March 2013

Misconceptions about Israel...Watch this Video

Steven LeBlanc

The following was taken from Israel today website…it is interesting to see how many Israeli citizens view Washington’s view of Israel and the Palestinian contention; by Ryan Jones:

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/23756/Default.aspx?hp=readmore

US President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel was widely seen as a success, given that the primary goal was to win over the hearts of an Israeli public that had been, at best, suspicious of the American leader.

But behind all the praise and admiration Obama heaped upon Israel, there was a gentle chiding that showed he still views the lack of peace in the region as primarily the fault of the Jewish state.

Zionism is great and is the unprecedented culmination of a millennia-old dream, but Israel must surrender part of the vision for the sake of peace and justice. That was the thrust of Obama’s overall message to Israelis.

Obama’s approach revealed three important truths:

It demonstrated that despite being a “Christian” nation, the government of the US doesn’t see the biblical significance of Israel’s rebirth.

It showed a clear lack on Obama’s part to take even recent history into account. The Jews have in fact surrendered part of the Zionist vision, numerous times. The Jews did not protest when in 1922 the British lopped off two-thirds of their promised homeland to create Jordan, or in 1947 when the UN partitioned what was left of that homeland. In 1993, the Jews agreed to again relinquish those lands, and in 2005, tired of waiting for an agreement to be signed, Israel unilaterally surrendered Gaza.

Lastly, Obama showed that 10 serious misconceptions continue to undergird the international community’s approach to the peace process.

But brighter minds have elaborated on these 10 misconceptions better than I could. The following video produced by the Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ) doesn’t mention Obama by name, but it was no accident the clip was published while Obama was in the Land.

Gomorrah Marriages Before the Supreme Court

Steven LeBlanc

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in two cases that have the potential to reshape American society. In oral arguments the 9 justices will consider if the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act can stop the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex marriages. Also being reviewed by the Justices is California’s voter approved ban on gay marriage–Proposition 8; does the “Prop 8” unfairly discriminates against gay people?

It will be no surprise to eventually see the Supreme Court put their stamp of approval on marriage between two men or two women. A nation that legalizes abortion and attaches no shame to “living together” relationships, out-of-wedlock births and yawns at a divorce rate that is the highest in the world is not about to suddenly stand up and say no to sodomite marriage.

Even hedonistic Rome did not recognize marriage between two men. When Emperor Nero temporarily legalized same-sex marriage, Roman citizens opposed his foolishness. The Roman historian, Tacitus, claims that when Nero “went through a formal wedding ceremony with one of the perverts named Pythagorus”, the act inflamed general public anger toward Nero and eventually led to his forced suicide (Annals 15.37).

Isaiah 1:10 cast our leaders today, as leaders of “Sodom”. Sodom is a word that expresses moral depravity, complacency and the hatred of God’s ordained order. Many of our politicians, media elites and even some church leaders approve of the Gomorrah lifestyle.

Alarmingly more and more Americans sheepishly favor sodomite marriage. Recent polls say that 48% favor “same-sex” marriage, while 43% are opposed. We have become a nation that cares little for God’s clear teaching. The rejection of God’s ways will lead to our destruction. Hosea 4:6: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you…; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

MIXED SIGNALS on Iran

Steven LeBlanc

Prime Minister Netanyahu said he and Mr. Obama have a “common assessment” that it will take Iran about one year to make a nuclear bomb if it decides to do so. He said Iran’s continued enrichment of uranium, a key ingredient of such a bomb, is a separate matter.

The comment, “that is a separate matter” most likely means the Prime Minister and the President do not agree on how to exactly draw a line with Iran. The two leaders see sharply different timetables for potentially taking military action. President Obama said Iran was at least a year away from developing a nuclear bomb, while Netanyahu warned that the Islamic Republic must be stopped soon. The American view is that an Iranian nuclear weapon is not imminent and Iran’s ultimate ability to build a deliverable weapon is questionable.

The Israeli prime minister said he believes that if Iran “gets through” the enrichment process, it will reach an “immunity zone” – a reference to a position in which military action would not be able to stop it. It is doubtful the President agrees with Mr. Netanyahu’s “immunity zone” abstraction.

Always remember a passage found in Proverbs concerning God’s sovereignty. Proverbs 21:1 states: The king’s heart is in the hand of God as the watercourses: He turneth it whithersoever he will.

