Thursday, July 28, 2011

Shaking of the Nations, including USA

Posted: July 27, 2011 by joelcrosenberg in Uncategorized

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(Jerusalem, Israel) The nations are being shaken – physically, spiritually, emotionally, financially, politically and in so many other ways.

The people of Norway have been shaken this week by seeing sheer evil unleashed against precious, innocent children.
Japan has been shaken this year by the enormous earthquake, the resulting tsunami, and the horrific nuclear meltdown.
The people of Egypt, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen have been shaken this year by dramatic and largely unexpected the revolutions underway there and throughout the Arab world.
Iran has been shaken by the enormous pro-democracy movement that took to the streets but was then nearly crushed by the tyrannical government in Tehran.
The people of Israel are being shaken by fears that Iran is rapidly closing in on building nuclear weapons and the world is not doing nearly enough to stop them in time.
Greece has been shaken by its unprecedented debt crisis and resultant riots and social unrest.
Americans, too, are being shaken. We face arguably the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Nearly half of all Americans believe we are heading towards another Great Depression. Unemployment is over 9%. Housing foreclosures are skyhigh. People have lost enormous sums of money due to depressed housing prices and stock market volatility. The federal government is trying to spend our way to prosperity but is making things worse. Our annual federal budget deficit topped $1.3 trillion last year. This year, it looks like the feds will spend more than $1.5 trillion beyond what they are taking in in revenue. Our debt is skyrocketing. The U.S. is now on the verge of financial default, and hampered further by political ineptitude in Washington that threatens to comp0und an already precarious situation.

What if these events are not all random? What if the God of the Bible is allowing these to happen to shake us, to wake us, to get our attention, that we might turn to Him and ask Him to have mercy on us and help us?

The Lord said through the ancient Hebrew Prophet Haggai that the nations would be shaken in the future. “For thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. I will shake all the nations….I am going to shake the heavens and the earth. I will overthrow the thrones of kingdoms and destroy the power of the kingdoms of the nations.” (Haggai 2:6, 7, 21, 22)

In the New Testament, the Lord reinforced that theme. “See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven. And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven’….Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:25-29)

Bible prophecy is clear: the Lord shakes individuals and nations that we might let go of all of the flawed political, philosophical, intellectual and religions notions that we cling to that won’t give us true peace, that don’t give us real hope, that can’t bring us any security, that can’t provide forgiveness from our sins much less eternal life for our souls. The God of the Bible wants to shake us loose of such things that we might turn to Him, and to the life He offers through faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord isn’t letting us be shaken because He hates us. He’s letting us be shaken precisely because He loves us and wants us to repent and turn to Him and call out to Him, as individuals, as families, and as nations. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)
Baruch atem b'Shem, Yeshua

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

So-called "Palestine" Awash in Money (Aid)

by Gil Ronen PA ‘Awash with Money’

The foreign affairs editor for Sky News has written a blog piece called "Palestine – ‘Occupation Incorporated'," which paints a rosy picture of the region supposedly suffering under a cruel Israel occupation and siege.

According to the journalist, Tim Marshall, “Palestinians are among the most foreign aid funded people in the world and the place is awash with money.” 

Marshall says that NGO workers enjoy being assigned to the Palestinian Authority because, contrary to public perception, the PA territories are relatively safe and comfortable:

“Palestine is the best-kept secret in the aid industry,” a medical NGO worker recently told This Week In Palestine, “People need field experience and Palestine sounds cool and dangerous because it can be described as a war zone, but in reality it’s quite safe and has all the comforts that internationals want."   

Journalists, too, like the material comforts of the “besieged” and “occupied” areas, including expensive fine dining in Gaza. Writes Marshall:

“At any moment the West Bank could explode, indeed there are scenarios you can paint which suggest violence this September after the declaration, or non-declaration, of statehood. But Palestine remains a friendly place, welcoming, hospitable, full of air con, hi-fi, wi-fi and wine. Journalists also take advantage of this state of affairs, writing of the poverty and suffering of Gaza for example, before retiring to very expensive sea front hotels after an excellent dinner in one of the expensive fish restaurants.”

The foreign NGOs pour billions of dollars into the local economy and employ Arab residents who have become professional refugees:

“The NGOs do fine work alleviating suffering, helping projects with expertise etc, but they also recruit the best of the local talent and take advantage of their charitable status to get tax breaks.

“No Palestinian business can compete with NGOs which routinely triple what a local firm would pay. Many NGOs fork out ‘danger money’ and even ‘hardship payments’ to both local and international staff which further undermines the local private businesses. So the NGOs get the brightest and the highest paid, and the private firms get the rest but without the tax exemptions.”

