Dec 18, 2017

The World’s Burden Over Jerusalem

It can be a very difficult task to be a member of the anti-Israel alliance. When Donald Trump announced that he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move our embassy, the news media were stumbling over themselves trying to explain why this was such a terrible idea.

Jerusalem has Jews’ roots that go back 3,000 years. It has been their capital since the nation was founded. The Palestinians have no historic limit to the city, and their name is just as bogus. The name Palestine was created by the Romans to mock the removal of the Jews from their land.

The news media’s first response was that this was Trump being Trump. Because he is constantly portrayed as an ignorant man, this decision, they say, has been just another one of his many blunders. Never mind the fact that every President since Ronald Reagan has stated that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush made campaign pledges to move the embassy during their administration. Obama was the most anti-Israel US President in living memory and yet he stated in a 2008 campaign speech, “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”

It’s interesting that previous Presidents are never called out for their failed promises on Jerusalem. The press always defaults to the need to recognize the complexities of the Arab/Israeli conflict. There is a point where the denial of reality reaches into the absurd. The Obama administration took a case all the way to the Supreme Court to block American citizens born in Jerusalem from listing Israel as their place of birth.

Another objection to Trump’s action is it will violate his campaign promise not to get the U.S. into “stupid wars.” By simply naming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Trump has somehow destabilized the entire Middle East? Critics said the decision was like tossing a hand grenade into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and warned it would light the Palestinian streets on fire. I see the reason why we should worry about upsetting the most unproductive people on the planet. If rioting in the streets of Gaza, that gives them less time to dig tunnels and built rockets.

The press also attacked the recognition of Jerusalem by saying it was just Trump fulfilling a promise he made to his voter base. Several news outlets have blamed evangelical Christians for advancing a pre-tribulationalism agenda. The news organizations have widely quoted Diana Butler Bass, an ultra-liberal, religious-studies Ph.D. at Duke University. She said that we’re only interested in Bible prophecy – the bad kind – and that we want to bring about the Battle of Armageddon, the return of Jesus Christ, and vanquish all God’s enemies.

The invasion of Israel is not going to be led by Christian armies. The Gog War is going to be manned by Arab nations. If Diana Bass believes in the Word of God, she should call out Turkey and Iran as the source of future conflicts. She doesn’t believe the prophecies of the Bible, because they are at odds with her one-world view.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a strange fixation with Israel. Erdogan, who regards himself a champion of the Palestinian cause, labeled Israel as a “terrorist state” and called for a strong reaction to the move by Trump. Erdogan, whose country holds the rotating chairmanship of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), will likely try to muster a tough statement. Because Muslim nations are heavily divided right now and unwilling to jeopardize the relationship with Washington, Erdogan can at best expect the issuance of a “boilerplate condemnation.”

Iran is very vocal about its desire to destroy Israel. In its response to Trump’s move, Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander, Qassem Soleimani, said his nation is ready to support Palestinian forces in the Gaza Strip. He also said other forces in the region are ready to defend the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The mosque is Islam’s third-holiest shrine and a frequent flashpoint for tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.

Donald Trump and Bible prophecy believers are not the problem here. The end-time wars are going to be caused by people who side with the Arabs in saying they have ownership of Jerusalem. A conflict most frequently erupts when people fail to realize the dangers they are creating. We are at the most dangerous point, because no reporter or politician is mindful of what God promised what would happen to those who challenge His people’s ownership of His Holy City.

“The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zech 12: 1-3).

–Todd


Trump Prophetically Enlightened?

Presidents of the recent past have made statements that I recall as having Bible prophecy in view. I haven’t researched to find these statements in their exact verbiage, but they were made and could be rather easily found with today’s search engines.

I remember that Jimmy Carter referred to the Holy Land as having biblical and historical importance according to Israel’s prophets. Ronald Reagan sometimes would refer to the Second Coming of Christ and the reality of Armageddon. Bill Clinton once said that his pastor, Dr. W. O. Vaught, told him when Clinton was governor of Arkansas that if Bill ever became president, he had better treat Israel according to Genesis 12. –This, regarding the blessings or cursing to be given by the Lord, Himself, depending upon whether one blessed or cursed Israel.

President Donald Trump, in talking about his decision declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital, and announcing he will move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, said something of profound significance, in my view. He announced a number of important reasons for his decision. Then he said: “…It is reality, And, its the right thing to do.”

