Archive for January, 2013

Mysterious Explosion in Iran?

January 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Counter-CutReports of a mysterious major explosion at Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility have been circulating around the world. Iran denies the report; the White House refuses to acknowledge it; the mainstream media ignores it. Some claim independent unofficial confirmation; other sources deny the reports as falsehood.

The Fordow facility is Iran’s primary nuclear enrichment factory, buried deep underground. As many as 240 nuclear scientists and engineers, many of whom are foreigners, are reportedly trapped inside – perhaps dead. Iranian rescue activities allegedly have been initiated but unable to reach any of trapped victims. Read more…

The Middle East: History

January 21, 2013 1 comment

Counter-CutThis is the seventh in a series of essays examining the Middle East situation from a Biblical perspective.

Biblical History

In the beginning the LORD God [1] created the Heavens and the Earth.

Therefore He owns the Heavens and the Earth and everything in them:  The stars, seas and everything in them, mountains and lands and everything in them, all wild and domestic animals, and all cities and all people.

For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.  I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine. (Psa 50:10-11)

Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die.  (Eze 18:4)

As owner He has the right and the authority to do whatever He chooses to do with His possessions.  As Creator He has the power to implement His will.  Nothing and no one can stop Him from doing so. Read more…

The Promised Land – A Parable

January 17, 2013 Leave a comment

PomegraniteThis is the sixth in a series of essays examining the Middle East situation from a Biblical perspective.

A gardener owned some land. It was dry and full of rocks and thistles. In it he built a garden. He cut down and burned the thistles, removed the rocks and used them to make a fence around the garden to keep out predators. Then he planted many pomegranate, coriander, and honeysuckle; watered them; and protected and tended them day in, day out. He hired gardeners to tend the garden, and showed them exactly how to protect and care for the garden. The garden brought forth many beautiful fragrant flowers and gave much pleasure to the gardener. Read more…

The Middle East: Trust Me

January 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Counter-CutThis is the fifth in a series of essays examining the Middle East situation from a Biblical perspective.

“Trust me,” says the liar.
“I’ll return it,” says the thief.
“I’ll not harm you,” says the murderer.

But invariably the liar lies, the thief steals, and the murderer kills.  His words deceive, but his actions reveal his true character.

If someone has to keep repeating, “Trust me!” in order to convince a skeptic, alarm bells invariably go off.
“Something’s wrong,” we intuitively think, “he’s probably lying.”
For we have learned through experience truth in the saying, “Tell a man by his actions, not his words.”

We have also learned through experience that trust is earned.  It is earned through consistent, predictable actions, good or bad.  An inconsistent person is not trustworthy, for he is unpredictable and is likely to harm.  An evil person is not trustworthy for he can be trusted to harm. Read more…

The Middle East: Battlefield of the gods

January 14, 2013 2 comments

Counter-CutThis is the fourth in a series of essays examining the Middle East situation from a Biblical perspective.

In the Bible, the Lord God of Israel warns the nation of Israel:

Take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them; (Deu 11:16)

The objective of this essay is to provide the reader with a Biblical understanding of the implications of that warning in the context of today’s Middle East conflict. Read more…

The Middle East: Anti-Semitism

January 11, 2013 1 comment

Counter-CutThis is the third in a series of essays examining the Middle East situation from a Biblical perspective.

There are 13.4 million Jews in the entire world – a mere 0.2% of the population.  Yet there is no other people group who is the subject of such world-wide enmity and hatred.  Why is that?  …and what is anti-Semitism, actually?

We will examine the following aspects of anti-Semitism in this study:

The Middle East: Blessings and Curses

January 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Counter-CutThis is the second in a series of essays examining the Middle East situation from a Biblical perspective.

Clinton coined the phrase “It’s the economy, stupid!”
Perhaps we can better understand events unfolding in the Middle East if we rephrase his statement and remember,
“It’s spiritual warfare, stupid, not just politics!”  Let me explain… Read more…

Understanding the Middle East

January 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Counter-CutThe events taking place in the Middle East today are literally earth-shattering. They will radically change the global political landscape. But we need not be surprised by them because these events were predicted in the Bible thousands of years ago. The U.N. vote to upgrade the Palestinian Authority’s status from “entity to “non-member state” was another indicator of the accuracy of those predictions, as discussed in my post entitled “Foolishness.”

Shortly after the U.N. vote I decided to embark on a series of essays to review current Middle East events through the lens of the Bible. Many long, involved, and sometimes repetitive books have been written on the subject, and I thought it would be useful to condense that information and present it in one or two easily digestible “Executive Summary” style posts.

Well, I just couldn’t do it.  It will take more than just two posts to do the subject justice.  Therefore you will be seeing a series of posts, each one examining different aspects of Middle East developments through a Biblical lens.  Then life got in the way.  At last!  This is the introduction to that series, because

All is not as it looks – especially in the Middle East!

It is best to read the posts in this sequence:

Blessings and Curses
Battlefield of the gods
Trust me
The Promised Land – A Parable

Middle East History
Claim and Counter-claim
What next?
He’s alive!


The Cobra

January 5, 2013 Leave a comment

ImageA cobra mesmerizes its prey before the deadly strike.
A boxer feigns a right thrust before the knockout left blow.
A politician pretends peace before declaring war.
A general deceives with a flank action before the victorious frontal assault.

In each case the victim never saw death coming.
He didn’t know his enemy and didn’t recognize the threat.
But catastrophe and death are avoidable. Read more…