A World War WILL break out as soon as Iran gets its nuclear bomb. Obama will either be forced to do something, or he will do nothing, in which case Iran will be free to attack Israel with nuclear weapons. Then you will have Hezbollah attacking Israel with rockets from southern Lebanon and terrorists firing rockets at Israel from Gaza. Who knows, by that time the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt may also want to get into the act and attack Israel. Either way, rough times are ahead for the Israelis. I wish them good luck. With Obama in the White House, they're going to need it.
I'm a big fan of Mark, but I agree with most of the other comments posted here. Netanyahu is dealing with strategic issues and military/political intelligence that Mark is not privy to. Clearly Netanyahu understands that he needs to husband what little co-operation and goodwill he can muster from Obama and use it wisely for he knows it is a very finite quantity. If there eventually is going to be a public break between Obama and Israel, it's in Israel's interests to have that occur after Iran has been dealt with.
I'm not really criticizing Levin after all he makes his living being an armchair quarterback. However when it comes down to being in on all the information and doing what's best for Israel short term and long term I'd go with Bibi's decisions. The truce between Bibi and Obama is a surface headline one but it still helps Bibi to make it appear Israel is co-operating especially after achieving one of their main goals. With the condemnation of the world on his shoulders he needs to let Obama's disapproval rest for awhile.
Unlike Obama I think Bibi knows what he is doing and I don't think he is stupid enough to play his hand.
I think Bibi still has to play kiss-butt with Obama, despite everything Mr. Levin says, because he (Bibi) does not want to be completely hung out to dry.
Israel and Iran know that these next 4 years present the most opportune time in world history for Islamists to eradicate Israel and the Jewish people once and for all.
Israel, take back the West Bank while you can.
Sometime within the next month, the self-sworn enemies of Israel (and all other religions and nations) will achieve their 20 thousandth (documented in the mainstream news) terrorist attack since 9/11/01.
During this time, the religion of war, hate, murder, slavery, rape and pedophilia has targeted every religion and tribe and tongue on the earth, even their own, even members of their own families.
I respectfully disagree with Mark on this one. He's being short sighted here. Natanyahu is in a re-election campaign had he gone into Gaza now it would have cost him the election, the left would have taken over and there is no saying where it would have gone from there.
To understand this you need to understand the Israeli mentality. While they like the war they hate the aftermath. During crises the population supports and even demand full scale action but once the mission is completed and the punditry and analysis begin they are quick to question whether the entire mission was necessary or worth it. The finger pointing begins and before you know it the leaders numbers tank.
Had Natanyahu gone in to Gaza his approval would have shot through the roof for exactly 5 days (if he's lucky) by the time it ended and things calmed down he would have lost the aromaticity support the opposition would have jumped on him and taken the election.
Natanyahu took the long term approach, weaken Hamas now, cease fire and yes let them regroup, it won't take long after the election for Hamas to begin round 10,59,600 or so once he is re-elected he'll do what he has to do.
Short term solutions may work as short term feel good moments but it takes away from the general objective, which is to finish them off once and for all and with a lefty government that would never happen.
I lived in Israel for nearly 6 years, I have large family and friends in Israel who I speak to on a daily basis, I have family who had to run out of town to avoid the rockets last week. What I'm saying is first hand information not something I concluded after reading and watching the news and blogs. it's the Israeli mindset.
I don't think that's so much an "Israeli" mindset so much as it's the way politics works, in general. The out-of-power parties cannot afford to let the head of state look like a winner. So after the standard, brief show of national solidarity (and for they cynics, it is ever only a show, even in times of great peril), then the long knives come out.
For the left, they come out quickly, with calumnies and loud protestation. (See Kennedy, Theodore, and his infamous "lie after lie after lie" rant.)
As a European and American diplomat, I can only second the insightful comments by Sheya. The over-energized but under-informed are calling for suicidal actions to be visited to others. Unfortunately, suicide is is multi-national in this world (as it has been in the past 600 years or so).
Leaders who go to war tend to get re-elected. If Bibi did in Gaza what we did in Iraq, then he would have a long running campaign, and the missiles would stop. Gaza, unlike Iraq, is not a sovereign country and lies within the borders of Israel. They should be treating Gaza as we would an insurection in any of our cities. Evacuate the civilians and restore order.
