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ISIS, the Nations and the End of the World –maybe it’s time to take the Bible seriously.

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I became a Christian in 1981 largely through the unexpected realization that the Bible was true. This realization in my life came through predictive Bible prophesy made vivid in the books of Hal Lindsey, mainly his book The Late Great Planet Earth, what the New York Times called the “no. 1 non-fiction bestseller of the decade.” (1970s). 

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Read here the Barnes & Noble Overview of the book:

The impact of The Late Great Planet Earth cannot be overstated. The New York Times called it the “no. 1 non-fiction bestseller of the decade.” For Christians and non-Christians of the 1970s, Hal Lindsey’s blockbuster served as a wake-up call on events soon to come and events already unfolding — all leading up to the greatest event of all: the return of Jesus Christ. The years since have confirmed Lindsey’s insights into what biblical prophecy says about the times we live in. Whether you’re a church-going believer or someone who wouldn’t darken the door of a Christian institution, the Bible has much to tell you about the imminent future of this planet. In the midst of an out-of-control generation, it reveals a grand design that’s unfolding exactly according to plan. The rebirth of Israel. The threat of war in the Middle East. An increase in natural catastrophes. The revival of Satanism and witchcraft. These and other signs, foreseen by prophets from Moses to Jesus, portend the coming of an antichrist . . . of a war which will bring humanity to the brink of destruction . . . and of incredible deliverance for a desperate, dying planet.

And here we are,  decades later. Has that scare gone away? Are the events Lindsey talked about no longer of interest? Can we go  on with our lives and no longer worry about such earth-shattering events and now concentrate our worry on Global Warming?

Well no … the events and players in and around Israel are still in play, and perhaps even more relevant than in the 1970s when Lindsey wrote.

Even a casual, uninformed and uninterested person must have at least a passing interest and knowledge of events in the Middle East … and this describes me in those many years ago in my Atheist past.

So let me bring you up to date on what some are saying here in the much more enlightened year of 2016.

The following article is by Greg Laurie from the January issue of Decision magazine:

ISIS, the Nations and the End of the World

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The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3 that in the last days, things will go from bad to worse. We could compare events in the last days to dominoes that are closely stacked together. Once the first domino goes, the others will fall in rapid succession.

That is how it will be with world events in the last days, beginning with the emergence of the Antichrist. Then there is the Tribulation period. Then there is the Battle of Armageddon. Then there is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Then there is the Millennium. These events are closely stacked together. And once the first one starts, the others will follow in rapid succession. Events in our world today are getting very close to that. I think I can safely say that we have never been closer to the return of Jesus than we are right now.

In October 2014, at the Aspen Institute’s Washington Ideas Forum, former U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was quoted as saying, “I think we are living through one of these historic, defining times. I think we are seeing a new world order.”

Hagel went on to say, “What we’re seeing in the Middle East with [ISIS] is going to require a steady, long-term effort. It’s going to require coalitions of common interests, which we are forming.”

We have shifting and change in global powers right now. A new world order will emerge. And I believe there are things happening right now that we have never seen before in human history. It is a reminder that Christ is coming.

Ezekiel 38 says that a large nation to the north of Israel’s newly established homeland, along with a number of allies, will invade Israel from every direction.

Get out a map of the world and find the little sliver of land in the Middle East known as Israel. Now look to Israel’s north. What do you find? You find Russia. Is Russia actually the force known as Magog, which the Bible says will march against Israel in the last days? No one can say with absolute certainty, but I think we can make a pretty good case for it.

Magog was the second son of Japheth (see Genesis 10:2), whose descendants, according to the Jewish historian Josephus, settled north of the Black Sea. The descendants of Tubal and Meshech, Japheth’s fifth and sixth sons, settled south of the Black Sea. These tribes intermarried and became known as Magog, settling to the north of Israel. In Ezekiel 39, God says, “I am your enemy, O Gog, ruler of the nations of Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around and drive you toward the mountains of Israel, bringing you from the distant north” (Ezekiel 39:1-2).

Then there are the allies that ultimately will march with Magog. In Ezekiel 38 God says to Gog, “Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya will join you, too, with all their weapons” (Ezekiel 38:5). Persia officially became known as Iran in 1935. In 1979, Iran became an Islamic republic.

If the Magog that Ezekiel is speaking of is indeed Russia, then it’s fascinating that Iran is identified as an ally of Magog’s. It is worth noting that for 2,500 years, Russia had no alliance with Persia (Iran). That is, until now. Today they are officially allies. An alliance prophesied 2,500 years ago has been formed now. It is indeed a sign of the times.

General Mohammad Naghdi, commander of Iran’s Basij forces, stated, “Our ideal is not [nuclear] centrifuges but the destruction of the White House and the annihilation of Zionism [Israel].”

Which brings us to ISIS. Initially dismissed as a junior varsity rebel group, they have proven to be a major player in terrorism. We were all horrified by the attack in Paris, where 130 people died. Now it has come to America’s doorstep. San Bernardino is now the site of the largest American terrorist attack since 9/11. Terrorists Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14, leaving another 21 wounded. Malik pledged her loyalty to ISIS on Facebook and ISIS has called the shooters “followers.” It appears that Malik radicalized Farook.

