THIS is the burning question! The
Iran issue is heating up. Tension in the Gulf region has raised fears
that an attack on Iran is becoming increasingly likely - before
President George W. Bush leaves office.
Not only is Washington disputing
Iran’s nuclear programme, senior US officials are accusing Tehran of
supplying weapons to Shia insurgents in Iraq. President Bush’s rhetoric
on Iranian activity in Iraq, in particular, is causing concern and
inflaming fears that a strike against Iran is in the making.
The new US Defence Secretary
Robert Gates says the US is
planning a strike. “I don’t know
how many times the President, Secretary of State, and I have had to
repeat that we have no intention of attacking Iran,” he said. But many
informed observers no longer put much credence on what comes out of
According to the Jerusalem
Post, (Feb 10, 07), the London-based Guardian, quoting
American intelligence sources, reported that “preparations for a
US strike against Iranian nuclear sites are in ‘advanced’ stages -
despite repeated denials by the US administration.”
The strike could come early, but
most likely it will take place next year, the Guardian suggested.
THE MILITARY BUILD-UP IN THE GULF
USS JOHN C STENNIS
The US has been building up its
naval fleet – aircraft carriers, mine-sweepers etc, in the Gulf of Oman
and Persian Gulf over the past year.
But the Bush administration says
the build-up is aimed at “containing Iran” and forcing it into
diplomatic concessions and into the giving up of its efforts to become a
nuclear state. A nuclear armed Iran, the US believes, would upset the
fragile balance of powers in the volatile region.
Iran continues to deny it is
building nuclear weapons. But Israel, for one, remains convinced Iran’s
belligerent leader President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is seeking a nuclear
device to make good on in his vision of “wiping the Jewish nation off
the face of the map.”
quoted Vincent Cannistraro, a Washington-based intelligence analyst, who
maintains: “Planning (for the strike) is going on, in spite of public
disavowals by Gates. Targets have been selected, for a bombing campaign
against nuclear sites; it is quite advanced. The military assets to
carry this out are being put in place. We are planning for war. It is
A second US navy aircraft carrier
strike group led by the USS John C Stennis arrived in the Gulf of
Oman in February, doubling the US presence in the region.
PUTIN ADDS FUEL TO WAR EXPECTATIONS
President Vladimir Putin’s attack
on the US at the recent Munich Conference for its “almost uncontained
hyper use of force in international relations - a force that is plunging
the world into an abyss of permanent conflicts,” has raised the stakes,
as it becomes evident that Russia will oppose any strong US action on
A report in whatdoesitmean.com,
Feb 13, had this alarming headline …
ORDERS RUSSIAN FORCES TO
U.S. FORCES DURING IRAN
The article by Sorcha Faal says
that according to Russian military analysts, President Putin has issued
orders to the Russian Interior Ministry to dispatch Special Force troops
to Iran to protect Russian assets, including the Bushehr Nuclear power
Analysts believe the orders to
take action “against any and all hostile forces,” is “a direct
threat to US and Israeli Forces currently massing for their planned
attack and invasion of Iran.”
It is clear from Ezekiel’s
prophecy (Ezekiel 38 and 39), that Russia will be allied with Iran and
many other nations in “the end times,” and that the great northern
confederation will invade Israel and the Middle East. This is an
indication that Iran will not be wiped out before the world war. But
there could be an attack from which it recovers, or a failed attack
which will leave Iran intact, and thus able to fulfil its role in the
prophesied world war.
IGNORES LATEST ULTIMATUM
Feb 26. 07. Iran ignored a
February UN deadline to suspend its uranium enrichment program.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad compared Iran’s atomic drive to a “train
with no brake or reverse gear.” (Maybe the run-away train needs to be
US, British, French, German,
Chinese and Russian officials began meetings in London today to discuss
additional penalties against Iran. But UN diplomats cautioned that
further measures would take weeks to reach agreement, and it would be
mild at best.
Prophetically, there’s more in
Scripture about Iran than about the US. Iran (Persia) is listed as a
main Russian ally in the Tribulation world war. The USA is not mentioned
Many prophecy teachers believe the
US could be bankrupted soon, and will no longer be a superpower.
A big part of Europe will make up
the Revived Roman Empire (The Beast) which will fight against The North,
The South and The East in the Tribulation.
DEMOCRATS WARN BUSH ON IRAN
FEB 16, 07. Top Democrats in the
US Congress have warned President Bush that he does not have the
authority to go to war with Iran. The Democrats now control both
houses of parliament.
The Democrat Speaker of the House
of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, acknowledged that Mr Bush has said he
wants a diplomatic solution to the rift with Iran. “I take him at his
word,” she said. But she also said that Congress should assert itself
“and make it very clear that there is no previous authority for the
president, any president, to go into Iran.” “There should be no more
blank cheques” issued by Congress.
Republican House Minority Leader
John Boehner criticised the Democrats’ attempts to derail Mr Bush’s
plans for Iraq. “While American troops are fighting radical Islamic
terrorists thousands of miles away,” he said, “it is unthinkable that
the US Congress would move to discredit their mission, cut off their
reinforcements and deny them the resources they need to succeed and
return home safely.”
GENERALS THREATEN TO RESIGN
Up to five US generals and
admirals are reportedly willing to resign rather than approve what they
consider would be a reckless attack (on Iran).
A generals’ revolt on such a scale
would be unprecedented. “American generals usually stay and fight until
they get fired,” said a Pentagon source.
The threat of a wave of
resignations coincided with a warning by Vice-President Dick Cheney
while visiting Australia, that all options, including military action,
remained on the table. Mr Cheney was responding to a comment by British
leader Tony Blair that it would not “be right to take military action.”
OR WILL ISRAEL GO IT
This is the other question that’s
in the air. If the US does not take action against Iran’s nuclear
ambitions, will Israel, which is totally convinced that Mahmoud means
what he says - that ‘Israel should be wiped off the planet’ - take
action before it is too late?
TO DEFEND IRAN
Feb 26, 07. Palestinian Arab
terror bosses say they are actively preparing to unleash a major wave of
violence against Israel and US interests in the Middle East in defense
of their allies in Iran.
Speaking to WorldNetDaily,
a senior Islamic Jihad commander said Tehran has ordered his
group to “wreak havoc” on the Jewish state and any Americans within its
reach should Israel or the US attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.
According to the terrorist leader,
the attacks would come in the form of “suicide” bombings and massive
rocket barrages from both the Gaza Strip and Judea-Samaria.
If that scenario unfolds, Israel
will likely find itself dealing with a major escalation of “Palestinian”
terrorism as well as an all-out conventional assault by Syria,
Hizb’allah and Iran.
These are the fruits of the “Oslo”
peace process that transformed the “Palestinians” from a hostile but
ill-equipped body of people into a conglomerate of heavily-armed,
well-trained paramilitary terror groups.
“AHMADINEJAD IS WINNING”
JAN 26, 07. Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an evil man. But he is not a stupid man. Indeed,
he is smart and fastidious. He understands power and how to get it. And
he understands that the purpose of a nation’s foreign policy is to sell
ideas and messages and to build coalitions that enable a state to
achieve its national aims. Due to his understanding and his abilities,
Ahmadinejad has achieved significant success in advancing his policy
aims of defeating the US, destroying Israel, and acquiring nuclear
The source of his frenetic
motivation for destruction is his deep-seated and fanatical desire to
hearken the arrival of the Shi’ite messiah — the twelfth imam or the
Mahdi. Ahmadinejad promises that the arrival of the Mahdi will signal
the enduring defeat of liberal democracy and the notion of human freedom
and the eradication of Christianity and Judaism. All will be replaced by
the “pure” Islam of the Mahdi, of Ahmadinejad and of the late Ayatollah
Over the past week evidence of
Ahmadinejad’s success was very evident. In late January, London’s
Daily Telegraph reported that Iranian-North Korean nuclear
collaboration has reached new heights. Not only were Iranian scientists
present at North Korea’s nuclear test last October, according to the
Telegraph, North Korean nuclear scientists are in Iran today
assisting their Iranian counterparts in preparing a nuclear test that
could take place by the end of the year.
This new information means that
the timeline for Iranian acquisition of nuclear bombs has been shortened
dramatically. If just months ago US intelligence officials claimed that
Iran would not acquire nuclear weapons until 2011, and if just six weeks
ago Mossad chief Meir Dagan told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and
Defense Committee that Iran needed 2 years to acquire the bomb, the
report that Iran could test a nuclear weapon by the end of 2007 means
that there’s reason to fear Iran will have the means to launch a nuclear
attack against Israel next year.
Moreover, recently there have been
several reports that all Iran’s nuclear facilities are working at full
strength to increase uranium enrichment.
Iranian Foreign Minister
Manouchehr Mottaki’s announcement Monday that 38 predominantly Western
UN nuclear inspectors would be barred from returning to the country is
yet another sign that Iran’s nuclear efforts are being stepped up. As
well, Iran’s acquisition last month of advanced Russian Tor M-1
anti-aircraft missiles demonstrates that with Russian assistance, Iran
is preparing seriously for war.
THE RUSSIAN BEAR AWAKING
ATTACKS AMERICA’S ABUSE OF POWER
FEB 10, 07. At the annual Munich
Conference on Security, Russian President Vladimir Putin attacked the
United States for what he said was its “almost uncontained” use of force
around the world. America’s “very dangerous” approach to global
relations was fuelling a nuclear arms race. He called the US a reckless
power that has made the world more dangerous by pursuing policies that
have led to war, ruin and insecurity.
