IN THIS ISSUE
THE HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE REHEARSE THEIR ENDTIME ROLES!
* THE GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS: THE BLACK HORSE OF THE APOCALYPSE
AUSTRALIAN DROUGHT CONTRIBUTES TO SHORTAGE
BIO-FUELS & AN ALTERNATIVE
SAUDIS PLAN FOR MILE-HIGH ‘TOWER OF BABEL’
WORLDWIDE FINANCIAL CRISIS
THE “PEACE” PROCESS & THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM
U S WANTS TO DIVIDE JERUSALEM
JERUSALEM IS A STEP IN DESTROYING ALL
NETANYAHU: “I WILL NOT ALLOW FOR THE DIVISION OF JERUSALEM”
CITY FOR PALESTINIANS
ISRAEL TO BUILD 1,400 NEW HOMES IN WEST BANK
ABBAS FAILS TO ACHIEVE PROGRESS IN WASHINGTON
REJECTS HAMAS’ OFFER OF TRUCE
CARTER’S MIDDLE EAST DEBACLE
WAR CLOUDS GATHERING. FULL WAR ON HAMAS?
SYRIA’S SECRET NUCLEAR PROGRAM EXPOSED
MESHAAL’S CLOSEST AIDE DIES IN “ACCIDENT”
“ISRAEL OFFERS TO WITHDRAW FROM GOLAN”
BIN LADEN: NUCLEAR BOMB IS MUSLIMS’ DUTY
VLADIMIR PUTIN’S HISTORIC VISIT TO LIBYA
PROPOSALS FOR THE NEW ‘KING OF EUROPE’
“THE COLONEL’S WORD WILL
NO SECRET, WHAT GOD CAN DO!
NEW MUSEUM WITH TEMPLE REPLICA TO BE ERECTED
OPPOSITE WESTERN WALL
JEWISH GROUP SLAUGHTERS LAMB IN PASSOVER SACRIFICE
COW-HUMAN EMBRYOS CREATED
S. KOREA CULLS 3 MILLION BIRDS AS BIRD FLU SPREADS
THE HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE REHEARSE THEIR ENDTIME ROLES!
My dear Reader,
The news is bleak, and what we are
seeing today seems like a rehearsal for the Great Tribulation. In
Revelation 6, we read of the four horsemen which represent major
conditions on earth during the end times.
1. The rider on the
represents a global effort to bring
2. The rider on the
WAR - he takes peace from
3. The rider on the
as a result of scarcity and exorbitant food prices.
4. The rider on the
Pale, ashen Horse
as a result of war, famine and pestilence.
Today we witness a foretaste of
all these conditions around the world. We see much that is quite
The reports in this issue are a
sprinkling of what is actually happening around us. But in the midst of
a deeply troubled world, there is Good News.
If you know Y’shua, Jesus the
Messiah as your personal Saviour, there are the Master’s comforting
“Let not your heart be troubled;
believe in God, believe also in Me. 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.”
RAPTURE IS SCHEDULED
“For the Master Himself will
descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and
with the trumpet call of God. Then the dead in Christ - those who
died with faith in the Messiah - shall rise first. Then we, the
living believers who remain, will simultaneously be caught
up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Master in the air. And
so we will be with the Master for ever.” (1
My dear reader, if you do not know
Y’shua (Jesus) as your personal Saviour, then the message for you is:
“The Good News which I preached to
you - and on which you take your stand ... is 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
15:3-4). And ...
“if you confess with your mouth
Y’shua as LORD (Master), and believe in your heart that God
raised Him from the dead, you will be saved ... for
CALL UPON THE NAME OF Y’SHUA the LORD WILL BE SAVED.”
May Yahweh, the LORD God, bless
you, and keep you.
THE BLACK HORSE OF THE
GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS
The rider on the black horse of
Revelation 6 symbolizes the exorbitant food prices during the Great
Tribulation – one measure of wheat will cost a whole day’s wage.
“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. And 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. And do not harm the oil and the wine.’ (A
denarius was the equivalent of a day’s wage.)”
Exorbitant food pricing brings
malnutrition and starvation, as well as social upheaval. This is
represented by the pale, ashen horse that follows the black horse.
“And when He opened the fourth
seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, ‘Come and
see.’ I looked and saw a pale, ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the
name ‘Death’; and Hades (the realm of the dead) was following
close behind him. And authority was given to them over a fourth of the
earth, to kill with sword, with famine, with plague and pestilence, and
by the wild beasts of the earth.”
Today we see a new global tragedy
as food prices soar worldwide. In many parts of the world the rising
costs have already reached crisis levels. This is a sign of the endtimes,
and a foretaste of the coming Great Tribulation conditions.
A “SILENT TSUNAMI”
SWEEPS THE GLOBE
At a London summit on the food
crisis on April 22, the World Food Program’s director warned that a
“silent tsunami” of hunger is sweeping the world’s most desperate
“This is the new face of hunger,”
said Josetta Sheeran, director of WFP, launching an appeal for an extra
$500 million so it could continue supplying food aid to 73 million
hungry people this year. “People are simply being priced out of food
markets. ... We have never before had a situation where aggressive rises
in food prices keep pricing our operations out of our reach.”
Some officials warn the current
situation is a “perfect storm” leading to panic in many places.
Officials in Bangladesh refer to
it as an emerging “silent famine” that threatens to ravage the region.
According to the U.N., global food
prices rose 35% in the last year. Corn prices have hit a 12-year high
and the price of wheat has jumped almost 90%. Within a few months, the
cost of rice has gone from $580 to $760 a ton.
(APR 25 08. In Thailand, Rice has
hit $1000 a ton, and 100% B-grade white rice could soon hit $1300.)
Rice is the staple food for three
billion people around the world. Most of these live in poorer nations,
and some spend 50-70% of their incomes on food.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, most people
survive on less than $2 a day.
The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP)
says staple food prices in some parts of Africa have risen by 40% or
more in six months.
As impoverished populations
struggle with food costs, anger and violence have broken out across the
globe. In Africa, from Mauritania to Mozambique, people have taken to
the streets. There have been food riots in Mexico, Egypt, Morocco,
Senegal, Cameroon and Haiti, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Italy, Ivory Coast,
Mauritania, the Philippines, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Yemen. Villagers
have also clashed with police in eastern India, and hundreds of Muslims
have marched for lower food prices in Indonesia.
In Thailand, farmers are sleeping
armed in their fields because thieves are stealing rice, now worth $600
a ton, right out of the paddies.
A law graduate in Cameroon says:
“Some of us have become hawkers, others are truck pushers (barrow boys).
Many girls who were my classmates in university have now become
prostitutes just to have something to eat. Life is becoming unbearable.”
Major rice-importing nations such
as Mauritania, Senegal, Haiti and Philippines have been among the worst
In Senegal, which imports 80% of
its rice, police suppressed violent demonstrations in Dakar in March,
and later, police raided a TV station after it repeatedly transmitted
images of police beating demonstrators with electrified batons and
firing tear gas during the protest over high food prices.
Last year, this poor country on
Africa’s west coast witnessed the worst rioting in more than a decade,
as hundreds of youths smashed windows and burned tires in anger at high
prices and government efforts to clear away street traders.
Haiti also imports 80% of their
rice and recent riots led to the collapse of the government.
Unrest has spread to other
rice-dependent nations in West Africa, notably Ivory Coast. And there
is now a risk of a return to chronic inflation which could threat-en the
relative economic stability achieved by many African states.
Across the globe governments are
facing political troubles because of the spiralling prices, and many are
introducing price controls and limiting exports, or cutting custom
duties to appease their people.
Argentina, Kazakhstan, China,
Vietnam and India have each imposed restrictions to limit grain exports
and keep more of their food at home.
Philippines President Gloria
Arroyo has asked Vietnam to guarantee Manila up to 1.5 million tonnes of
annual supply of rice because of fears that shortages later this year
could spell political trouble for her.
Malnutrition and hunger are
growing problems, and charitable organizations are having trouble
keeping up with the growing demand.
WFP has forecast a “perfect storm”
of woes for its operations: it is faced with a $500 million funding
shortfall purely due to rising costs of buying and distributing food,
even before taking into account greater need for aid now.