"Leaders who go to war tend to get re-elected"
That would be the conventional wisdom, but this rule has an exception and the exception is Israel. Bea in mind that Israel has been in constant war eve since it's existence. So for an Israeli PM to go to war doesn't make him/her a "wartime PM" because they all are. Israelis measure wars very different than we do. We measure it by whether we won or lost, Israelis measure it by how long have we had a calm period.
Interesting. From your post it seems you are saying that this is just more of the same. Do not the Israelis feel more pressure knowing that it is only a matter of time before Iran becomes nuclear?
I can understand the political ramifications that must be running through Netanyahu's mind, and his motivations for aquiescing, but surely the people must realize that today it is conventional rockets from Gaza, but next year it could be nuclear-tipped missles from Iran.
They do but as fa as the average Israeli is concerned it's two issues. While they know Ian is behind Hamas they still consider the fight against Hamas to be independent from the war with Iran.
The typical Israeli is in a consent fight with their inner feelings, it goes from being sick and tired, to fear, to wanting revenge, to fear again. That's their daily struggle.
On the one hand they want the Government to finish the job once and for all but on the other hand they fear the repercussions. They want to destroy Hamas but at the same time they want to live in peace. They don't wont to have to run out of town every couple of years, they don't want to run into bunkers.
So, when the war goes on, their defensive instincts emerge and they are all for it they support the Government and even want more. As the war goes on the fear kicks in and they begin worrying about the next attack, the next bus blowing up or the next pizza shop to blow up, they just want it to stop. So they suddenly are not sure whether they want the war to go on.
Ask an Israeli whether Israeli should attack Iran, they'll tell you on the one hand WE MUST yet on the other hand they fear Iran's retaliation. If Israel goes into Iran support for it will be very high at first but as soon as the emotions kick in it will quickly plummet.
it's basically a struggle between logic and fear. When they think logicically they support the war and with it the government but when the fear overpowers their emotions government support fades. That is one of the reasons the majority of Governments collapse and never make it through a complete term.
The right run on logic and the left run on fear and whichever mood the people are in at the given time that's the party that wins.
Besides fighting a war with Iran, Hamas, Hizbalah and everyone else, Natanyahu has to tread a fine line, it's a line between defending your peoples lives and balancing your people's emotions.
It's a tough life over there.
Honestly I don't think any human being can balance that line. Politicians are after all just that "politicians" and no matter how great a leader one is, bottom line politicians base their decisions on how it will effect them politically. This is not a dig at Natanyahu or any other politician. Some really care about their people but politics has a way of getting in the way, it's just natural.
So as much as I support Natanyahu, it is hard for me to say that he can really find a balanced approach, as a human being or a politician and he is both.
its the same now in the US. The left run on fear and the right run on logic. Obama has brougth that to our front doors here as well. If the left could just learn to be logical and live independently we would all have peace. I think it comes down to misery loved company. Why cant the miserable just learn to leave others out of their inner battles they fight with themselves.
It must be very difficult living like that. We here in America sitting in our safe comfortable homes have a tendency to not factor-in the emotional suffering and anxiety that Israelis must feel on a daily basis.
Your observations are very interesting indeed, thank you!
Would you say that Netayahu is the one politician able to thread that fine line between defending Israel and balancing the emotions of the people?
All the pieces continue to move into place.
My Pastor recently said, "There is nothing left that needs to happen in order for the Lord Jesus to return"... and I think that's a fair statement.
We must prepare our hearts and be right with the Lord anyway... but it looks like especially now more than ever before.
That depends on what you refer to as the bible.
I mean you no disrespect whatsoever. Also, I have read very little of the QP (above) content because after contemplating my own questions, I didn’t need to. And I’ve discovered that right answers are entirely irrelevant until you begin to ask the right questions. Please attempt to identify and break free of any religious paradigm so that you can honestly answer these:
Who testified to Paul’s conversion experience other than himself?
Why are his own testimonies inconsistent with each other?
Why does the voice he heard borrow a line from Dionysus (just after escaping from prison chains by means of an earthquake) in the pagan play, The Bacchae by Euripides-line 970?
How is it that Paul claims to have seen the Son in the wilderness after a stern warning had been given not to believe anyone reporting such a sighting?
Why is that experience inconsistent with any approach God has made to any man, but eerily similar to Constantine’s vision? (C’ blended Mithraism with Christianity)
Which Greek manuscripts escaped the filter of C’ and company?
Why would God’s son choose 12 ordinary men to change the world only to change his mind afterward and dramatically recruit one from the “offspring of vipers” to take up the task?