One must wonder how much of this president’s declaring Israel’s eternal capital and moving the embassy there is based upon true understanding of why it’s “the right thing to do.”

A considerable amount of the criticism I’ve heard about Trump’s decision comes from a specific, leftist diatribe. These say it’s the crazy evangelical Zionists who base Israel’s right to the land they “occupy” upon the Bible. The word “Bible” is dripping with vitriol, even when read rather than heard. It’s like they are saying”…the Bible!…Ugh!”

Trump is listening to the Bible thumpers and doing it for their votes. That is the rant. Yet, the following Bible truth is exactly what makes Mr. Trump’s decision to declare Israel’s capital Jerusalem and move the American Embassy there the “right thing to do.”

Jerusalem, is, in fact, chosen by the Lord of Heaven to be at the center of His chosen land for His chosen people:

But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel. Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. But the LORD said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart: Notwithstanding thou shalt not build the house; but thy son which shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for my name. The LORD therefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken: for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and am set on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. And in it have I put the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD, that he made with the children of Israel. (2 Chronicles 6:6-11)

Almost every leader on the world stage at present is against the decision. Even our closest allies, like British Prime Minister Theresa May, are adamantly against the declaration and the move. Yet this president is unmoved. He seems determined to carry out the promise that presidents preceding him didn’t have the political will or courage to honor. –That of proving America’s commitment to declaring Jerusalem Israel’s capital by moving the embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Trump is one who has proven that he keeps promises, even bucking the heavy resistance of opposition from outside his own political party and from within. He forges ahead, despite the world’s opposition to this decision. He doesn’t wither under the fire of the fanaticism of the Islamic world that rages with hatred for Israel.

It is not possible for me to know for certain, but I strongly suspect that Christian counsel from people such as Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, have made it known to the president the truth about Israel from God’s perspective. Thankfully, Mr. Trump has wisely listened to such counsel, it appears. America stands in much better stead with the Almighty with this fulfilled, presidential promise.

–Terry

Dec 11, 2017

The Justice System in America is Falling Apart

The failure of the San Francisco jury to convict the killer of Kate Steinle was one more major indication that the Justice system in America is in meltdown mode. There never was any doubt that Jose Inez Garcia Zarate had caused the death of Steinle. The question the jury had to resolve was if it was first or second-degree murder.

The jury found Zarate not guilty because San Francisco is a sanctuary city, and they obviously wanted to send a signal to President Trump that immigrants are welcomed into their community. It didn’t matter that he had been deported five times from America and would have been kicked out a 6th time, if the city had not released him against the wishes of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement federal agency.

The public defender wasted no time in focusing his thoughts on President Trump and his administration…saying Zarate was “extremely relieved” by the outcome and that while Steinle’s death “was a horrible tragedy,” it was used as “political fodder for then candidate Donald Trump’s anti-immigration agenda.”

He added the case “was used to foment hate” and “to catapult a presidency” and “Today was a vindication for the rights of immigration.”

What I find the most irritating about this case is my intelligence, by insulting it on the lowest level. The left argued that Mr. Zarate found the gun, and then it exploded in his hand when he picked it up; and the reason why he threw the gun into the bay is because he was confused.

The weapon had been stolen out of a police car, most likely by Zarate. He was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. What made him a felon is all the times he was caught illegally re-entering the US. It is pure lunacy to have someone be able to break the law six times without suffering major consequences. Since Zarate has been in jail for two years on the murder charge, he will mostly get credit for time served.

A friend gave me another example of how the liberal agenda is destroying the legal system. She said her son was on jury where he had to help decide the fate of a man who had killed several members of his family. There was overwhelming evidence that the accused had committed the murder. He had admitted to the crimes. The choice of the jury would seem to be between the death penalty and life in prison.

One of the 12 jurors had a very liberal background, and she had in her mind that it was unfair to convict someone of any crime. All the other jurors had voted for the death penalty. Since the court system in that state requires all juries to agree 100 percent on a sentence involving the death penalty, she was set to force the judge to declare a mistrial. My friend’s son on the jury told the holdout that if a new trial is ordered, the new jury will most likely convict the man of first degree murder. So he convinced her to go with a sentence of life in prison; which all 12 jurors agreed to.

Last week, The President received a rare victory in the legal system when the Supreme Court gave the go-ahead on his temporary travel ban. There should have never been a need for a ruling by the nation’s court. These lower-court judges that have been ganging up to cripple the executive branch are acting with power that is outside their jurisdiction.

