September 2012

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to the U.N.

Steven LeBlanc

For those of you who have not seen the latest speech delivered by Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel you may view the video below:

America Plays the Fool in the Middle East

Steven LeBlanc

Jeremiah chapter 3:1 reveals that Israel & Judah played the harlot with many lovers—‘lovers’ is a reference to nations. Following the example of ancient Israel, America looks to please many nations around the world, including countries in the Arab world. But this strategy is not working—we are hated by millions of people in the Middle East. A popular German Daily comments on our relationships with these Arab nations. The Newspaper Die Welt voiced this opinion recently:

“US President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy is in ruins. Like no president before him, he tried to win over the Arab world. After some initial hesitation, he came out clearly on the side of the democratic revolutions. … In this context, he must accept the fact that he has snubbed old close allies such as Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Egyptian military. And now parts of the freed societies are turning against the country which helped bring them into being. Anti-Americanism in the Arab world has even increased to levels greater than in the Bush era. It’s a bitter outcome for Obama.”

“Obama was naive to believe that one only needed to adopt a new tone and show more respect in order to dispel deep-seated reservations about the free world. In practice, the policies of the Obama administration in the region were not as naive as they may have seemed at times, and the Americans have always been much more involved in the Middle East than the passive Europeans. But Washington has provided the image of a distracted superpower in the process of decline to the societies there. This image of weakness is being exploited by Salafists and al-Qaida, who are active in North Africa from Somalia to Mali.”

“One thing is clear: If jihadists believe they can attack American installations and kill an ambassador on the anniversary of Sept. 11, then America’s deterrent power has declined considerably. For a superpower, it is not enough just to want to be loved. You have to scare the bad guys to keep them in check.”

God should be our source of strength and help—not foreign alliances. The fruit of paying Arab nations such as Egypt large amounts of money (1.6 billion per year) to “love” us is foolish.

America is repeating the same patterns of ridiculous international behavior that ancient Israel and Judah engaged in centuries ago. Israel’s sins included making alliances and treaties with other nations. God wanted His people to rely on Him, and not put their trust in relationships with other countries. Hosea 8:9, God speaking to the tribe of Ephraim (leading tribe of the Northern Kingdom) says, For they have gone up to Assyria, a wild donkey wandering alone; Ephraim has hired lovers—remember ‘lovers’ is metaphor for nations.

But even though the fruit is bad, America continues to give aid to Middle East nations that seek to work against our interests.

Film That Ignited Rage in Middle East

Steven LeBlanc

America’s first official response to the assault on its embassy in Cairo came in the form of a Twitter feed from the embassy apologizing to Muslims for the film…

First there was the murderous attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, and as I write we are witnessing a mob assault on the US Embassy in Cairo, also attacks on US embassies in Yemen and Tunis, and Muslim protests in Australia. Clearly the list of Islamic unrest, attacks and protest against America is increasing.

The Film that apparently unleashed this Islamic storm of rage was actually released about a year ago, but it received little notice until last month when a Salafi television station in Egypt broadcast it. The Egyptian broadcasters understood exactly what they were doing when they drew attention to the film—the broadcasters screened the film to incite Islamic rage against American embassies in the Middle East.

Angry Islamic leaders were looking for a pretext to incite violence against America. Had they not discovered this film—they would have found another source of “anger” to use against the United States.

The acts of rage across the Middle East were not random—much of what we are seeing were premeditated. The day before the attack in Egypt, al-Qaida released a video of Ayman al-Zawahiri in which he called for warriors of Islam to attack the US in retribution for the killing – in June – of his second in command Abu Al Yahya al-Libi by a US drone in Pakistan.

And now I see that the Times of Israel is reporting–The headquarters of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai was attacked on Friday night by dozens of Bedouin Salafi gunmen, Israel’s Channel 2 News reported.

The way of Islam is one of hostility, anger and war…the prophecy of Genesis 16 continues to play out: “You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard your misery, He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers”.—verses 11-12.

I will be posting a more in-depth blog on the Middle East later this weekend.

U.S. and Israel: Tempers Flare over Iran

Steven LeBlanc

Tempers flared again between Washington and the Prime Minister of Israel. The issue of disagreement revolves around the comment by Benjamin Netanyahu that America needs to set a “red line” regarding Iran. Mrs. Clinton representing the Obama Administration, responded by saying, We’re not setting deadlines for Iran and stated that negotiations are the best way to resolve the situation.

