.; 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: The Accuracy of the Bible
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
Many people, unbelievers and even many who would call themselves ‘Believers’ do not believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of GOD. From the day, 30 years ago, that I went from being a devout atheiest to a devout Believer, I have tried to live my life based on the acceptance of the entire Bible being the inspired, inerrant Word of GOD. Yes there are a number of serious translation errors and wrong understanding of the true meaning of some verses brought about by Replacement Theology, but with some investment of time to study the original texts, the truth of the Bible can be discovered.
To back up what I have written above, I want to give you two clear examples of the amazing accuracy of the scriptures which are between 2000 and 4000 years old, and yet are precisely accurate and relevant in the year 2017. I have one example from the Hebrew scriptures (we don’t call it the Old Testament because it is still current today and GOD has not changed anything), and one example from the New Testament.
Gen 16:12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
That verse is speaking about Ishmael and by connection the descendants of Ishmael. Anyone who is aware of current events and the history of the Islamic Arab nations, will know that the above Bible verse is a very accurate prophetic description that is still being fulfilled in our time. If the descendants of Ishmael do not have their hand against their Jewish half brothers or the other nations, they have their hand against each other !
2 Timothy: 1 – 6 Know this also, that in the last days grievous times will be at hand. For men will be self-lovers, money-lovers, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, unyielding, false accusers, without self-control, savage, despisers of good, traitors, reckless, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
Again if we are in tune with the news and the state of the ungodly world we live in, we can see that this 2000 year old prophetic description is an absolutely accurate picture of most of the western world since the 1960’s. And it is getting worse as the years go by. It is clear to anyone with open eyes and an honest heart, that as the western world has increasingly departed from the Bible and from the Creator of the Universe, the spiritual and moral state of our nations has deteriorated at the same rate, until we live in a world where almost anything wicked is acceptable, and living according to the Word of God is mocked and scorned.
Where then is the world heading ? The answer to that question according to the Bible, which has proved itself to be entirely accurate is declaring the distant future, is great tribulation and the wrath and judgement of the Creator. Watching the news these days, I think GOD is already shaking all that can be shaken. (Luke 21:6 – Hebrews 12:27)
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.
Shabbat Shalom …… David & Josie
This Weeks News Items
1. PA Threatens to Blow Up the Peace Process Israel Today News Aug 27th
Both sides and the mainstream media tried to give a positive spin, but there’s every indication that last week’s meeting between US special envoy Jared Kushner and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was just as stormy as the first time the two men got together back in June. Abbas reportedly told Kushner that he’d work together with the Trump Administration to find a solution to the Israeli-Arab conflict. But just days earlier, the Palestinian Authority (PA) had said that, behind closed doors, it would also give Kushner a firm ultimatum — deliver Israeli concessions within 45 days, or we “blow up” your peace process. It’s not an uncommon threat for the Palestinian leadership to make. Should Kushner and his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, fail to strong-arm the Israelis back in line, the Palestinians said they would “turn to an alternative plan on which they have been working for the past two years.” The Palestinian threats came shortly after the Trump Administration broke with decades of American foreign policy by declaring it was no longer committed to the “two-state solution.” Pray that the PA will lose all international credibility and be dissolved
2. Terror Attacks in Israel Doubled in July Arutz 7 News Aug 25th
Arab terrorists carry out 222 terror attacks in July, marking worst month since November 2015. Israel?s security services last month recorded 222 terrorist attacks against Israelis, the highest number in any month since December 2015. The attacks resulted in the killing of five Israelis, two soldiers and three civilians, and the wounding of seven, according to the Israel Security Agency?s monthly report on July. The tally for July was more than double the 94 attacks recorded in June and nearly double the average of 121 attacks per month from January 2016 onward. The Israel Security Agency recorded a total of 2,314 attacks during that period, in which 33 victims died and 223 were wounded. Last month was among the deadliest in that period in terms of terrorist attack fatalities, second only to November 2015 when terrorists murdered 10 Israelis. The surge in attacks began in July after 3 Muslim terrorists murdered 2 Israeli Druze policemen on the Temple Mount. Pray that this increase in terror attacks will be reversed
3. PM Netanyahu: Israeli Government Ministers Allowed to Ascend the Temple Mount – For 1 Day Only ! Aug 27th
For the first time in nearly two years, Knesset members will be allowed to ascend to the Temple Mount but only for one day, Israeli media reported. Prime Minister Netanyahu originally instated the ban against lawmakers going to the controversial site in October of 2015, when Israel was caught in a wave of terror ostensibly motivated by Arab incitement over imagined Jewish control of the Temple Mount. Originally, a ?pilot? week of MK visits to the Mount was planned for the end of July, but it was cancelled in the aftermath of a terror attack near the Temple Mount which left two Israeli policemen dead. This week, in light of ?improved? security in the compound, said the Prime Minister?s Office last week, a one-day trial, held on Tuesday, will see both Arab and Jewish MKs permitted on the Temple Mount. Pray that the Temple Mount will soon be open to all Jews and Christians at all times
4. New UN Presdient Visits Israel INN News Aug 28th
The new UN Secretary-General Ant?nio Guterres met with Israeli Prime Minister in Jerusalem Monday, following the UN chief?s visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and meeting with Israel’s President Rivlin. Guterres, who was greeted upon his arrival Sunday evening by the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, is on a three-day visit in the Jewish state as the UN and Israel attempt to ?turn a new page? after decades of chilly relations. During the meeting, Netanyahu expressed the hope that Guterres? visit to Israel would herald a warming of relations between Israel and the UN.
Netanyahu also touched on the regional threats facing Israel, including Iran’s plans in the Levant. ?Iran is busy turning Syria into a base of military entrenchment and it wants to use Syria and Lebanon as warfronts against its declared goal to eradicate Israel,? Netanyahu told the UN Secretary-General. ?It is also building sites to produce precision-guided missiles towards that end in both Syria and in Lebanon. This is something Israel cannot accept. This is something the UN should not accept. And I intend to speak to you at great length about this, and other tasks that I believe are important for the makings of peace and security in the world.” The Prime Minister also chided the UN for its failure to act against the rampant anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement in the Arab world, including in the Palestinian Authority. ?The UN is mandated to pursue peace,? said Netanyahu, “but it allows Palestinian hate speech to flourish in its institutions.? Pray that the new UN leader will steer the organisation in a more balanced and Israel friendly direction
5. White House Denies Caving in to the ‘Palestinians’ World Israel News Aug 28th
A senior White House official denied on Sunday reports that the US had made a commitment to submit a comprehensive diplomatic plan within a four-month time frame to advance the diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians, in exchange for a Palestinian commitment to hold back on their threat to take unilateral diplomatic initiatives against Israel. A senior PA official who said that such a deal was reached between Jared Kushner, a top adviser to President rump, and PA head Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting in Ramallah. The unnamed White House official told Israel Hayon that the report?s ?claim is incorrect and that such things were never said.? However, a senior PLO official again insisted that such a commitment was made by the US, and that Abbas carries with him Kushner?s commitment to present a diplomatic plan within the next three to four months.? ?It is true we are pessimistic and disappointed by the American administration?s stance, but we have no other diplomatic alternatives,? the Palestinian official said.
Meanwhile the PA leader Abbas has rejected American demands that he stop using foreign financial aid to pay stipends and salaries to the families of jailed Palestinian terrorists. Abbas met last week with US envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt as part of President Donald Trump’s efforts to restart Middle East peace talks. Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, reiterated the long-standing demand that the PA stop rewarding terrorism with financial gain. Congress has repeatedly threatened to halt all foreign aid to the PA over the payments to jailed terrorists, nearly all of whom are incarcerated in Israel for carrying out attacks on Jewish men, women and children. The Arabic-language newspaper Al-Quds reported that Abbas’ response was to “inform Kushner that he would never stop paying these salaries until his dying day, even if this cost him the presidency.” Pray that the US pulls out of the impossible peace process
6. PM Netanyahu Pledges Never to Evacuate Settlements Times of Israel News Aug 29th
Prime Ministern Netanyahu pledged on Monday that his government will never evacuate another settlement, issuing the promise days after he met with a US delegation to discuss restarting the peace process with the Palestinians. At an event celebrating 50 years of Israeli settlements in Samaria ? the biblical name for the northern West Bank ? Netanyahu told a crowd of thousands, ?We are here to stay forever. There will be no more uprooting of settlements in the land of Israel.? ?This is the inheritance of our ancestors,? he said. ?This is our land.? He also stressed the dangers Israel would face if it withdrew from the West Bank, a key demand of the Palestinians in any future peace deal. ?Samaria is a strategic asset for the State of Israel,? the prime minister said. ?It is the key to our future. Because from these high hills, the heights of Mount Hatzor, we can see the entire country, from one side to the other.? He said that Israel had withdrawn from settlements in the past but received nothing in return. ?We?ve uprooted settlements. What did we get? We received missiles. It will not happen again,? the prime minister said, referring to Israel?s 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. ?To those who want to uproot what we?ve planted, [I say] we will deepen our roots.? ?Imagine that on these hills were the forces of radical Islam,? Netanyahu said that he tells world leaders. ?It would endanger us, it would endanger you, and it would endanger the entire Middle East.? Pray that the PM keeps his promise and that he remains in the position of PM for many years to come
7. Israeli Terror Victim Makes Miraculous Recovery INN News Aug 28th
An Israeli man who was seriously wounded in a terror attack earlier this month, has been released from the hospital, with doctors predicting he will make a full recovery, this just weeks after he almost lost his life. The 42 year old man was stabbed 15 times by a 19-year-old Arab terrorist in a Yavneh supermarket on August 2nd. The terrorist, a Palestinian Authority-resident illegally living in Israel, was captured shortly after the attack. The victim was in very serious condition in the attack, and was fighting for his life for several days. On Sunday, he was discharged from the hospital, three-and-a-half weeks after the attack. Staff at the hospital say that he underwent a series of difficult operations to stabilize his condition, but is now expected to make a full recovery. ?He went through a series of complicated surgeries, and he?s a real soldier,? said Dr.Guy Lin, who manages the emergency care unit at the hospital where he was admitted following the attack. ?Together with him, we were able to overcome the difficulties and make amazing progress. He has a long road ahead of him, but in the end, he will make a complete recovery.? The man’s mother, expressed her thanks for her son?s recovery.?We thank the Creator of the World and amazing medical staff at Kaplan who treated Niv with such dedication.? Let’s join with the mother and thank the Creator of the Universe, YHVH, for the miracle of healing