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Signs of the Times 2

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Taken from The End of the World and the Return of the Lord Jesus Christ, by a servant (copyright 2009, 2016; to be published in 2017 – copy freely for personal use):

PART TWO

Signs of the Times

          This section shall address those things pertaining to Israel and the world which are necessarily for the reign of the Antichrist, the events prophesied for the end of the world and which are required for the coming of the Lord.  A holistic view is essential in order to see the significance of the time in which we live.  Christ said, ‘…as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, and marrying… until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man be (Matt. 24:37-39).’  ‘The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great …and that the thoughts of his heart were on evil continually (Gen. 6:5),’ yet the people neither saw the extent of their wickedness, nor the judgment to come.  Mankind ‘does not consider in their hearts that the Lord remembers all their wickedness (Hos. 7:2).’

The iniquity of the nations is nearly complete and the cries of the poor and oppressed have gone ‘up to God because of the bondage (Exo. 2:23; Gen. 15:16; 18:20; Jonah 1:2);’ soon the words of Daniel shall be fulfilled: ‘In the latter time …when the transgressions have reached their fullness, a king shall arise (Dan. 8:9-11; 11:21-; 7:25), having fierce features, who understands sinister schemes.  He shall be mighty, but not by his own power …he shall destroy the mighty, and the holy people.  Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; and he shall exalt himself… but he shall be broken without human means… (Dan. 8:23-25).’  As in the days of Babel ‘the people are one and they all have one language… nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them… (Gen. 11:6);’ and now, the nations of the world and the merchants of the earth come together and speak one common tongue for business and whatever man proposes to do – space travel, military buildup, or microchip design – it is possible.  Noah and Lot escaped not the world, but the wrath of God.  And those who love and trust the Lord shall be under the shadow of the Almighty, for though the Lord will ‘not take them out of the world, (He shall) …keep them from the evil one (John 17:15).’  And though many shall die, we must pass though death in order to gain everlasting life.  When tribulation comes, i pray many will have ‘all things in common, and …divide their goods …as anyone has need (Acts 2:44),’ for ‘the great day of the Lord is near …and hastens quickly (Zeph. 1:13, 14).’  Now, what things make a distinction of this time we live in compare to those generation before us?

(unable to show pictures of Adolf Hitler with Pope Pius XII and with the Grand Mufti of Palestine Mohahammad Amin al-Husayni; or of Jewish refuges and holocaust survivors fleeing to Palestine.)

  1. NATION OF ISRAEL: Before the Lord can return and destroy the Antichrist with the brightness of His coming; the Antichrist must first ‘make war with the saints (Christians) …42 months (Rev. 13:5,7; Dan. 7:21,25; 2Thes. 2:8).’ Additionally, the Antichrist will ‘blasphemy against God …His name, and His Tabernacle (Rev.13:6);’ and the he must ‘sit in the Temple of God… (2 Thes. 2:4);’ and set up ‘the abomination of desolation (Matt. 24:15; Mark 13:14; Dan. 8:13).’  In order to have a Temple and a ‘daily sacrifice (Dan. 8:11; Heb. 7:27)’ taken away by the Antichrist, there must first be a nation of Israel.  The Lord will fulfill His word: ‘…As I liveth …I will bring the children of Israel again into their land that I gave unto their fathers (Jer. 16:15).’

Samuel Kellogg wrote ‘The Jewish Question in Europe (1881),’ in which, concerning ‘the Jewish nation’ he said, ‘… under Pagan Rome their lot was hard; under so-called Christian Rome it became harder still.  …From that time on, they were the objects of the most unreasoning and pitiless hatred and persecution that was ever visited upon any people (written before Holocaust of WWII).’  Kellogg said: during the Crusades “…everywhere the Jew existed but to be plunderedIn many countries …down to the close of the 17th century, they were not allowed to live at all… Such was the miserable state of the Jewish race throughout Europe till about the close of the last century… when a tide of Jewish emancipation swept through Europe… The first movement …was in 1782, by Joseph II of Austria… by his edict of liberation.  …In 1788, Fredrick William of Prussia repealed many …laws against the Jews.  …In 1788, Louis XVI of France …remodeled …laws concerning the Jews… In 1799, Napoleon …summoned the Asiatic Jews to rally around his standard in Palestine, to restore and rebuild Jerusalem… but with the failure of his campaign, his project fell through…  After the Napoleonic Wars …the Congress of Vienna… introduced a new order of things… now (1881) we see in Germany… the Revolution of 1867 …the Sultan gave the Jews …the right to buy and own land in Palestine…”

And Kellogg told how many Jews in various countries gained positions in universities and governments.  He said that several religious societies in Great Britain and America, before and after battling against slavery, fought for a Nation of Israel.  In 1823, the London Society for the Promotion of Christianity among the Jews had sent missionaries to Jerusalem, not only to preach the gospel of Christ, but to begin a restoration of Jerusalem for returning Jews.  After the Civil War (1865), restoration of the Nation of Israel was foremost on the minds of many evangelists and theologians.

