The 41st Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision is this week. In a 7-2 ruling on January 22, 1973, the justices declared laws prohibiting abortion violated a woman’s constitutional right to privacy. They also asserted states could regulate abortion procedures in the interest of a woman’s health.
Since that dark day in 1973, there have been an estimated: 57 million abortions in the United States. Steven Ertelt of LifeNews.com informs us of the death toll. “If you run the math on those terrible figures, the numbers are absolutely chilling”:
1.382 million abortions every year
115,167 abortions every month
26,577 abortions every week
3,786 abortions every day
157 abortions every hour
2.6 abortions every minute
The Bible regards the unborn as having personality. In Galatians, Paul speaks of himself as a person while still in his mother’s womb, (compare Jeremiah 1:5 for the same accent)
The Gospel of Luke ascribes personality to the fetus within Elizabeth:
“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit… As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy” (1:41, 44).
Also, read Exodus 23:7: “Have nothing to do with a false charge, and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.”
Will not God punish our “Christian” nation for such brutality—a people who have such a callous attitude toward the unborn child!
Al Qaeda’ s Resurgence in Iraq
IRAQ..looks as if it is heading toward the abyss of civil war.
President Obama’s decision to pull all troops out of Iraq has created a power vacuum—into which has stepped Al-Qadea. Its operatives have taken much of Anbar province in Iraq. This is a significant win for the ‘black flag’ (Al Qaeda symbol) in its move to control and establish a piece of land that can achieve the goal of establishing a caliphate in the Middle east.
IRAN…The West is tired of Middle East wars and appears to be throwing in the towel. Capitulation to Iran at Geneva saw America, the UK and the European Union agree to allow Iran to continue to enrich uranium. US Secretary of State John Kerry made the strange suggestion that Iran might play a role in Syrian peace talks. Syria has been a proxy for Iran for years and has been used by Iran to kill many of its Sunni enemies. Such a suggestion by the Secretary of State is a show of naiveté that continues to thrive among western governments. Having Iran participate in any meetings regarding Syria would be like asking a thief to help with the local neighborhood watch.
SYRIA…The war in Syria, you have the radical Shiite bloc led by Iran, which overflies Iraq to supply Bashar al-Assad and sends (Lebanese) Hezbollah to fight for him in Syria. Russia, which has stationed ships offshore, support al-Assad with weaponry. Syria is a Russian protectorate.
The Sunni Gulf states are terrified of Iranian hegemony (territorial and soon nuclear); non-Arab Turkey is mostly Sunni and also fears Iran. Fragile Jordan is not in favor of an Iranian dominated Middle East.
President Obama backed off on his “red line” in Syria, sending a message to all that America wants a diminished role in the Middle East. America’s agreement with Iran sends a message of appeasement to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states. They see American weakness and the impending power vacuum that is giving energy to insurgents like Al-Qaeda.
The United States has long been the world’s policeman. We are now seeing what happens when the policeman can’t be depended on, or when that policeman loses its nerve. Why are we a ‘sunset’ power? Because “righteousness exalts a nation. But sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Righteousness clearly involves keeping God’s commandments (Psalm 119:172); sin is the transgression of His law (1 John 3:4). We no longer honor God—He will give us over to poor decision making on international affairs. Our ability to maintain clear vision, sustained by strong action is clearly deteriorating.
From the Israeli point of view, there are two serious threats from Iran. One is the Iranian nuclear threat. The other fear is Iranian support for proxies such as Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, Hamas in the Gaza strip, and the Shiite government of Iraq led by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. These are Iran’s good friends but are also enemies of Israel. The great concern is that since President Obama is now talking with the Iranians—the U.S. will soften its stance toward Iran’s use of these proxies to cause Israel trouble.
Israel is increasingly worried about the situation in Iraq. With the Syrian civil war escalating and talks with Iran making headline news, we must not forget the weight of Iraq. The importance of Iraq cannot be overstated, if anything, its role in the Middle East has grown. Iraq is a Shiite-majority Arab state and is viewed by the Obama administration as a counter to the rising jihadist threat in Syria. But this Shiite dominated nation is a potential threat to Israel—something that Washington seems to under-appreciate.
Keep in mind that a new Iraqi civil war is not out of the question. The country is divided by 3 groups all contesting for power. The majority (60%-65%) of Iraqi Muslims are members of the Shi’a sect, (32-37%) are Sunni, made up of both Arabs and Kurds. Most Kurds are Sunni Muslim but differ from their Arab neighbors in language and customs. Over ten years after the capture of Saddam Hussein, Iraq is at risk of being engulfed by civil war once again as al-Qaeda reclaims vast tracts of the country. The death toll (Sunni Shia conflict) for 2013 surpassed 7,000.
Lebanon’s Sunni Threat
Israel’s enemy Hezbollah is currently distracted by the Sunni threat in Lebanon. This threat also concerns Israel.
The January 2nd explosion in Beirut’s southern suburbs — the fifth attack targeting Hezbollah’s interests since July — reveals a growing jihadist surge and intent to push Hezbollah aside, Sunnis are anti-Hezbollah—Hezbollah is greatest military power in Lebanon today. As retaliatory sectarian attacks between Sunni jihadists and Shiite militants loyal to Hezbollah escalate over the next year, Israel will be watching closely to see if Sunni (Al-Qaeda sympathetic) backed rebels emerge as a true threat to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
For now, much of the fighting you see in the Middle East is Muslim against Muslim. But in time the whole Muslim world will seek to unify its efforts to destroy Israel.
In the future Lebanon will be involved with other Arab nations in a push to destroy Israel. Read Psalm 83: 4,6-8–The prophecy reads, in part, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more…The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites (Arabs; Saudi Arabia); Moab (Jordan) and the Hagrites; Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia (Gaza strip) with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined with them; they have helped the children of Lot”.
Lebanon (Gebal) and Tyre play a prominent role in Psalm 83. Gebal was an important Phoenician port city “between Sidon and Arvad (see Josh. 13:5; 1 Kin. 5:18). It was called Byblos by the Greeks and Romans, and Gubla by the Assyrians and Babylonians.” The Phoenician city is today known as Jbail or Jubayl in Lebanon, 25 miles north of Beirut.
2014 promises to be a year of assassinations, war and blood feuds in the Middle East.