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KJV - King James Version - Bible Verse List - God's Thunderous Voice

"The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea."
Psalms 93:4, KJV

"And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory."
Ezekiel 43:2, KJV

"And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters."
Revelation 1:15, KJV

"And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:"
Revelation 14:2, KJV

"And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth."
Revelation 19:6, KJV

"Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes."
John 12:28-30, KJV


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KJV - King James Version - Bible Verse List - God's Righteous Judgments

"The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple . . . The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether."
Psalms 19:7, 9, KJV

"Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever."
Psalms 119:160, KJV

"And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:"
Acts 17:30, KJV

"For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape."
1 Thessalonians 5:3, KJV

"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries."
Hebrews 10:26-27, KJV

"It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God . . . For our God is a consuming fire."
Hebrews 10:31, 12:29, KJV

"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?"
1 Peter 4:17, KJV

"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
Revelation 21:8, KJV


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KJV - King James Version - Bible Verse List - God's Loving Chastisements

"Open rebuke is better than secret love."
Proverbs 27:5, KJV

"And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons . . . Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed."
Hebrews 12:5-8, 11-13, KJV

"In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer."
Isaiah 54:8, KJV

". . . for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
Hebrews 13:5b, KJV

"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
John 6:37, KJV


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Facts About The Joplin, Missouri Tornado

The following is an excerpt from a question and answer article that appeared in the May 25th edition of the New York Times, regarding the Joplin, Missouri tornado, for those of you who may be wondering:

Orchard, Iowa Tornado 06-10-08

A funnel cloud touching down in Orchard, Iowa, on June 10, 2008. Lori Mehmen took the photo from outside her front door before seeking shelter.

Question:  How bad has this year's tornado season been, relative to other years?

Answer: Extraordinarily bad, even by historical standards. The death toll, now at more than 480, is the highest since 1953, when an outbreak of twisters across the Midwest and the Northeast claimed 519 lives. The high death toll this year is all the more remarkable considering that early warning systems are in place throughout tornado country, made possible by the advent of Doppler radar. Many tornado experts believed that the advances in technology had greatly diminished the risk of mass tornado fatalities.

"We never thought there'd be another year of deaths like this, with all our warning systems," said Thomas P. Grazulis, a tornado historian.

Since 1875, there have been just 15 years with more than 360 tornado deaths, and none since 1975. The single deadliest tornado year in the United States was 1925, with 794 fatalities. This year now ranks eighth on the list of deadliest tornado years.

The tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., on Sunday, with its death toll now standing at 122, is the deadliest in recorded history. The second deadliest was a twister that barreled through Flint, Mich., in 1953, killing 116.

-- John Collins Rudolf

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Goodbye Wallets, Cash and Point-of-Sale Systems; Hello Square

For over a decade now, I have written about the steady, ongoing march towards a totally cashless society, which many Christians view as a stepping stone towards the final, Biblically-prophesied Mark of the Beast global, computerized, identification and credit system. Many of my readers will be familiar with the following verses that are found in the thirteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation, which briefly describe this demonic system:

"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."
Revelation 13:16-18, KJV

As you may know, currently, the prevailing belief is that when it finally arrives, the Mark of the Beast system may implement either a computer microchip -- or biochip, such as the FDA-approved, RFID microchip known as VeriChip that was formerly being promoted by Applied Digital Solutions in Florida -- just under the skin of each recipient, or it may implement an invisible RFID laser tattoo, such as the one that is currently being promoted by Somark Innovations. You can learn more about these various technologies by reading the following articles, all of which can be found listed on our Endtime Prophecy Net home page:

666 - Mondex And The Mark Of The Beast
666 - More Proof Of The Coming System
666 - Precursors To The 666 And The Mark Of The Beast
666 - The Patience Of The Saints
666 - Verichip, Somark And Microsoft Unmasked!

At this point in time, it is well-established that the future of the world economy -- and consumer purchases -- lies with the Internet. When I think back to the early days during the late 1990's when I set up our very first web page, I am amazed by the advances which have been made in Internet technologies since that time. But, at the same time, it also annoys and frustrates me the way that Big Business interests have taken over so much of the digital terrain. Yet, if I am honest with myself, even as a Bible-believing Christian, I cannot deny that the ease of making online purchases is something which I find attractive.

