Zechariah 12 Scenario Unfolds: World Votes To Divide Jerusalem

The Coming Deliverance of Judah

The burden of the word of the Lord against Israel. Thus says the Lord, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him: “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. In that day,” says the Lord, “I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in the Lord of hosts, their God.’ In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place—Jerusalem.

“The Lord will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not become greater than that of Judah. In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them. It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Mourning for the Pierced One

“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.  And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves; all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves.  (Zechariah 12:1-14  New King JamesVersion (NKJV)Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.)

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Nearing the one year anniversary of the passage of Security Council Resolution 2334 which formally called for the dividing of God’s covenant land, the United Nations General Assembly has just overwhelmingly passed Resolution 11982, a document simply entitled “Jerusalem.”  The vote was 151 to 6, with 9 abstentions.  At the heart of the resolution is this unequivocal rejection of Israel’s sovereignty over its eternal capital, Jerusalem (source):

[The General Assembly] reiterates its determination that any actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever, and calls upon Israel to immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures.

Don’t downplay the significance of this historic vote.  It may only have symbolic affect, but God takes these votes seriously and this may very well be regarded by Him as the world’s final answer to His claim over the Promised Land.  In December 2016 the United Nations voted to sever Judea and Samaria from Israel.  In November 2017 the United Nations has voted to sever Jerusalem from Israel.  This overwhelming vote may be the catalyst for Zechariah 12:3:

On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.

Prophecy continues to move towards a soon and climactic conclusion and this vote brings us ever closer to that conclusion.

Just several hours ago the Trump Administration began lifting the veil on its Middle East peace plans with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner delivering a historic speech at the Saban Forum:

You can find telling highlights from the speech here.  In short, Kushner has revealed that the Trump Administration is planning to push hard for a final status agreement between Israel and Palestine and thus the United States’ defiant attempt to divide God’s land brings the country and world ever closer to global judgment.  There is even a hint that the United States may not move the embassy to Jerusalem until progress is made on a final peace agreement.

This judgment may already be playing out as we see airwaves consumed with the news of Michael Flynn’s charges in the FBI’s “Russian collusion” case.  The statements in question from Flynn pertained to the December 2016 vote against Israel (of all topics!).

While the Middle East situation is nearing a crescendo, North Korea has just successfully tested a new ICBM called the Hwasong-15 that puts the entire continental United States within range.  Geopolitical and military analysts are coalescing around the belief that the North Korean situation is nearing the point of no return, where the war of words cannot be taken back.  Agreement is building that war is now inevitable and this war will be unlike anything modern Americans are familiar with.

In the midst of all of this, another possible sign in the heavens has appeared: the longest-lasting rainbow ever recorded.  The double rainbow appeared over Taiwan and lasted for nine hours, beating the previous record by a full three hours.

Remember that the rainbow is a sign that God will never again judge the entire world with a flood.  However, the second global cataclysm is a judgment by fire.

I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.  Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.  Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.

Compare God’s promise in Genesis to what the apostle Peter prophesies will happen at the end of the age:

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.  They will say, ‘Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.’  But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.  By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.  By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  (Click to Source)

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Is Russia preparing to ATTACK US troops in Syria? Moscow warns it will target areas held by US Special Forces if the Kremlin’s soldiers are fired on ‘again’ by anti-Assad forces

 

  • Russian troops are fighting with the Syrian army to recapture city of Deir Ezzor 
  • Syrian Democratic Forces and US special forces have also moved on the city
  • Moscow says its troops have come under fire twice from American positions
  • Russia said its soldiers are prepared to return fire if they are threatened

Russia has said its troops are prepared to fire on US positions in Syria if they come under attack by American-backed soldiers ‘again’.

The Kremlin accused US forces of ‘twice’ firing on positions being occupied by the army of Bashar al-Assad, which is fighting alongside Russian special forces to recapture the city of Deir Ezzor from ISIS.

