Jul 172017
 

Mention the words “Middle East”, and several other words come to mind – violence, bloodshed, hatred, instability, refugees and terrorism. In short, the Middle East scares us! For most of us outside the region, it’s hard to make sense of the huge changes in the Middle East in recent years – the Arab Spring, governments overthrown, dictators toppled, the never-ending wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, and the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL).

Yet even to the casual observer, it’s easy to see that in the absence of strong leadership from the United States, coupled with the massive drawdown of U.S. forces in the region, ISIS, Russia and Iran have been filling the political and military power vacuum in the area.

Add to this the seemingly naive Iran nuclear agreement, and this situation has all but assured that Iran will be able to manufacture nuclear weapons with which to threaten its neighbors for decades to come (though President-elect Donald Trump has stated his desire to negotiate a new deal). Meanwhile, the instability and endless warfare in the region have sent a flood of Middle Eastern refugees into Europe and a growing stream into the United States – bringing political and cultural convulsions where they go.

Dramatic change from a century ago – what happened?

Think about it for a moment. Have you ever wondered why the Middle East is so often in the news headlines? In stark contrast, a century ago it was a place where nothing of significance happened. Historian David Fromkin, author of A Peace to End All Peace, writes: “The Middel East, although it had been of great interest to western diplomats and politicians during the nineteenth century … was of only marginal concern to them in the early years of the twentieth century … The region had become a political backwater” (1989, p.24).

Fromkin adds, “Few Europeans of Churchill’s generation knew or cared what went on in the languid empires of the Ottoman Sultan or the Persian Shah” (p. 25). Today, the Middle East dominates global headlines. Why is it so different now? If we peel back the layers of recent history, we can begin to understand the factors underlying the instability of this vital region today.

What changed? Three major events, all of which were needed to set stage for end-time biblical prophecy:

  • The collaps of the Ottoman Empire.
  • The establishment of the state of Israël 
  • The rise of fundamentalist Islam.

How did these transform the region and lay the groundwork for prophecy to be fulfilled?

The collapse of the Otto Empire

For nearly 600 years, the Ottoman caliphate had ruled an empire that had subjugated Arabs, Kurds, Greeks, Armenians, other peoples of the Middle East, Southeastern Europe and North Africa. During the six centuries of its rule, the Ottoman Empire had provided a laissez faire stability in a region that would later become a modern-day powder keg.

By the early 1900s the Ottoman Empire was a mere shadow of its former greatness. Like the Russian Empire to its north, the Ottomans presided over a region of largely backward agricultural peoples for whom little had changed in centuries.

In the decade prior to the First World War, however, the so-called “Young Turks” – a group of Turkish intellectuals and military officers who founded the Committee of Union and Progress (C.U.P.) – took control of the Empire and began to try to modernize the state that had come to be dubbed “the Sick Man of Europe”. Their publicly proclaimed reforms included ending official discrimination against non-Muslims, the education and emancipation of women, and increasing the powers of secular law courts (at the expense of Islamic courts).

But as David Fromkin points out, “Once in power the C.U.P. showed the dark side of its nationalism by asserting the hegemony of Turkish-speaking Moslems over all others” (p.48).

This emphasis on Turkish nationalism only served to provoke a sense of nationalism in other groups, including the Arabs. Yet the time for reforms had run out. Three disastrous wars, the first against Italy in Libya (1911-12), then two wars in the Balkans (1912-13) had cost the Ottoman Empire almost all of its European territories.

Ever wary of Russian designs on Turkish territory, the Ottoman Minister of War, Enver Pasha, signed a fateful, secret treaty of mutual aid with the Germans against Russia. As World War I (1914-18) began, the Ottoman Empire was drawn into the fight against the Allies (Britain, France, Italy and Russia).

Four years after the close of the hostilities of World War I, the Ottoman Empire ceased to exist in 1922, when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk overthrew the last caliphate and declared the Turkish Republic. The real question was not why the empire fell, but how the Ottomans managed to hold this cultural “patchwork quilt” of an empire together for so long!

[[The Middle East scares us! For most of us outside the region, it’s hard to make sense of the violence, hatred and terrorism. How will it end?]]

