NEV'S RAPTURE BLOG DEVOTED TO THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS AND THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH TO HEAVEN.
THE BLOG OF NEVILLE STEPHENS TO WARN PEOPLE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS COMING BACK TO EARTH SOON, AND THAT THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH TO HEAVEN IS VERY CLOSE AT HAND.YESHUA IS COMING SOON AND IS NOW SHAKING THE WORLD (HAGGAI 2:6) TO DRAW PEOPLE UNTO HIMSELF. IT IS NOT THE WILL OF GOD FOR ANY PERSON TO PERISH, SO NOW IS THE TIME TO TURN TO JESUS FOR SALVATION!
The Russian Air Force has conducted more than 60 flights and bombed over 50 ISIS targets in three days, according to Russia’s top armed forces official.
EDITOR'S NOTE: On September 10, 2014, US President Barack Hussein Obama authorized airstrikes on ISIS in Syria. After a couple of photo-op bombing runs, they for all intents and purposes stopped or were so weak that they had little to no effect. Over the past 12 months, the strength of ISIS in Syria has increased exponentially. All that came to a crashing halt 3 days ago. Why? Because Russia began actual airstrikes designed to inflict actual damage on ISIS, and the net result has been spectacular. In the regions where Russia began bombing, there is no sign of any anti-aircraft or terror activity on the part of ISIS. This does more than make Obama simply "look bad", it gives credence to the allegations that Obama has been protecting ISIS and allowing them to grow. Putin's zeal makes America look lazy , apathetic and sympathetic to the cause of the Islamic State. Because we are.
Kartapolov added the strikes have significantly reduced the terrorists’ combat capabilities.“The airstrikes were being conducted night and day from the Khmeimim airbase and throughout the whole of Syria. In three days we managed to undermine the terrorists’ material-technical base and significantly reduce their combat potential,”Lieutenant General Andrey Kartapolov, head of the Main Operation Directorate of the General Staff of Russia’s armed forces, told reporters on Saturday.
He added that according to Russian intelligence the militants are fleeing the area that was in their control.
“There is panic and defection among them. About 600 mercenaries have left their positions and are trying to reach Europe,” he said.
Washington has notified the Russian Defense Ministry that there were only militants in the areas of Russia’s military operation against IS in Syria, he added. "The Americans informed us during contacts that there was no one except terrorists in this region," he said.
No anti-aircraft activity has been registered within the Russian task force’s sector of interest in Syria.
“Over the past 24 hours, Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-24M fighter jets have performed 20 sorties and hit nine Islamic State installations,” Igor Konashenkov, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman, reported.
Konashenkov added that yesterday evening Russian aircraft went on six sorties, inflicting strikes on three terrorist installations.
“A bunker-busting BETAB-500 air bomb dropped from a Sukhoi Su-34 bomber near Raqqa has eliminated the command post of one of the terror groups, together with an underground storage facility for explosives and munitions,” the spokesman said.
“As you can see, a direct hit on the installation resulted in the detonation of explosives and multiple fires. It was completely demolished,” the spokesman said.
Konashenkov noted the crosshair visible on the drone video footage is not a target, but merely a focus point of the UAV’s camera “maintaining control over an airstrike.”
Another bomber on a sortie from Khmeimim has dropped a KAB-500 air bomb on an Islamic State camp near Maarrat al-Numan. It destroyed fortifications, ammunition, fuel and seven units of equipment, Konashenkov said at a media briefing on Saturday. KAB-500 bombs are accurate to within five meters.
Assault aircraft from at Khmeimim airbase have also inflicted airstrikes against terrorist forces near Jisr al-Shughur in Idlib province, destroying vehicle storage depots used for organizing terror attacks.
Regarding the airstrike on a target near Jisr al-Shughur, Igor Konashenkov pointed out, “footage of a huge pillar of smoke indicates a direct hit resulted in the total elimination of the facility.” Drones stationed at Khmeimim airbase are maintaining “round-the-clock monitoring of the situation in Islamic State’s operation areas,” Konashenkov said.
