Israel Report Weekly - Saturday 02 October 2021
A Clear Distinction….
02 October 2021
The most important distinction that separates the Jewish/Christian Bible from every other book— is Prophecy. None of the man-made religions can predict the future, so they don’t.
Some 30% of the entire Bible is prophecy—some 2500 prophecies. Over 10,000 of the 31,102 verses in the Bible contain prophecy. So God certainly sees prophecy as vitally important!
“Behold, the former things have come to pass, now I declare new things; Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.” Isaiah. 42:9
But more importantly, 2,000 (80%) of those recorded Bible prophecies have already been fulfilled with 100% accuracy. And those prophetic fulfilments were not vague, but rather very specific.
Here are five samples:
The Bible predicted Jesus’ birth city, Bethlehem, 700 years before His birth (Micah 5:3).
The Bible predicted Jesus’ death by crucifixion before crucifixion was invented by the Romans. To be used as a cruel method of execution. (Zechariah. 12:10).
The Bible predicted a man named “Cyrus” would destroy Babylon, conquer Egypt and the rest of the known world, and let the Jewish exiles go free, 150 years before Cyrus was born (Is. 44:28, 45:1,13).
The Bible predicted the Jewish Messiah would be born of a virgin 735 years before Mary gave birth as a virgin (Is. 7:14).
The Bible predicted the Messiah would ride into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey 500 years before it happened (Zechariah. 9:9).
That's just five of the 2,000 fulfilled prophecies. And all are 100% accurate. Only God can predict and inform us of the future. The false religion’s inability to forecast the future shows that their ''gods'' are of no account.
The Bible even challenges other “gods” to put up or shut up:
Let them [false gods] bring forth and declare to us what is going to take place; As for the former events, declare what they were, that we may consider them and know their outcome. Or announce to us what is coming; (Isaiah. 41:22)
The supernatural aspect of Bible prophecy proves God Himself inspired every word of the Bible and we can trust all of it word for word.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; (2Timothy. 3:16)
Surely the Lord GOD does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7)
And so here we are today, studying Bible prophecy in light of world events, to understand the timing of the coming 7-year period of God’s wrath upon the earth. We know through the prophets Daniel and John, that it occurs just before the Lord returns to reign as King of the World for 1000 years.
But, thankfully, we also read in the prophetic writings that believers will not have to endure that time of God’s wrath. For God has not destined us for wrath, (1Thessalonians; 5:9)
With that kind of promise from God in mind, Paul then adds:…therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, (1Thessalonians 5:11)
This reflects what Paul wrote in his first letter to the church in Thessalonika when writing specifically about the coming “parousia” removing Christian believers from the earth.
Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1Thessalonians; 4:18)
Globally, as events become more and more insane and chaotic, as we watch the signs that we're close to the time of God’s wrath being unleashed upon the world, we are commanded to be found
encouraging and comforting one another.
Seeing signs that the prophesied day of God’s judgement is fast approaching should not shake our faith, but strengthen it and our resolve to reach the lost as time quickly runs out.
Rosh and Togarmah Meet…..
02 October 2021
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan travelled to the Russian Black Sea city of Sochi this week for his first in-person meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin since the start of this supposed pandemic.
During closed-door talks that lasted nearly three hours, the two leaders discussed bilateral cooperation, including on trade and defence, as well as regional issues such as Syria—where a fragile ceasefire brokered by their two countries in March 2020 has shown signs of unravelling over recent months.
As these two regional heavyweights navigate their thorny relationship, the implications of the meeting are profound:
The meeting in Sochi did not resolve Russian-Turkish differences over Syria, but did seem to prevent them from getting any worse.
For Putin, relations with Erdoğan have long amounted to a balancing act between opposing Turkish moves that threaten Russian interests in Syria, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Ukraine on the one hand and avoiding inducing Erdoğan to reverse his hostility toward America and Europe (which Putin wants to encourage) on the other.
Instead, this meeting seemed to indicate that Putin now sees the process of deteriorating relations between Ankara and the West as having progressed to such an extent that Moscow no longer needs to make any significant concessions to Turkey in Syria or elsewhere.
