Wednesday, 23 April 2014


At Easter, Stark Contrast in Life for Christians in Israel and Rest of Middle East

Easter in Israel
An Israeli soldier helps to smuggle out a priest and a nun from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on April 7, 2002. That year, a siege by Palestinian militants on the Church of the Nativity persisted from April 2 to May 10—just days after Easter on the Eastern Orthodox calendar. (Photo: Flash90)
By Alex Traiman/
Millions of Christians celebrated this Easter Sunday on April 20 under threat throughout the Middle East. In recent years, Christians living in countries such as Syria, Egypt, and Iraq have suffered extreme persecution, with churches destroyed in violent acts of terror (sometimes during prayer services) and hundreds of thousands killed. Many other Christians have fled the region.
Yet in Israel, the one Mideast country where Christian residents have enjoyed security, freedom of worship, population growth, and support from the government, some Palestinian leaders are complaining about Israeli security policies relating to the Easter holiday.
Nabeel Shaath, a Central Committee Member of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s ruling party, told the Palestinian news agency WAFA at a Christian prayer service in Jerusalem, “I have joined my Christian brothers and sisters at the beginning of a week that symbolizes hope after suffering. As a priest and dear friend once told me: ‘Every Easter we hope for the resurrection of our people as a free nation.’”
“It is inconceivable that Palestinian Christians and Muslims from the rest of Palestine cannot reach Jerusalem without Israeli-issued permits,” Shaath said. “We should be free to access Jerusalem because it is a part of Palestine. It is ridiculous that Israel opens Jerusalem for foreign tourists while millions of Palestinian Christians and Muslims are being banned from entering their occupied capital.”
But according to David Parsons, media director of International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, Christians living in Israel and even in Palestinian controlled-territories, from which entry into Israel is not allowed without special permits, have much to be thankful for and little to complain about compared to their Christian brethren in neighboring countries.
“For Palestinian Christians, things may not be easy, but when you look around the region, I don’t know if those who are now complaining are going to get too much sympathy,” Parsons told
“Christian minority communities throughout the Middle East have been going through a very difficult time in recent years,” he said. “Amid the chaos of the Arab Spring, radical Islamists have won elections, and have felt more freedom to persecute Christians without consequences.”
In Egypt, during the brief rule of the Muslim brotherhood, Coptic Christian communities were massacred, with tens of thousands killed and many more fleeing the country. While that situation appears to be stabilizing under the rule of presidential hopeful General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Christians in Iraq and Syria have been victims of relentless attacks.
“Christians are being beheaded in Syria every day,” Parsons said.
Canon Andrew White, an Anglican priest who has a large parish in Baghdad, Iraq, has seen more than a thousand members of his church killed, including 163 in a single bombing.
“I have had 1,290 or so of my parish killed in the last 10 years,” White told
According to White, the persecution of and intolerance shown to Christians, and the violence they suffer, comes almost exclusively at the hands of the same terrorists who are targeting Shiite Muslims in the country.
“It is predominantly external Iraqi Sunni terrorists such as Al-Qaeda,” White said.
White himself has escaped death on several occasions. “I’ve been mortared and rockets shot at me, grenades thrown at me. I’ve been kidnapped. I’ve been thrown into a room with chopped off fingers and toes all over the floor,” he said.
The president of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, and the director of a multi-faith initiative known as the Jerusalem Peacemaking Project, White has firsthand knowledge of the divergent experiences of Christians in Israel and those in other Middle East countries.
“This is the only country, Israel I’m talking about, in the Middle East where Christians are truly free, and can live in peace. And the only country where the Christian community is growing, not diminishing,” White said.
Israel has had to take steps to protect Christian holy sites in recent years. White himself was involved in negotiations to end a siege by Palestinian militants on Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity from April 2 to May 10, 2002—only days after Easter on the Eastern Orthodox calendar that year. Just getting to the negotiations proved challenging at the time.
“I suffer from MS (multiple sclerosis) and I had had a relapse in my illness. And I was in the hospital. I received a phone call from Yasser Arafat, who said, ‘Andrew, Andrew, they have taken our church. Come quickly. We need you to get it back for us,’” White recalled.
“Two minutes later, [I received] a call from Rabbi Michael Melchior, who was then Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel. He said, ‘Andrew, we need you. We’ve got a problem in Bethlehem. Come and help us, now.’ I said, ‘Rabbi Melchior, I’m a bit held up at the moment. I’m in hospital ill,’” said White.
According to White, Melchior then said, “‘Who do you work for, the Archbishop of Canterbury or God? Get here quickly.’ So I discharged myself from hospital. And I came.”
“They were there for 39 days,” White said. “They took over the church. They didn’t revere or respect this most holy site in Christendom. They were even sleeping in the birthplace of Jesus.”
White said Israel does its utmost to care for Christians living in the Jewish state, while dealing with rather difficult security parameters.
“The fact of the matter is that the only county in the Middle East where Christians have total freedom, and are growing, is Israel,” he said. “Israel cares for its Christians because the Christians are Israelis. They’re Israeli Christians.”
Parsons agrees, saying Israel “has the best record of any sovereign nation of allowing access to holy sites of other faiths.”
“There are real security concerns, and Israel actually gives Palestinians Christians more favorable treatment than Muslims,” he said.
“If Israel is preventing access, it is because they have legitimate security concerns,” Parsons added. “Christians in Israel have the most freedom and security of Christians anywhere in the region.”