In 1891, William E. Blackstone led a petition, called the Blackstone Memorial, which concerning ‘2,000,000 Russian Jews’ stated:

“…Why not give Palestine back to them again?  According to God’s distribution of nations it is their home, an inalienable possession from which they were expelled by force.  …Does not Palestine rightfully belong to the Jews?  …We believe this is an appropriate time for all nations and especially Christian nations of Europe to show kindness to Israel.  A million of exiles, by their terrible suffering, are piteously appealing to our sympathy, justice, and humanity.  Let us now restore to them the land of which they were so cruelly despoiled by our Roman ancestors…”

The petition was sent to ‘Benjamin Harrison, Pres. of the U.S.; …Alexander III, Czar of Russia; Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Empress of India; William II, Emperor of Germany; …Emperor of Austria-Hungary; …Sultan of Turkey; …King of Italy; …Queen of Spain; and the Government of the Republic of France and …Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, …Bulgaria and Greece.’  It was signed by over 400 men: pastors; professors; newspaper editors – including the N.Y. Times, Chicago Tribune and Washington Post; judges – including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Melville Fuller; William McKinley (President: 1897-1901); John D. Rockefeller and J. P. Morgan.  After the petition, Blackstone set up the American Messianic Fellowship (1887; Chicago) ‘to promote the intellectual, social and religious welfare of all nationalities…’  Its focus was to aid Jews coming to America.  According to AMF International’s website (amfi.org), from 1881 ‘over the next 50 years approximately 2 million Jews left Russia; and many of them ended up in Chicago.’

Six years after this petition, the First Zionist Congress (in 1960 renamed World Zionist Organization) met August 29, 1897 in Switzerland.  Delegates came from 17 countries and had various Zionist concerns.  From 1897 to 1921 there were 12 such congresses; during that time Christians, especially evangelical heads of colleges and conferences, continued to move politicians towards a free Israel.

In 1916, a secret agreement called the Sykes-Picot Agreement was negotiated between the United Kingdom and France, along with the knowledge and consent of Russia, in which zones were drawn up showing which areas of the Ottoman Empire they each would control.  According to Eckardt’s Encounter With Israel (1970), ‘in October of 1917, President Wilson sanctioned the general principles of the forthcoming British proposal for a Jewish homeland.’  Now, with the end of World War I and victory in sight, in November of 1917, British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Arthur J. Balfour wrote the 2nd Baron Rothschild, head of a British Zionist organization, stating that the British government did ‘view with favour …a national home for the Jewish people …and promised to assist the Jewish people in its development.’

That November, the Balfour Declaration of 1917 was enacted; it stated that the British government (by Sykes-Picot Agreement received control over Judea, etc.) did ‘view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.’  After the fall of the Ottoman Turk Empire the goal was within reach.  Turkish and Arab Muslims still had governments and great populations in the Middle East, and though they allowed millions of Jews to return, they retained control of Palestine and Jerusalem.  Moreover, they controlled the Temple Mount, Mt. Moriah, believed by Muslims to be the spot form which Muhammad ascended to heaven with the angel Gabriel and consulted with Moses and received the Islamic prayers (Al-Aqsa Mosque and their Sanctuary – Dome of the Rock – were built in the late 7th and 8th century); known by Jews to be the location of the Temple of Solomon, and the place (or near) where Abraham offered Isaac to the Lord; where in the Temple restored by Herod, Jesus Christ was tried by the Sanhedrin Council; and where our Lord shall return.  By 1920, the Franco-British Convention on …Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Mesopotamia established a formal agreement between Britain and France concerning the boundaries once controlled by the Muslim leaders of the Ottoman Empire.

