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Israel

PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE:
The nation and the land of Israel are the subject of many Old Testament prophecies. Many of them relate to God's plans for the nation, warnings of judgment because of their disobedience, and restoration after they were conquered by the Assyrians and the Babylonians.

There are also comforting prophecies about Israel's distant future, and especially their role in the future righteous kingdom that will be established by the Messiah.

In our lifetime we have witnessed one of the most amazing fulfillments - the promise of Ezekiel chapters 36 and 37 that the chosen people will be brought back from all over the Earth and re-born as a nation. This, of course, was fulfilled in 1948 when, against all odds, Israel declared independence, and with God's help, has been able to fight off enemies on all sides for over 65 years.

The current wave of violence between Israel and the Palestinians could die out and become one of many such cycles in the area, or it could lead to more serious war. The outcome of this war could be a most welcome peace agreement.

Such a peace agreement might be just another phase in the age-old struggle between the descendants of Isaac and Ishmael, or it could be the false peace mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5:3. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (NIV)

When Israel finally is at peace, it will be the first time since they became a nation in 1948 that they have enjoyed such security. This could cause them to lower their guard, which would set the scene for yet another war, such as the one predicted in Ezekiel 38 and 39. (Many good Bible teachers think that war is more likely at the end of the Tribulation, but it does not correspond exactly to the Battle of Armageddon.) If it does come before the Tribulation, it will most likely correspond to the 2nd Seal of Revelation 6.

The dramatic end of this great war of the 2nd Seal could produce the treaty predicted in Daniel 9:27, which many prophecy scholars identify as the beginning of the seven-year Tribulation period.

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Prophetic Significance of Israel

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Netanyahu speaks at AIPAC amid controversy

Mar. 2, 2015 -
Source: CNN

Prophetic Significance of Israel


Iranian military chief threatens to 'wipe Tel Aviv off the map'

Feb. 26, 2015 - In the face of a possible Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear installations, General Mustafa Yazdi, the assistant chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, said, “Iran will flatten Tel Aviv and Haifa if Israel perpetrates an attack on our country."

Earlier this week another Iranian, Mujtaba A-Nur, an adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, issued a similar challenge:

“If the Zionist regime attacks us, our missiles will reach Tel Aviv within six, seven minutes, and they will destroy it before the dust and the smoke of their missiles reach us,” he said.

Source: Jerusalem Post



Netanyahu speech setting stage for Last Days?

Feb. 25, 2015 -

Many Christian leaders around the globe agree — the United States is at a very pivotal point in world and biblical history with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s much-contended March 3 speech before Congress at the nation’s capital.

President Barack Obama rebuked House Speaker John Boehner for inviting Netanyahu to speak to Congress. The President and some other Democrats will not attend the speech, causing an unprecedented disconnect between the U.S. and Israel.

Mark Biltz, author of the book Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs, says that biblical prophecies about Israel standing alone in the End Times may be coming to pass. Signs in the heavens could also be a warning of things to come. Next month, near the time of Israel's vital elections and the Passover season there will be a solar eclipse and then a blood moon. He says, "God is trying to tell us something about a divine appointment.”

Source: One News Now

Iran is Deployed, 'Planning War' Along Israel's Northern Border

Feb. 23, 2015 - Yigal Carmon, president of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), warns that Iran has infiltrated Lebanon and Syria, effectively establishing an active front from Israel's northern Mediterranean border to the Golan Heights. Iran has formed a united front from Tehran, through Baghdad, Syria and Lebanon, in the north, and is making inroads into the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria east of Israel and Gaza on Israel's western border.

Iran has several objectives, Carmon explained: "These include deterring Israel from attacking Iran's nuclear capabilities, capturing the Golan from Israel, and the like – but these are sub-objectives. Their main goal is ultimately to destroy Israel."

Source: Israel National News
MEMRI

Obama Has Lost His Nerve in the Race to Stop Iran

Feb. 14, 2015 - Iranian leaders cannot be trusted. Six times they have ignored UN resolutions.
What is most alarming about Iran is that the United States, in the person of President Barack Obama, seems to have lost its nerve to stop Iran’s final dash to be a nuclear military power, with appalling consequences for the Middle East.
The United States will also be in danger once Iran has nuclear weapons and missiles that can reach that far.
Source: Mortimer B. Zuckerman - U.S. World and News Report
Israel warns anew of action against Iran - Yahoo
Netanyahu too hesitant to order military attack on Iran, rival MK says - Jerusalem Post

WSJ: Kissinger Fears Iran Talks Will Lead to Nuclear Mideast!

Feb. 10, 2015 - The Wall Street Journal reported on an address to the Senate on Jan. 29 that the administration's planned agreement with Iran would set their enrichment capability at a point where they could develop nuclear weapons within one year. He is concerned that if that deal is made,
"We will live in a proliferated world in which everybody — even if that agreement is maintained — will be very close to the trigger point. . . the Obama Administration may be underwriting a new era of global nuclear proliferation."
He explained that Saudi Arabia could buy a bomb from Pakistan, and both Turkey and Egypt will want to develop nuclear deterrents to the Iranian threat. Possibly one or more of the Gulf emirates would make the same decision.
Source: NewsMax
Obama: ‘Real differences’ with Netanyahu over Iran -Times of Israel