Mr Putin stunned an audience of
security officials from around the world that included US Defence
Secretary Robert Gates. He said that nations were “witnessing an almost
uncontained hyper use of force in international relations. The US had
disastrously abused its power, and has imposed itself on other
countries.” One state, the United States, he said, “has overstepped its
national borders in all spheres.”
“This is extremely dangerous.
Nobody feels secure anymore because nobody can hide behind international
law. This is nourishing an arms race and the desire of countries to get
Mr Putin went on to charge that
the US dominance had been ruinous. “Local and regional wars didn’t get
fewer. The number of people who died didn’t get less, but increased ...
We see no kind of restraint,” he said.
A “unipolar” world, Putin said,
“means in practice one thing: one centre of power, one centre of force,
one centre of decision-making, a world of one master, one sovereign.” (Unipolar
means “a single centre of power,” as differing to bipolar and multipolar.)
Putin’s speech has added to
tensions between Russia and the US.
US Republican senator and
presidential hopeful John McCain who heard Putin at the Munich
conference said: “Today’s world is not unipolar ... the Russian leader’s
apparent belief to the contrary raises a number of very difficult
Correspondents say Putin’s
strident speech may signal a more assertive Russia, and it may be a
turning point in international relations.
What are the reasons for Putin’s
sudden attack on the US? One is that it is a response to US plans to
establish a missile defence system close to Russia’s border - in the
Czech Republic and Poland – former Soviet satellites, now members of the
western NATO alliance.
“Why is it necessary to put
military infrastructure on our border? It’s hardly connected to today’s
global threats. What is the threat? Terrorism and fighting it!” Putin
said. He warned that any further enlargement of the alliance would be
“WHY DID WEST LIE ON
FEB 12, 07. NEW DELHI: “We don’t
have to cheat each other and the rest of the world.” That’s what Russian
Ambassador to India Vyacheslav Trubnikov believes to be the “main
message” of the February 11 speech made by President Putin, lambasting
the US and its allies, at the annual Munich security conference.
Echoing his words, Mr. Trubnikov
wanted to know why the West “practically lied to us” on the expansion of
the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). Again, he pointed to the
“treachery” in going back on the commitment that military hardware would
not be deployed in new NATO countries in Europe.
Pointing out that Mr. Putin’s
speech was about Russia’s position in today’s world, Mr. Trubnikov said
the President did not mince his words. Though it did not signal a return
to the Cold War, Mr. Putin provided a “frank and honest” assessment of
the global scene.
TRACKING IDF MOVEMENTS
JAN 26, 07. A few days ago Russia
announced that it had completed the sale of advanced anti-aircraft
systems to Iran, providing a protective umbrella for the genocidal
regime’s nuclear program.
On Friday, The Jerusalem Post
reported that Russian military officers are manning listening posts
along the Syrian border with Israel and feeding intelligence on IDF
movements to Lebanon’s Hizb’allah.
IT RECEIVED RUSSIAN AIR DEFENCE MISSILES
Jan 24, 07. The Iranian
defence minister announced Iran has received a Russian air defence
missile system. Iran’s announcement came as it launched three
days of military maneuvers - its first since the UN Security Council
approved sanctions against Iran on Dec 23. – ynet news.com
AGAINST U.S. PLAN FOR
SITES IN CENTRAL EUROPE
Jan 24, 07. The International
Herald Tribune reported the Russian defence minister has harshly
criticized U.S. plans to deploy missile defence sites in Central Europe,
saying that Moscow did not trust American claims that the sites were
intended to counter missile threats posed by Iran and North Korea.
Boosted by Russia’s oil wealth,
President Putin has been seeking to restore Moscow’s international
influence by making common cause with anti-US allies, notably
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and by maintaining its longtime
“friendship” with Iran.
Russia, although a member of the
Quartet, and the Road Map to Peace in the Middle East, is shoring up its
backing for its traditional Arab “friends” - Syria, Egypt and the
Palestinians; as well as Iran.
Vladimir Putin’s hardening line is
not surprising. In the light of his renewed build-up of military
weapons and systems, and his expansion of alliances to the south, east
and to S America, it is evident that he is gearing up for the great
battle of the ages.
The Bible foretells a great
Northern Confederation led by Rosh (Russia) which will include
Beth-Togarmah (the Turkomen), and many Arab and African nations. This
alliance which will invade Israel and the Middle East in the endtimes,
will be a major part of a holocaustic world war. Read Ezekiel 38:3-8.
“The Sovereign Master, YHWH, says: Listen! I am against you, O Gog,
chief prince of Rosh (Russia), and Tubal. I will turn you around, put
hooks into your jaws and bring you out with your whole army - your
horses and horsemen all fully armed, and a great horde with large and
small shields, all of them brandishing swords.
“Persia (Iran), Cush (Ethiopia), and Put (Libya)
will be with them, all with shields and helmets; Gomer (Germany) also
with all its troops; and the House of Togarmah from the far north
(Turkey and the Turkic people of Central Asia) with all its troops -
many nations with you. Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes
gathered about you, and take command of them.
“After many days you will be summoned; in the latter years you will
invade the land that has recovered from the sword, whose people have
been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had
long been desolate. Its people had been brought out from the nations,
and now all of them are living securely.”
The time for this battle is early
in the Great Tribulation. But before the Tribulation, the Rapture – the
catching up of the people of Y’shua, Jesus the Messiah, will take
place. Oh friend, don’t be left behind!
THE FATAH~HAMAS DEAL IN MECCA
FEB 9, 07. After failure to
form a unity government over the past year, Palestinian leaders finally
clinched a deal in Mecca. The agreement included a promise by Hamas to
“respect” previous peace agreements with Israel.
But there was no mention made of
the other two international demands, that any PA government, including
one controlled by Hamas, must formally
recognize the State of Israel and
Hamas has adamantly refused to comply with both.
It was agreed, among other things,
that President Mahmoud Abbas will lead negotiations with Israel, and
that the Hamas government’s special security force will be integrated
into the authority’s security forces, which are affiliated with Fatah.
The “respect” for the previously
signed agreements, was a “great compromise” for Hamas.
The back down by Abbas, who had
previously said he would never agree to a unity government unless Hamas
accepted the conditions set by the Quartet - EU, US, UN and Russia - was
an even greater compromise.
But Abbas said the agreement would
“satisfy our people…and bring us to the shores of peace… This initiative
has been crowned with success.”
THE BILLION DOLLAR CARROT
Saudi Arabian King Abdullah played
a pivotal role in clinching the accord. After a year of escalating
Palestinian infighting which left hundreds dead and hundreds wounded,
Abdullah ordered both parties, Fatah and Hamas, to come to Mecca to work
out their differences. It was an order the cash-strapped Palestinians
When the talks stalled over the
wording of the Mecca Agreement, King Abdullah stepped in to help
resolve the issues. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas finally signed the deal
with Damascus-based Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal.
President Abbas, Hamas politburo
chief Khalid Mashaal, and Palestinian PM Ismail Haniya, left Mecca with
a pledge of $US1 billion from Saudi’s King Abdullah.
COMPOSITION OF THE NEW GOVERNMENT
Powerbrokers linked to Fatah will
now take key cabinet positions in the Palestinian cabinet. But Hamas
will still hold majority control in the government.
will fill nine government portfolios - endowments, economy, labor, local
governance, sports and youth, communication, justice and education.
will have six portfolios -
health, social welfare, public works, transportation, agriculture and
Four other parties will have one
portfolio each - tourism, information, women’s affairs and culture.
are supposed to take the key jobs
of finance, foreign affairs and the interior.
It is not clear yet who will head
the key interior ministry which controls the PA security forces. A Hamas
official told reporters that Abbas “will choose an independent interior
minister from among five names that will be submitted to him by Hamas.”
The reconciliation accord
stipulates that Ismail Haniyeh will retain his position as prime
minister. (But he has to wait for Mashaal to give a green light before
going ahead with any major moves.) The Fatah group will name a deputy
President Abbas called on Haniyeh to form a new government, saying, “I
call upon you to respect international resolutions and the agreements
signed by the Palestine Liberation Organization.”
FROM THE BRINK
The agreement, reached on Feb 8,
has brought Palestinian society back from the brink of civil war.
Palestinians hope that as well as bringing a halt to the fighting, the
deal will bring an end to a year-long international embargo against the
In the short term, at least, the
agreement is seen by the Palestinians as a major achievement. For the
first time in weeks, weapons in the Gaza Strip were fired into the sky
in celebration instead of at each other.
There were jubilant scenes as
people took to the streets to cheer the signing of the deal. People in
cars waved the flags of both Hamas and Fatah, while some set off
fireworks and celebratory gunfire.
But as the deal does not meet
international demands for recognition of Israel and renunciation of
violence, it may not lift the international boycott on funding that had,
prior to Hamas becoming the government in early 2006, provided a
lifeline to the Palestinian Authority.
The Palestinian leaders are
banking on the concessions in the accord being enough to convince
international backers to renew aid flows and deal with the
administration. And they are already explaining that they have satisfied
the demand for recognition of Israel by signing peace deals sanctioned
by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation in the 1990s.
But Hamas was never a signatory to
the Oslo accord. Over the past year, Hamas has ardently rejected
pressure from donor countries to recognise Israel, and under this new
deal, Hamas has not been forced to change its position.
The Mecca Agreement brings a
fragile peace between Fatah and Hamas, but how long it will last is on
many observers’ minds. And the agreement will do nothing to promote
peace with Israel.
