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WARNING: ISRAEL IN DANGER OF BEING BLINDSIDED BY TWO NEW GRAVE THREATS

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Fact or fiction?

Fact or fiction?

>> New poll finds 61% of Americans would support military action to stop Iran from getting the bomb

On October 6, 1973, Israel was hit by a massive and devastating surprise attack on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. The warning signs that Israel’s enemies were gearing up to deal the Jewish State a death blow were there. Her leaders simply didn’t properly assess, interpret and respond to them. By God’s grace, Israel was saved from the brink of utter ruination. But it was close, and painful.

Thirty-six years later, Israel is once again in grave danger. By Iran’s nuclear threat, to be sure. But Israel is actually in danger of being blindsided by two new threats.

The first threat is the real and growing possibility that the United Nations will shift the nuclear spotlight away from Iran and on to Israel in an effort to force Jerusalem to disclose and dismantle its alleged nuclear weapons and join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Israel does not openly acknowledge having atomic weapons. But the U.N. Security Council could pass a resolution forcing Israel to allow international inspectors in. If Israel refused to comply, she could be subject to diplomatic isolation, crippling economic sanctions, and even international enforcement (that is, a coalition of nations ready to go to war over the issue, just as the U.S. led a coalition in 2003 to force Iraq to comply with U.N. resolutions regarding weapons of mass destruction.)

This is a scenario I’ve been warning about for years, including in my 2005 political thriller, The Ezekiel Option. But this is no longer fiction. IAEA chief Mohammed ElBaradei publicly raised this as a serious possibility yesterday, saying, “Israel is the number one threat to the Middle East given the nuclear arms it possesses.” The Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens also has a must-read column in today’s paper explaining how this scenario could come to pass in the not-too-distant future. Keep in mind: President Obama is making global nuclear disarmament his top foreign policy priority. He chaired a U.N. Security Council meeting last week to push this agenda. It is increasingly conceivable that he will try to force Israel to “play by the same rules” as everyone else and disarm unilaterally, even though Israel has never threatened to “annihilate” a neighbor. As I imagine in The Ezekiel Option, such a resolution against Israel could be introduced into the U.N. by Russia. The coalition against Israel could be led by Russia and Iran. Should this happen, we could begin to see the prophecies of Ezekiel 38-39 come to pass in fairly short order. While it is too early to conclude that is what is happening now, it is not too early to intensify our prayers for the peace of Jerusalem, according to Psalm 122:6.

The second threat is the real and growing possibility that the world will unilaterally create and recognize a Palestinian State, not through negotiations with Israel but by fiat. World leaders have been trying to engineer a “comprehensive” final peace agreement for decades. The Palestinians rejected a generous final peace offer by then-Israeli PM Ehud Barak in 2000 at Camp David (too generous, in my view). Then, Yasser Arafat unleashed the “Second Intifada” and a horrific wave of suicide bombings throughout Israel. The Palestinians then rejected repeated peace offers by then-Israeli PM Ehud Olmert (also too generous). Then, Hamas fired thousands of rockets and mortars at southern Israel until Operation Cast Lead crushed most of the Hamas activities in January of 2009.

Rather than be impatient with the Palestinian leadership, however, for consistently rejecting sweeping Israeli peace proposals, the world increasingly wants to force Israel to make deeper and deeper concessions. With his Cairo and U.N. General Assembly speeches, President Obama has taken the lead on this effort. He is demanding Israel return to its pre-1967 borders, divide Jerusalem and allow the Palestinians to have a state with contiguous borders (thus cutting Israel proper in two).

Now come a growing number of signs that world leaders are preparing to impose a final solution to the Israeli-Palestinian impasse, perhaps based on Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad’s new two-year plan to create a viable Palestinian state. “During July, the EU’s Javier Solana lectured in London and said that if the peace process was going nowhere, the international community should consider recognizing a Palestinian state under a UN resolution even without Israel’s consent,” reports Dr. Dore Gold, the former Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. “[Solana] called for a fixed deadline for future negotiations. The Fayyad Plan could prepare the groundwork for such international action by providing the Palestinians with the main legal preconditions for recognition: the exercise of effective governmental control, the capacity to engage in foreign relations, and a defined territory. The last criteria for statehood is the most problematic. According to Solana, after the UN Security Council proclaims the adoption of a two-state solution, it will also adopt further follow-up resolutions regarding the highly contentious issues of refugees, Jerusalem and borders. In short, the Solana plan is an imposed solution, using the UN Security Council as its main instrument, which will decide the issue of Israel’s future borders and those of the Palestinian state.”

