Saturday, May 18, 2013

Saturday In The News: Keep An Eye On The Golan Heights

It may be that growing violence and threats of further violence in the Golan Heights area could be the tipping point within the greater Syrian tipping point that we have been following. This article points out some key facts and the prophetic implications are enormous as we approach the epic battles foretold by biblical prophecy:

At all events, the Syrian civil conflict appears poised ready to spill over to one or more of its neighbors, starting with Israel as a result of six factors:

Former Israeli defense minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer was more realistic last week when he brusquely brushed aside a radio interviewer’s query by saying: Of course, Assad has used chemical weapons and isn't it obvious that he has already transferred to Hizballah both chemical substances and other advanced weapons?
3.  Following again in American footsteps, Israel failed to prevent Russia sending advanced S-300 anti-air and Yakhont anti-ship missiles to the Assad regime – both improved versions which were outfitted with sophisticated radar to improve their range and precision.
When Netanyahu was challenged with failing in this mission in his May 14 trip to buttonhole Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, he said only that he would “travel wherever is needed and talk to whoever is needed to keep Israel safe and secure.”
This was the closest he came to admitting that he had fallen down on his efforts for keeping advanced Russian weaponry out of Syrian hands.

...misreading of the Syrian ruler’s survivability is part and parcel of the omission by Obama, Netanyahu and Erdogan to appreciate and counter two major strategic changes overtaking the region:

a)  They stood aside as Moscow, Tehran and Hizballah deepened their military commitments to Assad’s fight for survival – starting with the arrival of Russian military personnel in Syria to man the sophisticated missiles supplied by Moscow until Syrian crews were instructed in their use.

US and Israel lost their chance to break up the Tehran-Damascus-Hizballah alliance. This objective the Obama administration once offered as his priority and the pretext for avoiding military action against a nuclear Iran.
What Washington achieved by its hands-off stance on Syria was the very opposite: Instead of weakening the triple alliance, Obama has allowed it to be bolstered by Russian and Iraqi increments.

It is no wonder, therefore, that Moscow, Tehran, Damascus and Hizballah are behaving like winners and gearing up for the next stage of the Syrian war, which, if Tehran and Hizballah have their way, will evolve into a war of attrition against Israel waged from the Syrian Golan.

The opening shot was fired Wednesday, May 15 by a Palestinian terrorist front under Syrian, Iranian and Hizballah tutelage, which shelled an Israeli military observation post on Mt. Hermon. This attack drew no direct Israeli response - par for the course.

Moscow can leave the heavy-lifting for a limited war on Israel to Tehran and Hizballah.
Hizballah’s Hassan Nasrallah in one of his fiery speeches expressed eagerness to make the Golan his new front for war on Israel. 

And Friday, May 17, it was reported in Tehran that Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had entrusted Al Qods Brigades commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani with the task of sending troops to the Golan to embark on hostilities against Israel.

Once they begin, it will be hard to stop the violence from spreading to Israel’s borders with Lebanon, from Syria into Turkey and from Jordan into Syria and Iraq.

Assad forces used chemical weapons-laced mortars in a Damascus neighborhood, injuring dozens, claimed the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Saturday according to the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya channel.
Dozens of people were being treated for respiratory difficulties, according to reports.

The channel also reiterated reports by the BBC Thursday that chemical weapons were used in Saraqib in Idlib province on April 29.
Two helicopters dropped devices on the town, which is located southwest of Aleppo, as it came under bombardment from regime forces, the report said.

Doctors at a local hospital said that they treated eight people who had breathing problems or constricted pupils. One woman, Maryam Khatib, died of her injuries, while her son Mohammed  was reportedly injured when he rushed to attend to her.
A doctor who treated Khatib said her symptoms were similar to poisoning caused by organophosphates, ingredients used in nerve gases and insecticides.
Her son told the BBC’s Ian Pannell that there was a “horrible, suffocating smell” and that he lost his eyesight for three or four days.
The following edited video purports to show the aftermath of the mortar attack in the city.