Moscow said the Syrian Democratic Forces, which are being supported by US troops on the ground, opened fire with artillery and mortars, though did not say when.

If this happens again, ‘those areas will be immediately suppressed with all military means’, Russian commander Major-General Igor Konashenkov said.

Russian commanders in Syria have warned they will fire on positions occupied by the Syrian Democratic Forces, who are being supported by the US, if they are threatened (pictured, a Russia sniper in Syria)

 Russian commanders in Syria have warned they will fire on positions occupied by the Syrian Democratic Forces, who are being supported by the US, if they are threatened (pictured, a Russia sniper in Syria)

Moscow said the SDF has 'twice' fired on positions held by the Syrian Arab Army, which it is supporting, as they fight to recapture the city of Deir Ezzor from ISIS

Moscow said the SDF has ‘twice’ fired on positions held by the Syrian Arab Army, which it is supporting, as they fight to recapture the city of Deir Ezzor from ISIS

The SDF has taken up positions on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River, while the Syrian Arab Army has been fighting its way along the western shore

 The SDF has taken up positions on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River, while the Syrian Arab Army has been fighting its way along the western shore

He added: ‘A representative of the U.S. military command was told in no uncertain terms that any attempts to open fire from areas where SDF fighters are located would be quickly shut down.’

Russia said SDF forces, which are mostly comprised of Kurdish People’s Liberation Army battalions, had split away from fighting around ISIS’s de-facto capital in Raqqa to join the battle in Deir Ezzor.

The Syrian Arab Army, controlled by Assad, is currently fighting along the western shore of the Euphrates river and has pushed into the main city.

Meanwhile the SDF has taken up positions on the opposite bank and are fighting towards the outlying town of Hussainiyah.

Tensions in the region have been rising as the two armies push toward each-other, bringing two world superpowers ever closer to direct conflict.

Both President Trump and President Putin have insisted that their only goal in Syria is to eliminate ISIS, but that has not stopped the pair butting heads.

The most serious incident took place earlier this year when Trump launched 60 cruise missiles at Shayrat Airbase, which is controlled by Assad and had Russian troops stationed there at the time.

The move was retaliation for a gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun which the UN has said was perpetrated by the Assad regime.

Earlier this week the Russian Defence Ministry  accused U.S. spies of initiating a jihadi offensive against government-held parts of north-west Syria.

Both Russia and the US say their sole goal in Syria is the eradication of ISIS, but this has not stopped the two superpowers from butting heads

 Both Russia and the US say their sole goal in Syria is the eradication of ISIS, but this has not stopped the two superpowers from butting heads

Major-General Igor Konashenkov, commander of Russian forces in Syria, said any further aggression by the SDF will be 'immediately suppressed with all military means'

Major-General Igor Konashenkov, commander of Russian forces in Syria, said any further aggression by the SDF will be ‘immediately suppressed with all military means’

The Syrian Arab Army (pictured) is loyal to Bashar al-Assad, while the SDF is mostly comprised of Kurdish People's Liberation Army battalions

 The Syrian Arab Army (pictured) is loyal to Bashar al-Assad, while the SDF is mostly comprised of Kurdish People’s Liberation Army battalions

The ministry said 29 Russian military policemen had been surrounded by jihadis as a result and that Russia had been forced to break them out.

‘According to our information, U.S. intelligence services initiated the offensive to halt the successful advance of government troops to the east of Deir Ezzor,’ said Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi.

The Syrian army, backed by Russian war planes, has captured about 100 km (160 miles) of the west bank of the Euphrates this month, reaching the Raqqa provincial border on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Syrian troops also crossed to the eastern side of the river on Monday where the SDF has been advancing.

The convergence of the rival offensives has increased tensions in Deir al-Zor.

The U.S.-backed militia said on Saturday they had come under attack from Russian jets and Syrian government forces, something Moscow denied.