We have never faced a terrorist group like ISIS before. Sebastian Gorka, an expert on ISIS, works closely with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and the intelligence community. He proposes that ISIS is far more dangerous than Al Qaeda.

Among his findings are the fact that ISIS is the richest group of its type in human history, with enough cash to level about 1,600 terrorist acts equivalent to 9/11. He describes their ability to recruit as mind-boggling; they have recruited 19,000 foreign fighters in the last nine months. They do this largely through social media, radicalizing people online who have no digital footprint. These people are not necessarily being monitored by authorities. They do not have to be authorized by ISIS or anyone else. They get radicalized and they act. There are links to training videos that show them how to create acts of terrorism. They use encrypted technologies that hinder the ability of authorities to intercept and analyze information. This was not even possible until the last 10 years.

All of this is done with the objective of producing a global caliphate, or Islamic government.

Jesus told us to be aware of the signs of His return. And when those signs get closer together and bigger and brighter, we know that His coming is near. In fact, it seems as though every time we turn around, there is a new sign. That is what Jesus said it would be like before His return. These events will be happening closer and closer together, and we certainly are seeing that today.

As I see world events unfolding, I wonder if perhaps the Lord isn’t waiting for that last person to believe before He calls His church home. In fact, that person may be walking around on Earth somewhere today.

I believe the only hope for America is a nationwide revival.

Not convinced?
I can understand your reluctance and hesitance – even your welled up anger at some religious Jesus Freak  “trying to push his religion down my throat.” I’ve been there … I understand.

Don’t believe me … don’t believe Hal Lindsey … don’t believe Greg Laurie.

Do your own homework, your own research … don’t trust me … don’t go to church (yet) … read authors like Lindsey, Laurie and others and ask yourself perfectly reasonable questions:  “are these guys nuts?” “are these guys extremist religious weirdos … and how dangerous are they?”

Then check out what they are saying against history and current events.  Are they just liars out to make a buck on the gullible?

And finally … check out what they are saying against what’s actually written in the Bible. This may take some amount of courage … to actually open and read the Bible.

But ultimately what you do with it is totally up to you alone. You must decide for yourself what is truth in these matters.

This is not a matter of trying to win an argument.

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Don Johnson – February 2016

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Two Book Reports Part 2: 1944 – FDR and the Year That Changed History

http://www.amazon.com/1944-Year-That-Changed-History/dp/1439114080/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446670093&sr=8-1&keywords=1944+fdr+and+the+year+that+changed+history

Excerpt:

“Inside the camp, inside the low single-story buildings beyond the double rows of electrified barbed wire, the Soviet army found piles of shoes, more that could be counted, “shoes piled like pieces of coal” or “rising in a high mound like grain.” Some shoes had worn out soles and no laces; some had tumbled down off the high pile and had landed back on the floor. In one room, all the shoes were small, small enough to fit easily in a man’s hand. They were baby and toddler shoes; many pairs were evidentially the children’s first shoes. Along with the shoes, there were piles of human teeth, piles of hair and piles of eyeglasses with cracked lenses and broken or bent frames. Everywhere there were piles of things.  … “

A review:

“Winik . . . turns his attention to Franklin Delano Roosevelt in this fast-paced history of the year the world was at a crossroads. . . . 1944 is a bracing war story about an inspiring president who led the Allies to victory but missed opportunities to save countless lives.”
–Jane Ciabattari, BBC

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This book by Winik is sobering to the extreme. The history he tells of one of the greatest crimes in human history is depressing, but necessary to know and deal with – I say one of the greatest crimes because the Communist empire of the Soviet Union, China, Cambodia killed far more people than the German  Nazi regime, but that is left for another time and another essay. 

The Germans under Hitler came within months of totally annihilating all of the Jews in Europe – every man, woman and child of whatever age. That there were any left to emigrate to Palestine and create the new nation Israel was strictly a function of the war ending in the total defeat of Germany and its unconditional surrender. Even in its final death throws, the Germans were packing human beings by the tens-of-thousands into cattle cars and sending them to the gas chambers and crematoria of Auschwitz.

This history by Winik shows the exceptionalism of America, and also shows the necessity of a good America at a time when the light of  liberty was in extreme danger of being snuffed out – perhaps forever. All of Europe, except for Great Britain was conquered, and was under the demonic rule of Hitler and the Nazis – and Great Britain was under horrific siege as well. Hitler’s appetite was not quenched and he went after Russia as well.

Frightening times indeed.

This book is timely in light of the recent “agreement” with Iran which apparently gives Islam the green light to obtain nuclear weaponry and the missile ability to deliver those weapons – to Israel and elsewhere. For this reason, I believe this book should be a must read for all contenders for the US Presidency in 2016, as well as all concerned voters. The stakes are as high now as they were in the late 1930s to the end of World War II.  Hitler’s agenda was not ended in 1945 regarding the Jews … Hitler’s agenda is alive and well in Tehran and in the minds and hearts of the leaders of what is called radical Islam.

 

Don Johnson – November 2015

Peace in our time: or Complicity to Genocide — the nuclear deal with Iran

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Nazi Gas Chamber

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“Eisenhower ordered all available American troops to go and witness the horrors he’d just seen. He also forced German citizens and officials from nearby towns to do the same”

“He understood that there must be a record, first-hand evidence and incontrovertible answers to those who would deny the Holocaust.”

