CROPS WORLDWIDE THREATENED BY NEW WHEAT FUNGUS
MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE & TSUNAMI HIT SOLOMONS ISLANDS
SHOULD MOVE TOWARD COMMON ARMY
EAST IS RUMBLING WITH THE SOUNDS OF A MIGHTY WAR
THE GOOD NEWS
GALLOPING INFLATION - 2200%, FAMINE,
- 36 YEARS, BRUTALITY
- 25% of 15-50 year-old
A loaf of bread costs one day’s
A can of
beans costs more than the average weekly wage.
A PREVIEW OF
THE GREAT TRIBULATION
My regular readers all know that there
is a Great Tribulation ahead. As Messiah Y’shua said:
“Then there will be great tribulation, such as has never occurred since the
beginning of the world until now; and there will be nothing like it again.”
The Tribulation will be seven years of
Prophecy – famines, scorching sun, plagues, wars, cyclones, earthquakes and
environmental upheavals. It will also be a time of violence, crime, brutal
dictatorship and persecution.
What we see in Zimbabwe today is a
preview of the things that will shortly take place worldwide, in the coming
Reporter Cameron Stewart has given
this shocking first-hand account of current conditions in Zimbabwe, in
The Australian. (30
TO BASKET CASE
Zimbabweans are reaching a tipping
point where hunger overrides fear.
In the darkness, within earshot of
Africa’s mighty Victoria Falls, a young father is talking about the
unraveling of his life.
“I moved my family to this place to
get work,” he says. “But it does not matter where we go in this country any
more, because we cannot afford the food. My family is lucky to have one meal
a day. Even a loaf of bread now costs $US16 ($A 19), so my boy is always
hungry. Our President is destroying our country and he will destroy us. He
We are speaking in the darkness
because power in the village has been cut — an almost nightly event in
today’s Zimbabwe. A storm breaks and a flash of lightning reveals the
sadness etched in the face of Joseph, 29. But there is no disguising the
venom in his voice. For this father of one, the tyrannical rule of Robert
Mugabe is not just another filler for the world pages of newspapers or a
distant crisis for UN diplomats to tut-tut over. It is life or death.
Only hours before we spoke,
Mugabe’s party had voted to allow its discredited leader to
stand for re-election next year
— an outcome that Joseph said
had all but extinguished his family’s hopes for a better future.
“This life is not worth living,” he
says. “1 was once scared to speak out against him but I don’t care now.
Maybe I will disappear like others who speak out but we cannot keep going
All over Zimbabwe, ordinary people are
reaching the tipping point — where hunger and desperation override the fear
of Africa’s most tyrannical dictator.
A COUNTRY IN FREEFALL
For the first time since he came to
power in 1980, Mugabe has genuine reason to fear his own people. Zimbabwe is
no longer a country in decay — it is a country in freefall.
I visited Zimbabwe this month to talk
with the people on the street about their lives. I did so discreetly
be-cause foreign journalists operating in Zimbabwe without government
supervision and a licence, face jail as part of Mugabe’s push to limit bad
It is a sobering experience. I last
visited this country in 1991, but can now barely recognise it. Everywhere
in Zimbabwe today, you see tragic testimony to the madness of Mugabe.
Fields of withered, failed crops dot
the countryside as reminders of Mugabe’s racist purge of white farmers over
the past decade, which has seen their number drop from 4000 seven years ago
to less than 200 today.
Once one of the richest, most
plentiful bread baskets in Africa, Zimbabwe is now an agricultural basket
case. The corn harvest this year will be one-third of the minimum
requirement. Almost a half of Zimbabweans are malnourished, with 1.5 million
people forced to rely on aid.
Supermarket shelves lie almost empty.
In one food store, the only items for sale were packets of rubber bands.
When food is available it is often too expensive for ordinary Zimbabweans.
Last week, the
inflation rate topped 2200%,
turning basics such as bread and canned food into luxuries. On the streets,
hungry eyes and hollow faces implore you to give money or buy something from
their roadside stalls. Violent crime is rising with the desperation.
A can of beans costs more than the
average weekly wage. Lines of people walk along the main roads between towns
because public transport costs are prohibitive, after rising 350% in the
past month alone.
Electricity bills will more than
triple in the next six weeks because of shortages of fuel and equipment.
In hospitals, the growing ranks of the
malnourished are causing severe overcrowding in wards already filled with
AIDS victims, who are dying at a
rate of 3500 a week. Life
expectancy in Zimbabwe has slumped to 36 years — the lowest in the world.
families are giving false names for their sick relatives because they cannot
afford to pay burial fees. Morgues are choked with unclaimed dead.
THOSE WHO CAN, ARE FLEEING THE COUNTRY
Not surprisingly there is a rush to
get out, with more than two million Zimbabweans having left the country in
“They have blocked people like me from
getting passports because too many of us want to leave,” says Fortune, a
security guard at Victoria Falls.
“Many of my friends have already left.
These are educated people and they don’t want to make their life here any
in Zimbabwe is at
while GDP has halved to $5 billion in only seven years — the biggest and
fastest collapse of any peacetime economy in the world.
Yet according to government-controlled
newspapers and television, nothing is wrong. The Herald newspaper
says all Zimbabweans should be thankful for Mugabe’s “sublime, visionary
To help celebrate his 83rd birthday in
February, Mugabe’s security forces gathered 20,000 people into a football
stadium in the city of Gweru for a huge party that was screened on TV until
a power cut ended the coverage.
Mugabe has tried to blame his
country’s economic woes on the West, saying the sanctions imposed by
countries including Australia have caused the hardships.
Blaming the white men of the West for
Africa’s woes was a vote winner in the early days of post-colonial rule, but
it rings hollow for Mugabe after 27 years in power. He remains confident, if
not arrogant, about his ability to survive. “I have 83 years of struggle,
experience and resilience and I cannot be pushed over,” he says.
But it is Mugabe’s actions, not his
words, which betray his fears for his own future. Increasingly Zimbabwe has
resembled a police state, with curfews, crackdowns and violent suppression
of any dissent.