“All disclosed targets are promptly engaged, regardless of the weather or light conditions,”said the Defense Ministry’s spokesman.
No anti-aircraft activity has been registered within the Russian task force’s sector of interest in Syria.
“No operable air-defense systems have been spotted in the Russian Air Force zone of action in Syria. Nevertheless, all operational flights are being performed with activated defensive onboard [radioelectronic combat] gear,” the spokesman said. source
Those likely to be affected are hard-line mosques operating as charities, but it is feared that the strategy will be used far more widely and may well affect Christian Charities such as Revelation TV.
Christian Charities, What Christian Charities?
There may be some genuine Christian Charities out there, but I personally do not know of any. Those I have had any interaction with, are, in my opinion, unworthy to receive British taxpayers money e.g. Victory Outreach UK, Trinity Life Church in Leicester, Compassion UK and of course the apostate Revelation Foundation. Many Christian Charities are ecumenical rather than biblical and have simply jumped onto the very lucrative charities bandwagon.Christian Aid’s Chief Executive, Loretta Minghella was paid the princely sum of £126,206 last year! In my opinion the so called "Christians" taking advantage of the British taxpayer do need a good clear out, and it may well be God's will for them to face financial sanctions.
Revelation TV's continual pretence that they are biblical is getting rather boring in light of their proven track record of promoting apostates and false teachers. By their own admission they have aired "iffy" ministries for financial gain:
Conder: What I initially wanted to do was to give RevTV to the Revelation Foundation charity thinking this was the right and fair thing to do as the viewers are now supporting the channel to such a greater level than ever so we could take off the air many of the paid ministries which we would rather not have had on our channel but for financial reasons we had little other choice at the time.
If he repeats it often enough he will even believe it himself! How ironic that on the very same program, RTV aired plagiarist and adulterer John Hagee of blood moon fiasco fame, a false teaching which is now backfiring in his face!
It is getting very uncomfortable for Conder and The Revelation Foundation; they are now talking about disassociating from the Charities Commission altogether..... but don't worry viewers, your money is safe with Howard Conder - or is it? Conder proposes giving RTV's viewers their donated money back so that they can re-donate it outside the Charity Commission - is that legal?
COMPARE THE FOLLOWING TWO CONTRADICTORY STATEMENTS:
Howard Conder's statement on The Late Show 28th September 2015: "The shares that I am holding in trust, which I tried several years ago to hand over to the charity, but because of the Spanish Law and all the complications, its taken time; but now I don't trust the Charity Commission, so if I were to pass on these shares of this particular company..... it holds the license, the EPG, the contract for Sky and everything else. If I hand that over to the Trustees I would be a fool right now.... I am going to stick my neck out and not do that....I'm not going to part with those shares....."
The Statement on the old Revelation TV website:
"… Howard and Lesley began the TV station by forming a private company and remortgaging their home to put their own money into it. They could easily have retained ownership of the Revelation TV station for themselves and reaped the benefit of it financially in the years to come. But instead they handed it all over to the registered charity Revelation Foundation and wrote off their initial investment. Money was not their reason for starting the channel and never has been…"
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)
The Kremlin says Syrian raids will last three to four months and increase in intensity
Russia's defence ministry said it struck an ISIS training camp near the village of Maadan Jadid, 45 miles east of Raqqa city and 'a camouflaged command post at Kasrat Faraj' southwest of the city. It came as ISIS militants posted a tweet warning 'Death to Putin: We are coming #soon' with a picture of Moscow's St Basil's Cathedral in flames, according to the SITE intelligence group.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived for talks with his French counterpart Francois Hollande in Paris as questions mount over who Moscow was targeting in Syria. The two leaders smiled as they shook hands outside the Elysee palace where they will discuss the conflict in Syria before a four-way summit with Germany on the crisis in Ukraine.