Benjamin Netanyahu response to Mrs. Clinton was quick and determined: “If Iran knows that there’s no deadline, what will it do? Exactly what it’s doing: It’s continuing without any interference toward obtaining nuclear weapons capability and from there nuclear bombs,” he said. “The world tells Israel: Wait. There’s still time. And I say: Wait for what? Wait until when? Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.”

It increasingly looks as if American support for Israel against Iran is thinning. Some in Israel are saying that it may be a repeat of the stress Israel experienced before the 6- day war of 1967; Israel received little support from America and was told by the Johnson White House that if Israel attacked Egypt, it would suffer the consequences without the involvement of the U.S. Israel had to go it alone then, as it may need to do so with today’s challenge against Iran.

The tiny little nation of Israel faces a sea of hate and is surrounded by enemies that include—Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Al Qaeda, an Hezbollah. A cool response from Washington leaves Israel as having to face its enemies alone.

Psalm 83 reveals that before Christ returns a multi-nation Islamic force will seek to destroy Israel—cutting off the nation from being a nation (verse 4). What we are seeing today is a hatred of Israel that is intensifying throughout many regions of the world:

See how your enemies growl,
how your foes rear their heads.
3 With cunning they conspire against your people;
they plot against those you cherish.
4 “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation,
so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.”
5 With one mind they plot together;
they form an alliance against you—
6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
of Moab and the Hagrites,
7 Byblos, Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia, with the people of Tyre.
8 Even Assyria has joined them
to reinforce Lot’s descendants

The video clip reveals that tensions are rising between the President and the Prime Minister of Israel:

European Debt Crisis and Inflation Scare

Steven LeBlanc

Europe is on a course to print more money in effort to save the European Union from fracturing. This may ease the worries of the world financial markets in the short term, but the long-term consequences of such actions are frightening. Printing more money most likely will lead to high rates of inflation in the near future.

Printing more Euros is not a long term solution to the European Debt crisis, but that is what the European Central Bank is proposing in order to avert a panic among Eurozone countries; there is also the belief that taking on more debt in the short run will help the Union ‘live another day’ enabling it to resolve its financial problems over the long run.

The European Central Bank’s (ECB) announcement late last week, that it would buy sovereign bonds to ease the euro zone debt crisis, this move has boosted confidence that the European monetary crisis may be easing, at least in the short term. The news catapulted the U.S. stock market to hit a new 52-week high.

The ECB President Mario Draghi said the central bank would buy bonds with maturities of up to three years of troubled Eurozone countries if the ailing country in need of help agreed to strict conditions to put their financial house in order. This means the European Central Bank tells the specific nation needing help, if you submit yourself to our authority we will serve as the Bank that buys your short-term debt. But of course this means printing more money and incurring even more debt.

The Wall Street Journal Reports (Stocks Cheer Stimulus—For Now)—by E.S. Browning and Matt Phillips—September 6, 2012:

Since 2009, four central banks—the Fed, the ECB, the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan—have injected more than $3.9 trillion in largely new money into the world’s financial system, according to data compiled by J.P. Morgan Chase economic research. The banks used that money to buy financial assets such as government bonds as a means of pushing up asset prices and pushing down the cost of credit.

Many observers of this ‘enthusiasm for printing money’ wonder when inflation will kick in. The famed investors, John Paulson and George Soros are investing significant sums of their portfolios into gold—they believe it is just a matter of time before inflation flares. Investing guru Jim Rogers is heavily invested in commodities including gold. The price of gold is believed to rise when goods and services demand higher prices.

German Bundesbank officials are very much against the Central Bank intervention, stating that printing more money could trigger shocking inflation once the economy rebounds. Germany has the most to lose from this printing more money solution because it is the largest backer of the European Central Bank.

Europe is in crisis so it may be hard to believe that a European power will one day become the great political, economic and military force in the world. But that is what prophecy tells us will take place. A European “Beast” power will dominate the world agenda and become the world’s most powerful economic force. All nations will be impacted by this end-time super-state. America will decline in power as Europe rises in power (see our booklet the United States and Britain in Prophecy)

This powerful political, religious and economic system is mentioned in the book of Revelation. It will rise and enjoy great trading partnerships, but then it is to be destroyed by Jesus Christ when He returns. This destroyed economic system of the Beast (end-time European power) is eulogized in a funeral lament in Revelation 18. It is revealed that the merchants of the earth have waxed rich through trade with this economic power (Revelation 18:2-3,15). Notice what is says of her downfall in Revelation 18:17-19 when Christ dismantles the Beast Empire:

“And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, and cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness!”

Keep watching Europe—it will impact the whole world economy. Great changes in Europe are yet to take place.

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