Marshall draws specific attention to UNRWA, the UN body responsible for Palestinian “refugees”:

“This underlying economic problem is further complicated by the fact that UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees stipulates that not only are the Palestinians who fled their homes in 1948 refugees, but so are their sons and daughters grandsons and granddaughters, great grandsons and granddaughters and so on into the future. In Palestine many people are born refugees. There are people who have a vested interest in this continuing.” 

Baruch atem b'Shem, Yeshua

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What does tomorrow hold for the USA?

Not all will agree, but I believe we are essentially done as a nation...whether Obama has a second term or not. The USA has become financially bankrupt, morally bankrupt, and spiritually bankrupt. It is our time to be finished. The so called "American dream" is is history...never to return. We've had a good's been a long run…234 years to date...but it's about over. There will be no turning back.

There's something about our current president...his personality...his demeanor...his confidence...his ability to communicate...his ability to spew believable lies...his evil actions…his determination to force his agenda in the face of opposition...and his ability to generate a huge following of people.

He is as a formless shadow...with no verifiable history concerning his background and accomplishments. The man has gone to great expense to legally hide his true identity, as well as to seal all records that might provide clues as to who he is, and where he came from. Those actions are not normal, and are unprecedented for anyone seeking or holding the office of the presidency. He just seemed to have emerged from out of nowhere, and then, successfully came to power in the highest office of our land.

In my opinion, it almost appears as if he has been supernaturally appointed and driven for such a time as fulfill the specific mission of bringing the USA down from its status as a world power, using whatever means necessary for the collapse of our social, financial, governmental, military, and religious well as our freedoms and society as we know it.

The world is on the verge of establishing a one world government...a one world financial system...a one world religious system...all controlled by a new world order and a one world leader. However, none of that can be accomplished as long as the USA enjoys world power status. When we fall, and it must happen, the rest of the world will forced to follow like tumbling dominos - and it will all take place quickly.

More of God's end-time scenario is falling into place and becoming more obvious with each passing day. He is positioning nations, situations, and events according to His perfect plan. Of course, most people don't have a clue.

Today we are clearly in that end-time period. Scripture explains that during the end-time, Israel and Jerusalem will be a stumbling block for the nations – all devising ways to divide the land and/or destroy the Jewish nation. Wake up, people…and look around! The whole Middle East is exploding in turmoil…and it’s all about Israel, exactly as Scripture foretold.

Watch, pray, and keep looking up!


Sunday, July 10, 2011

The President's Flirtation w/the Muslim Brotherhood...

Why Perilous Times Are in Overdrive
By Bill Wilson

July 7, 2011 

 The US president appears to have embarked on a deliberate strategy to embrace radical Islam by partnering with Islamic organizations calling for the demise of the United States, and by assigning Islamists to key strategic positions that oversee the security of the nation, aspects of the judiciary, and as intimate aides to high level administration appointees. The Administration's public position is that these relationships are in the best interest of the United States in promoting tolerance in America and democracy in the Middle East. In reality, they raise poignant and unthinkable questions as to whether this president has violated his oath of office and several U.S. laws by facilitating an Islamic takeover of America.

One need look no further than the Administration's embracing of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and high level appointments of Muslims who are directly associated with the MB or have ties to organizations associated with the MB. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's top aid since 1996 is Huma Abedin. Former Palestinian terrorist now converted Christian Walid Shoebat says that Abedin was never properly screened.

Shoebat reports that Abedin "is closely associated with her Muslim Brotherhood family and even joined Clinton at an event with her mother, Saleha Abedin, at Dar El-Hekma College in Saudi Arabia. Also present was a close associate of Saleha Abedin -- Suheir Qureshi. Qureshi's name later appeared in several prominent Arab newspapers when it was revealed that she belonged to a list of 63 members of the secret arm of the Muslim Brotherhood called The Sisterhood. The full list was later revealed -- Huma Abedin's mother is on it. Huma's brother -- Hassan Abedin -- also collaborates with Omar Naseef and Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, two of the most influential terror supporters in the world."

Clinton recently overruled the Immigration and Nationality Act by allowing Tariq Ramadan entry into the United States. Ramadan, described as an independent power center within the MB, is the grandson of the founder of the MB. He has been banned from traveling in the US since 2004 for his contributions to Hamas and links to radical Islamists.