U.S. FACES FOOD
A report from California says many
parts of America, long considered the breadbasket of the world, are now
confronting a once unthinkable phenomenon: food rationing.
Major retailers in New York, in
areas of New England, and on the West Coast are limiting purchases of
flour, rice, and cooking oil as demand outstrips supply. There are
reports that consumers are hoarding grain stocks.
A high-tech professional said he
recently bought ten 50-pound bags of rice at Costco. “I am concerned
that when the news of rice shortage spreads, there will be panic buying
and the shelves will be empty in no time.”
South Koreans are speculating on
how many North Koreans will starve to death before the fall harvest.
This year promises to be worse than usual. Severe crop failure in the
North and surging global prices for food will mean millions of hungry
Koreans. Roughly one third of the children and mothers are already
malnourished, according to a recent UN study.
The Food Bank for New York City,
which supplies food to 1,000 agencies and 1.3 million people, calls the
crisis the worst problem since its founding 25 years ago. Last year, the
Food Bank received 17 million lbs of food through the Emergency Food
Assistance Program, less than half of the 35 million lbs it received in
2002. And donations from individuals and corporations are also down
MANY CAUSES OF THE
The cause of the exorbitant food
is a combination of various factors:
harsh weather conditions, including drought
record oil prices
the use of grains to produce bio-fuels; and also
speculators trading in local market places.
In Bangladesh, a
last summer destroyed 600 million dollars worth of its rice crop.
In Australia, a prolonged
has reduced wheat exports by half, and the rice crop this year will be
the smallest in history.
In India, millions of people face
starvation after a
plague of rats overran a
whole region. The rodent plague in India occurs about every half century
following the heavy flowering of a local species of bamboo, providing
the rodents with a feast of high-protein foliage. Once the rats have
ravaged the bamboo, they turn on the crops, consuming hundreds of tons
of rice and corn supplies. Survivors of the previous mautam,
which heralded widespread famine in 1958, say they remember areas of
paddy fields the size of four soccer fields being devastated overnight.
In Africa, rats are seen as part
of the answer to the food shortage. According to Africa News,
Karamojongs have resorted to hunting wild rats for survival as famine
strikes the area.
Another contributing factor to the
crisis is the
demand for more meat
in an increasingly
prosperous Asia. Because of this demand more grain is used to feed
livestock than is required to feed humans directly in a traditional
has led producers to hoard rice, and speculators and investors even see
this as a lucrative, or at least, a safe investment.
The Hong Kong government in April
tried to put a stop to
of rice in the city of 6.9
million as fears mounted over escalating prices and a global rice
shortage. Shop shelves were being cleared of rice stocks as Hong Kong
people reacted to news that the price of rice, imported from Thailand,
had shot up by almost a third in the past week, according to agency
The problem with rice, (which is
not used to make bio-fuel), is that more than 90% is consumed in the
countries where it is grown, and less than 10% is actually exported.
And in the last 25 years,
rice consumption has
affect not only the cost of
transporting food, but also the cost of fertilizers which are made with
CONTRIBUTES TO SHORTAGE
Australia’s Deniliquin Mill, the
largest rice mill in the Southern Hemisphere, once processed enough
grain to satisfy the daily needs of 20 million people. But six long
years of drought have taken a toll, reducing Australia’s rice crop by
98% and leading to the mothballing of the mill last December.
Drought has already brought
changes in Australia’s agricultural heartland. Some farmers are
abandoning rice, which requires large amounts of water, to plant less
water-intensive crops like wheat and wine grapes.
The collapse of Australia’s rice
production is one of the factors contributing to the skyrocketing
increase of rice prices in the last few months which have led the
world’s largest exporters to restrict exports severely, spurred panicked
hoarding in Hong Kong and the Philippines, and set off violent protests
around the world.
The Australian drought’s effect on
rice production has produced the greatest impact on the rest of the
world’s food supply, so far.
Scientists and economists worry
that the reallocation of scarce water resources - away from rice and
other grains and toward more lucrative crops and livestock - threatens
poor countries that import rice as a dietary staple.
Australia’s drought is only one
contributing cause. Worse than this is the misguided policies of the US
and EU whose governments are mandating the production of bio-fuels –
petrol made from grain. The US employs corn; Brazil turns sugar into
fuel; and Indonesia uses palm oil trees.
In its April 21, 08 issue, TIME
magazine ran a cover story entitled, THE CLEAN ENERGY MYTH. On the cover
it stated, “Politicians and Big Business are pushing bio-fuels like
corn-based ethanol as alternatives to oil. All they’re really doing is
driving up food prices and making global warming worse - and
paying for it!”
The 6-page article paints a sorry
account of the “The Clean Energy Scam.” It says worldwide investment in
bio-fuels rose from $5 billion in 1995 to $38 billion in 2005, and is
expected to reach $100 billion by 2010.
“Bio-fuels have become the trendy
way for politicians and corporations to show they’re serious about
finding alternative sources of energy and in the process slowing global
“Several new studies show the
bio-fuel boom is doing exactly the opposite of what its proponents
intended: it’s dramatically accelerating global warming, and imperiling
the planet in the name of saving it.”
The demand for bio-fuels is
leading to the destruction of forests in Brazil, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Forests, grasslands and wet lands actually store and contain enormous
amounts of carbon. Destroying the forests, and burning off the trees
account for 20% of all current carbon emissions.
When the deforestation effect is
taken into account, corn ethanol and soy bio-diesel produce about twice
the amount of emissions as gasoline does.
Government mandates and subsidies
for bio-fuels are having a marked impact. It is estimated that almost
30% of the US’s grain harvest is being diverted to make ETHANOL.
Likewise, the European Union plans to start producing enough bio-fuels
to meet at least 10% of its transportation needs by 2010.
In spite of the recognition that
the bio-fuels industry is adding to a global food crisis, the ethanol
industry is popular in the US where farmers enjoy subsidies for the corn
crops. And all the presidential contenders – McCain, Obama and Clinton –
as well as President Bush - have tickets on the bio-fuel train!
GRAIN WAR THREATENING
The global agricultural crisis is
threatening to become a political one, lining up the US and other
developed countries against the developing world over the need for
affordable food versus the need for renewable energy.
As one journalist puts it: “A huge
amount of the world’s farmland is being diverted to feed
cars, not people.”
says: “The forces that bio-fuels have unleashed - political, economic
and social – may now be too powerful to constrain.” “Land is an
incredibly precious commodity, and every acre used to generate fuel is
an acre that can’t be used to generate the food needed to feed us or for
the carbon storage needed to save us.”
AN ALTERNATIVE BIO-FUEL
It is possible to make bio-fuels
from municipal trash, agricultural waste, algae and even carbon dioxide,
but none of the technologies are yet economical on a large scale.
recently published a story that describes what could be the biggest
energy breakthrough in history – genetically manipulating bacteria to
quickly convert anything that grows out of the Earth, into oil.
The new technique employs altered
bacteria to “rapidly digest” everything from grass clippings, wood chips
and trash, turning them into hydrocarbons for fuels such as gasoline and
diesel. If done on a large scale, it could provide billions of barrels
of renewable oil every year.
The agricultural researcher
pioneering the process is J. C. Bell, the Chief Executive Officer of
Bell Bio-Energy, Inc.
Bell maintains that any
hydrocarbon under pressure and temperature can turn into oil, and that
with just 2 billion tons of biomass, his process can produce 5 billion
barrels of oil each year naturally, with no negative impact on the
environment. “That’s 5 billion barrels of oil that can be produced from
just trash,” he said.
Bell gave an overview of his plans
at the U.S. Defence Department’s Worldwide Energy Conference & Trade
Show in Arlington, Va., where Air Force, Army, Navy and federal
organizations were represented. He was very well-received.
His bacterial discovery has also
been published in two Georgia newspapers, but the national media don’t
seem to be the least interested, and have, thus far, not provided any
coverage of this possible solution to skyrocketing gas prices and
America’s long-term energy security.
WHY ARE THE POWERS NOT
INTERESTED IN CLEAN SOLUTIONS?
Big business and politicians, like
the pharmaceutical companies, are evidently not interested in solutions
that don’t return mega-billions in cash!
