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Palestinian Funding Slashed! Is This the Beginning of the End for the Palestinian Authority? Bible in the News Video Post

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Palestinian Funding Slashed!
Is This the Beginning of the End for the Palestinian Authority?
August 26, 2018 – Audio, 22.05 MIN
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Is the demise or marginalization of the Palestinian Authority the next step in bringing peace to Israel?

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There are numerous prophecies that require a strong Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, and for them to be there in peace.  This is the area that Israel returned to in 1967 and the area claimed by the Palestinian Authority for a state.

Ezekiel 36 is an interesting place to look regarding the current situation in the mountains of Israel as it is a prophecy directed specifically to that area.  It mentions how certain of Israel’s enemies will say, as they now do, that this land belongs to them.

“Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD: Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession: Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people: Therefore, ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken, which became a prey and derision to the residue of the heathen that are round about;” Ezekiel 36:1-4, KJV.

God sees how they are despised by the Nations, focuses on the mountains particularly, verse 1, and the area that the Nations have taken as a prey, verse 4.

This situation stirs God into action, and he causes Israel to prosper:

“Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey. Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I have lifted up mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their shame. But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.” Ezekiel 36:5-8, KJV.

God brings shame upon the heathen, but Israel prospers.  Ezekiel goes on:

“For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown: And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded: And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave them of men. Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they say unto you, Thou land devourest up men, and hast bereaved thy nations; Therefore thou shalt devour men no more, neither bereave thy nations any more, saith the Lord GOD. Neither will I cause men to hear in thee the shame of the heathen any more, neither shalt thou bear the reproach of the people any more, neither shalt thou cause thy nations to fall any more, saith the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 36:9-15, KJV.

There are many Ancient Judean Cities in Judea and Samaria that would be critical parts of those “wastes” and “old estates”. Therefore to “inhabit the old wastes” requires living in Judea and Samaria, also known as the West Bank.

The area singled out is called in the prophecy “the mountains of Israel”.  Today we see the focus of the controversy to be about the ancient central Judean-Samarian mountains.  Before 1967, the majority of these mountains were not under Israel’s control.  The removal of Jews and creation of an Arab state here does not fit these prophecies, as they are to be inhabited by Jews in peace and safety.

A little background for those who may not know much about the Palestinian Authority.  It was established in 1994 as a precursor for a Palestinian government.  It has a police force to keep the peace in PA-controlled areas.  All parties/factions have a history of terrorism.  The PA rewards attacks with pensions and rewards for terrorists and their families.  They have refused all offers of land for peace from Israel, including Ehud Olmert’s very generous offer of almost everything the PA demanded.  They demand all of the lands Israel gained in 1967, and all refugees and descendants to ‘return’ to the rest of Israel.

The turn of the tide for the PA can be traced back to at least the 2016 GOP Convention where they approved a new Republican Platform before the general election.  The references to the Palestinians and the 2-state paradigm were dropped in favour of the following pro-Israel wording:

“The United States seeks to assist in the establishment of comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle  East, to be negotiated among those living in the region. We oppose any measures intended to impose an agreement or to dictate borders or other terms, and we call for the immediate termination of all U.S. funding of any entity that attempts to do so. Our party is proud to stand with Israel now and always. “

In no way the next step in worrying developments for the PA, but an important one for our subject today, in January of 2018 threats were seen on Twitter from Donald Trump.  Threats to cut funding.  He tweeted:

“we pay the Palestinians HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect” …

“But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them”.

Then various aid was frozen, including directly to the PA, to UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, and to USAID, the USA’s own agency that runs programs in PA areas.

This lead was followed by some others, including Israel, of course, but also Australia even to a lesser extent, Belgium.

The US then followed up with more permanent aid cuts, over 200 million dollars worth of aid to the PA was recently cut.

The US has also started challenging the definition of a refugee applied to the Palestinians, recently publishing a report that found only 20,000 Palestinian refugees.  It has also been reported that the US is set to announce that it rejects the Palestinian “right of return”, a key component of the PA demands.

Palestinian internal conflict is also brewing.  Israel National News reported on the twenty-third that:

“Senior Fatah officials reportedly accumulating weapons, recruiting armed men to their side to prepare for eventual post-Abbas struggle.”

Note the kind of preparations being made.  Weapons and armed men.

So the PA is being pushed into a corner.  What will this bring?  We don’t know for sure, but we do know that things can’t go their way.  The PA’s ways and demands don’t fit in with Gods plan.  It seems likely to this writer that we see the PA be marginalized or removed, as this development would fit the picture better than other obvious options.  God is in control and the prophecies will happen, but we aren’t told about every step along that path.

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Although I don’t generally like the NIV, I’ll use it here to quote Joel 3:4 as I like how it reads:

“Now what have you against me, Tyre and Sidon and all you regions of Philistia? Are you repaying me for something I have done? If you are paying me back, I will swiftly and speedily return on your own heads what you have done.  Joel 3:4 New International Version (NIV)

Note how the revenge that these enemies try to inflict is to backfire.  God turns it on their own heads.

As we have mentioned often, Israel is to be in the midst of the land in peace:

“And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.” Ezekiel 38:11, 12, KJV.

The result of this, though, is the demise of the nations, not Israel.  We pray that the damage that the nations manage to inflict before they are destroyed and driven out is, in God’s mercy, as minimal as possible.  Their defeat is described like this:

“And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.” Ezekiel 38:18-23, KJV.

So we look for changes that allow Israel to flourish in the area know by the world as the “West Bank”, but also for these developments to antagonize their enemies.  

– Tim Billington

“Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time  to favour her, yea,
the set time, is come.  For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and
favour the dust thereof. So the nations shall fear the name of the LORD,
and all the kings of the earth thy glory.  When the LORD shall  build up Zion,
he shall appear in his glory.  He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and
not despise their prayer.”  
Psalms 102:13-17

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WOW! -Russia is circling the prey, looking to take a slice out of Turkey!! Bible in the News Video Post

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Russia looking for slice of Turkey
Under US Sanctions, Turkey’s economy melts, its NATO membership is questioned, and Russia is looking for a slice of Turkey.

August 18, 2018 – Audio, 20.00 MIN
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America and Turkey have engaged in an economic war of tariffs and sanctions. Turkey’s place in NATO is being questioned – unbalancing the status quo in the Middle East as it is a buffer between Russia and the Middle East and between the Middle East and Europe. All the while Russia is circling the prey, looking to take a slice out of Turkey. In this edition of the Bible in the News we examine the storm that has been brewing and the prophecies related to it.

The political world is a volatile place described, at times, to be like the sea and waves roaring, by our Lord (Luke 21:25). Indeed the prophet Isaiah describes the political scene in similar terms:

“But the wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.” (Isaiah 57:20)

Daniel, when seeing a vision of the nations in chapter 7 described what he saw:

“Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.” (Daniel 7:2–3)

This week has been no different with a storm gripping Turkey, a country that borders the Middle East, Europe and Russia. A storm has been brewing for quite some time.

Turkey In Prophecy

For years, Turkey, or its predecessor the Ottoman Empire ruled the Middle East. Turkey’s role was introduced with the unloosing of the four angels bound in the Euphrates in Revelation 9:

“And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.” (Revelation 9:13–14)

The first three angels were the Seljuk Turks under Togrul Beg, the Mongols under Gengis Khan, and the Moguls under Tamerlane. These all flooded into the Byzantine third of the Roman Empire. The Fourth Angel was the Ottoman Turks who were unleashed on the Byzantium, and conquered it in 1453 under Mehemet II, establishing the Ottoman Empire that lasted until 1917.

The Bible predicted the unleashing of these four powers into the area of the Middle East under the Trumpet judgments, and their successive drying up under the Vials. Revelation 16 details the drying up in period of the 6th Vial.

“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” (Revelation 16:12)

The removal of the Ottoman Turks from what was then termed Palestine made way for the coming Kingdom of God.

The British and the Young Lions were involved in the drying up of the Ottoman Empire in 1917 when General Allenby lead the Allied forces and pushed the Ottomans back to the geographic area we know as Turkey today, preparing the way for the birth of the Nation of Israel. This was identified by Isaiah when he wrote:

“Surely the isles shall wait for me, And the ships of Tarshish first, To bring thy sons from far, Their silver and their gold with them, Unto the name of the LORD thy God, And to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.” (Isaiah 60:9)

This has been documented in previous Bible in the News sessions, as well as Bible Magazine articles.

Today we are looking at the remnants of the Turkish Empire, which yet have a role to play in the time of the end. Let us consider the situation today.

Turkey Against the US in Syria

Former US Ambassador to Turkey
James Jeffrey

Turkey has been a strategic partner of the USA and NATO for some time in the global struggle for world domination that was played out in previous generations between the Soviet Union and NATO.

Turkey is not just President Erdogan but a regional geographic and economic giant that stands as a buffer between Europe and the Middle East, and between the Middle East and Russia. Losing Turkey as a Western ally would mean bringing the Mideast to Europe’s threshold, and the potential frontier of Russian influence into the heart of the Middle East. Turkey is also the state best positioned to balance against Iran, whose ambitions and influence are growing along with its partnership with Russia. The dependency is mutual; without the United States, Turkey would be left to Tehran and Moscow’s tender mercies. In a March article, former US Ambassador to Turkey James F. Jeffrey wrote the following:

Jeffrey was commenting on the degrading of the relationship between Turkey and the USA.

In the ongoing Syrian civil war, the USA has backed the Kurdish YPG (peoples protection unit), a Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Turkey considers them terrorists and invaded Syria to combat them. This has brought two NATO allies face to face on opposite sides of the battlefield. In February, Bloomberg reported of an exchange between officials of the two countries:

General Paul Funk

The U.S. commander, Lieutenant General Paul Funk, said in a direct warning to Turkey in the interview published on Feb. 7:

“You hit us, we will respond aggressively. We will defend ourselves,”

Turkish President Erdogan addressed the Turkish parliament about the heated situation in Syria and threatened America stating:

“It’s obvious that those who say, ‘If you hit us, we’ll hit back hard,’ have never in their lives gotten an Ottoman slap… We’re going to destroy every terrorist we see. Then they’ll understand that it’d be better for them not to stand beside them.”

In his article, Jeffrey argued for the need to preserve America’s relationship with Turkey:

Preserving the Turkish-American alliance and the strategic value both sides derive from it will require refocusing on shared strategic threats, such as the growing Russia-Iran alliance, while compromising on the disagreements distracting from that focus.

The obvious reason is the Russian-Iranian Alliance. The need to counter the growing Russian influence in the world would supply the reason for maintaining this alliance, but God has other plans as the scriptures outline which we will consider shortly.

