Thursday, 2 October 2014


Pope calls Mideast envoys to Vatican as Islamic State advances

Pope Francis, who has expressed alarm over the rise of Islamic State militants and the plight of Christians in the Middle East, has summoned his envoys in the region to a rare meeting to discuss a response to the crisis, the Vatican said on Tuesday.The Oct. 2-4 gathering will include Vatican ambassadors to Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Israel and the Palestinians as well as representatives to the United Nations and the European Union.They will hold talks with more than a dozen top Vatican officials, including Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who addressed the United Nations on the Middle East crisis on Monday.Earlier this month during a visit to predominantly Muslim Albania, Francis issued a strong criticism of Islamist militants, saying no religious group which used violence and oppression could claim to be “the armor of God.”Islamic State has declared a “caliphate” in the territories it controls in Syria and Iraq and has killed or driven out large numbers of Christians, Shiite Muslims and others who do not subscribe to its hardline version of Sunni Islam.Asked about Islamic State last month when returning from a trip to South Korea, Francis endorsed action by the international community to stop “unjust aggression.”Parolin, the Vaticans top diplomat, told the the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday.


Islamic State Preparing To Cross Over Into Lebanon, Vows To Crucify Lebanese Christians

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In the twisted minds of Islamic jihadists, non-Muslims spread mischief in the land simply by believing in something other than Islam. It’s a good thing all those air strikes are degrading ISIS, otherwise they’d be preparing to invade Lebanon and crucify its Christians …
Qur’an Sura 5:33, “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement …”
By Jack Moore, IBT – “Christians in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley have begun arming themselves in preparation for an Isis (now known as the Islamic State) offensive as it seeks to expand its territorial control outside of Syria.
Up to 3,000 militants from the Islamic State and other jihadists occupy the mountain range between Lebanon and Syria near the Sunni town of Arsal.
As IS seek to grab land outside of the mountain caves and farms they currently control, Christian volunteers have now created village defence forces to protect against the Sunni militants who have taken up to 21 Lebanese soldiers and policemen hostage.
‘We are a minority and we are under threat by the jihadists,’ Rifaat Nasrallah, a commander of the volunteer guards in the Greek Catholic town of Ras Baalbek, said.
‘It wasn’t the idea of anyone in particular,’ Nasrallah says of the formation of defence units. ‘The whole village felt in danger so we all agreed it was necessary.’
‘We don’t shoot if we see someone or something moving in the mountains,’ said one of the watchmen. ‘We just call the Army and they investigate.’
Ras Baalbek has a population of 15,000 and is  separated from the flashpoint town of Arsal by a range of hills.
‘Imagine if Islamic State makes it into Ras Baalbek and they crucify a Christian. It will set Lebanon alight,’ a western diplomat in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Times.
There are approximately 2.4m Chrisitans in Lebanon, 20pc of the total population.” Read more.
Flashback: Al-Qaeda’s ISIS Threatens To ‘Slaughter’ King Of Jordan, Invade Lebanon, Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula – “Islamist terrorists in Iraq and Syria have begun creeping toward neighboring countries, sources close to the Islamic fundamentalists revealed this week. The terrorists, who belong to The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS -- known as DAESH in Arabic] and are said to be an offshoot of al-Qaeda, are planning to take their jihad to Jordan, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula — after having already captured large parts of Syria and Iraq, the sources said.” Read more.
Flashback: Serious Spillover: Thousands Flee Lebanon Town As Troops Battles Syrian Militants – “Thousands of Lebanese civilians and Syrian refugees crammed into cars and pickup trucks fled a town in eastern Lebanon Monday as troops battled al-Qaida-linked militants from neighboring Syria who overran the border region in the most serious spillover into Lebanon of the three-year conflict next door. The fierce fighting in Arsal, now in its third day, has killed 17 Lebanese soldiers and compounded fears that tiny Lebanon is fast becoming a new front in its neighbor’s conflict. The government rushed reinforcements to the scene, including dozens of armored personal carriers, tanks and elite troops, suggesting fighting was about to worsen.” Read more.


