Texas on fire; killer typhoon in Japan; world preps for U.N. session

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Globe webcam provided by 123RF Stock PhotosGod says in Hosea 4:6 that his people die because they lack knowledge. Knowing world events clues us in to where we are on the Biblical, prophetic time line. News should prompt us to pray for two things: that the eyes of the lost and deceived are opened to God’s love as expressed through the life and death and life of Yeshua and that God’s Kingdom come on earth.

Why so much Israel news? God always meant Israel to be an example to the nations, an example of His righteousness, His justice, His mercy, His love. She is also a signpost. Consider this. Zion, God’s other name of Jerusalem, means “signpost.” Messiah draws nigh. The events in Zion speak to that.

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Busy, busy week. A lot of the news ties in with the prayer direction Rick Ridings of Succat Hallel announced this week. The world is gearing up to give Palestine their state. The issue, spiritually, is that God has declared he will hold accountable those who divide His land. The Palestinians want east Jerusalem as their capital. God will not take kindly to his city being divided.

Is Jerusalem holy? Only because God declared it (Isaiah 52:1, Isaiah 66:20, et al). Right now it is a dirty city, grimy with religiosity and lust and every other malady that plagues any city. But, as Yeshua said, it is the City of the Great King (Matthew 5:35). This is where God will have his throne, and He wants the city intact. The Land, too, but that has been divided and continues to be. Nations responsible must repent and cry out for mercy.

And, of course, birth pang watch continues. More earthquakes, devastating storms, fires and the like. As Yeshua said, “see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet” (Matthew 24). Pray for the comfort of those affect and that they would cry out to God to save them.

Sunday, September 4

  • Disasters in US: An extreme and exhausting year
    Nature is pummeling the United States this year with extremes.
  • Young Evangelicals Succumbing to the Culture
    An organization called the Public Religion Research Institute has found that 44% of young evangelicals—those between the ages of 18 to 29—approve of same-sex marriage. This indicates a clear generational split as over 80% of older evangelicals oppose such a “marriage.” This particular poll offers no explanation for why the younger crowd has departed from clear Biblical teaching, while continuing to call themselves evangelicals.

Monday, September 5

  • West Bank: IDF, Border Police raze 3 West Bank homes
    High Court overturns previous emergency injunction which halted the demolition; hundreds of Border Police on the scene.
  • Settlers vandalize, set fire to West Bank mosque in retribution
    Palestinians, Rabbis for Human Rights report mosque near Nablus vandalized in apparent price tag attack following home demolitions.
  • Wind-driven fires kill woman, child in East Texas
    A longtime Texas sheriff says it was the fastest-moving fire he has ever seen. Six homes were toppled within minutes, including one trailer where a woman and her 18-month-old daughter were killed because they couldn’t escape in time.

    RC: Pray for rain. Pray for mercy.
  • Killer typhoon brings more misery to Japan
    Rescuers and search parties scoured central Japan on Monday as the death toll from the worst typhoon to hit the country in seven years climbed to 26, adding more misery to a nation still reeling from its catastrophic tsunami six months ago.

    RC: Pray for Japan.
  • U.N. gives Palestinian president royal treatment
    An internal United Nations document containing the upcoming General Assembly’s speakers list bestows an unwarranted honor upon Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, while also slighting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • Messianic Terror Victim Denied Government Aid
    Suspected Jewish terrorist Yaakov Teitel wounded Arabs and a messianic “Jew”; government is compensating the Arabs – but not others.
  • 2 Mexicans deny terrorism, face 30 years for tweet
    A former teacher turned radio commentator and a math tutor who lives with his mother sit in a prison in southern Mexico, facing possible 30-year sentences for terrorism and sabotage in what may be the most serious charges ever brought against anyone using a Twitter social network account. Prosecutors say the defendants helped cause a chaos of car crashes and panic as parents in the Gulf Coast city of Veracruz rushed to save their children because of false reports that gunmen were attacking schools.

    RC: Why falsely shouting ‘Fire’ in a crowded theater is not free speech, nor falsely tweeting about terrorism at schools.
  • ‘We are simply Muslim’; bin Laden’s aims ‘absurd’: Libyan Rebel Chief Denies Al-Qaeda Ties
    Though he fought along jihadists in Afghanistan, Abdel Hakim Belhadj, who leads the Libyan rebels in Tripoli, says he was never allied with Bin Laden, and only wants democracy for Libya.

Tuesday, September 6

Wednesday, September 7

  • ‘Be Prepared for Mass Aliyah of Turkish Jews’
    Many of the 20,000 Jews living in Turkey are considering moving to Israel. MK Danon says Israel must prepare for mass immigration.
  • Palestinians deploy Obama speech in U.N. campaign
    President Barack Obama is an unlikely participant in a Palestinian campaign to drum up support for a bid to win U.N. recognition of their statehood — a diplomatic move opposed by both his administration and Israel.
  • PA Prez Abbas says Obama is one reason Palestine going to UN now
    Palestinian Authority president tells meeting of Israeli intellectuals who support UN bid ‘we don’t want to delegitimize Israel. We want to legitimize ourselves’; stresses negotiations are top priority. Palestinians will resume peace talks with Israel after UN recognition of state, Abbas says
  • Can American Jews abide ‘most anti-Israel president ever’ any longer?
    New York Ninth Congressional District race attracting great attention because its serving as referendum on Obama’s Israel policies.
  • US defense chief: Iran revolution matter of time
    Ex-CIA director Leon Panetta says Iranians have watched, learned from revolutions in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria.

