Be Very Alert! No 287

Be Very Alert! – By Val Hollard (NZ)

On Watch at the Door                                         No 287, 20 May 2019

THE WAR AGAINST ISRAEL

   Persecution of Christians and persecutions of Jews are rising at a very rapid rate. Ramadan began with a bang when nearly 700 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel, killing four Israelis and injuring over 200. Israel fired back and hit more than 350 targets in Gaza, including terrorist leaders and officials. There is a ceasefire in place at the moment, but Netanyahu says the campaign isn’t finished.

   Not unexpectedly, many in the far left have supported the Gazans. Two Muslim congresswomen in the US have shown their support for Hamas and the other Gazan terrorists in their onslaught against Israel. In 2007, Hamas declared its intention to destroy America and called on Allah to annihilate every American.

   During Ramadan more bloodshed is expected because many Muslims believe that Allah gives exceptional rewards to martyrdom during this holy period. Terrorist groups have been making their annual call to arms. Jihad is described as “the best form of worship.” A web site is reporting on deaths and attacks during Ramadan. It says, “Fortunately, Islam is a religion of peace. Imagine what would happen if that was not the case!” There are a number of verses in the Qur’an commanding Muslims to spread Islam with the sword. Muhammad, the founder of Islam, was a terrorist. Former PLO leader Arafat once said, “’Peace’ for us, is the destruction of Israel.”

   In June, Trump expects to release his plan for peace in the Middle East. Whatever the plan is, it will not bring any lasting peace. The most it could do is to bring a temporary truce, a hudna, as the Muslims work out their next plan of attack to wipe Israel off the map and kill all Jews. They teach that the end will not come until all Jews are killed.

   One thing is clear: The Palestinians do not really want any sort of peace deal. If anyone gives them money they use it to reward martyrs. They want the whole land of Israel and want every Jew dead. This is Satan’s plan. If he can accomplish it he will prove the Bible and the God of the Bible false and Jesus won’t be able to fulfil prophecies and rule and reign from Jerusalem.

   However, we have the Word of God and know the ending. When the nations arise against her, Jerusalem will become an immovable rock. The leaders of Judah will be like a flaming torch among sheaves and they will consume all the surrounding peoples, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place (Zech 12:1-8)

IN BRIEF

   Morocco is sending 422 imams to Europe for religious guidance during Ramadan. In an effort to ensure the unity of their community and the preservation of their mosques abroad, scholars will be sent to France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, among other countries.

   Iran has ordered men to stop looking at women during Ramadan. The government also announced bans on eating in public and playing music in cars, as part of a new social crackdown. Anyone ignoring these instructions should expect some punishment, from fines to arrest and imprisonment, depending on the crime.

   In Sweden, Muslims are seeking foreign funding for a mega mosque in the municipality of Växjö to serve the dramatic increase in the Muslim population. It will hold at least 1,000 people.

   In the US, a district is urging teachers to bless Muslim students in Arabic, saying “Ramadan Mubarak” and adjust test schedules to suit Muslim students.

   An evangelical-backed philanthropic organization, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, has announced an effort to help every vulnerable synagogue in the world protect themselves as extremist attacks against synagogues and other places of worship are becoming all too frequent.

   Facebook has gone one step further than just banning certain Conservative commentators’ content on their website. They are promising to ban groups and individuals for merely sharing or linking to their content.

   Chinese officials have warned of the “enormous harm” Christianity poses on China’s security.

   When persecution comes, Christianity can spread: Iran’s intelligence minister has openly expressed concern about the spread of Christianity in Iran and said that some converts to Christianity were “summoned” to explain why they have converted. He blamed “evangelical propaganda.” Iran is experiencing one of the fastest evolving underground church movements in the world.

   Legislation proposed in the Canadian province of Ontario would criminalize public displays by Christians deemed hateful to Muslims, the LGBT community and other victim groups designated by the left.

   A recently released report issued by the British government indicates that roughly 80% of people who suffer for their faith are Christian. “Aggressive nationalism” and “ultra-nationalism” were cited as major driving factors of Christian persecution in Asia, such as in India, Burma, and China, where national identity and religious belief are seen as inseparable. The full report is due to be completed in June.

   Pastor Craig Gross, the founder of the XXXchurch in California, is a fan of weed and confesses to having developed a comfortable relationship with it and testifies that it has taken him to higher levels of worship. He intends to sell “Christian” branded marijuana products on his site. Liz Flaherty has responded and said that her use of marijuana ended as she yielded to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. She says, “I no longer could depend on weed to comfort me, to alleviate my mental health issues, or satisfy my need for (counterfeit) spiritual experiences.”

   Jesus says that in the end times people will turn away from the faith as does Paul (Matt 24:10; 1 Tim 4:1). One of the latest to fall is Dave Gass, a former megachurch pastor in the US. He says he is walking away from the faith.

   America’s 10 largest cities are drowning in debt, with Chicago leading the way. According to an Office of the US Treasury, the government is just five years away from the point of no return before every single dollar the government borrows will go toward funding interest payment on the national debt.

   The phenomenon of elderly couples committing suicide together in nations where euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide is legally permitted appears to be on the rise. In 2018, nine elderly couples in the Netherlands died in this fashion.