BRUTALISING THE OPPOSITION
Miriam, a student at the University
of Zimbabwe, says her best friend was punished after she spoke out against
the Government on campus. “A group of men climbed into her room at the
university and blackened her eyes,” she says. “They say one student in every
four is a paid government informer.”
Even though Miriam’s family is black,
their farm was recently confiscated by a government minister for no other
reason than that he wanted to live in it himself.
gatherings are banned, while state-sanctioned beatings, torture and murder
BASHING OF OPPOSITION LEADERS
The bashing last month of Opposition
leader Morgan Tsvangirai by security forces sparked a torrent of
international condemnation. This was followed by the
of another Opposition activist and
father of three, Gift Tandare. The security forces buried his body in
secret, forbidding his family to attend. A presidential spokesman claimed it
would be a “defilement” to give up any land for the burial of “the dead
South African author and journalist
Allister Sparks this week explained Mugabe’s strategy as “a crude attempt to
cripple the opposition, shatter its organisational structure, brutalise its
leadership and so intimidate its followers that it will be unable to mount
a coherent election challenge.”
Mugabe has overseen a repressive and
violent crackdown on journalists and on those media organisations that
question or criticise him.
Edward Chikomba, the journalist who
took widely broadcast images of the badly bashed face of Tsvangirai, was
abducted and murdered
4 weeks ago.
Economic sanctions and harsh rhetoric
from abroad have done little to erode Mugabe’s position. Much of the blame
for this lies with Zimbabwe’s neighbours, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa,
which have effectively turned a blind eye. In a continent that embraces
“big man” politics, Mugabe still enjoys unwarranted stature as the last of
Africa’s liberation leaders. South African President Thabo Mbeki has refused
to put decisive pressure on the ageing despot despite being urged to do so
by the international community.
But Western diplomats say the greatest
threats to Mugabe’s rule are internal, not external. They say
Mugabe fears being deposed in a military
coup driven by rivals from
within his own party, Zanu-PF.
Although the central committee of
Zanu-PF last month agreed to nominate him as their candidate in the
election, the party remains divided.
unrest in MUGABE’S own party
Last December, Mugabe suffered a
shock defeat when the party rejected his call for the next poll to be
delayed until 2010.
He has also fallen out with
Vice-President Joyce Mujuru and her influential military husband, General
Solomon Mujuru, accusing both of being too eager to succeed him. “There is
genuine unrest within his own party and the threat has not yet been
neutralised,” one Western diplomat told The Australian.
The other grave danger facing Mugabe
is a popular backlash over the collapsing economy. The inflation rate spares
no one and it is making paupers of the middle class as well as the working
The only true
allies left for Mugabe are his inner circle, who have been richly rewarded
for their support. For now, Mugabe has the support of the military and the
police, but the rank and file are restless as they, too, struggle to feed
their families. By
Cameron Stewart / Used by permission of News Limited, The Australian / 30
PEOPLE EATING RATS
The people in Zimbabwe are having such
hardships that they are utterly desperate for food, and the lengths they are
going to find food of any kind is amazing. A report told of Zimbabweans
eating pet food. Now a TvNews story shows scenes of Africans digging
out rat holes, and cooking rats for dinner.
would have already starved to death, if it were not for food supplied by
friends and relatives who have fled to South Africa. There are probably more
than 3 million Zimbabweans in South Africa who are earning money (honestly
or dishonestly), and using it to buy food to send home.
BREWS AGAINST MUGABE
30 April 07. Violence between the
Government’s forces and its opponents is a new twist in the ongoing
political meltdown that is Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe.
The beating and torture of opposition
activists, and the retaliatory bomb attacks on police outposts and
government property have increased sharply.
In recent weeks, Molotov cocktails
were thrown into a police outpost in Marimba, a dense, poor black settlement
on the southeast outskirts of Harare. Since then, two other police stations
have been firebombed and a train carrying passengers to the country’s second
city, Bula-wayo, was attacked.
A shop belonging to an official of the
ruling Zanu PF party was also destroyed, where petrol bombs and
“explosives” were found on the scene.
explained: “People here are not so peaceful as in the rest of Zimbabwe. It
is where Zanu leaders came to fight the Rhodesians, and now new leaders are
going to fight Zanu.”
- The Australian
for the people of Zimbabwe
And let us be alert and Bible-focused
in these anxious times. Let us reach out to troubled people all around us,
and share God’s Word with them while we can.
“Seek YHWH the LORD while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. Let
him return to YHWH, and He will have compassion on him; and to our God, for
He will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6-7)
“God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Y’shua the Messiah, has given
us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was personally
present in the Messiah reconciling the world to Himself, not counting
men’s trespasses against them; and He has committed to us the
message of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Messiah; it’s
as though God was right here personally appealing through
us. We implore you on behalf of the Messiah; be reconciled to God!”
(2 Corinthians 5:18-20)
“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, His
one-and-only unique, eternal Son of God.”
CROPS WORLDWIDE THREATENED BY NEW WHEAT FUNGUS
A virulent new wheat-killing fungus
called wheat stem rust
could destroy harvests across the globe, warns the UN Food and Agriculture
Also known as
wheat black rust,
the fungus, which first emerged in Uganda in 1999, has spread from East
Africa to Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula. About 80% of all varieties of
wheat in Asia and Africa are vulnerable to this new strain which spreads
rapidly and is transmitted by the wind across continents and over long
“Global wheat yields could be at risk
if the stem rust spreads to major wheat producing countries,” cautioned FAO
Director-General Jacques Diouf said. Destruction of wheat crops, causing
billions of dollars worth of losses, “could lead to increased wheat prices
and local or regional food shortages,” he said.
This could have dire implications for
developing countries, he added, since they rely heavily on wheat and do not
have access to wheat varieties resistant to the fungus.
FAO has joined forces with the Global
Rust Initiative – an international group lead by the International Center
for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas and the International Maize and
Wheat Improvement Center to fight the spread of the dangerous strain.
In the late 1980s, a similar disease
appeared in East Africa, traveling to Yemen, the Near East and Central Asia,
finally reaching South Asia in four years. This massive spread resulted in
losses in crops worth over $1 billion.
Wacky weather, droughts, pestilences
and wars are all contributing to famines in many parts of the world today.
And we are told the world is “only one crop away from disaster.”
