Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman – Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to align with Israel?

UAE crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the armed forces Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (Photo from Wikipedia)

UAE crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the armed forces Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
(Photo from Wikipedia)

There are times when I read a current event piece and immediately my wheels begin to turn: this fits in Bible prophecy! If that ever were the case, it happened recently. I read an article posted by Reuters that announced secret talks between Israel and Saudi Arabia (and Kuwait) about the forging of a “new relationship” between the long-time, natural enemies (Psalm 83:1-18. NASB). Apparently, the Iranian nuclear threat along with Iran’s regional allies are of greater concern to the Royal Family than anti-Israeli sentiment. The article quoted Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman as saying, “For the first time there is an understanding there that the real threat is not Israel, the Jews or Zionism. It is Iran, global jihad, Lebanese Shi’ite guerrilla group, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda.”  Lieberman continued, “There are contacts, there are talks, but we are very close to the stage in which within a year or 18 months it will no longer be secret, it will be conducted openly,” added Lieberman, who is a far rightist in the coalition government.

Doesn’t sound very secret anymore. When Israel’s Foreign Minister announces it to the world — either somebody can’t keep a secret or the telling of the secret was the plan all along!

Where does this fit in Bible prophecy? To this writer, it is the very crux of the book I wrote, published in November, 2011, Islam the Cloak of Antichrist. The gist of my interpretation of Scripture is that in the end-days, Shi’ah Islam, i.e, Iran, will lead an alliance of nations/groups to attack Saudi Arabia, interpreted as the harlot of Revelation 17/18. I interpret the ”harlot” not as a spiritual harlot  (as many interpreters do), but rather a harlotry committed against the nations/groups that comprise the “heads” of the scarlet beast upon which the harlot sits. That is, Saudi Arabia is viewed as a harlot by the ten “heads” of the scarlet beast (Revelation 17:12-13 NASB) because she has aligned herself with interests contrary to those of the scarlet beast and her ten heads (non-Muslim alignment). If we were to name the characters involved, the scarlet beast is Shi’ah Islam, i.e, principally Iran, led by the Mahdi who leads Shi’ah Islam to “bring peace” to the world through his “sword” (nuclear annihilation and removal of oil from the world markets). The ten heads that align with Mahdist Iran are ten Shi’ah or Islamist groups whose hatred of the opposition is greater than their hatred or animosity towards one another (that is, al-Qaeda, even though not Shi’ah Islam will align with Shi’ahs in their end-of-days conquest to bring the world under Islamic dominion). In my book, I interpret the opposition to be America, the Great Satan, and Saudi Arabia, having aligned with the Great Satan, is viewed as a harlot by Shi’ah Islam; therefore, Saudi Arabia is opposed by the scarlet beast, i.e., Shi’ah Islam, and attacked by her and destroyed in “one hour” (Revelation 17:16-17).

If the Reuters post is an accidental rendition of the future then I have it wrong. It is not the Saudi alignment with America that renders the birthplace of Islam a harlot but the alignment by the Saudis with Israel. That makes far more sense, actually. America is of little consequence in Bible prophecy. It is always Israel and the sons of Ishmael that matter. If Israel and the Royal Family align, no matter the definition of the alignment, the Royal Family will be considered a betrayer of Islam and an enemy that must be destroyed.

Stay tuned. The end-of-days may be fast approaching; and we haven’t even considered what is happening in the Ukraine with the nation from the remote north, Russia.

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

Nigerian Christians Join those Martyred for their faith

Boko-Hram1Revelation 6:9-11 (NASB) When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.

How long before the “number” is complete? The number of martyrs, that is, those who will give their lives for the Only Begotten One and His word? Revelation 6 describes a special place where their souls gather — “underneath the altar.” These special ones have maintained their testimony — they did not recant their faith to prolong life (Revelation 13:17); nor did they receive the mark of the beast signifying their conversion to his religion (Revelation 14:9-11).

According to a recent report, over sixty persons were killed in an attack on Sunday in Northern Nigeria. Islamists of the sect Boko Haram attacked the towns of Anchaka and Bama in Borno state, according to Bama council chair Alhaji Baba Shehu.”The attackers invaded the communities early in the morning on motorbikes while residents were still asleep. They set ablaze houses and shot residents who tried to escape from the fire,” said Shehu.