AS IN THE DAYS OF LOT

   Jesus was certainly right when He said the end of the last days would be like the days of Lot. Christians must be strong and be prepared for great attacks on the Bible and be prepared to stand up for the truth of the Bible. More examples:

    A Baptist pastor has written in USA today that the Bible can’t be trusted and that the church must accept open LGBTQP members in order to survive.

   Time Magazine featured South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on their front cover and his “husband” with the caption “First Family.” He is a presidential candidate for the 2020 elections.

    Qantas airline is a main sponsor of the Wallabies. Its top boss, Alan Joyce, is a homosexual and supports same sex marriages. Qantas is considering pulling sponsorship if there are more controversial statements regarding homosexuality, such as with Israel Folau.

   Sex with children has become big business in America. Children and young girls, some as young as 9-years-old, are being bought and sold for sex. The average age for a young woman being sold for sex is now 13 years old.

   A British judge has given his approval to the foster parents of a transgender child who “transitioned” to their new gender at just three-years-old. The parents already had a seven-year-old biological child who had changed their gender from boy to girl just months earlier.

   A British Columbia Supreme Court Justice has found the father of a 14-yr-old girl guilty of “family violence” because he referred to his daughter by her actual gender in public interviews. The father was trying to persuade her to abandon taking male hormones. There is a real fear that children may be removed from their families if the parents do not approve of their chosen sex. This is happening elsewhere too.

   The leaders of both of Australia’s major political parties have agreed that gays don’t go to hell because of their sexual orientation. PM Scott Morrison is a Pentecostal Christian. Christian beliefs rose to extraordinary prominence in the final days of the campaign.  See the media for the results.

NZ IS BECOMING A WORLD LEADER IN ALL THINGS EVIL!

   We are making big strides in being a world leader in fake climate laws, anti-Israel, pro Islam, Chrislam, apostate churches, LGBT, cannabis legalisation, euthanasia, abortions, hate speech laws, a meth crisis, violence and probably others too. Time is running out for Christians to carry out the great commission!

   Police are seeking to arrest the person who left a Chick gospel tract about Islam and Muslims called ‘Men of Peace’ in mailboxes in Mt Roskill. A Sri Lankan woman complained to the police. The NZ Muslim Association president says he’s pleased the police are taking it so seriously. He says we must remember these are just fringe elements. Police are urging anyone with similar concerns to contact them.

   We are seeing an increased boldness of Muslims following the March 15 massacre in Christchurch. A Muslim woman has written an opinion piece in our Waikato Times. The woman who normally writes this column is seeking to make space for more Muslim women’s voices. Jumayah Ahmad writes, “We’re all brothers and sisters of humanity… [In the Al Noor mosque] we praise God Almighty, saying Allahu Akbar (God is the greatest).” Allah in no way resembles the God of the Bible, yet many thousands of New Zealanders, including politicians and professing Christians, now believe that Islam is a religion of peace. Allahu Akbar is frequently said by Muslim jihadists as they kill. As I said in the last Alert!, it is a blasphemous insult to the God of the Bible to equate Him with the pagan deity Allah.

   The government has released details on the 2020 cannabis referendum. It will be a simple Yes/No question. If the public endorses the legislation it would: Legalise personal use and purchase at age 20; only allow sale at a licensed premises; only allow consumption at a licensed premises or private property; would allow limited home-growing; ban all advertising for cannabis products.

   The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill has been introduced to Parliament. Biological methane emissions will be treated more softly. All other greenhouse gas emissions are to be reduced to “net zero” by 2050.

   In NZ, methamphetamine is still the drug of choice according to new police data from national wastewater testing. New Zealand is home to one of the most lucrative methamphetamine markets in the world. A kilo of meth worth US$1000 in Mexico will fetch up to $200,000 in New Zealand. The town of Kawerau has a population of 6,000, but the police say around 600 of them smoke meth.

My health: I’ve been having a bit of a traumatic time. I fainted while eating breakfast one morning and fell on to the floor – got hot and then shivered a lot – and still feel a bit faint now and then. I have other problems too. A big thank you to all those who are praying for me. God bless you.

EXTRA ITEMS:

Rugby: What happens next with Israel Folau legal case and how much will his absence hurt the Wallabies. Please pray for Folau, especially if it goes to the Supreme Court.

Prophecy Updates:
John Haller: https://www.youtube.com/user/KoinoniaABF
Jacob Prasch: https://www.youtube.com/user/57GotDrums/videos

Useful web sites:
Prophecy News Watch – http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/
Rapture Ready – http://www.raptureready.com/category/rapture-ready-news/
Watch – Bill Koenig White House correspondent – http://watch.org/?mcat=1
Worthy Brief – https://www.worthynews.com/
Understand the Times – Roger Oakland – http://www.understandthetimes.org/newsinreview/2028.shtml
Gatestone Institute – https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/
Lighthouse Trails – http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/
Jihad Watch – https://www.jihadwatch.org/
Apologetics Coordination Team – http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/ditcnews.htm
The Christian Post – Christian news.  https://www.christianpost.com/

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