Many of you reading this no doubt fully understand exactly what I am talking about. Between Amazon.com, Apple's iTunes store, and so many other online businesses, purchasing online items can very easily become a money-draining addiction. Never mind that companies such as PayPal make it even easier for us to spend our hard-earned cash.

Well, now it seems that Square -- a new start-up that is based in California -- has intentions of totally upending the established order, by offering services which make it possible for mobile device users -- such as cellphone and tablet users -- to turn their devices into credit card terminals. Similar to the way that PayPal currently operates, using the Square system, a consumer will be able to make payments at participating businesses simply by providing their name; and in certain cases, their PIN number, for the sake of security.

In other words, Square's vision is to do away with cash, wallets, paper receipts, POS systems at your local business, and even intermediaries such as PayPal. Each consumer will be able to make a payment directly to a particular participating merchant, just by providing their name to an online store, or to a cashier at a store. No fumbling with a wallet, credit card or debit card. No writing out a check. No waiting for a printed receipt. No problems with a cashier who accidentally punched the wrong UPC or amount into the cash register. No point-of-sale whatsoever. Just give them your name, wait a few seconds, and you are done. Fast and simple.

Before you are too quick to shout "Hurray!", please notice carefully that the verses from the Book of Revelation clearly state that there will be three ways of making payments. One must possess one of the three following:

1. the mark of the Beast
2. the name of the Beast
3. the number of his name

So how much longer will it be before we actually reach that point? If you ask me, given the current rate of technological development, I don't think that we have too much longer to find out. It will be upon us before we know it.

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PS: Interesting . . . three hours after posting the above commentary, I just discovered an article in the May 25th edition of the New York Times entitled "Google Expected to Introduce a Wireless Payment System". It concerns how Google has just announced that it is taking very similar steps to offer a wireless payment system via mobile devices. Google has teamed up with MasterCard and Citibank, along with retailers such as Macy's, American Eagle Outfitters and Subway.

It is clear then that the competition has begun, and the race is on for dominance in the market.

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Harold Camping and His October 21 False Doomsday Prediction

In a previous blog post I stated that I was done talking about this issue; but after having just read the latest news regarding the misguided, false prophet Harold Camping, I felt compelled to offer some additional comments concerning this issue.

As you may have already heard, Harold Camping -- the impresario behind the Family Radio Network -- is now claiming that May 21st represented an "invisible judgment day" which only occurred in the Realm of the Spirit. According to Mr. Camping's new interpretation, the real deal -- that is, the physical destruction of the Earth -- will occur on October 21st, without a lead-up time of five months, which supposedly was to have been marked by global calamities, as he had predicted earlier. For those of you who are not familiar with the Book of Revelation, while I haven't delved deeply into Mr. Camping's teachings, I am assuming that he derived the five-month period from the following verses:

"And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months."
Revelation 9:5-10, KJV

Concerning the physical destruction of the Earth by fire, as I mention in a number of my own articles which deal with the end of this present world, Mr. Camping probably had verses such as the following in mind:

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless."
2 Peter 3:9-14, KJV

So while some of Harold Camping's beliefs clearly have a Scriptural basis, nevertheless, like many other people, Christian and non-Christian alike, I am left flabbergasted by his latest remarks, which he shared in a 90-minute speech which was broadcast online, as well as via his Family Radio Network.

Mr. Camping has now struck out twice with his 1994 prediction, as well as with his May 21 prediction. Should we really expect any different from his October 21 prediction?

Allow me to again share with you a few verses that are found in the Old Testament, which deal with the office of a Prophet:

"But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him."
Deuteronomy 18:20-22, KJV

"And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them."
Ezekiel 33:33, KJV

So there we see a clear contrast between a true Prophet of God, and a false prophet who is motivated by his own pride and vanity. Which one does Harold Camping represent?

