Iran: the global slumber continues — Mark Davidson

The silence is deafening. The world continues on the way it wants to go. The church—especially in the west—continues to be asleep to the events in the world, not believing a bunch of primitive Shia Islamic zealots could cause any real harm, and certainly wouldn’t get in the way of the Rapture which should be […]

continued at The Slumber Goes On and On and . . . — THE FOUR SIGNPOSTS 

ALSO, note Gog-Magog alliance is now getting formal, as flagged by World Watch Daily from Jerusalem Post’s State Media in Iran, Russia Indicate Growing Russia-Iran-Turkey Alliance:

‘Iran’s Press TV tweeted in English on Wednesday with a quote from Turkey’s leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “Nuclear power should be forbidden for all or permissible for all.” Press TV included an image of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appearing to be sweating.

‘Iran’s message wasn’t a secret: the account tagged Erdogan and included the hashtag “#IsraelisExempt”. What is more secretive is the Iran-Turkey-Russia alliance that is emerging and illustrated via state-controlled media.

‘RT, a Russian television network, similarly highlights the greatness of Turkey and Iran as part of a campaign that clearly indicates Moscow’s support for the two. On Wednesday, it tweeted about Iran showcasing its drone expertise amid tensions in the Gulf. It also shared images from Erdogan’s speech in which he slammed Israel. Russian news agency Sputnik similarly highlighted comments by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday morning. “Turkey will probably never buy American aircraft again,” Sputnik noted as well.’

Bible Update: ‘Gog-Magog’ moves into Africa and meets ‘Kings of the East’

Ezekiel 38
Gog and Allies Attack Israel

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, [a]the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. Persia, [b]Ethiopia, and [c]Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you…”

Ezekiel 39
Gog’s Armies Destroyed

“And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, [a]the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal; and I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel…”  (NKJV – BibleGateway)

In last Friday’s in-depth news-roundup Koenig’s Eye-View From The White House, the presidential seat’s ‘resident’ Christian journalist William Koenig reports:

‘The Congressional testimony entitled “Moscow in the Middle East and North Africa” presented by Anna Borshchevskaya is extremely comprehensive. It documents Russia’s active, aggressive and shrewd alignment with the nations of Ezekiel, chapters 38-39. It also shows how Russia is out-positioning the United States in many countries. The testimony even mentioned that Benjamin Netanyahu has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin more often than he did with the Obama administration or has with the Trump White House. I highly recommend you take the time to read the entire testimony.‘ (emphasis mine)

Here’s some of its pertinent parts that Bill quotes:

  • With a combination of aggression and diplomacy, Russian president Vladimir Putin has ensured Russia’s long-term prominence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Washington must now take Moscow into account in the region to a degree it hasn’t had to for years.
  • Moscow’s September 2015 military intervention in Syria was a game changer, but it’s important to remember that, prior to the intervention, Putin had worked methodically and consistently for at least fifteen years to return Russia to the Middle East—a region that has historically mattered to Russian rulers. While he had achieved considerable influence by as early as 2010, the Syria intervention officially restored Russia’s place as a critical regional player and helped position Putin as a regional power-broker.
  • Putin has developed pragmatic ties with every government and major opposition movement in the region—an approach that has proven more successful than the Soviet Union’s ideological blinkering.
  • The region’s leaders feel comfortable dealing with Putin, who appeals to their self-interest. They covet Russian weaponry and hedge their bets in the uncertainty of U.S. policy. Moscow doesn’t ask Middle East leaders to improve the human rights situation in their countries.
  • American allies in the region, from Egypt, Turkey, Israel, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and Morocco, to one degree or another, have come to see Putin as a necessary reality and a more reliable partner than the United States—a mediator who can talk to all sides. Not only has the Kremlin courted every major government and opposition movement in the region, but increasingly, they conversely court the Kremlin.
  • The Kremlin has been careful and holds its cards close when it comes to its ultimate intentions in Libya, but Russia’s presence in the country is real:
  • Saudi Arabian King Salman made a historic visit to Moscow in October 2017, which demonstrates Moscow’s accepted prominence in the region.
  • Arms and nuclear deals play an important role in Egypt’s increasingly closer ties to Russia.
  • Moscow is also building Turkey’s nuclear power plant. Erdogan’s ongoing discussion about the purchase of S- 400’s from Moscow would have been unthinkable even a decade ago but increasingly appears to reflect reality rather than mere posturing.
  • Morocco has grown closer to Russia in terms of Moscow’s support for Morocco’s nuclear energy.

CHINA

The Testimony also covers China’s involvement in the Middle East, which so far is mainly economic with a military and political component.

Also, here’s ‘Rosh’, the leader of the Gog-Magog alliance at a summit with that ‘king’ of the East, who stated that,

Beijing will continue to promote steady development of ties with Tehran no matter how the situation changes.” Xi condemned Washington’s unilateral pullout from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran as the main reason behind rising tensions in the region, calling for the promotion of multilateralism. He stressed that Beijing will continue its strategic relations with Tehran in various fields, including fighting terrorism and systematic crimes.’

Koenig World Watch Daily – click image to read PressTV-Iran article

Let’s see what scripture says about them in Revelation 16:

Sixth Bowl: Euphrates Dried Up

12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings [g]of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Further Reading:

True news about Trump that ALL Christians need to know re. persecution

 

This news follows hot on the heels of the the murders of Christians in Sri Lanka whilst celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, 21st April (as covered here).  Last Tuesday April 23rd, the Washington Examiner announced:

Trump Privately Urges World Leaders To Take Better Care of Christians…

‘White House acting chief-of-staff Mick Mulvaney said on Tuesday a little known fact about President Trump is that he often brings up Christianity when meeting with foreign leaders.

“What you don’t know about is what goes on behind closed doors. I very rarely talk about my private meetings with the president,” Mulvaney said at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC. “I can assure you that I have been sitting with him in the Oval Office, in the Cabinet Room, with leaders from around the world where he will look at them and say, ‘Now, you’re not doing enough to take care of the Christians in your country,’ or, ‘Thank you for helping the Christians in your country’.”

“That is heavy stuff, and it strikes me it’s probably something that hasn’t been articulated in the Oval Office in way too long,” he added.

Addressing a crowd of more than 1,000 Catholics, Mulvaney said the Trump has embraced faith in the White House and encourages Christians and people from all religions who work there to “take their faith and work it into our policies…If you take a look at what the administration has done in the first two and a half years, I think you can see the principles of our faith being manifested,” Mulvaney said.

‘Mulvaney told attendees that too few people across the country are showing their faith and publicly embracing it. “Not enough people are open in their faith, not enough people are comfortable saying, ‘Yeah, you know what? I went to church today”.’

I found this gem buried in Friday’s Koenigs’ Eye-View From The White House, which quotes Western Journal’s article on that news.