The Islamist group Boko Haram is the instigator of the attacks. A timeline of the Boko Haram attacks through 2012 can be found here.  Current estimates are that more than 10,000 persons have been killed at the hands of the Islamist group since 2002.

The day of reckoning for the Islamists and the religion of peace is coming: Christ has declared it: Revelation 18:6. The sixty killed in Nigeria are but a small portion of many such events that are occurring around the world. Actually, I rarely post such events; but after recently returning from a trip to a similar area of the world, it seems that my heart is burning ever more passionately for those who risk their lives to take the message of Christ to remote and forsaken places of the world, many of which are encumbered by not only Islam but other anti-Christ faiths all the same.

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

 

Palm Sunday – Why Wave the Palms?

We handed them out as people left church that Palm Sunday– the Branches, that is; long, narrow, Palm Branches.

Palm Sunday in Jerusalem

I had just finished preaching from John 12:12-19 NASB, a text familiar to most Christians. The text paints the picture of an expectant and exuberant crowd, most of them waving Palm Branches, as Jesus enters Jerusalem seated upon a donkey; a glorious celebration, no doubt.  As my congregants left that Sunday morning, I remember crying out,  “Wave your branches high,” as if the higher they were held the more “real” Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was.  But my cry was to little avail.  As I reflect now, my congregants were more interested in waving good-by to one another than in waving Palm Branches. The Palms seemed like an after-thought, almost like a party-favor for attending church that day.  But that was then, and now is now. Since then, I have learned about the plight of “dhimmis,” and what it meant when the Palm Branches were taken out of the their hands so many years ago. It is my prayer that a little history will make this Palm Sunday one you will never forget.

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Dhimmitude – Conversion to Islam, subjection with humiliation or death by the sword

The enclosed Foundation Stone in the Dome of the Rock Copyright Jack Smith

The enclosed Foundation Stone in the Dome of the Rock
Copyright Jack Smith

Three options for the people of the book (Jews and Christians) in Islam: conversion, subjection with humiliation - including payment of the jizya (the annual subjection tax), or death by the sword.  According to the BBC, a Jihadist group in the city of Raqqa, Syria, has offered Christians the three options that continue to withstand the test of time. The three options are found in the Qur’an and Hadith and have been offered to the conquered of Islam for the last 1300 or so years.  An all-inclusive report may be found at PJMedia.com, authored by Raymond Ibrahim, a favorite of this blogger.  Read Ibrahim here.

Easter is coming. Palm Sunday is only a few weeks away and Christians around the world will wave their palm branches in memory of the auspicious entry of a seeming-triumphant Christ into Jerusalem. Jesus’ entry into Jeruslam on a donkey while a celebratory crowd worshipped him by waving palm branches has come to be known as Passion Week, the 7 day period concluding with the crucifixion of the Lord and His resurrection on the third day. John 12:13-14 NASB. Except, however, those Christians around the world who are subject to dhimmitude, i.e., Muslim dominion. The Christians in Syrai, for example, are considered “dhimmis,” having agreed to the “pact of Omar,” a contractual agreement to which Christians must submit or risk loss of life to their Muslim lords. You may find a thorough discussion of dhimmitude in chapter 6 of my book, Islam the Cloak of Antichrist. A post by this blogger is found below (this is very informative for the interested reader):

Palm Sunday – Why Wave the Palms?

The persecution, death, and humiliation of the followers of Jesus at the hands of Allah will not go unnoticed by the Lord Christ. Revelation 6:10-11 NASB. Although death may be the fruit of many believer’s love for their Lord, the Lord will remember His fallen and eternal life will be their crown of glory and one day He will avenge their suffering. Revelation 7:9, 20:4, 18:6.

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

Praising God on the Mountaintop so we can serve Him in the Valley

The Pyramids Behind Bars

The Pyramids Behind Bars

Good morning to my subscribers.  It is good to be in the house of the Lord – and the whole earth is His sanctuary to those who abide in Him through faith. May the Lord’s face shine on the desolate places today that all the world might know the Only-Begotten One. Daniel 9:17 NASB.