    RC: Panetta, don’t be dense. Iranians tried to rise up at elections. Shot down as world watched.
  • Wildfires sweep across Texas, four dead
    4 dead. 500 homes gone. Bastrop County, TX fire stretches 24 miles long and 20 miles wide at its widest point
  • Iran, Russia agree to explore strategic ties
    Officials said the Kremlin has won Iranian approval to launch a strategic dialogue with the Teheran regime. They said the dialogue would be conducted at the highest level of government and address a range of threats, such as international terrorism, drug trafficking and others. Officials said Russia would also help Iran join a six-member Asian security group. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, established in 2001, contains Russia as well as China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

    RC: Are we seeing the beginning of the Gog-Magog-Persia alliance?

Thursday, September 8

  • Rembrandt Chose Jewish Models For Realistic Jesus
    Sometime in the mid-to-late 1640s or early 1650s, a young Jewish man — probably of Spanish-Portuguese descent — seems to have taken what would likely have been a short walk from his home in Amsterdam’s Jewish quarter to Jodenbreestraat (“Jewish Broad Street”) 4, where Rembrandt van Rijn lived. Inside the three-story home, which Rembrandt purchased for the whopping sum of 13,000 guilders in 1639, the young man posed for several studies that he surely must have known were going to become portraits of Jesus.
  • Messianic Jews ‘named and shamed’ in Jerusalem suburb
    An anonymous group has taken to distributing flyers with the personal details of those from community who believe Yeshua is the messiah.
  • Palestinians officially launch statehood bid with letter to UN Secretary General
    In missive addressed to UN chief Ban’s Ramallah office, Palestinian officials say plan includes series of peaceful events leading up to September opening of General Assembly.
  • Turkey’s shift away from Israel
    Cooling of ties was not sudden and unexpected, it has been going on for a decade, ever since Erdogans Islamist party began its rise in 2002.

    RC: Iran, Israel allies once, then Islamic takeover.
  • Palestinians: U.S. prevention of statehood bid shows ‘disdain’ for Arabs
    Washington fears the Palestinians’ move at the United Nations could further snarl flagging U.S. efforts to revive Middle East peace talks.

    RC: Palestinians take play from Obama campaigners: When don’t want to debate issues, just call all opponents racists.
  • US colleges to receive warning letters on anti-Semitism
    Universities, colleges may be liable for massive damages if they fail to prevent anti-Semitism on campus, Israel Law Center warns.

    RC: If anti-semitism is on rise at U.S. colleges, Jewish persecution in America may flare within 5 yrs.
  • Mea She’arim ‘mafia’ harasses, vandalizes businesses
    Meet the Sicarii, the violent, anti-Zionist, ultra-orthodox Jews who terrorize those who disagree with them. They break windows, throw human excrement at stores they deem to promote immodesty, including bookstore popular with Anglo residents.
  • Jew and Arab saving lives together
    Arab & ultra-orthodox Jew riding a motorbike. No, not start of joke. True story of paramedic team in Jerusalem. Hezy of Mea Shearim, Fadi of At-Tur team up as volunteers in United Hatzalah emergency organization.

Friday, September 9

  • Assad declares state of war in Syria, mobilizes troops
    According to Al-Quds report, new military operation seeks to eliminate armed rebellion proclaimed by terrorists against civilians and the army.

    RC: Oh, that wasn’t war? This is going to get really ugly.
  • UN Chief: Palestinian statehood is for UN members to decide
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reaffirms support for an independent Palestinian state; says US president Obama has set down a good framework for peace talks.

    RC: Nations walking into God’s referendum on Israel. Dividing the Land, Jerusalem has consequences. Read Joel 3:1-2
  • US confirms it will veto Palestinian statehood bid
    Wendy Sherman, President Barack Obama’s nominee for undersecretary of state for policy, the department’s third-ranking position, told the Senate during confirmation hearings that “if any such resolution were put in front of the Security Council, then we would veto it.”

Saturday, September 10

  • Egyptian protesters break into Israeli Embassy in Cairo
    Israeli ambassador and others leave Cairo on military plane; protesters tear down Israeli flag, attack security wall outside embassy, and dump Hebrew-language documents from windows.

    RC: If Egypt really goes democratic, treaty with Israel won’t last long, cause the people don’t want peace with Israel.
  • 6.4 earthquake shakes near Vancouver
    Many regions of British Columbia were shaken Friday afternoon by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck off the coast of Vancouver Island.

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