The prophecy of Revelation speaks of
exorbitant prices for wheat - food - in the Tribulation.
“And when He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature
saying, ‘Come and see.’ And I looked and saw a black horse; and he who sat
on it had a pair of scales in his hand.
I heard a
voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, ‘A quart of wheat
for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius’.” (A
denarius was the equivalent of a day’s wage.)
MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE &
HIT SOLOMONS ISLANDS
9 APRIL 07. Up to 7,000 people are
homeless one week after a tsunami triggered by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake
swept through the western Solomon Islands.
Many people have been afraid to return
to their homes because of fears of another tsunami, the spokeswoman said. At
least 39 people were killed when a wave several metres high hit the area.
Regular aftershocks have added to
people’s fears. Many people were still camping in the hills.
Many homes in the fishing and diving
town of Gizo 45km from the epicentre of the quake, were destroyed or badly
damaged by both the earthquake and the resulting wall of water. Many
villages on outlying islands were badly damaged or entirely swept away by
QUAKE LIFTS SOLOMON ISLAND OUT
OF THE SEA
The seismic jolt that unleashed the
deadly Solomons tsunami lifted an entire island metres out of the sea,
destroying some of the world’s most pristine coral reefs. In an instant, the
grinding of the Earth’s tectonic plates in the 8.1 earthquake forced the
island of Ranongga up three metres.
Submerged reefs that once attracted
scuba divers from around the globe lie exposed and dying after the quake
raised the mountainous landmass, which is 32-km long and 8-km wide. Corals
that used to form an underwater wonderland of iridescent blues, greens and
reds now bleach under the sun, transforming into a barren moonscape
surrounding the island.
Locals on Ranongga said much of their
harbour had disappeared. One said there were huge earthquake fissures which
had almost split the island in half.
The damage to the
coral reefs could dry up the region’s major source of overseas money. The
loss of the reefs was a huge blow for the fishing communities that are
dotted along Ranongga’s coast. The fish from the reefs are the major source
of protein for the villagers.
will be ... upon earth despair among nations,
perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.
will faint from terror, being apprehensive of what is coming upon the world;
very powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
MOVE TOWARD COMMON ARMY”
Mar 23, 07. - The European Union
should move toward forming a common army, says German Chancellor Angela
Merkel. Asked how she saw the EU developing in the next 50 years, Merkel
told daily newspaper Bild:
“In the EU itself we must come closer
to a common European army.” Germany holds the EU’s rotating presidency for
the first half of this year.
Last year, Polish
President Lech Kaczynski said his country wanted a new 100,000-strong
European Union army created to work with NATO in trouble spots in the world
or to defend Europe.
- Berlin / Reuters
THEN ANOTHER HORSE, A FIERY RED ONE,
ITS RIDER WAS
GIVEN POWER TO TAKE PEACE FROM THE EARTH
AND CAUSE MEN TO
SLAY ONE ANOTHER. A HUGE SWORD WAS GIVEN TO HIM.
THE MIDDLE EAST
SOUNDS OF A MIGHTY WAR
“Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let
all the men of war draw near; let them come up to attack! Beat your
plowshares into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears. Let the weak
say, ‘I am strong’!” (Joel 3:9-10)
IRAN, Syria, Hizbullah, and Hamas are
all aggressively preparing for war. So are the US, NATO and Israel. So are
the Russians and the Kings of the East.
Israel’s intelligence community has
assessed that Iran and Syria were preparing for war in
Officials said the war was expected to
be sparked by a US strike on Iran’s nuclear weapons facilities. At that
point, they said, Iran, Syria and Hizbullah would also attack Israel with a
range of missiles and rockets. “Nobody wants to initiate the war, but
everybody is ready to join,” an official said.
Will the US strike Iran?
This is still the burning
question. The reasoning is that if President Bush wants to gain victory in
Iraq, to bring a solution in the Palestinian areas, and to bring stability
to the Middle East including Lebanon, both Syrian and Iran must be dealt
with, and set back for 25 years or more.
Reports suggest that although the
American public is against prolonging the war in Iraq, it is more in favour
of attacking and destroying Iran’s nuclear programs.
Or will Israel do the job?
It is not a simple “job” for a
single nation to tackle a well-equipped Iran. Some reports suggest that
Israel must take on Syria while the US and NATO take on Iran. And it is not
simply a matter of knocking out a few nuclear installations. The military
infrastructure of both Syria and Iran need to be quickly wiped out for the
operation to succeed.
At the same time
is developing a strong
anti-Western stance, and is becoming more open in its support of Iran and
Significantly, all this activity is
occurring just prior to the 40th
anniversary of Israel’s
recapture of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount during the Six Day War - 6th
THE DEADLY SYRIAN THREAT
APRIL 15, 07.
For hundreds of thousands of Israelis, agonizing death by nerve-gas-induced
asphyxiation lies just minutes away from where they live their daily lives.
Inside hardened concrete structures,
awaiting the signal from Damascus, hundreds of long-range missiles sit on
their launchers, many tipped with warheads containing some of the most
lethal substances known to man.
In 2003, the respected Jane’s
Foreign Report quoted a senior Israeli defense source as saying that
Syria has “at least 100 long-range ballistic
nerve-gas missiles aimed
at central Israel.”
Damascus’ non-conventional weapon of
choice is VX gas, one of the most toxic nerve agents ever synthesized. With
the VX, the Syrians believed they had balanced Israel’s nuclear advantage.
Last summer Syria watched, enthralled,
as the Lebanese Hizb’allah with its small and primitive Katyusha rockets
dealt devastating blows to the Israeli military, economy and political
leadership. The hiding Hizbullah gave Israel has led Syria to believe that
it may be able to defeat the mighty Israel Defence Force.
Syria is no Lebanon; the 400,000
strong Syrian military machine with its 10,000 elite fighters is no paltry
Hizbullah (which has at most 11,000 fighters, only 1,000 of them full-time.)
Like his late father, Hafez, Syria’s Bashar el-Assad is considered Israel’s
most dangerous immediate foe.
