Category: Israel

Jan 04

Seal From First Temple Period Found At Western Wall In Jerusalem Supports Biblical Account Of Judah’s Governors

“The finding of the seal with this high-rank title – in addition to the large assemblage of actual seals found in the building in the past – supports the assumption that this area, located on the western slopes of the western hill of ancient Jerusalem, some 100 m west of the Temple Mount, was inhabited by highly ranked officials during the First Temple period.” Weksler-Bdolah added this is the first time that such a seal was found in an authorized excavation.

by Geoffrey Grider January 1, 2018

 

A rare, well preserved Hebrew-inscribed and stamped piece of clay from the First Temple Period belonging to the “governor of the city” of Jerusalem was recently discovered during excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Western Wall Plaza.

“Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in his place.” Ezra 6:7 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: It is always exciting when they discover artifacts that support and validate the Old Testament accounts related to the First and Second Jewish temples in Jerusalem. Israel’s connection to the great city is well-documented and goes back thousands of years. It also renders the notion that Jerusalem could ever be the capital of a Palestinian country as at once laughable and ludicrous. 

According to Dr. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, excavator of the site on behalf of the IAA, “The Bible mentions two governors of Jerusalem, and this finding thus reveals that such a position was actually held by someone in the city some 2,700 years ago.”

The relic was unearthed during a joint dig with the Western Wall Heritage Foundation in the northwestern section of the Western Wall Plaza dating to the First Temple period (6-7th centuries BC).

“This extraordinary find is a lump of clay, stamped and pre-fired,” Weksler-Bdolah said on Monday. “It measures 13 x 15 mm and is 2–3 mm thick. The upper part of the seal depicts two figures facing each other, and the lower part holds an inscription in ancient Hebrew script.” (click to see video)

Weksler-Bdolah said she believes that the seal had been attached to an important transport and served as some sort of logo, or as a tiny souvenir, which was sent on behalf of the governor of the city.

“It is likely that one of the buildings in our excavation was the destination of this transport sent by the city governor,” she said.

“The finding of the seal with this high-rank title – in addition to the large assemblage of actual seals found in the building in the past – supports the assumption that this area, located on the western slopes of the western hill of ancient Jerusalem, some 100 m west of the Temple Mount, was inhabited by highly ranked officials during the First Temple period.”

Weksler-Bdolah added this is the first time that such a seal was found in an authorized excavation.

The seal was presented to the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, during his visit to Davidson’s Center, near the Western Wall, last week. After the completion of the scientific research, the seal will be on temporary exhibit in the mayor’s office.

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Jan 02

EXODUS: Following Trump’s Bold End Times Move, 10 More Nations Now In Talks With Israel To Move Embassies To Jerusalem

“I told you recently there would be other countries that will recognize Jerusalem and move their embassies,” Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said, after reading out Morales’s official announcement to Likud MKs and reporters. “I repeat: There will be more, this is just the beginning.”

by Geoffrey Grider December 26, 2017

Following Guatemala’s announcement Monday that it would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, at least 10 other countries are in talks to move their own missions, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said.

“In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.” Zechariah 12:8 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: When God allowed Donald Trump to become president of the United States, against odds never before seen in American history, an end times fire was lit that is getting ready to engulf the world in a blaze of prophetic fulfillment. If you think that’s hyperbole , you need to refresh your memory with all the things that’s been happening in the last year. Talk a close look at the photo at the top of this article, it’s the Temple in the First Century AD. Why? Because God is getting ready to hit the play button on the boombox of prophecy, and everything old will be new again. Trouble heading for Jacob, but Rapture of the Church first

“For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.” Jeremiah 29:10 (KJV)

In an interview with Israel Radio, she declined to say which states Israel was speaking with, but Channel 10 reported that the next country likely to announce an embassy move was Honduras.

Israel and Honduras, which borders Guatemala, have enjoyed very close ties over the past few years, and in 2016 signed an agreement under which Israel agreed to enhance the the Central American country’s armed forces in an unprecedented way, in order to fight organized crime.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez was reelected earlier this month in a hotly disputed election. He is a graduate of MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, and spent time in Israel.

Along with Guatemala, Honduras was one of nine nations that voted “no” last week with the United States when the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a non-binding resolution denouncing US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Unlike Guatemala, whose embassy was in Jerusalem from the 1950s until 1980, Honduras never had its embassy in Israel’s capital.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein announced at a Likud party event Monday that the parliamentary heads of two other countries had spoken to him about moving their embassies from Tel Aviv. The Walla news site reported that representatives from Romania and Slovakia had expressed support for such a move and were working in their respective countries to effect it.

Other countries also reportedly in talks to move their embassies are South America’s Paraguay and the west African nation of Togo.

Guatemala was the first nation to pledge to move its mission to Jerusalem after US President Trump on December 6 recognized the city as Israel’s capital and instructed the State Department to prepare to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv. The Czech republic has also since recognized West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Russia recognized West Jerusalem in April.

In a December 6 address from the White House, Trump defied worldwide warnings and insisted that after repeated failures to achieve peace a new approach was long overdue, describing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel’s government as merely based on reality.

