers can be lost!”

“We say we must save ourselves. But you say you can do anything you like.”

“We do not say that. We say like this!”

“But you say something else. And we can’t be wrong in our views!”

“Well, we have studied a lot and know so much more Greek and Hebrew than you do.”

“Well, we would not even call you Christians!”

“But you don’t even follow the Scriptures!”

“Yes we do! And we are more holy than you!”

“But you are full of dissension!”

“No we’re not. You are!”

“No! We are simply contending for the truth.”

It was becoming quite a din. Joe wanted to put in a word, but just couldn’t get a chance.

“Come on,” said Surrender, “Let us press on. We cannot help these people while they’re in this frame of mind. We can only pray for them. If we stay here, we’ll only fall down the mountain with them!”

DISSENSION AND AN UNRULY TONGUE

WILL ROB OF JOY AND VICTORY

They kept on travelling mountain after mountain. On Lying Hill they met people who were constantly defeated because of lies. These ones so often gave excuses for their lies. “It is mostly just little lies that upset us. It is just the ‘white lies’ – you know, in our work and profession. We are compelled to tell ‘white lies.’ They don’t mean anything really. They are not serious.”

And yet, as Surrender told them, “If these ‘little’ lies are not serious, how is it then that you make no progress, but are defeated on this mountain?”

“Yes,” added Joe, “You must make a stand with our Master. You must make a stand against this subtle temptation. Our Master is Truth, and He has said, ‘You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free!’”

Some would argue, “Truth is relative. We can’t be sure of anything, or whether it is absolute truth. Even some of the modern preachers have told us that we can’t believe the Bible entirely.”

“Oh, my friends,” Joe replied. “You have not understood Truth. Truth is a PersonTruth is Yeshua. He will set you free if you yield yourselves to Him.”

Some of the defeated immediately saw the Truth, and yielded fully to Him. They then went on to conquer Lying Hill. Their Master was the Truth.

Soon the two young travellers came to Temper Peak. This was very high indeed, and the air was so thin. They met some pilgrims who simply could not conquer this Peak. They had tried a hundred times, but failed again and again. This Peak was very similar - a twin - to the Unruly Tongue Peak.

On these two peaks, everything was set up to make the pilgrims trip again and again.

The jagged sides of these mountains and the rough path, irritated the climbers constantly. They tried so hard to conquer Temper and Unruly Tongue.  Some almost

succeeded, but were thrown down at the last minute.

Some made excuses, saying, “This is the fault of our temperaments. We can’t conquer such peaks while we have these temperaments. We will never succeed. It’s useless to even attempt it, unless we can somehow change these peaks.”

Surrender and New Joe looked sadly at these ones defeated by the twin peaks.

“There must be a way for them,” they thought. “Surely the Master does not want them to be defeated by temperament.”

“Maybe there is some way to change these peaks,” Joe was saying.

“Let’s look on our instruction list,” Surrender suggested. “There must be some secret to help them conquer these peaks.”

They looked carefully over each point.

“The first point, I think is most important,” Joe said. “These defeated ones are blaming their temperaments. They don’t expect to win. They are defeated before they start. I see what it means, don’t you, Surrender? We have to start from victory ground. The Master has conquered everything, and He is our Victor. Just as He is the Truth, so He is the Victory.”

“Yes, sure,” replied Surrender. “He is the Victor over these twin peaks. No wonder so many of these pilgrims are defeated. They are trying to be the victors themselves.

They are trying to change their temperament, but what they need is a Victor to control these temperamental peaks that are so unruly. Only the Master can conquer them.”

THE MASTER, YESHUA HIMSELF, IS THE VICTORY

When some pilgrims realized the truth, they stopped trying to get victory – they stopped trying to change themselves, and they trusted the Master to be their Victory.

They entered into the Truth, and found that the Saviour was sufficient for all their temperamental problems.

The two young pilgrims constantly shared the truths and were able to help others climb the Mountain Range. They were soon to discover, however, that their “own particular mountains” were not so easy to conquer as some of those behind them.

It was New Joe who found Depression Hill so difficult to conquer. Time and time again he tried, but failed as often as he tried. This was no hillock. This was a savage, ragged mountain that would throw him down into despair.

He could not understand why this hill should so defeat him. He tried to remember the instructions he had read earlier. He was not trusting in his own strength. He had presented his body a living sacrifice to the Master. He was asking the Master to be his Victor - and yet, he failed again and again.

