Archive for January 5th, 2009

“Closer By The Development” by Michael G. Mickey

Monday, January 5th, 2009

As the conflict between Israel and Hamas rages on the ground in the Gaza Strip, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Dr. Javier Solana, is calling for a ceasefire. No surprise there, but what is of great interest to me is what we see developing at sidebar – the potential for the international community to intervene and oversee any potential stoppage of the conflict, which will eventually result in a confirmation of a long-term peace covenant in the region prophesied in the Word of God.

Bible prophecy tells us a leader of Roman descent who will ultimately lead the revived Roman empire, today’s European Union, is going to “confirm” (or make strong) a seven-year covenant of peace “with many” between Israel and her enemies, as seen in Daniel 9:26-27.

How are peace covenants confirmed in our world today? Through the use of post-conflict peacekeepers that typically consist of forces from many nations.

Bearing that in mind, let’s look at what Solana had to say today. He is quoted in an EUBusiness.com article as saying European nations stand ready to contribute international monitors to help keep the peace.

Solana added the following (emphasis added mine), “The ceasefire has to be a ceasefire complied (with) by everybody and be clearly maintained.”

Bible prophecy tells us the prophesied Antichrist, whoever he may turn out to be, is going to be a diplomat who will ensure that a covenant of peace in the troubled Middle East is established with a resolute outside presence involved in keeping same intact – an element that has been missing from all other peace agreements in the region which is why they have all failed.

More and more, as I’ve documented in the past and will continue to, diplomats seeking to create stability in the region are referring to the need for international oversight as a necessary element to maintain same.

While Javier Solana hasn’t, in this instance, suggested anything as dramatic as international peacekeepers being placed on the ground in the Holy Land, which is the only way I can foresee peace being confirmed in the region barring a major change in mindset coming to all involved, the topic has been discussed in the past and will, I feel certain, be discussed again as each and every one of these skirmishes in the region have the potential to boil over into all-out war between Israel and its enemies. And that? Well, that could swiftly escalate into an Isaiah 17:1 scenario:

The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

Javier Solana realizes, correctly, that it’s going to take an international effort to keep a lid on tensions in the Middle East, even if a ceasefire is obtained and that, my friends, is what we at RaptureAlert.com refer to as prophetic posturing.

Truly, we are getting closer to the return of Christ with each ensuing development. All of this is leading to something far more intriguing than what we’re presently witnessing. If we are blessed, those of us watching for the return of Jesus Christ for His Church, won’t be here to see much more of it, but if we are? I look forward to updating all my readers on what’s going on in the world around us, sounding the alert that Jesus Christ is coming soon!

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Muslim Voices Too

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Muslim Voices Too

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Israeli Ground Forces Cross Border Into Gaza Strip

Monday, January 5th, 2009

The ground war in Gaza has began. The Pali terrorist have only themselves to blame for this. During the entire “cease-fire” period, they have been firing rockets and mortar shells at Israeli population centers; you know, the cities and towns where the innocent, non-military, women and children live.
The only cease fire in effect was on Israel. The Pali’s never respected or obeyed it.

Thousands of Israeli troops backed by columns of tanks and helicopter gunships launched a ground offensive in Gaza on Saturday night, with officials saying they expected a lengthy fight in the densely populated territory after eight days of punishing airstrikes failed to halt militant rocket attacks on Israel.

Israeli defense officials told FOX News that an estimated 30 Hamas militants had been killed in the incursion so far, though precise numbers are hard to pin down.

Israeli leaders said the operation, known as Cast Lead, was meant to quell militant rocket and mortar fire on southern Israel.

The United Nations, meanwhile, scheduled emergency consultations Saturday night on the escalation, but the United States blocked approval of a statement calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel.

“We are not war hungry, but we shall not … allow a situation where our towns, villages and civilians are constantly targeted by Hamas,” Defense Minister Ehud Barak said. “It will not be easy or short, but we are determined.”

Barak described Israel as “peace seekers.”

“We have restrained ourselves for a long time but now is the time to do what needs to be done,” he said.