Palestinian Hamas-Fatah unity deal announced

“For my enemies speak concerning me; those who watch for my life consult together.” (Psalm 71:10)Hamas and PA Unity Agreement
Ismail Haniya (R), Hamas leader in Gaza, and Nabil Shaath, a senior member of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’ Fatah party, at a meeting in Gaza City on February 4, 2010. (Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash 90)
Palestinian officials have confirmed that rival leaders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip have agreed to form a national unity government within the “next five weeks.”
Following talks in Gaza City on Tuesday evening between officials of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Hamas, an agreement was reached to merge both governments. Talks are expected to continue throughout Wednesday.
A member of the PLO who wished to remain anonymous told AFP, “There has also been progress on the holding of future elections and the composition of the PLO.”

The announcement to form a unity government between the rival two Palestinian groups is not the first. In 2011, Fatah, the main faction in the PLO, signed a reconciliation treaty with Hamas in Cairo whose purpose was to end the political divide between Gaza and the West Bank. However, little has been done to implement the treaties.
Azzam al-Ahmad, a senior Palestinian Authority official, led the Fatah team, who met with Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeah and Hamas deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuq.
On Tuesday, Haniyeh stated that solidifying and uniting Palestinian leaders was “in order to form one government, one political system and one national program.”
Al-Ahmad added, “I am happy that the time has come to end divisions.”

The news of the latest alliance comes at a time when US brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians face total collapse. With the deadline for the latest round of negotiations fast approaching, mediators on all sides are working around the clock to meet some sort of middle ground to extend talks.
Abbas, who threatened this week that he would dissolve the PA government and its security apparatus, laid out new demands for continuing talks with Israel. The Palestinian leader said that Israel must release the fourth batch of Palestinian terrorists, including Israeli-Arabs; freeze all construction in Judea and Samaria; and that within the first three months of extended talks, the issue of borders of a future Palestinian state will be discussed.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the latest alliance during a meeting Wednesday with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. “Every time we get to that point, Abbas stacks on an additional condition which he knows that Israel cannot give,” the prime minister said. “So instead of moving toward peace with Israel, he’s moving toward peace with Hamas.”
“He has to choose,” Netanyahu said. “Does he want peace with Hamas or peace with Israel? You can have one but not the other. I hope he chooses peace, but so far he hasn’t done so.”
Hamas is a vocal opponent of the peace process and has publicly stated it would never make peace with Israel.