Not only did the pressures of the Way weigh down heavily upon him, but even the fact that he was despondent, made him more depressed.

“It’s no use! I just can’t conquer this terrible mountain of depression,” he said at last to Surrender.

“There’s a lesson the Master is seeking to teach all of us, New Joe. You know we have met many believers on this Range, and they have all had some particular trouble - some mountain - sometimes temper, or unruly tongue, or envy, jealousy, or lying, or dishonesty. And we have seen that the Master has made every provision for their victory. So he has an answer for us also, New Joe.”

“Don’t call me New Joe any more, Surrender.” The young pilgrim wept. “I feel so weighed down, it is just like I was back on the Broad Way, carrying my load of sin. It’s too heavy. Everything is a fog up here. I must go back.”

“No, no, Joe!” Surrender cried. “The Master is allowing this for a reason. Don’t you remember what Apostle told us? God uses all things for our good.”

“God couldn’t possibly use all these distressing circumstances for my good. I’ve had too many falls on this mountain.”

“Joe, remember, faith is the victory.”

“But I can’t!” Joe snapped. “My faith is too weak. Leave me, I’m going back. I won’t try anymore. The Master doesn’t need me.”

“Joe,” Surrender replied sternly. “Remember how you were defeated at the River Doubt. You wanted to return then, but the Master saved you, and has led you all the Way till the present time.”

“But I tried to swim in my own strength then. This is different. On this mountain I’m failing again and again. I can’t go on! I’m a failure - a failure! I haven’t any faith left.”

“You must let the Master ...”

“Leave me alone,” shouted Joe. “I can’t. I’m going back!” And the young man started running down the mountain while his companion gazed after him with sadness.

Surrender dropped onto his knees; “Master, Yeshua, meet my brother in his depression. You are sufficient for his need. Thank You, Master.”

Joe kept on running - trying to run away from his depression, and from the Master.

Then suddenly, his foot tripped, and he was flat on his face. This was one of his heaviest falls, and the young man sobbed. “I can’t take any more. I’m finished - finished.”

Joe’s sobbing continued for quite some time, until exhausted, he lapsed into semi-consciousness.

“New Joe!” a voice just above him whispered kindly. “New Joe!” The young man was startled.

“New Joe! I’m your Master. I love you.”

“Master! Yeshua ... I’ve failed You so badly.”

“I know, New Joe. But I have chosen you and will not cast you away.”

The young man started weeping again.

“Master, the Way is so difficult. I can’t conquer this depressing mountain.”

“Of course you can’t, New Joe!”

The young pilgrim felt the loving arms of Yeshua draw him closer.

TRUST THE MASTER WITH EVERY CARE!

“It’s a heavy load you have been carrying. Won’t you let me take it for you?”

“But Master, You have so many loads to bear.”

“And I’m able to carry yours, also!”

“Master, I have sinned against You. How can You still care for me? I’m a failure ... a failure ... Master, forgive me.”

“New Joe! Your sins are forgiven. I carried them all when I died on the cross for you.”

 “Yes, thank You, Master. But how can I be of any use to You? I get so defeated by depression. It’s terrible!”

“I know, New Joe. And I know how to deliver you from temptation and from your depression. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me. I will give you rest.”

“How, Master? I can’t understand.”

“My disciple, don’t try to understand. Just trust Me! I am the Author and Perfector of your faith. Will you believe I can deliver you?”

“Yes, Master, I will believe.”

“Then do not be anxious for a thing. Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Your depressions are springing up from fears and doubts. You are afraid of circumstances.

“You are afraid of yourself. You are afraid of failure. I am with you, and I will keep you. I will deliver you. I will take your cloak of heaviness, and give you a garment of praise to God. Will you let Me?”

“Yes, Master. Please take my heavy cloak. Give me Your garment of praise. I will trust You. I will not be afraid if You are always with me.”

“New Joe, there is not a moment that I am not with you. Arise, walk in the power of My Spirit. Praise God, and let us press on, on the Upward Way!”

The young man gazed up into the Face of his Saviour, with tears of thankfulness and joy streaming down his face, “Thank You, Master. Thank You, my Saviour.”

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  THE BROAD AND THE NARROW WAY

 

An allegorical story by Don E. Stanton

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