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This is Zechariah 12:3 playing out.

Zechariah 12:3

King James Version (KJV)

And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

It is deception and it is leading up to the fulfillment of the seven-year peace agreement.  Maybe this round, maybe not, but it will be signed, you have God’s word on it.

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Obama Secretly Pledges to Divide Jerusalem

Aaron KleinBy Aaron Klein
Klein Online

Now that he has secured his second term, President Barack Obama has already secretly pledged to the Palestinians he will press Israel into a new round of so-called land-for-peace negotiations, a top Palestinian Authority negotiator told KleinOnline.

The negotiator said top members of the Obama administration told the Palestinians the U.S. president will renew talks aimed at creating a Palestinian state in the so-called 1967 borders—meaning in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and, notably, eastern Jerusalem.

Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, & Mahmoud Abbas

Obama to Push for New Talks in Second Term

The negotiator further revealed when it comes to dividing Jerusalem, Obama wants to rehash what is known as the Clinton parameters.

That formula, pushed by Bill Clinton during the Camp David talks in 2000, called for Jewish areas of Jerusalem to remain Israeli while the Palestinians will get sovereignty over neighborhoods that are largely Arab.

KleinOnline previously reported how Palestinians are building illegally in Jewish-owned areas of Jerusalem, changing facts on the ground and resulting in Arab majorities on certain neighborhoods.

This is not the first time the Palestinians are claiming Obama will push for new talks during a second term.

Just before November’s presidential election, a senior PA negotiator claimed to KleinOnline if Obama secures another four years in office, he will use his second term to target Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the main party to blame for the collapse of Mideast peace talks.

The negotiator further claimed Obama quietly pledged to the Palestinians a campaign at the United Nations to renew U.N. Security Council Resolution 242, which calls for a Palestinian state in the “1967 borders.”

The negotiator further said Obama had promised the PA that the establishment of a Palestinian state will be one of the main priorities for a second term.

“We were told that the negotiations for a Palestinian state will be a main goal for Obama,” said the negotiator. “Netanyahu will be declared the main person responsible for the collapse of the peace process.”

 

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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

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Powerful.  Praise be to God!

This will stoke your fire to live for the Lord unashamed of the Gospel!

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Something we need to be reminded of daily in our walk with the Lord!

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It is outrageous what we have become.  It is insane how we are allowing ourselves to lose all common sense and be bullied through political correctness.

This tool of Satan (political correctness) has been allowed to go way to far.  Unfortunately, I think at this point we are beyond the point of no return on reigning it back in and returning to common sense.

I am sorry for venting a bit here but it just frustrates me so to see these feigned acts of outrage.  How thin skinned are these people?  When did we become so thin skinned as a society?  I know it has been something that has built up over time but oh my how silly it looks if you take a second and step back.  This is a kids toy.  Lego’s?  Based on a movie from the 1970’s?  Outraged? Really?

As a Star Wars and a Lego’s fan, I never once thought of a mosque when viewing Jabba’s palace through my 30+ years of enjoying these films literally hundreds of times. (Side note:  It is not really even a mosque originally, but a converted Christian basilica.  Converted after Istanbul was conquered.  Check out the reference toward the end of the article.)

Unbelievable!

Maranatha!  Lord come quickly!!!

myblessedhope

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Lego accused of racism with Star Wars set

Lego has been accused of racism by the Turkish community over a Star Wars model that supposedly resembles one of Istanbul’s most revered mosques.

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By Matthew Day, Warsaw

3:18PM GMT 23 Jan 2013

Austria’s Turkish community said the model was based on Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul and that the accompanying figures depicted Asians and Orientals as people with “deceitful and criminal personalities.”

The Turkish Cultural Community of Austria released a statement calling for Lego to apologise for affronting religious and cultural feelings.

The anger was provoked by “Jabba’s Palace”, a model of the home of Jabba the Hutt from Lego’s Star Wars product range based on the blockbusting series of science fiction films.

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Oh 2013 is going to be an exciting year for signs in heavens.

The article below is a must read with lots of fascinating facts of what we will be seeing this year, when we have seen these things in the past, and what they usually meant.

But “Signs in Heavens” never seems to get the correct billing these days.  When ever I bring it up, I always get a shoulder shrug or a so what.

Here are some of my theories for why that is.

