Israel ~ “Palestine” and a failure to make peace! Nearing Midnight!

Every day as I open God’s Word to study, I am increasingly more aware that the world in which we now live, is truly nearing midnight in God’s prophetic time. In an earlier post I stated that Israel is God’s timepiece, and in fact the restoration of Israel to her homeland and the reestablishment of Jerusalem as her capital is the “super sign” of God’s prophetic “Last Days.” Each week as I scan the headlines of the many Internet news organizations around the world, I attempt to view the events reported on in the perspective and light of biblical prophecy. In doing so, it is apparent to me that we see evidence of the prophetic “Signs of the Times” being fulfilled in our lifetime. And so, my Tuesday post usually involves commentary and analysis on these events worldwide. While I could (and maybe should) continue in that pattern, today I instead want to focus on Israel.

We have established God’s prophetic plan for Israel, and His eternal covenant relationship with the Jews, in some of our past teaching posts on this blog (I certainly hope you have or will read the past posts), and we will continue that teaching in future posts. However, today were going to focus on the recent events in the “peace process” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Almost immediately after his confirmation as US Secretary of State, John Kerry announced that he, on the behalf of the Obama administration, would once again initiate a dialogue between the nation-state of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to establish a lasting peace involving a two state solution which would allow the Palestinian Authority to achieve nation-state status. Kerry’s boast was that this would be accomplished in a nine-month timeframe. The nine months have come and gone, and the result is the same failure that has been experienced by every US administration since the Palestinians best friend, Jimmy Carter, was president. The reasons for the most recent failure are the very same reasons that these negotiations have failed for the past 40 years. They are very basic:

• The “Palestinians” (who are not a nationality, but an amalgamation of Arabic speaking people’s from the surrounding countries of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and others; and have been disenfranchised by their own people) along with every other Arab nation continue to refuse to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Nation State.

• The “Palestinians” along with most of the UN member nations (now including the US under the leadership of Barack Obama) would at the very least require Israel to divide Jerusalem, putting part of it under the control of the PA for their capital (while nearly all of the rest of the world, including the US, refuses to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital).

• The “Palestinians” along with the UN, EU, and now the US have called for Israel to return to their pre-1967 borders (effectively the border established at the end of their war for Independence in 1949). Borders which are patently indefensible (and absolutely everyone including Israel understands this).

• The “Palestinians” continue to refuse to renounce terrorism, and in fact preach and teach intifada in their “schools” which are in fact hate filled terrorist training academies.

With the impending collapse of these most recent talks, Mohammed Abbas (through his political infrastructure), leaked information stating that if Israel did not accede to their demands (demands which included the release of up to 400 more convicted Palestinian terrorists), or if the US was unable to pressure Israel into doing so, Abbas was ready to cancel the Oslo Accords and disband the PA. This would effectively re-institute the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization). This news was met with consternation by the US State Department, while the Israeli government simply stated that if that was Abbas’s desire they would do nothing to stop him. A spokesperson for the US State Department said that this was unacceptable as the United States and the international community had invested millions of dollars in the Palestinian Authority and these negotiations. Israel on the other hand let it be known that they were more than able to handle the security problems which might arise if the PA were disbanded. I am of the opinion, and I’m certain that it’s the opinion of the Israeli government, that the Nation State of Israel would in fact be much more secure without any help from the Palestinian Authority.

The day after the PA made this announcement they began to backtrack saying that this information had not come from the PA or Mohammed Abbas. And then immediately, they announced negotiations between the PA and Hamas, which control Gaza, to reunify as one political entity. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said of these developments (after rockets had been fired from Gaza into Israel); “Today we see the Palestinian Authority, which yesterday spoke about disbanding, talking with Hamas about unity. They should decide whether they want to disband or have unity, and when they want peace, they should let us know,” he then added; “on our holiday today, our enemies fired missiles at our communities and our policy is clear — to respond quickly and strongly. We strike at whoever comes to attack us. This is what we have done and this is what we will do.” His statement obviously shows resolve and an unwillingness to cave in to the demands of terrorists. Naftali Bennett, Israel’s finance minister told reporters; “Israel does not negotiate with a gun to its head.”

Fundamentally you must understand, that Mohammed Abbas has no intention of dismantling the PA. He and his cronies have amassed extreme personal wealth by stealing from the funds supplied to the Palestinian Authority, from the United States, the European Union, the UN, Saudi Arabia, and other Arabic states. Disbanding the PA would not only kill his “Cash Cow,” but it would also almost certainly signal an end to his political power in the Palestinian territory. While the vacuum resulting from a disbanded PA might cause short-term security issues for Israel, it would certainly spell the end of the PLO, throwing open the doors for other jihadist organizations to gain more control.

God’s eternal promise to Israel in Genesis 12:2&3 states; “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Unfortunately, it is apparent that very few people (especially those in the Obama administration and the US State Department) open the Word of God and read it today.

