History In The Making

History In The Making

Today, May 14, 2018 is a historic day for both Israel, and the United States.  The reason is that the United States of America will open it’s embassy in Jerusalem.  This is a campaign promise that President Donald Trump made, and clearly has kept.  It will be a day to be remembered for both our countries, which are great friends.

 

Timing is Everything

If you will recall, in 2017 during the festival of Hanukkah, Donald Trump made the declaration that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the eternal capitol of Israel.  During this announcement, he stated that the United States was making plans to move it’s embassy to Jerusalem.  It is usually customary to give gifts during Hanukkah, and this certainly was a gift welcomed by Israelis, and Israel loving Americans.

The opening of the embassy in Jerusalem is also being timed with the 70th anniversary of the formation of the modern state of Israel.  This was not done by accident.  This was deliberately done by the United States, to send a strong message, at the right time.  That message is effectively, “Israel is our friend, and she has a legitimate right to exist.  Jerusalem is her capitol and it is time for other countries to get on-board.”  The timing, again, could not have been better.

 

Solidarity

The opening of our embassy in Jerusalem also well timed for another reason.  This past week, the United States backed out of former President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.  It was a disastrous plan to begin with, as it put not only Israel at risk, but the entire Middle East as well.  When Trump made his December recognition of Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel, many naysayers thought that the Middle East would literally implode into a mass of violence worse than we have ever seen.  In fact, the exact opposite happened.

In response to this past week’s announcement, Iranian forces inside Syria decided to call the United States, and Israel’s hand, by launching a rocket attack in the Golan Heights.  That would prove to be a major mistake.  As expected, Israel responded with precision strikes that decimated Iran’s infrastructure inside Syria.  Israel showed that militarily, they are the supreme military force in the region, and frankly embarrassed Iran’s military.  Yet, despite Iran throwing a temper tantrum, the US Embassy dedication is continuing on.  Our solidarity with Israel has not only been displayed with words, but backed up with action.  Action I might add, that had been lacking with the past three US Presidents, who are both Republican and Democrat.

 

What Believers Should Be Doing Right Now

All this pomp and circumstance surrounding tomorrow’s opening of the embassy can and should be celebrated by all Americans, but certainly by believers in Yeshua.  Yet throughout all the celebrations, what else should believers be doing right now during this historic time?

First, we should be blessing Israel.  The Bible states in Genesis Chapter 12:

“I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

It is our duty as believers to bless the nation of Israel.  Now, that does not mean we agree with every decision it’s government makes.  However, we should be blessing them with our prayers that the country will prosper financially, militarily, and most importantly, spiritually.  That they will come to recognize that the Messiah (Mashiach) that they seek, is Yeshua and that they will be saved!

Second, we should also do with the Bible states by praying for the peace of Jerusalem in Psalem 122:

“Pray for shalom in Yerushalayim;
may those who love you prosper.”

The Jewish people are our brothers and sisters, and in the coming days, they are likely to have some very real security threats over all of this.  As of the time of this blog post there is amassing on the security fence between Israel and Gaza, 35,000 protesters.  However, this should not dissuade us from blessing Israel, praying for shalom in Jerusalem, and praying that our diplomats will also be safe and secure.

May G-d bless Israel during this time, and may He also bless our nation for keeping His commandment to bless Israel!

 

Shalom

 

 

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The Only Answer To Give To Our Children

The Only Answer To Give To Our Children

By now, we have all been inundated, and continue to be assailed, with the news cycle of the tragic event that took place on February 14, 2018.  Seventeen innocent lives were taken from this world.  Their crime:  Simply going to school to get an education, and for the adults who were killed, for going to work and doing what they loved, which was to teach.  I cannot think of a single person over the last half of February, and now into March, that still is not talking about this horrific incident.

 

Out of the ashes of this event, we have seen a ground-swell of young kids, many of them students at Marjorie Douglas High School, organize and are set to protest on March 24 in the “March For Our Lives.”  Names like Cameron Kasky and David Hogg have emerged as the leaders of this movement, garnering much time on all the cable news shows, late night talk shows, and basically anyone that will listen to them.  There is no doubt they are passionate about what they believe in, and whether you are a liberal, or a conservative, they have a right to be heard according to the laws of the land.