Clinton also announced on the eve of the July 4th holiday that the United States welcomes dialogue with the MB, prompting this response from Frank Gaffney, Jr. at the Center for Security Policy: "The Obama administration chose the eve of the holiday marking our nation's birth to acknowledge publicly behavior in which it has long been stealthily engaged to the United States' extreme detriment:  Its officials now admit that they are embracing the Muslim Brotherhood (MB or Ikhwan in Arabic).  That would be the same international Islamist organization that has the destruction of the United States, Israel and all other parts of the Free World as its explicit objective."

The MB was founded in 1928 to establish global Sharia Law through jihad. The Administration states that the MB denounces violence and promotes democracy.  In reality, the MB is the umbrella organization that supports various terrorist groups including Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda. For example, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's new commander, joined the MB when he was 14. The MB also has an extensive network in the United States through various vassal organizations including: Muslim American Society, Islamic Society of North America, Muslim Students Association, Muslim Businessmen Association, Muslim Youth of North America, Mercy International Association, Islamic Circle of North America, Muslim Arab Youth Association, The Association of Muslim Social Scientists. The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is closely associated with many of these organizations.

The MB, with a public facade of non-violence, promotes democracy as a landing point to gain political control and establish Sharia Law, as its supported terrorist groups did so aptly in Gaza with Hamas and in Lebanon with Hezbollah. Currently, its targets are Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, and the United States of America.

The MB was exposed in the Holy Land Foundation trial in 2007. Documents provided as evidence in the trial indicated a plan to take over the United States. The plan, written in 1991, calls for Islamists to colonize America with Islamic Centers, schools, elected officials, and court cases. It seeks to establish a "civilization-jihadist process." It outlines how "work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and 'sabotaging' its miserable house..." The plan is using so-called "moderate" Muslim groups to establish a beachhead in the U.S. and then radical elements to take over.

MB-supported elected officials are found across America in local offices. At the national level, the first Muslim elected to Congress, Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison, is an MB-supported candidate. The Muslim American Society (aka MB) paid for Ellison's Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. The MB ties also extended deep into then-Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign. In October 2008, Fox News reported that the Obama campaign was filled with associates of the MB. Fox reported that Minha Husaini replaced Mazen Asbahi as Obama's Muslim liaison after Asbahi resigned over revelations that groups linked to the MB featured him as a speaker. Fox reported that Husaini also met with groups tied to the MB and Hamas in Virginia on September 15, 2008.

Since the campaign, the Administration has redoubled its efforts to appoint Muslims to high government positions. The Congressional Muslim Staffers Association, now disbanded because of its ties to radical Islamists, vetted potential appointments "under the radar," according to J. Saleh Williams, who headed the effort.

The result is a tremendous number of Islamists sitting at key strategic positions in the federal government and on the judiciary. Included are: David Heyman, nominated as Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and at the same agency, Secretary Janet Napolitano has appointed Arif Alikhan as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development. According to Newsmax, "both men are devout, Shariah Law Muslims, and in her announcement, Napolitano made that very clear...Alikan is associated with the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) "a public service agency working for the civil rights of American Muslims." BOTH men will have top security clearances. Several Muslims at the DHS who have top security clearances are associated with groups that claim Hamas and Hezbollah are "humanitarian" organizations.

And such appointments continue. The president has appointed Hezbollah favorite Abed Hammoud as  Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.  In the past, he has said that Israelis are like Nazis. He has led marches against Israel. The pro-Hezbollah Arab-American News in Dearborn, Mi reported that Hammoud led marchers against Israel who were chanting "Down, down Israel!" and "Death to Israel!" The newspaper quoted Hammoud saying, "Other than our own leaders, Israel pulls us together like no one else can." Hammoud added to cheers, "We don't believe Hezbullah is a terrorist organization. We obey the law, we don't give them financial support or provide them with aid, but we think this law needs to be changed."

Israel National News (INN) reported on June 20 that the president appointed Azizah al-Hibri to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. al-Hibri believes that Sharia Law is superior to Western Law, no surprise since she sat on the National Advisory Board of the American Muslim Council. INN reported that in 2001, "Al-Hibri traveled to the Afghan border and criticized the Western press for 'sensationalizing' Taliban atrocities and using them 'as an opportunity to attack Islam'. After the attacks of September 11, she cautioned against bombing Al-Qaeda and Taliban targets during Ramadan."

Former CIA agent and current professor for the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, Clare Lopez, concludes that the Administration has quietly installed Islamists in key security and foreign policy positions who are now directing the Middle East foreign policy of the United States.

The evidence appears overwhelming that the radical Islamist influence assembled by this White House is in lock step with the Muslim Brotherhood plan to takeover America. Perhaps the unthinkable has become reality. As the prophet Jeremiah spoke of ancient Babylon that had many of the same traits of today's post-moral America, "Surely I will fill thee with men, as with locusts; and they shall raise a battle cry against thee" (Jer.51:14). The evidence is in plain sight, but how long will it take for America to awaken from her politically correct slumber?

