Because He Lives He Is The First Fruits of Our Resurrection

Because He Lives He Is The First Fruits of Our Resurrection

 

Because He Lives
He Is The First Fruits of Our Resurrection

3/29/24 By Tim Buck
Fotet.org

 

Beloved Friends and Child of the King:

In ancient Israel, as the days of winter gave way to spring, there was great rejoicing as the first crop of the season emerged from the ground.

Typically, sheaves of barley were the firstfruits – and they were the guarantee that more would soon rise from the earth.

Using this metaphor, the apostle Paul wrote of Jesus in regard to His resurrection:

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that sleep. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
1 Corinthians 15:20-23

The wonderful truth for believers is this:

Because Jesus arose from the grave, we too shall live! In Him, we have the absolute assurance that when He returns in the Rapture, all the dead in Christ will return with Him and be resurrected to life everlasting and all the living saints will be transformed in a moment and in the twinkling of an eye! Then the entire church shall ascend together with Christ to heaven! Because He lives, we shall live with life everlasting!

Beloved friend, we live in a time of great upheaval as the world rockets through the last days and teeters on the edge of eternity.

Morality in America is declining at an alarming rate. Anger and resentment toward those who hold to a Judeo-Christian ethic is growing, and Bible-believing Christians will be increasingly targeted for standing against the rising tide of moral depravity.

The level of political contentiousness and hostility in the U.S. will be unprecedented in the coming months with the Presidential Election further fracturing the widening rift that divides our nation. I believe it’s only a matter of time before these fault lines give way to a geo-political earthquake of a size and magnitude we’ve not seen before. How and when that occurs, I do not know; but I don’t think it’s far off.

The Middle East is a powder keg. Israel is at war, fighting for its very survival.

Yet Biden is abandoning our ally. He’s drawn a “red line” – impeding Israel’s ability to defend its citizens. Each decision he makes further undermines our ally and makes Israel weaker. The U.N. is waging lawfare on Israel as Israel’s enemies unite to eradicate her.

No one but our Father in Heaven knows with certainty what tomorrow will bring.

But in this special resurrection weekend – as faithful followers of Jesus Christ – may we sing this song of praise to our Lord with steadfast confidence:

“Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future – and life is worth the living just because He lives!” 

Middle East Update

Middle East Update

 

 

The Middle East

Here’s a summary from some of the key happenings over the last week!

 

Ramadan & Al Aqsa

Sadly for Hamas, Ramadan on the Temple Mount and at the Al Aqsa mosque didn’t pan out like they were hoping. Eighty thousand Muslims journeyed to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. They were there for the first Friday prayers of Ramadan. The worshippers came, they prayed, then they went home. Hamas was crushed. They were desperately hoping for riots or protests or some sort of violence to break out – anything that they could point to that would show how the evil Israelis were determined to keep Muslims from worshipping at their holy mosque. Instead, it all went off without a hitch. Sorry Hamas. Better luck next Ramadan.

Hezbollah, Hamas, and Other Militias

A major criticism of the IDF has been the number of civilian casualties in Gaza and in the north in Lebanon and Syria. What these critics are failing to realize – or, more likely, failing to admit to – is the immoral human shield philosophy of Hamas and Hezbollah.

The whole reason the IDF is in civilian neighborhoods and hospitals and humanitarian areas is because that is where the terrorists have placed their soldiers, their weapons and armament storehouses, their rocket and bomb making factories, and their military headquarters. When the IDF goes in, it does all it can to protect innocent lives. That is the opposite of the terrorists who hope for high civilian casualty numbers. For them, the public relations boost from a picture of a dead baby more than makes up for the loss of the child’s life.

At the end of January, Newsweek published an opinion piece called “Israel Implemented More Measures to Prevent Civilian Casualties Than Any Other Nation in History”. The title says it all. And this isn’t just some biased rant by an Israeli sympathizer. Its author is John Spencer, chair of urban warfare studies at the Modern War Institute (MWI) at West Point and codirector of MWI’s Urban Warfare Project. In his article, Spencer wrote, “To be clear, I am outraged by the civilian casualties in Gaza. But it’s crucial to direct that outrage at the right target. And that target is Hamas.” Both Hamas and Hezbollah know they have no conventional weapons that can defeat the Israeli military. So, they will resort to their one ordnance powerful enough to bring them victory – public opinion.