 

Many of the sayings that I have heard are that, “Prayers are not enough.”  Also, I have seen Kasky state himself, “Demanding – “we” take action now.” (emphasis added)  Clearly emotions are still running high, and who can blame them?  They watched their classmates get slaughtered by a very disturbed individual, and that is traumatic.  So many young people are asking why this sort of thing happened yet again?  Remember Columbine, Paducha, Sandy Hook, and sadly a host of other tragic shooting events?  Why are our children doing this?

 

The answer is simple, but it is a matter of just accepting it.  We are a lost, sinful, prideful, and fallen people.  “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23.  Our nation has systematically been falling apart at the spiritual seams, and instead of us humbling ourselves before Jesus and repenting of our sins, we continue to not only idolize our children, but in doing so, they see themselves as an idol.

 

We say things like, “Follow your heart son/daughter.”  But what does the Bible state?  Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is more deceitful than anything else and mortally sick. Who can fathom it?”  In other words, we encourage them to follow what they think, instead of doing what God states when He said, Proverbs 3:5-10 “Trust in Adonai with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him; then he will level your paths.  Don’t be conceited about your own wisdom; but fear Adonai, and turn from evil.  This will bring health to your body and give strength to your bones.”

 

Did you see that?  It will bring strength to our bodies, and strength to our bones.  His Word is what sustains us, and this is what happened to our children.  We stopped teaching them the Word, and instead let Reality TV, the internet, violent video games, and sexual promiscuity and confusion teach their gospel.  We have fatherless homes due to no-fault divorce, and even when there is a man in the house, they are virtually checked out, by not engaging with their kids and their wives.  Also, before the ladies shout “Amen!”, please understand that there are plenty of moms out there that are un-engaged with their children just like some men.

 

When we look at what took place in Parkland, Florida, the fault is not the NRA, gun manufacturers, or even our politicians, be they Democrat or Republican.  The problem is right back in the home, with a lack of Biblical teaching, prayer, and seeking the righteousness of Jesus.  The answer we need to give to our children is parents coming back to Jesus, and getting their spiritual lives right with Him.  It’s about turning off the TV and cracking open the Bible to edify our spirits and one another in the Word of the Lord.  If American families would simply turn back to God and seek his face, we would see the miracle of God take place and school shootings like the one in Parkland will become a thing of the past.

 

Hunter Bonner is a blogger for The Watchman Report.  He can be reached on Twitter @RealWatchman

 

 

9/11 – We Remember, But Is That It?

9/11 – We Remember, But Is That It?

I remember very clearly the morning of September 11, 2001.  Fresh off the previous day from getting engaged, I was riding on cloud nine looking forward to our nuptials later on the following year.  As I was getting ready for morning classes at the University of Texas, Arlington, my television was warming up, while I was having a bagel with jelly for breakfast.

It was then that the first image I saw was what would be the second plane to hit the second World Trade Center tower.  I sat in utter shock at what I saw, and I knew that we were under attack.  The rest of that day was surreal, not seeing any commercial aircraft in the air, many people stayed off the roads, and as I made my way into work later that afternoon to downtown Dallas, it literally looked like a ghost town, as many businesses had sent employees home for security sake.  The immense loss of life that happened on that day was, and will forever be, shocking, sad, and will live in the hearts and minds of all Americans, and people around the world.

On The Brink Of Revival

In the days and weeks after the attacks, people flocked to churches looking for answers.  People were looking for some comfort that the cable news channels, our politicians, and yes, even our family and friends could not provide.  On the surface, it looked like people were coming back in droves to the L-rd.  That the death of so many people got America’s attention, and that a revival of epic proportions was in the works.

And then, nothing of the sort happened.

In just a few weeks after the attacks, those who had flocked to churches looking to G-d for answers, went right back to their lives, and to “business as usual.”  This is because many of the messages that were being preached then, are the same messages that pastors are preaching now.  That is, America is a fallen nation.  It is a rebellious nation, and America needs to repent of her sins.

Rebellion Brings Judgement

The apparently was too much for people to handle, because they could not understand why G-d would allow such a thing to happen.  The very idea that someone could suggest that 9/11 happened due to our sinful ways, was just too cruel, too ugly to bear, and that G-d could not have done such a thing.  Had they actually read the Bible, they would have found out rather quickly that yes, G-d would allow such a calamity to happen, and it would not have been the first time.

In the book of Jeremiah, the prophet is told to prophesy to the kings of Judah and Israel, that destruction was coming, and it was coming for one main reason.

Jeremiah 21:  8 “And here is what you are to tell this people: ‘Adonai says: “Look! I am presenting you with the way of life and the way of death. 9 Anyone who stays in this city will die by sword, famine and plague. But he who leaves and surrenders to the Kasdim besieging you will stay alive; his own life will be his only ‘spoils of war.’ 10 For I have determined absolutely that this city will have evil, not good,” says Adonai. “It is going to be handed over to the king of Bavel, and he will burn it to the ground.”’

There are more examples of G-d bringing about judgement, such as the Great Flood that occurred during the time  of Noach. (Noah)

Genesis 6:  5 Adonai saw that the people on earth were very wicked, that all the imaginings of their hearts were always of evil only. 6 Adonai regretted that he had made humankind on the earth; it grieved his heart. 7 Adonai said, “I will wipe out humankind, whom I have created, from the whole earth; and not only human beings, but animals, creeping things and birds in the air; for I regret that I ever made them.” 8 But Noach found grace in the sight of Adonai.

The common thread here is, G-d did not bring destruction onto a people or nation just for the sake of doing it.  In all cases, destruction came because the people rebelled against Him.  How did they rebel against Him?  By worshiping other gods, by engaging in wild living, such as drunkenness, promiscuity, and homosexuality.  Essentially, it came when society had entered into a decadent time period, where love of self and everything else, trumped loving G-d.

Where Is America Now?

Is America in the same situation?  I believe that the answer to that question is a resounding “YES”.  I believe this is why 9/11 happened, in that, G-d was trying to get our attention, to let this nation that He established and blessed with enormous prosperity know that we had substituted money and acquiring wealth as our gods, instead of the L-rd Yeshua.  Think about it.  Our nation’s financial center was damaged and it took years to recover.  Yet, America completely ignored her need to repent of her sins, and turn back to Yeshua to be restored.  Instead, we remained defiant in the face of judgement, and figured we could go it alone.

When I think about the events of this day, I think now, some 16 years later, we have moved further and further away from G-d as a nation, and yet people still expect G-d to bless them.  G-d cannot, and will not, reward sin and an unrepentant heart.  Make no mistake that the people who attacked us on 9/11 were clearly full of the devil.  However, so was the king of Babylon when he attacked Israel.  We just read scripture where G-d expressly states that those who choose rebellion, choose death.  G-d brought a nation that was full of the devil to chastise and correct the nation of Israel, and clearly, G-d allowed the deranged mentality that is Islam, to come to America and attack our financial markets.  It was an effort once again of G-d trying to get our collective attention.

Time To Repent

So now today, and probably the rest of the week we will hear and read, “Never Forget” and, “We Remember”.  However, is that all America is capable of doing?  Not only should we remember, but we need to recall clearly where our nation was at that time, and more importantly where we are this time.  Our nation has just experienced two deadly hurricanes within weeks of each other, with the most recent one, Irma, being the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic.  Why is that?

Maybe it’s because society thinks it’s OK for boys to think they are girls, and dress up like such?  That it is perfectly acceptable for two men, or two women, to marry each other and think that is a blessed union?  All of which are completely forbidden according to the Word of G-d.  What is worse, is the number of churches that are literally abandoning thousands of years of biblical teaching in order to stay “relevant” to modern society.  All of that of course is simply a cop out to keep the church doors open, and the money rolling in with offerings, because they know that taking such a strong stand would sent their congregations running for the exit doors of the sanctuary.  Simply put, America is coming under judgement because she has completely abandoned truth, that is the truth that comes only from Yeshua, and exchanged it for a lie.

The Last Great Hope

There is only one hope right now for America, and to prevent another 9/11 from happening.  That is America needs to realize she is deeply in sin, and that everyone from the President on down needs to repent of their sins, and turn their hearts over completely to Yeshua.  Only the salvation that comes from repentance and turning away from sin, will save our nation.  If such a change is not made, the Bible makes it clear that particular society will crumble.

So on this day, while we are not forgetting those who died on that day, let us also not forget what got us to that point.  Afterwards, lets come together as a nation and cast our sins upon Yeshua, and become overcomers!

Shalom

 

Terrorism Normalized

Terrorism Normalized

In just the last 10 days, the United Kingdom has come under attack twice by ISIS.  First there was the suicide bombing of the Ariana Grande concert, and then this past weekend at London Bridge, terrorists drove a van into a crowd of people and killed 7 people and injuring dozens.  Just three months ago in Westminster, a terrorist mowed pedestrians down with a vehicle, which then ended with him stabbing his victims.  That is a total of 3 attacks inside of a quarter of a year, and all claimed by ISIS.

The writing on the wall is pretty clear.  Terrorism is now normalized in the UK.

How did Britain get to this point?  It’s really quite simple.  It’s called political correctness.  Britain, like other countries in Europe, have the misconception that you can coexist with extremists, and if you talk to them long enough about individual liberty and try to espouse tolerance, then they will come around and stop wanting to blow you and your kids up.  This of course is complete nonsense, and shows a complete lack of understanding of just who exactly they are dealing with.

The members of ISIS have just one thing in mind.  They want to establish a caliphate, and indeed, in many areas of Syria, they already have.  However, they want this caliphate to be worldwide, and if you do not agree with their plans of grandeur, then they will just kill you because you are in the way.  Let me repeat that, ISIS are nothing more than cold blooded killers.  Convert to Islam or die is their motto, and it’s how they live and die.  This is the nature of the enemy of not just the people of Great Britain, but the entire peace loving world.

Yet, in the hours after the attack, American media, British media, and other news sources were very skeptical to call this what it is.  It’s Islamic Terrorism plain and simple.  No, they did not want to offend their muslim viewers, or possibly incite more attacks like these they thought.  However, the eye-witness accounts of hearing and seeing one of the terrorists shout, “This is for Allah!” removed all reasonable doubt.  After this, we saw the hashtags, “United with the UK” banners, and memes popping up all over social media, and of course people expressing their “outrage”.

However, none of that is going to matter, unless something is done about it.  Terrorists are not scared by people being in “solidarity” when there is no action to go along with said togetherness.  Britain, is dealing with an enemy that is several thousand years old, and it is one that the country of Israel is very familiar with.  The attack tactics against those on London Bridge, and the other incidents are exactly the same as the stabbing and car ramming attacks that happen against Jews at the hands of the Arabs.  The only difference is, Israel is very careful of who they allow to live in their country, and yes, they profile which I know sends liberals reading this into shock.

But this is also a spiritual warfare.  The Bible says very clearly:

Ephesians 6:12 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

12 For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.

These men and women who live a life of terrorism, they are agents of the enemy.  That is to say, the devil himself.  Therefore, when we see acts of terror against people, be they English, Jewish, American, or whomever, the real operator behind the scenes is Satan.  He is the author of confusion, the father of lies, and he had deceived these people into believing that they will be rewarded in heaven for killing people in the name of Allah.  However, the Bible is also clear on where terrorists(murderers) will wind up.

Revelation 21:8 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

But as for the cowardly, the untrustworthy, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those involved with the occult and with drugs, idol-worshippers, and all liars — their destiny is the lake burning with fire and sulfur, the second death.”

The people also who are being lied to are those that try to coexist with people bent on killing them.  Instead of seeking G-d for an answer as to what to do, they turn to analysts, so-called “Middle East Experts”, and the like seeking a secular way of how to deal with terrorism.  It is interesting to note that prior to the D-Day Invasion of Normandy in WW2, allied troops all over the impending invasion force implored G-d to be with them, to give them victory over a murderous regime which were the Nazis.  They were not just victorious, but overwhelmingly so.  Germany is not a threat to any country anymore.

They achieved total victory, but only because G-d was behind it all.  Our G-d is one of justice, and ultimately, these terrorists who are dead now, are facing the judgement of our L-rd Yeshua.  However, just as we have seen many times in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, very often G-d would be with the Israelites who prayed for victory against their enemies, and they would win.  However, this was only when Israel was serving the one true G-d, and not corrupting themselves by worshiping other things, like money, other religions, and the like.

So for Britain, and indeed, the rest of the world, there needs to be a return to G-d first.  Seeking His face and repenting of our sins the way that David did when he said, “Create in me a new heart O G-d.  And renew a right spirit in me.”  Once our spirit has been renewed through the power of the Holy Spirit of Yeshua, then and only then can we hope to defeat Islamic terrorism.  It is time for the world to go back to church, seek G-d, repent of our sins, and then humbly ask Him to help us stop this madness that we are witnessing.

Shalom