On Monday, the SDF warned against any further Syrian army advances on the eastern riverbank, and Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Tuesday that the waters of the Euphrates had risen as soon as the Syrian army began crossing it, suggesting this could only have happened if upstream dams held by the U.S.-backed opposition had been opened.  (Click to Site)

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: Russian Warship Heading For U.S. Navy Destroyers That Launched Syrian Attack

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On Friday, Fox Business reported that a Russian warship has entered the eastern Mediterranean, heading towards the direction of the two U.S. Navy destroyers that were used for launching the missiles on Syria Thursday night. The Russian Frigate has left the Black Sea, gone through the Bosphorus strait and is traveling to the position of the USS Ross and the USS Porter. A U.S. Defense official told Fox News that the Russian frigate, Admiral Grigorovich RFS-494, crossed through the strait “a few hours ago.”

TASS, the Russian news agency, put out a report that a military source said Russia’s frigate heading towards the Syrian port of Tartus was “routine,” however many note that due to the military action in the region, Russia would have wanted to changed course. (Click to Article)

UN General Assembly votes in favor of Palestinian statehood

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The U.N. General Assembly voted Thursday in favor of Palestinian statehood, after the Palestinians asked it to recognize a non-member state of Palestine in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

The resolution upgrading the Palestinians’ status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations was approved by a more than two-thirds majority of the 193-member world body — a vote of 138 to 9, with the U.S. and Israel among those who opposed. There were 41 abstentions.

Real independence, however, remains an elusive dream until the Palestinians negotiate a peace deal with the Israelis, who warned that the General Assembly action will only delay a lasting solution. Israel still controls the West Bank, east Jerusalem and access to Gaza, and it accused the Palestinians of bypassing negotiations with the campaign to upgrade their U.N. status.

The United States immediately criticized the historic vote. “Today’s unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstacles in the path peace,” U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said.

And U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called the vote “unfortunate” and “counterproductive.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the speech by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the General Assembly shortly before the vote “defamatory and venomous,” saying it was “full of mendacious propaganda” against Israel.

Abbas had told the General Assembly that it was “being asked today to issue the birth certificate of Palestine.” Abbas said the vote is the last chance to save the two-state solution.

After the vote, Netanyahu said the UN move violated past agreements between Israel and the Palestinians and that Israel would act accordingly, without elaborating what steps it might take.

Just before the vote, Israel’s U.N. ambassador, Ron Prosor, warned the General Assembly that “the Palestinians are turning their backs on peace” and that the U.N. can’t break the 4,000-year-old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel.

The vote had been certain to succeed, with most of the member states sympathetic to the Palestinians. Several key countries, including France, this week announced they would support the move to elevate the Palestinians from the status of U.N. observer to nonmember observer state.

Thursday’s vote came on the same day, Nov. 29, that the U.N. General Assembly in 1947 voted to recognize a state in Palestine, with the jubilant revelers then Jews. The Palestinians rejected that partition plan, and decades of tension and violence have followed.

The vote grants Abbas an overwhelming international endorsement for his key position: establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, the territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war. With Netanyahu opposed to a pullback to the 1967 lines, this should strengthen Abbas’ hand if peace talks resume.

The overwhelming vote also could help Abbas restore some of his standing, which has been eroded by years of standstill in peace efforts. His rival, Hamas, deeply entrenched in Gaza, has seen its popularity rise after an Israeli offensive on targets linked to the Islamic militant group there earlier this month.

Israel has stepped back from initial threats of harsh retaliation for the Palestinians seeking U.N. recognition, but government officials warned that Israel would respond to any Palestinian attempts to use the upgraded status to confront Israel in international bodies.

The Palestinians now can gain access to U.N. agencies and international bodies, most significantly the International Criminal Court, which could become a springboard for going after Israel for alleged war crimes or its ongoing settlement building on war-won land.

However, in the run-up to the U.N. vote, Abbas signaled that he wants recognition to give him leverage in future talks with Israel, and not as a tool for confronting or delegitimizing Israel, as Israeli leaders have alleged.