Five senior leaders of pro-Iranian militias were eliminated in a targeted airstrike by the IDF in eastern Syria. One was a senior commander of Hezbollah. Last week also saw two attacks on Hezbollah weapons depots in the same area north of Damascus just two days apart. Meanwhile, in Lebanon, IDF airstrikes continue on Hezbollah sites.

Hamas

Once the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) had cleared Gaza City of Hamas, they directed their efforts south. As the battle raged in Khan Yunis, the terrorists sensed an opportunity. Quietly, they began sneaking back into Gaza City, reestablishing a secret base at Shifa Hospital. What they didn’t realize was that they were being watched. Once Hamas was settled in, the IDF sprung their trap. Military and Shin Bet forces surrounded the hospital and moved in. What they found inside was a lot of terrorists and a massive amount of weapons and armaments. Thus far, at least 90 Hamas members have been killed and 350 suspects have been arrested. Fa’ak Mabhouh, the head of the internal security operations department for the terrorist organization, was among the dead. This surprise attack was a major disappointment for Hamas.

In the West Bank, the battle continues to rage against Hamas. Yesterday, in Jenin, a car carrying three terrorists was destroyed in a surgical airstrike. In Tulkarm, more than 50 military jeeps, three bulldozers, and three Caterpillar D9 armored bulldozers entered the city for an operation. There were also reports of an aerial attack on the city’s militants. It is essential for the IDF to quell the terrorist tide building in the West Bank.

A growing number of Gazans are turning their backs on Hamas due to the terrorists’ penchant for stealing aid. A week ago, armed Palestinians began shooting at civilians who were waiting for a delivery of humanitarian relief. The armed gunmen continued to shoot at innocent men, women, and children after the aid trucks had arrived at the Kuwaiti roundabout in Gaza City. Dozens were killed and at least 150 were injured. Some of the dead had been run over by the aid trucks. More recently, a huge amount of humanitarian aid flour was discovered in a warehouse that had been recently bombed by the IDF. It is no wonder that cries of “May God protect you, Netanyahu” and “May God protect the Jewish people” were heard among those who had discovered the flour.

Israel

While Hamas has experienced major disappointments at home, they’re encouraged by what they are seeing overseas. The Canadian government announced Tuesday that it will halt future arms exports to Israel. While disappointing, it is not surprising. With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in charge, it was not a matter of “if” but “when”. The sentiments of much of Western Europe are trending strongly in the same direction as Canada.

Of greatest concern is the intentional drift of the United States from Israel, led by the woke liberal left. Last week, in a speech highly critical of Israel’s handling of the war, US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he better straighten up his act. Otherwise, “the United States will have no choice but to play a more active role in shaping Israeli policy by using our leverage to change the present course.” He also included in his speech a call for early elections in Israel. This prompted Netanyahu to remind the senator that Israeli elections fall under the purview of the Israeli people, adding, “We’re not a banana republic.”

But it is not just Schumer who is trying to insert the United States into critical Israeli decision-making. Both President Joe Biden and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan made it clear that the IDF going into Rafah would be a big mistake. Biden even went so far as to call it a “red line” before backtracking and saying, “So there is no red line…”, and then adding, “But there’s red lines….” Um, thanks for the clarification. Netanyahu responded by assuring the US administration and the Israeli people that Israel will be going into Rafah. He added, “You know, I have a red line. You know what the red line is? That October 7 doesn’t happen again. Never happens again.”

Yemen

Early Monday morning, an explosion was heard in an open area near Eilat in the south of Israel. The cause of that explosion was a cruise missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels. The Israeli Air Force tracked the missile the whole way and, once it was determined that it was bound for open space, chose not to waste a rocket to shoot it down. Still, this marked the first time that a projectile fired by the Houthis has reached Israeli territory.

