Shalom Partner and Friend of Israel,
At this very critical and crucial hour, Israel the chosen people of God are facing violence, battles and hatred that are coming from the four corners of the world. Nations and powers, and in the midst of them the Arab and Islamic nations are leading a cruel fight against the small nation of Israel. They are calling to remove Israel from the map of the world. Their agenda is to stop and to destroy what God is doing together with His people Israel in order to rebuild His Holy Kingdom in Israel so that Israel can fulfill what God anointed her to be: "A holy nation, a kingdom of priests and the light to the nations" (Exodus 19:5-6).
Thousands of years ago God called Israel to be His vessel to bring to pass His end-time dream to redesign the face of humanity according to His principles. It is not by accident that God chose our present time, a materialistic and immoral era, to re-build mankind on a godly moral foundation, which is more necessary than ever before.
This is a time of Godly testing for all of humanity~
The word of God regarding Jerusalem to the entire world: "If you stand with Israel, you will stand with Me! If you are against Israel, you will stand against Me!"
All the nations who want to eliminate and destroy Israel are actually and simultaneously waging a war against the Almighty God of Israel in order to stop His end-time plans concerning all of mankind. The Arab-Islamic nations, (whose god is not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) realize that the God and people of Israel are the only obstacles preventing their plans to control the entire world and to force Islam upon all the nations.
It is a shame that most of the world has started to bash and condemn Israel and in this way they have given their support to the terrorists. Instead of standing with Israel, who has been forced to sacrifice her precious sons and daughters throughout the past 62 years in order to protect herself during seven wars and from the continual cruel terror of the Arab-Islamic nations that want to destroy and eliminate Israel from the face of the earth! Many Israeli’s have paid the ultimate price in order to protect Israel and the Kingdom of God in the Holy Land. Today Israel says to the entire world: "No one will take from us the right to protect ourselves from the evil powers. Never again will Israel be taken like lambs to the slaughter as was done during the Holocaust and during the last 2,000 years of exile."
The Almighty God of Israel is with His people Israel to protect them and to fight with and for them in all the fields of battle against the many enemies that are coming to destroy them. All the Islamic enemies of Israel are preparing themselves for the coming war. They believe that this time they have a chance to destroy Israel; however, the God of Israel is waiting for them and is ready to fight against them and to judge all of them. "Then shall the Lord go out, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle." (Zechariah 14:3).
Today Israel is surrounded on every front by Islamic and Arab countries who prepare themselves to remove Israel from the map of the world by war, terror and violence ~~~ Israel’s enemies are God’s enemies
Psalm 83 “the coming Future War” prophesies about this and the psalmist implores God to judge these nations: “Keep not silence, O God; do not be speechless, and be not still, O God. For lo, Your enemies roar; and those who hate You have lifted up their head. They take shrewd counsel against Your people, and plot against Your hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, so that the name Israel may be remembered no more. For with one heart they have plotted together; they have made a covenant against You ~~~ the tents of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarites; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the people of Tyre; and Assyria has joined with them; they have helped the sons of Lot. Selah...
Do to them as to Midian, as to Sisera, as to Jabin at the torrent Kishon; who perished at Endor; they became as dung for the earth. Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb; yea, all their princes like Zebah, and like Zalmunna; who said, Let us take possession for ourselves of the houses of God. O my God, make them like a wheel; like the stubble before the wind. As the fire burns a forest, and as the flame sets the mountains on fire, so pursue them with Your tempest, and make them afraid with Your storm. Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek Your name, O Jehovah. Let them be ashamed and troubled forever; yea, let them be put to shame, and lost; so that men may know that Your name is JEHOVAH, that You alone are the Most High over all the earth.”
The enemies of Israel have continued to circle around her from the sea as well. In the east it is Iran who has made little secret of its support for international terrorism and is preparing nuclear weapons for the goal to annihilate Israel. Interesting to know that intelligence sources say that Iran has at least three tactical nuclear weapons acquired from the former Soviet Union. Syria and the Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon continue to form the militant circle around Israel with each of them possessing missiles directed against Israel that have the ability to strike every centimetre of the Land of Israel. They continually threaten Israel that these missiles will destroy her in the next coming war. And, in the Gaza Strip, the terrorist organization, Hamas is armed with thousands of rockets and missiles that persistently strike Israel.
