Is the Aftermath of 9-11 Described in the Book of Revelation?
Part II of II

To Honor Jesus Christ, Glorify God, Encourage Believers, & Warn All
Est 11-07-2004 Changed 11-12-2017
 

This information is offered with the hope that YOU can come to KNOW the Lord personally.

This is a continuation of Part I of this study which was first published in September 2001.  If you have not read part Part I, it is advisable in order to understand all the background information and Biblical context.

Part I of the Study .

What good does it do if you know everything about prophecy but are LOST?

To read about the September 23, 2017 sign in the stars, go here.


In brief, the Biblical scenario is as follows.  The Bible predicts that the Lord would regather His people Israel after a long period of dispersion and return them to the land of Israel.  (They had been dispersed due to unbelief.) In 70 AD (as prophesied) the temple of the Jews was destroyed by the Romans and the Jews have been dispersed throughout Europe and the world, beginning with their Babylonian and Assyrian captivities circa 600 BC.  In 1948 (nearly 2000 years later) Israel became a nation and the countdown toward the coming of the Lord began in an undeniable fashion.   The history of the Jews and God's fulfilled promises regarding them is the PROOF OF THE INFALLIBILTY of the BIBLE, the WORD OF GOD .  Much of this history (fulfilled prophecy)  took place before Christ came the first time. The Lord said " I have chosen thee in the FURNACE OF AFFLICTION ."  Such has been the history of the Jews - persecution and destruction - until NOW.  The Lord will FULFILL HIS WORD concerning the Jews upon His Second Coming .  He has always FULFILLED HIS WORD in the past and HE WILL DO SO IN THE FUTURE.  The Lord will return to this earth and restore His " brethren " who believe in Him and are converted by Him and then He will rule the earth FROM JERUSALEM and the nations that are left will seek out the Jews because they Know the Lord.  The Jews will once again be blessed.  But first, the Bible says that the following occurs-

Upon the Jews return to the land ("immediately" prior to the physical return of Jesus Christ) a period of " tribulation " would occur which lasts 7 years.  This " tribulation " is described in the Book of Revelation from Chapters 6 through 19 and is called elsewhere the " time of Jacob's trouble ."   During this 7 year period a " covenant " would be enforced by a " coming prince " and this "covenant"  (" with death " and " with hell ", Isaiah 28:15) will wield " peace " as an instrument of death, (" by peace he shall destroy many" , Daniel 8:25). The Bible says that this " covenant " will be " confirmed " for 7 years.  The word confirmed when studied closely yields the meaning "insolently enforced."  See Daniel 9:27 and Part I of this study for research.

Such a " covenant " is the Mid-East Peace Agreement (in its final form) and the vigorous enforcement of a Mid-East security arrangement (as it has been called in the media) to thwart " terrorism " and secure " peace " in the Middle East.  The " War on Terrorism " and the Clash of Civilizations are together the backdrop for the chaos of the Book of Revelation.

The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the likelihood of the nearness of the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in that the prophesied events are beginning to unfold with an ever-increasing frequency.  The Second Coming of the Lord has been described as birth pangs.  The more frequently we see these events, the nearer is His appearance.  Part I of this study cites current news media depictions of events that are leading to this " covenant " and its insolent enforcement.  Part II is a continuation of this effort to demonstrate the nearness of the Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Before the " time of Jacob's trouble " begins, an event will shock the world.   This describes that event.  If this event happens and you are still left on this earth, you will be faced with an awful choice .  You do not have to be here during the tribulation; the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.   Believe the Lord today .


11-07-2004
One of the obstacles to furthering the Mid-East peace process has been Yassar Arafat.  Israel is planning to withdraw settlements from the Gaza strip to initiate implementation of the "Palestinian state" as part of the RoadMap for Peace.  It is being reported today that Arafat may be buried in the Gaza.

From the website-
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=233206
we read-
JERUSALEM Nov 7, 2004 — Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday that security officials have completed preparations for Yasser Arafat to be buried in the Gaza Strip , meeting participants said. Meanwhile, there were conflicting reports as to whether the Palestinian leader was in a coma or not.

From the website-
http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=41250
we read-

Politics: 7 November 2004, Sunday.

Palestine's ailing leader Yasser Arafat was diagnosed with liver failure, according to an unnamed official.

He added that the President's condition was not improving.

Meanwhile, Israel completed preparations for Arafat to be buried in the Gaza Trip after his possible death. Officials said Palestinians in the West Bank will be allowed to cross Israel for the funeral.


From the website-
http://www.fox23news.com/news/world/story.aspx?content_id=57684941-AF1A-42C4-AD14-D9658CE97232
we read-

Former U.S. envoys: breakthrough now possible in Mideast peace


JERUSALEM (AP) - Former U.S. envoys say that the passing of Yasser Arafat would open up new opportunities for Mideast peace, especially if new, pragmatic Palestinian leaders emerge.

But they say a breakthrough largely depends on a change of course by two other men: Ariel Sharon and George W. Bush.

In interviews, the diplomats - key players in Mideast peacemaking for decades - said Bush's re-election and Arafat's grave illness will likely represent a turning point in peace efforts.

From the website-
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=11781
we read-

Blair vows to revitalize Mideast peace process

 
British PM will try to steer Bush back toward Mideast peace process to create some momentum in right direction.

 
By Michelle Hoffman - LONDON

With his Iraq war ally back in the White House for four more years, British Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed Thursday to pursue the quest for Middle East peace, hoping to reap the political payoff of his steadfast support for Washington.

"The important thing is to revitalize the Middle East peace process to create some momentum in the right direction," Blair's spokesman said following a meeting of Blair's cabinet.

From the website-
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=9834
we read-

EU rushes to keep Mideast peace drive on track
Israeli police step up Tel Aviv security after suicide attack


Compiled by Daily Star staff
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
The European Union Tuesday unveiled new ideas to speed up the Middle East "road map," keen to keep the peace process on track despite Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's ill-health and the U.S. presidential election.

On the ground, Israel beefed up security in Tel Aviv Tuesday after a suicide bombing in its commercial capital punctured hopes that Arafat's absence could slow the cycle of violence.

In Brussels, EU foreign affairs chief Javier Solana said the U.S. government was on the "same wavelength" as the 25-nation bloc in wanting to accelerate the so-called road map.

"The reality of the last days do make us think that this is a very important endeavor," he told reporters after briefing the EU foreign ministers on the situation in the Middle East after Arafat was flown to a Paris hospital last Thursday.


from the website-
www.aljazeera.info
we read-
Earth, a Planet Hungry for Peace (on a side bar)

and

Bush Sends Envoy for Mideast Peace Talks

Arab News

WASHINGTON/JEDDAH, 5 November 2004 — As a fresh initiative to kick-start the stalled Middle East peace talks, the Bush administration is expected to send a senior emissary to the region within the next few weeks.

Speaking in his first press conference after his re-election, President George W Bush said he was committed to the creation of a Palestinian state.

He said that when he proposed his two-states solution in June 2002 he meant what he said.

Bush said he would support the creation of a Palestinian state if he could be assured that it would be free and democratic. There was no point in creating “ another despotic regime” in the region. Unless the Palestinians take steps toward democracy, the creation of a Palestinian state would remain “a moot point.”

Bush said he would dedicate his second administration to spreading “freedom and democracy” throughout the world. He lambasted those who claim that some nations are “not ready for democracy” or “incapable of living in freedom.” He repeated his theme that terrorism thrives in undemocratic societies and that spreading freedom and democracy is necessary for ensuring the United States’ own national security.

Bush’s message is likely to be at the center of the message that his emissary will bring to the region.  
(The real reason Bush invaded Iraq was is to "spread democracy", not oil, not money, not Haliburton.  However, we know that after the initial elation over apparent success, there will be no democracy, but, on the contrary, a "despot" of Biblical proportions will arise.)

Danforth is expected to fly to the region in the third week of November ahead of an international conference on the future of Iraq. Secretary of State Colin Powell will lead the US team at the conference, hosted by Egypt at Sharm El-Sheikh.

The need for a new initiative in the Middle East was one of several foreign policy topics discussed at the first full Cabinet meeting headed by President George W Bush yesterday. The full Cabinet had not met since last August, putting large segments of American foreign policy on hold while the president fought for re-election. Calls for the US to re-engage in peacemaking in the region have come from several Arab and European leaders as they congratulated Bush on winning a second term at the White House.

At a summit in Berlin, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder appealed to the United States to revive the road map for peace. Schroeder said peace efforts would go more smoothly with cooperation from Europe, Russia “and above all, the United States of America, so that this process can be implemented better.” A more dramatic appeal came from British Prime Minister Tony Blair who said he had told Bush that “the need to revitalize the Middle East peace process” was the single most pressing political challenge in our world today .” Blair called on Europe and the United States to “build anew their alliance” in the wake of Bush’s victory. A joint Euro-American strategy for peace in the Middle East would be the best framework for new global diplomatic efforts.

In his press conference, Bush said he agreed with Blair’s assessment of the Palestinian issue. But he did not elaborate.

Danforth is one of several senior officials tipped to become secretary of state in President Bush’s new administration, once the current holder of the post Colin Powell decides to retire. Danforth is expected to visit several Arab capitals to renew contact at the start of a new term for Bush, and to seek support for an international force to protect the Iraqi elections next January.


End 11-07-2004


11-10-2004

from the website-
http://www.menafn.com/qn_news_story_s.asp?StoryId=69440
we read how important  "the treasures"  are going to be in the coming Mideast Security settlement that will be under the auspices of the antichrist as a part of the "covenant."

Baghdad focuses on building capacity among Iraqis to advance reconstruction 
 
 
 Jordan Times - 10/11/2004
 
Building capacity among Iraqis is key to building security in the war-torn country, a senior Iraqi official said on Tuesday, after signing a $7 million grant agreement with the World Bank (WB) for that purpose.
Iraqi Planning and Development Cooperation Minister Mehdi Hafez said the main focus of his government is on building capacity among workers in the public and private sectors so they can be able to contribute to the reconstruction of Iraq .
 
...
"We are working according to a plan which focuses on capacity building, job creation, security reinforcement and building an investment climate as means for reconstruction," the Iraqi minister said.

"Iraq possesses a strong cadre of well-educated civil servants in key positions who will be instrumental in the government's ability to take on the urgent mandate of reconstruction and to efficiently manage resources ," said WB Country Director for Iraq Joseph Saba.

The WB's grant, signed Tuesday, is directed towards helping Iraqis reconstruct their country, and sets the stage for economic reforms , including social protection measures, in the medium-term.

The Second-Capacity Building Project, to be implemented in two years, will train civil servants and policy makers on four key areas: Economic reform and transition; poverty, social protection and social development; and managing the project cycles. Most of training seminars of this sort took place in Jordan.

"The project will not only help Iraqis address the immediate needs for managing reconstruction, but it will also enable them to develop their own solutions and strategies and implement policies central to the success of their developmental priorities ," Saba pointed out.
...
Last January, the WB started administering the Iraqi Trust Fund on behalf of the donor community to finance a programme of emergency projects and technical assistance based on an interim strategy.

According to the WB, donors have deposited approximately $370 million in the fund until this date. The fund is currently financing two projects in education.

Towards the beginning of the new year, the fund is expected to support projects in health, water supply and sanitation, urban development and community-based infrastructure. However, Hafez indicated that more money will be needed in the fund in the near future to finance several pending key projects.

The WB has also endorsed an indicative lending framework for Iraq of between $3-$5 billion over a five-year period subject to factors including debt sustainability, settlement of arrears, security on the ground and governance.

The European Commission provided 3 million euros to the Iraqi Trust Fund .

But apart from grants, security and reconstruction, Hafez's government is worried about its foreign debts .

"The next meeting of the Paris club, scheduled for Dec. 17-18, will discuss all debt problems of Iraq ," Hafez remarked, hoping that some of Iraq's debts would be rescheduled, swapped or pardoned during this meeting.

Iraq owes $120 billion in foreign debt, including some $50 billion to Gulf states and more than $1.3 billion to Jordan .

Last September, His Majesty King Abdullah said Jordan will continue supporting international efforts to help rebuild Iraq and reduce its foreign debts.


But he shall have power over the treasuries of gold and silver ... Dan 11:43


from the website-
http://newsobserver.com/24hour/politics/story/1812684p-9692850c.html
we read how a leadership vacuum now exists in regards to MidEast Peace progress-

Bush sees fresh opening for Mideast peace

By BARRY SCHWEID, AP DIPLOMATIC WRITER

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush said Wednesday he is hopeful about Mideast peacemaking after ailing Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat gives way to a new leadership.
Against the backdrop of strong American support for Palestinian moderators already designated for top roles, Bush said, "There will be an opening for peace when leadership of the Palestinian people steps forward and says, 'Help us build a democratic society .'"

(remember the money above)

" And when that happens - and I believe it's going to happen because I believe all people desire to live in freedom - the United States of America will be more than willing to help build the institutions necessary for a free society to emerge so that the Palestinians can have their own state," Bush said.  ( For when they shall say peace and safety, sudden destruction cometh upon them... 1 Thess 5:3)

He spoke after a White House meeting with Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

After his own meeting with the former Dutch foreign minister, Secretary of State Colin Powell
stressed peace prospects rest heavily on whether a new leadership makes it clear it will fight terrorism and "will not in any way give any kind of support to terrorist activities."

("confirm ing the covenant " means EXACTLY what Secretary Powell is saying.  See Daniel 9:27, the subject of this entire discussion)

Also, Powell said, the new leaders must be able to " mobilize the Palestinian people to bring them together to the realization that terrorism is not helping them achieve their desire for a state of their own, a desire that all of us share."

"If that kind of leadership emerges ," Powell said, "then we stand ready to work with them."
...
In the same vein, he (Bush) said Wednesday: " The vision is of two states, a Palestinian state and Israel living side by side, and I think we've got a chance to do that, and I look forward to being involved in that process ."