Though the momentum was towards a nation of Israel, in June of 1922, Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965), formerly Britain’s Secretary of War, at that time their Secretary of State for the Colonies, issued what is called the British White Paper of 1922 which stated: “…Unauthorized statements have been made to the effect that the purpose in view is to create a wholly Jewish Palestine. Phrases have been used such as that Palestine is to become ‘as Jewish as England is English.’  His Majesty’s Government regards any such expectation as impracticable and have no such aim in view.  …It is also necessary to point out that the Zionist Commission in Palestine, now termed the Palestine Zionist Executive, has not desired to possess, and does not possess, any share in the general administration of the country.  Nor does the special position assigned to the Zionist Organization in Article IV of the Draft Mandate for Palestine imply any such functions.’

‘During the last two or three generations the Jews have recreated in Palestine a community, now numbering 80,000, of whom about one fourth are farmers or workers upon the land. This community has its own political organs; an elected assembly… elected councils in the towns; and an organization for …its schools.  It has its elected Chief Rabbinate and Rabbinical Council for the direction of its religious affairs.  Its business is conducted in Hebrew… and a Hebrew Press serves its needs.  It has its distinctive intellectual life and displays considerable economic activity.’

‘This community, with its town and country population, its political, religious, and social organizations, its own language, its own customs, its own life, has in fact ‘national’ characteristics.  When it is asked what is meant by the development of the Jewish National Home in Palestine, it may be answered that it is not the imposition of a Jewish nationality upon the inhabitants of Palestine as a whole, but the further development of the existing Jewish community, with the assistance of Jews in other parts of the world, in order that it may become a centre in which the Jewish people as a whole may take, on grounds of religion and race, an interest and a pride… But in order that this community should have the best prospect of free development and provide a full opportunity for the Jewish people to display its capacities, it is essential that it should know that it is in Palestine as of right and not on the sufferance. That is the reason why it is necessary that the existence of a Jewish National Home in Palestine should be internationally guaranteed, and that it should be formally recognized to rest upon ancient historic connection.’

‘The Secretary of State would point out that already the present administration has transferred to a Supreme Council elected by the Moslem community of Palestine the entire control of Moslem Religious endowments (Waqfs), and of the Moslem religious Courts.  To this Council the Administration has also voluntarily restored considerable revenues derived from ancient endowments which have been sequestrated by the Turkish Government… The Secretary of State believes that a policy upon these lines, coupled with the maintenance of the fullest religious liberty in Palestine and with scrupulous regard for the rights of each community with reference to its Holy Places, cannot but commend itself to the various sections of the population, and that upon this basis may be built up that a spirit of cooperation upon which the future progress and prosperity of the Holy Land must largely depend…”

About two months later, the League of Nations issued their formal Mandate For Palestine (1922); Article 4 states: ‘…The Zionist  organization, so long as its organization and constitution are in the opinion of the Mandatory appropriate, shall be recognized as such agency.  It shall take steps in consultation with His Britannic Majesty’s Government to secure the co-operation of all Jews who are willing to assist in the establishment of the Jewish national home.’  Moreover, Article 6 said: ‘The Administration of Palestine, while ensuring that the rights and position of other sections of the population are not prejudiced, shall facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions and shall encourage, in co-operation with the Jewish agency referred to in Article 4, close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes.’

‘…Article 13: “All responsibility in connection with the Holy Places and religious buildings or sites in Palestine, including preserving existing rights and of securing free access to the Holy Places, religious buildings and sites and the free exercise of worship, while ensuring the requirements of public order and decorum, is assumed by the Mandatory, who shall be responsible solely to the League of Nations in all matters connected herewith, provided that nothing in this article shall prevent the Mandatory from entering into such arrangements as he may deem reasonable with the Administration for the purpose of carrying the provisions of this article into effect; and provided also that nothing in this mandate shall be construed as conferring upon the Mandatory authority to interfere with the fabric or the management of purely Moslem sacred shrines, the immunities of which are guaranteed.’

‘Article 14: A special commission shall be appointed by the Mandatory to study, define and determine the rights and claims in connection with the Holy Places and the rights and claims relating to the different religious communities in Palestine.  The method of nomination, the composition and the functions of this Commission shall be submitted to the Council of the League for its approval, and the Commission shall not be appointed or enter upon its functions without t

‘Article 15: The Mandatory shall see that complete freedom of conscience and the free exercise of all forms of worship, subject only to the maintenance of public order and morals, are ensured to all.  No discrimination of any kind shall be made between the inhabitants of Palestine on the ground of race, religion or language.  No person shall be excluded from Palestine on the sole ground of his religious belief…”

 Britain was selected by the Allied Powers as the Mandatory for Palestine.  England and America were in position to aid Israel’s progression.