While world powers are able to
spend hundreds of billions in armaments annually, why do the nations
need to starve? Or is the food crisis another attempt to eliminate
excessive population? q
SAUDIS PLAN FOR MILE-HIGH ‘TOWER OF BABEL’
Plans for a
5,250 ft-high tower in the Saudi
Arabian desert have been unveiled by 51-year-old Prince al-Walid bin
Talal, the billionaire owner of London’s Savoy Hotel.
It is being planned for a new city
near the Red Sea port of Jeddah. On a clear day, the view from the top
will take in the Middle East, North Africa and the Indian Ocean.
The £5 billion project,
masterminded by two British engineering consultancies, will be twice as
high as its nearest rivals - skyscrapers under construction in Dubai and
Kuwait. None of the other skyscrapers under construction, including New
York’s Freedom Tower on the World Trade Centre site, will exceed
Experts say the technical
challenges are enormous. Much of the lifting will be done by
helicopters, which will also be used as commuter transport for builders.
The tower will have to be capable of withstanding a wide range of
temperatures, with its top baking in the desert sun by day but dropping
to well below freezing at night.
To resist the strong winds
prevalent in the area and stop it swaying, giving its occupants a form
of high-rise seasickness, it will be fitted with a giant
Until recently, the
was expected to be the world’s tallest building. Plans have changed
several times to make it higher, but the final version is expected to be
2,300ft with 160 storeys.
WORLDWIDE FINANCIAL CRISIS
An informed reader in Australia
has given this comment, and disturbing article:
Everyone should now be aware that
there is a
worldwide financial crisis
as this topic has been covered by the media.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said
recently in the US, that Australia has only a minor exposure to the
‘credit difficulties.’ It may be that he has been misled by his
bureaucrats, but his comments are vastly different from the information
given in an article written in The Australian last month
which has been summarised as follows:
“Anyone who does not understand
the fact that the world is facing
the greatest ‘meltdown’ of
financial markets in recorded history
is living in ‘lulu land.’ Today the whole world’s financial markets are
built and maintained on NOTHING sustainable, as individuals,
corporations and governments have borrowed and created artificial wealth
which is backed by nothing more than blips on a computer screen.
The recent crisis with the Centro
group and the current crisis with ABC Learning is just the tip of the
iceberg. People just cannot get their minds around the fact that there
are literally thousands of companies that are in exactly the same
position, only they manage to juggle their finances to avoid the
dreadful day of accountability.
IS THE REAL SITUATION OF AUSTRALIAN BANKS?
Well may we ask that question!
In The Australian of
February 18, 2008, there was a remarkable article on page 34 which was
Bomb Ticking for Off Balance Banks
The article revealed that the
‘ticking bomb’ was the exposure of the Australian banks’ off-balance
sheet activities, which at last count stood at
$12.9 TRILLION ...
meaning these banks have a huge
exposure to the derivative market. In other words Australia’s major
banks are effectively bankrupt!!!
Consider the fact that this
calculated amount of exposure is
as big as the bank’s
shareholder value. If even 1% of these derivatives contracts were to
default because of third parties getting into trouble, the whole
shareholder wealth would be wiped out in a blink. And Australia’s banks
When we further consider that the
total bank assets in Australia are somewhere around
the exposure figure is quite incredible.
Westpac, which came from the near
total financial collapse of the Bank of NSW, had a face value of
in derivatives as at 30th
September 2007, compared to an equity base of
which is a multiple of
almost 100 times … This is just a small picture of the reality that the
Banks are, of course, in a very
favourable position because they can and do create wealth from nothing
and gain interest on that created. As long as there are no catastrophic
defaults to undermine confidence in the system, things will roll along
as they always have.
Today, however, we are facing
This report graphically
illustrates the validity of the advice South East Christian Witness
has issued for so many years! If you have a mortgage today,
do everything you can to
pay it off! When you have
done so, go
to your bank and demand that you be given the title to your property.
Remember the fact that while the bank holds your title deeds, even if
you own the property, it is listed on the bank’s assets. Pay the
discharge fee, have the mortgage discharged, and take your deeds home
If the scenario in the above
occurs within this country, and there is no reason to believe it will
not, the values of property in Australia cities will crash by anything
up to 75% at some near future time. This will bring devastation to tens
of thousands of Australian families who act like there is no tomorrow in
the manner of their living. People are living in a fool’s paradise
Yes, the figure of $12.9 TRILLION
is correct – 12,900
and the article can be seen at
Warren Buffet is supposedly the
world’s richest man, and he warns of the world’s total exposure ...
Buffett and Gross warn:
$516 trillion bubble is a disaster waiting to happen.
- By Paul B.
Farrell, MarketWatch. March 10, 2008
516 trillion means
I do not know what is going to
happen, or when, but I do not intend to be one of those
living in a fool’s paradise.”
“PEACE PROCESS” & THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM
The most contentious issue in the
so-called “Peace Process” is the city of Jerusalem.
If the Ehud Olmert government
admitted to negotiating with the Palestinians on this issue, the Shas
Party would be obliged to pull out of the governing coalition, and bring
down the Kadima-led government.
But if Olmert is able to continue
his rule, and if he is able to achieve a deal that leads to the dividing
of Jerusalem - as he evidently plans - his success will be his greatest
disaster, for he will be setting the stage for the Battle for Jerusalem,
and he will bring “coals of fire” upon his own head. For the God of
Israel, the Almighty, who made Heaven and Earth says:
“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
As for the nations that take a
stand against the LORD and against His Anointed
there is a “Day of Slaughter,” “a Year of Recompense” scheduled:
“Draw near, you nations, to hear:
and listen, you peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that is in the
world, and all that comes from it. For the indignation of YHWH is
against all the nations, and His fury against all their armies.
He has appointed them for destruction; He has given them over to
slaughter ... For My sword is saturated in the heavens. See, it descends
in judgment on Edom, and upon the people whom I have handed over to
judgment ... For YHWH has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for
the cause of Zion.”
U S WANTS TO DIVIDE
“I will gather all the nations,
and bring them down to the valley of Y’hoshaphat. There I will enter
into judgment against them on behalf of My people and My inheritance,
Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and
have divided up My land.”
According to WorldNetDaily.com,
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice delivered a plan, which the US
has proposed, to Israel and the Palestinians, during her recent visit
The plan, among other things,
calls for Israel to eventually forfeit parts of the Temple Mount,
Judaism’s holiest site.
In the first stage of the plan,
Israel would give the Palestinians some municipal and security
sovereignty over key Arab neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem. The PA
would be allowed to open some official institutions in Jerusalem, could
elect a mayor for the Palestinian side of the city and would deploy
their own police forces to maintain law and order.
After five years, if both sides
keep their commitments, the PA would be given full sovereignty over the
eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods and also over sections of the Temple
Mount. The PA could then deploy official security forces in Jerusalem,
separate from a police force, and could also open major governmental
institutions, such as a president’s office, and offices for the finance
and foreign ministries, in effect making Jerusalem the Palestinian
The plan leaves Israel and the PA
to negotiate which Jerusalem neighborhoods would become Palestinian.
According to diplomatic sources, the plan is being discussed by Israel
and the PA but it has not yet been accepted.
“For this YHWH has said to me: ‘As
the lion or the young lion growls over his prey, (and even though
a band of shepherds is called out against him, he will not be frightened
by their voice nor cowered by their noise), so YHWH of Hosts will come
down to wage war on Mount Zion and on its hill.’ Like birds hovering
overhead, so YHWH of Hosts will protect Jerusalem. He will protect and
deliver it; He will pass over and rescue it.”
JERUSALEM IS A STEP
IN DESTROYING ALL
By permission /
Jerusalem Newswire. http://www.jnewswire.com
APR 15, 08. Once the Palestinian
Arabs have Jerusalem as their capital - and international efforts to
bring this about are underway around the clock - they will be in a
position to erase the rest of what will be left of Israel from the
This candid confession was made
last week by the PLO’s so-called Ambassador to Lebanon, Abbas Zaki, as
disclosed by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and
published in The Jerusalem Post.
“The PLO is the sole legitimate
representative [of the Palestinian people], and it has not changed its
platform even one iota,” Zaki said.
That platform, adopted by the
Palestine National Council in 1973 and known as the PLO’s “Phased Plan,”
is as follows:
1. Through the “armed struggle”
(i.e, terrorism), to establish an “independent combatant national
authority” over any territory that is “liberated” from Israeli rule.
