.; A compilation of news reports from the past week for the information of those committed to ..praying .. for the restoration of Israel
David’s Comment: 2017 – A Record Breaking Year !!!
Mat 24:6 – 8 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
Reflecting on the events of 2017, I am glad I am not in the insurance business. The last 12 months saw a large number of natural and accidental tragedies which killed hundreds of people and caused a massive amount of damage. `A number of earthquakes, floods and landslides cost lives and destroyed buildings. One of the worst accidental events of 2017 was the disasterous fire at the Grenville apartment block in West London that claimed the lives of more than 70 residents of the building. The huge hurricanes that hit Houston, Texas and the Carribean islands caused a number of deaths and made record breaking damage that will take many years to repair. Record breaking fires destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and devastated hundreds of thousands of acres of forest and bushland in California, Portugal and Australia. Then there were numerous car, plane, train and boat accidents that also cost thousands of lives. Last week 200+ Philipinos perished in Thypoon Tembin, then 37 people died in a shopping mall fire, and on Christmas day a bus accident in the Philipines killed 20 pilgrims traveling to celebrate mass. So many terrible things happened over the last 12 months that it is impossible to mention them all. 2017 must have been a painfully expensive year for the insurance sector!
Wars and terrorism also cost multitudes of lives in 2017. During the year, the civil war in Syria that has been raging for more than 5 years, and cost more than 300,000 lives, finally began to wind down and the ISIS terror group was defeated and driven back in Syria and Iraq. Sadly ISIS and their associates succeeded in carrying out a number of terror attacks in highly populated public areas, taking the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians, and inflicting serious injuries on thousands more. Even on Christmas day an ISIS terror attack in Pakistan killed more than 10 people.
On a positive note 2017 was a record breaking year for most of the world’s stock exchanges and the Bitcoin. And President Donald Trump broke the record by becoming the first US president since the 1980’s to keep the election promise to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the US embassy back to Jerusalem. Now other world leaders are following the lead of President Trump, with Guatemala announcing the relocation of their embassy. PM Netanyahu has said that there are at least 10 nations seriously considering the same. As 2017 comes to a close, the tide has began to turn.
So what may 2018 hold for the world ?
With the end of 2017 just a few days away, millions of people must be asking the above question and pondering the answer. One thing we can be sure of is that we are living in unprecedented times, in many ways, both positive and negative. As I have been writing over the last 2 weeks, it is obvious that we are seeing the fulfulment of Zechariah 12:2-3. The goat nations are getting into a drunken stupor over Jerusalem. Unless these nations repent of their anti-Zionism, anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism (in reality all the same thing – anti YHVH ism) the only outcome of coming against Jerusalem, Israel, and the Jewish people, is suffering the consequences of the wrath of the GOD of Israel.
The US recognition of Jerusalem may well have lit the fuse that will ignite WW3, or at least a major war against Israel, by a combined Muslim force led by Iran and the major terror organisations. Even a war limited to the Middle East could cause a major meltdown of the world’s financial system, which in turn could usher in the Mark of the Beast cashless system.
Many people, even Christians think that these things are still years away in the future, but I don’t agree. These are very strategic times. 2017 was the Jubillee (50th) anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem following the miraculous Israeli victory in the Six Day War. We believe that the prophetic time-clock started ticking again after the Six Day War. We see 2018 as a very strategic year, as we prepare to celebrate the 70th birthday of the modern State of Israel.
I may be wrong about what 2018 holds, but I think it wise that we all continue to watch events in the Middle East and North Korea as they continue to unfold. If I am right then it is crucial that we are prepared for a major change in the way we live our lives, and we need to give a new priority to attempt to warn our family, friends, neighbours, workmates, and even strangers, about what is going on in the world today. Now is very definately the ‘Day of Salvation’, because no one knows what may happen tomorrow.
The LORD bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on the land given to the Jewish people by the God of Israel. Lets pray that Israel will turn back to their God. Do not be silent, but share this with your fellow Christians, share it with your pastors, and with anyone you have a chance to speak to. Lets also pray for that breakthrough to the Muslims, and please remember to pray Divine protection for all of the soldiers in the IDF.
Last Monday was Christmas, which means that local Christians were once again treated to a rant by Muslim leaders trying to appropriate Jesus as part of their cause against Israel. ‘Palestinian’ leader Mahmoud Abbas published a Christmas greeting that referred to Jesus as “a Palestinian messenger who would become a guiding light for millions around the world.” Abbas’ predecessor and mentor, Yasser Arafat, began this shameful Christmas tradition decades ago. As in other years, Israel’s Foreign Ministry responded with scorn. “He should have read the Gospel before uttering such offensive nonsense, but we will forgive him because he doesn?t know what he?s doing,”said Yigal Palmor as he echoed Jesus example of forgiving those who wrong you. Abbas spent the rest of the letter blaming all of the Palestinians’ ills on Israel and the so-called “occupation.” Palmor noted that despite being a “Christmas” greeting, the letter didn’t at all fit the spirit of the season. “Maybe he needs a hug from Santa?” the Israeli asked facetiously. One part of the letter that many Israelis did take particular offense over was Abbas’ assertion that the bulk of the Palestinian Christian population had fled Bethlehem and its environs because of Israel. As several officials noted, Christians lived quietly and prosperously in the region right up until Bethlehem was handed over to the Palestinian Authority. It was only then that they started emigrating en masse. Under Israel 60% of people in Bethlehem were Arab Christians – Under the PA the number is less than 12% Pray that Bethlehem will come back under Israeli control
2. Teenage Girls Arrested For Assaulting IDF Soldiers World Israel News Dec 23rd
Members of the West Bank Tamimi family have a long history of attempting to stage confrontations with IDF soldiers, which they film and photograph to serve as anti-Israel propaganda. In the latest incident involving the Tamimi family, 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi was caught filming herself and a friend kicking and slapping IDF soldiers in the village of Nabih Saleh. While the teenage girls seemed intent on provoking an equally violent response from the soldiers, the young men maintained their composure and merely defended themselves from some of the harder blows. The incident is remarkable because the IDF soldiers sustained several minutes of deliberate provocations including screaming, harder kicks to the shins and slaps across the face. The soldiers can be seen taking efforts to keep their weapons far from the provocateurs. On Monday night, Tamimi was arrested by a team of IDF troops and border police officers, with the Palestinian Maan news agency reporting that Israeli troops took cellphones, cameras and laptops as part of their investigation at the Tamimi home. ?The IDF is the most humane army and operates under values that do not exist anywhere else. But its humanism can?t come at the expense of its deference and power,? Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman stated Tuesday morning. Pray that anyone who attempts to assault IDF soldiers is dealt with to the full extent of the law
3. PM Netanyahu: The U.N. is a House of Lies World News Israel Dec 22nd
?The State of Israel flatly rejects this vote even before it is held. Jerusalem is our capital,? Netanyahu said of a UN vote on Jerusalem?s status. The United Nations is a ?house of lies,? while Jerusalem will remain Israel?s capital despite any UN decision to the contrary, P.M. Netanyahu stated. Speaking on Thursday at the launch of a new Hospital in Ashdod and ahead of last week’s UN General Assembly discussion on the resolution calling for the withdrawl of President Trump?s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel?s capital, Netanyahu said that ?today is a very important day in Israel and outside Israel. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel whether the UN recognizes it or not,? Netanyahu stressed, saying that while ?it took 70 years for the US to officially recognize it, and it will take more years until the UN also recognizes it.? PM Netanyahu noted that many countries? attitudes toward Israel ?are changing outside the walls of the UN,? a shift he believes ?in the end will permeate inside the walls of the UN building ? the house of lies.? Pray that the U.N. changes its attitude towards Israel or else is made redundant.
4. Guatemala Follows the US in Recognising Jerusalem Fox News Dec 25th
Less than a month after President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, Guatemala became the first nation to follow his lead, announcing on Christmas Eve that it would move its embassy there as well. Guatemalan President Morales posted to Facebook on Sunday that he’d just spoken with Israeli PM Netanyahu. “We are talking about the excellent relations that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel,” Morales wrote. On Nov. 29, 1947, when the U.N. voted to partition the British mandate of Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states, the countries did not vote in alphabetical order starting with ?A.? Instead, the U.N. put the names of all of the member countries in a hat — then picked one, started with that country and went in alphabetical order from there. By sheer chance, the country picked out of the hat, and thus the very first country to vote for the creation of the modern state of Israel, was Guatemala. This year, Guatemala was one of the countries that did not vote with the United Nations when it declared in a non-binding resolution that Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was “null and void.” Nine countries voted “no”: Honduras, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Togo, Guatemala, the U.S. and Israel. 35 countries abstained from the vote and 21 were “absent.” In all, 128 countries supported the measure. No other country has its embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, though the Czech Republic has said it is considering such a move. Neither the U.S. nor Guatemala specified exactly when its embassy would move. PM Netanyahu had predicted others would follow the U.S. lead. Pray that many more countries will follow the lead of the USA and Guatemala.
5. US Withdrawing Financial Support from Palestinaian Authority Israel News Report Dec 23rd
The White House has decided to quietly withdraw from all its ties with the Ramallah-based Arab Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas. At long last!! The arrogant Abbas called Trump’s bluff and found out that he was no longer dealing with a vacillating Obama! Our exclusive sources report that the Trump administration has resolved to scrap all ties with the Palestinian leadership in retaliation for its campaign against US President Donald Trump and his Jerusalem policy. Several warnings to Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) of what was in store if he did not desist from castigating the US president fell on deaf ears. Last week, two Arab crown princes, Saudi Muhammed bin Salman and UAE Sheikh Muhammed bin Zayed, summoned Abbas to their capitals and urged. Pray that other nations will follow the lead of the USA.
6. PA Boycott Organisations Receive Major Blow Arutz 7 News December 23rd
The Danish Foreign Ministry announced Friday the cessation of financial aid, along with a more stringent vetting process, for the transfer of funds to Palestinian Authority (PA) NGOs. The move came after Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs provided information to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that European funds are going to PA NGOs with ties to terrorist organizations. These NGOs also promote boycotts against Israel, the ministry noted. As a result, Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) sent a letter to the Danish Foreign Minister insisting Denmark cease funding these organizations. Pray that other nations will do the same, breaking the back of the organisations that try to boycott Israel.
7. Arabs Throw Firebomb at Jewish Worshippers At Joseph’s Tomb Israel Today News Dec 28th
Now, imagine Israeli Jews had hurled stones and firebombs at Palestinian Muslim worshippers at the tomb of some famous sheikh. What do you reckon would be the response? Without question there’d be heavy international media coverage and commentary. Perhaps even an emergency session of the UN Security Council? And yet, when the roles are reversed, when Muslims on Thursday attacked Jewish worshippers at the tomb Yehoshua Ben Nun (the biblical Joshua), we get…crickets. Not a peep from the international community. That’s because despite the fact that these particular Jews were praying at the tomb of a recognized JEWISH hero from the Bible, the international community rejects the notion that today’s Jews have any connection to the place or right to be there. It takes a baffling amount of mental gymnastics to reach such a conclusion. That’s the topsy-turvy world we live in. Pray that the media takes a balanced stand on reporting events from Israel.