Israeli ransomed, Egyptians martyred, Iranians plotted?

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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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When I first heard about the riots in Egypt, that Christians were being blamed and killed, I figured that would be the big news item of the week. Then Tuesday happened.

First, a friend alerted me to the the plot to assassinate the ambassador from Saudi Arabia. While Iranians are linked, I’m not convinced this was official Iranian action. Way too sloppy.

Then, just before I headed to the house of prayer Tuesday night, reports on Twitter that Israel had reached a deal to free 5-year POW Gilad Shalit. There were gasps when I announced it at Succat Hallel. People still quietly hold their breaths at the mention of his name. Pray for follow-through by Hamas. Already, there are reports that they want to add to the 1,027 prisoner list. That’s the ransom Israel is paying for ONE man.

There is a story below in which a rabbi says,

“Judaism places ultimate value on human life. Therefore in the Jewish tradition, in Jewish law, redeeming captives trumps just about everything else. It takes priority over anything else you can possibly do.”

When I read that, God’s love for us made complete sense for a moment:

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him. –John 3:16-17 (AMP)

Our God, after all, is the Jewish God.

Sunday, October 9

  • RC: Ah. So the Canary Islands are volcanic like Hawaiian Islands. Good to know.

    Volcanic eruption alert on Spanish Canary Island
    news.yahoo.com
    The regional government of the Spanish Canary Island of El Hierro has issued a volcanic eruption alert following almost 10,000 small tremors recorded in the past three months.

  • Lack of rule of law in Egypt allows Islamists to pressure Christians
    news.yahoo.com
    On her first day to school, 15-year-old Christian student Ferial Habib was stopped at the doorstep of her new high school with clear instructions: either put on a headscarf or no school this year.

Monday, October 10

  • RC: By seeking UNESCO membership, Palestinians deny Jewishness of cultural sites. Jesus born a Jew, died a Jew in Judea.

    With eye on UNESCO membership, Palestinians draw up long list of heritage sites
    www.haaretz.com
    Minister says PA seeking World Heritage status for 20 sites, including Bethlehem and Hebron; U.S. and Israel see bid as unilateral move aimed at bypassing negotiations?

  • Church Attack Spurs Deadly Egypt Riots
    www.npr.org
    Massive clashes that drew in Christians angry over a recent church attack, Muslims, and Egyptian security forces raged over a large section of downtown Cairo Sunday night, leaving at least 24 people dead and more than 200 injured.
  • “We are protesting Orthodox monopoly over who is a Jew in Israel & implications for marriage, divorce, burial”

    Hundreds of Israelis to declare themselves ‘without religion’
    www.haaretz.com
    Hundreds of people are expected to gather tonight on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard to declare themselves “without religion.” The move follows the recent District Court ruling granting author Yoram Kaniuk recognition as “without religion” by the Interior Ministry.

Tuesday, October 11

  • Wheaton’s (Unofficial) Homecoming for Gay Evangelicals
    www.time.com
    They’re loud, they’re proud and they’ll be wearing rainbows at Wheaton College’s big football game. How the OneWheaton alumni group is helping LGBT students at the Harvard of Evangelical schools, where being gay can get you kicked out.
  • Egyptians March Against Coptic Deaths
    www.newslook.com
    Protester: ‘I cannot believe the Egyptian army is killing Egyptians’
  • NPR: Egyptian TV showed footage of army vehicles deliberately chasing Coptic protesters and running over them

    Grief Among Christians Turns To Rage In Egypt
    www.npr.org
    In Cairo, the Coptic Christian community buried its dead Monday after violent clashes between protesters and Egyptian soldiers killed 25. The protesters were demanding the country’s military rulers protect them from attacks by radical Muslims. Now, Christian mourners are lashing out at those rulers.

  • Egypt: Destroying Churches, One at a Time
    www.meforum.org
    What clearer sign that Egypt is turning rabidly Islamist than the fact that hardly a few weeks go by without a church being destroyed, or without protesting Christians being attacked and slaughtered by the military?
  • RC: Is world media, not wanting to upset Muslims, ignoring cleansing of Christians in Egypt? WARNING: Graphic

    The Egyptian Military’s Crimes Against Humanity
    www.meforum.org
    Sunday, the Egyptian military opened fire on thousands of Christians protesting in Maspero, Cairo. In the words of one Christian eyewitness, armored vehicles “came at great speed and drove into the crowds, going backwards and forwards, mowing people under their wheels.”

  • RC: More religious Jews serving in the Israeli army, a pessimistic view

    Is The Israeli Army Becoming Too Religious?
    www.worldcrunch.com
    A new study shows ever more devout Jews are joining the Israeli military, and some wonder if the situation has reached a tipping point that could further push an already edgy region toward a religion-fueled showdown.

  • RC: Don’t forget your persecuted brothers, Church! Caroline Glick makes case for Jesus’ warning of Matthew 25:31-26.

    The forgotten Christians of the East
    www.carolineglick.com
    JUST AS the Jews of the Islamic world were forcibly removed from their ancient communities by the Arab rulers with the establishment of Israel in 1948, so Christians have been persecuted and driven out of their homes. Populist Islamic and Arab regimes have used Islamic religious supremacism and Arab racial chauvinism against Christians as rallying cries to their subjects. These calls have in turn led to the decimation of the Christian populations of the Arab and Islamic world.

Wednesday, October 12

Thursday, October 13

  • The Arbabsiar Case: Could Rogue Elements in Iran Be Behind It?
    old.news.yahoo.com
    If the plot had borne fruit, the consequences could have been disastrous for Tehran, further exacerbating the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Iran’s “problem of the radicals” — zealots imperfectly programmed to behave rashly — can be beneficial & disastrous.
  • RC: Has Iran gotten sloppy or is this a sloppy set up?

    Questions about the alleged Iranian plot
    globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com
    I just spoke with former CIA operative Bob Baer who expressed his skepticism about the allegation that Iran was behind the plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Robert Baer is a former Middle East CIA field officer and TIME.com’s intelligence columnist.

  • “Judaism places ultimate value on human life … redeeming captives trumps just about everything else”

    Shalit swap based on ‘ultimate value of human life,’ rabbis say
    religion.blogs.cnn.com
    Israel’s government approved an extraordinary deal Tuesday night — releasing more than 1,000 Palestinians from prison, including hundreds serving life sentences for attacks on Israelis, in exchange for a single slender young Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit.

Friday, October 14

Saturday, October 15

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2 thoughts on “Israeli ransomed, Egyptians martyred, Iranians plotted?

  1. Thanks for the updates. Some of it, is very shocking. We must also stay ready for worsening conditions here at home.
    God is good and faithful to keep us in His fold. Jesus Christ be praised.

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