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President Erdogan himself wrote of the relationship between America and Turkey over the years in an August 10th article in the New York Times:

Over the years, Turkey rushed to America’s help whenever necessary. Our military servicemen and servicewomen shed blood together in Korea. In 1962, the Kennedy administration was able to get the Soviets to remove missiles from Cuba by removing Jupiter missiles from Italy and Turkey. In the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, when Washington counted on its friends and allies to strike back against evil, we sent our troops to Afghanistan to help accomplish the NATO mission there.

Yet the United States has repeatedly and consistently failed to understand and respect the Turkish people’s concerns. And in recent years, our partnership has been tested by disagreements. Unfortunately, our efforts to reverse this dangerous trend proved futile. Unless the United States starts respecting Turkey’s sovereignty and proves that it understands the dangers that our nation faces, our partnership could be in jeopardy.

Erdogan accused the USA of being complicit in the 2016 coup attempt against his government. He also pointed out his frustration with American support for the YPG, a Syrian branch of the P.K.K. (recognised as a terrorist group by the USA). He also mentioned the latest spat regarding the American pastor Andrew Brunson who it believes was involved in aiding terrorist organizations in the 2016 coup.

Trump’s Economic War

Military alliances are not the only pot boiling over on the world stage.

This last week President Donald Trump has been surprising many countries who have been trading partners with America by launching a bombastic economic trade war. Canada, its closing trading partner, has been clobbered by tariffs on many levels and has been left wondering what is going on, and struggling with how to handle its closest ally. Europe has also been experiencing a backlash from Trump. China and Russia are both facing tariffs as Trump’s protectionist doctrine is being implemented.

However, Turkey has come into Trump’s sites. Trump singled out the case of pastor Andrew Brunson as one of the reasons for the economic war against Turkey stating to the media:

Well, Turkey has been a problem for a long time. We will see what happens. They have a wonderful Christian pastor, he is a wonderful man, pastor Brunson. They made up this phoney charge that he is a spy, and he is not a spy. He is going through a trial right now, if you can call it a trial. They should have given him back a long time ago. And Turkey has, in my opinion acted very, very badly. So we haven’t seen the last of that, we are not going to take it sitting down. They can’t take our people. So, you will see what happens.

Economic sanctions have been taken against Turkey, and Erdogan responded in his August 10th Article:

In recent weeks, the United States has taken a series of steps to escalate tensions with Turkey, citing the arrest by the Turkish police of an American citizen, Andrew Brunson, on charges of aiding a terrorist organization. Instead of respecting the judicial process, as I urged President Trump to do in our many meetings and conversations, the United States issued blatant threats against a friendly nation and proceeded to impose sanctions on several members of my cabinet. This decision was unacceptable, irrational and ultimately detrimental to our longstanding friendship.

In a follow-up Editorial Article in the New York Times the change that has taken place was identified:

Not long ago it would have seemed unthinkable to add Turkey to the list of countries — including North Korea, Iran and Russia — that the United States had sanctioned for unscrupulous behavior. As a NATO ally, Turkey has a mutual defense treaty with Washington, benefits from American intelligence and hosts American nuclear weapons at Incirlik air base, near its border with Syria.

As August began, however, President Trump named Turkey’s interior and justice ministers as “specially designated nationals” barred from doing business with Americans and gaining access to financial assets in the United States. On Friday, Mr. Trump announced in a tweet that he had authorized a doubling of the steel and aluminum tariffs against Turkey.

Turkey retaliated as Russia Today reported:

“There is an economic attack against Turkey. Earlier such things were done in secret, and now they are open to us. We can react in two ways: economically and politically,” Erdogan said in Ankara Tuesday.

“Our Ministry of Finance and the Treasury are working day and night…we will boycott electronic goods from the United States. They have iPhones, but on the other hand there are Samsungs. We have our local brand Venus Vestel, we will use it,” the Turkish president added.

“What is this you’re doing?” Erdogan asked, referring to the US. “What is it that you are trying to accomplish? What do you want to do? You should know that the character of this nation is not one that wavers.”

The situation has escalated in the past few days as the article identified:

Turkey, which has ordered retaliation for the new American sanctions, has also detained 19 Americans besides Mr. Brunson as well as three Turks who work for the American consulates. Intensive negotiations, including with a Turkish delegation that visited Washington this week, have so far failed to resolve the conflict over Mr. Brunson, which has turned deeply personal.

The economic fallout was seen this last week as Turkey went into a financial downward spiral. The article continued:

… under an eroding rule of law and under American sanctions, Turkey’s weak economy is weakening further. After Mr. Trump penalized the two cabinet ministers and announced the new tariffs, the lira, already down more than 20 percent for the year, fell to a record low, and world financial markets trembled.

Many countries tie their countries currencies to the US Dollar for trade, and purchase US Treasury Bonds to help stabilize their economies. Turkey has been selling its US Treasury Bonds in exchange for gold to disconnect itself from the US influence, reducing its holdings to only $28.8 billion.

Putin has been calling on nations to dump the US Treasury Bonds in exchange for gold or other currencies, as The Business Insider reported:

“The whole world can see that the dollar’s monopoly is precarious and dangerous for many,” he said. “Our gold and currency reserves are being diversified, and we’ll continue to do that further.”

Russia has also sold off $96 billion in US Treasury bonds this year, reducing its holdings to only $14.9 billion. Russia Today reported Russia’s suggestion to Turkey that it change the way it does business under the headline, “Russia proposes deal with Turkey to ditch US dollar for lira-ruble trade amid currency crisis”. It reported Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stating:

“The issue of using national currencies in bilateral trade operations is a topic that has been raised by the Russian side for a long time and consistently at various levels, including at the top level. This is what we are striving for in our bilateral trade and economic relations, and what has been repeatedly mentioned at the bilateral Russian-Turkish talks.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Forbes magazine has also reported on this during the past week, stating:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov suggested Tuesday that countries facing sanctions like Iran, Turkey and Russia may start doing business in their national currencies, suggesting that the days of the U.S. dollar as the international reserve currency may be numbered…. “I strongly believe that abuse of the role the U.S. dollar plays as an international currency will eventually result in its role being undermined,” Lavrov said. “A growing number of countries — even those not affected by US sanctions — will more and more stay away from the dollar and will rely on more reliable partners using their (own) currency.”

It has been a goal of Russia to have countries dump their US currency reserves from many years. That was one of the original goals of the EURO, the European Union’s attempt to remove themselves from the influence of America. Russia would like to see the USA destabilized in the hope that countries will look towards it for security and stability.

Turkey and NATO

Coming back to Turkey’s relationship with NATO.  Jeffry, the former US Ambassador to Turkey, pointed out Turkey’s strategic importance to NATO and the USA in a July 9, 2018 article:

NATO and the U.S. need its airspace, land routes, and control of the Dardanelles to contain Russia in the Black Sea and the Caucasus to the north, and to counter the myriad threats to the south in much of Syria, Iraq and Iran.

Another reason Turkey’s slide is particularly notable in NATO is that it constitutes a rarity among member states other than the U.S. — it is a security provider, as opposed to security consumer. In addition to its critical strategic location, Turkey boasts a burgeoning population of 80 million, a strong economy that ranks as the 17th biggest in the world, and a powerful military, the second-largest in the alliance…. It thus is hard to imagine an effective NATO without Turkey.

However, Turkey’s recent cooperation with Russia have called its participation in NATO into question as Jeffrey continued:

Concerns about this democratic drift (combined with different concerns about the Erdogan government’s cooperation with Putin’s Russia, including a major weapons purchase) have generated calls by the U.S. Congress to limit U.S. military cooperation with Ankara.

Retired General Jack Keane

Fox News reported on the follow-up and the implications in an interview with Retired General Jack Keane, a Fox News Senior Strategic Analyst.

Turkey is an important part of NATO to be sure. They sit at the confluence of Europe and the Middle East. It is probably the most strategically placed country in NATO, and also they have the second largest army by far, much larger than any other European Army, military, not just army. The United States obviously has the largest.

You are absolutely right Melissa, this has been going on for a couple of years now, this strained relationship. When the coup took place against Erdogan in 2016, he was really frustrated that the United States, and not a single NATO nation came out to support him, to provide moral support for him as he was going through that. It is because he has become an authoritarian leader, and he has taken away democratic values. The United and Europe certainly doesn’t appreciate the direction that they are moving in. Relations with Turkey are at an all-time low…

According to Erdogan, Turkey is going to start looking for New friends and Allies, something it has already been doing with Russia:

At a time when evil continues to lurk around the world, unilateral actions against Turkey by the United States, our ally of decades, will only serve to undermine American interests and security. Before it is too late, Washington must give up the misguided notion that our relationship can be asymmetrical and come to terms with the fact that Turkey has alternatives. Failure to reverse this trend of unilateralism and disrespect will require us to start looking for new friends and allies.

The Russian news agency Itar Tass reported on the growing relationship between Russia and Turkey:

Turkey is preparing to switch to settlements in national currency with the largest trading partners, including Russia, President of the Republic Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after the exchange rate of the Turkish lira fell to a historic low due to US raising duties on Turkish aluminum and steel. According to experts interviewed by Neza-visi-maya Gazeta, the situation might prompt the Turkish leadership to strengthen contacts with Moscow, but on the latter’s terms.

According to Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Turkey should prepare for a significant strengthening of partnerships with other countries. Russia and Turkey are almost in a similar position – fluctuations in the Russian currency are caused by a new package of sanctions, which is expected to be introduced by the US on August 22…

The article continues:

…the expert sees benefits in the current situation for the Kremlin. In a difficult economic situation and in tense relations with the West and the US, Ankara will be have to move closer to Russia, but on Moscow’s terms. According to Has, this situation plays into the Kremlin’s hands, because Russia needs Ankara’s “loyalty” on many issues related to the settlement of the Syrian conflict and the much anticipated military operation in Syria’s Idlib.

So the fallout of the American-Turkish breakup may well play into Russian plans for the Middle East.

Not only this, but Turkey has a strong alliance with Hamas as author Stephen Cook pointed out in his August 17th article for the Washington Post:

Elsewhere in the Middle East, Turkey became a champion of Hamas, supporting the organization diplomatically in its periodic conflicts with Israel and welcoming its operatives in Istanbul. In Syria, Ankara enabled extremists who used Turkish territory as a rear area in the fight against the Assad regime. And the Turkish government has stirred up unrest at Jerusalem’s holy sites.

The Biblical Connection

Turkey’s role in Biblical prophecy didn’t end in 1917 when it was pushed out of the Middle East to prepare the way for the birth of the nation of Israel and the coming kingdom of God.

The prophet Daniel records the same drying up of the Euphratean powers in slightly different terms. In Daniel’s description there is a King of the South (which would line up with Britain and her allies called merchants of Tarshish of Ezekiel 38, who would be involved in the restoration of Israel in Isaiah). He also speaks of a “him” in this passage which is the Turkish power.