The Signpost Perspective: Syria in 2014

The Four Signposts as written about in Daniel Revisited tell us of the main role for each of several nations in the Middle East prior to the Tribulation. Some of these nations are currently in existence politically, and others will come in to existence at the end of the Third Signpost.
Despite the many news stories that come out of any Middle East nation these days, which seem to be a cacophony of different directions for that nation to take, there is a single thread to be followed, a single path that the nation is on, in relation to the Signposts which God in His sovereign will is making to happen. Sometimes we can get caught up in every reported event, but what we must do is keep the Signposts from Daniel 7 and 8 in mind so we can filter out what is noise and watch the things that are more significant. The Signposts are the signs God has given us to watch to tell us of the advancing of Christ’s Return.
The Third Signpost tells us that a Sunni Confederacy of four nations will counterattack Iran after Iran has invaded the Middle East, which is the Second Signpost. As it says in Daniel 8 the goat will attack the ram in a great embittered rage. Turkey, and Turkey’s leader, will head this Confederacy. Turkey would only work closely with other Sunni Muslim nations, not a Shia Muslim-led nation. A case in point is that Turkey rejects the Assad regime in Syria simply because the Assad regime is Shia Muslim. Turkey will accept Syria as an ally if Syria is Sunni-led.
Syria’s place among the seven heads of all four beasts in Daniel 7 is due to it being the modern inheritor of Assyria (see Daniel Revisited, chapter 5). If Syria is indeed the modern inheritor and is one of the seven heads, then it is to be one of the four nations making up the Sunni Confederacy that will oppose Shia Iran.
It has been over a year now since my last post about Syria. Much has happened, it seems, but Syria is on the same path now as it has been for the last three years. So essentially nothing has changed.
Back in 2011 there were the Sunni rebels, battling the Assad regime. Now IS has arisen and there is now a three-way battle for Syria. Now there are two Sunni camps that could replace Assad in Syria. However, what has not changed since that last post I wrote on Syria is that at some point, the Assad regime must fall and be replaced politically by a Sunni government. It might be right before the invasion by Iran, i.e. Second Signpost, but nevertheless if Syria is one of the four nations of the future Confederacy, than Assad must fall.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview in September 2014
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview in September 2014
Will it be the Syrian rebels or IS that takes over Syria politically? I don’t know. Right now, news reports seem to show that Assad is more secure than at any time since 2011. Turkey will ally readily with a Sunni-rebel-led government. Turkey will not work with IS today, but who knows in the face of an Iranian invasion?
Despite what we may hear – that the U.S. is bombing IS positions, or that Turkey might fight IS, or that the U.S. may supply arms to the Syrian rebels – the most likely outcome in Syria that is the closest fulfillment of Daniel 7 and 8, is that Assad must fall, sooner or later.
And since Syria would be one of the seven heads in Daniel 7, just like Iraq and Iran are, Syria must for now remain as a distinct political entity until it becomes part of the future Sunni confederacy. Although it is easier to imagine a Rebel-led Syria joining the Confederacy, one thing the twists and turns of Middle East events has taught us is do not be surprised if the Syria that joins is IS-led. Either path is plausible for the Third Signpost, but an Assad-led Syria is not.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014