2. To continue the struggle
against Israel, using the territory of the national authority as a base
of operations. (Article 4)
3. To provoke an all-out war in
which Israel’s Arab neighbors destroy it entirely (“liberate all
Palestinian territory”). (Article 8)
Speaking in 1993, just after it
became public that the Oslo Accords had been drawn up and were being
readied for signing, then PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat announced that the
agreement “will be a basis for an independent Palestinian state in
accordance with the Palestine National Council resolution issued in 1974
... The PNC resolution issued in 1974 calls for the establishment of a
national authority on any part of Palestinian soil from which Israel
withdraws or which is liberated.” (Radio Monte Carlo, 1 September 1993)
Said Zaki Monday: “In light of the
weakness of the Arab nation and the lack of values, and in light of the
American control over the world, the PLO proceeds through phases,
without changing its strategy. Let me tell you, when the ideology of
Israel collapses, and we take, at least, Jerusalem, the Israeli ideology
will collapse in its entirety, and we will begin to progress with our
own ideology, Allah willing, and drive them out of all of Palestine.”
Observers have noted, and Zaki
understands, that by relinquishing their biblical heartland and the
cradle of their nationhood - Samaria and Judea – including sole,
sovereign control over its 3000-year-old capital, Jerusalem, the Jews
will be self-severing themselves from their roots – something no nation
The birth of Palestine, Muslims
know, will guarantee the death of Israel.
“Because the enemy has spoken
against you, ‘Aha!’ and, ‘the ancient heights have become our
possession’ … therefore YHWH, the Sovereign Master says, ‘I have lifted
up My hand and sworn that surely the nations which are around you will
themselves suffer their own insults’.”
(Ezekiel 36:2, 7)
“I WILL NOT ALLOW
FOR THE DIVISION OF JERUSALEM”
APR 2, 08. During her latest visit
to Israel, Likud Chairman and former
Prime Minister, Benjamin
Netanyahu, says he informed Condoleezza Rice that he would not endorse a
declaration of principles calling for a return to 1967 borders.
“Israel would be taking a great
risk if it currently commits to territorial concessions. Security
establishment estimates indicate that if we withdraw from the West Bank,
Hamas will set up base there. I told the secretary that I do not plan on
supporting the transfer of the responsibility for Israel’s security to
subcontractors,” the Likud Chairman said.
“Time is not on our side because
Hamas, under Iran’s leadership, is taking control of more and more
territories. The situation is very similar to Israel’s withdrawal from
Lebanon. The lesson from Lebanon is that when we retreat, rocket
“It is not Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas that defends Israel, but rather the IDF. I told the
secretary of state that there is no alternative to Israeli rule, because
Hamas will step in to fill the void. Israel would be taking a great risk
if it currently commits to territorial concessions.”
“I brought her information from
security officials and intelligence indicating that Hamas could take
over the West Bank and create what is essentially an Iranian base
there,” Netanyahu said.
- Ynet News
AGREEMENT WILL BE VOIDED”
Netanyahu says any agreement
reached between PM Ehud Olmert and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is null and
Widely expected to be the next
prime minister, Netanyahu said he would not honor an agreement reached
between Fatah chief Abbas and Olmert – who are currently engaged in
frantic negotiations on final status issues.
The nature of the hurried
negotiations with the questionably-sovereign head of a fractured PA is
to reach a US-imposed deadline of at least a theoretical deal for a
Palestinian state by the end of 2008.
“Say to those with palpitating
heart, ‘Be strong; take courage, fear not. Look! Your God will come
with vengeance; the recompense of God. He will come and save you’.”
NEW CITY FOR
In late March, Defence Minister
Ehud Barak presented to Condoleezza Rice and Palestinian PM Salam
Fayyad, a list of Israel’s planned gestures toward the Palestinians. The
list includes the establishment of a Palestinian city or several
neighborhoods with a total of 5,000 to 8,000 housing units, near the
West Bank city of Ramallah. The new city would be financed by a
The Israeli concessions also
include the following:
1. PA para-military police
stations will open in some areas under joint Israeli and PA control.
2. 700 PA police personnel will be
deployed in the Jenin area, after they return from training in Jordan.
Ultimate security responsibility will remain in Israel’s hands.
3. Additional roadblocks and
checkpoints in Judea and Samaria are to be removed by mid-May.
4. 25 APC’s (tanks) – out of 50
requested – and 125 additional vehicles and pieces of logistical
equipment will be delivered to PA/Fatah hands.
5. Various restrictions on the
movement of public figures will be eased.
6. Various restrictions on the
movement of businessmen will be eased.
7. An additional 5,000 permits
will be issued for Arab construction workers in Israel (the current
quota is approximately 18,500).
8. The Sha’ar Ephraim Crossing
will be opened for commercial activity on Fridays.
9. Israel will allow the passage
of businessmen from Arab countries, the United Kingdom, Turkey, the PA
and Israel on a VIP footing (without checks) through Ben-Gurion
International Airport, for the Bethlehem Economic Conference for
Investors in May. Israeli businessmen will be allowed to enter Bethlehem
for the conference. Businessmen attending the conference will be allowed
to move in organized groups in Judea and Samaria cities, and into Israel
(including Jerusalem and Nazareth).
10. Industrial Zones will be
established in Jericho, Hevron (Tarkumiyah) and Mukibla. The Tarkumiya
Industrial Zone will receive Turkish financing. Another industrial zone
will be established in Jericho for the processing and marketing abroad
of PA agricultural produce. Japan and Jordan will be involved in this
A statement issued after the talks
said that “the parties have completed connection of 27 Palestinian
villages in [Judea and Samaria] to the Israeli power grid and, in an
unprecedented action, have connected Jericho to the Jordan power grid.”
Rightist lawmakers in Israel claim
that such gestures would jeopardize Israel’s security.
The agreements reached in the
talks between Rice, Barak and Fayyad, include
only one commitment by the
“For its part, the Palestinian
Authority will deploy security forces to provide law and order, and work
to prevent terror.”
ISRAEL TO BUILD
1,400 NEW HOMES IN WEST BANK
MAR 3, 08. Just hours after U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ended a peacekeeping mission to the
region, Israel announced plans for 1,400 new homes on land the
Palestinians claim for a future state.
Jerusalem’s city hall announced it
would build 600 new apartments in Pisgat Zeev, a Jewish neighborhood in
the eastern sector of the city. Soon after, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish
party said PM Olmert promised to build 800 additional homes in one of
Israel’s largest West Bank settlements, Betar Illit.
But Rice criticized Israel’s
continued approval of new housing in contested territory. “Settlement
activity should stop - expansion should stop,” she said.
At the Annapolis summit last
November, Israel and the Palestinians agreed to re-launch long-stalled
talks and base negotiations on the 2003 “road map” peace plan. The
U.S.-backed proposal calls on Israel to freeze all settlement activity,
including in existing settlements.
But Israel maintains the right to
build in West Bank settlements to account for “natural growth” of the
ABBAS FAILS TO
ACHIEVE ANY PROGRESS IN WASHINGTON
APR 25, 08. Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas says he failed to achieve any progress in Middle East
peace talks with President George W. Bush, and he was returning home
with little to show for his visit.
The Palestinian leader sounded
pessimistic about the prospects of achieving any deal with Israel this
year despite a big US push that began five months ago at a summit in
“Frankly, so far nothing has been
achieved. But we are still conducting direct work to have a solution,’’
Abbas said. “The biggest obstacle is Israel’s continued expansion of
settlements in the West Bank,” he said. “We demanded that they talk
about the ’67 borders, but none of them would talk about them.”
Asked whether US officials offered
any new proposals, Abbas said, “No! They are exerting efforts. And we
are still negotiating,’’ he said, “but no progress has been made on any
of the core issues. ‘’All the files are still open. None of them are
concluded. The situation is still as it was.”
The main unresolved 4 issues are,
the final borders of a Palestinian state; sovereignty over Jerusalem;
disputed Israeli settlements; and Palestinian refugees.
Bush is scheduled to visit Israel
in May for the country’s 60th anniversary.
ISRAEL CELEBRATES 60
YEARS AS A RESTORED NATION
“Then you will
know that I am YHWH, when I have opened your graves, My people, and
bring you out of your graves. And I will put My Spirit within you, and
you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you
will know that I, YHWH, have spoken, and have done it,’ declares YHWH.”