Moscow's St Basil's Cathedral and all of Russia will be in flames said ISIS today. #soon.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the latest strikes had killed at least a dozen ISIS fighters late on Thursday. 'Last night, Russian strikes on the western edges of Raqqa city, and near the Tabqa military airport, killed 12 ISIS jihadists,' Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said on Friday.
He said their bodies were transported to a hospital in the province.
Moscow's defence ministry said Friday claimed its war planes had 'conducted 18 sorties on 12 positions held by the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria' since Thursday, although some of these were disputed by civilians and the Syrian opposition.
The statement said Russian raids also destroyed 'a command post and communications centre' held by ISIS in Daret Ezza in northern Aleppo province, as well as bunkers and weapons depots in Maaret al-Numan and Habeet in northwest Idlib province.
Alexei Pushkov, the head of the foreign affairs committee of Russia's lower house of parliament said more than 2,500 air strikes by the US-led coalition in Syria had failed to inflict significant damage on ISIS jihadists, but Russia's campaign would be more intensive.
'I think it's the intensity that is important. The US-led coalition has pretended to bomb Daesh (another name for Islamic State) for a year, without results. 'If you do it in a more efficient way, I think you'll see results,' he said.
Earlier, the SOHR claimed two children were the latest victims of Russia's airstrikes in Syria that have so far killed up to 36 civilians. Reports of the deaths came as a U.S. general accused Moscow of using indiscriminate cluster bombs that can obliterate areas the size of football fields in its attacks on rebel groups.
The latest air strikes hit the district of Jabal al-Zawiya, in an area under the control of Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria and other Islamist rebel groups, according to a British-based monitoring group.
'Four civilians, including a child and a woman, were killed in raids conducted by Russian military aircraft,' said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
'Three other civilians, including a girl and a woman, were killed in bombing by these planes of the village of Habeet,' in the same province that borders Turkey, said the group, which relies on a network of sources on the ground for its information.
Russian air strikes on Syria have killed 28 people since they were launched on Wednesday, says the Observatory. source
Pope held private meeting with same-sex couple in U.S.
"For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet."Romans 1:26,27(KJV)
EDITOR'S NOTE: This month, Pope Francis has called high-level meetings at the Vatican to discuss how to include openly gay and lesbian people within the church. His secret meeting last week with same-sex couples shows you the Popes true intentions. Prepare yourself for full and complete acceptance of openly-gay LGBT Catholic church members. Pope Francis is building his One World Religion, and the gates of Hell fully support him. Grassi said the Pope has long known that he is gay, but has never condemned his sexuality or his same-sex relationship. Hmm...I bet.
Yayo Grassi, an openly gay man, brought his partner, Iwan Bagus, as well several other friends to the Vatican Embassy on September 23 for a brief visit with Pope Francis. A video of the meeting shows Grassi and Francis greeting each other with a warm hug.
In an exclusive interview with CNN, Grassi said the visit was arranged personally with the Pope via email in the weeks ahead of Francis' highly anticipated visit to the United States.
"Three weeks before the trip, he called me on the phone and said he would love to give me a hug," Grassi said.
The meeting between the Pope and gay couple adds another intriguing twist to the strange aftermath of Francis' first-ever trip to the United States. Since news broke on Tuesday of Francis' meeting with Davis, conservatives have cheered the seemingly implicit endorsement, while liberals have questioned how much the Pope knew about her case.
The two encounters -- one with a gay couple and one with a government official who ardently opposes homosexuality -- have left the Vatican scrambling to issue statements that seek to de-politicize the Pope's meetings and agenda.
On Friday afternoon, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said that Grassi had asked to present his friends to Francis in Washington.
"As noted in the past, the Pope, as pastor, has maintained many personal relationships with people in a spirit of kindness, welcome and dialogue," Lombardi said.
Earlier on Friday, the Vatican said that the meeting with Davis was not intended as a show of support for her cause and "the only real audience granted by the Pope at the nunciature (embassy) was with one of his former students and his family."