  1. First off I think the sky’s are simply not as spectacular these days due to all of the light “pollution” we have from man-made lights at night.  Have you ever been out in the country at night and looked up at the sky or maybe on a beach away from cities and towns.  It is breath-taking all the wonders that are up there.
  2. Second, man-made light has some what taken the “shine” off the stars.  Back in biblical times we did not have any glowing/twinkling light sources.  Just fire (candle-light) which looks a lot different from stars.
  3. Third, we are much more of an indoor society these days and rarely spend anytime outside, let alone after dark.
  4. Fourth, we through our technology generate all sorts of “unbelievable” effects in our movies, TV, games, etc.  We lose track of what is real and what is fake.
  5. Finally, we are so busy as a society that we rarely take the time, to stop and breath, lay down (many miles away from light sources) and gaze at the stars for a couple of hours (not just a minute or two).  This was a common pass time back then, like we have video games or TV today.  Star gazing was a top night-time entertainment activity.

I think because of one of the above four factors or maybe a combination of all of them, most people are missing out on how spectacular these events are going to be.

Actually, I don’t think they will miss them, but they will underestimate them leading up to the event.  God is going to put on quite a show to get man’s attention.

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Comet Ison, Celestial Events & The Return Of Christ

Later this year, Comet ISON will pass through the asteroid belt, enter the Inner Solar System and sidestep Mars on its way past Earth, putting on what scientists expect will be a spectacular heavenly show that is not to be missed.

Comets offer one of the most spectacular celestial scenes the unaided human eye can see. By November or December, ISON is expected to be brighter than a full moon. Some believe it will be up to 15 times brighter.

While ISON may prove to be brighter than any other comet of the last century, this trip may also be its swan song, as it is projected to end its flight in a fiery death in the sun.

Read about the solar flares that are forecast to hit at the same time, in “A Nation Forsaken – EMP: The Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe.”

Comets are made of several parts. The core, or nucleus, is a solid snowball of dust and ice. As the comet nears the sun, the nucleus heats up, releasing the mixture of gas, called the coma, and dust, which forms the tail. There is also a plasma ion tail, which can be several hundred million miles long.

Occasionally, a comet is dislodged from its orbit and makes its way toward Earth.

Comet ISON, currently in the vicinity of Jupiter, was discovered by two Russian amateur astronomers, Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok, using a 16-inch International Scientific Optical Network (more…)

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We are seeing Ezekiel 38 play out right in front of us.

Have you noticed we have completely forgotten the Iran threat due to the distractions of Benghazi, US Election, Sandy Hook, US debt ceiling and Mali Attacks?

The distraction has worked as Iran continues push unabated for Nuclear weapons and now Russia has formalized its alliance with Iran.  We are also sending F-16 fighters and Tanks to Egypt, arming Israel’s enemy…

Almost all the pieces are in place.

Gog - Magog Map

(Thanks to bibleprophecyman.com for the image.)

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Iran, Russia sign security agreement
Iran and Russia have signed a joint security agreement today in Tehran, Mehr news agency reported. The agreement was signed by Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Kolokoltsev. Kolokoltsev arrived in Tehran on Sunday, leading the Russian delegation of official diplomats.

Russia warns Israel, West against attack on Iran
Russia warned Israel and the West on Wednesday against any military strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities but suggested Tehran should be quicker to cooperate over inspections of its nuclear sites.

Iran nuclear inspections remain stalled as latest talks with IAEA end
The UN nuclear watchdog and Iranian diplomats were unable to agree on how to allow inspections of the Parchin military base. New talks are set for Feb. 12.

Russia ‘Flexes Muscles’ in Mediterranean Amid Syrian Crisis
Russia has started the largest naval exercises in the past few decades in the Mediterranean and Black Seas as a civil war in Syria continues to gain momentum. The drills involve task forces from Russia’s Black Sea, Northern and Baltic fleets, strategic bombers, tactical aircraft, air defense units, paratroopers and naval infantry.

US ex-commander: We can’t stop Iran’s nuclear program
Admiral William Fallon, the former head of the U.S. Central Command (which covers the Middle East) said that Iran was a big concern for the U.S. and for Israel, but voiced hope that the nuclear issue could be resolved through diplomatic efforts. “If the U.S. were to put a full-fledged strike campaign in there, that would probably take several weeks, it could put this program back for several years” – “The bottom line is, it’s not going to be a one-time shot. It’s not going to be like ’81 or even 2007,” Fallon said, referring to reported Israeli strikes on an Iraqi nuclear reactor and Syrian nuclear facility respectively.

Report: U.S. policy goal was to retain military ties with Cairo’s new Islamist government
The Congressional Research Service asserted that the administration of …Obama and Congress have been closely monitoring the massive protests against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood. In a report, CRS said Washington has set military cooperation as a priority in relations with Cairo.

Israel’s top priority is stopping Iran gaining nuclear weapons says Netanyahu
THE top priority of the new Israeli government will be to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said shortly after his Likud-Beitenu list won a narrow election victory. In a stunning setback, Mr Netanyahu’s hard-line bloc fared worse than expected in a parliamentary election, exit polls showed, possibly forcing the incumbent Israeli leader to…soften his line toward the Palestinians.

Israel leader says Iran key issue, not settlements
Two days before Israeli elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is shrugging off international criticism of Israeli settlement construction, calling Iran’s suspect nuclear program the real threat to regional security. Speaking to his Cabinet on Sunday, Netanyahu said he told a group of visiting U.S. senators that “the problem is not building … The problem in the Middle East is Iran’s attempt to build nuclear weapons … This was, and remains, the main mission facing not only myself and Israel, but the entire world.”

Islamists executed 9 Japanese in Algeria: witnesses
Islamists holding foreigners hostage at a gas plant in the Algerian desert executed nine Japanese captives during a 72-hour stand-off with the military, Algerian witnesses said on Sunday.

‘I am told I will hang for my faith in Jesus’: American pastor faces death sentence in Iran
An American Christian pastor faces a possible death sentence in Iran after prosecutors accused him of harming national security on charges he and his supporters claim amount to religious persecution. Saeed Abedini, 32, who is Iranian born, is expected to go on trial next week before a revolutionary tribunal in Tehran in a hearing presided over by a judge blacklisted by the European Union for handing down harsh verdicts.

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In Romans 10 Paul lays out how salvation is open to all, Jew and Gentile.  He writes:

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4-5

What he is saying is now it is not about works or how closely to a “T” you follow the law.  But that it is through God’s gift of grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is really that simple, and yet a hard step for some of us.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Christ is the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), through faith in Him you will be saved.  It is the only “works” that God requires for eternal salvation.

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Dale really hit the nail on the head with the article below.

All the nations problems, ALL of them, would be solved by turning back to God.  Not just giving it lip service, but reading His Word (The Bible) every day (twice a day) and bringing our issues and problems to go through prayer daily, starting every meeting with prayer to guide us.

It would only take one action to change course.  A leader to lead by example, not simply words.  What ever happened to the saying “actions speak louder than words”.  We have forgotten these simple truths as a nation.

One statement jumped out at me in Dales article about halfway through.

Nothing pleases Satan more than every time he can place a ‘wall of separation’ between God and people.

When we separate ourselves from God through turning away or succumbing to sin, not only do we miss out on the joy of our closeness to God (since he must pull away) but we also open ourselves up to Satan’s advances to gain more power and control over our lives by filling the void.

That is what we have seen as a nation when on that pivotal day in the 1960’s we expelled God from our schools.  It was the (more…)

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Who is in control?

I was reading a blog entry discussing how much control God has over this world, the selection of our leaders and bad things that have happened throughout time.  There was a lot of back and forth between two main sides:  God in complete control and Human free will.

I lean toward the side of God is in complete control and that all things are used for fulfillment of His will for this world.

The argument for those that feel Human free will elects our leaders and drives events was mainly: How could a loving God allow the millions of deaths and suffering that certain leaders have committed in this world?

The rebuttal was quite good.  God has always had death as a result of worldly events.  And every one of those events is part of his plan:  Noah and the flood, Pharaoh and Moses, etc.

But one comment really struck me to the core, and solidified my position that we do not know the will of God, nor are we on the same level of his thinking.  A poster by the alias CaisonJ posted:

Praise God that even the greatest evil ever committed, the crucifixion of His Son, was according to His will and for His purpose (Acts 2:22-24).  How unsearchable are His ways… they are not our ways, which I think is why we often don’t accept God’s sovereignty over every situation. – by CaisonJ

What a powerful statement?  Truthful, concise, God’s word…

But it was that last line that really struck me:

How unsearchable are His ways… they are not our ways, which I think is why we often don’t accept God’s sovereignty over every situation.

How true is that in my life.  How about yours?

We too often strive so hard to make God “real” and approachable that we humanize him and bring him down to our level.

We do not know His ways, they are not our ways (which we know well).  Sure we can get a glimmer by reading His word but it is really just that, a glimmer.

We need to Fear God!  Not in the “fear” that we throw around these days but Fear = Reverence.  Respectful.  Holding up in the place of honor that we are not worthy to go… Holy!

Something to think about…  Do you “Fear” God?  Whose way are you following?  Who is in control of your life?

Whose Will do you strive to achieve?

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