You may recall my writing some time ago that the White House has never been as open and welcoming to Christians as it is under President Trump’s administration. Bill opens his latest with this insight,

‘As I continue to report from the White House, moving into my 19th year, we have never had an administration more supportive of Israel and willing to take on Israel’s greatest threat — Iran. Israel’s appreciation was confirmed by members of the Israeli media in my White House conversations on March 25, during Benjamin Netanyahu’s participation in President Trump’s official Golan Heights’ resolution.

‘Vice-President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are evangelicals who fully understand the significance of Israel, both biblically, strategically and practically. Additionally, staunch supporter of Israel National Security Advisor John Bolton’s hardline position persuaded President Trump to eliminate all waivers to countries buying oil from Iran and will impose costly sanctions if they continue to buy oil from Iran.’

What About ‘Touch Not The Lord’s Anointed’?

In view of this important insight into the character of President Trump, and of Dr Lance Wallnau’s hearing from the Lord’s anointing him as a ‘modern-day’ Cyrus, I want to refer briefly to the implicit relevance of ‘touching God’s anointed’.  This is succinctly explained at Jesus Alive as follows:

‘We can also see David applying this when he refused to “touch” (or kill) King Saul in (1 Sam 24:4-13) because he was “God’s anointed.” In (1 Sam 24:9-10)(NASB), David says to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men, saying, ‘Behold, David seeks to harm you’? (10) Behold, this day your eyes have seen that the Lord had given you today into my hand in the cave, and some said to kill you, but my eye had pity on you; and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.'” David repeats something similar to this later in (1 Sam 26:9-11,23-24), when he has a second chance to kill Saul, and repeats it a third time in (2 Sam 1:13-16) when someone later claims to kill Saul.’

THEREFORE, in regards to the official state visit of the President of the United States of America to Britain, the grossly ill-mannered, arch-hypocritical actions of the leader of HM Opposition (Corbyn) and Speaker of the House of Commons (Bercow) in refusing to meet Trump or allow his addressing Parliament will, according to that scripture and the law of sowing and reaping, bode ill for them personally. That is, there are deep personal consequences to their decisions as representatives of the citizens of Great Britain.

Moreover, it makes me wonder if this may have applied to an ordained minister who’d attended, albeit in an unofficial capacity, the anti-Trump demonstrations organised by the Mayor of London. Subsequently, this minister encountered a radical change to his well-known ministry in its becoming peripatetic as a result of its permanent base having to close!

I wonder, therefore, if that change may be connected with his having taken a stance that specifically opposed (ie. to ‘touch not’) the Lord’s anointed leader of America??

22 biblically-related news headlines in one week!

Within days of New Year’s Day seven years ago I introduced this blog’s first readers to the Watcher in The White House, accredited Christian journalist William Koenig, in Points to Ponder: 2011-12 and Biblical Historical/Financial Cycles. It was the first of occasional sorties into the nature of Time and the Bible, now collated in this hub – Time: a Primer.

In last Friday’s Eye View from the White House Bill opens his weekly report with…

“22 significant new events that happened this week – This has been an amazing week of prophetic significance with continued final-day alignment activities” and briefly reports upon activities and then enumerates the events as follows:

“The following are news articles that are prophetically significant. Below the news is insight and information regarding Secretary Pompeo’s trip and more news.

  1. Turkey and the Kurds turn to Russia to solve problems sparked by U.S. exit from Syria – Washington Post
  2. Putin and Erdogan agree to hold talks soon, but exact date is not determined – Kremlin – Tass
  3. Erdogan calls for joint Turkish-Russian-Iranian control of US pullout from Syria in face of Moscow’s veto – Debka
  4. Bolton says U.S. Withdrawal from Syria is conditional: National security adviser says pullout depends on assurances Turkey will protect America’s Kurdish allies – Wall Street Journal
  5. Turkey’s Erdogan refuses Bolton meeting, slams Syria withdrawal shift – Axios
  6. Bolton warns Syria not to use chemical weapons – Wall Street Journal
  7. Trump prepared to ‘unleash fury’ on Syria, Pompeo says – Jerusalem Post
  8. Pompeo promises ‘every last Iranian boot’ will be expelled from Syria – Times of Israel
  9. Pompeo hopes to establish coalition consisting of GCC states, Egypt and Jordan Al Arabiya
  10. Iran’s supreme leader calls US officials ‘idiots,’ but hints sanctions hurting – Times of Israel
  11. Iran’s Zarif on Pompeo: U.S. brings chaos where it interferes – Reuters
  12. US to convene global summit on Iran February 13-14 – Times of Israel
  13. US Navy Update: 11 carrier strike groups and 9 amphibious ready groups; five groups deployed and 15 in US ports – Strafor Intelligence
  14. Pentagon pushes forward on Syria pullout: USS Kearsarge to back up troops at the vulnerable moment they are leaving Syria – Wall Street Journal
  15. USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) back in the Persian Gulf to continue ISIS fight; a show of force to nearby Iran – CBS News
  16. Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) is in the North Arabian Sea – USNI
  17. Netanyahu wants US recognition of Israel sovereignty over Golan Heights – Middle East Monitor
  18. In Arab world, belief prevails that Trump will recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights – Ynet
  19. Jordanian FM to Pompeo: Israel must eventually withdraw from Golan – Times of Israel
  20. After U.S. prod, ex-envoy to China says Haifa Port deal must be reversed – Jerusalem Post
  21. Israel-China experts downplay impact of Haifa Port decision – Jerusalem Post
  22. Egypt’s El Sisi Builds Middle East’s Largest Church – CBN.”

Bill doesn’t refer to specific bible prophecies because most of his readership, like mine, is familiar with Old and New Testament prophecies. [Those covering current events in the Middle-East are Daniel 7-8 (the vision of four beasts, the goat and ram), Zecharia 12 (Jerusalem and its enemies) and Ezekiel 36-19 (Gog & Magog) in the main.]

Next, he outlines the points Secretary Pompeo made in his speech in Cairo, which was a sensible turnaround of the seriously flawed one addressed to the whole Muslim world by Obama in 2009. [My critiques of Obama’s Cairo Speech followed by Europe and Two Daniels (ie. the EU) were some of my early emails on end-times.]

Subsequently, Debka reports Sunni Arab leaders are very uneasy about America pulling out of their region in the face of Iranian aggression, but they have to learn to look after themselves – in my opinion they will draw more closely alongside Israel, an alignment that started months ago.  Also, it’s a necessary part of shaking off the shackles of the Obama pro-Iranian legacy.