Indeed, Erdoğan’s determination to purchase more Russian S-400's—and perhaps other Russian weapons systems, despite the likely application of US sanctions as a result—has reduced Putin’s need to accommodate Turkish interests in Syria.
Now, the danger for Putin is that he might become overconfident in his belief that Erdoğan needs him more than he needs Erdoğan.
After all, Erdoğan is capable of harming Russian interests despite his estrangement from the West.
Two recent factors of Erdoğan doing so were Ankara’s support for the official government in Libya against the Russian-backed forces of General Khalifa Haftar, and its support for Azerbaijan in that country’s war against Armenia.
Stoking Erdoğan’s ego by meeting him—when Biden would not at this month’s UN General Assembly—is definitely worthwhile for Putin.
What was new in this meeting is the role of the United States.
The Idlib ceasefire resulted from US diplomacy supporting Turkey’s and Israel’s military actions in Syria, and keeping US troops there, to pressure Russia and Assad for a comprehensive compromise settlement of the conflict.
But the Biden administration, while supposedly still “reviewing” Syria policy, prioritises a minimalist approach focused on fighting the Islamic State and humanitarian assistance.
Russia appears to have a green light, as seen with the collapse of another ceasefire in Dara’a in the south-west, to pursue its goals no longer restrained by Washington.
The next weeks could see dramatic change in Syria—and not for the better.
We must always keep uppermost in our minds that Erdogan and Putin have an appointed destiny in the region sometime in the near future as outlined explicitly in Ezekiel 38 & 39 for the LATTER Days.
Sullivan Stresses Biden's Support for Two-State Solution in Sisi meeting……
02 October 2021
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan [pictured above], in talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and other officials, emphasised President Joe Biden’s support for a two-state solution between Israel and the Arab Palestinians, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.
Sullivan spoke of President Biden’s lifelong commitment to a two-state solution and the importance of tangible steps to improve the lives of Arab Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza while developing an atmosphere conducive to political talks, the official said.
Biden has persistently spoken of the importance of two states but has not put forward any peace process to achieve that outcome.
Biden reportedly rejected a request from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to meet last week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
Lapid Inaugurates Israeli Embassy in Bahrain…..
02 October 2021
Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif al Zayani opened Israel’s embassy in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, a year after the two countries agreed to normalize diplomatic relations, on September 30, 2021.
The embassy is located on the 29th floor of the Bahrain World Trade Centre.
Long-time diplomat Eitan Na’eh has been tapped to serve as the first Israeli ambassador to Bahrain, although his nomination has yet to be confirmed.
The Bahraini ambassador to Israel took up his position earlier this month.
According to Lapid, he and Zayani agreed that Bahrain will open an embassy in Israel by the end of the year.
Iran: ‘War with Israel has Already Begun’……..
01 October 2021
“The war with Israel has already started,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told Israel’s Maariv newspaper on Thursday. The Iranian was in Normandy where he also addressed the World Peace Forum.
“Israel has carried out attacks that were intended to destroy our nuclear program for peaceful purposes. It murdered nuclear scientists and harmed the Iranian people. Iran is accused of terrorism, but there is no good or bad terrorist. The whole crisis in the region is Israel’s fault,” Khatibzadeh said to Maariv.
The spokesman also accused Israel of doing everything it could to foil a nuclear agreement between Iran and the West while claiming the U.S. was deliberately withholding from Iran needed medicines.
Asked if a nuclear agreement would prevent Israel from launching an attack, Khatibzadeh said, “Israel has severely damaged our research and civilian system. There is talk of an Iranian nuclear threat, but Israel has hundreds of bombs, and it has never signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty.”
Iran recently held a provocative military exercise near its 430-mile border with Azerbaijan due to what Tehran called a “Zionist presence” there.
In his remarks to the Forum, however, Khatibzadeh, said that “the region is tired of wars. We must find a new approach to solving the problems according to UN resolutions. All parties must show political will for an arrangement.”
Can we possibly believe this? Tired of wars? That's their constant modus operandi!
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