In 1922, 8,128 immigrants entered the country.  Of these 7,844 were Jews.   The 1931 Census of Palestine, the population of Palestine was about: 75% Muslim (Arabs), 17 % Jewish and 8% Christian.  By 1948, the Jews had about 2 million dunams of land – about 500,000 acres; 2,000,000,000 square meters; 20 billion square feet; or 200,000 hectares of land.   By the end of World War II, they had increased from about 10 % of the population of Palestine in 1922 to one-third of the population in 1944.  On the other hand, the Arab or Muslim population decreased from about 79 % in 1922 to about 58 % in 1944.  Also, the Christian population decreased slightly from 9 % in 1922 to less than 8% in 1944.  And according to the British Mandate Census of 1922 Jerusalem’s population was 52,000 in 1922; by the end of World War II (1945) it was over 164,000.

After WW I, the League of Nations placed much of Palestine under British Mandate.  Most Muslim Arabs, and Hitler’s Nazi Germany or Third Reich, did not have the same goals.  During World War II, many Muslims allied with Hitler, as did many Catholic leaders of Italy and many Protestant leaders of Germany.  However, by the sovereign hand of God, the Third Reich was destroyed, and the Allies were victorious – after the loss of 50 million (3% of 1940 world population) military and civilian souls (Note: more U.S. and U.K. soldiers gave their lives on D-Day, than all in the Gulf Wars 2003 –2015).

After World War II, on November 29, 1947, two years and one month after the United Nations officially came into existence, the UN voted 33 to 13 (11 Arab nations + Greece & Cuba), with 10 abstentions, to approve the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine (UN General Assembly Res. 181).

Resolution 181 declared, ‘…existing rights in respect of Holy Places and religious buildings or sites shall not be denied or impaired.  In so far as Holy Places are concerned, the liberty of access, visit, and transit shall be guaranteed, in conformity with existing rights to all residents and citizen of the other State and of the City of Jerusalem;’ days later 105 Jews were killed by Arabs. The Resolution set boundaries for an Arab State and a Jewish State, and the City of Jerusalem.’  It stated, ‘the protection of the Holy Places, religious buildings and sites located in the city of Jerusalem shall be a special concern of the Governor.’  Less than six months later, on May 14, 1948, the Jewish government declared Israel’s independence.

According to Eckardt’s Encounter With Israel, “…As the British withdrew from Palestine (May 1948), they turned over the majority of their posts to Arab forces.  …May 14, just before the start of the Sabbath, the Chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive, David Ben Gurion, stood before a special assembly of the Va’ad Leumi (the Jewish National Council) and read the Proclamation of Independence of the State of Israel (stating the efforts of the First Zionist Congress, of the Balfour Declaration, of the Nazi Holocaust, and stated that ‘the State of Israel will be open to the immigration of Jews from all countries’).  Israel was immediately invaded on all sides by Arab armies.  Egyptian and Iraqi forces attacked the borders, adding their troops to those of Lebanon, Syria, and Transjordon already inside the country (Note: these were 5 of the 6 original members of the Arab League – now 22 nations).  …Bitter warfare continued until the end of 1948.  It was not until early 1949 that peace of a sort came to the new State.  …Six thousand Jewish lives were sacrificed in the War for Independence – the equivalent, in terms of comparative populations, of 2 million American lives…  In 1949 an Armistice Agreement was signed between Israel and its bordering nations.  …By 1950, Israel was to be reduced …from 7,992 square miles …to a mere 2,000 square miles (80% the size of Delaware), and the remainder of Palestine was to be divided among Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. …By September 1951 peace talks collapsed…”

From 1949 to 1951, 170,000 Jews returned to Israel from Yemen and Iraq.  In 1953, Abba Eban, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States stated, ‘we are besieged …blockaded, abused, threatened, encircled, ambushed, harried, and subjected to murderous onslaught at every turn (Berger, The Sword and the Covenant; 1965).’  That year, the CIA sponsored a coup in Iran, and the Korean War ended with over 36,500 U.S. deaths.  In 1956, Israel joined Great Britain and France in capturing the Suez Canal from Egypt.  In 1957, the Israel Defense Forces withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip.  In 1958 the Soviet Union loaned Egypt money.

