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February 07, 2010

Zechariah's Vision and "The Quartet"


Today, we are witnessing the collapse of support for Israel's sovereignty, yet since day one the truth is that Israel has been under attack in one form or another since its modern resurrection. The reason, its the time of the feet of iron and clay.

Many people skewed by media and politicians have bought into the lie that the land of Israel does not belong to Israel. Instead, the headline is that God's land should be divided and given away to the feet of iron and clay but theres' a Psalm 2:9 problem with that.

The clarion call to covenant truth is clear. Bible believers must believe the Bible.

We must make a choice, believe all of it - not just what we want to pick and choose.

The Bible has been around a long time, but it's not old. It's relevent no matter when you read it because it's God's living word.

Yet, most of the leaders' with a myopic focus in a political planet ignore the Bible, they have fallen into a deep sleep with a two-state dream that is a slow motion nightmare of Biblical proportion.

What will it take for people to wake up to the tribulation train wreck that will play out in front of our eyes?

In my Scripture studies, I discovered the Biblical facts that stand above political fables, headline myths, religious opinion and division.

I also discovered the Bible's calendar and found a month that lands in the January–February time frame in the confusion of Pope Gregory's Roman calendar. That Biblical month is Shevat and it means "to strike."

Why do I mention it? Well, it's the timestamp found in Zechariah 1:7-10. It's the date that Zechariah had a big time vision given to him by the word of The LORD. Zechariah's Shevat vision describes "a quartet" of horses in a ravine among a group of myrtle trees.

It's detailed in the beginning of the scroll at Zechariah chapter 1 verse 7 and continues on to chapter 6 verse 15.  

Zechariah's vision is one of many described in the Bible and it may be the most detailed other than those found in the books of Daniel, Ezekiel and Revelation.

Zechariah described what he saw. First, it's a man on a red horse among the trees with three other horses.

There's another red horse, a brown one and the fourth horse is white.

Later, he sees four "horns" (aka political powers) that seek to divide Judah, Israel and Jerusalem. By the way, how do you divide something? You strike.

That's not all Zecharian saw, there are four "craftsmen" assigned to terrify those political horn powers and remove the strength of the nations that lift up their power against the land of Judah.

The vortex of that vision has been focused on Judea and Samariah since 1948. It's there that many Jewish people have returned home just as Almighty God had promised. Importantly, The LORD God of Israel never calls His land of promise the West Bank. 

I could be wrong, but it seems that John the revelation writer, saw an extended version, a re-run if you will, some 600 years after Zechariah revealed that The LORD would become very angry with the nations that further disaster in Israel.

In John's vision, the horse's colors give us another perspective we can't ignore. Not only that, in John's rerun there are three other men that appear on the scene. 

John's dream is described front and center in Revelation 6:1-7 embedded within the first four of seven seals. By the way, seals are used to bind up a scroll, they are only broken to reveal what's inside.

John's view is commonly described today as the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

John sees a white horse mounted by a conqueror, a red whose riden by one given power to take peace from the earth as people attack and kill others. There's also a black horse whose rider is holding a pair of judgment scales in his hand followed by an ashen horse whose rider is named death! 

The word the King James group translated as "pale" is the Greek word χλωρός or "chlōros." Everyone know chloros is green. If you ask me, the translator's struggled with the idea of a green horse so they called it pale, but it's green for a reason, and we'll explore more on that big clue a bit later.

This commentary addresses my current views on the backstage of these visions and the big concern I've had about them since 9/11. There's a connection to current events in the Middle East in the unfolding nightmare divide of "two-state solution."  

The so-called "two-state solution" is no solution, it's a disaster of Biblical proportion hidden in plain sight. A back door to an anti-Semitic political plan that opposes Almighty God's favor. It's a nightmare that opposes The LORD's land grant promise and the people He has chosen to return there to prepare the land for Messiah since 1948.

The political stage is full of propaganda with a goal to divide the modern day miracle of Israel. Sooner than later, a catastrophe in Israel will bring grave opposition from the nations against the Promised Land and its people. Politicians say its their plan is for peace in the Middle East, but the feeble minded political schemes ignore Almighty God's gospel voice and plan for ever lasting peace on the planet. Bottomline, while its hard to comprehend, the two-state goal is from the dark side.

We can know this only if we read the Bible. The LORD "God of Israel" will not be silent about dividing His Promised Land because it offends His eternal faith covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the gospel of God.

Almighty God declared the land grant for a reason and the Bible is the deed.

Not only that, as noted whether they know it or not, the Jewish people are there today to prepare it for Messiah's return. In the end, it doen't matter whether one thinks it will be the first trip or the second, Messiah is coming as sure as Moses came down the mountain with the second set of stone tablets.

Paul's words in Romans 3:1-4 remain true:

"Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.

What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? May it never be!

Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar..."

Any belief that Israel is the reason for conflict is simply in the dark. The real conflict can be summed up as Koranic darkness vs. Biblical light.

Now's the time to go back to the Bible.
Its time to get on board with God’s plan for restoring the planet.
It may be old, but it's not done away with. 

Its time to repent. The two-state vision of the nations puts the planet on the verge of a jihad red line. Once that line is crossed, it will turn the trajectory of global events into the latter day chaos of carnage that so many have feared ever since John put pen to paper at Patmos.

Elohim God's covenant promises are bigger than any manmade map that seeks to divide the land drawn along the Jehoshaphat line that's described in Joel 3. 

Without repentance, I'm deeply concerned that America's fate of judgment is destined in Zechariah's and John's four horse quartet visions.

One reason is that the United States is in the placeholder position of "The Quartet" with a geo-political horn blowing to broker an agreement to divide Israel with a Palestinian state. The Palestinian divide reality is that there are Amalek-like terror factions ruled by darkness behind the scenes that do not seek to divide for peace and security, but to destroy all Jews in jihad.

For example, anyone with eyes or ears can see and hear that it's been violent in and around Gaza ever since Israel let the so-called Palestinians take over and it's getting worse in the old home of the Philistines.

Gaza is a terror tinderbox in a powder keg that will explode one day. That's why a security fence was built along the Gaza border by Israel in 1994. It's not really a border fence, it's an anti-terror barrier and the flemsy chain links and barbed wire sadly will fail. 

To top it off, there's an self proclaimed terror faction from Egypt that's was elected by Gazans to rule the seacoast strip that should be a resort.

Hamas published their evil goal for the world to see, but it's ignored by politicians and main street media. Their evil Muslim Brotherhood goal is a sorceress plan embedded in the original Charter of Hamas, aka the Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement that glorifies terrorism and radicalizes Gazans to hate and seek jihad glory in a Moslem martyr's death with a pension to boot.

Hamas was granted sorceress control of Gaza in an election that was applauded when the votes were counted. The Quartet was clapping, but their applaud was soon silenced in global embarrassment.

The truth rose from the pit to the surface that Hamas was founded in part by terror leader Sheikh Ahmed Ismail Hassan Yassin as a spinoff of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood with a shared Hitler-like, Haman plan for murderous militant jihad.

That charter has resulted in relentless rocket attacks, suicide bombings, car rammings and knife attacks in crowded steets and restaurants outside the fence all across Israel. Hamas operatives are pure evil. They seek carnage and martyrdom for a place in a radical religious madman's bloodstained Jezebel dream of Baal heaven. The main street media has been seduced as the jihad nightmare continues firing Qassam rockets that target Israeli children in school yards and communities filled with bomb shelters.

How did get here, how did this happen?

Hamas, the self proclaimed terrorist group was able to put strict sharia control over Gaza shortly after Israel withdrew. Shortly after, Fatah lost the 2006 Palestinian legislative election to the Gazan terrorists within a year. 

Hamas' jihad fighters even turned against Fatah as they attacked, executed, kidnapped and imprisoned Fatah government officials as the Palestinian National Authority was radically and violently expelled from Gaza. The crime scene exploded in June 2007. 

Between 2006 and 2007, Hamas began to ramp up their attacks on Jews as more than 1,700 rockets were fired from Gaza aimed at southern Israeli farming communities. A year later, Hamas fired another round of over 2,000 rockets into Israel. 

Mimicking Hamas, but much worse are Hezbollah's madmen of hate in Lebanon. They fired  some 4,000 rockets into Israel during the second Lebanon War   into northern Israel. That war never really ended, Hezbollah has been rearming with Iran's Haman-like support that may one day be nuclear thanks to Russia's back room export and support. Hamas and Hezbollah and their puppet masters in Elam, err modern day Iran ignore this dire warning from Obadiah:
"Because of the violence done to your brother Jacob,
shame shall cover you,
and you shall be cut off forever." Obadiah 1:10
Sadly, that warning applies to America. Three years before Israel's Gaza withdrawal something big happened as "The Quartet on the Middle East" was established in Madrid, Spain. We must not forget, Spain was the headquarters for The Inquisition. The Quartet formed there is bizarre. It consists of representatives from 1) the United States, 2) Russia, 3) the European Union and 4) the United Nations. The Quartet's goal was set in motion promoting a plan to divide Israel with a two-state solution to the Palestinian plot to destroy the Jewish people. The Quartet is a chaos answer to peace in the Middle East and The Quartet has obviously failed to read the Hamas Charter or the Bible. To this day, politicians ignore the demonic evil lurking in Gaza, Lebanon and Iran as they choose to blame Israel for the jihadist insanity. 

I mentioned bizarre. Looking at the "four horns" of The Quartet, I have a 101 basic question: Since when do the U.S. and Russia agree on national interests for peace and security? 

That fact alone should sound a big time shofar for any watchman on the wall.

Russia is no friend. To top it off, Russia strongly supports Iran, another self-declared arch enemy of Israel and the United States!! Iran's people are oppressed by radical dictatorial leaders that support war and rumors of wars as a national creed. Their Ayatollahs use both Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as Yemen and other puppet terror proxies to fulfill the Ayatollah's Twelfth Imam nightmare.  

The Quartet includes the United Nations, but the U.N. refuses to adopt Obadiah's rubicon moment to come:
"For the day of the LORD is near upon all the nations.
As you have done, it shall be done to you;
your deeds shall return on your own head." Obadiah 1:15
The Quartet also ignores history, and that history includes the original Israeli-Palestinian conflict that began when Goliath taunted Israel and David stepped up with a sling and five stones. The Quartet forgot that David took down Goliath. They also forgot why Samson is so famous. After all, Samson fought the Philistines on their home turf in today's Gaza. Without knowing it, political hearts are hardened like the Pharaoh's against God's plans because people don't know The God of Israel or His name.

The Quartet's plan to shrink the promise of The Promised Land is not a good one. It will bring disaster!

For me, it hard to believe the Quartet plan started in Madrid, but history is important and that fact has headline meaning today. The facts on the ground are that Spain is the very spot King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella ruled and reigned when they famously expelled all Jews from that nation in 1492 with the Alhambra Decree. by Their edit of expulsion  occurred 510 years before the Madrid Conference. 

The Quartet's goal ignores the fact that Almighty God owns this planet and The LORD God of Israel is in charge. His covenant plan includes eternal promises and blessings given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The LORD God renamed Jacob after a stuggle as he entered the the Holy Land after a 14 year exile in Syria serivng Laban the Aramean. The name blessing is Israel and the promises of the one God, the Almighty God of Israel will prevail in the end. To top it off, Jesus, aka Yeshua was sent there to set the stage to redeem the world and prepare hearts in repentance, redeemption and restoration in the vortex of the Kingdom of God. For that reason, many themes and quotes from the Holy Bible will be repeated here over and again because we all learn with repetition.

So, let's get back to Zechariah's vision. 

The prophet connects his Shevat vision timestamp with Persian king Darius and that king connects Zechariah's vision with other prophetic writings including words recorded by Obadiah, Haggai, Ezra, Nehemiah as well as Daniel.

The book of Zechariah opens with a promise of return. It's a great one that will shake the earth again because prophecy repeats:
"Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return'."
That BIG promise is about repentance. It's what Yeshua preached over and again. Take note, Zechariah was quoting The Almighty. Zechariah's quote is followed by a timeline that's a month after Haggai's prophecy regarding the latter day chaos of global powers before the millennial rule of the Messiah King of Israel and the planet. 

Haggai syncs to Zechariah 12:9-10 with a four corner problem, yet an earth shattering blessing for the Jewish people: 
And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced...
Both scrolls from these two prophets give us critical timestamps given in the 6th, 7th and 8th Biblical months of the God's calendar that uses the Exodus as a time stamp. It also uses a combination of the moon and the sun. You will not find that on any Roman pope calendar in use today. 

Since the 70-year exile to Babylon, those Biblical months are now called Elul, Tishrei and Cheshvan. 

They basically line up with April, May and June on the Pope's sun based timeline: 
In the second year of Darius the king, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the LORD came by the prophet Haggai. 
On the twenty-first of the seventh month, the word of the LORD came by Haggai. 
In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah the prophet...
The second year of Darius is thought to be tied to the same Darius mentioned by Ezra. He is known as Darius the Great the son of Hystaspe and he governed Persia from about 521-486 BC. His second year was c. 519BC, some 200 years before Alexander the Great arrived on the Mid East scene.

Three months after his first vision in the 8th month, Zechariah had another vision in the 11th Biblical month of Shevat, commonly falling in the Pope's calendars around February-March of each year.

If you believe the Bible is God's word, it's time to wake up to God's calendar timelines after more than 1,700 years of confusion whether Julian or Gregorian.

Wake up. 

Shevat is the 11th Biblical month and it's a big deal.

The important thing to know is that The LORD God of Israel has His own calendar that rules the planet and He will not be silent about any ill-conceived global power plan to divvy up the Almighty's forever land grant to Abraham, Issac and Jacob that includes a blessing in the end.

Because of that for ever promise, the Bible contains a host of prophetic warnings about dividing Israel.

The reason for those warnings is that man's peace plans of division oppose God's unity plan.

There are two in your face warnings in plain sight described in Joel 3 and Zechariah 12. These two witness warnings have existed for thousands of years for a reason and since Almighty God does not change He will not stand for His heritage land to be divided no matter how honorable a two state peace plan may sound. After all there's already a two state solution in effect.

Israel gave Gaza away and its a nightmare. Behind the scenes Gaza is a terrorist state. It's run by Hamas, a terrorist group that was elected by a large majority of Gazans. The big problem is they do not look to The LORD, instead they follow a fake god. The people don't have a clue about the Bible or what Almighty God thinks and wants us to do. After all that's what the Bible tells us.

Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD."

Hamas has a chartered goal to destroy Israel. Bottomline, any further condition for a two state red line in God's land gift will trigger tribulation. Judgement is coming to every nation that seeks to divide God's promised land. For that reason, we can't remain confused about God's Promised Land plan.

Ezekiel 47:22-23 puts Almighty God's one-state solution for His perfect peace plan in plain sight and it includes an adoption right for those that follow The LORD:
"You are to allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the foreigners residing among you and who have children. You are to consider them as native-born Israelites; along with you they are to be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. In whatever tribe a foreigner resides, there you are to give them their inheritance,” declares the Sovereign Lord."
Hum... you let that sink in for awhile.

Yeshua of Nazareth explained how Almighty God's perfect plan works, but most of us have never connected His Sermon on the Mount words to the Hebrew Bible He read, to modern Israel, much less Ezekiel 47.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. 
He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 
For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even the tax collectors do the same, don’t they? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than anyone else? Even the pagans do that, don’t they?  
Therefore be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-48
The Gospel of God peace plan includes Jerusalem as the capital city. It's the place The LORD God chose to put His name and His House of Prayer for all nations

That promise is described in Isaiah 56:5-8.

The apostle Paul repeated a good word too: “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent..." 

I am taking that advice literally in my expressing some thoughts on Zechariah's vision.

The Bible and history shows us that judgment comes on any nation that seeks to divide by putting a "condition" on the Promised Land as if they owned it instead of The LORD God of Israel. It happened to the Babylonians, it happened to the Persians and then Greeks. The Romans as well as the Ottomans followed suit after World War I and chaos has followed. 

The real occupiers disappear. It will happen again.

That condition of judgment will include America if we continue to play a part in a two-state condition imposed on Israel.

Why do I call it a condition? Just look at the definition: "con•di•tion a mode or state of being, synonym: state."

That is why in my view of Zechariah's vision, it warns The Quartet against a "condition" of peace for a Palestinian "state" to sidestep the things Almighty God of Israel is doing there. 

What things?

According to recent history, God things really heated up in 1917.

In 1917, while World War I was raging, the United States jumped into the fray. It's also the year Britain's General Allenby arrived in Jerusalem, got off his horse and walked into the city of gold. 

It was only a month earlier that Lord Balfour wrote the Brit's declaration for the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people as the Ottoman Empire collapsed in the occupation battles of World War I fought from July 1914 to November 1918. Ironically, World War I ended in the Pope's 11th month, on the 11th day at the 11th hour.

Most think the "key" battles in WWI, the first global war were fought in Europe, but God's ways are higher than our ways. The thing is the prophetic news was behind the scenes in the Middle East.

Incredibly, just 30 years after Allenby arrived in Jerusalem, Britain turned away from their Balfour promise and commitments at the San Remo conference. Was it a coincidence that the sovereignty of the British Empire disintegrated across the global map shortly thereafter? 

Nope, there are no coincidences like that.

In 1920, the British Empire covered 25% of the Earth's total land mass. When World War I ended, Britain was the global powerhouse, but in 1947, Britain announced that it would withdraw its protection for the land the Romans had renamed as Palaestina after the Bar Kokhba revolt in 132 AD. 

British troops withdrew to the docks and boarded ship May 14, 1948.

As they sailed away from Israel with their backs turned, the Arab-Israeli War broke out immediately as Egypt, Transjordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Yemen troops attacked the tiny, weakly armed Jewish nation as the British solders sailed toward the sunset during the Omer Count that year after Passover. 

The Arab coalition's armies attacked at the same time that Amalek first attacked Israel from behind during the Exodus. The Amalek-like Arab army failed, and from that point forward until today, the glory of the British Empire faded away into the sunset. 

Today, all that remains of the once global empire is the British Isles, divided between Scotland and England and a few tiny scattered outpost territory islands including Bermuda, the British Virgin and Cayman Islands, the Turks and Caicos and the Falklands. That's about it, a few tiny islands in the whole sea of humanity.

Lord Balfour had great faith in the Bible and he knew that the Promised Land was and is a big part of God's restoration plan for the planet and a beacon for all nations that turn to trust The Lord God of Israel, but Britain dropped the ball he carried.

Another big phase seen in God's latter day plan began in 1920 in San Remo, Italy just 90 years ago. It had no "condition." In fact, 56 countries supported the international accords established in San Remo as international law.

Yet, Britain reneged promises made in San Remo in 1923. They drew new lines in the sand and carved up the British Mandate as they cut their commitments made and shrunk the map as they created today's Jordan and put it on the map. Back then, Jordan was called Trans-Jordan, named after the Great Arab Revolt against Ottoman rule during the early 1900's. The Emirate of Transjordan was first established in 1921 when it became a British protectorate. In 1946, the Emirate achieved independence from the British and in 1952 the country changed its name to the "Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan." 