The Ottomans had managed their conquests through decentralized governmental structures at the local level. When the European powers picked up the pieces of the fractured Ottoman Empire after the First World War, they imposed arbitrary governmental boundaries, while paying no attention to the complessssities of the existing tribal and ethnic divisions that the Ottomans had given a certain autonomy to for centuries.

The League of Nations Mandate in 1921 made the land grab official. France acquired Syria and Lebanon, while Britain got Iraq, Palestine and Jordan. The Saudi Arabian Peninsula became a series of independent kingdoms and British protectorates.

While Europe got what it asked for, it failed to get what it wanted – compliant, happy subjects. Fromkin adds: “World War I was often called ‘the war to end all wars’. At the close of the peace conference following the worst conflict in history, Archibald Wavell, and officer who served with the British Army in Palestine and was later promoted to field marshal, prophetically declared, “After ‘the war to end war’ they seem to have been pretty successful in Paris at making a ‘Peace to end Peace'” (p.5).

The stage in the Middle East was now set for the next two prophetic elements.

Establisment of the modern State of Israël

On Nov. 29, 1947, the United Nations adopted Resolution 181 (known as the Partition Resolution) in spite of all Arab states voting against it. It divided the League of Nations Mandate for British-administered Palestine into Jewish and Arab provinces, not states, as Britain’s withdrawal was set for May 14, 1948, when its mandate ended.

Under Resolution 181, the holy places within Bethlehem and Jerusalem would remain under international control. On May 14, 1948, however, David Ben Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israël. The United States recognized the new nation that same day.

The following day, forces from five Arab nations (plus local Palestinian Arab forces) attacked the new state. Nine months later, the war ended and Israël had miraculously survived. As hundreds of thousands of Arabs fled Palestine, hundreds of thousands of Jews immigrated to the new, fledgling nation. The Arabs largely allied themselves with the Russian-led Soviet Union. Israël, conversely, allied itself with the United States. The stage was set for three more major wars between Israël and its Arab neighbors, along with a score of other military actions. But in spite of what many believe, 1947 and the creation of the State of Israël was not the staring point for the strife in the Middle East.

Resurgence of fundamentalist Islam

During the “Young Turk” reforms before World War I, many Arabs, including the influential Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, founder of Saudi Arabia, labeled the Ottoman goverment anti-Islamic. As the First World War began, Arab nationalism began to stir. Sharif Hussein ibn Ali, who was a descendant of the family of Muhammad, founder of the Islam, and the ancestor of the present King of Jordan, began the Arab Revolt in June of 1916. Financial and military support for the revolt later came from the French and British, including the support of Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence – better known as Lawrence of Arabia.

Sharif Hussein ibn Ali was driven by Arab nationalism. He envisioned and independent, unified Arab nation stretching from Egypt to Iraq and from Syria to Yemen. But for Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, it was a particular type of Islam that drove his vision – Wahhabism.

What did this movement have to do with the resurgence of fundamentalist Islam? A lot – even today.

Writing in World Affairs, Carol Choksy, adjunct lecturer on strategic intelligent at Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing, and Jamsheed Choksy, distinguished professor at Indiana University, observe: “The Saudi kingdom’s inseparability from the Wahhabi form of Sunni Islam, first espoused in 1744 and the fundamental creed of Saudi Arabia since its modern founding in 1932, has ensured the fundamentalism shapes domestic and foreign policies”.

“Saudi Arabia is not the only source of resources for jihadism – public and private entities in Kuwait, Qatar, the Unites Arab Emirates, and more recently Turkey have also been linked to collection and transfer of funds supporting terror groups. But the Saudis have been the most persistent source of support for global jihad by spreading Wahhabism abroad to radicalize foreign Muslims and then giving financial support to their violent struggles in countries as far-flung as Afghanistan, Syria, and Libya” (The Saudi Connection: Wahhabism and Global Jihad”, May-June 2015).

The Choksys add that the weapons and ammunition used in January 2015 attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine that left 12 dead and 11 wounded “have been traced back to jihadis in Bosnia, where preachers at the King Fahd Mosque in Sarajevo who were trained and funded with Saudi support declare those attacks were staged by the West as an excuse to discriminate against Muslims” (ibid.).

The rise of fundamentalist Islam and its militant course brings up two legitimate questions: Why all the violence, and were will this clash of cultures and the rise of fundamentalist Islam lead?