“And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him.” (Daniel 11:40)

The push began in the First World War when Turkey joined Austria and Germany against Britain and its allies. However, this is just part of the story, the full passage reads:

“And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.” (Daniel 11:40–43)

The Russian host (king of the North) is to come against Turkey, (the him) and overflow and pass over into the land of Israel (the Glorious Holy Land), and continue down into Egypt.

What we are seeing in the Middle East today is a gradual disconnect between Turkey and its post World War II NATO allies, leaving it vulnerable to Russia’s influence.

Russian troops patrol the Israeli – Syrian border.

The war in Syria was a way for Russia to re-insert itself into the Middle East. This past week the Times of Israel reported the Russian army’s proximity to Israel under the headline, “Russia deploys police to help UN patrol Israel-Syria border” where it reported:

The Russian military said its forces in Syria would help UN peacekeepers fully restore their patrols along the frontier between Syria and the Israeli Golan Heights.

The UN peacekeeping force known as UNDOF first deployed along the frontier in 1974 to separate Syrian and Israeli forces after Israel captured the Golan Heights in the 1967 Six Day War, but was halted on the Syrian side of the border in 2014 amid the violence in the country’s civil war.

Last month, Syrian government forces reached the Israeli border area after capturing territory from rebels and Islamic State fighters. It was the first time regime forces had taken up positions along the frontier since the uprising against President Bashar Assad swept through the country in 2011, becoming a seven-year civil war…

Russia’s Defense Ministry says its military police have been deployed in all areas recaptured from rebels by the Syrian government, including the Golan — a move that appears aimed at reassuring Israel.

Russia’s move into the Middle East has been a successful attempt to unbalance and replace the United States in this area. The US was able to act in a vacuum for quite some time following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, but now the situation has changed.

The prophets have declared a Russian presence in the Middle East at the time of the end, and its destiny to invade Israel in Ezekiel 38. It is currently heavily ensconced in Syria, but eventually will come down against Turkey as Daniel predicts, and overflow into Israel as it outlined in Daniel 11 and detailed in Ezekiel 38, Joel 3 and Zechariah 12-14.

What we are seeing today is the erosion of the relationship between Turkey and NATO that will cater to this scenario.

Many analysts see Trump’s actions against Turkey as irrational, bellicose and counter intelligent to the maintenance of the status quo. However, the angels have a different agenda, and they are in control in seemingly stormy waters:

“This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” (Daniel 4:17)

It is God that stirs up these storms as the Psalmist declares:

“These see the works of the LORD, And his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, Which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: Their soul is melted because of trouble.” (Psalm 107:24–26)

The sea and the waves will definitely be roaring as man’s dominion reaches its end, and men’s hearts will be failing them for fear.

We need to ensure that we are anchored to the hope of Israel, because we have…

“…a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast…” (Hebrews 6:18–19)

The Lord will soon return and following the tempest that is about to unleash bring peace and quiet through his judgments with his declaration, “peace be still”, when the sea and the waves will obey his voice once again.

For the Bible in the News, this has been Jonathan Bowen joining you.

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The Nation State Law of Israel

Examining the new law and see how it fits in with the course the finger of God has indicated for the Jewish people.

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During the past two weeks international feathers have flown because Israel introduced its controversial Nation State Law – this law is a fulfillment of multiple Bible prophecies which are the Lord’s doing!

During the past two weeks international feathers have flown because Israel introduced its controversial Nation State Law on July 19, 2018. Critics are calling it “the end of democracy in Jerusalem”, “a document that officially creates an apartheid state”, a “move toward right wing nationalism”, “fascism” and many other hyperbolic dire predictions.

This week on the Bible in the News we thought we’d examine the law and see how it fits in with the course the finger of God has indicated for the Jewish people.

A Downtrodden People

The fact Israel has even come into existence is an affront to many people. For thousands of years the Jewish people were consigned to 3rd class citizen status in the various nations where they were scattered. They were oppressed, persecuted, and driven out of even their host nations. In many places they were not allowed to own land, not allowed to participate in politics, not allowed into society. They remained in largely separate communities, such as the Pale of Settlement in Russia, where they were ghettoized and forced to live apart.  When assimilation became possible, it was quickly followed by reactionary pogroms or purges and the Jews were quickly pushed out of society once again.

The plight of Israel over the centuries comes directly out of the Bible. In the law of Moses, God warned Israel of the consequence of rejecting him as their God:

“And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone. And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind: And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life: In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.” (Deuteronomy 28:64–67)

Israel went into exile after the Babylonian invasion of Jerusalem around 600 BC. They returned under Ezra and Nehemiah but lived under the domination of the Medo-Persians, followed by the Greeks and finally the Roman Empire. It was during the Roman domination that the Lord Jesus Christ, referring to Daniel’s prophecy again predicted their scattering:

“As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down….

And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh…

And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:6, 20, 24)

In AD 70 the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple and sent them into exile once again, where they remained until the last century.

In 1899 Mark Twain wrote of their plight and of the complete lack of empathy amongst Christians for the Jews:

“Tell me, therefore, from your vantage-point of cold view, what in your mind is the cause. Can American Jews do anything to correct it either in America or abroad? Will it ever come to an end? Will a Jew be permitted to live honestly, decently, and peaceably like the rest of mankind? What has become of the golden rule?”

The fact that the Jews have remained a distinct identity, and survived as a nation is remarkable.  Mark Twain continued in his essay remarking on their ability to survive:

“The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”

Israel’s survival as a nation is not a chance situation. It is a divinely orchestrated fact. God has preserved Israel because of his promises to Abraham, and as a witness to the world of his existence:

“Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, And the deaf that have ears. Let all the nations be gathered together, And let the people be assembled: Who among them can declare this, And shew us former things? Let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: Or let them hear, and say, It is truth….

And then God states of Israel:

Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, And my servant whom I have chosen: That ye may know and believe me, And understand that I am he: Before me there was no God formed, Neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; And beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, When there was no strange god among you: Therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he; And there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?” (Isaiah 43:8–13)

Twain mentions the Babylonians, Persians, Greeks and Romans, all of which are composite pieces of the Image Kingdom of Men which was identified by Daniel as existing from Nebuchadnezzar through to the Romans and to the latter days.

“Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.” (Daniel 2:31–34)

The interpretation was given:

“… Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.” (Daniel 2:38–42)

This kingdom of men would go through multiple phases but ultimately would come to an end when God determined to re-establish his kingdom again:

“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” (Daniel 2:44)

We live in the time period of that very momentous event, and the rebirth of nation of Israel is the event that heralds this new era.

Restoration of Israel’s Kingdom

God had told the last king of Israel that the kingdom would be darkened until the time of Messiah:

“And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.” (Ezekiel 21:25–27)

David had been promised a son to sit on his throne in Jerusalem.

 “Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning, And since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. Moreover I will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an house. And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever.” (1 Chronicles 17:9–12)

Jesus is that son as the Angel Gabriel pointed out to Mary:

“And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” (Luke 1:30–33)

Messiah would be given the throne once again. However, the restoration of Israel to their land is required for Messiah to appear, as Peter pointed out during his appeal to his fellow countrymen:

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” (Acts 3:19–21)

The prophets required the Jews to be returned to the land in order for Jesse’s son to be established on his throne:

“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots:” (Isaiah 11:1)

This would be the Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the prophet continues:

“And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, Which shall stand for an ensign of the people; To it shall the Gentiles seek: And his rest shall be glorious. And it shall come to pass in that day, That the Lord shall set his hand again the second time To recover the remnant of his people, Which shall be left, from Assyria, And from Egypt, and from Pathros, And from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, And from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, And shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, And gather together the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth.” (Isaiah 11:10–12)

It is during the rebuilding of Jerusalem that Messiah will arrive:

“Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: For the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, And favour the dust thereof. So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, And all the kings of the earth thy glory. When the LORD shall build up Zion, He shall appear in his glory.” (Psalm 102:13–16)

Now this has been an on-going historical fufillment. The Jews have been regathering to the land for the past 150 years. The state of Israel was proclaimed in 1948, and Jerusalem returned to Jewish hands in 1967. The bible has been fulfilling in the news in Palestine, later called Israel, for the past century and a half.

Not Merely Political Event

Now the Restoration of Israel and reinstating of her Messiah is not merely a political event. Remember the words of Isaiah

Therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he; And there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?” (Isaiah 43: 13)

It is God that has been working to restore the Jewish nation. He has used its leaders to accomplish this event. To begin with they were largely secular Jews, some of them even atheists – but God used them to establish the state:

“This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” (Daniel 4:17)

The initial declaration of independence was issued by a secular government. However, over the years, a portion of the population has been shedding its socialistic garments, and has begun to return to the biblical tenants of the promises to Abraham and the law of Moses, as Malachi predicted:

“Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, Which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, With the statutes and judgments.” (Malachi 4:4)

This has been what has kept the Jewish nation separate. They are not just a ethnic group, a race descended from Abraham – but they are a race that was separated by a law that was given to them in Sinai:

“But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day. Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?” (Deuteronomy 4:4–8)

It is that law that has separated Israel from the Gentiles where they were scattered, and preserved them. It is the promises to Abraham that have brought them back again to the land under the hand of providence.

The Nation State Law

What has irked the nations, drunken with the dregs of democracy, is that the Jews are both a religion and a race. There are many western nations where Catholicism is the state religion. There are many Middle Eastern nations where Islam is the state religion. However, make Judaism a state religion and the who world flies of the handle. Judaism is the religion of the Jews, the descendants of Abraham to whom God gave promises. To allow Israel to declare itself a Jewish state would give credence to the promises made to Abraham, and legitimize the hope of Israel – the Jewish national hope – and their religious aspiration to be the Kingdom of God once again. This is what the “Israel as a Nation State of the Jewish People” law does:

It’s basic principles state:

a) The land of Israel is the historical homeland of the Jewish people, in which the State of Israel was established.

b) The State of Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, in which it fulfills its natural, cultural, religious and historical right to self-determination.

   c) The right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people.The world goes crazy with this concept.  Homeland for the Jewish people, a national home for the Jewish people with a right to its self-determination! The Catholic and Muslim nations have kept the Jews under ghetto control for centuries, and now the idea of them being a sovereign state, with the right to self-determination (meaning nobody else can tell them what to do).The world has loved to tell the Jews what to do for the past two thousand years… and doesn’t want to give that up.

The State’s Name

It is also interesting to note the law regarding the symbols of Israel:

2 . The symbols of the state

A. The name of the state is “Israel.”

B. The state flag is white with two blue stripes near the edges and a blue Star of David in the center.

C. The state emblem is a seven-branched menorah with olive leaves on both sides and the word “Israel” beneath it.

D. The state anthem is “Hatikvah.”

E. Details regarding state symbols will be determined by the law.

It might seem pretty obvious that Israel should be called Israel. The nation could have been called a number of things including Judea, but it was called Israel – the name that was given to the nation by God, and the name that incorporates the entire geographic area promised to Abraham, and much of which David ruled. This was the name Jacob had his name changed to:

“And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” (Genesis 32:28)

It is also the name that God gives to the nation after its return from the final diaspora:

“And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.” (Ezekiel 38:16)

This is the combined area of Judah and Samaria including the area God terms “the mountains of Israel” in v8. This is an area that the world thinks should belong to the Palestinians as their second state… but God has other ideas, and the nation of Israel is moving to the beat of his drum on this issue.