In 1965 the United States joined the Vietnam Conflict, and over the next ten years lost over 58,000 soldiers.  November 1966, Egypt and Syria sign a defense treaty.  May 1967, United Nation peace talks with Egypt failed.  On May 18, Egypt’s president, Gamal Abdul Nasser, demanded the withdrawal of UN forces from Gaza and Sinai, upon which Secretary General U Thant promptly removed the UN Emergency Forces.  May 20, 100,000 Egyptian soldiers and 900 tanks lined Israel’s border, along with forces from Jordan, Syria and Iraq.  May 22, Egypt blockaded Israel’s shipping routes.  May 30, Jordan signed a defense treaty with Egypt; a week later the Six-day War began.

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SIX-DAY WAR: June 4, Egypt and Iraq signed a defense treaty.  At that time, Israel had about 260,000 soldiers, 800 tanks and about 200 – 300 jets; against the forces of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq: 460,000+ troops, 2,880 tanks and 810 jets.  On the morning of June 5, 1967, the Israeli Air Force attacked destroying the Egyptian Air Force on the ground.  At the same time, Israeli tanks entered Sinai.  June 6, Gaza, Bethlehem and Ramallah were all taken; and June 7, East Jerusalem was captured, along with Jericho and most of the West Bank.  That same day, Jordan accepted a cease-fire requested by the United Nations; Egypt, Syria and Iraq refused.  On June 8, the Israeli Defense Force advanced towards the Suez Canal, and by that evening, Egypt accepted the cease-fire, and when Syria refused, the Israeli air force attacked Syrian almost 20,000 Arab troops, and with the Lord, stopped the invasion losing only 800 forces in the Golan Heights on the 9th.  The next day Syria agreed to the cease-fire.

Israel’s victory of the Six-Day War in 1967 increased its size from 8,000 to 26,000 square miles.  The following years were filled with significant events such as the Vietnam War (1965-1975: over 58,000 Americas were killed and over 300,000 were wounded), the space race programs and the SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) agreements between the U.S. and Russia.  Nevertheless, by the end of the Vietnam conflict, the United States was back in the Israel peace picture.  Peace to the U.S. at that time meant we were giving money and weapons, as opposed to troops, to many nations.

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter begin the Camp David Accords, where September, President Anwar El Sadat of Egypt and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed agreements leading to the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty.  These agreements included the U.S. giving Egypt $ 1.3 billion annually from 1979 to 1997, after which Egypt’s military became the largest in the region.  The U.S. also gave weapons and funds to Israel.  Under Ronald Reagan’s administration with the support of Evangelical Christians, Congress began in 1985 to increase aid to Israel up to $3 billion per year.  Some prophesied that 1988, ‘a generation’ from Israel becoming a nation, the Lord would return; and then, it was amended and prophesied the return of the Lord would be in 2007 or 2008, ‘a generation’ from the 1967 Six-Day War.  They did not hear Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians – the Antichrist must come first, and to the Temple.

(unable to show picture of Yitzhak Rabin, Bill Clinton and PLO Yasser Arafat in D.C. ‘Oslo Accords’ 1993; PLO – given authority over 400 villages)

After President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush (as his father) was also a great ally and supporter of Israel.  Billions of dollars went to our ally Israel; yet, though the continued urgings of the UN and other nations, threats and negotiations continued towards a Palestinian state.  William Koening’s book, Eye to Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel (2007), provides a fascinating look at ‘U.S. catastrophes and events’ that “began or occurred the very same day or within 24-hours of U.S. presidents Bush, Clinton and Bush applying pressure on Israel to trade her land for promises of ‘peace and security’…”