ISRAEL REJECTS HAMAS’
OFFER OF TRUCE
“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 … Philistia (Gaza) with the inhabitants of Tyre (South
(Psalm 83:4-5, 7)
APR 25, 08. Following talks with
Egyptian mediators, Hamas called for a mutual cessation of hostilities
in Gaza along with an end to the crippling Israeli-led blockade on the
Israel dismissed the proposal by
Hamas to call a conditional six-month truce in the Gaza Strip, calling
it a ruse aimed at allowing the Palestinian Islamist group to recover
from recent fighting.
“Hamas is biding time in order to
rearm and regroup. There would be no need for Israel’s defensive actions
if Hamas would cease and desist from committing terrorist attacks on
Israelis,” an Israeli government spokesman said.
MIDDLE EAST DEBACLE
Jimmy Carter’s latest ‘private
citizen’s foreign policy’ tour to Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Syria was a
He must have had trouble finding
competent language translators on his trip. Mr. Carter emerged from his
meetings with Hamas saying one thing and Hamas emerged to say just the
Well, he did manage a certain
degree of success. He significantly enhanced the international prestige
of one of the world’s most notorious terrorist organizations. And that’s
no small achievement. I sense another Nobel opportunity in his future.
– Comment by Hal Lindsay
FULL WAR ON HAMAS?
By David Dolan, Jerusalem
Speaking to Kadima party activists
several days after two Israeli fuel workers were slaughtered, Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert revealed that his government is preparing to crush
the Hamas movement:
“I promise that our response to
Hamas attacks will be such that Hamas will no longer be able to continue
to take any action against the citizens of Israel.”
The premier — who was the main
Sharon government advocate for the controversial Israeli civilian and
military withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005 — said he could not
reveal specific details of the apparent major military operation being
planned against the burgeoning Palestinian group, which violently seized
control over the entire Gaza Strip from Fatah-linked Palestinian
Authority security forces last June. However Olmert pledged that “What
I am saying will obligate Israel to act, and I promise you that it will
be properly implemented.” Political analysts said that remark was an
apparent allusion to the poorly planned and executed 2006 assault on
Hizbullah militia forces in Lebanon.
Speaking the same day to his Labor
party activists, Defence Minister Ehud Barak echoed PM Olmert, saying
“We will restore security to Sderot and other communities along the Gaza
Many analysts predict that the
government is preparing to launch a massive operation that will rival
the scope of the 34-day Second Lebanon War. They say that unless
circumstances spiral out of control, such a conflict will undoubtedly
not be initiated until after May’s countrywide celebration of Israel’s
sixtieth birthday, when American President George W. Bush and other
world leaders are scheduled to visit Israel.
They anticipate that the planned
operation to uproot Hamas gunmen from the Gaza Strip will feature more
ground operations than the Lebanon conflict did, despite the likelihood
the number of IDF casualties will match if not exceed the 119 soldiers
killed by Hizbullah fighters.
ARMED TO THE TEETH
Just how difficult a full-scale
IDF operation against Hamas would probably turn out to be was underlined
by a report issued on April 10 by an Israeli think tank. Put together
by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, and based on data
gathered by Israel’s Shin Bet security agency, the report said the
militant Muslim movement has managed to assemble a formidable Gaza Strip
militia force of at least 20,000 armed men. Another 4,000 trained
gunmen in the crowded coastal zone belong to other militant groups that
would undoubtedly support Hamas fighters.
The ominous report said Hamas
militiamen, many commanded by men trained in Iran and Syria, are divided
into two main divisions. One of them, the Kassam Brigades, is made up
of around 10,000 men. A brigade sub-division operates in the northern
Gaza Strip just a few miles south of Ashkelon. Two others are stationed
in Gaza City, where much of the fighting would be expected to take place
given the Hamas inclination to use its own civilian population as human
shields, as Hizbullah did in 2006. Another two sub-divisions are
positioned in the south near the Sinai border towns of Rafah and Khan
The other main armed division,
also numbering some 10,000 men, is comprised of members of the Hamas
Executive Force which replaced routed PA security personal on Gaza
streets last June. The think tank report revealed that Hamas has even
created a small coastal patrol made up of over 200 men equipped with
several naval vessels.
The intelligence report said Hamas
gets its weapons in three main ways—internal Gaza production, from Iran
and Syria, and from international illicit arms dealers. It said the
Islamic group has smuggled in from Egypt an unknown quantity of the same
type of Iranian-built 122 millimetre Grad rockets fired upon Ashkelon in
March, along with hundreds of mortar shells. Gaza factories constantly
produce shorter range Kassam rockets, with a hundred ready to be fired
at any given time.
The report said Hamas also has
several anti-aircraft missiles and an estimated 30 or so anti-aircraft
machine guns. The radical group has also acquired dozens of deadly
anti-tank rockets, including some Sagger missiles, and has produced
thousands of rocket propelled grenades. It has also smuggled in
advanced listening devices from Egypt, along with night vision
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SYRIA’S SECRET NUCLEAR PROGRAM EXPOSED
BASHAR ASSAD HUMILIATED
“Concerning Damascus: ‘Hamath and
Arpad have been put to shame, for they have heard bad news. They have
melted away with anxiety. There is distress on the sea which cannot be
calmed. Damascus has become feeble; she has turned to flee, and panic
has seized her. Anguish and pain have taken hold of her like a woman in
After months of secrecy, the
Israeli attack last year, which destroyed a secret nuclear reactor built
in a hidden canyon of eastern Syria by North Korea, is now out in the
In late April, America’s top
intelligence officials began briefing congressional committees, laying
out key data which had been hidden from the public in the eight months
since the Israeli raid.
The US committees were shown
photos from inside the reactor, which were evidently taken by an Israeli
agent. The images showed a concrete floor with rows of holes ready for
the nuclear fuel rods to power the plant, which seemed to be solid proof
that the plant was for the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons.
A DEBKAfile report says:
“The congressional briefing will have done more to mar the relations of
trust between Tehran and Damascus than any diplomatic or military
action. Cracks are inevitable in their strategic pact. It will be hard
for Iran to continue to pose as the No. 1 Middle East power after Syria,
its foremost ally and military mainstay, exposed its extreme
“Tehran’s precise role in the
Syrian nuclear program is not known, but it was obvious to the American
lawmakers listening to the intelligence briefing that Syria would not
have built a nuclear reactor without Iran’s knowledge and consent, and
that the Syrian plant was designed to be an integral part of Iran’s own
Israel is the only country in the
world to have ever destroyed two nuclear reactors in successful
independent intelligence-backed military operations.
The US committees agreed that it
was incumbent on the United States to take further steps against Iran as
well as Syria to avert any more developments which endanger the world.
AIDE DIES IN “ACCIDENT”
has reported Khaled Meshaal’s closest aid, Hisham Faiz Abu Libda, was
killed in Damascus by a hit-and-run car.
Abu Libda’s death occurred the day
after the exposure in Washington of Syria’s nuclear reactor and its
destruction by Israeli raiders.
This was the second mysterious
death of a high-profile terrorist in the Syrian capital in recent weeks.
The first was when Imad Mughniyeh, a Hizb’ullah’s military chief, was
blown up in a high-security district in Feb.
(The Hizb’ullah leader, Hassan
Nasrallah, declared his intention of taking revenge on Israel for
Mughniyeh’s assassination, but so far he has not carried out his
The Debka report says that Syrian
authorities have ordered a blackout on the Abu Libda’s incident, and
also that Assad has decided not to publish the findings of the inquiry
into Mughniyeh’s death.
These events – the exposure of his
nuclear plans, and the assassination of the chief terrorists in Syria
who were supposed to be protected by Syria - indicate a penetration of
Assad’s secret police and agencies, and serve as a warning to him; and
indeed, to Mashaal and other terror chiefs, as well as to Iran.
All of this raises the stakes and
the prospects of a major conflict in the Middle East.
“ISRAEL OFFERS TO
WITHDRAW FROM GOLAN”
“The oracle concerning Damascus.
Look! Damascus is about to be removed from being a city, and it will
become a heap of ruins.”
Syrian President Bashar Assad has
reportedly confirmed that PM Ehud Olmert offered an Israeli withdrawal
from the Golan Heights in return for full peace with its Arab neighbour.
