What in the world is going on? Catastrophic hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, terrorism, nuclear threats. Is God trying to tell us something? Yes.

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Hurricane-IrmaUPDATED: What in the world is going on?

Hurricane Harvey drops 33 trillion gallons of rainfall on the U.S. Experts say the floods are a once-in-a-thousand-years event. Now Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida. Historic, sustained winds of at least 185 miles-per-hour. Devastation in the Caribbean has been catastrophic. Experts say Florida and other American states could face the same.

Then there’s the horrific, out-of-control wildfires raging across the Pacific Northwest Countless that are “creating apocalypse-like conditions in numerous Western states, blotting out the noonday sun behind thick blankets of smoke and depositing ash like freshly fallen snow,”according to the Washington Post.

At the same time, Mexico experiences the worst earthquake in a century. Record-breaking floods are devastating Asia. Half of Bangladesh is reportedly underwater. 100,000 homes have been destroyed. Forty million people face severe and potentially life-threatening food and water shortages. Russia is preparing to mass…

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The Messiah According to The Scriptures

Advancing Christ's Kingdom

In the volume of the Book it is written of Me” (Psalm 40:7; Hebrews 10:7)

“To Him give all the prophets witness” (Acts 10:43)

Written in prophecy in the Old Testament Scriptures and in biography in the four Gospels is the narrative account of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ of GOD. There is only one Man in the history of mankind that has had exact details given in public documents centuries before His birth that describe His birth, death, and resurrection. No one who gives careful attention to and investigation of the historical record can challenge the fact that these documents were circulated before his birth, especially as the Old Testament Scriptures predate the birth and ministry of Jesus by several hundred years.

The nearly three hundred prophecies given in the 39 books of the Old Testament concerning ‘the Messiah’ find their fulfillment in Jesus of…

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Caroline Glick on FB, 12/01/2015, regarding the visit of Mr Netanyahu to Paris:

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Videos from Israelnational news.com

Prime Minister Netanyahu earned his keep in Paris yesterday.
According to an incredibly hostile report last night by Channel 2, the French tried to prevent Netanyahu from participating in the rally yesterday in Paris, claiming that having him march with other leaders would detract from the message of unity in the fight against terrorism.
It’s possible that the French had no idea how offensive their position is, treating the frontline state in the war against the global jihad as a leper. But there is a lot of that going around these days.
Let us not forget that the French voted in favor of the Palestinian statehood resolution at the UN Security Council in an act of aggression against Israel and the US and the struggle against global jihad.
For them, and for a growing number of Jew haters in Europe and distressingly in the US, terrorism involves the murder of non-Jews for political purposes.
Defying their prejudiced position, Netanyahu insisted that Israel not be cast aside and was willing even to have the media terrorizing terrorist Mahmoud Abbas march in the parade in order to ensure that Israel would be properly represented.
Then, to add insult to injury, the French tried to prevent Netanyahu from travelling in the same bus as the other world leaders and wanted to shove him into bus #2 with their hired help. He had none of it. So they made him wait outside the bus, exposed to assassin fire for long moments before they finally agreed to treat Israel’s leader with respect.
Then they tried to force him into the cheap seats at the march, pushing him into the second row to hide him.
Here too, he had none of it and found an elegant way of pushing back.
And thank God he did.
As the videos in the attached story show, for the Jews of France, Netanyahu’s presence was a cathartic experience. It was essential for their mourning process and for soothing their fears for their future. They greeted him — and through him Israel — as their champion, as the person they can depend on in their moment of need.

In Channel 2’s coverage last night, they told the story through hateful French eyes — a story of a pushy, impolite Israeli leader who forced himself on the poor French in contravention of diplomatic practice. They gave less than 5 seconds of coverage of his reception at Paris’s Great Synagogue. They hid from the public the glaring fact that normal diplomatic practice, particularly in France, involves humiliating and condemning the Jewish state. By denying the public the knowledge of how profoundly Netanyahu’s presence touched the Jews of France, as witnessed by their calls to him during the march, and then more evocatively at the synagogue, they hid from us the basic truth of our country.

Israel is the savior, the port in the storm for the Jewish people. It is our privilege and our duty. Every Israeli deserves to understand that. And by hiding the truth while demeaning Netanyahu’s refusal to be cowed as so much Israeli pushiness and bad manners, Channel 2 failed the public.
I know we know it anyway, but it was painful and infuriating to watch all the same.

Press on to know the Lord

be-stillAs we go into the new year, the sons of Issachar are a great example for us to learn from. In 1Chron.12:32 we read they understood the times in which they lived and knew what they had to do. So too we need to understand our times and know what we need to do. We shouldn’t be surprised at the trouble that is coming upon the world. The Bible clearly states the last days will be times of severe distress.

Jesus said in  John 16:33 that in the world we will have trouble, but that He has overcome the world. In the Amplified version it reads: “I have told you these things so that in me you may have perfect peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer (take courage, be confident, certain, undaunted) for I have overcome the world. (I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you).