General Eisenhower was wise and correct in ordering American troops and German citizens to witness first hand the horror of the death camps let loose by the demonic Adolf Hitler and his NAZI henchmen. The final death toll of just the Jews alone was over 6,000,000 men women and children … and all of them non combatants in World War II.

When we look at the millennial long history of the persecution of the Jews beginning with what Moses described in his ancient writings we see a long standing  — and I have no hesitation in describing it as Satanic and Demonic — history of attempts to annihilate the Jew as a people and as a nation, and this includes modern Israel.

Read some of the things Moses had to say of the prophetic history of the Jews:

Dispersion — The Jews were warned repeatedly that they would be dispersed worldwide if they were not faithful to their covenant with God. Consider the words of Moses: “The Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other…” (Deuteronomy 28:64; see also Leviticus 26:33).

Persecution — The Lord also warned the Jews that they would be persecuted wherever they went. Again, the words of Moses are graphic in this regard: “And among those nations you shall find no rest, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot; but there the Lord will give you a trembling heart, failing of eyes, and despair of soul” (Deuteronomy 28:65).

Desolation — God promised that after their dispersion, their land would become “desolate” and their cities would become “waste” (Leviticus 26:33). Moses put it more graphically when he said, “the foreigner who comes from a distant land…will say, ‘All its land is brimstone and salt, a burning waste, unsown and unproductive, and no grass grows in it’” (Deuteronomy 29:22-23).

Preservation — But God in His marvelous grace promised He would preserve the Jews as a separate people during their worldwide wanderings. (See Isaiah 66:22; Jeremiah 30:11; 31:35-37.) Isaiah puts it in a colorful way. He says the Lord could no more forget Israel than a mother could forget her nursing child (Isaiah 49:15). He then adds that God cannot forget Israel because He has them tattooed on the palms of His hands! (Isaiah 49:16). –

Regathering — The Old Testament prophets promise repeatedly that the day will come when God will regather the Jews to Palestine (see Isaiah 11:10-12 and Ezekiel 36:22-28). This remarkable regathering of the Jews from the four corners of the earth has occurred in our life time. World War I prepared the land for the people as the control of Palestine was transferred from a nation that hated the Jews (the Turks) to a nation that was sympathetic to their return (Britain). The Holocaust of World War II prepared the people for the land by motivating them to return.

Nationhood — The prophets stated that when the people were regathered, the nation of Israel would be re-established. This occurred on May 14, 1948 (see Isaiah 66:7-8; Zechariah 12:3-6). This is the cornerstone prophetic event of our age. It is an event that prophetic scholars have pointed to for 400 years amid much scoffing and ridicule by those who did not believe that Israel would ever exist again as a nation.

Reclamation — God promised that with the re-establishment of the nation, the land would bloom again (Isaiah 35:1-7; Joel 2:21-26). As Ezekiel put it, people would one day exclaim: “This desolate land has become like the garden of Eden!” (Ezekiel 36:35). And that is exactly what people exclaim today when they visit Israel, for it is once again a land of milk and honey. Over 300 million trees have been planted in this century. Rainfall has increased 450 percent. The former malaria infested swamps have been converted into cultivated land. Water from the Sea of Galilee has been channeled to the deserts, causing them to bloom.

 Language — When the Jews were scattered worldwide in the first century, they ceased speaking the Hebrew language. The Jews who settled in Europe developed a language called Yiddish (a combination of Hebrew and German). The Jews in the Mediterranean basin mixed Hebrew with Spanish to produce a language called Ladino. The prophet Zephaniah implied a time would come when the Hebrew language would be revived (Zephaniah 3:9). It has been. Today the Israelis speak Biblical Hebrew. It is the only example in history of the resurrection of a dead language. The man God used to revive the language was Eliezer Ben Yehuda (1858-1922).

 Jerusalem — Jesus said that one of the surest signs of His imminent return would be the re-occupation of Jerusalem by the Jews (Luke 21:24). This occurred during the Six Day War in June 1967.

Military Strength — Zechariah prophesied that when the Jews were re-established in the land, their military strength would be overwhelming — like “a flaming torch among sheaves” — and that they would “consume” all the peoples around them (Zechariah 12:6). Need anything be said about the fulfillment of this prophecy?

Focal Point — Israel is always pictured as the focal point of world politics in the end times (Zechariah 12:3; 14:1-9). This has been true since the Arab oil boycott in 1973. The West suddenly realized its dependence on Arab oil and began to line up behind the Arab obsession to annihilate Israel.

Tribulation — God will put the Jewish people through an unparalleled period of tribulation (Deuteronomy 4:30), during which two-thirds of the Jews will perish (Zechariah 13:8-9). The purpose will be to soften the hearts of a remnant so that they will accept Jesus as their Messiah.

Salvation — A remnant of the Jews will “look upon Him whom they have pierced” and will accept Him as Lord and Savior (Zechariah 12:10; Romans 11:1-6,25-29). 3) Primacy — God will then regather all the believing Jews to Israel where they will be established as the prime nation in the world during the millennial reign of Jesus. (See Deuteronomy 28:1,13; 2 Samuel 7:9; Isaiah 60-62; Micah 4:1-7.)