Why does nearly every reference to/quote from the scriptures by Paul obscure the original context?
Why is Paul willing to lie in order to be persuasive?
Why does Paul have disdain for God’s law (towrah – instructions, directions) in direct contradiction to what God, every prophet and the Son have said?
Did God redeem Israel from 300 years of Egyptian slavery only to inflict them with his own “slavery” and appoint a “taskmaster” over them forever?
Why did the Son point people to the “commandments”/Towrah throughout his ministry and declare unequivocally that the Towrah will not be diminished as long as the earth and sky remain?
I have listed (for myself) dozens more questions beyond Paul’s issues as well. Honest answers reveal that a grand deception has occurred. The most pertinent question I had to answer is why I chose to believe Paul instead of the Son for decades. I have experience seminary and acted as pastor all the while wondering when I would begin to know God instead of just believe in Him. The most important questions are: What does God love/hate/highly esteem? I want to reflect the same. I don’t mind telling you that today, I hate Paul passionately. But I have come to know God by name … the one most every bible omits around 7000 times for no other reason than revenue.
I wish you well, and encourage you to question more.
I am not one of those Christians who hasn't studied his bible. I have spent a fair amount of time in the Greek and Hebrew concordance verifying definitions and context.
There are many people who cannot grasp the spiritual aspects of what Paul taught. Many are just comfortable staying under bondage of the law, and cannot comprehend spriritual liberty.
The scriptures are constantly under attack, and many false prophets are in the world today. So many people have denied God's Word, or have cherry picked what they like and don't like.
I am aware of the history of the bible, how it was transcribed through the centuries, and how it has been translated. I have found the King James version to be the best study version, and many versions have perverted the original text.
I don't condemn others for their beliefs. Everybody has to determine for themselves what to believe, but the bible does warn of false prophets, and false doctrines, so watch out. It is important to know why you believe.
Type your comment here.Appendix II
Prophetic Chronology Chart
Yahweh’s Plan for Planet Earth—from “Day One” Forward
Basic Assumptions. (Caution: if I’m wrong about any of these, the dates will be wrong as well)…
1. Yahweh doesn’t do or say anything on a pointless whim. Everything He has told us in His word has something to do with either our well-being in this life or His ultimate plan for our redemption and reconciliation with Him.
2. The things most crucial to our knowledge of His plan are repeated and restated several different ways in various places in scripture.
3. The scriptural formula equating one day to a thousand years (II Peter 3:8, Psalm 90:4) is not merely a metaphor, but is an indication of Yahweh’s ordained structure for the time of man.
4. The often-repeated six-plus-one pattern (e.g. the Creation account, Sabbath day and year, Jubilee, the Feasts of Yahweh, etc.) is indicative of God’s redemptive plan: fallen man is to “work” for six thousand years, and will “rest” during the seventh Millennium.
5. The total allotted time of fallen man (from Adam’s sin forward) on the earth is (based on assumptions 3 and 4) seven thousand years, after which the eternal state will commence.
6. Each of man’s seven allotted millennia will be marked with a condition or event that is significant in demonstrating the need or provision of Yahweh’s salvation. The most significant was Yahshua’s crucifixion and resurrection in 33 A.D.
7. The seven miqras, or “Feasts of Yahweh” mandated in the Torah commemorate the progression of Yahweh’s program.
Note: Dates before about 1000 BC are not verifiable (due mainly to linguistic and textual discrepancies). Biblical scholars do not remotely agree on calendar dates before David/Solomon. Therefore, please understand that the dates and/or events I’ve assigned to the pre-1000 BC period are guesses based on the model that becomes apparent when studying the more verifiable data of the last 3000 years.
DATE YEAR YEAR EVENT FULFILLMENT OF
0 3967 BC Fall of Adam. Millennial milestone #1
1000 2967 BC Mankind becomes so evil, Yahweh Millennial milestone #2
purposes to destroy the earth with a flood. Genesis 6:5-7
2000 1967 BC Abraham offers Isaac on Mt. Moriah— Millennial milestone #3
a type of Yahshua’s sacrifice on Calvary. Genesis 22:8-14
Iyar 2 3000 967 BC Solomon begins construction of the first Millennial milestone #4
temple on Mt. Moriah, linking God’s 2 Chronicles 3:1-2
chosen location to the tabernacle’s
Messianic symbology .