Jerusalem the Capital

This is why they cannot stand the other tenant in the law:

3. Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel.

If the Jews have the right to self-determination, and Jerusalem is their declared capital, then the European Union and the Vatican have no say over the final status of Jerusalem.  This has sent the feathers up into the air! Especially since God has already declared his purpose for it:

“Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: My house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, And a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.” (Zechariah 1:16)

Since the State of Israel was proclaimed in 1948 the Vatican has opposed it. It has supported the PLO and other groups in opposition of Israel. It has been crying for an “international status” for Jerusalem since the birth of Israel (which it opposed). An international status, in Vatican eyes, means it could control Jerusalem itself.

This law effectively puts an end to that debate from a Jewish perspective. We know that Vatican will not accept this, and will eventually encourage all nations to go down to Jerusalem to battle.

The Settlement Law

Further, this Nation State Law encourages the settlement of the land:

7a. The state views the development of Jewish settlement as a national value and will act to encourage and promote its establishment and consolidation.

Again, the world is perplexed by this. It wants the right to dictate Israel’s settlement in the land. It views Judea and Samaria as being “Palestinian” lands, and does its best to restrict Israel’s possession of these geographical areas, even though Jordan seceded control of them after it lost them following attacking Israel in the 1967 war.

The area of Judah (or Judea and Samaria) is required by God to be in Jewish hands, as the prophet Joel predicts:

“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, When I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem…” (Joel 3:1)

The return of Jews to Judea is God’s doing. What the nation of Israel is doing is simply living the fulfilment of his word. The world hates it, but it hasn’t so much as rejected the nation of Israel, as it rejects God’s hand in their rebirth and in the reclamation of the land, according to the promises and prophecies that he has spoken.

The Language Law

The other tenant that is enshrined in this state law is the language:

4a The state’s language is Hebrew.

This has been necessary to unite the nation. God separated nations by language back in Genesis:

“Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” (Genesis 11:7)

However, when restoring Israel, he indicated he would unify them by language so that they could worship their God again in Jerusalem:

“For then will I turn to the people a pure language, That they may all call upon the name of the LORD, To serve him with one consent…The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; Neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: For they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid. Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; Be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: The king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: Thou shalt not see evil any more. In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: And to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.” (Zephaniah 3:9, 13–16)

The fact that Hebrew has become the official language of the nation of Israel is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy, furthering the purpose of God in preparing the nation for Messiah.

This is the Lord’s doing

While we watch the sea nations rage and roar, we are excited to see the word of God accomplishing its purpose:

“For as the rain cometh down, And the snow from heaven, And returneth not thither, But watereth the earth, And maketh it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: It shall not return unto me void, But it shall accomplish that which I please, And it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10–11)

When we look at the nation of Israel today, we see past the politics and the personalities to the angelic finger of God at work behind the scenes. While the world casts up mire and dirt, we see God gradually bringing about his purpose.

“This is the LORD’s doing; It is marvellous in our eyes.” (Psalm 118:23)

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2nd Anniversary of the EU Referendum – Brexit negotiations and Bible prophecy
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As we approach the 2nd anniversary of Britain’s historic decision to leave the European Union, and with the October deadline for a deal, set by Michel Barnier, now just months away, this week we look at what is to be expected from the Brexit process in light of Bible prophecy.

Ezekiel 38 refers to a future invasion of Israel by a large confederacy of nations. These nations include Magog as well as “Gomer and all his bands”. By comparing references from Josephus and Herodotus we can find that Magog refers to eastern Europe, and in a similar way, by comparing Josephus with another Greek historian Diodorus Siculus we can find that Gomer refers to a large section of Western Europe, particularly France. From this, we see that continental Europe is united in this military venture. Late last year we saw 23 EU countries, headed by France and Germany, agree to start the process of integrating their armies to create a European army which could mark the beginning of the assembly of the great confederacy written about by Ezekiel 2500 years ago.

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Ezekiel 38 also refers to “the merchants of Tarshish” and “the young lions thereof” along with Sheba and Dedan who oppose this confederacy. So, who might these opposing nations be? By comparing the mentions of Tarshish in the Bible with the accounts of historians (such as Herodotus) it seems clear that Tarshish is Britain. This is explained extensively in an article by John Carter from 1952, which was republished in October 2013’s Bible Magazine.

This is also explained in April 2016’s issue of the Bible Magazine which was published a few months before the EU referendum. Matt Davies also believed that Tarshish referred to Britain and that this meant that Britain would be one of the nation’s opposing the invasion of Israel.

He argued that Britain must, therefore, be separate from Europe at the time of the end, because Ezekiel 38 shows Britain not only outside the Confederacy but also in opposition of it. He wrote:

“What this indicates to us is that the Tarshish power [ie Britain] is not aligned politically, economically or militarily with its European neighbours.”

So, we see here that to fulfil these biblical prophecies Britain must not only be outside the European Union politically, but we should expect it to find itself in a situation where it opposes it internationally as well.

Since the 2016 referendum, many of the previously remain supporting MPs have been pushing for a so-called “soft Brexit” where Britain would remain part of the single market, customers union, European courts and even continue to allow free movement of people between the UK and the EU. This simply would not be the situation found in Ezekiel 38 as there would still be political and economic alignment between the UK and EU.

Immediately after the referendum, this seemed a very possible outcome, but over the last two years, the likelihood of this very close relationship has diminished. All significant amendments tabled to force the government to negotiate in this way have been ultimately rejected, and meanwhile, in Brussels, negotiations are in grave difficulty with some questioning whether a deal between the two sides is still possible before the deadline in October. It is possible that Britain could end up leaving without a deal at all, resulting in a poor relationship between the two sides.

In April, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator said that the issue of the Irish border had brought the talks to an impasse and that the negotiations were in danger of collapsing altogether. With Theresa May relying on the Northern Irish DUP to hold up her government her hands are tied making this a real difficultly

While more recently Boris Johnson has been recorded secretly saying that he believed the Brexit talks were heading for a “meltdown”. Whether a deal can be reached by the October deadline or not, it has become more and more clear that the close relationship, hoped for by some, simply is not going to happen. Tim Farron, the then leader of the pro-EU Liberal Democrats said that the Prime Minister had chosen the “hardest form of Brexit”. Less and less people see a close and friendly partnership between the UK and EU as likely, and we can be sure that whatever the exact situation is when Britain does leave the EU, events in the world will prepare further for her role in Eze 38.

In the pamphlet “Guardians of Israel & Arabia” published in September 1990, nearly 30 years ago, we can read:

“The timing we do not know, but the author of this booklet believes that Bible prophecy requires Britain’s ultimate separation from Catholic Europe. On this basis, he has no hesitation in saying that Britain’s eventual exit from Europe is a certainty. As to questions concerning how it will happen, and when, we do not know because it has not been revealed in the Scripture. But when it does happen it will be yet another sign verifying the remarkable dependability of those prophecies in the Bible.

Many politicians have been debating whether or not Brexit can still be stopped, but as we read in Proverbs 19:

“There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless, the counsel of Yahweh, that shall stand”.

And in chapter 33:

“Yahweh bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.”

The most high does indeed rule in the kingdom of men, and however, God chooses to outwork his plan there is nothing that man can do to frustrate his will. So, let us have confidence in the truth of his word, that the time will come when God will go out to fight against those nations who come against his people and his son will be king over them.

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Enmity Between Vatican and Jerusalem
A Tale of Two Cities – the reasons for the implacable enmity of the Vatican for Israel exposed

June 9, 2018 – Audio, 19.63 MIN
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Catholic publications expose the notable absence of the Vatican from the opening ceremonies of the American Embassy in Jerusalem. The differences between the Vatican’s outlook on the move and Evangelical Christians is notable and rooted in a deeply different religious belief in the kingdom of God.

The age-old struggle between the Vatican and Jerusalem came to light over the past few weeks. Editorials and articles began to highlight the completely different positions of the Vatican to the Evangelical Christian community when it came to Jerusalem and Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu with his wife Sarah,
Trump’s daughter Ivanka and Jered Kushner at
opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem.

It was the Catholic publication Crux under the headline “Why Vatican won’t be joining U.S. on Jerusalem’s Embassy Row” that stated the following:

“Among several controversial aspects of Monday’s transfer of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was the presence at the dedication ceremony of two high-profile American Evangelical pastors: John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel, and Robert Jeffress, a Dallas-based Southern Baptist and major Trump supporter.

In contrast to this the article point out the absence of any Catholic presence:

Notably, however, there were no Catholic dignitaries on Monday’s line-up – no American Catholic leaders, no members of the local Christian community in the Holy Land, and certainly not Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, the pope’s ambassador to Israel, whose embassy remains firmly ensconced in Tel Aviv. No Catholic gave a blessing, and no prominent Catholic figure was heard endorsing the move.

The article also pointed out not only where the no Catholic officials present, but the Pope was amongst the first world leaders to speak out against the embassy move when it was announced in December, when he stated:

“I wish to make a heartfelt appeal to ensure that everyone is committed to respecting the status quo of the city, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations.” 

The Vatican’s Historic Opposition to the Jewish State:

Herzl’s appeals to Pope Pius X for support for
a Jewish homeland were rejected,

The Vatican has long opposed a Jewish state, let alone the capital in Jerusalem. In 1904 Theodore Herzl sought the Pope’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. He received the following reply from Pius X on January 10, 1904:

We cannot prevent the Jews from going to Jerusalem – but we could never sanction it. The ground of Jerusalem, if it were not always sacred, has been sanctified by the life of Jesus Christ. As the head of the Church, I cannot answer you otherwise. The Jews have not recognized Our Lord; therefore, we cannot recognize the Jewish people.

Why would the Catholic Church be hostile to the downtrodden Jewish people in their struggle for a homeland and in their quest to move their capital to Jerusalem? It was the writer Avro Manhattan that answers this in his 1982 book the Vatican Washington Moscow Alliance where he stated:

The Vatican could not and would not tolerate the establishment of an Israel which claimed messianic privileges, or rather, messianic uniqueness and which, therefore, would compete with the Roman Catholic Church as the Centre of a future spiritual kingdom….

The spectre of the creation of such a theocracy has haunted the inner chambers of the Catholic Church from her earliest inception, and is still a dominant fear.  Hence her equivocal role in world affairs surrounding the birth and existence of the State of Israel.  Such a State was defined as a territorial entity erected upon racial and religious tenets….. (The Vatican Moscow Washington Alliance, Avro Manhattan, c1982.)