Netanyahu Invokes Biblical Prophecy During UN Address

“For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.” (Isaiah 62:1)
(Click here to see how Netanyahu invokes Biblical prophecy in past UN addresses.)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the annual gathering of world leaders at the UN General Assembly on Monday, warning the international community of the growing threat of militant Islam.
The prime minister jumped right in to tackling the issue of the increasing visibility and violence wrought by Islamist terrorists across the globe.
“Our hopes and the world’s hope for peace are in danger. Because everywhere we look, militant Islam is on the march,” Netanyahu said. “It’s not militants. It’s not Islam. It’s militant Islam.”
Netanyahu made clear that all people, regardless of race or religion, were threatened by Islamist terrorists. “Typically, its first victims are other Muslims, but it spares no one. Christians, Jews, Yazidis, Kurds – no creed, no faith, no ethnic group is beyond its sights. And it’s rapidly spreading in every part of the world,” he explained.
The prime minister reiterated that the “ultimate goal” of militant Islamists is to “dominate the world.” Likening the growth and strength of militant Islamists to cancer, Netanyahu warned, “left unchecked, the cancer grown, metastasizing over wider and wider areas. To protect the peace and security of the world, we must remove this cancer before it’s too late.”
Masked Hamas gunmen seen carrying out the execution of suspected collaborators with Israel. (Photo: YouTube Screenshot)
Masked Hamas gunmen seen carrying out the execution of suspected collaborators with Israel. (Photo: YouTube Screenshot)
Netanyahu singled out ISIS and Hamas, two terror organizations, who have proclaimed time and again that they “seek to impose” a caliphate run by Sharia law on the entire world. “So when it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas,” he said.
From Boko Haram in Nigeria to al-Qaeda across Malaysia and the Middle East, Netanyahu explained that all Islamist terror groups “all share a fanatic ideology.”
“They all seek to create ever-expanding enclaves of militant Islam where there is no freedom and no tolerance – where women are treated as chattel, Christians are decimated, and minorities are subjugated, sometimes given the stark choice: convert or die. For them, anyone can be an infidel, including fellow Muslims,” he said.
On Iran, Netanyahu warned that the Islamic Republic is the one place where “militant Islam will have the power to realize its unbridled ambitions.” The prime minister called out Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, who Netanyahu said “shed crocodile tears over what he called ‘the globalization of terrorism’.”
Iran is a well-known sponsor of “global terror.” Recently, Iranian military leaders boasted of how they provided most of the weapons used by Hamas against Israel during the recent 50-day conflict against terrorists in the Gaza Strip.
“Maybe he should spare us those phony tears and have a word instead with the commanders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. He could ask them to call off Iran’s global terror campaign, which has included attacks in two dozen countries on five continents since 2011 alone,” Netanyahu stated.
The prime minister urged world leaders to impose heavier sanctions on the Islamic Republic and “fully dismantle” its nuclear program. He warned that should Iran possess the ability to produce nuclear weapons, there is no doubt that the weapons would end up in the hands of ISIS.
Netanyahu rightfully defended Israel’s actions during Operation Protective Edge, where “Hamas fired thousands of rockets at Israel, many of them supplied by Iran.” He highlighted Hamas’s use of Palestinian civilians as human shields, as well as the use of “UN schools, private homes, mosques, even hospitals to store and fire rockets at Israel.”
The prime minister slammed Israel’s critics who “fueled libelous charges that Israel was deliberately targeting civilians.”
“We deeply regret every single civilian casualty…No other country and no other army in history have gone through greater lengths to avoid civilian casualties among the civilian population of their enemies,” Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu applauded the “brave soldiers of the IDF” who “deserve not condemnation, but admiration. Admiration from decent people everywhere.”
However, the highlight of Netanyahu’s speech came when the prime minister called out the UN Human Rights Council for its hypocritical treatment of Israel right at the UN itself.
“By investigating Israel rather than Hamas for war crimes, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has betrayed its noble mission to protect the innocent. In fact, what it’s doing is to turn the laws of war upside-down. Israel, which took unprecedented steps to minimize civilian casualties, Israel is condemned. Hamas, which both targeted and hid behind civilians – that a double war crime – Hamas is given a pass.”
“The Human Rights Council is thus sending a clear message to terrorists everywhere: Use civilians as human shields. Use them again and again and again. You know why? Because sadly, it works,” Netanyahu stated. “By granting international legitimacy to the use of human shields, the UN’s Human Rights Council has thus become a Terrorist Rights Council, and it will have repercussions.”
Netanyahu holding up an image taken by France's 24 News showing Hamas rocket launchers surrounded by children being used as human shields. (Photo: GPO)
Netanyahu holding up an image taken by France’s 24 News showing Hamas rocket launchers surrounded by children being used as human shields. (Photo: GPO)
Netanyahu questioned why “nearly half” of the UNHRC’s resolutions “have been directed against Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East – Israel. Where issues are openly debated…where human rights are protected…and minorities live in a genuinely free society.”
With no shame, Netanyahu said, “The Human Rights…that’s an oxymoron, the UN Human Rights Council, but I’ll use it just the same, the Council’s biased treatment of Israel is only one manifestation of the return of the world’s oldest prejudices…It’s called anti-Semitism.”
“For centuries the Jewish people have been demonized with blood libels and charges of deicide. Today, the Jewish state is demonized with the apartheid libel and charges of genocide,” Netanyahu said, referring to a speech given by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the UN General Assembly.
Highlighting the irony of an organization that allows “a man who wrote a dissertation of lies about the Holocaust, and who insists on a Palestinian free of Jews, Judenrein,” Netanyahu questioned why Abbas would be allowed to “stand at this podium and shamelessly accuse Israel of genocide and ethnic cleansing.”
As the threat of anti-Semitism rears its ugly head among “polite society,” Netanyahu vowed that the Jewish people would “defend ourselves against our enemies” and “will expose their lies against us in the court of public opinion.”
“Israel will continue to stand proud and unbowed,” he added.
Closing off his speech and driving his point home, the prime minister echoed the ancient Biblical words of the prophet Isaiah, who “taught us nearly 3,000 years ago in Jerusalem to speak truth to power:”
“For the sake of Zion, I will not be silent. For the sake of Jerusalem, I will not be still. Until her justice shines bright, and her salvation glows like a flaming torch.”
“Let’s light a torch of truth and justice to safeguard our common future,” said Netanyahu.
To watch the full speech, click here