Examples: “Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 1991: Madrid Middle East peace conference; Oct. 30-Nov. 1; Perfect Storm: worst in 100 years to east coast, Pres. Bush home damaged.  Aug. 24, 1992; …peace talks resume in Washington, D.C. …Aug. 23-24, Hurricane Andrew: worst national disaster in US history to date…  March 15-17, 1993; Israel PM Rabin met with Pres. Clinton & others; March 12-15, Storm of the Century: 318 dead …$6 billion.  March 2, 1997 …PLO …Arafat in D.C. …with Clinton; March 2, Mississippi & Ohio flooding & tornadoes: 67 dead… Jan. 20, 1998… Clinton met Netanyahu… Jan. 21 …Lewinsky Scandal…  Nov. 30, 1998; 2nd Middle East Donors Conference at U.S. Dept. of State with 50 countries… Nov. 30-Dec.1 …European stock markets experience 3rd largest sell-off in history. …Sept. 10, 2001 …US ambassador in Israel, with Saudi cooperation …plan nearly completed to divide Israel’s land…  September 11, 2001 terrorist …attack the World Trade Center towers… May 10-11 Sec. Powell met with Sharon & Abbas for Quartet Road Map… May 1-11, 2003 record 412 tornadoes… costliest in US history: $ 2.2 billion… August… Quartet (US, EU, UN & Russia) continued meeting… June – August 2003… hottest summer in Europe in 500 years: 22,000 dead… Sept. 21, 2004, Pres. Bush gave …speech to UN General Assembly, saying ‘Israel should impose a settlement freeze, dismantle unauthorized outposts, end daily humiliation of Palestinian people …Sept. 13-27, Hurricane Jeanne; …$ 5-9 billion…  July 6-8, 2005; G-8 Heads of State from UK, US, EU, France, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Russia & Canada met in Scotland with PM Tony Blair… gave $ 3 billion to Palestinian Authority.  July 4-10, 2005: Hurricane Dennis… August 15, 2005; 63,000 Israeli soldiers and police delivered eviction notices to Israeli settlers living in Gaza and northern Samaria… 3,000 homes destroyed… Aug. 17 …Ariel Sharon authorized mandatory evacuation of residents refusing to leave Gaza.  …US Sec. of State Condeleeza Rice said evacuation ‘cannot be Gaza only’ …Aug. 22 …Bush said, ‘We’ll continue working for the day when the map of the Middle East shows two democratic states Israel and Palestine…’  Aug. 23-29, 2005; Hurricane Katrina: largest disaster in U.S. history… forced 1 million people from their homes; 225,000 homes destroyed; 473,000 people without work; estimated cost to insurers; $ 40.4 billion; U.S. Government …$ 112 – 200 billion…”

The book also reported how the Vatican, the National Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches, and certain Christian heads of denominations, such as the 216th General Assembly of Presbyterians, opposed Israel’s occupation of certain territories they reclaimed during 1967.  They all forgot the Lord said to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – who is called Israel – ‘to your descendants I will give this land;’ even ‘from the river of Egypt to the great River Euphrates… (Gen. 12:7; 15:18; 26:4; 35:12),’ and blessed are those who support Israel.  Before Clinton’s ‘land-for-peace’ plan in 1999, oil was $ 8 per barrel; by 2001, it reached $ 35.  Yet, before, Bush’s ‘Road Map’ plan in 2002, oil settled back to about $ 20 a barrel; after the plan, oil prices rose and continued to rise until closing December 2006 at about $60 per barrel.  Now, some will say, this was due to the Iraq War and China’s demand from oil.  Yes, in great part, however, remember, Bush’s 2006 Economic Report of the President, along with Rupert Murdoch’s experts, projected 2008 prices to drop to $ 40 – $ 50 a barrel.  However, between Feb. 2003 and Feb. 2008, the top 20 petroleum refiners made over $ 600 billion in profits; revenues were in the trillions.   Two trillion over budget, the Middle Eastern wars mainly profited defense contractors, news corps, oil companies, Russia and China.

In 2007, the Quartet principals continued support for a Palestinian state, while at the same time Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, was stating ‘we will not betray promises we made to God to continue the path of Jihand and resistance until the liberation of Palestine, all of Palestine.’  April 2, 2007, in the Saudi newspaper Alijazeera, Palestinian PM Ismail Haniyeh stated, ‘Recognition of Israel is out of the question…’  April 11, 2007, the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center of Israel’s IICC, reported: ‘…March 30, 2007, on the occasion of the birthday of Muhammad …Hamas spokesman Ismail Radwan in the Gaza mosque… broadcasted live… ‘The Day of Judgment will not arrive until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, until the Jew hides behind the stones and the trees… (referring to a Hadith verse; as Qur’an: Surah 5:64; 8:39; 9:29).’  Dec. 2007, Pres. Bush, Israeli PM Ehud Olmert and PLO Mahmoud Abbas met a month after the ‘Annapolis peace conference’ and posed in front of Middle East map.  January 2008, oil traded at $ 100 per barrel.  March 2008, Sec. of State Rice met Olmert and Abbas; oil then broke $ 110 a barrel.  By the June Hamas-Israel truce, oil had reached $ 140.  Israel becoming a nation was a significant event; but the Temple is most significant.  As evident by the maps below, in time Israel will regain the Temple mount in Jerusalem, and then surely will ‘the Muslims fight the Jews.’

See Part III  for more Significant Events

 

 

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