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    March 30, 2015

    Obama Goes Full Throttle Anti-Israel

    When Obama took office in 2008 there was a great deal of concern that he would seek to destroy the US-Israel relationship. Fears of him having a bias against Israel subsided when he reaffirmed the strong ties that America had with the Jewish state. Obama even told the American Israel Public Affairs Conference that Jerusalem ought to remain an undivided capital.

    If Obama’s original objective was to turn America against Israel, he wouldn’t have been able to do it right away. Congress and the voters would have turned against him. What we’ve seen played out over the past seven years is the most logical strategy for someone seeking to erode the bonds between America and Israel. Here is a brief timeline that shows how the mood has changed:

    March 2009, The Obama Administration joined the United Nations Human Rights Council, which devoted excessive attention to alleged abuses by Israel and too little to abuses in places such as Darfur, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.”

    April 2010: Obama refuses to prevent the Washington summit on nuclear proliferation from becoming an Arab referendum on the evils of Israel’s nukes.

    May 2011: The State Department labeled Jerusalem not a part of Israel. The same month, Obama demanded that Israel make concessions to the Palestinians based on the pre-1967 borders.

    May 2013: Members of the Obama Pentagon, leak information that Israel attacked the Damascus airport to stop a shipment of weapons to terrorist groups. Obama officials actually had to apologize for this leak, since it endangered American lives.

    August 2014: In the middle of a shooting war, Obama stopped a weapons shipment to Israel. According to the Wall Street Journal, Obama found out that Israel asked the Defense Department for shipments of Hellfire missiles. Obama personally stepped in and blocked the shipments. [1]

    As far as 2015 goes, the anti-Israel rhetoric from Obama has gone off the scale. At this point in his presidency, Obama has abandoned all pretense of friendship with Israel. He is doing everything in his power to undermine that nation. Obama sent a campaign team to Israel to sway the election. He declared that the “occupation” of Palestinian land must end, and he is proposing to end the American veto block of UN Security Council resolutions that regularly condemns Israel.

    Anyone having doubts that Obama is a secret Muslim would only need to watch President Obama’s Nowruz message to the Iranian people. Since Nowruz is the traditional Iranian festival of spring and the start of the next calendar cycle, he found it necessary to wish the people of Iran a happy New Year.

    This is the same Iran that has another national holiday called “Death to America Day” on the 4th of November. It is also the same country that seeks to dominate the Middle East. It is pure insanity for our president to be blowing kisses to a nation that despises everything we value.

    We descended one more level into the world of the bizarre when Obama said he takes Iran’s supreme leader, Sayyid Ali Khamenei at his word, citing his fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons. Since the Koran gives justifications for Muslims to lie to their enemies, it’s foolish for any Western leader to trust an Islamic based-ruling. We don’t need to know that Khamenei is a liar to know his fatwa is worthless. I wouldn’t trust anyone speaking openly about the destruction of Israel:

    “It is the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map of the region.” (2002)

    “Israel is a hideous entity in the Middle East which will undoubtedly be annihilated.” (2010)

    “The great powers have dominated the destiny of the Islamic countries for years and… installed the Zionist cancerous tumor in the heart of the Islamic world… Many of the problems facing the Muslim world are due to the existence of the Zionist regime.” (2012) [2]

    Bible prophecy strongly indicates that Israel will be isolated in the last-days. We may soon see some event that will give Obama justification for ending all political and economic support of Israel. The possible causes are endless, but what is now certain is Obama’s anti-Israel reaction.

    Of course, our dear American president is playing with fire when he ignores God’s warning that all nations that curse Israel will be cursed by Him. His desire to make friends with Israel’s enemies makes God’s wrath all the more likely.

    “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:2-3).

    --Todd

    Endnotes
    [1] http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/03/20/a-complete-timeline-of-obamas-anti-israel-hatred/
    [2] http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Ali_Khamenei


    China's Prophetic Action

    Sino-American interaction--or perhaps better put, the lack of America's interaction--might have just taken on prophetic relevance. The nation, symbolized by the dragon, we know, will likely be one of the key players while rebellious mankind carries out the final acts of human history. There is some well-founded conjecture that China has made preparations to fire the powerful volley that could eventually prove to help bring America down as the greatest economic power on earth.

    The story has yet to take on major emphasis by mainstream news, but look for it to grow in the near future. The news is not insignificant.

    BEIJING -- At least 35 countries will join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) by the deadline of March 31, the bank's interim chief, Jin Liqun, said on Sunday. Currently, India, Indonesia and New Zealand have expressed interest in joining the bank, he told a conference in Beijing, following a request by Britain, France, Italy and Luxembourg to become founding members. "By deadline, (we believe) 35 countries, or more, will become founding members of the bank," he said. (Source: Reuters, 3/23/15)

    The Chinese government has been rumored for many months to be working to undermine U.S. top- nation economic status and the American dollar's position in the monetary world. That there is a grab by China to secure as much gold as possible is no secret. They are making deals with Russia and others for buying gas and oil, thereby, it is thought, working to marginalize U.S. involvement and influence. It is believed they are attempting to set up an economic system, which they would, of course, head--totally separate from American interaction.

    It is worrisome to many within the world of economics that China holds so much of America's debt. Fears are that their manipulation of a tremendous amount of U.S. Treasury bonds will one day be used to help crash America's economy.

    One concern that China is doing all it can to gather world economic power to itself is its reaching out to traditional enemies such as South Korea and Japan. The three nations met recently, ostensibly to work out territorial and diplomatic disputes. They agreed to continue to establish a trilateral series of meetings, and it is thought that the purpose of the meetings will be to secure stronger economic ties.

    The dragon nation has proven to be one that is among the worst in the area of human rights. Its many atrocities show the leadership is led and inspired by a dragon of even more virulence--the great, red dragon--Satan.

    Again, when considering the often-examined fact that America is mentioned nowhere in Bible prophecy, we must ask whether this current push by China to garner economic power at America's expense is yet another element of the end-times formula for bringing the U.S. down.

    China, of course, is also not mentioned by name in Bible prophecy. However, is there much room for doubt that the dragon nation is there by inference to the student who studies carefully?

    I believe that China as the major end-times prophetic nation from the Orient is presented primarily in two places in the book of Revelation. The first of the relevant passages is found in the ninth chapter:

    And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. (Revelation 9:13-16)

    The prophet John, through the prophecy given him by God, expanded upon the foretelling in chapter 16:

    And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. (Revelation 16:12-14)

    The king of the kings of the east–unless something very dramatic happens to change the configuration of things east of the Euphrates, has to be China. It could, by itself, have manned a two-hundred-million soldier army even as far back as the 1970s. Today, with the other nations of Asia and their massive populations, the two-hundred-million figure presents no problem at all so far as potential for fulfillment of the prophecy is concerned. And, certainly, China exerts hegemony over all of the other nations of its oriental sphere. Many within secular news media are beginning to recognize the same things those who watch Bible prophecy and current events have been recognizing for some time: China indeed looks like a major influence on factors that might bring about profound changes in the world.

    Ironically, it is America and its rapidly fading wealth that has in effect funded the outfitting of that massive army that will one day destroy one-third of the world's population.

    --Terry