"Know this, that in the last days, perilous times shall come" (II Timothy 3:1).

Baruch atem b'Shem, Yeshua

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Muslim Brotherhood's first demand for US: Drop Israel

Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Ryan Jones
Israel Today

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the weekend publicly announced the Obama Administration's desire to reestablish ties with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

The Brotherhood responded this week by thanking Clinton, and issuing its first demand of its new American friends: drop support for the "Zionist regime."

In an email response quoted by Bloomberg, Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Mahmoud Ghozlan stated that if America wants solid relations with the group, it should "stop supporting the corrupt and tyrannical regimes, backing the Zionist occupation and using double standards."

It is important to remember that when the Muslim Brotherhood speaks of the "Zionist occupation" it does not mean only the Israeli presence in Judea and Samaria, the so-called "West Bank."

The Muslim Brotherhood sees all of Israel as a cancerous growth that must be eradicated. The group supports returning Egypt to a state of war with Israel, and wants to see the entirety of the region become an Islamic Caliphate.

Former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated by the Muslim Brotherhood for making peace with Israel.

The Muslim Brotherhood is today the most organized political force in Egypt, raising expectations that it will win control of the government when Egyptians go to the polls in September.

Story source
here will the Obama administration handle the Muslim Brotherhood's demand in response to the USA's desire to re-establish of ties with Egypt? The answer is a no-brainer. Obama has already thrown Israel under the bus, so it will be, "Israel who? Hello, Muslim Brotherhood...let's be good friends."

Everything will quickly go downhill from there!


Abandoning God and Reason

I have been frustrated by the actions of people who align themselves with the Liberal persuasion, or the Left, as we call it, especially in Israel, where Jews undermine the security of their own people by supporting their enemies! That is, until this morning, when the Lord led me to a certain verse, which had me researching Liberalism. Though noble in thought in the early stages, when it rose up against totalitarian and religious rule, today's Liberal thinking follows the universalist line, which basically believes in the moral unity of human beings, while marginalizing local cultural distinctions. They also promote the socialist, welfare state mentality. It all sounds good, until you go back to the beginning of the Liberal agenda and find out they basically sought to be free from God and His Law! This is especially true in Israel. Liberals~those serving the Leftist agenda~do not believe the Tanach, nor do they follow God's Law~Torah.

I thought Liberal thinking was a modern day movement. It is said to have started as far back as the Renaissance period, but I found evidence of it in Proverbs 28:4 "Those who abandon Torah (God's Law) praise the wicked, but those who keep Torah fight them." And as I thought on this, I realized it is precisely Satan's agenda. He rebelled against God's Will, and since his fall from Grace, he has poisoned the minds of men with the same line of reasoning.

In Israel, those on the Left do not believe Jews should be distinct and different from their sworn enemies, the Arabs. They want equality. They do not believe God gave Eretz Yisroel-the Land of Israel-to the Jews alone. Even though the distinction between Arabs and Jews is as clear as day from night, Liberals think they can call forth peace by marginalizing their cultural distinctions and giving in to the demands of the Arabs. Sadly, that is not God's plan.

After reading Proverbs, the Lord had me turn to Psalm 1: "How blessed are those who reject the advice of the wicked, don't stand in the way of sinners, or sit where scoffers sit! But their delight is in Adonai's Torah; on His Torah (Law), they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams-they bear their fruit in season, their leaves never wither, everything they do succeeds. Not so the wicked, who are like chaff driven by the wind. For this reason, the wicked won't stand up to judgment, nor will sinners at the gathering of the righteous. For Adonai watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked is doomed." From the Complete Jewish Bible.

Now I understand. Now, instead of being frustrated, I watch in amazement as God "frustrates" the actions and plans of those who are against Him and His they Jewish or otherwise. Psalm 2!!

Shalu Shalom Yisroel... pray for the peace of Israel!

Monday, July 4, 2011

PA says it'll drop UN bid if Israel accepts 67 lines


Abbas advisor says if Quartet calls on Israel to withdraw from '67 territories, halt settlement construction, PA will abandon September plan.

The Palestinian Authority will abandon its plan to ask the UN in September to recognize a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 lines if the Quartet members – the US, EU, UN and Russia – recognize the two-state principle as the basis for a settlement and call on Israel to withdraw from the territories captured in 1967, including east Jerusalem, an adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday.

Nimer Hammad, political adviser to Abbas, said the Quartet should also call for a full cessation of construction in Jewish settlements and set a clear timetable for Israeli- Palestinian peace talks.

