Archive for July, 2006

Re-Post: “So, What Would They Do?” by Hal Lindsey

Monday, July 31st, 2006

I was listening with interest when a British reporter was called in by Fox News to give her ‘analysis’ of the current Middle East conflict between Hezbollah, Hamas and Israel. The context of the interview was in relation to Hezbollah’s upping the ante by firing a new, longer range rocket into Afula, some ten miles south of Haifa.
The interviewer pointed out President Bush’s statement that the root cause of the violence was Hezbollah and Hamas.
The British reporter, Hillary McKenzie, immediately took exception to Bush’s statement, saying that ‘in Europe’s view’ (which obviously was shared by McKenzie) the root of the problem was really Israel’s refusal to grant the Palestinians a state of their own.
The fact that every ‘occupied’ territory vacated by Israel was immediately used to stage new attacks against Israel aside, what would, say, the British do? Let’s just suppose that a group of Irishmen living in Ireland wanted an independent Irish state in place of the British mandate in Northern Ireland?
Let’s sweeten the pot by pretending that the Irishmen wanting an Irish state on Irish soil in place of the British-ruled state set up by the British after conquering its inhabitants won’t take ‘no’ for an answer?
To make it even more interesting, let’s pretend that these Irishmen set up an anti-British terrorist group and gave it a nationalist-sounding name, like, maybe the “Irish Republican Army” with a cool acronym like the Palestinians have in the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s acronym, PLO?
So, supposing there was an entity called the IRA that used bombs and terrorist attacks aimed at driving the British off Irish land and setting up an Irish state under Irish rule?
What would the British do?
Would they conduct ground wars against the IRA? Would they imprison the Irish ‘freedom fighters’ who were fighting with the only weapon they had — terrorism — against a ruling external nation much too powerful for the IRA to fight by conventional means?
Or would they, as McKenzie says Europe sees it, immediately turn Northern Ireland over to the Irish ‘rebels?’
Indeed, would ethnic Irishmen seeking to free themselves from foreign rule even qualify as ‘rebels’? Wouldn’t they be ‘freedom fighters’ like the Palestinians?
What IS the difference between British rule in Northern Ireland and Israeli rule over the West Bank and Gaza? Is there one? You bet there is. Before there WAS a Britain, there was an Israel. And before the British ever discovered there was an island across the Irish sea, the ‘Palestinian territories’ were part of ethnic Israel. Northern Ireland was never composed of ethnic Britons.
And Britain did not come into possession of Northern Ireland as a consequence of repelling Irish invaders whose goal was the extermination of the British race.

While we’re on the subject, China voiced its opposition to Israel’s incursion into Lebanon at the Security Council, demanding Israel be condemned for its actions against Hezbollah.
What if there were an island composed of ethnic Chinese that had NEVER been part of the People’s Republic of China? What if that island declared itself an independent nation? What would China do if Tawan resisted forcible unification with the Red Chinese? According to Beijing, it would use all the weapons at its disposal to bring Taiwan back under its rule.

What if Chechnya were to declare it did not want to be part of the new Russian Federation after the Soviet Union collapsed? What would Moscow do? Would it grant Chechnya the independence its population demanded? Or would it conduct a decade-long war, killing thousands of civilians in the process, to force Chechnya into the Russian Federation against the will of the majority of Chechen citizens?

What would the French do if the Vietnamese, after decades of colonial rule, declared its independence? Would it wish the Vietnamese rebels ‘bon chance’ and give the country back to its people? Or would it fight a ten-year war to keep Vietnam inside the sphere of French colonial influence?

Of course, none of these are exactly in parallel with the Israeli-Arab war. The Irish Republican Army poses no existential threat to the continued viability of Great Britain. The IRA has not sworn to annihilate every living Englishman and then seize Britain’s assets for itself.

The Taiwanese have not attacked Beijing, or threatened the annihilation of the Red Chinese state and every living Chinaman on the mainland.

The Chechens have not banded together with the express purpose of destroying Russia and setting up a Chechen state in its place.

And the Vietnamese defeated the French, after which, it left them alone.

What would the United Nations do if New Zealand attacked Australia with the express purpose of annihilating Australia as a nation and exterminating every Australian it could find, simply because they were Australians? Would they urge Australia to show ‘restraint’?
We already know what the British would do. They would increase their troop presence in Northern Ireland, and capture or kill every Irishman that lifted a hand against them. And they would NOT call the IRA ‘freedom fighters’. They’d call them terrorists.
China has threatened to launch an all-out invasion of Tawian and overthrow any Taiwanese government that dared to formally declare independence from the Red Chinese government Taiwan was never part of.
And Moscow has been conducting an all-out war against Chechen ‘rebels’ whom Moscow calls ‘terrorists’ and not ‘freedom fighters’.
But Israel, a sovereign member state of the United Nations, has fought five wars for its existence against the combined forces of the Arab world. In each case, the provocation for the Arab attacks was the mere existence of a Jewish state called Israel.

In each case, Brits, Chinese, Russians and UN have demanded Israel withdraw to indefensible borders, insisted on a cease-fire in order to give Israel’s enemies a chance to rest and regroup before launching a new war. And in each case, it blamed Israel for causing the war BY ITS EXISTENCE, demanding it surrender parts of itself to the aggressors in exchange for a ‘peace’ that never came.

History tells us what THEY would do. But, of course, their situation is different.

They aren’t Jews.

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News from Iran

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Two stories caught my eye this morning concerning Iran’s latest rants.

Iran forces urged to prepare to hit Israel
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s hardline forces should get ready to take revenge on Israel and the United States for the offensive on Lebanon, the head of the Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying on Sunday.
“The Basij and Revolutionary Guards should prepare to get even with the Zionists and Americans,” Yahya Rahim-Safavi was quoted as telling Islamic militiamen by the conservative Fars news agency.
The Basij are volunteer Islamic militiamen.

UN resolution on atomic work rejected
TEHRAN — The people of Iran are entitled to produce their own nuclear fuel, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday, rejecting the terms of a draft UN resolution that demands Iran give up its nuclear work. Ahmadinejad said Iranians were seeking “peaceful nuclear technology.”
France issued a draft resolution to the Security Council on Friday demanding that Iran suspend nuclear activities by Aug. 31 or face the threat of sanctions if it refuses. A vote is expected this week. (Reuters)

Photos that damn Hezbollah

Monday, July 31st, 2006

No surprise here. Waging war on civilians while using civilians as “human shields” is what terrorist do.

THIS is the picture that damns Hezbollah. It is one of several, smuggled from behind Lebanon’s battle lines, showing that Hezbollah is waging war amid suburbia.
The images, obtained exclusively by the Sunday Herald Sun, show Hezbollah using high-density residential areas as launch pads for rockets and heavy-calibre weapons.
Dressed in civilian clothing so they can quickly disappear, the militants carrying automatic assault rifles and ride in on trucks mounted with cannon.
The photographs, from the Christian area of Wadi Chahrour in the east of Beirut, were taken by a visiting journalist and smuggled out by a friend.
They emerged as:
US President George Bush called for an international force to be sent to Lebanon.
ISRAEL called up another 30,000 reserve troops.
THE UN’s humanitarian chief Jan Egeland called for a three-day truce to evacuate civilians and transport food and water into cut-off areas.
US SECRETARY of State Condoleezza Rice returned to the Middle East to push a UN resolution aimed at ending the 18-day war, and:
A PALESTINIAN militant group said it had kidnapped, killed and burned an Israeli settler in the West Bank.
The images include one of a group of men and youths preparing to fire an anti-aircraft gun metres from an apartment block with sheets hanging out on a balcony to dry.
Others show a militant with AK47 rifle guarding no-go zones after Israeli blitzes.
Another depicts the remnants of a Hezbollah Katyusha rocket in the middle of a residential block blown up in an Israeli air attack.
The Melbourne man who smuggled the shots out of Beirut and did not wish to be named said he was less than 400m from the block when it was obliterated.
“Hezbollah came in to launch their rockets, then within minutes the area was blasted by Israeli jets,” he said.
“Until the Hezbollah fighters arrived, it had not been touched by the Israelis. Then it was totally devastated.
“It was carnage. Two innocent people died in that incident, but it was so lucky it was not more.”
The release of the images comes as Hezbollah faces criticism for allegedly using innocent civilians as “human shields”.
Mr Egeland blasted Hezbollah as “cowards” for operating among civilians.
“When I was in Lebanon, in the Hezbollah heartland, I said Hezbollah must stop this cowardly blending in among women and children,” he said.

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Rabbis issue worldwide prayer calls

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Please continue to pray for Israel, that God will spread His protection over them, guide them and show them His Glory!!
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ need to remember that Jesus is a Jew, an Israelite. As His “adopted” people, through His promise of salvation on the cross, to all Gentiles, we have a responsibility to support Israel. They are still God’s chosen people. We have our roots with them through Avraham (Abraham), Yitzchak (Isaac) and Ya’acov (Jacob). May God Bless and Protect His People, Israel.

JERUSALEM – As a record number of Hezbollah rockets slammed into Israeli towns yesterday, rabbinic leaders here and abroad called on Christians worldwide to increase acts of kindness, for Jewish men to done tefillin, or Jewish prayer phylacteries, once per day, while Jewish women were asked to light Sabbath candles every Friday night to ensure the safety of Israel during its military campaign in Lebanon.

“We call upon all Christians and non-Jews to increase in acts of goodness and kindness to your neighbor and fellow man. For Jewish males above the age of 13 to don Tefillin every weekday. Tefillin possesses a special spiritual component that frightens and deters the enemy. And to all Jewish women to start lighting Shabbat candles every Friday before sunset. Shabbat candles too have a spiritual component to dispel darkness and to light up the world,” the Rabbinic Congress for Peace, a coalition of over 1200 rabbinic leaders and pulpit rabbis, said in a statement.

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Blog is being Spammed

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Hello everyone.
Right now we are experiencing a high amount of spam hits on the blog (over 200 per day). If you put links in your comment, at best, it will end up in moderation and at worse, it will be deleted by the anti-spam software.
If you need to include multiple links in your comment, it would be best to email it to me and then I can post it for you.
Thanks for your help with this.
-Steve

Do Gays Really Want to Get Married?

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Do homosexuals REALLY want to get married? Statistics say no. The Institute for Marriage and Public Policy has issued a report saying that in places where same-sex marriage has been legalized there is an initial burst in marriages, but over time the demand decreases. I continually hear the complaints from gays who say they want the health benefits and death benefits of their partner like hetero couples have, but it seems that when offered the opportunity many of them choose not to legally marry. I find it interesting that there is such a push by the homosexuals for their “marriages” to be recognized legally, but when the rubber meets the road many are not willing to commit.

(AgapePress) – Homosexual activists in the U.S. are fighting ferociously for the legal right to marry, and are equalled in their tenacity only by their pro-family opponents. But when and where they are given the legal right, do homosexuals really want to get married?

Statistics appear to answer in the negative. That is the conclusion reached in a report issued by the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy (iMAPP) and written by the group’s president, Maggie Gallagher, and policy director, Joshua K. Baker. The iMAPP policy paper, “Demand for Same-Sex Marriage: Evidence from the United States, Canada, and Europe [PDF],” indicates that immediately following the legalization of same-sex marriage, “the number of same-sex marriages, after an initial burst, appears to [decrease] with each year the legal option is available.”

In 2001, the Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage. They were quickly followed by Belgium, Canada, Spain and South Africa. According to Caleb H. Price, research analyst in the Government and Public Policy Division at Focus on the Family, civil unions or other forms of domestic partnerships are allowed in an additional 11 nations.

But Gallagher and Baker found that homosexuals don’t seem very enthusiastic about taking part in the institution of marriage. (See “State of the Unions” below) In the Netherlands, for example, only 6.3% of homosexuals in that nation have gotten married. Only 2.1% of the total Dutch population is homosexual.

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Difference Between Israel and Terrorist

Friday, July 28th, 2006

In case anyone still doesn’t understand the difference between Israelis and Terrorist, I’ve arranged some visual aids to assist you.

Palestinian Body Armor

Cowardly Blend

Palestinian Baby Carriage


Images courtesy of Cox and Forkum and Michelle Malkin.

Iran to Nuke Israel on August 22?

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Well, when a madman runs a country, that either is or soon will be, a nuclear power, anything is possible.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has frustrated Western officials by refusing to reply to their offer of various incentives in exchange for Iran’s discarding its nuclear program until August 22. The Western governments had asked Ahmadinejad to reply by June 29; why would Tehran need two extra months?
Farid Ghadry, the president of the Reform Party of Syria, has offered a provocative explanation for this delay. He asserts that the Supreme National Security Council of Iran chose the August 22 date “for a very precise reason. August 21, 2006 (Rajab 27, 1427) is known in the Islamic calendar as the Night of the Sira’a and Miira’aj, the night Prophet Mohammed (saas) ascended to heaven from the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on a Bourak (Half animal, half man), while a great light lit-up the night sky, and visited Heaven and Hell also Beit al-Saada and Beit al-Shaqaa (House of Happiness and House of Misery) and then descended back to Mecca.…”

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Dems Have a Plan to Counter Growing Success of State Marriage Initiatives

Friday, July 28th, 2006

We could expect no less from the Dems.

(AgapePress) – The Democratic Party has apparently decided to take a different tack in its efforts to bring legalized homosexual “marriage” to every state in the country. Determined to provide more coordinated support to advocates of same-sex unions, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) recently announced it has adopted a five-point plan for fighting state ballot measures defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
In 2004, the Democratic Party made it clear it stood opposite President George W. Bush on defending traditional marriage. “We repudiate President Bush’s divisive effort to politicize the Constitution by pursuing a ‘Federal Marriage Amendment,'” it says on page 38 of The 2004 Democratic National Platform for America. In the statement prior to that, the party says such an issue should be left to the states. “In our country, marriage has been defined at the state level for 200 years, and we believe it should continue to be defined there,” it says.
Since that platform was written, the number of states installing the traditional definition of marriage as part of their constitution has grown to 20 — and as many as seven more are set to consider similar initiatives this fall. Sensing that its “leave it to the states” approach needs some tweaking, the DNC has apparently decided to add more structure to the state-level efforts to legalize same-sex marriage.
For example, the DNC recently contributed $10,000 to opponents of the pro-marriage “Protect Marriage Illinois” initiative in the state of Illinois. A spokesman for the pro-homosexual group National Stonewall Democrats — in an interview with the Washington Blade, a pro-homosexual publication — confirmed that contribution, adding that homosexual activists in the state were “very pleased” with the DNC’s help.
In the same article, DNC spokesman Danien LaVera spelled out the Committee’s five-point plan for fighting state ballot measures that would ban same-sex marriage:
1. Label “anti-gay” ballot measures as “divisive” ploys by the Republicans and others to deflect voter attention from other important issues, including “the Bush administration’s failed policies.”
2. Begin a state “party-building” operation that includes specific training for state party operatives in all 50 states on how to campaign against ballot measures banning homosexual marriage.
3. Work closely with the National Stonewall Democrats to “develop strategy and talking points” to combat state measures defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.
4. Work cooperatively with homosexual organizations fighting ballot measures in each state where they surface, providing campaign advice, expertise, and logistical and financial support.
5. Empower and organize GLBT [gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender] communities around the country through the help of Brian Bond, the DNC’s new “gay outreach organizer.”
According to LaVera, a number of these actions are already in place. The state party-building effort (Point #2), for example, was begun by DNC chairman Howard Dean, who is on record saying that the July 7 pro-marriage ruling by the New York Supreme Court “relies on outdated and bigoted notions about families.” LaVera also tells the Blade that the DNC’s involvement in the Illinois marriage initiative shows how “highly successful” cooperation between his organization and pro-homosexual groups can be.
The DNC will not be alone in its efforts to combat marriage protection initiatives at the state level. The Blade quotes spokespersons from two high-profile homosexual rights groups — the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force — who say the groups are committing several million dollars toward ballot measure fights. Their goal, says a NGLTF official, is to gain legalization of same-sex marriage in ten states over the next ten years — “either through legislative or judicial action.”
As of late, neither avenue has proven successful for advocates of same-sex marriage. Their most recent setback came out of Washington State, where on Wednesday the state Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act passed by voters in 1998 is constitutional — and said that in a democracy, marriage should be defined by elected governmental representatives, not by judges.
Currently, Massachusetts is the only state that allows homosexuals to marry; the state of Vermont recognizes “civil unions.” States considering constitutional marriage amendments in November include Arizona (pending certification of petition signatures), Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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Al-Qaida Wants Holy War Against Israel

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Well, we knew it wouldn’t be long until ALL the terrorists joined the fight against Israel. Al-Qaida is urging all Muslims to rise up and fight Israel until Islam reigns from Spain to Iraq. All you people out there who think that the Muslims are a peaceful people, you need to get a clue. The last thing this world needs is Islamic rule ANYWHERE!

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader issued a worldwide call Thursday for Muslims to rise up in a holy war against Israel and join the fighting in Lebanon and Gaza until Islam reigns from “Spain to Iraq.”

In the message broadcast by Al-Jazeera television, Ayman al-Zawahri, second in command to Osama bin Laden, said that al-Qaida now views “all the world as a battlefield open in front of us.”

The Egyptian-born physician said that the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah and Palestinian militants would not be ended with “cease-fires or agreements.”

“It is a jihad (holy war) for the sake of God and will last until (our) religion prevails … from Spain to Iraq,” al-Zawahri said. “We will attack everywhere.” Spain was controlled by Arab Muslims for more than seven centuries until they were driven from power in 1492.

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“THE HEAT IS ON” by Fern Sidman

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

As day 15 of the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah terrorists concluded, it was reported that little was accomplished on the diplomatic front at the Rome summit. United States Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice was joined by the United Nations, European Union countries, Arab states such as Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia as well as Canada, Russia, Cyprus and Turkey in seeking a resolution the burgeoning war between Israel and Hezbollah.

According to CNN’s John King, Secretary of State Rice was “under siege” by world leaders who pressed for an “immediate cease fire in the region”. The position of the United States as voiced by Secretary Rice was that a cease fire must be “sustainable” and cessation of hostilities must be part of a wider plan to permanently disarm Lebanese Hezbollah militants.
CNN reported that, “one source involved in the talks said everyone but the United States wanted to press ahead with an immediate cease-fire, but Rice argued that taking that approach would leave Hezbollah in place and still armed with its rockets.”

Rice also expressed concern over what she said was Iran and Syria’s involvement in the conflict, while UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said that future dialogue should involve Tehran and Damascus.

The Israeli government, which was not invited to the Rome meeting, said Wednesday it hopes the “international community will act immediately to strengthen the Lebanese army” so that it can take charge of south Lebanon.

In its statement, Israel said it wants a U.N. resolution calling for Lebanese militias to be disarmed and a G8 statement calling for the release of all abducted soldiers.

“Israel is forced to continue to defend its citizens because of the failure to implement these resolutions until now,” the statement read.

It was also reported by CNN’s John King that Secretary Rice told the summit that she could convince Israel to agree to a cease fire if the international community would orchestrate efforts to pressure Hezbollah to disarm. The members of the summit rejected that proposal. Hezbollah has vowed to continue to wage war against Israel. King also reported that Secretary Rice would be returning to Israel by the weekend to assess whether Israel would be agreeable to a return of the Shebaa Farms region to Lebanon and to a prsioner exchange.

There is no question that the proverbial political heat has been turned on high and now the United States, under a tremendous amount of world pressure is considering the option of asking Israel to make territorial compromises and to discuss a possible prisoner exchange .So much for the global war on terror and the strident policy of isolation of terrorists. Those who were persona non grata just yesterday, may turn into negotiating partners tomorrow.

Let us look at the facts of who the United States would like to reward for its kidnapping of Israeli soldiers and its rocket attacks on Israel. The history of the Hezbollah terrorist network is replete with numerous and multiple attacks and murders of American military personnel and civilians as well as its legendary hatred and attacks on Israel. The facts are as follows:

July 19, 1982: The president of the American University in Beirut, Davis S. Dodge, is kidnapped. Hezbollah is believed to be behind this and most of the other 30 Westerners kidnapped over the next ten years.

April 18, 1983: Hezbollah attacks the U.S. embassy in Beirut with a car bomb, killing 63 people, 17 of whom were American citizens.

Oct. 23, 1983: The group attacks U.S. Marine barracks with a truck bomb, killing 241 American military personnel stationed in Beirut as part of a peace-keeping force. A separate attack against the French military compound in Beirut kills 58.

Sept. 20, 1984: The group attacks the U.S. embassy annex in Beirut with a car bomb, killing 2 Americans and 22 others.

March 16, 1984: William F. Buckley, a CIA operative working at the U.S. embassy in Beirut, is kidnapped and later murdered.

April 12, 1984: Hezbollah attacks a restaurant near the U.S. Air Force Base in Torrejon, Spain. The bombing kills eighteen U.S. servicemen and injures 83 people.

Dec. 4, 1984: Hezbollah terrorists hijack a Kuwait Airlines plane. Four passengers are murdered, including two Americans.

Feb. 16, 1985: Hezbollah publicizes its manifesto. It notes that the group’s struggle will continue until Israel is destroyed and rejects any cease-fire or peace treaty with Israel.
June 14, 1985: Hezbollah terrorists hijack TWA flight 847. The hijackers severely beat Passenger Robert Stethem, a U.S. Navy diver, before killing him and dumping his body onto the tarmac at the Beirut airport. Other passengers are held as hostages before being released on June 30.

Feb. 17, 1988: The group kidnaps Col. William Higgins, a U.S. Marine serving with a United Nations truce monitoring group in Lebanon, and later murders him.

Oct. 22, 1989: Members of the dissolved Lebanese parliament ratify the Taif Agreement. Although the agreement calls for the “disbanding of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias,” Hezbollah remains active.

Feb. 16, 1992: Sayyad Hassan Nasrallah takes over Hezbollah after Israel kills the group’s leader, Abbas Musawi.

March 17, 1992: With the help of Iranian intelligence, Hezbollah bombs the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, killing 29 and injuring over 200.

July 18, 1994: Hezbollah bombs the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires again with Iranian help killing 86 and injuring over 200.

October 1997: The United States lists Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

May 23, 2000: Israel withdraws all troops from Lebanon after 18 years patrolling the “security zone,” a strip of land in the south of the country. The security zone was set up to prevent attacks on northern Israel.

June 2000: United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan certifies Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon. Shortly thereafter, the U.N. Security Council endorses Annan’s report. Hezbollah nonetheless alleges Israel occupies Lebanon, claiming the small Shebaa Farms area Israel captured from Syria during the 1967 war as Lebanese territory.

Oct. 7, 2000: Hezbollah attacks an Israel military post and raids Israel, kidnapping three Israeli soldiers. The soldiers are later assumed dead. In mid-October, Hezbollah leader Nasrallah announces the group has also kidnapped an Israeli businessman. In 2004, Israel frees over 400 Arab prisoners in exchange for the business man and the bodies of the three soldiers.

March 1, 2001: The British government adds Hezbollah’s “military wing” to its list of outlawed terrorist organizations.

Dec. 11, 2002: Canada lists Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

June 5, 2003: Australia lists Hezbollah’s “military wing” as a terrorist organization.

Sept. 2, 2004: United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559 calls for “the disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias,” a reference to Hezbollah.

December 2004: Both the United States and France ban Hezbollah’s satellite television network, Al Manar. A U.S. State Department spokesman notes the channel “preaches violence and hatred.”

March 10, 2005: The European Parliament overwhelmingly passes a resolution stating: “Parliament considers that clear evidence exists of terrorist activities by Hezbollah. The (EU) Council should take all necessary steps to curtail them.” The European Union nonetheless refrains from placing the group on its list of terror organizations.

July 12, 2006: Hezbollah attacks Israel with Katyushas, crosses the border and kidnaps two Israeli soldiers. Eight other soldiers are killed. Israel launches operation to rescue the soldiers and push Hezbollah from its border. Hezbollah attacks towns across northern Israel with rocket fire.
Talk of any Israeli compromises at this juncture in time would be interpreted by the world community that Israel has indeed “behaved deplorably” in this war for the preservation of the nation of Israel. It would tell the world that Israel “owes” something to Lebanon for “the ravages of war”. This kind of talk only defeats any chance at lasting peace in the region and would be an egregious regression in the US lead campaign against world terror.

It is true that the United States is buying time with the international community in order to allow Israel to push Hezbollah further into Lebanon and to eradicate its presence from the Lebanese-Israeli border. It is clear that the war against Hezbollah cannot be limited to a US timetable. It is a war unlike any other war that Israel has ever fought. Unlike the conventional armies of yesteryear, the battle to thwart and conquer these Hezbollah guerrillas requires patience and precise targeting.

Israel has stated that this conflict could last for “several more weeks”. While the patience of the international community is running thin, the United States must not acquiesce to world pressuire for its own sake. Israel has also announced its intention to expand its offensive. While Israel has sustained many deaths and casualties thus far, a major ground offensive must not be ruled out.

While the pressure is mounting and these times are exceptionally tense for Israel, we must remember who Hezbollah is. Terror is their theology and hate is their mantra.

The greatest weapon we possess is our faith and loyalty to our Creator, the Almighty G-d of Israel. Our prayers, our adherences to His Torah and His commandments can and will be our only source of true deliverance from our enemies who are bent on our destruction. Let us remember the words of King David who said, “If only My people would heed me, if Israel would walk in My way, in an instant, I would subdue their foes and against their tormentors, lift My Hand” (Psalm 81).

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.

‘Psalm in a bog’ linked to Israel’s current war

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

This is very interesting, in particular the timing of the find and the passage that the Psalm was turned to.

Psalm in a Bog

The “miraculous” find of ancient psalms in an Irish bog has some wondering if there’s any special modern relevance, since the discovery dealt with the enemies of Israel attempting to destroy the nation.
Ancient book of psalms found in Irish bog by construction worker was opened to Psalm 83 (photo: National Museum of Ireland)
A construction worker in Ireland came across the ancient 20-page book dated to the years 800-1000 A.D. while driving his backhoe’s shovel into the mud last week. Experts say it’s impossible to say how the manuscript ended up there, but speculate it may have been lost in transit or dumped after a raid some 1,000 to 1,200 years ago.
The National Museum of Ireland issued a statement saying, “In discovery terms, this Irish equivalent to the Dead Sea Scrolls is being hailed by the museum’s experts as the greatest find ever from a European bog.”
“It is not so much the fragments themselves, but what they represent, that is of such staggering importance,” said the museum’s director, Pat Wallace. “In my wildest hopes, I could only have dreamed of a discovery as fragile and rare as this. It testifies to the incredible richness of the Early Christian civilization of this island and to the greatness of ancient Ireland.”
Wallace called it a “miracle find,” telling the Associated Press, “it’s unlikely that something this fragile could survive buried in a bog at all, and then for it to be unearthed and spotted before it was destroyed is incalculably more amazing.”
But it’s the fact the book was discovered opened to Psalm 83 that is attracting attention across the globe.
The ancient psalm deals with a plea to God not to let the enemies of Israel eradicate God’s chosen nation.

Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
(Psalm 83:1-4)

It then lists a number of Israel’s ancient enemies bent on its destruction.

Stan Goodenough, a South African journalist living in Israel for the past 12 years calls the timing of the discovery “incredible.”
For right now Israel’s enemies are again united in their desire to “cut Israel off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” They purpose to take for themselves the “pastures of God for a possession.” And that they are in league – or in a confederacy – is clear.
From Gaza, supported by most of the Arab states, the violence is being directed by the Palestinian Arab terrorist groups: the PLO, Hamas, the Palestine Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front For the Liberation of Palestine and the popular resistance Committees.
In the north, the Lebanese group [Hezbollah], supplied and enabled by Syria and the non-Arab but also Islamic Iran, is raining rockets down on Israel.
This, given the current situation, makes Psalm 83 a fascinating and fitting read, the ancient find nothing short of a phenomenon.

Goodenough points out the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947, just as the modern state of Israel was being formed.

The bog find was heralded by the museum on Tuesday, one day after a call for global prayer on behalf of Israel. Psalm 83 was one of three psalms recited at locations worldwide Tuesday at the request of the governing council of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate.

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Same-sex marriage on rocks with voters

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

The majority of people in this country have spoken and they say the same thing every time. Yes to traditional marriage, no to same sex marriage. Emphasis added.

Yesterday’s stunning decision by Washington’s Supreme Court upholding traditional marriage is not the only setback dogging same-sex marriage advocates.
In fact, 20 out of the 20 times it has come before voters, Americans have chosen to protect by constitutional amendment the idea of limiting marriage to one man and one woman.
So this year as it’s brought before voters in another six – or eight – states, what do opponents plan to do to get their first single?
Obfuscate.
“The best that they (traditional marriage opponents) can do is confuse the issue,” States Issues Analyst Mona Passignano, of the Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family Action, told WorldNetDaily in an exclusive look-ahead at this fall’s election season.
“What they’re running up against is that people just want traditional marriage protected,” she said.
“We have six states that will have marriage amendments on their ballot (in 2006),” Passignano said, identifying them as Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Two more, Arizona and Colorado, still have yet to reach either deadlines for turning in petition signatures or decisions for whether enough signatures have been turned in. Arizona’s marriage supporters turned in 300,000 names, for a requirement of 184,000, but they still are being verified. In Colorado, the deadline to turn in names is Aug. 7, and 68,000 verified names are needed, she said.
“The atmosphere (around the issues) right now is actually positive,” she said. “But you can expect that to change in October.” Then, the campaigning will get confusing.
Colorado’s potential battle already is typical of what she expects.
There probably will be four ballot initiatives on the fall Colorado ballot addressing marriage or civil unions and the like. One would think that would be confusing, and Passignano said that’s the plan.
“The campaign in Colorado already is to confuse the voters. The more confusion, the better the chance (for same-sex marriage being endorsed),” she said. “It’s not exactly a new campaign, it’s exactly the strategy that unfolded in Texas last year.”
During that battle, same-sex marriage supporters actually “tried to get people to vote against the marriage amendment by pretending they were from the attorney general’s office and telling people they were going to nullify actual marriages with their vote,” Passignano said. Senior citizens, especially, were targeted.
She said she took calls in her office at Focus Action from Texans who would hesitate. “I think I voted the wrong way,” they would tell her. “Yes, you did,” she told them.
The salvation of the Texas amendment came from Christian pastors, she said.
“What’s going to be the key is church participation,” she said. “The IRS has said pastors have the right to talk about that, despite what we commonly hear, because it is a nonpartisan ballot issue. Pastors can talk about it all they want.
“Just because you’re a Christian doesn’t mean you checked your rights at the door,” she said.
Focus Action is a cultural action organization that is separate from Focus on the Family, the Christian broadcasting, publishing and ministry powerhouse. It was set up for Christians to have a platform for informing and rallying about moral issues.
Baptist Press earlier had cited a homosexual publication’s report about a multi-point plan devised by the Democratic National Committee to combat the marriage protection plans.
Damien LaVera, a spokesman for the DNC told Baptist Press the committee opposes Republican efforts to use the issue to get voters to ballot boxes. But he didn’t confirm or deny the homosexual publication’s report about a plan that calls for labeling such initiatives “divisive” and training operatives in all 50 states how to campaign against them.
That report also said the plan included working with a homosexual advocacy group and campaign organizations in each state fighting marriage protection plans.
During 2005, Texas and Kansas voters approved marriage protection amendments, and in the sweep of the 2004 vote, 13 states took the same action, including voters in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Utah, Michigan, Ohio and Oregon who did so on the same night. Five states had done so in earlier elections and another two dozen states have taken the same action, but by statute, not constitutional amendment.
Representatives are especially tenacious in pursuing this particular issue, too. In Wisconsin state lawmakers went through the process a second time after first passing a Defense of Marriage law in 2003, only to see Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle veto it. The second time around, for this year’s election, they pursued the constitutional amendment process, which does not require a governor’s signature.
State lawmakers in Washington also battled back to overturn a veto by Gov. Gary Locke in their pursuit of their 1998 Defense of Marriage Act, which limits marriages to couples of one man and one woman.
That battle was crowned with victory this week when the state’s Supreme Court affirmed its constitutionality. The court noted that there may be homosexual weddings at some point in the future, but it will be because people have brought it about, not because of a judicial opinion.
The underlying conclusion of the Washington state court was that the Legislature had a legitimate interest in protecting traditional marriage and that action did not violate equal protection and other laws.
Even in Massachusetts, where the state’s highest court created a right to homosexual marriage to become the only state ever to recognize such situations, supporters have collected 170,000 signatures and court approval and hope to have a marriage amendment on the ballot in 2008.
One defeat for the traditional marriage supporters came in June in the Senate, which failed to endorse a change in the U.S. Constitution limiting marriage to one man and one woman. But that wasn’t even on an up-or-down vote; only a procedural move.
It is “inconceivable” the U.S. Senate refused to even vote, said Jan LaRue, chief counsel of Concerned Women for America.
“If the founders could have imagined a time when same-sex ‘marriage’ would be forced upon the people by judicial fiat, they would have established a uniform rule of marriage in the Constitution just as they did for naturalization and bankruptcy,” she said.
However, just in the past few weeks, other courts in Georgia, Nebraska, Tennessee and New York have endorsed the legality of protecting marriage.

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Saddam Doesn’t Want Hanging..He Wants a Firing Squad!

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Saddam Hussein has requested if he is found guilty (if?) that he not be hanged like a common criminal, but be allowed to face a firing squad like a military hero. Earth to Saddam…..Earth to Saddam………YOU ARE A CRIMINAL!!! Criminals dont get to choose to play the hero. This guy lives in a world all his own. I say forget the firing squad and the hanging, give him some of the punishment he inflicted on innocent Iraqis while he was their leader.

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A thinner but combative Saddam Hussein returned to court Wednesday for the first time since his hunger strike and hospitalization, complaining he had been forced to attend the proceedings and asking to be executed by firing squad if the court sentences him to death.

“I was brought against my will directly from the hospital,” Saddam told the chief judge. “The Americans insisted that I come against my will. This is not fair.”

He asked the court to execute him by firing squad – “not by hanging as a common criminal” – if it convicts him of all charges and sentences him to death.

“I ask you being an Iraqi person that if you reach a verdict of death, execution, remember that I am a military man and should be killed by firing squad,” he said.

Chief Judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman reminded Saddam that the trial was still under way and that the court had not reached a verdict. Executions in Iraq are normally by hanging.

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Same-Sex Marriage A “No-Go”

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

The state Supreme Court voted down same-sex marriage in Washington today. They ruled that limiting marriage to one man and one woman does not violate the state constitution. Marriage between one man and one woman is what was intended from the beginning. Think about it, had marriage not been between a man and a woman from the time of the garden (of Eden), none of us would be here.

A single vote kept Washington from becoming the first state in which same-sex couples could come from anywhere in the U.S. to obtain a marriage license.

The state Supreme Court today decided 5-4 that Washington’s law limiting marriage to one man and one woman does not violate the state constitution.

The court dealt a “devastating setback to same-sex marriage proponents,” asserted Mathew D. Staver, founder and chairman of the public-interest legal group Liberty Counsel.

The decision is very significant, he said, because, unlike Massachusetts – which n 2003 became the only state to establish same-sex marriage – Washington does not have a residency requirement for marriage licenses.

“Same-sex couples would be able to obtain marriage licenses without having to be residents of Washington,” Staver said. “Also, same-sex marriage advocates thought they could win in the more liberal state of Washington.”

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Annan: Israel ´Deliberately´ Killed 4 U.N. Observers

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

What Annan, along with most of the world, has forgotten is that the terrorist place their military hardware and bases right along side of U.N. outpost, residential areas, schools, mosques and hospitals in order to deter the Israelis from hitting their hardware, bases and people.

A crisis in the U.N. is brewing following charges by Sec. Gen. Kofi Annan that Israel “deliberately” attacked a UNIFIL post, killing four. Israel’s ambassador was “shocked” at Annan’s accusations.
U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan’s said, in Rome, that the attack was an “apparently deliberate targeting” of the UNIFIL post. “I call on the government of Israel to conduct a full investigation into this very disturbing incident and demand that any further attack on U.N. positions and personnel must stop.” A conference is being held in Rome on the crisis in Lebanon.

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Dan Gillerman, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, said he was “shocked” by Annan’s accusations, which Gillerman said were “premature and erroneous,” and demanded an apology. Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said that “Israel sincerely regrets the tragic death” of the U.N. observers.
The IDF explained that the post is next to a Hizbullah base, was attacked by mistake, and that the incident is being investigated. A bomb hit a post of the international body’s peace keeping force, created in 1978. The incident occurred near the eastern end of the Lebanese-Israeli border.

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Rushed to ICU

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Continue to pray for Ariel Sharon and his family.

JERUSALEM — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was rushed to the intensive care unit of a Tel Aviv hospital on Wednesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Sharon’s condition deteriorated significantly earlier in the week. He has been in a coma since suffering a massive stroke Jan. 4.

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“THE THIRD FRONT” by Fern Sidman

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

While Israel is engaged in heavy fighting with Hezbollah terrorists on the northern front and Hamas terrorists on its southern front, it would appear that Israel’s proverbial nemesis, better known as the media, has opened a third front with its incessant assaults on Israel.

While the media may not be launching Katyusha or Kassam rockets aimed at Israeli cities, the rockets that the media launches are instrumental in degrading Israel in the war of public opinion. Case in point would be the drastic difference in the content and modality of reporting between the two major cable networks, CNN and Fox News.

To the average viewer, it would appear that CNN and Fox are reporting the news from two different planets. While it is true that the Ted Turner owned CNN, has its own left wing agenda along with the perfunctory anti-Israel bias that goes with that territory, and Roger Ailes’ Fox News has a more conservative, pro-Republican platform, the stark and extreme contrasts cannot be missed. To state that their coverage of the current war between Israel, Hezbollah and Hamas is diametrically opposed would be a gross understatement.

One need only press the button on their television remotes for a period of an hour or so, to gain tremendous insight into the world of media propaganda, distortions and lies. For a truly mercurial experience, just spend an evening with Anderson Cooper and Larry King of CNN and then visit with Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly over at Fox.

The story according to CNN is the following: Israel is murdering Lebanese children and civilians en masse, Israel is not making a dent in Hezbollah’s power, Israel is not forthcoming in opening up a corridor for humanitarian assistance to Lebanon, Israel is causing a refugee crisis amongst the Lebanese population, Israel is using phosphorus in its weaponry, Israel refuses to agree to a cease fire, Israel’s retaliation against Hezbollah has been “disproportionate”, Israel refuses to engage in negotiations with Hezbollah over a prisoner exchange. CNN’s conclusion is: World opinion will turn against Israel because of its actions. One can only scratch their heads and ask, is there a pattern developing here???

As we watch Anderson Cooper taking us for tours of hospitals in Lebanon showing the burnt and mangled faces of Lebanese children, while giving platforms to Hezbollah supporters who spew forth their party line which includes accusations against Israel for starting this conflict by occupying Palestine, to scared and trapped Americans who blame Israel for the destruction of Beirut. Repetitive images of Israeli tanks and gun ships shooting missiles into Lebanon fill our screens ad infinitum, while there is never a image of a Hezbollah terrorist shooting a Katyusha rocket into Israel.

If this weren’t enough one sided and biased journalism, we are also treated to an hour of Larry King, who gives more than ample time to Hezbollah journalists, Syrian ambassadors, and a whole host of other Israel bashers. King allows them to make hate filled speeches riddled with inaccuracies and grandiose distortions about Israel and her role in this current conflict, while never challenging them in any kind of meaningful and significant manner.

In marked contrast to CNN’s coverage of the war, there is a definitely a more “fair and balanced” coverage on Fox News. While far from being totally fair and balanced Fox News takes pains in researching new details from their reporters in the Middle East and presenting a more even handed account of the situation in Israel.

From Sean Hannity to Bill O’Reilly to Greta Van Susteren to Sheppard Smith, one can see that these journalists are dedicated to digging out the truth by ask searing questions concerning the facts of the situation, which are so very often buried under the propaganda and lies of Hezbollah and other Arab spokesmen who are allowed lengthy platforms for their vituperative and vitriolic rhetoric against Israel.

There is no question that Fox News is far from perfect and has on more than one occasion fallen prey to the CNN and New York Times syndrome of making Israel the scapegoat for the world’s problems, but by in large, Fox has made a concerted effort, thus far, to reporting the news with a high degree of accuracy.

That is all that we can ask from the media. In general, they always have been instrumental in generating negative feelings towards Israel and have been the biggest asset of the cause of Hamas and Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations in the region. Right now, they represent the third front that Israel must contend with. An enemy that is funded not by regimes predicated on terror but on corporate dollars. It is an enemy that never runs out of rockets or mortars or missiles, for their verbal missiles and subliminal messages are in infinite abundance and these fatal weapons shape a public image of Israel that is more deadly than rockets because they pervade the hearts and minds of their viewers.

For the Jewish people, this is an old story. Since Guttenberg invented his first printing press in the 1600s, words and thoughts have always been published against Jews. The media of today bares little difference to its more in-your-face predecessors. While the facts may be different, today’s media is just re-hashing the same kind of Israel hating messages that is has done for close to six decades.

The media is a persistent and resilient foe, almost an implacable one, yet despite this most formidable enemy, we have borne witness to our continued existence as a nation. As with the Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, the Turks, the Nazis, the British, the Soviet Union, the PLO, Hamas and Hezbollah and all the other enemies that I may have forgotten to list, those who sought to vanquish and eradicate the Jewish nation and the Land of Israel, we tell them and the media that they have not succeeded in our destruction and with G-d’s help they never will.

Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are one in the same and they are a permanent part of and endemic to our society. With G-d’s help, we will deal with the media as we have with our other enemies and may we take comfort in the fact that we are a people who fears and obeys only the Almighty G-d of Israel and does not fear the words of mortal enemies. World opinion will always be against the Jewish nation, and fearing it and cowering over the words and threats of world leaders is a futile exercise and a colossal waste of precious time.

Let us utilize our precious time in appealing to the Holy One Blessed Be He, who girds His nation Israel with strength, crowns His nation Israel in glory and gives strength to His weary nation. For in the end, the media is just another enemy in a huge litany of enemies. Let us turn to Hashem Yisborach at this critical juncture in time, for it is He who marches into battle with us and it is He who will conquer our enemies, if we only recognize His dominion and His glory.

And to the media, we say, just take your place on the back of a very long line. You’re not our first enemy and you won’t be our last.

May we our prayers reach the Almighty G-d of Israel and may we be zoche to the see our redemption, speedily in our days.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.

Democrats Try to Block Child Custody Protection Act

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

You democrats are quite something. Your only test of if someone is qualified to lead government is how much sex is he/she going to let you have and how many babies is he/she going to allow you to murder. What loosers!!
Now on to parental notification…
A child cannot be treated, in an emergency room, for any injury or condition, that is non life threatening, without parental consent. How is it possible to get an abortion, which is a major medical proceedure, without parental consent?

(CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Senate voted 65-34 late Tuesday in favor of a bill that would make it a crime for anyone to transport a minor across state lines for an abortion — to get around parental notification/consent laws in their home states. But Senate Democrats are trying to kill the Child Custody Protection Act (S. 403) by blocking its progression to a conference committee.
“Fourteen Democratic senators voted to pass the bill, but only minutes later the Democratic caucus collectively moved to kill the bill by objecting to the routine, necessary step of sending the bill to a conference committee,” said Douglas Johnson, the legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee.
(Conference committees reconcile differences between bills passed by the House and those passed by the Senate.)
“The Senate Democratic leadership is now obstructing legislation supported by 80 percent of the public, doing the bidding of the abortion lobby. They are ignoring the 80 percent of the public that believes parental notification laws protect vulnerable minors and the rights of parents,” Johnson said.

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Re-Post: “The Time Shall Come” by Jack Kinsella – Omega Letter Editor

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:5-6)
The verses quoted above were part of Jesus’ response to the question, “What will be the sign of Thy coming and of the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3)
The Lord’s reply to the question is known to Bible scholars as the “Olivet Discourse” because, 1) Jesus was standing ‘upon the Mount of Olives’ at the time, and; 2) His answer, which is contained in the three Synoptic Gospels, fills the entire chapter. It is one of the most lengthy teaching discourses in the New Testament.
The Olivet Discourse focuses its attention on events that take place DURING THE TRIBULATION, but begins by describing the events that conspire together to bring it about.
The period of wars and rumors of wars has been ongoing now since 1914 with the first truly global war in human history. It was followed by a second global war in 1939, whose conclusion brought about the ultimate ‘rumor of war’ between the West and the Soviet Empire.
There are two different entities under discussion, ‘nations’ and ‘kingdoms’. The word ‘nation’ is translated from the Greek word ‘ethnos’ and describes an ethnic state, like Israel or one of the ethnic states of the Arab world. Or North Korea.
The world translated ‘kingdom’ ‘basileia’ means “royal power, kingship, dominion, rule” and it describes a national entity bound together by economic/social interests, rather than ethnic relationships.
America would fit the Biblical understanding of a ‘kingdom’ in the sense Americans are not bound together by blood or ethnicity, but rather by common social and economic benefits. The same could be applied to the member/states of the EU. Individually, some European countries might be ethnic in origin, but the Common Market exists for economic reasons.
The collapse of the Soviet Union uncorked a new round of ethnic unrest and international conflict, but, as Jesus was careful to note, “the end is not yet.”
Ethnic or economic strife have been responsible for all the wars of modern times. The world wars were wars aimed at conquest for economic reasons. Hitler’s Nazis sought both ethnic purity and “liebensraum”(living space) for Germany.
Japan’s Imperial government set out to conquer Asia to ensure a steady supply of raw materials and to establish ethnic Japanese rule over Greater Asia.
Skeptics might argue that wars, ethnic unrest, even famines, earthquakes and pestilences, all have been part of the human condition since the Fall of Man at the Garden of Eden. (Or since the first amoeba turned into a person . . . for the skeptic who can’t bring himself to believe in God, but finds no conflict of faith in a frog turning into a prince).
Note that Jesus said “all these are the beginning of sorrows.” The word ‘sorrow’ first appears in Scripture in Genesis 3:16 when God tells Eve, “I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.” “Sorrow” is translated from the Hebrew “itstsabown” and refers to labor pains.
The Greek word ‘odin’ translated as ‘sorrows’ in Matthew 24:8 also refers to labor pains.
Every parent who has ever lived could instantly grasp the meaning of this metaphor — that is why Jesus chose it. As the birth of a child approaches, the mother begins to experience labor pains, which, having once begun, continue to increase in both frequency and intensity as the moment of birth approaches.
Prospective parents in Jesus’ day did exactly what I did with each of my kids — timed the interval between the contractions. It was a carefully chosen metaphor designed to resonate with all people, of all cultures, in all generations. But, to the generation to whom those signs were addressed, the meaning would be unmistakable.
When one compares the accuracy of the Bible’s account of the unknowable future to the ever-changing scientific ‘explanations’ for the distant past, doubts melt away. The skeptic has multiple explanations for static events that have already happened.
The Bible gives a single explanation for a fluid, changeable series of events predicted to happen thousands of years in the future — the events that define our present day. Which is more convincing?
Bible prophecy proves Jesus was the Son of God, regardless of the latest scientific, archeological or historical discovery. No matter what else might be offered as ‘evidence’ to the contrary, there is no other explanation for Bible prophecy. It is our generation’s unique miracle.
It proves that He remains in charge of the affairs of men. Scripture records His Promise in all three Gospel accounts, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35. Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33)
“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:” (2 Peter 1:19)
Bible prophecy is proof positive that God remains on the Throne, that His Word will NOT return to Him void, and that all the chaos and terror of the world notwithstanding, all continues to go according to His plan.
Given the unbeliever’s explanation of uncontrolled chaos, Bible prophecy isn’t all that depressing, after all. What WOULD be depressing would be to be among the lost, not knowing what this world is coming to, and believing the world is in a state of uncontrolled chaos.
For the believer, Bible prophecy can be pretty encouraging, which is what the Lord intended for the last days’ Church all along:
“But these things have I told you, that WHEN THE TIME SHALL COME, ye may remember that I told you of them.” (John 16:4)

Excerpted from the Omega Letter Daily Intelligence Digest, Volume 58, Issue 5

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