April 23, 2014
Shoebat Newsletter

Tuesday, 22 April 2014



“No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.” (Psalm 101:7)
Peace Talks
PA President Mahmoud Abbas is threatening to dissolve his government should peace talks fail. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is reportedly threatening to officially dismantle the PA and its security forces in the West Bank should peace negotiations with Israel fail. Should Abbas follow through on his threat, he would create one of the largest security and diplomatic problems for Israel.
Palestinian sources cited by Yedioth Ahronoth said that Abbas and his top advisers are seriously mulling over any future decisions, which would also include canceling the 1993 Oslo Accords. According to the sources, should Abbas announce the PA is dissolved, the PA would be deemed a “government under occupation” without full sovereignty and all responsibility of the West Bank would be moved to Israel.
The current round of peace talks have come to a complete standstill, as both Israel and the PA are not able to agree to terms to extend peace talks. The United States, acting as mediator, has been working overtime with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to reach an extension agreement before the April 29 deadline.
Peace talks took a complete downward spiral when Israel refused to release 26 Palestinian terrorists from prison in the face of increased Palestinian demands without any guarantee of future peace talks. In response, the PA submitted applications to join 14 international organizations in a blatant breach of terms.

Israel has been made aware of Abbas’s threat via official channels. One of the major concerns of Israel would be the abolishment of PA security forces that operate in the West Bank. With security virtually gone, the chances of Palestinian unrest and violence increases exponentially. The lack of security forces would also be prime opportunity for terrorist organizations, such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad, to move into the region.
Yedioth reported that the Abbas and his government would vote on the matter during a scheduled PLO meeting on Saturday, three days before the deadline of current peace talks. Should the PA vote to dismantle, the move would most definitely cause a surge in diplomatic and legal action against Israel.
Economy Minister Naftali Bennett mocked Abbas’s threat, telling Maariv that Abbas is only “encouraging terrorism against Israel” with his threats.

“If he wants to go, we won’t stop him. Israel won’t conduct negotiations with a gun to our head,” Bennett said.
The US has weighed in on Abbas’s threat, calling the potential move an “extreme step” that would radically change relations between Washington and Ramallah. State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters that the move would have “grave implications” and would completely alter US monetary support of the Palestinian people.
“A great deal of effort has gone into building Palestinian institutions by Palestinians as well as the international community, and it would certainly not be in the interests of the Palestinian people for all of that to be lost. We – the United Sates has put millions of dollars into this effort. It would obviously have very serious implications for our relationship, including our assistance going forward,” Psaki said.
With only seven days left until the current round of peace negotiations expire, Psaki announced that US Secretary of State John Kerry had no intentions of returning to the region to salvage talks. Psaki confirmed that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were continuing to “work to find the basis for extending negotiations.”
However, while the US is hopeful, “unfortunately developments over the last month made it necessary to find a new formula or mechanism to move it forward,” she said. “But, we hope that the parties can reach an agreement as soon as possible. As long as they want to find a way to continue negotiations, we are willing to help them do that.”



Prophecy News Headlines

The United States has constructed a financial neutron bomb. For the past 12 years an elite cell at the US Treasury has been sharpening the tools of economic warfare, designing ways to bring almost any country to its knees without firing a shot. The strategy relies on hegemonic control over the global banking system, buttressed by a network of allies and the reluctant acquiescence of neutral states. Let us call this the Manhattan Project of the early 21st century..............  Click here for full story
Increase In Knowledge/New Technologies 
Google: The Real Superpower
Google is arguably one of the most influential nonstate actors in international affairs, operating in security domains long the purview of nation-states: It tracks the global arms trade, spends millions creating crisis-alert tools to inform the public about looming natural disasters, monitors the spread of the flu, and acts as a global censor to protect American interests abroad. As things stand, Google – and to a lesser extent, Facebook – are in danger of becoming the architects of the law. As Google evolves its role on the world stage, the fundamental question might be less about whether states might regulate Google, but whether states can compete against such a powerful, global technology platform............  Click here for full story
An attempt to slaughter an animal for a Passover sacrifice atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem has led to the arrest of eight Jews and brought the desire of many Jews for a rebuilt temple back into the spotlight. According to local media, eight Jews were taken into custody Monday as they ascended the mount, considered the holiest site in Judaism where two of God’s temples once stood. They were carrying a goat and were reportedly seeking to slay the animal in accordance with biblical instructions..........  Click here for full story
Increase In Knowledge/New Technologies 
The Internet, Social Media And Evangelism
Over 73% of online adults are now using a social networking site. Social media has dramatically impacted the world in both positive and negative ways. God made everything good, but anything that is not used according to God’s righteous standards can be perverted and used for evil.........  Click here for full story
Christian Worldview/Issues 
Euthanasia Makes Inroads In Canada
Euthanasia is typically branded in socially acceptable euphemisms such as “mercy killing” and PAD [physician-assisted death]. Doctors who specialize in caring for the terminally ill argue in Canada’s leading medical journal that it’s time to move to prepare for a future where sick patients would be granted “the freedom to choose when and how they die”. This may soon become a reality if the Supreme Court of Canada rules this year that laws banning doctor-hastened death violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.........  Click here for full story