The Quartet representatives are scheduled to meet on July 11 to discuss the latest developments surrounding the Middle East peace process in wake of the PA’s intention to go to the UN in September.

“The Palestinian Authority is determined to proceed with its plan to go to the UN Security Council if Israel continues to deny the rights of the Palestinians and international legitimacy,” Hammad said.

“We are continuing with preparations in the legal and international arenas for the September battle. But if the Quartet endorses the twostate solution and demands a freeze of settlement construction, we will change our mind.”

PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Monday that the Palestinians would return to the negotiating table with Israel once Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declares his acceptance of the two-state solution on the basis of the pre-1967 lines and halts construction not only in the West Bank, but also in east Jerusalem.

Erekat is scheduled to visit Washington later this week for talks with US administration officials on the statehood bid and ways of resuming the stalled peace process with Israel. He will be accompanied by Abbas’s spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudaineh.

Erekat admitted that the US was exerting heavy pressure on the PA leadership to stop it from going to the UN in September. The US has also made it clear that it plans to thwart the PA move by vetoing it at the UN.

Erekat said the Palestinian stance toward the peace process was not a pre-condition.

“This is an Israeli obligation,” he said. “We hope that the Americans and the Quartet will oblige Netanyahu to accept the twostate solution and stop settlement construction.”

Israel has rejected these demands in the past, and Netanyahu, in private meetings on Monday, made clear that his position on these matters has not changed.

“If a one-sided anti-Israel resolution goes through, it will set back peace for decades,” Netanyahu warned. “The Palestinians have systematically avoided negotiations."

He added, “Nothing we do might prevent them [the Palestinians] from going forward with this.”

Netanyahu said that American- led diplomatic efforts now are concentrating on offering a “competing vision” of the principles for restarting the negotiations that will talk about two states for two peoples, and the need for the future borders to be negotiated.

The prime minister said that when the international community focused on borders and settlements they were inadvertently accepting a Palestinian demand for a state, and not dealing with how to end the conflict. To end the conflict, he said, the issue of refugees and Israel as a Jewish state had to be addressed, or else the conflict would not end.

Story source

To me, the story is confusing. The article states that the PA will abandon its plan for UN involvement if the Quartet members recognize a two-state solution, and call on Israel to withdraw to 1967 boarders. However, the title of the article indicates that Israel must accept the 1967 lines before the PA abandons its plan.

Which is it? Calling on Israel to withdraw...and Israel accepting the request...are two entirely different situations. Netanyahu has made it perfectly clear on numerous occasions that withdrawl to the 1967 boarders is simply not going to happen. Why is that so difficult for the PA, the Quartet, the UN, and most of the world to understand?


Friday, July 1, 2011

Audacity of US Breaking Israel's Blockade

The US boat "The Audacity of Hope"
The US boat "The Audacity of Hope". Photo: The New Republic.
Despite claiming that their purpose is humanitarian, the actions of the 2010 Gaza flotilla organizers reveal their goal to be explicitly political. As noted earlier this week in the New York Times, the boat called "The Audacity of Hope" is carrying with it no aid. Its sole purpose, is not to bring food – of which 385 truckloads are delivered weekly by Israel to the Gaza Strip – but to openly and flagrantly violate Israel's lawfully imposed naval blockade on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.
Indeed, in an article earlier this week in the Huffington Post, one of the boat's organizers freely admits that her goal is not to deliver goods or materials into the Gaza Strip. It is clear that the goal of the flotilla organizers is provocation: to challenge Israel's right of self-defense against a terrorist group that has caused close to a million Israeli civilians to live under the constant threat of attack for the better part of a decade.
"There’s a reason why Israel needs to impose this blockade: Just this past April, Hamas targeted an Israeli school bus with one of its missiles and a child riding on the bus was killed," said IDF Spokeswoman Lietenant Colonel Avital Leibovich. A few months ago, Israel intercepted the “Victoria,” a vessel en route from Iran to Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip. The ship claimed its cargo contained "lentils and cotton," but in reality it smuggled "a large cargo of sophisticated weaponry."
Given these volatile regional realities, the Israel Navy must prevent all vessels from reaching Gaza's shores--including the US boat--"The Audacity of Hope." All ships carrying goods and materials to the Gaza Strip, may dock and unload cargo at Israel's Ashdod port. Israeli authorities will ensure the transfer of all items to the Gaza Strip via the Kerem Shalom land crossing, as it does on a weekly basis. This is from the Israel Defense Forces website: IDF

Baruch atem b'Shem, Yeshua


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