Nisan 1 3523 444 BC Artaxerxes Longimanus decrees that Beginning of Daniel’s 70-week
Jerusalem and its wall are to be rebuilt. prophecy. Daniel 9:24-27
Adar 30 3999 33 AD The deadline for the “Sun of Righteousness Appearance of the sun on the
to arise with healing in His wings,” i.e. fourth day of creation: compare
Yahshua’s earthly ministry (wings= Genesis 1:16-19 with
Tsitzit—Numbers 15:37-41). Malachi 4:2
Nisan 10 4000 33 AD Yahshua triumphantly enters Jerusalem— Conclusion of Daniel’s 69th
March 28 on the same day the Passover lambs were prophetic week. Daniel 9:26,
to enter the Israelite households; Exodus 12:3; Luke 19:37-38
Palm Monday. Millennial milestone #5
Nisan 14 4000 33 AD Yahshua crucified to atone for the sins Passover, the first of seven
April 1 of all mankind the same day and time the miqras in Yahweh’s series.
Friday Passover lambs were being slain. Leviticus 23:4-5
Nisan 15 4000 33 AD Yahshua is entombed, His death effecting Feast of Unleavened Bread,
April 2 the complete and permanent removal of Miqra #2; Leviticus 23:6-8;
Saturday our sin. A mandated Sabbath
Nisan 16 4000 33 AD The resurrection of Yahshua from the dead, Miqra #3: Feast of Firstfruits
April 3 proving that the harvest is to follow—a Leviticus 23:9-14
Sunday promise of our coming resurrection. I Corinthians 15:20-23
Iyar 25 4000 33 AD The ascension of Yahshua from the Mount Acts 1:3, 9-11; Zechariah 14:4
May 12 of Olives: visible, public, prophetic.
Sivan 6 4000 33 AD The Holy Spirit indwells the Ekklesia, the Feast of Weeks—Pentecost,
May 22 Body of Christ, as promised in John Miqra #4, Leviticus 23:15-22
Sunday 14:16-18. Acts 2:1-4
Tishri 10 4000 33 AD Jubilee year starts (once every fifty years, Leviticus 25:8-55
September 21 beginning on the Day of Atonement). The Luke 4:16-19
first of 40 jubilees separating Yahshua’s Zechariah 12: 10-14
crucifixion and final coming.
5000 1033 The mid-point of the Christian era: Millennial milestone #6
The beginning of the papal reign of The Church of Thyatira
Benedict IX. The unified Church’s nadir. Revelation 2:18-29
Tishri 1 (Year not specified) The rapture of the Church, including the Miqra #5: Feast of Trumpets
September or October living saints and the “dead in Christ.” We Leviticus 23:23-25
will all be “changed” in form and caught up I Thessalonians 4:13-17
in the air to be with Yahshua. I Corinthians 15:51-54
Nov. 14 5993 2026 The “Tribulation” begins with the confirm- Daniel 9:27. The last of
Kislev 4 ation of a “covenant with many” (UN 242?) Daniel’s 70 weeks: 2520 days
Saturday brokered by the Antichrist. He is by this act 1st seal, Revelation 6:1-2
revealed to be the “man of sin.” II Thessalonians 2:3-4
Date not specified Battle of Magog, leading to World War III. Ezekiel 38, 39; Daniel 11:40-43
(probably late 2027) Islamic armies invade Israel to be defeated Seals 2-4: Revelation 6:3-8
by Yahweh; one fourth of mankind is killed; Trumpets 1-4: Rev. 8:1-13
one third of earth is burned.
April 13 5996 2029 The Apophis meteorite strikes the North Revelation 8:8-13;
Nisan 28 Atlantic Ocean. One third of the world’s sea Revelation 18
Friday dies. Commercial Babylon falls. Earth’s Trumpets 2-4
skies are darkened.
March 28 5997 2030 The Abomination of Desolation: Antichrist 1290 days until the end=
Adar II 23 declares himself to be god, is acclaimed as 1230 days after Tribulation
Thursday the ruler of the whole world. The Jews begins. Daniel 12:11
begin their 1260-day flight from Israel. Revelation 12:6; Matt. 24:15-21
Date not specified The mark of the Beast instituted, requiring Revelation 13:15-18
(Shortly after A of D) That all people submit to and worship the
Antichrist and use his financial system
April 18 5997 2030 The two witnesses begin their 1260-day Revelation 11:3-6
Nisan 15 ministry pronouncing plagues upon the earth. Zechariah 4:2-6, 11-14
Thursday On the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Leviticus 23:6-8
Date not specified Locust-demons are released to torment Fifth trumpet judgment
the Antichrist’s followers for five months. Revelation 9:1-12
April 23 5998 (?) 2031 A 200,000,000-man Asian army begins its Sixth trumpet judgment
conquest of the far east: World War IV Revelation 9:13-21
Date not specified Euphrates River dries up, allowing the Asian Sixth bowl judgment
Army to mass against Israel, joined by forces Revelation 16:12-14
of the Antichrist from every nation.