If Hamas and the Palestinians were
willing to live in peace with Israel, there would be a real cause for
celebration. Israel would recognise the new government, and another
$US500 million would soon flow to the Palestinian Authority — the
proceeds of tax and customs duties which were withheld since Hamas was
elected in January last year. And a billion Euros would also flow from
Europe into the Palestinian coffers.
“We expect the international
community to stick to its own requirements that were stated after the
elections which Hamas won,” said Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.
LEADERS ARE SAYING
has called for violence
to stop immediately, describing the factional fighting and unrest in the
Palestinian territories as “dark days.”
is our turn to make this agreement work and to make this agreement
stick, to build our Palestinian house on strong foundations,” he said.
Mr Mashaal pledged that the
agreement would not be broken. “I tell those who fear that the fate of
this agreement will be the same fate of the old ones, we have pledged
our allegiance to God from this sacred place ... and we will go back to
our country fully committed to it,” he said after emerging from the
meeting room, which overlooked Islam’s most holy site, the Black Rock of
He said that the international
community “must respect our accord, recognize our Palestinian reality
and deal with it seriously.”
said: “Recent days have
been very black and may God not allow them to return. It has been a
catastrophe that must not be repeated. We don’t want blood spilt.”
Mr Abbas urged the new government
to “respect” previous accords signed between the Palestinians and
Miri Eisin said the conditions for an end to the freeze had not
changed. “Israel expects a new Palestinian government to respect and
accept all three of the international community principles - recognition
of Israel, acceptance of all former agreements and renunciation of all
terror and violence.”
Israel’s Minister for Strategic
Affairs Avigdor Lieberman
(Yisrael Beiteinu party)
said that the proper response to the PA unity government is an Israeli
national unity government.
Lieberman has set up
meetings with all of Israel’s right-wing and religious parties for the
coming week to discuss such a possibility. He says Israel needs to be
unified and strong in the face of the possibility that the Palestinian
Authority, still ruled by Hamas, will now gain international
acceptance and support due to the
Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett
was hopeful, saying “We welcome the ongoing efforts to end the violence
and promote intra-Palestinian reconciliation.”
State Department Spokesman Tom
Casey stood by American demands that the PA fulfil the Quartet’s
requirements. Casey told reporters that any new PA government must
recognize Israel, renounce violence against Israel and abide by previous
A spokesman told the BBC that
Washington remained committed to President Bush’s vision of two
democratic states - Israel and Palestine - living side by side, and that
the Palestinian people deserved a government that could pursue that
AFTER THE MECCA AGREEMENT
ABBAS DEMANDS THAT
Two days after the Mecca deal was
signed, Chairman Mahmoud Abbas demanded that Israel officially accept
the power-sharing government in spite of the fact that the unity deal
does not obligate Hamas or any other member of the government to
recognize Israel’s right to exist or renounce the use of terrorist
US CONGRESS PUTS AID TO
PA ON HOLD
The US Congress has put on hold
the transfer of $86 million to the PA until it can be determined whether
or not the PA is going to remain a terrorist entity.
President George Bush originally
ordered the transfer of funds in an effort to bolster the so-called
“moderates” Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement.
ABBAS “A FIG LEAF FOR
Feb 16, 07. After Abbas brokered
the power-sharing deal with the ruling Hamas terrorist organization, the
US Congress correctly understood that the “Palestinian” leader was
making himself a fig leaf for Hamas’ violent anti-Israel positions.
While the Abbas-controlled part of
the PA will hold “peace” negotiations with Israel, the Hamas-controlled
half will remain dedicated to Israel’s demise. - AFP.
PALESTINIANS SEEKING TO
Feb 11, 07. The
Palestinians now have a government that includes major factions that
openly reject Israel’s right to exist, and they want the international
community to accept that and throw money at them. PA Chairman Abbas has
sent out envoys to sell the power-sharing deal reached with the ruling
Hamas to the international community.
Although the unity agreement does
not include explicit recognition of Israel’s right to exist or a
renunciation of terrorist violence against the Jewish state, Abbas was
confident that a world bent on forcing Israel to sign away its biblical
heartland in the name of “peace” would be forgiving toward the
Hamas officials have already
announced that those ministries controlled by their movement will
continue to resist peace and will seek the demise of the Jewish state.
- Associated Press
MERKEL REBUFFS ABBAS
Feb 23, 07. Mahmoud Abbas has had
talks in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seeking Western
support for the unity government of his Fatah party and its rival Hamas.
He also wanted the financial boycott of the Palestinian Authority to be
As holder of the EU presidency,
Merkel stressed the EU’s insistence that any new Palestinian government
must recognise Israel.
The Quartet - Russia, the EU, the
US and UN - say they will await the formation of a the Palestinian unity
government before making a decision.
FRANCE WILL HELP
In a boost for Mahmoud Abba,
France has pledged to cooperate with the unity PA government.
“I encouraged Mr. Abbas to
persevere in his efforts to quickly form a national unity government,”
said Philippe Douste-Blazy, France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, as
Abbas prepared to return to the Middle East.
“If the government is formed
according to the power-sharing deal worked out in Mecca, France will be
ready to cooperate with it. And our country will plead on its behalf
within the European Union and with other partners in the international
RUSSIA IS PLEASED WITH
Feb 27, 07. Russia will work to
bring an end to the economic sanctions against the Hamas-led PA for its
refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey
Lavrov said his government is pleased with the new power-sharing
agreement between Hamas and PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah, even if the
new unity government fails to oppose the murder of Jews or destruction
RICE WON’T GIVE PEACE
TO PA GOVERNMENT
Feb 16, 07. Regarding the question
as to whether the US would recognise the new PA unity government,
Condoleezza Rice said, “We’re not going to jump the gun here. We will
wait until the new (Hamas-Fatah) government is formed and then we’ll
make a decision about how to deal with that government.”
Rice has denied reports that
American officials had threatened that Washington would sever ties with
the Palestinian Authority if its new unity government fails to recognize
Israel’s right to exist and renounce terrorism. En route to the Middle
East, Rice suggested the US intends to continue its relationship with
the PA regardless of its platform.
America’s top diplomat appears
ready to accept Abbas’ proposal that the half of the “Palestinian”
government controlled by him will conduct peace talks with Israel, while
the half controlled by Hamas remains dedicated to Israel’s destruction.
- Source: AFP (Agence France-Presse)
Middle East envoy David Welch, on
the other hand, called Abbas to warn him that the US will not recognize
the new PA unity government because its leading faction, Hamas, has not
recognized the State of Israel.
Hamas officials confirmed that the
new government would indeed spurn those international requirements.
JERUSALEM WON’T CUT TIES
Feb 11, 07. Israeli officials
said Abbas’ new alliance with the Hamas terrorist organization had
effectively blurred the lines between the so-called “moderates” and
“radicals”, and that Israel must re-evaluate its willingness to deal
with Abbas as a result.
Some Israeli government officials
threatened to cut ties with so-called “moderate” PA Chairman Abbas if he
goes ahead and forges a unity government with Hamas that is not based on
explicit recognition of Israel’s right to exist.
Israeli opposition leader Binyamin
Netanyahu told Army Radio that Israel must respond to Abbas’ moving
closer to Hamas, by moving further away from him. Anything else would
risk legitimizing the bloody Islamic terrorist organisation, warned
But PM Ehud Olmert rejected the calls to take a harder line with PLO
chief and said he still had high hopes for the upcoming summit with
Abbas and Condoleezza Rice, where he hoped to hear the Palestinians
voice their acceptance of Israel’s right to exist and their decision to
disavow terrorism. - The Jerusalem Post
The summit shattered Abbas’ high
hopes. It was a dead loss. Neither Olmert or Abbas faced the press, and
it was left to Ms Rice to report there was no tangible progress at the
rare summit, and that the leaders had agreed to meet again soon.
ABBAS SAYS PEACE NOT HIS
Feb 21, 07. PLO chief
Mahmoud Abbas the “moderate,” has openly stated that his primary concern
is with forwarding “Palestinian” national interests, and not necessarily
with making peace with Israel.
For all the world to hear, Abbas
stated that the power-sharing deal he struck with Hamas this month in
Mecca was not intended to bring the terror group in line with
international peace principles.
“We told Israel that this
agreement was made to protect the unity of the Palestinian people and
its national interests,” Abbas told reporters. “The agreement is an
expression of support for Palestinian interests.”
The problem is that “Palestinian”
interests, as expressed in the overwhelming election of Hamas, are
primarily centered on the destruction of the Jewish state.
ISLAMIC JIHAD & PFLP
INVITED TO JOIN GOVT.
Several key terrorist groups, in
particular Islamic Jihad, which has been responsible for all the
suicide bombings inside Israel over the past two years and most of the
Qassam rocket attacks, are not signatories to the new deal.
Feb 18, 07. Hamas PM Ismail
Haniyeh invited the Islamic Jihad to join the new unity
government, but they have rejected the offer.
Haniyeh also invited the
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) to join the
government. PFLP head Kayid al-Ghoul said his group was considering the
offer, but refuses to commit itself to comply with demands by the
BRITAIN TO DEAL WITH
‘MODERATE’ HAMAS ELEMENTS
The increasing blame on Israel for
problems in the PA, along with the mounting pressure from Russia have
contributed to a change in the policy of British PM Tony Blair, who has
indicated he is prepared to deal with Hamas. “It is far easier to deal
with the situation in Palestine if there is a national unity
government,” he said. “I hope we can make progress, including even with
the more sensible elements of Hamas.”
MASHAAL VISITS MOSCOW
The Quartet so far has insisted
that Hamas meet international demands, but the terrorist organization
seeks to drum up international support, starting with Russia.
