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LTN: As you know, the Islamic caliphate promised at the inception of the Muslim Brotherhood- founded in Egypt in 1928- has come full circle back to Egypt. Keep your eye on Hamas in Gaza and the way the world continues to spin the battles against Israel. Be sure to read Psalm 83; Dan 7-12; and Rev 11-19 for background info.

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Turkey And Iran Just Agreed To Play The Peace Brokers (Get Ready For The Seven Year False Peace Treaty)

By Walid Shoebat

The two regional powers, Turkey and Iran just met today to announce it is ‘peace in our times’ and a great era for ‘deals’. Yesterday the news said that Turkey and Saudi Arabia allied against Iran regarding Yemen. We said that tomorrow Turkey will ally with Iran against Saudi Arabia. Today is that ‘tomorrow’. 

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Last year we wrote: “We can already see, as we predicted at Shoebat.com, that Turkey and Iran will unite, despite their differences on Syria or that there is a Shiite-Sunni divide in the region.” And today, there is Erdogan with Rouhani on their way to consummate their marriage at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran right after the recent divorce with Erdogan’s aging lover, Saudi Arabia, which sent her emissary, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Interior Minister Prince Mohammad bin Nayef al-Saud flying just prior to Erdogan’s new wedding with Rouhani.

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The Prince, of course, was begging for attention since Erdogan’s aged lover, Saudi,  fears her lovers are abandoning her one after the other. Now the two new lovers are holding hands, focusing on stopping the Shiite-Sunni divide while declaring to be the peacemakers in the region. Everything is going according to what has been foretold. 

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While analysts thought that the Shiite Sunni divide will cause a rift between Turkey and Iran (they still do think that way), the Bible said that these two will unite (Ezekiel 38, Revelation 13). The Bible wins again and the analysts lose.

Source: http://shoebat.com/2015/04/07/turkey-and-iran-just-agreed-to-play-the-peace-brokers-get-ready-for-the-seven-year-false-peace-treaty/

Crime and Punishment: A Biblical Perspective

Originally posted on PMI Center for Biblical Studies:

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Stephen McDowell

Crime is rampant throughout the world. Different nations combat crime in different ways with varying degrees of success. To properly deal with crime in society, we must first understand what causes crime. The Bible teaches that crime is caused by evil in men’s hearts.

And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  (Gen 6:5) 

The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. (Gen 6:11)

The fall of man brought about corruption in the heart of man, which manifested itself externally with violence, murder, theft, and all manner of criminal behavior. God established civil government in the earth as the means of restraining evil doers and protecting law-abiding citizens (Genesis 9:6; Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-14). It was given the use of the…

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Why Ashkenazi Jews Are Not Descended From Khazars — and What It Means

Gen 12:2-3 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: (3) And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Rev 2:9  I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

(Haaretz) — The claim that today’s Ashkenazi Jews are descended from Khazars who converted in the Middle Ages is a myth, according to new research by a Hebrew University historian.

The Khazar thesis gained global prominence when Prof. Shlomo Sand of Tel Aviv University published “The Invention of the Jewish People” in 2008. In that book, which became a best seller and was translated into several languages, Sand argued that the “Jewish people” is an invention, forged out of myths and fictitious “history” to justify Jewish ownership of the Land of Israel.

Now, another Israeli historian has challenged one of the foundations of Sand’s argument: his claim that Ashkenazi Jews are descended from the people of the Khazar kingdom, who in the eighth century converted en masse on the instruction of their king. In an article published this month in the journal “Jewish Social Studies,” Prof. Shaul Stampfer concluded that there is no evidence to support this assertion.

“Such a conversion, even though it’s a wonderful story, never happened,” Stampfer said.

Stampfer, an expert in Jewish history, analyzed material from various fields, but found no reliable source for the claim that the Khazars – a multiethnic kingdom that included Iranians, Turks, Slavs and Circassians – converted to Judaism. “There never was a conversion by the Khazar king or the Khazar elite,” he said. “The conversion of the Khazars is a myth with no factual basis.”

As a historian, he said he was surprised to discover how hard it is “to prove that something didn’t happen. Until now, most of my research has been aimed at discovering or clarifying what did happen in the past … It’s a much more difficult challenge to prove that something didn’t happen than to prove it did.”