For in-depth consideration of Trump’s new policy see Carolyn Glick:

Prophecies on the spiritual significance of hurricanes striking the USA – part 2

In my first blog of 2012, Points to Ponder 2011-12 and Biblical, Historical, Financial Cycles I covered William Koenig’s investigation into the work of financial analyst Eric Hadik.  I’ve since referred to this accredited Christian journalist at the White House for his coverage of the Middle-East from a thoroughly biblical perspective. We now need to consider this in some depth:

In considering connections between President Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ for Israel-Palestine and Hurricane Florence for last Friday’s Inside The White House report, Bill  returns to his prime mission and discovery as a ‘watcher’ (emphasis mine)

‘Virtually every major hurricane since the beginning of the Israeli-Palestinians’ peace process in Madrid, Spain, held from October 30-November 1, 1991, have corresponded to White House involvement in Israel’s land. These have all occurred at the time U.S. presidents were actively pressuring and/or inducing Israel to make peace with the Palestinians by agreeing to give up large parts of Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem for promises of peace and security.’

He itemises many things demonstrating President Trump is the best friend Israel has ever had in the White House, as well as giving a timeline of his administration’s peace efforts and public comments in the last two weeks whilst Florence developed. Bill also notes Trump will now have been president during four of the costliest hurricanes in US history, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria during the month of Elul in 2017.

Extracts From This Month’s Timeline:
  • Tues 4th – US Ambassador to UN Haley: Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian ‘deal of the century’ can happen if Abbas comes to the table – Fox News – Tropical Storm Florence became Hurricane Florence
  • Wed 5th – Emir of Kuwait visits White House as Florence was continuing to develop. Last year on September 7, President Trump had a joint press conference with the emir as Hurricane Irma was developing into a record-setting Atlantic Hurricane…Florence becomes major hurricane as Category 3 storm. At of 125 mph is five mph away from Cat 4.
  • Thur 6th – Remarks by President Trump in Rosh Hashanah National Press Call with Jewish Faith Leaders and Rabbis; committed to an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal that he thinks can be made – White House transcript
  • Sat 8th – Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt presents details of the Thinking Behind the Mideast Peace Plan – JNS (Tasked by Trump to help reach the “deal of the century,” Greenblatt serves as one of Trump’s top Middle East envoys and has herculean task to help negotiate peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians.
  • Sun 9th – late afternoon Florence became a massive Hurricane 4 storm.
  • Mon 10th – Closure of the PLO Office in Washington is an attempt to force Palestinians to peace talks https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/09/285812.htm
  • Mon 10th Sept John Bolton at the Federalist Society speaks against International Criminal Court and defends Israel (C-Span)
  • Wed 12th – Envoy Greenblatt’s Twitter comments on Trump peace plan.
  • Wed 12th – shift in Florence’s path is ‘bizarre’ could bring ‘catastrophic flooding’ to Southeast – ranks as one of weirdest hurricane/tropical storm tracks! (Part 1  has details)

Bill concludes on the delivery of the ‘peace plan’: ‘Originally, President Trump was to present his plan to the UN on Sept. 25. Haley said last week that there is not a specific date; it may be later. Doesn’t mean he still won’t. Something is up in the heavenlies.’

He notes that ‘Isaac’ has become a hurricane and heading toward the Lesser Antilles. Last time a storm named Isaac formed was the day the Republican Platform Committee endorsed two state plans in August 2012 and caused the 2012 Republican Convention to cancel their first day.

Prophecies on the spiritual significance of hurricanes striking the USA – part 1

The Weather Channel: why climatology doesn’t have much of a say in Florence’s unusual track (click image for link).

Not following news programmes over our long weekend other than for a quick-scan of William Koenig’s newsfeed, I did however notice one about Hurricane Florence making a ‘bizarre’ change of course approaching America’s eastern seaboard.

This curious fact is reminiscent of the profound prophetic word Revd Dr Sharon Stone brought in 2012 about the special significance of Hurricane Sandy in changes the Lord is bringing to the influence of Christian history and giving a new spiritual direction and changing the course and identities of nations. The last part, on returning the UK and USA to their national identities, was unwittingly announced years later by President-elect Donald Trump (see Fulfilled Prophecy #15).

So now I’m back at my desk, let’s walk through a few related items in reverse order that have popped up. The latest come from Veronika West, which you may wish to share for purposes of prayer and intercession:

1 – the latest visionary word she posted approx 8am today (note: important clarification re the Tribulation of Bible prophecy):

A WORD OF SOBER WARNING: I SAW 7 MIGHTY WHIRLWINDS SIT UPON THE PALM OF HIS HAND AND THEN BEING RELEASED UPON THE NATIONS!

‘Last night just after midnight I was woken suddenly by a what I can only describe as a vision/dream it was very short and to the point.

‘In this vision/dream I saw the two hands of God coming together and being brought up to his mouth and then I saw Him blow forth into his closed hands and then He opened them and a GREAT WHIRLWIND sat upon the palm of His hand. Now As I looked at the Whirlwind sitting upon His hand suddenly I saw the Whirlwind begin to lift up and move forward and then I saw the Whirlwind being released upon the Nations of the earth. As I stayed Watching intently I saw again the hands of God come together and I watched as He blew into them and yet again another Whirlwind was formed and it sat upon the palm of His hand, I watched as the Whirlwind grew in size and in great power as it sat upon His hand then I watched as the Whirlwind once again lifted up and it was released upon the Nations. Now I watched in the vision this taking place “7 times”, then I looked and I saw 7 MIGHTY WHIRLWINDS moving upon the earth and then I heard these words,

“MY WHIRLWINDS COME TO AWAKEN THE SLEEPING AND STIFF-NECKED NATIONS, MY WHIRLWINDS COME TO MAKE WAY, MY WHIRLWINDS COME TO SCATTER, TO SHAKE, TO SEPARATE, TO SIFT AND SHIFT THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH, FOR THE DAYS ARE COMING WHEN THE RIGHTEOUS WILL CRY OUT “THESE ARE THE DAYS OF ELIJAH”, BUT THE WICKED WILL CRY OUT “THESE ARE THE DAYS OF NOAH” AND MANY SHALL LOOK FOR A WAY OF ESCAPE AND FIND NONE!”

‘Suddenly I woke up and found myself praying fervently in the Spirit, as I began to inquire of the Lord again I heard the Spirit say, “THE WHIRLWINDS OF MY SPIRIT WILL GATHER THE WHEAT AND SCATTER THE TARES, THE WHIRLWINDS OF MY SPIRIT WILL CAUSE A GREAT SHAKING, SIFTING AND SHIFTING TO TAKE PLACE IN THE NATIONS, WATCH! FOR A DIVINE DISRUPTION HAS NOW BEEN RELEASED UPON THE NATIONS”!

‘Then it was quickened to me by the Holy Spirit the Word I gave concerning the USA. Please read and PRAY!! (A Word for the USA refers)

‘PS: I DO NOT BELIEVE that this is speaking of the Great Tribulation, but rather this is speaking about the GREAT SHAKING that is now taking place in the Nations. THIS IS THE HOUR OF A GREAT SPIRITUAL AWAKENING UPON THE EARTH. I see and feel THE WHOLE EARTH IS BEING PURGED AND PURIFIED….!’