Smoke and Mirrors Christianity
By Kit Olsen

The Christian church was founded by the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers that Jesus Christ gave to her. These men were divinely inspired to preach the gospel and teach the Scriptures. They were given the ability to do this by Jesus Christ who gave gifts to men (Ephesians 4:8). He imparted, to specific men of the first century, special abilities to carry out their duties as apostles, evangelists, pastors and teachers.
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13).

These gifted men relied primarily on the abilities given to them by Jesus. They had access to Scripture, but in a limited way. The only ones who had copies of the Old Testament in the first century were the Pharisees, Sadducees, scribes and very wealthy families. The apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers had extremely limited access to the Old Testament. Their reliance was mostly on the “manifestation gifts” given to them by Jesus rather than on their personal study of Scripture.
The Hebrews who believed in Jesus Christ had a background in Scripture, but the Gentile converts did not. The Gentile converts who pastored churches like Titus, relied solely on the gifts given to them by Jesus through the apostles and what teaching they received at the hands of the apostles. The first converts (Hebrew and Gentile) had the “manifestation gifts” imparted to them by the apostles as Timothy did by Paul:
“For which cause I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee through the laying on of my hands” (2 Timothy 1:6).

The “manifestation gift” that Timothy received from Jesus to perform his duties were imparted to him by Paul. Only apostles could impart the “manifestation gifts.” This is why Paul wrote to the Roman Christian saying he desired to visit them so he could impart the pneumatikon charisma to them (Romans 1:11).
The ministry gifts were imparted by the pastors (presbytery) through prophetic utterance and the laying on of hands:
“Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery” (1 Timothy 4:14).
This was the method in which the ministry gifts were imparted by the apostles and pastors to converts. We understand that the “manifestation gifts” could only be imparted by the apostles from the ministry of Philip, the evangelist. He preached the gospel in Samaria and performed numerous miracles.
Many believed in Jesus and were baptized but none of them received the Holy Spirit or were given any of the “manifestation gifts” (Acts 8:5-13, 16). Peter and John went to Samaria and prayed that the converts would receive the Holy Spirit. They prayed and laid hands on the converts who then received the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:14-17).

Simon the magician saw this and asked to buy from Peter the power to do the same. Peter told him to repent (Acts 8:18-24). Paul also explained that men with specific gifts were given to the church in his first letter to the Corinthian church:
“And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondly prophets, thirdly teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, divers kinds of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:28).
As previously noted, Jesus gave the church men who had specific gifts to build-up the church. Paul told the Ephesians that the apostles, prophets and teachers were given to the church. Here Paul adds miracle workers, healers, helpers, governors and lastly men who could speak a known language which they did not know how to speak.

The gift of being able to speak an unlearned language was given for two reason—as a sign to unbelievers (1 Corinthians 14:21-22) and to share the gospel with people who spoke foreign languages (Acts 2:8).
Today all evangelists, pastors and teachers in the Western nations have total access to Scripture from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21. Most evangelists, pastors and teachers in the second and third world countries have total or partial access to Scripture. They do not rely on divine inspiration to perform their duties. Instead they must study Scripture daily (Acts 17:11) to show themselves approved (2 Timothy 2:15).
The Holy Spirit teaches them, but His teaching is not given without intense study of Scripture and prayer because it is Scripture that is inspired by God and “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  It is the inspired Word of God that equips not only the evangelists, pastors and teachers in the church but also all believers to do good works.
We know this is so because Paul commended the believers at Ephesus:
“So now, brethren, God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you the inheritance among all them that are sanctified” (Acts 20:32).