Syria has a pact with Iran and has
warned that it will retaliate against Israel in the event of an attack on
Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Jerusalem believes it is only a matter
of time before those facilities give Iran the nuclear weapons it needs to
destroy Israel. It is increasingly clear that they must be dealt with, but
Syria is holding a gun to Israel’s head.
Jerusalem Newswire/ 23 Apr 07
IRAN HELPING DAMASCUS
APRIL 23, 07.
WorldNetDaily.com also reports the Israeli security officials’
assessment that Iran is aiding Syria to make or acquire advanced weaponry,
to place missiles near Israel’s border, and to train strategic troop
The assessment follows media
interviews in which Syrian President Bashar Assad stated he doesn’t rule out
the possibility of war with Israel. Syrian officials have also been warning
that if Israel doesn’t vacate the Golan Heights, Damascus will resort to
Israeli security officials say the
Syrian military in recent weeks has stepped-up its training of troops and
has increased the readiness of its army. There has been the movement of
Syrian Scud missiles near its border with Israel, and Syria has increased
production of rockets capable of hitting central Israeli population centres.
The greatest threat Syria poses to the
Jewish state are the country’s missiles and rockets. Syria recently
test-fired two Scud-D surface-to-surface missiles, which have a range of
about 250 miles, which means it can cover most Israeli territory.
Israel also has information that Syria
has acquired and deployed Chinese-made C-802 missiles – the type which were
successfully used against the Israeli navy during Israel’s war against the
Hizbullah militia last year. The missiles were passed to Syria by Iran.
Russia recently sold to Syria
advanced anti-tank missiles
similar to the projectiles that devastated Israeli tanks during the last
Israeli security officials say Syria’s
war preparations are defensive in nature, and they are being coordinated by
Iran. The officials say Syria believes Israel will attack first in response
to ongoing support of Hizbullah, including the passage of large quantities
of rockets to the Lebanese group.
The officials also say Syria estimates
the US or Israel will attack Iran, and that Syria will be drawn into a
larger military confrontation.
Israeli security officials note in
recent months, state-run Syrian media have been broadcasting regular warlike
messages unheard since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, in which Syria and Egypt
launched invasions from the Golan and the Sinai desert. “The tone is one of
preparing the Syrian public for a war.”
He said any Syrian provocation would
likely be coordinated with Iran. Both Tehran and Damascus, support
Hizbullah, and have signed several mutual military pacts.
PREPARES FOR SYRIAN ATTACK ON GOLAN
APRIL 27, 07.
The Israel Defence Force has held intensive training maneuvers in
preparation for a feared Syrian attack on the Golan Heights.
Hundreds of tanks and thousands of
soldiers, backed by helicopters and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, massed in the
Judean Desert to drill simulations of war.
The training exercise focused on
Brigade 401 and its utilization of Israel’s most advanced tank - the
Merkava Mark 4 - against the Syrian advanced Russian-made T-72.
Since the Second Lebanon War, Military
Intelligence has claimed that war with Syria is now closer than ever, and
the IDF is on heightened alert in the North in preparation for the
possibility of a surprise attack.
According to analysts, President
Bashar Assad feels empowered by Hizb’allah’s surprise success while fighting
the IDF. The assessment is that he might be motivated to launch hostilities
in an effort to retrieve the Golan Heights, either by initiating a surprise
attack to capture one or two Israeli communities, or by firing long-range
ballistic missiles at the home front.
When war with Syria erupts, the IDF
will face a strong array of advanced
which Hizbullah successfully used last summer against IDF tanks.
The assumption is that antitank
missiles would play a key role in war with Syria. To deal with this threat,
the IDF has announced plans to purchase, by the end of the year, several
dozen “Trophy” protection systems developed by Rafael, which are capable of
intercepting incoming antitank missiles.
“We are preparing for the possibility
of war on all fronts,” said Col. Roni Belkin, deputy commander of Division
162. “To do that, we need to find a solution for a wide range of scenarios.”
According to Brig.-Gen. Halutzy Rudoy
of the Armored Corps, the most significant aspect of the exercise was to
learn how to effectively use the tank in the battlefield. During the Lebanon
war, tank crews failed to activate smoke systems that can create tank cover
as it maneuvers through enemy territory.
“The tank is still an excellent tool
for achieving our goals in the battlefield,” Rudoy said. “But you need to
know how to use it.” -
The Jerusalem Post
RUSSIA TO ISRAEL:
OF CONFLICT WITH SYRIA
April 15, 07.
Russia has warned Israel to take care not to miscalculate either Russia’s or
Syria’s strength lest tensions between the enemy states explode.
The caution came during a visit by
Russian National Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov last week. Ivanov
appeared unperturbed when Israeli officials retorted that his country’s
supplying of arms to Syria and Iran was itself destabilizing the Middle
Moscow is suspected of selling Syria
Pantsir-C1 anti-aircraft systems and the advanced Iskander surface-to-air
missile. Last January Russia sold 29 state-of-the-art Tor M1 radar-guided
anti-aircraft missile launchers to Iran.
The deal, valued at $700 million,
impressively strengthened Iran’s air defences against a possible US or
Israeli strike on the rogue state’s nuclear facilities. Russia thus
effectively encouraged Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to continue his pursuit of
nuclear weapons. The weapons we are providing to both Damascus and Tehran
are for those nations’ self-defense only, Ivanov purred.
And anyway, Syrian
dictator Bashar el-Assad was really interested in making peace with Israel,
so what’s the big deal, Ivanov added.
Newswire 23 April 07
SYRIAN GENERALS ON MISSION TO TEHRAN
reports on a secret mission
of high ranking generals to Iran.
Led by Maj.-Gen. Yahya L. Solayman,
War Planning chief at the Syrian armed forces General Staff, the delegation
represents all branches of the Syrian armed forces. On their arrival on
April 18, the Syrian officers went straight into conference with Iranian
defense minister Brig.-Gen. Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar, Revolutionary
Commanders chief Maj.-Gen. Yahya Rahim-Safavi and dep. chief of staff
Maj.-Gen. Hassani Sa’di, who is Iran’s chief of military war preparations.
The Syrian visitors were taken around
Revolutionary Guards and armed forces training installations and given a
display of the latest Iranian weapons systems, including stealth missiles,
electronic warfare appliances and undersea missiles and torpedoes. They also
visited the big Imam Ali training base in N. Tehran, where hundreds of
Lebanese Hizbullah and Palestinian Hamas and Jihad Islami
terrorists are taking courses.
