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While I was sleeping in this morning, after an exhausting day of travel yesterday, from Nepal to Israel, Iran sent a drone into Israeli airspace. Israeli officials called this a “severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty.”

The drone was in Israel for just over a minute before an Israeli attack helicopter took it out just south of the Sea of Galilee. The drone was sent from an Iranian base in Syria’s Palmyra region. Israel responded with force.

Watch: Israeli Helicopter shoots down Iranian Drone

The Times of Israel reported that Israel targeted 12 sites and according to a military statement, it included, “three aerial defense batteries and four Iranian targets that are part of Iran’s military establishment in Syria.”

Syria’s air defense systems have been severally damaged and I am not sure that the IAF (Israeli Air Force) is finished. Many of the Russian-made sophisticated anti-aircraft batteries were destroyed.

The IAF faced substantial anti-aircraft fire from Syria. For the first time in 36 years, it appears that possibly, one of our F-16 jets was shot down. The two pilots ejected over northern Israel and survived, although one is in serious but stable condition.

Watch: Israelis video pilot parachuting from F-16 

 


Israeli forces targeted and destroyed the drone base from where it came. The Syrians cried foul, saying the base was only used to target ISIS. And yet, somehow, the drone crashed in Beit Shean, Israel, quite a distance from Syria.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for our political and military leaders to use wisdom in how we respond.
  • Pray for supernatural protection over Israel.
  • Pray for the peace-desiring people in Syrian, that they would have a democracy free from Iran.
  • Pray for a move of God amongst the Muslims of Iran and Syria.
  • Pray for a move of God in Israel.
  • Pray for the full recovery of the pilot.

 

 

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John Kerry to the Rescue

Ron Cantor —  January 27, 2018 —  Comments

John Kerry is meddling in the Middle East. He was secretary of state, during the creation of ISIS. The Trump administration has defeated ISIS as a state. But still, Kerry feels the need to involve himself in Middle East politics.

He reportedly (jpost.com) sent word to President Abbas (the leader of the Palestinians Authority) to encourage him. Just so you know, Abbas replaced Arafat—the father of modern terrorism. Abbas turned down a sweetheart peace deal in 2008. He celebrates when suicide bombers kill Israelis and names streets, squares and schools after terrorists. And Kerry felt the need to lift up his spirits.

Cursing President Trump

Since President Trump recognized Jerusalem (as the capital of Israel), Abbas has been in full-on rage mode, declaring in public that he doesn’t need America or her money (the next day, Trump took 65 million dollars in aid off the table) and is spewing out the wildest conspiracy theories. Of Trump, he said, May your house be demolished, the most venomous curse in Arab culture. The 82-year-old leader is fuming mad.

But Kerry, a failed diplomat, is encouraging the alleged Holocaust denier, through a confidant, telling him to:

  1. “Hold on and be strong.”
  2. “Don’t give into Trump. He will not be in office for more than another year.
  3. Put your own peace plan together.

Yes, an American politician is telling a terrorist supporter to stay strong. And there is little chance that Abbas will present his peace plan, because war is better for him. The Palestinian leadership has never shown a real desire for a state of their own, alongside Jewish Israel.

President Kerry?

It is also being reported that Kerry told the confidant to tell Abbas that he is considering running against Trump in 2020. In other words, whereas Trump has shown to be the pro-Israel, pro-democracy president, Kerry would take up the cause of the Palestinians, who continue to incite violence, persecute journalists and take no meaningful steps against terrorism—and let’s not forget, are in a political partnership with Hamas. Kerry has made it clear. He doesn’t like Israel.

On the last weeks of the Obama administration, with nothing to gain diplomatically, Kerry unleashed a harsh rebuke against Israel in a December 2016 speech. This was just after the U.S. backed U.N. vote condemning Israeli cities in ancient Judea and Samaria. It was a reckless, angry parting shot. When the Obama administration should have been helping to build the only successful democracy in the Middle East, they were condemning her. A “president Kerry” would be bad for Israel, and thus, bad for the U.S. (Gen. 12:3). Trump responded to Kerry’s hand grenade of a speech in a way that only he can—on twitter.