By law, Trump has the authority to “ban by proclamation” any group he deems dangerous to any aspect of the nation. The law clearly states:

“Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

It is insane for some judge in Hawaii to determine that he has more power than Congress and the President of the U.S. These illegal rulings are allowed to stand because the Democrats and the liberal media are able to outmaneuver those who should know the U.S. Constitution.

The biggest travesty of justice we’ve got going on in America is the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. I think it was very foolish for the Attorney General Jefferson Sessions to step aside and allow for the obviously biased deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein not to give Mueller and his staff of leftist goons their marching orders.

There has been no indication that the Russians influenced the election to help the Republicans. Since Mueller has an open mandate to look for criminal activity he finds, he has been able to ensnare Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. What got Flynn into trouble is that he lied to the FBI about a “legal” meeting he had with Russian officials. Mueller drained Flynn of financial resources and he threatened to go after his son. The purpose of breaking Flynn is so that he can be used to go after their main target, Donald J. Trump.

There is no doubt in my mind that we are headed towards a point where Mueller will use some perceived infraction to take down the President. The key reason why I believe we are headed for lawlessness is because most people don’t love the truth enough to take action.

“Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12).

–Todd


Drunken World about to Sip

To my way of thinking, things going on at present regarding Israel are most significant in light of Bible prophecy. Intrigues involving the status of Jerusalem are profound beyond any entered into in recent times. A strange setting of the prophetic stage is in process, with Saudi and Israel engaging in unprecedented overtures to each other. A key prophetic player is the chief cause of the strange bedfellows climbing between the geopolitical, diplomatic sheets. We get a flavor of  the Bible prophecy stage-setting from the following news excerpt.

Imagine an Israeli taking a direct flight on El Al airlines to Riyadh, or the House of Saud establishing an embassy in Jerusalem. Previously unthinkable, rumors abound of a desire by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) to normalize ties between the two countries…

Israel’s relationship with the Saudis appears to be warming, with the countries allied in the struggle against a common enemy, Iran…

There are a number of reasons Riyadh and Jerusalem may be cozying up, outside of the desire to stop Iran’s expansionism. Both countries agree, for example, that the “Arab Spring” revolutions were destabilizing and unleashed dangerous forces. They likewise believe that a reduction in American influence in the Middle East left a power vacuum that risks being filled by enemies. (Inside the Prospective Israel-Saudi Arabia Rapprochement, Israel News, Jerusalem Post, By Ian May/ The Media Line)

Many prophetic observers–including yours truly–believe that Sheba and Dedan of Ezekiel 38:13 likely refers to the area possessed by present-day Saudi and surrounding territory. These will not be part of the Gog-Magog assault against Israel given by the prophet Ezekiel.

Instead they will apparently stand on the sideline and issue a note of diplomatic protest, along with others. Certainly recent developments, with Iran (ancient Persia) being the chief nemesis of both Israel and Saudi, have the Jews and Arabs coming together. They are doing so, at least, in their desire to promote their common defense.

At the same time, the Arab/Muslim world as a conglomerate body is making sounds of war. The reason: the rumors that American President Donald J. Trump will move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Another news excerpt frames the situation.

The Trump administration has notified U.S. embassies around the world that it plans to formally recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel, according to a report published Thursday by The Wall Street Journal. The plan includes the future relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

According to the report, the plan has not been finalized, but envoys were being notified so that they can inform their host governments and prepare for possible protests…

“The president has always said it is a matter of when, not if, [the embassy will relocate to Jerusalem],” a White House spokesperson said. (White House Notifies US Embassies Around the World of Plan to Recognize Jerusalem as Capital of Israel, The Jewish Press, JewishPress.com, Hana Levi Julian, December 1, 2017, JewishPress.com)

It seems to this observer that we are about to witness the world’s geopolitical players take a sip from that cup prophesied by Zechariah:

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. (Zechariah 12:3)

Giving Jerusalem validation as the rightful capital of Israel is a thing that should be done. The president is right to do so, if he does move the American embassy to God’s touchstone city of the world.

But, doing so would almost without a doubt bring consequences–consequences which no American president has been willing to risk since Congress declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel with The Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act of 1995.

God said He will, Himself, make Jerusalem a cup of trembling  to those who deal treacherously with His chosen city and people. The world today is drunk with hatred for God and for the nation of Israel. Perhaps it is this American president who is chosen to be God’s instrument for leading the world to take a sip from that prophesied, deadly, cup.

–Terry