"That was me," Grassi said.
Grassi, who is 67, added that he is willing to talk about his private moment with the pontiff because he was upset about media coverage of the Pope's meeting with Davis.
"I want to show the truth of who Pope Francis is," he said.
Pope Francis taught Grassi in literature and psychology classes at Inmaculada Concepcion, a Catholic high school in Sante Fe, Argentina, from 1964-1965. Grassi said that he is now an atheist.
Grassi said the Pope has long known that he is gay, but has never condemned his sexuality or his same-sex relationship. In the video, Francis says he recalls meeting Grassi's boyfriend in Rome.
"He has never been judgmental," Grassi said. "He has never said anything negative."
Grassi said that he asked for the meeting in Washington because the friends he brought along have been through difficult times and wanted to receive of a blessing from the pontiff.
At the end the meeting, the Pope hugs both Grassi and Bagus and kisses them on the cheek.
"Obviously he is the pastor of the church and he has to follow the church's teachings," Grassi added. "But as a human being he understands all kinds of situations, and he is open to all kinds of people, including those with different sexual characteristics."
While not changing church teaching, which considers same-sex relationships sinful, Pope Francis has often emphasized mercy over judgment. In 2013, for example, he famously said, "Who am I to judge" gay priests who seek to do God's will. He also reportedly met with a transgender man from Spain in January of this year.
At the same time, the Vatican has refused to recognize France's ambassador to the Holy See, Laurent Stefanini, who is openly gay. And Francis has show little inclination to adjust church doctrine on sexuality.
"It reminds us, again, that the Pope meets with all sorts of people on his trips and that such meetings are not an 'endorsement' of anything," said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor at large at America magazine.
"In this case, for example, he is not endorsing same-sex marriage. But if Mr. Grassi's account is accurate, then it makes me happy to know that the Pope keeps in contact with his old friends, both gay and straight. For friendship and welcome are at the heart of the Christian life."
This October, the Vatican will hold a major meeting, called a synod, to discuss how to minister to gays and lesbians, among other issues facing modern Catholics.
While Grassi describes his relationship to the Pope as very close, they haven't always agreed on same-sex rights.
During Argentina's heated debate over same-sex marriage in 2010, Grassi chastised the Pope for opposing gay rights. At one point, the future pontiff suggested that same-sex marriage is the work of the devil.
"You have been my guide, continuously moving my horizons—you have shaped the most progressive aspects of my worldview," Grassi wrote to the future Pope in an email, according to National Geographic magazine. "And to hear this from you is so disappointing."
Grassi told CNN that Francis -- then Cardinal Jorge Margio Bergoglio -- wrote back, saying that he was sorry to have upset his former student and promising that "homophobia" had no place in the Catholic Church.
Grassi said he believes the Pope was "misled" into meeting with Davis, who served six days in a Kentucky jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Davis' lawyers had portrayed the papal meeting as an endorsement of her cause. After several days of questions and culture-war sparring, the Vatican said that was not the case.
"The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis, and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects," Lombardi said in a statement issued Friday morning.
The question of who, exactly, set up the meeting between Davis and the Pope has been the subject of fervid media speculation this week.
Vatican officials have said that such an encounter could only have taken place with the planning and approval of the Holy See's nuncio -- or envoy -- to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò. source
“Russia is halting World War III,” he said. And that’s exactly the message Russia’s largest television networks, all controlled by the Kremlin, are delivering.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Right now, Vladimir Putin owns the Middle East narrative on a silver platter, and it is his to lose. The interesting thing will be to see what he does with it, and to how much of an extent Russia will partner with Iran. But far from 'stopping WWIII', Putin gives every indication that he just may have already started it. The video shown here of the airstrike received over 3 million views in the first 12 hours. One thing is certain, Putin has a whole lot of new fans eager to see some action.
