Asking for Trouble – By Daymond Duck – http://www.raptureready.com/featured/duck/dd109.html
“Asking for trouble” is a phrase that means behaving in a way that will likely cause you problems or behaving in a way that will backfire on you. It reminds me of something in the Bible:
“For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head” (Obadiah 1:15).
When the Tribulation period draws near what the unsaved try to do to Israel will be done unto them.
God is not dead. He is sovereign. He is holy. He judges with righteous judgment. At the end of the age, He will allow the unsaved to determine their own judgment by how they treat Israel. The actions of those who persist in harming Israel will come back on them because they are ignoring the Word of God.
Concerning the weather, God controls it. The Bible says, God “causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries” (Psalm 135:7). God controls the mist, lightning, rain and wind. The Bible also says, “Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word” (Psalm 148:8). God uses high temperatures, ice, snow, mist and wind to fulfill His Word. So, you see weather extremes might have something to do with Bible prophecy.
About four years ago, the U.S. was pushing Israel to negotiate a peace treaty with the PA to create a Palestinian state on the West Bank of Israel. The Bible warns against this, but U.S. Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Israel in March of 2010 to discuss it. Prime Minister Netanyahu came to this country in July of that same year to discuss it. Israel and the PA agreed to hold direct negotiations in September of that same year, but the negotiations quickly broke down. And about that time, a drought started to take hold in several southwestern states.
In 2011, President Obama continued to push the peace negotiations and he made several speeches in May calling for negotiations to begin based on Israel’s pre-1967 borders. The EU praised his position and the G-8 nations expressed strong support. The drought in the U.S. worsened, the price of hay soared, many ranchers were forced to slaughter their animals and the size of the U.S. cattle herd dropped sharply. There was a glut of beef on the market for awhile causing the price of beef to decline, but the price soon started up and it eventually hit an all-time-high.
In 2012, the U.S. election dominated politics and the pressure on Israel let up slightly. But the pressure wasn’t completely stopped and by then the drought had started spreading to California.
In 2013, John Kerry replaced Hillary Clinton as U.S. Secretary of State and he took over-totally obsessed with the idea of forcing a peace treaty on Israel. By the end of the year he had made almost a dozen trips to the Middle East to force Israel to accept the pre-1967 borders against the will of God.
To get Iran to the negotiating table over its nuclear weapons program, the U.S. linked up with the EU. The two promised to cut Israel down to size by isolating and weakening Israel. To get Israel to agree to the pre-1967 borders, Mr. Kerry got the EU to threaten to harm the economy of Israel by boycotting Israeli crops and manufactured products grown and produced on the West Bank. Mr. Kerry wanted the EU to slowly harm Israel’s economy at first, but he wanted them to ramp up the damage if the peace negotiations fail. He also warned Israel that the PA will start another intifada (rioting and demonstrating) if the Jews fail to sign a peace treaty.
Considering what God said in Obadiah 1:15, trying to cut Israel down to size is the same thing as asking God to cut the U.S. down to size. Trying to harm Israel’s economy is the same thing as asking God to harm the U.S. economy. Trying to harm Israel’s crops and industry is the same thing as asking God to harm U.S. crops and industry. And encouraging the PA to start another intifada in Israel is the same thing as asking God to send rioting and demonstrations in the U.S. God is not mean. He will just give the nations what they ask for.
Isn’t it interesting that while the U.S. is trying to weaken Israel the U.S. is losing allies left and right (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, etc.)? And while the U.S. is trying to harm the economy of Israel the U.S. economy is tanking. And while the U.S. is urging the EU to boycott food grown on the West Bank of Israel the U.S. food supply is being threatened by the worst drought in California history.
In fact, the God who controls the rain and snow has shut up the heavens over California, but He has opened them up over Israel. California has received so little rain and snow that her reservoirs are dangerously low, she doesn’t have enough water to adequately irrigate her crops and several small communities could run out of water by this summer.