U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) issued a press release Monday telling of a successful engagement against the Houthis in which seven anti-ship missiles, three UAVs, and three weapons storage containers were destroyed. These weapons posed an immediate threat to both merchant and navy ships.

Russia

Vladimir Putin won reelection to the Russian presidency on Monday with 87% of the vote. This was a surprise to absolutely no one. But not all is rosy for President Putin. Saturday saw drone hits on two oil refineries, one in Krasnodar region and one in Samara oblast. These refinery strikes are happening more and more often, and the Russian military has yet to figure out an answer to stopping them. The next day, explosive drones hit Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow forcing it to suspend operations for a time.

Biden Has Officially Turned Against Israel

Biden Has Officially Turned Against Israel

 

 

Biden Has Officially
Turned Against Israel

This is Bad News for USA

3/11/24 By Tim Buck
Fotet.org

 

 

The State of the Union, strangely enough, was the point at which the Biden administration decided to roll out its public anti-Israel campaign beginning with the staged ‘hot mic’ moment.
It couldn’t come at a worse time as Israel is preparing to enter Rapha and finish off Hamas.

There had been a drumbeat of leaks and anonymous statements in the weeks leading up to it, but now Biden has gone on record that…

1. He’s opposed to Israel’s government

2. He wants a ceasefire

3. He’s preparing to pull the resupply of weapons

Some of these revelations about the president turning against Israel came in an MSNBC interview. It’s no coincidence that Biden was prepped for an interview with the most leftward cable channel and the one that is the most opposed to Israel.

Biden told MSNBC that he wants a “6-week ceasefire” and that Israel going into Rafah to finish off Hamas would be a “red line”.

He criticized Netanyahu and claimed that he’s hurting Israel by continuing to fight Hamas.

Biden defended the pro-Hamas Arab Muslim campaigners in Dearborn claiming that, “What they said was that they’re very upset, and I don’t blame him for being upset… They want something done about it. They’re saying, ‘Joe, do something.’”

“That’s why I’m doing everything I can to try to stop it.”

He also appeared to suggest that he might pull offensive weapons from Israel’s resupply package.

Biden blamed Israel for the carnage saying that, “There are other ways to… deal with with the trauma caused by Hamas.”

Kamala, as usual, was worse, giving an interview to CBS News in which she stated that “it’s important for us to distinguish or at least not conflate the Israeli government with the Israeli people.”

Kamala also noted that, “the Israeli people are entitled to security – as are the Palestinians. In equal measure.”

This “equal measure” phrase is a clear withdrawal of any special relationship with Israel or support for it.

After this things are only going to get worse. The Israeli government erred in the same familiar way by thinking that if it did everything possible to meet the demands of D.C., it would be allowed to fight the terrorists.

That was always a mistake. And it was a mistake this time.

Instead of finishing quickly, Israel assumed that if it focused on avoiding civilian casualties and harm, it would retain the support of the White House.

But that support was always going to go away.

The government now has a limited window in which to finish the job before the combination of political, economic, and even potentially military pressure makes that prohibitive.

Appeasing Biden will no longer work. He’s under too much domestic political pressure. The time to finish the job is now. There will be no later.

International Pressure To Divide Jerusalem Reveals The Imminence of the Tribulation!

International Pressure To Divide Jerusalem Reveals The Imminence of the Tribulation!

 

International Pressure To Divide Jerusalem Reveals
The Imminence of the Tribulation!

The Sign of Dividing Jerusalem
Is Getting Louder

2/20/24 By Tim Buck
Fotet.org

 

The coming assault by Antichrist when he captures East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in the middle of the Tribulation, can’t be too far behind as calls to divide Jerusalem are getting louder and louder by the day!
In a recent article by Hal Lindsey, “Recognizing ‘Palestine’ as a State in the Aftermath of Oct. 7 Would Reward the Worst Kind of Evil,” Lindsey correctly ties any near-term recognition of a Palestinian state as a prize for terrorism in the following paragraphs:

The idea is that the United States would make this move soon after Israel’s campaign in Gaza ends — and US pressure to end the campaign is already enormous. Hamas would then be able to say to every terror group in the world, “Here’s how you get the really big concessions. Kill, mutilate, rape, burn people to death, and take lots of innocents as hostages.”

