By Ryan Jones
A prominent Israeli-Arab Muslim leader at the weekend blasted Evangelical Christian support for Israel as a misguided effort to hasten the return of the Messiah.
Speaking to WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein, Islamic Movement Vice-Chairman Sheikh Kamal Hatib said the "crazy" Christian support "is based on their faith that the return of the Messiah...would be in Israel."
An Eschatological Perspective
by James Jacob Prasch
Jesus indeed warned of an increase in seismic activity in the Last Days, and in the books of Romans and Revelations we see natural disasters described as emblematic of the creation itself crying out before the return of Jesus. Indeed, geologists reported that the force of the Boxing Day Christmas earthquake actually jolted the earth"s axis rotation. Having experienced Hurricane Jean, the fourth and worst of the consecutive 2004 hurricanes to hit Florida while visiting my unsaved mother in West Palm Beach, one cannot help but relate the increase in such natural disasters to a chain of other world events matching biblical descriptions of the Last Days. While preaching in Singapore several months ago I had been invited to lecture at a Thailand Bible college, and only by the mercy of God I had ministry and family matters to deal with in Israel and decided not to go to Thailand at Christmas, or else our daughter and myself would quite probably have been in Phuket, an area badly hit by the tsunamis on Boxing Day. The Lord was indeed gracious to us.
By Edward Kessler
In Jewish-Christian relations an old problem has been generating a new controversy and has compelled some people to ask whether we are facing a " ˜new antisemitism". In this case, concern has been raised about the doctrine of replacement theology - the doctrine that Christianity has simply replaced Judaism. This has revived fears among some Jews about the spectre of a resurgence of Christian antisemitism. Replacement theology suggests that since the time of Jesus, Christians have replaced Jews in God's favour and that Christianity has inherited all of God's promises, including the land of Israel.
The first Gulf War ended in 1991 at the time of the Jewish festival of Purim which commemorates the attempt to eliminate the Jewish people by a wicked ruler in the Persian Gulf region and God's intervention to save them. On March 17th 2003 George W Bush announced the end of diplomacy, effectively opening up the second Gulf War. Three weeks later images and statues of Saddam Hussein were being torn down in Baghdad and Basra as his wicked regime crumbled under the onslaught of allied firepower and popular revolution. March 17th just happened to be the Jewish festival of Purim. A coincidence?
For the third time in the past six years, Muslim authorities appear to be setting up a Temple Mount controversy as a pretense for violence against Israel. This time, however, it could come at the expense of the lives of thousands of Ramadan worshippers.
Two peoples claim the same land in the Middle East. Whose land is it? Who is right: Israel or the Palestinians? Does it belong to both peoples? Who has the right to decide to whom the Land belongs? Israel? The Arab League? The United States? The United Nations Security Council? The United Nations General Assembly? How should it be decided? By the Koran? By the various competing claims of history? By voting? By war? When the Word of God speaks authoritatively on any subject, that is the final word. God has much to say about the Land and people of Israel in His supernatural revelation, the Bible, which is the very Word of God.
The Omega Times was the publication of my late friend, New Zealand Evangelist Barry Smith, who went to be with The Lord after preaching his last sermon at an outreach organized by a Moriel affiliated congregation in Cheshire in The North of England. Barry was a dynamic evangelist whom The Lord used greatly as a missionary in The Mission Field of The South Pacific, and as an evangelist through whom many came to faith particularly in New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa. Barry, his wife May, and their son Andrew who is in music ministry, served The Lord faithfully.
by Ronnie Cohen
Where did the name, "Palestine" come from? It"s never been the name of self governed independent nation with any set international boundaries. Actually it"s a geographical term to identify an area, during certain historical periods, between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean coast. The name derives from the Hebrew term Plesheth which means "rolling over" or "migration" . Now we have, what is in English translation, "Philistine" . The Philistines were a sea-going people originating from the Aegean islands. The Philistines were neither Semitic nor Arabs but from Greek origins. In the 12th century BC they attempted to invade Egypt but were defeated by the forces of Rameses III and therefore settled along the southern coast of Israel where they established five major cities ( Ashdod , Ashkalon, Gaza , Ekron and Gath ). Yes, these were the very same Philistines who gave grief to the Jewish nation all through the periods of Biblical history as mentioned in the books of "Joshua" and "I, II Samuel" . There stay in the land was not long " “ eventually they were conquered by the Persians and Greeks and then the southern coastline was called by the Greeks "Palaestina" .
Modern Israeli history really begins with God's covenant with Abraham as mentioned in Genesis 12:1-3. Then, of course, there's the "Land Deed" which, unfortunately today, wouldn't mean much in the world court at The Hague or the United Nations, "And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your decendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your decendants after you. Also I give to you and your decendants after you the land in which you are a strnger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God." Genesis 17:7,8. We can go on forever with the history of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel but let's focus more on the "Modern, Modern Israel."
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26.10.07 at 5:10 pm
This one defies belief. The Jerusalem Post reports on the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem"s denial that there was ever a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount. The whole thing is a total invention, he claims, and the Western Wall was originally part of an ancient mosque. Thus, Jews have no history on the Temple Mount and have no right even to pray there. That a senior Muslim cleric can so blatantly ignore the archaeological data, as well as the many historical documents attesting to the Jewish temple, is incredible. His dismissal of literally tonnes of archaeological evidence would make even a biblical archaeology minimalist break out in a cold sweat.