Tolerating Temper Tantrums

This should come as no surprise. For years, the West tolerates the murderous actions of the Palestinian Authority, much like a parent tolerates a rebellious child that they become tired of confronting. They simply give in. This was true of both Bushes, Clinton and definitely Obama. It is not a left or right issue; it is how the Muslim world manipulates the West.

Trump made some demands from Palestinian Authority:

  1. Stop inciting people to violence.
  2. Stop paying the families of terrorists (more than $350 million in 2017).
  3. Stop glorifying terrorism by naming streets, square and schools after them.

But they have been trained to ignore such demands, because no one will hold them accountable. President Trump, apparently, did not know this unwritten rule. In May, instead of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, he decided to restart the peace process. That is when he made the demands of the Palestinians. He really gave them a chance. But they completely ignored him and continued to promote terror, assuming there would be no consequences.

Didn’t Take Long for Trump to Understand the Situation

When President Trump realized that they were ignoring his very reasonable demands, he took it as a personal insult. He also realized that they have no interest in compromising for peace. It was at that time that he recognized it was more important to strengthen ties with Israel, and he decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Abbas reacted badly. He is not used to being held to account. In fact, he is acting out in a very destructive way. He is no longer interested in America being a broker for peace, and has turned to Europe where he was rebuffed.

“There isn’t a single European country or other country we’ve spoken to since the December 6 announcement that in any way, shape or form believes a US-led process could be replaced,” a White House official told reporters during a briefing Tuesday. “They all want to work with the US, despite the Palestinian reaction.” (TimesofIsrael.com)

And yesterday President Trump made it clear, as world aid organizations were saying the U.S. halting aid to the Palestinians would cause a human catastrophe, that if they want the aid, they must negotiate peace.

“They disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them, and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support — tremendous numbers, numbers that nobody understands. That money is on the table. That money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace… I can tell you that Israel does want to make peace. And they’re going to have to want to make peace too, or we’re going to have nothing to do with it any longer. This was never brought up by other negotiators, but it’s brought up by me.”

But, at the end of the day, Abbas has never been willing to make compromises and Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., confronted them on this point yesterday.

“We will not chase after a Palestinian leadership that lacks what is needed to achieve peace. He rejected any American role in peace talks. He insulted the American president. He called for suspending recognition of Israel. Hate-filled speeches and end-runs around negotiations take us nowhere,” referring to Abbas wild hate speech of last week. “Peace will not be achieved without leaders with courage. Real peace requires leaders who are willing to step forward, acknowledge hard truths, and make compromises. The United States remains fully prepared and eager to pursue peace.”

It feels so good to have a U.S. administration, which understands the real situation here in Israel, dealing with terrorists who have no intention on keeping the promises they make. President Trump may well be the most Israel-friendly president ever!

 

To believe God has rejected Israel is to deny reality

Forgive me for the frank title, but in this instance, it is accurate. Replacement theology is the belief that the Jewish rejection of Jesus resulted in God rejecting Israel, in favor of the Church. The Church is the new Israel and the old Israel is simply cursed. All of the promises in the Old Testament to Israel are now to the Church, while the curses remain the property of the Jewish people.

This became official church doctrine by the fourth century, but was popular by the year 150 through the writing of Justin Martyr, where he referred to the Church as the “True Israel.” Shockingly, the root of this demonic doctrine began to grow a mere 19 years after the resurrection.  (Read more about that here). It is why Paul wrote such a strong caution in Romans 11, warning them of the consequences of turning against Israel.

“For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.” (Rom. 11:21-22)

In 130, Emperor Hadrian went on a demonic rampage against the Jews. They were exiled from Jerusalem, forbidden to enter under threat of death. The name was changed from Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina, to honor Jupiter. Judea was renamed Palestine. He wanted to rid the land of every last vestige of Jewishness.

For the next 1,818 years, the Jews wandered the globe without a nation. Having passed through persecutions, the Inquisition, pogroms, the Crusades and ultimately, the Holocaust, indeed, one could have made a strong case that the Jewish people were cursed—that God was finished with them.

