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Great news for the water situation in Israel. The rains have been pouring down in Israel and in such quantities that the Sea of Galilee has risen about two inches, with another 1.5 inches expected due to run off! That may not seem too impressive in a lake that is about ten feet below what used to be called normal.
Normal however is a relative word today in the area of water level. For a decade now the waters have continued to stay far lower than previously expected.
11/4/2009 - More rain; Jewish Terrorist; Discrimination and the Temple location
Galilee Rain (Ernie Moore)
We were in the Galilee just a couple of weeks ago and it still stuns us to come around the curve north of Tiberias at Migdol and see the “beach” lying 75 yards from what was the old shoreline. It’s so all around the coast, just like it is along the Dead Sea.
Part of the explanation is farming and irrigation needs that deplete the amount of Jordan River waters. Part is the rains that have not come like before.
This year, the rains are a bit earlier and are heavier than usual for this time. At any rate, we are all thankful for the water and pray it will continue.
Want to lose a ship? Just fill it with weapons headed to Israel’s enemies and kiss it goodbye!
That is the basic news here in Israel today. Navy Special Forces captured the ship Francop out in the Mediterranean on Tuesday night. Israel had been tracking it since it left port in Iran loaded with over 60 TONS of long range missiles and other weapons.
Like the ship Karine A which originated also in Iran and which similarly was headed for Hezbollah and a Syrian port holding 50 tons of missiles and weaponry, this one didn’t make it!
The obvious message to shippers is haul this stuff at your own risk. The secondary message is “look up and smile. You’re on the Israeli version of Candid Camera!”
JEWISH TERRORIST CAPTURED
Teitel (Shin Bet photo)
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) is also on duty. This week they and Israel Police arrested an American-born Jewish settler named Yaakov “Jack” Teitel.
“According to the Shin Bet, he also planted a bomb at the entrance to house of a messianic family in Ariel, seriously wounding their son, then-15-year-old Ami Ortiz.
“Yaakov "Jack" Teitel, 37, was arrested by the Israel Police's elite counter-terror unit YAMAM on October 7th as he was hanging flyers in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof in support of the attack on a Tel Aviv gay and lesbian youth club in August in which two people were killed. Teitel, the Shin Bet said, was not the gunman in that attack.”
Police are also looking into the real possibility that in addition to the attacks and murders he has already confessed to, Teitel may have murdered two police officers in the Galilee some years ago.
Here’s a great question for you:
Who's Pulling Obama's Strings?
“Is a new narrative starting to build? Is David Axelrod beginning to emerge as Geppetto to President Obama’s Pinocchio?” This from Fox News contributor Liz Peek.
It is for sure that the Obama veneer of being a political untouchable has vanished, more so in the face of the Virginia and New Jersey governor’s races going to Republicans.
Lately there have been other upsets like the ludicrous and petty trashing of Fox News as not being a legitimate news organization. That when they are leading every news outlet in viewers. Not only was that small and childish, but it disclosed that the “spirit of transparency and openness” is there. It is just transparently and openly obvious that if Obama is running the White House he is too vain for words. If it is Rahm and Axelrod then Obama is as much of a “lightweight” as we have always believed, and they are evil twins pulling his strings.
But there are others – read that as czars, Soros, Acorn and others – who also have a grip on Obama’s strings.
Regardless of who is really the President or who the President really is – take your choice – what the country is proclaiming as evidenced by Virginia, New Jersey, and to some part by the New York special election even is that America is awakening to the fact that his brand of change is not what they voted for.
Stay tuned. The tide is turning!
Oh, one more question…. Has anyone heard from the Republicans? Aside from a miniscule few of real conservatives left in the party, Rush Limbaugh, Beck, Fred Thompson, and Sarah Palin, there is a lot of silence from that quarter!!
DISCRIMINATION – ISRAELI STYLE
“The State of Israel discriminates against non-Orthodox streams of Judaism and against Jewish-born believers in Christianity, while the Palestinian Authority has not been doing enough to combat Muslim violence against Christians, according to the US State Department's annual International Religious Freedom Report on Israel released this week.
"Israeli government policy continued to support the generally free practice of religion, although government discrimination against non-Jews and non-Orthodox streams of Judaism continued," stated the 12,000-word report.
“The Orthodox monopoly over marriage, burial and conversion was criticized by US State Department officials.” (Michael Wagner, Jerusalem Post, 10.29.09)
Now let’s be honest, the US State Department is not one of my favorite branches of government. They usually rate right up there with the Israel Ministry of Interior. But is there any validity to their accusation.