The statement has shocked many in
Israel. In response, the head of the Knesset House Committee, MK David
Tal, said he hopes to quickly pass a bill requiring an Israeli
withdrawal from the Golan to be dependent on a national referendum. Tal
said an evacuation of the Golan would draw Hizb’ullah to the region.
The chairman of the Knesset
Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, Likud MK Yuval Steinitz, said,
“Olmert’s willingness to come down from the Golan is an expression of
unprecedented political and security anarchy.” He said Israel could not
protect itself and its water sources without the Golan.
IRAN WARNS SYRIA
AGAINST TIES WITH ISRAEL AND THE U.S.
In case there is any thaw between
Syria and the Israel-US enemy, President Ahmadinejad warned Syria
against getting closer to Israel and the US, and urged Islamic nations
to stand up against Western ‘conspiracies and wars.’
Ahmadinejad warned that the US was
planning to involve itself in Middle Eastern regional matters.
BIN LADEN: NUCLEAR
BOMB IS MUSLIMS’ DUTY
Osama bin Laden has issued a
document entitled “The Nuclear Bomb of Islam,” which insists it is “the
duty” of Muslims to acquire a nuclear bomb, in order to use “as much
force as possible to terrorize the enemies of God.”
A 10-kiloton nuclear bomb would be
a relatively small one, by today’s standards, but a 10-kiloton explosion
in a city would mean that, from the centre of the blast for a distance
of one third of a mile, every structure above ground level would be
obliterated and every person would be killed instantly.
For the next third of a mile, the
city would look like the weird moonscape which Berlin had become by the
end of World War Two, after almost a year of Allied bombing raids. And
for the third of the mile beyond that circle of hell, buildings and
people would burn, both with flames and the effects of radiation.
To realize such a disaster would
occur, means that it must be prevented.
The question facing the nations’
“Can terrorists make or
get hold of nuclear bombs?”
Nuclear bombs are still beyond the
capacity of terrorist groups to make for themselves. But the possibility
is that they could obtain nukes from a government such as Iran, North
Korea, or Pakistan. Terrorists are certainly seeking to obtain them.
A second question is,
“What deterrence is there
that can stop terrorists using a nuke?”
There is very little any nation
can do to deter terrorists from using the bomb once they have it.
Between nations, “mutually-assured destruction” policy has prevented the
use of atomic weapons after World War 2.
Deterrence depends on the enemy
having cities and a population that can be threatened with obliteration.
If, for example, Iran used a nuclear weapon, it could itself expect to
be largely wiped out.
As even Hillary Clinton said, “The
US would ‘totally obliterate’ Iran if that country was responsible for a
nuclear attack even on Israel, never mind America.”
But terrorist organizations do not
have a country that can be wiped out. They are simply groups with no
responsibility for, and no control over, a state or its population. So
no threat will stop them.
The only way to keep nuclear
weapons out of the hands of terrorists is to keep them out of the hands
of national governments who might give them to terrorists.
The only way the civilized world
can protect itself against nuclear terrorism is to ensure that terrorist
and renegade nations do not get hold of a nuclear bomb.
When governments such as Syria and
Iran are trying to acquire the technology for making nuclear bombs, and
when they are known to train and supply Islamist terrorist groups, the
importance of preventing them obtaining the capacity to make such bombs
That is why there was no
international outcry against Israel for its destruction of the Syrian
nuclear facility last September. And that is why the US continues to
send signals to Iran that it will not oppose, indeed might even join in,
any attempt by Israel to hit Iran’s developing nuclear facilities.
An attack on Iran is still
an option on the US’s military table
Addressing a news conference in
Washington, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
said on April 25, 08, the Pentagon is planning for “potential military
courses of action” against Iran. He spoke of the Tehran government’s
“increasingly lethal and malign influence” in Iraq.
A conflict with Iran would be
“extremely stressing” Mullen said, but not impossible and “it would be a
mistake to think that we are out of combat capability.”
LIBYA - AN “EZEKIEL
VLADIMIR PUTIN’S HISTORIC VISIT TO LIBYA
“The Sovereign Master, YHWH, says:
‘Listen! I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Rosh, Meshech, 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’.”
Libya is one of the countries
listed in the Northern (Russian-led) Confederation that will invade
Israel early in the Tribulation in this passage in Ezekiel. (Libya’s
ancient name was Put).
It is significant then that
Russian President Putin visited Libya in April - the first Russian
leader ever to visit the North African country.
Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi
hailed Putin’s official visit as ‘historic and strategic.’ “This, the
first visit by a Russian president to Libya, is a historic, strategic
and very important visit,” he said. “The trip will enable increased
cooperation, given that we are both producers of gas and oil. We will
work together to defend our interests.”
Putin created a strategic
alliance, signed numerous agreements, and negotiated a $2.5 billion arms
sale with this enormous and historic enemy of Israel. And he wrapped up
his two-day visit with Gadhafi by writing off $4.5 billion in Libyan
debts in exchange for multi-billion-dollar deals for Russian companies.
Libya’s debt to Russia dates from the 1980s, when it was a major buyer
of weapons from the Soviet Union.
Russian news agencies quoted
Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin as saying in Tripoli that the
deals included a $3.4 billion contract to build a 310-mile railroad line
in Libya. Kudrin said the contract would make Russia a key supplier of
technical material in Libya’s drive to modernize its railway network.
Russia’s gas monopoly, Gazprom,
announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Libya’s state
oil producer and the Libyan African Investment Fund, to cooperate in
gas and oil extraction, refining, liquefied natural gas, and
gas-fired electricity plants.
The chairman of Libya’s National
Oil Corp., said that Libya welcomes the presence of Russian companies.
“Russia has invested heavily in oil projects in Libya.”
Gadhafi told reporters earlier
that his nation was eager to work with Russia. “The world is now led by
the sole power that is America, but Russia is coming back to seize its
position and it will grow bigger,” he said.
PUTIN SHOWS RUSSIAN
FLAG AND TALKS OIL
Putin’s visit to Libya is the
latest of a series of visits to the Middle East, which the Russian
leader has undertaken since he began re-energizing the Russian position
in the region in 2005. In 2007 alone, he visited Saudi Arabia, Qatar,
the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Iran.
Taking advantage of the weakened
US position in the Middle East due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,
and the stalled Arab-Israeli peace process, Putin has adopted an
anti-US stance in the region. He has tried to demonstrate that
Russia, if not yet an alternative to the US in the Middle East, is a
power whose interests must be taken into consideration, and which could
prove a good friend to both the Arabs and Iran.
The visit to Libya fits into this
pattern. Putin made sure to continue his anti-US posturing by visiting
the so-called “Memorial to barbaric imperialistic aggression” -- the
site where US planes bombed Libya in 1986 after Libyan agents had
undertaken a terrorist attack against a discotheque frequented by US
forces in Germany — and signing the memorial book.
PROPOSALS FOR THE NEW
“… a king will arise, insolent and
skilled in intrigue. He will become very strong, but not by his own
power. He will destroy to an extraordinary degree and prosper and
perform his own will; He will destroy mighty men, and also the
Daniel’s vision and prophecy is
regarding the future Antichrist – the Beast of Revelation 13 and 17.
The stage is now being set for a
federal, integrated EU, and for the new office of President – an office
that could be taken over at the right time by the “King who will perform
his own will.”
The first full-time President of
Europe could live like a king, with a palatial official residence and a
personal staff of up to 22, under plans being considered in Brussels.
EU member states have begun
preliminary talks on some of the most political aspects of the bloc’s
new treaty – the office set-up for the proposed new full-time president,
the shape of the diplomatic service and the power-sharing arrangement
for the regular ministerial meetings in Brussels.
The terms of the new president
were discussed at a secret “working dinner” held in April between
European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and European Union
One attraction of the job will be
its clout in terms of the “Cabinet” of advisers the new president will
be able to assemble.
Proposals suggest an EU
presidential team of between 16 and 22 people. Such a number would be
an important measure of the power of the position. In comparison, Mr
Barroso presides over a Cabinet of 13.
Other EU member states, including
federalist countries keen to give the post an aura of greatness — and
even statehood — have urged that the new president be granted an
official “White House” style residence worthy of his status.