End 11-10-2004


11-11-2004

from the website-
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L11703478.htm we read-

Fast moves needed to seize chance of Mideast peace
11 Nov 2004 14:25:58 GMT

Source: Reuters
 
By Timothy Heritage

PARIS, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Yasser Arafat's death on Thursday could offer a golden opportunity to revive Middle East peace talks , but experts said the key players will have to move fast to avoid squandering their best chance in years.

After Arafat's death in a French hospital, the onus is on three people to pick up the pieces of the stalled peace process -- U.S. President George W. Bush, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and whoever emerges as the new Palestinian leader.

Middle East experts say peace moves will depend on gestures from all three -- peace proposals by Bush, Palestinian moves to end violence, and action by Sharon to halt construction at Jewish settlements built on occupied land in the West Bank.


from the website-
http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=71895

Jordan Calls on the White House to Find a Solution to Area Conflict
05:45 Nov 11, '04 / 27 Cheshvan 5765
 

(IsraelNN.com) Jordanian media reports that King Abdullah telephoned US President George W. Bush , calling on him to work towards bringing an end to the Israeli PA conflict and work towards the establishment of a Palestinian state. The report stated the Jordanian leader called on the White House to find a just solution to the area conflict.

 
from the website-
http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=33459
we read-

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday, on the eve of his departure for Washington for talks with Bush, that solving the conflict must be a priority. Blair said in the British parliament that he would "stress again the importance of the Middle East peace process".

Recalling a statement made after Bush's re-election, Blair said: "I think that (the Middle East peace process), together with democracy in Afghanistan and Iraq, are the single most important things we can do ."

In a telephone conversation with Bush,
Jordan's King Abdullah II on Wednesday urged the US leader to help set up an independent Palestinian state , Jordan's official Petra news agency reported.

"It is important for the United States to pursue its efforts aimed at bringing a comprehensive and just peace in the region and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state ," the king was quoted as saying
.

from the website-
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1100147302247

we read in article entitled " There Will Be no Peace Here "-
how frustrated people are and how desperate they are for peace-


"We are feeling very bad, and it doesn't look like things will be getting any better ," said a shopkeeper on the edge of the Muslim Quarter who also would only give his first name, Muhammad.

Rejecting outright the possibility of a joint Mahmoud Abbas-Ahmed Qurei leadership, around the very hour that the two men were being selected as interim leaders by the Palestinian parliament in Ramallah, the shopkeeper said: " We need real elections, and we need someone clean. We don't want someone who is working with the Israeli and American side ."

Indeed, in unusually bitter remarks by the usually moderate Jerusalem Arabs, several men out for a smoke in the Jaffa Gate Square used expletives to vent their frustrations at the American president as well as the British and Australian prime ministers . Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and King Abdullah II of Jordan received the same treatment .

"There will be no peace here ," one elderly man in the crowd, his eyes bloodshot, said tersely, before walking away.


End 11-11-2004


11-14-2004

from the website-
http://web.mid-day.com/news/otherheadlines/2004/november/96970.htm
we read-

Arafat's death offers new window to peace
   By: AFP
   November 12, 2004
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
WASHINGTON: The death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and the re-election of US President George W Bush offer "fresh opportunities" to move the Middle East process forward, Jordan's King Abdullah II commented today from the pages of The New York Times .
"From time to time, history holds moments of great potential. With the sad passing of Yasir Arafat, Palestinians have lost a leader who kept their hope of independence alive for more than half a century. " Now, an opportunity exists to honour the best of that legacy, in a new drive for progress and peace, in a part of the world that has seen too much bloodshed ," said the king.

Recalling the two-state solution Arab nations committed to in 2002, and the roadmap to peace agreed to in 2003, which has been "trapped in an ongoing cycle of violence," the Jordanian monarch said recent events " provide fresh opportunities ."

Meanwhile, former US President Jimmy Carter today said while Yasser Arafat was "frustrating to deal with," he had been a "legitimate" Palestinian leader and that only through elections could a new leader bring hope for peace.

"If a respected successor to Mr. Arafat can be chosen by the Palestinians (not by the Israelis or Americans), then there is a new opportunity to initiate peace negotiations ," Carter said in his op-ed piece titled, "Casting a Vote for Peace" in New York Times.


from the website-
http://www.dawn.com/2004/11/13/top1.htm
we read-

Aziz meets world leaders in Cairo

CAIRO, Nov 12: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Friday met a number of world leaders and heads of state who were in the Egyptian capital to attend the funeral of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.

During his meetings, the prime minister discussed bilateral, regional and international matters with the leaders and exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East.

Mr Aziz met Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, Egyptian Presiden t Hosni Mubarak, Jordan's King Abdullah II, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, South African President Thabo Mbeki, Yemenese President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Bangladeshi President Iajuddin Ahmed.

He also met a number of foreign ministers and heads of delegations from some other countries. Talking to newsmen after the funeral prayers, the premier described the late Arafat as a great leader who would be remembered for long.

He said the participation of a large number of world leaders showed they supported the Palestinian cause and wanted a solution to the issue . He said Arafat's death had
left behind a vacuum that needed to be filled and hoped the Palestinian leadership and people would continue their struggle till they achieved their rightful goal.

He said Pakistan would continue to support the just struggle of Palestinians for an independent homeland.


from the website-
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article3315.shtml
we read a critique of the western view  portrayed in the New York Times of Arafat's death, including-

Third, the Times gives us King Abdullah II of Jordan -- a monarch. How appropriate for the pages of a paper that claims to endorse democracy. Abdullah II, king of a country with a majority Palestinian population denied representation. Is Abdullah's inclusion a tacit Times endorsement of the " Jordan is Palestine" solution?

from the online Turkish paper-
http://www.zaman.com/?bl=hotnews&alt=&trh=20041113&hn=13827
we read-
King Abdullah Calls US to Pressure Israel and Palestine for Peace


King Abdullah II of Jordan called on the US to pressure Israel and Palestine into following the "roadmap" peace plan presented to the Middle East.

In his commentary published in Herald Tribune newspaper, the King expressed that Palestinians had lost a leader who championed their hopes for independence for over a half century and said: " Now, the best way to show appreciation of this will is to start a new road towards peace and progress. "


End 11-14-2004


11-17-2004

from the website-
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1100656895752_47/?hub=World
we read how another nation is beginning to become involved in the peace process .
This is expected since the verse says he shall confirm the covenant with MANY .  (Daniel 9:27)
Martin offers monitors for Palestinian election
Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Canada has offered to help the Palestinian Authority run elections in January.

Prime Minister Paul Martin made the offer in a telephone conversation Tuesday with interim Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Canada has so far offered to send election monitors to oversee the Jan. 9 vote, Martin told reporters after speaking to the Canadian Arab Federation.

"I made the offer,'' said Martin.

Martin also pledged to pitch a greater Canadian role in the Middle East peace process with U.S. President George W. Bush when they meet later this week at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) conference in Santiago, Chile.

The prime minister has also spoken about the issue with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon , Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Jordan's King Abdullah .
 (are these last two men the King of the North and the King of the South in the last half of Daniel Chapter 11?)

" Canada does indeed have a very important role playing in ensuring that ... peace comes to the Middle East ,'' Martin told the federation.

Bush's renewed mandate and the death last week of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat have created a sense of opportunity for resuming the peace process.

Martin said Canada's role could begin by providing help during the elections.


End 11-17-2004


11-18-2004

from the website-
http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3775019
we read of more international support for MidEast peace

Straw in Bid to Kick Start Mideast Peace Talks

"PA"


Sponsors of an internationally backed Mideast peace plan will send their foreign ministers to the region next week in hopes of restarting peace talks in the wake of Yasser Arafat’s death.

The announcement was the latest sign that with Arafat gone, the international community is ready to dive back into Mideast diplomacy and get the road map peace plan back on track.

The road map, which aims to create an independent Palestinian state by 2005, has been stalled since it was signed in June 2003.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who refused to negotiate with Arafat, is instead moving forward with a planned unilateral pullout from the Gaza Strip and four small West Bank settlements next year.

Palestinians fear the plan is an Israeli ruse to maintain control over most of the West Bank.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath said Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov would go to the West Bank next week , after a visit on Monday by US Secretary of State Colin Powell.

The Spanish and German foreign ministers are also expected in the coming weeks , Shaath said.

“All of these important foreign ministers are coming to meet the Palestinian leadership and to talk about an action plan for the coming period,” Shaath said.

He said the talks would focus on ways to incorporate the Gaza pullout into the road map. The Palestinians also want support in reaching a ceasefire with Israel, ensuring upcoming presidential elections go smoothly and restructuring the myriad Palestinian security services, he said.

The US, Russia, EU and the UN comprise the Quartet of road map sponsors. Quartet officials are also expected to meet on the sidelines of an Iraq conference in Egypt next week .

Egypt’s foreign minister is scheduled to visit Israel next week for talks on the Gaza withdrawal . Egypt has acted as a mediator between Israel and the Palestinians ahead of the pullout.


End 11-18-2004


11-21-2004

From the website-
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-11/21/content_2244126.htm
we read-

UN envoy proposes forming international team working for Mideast peace
 
www.chinaview.cn 2004-11-21 23:15:17

    RAMALLAH, Nov. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- UN Middle East envoy Terje Roed-Larsen on Sunday proposed forming an international team grouping both Israel and the Palestinians to work on reviving the Middle East peace process.

    Larsen told reporters here following a meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei that all what the region needs "is a program of bringing about calmness."

    "This program should be based on forming a group of international representatives including Israel, the Palestinians,Arab countries and the international community to push the peace process forward," said Larsen.

    He expected that the vision would be adopted by the meeting ofthe Quartet Committee in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt on Nov. 22-23.Larsen urged the international community to offer as much as support to the Palestinians to help them get out of their economic crisis and build their infrastructure.

    "The Israelis on their side should not carry out actions that might affect the process of holding the Palestinian elections," herequested


End 11-21-2004


11-22-2004

From the website-
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-11/21/content_2243012.htm
we read-
Jordan sticks to comprehensive peace in the region: FM
 
www.chinaview.cn 2004-11-21 18:21:43

 AMMAN, Nov. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- Jordanian Foreign Minister Hani Mulki has reiterated that Jordan is committed to a just, comprehensive and permanent peace in the region, local newspaper Al arab Al yawm reported Sunday.

    Israel should return to the negotiating table with Syria and Lebanon to realize a comprehensive peace in the region and Jordan's peace treaty with Israel is an opportunity to push Israel towards that peace, Mulki was quoted as saying.

    He stressed that Jordan is not a mediator but a major partner in pushing peace forward with view to achieve the ultimate goals of the peace process.

    "If Israel wants peace with Arabs, then it should adopt a peaceful approach,"  Mulki said, adding that Israel's occupation of Arab lands and its failure to implement international resolutions are one of the main reasons for tension in the region.

    The foreign minister noted that Jordan is continuing work to push peace forward and King Abdullah II would pay visits to the United States, the European Union and Japan next month with an aim to affirm the importance of pushing the peace process .

    Jordan supports the leadership that the Palestinian people will elect and hopes that the Palestinian leadership will be able to achieve peace and security and an end to the Israeli occupation, said Mulki

...

to demonstrate the influence of the Jordanian King in the peace process, the following website On Condi Rice is offered-

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101041129-785347,00.html

Condi Gets Her Shot
She argued the hard-liners' case on Iraq. But the next Secretary of State remains an ideological puzzle

She has changed positions dramatically on several issues, shifting from a hard-nosed student of realpolitik to a true believer in Bush's vision of spreading democracy from Morocco to Afghanistan. Her transformation "was a bit of an iterative process," she told TIME last month. "One of the President's contributions had been to remind us all, again, of the link between our security and our values."
...
When King Abdullah of Jordan first proposed in the summer of 2002 that Bush launch a road map to peace for the Arab-Israeli conflict, Rice tried to block it but later became a fervent backer.


End 11-22-2004



11-23-2004

from the website-
http://www.cbc.ca/cp/world/041123/w112318.html
we read-

Egyptian conference discusses efforts to revive Mideast peace process
07:20 PM EST Nov 23
SALAH NASRAWI

SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt (CP) - World leaders gathered in Egypt for an international conference on Iraq focused on another Middle East issue early Tuesday - the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians .

The so-called Quartet of sponsors of a peace plan known as the "road map" met on the sidelines of the Iraq conference. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, on one of his last trips as secretary of state, went into the breakfast meeting a day after holding talks in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Powell told Israeli and Palestinian leaders that President George W. Bush is intent on moving "forward on the path of peace , to take advantage of the new opportunities that are before us."


End 11-23-2004


11-26-2004

from the website-
http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3797327
we read how the "king of the south" (Egypt) is discussing MidEast peace with Spain-

4:45am (UK)
Egypt and Spain Hold Mideast Peace Talks

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak arrived in Spain yesterday for a two-day visit during which he was to hold talks with Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on the Palestinian and Iraqi conflicts.

Mubarak was greeted on arrival in Madrid by Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. He is to meet Zapatero today.

“I am very happy to welcome President Mubarak to Spain. He is a key person in the peace process,” Moratinos told reporters at the airport.

He said he expected Mubarak would ask for Spain’s support in securing a peaceful transition for the Palestinian territories following the death of former leader Yasser Arafat

Mubarak was also expected to talk with Zapatero about the Iraq international conference in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt and plans for Iraq elections at the end of January.


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from the website-
http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?ID=34480
we read how the King of Jordan and the European Union issue a joint declaration calling for  Mideast Peace-

EU, Jordan call for relaunch of Middle East peace process
AFP: 11/25/2004
BRUSSELS, Nov 25 (AFP) - Jordan's King Abdullah II and European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso called on Thursday for efforts to revive the Middle East peace process following the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

"We agree that it is now time to go ahead with this process. It is very important for the region but also for global peace," Barroso told reporters after a meeting with the Jordanian monarch.