...because the whole 'land for peace' idea has worked so well in the past, as evidenced by the peaceful co-existence with Gaza (sarcasm off):

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “must choose between building settlements and negotiating peace,” said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday at a press conference in Cairo.
“Israel can easily leave settlements, as it has in the past. Israel gave up settlements in Sharm el-Sheikh and the Sinai, and removed dozens of them in just 24 hours,” Army Radio quoted Abbas as saying.
“If the Americans want to help, then the settlement activity has to stop,”   added Abbas, according to Daily News Egypt, praising the Obama administration for its “sincere intentions” to bring both sides to the negotiating table. Abbas was also quoted by the Egyptian daily as saying that peaceful methods were the only way for Palestinians to “get back their land according to the 1967 borders.”

Finally, an authoritative figure with the proper credentials has stepped up to the plate to tell the true story of what did happen without the lies and cover-ups that have so far kept those guilty of murder from standing trial. The admission on the part of this man will likely blow the Benghazi scandal wide open and lead to arrests if we can get our legal system to act as it should. That, however, is a big if.

According to a report from the Washington Times, retired 4 Star Admiral James Lyons reveals the entire plot that led to the deaths of Americans in Libya that could have been prevented, who gave the orders, and why events took place as they tragically did. Admiral James Lyons is probably the highest ranking figure ever to intervene in a federal government criminal case, and testify. Thanks to this man’s dedication to his country and the truth, we will finally know the truth and who was responsible.
In his words Lyons says that the attack on Benghazi was a bungled kidnapping attempt to be perpetrated upon Ambassador Stevens. This was to appear to be a hostage exchange for a terrorist prisoner who was to be released in trade for a supposedly captured US ambassador. The trade would have been for Omar Abdel Rahman an international prisoner, known as the Blind Sheikh.
This apparent abduction by terrorists of our ambassador and then negotiated trade for the Blind Sheikh would have been the “October Surprise” that would have elevated President Obama’s flagging popularity and boosted his approval ratings for a re-election. A dramatic prisoner exchange that saved our ambassador’s life However, something went horribly wrong. A cunning and illegal bit of treachery by the Obama White House turned into something entirely different. Obama’s October surprise turned into a carnage orchestrated by the White House itself as the President, Leon Panetta, and CIA Director, David Petraeus watched via a UAV real-time feed as a 7 hour attack on the Benghazi Embassy raged. Reportedly, stand down orders were given several times to different units within striking distance.

With what should have been only a staged kidnapping of Ambassador J. Christian Stevens, instead, Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty refused a stand down order and began doing their job of protecting the ambassador using force. Immediately the well-trained Seals began inflicting heavy casualties upon the terrorists who thought they were merely in a cake walk to abduct Ambassador Stevens without mishap. As a result of the plan going awry, a massive attack arose from the anger of the terrorists who felt they had been betrayed by President Obama. In the aftermath of the battle which saw Navy Seal Glen Doherty was killed after the embassy had been overrun along with the ambassador’s staff. Ambassador Steven’s whose body showed up 5 hours later at a Benghazi hospital supposedly overcome by smoke as the initial press reports indicated was, in fact, raped, tortured, and dragged around Benghazi in retaliation for the botched Obama White House plan.

Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock during the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the IRS scandal on Friday made a shocking claim: the IRS once asked an Iowa-based pro-life group to reveal the content of their prayers.
“Their question, specifically asked from the IRS to the Coalition for Life of Iowa: ‘Please detail the content of the members of your organization’s prayers,’” Rep. Schock said while grilling ousted IRS interim chief Steven Miller, .
“Would that be an inappropriate question to a 501(c)3 applicant?” the Republican congressman asked. “The content of one’s prayers?”
“It pains me to say I can’t speak to that one either,” Miller answered, adding later that her would be “surprised” if a question of that sort was asked of any conservative group

The report Schock is referring to comes from Thomas More Society, a not-for-profit organization committed to fighting for religious liberties:
Coalition for Life of Iowa found itself in the IRS’s crosshairs when the group applied for tax exempt status in October 2008. Nearly ten months of interrogation about the group’s opposition to Planned Parenthood included a demand by a Ms. Richards from the IRS’ Cincinnati office unlawfully insisted that all board members sign a sworn declaration promising not to picket/protest Planned Parenthood. Further questioning by the IRS requested detailed information about the content of the group’s prayer meetings, educational seminars, and signs their members hold outside Planned Parenthood.


Robin said...

Hello everyone

Today was a "rest" day from touring. A group of us attended a beautiful Messianic Service a couple of miles away here in Jerusalem. And it truly was amazing.