At this point, one of the things which is of concern to me -- aside from how Harold Camping's blunders will affect the overall perception of our faith -- is how Mr. Camping's followers will choose to react to his obvious misstep. Sadly, having been deceived myself four decades ago when I participated in a particular organization which likewise set a false date for the Return of Jesus Christ, I have a good idea regarding how many of his followers will choose to react. Allow me to share with you a few excerpts from some of my articles. In part two of my 2010 series entitled "2012 - New Age Deception And Psychobabble" I note the following:

This is a common reaction with cults and other manipulative groups. In other words, when a leader is exposed as a false prophet, the more dedicated followers will simply forgive him for his blunders, wash over his mistakes, and they will continue to place their faith in his writings, until the time arrives for them to purchase his next book, which many of them will gladly do.

In part nine of my 1997 twenty-part series "Nature of the Alien : ET's, Demons or a Government Plot?" I also state the following:

As I already said, we have heard of similar predictions like these for decades, from many self-proclaimed prophets, seers, psychics and contactees. Every single one of them has failed. Of course, as is usually the case, the leader offers a vague explanation which satisfies the most devoted followers, and they continue living in their state of delusion. Sometimes, the date for the predicted UFO landing is moved up, or else the followers are told that by our own decisions, we humans have helped to change the course of events. This is exactly what occurred with the Nibiru prediction. Supposedly, Nibiru was going to arrive in 2003; now it is 2012, according to a few websites that I have visited.

In short, a plausible excuse for failure is always provided. The psychic, prophet, seer or channeler must maintain their credibility with their followers at all cost; and the blind followers are usually quick to forgive their leader. I speak from personal experience, and have observed this firsthand. So these people who make predictions of massive UFO landings on a certain date, or who say that Jesus will be coming back in a particular year, or who claim that such-and-such will happen on a specified date, are committing a grave mistake; and it may in fact end up being their own grave, if they are proven to be wrong.

So while some of Harold Camping's current followers are no doubt very disappointed, confused, wondering what to do, and in some cases are no doubt contemplating the abandoning the man -- if they haven't already done so -- nevertheless, there will be a core group of followers who will maintain undying faith in Camping's words and predictions, because they are just that deceived, and absolutely nothing will persuade them otherwise.

For those who do choose to leave Camping's fold, I feel very sorry for them; because while they are making the right choice to do so, I also know from personal experience that they will continue to be affected by Harold Camping's teachings for years to come, and they will be plagued with doubts and confusion. They will in fact be forced to forsake a lot of their mistaken ideas and beliefs, and will have to rebuild their faith in -- and understanding of -- God's Word, from the foundation, through a careful examination of the Scriptures. This will not be an easy task for some of them, because cult indoctrination is an extremely powerful thing to overcome. In my case, it took me a full ten years to pretty much rid myself of my doubts, confusion and most of my mistaken ideas. Allow me to share with you an excerpt from my 1997 three-part series "Heaven's Gate, Suicide And Other Death Cults":

It is an established fact that in order for an individual to become a happy, successful and productive member of any type of regimented society, group or organization, such as the aforementioned cults, he must first be willing, or perhaps be induced, to surrender his free will for the supposed good of the whole. In other words, he must be transformed into an obedient member of the collective whole. One of the initial stages in this subtle process is to convince the new recruit that his former value system and/or frame of reference is wrong. To accomplish this, the new recruit is first made to doubt the validity of his old way of thinking by showing him its inherent flaws and weaknesses. To prove this point, the recruiter may point to the current dismal state of society, and attribute it to following the old way of thinking. Much of what the recruiter says will indeed be true, and the new member will find himself readily agreeing with much of the recruiter's words. At this point of the process, a bridge of trust has begun to form.

At the same time, the new member is made to question his own self worth. He will be constantly reminded of his own human imperfections in order to further weaken his resistance. The recruiter will paint himself as a friend whose only interest is to save the new member from the error of his old ways of thinking and doing things, and thus invoke appreciation from the new member. In short, a power struggle is underway in which the recruiter is slowly seeking to dominate the will of the new member.

While all of this is occurring, the new recruit is likewise being slowly bombarded with the new doctrine, so that the old frame of reference is forgotten, and replaced by the new. It is similar to a form of mental rewiring, or brainwashing, if you prefer. Any manifestation of doubt, or resistance, by the new recruit is looked upon as potential disobedience and even disloyalty and is immediately brought to the attention of the new recruit, usually in a subtle, intimidating manner. Being as he wants to please his new spiritual masters, and show his worthiness, the new member will amend his ways, thus further diminishing his ability to think on his own. Of course, so that the new member doesn't become overly discouraged by the constant reprimands during the initial stages of this subtle process, he is also constantly reminded that he is chosen and special, and a part of a small elite group called either by God, his country, or the superiors of his organization. In short, the recruit's desire to belong to something, and to be accepted, is fulfilled, and he acquires a true sense of loyalty.