That’s because the proof is based primarily on the absence of evidence rather than its presence – like the fact that an event as unprecedented as an entire kingdom’s conversion to Judaism merited no mention in contemporaneous sources.

“The silence of so many sources about the Khazars’ Judaism is very suspicious,” Stampfer said. “The Byzantines, the geonim [Jewish religious leaders of the sixth to eleventh centuries], the sages of Egypt – none of them have a word about the Jewish Khazars.”

The research ended up taking him four years. “I thought I’d finish in two months, but I discovered that there was a huge amount of work. I had to check sources that aren’t in my field, and I consulted and got help from many people.”

Stampfer said his research had no political motives, though he recognizes that the topic is politically fraught.

“It’s a really interesting historical question, but it has political implications,” he said. “As a historian, I’m naturally worried by the misuse of history. I think history should be removed from political discussions, but anyone who nevertheless wants to use history must at least present the correct facts. In this case, the facts are that the Khazars didn’t convert, the Jews aren’t descendants of the Khazars and the contemporary political problems between Israelis and Palestinians must be dealt with on the basis of current reality, not on the basis of a fictitious past.”

Sand had tied the Khazar issue directly to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, telling Haaretz in 2008 that many Jews fear that wide acceptance of his thesis would undermine their “historic right to the land. The revelation that the Jews are not from Judea [ancient Israel] would ostensibly knock the legitimacy for our being here out from under us … There is a very deep fear that doubt will be cast on our right to exist.”

Stampfer believes the persistence of the Khazar conversion myth attests to researchers’ reluctance to abandon familiar paradigms.

“Those who believed this story – and they are many – usually didn’t do so for malicious reasons,” he says. “I tell my students that the only thing I want them to remember from my classes is the need to investigate and ask – to investigate whether the arguments they hear are credible, reasonable and well-founded.”

Source: http://forward.com/articles/200825/why-ashkenazi-jews-are-not-descended-from-khazars/#ixzz3VggIKXCU

Overview of Sharia Law

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Shari’a is an Arabic word meaning “path” or “way.” Today the term is used most commonly to mean “Islamic law,” the detailed system of religious law developed by Muslim scholars in the first three centuries of Islam and still in force among fundamentalists today.

Shari’a tries to describe in detail all possible human acts, dividing them into permitted (halal) and prohibited (haram). It subdivides them into various degrees of good or evil such as obligatory, recommended, neutral, objectionable or forbidden. This vast compendium of rules regulates all matters of devotional life, worship, ritual purity, marriage and inheritance, criminal offenses, commerce and personal conduct. It also regulates the governing of the Islamic state and its relations to non-Muslims within the state as well as to enemies outside the state. Shari’a influences the behavior and worldview of most Muslims, even in secular states where it forms no part of the law of the land.

Islam teaches that shari’a, as God’s revealed law, perfect and eternal, is binding on individuals, society and state in all its details. By logical extension, any criticism of shari’a is heresy. Muslims who deny the validity of shari’a in any way are labeled as non-Muslims (infidels) or apostates (those who convert to another religion) by traditionalists and Islamists. As such, they face the threat of being prosecuted for apostasy, a crime that carries the death penalty in shari’a.

The mandates of shari’a are extremely harsh compared to modern Western standards. They infringe on many modern principles of human rights, religious freedom, and equality of all before the law. For example:

Hudud punishments are the severe penalities prescribed by shari’a for offenses defined as being against God himself. The punishments for these crimes are seen as divinely ordained and cannot be changed by humans. These include 100 lashes or stoning to death as punishment for adultery; 80 lashes for false accusation of adultery; amputation of limbs for theft; 40 or 80 lashes for drinking alcohol; imprisonment, amputation or death (by crucifixion in serious cases) for highway robbery; and the death penalty for apostasy from Islam. Methods of execution for apostasy can include decapitation, crucifixion, burning, strangling, drowning, impaling, and flaying. Apostates are denied a decent burial after their deaths, and the Muslims who participate in killing them are promised an eternal reward in paradise.

Discrimination on the basis of religion is fundamental to shari’a. By religious edict, Islam must be dominant; only Muslims are considered to be full citizens. Jews and Christians are defined as dhimmis (literally “protected” i.e. permitted to live). However this protection is on condition that they do not bear arms, know their lowly place in society, treat Muslims with respect, and pay a special poll tax (jizya).

