UNRWA’s Welfare State Prevents Palestinians from Thriving
Did Israel Steal the Land From Palestinians?
President Trump has put his finger on one of the biggest obstacles to peace in the Middle East. Unlike other US presidents, instead of shying away, he’s lunged straight forward into the middle of Satan’s stronghold. Trump has rightfully come to the conclusion that as long as “Palestinians” are defined as refugees from “Palestine,” there is no real chance for a lasting peace deal. Therefore, he’s decided to withdraw all US funding from UNRWA, the UN agency most responsible for perpetuating the myth that Israel stole the land from the Palestinians. Since 1948, UNRAW has created a welfare state for the so-called “Palestinians” who’s numbers have ballooned to 5-7 million. The United States contributed about one third of a $1.1 billion 2017 UNRWA budget. UNRAW is headquartered in the Gaza Strip and Amman, Jordan. It employs some 30,000, mostly Palestinians to care for the Palestinian welfare state.
The administration believes UNRWA needs to change the way it calculates the number of Palestinians recognized as refugees. It would like to change the number from 5-7 million who are counted today to the few hundred thousand alive when the agency was created seven decades ago, according to U.S. officials. Of the 1.8 million people living in Gaza, 1.3 million are registered as UNRWA refugees.
In other words, three-quarters of the people in the Gaza Strip possess a status that is by definition temporary in character and leaves Palestinians with the belief that the land of Israel is their real home. For years, the Palestinian leadership has maintained as one of its “red line” demands the right of every Palestinian refugee in the world to return to old family homes in Israel proper (most homes don’t exist). Given the exemption that has turned the children and grandchildren of those original refugees into refugees themselves, this would mean potentially flooding the Jewish state with as many as 7 million Palestinians, thus irreversibly shifting the demographic balance of Israel. It’s a condition no Israeli government from either side of the political spectrum can ever accept.
The president believes Middle East peace efforts are doomed to fail as long as the political land mine at the heart of the matter – the perpetuation of the status of Palestinians as refugees from “Palestine” – is not defused. Until then, there’s no real possibility for peace between Israel and the “Palestinians.” Unlike the power-brokers before him, Trump seems to understand that without removing this roadblock, the peace process isn’t going anywhere.
Employees of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East(UNRWA)and their families protest against job cuts announced by the agency outside its offices in Gaza City on July 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB
Keep your eyes on Turkey. One day, it’s going to happen. In fact, it will be a shock if it doesn’t happen soon! Turkey has erupted and Christians around the world are looking for answers. Some ministries (like this one) have been teaching Turkey’s role in Bible Prophecy for years.
The fact is, all we have to do is look at the map. Western, Central, and Southern Turkey are explicitly shown to us in prophecy if we only knew what those ancient lands of modern Turkey were called in the Bible.
Turkish President Recep TayyipErdoğan is going to declare himself the Caliph of Islam, having set up alliances with Muslim leaders in most Middle Eastern, North African, and Central Asian countries – Sunni and Shia alike.
Fresh from his controversial (and possibly rigged) military coup (2016) and his latest referendum victory (2017), it appears Erdoğan now has control of the Turkish defense and military. He now views himself the chosen successor of the revived Ottoman Empire – the Sultan of a new Islamic Caliphate.
No Islamic ruler (called the Caliph) exists today.
But we are getting closer to when the Islamic leader will appear, as prophecy indicates, and declare himself the Caliph. Islam’s Caliph is like putting the Pope, the President, and the top military General under one hat.
Don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying Erdoğan is Antichrist. He’s paving the way for Antichrist. According to Daniel’s prophecy, Antichrist won’t appear until after the Caliphate is formed (Dan. 7:24).
What I’m suggesting is that Satan will use Erdoğan to bring back the Islamic-Ottoman Empire and headquarter it in Turkey and declare himself Caliph.
What makes Erdoğan such a force to be reckoned with is that he is convinced the mantle is his to re-establish the Caliphate, which only Turkey, the center of the Ottoman Empire, has been able to manage historically over the last 1,000 years.
Look for Turkey and Erdoğan to work some magic in 2018 by plotting with its allies and singing he much he loves Jerusalem.