And finally, consider this prophesy about the city of Damascus Syria:

“This message came to me concerning Damascus: ‘Look, Damascus will disappear! It will become a heap of ruins. The cities of Aroer will be deserted. Sheep will graze in the streets and lie down unafraid. There will be no one to chase them away. The fortified cities of Israel will also be destroyed, and the power of Damascus will end. The few left in Aram will share the fate of Israel’s departed glory,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Isaiah 17:1-3, NLT).

It is said that Damascus is the oldest continuously populated city in the world, and yet Isaiah seems to be saying that it will be totally destroyed … and that destruction will occur virtually overnight.

Moving to modern times, during World War II the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, the uncle of Yasser Arafat,  spent much time in Berlin plotting and planning how to exterminate the Jews then living in Palestine.

And consider the many wars of annihilation brought against the nation Israel beginning with the first such war at the very beginning of the new nation of Israel in 1948.

Given this unbroken record of attempted genocide against the Jews beginning thousands of years ago and continuing to modern times, now look at the direct threats of Annihilation of Israel and the Jews by Iranian leaders going back to the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

Is the so called “nuclear deal” agreed to recently yet another thinly veiled attempt at the annihilation of an entire people, the Jews, and the nation Israel?

Are Barak Obama, John Kerry and others in the Obama administration complicit in attempted genocide?

Are the other nations of the “5 + 1” China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States; plus Germany … complicit in attempted genocide?

Are the citizens of these nations – you and I — complicit in attempted genocide?

Since the leaders of these “5 + 1”nations represent the official position of these nations to the world, I would argue that you and I are complicit in attempted genocide.

Tough words ladies and gentlemen … and tougher times to come.

There may or may not be much we can do as individuals to change this possible and  probable future outcome, but as individuals we can get right before God by seeking Him and his grace.  I urge you to do so today.

The “nuclear deal” is a gamble. A gamble on the lives of millions of people, and a gamble on the very existence of a sovereign nation and ally … Israel.

What gives these leaders the right to gamble with such high stakes? And what gives these leaders the right to this gamble given that the dice appear to be heavily loaded in favor of those whose oft stated intent is to annihilate a nation and an entire people?

Are they naïve?  Are they incompetent? Are they misguided?

           .  .  .  or  .  .  .

Are they complicit and in fact allied with an enemy?

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The intent of Iran

References:

http://christinprophecy.org/articles/the-jews-in-prophecy/

http://www.raptureready.com/featured/gillette/Isaiah_17.html

http://hightimetoawake.com/isaiah-17-predicts-the-destruction-of-damascus/

 

Don Johnson – Sept 2015

 

Catastrophic Blunder

The Hal Lindsey Report

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Many years ago in 1981 I came out of a long marriage with Atheism. I’ve told of that story elsewhere and if you are interested, contact me here and I will tell you the story.

A major part of that story is the man pictured above – Hal Lindsey.  His books on Biblical Prophesy were the 2×4 that hit me upside the head and changed my life … indeed changed the lives of my family as well since had that not happened in my life, in all likelihood I would be looking at that family as a stranger looking in rather than being surrounded by them. Or drunk or dead — not looking at all.

Hal Lindsey is a man with credibility – credibility for what he has done in my life …  a man I respect and admire.

So I wondered about his reading on the just announced nuclear “deal” with Iran.

Here it is  … 


Catastrophic Blunder

The Bible contains many vivid descriptions of something that did not exist until the middle of the 20th century — thermonuclear war.  Led by the United States, the world just took a huge step toward that predicted nuclear apocalypse, the days of Antichrist, and “the time of Jacob’s trouble.”  The deal with Iran is that bad.
When I began to study Bible prophecy over 60 years ago, I saw signs even then that we were approaching the end of the age.  I knew that I might very well live to see days like this one — days when my own beloved country would help usher in and facilitate unthinkable evil.  But knowing in advance doesn’t mitigate the pain of seeing it before my own eyes.
Many of those who believe the P5+1 deal with Iran is a mistake, take solace in the fact that in the United States, the deal must pass Congress.  To keep the U.S. sanctions intact will require a supermajority voting to keep them.  Opponents of the deal have a chance to get enough votes to keep America’s sanctions in place.  But in the big picture, it probably matters very little.  Sanctions only work if they are done in concert with other nations, and I think this deal effectively ends Iranian sanctions for most nations.
Iran has a long history of simply disregarding parts of agreements that it doesn’t want to follow.  And the P5+1 nations have a history of ignoring such violations.  I don’t expect Iran to follow the agreement, but they’re getting an amazingly good deal.  It will allow them to have nuclear weapons whether they cheat or not.  If they follow the agreement, they can prepare for nuclear weapons production now, and start actually building their nuclear arsenal in just ten years.  And we must keep in mind that it is an arsenal we’re talking about, not just a single bomb.
President Barrack Obama today said, “We have stopped the spread of nuclear weapons in this region.”
I’m sure he hopes that’s true, and that his will be a legacy of peace.  But this agreement would only stop the spread of nuclear weapons in the region if it stops Iran, and if the other nations in that region believe that it will stop Iran.  But there’s nothing in this agreement to make them think that.  Their interpretation will be that, sometime in the near future, their aggressively antagonistic neighbor will become a nuclear power.  What are they going to do?  What can they do?
Even ten years is a blink of history’s eye.  The other nations of the region will see ten years as the outermost deadline for building their own nuclear arsenals.  Because they knew this was coming, several have already been at work on the project.  But the existence of an actual agreement will spur them on.
Sunni nations like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, the UAE, and Qatar feel threatened by Iran.  And it’s not just paranoia.  Iran has been exporting their Shia Muslim revolution for decades now, and it’s beginning to really take hold.  With Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and now Yemen largely under Iran’s control, Saudi Arabia is almost surrounded.
With President Bashar al-Assad now in Iran’s pocket, and Hezbollah dependant on them, Iran is already at Israel’s door.  In May, Haaretz reported, “As-Safir, known for its pro-Hezbollah stance, revealed that the terrorist group has large amounts of forces stationed near the Israel-Lebanon border, as well as numerous tunnels, bunkers and surveillance equipment, in addition to tens of thousands of rockets.”
Who built those tens of thousands of rockets, and gave them to Hezbollah?  IRAN.
Iran already partially controls the world’s two most vulnerable oil choke points — the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Aden.  When Iranian oil is suddenly dumped into the world marketplace, we can expect oil prices to drop dramatically.  But they already have the ability to choke off a huge part of the world’s oil supply if they choose.  In a few months, you may be driving with $2-a-gallon gas.  But in a few years, you may be taking out a second mortgage just to get a fill-up.
We need to see that the Iranian threat is not just to Israel, but to civilization itself across the globe.
The thermonuclear threat now looms large over the Middle East.  But we shouldn’t be surprised.  The Bible warned us.  Zechariah 14:12 gives one of the more memorable prophecies.  How would a person in the 6th century BC describe a nuclear blast’s effect on a human body?  Like this.  “Now this will be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth.”
The Great Tribulation is obviously close.  Christians can count on the LORD taking us out before the extreme trouble comes.   Since in the Bible’s timetable, the Rapture comes before that, we should be looking up with renewed expectancy.  We should be praying fervently, and witnessing with urgency.  We need to be busy doing those things that matter most.  We don’t have much time left.  Thank God that before nuclear weapons destroy Israel, the LORD will miraculously save Israel from destruction. 
That is promised by the LORD in these verses; Zechariah 12:7-15 and 13:8-9.  GOD KEEPS HIS WORD!

 

Zechariah 12:
The Lord will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not become greater than that of Judah.
8 In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them. 9 It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Mourning for the Pierced One

10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. 11 In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.[b] 12 And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; 13 the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves; 14 all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves.

Zechariah 13:
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And it shall come to pass in all the land,”
Says the Lord,
That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die,
But one–third shall be left in it:
9 I will bring the one–third through the fire,
Will refine them as silver is refined,
And test them as gold is tested.
They will call on My name,
And I will answer them.
I will say, ‘This is My people’;
And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”

 

Don Johnson – July 2015

 

Step aside Hillary — predictions

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Predictions:

  • Short Term:
    • Meet President John Neville Kerry  — most likely carrying along a Nobel. Having achieved the “deal”, Kerry is a shoo-in for the nomination as well as the general election.
      Too bad, because there are many good men and one good woman on the Republican side who will be swept aside.
    • We now hear Hillary claiming that she is the one that accomplished the “deal” – not enough as Kerry achieves his life long ambition.
  • Longer term:
    • Israel will be further isolated and without allies or friends – including the US
    • Iran will announce deliverable nuclear weapons capability.
    • Other regional nations will obtain nuclear deterrent capability.
    • War of annihilation against Israel – this time with the nuclear threat. The US will stand on the sidelines.
    • Israel will once more prevail in such a war of annihilation.
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  • Given the lessons of history:

Why … why do Obama and Kerry behave as if they are allies of Iran and an enemy of Israel? Could it be they are both?

Why … why are we gambling with the lives of so many … potentially in the millions as in WW-II … when Iran gets the bomb?


  • Psalm 83:O God, do not remain silent;
    do not turn a deaf ear,
    do not stand aloof, O God
    See how your enemies growl,
    how your foes rear their heads.
    With cunning they conspire against your people;
    they plot against those you cherish.
    “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation,
    so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.”
    With one mind they plot together;
    they form an alliance against you—
    the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
    of Moab and the Hagrites,
    Byblos, Ammon and Amalek,
    Philistia, with the people of Tyre.
    Even Assyria has joined them
    to reinforce Lot’s descendants.[b]
    Do to them as you did to Midian,
    as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
    who perished at Endor
    and became like dung on the ground.
    Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
    all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
    who said, “Let us take possession
    of the pasturelands of God.”
    Make them like tumbleweed, my God,
    like chaff before the wind.
    As fire consumes the forest
    or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,
    so pursue them with your tempest
    and terrify them with your storm.
    Cover their faces with shame, Lord,
    so that they will seek your name.
    May they ever be ashamed and dismayed;
    may they perish in disgrace.
    Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord—
    that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.
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    Much more at:  http://www.trackingbibleprophecy.com/middle_east_war.php

Isaiah 17: (emphasis mine)
The burden against Damascus.
“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
And it will be a ruinous heap.
2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken;[a]
They will be for flocks
Which lie down, and no one will make them afraid.
3 The fortress also will cease from Ephraim,
The kingdom from Damascus,
And the remnant of Syria;
They will be as the glory of the children of Israel,”
Says the Lord of hosts.

  • 4 “In that day it shall come to pass
    That the glory of Jacob will wane,
    And the fatness of his flesh grow lean.
    5 It shall be as when the harvester gathers the grain,
    And reaps the heads with his arm;
    It shall be as he who gathers heads of grain
    In the Valley of Rephaim.
    6 Yet gleaning grapes will be left in it,
    Like the shaking of an olive tree,
    Two or three olives at the top of the uppermost bough,
    Four or five in its most fruitful branches,”
    Says the Lord God of Israel.7 In that day a man will look to his Maker,
    And his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel.
    8 He will not look to the altars,
    The work of his hands;
    He will not respect what his fingers have made,
    Nor the wooden images[b] nor the incense altars.

    9 In that day his strong cities will be as a forsaken bough[c]
    And an uppermost branch,[d]
    Which they left because of the children of Israel;
    And there will be desolation.
    10 Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation,
    And have not been mindful of the Rock of your stronghold,
    Therefore you will plant pleasant plants
    And set out foreign seedlings;
    11 In the day you will make your plant to grow,
    And in the morning you will make your seed to flourish;
    But the harvest will be a heap of ruins
    In the day of grief and desperate sorrow.

    12 Woe to the multitude of many people
    Who make a noise like the roar of the seas,
    And to the rushing of nations
    That make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
    13 The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters;
    But God will rebuke them and they will flee far away,
    And be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind,
    Like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
    14 Then behold, at eventide, trouble!
    And before the morning, he is no more.
    This is the portion of those who plunder us,
    And the lot of those who rob us.

Don Johnson  — July 2015

"Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of war".

From Shakespeare:

“Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter’d with the hands of war;
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
And Caesar’s spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.”
… from Shakespeare’s  Julius Caesar

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Israel: Beware of Obama  From Michael Goodwin : New York Post March 22, 2015

First he comes for the banks and health care, uses the IRS to go after critics, politicizes the Justice Department, spies on journalists, tries to curb religious freedom, slashes the military, throws open the borders, doubles the debt and nationalizes the Internet.

He lies to the public, ignores the Constitution, inflames race relations and urges Latinos to punish Republican “enemies.” He abandons our ­allies, appeases tyrants, coddles ­adversaries and uses the Crusades as an excuse for inaction as Islamist terrorists slaughter their way across the Mideast.

Now he’s coming for Israel.

Barack Obama’s promise to transform America was too modest. He is transforming the whole world before our eyes. Do you see it yet?

Against the backdrop of the tsunami of trouble he has unleashed, Obama’s pledge to “reassess” America’s relationship with Israel cannot be taken lightly. Already paving the way for an Iranian nuke, he is hinting he’ll also let the other anti-Semites at Turtle Bay have their way. That could mean American support for punitive Security Council resolutions or for Palestinian statehood initiatives. It could mean both, or something worse.

Whatever form the punishment takes, it will aim to teach Bibi Netanyahu never again to upstage him. And to teach Israeli voters never again to elect somebody Obama doesn’t like.

Apologists and wishful thinkers, including some Jews, insist Obama real­izes that the special relationship between Israel and the United States must prevail and that allowing too much daylight between friends will encourage enemies.

Those people are slow learners, or, more dangerously, deny-ists.

If Obama’s six years in office teach us anything, it is that he is impervious to appeals to good sense. Quite the contrary. Even respectful suggestions from supporters that he behave in the traditions of American presidents fill him with angry determination to do it his way.

For Israel, the consequences will be intended. Those who make excuses for Obama’s policy failures — naive, bad advice, bad luck — have not come to grips with his dark impulses and deep-seated rage.

His visceral dislike for Netanyahu is genuine, but also serves as a convenient fig leaf for his visceral dislike of Israel. The fact that it’s personal with Netanyahu doesn’t explain six years of trying to bully Israelis into signing a suicide pact with Muslims bent on destroying them. Netanyahu’s only sin is that he puts his nation’s security first and refuses to knuckle ­under to Obama’s endless demands for unilateral concessions.

That refusal is now the excuse to act against Israel. Consider that, for all the upheaval around the world, the president rarely has a cross word for, let alone an open dispute with, any other foreign leader. He calls Great Britain’s David Cameron “bro” and praised Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Morsi, who had called Zionists, “the descendants of apes and pigs.”

Obama asked Vladimir Putin for patience, promising “more flexibility” after the 2012 election, a genuflection that earned him Russian aggression. His Asian pivot was a head fake, and China is exploiting the vacuum. None of those leaders has gotten the Netanyahu treatment, which included his being forced to use the White House back door on one trip, and the cold shoulder on another.

It is a clear and glaring double standard.

Most troubling is Obama’s bended-knee deference to Iran’s Supreme Leader, which has been repaid with “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” demonstrations in Tehran and expanded Iranian military action in other countries.

The courtship reached the height of absurdity last week, when Obama wished Iranians a happy Persian new year by equating Republican critics of his nuclear deal with the resistance of theocratic hard-liners, saying both “oppose a diplomatic solution.” That is a damnable slur given that a top American military official estimates that Iranian weapons, proxies and trainers killed 1,500 US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Who in their right mind would trust such an evil regime with a nuke?

Yet Netanyahu, the leader of our only reliable ally in the region, is ­repeatedly singled out for abuse. He alone is the target of an orchestrated attempt to defeat him at the polls, with Obama political operatives, funded in part by American taxpayers, working to elect his opponent.

They failed and Netanyahu prevailed because Israelis see him as their best bet to protect them. Their choice was wise, but they better buckle up because it’s Israel’s turn to face the wrath of Obama.

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From Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei –  Source: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2014/11/09/iran_s_khamenei_israel_must_be_annihilated.html

Iran’s Khamenei: No Cure for Barbaric Israel but Annihilation

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The Hamas Covenant  – Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamas_Covenant

The Hamas Covenant also known as Hamas Charter, refers to the Charter of the Hamas, issued on 18 August 1988, outlining the movement founding identity, stand, and aims.[1]

The Charter identified Hamas as the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine and declares its members to be Muslims who “fear God and raise the banner of Jihad in the face of the oppressors.” The charter states that “our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious” and calls for the eventual creation of an Islamic state in Palestine, in place of Israel and the Palestinian Territories,[2] and the obliteration or dissolution of Israel.[3][4] It emphasizes the importance of jihad stating in article 13, “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”[5] The charter also states that Hamas is humanistic, and tolerant of other religions as long as they “stop disputing the sovereignty of Islam in this region”.[6] The Charter adds that “renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion” of Islam.[1]  …

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The Times of Israel reports“ … erasing Israel off the map” is “nonnegotiable, … ”

The commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said that “erasing Israel off the map” is “nonnegotiable,” according to an Israel Radio report Tuesday. 

In 2014, Naqdi said Iran was stepping up efforts to arm West Bank Palestinians for battle against Israel, adding the move would lead to Israel’s annihilation, Iran’s Fars news agency reported.

“Arming the West Bank has started and weapons will be supplied to the people of this region,” Naqdi said.

“The Zionists should know that the next war won’t be confined to the present borders and the Mujahedeen will push them back,” he added. Naqdi claimed that much of Hamas’s arsenal, training and technical knowhow in the summer conflict with Israel was supplied by Iran.

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Some notable statements and actions of Obama on Israel

Obama calls for Israel’s return to pre-1967 borders – May 19, 2011 

These borders are referred to in Israel as the Auschwitz borders – referring of course to the infamous Nazi death camp where a good many of the 6,000,000 Jews of \Europe were gassed and burned – they are called the Auschwitz borders because Israelis realize that given a chance the surrounding nations would complete what Hitler started in his “Final Solution.”

I mark this May 2011  speech by the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, as the point in which the United States of America officially turned its back on the nation Israel. You may object that many Americans, including yourself and  many in Congress have not turned their backs on Israel … and you’d be correct – except that the President of the United States is the official and Constitutional face of American foreign policy to the world. You and I – like it or not – are now living in a nation that has abandoned and turned its back on a nation surrounded by mortal enemies sworn to its destruction.

I find this to be utterly repulsive! A previous American President, Harry Truman, was the first to recognize the new nation of Israel in 1948 … and, as I recall, within minutes – not hours or days, but within minutes of its declaration as a new nation.

Obama’s longtime association with the anti-Semitic Jeremiah Wright:

For nearly two decades, Barack Obama was a member of Rev. Jeremiah Wright‘s Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Obama described Wright as his “spiritual advisor,” his “mentor,” and “one of the greatest preachers in America.” Moreover, Obama contributed large sums of money to Wright’s church, and he chose Wright to perform his wedding ceremony and to baptize his two young daughters.
Wright has long been a vocal critic of Israel and Zionism, which he has blamed for inflicting “injustice and … racism” on the Palestinian people. According to Wright, Zionism contains an element of “white racism.” Likening Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to South Africa’s treatment of blacks during the apartheid era, Wright advocates divestment campaigns targeting companies that conduct any business in, or with, Israel. He has referred to Israel as a “dirty word,” asserting that “ethnic cleansing [by] the Zionist is a sin and a crime against humanity.”
On December 4, 2007, Wright was named as a member of the Obama presidential campaign’s newly created African American Religious Leadership Committee. But Wright was compelled to step down from the Committee three months later, after videotapes of his many hate-filled sermons ignited fierce public debate and criticism. For further information about Wright and his anti-Semitism, click here.

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Obama’s real record on Israel

President Obama has never visited Israel during his time in office, despite having been as close as thirty minutes away in Egypt, and managing to go to Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iraq.

President Obama told Jewish leaders in July 2009 that he was deliberately adopting a policy of putting daylight between America and Israel.

President Obama has legitimized the UN body most responsible for demonizing Israel as the world’s worst human rights violator.  The president joined the UN Human Rights Council in 2009 and is now seeking a second 3-year term, despite Israel’s requests that he do the opposite.  