God’s hand is on Israel, and at some point in the future (during the Tribulation described in the Revelation of Jesus Christ) He Himself will deal with the nation of Israel and then redeem His chosen people the Jews. Until that time any nation interfering in God’s plan for Israel will face His wrath up to and including complete destruction.

We are living in the Last Days, God’s prophetic time clock continues its march toward midnight for this fallen world, and each person on the face of this earth should be making preparation to either accept God’s free gift of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ or face His wrath, judgment and eternal damnation.

Jesus is Coming Soon!

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For additional information about the origins of “Palestine” and its relationship with Israel, I would refer you to an excellent article by a brother in Christ for whom I have the greatest respect; LTC Allen West. Simply follow this link to the article: http://bit.ly/1iFnYdG

“Signs of the Times” Volcano’s, Earthquakes, Israel, Palestine, Russia, China… and More!

Since it seems to have become our custom, we will begin our update again this week with the weather.

Weather

For the first time in several weeks Washington DC and the East Coast were not affected by extreme winter weather. However hail, heavy rain, strong winds and flash floods pummeled parts of the South and the Midwest. As I noted last week these storms were predicted, but thankfully there were no deaths and very few injuries reported. Tornadoes touched down in Missouri and Texas, and large hail fell in Texas and Arkansas. The National Weather Service had been very concerned about the magnitude and intensity of the storms, but the threat did not evolve catastrophically.

By the way, Secretary of State John Kerry canceled his planned trip to Israel this past Tuesday saying the framework for peace negotiations had hit an impasse and were at risk of failing. Whew…. Relief from pressure on Israel to divide the land and storms in the US that did not reach their anticipated intensity. Are these related? In light of historical evidence it is something to consider. We’ll get back to Kerry, Israel and the Palestinians in a bit.

In Matthew 24, Luke 21, and Mark 13 we find the record of Jesus Christ’s Olivet discourse to His disciples where He prophesied of the events that were to take place before His second coming. We find written in Matthew 24:6-8: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

Obviously we are aware of ongoing wars and conflicts in nearly every part of the earth, and there are reports of food shortages and famine in many countries due to weather events and/or conflicts. And in just the last couple of weeks we have been made aware of a significant Ebola outbreak in a few West African countries. This coupled with various influenza outbreaks in China and the Far East and resurgence of polio and other viruses around the world including the United States, pestilence seems to be on the rise as well.

In fact pestilence is affecting more than the human population. There have been reports of large numbers of fish dying in lakes, streams and oceans around the world; birds both wild and domestic have seen large instances of “die off” in various parts of the world; and in the US alone it is estimated that over 40% of the nation’s swine have been lost due to a new viral disease.

So then, that brings us back to the weather and natural events. This past week we have seen a number of earthquakes around the world many ranging between 4.0 and 8.0 on the Richter scale. In fact there are some interesting numbers out of Oklahoma. From 1975 until 2008 the state of Oklahoma recorded less than six earthquakes a year. From the period between 2008 and 2012 Oklahoma recorded 278 earthquakes that registered 3.0 or greater, and in 2013 there were 222 earthquakes which registered 3.0 or greater. And now in 2014 in less than four months state of Oklahoma has registered 253 such tremors.

These numbers and percentages of increase are reflected in most states in the US, and in fact a similar percentage of increase in frequency is reported in every country and every continent around the world. And, that being the case, this increase certainly cannot be blamed on “fracking” alone, because this practice is not in use in every oil-producing country, and certainly isn’t in use in countries that do not produce oil.

And since we’re looking at seismic activity, the Earth’s crust, and natural disasters; last week seven volcanoes in six different countries began erupting within hours of each other. Volcanoes in Japan, Mexico, Vanuatu, Guatemala, Italy, and Indonesia (Mount Sinabung and Mount Merapi) all began belching lava and ash. Ash clouds from 4 to 6 miles high were reported over these volcanoes, and in some cases interrupted airline flight patterns. So many volcanoes throwing so much gas, ash and particulates into the air can have an effect on climate, this is a scientific fact. I’m not saying that these volcanoes herald the start of a new ice age but the planet certainly seems to be getting a bit more active of late.

Continued large eruptions put a huge amount of particulate matter into the atmosphere, and these particles reflect sunlight away from earth and when there is enough of them the temperatures can drop. Aside from the devastating effects the lava and ash can have on the lives of those living near to them, due to crop and property losses, and other economic factors, the global impact can be enormous. These losses can lead to many hardships including hunger and famine as is evidenced after the Tambora eruption of 1815, and the Icelandic eruption of Eyjafjallojkull in 2010.

These earthquake and volcanic spasms of the earth continue to come without warning, but at the same time these spasms should be a wakeup call to all of us that we are indeed living in perilous times, and as Christ foretold; “all these are the beginning of sorrows.”

