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The headline “Sinking of Kremlin gas project leaves south-east Europe high and dry” caught my attention this afternoon.  The EU has won out against Russia and a planned gas pipeline has been cancelled that would have supplied gas to south-eastern Europe.  They are now left with the problem where to get the Gas from?

Gee, who just discovered the largest world-wide supply of Natural Gas, just off their shore?

Who is located near the south-eastern portion of the EU?

If you guessed Israel you are correct!

I believe we are seeing the “hook in the mouth” of Ezekiel 38 beginning to be set.

Ezekiel 38 (NASB)

Prophecy about Gog and Future Invasion of Israel

38 And the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the [a]prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, ‘Thus says the Lord [b]God, “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, [c]prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them [d]splendidly attired, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords; Persia, [e]Ethiopia and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all its troops—many peoples with you.

“Be prepared, and prepare yourself, you and all your companies that are assembled about you, and be a guard for them. After many days you will be summoned; in the latter years you will come into the land that is restored from the sword, whose inhabitants have been gathered from many [f]nations to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; but [g]its people were brought out from the [h]nations, and they are living securely, all of them. You will go up, you will come like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your troops, and many peoples with you.”

10 ‘Thus says the Lord God, “It will come about on that day, that [i]thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil plan, 11 and you will say, ‘I will go up against the land of [j]unwalled villages. I will go against those who are at rest, that live securely, all of them living without walls and having no bars or gates, 12 to capture spoil and to seize plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places which are now inhabited, and against the people who are gathered from the nations, who have acquired cattle and goods, who live at the [k]center of the world.’ 13 Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish with all its [l]villages will say to you, ‘Have you come to capture spoil? Have you assembled your company to seize plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to capture great spoil?’”’ (Emphasis Mine)

And who did Russia turn to to for the new pipeline destination?  Turkey.  The 38 Alliance is beginning to take shape, Turkey, Russia, and Iran.

Putin drops South Stream gas pipeline to EU, courts Turkey

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Sinking of Kremlin gas project leaves south-east Europe high and dry
The European Union’s diplomatic victory in forcing the Kremlin to cancel its South Stream pipeline also gives Brussels a headache: how to come up with an alternative source of secure gas supply for south-eastern Europe.

Putin drops South Stream gas pipeline to EU, courts Turkey
Russia on Monday scrapped the South Stream pipeline project to supply natural gas to southern Europe without crossing Ukraine, citing European Union objections, and instead named Turkey as its preferred partner for an alternative pipeline, with a promise of hefty discounts.

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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.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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Jim’s assessment is blunt but spot on…

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Sep 1, 2014

The Burgeoning Threat

This week, I wrote a piece for the Times of Israel (http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/israels-battle-of-the-burge/), warning again about the growing attacks on Israel and Jews, from America’s evangelical leadership. This time, the Huffington Post allowed Wheaton professor Gary Burge to spread more of his propaganda.

Although many pro Israel sources lament this very troubling trend, most aren’t aware of how we got to this place. That background is what continues to fascinate me, and I think it’s important to understand what forces and conditions led to this moment, when Israel has a new threat to deal with: Evangelicals Against Israel.

The current American Church — which I would argue is now virtually synonymous with the Church Growth/Seeker-Driven model — is a strange mixture of liberalism and corporate structure.

When Peter Drucker and Leadership Network made the decision to infiltrate evangelicalism a few decades ago, they selected certain up-and-comer pastors like Rick Warren and Bill Hybels, who would be open to ecumenism and center-left perspectives. With regard to Israel, Hybels and his wife, Lynne (co-founders of the Willow Creek Association) had been mentored by pro Palestinian sources for years. Warren, of course, loathes Bible prophecy because it conflicts with his agenda of creating the Kingdom of God here, now.

It took a long time, but these change agents managed to begin changing the landscape in the American church, with regard to Israel and Zionism.

We now have Burge and many others advocating for the Palestinians.

But what were the other contributing factors to this erosion of support for Israel?

I’ve discussed before how liberal scholarship kicked into high gear in this country more than 100 years ago. Harry Emerson Fosdick, the famous “preacher” of the early last century, began to wage open warfare against Bible-believing Christians, and the results of the famous Scopes “Monkey Trial,” in Tennessee (where evolutionary concepts were mainstreamed and marketed) contributed to a marginalization of Christians.

This was the stage-setting period, which would take decades to bear fruit for liberals. The key idea was to introduce doubt in people’s minds about the Bible and in particular, the Old Testament.

In Calvin Johnson’s terrific book, “Beyond the Point of No Return,” we discover the beginnings of this agenda:

“The institutions of learning responsible for preparing the preachers for the pulpit had turned to humanism and universalism by at least the 20’s and 30’s. Most had adopted Darwinian humanistic psychology.”

Further, Johnson gives specifics that show an opening was created by these liberal teachers:

“Neo-Orthodoxy gave credence to two Biblical truths – the sinfulness of man and the need for a life-changing encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. However, it did not accept the miracles and the historical events of the Bible as true.”

The liberal, mainline denominations were already attacking the veracity of the Bible’s creation accounts in Genesis, and then they began casting doubt on the very origins of the Jewish people: the accounts of Abraham, Moses, Joshua…all were relegated either to myth or the misty realm of “semi-legend.”

Do you see how this would build a foundation to undermine Israel’s legitimacy later? In point of fact, many, many evangelical leaders would later forge a disconnect between modern Israel and the ancient Israelites.

Let me be clear: there is plenty of evidence that the modern Israelis are the direct descendants of David, Mordechai, Gideon, etc.

To allege otherwise is bizarre? Yet, major evangelical leaders have done just that. Men like Chuck Colson, D. James Kennedy, and Maxie Dunnam (former president of the only evangelical seminary of the United Methodist Church, Asbury) have denied that modern Israelis are connected to the biblical patriarchs.

This, my friends, is how we have arrived at a place where Israel’s natural alliance with the U.S., and specifically, evangelical Christian, is now in peril.

As I’ve stated many times, NOW is the time to commit more time to prayer, Bible study and, by extension, advocacy for Israel wherever you can.

We are in the endgame. Let’s finish well.

jim@prophecymatters.com

 

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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.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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Amazing pointed analysis of the truth about Israel and how backwards this world really is right now.

Good is called Evil, and Evil, Good.

Must See!  I love the analogy and Genesis quote about filling wells with sand.

Remember, the darker it gets, the brighter and farther our little light shines!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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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.

It is The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  To learn more check out the following link.

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Could not agree more…

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Posted by  The Right Scoop on December 17th, 2012 in Politics

I thought the Pope was supposed to be a Biblical man? If he is he should know that there won’t be true peace between Israel and the Palestinians and believing in some UN pipe dream for the sake of peace is fruitless. But even more than that he’s revealed that he also doesn’t understand Islam, which at its core wants to destroy Israel. And this is exactly what the Palestinians want.

Sheesh. I’m not trying to dis the Pope, but this is a problem:

TIMES OF ISRAEL – Pope Benedict XVI told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Monday that he hopes the Palestinians’ upgrade to nonmember observer state at the UN will hasten the international community into finding a solution to its conflict with Israel.

The Palestinian leader is visiting Europe to thank countries that voted for the upgrade. Abbas met with the Pope to praise him for supporting the Palestinians’ recent bid. All European Union countries except for the Czech Republic either supported the motion or abstained from the vote.

The Holy See is the only other entity to hold the status of nonmember observer state at the UN.

The Vatican had warmly welcomed the vote, and a Vatican statement said that “it is hoped that this initiative will encourage the commitment of the international community to finding a fair and lasting solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Abbas chatted privately with Pope Benedict for 30 minutes and then met with the Vatican’s top diplomats. (more…)

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It is astonishing to see people deceived and the deception spread.  We have seen what happens when our world detaches from the truth/reality, God’s word.

When everything is relative and a different shade of gray, black and white thinking is discouraged and punished until it is like a scarlet letter, and dare I say called “un-caring” and evil.

We are living in an “Up is Down”, “Black is White” (or not even White but a shade of gray), and “good is evil” world.

God said we would see these times, and when we did we were to look up, and lift up our heads for our salvation draws neigh!

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Jan, 14, 2013

Israel is not Legitimate

Just as Barack Obama came out in favor of same-sex marriage last year, calculating that the time was now right culturally, so too do Israel haters now feel emboldened to put their hands tightly on the lever of the hangman’s scaffolding.

An article this week from Jerome Slater from the Christian Science Monitor was quite instructive.

Many of us pro Israel activists have asked for a long time, “Why didn’t Israel get credit for pulling out of Gaza? After all, now it can’t be said they are ‘occupying’ the Strip anymore.”

Slater has answered that for us: It doesn’t matter.

By Slater’s reasoning—which is leftist worldview—Israel is still occupying the Gaza Strip, since the IDF maintains a perimeter presence. This of course is because Hamas (and, presumably, the larger Palestinian population, since they elected the terror group) likes to murder Jews. Yet, again, notice the chilling irony:

Israel no longer occupies Gaza, except that it does.

This passes for reality in 2013.

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Great observation by Terry in his Nearing Midnight Column this week.  I have been (and will be) posting a lot of articles about Israel recently and there is a reason.

Matthew 24:31-33

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.

Israel is the Fig Tree.  It is the sign Christ told us to look for.  As soon as we see events occur surrounding Israel we will know the season, the quarter or the month that we are in.  We will not (can not) know the day or the hour but we will know the season according to Jesus Himself.  We are to be watching.  The world is oblivious as well as most of those around us.  It is not because they could not know, but I think at this point, it is mostly because they do not want to know and that makes my heart heavy.  We are to busy chasing after the things of this world, to worry about the next.

Prophetic beliefs are not tied to salvation.  It is separate and a gift from God.  So I am sure many that are asleep may be saved but what a disservice it does to Christ Church, His bride, to not be awake and eagerly anticipating His return for us.  We are all, myself included, way to attached to this world.  We need to live in this world but not be of this world.

Israel should be a sign for us to wake up and look up as our redemption draws nigh…

Maranatha, Lord come quickly!

myblessedhope

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Jan 21, 2013

Israel’s Prophetic Positioning

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is, amazingly, being viewed as a moderate in the politically right-oriented Likud party these days. This fact shouldn’t go without considerable notice by those who look at Bible prophecy from the futurist viewpoint. Eschatologically speaking, this otherwise strange development as of late makes sense. Here’s what I mean.

Israel must somehow–for now–be kept in the world diplomatic loop. The Jewish state cannot afford to be totally marginalized to the point the nation has no one with whom to negotiate, or at least to talk with on the negotiating front. At the same time, elements within the present make-up of the Knesset and the government as a whole have reached the point they, in order to show resolve, have to adhere to a hard-line approach to Israel’s enemies, who pressure them to give in at every point of the international community’s demands. This resolve translates into intransigence in the thinking of most Israel-hating diplomats of the U.N.–i.e, Israel’s resolve is propagandized by diplomats and the world’s mainstream journalists as deliberately disruptive stubbornness in doing harm to the peace process.

Netanyahu currently wears his moderate, right-winger, actor’s mask effectively. This is to keep the channels open in dealing (more…)

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I second the right scoop in the feinted shock.

What, they are not a secular, peaceful organization?

What, the Jews plan to build a Third Temple?

What, they want to unite behind a single man?  Hmm Antichrist anyone?  12th Imam?  Mahdi?

How can the world sleep through this?

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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Chief: Time to wage Holy Jihad against Israel and for Islamic nation to unite around one man

Wait! Why would a secular and peaceful organization that our own president said should participate in the governance of Egypt start spewing the language of terrorists? Have we been misled by our administration?

Read this:

TIMES OF ISRAEL – Egypt’s foremost Muslim Brotherhood official called on the Arab world Thursday to replace negotiations with Israel with “holy Jihad,” claiming that if Jews are allowed to pray on the Temple Mount they will destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and supplant it with the third temple.

Mohammed Badie, Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, declared in a public message published by Egyptian daily Al-Ahram that “the Zionists only understand force,” and that Arabs cannot hope to achieve justice from the Jews “through the corridors of the United Nations or through negotiations.” …

“The time has come for the Islamic nation to unite around one man for the sake of Jerusalem and Palestine,” Badie said. “The Jews have dominated the land, spread corruption on earth, spilled the blood of believers and in their actions profaned holy places, including their own.”

“Zionists only understand the language of force and will not relent without duress,” Badie continued. “This will only happen through holy Jihad, high sacrifices and all forms of resistance. The day they realize we will march this path and raise the banner of Jihad for the sake of God, is the day they will relent and stop their tyranny.”

I’d love to see the original translated from Arabic to English to understand the context of what he’s saying with regard to “the Islamic nation to unite around one man”. I know what that sounds like, but at present there is no caliphate unless that is understood in his original statement.

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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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