President Obama made Israeli settlements the key stumbling block in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Starting in 2009 he chose to castigate Israel publicly, often, and in extreme terms at the General Assembly and the Security Council. The Palestinians took the president’s cue and ended direct negotiations until such time as Israel capitulates, even though the subject is supposed to be a final status issue.

President Obama treated Israel’s Prime Minister to a series of insulting snubs during his visit to the White House in March 2010.

President Obama cut a deal with Islamic states at a May 2010 meeting of parties to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, contrary to assurances given to Israel. He agreed to help convene a 2012 international conference intended to pivot attention towards disarming Israel and is currently negotiating the details of this diplomatic onslaught.
President Obama introduced in his September 2010 address to the General Assembly, a September 2011 timeline for full Palestinian statehood and membership in the UN, thus encouraging Palestinians to push the same unilateral move.  

President Obama suggested in May 2011 that Israel use the 1967 borders as a starting point for negotiations – knowing full well that Israel considers those borders to be indefensible, and that agreements require the border issue to be determined by the parties themselves.

President Obama created a “global counter-terrorism forum” in September 2011 and invited eleven Muslim states to join – on the grounds that they were “on the front lines in the struggle against terrorism.”  At the insistence of Turkey, he then denied entry to Israel.

President Obama told French President Nicolas Sarkozy in November 2011 – when he thought he was off-mike – that he regretted having to deal with Israel’s Prime Minister.

Obama: Yeah, This Iran Deal Doesn’t Actually Stop The Regime From Getting a Bomb  “What is a more relevant fear would be that in Year 13, 14, 15, they have advanced centrifuges that enrich uranium fairly rapidly, and at that point, the breakout times would have shrunk almost down to zero,” Obama said.

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Some things the Bible says about Israel and Surrounding nations in what is called the “Times of the End.”

“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:3 – speaking of Israel

There will be a mass return of Jews to the land of Israel (Deuteronomy 30:3; Isaiah 43:6; Ezekiel 34:11-13; 36:24; 37:1-14).

“ …  then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have mercy on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you. … “ Deuteronomy 30:3

“ … I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar

and my daughters from the end of the earth, … “ Isaiah 43:6

“For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country.  … “ Ezekiel 34:11-13

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley;  it was full of bones. 2 And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8 And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me,i“Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14 And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.”  Ezekiel 37:1-14

Red is Israel Green is Islamic nations

Zechariah 12:3
And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces although all nations of the earth are gathered against it.

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So yes … the dogs of war are being loosed yet once again. 

Barak Obama may not be one of those dogs, but he is certainly stepping up to the task of loosing those dogs … and the United States as it stands right now is one of those “nations of the earth gathering against it [Israel]”

 

Don Johnson – April 2015

What Possible Harm Could Come From Iran Having Nuclear Weapons.

EDITED – April 4, 2015

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                                                       Auschwitz –  click on the picture above

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                             Dachau death camp

This quote is from the article in The Washington Times:

“Eisenhower ordered all available American troops to go and witness the horrors he’d just seen. He also forced German citizens and officials from nearby towns to do the same,” Mr. Boehner said in the letter.

“He understood that there must be a record, first-hand evidence and incontrovertible answers to those who would deny the Holocaust.”

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And more ….
https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/new-documentary-film-shows-16-photographs-from-the-ordruff-camp-liberated-by-american-soldiers-on-april-4-1945/

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Gen. Eisenhower was worried that future generations would not believe the horror that American soldiers had seen at Ohrdruf. Civilians in the town of Ohrdruf, who had nothing to do with the camp, were ordered to enter the lice-infested barracks to view the dead bodies. After their forced visit, the mayor of the town and his wife went home — and killed themselves!

Notice in the first photo that some of the bodies appear to be partially burned.  The Germans burned the bodies in an effort to stop the typhus epidemic; they had no DDT nor vaccine to prevent the epidemic.  Did Gen. Eisenhower order that all the civilians in the nearby town should be vaccinated?  No, of course not.  He was only concerned with spreading propaganda that would cause future generations to hate the Germans for all time.  How many of those civilians got typhus as a result of being exposed to this disease without being vaccinated?

And within the past few days and weeks …

Iranian Commander: ‘Erasing Israel Off the Map’ Is ‘Non-Negotiable’

Arab TV: Reports on Jews Using Children’s Blood for Passover Matzos

State Department rejects call for Iran deal to affirm Israel’s ‘right to exist’

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I have to ask the questions: Where do Barak Obama’s allegiances  truly lie? Is he in aggrement with the Arabs and Iranians that Erasing Israel Off the Map’ Is ‘Non-Negotiable’?

Giving Iran 10 more years to develop deliverable nuclear weapons, as this agreement apparently does, also gives Iran 10 years to further develop it’s conventional forces such that future military options are de-facto taken off the table, especially since US military strength and will is being eroded … and further future US buildup may not be possible because of the $20+ trillion national debt.

At some time in the future will another General Eisenhower force Americans to cast their eyes upon the similar scenes  as shown above?

In a 2009 conversation with a long time friend – a life long Democrat – I expressed my fear of this man Barak Obama. That fear continues to be rational, realized and justified.

Don Johnson – April 2015