Because the new “President of the
Council” will have a globe-trotting role, some diplomats have argued
that he, or she, should have the use of a personal aircraft, leading to
inevitable comparisons with the American presidential jet, Air Force
Under French plans, expected to
take shape when Paris takes the rotating EU presidency in July, the new
figurehead would play a key role in forming a Euro-defence “vanguard
group” of up to eight countries.
The British opposition
Conservative Party attacked the talks which have been held before the
EU treaty has been fully debated and ratified at Westminster.
Only nine of the 27 member states
have so far ratified the EU’s new Lisbon treaty which is actually a
modified constitution treaty. The Treaty needs approval by all EU
countries for it to come into force.
Shadow foreign secretary William
Hague said: “This shows how deeply undemocratic this whole process is.
Crucial questions about the EU are being decided, and our Parliament,
let alone the British people, is being kept in the dark. Ministers must
now come clean about what they’ve been up to, as the treaty is
scrutinised in the House of Lords.”
Eurosceptic think tank Open
Europe said the launch of informal negotiations about the role of
the new president highlighted “contempt for the public.”
What the EU president will
actually do remains unclear. The post may be purely administrative such
as chairing EU leader meetings, or it could evolve into a much more
high-profile and powerful role – a true face of the European Union.
There are speculations that Tony
Blair could be the frontrunner for the new post that is planned to come
into force on 1 January next year.
– Brussels / Apr
Some prophecy buffs believe that
Tony Blair could be the Antichrist. I don’t! Blair is a front man; the
Antichrist will remain behind the scenes, unrevealed, until the Rapture
“For that Day of the LORD
will not come unless the apostasy, (the predicted falling away from
the faith), comes first, and the Man of Lawlessness is revealed, the
son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above everything that
is called God or that is worshipped, so that he takes his seat in the
temple of God, proclaiming that he himself is God.
“... And you know what is
restraining him now, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For
the mystery of iniquity and lawlessness is already at work; but
now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.
And then the lawless one will be revealed
whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end
by the glory of His coming.”
COLONEL’S WORD WILL
A FRAIL BUGLE BOY GAVE
TO SAVE HIS COMPANIONS
I REMEMBER reading, some time ago,
the story of a slender bugle boy who had been born and brought up in a
certain regiment. Though the colonel considered him too delicate and
fragile for army life, he decided to make the best of him.
The boy had been brought up by a
God-fearing mother, and when his father was killed in action, his poor
mother drooped under the blow and died six months later. The early
training the boy received, had its influence upon him, and he shrank,
after his mother’s death, from joining with others of the regiment in
low and coarse pursuits. In consequence of this, he suffered many a
taunt and mocking jibe, making his life almost a misery to him.
One morning it was reported to the
colonel that during the night some serious mischief had been done to the
targets, so much so, that the usual practice could not take place. That
some in the regiment had been guilty of it there was no doubt, and on
investigation it was traced to one or more of the men in the very tent
where the little bugle boy was billeted, two of its occupants being the
worst characters in the regiment.
All in that tent were put under
arrest to be tried by court-martial. Evidence was produced to prove that
one or more of them were guilty of the crime. In vain were they advised
to own up. And at last the colonel said, “If one of you will come
forward and receive his punishment like a man, the rest will go free;
but if not, all I can do is to punish you all.”
There was a dead silence for
several minutes, then from among the prisoners the little bugle boy came
forward. “Colonel”, said he, “you have passed your word that if one of
us takes his punishment, the rest shall go free. I am ready, sir, and
please, may I take it now?”
At first the colonel was struck
speechless, then turning to the others he said sternly, “Is there no
man among you worthy of the name? Are you all cowards enough to let this
lad suffer for your sins? You know he is guiltless.” They all remained
The poor boy looked into the
colonel’s face and said, “‘I am ready, sir.”
Sick at heart the officer gave the
order, and he was led away for punishment. The strokes descended upon
his bared back; he bore them bravely. At the fourth stroke a faint moan
escaped his white lips. Then there was heard a hoarse cry from among the
prisoners, and one who was the black sheep of the regiment came forward
with one bound, and cried. “Stop it, sir, and tie me up instead. He did
not do it. I am guilty.”
Fainting and almost speechless the
poor boy turned his face to the man, and smiling sweetly, said, “No, you
are safe now; the colonel’s word will stand.” But the shock was too much
for his feeble strength. He was carried to his bed, never to rise from
it again. The man whose punishment he had borne came to see him, and in
broken accents said, “Oh, boy why did you do it?”
“Because,” said the dying boy, “I
thought it might help you to understand a little why Christ had died for
“Why Christ died for me?” said he.
“Yes, He died for you because He
loved you, as I do, only He loved you so much more. I only suffered for
one sin, but Jesus took the punishment of all the sins you have ever
committed. The punishment of your sins was death, but Christ died for
The poor dying boy’s voice failed
him, and in a few moments he was gone.
Dear reader, need I add anything
to this little story? Do you not see in it a wonderful illustration of
what Christ has done?
‘He was wounded for our
transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities ... with His stripes
we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every
one to his own away, and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us
all.” (Isaiah 53:5, 6)
When the awful stroke of judgment
descended upon Him no-one came forward to plead His cause. He was there
alone upon the cross, and all the powers of earth and hell were arrayed
against Him and the wrath of God too. The hatred of man, whose sins He
was bearing, was fully vented upon Him, yet He died to prove His love to
man, and the love of the Heavenly Father also.
(see John 3:16,
17). He once suffered for
sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.
(See 1 Peter
Oh, dear unsaved reader, is it
nothing to you that He has suffered and died in your stead ? Is it
nothing to you that He laid down His life and shed His precious blood?
If you believe on Him who offered Himself by the Eternal Spirit without
spot to God (Heb. 9:14), you will be for ever freed from the judgment
due to your sins, and you will pass from death unto life
No charge can be brought against those who rest on the work He
accomplished at Calvary, where He so infinitely glorified God. All has
been met by His precious blood which cleanses from all sin
(I John 1:7.)
As the officer’s word stood, so will God’s word stand”:
“When I see the blood I will pass over you.”
(Exodus 12: 13)
I leave you, dear reader, to
ponder over this touching story and what it illustrates, and may it lead
you to say, like the Apostle of old, “He loved me, and gave Himself for
(Galatians 2: 20)
IT IS NO SECRET, WHAT GOD CAN DO!
WHAT HE’S DONE FOR OTHERS,
HE CAN DO FOR YOU!
Countless needy souls have
believed in Jesus, Y’shua the Messiah, and have experienced His Peace,
Salvation, Forgiveness of sins, and Joy. Lives have been totally changed
because of His grace working in them.
And what He has done for others,
He’ll do for you too, my reader, if you will let Him.
He’ll take your sad, sorrowful
heart, your depressed heart, your anxious heart, your dirty heart -
whatever type of heart you have, and He will give you a new heart.
“Moreover, I will give you a new
heart and put a new Spirit within you.”
My dear reader, if you let Him
come into your life, He’ll make you new. He’ll turn your mourning into
joy. He’ll turn your night into day; your heaviness into happiness.
The Lord Jesus loves you, and He
is tenderly calling you. He is knocking at the door of your life. He
“Behold, I stand at the door and
knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to
Him, and will dine with him, and he with Me.”
Whatever you do, don’t close your
ears when the Saviour is calling you. His is the sweetest voice you
could ever hear. Won’t you let Him into your life?
If you harden your heart, He may
not call you again. He will not force His way into your life. But, my
friend, if you don’t have the Saviour you will be lost — eternally lost.
Consider this Saviour. He is
Y’shua, Jesus -- the Lord of Heaven -- the Great Creator, the Eternal
God. Those who know Him say He is wonderful indeed.
He is the One, “who, although He
existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to
be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and
being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a
man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even
death on a cross. Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed
on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and
under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ
is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Yes, the Eternal Word is Jesus,
and He and the Father are One. The Son came to this earth, and was born
in a manger. He was named Y’shua (Jesus). He lived a lowly life for 33½
years. He came to seek and to save the lost; and He lived to show us how
to live. He died that we might truly live — and live for ever with Him
in His eternal kingdom.
