The CARMEL ALERT – Dec 6th 2019
.;A compilation of news reports from the past week for the information of those committed to .praying.for Israel
David’s Comment: It is a Narrow Road That Leads to the Kingdom
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (NKJ)
A while ago I saw a video clip of a conversation between two very ‘respected’ American Christian pastors, one being interviewed by the other. The interviewer asked the other pastir”tell me how do you see the future of Christianity.” The other man replies, “I see people coming into the faith from Asia, Africa, India and even the Muslim world – even if they do not know the name of Jesus, but realise there is more to life, then they are saved and we will see them in Heaven.” The interviewer says, “that makes me so happy to hear there is such a wide path to GOD.” The other man replies “yes it is wide.”
There are two serious errors in the above conversation. Firstly Yeshua in John 14:6 Yeshua declares “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (NKJ) And secondly, Yeshua also said in the opening verse from Matthew 7:13-14 that the true path and the gate that leads to eternal life in His Kingdom is narrow, but these men claim it is wide. Whose report should we believe ? We must believe the report of the Lord! If Yeshua made these clear and distinct statements, then as un-politically correct, or unfair as His words may be, we all need to take heed of these warnings.
The problem is that over the last 1900 years the Bible based faith of the Early, primarily Jewish Body of Messiah (the Church), has for most ‘Christians,’ been reduced to a Greek mindset based religion. Over the years there have been numerous sparks of revival fire, which in every case to date, ended up just smoldering or completely extinguished. In most parts of the once Christian western world, the older, mainline denominations have lost large portions of their flock to the Charismatic or Pentecostal movements, or they have lost many to the secular world. Most of these denominations no longer hold the Bible as the Holy Spirit inspired word of GOD, while accepting many of the things that GOD calls an “abomination,” such as witchcraft, homosexuality and abortion.
And sadly the mainline denominations and even many of the Charismatic and Pentecostal churches have been so deluded by Replacement Theology, that they are standing on the wrong side of the Arab/Israeli conflict. To stand and agree with Muslim demands for a ‘Palestinian State’ on land that GOD eternally covenanted to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is to rebel against GOD Himself. The situation in the post Christian west is so bad that most western political leaders and many Church leaders declare that it is illegal for Jews to live in Judea and Samaria, or the West Bank as it is usually called by the world today. Can these people be so uninformed that they do not know that the area they are referring to is the heart of the land that GOD promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and that all of the patriachs of the Jewish people are buried there ?
How did the Western world become so blind to the Biblical reality ? The answer is that they have been walking on the wrong path. Instead of taking the narrow path that leads to life in the Kingdom of God, they have chosen to take the wide path that permits everyone to do what is right in their own eyes, but ultimately leads to destruction. The late 1960’s saw a major step forward in Israel’s restoration as Jerusalem was re-united, and the beginning of the decline of faith, morality and reality in the Western world. Since Israelis miraculous victory in the Six Day War of June 1967, ever increasing numbers of Jewish people began coming to faith in Yeshua, and ever increasing numbers of Christians began to understand Romans 11:1, that God hasn’t finished with Israel and that the true Church is grafted into the Olive Tree, at the same time receiving God’s heart for His land and His people. These Jews and Christians have found their way onto the narrow path that leads to life.
At the same time in 1967 the popular music changed, bringing rebellion against parents and the establishment, and the sexual revolution began,with promiscuity leading to a major increase in the cold blooded murder of the unborn, and the acceptance of the abominable Gay lifestyle, drawing millions onto the wide path that leads to destruction. The Greek philosopher Plato rightly stated, that as the music changes, society changes with it.
I believe that over the last few months the world has entered a new season. Rebellion and violence is breaking out in many places – Hong Kong, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Chile, Colombia. It started in Gaza almost 2 years ago now, with the violent protests that take place beside the Israeli border every weekend, but now the same thing is happening in many places. As most of the world continues to blame Israel for the Arab / Israel conflict, much of the Arab Muslim world is burning. Muslims are killing other Muslims in Syria, Iraq and other places. ISIS, the Taliban and other terror groups are blowing up fellow Muslims and non Muslims in the Arab nations. Iran is behind most of terror attacks against Israel, as well as encouraging most of the inter-Arab violence, and promoting terrorism in the Western nations.
I believe that the events taking place in the Middle East and all over the world as 2019 comes to an end, are a clear indication that we are living in the end times, and as the popular praise song of the 1970’s proclaimed, “soon and very soon we are going to see the King.” Will Yeshua find us walking in strong Biblical faith when He comes back ? As well as having a serious concern for those who are clearly walking on the wide path, we also need to take stock or our own lives. Are we really walking with both feet on that narrow path? Or do we have one foot on either side? On the Lord’s temperature gauge are we hot, cold or lukewarm?
Time is short – as the situation around us deteriorates, do not become discouraged, but look up as our redemption is surely drawing near !!!
The LORD bless you as you bless Israel by standing in defense of her right to exist on all of the land given to the Jewish people by the GOD of Israel. Please pray that all 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 a breakthrough to the Muslims, and please remember to pray Divine protection for all of the soldiers in the IDF.
Shabbat Shalom ….. David & Josie
This Week’s News Items
1. Arab Teens Attack IDF Vehicle with Fire-Bombs INN News Dec 1st
The IDF stated that during an operation to thwart attacks near the Arab village of Beit Awa, the soldiers identified three suspects throwing Molotov cocktails at an Israeli vehicle driving on the road. The troops responded by shooting at the terrorists and hit one of the suspects. The two other suspects were arrested by the troops and taken for questioning. The shot terrorist died of his wounds. The head of the Har Hebron Regional Council, congratulated the IDF forces for their ?dedicated and determined activity in maintaining the security of the residents.? ?Tonight they arrrrested and killed terrorists who were trying to murder residents by throwing Molotov cocktails, a terror cell that endangered our residents several times in the past and tonight was thwarted,? he said. In related news, Israeli forces carrying out counter-terrorism operations throughout Judea and Samaria on Saturday night arrested seven wanted persons suspected of involvement in terror activities and violent disturbances against civilians and soldiers. The suspects were transferred for questioning. Pray that the IDF keeps all attempted terror attacks from succeeding
2. Traffic Incident May be Terror Attack Arutz 7 News Dec 2nd
The right-wing Otzma Yehudit party called for police to investigate the motives of the Arab driver, 19, who was responsible for the death of a 34 year old mother and her 3 month old daughter on Saturday evening in a car accident. The party said it had received information from witnesses at the scene that the Arab driver made no effort to stop as he drove full speed into the Rimmel family?s car as it stood at a red light, forcing their car into the one in front of it. Four cars in total were involved in the accident. Tzipi Rimmel’s 12-year-old son, Iti , was critically injured and is reported to be fighting for his life. The husband, Ephraim, was also seriously injured. The Rimmels are from Neve Tzuf, a Jewish town in Binyamin, which is in Samaria. According to reports, they are pillars of the community. Pray that the facts be revealed and that the young boy be supernaturally healed.
3. PM Netayahu: Europem Should be Ashamed World Israel News Dec 2nd
Israel?s prime minister slammed European countries for joining a body that would allow trade with Iran, despite U.S. sanctions. sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday in a video statement that European countries ?should be ashamed of themselves? for skirting U.S. sanctions to trade with Iran, designated as the world?s top state sponsor terror. In the video statement, Netanyahu warned that European countries are enabling Iran to develop nuclear weapons. Last week, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden said they were joining INSTEX, a body designed to facilitate European trade with Iran. NSTEX was created by Germany, France and Britain to coordinate import and export payments so European companies can do business with Iran despite U.S. pressure. Among the terror armies that Iran supports are Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the Houthis in Yemen. In addition to striking out at so-called enemies of Iran, these factions brutalize local populations and battle the establishment or maintenance of democratic governments. Pray that the EU and the UN stop their support of Islamist terror.
4. Israel Ranked as Worlds 8th Most Powerful Country United With Israel News Dec 4th
The State of Israel ranks as the eighth most powerful country in the world, despite its relatively small size and population, according to the Best Countries ranking of 2019. The Best Countries ranking, conducted by U.S. News and World Report in partnership with the BAV Group and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, recently placed Israel at eighth in the world based on a number of key criteria. The report surveyed over 20,000 people from four regions around the world. Respondents were asked to associate 80 countries with five attributes: military alliances, international alliances, political influence, economic influence, and leadership. Israel beat countries with vast natural resources such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey as well as richer countries such as Canada and Switzerland. Pray that Israel will move even higher up the list on 2020
5. Israel Special Forces Unit Prevents Terror Attack in Jerusalem United With Israel News Dec 5th
A Special Forces undercover unit led the operation to arrest two Islamic State (ISIS) operatives who planned to carry out a terrorist attack in Jerusalem on Israel?s Independence Day, the police revealed Wednesday. Following the publication of an indictment by the Jerusalem District Attorney?s Office against the two terrorists for their alleged membership in a terrorist organization and prohibited action with terror-related property, the police disclosed that the Border Police?s undercover unit conducted the arrests in Jerusalem. On the night of October 28, dozens of troops simultaneously raided two houses in the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood. The moment the conditions ripened, we dispatched forces to arrest them in two houses in the village,? said an officer who oversaw the operation. The defendants discussed the possibility of acquiring weapons to carry out a shooting attack during a mass event in Jerusalem at the Safra Square in front of the Town Hall or at the Sultan Pool during the Independence Day celebrations. They also discussed the possibility of carrying out a stabbing attack if they could not obtain firearms. Lets give thanks to the LORD that this attack was prevented, and for the skill of the special forces officers.
6. Israeli Scientists Create Bacteria that Eats CO2 Times of Israel News Nov 30th
In a remarkable breakthrough that could pave the way toward carbon-neutral fuels, researchers at the Weizman Institute of Science have produced a genetically engineered bacteria that can live on carbon dioxide rather than sugar. The extraordinary leap ? reported Wednesday and quickly picked up by prestigious publications such as Nature, could lead to the low-emissions production of carbon for use in biofuels or food that would also help to remove excess CO from the atmosphere, where it is helping to drive global warming. Plants and ocean-living cyanobacteria perform photosynthesis, taking the energy from light to transform CO into a form of organic carbon that can be used to build DNA, proteins and fats. As these photosynthesizers can be difficult to moderate genetically, the Weizmann team took E. coli bacteria ? more commonly associated with food poisoning ? and spent ten years weaning them off sugar and training them to ?eat? carbon dioxide instead. Through genetic engineering, they enabled the bacteria to convert CO into organic carbon, substituting the energy of the sun ? a vital ingredient in the photosynthesis process ? with a substance called formate, which is also attracting attention as a potential generator of clean electricity. Lets give thanks to the GOD of Israel for blessing the nations through the Jewish people
7. Israeli Medical Discovery will Change Cancer Treatment Forever Arutz 7 News Nov 25th
A new Israeli discovery could revolutionize how Chemotherapy is used.Researchers from Hebrew University recently published a new technique that singles out cancer cells from healthy ones, enabling cancer patients to receive less chemotherapy and thus suffer fewer side effects. The findings were published in Frontiers in Pharmacology. The research team is headed by Professor Alexander Binshtok, head of the Pain Plasticity Research Group at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem?s Faculty of Medicine and Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences. ?Most anti Cancer treatments are not sufficiently specific, meaning they attack healthy cells together with the malignant ones they?re trying to get rid of,? explained Binshtok. ?This leads to the many serious side-affects associated with chemotherapy. Eliminating cancerous cells while leaving healthy ones alone is an important step towards reduce patients? suffering.? Pray that this new process will be made available or all cancer patients very soon.