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November 2010 Issue

Defying God
Nov 1st, 2010
Art Sadlier

In a news item this week Caroline Glick wrote, “A striking aspect of the so-called building freeze in Judea and Samaria is that an enormous amount of construction went on throughout the last 10 months. The Arabs of Judea and Samaria were not only building without restrictions, the US, Europe and the Arab states of the Persian Gulf bankrolled much of their construction.”

To the contrary, every time a Jewish home is built there is an international outcry! The nations are being moved by the great enemy of God to defy the Him and to take from Israel the Promised Land.  “For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.” (Genesis 13:15)

Caroline Glick went on to say, “a motorist travelling from Jerusalem to Ma'aleh Adumim will pass hundreds of empty five-story buildings in Issawiya and other Arab neighbourhoods built for the sole purpose of preventing Israel from connecting the two.”  The Palestinians are not interested in bettering the lot of their people; their only concern is to drive Israel off the land God promised them. You can surely understand where that motivation comes from.

The Lord has something to say about the outcome of this attack on His people. “I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead (judge) with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” (Joel 3:2)  That day is surely not far off.

In another bold attempt to rob Israel of her land, the Obama administration is proposing that Israel lease a part of East Jerusalem and parts of the West Bank from the Palestinians. The suggestion is for a 40 year or 99 year lease. That would seem to satisfy the Israeli desire to occupy the land. However such a deal would totally deny Israeli ownership of the land, (Never mind that the Palestinians would latter simply cancel the lease). The enemies of God are determined to remove Israel from the land. “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) The issue is, that the nations are at war against the living God. “And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” (Genesis 17:8)

Why is Obama proposing this idea? Obama and his administration believe that the land belongs to the Palestinians. Whether this is wilful ignorance or just ignorance of God’s Word the consequences will be the same. The Lord attached a rider to His promise to Israel; ” And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:..” (Genesis 12:3)

In a democracy the people are responsible for their government. America is in defiance of God in this matter. There are flashing signs everywhere of serious trouble on the horizon for America.

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Discerning Leadership
Nov 1st, 2010
A.W. Tozer - (1897-1963)

For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. --Acts 20:29-30

Within the circles of evangelical Christianity itself there has arisen in the last few years dangerous and dismaying trends away from true Bible Christianity. A spirit has been introduced which is surely not the Spirit of Christ, methods employed which are wholly carnal, objectives adopted which have not one line of Scripture to support them, a level of conduct accepted which is practically identical with that of the world--and yet scarcely one voice has been raised in opposition. And this in spite of the fact that the Bible- honouring followers of Christ lament among themselves the dangerous, wobbly course things are taking....

The times call for a Spirit-baptized and articulate orthodoxy. They whose souls have been illuminated by the Holy Ghost must arise and under God assume leadership. There are those among us whose hearts can discern between the true and the false, whose spiritual sense of smell enables them to detect the spurious afar off, who have the blessed gift of knowing. Let such as these arise and be heard. Who knows but the Lord may yet return and leave a blessing behind Him? 

"Lord, may I be one of those 'whose souls have been illuminated by the Holy Ghost.' Grant to me 'the blessed gift of knowing.' And then be pleased to use me for Your glory today. Amen.”

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One EMP Burst and the World Goes Dark
Nov 1st, 2010
USA Today

The sky erupts. Cities darken, food spoils and homes fall silent. Civilization collapses.

End-of-the-world novel? A video game? Or could such a scenario loom in America's future? 

There is talk of catastrophe ahead, depending on whom you believe, because of the threat of an electromagnetic pulse triggered by either a supersized solar storm or terrorist A-bomb, both capable of disabling the electric grid that powers modern life.

Electromagnetic pulses (EMP) are oversized outbursts of atmospheric electricity. Whether powered by geomagnetic storms or by nuclear blasts, their resultant intense magnetic fields can induce ground currents strong enough to burn out power lines and electrical equipment across state lines.

The threat has even become political fodder, drawing warnings from former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a likely presidential contender.

"We are not today hardened against this," he told a Heritage Foundation audience last year. "It is an enormous catastrophic threat."

Meanwhile, in Congress, a "Grid Act" bill aimed at the threat awaits Senate action, having passed in the House of Representatives.

Fear is evident. With the sun's 11-year solar cycle ramping up for its stormy maximum in 2012, and nuclear concerns swirling about Iran and North Korea, a drumbeat of reports and blue-ribbon panels center on electromagnetic pulse scenarios.

"We're taking this seriously," says Ed Legge of the Edison Electric Institute in Washington, which represents utilities. He points to a North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) report in June.

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The Boldness of Israel`s Enemies
Nov 1st, 2010
Art Sadlier

The following news item demonstrates this claim. “The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted recently to officially declare Rachel's Tomb to be a mosque. UNESCO director Irena Bokova had previously stated “concern” at Israel's decision to treat the tomb as a heritage site.