Shari‘a divides the world into two opposing domains: the House of Islam (Dar al-Islam) and the House of War (Dar al-Harb). Muslims are supposed to wage jihad to change the House of War (where non-Muslims are dominant) into the House of Islam, dominated by Muslims. While some modern Muslims reject this aggressive understanding of jihad, and see it merely as a strengthening of personal faith, most agree that jihad includes defending Muslim territory and Muslims from any form of aggression; this leaves the door open to interpreting any conflict involving Muslims as a case of defensive jihad. Islamic terror groups justify their atrocities by references to the shari’a rules on jihad.

Shari’a discriminates on the basis of gender. Men are regarded as superior. Women are treated as deficient in intelligence, morals and religion, and must therefore be protected from their own weaknesses. Shari’a rules enforce modesty in dress and behavior and the segregation of the sexes. These regulations place women under the legal guardianship of their male relatives. Women are inherently of less value than men in many legal rulings. A man is allowed up to four wives, but women can have only one husband. A man can divorce his wife easily; a woman faces great obstacles should she want a divorce from her husband. A daughter inherits half as much as a son, and the testimony of a female witness in court is worth only half that of a male witness. In cases of murder, the compensation for a woman is less than that given for a man.

Shari’a courts often display a clear gender bias. This is seen in the widespread practice of accusing rape victims of illicit sexual relations (zina), an offense which carries punishments ranging from imprisonment and flogging to death by stoning.

Female genital mutilation is widespread among some Muslim communities, especially in Egypt, East Africa, Yemen, and Indonesia. Many Muslim leaders see the practice as essential for preserving women’s chastity on which family honor largely depends.

In shari’a there are differences between the various schools of law as to the extent of what a woman may reveal in public. The Hanafi and Maliki schools of law permit face and hands to be revealed in public, thus there is no need for a veil over the face. Among Hanbalis there are two opinions, some permitting the revealing of face and hands, others forbidding it. The Shafi‘is demand that a woman’s face and hands be covered in public, thus demanding some kind of veil over her face.

Both Qur’an and hadith urge modesty in women’s dress and command them to cover themselves in public. The problem is a matter of interpretation of the original Arabic words used.

Most Sunni Muslims believe shari‘a to be completely unchangeable, althoughShi’as allow for the possibility of interpreting and adapting it to new circumstances. Since the nineteenth century, there have been efforts at reforming shari’a in a liberal direction in order to accommodate it to the modern world, but in the contemporary Muslim world, the traditionalists and especially the Islamists — upholders of the traditional view of shari’a — are now dominating public opinion.

Of particular concern for Americans are cases where Muslim litigants seek — sometimes successfully — to have their cases in U.S. courts decided by principles of Sharia law. As of May 2011, the Center for Security Policy (CSP) had identified 50 examples in 23 states “where Muslim-Americans had their cases decided by Sharia Law against their will.” In one case, a Trial Court judge had ruled based on Moroccan Sharia law, even though those involved were not Moroccans or even Muslims. In Tampa, Forida, a judge had ruled that a dispute between two Muslim parties would be solved in accordance with Sharia, overruling the objections of one party. And in a notorious New Jersey case, a judge had exonerated a Muslim man of raping his wife because Sharia allowed him to do so. (The ruling was later overturned.) The 50 instances cited by CSP represented just a fraction of the total number of such cases.

Adapted mostly from “What Is Shari’a?” (published by the Barnabas Fund, January-February 2007).

Is ISIS in Psalm 83?

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By Bill Salus

A 3000 year old prophecy written in the book of Psalms appears to be alarmingly close to finding its final fulfillment. Psalm 83 identifies a 10-member coalition comprised of the Arab territories that mostly share common borders with Israel.Psalm 83:4 informs that this formidable alliance wants to destroy the Jewish state and banish the name of Israel once and for all. Psalm 83:6-8 provides the Old Testament identity of these belligerents, which could also include notable terrorist organizations like Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS and more.