Vladimir Putin may have caught the U.S. and its allies off guard by striking Syria, but his propaganda machine was ready. “A hundred dead terrorists,” a news presenter on Russia’s No. 2 network announced early Thursday, just hours after the bombing of what Putin has called “evil-doers” began. She then cut to a correspondent in Syria who lauded the precision of the strikes as aerial footage of the attacks supplied by the Defense Ministry aired.
Over on Channel 1, the most-watched station, a parade of politicians, analysts and religious leaders -- both Christian and Muslim -- rolled by justifying the use of force on both legal and moral grounds.
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to speak at the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights meeting at the Alexadrovsky hall in the Grand Kremlin Palace on Oct. 1, 2015 in Moscow, Russia
“This is more than just military strikes against Islamic State,” said the editor of National Defense magazine, Igor Korotchenko, after parliament unanimously authorized the use of force on Wednesday. “We are protecting the values of humanity and taking a stand against the most extreme forms of obscurantism and terror.”
Even the leaders of the opposition parties in parliament, which is dominated by Putin’s United Russia, were brought in to explain why it’s better to fight terrorists over there than here at home.
’World War III’
Someone, after all, has to clean up the mess the U.S. created in the Middle East, which threatens the fabric of civilization, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the flamboyant head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, told Channel 1.
“Russia is halting World War III,” he said. And that’s exactly the message Russia’s largest television networks, all controlled by the Kremlin, are delivering. source
Netanyahu Slams "Deceitful" Abbas Speech at UN Vowing to Ignore Oslo Accords
“No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.” (Psalm 101:7)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. (Photo: UN Photo/Cia Pak)
Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas vowed to stop abiding by the 1993 Oslo Accords in a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, accusing Israel of halting the withdrawal of its forces from disputed territories as stipulated by the peace agreement.
“As long as Israel refuses to commit to the agreements signed with us, which render us an authority without real powers, and as long as Israel refuses to cease settlement activities and to release of the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners in accordance with our agreements, they leave us no choice but to insist that we will not remain the only ones committed to the implementation of these agreements, while Israel continuously violates them,” Abbas said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the speech was “deceitful and encourages incitement and lawlessness in the Middle East.”
Israel did unilaterally withdraw from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Since then, the terror group Hamas has taken over control of the coastal enclave, leading to thousands of rockets being launched at the Jewish state. The latest such rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system over the Israeli city of Ashdod on Wednesday. Israeli officials have expressed concern that a similar situation could arise in Judea and Samaria should Israel withdraw from that region completely.
Abbas also accused Israel of exacerbating tensions on the Temple Mount holy site because of “extremist Israeli group incursions on the Al-Aqsa mosque” at the Jerusalem compound.
“We will not accept this, and the Palestinian people will not allow the implementation of this illegal scheme,” he said.
The Temple Mount is administered by the Islamic Waqf, a Muslim trust overseen by Jordan that limits non-Muslim visitation and bans Jewish prayer. An increase in Jewish visitors has been led by Jewish activist groups such as the Temple Institute, which have been calling for greater Jewish access to the Temple Mount.
Earlier this month, Israel blasted a United Nations Security Council statement about the ongoing tension at the Temple Mount, saying the statement “completely ignores” both Palestinian violence and Jewish history at the holy site. In recent weeks, Palestinians have been rioting in the Old City of Jerusalem by throwing rocks and pipe bombs at Jews. On Rosh Hashanah eve, a Palestinian stone-throwing attack killed a 64-year-old Jewish man while he was driving home.
“In contrast to the Palestinians, Israel is strictly maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount and is committed to continuing to do so in accordance with the agreements between us and the Jordanians and the Waqf,” Netanyahu said in reaction to Abbas’s U.N. speech.
Abbas had said, “The Israeli government insists on continuing its destruction of the two-state solution and on entrenchment of two regimes on the ground: an apartheid regime that is currently imposed on the territory of the State of Palestine.”
