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The Middle East: Ancient History Part 1, Background

April 10, 2014 Leave a comment

This is the ninth in a series of essays examining the Middle East situation from a Biblical perspective.Counter-Cut

Every fall people flock to corn mazes and hay mazes that spring up throughout the countryside.  Famers create these mazes by cutting labyrinthine paths in corn that stands taller than a man, or by constructing labyrinthine walls of hay bales higher than a man.

Upon entering the maze no one can see where they have been, where they are, or where they’re going.  Navigating one’s way out of such mazes is challenging and time-consuming.  While in these mazes, do we know where we are?  Kind of, but not really.

However, if we had an accurate map of the maze and an accurate record of where we’ve been, we could know exactlywhere we are and where we’re going.  We could even plan and reliably follow a route to get out of the maze.

It is the same with history.  If we want to know what the future might hold – though we cannot see the future clearly – it is necessary to know where we started, where we’ve been, and where we are.  We can then make some reasonable projections of the future based on that knowledge.  However, the more accurately and the farther out into the future we wish to make our projections, the farther back in time we must look to maintain reasonable accuracy of prediction. 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: 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…

Newtown

December 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Counter-CutThe school shooting in Newtown CT is a tragedy.  One can never fully appreciate the pain of losing a loved one, especially a young child, until one experiences it.  And I pray that I will never have to go through it.

My heart bleeds for the parents, relatives, and friends of all the victims, and I pray that they experience the peace of the LORD beyond all understanding, and the strength of the LORD beyond all human strength as they process this tragedy.

We have already begun to see the hand wringing and hear the same old questions from news commentators, “Who would do such a thing?  What could have possibly possessed a young man to commit such a heinous crime?  Why?”  and so on, just as we’ve heard these same questions asked and left unanswered after every other tragedy.  But then, a short while later we’ll forget the whole matter and go about our lives as before – except for those directly affected, who may never fully reconcile to the event.

The secular media has no answer to the difficult questions they raise.  They hypothesize and pontificate, “He was angry.” Or “He had a bad childhood.” Or “It was drugs.”  Or offer up any one of a dozen stock non-answers, because there is no earthly rational answer for such irrational deeds.  They blindly grope around because they don’t recognize the truth, that the answer is spiritual. Read more…

Foolishness

December 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Counter-CutLast week the U.N. voted 138 to 9 to upgrade the Palestinian Authority’s status from “entity” to “non-member state”.  This happened in spite of the Palestinian Authority’s continuing commitment to the destruction and appropriation of Israel’s territory, Israel’s opposition to the measure before the U.N, and the fact that Palestine has never been a people or a viable state.

In fact, Palestine cannot survive without Israeli life support and huge amounts of global welfare.  For example, Palestinians get their electricity from Israel, but owe $200 million in unpaid electric bills to Israel in spite of receiving about $1 billion annually in foreign aid.

When the votes were counted, 138 countries voted in favor, 9 opposed, and 41 abstained.
Here is a listing of how each country voted:  http://qz.com/32657/heres-how-countries-voted-on-palestinian-statehood-today-and-israeli-statehood-65-years-ago/

One of the most interesting elements of this resolution is that it specifically requires the withdrawal of Israel from Jerusalem, citing the Palestinians’ “inalienable rights” to the city as justification:

… the need for the withdrawal of Israel from the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem…

The U.N. resolution is in reality nothing more than a poorly veiled attempt to delegitimize and destroy the modern state of Israel through political means, having failed to do so militarily.  For the full text of the U.N. resolution, click here.

Actually, the vote is not surprising.   It was predicted by the prophet Zecheriah 2,600 years ago and is yet another sign that we are nearing Biblical end times[1] (Key text has been highlighted in bold): Read more…

Hungary: …More tidbits

October 23, 2012 Leave a comment

View of Buda

I recently posted a series about adventures in Hungary.  If you read those, you might be interested in these two pieces from the internet.

Hungary, because of its location in central Europe, has been at the crossroads of migrations between Europe, Asia, and the Middle East – amongst them being Jews fleeing westward.  Budapest is the capital and largest city in Hungary; before the Second World War it was home to one of the largest concentrations of Jews in Europe.   To this day Budapest has one of the largest synagogues on the planet.  So it was not surprising to find the following travelogue about Budapest from a Jewish perspective.  Enjoy!

Of course where there are Jews, there are also anti-Semites – and Hungary is no exception.  So it wasn’t surprising that one of the most wanted living Nazis was arrested in Hungary as well, particularly in light of the fact that Hungary was under Nazi occupation during WWII.

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Jewish Riddle

October 16, 2012 1 comment

This question originated sometime between 1,000 BC (King Solomon’s time) and 500 BC, (Hezekiah’s time) at which time it was included in the Hebrew Scriptures:

Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name? Surely you know! (Proverbs 30:4)

To find out the answer, please read this October 2012 newsletter in its entirety.  You’ll enjoy it.  I was overwhelmed by the faith and courage of the author!

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