EGYPTIAN WALLS ARE NOT CRITICIZED
December 21, 2009
"[TBC ( www.thebereancall.org ): Israel has been strongly criticized for building a security fence to keep out potential suicide bombers. As the construction has proceeded, however, attacks and subsequent deaths of Israeli citizens have seen a decline. It is interesting, however, to see relatively nothing said regarding the Egyptian efforts to keep their fellow Muslims away]Egypt Building Iron Wall on Gaza Border to Stop Smuggling
Egypt has begun the construction of a massive iron wall along its border with the Gaza Strip, in a bid to shut down smuggling tunnels into the territory. The wall will be nine to 10 kilometers long, and will go 20 to 30 meters into the ground, Egyptian sources said. It will be impossible to cut or melt.
The new plan is the latest move by Egypt to step up its counter-smuggling efforts. Although some progress had been made, the smuggling market in Gaza still flourishes.
Egyptian forces demolish tunnels or fill them with gas almost every week, often with people still inside them, and Palestinian casualties in the tunnels have been steadily rising.
Recently, Egypt examined several possibilities of blocking the tunnels, and joint American-Egyptian patrols have been seen in Rafah attempting to detect tunnels using underground sensors.
Construction of the wall has already begun. It will be made of enormous slates of steel, reaching deep into the ground. However, it is not expected to stem smuggling completely.
On New Year's Eve in downtown Cairo, passers-by saw a sight familiar from the mid-2000s: throngs of demonstrators hemmed in by rows of riot police. Yet these protesters were all foreigners, would-be participants in the Gaza Freedom March who had been denied entry to the besieged Palestinian territory by the Egyptian state. This unusual protest, the clashes between border guards and other international delegations, the heated debates in the Egyptian and pan-Arab press -- all of this has brought intense scrutiny to Egypt's role in maintaining the years-long blockade of impoverished Gaza. It is attention that the Egyptian government finds most unwelcome.
Ursula Lindsey reporting on the tension surrounding "Egypt's Wall," now in Middle East Report Online: http://www.merip.org/mero/mero020110.html
U.S. Department of Peace: Healing the Soul of America?
by Jan Markell
February 16, 2010
Did you know that if you don't believe God is in everyone you are working against world peace? This is what many who are promoting HR808 in the U.S. House of Representatives believe. And thus far, 288 House members have expressed approval for a bill that would create a U.S. Department of Peace.
Far left Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) introduced this bill and he and others believe a Cabinet level Department of Peace just might chase evil, war, and terrorism away!
So they state they will "augment our current problem solving options, providing practical, nonviolent solutions to the problems of domestic and international conflict." Presto! Create this Department of Peace and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Ill, China's gulag thugs, the tormenters in the Sudan, and radical Islam will be transformed! We will gather together to sing "Give Peace a Chance" and the world will be transformed without the transforming God. That's important as this is man's efforts without Him.
This legislation will pass, according to some Washington insiders, unless there is another wave of citizens who will rise up and speak up by contacting their reps in Washington.
You can hear Communist Van Jones on the official Web site as he denounces democracy. Strange how a guy like Jones, whose ideology has killed tens of millions, is now all about peace.
But who is the unofficial ambassador for all of this? Famous "New Ager" Marianne Williamson whose "Course in Miracles" has deceived so many people over the years. This seductive, "new spirituality" book was hyped by Oprah Winfrey every day in 2009 on Oprah's Internet outlet. Winfrey continues to be a major player in this movement. She is a guru in the shadows providing a platform for every form of deception and delusion imaginable. And millions swallow her Kool-Aid as though all of her words and her guests represent gospel truth.
Warren Smith points out in chapter 6 of his e-book, Reinventing Jesus Christ, that Williamson states, "Yes, we see there are problems in the world. But we believe in a universal force that, when activated by the human heart, has the power to make all things right. We need to declare peace now, with as much serious effort and intention as that with which a nation declares war." Williamson, Barbara Marx Hubbard, and others on this peace train, insist that this will "heal the soul of America."
Here is a small sample of what Williamson believes. In the Course of Miracles she says, "The journey to the cross should be the last useless journey."
Or, how about this: "Do not make the pathetic error of clinging to the old rugged cross."
And since she doesn't believe in sin, Hitler never sinned. He made mistakes …
***************************************************Netanyahu: Ezekiel 37 fulfilled
Chad Groening - OneNewsNow - 16 February 2010
The leader of a Messianic Jewish ministry is pleased that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently proclaimed the fulfillment of the prophecy in Ezekiel, Chapter 37.