Eventually, after days, weeks or months, depending upon the character of the individual, the process is complete, and the member loses all free will, and becomes totally dependent on the recruiter for both his spiritual and material needs. He has acknowledged his own lowly state, and is thankful to even be a part of the movement, society or organization. He's also aware that his continued participation in the organization is conditional upon his willingness to remain submissive. At the same time, a double-psychology is brought into play whereby the new member is made to feel that in spite of the physical privations or psychological hardships he may have to endure, (even though the leaders may actually live quite well off in some cases), to leave the group would be equivalent to total failure on his or her part.

In the case of religious cults and organizations, quite often the new member is made to feel that to fail the organization, or the group leader, is equivalent to failing God; and living with the conscience of having failed God, or at least with the belief of having failed God, is difficult for anyone to bear. Religious organizations and churches refer to this "betrayal" of the faith as backsliding. A person who has been a victim of heavy indoctrination by a religious cult, and then chooses to leave, or manages to escape, can sometimes take many years to overcome the influence of the group; and sometimes they never do. As I noted earlier, while most people have the impression that thirty-nine members of the Heaven's Gate UFO cult died as a result of their death pact, the truth is that forty-one members actually died. Two of them chose to take their lives later; apparently believing that they had failed their leader and missed the boat on March 26, 1997; which is the day that the thirty-nine bodies were discovered in Rancho Santa Fe.

So as I was saying, the new member becomes just another part of the collective whole, and would never doubt that his older brothers, elders, superiors or whatever they call themselves, have his best interests at heart. From this moment forward, and once the indoctrination and brainwashing process has been completed, the new recruit's entire objective will be to do as he is told, and to simply be an obedient submissive member who will do his best to please his new masters, and carry on the work of the organization. After all, he doesn't want to acquire the reputation of being a troublemaker, and face the danger of excommunication. If he proves himself, with time, he may even find himself moving up in the ranks and becoming responsible for other members below him. He may acquire the status of being an "older brother", or possibly a leader.

Given enough time, the desire to please and impress the cult leader can become excessive and reach a dangerous level. Cult fanaticism reveals itself in different ways. It may involve performing special deeds, such as having sex with the cult's leader, or engaging in heroic acts, such as being willing to die for the belief system of the group, or perhaps even to die in the line of duty in order to protect the cult leader himself. This has become known as the "martyr syndrome"; that is, being willing to die for a cause, or for a person, as a means to demonstrate one's worthiness, or even to convince oneself that one is truly worthy. In some cases, as we have seen, it stems from self-doubt and an inferiority complex which has been slowly instilled in the new recruit over the years by those who are seeking to dominate him.

In short, please pray for those people who choose to leave Harold Camping's misguided cult. They will require all of the spiritual support that they can get.

 

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KJV - King James Version - Bible Verse List - God's Love For Us

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 8:38-39, KJV

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:9, KJV

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16, KJV

"Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren."
1 John 3:16, KJV

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8, KJV

"Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him."
Psalms 103:13, KJV

"It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."
Lamentations 3:22-23, KJV


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Final Thoughts On False Prophet Harold Camping's May 21, 2011 Prediction

I wanted to share some final thoughts regarding the misguided, false prophet Harold Camping and his false May 21, 2011 prediction.

In writing about the Gifts of Tongues and the interpretation of Tongues, in his first Epistle to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul wrote the following:

"For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?"
1 Corinthians 14:8, KJV

A visitor remarked in our Endtime Prophecy Net Chatroom that even though Harold Camping was wrong, his trumpet "was heard round the world, and it lasted for days!".

While that may be true, what good did it do? How did it inspire belief in our Christian faith? It didn't. In fact, as I noted earlier, it did the exact opposite. In short, Harold Camping didn't just make an uncertain sound -- as Paul writes above -- he in fact made a FALSE sound, a sound which can result in confusion and uncertainty amongst the flocks of the Lord!