Israel sees four causes for concern:
The unusually large size
of the Syrian delegation
and the presence of operations
officers from the various army corps.
The elevated positions of the Iranian
hosting the Syrians: the top men with
responsibility for preparing the Revolutionary Guards and armed forces for
US and Israeli intelligence experts
agreed in their talks during US Defence Secretary Robert Gates’ two-day
visit to Israel last week on the object of the Syrian mission: to tighten
operational coordination at the highest level between the Syria military and
Iran’s armed forces and Revolutionary Guards.
The installations and weapons shown to the
The intelligence estimate is that they
saw the weapons systems soon to be consigned by Iran to the Syrian army and
Hizbullah, as well as the types of assistance pledged for Syria in the event
of a military showdown with the United States or Israel. Syrian- Iranian
consultations must also be presumed to have cleared the routes by which
these weapons would reach Syria and Hizbullah in a military contingency.
(During the 2006 Hizbullah-Israel war,
Iran ran an airlift to Damascus through Turkish airspace and over the
The unusual length of
April 23 the Syrian officers were still busy in Tehran after six days and
showed no sign of leaving.
EHUD OLMERT WARNS OF
LOOMING WAR WITH SYRIA
By David Dolan, Jerusalem
Israeli officials decided to publicly warn during April that a major
conflict may be looming with Syria in the coming months. This came after
further evidence emerged that the Baathist regime ruling from Damascus is
stepping up war preparations, along with allied Hizbullah militia forces in
Lebanon. Meanwhile political fallout from last year’s Second Lebanon War
continued to swirl in Israel, with government cabinet ministers, legislators
and regular citizens waiting for the release of the seminal Winograd
Committee report on the conflict, expected in late April or early May. Many
analysts predict the report could spell the end of Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert’s public career, along with current Defense Minister Amir Peretz.
In an apparent effort to stave off
growing demands that he immediately resign, Olmert expressed interest during
April in pursuing a final Middle East peace accord in the coming months with
regional Arab and Palestinian leaders, despite the threat of pending
conflict with Syria and Hizbullah. While negotiations continued for a
prisoner swap designed to free a kidnapped Israeli soldier and hundreds of
Palestinian terrorists, more violence and chaos rocked the Gaza Strip during
the month, prompting United Nations officials to warn that they may need to
pull all aid workers out of the small coastal zone.
Prime Minster Olmert spoke several
times during April about the very real possibility of conflict in the coming
months with heavily armed Syria. He told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and
Defence Committee on April 18 that Israel has no intention of attacking its
northern neighbour, but repeated earlier warnings that the Assad regime is
preparing for possible conflict with Israel, and therefore Israel must
respond in kind.
Olmert said all Israeli military
leaders and security chiefs share the assessment that Damascus is preparing
for war. The Israeli leader added that Syrian officials seem to believe the
United States is preparing to attack Iran’s sprawling nuclear facilities,
and will ask Israel to lash out at its Arab neighbour—Iran’s chief Mideast
ally—at the same time. But Olmert insisted he has no knowledge of any such
White House plan, despite an ongoing American naval buildup in the Persian
After touring the contested Golan
Heights in late March—where he was briefed by senior IDF officers on the
situation along the tense border—Olmert gave several newspaper interviews
just before Passover in which he began to warn of the possibility of a major
conflagration with Syria later this year. He said he had decided to openly
state this in order to have a chance to publicly assure the Assad regime
that Israel has no intention of attacking Syria. He said Israeli government
and military leaders were concerned that “a Syrian miscalculation” may spark
an armed conflict between the two countries. He confirmed that Israel had
used the controversial visit of US House of Representative Speaker Nancy
Pelosi to Damascus in early April “to send a calming message” to senior
Syrian officials that no IDF military offensive was being planned.
newspaper quoted an unidentified “senior security source” as saying that
Israeli government leaders hoped the message delivered by Pelosi “will be
understood in Damascus.” The source added that it was not clear to Israeli
officials if the Syrians were genuinely concerned that Israel might be
plotting a joint attack with America, or were just bluffing as an excuse to
prepare for their own premeditated assault upon Israel. “The question is
whether Assad is looking for an excuse ... so that he can carry out an
attack against Israel in the summer, or whether this is a mistaken
assessment,” said the source.
Soon after PM Olmert issued his
initial warnings of possible conflict with Damascus in the coming months, a
top Syrian government spokesman significantly upped tensions in the region
by threatening to take the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights back by force.
As Israel’s annual Holocaust Memorial day commemorations were drawing to an
end on the evening of April 16, Syrian Information Minister Mohsen Bilal
warned that his country may attempt to regain control over the disputed
territory by force.
“If Israel rejects the Arab peace
initiative, the only way to get the Golan Heights back would be by means of
resistance,” he said at a press conference in Damascus. The Syrian official
was apparently referring to the 2002 Saudi peace proposal, which was
reaffirmed by Arab League nations at a summit meeting in April.
Language experts explained that the
Arabic word for “resistance” (mukawama) can imply either full-scale
warfare or more limited, terrorist style action.
Israeli political analysts declared
that Bilal’s war threat was extremely serious, given that Syrian officials
fully understand Israeli leaders cannot accept the Saudi plan under its
current contours. Especially objectionable is the plan’s demand for a
complete Israeli withdrawal from every inch of Judea and Samaria, including
Judaism’s most sacred ground on earth inside Jerusalem’s walled Old City,
and its call for all Palestinian refugees to be granted the “right of
return” to family ancestral properties inside of Israel’s pre-1967 borders,
which Israeli officials insist would effectively spell the end of the
world’s only majority Jewish state.
Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has
issued similar warlike statements several times since his surrogate
Hizbullah militia force claimed victory in the 2006 armed conflict. Many
Israeli analysts believe that last summer’s Hizbullah rocket assault was
launched at the behest of both Syria and Iran in an attempt to test Israel’s
response to sustained attacks upon its civilian population. They say
Israel’s unexpected difficulty in halting the daily barrages, which
continued for over one month, along with the apparent gaps that showed up in
its ground operations and reserve force deployments, greatly encouraged
political and military officials in both Damascus and Tehran to think that
victory over Israel’s legendary military machine is now possible.
