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Dangerous Illusion-Iran's New President

Steven LeBlanc

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the international community should not be swayed to soften sanctions on Iran because “moderate” cleric Hassan Rouhani won the Presidential election. Rouhani appeals to the West because he is seen as a more reasonable man—a man the West can talk to. The hope is that now Iran may be more receptive to negotiations over its nuclear program. Israel is not taken with this illusion.

The danger for Israel is that Rouhani will take a more quiet and calculating strategy with the West. Netanyahu is saying Rouhani is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

We continue to watch the international response to the Iranian threat, always keeping in mind that the bigger picture shows the Middle East and Israel being invaded by a European-based power described by Daniel as the king of the North (Daniel 11:40-41). Zechariah describes a vicious attack on Jerusalem will eventually take place, with half the city going into captivity (Zechariah 14:1-3).

“Listen to your heart”...Is Dangerous

Is God’s word the center of all you do? “My son, give attention to my words; keep them in the midst of your heart” ( Proverbs 4:20). The human heart is a vital organ that sustains life within our bodies. The left ventricle of our heart is larger than the right. It has to pump oxygenated blood throughout the body and therefore needs more room to do so. The right ventricle pumps blood to the closely placed lungs which is then oxygenated and pumped back to the heart so the left ventricle can do its job. It is because of these vital functions that the heart is still referred to as the center of the body, though it is not exactly centrally placed. Since God is our creator, He uses this example of the heart to parallel the utmost importance of having His word at the center of ourselves.

Gods’ word should be the center of everything we do. Unfortunately, Gods word is not found in the midst of many. In November of 1989 the number one song in this nation was entitled “Listen to your heart”. 24 years later our nation is still listening to their hearts. These hearts, without Gods word, are the same ones He tells us are “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9)

Each year about 2.4 million marriages begin in the United States. Within the same amount of time, one short year, about 1.2 million people end their marriage with divorce. It is safe to say that the better part of those 1.2 million people were “following their heart” to what they hoped would be a happy life. People often then file for divorce touting ridiculous popular mantras such as “do what feels right”, “you have to do what makes you happy” and, again, “listen to your heart”. We as a people have forgotten the benefit of keeping Gods word at the center of our decisions. Galatians 5:22 lists longsuffering as one of the wonderful fruits of Gods precious spirit. To work on the marriage and put all efforts in to making it better through Gods advice escapes people. This is sad evidence of a great lack of longsuffering. Instead of listening to God, we as a people listen to these modern advisors. Nowhere in God’s word will you find those easy exits.

“As in water face reflects face, so a mans heart reveals the man” (Prov. 27:19). In Genesis 27 we find Esau stewing over the difference in blessings given to himself and his brother. He allows evil, angry thoughts to take root in his heart. Verse 41 “Esau said in his heart, the days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob” Here is a perfect example of letting an angry heart lead instead of Gods word. God word tells us to “be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” (James 1:19) Also, Exodus 20 lists “though shalt not murder as 1 of only 10 simple straight forward commandments directly from God. Esau is choosing to listen to his heart instead of listening to God.

“Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes” (Duet. 11:18)– God wants us to have His word firmly planted in our hearts. He advises us to do so because He knows if we do not totally commit our hearts in this way, we will be led to sin indefinitely. The word commit is defined as “pledging oneself to a position on an issue “. In Numbers 30:1-2 Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the people of Israel, saying, “This is what the Lord has commanded. If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth. This is not to be confused with another modern saying we hear so often, “give your heart to Jesus”. Many people use that saying as an event of temporary (shallow) commitment. Our commitment or pledge to follow God is not a onetime event. It is a constant, mindful effort that we choose to make each day. To consider it anything less, is disrespectful.

As our perfect advisor, God, has instructions for us to follow at all times. It is up to us to make the commitment, pledge to follow Him at all times. His word must be the central place from which we draw all advice. Luke 12:34” For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Crucial Iranian elections: June 14th

Steven LeBlanc

I am watching closely developments in Iran concerning the presidential elections that take place on Friday, June 14th. There is serious infighting among the regime’s rival factions; this election is already shaped by threats, fear and great uncertainty.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is not as powerful as he once was. The reality is that the regime’s rank and file are no longer a consistent group all on the “same page”, and since the chaos of the 2009 elections, many leaders in Iran have lost faith in Khamenei’s leadership as the unquestioned authority figure of Iran. A common slogan seen in graffiti throughout Iran is “my vote is for the overthrow” of the regime.

I continue to keep in mind what we are told in the book of Daniel, that God often removes and sets up leaders according to His purpose and insights: Daniel 2:21– He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings…

The favorite to win is hard-line presidential candidate Saeed Jalili (see photo above) – Iran’s top nuclear negotiator – but Iranian elections are so unpredictable it is impossible to know the winner in advance. Jalili, 47, has the support of ultraconservative cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi, who previously mentored Ahmadinejad. Jalili is not about to apologize for Iran’s nuclear program goals. Hardliners see the nuclear program as a sign of national pride and any concession to America and Europe as a slap in the face to Iran’s sovereign rights.

The Iranian president does not have a direct say in major policies such as the country’s foreign policy decisions; the country’s most important decisions are in the hands of the ruling clerics and the powerful Revolutionary Guard. The presidency, however, can help influence the man on the street. The president also directs the economy, which plays an increasingly important role as international sanctions stab deeper because of Iran’s nuclear program.

Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu said that the presidential elections in Iran will have no impact on Iran’s continued advance toward nuclear weapons, or its arming of Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

On the nuclear front…10 rounds of negotiations in the last 17 months have failed to achieve any breakthrough. The West accuses Iran of stonewalling. Amano, a veteran Japanese diplomat, remarked, “To be frank, for some time now we have been going around in circles,”

It has been stated that if Iran got nuclear weapons, most of the Arab world would tremble, not celebrate. The question remains will America and Israel stop Iran?

Iran is also moving toward a possible confrontation with the West and most of the Arab world over Syria. Tehran is backing its proxy, the Syrian government, against major opposition from Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan and Qatar.

We will analyze Iranian election results next week.

Germany's Important Role; Past & Present

Steven LeBlanc

I wanted to share with you a perceptive quotation from a new book I have been reading. It highlights the importance of Germany in world history and future history. Take note:

[Germany] was the most important front against Islam: the Turks penetrated twice as far as Vienna. It was also the fulcrum of the battle between Catholic and Protestant, which culminated in the Thirty Years War and continued to roil relations within and between states for a long time after. Germany was the birthplace of Marxism and home to the most powerful socialist party before the First World War. It was Germany which produced Nazism. Finally, the clash between communist dictatorship and democracy was nowhere stronger than in Germany, and particularly in Berlin, which took on a crucial symbolic importance as a divided former capital, in a divided Germany, in a divided Europe, in a divided world. The Cold War started and ended there. Today, the question of whether Europe will go forward into a closer union or will remain a confederation of nation states will primarily be decided in and by Germany. Simms, Brendan (2013-04-30). Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, from 1453 to the Present (Kindle Locations 10849-10857). Kindle Edition.

Adolf Hitler understood the momentous position of Germany in the world:

Whoever controls Europe will thereby seize the leadership of the world. It must therefore remain the objective of our struggle to create a unified Europe, but Europe can only be given a coherent structure through Germany. Adolf Hitler, 1943.

The Bible states that God will use the end-time German-led Beast power as a “rod” to punish the United States, Britain, and much of northwestern Europe. God labels this end-time catastrophe that falls upon the lost ten tribes of Israel (especially America and Britain) as “the time of Jacob’s trouble”: “Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it” (Jeremiah 30:7).

It is so very important that you watch Germany!

Just before the nations of the world destroy one another in a massive convulsion of war, Christ will return to save mankind from self-annihilation. In Revelation 17:14, we see that at Christ’s return there is a total destruction of the European Beast power. Notice in Isaiah 14:25 what happens to this European Dictator at Christ’s return:

“I will break the Assyrian (European Dictator) in My land (remember, the king of the
North, will eventually move his headquarters to Jerusalem) and on My mountains tread him underfoot. Then his yoke (the yoke of slavery that he inflicts on Israel and Judah) shall be removed from them, and his burden removed from their shoulders.”

Germany is not yet a military threat yet, but in the years ahead of us that will change. Our goal is to help you appreciate the role Germany will play in the end time.

The Danger of Legalizing Marijuana

Increasingly, we hear of areas of the United States that are turning to decriminalization of marijuana in an attempt to cut costs associated with law enforcement. Proponents claim that the money spent in the justice system is much greater than the cost of providing treatment to the addicts who currently need it, and that marijuana is not as much of a threat to public health and safety as other illegal drugs.

The clear truth is that these arguments have not held up in other countries that have decriminalized drugs, and is refuted by studies showing the dangers of these substances. Far from the harmless recreational perception that many have of marijuana, marijuana use has been shown to be highly carcinogenic, and damages both physical and mental health.

Legalizing drugs (such as marijuana) does not decrease prevalence of use. There are many examples in other countries that legalizing drugs such as marijuana does not decrease crime, and in the Netherlands, where its use is legal, the crime rate has increased dramatically since 1981. One study estimates that 80% of the property crime in a particular city is perpetuated by the 7,000 addicts in that city.

Legalizing Marijuana and other drugs only leads to more addicts and more crime—study after study supports this conclusion. Numerous studies back up what our Creator told us so many years ago, regarding drunkenness—a type of substance abuse:

“Woe to those who rise early in the morning, That they may follow intoxicating drink;
Who continue until night, till wine inflames them! The harp and the strings, The tambourine and flute, And wine are in their feasts; But they do not regard the work of the Lord, Nor consider the operation of His hands. Therefore my people have gone into captivity, Because they have no knowledge…” -Isaiah 5:11-13

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