"We do hope that we have opportunities now to bring Israelis and Palestinians closer together to move the process along ," added King Abdullah.

Barroso praised Jordan's efforts to promote peace in the Middle East, saying: "We have a great respect for the role Jordan and its king are playing in the region ."


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from the website-
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L25692844.htm
we read-
How the Europeans are giving Jordan a lot of money-

EU grants Jordan 30 million euros poverty relief
25 Nov 2004 18:30:14 GMT

Source: Reuters
 
BRUSSELS, Nov 25 (Reuters) - The European Union granted Jordan 30 million euros ($39.12 million) in poverty relief and development money on Thursday and said it hoped to come up with a plan next month to advance its ties with the Arab state.

The package was signed at talks between King Abdullah and EU Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso, who hailed the Jordanian leader's efforts to advance peace in the Middle East.

"We addressed the peace process. We agreed it is time to go ahead with that process," Barroso said, adding the two also discussed Iraq and the forthcoming Palestinian elections.

Barroso told reporters he hoped the Commission could present EU leaders next month with plans on how to strengthen ties with Jordan under its newly adopted European Neighbourhood Policy.

He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver... Daniel 11:43


from the website-
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-11/24/content_2254374.htm
we read how that at the same time money is being given to Jordan, arms are being sold to Jordan-

US plans air-to-air missile sale to Jordan
 
www.chinaview.cn 2004-11-24 10:15:21


    WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- The Pentagon said Tuesday it planned to sell 50 US-made anti-aircraft missiles to Jordan in a deal valued at 39 million US dollars in spite of reported objections from Israel.

    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said it notified Congress on Friday about the proposed sale, which includes 50 AIM-120C Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles built by Waltham, Massachusetts-based Raytheon Co., 51 LAU-129 launchers and associated equipment.

    The agency said the proposed sale will enhance the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of "a key regional partner ."

    Senior Israeli officials, including Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, were reportedly to have urged the White House and the Pentagon to suspend the AMRAAM sale to Jordan.

    However, the White House has deemed the missile sale an important boost to King Abdullah and his efforts to help the United States prior and during the war in Iraq in 2003, media reports have said.

    So far, Israel has been the only country in the Middle East to have received the AMRAAMS, suitable for both the F-16 and F-15
.
 
It looks like King Abdullah is everyone's partner.

End 11-26-2004


11-27-2004
from the website-
http://www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20041127-062858-9718r.htm
we read of a proposed Arab Summit on mideast peace-

Mini-Arab summit to be held

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Preparations are underway for a mini-Arab summit, designed to create a unified stance on peace in the Middle East , post Yasser Arafat.

The Saudi daily newspaper Okaz quoted unidentified political sources Saturday as saying, "The region is heading towards more momentum for reactivating the stalled peace process and there are serious efforts to reactivate negotiations ."

The sources said efforts were underway to hold a mini-summit involving Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Palestine Liberation Organization after an apparent consensus to elect Mahmoud Abbas as the president of the Palestinian Authority to succeed Arafat.


The interesting thing about this is that the Biblical ten kings (of Daniel chapter 7) are to come from Arab states.

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from the website-
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=12004
we read-

Larsen cautiously optimistic about Mideast peace process

UN envoy hopes '
unique momentum ' to revitalise Mideast peace process does not evaporate.
 
BEIRUT - Recent events have created a "unique momentum" to revive the Middle East peace process, the UN special envoy to the region Terje Roed Larsen said Friday, warning of a bleak future if no progress was made


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from the website-
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/506419.html
we read-

Straw upbeat on renewed Mideast peace efforts  
 
By The Associated Press
 
 British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said yesterday that he is "more optimistic" about the prospects for Mideast peace after two days of talks with Israelis and Palestinians.
Straw met with top Palestinian officials in Ramallah yesterday, a day after talks with the Israelis, as part of a new round of diplomacy meant to restart peace efforts in the wake of Yasser Arafat's death earlier this month.

"I'll be leaving Israel and the occupied territories more optimistic than when I came," Straw said.



End 11-27-2004
 

More news on
11-28-2004


from the website we read of a critical time period in the Palestinian leadership-
http://web.israelinsider.com/Articles/Diplomacy/4465.htm

Barghouti won't run for Palestinian president, throws support behind Abbas
By Associated Press  November 27, 2004

Jailed Palestinian terrorist leader Marwan Barghouti abandoned his plans Friday to run in upcoming presidential elections , throwing his support behind interim Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas , Palestinian officials said.

Barghouti's decision ended a campaign that would have shaken up Palestinian politics already roiled by Yasser Arafat's death. Instead, he strengthened Abbas' campaign, giving crucial backing to the pragmatist who opposes violence and appears to have the tacit support of Israel and the United States.
...
Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia, in their first trip abroad since Arafat's death , plan to leave Saturday for
Cairo for a meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [the "king of the south"?] to discuss renewing the peace process with Israel and preparations for the elections. From there, they are to travel to Jordan for talks with King Abdullah .

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from the website-
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,139793,00.html
we read-

Israel Ready to Work With Palestinians 
Sunday, November 28, 2004
 
JERUSALEM — Israel is ready to coordinate its planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip (search) with the new Palestinian leadership , Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (search) said in a published interview, saying he wants to take advantage of new opportunities created by the death of Yasser Arafat (search).

In separate interviews with Newsweek magazine, both Sharon and interim Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said they would be willing to meet after the Jan. 9 Palestinian presidential election . Both leaders also vowed to make efforts to restart the U.S.-backed "road map" to peace, a stalled plan that calls for the establishment of a Palestinian state next year .

The comments reflected the new atmosphere of reconciliation since the Nov. 11 death of Arafat, whom Israel accused of backing violence.

Sharon has said he drew up his "unilateral disengagement" plan to withdraw from all of the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements next year when it became clear to him there was no "partner" on the Palestinian side. He has so far refused to negotiate the pullout with the Palestinians.

However, Sharon said Arafat's death made it possible to coordinate the pullout with the new Palestinian leadership and Abbas, who he said "was against terror."

"I am going to make every effort to coordinate our disengagement plan with the new Palestinian government — one that can assume control over areas we evacuate," Sharon was quoted as saying.


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from the following website (about which I offer no opinion, only to say his viewpoint is fascinating, because Lyndon's "socialist" political associates and Lyndon are questionable as often as not, but, Lyndon is never boring)
http://larouchepub.com/lar/2004/3145_arafat.html

ON THE DEATH OF ARAFAT
A Turning-Point in History

The death of Chairman Arafat defines a crucial turning-point in current world history. The world at large is challenged, at this ominous moment, to face the implications for the planet as a whole, of failing to take the occasion of his passing as the moment at which the
world at large must act , even for the most selfish motives of many among nations, to set into motion , at last, a peace of the kind which would set the departed Chairman's soul at rest
...
All of the tension and related dangers throughout the region center upon the long-tortured nerve-endings of the long Arab-Israeli conflict . Now, since President George W. Bush, Jr.'s launching of the fraudulently motivated recent and continuing warfare in Iraq , the present, added threat against Iran , and the level of tension throughout the entirety of Southwest Asia [ a "socialist" word meaning the MidEast] and beyond, no nation of that region, including the state of Israel, could outlive the growing, spreading holocaust which failure to bring about Israeli-Palestine peace would now promptly unleash . It is past time that the great precedent of the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia be now, promptly invoked by all relevant nations, including those of Europe and the U.S.A., to nail a killer like Sharon to the table of constructive movement for peace with the Palestinians. It could occur, if the combined nations of the U.S.A. and Europe would take any necessary action to bring about both those negotiations, and their assured prospects of early success .
...
Nothing—absolutely nothing!—must stand in the way of bringing the process of peace to a kind of agreement modelled upon the Peace of Westphalia.
[Note- This peace concluded the Thirty Years religious war in 1648].



End 11-28-2004


11-30-2004

from the website-
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-11/29/content_2271017.htm
we read how the Palestinian delegation is visiting Jordan and Egypt, the "king of the north "  and " the king of the south "?
(see Daniel 11:41-45)

Palestinian leaders arrived in Jordan for visit
 
www.chinaview.cn 2004-11-29 02:42:17

    AMMAN, Nov. 28 (Xinhuanet) -- A top Palestinian delegation  arrived here Sunday to discuss with the Jordanian side on latest developments in the Palestinian territories, the official Petra News Agency reported.

    The delegation includes Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)executive committee chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei and Palestinian National Authority (PNA)interim President Rawhi Fattouh.

    The Palestinian leaders is expected to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah II and Prime Minister Faisal Fayez on Monday, said Jordanian government spokeswoman Asma Khader.

    They will brief Jordanian officials on the outcome of their talks with US and EU officials who visited Ramallah recently,Khader said, adding the two sides will discuss means to revive the Mideast peace process and resume the negotiations with Israel .

    Jordan is the second stop of the Palestinian leaders' regional tour, which has taken them to Egypt . They will leave for Syria after visit to Jordan.

 
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from the website-
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2088-1378213,00.html

we read how the King of Jordan is becoming recognized as a leader in this situation-
Comment: Michael Portillo: A sage king teaches us how to be Middle East wise men
 
At the risk of making racist generalisations, why is it that Europeans and Americans are so clumsy and unsubtle and appear to be such galumphing oafs in diplomacy? Last week the European Union looked foolish with its over-hasty claim to have a deal with Iran over uranium enrichment; Javier Solana, Europe’s foreign affairs representative, seemed shifty because he could not decide whether he had or had not met Hamas, the anti-Israeli terror group; Jack Straw, our foreign secretary, and Colin Powell, the US secretary of state, appeared naive as they rushed to Ramallah to back Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, the West’s preferred candidate in the Palestinian election. That has probably ruined his chances.
As I watched King Abdullah of Jordan deliver a speech in London last Monday, I tried to imagine how that highly intelligent man keeps his patience as his country reaps the baleful consequences of the West’s ill-informed meddling in his region.

In public the king says many things that Tony Blair and George W Bush would love to hear. He talks of the “true Islam” characterised by “peace, moderation and progress”. But cloaked in nuances that would go over western leaders’ heads, he pleads for no interference in Jordan as it moves in its own way towards democracy .

Any attempt to impose a process from the outside would put in jeopardy “the sense of engagement” needed to produce success. He mentions that there is a crisis of faith in international justice and he might add that this stretches well beyond the Middle East .

The king defies our stereotype of Arab leaders. He speaks perfect English, eschews pomp and formality and uses the Autocue to deliver his speech with a professionalism that should make Bush envious. But beneath the silky exterior I sensed that the king must be in despair with America, which has shown little regard for Jordan’s delicate position.

The kingdom has made peace with its neighbour Israel, but Jordanians identify strongly with Palestinians and their cause . Saudi Arabia, another neighbour, is involved in a struggle to the death with Al-Qaeda. Across a third border, Iraq has been invaded by the United States and Britain. Nonetheless, Jordan has close relations with the coalition powers while still trying to co-exist with next-door Syria, which Bush believes is part of the axis of evil. No wonder the Hashemite royal family has developed subtlety, not to say cunning

 
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from the website-
http://www.brudirect.com/DailyInfo/News/Archive/Nov04/281104/bb01.htm
we read how the King is also hosting a religious conference to "define" Islam

Minister of Religious Affairs in Jordan for conference

The Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Dato Seri Utama Dr Ustaz Hj Awg Mohd Zain is leading a delegation of senior members to Amman, Jordan, to attend a conference on teaching, leadership and propagation.

The event - organised by the Charity, Affairs and Holy Place, Ministry of Jordan - is scheduled to run from Nov 28 to 30. King Abdullah II of Jordan will officiate the conference that is themed 'A Message On Islam At Present '


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from the website-
http://www.beliefnet.com/story/156/story_15688_1.html
we read how the King of Jordan is leading an effort to promote anti-terrorist thinking among Islamic peoples. (remember that this anti-terrorism theme is the basic idea behind the entire thesis of this topic)

Islamic Leaders Call to Combat Terrorism 
 
By the Associated Press 
November 28, 2004

AMMAN, Jordan - Islamic preachers must do more to provide religious instruction devoid of extremism and calls for violence , the top Egyptian religious affairs official said to a gathering of Muslim scholars and government officials on Sunday.

"Islamic preachers have a big responsibility to teach Muslims the 'real Islam' which stands against extremism and terrorism ," said Mahmoud Hamdi Zaqzouq, a member of Egypt's cabinet.
...
Jordan, a moderate Arab nation with close ties to the United States and a peace treaty with Israel, has sponsored several conferences recently promoting reforms in Muslim thinking to combat Islamic extremism . Last September, Jordan arrested nine Muslim preachers who lacked permission from the country's religious affairs ministry to deliver sermons.


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from the website-
http://www.menafn.com/qn_news_story_s.asp?StoryId=71065
we read how the money is going to pour into Jordan from the West

US, Jordanian, Iraqi and international experts participate in AJEX 2004 
 Jordan Times - 30/11/2004
 
Amman (JT) — The American Jordanian Exposition, organised by the American Chamber of Commerce in Jordan (AmCham-Jordan), will kick off with an opening ceremony on Wednesday under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah.
The conference and exhibition will take place on Dec. 1-2, 2004, according to a press release from the organisers.

"AJEX 2004 will explore and enforce the different possibilities available through capitalising on two-way trade opportunities made more available with the Jordan-US Free Trade Agreement , in its fourth year now,"says Azzam Shweihat, chairman of AmCham-Jordan.

"AJEX 2004 highlights Jordan's advantageous position for companies wanting to do business in Iraq and also wanting to create a base in Jordan to open new markets in the US, the EU and the region ," he indicated.