Worship began . . .and it was all in Hebrew. My first thought was, "Lord, if you want me to sing, you're going to have to guide me" because I was totally stumbling over the English transliteration. Know what? After that, the words just flowed off my tongue. Don't you love it when that happens???

The large room was completely packed and an overflow on the balcony was made.

So then a visiting choir came in and performed for a good half hour. They were men and women from a college in California. They completely encircled the large room and it sounded like stereo. And WOW! If you closed your eyes you would swear angels were singing. I've never heard anything quite like it.

Since it was placed on my heart to make this trip . . .I've felt like there was something God wanted to show me. As I've toured all the sites that have become shrines, I was becoming a little frustrated, not knowing what it was. I've asked God to show me, each day . . ,and I just wasn't getting it. But today it happened . . .surrounded by that beautiful young choir from California.

This is Holy Land . . .the birthplace of all we hold dear. But the Holy Spirit is all over the world . . .and I didn't need to come here to find Him, He's been in Lubbock Texas all along. And while I've always known the Holy Spirit was in each of us . . .i realized today that I hadn't REALLY known it.

The sermon was about the Festival of Weeks . . .which we celebrate at Pentecost. I'd marked my calendar before leaving home, as May 19. And was surprised when here in Israel, the Feast Day was celebrated last Tuesday. The book of Leviticus makes it very clear that both the Feast of First Fruits (Easter) and Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) were to be celebrated the day after the Sabbath. Since Sabbath always falls on Saturday (technically sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday) both those Feast days MUST be celebrated on Sundays.

But it would appear the Rabbis know Hebrew better than God . . .because despite what the Word says, the practice has been changed. Celebrating those Feast Days when God commanded them to . . .would cause them to come face to face with the fact that Jesus was resurrected on First Fruits and The Church began on Pentecost. Hhhmmmm

Anyway . . .i have to say . . .so far, today has been the most enlightening day and to think if I'd only been listening to begin with, I wouldn't have had to come here to learn it. LOL

Tomorrow is another walking tour in Old Jerusalem, this time, in the Jewish quarter. An archeologist has been hired to give us a guided tour and should be very interesting . . .cant wait.

Waterer said...

Thank you Robin! Picturing that choir and enjoying the fellowship of the Holy Spirit here in North Carolina. Blessings to you!

Stephen said...

Too many comments have been alluding to the rapture taking place on 19 MAY 2013. I have been reading them SEVERAL PLACES on line.

Therefore, said rapture will most
LIKELY NOT happen on 19 May....

Scripture is VERY SPECIFIC.

No person KNOWS the day and hour.

also, EWI counts indicate atleast 24 more hours of bulling in stocks.

when people STOP SPECULATING on a
day and hour, then it will happen.

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>

Stephen said...


PLease let every one know about this site, remember I told you
174,000 in one day ??

This site is doing almost 8,000
a day BY ITSELF !!

you can watch in real time...
i was thinking just 24 hours of
delay and HOW MANY more are
being saved before the rapture

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Scott said...

Stephen - thanks for that interesting link. I couldn't determine though = how do they get this information?

Unknown said...

Stephen. I like your comment. 174,000 or so saved per day is huge. I ran the numbers and if you take global mortality rates into account, you need 88,000 or so per day just to keep up with those passing on to Glory naturally.

Stephen said...

Scott, they have a network of websites that the use, and of course people on the ground as mission workers trying to bring people to Jesus.

I guess you could contact them with questions. I DOUBT THEY are
making up the info....why would they do that ??

And yes, even if 88,000 are dying
in a day going to Heaven, what
difference does it make ??

Those people that died are saved
and gone forever, BUT COUNT in
the total number being redemmed.

right ?? the site says only 29,000
die each day that are saved. is
it really 88,000 ?? thats alot.

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>

Unknown said...

I'm just saying that if I have to wait longer for the rapture so hundreds of thousands can be saved each week I am happy to linger a little longer

Stephen said...

Just think, BECAUSE the rapture did NOT hit today like some people
thought, 174,000 more got saved.

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>


so every day it takes, just
REJOICE cos all those people
are being saved.....AND will
be in the rapture.

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Unknown said...

Amen Stephen. By the way, gold and silver are down because the market was flooded with paper metals that are more convenient to purchase and you don't have to worry about physical possession. I am drawing a picture of a Ferrari, maybe I can sell it to someone for $300,000, since you don't have to worry about a garage or insurance LOL.