Israeli air force chief: We may have to send planes to Iran tomorrow

Feb. 2, 2015 - In the course of asking for billions of dollars of additional defense funds, Israel Air Force chief Major-General Amir Eshel explained that Israel may be required to send their aging fighter planes to Iran at any time, and they are getting old.
The remarks were not delivered in the tone of a threat, but rather as a statement about a possible mission that would require up-to-date equipment.
Source: Times of Israel
Experts: Iran Now a Nuclear-Ready State, Missiles Capable of Hitting US - NewsMax

Lebanese-Israeli border area quiet after concerns of another war erupting

Jan. 29,, 2015 - Yesterday a Hezbollah attack killed two Israeli soldiers near the border between Israel and Syria.
The tense border area between the two countries appeared quiet Thursday morning, with no fire traded between Israel and the Hezbollah fighters, although both sides were on high alert.
Source: Washington Post
Hezbollah offers Israel a draw, will Netanyahu accept? - The attackers also appear to have chosen their targets in a way that carefully avoided breaching Israel’s sovereignty. - Al Jazeera
New information about assassination of Hezbollah leader in 2009 - ‘Imad Mughniyeh was killed in joint Mossad, CIA operation’ - Times of Israel

'Obama army' deploys to Tel Aviv to topple Netanyahu

Jan. 28, 2015 - Last week President Obama rejected an opportunity to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next month when he comes to speak to Congress. The reason given by the White House was that it didn’t want to influence the Israeli elections.

Meanwhile,

The conservative blogosphere is reporting Jeremy Bird, national field director for Obama’s 2012 campaign, is now working for a new non-profit group, V15, that is running an effort to defeat Netanyahu in the upcoming election.
Bird is just one of scores of former senior Obama election campaign staffers who are now working with V12 ("Victory 2015") to unseat Netanyahu and replace him with a leftist leader. V15 founder Nimrod Dweck claims that their goal is to replace Israel's right-wing government.
Source: WND
Editor's note: Really? Nimrod (Genesis 10:8-12) is a good name for someone who wants to weaken Israel.
Obama Backs Campaign to Defeat Netanyahu in Israeli Elections - PJ Media (Thanks to Bill Vogel for heads-up on this.)

Boehner denies 'blindsiding' White House with Netanyahu invite

Jan. 27, 2015 - Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited to speak to Congress about the danger of allowing Iran to continue their nuclear development. The White House complained that they should have been involved in the process. US Speaker of the House John Boehner told CBS' 60 Minutes program that he had advised the President of the invitation. He felt it was necessary for Congress to hear from Netanyahu.
"There's nobody in the world who can talk about the threat of radical terrorism, nobody can talk about the threat that the Iranians pose, not just to the Middle East and to Israel,. . . but to the entire world."
Boehner said that the President had practically ignored the issue of terrorism in his State of the Union address last week.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Krauthammer: Iran's emerging empire - Charles Krauthammer - The Spectrum
New Iran sanctions won’t lead to war—one side’s already fighting it - Erlic Rozenman, director of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America - The Hill
With U.S.-Israeli relations heading for a train wreck & threat of Radical Islam rising, what’s next? Where do we go from here? Video of my interview with Greg Laurie. - Joel Rosenberg

Iran doubles down on threat to attack Israel after Syria strike

Jan. 25, 2014 - After an Israeli attack on a convoy on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights last week, Iran threatened retalliation. The attack killed an Iranian general and six members of Hezbollah.
And on Saturday, the Iranian news network Press TV quoted Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami as telling Iran's Al-Alam broadcast service that the country would "certainly consider a special retaliation for this issue. . . opening a front across the West Bank."
Source: Haaretz
Update 1/28/15 - IDF strikes Syria targets; sirens sound in Golan Heights - Times of Israel

While Obama Touts Diplomacy, Iran Vows Israel's Destruction

Jan. 23, 2015 - The Obama administration wants to continue negotiations with Iran about its nuclear ambitions without imposing stronger sanctions. Israel is in favor of stronger sanctions. Iran, provoked by the death of a military leader, is threatening to annihilate Israel.

Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, a senior leader of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, said they will...

"Remain steadfast on the path to the collapse of the Zionist regime of Israel through its continued support for the Lebanese and Palestinian combatants."

Source: NewsMax
Israel prepared for 'any scenario' after attack on Hezbollah - WND

Boehner snubs WH, invites Netanyahu to address Congress

Jan. 22, 2015 - House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Congress and explain current dangers in the Middle East, including Iran's nuclear ambitions and the rise of the Islamic State. This development came just one day after President Obama's State of the Union address in which he warned Congress not to enact additional sanctions against Iran. He said,
"New sanctions passed by this Congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails, alienating America from its allies, and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again."
The President also said that he would veto any new sanctions that Congress might pass.
Source: USA Today

ICC opens inquiry into possible war crimes committed by Israel, Palestinians

Jan. 18, 2015 - The International Criminal Court (ICC) is considering Palestinian charges of war crimes against Israel. In the past they could not bring such matters to the court because they were not yet a state, but that has now changed since a November 29, 2013 vote by the UN General Assembly to recognize a “State of Palestine.”

The investigation willnot necessarily result in formal charges against Israel. For one thing, Israel is conducting its own war crimes investigation, and ICC rules do not permit it to investigate war crimes in countries that reasonably self-investigate. Israel's actions were prompted by attacks from the Palestinians. Also, the PA signed away any right to seek ICC intervention under the Oslo Accords. Furthermore, Israel is not a member of the ICC and could just decide not to show up.

Source: Jerusalem Post
Short of invading The Hague, not much US can do to thwart ICC probe of Israel - Times of Israel

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