Men of His day rejected God’s gift
to them. “Away with Him,” they cried, “We will not have this man to rule
over us.” So they whipped Him, beat Him, spat upon Him, thrust a crown
of thorns upon His head and a cross on His shoulder. They led him to the
Hill of Calvary, and there they nailed Him to a cross, and left Him to
“If you are the Son of God, come
down from the cross and we will believe you,” His enemies mocked. He
could have come down. He could have destroyed His enemies with a single
word. But He didn’t! Why? Because He had come to the world to save
sinners. And to save them from the death penalty of their sin, He was
willing to die in their place.
God had said, “The soul that sins
shall die.” We each one should have died for our sins, but Jesus said,
“I will die for you. I will take the penalty for the sins of the whole
world. Let the wrath of Justice fall on Me.”
“For Christ also died for sins
once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us
to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the
(1 Peter 3:18)
Thus the prophecies were
“But He was pierced through
for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities.
The chastening for our well-being
fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are
All of us like sheep have gone
Each of us has turned to his own
But YHWH has caused the iniquity
of us all
To fall on Him.”
(Isaiah 53:5, 6)
Now because Jesus died for us, God
can offer us a pardon. And He offers His most precious gift. His offer
is for all who will receive Jesus as their Saviour and Lord. His “gift
packet” includes the forgiveness of sins, the cleansing of the mind, a
new spiritual heart; it means salvation -- both now and for eternity;
it means eternal life -- the life of God, implanted in you. It also
includes a home in heaven for ever.
He promises also to keep you, to
provide for you, to guard you, and guide you through this life.
Multitudes have found that the
Lord Jesus is not a disappointment. They have found that He is the
living and loving Saviour.
Of course, you may find some
Christians who are not full of the joy of the Lord. Many have “fallen by
the wayside” because they have let something capture the throne of
their lives. Instead of crowning the Lord Jesus king of their lives,
they have filled their lives with selfish ambitions. They have begun to
love the things in the world that do not satisfy and thus, the
disappointment stamped on their faces.
But my friend, if you want to know
Jesus as Your Saviour, and experience His joy in your life, don’t be
like them. Don’t be half-hearted. Don’t try to install the Messiah as a
servant in your life. Rather, crown Him King, and Lord of all your life.
Don’t try to have two Gods. Jesus is the Almighty God — the One true
Don’t listen to doubts and
temptations. But make a step of faith. Come to the Lord, call upon Him,
and let Him do a miracle in your life. Pray to the Lord now, wherever
Come simply to the Heavenly Father
in prayer -- talk to Him. He is right beside you. Kneel down before Him,
and put your trust in Him. Ask Him to deliver you from your sins, and
to come into your life as Saviour, Master and God.
Pray in simple words, like those
in the following prayer. First read these words carefully, and then pray
sincerely, with words from your heart.
Heavenly Father, I come to You
just as I am, a sinner needing Your salvation, and Your cleansing of my
mind and life. I believe that Jesus the Messiah died in my place
and paid the full penalty of all my sins, and that He rose from the
dead - that He is the living Saviour.
Lord Jesus, I receive You as my
Saviour and Master, and by Your grace I will seek to follow You, and
Your Word, all the days of my life. You only will be my God from
this day on. Master, fill me with Your Holy Spirit, and teach me Your
ways. Master thank You for what You have done for me at Calvary, and for
Your Presence with me now, and for ever.
Thank You Father for Your gift of
eternal life, and for the new life you have given me. Thank You Master.
Thank You, thank You. Amen.
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If you have sincerely prayed to
the Lord, He has heard your prayer. So right now, thank Him for His
salvation. And I believe He will give you immediately, or very soon, the
sense of His forgiveness, peace, joy and assurance of His work in you.
As soon as you can, testify to
someone else of your Saviour. As you tell others of the Lord Jesus, your
faith will be strengthened and encouraged.
Now go on and follow the Master
day by day. Join a Bible-believing fellowship. Read the Bible daily and
talk (pray) to your Heavenly Master regularly. Then be baptized as a
public testimony for your Heavenly Master, and of your new life in the
And would you kindly write to us
at the Maranatha Revival Crusade, so that we might pray for you, and
send literature to help you grow in your Master.
NEW MUSEUM WITH
TEMPLE REPLICA TO BE
A grandiose museum featuring an
elaborated massive replica of the Temple is currently being erected op-posite
the Western Wall.
The three-storey museum, whose
construction is valued at nearly $20 million, will be erected in the
Aish HaTorah (“Fire of the Torah”) Yeshiva complex.
The museum will feature a journey
through Jewish history, from the days of Abraham to the present,
emphasizing the message and significance of the Jewish people’s presence
in the Land of Israel and their degree of accomplishment in world
In addition to the great lavish
interior, the museum’s crowning glory is no doubt the massive
amphitheater, whose cost is being sponsored by veteran Hollywood star
Kirk Douglas, and his no less famous son, Michael.
The amphitheater will feature a
three-dimensional film depicting the history of the Jewish nation over a
huge glass screen through which one can see the Western Wall.
The museum which is being
sponsored by Canadian tycoon, Leslie Dan, a shareholder in Teva
pharmaceutical Industries, will also include a learning center with a
VIP wing to host movie stars, politicians and other celebrities from
Israel and abroad.
Ephraim Shor, in charge of the
museum curation on behalf of the Yeshiva, commented that “this will be
an audio-visual experience incorporating scents, so that the act of
entering the Temple will be done with awe of God.”
SLAUGHTERS LAMB IN
“And he (the endtime Roman
Antichrist) will confirm a covenant - a treaty - with the
many for one week (lit. ‘seven’), but in the middle of
that week he will put an end to
sacrifice and offering;
and on the wing of abominations he will make desolation.”
Daniel’s “70 weeks” prophecy makes
it very clear that Israel will have recommenced its sacrificial system
in the Tribulation. We see already that the orthodox Jews today are
anxious to rebuild the temple and reconstitute the Mosaic sacrificial
In mid-April, a Bible-adherent
Jewish group ritually slaughtered a young lamb in what is called a
“rehearsal” for the renewal of the Passover sacrifice once the Jerusalem
temple is rebuilt.
The Temple Movement won approval
to carry out the practice sacrifice from Israel’s High Court on Friday
after animal rights groups asserted that the lamb would be put through
In its legal response, the Temple
Movement explained that the slaughter would be carried out according to
biblical standards, which is the same method used to slaughter lambs at
The sacrifice and accompanying
religious ceremonies were performed at a prominent yeshiva overlooking
Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, which is still occupied by several Muslim
- Source: Israel Today / April 2008
“This is only the beginning of
what they will do; and now nothing that they propose to do will be
impossible for them.”
According to an article in the
Herald Sun, April 03, 2008, human-cow embryos have been created in a
world first at Newcastle University in England. The success has been
hailed by the scientific community, but labelled “monstrous” by
A team has grown hybrid embryos
after injecting human DNA into eggs taken from cows’ ovaries, which had
most of their genetic material removed.
The embryos survived for three
days and are intended to provide a limitless supply of stem cells to
develop therapies for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and
spinal cord injuries, overcoming a worldwide shortfall in human embryos.
Dr Teija Peura, director of human
embryonic stem cell laboratories at the Australian Stem Cell Centre,
said somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) had been done between animal
species, but the “99 per cent human” embryos could boost research. Under
the licence, embryos are not allowed to be developed beyond 14 days.
PESTILENCE: THE PALE, ASHEN HORSE
KOREA CULLS 3 MILLION BIRDS AS
BIRD FLU SPREADS FAST
“There will be, in various places,
APR 17, 08. SEOUL - South Korea
says it had culled 3 million farmed birds and confirmed three more
outbreaks of bird flu, as the country grapples with its worst avian
influenza outbreak in four years.
In just two weeks South Korea has
confirmed 15 cases of the deadly H5N1 strain, raising alarm as the
highly virulent virus is spreading at its fastest rate since the country
reported its first case in 2003.
The country had seven bird flu
outbreaks between November 2006 and March last year and 19 cases
between December 2003 and March 2004, when it had to kill 5.3 million
birds. No human deaths have been reported.
But some 240 human deaths have
been reported globally from the H5N1 strain and 380 confirmed cases of
infection since 2003, according to World Health Organisation data.
Recent reports say there are signs
of the H5N1 virus mutating. If the bird flu virus links with a human flu
virus the danger of a horrific plague become very real.
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