The Comeback Kid

However, we have seen so many prophecies fulfilled in the last 150 years regarding the Jews, that one must be blind, dumb or intellectually dishonest to believe that God has replaced Israel with the Church or that Israel is forever cursed.

Here we are, nearly 2,000 years later, with Israel restored and Jerusalem as her capital. You really have to disconnect yourself from modern history to still embrace replacement theology. That would mean that by massive coincidence, Israel was rebirthed in 1948, Jerusalem was restored through the miraculous victory in the Six-Day-War, millions of Jewish exiles came back to Zion just as the prophets predicted, and all this while being the most persecuted people in world history, having suffered 52 attempted genocides.

No nation has ever lost her geographical homeland for more than a short time and remained an identifiable people. Israel wandered for two millennia and survived! Only God could have done that. The very fact that these Jewish fingers can type on this keyboard is proof that God has been faithful to His promises.

The Facts

Let’s just look at a few of the dozens of prophecies regarding Israel’s restoration and see if they’ve come to pass.

For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.” (Ezekiel 36:24)

Immigration of Jewish people, en masse, began in 1882. Since then, millions of Jews have made Aliyah (immigrated to Israel).

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, `Give them up!’ and to the south, `Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth…” (Isaiah 43:5-6, 21)

From the east, they came back from Yemen, Iran and Iraq. From the south, they returned from Egypt, Ethiopia, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. From the west, they poured in from former Nazi-occupied Europe, Morocco, Algeria and the Americas. From the north…we will get there.

“Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children.” (Is. 66:8)

In one day, May 14, 1948, Israel became a nation. This year marks her 70th anniversary. Never has a “dead” nation come back to life after 2,000 years of exile.

“ 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.’” (Zech. 7-8)

Jerusalem was restored in 1967. According to this prophecy, God would be the One who does this. I understand that some don’t like the idea of a restored Jewish Jerusalem. Certainly not the U.N. But, “Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’” (Is. 45:9) The answer is ‘no’, by the way.

“However, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ but it will be said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ For I will restore them to the land I gave their ancestors.” (Jer. 16:14-15)

In 1991, the Iron Curtain came down and over 1,000,000 Russian-speaking Jews poured into Israel from “the land of the north.”

“[After I bring you back] I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” (Ezek. 36:25-27)

“For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods. Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.” (Hosea 3:4-5)

The prophets predicted that after Israel went through a long season without a government or Temple, and after God brought them back to their own country, they would have a spiritual awakening and embrace the Messiah (David was long dead and buried, but as Peter tells us in Acts 2:29ff, prophecies about David after his death refer to Yeshua.) Today, there are more Jewish believers in Jesus than ever before, numbering in the hundreds of thousands. In Israel, there are over 150 Messianic congregations and growing.

You’re Not Dumb!

Come on. These are just a few of the prophecies regarding Israel that have come to pass. I did not even mention Isaiah 35: 1, which speaks of the desert blossoming like a rose (Israel exports roses from the Negev Desert). Nor did I mention Genesis 12:3, which tells us that Israel will be a blessing to the world (you can’t use your iPhone, instant messaging or go to the doctor without encountering Israeli technology). Clearly, you can see with your own eyes that God is not finished with Israel.

Yes, in the Middle Ages it did look like much of replacement theology was right. But God cannot lie or break a promise, and for 2000 years, He watched over His word and now He is bringing the prophecies to pass.

In the Hebrew language, the number 18 means life. It was exactly 1,818 years from the time Hadrian changed the name of Jerusalem until the time of her rebirth. Coincidence? I think not.

This is a guest post from Dr. Daniel C. Juster

Politcal Suicide

About a week ago, Carl Rove spoke on Steve Bannon’s involvement in the new Michael Wolff book on Donald Trump. The book basically trashes Donald Trump’s ability and even sanity. Rove said that Bannon’s involvement reminded him of the Buddhist monks, who during the Vietnam war, would dowse themselves with gasoline and then light themselves afire. By analogy, Bannon committed political suicide. I agree with Rove. However, I believe that the response of Mohammed Abbas to Donald Trump was also political suicide and ends his future. It is as if he dowsed himself with gasoline and is now irrelevant.

