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Iran Stalling, Israel Angry...

Steven LeBlanc

The next talks with Iran over its nuclear program are scheduled to take place in Moscow on June 18th. David S. Cohen, a U.S. Treasury Department under secretary who oversees financial sanctions, told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that “there is no question we will continue to ratchet up the pressure.”

But Israel believes those negotiating with Iran are being too soft on the Iranians. In recent days Jerusalem has stepped up its criticism of the negotiation stance taken by the world powers – the US, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany.

Frustration is mounting inside Israel. Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman expanded on his frustration at the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Wednesday, stated it was “obvious to all that Iran is trying to hide proof of its nuclear program, but we can see proof in satellite photos.”

Israel continues to believe that Iran is using the talks with the West as a stalling mechanism; that Iran has no desire to change its nuclear plans. On the political front, it is believed that Israel will be patient through the summer, but Israel’s patience regarding the Iranian nuclear crisis is running thin. The big question continues to remain: Will Israel attack this fall? Ecclesiastes chapter 3 speaks of a time for everything. Israel’s time to do something about Iran may be just months away.

Who's first?

Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on the cover of Essence Magazine sporting a fashionable dress and a wide smile. The teaser title? “Why You Should Put Yourself First.”

This title is not uncommon today; in fact, it seems that everywhere you look, there are messages such as, “treat yourself!” or, “pamper yourself!” There is this idea that we must tell people to take care of themselves, otherwise they may just neglect themselves. But is this really the message we need to hear? Do we really need someone ELSE telling us that we should come first– before all others? After all, our loudest voice is the one urging us to take care of ourselves.

Certainly there are many people that are frayed, harried, tired, and frankly worn out. They are the single parents, the working poor, the caregivers. Some shoulder enormous burdens and do it without help from anyone else. But this is not because of a breakdown in their priorities–it is a breakdown of our social support- our friends and families that step in when times get rough.

When divorces destroy half of marriages, 40 people are murdered every day and $35 million dollars of merchandise is shoplifted per day in our country, we need not look too far to see the effects of our selfishness.

James 3:16– For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

2 Timothy 3:2–For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…

God also has something to say on this subject, and it is not a popular view for us inherently selfish beings:

Philippians 2:3-4–Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Shame on Our Leaders and Judges

Steven LeBlanc

President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden could not maintain their credibility with the leftist elite if they supported the biblical view that God ordained marriage as solely between a man and woman. The biblical view is ignored to please big money supporters from the gay community, and Hollywood celebrities.

Only six states have approved homosexual marriage, while 30 have imposed a constitutional ban. In North Carolina, a ban not only on same-sex marriage but also civil unions, though opposed by the President and former President Bill Clinton, recently received 61 percent of the vote. Clearly, at the State level, voters have rejected the Gay Marriage concept. But the fight by the Democratic Party on Gay Marriage is far from over. Gay Marriage advocates now see the road to victory is through the Courts.

In liberal California in 2008, Proposition 8, restricting marriage to men and women, won. But then, a homosexual California judge overturned the decision of California’s voters to ban gay marriage, and his ruling is now headed for the high court.

The New York Times, declaring that homosexuals’ right to marry is “too precious and too fragile to be left up to the whim of the states” is looking to the court as the champion to impose same-sex marriage on the nation.

It increasingly looks like the Supreme Court will tell us whether the matter will be decided democratically by voters and their elected officials, or by the Supreme court. Four liberal Judges on the Supreme Court — Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor — are most likely to declare that homosexual marriage is a constitutional right, as their predecessors declared abortion to be a constitutional right. The President needs one more justice to press his agenda of same-sex marriage. If elected in November, same-sex marriage will be thrust on this nation by the Supreme court.

The Apostle John warns in Revelation 22:18-19 that anyone who adds to, or subtracts from Scripture will not have their names written in the book of Life. Deuteronomy 4:1-2 warns us that tampering with God’s commands is not a trivial act. The consequences for minimizing the word of God are severe.