We all need to be very careful that we don't seek to justify or cover up when our fellow Christian brethren make such public mistakes which seriously harm our faith. As the Apostle James informs us:

"Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins."
James 5:19-20, KJV

Jesus didn't hesitate to call out and expose the false prophets in His day, and we shouldn't be afraid to do the same thing today either; particularly when their mistake can have such a profound negative effect on the overall perception of our faith. As Jesus said:

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
Matthew 7:15-20, KJV

I am not saying that Harold Camping is a ravening wolf in sheep's clothing; he may in fact be a very sincere, dedicated Christian man; but he was very wrong nevertheless.

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Bibi's Hardball Tactics Barely Bother Obama's 1967 Borders Vision

In a clear sign that Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu's hardball tactics had barely phased him, and much less moved him from his position, U.S. President Barack Obama bounced back on Sunday by delivering a speech to the powerful pro-Israel lobby American Israel Public Affairs Committee -- or AIPAC -- in which he reiterated his belief that any final settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians must center around the pre-1967 borders, along with land swaps, where required.

As I noted in a previous post, despite the mass media fire that has been directed at Mr. Obama -- instigated no less by the Republicans and other pro-Israel supporters -- the truth of the matter remains that President Obama has not stated anything that hasn't been said by -- or at least understood by -- American presidents who have preceded him. In other words, as Obama himself said on Sunday "What I did on Thursday was to say publicly what has long been acknowledged privately."

So it seems then, that what this Republican-led hullabaloo is really all about, is acquiring the Jewish vote in the upcoming U.S. presidential campaign, plain and simple. In order to do that, the Republicans must demonstrate to American Jews that Obama is not their friend, while the Republicans are. Obama's current position regarding the pre-1967 borders is a powerful tool which the Republicans will now try to use to convince them of that very thing.

As I have said before -- and make very clear in some of my articles on the Endtime Prophecy Net website -- while I am strongly opposed to some of President Obama's other positions, I have to admire the man for his guts. He has been willing to say what no other recent president has been willing to publicly declare. The question now is: What price will Obama pay for his boldness and honesty? Will it cost him a second term, or are Americans -- particularly American Jews -- pragmatic enough to realize that Obama is on the right course?

But let us be realistic here. While the United States has for a long time been Israel's chief defender, the storm clouds are gathering, and even President Obama may not be able to prevent what is coming next; that is, a declaration and recognition of Palestinian statehood at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly in September. With that in mind, next week at the G20 -- Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors -- economic summit in Paris, President Obama will attempt to convince America's European friends that supporting just such a declaration is not advisable. Clearly, the U.S. president is going to face an uphill battle.

So exactly how have the Palestinians been reacting to the latest boxing match between Israel's Netanyahu and America's Obama? Muted but firm is probably the best way to describe it. As I explain in "Palestinian Quest For Statehood and UN Resolution 377", the Palestinians have clearly set their sight on the United Nations General Assembly. It should come as no surprise to us then that when asked for his opinion, longtime Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat remarked by telephone "I am waiting to hear from Prime Minister Netanyahu. Does he accept the doctrine of two states on the 1967 line with agreed swaps or not? Before we hear that acceptance, we are just grinding water."

Mr. Netanyahu needs to come to his senses and demonstrate a little humility before it is too late.

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Exasperated Netanyahu Drives Final Nail Into Coffin of Obama's Middle East Peace Plan

No doubt you have already seen the photos that were released regarding Friday's meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama. Between Netanyahu's cold, angry stare, and Obama's tense, reciprocal glare, I don't know which was worse. Considering the obvious animosity which exists between the two leaders, not to mention their diametrically opposed viewpoints regarding how to move forward in the so-called Middle East peace process, I honestly don't know how they even managed to remain in the same room with each other, much less sit down to a meal together, and hold two hours plus of discussions. The atmosphere must have been absolutely electric. I would imagine that most of that expensive food was left uneaten. Who could possibly peacefully eat under such conditions, while your worst critic is sitting across the table from you? Then again, most politicians are pros when it comes to civility, political correctness and diplomacy. They will smile for the cameras, even while they are holding their breath and gritting their teeth.