Syrian-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal visited Moscow at end of Feb,
as Moscow continued to ignore Israeli pleas that international powers
not conduct talks with leaders of Hamas.
Abbas, the leader of the Fatah
movement, claims that the unity government is committed to meeting
international conditions even though Hamas explicitly refuses to do so.
Fatah has paid lip-service to the conditions, but terrorist attacks on
Israel by Fatah terrorists continue almost daily. Abbas, significantly,
has conditioned his “recognition of Israel” on demands that every recent
Israeli government has categorically stated are unreasonable.
Abbas has said a Jewish state
could be recognized only
after Jerusalem becomes the capital of a new Arab country and millions
of Arabs in foreign countries are allowed to live in Israel.
MUSLIM STATES PRESSURE
A group of 57 Muslim countries
meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has agreed to step up pressure and try
to force the Quartet to lift the economic sanctions against Hamas. The
Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) also continues to accuse Israel
of endangering the Al Aksa mosque by conducting archaeological
operations near the Temple Mount.
RICE PUSHES FOR
Recently Rice expressed:
“Eventually you’re going to have to get to a Palestinian government that
accepts that it is to live side by side in peace with an Israeli
WHEN “NEVER” MEANS “NOT
It is becoming clear to
Condoleezza Rice that “never” often simply means “wait a bit” in the PA.
For example, Abbas long claimed that he would “never” join a Hamas
government that does not meet the Quartet demands - but this quickly
dissolved when he signed on to the pact in Mecca.
But the Israeli PM is guilty of
the same thing. Olmert often sets policy according to advice and
pressure from the Bush administration. He agreed to meet with Mahmoud
Abbas and Secretary Rice even though he had previously declared that no
negotiations could be held so long as the PA, which now includes Hamas,
does not cease terrorist attacks.
He also stated that the release of
kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit is a condition to direct talks, but
nevertheless met with Abbas twice in the past two months.
RAMIFICATIONS OF A
A Palestinian state west of the
Jordan River would be “the world’s worst nightmare,” writes Middle East
analyst Emanuel A. Winston. It would be “the last link in a string of
terrorist states that will not only incubate new terror groups but will
also increase their linkage and operational efficiency for major strikes
against America - as well as Israel.”
Michael Wise, co-author of The
1.5-Million-Arab Population Gap, writes that, “PA control of any
part of the West Bank could result in the arrival of up to 2½ million
Palestinian ‘refugees’ over the course of 3 to 5 years.”
The first to arrive would more
than likely be the 400,000 who have been living in abject poverty in
Lebanon, to be followed soon after by millions more from Syria, Iraq,
Jordan, and elsewhere.
“The opportunity to be resettled
in Palestine with enormous global financial and political support will
be very attractive and immediately accepted by those refugees.”
“O God! Your enemies are roaring; and those who hate You have raised
their heads. They craftily plot against Your people ... They have said,
‘Come, and let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel may
be remembered no more.’ For they have conspired together with one mind;
they make a pact against You.” (Psalm
HIZB’ALLAH BACK TO FULL STRENGTH
Israel Defence Forces officials
maintain that Hizb’allah has regained its full military strength
following last year’s war in Lebanon. That feat has been accomplished in
just seven months.
HIZB’ALLAH READYING FOR
Feb 26, 07. Hizb’allah is
reportedly establishing a new stronghold from which to rebuild its
strength and launch future aggression against Israel. In order to bypass
the inconvenience posed by the presence of international “peacekeepers”
in southern Lebanon, Hizb’allah is setting up this new base
just north of the Litani River.
Observers say the hills and
valleys are being aggressively guarded by armed Hizb’allah forces.
Additionally, a Hizb’allah-linked
businessman is said to be buying up Druze and Christian land south of
the Litani in what is feared to be an effort to create a Shi’ite-populated
zone from which the group can freely operate. - Ynetnews
BOMBINGS IN ISRAEL
Iranian-sponsored Hizb’allah has
ordered its Palestinian agents to launch mass-casualty attacks in
Israeli security sources said
“Hizb’allah has increased funding and orders since the end of the
[Israeli-Lebanese] war,” a source said. “It wants the action to move
from Lebanon to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.”
The Lebanese Shia group has been
financing more than 20 plots to conduct suicide and other bombings
inside the Jewish state. The sources said Hizb’allah has relayed funds
operatives loyal to PA Chief
Mahmoud Abbas as well as
The sources said their information
was based on the capture and interrogation of senior Fatah and Jihad
operatives. They said Hizb’allah-aligned cells were most active in the
West Bank city of Nablus.
LEBANESE ARMY IN DEAL
The Lebanese army has made a deal
with Hizb’allah, dividing up patrols in southern Lebanon, according to
an officer of the UN Interim Forces (UNIFIL).
Hajj Ali, a Hizb’allah terrorist
leader who lives in the village of Bint Jbil near the Israeli border,
declared, “There will be
another war in the summer. It is the beginning of the end for Israel; we
Hizb’allah still dominates the
south; its security men are policing the Shi’ite villages; and its
fighters are patrolling the border. Shi’ite Muslims, aligned with
Hizb’allah, have also re-armed.
UNIFIL has refused to carry out
the UN Security Council ceasefire resolution clause that it disarms
REARMED FORCES MOVE
CLOSER TO BORDER
Feb 22, 07. The Syrian armed
forces are being strengthened in an unprecedented way in recent memory
with the help of generous funding from Iran. The Syrians are bolstering
their forces in all areas except the air force, which has been weak for
some time. The main emphasis of the efforts has been missiles and
long-range rockets to compensate for the weak air force.
The Syrian navy, after years of
neglect, is also being reinforced with an Iranian version of a Chinese
anti-ship missile, similar to the one used by Hizb’allah during the
Lebanon war to strike an Israeli destroyer.
In addition to the overall
strengthening of the armed forces in Syria, there has been a
redeployment of forces along the front lines. It appears that the
Syrians have moved forces closer to the border with Israel on the Golan
Heights. - Ha-Aretz
OLMERT: “PREPARE FOR WAR
Feb 26, 07. PM Ehud Olmert has
ordered the IDF to actively prepare for war with Syria, despite buying
into assessments that such a conflagration is unlikely this year. But
Olmert attempted to veil his concern by claiming the order was just a
Senior Israeli defence officials
and politicians are trying their best to downplay talk of war with Syria
in the coming year. But their words tend to ring hollow amid the
contrary assessments and Olmert’s order to the IDF to
prepare for war.
There are however, conflicting
assessments of the threat. Some Israeli defense officials point to
Syria’s rapid rearming and redeployments as a sign that conflict is on
And last week, a senior military
correspondent suggested that
war with Syria was almost a certainty,
acquisition of new and improved missiles and air defences, and its
hostile redeployment of forces near the Golan Heights.
NO WAR WITH SYRIA,
IDF Military Intelligence chief
Amos Yadlin told the cabinet that Damascus won’t initiate a full-scale
war with the Jewish state.
However, Yadlin did acknowledge
that Israeli defensive moves deemed hostile by the Arab world, a harsh
Israeli response to Syrian-backed “Palestinian” terror, or a renewal of
hostilities with Hezbollah could all spark all-out war with Syria.
In fact, the likelihood of
of those things happening
in the next 12 months is
IS Isaiah 17:1
ABOUT TO BE FULFILLED?
“The oracle concerning Damascus. Look! Damascus is about to be
removed from being a city, and it will become a heap of ruins.”
Certainly Israel’s past conflicts
with Syria sparked similar speculation, but consider that in 1967 and
1973 the primary Syrian threat was from its large armored forces
conducting a slow ground assault against the Galilee region.
Today, the primary Syrian threat
is from its long-range missiles, which can kill huge numbers of Israelis
in nearly every part of the country in a very short period of time. The
natural response to Syria’s ground invasions of Israel was to push back
their armor and slowly advance into Syrian territory. The natural
response to a chemical
warhead on Tel Aviv
will be the utter destruction
We appear to be just one
Hizb’allah rocket barrage or large Islamic Jihad suicide bombing
away from that series of events unraveling before us. – Zionist.com
US SAYS ‘NO’ TO
ISRAEL-SYRIA PEACE TALKS
Feb 23, 07. The US has demanded
that Israel refrain from even exploratory contacts with Syria, of the
sort that would test whether Damascus is serious in its declared
intentions to hold peace talks with Israel. In meetings with Israeli
officials, Condoleezza Rice was forceful in expressing Washington’s view
on the matter. “Don’t even think about it,” she said.
The American argument is that even
“exploratory talks” would be considered a prize in Damascus, whose
policy and actions continue to undermine Lebanon’s sovereignty and the
functioning of its government, while it also continues to stir unrest in
Iraq, to the detriment of the US presence there. In particular:
* Syria’s refusal to curb the
flow of militants through its border into Iraq;
* Syria’s role in undermining
the Lebanese government;
* Syria’s open alliance with
* Syria’s facilitating of
While some of those points are
also in line with Israeli interests, Damascus’ ongoing support for
“Palestinian” terror groups was apparently not on the list of reasons to
not talk to Syria. Source: Ha’aretz
IDF 2007 ASSESSMENT: WAR
IN GAZA CERTAIN
Feb 23, 07. Israeli defence and
security officials agree that Syria, with the backing of Iran, is
apparently preparing for war with the Jewish state, but do not believe
that conflict will erupt this year.
The Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip,
however, is a different story. The terrorist arms build-up in Gaza,
coupled with ongoing attacks from the area that are certain to one day
result in a mass-casualty incident is a recipe for war.