The move was hailed by Netanyahu and by leaders across much of the Israeli political spectrum, but condemned by most of the international community. Trump stressed that he was not specifying the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in the city, and called for no change in the status quo at the city’s holy sites.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said on his official Facebook account on Sunday that after talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he decided to instruct his foreign ministry to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“We spoke about the excellent relations that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel,” Morales wrote. “One of the most important topics [of the conversation] was the return of the embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem. So I inform you that I have instructed the chancellor to initiate the respective coordination so that it may happen.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday hailed Guatemala’s decision, predicting that other countries would soon follow suit.

“God bless you, my friend, President Jimmy Morales. God bless both our countries, Israel and Guatemala,” he said at the weekly Likud faction meeting in the Knesset.

“I told you recently there would be other countries that will recognize Jerusalem and move their embassies,” Netanyahu said, after reading out Morales’s official announcement to Likud MKs and reporters. “I repeat: There will be more, this is just the beginning.”

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Jan 02

Top Bible Prophecy Stories of 2017 :: By Jan Markell

Published on: December 20, 2017 by RRadmin7 Category:General Articles

Pieces of the eschatological puzzle continue to manifest daily. Even signs that are primarily Tribulation events are casting a shadow today. As I perused news stories of the year, I selected 15 items that tell us time is short. The King is coming soon. Don’t ever doubt that.

  • Jerusalem became a greater “burdensome stone” with Donald Trump’s acknowledgement that this is truly Israel’s capital and holy city. See Zechariah 12:3.Greater controversy will surround her in the year ahead.
  • The Gog-Magog alliance went on fast-forward. Iran, Turkey, and Russia are uniting with a primary goal in mind — coming against Israel as foreshadowed in Ezekiel 38-39. Turkey’s Erdogan threatened to “wipe out all Jews” after the Jerusalem announcement.
  • A new false god came on the scene and many hailed its arrival. An ex-Google executive is founding a church where artificial intelligence will be worshiped.  It’s called AI for short and keep your eyes on this in 2018.
  • The scoffing of eschatology went to a new level. Many said the announcement concerning Jerusalem was received well by many Christians only because it will hasten Christ’s return.  Many who love prophecy have given up finding a church that will address this.
  • One salacious scandal followed another in 2017 revealing that man’s character now reflects the end-time warnings of Romans 1 and II Timothy 3. 
  • Israel continued pounding targets in Syriaforeshadowing the day when she will carry out the prophetic verse found in Isaiah 17:1 — the destruction of Damascus.
  • The idea of micro-chipping is now so accepted that one news outlet said people will soon be eager to be micro-chipped. It was suggested that we will eagerly line up like dogs for a chip.
  • Lawlessness is growing and the ‘spirit of Antichrist’ seems to be poured out on the earth in greater ways this past year.  The Antifa movement is one illustration. George Soros is busier than ever in his waning years.
  • There has been an intensification of calling evil good (Isaiah 5:20). Islamic jihad proponent Linda Sarsour made threatening comments about President Trump yet almost became Time magazine’s “person of the year.” In the mind of the Left, Islam must be celebrated.
  • The world of technology has declared war on Christians and conservatives. Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and more, are pulling the plug or limiting righteous comments and ideology yet they often celebrate evil. This reached new levels in 2017.
  • The terms “peace and security” are used in the Bible in I Thessalonians 5:3. It is false peace and security. The term was used with greater intensity in the last year. Donald Trump has been heralded as the president who will bring Israel “peace and security.” On December 18, Fox News said President Trump would bring peace and security around the globe. The President stated that he “has laid a pathway to peace and security in our world.”
  • In spite of world turmoil, there is a greater “business-as-usual” atmosphere particularly in America. Since Donald Trump has been President, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has closed at record highs 82 times. The Bible suggests there will be such a comfortable time on earth when Christ returns in spite of the frequent “birth pangs” which have also been record-setting.
  • There is even more evidence that only Jesus ruling and reigning from Jerusalem will provide great government. It has become evident that mankind cannot drain a swamp filled with alligators and poisonous snakes!  Washington is corrupt to the core because mankind’s heart is “desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9).   Draining the swamp was a great campaign slogan but 2017 showed us that first man’s heart must be made new.

We can look at a list like this and focus on ” sighs of the times” rather than realize that they are ” signs of the times.” The pieces of the puzzle continue to fall into place. Nothing is falling apart but instead falling into place.

Because of the turmoil of our times, someone said that the future is not what it used to be. Not true. The future was foretold and is playing out with a precise script and a predictable end only because it is all outlined in scripture.We can watch it in high-definition color with surround sound and even in 3D.  We have front row seats! 

The King is coming, perhaps today.

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Dec 27

UN Votes 128-9 To Declare United States Recognition Of Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital ‘Null And Void’

‘The United States will remember this day,’ US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the assembly. ‘America will put our embassy in Jerusalem,’ Haley said. ‘No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that. ‘But this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN,’ she said.

by Geoffrey Grider December 21, 2017

The UN General Assembly has voted 128 to 9 to adopt a motion rejecting the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. That is despite the US President threatening to cut billions of dollars in aid to countries that dared to defy him.