As to the first question, historian Karen Armstrong adds this insight on the violence associated with Islamic fundamentalism in her book Islam: A Short History: “As the millenium drew to close, however, some Muslims seemed to have lived up to this Western perception, and, for the first, have made sacred violence a cardinal Islamic duty. These fundamentalists often call Western colonialism and post-colonial Western imperialism al-Salibiyyah: the Crusade” (2000, p. 180, emphasis added troughout).

This term reminds Muslims of the violent wars between medieval Christianity and Islam almost 1,000 years ago during the Crusades (in which European armies tried to retake previously Christian Middle Eastern lands that had been unvaded and take over by Muslims). It also reminds them of the Western incursions of more recent times – World War II, the first and second Iraq wars and Afghanistan.

Many Muslims view the impact of modern Western culture as something of a cultural crusade aimed at taking over the world. While some aspects of Western culture like technology and medicine are welcomed, others, particularly corrupt moral values, are seen by many as contrary to Islam and their way of life.

Karen Armstrong continues, “All over the world, as we have seen, people in all the major faiths have reeled under the impact of Western modernity, and have produced the embattled and frequently intolerant religiosity that we call fundamentalism”(ibid.).

As the intensity of the resentment against Western culture and military incursions, continues to build, we can expect Islamic fundamentalists to continue to strike out against targets in the United States and Europe and even against other Muslims who do not subscribe to their particular brand of Islam.

As for the second question: Where will this clash of cultures and the rise of fundamentalist Islam lead?

An end-time confederacy of Arab states?

The Bible actually has much to say about the current situation in the Middle East. In fact, Bible prophecy reveals where these current conditions will ultimately lead. One mention can be found in Psalm 83. This Psalm appears to be a prophecy of a confederacy of nations, while it may have applied in part to ancient events, seems to tie into end-time events. It describes how a group of nations and peoples band together for a common purpose – to cut off the nation Israël.

  • For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate Youhave lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones. They have said, ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israël may be remembered no more’. For they have c0onsulted togeether with one consent; they form a confederacy against You” (Psalm 83:2-5).

Here we read of a coalition of people who are fighting ultimately not against Israël, but against God. For many Arab leaders and people, the annihilation of the Jewish state of Israël – and  eventually the United States and other Western powers of Israëlite heritage – is among their chief goals.

Verse 6 identifies a host of Arab people who, it appears, will ally together to fight against Israël: The “peoples of Edom” include the Palestinians and some of the Turks. “Ishmaelites” comprise  many of the Arab peoples throughout the middel East and north Africa. Moab is the area of central Jordan. The “Hagrites” appear to be other descendants of Hagar, mother of Ishmael. The “children of Lot” refers to Moab and Ammon – again, regions of modern-day Jordan. Others are identified as well.

One of the great unfulfilled aspirations of the fall of the Ottoman Empire was a unified Arab state. It was the dream of Sharif Hussein ibn Ali and many others. Could this confederacy be the fulfillment of that dream? The social and political currents sweeping throughout the Arab world point to this possibility.

The caliph and the king of the South

The word caliph comes from the Arabic khalifa, meaning “succesor” (to Muhammad). The last of the caliphs were the Ottomans (1517-1924). Many in the Islamic world today dream of restoring a caliphate to unify the Muslim world and restore the hegemony of Islam.

The leaders of al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS in particlular have all pictured themselves in this role. Given their abject brutality, however, it might prove rather difficult for any of these groups to gain a following widespread enough to produce a caliph broadly acceptable to the Muslim world.

However, if such a leader were to arise today, under the right circumstances he would be able to command the allegiance of millions of Muslims. As a new caliph rises, so will the desire to once again wield the sword of Islam to conquer and bring all others under submission to Islam. We have regularly seen Islamic leaders such as al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi and Islamic State caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declare this goal.

War between the king of the South and the king of the North

Daniel 11 is a prophecy covering the time from the 500s B.C. up to and including Jesus Christ’s return. Most of this remarkable prophecy describes the dramatic ebb and flow of a clash between the once mighty Seleucid and Ptolemaic Empires in the Middel East of around 485 to 168 B.C.