By the way, you need to keep your eye on the Hashemite Kingdom. They were the snipers atop the Temple Mount that fired at any Jew if they approached the site from 1948 to 1967.

In 1947, the League of Nations was replaced by the UN and Britain no longer subscribed to the plan of the Bible. Instead, they voted in the United Nations General Assembly adopting Resolution 181 abrogating San Remo's map. Perhaps they thought the Bible was old and done away with.

A new U.N. partition plan recommended something never considered at San Remo just 27 years earlier. The new U.N. resolution called for something new too, a "condition" requiring the creation of an independent Arab State that would divide and minimize the Jewish State that the British Mandate had boldly mapped out and adopted at San Remo.

Not only that, the 1947 U.N. Resolution 181 declared a "Special International Regime" for the city of Jerusalem, the very center of Almighty God's eternal focus for Israel.

A hint at God's plan for the old city was seen in the world's headlines 50 years later. In 1967, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount was restored to Israel. Shortly after the stones of the Temple walls that still lay in rubble piles from the Roman destruction began to be cleared away. Funny thing, 50 years is a Jubilee and it's real.

The problem today is that another phase of the UN resolution "condition" is coming our way.

Zechariah's vision links coming events tied to division for peace.

The Bible tells us that any move to interfere with God's plan with a "condition" to divide the land against God's purpose for the Jewish people to prepare it for Messiah's return will trigger disaster among the nations that place a "condition" on Gods' covenant for His land.

Genesis 12:1-3 provides the genesis to God's peace plan. It's both a blessing and a curse for those that oppose God's voice.

God's plan includes many blessings:
"Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
To understand what's happened in the past 100 years and what will occur in the days to come for those that oppose God's promise with a "condition" we only need to turn a page or two in the Bible and look at the pages of history and the headlines. 

So, that's what I'll do here even if it takes years to document the warnings, lessons and prayer alerts. Lord willing I won't stop. 

First lesson: One history lesson we all need to know began about 2,600 years ago when the Babylon controlled most of the ancient world. Nebuchadnezzar's war horn armies attacked Jerusalem on the 9th of Av and destroyed The Temple and took almost all of the Jewish people from their land into exile in c. 586-587 BC. 

The first timeline lesson to know is that Babylon's reign of power fell to the ground within 70 years by the sword of the Assyrians.

Second lessonThe Roman war horn did the same thing on the 9th of Av almost 2,000 years ago when they attacked and destroyed Jerusalem and The Temple in 70 AD. The Roman Legions destroyed The Temple that Herod rebuilt and after the Jewish-Roman War a few years later, the Romans cast the rest of the Jewish people into exile across Europe and relabeled the land as Palaestina.

Just like Babylon, eventually Rome's vast empire crumbled into history's dust bin. 

In 117 AD, the Roman Empire was at its pinnacle, but irreversible decline began in 376 AD just 12 years after the Laodicean Council declared Canon 29. That so-called Canon profaned The Lord's Sabbath with antisemitism and hatred: 

"Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord's Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ."

The Laodicean Council adopted one of John Chrysostom's homilies.

He was born in Antioch but lived in Constantinople. The city was known as Byzantium until Roman Emperor Constantine renamed it after himself. Today the city has been relabled Istanbul. It's connected to the Persian Emperor Darius mentioned by Zechariah as well as Haggai, Ezra and Nehemiah. Darius had reorganized the Persian empire into provinces, each governed by a "satrap." The same satraps (protectors of the realm) mentioned in the book of Esther.

Despite his birthplace and name, Chrysostom ("golden-mouthed") turned against the faith of the early Christians of Antioch mentioned in Acts 11:26. Today, he's called a saint but he wasn't. He wrote hundreds of homilies, some against the faith of the Jewish people and Christians that kept the faith of Torah. He called them "Judaizing Christians."

Until Chrysotom showed up in Constantinople, Christians had continued gathering in synagogues to read the Torah and the Prophets on Shabbat each week. Christians honored the Biblical Feasts of The LORD and Christians traveled to Jerusalem at Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot just as Jesus had done. With a Greek mindset and an anti-Semitic voice Chrysotom called the holy days of The LORD Jewish and ignored the Sermon on the Mount words from Matthew 5:17-19:

“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Torah until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."

Within a 100 years, invading "barbarians" took over Rome as internal conflict, civil war and religious battles prevailed across today's Europe.

The Roman Empire finally collapsed by Elul 29 in 476 AD when Odoacer usurped and seized power from Romulus Augustulus.

Third lesson: It arrived front and center with the Islamic siege of Jerusalem that took place in the year 636 AD. That year, Abu Ubaidah and his Muslim war horn armies besieged Jerusalem. Just 52 years later, the abomination of the Dome of the Rock construction began atop the Temple Mount. It was completed in 691 AD and the stage was set for the current desolation of prayer to the God of Israel at the Temple Mount that arrived with the construction of an Islamic prayer house at the same time that became the al-Aqsa Mosque. 

It remains that way today despite the six day success of 1967.

In the following centuries after Islam's siege, the Ottoman Empire of the Turks ruled the Mid East world and the Promised Land, but like the Babylonians and the Romans before them, the Ottomans followed a cursed path into destruction during World War I.

The Ottoman conquest of Jerusalem began in 1517. Like prior war horn nations, they desecrated the Temple Mount when the Islamic Caliphate claimed Jerusalem and constructed their Al-Aqsa Mosque atop the ruins of the Temple Mount destroyed by the Romans and the Babylonians before them. 

The Ottomans divided the Promised Land into four districts, but in 1917, the Ottoman Empire like those before it that took God's promises as their own, collapsed in the dust bin of history. 

Yet, radical Islam's factions are in resurrection revival today although divided by Sunni and Shi'ite surrounding tiny Israel.

That leaves another, a fourth horn of nations seeking to divide Israel into two states and that is the subject of this extensive headline commentary on Zechariah's vision. The headlines are in place and they may take a few years to develop as Almighty God unfolds His defense of Israel with His Kingdom restoration plan in front of our eyes that the world unwittingly opposes becuase they don't believe the Bible.

The Bible is full of symbols. We must consider those myrtle trees that Zechariah saw, they symbolize Israel. 

It is significant that this particular fragrant tree is chosen by God for Zechariah's vision. Hadassah (Myrtle) is the Hebrew name of Queen Esther. She lived among the Gentiles of Persia (Iran) and one Persian named Haman sought to destroy the Jewish people, yet he too failed. 

The proud cedar trees seen elsewhere in Scripture are symbols of the powerful world-powers, so are the horns. 

To see and hear the big picture in this vision, we have to be watchmen as noted in Ezekiel 3:17 and Ezekiel 33:7:
"So you, O son of man, I have set watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear the word at my mouth..."
And, we have to believe the words Almighty God gave to Amos:
Surely the Lord GOD does nothing
Unless He reveals His secret counsel
To His servants the prophets.

A lion has roared! Who will not fear?
The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?

Proclaim on the citadels in Ashdod and on the citadels in the land of Egypt and say, “Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria and see the great tumults within her and the oppressions in her midst. 
But they do not know how to do what is right,” declares the LORD, “these who hoard up violence and devastation in their citadels.” Amos 3:7-9
We must know something, if anyone thinks any condition in any U.N. resolution against Israel is a Promise Land solution, you're thinking like Pharaoh with a hardened heart.

Almighty God authorized two men to divide the land of Israel... their names are Eleazar and Joshua. That's it, just two men were given that authority. They are the only men allowed by God to draw up a map and allot the land, for Israel. No one else. 

Almighty God does not change His mind. He has said:
"These are the names of the men who shall divide the land to you for inheritance: El`azar the Kohen, and Yehoshua the son of Nun." Numbers 34:17 (HNV)
Babylon, Rome and the Ottoman Caliphate each testify to this fact as all three collapsed in the dust of time. The Jewish people remain and they have returned to the land of God's promise so...

This commentary is one watchman's shofar shout out to the fourth horn of Zechariah's vision.

Through Zechariah's vision, we must see that our Creator provided the prophet a vision warning to those today that seek to ignore the Bible. 

The Quartet's plan to divide God's land of promise is a disaster in the making just like Pharaoh's refusals to let Israel go home. 

Almighty God's land promise has existed for thousands of years since it was given to Abraham, passed on to Isaac and then given to Jacob as a blessing for their descendants and the nations that left Egypt with them seeking to sojourn with Jacob and follow the God of Israel.

The land is God's. It is His to give to whomever He pleases and the land owner will not stand silent if His heritage promise is divided by today's horn powers across the four corners of the globe.

The thing is, God's ultimate plan is that He desires all nations that follow Him and believe His promises for those that declare His words. The focus is King Messiah and purpose is the restoration plan for all families of this earth. 

The thing hidden in plain sight is that God's peace plan is led by Judah. 

Just is as it was in the Exodus. Judah is first. His family was the first to break camp and follow the glory cloud. So it remains the Jewish assignment to lead and prepare the Promised Land for Messiah after the tribulation of Hitler's Holocaust.

God's plan includes a brotherhood to be revived by Messiah’s shed blood on Passover and resurrection on First Fruits in Jerusalem as the unleavened bread. 

Yet, in order for Messiah to return, the land has to be cleaned up, restored, replanted and ready for redemption. 

That process began on May 14, 1948 with the nation restored in a day: "Before she was in labor, she gave birth; before she was in pain, she delivered a boy. Who has heard of such as this? Who has seen such things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be delivered in an instant? Yet as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children." Isaiah 66:7-8.

God’s last day plan is fully engaged and the world must know the only good peace plan is from Heaven. That's precisely why so much deception surrounds God's intentions for restoration, so you must know your enemy. The deceiver seeks to destroy Abraham's covenant and break His promises including this one:
“God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together. Genesis 22:8
It hard, almost impossible to fathom, but not unlike the Holocaust, part of God's blessing plan was carried out by the religious rejection of a 100% Torah observant Jew that rejected traditions that added to or took away from the written word of God. That Master Rabbi's name is Yeshua and He's from Nazareth. 

His death by Rome's guard occurred just outside the walls of Old Jerusalem, but the enemy's death plot failed in God's perfect plan carried out in the First Fruits' power of resurrection to eternal life given to Messiah Yeshua on the 3rd day. On the 40th day of the Omer count He ascended to the Heavenly throne room of the most Holy of Holies as High Priest King in the order of Melchizedek and he will return just as David declared in Psalm 110. 

Israel and all sojourners with them take note: He lives!

Incredibly, like the resurrection of Jesus the Jew outside Jerusalem, the Jewish people and the land have seen the dry bones resurrection from the tribulation of the Shoah of the Holocaust. History reveals the rebirth of the dry bones of the Jewish people in the Promised Land and now, despite all odds and the labor of grave tribulation in Europe, the land and its people are now thriving in new life before the world's eyes and just like Yeshua people oppose them.

Before Hitler, evil attempted to thwart the plan of God by inquisitions and pogroms against the Jewish people from Spain to Russia. Get on your knees, tears your clothes, the "church" played a big part.

Do you know what happened to Russia after the wave of over 200 anti-Jewish pogroms swept through the Imperial Russian Empire from 1881 to 1884? The Soviet Union eventually collapsed after an unsuccessful coup against Gorbachev sealed the fate of the Soviet Union on the 9th of Elul in 1991, exactly one month after the 9th of Av.

On December 25th that year, the Soviet hammer and sickle flag lowered for the last time over the Kremlin as Gorbachev resigned from power.

The Russian pogroms were not the worst disaster in the tribulation of the Jewish people. Hitler was the ultimate instrument of antisemitic evil. He sought to destroy Israel's people. He failed and destroyed his own life in suicide. Later, Germany was divided in two by a concrete wall that separated Berlin from East to the West from the years August 13, 1961 (Elul 1) to November 9, 1989.

After Hitler's death, new life arose from the ashes and dry bones of the Holocaust. The Jewish story is a huge part of God's promise and it put's God's intervention by restoration through one of the darkest times of humanity in full focus. Did you know the resurrection of the Jewish people to the nation born in a day was prophesied by a Jew? His name is Isaiah or in Hebrew Yĕsha`yah (Yah has saved).

Has anyone ever seen or heard of such a thing?

The nation born in a day prophecy is noted in Isaiah 66:8, it was fulfilled some 2,700 years after it was written. That happened on May 14, 1948 after Passover on the 20th day of the Omer count up to Shavuot (Pentecost). That day was 1948 years after Abraham arrived!

Isaiah's prophecy was fulfilled some 70 years ago. It became a real world reality, no longer just a promise in a scroll recovered in Qumran. Think about it, that Isaiah scroll was discovered at the same timeline that it occurred in Israel as Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion declared independence hours before the end of the British Mandate. 

Today, Arab leaders mistakenly regard it as a tragic day in their history and refer to as al-Nakba and their opinion is the gist of the problem for The Quartet's plan for peace and security. 

Here's the record:

The First Arab–Israeli War was fought between the State of Israel and a military coalition of angry Arab states that attacked a week before the British Mandate ended the day after the rebirth of modern Israel. They attacked on May 15, 1948 and lost. They lost again on June 5, 1967. They attacked a third time on Yom Kippur, October 6, 1973 and lost again as they experienced humiliation a third time.

In the end, they will lose again.

Since 1948, misguided member nations of the U.N. have raised resolutions to oppose Jerusalem and condemn the Promised Land using a deceptive voice masked by the words "peace and security."

Since the outbreak of the Second Arab Intifada in September 2000, under the guise of "The Quartet" a few world leaders have sought to divide the land. What they all fail to see is the hidden agenda of militant Islam and not understand the fact that Messiah King will return in glory to finish God's restoration plan for all Israel.

The Jewish people are in Israel, regathered across the globe to rebuild, replant and prepare the land for Messiah whether they know who He is or not, first trip or second.

King Messiah, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah will establish His throne and end the debates of International Law under the Constitution of God's Kingdom. Almighty God will accomplish this in Jerusalem when God's House becomes a house of prayers for all nations.

Yeshua will return to again teach God's Torah just as He did the first time around, but this time He will deal with those of that oppose God's plan and His people.

In the end, radical militant Islam will be banished from the Promised Land, like an outcast from Eden. But this is NOT a tirade against the Arab people. The reason, The Father of all accepts all people that choose to serve Him.

This is a trumpet shofar shout for those that oppose His plan of promise.

So, if you are in the dark about God's plan, asleep at the wheel on the assignment given to only two men, El`azar the Kohen (Eleazar) and Yehoshua the son of Nun (Joshua) - then you better WAKE UP or you will crash like a drunk in the night headlong into the consuming glory fire of the Almighty God of Israel.

America, we must repent, it's not too late, our government leaders must support and defend Israel, and not seek to divide it in a misguided plan. Since 9/11, the United States and Israel have been bound together by a common radical terrorist enemy. If we have our own idea of a land grant, we too will face tribulation, not peace.

Elohim God has declared His plan for Jerusalem and a big problem for those that oppose it:
"For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land." Joel 3:1-2

"For the LORD has chosen Zion. He has desired it for His habitation. This is my resting place forever. Here I will live, for I have desired it." Psalm 132:13-14

"For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch." Isaiah 62:1
As to this commentary, there is no "thus saith The Lord" intended by observation and comparison that you may read here. Unlike Zechariah, I have not heard from the messenger angel of The Lord, about this, but I have read the words that the Lord God of Israel gave to the prophet on Shevat 24 and I know the Valley of Jehoshaphat is not a good place.

There is a connection with that valley and any plan to divide Israel. The connection seems bizarre until you read the Bible:
"For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land..." Joel 3:1-2
What is the Valley of Jehoshaphat? 

The Easton Illustrated Bible Dictionary states: "The 'valley of Jehoshaphat' may therefore be simply regarded as a general term for the theatre of God's final judgments on the enemies of Israel."

The Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary concurs: "As 'Jehoshaphat' means 'the judgment of Jehovah,' the valley of Jehoshaphat may be used as a general term for the theater of God's final judgments on Israel's foes."

The "Valley of Jehoshaphat" may very well become the entire planet. Jehoshaphat means "Yehovah has judged."

Since dividing Israel is about re-mapping God's land, we have to know any division will set of judgment in one form or another if we believe Joel.

That's the thesis warning of this narrative, but like I said, the only time you can really know "thus saith The Lord" is when Scriptures are quoted here from the words of The Creator of Heaven and Earth.

I am not claiming that the four horns of Zechariah HAVE TO BE DEFINED in just one way, but I do believe the vision portrays what is real and its full meaning will be uncovered one day, likely in the month of Shevat.

To better grasp what Zechariah saw, first... the concept of "four" must lean our attention to the four corners of power on the planet today. The four horns point us to manmade government, military power, economy and control over Israel.

Today, the U.N. is the global four-corner international representative body of the power horns of the planet. The U.N. is the manmade intergovernmental voice of nations established by its Charter as a replacement for the League of Nations on October 24, 1945 with the stated goal to maintain "peace and security."

That U.N. Charter is a trumpet wake up call that should take us back to the words of Paul of Tarsus. If you have ever read, or better yet studied the New Testament, those word's "peace and security" should take you from the first line of the U.N. Charter to chapter five of Paul's warnings to the Thessalonians.

Under Rome's temporary rule during Paul's day, the Middle East from Iraq to Syria and today's Turkey was under an oppressive, military rule and here we are today repeating the errors of the past again. This time it is not only by Caesar and his local recruit warriors.

The government beast in the Middle East today is Islam's jihad and its Sharia law that encroaches on humanity with insanity.

On the other side of the planet, one of our nation's most outspoken proponents of using U.S. pressure and the U.N.'s four corner global political influence to divide Israel into two states is none other than former President Jimmy Carter. Sadly, Carter speaks as if 2/3's of the Bible has been done away with and hung on a cross forgetting the forever land promise given to Abraham in Genesis 15:15–21 that's mapped out in Numbers 34:1-12. 

In Genesis we see the result of unbelief, Adam and Even took matters into their own hands, and people have dealt with that ever since. 

Carter, a Sunday school teacher is like many other leaders across the globe that are blind to Biblical reality by opinion. For me its heartbreaking that he describes some bizarre views on Hamas only wanting open trade in Gaza while ignoring the fact their Charter vehemently states their purpose is to destroy Israel as Carter pushes his agenda and book titled: "We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land" on KMOX's "Charlie Brennan Show" (St. Louis)

In his agenda the ex-President ignores that Charter as well as San Remo and Zechariah's vision. So if you believe the promises of God are forever: PRAY that the U.S. will repent and abandon the far left political media machinery that is blind and deaf to the eternal land promise in the Word of God. 

This commentary is not a Carter bash, his words are his own including the one's in which he takes personal credit for establishing good relations with China. The truth is China will haunt America. 