“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 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Most glaring in this vicious attack against the nation of Israel is the fact that Britain also voted against President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, putting the ‘special relationship‘ between the UK and the US into serious jeopardy. Jerusalem is the stone that will grind all nations who come against her to powder. This is why God allowed Trump to become president, to begin the chain of events that will lead to the time of Jacob’s trouble and the rise of Antichrist. But the Rapture of the Church comes first…

The UK was among those countries to vote against Trump, putting further pressure on the ‘special relationship’ after the pair got into a war of words when Trump retweeted several Britain First videos earlier this month.

‘The United States will remember this day,’ US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the assembly.

May and Trump did speak on the phone about the Jerusalem issue on Wednesday after Britain opposed America in a similar vote. Downing Street acknowledged after the call that the leaders had taken ‘different positions’.

No mention was made of the Britain First videos during the call, according to a transcript released by Number 10. Trump had said ahead of the vote that ‘we’re watching’ the outcome, while Nikki Haley, his representative, had warned that the US would be ‘taking names’.

These are the only nations to stand with the United States and with Israel: Guatemala, Honduras, Togo, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and the Marshall Islands all joined Israel and the United States in opposing the measure.

Among the 35 countries that abstained were Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Mexico, the Philippines, Romania and Rwanda. Ukraine, which supported the draft resolution at the Security Council, was among 21 countries that did not turn up for the vote.

The measure was sent to the General Assembly after it was vetoed by the United States at the Security Council on Monday, although all other 14 council members voted in favor.

‘The United States will remember this day,’ US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the assembly.

‘America will put our embassy in Jerusalem,’ Haley said. ‘No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that. ‘But this vote will make a difference on how Americans look at the UN and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the UN,’ she said. source

The Bible declares what the end of the United Nations will be:

Would it surprise you to learn that the present-day United Nations is mentioned in the Bible? Well, it is. Not only that, God declares that the world gathering of nations will end in the complete and total global destruction of same. Listen to what the ‘Spirit sayeth’ about the fate of all the nations who gather against Israel in the time of Jacob’s trouble:

Step #1: God gathers Israel out of all the nations of the world

“And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.” Jeremiah 29:14 (KJV)

Step #2: God gathers all the nations of the world to come against Israel

“For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.” Zechariah 14:2 (KJV)

Step #3: God destroys all the nation of the world who have come against Israel

“Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.” Zephaniah 3:8 (KJV)

On October 24, 1945, for the first time in world history, many of the nations of the world were gathered together as one body in fulfillment of Bible prophecy. That list in 2017 has grown to include 193 member states, virtually every country in the world.

This is the path by which Antichrist will come to power, and exert his power over the entire world. When the Lord removes the Church at the Rapture, there will not be anyone left in the United States who will oppose this.

Are YOU ready for what comes next? Flight #777 on Titus 213 Airlines now boarding…

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Dec 27

Ancient tomb door with stunning menorah carving revealed in Israel

By James Rogers | Fox News

Detail of carved menorah on tomb door.  (Photo by Tal Rogovsky)

As the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah comes to a close, the discovery of an ancient tomb door with a stunning menorah carving is providing a fascinating glimpse into Israel’s rich history.

The basalt tomb door, which is undergoing preservation work, was recently put on display by the Institute of Archaeology at Hebrew University, in Jerusalem.

The door was discovered in Tiberias in Israel’s Galilee region in 2010 by archaeologists from the University, but was only revealed to the public a few weeks ago, said Dr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman, senior lecturer at Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology and Department of Islamic and Middle East Studies.

Cytryn-Silverman, who leads the ongoing Tiberias excavation project, explained that the door attracted plenty of attention when it went on display.

Tomb door with menorah being exposed during excavations at Tiberias in 2010.  (Photo by the expedition)

“As this happened toward the Jewish Holiday of Hanukkah ─ which celebrates the liberation and the rededication of the Second Temple by the Maccabeans (second century BCE) and the miracle of the lasting oil, which burned in the Temple’s menorah for eight days ─ we decided to bring the finding to public knowledge, as a good wish for Hannukah and for the Holiday Season,” she told Fox News, via email.

The tomb door is ornamented with a depiction of the seven-branched menorah that stood in the ancient Jewish Temple, one of the key symbols of Judaism. (A nine-branched menorah is lit to celebrate Hanukkah, which this year started on Dec. 12 and will end on Dec. 20.)

The artifact also serves as a reminder of Israel’s multicultural heritage, Cytryn-Silverman said.

Tomb door still in-situ at excavation site.  (Photo by the expedition)

Likely part of a Jewish tomb from the second to fourth centuries, the door was discovered during the excavation of a former mosque and sugar works dating back to the seventh century.

“We found that the top step of a stairway leading to a small room was actually a portion of a basalt Jewish-tomb door,” Cytryn-Silverman explained.

“Such tomb doors, probably originating from the Jewish cemetery to the north of the classical city [of Tiberias], had already been brought to this area during the early eighth century, when the Umayyads transformed the simple mosque of the seventh century into a monumental mosque,” Cytryn-Silverman explained.

The slab was used as the base for a pillar within the mosque, she added.

Dr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman, excavation director, standing by the door with carved menorah, at the Collections Hall at the Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University.  (Photo by Tal Rogovsky)

At its height, in the eighth century, the Umayyad Caliphate stretched across a vast swathe of the Middle East, North Africa and Spain.

The tomb door’s colorful history, however, did not end there. The mosque was destroyed by an earthquake in 1068 and subsequently abandoned. But then, during the Crusader era, the site became part of a complex devoted to sugar production.

Cytryn-Silverman cites a twelfth-century sugar delivery request from Knights Hospitaller in Jerusalem to their facilities in Tiberias and Mount Pelerin, Lebanon.

The site’s use ended when the building collapsed at the start of the thirteenth century.

Cytryn-Silverman told Fox News there are still plenty of questions to be answered about the door. “The fact that this is the one chosen for a top step is also challenging for our modern mind: was this a positive or negative appropriation of the menorah?” she said. “Were they stepping on purpose? Did the room serve a special function? Were the inhabitants of the house actually aware of its importance? Was this just a beautiful ornamented piece?

While these questions are still hard to answer, the very use [of the door] at this place, and our eventual exposure, revived its long trajectory, going from Jewish hands, to Muslim, and then to Christian owners.”

The tomb seal is one of a host of fascinating archaeological finds in Israel in recent months. Archaeologists, for example, recently used a drone to locate a mysterious ancient structure in the heart of an Israeli military training area.

Last month, new evidence dated Christ’s tomb in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the Roman era, matching historical records.

Archaeologists also recently uncovered a stunning 1,500-year-old Christian mosaic in the ancient Mediterranean coastal city of Ashdod-Yam, now part of the modern city of Ashdod.

Other finds include the skeleton of a pregnant woman, dating back 3,200 years, in Israel’s Timna Valley, at a place once called King Solomon’s Mines.

In October, archaeologists in Jerusalem announced that they have uncovered a new section of the Western Wall that has been hidden for 1,700 years.

Some experts also believe they have found the lost Roman city of Julias, formerly the village of Bethsaida, which was the home of Jesus’ apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip.

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Dec 27

Iranian Military Crossed Into Syria Marking The Launch Of The Long-Planned Road Between Tehran To Damascus And Then To Armageddon

If one sees the red in the map above to being a leaping Leopard (Anatolia) or a Bear (Persia/Iran) it makes no difference;  Armageddon is a battle that magnetizes an army of hundreds of millions coming from an Iranian-Turkish alliance rushing into the Jezreel Valley. It can only happen when there is an access to Syria, then to the Golan Heights, and then to the Jezreel Valley’s Har-Megiddo. Armageddon cannot be accomplished without an access to Syria. In everything that happens in the Middle East, Jezreel (Armageddon) should be our main focus of attention since it is the main goal to sprint into northern Israel heading towards Jerusalem, a city we already hear the world rumbling about.

And today the mechanism of such access was officially activated.

“An Iranian military convoy has crossed into Syria through Iraq, possibly marking the launch of the long-planned road link between Tehran and Damascus, Iraqi officials and members of the military have told The New Arab.”

“Military sources stationed in the border town of al-Baaj said that the convoy carrying troops from Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards and the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary crossed into Syria this week.”

“The route – which provides Tehran unhindered land access to its allies in Syria and Lebanon – was secured this summer. The land route is the biggest prize yet for Iran in its involvement in Syria’s six-year civil war.”

How did all this happen? After the Bashar Assad regime and Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi fighters (Popular Mobilization Forces) gained possession of the regions once occupied by ISIS near the Syria-Iraq borderline, military activity began at that line. This was the first time Iran dispatched military delivery through this route, by which Iran reached the Mediterranean.

Now, Iran has the opportunity to maintain its military presence in Syria a lot easier even getting closer to northern Israel.

With this, Iran has achieved milestones of leverage and influence that rival any regional power in the past half-century.

When US forces ousted the Taliban in Afghanistan and then toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam in 2003, they removed the two main strategic enemies on Iran’s flanks. With Iran’s backed terrorists inflicting heavy casualties against U.S. troops in Iraq,  this caused the US to withdrawal in 2011. The U.S. also contributed $5.3 billion in foreign aid to Iraq in 2016 alone after losing nearly 4,500 US soldiers. With the U.S. pull-out, Iran reached its new superpower regional status.

By 2014, Iraq’s Shiites through al-Hashad al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Forces) became the ruling power in Iraq with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani issuing a fatwa calling on all able-bodied to take up arms as ISIS came close to Baghdad.

Only Saudi Arabia attempted to push back against Iran’s growing influence. This was without success. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called Khamenei “the new Hitler of the Middle East”.

In Iraq, Iran controls every TV and radio station. All 28 political parties backing Iran’s Shiite militias will be voting in the 2018 coming elections. By 2018, Iraq, in reality, will belong to Iran.

In other words, by 2018, Iraq’s military will become Iran’s Hezbollah.

As we get closer to Armageddon, people should start changing their perspective. When the U.S. announces victory over ISIS, reality is, Iran has the victory over the U.S.

ISIS is exactly what Iran was looking for. As we warned for decades, the U.S. with its mediocre discernment about the Middle East is no match for centuries of Islamic deception.

But one has to look at the long term goals. Yesterday the talk was over Syria where Turkey, the U.S., Russia, Saudi Arabia where encroaching into Syria to only pull out handing it over to Iran, the terror state, that is making secret deals with Turkey to divide the entire region.

And today we hear rumblings over Jerusalem. Ezekiel 38 has Turkey and Iran lead an invasion into Israel. This will be via the Jezreel valley (Armageddon).

This year, east and west, sounded the trumpets of victory over ISIS in Syria, but as it turns out Iran was the victor. No one expected that Iran will cash in on its investment in Syria.

With ISIS, Iran was able to find the perfect alibi for its expansion. Today Iran works with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

With such corridors, besides Sunnis and Kurds being under threat, Christians and Israel too will suffer. The Iran backed militia (Al-Nujaba) is already looking beyond the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. In March, it announced the formation of a “Golan” brigade to push Israel out of the Golan Heights, which Israel has occupied since 1981.
Decades ago, when nothing was happening, I watched many focus on Armageddon. Now that something is happening, few focus on the daily fulfillments. The signs of the times is when virgins without oil are sound asleep.

The name Armageddon is a corruption of the Hebrew Har Megiddo (Mount of Megiddo) in Jezreel where more than thirty bloody battles have been fought during the past four thousand years by Egyptians, Israelites, Greeks, Muslims, Crusaders, Mongols, British, Germans, Arabs. From Thutmose III, Deborah, Gideon, Saul, Jonathan, Jezebel, Saladin, Napoleon to Allenby, Megiddo was the ground zero for battles that determined the very course of civilization.

This is why John (the author of Revelation) has this battle determine the outcome of the war between the forces of good and evil. The litmus test to knowing which side you are on is simple: what is your position on Jerusalem? Would you prefer its tops to have the Crucifix or the Crescent?

In Islam, it is believed that the turning point of the battles will be with the West at a place called Al-A’maq or Dabiq in Syria.

Muslims will unite over Dabiq. This is why Turkey says nothing about Iran’s expansion towards the Mediterranean since Dabiq, is the name of the battle the Ottomans won which paved the way for their occupation of Iraq and the Levant for more than four centuries. For Muslims, Dabiq (Syria) is the springboard for the Islamic armies to fight the Rum (Romans/Catholics) in their quest for world domination.”

In the Hadith it says: “The Final Hour (of history) will not be established until the Romans land at either al-A’maq or at Dabiq.” While Muslims believe that al-A’maq is in the Syria/ Turkey border, there is another spot with the same Semitic name: Migdal HaEmek. But this (HaEmek) is a city in the Northern District of Israel at Megiddo. Emek or A’maq means the same thing: “the gorge” or “the split”

Al-A’maq/HaEmeq (the gorge) is where God judges tyrants. Even Gog is judged on his way to Jericho in al-Ghour (the gorge) where the armies of Hammon-Gog are buried near the Dead Sea, the very gorge that split east from west.

Interesting how God ordains the names to mean ‘split’ and is where we get Pesach (split) as the Jordan was the ‘split’ and the Red Sea another ‘split’ … a gorge was always the separator between two warring parties and in the case of the Jezreel, it splits between north and south.

This is why one finds in the Bible, God judges the “northern army” and Gog’s hordes come from “the north quarters” while Christ in Zechariah 9 comes with “the whirlwinds of the south”.

Splits is what we will see commencing in the next couple decades. Even Europe will split between north and south with the south being the ‘ships of Chittim’, the good guys from the regions of the Mediterranean who come against Antichrist’s northern hordes.

Until then, the world will continue to err leading us all in that direction. In 2015 we warned against the complete eradicating of ISIS stating: “The Caliphate wars will not be over with ISIS, but this is only the beginning.”  We added:

All this mess happened as a result of removing Saddam, the essential plug which kept the dam from cracking. It is therefore crucial to reinstall another Saddam, a Sunni, not a Shiite. That or else break up Iraq into its three original provinces if and when ISIS is defeated by Iraq. The U.S. pulling out of Iraq without solving the issues of oil in Mosul and allowing Shiites to rule over Sunnis was a catastrophe.

Now we have Badr Organization, Asai’b Ahl al-Haq (AAH), Kata’ib Hezbollah and various Sadrist elements. They are all Shiite. Certain militias such as the Badr Organization and AAH appear to be taking direct orders from Tehran [Iran].

From Tehran’s perspective, its intervention could even provide more leverage on other issues, including the nuclear negotiations. “The world has understood the reality that the first country to rush to the help of the Iraqi people in the battle against extremism and terror was the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in December.

Now Iran, a state which sponsors terrorism is fighting a war on terror? No. It is fighting to consume much flesh, to expand into Iraq, Syria and the Middle East.

So when Daniel says of the bear’s rise to consume much flesh, he is speaking of Iran’s expansion. And when he speaks of the Leopard also sprinting to cover the land, he is speaking of Turkey where ancient Greece once was.

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Dec 20

END TIMES SHOWDOWN: US Vetoes United Nations Vote For Withdraw Of Trump Decision To Recognize Jerusalem

The U.N. draft resolution affirmed “that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.”

by Geoffrey Grider December 18, 2017

The United States was further isolated on Monday over President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital when it blocked a United Nations Security Council call for the declaration to be withdrawn.

“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 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: 14 of the 15 permanent voting members of the United Nations voted today to overturn President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Only member number 1 vetoed the vote, and Amb. Nikki Haley was awesome. Oh, that burdensome stone that God said would split the world apart in the last days is getting heavier and heavier. Jerusalem, Jerusalem…it’s almost time. But first, the Rapture of the Church.

The remaining 14 council members voted in favour of the Egyptian-drafted resolution, which did not specifically mention the United States or Trump but which expressed “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem.”

“What we witnessed here in the Security Council is an insult. It won’t be forgotten,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said after the vote, adding that it was the first veto cast by the United States in more than six years.

“The fact that this veto is being done in defence of American sovereignty and in defence of America’s role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us; it should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council,” Haley said.

The U.N. draft resolution affirmed “that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council.”

Trump abruptly reversed decades of U.S. policy this month when he recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, generating outrage from Palestinians and the Arab world and concern among Washington’s western allies.

“In the wake of the decision of the United States … the situation has become more tense with an increase in incidents, notably rockets fired from Gaza and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces,” U.N. Middle East peace envoy Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council ahead of the vote.

Emergency General Assembly Session

Trump also plans to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. The draft U.N. resolution had called upon all countries to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Haley and Trump for the veto in a video clip posted on his Facebook page.

Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there. Palestinians want the capital of an independent Palestinian state to be in the city’s eastern sector, which Israel captured in a 1967 war and annexed in a move never recognised internationally.

Following the U.S. veto, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said Arab states, which had agreed earlier this month to seek a Security Council resolution, would meet to evaluate the situation to determine what their next steps might be.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said the Palestinians would seek a rare emergency special session of the 193-member U.N. General Assembly on Trump’s decision.

Under a 1950 resolution, an emergency special session can be called for the General Assembly to consider a matter “with a view to making appropriate recommendations to members for collective measures” if the Security Council fails to act.

Only 10 such sessions have been convened, and the last time the General Assembly met in such a session was in 2009 on Israeli actions in occupied Palestinian territories. Any outcome of such a session is non-binding, but carries political weight

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Dec 20

Palestinian claims to Jerusalem lose Saudi as well as US support

Dec 16, 2017 @ 15:07 Donald Trump, Gaza, Jared Kushner, Jerusalem, Mahmoud Abbas, Mike Pence, Saudi Prince Salman, West Bank, Western Wall

The Palestinians have three major grievances with the Trump administration on Jerusalem, but are most irked by Saudi backing for the Trump peace plan.

Palestine rage over President Donald Trump Jerusalem decisions was further fueled Friday, Dec. 17 by the comment from Washington: “We cannot envision any situation under which the Western Wall would not be part of Israel. But, as the president said, the specific boundaries of sovereignty of Israel are going to be part of the final status agreement.”   It came with the announcement that Vice President Mike Pence will pay a visit to the Western Wall next Wednesday’ Dec. 20, during his Middle East tour.
Not too long ago, President Trump himself visited the Western wall on May 22. But then, American security officers excluded their Israeli counterparts from safeguarding the visit, claiming it took place outside Israeli territory. border. Eight months later, Trump has restored Israel’s sovereignty to the Western Wall, which encloses the hallowed compound of  the last Jewish Temple, in time for his vice president to pray there.
For the Palestinians, this is another Trump-administration shift in Israel’s favor and its consequent loss of credibility as an honest broker for the Palestinian-Israeli dispute. The Palestinian Authority in Ramallah reiterated this position Saturday, after announcing a boycott of the Pence visit and severing contact with Washington – a position they can’t really afford to sustain for long.
But what is really irking them even more than the Trump administration’s pro-Israeli stance on Jerusalem is its endorsement by their longstanding champion, Riyadh. The impression gaining ground in recent weeks is that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has reached an understanding with Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman (MbS) on a new plan for resolving the Israeli-Arab conflict, which departs fundamentally from the traditional core issues that scuttled all past peace processes.

The first inkling of such a plan came on the pages of the The New York Times of Nov. 11, under the title “Trump Team Begins Drafting Middle East Peace Plan.” This plan was described as pushing ahead on the fast track due to three factors:

  1. Its support by the Saudi crown prince and Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi.
  2. The uncertainty of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s future in the face of long-running police probes against him.
  3. The constant erosion of Mahmoud Abbas’ standing as Palestinian Authority Chairman, whose rapidly diminishing popularity, due to his advanced age of 82 and the corruption rife in Ramallah, is reflected in the latest Palestinian opinion poll on Dec. 7-10. (70 percent want him to retire: 84 percent on the West Bank and 26 percent in the Gaza Strip).

Washington has therefore chosen a moment of leadership weakness to push ahead with its plans to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
A week before the NYT report, Abbas (Abu Mazen) paid an urgent visit to Riyadh to meet Prince Muhammed. Since then, a continuous stream of tidbits is emanating from their conversation. According to one report, the Saudi prince put before the Palestinian leader an American-Saudi blueprint. It proclaims Abu Dis, a village located on the fringes of east Jerusalem, as the capital of the future Palestinian state. That state would have limited sovereignty in parts of the West Bank, while all the Jewish communities would remain in place. East Jerusalem would not be declared its capital; and the Palestinian refugees’ “right of return” was dropped, as was mention of the pre-1967 boundaries.

Notwithstanding flat Palestinian denials of all these reports, they continue to gain ground and credence. The picture emerging from the Saudi prince’s conversation with Abu Mazen is taking shape as underlining the following points:

  • The old Saudi-Arab League peace plan of 2003 is a dead letter;
  • Riyadh has dropped its demand that Israel accept a Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital;
  • Since the original Saudi Peace proposal which the prince called Plan A was dead, it is necessary to move forward to Plan B.
  • Plan B is essentially as follows: The State of Palestine would be established in the Gaza Strip plus large tracts of territory to be annexed from northern Sinai. Egypt has agreed to this outline. This deal would essentially render irrelevant the Palestinian demand to restore the pre-1967 boundaries for their state.
  • When Abu Mazen asked what would happen to the West Bank, MbS reportedly replied: “We can continue to negotiate about this.”
  • And when he pressed further: What about Jerusalem, the settlements, Areas B and C, the answer was: “These will be issues for negotiation between two states, and we will help you.”

These reports are furiously denied by Palestinian officials and, although no other official source, including Prince Muhammad, has verified them, they continue to abound. The Palestinians now have three major grievances against the Trump administration for which they are cutting off ties with Washington in protest:  Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the promise to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and, now, the declaration of the Western Wall as part of Israel in any political solution. This will be underlined by the Pence visit. Yet neither Washington nor Riyadh shows any sign of backtracking on their far-reaching plan which defies all former conventions.

Abu Mazen is in a jam. Even if he tries to distance himself from Washington, he cannot possibly divorce the Palestinians from the two leading Arab nations, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, which would lop off the branches of the Arab tree on which they sit. Doing so might well thrust Ramallah on the path of the anti-West Turkish-Iranian-Hizballah axis and its extremist ideology. There are early signs that his rivals in Gaza, the radical Hamas, may be adopting this path. After Friday prayers in the mosques of Gaza, on Dec. 15, some of the demonstrators at the Israel border force were seen for the first time holding aloft huge placards with depictions of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Commander of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Al Qods. If Iran can gain solid inroads into the Palestinian community at large, its dispute with Israel would assume an entirely new dimension.

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Dec 20

Archaeologists Make ‘Mind Blowing’ Discovery Of The Biblical City Of Corinth Intact And Underwater

The Greek city of Corinth, which was rebuilt in 44 BC by Roman Emperor Julius Caesar, holds major significance for Christians. Jesus’s disciple Paul is said to have visited there and wrote two letters about his time in Corinth – featured in the New Testament.

by Geoffrey Grider December 17, 2017

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have uncovered “mind-blowing” architecture almost perfectly intact from the ancient Biblical city of Corinth – despite being wiped out by a devastating earthquake 1,400 years ago.

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia: Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:1,2 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: During the 2016 primaries, this ancient city came on the secular radar when then-candidate Donald Trump famously mispronounced Paul’s second letter to the church at Corinth by calling it “two Corinthians“. This week, however, Corinth is back on the radar for a much different reason. Archaeologists have made the fantastic discovery of the Biblical city that disappeared from view some 1,400 years ago after a devastating earthquake. Unlike the mythical cities mentioned in the book of Mormon, cities mentioned in the Bible keep popping up more and more as we get closer to the start of the last days. But I’m sure that’s just a coincidence (rolling my eyes).

The Greek city of Corinth, which was rebuilt in 44 BC by Roman Emperor Julius Caesar, holds major significance for Christians. Jesus’s disciple Paul is said to have visited there and wrote two letters about his time in Corinth – featured in the New Testament.

Just days ago, another group of archaeologists in Italy were amazed to discover the historic resort of Baiae in perfect condition. And new underwater excavations of Corinth’s harbour at the port of Lechaion have discovered wooden foundations preserved so well that they look new.

Roman artefacts including fishing lines and hooks, wooden pulleys and ceramics from Tunisia and Turkey were also found. Experts also think they have found an ancient lighthouse – depicted on coins from that time – and another monument.

The giant earthquake that hit the region caused huge layers of sediment to cover the artefacts and allowed them to barely be touched by decay, despite their age.

Bjørn Lovén, director of the Leichaion Harbour Project (LHP) which is responsible for the excavations, said: “For almost two decades I have been hunting for the perfect archaeological context where all the organic material normally not found on land is preserved.

“The potential for more unique discoveries is mind-blowing.”

Corinth officials built the harbour towns of Lechaion and Kenchreai to take advantage of its two-mile distance from the sea in Greece.