The vote called for Rachel's Tomb and the Tomb of the Patriarchs – the burial site of the other Biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs – to be removed from Israel's National Heritage list.

The Palestinian Authority has claimed that Rachel's Tomb is holy to Muslims as the site of a mosque called the Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque. The PA demands control over both the tomb and the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hevron, as well as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.”

The amazing thing is that the prophet foretold these very things 2500 years ago.

“Thus saith the Lord GOD; because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession:” (Ezekiel 36:2)

“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.” (Ezekiel 36:5)

These prophecies are being fulfilled now before our very eyes! These prophecies have never been fulfilled in the past. Fulfilled prophecy proves the Bible is God’s Word and that God writes history in advance. Fulfilled prophecy proves that God is the Sovereign Lord of the universe.

To add to the amazement of it all, a study by Jimmy De Young demonstrates that the Palestinians are the Idumeans or the Edomites.

The world has joined the Palestinians in declaring that that the Promised Land belongs to them. Listen to what the God of Israel says. “For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.” (Ezekiel 36:24)

We are reminded of what David said about this very situation in Psalm 2: 1-4. “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.”

God has a time for all His purposes, Just wait. The time for the Palestinians may not be very far away.

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The Endtime Scenario Continues to Unfold
Nov 1st, 2010
Art Sadlier

A few years ago reporting on the end-time prophetic scenario was relatively simple. The process is growing more complicated by the day. Today so many events of end-time significance are happening that it is hard to focus on any one area.

In the European Union the office of a super-leader is in place awaiting the arrival of the super-man to take over. There is economic turmoil, confusion, discontent as a struggle develops between the EU nations and the leadership in Brussels. This struggle is for control over the Union and for the Union’s control over the nations. The characteristic of this Revived Roman Empire since its’ inception has been disunity and a lack of cohesion, “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 2:42)

In a recent move the leadership in Brussels are devising new ways to raise taxes which will funnel 100’s of billions of Euros directly to Brussels. In the midst of its many problems, the EU is looking more and more like the infrastructure of the coming Revived Roman Empire (RRE).

We remind you that the Revived Roman Empire will not appear on the scene until after the rapture of the Church. The R.R.E. will last exactly 3 ½ years and at the mid-tribulation point will be swallowed up in the World-wide kingdom of Antichrist. Revelation 17:13, “These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” This occurs at the mid-tribulation point.

The R.R.E. does not appear in its final form until the Antichrist appears. “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,” Revelation 17:12. Daniel also describes the appearance of Antichrist on the scene in Europe. “And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.” Daniel 7:24.

The stage has been quietly set for the Beast to come on the scene in Europe and violently take over the EU and establish the R.R.E. I believe the present turmoil is a part of the setting for his coming.

Believer you are in the way of the revelation of Antichrist. The rapture must take place before he is revealed. You will not see him appear, you will be caught up before he comes on the scene.  “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” (Revelation 3:10)  This was written to the Church of Philadelphia which is side by side with the Laodicean Church in the lasts days. Keep listening for the Sound of the Trumpet.

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War on the Horizon
Nov 1st, 2010
Art Sadlier

The US, France, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel are openly coordinating war preparations, after the White House laid the military option against Iran on the table. France and Egypt are deploying fleets at the new UAR base of Fujairah opposite the Strait of Hormuz. This is according to the current edition of Debka-Net-Weekly. A major war in the Middle East is imminent.

The goal of the overall US command is to have three nuclear-powered aircraft carriers stationed in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea with a combined total of 160 warplanes on their decks - 120 on the US carriers and 40 on the Charles de Gaulle.

On October 17, in another part of the Middle East, the start of a unique military exercise slotted two more pieces into the overall architecture of US planning for a possible attack on Iran.

Saudi and Egyptian Special forces, marines, armoured, missile, air and naval contingents met for the first time in the history of their armed forces for a joint exercise, Tabuk 2. Its goal was to turn back an Iranian offensive by attacking the attacker.

The scenario they rehearsed started with Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) marines landing on Saudi oil fields and oil ports in the Eastern Provinces. One Egyptian force was assigned to rush over to augment Saudi resistance to the invaders, while a second standing by in northwest Saudi Arabia would land behind enemy lines on the western Iranian coast and raid the IRGC bases located there.

DEBKA-Net-Weekly's military sources further disclose:

1.     Tabuk 2 is only the first in a series of joint Saudi-Egyptian war games to strengthen their military cooperation and inculcate patterns of mutual defense.