Will God move America to strike Iran; Will God move Israel to launch a pre-emptive strike? Or will God allow the spirit world to ignite a war in the Middle East in 2013?

The Bible exposes that there are unseen spirit wars going on that impact world events. The “prince of the kingdom of Persia [Iran]” (Daniel 10 verse 13; see verse 20) and the “prince of Greece” (verse 20) are spirit leaders over these empires under the Supreme demon, Satan the Devil. Jesus states, Satan is the “ruler of this world” (see John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11). And within his demonic realm are various ranks of power—”forces and authorities and…rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world” (Ephesians 6:12,). In Daniel 10:13 of the “kings of Persia” (plural)—evidently demonic kings under the leading prince of Persia, himself subject to Satan.

One certainty is that Mr. Netanyahu will press the President to act on Iran as there is little time left as far as Israel is concerned. And never forget that there is a parallel spirit world that influences human leaders.

Why Cyprus is Important

Steven LeBlanc

Most people in America have little interest in the tiny Island nation of Cyprus—they should be very interested—here’s why:

People all over Europe are asking could this happen in our country? Cyprus sent jitters through the financial markets earlier this week as it spoke of imposing a tax on bank accounts as part of an agreement to be bailed out by the German led European Union. The thought is that those who have under 100,000 euros in their accounts will be taxed 6.75%, while those above that figure will be taxed almost 10%.

Fear and outrage spread through the economically weak nations of Europe. If you were to lose 10% of all your bank savings because your government had to be bailed out by foreigners you would be worried as well, wouldn’t you?

There are 3 reasons what happens in Cyprus is important:

1. Weaker European nations [Italy, Spain, Portugal & Greece] citizens are thinking, “could this happen to our deposits where we live”—possibly sending a panic through Europe as people could rush to draw out money from their banks.
2. The “tax the depositors” initiative is blamed on Germany—increasingly you see Europeans blaming Angela Merkel—German Chancellor for austerity measures that are seen as being harmful—imposed upon them by the Germany led EU.
3. Cyprus has a massive natural gas field off its coast—Russia is angry with Germany and is moving to secure its position as Europe’s biggest energy power—a very powerful position to be in when dealing with the European Union. Europe is heavily dependent upon Russian natural gas. Russia is posing as “friend rescuer” of Cyprus.

Also, Russians keep tens of billions of dollars in the Cypriot banks. Though the tax has just been rejected in Cyprus’ parliament, Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin are angry by this attempt [as he sees it] of the European Union to punish Russian bank holders.

Gazprom [Russian owned energy company] – the world’s largest producer of natural gas – has offered to bail out the Bank of Cyprus in exchange for exploration rights of a natural gas field off the coast of Cyprus—one of the largest natural gas deposits in the world. There is up to US$400-billion worth of gas to be tapped under Cypriot waters, according to experts interviewed by Reuters.

So strange that such a small country can have a potentially drastic impact on the world’s financial markets.

Most Americans are not that interested in Europe—that is a tragic mistake because one day the entire world will be astounded when it sees a revived European centered Roman Empire dominate Europe and much of the world. “And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.” Its power will affect the whole earth—Revelation 13:3

President Obama to visit Israel this week...

Steven LeBlanc

The above video is a good representation of the frustration some Israeli leaders have expressed concerning President Obama waiting so long to visit Israel.

The President will arrive in Israel on March 20th and has scheduled hours of meetings with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Mahmoud Abbas, President Shimon Peres, Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad and King Abdullah of Jordan. The President will also make visits to Yad Vashem, The Israel Museum and Har Herzl, where he will lay a wreath on the burial sites of slain premier Yitzhak Rabin and Zionist father Theodor Herzl.

The Israeli public is angry with the President—because it took him over 4 years to visit Israel—America’s staunchest ally in the Middle East. Prime Minister Netanyahu plans to address Israel’s biggest concern with the President: Iran getting a nuclear weapon.

It is clear that Mr. Netanyahu wants to deal with the Iranian threat this year and not wait any longer. The end time prophecy found in Genesis 49 reflects the approach of end time Israel, and expresses the desire of Prime Minister Netanyahu to deal with Iran—Israel’s greatest enemy today [Genesis 49:8-9]:

Judah, …your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; … You are a lion’s cub, Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?

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