The extremist Islamic Government of Turkey, sent the first flotilla “so called peace activist” ships (but actually ships of terror) against Israel (June 2010), completes from the north the circle of militancy against Israel. Other “so called peace activist” ships from many nations will continue to be sent to Gaza to provoke Israel to retaliation, completes the circle of aggression against her. We continue to see Anti-Israel demonstrations, with thousands of people, taking place all over the world calling for the annihilation of Israel. Some of them are calling for Israel to be sent back to Auschwitz! A statement recently made by long standing White House journalist Helen Thomas (of Lebanese descent), blatantly called for Israelis to be sent to Germany and Poland, where six million Jews were heinously murdered in satanic ways during WWII.
A few words of love to the many, many friends that love the Land of Israel, who are all over the world and are standing strongly with Israel at this time of darkness. We feel, and we know that by this and by your good hearts you have touched the heart of God and were chosen by Him from all the nations to have an important part in His end-time plans. You are carrying the torch of light at this time of darkness and you give hope to the entire world. The God of the people of Israel will never forget what you are doing for “the least of His brethren” in a time when it is so needed. It is a great privilege that He has bestowed upon us to serve Him in this way.
Thank you again and again for all the prayer and financial support, for by doing so we stand together in solidarity with Israel when most of the world is looking the other way.
The Son of a Lion ~~~ Born, David Grein in 1886 in Czarist Poland, he was trans-fixed at a very early age with the dream of a homeland for the Jews. In 1906, as word came of the latest Czarist pogrom (organized condoned massacre) against his people, he was seized with an irresistible urge. Carrying only a small rug sack, he travelled by fourth-class train to Odessa, continued in steerage across the Black Sea and down the eastern shore of the Mediterranean.
Three weeks after he left Plonsk, he was finally rowed ashore onto the rocky port of Jaffa. He didn’t like Jaffa ~ it was dirty and depressing. He continued on foot ~ not even stopping overnight ~ to the nearby colony of Petach Tikva. It was, at that time, a small village of a few hundred souls. A muddy path led through its single street. Ben-Gurion spent his first night in a Spartan Workers’ Hostel, a wooden shack with straw mats. He remembered his thoughts that day; “my heart overflowed with happiness that day as if I had entered the realm of joy. A dream was celebrating its victory. I am in Eretz Israel, in a Hebrew village called Petach Tikva, ‘Gate of Hope.’”
It was during those days that he did what most immigrants did; he gave himself; a new ‘Hebrew name.’ He chose the name ‘Ben-Gurion,’ which means ‘son of a lion.’ The name came to fit his courageous spirit! “It had been an arduous journey, but nothing compared to the hardships suffered by many others on their way to my country,” he thought. Then he smiled as his thoughts returned to the momentous event about to happen. “My country,” he muttered. Then unknowingly fulfilled many ancient prophesies by writing the name “ISRAEL” at the top of the document.
He thought again about the certainty of war this proclamation was about to bring. But, he thought, “What else can we do? It’s better for us to die fighting for a country than to die as victims because we have no country. This kind of thinking formed the ‘indomitable spirit’ (Wikipedia: someone who has a very strong character and will not give up. They cannot be subdued or overcome and will keep on trying), that produced the kind of warriors in Israel not seen since the days of King David. David Ben-Gurion infected others with his do-or-die courage “Khazak ve Amats” (strong and courageous).
On May 14, 1948 ~ 2,500 years after Babylon captured Jerusalem and destroyed the First temple; 1,878 years after the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Second Temple and scattered the Jews into the four corners of the earth, leaving only a remnant behind in the land of Israel ~ David Ben-Gurion declared the new reborn state. The Americans immediately recognized the State of Israel. The Russians also recognized the new state, not wanting to risk losing a possible client state in the region. Reluctantly the United Nations accepted Israel’s declaration of Independence in accordance with the 1947 UN Partition plan.
That plan gave a tiny sliver of land along the coast of Israel, the Gaza Strip and the “so called West bank” (Judea and Samaria) to the Arabs, and declared Jerusalem an “open city” under International control.
The War of Annihilation ~~~ The very next day, on May 15th, 1948, five well equipped Muslim armies attacked the tiny new state of Israel from all sides. The British-trained and equipped Arab Legion of Jordan attacked and captured the power station Naharayim. An Iraqi expeditionary force tried to cross the Jordan River in the area of Gesher. They were held back for a full week by the poorly armed Jewish settlers of Gesher. The Iraqi’s finally withdrew, choosing to cross the river at a ford held by the Jordanians. The Syrians actually began their attack on the night of May 14. They unleashed a devastating barrage of heavy artillery against poorly armed settlements south of the Sea of Galilee.
Arab radios announced with euphoric glee, that the “war of annihilation” had begun! The Arab legions numbered more than 650,000 men. British mercenary officers of great renown led some of the Arab armies. All Arab armies were armed with the most modern of weapons and air power of the time. The Jews on the other hand had only 45,000 “troops” most of which were guerrilla fighters. Under the British mandate it was a punishable crime for a Jew to own and carry a firearm ~ although Arabs carried weapons openly. As a result, the new Jewish army had very little with which to defend itself ~ as estimated by Chaim Hertzog, the Jewish historian.
Who really caused the Palestinian refugees?
Weeks before the war of annihilation in 1948, Arab families were encouraged to abandon their homes in Israel and flee to the Arab countries. They were ~ “assured that within a matter of weeks, they would be allowed to return and reclaim their homes ~ and also the homes of the massacred Jews. Although the new Israeli government pleaded with them to stay and fight together for a common homeland, all but a handful crossed over into Jordan to wait for total victory against the Jews. They expected to return “home” as soon as the “hated” Jew was slaughtered. Instead, after the war was lost, their “Arab brothers” kept them in miserable refugee camps and did nothing to help them and this still continues today.
We are reminded here that the Arabs fought a very different Jew than those who went meekly or forcibly into Hitler’s death camps, or lined up naked in front of ditches to be machine-gunned by members of the Nazi regime.
The Middle East is more unstable today and more prone to war than any time in modern history. It’s possibly on the brink of a nuclear war.
The peace process continues, of course, and the super powers believe it will eventually result in a comprehensive settlement between Israel and much of the Arab world. There will be a “counterfeit or false” peace shortly before the final battle begins and any such peace settlement is doomed to failure for two basic reasons:
First, because it doesn’t deal with the principle causes of war between Arabs and Jews, which are routed in the Muslim’ religion of Islam. And, Second, because it at the same time increases the opportunity for war.
The Muslim nations know that Israel must have the territory she has held since 1967 to successfully defend herself with conventional weapons. So when Israel is squeezed down to the presently agreed upon borders, the Muslims will once again figure that an all out attack on Israel would have a high probability of victory! All wars begin between countries, that were, until the outbreak of war, at peace with each other. It is a stable balance of power, not treaties, that ensures peace.
Meet the New Threat ~~~ The name of this movement ~ the greatest threat to freedom and world peace today ~ is Islamic fundamentalism. Whether superpowers want to face it or not, we are already at war with fundamental terrorism. This movement seeks not only to destroy the State of Israel but also the overthrow of the Judeo-Christian culture ~ the very foundation of our Western civilization. Still ignored by most “so called” experts and the media, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism threatens most secular Muslim Middle East countries, sponsors uprising in many other nations and is spreading rapidly throughout the world.
A New World Order ~~~ The Iranian President says the movement’s goal is to unite all of the Islamic nations under the leadership of a coalition led by Iran and Syria. They see themselves as the pure expression of the real meaning of the Koran. Their first declared effort will focus on driving the West out of the Middle East, then to destroy Israel, liberate Palestine and re-establish Muslim authority over Holy Jerusalem. Then their final goal is to replace the Judeo-Christian world order with a Muslim-based world order. Islamic fundamentalism will lead all of the Muslim nations into “holy war” or “jihad.” Iran will be the great spiritual leader and Syria the main military power.
Interesting Facts: A total of 70 of the world’s 184 countries are considered part of the “Dar al Islam, or house or realm, of Islam.”
Islam is the main religion practiced in all of these countries and to a minor effect in the rest of the world. Islam is also making its impact felt in traditionally Christian parts of the world. In England today there are now more Muslims than Methodists. There are even more Muslims than there are evangelical Christians. “Funded by the vast resources of Arab oil money, the Muslims are buying abandoned churches and turning them into mosques at such a rate that some Muslims claim that England soon will be the first Muslim European country.” About 15 years ago, there was an estimated 150 mosques in England; today there are more than 1,100 plus (Author Robert Morey). And, no country is exempt from the threat of growing Islamic infiltration and this includes South Africa!
The enormous danger of Turkey ~~~ One of the most important and dangerous developments is the rapid movement of Turkey into the Iranian sphere of influence. Iran and Turkey are two of the most powerful Islamic nations of the world, and now Syria has also joined this alliance.
Turkish and Iranian leaders agreed in late 1992 that it was better to cooperate in central Asia than to compete for influence in the Muslim republics. One of the reasons Islam is such a destabilizing force in the world is its lack of commitment to democracy and human rights.
Turkey with its commitment to Ataturkism and secularism is facing an Islamic revival because of the perceived failure of its pro-western policy. Today we are witnessing the signs of Turkey turning her back on Israel and severing ties and diplomatic relationships.
The rise of radical Islam by the sword ~~~ Islam is culturally based on the total authority of the tribal sheik or chief. It is a religion of conquest by the sword under the control of powerful dictators. The Arab nations continue to rely on aggressive use of military power to settle disputes not only with Israel but with each other and with their own people (De Courcy).
The rise of radical Islam in the Arab world is important not just because of what it says about Arab attitudes towards Israel and Western culture and political standards, but also specifically because of its doctrine of Dar al Islam, which recognizes no political or state boundaries. It is the duty of good Muslims to extend the Dar al Islam to all those areas where it physically can. It is the central religious doctrine of “jihad” to conquer all lands for the glory of Allah. The goal of Islam from the days of Muhammad has been to unite all followers of Islam in a common brotherhood, or holy war, on the Judeo-Christian and non-believing “infidel” world. “Jihad” is an ongoing concept today in the Islamic world. The struggle is constant, never ending. “Jihad” is a crusade that may take 100 years or a 1,000 years but it will continue on every front ~ military, economic, propaganda, etc.
Making matters far worse is the desire for vengeance for the humiliating military defeats the Jewish State of Israel has inflicted upon the Arab world “for a nation that covers a region from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean with a combined population of some 400 million Arabs to be defeated by the tiny nation of Israel,” says De Courcy. “It is a humiliation that is crying out for revenge! No deal or peace process will undo this legacy.”
Syria ~~~It is important to listen and take note when Arab leaders let their guard down and speak on what they really believe. The President of Syria did just this, when he spoke about his long range policies and what he calls his “100 years” war, to liberate Jerusalem and Palestine. “Wars may be interrupted for 100’s of years, but Syria will never give up as long as Syrian villages remain under occupation.” He made it quite clear that if he does not get everything he wants ~ namely all of the territory occupied by Israel of the Golan Heights ~ then war can easily be resumed. He also made it clear “he does not believe long-term peaceful coexistence with Israel is possible even if these territorial concessions are made.” It is quite clear that Syria along with its allies in Iran remains committed to the complete destruction of the Nation of Israel. Israel is a very tiny country in a giant land mass known as the Middle East. Compared to the 22 Arab states armed to the teeth numbering more than 400 million inhabitants to the 7.5 million Israeli’s. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu once made a statement; “Israel is the roughest neighbourhood in the world.”
Egypt ~~~ Since the Gaza invasion Egypt has moved further and further away from Israel and today’s news gives us another example of this.This is what we can expect in the near future.
The Gaza tensions will continue to rise. We will see more rockets launched into Israel from this region. Israel will keep responding to those attacks until a full blown war takes place and when that happens, Egypt will be accounted in this war just as it was pointed out in Psalm 83.
This is the reality that Israel must face every day! This is the reality of the power of Islam that surrounds them and this is the power that will soon ignite the final battle. All the members of the Confederacy detailed in Psalm 83 are Muslims. Each of them is the subject of specific judgments which are detailed in Ezekiel 25 through 32. However, the principal issue of the entire episode is to make a specific point: “that men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth. Psalm 83:18.
It is in fact over the issue of Jerusalem that the whole world will gather for the final great war of mankind, which will bring them face to face with the Creator and Judge of all things, Yeshua. (Zechariah 12:3 & 9) And, so we remind all the nations and people that oppose God’s plan for Israel to carefully read the entire Psalm 2. We quote verse 4; “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; Jehovah shall mock at them.”
Israel is a Miracle of God ~~~ The land of Israel became the land of the Jews, by miracle. Their victory is inexplicable apart from unseen intervention of the “Hand of God.” God has a plan for the last days! A restored land of Israel, homeland to the Jewish people, is the key element in His plan, and the very existence of Israel bears testimony to it. God wants the world to know that His promises concerning His chosen people are His Promises, not merely legends in an “Old Testimony.” BY their very survival, the Jews prove God is exactly who He says He is, and His counsel shall indeed stand (Isaiah 46: 8 – 10), and He will do all His pleasure.
We hope that you enjoy and become more informed by our work. We serve an awesome God and we are humbled by this opportunity to bring you this information. May God bless you always Ruth 2:12
Alf & Julie Saunders
15th September, 2010