Whirlwind

2 – Note especially the graphical allusion, which I’ve underlined in Veronika’s previous posted last night:

AN URGENT WORD FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…; WATCH! FIRST THE SHARP SICKLE OF TRIUMPH NOW THE SHARP SICKLE OF DIVINE JUSTICE AND JUDGEMENT SHALL FLY ACROSS THE NATION”, says God…!

‘While in Worship this morning as I was praying for the Nations of the Earth suddenly I clearly heard the Spirit of God say, “Daughter TELL THE NATION OF AMERICA TO GET READY, TELL THEM TO WATCH AND PRAY! FIRST THE SICKLE OF TRIUMPH NOW THE SICKLE OF DIVINE JUSTICE AND JUDGEMENT SHALL FLY ACROSS THE NATION, TELL MY PEOPLE TO BE PREPARED FOR THAT WHICH I HAVE SPOKEN AND THAT WHICH I HAVE PROMISED WILL NO LONGER TARRY BUT SURELY IT SHALL NOW COME TO PASS IN THIS NATION, FOR EVEN NOW MY GOVERNMENTAL HAND IS MOVING UPON THE WHITE HOUSE, UPON THE HOUSES OF CONGRESS AND UPON THE COURTS OF JUSTICE, WATCH! AS MY SPIRIT OF TRUTH, RIGHTEOUSNESS AND THE FEAR OF THE LORD COMES LIKE A SHARP SICKLE MOVING SWIFTLY, SEVERELY AND SUDDENLY UPON THE HEADS OF THE WICKED, LISTEN! FOR THE SOUND OF RIGHTEOUS RETRIBUTION WILL BE HEARD GOING FORTH ACROSS THE LAND, WATCH AND PRAY BELOVED, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE VIOLATED MY LAWS AND MY STATUES AND THOSE WHO HAVE KILLED THE UNBORN AND THOSE WHO HAVE BOWED DOWN TO THE IDOL OF BAAL IN THIS NATION WILL NOW BE GATHERED UP LIKE RIPE GRAPES ON THE VINE AND THEY SHALL BE TRODDEN UNDER-FOOT, WATCH AS THE SHARP SICKLE OF MY JUSTICE AND JUDGEMENT NOW FLIES FORTH ACROSS THE NATION OF AMERICA”!

‘Friends, when I heard those words a powerful vision opened up before me where I saw a golden sickle coming out of the heavens and begin to fly forth across the land of America. Now as I watched the sharp sickle fly, suddenly the Holy Spirit quickened to me a powerful word and vision I received in July 2016 just a few months before the Presidential Elections. In that vision I too saw a sickle fly across the Nation, it was the “SICKLE OF TRIUMPH”. The Spirit of God showed me in that powerful vision the face of Donald Trump engraved upon the sharp sickle and I was shown that a GREAT SHIFTING AND SIFTING was about to take place over the Nation. PLEASE SEE WORD; “SICKLE OF TRIUMPH”;’

3 – Note the hurricane’s REVISED, sickle-shaped tracking as estimated by The Weather Channel on charts published Saturday:

4 – Friday’s late-night report Koenig’s Eye-View From The White House, quoted two noteworthy news items from Wednesday, as follows (emphases mine):

Hurricane Florence path shift ‘bizarre,’ could bring ‘catastrophic flooding’ to Southeast (Source: USA Today – Sept 12)

‘The weird saga of Hurricane Florence, which has already carved an unprecedented path across the Atlantic, is forecast to persist with a strange stall and trek along the Southeast coast.

Instead of roaring ashore and quickly heading inland and weakening, as most storms do, Hurricane Florence should instead “stall near the coast and then parallel southwestward toward Georgia,” Weather Channel meteorologist Greg Postel said. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

‘AccuWeather meteorologist Marshall Moss said Florence’s track is unique. “It was located farther north in the Atlantic than any other storm to ever hit the Carolinas, so what we’re forecasting is unprecedented,” Moss said.

‘Also, most storms coming into the Carolinas tend to move northward, and this storm looks like it’s going to stall over the region, Moss added.’

Hurricane Florence Joins the Ranks of Weirdest Hurricane and Tropical Storm Tracks (Source: Weather Channel – Sept 12)

‘Florence’s path has already been a weird one and it’s forecast to get stranger through the end of this week.

‘Many hurricanes follow very clear tracks, for example, a curve around the south and west sides of the Bermuda-Azores high in the Atlantic Basin, or just a straight buzzsaw through the Caribbean Sea. In these cases, the atmosphere’s steering flow is strong and persistent enough to keep the hurricane on a steady path. Forecast tracks of those are, straightforward.

‘Then, you have others like Florence.:

Late last week Florence was in a spot that’s typically far enough north for a hurricane to curve out to sea and not impact the United States. In fact, no tropical storm or hurricane in recorded history has passed within 100 miles of Florence’s location last Friday and still made a United States landfall.’

Also that day, MSNBC’s meteorologist Bill Karins gave a warning of a ‘big change’ in the storm, as reported over here in depth by the Daily Express.

Even more astonishing than all this are William Koenig’s observations over the last three decades of a correlation between severe storms and every US administration’s interference with the land of Israel. We’ll consider this in Part 2 >>

Bible Update: Genesis 12 blessing and curse in the news

Now [in Haran] the LORD said to Abram, “Go for yourself [for your own advantage] away from your country, from your relatives and your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.

“And I will make of you a great nation and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others].

“And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and curse him who curses or uses insolent language towards you; in you ALL the families and kindred of the earth will be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves].” (Genesis 12:1-3 Amplified Bible)

I was reminded of this passage last weekend as being the explanation for the amazing news of financial markets in the US defying the tumult convulsing rest of the world!

Bloomberg reports: “If we looked at the world through just a U.S. lens, it would all seem quite sublime. Geopolitics and geo-tensions are far from it, however,” Marty Mitchell, former head government bond trader at Stifel Nicolaus & Co. and now an independent strategist, said in his daily newsletter Thursday. “It’s just a strange and disconcerting world that we live in, yet the U.S. equity market and the U.S. economy just keep chugging along”;‘for now, investors may have good reason to be confident in U.S. assets amid the global turmoil. (but) that doesn’t mean they can ignore the events offshore, such as Turkey,’ says Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer of Bleakley Financial Group.”

To me this speaks of a consequential blessing coming upon the United States because president Trump recognises Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state of Israel and therefore relocated the US embassy there. (The next day Guatemala moved theirs too and their ambassador reports that on the day its doors opened no crime was reported in her homeland for the first time in its history! – ICEJ editorial, Word From Jerusalem.)

And now, a week later, those verses of Genesis 12 crop up again upon reading William Koenig’s Eye View from the White House in connection with these references:

THREE SOUTH AMERICAN LEADERS CURSED ISRAEL: one is dead, one is in jail and one was impeached!