These are dangerous developments. And let’s be clear: trying to force Israel to comply with such unfair and misguided initiatives won’t lead to peace. Rather, they will put millions of innocent Israeli and Palestinian lives in grave danger. May God have mercy on us all.

HEADLINES TO TRACK:

* LEARN: The Inside The Revolution film on DVD is available for 35% off at Barnes & Noble

* LEARN: Sign up for Joel’s email alerts with geopolitical analysis on trends in Israel and the Middle East, Joshua Fund project updates and prayer requests

* PRAY: Join Joel’s “Epicenter Team” on Facebook

* GIVE: Would you like to help The Joshua Fund bless Israel and her neighbors with food, clothing, medical supplies and other relief aid, especially as we pray for peace and prepare for the growing possibility of a war with Iran? A gift of $50, $100, $250 or more would make an enormous difference, as would becoming a monthly financial partner. Learn more at www.joshuafund.net.

NYT: REPORT SAYS IRAN HAS DATA TO MAKE A NUCLEAR BOMB

In Uncategorized on October 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm

>> IAEA’s ElBaradei says nuclear Israel number one threat to Mideast

>> 7,000 Christian pilgrims arrive in Israel to fulfill ancient prophesy

>> Joshua Fund accredited by national financial accountability organization

Excerpts from the New York Times front-page story on Iran having sufficient data to build the Bomb: “Senior staff members of the United Nations nuclear agency have concluded in a confidential analysis that Iran has acquired ‘sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable’ atom bomb. The report by experts in the International Atomic Energy Agency stresses in its introduction that its conclusions are tentative and subject to further confirmation of the evidence, which it says came from intelligence agencies and its own investigations. But the report’s conclusions, described by senior European officials, go well beyond the public positions taken by several governments, including the United States. Two years ago, American intelligence agencies published a detailed report concluding that Tehran halted its efforts to design a nuclear weapon in 2003. But in recent months, Britain has joined France, Germany and Israel in disputing that conclusion, saying the work has been resumed. A senior American official said last week that the United States was now re-evaluating its 2007 conclusions. The atomic agency’s report also presents evidence that beyond improving upon bomb-making information gathered from rogue nuclear experts around the world, Iran has done extensive research and testing on how to fashion the components of a weapon. It does not say how far that work has progressed….Most dramatically, the report says the agency ‘assesses that Iran has sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable implosion nuclear device’ based on highly enriched uranium. Weapons based on the principle of implosion are considered advanced models compared with the simple gun-type bomb that the United States dropped on Hiroshima. They use a blast wave from a sphere of conventional explosives to compress a ball of bomb fuel into a supercritical mass, starting the atomic chain reaction and progressing to the fiery blast. Implosion designs, compact by nature, are considered necessary for making nuclear warheads small and powerful enough to fit atop a missile. The excerpts of the analysis also suggest the Iranians have done a wide array of research and testing to perfect nuclear arms, like making high-voltage detonators, firing test explosives and designing warheads.”

HEADLINES TO TRACK:

* LEARN: The Inside The Revolution film on DVD is available for 35% off at Barnes & Noble

* LEARN: Sign up for Joel’s email alerts with geopolitical analysis on trends in Israel and the Middle East, Joshua Fund project updates and prayer requests

* PRAY: Join Joel’s “Epicenter Team” on Facebook

* GIVE: Would you like to help The Joshua Fund bless Israel and her neighbors with food, clothing, medical supplies and other relief aid, especially as we pray for peace and prepare for the growing possibility of a war with Iran? A gift of $50, $100, $250 or more would make an enormous difference, as would becoming a monthly financial partner. Learn more at www.joshuafund.net.

THE EARTH IS GROANING….

In Uncategorized on October 4, 2009 at 3:20 am
"Super Typhoon Parma " bears down on the Philippines.

"Super Typhoon Parma " bears down on the Philippines.

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In the last days….

“there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven….There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Luke 21:11,25,26)

“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” (Romans 8:22, KJV)

Please be praying for the millions in Asia tonight who are suffering a devastating week of typhoons, “super typhoons,” tsunamis and earthquakes.