Sept. 8 6000 2033 The end of the Antichrist’s total control of Daniel 12:7, Revelation 12:14
the earth. (3½ years after the abomination of
desolation, one month before the end of the
Sept. 29 6000 2033 The two witnesses are slain by the Antichrist Revelation 11:7-10
in Jerusalem. Their corpses lie in the street
for three and a half days.
Tishri 10 6000 2033 The two witnesses arise from the dead and Revelation 11:11-13
October 3 are raptured. A huge earthquake follows Miqra #6: the Day of Atonement
Monday within the hour, shaking the entire earth. It Leviticus 23:26-32
is caused by Yahshua’s return to the Mount Zechariah 14:4
of Olives. Israel recognizes her Messiah-King Zechariah 12:10-14
and mourns in repentance.
Date not specified Yahshua single-handedly destroys the armies Revelation 19:11-21
(Between October 3rd and 8th) assembled against Israel in the “Battle of Revelation 14:14-20
of Armageddon.” The raptured saints are Isaiah 63:1-6
observers. The Antichrist and False Prophet
are captured and thrown alive into hell.
Tishri 15 6000 2033 The Millennial Reign of Yahshua begins. Miqra #7: the Feast of
October 8 Satan is bound for a thousand years. Tabernacles. Leviticus 23:33-44
Saturday Yahshua reigns in Jerusalem as King. The Millennial milestone #7
40th Jubilee since the resurrection begins. Revelation 20:1-6; Lev. 25:8-11
Heshlan 30 6000 2033 The “separation of the sheep and goats” is Matthew 25:31-46
Nov. 22 completed. 1335 days after A of D. Daniel 12:12
7000 and beyond Satan is released from the abyss, deceives Revelation 20:7-15
many, who rebel and are destroyed. Satan Revelation 21-22
is cast into the lake of fire. The unredeemed
dead are judged at the Great White Throne.
Eternity commences. New heaven and earth.ð‹
Crash our credit rating.
Bury us in unsustainable debt.
Gut our military financially to weaken it severely.
Usher in a world war.
That's some sort of recipe there. An inedible one. A choking maneuver Henry Heimlich can't touch.
You must have seen the movie 2016. Until we the people wake up and stand up Obama will continue in his evil ways and the GOP will continue to grovel.
Agreeing with nearly all the points the Great One makes in this statement - except one.
I can totally understand that he is disappointed with Netanyahu, many people were.
However, Bibi knows full well that Obama does not love Israel, he's known this from the start.
Bibi had to be extremely careful not to lose the little bit of support he had garnered from Obama and the rest of the Western politicians - and he needed desperately the breathing space this ceasefire is giving him.
Bib knows full well that Hamas is re-arming - but Israel is working full out to improve their defensive capabilities. The installation of the 'Sling of David' shows that he is not leaning back, breathing a sigh of relief. He will be using the kudos he's won to the fullest extent possible.
If there is one politician in the whole world who is more wily and more clued-up about what is possible in the ME, and who knows more about safeguarding Israel, then I'd like to hear his or her name!
I think the Great One's disappointment with Romney's loss, especially in view of Romney's foreign policies, may have coloured his view of Netanyahu a bit.
Ya! The great one thought his book and daily radio show would win the election. Although needed they mainly speak to the choir. We needed a candidate that spoke to the whole nation. Another opportunity missed and now Levin and the other talking heads are lamenting the fact we didn't have an out spoken truth to power candidate. Of course we did have that candidate but he was to outspoken and truthful for their tastes until now.
I agree, Netanyahu knows he must tread very carefully and choose his time wisely. Unfortunately, he was just as surprised as we were that Romney did not get in, and consequently has been forced to plan X.
The scary part is that the further from plan A, Israel gets the more dangerous the situation becomes for the world. This administration is foolishly underplaying the reality that Israel is the only true buffer for our interests/assets in the ME.