5 QuestionsAbout the Trump Presidency As it relates to Bible Prophecy
1. Is God Using Donald Trump like he used Cyrus the Great? 2. Will Trump move the US Embassy to Jerusalem? 3. Are these four years a period of grace before America falls off the edge? If so… what should we be doing to take advantage of this short period of relief right now? 4. Will Trump the deal-maker get an Arab/Israeli peace deal? If so, will he tear up the Two-State Plan? 5. Is God using Trump to anger his enemies to speed up the arrival of Antichrist? If so… What signs should we be looking for?
Is Trump A Modern Day “Cyrus the Great?”
In many ways President Trump can be compared to the ancient Persian emperor, Cyrus the Great, who God used to Stand with Israel and reclaim Jerusalem.
Trump in his generation is like Cyrus in his generation. The Persian king might have been a pagan, but he still served God’s plans in supporting the Jewish people and recognizing Jerusalem as their capitol.
God even calls the Persian king “his servant.” The Lord is using Donald Trump the same way. Against heavy international pressure, President Trump has decided to Stand With Israel no matter what the political cost or backlash!
God Uses Whomever He Wishes
God raises up kings and puts down kings (Daniel 2:21).
Many times in Scripture, God uses rulers and secular leaders to do His will, even when they personally were not fully cognizant of their role in world history.
Cyrus of Persia was such a person and God, in the book of Isaiah, says the following about him:
“When I say of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd,’ he will certainly do as I say. He will command, ‘Rebuild Jerusalem’– Isaiah 44:28.
Prophecy of Cyrus – 45
Some have made the connection to Trump being the 45th president and the prophecy about Cyrus in Isaiah 45. Isaiah’s amazing prophecy mentions Cyrus by name 150 years before he was born! Only God can do that! God continues with this about Cyrus:
“…why have I called you for this work? Why did I call you by name when you did not know Me? It is for the sake of Jacob My servant, Israel My chosen one. I am the Lord; there is no other God.
I have equipped you for battle though you don’t even know Me, so all the world from east to west will know there is no other God.” – Isaiah 45:4-6.
Respect God’s Decisions
The rise of Donald Trump in American politics has been nothing less than extraordinary, especially for his critics.
The media loathes him and have done everything in their power to destroy him including blindly pushing the false narrative, “Trump colluded with Russia.” As believers we need to be praying for the president’s safety, protection and spiritual well being (1 Timothy 2:1-3). Is it possible that God, in His sovereignty, has chosen to use this man in fulfilling His purposes? We should rejoice that Trump has assembled the most “Christian” White House and cabinet in American history. Those around him include strong believers such as Mike Pence, Kellyanne Conway, Dr. Ben Carson, Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions, and Rick Perry to name a few.
Did God choose Trump? If So… Praise God for Divine Intervention!
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There are numerous prophesies in Revelation that could not happen until this generation. Many of them would have seemed impossible to first century believers. Here are six prophecies that couldn’t be understood until our generation:
These three were covered in my last blog: 1. Army of 200 million soldiers 2. Drying up the Euphrates 3. Global satellite communication
These three are discussed in this blog: 4. Nuclear weapons and WMD’s 5. Israel reborn as a nation 6. Israel’s LGBT lifestyle
Revelation Generation Prophecies
4. Nuclear Weapons and WMD’s
God warns us, no less than four times in scripture, that the coming 7-year Tribulation will be the worst period in earth’s history (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1; Mt. 24:21; Mk. 13:19).
In His discourse about the end times, Jesus said, “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:22). “And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved” (Mark 13:20).
According to this passage, when God planned the Tribulation period, he limited it to seven years so that some of the redeemed remnant of Israel (“elect”) would still be alive at the end of the Tribulation and would therefore be able to populate the earth in the millennium. Anything beyond seven years would be so catastrophic that no one on earth would remain alive.
There’s no army on earth that can kill earth’s population of eight billion today with conventional weapons in seven years. Earth’s population could only be threatened with the arrival of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction.
In the Middle East war that’s centered around the Euphrates River (Rev. 9:14), a third of the world’s population will be wiped out according to Revelation9:15. That means some two to three billion people will be killed in that war alone!
The best description of nuclear war appears in the prophecy of Zechariah where he describes the horrific details during the Battle of Armageddon,
”This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.” (Zechariah 14:12)
Once again, we see the prophecies in Revelation beingfulfilled in our generation.
5. Israel reborn as a nation – 1948
God’s chosen nation is the epicenter of Bible prophecy! In 2018we celebrate the seventy year birthday of the State of Israel(1948-2018). Israel’s return is happening during our generation. Even this week, several airplanes with Jewish families from around the world, landed in Tel Aviv to declare Israel as their new home.