Gaza-based terrorists are firing
rockets into southern Israel on almost a daily basis. Many have come
dangerously close to hitting
strategic facilities in
Ashkelon that if struck, could result in the deaths of hundreds or
thousands of Israelis. If that happens, and it almost has on several
occasions, Israel would feel compelled to enter Gaza in force.
When the Israelis get there, they
will find a Hamas-led force armed with advanced weapons thanks to months
of successful smuggling via the Egyptian Sinai and employing Hizb’allah
tactics put to good use against the IDF last summer.
That spells a prolonged and deadly
fight against the “Palestinians” that is likely to end with an enormous
increase in international pressure on Israel to make concessions. -
HAMAS HAS ADVANCED
Feb 21, 07. Further blemishing
the supposed benefits of having fled the Gaza Strip more than a year
ago, IDF officials now say they are reasonably sure that Gaza-based
Hamas forces are in possession of semi-advanced anti-tank missiles.
Arms prohibited by the
Palestinian’s peace agreements with Israel have been flowing into Gaza
ever since Israel handed over control of the Gaza-Sinai border to Egypt
and the “Palestinians.” - www.jnewswire.com
HAMAS’ MILITARY WING:
“TRUCE IS OVER”
Hamas’ Kassam Brigade has declared
an end to a cease-fire with Israel, according to a statement released on
Feb 21. The call to end the truce appeared on Hamas’s official website,
in both English and Arabic. It is the first time in months that
Palestinian armed forces directly under the control of the Hamas
government openly threatened to attack Israel. (This was not a formal
announcement from Hamas.)
IDF WARNS OF TUNNELS IN
Feb 11, 07. Dozens of tunnels
being dug across the Philadelphi Corridor - between the Gaza Strip and
Egypt, and it is only a matter of time before Palestinians in the West
Bank also begin digging tunnels under the security fence since they are
being cut off from Israel.
Israel Security Agency Shin Bet
Chief Yuval Diskin said there were at least 10 tunnels being dug from
Gaza into Israel intended to be used in attacks against Israeli targets.
He said that there were also
dozens of tunnels being
dug in Rafah that are used to smuggle weapons into Gaza from the Sinai
Davidi revealed that the
Palestinians had improved their defence systems around tunnels and that
now almost every tunnel in the Gaza Strip was surrounded with
booby-traps and explosive devices. - Jerusalem Post
SAUDI SHIFT MARKS POWER
The House of Saud is
cozying up to Israel
to combat the
growing threat of Tehran
By MARTIN CHULOV in
the Middle East
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
sat down in Jordan last September for a secret summit with Saudi
Arabia’s national security director, Bandar bin Sultan.
It was a curious postscript to the
recent war between the Jewish state and Hezbollah, which five months on
has clearly started a thaw in one of the region’s most entrenched
In Washington this month,
long-serving Saudi ambassador Prince Turki al-Faisal made an
extraordinary appearance at a conference held by US Jewish leaders to
mark the appointment of a State Department official to combat anti-semitism.
Days earlier, according to
Israeli officials, Saudi monarch King Abdullah had told feuding
Palestinian leaders he had summonsed to Mecca that their real feud lay
not with their historic foe, Israel, but with a new regional menace —
And herein lies the driver of the
House of Saud’s canoodling — a “my enemy’s enemy is my friend”
world-view that sees the Jewish state as a crucial part of a regional
bulwark against a resurgent Persian empire, and is prepared to look
past decades of enmity to involve Israel.
Things have come a long way from
the days the Saudi regime branded Israel as the loathed “Zionist enemy
that occupies Jerusalem.” And, despite the expedient motives, the Olmert
Government is starting to see an open alliance with Riyadh — maybe even
diplomatic ties — as a real possibility.
“They are making very unambiguous
noises about Iran being the main threat,” said Eran Lerman, a former
deputy chief of Israeli military intelligence.
A SHOCK FOR THE
“The Palestinians came back
shocked from Mecca. The message was,
‘Forget about Israel,
the threat is Iran’.”
President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas
Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and his politburo chief, Khaled Mashaal,
ended up doing a deal in Mecca, after months of murderous infighting
among their followers, at the behest of the Saudis, who have since
couched the initiative as a means to kick-start stagnant
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
The fact the Saudis chose Mecca
for the summit wasn’t by coincidence. This is about religious identity
and sending a message that a good Sunni doesn’t play into the hands of
Prospects of peace in the Holy
Land were again cited last week as a reason for Prince Faisal’s bonhomie
(cheerful friendliness) with Jewish leaders.
But new friends for Israel are
hard to come by in the Arab world. And, while happy with the overtures
from the Saudis, the motives are clear. So, too, are the potential
“Saudi Arabia is a Wahabi state,”
said Lerman, now Middle East director of the American Jewish Committee.
“They began their term as being murderously anti-Shia, and have not
really moderated much ever since.”
Ever since Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected 18 months ago, Riyadh has been wary of
his regional ambitions. They see the hand of the Shia Persians in Iraq,
and in southern Lebanon, where Iranian-trained Hezbollah guerillas took
the fight to Israel last summer. And they fear the impact of a possible
Shia uprising among their own Shia minority.
Theologically, the House of Saud —
the keeper of the two holiest Islamic shrines — rejects the Shia
interpretation of Islam. Culturally, the kingdom does not want the
Iranians playing a bigger role in the Arab world. Defensively, it fears
Iran’s nuclear ambitions. And economically, Riyadh’s massive oil
revenues could be hit if oil-rich Iran moves on to a bigger stage.
The Saudi rearguard action is to
align with Sunni states — and anyone else. Its overtures to Israel have
been well-received by Jerusalem’s most important backers, the Bush
regime, which could well do with progress in at least one Middle Eastern
headache — the Palestinian question — before their term in office ends
SUNNI - SAUDI
The perceived threat from Iran has
transformed Saudi Arabia into the cornerstone of regional Sunni hegemony
of the so-called moderate states — an image that is hard to reconcile
with the strict burkha-clad Saudi society. But the kingdom’s strategic
value makes its democratic shortcomings easier for the US to overlook.
As well as helping out in the Palestinian territories, Saudi involvement
could prop up the struggling pro-Western Government of Lebanese Prime
Minister Fouad Siniora and help to quell the sectarian chaos of Iraq.
The key selling point of the Mecca
deal was an implicit recognition of Israel in a new administration
where the reins of power are shared between Hamas and the Fatah party it
democratically defeated one year ago. Hamas has stopped short of
directly acknowledging the Jewish state, with indirect recognition
through agreeing to respect past peace deals — the furthest it has
strayed from its hardline mandate.
Abbas and Haniyeh returned from
Mecca confident they had done enough to appease the Quartet and ease the
suffering of their people, many of whom have not seen a pay cheque in
almost 12 months. The well-pleased Saudis waved the Palestinians off
with a $US 1 billion
cheque that blatantly broke
the international aid boycott, but which has not raised a murmur of
In the months before the deal was
finally done, Abbas had said implicit recognition of Israel was the best
the West could hope for at this stage. Hamas would not even table the
other two demands, full recognition and a renunciation of violence.
DEAL CREATES MORE
The Saudi-brokered deal appears to
have created more problems for the US-Israeli alliance than answers.
The summit (of Rice, Abbas and Olmert) seems to herald another dilemma
— how to reject the
new Palestinian Government
without sending the Saudis packing.
New friendships need nurturing.
And with the kingdom willing to play a role in all the four crisis
points in the Middle East, Israel and the US will need to offer some
significant compromises of their own.
Australian / Feb 19, 07. By permission of News Limited
* Saudi national security
adviser Bandar bin Sultan met privately with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert in Jordan in September, said Daniel Ayalon, Israel’s former
ambassador to Washington. He said it was the highest-level Saudi-Israeli
meeting he’d ever heard of.
* The United Arab Emirates has
invited a delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major American
Jewish Organizations. The conference, a 51-member umbrella group, is a
strong supporter of Israel.
* Israeli Deputy Prime Minister
Shimon Peres met the emir of Qatar in late January after taking part in
a debate with Arab students there. It was the highest-level Israeli
meeting with the Gulf nation since 1996, when Peres visited as prime
ARAB MINISTERS WANT
RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL
Feb 22, 07. Foreign ministers of
seven Arab countries issued a joint statement following a Madrid
conference, expressing desire to “advance together toward recognition
and normalization of relations with Israel.”
The desire was made in a joint
statement issued at the end of a Spanish-Arab conference in Madrid
hosted by Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos.
The conference was attended by 19
members of the Arab League, including the foreign ministers of Syria,
Yemen, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Tunisia.
In the statement, the officials
expressed their hope that the Mecca agreement signed between rival
Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah would lead to the establishment of
a national unity government in the Palestinian Authority, “which could
contribute to finding a solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
Moratinos said that the agreement
expressed in the joint statement re-emphasized the vision expressed in
the 2002 Arab League summit in Beirut. He said that his country wanted
to work together with the European Union in order to enable a
Palestinian government to be a partner for a dialogue with the
international community. - ynet news
SUNNI~SHI’ITE CONFLICT INCREASES
THE MIDDLE EAST
The split between Sunnis and
Shi’ites dates back to Islam’s earliest days - the 7th century - when a
dispute about who would succeed the prophet Muhammad broke out. Shi’ites
believe the descendants of Muhammad’s daughter, Fatima, and son-in-law,
Ali, were deprived of divinely ordained leadership. That led to a period
of bloodshed, martyrdom and injustice that still influences the two
Over the centuries, differences in
ritual, theology and law evolved. The Shi’ite communities — a majority
in Iraq and Bahrain and a sizable minority in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and
Kuwait — is shaped to a great extent today by the underprivileged status
they have often endured in a predominantly Sunni Arab world. For
decades, the Saudi government banned Shi’ite rituals; a Sunni minority
rules a restive Shi’ite majority in Bahrain; and in Lebanon the Shi’ites
have long been poor and disenfranchised.