But in verse 40, the prophecy catapults to the future, when the end-time king of the South, likely the leader of a confederacy of Islamic nations in a restored caliphate, will initiate a war with a power lying to its north, apparently centered in Europe. This war will unleash a chain of events leading to unprecedented destruction, bringing the human race to the verge of extinction were it not for Jesus Christ’s return to save mankind from it madness.

Here we see a description of the forces of the end-time kings of the South and the North as they clash: “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the Norht shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through” (verse 40).

It’s not clear what this “attack” consist of. Considering the methods employed by Muslim extremists in recent years, perhaps a series of major terror attacks against European targets could constitute what is referred to here. What is clear, however, is that this end-time king of the South will attack the king of North in such a way as to provoke a major militairy counterstrike in the Middle-East that will completely overwhelm the forces of the South. Following the complete defeat, we read no more of the king of the South in Scripture.

What should you do?   

The fall of the Ottoman Empire unleashed a series of events that set in motion the unstable Middle East that we see in the headlines nearly every day. The demise of the Ottomans set the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled, and Daniel 11 is clear that coming conflict between king of the South and king of the North will lead to a new world war, one that will threaten the survival of all human life (Matthew 24:21-22).

At this critical juncture in world affairs, you need to comprehend not only what is happening around you, but why. Isn’t it time you blow the dust off your Bible and begin to see for yourself? Isn’t it time for you to begin developing a close relationship with your Father in heaven? It could very well be your only source of help in a coming time of need!

Uit: Beyond Today January-February 2017 / ucg.org/churches

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Saturday, July 29,

2017: The Month of Av … livestream with Pastor Mark Biltz / www.elshaddaiministries.us

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ONRUST OP HET TEMPELPLEIN in 2017/5777 / rond de 9 Av [31 juli t/m 1 augustus 2017 -de gedenkdag van de verwoesting van de Tempels]

Een terroristische aanslag op de Tempelberg op 14 juli 2017 leidde tot het stoppen van de gebedsdiensten en een aanscherping van de veiligheid op de Tempelberg. Metaal detectoren werden geïnstalleerd op de berg door Israël en de Palestijnen protesteren en boycotten de plaatsing ervan deze week. De Israëli’s mochten zelfs een tijdlang bidden op de Tempelberg. De spanning stijgt in Jeruzalem. Vandaag zijn mensen omgekomen in de rellen, aangezien Israël heeft besloten om de metaaldetectoren voor onbepaalde tijd aan te houden.

Het begon allemaal 50 jaar geleden, toen Israël Jeruzalem en de Tempelberg veroverde op 7 juni 1967 in de Zesdaagse oorlog. De Israëli’s waren al sinds het jaar 70 AD niet meer in deze positie. Nochtans, tien dagen later op 17 juni 1967, gaf Israël de Tempelberg weer over aan de WAQF in de hoop op vrede met de moslims(landen). Het was een stuk land gegeven voor vrede. 50 jaar lang heeft de Jordaanse WAQF alleen voor moslims toegestaan dat er gebeden werd op de Tempelberg.

Voor de eerste keer in 50 jaar werd dat verbroken als gevolg van de terroristische aanval op 14 juli 2017. De video-link [www.wimjongman.nl/nieuws/2017/aftellen2-2017.html] toont de betekenis van dit moment aan evenals van vele anderen gebeurtenissen sinds 7 juni 1967.

Is het gewoon een toeval dat 14 juli 2017 een nieuwe interval is van 100 dagen vanaf 7 juni 1967 en dat het ook 70 dagen is vóór het Bazuinenfeest (Rosh Hasjana) van 2017?

Het komt erop uit dat september van dit jaar, én het grote Openbaring 12-teken verbazingwekkend genoeg geheel wordt genegeerd door vele kerk denominaties.

Het staat niet in de video, maar 49×360 dagen vanaf de vorming van de Knesset op 1 april 1969 bij de wederopbouw van het door de oorlog verscheurde Jeruzalem eindigde dit op 17 juli 2017 (7/17/17). Het is op deze dag dat de Israëli’s openlijk baden op de Tempelberg.