Incredibly, during his tenure the word witnessed the loss of our Embassy and the collapse of Iran in 1979, and that will continue to haunt us by paving the way for the nuclear seeking Haman-like mullahs that plan the destruction of Israel and ultimately to fulfill their chants of "Death to America." 

Carter has also unabashedly promoted another bizarre deception stating that the "majority" of the people in the Holy Land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea are not Jews. Irronically, Carter's counterfeit census claims that Palestinians far exceed the number of Jewish people is in direct opposition to the U.N. which states:
"In 2009, out of the total Israeli population, 75.5% were Jews (5.7 million), 20.3% were Arabs (1.5 million) and 4.1% were defined as others (0.3 million). Of those defined as others, 90% are individuals without a religious classification in the population registry, and the rest are non-Arab Christians."
Carter whose fame was created with a checkmark on a ballot in the Electoral College ignores the Arab registry in Israeli elections too. The facts are that Arab parties represent 20 percent of Israel's citizens. The facts on the ground are that Israeli Arab citizens do enjoy equal democratic rights. They have a place in the Knesset as well because everyone can participate in the Israeli democracy because it operates in a parliamentary system of proportional representation. To rule in Israel, you only need votes. 

Not only that, in Israel the executive branch is dependent on the direct support of the legislative branch. They are not separate like ours are in the U.S.

At one time, Carter served our nation well while aboard a submarine as a naval officer. He graduated from the Naval Academy and sailed at sea so he has to know some math basics, but his lack of understanding a simple census sadly dishonors truth, Israel and the Jewish people.

Although he has taught Sunday school, his blend of political views on Middle East peace are disconnected from Biblical reality. 

Watch the Charlie Brennan episode for yourself, don't take my word for it. Watch, listen and learn about his views on an organization that is declared a terrorist group by the United States in 1997, and the European Union has done the same.

Carter's conditional view of God's Holy Land is not about the amazing people God has restoring the land of promise to prep it for Messiah's return because He's not coming back to the West Bank, but to Judea and Samaria.

The politically distracted views and opinions that Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron) are an occupied territory called the West Bank is a mega problem that unwittingly emboldens terrorism, not peace. 

The truth is the Supreme Allied Powers ruled after World War I in San Remo that Israel has legal land rights to Judea, Samaria and all of Jerusalem after the 400 years occupation of the Ottoman Muslims of Turkey. 
By the way, the Ottomans were not Arabs. 

San Remo's ruling is based on “Res Judicada” the International Law based on "matters already judged." If you look at it, the San Remo, Italy Conference on April 24, 1920 established the still standing international law keeping with the 1917 Balfour Declaration’s principles during the war to end all wars. 

San Remo was validated by the Palestine Mandate in 1922.

If you watch the KMOX "Charlie Brennan Show" episode, it's important to remember Carter is the first U.S. President to make a move against Israel by siding with Hamas and today they promulgate terrorism against Jewish people.

Deception is the world's oldest problem. Its ancient and based on a lying opinion that began in Eden.

Truth is based on fact not opinion.

Have you ever noticed that when a deception is repeated over and over again, people tend to remember what they hear and the deception morphs into an alternative reality in which belief is driven by emotion, not reality. 

Not only that, detecting deception can be VERY difficult, just ask Eve. 

According to a 2004 report from Science on only 31 out of 13,000 people scientifically tested were able to detect deception based on research by Maureen O’Sullivan at the University of San Francisco as reported at the American Medical Association’s 23rd Annual Science Reporter Conference.

So, if we are to uncover truth, consider this basic question: who are the Palestinians?

One reality is that Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa is the real name, but we know him as "Yasser Arafat." He is an Egyptian and Carter is not ignorant of that fact, he knows the truth, but calls him a Palestinian.

Arafat was born August 24, 1929 in Cairo, Egypt. He wasn't, isn't and never will be a Palestinian. 

Yasser Arafat was an Egyptian con artist, a Pharaoh's magician masquerading as a Palestinian. Arafat's father battled deception in the Egyptian courts for 25 years and lost. His goal was to claim family land in Egypt as part of his inheritance, but because he lost his Egyptian court battles, Arafat is a Palestinian? You can read the facts presented by Bernadette Brexel (2003) Yasser Arafat.- Rosen Publishing Group on page 12.

Arafat took on a new name to disguise his true identity.

As far as I can tell Carter started his executive campaign on March 22, 1979, it's the day he chose not to veto UN Resolution 446 in a move to divide Israel. Eight months later, the Iranian hostage crisis began when a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979.

Jimmy Carter was not the only U.S. President to hold hands with Arafat. 

President Bill Clinton walked in Carter's footsteps. You remember Clinton, he lied about his adulterous relationship. Later, when trapped by the truth uncovered in legal discovery, he confessed to save his chair in the Oval Office. Today, he is out of power but not influence and he still seeks ways to divide and do away with God's eternal promise for Jerusalem.

Carter and Clinton have both moved in Presidential opposition to the ideals and intercession of great Presidents like George Washington, John Adams, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan. 

Today, we need another President to stand up for truth. Presidents are important in our future. I'm no prophet, but what I heard Obama say in Cairo on June 4, 2009 tells me he is not a friend for Israel.

You know what happened to Clinton's political legacy. Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives as he was exposed like the spirit of Jezebel, but in mercy he was not convicted by the Senate.

Clinton's legacy is much different than President Reagan's, and if you're thinking Reagan had nothing to do with Israel, think again. In 1988, Reagan pushed for Resolution 242 and 338. Those resolutions were different than what "The Quartet" promotes today.

Those resolutions called for the Palestinians to renounce terrorism and accept a peace process. Yet, the Palestinians in charge have not upheld the resolutions.

Reagan announced: "The Palestine Liberation Organization today issued a statement in which it accepted United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, recognized Israel's right to exist, and renounced terrorism.

These have long been our conditions for a substantive dialog. They have been met. Therefore, I have authorized the State Department to enter into a substantive dialog with PLO representatives. The Palestinian Liberation Organization must live up to its statements. In particular, it must demonstrate that its renunciation of terrorism is pervasive and permanent.

The initiation of a dialog between the United States and PLO representatives is an important step in the peace process, the more so because it represents the serious evolution of Palestinian thinking towards realistic and pragmatic positions on the key issues. But the objective of the United States remains, as always, a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. In that light, we view this development as one more step toward the beginning of direct negotiations between the parties, which alone can lead to such a peace.

The United States special commitment to Israel's security and well-being remains unshakable. Indeed, a major reason for our entry into this dialog is to help Israel achieve the recognition and security it deserves."

The fact is Resolution 242 only called for the "Withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict." It did not state the nation of Israel must withdraw from "all the" territories gained during the Six-Day War, as the armed forces defending the tiny nation state defended the land as Egypt amassed approximately 100,000 troops in the Sinai following the blockade of the Strait of Tiran. 

At the same time, Syria deployed 75,000 along the Golan border as Jordan assembled 45,000 "Arab Legion" troops in the West Bank while Iraq brought 100 tanks and an infantry division to the Jordanian border. The Arab forces were aided by planes from the Pakistani Air Force as well as fighters from Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. During the six day conflict, the IDF launched Operation Focus in a classic case of anticipatory self-defense in the face of a massive planned invasion.

It does without saying Carter's agenda is much different than Reagan's. Carter says that the U.S. must pressure Israel into peace, speaking against Israel as if they are the terrorists. That deceptive dialogue does not recognize the reality of Palestinian terror assaults against Israeli citizens. Yet, he fancies himself as a founding member of the so-called Council of Elders. Never heard of them? 

They view themselves as:

  • The peace makers
  • The peace builders

Sounds esteemed and noble, right? But the Bible gives a dire warning about "peace makers" that stand on the wrong side of God's covenant to Abraham promoting a divided two-state solution.

So what in the world does all of this have to do with Zechariah's prophetic vision?

I could be wrong, everything must be tested by Scripture, but it appears Zechariah is warning those that want to force "peace and security" by dividing the land of Israel. 

I don't claim to be prophet in any way, just sober and awake studying the Scriptures as a watchman on the walls of Jerusalem.

Its mind blowing to see all the “global” urgency in the nations of the world that seek to divide Israel today. Judea and Samaria are occupied by Palestinians as the world calls the area the West Bank. The truth is Biblical boundary stones have been moved recently. 

Only since 1948, have the Arabs living there denied that the land of Israel belongs to a people group descended from Jacob, a man that God renamed Israel.

Soon we will arrive at a Biblical Jubilee, a Yovel Year and the Bible shows us that the God of Israel instituted the primary theme of His Yovel (Jubilee) with a focus on His title deed on the land grant of the Promised Land (see the reference in Leviticus 25:23-55).

The earth is God's footstool, He owns that land, it is His to gift. It is His to allot and the Torah emphasizes that the land belongs to the creator of heaven and earth. God’s people and His land do not belong to an oppressive, Egyptian slave master, they both belong to the God of Israel! 

The land does not belong to the U.N. nations to dole out either, it is not their’s to divide, it belongs to Almighty God and He gives it to whom He chooses for His purposes.

Almighty God made His mind up about that thousands of years ago and He will not change His mind.

Since Almighty God owns the land, He alone determines if and when it should change hands... read Numbers 36:1-4.

With all the obstacles, it's difficult to understand how The God of Israel will use His land grant for good, for His purpose and plan in the ultimate salvation of mankind, but we have to look back to see forward. Almighty God told that to Isaiah: 
"Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; [I am] God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, 'My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure' Isaiah 46:9-10 NASB95
Incredibly, God used World War I to accomplish a part of His plan. When the Great War ended, the Ottoman Empire collapsed as the allies of America, Britain and France drew new lines in the sands with the 1916 Sykes-Picot Treaty dividing the Middle East into a new group of nations with new names on a map. The thing about the Sykes-Picot map is that it's like building a house on sand: its foundation will eventually fall.

Map of the Sykes-Picot Agreement
Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

Almighty God's providence inspired Bible believing mighty men in a way that in 1917 incredibly led to The Balfour Declaration that set the stage for the modern state of Israel in that Jubilee Year.

The Bible tells us a Jubilee arrives every 50 years. 

The Balfour Declaration of 1917 established a heartfelt decree that truly honored the Word of God and the promise of a home land for the Jewish people to return to in the latter days. Believe it or not, during the Jubilee 50 years earlier, Zechariah's vision to measure Jerusalem was fulfilled when Charles Warren an officer in the British Royal Engineers was sent to measure the city under Queen Victoria's survey assignment in 1867. 

John James Moscrop's book published in 2000, "Measuring Jerusalem: the Palestine Exploration Fund and British interests in the Holy Land" tells the story of Warren's big time assignment foretold by Zechariah:
Then I lifted up my eyes and saw a man with a measuring line in his hand.
“Where are you going?” I asked. "To measure Jerusalem,” he replied, “and to determine its width and length.” Zechariah 2:1-2
Thanks also to Warren's underground survey including the discovery of the Spring of Gihon, archeologists have now uncovered parts of the ancient City of David below the Temple Mount as well as accidental discovery of the Pool of Siloam in 2004 mentioned in Nehemiah 3:15 as the "Pool of Shelah", in Isaiah 8:6 as the "waters of Shiloah" and in John 9:7 as the "pool of Siloam," but it was no accident that while digging for a new drainage pipe, a back hoe tractor struck the large stepping stones to the poll buried under the dirt. 

The digging was stopped and archaeologists Eli Shukrun and Ronny Reich stepped in to identify the hidden treasure.

The Jubilee of 1917, also marks the declaration of Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations. 

It was called The Palestine Mandate and that "Mandate" set the stage for England's Balfour Declaration to re-establish the land for the Jewish people and the Transjordan lands to the east for the Arab people. 

You should know the Transjordan is today's Jordan, yet even today it is ignored and memories are long forgotten that the British Command Paper 1785 contains the Mandate for Palestine and the Transjordan memorandum. That memo provides that Ammonite and Moab land was to be partitioned for the Arabs east of the Jordan River.

The Arabs rejected British Command Paper 1785 and their ancient home in the Transjordan.

Some twenty year later, World War II marked the time of modern and grave tribulation for the Jewish people as over six (6) million Jewish men, women and children were massacred and ten times more (60 million) of all nations on this planet died in a conflict of good vs. evil.

Evil was driven by dark German anti-semitic hatred inspired by Martin Luther's treatise "On the Jews and Their Lies." Hitler claimed Luther's Christian anti-semitic, bitter tirades against the Jewish people as his own as he sought the extermination of the Jewish people in the Holocaust. 

His was the same goal that the Persian Haman sought 2,400 years earlier. Haman was a descendant of Agag, the king of the Amalekites, a people who warred with Israel's king's Saul and David.

Yet, in His providence Almighty God has used war for good. The result of Hitler’s horrific and systematic murder of more than half of the global Jewish population at the time led to a new exodus to Israel much like Pharaoh's slavery and hatred led to the first exodus.

The new exodus continues today. 

It is now called Aliyah and in 1947, during another Jubilee year, the U.N. General Assembly declared that the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob be recognized as a homeland for the Jewish people in a "Plan of Partition with Economic Union" on November 29, 1947. 

It was a Sabbath in another Yovel Year when the initial recommendation of seven members from the nations of Canada, Czechoslovakia, Guatemala, the Netherlands, Peru, Sweden and Uruguay was declared as prophecy unfolded in world headlines.

Three nations opposed that recommendation: India, Iran and Yugoslavia.

The action of these three nations reminds me of the three unclean spirits like frogs that come out of the mouth of the dragon (Revelation 16:13). They filed a response to the "Plan of Partition with Economic Union" stating the “independent Federal State of Palestine shall comprise an Arab state and a Jewish state.”

In the end, only Australia and Guatemala stood alone as two faithful witnesses in opposition to that plan out of the mouth of the dragon.

Today, nearly 50 years later, international pressure remains intense and it's mounting up to divide the land like the croaking of three frogs.

My fear is that moving the boundary stones again for Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights may eventually lead to World War III, not peace and security!!

Today, Jerusalem is under constant threat from the Iranian puppets like Hezbollah, Hamas and Syria who are under the purse strings of Iran and that nation's Haman-like Twelve Shiite mullahs of Tehran that seek the annihilation of the Jewish people matching the prophetic storyline of the book of Esther. 

There's a dark reason Psalm 83:3-4 says, “With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. ‘Come,’ they say, ‘let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.’”

Today, it's as if the prophet Zechariah was given an editor in chief's job for our end-time headlines in the latter day timeline before Messiah’s return to fight for Abraham's promise with its epicenter in Jerusalem.

As in the past, the Almighty will use men's evil hatred for His good plan, only He can do that.
“For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle …” Zechariah 14:2
In the end, there will be another like Arthur James Balfour and General Allenby to enter Jerusalem, but He will be the Messiah King savior of Israel sent by the God of all Israel.

The Jewish people will call out for their Savior, and they will see Him when they call out for Him coming like lightning from the east as the Son of Man to defend and save Israel from total annihilation.

How do we know? 

Like Amos 3:7 says The Lord GOD does nothing without revealing His counsel to His servants the prophets and He has promised them He will do this:
"Afterward, the people of Israel will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come with awe to the LORD and to His goodness in the last days. 
Look, I will make Jerusalem a cup that causes staggering for the peoples who surround the city. The siege against Jerusalem will also involve Judah." Hosea 3:4-5
Zechariah tells us that when the time is right, the world will see Jerusalem front and center on the world stage. That is why so many headlines today point toward Jerusalem:
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” Zechariah 12:2-3

“In that day shall The LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of The LORD before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” Zechariah 12:8-9

"Behold, a day is coming for the LORD, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle..." Zechariah 14:1-2

“Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.” Zechariah 14:3-4
I hate to say it, but Zechariah also describes what sounds like the same plague that broke out from Almighty God's shechinah glory cloud in the wilderness 3,500 years ago. 

Plague will break out on those that plan to divide the land no matter how good or noble their intentions appear. Zechariah's concern for plague is scary. It reads like a warning manual for cellular damage and inevitable death:
“And this shall be the plague wherewith The LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.

And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbor, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbor.

And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance. And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague." Zechariah 14:12-15
After the disaster, survivors will come to Jerusalem to worship God and keep Tabernacles because its not done away with as many think:
And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, The LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of Succoth." Zechariah 14:12-16
There's no need to wait for disaster. 

Today, you can rehearse and keep Tabernacles as best you can. You too can be a watchman on Jerusalem's wall for the Jewish people. So, grab your shofar, build a Sukkah during the Feast of Tabernacles and read your Bible! It is a prophetic time.

While you're at it, look at the headlines with an eye toward Jerusalem during Sukkot (Tabernacles). The prophetic printing presses have been ramped up and rolling full speed ahead since 1917. We must take a look at the headlines and Israel with eyes wide open. 

A final warning about disaster comes from Paul regarding Zechariah's prophecies. 

It is given in 1Thessalonians 5:3-6 and it says... destruction will come:
"While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober."
If you open your eyes and your Bible, you will find Paul points toward a problem with man's peace plan for the Middle East that emboldens those with evil, demonic obsessions to destroy Israel.

Today, it's almost day three since Messiah walked around Jerusalem. That fact comes from a point of view about time revealed by Psalm 90:4.
"For a thousand years in your sight
are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night."
That's a "Sod" Hebrew view of prophetic time. "Sod" is the "hidden" or "mystery" meaning given through inspiration and revelation. Peter referenced this same Psalm when he wrote: "But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." 2Peter 3:8

God's word does not change and everything is revealed in the depths of the Torah and The Prophets. 

When we realize it's almost day three since Messiah walked around Jerusalem and we see that the world is focused on a Quartet Middle East Peace Plan to divide the Promised Land, then we might just see the "Sod" problem of iniquity outlined in Leviticus is real if we will just open our minds and hearts:
“When you offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to Y-H-W-H, you shall offer it so that you may be accepted... If it is eaten at all on the third day, it is tainted; it will not be accepted, and everyone who eats it shall bear his iniquity..." Leviticus 19:5-8

What is the iniquity? 

The answer: Having God as your enemy. 

"And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem."  Zechariah 12:9 
You may arrive at a different view of Zechariah's vision, but remember that no matter who we are, we only have a partial view, at least for now.

No matter the angle, the four 'horn' powers Zechariah describes what will be understood one day soon. 

Today's reality is that "The Quartet" unwittingly acts unfaithfully against The LORD of Hosts and His promise for the heritage of the land Israel. Their unfaithfulness gives Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah false visions with the pathetic hope to destroy God's plan.

The Jewish people are there, whether they know it or not to prepare the land for Messiah's return. 

Deceived or not, The Quartet seeks to extort and ransom the Promised Land covenant made to Abraham.

Where's the extortion?
"When a person sins and acts unfaithfully against the LORD, and deceives his companion in regard to a deposit or a security entrusted to him, or through robbery, or if he has extorted from his companion". Leviticus 6:2 NASB
The Torah and The Prophets of the Bible admonish us all to watch for signs, times and seasons - NOT to ignore them. The Quartet must be made beware they are walking toward the winepress, so it's time for America to bow out of The Quartet, but I'm afraidWashington will not listen.