Many of our national leaders are going beyond minimizing the law of God, they are rejecting God completely and encouraging the nation to follow their arrogant decisions.

Israel's War Coalition

Steven LeBlanc

With the 45th anniversary of the Six-Day War of June 1967 coming on June 5th, the Israeli government is preparing for another war. War is not certain with Iran but it is likely considering the extreme threat Iran posses to Israel.

With its surprise attacks on June 5, 1967, Israel quickly defeated the armies of its Arab neighbors. It gained control of the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria.
The Sinai was returned to Egypt in 1979 as a result of the Camp David peace accord, a land-for-peace exchange that U.S. President Jimmy Carter insisted upon and that then-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin deeply regretted.

Israelis today face the greatest threat to their existence — apocalyptic mullahs publicly vowing to annihilate Israel. The world, including the administration in Washington, is again telling Israelis to do nothing as it looks to diplomacy for a magical answer to the impending crisis. But if such a way is not found — as in 1967 — Israelis know they will once again have to defend themselves, alone. Even America, Israel’s most faithful ally cannot be fully relied upon.

The decision to go to war demands a national consensus. By creating the largest coalition in nearly three decades, Prime Minister Netanyahu is establishing the political will for a pre-emptive strike, should it come to that. The new Israeli government commands an unheard of 94 Knesset seats out of 120, described by one Israeli columnist as a “hundred tons of solid concrete.”

America’s media machine has chosen to showcase domestic resistance to Netanyahu’s unbending will on Iran. Two notable retired intelligence figures were widely covered on American television for coming out against him. What the press ignored was that one had been passed over by Netanyahu to be the head of Mossad, while the other had been fired by Netanyahu as Mossad chief.

The centrist Kadima party in Israel is engaged in a Likud-led coalition with Netanyahu as the head. “Everyone is saying the same thing,” explained one Knesset member, “though there may be a difference of tone.” What they are saying is that war with Iran may be necessary. The solid wall coalition demonstrates Israel’s political readiness to attack, if necessary.

Those counseling Israeli submission, or just endless patience can no longer dismiss Israel’s electorate with a government now representing 78 percent of the country.

Today the state of Israel is surrounded by hostile nations that wish to bring its existence to an end. The Bible long ago foretold this would be the setting of end-time trouble (see Psalm 83:3-5). Should a fight commence the Arab street will back Iran.

Continue to keep an eye on the Middle East, and remember, Jesus Christ commanded all of us: “Take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth” (Luke 21:34-35).

Frenchmen and Greeks say NO to Germany

Trouble is brewing in the Eurozone. Voters in France and Greece sent an angry message to Germany on Sunday in a powerful backlash against the German-led cure for the region’s debt crisis: agonizing austerity.

A voter backlash to “German austerity” has brought down leaders in Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal and now France and Greece. In Europe, the rapidly changing political landscape is creating instability as the region struggles to end a debt crisis that has loomed over the global economy for three years.

In France, voters elected Francois Hollande into the nation’s highest office bringing the Socialists back to power for the first time in 17 years. France’s new president vowed to focus on economic growth, arguing that the emphasis on spending cuts has weighted down Europe with extreme unemployment.

Furious voters in Greece sent a message to traditional parties that they are seething over the government’s backing of a German-led austerity fix. There is a scramble going on in Greece to form a new government. If Greece falls out of the Euro zone it could send a panic throughout the financial markets…impacting the U.S. stock market.

One thing is for certain. Many nations resent Germany. But they must understand, it is Germany that is economically healthy. It is Germany that mostly provides the money to keep these nations from financial collapse. To some degree Europe will have to abide by German dictates or face even greater economic hardship.

Europe is a strange mix of ethnic groups, nations, languages and cultural approaches. Daniel the prophet describes the end-time superpower of a European beast as a mix of iron and clay…people who unite but only for a short time. Their differences are just too great to maintain unity for long:

“You looked, O king, and there before you stood a large statue-an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay (Daniel 2:31-33).

Steven LeBlanc

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