Israel and Palestine

Well now, as I mentioned before John Kerry postponed his latest trip to the Middle East. The Secretary of State said that the United States was evaluating whether to continue its role in Middle East peace talks after claiming that both the Palestinians and Israelis had taken steps that were not helpful to the negotiations. Kerry said that it was “reality check time” because there was a limit to the amount of time United States could spend on the peace process. Saying it was important to keep the peace process moving, but that “in the end, it is up to the parties,” Kerry said; “This is not an open-ended effort, it never has been. It is reality check time, and we intend to evaluate precisely what the next steps will be.”

I wrote last week that a senior Palestinian official had admitted that the only reason the Palestinians had entered into the negotiations for peace was to secure the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners (most of whom are terrorists). This statement set off a chain of events which has led to this impasse. After hearing the comments of Palestinian official, Israel decided not to release the final 26 prisoners they were scheduled to release as a condition for these ongoing talks. Following that Mohammed Abbas signed 14 UN conventions including the Geneva Convention and has positioned the Palestinians to sign up to 25 more in an effort to move Palestine closer toward Statehood recognition by the UN.

Additionally Abbas has made new demands on the Israelis including;

  • Israeli recognition of the pre-1967 lines as the future borders of a Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
  • The release of 1,200 Palestinian prisoners.
  • Israel must release three senior-level prisoners: Marwan Barghouti, Ahmed Sa’adat and Fuad Shobaki.
  • Israel must cease settlement construction.
  • The PA is to be given sovereignty over Area C in the West Bank (the area Knesset Member Naftali Bennett wants to annex)
  • Israeli military operations must stop in PA-controlled territories and “reunion” permits are to be issued for 15,000 Palestinians.
  • The border crossings must be reopened and the blockade on the Gaza Strip lifted.
  • The Palestinian gunmen who were deported to the Gaza Strip and Europe after they sought shelter in the Nativity Church in Bethlehem must be allowed to return to the West Bank.

The Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, said Wednesday the Palestinians may seek to join the International Criminal Court and more U.N. agencies if there is no progress in peace talks with Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised retaliatory measures on Sunday after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made the unilateral moves towards statehood (moves which the PA agreed it would not make while the “Peace” talks continued). While not immediately specifying what action he would take, he said Israel remained willing to press on with U.S.-brokered peace talks, but not “at any price”.

Also in Israel, the IDF struck militant targets in the Gaza Strip this past weekend after Palestinians renewed rocket fire into Israel.

Syria

Israeli security source confirms Assad regime recently used chemical weapon. According to Israeli security assessments, Syrian government forces used non-lethal substance on March 27 against rebel fighters near Damascus. Despite the assertion by the security source that the chemical is nonlethal, some reports suggested that four people were killed in the March 27 attack. The “Syria Deeply” website cited the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), a group of Syrian-American doctors and surgeons traveling in and out of Syria, as condemning what it described as a “poisonous gas attack” in Harasta.

Saudi Arabia

After President Obama’s visit with the Saudi King last week sources inside (Sunni) Saudi Arabia say it is apparent to them that the Obama administration has sided with (Shiite Iran). The Obama administrations interference in the Middle East has brought an end to Sunni controlled governments in Egypt and Libya while doing very little to end the Shiite regime of Bashar al Assad in Syria. Interestingly neither Obama and the US delegation nor the Saudis brought up the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the talks. It is widely understood that the Saudis have adopted the idea that the enemy (Israel) of my enemy (Iran) is my friend. The Saudis are indeed as concerned that Iran may achieve nuclear capabilities as Israel is.

Russia

Meanwhile Vladimir Putin continues to take advantage of every foreign policy failure of the Obama administration. He has opened doors for communications with the Saudis, the Egyptians, and Palestinians, while maintaining his relationships with Syria and Iran.
The Russian takeover of Crimea and it’s continued presence along Ukrainian border have fostered rebellion among Russian speaking citizens of Ukraine which I believe will eventually lead to Russian takeover. Ukrainian troops have dug in at border in a stare down with Russian troops. Braced against the driving snow, fresh-faced newly conscripted Ukrainian soldiers stare over the border with Russia, waiting to attempt to fend off an invasion from Russian troops amassed on the other side.

China

As China continues to exert pressure on its neighbors in the South China Sea by claiming more and more territory, the US State Department issued a statement warning China not to attempt annexations such as that done by Russia with Crimea.
One day after China brought US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on board its first aircraft carrier as the first foreign visitor, its defense minister warned that no one, not even the United States, could contain its military ambitions. Gen. Chang Wanquan said; “With the latest developments in China, it can never be contained,” and that the US is “a country of worldwide influence, and the Pacific Ocean is huge enough to hold both China and the US for common development and also huge enough to hold the other Asia-Pacific countries.”

Again, the Obama administration has weakened the United States in influence economically, politically, and militarily throughout the world. This my friends is another “sign of the times” (see our Blog post “Biblical Prophecy; what is still to come? ~ Part 1”).

Keep your Eyes on Israel, and keep looking for the return of our Lord because; Jesus is Coming Soon!

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