Since President Obama gave his much-anticipated speech last Thursday, criticism has indeed been strong. Powerful Republican politicians, as well as many other American pro-Israel supporters, have been quick to pounce on President Obama, due to his firm stance regarding what he believes must be done in order to achieve peace in the Middle East. The position he has adopted is obviously not popular with these people, and never has been, but what other fair, equitable solutions are there? Continued occupation is not an option. Neither is a Palestinian State that is so divided in a physical and geographical sense that it isn't really even a state, and thus cannot function properly.

Many people no doubt realize that returning to some semblance of the pre-1967 borders may be the only solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it is a very bitter pill to swallow for Jews and pro-Israel supporters alike. That is why no one is currently offering to lead the way, other than Obama himself, and his supporters within his administration. Obviously, that does not include Dennis B. Ross, who is Israel's favorite American son and loyal mouthpiece.

While the liberal, pro-Jewish press has been quick to heap scathing criticism upon Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not received equal treatment. So I must ask, why not? It should be clear to everyone by now that Netanyahu has driven the last nail into the coffin of the Middle East peace process. He drew a very firm line in the sand when he declared the following points:

1. he will never accept pre-1967 borders.

2. he will never recognize the Palestinian right of return.

3. he will never deal with the Palestinian government as long as Hamas is a part of it.

Based on those remarks, going forward, it is an illusion and a deception to even refer to it as the Middle East peace process. Don't kid yourself. There is no peace process. It is dead in the water, and has been for some time now. The Palestinians obviously realize this, which is why they now intend to approach the United Nations General Assembly in September. The Israeli leadership habitually says that they have no peace partner. It seems to me that based on Netanyahu's remarks, the Palestinians have the right to say the very same thing. As long as both sides are so adamant in their positions, any form of further discussion is absolutely futile at this point. It would just be more years of fruitless, empty talks which contain no real substance, and which would lead to nothing concrete.

So what comes next?

If it weren't for the one remaining hope -- perhaps a false hope -- that the Palestinians have in the United Nations General Assembly, I wouldn't hesitate to say that the potential exists for a sudden, steep climb in the level of violence against Israel. In retrospect, intifada number one and intifada number two might be insignificant compared to what a third intifada might be like; because it would be fueled by a total loss of hope on the part of the Palestinians.

If thousands of Palestinians were willing to mass on Israel's borders a week ago -- even at the risk of facing death -- imagine if many thousands more did the same thing, or worse. If the Tunisians, the Egyptians, the Syrians, the Yemenis and the Bahrainis have been willing to rise up against oppression, why not the Palestinians? Who knows. If they don't get what they want from the United Nations come September, anything could happen, and probably will.

I am reminded of some verses that were written by the Old Testament Prophet Zechariah where he writes the following:

"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 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. 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, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn . . . In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness."
Zechariah 12:2-3, 8-10, 13:1, KJV

While certain modern Bible teachers claim that the previous verses are describing our current time, and the situation in the Middle East, I am not so certain of this. I am more inclined to believe that they are referring to the time of the Roman occupation during the First Century, and more specifically, to the siege against Judah and Jerusalem in 70 AD by Roman General Titus -- the son of Emperor Vespasian -- which I discuss in a number of my articles.

There are two key hints in the previous verses which make me believe that this is so. These hints appear to be prophecies concerning the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and the spiritual Salvation which would result from His Death.

Please notice that Zechariah states "and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn." In my view, that clearly seems to be a prophecy concerning the sufferings of Christ.

Zechariah also writes that "there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness". As all Christians realize, there is only one fountain, or one source, for cleansing us from our sins and uncleanness, and that is Jesus Christ. As Jesus Himself stated in the Gospel of John:

"Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."
John 4:10-14, KJV

But my point in sharing the verses from the Book of Zechariah with you is to say this: Just as Jerusalem became a burdensome stone and a major problem for the Romans due to the belligerence of the Jews -- so much so that the Romans ultimately smashed Jerusalem to bits in 70 AD -- modern Israel and Jerusalem once again weigh heavily on the minds of many politicians, both in America and abroad. Despite effort after effort, the years and decades pass, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains unresolved, and the level of hostility towards Israel continues to grow. Benjamin Netanyahu is certainly not doing his nation a favor by publicly displaying such belligerence and obstinacy. He is an incorrigible hawk who is set in his ways, and he needs to move out of the way before it is too late.

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