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October 24 2016

Jerusalem Has No Historic Connection to the Jews?

For many years the UN has been a mouthpiece of nations that hate Israel. This organization has passed an endless number of resolutions that seek to defame Israel— mostly for defending its right to exist.

Last week, UNESCO, the Paris-based UN cultural body, attacked Israel’s history by approving a resolution that said the Temple Mount and the Wailing Wall have no historic connection to the Jews.

The measure was put forward by several Arab countries, including Egypt, Lebanon and Algeria. There were 24 votes cast in favor and six against with 26 abstentions and two absentees.

The U.S. voted against the resolutions. With the presidential election less than a month away, the Obama Administration had no choice but to play it safe. The State Department issued this voice of opposition:

“We are deeply concerned about these kinds of recurring politicized resolutions that do nothing to advance constructive results on the ground and we don’t believe they should be adopted,” spokesman Mark Toner said.

UNESCO chief Irina Bokova has herself expressed reservations about the resolutions. Radical Muslims had threatened to kill her if she blocked a final vote on the draft. Bokova tried to distance herself from the controversy by saying “Nowhere more than in Jerusalem do Jewish, Christian and Muslim heritage and traditions share space.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted UNESCO; saying the body has lost its legitimacy.

“To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount and Western Wall is like saying China has no connection to the Great Wall of China or Egypt has no connection to the pyramids,” said Netanyahu.

There must be some type of brain virus going around that’s causing international organizations to lose touch with reality. A couple days after the UNESCO vote, the Nobel prize committee announced that rock legend Bob Dylan would receive this year’s prize for literature. He will be the first musician to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

The Jews connection to Jerusalem goes back 3000 years. The religion that Muhammad dreamt up didn’t come along until 610 AD. The idea of Jerusalem’s Old City being Islam’s third holiest is the product of a recent rewriting of history. There is no mention of Jerusalem in the Koran. Islamic scholars ignored this city for hundreds of years. It wasn’t until the Jews started coming back to the Holy Land that Islam suddenly discovered Jerusalem’s importance.

The Old and New Testament clearly state that Jerusalem is a Jewish city. Since God Himself made this declaration, UNESCO would need to call the Lord of heaven a liar to change the city’s heritage. “The Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your descendants I will give this land’” (Genesis 12:7a).

We may soon find that UNESCO has come out with a revised edition of the Bible:

“And Jesus went into the Al-Aqsa Mosque Temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the Al-Aqsa Mosque Temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves” (Matthew 21:12).

This struggle over the Jewishness of God’s Holy City can also be found in various reference sites on the Internet. On Wikipedia’s “Jerusalem” page, previously well-known facts are now qualified with openers like this: “According to the Bible, King David’s son Solomon built the Holy Temple.” And, “Because of the status quo policy, the Wall is the holiest place for Jews.”

Instead of going by a mountain of artifacts that point to Jerusalem’s Jewish past, you find statements that say “Jewish nationalists (Zionists), who claim the right to the city based on Jewish descent.”

Articles about the Jewish Temple Mount now have to include Arab names of this location. When you bring up an article about the “Al-Aqsa Mosque,” there are no Hebrew names and there is only a brief reference citing the Temple Mount as the holiest site of Judaism.

I recently found a YouTube video titled, “10 Countries You Didn’t Know Existed.” Most of these nations are unrecognized because they are ignored by the rest of the world. Some of them have their own money, government, and language. Their dreams of statehood go unrealized partly because the UN is too busy worrying about a host of trivial matters related to Israel.

The willingness of UNESCO to defy basic logic over the history of Jerusalem would seem to indicate that we are close to the end.

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:2-3).

--Todd



The Twinkling

You and many others who have chosen to read this commentary are likely in agreement. We find ourselves at a time in which the future is indeed murky. The very fact makes it a time of uneasiness--of profound uncertainty.

With so many existential threats (factors portending possible, even probable, future disruption for our lives), many look to November 8 with a shadow of oppressiveness clouding their thoughts.

We have watched our American way--our laws and traditions--dismantled. We have watched the process happen with the acquiescence, even the complicity of those with whom we entrusted our vote to stop that degeneration.

More troubling is the almost certainty that if the presidential candidate presently leading in polls (according to most polls) succeeds, the tearing down of America as founded will be put on the fast track. The "promise and change" declared by the current president--issued in January of 2009--will, it is feared, soon after this election be completed. The global architects will, in that case, have removed what I believe to be the last roadblock from their ambition--to tear down national sovereignties.

America, in the earthly sense, is that roadblock--thus the all-out effort by national and world politicians as well as media--both news and entertainment--to utterly destroy the candidate in opposition to their vision for one-world order.

With most everything else in place for setting up for the Tribulation (Daniel's seventieth week), including Israel again in the spotlight, hounded by UNESCO in denying Israel's historical right to the land, we have as of late added some truly profound rumors of war. Russia and the American presidential administration have entered into an extremely dangerous era of international intrigue and gamesmanship. With the Clinton campaign and the administration of Barack Obama pointing the finger of blame at Vladimir Putin and his regime as guilty of hacking emails and giving to Wikileaks in order to influence the outcome of the election, not just the Cold War, but a hot war might be forthcoming it is conjectured by some.

The Russians have moved, uncontested, into the Middle East. They have naval power and growing ground and air force capabilities in position to defend the Syrian dictator. This American administration has lifted not a finger to oppose this shift of Russian power into the region that is mentioned in Bible prophecy like no other.

Obama has, through his ineptness--or, as I more am prone to suspect, his deliberate action--allowed the development of the forces of ISIS (ISIL, as he calls them). America has U.S. Air Force assets now in regions that some believe equates to a provocation-of-war-incident waiting to happen. Again, I'm convinced it's all part of the globalist orchestration being used by Satan himself to bring his own son of perdition to power. So many who consider all of this sense an incident or action in the immediate future that will explode in uncontrollable ramifications. Yet, nothing, no matter the circumstances, has to this point happened to initiate the long-anticipated catastrophe.

The Russians are seemingly trying to instigate direct confrontation with American aircraft. China is trying to provoke, seemingly, a confrontation in the South China Sea. Iran is firing, through proxies, upon U.S. warships, apparently begging to be hit in return so as to start something.

The economic bubble of insanity continues to build to the bursting point. And, we have a presidential election in two weeks that some believe will bring on an even greater national schizophrenia and possible civil war, no matter who wins.

My great friend, the late Jack Kinsella, had tremendous insight, as many reading this column know. He left us some God-engendered thoughts for just this time in which we find ourselves. He wrote the following in one of his Omega Letter commentaries.

"We live in the most terrifying time of uncertainty in human history--the wrong move by the wrong guy could set off a chain of events that could potentially exterminate the human race. We have but a short time to spread the message of salvation, and it doesn't help if we are paralyzed by fear. The Lord knew the conditions that would exist just before His return. Which is why Paul ends his explanation of the Rapture with this exhortation: "Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (1st Thessalonians 4:16-18)

Jack had just written a fabulous piece on the Rapture. The "comfort" of which Paul assured us was all about that twinkling of an eye moment that Jack and I--and, I hope you--believe is about to occur based upon all of these things that have begun to come to pass (Luke 21:28).

--Terry