 2.    An Egyptian expeditionary force, made up of armoured, naval, marine, air and commando detachments, has scattered among Saudi military bases as permanent outposts. It will stand ready for swift action at short notice in line with a strategic Saudi-Egyptian decision to have field units on the ready for instantaneous response to an Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia.

3.     Egyptian and Saudi intelligence services have unified their Iran desks.

4.    The day their war games ended, October 21, a huge new naval base was inaugurated at the United Arab Emirates port of Fujairah. The site is located at a focal point on the eastern coast of the emirate just opposite the Straits of Hormuz with links to the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean.

In addition to the UAE navy, French and Egyptian naval and marine units will be stationed at this base. This is the first time the French fleet has won a foothold in the Persian Gulf and is Egypt's first deployment for a role in defending the strategic oil transport waterway.

Debkafile further reports; “The United States has also substantially bolstered three Combined Task Forces in the region with manpower and equipment. They are: CTF151 which operates in the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin, CTF152 whose area of operation stretches from the northern Persian Gulf to the Strait of Hormuz, and CTF158 which covers the northernmost corner of the Persian Gulf.”

Attached to them are large amphibious landing craft with air transports and helicopters on their decks for carrying thousands of commandos and marines into action.      

The US and Israel meanwhile conducted a 10-day command post simulation and training exercise called Juniper Falcon 11 on October 11-21, a regular event which this time drilled responses to coordinated missile strikes from Iran, Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

Two additional scenarios included; Iranian merchant ships at sea shooting missiles and Iranian warplanes taking off from Syrian bases to blitz Israeli and American targets in the region.

The exercise tested the level of intelligence and operational coordination between US and Israeli missile interceptor systems and also how well they worked together in potential counter-attacks on missile-launching sites in Iran and its allies, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Gaza.”

Reports indicate that Iran is also preparing for war. “All in all, DEBKA-Net-Weekly's intelligence sources estimate that Iran could field in the early stages of a war 900,000 to a million fighting men - the professionally-trained 600,000-strong army and IRGC troops and the semi-trained units making up their numbers.”

Debkafile indicates that Iran would be heavily dependent on a second and third fronts which would be fought by Iran’s allies; the Syrian Army of around 500,000 soldiers, 45,000 Hezbollah forces and Hamas with about 17,000 men.

Hezbollah would attack Israel in the North West, Syria in the North East and Hamas in the South. Iranian missiles would rain down from afar while Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas would fire missiles from all directions.

Meanwhile Israel is preparing for war as well. Again Debkafile reports, “Tuesday, October 26, the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, drilled a simulated strike on the building by two of Hamas' Grad missiles during a plenary session, necessitating the transfer of deliberations to another location in Jerusalem.

That exercise, which took place three days after the conclusion of the US-Israeli joint missile defense maneuver Juniper Falcon 11, indicates Israel is fully aware that every part of the country is now exposed to Iranian or surrogate missiles. That maneuver led straight into the biggest exercise the Israeli Air force has ever staged to practice the widely-varied combat, defense and support functions this arm will have to perform against a synchronized Iranian-Syrian-Hezbollah-Palestinian assault.”

How do we assess these reports in the light of Bible prophecy? We are wise not to pretend to understand all of the twists and turns of these events. What do we believe the scriptures predict about the unfolding of the events prior to the rapture?

First; we believe that Iran will be a part of the future attack on Israel in cooperation with Russia and the alliance named in Ezekiel 38-39. This attack is not in view here as it occurs early in the tribulation period. According to the scripture, Iran will not destroy Israel prior to that time. (Nor will they in the war of Ezekiel 38-39). Iran may suffer a defeat prior to the war of Ezekiel, but would regroup for the war of Ezekiel.

Second; we believe there will be a war prior to the signing of the peace treaty by Antichrist. We see that war in Psalm 83, Isaiah 17, and Ezekiel 36. In that war we see the nations immediately around Israel attack her and seek to destroy her. Those nations are named in Psalm 83 and correspond to the Palestinians, Hamas, Hezbollah and Syria. (See October article “Five Areas of Preparation for the Final Countdown”). It seems to me we are seeing the preparations for that war. It also seems to me that because of their fear of Iran, the nations (named as the nations now preparing to go to war with Iran) are merely pawns in the Lord’s hand to hold Iran at bay to facilitate Israel’s destruction of Syria, Hamas, Hezbollah and the Palestinians. (Psalm 83:13-17; Isaiah 17:13-14; Ezekiel 36:5-7)

Such a scenario would prepare the way for Antichrist to negotiate the peace treaty with world-wide disarmament. The possible use of nuclear weapons in this coming war would prepare the world for a nuclear disarmament treaty. The present nuclear proliferation already has the world very worried.

We are standing on the threshold of cataclysmic, world changing events. We cannot be certain about all the details, however the overall end time prophetic scenario is falling into place.

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