Netanyahu countered, “We expect and call on the [Palestinian] Authority and its leader to act responsibly and accede to the proposal of the prime minister of Israel and enter into direct negotiations with Israel without preconditions.”
The PA, said Abbas, will begin ignoring the Oslo Accords “by all peaceful and legal means. Either the Palestinian National Authority will be the conduit of the Palestinian people from occupation to independence, or Israel, the occupying power, must bear all of its responsibilities.” Netanyahu said the fact that Abbas “time and again” has refused to negotiate directly with Israel “is the best possible proof of the fact he does not intend to reach a peace agreement.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared before world leaders Wednesday that he is no longer bound by agreements signed with Israel and called on the United Nations to provide international protection for Palestinians, in the most serious warning yet that he might walk away from engagement with the Jewish state.
"Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it."Zechariah 12: 2,3 (KJV)
EDITOR'S NOTE: The real battle for the Bible believer in all this is exactly what the Bible said has always been the issue, and what would be the issue in the last days: Jerusalem. You will pay careful attention to where Abbas says that the flag of Palestine "will be raised soon in Jerusalem, the capital of our Palestinian state." Wow. Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel since about 1500 BC. At this time we call to your attention the treaty that was signed between Palestine and the Vatican on May 13, 2015. Tick, tock....
In a statement issued by his office, Netanyahu said Abbas' "speech of lies encourages incitement and unrest in the Middle East." Netanyahu called on Abbas to "act responsibly" and answer his proposal for direct negotiations with Israel without any preconditions. "The fact that time after time he (Abbas) does not respond is the best proof that he has no intention of reaching a peace agreement," the statement said.
Abbas' comments reflect deep frustration, even desperation. It came after years of paralysis in attempts to negotiate Palestinian statehood with Israel and several months after Netanyahu formed a right-wing government that has continued settlement expansion on war-won lands the Palestinians want for their state.
With negotiations frozen, Abbas has failed to come up with a political alternative.
His hopes of creating a Palestinian state through negotiations with Israel have been derailed. A new poll shows that a majority of Palestinians want the 80-year-old leader to resign and dissolve his self-rule government, the Palestinian Authority. Many no longer believe a two-state solution is realistic and support political violence.
Abbas had threatened to drop a "bombshell" in the speech - prompting speculation he would sever ties with Israel over its settlement expansion and other hard-line policies.
On Wednesday, he said that Israel's refusal to commit to agreements signed "render us an authority without real powers."
"As long as Israel refuses to cease settlement activities and to the release of the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners in accordance with our agreements, they leave us no choice but to insist that we will not remain the only ones committed to the implementation of these agreements, while Israel continuously violates them," Abbas said.
"We therefore declare that we cannot continue to be bound by these agreements and that Israel must assume all of its responsibilities as an occupying power," he declared. He did not elaborate on which agreements.
If Abbas were to go through with his demand that Israel, as the occupying power, assume responsibility for the Palestinians, this would require dissolving the Palestinian Authority and the resignation of Abbas. He didn't mention any of this in his speech.
In his speech, Abbas accused Israel of "repeated, systematic incursions upon Al-Aqsa Mosque aimed at imposing a new reality," warning that such actions create an explosive situation.
"It is no longer useful to waste time in negotiations for the sake of negotiations; what is required is to mobilize international efforts to oversee an end to the occupation in line with the resolutions of international legitimacy," he said. "Until then, I call upon the United Nations to provide international protection for the Palestinian people in accordance with international humanitarian law."
Palestinian analyst Hani al-Masri in Ramallah said Abbas is trying to attract attention and pressure Israel.
"This is a threat not a plan," he said. "Abbas has no plan, otherwise he could have spelled it out in his speech and could have told the world he is going to do this and that and asked them for understanding and support."
Thousands of Abbas supporters gathered in the city centers in several West Bank cities as they listened to Abbas' speech. They cheered up when he said he is no longer bound by the signed agreements with Israel, waving Palestinian flags.