ISIS is the acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. “ISIS” is also known as “IS,” which simply means the Islamic State and “ISIL,” which stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The term ISIL, was adopted by the group after making sweeping territorial gains in Northern Syria and Northern Iraq. The subsequent name change implied that the organization would seek further regional advances.

The Levant is a term that generally identifies the greater Middle East region, which includes Syria, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and parts of the Sinai, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Coincidentally, all of these territories appear to be involved in the prophecy of Psalm 83. A simple Google search comparing ISIS to ISIL evidences that ISIS is clearly the more popularized name between the two.

Some prophecy pundits are beginning to connect the dots between Psalm 83:8, which alludes to the ancient territory of Assyria, and ISIS. Listed below and explained afterward, are several reasons that this connection might be justified.

– The Ancient Territory of Assyria: The swaths of territory now in the possession of ISIS, closely resembles the lands controlled by Assyria at the time that the Psalm was authored.

– The Dominant Role of Assyria in Psalm 83: Assyria appears to play a dominant role within the Psalm 83confederacy.

– The Assyrian-Jordanian Connection: The Psalm makes a definite connection between Assyria and Jordan, which is possibly the next country that ISIS will seek to invade.

– The True Jordanian Descendants: The current ruling Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, has not directly descended from the Ammonites, Moabites and Edomites. These three peoples are the true indigenous ancestors of the Jordanians today. Therefore, Jordan’s current regime may be ousted prior to the fulfillment of Psalm 83.

Before explaining the potential prophetic implications of the list above, it is important to note that ISIS could fade off of the world scene as suddenly as it emerged. The summer of 2014, caught the world by surprise, as this relatively unknown terrorist organization called ISIS quickly rose to prominence in the Middle East. However, ISIS could wind up being like the Muslim Brotherhood or the Hamas, which in times past have dominated the news, but now can scarcely command a back page news story.

EXPLORING THE ISIS and PSALM 83 CONNECTIONS

The Ancient Territory of Assyria

Probably the most interesting possible connection between ISIS of today, and Psalm 83 of yesterday, is the ancient territory of Assyria. When Psalm 83 was penned about 1000 B.C., Assyria mainly encompassed Northern Syria and Northern Iraq. Although the Assyrian Empire expanded significantly a few centuries later when it conquered Damascus in 732 B.C. and the Northern Kingdom of Israel in 722 B.C., at the time that the Psalm was issued Assyria looked much like what ISIS presently possesses.

The Dominant Role of Assyria in Psalm 83

Within the Arab confederacy of Psalm 83, Assyria appears to play a most prominent role. Psalm 83:8 specifically says that Assyria joins with and helps Jordan in the Psalm 83 conflict. Presently, the Jordanian army represents one of the weakest members within the Psalm 83 confederacy. The Jordanian Armed Forces exist in a defensive capacity, and their primary goal is to maintain the supremacy over Jordan of the ruling Hashemite kingdom.

Below is a comparison of the army rankings of the other probable countries involved in Psalm 83. (i) This comparison doesn’t take into consideration that Hezbollah in Lebanon has about 100,000 missiles that are not included in Lebanon’s ranking. Nor, does it factor in the fighting power of ISIS in Syria’s or Iraq’s rankings. With the inclusion of these facts, the argument can be made that Jordan’s army will desperately need Assyria (perhaps ISIS) as an ally in this concluding Arab-Israeli war.

1. Egypt #13
2. Saudi Arabia #25
3. Syria #26
4. Jordan #67
5. Iraq #68
6. Lebanon #83

The Assyrian-Jordanian Connection

The point was made above that Assyria plays a dual role in Psalm 83. They fight against Israel alongside their Arab cohorts, but they also appear to closely align themselves with Jordan in the epic battle. The verse below says that Assyria joins with and helps the children of Lot, which represents Jordan. The children of Lot were Ammon and Moab. Today, Ammon represents Northern Jordan and Moab is associated with Central Jordan.

Assyria also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot. Selah (Psalm 83:8)

The Hebrew word for “joined” is “lavah,” and it can be translated as allied, or to stand with. In correlation, the Hebrew word for “helped” is “zeroa,” and it can mean a strong shoulder of support or armed forces. (ii) What Psalm 83 appears to be describing is Assyria becoming a strong ally of Jordan’s in the Psalm. They apparently not only align themselves with Jordan, but they somehow strengthen Jordanian forces in the fight.