To recognize a state of Palestine in the aftermath of their October terror attacks on Israel would encourage every rogue group on earth to follow that wicked path. It would bring chaos to this planet, the likes of which have never been seen before!

The determination of western nations like America, the UK, the EU and other nations to reward the murderous brutality of Hamas in such a way as dividing the Land of Israel demonstrates the imminence of the seven-year Tribulation. I say this for several reasons.

Prophet’s Warnings

 

Long ago, Israel’s prophets wrote about the world’s determination to divide Israel in the latter days:

“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.”
Joel 3:2

The current resolve to divide the land of Israel is a significant harbinger that will appear just before the Tribulation. This means that international pressure will continue, resulting in God’s final judgment of the nations at the end of the Tribulation. Since we already see such widespread passion for this, how close must we be to the Day of the Lord?

The prophet Zechariah wrote about a future time when the nations of the world would become consumed with Jerusalem (12:1-5). This prophecy is coming to life in our time.

Do any UN members seek to give away a part of any other capital city in the world? Of course not.

But just as the Lord predicted through Zechariah, this is now happening to Jerusalem in the last days.

Does this not point to our soon Rapture disappearance followed by this time of wrath upon the earth? (1 Thessalonians 5:1-10).

The sad news is that the world’s preoccupation with Jerusalem will lead to much suffering for the Israelites. The good news is that it will cause a remnant to recognize Jesus as their Messiah by the end of the seven-year Tribulation (Zechariah 12:10-13:9).

 

Why Does Biden Think the Palestinians Deserve a State?

 

Joe Biden wants to reward the Palestinians, who have voiced their overwhelming support for Hamas’ attack on October 7, by handing them a state. Why do they deserve a state? They don’t. The Arabs have 22 states, and the creation of a 23rd one, sharing the tiny space “between the river and the sea,” would be a mortal threat to the only Jewish state.

But Biden, like most world leaders is under the influence of the dark forces of the enemy and he can’t see because he’s been deceived to the point where he can’t get out of his head the notion of a “two-state solution” which will somehow “bring peace” to the region. Since its very name contains the word “solution” many, like Biden, Blinken, and Sullivan, simply assume that’s what it must be. It’s sleight of word.

In fact, forcing Israel to be squeezed back within the 1949 armistice lines — which is what the Arabs will insist on, and Biden looks ready to satisfy them — would not sate, but would just whet Arab appetites. Without the minimal strategic depth that control of Judea and Samaria (a/k/a the West Bank) — and especially, possession of the Jordan Valley — provides, Israel will not have the “secure [i.e. defensible] and recognized boundaries” that, according to UN Security Council Resolution 242, it has a right to possess.

After all the wars that have been thrust upon it, doesn’t Israel deserve to retain defensible borders? And even more important, shouldn’t Israel be allowed to keep the borders that the League of Nations envisaged for the future Jewish state, when it decided that the territory of Mandatory Palestine should include all the land from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea?

 

Israel’s Covenant with Antichrist

 

The clock will start ticking on the seven-year Tribulation when Israel agrees to a peace covenant with Antichrist (Daniel 9:27). Isaiah describes this future agreement as “a covenant with death” (Isaiah 28:14-18).

Do we see any stage setting for this now in the aftermath of all that’s transpired in Israel since October 7, 2023? Absolutely.

The Biden administration’s proposal for a two-state solution rewards barbarism, murder, and rape of innocent people. Benjamin Netanyahu will not agree to any such plan now or in the near future. He recently turned down a Hamas proposal to end the war in Gaza.

However, several factors seem likely to weaken the current resolve of Israel’s leaders in the future. Israel’s ongoing war on many fronts, the likelihood of a much deadlier encounter with Hezbollah, and the obtaining of a nuclear bomb by Iran are likely to continue for many months or longer. We can expect that the nonstop threats to the nation’s existence will, at some point, make its leaders vulnerable to an offer of peace.