Tomorrow, February 8, 2010 is Shevat 24. Each each, Shevat 24 marks the Biblical calendar anniversary of Zechariah's vision of the four horses among the myrtle trees as well as the horns and the craftsmen of terror.

How do we know the timeline? 

All we have to do is read the words:
"On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, near the end of the year which is the month of Shevat, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, son of Iddo..." Zechariah 1:7
The dating here is critical as the four horsemen vision was seen in the second year of Darius by Zechariah in the month of Shevat at the time known as Tu B'shevat that occurred nine days earlier on the 15th day. Its important to know Tu B'shevat is tradtionally the cut-off date in the Biblical calendar for determining the age of a fruit-bearing trees and we must know the metaphor of the fig tree blossoming which is Israel, so the land and the people are eternally connected to this time stamp in Zechariah's vision.

Zechariah's vision occurred after certain fruit trees, depending on their age were finally eligible to be eaten as people followed the instruction of God according to Leviticus 19:23-25.

We must not forget that Zechariah's vision includes a prophetic terror group of "four craftsmen" that cause chaos for the four horns (government powers). As you might see, these may well include Iran, Iraq, Syria and North Korea. 

The current leadership of these corrupt terror craftsmen nations are extreme madmen hellbent on destruction and they are part of radical insanity with a goal of undermining global stability with chaos. Don;t forget, they are all backroom buddies with Russia.

They are all linked in a chain from the pit of proxy evil and they share the beast-like DNA madness of Adolph Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Caligula, Nero, Genghis Khan, Haman, Amalek and others like them. 

Many think the most feared is North Korea.

Why? They have nukes and they are ruled by a dictatorial mandman, but keep your eyes on the Mullahs, they are next door!

When we consider the vision described in the scroll of Zechariah, we have no choice but to heed the advice of Paul. He wrote this his letter to the Thessalonians:

Do not despise prophecies, but test everything;
hold fast what is good. 1Thessalonians 5:20-21

Before we go further, let's look closer at these craftsmen of chaos that Zechariah likely warns us of. The King James Bible calls them carpenters, other English translations call them... blacksmiths. 

In Hebrew, the word Zechariah uses is "charash" Strong's Lexicon says it means:
"craftsman, artisan, engraver, graver, artificer; skillful to destroy (warriors)".
The word blacksmith fits, especially with the horses described by Zechariah. After all, at the end of the day, a blacksmith manipulates the gait of a horse. 

As you have seen on many western movies, the blacksmith is a strong-armed 'craftsman' that uses wrought iron and fire to forge the shape of the horse's iron shoe using tools to hammer, shape and cut. These tools include a melting pot, hammer, anvil, tongs, guillotine, nails and a knife. It takes a craftsman to shape the iron.

We need to remember the day given in Zechariah's vision is the 24th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. In the Bible's Hebrew calendar it is traditionally known as a time to repent and to return to Torah

That timeline is first shown in Deuteronomy 1.

In 2011, Shevat 24 will land on January 29th, a Sabbath just seven years before Israel's 70th anniversary. Funny how that number 70 is so significant. The Shevat 24 Torah reading will as always "Mishpatim" which includes God's word for Israel that Moses recorded in Exodus 21. 

Take a look at the prophetic words that Almighty God spoke to Moses:
"I will send forth My terror before you, and I will throw into panic all the people among whom you come, and I will make all your enemies turn tail before you"
Zechariah describes the "four horn" scene and a terror to come. 

Notice too, attention is given to the colors of "the quartet" of horses:
"I saw in the night, and behold, a man riding on a red horse!
He was standing among the myrtle trees in the glen, 
and behind him were red, sorrel, and white horses.

Then I said, ‘What are these, my lord?’

The angel who talked with me said to me, ‘I will show you what they are.’

So the man who was standing among the myrtle trees answered, ‘These are they whom the LORD has sent to patrol the earth.’ And they answered the angel of the LORD who was standing among the myrtle trees, and said, ‘We have patrolled the earth, and behold, all the earth remains at rest.’

Then the angel of the LORD said,

‘O LORD of hosts, how long will you have no mercy on Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, against which you have been angry these seventy years?

And the LORD answered gracious and comforting words to the angel [messenger] who talked with me. So the angel who talked with me said to me, ‘Cry out, Thus says the LORD of hosts: I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion. And I am exceedingly angry with the nations that are at ease; for while I was angry but a little, they furthered the disaster.

Therefore, thus says the LORD, I have returned to Jerusalem with mercy; my house shall be built in it, declares the LORD of hosts, and the measuring line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem. 
Cry out again, Thus says the LORD of hosts: My cities shall again overflow with prosperity, and the LORD will again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.’” Zechariah 1:8-16
Did you notice the seventy years?

In Scripture, seventy (70) often symbolizes 'Gentile' nations, and here it is tied to a time frame. 

Jerusalem was destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar's armies in 586BC and Judah was exiled to Babylon for 70 years. Zechariah's ministry links to that time and take note both Zechariah and Haggai began to prophesy in the second year of Darius.

However, if we look look closely at the weave of Zechariah's message, his prophetic words point for a future time perhaps linked to seventy years. And, when we dig into Zechariah's vision, we see that God is angry with much more than Babylon. 

A few months after the word of The LORD first came to the prophet, God's messenger tells Zechariah he is seeing a vision of those whom the LORD has sent to patrol the four corners of the Earth.

That speaks of a future time...

Not only that, Zechariah is told that God is exceedingly angry with the nations that are at ease because they increase disaster and their horns (power) have scattered not just Judah but Jerusalem.

Zechariah was also shown the four "craftsmen" and Zechariah asked the messenger of The Lord (Y-H-V-H) why. The answer:
“... these have come to terrify them, to cast down the horns (governments) of the nations who lifted up their horns (government authority) against the land of Judah to scatter it.”
What's happening here and why are the nations tied to seventy years?
...Thus says the Lord of hosts: I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion. And I am exceedingly angry with the nations that are at ease; for while I was angry but a little, they furthered the disaster. Zechariah 1:14-15
What does the disaster have to do with today?

Folks, things are really heating up in man's controversy over Zion! 

Nations have turned against Jerusalem and Israel in a "disaster" to divide the land of promise and it intensifies across all nations with a focus on misguided UN resolutions.

What's the old line? You ain't seen nothin' yet!

The disaster to divide is being furthered right before our own eyes by these four (The Quartet) whether we watch CNN or C-Span.

What can we do? Instead of blindly following our leaders into chaos, PRAY in unity and write Congress! 

Our job is to press in, and to call out to our Creator and...
Pray for the Peace Of Jerusalem!" Psalms 122:6
It's not a request. There are no option plays. This is a bold instruction from Almighty God for you.

Jerusalem is the center of Israel, the Earth and the vortex of salvation. It is the place The LORD God chose to put His name YHVH as a signpost to His ownership of the planet. Because of that, tumult in Jerusalem always reverberates around the globe in both a physical and spiritual shaking.

The nations today rest and lull in slumber, blind to the reality of today's prophetic headlines that report on "The Quartet" that ignores God's covenant and seeks the support of the nations (U.N.) unwittingly to blaspheme the God of heaven and ignore His covenant while seeking to divide His Promised Land into two states for peace and security while internationalizing the City Of Jerusalem.

Any peace plan of such ignorance of God's Word is a disaster of Biblical proportion and it brings curses.

Some Palestinian leaders like those the head up Hamas have plans for Jerusalem, and its not a peace plan, its a dark Caliphate plan to start in Israel and spread it all over the world. 

Others want East Jerusalem as their capital. That is because they too are misled, deceived like the nations, blinded in a dark plan to thwart the gospel plan of God that was first revealed to Abraham.

The world is a dark place, deception is rampant as the kingdom of darkness has gripped Gaza but that condition is temporary.

Deception is also seen in the confusion many people have about the return of the King of the Jews - Messiah Yeshua. He spoke plainly about His return in glory, not a doomsday apocalyptic end of the world with a secret anytime rapture escape hatch to let others suffer including the Jewish people. 

The Lord's Prayer says "thy will on earth as it is in heaven" not the other way around! 

Somehow, this prayer location has been missed by many believing another deception that the Bible contains an "Old Testament" that was done away with at the cross. 

If you still believe that... wake up and read Matthew 5.

Yeshua's focus and tears are for Jerusalem, yours should be too!

Jerusalem is to be the praise of the Earth. The Savior of the world who came and cried about this city:
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem! She who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her. How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, yet you were not willing!

See, your house is left to you desolate.

For I tell you, you will never see Me again until you say, ‘He who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed One’! ”" Matthew 23:37-39
Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You need the Messiah.

The holy mountain of The Almighty is the Temple Mount and it has been claimed temporarily by Allah.

Those that follow this false-god blaspheme the God of Israel as the Temple Mount is trampled each day by those of Edom who kneel down facing Mecca, the home city of a beast kingdom making it an object of slander against The God of Israel. 

Today, no Jew or Christian for that matter can legally speak a prayer at the Temple Mount. It is the holy mountain desolate of prayer to The LORD, but that too is coming to an end soon.

Prophecy is cyclical, so we must open our eyes to consider this must be why God tells Zechariah that He's been angry for 70 years with the nations:
Then the angel of the LORD said, ‘O LORD of hosts, how long will you have no mercy on Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, against which you have been angry these seventy years?’ And the LORD answered gracious and comforting words to the angel who talked with me. So the angel who talked with me said to me, ‘Cry out, Thus says the LORD of hosts: I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion. Zechariah 1:12-14
The fact is since 1948 when Israel was re-established as a nation, if you attempted to go and pray aloud to the God of Israel atop the Temple Mount you would never finish a prayer because you may have been attacked and since 1967, you will likely face arrest. What a disaster, arrested for praying to the God of Israel at His house of prayer.

If you want to test this, just book your flight today and go to Jerusalem and try praying aloud for yourself on The Temple Mount. Forget free speech, how about freedom of prayer? But keep your eyes wide open, soon it will be 70 years since 1948, things may change in Jerusalem.

This is serious, Jesus (Yeshua) warned about those who forget the holy mountain from the words of Isaiah 64:11-12:
"But you who abandon Y-H-V-H,
who forget My holy mountain,
who prepare a table for Fortune
and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny,

I will destine you for the sword,
and all of you will kneel down to be slaughtered,
because I called and you did not answer,
I spoke and you did not hear;
you did what was evil in My sight
and chose what I did not delight in."
The prophets warn from the word of The LORD about nations in tumult that seek to divide the land for peace in the day of calamity. These include men like Jeremiah, Obadiah, Ezekiel and of course John at Pathmos.
"The tumult reaches to the ends of the earth
because the LORD brings a case against the nations.
He enters into judgment with all flesh. 
As for the wicked, He hands them over to the sword —
this is the LORD’s declaration.

“This is what the LORD of Hosts says:
Pay attention! Disaster spreads
from nation to nation.

A great storm is stirred up
from the ends of the earth.”" Jeremiah 25:31-32
God's case is against the nations that oppose His promise. 

Obadiah warns us about the holy mountain, but like the peace plan given to Abraham, Obadiah gives us a great promise:
"For the Day of the LORD is near,
against all the nations. 
As you have done, so it will be done to you;
what you deserve will return on your own head.

As you have drunk on My holy mountain,
so all the nations will drink continually.
They will drink and gulp down
and be as though they had never been.

But there will be a deliverance on Mount Zion,
and it will be holy; the house of Jacob will dispossess
those who dispossessed them." Obadiah 1:15-17
Ezekiel tells us to listen to The Lord, not the slander of those in "The Quartet."
"Son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say: 'Mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD. This is what the Lord GOD says: Because the enemy has said about you, ‘Good! The ancient heights have become our possession,’ therefore, prophesy and say: 
'This is what the Lord GOD says: Because they have made you desolate and have trampled you from every side, so that you became a possession for the rest of the nations and an object of people’s gossip and slander, therefore, mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD. This is what the Lord GOD says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys, to the desolate ruins and abandoned cities, which have become plunder and a mockery to the rest of the nations all around.'

'This is what the Lord GOD says: Certainly in My burning zeal I speak against the rest of the nations and all of Edom, who took My land as their own possession with wholehearted rejoicing and utter contempt so that its pastureland became plunder. 
Therefore, prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys: This is what the Lord GOD says: Look, I speak in My burning zeal because you have endured the insults of the nations. Therefore this is what the Lord GOD says: I swear that the nations all around you will endure their own insults." Ezekiel 36:1-7
Jeremiah warns of disaster  and the city that bears God's holy name in a case against the nations:
“As for you, you are to prophesy all these things to them,
and say to them:
The LORD roars from heaven;
He raises His voice from His holy dwelling. 
He roars loudly over His grazing land;
He calls out with a shout, like those who tread grapes,
against all the inhabitants of the earth.

The tumult reaches to the ends of the earth
because the LORD brings a case against the nations.
He enters into judgment with all flesh. 
As for the wicked, He hands them over to the sword —
this is the LORD’s declaration.

“This is what the LORD of Hosts says:
Pay attention! Disaster spreads
from nation to nation.
A great storm is stirred up
from the ends of the earth.”" Jeremiah 25:30-32
John also warns the planet from his vision:
"Then I heard a loud voice from the sanctuary saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.” Revelation 16:1
Governments and terrorists do not listen to the prophets nor read the Bible, they refuse to repent, instead they speak out gnawing their tongues and gnashing their teeth against Israel, but if you love The LORD, then you must know what is going on and be not ignorant of the times and the seasons when they shall say, "peace and safety" ( see 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3).

Travail and tribulation are the promises John witnessed in advance...
"The fifth poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues because of their pain and blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, yet they did not repent of their actions." Revelation 16:10-11
Today, nearly every member state of the United Nations General Assembly routinely votes against Israel at its world headquarters, which has for 62 years overwhelmingly focused on cursing Israel.

That will intensify and the U.N. will increase its resolutions to divide God's promise. Watch and see don't be ignorant of the times and the seasons.

"The Quartet" was officially established at the Madrid Conference in 2002 by Spanish Prime Minister Aznar. Since then, Spain's economy has suffered.

Yet, the Quartet encompasses all four corners of the globe. In a way, the quartet represents a fourth war horn empire standing against Israel's promise.

The Quartet's vision came into focus with Prime Minister Aznar during the Camp David Accords that were signed as a "Framework for Peace in the Middle East" by Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin on 17 September 1978.

The fact that Egypt was involved at Camp David should jump out and shout at you like a shofar blast!

We all know what has happened since 1948 in Israel: the barren, dry land has been restored, Israelites have returned and they have been fruitful, multiplied, and have become numerous so that the land is filled with millions of Jewish people, far outnumbering the Arabs we label as Palestinians.

Consider Anwar Sadat and the words of Exodus 1:8-10...
"Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. 10 Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.”"
Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat's negotiations followed 13 days of secret negotiations at Camp David to set the legal prerequisites to divide the land of Israel. They concluded on Elul 15, two weeks before Tishrei 1, Trumpets Day (Rosh Hashanah) that year. The Egyptian Accord mandated the requirement that Israel give up the Sinai to Egypt. The Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty was signed in Washington, D.C. on March 26, 1979 (Adar 27), following the 1978 Camp David Accords.

Surprise, surprise, the Camp David meetings were led by U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Sadat praised President Carter as "the man who performed the miracle."

If you did not see this before, put some Hebrew eye salve in your eyes and open them. This is the same area of the Exodus, the very location that the most powerful man on the planet, the Pharaoh of ancient Egypt chased after the Israelites during their Passover exodus journey to the mountain. Believe it or not, the date of the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty aligns with the Exodus. Adar 27 is three days before Nisan, the month of the Exodus. It's the timeline at the end of the ten plagues.

In 1978, we saw a repeat as Egypt and the most powerful man on the planet (Carter) like a Pharaoh came against the nation of Israel and their right to the Sinai. Soon after he signed his name, Egypt was suspended from the Arab League for ten years due to the peace agreement with Israel.

The BBC notes: "The PLO leader, Yasser Arafat, told a rally in West Beirut: "Let them sign what they like. False peace will not last." He accused President Sadat of betraying the Egyptian people, and said they would eventually eliminate him."

Three years later on October 6th, Egyptian President Sadat was assassinated by members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad during an annual victory parade held in Cairo to celebrate Egypt's building of the Suez Canal. The reason, Jihad is evil against everyone.

Take note, some 3,500 years before the Camp David Accords, Egypt's modern Pharaoh lost his life attempting to cross the Red Sea as he pursued Israel through the waters toward Sinai.

Later, the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference formally established the ground work for the future role of "The Quartet" to divide Israel. On March 6, 1991, President George H. W. Bush told Congress, “The time has come to put an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict." As President Bush (#41) opened the conference on October 30th to divide the land for peace, the "perfect storm" arose in the Atlantic, oddly moving east to west as three waves the size of his house heavily damaged his home retreat in Kennebunkport, Maine.

There are many other catastrophic events tied to global calls to divide Israel, almost too many to name but this was the first. The second was the fall of the Soviet Republic. The USSR was co-sponsor of the Madrid Peace conference with Spain. The Soviet Union was dissolved two months after the conference on December 26, 1991.

Another coincidence? Nope.

"The Quartet" on the Middle East evolved 11 years later, again in Madrid. It is a foursome of 'government powers' ('horns' is the Bible prophecy term) consisting of four assemblies:

1) The UN member nations, 2) the EU members as well as the two nations of the Cold War: 3) the U.S. and 4) Russia.

These four horns, the Quartet if you will, 
are involved in "mediating the peace process" 
in the so-called Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

If you are not familiar with "The Quartet" and their mission, then you need to read up on their objectives.

In addition to exposing government and media that oppose Israel, my purpose here is to provide you with other resources including "Perspectives on Terrorism" so that you can better understand what is really happening in the Middle East today and what will happen. 

My perspectives will not just be on the proposed division of Israel but on the nations, the real people that surround Israel including the sectarian conflicts of Sunni vs. Shiite. Put another way: Saudi Arabia vs. Iran.

Remember, a blacksmith always works with iron. Did you know Iran has the world's one of the world's largest reserves of iron ore on the planet? Yet, Arabia is nothing but sand, so we have to ask: are the Shiite and Sunni the iron and the clay of Daniel 2?

The 1979, the Iranian Revolution resulted in the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It was the first new Islamic state since the demise of the Ottoman Empire. The Islamic Republic came into place when the U.S. backed Shah of Iran fell from power thanks to Carter.

Today, the U.S. backs the royal family of Saud, and that's one reason the revolutionary radical Shi'a Muslims in charge of oppression in Iran detest the Sunni nation of Saudi Arabia. They look at them as if they are traitors to their Islamic values because Saudi Arabia has alliance with what Iran calls the Great Satan.

They call the U.S. the Great Satan and they call Israel the Little Satan. The Ayatollahs and their Revolutionary Guard have their own two-state Solution, it's to wipe Israel off the map and destroy America.