On the other hand, Israel has received so much rain and snow that her reservoirs are almost full and she has more than enough to irrigate her crops. She has even reduced the operation of her desalinization plants because she doesn’t need the water. The U.S. needs to pay attention to the Word of God and leave Israel alone. Things won’t get better if we keep asking for trouble.
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Nearing Midnight: Cry for Peace: Chief Indicator – Terry James – http://www.raptureready.com/rap16.html
No sooner had I written, “Peace is again about to take front and center stage in the ongoing drama that is Israel versus the world,” than we find ourselves arrived at that point. There is no other matter so relevant to end-of-the-age prophecy than what is about to unfold. Some of the most recent headlines on our Rapture Ready News tell the story of the passion for peace-a flawed attempt to avoid war, I might add.
Iran’s Rouhani Warns West against ‘Excessive’ Nuclear Demands
Netanyahu: Iran Has Enough Low-Grade Uranium for 5 Nuclear Bombs
Abbas: Regardless of What Happens, Peace Talks to Continue
Syria Peace Conference Likely in Mid-December
Ex-IDF Intel Chief: Regional War Unlikely if Israel Strikes Iran
Mossad Working with Saudis on Plans for an Attack on Iran
The United States Must not Cease to Be Vigilant about Iran
Israel and Strategic US Partner Fall Out over Iran
My prediction isn’t because of any prescience on my part. The signals should be obvious to even the blind…well… like me, for example. But, the spiritually blind, I’m afraid, continue to miss the truly significant import of this end- times signal.
While the one-world builders of the international community fret over how the threat to world stability will affect their drive to achieve long-sought goals of enslaving the rest of us-for our own good, of course-the prophetic truth slips right past their cognitive awareness capability.
The unrest that is in the process of causing movement toward war, thus the almost frantic call for peace, is set forth in God’s Holy Word. In terms of the world’s top politicians, it looks like Benjamin Netanyahu might be the only one who has an inkling that things going on between Israel and the rest of the world have been prophesied by the only One who knows the end from the beginning. I base this observation on Netanyahu recently bringing Old Testament quotations into his speeches. Even the Israeli prime minister, however, doesn’t really recognize why things have come to this portentous point.
It should be overtly obvious to anyone who studies the treatment of the Jewish people over the eons of time that war more often than not revolves around God’s chosen people-and they are at the center of the issues of war and peace at this very moment while history bulldozes ahead, pushing all nations toward Armageddon.
With human intellectual curiosity being what it is-having brought forth answers to many questions of life on this planet-there should be a blazing curiosity to know why there has been a hatred for the Jews of such magnitude and in apparent perpetuity. But, there isn’t.
“Christ-killers” was the accusation against the Jews by those of the Spanish Inquisition and other such periods. Hitler’s ravings revolved around similar rants, mixed with racial accusatory insanity. They killed God’s Son, is the primary scream of accusation. Yet, Hitler and all others of the Jew-hating world denied the very Son of God at every turn, making the whole matter beyond comprehension-that is, unless God’s Word is believed by the observer of the long history of hatred of the Jewish race as absolute truth. Then it becomes understandable.
Here is the reason for the hatred: It is a spiritual anger that the world harbors against the Jew. The Bible pinpoints the reason the world, whose constituency-lost humanity-murders and persecutes God’s chosen people. It is the inner rage that is the separation from the Creator that foments the insane notion that the Jews killed God’s Son, all the while denying that God’s Son be given any credence whatsoever.
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15). Satan hates the human race and did his dead-level best to forever separate man from God. God provided the way to reestablish that broken, fallen relationship. The woman’s (Eve’s) offspring would eventually produce the Savior of the world, the Christ, who would bring redemption to those who believe and are born again (John 3:3).
It was through Eve’s progeny, Abraham’s seed, that Jesus came in the flesh into the world.