What if a new Islamic Kingdom appears in the Middle East with a leader who seems both able and willing to guarantee a time of peace for the nation? What if this coming “man of lawlessness” sweetens the deal by including the construction of the Jewish third temple on the Temple Mount?

I believe such factors will cause Israel’s leaders to come to terms with the covenant offered by Antichrist. The war with Hamas is a game changer and events yet unseen are being planned and could happen overnight in the near future, and rapidly progress to this point after the Rapture of the Church.

The Rapture is the greatest promise in Scripture for the church and an event that could happen at any moment. It’s the nearness of the Tribulation that leads to our awareness that it could happen very soon since the New Testament assures us that our disappearance will happen before Israel inks the “covenant of death” with Antichrist.

 

 

US Military Retaliatory Strikes Against Iran-Backed Groups in Syria & Iraq!

US Military Retaliatory Strikes Against Iran-Backed Groups in Syria & Iraq!

 

US Military Retaliatory Strikes Against Iran-Backed Groups in Syria & Iraq!

2/3/24 By Tim Buck
Fotet.org

US Central Command:

“At 4:00 p.m. (EST) Feb. 02, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) forces conducted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force and affiliated militia groups in retaliation for killing 3 US service members in Jordan.

U.S. military forces struck more than 85 targets, with numerous aircraft to include long-range bombers flown from United States.

The airstrikes deployed more than 125 precision munitions.

The facilities that were struck included command and control operations, centers, intelligence centers, rockets, and missiles, and unmanned aired vehicle storages, and logistics and munition supply chain facilities of militia groups and their IRGC sponsors who facilitated attacks against U.S. and Coalition forces.”

A satellite image of Tower 22 in northern Jordan where three U.S. service members where killed.

 

https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/02/politics/us-strikes-iraq-syria/index.html

Netanyahu Considering a Demilitarized Palestinian State, Saudi Normalization, Removing Palestinian Authority!

Netanyahu Considering a Demilitarized Palestinian State, Saudi Normalization, Removing Palestinian Authority!

 

Netanyahu Considering a Demilitarized Palestinian State, Saudi Normalization, Removing Palestinian Authority!

 

2/2/24 By Tim Buck
Fotet.org

 

A new plan for Israel’s military control of Gaza which would gradually lead to a Palestinian state and Saudi Arabia’s normalization of relations with Israel was reported on Tuesday.
The first phase of the plan is an Israeli military government that will oversee humanitarian aid to Gazan civilians during the transition period.

The second phase will usher in rule of Gaza comprised by a coalition of Abraham Accords nations and Egypt including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, the UAE, and Bahrain.

Included in the second phase is a normalization agreement that will create a new Palestinian Authority not involving Hamas or Fatah.

Israel will be allowed security control over the area similar to what they have in Judea and Samaria, the so-called ‘West Bank.’

With the establishment of a new Palestinian Authority, reforms will be put in place to prevent the pro-terrorist indoctrination that characterized education in Gaza prior to October 7th.

Four Year Transition To Palestinian State

The plan is expected to take four years and at the end of that period, a successful outcome will see the recognition of a demilitarized Palestinian state.

According to reports, the proposal was created by “a number of businessmen” and advisors close to Netanyahu and the plan was submitted to the United States.

This is only one of several plans that have been proposed concerning the governance of Gaza after the war.

The first part of the plan is consistent with the comments of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant that Israel must have security control of Gaza after the war similar to the arrangement in Judea and Samaria.

Gallant told members of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, “After the war, when it’s over, I think it’s completely clear that Hamas won’t control Gaza.”

He added, “Israel’s military will control Gaza but won’t control it in a civilian sense.”

According to a survey conducted by Tel Aviv University, around 70% of Israeli Jews support IDF security control in Gaza after the war and 25% agree that international and Arab forces should rule Gaza. Just 2% believed the Palestinian Authority should control Gaza in the aftermath of the war.