Today is my first day back in this country from a ten-day trip to a country on the other side of the world. Since away, I have pretty much been unable to access internet and other outlets normally available. It will take me a few days to get caught up on unread emails and some more days before posting to my blog.  I cannot wait to be fully engaged again as I seek to interpret the events of our world in light of the prophecies of Scripture. I must tell you — I have been to the mountaintop; that place where God transforms us from the inside out; that place where we are drawn-in to Him, revived and strengthened for serving Him in the Valley. Mark 9:9-10 NASB. I am ever more convinced that the spirit of antichrist is active (1 John 4:3 NASB) and at war with the Holy One and those who serve Him. Revelation 12:17 NASB. It is my joy to be one of many who wait for the day of the Lord’s coming and the defeat and imprisonment of the weak, deceiving one, who has made captive so many of God’s children. Revelation 20:3 NASB.  I shall stand with the body of Christ declaring that the “will of God be done on earth as it is in heaven,” and that one day the good Lord Jesus will forever bind-up satan and his minions. I join the righteous as we declare victory in the blood of the Lamb and defeat of the dark one, and I pray to my Lord that I may prove worthy of suffering in His name. 2 Timothy 1:8 NASB. May my strength be in the fullness of His coming victory and may the Lord Christ make me ever faithful in my work against satan. Thank you, Lord, that it will not be in my personal righteousness that I will be victorious but only in the blood of the Lamb and the power of the word of testimony that He has given me. Revelation 12:11 NASB.

It is good to be on the side of the Lamb, and to find my only comfort, my only hope, my only resting place in the one Name, Jesus Christ, given to men that we might be saved.

Jesus come quickly.

Blessings.

Jack

Hardline Kenya cleric, “Westgage was 100% justified” as per the religion of Islam

Mombasa (Kenya) (AFP)  ”It’s our innocents for your innocents. It was justified. kenyaAs per the Koran, as per the religion of Islam, Westgate was 100 percent justified,” the Muslim cleric [Makaburi] said of the attack that left at least 67 dead, among them women and children cut down by machine gun fire or grenades.

“Are the ones being killed and raped in Somalia not innocent?” Makaburi said in an interview with AFP in his austere Mombasa office, seizing on Shebab’s justification for the mall attack — Kenya’s military presence in southern Somalia.  Read more.

“How come a Muslim is at a shopping mall instead of being at a mosque?” he said, adding that the “Americans and the Western governments are killing innocent people all over the world everyday, they’re bombing weddings, funerals.” The real “terrorists”, Makaburi argued, were the military personnel operating drones. ”How come the pilots of the drones are not labelled as terrorists? How come when we Muslims are being killed by the Americans using drones, by the British, by whoever, by the West, it’s nothing, but when you have a single non-Muslim killed by a Muslim, it’s terrorism?”

For the Westgate Mall story read here: Jihadist Ritual Murder and Mutilation at the Mall :: Middle East Forum

For background on the Islamist group, al-Shabaab, read here: Kenya Mujahideen: Islam at its Worst of Something Else?

How is it “justified” according to the Qur’an to kill 67 innocent people who just happened to be at the wrong place, on the wrong day, at the wrong time – doing what most people do at the Mall — shop? If this is justified “per the religion of Islam” and one of Islam’s clerics teaches that it is justified, then something is wrong with the religion, the cleric, or  the supreme model upon which that religion is based — Muhammad. Until Muslims replace their supreme role model the only thing that will change is the location of Islam’s next justified homicide.

Jesus come quickly.

And thank God that when Jesus does come, He will not come to walk behind Islam’s eschatological hero, Muhammad al-Mahdi, and Jesus will not come to tell Christians that Islam is the supreme religion, nor rebuke Christians for professing Jesus to be the Son of God, nor command  Christians to remove all crosses from their churches, kill all pigs or they themselves will be killed  (which is the Shia Muslim (Iran) prophecy of what will happen upon the return of Jesus Christ).

Blessings.

Jack

Abbas: No recognition of Israel as Jewish state

Times of Israel reporting (March 7, 2014)

President Mahmoud Abbas

President Mahmoud Abbas

RAMALLAH — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said there is “no way” he will recognize Israel as a Jewish state and accept a Palestinian capital in just a portion of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, rebuffing what Palestinians fear will be key elements of a US peace proposal. Abbas’s comments signaled that the gaps between him and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remain wide after seven months of mediation efforts by US Secretary of State John Kerry. …  Speaking to youth activists of his Fatah party, he suggested he would stand firm again, particularly over the demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.  Read more: Abbas: No recognition of Israel as Jewish state | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-no-recognition-of-israel-as-jewish-state/#ixzz2vO5fsc1R