He did not commend them to the apostles, evangelists, pastors or teachers. We see that believers of the first century were moving away from the authority of the apostles, evangelists, pastors and teachers when Paul was on his way to Rome around 65 AD.
They were at that time living by the authority of Scripture—the Old Testament and the New Testament which was nearly completed. Even though few Christians if any at all had the complete New Testament, excluding the books of John and Revelation (which were written about thirty years later), they had enough to carry on the work of the ministry.
Paul was admonishing his flocks to move away from apostolic authority to the authority of Scripture. In his farewell message to the believers in Ephesus (Acts 20:17-35) he prophesied that after he departed evil men whom he called “grevious wolves” would become members of their congregation and they would not spare the flock. These men would teach “perverse things” in order to “draw away the disciples after them” (v. 30).
He commended them to God and to the “Word of his grace” that is Scripture (v. 32). He did not commend them to the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers because believers are to rely solely on the authority of Scripture (Sola Scriptura).

It is clear to us today that believers cannot rely on the authority of men who call themselves, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers or the Vicar of Christ. Too many who have claimed to have been given divine insight, knowledge, visions and revelations from God have made errors in doctrine and the alleged messages from God. The history of the church is littered with hundreds of false prophets and teachers, founders of cults, and men and women who claimed they were given special messages, visions and revelations.
When believers follow “prophets” who claim they have been selected by God to reform the church or start a new church they are easily victimized. Instead of accepting the word of the “prophet” that he has been given a “new revelation” by God, they are to test the spirits (1 John 4:1).  If anything the “prophet” says contradicts Scripture he must be rejected. And if he claims he has a “new revelation” that does not contradict Scripture his “fruits” must be examined (Matthew 7:15-20).
Is a so-called prophet, preacher or teacher made excessively wealthy by collecting money from his congregants? Is his standard of living similar to or less than the average of his congregation? Or is it far greater? Does he emphasize self-righteous authority? Is he proud with a need to control others? Does he have numerous people who serve him or does he serve those around him, like Jesus did ?
The way to be great is not to claim a special revelation from God or to claim to have new knowledge, or to have been chosen by “God” to start a new church with a new doctrine. The way to be great is to be a servant to all:

“But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:25-28).
Spiritual leaders who seek to be great in this life (on a pedestal fawning attention and adulation) are treading on territory fraught with smoke and mirrors Christianity. Instead of being  great men of God, they are often backslidden believers who have forgotten God’s admonition to walk in humility.
“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5b-6).
Does this truth mean that virtually every pastor or teacher we see on television or various public platforms is not being led by the Holy Spirit? Or did some of them attain fame and great wealth without seeking it? Surely some are genuine in spirit and intent; their accolades come from heartfelt dedication to reach a broad audience with the truth of God’s Word. But as many can attest, far too many “wolves in sheep’s clothing are roaming the air waves seeking those whom they can devour.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

Monday, 21 April 2014


Homeopathy is a demonic farce, occult and useless mumbo jumbo which won’t cure anything. By Pat Franklin.