Let's turn our focus back to the Quartet's two-state goal to divide Israel for peace.

The people are a revolving door. As of February 7, 2010, the Quartet's representative's are:
1) United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
2) Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
3) European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton
4) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
When "The Quartet" was formed in Madrid, Spain on April 10, 2002 and the named representatives at the time were:
1) United States Secretary of State Colin Powell
2) Foreign Minister of Russia Igor Ivanov
3) European Union High Representative Javier Solana
4) United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan
By the way, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is current chair of "The Elders." Back in Madrid, on April 10th 2002 the Biblical date was the 28th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan. It was the 11th day of the "counting of the omer" up to Shavuot (Pentecost) following Passover. Sadly, when I think of Spain's geographic involvement with the Peace Conference, I can't help but think back to the Spanish Inquisition and the Jewish expulsion on July 30, 1492. That's when the entire Jewish community of Spain, some 200,000 people, were expelled from Spain by the same King that sent Columbus on his first journey across the Atlantic. He landed on a small island in the Bahamas, then headed off to Cuba. After that he arrived in today's Haiti and set up a colony. He made three more trips across the sea, but never made it to America.

Fast forward over 500 years back to Spain. The Madrid Peace Conference made a joint declaration, it was delivered by Kofi Annan. Some of his statements include:
"I will now share with you the communiqué that we have agreed on."

"We reiterate that there is no military solution to the conflict and call on the parties to move towards a political resolution of their disputes based on UNSCR 242 and 338, and the principle of land for peace, which formed the basis for the Madrid Conference of 1991. We re-affirm our support to the objective expressed by President Bush and spelled out in UNSCR 1397 of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side within secure and recognized borders. We warmly welcome Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah's peace initiative, as endorsed in Beirut by the Arab League, as a significant contribution towards a comprehensive peace, including Syria and Lebanon."

"The Quartet stands ready to assist the parties in implementing their agreements, in particular the Tenet security workplan and the Mitchell recommendations, including through a third-party mechanism, as agreed to by the parties. We affirm that the Tenet and Mitchell plans must be fully implemented, including an end to all settlement activity. We affirm that there must be immediate, parallel and accelerated movement towards near-term and tangible political progress, and that there must be a defined series of steps leading to permanent peace - involving recognition, normalization and security between the sides, an end to Israeli occupation, and an end to the conflict. This will allow Israel to enjoy enduring peace and security and the Palestinian people to realize their hopes and aspirations in security and dignity."

"In support of these objectives, we call on the international community, particularly the Arab states, to preserve, strengthen and assist the Palestinian Authority, including through efforts to rebuild its infrastructure, security and governance capacity. We call also on the donor community and the international financial institutions to renew their commitment to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people, and to assist in economic and institutional reconstruction. We pay tribute to the courageous efforts of the humanitarian agencies and workers."

"We agreed on the need to keep the situation in the Middle East under review by the Quartet at the principal's level through regular consultations. Our Special Envoys will continue their efforts on the ground to assist the parties in reaching an end to confrontation and resumption of political negotiations."
The other so-called Mid-East "peace initiatives" also include the:
• Lausanne Conference (1949)
• Camp David Accords (1978)
• Madrid Conference (1991)
• Oslo Accords (1993 & 1995)
• Hebron Protocol (1997)
• Wye River Memorandum (1998)
• Camp David Summit (2000)
• The Clinton Parameters (2000)
• Arab Peace Initiative (2002)
• Road Map for Peace (2003)
• The Geneva Accord (2003)
• Annapolis Conference (2007)
• Paris Peace Conference (2017) **New**
The prophet Daniel gives a warning about anyone that will divide the land for gain between the people of "a strange god" and the people of Y-H-V-H the God of Israel:
Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain. Daniel 11:39
A strange god... have you heard Allah Akbar?

By the way, the word for "gain" Daniel uses here is "mĕchiyr." It is from an unused root meaning "to buy." As in buying peace and security.

I encourage you to read all of Daniel 10, Daniel 11 and Daniel 12. I think it's a prophetic peak behind the scenes into the spiritual battle coming over Israel. If you read it, think about that and remember Daniel did not write with chapter and verse breaks when he recorded His meeting with the one clothed in linen and gold, whose face was as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

Fast forward over 500 years. On the island of Pathmos, the apostle John also saw the same "One". Who do you think He is?
"And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters." Revelation 1:12-15
Fast forward over 500 years. In today's Saudi Arabia a guy known as Muhammad secluded himself in a mountain cave named Hira for several nights of prayer. He said he was visited by Gabriel in the cave and received revelation from God. Muhammad started preaching his so-called revelations proclaiming complete submission (islām) to Allah is the way of life (dīn) and claimed that he was a prophet. His messages are written in the Quran.

Moses was a prophet, his messages from Almighty God are written in the Torah. He warned the world about a false prophet and his followers, the children of Belial. You can read about that in Deuteronomy 13. In 1947, the "War Scroll" was found in a cave in Qumran. It warns of a war of the sons of light vs. the sons of darkness, the sons of Belial.

Moses wrote what he heard for our creator. He said a prophet (spokesman nāḇî') would come like him. You can find that in Deuteronomy 18:15-19.

Moses then compared the true prophet to the false prophet that would die.

Can you say Yeshua? He is the living King of Kings, the one Moses wrote of as well as the other Biblical prophets that wrote what The LORD God told them to write.

One day we will see, that "a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation" that many have worried and written about is tied directly to death and destruction in the land of Israel form the children of Belial.

Prophets that have written about "The Day of The LORD include Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Amos, Joel, Obadiah, Zephaniah, Malachi and Zechariah.

Paul and Peter also wrote of the day. In Revelation, John wraps up and writes about the "Day of the LORD." He was taken there in a future vision:
"I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last..." Revelation 1:10-11
Nations will divide
Gaza will be forsaken.
Nations will be judged.
A restored nation will arise!
Keep your eyes on Gaza, the sons of Belial are there. They call themselves Hamas and read Isaiah 34-1-17 and you will see the day of vengeance is due to an evil breach in the covenant with Abraham. Joel 3:2 speaks of the "valley of decision" that results from the controversy of Zion before the day of the LORD.

Take note too, Zechariah 14:1-2 warns of a day Jerusalem will be divided and Zephaniah 2:4-7 tracks with Revelation warning of the time that Gaza will be forsaken, abandoned....

Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast.

And the coast will be for the remnant of the house of Judah, they will pasture on it.

Now is the time to heed Joel 2:1-2 and blow the trumpet as a watchman.... "for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; a day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness."

Importantly, Joel 3:6 warns of selling out to the Grecian's.

By the way, in case you didn't know it democracy comes from Greece.

Democracy is America's foundation, we need to heed the warnings as we seek to divide Israel!! 

Jeremiah 30:7 warns of "Jacob's Trouble" but there is a great blessing for the fmily of Jacob after tribulation: "Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it."

If you read Jeremiah 30:12, you'll see the prophet teaches about the "wound" of exile: "For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous." The wound is the exile that began in 70AD but it will be healed, that can not be done by division. Jeremiah 30:7-11 speaks of the judgment of nations they bring on themselves that is caused by dividing the Promised Land, and Jerusalem.

Babylon, the glory of kingdoms will be judged. Some say America, the nation of nations is today's Babylon, we were once great but we are falling into corruption. Even the Supreme Court rules against the Bible saying the murder of the unborn is OK, prayer should be tossed out of schools and the list goes on and on, it has snce the 1960's.

Isaiah 13:1-19 speaks of the day of The LORD on the horizon. The sun is setting and Almighty God will engage judgment on the nations that seek to divide His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Old glory has a big problem.

"Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them." Isaiah 13:17

The Medes are the Iranians of today... 

They back radical jihadist proxy terror networks around the Middle East and that includes ancient Gaza and Lebanon. Their jihad was first seen in Lebanon where even today Iran continues to back the puppet radicals called Hezbollah.

The U.S. Marine barracks bombings in October 23, 1983, in Beirut, Lebanon killed 299 American and French servicemen as 128 other Marines were wounded making this 'craftsmen chaos' the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Marine Corps since World War II's Battle of Iwo Jima.

At the time, a previously unknown group called the "Islamic Jihad" claimed responsibility for the bombings. This chaos of terror was seen again on 9/11 and "Islamic Jihad" was no longer obscure to anyone with eyes to see or hear to hear. You may have missed it, but three weeks after 9/11, the families of the U.S. servicemen who were killed in Beirut as well as many survivors filed civil suits against the Islamic Republic of Iran in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for Iran's act of state-sponsored terrorism.

Iran, the holding company of horrors was found guilty for providing Hezbollah with financial and logistical terror support. The court's judgment awarded awarded $2.7 billion to the plaintiffs, but you guessed it, no payment has been or ever will be made by Iran's craftsmen of chaos. Today, the Beirut Memorial is located at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

We need to be like Jesus, we need to read and believe the Bible's prophets. Their words tell us more disaster is coming. Zechariah 14:12 appears to warn of plague of chemical weapons or perhaps some form of biological plague to come on the planet. In the worst case scenario, some say the prophet potentially described the effects of nuclear disaster thousands of years ago.

When much is given, much is required. America has been called to stand for Zion as an ally and the covenant of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob not to seek to divide it. But the United States are not so united. The reason is we have left behind our founding Biblical principles, in our highest court we have rejected our Father in Heaven in many ways. We have banned prayer in public schools while allowing quiet time to any god or no god, we have condemned the display of the Ten Commandments and even legalized murder by abortion and beware - it seems our last judgment may be tied to the ways of Sodom that could soon be legalized by pen and paper.

If you aks me, this was be foretold by Isaiah 13:19 "And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah."

What we have seen in Beirut's barracks and New York at the Twin Towers gives the world a dire message that I'm afraid is only a hint of the hell to come. The reason is this is not just a war of jihad terrorism. It’s a dark spiritual war of the sons of light vs. the sons of darkness!

It's part of a "spiritual war" that broke out into the physical world in 1933 with Hitler's state-sponsored persecution and mass murder. It shape shifted to the Middle East in 1948 after a three year silence that reminds me of the pause noted in Revelation 8:1 before the seven trumpets prepared to blow.

At that time, surrounding Arab states launched their first attack on the tiny new Jewish nation state of Israel. There was no provocation other than evil anti-Semitic hatred and in the end, that first battle in the defense of Israel established the armistice lines (the Green Line) between Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

Another great battle in Israel occurred in 1967 with Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. This one was supported by the kingdom nations of Iraq, Kuwait, Algeria and Saudi Arabia. At the end of the Six Day War, Almighty God used the battle lines to expand the borders from the Green Line to the Purple Line as the territory back in Israeli hands expanded. 

The so-called West Bank was returned as Judea and Samaria as the former allotments of Judah, Simeon, Ephraim and Issachar were restored. 

The land area included the former allotment of Benjamin that was taken back from Jordan. It included the Golan Heights from Syria which was a portion of the allotment to Manasseh. Finally, the Sinai which is the allotment for Simeon was taken from Egypt but returned after Israel's three year battle with the Egyptians during the War of Attrition in 1970. 

Another land battle broke out in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War. It was led by Egypt and Syria in an attempt to unwind the prophetic victory of 1967, but it failed miserably as the two Arab states returned home defeated again. 

Other battles include the 1982 Lebanon War when the IDF moved into southern Lebanon to expel terror from the territory and again in 2006 when the IDF battled radical Hezbollah factions. Since that time, the evil continues to spew out with thousands of deadly rocket attacks from Gaza, the land of Goliath.

The 1973 spiritual battle that erupted into our world on Yom Kippur is still a huge problem.

The war began on October 6th, when surrounding Arab nations launched a surprise attack against Israel. Both the United States and the Soviet Union provided massive resupply efforts to each side. But here's one thing that still haunts the planet from the Yom Kippur battle, America armed Israel and the Soviets the Arab states. That fact nearly led to the precipice of the Zechariah 14:12 picture that hints of the effects nuclear devastation and that nightmare hasn't gone away.

Israel has seen many other battles and horrific so-called West Bank terror attacks. I say so-called because the attacks are in Judea and Samaria. They are against the innocent. They come from stabbings, car rammings and shootings. 

So much so, the Israelis have built walls of protection from the terrorists.

Here's the thing, everything ties back to our Creator's allotment of land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 

It's the same land that God appointed Joshua to take possession of and move those that hate The LORD out of His land.

The Middle East conflict is over Almighty God's words of truth.
It's about The LORD's promises vs. haSatan's deceptions. 
And the epicenter of the conflict... is Jerusalem.

The “deadly wound” of the Leopard, Bear and Lion of the Ottoman world is in revival, yet manmade governments and some that say they are members of "the church" are deaf and dumb standing on the sidelines as haSatan seeks chaos and control of God’s footstool, the mountains of the Holy Land and The LORD's House of Prayer for all nations.

Today, the spiritual war over the covenant land promise continues and its headline manifest is the "The Quartet" goal to divide. They do not have a clue that they are a "horn" of deception used by the sleight of hand of the adversary.

Ignorant of the Bible, they act as a fool. 

Regretably, The Quartet began operations with direction from former President Bush's "Roadmap" plan that came out of three agreements forged between the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Three key meetings occurred at guess what, seven (7) year intervals:
1) the 1993 Oslo Accords
2) the 2000 Camp David Accords
3) the 2007 Annapolis Summit
A political goal was laid out on June 22, 2002. That day, then President George W. Bush gave a Whitehouse rose garden speech in which he outlined "The Quartet" vision for a two-state divide when he said:

"And when the Palestinian people have new leaders, new institutions and new security arrangements with their neighbors, the United States of America will support the creation of a Palestinian state whose borders and certain aspects of its sovereignty will be provisional until resolved as part of a final settlement in the Middle East."

There will be other summits, other meetings, other plans to divide God's land, but they all will stand down just like old Balak's intended curse. The thing about Balak's plan your need to know is, Baalam wisely refused it saying:
“From Aram Balak has brought me,
the king of Moab from the eastern mountains:
‘Come, curse Jacob for me,
and come, denounce Israel!’

How can I curse whom God has not cursed?
How can I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?

For from the top of the crags I see him,
from the hills I behold him;
behold, a people dwelling alone,
and not counting itself among the nations!

Who can count the dust of Jacob
or number the fourth part of Israel?

Let me die the death of the upright,
and let my end be like his!”

Balak wasn't happy and said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and behold, you have done nothing but bless them.” Numbers 23:8-11
The "Balak" game plan to curse Israel is behind the mission of "The Quartet" who now fill a role as the four horns against Israel while seeking to divide the land supporting a sovereign Palestinian State, yet there are those like Hamas that have a Charter to obliterate Israel. The whole storyline is very ancient.

Nearly eight years ago on June 24, 2002 at the Whitehouse lawn, President Bush perhaps unwittingly addressed the media and the world initiating the so-called roadmap for peace. Get this, among the words given with Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Donald Rumsfeld standing at his side, Bush said he had a vision:

"My vision is two states, living side by side in peace and security."

"Peace requires a new and different Palestinian leadership, so that a Palestinian state can be born. I call on the Palestinian people to elect new leaders, leaders not compromised by terror. I call upon them to build a practicing democracy based on tolerance and liberty. If the Palestinian people actively pursue these goals, America and the world will actively support their efforts."

"A stable, peaceful Palestinian state is necessary to achieve the security that Israel longs for. So I challenge Israel to take concrete steps to support the emergence of a viable, credible Palestinian state. As we make progress towards security, Israeli forces need to withdrawal fully to positions they held prior to the September 28, 2000. And consistent with the recommendations of the Mitchell committee, Israeli settlement activity in the occupied territories must stop."

"All who are familiar with the history of the Middle East, realize that there may be setbacks in this process. Trained and determined killers, as we have seen, want to stop it. Yet the Egyptian and Jordanian peace treaties with Israel remind us that with determined and responsible leadership, progress can come quickly. 

As new Palestinian institutions and new leaders emerge, demonstrating real performance on security and reform, I expect Israel to respond, and work toward a final status agreement. With intensive effort by all, this agreement could be reached within three years from now."

Most people just don't accept the fact that His ways are greater than our ways!

Here's the problem, the vision is a nightmare because it mocks Almighty God's seven part Feast Day appointment plan to redeem the planet.  

"The Quartet's" roadmap nightmare demands seven (7) points:
1. Create a Palestinian state that will divide Israel and Jerusalem. This state is to be sovereign and independent. This Palestinian state will receive international recognition and a seat in the United Nations.

2. Initiate an international observer force, which will examine Israeli-Palestinian progress.

3. Guarantee that both sides implement all obligations simultaneously.

4. The Quartet will be directly involved in all negotiations and in all facets of a Palestinian transition, including, financial, administrative, legal, and security issues.

5. The Quartet will uproot settlements and freeze all settlement activity, including any natural growth Israeli communities. Force Israel to reopen all Palestinian offices and institutions dealing with commerce, business and economy, which were closed in East Jerusalem.

6. Concerning security, the United States, Egypt and Jordan will be involved in security guarantees between Israel and the Palestinians.

7. The road map demands an international conference to attain peace on all fronts, including the Israeli-Syria-Lebanese, disputes.
Perhaps Zechariah saw a visionary metaphor of this modern "Quartet" in his dream.

If so, then the prophet Joel fits the second witness of warning in chapter three of his ancient scroll regarding the so-called "Palestinian conflict" when he wrote this long ago:
“What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia [Palestinian Gaza] Are you paying me back for something? 

If you are paying me back, I will return your payment on your own head swiftly and speedily.... You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks [The Quartet?] in order to remove them far from their own border... I will return your payment on your own head.

... Proclaim this among the nations:

Consecrate for war; stir up the mighty men. 
Let all the men of war draw near; let them come up.
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, “I am a warrior.

Hasten and come all you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves there. Bring down your warriors, O Lord.

Let the nations stir themselves up and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations. 
But the Lord is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the people of Israel. Joel 3:4-16
Open your Bible. Anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear knows the prophet Joel clearly distinguishes the western Mediterranean sea coast when he says "all the regions of Philistia.

Take a look at this 1899 map from Colton, Ohman and Co. N.Y. that shows the Philistine territory in the map of Palestine.

It's today's Gaza. 

It is important in a historical and prophetic sense to realize that the Philistine people occupied the region of southwest Canaan before the Israelites returned to the area at the time of Joshua after the exodus. 

Believe it or not, the Israelites did not drive the Philistines out of that coastal corner of the land, because God said that the people there would be allowed to stay in that area as a thorn (in the side) of Israel (see Judges 2:3, Judges 2:21–23; also Judges 3:1–5).

Some that read the letters of Paul are aware of the "thorn" of the Apostle, but no one knows what it was. Yet, for Israel today we know, the thorn in the side of Israel is Gaza and the Hamas radicals there firing rockets into the Promised land at homes, schools and playgrounds as some in the coast land of Gaza remain a terrible thorn in Israel's side. They are joined in as strange way to the nations that seek to divide Israel.