REAL CHALLENGE TO ISRAEL’S FORCES
Various Israeli media reports warned
during April that a looming war with Syria would undoubtedly pose a very
significant challenge to Israel’s armed forces. Many reports noted that
prior to last year’s intense 34 day conflict with Hizbullah militiamen in
Lebanon, it was generally assumed by Israeli military strategists and
political leaders that winning another war with Damascus would be a
relatively easy task, as it was during the Six Day War fought 40 years ago
this June. This assessment was based on the known fact that Israel’s
military hardware, especially IDF Air Force jets, radar systems and ground
armored forces, are mostly much newer and far more sophisticated than
similar equipment possessed by Syria.
But last year’s confrontation clearly
demonstrated that massive firings of enemy missiles upon civilian population
centers in any new conflict could itself be enough to give Syria a fighting
chance to prevail, especially if non-conventional warheads were employed.
After all, Hizbullah is a mere militia force, comprised of an estimated
5,000 active Lebanese fighters, aided by several hundred Iranian
Revolutionary Guard commanders stationed in Shiite portions of Lebanon. The
militia, based in a relatively small piece of territory in southern Beirut
and south Lebanon, does not even enjoy the full support of all Lebanese
nationals, to say the least.
On the strategic plane, its Syrian and
Iranian-supplied rockets and missiles could only reach the northern third of
Israel. It possessed no air force to counter Israeli warplanes, nor tank or
armored divisions to fend off Israeli ground advances.
By contrast, Syria’s fulltime army has
close to 400,000 active service personnel divided into 12 divisions. One of
those, comprised of an estimated 10,000 soldiers, is a highly trained force
assigned the task of deploying and guarding Syria’s substantial missile and
rocket arsenal. Another elite commando unit, also containing some 10,000
men, would serve as a formidable frontline hammer in expected ground
fighting on the Golan Heights. Syria’s navy is smaller than Israel’s and
not nearly as well equipped (Israel has taken possession of four
German-built submarines in the past few years, said to be capable of firing
nuclear warheads; something Syria cannot match). Still, it is also thought
to have improved its Mediterranean Sea capabilities to an unknown extent in
Damascus has recently integrated a
major new weapons acquisition into its existing arsenal. A Russian designed
and supplied anti-aircraft system called the Stretlet has been deployed in
several locations, which is believed to give Syrian gunners a much better
chance of taking out Israeli aircraft in any conflict.
defense analysts believe it has been quite a few years since Syria received
new foreign built tanks, fighter aircraft or armored vehicles, and point out
that Israel still has a clear advantage in all of those areas, despite the
fact that its standing army is less than half the size of Syria’s. Israeli
defense officials can call up an estimated 400,000 additional reserve
soldiers in a full-scale emergency, but Syrian leaders can better that
statistic as well, with nearly two million men believed to be enrolled in
its standby military forces.
Israeli military analysts say that
Syria has focused most of its war preparations on missile construction and
deployments. Most worrisome is the fast-paced production of Scud D
missiles, said to be considerably more advanced that the Scud B and C
rockets that Saddam Hussein launched at Israel in 1991. Security officials
say that Syria now possesses hundreds of the deadly missiles, which have a
range of over 350 miles—meaning they can potentially strike every portion of
Israel from Haifa to Eilat.
Older Scud missiles are also in
Syria’s arsenal, along with an estimated 60 Soviet-era SS-21 missiles that
can each carry six warheads capable of striking independent targets.
Foreign strategic think tanks say that Syria has at least 30 known ground
launchers for its Scud missiles, dispersed in several locations.
Israeli officials say Syria also
possesses untold thousands of shorter range Katyusha rockets, similar to the
ones that proved quite deadly and destructive to northern Israeli cities and
towns last July and August.
The long-range Scud D and SS-21
missiles are thought to be deployable from three main locations inside
Syria. One is situated not far from the Golan Heights border with Israel.
Missiles fired from this site could reach all the way into Egypt and
northern Saudi Arabia, say security analysts. However, this site is also
the most vulnerable to an Israeli counterstrike due to its close proximity
to the disputed border.
The largest missile
storage and launching sites are located much further north. According to a
news report produced by the CBN network’s Jerusalem correspondent, Chris
Mitchell, during April, a site located just a few miles north of Lebanon is
“the heart of Syria’s missile program.” Another site further north is said
to contain the largest chemical weapons manufacturing plants in the
The main Syrian missile site is
situated in the city of Hama, with a reported population of nearly 1.5
million people. Hama is well-known in the Middle East, since it was
partially destroyed—and thousands of its civilian residents mercilessly
slaughtered—upon the orders of the late Syrian strongman Hafez Assad in
1981. Syrian military rockets were fired at large portions of Hama after a
Muslim fundamentalist revolt against Assad’s oppressive rule broke out in
the city. The bodies of the dead were later callously plowed underground,
instead of being given proper burials, since the brutal regime wanted to
make clear it would not tolerate any such anti-government action in the
According to the CBN report, the Hama
missile complex—situated nearly 250 miles north of Israel’s border with
Lebanon—contains some 30 hardened concrete bunkers where hundreds of Scud D
missiles and many multiple rocket launchers are stored. Experts say that
more than a ton of non-conventional chemical warheads could be fired from
the site within minutes of an attack order being received.
missile site is said to be located in the city of Homs (“Hims” in
Arabic) with a population of over 1.5 million souls. The city is situated
20 miles from Lebanon’s northern border with Syria, or some 200 miles north
of Haifa. The CBN report said security experts have identified a previously
unknown chemical warhead facility at the site. It said rocket-carrying
military vehicles can drive through an underground hardened building at the
sprawling complex where chemical warheads are stored, ready to be quickly
fitted upon the ballistic missiles. Nearby missile launchers can then shoot
the toxic warheads into the upper atmosphere in the direction of
pre-calculated Israeli targets.