Did you know that the attack waged by the Arab Nations, the next morning after Israel’s Declaration of Independence in 1948, became the fulfillment of a fascinating prophecy?
There are many prophecies about the re-establishment of Israel in the end times, but one of my favorites is a symbolic prophecy. Isaiah records, “Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she gave birth to a boy.” (Isaiah 66:7-8)
How many women have ever given birth before the birth pains? They come before the birth, not after. This prophecy says, No! The labor pains will come after the birth.
“Who has heard of such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once?” After her birth, the birth pains came.
Israel didn’t get a very nice welcome from their Arab neighbors. On May 14, 1948, the nation of Israel was declared, and on May 15, 1948, the very next morning, five Arab nations attacked Israel. Since then, throughout our generation, the tiny nation has seen constant threats and constant wars for her survival.
6. Israel’s LGBT lifestyle
Their bodies (2-Witnesses) will lie in the public square of the great city (Jerusalem) which is figuratively called Sodom… where also their Lord was crucified (Rev. 11:8)
When I speak to people about the moral plight of Israel in the end times, it is with a heavy heart. The above verse is a prophecy that forecasts Israel living in the Tribulation and acting like Sodom.
Sadly today, Israel’s reputation for same sex entertainment is world famous. Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest city, was recently named by the Boston Globe as one of the top destinations catering to the alternate lifestyle and featuring them as “one of the best gay pride parades” in the world. The bad news is that the parade is funded through Israel’s state budget.
Israel may have returned to their ancient land but not to the Lord. God’s wayward nation will have to be brought through the fire and the flood of the Tribulation where, according to Zechariah, just one third will come through and survive (Zech. 13:8-9).
Once again, we see a unique prophecy in Revelation being fulfilled in our generation indicating we are closer to the return of the Lord than ever before! We may even be the generation when Jesus returns. Hallelujah! Are YOU READY?
Discover Prophecies That Could Never Take Place Until Our Generation
God is opening up an understanding of Bible prophecy today as never before and releasing the secrets to His end time church. In fact, the closer we get to the coming of the Lord the more understanding God seems to be pouring out. We see a hint of this promised in the prophet Daniel,
4 But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will investigate the prophesies, and knowledge will increase.” (Daniel 12:4).
This verse promises that God will unseal prophecy as the end time approaches so that people will search for answers concerning the troubling events in the world and discover increased knowledge of understanding from God’s Word!
There are certain prophecies concerning the end times that could only be understood and interpreted by those who are living in the season of the end times.
For example, in the book of Revelation there are several remarkable predictions that in John’s day were both impossible to occur and impossible to understand. They could only be understood and implemented in our generation.
Head Scratchers that the Ancients Couldn’t Understand
There are numerous examples in Revelation of prophesies that could not happen until more recent times. Many of them would have seemed bizarre to first century believers. Real head scratchers. Can you think of some?
Here are six prophecies that couldn’t be understood until our generation. I’ll discus 3 of them in this Blog and the other three in a follow up blog:
Revelation Generation Prophecies
1.Army of 200 million soldiers
2.Drying up the Euphrates
3.Global satellite communication
4.Nuclear weapons and WMD’s
5.Israel reborn as a nation
6.Israel’s LGBT lifestyle
1. Army of 200 Million Soldiers
16 The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number. (Rev. 9:16)
John speaks of a war during the Tribulation with a 200-million-man army marching across the Euphrates, which numerically did not exist in his day (Revelation 9:14-16). Even the Roman army in John’s day would have boasted of no more than several hundred thousand throughout the empire. Earth’s first century population was estimated to range from 250-300 million. The Apostle John must have understood how absurd his prediction would seem so he immediately confirmed it by saying, “I heard the number.”In other words, “don’t think I’m crazy… that’s the size I heard!” Notice this war takes place in the heart of the Middle East along the Euphrates corridor, a region that is now over 90% Muslim. For practical reasons, this prophecy must be describing Antichrist’s Caliphate invasion which is stationed in the Middle East at this time in the book of Revelation. The world’s largest military (China) has only 2.3 million active duty personnel, and all world militaries combined have 20.2 million— a far cry from the 200 million troops spoken of here. So, like many end-times prophecies, we can only see how these things are possible when they actually start to unfold. For years, prophecy teachers believed only China could muster an army this size. However, the passage never mentions China and there’s simply not enough time in the Tribulation Period, for example, for 200 million soldiers to march 4,000 miles from China to Jerusalem. The logistics prevent that interpretation for this prophecy. For example, it took the Pentagon six months to move 500,000 (½ million) military personnel into the Middle East to invade Iraq in 1991. It appears more likely that the majority of these soldiers will arrive on foot or in their personal vehicles. Only recently has the Middle East Muslim population exploded that could host an invasion of 200 million. Pew Researchreported that by 2030, the Middle East and North Africa Muslim population will be close to 450 million! The gathering of a massive Islamic invasion into the Palestinian theater is now not only possible but becoming a real and present danger and we are the first generation when this prophecy can be literally fulfilled.