Speaking on the recent 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz in Poland, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proclaimed the fulfillment of the prophet Ezekiel's vision of the valley of dry bones.
Netanyahu said, "Armed with the Jewish spirit, the justice of man, and the vision of the prophets, we sprouted new branches and grew deep roots. Dry bones became covered with flesh, a spirit filled them, and they lived and stood on their own feet."
Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, comments that Netanyahu's statement helps debunk the idea that modern Israel is just a secular country with no connection to ancient biblical prophecy.
"There is a degree of spirituality in Israel, recently with this Benjamin Netanyahu saying that Ezekiel 37 is now fulfilled," she notes. "So I'm encouraged when the top leader in the nation of Israel comes out and stands up for the Bible. This is absolutely tremendously good news."
Markell adds that now that Ezekiel 37 has been fulfilled, chapters 38 and 39 are expected to follow.
"The Ezekiel 38, 39 scenario - that's the Gog and Magog invasion of Israel, where they, being Russia, Iran and some other nations, descend on her to seize her wealth," the Olive Tree Ministries founder mentions.
She concludes that Israel wins that war, and though some scholars argue on the time frame of that event, Markell believes it takes place during the tribulation period.
The following opinions are a sample of those blogged by readers of this article:
The main thing we must do according to God's word is to pray for the peace of Jerusalem!!!!
Absolutely useless article. It doesn't tell us what modern events Israel believes has the vision fulfilled. Without that, I cannot tell.
I would take this as an invite: that all of Israel shall be saved. Out of Love of our Savior, bring Jacob to jealousy of Torah, keeping it.
Anyone who does not know the history of Modern Israel, Will say anything. Israel was overwhelmed by the Muslims and outnumbered and out armed and still has defeated the Enemy each time, I believe that God was on their side
This cannot be the time of Ezekiel 38 and 39 yet. Ezekiel 25 has not happened yet. This awful war mentioned in chapter 25 is what is next. THEN we will see Ezekiel 38 etc... Read 38:11 "And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates..." Israel is NOT living in safety!
That "prophecy" is so vague as to be useless. His statement is rhetorical at best but still speaks to those who believe in Biblical myths.
The "stick of Joseph" that Ezekiel refers to is the Book of Mormon. It goes with the Bible (the "stick of Judah") as another witness that Jesus Christ is the promised Savior. Don't be afraid to read it.
Close but no cigar. The dry bones that Ezekiel saw in a vision is referencing the resurrection of all men and the restoration of the gospel. Chapter 38 refers to the stick of Juda and the stick of Joseph. The sticks are ancient scrolls. The stick of Juda is the Bible and the stick of Joseph is the Book of Mormon. (See Ezek. 37:16) This is the same Joseph that was carried captive into Egypt. His descendants are of the tribe of Ephraim. They traveled to the Americas and recorded their history. The scrolls are bound into one book and the two nations are becoming one (US & Israel) Chapter 38-39 refers to a great war which will take place in the Gaza strip between all nations. This battle will usher in the second coming of the Lord. The Lord will lead this battle. After this battle men will burn the weapons of war for 7 years, bury the dead and Christ will reign upon the Earth and all this tribes of Israel will be gathered. The gathering of Israel is taking place but the battle has not occurred yet …
The book of mormon is heresy. It has absolutely no relationship to Biblical prophesy whatsoever.
TCE: These last three comments gave believing Mormons the opportunity to plug 'The Book of Mormon' in their usual ignorant manner; but the final, more knowledgeable, opinion was also expressed - 'The book of mormon is heresy. It has absolutely no relationship to Biblical prophesy whatsoever'
To expand on this comment: The attempt to interpret verses in Ezekiel 37 to try and fit the Book of Mormon into the Bible is both illogical and does great injustice to the Hebrew language and people. Firstly, the Hebrew word for "stick" is aits, literally, a stick or a piece of wood, not a scroll as Mormons imply. In Ezekiel 24:10, the word aits is translated as 'wood'. In many other portions of the Old Testament it is translated as 'timber'. Had Ezekiel meant records or scrolls, he would have used the correct Hebrew word, which is saipher.
If Mormons did not stop at verse 20, but read on to verse 22, they would see that Ezekiel was not referring to scrolls at all. Verse 22 shows what the sticks represented: 'And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.' The sticks Ezekiel was told to write on represented Israel and Judah. Ever since the reign of King Rehoboam, the kingdom had been divided into these two warring nations. Now God was telling His prophet Ezekiel that He had plans to bring them back together again - they were going to be one nation once more. This prophecy was partially fulfilled when the children of Israel left Babylon after the captivity, but will only be totally fulfilled when Jesus Christ reigns as the one King over all.
Mormons also claim Isaiah 29 speaks of the forthcoming Book of Mormon: 'And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed ... Therefore, behold, I will do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder ... (Isaiah 29:11-14). But Mormons also forget that their leaders have tried to use this verse to prove that the Egyptian expert, Professor Charles Anthon (Martin Harris consulted him to try and ascertain whether he was being conned in investing his money to pay for the Book of Mormon to be printed), would not be able to read the supplied sample - but Anthon actually wrote a testimony (available to read) that he read the mess of letters and symbols Harris gave him and suspected a fraud was being perpetrated. This is a known & clearly proven fact!
Again, Isaiah 29 reveals that it is referring to the nation of Israel (and has nothing whatsoever to do with the Mormon movement or the Book of Mormon) and is a warning to God's people,
i.e., the people of Israel had such favor in God's eyes that He sent His prophets to personally give them the Word of God. Because of their hardheartedness they couldn't tell which prophets were of God and which were not. God refers to their lack of discernment as trying to read 'a book that is sealed' (29:11). Jerusalem, the proud city, would be distressed and brought low and, in fact, humbled so low that God said their "speech shall whisper out of the dust" (29:4). While Mormon false prophets try to teach that the "marvelous work and wonder" is the Book of Mormon the Bible says this marvelous work would be from among their people (the Jews) - and the marvelous work and wonder is Jesus Christ and His ministry here on earth!
Embarrassingly for the Mormons their much vaunted LeGrand Richards wrote: 'Their speech would be low out of the dust; their voice would be as a familiar spirit, out of the ground; their speech would whisper out of the dust. Now, obviously, the only way a dead people could speak "out of the ground" or "low out of the dust" would be by a written word, and this the people did through the Book of Mormon. Truly it has a familiar spirit, for it contains the words of the prophets of the God of Israel.' Richards, appropriately, connected 'familiar spirits' with the Book of Mormon (which was given by necromancy!) being ignorant of the fact that, every time the phrase "familiar spirit(s)" is used in the Bible it is used in connection with witchcraft and the occult. For example:
Leviticus 19:31 warns us: "Regard them not that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God."
Leviticus 20:6: "the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them" will be cut off from among the people.
Leviticus 20:27: "A man also or a woman that hath a familiar spirit . . . shall surely be put to death."
Deuteronomy 18:11 declares that a "consulter with familiar spirits" is an abomination unto the Lord.
2 Kings 21:6 states that one of the reasons Manasseh was considered a wicked king was because he "dealt with familiar spirits."
1 Chronicles 10:13 states that "King Saul died for his transgressions which he committed against the Lord."
One of those transgressions was that he sought "counsel of one that had a familiar spirit" (the witch of Endor). While Richards assumed the people speaking out of the dust are all dead, it is clear that the Scripture does not say that. It merely says they will be distressed and have sorrow - not that there would be a total annihilation. Neither is there any indication of a great time span between verses 3-4, which would hint that any survivors would have died. Rather, the humbling effect would take place immediately following the siege mentioned in verse 3. Isaiah is saying that Jerusalem would be made to grovel in the dust at the feet of their captors: "their voice shall be as one that has a familiar spirit" speaks of a voice that is faint and feeble, a "ghost-like expression that is low key, not boastful and loud." Having a familiar spirit was punishable by death and those who dealt with such 'spirits' whispered in fear of being found out and executed. Such would be the same for this conquered city.
Finally, for the mockers of Scripture who decided to blog on this article: perhaps the 'aliens' who Richard Dawkins suggests 'might'' have 'created' life on earth, and elsewhere, can try and explain why this great 'professor' fell into the same trap of 'infinite regression' that Joseph Smith, et al, fell into, re. if 'aliens' created 'life' - who created the 'aliens' - versus 'if God was once a man who progressed to become God' - who made the man to start with!? You cannot create something out of nothing. It is obvious logic that an infinite Creator had to have always existed to start any creation - there are no 'free lunches' on any planet and no known examples of matter being created out of nothing. All the games played with mathematics - and playing with the puzzle that is life in this Universe - will never prove otherwise!
CLIMATE CHANGE MAFIA EXPOSED
(Three articles below from Friday Church News Notes
December 2009, www.wayoflife.org )
THE SCIENTIFIC-TECHNOLOGICAL ELITE
The following is excerpted from "Climate Change: The Worst Scientific Scandal of Our Generation," by Christopher Booker, The Telegraph, Nov. 28, 2009:
"A week after my colleague James Delingpole, on his Telegraph blog, coined the term 'Climategate' to describe the scandal revealed by the leaked emails from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit, Google was showing that the word now appears across the internet more than nine million times. ... The reason why even the Guardian's George Monbiot has expressed total shock and dismay at the picture revealed by the documents is that their authors are not just any old bunch of academics. What we are looking at here is the small group of scientists who have for years been more influential in driving the worldwide alarm over global warming than any others, not least through the role they play at the heart of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Professor Philip Jones, the CRU's director, is in charge of the two key sets of data used by the IPCC to draw up its reports. ... his global temperature record is the most important of the four sets of temperature data on which the IPCC and governments rely--not least for their predictions that the world will warm to catastrophic levels unless trillions of dollars are spent to avert it. Dr Jones is also a key part of the closely knit group of American and British scientists responsible for promoting that picture of world temperatures conveyed by Michael Mann's 'hockey stick' graph which 10 years ago turned climate history on its head by showing that, after 1,000 years of decline, global temperatures have recently shot up to their highest level in recorded history. ... The senders and recipients of the leaked CRU emails constitute a cast list of the IPCC's scientific elite ... There are three threads in particular in the leaked documents which have sent a shock wave through informed observers across the world. Perhaps the most obvious ... is the highly disturbing series of emails which show how Dr Jones and his colleagues have for years been discussing the devious tactics whereby they could avoid releasing their data to outsiders under freedom of information laws. ... The second and most shocking revelation of the leaked documents is how they show the scientists trying to manipulate data through their tortuous computer programmes, always to point in only the one desired direction--to lower past temperatures and to 'adjust' recent temperatures upwards, in order to convey the impression of an accelerated warming. ... The third shocking revelation of these documents is the ruthless way in which these academics have been determined to silence any expert questioning of the findings they have arrived at by such dubious methods--not just by refusing to disclose their basic data but by discrediting and freezing out any scientific journal which dares to publish their critics' work."
GLOBAL WARMING GESTAPO: KILL A BABY AND SAVE THE EARTH
The following is excerpted from "Eisenhower on ClimateGate" by Michael Egnor, Evolution News & Views, Nov. 30, 2009:
"President Eisenhower, in his farewell speech, issued the following warning. 'Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation's scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present--and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.' This is a remarkably succinct and accurate prediction of the situation we face today. ClimateGate is the tip of the iceberg of the corrupt influence of our scientific elite on public policy, ranging from censorship of honest discussion of evolution in our schools to the 'Cap and Trade' boondoggle based on fabricated global warming science to the fraud and political power-play shaping up in Copenhagen to self-enriching pressure by scientists and industry to exempt human embryonic stem cell research from traditional ethical constraints on destroying human life. We ignore Eisenhower's warning, and the overwhelming evidence before us now, at our own peril."
At the U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen this week (re. Dec. 18th), the vice minister of China's Family Planning Commission said her communist state's "one-child" policy is helping save the world from "global warming" and should be a model for other nations to follow. Proclaiming the policy "a great success," Zhao Baige said it has prevented 400 million births and thus saves "1.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide "pollution" per year ("Chinese Minister Links 'One-Child Policy' to Emissions Reduction," CNS News, Dec. 11, 2009). She knows, of course, that the "one-child" policy has resulted in forced abortions and infanticide, but that does not faze a devoted Darwinist earth worshipper. In 2007, the Sierra Club called for stronger support for ""family planning" in order to save the earth. This summer, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton agreed that population control should be linked with environmental concerns. This week, Canada's Financial Post called for a global law patterned after "China's one-child policy" as "the only way to reverse the disastrous global birth-rate," calling China ""the world's leader in terms of fashioning policy to combat environmental degradation." Sure, China has such a glorious environmental policy that you need a gas mask in Beijing to breathe the filthy air.