We realized years ago that homeopathy was a farce. Now we know that it is occult, a form of magic which claims to be medical, but is demonic. The tragic thing is that some Christians, particularly in the Brethren, believe in homeopathy and use products which not only cannot heal them, but could give demons an inroad into their lives.  Please, read on and arm yourself with the facts! 
Some readers may be in desperation, so we’re putting the solution at the beginning, instead of at the end of the article.  If you have been taking homeopathic remedies, and are now in trouble, whether physical, mental or spiritual, you need to repent of all involvement in homeopathy or any other form of the occult.
This includes contact with mediums, yoga, reiki, tai chi, tarot cards, séances, hypnotism, horoscopes, the ouija board, psychic circles, ghosts, drugs, pendulum swinging, dowsing, or any other form of trying to get hidden information by magic, or any form of alleged contact with dead people, etc.  What a dreary list.  Satan has built a million roads to Hell.  There is only one narrow path to Heaven – faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
You need to renounce these demonic things now, ask God to forgive you and put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Ask Him to wash you clean and rid you of all demonic influences. 
You do not need things psychic.  You need Jesus Christ in your heart.  You need the Holy Spirit, not demonic spirits.  The Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven and the only one who can fill you with the Holy Spirit.  You need to know Him as your Savior and Lord, and to get into a church where you can meet real believers, a church which believes and studies the Word of God, the Bible.
Instead of renouncing homeopathy, some Christians are using it to try to heal medical problems!  They actually have books on it in their homes and defend it if you question it.  This is disastrous!  Please, read on for the facts.
  •  Homeopathy says ‘like cures like’, so for example if you can’t sleep, they might prescribe a stimulant like coffee, only a teeny weeny little drop of it, in fact such a teeny weeny drop that it does not even exist at all!
  • Homeopathic medicine is diluted to the point where it contains nothing but water. 
  • It is then shaken or tapped, and that is supposed to make the water ‘remember’ how to heal.  They dignify this ridiculous shaking and tapping by a word they made up:  ‘succussion’.   The water is then thickened up with sugar or some harmless substance and made into little pills. 
  • The shaking and tapping gives the water ‘vital force’, they believe.  This ‘force’ is nothing more than paganism, pantheism, the idea that God is in everything.  Wrong!  God made everything!  He is separatefrom His  creation.  His creation is NOT Him!  That is a lie.  He is the Creator, not the creation.  In fact He’s going to burn it all up!  Please read 2 Peter. 
 How Satan makes fools of us!  
Homeopathy is magic and not science.  Homeopathic ‘medicine’ is diluted to the point where it contains nothing but water!  Nothing!  It is nothing!   And some of God’s own people are falling for this stupidity.
 ‘Ah, but I know someone who was healed…’ you might say.  You no doubt have heard of the ‘placebo effect’.   Taking a pill which contains nothing is not going to heal you!  Think!  God gave you a brain!
 The real problem is not taking a sugar pill that has no value and will not cure you.  The real problem is that you are playing with fire.  Homeopathy is one of Satan’s dangerous games which you play at your peril.
 The Bible tells us very clearly:  Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy.  Jesus came that we might have life, abundant life! (John 10:10)  Dear people, choose this day who you will serve!
 Here are two valuable websites.  This one explains in a simple, clear way what homeopathy is:
 And here is a brilliant article by Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D. laying bare the demonic roots, the history, and the truth about homeopathy
 Note:  Our grateful thanks to Flt. Lieut. Richard Snowdon, recently retired RAF pilot and vibrant Christian, who reminded us of this important subject over lunch last weekend.  There is a wonderful article featuring Richard by Phillip Bell in the current  (April 2014) issue of Creation magazine,   You can subscribe to Creation at and how we wish that every household in the world had a subscription!
Alan adds: Many such false ideas, faiths, cults, isms and wrong-headed Christianity are exposed in the book Pat and I wrote, Cults and Isms, True or False?which is a good reference book for your bookshelves, especlally useful when the cultists come knocking at your door!


April 21, 2014
Shoebat Newsletter

Sunday, 20 April 2014


In 2013, I had the special privilege to meet pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries. Pastor Mark is bright, friendly and engaging.
He expresses a unique love and support for Israel and immediately jumped on board as a partner and supporter of Heart to Heart, the virtual blood donation program I have the privilege of running from Israel. Ever respectful of Jewish tradition, we met at one of Seattle’s kosher restaurants and became fast friends.
While I had heard of and been questioned about the blood moons for months before we met, I knew that Pastor Mark had a special role in the awareness of this heavenly sign. In fact, he is the one who broke the code—so to speak—in 2008, brilliantly overlaying the occurrences of blood moons dating back thousands of years—no, he’s not that old; he used the NASA website—with the Hebrew calendar. His discovery is the talk among many pastors, churches and ministries, which even was the topic of conversation over Shabbat dinner in my orthodox Jewish home recently.