The Sunni-Shi’ite divide is
becoming a major conflict in today’s very unsettled Arab world. The
battle is being fought in speeches, newspapers, through rumors in cafes
and on the Internet, and outbursts of strife. The conflict is being
shaped by politics: a disintegrating Iraq, a rising Iran, a sense of
Arab powerlessness, and a persistent suspicion of American intentions.
But the division is now seeping into the region’s social fabric, also.
The sectarian fault line has long
existed, but never, perhaps, has it been revealed in such a stark,
disruptive fashion, says the Washington Post.
Newspapers talk about Shi’ite
aggressiveness. In Jordan, in January, the government-aligned newspaper
Ad-Dustour, wrote of a conspiracy to spread Shi-ism from India to
Egypt. The conspirators’ agenda called for the assassination of
“prominent Sunni figures.”
An Algerian newspaper has reported
that parents were calling on the government to stop Shi’ites
proselytizing in schools. And an Egyptian columnist accused Iran of
trying to convert Sunnis to
Shi’ism in an attempt to
revive the Persian Safavid dynasty, which came to power in the 16th
At a bookstore in Cairo, new
titles lining the display window included: “The Shi’ites,” “The Shi’ites
in History,” and “Twelve Shi’ites.” A newspaper on sale nearby featured
a warning that the Shia-Sunni conflict could lead to a “sectarian
source: Washington Post / 12 Feb 07
ON THE BRINK OF TOTAL COLLAPSE
FEB 10, 07. Zimbabwe, (formerly
Southern Rhodesia) was once one of Africa’s most prosperous economies.
Today President Robert Mugabe’s 27-year regime is facing a meltdown. The
economy is collapsing. The army and police forces are disintegrating.
Along with a wave of strikes and power black-outs, the country is
experiencing a breakdown of every essential service.
Water treatment plants are
collapsing, and cholera has broken out.
Inflation is running at nearly
1,600%. There’s tension on the streets, as so many people are out of
work. The jobless rate is 80%.
Children have stopped going to
school because they cannot pay fees. Many teachers are not attending
classes as their take-home pay is not enough for transport fares to get
The bankrupt regime continues to
print money to stay alive, but this only fuels further inflation. Every
pay rise is wiped out within a few weeks.
Zimbabwe’s largest hospitals are
crippled by a two month strike among junior doctors, who earn next to
nothing. Soldiers, while better paid than teachers or nurses, are also
enduring “desperate” conditions. Most earn less than $1 per day. Even
the Presidential Guard, which has higher salaries, is also disgruntled.
Life expectancy for men is 37
years, and 34 for women. Infant mortality rate is 60 per 1000 live
births. 20% of the adult population has HIV/AIDS.
Corruption abounds. Senior members
in the ruling Zanu-PF party are able to buy US dollars from the Reserve
Bank and then sell them on the black market at a 2,000% markup. They can
also buy fuel from the state at one twelfth of the market price. Magube
keeps this wealthy handful happy, and relies on the army and police to
President Mugabe, celebrated his 83rd birthday on 26 February with a
grand party that cost $Z 200 million. This sum would have been worth
$370,000 in December, but by his birthday the value was down to $57,000,
so fast is the currency falling in value.
- Source: the
Telegraph, the Sunday Times, and other reports
International Day of
Prayer and Fasting for
April 18, 2007
“‘Because of the oppression of the poor, because of the groaning of the
needy, I will now arise,’ says YHWH; ‘I will set him in the
safety for which he yearns’.” (Psalm 12:5)
If you would like to be a part of
organizing and mobilizing this event, please let Kiki Cherry know. Can
you help us get the word out? All we’re asking is for people to … 1)
pray 2) organize a prayer event in their city, and 3) pass the word
along to everyone in their address book and ask them to do the same.
GLOBAL WARMING IS BIG MONEY!
WEATHER CHANNEL MESS”
BY JAMES SPANN
JAN 18, 07. Some “climate expert”
on “The Weather Channel” wants to take away AMS certification from those
of us who believe the recent “global warming” is a natural process. So
much for “tolerance,” huh?
I have been in operational
meteorology since 1978, and I know dozens and dozens of broadcast
meteorologists all over the country. Our big job: look at a large volume
of raw data and come up with a public weather forecast for the next 7
days. I do not know of a single TV meteorologist who buys into the
man-made global warming hype. I know there must be a few out there, but
I can’t find them. Here are some basic facts:
* Billions of dollars of grant
money is flowing into the pockets of those on the man-made global
warming bandwagon. No man-made global warming, the money dries up. This
is big money, make no mistake about it. Always follow the money trail
and it tells a story. Even the lady at “The Weather Channel” probably
gets paid good money for a prime time show on climate change. No
man-made global warming, no show, and no salary. Nothing wrong with
making money at all, but when money becomes the motivation for a
scientific conclusion, then we have a problem. For many, global warming
is a big cash grab.
* The climate of this planet
has been changing since God put the planet here. It will always change,
and the warming in the last 10 years is not much different than the
warming we saw in the 1930s and other decades.
“FALSE ‘CHRISTS’ WILL COME”
The Messiah, Y’shua, Jesus, warned
that in the endtimes there would be false prophets, messiahs, and people
who claim to be Christ.
“Y’shua answered and said to them, ‘Watch out that no one deceives you.
For many will come in My Name, saying, “‘I am the Messiah - the Christ,”
and will mislead many ... and many false prophets will appear, and will
deceive many people ... Then if anyone says to you, “Look! Here
is the Christ, the Messiah!” or, “There He is!” do not believe it. For
false Christs and false prophets will appear and will perform great
signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect
(God’s chosen ones). Look! I have told you in advance’.”
(Matthew 24:4-5, 11, 23-25)
In the 20th century, reportedly,
there have been not less than 12,000 people who claimed to be Christ,
God, or the Holy Spirit. Some gained a lot of popularity or notoriety,
but one by one they came to ruin! The Scripture derisively says to
“You are gods, and all of you are sons of the Most High,
but you die like men.” (Psalm 82:6-7)
Over the last couple of years,
another claimant has been causing waves of excitement, and outrage, in
Miami, and especially throughout the Spanish world.
A FALSE CHRIST IN MIAMI
The leader of a bizarre cult in
Miami, Florida, claims he is the Man Christ Jesus, and that his church
will one day rule the world.
Puerto Rican preacher, José Luis
De Jesús Miranda, 60, says a wondrous thing happened to him in 1976 when
he was living in Massachusetts. He claims that two heavenly beings
visited him and announced the arrival of the Lord. Then an apparition of
Christ “integrated” with him and began to speak inside of him. Miranda
believes that he and Jesus Christ became one and the same in that
his youth, Miranda, drifted between Roman Catholics, Pentecostals and
Baptists. Some years after his “integration encounter” the voice inside
Miranda’s head later told him to move to Miami, where he founded, in
1986, his controversial Creciendo
en Gracia (CeG) (Growing in Grace
In the early years after founding
CeG he didn’t claim to be Christ, but he worked as a pastor and began
to spread his doctrine, that under a new covenant with God, there is no
sin and no Satan, and people are predestined to be saved.
In 1998, de Jesus claimed that he
was the reincarnation of the Apostle Paul. In 1999 he began calling
himself El Otro (The Other), and in 2004, at CeG’s world
convention in Venezuela, he announced that he is Jesus Christ. Recently,
he called himself the Anti-christ and revealed a “666” tattooed on his
forearm. His explanation was, that as
is the second coming of Christ, he
rejects the continued worship of Jesus of Nazareth.
5, 07) has given a write-up entitled, “Meet the Minister Who Says He Is
The article described a meeting of
a 10-piece band and its singing, swaying, whooping and hollering. And as
Jose Luis de Jesús Miranda enters the people chant, “Lord! Lord! Lord!”
A man onstage announces, “It’s Jesus Christ himself! Let’s welcome Jesus
The lectern is emblazoned with a
near replica of the U.S. presidential seal, except that it reads in
Spanish, Government of God on Earth. In the eyes of his
flock, Miranda is “the second coming of Christ.”
His sprawling organization now
includes more than 300 congregations in two dozen countries, from
Argentina to Australia. He counts more than 100,000 followers and claims
to reach millions more through a 24-hour TV channel, which reportedly
reaches 2 million, as well as a radio show and several websites.
Many of his followers wear
T-shirts with De Jesús’ face and a bold slogan, GOD HAS COME. Their cars
are adorned with license plates that say: Creciendo en Gracia:
The Government of the Kingdom of
His doctrines are bizarre. He
tells his followers they can live any way they want to because sin
doesn’t exist and the devil is dead. He also teaches that Christian
churches are led by ministers of Satan, and he encourages members of his
organization to stage protests at church services and Christian events.
Miranda does not hide his
intentions. “My purpose is to close down every church so that the true
church can begin,” he told the Miami paper. “You could say I am leading
the greatest reformation that has ever happened.”