The Vatican fears a resurgent Jewish state because the Jews were God’s chosen people, and it erroneously views itself as the replacement of the Jews in God’s purpose. Jeremiah clearly states that the covenant God made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and their seed would end:

Thus saith the Lord; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.” (Jeremiah 33:25–26) 

Avro Manhattan exposed
the Vatican’s hostility to Israel

The Vatican fears this. It sees Israel as competition to its self-appointed role as God’s voice on earth. Manhattan went on to state:

In Vatican eyes… the millenarian yearning for a global Hebrew theocracy represents a deadly threat to the eschatological teachings of the Catholic Church.  When translated into concrete political terms, such a view spells not only rivalry, but implacable enmity.  (The Vatican Moscow Washington Alliance, Avro Manhattan, c1982.) 

The enmity Manhattan talks about has been in existence from the beginning of time. It was in the garden of Eden that God pointed out a hostility that would exist between the kingdom of men and the kingdom of God when the angels said to the serpent:

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) 

The Church sees itself as the Kingdom of God on earth. In fact, the very word Christendom means Christ’s Kingdom. It was article 763 of the Catechism of the Church, penned by John Paul II, that it was stated:

To fulfill the Father’s will Christ ushered in the Kingdom of heaven on earth. The Church “is the reign of Christ already present in mystery.”

Chaim Weizmann exposed
the Vatican’s interference
to Israel’s existence

Believing herself to be the “kingdom of God” any entity that might contest for the title is bitterly opposed.
The current opposition of the Vatican to the capital of Israel being in Jerusalem is nothing new. Chaim Weizmann discussed Catholic interference back to the Jewish state back in the 1920’s:

“The Catholics have been chiefly responsible for uniting the Muslims and the Christians against us, because what the Vatican really wishes to have is something which amounts to power in Palestine, and it has been using various Catholic members of the League, such as Spain, Brazil, Italy, Belgium and France, in order to achieve its object, and this is really the inner meaning of its attacks against us.” (During discussions with
the League of Nations on the future of Palestine 1922).

The Vatican’s denial of Israel as God’s people

The fact is the Bible repeatedly speaks of the return of the Jews to the land of Israel as being God’s work – a message that has been reiterated by the Whitehouse repeatedly over the last year. Isaiah clearly states:

And it shall come to pass in that day, That the Lord shall set his hand again the second time To recover the remnant of his people, Which shall be left, from Assyria, And from Egypt, and from Pathros, And from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, And from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, And shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, And gather together the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth.” (Isaiah 11:11–12) 

The history of the fulfillment of this is document by historian Martin Gilbert in his book From the Ends of the Earth.
Yet the Church remains defiantly in denial. In 1948 when the state of Israel was proclaimed, the Vatican stated:

“Modern Israel is not the true heir of Biblical Israel, but a secular state….
The Holy Land and its sacred sites belong to Christianity, the True Israel.” (Vatican Newspaper L’Osservatore Roman May 14, 1948). 

Archbishop Bustros

At the more recent Synod on the Middle East held at the Vatican in 2010, the head of the Synod Commission, Archbishop Cyrille Bustros stated:

“The Holy Scriptures cannot be used to justify the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of the Palestinians,
to justify the occupation by Israel of Palestinian lands… For Christians, one can no longer talk of the land promised to the Jewish people. This promise was nullified by Christ. There is no longer a favoured people, a chosen people;
all men and women of every country have become the chosen people…

Statements from leading Catholic official make clear their stand:

“We do not believe anymore that the Jews are the Chosen People.” -Archbishop of Israel, Elias Chacour

“Do not believe their claim that they are God’s chosen people, because it is not true.” – Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III

“Israel has nothing to do with the Bible.” -Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal

These statements are reminiscent of another enemy of Israel, Adolf Hitler who said of the Jews:

“We are God’s people…
there cannot
 be two chosen peoples.”

So the differences between the Whitehouse and the Vatican on the issue of Israel and Jerusalem are not just political – they are deeply religious.

An international city?

The concept of Jerusalem being a city with international status was also raised again. The previously mentioned Crux article went on to recall:

“…a Vatican diplomat speaking before the United Nations reiterated the Holy See’s long-standing position that Jerusalem is in a unique diplomatic category. Monsignor Simon Kassas, Chargé d’Affaires of the Vatican’s mission to the United Nations, said the Vatican believes Jerusalem needs an “internationally guaranteed” special status, in order to ensure freedom of religion for the city’s inhabitants, “as well as secure, free and unhindered access to the Holy Places by the faithful of all religions and nationalities.”

Pope Pius XII “Hitler’s Pope”

The UN partition plan is often referenced in this discussion. However, what is often neglected to be mentioned is that this was the Vatican’s idea. In 1949 Pope Pius XII (Hiter’s Pope), had stated:

“We have already insisted in Our Encyclical letter In Multi- plic-ibus, that the time has come when Jerusalem and its vicinity, where the previous memorials of the Life and Death of the Divine Redeemer are preserved, should be accorded and legally guaranteed an “international” status, which in the present circumstances seems to offer the best and most satisfactory protection for these sacred monuments.” (Pope Pius XII leter to Bishops:
Redemptoris Nostri Crucitatus, April, 1949)

The same Catholic article in Crux highlighted the interference of the Church in political affairs in the middle east:

Over the years, the Catholic bishops of the Middle East have typically been strongly pro-Palestinian. Most have not gone as far as Greek Melkite Archbishop Hilarion Capucci, who was arrested in 1974 and later convicted by an Israeli court for smuggling guns to the PLO in the trunk of his Mercedes sedan, but many sympathized with Capucci’s aims.

The Vatican wants control of Jerusalem for itself. Eventually, it will launch another crusade to wrestle it from Jewish hands which will be momentarily successful:

And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.” (Daniel 11:45) 

However it will ultimately fail when he does “come to his end”.

Therefore, America’s move of its embassy to Jerusalem is a direct threat to the Vatican as it legitimizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in the eyes of the world.

There is no doubt that Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government, because God stated it:

The Lord hath sworn in truth unto David; He will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. If thy children will keep my covenant And my testimony that I shall teach them, Their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore. For the Lord hath chosen Zion; He hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest for ever: Here will I dwell; for I have desired it.” (Psalm 132:11–14) 

While the current government of Israel is by no means what God has in mind for Israel, Jerusalem is the place he has chosen as its capital.

Vatican: The Great Harlot

Robert Jefress referred to the Vatican
as “The Great Whore of Babylon”

The division over Jerusalem is clear. Those who support it tend to be bible fundamentalists such as “American Evangelical pastors: John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel, and Robert Jeffress, a Dallas-based Southern Baptist”. The publication Crux went on to state of Jeffress:

For the record, Jeffress also once suggested the Catholic Church represents “the genius of Satan,” and Hagee over the years has referred ambiguously to Catholicism as the “Great Whore of Babylon.”

This is most interesting because it is a reference to the Catholic Church as the “Harlot of Revelation” mentioned in Revelation 17. This has long been the protestant view of Catholicism, based on identification of the scriptures. We read in Revelation 17:

Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” (Revelation 17:1–2) 

This woman has a name:

And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Revelation 17:5) 

She is a political player who is involved with the political rulers of the world:

And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” (Revelation 17:18) 

The Vatican certainly fulfills this role. No other religion has a voice in the United Nations like the Vatican does. No other religious leader has the kings and rulers of the earth lined up for audiences. She has been a persecutor of believers:

And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.” (Revelation 17:6) 

The Vatican is guilty of this charge with its history during the various inquisitions.  She is a city geographical situated on 7 hills:

And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.” (Revelation 17:9) 

The Vatican is situated in Rome, which has been identified as the city of 7 hills since the dawn of history.
So it was fascinating to see a Catholic publication highlight the fact that protestant Bible believers identify her with this harlot system or Revelation.

Europe – Under Vatican Influence when it comes to Jerusalem

What was equally as fascinating was to see the how a Catholic paper identified the influence the Vatican has played in shaping the European view of Israel and Jerusalem. The same article in Crux stated of the UN resolution:

Vatican diplomats at the time (1948)  played a key role in having that language inserted, counting on the support of the “Catholic countries” of Europe. Jerusalem was envisioned as a corpus separatum, a place apart, though that plan was never implemented on the ground. The Vatican has softened its stance over the years, looking for vaguer “international guarantees,” but still sees the UN resolutions as the de jure starting point.

The fact that the Catholic Church exercised its influence over the “kings of the earth” when it came to this fundamental issue is quite significant. Indeed,

“…the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” (Revelation 17:2) 

Archbishop Justin Welby:
“EU is the greatest dream realized since
fall of the Western Roman Empire”

What was also significant this week was the controversy caused by one of Rome’s harlot daughters, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who made a very political statement about the European Union:

The EU has been the greatest dream realised for human beings since the fall of the Western Roman Empire. It has brought peace, prosperity, compassion for the poor and weak, purpose for the aspirational and hope for all its people.

The connection between the European Union and the Roman Empire is profound. In prophetic terms, the Christian Roman Empire and its successor the Holy Roman Empire are the Beast of the Sea and the Beast of the Earth in Revelation 13.  The European Union is the beast that is directed by the great harlot in Revelation 17:

He carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” (Revelation 17:3) 

The horns of the beast are identified with the nations who voluntarily come together – giving up their sovereignty to the beast:

And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” (Revelation 17:12–13) 

Britain is in the throws of a messy divorce from this great system, as is required by scripture, even if her politicians would like it to be different. The EU is the successor of the Roman Empire, the feet of Nebuchadnezzar’s image, and the beast which the Vatican harlot has and will control. This system, championed by the Vatican will challenge the Lord Jesus Christ for control of Jerusalem and the world when he returns:

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14) 

So this week has been an exciting week, reminding us of the hand of God at work in the nations. Reminding us that we live on the knife edge of the kingdom. God has been at work restoring Israel to the land. Restoring Jerusalem to the Jews – 51 years ago this week during the 6 Day war. The nations will rise up in protest, and even beat their plowshares into swords… but the Lord will be victorious, and Jerusalem will be the centre of world worship once again when all nations will go up to Jerusalem to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…. Whether the world likes it, or not.

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Israel’s Next 70 Years Will Shake the World.
As Israel celebrates its 70th Anniversary the Bible clearly shows what the next 70 years will bring – and it is going to shake the world.

April 21, 2018 – Audio, 20.00 MIN
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As the tiny nation of Israel celebrates its 70th birthday, Bible prophecy figures heavily into the events that have taken place. These same prophecies also give us a clear indication of what Israel’s next 70 years will bring… and this will shake the world to its foundations!

This past week the Bible was in the News once again as Israel celebrated its 70th Birthday.