Peace-true peace-can only be reestablished when Christ is at the center of the relationship-no matter the relationship. Lucifer the fallen one uses the very Son of God in his mind-bending methodology of making the Jew the hated people who caused the death of the Christ, the Redeemer-who, of course, the devil hates with all his perverse heart. He continues to battle against the seed of the woman that eventually produced the Messiah-whom, sadly, that seed (the Jews) rejected. Israel today is at the center of all controversy that is leading to Earth’s final battle before Christ’s return. The prophet Jeremiah gave the reasons this is so. The following Scriptures paint the picture of the rebellious chosen people, the Jews, and of the lack of peace that is prominent today in our headlines.
“Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return. I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle. Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD…For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. (Jeremiah 8:5-7, 11)
Rebellious Israel and the whole world system so filled with satanic hatred for the nation will soon have to undergo God’s mighty hand of course correction for Israel, and wrathful judgment for anti-God earth-dwellers.
“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3).
Mid-East Update – by Jack Kelley – http://gracethrufaith.com/ikvot-hamashiach/mid-east-update/
Recently several events in the Middle East have taken place that should be putting students of prophecy on high alert.
In Syria, the opposition is fragmenting as newly arrived Taliban fighters from Afghanistan have joined with alQaeda in what looks like an attempt to hijack the Free Syrian Army’s rebellion against the Assad government. In the short term this means the Syrian opposition is focused more on the infighting among its own factions than on defeating the government forces. The Taliban and alQaeda alliance seems to be gaining the upper hand, which means any hope for a “moderate Muslim” government to replace Assad is quickly evaporating.
A report that Israel is considering going it alone in an effort to put a halt to Iran’s nuclear arms development is also in the news. According to high ranking officials, Israel is concerned that because of North Korean help Iran is about to cross Prime Minister Natanyahu’s famous red line, and could be only months away from having a “nuclear device”. According to them that means a warhead or bomb is less than a year away. These officials are saying that something must be done before the end of 2013 to stop Iran. It has been reported that a majority of Israel’s security cabinet is now prepared to vote for war with or without help from others.
Accordingly, Israeli officials have begun preparing the world to expect some kind of action against Iran later this year. PM Netanyahu pledged on national television that he will not wait until it’s too late to act.
Also, upon learning that Russia had agreed to supply Syria with advanced anti-ship and anti-air missile systems, PM Netanyahu met with Russian Pres. Putin on May 14 in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the transaction. Netanyahu reportedly told Putin that Israel would destroy these systems if they arrived in Syria. Putin responded that if they did Russia would retaliate.
A few days earlier, Israel had secretly destroyed a shipment of Iranian arms meant for Hezbollah in an air strike near Damascus. Upon learning from Washington that Israel was responsible, Syrian, Iranian, and Hezbollah officials said another such attack would bring an immediate reprisal.
Then on July 5 air strikes against an arms depot in Latakia, a port city in Syria, destroyed another big cache of arms, supplied mostly by Russia. Of the three arsenals destroyed, one contained components of the very weapons systems Netanyahu and Putin had discussed in May. Another held advanced weapons the Russians knew were intended for use by Hezbollah.
As with the previous raid, neither Syrian nor Russian radar detected the attacking aircraft so it was not known from whence they came. But once again, the US disclosed to the media that the attack had been carried out by Israel.
The question now is how and when Russia, Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah will make good on their threats to immediately respond to these Israeli attacks.
Why Did You Do That?
You might ask why the US would let the world know it was the Israelis who pulled off these two daring strikes. Well, it looks like this was Pres. Obama’s way of telling Israel not to try going it alone against Iran, and especially not to “cozy up” to any other Middle Eastern countries in the process.
This was a reference to Saudi Arabia. It turns out that the King of Saudi Arabia and former Egyptian Pres. Mubarak are close friends. When the Obama administration was instrumental in Mubarak’s ouster in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood a year ago, it upset the Saudi King and he determined to get even for the shabby way in which his friend was being treated. His chance came when the Egyptian Army decided to throw the Brotherhood out of office last month. He sent a high ranking subordinate to help the Egyptian Army plan and execute the overthrow.