Koenig: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Brazil’s Presidents Lula and Rousseff cursed Israel and suffered major personal and political consequences.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
  • Hugo Chavez Blasts Israel – (Chavez chastises Israel starting at 1:35 in tape) — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt4FLhr0Yq0
  • Hugo Chavez weeps and calls on God to spare his life – April 6, 2008 – Telegraph-UK
  • Venezuela’s Chavez Dies at 58 – March 5, 2013 – Israel National News
  • The Curse of Chávez’s Ghost – Nicolás Maduro’s Venezuela is falling apart. Can anything save its oil-starved economy? – Council on Foreign Policy (CPR) — Foreign Policy
Brazilian President Lula
  • With So Many Problems of Its Own, Why Is Brazil So Nasty to Israel? – Tower
  • Brazil angers US and Israel with its pro-Palestine move, meets with Iran’s Ahmadinejad – Sydney Morning Herald
  • Brazil’s ex-president ‘Lula’ da Silva jailed for graft – April 8, 2018 – USA Today
  • Former Brazilian President Lula Surrenders to Face Prison Time- Hamodia
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
  • Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff calls Israel’s conflict with Hamas ‘a massacre’ – March 7, 2014 – Fox News
  • Israel Changes Tack After Standoff With Brazil Over Dani Dayan – March 3, 2016
  • New York Times
  • Dilma Rousseff Is Ousted as Brazil’s President in Impeachment Vote – August 31, 2016 – New York Times
  • Brazil approves new Israeli ambassador after blocking settlement leader – January 17, 2017 – – Ynet
IS ERDOGAN NEXT TO BE CURSED? He called Israel’s new nation-state law fascist; Hitler’s spirit re-emerging
  • Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan prides himself on being the major Muslim figure not only in Turkey but the entire Middle East. He was tight with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood before that government was overthrown by General Al-Sisi.
  • His ego is enormous, and Trump is taking him on for not releasing Pastor Brunson and other reasons (review Turkey-US: A timeline of plummeting relations – Bloomberg).
  • Fortunately, the beginning of the delivery of 100 F-35 stealth jets that were to be shipped to Turkey have been stopped by Congress and the president.
  • Erdogan is not backing down as Turkey’s currency, stock markets and economy keep crashing.
  • Erdogan was the person who corrected Obama when he spoke of moderate Islam in his April 2009 speech to the Turkish Parliament; Erdogan said there is no such thing.

Erdogan says new Israeli law fascist, Hitler’s spirit re-emerging (Reuters)

Turkey reeling economically and politically: News headlines with links to articles

  • Erdoğan rebuked for claiming Israeli officials have ‘Hitler spirit’: Netanyahu calls Turkey a ‘dark dictatorship’, in diplomatic spat over new law defining Israel as a Jewish state – The Guardian
  • U.S.-Turkey Relations At Crossroads, Erdogan Warns Of New Friends In Eastern Places – Jerusalem Post
  • Turkey meltdown – Bloomberg

Continued in next post Genesis 12: An Analysis of Turkey’s Status linking to an in-depth article by Caroline Glick.

BRITAIN’S CORBYN NEXT??

Therefore I must ask, is deeply anti-Semitic Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn next?? His support of terrorists has been coming under increasing exposure. Read a survivor of the 1972 Munich Olympics murders: I nearly died with my teammates. I hope Corbyn disappears from politics.

We know God’s word doesn’t return to Him void, ie. without accomplishing its purpose, so it’s encouraging to see Him bringing it about.

‘Gog-Magog’ on ‘front-burner’: Iran’s president warned “Never, ever threaten the US again or…”

We read in the previous post about Putin’s response to PM Netanyahu’s no-nonsense stance on the presence of his Iranian ally’s proxy forces on the Israel-Syrian border. After posting that I read the news-feed on Koenig’s World Watch Daily of President Trump’s reaction to Iranian president Rouhani threatening America with “the mother of all wars”!  He tweeted:

(Source: CNBC; for more on Iran’s perspective see BIN.)

So, around the 6th anniversary of the previous Iranian president’s End-times threat to Israel announced in the United Nations – plus years of belligerent threats, including that of “the mother of all wars” (ie. ‘Armageddon’), as oft’ reported here – at long last there’s now someone with a very big stick promising to make them eat their words!

Thank you Donald.

Significance of the month of April, especially this 3rd week

The promise of improving weather, from that of unusually prolonged cool cloudy Spring to unexpected spell of wall-to-wall warm Summer sunshine, brings outdoor jobs to the top of our ‘to do’ tasks. Thus, with reduced time online, my intention was to complete the post on Bible maths I was drafting for this week, but which unexpectedly got ‘self-published’ then, if there’s time, to quickly re-post past items on cycles. But something was tapping away about April at the back of my brain! Those items needed more clout!! And they lead into a surprising revelation about April.

So I re-located pages in the God-incidents hub to a brand new one – Time: a Primer. (It covers brief thoughts on eternity & prophecy, the nature of time, cycles & the Bible, the natural year and the historical significance of April, especially to Israel and the USA.) After three busy days I had opportunity last night to copy-paste an introduction to the last item, as well as catching up on overseas news. That’s when my plans got a tad waylaid – I spotted the announcement about Israel’s Independence Day. Hold my horses – whoaa there! I need to publish that!

ISRAEL

That news took me by surprise because I thought that will be next month: on the 70th anniversary of the day the British Mandate over Palestine expired – 14th May 1948.

According to the Jewish Virtual Library, on that day ‘The Jewish People’s Council gathered at the Tel Aviv Museum to declare the establishment of the State of Israel. There’s no record of who attended the meeting, but 350 invitations were sent out instructing the recipients to keep the information secret. Word got out, however, and people started singing Hatikvah in the streets even before David Ben-Gurion began reading the declaration he’d written at a half-hour ceremony held before the British left, to avoid making the declaration on Shabbat. Some people signed the Declaration later but four hours later, Egypt bombed Tel Aviv. The new state was recognized that night by the United States and three days later by the USSR.

‘The creation of Israel in May of 1948 and its survival afterwards depended in large part on the Truman Administration’s willingness to recognize and support the Jewish state.’

SO, what’s today’s celebrations across Israel all about? It’s tied in with Memorial Day.

‘Established unofficially with the founding of the State of Israel in 1948, and enacted into law in 1963, the day preceding Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) is observed as a Memorial Day for Israeli soldiers who lost their lives in defending Israel. Held on the fifth day of the Hebrew calendar month of Iyar, Yom Ha’atzmaut is a modern holiday celebrating Israel‘s independence. Israeli Independence Day is always immediately preceded by Yom Hazikaron – Memorial Day. The message of linking these two days is clear: Israelis owe their independence – the very existence of the state – to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for it.’

This difference between those dates of declared and observed independence makes an uncanny connection with historical, cyclical phenomena. We now get into the fascinating facts about today and tomorrow specifically, as well as the third weeks of April. (Maybe it’s one reason I got nudged from circulating emails to public blogging?):

CYCLES

Weeks after launching this blog I wrote Points to Ponder: 2011-2012 and Biblical Historical/Financial Cycles about Christian journalist William Koenig’s investigation into the work of Eric Hadik, a financial markets technical analyst. (See their bios: About William KoenigWho is Eric Hadik?) I realised some years later that this ‘coincided’ with publication of Jonathan Cahn’s bestseller The Harbinger.