 
End 11-30-2004



12-01-2004

from the website-
http://www.brunei-online.com/bb/wed/dec1w14.htm
we read-
King Abdullah to lobby for Palestinian statehood in US visit
 
AMMAN (AFP) - Jordan's King Abdullah II pledged in talks Monday with PLO chairman Mahmud Abbas to lobby support for Palestinian statehood during a visit to Washington in December, state-run Petra news agency reported.
The king said he would "discuss with US President George W. Bush and administration officials raising support for steps taken by the Palestinian leadership to set up as soon as possible a Palestinian state," Petra said

 
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from the website-
http://www.talkradionews.com/news/article.php?articleID=317
we read-
December 1, 2004
Office of the Press Secretary (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Aboard Air Force One
En route Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

9:19 A.M. EST

MR. McCLELLAN: Let me start with one announcement to add to the schedule. The President will meet with King Abdullah of Jordan on December 6th, at the White House, to discuss developments in the Middle East , as well as key bilateral issues. And the President looks forward to welcoming King Abdullah back to the White House on December 6th. King Abdullah and Jordan have certainly been a staunch ally in the fight against terrorism and King Abdullah has been someone who has played a key role in helping to bring stability to Iraq and peace for the Middle East .


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from the website-
http://www.sierratimes.com/rss/newswire.php... .
we read-
Allawi holds talks in Jordan to rally support for Iraq vote
Posted: Wednesday December 1,2004 - 05:58:34 am

AMMAN (AFP) - Iraq 's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi held talks with King Abdullah II and Iraqi exiles in Jordan to muster support for January elections which several political parties want delayed.


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from the website-
http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041201-075923-1839r.htm
we read-

Jordan King: security is national priority

Amman, Jordan, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Jordan's King Abdullah told the nation Wednesday national security and stability topped the country's priorities and no one is allowed to meddle with them.
...
But without security and stability no development or progress could be achieved," he said.



End 12-01-2004


12-05-2005

from the website-
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&article_id=10666&categ_id=17
we read how the way is being prepared to remove the United States as a mediator and get a new mediator!!!

A better mediator is vital for successful Mideast peace-making
Saturday, December 04, 2004

And one of the major diplomatic casualties of recent years has been the credibility of the U.S. as a third party mediator and facilitator of peace talks.

 [We know that a Biblical character will ultimately "confirm" the agreement.]

from the website-
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/509775.html
we read how Jordan has reportedly offerred to mediate-

Jordan reportedly willing to mediate
Jordan is prepared to mediate a possible resumption of peace talks between Israel and Syria, the Al Watan Arabic-language newspaper reported Friday.

The reported Jordanian declaration follows Egypt's expressed willingness to mediate any peace talks without preconditions. Both Mubarak's spokesman, Maged Abdel Fattah, and United Nations Mideast envoy Terje Roed-Larsen said in late November that Assad is ready to restart peace talks.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Hani al-Malki on Thursday gave Syrian officials a letter from King Abdullah stating Jordan's willingness to act as mediator, Israel Radio quoted Qatar-based Al Watan as reporting.


End 12-05-2004


12-06-2004

from the website-
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/07/content_2302258.htm
we read-

Jordan seeks Int'l support for Mideast peace
 
www.chinaview.cn 2004-12-07 00:45:02

   AMMAN, Dec. 6 (Xinhuanet) -- Jordanian government spokeswoman Asma Khader on Monday said that the King Abdullah's current visits including the United States , are seeking the international support to resume the peace in the Mideast region.

   The summit between Abdullah and US President George W. Bush will highlight the Palestinian issue, Iraqi situation, Khader told reporters at a press conference.

   The spokeswoman stressed that the king's talks with Bush in Washington on Monday will cover means to support the Iraqis and rebuild their institutions.

   They would discuss ways to revive the peace process and support the Palestinian elections with a view to establish an independent Palestinian state, she added
.

from the website-
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/06/content_2301426.htm
we read-
Britain to host Mideast peace summit
 
www.chinaview.cn 2004-12-06 19:00:30

    LONDON, Dec. 6 (Xinhuanet) -- The British Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Monday that Britain would host an international peace conference on the Middle East in London early next year after winning an agreement from the United States.

    The meeting, planned for late January or early February, was likely to be attended by foreign ministers, the paper said, adding that British Prime Minister Tony Blair would discuss the details with Israeli and Palestinian leaders when he visits the Middle East this month.


 from the website-
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=10728
we read-

German FM eyes 'historic chance' for Mideast peace
Spanish minister expresses optimism

By Agence France Presse (AFP)
Monday, December 06, 2004

RAMALLAH, West Bank: German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said Sunday he detected an historic opportunity to advance toward a Palestinian state as he reinforced international efforts to revive the Middle East peace process.

Fischer, who said he had been filled with optimism by his talks with the new Palestinian leadership and top Israeli officials, predicted that U.S. President George W. Bush's second term in office would focus more effort on the conflict.

"This might be an historic opportunity to push forward the peace process in the next weeks and months in order to reach a two-state solution," Fischer said after talks with new PLO chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank town of Ramallah.


from the website-
http://www.jihadunspun.com/intheatre_internal.php?article=100814&list=/home.php
we read-
Saudi Government Hires Jordanian Anti-Riot Forces In Advance Of Major Demonstrations
Dec 06, 2004
By Bruce Kennedy, JUS

JUS has learned that the government of Saudi Arabia has requested an anti-riot force from Jordan to help maintain security during the upcoming demonstrations organized by the Islah movement. The request clearly shows that the security situation in Saudi is spiraling out of control and it appears that the Saudi government no longer trusts its own security force's ability to maintain its control over the Kingdom.

Jordan has responded by sending 7000 anti-riot soldiers with full riot gear. According to sources close to the Islah movement, the terms of the agreement are

• Jordanian soldiers have arrived in the country by sea on vessels carrying the Saudi flag

• 2500 soldiers were sent to Riyadh, 3500 to Jeddah, and 1000 were to guard Royal palaces.

• Each soldier will receive between SR8000-SR12000 per month. The Saudi Embassy in Jordan has already issued checks to the Jordanian government.


from the website-
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-12-06-bush-visitors_x.htm
we read-
Iraq's interim president, Jordan's king visit White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — Welcoming Iraq's interim president to the White House offers President Bush a chance to persuade Iraqi minority groups to participate in next month's election — a pivotal step toward a democracy still threatened by a violent insurgency.
Bush meets Monday with Ghazi al-Yawer, an influential leader in Sunni Muslim regions of Iraq where the fiercest battles against insurgents have been waged.

Both men want the Jan. 30 election held on time, but other Sunni leaders want it to be postponed, saying the ongoing violence in these areas would keep people from voting.

Al-Yawer's visit to the White House is a way to persuade Iraq's political minorities not to boycott the ballot.

"I don't know how many Sunnis are going to be open to the message, but in Middle Eastern terms, it's very symbolic to invite somebody into your house from a community you've been fighting with," said James Phillips, a specialist on Iraq and the Middle East at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank.

"It shows an openness to some kind of political settlement. It's trying to encourage them (the Sunnis) to include themselves in the power structure — and therefore help weaken the insurgency."

The Sunnis, who represent just one-fifth of the Iraqi population, wielded the power under Saddam Hussein. They fear the election will give Shiite Muslims, with 60% of the population, an overpowering grip on the nation. U.S. and Iraqi officials worry that a Sunni boycott could undermine the legitimacy of a new government.

Following his session with al-Yawer, Bush meets with Jordan's King Abdullah II and, following that, with Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade. The agenda likely includes discussion of efforts to restart peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians as well as the Iraqi election.

To bolster security ahead of the voting, the United States announced last week it was increasing its military force in Iraq to the highest level of the war, including the initial invasion in March 2003.

The 12,000-troop increase is to last only until March, but it says much about the strength and resiliency of the insurgency that U.S. military planners failed to foresee when Baghdad was toppled in April 2003.

The 135 American troops who died supporting U.S.-led operations in Iraq in November matches April of this year for the deadliest month since fighting began in March 2003.

Last week, al-Yawer told reporters in Baghdad that the security situation in some areas of Iraq remained "very bad."

"There are areas where no one has been able to give out even one voter registration sheet," said al-Yawer, who holds a more ceremonial role in Iraq's interim government than Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.


End 12-06-2004


12-19-2004

from the website-
http://web.israelinsider.com/Views/4556.htm
we read-
The window stays open
By M.J. Rosenberg   December 10, 2004

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's victory last night at the Likud Central Committee means that he has a clear mandate to bring the Labor Party into his government and to proceed with the Gaza withdrawal. Sharon is now free to take advantage of the various opportunities for achieving peace that have arisen in the post-Arafat era.

Those opportunities have seemed to appear one after another in the past few weeks: in Egypt, Jordan, the EU and the US, and even Syria . President Mubarak of Egypt has decided that perhaps Sharon is someone with whom he can do business. He released an Israeli prisoner long held in an Egyptian jail and has indicated willingness not only to assist in securing Egypt's border with Gaza but to help broker a full-fledged Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

Throughout this week reports emanated from Cairo that some breakthrough was in the air and, with Sharon's victory in the Likud committee vote last night, we may soon see just how far Mubarak will go. The signs are good. At the very least, Egypt may succeed in brokering a Hamas/PA agreement under which Hamas would agree to end attacks on Israel and to permit the PA to proceed with negotiations toward a final status agreement.

The Jordanians are on board. King Abdullah was in Washington this week to encourage President Bush to push hard to implement the roadmap. He urged the President to release $20 million in direct aid to the Palestinians as a sign of American good faith. Bush went ahead and sent the money which he coupled with a renewed call for a Palestinian state living side-by-side with Israel. There is a growing sense in Europe that Bush is serious about moving on the Israeli-Palestinian front which is fueling EU interest in the Roadmap it helped develop but on which it had basically given up.

Prime Minister Blair rarely misses an opportunity to press Bush. With his own re-election campaign looming -- and still suffering a serious loss in popularity over his support for the Iraq war -- Blair needs to see some Israeli-Palestinian movement. In the UK, as throughout Europe, the status quo is viewed as disastrous.

Even the Syrians are getting into the act . President Assad hosted a high-level group of moderate Palestinians in Damascus (previously the Syrians had boycotted Palestinians who supported negotiations with Israel) and says that he is ready to negotiate with Sharon with no preconditions. If Assad goes ahead and closes the terrorist offices in Damascus, Israeli-Syrian negotiations (which almost produced an agreement just a few years ago) will likely be resumed.

And then there are the Palestinians who are, with the Israelis, the central players. They have moved rather seamlessly from the Arafat to the post-Arafat era. Elections are scheduled for January 9th and, so far, so good. Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) looks like the front-runner which, if his lead holds, would indicate that the Palestinians are opting for negotiations and accommodation with Israel rather than the failed policy of intifada. Public opinion polls show a clear majority of Palestinians favor negotiations with Israel over continued confrontation (which neatly match the clear majority of Israelis who would give up the territories for peace with the Palestinians).

Young Palestinians, traditionally the most militant, also seem ready for a new chapter in Palestinian life. That is what I heard the other day in an e-mail I received yesterday from Fadi Elsalameen, a 20-year old Palestinian who is from the Hebron area.

He wrote me about the mixed feelings he experienced at Yasir Arafat's funeral. He had met Arafat and, like all Palestinians his age, had known no other leader. He believes Arafat put his people on the map but that the past is past. "We young Palestinians are faced with uncertainty. Our people feel lost and beat and our elders are sad to think that their children and grandchildren will share their same destiny -- never to live in peace in an independent Palestinian state."

To avoid that fate "people are ready to move on ." And, for him, that means moving toward pragmatism and supporting Abu Mazen -- even if, for the young, Abu Mazen typifies the old guard. "The formal succession process is less important than the changes that are now possible in Palestinian politics -- changes that include the shift from politics based on individuals and the cult of personality to institutions. We need a leader that we can respect and hold accountable , who will introduce the change from governance based on centralized and arbitrary authority to governance that is good, transparent, and accountable."


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from the website-
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apmideast_story.asp...
we read-
Hopes for Mideast peace breakthrough high

By STEVEN GUTKIN
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- A rare optimism is taking hold among Palestinians amid signs of a possible breakthrough in the long-deadlocked Mideast peace process. Palestinians are looking to next month's election to replace Yasser Arafat as a new opportunity for peace and perhaps the first real democracy in the Arab world - and their support for violent militants appears to be waning, polls say.

"We want to live freely, to live like other human beings, to feel peace and security, not to worry about the future of my sons," said Hisham Karm, 33, speaking on a Gaza street. The new hopes for peace - stronger than at any time since the outbreak of the Palestinian uprising four years ago - are shared by Israel and much of the international community. In recent days, Egypt's president praised Ariel Sharon, Israel offered the Palestinians "quiet for quiet" and even Syria said it's ready to talk.

Still, the intefadeh, or uprising, isn't over, peace talks are a ways off and life for most Palestinians is as hard as ever. Both Israeli Prime Minister Sharon and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have taken to dousing the euphoria, explaining that no magical peace leap is at hand.

Mubarak was quoted in an Egyptian newspaper Friday as denying the country's ambassador would soon return to Tel Aviv, four years after he was summoned home in protest at what Egypt said was Israel's excessive use of force against Palestinians.

Yet the optimism itself is changing the region's political dynamics, bolstering moderate voices among the Palestinians , and making it easier for Sharon to push through his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements next year.

Sharon on Friday invited the dovish Labor Party to join his flagging coalition a day after a majority of 3,000 leaders of his own Likud Party voted to let it happen. Even though many Likud members supported Sharon out of fear of elections instead of any newfound warmth for peace, such a victory would have likely eluded Sharon only weeks ago, when gloom reigned supreme in the Middle East and hard-liners often held sway.

Two polls this month showed a drop in support for the militant Hamas group and an increase for the mainstream Fatah movement . The independent Jerusalem Media and Communication Center, in a survey of 1,200 people with a 3 percent error margin, found that 52 percent of Palestinians now oppose militant attacks on Israelis, compared with 26.9 percent in June.