The early Israelites did not drive out the inhabitants of this area as God instructed before Joshua died, God informed them that the region was to be inhabited by the Philistines and the Anakims. The LORD also warned in Numbers 33:55-56 that down the road it shall come to pass that these people would be a thorn in the eye and side of Israel and vex them in the land.

I could be wrong, but I don't think so as it does appear this provides a Biblical explanation for Gaza's terror after Israel withdrew from the area two days after Tisha B’Av in August 2005.

Like the days of old, Israel allowed the Philistines to stay in that coastal strip.

Why?? Because God reckoned it so (read Judges 2:20–23 below). Some of those that left Egypt sinned in idolatry with the golden calf idol and transgressed the covenant of the Ten Commandments just a few days after everyone heard God speak to them. 

It's hard to comprehend, but Philistia (aka today's Gaza) was set aside for a time from the Biblical land deed for Israel due to that Golden Calf crime:
“And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he said, Because that this people hath transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice; I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died: That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the LORD to walk therein, as their fathers did keep [it], or not. 
Therefore the LORD left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.” Judges 2:20-23
Gaza will remain as a thorn but not for long, Judah will be given the full land grant. Gaza was a clear and present danger in Joshua's day just as it is today:
Joshua 11:22 There was none of the Anakims left in the land of the children of Israel: only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, there remained.
And in Samuel's day:
1Samuel 13:19 Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make [them] swords or spears:

1Samuel 27:1 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: [there is] nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.

1Samuel 29:11 So David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning, to return into the land of the Philistines. And the Philistines went up to Jezreel.

1Samuel 30:16 And when he had brought him down, behold, [they were] spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.

1Samuel 31:9 And they cut off his head, and stripped off his armour, and sent into the land of the Philistines round about, to publish [it in] the house of their idols, and among the people.
They remained through the days of King David and Solomon too.

Before Israel and the sojourners with them ever crossed the Jordan River, Moses told them that God said: "And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once..." Deuteronomy 7:22

This putting out will occur in "the end" for Gaza.

The LORD's word stands as noted in Revelation: "And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God." Revelation 19:15

Israel, the West Bank and Gaza is all a part of God's heritage land for God's people.
The reason, it belongs the Almighty God and it is His to grant.

There is much "Quartet" talk that the Palestinians ought to be given part of Jerusalem as well as the so-called West Bank (aka Judea and Samaria) and the Gaza Strip effectively "dividing" the land promise against God's word and Messiah's inheritance.

Judea and Samaria, aka the "West Bank" as many call it is a part of the heartland of the ancient area of promise. This is recorded in the Bible and history shows that the Philistines never inhabited the hills of these interior lands. The West Bank is not really the West Bank of Jordan, for 3,500 years it has been deeded by the God of Israel to be Israelite territory.

If the Israelis ever agree to allow Jerusalem. the mountains of the West Bank or the region of Philistia to be a part of a new State of Palestine as a result today's global political peace pressure, the situation will have a global impact that will shake every nation right in the middle of our time zone!

Welcome to living in Bible times, you are in them whether you know it or not.

The "end time" promise for Judea and Samaria alludes to the days following Hitler's Holocaust that were given by Almighty God to Ezekiel:
"For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, [even] I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep [that are] scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day
And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. Ezekiel 34:11-13

those that seek to divide Israel and Jerusalem
for "peace" by their names

It appears that Zechariah's vision describes "The Quartet" that patrols the earth today:

1) United States
2) Russia
3) European Union
4) United Nations

It seems VERY plausible that Zechariah IS WARNING the entire planet about the end time mission of the "The Quartet" and the judgment that will follow on the heels of any attempt to divide the promise. 

So, ask yourself, do I just ignore these old prophets or listen and seek understanding?

To start on the road to understanding, we have to study the four horns described by Zechariah.

As I've described we might consider they may well represent the governmental authority of "The Quartet" that was established with the sole purpose to divide the land of promise given to Israel that want to divvy up God's heritage land for a "Philistia" State.

But what about the four "craftsmen"?

Just as Zechariah says, the four that oppose the prophet's horn "Quartet" but they don't oppose the four horns because they seek to divide the land. That information is never given. We have to refer to Joel to see it, but they oppose the horns for no clear reason other than to cause chaos and threaten peace on the planet.

When you read about the objective of today's "Quartet" it is clear that they all unwittingly share the same misguided mission - - they unwittingly oppose Scripture as they seek to divide God's Promised Land for peace. It's as if they all believe the front of the Bible is old and done away with.

But there is a plain warning for them in Isaiah 5:20:
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
The warning from Isaiah that is that the guilty will be see judgment from the God of Israel. Our nation has been guilty before God since the Madrid Conference, so unless America repents, it is only a matter of time beforet God's judgment and another dark day will come from the craftsmen of chaos if we seek to divide the Promised Land.

Perhaps Yeshua gave His disciples one glimpse of this day when He gave the prophecy recorded by Luke and Matthew "until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled"... Just take a look at Luke 21:25-26 as Jesus describes the scene:
“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken."
That is why I have posted this extensive warning. If a watchman fails, God says there is a price to pay and I want no part of that debt:
"Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul." Ezekiel 3:17-19
If you are like me you may wonder, why did God show Zechariah horses?

We see them again in Revelation 6:1-8.

Horses are used as a symbol of power in Scripture, but why? Back in Zechariah's day, the Persian king's representatives traveled by horseback from province to province and reported important events and information back to their king. Isn't that just like the representatives of "The Quartet" as they travel around the globe today pressing on to deliver their word about the division of Israel "for peace" and reporting back to the international community that continually pressures Israel?

You may have read Zechariah 12 many times. If so, read it again.

The key is God's declaration that HE IS VERY focused on Jerusalem. But did you ever notice the reference to the horns given by Zechariah 12? The horns have a grave problem as they oppose the Jewish people in Jerusalem!
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah [and] against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness. Zechariah 12:2-4
Just look at Zechariah's plain truth about the craftsmen...

They terrorize those that seek to divide Israel.

Who do we see today that terrorize The Quartet today?

Who else but the "Axis of Evil" namely the four nations that actively have it in their heart to threaten global stability with chaos:

1. Iraq
2. Syria
3. Iran
4. North Korea

As global pressure to divide the Promised Land increases, these "craftsmen of chaos" will make a horrific impact on world headlines as their disruptive plans and proxies of chaos unfold.

What can we do? We need to pray.

And if you think the saga of chaos from Iraq is over, think again. It's just a phase. Why do I say this?

Troop Withdrawal.

Coming up in 2011, Iraq will fall again into a state of terror and sectarian violence after the withdrawal of U.S. troops and eventually the chaos boiling within Iraq and Afghanistan could spill over as another dangerous threat from the madmen of Islamic Jihad.

Troop withdrawals can be a very big problem.

Withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan can engage spiritual warfare and the terrorists of Iran that seeks nuclear weapons as a continuation of their goal for Islamic Revolution. Their goals are simple, to destroy Israel and sever the United States from the Middle East, to re-establish Islamic Shia governments lost at the end of World War I and to become an Islamic superhero for a proxy state called Palestine.

Iran is a "Haman nation" supported by Russia and that fact should worry everyone. 

Perhaps the worst case is Iran could work on joint nuclear weaponry design and long range missile development with North Korea. But there are other craftsmen out there. Al-Qaida and its factions that destroyed the Twin Towers on 9/11 are alive and as demonically evil as ever.

Listen out there, wake up!!!!

It has been 70 years since we have seen such a dark and evil alliance of the "craftsmen of chaos" as seen in the Axis of Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito.

God cares about timelines so we need to pay attention to them.

That is why Almighty God gave us timlines in Genesis 1:24; Daniel 2:21; Daniel 2; Daniel 12; 1Timothy 5:1; Jeremiah 8:7; Acts 3:19; Hosea 6:2; Revelation 11; Revelation 12; Revelation 13 and Leviticus 25 among many others in the Bible, the greatest history book ever written.

Yesterday, memories and history books declare the world was at war with Germany whose Nazi Party politicized antisemitism, the world including China was also at war with Italy and Japan during World War II. American history books tend to ignore the second Sino-Japanese War during 1937-1945. China was invaded and suffered defeat by Japan and one of the territories included Korea. China remained occupied under Japanese rule until 1949.

Yet, there was a fourth craftsman of chaos hidden in this Axis, it was Austria, the childhood home of Hitler.

Before the First World War re-mapped the Middle East, despite all the Hollywood movies that make no mention of the Ottoman Empire, the 600 year old Sunni Caliphate was a big part of World War One.

The Ottomans from Turkey occupied the Promised Land, not Palestinians although everyone has somehow missed that fact.

Today, the tide of evil has shape shifted from Nazism and Fascism of WWI and WWII to radical jihad and more...

Did you know that North Korea became a nation at the end of World War II in 1948 and that a state of war has continued in North Korea against South Korea since 1950?

That's 60 years! The bullets and bombings in Korea may have ended with an armistice in 1953, but that armistice is not a peace treaty, the guns are still loaded. If you wonder why North Korea's leaders hate the U.S., then you should know that depending on the source, historians say North Korea lost nearly 30% of its population over the three year period of U.S. bombings during the Korean War.

Did you know that in the Korean armistice year of 1953, a secret coup was backed by the CIA against Iran's Prime Minister who opposed the Shah of Iran?

The Iranian Revolution of 1978–79 is directly tied to that 1953 event that still impacts the global landscape of politics, treaties, global trade and terror.

Today, woven into the chaos we see North Korea with the worst human rights record on the planet. They lead the world in human suffering and trafficking while worshiping a false god in the world's newest religion called "Juche" with Kim Il Sung as its false messiah. 

Meanwhile, the Iranian Shi'ite clerics and Imams wait for their 12th Imam, their false messiah of Shi'ite Islam that's tied to another false prophet. 

Believe it or not, North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung was born in 1912 as Kim Song-ju, but took the name Kim Il-sung, which means “become the sun” in 1935. Incredibly, he was raised Presbyterian and his grandfather was a Protestant minister.

Iran and North Korea are two nations that show us it's critical to understand the words of Jesus who spoke of a disaster that sounds like the nuclear devastation of World War II in Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended the German carnage of 6 million Jews as an estimated 70 million other people died in the combat, disease and famine:
"If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time." Matthew 24:22-25
The deceptive, chaos of North Korea and Iran, both modern and ancient, now make every effort to suppress and oppose any western democratic influence on the world. 

That's why they call America the great Satan, and Israel the little Satan.

Seventy (70) years ago, stark evil focused on Judah's extermination in Hitler' Holocaust. Some 2,700 years ago, ancient Assyria gathered their armies and crossed the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. They entered northern Israel and attacked "Ephraim" aka the ten northern tribes living in and around the Galilee and Samaria. Today, Iran also known as Elam and Assyria in the Bible is enraged again. They are engaged in plans to destroy God's chosen people. Iran is front and center on the behind the scenes stage of global conflict, terrorism, death and destruction as they seek nuclear capabilities because The Twelvers believe they can bring the Mahdi forth to rule the world under global Sharia domination.

On September 25, 2007 C-Span reported this about Iran. The report just so happened to come out two days before Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles:

"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the United Nations General Assembly on the opening day of the 62nd session. In his remarks he vowed not to give in to pressure by “arrogant powers” trying to force him to abandon his nation’s uranium-enrichment program and unilaterally declared that as far as he is concerned, “the nuclear issue of Iran is now closed.”"

Amazingly, this 2005 Washington Post article that is almost impossible to comprehend  states a member of today's Middle East "Quartet" worked to facilitate a nuclear deal in Iran back in 1976, during our 200th national anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. In it, Henry Kissinger is quoted as saying:
"I don't think the issue of proliferation came up," Henry A. Kissinger, who was Ford's Secretary of State, said in an interview for this article.
The 2005 Washington Post article goes on to reveal:
"The U.S. offer, details of which appear in declassified documents reviewed by The Washington Post, did not include the uranium enrichment capabilities Iran is seeking today. But the United States tried to accommodate Iranian demands for plutonium reprocessing, which produces the key ingredient of a bomb.

After balking initially, President Gerald R. Ford signed a directive in 1976 offering Tehran the chance to buy and operate a U.S. built reprocessing facility for extracting plutonium from nuclear reactor fuel. The deal was for a complete "nuclear fuel cycle" -- reactors powered by and regenerating fissile materials on a self-sustaining basis.

That is precisely the ability the current administration is trying to prevent Iran from acquiring today."

"The U.S.-Iran deal was shelved when the shah was toppled in the 1979 revolution that led to the taking of American hostages and severing of diplomatic relations."
Today, in a bizarre twist of no coincidence in Zechariah's vision, four regimes, "craftsmen" of chaos trouble the world's stage as we see a post WWII revival of Axis vs. Ally.

Yet, there is another evil that lurks behind the scenes.

The evil is much like ancient Amalek waiting for a weak U.S. President to arrive on the scene, a President that they do not fear that they can punch around like Carter. Thank God Ronald Reagan came on the scene. One day we'll need another leader to stand up like Reagan.

Arutz Sheva has reported: "the Supreme Islamic Iranian leader and commander-in-chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that Iran will one day deliver a stunning punch.

"The Iranian nation, with its unity and the grace of Allah, will punch the arrogance [Western powers] on the 22nd of Bahman in a way that will leave them stunned," Khamenei told a gathering of air force personnel.

The anniversary marks the date that Iran's air force gave its support to revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini, leading to the toppling of the US-backed shah in 1979."

Wake up, don't let yourself be lulled into a stupor of sleep as Biblical prophecy unfolds. 

At this time, few are paying attention.

We need Watchmen!!

Individual foreign organizations, spinoff "craftsmen" like Al-Jihad, Mujahadin-e Khalq Organization and Al-Qa’ida terrorize the world while Iran's proxies Hezbollah, Hamas and Houtis plot out to boldly deliver terror becuase they hate the Bible and its people in the State of Israel. Hamas is firing rockets across Gaza's borders into the Promised Land as Hezbollah stockpiles blood arrow missles to achieve the Twelver goal of eliminating Israel, the "little Satan" off the map.

Iran, holds the greatest, most advanced threats against humanity and they are strange gang buddies with Russia for crying out loud. 

Iran is geaing up and waiting for the opportunity of mass destruction and bloodshed not only against Israel but who they call the "great Satan" (USA) as they continue their relentless, maniacal pursuit to bring forth of the Al-Mahdi, the 12th Imam. They use the craft of chaos through their proxy militia puppets in Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

Unfortunately, they are not alone in their end game, North Korea's development of nuclear technologies stands in insanity and abject defiance to the international community. 

On February 4, 2010, the Brookings Institute had this to say about other "craftsmen" threats:

"The heads of the American intelligence community warned Congress on Tuesday in their annual threat assessments that an al Qaeda attack on the United States homeland is likely in 2010. This follows a series of incidents and arrests in 2009 that showed al Qaeda and its allies have change their tactics for attacking the homeland. For several years after 2002, al Qaeda seemed fixated on conducting another mass-casualty attack here even more horrifying than 9/11...

Now, perhaps because of the pressure we are putting on the al Qaeda core in Pakistan, the bar has apparently been lowered. Al Qaeda’s affiliates and allies like the al Qaeda cells in Yemen have been encouraged to go for smaller, if still lethal, attacks. If they can’t score a home run, go for a bunch of singles...

So if al Qaeda is now broadening the scope of its attacks, we must adjust to the change and broaden our counter measures. We need to aggressively disrupt and take down not just the al Qaeda core in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but step up the pressure on al Qaeda cells in Yemen, the Maghreb, Indonesia, Iraq, and on al Qaeda’s allies like Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Pakistani Taliban, who also operate in the West. This means putting more intelligence resources and diplomatic efforts into persuading all of our allies in the war with al Qaeda to preempt terror with take-downs of jihadist cells."

Not only that, the new post World War II country known as Jordan, is led by King Abdullah II. He urged the United States to give its "undivided attention" to fully engage in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process to divide the land. His statements include:

"We are waiting for the US to give us undivided attention on this issue... If we don't get a clear mandate over the next month or so I'm not convinced we will be able to move forward..."

"Sooner or later there's an invisible line in the sand that we will cross that will be clear to everyone whether the viability of a two-state solution is there and I hope we haven't crossed that yet. When we cross that line, God forbid, the Middle East will be doomed to many decades of instability..."

"Our challenge and the international community's challenge is reaching out to the Israeli public and saying - Do you want to continue being 'Fortress Israel'? We want a two-state solution so that you can be accepted into the neighborhood."

My view: Abdullah misstated that the issue of a nuclear Iran was not the central cause of instability in the region as he went on to mislead the media's left saying that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would help solve the conflict with Iran as well as al-Qaida.

 King Abdullah II:

"it is the injustice felt towards the Palestinians that allows state actors and non-state actors to take the role of the defenders of Palestine."

We all need to study the Word of God to know the truth and the future. 

Psalm 22:27-28 is a very good place to start: 
"All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom [is] the LORD'S: and he [is] the governor among the nations."
I'd encourage you to visit The Jordan king's own website, because there's no reason to believe me, do your own fact checks.

With the increase of tension among the nations whose dark alliances of lies oppose God and Israel's existence, coupled with the use of a embattled Syria as a potential strategic attack point against northern Israel. We must see Syria as a proxy position for Iran's footprint in the sand. The Ayatollah's rhetoric against Israel is Biblically ominous as Iranian  geopolitical religious leaders grow more brazen in their plot and pursuit of nuclear weapons every day. 

It's a clear and present danger that Israel is fast forwarding toward the latter day multi-nation Mideast conflict described in Psalm 83...
"A psalm of Asaph. O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. "Come," they say, "let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more." 
With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you — the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to lend strength to the descendants of Lot." Psalm 83

Watchmen: You Need to Know Prophecy and Pray!!

As "watchmen" we must not forget: Zechariah 12 records the burden of the word that Almighty God has to say to warn "all nations" of their destruction as they come against Judah or Jerusalem... The prophetic message continues into Zechariah 13 and concludes in  in Zechariah 14 where we are given the horrible details of the end of everyone that ignores The LORD and fights against Jerusalem:
And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples that wage war 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
I pray that America's leaders would just read God's word and believe it. 

I pray former President James Earl Carter might understand Zechariah's warning of a quartet instead of the bad counsel to divide that has been given over the past 25 years. Jimmy needs to know his name James comes from Jacob and that Jacob's God given name is Israel.

Dividing Israel and Jerusalem for The Quartet's plot of a peace plan will not stand in the end. That's a Bible basic and it's time to fear The LORD of Hosts and honor His counsel, not men's:
"Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing; speak a word, but it will not stand, for God is with us. For the Lord spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: "Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But The LORD of Hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread." Isaiah 8:10-13
This is an open call to any President, past, present or future to take a few moments to watch a short film called "Dry Bones." It was produced in 1968 by Shira Sorko-Ram. The Quartet's leadership needs to see it too just as it was shared as a witness to Israel's former Prime Minister Golda Meir in 1971.