One can debate the merit of President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but the response of Abbas and the Palestinian Authority has been self-destructive. Such is hatred. He could have said that he strongly protests what Trump did, noted that the issue of East Jerusalem as a capital for Palestine was still on the table, and then said he would wait for the American peace proposal. But instead, his response was a total rejection of the Jewish state and speeches that condemned Israel as a colonial imposition in the Arab Muslim world with roots in the 17th century rule of Oliver Cromwell. Well he was right about one thing, and that is some Puritans, Cromwell included, hoped for the restoration of Israel.

Abbas Unites Israel’s Right and Left

His speeches since that time were full of anti-Semitic overtones. Abbas managed to unite both the left and right in Israel, and his responses have been condemned by the leaders of Labor on the left, Yesh Atid in the center, and of course, all the parties on the right. Abbas now says he will not accept the United States as the peace mediator. That is the end of the peace process since Israel will accept no one else. He has now pulled out of the peace process. The Palestinian Authority voted to unrecognized Israel, and to seek recognition of their statehood without peace.

Yet, the Palestinians by all international norms (which are being ignored by the U. N.) do not qualify as a state. They desire their status to be that of an occupied state, but they have no unified government. Gaza is ruled by Hamas, a terrorist organization. And the Palestinian authority is a corrupt kleptocracy. The Trump administration responds by cutting Palestinian aid due to their supporting terrorists in jail and families of suicide bombers with larger salaries than 90 percent of the Palestinian population. Be a terrorist, get a 20 year sentence and your family has a large income for life! Now the U. S. is defunding UNRWA of the United Nations which is an organization for Palestinian refugees who live outside of Israel east of the Green line territory of Israel. UNRWA perpetuates the refugee problem as a political weapon against Israel, and unlike any situation of refugees, does not allow resettlement and a prosperous future for those who are descendants of the refugees from the 1948 war. Wow! This has never happened in any other refugee situation. So President Trump is beginning to pull the plug on UNRWA.

Unless something drastic happens we may be seeing the end of the Palestinian authority. This will be hard for Israel since the Palestinian Authority does cooperate on significant security matters with Israel. Yet, the delusion a Palestinian peace partner is now gone.

Note from Ron: Since Madrid (91), the Palestinians have behaved in the most belligerent way, praising terror, naming schools and streets after killers and worse. Every president has tolerated it, assuming it is the nature of the Middle East. Trump will not put up with it and since he took office and has demanded it stop. They assumed he was just like the others. But then, after Abbas’ behavior this week, the president stopped $65 million in aid. No one has ever stood up to them like President Trump has. The western leaders enabled them and indulged them and now that Trump is play their game, they are throwing a temper tantrum.  

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I cannot remember another time, in my lifetime, when the world was so completely unified in anger. From France to Turkey, from Hamas to Bernie—the majority of the world believes that President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was, at best, a mistake and, at worst, the end of the world!

But don’t fear. This is exactly what the Bible speaks of. Parallel to the restoration of Israel is the rejection of Jerusalem from the nations (Zech. 12:2-3). And nations are irrationally angry over a Jewish Jerusalem. This is a perfect picture of Psalm 2, when the psalmist asks, “Why do the nations rage?” Well, why do they?

And why do the “kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed…”

The answer, in a word, is: Jerusalem.

We see in v. 6 that the Lord rebukes these kings and rulers saying, “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” Zion or Tzion in Hebrew, is synonymous with Jerusalem. The kings of the earth take issue with God’s Son (verses 7 and 12) and Jerusalem.

It is interesting that the Muslim world has called for days of ragethe exact word from Psalm 2.

Restoration

And yet, I’ve seen many believers fret over President Trump’s announcement, saying it is irresponsible, racist towards Palestinians, inconsequential, a impediment to peace, etc., completely missing the spiritual significance of it. The word Zion means signpost. Jerusalem is a sign to us.

  • From the 1880s to the present, the Jewish people have been returning en masse to Israel.
  • In 1920, the League of Nations (U.N.) adopted the Balfour Declaration as international law, saying that the region of Palestine would be developed into a homeland for the Jewish people.
  • In 1947, the U.N. voted to partition the remaining 20% of Palestine (80% was given to create the new nation of Jordan) into another Arab state and a Jewish state. (The Arabs rejected it.)
  • In 1948, Israel became a nation.
  • In 1967, Jerusalem was reunified after the Six Day War and the Old City was recovered.
  • From 1984 to 2000, tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews and around one million Russian-speaking came home to Israel.
  • Fast forward to December 6th, 2017: Jerusalem is recognized by the most powerful nation on earth as Israel’s capital.

Also in the New Testament

The full restoration of Israel is prophesied not only in the Old Testament, but in the New Testament. When Yeshua was asked by His disciples after His resurrection, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6), He does not rebuke them for asking a stupid question. For any student of prophets, this was the most logical question.

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her … I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem … 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.” (Zech. 8:2-3, 7-8)

There are dozens of passages such as this. So, of course the disciples would ask about the restoration of Israel. Yeshua responds:

“He said to them: ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’”

Did you see that? Many people miss it. Yeshua clearly indicates that the Father has set the time and date for Israel’s restoration. This why I have said, if President Trump is truly a type of Cyrus (to be clear, no one has ever said that Isaiah 44-45 was referring to Trump, but merely that Trump may have a Cyrus-type calling), then he will favor Zion. That is what Cyrus is known for. A Gentile head of state gets behind the restoration of Israel. And while Trump did not do this when we expected it in May, during Jerusalem’s 50-year anniversary, he has done it now.

My friend and mentor Asher Intrater paraphrases Yeshua’s response in his new book Alignment (free download here) and I think it is brilliant.

“You have asked Me to restore David’s kingdom to Israel. The prophets envisioned a much wider kingdom which would cover the whole earth (Is. 42, 49). Let’s not settle for just David’s kingdom; let’s go for the whole vision of the prophets. Let’s not set up the kingdom in Israel until we offer salvation to all the peoples of the earth. When they all have a chance to be part of the worldwide kingdom, let’s return and restore the kingdom to Israel. The kingdom will start in Israel as Isaiah said, with its capital in Jerusalem, but it will cover the whole earth.

“I will establish the kingdom government on earth when I return. For now, proclaim both personal salvation and kingdom authority, from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. In the meantime, there is no need for the nation of Israel to be here until it is time for My return and the kingdom restoration. Therefore, Israel will be scattered while the gospel goes to the Gentiles (Matt. 24:14). Then in the period before I return, the nation of Israel will be restored, so that there will be a place for Me to return and set up the capital of My kingdom.”

Manipulating Scripture

I heard a replacement theology pastor share the other day from Matthew 23, how God is not really concerned anymore with Jerusalem and, in fact, the Jewish people rejected the Messiah in Jerusalem. He quotes Yeshua:

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate.” (Matt. 23:37-38)

Well, if we stop, it sure looks like Yeshua is done with those pesky Jews. That is what I call intellectual dishonesty. My dear brother was manipulating his hearers because he didn’t read the next verse.

“For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” (Matt. 23:39)

Read differently, Yeshua was saying to the Jews of Jerusalem, “You will see me again when you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” The phrase in Hebrew, Blessed is he who comes is a greeting. When someone comes back to Israel from traveling, we say, “Baruch haba” or “Blessed is he who comes.” And Zechariah clearly says that the Jews of Jerusalem will welcome Him back.

“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.” (Zech. 12:10)

Yeshua left the Mount of Olives with the angel saying, “He’s coming back the same way.” (Acts 1)  Zechariah 14 shows a restored Jerusalem being attacked by the nations, and “then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem.” (Zech. 14:3-4)

Beloved, again, Zion means signpost and each step of restoration in Israel is a sign that we are one step closer to His coming. Maranatha. Come, oh Lord!

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