No nation under heaven has had more reason to celebrate. The Jewish people have survived millennia of diaspora. They have survived persecution from pagans, Christians, and Muslim nations. The arose out of the ashes of the holocaust, the pogroms of Russia and the persecution in Islamic countries to become a nation once again. This is a direct fulfillment of the words of Jeremiah:

“Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; Neither be dismayed, O Israel: For, lo, I will save thee from afar, And thy seed from the land of their captivity; And Jacob shall return, And shall be in rest, and be quiet, And none shall make him afraid. For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: Though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, Yet will I not make a full end of thee: But I will correct thee in measure, And will not leave thee altogether unpunished.” (Jeremiah 30:10–11)

Israel celebrated 70 years this week, a feat that is the direct result of the Bible.

Over the last 70 years Israel’s population has increased. A consensus take n in May of 1948 put Israel’s population at 600,000. It has exploded to almost 9 million with about 75% being Jews. Over 600,000 live in the West Bank. This population explosion is again prophesied in the Bible:

“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, That I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah With the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, To pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, And to destroy, and to afflict; So will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD.” (Jeremiah 31:27–28)

The time to pluck up and pull down is over, and the time to plant and build has come.

Israel reflects on the pioneers turning a desert back farmland.

The 70th year celebrations featured a display of the reclamation of the barren land from deserts and swamps to the agricultural miracle we see today. This is also a direct fulfillment of Bible prophecy:

“And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, And they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; And they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; They shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, And they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, Saith the LORD thy God.” (Amos 9:14–15)

Again, the prophet Jeremiah records:

“For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.” (Jeremiah 24:6)

Israel economy has also been blossoming.  It rose from $2.5 billion in 1960, to approximately $387.4 billion in 2017.  Its economic growth was ahead of the USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand, Australia, France, Germany, and Russia in 2016, according to theGlobalEconomy.com. Considering that Israel is only 70 years old, and yet is ahead of nations who have been in existence for centuries, and some for millennia, it is again miraculous. Once again, this is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy, where Ezekiel describes:

“… the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.” (Ezekiel 38:12)

While Israel may celebrate the pioneers and the personalities who worked so hard to achieve the current status they enjoy, the reality is this is a miracle, and the work of God’s hands:

 “…They shall inherit the land for ever, The branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.” (Isaiah 60:21)

The growth expansion of Israel into the West Bank and Jerusalem in 1967 has been a bone of contention with many since that time. The war itself was a miracle, fought in 6 days, with Israel resting on the 7th, and saw the biblical heartland of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria back in Jewish hands. This was also a fulfillment of the prophets, when God stated:

“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, When I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem…” (Joel 3:1)

As with most nations celebrating an anniversary like this, it is customary, not just to look at achievements of the past, but also to the future.  Now, with Israel this is much easier to do. Most nations have plans and aspirations. Israel has destiny, a destiny not chosen by itself but by the creator of heaven and earth. Let us consider what is in store for Israel in during the next few decades, standing on the shoulders of what has been accomplished and looking to the future.

These will be the headlines of next few decades:

Russia, Iran and Europe to be decimated in Israel

The recent missile attacks on Syria by France, Britain and the United States have provoked the Russian bear. The whole world is bracing for a response. Israel’s attack on the Iranian base has spawned a flurry of headlines regarding Iran’s threats to Israel. However, while the media speculates on the present situation, the Bible is clear about future events. Russia with a conglomeration of European nations, Iran and others will invade Israel as is described in Ezekiel 38, which we have discussed many times on the Bible in the News.

Now, let us not be confused about this. This attack, will only be momentarily successful. Russia, Iran and the nations who join it will make their way to Jerusalem, where they be destroyed as the Bible clearly predicts:

“And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.” (Daniel 11:45)

Israel’s military forces figured heavily in their 70th Year Celebrations

While the IDF has figured heavily in Israel’s history, and featured in their 70th year celebrations, this will not be one of their accomplishments. When these nations, along with the Vatican move against Israel, and the miraculous work God has been performing with them, they will be fighting against him, and ultimately against his Messiah:

 “…he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.” (Daniel 8:25)

Their destruction will be the work of Almighty God himself:

“And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.” (Ezekiel 38:21–23)

Whereas they came to institute Catholic worship in Jerusalem, on the temple mount, “planting the tabernacles of his palace… in the holy mountain” they will be obliterated, and a new age will begin for Israel and the world.

Restoration of the Monarchy

The future of Israel will be an exciting one. It will not be ruled by politicians through the Knesset, rather the Davidic monarchy will be restored to this city. Yes, it was God who used the Babylonians to remove the monarchy from Judah in the reign of the wicked King Zedekiah:

“And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.” (Ezekiel 21:25–27)

In the very moment that God decreed the removal of Judah’s monarchy, he also predicted its return “when he came whose right it is” that he “would give it him”.

This is in keeping with the promise that was originally to David, when he stated of David’s future son:

“He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son… And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.” (2 Samuel 7:13-16)

This is reiterated by Jeremiah of the future age:

“In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.” (Jeremiah 33:15)

If there was any notion of Israel’s Monarchy being removed forever, it is quickly dissipated later in this same chapter of Jeremiah:

“Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season; Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers.” (Jeremiah 33:20–21)

And again, some might argue that Christianity replaced Israel in God’s purpose, but the prophets beg to differ:

“Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the LORD hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them.

Rather, God reiterates his resolve on the matter:

Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.” (Jeremiah 33:24–26)

So it will be, that the monarch will be restored to Jerusalem as the second Psalm clearly establishes:

“Yet have I set my king Upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: The LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; This day have I begotten thee.” (Psalm 2:6–7)

Jerusalem will be the capital, and the fallen down ruins of the palace of David will be rebuilt:

“In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, And close up the breaches thereof; And I will raise up his ruins, And I will build it as in the days of old: That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, Which are called by my name, Saith the LORD that doeth this.” (Amos 9:11–12)

So clearly, the monarch will be restored to the nation of Israel, to Judah and to David’s house in Jerusalem. This will surely put the cat amongst the pigeons at the United Nations and in the Council of Europe. But rage as much as they want, God will laugh at them.

Israel Annexes the Sinai, the Gaza Strip, the West bank, Jordan, Iraq, and Syria

Now never mind America moving its embassy to Jerusalem next month and the controversy that has sparked. Future territorial expansion is also part of Israel’s destiny. This is what we just read in Amos… “he is going to poses the remnant of Edom, and of all the nations.” Edom existed in the area of modern day Jordan. It was the Jordanians who used to control the West bank. But, never mind the West bank, either.  That is a given, Israel’s growth will go far beyond that. The Psalm continues:

“Ask of me, And I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, And the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” (Psalm 2:6–7)

You see, Israel’s return to the land is a fulfillment of prophecy. It has happened just as the prophets under divine inspiration predicted. But there is more. This is all founded upon the promises that were made to Abraham when the nation was established millennia ago. Now, God always keeps his promises. Here is what he said:

“In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:” (Genesis 15:18)

Now that pretty much takes in the area of the Sinai, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, the northern part of Saudi Arabia, half of Iraq and Syria.

If you think the debate over Israel’s annexation of the Westbank has been stormy, you haven’t seen anything yet. Not to worry though… that’s just the immediate area to be conquered by Israel’s monarchy.

Israel Establishes World Empire

The fact is, Israel’s empire is eventually going to be world-wide. This is not something that is politically correct to talk about, but fortunately, by then Israel will not be a democracy where this is up for debate, and the parliament will be paralyzed by different interest groups. Instead, as we have seen, a theocracy ruled by God’s Messiah will be established. Once in place, it will assert its control over all nations.

Here is what the prophet Daniel describes when the kingdoms of men fall, and the Kingdom of Israel is depicted as a little stone that breaks the pride of man, and his empires spanning from the Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar, the Medes and Persians under Cyrus and Darius, the Greeks under Alexander the Great and the Romans… and their latter day successors today:

“Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image (representing Man’s kingdom’s) upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” (Daniel 2:34–35)

What does Daniel mean by this… well, he tells us in the interpretation of the dream:

“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.” (Daniel 2:44–45)

So a world empire is going to begin in Jerusalem, and eventually envelope the entire planet. This may seem far fetched, but then so was the idea of the Jews, a people scatter and broken over thousands of years returning to their land and rebuilding a nation.

Dome of the Rock Removed Temple Built in Jerusalem.

One of promises that was intertwined with the everlasting monarchy was the fact that a temple would be built in Jerusalem. This was first promised to David:

“He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.” (2 Samuel 7:13)

Now, contrary to Palestinian assertions, Solomon built a house for God in Jerusalem, which archaeology clearly attests to. Although destroyed by the Babylonians, it was rebuilt during the times of the Jewish governors Zerubbabel and Nehemiah, when Joshua was high priest, Ezra was scribe, and the prophets Zechariah, Haggai, and Malachi were active. It was later embellished by Herod the Great, but destroyed in AD70 by the Romans led by Titus.

The Romans built a temple to Jupiter under the emperor Hadrian around AD130 on the site of the Temple. Jerusalem passed from pagan Roman hands to Christian Roman hands, and was wrestled from them by the Muslims who built the Dome of the Rock in 691 AD during the Umayyad Caliphet. This has remained there ever since.

The Russians are destined to remove it when they come in a crusade, (which is destined for disaster), to re-establish Christian rule as we mentioned earlier:

“And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.” (Daniel 11:45)

Once the Russian’s and their hordes are destroyed, the third temple will be built, and will form the center of world religion, replacing the Vatican and Catholicism, or Mecca for the Muslims, as Isaiah prophecies:

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, That the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; And he will teach us of his ways, And we will walk in his paths: For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 2:2–3)

The priesthood is also to be re-established by Messiah:

“But who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: And he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, As in the days of old, and as in former years.” (Malachi 3:2–4)

Rather than be a catalyst for world war, this will bring about the end of wars and a time of peace the earth has never before witnessed, when Messiah asserts his rule over the nations and calms the raging waves of the sea:

“And he shall judge among the nations, And shall rebuke many people: And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruninghooks: Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2:4)

Israel’s 70th Birthday has been something wonderful to celebrate as it has been God’s doing, to regather his people, plant them in his land, multiply them, and make them prosperous once again, and restore Jerusalem.

However, the next few decades will be the most exciting – when God continues Israel’s restoration: it’s deliverance from the threat of the nations, when God re-establishment of the Davidic Monarchy, when the Messiah, the son of David rebuilds the temple as a center of world worship, and when God’s kingdom covers the world bringing in an era of real world peace.

The time has come when God has turned his face to favour Zion, and it is during this time that he will send the Messiah:

“Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: For the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, And favour the dust thereof. So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, And all the kings of the earth thy glory. When the LORD shall build up Zion, He shall appear in his glory.” (Psalm 102:13–16)

These are exciting times. During the past 70 year we have witnessed the prophets who have written down the words of God in the scriptures proven to be true.  Now we wait, with great anticipation, to see the completion of the rest of their story.