The official website
of Growing in Grace
www.cegenglish.com announces …
“With over 30 countries already
reached more than 350 educational centres, His own TV and radio
programs, an entourage of 300+ faithful Pastors, and a ministry to
millions of followers is growing in numbers every day … the nations are
shaking as the man Christ Jesus is leading the biggest reform the world
has ever seen.” - La prensa – El Salvador
“The Man Christ Jesús,
Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda,
coming to the USA.
King of kings and Lord of lords
arrived in America!
* Turning ignorance into wisdom by revealing the mysteries of
Teaching the world that sin no longer exists, as we are dead
* Proving there is no Devil, as it was destroyed 2000 years ago.
* Transforming the lives of millions of people worldwide.
* As the last manifestation of God in flesh, He has established
the Government of God on earth as written in the Gospel, and NEVER does
Telethons for His radio or TV programs.
He has promised that EVERY religion including Catholics,
Protestants, Jewish, Mormons, etc., will end, as all their leaders are
corrupt in teaching an expired doctrine.
* Worldwide followers – THE CHURCH - recognized and proclaimed
Him as the LORD, and revealed to all nations that He is GOD.
BLIND LOYALTY OF
Miranda exerts total authority
over the ministry. He fits the classic profile of an egotistical
religious con man. He lives in a mansion, drives a BMW, wears lots of
diamonds and spends $300,000 a year on bodyguards. Meanwhile many of his
staff volunteer their time and give up to 80% of their income to the
CeG. Hispanics especially are falling for his deception — and lining his
Though his followers worship him,
others denounce him as a charlatan.
What is most alarming about CeG is
the level of blind loyalty his followers display. The group’s website
proclaims: “We are going to shut the mouths of those dogs [speaking of
Christian churches.] We are ready to give our lives for this!”
The apostle Paul has given us a
clear warning about imposters, charlatans and false teachers in the
endtimes. And there are a lot of them around the world, on TV channels,
on the internet, and in the church today! Paul writes to those who are
true servants of Jesus, Y’shua, the true Messiah,
“In the presence of God and the Messiah, Y’shua, who is to judge the
living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I
solemnly charge you: Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out
of season; rebuke, exhort, and encourage with great patience and
careful instruction. For the time will come when people will
not tolerate sound doctrine; but to suit their own desires, they
will gather more and more teachers around them who will tickle their
ears. They will turn away from hearing the truth, and will turn
aside and listen to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:1-5)
THE WAY TO GOD
By DON STANTON
Men have been seeking the way to
God for thousands of years. Some have found the way; many have not! Many
have entered blind alleys and ended up at a dead end; others have been
greatly discouraged and conclude that it is futile to search for
something you can’t see; some have come to the conclusion that there is
no such way - and have given up their quest.
Some say it is a very long road
that leads to the Eternal One, and you just have to keep on pressing on
until you find it. But some travelers complain that the way is not
clearly defined, and that it is too difficult to be sure if you’re on
the way or not.
Others claim that they
they are on the right Way;
and although there are difficulties along the Way, they know that it is
definitely the way that leads to Life Eternal – to the Almighty God.
If one is seeking to find God and
to know Him, then it’s a reasonable proposition to find out what God
says – whether He can be found, whether He can be known, and how.
“Oh, but,” some will say, “There
are so many writings that claim to be from God, and many are very
difficult to understand, it’s all too confusing.”
Yes, there are many writings, and
there are many people who claim to be “God.” In fact, over the past 100
years there have been no less than 12,000 people who have claimed to be
God or Christ. There is one man in Florida, USA, at the present time
who claims to be both Christ and God. (Report on preceding pages)
If you listen to everything that
is written, said or claimed, it is confusing indeed.
What we need to recognise is that
there are a lot of philosophies, fables, myths and imaginations out
there that make up “religion.” Well, “religion” is simply a system of
beliefs, and there’s a great variety of beliefs. The worship of Satan,
and even atheism are systems of belief – religions. Quite a lot of
people have worked out a system that sounds very convincing, but often
it borrows and builds on existing philosophies, and uses rationalism or
imagination to come to a conviction. And there is at least one
“scripture book” that adherents claim fell down from heaven.
WHAT ABOUT THE
The Bible claims to be Scriptures
inspired by God. But this Book did not drop from the sky! Rather, the
Almighty, the Eternal One, the Creator, the Heavenly Father chose and
guided some forty identifiable men to speak and to write what He
revealed to them.
The apostle Peter was one of those
40, and he wrote these words:
“We did not follow cunningly devised tales when we made known to you the
power and coming of our Master, Y’shua the Messiah. On the contrary, we
were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For when He received honor and glory
from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by
the Majestic Glory, ‘This is My Beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased’
- and we ourselves heard this voice which came from heaven when we were
with Him on the holy mountain … But first of all you must understand
that no prophecy in Scripture came about by the prophet’s own
interpretation; (nor is it a matter of one’s own private,
intellectual interpretation); for never has a true prophecy
originated by an act of human will, but holy men spoke from God as
they were moved and impelled by the Holy Spirit.”
(2 Peter 1:16-18, 20-21)
The apostle Paul, another of the
40, wrote to Timothy and reminded him …
“From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures which are able
to make you wise in respect to salvation through faith in the
Messiah, Y’shua. All Scripture is divinely-inspired - God-breathed,
and is profitable for teaching, for conviction and reproof, for
correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be
adequate and complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:16-17) (Y’shua is the
original Hebrew Name of Jesus.)
The Bible is an amazing, unique
Book. It is made up of seventy books. (The Psalms are actually five
books). The whole Bible was written over a period of 1600 years,
roughly a span of forty generations.
The human authors of the books of
the Bible came from every walk of life. Moses was a political leader who
was trained in the universities of Egypt. Peter was a simple fisherman.
Amos was a herdsman, while Joshua, a military general. Nehemiah was a
cup bearer to the king of Persia; and Daniel was a prime minister in the
courts of Babylon. Luke was a physician. Solomon a philosopher-king.
Matthew was a tax collector, while Paul was a converted Pharisee who
made tents for a living.
The Bible was written on three
continents in three different languages; Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, yet
it reads as if it flowed from a single pen.
According to the Guinness Book of
World Records, the Bible is the best selling book of all time, with
sales of 2.5 billion copies between 1815 and 1975. By the end of the
19th century, the Bible had been translated into 337 languages. By 2007
the complete Bible, or portions of it, became available in over 2,300
languages. And Bible translators are continuing to work on hundreds of
new language translations – some being dialects of even small linguistic
“But is the Bible reliable?”
you may ask.
A superficial reading will not
give you the answer. But eminent scholars who have studied the Bible for
many years are emphatic about its reliability. I, myself, have studied
the Bible for sixty years, and the more I study, the more convinced I am
of the Bible’s authenticity and reliability.
The content itself is convincing,
and the numerical makeup of the text of the Bible is awesome. (See our
book, God’s Numerical Design in Creation and His Word, for
amazing discoveries. It is really amazing! We are now placing this book
on our website.)
THE BIBLE DECLARES
THE WAY TO GOD
The Scriptures reveal the true
Way, but it also warns of a false way.
“There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the
way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
The Messiah, Y’shua, contrasted
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is
broad that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But
because the gate is narrow and the way difficult that leads to life,
only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-13)
Many do not find the Way because
they are simply carried along by the crowds on the broad way. The
“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.”
“Seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to
you.” (Matthew 7:7)
In the Book of Proverbs, King
Solomon, personified wisdom, when he wrote:
“I love those who love Me; and those who seek Me diligently will find
Me.” (Proverbs 8:17)
It’s true “God is love,” (1 John
4:16), and “God is Light” (1 John 1:5), and it is also true “God is
wisdom.” In fact, He alone is absolutely wise. (1 Timothy 1:17)
So God, Wisdom, is saying,
“Seek Me diligently.”
The prophet Hosea also writes:
“It is time to seek YHWH until He comes and rains righteousness on you.”
(Hosea 10:12) (YHWH - pronounced Yahweh -
is the Name of God).
The reason for many not finding
the Way is that they do not seek it!
Isaiah the prophet says the
Teacher will show us the Way:
“Although YHWH has given you bread of adversity and water of oppression,
your Teacher will no longer be hidden, but your eyes will see Your
Teacher. And your ears will hear a word behind you, ‘This is the Way,
walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right or to the left.”
MESSIAH IS THE WAY
Here are some surprising
statements Y’shua made to His disciples:
“‘In My Father’s House are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I
would have told you, for I am going there to prepare a place for
you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and
receive you to Myself, so that you also may be where I am. And you know
where I am going, and you know the way.’
“Thomas said to Him, ‘Master, we do not know where You are going; how
can we know the way?’ Y’shua answered him, ‘I AM THE WAY, the
Truth, and the Life; no-one comes to the Father, except through Me’.”
The early believers were called
“Followers of the Way,” as you see in this passage:
“Now Saul, still breathing out murderous threats and against the
disciples of the Master, went to the high priest, and asked him for
letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any
belonging to the Way, whether men and women, he might bring them
bound to Jerusalem.” (Acts 9:1-2)
“But how do we know that Jesus was
not just another “claimer”? What makes His words so reliable and
First, the reality of WHO HE
- the Messiah. In our book, THE
MESSIAH, which is already on our website, I have documented 72 Old
Testament prophecies about the future Messiah. All these prophecies were
fulfilled exactly, in the life, death and resurrection of Y’shua.
72 prophecies fulfilled in Y’shua
- this cannot be an accidental phenomenon! There’s no doubt in an
honest mind, that Y’shua is indeed the Messiah - the Anointed One; God
manifest in the flesh.
Secondly, HIS WORDS
are not the words of an
ordinary man. His claim to be the Way is backed by His office. And His
words breathe life.