2. Drying up the Euphrates River
12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the Kings from the East (Rev. 16:12).
In the Tribulation, much of the drying of the Euphrates will be due to a long drought caused by God’s 2-Witnesses (Revelation 11:6). However, in 1990, Turkey completed construction of the Ataturk Dam that can now control water flow and water levels of the Euphrates River with the push of a button!
Upping the Prophetic Ante: Turkey Controls the Flow
The Euphrates originates in Turkey, then flows through Syria and Iraq. Water sharing has been a source of tension in the region. Turkey and Syria have undertaken multiple large water engineering projects in recent years, including the construction of dams and reservoirs on the Euphrates. So when Turkey completely cut off the flow of the Euphrates in May 2014, leaving millions without access to water and endangering the stability of Syria’s dams, the outcry was deafening. Farmers were fleeing the countryside in droves. Lake Assad was down by 6 meters, and it was predicted that if Turkey didn’t open the dams back up, the reservoirs would be depleted within two days. (Anjarini 2014)
One witness made the shocking statement that “No drop of the Euphrates now enters Syrian territory.” (al-Masri 2014)
The headwaters of the Euphrates begins in the mountains of Turkey and control of the Euphrates now rests in their hands. For the first time in history, it’s now possible to actually dry up the entire flow of the Euphrates River into Syria and Iraq and we are the first generation that could see this prophecy fulfilled.
3. 24/7 Global Satellite Communication 9 For three and a half days the people from around the world will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. (Rev. 11:9-10)
Worldwide Satellite Transmission has only become commonplace in the last few decades. For 2000 years,believers were stumped as to how this prophecy could be taken literally. How could people around the world all be watching the same thing at the same time?
Murdered by Antichrist
After a successful ministry of 1260 days, covering the first half of the Tribulation, the two witnesses are killed by the Islamic BEAST (Rev. 11:7 – aka 10-King Caliphate) during the conquest of Jerusalem.
Glowing with success, Antichrist wants to send a message to the world. This is achieved by desecrating the bodies of the two men they hate the most.
The enemy refuses to bury God’s Two Witnesses and leavestheir bodies exposed to the elements for 3 ½ days while the world watches and mocks them laying there, “people from around the world will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.” (Rev. 11:9-10)
Islamic followers would certainly allow the bodies of noted individuals, those they deem to be infidels and enemies of Islam, to lie out in the open as an act of defiling their memory and to disrespect them in the eyes of the public. No other religious system practices such barbarism but Islam.
Watching from the other side of the world
Around the clock for three and a half days, the whole world watches the corpses of these two servants laying dead and motionless in Jerusalem. Only today is this prophecy realistic.The world’s a much smaller place today where satellite TV and social media can instantly broadcast live events for the entire world to watch simultaneously.
Resurrection and Rapture
11 After three and a half daysthe breathof life from God entered them,and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.”And they went up to heaven in a cloud,while their enemies looked on. (Rev. 11:11-12)
The prophecy indicates the whole world will gawk at their dead bodies as their images are flashed across social media and TV screens around the world. Then, in a sudden twist of fate, God resurrects them, live and on camera, and their enemies watch them ascend into heaven.
Can’t you see the headline… TRENDING NOW… “Two Jewish Prophets fly up to heaven.”
One thing is clear. It can no longer be said that the prophecies of Revelation are not feasible! And what does that mean? It means that the book of Revelation is coming true.
It also means that we are the “Revelation Generation,” that’s blessed to understand and interpret prophecy more than any generation before.
You can understand Revelation! Don’t let it scare you or confuse you. Just start reading it and ask the Lord to help you. It’s not meant to scare us, it’s meant to prepare us for what’s ahead… for Christ’s soon return!
3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.(Revelation 3:3)