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Video Description: This film was made by Christadelphian Brother Harry Hay (Newark) in 1932 and was unseen for almost 80 years!

It is entitled ‘A Holiday In Israel in 1932.’ 

It is clear from the title that even though the state of Israel was not to be declared for another 16 years –  in his mind, this was a certainty because the scriptures of Truth declared it so.

We are making it available as it we feel it could be of interest to those who have been fortunate to visit Israel (and even those who haven’t) to appreciate the changes that have taken place since filming and as a witness to the accuracy of the Word of God concerning his chosen people.

Bro Harry Hay was Baptised in Birmingham in 1915 and belonged to Birmingham Central and then Small Heath ecclesia’s. He transferred to Newark ecclesia in 1941 and was a member there until his death in September 1988 aged 91.

Bro Harry made this black and white film of his holiday in Israel in 1932… 86 years ago, early days of home movies and well before the state of Israel was declared by David Ben Gurion on  May 14, 1948.

For most of these 85 years, the film was stored in a box.

Harry’s son, John inherited the box along with the other of his father’s possessions and it was taken to Scotland when John and his wife Yvonne moved there.

About 6 years ago John had the film converted to DVD.

Shortly after it was made into a DVD John and his wife Yvonne were walking along a street in Edinburgh when they were stopped by a passing motorist.The Lady motorist who stopped them was a little agitated as she did not know her way around Edinburgh and was due to give a lecture in a public building, but had become lost.

John and Yvonne suggested they go with her in her car and guide her to her destination.She accepted their offer and as they chatted she mentioned she was from Jerusalem.John and Yvonne then mentioned their recently converted film from 1932 and she was very interested, as she was a Historian. She gave them her address and dashed off to give her lecture.

John sent her a copy of the DVD and she was delighted with it and with John’s permission it is now officially archived in Jerusalem as a record of social and historical interest.


Concerning the film itself…….

you will hear Bro Harry’s own commentary of events, and peppered throughout the film are short  Bible verses which he felt were relevant.

It seems obvious to us that Bro Harry’s intent was to produce a work that would be a witness to the existence of the God of Israel.

It is evident from the fist still image that the visit took place around Easter time of 1932. Further evidence of this is that the visit coincided with the 1st Maccabiah games which opened on 28th March of that year in Tel Aviv. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maccabiah_Games

Despite its age, the film is in excellent condition as is the audio.

For the eagle eyed, at around  7min you will notice a map appears on the screen and the map’s name is ‘EREZ ISRAEL’.

It is highly likely that this map was added to the video during an additional edit sometime after the origonal film was made, as maps of 1932 invariably had the title of ‘Palestine’.

Below are some timestamps to assist in locating items of note should you wish to revisit a particular area of the film.

The Film can be viewed via the player at the end of the timestamps.

Places visited.

1: 3.14 – Malta 9 Melita (Acts 28)
2: 4.53 – Suez Canel
3: 5.10 – Goshen
4: 5.19 – Ben-Ha
5: 5.56 – Great Pyramid
6: 6.37 – Cairo
7: 6.52 – Palestine
8: 7.03 – Tel Aviv (Jaffa)
9: 7.38 – Nahalal
10: 8.54 – The 1st world Maccabiah (Jewish Olympics)
11: 18.59 – Visit to 3 settlements, 19.09 – Gan Hasharon,/ 20.11 -Tel Mond, / 20.52 – Kalmania.
12: 22.48 – Petach Tikvah ( founded 1878)
13: 23.48 – Packing Oranges
14: 24.52 – Plain of Sharon
15: 25.38 – ‘ Mikveh Israel’ Agricultural School for Boys
16: 26.44 – A Eucalyptus Grove has replaced a swamp
17: 27.11 – In and around JERUSALEM
18: 29.15 – Bethlehem
19: 30.12 – Jericho
20: 30.55 – Dead Sea
21: 31.25 – Mount of Olives
22: 32.02 – Gethsemane
23: 32.26 – Galilee to Haifa
24: 32.37 – Nablus (Shechem), 32.50 – Dothan,
25: 33.45 – Tiberias
26: 34.05 – Galilee
27: 34.31 – Dagania
28: 35.06 – Rutenberg Power station (Ashkelon)
29: 36.26 – Beth Shan
30: 36.52 – Ain Harod
30: 37.55 – Nahalal
31: 38.54 – Haifa (Viewed from Mount Carmel)
32: 40.27 – Dedication to the God Of Israel

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Video Description: The rebirth of the State of Israel on 14 May 1948, and its continued existence is an amazing fulfilment of predictions in the Bible written 2,500 years ago.
God said of Israel “I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land.” (Ezekiel 36:24)
The return of Jewish people to their biblical homeland of Israel is also a sign that Jesus Christ will return to the earth to establish God’s
kingdom. In Luke 21:24-27 Jesus says that when Jerusalem is in Jewish control again he will be about to return and give eternal life to his true followers.

This year will see the 70th anniversary of this historic event – In Tel Aviv, at midnight on the 14th day of May 1948 saw Israel declare independence from under British administration (At midnight the British Mandate of Palestine is officially terminated and the State of Israel comes into being.)

The next day, May the 15th four of the seven countries of the Arab League at that time – Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Syria ( backed by Arab volunteers invade the israelterritory of the newly formed state- The resulting war lasts for 13 months – but despite the Israeli army only being approx 100,000 in size at the peak of the engagement – the Israeli army triumphed.

How did the Nation survive this onslaught? – was it chance? was it great planning and execution of a preconceived plan by the army leaders?

No, it is much more simple than that!

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On May 14th 2018 the modern State of Israel will have been in existence for 70 years.

This year will see the 70th anniversary of this historic event – In Tel Aviv, at midnight on the 14th day of May 1948 saw Israel declare independence from under British administration (At midnight the British Mandate of Palestine is officially terminated and the State of Israel comes into being.)

The next day, May the 15th four of the seven countries of the Arab League at that time  – Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Syria ( backed by Arab volunteers invade the territory of the newly formed state- The resulting war lasts for 13 months – but despite the Israeli army only being approx 100,000 in size at the peak of the engagement – the Israeli army triumphed.

How did the Nation survive this onslaught? – was it chance? was it great planning and execution of a preconceived plan by the army leaders?

No, it is much more simple than that!

consider this…..

A NATION BORN IN STRIFE

On May 14th 2018 the modern State of Israel will have been in existence for 70 years. The territory of Palestine had been previously administered by the British Government under a Mandate granted to them by the League of Nations in 1920. There followed increasing tension and hostility between the Arab and Jewish population until, in November 1947, the United Nations Organisation supported the partition of Palestine by the formation of two States, one Jewish and the other Arab. This plan was rejected by the Arab side and, at 4 o’clock in the afternoon of 14th May, 1948, an independent State of Israel was proclaimed. This was met immediately by implacable Arab hostility and, twelve hours later, the armies of neighbouring Arab States invaded the land and attacked the Jews. The Secretary-General of the Arab League announced on Cairo radio, “This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre”. Although faced with the combined might of Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Egypt, the Israeli army was victorious and, in 1949, a cease-fire agreement was reached, resulting in Israel controlling more territory than had been originally allocated to them (although Israel had lost control of East Jerusalem to Jordan). The remainder of the land was divided between Jordan (known as the West Bank) and Egypt (known as the Gaza Strip).

The creation of the State of Israel encouraged Jewish immigration on a large scale, whilst hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs fled to neighbouring countries. In 1964, a group of these exiled Arabs formed the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO). There followed considerable tension and animosity between Israelis and Arabs until, in 1956, Israel (together with Britain and France) attacked Egypt following their nationalisation of the Suez Canal, thus preventing Israeli shipping passing through to its southern port on the Gulf of Aqaba. Resulting from this conflict, Israel gained control of the Gaza Strip. There then followed the amazing six-day war in June 1967, described as “a feat of arms unparalleled in modern times”, in which Israel not only survived but won a resounding victory over enemies and equipment overwhelmingly superior in numbers. Around the world, Israel’s success was hailed as “a miracle”. During this conflict Israel wrested control of East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan, the Sinai Peninsular from Egypt, and the Golan Heights from Syria. Whilst the Sinai Peninsular has been returned to Egypt, Israel still retains control of the other territories, having annexed the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem, subsequently declaring the united city of Jerusalem to be “the capital of Israel for all time”, confirming General Moshe Dayan’s words at the time of the city’s capture, “We have returned to Jerusalem never to part from her again”. Other wars followed in 1973 and 1982, neither of which ended to the detriment of Israel.

THE GROWTH OF ISRAEL

We have been reviewing the birth of a small nation which, against overwhelming odds, has survived five wars in less than four decades. Throughout this period, and the years that followed, Israel has had to assimilate and accommodate thousands of immigrants, so that, from an infant State numbering 600,000 Jews, its Jewish population has grown over eight-fold to reach about 5 million in the year 2000. Despite experiencing continued antagonism from the PLO, Israel’s economy has steadily grown, until it has become the most prosperous and productive country in the Middle East. Israel sought their prosperity by cultivation of the land which had lain barren and desolate for centuries. They also developed advance science and technology-based industries, and their progress in the hi-tech field has become the envy of the world, leading observers to pronounce it “an economic and technological powerhouse”. Israel’s achievements have amazed economic experts world-wide, who were quick to recognise them as “an economic miracle”. Truly, the State of Israel has grown into a power to be reckoned with amongst the nations of the world and, although beset on every hand by enemies vowing to destroy her, the nation has become prosperous far beyond the wildest dreams of its earliest settlers.

ISRAEL AND BIBLE PROPHECY

This cameo of Israel’s past 50 years has been painted to illustrate the way in which this tiny nation has come through unimaginable and ferocious enmity from its neighbours. To many observers, the precarious fledgling state has remarkably and uncannily survived and flourished. Bible students, however, have expected such a situation to arise! Those who paid attention to the writings of the Old Testament prophets were convinced that, although the Jews had been dispersed throughout the earth for nigh on 2,000 years, a time would come when they would return to the land of Israel and grow into a rich and prosperous nation. One such Bible student wrote the following in 1848 (over 150 years ago), when there was no sign nor the slightest chance of the Jews returning to the land of their fathers which had been under the heel of the desolating Turks for 250 years. He said there would be

“a partial and primary restoration of Jews” to Palestine, and that this “colonisation of Palestine will be on purely political principles… They will emigrate thither as agriculturists and traders, in the hope of ultimately establishing their commonwealth, but more immediately of getting rich in silver and gold by commerce (abroad)… and in cattle and goods by their industry at home”.

The author of these words died in 1871 without seeing any sign whatever that these events would happen. But he fervently believed, on the basis of Bible prophecy, that they would happen, and we are privileged today to witness the truth of this prediction. Why was he so confident? It was because he possessed an unshakeable belief that the Bible is the word of God and that it outlines the purpose of God with the nation of Israel.