Perhaps world opinion might change. I do not know if anyone at the helm will watch, listen or believe the lesson, but perhaps you will so I'm putting it right here, right now.

I implore that you stand in the Word of God, fear The LORD on this and stand in daily prayer with Israel that the nations that seek to divide "the promise" will seek The LORD God of Israel instead. 

Zechariah's Vision Headlines



Update March 3, 2009:
Hillary Clinton offers handshake of friendship to Syria "It was a brief but significant gesture: in the hubbub of the Gaza donor’s conference in Egypt, Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State, shook hands and exchanged a few words yesterday with Walid Mouallem, her Syrian counterpart. In the Middle East, where even the slightest gesture is closely scrutinized, the brief encounter was seen as a sign that Washington was prepared to mend fences with Syria, whose leader, Bashar Assad, was treated as a pariah by the Bush Administration." Update March 19, 2010: Moscow - Middle East Quartet Statement - "The Quartet—U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell, and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union Catherine Ashton—met in Moscow on March 19, 2010. They were joined by Quartet Representative Tony Blair."
"The Quartet reiterates its call on Israel and the Palestinians to act on the basis of international law and on their previous agreements and obligations — in particular adherence to the Roadmap... "The Quartet urges the government of Israel to freeze all settlement activity..." "Recalling that the annexation of East Jerusalem is not recognized by the international community, the Quartet underscores that the status of Jerusalem is a permanent status issue that must be resolved through negotiations between the parties and condemns the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem. The Quartet re-affirms its intention to closely monitor developments in Jerusalem and to keep under consideration additional steps that may be required to address the situation on the ground." "Recalling that transformative change on the ground is integral to peace, the Quartet continues to support the Palestinian Authority's plan of August 2009 for building the Palestinian state within 24 months..." "The Quartet further calls on all states in the region and in the wider international community to match the Palestinian commitment to state-building by contributing immediate, concrete, and sustained support for the Palestinian Authority..." "Recognizing the significance of the Arab Peace Initiative, the Quartet looks forward to closer cooperation with the parties and the Arab League..." "The Quartet commits to remain actively involved on all tracks and to encourage and review progress."
Update April 7, 2010: Wall Street Journal - King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein has raised the bar on increasing his negative view and statements against Israel. His interview with the Wall Street Journal this week is VERY alarming. He states:
"Israel´s long-term future in danger if peace cannot be achieved."
"Over the Israeli-Lebanese border; if you spoke (to some Lebanese) today they feel there is going to be a war any second. (It) looks like there is an attempt by certain groups to promote a third intifada, which would be disastrous. Jerusalem as you are well aware is a tinderbox that could go off at any time, and then there is the overriding concern about military action between Israel and Iran."
"Our relationship with Israel is at an all-bottom low. It hasn't been as bad as it is today and as tense as it is today."
"There is no real economic relationship between Jordan and Israel. So economically we were better off in trade and in movement before my father signed the peace treaty."
The challenge now, and the challenge I have in discussions with Arab and Muslim leaders, is the question of U.S. credibility. (The credibility of the whole peace process) is at an all-time low because expectations were so high, maybe unfairly high."
Obama is being tough on the issue of settlements, but again the American public (needs to see that) it's not just Obama; you've got to realize the Europeans, the Russians, the Chinese and the international community are very frustrated with Israel politics."
"There are elements that are actively pushing for a third intifada. There are heightened tensions. Gaza, as you've been seeing, is not all that stable. Jerusalem is a time bomb that I fear is just waiting to go off."
"If there are those that are saying that Iran is playing mischief, then I say it is being allowed to play mischief. The platform they use is the injustice of the Palestinians and Jerusalem. So if you start taking those cards off the table, then Iranian influence on the Mediterranean through Hezbollah and Hamas in Gaza diminishes or becomes non existent. My view is that I am really against any military action in Iran, that is Pandora's box. But by dealing with the core issue, that's when you start taking cards away from the Iranian regime."
For some perspective on the views against Israel that are coming from Jordan consider this. As reported by Israel Today Jordan now claims that the Dead Sea Scrolls belong to them. The Hebrew scrolls are currently on tour in Canada and the Jordanian Ministry of Antiquities has asked Canada to seize the exhibits and return them to Canada stating that the scrolls were found in 1947 when there was no state of Israel and that the scrolls were confiscated by the Israelis during the Six Day War. Jordan claims their return under the 1954 Hague Convention. So ask yourself... why would the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a Muslim country that was home to the Canaanites, the Edomites and the Moabites, a country that follows Sunni Islam and the Koran yet is led by a "King" want these treasures, these original Hebrew scrolls of the Scriptures? Odd isn't it. It is time to keep our eyes on the King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. My guess is that soon deep trouble is headed to Jordan, perhaps its already there, a danger within.

Update April 14, 2010: Is it just a bizarre coincidence that the next day after The Quartet's declaration that Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted stopping all air travel between the U.N. powers of the U.S., the E.U. and Russia spreading ashes over Europe during Holocaust Remembrance Week? A friend shared the significance of the nightmarish volcano, its ashes and the week which memorializes the grievous loss of six million Jewish lives during the Holocaust of World War II.

Update April 18, 2010: From The Sunday Times - Israel warns Syria over Hezbollah attacks: "Israel has delivered a secret warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad that it will respond to missile attacks from Hezbollah, the militant Lebanese-based Islamist group, by launching immediate retaliation against Syria itself. In a message, sent earlier this month, Israel made it clear that it now regards Hezbollah as a division of the Syrian army and that reprisals against Syria will be fast and devastating." "Reports that Syria has supplied Hezbollah with Russian-made Scud ballistic missiles have alarmed Israeli ministers. The missiles have the potential to reach the entire country and could carry chemical warheads. New gas masks are being supplied to Israel’s entire population, with an intensive television advertising campaign underway to stress their importance. Hezbollah, which was set up in 1982 by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and fought a 34-day with Israel in 2006, has built-up an arsenal of 40,000 missiles and rockets, according to Ehud Barak, Israel’s defence minister."

Update April 29, 2010: Haaretz reports: "Jordan's King Abdullah II warned Thursday that the situation in the Middle East could "explode" due to Israel's building of settlements in East Jerusalem. "I am afraid the tension could develop into an explosion with all parties paying the price," the monarch said in a speech to the annual conference of Jordanian ambassadors. His comments came ahead of a meeting this weekend of the Arab League in Cairo, which may herald the resumption of indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Abdullah accused Israel of "playing with fire" by carrying out unilateral actions in East Jerusalem which the Jewish state captured from Jordan in the 1967 war. "Israel should choose between living in an isolated fortress in the region or reaching peace with all Arab and Islamic states in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative," he said. The Arab peace plan, which was launched at the Arab summit conference in Beirut in 2002, offers Israel recognition by all Arab states if it pulled out from all the Arab territories it occupied in the 1967 war, including Jerusalem. Two weeks ago, Syria's King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein told the Chicago Tribune that a war could break out in the Middle East this summer if no progress is made in restarting Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. "If we hit the summer and there's no active [peace] process, there's a very good chance for conflict, and nobody wins when it comes to that," Abdullah said."

Update May 6, 2010:: PJTV BREAKING NEWS Middle East on the Edge 2010 - Major General Paul E. Vallely Ret. Former US General Warns of Chemical Attacks Against Israel. Potential Hezbollah offensive includes chemically armed SCUD missiles with a 450 km range, preemptive strikes on air fields, and a wave of tunnel attacks that cross from Lebanon into Israel (12 min. video). This is NOT rhetoric folks. It is serious. Did you know that 35 tons of rockets and other war munitions were recently averted from delivery?

Israel says seized North Korean arms were for Hamas, Hezbollah (Reuters) - "The Israeli foreign minister said on Wednesday that North Korean weapons seized in Thailand last year were headed for Islamist groups Hamas and Hezbollah. More than 35 tonnes of arms including rockets and rocket-propelled grenades were seized from a cargo plane after it made an emergency landing at a Bangkok airport in December. Thai authorities said the plane came from North Korea. In January, the Thai government sent a report to the U.N. Security Council stating the weapons were headed for Iran, which is allied to Syria." If the Hezbollah attack scenario becomes a reality, how do you think the Quartet that seeks to divide Jerusalem and the land will respond?

Cliff May of "Foundation for Defense of Democracies" provides his opinion, insight and advice regarding a U.S. response. Jonathan Schanzer also of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Hudson Institute’s Lee Smith provide further insight from PJTV. Today, Hezbollah links Syria and Lebanon together. Zechariah the Prophet spoke of Northern Lebanon (land of Hadrach - Chapter 9) and Damascus, Syria which is believed to be the world's oldest continuously inhabited city. Isaiah also wrote of the ancient city of Damascus. Will WE SOON witness the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 17:1? Only The Lord knows, but if this becomes a current event then all who call themselves "Israel" will be involved:
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from [being] a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
Keep not silent and pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. Hear the words of God:
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, [which] shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. Isaiah 62:6-7
Update May 12, 2010: Netanyahu turns to Bible in tussle over Jerusalem. (Reuters) - "Beset by questions about Jerusalem's future in talks with the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached for the Bible on Wednesday to stake out the Jewish state's contested claim on the city." Netanyahu's comments on Jerusalem Day are recorded at the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you do not understand the mindset of those wanting to divide Israel and Jerusalem, this may help. It is the The Palestine National Charter posted on the United Nations website. Here's an excerpt from that charter:
"The Balfour Declaration, the Mandate for Palestine and everything that has been based upon them, are deemed null and void. Claims of historical or religious ties of Jews with Palestine are incompatible with the facts of history and the true conception of what constitutes statehood. Judaism, being a religion, is not an independent nationality. Nor do Jews constitute a single nation with an identity of its own; they are citizens of the states to which they belong.
The demands of security and peace, as well as the demands of right and justice, require all states to consider Zionism an illegitimate movement, to outlaw its existence, and to ban its operations..."
That's the mindset of the Palestinian people and a nuclear Iran has joined in the opposition to wipe Israel "off the map". Radio Free Europe reports: "President Ahmadinejad had harsh words for Islamic countries that might recognize Israel. "Anybody who takes a step toward Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury" he said." He has also said: "“God willing, in the near future we will witness the destruction of the corrupt occupier regime,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying during a speech to foreign guests mostly from African, Arab and neighboring countries who attended ceremonies marking the 18th anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who is known as the father of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution." Can the prophecy of Psalms 83 be any clearer?
"Come," they say, "let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more." With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you — the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal,a Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to lend strength to the descendants of Lot." Psalms 83:4-8
In Scripture numbers are important. Twelve is the number of Israel. There are 12 tribes named in the Exodus. Did you know that The Strategic Foresight Group reported this time last year that the cost of the Middle East conflict is now 12 trillion? "So, we have 13 countries and a loss of $12 trillion! The economic costs accounted for in this study include direct costs incurred due to destruction and damage caused by war, opportunity costs reflecting growth that did not take place due to conflict environment, opportunity costs reflecting trade and investment opportunities missed and indirect costs. The indirect costs could be manifested by for example the sense of despair, social orthodoxy and lack of trust. The countries researched in this report are Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestinian Territory, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and UAE. Calculations are made on the basis of GDP figures for 2006, as provided in UN stats. The opportunity loss of $12 trillion for 1991-2010 means every citizen has lost. An Average Saudi, Lebanese, Palestinian, Israeli could have enjoyed double the income level whereas an average Iraqi would have been four times richer."

Update May 14, 2010: Russian President Reaches Out to Hamas despite Links between Chechen and Palestinian Terror Groups "As indirect peace talks take off between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said this week that Iran-backed Hamas should play a role in the peace process. Medvedev made the announcement May 12, a day after meeting in Damascus with Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal. Russia’s overtures to Hamas come despite Israel’s support for Russian counter terrorism operations against Chechen separatist groups. Expressing disappointment over Russia’s behavior, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, “Just as Israel unconditionally supported Russia in her struggle against Chechen terror, we expect equal treatment in our struggle against Hamas.”"

Update May 20, 2010: The Palestinian Lie - A commentary by Emanuel A. Winston"
"It wasn't until 1964 (before the 1967 Six Days War, when Israel liberated and united Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights and Jerusalem) that Egypt (having lost two major wars to the small in number, lightly armed Jews of Israel) created the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization). Shortly afterwards, Yasir Arafat became the Terror Leader of the Century, taking over as head of the PLO." "What nation would willingly divide their Capital because others demanded it? Granted, conquerors don't ask, they just take. Nations, however, have their own interests and bias which is why the Christian nations of Europe, themselves persecuting Jews, found no difficulty in joining the Arabs against the Jews in the Land of Israel. Keep in mind that the European nations considered Muslims as lowly pagans, not worth of occupying Jerusalem and thus mounted several Christian Crusades from 1095 to 1291 CE to 'rescue' Jerusalem from the Muslims — killing many Jews along their journeys to Jerusalem. The European nations managed to overcome their aversion to Arab Muslims when it came to pursuing oil and persecuting the Jews of Israel whose capital of Jerusalem was 3,000 years old and eternal. So, if it means sacrificing little Israel to a pagan people for whatever it brings in profits, oil or whatever, these nations will lie, cheat, steal, betray — all without conscience or feelings of guilt. The lie is the rule — not the exception."
Today, the U.S Congress approved a $205 million dollar funding of Israel's Iron Dome short-range rocket defense system by a vote of 410-4. According to Haaretz: "House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman said following the vote that "with nearly every square inch of Israel at risk from rocket and missile attacks, we must ensure that our most important ally in the region has the tools to defend itself."

"The looming threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, and the persistent threat posed by Iran's allies Hamas and Hezbollah, only serve to reinforce our longstanding commitment to Israel's security," Berman added. Israel completed tests in January on its Iron Dome system, designed to intercept short-range rockets and artillery shells fired at Israel by Hamas and Hezbollah. Florida congressman Ted Deutch commended the "Obama Administration for supporting the critical Iron Dome system, which could help save the lives of innocent Israelis who every day live in fear of rocket attacks on their homes, schools, and marketplaces.""

 This is good news on the surface of it, but $200 million does not sound like much when you consider that a 6.2 mile toll road that will be built here off Highway 290 in East Austin will cost the same amount. So, could this a part of a "deal" to divide? I pray not.

Update June 7, 2010: Israel Today reports Iranian navy threatens to break Israeli blockade "The Iranian Red Crescent on Monday announced that it had two aid ships ready to set sail for Gaza to break Israel's maritime blockade, and Iran's Revolutionary Guard offered to send its forces to thwart any Israeli attempt to intercept the vessels. The Revolutionary Guard later extended its offer of protection to any ships trying to break the Gaza maritime blockade, but had yet to receive authorization from Iran's religious authorities to take such action. If Iranian warships were to accompany future blockade-busting "aid" flotillas, it would likely spark a very dangerous showdown with the Israeli navy, and possibly lead to regional war." "Craftsman" report from RT TV Moscow:

Update June 12, 2010: Texas Senator Cornyn in Washington Supports Israel. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn Introduces Resolution Supporting Israel after Flotilla Attack
"Every country has a right to defend itself, and Israel is no different," Cornyn said in a written statement. "The flotilla was a disgraceful and premeditated attempt to provoke a violent confrontation with Israel, hidden under the cloak of a humanitarian relief effort. This type of despicable conduct must be condemned and I hope my colleagues will join me in cosponsoring this important resolution to help remind the world that the United States stands with Israel."
Update June 20, 2010: Yahoo News reports: Saudi king to visit Obama: White House "WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will host Saudi King Abdullah in Washington on June 29, the White House announced Sunday. Obama "looks forward to discussing with King Abdullah the strengthening of bilateral ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia as well as a range of common concerns related to Gulf Security, peace in the Middle East, and other regional and global matters," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said." 

You need to know that June 29, 2010 is the 17th of Tammuz. Philologos reports on this day in history that:
1. Moses broke the first set of tablets of the law. 2. The daily offering in the first Temple was discontinued for lack of sheep. 3. Right before the destruction of the second Temple, the walls of Jerusalem were breached. 4. A wicked Roman ruler named Apostumus burned the Torah. 5. An idol was erected in the Holy Temple. 6. First Crusade declared, 1095. 7. King Edward I expels all Jews from England, 1290. 8. Expulsion of the Jews from Spain, 1492. 9. Pope Paul IV moves all the Jews into the ghetto, 1555. 10. Start of WWI. 11. July 16, 1994 (Tisha B'Av) Shoemaker-Levy 9 started to hit Jupiter. 12. Tammuz-17 was the name of the Iraqi nuclear reactor destroyed by Israel in 1981.
So as watchmen, shouldn't we ask ourselves: is there any significance to the King's meeting with Obama on Tammuz 17 (June 19th) and the rumor that Saudi Arabia has now given Israel a flight path to attack Iranian nuclear sites? Is there any correlation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled visit to the Whitehouse on July 6th? Noting Saudi Arabia, we should remember President Ahmadinejad of Iran had harsh words for Islamic countries that might recognize Israel. "Anybody who takes a step toward Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury."

Update June 24, 2010: Regarding the horrific gulf oil disaster, I am not saying that there is any direct relationship to the timing of the Deepwater Horizon gulf explosion and oil spill with the U.S. - U.N. security policy shift toward Israel as reported by Fox News on April 19th but some people are saying there is a relationship and the connection seems significant.

The other major disasters that are related to events of the U.S. intervention in dividing the land includes Hurricane Katrina. It should be noted that Katrina struck the coast of the United States mainland precisely seven days after the forced withdrawal of nearly 10,000 Jewish people from Gaza. With pressure and backing from the U.S. Israeli troops forced the withdrawal of all Israeli residents. In addition, the events leading up to the near collapse of the U.S. and sections of the EU economies peaked on Monday September 29, 2008 when the Dow fell by 777 points the day before Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Trumpets and the beginning of the Shemittah Year (Sabbatical). This occurred on the 29th day of the Hebrew month of Elul and the stock market lost 7% of its market cap value. On October 3rd, congress approved a $700 billion bailout.

On top of that, this was exactly 7 years (one Shemittah) after the stock market lost 7% of its market cap value in 2001 on the 29th day of the Hebrew month of Elul and one month after United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited Jerusalem and criticized Israel's settlement construction in the West. Interestingly, this was after the August 1, 2008 total solar eclipse that darkened the Sun and cast a shadow on Earth from Canada to China. Some may say linking these events is ridiculous and unrelated. But history and the events clearly sound the shofar and speak for themselves. The oil spill and the words of Revelation 8 are indeed a wake up call to a future event that before now, was beyond our understanding. When we consider the damage being done each day by the massive red sheen of crude oil that is been pouring up from the sea bed killing ocean life right before our eyes, perhaps we can better understand some of the disasters of Revelation from the massive platform's explosion and fire: take a minute to scroll down on this page link and look at NOAA's interactive map that shows the progress of the day to day spread of the poisoning of the sea from the oil spill since its explosive fire on April 20th until June 24th.