Hadik built his remarkable knowledge upon W.D. Gann’s work on market cycle theories, which are based upon his discoveries within the Bible and then applied to mathematical and geometrical principles!

Four years of closely following Hadik’s application of theories of cycles to natural and human events, enabled Bill to state he’d “found his calculations extremely accurate”.

Then in September 2012, with that knowledge of Eric Hadik’s predictions, Bill ‘hit the nail on the head’ by asking, “Would the 11th anniversary of 9/11 be another historical day?” – it was! (Read 11-year cycle proves itself again! – note it relates to period of sunspot activity).

APRILS

In reprinting his earlier report Bill writes as follows:

“Eric Hadik (InsideTrackTrading) has complied an extensive list of major events that have happened on or around April 19 and 20—including world wars, American wars, Israeli wars, and the births of Hitler and Mohammed.

“Eric has previously shared the significance of the month of April and the incredible number of events that have happened in this month that have impacted the US, Israel and the Jewish people.

“Major wars began in the US in this time frame. Major domestic terror events occurred numerous times on April 19. Mohammed and Hitler were born on the same day—April 20. There have also been major news items about Iran in the month of April from 2006 to 2012 (and 2013’s Boston Marathon bombing, 2015’s nuclear ‘agreement’ with Iran: RB)…”

Read these astonishing facts in Historical Significance of April – Especially for Israel and the USA.

READ NEXT > strategic earthquake struck on same day as this post’s publication!

Notes:
  1. For a short background briefing read Cycles & The Bible and The Natural Year.
  2. In checking those items’ links to Eric’s site I was pleased to discover his new site on 17-year periods, which number recently featured in the numerical mystery of Jesus’ post-Resurrection catch of 153 fish.

Acceleration of Biblical End-times events is speeding up!

Upon hearing presenter J.D. Farag’s opening remarks in Sunday’s Mid-East Prophecy Update I was instantly reminded of these intertwined personal revelations:

  1. after being stunned upon hearing,“This is ALL about to be fulfilled” (see The Endgame Is Now In Play) I started monitoring current events more closely, and
  2. noted those related to Bible prophecies occurring with an increasing rapidity!!

This pastor of Calvary Chapel Kaneohe in Honolulu catches everyone’s attention with,

“As I was preparing for today’s Prophecy Update I was struck with how swiftly everything is happening – how fast everything is speeding up. To me, it’s almost as if world leaders are being motivated by some force to move quickly, and to strike while the proverbial iron is hot.

“So, what I want to talk about today is what seems to be this global expediting – of sorts – and in so doing I want to answer the question of ‘Why the fulfillment of Bible prophecy is on fast-forward?’

“I’ve used that illustration before – I do not see anyone or anything being able to push the pause button on how fast things are going. Rather, I see it as someone pushing the fast-forward button – things are moving so fast, so fast!”

What’s especially fascinating is mainstream media is now referring to unexpected turns in geopolitical events and changes in their anticipated timing, to which the Pastor  refers (quoting his downloadable Update; bold emphases his, underlining mine):

  • “Jerusalem Post asks why is the US speeding up its Jerusalem embassy move?
    “The State Department’s announcement …that it will essentially move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in phases, with the first stage to begin as early as May to coincide with Israel’s 70th Independence Day, is a significant shortening of the timeline. So what happened? Why now has the US decided to at least call the current consulate in Jerusalem an embassy and move Ambassador David Friedman and some of his staff to the location by mid May?”…
  • “On Thursday, Arutz Sheva published a report that the Czech President wants the move of their embassy to Jerusalem expedited...
  • “Speaking of the expediting prior to this May, I’m sure that you, like me, were quite stunned by the sudden breaking news that North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un and the U.S. President Donald Trump have agreed to meet prior to May…While the announcement was sudden, Trump…earlier had made a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room to promise that South Korea would soon make a “major announcement”. …welcomed this …as “very positive”, implying that he believes he is on the verge of a swift and unexpected breakthrough for his so-called “maximum pressure campaign” to force Kim to accept disarmament talks…Thursday, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi…called for Washington and the North “to engage in dialogue sooner rather than later.”
  • “According to Reuters…that Russia, Iran and Turkey aren’t going to wait for May, and instead, will meet next month in April. It’s rumored that Putin, Rouhani and Erdogan who “cooperate closely on Syria”, will (discuss) the situation in Syria.
  • “On Friday, Arutz Sheva published an article about how, in the era of Trump, time is no longer on the side of the Palestinians…quote Education Minister Naftali Bennett as saying President Trump has fundamentally changed the equation in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. According to the Jewish Home chief, President Trump’s historic December 2017 declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announcing plans for the relocation of the US embassy removed any incentive for the PA leadership to delay final status talks, potentially making negotiations with Israel more likely. The declaration, argued Bennett, has the potential to “allow, or accelerate peace, or enable peace …The Palestinians…over the past 50 years, had a very simple strategy. Time was on their side, so they’ll just wait. And every time they wait, they get a better deal. If you look through ’93, through 2000, in 2007 the deal just got better. So why not wait? What he’s actually done is reverse that vector, that trend, and suddenly, the Palestinians realize that time is not necessarily on their side, and maybe they should start moving.”

PLUS, the PA leader’s health is not good, yet he’s adamant in refusing to change his mind; so his death will unquestionably be a game-changing event!

Pastor stresses (emphases mine), “It’s important to note specific phrases like speeding up, significant shortening of, expedited and accelerated in these reports because they all speak to the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, revving up, as the Lord’s return is fast approaching.  Actually, this is the answer to the aforementioned question of why it seems that everything is speeding up with such urgency.

NINE YEARS AGO:

As implied in the first paragraph, this vital topic of ‘acceleration’ got flagged up early in my private correspondence nine years ago when president Barack Obama had made an unprecedented, albeit temporary, U-turn in his attitude to Israel, as told in Israel’s PM Points to New Testament – Obama Does U-turn.  In it I quoted White House accredited Christian correspondent William Koenig:

Never before have we had so many biblically significant events evolving at such a rapid paceit requires a major effort and assistance in an attempt to stay up with them. Only a small percentage of people in the church and a very small percentage of people in the public know of the seriousness of the times…” (emphasis mine)

Only a few months later in asking Could This Weekend Change The World? I quoted his friend and co-author John McTernan’s opinion,

“Those that are anchored in the Bible and believe the prophetic word, understand what is happening. Events seem to be accelerating towards the Day of LORD. Our hope is in the Blessed Hope, the Lord Jesus coming for His church.” (emphasis mine)

Subsequently, the momentum gathered pace as the number of Biblically-related events heads towards a deluge as we approach the fulfillment of all Bible prophecy. So we can soon expect to see Biblical and contemporary prophetic words and visions converge to fulfill Holy Writ. As J.D. Farag concludes (note numbers for next post):

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” (Revelation 22:7)

Selah!