Jesus also said in John 17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” And in Matthew 7:21-22: “Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord”, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practise lawlessness!”

These are amazing statements! Here we see the Lord Himself define eternal life as knowing Him, and we see Him actually refusing people entry into the Kingdom of Heaven on the basis that He did not know them. These were people who thought their works qualified them to enter in.

Also, the Apostle Paul stated his whole focus was to know the Lord. In Philippians 3:8-12: “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord….that I may be found in Him, not having my own righteousness which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ…..that I may know Him…Not that I have already attained, but I press on…”

Looking at the Scriptures above, I believe the most important thing for us, in all our doings, all our works, our ministries, our jobs, whatever they may be, the single most important thing is to know Him. Not just to know about Him, but to actually know Him as our Lord, our God, our Guide and our daily Friend. Are we, nearer to the Lord now than this time last year? The good news is that, in James 4:8, God promises us that if we draw near to Him He will draw near to us.

As we do that we will live (abide) in Him and His Word will live in us (John:15:7) and we will experience that life in the Spirit that liberates us from a life of tick-box obedience, (Romans 8, Col.2:20-23). The daily life of walking with the Lord in the Spirit is what people actually want and need to see in us, as opposed to a life of self-righteous religiosity. And as we press on to know the Lord then the more like Him we will become, and so we will be effective servants of the Lord in these troubled times.

From ancient Persia to Hitler’s Germany to modern Iran, Purim reminds us of God’s love for & protection of the Jewish people from those who seek to “annihilate” them.

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Israel and the Jewish people face many threats these days — from a nuclear Iran, from terrorist rocket fire out of Gaza, from Syrian chemical weapons, and from rising anti-Semitism and a global movement to isolate and delegitimize Israel, especially pernicious in Europe, to name just a few.  

Sometimes Jews wonder, “Why are we the Chosen People? How has that worked out well for us? The Pharoah chose us. Hitler chose us. Stalin chose us. The ayatollahs chose us. Choose someone else, Lord, please!” It’s a sad but understandable sentiment.

As we see current threats — and as we remember the horrors of the Holocaust and the Nazi regime’s determination to annihilate all the Jews of Europe — we need to remember that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has never forgotten or forsaken the people He sovereignly chosen. We have, all too often, forgotten Him. But He has never forgotten us.

Indeed, that is why His Word commanded us…

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100 years on, is history repeating itself?

A century ago, a crisis in eastern Europe escalated into the first world war. As a result of agreements and affiliations, what started as a regionalised dispute between the Austrian empire and Serbia quickly spread to engulf the major European powers. The Germans backed the Austrians with their dispute with Serbia. Serbia, also known as the Southern Slavs (from which came the name Yugoslavia later) was backed by Russia, its Slavic cousin.

As the conflict began to widen, Germany, believing it could quickly nullify France before turning its attention to attacking Russia, invaded Belgium in its move against France. This then involved Britain, who had a previous agreement to defend Belgium in the event of attack. And so the horrors of World War 1 began. These things have a habit of spiraling out of control once events are in play.

What is happening in Ukraine at the moment, for me, has ominously familiar overtones of the above train of events. Ukraine is a country that has increasingly faced in two directions  since the fall of the Soviet empire in 1991. To generalise, half of the country wants closer ties with the West, in the form of the EU and NATO, while the other half wants closer ties with its neighbour to the north and east, Russia. When I visited Kiev in 2011, this became quite apparent to me. The situation is complicated, since Ukraine in general, and Kiev in particular, has significant historical and cultural ties with Russia. Indeed, Kiev was the original capital of Russia, once known as Kievan Rus.

Independence Square in Kiev, September 2001, a far cry from the bloodshed and chaos of recent weeks.

Independence Square in Kiev, September 2011, a far cry from the bloodshed and chaos of recent weeks.

So the recent overthrow of the Ukrainian president Yanukovich by a popular uprising of the pro-western population is seen as a Fascist coup d’etat by the pro-Russians. And now that the Russian President Putin is aggressively mobilising troops, the situation between Ukraine and Russia is turning very ugly indeed, and has the potential to spiral further out of control just as it did in 1914.

Once again, Britain finds itself in an agreement to defend another country (for Belgium 1914 read Ukraine 2014). The Budapest Memorandum of 1994 was an agreement that Britain, the US, Russia and Ukraine signed in order to protect the territorial integrity of Ukraine in the post-Soviet period.

Only God Himself knows whether history will be repeated, but it seems clear that the potential for a major conflict is shockingly present in the events currently taking place. A former British ambassador, Sir Tony Brenton, has been quoted as saying that if Russia does indeed invade Ukraine, and if the Budapest Memorandum is legally binding, ‘then it’s very difficult to avoid the conclusion that we’re going to go to war with Russia’.

Is that really a possibility? Surely not, you’d think. Certainly you’d hope not. But as has been mentioned above, events historically have shown how easily and horrifically they can lurch out of control. Let’s hope and earnestly pray this doesn’t happen again.