THE GOD OF ISRAEL

Careful readers of the Bible will notice that God constantly describes Himself as “the God of Israel”. The reason for this is to be found in the words Moses addressed to the nation –

“the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth” (Deuteronomy 7:6)

The Bible, in both Old and New Testaments, expands upon this statement, indicating in very clear and unambiguous terms the ultimate purpose God has with this nation so special to Him. Their uniqueness in being a special nation to God meant that they had divine laws to regulate their individual and national lives.

“He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them” (Psalm 147:1920)

Consequently, the nation of Israel had a special responsibility to God which no other nation had. Speaking to Israel, God said,

“You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities” (Amos 3:2)

The world-wide dispersion of Jews is directly attributable to their failure to obey this law from God.

“If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law… the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other” (Deuteronomy 28:5864)

And so it came to pass. The Romans evicted the Jews from their land and took them captive into the four corners of their empire. So complete was this overthrow of the Jewish Commonwealth that the Romans drove a plough over the ruins of Jerusalem, exactly as predicted by God through the prophet Micah,

“Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps” (Micah 3:12)

A REVERSAL OF THE SITUATION

Notwithstanding this devastation, God immediately pronounced a future reversal of the situation. He indicated that, in the outworking of His purpose with Israel, the house (temple) of the Lord, which the Romans had destroyed by fire, would be re-established in Jerusalem to become “a house of prayer for all people” (Micah 4:14 & Isaiah 56:7). A necessary preliminary to this would be the regathering of Jews into the land from which they had been evicted.

“Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations… He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock” (Jeremiah 31:10)

God said,

“I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel” (Ezekiel 34.13)

As we have seen, the nation is likened by God to sheep, and His assurance is that He will

“cause the evil beasts (their enemies who prey upon them to devour them) to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely… And they shall no more be a prey to the nations… but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid” (Ezekiel 34.2528)

Thus, “Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation” (Isaiah 45.17)

TODAY AND TOMORROW

Events throughout Israel’s long history have happened exactly in accordance with Bible prophecy concerning them. Whilst most of their enemies have vanished off the scene, Israel, despite constant persecution, has survived. The reason is clear.

“I am with thee, saith the Lord, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished” (Jeremiah 30.11)

Today we are privileged to be able to see the beginnings of the process of salvation for Israel.

The word “miracle” has been freely applied by men to the achievements of Israel. With our knowledge of God’s purpose revealed in the Bible, we can be confident that the miracles are the work of God, both in the preservation of His people and in the outworking of His purpose with them. That purpose is to re-create the kingdom of God in the earth. This kingdom previously existed in the territory of modern-day Israel, Lebanon and Syria, with the nation of Israel being its subjects. This can be seen from many references in the Old Testament. For example, when Solomon was crowned as king of Israel, it is recorded that he “sat on the throne of the Lord” (1 Chronicles 29.23).

Having been chosen by God, he was “to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel” (1 Chronicles 28.5).

The gospel preached by Jesus is often referred to as “the gospel of the kingdom of God” (eg. Mark 1.14). This gospel is good news about the restoration of the kingdom of God in Israel when Jerusalem shall be called “the throne of the Lord” (Jeremiah 3.17). It is from Jerusalem that the law of God will again go forth, this time for the blessing of all nations, bringing a time of world-wide peace for all who submit (see Micah 4.14). At that time Jesus, who was crucified because he claimed to be “the king of the Jews”, will truly be “king over all the earth” (Zechariah 14.9). The return of Jesus to the earth to accomplish these wonderful things constitutes the burden of the preaching of the apostles, as can easily be verified by the numerous recitals of this fact throughout the New Testament. He will come again and “his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east” Zechariah 14.4

In his last message in the Bible, Jesus made it clear beyond doubt, by saying, “Surely, I come quickly” – that is, suddenly (Revelation 22.20).

Jesus’ closest disciples were privileged to accompany him to the mount of Olives at the time he ascended to heaven. They had been with their resurrected Lord for forty days “speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God”. After such concentration on this subject, the one thing that was uppermost in their minds was,

“Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?”

They had no illusions, after these wonderful conversations with Jesus, that the coming kingdom of God will be the restoration of the kingdom which previously existed in Israel. Although that was not the time, they had angelic assurance that

“this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1.111)

THE SIGN OF ISRAEL

The return of many Jews to their homeland and the establishment of the State of Israel is a certain sign that the prophetic events we have been describing are sure to happen. The preservation of the Jews throughout the centuries, and their outstanding achievements since the establishment of their State, constitute clear evidence of the hand of God in their affairs.

Christadelphians have been convinced of the truth of these matters since their inception in the early 19th century. They have never turned from proclaiming these things to be the kernel of the gospel. These are matters which affect the personal salvation of each of us for, like the apostle Paul, they recognise that the hope of a true Christian is “the hope of Israel” (Acts 28.20).

We invite you to hear more of these exciting events which will culminate in “the earth being filled with the glory of the Lord” (Numbers 14.21).

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Preparing for war – Russia’s new weapons
The nations are preparing for the great conflict of the latter days

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Hello and welcome to another Bible in the news. This week we review Russia’s scary new weapons which will be ready for use in the next two years. The nations are indeed preparing for the great conflict of the latter days as we would expect from Bible prophecy. This is Matt Davies joining you.

A 3000 year old prophecy

In the Bible, in the book of Joel chapter 3, we read of a remarkable prophecy of our time. We know this because in the first verse, God, through the prophet declares:

“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem…” Joel 3:1

It is thought that Joel was written around 900 years before Christ. We have seen God’s hand at work fulfilling this prophecy in recent years, 3000 years later. The Jewish people, who despite being scattered from their homeland by the Romans nearly 2000 years ago, retained their cultural identity and in recent times have been regathered to their land. They declared the independence of the state of Israel in 1948, 60 years ago. They obtained control of Jerusalem after the ‘Six Day’ war in 1967.

Joel chapter 3 is a prophecy for our days then – in the time when God has indeed brought again the captivity of the people of Judah and Jerusalem back from their wandering.

The next verse explains Gods intention for this regathered people:

“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat (God’s judgment), and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” Joel 3:2

So God is going to bring the nations against Israel. This seems counterproductive. Why would God restore Israel in order to then bring the nations against them? The answer is in the verse. He will “plead with them” for His people and His heritage, Israel.

The people of Israel are set to become the center of an international controversy. They will be attacked by the nations but then God will act in defense of His people.

The grand point to this is recorded later in the chapter:

“The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.” Joel 3:16-17

These things then that have been revealed to any who wish to understand the Creators purpose. He will use this coming conflict in order that people will know Him. Clearly this indicates that Israel do not currently know Him. In that day the world will know Him and He will dwell in Jerusalem which will become the capital city of the Kingdom of God on earth. At this time Jesus and His faithful followers will be “kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth”. (Rev 5:10)

This is ultimately where the world is heading and this is God’s great purpose.

Prepare war

It is interesting to consider that in the middle of the prophecy of Joel chapter 3 we read:
“Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.” Joel 3:9-10

So we can expect, after the regathering of the people of Israel, a preparation for war that involves resources being spent on developing weaponry.

In the companion prophecy of Ezekiel 38, we read of the principal nations involved in the coming conflict. The main leader of the attack, we are told, is Gog who is the prince of Rosh. Rosh is an ancient name for the people of the Rus, who we now call the Russians.

We would expect therefore to see them leading the way in the preparation for war in the latter days.

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Avangard – Russia’s hypersonic weapon
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This week in the news we have once again read of Russias preparations for war.

CNBC reported on the 24th May that “Russia quietly conducted the world’s longest surface-to-air missile test”. The report stated that:

“Russia quietly conducted the world’s longest surface-to-air missile test, according to sources with direct knowledge of U.S. intelligence concerning the weapons program. The S-500 surface-to-air missile system successfully struck a target 299 miles away, which the U.S. assessed is 50 miles further than any known test, said the sources, who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity… The latest revelation comes one week after CNBC learned that multiple U.S. intelligence reports assess that Russia will be capable of fielding a hypersonic glide vehicle called Avangard, a weapon that no country can defend against, by 2020. The hypersonic weapon is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, is designed to sit atop an intercontinental ballistic missile. Once launched, it uses aerodynamic forces to sail on top of the atmosphere.”

Sarmat missile prototype arriving for testing on a train.
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The Avangard hypersonic weapon is supposed to move at 20 times the speed of sound – so fast that it would be impossible to stop. It can carry nuclear warheads and according to reports, there is no known defense against it.

On the 19th of May Russia Today ran an article entitled “New ICBM in 2020, hypersonic glider in 2019: Putin outlines nuclear deployment plans.” ICBM stands for ‘intercontinental ballistic missile’. In the report it stated:
“The Sarmat is Russia’s future silo-based intercontinental ballistic missile, which will replace the ageing Voyevoda ICBMs. The new weapon is said to have extended range, which allows such missiles to reach US territory from the south, where they cannot be stopped by anti-ballistic interceptors deployed in Alaska. The Avangard is a nuclear warhead, which can glide through the atmosphere at hypersonic speeds that make it virtually impossible to intercept with modern and near-future technologies. The Sarmat is expected to carry Avangard gliders. Both weapon systems were showcased by Putin in March during a key policy speech. He said they and several other weapons currently in development in Russia make American ABM systems incapable of reducing Russian nuclear deterrence in the foreseeable future. He said this means that Washington’s decades-old effort to tip the strategic balance with Russia in America’s favor has failed.”

The new Sarmat missile has been nicknamed “Satan 2”. These new weapons which have been in this weeks news are two of six which Putin had announced back on March 1st in his “state-of-nation address.”

Putin’s state of the nation address from March 1st 2018
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Other weapons he boasted of were a nuclear-armed underwater drone, hypersonic cruise missiles and lasers and a nuclear-powered cruise missile with unlimited range. ITV ran a report on the speech and entitled it “
‘You listen to us now’: Putin boasts of Russia’s new ‘invulnerable’ nuclear weapons.”

We can indeed see the signs of the ramping up of efforts to be ready for war with Russia leading the world now with its superior weaponry.

The Coming Kingdom

In Joel we read of the preparation for war and that men would “Beat their plowshares into swords, and their pruninghooks into spears.” In a complete reversal of the prophecy of the preparation to war we read of the following in Micah which speaks of the aftermath of the conflict:

“And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any moreBut they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it”. Micah 4:3-4

What a time to look forward to. A time of peace and of righteousness in the coming Kingdom of God. As we see the signs of the coming conflict unwittingly being set in motion by the powers of men, let us never forget that it is God, the creator of the heavens and the earth who is in control of these things and who has a purpose which He will fulfil.

Therefore we watch and wait for Christ’s return knowing that it is our lot to wait patiently as God calls out of the Gentiles a people for His name (Act 15:14) who will be part of that coming Kingdom.

In the Psalms we read these words:

“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” Psalm 37:7

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