Yes. Yes. And Yes.
A brief history lesson: When Ben Gurion was engineering the State of Israel’s birth, one of the things the socialist, agnostic did was to give tremendous leverage to the ultra-orthodox sects of Judaism to get them to immigrate. In the past sixty years these groups have parlayed their edge into tremendous political power.
As Wagner’s column stated they do have a virtual monopoly over conversion, marriage and burial. Not only that but they do hold tremendous sway over a vast amount of other aspects of life in Israel by being coalition “lynch pins” in the parliamentarian style of government in Israel. The other parties (secular and religious) need the orthodox to get enough members to form a ruling coalition and have to trade power in some areas to get them to join.
A few friends and I were recently discussing this very thing when one said, “They are needed and no one in the other parties, including the Prime Minister, is really willing to pay the political price to cross them.”
The 15,000-30,000 Israeli believers in Jesus Christ as their Messiah (thus the title) also face tremendous social, cultural, financial and even physical threats. Personally we believe the numbers (which came from author Joel Rosenberg who has great ties in that community) may be much higher. That they are not more public is due to the high price believers might pay for more openness.
It is sad to us that Jews / Israelis who have suffered so much discrimination throughout the ages because of their religion and race would not be more open minded and democratic in this land.
NEW “FUNDAMENTALIST ISLAMIC RADICALISM” ON THE RISE
Both in the West Bank Arab areas and in Gaza, the al-Qaeda-type Islamists are finding advocates.
This is what has made the Abbas regime so virulent recently. Where for years after Arafat died, Abbas was sort of the West’s Palestinian lap dog, he has become much more openly militant.
We’re not saying his radicalism has not always been so; just that it is more open recently. We’ve exposed his two-faced attitudes for years on these pages and radio broadcasts.
Part of the reason is that he is running scared. Not necessarily for his very life, though that is certainly part of it, but for his political life. As more of the Palestinian population goes through a division, Abbas seems to be playing to the worst element of his society.
Be aware that there are many Palestinians who lived through the Second Intifada with its terror against Israelis inside Israel and the settlements, but also endured literal anarchy on the streets of their own cities and villages with thugs. During that time it was common to find a poor soul dragged into a city or town square and murdered in public view for “collaboration.” Usually that meant that he had simply insulted the local thug.
ON THE OTHER HAND…
Word also came this week that the Waqf authority (whose power rests in Jordan) was quietly pleased that Israel has tamped down the rock throwers and trouble makers atop the Temple Mount.
More than the actual rock throwers, Israel’s dealing with the radical sheik Raed Salah and the Fatah rebel-rouser Hatem Abdel Qader was appreciated by the Waqf.
There was genuine concern that these two in particular were attempting a virtual overthrown of authorities in charge of the Temple Mount by becoming the “mouth pieces for Palestinians” in Israel.
There is still some of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” in this part of the world.
SPITTING IN HILLARY’S FACE!
While we have no doubt that Bill may have considered exactly that act, we also believe that wisdom may have given him pause.
Not so with Mahmoud Abbas. When he and Hillary met in Abu Dhabi recently, and then she came to Israel for a brief meeting with the PM, afterward Abbas said that it was actually the Secretary of State’s fault that there were no peace talks.
Oh, Mahmoud, you shouldn’t oughta said that!!
What he meant was that she had not forced Israel to stop all settlement growth, including in Jerusalem, which the Arabs consider West Bank area as well.
Yes, it’s nonsense, and everyone knows it, but Abbas is desperate to win the January Palestinian elections, and so has to look nice and radical for the voters.
Drama King. Stay tuned. (Hillary won’t forget this.)
BUILD THE TEMPLE! WHERE? ….
When visitors come to Israel be they pilgrims on tour or other friends, the conversation virtually always ends up with discussion about rebuilding the Temple.
What used to be the Temple Institute, directed by Sanhedrin member, Yehuda Glick, is now called The Temple Tools, and should be a stop for everyone interested in seeing the implements of the Jewish Temple. These folks not only have their items on display along with other interesting displays but they give very good lectures on the subjects related to the Temple.
According to the Bible (Revelation), the next Jewish Temple will be built under the auspices of the Anti-Christ. Ezekiel’s temple is to be erected under the reign of the returned Messiah. They are not the same edifices.