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    NUCLEAR TALKS BEGIN

    In Uncategorized on October 1, 2009 at 3:52 pm
    "Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili (R) is welcomed by European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana for a meeting on nuclear power of Iran in Geneva October 1, 2009," reports Reuters. U.S. officials also participated.

    "Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili (R) is welcomed by European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana for a meeting on nuclear power of Iran in Geneva October 1, 2009," reports Reuters. U.S. officials also participated.

      ROSENBERG ADDRESSES 11,000 AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

      In Uncategorized on October 1, 2009 at 11:54 am

      Students from all 50 states and more than 40 countries attended the convocation address.

      Students from all 50 states and more than 40 countries attended the convocation.

      “The Last Jihad” author speaks at convocation

      September 30, 2009

      By Sarah Blanzy and Mitzi Bible, Liberty University website

      Liberty University welcomed bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg to Wednesday’s convocation.

      Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., introduced Rosenberg, saying he was invited as part of a discussion on the support for Israel.

      Rosenberg began by talking about his switch from a career in politics and business, working with influential leaders like Steve Forbes and former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to writing political thrillers.

      Rosenberg, an evangelical Christian, is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel, “The Last Jihad,” which was written nine months before 9/11 but begins with a hijacked jet and a kamikaze attack on an American city, leading to a war with Saddam Hussein over terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

      “I cannot tell you that I envisioned elements of that novel coming true — while it was being written, but that’s what happened,” he said.

      As the eerily-familiar story climbed best-seller lists, Rosenberg said he kept praying that “the Lord would use this novel somehow to draw people into a conversation about Christ.”

      Immediately after the book’s release in November 2002, he was caught up in a wave of media attention, with interviews on more than 160 radio and television programs in 60 days. He said people were not only intrigued by his seemingly prophetic tale of events, but also by the fact that he was Jewish but had characters in the book talking about Jesus.

      Applause erupted when he told the students, “In that 60 days, the Lord gave us an opportunity to talk about our faith in Jesus Christ with more than 20 million people — based on the novel and the events that God had orchestrated to draw attention to it.”

      He used this example from his own life to pose the question: “What is God preparing you for? What types of skills and gifts are you developing here at Liberty University that will prepare you for the moment for which God has placed you on this planet?”

      “This is the place to prepare for the future,” he said. “You may have a season of failure in your life, but stay focused on Christ.”

      Rosenberg went on to talk about the current events in the Middle East and how students should remain focused on what is being played out there, especially as it refers to Scripture.

      “We’re at a moment when all the eyes of the world are increasingly riveted on Israel and her neighbors, the epicenter of the momentous events that are shaping our world and shaping our future,” he said. “This is a very critical moment … and I know you’ve got a lot of other things going on in your lives, but you need to keep focused on the dramatic developments in our world as well as the prophetic moment that we’re in.”

      Using Ezekiel 38 and 39, he spoke about prophetic prophecy of 2,500 years ago regarding the end times. Evidence here that these prophecies are about to be carried out isn’t conclusive, “but it’s curious,” Rosenburg said. Nevertheless, he explained that these prophecies can enlighten us about the situations we are facing today with Russia, Iran and other Middle-Eastern countries.

      “If you only look at the world through political lenses or economic lenses, you cannot see in three dimensions,” he said. “Only if you look through the world also in what I call the third lens — the lens of Scripture — do things begin to be clearer. When you have a biblical perspective of the times that we live in, then what looks like danger, suddenly adjusts to opportunity—God is moving. He is not on a Disney cruise.”

      Rosenburg emphasized the importance of the spread of the Christian faith in Iraq and throughout the Middle East and the changing hearts of some Muslims toward Christianity. He said the Christian Church should stand beside Israel, and that we should all be individually prepared for the end times.

      “This is the moment for the Church,” he said. “The people who should go through the fiery furnace with her [Israel] ought to be followers of Christ.”

      * LEARN: The Inside The Revolution film on DVD is available for 35% off at Barnes & Noble

      * LEARN: Sign up for Joel’s email alerts with geopolitical analysis on trends in Israel and the Middle East, Joshua Fund project updates and prayer requests

      * PRAY: Join Joel’s “Epicenter Team” on Facebook

      * GIVE: Would you like to help The Joshua Fund bless Israel and her neighbors with food, clothing, medical supplies and other relief aid, especially as we pray for peace and prepare for the growing possibility of a war with Iran? A gift of $50, $100, $250 or more would make an enormous difference, as would becoming a monthly financial partner. Learn more at www.joshuafund.net.

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