When you see this it does seem likely that there could in fact be other leaks along the Gulf seabed. Like you, I have seen the video of the wellhead and I can't understand how that much oil is coming out of that one location. One more update for June 24th... Just what is it about the G8 Summit and earthquakes? Did you know that the G8 is comprised of members of "The Quartet" including the U.S. and Russia? In addition, representatives of the EU are extended a special invitation. Last year, just before the 2009 conference a 4.1 earthquake hit the Italian town of L'Aquila, as the G8 summit was due to open. Now, this year, another earthquake, this year a extremely rare quake hit eastern Canada near Toronto and it registered 5.0 struck just before the G8 Summit began nearby.

Update July 2, 2010: For those watching, I believe that the June 29th meeting between President Barack Huessein Obama and Saudi King Abdullah is key to this post's warning regarding the mission of the "Quartet" to divide Jerusalem. If valid, which I believe it is, this report from the Unity Coalition for Israel is really important. On July 2, 2010 UCI reported:
"Diplomatic sources said Obama relayed a pledge to Saudi King Abdullah that he would take any measure to ensure an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and Jerusalem over the next 18 months. They said Obama relayed the pledge to Abdullah during the president's trip to Riyad in June 2009, about four months after he assumed office, in exchange for Abdullah's help to arrange for the end of the Taliban war in Afghanistan."
"The sources said Abdullah has demanded U.S. guarantees that Israel would withdraw from the West Bank and most of Jerusalem by 2012. They said the Saudi king also expressed opposition to U.S. arms sales to Israel and Washington's boycott of the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip."
"During his latest meeting, Obama had been expected to urge the 86-year-old Saudi king to reconcile rival Fatah and Hamas movements to facilitate an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem."
Update July 24, 2010: In my original post I noted my concern that the "craftsmen" of North Korea opposes "The Quartet". Today, North Korea has made a threat of nuclear war due to joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises to be conducted over the next few days. This danger will intensify. North Korea is a nuclear threat. North Korea warns of nuclear response to naval exercises SEOUL, South Korea July 24, 2010 Bloomberg reports in the Korea Herald: "North Korea said it would counter U.S. and South Korean joint naval exercises with “nuclear deterrence” after the Obama administration said the government in Pyongyang shouldn’t take any provocative steps. North Korea will “legitimately counter with their powerful nuclear deterrence the largest-ever nuclear war exercises to be staged by the U.S. and the South Korean puppet forces,” the National Defense Commission said, according to the Korean Central News Agency." An Associated Press report stated: "North Korea vowed Saturday to respond with "powerful nuclear deterrence" to joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises poised to begin this weekend, saying the drills amount to a provocation that would prompt "retaliatory sacred war.""

Update July 27, 2010: Reuters reports from Tehran, Iran that Ahmadinejad says expects U.S. to attack MidEast soon ""They have decided to attack at least two countries in the region in the next three months," Ahmadinejad said in excerpts broadcast on the rolling news channel on Tuesday." Tensions are very high in and around Israel. Only our Creator knows whether war will break out in the Middle East this year but all Watchmen need to be in daily prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem. Meanwhile, Arutz Sheva reports just 30 days after his visit with President Obama in Washington D.C., that King Abdullah bin Abdul- Aziz of Saudi Arabia is making a trip to visit with the leaders of all nations that surround Israel. He begins his journey in Egypt, then travels on to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. 

Update August 5, 2010: Inside the Quartet...Fox News reports "Will Israel Bomb Iran This Month?"
"A group calling themselves Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity or VIPS sent a memo to President Obama warning him that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ready to go unilateral on Iran. They told Obama to be careful for Netanyahu might "blindside" the White House. The group claims that Israel's sole purpose is to bring a regime change in Iran and that it is using Iran nuclear threat as an excuse for an attack. "Worked well for Iraq, no?" – the veterans say. In harsh words the document blames Israel and especially the Prime Minister for manipulating the U.S. thinking he holds the "high cards" through the strong pro Israeli Lobby in the U.S."
There is certainly no "thus saith The Lord" intended but is it possible that we could see a modern precursor a future great battle of a wild ram (Iran) with a goat that flew over the earth from the west (U.S.) and the emergence of the little horn power that rebels against God?

Most sermons I've heard say Daniel 8 us all about Alexander the Great, but is it?

Should we reread and remember Gabriel's words: "Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the time of the end.” 

The time of the end???

Aristotle's student from Macedonia lived from 356-323 BC.

I don't think that was the time of the end, it seems much more likely the world could see a battle with a nuclear Iran. 

Perhaps the worse scenario would be a repeat by a future sitting U.S. President taking Lyndon Johnson's Presidental position during the 1967 Six Day War. As originally noted by Arutz Sheva: "President Lyndon Johnson fails to find a diplomatic solution. He offers no aid to Israel's suffering economy, no warning to the Arabs not to attack, and no offer to aid Israel if the Arabs attack. Instead, he asks Israel to refrain from any military action so he can have more time for diplomacy. McGeorge Bundy, the President's National Security Advisor, even declares in public that "America is neutral in thought, word and deed."

Russia Today provides a video report of today's news:

What else have we seen in this summer from the nations that surround Israel? YNet News commentary tells us:
For the 111,000 residents of Ashkelon, located 21 kilometers (13 miles) away from the Gaza Strip, this past Friday, July 30 was a terrifying day. An Iranian Grad missile launched from Gaza exploded in the heart of a residential neighborhood, damaging buildings and vehicles and sending two civilian Israelis hospitalized for shock. A rocket alert that had residents racing to shelters prevented more serious casualties. 
The following Saturday night, July 31, an upgraded Qassam rocket fired at Sderot directly struck a children’s hydrotherapy rehabilitation center in Sapir College, setting off the Color Red alarm. The center, which provides therapy and workshops for hundreds of special-needs kids from across Israel until 10 at night on weekdays, was closed because of the Jewish Sabbath.
The Guardian reported on August 2nd:
One person was killed and four injured when a rocket hit the Jordanian coastal city of Aqaba today. It happened when a salvo of rockets was fired from the Sinai peninsula towards the resort city of Eilat, in southern Israel. Five rockets were fired shortly before 8am, reports said. One reached open ground on the outskirts of Eilat, but there were no casualties or damage. Three landed in the Red Sea, while the other hit Aqaba.
Update August 12, 2010: MSNBC reports Top Iraq general: U.S. army 'must stay' until 2020

"LONDON — The commander of Iraq's military is calling for U.S. forces to stay in the country for another decade, reinforcing his stance that his country's military won't be able to secure the nation on their own after U.S. troops leave. "At this point, the withdrawal is going well, because they are still here, but the problem will start after 2011," Gen. Babaker Shawkat Zebari said at a defense conference in Baghdad, according to the BBC. "The politicians must find other ways to fill the void after 2011... I were asked about the withdrawal, I would say to politicians: the U.S. army must stay until the Iraqi army is fully ready in 2020," the BBC reported."

Three key Arab-Israeli peace accords were signed at 7 year intervals: The notes below are from information posted at 1993 - The Oslo Accord is was the first direct, face-to-face agreement between the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The Accords were subsequently officially signed at a public ceremony in Washington, DC on 13 September 1993, in the presence of PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and US President Bill Clinton. The documents themselves were signed by Mahmoud Abbas for the PLO, foreign Minister Shimon Peres for Israel, Secretary of State Warren Christopher for the United States and foreign minister Andrei Kozyrev for Russia. Agreed minutes of these Accords:
Minute A: General understandings Any powers and responsibilities transferred to the Palestinians through the Declaration of Principles prior to the inauguration of the Council will be subject to the same principles pertaining to Article IV, as set out in the agreed minutes below. Minute B: Specific understandings 
Article IV: Council's jurisdiction It was to be understood that: Jurisdiction of the Council would cover West Bank and Gaza Strip territory, except for issues that would be negotiated in the permanent status negotiations. 
Article VI (2): Transferring authority It was agreed that the transfer of authority would be as follows: The Palestinians would inform the Israelis of the names of the authorized Palestinians who would assume the powers, authorities and responsibilities that would be transferred to the Palestinians according to the Declaration of Principles in the following fields: education and culture, health, social welfare, direct taxation, tourism, and any other authorities agreed upon. 
Article VII (2): Cooperation The Interim Agreement would also include arrangements for coordination and cooperation. 
Article VII (5): Israel's powers The withdrawal of the military government would not prevent Israel from exercising the powers and responsibilities not transferred to the Council. 
Article VIII: Police It was understood that the Interim Agreement would include arrangements for cooperation and coordination. It was also agreed that the transfer of powers and responsibilities to the Palestinian police would be accomplished in a phased manner. The accord stipulated that Israeli and Palestinian police would do joint patrols. X: Designating officials It was agreed that the Israeli and Palestinian delegations would exchange the names of the individuals designated by them as members of the Joint Israeli-Palestinian Liaison Committee which would reach decisions by agreement. 
Annex XI: Israel's continuing responsibilities It was understood that, subsequent to the Israeli withdrawal, Israel would continue to be responsible for external security, and for internal security and public order of settlements and Israelis. Israeli military forces and civilians would be allowed to continue using roads freely within the Gaza Strip and the Jericho area. 
Seven years later, the Middle East Peace Summit at Camp David of July 2000 took place between United States President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat. Ultimately, it was an unsuccessful attempt to negotiate a "final status settlement" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Camp David Summit: President Clinton announced his invitation to Barak and Arafat on July 5, 2000, to come to Camp David to continue their negotiations on the Middle East peace process. There was a hopeful precedent in the 1978 Camp David Accords where President Jimmy Carter was able to broker a peace agreement between Egypt, represented by President Anwar Sadat, and Israel represented by Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The Oslo Accords of 1993 between the later assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat had provided that agreement should be reached on all outstanding issues between the Palestinians and Israeli sides - the so-called final status settlement - within five years of the implementation of Palestinian autonomy. However, the interim process put in place under Oslo had fulfilled neither Israeli nor Palestinian expectations, and Arafat argued that the summit was premature.  On July 11, the Camp David 2000 Summit convened. The summit ended on July 25, without an agreement being reached. At its conclusion, a Trilateral Statement was issued defining the agreed principles to guide future negotiations.

Trilateral statement: President William J. Clinton — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak — Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat Between July 11 and 24, under the auspices of President Clinton, Prime Minister Barak and Chairman Arafat met at Camp David in an effort to reach an agreement on permanent status. While they were not able to bridge the gaps and reach an agreement, their negotiations were unprecedented in both scope and detail. Building on the progress achieved at Camp David, the two leaders agreed on the following principles to guide their negotiations:
1.The two sides agreed that the aim of their negotiations is to put an end to decades of conflict and achieve a just and lasting peace. 2.The two sides commit themselves to continue their efforts to conclude an agreement on all permanent status issues as soon as possible. 3.Both sides agree that negotiations based on UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338 are the only way to achieve such an agreement and they undertake to create an environment for negotiations free from pressure, intimidation and threats of violence. 4.The two sides understand the importance of avoiding unilateral actions that prejudge the outcome of negotiations and that their differences will be resolved only by good faith negotiations. 5.Both sides agree that the United States remains a vital partner in the search for peace and will continue to consult closely with President Clinton and Secretary Albright in the period ahead.
Then again seven years later, the Annapolis Conference organized and hosted by by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. That Middle East peace conference was held on November 27, 2007 at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The conference marked the first time a two-state solution was articulated as a mutually agreed-upon outline for addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

It ended with the issuance of a joint statement from all parties. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and U.S. President George W. Bush attended the meeting. A partial list of over 40 invitees was released on November 20, 2007, including China, the Arab League, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations; most of whom accepted the invitation.

Joint Understanding Read by President Bush at Annapolis Conference US, Israeli and Palestinian Governments November 27, 2007
PRESIDENT BUSH: The representatives of the government of the state of Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization, represented respective by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and President Mahmoud Abbas in his capacity as Chairman of the PLO Executive Committee and President of the Palestinian Authority, have convened in Annapolis, Maryland, under the auspices of President George W. Bush of the United States of America, and with the support of the participants of this international conference, having concluded the following joint understanding. We express our determination to bring an end to bloodshed, suffering and decades of conflict between our peoples; to usher in a new era of peace, based on freedom, security, justice, dignity, respect and mutual recognition; to propagate a culture of peace and nonviolence; to confront terrorism and incitement, whether committed by Palestinians or Israelis. In furtherance of the goal of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, we agree to immediately launch good-faith bilateral negotiations in order to conclude a peace treaty, resolving all outstanding issues, including all core issues without exception, as specified in previous agreements. We agree to engage in vigorous, ongoing and continuous negotiations, and shall make every effort to conclude an agreement before the end of 2008. For this purpose, a steering committee, led jointly by the head of the delegation of each party, will meet continuously, as agreed. The steering committee will develop a joint work plan and establish and oversee the work of negotiations teams to address all issues, to be headed by one lead representative from each party. The first session of the steering committee will be held on 12 December 2007. 
President Abbas and Prime Minister Olmert will continue to meet on a bi-weekly basis to follow up the negotiations in order to offer all necessary assistance for their advancement. The parties also commit to immediately implement their respective obligations under the performance-based road map to a permanent two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, issued by the Quartet on 30 April 2003 -- this is called the road map -- and agree to form an American, Palestinian and Israeli mechanism, led by the United States, to follow up on the implementation of the road map. The parties further commit to continue the implementation of the ongoing obligations of the road map until they reach a peace treaty. The United States will monitor and judge the fulfillment of the commitment of both sides of the road map. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, implementation of the future peace treaty will be subject to the implementation of the road map, as judged by the United States.
Update June 15, 2011: Today, published George W. Bush's rose garden speech on the US. Israel-Palestine Two-State Solution given at the Whitehouse on June 24, 2002.

The book of Zechariah is a prophecy for this time and we need to pay attention. The reason: we are living in prophetic times. Zechariah record's The Lords call to repentance and Zechariah's first vision shows us the imagery of a Quartet pictured that seeks to divide the land for peace and oppose God's covenant promise and Zechariah also shows reveals craftsmen that terrorize the Quartet.

God warns and calls us to escape if you who are living in a state of Babylon, where the God of Israel is not front and center, yet our Father of Heaven and Earth gives us hope with the promise that many will become His people "in that day."  Almighty God promises: "If you will walk in My ways and if you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house and also have charge of My courts."

Almighty God compares those who leave the heart and mindset of spiritual Babylon and choose to walk set apart in His ways are two people groups compared to two olive tree witnesses that believe the light of His Word and stand up for The Lord. It also seems that Zechariah is possibly given a vision of the Koran and the Hadiths. Could they be the dark book, the scroll noted in Zechariah 5? 

Most translations call the it a "flying" scroll, but the Hebrew word עוּף 'uwph also means brandish, to shake or wave something, like brandishing a sword menacingly into battle. 

Radical terrorists brandish the sword of Islam with "Allah Akbar" and words from the Koran and the Hadiths as they use their words to swear falsely on Y-H-V-H's name calling Him another name and saying he has no son and chanting the Takbir while brandishing the terror of radical Jihad. 

Zechariah 5:11 also points toward Mecca, the home of the Kaaba, the false temple in the land of Shinar covered in black and holding the black idol called the Kaaba stone that Islam teaches was built by Abraham.

Yet, the Bible's promise is about restoration and of Messiah the King. the Bible gives the world a promise to those who follow the word of The LORD God. They are a remnant given the gift of honor to choose to build the living Temple of The Lord. There is a grave warning given to those whose stony hearts do not permit them to hear and do the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the prophets. Zechariah 8 provides God's a promise that He will one day return to Jerusalem and live there to save His people in Zion:
"In those days ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew, saying, 'Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'" And as you have been a byword of cursing among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. Fear not, but let your hands be strong."
Before that time to come, many prophecies are made against the lands and people that surround the border of the Promised Land. The LORD of hosts will defend Judah and the LORD their God will save them in that day as one flock of His people. Not only that, God Will Bless Judah and Joseph. Whether you are Judah or Joseph, know this, God promises:
“I will strengthen the house of Judah, And I will save the house of Joseph, And I will bring them back, Because I have had compassion on them; And they will be as though I had not rejected them, For I am the LORD their God and I will answer them. “Ephraim will be like a mighty man, And their heart will be glad as if from wine; Indeed, their children will see it and be glad, Their heart will rejoice in the LORD. “I will whistle for them to gather them together" For I have redeemed them"
Jerusalem and the Jewish people that are in the land now. Whether they know it or not, they are preparing the land for the Messiah. As they do, they are being attacked whether in the U.N. on podiums or with knives and rockets by radicals that wish to wipe the Jewish people off the map. Jerusalem is a heavy burden...
"Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it." 
"In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel [messenger] of the LORD before them. And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem." 
"I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn. In that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem... "
"It will come about in that day,” declares the LORD of hosts, “that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered; and I will also remove the prophets and the unclean spirit from the land."
The Muslim Imam's that recite the Qur'an as well as the 30 or more mosques in the Old City of Jerusalem in which an unclean spirit is taught, will learn just who Y-H-V-H really is and they will no longer teach falsehood at the Al Aqsa mosque, the Marwani Mosque, the Mosque of Al-Khanqah, the Mosque of Omar, the al-Buraq Mosque, the Abdeen Mosque, the Al-Khanqah al-Salahiyya Mosque, Badr al-Did Lulu Mosque, Alshurbaji Mosque, Darghat Mosque, Zawiyat Elafgnieh Mosque, Alzawiya Alnakshabndieh Mosque and all the others including the Dome of the Rock.
"And if anyone still prophesies, then his father and mother who gave birth to him will say to him, ‘You shall not live, for you have spoken falsely in the name of the LORD’"
The Lord will battle Zion's enemies.
"Behold, a day is coming for the LORD when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. 
Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. 
In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. You will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. 
Then the LORD, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!"
The Lord will return to the land of Abraham and David.
"And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one."
The plague of God will return too just as it was seen in the Exodus wilderness. People that are not set apart and redeemed will melt like Canaanites before the Lord while approaching near His glory in Jerusalem.
"Now this will be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth. It will come about in that day that a great panic from the LORD will fall on them; and they will seize one another’s hand, and the hand of one will be lifted against the hand of another."
Even the fasts honored today by faithful Jewish people are noted by Zechariah. The promise is they will become days of joy - not mourning. These include the fast of Tammuz, the fast of the 9th of Av, the fasts of Gedaliah and the 5th of Tevet:
"Thus says the LORD of hosts: The fast of the fourth month and the fast of the fifth and the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth shall be to the house of Judah seasons of joy and gladness and cheerful feasts. Therefore love truth and peace. "
Importantly, the Feast of Tabernacles, the fall Feast of Booths will be re-established for everyone in Jerusalem just as it was ordained to be - so pay attention, the Bible and its foundation of Torah is truth still valid for us today, not one jot or tittle has passed. The Torah teaching of God was never hung on a cross:
"Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths."