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Israel think tank seeks to revive Arab Peace Initiative to push
forward peace process

Abbas hopes French peace initiative succeeds like Iran deal

Elkin: When PA collapses, what happens to its weapons?

Hamas Commander, Accused of Theft and Gay Sex, Is Killed by
His Own

Israeli lightly wounded in attack at West Bank home; 2
Palestinian assailants killed

Israeli troops follow app, mistakenly stray into hostile Palestinian
camp

Gulf Arab states designate Hezbollah a terrorist group

Jordanian Waqf minister: No negotiations with Israel over Temple
Mount cameras

IAF takes possession of David's Sling air defense system

Israel says Syria used chemical weapons during ceasefire

Lavrov calls for new pact against chemical warfare by Islamic
State

Syria's Assad says army refrained from responding to truce
violations

'We will participate': Saudi military admits US coalition mulling

ground invasion in Syria

New documents show bin Laden was warned of ISIL's brutality
against Muslims

Uzbek woman says in court 'Allah ordered' her to sever toddler's
head

As 'Jungle' camp taken down, French police clash with desperate
migrants

Germany's Merkel says migrant clashes show EU summit 'urgent'

'Deep Shock' in Nigeria Over Brutal Violence Against Christians;
Hundreds Killed in Clashes

Australia softens sanctions against Iran

Blast kills two employees of US consulate in Pakistan, soldiers

Turks See Russia as Greatest Threat, Poll FInds

Muslim Prayers Take Over UN General Assembly Area

U.N. delays vote on tough new North Korea sanctions at Russia's
request

North Korea to boycott UN rights council

The FBI should try to unlock a shooter's iPhone without Apple's
help, a lawmaker says

Trump and Clinton leave rivals in the dust in Super Tuesday
races

Dow soars nearly 350 in 'Super Tuesday' for stocks

OPEC sees oil prices exploding to $200 a barrel

5.7 magnitude earthquake hits near L'Esperance Rock, New
Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Gombangan, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Puerto Madero, Mexico

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Arica, Chile

Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts to 22,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 20,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Copahue volcano in Argentina erupts to 11,000ft

Momotombo volcano in Nicaragua eruptst to 10,000ft

Artificial embryonic stem cells get safety OK

South Dakota governor vetoes bill that would have restricted
transgender students' access to school restrooms

Franklin Graham Supports Catholic Archdiocese's Break With Girl
Scouts Over Abortion, Gay Marriage

UN chief dismisses countries critical of LGBT stamp

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IN TODAY'S NEWSLETTER...
 Featured Article: Who Are the Palestinians?
 Hezbollah launches Chemicals & Dirty Bombs
program at secret Syrian site
 49 Countries Met in Brussels Earlier This Month
to Discuss a Ground Invasion of Syria
 Why the War in Syria Is Only the Beginning
 Islam pushing world towards End Times as it
welcomes the Antichrist (Mahdi), says Christian
scholar Michael Youssef
 Nearing Midnight: Big Brother's Booming
Business
 Daily Jot: Of disengaged and foolish leaders
 Daily Devotion: Your Sphere of Influence

Who Are the Palestinians? - By Dan Payne http://www.raptureready.com/soap2/payne64.html
Just exactly who are the Palestinians anyway? The answer to this
question can be found in two parts: the ancient Philistines and the
modern-day Palestinians.
The modern-day Palestinians have taken up the mantle of the ancient
Philistines in that they are Israel's closest and most intimate enemy.

Palestine was first used as a name to describe a small portion of the
ancient land of Canaan. It is a translation of "Philistia" and refers to the
ancient land of the Philistines. The ancient Philistines were a "sea
people" migrating from the Aegean Islands (Crete) and Asia Minor to the
Eastern Mediterranean at the beginning of the 12th Century B.C.
Philistia in ancient Israel consisted of an area of land approximately
twice the size of the current Gaza Strip. It stretched from near the
southern border of modern-day Gaza, to approximately twice as far
north as the Gaza Strip's northern border, and about twice the width.
Israel largely avoided direct conflict with the Philistines in its earliest
history prior to the Exodus. Later, the Philistines became known as the
non-Israelites of the Promised Land, as well as also becoming the main
enemy of Israel prior to the Babylonian captivity.
Today, the name Palestine is nothing more than another form of the
name Philistine, and it is just another name applied to the land of Israel
by the world, as is the Southern Levant, etc. There is no evidence that
anyone of ancient Philistine lineage is alive anywhere on earth today, let
alone the Gaza Strip.
But even if so, those claiming to be of ancient Philistine lineage would
have to identify with the true meaning of their name from the adjective
"Peleshet", meaning "dividers" or "invaders".
Modern Palestinians are not ancient Canaanites, as the Canaanites
assimilated into the peoples of Israel: "Judah begot Perez and Zerah by
Tamar" (Matthew 1:3). See also Genesis chapter 38.
Modern Palestinians are not ancient Philistines, as the Philistines were
conquered by King David (2 Samuel 8:1), and finished off by Sargon II,
and no further record of them is found in history.
The birth of modern-day Palestine began in December of 1920 as a
movement led by the dethroned Hashemite king, Amin Husseini, as a
nation composed predominately of Arabic speaking peoples from
neighboring lands.
In the following generations, more specifically during the past quarter
century, the world at large, led by an underground Marxist agenda, has
endeavored to force Israel to give up most
of its land in
exchange for "peace" with the newly created state of Palestine.

These so called land-for-peace deals are never realized because the
Palestinians have no interest in peace, they only have an interest in the
land; all of it.
The God of the Bible is a benevolent God. He gives land to all peoples.
"In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the
Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the
Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the
third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the
land: Whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, 'Blessed be Egypt my
people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance'"
(Isaiah 19:23-25).
The Islamic God wants to take all land away from all peoples and leave
none for anyone else except his own people. The world saw a prime
example of this truth at the Middle East Peace Summit in 2000 when
former PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat rejected a 90 percent land-grab for
his people; he wanted 100%.
It just so happens that the Creator of the universe decided to give the
land of Canaan to a particular man and all of his following genetic
descendants:
"Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: 'As for
Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many
nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name
shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will
make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings
shall come from you.
And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your
descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant,
to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and
your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the
land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God'"
(Genesis 17:3-8).
God also renamed the land "Israel":
"And God said to him, 'Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be
called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name.' So He called his
name Israel. Also God said to him: 'I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and

multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and
kings shall come from your body. The land which I gave Abraham and
Isaac I give to you; and to your descendants after you I give this land'"
(Genesis 35:10-12).
After the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Israel also became
a Spiritual inheritance for all who trust in Jesus for their salvation as their
Messiah.
"For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to
Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness
of faith. Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that
the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who
are
of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham,
who is the father of us all (as it is written, 'I have made you a father of
many nations'" (Romans 4:13, 16-17a).
Paul tells us that God's sovereign choice for the people of Israel was not
just confined to Abraham's earthly descendants, but also to all who put
their trust in the Lord, the same way that Abraham did.
The promise of Israel to all who are of the faith of Abraham will be
fulfilled during the millennial reign when Abraham's seed, the Lord
Jesus, reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords upon His throne in
Jerusalem.
"The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between
his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the
people" (Genesis 49:10).
On one very fine Day, the Spiritual inheritance of Israel for all who trust
in Jesus, along with all of Abraham's genetic descendants of like faith,
will be realized as a physical inheritance.
"Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such
the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of
Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years" (Revelation 20:6).
True born-again Christians believe in Yeshua as the One and only
Mashiach:
"Jesus saith unto him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me'" (John 14:6).

We also believe in the eternal covenant Elohim made with Abraham:
"In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, 'Unto
thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great
river, the river Euphrates'" (Genesis 15:18).
Jews who live in Israel along with us true believers who support Israel,
both Jew and Gentile, face a common threat. Let us all of like faith stand
united in support of Israel.
"Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the
ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which
divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his
name: 'If those ordinances depart from before me,' saith the Lord, 'then
the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me
forever'" (Jeremiah 31:35-36).
Israel forever!

Hezbollah launches Chemicals & Dirty Bombs
program at secret Syrian site http://www.debka.com/article/25268/Hizballah-launches-ChemicalsDirty-Bombs-program-at-secret-Syrian-site
The southwestern town of Zabadani, 30 km west of Damascus, is a
ghost town, depopulated by five years of Syrian war ravages, except for
one sign of life - or rather death. Since December, Hezbollah has
enclosed this once attractive tourist resort, strategically located on the
Damascus-Beirut highway, into a heavily fortified ex territoria enclave
whose high walls conceal the terrorist group's new program for the
development of weapons of mass destruction. This is disclosed for the
first time by debkafile's military and intelligence sources.
Most of the facilities for the research and development of chemical
weapons and dirty bombs are sunk below the surface of the secret 2.5
sq. km site.

Syrian and Iranian engineers and technicians are developing the
chemical weapons for Hizballah's arsenal, and foreign experts were
hired from outside the Middle East to help build radioactive weapons.
They are kept out of sight in on-site accommodation at Zabadani.
A telltale sign that the Shiite terrorist organization was actively pursuing
a radioactive bomb program - and which prompted our investigation was dropped in a speech given by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah
on Feb. 16.
He boasted that a pair of Hezbollah rockets falling on the Israeli city of
Haifa would cause a catastrophe equivalent to a "nuclear bomb" attack.
He elaborated on this: "An Israeli expert had said that Haifa's residents
fear a deadly attack on the ammonia storage tanks which contain more
than 15,000 tons of this gas. That would lead to the deaths of tens of
thousands of Israelis and affect another 800,000," he declared.
"This would be exactly like a nuclear bomb and we can say that
Lebanon today has a nuclear bomb, seeing as any rocket that might hit
these tanks is capable of creating a nuclear bomb effect," Nasrallah
said.
When someone like the Hezbollah terrorist chief drops four references
to a nuclear bomb in as many sentences, ending with the boast that
"Lebanon today has nuclear bomb," it must be presumed that he is
crowing over some sort of nuclear device in hand.
It may not be an actual atom bomb - which would call for multi-million
dollar investment, expertise and time, "only" a "dirty bomb" (essentially a
conventional bomb mixed with radioactive material). That too could
cause massive damage to Haifa's chemical industry, resulting in a high
death toll, runaway panic and major disruption - the perfect weapon for
terrorists.
Israeli officials decline to discuss Hezbollah's new WMD program, but it
certainly raises hard questions for Moscow and the commanding
Russian military presence in Syria. It is hard to believe that the Shiite
terrorists can develop game-changing poison chemicals and dirty bombs
in the heart of Syria, without Russian intelligence noticing what was
going on. Does that mean that Vladimir Putin is amenable to his air force
providing it with cover?

49 Countries Met in Brussels Earlier This Month to
Discuss a Ground Invasion of Syria - By Michael Snyder
- http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/49-countries-met-inbrussels-earlier-this-month-to-discuss-a-ground-invasion-of-syria
Have the U.S government, Saudi Arabia and their allies been secretly
plotting a massive ground invasion of Syria? Earlier this month, defense
ministers from 49 countries gathered at NATO headquarters in Brussels,
Belgium to talk about what to do in Syria. As you will see below, Saudi
Arabia's defense minister is now admitting that a ground invasion was
discussed at this meeting. Of course the goal of any invasion would be
regime change in Syria, and that is something that the Syrian army, Iran,
Hezbollah and Russia are simply not going to allow. So what the U.S.
government, Saudi Arabia and their allies are contemplating could
literally be the spark that sets off World War III.
I was stunned earlier today when I came across the following quote from
Saudi Arabia's defense minister. Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri
told Reuters that the 49 defense ministers that had gathered in Brussels
a couple of weeks ago had openly discussed the need to conduct a
large scale ground invasion of Syria...
An aide to Saudi Arabia's defense minister said on Monday, meanwhile,
that defense ministers from the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State
had discussed the possibility of a Syrian ground incursion two weeks
ago in Brussels.
"It was discussed at the political level but it wasn't discussed as a
military mission," Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri told Reuters.
"Once this is organized, and decided how many troops and how they will
go and where they will go, we will participate in that."
When this meeting took place in Brussels earlier this month, it got next
to no attention from the U.S. media, but it did get some attention in the
international media. The following is an excerpt from an article about
this meeting which appeared in the Guardian...

The US defense secretary has refused to rule out Saudi Arabia sending

ground troops into Syria, but added that it was just one option and there
were other ways the Saudis could contribute to the fight against Islamic
State.
Ash Carter was speaking on the eve of a meeting of defense ministers
from 49 countries at Nato headquarters to discuss how to step up efforts
against Isis in Syria and Iraq.
He said the meeting was important "because we do need to accelerate
the campaign and we have a very clear operational picture of how to do
it. Now we just need the resources and the forces to fall in behind it."
It is certainly extremely unusual for so many defense ministers to gather
in one place like that. Needless to say, they weren't just getting together
for tea and cookies.
A few days after this meeting, Saudi Arabia announced the largest
military exercise in the history of the Middle East. This exercise has
been dubbed "Northern Thunder", and military units from 20 different
nations are participating.
The Syrians, the Iranians and the Russians are concerned that this
looks very much like an "invasion force", but the Saudis are denying this
even though we know now that this is precisely what the "coalition
partners" have been discussing.
And most Americans don't realize this, but the U.S. already has a limited
number of troops on the ground inside Syria right now, and U.S.
Secretary of State John Kerry is saying that up to 30,000 U.S. troops
may be needed to create a "safe zone" in northern Syria.
In addition, fighters from Turkey continue to pour over the border, and
mercenaries from Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region have
been funneling into Syria for years.
So how in the world did we get to this point?
Well, back in 2011 the "Arab Spring" was overthrowing governments all
over the Middle East. At that time, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and their allies
in conjunction with the U.S. government decided that it would be a
wonderful opportunity to overthrow President Assad of Syria too. This
move was spearheaded by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and it
was hoped that by removing Assad the balance of power in the Middle
East would be fundamentally transformed.

You see, President Assad is Alawite (a form of Shia Islam), and his
government is allied with Iran. Syria is part of the "Shiite crescent" that
stretches across the Middle East, but 74 percent of the population of
Syria is actually Sunni. So the goal was to get rid of Assad, transform
Syria into a full-blown Sunni nation, and cut off Iran from their Hezbollah
allies in Lebanon.
The U.S. government, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and their allies began
organizing huge protests against Assad in Syria, and those protests
rapidly became violent. The freedom fighters were armed, and civil war
broke out.
And at first the plan was working. ISIS and other radical Sunni groups
took large amounts of territory, including the largest city in all of Syria
(Aleppo). It looked like they were going to be able to eventually conquer
all of Syria and take down Assad. In the aftermath, the U.S., Saudi
Arabia, Turkey and their allies would have come in and helped set up an
appropriately submissive Sunni puppet government.
But now the tide of the war has completely turned. President Assad has
enlisted the help of Iran, Hezbollah and Shiite militias from Iraq. But
most important of all, the Russians came to his aid, and Russian air
power is absolutely decimating the Sunni jihadists that are trying to
overthrow Assad. With the help of his allies, Assad has been rapidly
reconquering Syria, and this has Saudi Arabia, Turkey and their allies in
a panic.
If the war ended today, things would be far worse for Saudi Arabia and
Turkey than if they had never even attempted to overthrow Assad in the
first place. The Iranians would have far more influence in Syria than
they did before, Hezbollah now has a major presence in Syria, and
Russian aircraft would likely be permanently stationed at air bases
inside the country. And of course Saudi Arabia and Turkey would have
to deal with a neighboring government that now hates their guts
because Assad knows that they have been trying to overthrow him for
the past five years.
Saudi Arabia, Turkey and their allies have invested massive amounts of
money and resources in this attempt to overthrow Assad. Now that their
Sunni militias are being routed, either they have to walk away or they
have to go in and do the job themselves.
Unfortunately, as I wrote about earlier today, Saudi Arabia and Turkey

still appear to be quite determined to get rid of Assad.
So we should not expect this current "ceasefire" to last for long. In the
coming days we should expect the western powers to accuse Russia,
Iran, Hezbollah and the Syrian government of repeatedly violating the
ceasefire, and these "violations" will be used as justification for whatever
"the coalition" has planned next.
Sadly, whatever they have planned next could be the spark that plunges
our planet into World War III.

Why the War in Syria Is Only the Beginning - By
Emmanuel Karagiannis - http://www.newsweek.com/syrian-crisisreaching-end-game-emmanuel-karagiannis-431520
The Fog of War that Prussian military strategist Carl von Clausewitz
famously mentioned in his breakthrough book On War (1832) is visible
in the Middle East. In 2011, when the Arab Spring reached Syria, most
western policymakers and analysts underestimated the resilience of
President Assad's regime, mistakenly predicting a quick defeat of his
forces. Their assumption was that Assad would suffer the same fate as
the former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi and become yet another
hated dictator overthrown by his people.
The regime, which is based in the capital city of Damascus, has
succeeded in mobilizing certain factions such as the minority Islamic
sect the Alewites, Christians and urban-based Sunnis to fight for its
survival. These communities do not see much of a future in a postAssad Syria and will fight to the end. The Syrian regime has also
capitalized on its long-standing relationship with the Lebanese militant
group Hezbollah and Iran. As a result, Lebanese Shia fighters and
Iranian Revolutionary Guards are leading the fight against the Syrian
armed opposition. The Iranian security agencies have also recruited
large numbers of Afghan and Pakistani Shias to fight in Syria. In short,
the Syrian regime has outsourced the war to Shia allies who have huge
human resources. Further support for the Assad regime comes from
Russia, which is committed to keeping the president in power and sees

it as a test of their credibility.
This war has become a regional crisis involving great powers such as
Russia and the U.S., neighboring countries-Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia,
Jordan, Lebanon, Israel), semi-autonomous militias (Hezbollah)-and
jihadi groups such as ISIS, and al-Qaeda. In a conflict with so many
foreign and domestic actors peace negotiations are likely to be
protracted.
A partial victory seems assured for the Damascus-Moscow-Tehran axis.
The Assad regime has almost reestablished control over important
urban centers such as Aleppo. The opposition forces are losing ground
and are demoralized. Thanks to the Russian planes and the highly
experienced Shia fighters, Damascus will participate in the future
negotiations with an advantage. But it will be foolish of Assad to expect
a return to the previous status quo. If the principle of borders' inviolability
and territorial integrity is to be respected, the Syrian state can only
survive as another Bosnia: one country on the map but in reality divided
into different entities.
There is a new awareness among foreign powers that the war cannot
continue on the same devastating scale. The US and Russia, who
dominated the Geneva peace talks which led to the first major ceasefire,
are keen to stop the Syria crisis spiraling out of control and sparking a
Turkish invasion of northern Syria. While it is an exaggeration to claim
that the U.S. and Russia are negotiating a new "Sykes-Picot agreement"
(the original secret 1916 pact between the British and the French led to
the partition of the Ottoman Empire), a new balance of power is clearly
in the making in the Middle East. Syria is likely to remain partly under
Russian influence, with the U.S. maintaining a strong presence in Iraq.
In this scenario, the biggest loser will be Turkey. Erdogan has
envisioned a hegemonic role for post-Kemalist Turkey in the Middle
East. The ongoing Turkish assault on Syrian Kurds is a desperate move
to save the opposition forces in northern Syria and stop the Kurds' drive
to statehood. However, the Turkish strategy is bound to fail because the
Kurds are America's best and only friends in the region. They also enjoy
strong support from Russia and Israel. If the Turkish assault continues,
the large Kurdish diaspora in Western Europe will mobilize and
European governments will feel the heat. The refugee crisis has already
widened the gap between Brussels and Ankara, leaving Erdogan's
Turkey more isolated than ever.
The new dynamics of the Middle East have created the preconditions for

the righting of an historic injustice against the Kurds-the world's largest
stateless people. Kurdish autonomy in Syria and Iraq will lead, sooner or
later, to full independence. If Kosovo and South Sudan are sovereign
states, why not Kurdistan? Ironically, the establishment of a Kurdish
state could sow the seeds for a new conflict where former enemies will
become allies. Turkey may ally itself with Iran (which has its own restive
Kurdish minority) to stop the new state from becoming the nucleus for a
greater Kurdistan. A mini-war between pro-Assad forces and Syrian
Kurds is also a possibility when their tactical alliance is over.
Middle Eastern politics are defined by instability and shifting alliances.
The lack of natural borders and the predominance of zero-sum thinking,
where one state's loss is another's gain, have reinforced mutual
suspicion and mistrust. Today's war in Syria is only the beginning-more
regional conflicts lie ahead.

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MAGOG RISING
More than 2,500 years ago, God gave the prophet Ezekiel an
astonishing prophecy to give to the world, one that would be fulfilled in
"the latter days." Many Bible scholars feel that the prophesied events,
found in Ezekiel 38 and 39, could be fulfilled in the near future, and that
we might already be witnessing the stage being set and the actors being
moved into place, in light of current events happening in the Middle
East, right now.
In Ezekiel 38, Russia, Iran, and an alliance of Muslim nations invade
Israel due to a "hook placed in the mouth of Russia" to bring Russia
down to invade Israel. That hook could very well be the natural-gas
fields discovered off the coast of Israel or the more recent finding of
massive oil deposits in the Golan Heights.
With Russian and Iranian military forces now cooperating and engaging
in combat in Syria, just miles north of the border of Israel, people are
asking if these events are setting the stage for the fulfillment of what
Bible scholars call the "War of Gog & Magog" that is supposed to take
place in the End of Days?
Join us in this exciting new DVD as we examine Ezekiel 38 & 39 and the
infamous war of Gog & Magog, and compare it to today's headlines and
current events in the Middle East.

The Fate of Damascus and the Psalm 83 War
About the time of the end the biblical prophet Ezekiel tells of a future
invasion of Israel by a vast coalition of nations, known as the battle of
Gog and Magog, we find this in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39. As we read
the headlines in the newspapers of today, and witness the conflicts in
the Middle East, it's not hard to imagine that this invasion prophesied
over 2600 years ago, could be fulfilled in the immediate future. Ezekiel
36-37 predicts a gathering of the Jews to the nation of Israel, which will
be followed by this massive invasion. For 19 centuries, the Jewish
people were scattered throughout the world, and until May 14, 1948,
there was no nation of Israel to invade. With the nation of Israel now a
reality, the stage seems set for the war that will usher in the tribulation
and the rise of the Antichrist; a war that will end with the destruction of
Israel's enemies by God Himself, and lead to the signing of a peace
treaty with the Antichrist.
As you read Ezekiel 38 and 39, it isn't just the creation of the nation of
Israel that makes this prophecy seem likely to be fulfilled in the near

future. The nations that God tells us will form this coalition against Israel
seem more likely now than perhaps ever before to form just such an
alliance." The leaders of this coalition will be Russia and Iran, and
currently both of these nations are right on Israel's doorstep, under the
pretense of battling ISIS in Syria. I believe that there are a couple of
unfulfilled prophecies that will lead-up to this massive invasion of Israel,
and as we read today's headlines, we find that the fulfillment of these
two prophesied events, could happen very soon!

The Fate of Damascus and the Psalm 83 War

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Islam pushing world towards End Times as it
welcomes the Antichrist (Mahdi), says Christian
scholar Michael Youssef - Hazel Torres http://www.christiantoday.com
Islam is pushing the world towards the end times where Muslims believe
their messiah the Mahdi will appear, popular Christian Pastor, biblical
scholar and author Michael Youssef writes in his new book.
However, Youssef proposes that the Mahdi is the evil Antichrist himself,
who is described in the Bible as the one figure who will bring about the
end of the world.
In "The End Times & the Secret of the Mahdi," Youssef details how

biblical prophesies are being fulfilled leading toward the events
described in the Book of Revelation and elsewhere in the Bible.
Youssef, the head of the global outreach ministry Leading the Way and
founder of Atlanta's Church of the Apostles, says conditions are rife for
the coming of the Antichrist.
"I came to the conclusion that we are coming into the period of time like
we have never seen before in history," Youssef told CBN News recently
in an interview.
Youssef, who was born in predominantly Muslim Egypt, said he deeply
loves Islamic people but believes their religion is opening the gate for
the Antichrist.
"He [the Antichrist] will lull the world into believing in him, even
worshipping him as their messiah. But he will end up abusing humanity
like it's never been tormented before," Youssef says in the promotional
video for his new book.
Youssef quotes Muslim scholars in his book on what Islam preaches
about their messiah.
"When their messiah comes, he's going to cover the whole world," he
says. "He's going to rule the world. And he's going to declare himself to
be a Muslim. And he's going to turn on the Christians and the Jews."
Youssef says the Bible also states the same thing about the Antichrist.
Youssef cites other parallels he sees between the Mahdi and the
Antichrist in the CBN interview.
"He will call himself 'the man of peace.' That he's going to come at a
time of chaos and confusion and people longing for somebody to guide
them and lead them and bring them peace because they will be worn
out," Youssef says.
Both the Bible and Islam talk about this figure's seven-year global reign
from Jerusalem and say this figure of "peace" will turn out to be
excessively violent.
"He's going to begin to persecute people. He's going to demand their
worship," Youssef says. "Same thing on the other side-that he's going to
kill everybody who does not worship him."

He says some Shiites, particularly those in Iran, have actually been
trying to shape world events to bring about coming of the Mahdi.
"He will appear when the world is in chaos and he will bring peace,"
Youssef says. "So (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad, the former president of
Iran, basically wanted to stir up trouble and get the nuclear weapons so
they could attack Israel and create an atmosphere of chaos, so to force
their Mahdi-or the 12th caliphate-to show up."
Some of the most violent Sunnis are trying to set off the end times as
well, Youssef adds, referring to the Islamic State (ISIS). "They also have
that concept that when chaos and bloodshed reign supreme-and that's
why they're shedding so much blood-that their messiah will come."
However, Youssef says Christians should not fear.
"The Lord said, 'When you see these signs, lift up your head, for the day
of your redemption is drawing nigh.' And so, far from being afraid and
worried and concerned, we should be rejoicing," Youssef says.
The Bible warns that the world will be deceived by Antichrist's global
false religion, which at first will tolerate and bring all religions together.
In this regard, Youssef notes about the emergence of "Chrislam"-a
combination of Christianity and Islam.
"There is something that is rampant among mainline denominations
called Chrislam," Youssef states. "There are churches in Canada and
the United States where they read from the Quran as well as the Bible.
There are churches that have the Quran in the pews."
But there is a way to be immune from false religion, Youssef says.
"If a person is a genuine believer in Jesus Christ, he will not be
deceived," Youssef says. "The Holy Spirit is going to give us
discernment that we will be able to tell the difference."

Nearing Midnight: Big Brother's Booming
Business - Todd Strandberg http://www.raptureready.com/rap16.html
The FBI and Apple Corporation have been locked in a legal battle over
the encryption features of the iPhone. The Feds want Apple to build a
backdoor into the device so it can access information on the iPhone 5S,
which was used by the radical jihadist, Syed Rizwan Farook-before he
and his wife killed 14 people in San Bernardino in early December of
last year.
There is no indication that the Farook's iPhone contains any vital
information that would relate to a future terrorist attack. All the news
outlets are essentially saying the world will come to an end if we do not
access that iPhone. (After all, the families of the victims need answers!)
Since 51 percent of the public agrees with the FBI, Apple is being
compelled to surrender the iPhone's secret contents.
The FBI has won a series of court battles by claiming it only wants Apple
to unlock this one single iPhone. However, the Wall Street Journal has
confirmed that there are actually 12 other iPhones the FBI wants to
access in cases that have nothing to do with terrorism.
There is nothing in the Constitution that requires us to exchange liberty
for security. Today, merely mentioning "terrorism" in a bill causes even
the most conservative member of Congress to vote in favor of it. One of
the most profound views on this subject came from the late Justice
Antonin Scalia:
"There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes
insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all."
The U.S. government has proven it can't be trusted with any type
confidential information. Recently learned that Chinese hackers have
stolen the personal information of 21.5 million current and former federal
employees. Our military secret technology has also been fumbled by the
government.
We are set to spend $1.5 trillion on the F-35 jet fighter, and last week,
photos emerged of a new fighter in China that looks suspiciously similar
to the F-35. The data from over 100 million people would be put at risk
the day we give this same group of bumblers a magic key to unlock their

smartphones.
Our nation's spy agencies have built massive data centers to store
information that relates to terrorism. One of the largest is the Utah Data
Center, near Bluffdale, Utah. This facility was designed to collect
exabytes of raw data.
Whistleblowers like William Binney and Edward Snowden have given us
a basic understanding of the capability of these facilities, but it remains a
mystery what type of information is being stored. The mainstream media
has had little interest revealing the true mission of these data centers.
Another way the government invades our lives is with regulation. Each
year, thousands of new guides becomes law. The prize for the most
absurd regulation would be a proposal in California to make it
mandatory for anyone who serves alcohol to take a course to help
identify customers who may be drinking too much and intervene.
The legislation aims to cut down on DUIs and alcohol-related deaths.
This law seeks to turn moral responsibility on its head. A person being
tried for a booze-related crime could say, "Your honor, I wouldn't have Tboned that school bus if the bartender had cut me off after my tenth
Rum and Coke."
It wasn't that long ago when nearly every governmental effort to creep
into our lives was met with a rebuff. One of the most vocal defenders of
freedom were liberals. Today, every time Big Brother asks for another
chunk of freedom, he generally gets what he wants. Oddly enough,
liberals are now the ones most active in saying the government knows
what is best for us.
A key factor that has facilitated this change is the "spirit of antichrist;" the
demonic forces that will eventually enable the Antichrist to take over the
world. The world is going crazy on so many fronts. Any true believer
should know that that the forces of evil are getting stronger by the day.
The more power the devil gains, the greater his ability to grab more.
"This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and
even now is already in the world" (1 John 4:3).

Daily Jot: Of disengaged and foolish leaders - Bill
Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
Lest we as Christian Americans forget,
communism/socialism/progressivism are anti-God, anti-moral, and antifamily. It says so in the Communist Manifesto--"...Communism abolishes
eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of
constituting them on a new basis." Comparing marriage to prostitution,
the manifesto requires, "Abolition of the family!...it is self-evident that the
abolition of the present system of production must bring with it the
abolition of the community of women springing from that system, i.e., of
prostitution both public and private." So why are some Christian leaders
saying they will not vote (casting a default vote for Hillary Clinton) if the
GOP nominates the wrong candidate?
The Communist Party USA will endorse Clinton or Sanders, as it twice
has the current "president." CPUSA currently says on its website: "On all
the major democratic issues and demands, i.e. collective bargaining
rights, racial and gender equity, climate change, immigration reform,
etc., Clinton is on the right side...We have to continue to emphasize the
issues, promoting the best of both Sanders and Clinton, especially the
most advanced positions." And the Communist Party USA's strategy is
to use Sanders, the eventual loser, to build "the size and influence of the
left and progressive forces within the coalition. The Sanders campaign
can play a key role in strengthening the influence of the left."
Some Christian leaders are saying that an endorsement by the former
head of the KKK infers a particular candidate is racist. Is any Republican
candidate a racist by his actions? Is Hillary Clinton a Communist by her
actions? Has any GOP candidate illegally exposed our nation's secrets
to our enemies by using an unsecured internet server in their house?
Has any GOP candidate turned his back on Americans being assaulted
by terrorists when they had the ability to assist? Hillary Clinton has, and
she added to her Senate testimony about these brutal murders, "With all
due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of
a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided
that they'd they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point
does it make?" It makes a lot of difference to many.
But to some Christian leaders, it doesn't seem to make much of a
difference. They would rather support by their non-vote a godless

criminal with a communist agenda than to stand against it. Is it the
worse of two evils? Yes. Is it the best choice? No. But sitting on the
sidelines only yields to evil. Edmund Burke is credited with the quote:
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do
nothing." Romans 12:21 exhorts, "Be not overcome of evil, but
overcome evil with good." Ephesians 6:12 says to put on the full armor
of God that you "may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having
done all, to stand." The US is becoming darker because the "Church"
has disengaged and turned inward. It won't support evil in the lesser
sense, so the greater evil prevails. We need to start changing the culture
by reengaging, not grandstanding.

Daily Devotion: Your Sphere of Influence - Greg Laurie
- www.harvest.org
The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be
refreshed. -Proverbs 11:25
I believe the hardest part of evangelism is getting started. But once you
get started, and once God starts speaking through you, it can be one of
the most joyful things you have ever done. To think that God Almighty
would speak through someone like you or me is indeed a great privilege.
It is an honor to go and tell others about Jesus.
The gospel was not designed to be hoarded; it was designed to be
shared. You were blessed to be a blessing. Therefore as you take in,
you need to give out that message again so others can come into a
relationship with God. One of the greatest joys you will ever experience,
next to knowing the Lord himself, is when you have the privilege of
praying with someone to accept Christ. You start seeing the radical,
even visible, changes that will take place in your life. We are told in
Proverbs 11:25, "Those who refresh others will themselves be
refreshed." It is refreshing as you give back and help other people.
We have a choice either to evangelize or fossilize, and a lot of people
have chosen the latter. While it may be true that we are not all called to
be evangelists, we are all called to evangelize. And the place to start is
at the beginning. We reach the world with the gospel one person at a

time.
You can personalize Jesus' command to "go and make disciples of all
the nations" (Matthew 28:19) by going to your world. Go to your
workplace. . . . Go to your family. . . . You have a sphere of influence.
You have a group of people who will listen to what you have to say. Go
to that world-the world to which God has called you.
Here's an easy way to get started: a simple invitation. Invite the people
in your world to watch or attend Harvest America this Sunday. Ask them
to come over and watch with you, or go with them to a local host site, or
come to AT&T Stadium in person if you can. Now is the time for action!
I'll be praying for you to boldly go into your world this week.

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