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from the website-
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/13/content_2326227.htm
we read-
Egypt, US discuss Mideast peace process
 www.chinaview.cn 2004-12-13 02:00:08

    CAIRO, Dec. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit met visiting US Foreign Relations Council Chairman Richard Haas on Sunday on Mideast peace process, the official MENA newsagency reported.

    Abul Gheit asserted the need to offer genuine and sincere support to the Middle East peace process and more help to the Palestinians to allow them to get through the hardships of the coming period.

    He also briefed the US official on the Egypt's efforts to unify Palestinian ranks, arrangements for a power transfer in the Palestinian territories and future support to the Palestinians .According to the report, during the talks, the two sides also discussed Egypt's role in paving the way for the restart of peace talks, Israeli plans of withdrawing from Gaza and the Palestinian elections


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from the website-
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/16/international/middleeast/16cnd-mideast.html
we read-

December 16, 2004
Sharon Predicts 'Breakthrough' in Ties With Palestinians
By STEVEN ERLANGER
 
ERZLIYA, Israel, Dec. 16 - Next year could bring a "historic breakthrough" in Israel's relations with the Palestinians , a buoyant Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel said today, insisting that his plan to pull out of Gaza had united the country, even if it had divided his own party.

Mr. Sharon said that his government would implement his proposal to dismantle all the Israeli settlements in Gaza and four small ones in the West Bank on schedule, and that he wanted to coordinate it with a new, elected Palestinian leadership that turned its back on violence.

"In 2005 we have the opportunity for an historic breakthrough in relations between us and the Palestinians, a breakthrough for which we have waited many years," Mr. Sharon told delegates to the annual Herzliya conference on policy and strategy.

Israel also has the opportunity to "establish a new partnership with the international community in the struggle against terror and regional and global instability," he said.

But to take advantage of those opportunities, Israel "must take the initiative," he said, adding: " This is the hour, this is the time. This is the national test ."

Leaving Gaza and fighting violence against Israeli civilians have united Israelis around the goals that matter, he said.

"It is uniting us in distinguishing between goals that deserve to be fought for, since they are truly in our souls - such as Jerusalem, the large settlement blocks, the security zones and maintaining Israel's character as a Jewish state - rather than the goals where it is clear to all of us that they will not be realized, and that most of the public is not ready, justifiably, to sacrifice so much for."

By the latter, Mr. Sharon meant the settlements in Gaza - and by implication, a significant but unstated percentage of the settlements in the West Bank.

He insisted that his understanding of Israel's "most essential interests" was shared with the United States and the Bush administration. He defined those issues as a refusal to return to 1967 borders, "allowing Israel to permanently keep large settlement blocs which have high Israeli populations and the total refusal to allow Palestinian refugees to return to Israel."

In addition, he insisted that Israel had won the argument that there should be no movement toward recognizing a Palestinian state until the Palestinians "take genuine action against terror until it is eliminated, advance real reforms and stop teaching hatred toward Israel."

Mr. Sharon was speaking to a national audience on television, on a day when his efforts to expand his minority coalition stalled temporarily, with the religious Shas party refusing to join him and the Labor Party temporarily suspending negotiations in a bitter dispute about ministerial portfolios.

But Mr. Sharon's mood was optimistic and self-confident, and he promised that concrete steps by a new Palestinian leadership would be met in kind by Israel. "Now there is a real chance that new Palestinian leaders will rise, those who will be elected, who will truly abandon the path of terror and instead will advance a strategy of reconciliation and negotiation," he said.

Israel would try to help the Palestinians to be ready to take over Gaza next year, he said, as an important first step toward an eventual Palestinian state.


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From the website-
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3&art_id=vn20041217032727370C133908
we read-
Israel says yes to Middle East conference

Herzliya - Israel has agreed to attend a Mideast conference in London early in 2005, backing off its earlier reluctance to participate in the gathering, a senior official said on Thursday.

The official, speaking anonymously, said Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had sent a letter to British Prime Minister Tony Blair saying that Israel was ready to attend the conference, tentatively scheduled for February .

The conference, if it takes place, will signal the international community's biggest diplomatic push in the region since the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in November .

Blair is expected to discuss the matter during a visit to Israel and the Palestinian areas next week. Britain's Foreign Office on Thursday refused to give details about the possible conference.



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12-20-2004

From the website-
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-12/21/content_2360275.htm
we read-

Syria's Assad will visit Jordan: spokeswoman
 www.chinaview.cn 2004-12-21 03:39:01

    AMMAN, Dec. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Jordanian government spokeswoman Asma Khader said here on Monday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will visit Jordan later this month.   Khader said at a press conference that Assad and Jordan's King Abdullah II will hold a summit on the border issue, Iraq, Palestine and the Golan Heights.

    She said Jordan is very interested in reviving peace talks between Syria, Lebanon and Israel, but she ruled out plans or arrangements for secret meetings between President Assad and Israeli officials in Amman.     Jordan is one of the two Arab countries that have signed a peace treaty with Israel.

 
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12-22-2004

from the website-
http://news.ft.com/cms/s/e5def3b4-5445-11d9-a749-00000e2511c8.html
we read-
Blair wins support for Mideast peace initiative
By Ben Hall in Jerusalem
Published: December 22 2004 18:20 | Last updated: December 22 2004 18:20

Tony Blair on Wednesday put himself at the centre of international efforts to revive the Middle East peace process after winning Israeli and Palestinian support for a conference in London next year.

The British prime minister's initiative received a further boost after his office confirmed that Condoleezza Rice, the incoming US secretary of state, would attend the meeting, expected in early March.

British officials took her participation as a signal of Washington's willingness to engage with a new Palestinian leadership following the death of Yassir Arafat, the Palestine Liberation Organisation chief and president of the Palestinian Authority.


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12-23-2004

from the website -
http://www.albawaba.com/en/news/178569
we read-
King Abdullah meets Sharon deputy, urges Israel to support Palestinian leaders
Jordan's King Abdullah II on Thursday urged Israel to support the Palestinian leadership's efforts which aim at holding elections in a suitable climate. Upon the monarch's meeting with Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade Ehud Olmert, Abdullah stressed that the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza Strip should be part of the roadmap peace plan and a prelude for a full Israeli pullout from the Palestinian territories, Petra reported


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from the website-
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=74072
we read-
Sharon Calls on Jordan to Bring Back its Ambassador
17:40 Dec 23, '04 / 11 Tevet 5765
 
(IsraelNN.com) Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sent a message with Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who met in Jordan today with King Abdullah after signing an agreement in his capacity of Industry and Trade Minister. Sharon is calling on Amman to send its ambassador back to Israel, even before the January 9th general elections in the PA.

Jordan, like Egypt, recalled its ambassador in an act of protest against IDF operations in PA areas in response to the Oslo War.

 


 
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01-09-2005

from the website-
http://www.ipc.gov.ps/ipc_new/english/details.asp?name=1884
we read how the King of Jordan still leads Arab nations in the call for Mideast peace

King Abdullah of Jordan: World Should Contribute to Mideast Peace
 
AMMAN, January 5, 2005 (IPC+WAFA)-- King Abdullah II of Jordan, emphasized yesterday the need for mobilizing an international support for the upcoming new Palestinian leadership by facilitating the January 9 presidential elections, Palestine News Agency (WAFA) reported.

The Jordanian Monarch, who was welcoming a delegation of the British House of Commons, stressed that it is very important to seize the moment to move the peace process forward by encouraging both the Palestinians and Israelis to abide completely by the internationally-backed road map peace blueprint


from the website-
http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/050105/2005010520.html
we read how the King of Jordan is getting connected to US Senators

Kerry visits Jordan within a tour on the region
Jordan-USA, Politics, 1/5/2005

The Jordanian king Abdullah II met in Amman on Tuesday the former candidate for the American Presidential elections Senator John Kerry who had arrived in Jordan on Monday starting a tour on the region covering Iraq.

The Jordanian official news agency Petra said that Kerry discussed with Abdullah "political developments taking place in the region and the efforts aiming at reviving the peace process and achieving security and stability in Iraq."

Kerry expressed his appreciation for the efforts made by Jordan in order to build a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle east . In a statement, the American embassy in Amman announced that Kerry "arrived on Monday in Amman within a tour on the region" covering Israel. The statements added that the Senator will be meeting during his visit with "high ranking Jordanian officials."

from the website of the White House
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/01/20050105-3.html
we read how President Bush is on the phone with the King of Jordan, and the President of Egypt

Press Gaggle by Scott McClellan
Aboard Air Force One

En Route Collinsville, Illinois

12:24 P.M. EST

MR. McCLELLAN: All right, good morning, everybody. I've got a few world leader calls to read out, and a few announcements to make to begin with. First of all, this morning the President had three world leader phone calls . He spoke with King Abdullah of Jordan about Iraq . [One thing is certain, the King can not stop talking about Iraq] Jordan is going to be hosting the foreign ministers meeting of Iraq's neighbors on January 6th , and the President told the King that he hoped the conference would encourage participation by all Iraqis in the upcoming election. And the King agreed that promoting democracy in Iraq was a goal we all shared.

And then, following that, the President spoke with President Mubarak about Iraq in advance of the Arab League ministers meeting, which is in Cairo on January 12th. And one of the topics, obviously, they'll be discussing there is Iraq. President Mubarak assured the President that he shared the United States' support for the political process in Iraq. And the President thanked President Mubarak for his leadership in the run-up to the elections, the Palestinian elections on January 9th.

And the third phone call was with President Yawer of Iraq . The President expressed strong support for the political process in Iraq, and the President talked about the importance of moving forward on the elections. The President also expressed his appreciation for President Yawer's leadership during this important period in Iraq's history. And so those were the three phone calls.




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01-24-2005

from the website-
http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4038608
we read how the possibility for peace increases with the acquiescence of Palestinian hardliners

Mideast Peace Hopes Edge Closer with Peace Accord
The new Palestinian leader said he’s nearing a truce accord with militant groups and Israel pledged to hold its fire if calm prevails, moving the two sides closer to halting four years of bloody violence.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas extended his stay in Gaza until today to try to win a declaration from armed groups that they will halt attacks against Israelis. Abbas has been meeting representatives of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a group with ties to his Fatah movement. Israeli leaders said yesterday that they would suspend military operations if the Palestinians maintain calm, taking a major step toward a truce. As in the past, the Palestinians were negotiating among themselves about conditions for halting violence without directly involving Israel – but making parallel demands on the Israelis. A truce was not formally in place, but little violence was reported yesterday as about 3,000 Palestinian police patrolled parts of Gaza near the Israeli border for a third day to prevent militants from firing rockets. Though there have been other brief periods of quiet during four years of violence, optimism was high. Abbas, who succeeded Yasser Arafat after winning a January 9 election, was working around the clock to stop the violence, backing up his earlier statements that violent Palestinian resistance is a mistake.

And on the Israeli side, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon responded positively to Palestinian moves for the first time, reflecting some confidence in Abbas, in stark contrast to Israel’s attitude toward Arafat.

Abbas remained in Gaza yesterday, cancelling plans to return to his West Bank headquarters in Ramallah. He told Palestinian TV that a truce was near.


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01-27-2005
from the website-
http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/LondonFreePress/News/2005/01/27/911366-sun.html
we read-

Mideast peace summit planned

JERUSALEM -- Israeli and Palestinian negotiators achieved significant progress yesterday toward ending violence and resuming peace talks, completing a plan for deploying Palestinian forces in the southern Gaza Strip and aiming for a summit within two weeks between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders. A senior aide to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and a Palestinian cabinet minister sat down together to discuss the summit idea and an emerging truce deal -- the first high-level diplomatic contact between the two sides in months.


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02-04-2005

from the website-
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/02/04/wmid04.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/02/04/ixnewstop.html
we read-

Palestinian ceasefire ends four-year intifada
By Inigo Gilmore in Tel Aviv
(Filed: 04/02/2005)

The Palestinians will officially declare an end to four years of armed confrontation with Israel when they announce a ceasefire at a summit in Egypt next week, Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, said yesterday.


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02-06-2005

from the website-
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-izpals5feb05,0,6107877.story?coll=la-news-comment-editorials
we read-

A Special Moment in Mideast

It's always dangerous to hope for too much in the Middle East. The sharp decline in violence since Mahmoud Abbas was elected to succeed Yasser Arafat as head of the Palestinian Authority is a moment that could easily collapse. But for the first time in years, there's a sense that it could, this time, be a harbinger of a more lasting peace.

The Israeli Cabinet this week approved the release of 900 Palestinian prisoners and withdrawal of the army from several West Bank cities. Those are just the latest steps in the improvements that have drawn the United States energetically back into the peace process.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is on her first overseas trip as Washington's top diplomat and will soon meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Abbas. President Bush, in his State of the Union speech, said the U.S. will provide $350 million to the Palestinian Authority for political, economic and security reforms. Rice's visit, the financial aid and, as icing on the cake, Bush's invitation to Abbas to visit the White House will let Abbas show the Palestinians that he, not Islamic radicals and terrorists, can deliver a better future.

and from
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-mideast6feb06,0,5535308.story?coll=la-news-comment-editorials

we read-
Abdullah Points the Way

It's good to see that King Abdullah II of Jordan gets it. Now if only he'd share his insight with the Saudi and Egyptian autocrats. In an interview on CNN two weeks ago, Abdullah said that the January elections in the Palestinian territories and Iraq were part of a "process that the Middle East needs, and one that needs to be taken seriously." He undoubtedly delighted the White House when he said the balloting will "help countries such as Jordan to be able to push the envelope" of democracy.

Jordan has a freewheeling parliament and appears positively enlightened compared with its Arab neighbors. But it ensures that the kingdom's press toes the line, and even members of parliament know better than to criticize the monarchy too vociferously. Still, the king deserves credit for his announcement days before the Iraq election that he wants to decentralize political power by creating elected regional councils.