Palestinian President Abbas Ready for ‘Political War’ against Israel

September 30, 2014 Peace and Conflict
Abbas has taken on Israel at the UN. UN headquarters. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock
Turns out Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ vicious anti-Israel speech at the United Nations isn’t the worst thing he’s planning against the Jewish State. Media reports, including from Ma’an News Agency, claim he plans to eventually call for a UN-mandated timeframe on the carving out of Israel a state of Palestine, a threat that the United States is likely to veto.
But if that happens, a senior Palestinian official from Abbas’ Fatah party has a new threat—Abbas will wage “political war” against Israel, according to Ma’an. Media reports have postulated that response could include taking Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on trumped-up war crimes charges. In the meantime, Abbas’ approach to Israel has the backing of a terror group.
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), according to Ma’an, supported Abbas’ speech against Israel—which included unfounded accusations of Israel committing genocide in Gaza. Despite the use of human shields in Gaza by Hamas terrorists there, Israel made efforts to warn civilians to leave the danger zones.
The PFLP, meanwhile, also backs Abbas’ plans to go to the UN Security Council to get them to force Israel into conceding territory for a state of Palestine.
The PFLP’s support isn’t even the strongest backing a terror group has given Abbas. The Hamas group in Gaza has reconciled with Abbas’ Fatah group to support a unity Palestinian government.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took time on Tuesday to clarify his comments at the UN comparing Hamas to ISIS. According to an Israeli press release regarding Netanyahu’s comments to a Jewish group in the US, the Israeli leader held up a picture of a pending Hamas execution during the Gaza fighting. He noted that the terror group killed dozens of Palestinians in the latest Gaza war “just to impose fear and force the population of Gaza into submission.”
Said Netanyahu, “It’s true there are some differences between Hamas and ISIS—for example ISIS beheads people and Hamas puts a bullet in the back of their heads. But to the victims, and the victims’ families, the horror is the same.”
(By Joshua Spurlock,, September 30, 2014)

Tuesday, 30 September 2014




New post on Now The End Begins

The “Smartest President Ever” Admits He Was Completely Unprepared To Handle ISIS

by NTEB News Desk

Obama's strange balancing act defending Islam as he tries to battle ISIS

"A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." James 1:8
In 2012, when running against Mitt Romney, Obama gave an interview where he dismissively referred to ISIS as the "JV Team", not even worthy of the time it would take him to even formulate his statement. In 2014, ISIS is calling the shots in the Middle East, and Obama is desperately trying to play catch up. Are we to believe that Obama had absolutely no idea what ISIS was capable of? Or are we to believe that this is a carefully orchestrated plan designed to allow ISIS to come to power like he allowed Iran to go nuclear? You decide.
"The Islamic State is not Islamic"...huh?
President Obama acknowledged that the U.S. underestimated the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and overestimated the ability of the Iraqi military to fend off the militant group in an interview that will air Sunday on 60 Minutes.
The president was asked by 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft about comments from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who has said the U.S. not only underestimated ISIS, it also overestimated the ability and will of the Iraqi military to fight the extremist group.
"That's true," Mr. Obama said. "That's absolutely true."
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The Jewish Press » » Palestinians Irate As ‘Third Temple With Underground Parking’ Crowdfunding Raises $105,000

Photo Credit: Koby Haraty
Republished from Jewish Business NewsThe new Jewish Temple will offer millions of pilgrims underground parking, according to a new plan that just received the endorsement of hundreds of supporters who put their money where their faith is.An Israeli right wing organization known as the Temple Institute has announced on Sunday that its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to support modern architectural plans for the third Jewish temple in Jerusalem has concluded successfully on Rosh Hashanah, having picked up $104,814 in 60 days. 
The campaign’s goal had been $100,000.The first Jewish temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 586 BCE; the second in 70 CE.The Temple Institute campaign began on August 5, which was the first day of the Jewish month of Av, the time of year associated with the destruction of both temples.According to the Institute press release, nearly 900 pledges have come in from more than 30 countries. The indiegogo campaign page received 10,000 shares on Facebook, and their pitch video, depicting a digital rendition of the way the Temple would look in modern Jerusalem has received 160,458 views.Ingrid Jaradat Gassner, of the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem, has told Vice News that the plan is “illegal” according to international law.
“Israel is the only country in the world that considers East Jerusalem to be part of Israeli state territory,” she stated. “Under international law, Israel’s annexation of occupied East Jerusalem is illegal, and no state in the world recognizes Israeli sovereignty there. Numerous UN resolutions affirm that East Jerusalem, including the Old City and its religious sites, are part of the occupied Palestinian territory, where sovereignty belongs to the Palestinian people.”According to Vice News, Gassner called on Indiegogo to remove the campaign from its site. “The project clearly promotes conflict, destruction and hatred, and not peace,” she said. “Indiegogo should be informed that this is an illegal campaign as defined by their terms, violating international law and human rights, resulting in the destruction of property, inciting for religious intolerance, hatred and violence.”
According to the Temple Institute press release, the funds raised via Indiegogo will be used to continue regular research at the Institute, as well as to commission additional architectural plans.“The architects will fuse Jewish law with modern technology to prepare for a fully modern third Temple, Kosher to the letter of the law, but including mod-cons like underground parking, heating and computerized washing stations that minimi