NEWS AND BAD NEWS
Israeli security experts say that the
highly sophisticated Arrow anti-missile and radar system, funded jointly by
the United States and Israel, could probably successfully intercept most
incoming Scuds. It could also take out longer-range Iranian Shahab-3
missiles, believed to have been produced in cooperation with North Korean
and Pakistani specialists.
Still, they warn that Syria is thought
to possess vast stockpiles of deadly VX and Sarin nerve gas, so even a few
successful strikes could prove devastating for Israeli population centers.
Experts also warn that Syria’s
short-range Katyusha rockets could prove to be very deadly and disruptive to
Israel’s northern residents, especially if Hizbullah joins in any massive
Syrian strike. They note that if such rockets were launched from the
southern Golan Heights, they could potentially reach further south than
Lebanese rockets did in 2006. On top of that, Syria’s standing arsenal,
including rocket launchers, is believed to be much larger and generally more
up to date than Hizbullah possessed during last summer’s war.
Illustrating just how destructive such
rockets can be, an Israeli web site revealed in April some very disturbing
news that had been classified until then. As this reporter and others
learned last July, a Hizbullah missile landed inside the grounds of
Haifa’s main oil refinery
during the war, located along Haifa Bay. Had it struck only several dozen
feet away, it would have landed upon a chemical storage facility located in
the compound, probably releasing tons of poisonous gasses into the air over
Israel’s third largest urban area.
That exact chilling scenario was
described to me by Haifa’s mayor, Yonah Yahav, when I interviewed him at a
funeral for an American teenage girl, killed in a terrorist attack upon a
Haifa city bus in March 2003.
With the US-British assault upon the
Baathist regime in Iraq about to begin, Yahav revealed that Israeli
officials were far more concerned over a
potential Hizbullah strike upon the oil refinery — which he said could
release toxic fumes upon the city and kill thousands of people
— than they were with Saddam’s
reported non-conventional weapons arsenal, which he pointed out had probably
already been transported anyway from Iraq into Syria. -
Used by permission. DAVID DOLAN is a Jerusalem-based author and
journalist who has lived and worked in Israel since 1980. For details of
David’s books, HOLY WAR FOR THE PROMISED LAND and ISRAEL IN
CRISIS: WHAT LIES AHEAD? , visit his web site at www.ddolan.com, or by
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“‘Look! I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the
people around. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. And on that
day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will
make Jerusalem a very heavy rock for all the nations. All who try to
move it will be severely injured. In that day,’ declares YHWH, ‘I will
strike every horse with confusion and his rider with madness. But I will
keep a watchful eye over the house of Judah, when I strike every horse of
the peoples with blindness ....
“‘In that day
I will make the leaders of Judah like a burning pot in a woodpile, and
like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume on the right hand and
on the left all the surrounding peoples; and Jerusalem will be inhabited
again on her own sites - in Jerusalem’... In that day YHWH will defend the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who is feeble among them in that day
will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the
Angel of YHWH going before them. ‘And it will come about in that day
that I will set out to destroy all the nations that come up against
US and allied naval deployments are
concentrated in the Persian Gulf and the Eastern Mediterranean. The March
NATO/US agreement with Baku, while building upon previous military
cooperation agreements, specifically reinforces what might be described as a
“Northern Front” whereby Azeri military bases including airfields and naval
facilities in the Caspian sea would be used by NATO and US forces in the
case of US sponsored attacks on Iran.
If this were to occur, several Central
Asian countries could be drawn into the conflict, leading to a process of
military escalation. The latter could also extend into a ground war in which
Iran would target US, British and NATO facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Last month Azerbaijan granted NATO the
permission to use two of its military bases and an airport to “back up its
peace-keeping operation in Afghanistan” including support for NATO’s “supply
route to Afghanistan.”
Media sources in Baku have intimated
that this timely agreement is directly related to ongoing
US-Israeli- NATO war plans.
Its timing coincides with US naval deployments and war games in the Persian
The airport and two military bases are
slated to be “modernized to meet NATO standards.” Washington has confirmed
in this regard that it would “support the modernization of a military
airport in the framework of the Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP)
signed between Azerbaijan and NATO.
THE STRATEGIC CASPIAN SEA
MARITIME BORDER WITH
Azerbaijan is also strategic in view
of its maritime border with Iran in the Caspian Sea. In this regard, the US
Navy is involved in supporting the Azeri Navy, in the area of training.
There is also an agreement to provide US support to refurbish Azeri warships
in the Caspian Sea.
The US sponsored Caspian Guard
Initiative was launched in 2003 to “coordinate activities in Azerbaijan and
Kazakhstan with those of U.S. Central Command and other U.S.
government agencies to enhance Caspian security.” The initiative was
implemented under the cover of preventing narcotics trafficking and counter-
terrorism. Its ultimate objective, however, is to provide USCENTCOM with a
strategic naval corridor in the Caspian Sea basin.
The US has also joined in Naval
exercises with the Azeri Army’s 641st Special Warfare Naval Unit.
More generally, both the US and NATO
are in the process of deepening their military cooperation with Azerbaijan.
In recent developments, military-political consultations between the US and
Azerbaijan are scheduled to be held in Washington in the second half of
April, according to a US Embassy source in Baku. (APA News, 4 April 2007)
“The consultations will cover issues
on strategic cooperation, Azerbaijan-NATO relations, the mutual activity of
both countries in Iraq and Afghanistan and some other issues. [Iran] (ibid).
The timing of these consultations is crucial. They coincide chronologically
with a process of advanced military planning.
Azerbaijan could be the object of
retaliatory strikes by Iran, if the country’s military bases are used by
NATO-US forces as a launch pad for war on Iran.
Media sources in Baku have suggested
that retaliatory bombings by Iran could include Azeri oil fields and oil and
gas pipelines. The strategic Baku-Ceyhan pipeline, which links the Caspian
Sea to the Eastern Mediterranean could also be a target. The Baku Ceyhan
pipeline is controlled by an Anglo-American consortium led by British
In early April, Iran deployed troops
and military hardware along the Iranian-Azerbaijani border. According to an
April 4 report of the Azerbaijani news agency Turan:
“Military experts think that the
deployment of troops and hardware pursue defence ends. This means that the
troops are being pushed forward to repel attacks... The start of an
information [propaganda] war is obvious. An intelligence expert has told
Turan that recent publications in the media saying that Iran has drawn
up a list of facilities in Azerbaijan that will be bombed in case of a US
attack [on Iran] are a glaring example of this. Most likely, the reports
were prepared and passed to the mass media by the Iranian secret services to
exert psychological pressure on Baku.