Abdullah and his relative openness contrast sharply with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is floating the idea that he'll run for a fifth term this year. He has maintained an iron grip on power since 1981, when he succeeded assassinated President Anwar Sadat. Mubarak's government Monday jailed an opposition leader, Ayman Nour, who called for democratic elections in the country. Six years ago, Mubarak was alone on the presidential ballot and captured 94% of the vote.


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02-09-2005

from the website-
http://www.keralanext.com/news/indexread.asp?id=107825
we read-

Middle East, US jumps ‘both feet’ into Mideast peace process

20 Hours,56 minutes Ago 

[Middle East News]: ROME - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flew into the Middle East this week happy to let Israelis and Palestinians work out their problems. By the time she left, Washington was knee-deep in the process.

Rice wound up talks in Israel and the West Bank on Monday making it clear the United States was ready to dive back into the fray after keeping a low profile during faltering efforts to implement a peace “roadmap” .

She named a three-star US general “senior security coordinator” to help shape up Palestinian forces and monitor efforts to make an expected ceasefire stick after 52 months of bloodshed.

She said Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah II would all come to Washington separately for talks with President George W. Bush.

Rice prepared to attend a March 1 conference in London on Palestinian reforms as well as a meeting of the Middle East ”quartet” -- the United States, EU, United Nations and Russia -- likely to be convened earlier.

Perhaps more fundamentally, the United States served notice it would act as referee to make sure both sides abided by the roadmap aimed at the ultimate establishment of a Palestinian state.
 
“There are going to be specific things that the parties need to do and we will not hesitate to say to the parties when those obligations are not being met,” Rice told reporters in Tel Aviv.

Barely three months ago the roadmap looked dead and the Bush administration was keeping a discreet distance from the process. But it sounded a different note Monday.

We’re back in with both feet,” a senior State Department official, who asked not to be named, said on the eve of the first Israeli-Palestinian summit in more than four years.

US officials ascribed the shift to the dramatically altered political landscape since Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s death in November and his replacement by the more-moderate Mahmud Abbas.

But the tenor of Washington’s approach to each of the parties also appears to have changed.

After years of shunning Arafat as a hapless bystander, if not a willing accomplice, in anti-Israel attacks, the Americans have warmly embraced Abbas and his first, tentative steps to rein in Islamic militants.

Bush said Monday he was “impressed” by Abbas’ performance so far and Rice added that they were “very encouraged” by his initial moves to restore order and lay the basis for a ceasefire.


Friends, we have said all along that two contradictory trends would develop simultaneously - the peace process and the acceleration toward the Magog invasion.  Given the peace news above and the recent revelations of Seymour Hersh regarding the US military involvement with respect to the "Shia" nation , these two trends are both accelerating rapidly.  In fact, the countries that are involved in the peace process represent the nations forming the endtime Biblical "Assyria" - Jordan, Syria and its vassal Lebanon, while at the same time, Persia etc are gearing up for war.
 
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02-10-2005

from the website-
http://debka.com/article.php?aid=980

we read-
The Middle East Club of Four Is Founded in Sharm

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis

February 8, 2005, 11:36 PM (GMT+02:00)

The most significant feature of the four-way summit that took place on Tuesday, February 8, at the Egyptian Red Sea resort to Sharm el-Sheikh, was that it was the first time in Israel’s 57 years’ life that one of its leaders was asked to join three Arab rulers at any forum without outside mediators or an international aegis.

The key to this unique event was embodied in President George W. Bush’s directive Thursday night, February 3, to secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, not to show up at the Middle East summit. The European Union followed her lead, as did Arab leaders who planned to attend like the King of Morocco, the emir of Qatar and the Tunisian president. Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, the newly-elected Palestinian Authority chairman, Mahmoud Abbas – Abu Mazen, Jordan’s King Abdullah and their beaming host, President Hosni Mubara k, were thus thrown together alone and confronted with the task of forging a form of accord. With careful choreographing and expectations of little more than initial ice-breaking in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, they succeeded quite well.

In this sense, the Sharm summit stood out as a landmark with two far-reaching implications:

1. A new Middle East Club of Four came into being . With a good measure of audacity and inventiveness, this bloc could dictate the next steps towards lifting the Israel-Palestinian dispute out of its stalemate – or even play a role in other conflicts, such as Lebanon and Iraq. Mubarak hinted as much in his closing speech when he urged Israel to embrace Syria and Lebanon in its peace diplomacy. This call was taken as a token response to a request from Syrian president Bashar Assad to raise the Syrian issue at the summit. In fact, the Egyptian ruler was already beginning to weave other regional issues in with the conflict on the table.

2. The Middle East Club of Four will need to pace itself against that of the absent nations – Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, all the Gulf emirates and even East Africa. Interestingly, by coming together alone, the four leaders cut themselves off from big power or even regional intervention. If the group endures long enough, it
might even solidify into a distinct  Egyptian-Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian military-intelligence pact . A candidate for fifth member might be Iraq , which might find useful alternative export routes for its oil through Jordan’s Red Sea port of Aqaba and Israel’s Mediterranean ports of Haifa or Ashkelon.

The current abject state of Palestinian-Israeli relations after four and a half years of bloody terrorism and conflict makes such prospects seem like an impossible dream. However, according to DEBKAfile’s Washington sources, administration Middle East strategists have begun thinking on those lines and even taken the first exploratory steps in this direction .

The group of NATO naval officers which landed two days before the Sharm summit in Israel’s Red Sea port of Eilat and neighboring Jordanian Aqaba to inspect naval facilities did not come out of the blue. As DEBKAfile reported, the Israeli and Jordanian officers who received the visitors gained the impression that the plan was for NATO warships to dock in Eilat early next mont h.

NATO has not hitherto collaborated with the US fleet in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba for fear of getting involved in the American war effort in Iraq. Certainly, this would be the first time that NATO has worked with the Israeli or Jordanian navies. Circles in the alliance suggest the expansion was prompted by al Qaeda’s bombing attacks on Sinai resorts last October, the terror group’s ongoing presence in the Egyptian peninsula, and its use of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba as routes for the clandestine movement of terrorists into Sinai, from western Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Sudan. But NATO officials do not deny that their naval presence will also provide a safety umbrella for convoys with supplies destined for Iraq putting in at Aqaba.

The importance of the Sharm Four as the core of a new alliance also explains why Washington appointed an officer as senior as Lt. General William E. (Kip) Ward, deputy chief of US ground forces in Europe, as security coordinator between the United States, Israel, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinians .

This dramatic new turn of events will be further explored in the coming

DEBKA-Net-Weekly (for subscribers) published on Friday, January, February 11.


To subscribe to DEBKA-Net-Weekly, go to Debka.com.   That Iraq is going to be joined with Jordan, see this .

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02-12-2005

Looks like Syria is going to become involved in the peace process.

see the website-
http://www.khaleejtimes.com

Syria to host meeting of regional neighbours to revive peace plan: Jordan
(AFP)

10 February 2005

AMMAN - Jordanian Foreign Minister Hani Mulki said preparations were underway for a five-way meeting of Israel’s neighbours in Damascus to revive an Arab peace plan, as he started Thursday a one-day visit to Syria.

Mulki, in statements to Al Rai and Al Dustour dailies, said the meeting would bring together Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and the Palestinians in a bid to revive the Arab initiative for peace with Israel that was launched at a summit in Lebanon in 2002.

He said that he would discuss the meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Faruq al-Shara during his visit, as well as briefing officials on the outcome of Tuesday’s landmark summit in Egypt between Israel and the Palestinians.

The five-way meeting would be aimed at “coordinating Arab positions concerning the peace process and the developments surrounding it,” Mulki said. He did not indicate when it would be held.

In the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas declared a mutual ceasefire in the presence of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

In remarks at the summit, host Mubarak expressed hopes for a resumption of the Syrian and Lebanese peace tracks with Israel which have also been frozen for several years.


One reason this is significant is that it is clear that the 10 Kings to share power with the antichrist later in the tribulation include the area of Syria.

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02-17-2005

As we always say- "I may be wrong but the Bible is never wrong."  The 02-12-2005 posting above is a clear example of being wrong.  After careful study of maps we found that Syria is, after all, NOT an area for the ten kings .
The truth of the matter is (given the recent developments in Lebanon/Syria, cited in the link above) we find that Syria's exclusion better fits a true understanding of the prophecy about the ten kings as well as MidEast peace.

We could have placed these next pieces of research on several pages, but, let's do it here.  It's a good place to start.

First of all, if anyone believes that the United States is not in prophecy, they may be correct.  But, if anyone believes that the United States is not at the center of developments in the MidEast, they need to think again.  The United States is a major player and, if the truth were known, we'd see that they are involved on all "sides."  An example is cited in the following article which is LOADED with Bible prophecy indicators.  These "indicators" are, simply put, the Bush-Neocon MidEast policy.  The following article is an amazing sight to someone who has studied Bible prophecy for 40 years (while believing the Lord would come in his lifetime).

http://larouchepub.com/other/2005/3206swasia_paradox.html

Strategic Analysis:
Bush's Middle East Policy Paradox
by Jeffrey Steinberg

Any non-crazy person attempting to assess the Bush Administration's current policy towards Southwest Asia
[his Bush-critical word meaning that the MidEast strategy is really about central Asia], quickly concludes that it is time to reach for the Excedrin headache pill. All at the same time, Team Bush is pursuing three contradictory policy objectives :

First, it is promoting a peace agreement between Israel and the post-Yasser Arafat Palestinian Authority , based on a two-state solution. Top Bush Administration officials insist that a Palestinian state must be a "viable, contiguous territory," incorporating the Gaza Strip and as-yet-to-be determined portions of the West Bank.

The second policy objective is conducting covert destabilization operations against Iran , from bases in neighboring countries—with involvement of Israeli commandos, who are extremely active in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq .

The third contradictory facet of Bush policy towards Southwest Asia centers on Iraq. The Egyptian source reported that there is a deal between Bush and Sharon, linking an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza to an assurance from Washington that there will be no strong government, ever again, in Baghdad . To assure this, Washington has given Israel the green light to deploy large numbers of military and intelligence personnel into the Kurdish region of northern Iraq . They are training and backing the insurgency operations of the MEK against Iran, but also establishing other economic and political roots in the Kurdish soil.This has created a deep rift between Israel and Turkey [parts of Turkey are included in the Magog invasion ]. According to the Egyptian source, at a recent international conference, the Turkish Foreign Minister refused even to greet his Israeli counterpart, Silvan Shalom. Turkey is convinced that any further autonomy concessions to the Kurds will only fuel larger independence efforts, including efforts to grab Turkish, Syrian, and Iranian Kurdish territory to forge a Kurdistan state [the beginnings of the empire of antichrist ].

ALL  of the above situations, which are the results of policies of the United States, are leading to near term prophecy fulfillment.  Of course, no one in the Bush administration knows anything about Bible prophecy and they do not need to know prophecy because the "heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord and like the rivers of waters He turneth it whithersoever He will .".  By the way, if any of you scoffers are lurking around wanting to blame Bush for catering to Bible "crazies" like me, consider this: Bush does not work for the "religious right."  Most of the "religious right" itself knows nothing about Bible prophecy in any case.  The vast majority of the "religious right" would take exception [for one reason or another] to what is said on this website.  The view presented here is assuredly a minority viewpoint, to say the least.  When I try to discuss these topics with many local church folks, they just look at me and say, "He can't come for another 15 years or so."  These events are going to catch the vast majority of the "church-going" public by surprise.  So, how can Bush be working for these people [in order to fill their wishes] when the focus of these people is on something else?

Strangely enough, the above article is written by a decidedly anti-dispensationalist (translate dispensationalist as Bible literalist) website. In fact, the website would be more accurately described as totally secular, in spite of vague references to achieving ethical results in the world.  The site recently published a separate indictment of "dispensationalists" and "Darbyists" (also called "armaggedonists" by those with similar viewpoints.)  Don't you find it ironic that those who publish articles criticizing Bible literalists also publish articles that clearly demonstrate (without the authors even knowing it) that the prophecies the Bible literalists believe are happening right before their eyes?  The above article is a good example.

If you observe the fact that the recent nominee for National Intelligence Director, John Negroponte, is the former ambassador to Iraq, you begin to understand that the importance placed on developments in the area of Iraq are the chief focus of the United States.  The embassy in Iraq is the largest one in the world for the U.S.  This embassy is swarming with intelligence types.

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We have said that a form of "peace" is required as a prerequisite to the Magog invasion .  Listen to the words of Bush.  They not only render the same sequence of events, but also indicate that he knows more about Iran than he's saying.

from http://debka.com
we read-

Bush told reporters when asked how US would react if Israel attacked nuclear-armed Iran: We are trying to solve problem diplomatically. But if I was Israel’s leader and heard ayatollahs’ statements I would be concerned too.
Israel is our ally and we will support Israel if its security is threatened. We hope to develop with Europe and Israel a strategy for this issue. US president added: I would like to see progress on a democratic Palestinian state so that there will be peace with Israel – in that order.

Is he saying that a "strategy for this issue" [Iran] comes later ?  It sure does seem that way..

End 02-17-2005


02-22-2005

from the website-
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/543589.html
we read-
Jordanian envoy: Peace deal between Israel, PA close  
 
By Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent and Agencies
 
Jordan's new Ambassador to Israel, Marouf al-Bakhit, believes an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty is within reach.
 
"I followed the talks in 2000 and 2001 closely. At the Taba talks the positions were only centimeters apart," he told reporters Tuesday in a first interview with Israeli media.

Al-Bakhit, who since 1999 monitored the peace talks on Jordan's behalf, believes that gambling on interim agreements failed and it is now time to negotiate a permanent agreement under the road map framework.

"The peoples of the region have suffered enough. Everyone is waiting for peace, including Syria and Lebanon," he said.

Al-Bakhit sees as a top priority the problem of Jordanian prisoners in Israel. "We have a peace treaty and we should leave this problem behind us," he said.

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02-26-2005

From the website-
http://middle-east.news.designerz.com/jordanian-ruler-sees-golden-opportunity-for-mideast-peace.html?d20050225
we read-
Jordanian Ruler Sees Golden Opportunity for Mideast Peace

King Abdullah II, on a visit to Germany, said there was now a golden opportunity for progress in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict... The King is on a European tour that takes in France and Britain,


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03-06-2005

from the website-
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/547285.html
we read of the Jordanian Embassy opening in Israel (their title, not mine)-

Warmer by the minute  
 
By Yoav Stern
 
The arrival of Jordanian Ambassador Dr. Marouf al-Bakhit revived the embassy, which is located in a multi-story building in Ramat Gan. Two days after Bakhit's February 20 arrival, the telephones began ringing and new initiatives were offered.
Bakhit makes a point of starting our interview in Arabic, as befits a representative of the Hashemite Kingdom. Bakhit's military past is evident in his concise speech, and the scar on his face gives him a stern appearance. He is intelligent and quick-witted. Before retiring from the army in 1999 at the rank equivalent to major general, he was the military commander of the only college in Jordan that is half civilian, half military.

Following his retirement he was appointed "Peace Process Coordinator ," a very important job from Jordan's perspective. Bakhit had to follow the progress of the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and to make sure Jordanian interests were protected.

"There are a great many issues that affect Jordan in the agreements between you and the Palestinians," explained Bakhit in an interview to the Israeli media shortly after his arrival. "I had to make sure that we were not harmed in areas such as water, refugees and Jerusalem."

The post of Jordanian ambassador to Israel had not been filled since 2000, when the Al-Aqsa intifada erupted a few days before the arrival of the new ambassador. His arrival was postponed again and again until he was appointed to a different post, and only a deputy remained at the embassy here.

The new mood that Bakhit has brought with him to the embassy proves that the presence of the ambassador is crucial to relations between the two countries. Bakhit has connections not only with the Jordanian Foreign Ministry, but also knows King Abdullah personally.

"One could say that we are colleagues," says Bakhit with a smile. "We are both military men."

In the past few months the highest echelons in Amman decided to promote ties between Jordan and Israel after a cold spell that lasted years. Although Amman was waiting for an Egyptian declaration of the return of its ambassador, from the moment the decision was made in principle, the new Jordanian ambassador's arrival became imminent. The Jordanians were apparently fed up with waiting for Egypt, which for its own reasons is stalling the warming of relations with Israel.


 End 03-06-2005


03-07-2005

from the website-
http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/549084.html
we read of the Jordanian King's intention to renew a peace agreement between Arab states and Israel

Last Update: 07/03/2005 23:27
 
Jordan's king to try to update Arab peace offer to Israel  
 By The Associated Press
 
Jordan's King Abdullah II said he would work to update a 2002 Arab League offer, giving Israel peace with all the Arab states in return for reaching a peace deal with the Palestinians including withdrawal from all occupied territories, in an interview broadcast Monday.
 
Talking to Channel Two TV, he said there is a need to "re-articulate" the offer at the upcoming Arab summit in Algiers, Algeria to take into account Israel's concerns. The offer included recognition of Israel by all Arab nations in return for Israel's withdrawal from the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights, along with promising an agreed solution for Palestinian refugees.

"The true prize, I think, is for Israel to have peace in the Arab world is from Morocco on the Atlantic to Oman on the Indian Ocean," the king said.    King Abdullah said he was surprised that Israel had not responded positively to the first initiative.

Discussing bilateral Israeli-Jordanian relations, King Abdullah said he was confident the dispute over the release of Jordanian prisoners held by Israel would be resolved.  King Abdullah said the major point of contention were those Jordanians who had killed Israelis.

Israel is holding 21 Jordanian prisoners, four of whom were directly involved in killing Israelis. Jordan has long demanded release of all of them. King Abdullah's comments in the TV interview were the first indication that Jordan would accept freedom for some before the others. "Obviously there are two groups of prisoners - there is one large group who don't have blood on their hands, there are others that do," he said. "The smaller group is something that needs to be discussed and agreed upon between both governments."

The interview also focused on Jordan's role in trying to promote a positive view of Islam around the world.  King Abdullah said a small deviant sect of Islam had given the religion a bad name. "All those that take the lives of innocent people, that live on destruction and hatred have nothing to do with it [Islam]."

The king said meetings held with other Muslim governments, aimed at bringing out the "silent moderate majority" of Islam, were very positive


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03-20-2005

from the website
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/LKAU-6ALJNJ?OpenDocument
we read how the Arab Summit will be immersed in the peace process.  The significance of this is that the track does not include Israel and is the Ten Kings track.

New-look Mideast peace plan, reforms to top agenda at Arab summit

by Randa Habib

ALGIERS, March 18 (AFP) - Arab leaders next week will resurrect a three-year-old initiative for peace in the Middle East and assess the sluggish pace of reform in the region as they meet for a summit in Algeria.

Moderate Arab countries hope to resubmit the Arab peace initiative which their leaders put on the table at the 2002 Beirut summit, calling for peace with Israel in exchange for a full pullout from Arab lands.

Arab officials said the aim was to produce a comprehensive initiative with some "modifications in the language" of the original proposal, when the leaders meet on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Algerian capital Algiers.

"The aim is to re-articulate this initiative in a bid to make it clearer with unequivocal language, so as to make Israel a comprehensive Arab offer of peace," Jordanian Foreign Minister Hani Mulki said.

A senior Arab official said the initiative will be "written in language that cannot be interpreted differently by the various Arab countries and it will insist that peace is an undivided whole".

In an interview with Israel's Channel Two television earlier this month, Jordan's King Abdullah II said his country, along with Egypt and Saudi Arabia, were preparing to relaunch the plan, whose initial text in 2002 was the brainchild of Saudi Arabia.

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What an endorsement!

from the website-
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1111030175571
we read how the Muslim Jordanian King of Jordan and Elie Wiesel plan a summit

Mar. 17, 2005 19:02
King Abdullah, Wiesel plan Nobel laureate summit

The king of Jordan and Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel announced plans Tuesday to hold a meeting of some of the world's greatest minds to seek solutions to its most pressing problems.

The May 18-19 conference of Nobel laureates in the ancient Jordanian city of Petra would bring together scientists, economists and humanitarians to tackle problems such as poverty, disease and violence, King Abdullah II and Elie Wiesel said at a joint news conference.

"Today more than ever we need creative minds to address the issues of the age," said Abdullah, who has been in Washington meeting with President George W. Bush and other US officials.

Wiesel cited the joint efforts of a Muslim king and a Jewish scholar as a sign of hope for the world's future.

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from the website-
http://www.startribune.com/stories/484/5297297.html
we read how the Israelis make way for the Palestinians in keeping with the "covenant" of Daniel 9:27

Last update: March 17, 2005 at 6:51 AM

Mideast: The barriers come tumbling down

Lara Sukhtian,  Associated Press
March 17, 2005

JERUSALEM -- Israeli troops took down their Star of David flag, removed a roadblock and handed over the town of Jericho to Palestinian control Wednesday, boosting Mideast peace efforts and sending a message to Palestinians that ending the violent uprising is starting to pay off.

However, a last-minute argument over formal transfer documents reflected the distrust that has built up during more than four years of conflict.

Symbolic steps turned practical as Israel removed one of three roadblocks around the isolated desert oasis, allowing free travel to the rest of the West Bank. Israeli soldiers stopped checking cars -- a boost for the town's economy and for Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who needs to show he can get results as he seeks to renew the peace process with Israel.

Violence has dropped since Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon declared a cease-fire at a Feb. 8 summit in Egypt. Abbas was in Cairo on Wednesday trying to persuade militants from Islamic Jihad and Hamas to formally join the truce.

The news and photos from Jericho, where residents welcomed Palestinian police in dark green uniforms and red berets, could only strengthen Abbas' argument that violence has played itself out, and agreements achieve more.

While cars and trucks will be allowed to enter the city freely, vehicles leaving southern Jericho will still be subject to checks by Israeli soldiers, an Israeli military spokeswoman said. Another Israeli checkpoint northwest of the city will be moved to an unspecified distance from its current location about 2 miles from town and will also remain in operation, she said.

The city will remain off-limits to Israelis for the time being, Israeli commanders said. Before the outbreak of fighting, thousands of Israelis would visit the town on weekends, many drawn by a luxury hotel and casino. Buses disgorged an average of 3,000 tourists each day, drawn to the city about 20 miles northeast of Jerusalem and more than 800 feet below sea level.

Jericho claims to be the world's oldest city, and among its most popular sites are the purported remnants of walls said in the Old Testament to have come tumbling down from the blasts of the priests' trumpets when the Israelites assaulted the city after years of wandering in the wilderness.

Israel kept control of a main highway running through Al Awja, a village north of Jericho, while ceding the village itself. Palestinian police promised to confiscate illegal weapons and hand back stolen Israeli cars, according to the agreement. Israel pledged to consider removing the remaining two roadblocks in a month if the Palestinians fulfill their security obligations.

Jericho has been the starting point for peace processes and confidence-building measures in the past, dating back to 1994, when Yasser Arafat arrived to establish the Palestinian Authority under terms of an interim peace accord.

The town is ideally suited for such steps -- a quiet oasis in the barren Jordan River valley, far from Israeli population centers and relatively free from violence. But even negotiations over Jericho were long, tense and acrimonious, boding poorly for transfer of the other four towns agreed to at the Feb. 8 summit -- Bethlehem, Qalqiliya, Tulkarem and Ramallah, seat of the Palestinian government.

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from the website-
http://middle-east.news.designerz.com/mideasts-perception-of-us-could-change-king-abdullah.html?d20050316
we read how a change in the attitude toward the US in the Middle East come sooner than you think

King Abdullah II of Jordan said in an interview that with positive developments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a negative perception of the United States could change for the better.

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from the website
http://news.inq7.net/world/index.php?index=1&story_id=30446
we read how Mideast peace process intensifies

Annan kicks off week of intense diplomacy in Mideast

Posted 01:10am (Mla time) Mar 14, 2005
By Jennie Matthew
Agence France-Presse

JERUSALEM, Israel -- The UN secretary general was Sunday to kick off days of high-level diplomacy in the Middle East with dozens of foreign statesmen due to arrive amid intense international efforts to revive the peace process.

UN chief Kofi Annan was to hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Jerusalem later Sunday, before travelling to the West Bank city of Ramallah for a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Monday.

He will be among more than 30 heads of state, ministers and dignitaries expected to converge on Jerusalem in the next 48 hours for the high-profile opening of the new museum at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

On the sidelines, visiting officials will meet Sharon, Abbas and Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qorei in talks likely to focus on maximising the potential since last month's landmark Middle East peace summit in Egypt.


End 03-20-2005


03-26-2005

From NPRs All Things Considered, Robert Siegel conducted an interview with His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan on March 21, 2005.  You can listen to the interview here.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4544765

In the interview the King said we "must reach final status with the Israel-Palestinian relationship within two years."  This means that there must be a viable, geographical, Palestinian State before two years expire.  It means that the expectation of the King is not to "wish for peace for my children" (which is what Abdullah's father, King Hussein, said).  "we are the children,"  said Abdullah.  They also discuss "the Amman message" -- which seeks tolerance and humanity and rejects extremism as a deviation from Islamic beliefs.  The King considers any form of extremism to be non-conforming to the laws of God, either for Christians, Jews, or Moslems.  There is no question in my mind that this website would be considered "extremism."    There is also no question that the King is a brilliant, articulate, and well intentioned man.  No man is immune from the destructive nature of his own pride and self will, especially this author.

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from the website-
http://www.wpherald.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20050323-110741-8442r

Arab summit closes with call for just Mideast peace

By UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
Published March 23, 2005


ALGIERS, Algeria -- Arab leaders closed out their summit in Algiers Wednesday by calling for peace in the Middle East.
    
    Arab League Secretary-General Amr Mousa read a closing statement that rejected U.S. pressure on Syria and condemned the Syria Accountability Act, which placed sanctions on Damascus.
    
    The statement said Arabs are attached to the peace initiative declared in 2002 to normalize relations with Israel in return for its withdrawal from all Arab territories captured in the 1967 Middle East war.
    
    "Peace cannot be achieved without the withdrawal from occupied Arab territories, the creation of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, and settling the issue of Palestinian refugees," the statement said, rejecting any attempt to resettle Palestinians in host countries.
    
    The Arab summit also called for Iraq's unity, independence and sovereignty in line with resolution 1546, which restores Iraqi independence and ends foreign military presence.



End 03-26-2005


03-28-2005

from the website
http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=107826&Sn=BNEW&IssueID=28007
we read how the longtime communist front organization the World Council of Churches (WCC) is now pushing for Mideast peace. In fact, the Vatican started its own alliance with the communists in 1958.  So, the WCC might as well be considered as a Vatican organization.

THE World Council of Churches (WCC) has stepped up its campaigns to support the Middle East peace process, says a visiting WCC official, who is a senior bishop of an Indian church. The Rt Rev Dr Zacharias Mar Theophilus Suffragen Metropolitan, of the Mar Thoma Church, who is a member of the WCC central and executive committees, also praised the commendable role played by Bahrain in the peace process.

"WCC, which has its headquarters in Geneva, has always campaigned for the right of both Palestine and Israel to exist as separate and independent nations," he told the GDN.

"WCC is working towards this goal, and has set up a peace group which is now working in Jerusalem.

"We strongly condemn all kinds of human rights violations in different parts of the world."

Dr Mar Theophilus said the Iraqi people should be allowed to rebuild their country.

"Other countries should only support this in the true spirit of democracy," he said.

Dr Mar Theophilus praised Bahrain's initiative in hosting the first Islamic-Christian dialogue in the region.