The apostle Peter who accompanied
the Messiah for three concentrated years, and witnessed everything about
His life and teaching, made this statement – it was after some
“disciples” had left Y’shua:
“Y’shua said to the twelve disciples, ‘Do you also want to go
away?’ Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Master, to whom shall we go? You have
words of eternal life; and we have believed and have come to know
that You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God’.”
Thirdly, the DEATH OF Y’SHUA
on the cross, followed by His
from the dead on the third day
proves His words are genuine and reliable, for the Master had foretold
these major events. If they were not fulfilled, He would have been
exposed as a deluded false
Look at what He said:
“From that time on Y’shua began to show His disciples that He must go to
Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief
priests and scribes - the teachers of the Law, and that He
must be killed, and on the third day be raised to life.”
“Y’shua said to His disciples, ‘The Son of Man is about to be
delivered into the hands of men; and they will kill Him, and He will be
raised on the third day’.” (Matthew
Y’shua said to Nicodemus: “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in
the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone
who believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
“Look, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be
delivered to the chief priests and scribes (the teachers of the
law), and they will condemn Him to death, and hand Him
over to the Gentiles to mock, to scourge and to crucify, and on the
third day He will rise again.”
These specific prophecies were
fulfilled exactly as the Master foretold. The historical record is in
the four Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. And you may read a
harmonised account of the crucifixion and resurrection in our book,
“The Life and Teachings of Y’shua the Messiah” (parts 11 and 12 on
The reasons WHY Y’SHUA
such hostility and gave His life,
eliminate the possibility that it was all an accident. With one word
Y’shua could have escaped the scourging and the cross. But …
“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give
His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew
In our booklet, THE PASSION,
I have given 15 reasons why Y’shua willingly endured such suffering. One
of the main reasons was because it was the Father’s predetermined plan
to bring redemption to lost mankind.
“Men of Israel, hear these words: Y’shua of Nazareth, a Man accredited
by God among you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through
Him in your midst, as yourselves also know - this Man,
delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you
nailed to a cross by the hands of wicked men and put Him to
death. But God raised Him up, freeing Him from the agony
of death, for it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.”
“God our Saviour … wants all men to be saved and to come to the
knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, (YHWH El Shaddai),
and one mediator between God and men - the Man, Y’shua the Messiah
(Jesus Christ), who gave Himself as a ransom for all men -
a fact attested to at the proper time.”
(1 Timothy 2:3-6)
In short, the Messiah fulfilled
the Bible’s prophecies by becoming the sacrificial Lamb of God to pay
the penalty of the sin of the world. And because He took our place, we
can receive pardon and freedom from condemnation.
prophecies of Y’shua
were likewise fulfilled exactly. One in particular was the total
destruction of the Temple and the slaughter of Jews, and exiling of
almost all the survivors.
“And while some were talking about the temple, that it was adorned with
beautiful stones and dedicated gifts, He said, ‘As for these things
which you see, the time will come when not one stone will be left on
another; every one of them will be thrown down’.”
“When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognise that its
destruction is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the
mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country
not enter the city, for these are the days of vengeance when everything
that has been written will be fulfilled.
“What agony there will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing
mothers! There will be great distress upon the land and wrath against
this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be taken
as captives into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled
underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are
fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:5-6, 20-24)
These prophetic statements were
fulfilled in the year AD 70 – about 40 years after the Master prophesied
And there is also this prophecy:
“And Y’shua answered and said to them, ‘Watch out that no one deceives
you. For many will come in My Name, saying, “I am the Messiah - the
Christ,” and will mislead many. … And many false prophets will appear,
and will deceive many people … Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look!
here is the Christ, the Messiah!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe it.
For false Christs and false prophets will appear and will perform great
signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect
(God’s chosen ones). Look! I have told you in advance’.” (Matthew
24:4-5, 11, 23-25)
This prophecy has been fulfilled
thousands of times, as it being fulfilled right now in Florida.
(See article, “A
FALSE CHRIST IN MIAMI”)
My friend, if these five points do
not convince you of the authenticity of Y’shua the Messiah, then neither
would you be convinced if I listed the hundreds of miracles that Y’shua
But this is what the apostle John,
another first witness of all Y’shua did and taught, said:
“Indeed, Y’shua did many other signs also in the presence of the
disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written
that you may believe that Y’shua is the Messiah, the Son of God, and
that, believing, you may have life in His Name.”
And let me say, the Messiah is
still doing miracles in this day and age. I have experienced wonderful
miracles in my life, and I am sure all followers of the Way could say
the same thing.
And my friend, even if you are not
a follower of Y’shua, I dare say you can point to some miracles that
have happened in your life – times when you almost got killed; or when
you were at your wits’ end, and then something wonderful happened. You
may not have given the credit and praise to God and to Messiah Y’shua.
You may have put it down to “good fortune” or “chance.”
But you know, the Hand of God does
marvellous things for everyone. It is His love, and His grace working in
us all, to save us and to complete His plan for our lives.
“Because of the tender mercy of our God, a Sun rising from on
high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness and the
shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
And there is a wonderful miracle
that happens in the life of every soul who turns to the Saviour – he, or
she, receives forgiveness of
and is given
a new “heart.”
This miracle is “the new
birth” that Y’shua was referring to when He said:
“You must be born again.” (John
It’s a new spiritual life as a
child of God. It’s a wonderful miracle.
“Of Him (Y’shua) all the prophets bear witness that through His
Name, every one who believes in Him has received forgiveness of sins.”
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the Messiah, he is a new creation;
the old things have passed away; see, all things have become new.”
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
God says: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit
in you.” (Ezekiel 36:26)
And “to all who received Him, to those who believe in His Name,
Y’shua, He gave the right to become children of God;
children born, not of blood (of natural descent), nor of the
will of the flesh (human decision), nor of the will of man (a
but of (YHWH, the Almighty) God.”
TO ENTER THE WAY?
If you really want to enter, it is
not difficult! But you have to make up your mind. It is one of those
questions - “Will I, or,
won’t I ?”
To enter the Way, as Acts 10:43
and John 1:12-13, which you have just read, says, you need to
in the Saviour, the
Messiah, and receive
Him as the Way for you.
Do you believe that Jesus is the
living Saviour …
“… that the Messiah died for our sins, according to the
Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the
third day according to the Scriptures.”
(1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
If you do, then will you put your
faith in Him to save you, to receive you, and to make you a child of the
If you do this, Y’shua will become
your personal Saviour and your ever-present, loving, Heavenly Master. He
will be your Way to God!
How to do it – to make it real?
Simply come to Y’shua, Jesus, in faith, and pray – talk to Him,
acknowledge that you are a sinner, and need His forgiveness and
salvation. Ask Him to receive you and to make you His follower. It’s a
– and it need not take more than a
The Messiah gives you these
“I am the door; whoever enters through Me will be saved.” (John
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to
Me I will never cast away.” (John
“For this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the
Son, and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will
raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:40)
“Y’shua the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For
YHWH, the Almighty God so loved the world, that He gave His only
begotten, His one-and-only, unique, eternal Son, so that whoever
believes in Him, should not perish, but have eternal (everlasting)
“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn
the world; but so that the world might be saved through Him. He who
believes in Him is not condemned; he who does not believe has been
condemned already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only
begotten, the unique, eternal Son of God.”
And the apostle Paul, a one-time
enemy of Y’shua who became His fervent follower and laid down his life
for the Messiah, says to you and me:
“Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame or
disappointed.” (Romans 9:33)
DON’T DELAY! COME
TO THE SAVIOUR NOW?
I don’t want to pressurize you,
dear friend, but it’s a terrible fact that many, many souls have been
eternally lost because they procrastinated – they put their decision off
until it was too late!
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring
forth.” (Proverbs 27:1)
Again the apostle Paul says:
“We also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain, for He says,
‘At the acceptable time I heard you, and in the Day of Salvation I
helped you.’ Look! I tell you, now is `the well-accepted
time’; now is `The Day of Salvation’.”
(2 Corinthians 6:1-2)
Following is a prayer to help you
to enter the Way. Read the prayer carefully, and if this expresses the
thoughts of your heart, pray along these lines, believing and trusting
in the Saviour. Make the transaction now, without delay!
Y’shua, I come before You today, just as I am, a sinner needing
salvation. I have read this message, and I have come to understand that
You are the Anointed One, who came from Heaven to save sinners like me.
Feeling my own
unworthiness, I thank You for the great sacrifice You made, when You
endured the cross, and paid the penalty of my sins.
I believe You are
indeed the Messiah, the Saviour, and that You rose from the dead,
ascended to Heaven, and are seated on the Throne of Eternity.
I believe in You,
Master, and I trust You for salvation. I receive You as the Way, my
Saviour and Master, and by Your grace and strength, I want to live for
You from this day on.
Thank You for
hearing my prayer, and for answering. Thank You for Your forgiveness,
and for Your gift of eternal life. Thank You for your love. Make me like
Thank You Heavenly
Father, for receiving me as Your child. Thank You, Thank You. In the
Name of Y’shua, Jesus the Messiah, I pray. Amen
And if this is your prayer today,
my friend, we would be glad to hear from you, so that we may pray for
Do keep a record of the date of
today’s transaction. And keep on thanking the Master for His salvation
throughout the day, and of course in the future too.
And finally, I recommend that as
soon as possible, you start on the first lesson in our booklet “THE WAY
- Eight Bible lessons for new believers.”
It will help you in your spiritual
May God bless and keep you.