I am not as qualified to provide a detailed understanding of blood moons as Pastor Mark. It’s clear that he’s discovered something quite extraordinary, and it’s essential that we pay attention. While using excerpts from his book noted below, which I devoured, I want to refer deeper questions to him and his website, where videos and books are available for those who want more background:
Essentially, blood moons are total lunar eclipses. He writes, “During the five millennium period from 2000 BC to 3000 AD, we will experience 12,064 of one of the three types of lunar eclipses, averaging about 2.4 per year. Over a period of 5,000 years—from 1999 BC to AD 3000—there will be a total of 3,479 total lunar eclipses. Four consecutive total lunar eclipses, without any partial eclipses in between, are known as a tetrad” (p. 144).
The significance of lunar eclipses is noted in “the Babylonian Talmud, written almost two thousand years ago, and it records in Jewish thinking that whenever the sun is in total eclipse, it is a bad omen for the nations” (p. 31).
But Pastor Mark went back further, to Genesis 1:14, for the first clue that we need to pay attention to such acts of nature and when they occur: “And God said let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years,” (p. 38).
What he realized is the significance of overlaying these occurrences with the Hebrew (biblical) calendar and how God is sending us His signs: “Many people believe in divine appointments, but did you ever imagine that there are scheduled ones? The creator of the universe declares that He wants to interact with us at set times” (p. 48).
However, if only looking at the world through the prism of a Western or Gregorian calendar, one misses the boat entirely: “If we are not on the biblical calendar, we lose all the significance of the totally incredible signs God is revealing to us” (p. 147).

In a presentation I was privileged to hear in Nashville before reading his book, Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs, Pastor Mark explained things quite clearly. He alluded to our paying attention to this phenomenon as the “Super Bowl of human history.” While refreshingly making it clear that he doesn’t know what the sign means other than something big is coming, based on previous occurrences, he did cite the possibility of a prophetic war. He also observed, “In the context of the prophet Joel, it mentions twice the moon turning to blood in the context of God’s warning against the nations who divide His land. I believe these could be prophetic warnings not to divide the land of Israel.”
In his book, he asks, “Wouldn’t you want to know in advance of a major catastrophe that would impact your life? Wouldn’t you like to be told when a tornado was about to strike your house or when the stock market was about to tank? … God always warns before He brings judgment. In His mercy, He is sending big time warnings from his heavenly billboards. You can ignore them at your own peril, pooh-pooh them and try to ride out the storm, or you can come to the dress rehearsals and be prepared for what is coming” (p. 63).
In overlaying the occurrence of blood moons and tetrads (an occurrence of four total lunar eclipses in a row with intervals of six lunations) with the Hebrew calendar, there are two primary factors to which we need to pay attention: the occurrence of these on Jewish festivals (Passover and Sukkot, or Tabernacles) and their occurrence during shemita (sabbatical) years.

There are many cases of blood moons detailed in Pastor Mark’s book. All are relevant, but I want to highlight those since 1400 that have particular historical significance: “Between 1400-1500 there were four tetrads, two of which fell on feast days: 1428-29 and 1493-94. Interestingly, it was in 1428 that an assembly of Jews met in Florence to gather funds to give Pope Martin V (to pay) for his protection. And in 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella signed an edict to expel all the Jews from Spain.
“Between 1900-2000 there were five tetrads … two occurred on feast days, 1949-1950 and 1967-1968. These were epic years for the Jewish people, with major prophetic implications. In 1948 Israel became a nation and in 1967 the Israelites recaptured Jerusalem. Not only do we have four blood moons in a row, with all four falling on feast days, but they also happened at a time when historic prophecies were fulfilled.
“In this century, eight tetrads will occur, but the only time they will fall on feast days is 2014-2015” (p. 148).
Rather than projecting specific events and/or doom, what’s uplifting is that Pastor Mark does not make himself out to be a prophet: “I am just letting the world know a pattern exists between when eclipses have fallen on past feast days and major events that have occurred at the same time” (p. 157). In a personal email, he noted that “what is coming over the next few years will be incredible!”