This verse can be used to soundly debate those that teach that Psalm 83 is merely a prayer of lament on behalf of Israel against its historic enemies. Even though 2 Chronicles 29:30clearly states that Asaph, the author of Psalm 83, is a prophet, some Psalm 83 naysayers refuse to treat this Psalm as a prophecy. To the contrary, Psalm 83:8 clearly specifies that Assyria proactively enjoins with Jordan in this confederate effort. At no time in Israel’s history did this ever occur until Israel was rebirthed as a nation in 1948. In 1948, 1967, and 1973 Syria and Jordan were involved in wars alongside with other Arab countries to fight against Israel.

The True Jordanian Descendants

It is important to note that the current ruling regime in Jordan is of the Hashemite kingdom. The Hashemites are descendants of Ishmael, and not from Lot’s children, Ammon and Moab. This means that the Hashemites are, at best, distant cousins to the Ammonites and Moabites, and as such, they don’t necessarily have any ancestral territorial claims to the modern day country of Jordan. Ishmael is thought to have generally settled in the land, which best represents Saudi Arabia today.

Although the Ishmaelites are also listed among the Psalm 83members, Assyria does not join with and help them according to the prophecy. This might imply that King Abdullah II, the current Hashemite ruler of Jordan, may be deposed. Arab leaders being deposed or assassinated has become fairly commonplace since the inception of the Arab Spring in January of 2011. Gone are Mubarak of Egypt, Gaddafi of Libya, and Saleh of Yemen, just to name a few.

Presently, the true children of Lot appear to be integrated within the Palestinians. The Palestinians are a conglomeration of predominately Arab peoples, but Ammonite and Moabite descendants are among them. Approximately 60% of Jordan’s population is comprised of Palestinians and many of them are not supportive of the ruling Hashemite minority. In fact, some of them are pro-ISIS, because as Sunni Muslims they empathize with the plan of ISIS to establish a Sunni led Islamic Caliphate in the Levant.

Importantly, King Abdullah II is very troubled by ISIS. He believes that ISIS is a global terror threat and that Jordan could be the next country to be invaded by ISIS. The burgeoning terrorist organization has Jordan surrounded by Syria to the North and Iraq to the East. Jordan has received about 1.4 million refugees from the Syrian revolution and the ISIS crisis in Iraq. Some of these refugees are being recruited by ISIS.

It’s possible that the next military campaign of ISIS will be to invade Jordan. If they are successful they could possibly become aligned with the children of Lot as a dominant shoulder of strength in Psalm 83. Additionally, if they conquer Jordan they could technically take over defacto control of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Presently, the Waqf of Jordan maintains control of this holy site.

Is it conceivable that ISIS may someday takeover Jordan and subsequently target Jerusalem, which is the third holiest site in Islam? Zechariah 12:2 informs of a future time when the surrounding peoples will lay siege on Jerusalem. I believe this verse could be addressing the surrounding Arab confederacy of Psalm 83. Fortunately for Israel, Zechariah 12:6 predicts that the Israel Defense Forces will foil this attack.

According to Jeremiah 49:1-6, the country of Jordan will fight in a future war. However, the war that Jeremiah predicts is not waged between ISIS and Jordan, but appears to be fought between Jordan and Israel. We gather this from Jeremiah 49:2, which says:

Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will cause to be heard an alarm of war In Rabbah (Amman) of the Ammonites; It shall be a desolate mound, And her villages shall be burned with fire. Then Israel shall take possession of his inheritance,” says the LORD.

As a result of this war, Israel takes possession of his inheritance, which is the land within Jordan that promised to the Hebrew patriarch Abraham in Genesis15:18. This land rests between the Nile and Euphrates Rivers. The country of Jordan exists within these boundaries. This takeover should include the mountainous territory of Petra, in Southern Jordan, because Petra is where the Bible says the Messiah returns to rescue and redeem the faithful remnant of the Jews from the genocidal attempt of the Antichrist. Zechariah 13:8-9and Isaiah 63:1-5 provide the details about this end time’s episode.

Major events have been predicted concerning Jordan and Israel, and ISIS may be the catalyst that kicks things off.

Just saying…stay tuned..

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