Now comes the question of where will the next temple be built? There are some who believe it must be on the exact spot where the Dome of the Rock now stands.
We’ve taught for years that this doesn’t line up with current rabbinical positioning. If one walks the Rabbi’s Tunnel which runs along the wall of the Temple Mount you can find a plaque on the eastern side of the tunnel explaining that this is the nearest one can come to the Holy of Holies. That plaque puts the Temple north of the Dome of the Rock. (see photo)
Tunnel Plaque (Ernie Moore)
You can see a diagram of the positioning we are talking about in our friend Jack Heinz’s publication “Israel Get Ready” at www.peaceforisrael.net.
Okay, it’s heresy in some places, but in Israel one man’s heresy is another’s dogma.
Robert Eisenman came out with the idea of going ahead and building another Temple, but locating it someplace else in Israel. Whoa! Wait a minute.
(He is Professor of Middle East Religions and Archaeology and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Judeo-Christian Origins at California State University Long Beach. http://www.jpost.com servlet/Satellite?cid=1256557977301&pagename=JPArticle%2FShowFull)
This is not my idea. Actually I expect to be in Heaven’s balcony when this building is going on, so I don’t have a dog in this particular fight. (And beside as a Bible Believing Baptist-Jewish Christian I take what the Word says and that’s my position.)
But the whole idea of building a Temple someplace else in Israel opens up a ton of different ideas and questions.
For instance… exactly where would or could it be built? Not in the Jordan River areas. That is too far from Jerusalem after all, and below Jericho much of it is considered West Bank areas. Not a safe place to put a Temple.
Tel Aviv? Naw. Too commercialized and too secular.
Galilee? Hezbollah would love nothing more than to blow the new Jewish Temple sky high (pun intended). Can’t put it in range of the rockets. Though, effective this week the IDF released the news that Gaza’s rockets can now reach south Tel Aviv.
Well, I have a suggestion. Why not Bet Shemesh? It is full of radical ultra Orthodox already (as well as some very nervous Jews who are neither radical nor ultra orthodox, and friends of ours).
But Bet Shemesh sits on the lip of the mountains leading up to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and the Sharon plains. It is only a few miles from Jerusalem itself and thousands of Jews drive Route 1 daily and could stop off.
Land there is cheaper (relatively speaking) and other major highway systems are not far away. (Route 6, the Ayalon Highway, etc.)
I’m just sort of having fun with all this. Of course the Temple should be built in Jerusalem, and the Jerusalem Forest just west of Mt. Herzl could work as well, be closer, etc., and that could still be considered Jerusalem.
One thing more. We’ve come to understand that in this crazy world what is unthinkable today could very well be the new paradigm tomorrow, so clip this column and hang on to it for future reference.
Just a private word. Recently we suffered a very painful gall bladder attack which hospitalized us here in Jerusalem (last week’s column was on that experience.)
We will be undergoing surgery next month, so a couple of prayer requests: One is that we do not have any further attacks until the surgery. Two is that all goes well. Thanks.
Currently we are feeling well, have lost around ten pounds (which we did not need anyway), and have expectations of further weight loss. Actually it is not proving too difficult. When we recall the horrible pain, the size of our portions shrink.
Another prayer request: we are currently working on a special project that is progressing well. We just ask that you would add it to your list of prayers for us.
Thank you for your loyalty to our work here. We appreciate knowing that you are on our side as we strive to follow our Lord’s leading regardless of where that takes us. God is good. I recently came across something from Oswald Chambers that you might find interesting:
“Jesus Christ says, Don’t rejoice in successful service, but rejoice because you are rightly related to me. The snare in Christian work is to rejoice in successful service, to rejoice in the fact that God has used you. You can never measure what God will do through you if you are rightly related to Jesus Christ. Keep your relationship right with Him, then whatever circumstances you are in, and whoever you meet day by day, He is pouring rivers of living water through you, and it is of His mercy that he does not let you know it….
“The tendency today is to put the emphasis on service. Beware of the people who make usefulness their ground of appeal. If you make usefulness the test, then Jesus Christ was the greatest failure that ever lived. …” (My Utmost for His Highest)
(By that he obviously meant “as rated by the world” – at that time or later – because His workers were scattered and the work came to no earthly fame in His days on earth.
Believers live by a different standard of success than the world. Amen!)
Well, with that, I bid you…
Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
Psalm 25:22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
Psalm 60:12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.
Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
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