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Polar Ice Caps Grow to 1979 Levels

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Wait a minute…we have been told that the polar ice caps were disappearing, that the polar bear was in danger and in need of protection…what’s this, what’s this…the ice caps are actually growing? In fact they are growing so much that they are now at the same level they were back in 1979. Hummm….

Thanks to a rapid rebound in recent months, global sea ice levels now equal those seen 29 years ago, when the year 1979 also drew to a close.

Ice levels had been tracking lower throughout much of 2008, but rapidly recovered in the last quarter. In fact, the rate of increase from September onward is the fastest rate of change on record, either upwards or downwards.

The data is being reported by the University of Illinois’s Arctic Climate Research Center, and is derived from satellite observations of the Northern and Southern hemisphere polar regions.

Each year, millions of square kilometers of sea ice melt and refreeze. However, the mean ice anomaly — defined as the seasonally-adjusted difference between the current value and the average from 1979-2000, varies much more slowly. That anomaly now stands at just under zero, a value identical to one recorded at the end of 1979, the year satellite record-keeping began.

Sea ice is floating and, unlike the massive ice sheets anchored to bedrock in Greenland and Antarctica, doesn’t affect ocean levels. However, due to its transient nature, sea ice responds much faster to changes in temperature or precipitation and is therefore a useful barometer of changing conditions.

Earlier this year, predictions were rife that the North Pole could melt entirely in 2008. Instead, the Arctic ice saw a substantial recovery. Bill Chapman, a researcher with the UIUC’s Arctic Center, tells DailyTech this was due in part to colder temperatures in the region. Chapman says wind patterns have also been weaker this year. Strong winds can slow ice formation as well as forcing ice into warmer waters where it will melt.

Why were predictions so wrong? Researchers had expected the newer sea ice, which is thinner, to be less resilient and melt easier. Instead, the thinner ice had less snow cover to insulate it from the bitterly cold air, and therefore grew much faster than expected, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

In May, concerns over disappearing sea ice led the U.S. to officially list the polar bear a threatened species, over objections from experts who claimed the animal’s numbers were increasing.

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“Israel’s Painful Dilemma: To Win Against Hamas is to Lose” by Stan Goodenough

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Israel’s young men are deep inside the Gaza Strip, making their way through a hellish labyrinth where terrorists feel securely at home, and where they hide behind civilian men, women and children, waiting in anticipation to kill – or capture and torture – the hated IDF troops.

It is hard to know how it must feel – moving into what many have warned could so easily become a quagmire it will be very hard for Israel to leave.

In the words of Hamas and its chief sponsor, Iran, Gaza could become a grave for many of these men.

One man has already been killed. Twenty-two-year-old Dvir Emmanueloff fell on the first day of the ground operation.

Yet Israel believes it has no choice. After years of absorbing rocket and mortar fire from the Arabs in Gaza, rockets that have killed some, wounded many, and emotionally-scarred tens of thousands of people, including children, it has finally chosen to respond.

Cynics argue that the “triumvirate” of Israeli leaders Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak have launched the attack on Gaza at this time to boost their poll popularity in the run-up to the February 10 general election in Israel.

Realists put the timing down to the imminent inauguration of US President-elect Barack Obama who, they believe, will create a political pressure environment in which it will be far more difficult for Israel to carry out an operation of this kind.

Whether or not either of these assessments are accurate, there is no question about the criminal and terrorist activity of which Israel accuses Hamas and it is clear the IDF had to go into Gaza and deal as hard and effective a blow as possible to the “Palestinian” killers.

The terrorizing of nearly a million Israelis has to end.

So I pray for courage, protection and enhanced fighting ability for the Israeli soldiers. I pray for their safe return to their families. And I pray for wisdom and divine guidance for the military and political leaders in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Regarding Hamas, I pray for failure, for repeated frustration of their efforts and the efforts of the other terrorist groups in Gaza.

What I am NOT able to pray for is the successful crushing of Hamas right now. For I do not believe that any answer lies in the return of Gaza to the PLO under Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas (or his successor).

On the contrary – for Israel, such a development would be like going out of the frying pan and into the fire.

In this sense, more than the “quagmire” Israel fears, Gaza is a real snare for the Jewish state.

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