In the Torah, the shemita year is “an economic reset year.” All debts are forgiven and we are commanded to let the land lie fallow. This is still observed in Israel today. In that context, Pastor Mark noted, “On September 17, 2001—Elul 29, the day before Rosh Hashanah, the Dow Jones average saw its biggest drop ever: 7 percent. Seven years later, on September 28, 2008, (also Elul 29), the day before Rosh Hashanah, the Dow fell 777 points, or, another 7 percent. Now we are coming to the third and final shmitah since 1994 … could the coming blood moons signal a third strike economically?” (p. 167).
In that same email, he observed, “Here we come to 2015 and we even have a solar eclipse on that day. Get ready, the patterns don’t look good!”
While all this is very significant, at my Shabbat table recently, a Christian guest raised the subject. My daughter, intrigued but not having heard of this before, said, “So basically, every time there are these four total eclipses, something good or something bad happens to the Jewish people. In either case, blood is shed.”
A close friend, pastor Todd Hadley, asked as we enter this season, what should he and his church pray for? One thing that kept coming to mind in all of this was the connection between blood moons and shedding our blood. The concepts have an indelible link to Heart to Heart, the virtual blood donation program that supports Israel’s national blood center, of which he and his church have been active supporters. The program helps ensure that Israel always has the blood it needs, regardless of what may be on the horizon, and especially now with God sending clear signals that something is coming.

As we exchanged emails on the subject, he wrote, “As to what to pray for, God put this on my heart:
1. To pray that, whatever God is signaling us is coming, it be for the good of Israel and the nations;
2. To pray that even if it is good, it does not involve a loss of life, especially in Israel;
2. To pray that if there is death, that this be kept to a minimum;
3. To pray that if blood is shed, as the one thing that can heal and save all people, Israel’s blood supply and the resources to protect it, are always abundant.”


Saturday, 19 April 2014


Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine?

First, I want to make mention of the three people who were killed last weekend in Overland Park, Kansas, a wealthier suburb of Kansas City. Although all three killed were Christians (two Methodists and one Catholic to be specific), the Neo-Nazi who killed them was seeking to randomly murder Jews at a local Jewish Community Center. He was looking to target Jews, but killed Christians.
I want to ask a simple question: Why are Jews, among all other people globally, singled out for persecution, hatred and genocide more than any other people? Throughout the Muslim world anti-Semitism is so prevalent that no examples even need to be cited. A few weeks ago, I cited a story about protests in France where anti-Semitic slogans such as, “Jews get out of France!” were chanted by hundreds of marchers. There is the growing Neo-Nazi party in Hungary and in several other European nations. And now we have the story below, where Jews are being asked to register or have their property seized and be deported from Ukraine.
Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Ukrainian and Israeli media. Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website.
But of course, once we step back in history, the long list of Jew-Hatred simply explodes. But why is this?
Why are the Jewish people, among all other people so persistently, so aggressively hated by so many
different people?
Today, a majority of the Christian Church holds to the belief that the Lord is done with the Jewish people corporately, that there no longer remains any special election or calling upon them as a nation. Although
many Christians reject Supercessionism (Replacement Theology), there nevertheless remains a large percentage who believe that the status of “God’s people” belongs only to Christians. These are the “Restorationists” who believe that God will someday restore the Kingdom of Israel to His people, with the
son of David sitting on the throne. After all, doesn’t Paul makes it abundantly clear the calling and election of the Jewish people remains today?
Someday, they will all be saved. Someday. When He returns.
Back to my point; if God is done with Israel, then why isn’t Satan done with them? In other words, if the
Lord has transferred His focus only onto those individuals who have accepted Jesus, and if He no longer
has any future special calling for the Jewish people corporately, then Satan obviously has not received 
the memo. I’m hopeful that my traditional or reformed brothers and sisters who ponder this reality will reconsider their theology concerning the people and the land of Israel.

Perhaps, by the grace of God, they will even repent of and renounce this deeply-rooted belief system. 
For whether anyone will admit it or not, it was Christian supercessionism that provided a platform for both 
Muslim and Nazi supercessionism and anti-Semitism. Traditional and Reformed Christian theology concerning Israel is the enabler of some of the most vile displays of demonic hatred that mankind has ever known. 
Perhaps in pondering the role that Replacement Theology has played in giving theological support to 
anti-Semitism, my reformed and traditional brothers and sisters will see Supercessionism for what it really 
is: a false doctrine that not only cannot be justified by the Scriptures, but that has born tremendously bad
fruit. Its time to throw it in the