2 IS THE NUMBER OF ADEQUATE WITNESS!
I want everyone to read this article written by Bill Koenig of Koenig's International News. Bill is a news watcher, rather than in the sense that we are Watchers, but as an observer of history and a writer of the news from a Biblical perspective.
This article beautifully summarizes Jewish history from the birth of modern Israel to the present day, and how it came to pass. He cites John McTernan's book, "God's Final Judgment on America," to demonstrate how the Lord has responded powerfully when the United States and the European Union have asked Israel to give up her land for peace.
He shows the courage of Pastor Robert Mawire of Fort Worth, Texas, showing the appropriateness of God's word in Joshua 1:6-7, 9 at this time, when he presented them to former Prime Minister Netanyahu, challenging him to be the leader that God calls for in that scripture.
His statement, "The interesting irony which is now unfolding is that, by Israel holding firm to its land of the Biblical covenant, it will bring about a fulfillment of the prophecies in Isaiah, chapters 17 and 19, and help produce the anticipated Daniel 9:27 covenant", clearly shows that he knows what time it is, but also indicates that he hasn't put it in the perspective of this time being the time that Paul spoke of to watch and warn and rejoice.
The article was sent to be by a watcher, and at the end of the article you will find my comments back to him. I hope you enjoy it.
NewsWatch - Bill Koenig
April 30, 2001
As mentioned last week, and as documented by John McTernan's book, "God's Final Judgment on America," the Lord has responded powerfully when the United States and the European Union have asked Israel to give up her land for peace.
McTernan has also tracked in his book how the Lord responds forcefully when major pro-abortion legislation is passed or events held or when major pro-gay legislation is passed or large events held. He has stated that these two issues, in addition to Israel's land status, are the three areas in which the Lord has answered with the quickest and harshest manner.
Virtually, every time one of these major "events" took place, the Lord's response would come within 24 to 48 hours in the form of record hurricanes, tornadoes, or other storms with tremendous rains, floods, and hail. It would also come in major earthquakes, and the financial markets would even take numerous major shifts. Sometimes, there would be a combination of responses.
Over and over again, when man's actions have gone contrary to the Lord's Word, especially in these three areas, the judgment has been swift and powerful, often using natural forces. This judgment is very profound, and it needs serious reflection and consideration by believers and non-believers alike.
MIDDLE EAST LAND
Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin was assassinated within days of giving the Golan Heights back to the Syrians. He was also close to giving up large parts of the West Bank to the Palestinians.
Benjamin Netanyahu was then elected Prime Minister of Israel. Although he gave up land in the West Bank, he was the toughest to deal with, but he too lost a no-confidence vote in the Knesset, and his government was dissolved.
Ehud Barak registered a decisive victory in his race against Prime Minister Netanyahu. He moved the Israel defense forces out of southern Lebanon and agreed to give Syria all of the Golan Heights but for a few meters along the Sea of Galilee. Amazingly, Syria refused the deal, because they wanted it all.
Barak then offered Arafat and the Palestinians about 95 percent of what they wanted, including land in the West Bank, a Palestinian state, and plans for a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem. His proposal only excluded Chairman Yasser Arafat's request for sovereignty over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Arafat turned down this generous offer, and said it was due to the "Holy Sites" that the Palestinians wanted to control. Barak then lost a no-confidence vote in the Knesset, and his government was dissolved. He ran for re-election against the Likud Party's Ariel Sharon, who defeated him soundly after Netanyahu and Shimon Peres decided not to run at the last minute.
Sharon is now taking the toughest line for Israel. He has stated that there will be no splitting of Jerusalem with the Palestinians, that Israel will not give up the Golan Heights, and that Israel will not release its sovereignty over the Temple Mount.
In the second week of August in 1997, Pastor Robert Mawire of Fort Worth, Texas, told the mayors of the cities of Israel and the heads of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) that Israel's land was not to be given up for peace and security. He explained that the Lord gave the land to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, by Biblical covenant, and it was not to be given away for "peace and security."
Pastor Mawire told Prime Minister Netanyahu that in the same week in 1997 that if his government gave up land for "peace and security," he would be defeated. This prophecy soon came to pass with the no-confidence vote in the Knesset.
On October 15, 2000, in Tel Aviv, Pastor Mawire told Ariel Sharon, in a two-hour and forty-five minute meeting, that he would be the next Prime Minister of Israel. He also shared, in their meeting, what the Bible said prophetically about Israel and its land.
To put the timing of this meeting between Mawire and Sharon in perspective, Sharon at that time had only 15 percent of the vote in the polls; 120 days later Sharon was elected in a landslide victory with 69 percent of the vote.
On April 16, two weeks ago, in a private reception before the program at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale (Florida), the Lord provided me the opportunity to give Netanyahu a copy of McTernan's book, which has 37 pages on how the Lord forcefully responded each time Israel was forced to give up land.
A half-hour before Netanyahu's talk at the church, Pastor Mawire-in a private meeting with Netanyahu, Sarah Netanyahu, and Pastor Bob Coy - presented the former Israeli Prime Minister with a plaque on which was inscribed the following words: The Word of the Lord
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has chosen you to be the "Father" of His people and to restore the Tabernacle of David. You will once again become Prime Minister of Israel, and God has appointed Ron Nachman to be your right hand man, as it was with Joshua and Moses.
If you honor His covenant that He made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob regarding Israel, He will honor you and exalt you. But if you disregard His covenant and give away His land, He will dishonor you.
"Be strong and of good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." (Joshua 1:6-7, 9)
From: The servant of God, Robert Mawire, Ft. Worth, Texas, April 2001
The interesting irony which is now unfolding is that, by Israel holding firm to its land of the Biblical covenant, it will bring about a fulfillment of the prophecies in Isaiah, chapters 17 and 19, and help produce the anticipated Daniel 9:27 covenant.
However, we know now that, if the land was given sooner or later, it would not be enough and that the Arabs would want more, anyhow. The prophecies in Isaiah, chapters 17 and 19, and Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39, are set and are destined to be fulfilled.
SMALL EVENTS BECOMING BIG EVENTS
I am sensing that in the coming days more "small events" will become "big events," which seems to happen whenever there is tension in the air.
An example of a "small event" was the visit of Ariel Sharon to the Temple Mount on September 28, 2000. He had even received prior approval from the Palestinian security to make the visit, which was supposed to be routine.
However, for a variety of reasons which may never be known, it became a big event, being used as the excuse for starting the Muslim intifada, which in turn led to the stopping of the Middle East peace talks and eventually Sharon's own election.
Two years prior to that, President Clinton was in the process of convincing Netanyahu to give up more land for peace while he was visiting at the White House. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright refused to meet Netanyahu for lunch during that period, and the same afternoon, the Monica Lewinsky story went public.
The Lewinsky scandal motivated Clinton to seek atonement for his wrongdoing. The irony is that he chose the Middle East peace efforts for his vehicle of vindication. With this motive in mind, he pressed Ehud Barak to give up more land quickly, which in turn cost him the Prime Minister's position in Israel and made him look weak in Arab eyes.
This sequence of events contributed to and accelerated prophetic events as the Middle East peace talks broke off over two key issues: the sovereignty of the Temple Mount and the status of Jerusalem.
Suddenly, Sharon was back in the picture, the same man whose Temple Mount visit was blamed for the breaking off of the Middle East peace talks. Sharon at that time was considered "washed up" and a "has been" at 72 years of age. However, 150 days later he was elected Prime Minister of Israel in a landslide.
In a March meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush, Ariel Sharon was given the go-ahead to deal with terror in his country, however necessary, as long as it didn't bring the U.S. into a war in the region.
Last week, after Palestinian mortar attacks on civilian settlements, Sharon ordered Israeli tanks to occupy a strip dividing the Gaza Territory. He received a rapid response from U. S. Secretary of State Colin Powell who said that response was disproportionate and asked Sharon for an immediate retreat.
Sharon obliged, but only after this action initiated comments from other world leaders who condemned his [Sharon's] actions. Then Wednesday of this week, the European Union (EU) placed economic sanctions on Israel for their "aggressive response" to the Palestinians.
This scenario played to the benefit of the Palestinians, who set Israel up knowing they would respond with force. However, it created a quick rebuke from the United States and economic sanctions from the
These are examples of small events turning into larger events, and I anticipate more of these scenarios to take place in the near future.
Isn't overview wonderful? It allows you to clearly see the path that led to your present reality of the landscape of the overview.
Finally, someone else is seeing and describing Daniel on the stage! I hope he recognizes it. That synopsis of the Mideast stage is exactly what I have been demonstrating to my Watchers for the past 5 years. And what that shows about Sharon, is exactly what I wrote about him after he got elected; he's a hawk that is a dove. Only with the strength and perspective of a hawk can a Jewish peace that includes Jerusalem and the mount come to pass.
And, I hope he realizes, that according to the scriptural case that Paul makes for the Rapture, it (the rapture) has to occur before that peace comes to pass.
He seems to understand that all of this is leading to Daniel 9:27, yet he doesn't seem to conclude that the time leading up to the peace of 9:27 is the period which Paul exhorted us to watch so we see that peace day approaching, and when we see it, warn the others, because before that peace is confirmed, there will be our gathering together unto Him, so it's a time to rejoice!
I find the Jeremiah quote very appropriate for this time, and I pray that Sharon will be God's man, and accept that challenge, for it's only then that the end will come, with our Rapture before it.
The trail forward leads to peace, which is the opening salvo of the Great Tribulation. From where we stand on that trail today, we can clearly see that day lies just ahead. This is the time that Paul spoke so clearly of, in his forth right manner, when he instructed the Thessalonian Christians about what it meant, and what to do when this was seen.
Watchers can see it, because they are aware. The know where to look, what to look for, and why they are looking there, and that's what it takes. I hope Mr. Koenig can put this all together. I have the cd posted at the Bible School web site for students who enroll from around the world, to study it on line. It's a little slow without a high speed connection, but it can be downloaded to disk ( about 43 megs zipped) for later study. I'd be happy to enroll him in the study, or send him a
Thanks for staying in touch. God bless.
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Your brother in Christ
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