In a symbolic moment Wednesday, Abbas raised the flag of the state of Palestine at the United Nations for the first time, with a promise that it will be raised soon in Jerusalem, "the capital of our Palestinian state."
More than 300 ministers, diplomats and well-wishers crowded into the rose garden at U.N. headquarters where a temporary flagpole had been erected for the ceremony which took place following Abbas' speech.
The Palestinians campaigned for a General Assembly resolution that was overwhelmingly approved on Sept. 10 allowing U.N. observer states to fly their flags alongside those of the 193 U.N. member states. The Holy See and the Palestinians and are the only two U.N. observer states.
In a harshly worded essay ahead of his Wednesday address to the United Nations, the Palestinian president said a new multilateral approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is needed since direct negotiations with Israel have repeatedly failed.
Abbas said the model should be based instead on the type of negotiations that took place in the Balkans, Libya and Iran.
"The peace process must be multilateral. The same pattern of negotiations imposed for years will not work because Israel is the occupying power," he wrote in an op-ed in The Huffington Post. While Abbas' Palestinian Authority rules over most of the West Bank Palestinian population, Israel still controls much of the territory. source
Muslims Are Conducting Mass Crucifixions Of Christians In Major Massacres
By Theodore Shoebat
ISIS is conducting mass crucifixions, according to one report:
It was only when the gates of the Nazi death camps were thrown open that the industrial scale of Hitler’s killing became known.
Western diplomats had received scattered information about Nazi massacres of Jewish people and “undesirables” in occupied Poland and Russia but it was difficult to confirm.
Yet just 70 years since the end of the Second World War, a genocide is taking place once again, this time against Christians.
Scores have already been murdered by Islamic State and thousands forced to leave ancient Christian communities in northeastern Syria and western Iraq as the extremists demand they either convert to Islam, pay an extortionate rate of tax or face execution.
Some have even been crucified.
Mr Sookhdeo added: “It is like going back 1,000 years seeing the barbarity that Christians are having to live under. I think we are dealing with a group which makes Nazism pale in comparison and I think they have lost all respect for human life.
“Crucifying these people is sending a message and they are using forms of killing which they believe have been sanctioned by Sharia law.
“For them what they are doing is perfectly normal and they don’t see a problem with it. It is that religious justification which is so appalling.”
A Bible believer looks at what God says will happen in the last days regarding Israel and Palestine
"I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land."Joel 3:2 (KJV)
Let's start with what is happening on September 30th, 2015: The world body of the United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution on raising the flag of Palestine at the United Nations(document A/69/L.76) by a recorded vote of 119 in favour to 8 against (Australia, Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Tuvalu, United States), with 45 abstentions.
United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of raising a flag of Palestine at its headquarters in New York, Sept. 10, 2015. The flag of Palestine is set to fly over UN headquarters on September 30, 2015.
Calling it “a historic vote”, the observer of the State of Palestine said that the General Assembly had sent an important message to the Palestinian people at a critical time. Raising the flag would signify to Palestinian people everywhere that the international community supported them.