Pray for Pope Francis to take a stand upon the Bible

Thursday 18th to 25th January is designated as Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which was started 110 years ago within the Roman Catholic Church and has since become an international ecumenical act of observance.

In Liphook, Anglican, Methodist and Catholic churches each sent a representative to the next church in that sequence to say the morning prayers during yesterday’s services. In our Church Centre, after leading the prayer Jesus taught His disciples to pray, Catholic Richard T opened his prayers for unity by praying for the Pope and all church leaders.

I added personally that Pope Francis have a direct revelation of the Lord’s heart for and of holy writ concerning Jerusalem because his recent actions have left a great deal to be desired. It certainly appears he’s either ignorant of the scriptures, or has an entirely different agenda, notwithstanding apparently benign intentions.

Were Pope Francis a Bible-believing Christian he’d need to abide by that church’s own teachings on scripture’s authority. His predecessor Leo XII’s famous encyclical of 1893  ‘Providentissimus Deus‘ on ‘the importance for Catholics to study the Holy Scriptures solemnly affirms that the entire Bible is God’s Word, holy and true’. Fifty years later Pope Pius XII in his encyclical ‘Divino Afflante Spiritu’ notes how Leo’s program for scriptural studies bore great fruit so that “confidence in the authority and historical value of the Bible..among Catholics is completely restored”!  [The Holy Family Bible, 1956]

Thus, Pope Francis has no excuse for failing to stand upon even the very few scriptures covered in this blog on the centrality of Jerusalem in Divine Providence, or for lending support to teaching and doctrines opposed to God’s Holy Word!

POPE FRANCIS’ REACTIONS

Friday 19th January’s Koenig’s Eye View From The White House lists events under the sub-head ‘Pope Francis siding with Muslims over Jerusalem, supports an Arab State in Judea and Samaria, meeting with Muslim leaders‘:

December 6, 2017: Pope supports UN Resolutions on Jerusalem

“Everyone should be committed to respecting the city’s status quo, in accordance with the pertinent UN resolutions …I pray to the Lord that its identity to be preserved and strengthened for the benefit of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the whole world and that wisdom and prudence prevail to prevent new elements of tension from being added to a global context already convulsed by so many cruel conflicts.”

December 25, 2017: Pope supports two-states and asks for peace in Jerusalem and the Holy Land. supports UN borders

“We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. On this festive day, let us ask the Lord for peace for Jerusalem and for all the Holy Land. Let us pray that the will to resume dialogue may prevail between the parties and that a negotiated solution can finally be reached, one that would allow the peaceful coexistence of two States within mutually agreed and internationally recognized borders.”

January 19, 2018: Pope renews call to maintain Jerusalem status quo

Referring to “the unique nature of Jerusalem” in a letter to Egypt’s top Muslim cleric, Ahmed al-Tayeb, Francis said that “only a special status, guaranteed by the international community, can preserve its identity, (and) unique vocation as a place of peace.”  Only that “would allow a future of reconciliation and hope for the entire region,” he said. “The Holy See will not cease from urgently calling for dialogue to resume between Israelis and Palestinians for a negotiated solution aimed at the peaceful coexistence of two states,” the letter continued.

As that cleric should be treated with the utmost suspicion, the pontiff’s dealings with him could be regarded as the height of stupidity or duplicity!

Koenig is of the opinion that, in his continued support for an Arab State in Judea, Samaria and E Jerusalem, the Pope needs to read the Bible’s prophecies, especially Zechariah chapter 12.  Also that, having met with Jordanian leader King Abdullah II, Francis will – along with Turkey’s president Erdogan on February 5 – call on President Trump to reverse his Jerusalem declarations.  Not forgetting that last month Erdogan cited the Pope’s statements in support of his outrage against Trump and Israel!!

DUPED PONTIFF & MENDACIOUS IMAM?

Not taking a stand upon the Word of God leaves Rome’s Pontiff the fall-guy to ‘the most influential Muslim in the world’ (2013 survey).  The Kingdom’s expectation of high levels of personal honesty expected of disciples and knowledge of ‘The Father of Lies’ makes Christians blithely ignorant of religiously sanctioned lying in order to protect or promote Islam.

As I stated in Catholic and Orthodox Churches Choose Fealty to 7th Century Muslim Edict,  deception and dissimulation are sanctioned in the Qur’an under the doctrine of  taqiyya. According to a former Islamic studies professor at the American University of Beirut, Sami Mukaram, “Taqiyya is very prevalent in Islamic politics, especially in the modern era”.

“There’s nothing like knowing Arabic—that is, being privy to the Muslim world’s internal conversations on a daily basis — to disabuse oneself of the supposed differences between so-called “moderate” and “radical” Muslims.”  (Raymond Ibrahim, author of The Al Qaeda Reader.)

Pope Francis gave a noble speech upon meeting Ahmed Al-Tayeb last April (read his 12 Key Points) – and has since met him a third time – but author Raymond, of Coptic Christian parents, thoroughly demolishes the facade in documenting the cleric’s history of adherence to all the extreme demands and nuances of Islam in ‘The Real Bomb is in Islam’s Books‘ and Dr Ahmed al-Tayeb: Meet “the World’s Most Influential Muslim”, published 2017 and 2016 respectively.

So, let’s pray for the scales to fall from the pontiff’s eyes and for him to hear our Father in Heaven on this whole issue. Also, for Ahmed al-Tayeb to have a ‘Damascus road’ experience of his supposed prophet Jesus being The Son of God…AMEN!

Further Reading:

Bible Update: Zech 12:2-3 – PA leader’s 25-year strategy broken over Jerusalem

The oracle of the word of the LORD affirming Israel. Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him:
“Behold I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness (‘threshold of shivering’) to all surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem.
‘And it shall happen in that day that will I make Jerusalem a very heavy (burdensome) stone for all peoples: all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered (together) against it”. (Zechariah 12:1-3 NKJV with KJV per Hebrew)

Having long bitten the hand that feeds it, the Palestinian Authority’s President Abbas has now received a long overdue “slap in the face’. The Holocaust denier’s reaction was to threaten war! So he’ll break upon the ‘burdensome stone’ that is the ‘apple’ of the Holy One of Israel’s ‘eye’!

Trump-Abbas Credit: Reuters

Within the past week he’s thrown the biggest tantrum over Trump’s moving America’s embassy to Jerusalem and introducing a way to overcome the PA’s continual intransigence over the ‘peace’ process. BUT the proposal is not that of Donald Trump alone (nor Israel’s) but comes in tandem with the Arab nations of Saudia Arabia, Egypt and United Arab Emirates!