The goal is to deter Baku from
supporting Washington in a military conflict with Tehran. (Turan, 4
By Prof. Michel
Chossudovsky - April 9, 2007. CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON GLOBALIZATION
ARMS HIZBULLAH WITH
AIR DEFENCE MISSILE WING
A DEBKAfile report says that on the
eve of Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 15, Hizbullah and Iranian
Revolutionary Guards commanders staged a grand ceremony at the Imam Ali base
in northern Tehran to celebrate the launch of Hizbullah’s
anti-air missile wing.
And they cheered the 500 Lebanese graduates of a course they had completed
in the use of three anti-air missiles supplied by Iran.
The Sayyad 1 (Hunter), the Misagh 1
(Convention), and the Shahab Sagheb (Meteor), which is based on the Chinese
Feimeng-80 system. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that these new
weapons will seriously restrict the Israeli Air Force’s tactical freedom
over Lebanon. In the event of hostilities, Israeli warplanes will have to
evade a dense array of Hizbullah-operated anti-air missiles which will also
defend the terrorist group’s surface rocket batteries.
disclose that the Iranian-Chinese missile has already been smuggled into
Lebanon and is in Hizbullah’s hands. It is designed to shoot down planes and
helicopters flying at ultra-low altitudes under radar screens for surprise
assaults on ground targets such as military bases, missile positions and
artillery. Ordinary radar and air defense missiles are mostly ineffective
against these low- flying tactics. The new missile makes up for this
- April 17, 07
FALLOUT FROM AN ATTACK ON
Should the West or Israel feel that
the time needed for diplomatic efforts is longer than the time it would take
for Iran to obtain nuclear independence, they are likely to strike at Iran’s
main nuclear facilities before the damage done by such an attack would cause
serious radiation fallout. Such fallout would likely kill many civilians and
render some parts of Iran uninhabitable for an undetermined period of time.
Should it be attacked, Iran is
expected to launch missiles against Israel and an offensive against US
forces in the Middle East. Tehran is also expected to activate Hizbullah in
a full assault against Israel. Israeli security services also expect attacks
on Jewish interests and institutions worldwide.
According to this logic, the timing of
such an attack would take place just before Iran has enriched an amount of
weapons-grade material that, if damaged, would cause such a humanitarian and
environmental catastrophe, it could be construed as a nuclear attack.
EMBASSIES IN TEHRAN PREPARE
Several foreign embassies in Tehran
are updating their emergency evacuation plans should a Western or Israeli
attack on Iran occur.
According to foreign sources, foreign
diplomats believe a possible attack would take place before the end of 2007.
By that time, Iran might have enough enriched uranium to cause a
humanitarian and environmental catastrophe from radioactive fallout should
its nuclear facilities be damaged or destroyed in an attack.
Embassies in all
countries generally have evacuation plans for their staff, but foreign
sources describe the general atmosphere in Iran as one of heightened
preparedness. - The Jerusalem Post
Ezekiel 38-39 is one of the most
detailed prophecies concerning the invasion of restored modern Israel. Here
is part of the prophecy:
“The Sovereign Master, YHWH, says: ‘Listen! I am against you, O Gog, chief
prince of Rosh (Russia), Meshech (Moscow), and Tubal (Asiatic
Russia). 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. You and all your troops and the
many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a
cloud covering the land.’
“The Sovereign Master, YHWH, says: ‘On that day thoughts will come into your
mind, and you will devise an evil plan. You will say, “I will invade the
land of unwalled villages; I will attack those who are at rest and live
securely - all of them living without walls and without gates or bars,” to
plunder and loot, to turn your hand against the resettled ruins and the
people gathered from the nations, people who have acquired cattle and
goods, and who live at the center of the world’.”
Another Bible prophecy that always
comes to mind when we see a conflict developing involving
“The oracle concerning Damascus. Look! Damascus
is about to be removed from being a city, and it will become a heap of ruins.”
This prophecy has never been
fulfilled. Damascus is the world’s longest, continuously inhabited city. And
the absence of Syria in the list of nations of the Northern Confederation
(Ezekiel 38:1-6) gives rise to the thought that Syria may be wiped out
before the Tribulation world war!
The day of Armageddon and the
Tribulation wars are drawing closer every week. But before the great
nuclear world war, there will be constant conflict.
will come like a flood. To the end there will be war, and desolations have
THE GOOD NEWS
“Now brethren, I again declare to you the Good News which I have
already preached to you - the Good News which you have received,
and on which you take your stand; by which also you are being saved,
if you hold firmly to the words that I preached as Good News to you - unless
you believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first
importance, 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.” (1Corinthians 15:1-4)
“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Master, the
Master of all, is rich to all who call upon Him, for WHOEVER
WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF YHWH-Y’SHUA the LORD WILL BE SAVED.”
And for all who believe and trust in
Y’shua (Jesus) the Messiah, there is this wonderful promise He has given:
“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’.”
If there is any reader who does not
know the Lord Jesus as their personal Saviour; if your sins have not been
forgiven; if you are not sure you will be received into Heaven, please read
the following prayer, and pray these words to the Heavenly Father, with
faith in your heart and mind; ask and trust Him to save you today.
I come to You, just as I am, a guilty sinner. I come with all my confusion,
fears and burdens, and I lay them all down at Your feet, trusting for Your
gracious work of salvation in me.
I believe the Lord
Jesus is the Son of God, the Eternal One who paid the penalty of my sins
when He died for me at Calvary. I believe He rose from the dead, and that He
is the living Saviour, and I receive Him as my own personal Saviour this
Father, thank You for
forgiving my sins, and for making me Your child, and I ask that You will set
me free from all satanic and sinful bondage. Do all You need to do to make
me Your faithful servant.
Thank You, Lord Jesus
for Your love and salvation. Thank You Father, for answering my prayer.
Thank You for reconciling me to Yourself. Thank You. Amen.
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