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Is The U.S. Being Cursed Because Of It’s Present Treatment Of Israel?

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.

Genesis 12: 1-3

In Genesis 12: 1-3, we are given a glimpse of how the nations of the world should treat Abraham’s descendants, the Jewish people…Israel.  God tells Abraham to leave his family, who lived in the City of Haran.   In faith, God told him to move to a land which he had never been to…the land of Canaan – which is now present day Israel.  Abraham is told by God. that he and his descendants, will be blessed by the Most High  because of his obedience to God.  The promise is that those who blessed Abraham’s descendants would be blessed and those who cursed his descendants would be cursed.

We, at this present time in history, see the United States government doing all that it can to divide the land of Israel and the City of Jerusalem.  The US is doing this as well as supporting the Palestinians’ attempt to wipe Israel off the map, with a false peace.  Do you consider this a true support for the only true ally we have in the Middle East?  The US is still suffering economic hard times, joblessness, droughts, floods, hurricanes (Super Storm Sandy) in the Northeast, earthquakes, declining economic and military power and the horrific behavior of corrupt politicians bringing this country down.

What is there to say?  Are we blessed or cursed, according to God’s Word?  Wake up, America, we have taken our fingers and poked God in His Eye and cursed Israel – instead of blessing her.  God is cursing America for our treatment of the nation of Israel.

Please return tomorrow for Part II of my article.

Israeli government websites under mass hacking attack

More than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government web sites since Wednesday when Israel began its Gaza air strikes, the government said on Sunday.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said just one hacking attempt was successful on a site he did not want to name, but it was up and running after 10 minutes of downtime.

Typically, there are a few hundred hacking attempts a day on Israeli sites, the ministry said.

Attempts on defence-related sites have been the highest, while 10 million attempts have been made on the site of Israel’s president, 7 million on the Foreign Ministry and 3 million on the site of the prime minister.

A ministry spokesman said while the attacks have come from around the world, most have been from Israel and the Palestinian territories.

“The ministry’s computer division will continue to block the millions of cyber attacks,” Steinitz said. “We are enjoying the fruits of our investment in recent years in developing computerized defence systems.”

Steinitz has instructed his ministry to operate in emergency mode to counter attempts to undermine government sites.

Both sides in the Gaza conflict, but particularly Israel, are embracing the social media as one of their tools of warfare. The Israeli Defense Force has established a presence on nearly every platform available while Palestinian militants are active on Twitter.

“The war is taking place on three fronts. The first is physical, the second is on the world of social networks and the third is cyber,” said Carmela Avner, Israel’s chief information officer.

Last month, U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said cyberspace is the battlefield of the future, with attackers already going after banks and other financial systems. U.S. banks have been under sustained attack by suspected Iranian hackers thought to be responding to economic sanctions aimed at forcing Tehran to negotiate over its nuclear program.

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Israel ready to ‘significantly expand’ Gaza offensive

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stern warning to Hamas on Sunday, declaring that the Israeli army was prepared to significantly widen its Gaza offensive. Netanyahu’s threat came as Hamas launched a fresh rocket attack on Tel Aviv.

The Israeli army is ready to “significantly expand” its operation in Gaza, the country’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday as Hamas launched fresh rocket attacks on Tel Aviv.
Speaking at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said “The soldiers are ready for any activity that could take place”.
Netanyahu issued the warning as Israel’s “Iron Dome” system intercepted two rockets aimed at Tel Aviv. Hamas militants admitted responsibility for the latest rocket attack on Israel’s commercial capital.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry told FRANCE24 that a ground offensive into Gaza was likely if the rocket attacks continued.
“Our sole aim of this offensive is to make Hamas stop firing rockets. We have used air strikes but if that’s not enough then we may contemplate ground operations as well,” Ygal Palmor from the Israeli foreign ministry told FRANCE 24 on Sunday.
“If rockets are being fired then that will bring the ground operation forward,” he added.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also said on Sunday that Israel would not negotiate a truce with the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers as long as rocket fire continues from the Palestinian enclave.
Israel’s operation has drawn Western support for what US and European leaders have called Israel’s right to self-defence, but there have also been a growing number of calls from world leaders to seek an end to the violence.On Sunday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague warned that a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip “would lose Israel a lot of the international support and sympathy that they have in this situation.”