The pair of harbours connected the ancient city to a host of Mediterranean trade networks and helped it become one of the most powerful and wealthy cities in the region.

The project also found vast blocks weighing up to five-tons, which were used to separate basins within the port. Boffins hope to use the research to find out just how much Lechaion changed at different time periods throughout history.

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Dec 18

Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to wipe out Jews

Invokes Islamic text in response to Trump’s Jerusalem move

Published: 12 hours ago

Art Moore

President Obama praised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as “a man of action” and one of the five world leaders with whom he had the strongest bond. President Trump met with him at the White House last spring.

And certainly Erdogan has tried to portray himself to Western leaders as a pragmatist with whom they can work.

But at a convention of his ruling party Sunday, Erdogan invoked a Muslim hadith — a collection of the accounts and sayings of Muhammad — that made clear his view of Jews and the state of Israel, according to dissident Turkish journalist Abdullah Bozkurt, the Investigative Project on Terrorism reported.

“Those who think they own Jerusalem better know that tomorrow they won’t be able to hide behind trees,” Erdogan said, according to Bozkurt.

That statement essentially is an affirmation of a prophecy that all Jews will one day be destroyed, the journalist said.

Bozkurt explained Erdogan was making “a veiled threat of killing each and every Jew with a shocking reference to apocalyptic prophecy of tree story.”

The Turkish leader was responding to President Trump’s decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Bozkurt said anti-Semitism has always been in the background in Turkish society, but this marks the first time Turkey’s head of state has publicly fueled it.

Last year, Erdogan shut down Bozkurt’s former newspaper, Today’s Zaman, which had Turkey’s largest circulation, IPT noted.

The full hadith that Erdogan referenced says:

The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.

Erdogan invoked the hadith during a Justice and Development Party gathering Sunday in which he also accused Israel of being a terrorist state.

Turkey, under Erdogan, has harbored and funded Hamas terrorists, provided covert support to ISIS and other jihadists in Syria, and bombed civilians belonging to his own Kurdish minority, IPT said.

IPT pointed out that the Turkish Youth Foundation, run by Erdogan’s son, Bilal, participated in anti-Israel and anti-U.S. rallies calling on Muslims to unite against Trump’s Jerusalem announcement.

On Friday, protesters in Istanbul chanted “Jerusalem is ours and will remain so!” along with “Down with America” and “Down with Israel.”

‘An approach typical of the Russians or Chinese’

In May, as WND reported, Erdogan watching his security officials beat protesters outside Turkey’s embassy in Washington. Members of his security team also clashed with demonstrators in 2016 outside the Brookings Institution in Washington, where he was giving a speech.

Brookings issued a statement at the time saying the security team “behaved unacceptably — they roughed up protesters outside the building and tried to drag away ‘undesired’ journalists, an approach typical of the Russians or Chinese.”

WND reported many geopolitical analysts are concerned the NATO nation, once regarded as a potential member of the European Union, is being systematically transformed into an anti-Western power. Fifteen years into his rule, Erdogan is abandoning the secular tradition of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, in favor of Islamic nationalism.

In April, Erdogan declared victory in a referendum to grant him sweeping powers in a vote opponents charged was marred by irregularities.

The measure, with 51.5 percent of the vote, replaced Turkey’s parliamentary system with an all-powerful presidency and abolished the office of prime minister.

A week before his visit to the U.S., Erdogan urged Muslims to swarm the Temple Mount to act as a counter to the “insult” of “occupied Jerusalem.”

He called Israel a “racist and discriminatory” state that is reminiscent of apartheid in South Africa.

Erdogan also met with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to work on “unifying efforts to protect Jerusalem against attempts of Judaization,” the independent Palestinian Maan news agency reported.

In December 2016, as WND reported, hacked emails released by WikiLeaks showed Erdogan’s son-in-law was tied to the company accused of importing oil from ISIS. Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov previously told journalists in Moscow that Erdogan and his family were “involved” in ISIS’ illegal oil trade and personally benefiting from it.

Turkey also has been accused of training ISIS fighters and of providing direct support to ISIS.

‘Strong’ relationship

At the White House in May, President Trump and Erdogan described the relationship between the two countries as strong but avoided the differences over strategies for confronting ISIS in northern Syria.

The previous week, the Trump administration decided to supply heavy weapons to Syrian Kurdish rebel militias, the YPG, fighting ISIS. Turkey is in an ongoing battle with Kurdish separatists in its southeast.

The Turkish embassy claims the protesters at the embassy Tuesday were affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the leading Kurdish separatist group, which has been banned in Turkey.

The case of Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been imprisoned in Turkey without formal charges since October 2016, was brought up three times during Trump’s meeting with Erdogan, twice by Trump and once by Vice President Mike Pence, CBN reported.

A former member of Turkey’s Parliament who has advocated for Brunson’s release, Aykan Erdemir, told CBN that Brunson, improbably accused of “membership in an armed terrorist organization,” is now “a pawn, kind of a trump card in Erdogan’s hand.”

“There’s absolutely no rule of law, no due process in that case, it’s a completely bogus case. Anyone who has looked at the case knows that these are trumped up charges,” he said.

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