Courtesy Koenig’s WWD headlines/extracts (with emphases mine), the sequence of recent events reads:

  • Abbas Cancels Peace Negotiations Due to Saudi-leaked Jerusalem Plan‘(PA) President Mahmoud Abbas decided to deliver Sunday’s speech – in which he ruled out a peace process as long as Donald Trump is US president – after parts of Trump’s Middle East peace plan were leaked to him by the Saudis, Channel 2 reported on Tuesday night. Even before Sunday’s speech, Ben Caspit of The Jerusalem Post’s Hebrew sister paper Maariv reported last week that Abbas was angered by the preliminary reports of Trump’s plan that the Saudis had given him. The report said those leaks were the real reason Abbas did not intend to return to the negotiating table, and not Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.’
  • Abbas: “Jerusalem is the Gate of Peace or War – Trump Must Choose” – ‘(PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday continued to rail against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, cautioning that actions taken in the city could spark a future war, while also advocating a “peaceful” path. “Jerusalem is the gate of peace and war — Trump must choose,” said Abbas, who was at a conference in the Al Azhar University in Cairo on “global support for Jerusalem.” While warning of war, the 82-year-old Palestinian leader also reiterated several times that the only way forward for Palestinians to oppose both American and Israeli policies involved peaceful means.“A popular and peaceful resistance is the path that will succeed and that we will continue on,” Abbas said.
  • Trump Cuts UNRWA Funding Amid Abbas Assault ‘The Trump administration informed the UN Relief and Works Agency on Tuesday that it was cutting tens of millions of dollars in aid to the organization, amid an escalating diplomatic crisis between Washington and Ramallah, a US official told The Jerusalem Post. President Donald Trump heeded the advice of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster – in addition to that of the Israeli government – and agreed to transfer $60 million to the UN body for now, as opposed to cutting all funding outright. But the remaining pledge of $65m. has been withheld “for future consideration,” according to a letter sent to the agency. While the policy decision came out of the State Department, which faced a UN dues payment this week, the question of how to proceed became an interagency debate among Trump’s top foreign policy staff and involved the president himself. Only one of those figures – Nikki Haley, Trump’s ambassador to the UN – advocated for a full and immediate aid cut.’
  • (At UN) Haley Takes PA to Task After ‘Hateful’ Comments by AbbasIn her first official reaction to (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s fiery speech this week, US Envoy to UN Nikki Haley said Washington is “not going to pay to be abused.”  Speaking during a wide-ranging interview…Haley took the PA to task. “Don’t think that you can sit there and say hateful things about us and turn around and write you a check. It’s wrong in every turn,” she said.

    Abbas effectively threw in the towel over the weekend, offering a scathing speech targeting the US administration generally and President Donald Trump personally by dismissing their peace effort and calling for his “house to be destroyed.”  “Damn your money!” Abbas declared. Israeli politicians and Jewish American groups decried the speech as a racist diatribe that revealed Abbas’s true colors. The speech included conspiracy theories and fundamental questioning of the existence and justification for a Jewish state. Abbas also reiterated his position that the US could no longer be seen as a fair broker in future peace talks.

    “We’re not going to reward bad behavior,” Haley said. “Here you’ve got the Palestinians who are basically saying they’re going to cut the US out of the peace process. They’re saying they no longer want to have anything to do with us. They go and take us to the United Nations and try, basically, are very hostile in what they say and what they do. We’re not going to pay to be abused. It doesn’t make sense.”

As ever, pre-MSM news outlet DebkaFile provides good insights in Abbas’ Ultimatum to Trump: Choose Between Palestinian Jerusalem or War. This in-depth analysis opens – and note opinion about EU funding.:

‘Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas kicked back hard after grasping he was confronted with an orderly, Arab-backed US peace plan that left his strategy in ruins. Abbas now sees he is cornered by his nemesis: Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, was not just a one-off whim, but a component of the “deal of the century,” which the US president and his advisers had crafted for months together with Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman and the UAE ruler Sheikh Muhammed Bin Ziyad.
‘The Palestinian leader’s first predicament was how to explain to the Palestinian and Arab public what happened to his master strategy of the past 25 years, for using world opinion to force a pro-Palestinian peace solution down Israel’s throat. Not too long ago, Abbas boasted he was about to pull it off. Now it is crashing before his eyes. It is not enough for him to yell that the “deal of the century” is the “slap of the century.”
‘Here and there, he may find international pro-Palestinian stalwarts, but the doors are slamming shut as funds for UN bodies and NGOs dry up. Even the Europeans, who dislike Trump and sympathize with the Palestinians, are beginning to think twice about sticking to a blunt line against the US and Israel. They are reluctant to buck the two allies’ partners, the oil-rich Saudi and Emirate rulers, a luxury they can ill-afford in these times of profound economic decline.’

The known details of the plan are noteworthy: ‘Much of the criticism of the US-Arab peace plan is prompted by a misapprehension. The plan is based strongly on a two-state solution that offers the Palestinians their own state and negates bi-national Israeli-Palestinian statehood. But the contours are different from any former peace proposal. Gone for good are the pre-1967 war lines which were Abbas’ sine qua non. According to the fragments leaked about the new proposal, which is still on the work bench, this Palestinian state would rise on territory currently governed by the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria…

‘This plan for Palestinian statehood bears little resemblance to the goal of the 50-year old Palestinian struggle. The Palestinian national movement has consistently aspired to a state that would swallow Israel and extinguish the Zionist visionFor Abbas this prospect is anathema. He is so beside himself that on Sunday, he cursed the house of US President Donald Trump before the PLO central committee. But, then on Monday, Jan 16, Trump whipped out his ultimate weapon and slashed aid to the UN Works and Relief Agency for Palestinian refugees, from $165m to $60m..’ (read in full here).

FASCINATING! As Bill Koenig says, “The Bible is playing out right before our eyes.”

Recommended reading:
  1. Melanie Philips’ deep knowledge of this man’s character and history is very revealing.  Her article on his speech, Abbas Tears Of the Mask, concludes,‘In short, Britain and the EU continue to support, validate and this connive at an agenda aimed at the extermination of Israel promoted by hallucinatory lies and libels about the Jewish people along with gross Holocaust denial.

    ‘Abbas’s speech should be sent to every member of the British parliament, and the Prime Minister, Theresa May, should be asked how Britain can continue to give any money at all to such open anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers. She should be asked how the British government can continue to support giving such people a state of their own. She should be asked why the British government has ignored this horrifying reality, and the constant mortal danger it poses for the Israelis, for so long.

    ‘But then, many British people will be unaware of the appalling nature of Abbas’s speech since the BBC chose to bowdlerise it, as BBC Watch observes.

    ‘Abbas clearly felt he had nothing to lose by making this speech. America has made clear it will no longer give the time of day to such an unconscionable agenda. Only Britain and the EU continue to keep it alive, to their undying shame.’

    2. Cont’d in Zecharia 2:8-9 as root of Europe’s migrant crisis and of UK’s ‘Brexit’.