Hague told Sky News television it was much more difficult to limit civilian casualties in a ground assault and said it would threaten to prolong the conflict.

Air and sea raids continue

Fifty Palestinians, about half of them civilians, including 14 children, have been killed since the Israeli offensive began, Palestinian officials said. More than 500 rockets fired from Gaza have hit Israel, killing three civilians.

Since Israel unleashed its massive air campaign on Wednesday, the Jewish state has launched more than 950 air strikes on the coastal Palestinian territory, targeting weaponry and flattening militant homes and headquarters.
The raids continued past midnight on Sunday, with warships bombarding targets from the sea. An air raid targeted a building in Gaza City housing the offices of local Arab media, wounding three journalists from al Quds television, a station Israel sees as pro-Hamas, witnesses said.
The TV building also housed journalists from Britain’s ITN news and Sky News networks.
Three other attacks killed three children and wounded 14 other people, medical officials said.
Violence ‘shatters’ hopes of peace
The night of violence represents a blow to peace efforts, which have been lead by Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi, who on Saturday said there were indications a truce could “soon” be reached.
FRANCE 24’s correspondent Gallagher Fenwick, reporting from Gaza, witnessed the latest night of violence.
“Throughout the night we heard very heavy shelling, most of it coming from Israeli warships stationed off the coast. The sound of Apache helicopters and drones flying low overhead could also be heard,” Fenwick said on Sunday.
“The Israeli Air Force has published a statement saying it had hit what it called ‘terrorist targets’ across the Gaza Strip, including rocket-launching facilities and other Hamas infrastructure. For their part, the Palestinian factions are claiming responsibility for rockets being fired towards Israel,” said Fenwick.
“It has really shattered the hopes that were raised on Saturday night when rumours came out of Cairo that a truce might be brokered between the two sides,” he continued. “Considering the night we have just had, it appears we are heading in the opposite direction.”
On Sunday, France also became involved in attempts to bring peace to the region with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius travelling to Israel to try and broker a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.
During his one-day visit Fabius is due to meet with Israeli leaders as well as with the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas, diplomatic sources told AFP.
Egypt’s foreign ministry said that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will head to Cairo on Monday for talks with the president and other officials on the crisis in Gaza.
Israeli President Shimon Peres said in an interview with Britain’s Sky News on Sunday he welcomed efforts by his Egyptian counterpart to secure a ceasefire in the Gaza conflict but accused Hamas of rejecting the proposals.
A delegation of ministers from the Arab League are due to visit the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in what a league official described as a “show of support for the territory”.
Israel said it would keep schools in its southern region shut on Sunday as a precaution to avoid casualties from rockets.
On Saturday, in the Israeli Mediterranean port of Ashdod, a rocket ripped into several balconies. Police said five people were hurt.

Are We Ready For The Next Middle East War?

 

Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,  and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Matthew 24: 3-8

As the Middle East match box gets hotter, the prophesies we read from Jesus in Matthew 24 are being fulfilled before our eyes. The enemies of Israel are planning for the destruction of the Jewish people and her allies. Various nations of the world are rising up against each other and peace is elusive as ever.

The U.S. has seen it’s share of drought, pestilences, crop failures, and natural disasters which put us in a position of wondering if we are prepared for the next disaster which may befall us. Are we also ready for higher gasoline and food prices should the Middle East erupt in war?

Now is the time to prepare for any disaster which might befall you by stocking up with food, water, and other items to get you through the next disaster

P.S. Receiving salvation and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the best thing that could happen to you now and in the time of disaster.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 3: 16-17

Prepare Today For What Might Happen Tomorrow!