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Tarshish, Brexit and the ‘Chequers’ plan
The latest plans to keep Britain attached to the EU are floundering

September 28, 2018 – Audio, 14.29 MIN
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Brexit is set to happen on the 29th March 2019 but there are frantic attempts to keep some sort of deal in place with the EU. Scared by the unknowns of a world outside of the EU some in the British leadership are doing all they can to keep as attached as possible to Europe.

The scriptures of truth have outlined the destiny of Britain in the latter days and it is not part of the political or close economic union that the EU demands. The separation cannot be stopped.

Hello this is Matt Davies joining you for another Bible in the News.

Ezekiel 38

In the prophecy of Ezekiel 38 and 39 that God compelled his prophet, Ezekiel, to pen almost 2600 years ago, we read of the state of the world of our day. The prophecy has to do with the time when the Jews have returned to their land after a period of dispersion (v8 and v12). This time period can be said to of begone from 1948 onwards – after the state of Israel was declared and the Jews began consistently returning.

Two power blocks of nations are listed. One block antagonistic to Israel in verses 1-6 and one block seemingly sympathetic to Israel in v13.

The prophecy speaks of a great invasion of Israel before God finally acts. When harmonised with other prophecies it can be seen that this great crisis heralds the return of Jesus to the earth.

Antagonistic Nations

In the antagonistic block of nations, we have listed the names of the ancient peoples of Europe along with North African and Far Eastern peoples.

Of particular note is the nation called “Gomer” and one called “Magog”.

The ancient historian Josephus, who lived about 600 years after Ezekiel, placed Gomer and the “Gomerites” in the area of Western Galatia. He wrote: “For Gomer founded those whom the Greeks now call Galatians, but were then called Gomerites.”

It’s interesting to note that in the Greek the name “Galatia” refers to the area of Gaul. Diodorus Siculus records how this came about when speaking about an ancient leader called Galates:

“Becoming renowned for his bravery he (Galates) called his subjects Galatae or Gauls after himself, and these, in turn, gave their name to all of Galatea or Gaul” Diodorus Siculus (approx 50AD).

We know from history that Gaul was a region of Western Europe during the Iron Age and before. It encompassed present-day France, Luxembourg, Belgium, most of Switzerland, Northern Italy, as well as the parts of the Netherlands and Germany on the west bank of the Rhine.

This area clearly relates then to Western Europe.

The other nation to note is that of ‘Magog’ mentioned in Ezekiel 38:2 and 39:6. Again, the Jewish historian Josephus writes the following about this nation:
“Magog founded those that from him were named Magogites, but who are by the Greeks called Scythians.” (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, Book 1:6:1, c. 94 AD).

But where was Sythia? The Greek historian Herodotus lists eight rivers which went through Sythia – all of these rivers are in Eastern Europe. They stretch from the river “Ister” (the modern-day river ‘Danube’ which originates in Germany) to the river “Tanais” (the modern-day river ‘Don’ in Russia). See Herodotus, Histories, Book 4:46-47, c. 400 BC).

“Magog” then is the territory covering modern-day Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine and even parts of Western Russia. This is a description of Western Europe.

Combining the mention of the peoples of Gomer and Magog then we pretty much have the whole of the peoples of the EU.

Sympathetic Nations

The sympathetic nations of Ezekiel 38 are termed Tarshish, Shebah and Dedan.

Shebah and Dedan are ancient names for the peoples living in the Arab Gulf.

The identification of Britain and the Biblical nation of Tarshish has been made on Bible In The News many times in recent years.

As a short summery consider the following which connects Britain with Tarshish:

1. Its people are descended from Japheth who emigrated across western Europe & is an island or coastal power. Gen 10:4-5
2. It was well known as a maritime power. 2 Chron 9:21 Psalm 48:7 Isaiah 2:16, 23:1, 60:9, Ezekiel 27:25
3. In ancient times, especially around 900-600BC it traded in global markets and particularly traded in the East. 2 Chron 9:20-21
4. It is located to the far west of Israel. Jonah 1:3
5. At the time of Ezekiel (600BC) it was a source of silver, iron, tin and lead & traded with the ancient Phoenicians of Tyre. Ezekiel 27:12
6. After the Phoenician city of Tyre was destroyed (around 300BC) Tarshish was to replace Tyre as the worlds trading power. Isaiah 23:6
7. It is a colonial power, having political offspring. Ezekiel 38:13

The only modern power that fits these characteristics is the British power.

Brexit and prophecy

Based on the above conclusions we can, therefore, see why it is that Brexit has occurred. As the European Union pools it’s sovereignty and pushes for ever closer union God has determined another destiny for Britain. A separation has to occur.

We are witnessing the detachment of the Tarshish power from the powers of Gomer and Magog.

In Ezekiel 38 it would appear that the “Merchants of Tarshish” are trading with Shebah and Dedan when the antagonistic nations attack Israel. This would lead us to conclude that the Tarshish power’s main economic ties are not with the European countries but with the Gulf. We can, therefore, expect a more focused effort by Britain into this region therefore in the post-Brexit world.

We can also expect a dramatic unshackling from the EU to enable this.

The latest Brexit complications

A telling picture taken at the EU summit where
Mrs May presented her ‘Chequers’ plan
(Source: The Guardian)

The government of the UK have recently put together a blueprint for negotiating a deal for Brexit with the EU. Prime Minister May had sort to get her cabinet behind this plan at her country residence called “Chequers”. At this place, she held a marathon 12-hour cabinet meeting back in July.

Shortly after, the Brexit secretary, David Davis and the famous, Boris Johnson resigned due to it being too aligned to the EU and compromising the UK’s sovereignty.

Prime Minister May then took the Chequers Deal to EU leaders at an informal EU meeting in Salzburg, Austria. It was rejected.

On the 21st of September, Mrs May made a Statement stating the EU must treat the UK with more “respect” in Brexit negotiations.

The BBC reported that “Theresa May has warned that the Brexit negotiations are at an impasse and there will be no progress until the EU treats her proposals seriously. She has accused EU leaders of showing the UK a lack of respect after they rebuffed her Chequers plan at the Salzburg summit without, she said, any alternative or explanation.”  

There are likely to be two more formal EU summits in the remainder of the year – one in October and one in November where it is thought a deal could be brokered.

The Conservative Party is having a conference this weekend where this will be a huge topic of debate. The Guardian ran an article on the 29th September entitled “May under microscope as EU searches for signs of Brexit cooperation”

But, even if a final deal is confirmed, it then needs to be drafted and put to the European Council. If it passed that it then would need to have approval from 20 countries before it can be ratified. In the UK the UK Parliament also needs to confirm they would be happy with any deal. The complexity of this makes it seem unlikely a deal will be able to be made.

If this is the case then in January 2019 huge political upheavals could take place with MPs debating what then to do. They could proceed with leaving the EU without a deal or seek to delay things further until one is reached.

Already movements are afoot though for a clean break. On the 11th of September the BBC reported:
“A group of Tory MPs has endorsed a plan for a “clean break” from the European Union (EU), with the UK defaulting to World Trade Organization (WTO) rules when it leaves the EU. The proposals are contained in a report by the pressure group Economists for Free Trade (EFT).” 

Wouldn’t it be interesting in the light of Bible prophecy, if this gained more popular and widespread support in the coming months?

God’s purpose for Tarshish

In these things we remember the words of the Bible “the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will” Daniel 4:17.

God has set out a purpose for Tarshish. It is not attached to the European powers in the great war of Ezekiel 38 which sees Christ’s return to defend Israel and establish God’s Kingdom on the earth.

It is at that point in “the latter days” that we read in Isaiah 2:3 “for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.”

Psalm 72 is a prophetic Psalm about the Kingdom of God when Jesus Christ will be ruling on the earth. In verse 10 we read: “The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.”

This is the destiny of Tarshish. To become subject to Jesus Christ in the time of the Kingdom.

In Isaiah 60, a prophecy about Israel in the future, we read how that the Tarshish nations brings a gift to Christ, the Holy One of Israel:

“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

Tarshish will be humbled and brings its wealth to Christ in that day. It will help to bring the sons of Israel, the Jews, back to their homeland in obeisance to Christ.

These things have been prophesied and so will happen. Therefore as we watch world events let us consider this great purpose God has for this people of Tarshish. It is to this end that they are unwittingly being prepared.

This has been Matt Davies joining you. Stop by again next week, God Willing for another Bible in the News.

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Out Today – Don Pearce’s Milestones Bible Magazine article for Summer 2018

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Every 4 months Don writes a Milestones article for the BibleMagazine – in the following months we provide the article free of charge. here is the latest….

Bible Magazine Summer 2018 (Downloadable .pdf)

Bible Magazine Summer 2018

[Blue text = my highlight. Don.] 27-06-18

Bible Magazine Summer 2018

As the night of Gentile domination comes closer to its end with the dawning of the new millennial day which will see the elevation of Israel as God’s righteous people, acknowledging the Lord Jesus as their Messiah, so the world political picture glows with greater clarity.

The times of the Gentiles will end with the greatest of earthquakes. The existing political ‘heavens and earth’ are to be removed to be replaced by God’s Son and a multitude of redeemed ones who will wrest control from the powers that be, to bring about the Kingdom of God on earth, long foretold by the prophets of old.

Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. Amos 3:7

It is so exciting, yet sobering, to see so many of the prophetic pictures growing clearer as this time rapidly approaches. In a world of apparent time and chance, Bible watchers can discern the amazing power of God, to see into the future, so that the many pictures conveyed through the prophets will turn out all to be correctly foreseen. God’s angels have always worked down through the ages bringing to bear influences which will ensure that a particular leader will act as he does, thereby moving forward God’s purpose.

Sennacherib, King of Assyria was a prime example.

O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.

I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.

Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.

For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man:

And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathereth eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.

Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood. Isa 10:5-7,12-15

What the Prophets have Foretold

When we pull together all the pictures painted through the prophets the details are quite amazing.

  • Nebuchadnezzar’s Image stands united in the latter days upon it iron/clay feet. Dan. 2
  • Powers from the north with many companions unite to come against Israel, who have returned to their former land. Eze. 38
  • The King of the North comes with many ships against Israel and Egypt. Dan. 11
  • Israel dwelling securely and prosperously. Eze. 38
  • Yet has neighbours who are pricking briers and grievous thorns. Eze. 28
  • Israel having a friendly group supporting her – Sheba, Dedan, the Merchants of Tarshish and her young lions. Eze. 38
  • A Dagon, Beast and False Prophet Powers Rev. 16
  • A latter-day Tyre power reviving after a 70-year hiatus to become a world trading power, who ultimately will be used to serve the God of Israel. Isa. 23
  • The reflourishing of the Babylon Tree after 2520 years. Dan. 4

Many more prophecies fill in the details.

So many of these pictures have appeared in deeper clarity in the past months and years, as one-by-one the angels ensure that the ambitions of men are directed to move forward God’s Purpose with Israel. The time of trouble such as never was before (Dan 12) is about to work it transforming power on Israel’s heart as they learn not to trust in their own arm, but God’s.

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. Isa .10:20

This amazing prophecy which tells us of Israel putting her trust in the power that eventually smites her is a clear reference to her friendship with Russia! A remarkable fact, for Russia has long been anti-Semitic, but through the Divine outworking, the influence that one of the other three families who shared the same floor in the block of flats where young Mr Putin was brought up, had a permanent effect. A kind, religious, Jewish family in Soviet Russia extended their friendship to the young lad. He has never forgotten their kindness. Yet who was to know that this boy was the future president of Russia? Well, we can be sure the angels knew that! Also ensuring that a school teacher who had a strong influence upon him was also Jewish. Many years later when visiting Israel (she had emigrated there on retirement), he looked her up and bought her a flat as she was in difficult circumstances.

Sheba, and Dedan, and the Merchants of Tarshish, with all the Young Lions thereof

As always there is so much material to look at, but we want in this issue to concentrate on the Middle East and see how in so many ways the little verse in Ezekiel 38 is coming to pass.

Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? Eze 38:13

We dealt with the locations of the Biblical three Shebas and two Dedans (Gen. 10:8,28; 25:3) in the current Milestones 2017. To briefly summarise: The Hamitic Dedan moved to Bahrain and spread southwards along the Persian Gulf. The Hamitic Sheba moved to the area of Yemen today. Shem’s gt, gt, grandson Joktan gave his name to Jectan in Saudi Arabia. His 13 children were powerful, and his son Sheba took over the territory of the Hamitic Sheba in today’s Yemen. A powerful spice kingdom, they became spice traders. Much later we come to Abraham’s son by Keturah, Jokshan, whose sons were Sheba and Dedan. It would appear that this Sheba was drawn to his relatives in the Yemen area! Dedan lived in northern Saudi Arabia. Excavations at Al Ula confirm that this was ancient Dedan. Ezekiel 25:13 also confirms that it was close to Teman.

Sheba and Dedan point us to the Arab nations living in the Gulf region, foremost being Saudi Arabia. Interestingly they are Sunni Moslems as opposed to the Shiites of Iran and Iraq. The picture in Ezekiel 38 clearly points to this group of nations being opposed to Gog’s invasion of Israel. True they are powerless to make more than a protest, yet how remarkable is this picture of Arab nations supporting Israel! It would seem preposterous 20, 30 years ago, yet how the situation has changed, and this is indeed the reality.

Yemen—TIme for Change

As this update was being prepared, there seems to be a move in the situation in Yemen. This is Sheba territory, but it has been partially under the control of the Houthi rebels who are backed by Iran. They have been firing Iranian missiles from their bases in Yemen into the Saudi capital Riyadh. There has been a Saudi backed effort to drive the rebel out, but this battle has been raging for over 3 years, with small success. A change of tactic was signalled when Saudi and Abu Dhabi formed a new Council.

New Saudi-UAE Pact Backed by US Launches Hudaydah Offensive

Two oil-rich Gulf Arab rulers, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, quietly made history on June 6, when they forged a new pact in Jeddah, cheered on by the Trump administration. The first practical outcome of their new pact, dubbed the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council, came about on June 13 when they launched a major offensive to wrest the important Yemen port of Hudaydah from Houthi rebels. Their new pact has broad ramifications which transcend the Yemen war. In a trice, it reduced the traditional Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to insignificance. Debka 15-Jun-18

At the time of writing the Saudi-led forces have seized control of the airport, but driving the Houthi out of the port area is proving very difficult. If they succeed, then this will cut off their main supply route and hopefully bring them to the negotiating table. The humanitarian crisis is extreme, but aid ships are being unloaded even as the battle for the port rages. If the Saudis can gain control, then this will make aid distribution much easier.

Jordan—a Quiet Affair

Israel’s PM, Mr Netanyahu made a secret visit to Jordan to patch up relations following two deaths last year at a shooting at the Israel Embassy in Jordan.

Israel handles its relations with the Arab world in the shadows, like a forbidden romance.

On Monday, King Abdullah of Jordan hosted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Amman. The meeting included many participants. Abdullah and Netanyahu addressed several issues and even signed a general agreement of some kind.

Nevertheless, the Jordan royal house did not publicize the event. Unusually, the official photographer did not post any pictures on Facebook. Even the Jordanian press release characterized the meeting as a negative thing that had to be completed as quickly as possible, stating: “Prime Minister Netanyahu left Jordan after a short visit.”

“Short” is apparently a relative term. The meeting included discussions of matters existential to Jordan and very important to Israel. Mossad head Yossi Cohen, Netanyahu’s economic adviser Avi Simhon, military attaché Brig. Gen. Eliezer Toledano, and other advisers were part of the prime minister’s team. Cohen’s Jordanian counterpart, Adnan Jundi, was also there, as was Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, and many others of the king’s advisers. When a group like this meets, it is obvious that they are talking business, not merely making conversation.

The two leaders discussed Syrian President Bashar Assad’s likely return to the Syrian Golan Heights, a development that could send another wave of refugees into Jordan and the Golan – to Israel’s dismay – into the hands of Iranian militias. Abdullah and Netanyahu coordinated on the “deal of the century,” which advisers to U.S. President Donald Trump are once again here to promote. They agreed that Jordan would retain its position of responsibility for the Temple Mount. If the king is a “mentsch” (a good guy), and people say he is, he would also have thanked Netanyahu for Israel’s special help recently on a matter that is still under a censorship blackout.

Jordan is mired in a deep economic crisis. The two leaders agreed that Israel would lift a few restraints that have made it difficult for Jordan to sell produce in Judea and Samaria. This is not the only recent contribution to Jordan’s economy, either: Two weeks ago, Saudi Arabia announced it would provide $2 billion in aid to the Jordanians. Rumor has it that Israel had a hand in that deal.

It is clear that after a brief attempt to move closer to the Syrian-Iranian axis, Abdullah has come back to the Sunni side these past few weeks. Israel has a common denominator with Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf states, all staunch opponents of Iran. These are the deep currents flowing underneath the first meeting between the two leaders in four years.

But very little can be said about everything that went on behind the scenes. That’s how it is when lovers meet in secret. israelhayom.com 22-Jun-18

Bahrain Will Be First Gulf State to Form Ties With Israel’

This was an off-the-record statement by a Bahrainian (ancient Dedan) Minister that they would soon be recognising officially the State of Israel!

On the verge of a breakthrough? Israel and Bahrain appear to be getting closer than ever.

Ahead of an extraordinary official visit by an Israeli delegation to Bahrain later this month, an official from the Kingdom told i24NEWS that Bahrain will be the Gulf state to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.

“Bahrain does not view Israel as an Enemy.”

The wealthy Gulf monarchy shares with Israel a deep resentment towards Iran. i24News 20-Jun-18

Reports: Israel-Saudi Strategic Axis Taking Shape

Israel and Saudi Arabia have moved to tighten military and security cooperation in an effort to counter Iran’s expanding presence in the Middle East.

In November, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, in an interview with the Saudi news site Elaph, said “I participated in a meeting of chiefs of staff in Washington and when I heard what the Saudi representative said, I found that he fully matched what I think about Iran and the need to deal with it in the region and the need to stop its expansion program.” “There is an opportunity with President Trump to form a new international coalition in the region, a large and comprehensive strategic plan must be implemented to stop the Iranian threat.”

Eisenkot also said Israel “is ready to share information if necessary,” with the Saudis “and there are many common interests we have in common with them.”

Several reports also noted that Israeli and Saudi officials have held face-to-face meetings, though neither side disclosed the topics discussed. Geostrategy Direct 09-Jan-18

As we reported in the last issue, Israeli leaders met with Saudi officials during a March visit to Egypt by Crown Prince bin Salman, who was on his way to the UK.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with senior Israeli officials during his visit to Egypt this week.

The report said the meeting focused on the normalization of ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia and included Saudi Arabia’s commitment to the “deal of the century,” the Middle East peace plan being devised by U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration.

Within that framework, Israel would take part in the unprecedented real estate venture [NEOM] being sponsored by the Saudis in the Gulf of Aqaba. Israel Hayom 07-Mar-18

Driving Force for Regional Change

Sunday marked the first time women in Saudi Arabia were officially allowed to drive. The decision was taken by Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, often called MBS, as part of his move to bring parts of Saudi society up to date with the modern world.

The ripples from these changes can be felt far from Riyadh. It is no secret that Israel and the Saudis, faced by the common enemy of the Shi’ite Islamic Republic of Iran, are increasingly seen as being on the same side. Apart from the nuclear specter, Saudi Arabia has suffered from Iranian-sponsored rocket attacks from Yemen. There is obviously more contact between the Jewish state and the Sunni kingdom, albeit not in the open. Although Israelis cannot travel to Saudi Arabia, the inauguration in March of direct Air India flights to Israel through Saudi airspace should not be underestimated in showing improved Israeli-Saudi relations.

The ramifications for the latest Israel-Palestinian peace plans also need to be considered, especially in light of the visit this week by Jason Greenblatt and Jared Kushner on behalf of US President Donald Trump, who is keen to make the “Deal of the Century.” Saudi Arabia can put pressure on the Palestinians and the kingdom is currently more concerned with the Iranian threat and aggrandizement than it is with Palestinian posturing.

MBS’s modernization measures therefore, even if limited, could be a driving force for regional change. Jerusalem Post 25-Jun-18

The Merchants of Tarshish Trading in the Middle East

We have long seen Britain in the role of the latter-day Tarshish power; a trading nation working in the Middle East and with Israel. With Brexit rapidly approaching, Britain is building up her links with this region. It was significant that Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s first major trip was to Britain. The ties between the two countries go back a long way and both are monarchies. Britain has many skills that he needs for his ambitious NEOM project. Trade between the two countries is growing and both sides are looking to expand it much further.

With its ambitious “Vision 2030” development plans, the UK government sees Saudi Arabia as an increasingly significant potential consumer of British goods and services. It also sees it as a potential investor, as Britain prepares to leave the EU. In 2016, bilateral trade in goods and services with Saudi Arabia were worth nearly £9bn, and some 30,000 Brits live and work in Saudi Arabia. After the visit of MBS to London in March 2018 a joint communique agreed “public procurement with UK companies in Vision 2030 priority areas, including: education, training and skills; financial and investment services; culture and entertainment; healthcare services and life sciences; technology and renewable energy; and the defence industry.” BICOM (Britain Israel Communication & Research Centre) 15-Jun-18

Gulf Base Assures Britain a Key Naval Presence Following Brexit

Britain has made good on her promise to rebuild her military ties with the Middle East. “East of Suez” re-entered the military vocabulary. With the official opening this April of a new naval base in Bahrain—ancient Dedan—Britain has re-established a naval presence in the region.

Britain’s ability to maintain a global military presence post-Brexit has been greatly enhanced by the opening of the Royal Navy’s permanent base in the Gulf, according to one of the UK’s most senior officers.

At a time when Iran continues to pose a serious threat to the security of the oil-rich Gulf region, the HMS Juffair base at the Bahraini port of Mina Salman will enable Britain to play its part in keeping the region’s vital sea lanes open.

The £40 million base – paid for mainly by the Bahraini government – will allow the Navy to maintain a permanent presence in the region, without having to return warships to Britain every six months for routine maintenance.

The base can also be used by other British forces, such as the Army and Special Forces, to conduct operations throughout the region, including in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Gen Sir Christopher Deverell, the commander of Britain’s Joint Forces Command, said the official opening of the base yesterday, where the Duke of York was the guest of honour, was an important step towards the development of “a global Britain”.

He said the establishment of Britain’s first permanent military base in the Gulf since the early Seventies would allow the UK to play an increased role in regional security. Daily Telegraph 07-Apr-18

The Merchants of Tarshish co-operating with Israel

As I write, Price William has landed in Israel to mark the first official visit since the State of Israel was established 70 years ago! He had spent the previous day visiting Jordan and is due to visit Ramallah. Why now, after 70 years of not visiting Israel? Britain had strong interests in Arab countries in the past and was loathe to cause upset. With the changed situation in the Middle East’s relationship with Israel, this no longer applies, Israel is no longer seen as the great enemy, but as a friend to cultivate, driven by the Arab saying, ‘mine enemy’s enemy is my friend’! Who would have thought that Iran’s aggression would have brought Jews and Arabs together?

Also, under Conservative governments there has been a much greater friendliness to Israel, Mrs May is particularly liked by Israel.

Over the past several years, the close but often complicated relations between Israel and the United Kingdom have grown much closer. Experts point to rising trade figures, stronger economic ties, increasingly transparent military cooperation and even the hope of a creeping shift in Britain’s voting patterns in international institutions. Among the factors contributing to the new trends, according to experts, are Britain’s planned withdrawal from the European Union, the shift in international focus in the Middle East from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the global war on terror, and the return to power of the Conservative Party, considered friendlier to Israel than the Labour Party. Haaretz 03-Jun-18

The visit to Haifa last November of the HMS Ocean was a further step in the UK’s changing attitude. In July 2017 there had been a 3-day joint sea search and rescue exercise between the IAF helicopter squadron and the Royal Navy squadron based in Cyprus.

Prince William Hails Israel-UK Ties “Which Have Never Been Stronger”

Ending a full day in Israel, the Duke of Cambridge, speaking at a reception in the British ambassador’s residence, praised UK-Israel cooperation “in the economy, in science and in security … two open societies that thrive on innovation, diversity, talent and excellence.” Debka 26-Jun-18

In recent years Britain has made Israel a key market—there is a lot of synergy between the two countries. Israel is very good at developing ground breaking ideas, Britain is very good at turning ideas into a marketable product. This used to be America’s exclusive field, but with changed relations under President Obama, many Israelis saw that Britain had advantages. It was a much shorter flight to visit and time-zone-wise only 2 hours difference, instead of California’s Silicon Valley being 10 hours behind. It also gave them easy access to the EU markets.

UK Israel Tech Hub Celebrates 175 Partnerships, 54 Deals

The UK Israel Tech Hub was set up in by the UK government in October 2011 to bring together British and Israeli companies to develop technological innovation and business growth. It is based in the UK Embassy in Tel Aviv. According to its Impact Report, just published, it has led to 175 tech partnerships and 54 deals worth a cumulative £85 million.

The hub enables British companies to access Israel’s world-leading innovations in areas including artificial intelligence, chatbots, blockchain and Internet of Things and in projects such as smart cities and smart industries. At the same time, the hub has helped Israeli companies go global.

The potential UK economic impact of the UK-Israel innovation partnerships established through the hub since 2011 is £800 million, according to the June 2018 report.

The hub focuses on sectors such as retail, insure-tech, cyber, healthcare, mobility, smart cities, ed-tech, and Arab-led technology.

More than 150 UK companies and 490 Israeli companies engaged in hub activities during 2016-2017.

“We are pleased to see more and more UK companies tackling their innovation challenges and creating long term partnerships meant to incorporate Israeli innovation into their businesses and create sustainable value for them,” said Ayelet Mavor, director of the UK Israel Tech Hub. “RBS, HSBC as well as organizations such as the NHS are paving the way for their UK peers to work with innovators and create real win-win partnerships.” Israel21c 25-Jun-18

Brexit Spurs UK to seek Trade Agreement with Israel

Trade has been steadily increasing between the two countries, but Brexit has moved it up a gear.

In a move that Foreign Ministry officials say, “cannot be taken for granted,” the United Kingdom included Israel as one of 10 countries with which it seeks to sign new bilateral free trade agreements. A joint working group has already been established toward that end. Britain must take a strategic view of the region ahead of Brexit, and Israel has been tagged as one of the preferred countries in the first phase, Israeli foreign policy officials told Haaretz last week. “Despite Israel’s small economic size, in global terms, they also looked at the contribution to the European research and development program and the field of innovation,” one official said.

According to the British Embassy in Israel, bilateral trade of goods reached a record $9.1 billion in 2017 (up from $7.2 billion in 2016). For trade in services, the latest figures available are from 2015 – $1.6 billion. Britain is the second largest market for Israeli exports, after the United States.

Since the 2016 Brexit referendum, there have been signs of increased Israeli business interest in Britain: In the 12 months following the referendum (June 2016 to June 2017), 32 Israeli companies set up shop in the United Kingdom, compared with 25 companies between June 2015 and June 2016. Between July 2017 and March 2018, an additional 20 or so Israeli companies established bases in Britain.

In the year after the referendum, Israeli investment in the United Kingdom rose to 154 million pounds sterling ($205.5 million), from 114 million pounds, an increase of 33 percent. By March of this year, Israeli foreign direct investment since the referendum amounted to 400 million pounds. In addition, Israeli investors have injected over 400 million pounds into infrastructure projects in Britain in the past four years.

In the last two years, a growing number of high-tech partnerships were established, including a program incorporating Israeli digital health technology into Britain’s National Health Service. Last year a project was launched, with an initial budget of 5 million pounds, for joint research into medical conditions affecting the elderly and technologies and precision medicine for older populations. Haaretz 03-Jun-18

“And all their young lions” NKJV

This is a phrase in Ezekiel 38:13 that is a puzzle to commentators. By rightly understanding who the Merchants of Tarshish are, we see what a wonderful phrase it is and so apt! Britain has a Commonwealth of countries, many of them former possessions, who are now independent, but look to Britain as the “mother country”. Hence the cartoonists picture of Britain as an old lion, surrounded by her young lions. Although Britain is regarded as one country, the United Kingdom is just that, four countries, England Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland united as one. All merchant, trading countries, hence the Merchants of Tarshish. The Young Lions are spread around the globe, the foremost of whom are the United States, Australia, Canada, India and New Zealand. Countries which are friendly to Israel and trade with the Sheba-Dedan countries. A quite remarkable grouping of nations. No other power matches these maritime, trading countries. As we saw in the last update, this year was the occasion of the 4-yearly Commonwealth Games, which were held in April in Australia; in 2022 they are due to be held in Birmingham in the UK.

Every four years the Commonwealth Heads of Government meet to exchange ideas and boost their trade with fellow members. This year it was held in London 16-20th April and attended by the leaders of the 53 member countries, the biggest such meeting held in the UK. This year’s theme was “Towards a Common Future”.

One of the important decisions was the agreement that Prince Charles would succeed the Queen in due course as Head of the Commonwealth. The Queen has done a wonderful job of holding the Commonwealth together. In preparation, I believe, for Brexit when Britain’s trade will inevitably shift from Europe to a global reach. The Prime Minster May, paid tribute to the Queen’s role in her opening speech.

Finally, on behalf of all of you assembled here in Buckingham Palace, I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to Your Majesty, Head of the Commonwealth.

This week you have opened your homes to us – here in London and in Windsor. Over many years you have been the Commonwealth’s most steadfast and fervent champion.

You have been true to the deepest values of the Commonwealth – that the voice of the smallest member country is worth precisely as much as that of the largest; that the wealthiest and the most vulnerable stand shoulder to shoulder.

You have seen us through some of our most serious challenges.

And we commit to sustaining this Commonwealth, which you have so carefully nurtured.

For your service, for your dedication, for your constancy – we thank you. Gov.uk 19-Mar-18

The Foremost Young Lion’s Links to Britain and Israel

The United States was the first of the Empire nations to gain her independence, in 1776, long before the others gained theirs between 1901 (Australia) to 1984 (Brunei). Although not a member of the Commonwealth, she is the oldest of the young lions. Interestingly there are moves to invite her to join the Commonwealth, and in anticipation of this, the Royal Commonwealth Society opened a branch in Mississippi in September 2017.

Explaining the decision to create a US branch, a spokesman for the Royal Commonwealth Society played up the countries’ shared values.

“The fraternal links between the UK and the USA are strong and well-established, beyond our language, common legal systems and common interests,” the spokesman said.

“In a similar vein the US has natural connections based on language, culture, commerce and security, with a breadth of Commonwealth countries.

“The establishment of a Branch of the RCS in the US will serve to strengthen these links to mutual advantage.” Daily Telegraph 16-Sep-17

Mr. Trump’s mother, Mary Anne MacLeod was born in the Scottish island of Lewis in the Hebrides and emigrated to the US in 1930 aged 18 to seek her fortune. She married Fredrick Trump, a successful property developer and a very eligible New Yorker.

Mr. Trump is due to make a 3-day visit to the UK on July 13th following his visit to a NATO meeting in Brussels on July 11 and 12. He is due to meet the Queen at Winsor Castle and the Prime Minister at Chequers.

Britain is hoping to be able to sign an advantageous post-Brexit trade deal with the US. At the moment Britain has been hit with the tariffs that Mr Trump has imposed on Europe and China in his ongoing “trade wars”. Outside the EU, Britain would be able to negotiate for an exemption.

Mr Trump has expressed his view that he is “a big fan of the UK”. However, the Labour Party has signalled its opposition to Mr Trump and has promised demonstrations to coincide with his visit, which is being planned to avoid London.

Mr Trump is a strong supporter of Israel in contrast to his predecessor. His UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has consistently supported Israel in the UN meetings and chided the constant seeking to find fault with Israel. Following his declaration last December, that he would move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, this was carried out on 14th May 2018 to mark Israel’s 70th anniversary celebrations. It is temporarily being housed in the US Consulate, though there are plans to erect a new building nearby. The square outside has been renamed United States Square.

Two hundred and fifty Americans attended the ceremony. Mr Trump, who dislikes flying, sent his daughter, Ivanka, to unveil the new embassy plaque. Although the legislation to move the embassy was passed by Congress in 1995 and signed by President Bill Clinton, for nearly 23 years the decision has been postponed by the US President signing a 6-month waiver. As Mr Trump acknowledged in a video message, the opening had been “a long time coming.”

“Today, Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government, it is the home of the Israeli legislature and the Israeli Supreme Court, and Israel’s prime minister and president”

“Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital. Yet for many years we failed to acknowledge the obvious. The plain reality that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital”. Ynet News 14-May-18

Mr Netanyahu thanked Mr Trump for carrying out the move.

“What a glorious day for Israel. Remember this moment. This is history. President Trump, by recognizing history you have made history. All of us are deeply moved, all of us are deeply grateful.”

“This is a great day. A great day for Jerusalem. A great day for the State of Israel. A day that will be engraved in our national memory for generations.” Ynet News 14-May-18

Trump Backs Israel Over Iran in Syria

President Trump is backing Israel’s drive to push Iran out of Syria. Even Russia is beginning to see that Iran’s presence in Syria will make it much harder for Russia to consolidate her gains. Mr. Netanyahu was invited to watch the annual Victory Day Parade in Moscow this year and used the opportunity to urge Mr Putin, not to support Iran’s desire to build an arc of influence stretching to the Mediterranean. Israel has been active in destroying Iran bases and weapons deliveries in Syria, without opposition from Russian forces.

Now President Trump is putting his weight behind Israel. American forces operating in Syria are being used to withstand Iranian advancement.

President Trump is Contemplating Upgrading Israel’s Military Status

Raising Israel from “major non-NATO ally” to member of the Partnership for Interoperability Initiative, as the sixth member of this exclusive club, alongside Australia, Finland, Georgia, Jordan and Sweden. Israel’s clearance for shared intelligence will be comparable to that of Australia, the UK and New Zealand.

The US Mediterranean fleet will establish a permanent presence in the Israeli ports of Haifa and Ashdod, instead of occasional visits. US Navy aircraft carriers and Aegis destroyers will be berthed there. The Lockheed Martin Aegis Combat System is an integrated naval weapons system developed by the Missile and Surface Radar Division. It uses powerful computer and radar technology to track and guide weapons for destroying enemy targets. Aegis is now part of NATO’s European missile defense system.

In 2017, the US established its first official, permanent military base in Israel. Stationed atop Mt. Keren deep in the southern Negev desert, it is administered by the US military’s European Command and includes barracks, offices and support services. Its mission is to monitor Iranian airspace 1,000 miles to the northeast for any sign of a missile launch. The THAAD radar atop Mt. Keren is the most advanced mobile radar array in use today. Debka 08-Jun-18,

In addition to supplying the IDF with more sophisticated weapons, he is strengthening the US presence in Israel.

The US will top up its own war reserve stock of weapons and ammo at the Negev base. This reserve pre-positions supplies of war materiel ready for use if needed for war. It includes a Strategic Petroleum Reserve in case of need.

All in all, the Trump administration is providing Israel and its armed forces with the military resources for preparing for war of a quality and quantity far in excess of those possessed by NATO’s members. ibid

What an incredible picture is unfolding, in line with what the prophets recorded from God, millennia ago. Who can doubt that Israel’s God is the True and only God. How wonderful that through the pages of the Bible we have come to trust in Him and are assured that every tiny detail will be fulfilled. As we see Britain re-aligning herself away from Europe and focusing on the Middle East and the rest of the world, we can be quietly confident that our Master is at the door. Soon he will be back to bring all nations into submission to his rule and establish peace and righteousness from Jerusalem to the end of the earth. In that day God’s name will be praised by all and no longer used in blasphemy by godless tongues.

Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.

Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.

In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory. Isa. 45:21-25

Let us hold fast to the certainty of the Truth in these closing days of the Gentiles. The Lord is about to come to his household!

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With Russian concluding their largest war games in history, this week we look at Russia in Bible Prophecy

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In the news we have been seeing Russia holding its biggest military exercise in history, even surpassing the war games during the cold war, showing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s commitment to his pledge to dramatically increase Moscow’s military capabilities. Meanwhile, only today, the pound was sent plummeting as British Prime Minister Theresa May said that Brexit negotiations were at an impasse and indicated that a ‘no-deal’ Brexit was more likely than ever.

This is Paul Barnes joining you for this week’s Bible in the News.

The Bible teaches that at the time of Christ’s return there will be a great battle, the battle of Armageddon. We are told in Ezekiel 38 that this battle involves Rosh who can be shown to equate to the ancient people Rus (who later formed Russia) and Meshech which is Moscow. Other nations in the prophecy can be shown to be in continental Europe among other places.

Countries such as Tarshish and its young lions (Britain and its offspring nations such as America) are seen to oppose this invasion, but have little influence over the situation and can only protest against it.

Up until around ten years ago, we saw a Middle East almost entirely dominated by the United States and her allies. The idea of America standing by and seeing a power invade large parts of the Middle East seemed impossible and still does. However, over the last ten years, Russia has forged new relationships and rekindled old ones, which has started to reduce America’s influence in the region, bringing the situation ever closer to what is described in Ezekiel 38. From Bible prophecy, we can expect this trend to continue.

Russian President Vladimir Putin overlooking the Vostok military exercise 

Under Putin’s leadership, Russia has worked hard to undermine American influence all over the world, and also to increase their own. This has been done by strengthening and demonstrating their military capabilities. Earlier this year President Putin personally unveiled a new Russian hypersonic nuclear missile, claiming that it was invincible to all defence systems, even that of NATO. In case the point wasn’t made clear enough to the West, Putin went on to show a video of the missile descending and hitting the US state of Florida.

Russia’s latest military exercises are yet another example of Russia flexing its muscles. These exercises involved 300,000 Russian troops, along with over 1000 aircraft and 36,000 tanks. Again, Russia is signalling to the West that they expect to be treated as an equal, Russia isn’t willing to be told what to do by Washington and wishes to make that clear.

Russian military vehicles involved in the Vostok 2018 military exercises 

A NATO spokesman commented on the Russian military exercises saying that “it fits into a pattern we have seen over some time – a more assertive Russia, significantly increasing its defence budget and its military presence”. They also said that the exercise “demonstrates Russia’s focus on exercising large-scale conflict”.

This pattern noticed by NATO is something that has been expected by Bible believers for many years. Bible prophecy predicts a powerful Russia and a weak America. Bible prophecy predicts a Russia with many allies, able to engage in a “large-scale conflict”, the battle of Armageddon.

Also, at that time, we expect to see Britain aligned with its commonwealth and America, opposing Russia and the EU. Britain who has been a member of the EU since 1973, is now just six months away from leaving. Theresa May, undermined by a poor election result last year, has so far been unable to come to an agreement with the EU over key issues and her compromise solution was quickly rejected by EU negotiators. In her statement today, she said that until the EU is willing to accept compromise no progress can be made and she will continue preparing for a ‘no-deal’ scenario. Such a situation would cause a great rift between the UK and the EU, and would force the UK into rebuilding its links with its commonwealth and traditional friends such as America. Britain would not have a positive relationship with the EU and would be positioned ready to politically oppose the actions of the EU and Russia at the time of the end.

So, as we see Russia strengthening her position in the world, preparing herself for the great day of Armageddon, we must ask ourselves how we are preparing ourselves for the time of Christ’s return. Tune in again next week for another edition of Bible in the News.

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Is This the Beginning of the End for the Palestinian Authority?
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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.

(screen captures and quotes from the news items are included in the slideshow.)

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

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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 ‘Controversial’ law Bible in the News Video Post

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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.

July 29, 2018 – Audio, 25.23 MIN
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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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Bible Magazine Spring 2018.

  • Putin wins another six years at Russia’s helm in landslide victory.
  • Britain has found its role in taking on Putin.
  • Russia poisoning is not EU concern, Germany says.
  • Why EU leaders may not be in the mood to hit back hard at Russia over spy attack.
  • ‘Decisive step’ in Brexit ahead of EU summit
  • How Brexit Opens Up a Path for a US-UK Free Trade Agreement
  • The Commonwealth Service: A Celebration of the Commonwealth.
  • Our future lies with the Commonwealth and not the EU.
  • “We have made more progress in European defense policy over the last year than in the last 20 years.”.
  • PESCO – an instrument relevant for the security of the EU and its citizens.
  • What Prince William’s visit means for Israeli-British Relations.
  • Israeli and Saudi officials reportedly hold series of secret meetings in Egypt
  • History is Made as Israel, Arab States Attend Gaza Conference at White House.
  • The Gas Deal with Egypt: Israel Deepens its Anchor in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Bible Magazine Spring 2018

The world’s political tectonic plates are beginning to splinter under the great pressures being exerted in so many directions. The stage is being prepared by unseen angelic hands for the grand finale in the 6,000-year contest between the thinking of the flesh versus the ways of God.

Within the comings and goings of the world scene, Bible students are encouraged by the direction that recent events are moving the chess pieces on the world stage. It will be a time of trouble, fear and destruction, we do not rejoice in this, but scripture teaches us that the ways of man are so astray from God’s ways that to reverse the godlessness of generations will need a display of power and judgements such as we read of in Exodus, that brought about the ending of Israel’s slavery in Egypt.

We know that today it is that same focus on Israel that is the key to what is happening in the political world. Brought up on a diet of humanism or even a religious background that see the Jews as Christ-killers and so through Trinitarian eyes, God-killers, then the return of Israel to their land is of no real interest. Their claims to the land carry no weight. Whereas Protestant countries, especially those linked through Britain, are influenced in their view of Israel. True it is that trade is the great motivating force, but the Biblical background of many of the political leaders gives an added dimension to their dealings.

The coming clash takes place in Israel. Nations will assemble to attack her, only to be defeated by the newly returned Lord Jesus, Israel’s Messiah and the host of recreated immortal ones gathered from the dust of the earth from past ages will be united with fellow pilgrims who are alive at Christ’s coming.

The defeat of Israel’s enemies opens the way for the chastened nation to recognise their saviour as their Messiah and begin the process of establishing God’s Kingdom in Israel, spreading out to eventually embrace all nations on earth. Then indeed God’s Mercy will be seen. Out of the misery and chaos of today will emerge new generations who will be educated in righteous ways. Who will honour the God of Israel as the true and living God who has created all things. In the words of God through Habakkuk:

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. Hab. 2:14

This is the end point. We are at the start of that end time period. The closer we get to the Return of the Master, the greater the convulsions on the political scene. Scripture likens them to birth pains! Isaiah saw the troubles of his day:

Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it. Isa. 21:3

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows [Gk. odin “the pains of a woman in travail”]. Mark 13:8

And so we see the grouping of the nations for this final scene prior to the Master’s Return.

We see Britain and America being pushed together and away from Russia. Europe integrating politically at a breath-taking speed, whilst not wanting to sever their ties with Russia. At the same time the Southern Arab, Gulf State nations, are increasingly working with Israel. So lets look at these areas.

Putin wins another six years at Russia’s helm in landslide victory

His victory was widely predicted, as all strong opposition had been effectively squashed!

Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide re-election victory on Sunday (18 March), extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory.

Putin’s victory will take his political dominance of Russia to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024, by which time he will be 71. Only Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ruled for longer. Putin has promised to use his new term to beef up Russia’s defences against the West and to raise living standards.

Putin’s bellicose language reached a crescendo before the election in a state-of-the-nation speech when he unveiled new nuclear weapons, saying they could hit almost any point in the world and evade a US-built missile shield.

At odds with the West over Syria, Ukraine, allegations of Russian election meddling and cyber-attacks and the poisoning in Britain of a former Russian spy and his daughter, relations between Moscow and the West are at a post-Cold War low.

Putin, 65, has been in power, either as president or prime minister, since 2000.

Allies laud the former KGB agent as a father-of-the-nation figure who has restored national pride and expanded Moscow’s global clout with interventions in Syria and Ukraine.

Critics accuse him of overseeing a corrupt, authoritarian system and of illegally annexing Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014, a move that isolated Russia internationally. EurActiv 19-Mar-18

Britain has found its role in taking on Putin

The poisoning of a Russian double agent and his visiting daughter in the normally sleepy town of Salisbury, UK has held the world headlines during the past two weeks. Traced now to a Russian military-grade nerve gas with the code name A-230 developed in the 1970’s and 1980’s by the Soviets, itx is the most toxic nerve chemical ever developed with no known antidote. Neither of the two Russians poisoned with it are expected to recover. Several Russian’s who have fled from Russia because of conflict with Putin have died unexpectedly and it is likely that these previous deaths will be examined for signs of poisoning by this nerve-gas.

Its effect has been to put Britain and her allies on collision course with Russia. Mrs May has challenged Mr Putin to admit responsibility, which, not surprisingly he refuses to do, drawing attention of the closeness of Britain’s centre for chemical weapons as being only a few miles down the road, accusing Britain of carrying out the poisoning!

Mrs May has expelled 23 people from the Russian Embassy in London claiming that those expelled are known to be Russian agents rather than Embassy staff. Russia has retaliated expelling 23 of the British staff – a move that was expected.  Her handling of the case was commended—the headline to this section is from the Daily Telegraph 16-Mar-18. The article was written by the former Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

As someone who has dealt with Putin on many occasions, I am in no doubt that he understands only the language of power. Those states who fear that our actions could escalate the situation must ask themselves whether there is also a cost of inaction, and whether it is the West, or Putin, who is really escalating the situation.

Theresa May’s initial response to the Skripal attack was measured and resolute. However, as important (and perhaps more so) is how the wider transatlantic community responds. The initial signs are positive, but leaders’ statements of recent days must be converted into concrete measures such as extending sanctions against Putin’s acolytes.

While all eyes are on the immediate tactical response, the attack on British soil should also be seen by Britain and her allies as a wake-up call to confront Putin’s hybrid war against us. Britain should now pull together the coalition of freedom-loving allies to devote the resources and manpower needed to generate a joined-up transatlantic response. A response that defends our open societies and actively combats this concerted and cynical effort to undermine our democracy and security from within.

It is early days at the time of writing to see how strongly the West gives Mrs May their support in this matter. Already the German Foreign Minister has given his viewpoint!

Russia poisoning is not EU concern, Germany says

Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister, has described Russia as a “difficult partner”, but said the UK poisoning was a “bilateral” issue, indicating that Britain can count on little support from the EU.

Maas spoke ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday (19 March), one day after Russian leader Vladimir Putin secured six more years in power and in the wake of British allegations that Russia poisoned a former spy, Sergei Skripal, in the UK earlier this month using a form of nerve gas.

Germany joined France and the US in backing the UK accusation last week, but Maas added on Monday that “dialogue” with Russia ought to continue as it was “an important partner” in solving international conflicts.

Donald Trump has given his strong support to Mrs May. We would expect Europe to be lukewarm regarding condemnation of Russia, as increasingly the “Dragon” and the “Beast” and the “False Prophet” cooperate as the two feet of Nebuchadnezzar’s Image prepare to carry them into the Egypt and Israel as foretold in Ezekiel 38 and Daniel 11. Britain and the US also work together but in opposition to the Gogian powers who come against Israel. (Ezekiel 38:13) As a CNBC 19-Mar-18 headline put it:

Why EU leaders may not be in the mood to hit back hard at Russia over spy attack

Divided interests within the European Union will likely impede a uniform response toward Russia over its alleged nerve attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Britain.

Russia has so far not appeared phased by the U.K. government’s threats of retaliation, which so far consist of the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats from the country.

If you’re waiting for Russia to be firmly punished for its alleged nerve agent attack on a former spy in England, don’t hold your breath.

Following several years of what some have criticized as the U.K. government’s overly-lax policy towards Russia, experts aren’t betting on any sweeping measures that would send a ground-shaking message to the Kremlin over its recent behavior.

This is, in part, because of the U.K.’s economic ties to Moscow, as well as divided interests within the European Union (EU), thanks to several countries’ heavy reliance on Russian resources.

If the Kremlin is testing how far it can push the U.K. and get away with it, it may end up pleasantly surprised.

Delivering a uniform response beyond words may prove more difficult. Otilia Dhand, senior vice president at Teneo Intelligence, spoke to CNBC from Brussels about EU leaders’ deliberations.

“I don’t get the feeling that among EU leaders there is a big appetite for additional economic sanctions on Russia,” Dhand said. “In fact, this is quite unlikely. Individual sanctions? Probably, yes.”

Divided national interests

This is because European policies toward Moscow are based on the individual interests of member states, Dhand said. “Some of them are highly dependent on imports of energy from Russia, some are personally or politically aligned with Putin, and individual interests of these countries effectively question the cohesion of EU policy on Russia.”

A case in point is Nord Stream 2, an $11 billion project that would ship Russian gas across the Baltic. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed support for the project and Germany’s foreign minister has suggested easing Russian sanctions, while Poland has called for U.S. sanctions on the pipeline. German hopes for the project’s success have engendered broadly softer language from the European economic powerhouse toward Moscow

‘Decisive step’ in Brexit ahead of EU summit

The Brexit talks appear to have been limping along. The EU has no real interest in being helpful to Britain. Its negotiators are afraid of other members seeking to follow Britain’s exit pathway if things are made easy for Britain. The days of the EU being a “Common Market” are long gone, a political union is the goal, to form a United States of Europe. Because the UK is opposed to this, then Britain is showing her opposition to Europe’s aims and so is out of favour with the new dreams of the European elites who control the real power in Europe. The European edifice is a slow-moving creature, proceeding at the pace of the slowest country.,. Everything must be agreed by all 27 members, apart from areas where they allow majority voting to avoid being held up by an “awkward” member or two.

It was therefore rather surprising to hear an announcement March 19th that an agreement had largely been hammered out. This picture showed the EU negotiator, Michael Barnier, standing in front of a display of the 130 pages of the proposed draft Brexit deal put forward by the EU, with the agreed sections highlighted in green. It looked very impressive!

What emerged was a heavy price had been agreed by Britain. And until the last details are agreed there is no Agreement—the non-green items on the pages must be agreed for it to become a reality. As Mr Barnier often reiterates, “Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”.

One of the key stumbling blocks is how to handle the Northern Ireland border with the Irish Republic. Now with both sides of the border being in the EU, the border is seamless and trade flows freely both ways. With Northern Ireland out of the EU, then there have to be border controls.

The international border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is about 310 miles long with, depending on how many tracks you include, as many as 275 crossing points.

In reality, the entire border is a crossing point because, apart from road signs changing from miles per hour to kilometres per hour, there is no physical infrastructure to see. BBC 30-Nov-17

Both sides want to avoid any change in the seamless transition that exists now. Only by electronic data exchange could this be achieved in measure, as happens between Canada and the US, but passport control needs to be in place. One suggestion is to do away with border checks altogether as the trade is relatively small in relation to the UK’s total exports. This would not be readily accepted by the EU as it would potentially allow cheaper goods, not up to EU standards to enter the Republic.

Britain appears to have given way on all key matters. If, and it is a big if, the whole document is agreed, then there will be a transition period running from Brexit March 2019 to the end of 2020. During this time Britain will have to continue to pay into the EU funds—indeed liabilities continue although on a much smaller scale until 2064! Britain’s fishing grounds would still be subject to EU control until the end of the transition period, and then no guarantee that Britain will be able to take back full control. EU citizens will be able to freely enter Britain during the transition period and have the rights to settle if they wished.

There are some gains, the EU has agreed that Britain can negotiate Trade Agreements before she leaves. They would not come into effect until after the end of 2020, but at least the sensible view has been agreed that Britain needs to get in place agreements before she leaves, otherwise she would be left in limbo. She will also not be bound by any EU foreign policy during this period if it conflicts with any “vital interests” of the UK.

Mrs May’s natural inclination as one who voted to remain in the EU is to be as close as she can to Europe. It would appear that God has other plans for Britain, which need her to separate from Continental Europe and forge alliances with her friends outside the EU. Both America and Australia are emphasising that Britain needs to separate from the EU to be able to sign up to Agreements.

How Brexit Opens Up a Path for a US-UK Free Trade Agreement

This was the headline to an interesting article by Ted R. Bromund, who is the Margaret Thatcher senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation.

Last week, I was in Brussels to help launch a new report on financial services in Britain and the European Union after Brexit. During that time, we inched a bit closer to the creation of a free trade area between the U.S. and Britain—and I learned a bit about why the EU is standing in the way.

Britain didn’t vote to leave the EU to make itself richer. It voted to leave to get back its right to govern itself. But Europe is a slow-growing part of the world, and that has a lot—not everything, but a lot—to do with bad European policies.

By reclaiming its sovereignty, Britain also took back the ability to choose its own path in taxation, labor, regulatory, and trade policies.

The EU doesn’t like this much. European leaders, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have regularly warned that Britain won’t be allowed full access to the EU’s single market if it doesn’t accept all of the EU’s other obligations. This is what she calls “cherry-picking.”

What the EU is actually afraid of is that Britain will dump a good deal of the EU’s regulatory overhead, keep market access in the EU, and then run off and sign trade deals with a lot of the rest of the world—trade deals the EU hasn’t been able to negotiate. In other words, it fears a competitive Britain.

Happily, that’s the way things seem to be headed. Britain has been too slow—far too slow, really—for reasons of domestic politics to make it clear that while it wants free trade with the EU, it plans to diverge from its regulatory model. But it’s now become clear that Britain is going to diverge.

That’s good. Without diverging, Britain won’t be able to sign those other trade deals, because it won’t have anything to offer in the deal.

As a series of high-level U.S. visitors to Britain have made clear over the past week, if the United Kingdom can’t talk about regulations and agriculture, there’s not much left to talk about, because trade in other visible goods between the U.S. and Britain is already close to free.

This isn’t just a U.S. concern. The biggest news of the past week was the invitation to Britain, from the prime minister of Australia, for Britain to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership—the same agreement the U.S. unwisely quit last year.

That would bring to Britain free trade with Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and a series of fast-growing Asian economies. This offer refutes the ridiculous claim that no one will want to negotiate with Britain—the world’s fifth- or sixth-largest economy—outside the EU.

But again, the Australians made the point that Britain needs to break out of the EU’s clutches for this to work. And there’s the irony of it. Outside the EU, nations are clamoring to do a deal with Britain, but the EU itself is far less eager. The Daily Signal 05-Mar-18

The Australian offer is to bring Britain into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP. This has arisen from the ashes of the Trans-Pacific Partnership which collapsed when Donald Trump came to office and pulled America out of the ten-year negotiations. The other participants didn’t give up and the CPTPP is a slightly slimmer version—580 pages long compared to 632.

Its members—Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam—constitute 13.5% of the world economy. The gains will only be a third as much as had been expected under TPP but these are still meaningful. The economies of the CPTPP members will be made 1.7% larger than they would have been, on average, by 2030, according to estimates from the Peterson Institute for International Economics. The biggest winners, in percentage terms, are poorer nations like Vietnam and Peru, who are expected see their economies expand by 2-3% each. And most of these benefits are likely to accrue quickly. Two months after six of the 11 members ratify the agreement, it will come into force.

Apart from America, the other big boy not at the party is China. The Chinese have not shown much interest in joining, preferring to try to build different trade agreements. The Economist 12-Mar-18

British participation would in effect replace the US, and bring potential gains to the UK, opening world markets in addition to the many Commonwealth countries anxious to do deals with Britain.

The Commonwealth Service: A Celebration of the Commonwealth

This is a service held in March every year at Westminster Abbey to mark Commonwealth Day.

The entire Royal Family will attend a Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on 12th March to mark Commonwealth Day

Her Majesty the Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, will be accompanied by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry & Meghan Markle, the Duke of York, the Princess Royal, the Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra.

The Earl of Wessex, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent will be absent from the service due to other commitments.

The Commonwealth service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom, and it is organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society. The Commonwealth service will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC World to celebrate Her Majesty’s commitment to the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth represents 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people. The theme of this year’s service is ‘Towards a Common Future’ and emphasizes how the Commonwealth can address global challenges to create a better future for all those in the Commonwealth. This link to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which will be held in April, with leaders from all 53 countries expected to attend. RoyalCentral.co.uk 02-Mar-18

The 4-yearly Commonwealth Games are due to be held in Australia between the 4th and 15th April 2018. It is a very popular event, this year hosting competitors from 70 Commonwealth countries and dependenciesce.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham, England. This will be the third Commonwealth Games to be hosted in England following London 1934 and Manchester 2002. This will also coincide with the Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II, head of the Commonwealth. Wikipedia

Britains future lies with the Commonwealth and not the EU

The Express 14-Feb-18

Post-Brexit, the Commonwealth will be more relevant and modern than ever.

When we joined the Common Market in 1973, we were in effect telling the 33 then members of the Commonwealth where they could go.

Instead of treating nations such as India, Tanzania, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia with the respect they deserved as our valued allies, we dumped them in favour of a new European club.

And as the Common Market morphed into the European Union and we operated within the customs union, we increased trade barriers against many of them. This is perhaps not the time to reflect more fully on that betrayal of nations which, in our hour of need, dropped everything to come and save Europe from the Third Reich. We repaid them by deserting them in less than thirty years.

But let’s not spend too long on the past. Let’s enter instead into the spirit of Brexit and look to the future. Because the very last word you should use about the Commonwealth today is irrelevant.

In April, London hosts the Commonwealth Summit which will bring together the 52 heads of the body’s governments.

The member countries span Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Pacific – with a combined population of over 2.4 billion people, making up one third of the world’s population. And 60 per cent of the Commonwealth population are under 30-years-old. It is an amazing, growing and evermore prosperous market.

Over the past ten years – long before Brexit – our exports to Commonwealth countries have risen much faster than exports to our fellow members of the EU Single Market, which have actually fallen.

We have doubled our sales to Singapore and New Zealand and increased those to Malaysia by 50 per cent. The IMF forecasts that our four current main Commonwealth markets – Canada, Australia, Singapore and India – will each grow faster than the EU, offering fantastic opportunities.

These stellar export figures are all, remember, without utilising any of the opportunities presented by Brexit. We do not have a single British-negotiated treaty with any of them, since we are only allowed to be part of EU-wide trade deals.

Had we not been in the EU for example, we would have signed a trade treaty with Australia many years ago.

Only this week the Australian High Commissioner, Alexander Downer, spoke about the huge benefits of free trade. As he put it: Australia wants to “build back” its trade with the UK. “We could build substantially more trade if we were able to negotiate a free trade agreement.”

Or there’s India, many of whose leading companies are English-speaking. We are the third largest investor in India, and vice versa. The potential for that bond to grow far deeper is huge. But until Brexit we have been unable to sign a trade treaty. Now these opportunities have returned.

Indeed, there is now a dedicated Commonwealth desk at the Department of International Trade headed by Liam Fox. It has a team of civil servants working specifically on this trade. Quite rightly, last year Dr Fox remarked that Brexit provides an opportunity “to renew bonds of trade and commerce with our allies across the globe”.

Remember this key fact: 93 per cent of the world’s population are not in the EU. Post-Brexit, the world is our oyster and the opportunities for us to prosper are almost limitless.

That means in areas such as South East Asia, for example, where Commonwealth members like Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore can open doors to the whole 650 million-strong region.

Our membership of the EU has meant we are far behind where we need to be in cementing trading links with these go ahead areas, where the world economy of the next decades is heading. But our Commonwealth ties give us a great opportunity to overcome that.

The Commonwealth is in so many ways our natural home. To be blunt: we have little in common with our European neighbours beyond geography and the history that geography has given us.

But we share with our Commonwealth allies a mix of language, common law, parliamentary democracy and culture – not to mention the family and business links.

In so many areas the EU is backward looking and sclerotic, while the Commonwealth is the future. Thanks to Brexit we are free to take full advantage. The Express 14-Feb-18

 “We have made more progress in European defense policy over the last year than in the last 20 years.”

This was the triumphant claim of the EU Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, at the Munich Security Conference held 16-18th Feb 2018. This annual Conference in Germany brings together military and political leaders from around the world to discuss pressing security issues. For the European participants there was satisfaction that at last real progress had been made to bring about the final pillar in the building of a United States of Europe—the forming of a European Army.

Mr Juncker was correct. The EU has made more progress in the past 12 months than the last 20 years. Brexit has opened the flood-stream to the pent-up planning that was being frustrated by Britain’s opposition to any dilution of NATO. As Britain’s influence wanes in the EU, they are ready to go! As the German Foreign Minister put it, “We have paved the way politically to establish an ‘Army of Europeans’”. “In the foreseeable future, the EU will be able to buildup its arms to such an extent that it will no longer need US support.”

Look at the unfolding timetable since Britain delivered her Brexit letter in March 2017 as shown in the slide. There have been in the past 12 months a succession of statements and meetings, cumulating in the 1st PESCO meeting. This acronym is formed from Permanent Structured Cooperation. It flowed out from Junker’s State of the Union Speech in September and Macron’s speech in the same month. The current set-up whereby each EU member State develops it own version of military hardware and software is very inefficient and prevents, in many cases, cooperation on the battlefield. PESCO, inaugurated at the November EU heads of Government summit meeting, pools the EU’s resources and will make identical weapons for all the 25 members that have signed up to it. At their 1st meeting on 6th March 2018 they adopted the first set of 17 different projects and a future roadmap.

PESCO – an instrument relevant for the secu rity of the EU and its citizens

PESCO is both a permanent framework for closer cooperation and a structured process to gradually deepen defence cooperation within the Union framework. It will be a driver for integration in the field of defence.

Each participating Member State provides a plan for the national contributions and efforts they have agreed to make. These national implementation plans are subject to regular assessment. This is different from the voluntary approach that is currently the rule within the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy.

PESCO is designed to make European defence more efficient and to deliver more output by providing enhanced coordination and collaboration in the areas of investment, capability development and operational readiness. Enhanced cooperation in this domain will allow decreasing the number of different weapons’ systems in Europe, and therefore strengthen operational cooperation among Member States, increase interoperability and industrial competitiveness.

PESCO will help reinforce the EU’s strategic autonomy to act alone when necessary and with partners whenever possible. Whilst PESCO is underpinned by the idea that sovereignty can be better exercised when working together, national sovereignty remains effectively untouched

 

Military capacities developed within PESCO remain in the hands of Member States that can also make them available in other contexts such as NATO or the UN. eeas.europa.eu PESCO factsheet

Britain has a large military arms business and although not approving of PESCO would like to be in the running for the supply of military equipment. The matter was discussed at the March meeting, but the 25 PESCO members decided not to give an answer on this question of non-members participating until the end of the year, when it should be clearer which way Brexit negotiations are going.

Euractiv 06-Mar-18 commented on the speed of progress as of “unprecedented scale” in terms of money and scale of planned activities. (See slide)

Pesco is Italian for a peach tree; peaches are soft on the outside but have a stone heart! A good analogy for the EU.

Let us turn to Israel and the Middle East.

What Prince William’s visit means for Israeli-British Relations

As this Jerusalem Post 04-Mar-18 article pointed out, this was the 1st time an official Royal visit has been planned for the 70 years that there has been a State of Israel! It is rather fitting that in this anniversary year this matter should be rectified with a planned visit by Prince William, although the date has not yet been set.

The pro-Arab leanings of the UK civil service, perhaps explain why no visit has taken place. Matters have changed considerably with Mrs May and Boris Johnson keen on developing trade between the two countries.

Ties between Israel and Britain are significant on a number of levels. Britain exported goods and services to Israel worth $4.3 billion in 2017. Exports to Saudi Arabia are a few billion dollars higher. But Israel also has much to offer Britain that the Saudis can’t. Israel exported to Britain to the tune of $5.1b. Israel has important technological innovations and the two countries share important intelligence information as well.

Perhaps the British government, particularly in the Brexit era, sees Israel as worthy of royal attention. It could also be that a royal visit will not anger countries like Saudi Arabia, particularly at a time when the Saudis view Israel as an important ally in the fight against Iranian expansionism. Jerusalem Post 04-Mar-18

Israeli and Saudi officials reportedly hold series of secret meetings in Egypt

There have been several signs of progress on the acceptance of Israel by the Arab nations, Saudi Arabia in particular. Crown Prince bin Salman stopped off in Egypt on his way to Britain. Here he met with Israel officials.

Top Israeli and Saudi Arabian officials reportedly held a series of secret meetings in Cairo last week, ahead of US President Donald Trump’s expected unveiling of his long-awaited Middle East peace plan.

According to a report on Israel’s Channel 10 news, a Palestinian Authority official told an Arabic news site on Friday that Egyptian officials were mediating talks that he described as “significant development” in the slowly warming ties between Jerusalem and Riyadh, a trend that he said was undermining the authority of the Ramallah-based Palestinian government.

“The warm relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia are damaging the Palestinian Authority,” the official was quoted saying. “It seems that Israel is no longer the greatest enemy in the region anymore.”

In one of the first visible signs of Israel-Saudi ties, this week, the Saudis granted Air India permission to fly through Saudi airspace to Israel, a first in 70 years.

According to the PA official, the talks—held at a luxury hotel, with Egyptian officials present—also dealt with the economic interests of Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, particularly in the Red Sea region. Times of Israel 12-Mar-18

This was followed by a White House meeting to discuss the situation in Gaza. Israel and the US are aware that the only way to win Palestinian minds is to bypass their political leaders and improve their living conditions. President Trump assembled a formidable team to discuss this matter.

History is Made as Israel, Arab States Attend Gaza Conference at White House

The Trump administration again made history on Tuesday, bringing together five Arab states [Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates. Don] with whom Israel currently has no formal diplomatic relations, as well as Egypt and Jordan – and Israel – all at the same table – in order to discuss how to make life better for Gazans.

Also at the meeting were other important stakeholders [Canada, Cyprus, European Union, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, & OPIC. Don] as well as representatives from the United Nations, USAID and the Office of the Quartet.

The meeting, convened by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, brought nearly two dozen nations and international organizations together.

U.S. Special Representative to International Negotiations, Jason D. Greenblatt, reported on the current situation in the enclave and said he would present proposals on how to change the situation.

“We asked you here because we believe we can do much better; we must do much better,” Greenblatt told those at the table. The Jewish Press 13-Mar-18

Although the world press blames Israel for the situation in Gaza, Hamas is responsible for the diverting of humanitarian funds for those living in Gaza, to military projects. Hamas officials live in luxury, in the main, while the ordinary people suffer. Israel is currently planning a rail link off the Ashkelon-Beersheba line to the Gaza Erez crossing to not only relieve the roads of the heavy congestion, but to dramatically increase the volume of goods shipped to Gaza and greatly reduce the freight costs.

The Gas Deal with Egypt: Israel Deepens its Anchor in the Eastern Mediterranean

In March a $15bn natural gas deal was signed between the owners of the Tamer and Leviathan gas fields and an Egyptian company, Dolpinus Holding. The gas will be supplied over a 10-year period for gas liquification for supply to Europe. This seems a cheaper option than supplying gas by pipeline to Turkey or—a much longer and deeper undersea route to Greece via Cyprus and Crete. The recently developed Egyptian Zohr field, which is bigger than Leviathan, will supply Egypt’s needs; but Egypt has a large plant for liquifying gas for transportation by special sea tankers, which is idle through lack of gas. This would anchor Israel and Egypt. Israel is currently building a gas pipeline to Jordan to handle gas from Tamar and newer fields as they come on stream under a sale of gas agreement signed in 2016 with Jordan over a 15-year period.

What exciting times we live in! We can see the regrouping of the nations and know that the Master must soon be here. Time and time again, in hindsight we have seen angelic hands holding things back as the time wasn’t quite ready, there were more to be called to the gospel fold.

And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted his hand to heaven,

 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. Rev. 10:5

 

Britain in Bible Prophecy: Britain’s road to EU exit as required by the Bible -Bible in the News Video Post

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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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin observing military exercises in the Black Sea region  

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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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,
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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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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.

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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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