02/26/2019 / By JD Heyes
For anyone who’s keeping score, 100 percent of the terrorist attacks that have occurred in the West for at least the past two decades have been committed by Islamic extremists.
Followers of Christ, Buddhists, Hindus, and Jews have not hijacked airplanes and flown them into buildings. They haven’t rented vans and mowed people over. They haven’t attacked restaurants with AK-47s or certain events with pipe bombs. Radicalized followers of the Islamic faith committed these acts.
And for good measure, radical Islamic groups like ISIS have taken over vast swaths of the Middle East, executing followers of other religions while mass murdering anyone else who refused to ascribe to their religious dogma.
So, it’s puzzling to Catholics and other followers of the Christian faith as to why Pope Francis has essentially, in their view, betrayed them by signing a pact that, Biblically speaking, amounts to the fulfillment of an (Related: CounterThink with Mike Adams: are there possessed “Demoncrats” that walk among us?)‘end times’ prophecy.
According to the website Now the End Begins:
The pope and the grand imam of al-Azhar have signed a historic declaration of fraternity, calling for peace between nations, religions and races, in front of a global audience of religious leaders from Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other faiths. Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s Catholics, and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the head of Sunni Islam’s most prestigious seat of learning, arrived at the ceremony in Abu Dhabi hand-in-hand in a symbol of interfaith brotherhood.
What could be bad about this? After all, shouldn’t followers of different religious faiths get along? Not all followers would agree.
While Christians forgive and their Bible teaches them to love even ‘thy enemies,’ Islam’s Koran does not teach a similar tolerance of other faiths. In fact, according to Robert Spencer’s book, “The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran,” the Islamic holy book “incites hatred and violence and is anti-democratic, anti-freedom, and intolerant of any other ideology.”
The book “focuses on the decrees toward Jews and Christians, how they were viewed by Muhammad, what ‘the infidels’ have done wrong and what the Koran has in store for them,” adds a summary.
Now The End Begins notes that in 2015, Francis said something unusual for a Catholic leader in an address to the United Nations. In addressing the U.N.’s General Assembly, the pontiff said that he had come to them “in my own name” — odd since he is supposedly the Vicar of Christ and as such speaks to the world through the divine spirit, not that of a ‘mortal’ Man.
Now, the site continues, Francis has made a “peace covenant” with the leader of Sunni Islam. The document makes several references to the assemblage of the world’s various religions but no Bible verses are contained within it and there is no connection with the word “god” and Bible patriarchs like Moses, Abraham, and others.
Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb is today the most important man in Sunni Islam. As The Guardian reports, however, the signing of the document “was done in front of a global audience of religious leaders from Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and other faiths.”
Is this the beginning of a ‘one world religion’ some have asked? Clearly there was a concerted effort to ensure that all major faiths were represented at the ceremony in Abu Dhabi, but “over and over again,” Now The End Begins notes, “the word ‘God’ is used to simultaneously identify All and the God of Christianity.”
Also, the document “boldly declares that ‘the diversity of religions’ that we see in the world was ‘willed by God,’” the website continues.
The globalist elite has long sought the creation of a one-world religion because it would be a vehicle to unite the world’s people under a singular government.
Is the pope the Bible’s recognized “antiChrist” and did he just take us closer to the singular world religion prophesied in Revelations? (Click to Source)
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CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — The deadly tsunami struck in the dark, without warning.
At least 222 people were killed as waves smashed into houses, hotels and other beachside buildings Saturday night along Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, in a disaster that followed an eruption and possible landslide on Anak Krakatau, one of the world’s most infamous volcanic islands.
More than 800 others were injured and dozens were reported missing after the tsunami hit coastal areas along western Java and southern Sumatra islands at 9:27 p.m. Saturday amid a Christmas holiday weekend, the Disaster Management Agency said. The death toll could increase once authorities hear from all stricken areas.
It was the second deadly tsunami to hit Indonesia this year, but the one that killed more than 2,500 people on the island of Sulawesi on Sept. 28 was accompanied by a powerful earthquake that gave residents a brief warning before the waves struck.
On Saturday night, the ground did not shake beforehand to alert people to the oncoming wave that ripped buildings from their foundations in seconds and swept terrified concert goers on a popular resort beach into the sea.
Azki Kurniawan, 16, said his first warning about the tsunami was when people burst into the lobby of the Patra Comfort Hotel shouting, “Sea water rising!”
Kurniawan, who was undergoing vocational training with a group of 30 other students, said he was confused because he had not felt a big earthquake. He said he ran to the parking lot to try to reach his motorbike but discovered it was already flooded.
“Suddenly, a 1-meter (3.3-foot) wave hit me,” he said, his eyes red and swollen from crying. “I was thrown into the fence of a building about 30 meters (100 feet) from the beach and held onto the fence as strong as I could, trying to resist the water, which felt like it would drag me back into the sea. I cried in fear … ‘This is a tsunami?’ I was afraid I would die.”
Dramatic video posted on social media showed the Indonesian pop band Seventeen performing under a tent on popular Tanjung Lesung beach at a concert for employees of a state-owned electricity company. Dozens of people sat at tables while others swayed to the music near the stage as strobe lights flashed and theatrical smoke was released. A child could also be seen wandering through the crowd.
Seconds later, with the drummer pounding just as the next song was about to begin, the stage suddenly heaved forward and buckled under the force of the water, tossing the band and its equipment into the audience.
The group released a statement saying their bass player, guitarist and road manager were killed, while two other band members and the wife of one of the performers were missing.
“The tide rose to the surface and dragged all the people on site,” the statement said. “Unfortunately, when the current receded, our members were unable to save themselves while some did not find a place to hold on.”
Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said 222 deaths had been confirmed and at least 843 people were injured.
The worst-affected area was the Pandeglang region of Java’s Banten province, which encompasses Ujung Kulon National Park and popular beaches, the agency said.
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo expressed his sympathy and ordered government agencies to respond quickly to the disaster.
“My deep condolences to the victims in Banten and Lumpung provinces,” he said. “Hopefully, those who are left have patience.”
At the Vatican, Pope Francis prayed for the dead, the missing and the homeless in Indonesia, telling tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square that his thoughts were with victims “struck by violent natural calamities.”
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted support for Indonesia: “We are praying for recovery and healing. America is with you!”
In the city of Bandar Lampung on Sumatra, hundreds of residents took refuge at the governor’s office, while at the popular resort area of Anyer beach on Java, some survivors wandered in the debris.
Tourists who were enjoying the long holiday weekend ahead of Christmas were also affected.
“I had to run, as the wave passed the beach and landed 15-20m (meters, or 50-65 feet) inland,” said Norwegian Oystein Lund Andersen, in a Facebook post. The self-described photographer and volcano enthusiast said he was taking pictures of the volcano when he suddenly saw the water racing toward him. He and his family fled safely to higher ground.
The damage became apparent after daybreak Sunday. Nine hotels and hundreds of homes were heavily damaged by the waves. Broken chunks of concrete and splintered sticks of wood littered hard-hit coastal areas, turning beach getaways popular with Jakarta residents into near ghost towns. Vehicles were tossed into the rubble or were buried under collapsed roofs. Debris from thatch-bamboo shacks was strewn along beaches.
Yellow, orange and black body bags were laid out, and weeping relatives identified the dead.
Scientists, including those from Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics agency, said the tsunami could have been caused by landslides — either above ground or under water — on the steep slope of the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano. The scientists also cited tidal waves caused by the full moon.
The 305-meter (1,000-foot) -high Anak Krakatau, whose name means “Child of Krakatoa,” lies on an island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, linking the Indian Ocean and the Java Sea. It has been erupting since June and did so again about 24 minutes before the tsunami, the geophysics agency said.
The volcanic island formed over years after the 1883 eruption of the Krakatoa volcano, one of the largest, most devastating in recorded history. That disaster killed more than 30,000 people, launched far-reaching tsunamis and created so much ash that day was turned to night in the area and a global temperature drop was recorded.
Most of the island sank into a volcanic crater under the sea, and the area remained calm until the 1920s, when Anak Krakatau began to rise from the site. It continues to grow each year and erupts periodically although it is much smaller than Krakatoa.
Gegar Prasetya, co-founder of the Tsunami Research Center Indonesia, said Saturday’s tsunami was likely caused by a flank collapse — when a big section of a volcano’s slope gives way. It’s possible for an eruption to trigger a landslide above ground or beneath the ocean, both capable of producing waves, he said.
“Actually, the tsunami was not really big, only 1 meter (3.3 feet),” said Prasetya, who has studied Krakatoa. “The problem is people always tend to build everything close to the shoreline.”
Indonesia, a vast archipelago of more than 17,000 islands and home to 260 million people, lies along the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. Roads and infrastructure are poor in many areas of the disaster-prone country, making access difficult in the best of conditions.
Saturday’s tsunami also rekindled memories of the massive magnitude 9.1 earthquake that hit Indonesia on Dec. 26, 2004. It spawned a giant tsunami off Sumatra island, killing more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries — the majority in Indonesia. (Click to Source)
Associated Press writers Margie Mason and Ali Kotarumalos in Jakarta, Indonesia, contributed.
Daniel Juster, Th. D. Restoration from Zion of Tikkun Global
September 12th, 2018
Those who believe that the rapture of the saints and the resurrection of the righteous in Yeshua comes at the end of the tribulation (Post Tribulation), present two views of where to place the rapture. One view, which I think is the more dominant, is that it comes at the seventh Shofar in Rev 11. The other view is that it comes at the end of the season of the bowls of wrath (a brief season at the end of the tribulation), and is identified with the blowing of the shofar at the end of Yom Kippur. This identification is connected to the I Cor. 15:51-52 text that says we will be transformed at the last shofar.
In my book Passover, Key to the Book of Revelation, I argue for the seventh shofar as the shofar of the Rapture, our being caught up with the Lord that leads to our return with him. I see a process of events in his return and do not see it as an all at once event. I do understand that in such matters we see through a glass dimly and that all such views are somewhat speculative.
My reasons for holding to this view:
1. The Last Shofar in I Cor. 15 could refer just to the last of the shofars that bring judgment and this seventh is the last one in the series and announces the final judgment, rapture and resurrection. It is not the last to ever be blown. There will be many more blown throughout the Millennial Age.
2. The Feast of Yom Teruah, or the Feast of the Blasting of the Trumpet, has no great fulfillment as do the other Feasts, which have obvious fulfillments in Yeshua. But if Yom Teruah announces the coming of the Messiah, and effects the rapture, the resurrection and then his descent to earth, we would have that fitting fulfillment. Other attempts do not identify a great fulfillment sufficient for the weightiness of a major feast. The association of I Thes. 4:16-17 with Yom Teruah or Rosh Hoshana is a dominant view and commonly taught for good reason.
3. The Book of Revelation provides a chronology that is progressive in the 7 Seals, the 7 Shofarot, and the Seven Bowls of Wrath. The Seventh Seal opens up and includes the Seven Trumpets. The Seventh Trumpet opens up and includes the Seven Bowls of God’s wrath. The book also includes parentheses narratives in the midst of this progression that are not necessarily in the progression. It is significant that John puts his parentheses narratives where he does.
Before the Seventh Shofar, John writes that the mystery of God has been completed when he is about to sound the seventh shofar (Rev. 10:7). If this is the shofar of the rapture and resurrection, it would be a perfect fit. The mystery is the completion of the numbers counted in the Bride of the Messiah (as Paul teaches in Ephesians 3 and is the fullness of the gentiles in Romans 11). If the rapture and resurrection are after the seventh shofar, then the mystery would not be complete before it is blown as Rev. 10:7 states. There would still be people being saved who can be part of the rapture after the blowing of the seventh shofar. This does not fit the text in Rev. 10:7.
4. Revelation 11:3 states that at the end of 1,260 days (the time of the Great Tribulation) the two prophetic witnesses who are martyred are raised from the dead and ascend to heaven. This is certainly a picture of the rapture and resurrection that I believe shortly follows. Then there is a great earthquake and 7,000 die in the city called Sodom, which is identified as Jerusalem by noting that it is the city where our Lord was crucified. It then indicates that Jerusalem turns to the Lord. “The rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.” (Rev. 11:14)
In every other case when judgments falls in the Book of Revelation, the people do not turn to God but rebel and curse all the more since they are under the deception of the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet. This fits as the time when Israel/Jerusalem calls on Yeshua to save them (Matthew 23:39 ff.)
This fits Zech. 14 where the nations have surrounded Jerusalem, there is the earthquake and then the Lord goes forth to fight against the armies of those nations. The turning of Jerusalem to Yeshua fits if it occurs between Zech. 2-3and then his feet touch down on the Mt. of Olives. The saints return with Yeshua and the war is still ongoing, not the end of the war yet. It is not yet the born-again experience for Israel, but seems it is a corporate turning of Jerusalem to Yeshua. Only after this turning in Rev. 11:14 do we read that the angel sounds the Seventh shofar. I believe that when Israel or Jerusalem call upon Yeshua it leads to the rapture, then the Kingdoms of this World have become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Anointed One. (Rev. 11:15). (Click to Source)
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Cashless Society Rapidly Approaches
We all love our computers. It’s one of the most fascinating instruments ever conceived by the ingenuity of man. They help us find the answers to problems that once took days or even weeks of working mathematical formulas. But, our wonderful computers are helping us issue in the new CASHLESS SOCIETY, needed in a One World Government.
Where does the Bible speak of this “cashless society” and this “Mark of the Beast” that will be used on every man, woman and child who will be “Left Behind” to experience that horrible tribulation after the return of Jesus Christ for his Bride and the uprising of the Antichrist.
Revelation 13:16-18 (KJV) reads:
The word “count” in verse 18 comes from the Greek word “psephizo.” It means, “to compute.”
From the statement of that inspired verse, we are led to draw the conclusion that IT IS POSSIBLE to compute the name of the antichrist and thus discover who he WILL BE. I say, “WILL BE” because, this prophecy has been reserved, evidently, for the believer of the last generation, and because no one has been successful in attempts at gematria in the past.
The famous “666” has been studied by students of prophecy for many years. They have tried to compute the names of various world leaders – to try to find out if they fit the description of the antichrist.
For instance, during World War II, many people thought that Hitler was the antichrist. The name HITLER can be computed, using the following number code:
A=100, B=101, C=102, D=103, E=104, F=105, G=106, H=107, I=108, J=109, K=110, L=111, M=112, N=113,
O=114, P=115, Q=116, R=117, S=118, T=119, U=120, V=121, W=122, X=123, Y=124, Z=125
Giving the letters of his name numerical values, then adding the letters together, you reach the sum of 666. Of course, Hitler was not THE ANTICHRIST, although he was an antichrist. Jesus said in Matthew 24 that there would be many.
This procedure is called “GEMATRIA” by Dr. E.W. Bullinger in his book, “Number in the Scripture.” Dr. Bullinger published his book in 1894. He had no idea that a man named Hitler would emerge upon the world scene.
Yet, he added credibility to the process. On page 282 he wrote, “Six hundred and sixty six is the ‘number of a name.’ When the name of the antichrist is known its gematria will doubtless be found to be the number 666.”
Some have said that 666 applied to Pope Paul VI. Blessed Paul VI, original name Giovanni Battista Montini (born September 26, 1897, Concesio, near Brescia, Italy – died August 6, 1978). PAUL VI – 6 letters in his name. Paul in Latin is Paulus, also 6 letters. He was the 6th Pope named Paul. Thus, 666. His ELECTION was on 6/21/63 (This involves two 6’s and 2+1+3=6). Thus, 666. At age 66, he was the 6th pope elected in the 20th century, thus, 666. His crowning took place on 6/30/63 (again, two 6’s and 3+3=6). Thus, 666.
The original apostle Paul was executed in Rome on 6/30/66 A.D. (Note 66 A.D.)
However, we cannot say with certainty that we have discovered THE ANTICHRIST. In fact, the letters that make up the Roman numerals add up to that unholy number.
I=1, V=5, X=10, L=50, C=100, D=500 (total 666).
Surely, this gematria of Roman numerals reveals to us that the 10-nation confederation of the end time world powers headed up by the antichrist will have its roots in Rome. Dr. C.I. Scofield taught this “revival of the Roman Empire” in his study helps, to the Bible published originally in 1909.
Whatever the numbering system, it is an exciting study. We can only speculate at this point, and we will not be on earth when that Man of Sin is revealed. There is no way we can pinpoint prophecy, but we can get excited about the Saviour’s soon return when we study prophecy.
The world today is being prepared for that famous unholy number – 666.
The movie entitled, “The Final Conflict” – the third ‘Omen’ film, reveals the number 666 in its advertisements.
Computers sent to Israel by the Lear Seigler Company bear the number 666.
Atop a skyscraper in New York City shines the unholy 666 in huge bright red numbers. Yes, the world is being prepared for the antichrist.
In 1973, the Yom Kippur War broke out between the Arabs and the Jews. Mr. Henry Kissinger began his “shuttle diplomacy” and brought the war to an almost miraculous conclusion. CBS News called him “the greatest miracle worker in the Middle East since…oh well, in a long time.” Mr. Sadat of Egypt also called him a miracle worker. To many students of prophecy he was a good candidate for the antichrist and strangely enough, his name does add up to 666.
In order to find that gamatria we must add the number 6 (which is the number of man) to each succeeding letter of the alphabet.
A=6, B=12, C=18, D=24, E=30, F=36, G=42, H=48, I=54, J=60, K=66, L=72, M=78, N=84, O=90, P=96, Q=102, R=108, S=114, T=120, U=126, V=132, W=138, X=144, Y=150, Z=156
The name Kissinger, therefore, was computed in the following manner:
K=66, I=54, S=114, S=114, I=54, N=84, G=42, E=30, R=108 (KISSINGER =666)
Is this a viable way to compute? While researching the question, I discovered that the Sumerian peoples of Southern Iraq used “base 6” in their number system. The Sumerians lived in the days of Noah and are the earliest civilization known to archaeology. The common fractions ½, 1/3, ¼ and 1/5 were written accordingly as 30/60, 20/60, 15, 60, 12, 60, etc. (Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, Vol. 4, pages 453, 454).
Also, the Assyrians and Babylonians used this “sexagesimal” system. That is, the base is not 10: 10X10=100; 10X100=1,000; and so on; but 60: 60X60=3,600; 60x60x60=216,000.
What about our English alphabet? Isn’t it different from Hebrew? Well, it is exciting to note that our English alphabet is basically the same as that of every other language on earth. Whether it be, A,B,C – (English); Alpha, Beta, Gamma – (Greek); or Aleph, Beth, Gimel – (Hebrew), it is still the same.
All languages found their origin in a common source before the Tower of Babel. Since Babel, the languages and alphabets have of necessity been changed. But if the antichrist has an English name, the gamatria must of necessity be from the English alphabet.
I didn’t put much stock in the study, however, until I began doing research on its feasibility. I picked out several words and added up their numerical values to see what I could find.
The ancient idolatry at Babel was a worship of the SUN and MOON. So I added up their combined numerical value.
S = 114
U = 126
N = 84
M = 78
O = 90
O = 90
N = 84
With my appetite thus whetted, I took the words LUCIFER and HELL.
L = 72 H = 48
U = 126 E = 30
C = 18 L = 72
I = 54 L = 72
F = 36 222
E = 30 TOTAL: 666
R = 108
It is fantastic that Lucifer has 3 equal numbers and that hell has 3 equal numbers. What would happen, I thought, if I substituted HADES in places of the word HELL?
H = 48
A = 6
D = 24
E = 30
S = 114
Amazing! Hell and Hades have the same numerical value. Though they are spelled differently, they have the same meaning. Well, I thought, let’s use another name for Lucifer – DEVIL, and let’s use the Old Testament name for hell – SHEOL.
D = 24 S = 114 TOTAL: 666
E = 30 H = 48
V = 132 E = 30
I = 54 O = 90
L = 72 L = 72
The study of gematria began to become more interesting to me. People are sinners, I thought, so I decided to compute PEOPLE and SIN.
P = 96 S = 114 TOTAL: 666
E = 30 I = 54
O = 90 N = 84
P = 96
L = 72
E = 30
The DEVIL is called a DRAGON in Revelation 12:9, so I took the two words and added their numerical values:
I went to Revelation 13 and took another look at the MARK OF THE BEAST. Leaving out the word “the” since it is only descriptive, but leaving in the word “of” for it is a necessary conjunction, I computed the words MARK OF BEAST.
Such a coincidence is astounding, to say the least. Maybe, just maybe, we have hit upon a gematria that will lead us into end time teachings.
THE COMPUTER is thought by many to be the “image of the beast.” A large computer has been built near Brussels, Belgium (headquarters of the European Common Market) that will control the future one world money system. Those who built the computer call it “the beast.” It is self-programming. That means it will be able to deed itself information. It will give every person a number. Its counterpart in the U.S. is in St. Louis, Missouri. The 10 nations of Europe and the U.S. will one day convert their monies into a common currency. Curious to know if the computer had a gemetria, I added up its letters:
C = 18
O = 90
M = 78
P = 96
U = 126
T = 120
E = 30
R = 108
Fascinated by this time, I thought if we had a candidate for the antichrist and a candidate for the image of the beast associated with the numerical value of 666, then surely, we could complete the unholy trinity by finding his capitol city.
I had always preached that Rome would become the headquarters of the antichrist. C.I. Scofield and other scholars taught the same theory. In the middle of the tribulation, Rome will be burned and the antichrist will move his throne from Rome to Jerusalem.
When I learned that the ancient city of Babylon was being restored in Iraq, I began to have second thoughts. Could it be Rome? Could it be Babylon? What about Jerusalem? Putting their names to the test, I drew a dud. Rome’s gematria is 306. Babylon’s gemetria is 426. Jerusalem’s gematria is 624. I then considered Moscow, London, Paris, Rome, Brussels, Washington D.C., even Pieking and Tokyo. But none of these giant metropolitan cities fit the gematria, until…
until I came to NEW YORK!
New York City hosts the world parliament today – the United Nations. Some call the U.N. the modern tower of Babel. It is the perfect place for the rise of the antichrist. Also, New York is the base of the International Bankers and the One World Money System. I had never considered New York before, yet it is so obvious. Its gematria is 666!
N = 84 TOTAL: 666
E = 30
W = 138
Y = 150
O = 90
R = 108
K = 66
If we are living in the end time generation; if the second coming of Christ to rapture His bride is near; and if the seven-year Tribulation looms on the horizon – then maybe we have here more than just a mental exercise in gematria. That’s for you to decide. I have one admonition – keep your eyes on the skies!
Jesus is coming soon! (Click to Source)
|An ancient mosaic depicting the 12 tribes of Israel|
The final draft of the Jewish Nation-State Basic Law was approved Wednesday by an 8 to 7 committee vote after government officials and Knesset members wrangled over key details in the text. The bill then went to a final vote very early Thursday morning (Israeli time) and passed it’s second and third readings in the full Knesset with a vote of 62 to 55. The third reading is final and because of this successful vote, the bill now becomes law. As an Israeli Basic Law, it has constitutional weight and supersedes regular statutory legislation. Even more, this is Israel’s twelfth Basic Law, so the nation of 12 tribes and 12 apostles is now governed by 12 major laws (source)*.
In my estimation, July 19, 2018 will go down in history as one of the most significant dates in Israel’s prophetic history—right up there with May 14, 1948 and June 7, 1967. 1948 was the restoration of the nation-state itself, 1967 the restoration of the nation’s capital, and 2018 the restoration of the nation’s biblical identity.
|The Knesset’s final vote on the Nation-State Basic Law very early on July 19, 2018|
Thousands have gathered in Tel Aviv to protest the legislation:
I’ve been following the progression of this law through the Knesset since March, recognizing that if it were to pass this year it would undoubtedly make 2018 as prophetically significant as 1948 and 1967. Well, it passed. It happened. And it happened 70 years since the nation was established—the length of a biblical generation according to Psalm 90:10. Israel’s biblical and Jewish identity has now been restored, along with its prophetic purpose to in-gather the exiles and possess the Holy Land. Even more amazing, it was exactly one year ago this week that Israel temporarily regained control of the Temple Mount and Jewish prayers were first offered openly on the ancient Temple platform. Counting inclusively, it has also been exactly 43 weeks, to the day, since the Feast of Trumpets in 2017 and exactly 300 days since the Revelation 12 Sign. In other words, in an exact number of weeks and days within a human gestational period since the Great Sign last year, a major prophetic event pertaining to Israel has occurred.
A major dispensational change is now imminent when God will return His focus to the restoration of Israel:
When they finished, James spoke up. ‘Brothers,’ he said, ‘listen to me. Simon has described to us how God first intervened to choose a people for his name from the Gentiles. The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written:
‘After this I will return
and rebuild David’s fallen tent.
Its ruins I will rebuild,
and I will restore it,
that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,
even all the Gentiles who bear my name,
says the Lord, who does these things—
things known from long ago.’
The final text of the new law is as follows:
Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People
1 — Basic principles
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.
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.
3 — The capital of the state
Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel.
4 — Language
A. The state’s language is Hebrew.
B. The Arabic language has a special status in the state; Regulating the use of Arabic in state institutions or by them will be set in law.
C. This clause does not harm the status given to the Arabic language before this law came into effect.
5 — Ingathering of the exiles
The state will be open for Jewish immigration and the ingathering of exiles.
6 — Connection to the Jewish people
A. The state will strive to ensure the safety of the members of the Jewish people in trouble or in captivity due to the fact of their Jewishness or their citizenship.
B. The state shall act within the Diaspora to strengthen the affinity between the state and members of the Jewish people.
C. The state shall act to preserve the cultural, historical and religious heritage of the Jewish people among Jews in the Diaspora.
7 — Jewish settlement
A. The state views the development of Jewish settlement as a national value and will act to encourage and promote its establishment and consolidation.
8 — Official calendar
The Hebrew calendar is the official calendar of the state and alongside it the Gregorian calendar will be used as an official calendar. Use of the Hebrew calendar and the Gregorian calendar will be determined by law.
9 — Independence Day and memorial days
A. Independence Day is the official national holiday of the state.
B. Memorial Day for the Fallen in Israel’s Wars and Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day are official memorial days of the State.
10 — Days of rest and sabbath
The Sabbath and the festivals of Israel are the established days of rest in the state; Non-Jews have a right to maintain days of rest on their Sabbaths and festivals; Details of this issue will be determined by law.
11 — Immutability
This Basic Law shall not be amended, unless by another Basic Law passed by a majority of Knesset members.
*Note on Israel’s Basic Laws: The Knesset had previously established 14 Basic Laws, but three of the 14 were later repealed by subsequent Basic Laws, thus the Jewish Nation-State Law is now the twelfth.
*Note on Israel’s rebirth: The nation-state was “reborn” or “reestablished” in 1948, but the people themselves will not be reborn until they place their faith in their Messiah, the LORD Jesus Christ. Sadly, prophecy tells us that this will not happen until well into the Tribulation. (Click to Source)
by Bassam Tawil
On March 30, an attempt by tens of thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to infiltrate the border with Israel launched a six-week campaign of mass protests — called the “March of Return” — organized by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other radical Palestinian groups.
The groups encouraged Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to head to the areas adjacent to the border with Israel. The protesters were also encouraged to try to infiltrate the border, thus putting their lives at risk.
Hamas and its allies told the protesters that the “March of Return” marked the beginning of the “liberation of all of Palestine, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.” In other words, the Palestinians were told that infiltrating the border with Israel would be the first step toward destroying Israel.
Hamas leaders Ismail Haniyeh and Yehya Sinwar, who joined the March 30 mass protests along the border with Israel, did not hide the real goal behind the “March of Return” — to destroy Israel and thwart US President Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-announced plan for peace in the Middle East.
The two Hamas leaders told the protesters that the March 30 demonstrations marked the beginning of a “new phase in the Palestinians’ national struggle on the road to liberating all of Palestine, from the river to the sea.” Haniyeh and Sinwar also made it clear that the “March of Return” had another goal: to foil any attempt by the Arabs to make peace or normalize their relations with Israel.
Based on statements made by Hamas leaders, the “March of Return” campaign is not about improving the living conditions of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Nor is it about finding ways to solve the “humanitarian” and “economic” crises in the Gaza Strip.
Hamas and its allies did not send the protesters to the border with Israel to demand jobs and medicine. They did not encourage Palestinians to risk their lives at the border with Israel because of the lack of electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip.
Instead, the organizers sent the Palestinians to the border after assuring them that this was the only way to flood Israel with hundreds of thousands of Palestinian “refugees” as part of the “right of return.” The “right of return” refers to the Palestinian demand that Israel allow Palestinian “refugees” and their descendants to move to Israel.
As Zaher Birawi, one of the organizers of the “March of Return” explained, “The right of return is sacred and a red line not to be crossed. The Palestinians will do their utmost to achieve this right.”
His words, together with those of the two Hamas leaders, prove that the mass protests are aimed at forcing Israel to accept millions of Palestinian “refugees” as a first step towards turning Jews into a minority in their own country. The next step would be to kill or expel the Jews and replace Israel with an Islamic state.
Crucial here is the fact that what we witnessed along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel on March 30 was not a protest by poverty-stricken and miserable Palestinians against a blockade of any kind.
If that were so, why didn’t the organizers ask Palestinians to march toward the border with Egypt? The real blockade on the Gaza Strip is being imposed by Egypt, and not Israel.
In 2017, the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip was open altogether for less than 30 days; by contrast, the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip was open for more than 280 days during the same year.
Israel enforces a naval blockade on the Gaza Strip that is meant to prevent Iran, Hezbollah and other terror parties from smuggling weapons into the coastal enclave controlled by Hamas. At the same time, Israel has kept its border crossings with Gaza for the movement of goods and individuals.
Israel permits Palestinians to enter and leave the Gaza Strip through the Erez border crossing. Last month, the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister entered the Gaza Strip through the Erez border crossing, only to have his convoy targeted by a roadside bomb once inside Hamas-controlled Gaza. Israel also allows foreigners to enter the Gaza Strip through the same border crossing. They include journalists, diplomats, and hundreds of foreigners working for various international aid agencies, including the United Nations.
All this while the Rafah border crossing with Egypt remains closed. Since the beginning of this year, the Egyptians opened the border crossing intermittently only for two or three days each time. Egypt also continues to bar foreigners from entering the Gaza Strip through the Rafah terminal. Even Arabs who want to help the people of the Gaza Strip are forced to enter through the Erez border crossing because the Egyptians do not give them permission to use the Rafah terminal.
|In 2017, Egypt opened its Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip (pictured above) for less than 30 days altogether; by contrast, the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip was open for more than 280 days during the same year. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)|
Take, for example, the Qatari envoy to the Gaza Strip, Ambassador Mohammed Al Emadi. Each time he leaves and enters the Gaza Strip, he uses the Erez border crossing with Israel. The Egyptians will not allow him or any other Arab seeking to help the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to enter through the Rafah terminal.
Given this reality, the question is: Why aren’t the Palestinian protests directed against Egypt? The answer is obvious.
The Palestinians know that messing with the Egyptian army will cost them a heavy price. If Israel used snipers to stop the March 30 protesters from crossing the border, the Egyptian response would undoubtedly have been much tougher. The Egyptians would have used artillery and warplanes against the Palestinian demonstrators. The Palestinians are well aware that the Egyptian army would raze the entire Gaza Strip if the Palestinians breached the border and undermined Egypt’s national security.
Besides, the “March of Return” is intended as part of the Palestinian national struggle against the “Zionist entity” — Israel — and has nothing to do with the closure of any border.
It is part of the Palestinian jihad (holy war) to eliminate Israel, which they see as a “colonialist project” imposed on the Arabs by Western powers after World War II. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in a rare moment of honesty, admitted earlier this year that this is precisely how Palestinians and Arabs perceive Israel.
The organizers of the “March of Return” have made it clear that besides flooding Israel with millions of Palestinian “refugees,” the campaign has two other objectives: to foil Trump’s “deal of the century” and stop any form of Arab normalization with Israel.
The Palestinians have proclaimed a wholesale rejection of Trump’s plan because they know it will not advance their goal of turning Jews into a minority in their own country. Trump’s plan, they believe, does not recognize the Palestinian “right of return,” which means that “refugees” and their descendants will not be allowed to move into Israel, turning it into an Arab-majority state.
The organizers of the “March of Return” have clearly stated that this is a driving force behind the mass protests — to send a message to the Trump administration that Palestinians will not accept any deal that does not facilitate their dream of replacing Israel with an Arab Islamic state.
The “March of Return” is also aimed at sending a warning to the Palestinian Authority and the Arab countries not to make any concessions to Israel or collaborate with the Trump administration.
Again, this is not what political analysts are saying. Instead, these are the exact words and phrases used by the organizers of the event. Their ultimate goal: to prevent Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority from returning to the negotiating table with Israel and to threaten Arab countries not to sign peace agreements with Israel.
Now, the organizers are telling us that the “March of Return” will continue and reach its peak in mid-May, on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Israel.
The “March of Return” is yet another phase in the Palestinian attempt to wipe out the presence of Israel in the Middle East, not about any blockade. The “March of Return” is an anti-peace campaign designed to thwart any attempt to achieve peace between Israel and the Arab countries.
The leaders of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other groups that organized the mass protests are now complaining about the high death toll and accusing Israel of opening fire at “unarmed and peaceful” protesters. These are the same leaders who urged their people to head to the border with Israel and to try to force their way into Israel. These are the same leaders who encouraged their people to damage the security fence along the border with Israel. Did they expect the Israeli soldiers to greet them with flowers?
As for Mahmoud Abbas, he has supplied yet more proof of his towering hypocrisy. Hours after the violent confrontations along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, Abbas appeared on Palestine TV to hold Israel “fully responsible” for the violence and death and injury of the protesters.
This is the same Abbas who recently told us that Hamas was a terror group that was behind the March 13 botched assassination attempt on his prime minister. This is the same Abbas who last year imposed sanctions on the Gaza Strip by suspending payments for electricity supplied to the Gaza Strip by Israel and suspending payments to thousands of civil servants there. Instead of condemning Hamas for sending the Palestinians to clash with the Israeli army and endanger their lives, Abbas chose to denounce Israel for protecting its border.
The Palestinian “March of Return” is being mistakenly referred to by some journalists and political analysts as a “peaceful and popular” drive by Palestinians demanding freedom and better living conditions.
Palestinians’ living conditions in the Gaza Strip could be improved if the Egyptians only opened the Rafah border crossing and allowed Palestinians to leave and allowed Arabs and others to come and help the people there. Their lives could be improved if Hamas stopped building terror tunnels and smuggling weapons.
But, as has become evident by now, the “March of Return” is nothing but a declaration of war on Israel and the Trump administration. (Click to Source)
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Bassam Tawil is a Muslim based in the Middle East.
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A bill officially defining the nation of Israel as a Jewish state—something that has eluded Knesset lawmakers since the country’s inception—has just passed a key Knesset committee and now goes on to the full Knesset chamber this week for the first of three votes. The significance of its potential passage cannot be understated.
This Jewish-state bill would actually become Israeli Basic Law, akin to an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and far more powerful than typical laws that can be easily overridden by the courts. Not only would it officially declare the State of Israel to be the one and only homeland of the Jewish people, but it would also make Hebrew the official language of the country, and would include key prophetic language from Deuteronomy 30:1–5 about how Israel must now ingather the remaining exiles spread abroad.
The law is a major prophetic turning point, and in my humble opinion, a prophetic signal that the fig tree is now ready for inspection and the times of the Gentiles are near to their end (see also Jeff’s latest article). If it passes, I will have no hesitation in concluding that 2018 is as prophetically-significant as 1948 and 1967. The Jewish people will finally have recognized and declared who they are, where they belong, and what a major part of their purpose is, but they will still be missing one key thing: the recognition of their Messiah Yeshua. It will take nothing less than a 7-year tribulation for them to finally acknowledge Him and to accept His atoning sacrifice for their sins.
1948: The State of Israel is reborn
1967: Israel takes Eastern Jerusalem and the Temple Mount
2018: Israel becomes the Jewish State, declares Hebrew the official language, and defines its prophetic purpose?
I should also mention that the bill, as written, does not mention democracy and that is intentional as its authors want to restrain the courts and require them to give deference to Jewish law. It also allows Jewish-only communities to be established in the country.
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