Tekenen in de hemel-samenvatting:

  1. De grote Amerikaanse zonsverduistering op 21 augustus 2017 – die optreedt naast Regulus, de Koningster, de Leeuw van Juda. Het opent de periode van bekering – Tesjoewa, oftewel het aftellen tot het bekeren, en te zorgen dat men in het boek des levens is op de Opstandingsdag – het Bazuinenfeest met de laatste bazuin(en), Rosh Hasjana, Yom Teruah.
  2. De Venus-conjunctie met Regulus op 20 september 2017. De Morgenster en de Koningster. De Grote Pyramide in het model van de uitlijning op deze dag in de Christushoek. Dit gebeurt op de ochtend vóór het begin van het Bazuinenfeest (Rosh Hasjana).
  3. Het teken van de vrouw in Openbaring 12 op 23 september 2017. Dat vindt plaats op de Sjabbat van Terugkeer. Het teken voor Israël dat spreekt van de komende verdrukking (Jakob’s benauwdheid – Daniel 12:1; Jeremiah 30:5-7) en de tijd van Daniels laatste jaarweken de 68-70!

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Handbook of Biblical Chronology / Principles of Time Reckoning in the Ancient World and Problems of Chronology in the Bible / Jack Finegan – Hendrickson Publishers Revised Edition 1998

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Waar in Jeruzalem zal de derde Tempel van God worden gebouwd, voordat Christus terugkomt?

Er wordt heel veel herrie gemaakt over de Tempelberg. Maar was dat wel de plaats waar de Tempel stond. De Bijbel zegt anders! 

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ASTRONOMY ISRAËL

Naked Eye and Telescopie Tours of the Night Sky from Mitze Ramon

www.astronomyisrael.com

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Israel News Sites:

iltv.tv

israelnationalnews.com

israpundit.org

timesofisrael.com

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Dagelijks nieuws: nieuwsbrief …

wimjongman.nl

likud.nl

cidi.nl

www.israelplatform.nl/weekbrief/weekbrief.pdf

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DEN HAAG / THE HAGUE / PILLAR OF FIRE!!

www.pillaroffire.nl

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U.S.A. news:

foxnews.com

NEW POST:

Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

www.joelrosenberg.com

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THE Hal Lindsey REPORT

www.hallindsey.com

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Israeltoday

www.israeltoday.nl

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Gods WOORD geeft antWOORD

www.everread.nl 

www.levendwater.org

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ACADEMIE VOOR DE HEBREEUWSE BIJBEL EN DE HEBREEUWSE TAAL

www.hebreeuwseacademie.nl

STUDIE HEBREEUWS / Na’ale, de wekelijkse nieuwsbrief: Shomron Nieuws

www.studiehuisreshiet.nl

www.israelplatform.nl

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DE NIEUWE REALIST

www.joostniemoller.nl

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Verzamelde vertalingen van E.J. Bron

ejbron.wordpress.com

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EL SHADDAI MINISTRIES TAKING TORAH TO THE NATIONS!!

Live StreamShabbat Service with Mark Biltz / www.elshaddaiministries.us

Opmerking: Bekijkde Sabbatviering 12.08.2017 / yet will his days be one hundred and twenty years … 1897 – 2017 / eclipsen in de VS en de tekenen in het hemelgewelf!!  

  • GOD’S DAY TIMERTHE BELIEVER’S GUIDE TO DIVINE APPOINTMENTS – Mark Biltz
  • BLOOD MOONSDECODING THE IMMINENT HEAVENLY SIGNS – Mark Biltz

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HADDERECH – de Weg – ‘en vroeg van hem brieven voor Damascus, gericht aan de synagogen, opdat, als hij er enigen zou vinden die van die Weg waren, … (Hand. 9:2)          

www.hadderech.nl

www.yeshuahatorah.com

www.cgi-holland.nl

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Lance Lambert, een Joodse man geboren in de United Kingdom, woonde en werkte in Jeruzalem –  Bible Study Books! – www.lancelambert.org

THE SILENT YEARSThe intertestamental Period / The creation of that “counterfeit church” is the result of the great apostasy foretold in II Thessalonians 2:3 and II Tim. 4:1 involving “seducing spirits” and “doctrines of demons” described in Revelation 16:13-14 / by Lance Lambert.

WEG UIT BABYLON – laat Jeruzalem in uw hart opkomen – www.weguitbabylon.nl

De TWEE BABYLONS – door Alexander Hislop

THE UNDERGROUNDMystery Babylon www.joelstrumpet.com

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VIDEO VAN DE DAG!!

www.israeltoday.nl

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Gerard J.C. Plas

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