"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS


by A.M. Kisly

Middle East Update

As you all know, there is much happening in the world. Watching and reading the headline news is astonishing in light of the fact that these things were prophesied in the scripture over 2,000 years ago. Amazing! Time is short.

Our hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ! As believers, we have no need to fear but are to put our trust in the Lord!


Romans 13:11-14 tells us,


“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”

The world does not have the answers…evil days are going to wax worse and worse!

The Lord spoke about His coming again and likened it to the Ten Virgins, Five Wise and Five Foolish, slumbering and sleeping. When the call went forth “Behold the Bridegroom cometh” the Five Wise woke up and began to trim their lamps and the Five Foolish discovered that they did not have sufficient oil to trim their lamps. So the Five Foolish wanted to borrow some oil from the Five Wise.  And the Five Wise told them they did not have enough to share with them and that they should go to the village and buy their own.  As they did, the Bridegroom came and the scriptures tell us that they that were READY went.

The question is,
ARE YOU READY?  If our Bridegroom comes tonight to gather His Bride, is your lamp full and are you sufficiently prepared to meet the Lord in the air? 


The signs spoken of in the Scriptures pointing to the coming of our LORD are here. As we watch and ready ourselves in these final hours, may we be propelled to let others know how late the hour is.

I pray that if you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, now is the time of your salvation! Repent and Believe! Turn from your way and ask the Lord Jesus to save you and He will! He loves you and suffered and died for each of us to pay for our sins that we might be reconciled to God forever (John 3:16; Isaiah 53)!

Middle East Update
Published by Bradley Antolovich, For Zion's Sake

Listen to Matthew 24

“But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows.” Yeshua, ( Mark 13:7-8 )


“Set up the standard toward Zion. Take refuge! Do not delay! For I will bring disaster from the north, And great destruction…” God, ( Jeremiah 4:6)


Anyone following daily intelligence reports from Israel knows that the threat of war is looming once again in the middle East. Many Israeli politicians and IDF top brass are presenting their doomsday scenarios while Israelis instinctively sense that this is the lead-up to another imminent and bloody conflict with Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran. Lines are forming in cities for new Israeli gas masks. Many are finding that there are not enough for everyone in the country.


Makeshift bomb shelters are being hastily built throughout Israel, including underground parking lots. There simply are not enough shelters for every citizen. Unfortunately, many of the shelters that do exist are neglected and undersupplied.

Read these recent headlines for yourself… 


✡ Gas masks in demand as Israel tracks Syria’s chemical and biological arms

(Reuters) – The Syrian government is still in full control of its chemical weapons stockpiles, Israeli defense officials said on Tuesday, in an apparent bid to calm fears that a non-conventional war could be looming.

Israeli minister says Hezbollah access to arsenal is ““red line”

Syria’s 16-month-old conflict has spread concern that the chemical arsenal, acknowledged by Damascus for the first time on Monday, could fall into the hands of Hezbollah, the Lebanese Islamist group allied to Iran and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, or that Assad could use then in a desperate last stand.


✡ Israelis grab gas masks as Iran attack threat rises. 

(Bloomberg News) Israelis crowded in front of a storefront at a Jerusalem shopping mall this week to pick up new gas masks, part of civil defense preparations in case the military strikes Iran and the Islamic Republic or its allies retaliate.

“Our leaders seem to have gotten very hawkish in their speeches, and this time it seems they mean what they say,” said Yoram Lands, 68, a professor of business administration, who was picking up new masks for himself and his wife at a distribution center in the mall.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta this month that time “is running out” for a peaceful solution to Iran’s atomic program.


✡ Israel May Need to Destroy Parts of Lebanon (and Gaza) to Stop Rockets

(Jerusalem Post) Israel may need to destroy parts of Lebanon and Gaza if Hezbollah and Hamas rain missiles upon the country in response to an Israeli attack on Iran, former Mossad head Danny Yatom said Monday. Those rockets, he said, can “cover all of Israel, and that is the main problem.”

Yatom said that the lesson Israel learned from the 2006 Second Lebanon War, when Hezbollah fired hundreds of rockets on the north, was that “we will have to stop the firing of missiles, both from the north and the south, as quickly as possible.” To do this, he said, Israel would have to “act with great force against infrastructure in Lebanon and Gaza, and it is possible that the price that Lebanon and Gaza will pay will be horrible. We are liable to destroy, or likely to destroy, parts of Lebanon, and parts of Gaza, so that our citizens will not suffer and be killed.”


✡ Iran can build a Nuclear bomb by October 1

DEBKAfile At its present rate of enrichment, Iran will have 250 kilograms of 20-percent grade uranium, exactly enough to build its first nuclear bomb, in roughly six weeks, and two-to-four bombs by early 2013, military and intelligence sources report. Hence the leak by an unnamed Israeli security source Sunday, Aug. 12, disclosing Iran’s progress in developing the detonator and fuses for a nuclear warhead which can be fitted onto Shehab-3 ballistic missiles capable of reaching Israel.

Since 20 percent refined uranium is a short jump to weapons grade fuel, Iran will have the capability and materials for building an operational nuclear bomb by approximately October 1.


Anti-American fury sweeps Middle East over film...US embassies breached.

KHARTOUM/TUNIS - Fury about a film that insults the Prophet Mohammad tore across the Middle East after weekly prayers on Friday with protesters attacking US embassies and burning American flags as the Pentagon rushed to bolster security at its missions.

The obscure California-made film triggered an attack on the US consulate in Libya's city of Benghazi that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans on Tuesday, the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 al-Qaida attacks on the United States.

In his Middle East update, Jimmy DeYoung states, "Muslim reactions to a documentary film supposedly attacking the Islamic faith seems to be overkill but may set the entire region afire which is what Bible prophecy says will happen in the end of times.

What started as a protest in Egypt of a documentary film attacking the Islamic faith turned violent when Islamists attacked the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya and killed US ambassador to Libya. These protests have spread across the Middle eastern region and they seem to be more violent as time passes. Because of the Arab Spring, there is an atmosphere of revolution in the air and demonstrators seem to feel free to kill and destroy. The Arab Spring, responsible for taking down the Arab leaders of these nations who used strong arm tactics to hold down such demonstrations are gone and violence has prevailed.

Bible prophecy, written 2500 years ago, reveals that this type of scenario will be prevalent in the last days. Ezekiel 38 mentions many of the nations that have been involved in embassy demonstrations. The Psalmist in Psalm 83 continues the list of nations involved in radicalism. The prophet Daniel foretold of the first two nations to get involved in radical violent actions. These two are Egypt and Libya, Daniel 40:40-43 where the King of the South is Egypt. Jesus Christ said as recorded in Matthew 24:6-7 that there would be wars and rumors of wars, nation against nation, and kingdom against kingdom."

Listen to: World News Briefing - Don Stewart and Chuck Smith

In the following special prophecy update, pastor J.D. takes some time at a midweek Bible study to talk about the events ongoing this week in the Middle-East...It is all about Israel!



A Call to Prayer and Intercession


Now is the time to pray and intercede for the nation of Israel! We know that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual! We must believe that our prayers (weapons of warfare) will truly assist Israel during the looming threat of war in the weeks ahead…

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…” 2 Corinthians 10:4
 

 As the birth pangs of this age increase in speed and intensity, we know we are getting closer to the end and the new beginning of Messiah’s Kingdom that will be established in Jerusalem. Like our title verse says in Mark 13:8 ‘these are the beginnings of birth pains…”
 

More than ever, today is the day, now is the time to rise up from our sleep, cast off the works of darkness and begin to intercede with fervent prayer as His Word teaches us to watch and pray!

You too can be a (IDF) prayer warrior, guarding the borders of Israel with blankets of prayer day and night; as it is written:

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither
slumber nor sleep Psalm 121:4


LET THE WORD OF GOD BE OUR PRAYER…

[Elisha] answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them…” And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, “Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.’ And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:16-18

"You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday." Psalm 91:5-6

"No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord. Isaiah 54:17

“Father, In Yeshua’s name, do not allow the enemies of your people accomplish their plans of destruction. May Your will, and Your will alone be done in both Israel and the nations surrounding her…” AMEN! --Bradley Antolovich, For Zion's Sake

There is A LOT going on. Everything that can be shaken is being shaken! 


1 John 3 1:3, 

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure."

Those who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who believe in the Second Coming and the Rapture of the Church, who know bible prophecy and can see the signs of His coming must yield to the Holy Spirit and allow that sanctification process to keep us sensitive, alert and watchful in these final hours.

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