Israel’s representative called the resolution a photo opportunity, cautioning that as long as the Palestinians believed they could achieve their political goals without making concessions, they would continue to avoid taking the difficult decisions needed for peace. Instead, he said, the photo truly worth taking was one of an Israeli Prime Minister and a Palestinian leader raising the flags of the two peoples living together in peace.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said this about the flag raising event: "On the vote to raise our flag at the U.N., the international community demonstrated its solidarity with the Palestinian people. Now it must act with urgency to seize the momentum from this symbolic gesture and provide a clear plan to end the illegal Israeli occupation, uphold human rights and achieve justice. It is time to finally achieve the independence of the State of Palestine, peacefully resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict -- the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict -- as was promised long ago." source
So let's talk about what God says will happen in the last days regarding Israel and Palestine
The Bible teaches that, after the Rapture of the Church, an event called the Time of Jacob's Trouble will begin. The focus of this time, while it is worldwide, will be primarily on Israel and the Jewish people. Jacob's name, as you recall, was changed by God to Israel. So it is the time of Israel's trouble, it has nothing to do with the Christian church. We read about this in the book of the prophet Jeremiah:
"Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it."Jeremiah 30:7 (KJV)
This event is also described in Matthew 24 by Jesus as a time of "great tribulation" such as the world has never seen up to that moment, or will ever see in the history of the world. That means it is an event more horrific that all the world wars and Hitler's Holocaust put together. This is what Jesus says:
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."Matthew 24:15,21 (KJV)
So what does all this have to do with the United Nations General Assembly raising the flag of Palestine tomorrow? Plenty! In fact, I will go so far as to say that the prophet Joel was already seeing this day in his prophetic visions of the future from the Lord. Look at what he says in chapter 3 of his book:
"For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people andfor my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine?"Joel 3:1,2,4 (KJV)
Now read and reread the above verses prayfully and carefully, and then consider the following observations I will make about them:
"in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem": You can turn to the book of Joel in your King James Bible and in the margin next to these verses please write "FULFILLED" in the margin. This event took place on May 14, 1948, with the reestablishment of the nation of Israel back in their own land.
"I will also gather all nations": All this week we have been focused on the "gathering of all nations" at the UN, have we not? Do you think that God just places things like this in the Bible to sound poetic? No, it's prophecy. A super-majority of all the recognized nations of the world "gathered" and voted to raise the flag of Palestine tomorrow. This part of the prophecy will reach it's completion when they fully gather together with the Antichrist to make war against Israel in the Time of Jacob's Trouble after the Rapture.
"and parted my land": That's the "big one" right there, and one of the main reasons for God's wrath. In Joel's soon-to-be-completely-fulfilled prophecy, it says that this "gathering of nations" has "parted the land" of Israel. Why is that such a big deal? and all the coasts of Palestine? Israel is God's Land, that's why.
"and all the coasts of Palestine?": Palestine?!? What is Palestine doing in Joel's prophecy of the last days in the 21st century? Because God saw that it would be there, side by side with Israel as their bitter enemy. Who are Tyre and Zidon? That would be Lebanon to the north of Israel. In 2015, modern-day Palestine is breathing down the neck of Israel, ready to strike with the backing and support of all the "gathered nations" of the world as found in the body of the group called The United Nations. Prophecy lovers and Bible believers, if that one fact alone doesn't send a chill down your spine, then I don't know what will.
"And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes."Ezekiel 38:16 (KJV)
That's God talking, and He says that Israel is HIS Land, no one else's. He has given it to the Jewish people as a possession, yes, but it remains His Land for eternity. Everywhere you turn these days people are talking about the "Two State Solution". Even Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he would be open to a Two State Solution. Well, sorry to say, that is not how God views it in the Bible, and that is not how it will go down. God is preparing to implement a One State Solution at the Battle of Armageddon at the end of the Tribulation. The Bible says He is going to send His Son and His Church to create it:
"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon himwas called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armieswhich were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God."Revelation 19:13-16 (KJV)
Tomorrow, I would ask you to pay close attention to the proceedings at the United Nations as they raise the flag of Palestine over the headquarters of the "gathering of nations". For it is the beginning of the fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel, written thousands of years ago, yet more current than tomorrow's events. It will reach it's full conclusion at the Battle of Armageddon, but it is beginning now. We are so close to the Rapture that it's almost like the two dispensations are over-lapping each other. In fact, we are transitioning from the Church Age which ends with the Rapture, to the Time of Jacob's Trouble. We are living right now in the overlap between the two.
We are living in the days of prophecy, the promised end times of the Bible.Go out and get something done for Jesus while there is still time.
Listen, and look up into the Eastern sky, as "come up hither" is about to be spoken to a born again and Blood-washed Church.
Are YOU ready for what comes next?
"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;"Titus 2:13 (KJV)