When Obama officials saw they couldn’t dissuade the Egyptian Army from acting, they threatened to “review” the $1.2 billion in annual aid that was the army’s primary source of income. The Saudi King immediately offered to cover any shortfall, and in a single day transferred $8 billion in cash into the army’s account. When you add gasoline credits and cash contributions from other Arab countries the total assistance came to $12 billion. The Egyptians were thus emboldened to ask the US whether they really wanted to jeopardize losing Egypt as an ally by making such a threat. So much for Obama’s power play.
The Brotherhood, of which Hamas is part, has begun to retaliate against the Egyptian army, using the Sinai desert as its battleground. This presents a threat to Israel because whenever Muslim forces are at odds, one side or the other will usually attack Israel. So in a move that’s surprising to say the least, Israel has been helping the Egyptian army with intelligence and drone support and has given permission for the Egyptians to move tanks and soldiers into the Sinai. In return the Egyptian army has cut off the Sinai supply routes and for the first time in recent memory most of the hundreds of smuggling tunnels that connect the Sinai with Gaza have been blocked.
The Obama administration is afraid that Saudi Arabia, Egypt and some other Arab states are setting up an independent block of Sunni Muslims to oppose the Shiites. They are concerned that Israel will turn to this block for help in taking out their common enemy, Shiite Iran. Tipping off the Russians is Obama’s way of telling Israel, “If you want to go your own way, we can go our own way too, and you won’t like outcome.”
War In The Sinai
As you read this, the Egyptian Army has begun a campaign to clear the Sinai of Bedouin and Palestinian fighters who have joined with the Brotherhood in their attempt to regain control of Egypt. Israeli forces along the Egyptian and Gaza borders are on high alert and their drones and satellites are scouring the area from above to provide Egypt with real time battlefield intelligence.
Having had its bluff on the aid issue successfully called, the US has stationed two amphibious helicopter carriers nearby with 2,600 US Marines aboard to make sure Suez Canal traffic isn’t disrupted, and is also supplying the Egyptian Army with satellite intelligence on troop movements in the Sinai. Egypt has vowed not to end this campaign until the Sinai has been cleared of the Brotherhood and its allies.
Let’s summarize what we could be looking at in the second half of 2013. Israeli leaders are concerned that there are few if any real alternatives to attacking Iran, who with North Korea’s assistance, is about to cross the red line. They’re are running out of hope that war with Iran later this year can be avoided.
Iran and Syria have made no secret of their willingness to arm Hezbollah with the latest weaponry. Now Russia has been discovered doing the same thing. Israel’s preventive attacks against these efforts has brought promises of swift retaliation from everyone involved. This would most likely be done through Hezbollah with Russia, Iran and Syria coordinating an attack on Israel’s northern border by Hezbollah forces.
It’s hard to believe that Russia will let Israel’s destruction of its weaponry go unanswered, especially after Putin promised to retaliate. Iran could see this as a chance to pre-empt Israel’s clear intention to destroy their nuclear program by attacking first. And it’s obvious that Hezbollah has been looking for the go ahead to open a northern front against Israel. Syria will also benefit from this, because it will distract the rebel forces from their goal of bringing down the government. Islamic “freedom fighters” in Syria will not miss the chance to strike a blow against Israel.
In the south, Israel’s cooperation with the Egyptian Army against the Brotherhood and its allies could easily provide the rationale for an attack on Israel’s southern border by the several Islamist groups in Gaza. Having the Israelis working with the Egyptian Army against the Brotherhood and its allies presents an intolerable situation that will have to be addressed
The bottom line is this may just be too good an opportunity for Israel’s enemies to pass up. If there’s any such thing as a perfect storm in Middle East warfare, The one that’s brewing now could be it. You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah.