U.N. Security Council and Obama’s legacy

We are entering a significant time in history, set aside by the Lord God specifically for the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, also known as ISRAEL. On Sunday, October 2nd, two major events will coincide — the 70th Jubilee will end on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets or the Jewish new year. This will be followed by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, on Wednesday, October 12th. These three events mark God’s commands to the Israelites after they were released from bondage in Egypt, while they were wandering for 40 years in the wilderness, and then were led into the land of their inheritance — a time of new beginnings, repentance and atonement. The land was promised to Jacob’s heirs forever.

The U.N. is meeting as I write this post. The following article deals with the U.N. and U.S. intentions TO DIVIDE GOD’S LAND …

A Palestinian State Cometh: UN Secretary-General Calls For Imminent Action

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By Michael Snyder/End of The American Dream Blog

September 19, 2016

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has harshly criticized Israeli settlements in the West Bank and is calling for urgent action to save “the two state solution”.

He insists that Israeli settlements in the West Bank “are illegal under international law” and he told reporters that the “occupation” of Palestinian-controlled territories “must end”.

 

These comments represent perhaps the strongest statements that any UN Secretary-General has ever made against Israel, and they come at a very ominous time. As I detailed just a few days ago, there is a major push to try to get some sort of UN Security Council resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before Barack Obama leaves office.

 

As you will see below, this is something that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon obviously endorses.

 

Those that are hoping for a “two state solution” know that fresh negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians are not likely to happen any time in the near future. So if the “peace process” is going to move forward, it is going to have to happen at the United Nations.
 

 

Ban Ki-moon is among those that are desperate to try to save the “two state solution”, and as the UN begins a new annual session this week he is urging imminent action….

 

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for intensified efforts to encourage Israelis and Palestinians to take the difficult steps required to change the current destructive trajectory of the conflict, which is heading towards a “one-state reality” rather than a peaceful resolution.

 

“Twenty-three years ago, almost to the day, the first Oslo Accord was signed between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation,” the Secretary-General told the Security Council in a briefing on the situation in the Middle East.

 

“Unfortunately, we are further than ever from its goals. The two-state solution is at risk of being replaced by a one-state reality of perpetual violence and occupation,” he warned.

 

Using the term “occupation” clearly shows which side of the fence Ban Ki-moon is on, and he went on to declare that the “occupation” of the West Bank by Israel “must end”

 

Turning to Israel’s settlement activities, Mr. Ban said that in the past two weeks alone, plans were advanced for yet another 463 housing units in four settlements in Area C of the West Bank. Official Israeli data shows that the second quarter of 2016 had the highest number of construction starts in three years.

 

“The decades-long policy that has settled more than 500,000 Israelis in Palestinian territory is diametrically opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state,” he said.

 

“Let me be absolutely clear: settlements are illegal under international law. The occupation, stifling and oppressive, must end,” he said.

 

Those that have followed Ban Ki-moon’s career know that he is a relatively soft-spoken guy.

 

To make these kinds of incendiary comments is basically his version of shouting from the rooftops. He appears to be obsessed with getting something done to formally establish a Palestinian state, and he knows that he realistically only has until January 20th, 2017 to accomplish his goal.

 

As I mentioned above, a new UN annual session begins this week, and many are concerned that a UN Security Council resolution that sets the parameters for a Palestinian state will be on the agenda. The following is from a Wall Street Journal article that was published just a couple of days ago….

 

The United Nations began its annual session this week, and Israel will be prominent on the agenda. Many fear the Security Council may consider a resolution setting definite territorial parameters, and a deadline, for the creation of a Palestinian state. President Obama has hinted that in the final months of his term, he may reverse the traditional U.S. policy of vetoing such resolutions. 

 

The General Assembly, meanwhile, is likely to act as the chorus in this drama, reciting its yearly litany of resolutions criticizing Israel.

 

If such a UN Security Council resolution gets passed, it will be far more important than the outcome of the U.S. presidential election in November.

 

The truth is that most Americans simply don’t understand the importance of what is going on in the Middle East.

 

All over the country, the tiny nation of Israel provokes extremely strong emotional reactions. Most people either really love the Jewish people or they really hate them.

 

And as the drama in the Middle East continues to unfold, support for Israel is going to become a major, major political issue in this nation.

 

But the very next thing that we are watching for is a UN Security Council resolution formally establishing a Palestinian state and granting them East Jerusalem as their capital.

 

Now that a new UN annual session has started, we are officially in the danger zone, and we will remain in the danger zone until the next president is inaugurated on January 20th, 2017.

 

Let us hope that nothing happens between now and then, because such a resolution would be one of the worst things that Barack Obama could possibly do.

Read the entire article @ http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=658#eJ5775TH8KsgTg1E.99

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PROPHECY CONNECTION: The Lord God spoke through the prophet Joel to declare what will happen to nations who divide the land promised to Jacob (a.k.a. Israel) …

 

“In those days and at that time,
    when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will gather all nations
    and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.
There I will put them on trial
    for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel,
because they scattered my people among the nations
    and divided up my land.

“Now what have you against me, Tyre and Sidon and all you regions of Philistia [ancestors of the Palestinians]? Are you repaying me for something I have done? If you are paying me back, I will swiftly and speedily return on your own heads what you have done. For you took my silver and my gold and carried off my finest treasures to your temples. You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, that you might send them far from their homeland.

“See, I am going to rouse them out of the places to which you sold them, and I will return on your own heads what you have done….” The Lord has spoken.

Proclaim this among the nations:
    Prepare for war!
Rouse the warriors!
    Let all the fighting men draw near and attack.
10 Beat your plowshares into swords
    and your pruning hooks into spears.
Let the weakling say,
    “I am strong!”
Come quickly, all you nations from every side,
    and assemble there….

Multitudes, multitudes
    in the valley of decision!
For the day of the Lord is near
    in the valley of decision.
The sun and moon will be darkened,
    and the stars no longer shine.
The Lord will roar from Zion
    and thunder from Jerusalem;
    the earth and the heavens will tremble.
But the Lord will be a refuge for his people,
    a stronghold for the people of Israel.”

I have written previously about events and catastrophes associated with the division of the land that God promised to Israel. American presidents have been some of the primary instigators in recent history. Here are some links you may wish to explore …

Stay abreast of international news, and keep watching …

Watching the “peace process” …

Israel-Palestinian peace initiatives are suddenly popping up everywhere


French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, shakes hands with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, May 24. (Abbas Momani/AP)

June 2, 2016

— Until a week ago, it seemed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process was a flat-liner.

President Obama thought so. In March, he said he wouldn’t seek to jump-start talks — the two sides were too far apart; it was not in the cards.

Now Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives are popping up all over.

On Friday, the French will host a meeting of about 25 foreign ministers, including Secretary of State John F. Kerry, to seek international consensus on a way to move talks forward.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said Kerry was going to Paris to learn and listen — not to lead.

“It’s about being there, being part of the discussion, exploring ideas and options that might get us closer to a two-state solution,” Kirby said.

But Kerry’s presence in Paris worries Israelis who fear that the international community is going to press them to end the 49-year military occupation of the West Bank and the partial trade and travel blockage of Gaza, and to stop ongoing construction of Jewish settlements on land the Palestinians want for a future state.

he Israelis also have their eyes on the calendar. They are concerned that the Obama ­administration will, before leaving office, enshrine a two-state ­solution in a speech or a U.N. resolution, in effect laying out the final status ahead of negotiations.

Kerry spent nine months trying to bring the two sides together in 2014. The talks ended in recriminations about who was to blame for their failure.

Across the political spectrum in Ramallah and Jerusalem, nobody holds out much hope for the French effort.

French diplomats shrug and say in briefings with journalists, “We have to do something.”

In Israel, there is a feeling that something is happening.

Just this week, the once-moribund Arab Peace Initiative is back in the game after years on the sidelines.

Proposed by Saudi Arabia in 2002, the deal offers the idea that the Arab states will normalize relations with Israel after Israel withdraws from the occupied territories — including East Jerusalem — and begins the process of allowing for a Palestinian state.

Former Israeli governments have been hostile or lukewarm to the Arab proposal.

Former prime minister Ariel Sharon called the Arab Peace Initiative a “nonstarter” when it was proposed.

This week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the Arab peace offer intriguing. But Netanyahu also suggested that the Arab states recognize Israel first as Israel makes moves toward giving the Palestinians a state.

That will be a tough sell in the Arab League.

Into this mix comes former British prime minister Tony Blair, who has been shuttling between Egypt, the Arab Gulf states and the Israelis, trying to broker a way to get the sides talking.

Also intriguing, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi said in a recent speech that he thinks the time is ripe to revisit a deal between Israel and the ­Palestinians.

The French seem ready to press ahead with what they see as a solution to the conflict — including what borders should look like for a Palestinian state and whether Palestinians should have a capital in Jerusalem.

The French also may try to set deadlines for future talks. If their efforts fail, French diplomats have warned that they may unilaterally recognize a ­Palestinian state.

If they did, France would be the first major European country to do so.

“The peace process has failed,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told Israeli television last month.

Israel is opposed to the French effort, saying that only direct talks with the Palestinians can end the half-century impasse and military occupation — and that international conferences will solve nothing, but will encourage Palestinian stubbornness.

“Peace just does not get achieved through international conferences, U.N.-style,” Netanyahu said at a news conference with Valls.

“It doesn’t get to fruition through international diktats or committees,” Netanyahu said.

The Palestinians support the French gambit.

Palestinian negotiators say that Obama and Kerry and past U.S. administrations have failed to strike a deal for two states for two peoples and that they want to “internationalize” the conflict.

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE @ https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-palestinian-peace-initiatives-are-suddenly-popping-up-everywhere/2016/06/02/e458dd3e-282d-11e6-8329-6104954928d2_story.html

 

PROPHECY CONNECTION: Joel 3 (The Lord God speaking through the prophet Joel)

“In those days and at that time,
    when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem [prophecy fulfilled in 1948 and 1967),
I will gather all nations
    and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.
There I will put them on trial
    for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel,
because they scattered my people among the nations
    and divided up my land….

“Now what have you against me, Tyre and Sidon and all you regions of Philistia [historically areas of land occupied by Philistines — enemies of the Jews]. Are you repaying me for something I have done? If you are paying me back, I will swiftly and speedily return on your own heads what you have done….

Proclaim this among the nations:
    Prepare for war!
Rouse the warriors!
    Let all the fighting men draw near and attack.
10 Beat your plowshares into swords
    and your pruning hooks into spears.
Let the weakling say,
    “I am strong!”
16 The Lord will roar from Zion
    and thunder from Jerusalem;
    the earth and the heavens will tremble.
But the Lord will be a refuge for his people,
    a stronghold for the people of Israel.

17 “Then you will know that I, the Lord your God,
    dwell in Zion, my holy hill.
Jerusalem will be holy;
    never again will foreigners invade her.
19 But Egypt will be desolate,
    Edom [currently in Jordan] a desert waste,
because of violence done to the people of Judah,
    in whose land they shed innocent blood.
20 Judah will be inhabited forever
    and Jerusalem through all generations.
21 Shall I leave their innocent blood unavenged?
    No, I will not.”

The Lord dwells in Zion!

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Do you know about the Final Peace Accord?

I’m not posting this because I’m convinced it will happen in this way. I’m using it as a springboard to help make my readers aware of THE PROPHECY that will — according to Jesus — signal the countdown to the “gathering of His elect.” Scroll down to read my commentary and the Scriptures that support it….

Final Peace Accord To Be Forced Upon Israel This Fall?

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By Kade Hawkins 

April 28, 2016

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has decided it is better to risk the wrath of his own supporters than to lose French and International support for action against Israel before the UN.

For several weeks, anticipation had been building in expectation of Abbas trying to secure a UN Security Council resolution on April 22nd condemning and declaring as illegal the ongoing construction in Israeli West Bank communities.

 

Palestinian diplomats continued to assure Western diplomats and the international media that the demand for a vote on the Palestinian resolution was not in question. However, this was clearly not the case and the confusion within Abbas’ own party was demonstrated when Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Riyad al-Maliki, in New York with Abbas, confirmed the vote was to take place one day after his office in Ramallah denied it.

 

Abbas eventually postponed any initiative at the request of France who wants to be in the driver’s seat of their own Israeli-Palestinian peace summit later this year.

 

Some frustrated senior Palestinian officials blasted Abbas for backing out as they see no reason to wait for further support. However, the French initiative appears to go much farther than Jewish settlement issues.

 

The French proposal will see representatives from some 30 countries meet on May 30th to discuss the parameters for an international peace conference to be held later in the year in Paris.  The US, Russia, European Union, UN, Arab League and the members of the UN Security Council will all attend the May meeting. Ironically, neither Israel nor the Palestinians will be present.
 
Israeli and Palestinian leaders will not be invited until the 2nd meeting, which will have as it’s goal the opening of talks to reach a final peace accord.

 

The fact that Israel and Palestinian leaders will not be at the May 30th summit is a glaring warning to both sides that international frustration at the lack of progress with peace talks has reached a boiling point. Some analysts worry that this could be the beginning of an imposed peace upon the parties rather than the parties themselves coming to terms.

 

 

Folks in the “prophecy watching community” are looking for a number of different “signs” which will — in their minds — prove that Jesus is coming “soon.” As there is obvious confusion among the Palestinian authorities at the moment, we can say the same about “authorities” who speak about, publish books about, and insist that THEY ARE RIGHT about THEIR VIEW of Bible prophecy. In my view, this — more often than not — plays out in three basic ways among sincere followers of Christ:

  1. Those who identify with “the authorities” they agree with.
  2.  Those who are following the crowd of believers looking hopefully to the skies for Jesus to appear at any moment.
  3.  Those who blissfully could care less.

But there is an explanation that is often ignored or explained away by individuals whose opinions it contradicts. It’s the timeline that Jesus gave, referring to prophecies made known through the prophets Daniel and Isaiah.

Here’s what Jesus said in Matthew 24 (shortened):

15 So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ [Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11] spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains…. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again….

29 “Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,
    and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
    and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ [Isaiah 13:10; 34:4]

30 Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

Here’s what Daniel wrote:

“… the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. [Fulfilled when Jesus was crucified.] The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary.  [Fulfilled when Roman legions destroyed Jerusalem and the Jewish temple.] The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven. [One ‘seven’ means a period of seven years.] In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.(Daniel 9:26-27, New International Version)

Some common sense power points:

  • “He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ Can anyone produce, in all of written history, an agreement, which was signed “with many,” that was agreed to conclude at the end of seven years? If not, that would mean we are still waiting for this prophecy to be fulfilled.
  • “In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering.” The only place where appropriate sacrifices and offerings could be made to the God of Abraham, according to the Laws of Moses, was the Jewish temple — “the holy place” (see Matthew 24:15). 
  • “And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation …”  The temple used by the Jews to offer sacrifices and offerings to the Lord God was completely destroyed by Roman legions in 70 A.D. — just as Jesus foretold (see Matthew 24:1-2).
Something else that Jesus warned about: 

 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.” (Matthew 24:23-25)

SO, this is what we should be watching for:
  1. A COVENANT (or agreement) — possibly promising peace between the parties named — that is to last for SEVEN YEARS.
  2. The rebuilding of THE JEWISH TEMPLE.
  3. The DESECRATION OF THAT HOLY PLACE at approximately 3 1/2 YEARS AFTER THE SIGNING OF THAT AGREEMENT.

Will a seven-year agreement be signed between Israel and the Palestinians (and perhaps MANY other countries as well)  as a result of efforts currently being made by the International Community? I have no idea. But … if the rest of what I’ve written here makes sense to YOU, please pray about forwarding this post and sharing it with others in printed form.

God forbid that any sincere followers of Christ give up prematurely — as tribulation becomes nearly unbearable — and be left behind.

Remain diligent and keep watching …

Netanyahu stuns U.N. General Assembly

NETANYAHU STUNS WITH ‘SILENT’ PROTEST AT U.N.

Vows Israel will block Iran from nuclear weapons

Published: October 1, 2015

 

UNITED NATIONS – In a dramatic speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged the silence of the world community in the face of the imminent threat posed by Iran gaining nuclear weapons was “deafening.”

Netanyahu then paused his speech for an unusually lengthy moment of silence in which he stared from the podium. Television cameras panned to show a General Assembly hall conspicuously absent of many delegations.

“Thirty-one years ago as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, I stood at this podium for the first time, speaking against a resolution sponsored by Iran to expel Israel from the United Nations,” Netanyahu said, beginning his address.

“Then as now, the United Nations was excessively hostile to Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East. Some sought to deny the one and only Jewish state a place among the nations,” he said.

“I ended that first speech by saying, ‘Gentlemen, check your fanaticism at the door. More than three decades later, as the prime minister of Israel, I am privileged to speak from this podium. For me that privilege has always come with a moral responsibility to speak the truth.”

Netanyahu said that after “three days of listening to world leaders praise the nuclear deal with Iran, I begin my speech by saying, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, check your enthusiasm at the door.”

In the 40-minute speech, Netanyahu devoted fully 30 minutes to railing against the nuclear pact the Obama administration has concluded with Iran.

He charged the agreement provides Iran with the resources to continue to fund terrorism while failing to block Tehran’s ultimate path to obtaining nuclear weapons.

Netanyahu vowed Iran will never have nuclear weapons, pledging that Israel will stop the mullah-led regime, regardless of the consequences, whether or not the world community supports Israel’s self-defense of the Jewish state.

“In the wake of the nuclear deal, Iran is spending billions of dollars on weapons and satellites,” he continued. “Do you think Iran is doing that to advance peace? Do you think hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief and fat contracts will turn this rapacious tiger into a kitten?”

He criticized the Iranian nuclear deal for giving Tehran international acceptance and a path to developing a nuclear weapon.

“As a leader of a country defending itself every day against Iran’s growing aggression, I wish I could take comfort in the claim that this deal blocks Iran’s path to nuclear weapons, but I can’t, because it doesn’t,” Netanyahu said. “Here’s the catch. Under this deal, if Iran doesn’t change it’s behavior, if Iran becomes more dangerous in the years to come, the most important constraints will still be automatically lifted by year 10 and again by year 15.

Netanyahu said that 70 years after the murder of 6 million Jews, Iran’s leaders “promise to destroy my country, murder my people, and the response from this body, the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here has been absolutely nothing – utter silence, deafening silence.”

He then paused.

“The Jewish people have learned the heavy price of silence,” he said, continuing his speech to the General Assembly. “As the prime minister of the Jewish state, as someone who knows that history, I refuse to be silent.

“The days when the Jewish people remained silent in the face of genocidal enemies are over,” he stressed. “Not being silent means defending ourselves against those dangers and we have, we have, and we will. Israel will not allow Iran to break in, sneak in, or walk in the nuclear weapons club.”

He said one should question Israel’s “determination to defend itself against those who seek our destruction.”

“For in every generation, there were those who rose up to destroy our people.,” he said.

“In antiquity, we faced destruction from the ancient empires of Babylon and Rome,” he continued. “In the middle ages, we faced inquisition and expulsion. And in modern times, we faced pogroms and the Holocaust.

“Yet the Jewish people persevered,” he concluded.

“And now another regime has arisen, swearing to destroy Israel,” he said, referring to Iran.

“That regime would be wise to consider this: I stand here today representing Israel, a country 67-years young but a nation-state of a people nearly 4,000 years old,” he said. “Yet the ancient empires of Babylon and Rome are not represented in this hall of nations, and neither is the ‘1,000-year Reich.’ Those seemingly invincible empires are long gone. But Israel lives.

LINK: http://www.wnd.com/2015/10/netanyahu-stuns-with-silent-protest-at-u-n/#uoO5Q0kTwTIgMXPf.99

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“This is what the Lord Almighty says:

‘I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. 

I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem;

they will be my people, 

and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.’”

(Zechariah 8:7-8, NIV)

Still watching …

Yom Kippur 2015: A BIG untold story!

A big, untold story: Since last Yom Kippur, millions of Jews have begun searching for the Messiah, and for atonement for their sins. The media isn’t reporting this. But it’s worth examining.

September 22, 2015 at 12:24 pm

By Joel C. Rosenberg

Over the past year since the last Day of Atonement, millions of Jews around the world have begun a quest to find the Messiah.

At sundown, we begin Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This is the highest holy day on the Jewish calendar, and one of great Biblical and historic and cultural importance to my people.

I so wish I was home with Lynn and our sons in Israel tonight. Instead, I am in the U.S. speaking at a number of events, from Dallas to San Luis Obispo to Washington, D.C. to Toronto. I am speaking about the darkness that is falling in our world. But I am also explaining to people about a fascinating phenomenon that I’m observing.

Since last Yom Kippur, millions of Jews have begun a quest to find the Messiah. For reasons I cannot fully explain, Jews are suddenly searching for answers to the deepest and most important questions concerning life and death and God and atonement and eternity, in numbers unprecedented in history. Some are searching through the Hebrew Scriptures for answers. A stunning number are actually reading the New Testament, most for the first time. They are searching on Google for information about the Messiah. They are even watching a new series of videos by Jews who claim to have found the answers. The videos — some of which have gone viral — were produced and posted on a new website called www.imetmessiah.com.

To me, these are fascinating developments. They certainly aren’t being reported by the media. But they are worth examining. That said, more on all that in a moment.

First, a few thoughts about Yom Kippur itself.

In the Scriptures, the Israelites were commanded by the Lord to fast and pray and bring their sacrifices to the Temple in Jerusalem, and then to ask for the Lord’s forgiveness for all the sins they and their nation had committed that year. And the Scriptures were clear: only the sacrifice of a perfect animal — a sacrifice performed with a humble, repentant, sincere heart, and with faith in God’s mercy and grace — could bring about forgiveness of sins.

  • “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” (Leviticus 17:11)
  • “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Hebrews 9:22)

But here’s the problem we Jewish people have face since the destruction of the Temple: What does one do to receive atonement in the modern age, without a Temple?

How can one make sacrifices, and thus receive forgiveness of sins — and thus the right to enter the holiness of heaven and live with the Lord in heaven forever and ever — without being able to sacrifice a perfect lamb at the Temple in Jerusalem, where the Lord designated all sacrifices to occur?

The destruction of the Temple by the Romans in 70 A.D. was a huge blow to Judaism for many reasons, but chief among them because it deprived us of the one place to receive atonement from God.

The good news was found in Daniel 9:24-26. The Hebrew prophet Daniel explained to us that:

  • someday the Messiah (or “Anointed One”) would come to us
  • when the Messiah came, his purpose would be “to atone for wickedness” and “to bring in everlasting righteousness”
  • the Messiah would then be “cut off and will have nothing”
  • after the Messiah was “cut off,” then Jerusalem and the Temple would be destroyed
  • Daniel specifically noted that foreign invaders “will come and will destroy the city and the sanctuary”

Think about that. Daniel told us something extraordinary — that a coming Messiah would bring atonement for our sins before the Temple would be destroyed. That, in retrospect, makes sense, right? Why would the God of Israel take away the Temple before providing a new way for atonement?

Now, add in what the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah explained to us that not only was the Messiah coming to the Jewish people, but that He would bring a “new covenant,” a new and exciting and God-ordained way by which we would have a personal relationship with the Lord our God.

The Hebrew Prophet Isaiah gave us still more details about this coming Messiah. He explained that the Messiah would serve as King of the world eventually, but first the Messiah would be our “Suffering Servant.” That is, He would be rejected by the people, would suffer, and then die as our atoning sacrifice.

Consider these extraordinary passages from Isaiah 53:

3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.

8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
And who can speak of his descendants?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was stricken.

9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.

11 After the suffering of his soul,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.

13 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

Who does that sound like to you?

When I was younger, I tried to process these and other Hebrew prophecies of the Messiah. Among them:

  • the Messiah will born in Judea, near Jerusalem, in Bethlehem Ephratah (Micah 5:2)
  • the Messiah will live and minister in the Galilee (Isaiah 9:1-2)
  • the Messiah will teach in parables (Psalm 78:2)
  • the Messiah will enter Jerusalem on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9)
  • the Messiah will be the Savior of the Jews but also a “light to the nations” (Isaiah 49:5-6)

These were fascinating, specific, detailed clues as to the identity of the One the Lord was sending to save and rescue our people. Each piece of the puzzle was helpful, but two clues I found especially interesting — first, that the Messiah had to be born in Bethlehem Ephratah, the city of David; and second that the Messiah absolutely had to come to bring atonement and righteousness to His people before the Temple and Jerusalem were destroyed in 70 A.D. Why? Because the God of Israel told us so through the Hebrew prophets.

I came to the conclusion that Jesus (Yeshua) of Nazareth is, in fact, the Messiah that Moses and the prophets spoke of. His death and resurrection were foretold by the prophets, and they prove that He is who He said He is: the “Way, the Truth and the Life, and that no one comes to the Father except through Him” (John 14:6). Jesus’ shed blood provides the only atonement for sins for Jews and Gentiles today. Jesus brought us the “New Covenant” — the new deal, as it were, between God and man — that the Hebrew Prophet Jeremiah told us to wait for.

True, many Jewish people have rejected Jesus over the centuries. But have we really stopped to examine what Moses and the prophets said, and how Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled every single one of those prophecies?

By God’s grace and kindness, my eyes were open. I received Jesus as Messiah, Savior and Lord when I was young. I humbled myself, confessed my sins to God the Father, believed in my heart by faith that Jesus died on the cross, and was buried, and rose again, according to the Scriptures. I confessed with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord. And so, as He promised, Jesus atoned for my sins. He washed them away, all of them, never to be remembered or held against me for all of eternity. He gave me eternal life. He — the King of the Universe — adopted me into His royal family. He gave me peace that passes all understanding. He gave me hope as an anchor for my soul. He gave me a purpose and a meaning for me life.

Why? Because I deserved it? No. Because I earned it? No. Because I could buy it? No. He gave all this to me for free, because He loves me, because He wanted to rescue me. And so I received Him into my heart by faith. For as the Scriptures explain so clearly, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12)

When my father, who was raised an Orthodox Jew in Brooklyn, discovered in 1973 — after a careful study of the Gospel According to Luke — that Jesus of Nazareth is the long-awaited Jewish Messiah, and received the Messiah by faith, my father thought he was one of the first Jews in history who believed this. He had never met a Jewish believer in Jesus. He had never heard of such a person. And in 1973, there were fewer than 2,000 Jewish people on the planet who were followers of Jesus.

But today, some 300,000 Jews around the world are followers of Jesus. And millions of Jews are searching for the Messiah and thus reading the Hebrew prophecies, and comparing them with the writings of the New Testament, and trying to decide whether Jesus really is the Messiah we have desperately longed for over so many centuries.

Today, on Yom Kippur, you can watch short videos of Jewish people explaining how they met the Messiah.

More than 10 million people have watched these videos just in the past few months.

Remarkably, more than 900,000 Hebrew speakers have watched the Hebrew-language versions of these videos in just the past four months. Given that there are only about 7 million Hebrew speakers in the world today, this means that nearly 1 in 7 of them have recently watched videos by Israeli Jews explaining how they came to discover that Yeshua is our Messiah.

The website is www.imetmessiah.com. Please visit, watch the videos, share them with family and friends, think about them and discuss them. And then I encourage you to humbly pray to God and ask Him to show you whether Jesus — Yeshua — is, in fact, the Anointed One who came to rescue and redeem us and atone for our sins and write our names in the Book of Life.

It is my earnest hope you will discover — or rediscover — Jesus for yourself this Yom Kippur and the days that follow. I’m praying for you to find His amazing love, grace and forgiveness, and the hope and joy that only He can give us.

May the God of Israel and His Anointed One bless you and your family beyond what you can hope for, dream of, or imagine.

LINK: https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2015/09/22/a-big-untold-story-since-last-yom-kippur-millions-of-jews-have-begun-searching-for-the-messiah-and-for-atonement-for-their-sins-the-media-isnt-reporting-this-but-its-worth-examining/

I could not have written it any better!

Shalom!

Paula Yingst

Israel issues a powerful warning …

Awesome: See How Israel Just Flexed Its Military Muscle In A Powerful Warning To Iran

The “Crocodile” reportedly has a mean set of lethal teeth.


Image Credit: Washington Free Beacon

Even as the U.S.-led negotiations over Iran’s nuclear ambitions continue — with Secretary of State John Kerry doing all he can to strike a deal — the commander of an Iranian militia has renewed his country’s call for the annihilation of Israel.

The Times of Israel reports: “The commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said that “erasing Israel off the map” is ‘nonnegotiable,’ according to an Israel Radio report Tuesday.”

So it’s no wonder that — faced with this continuing existential threat from a nation with which Western powers are intent on coming to terms — Israel would show off one of the latest and potentially most lethal weapons in its defense arsenal.

The Washington Free Beacon notes that the Israeli navy has hosted military reporters on a tour of its newest submarine, “part of an underwater fleet reportedly armed with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles that will serve as Israel’s major deterrent against a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic.”

The INS Tanin is reportedly undergoing final tests in advance of its deployment as Israel’s “second strike” force, to be activated in retaliation for a nuclear attack.

In English, Tanin means “Crocodile,” and the fearsome teeth in this beast are said to be nuclear-tipped cruise missiles with a range of close to 1,000 miles.

Image Credit: YNet News

Ironically, according to the Free Beacon report, sophisticated new Israeli submarines have either been fully paid for or heavily subsidized by Germany.

“Ostensibly, this was because of revelations after the first Gulf War in 1991 that German firms had assisted Iraq in modernizing its missile arsenal, which was used to target Israel. It was widely believed that guilt stemming from the Holocaust also played a part in Germany’s decision.”
LINK: http://www.westernjournalism.com/awesome-see-how-israel-just-flexed-its-military-muscle-in-a-powerful-warning-to-iran/#VeMlCekTTDyAuQt6.99

Is the death of Saudi king prophetic?

Some people think the death of Saudi King Abdullah has prophetic implications …

 

Death Of Saudi King Could Set Stage For Islamic End Times Frenzy In 2015

January 19, 2015 | 

 

UPDATE – KING ABDULLAH DIED FRIDAY, JAN 23

In the last two years, media outlets have published conflicting reports on Saudi King Abdullah’s health. Just last week, Saudi Arabia’s Royal Court announced that the king has pneumonia and is temporarily using a breathing tube.

In fact, every time the king’s health deteriorates, news agencies speculate on what will become of the Saudi dynasty and its leadership after the king’s death. But some Shiite scholars think differently about the matter, believing that Abdullah’s death will mark the beginning of a chain of great events that will shock the world.

Some Shiite scholars believe that the Saudi king’s death will signal the resurrection of the Mahdi and the beginning of the end-times.

Abdullah, the 10th son of King Abdulaziz, was born Aug. 1, 1924. His mother, Fahda bint Asi Al Shuraim, was a member of the Al Rashid family, longtime rivals of the Al Saud family and a historic dynasty in the Arabian Peninsula that ruled the emirate of Jabal Shammar. Abdullah ascended to the throne in 2005 following the death of his half-brother King Fahd, though power was already in his hands.

According to Shiite hadiths, after the death of a king named Abdullah in the Hijaz — a western region of present-day Saudi Arabia — no successor to the throne would be accepted, and disagreements would escalate and persist until the rise of Imam Mahdi.

The Shiites believe that divine Imams are heirs to the political and religious Ummah, or Islamic nation. These 12 imams are successors to the Prophet Muhammad and to the head of the caliphate, with Mahdi being the final Imam who disappeared, or went into occultation. Mahdi will be revealed only in the end-times, along with Jesus, to deliver peace to the world.

According to the book “250 Signs Until the Appearance of Imam Mahdi,” Prophet Muhammad said: “On doomsday, a man who is carrying the name of an animal ascends to the throne, after which a man named Abdullah comes to the power. Whoever informs me of his death, I will inform him of the rise [of Mahdi]. After Abdullah passes away, for several days and months, the government will appear.”

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE @ http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2015/January19/191a.html

 

And this …

 

Death Of Saudi King – The End Time Event Islamists Have Been Waiting For

January 23, 2015 | 

 

Update – Saudi King Abdullah Died, Friday January 23

A Lebanese reporter for the Al-Monitor Middle East news service explains that Iran and Hezbollah view the Syrian civil war not only in a strategic context, but in a prophetic one. In their belief, the radical Sunnis will conquer Syria for a short period of time and then Iranian forces will intervene on their way to destroying Israel.

The unnamed reporter points out that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is, like Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, “known for being a strong believer” in the Shiite prophecy that Iran will lead an End Times war against Islam’s enemies. At that time, the Mahdi will “reappear” and defeat the infidel.

According to the author, Iran and Hezbollah rely upon a book of prophecies called Al-Jafr to guide them. It was passed down to Jafar al-Sadiq, for whom the Jafari school of Shiite jurisprudence is named after. Teachers of this book say that the Syrian leader will be killed in a civil war during the End Times.

A Sunni leader will take over Syria and persecute Shiites, Allawites and Christians. The persecution will continue until an Iranian army invades Syria via Iraq, killing this Sunni leader on the way to capturing Jerusalem. Once Jerusalem is taken, the Mahdi will appear. Interestingly, in a modern context, this means that Hezbollah is fighting to preserve the regime of a man (Bashar Assad) that they believe will be killed.

Keep in mind, the Jafari school of jurisprudence is mainstream Shiite doctrine. There’s bound to be disagreement over the interpretation of prophecy, but these are not the beliefs of an isolated cult. In July 2010, a senior Iranian cleric said that Khamenei told his inner circle that he had met with the Mahdi, who promised to “reappear” during his lifetime.

A very similar eschatological viewpoint is articulated in a 2011 documentary produced by the office of then-President Ahmadinejad. The film, titled The Coming is Upon Us, does not predict a Syrian civil war but shares many of the same details articulated by the Al-Monitor reporter in Lebanon.

A critical point of convergence between the two sources is about Saudi Arabia’s role in prophecy. Both agree that the death of Saudi King Abdullah will be a major trigger. In fact, this event is so central to the Iranian film that it opens up with the statement, “Whoever guarantees the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, I will guarantee the imminent reappearance of Mahdi.”

What’s amazing about this film is the high level of detail of the discussed prophecies. It is easy to see why, if you were a devout Muslim (especially a Shiite), you would believe that the Mahdi’s return is near.

The arrival of Jews in Palestine from the West and the birth of the state of Israel, the conquering of Arabia by the Al-Sauds and the global dominance of the U.S. and the West are all clearly foretold, it claims.

An Allah-blessed revolution will take place in Iran led by a man based out of Qom. The narrators point to the 1979 Islamic Revolution as a clear fulfillment. After this happens, a series of vague and specific “signs” are to follow.

The most specific “signs” are related to Iraq. The Iranian video claims that prophecy requires the invasion of Iraq by infidels from the south with heavy use of aircraft, as happened in 2003. The infidel will cause tribal divisions and the evil dictator of Iraq (Saddam), will be killed.

Other signs include the Westernization of Muslim youth (with the 2009 Green Revolution offered as evidence), the Iran-backed Houthi rebellion in Yemen and the overthrow of Egyptian President Mubarak….

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE @ http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/2015/January22/226.html

 

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