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from the website-
http://www.mpa.gr/article.html?doc_id=518335

JORDAN SUGGESTS TRIPARTITE INVESTIGATION

Jordan suggested to the Palestinian Authority and Greece the establishment of a tripartite committee to investigate the Patriarchate of Jerusalem archives and find out if the allegations concerning the selling of Patriarchate real estate to Israeli investors are founded.

Meanwhile, the team of Greek specialists, who were sent to Jerusalem, continues the investigation on the issue that has arisen. The members of the committee have met with Patriarch Irenaeus and examined documents.

Patriarch Ireneaus made no formal statement on the issue.


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http://www.mpa.gr/article.html?doc_id=519066

PATRIARCH IRENAEUS (Greek Othodox) IN JORDAN

Patriarch Irenaeus of Jerusalem arrived in Jordan this morning at the invitation of King Abdullah. The goal of the trip, according to the Patriarchate, is to extend an invitation to the Jordanian monarch to visit the Patriarchate.

However, according to other information, Jordan is expected to ask for explanations from the Patriarch concerning the sale of real estate that traditionally belonged to Arabs.

(Note - for all intents and purposes the Greek Orthodox Church's representation in Israel might as well be called the Roman Catholic Church.  The Eastern Orthodox Church has been, for some time, thoroughly penetrated by the Vatican and more than likely the KGB as well.  The Metropolitan Nikodim, reportedly a KGB agent, for example, died in the presence of the 33 day pope, John Paul I, approximately one week before the demise (believed to be murder) of John Paul I.  Some believe that the Metropolitan died because he may have taken the first drink, intended for John Paul I.)

Of course, the King of Jordan has control over the temple area, which can only mean that the real estate in question is related to the King's responsibilities.  Otherwise, why would the King of Jordan be involved in real estate in Israel with which the Patriarch is involved?

End 03-28-2005


05-07-2005

from the website-
http://www.menafn.com/qn_news_story_s.asp?StoryId=90348
we read-
WEF meeting in Jordan provides opportunity for ME leaders to 'Seize the Moment'

AMMAN (JT) — The World Economic Forum (WEF) expressed hope Tuesday that its meeting in Jordan on May 20-22 will act as a platform to help leaders focus efforts to capitalise upon the current climate of change and opportunity in the region.
Held under the theme "Seizing the Moment," leaders from business, politics and civil society will be challenged to respond to popular demands for improvement in their daily lives through wider political participation, improved economic opportunities, and greater peace and stability throughout the region.

A WEF press release indicated that experts and political leaders will provide a window on Iraq and the Palestinian territories some 100 days after their elections.

Citizens in countries such as Lebanon, Egypt and Kuwait are making their voices heard and demanding a better future, the press release said.

It added that elections in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the Palestinian territories have already marked the region's political landscape. The re-emergence of Libya, advancing economic reforms and sustained oil prices promise to generate interesting business opportunities. Iran, Syria and Lebanon, and their relations with the United States, will be high on the agenda.

Participants at the WEF's third meeting in Jordan will examine the latest developments in the peace process and build international support for the next steps. The programme will also engage regional players with the wider world on the issues of international terrorism and nuclear proliferation.

The programme of the meeting will touch upon the following sub-themes:

— Driving economic growth: The vital role of the private sectors to play in the future of the region through creating jobs, spurring economic development and reducing dependence on natural resources.

Issues such as regulatory reform, project financing, trade liberalisation and the integration of capital markets with a special focus on banking, infrastructure, tourism and energy, and growing links with Asia will be tackled.

— Fostering peace and security: The interlinked nature of regional and global politics which influences the prospects for peace and stability in the region.

The meeting will take a multistakeholder approach to these issues, convening political leaders from the region and beyond along with representatives of the private sector and civil society.

— The Middle East and the world: The position of the Middle East in its relations with the rest of the world in 2005 and how the Middle East can communicate a positive "brand" to the world.

— The reform agenda: Evidence to support a broad spectrum of reforms in pursuit of greater transparency, openness and development, and the need to create 80 million jobs by 2020 to account for young and growing populations.

— Society and change: The importance of culture, the role of young leaders and entrepreneurs, the role of the media, prospects for modernising education and the place of women in society.

"Creative thinkers throughout our societies have the power to transform live around the globe. It is up to us to open minds and lives to the promise that our century offers. Together — in the classroom, in the workplace and in the halls of government — we can make the promise real," said His Majesty King Abdullah.

"Reform in the Middle East is not an option, it is a necessity. The World Economic Forum in Jordan 2005 will be an opportunity for all those who want to bring about real and sustained changes in business, government and civil society. Without such reform, the Arab world faces the prospect of not only missing out on the advantages of playing a full role in a vibrant world economy but also failing to develop the true potential of its young and growing population," said Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of WEF



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05-15-2005

from the website-
http://www.zeenews.com/links/articles.asp?aid=216298&sid=WOR
we read-
Mideast peace process irreversible: Palestinian leader Abbas 

Dakar, May 10: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has said that the peace process launched between Israel and Palestinians was irreversible.

"We have chosen the road of peace, the road of negotiations. It is irreversible," he said on Senegalese national television yesterday during a brief stopover in Dakar on his way to a summit between South American and Arab nations in Brasilia.


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06-09-2005

from the website-
http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/
We read how the "peace process" and the coming world governance methods are larger in scope than you might have imagined.
Friends, this is former President Bill Clinton's GLOBAL INITIATIVE.

"More than ever, the international community needs an effective framework that governs the behavior of nations that play an increasingly important role in ensuring our collective security, managing international trade, and upholding human rights." - Bill Clinton

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Our mission in the new century is clear.  For good or ill, we live an interdependent world. We can't escape each other.  Therefore, we have to spend our lives building a global community of shared responsibilities, shared values, shared benefits.  - Bill Clinton

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It is my pleasure to announce the inaugural meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative to be held September 15-17, 2005, in New York City. This event, which will bring together King Abdullah II, President Jacques Chirac, President Leonel Fernandez Reyna, President Olusegun Obasanjo, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Secretary General Kofi Annan, Vice Premier Shimon Peres, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dr. Hernando de Soto, Sonia Gandhi, Rupert Murdoch, Richard Parsons, Dr. Muhammad Yunus, and an array of other distinguished and dedicated leaders, will coincide with and complement this fall's Millennium Summit of the U.N. General Assembly.

This nonpartisan conference will concentrate a diverse and select group of current and former heads of state, business leaders, noteworthy academicians, and key NGO representatives to identify immediate and pragmatic solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. The workshops will focus on how to reduce poverty; use religion as a force for reconciliation and conflict resolution; implement new business strategies and technologies to combat climate change; and strengthen governance. Our meeting will emphasize dynamic group interaction to identify an agenda we can actually implement.

By identifying specific ways to address the challenges of our time and asking each participant to make a specific commitment to take action in one of the areas discussed, I believe this Initiative will prove to be a unique and effective forum for leaders and their communities around the world. What we begin during three days this September will continue throughout the year to come with coordinated implementation of our agenda.

We have an opportunity we can not afford to pass up--in just three days, we can begin to make a world of difference. - Bill Clinton

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From the website
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0506090181jun09,1,2965181.story...

we read
King Abdullah's vision for peace

Lisa Black
Published June 9, 2005

King Abdullah II of Jordan flew to Chicago on Wednesday to share his dream of opening a private boarding school outside Amman for students of different faiths and backgrounds.

Invited to a dinner party at the Chicago home of longtime friend J. Jeffry Louis, 41, Abdullah was to share his ideas with civic leaders on how the school could foster peace.

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from the website-
http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_160171527.html
we read
King Abdullah II Of Jordan Speaks In Chicago

Jun 9, 2005 4:14 pm US/Central
CHICAGO
(CBS 2) On Thursday Jordan's King Abdullah II made a rare visit to Chicago and spoke at the University of Chicago. CBS 2's s Suzanne Le Mignot has more on his trip and a lesson in peace.

His majesty, King Abdullah II of Jordan received a warm welcome at the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute. The king came to give a speech as part of a lecture series established in his name through the university's Harris School.

King Abdullah II spoke about a variety of issues like the need for positive change in the world.

"On a global basis, that means giving people convincing alternatives to extremism and violence,” he said. “It means creating a win-win process, one where all sides gain"

He also touched on his belief that the creation of a Palestinian state would be best to help end conflict in the Middle East. "Regional instability remains a major barrier to the future of the Middle East. It has had global fallout. Failure to solve the issues is simply not an option. It is time for a lasting, just solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict," he said.

Lasting peace in Iraq was also on the king's mind. "We must support a stable unified Iraq, with a rebuilt economy and an inclusive civil society," he said.

Israeli born U of C professor Ariela Finkelstein was among those listening to the king's remarks. Finkelstein said his views are needed in the Middle East, even though they may appear to be extremely optimistic. "I'm not sure primarily how other countries in the region are taking his message, how much Syria and Egypt and Libya are willing to participate in his way of viewing the region," she said.

King Abdullah said for peace to be achieved it will take "global dialogue," and that no one can have a wait and see attitude when it comes to the future and positive change taking place in the world.


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06-29-2005

from the website-
http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20050628/the_vietnam_solution.php

We read how a "Peace Deal" should be brokered through Amman, Jordan.  This is not my idea; this is what is being proffered in some circles.  (emphasis added, of course)

Can the United States make a deal with the resistance now? The way do it would be through Amman, Jordan, where the king has myriad ties to the Sunni resistance, to the former Baathists, to tribal leaders, to Sunni businessmen, to the Iraqi clergy. If asked, King Abdullah of Jordan could host a peace conference along the lines of the Paris peace talks, where the United States and the Iraqi resistance would be the main players, and the fictional Iraqi government could attend if they were told, politely, to be quiet and listen.

Doing this would, admittedly, have a high degree of difficulty. First, it is not at all clear that the mostly Sunni resistance is ready to coalesce into a party ready for talks with the United States. Unlike Vietnam, there is no Hanoi-style central committee to run the show. "It may be too early for the resistance to come together like that," said one former U.S. intelligence official with wide-ranging experience in the Middle East. "But if they are, Amman would be the right place to try it." To make it work, the United States would have to induce a wide spectrum of the insurgent leadership to come into the peace-talks umbrella, from the Sunni tribal leaders to the Iraqi Islamic Party and the Association of Muslim Scholars to the former Baathist military men to the community-based street fighters in places like Mosul, Kirkuk, Ramadi, Tikrit and Fallujah (but, of course, not including the Zarqawi jihadists, who are irredeemable). So far, those few timid Sunnis who've agreed to join the Iraqi government or to take part in the constitution-writing exercise merely open themselves up to be branded as collaborators, so the coalition we end up talking with needs to include all but the most incorrigible Islamists or else it will shatter.

A second problem, even more serious, is that by announcing we are ready to talk, we may convince the resistance that they have everything to gain. "If we say we are ready to talk, then the insurgents may conclude that it is in their best interest to keep fighting," says another former U.S. intelligence official with years of experience with Iraq. That's true—but it is a chance we will have to take, since they will keep fighting anyway. This problem is the precise analog to the problem of setting a fixed date for a U.S. withdrawal, namely, that if we do so then the resistance will simply lie low until then and wait us out. That, too, does not seem to me to be a strong argument against our setting a date for a withdrawal. But, in terms of exit strategies, a political solution that is reached through an accommodation with the mostly Sunni resistance seems a better way to go than to imagine a precipitate withdrawal. Still, if the talks can't be organized, we have no choice but to cut and run—that is, to declare victory and get out.

[why does he say the later?]

The fact that the United States has already tried a limited dialogue with the Iraqi resistance is not a great surprise. Such talks have been reported periodically since last year, and some elements in the CIA are undoubtedly pursuing tentative, olive branch-type talks with resistance leaders both directly and through intermediaries in Jordan, Syria, through former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, and via Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Indeed, during Allawi's tenure, steps in this direction already took place. But without the imprimatur of the United States, none of these intermediaries can have any real credibility with the hard-core resistance, since Bush's recent statements ("We will settle for nothing less than victory!") don't allow any wiggle room for peace talks. Still, the Iraqi resistance knows (as does the U.S. intelligence community) that eventually Washington is going to have to make a deal, or just get out.

[why does he say this?  In a comparison to Vietnam, he says-]

Once again, it is obvious to all—again, including our intelligence agencies—that the war in Iraq is lost. Once again, like the Tet Offensive, the recent wave of bloody assaults across Iraq has made it clear that the resistance, far from being in its "last throes," is not being defeated. Once again, a Nixon-like American administration is refusing to sue for peace. Though Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld has admitted that U.S. authorities in Iraq have been conducting an on-again, off-again dialogue with some elements of the insurgency, it is not nearly enough. The United States is talking, but not negotiating—instead, it is trying to find a few disparate elements of the resistance in order to get them to support the U.S.-installed Iraqi interim government. Such take-it-or-leave-it dialogues are doomed to failure, since all they can produce are a few more Sunni quislings who will immediately become targets of the insurgency themselves. For the most part, the United States continues to insist that all potential olive branches from the resistance be delivered to the offices of the interim (and utterly illegitimate) ersatz government in the modern-day Saigon that is Baghdad.

It is perfectly clear what the United States has to do. It must abandon its deformed offspring in Baghdad, the hapless regime of Shiite fanatics and Kurdish warlords, and pray that it can establish direct talks with the people it is fighting.

There is no other exit strategy.

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"We're not going to win against the insurgency. The Iraqi people are going to win against the insurgency. That insurgency could go on for any number of years. Insurgencies tend to go on five, six, eight, 10, 12 years."
- Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, June 26, 2005

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[the situation in Iraq] "will not be settled on the battlefield"..."will ultimately be settled by negotiation and inclusion in the political process."
- General George Casey, Commander of the multinational coalition, June 27, 2005

[After years of promoting stability in the Middle East]
"For 60 years my country, the United States, pursued stability at the expense of democracy in this region, here in the Middle East, and we achieved neither",   "Now, we are taking a different course.  We are supporting the democratic aspirations of all people," 
- Condi Rice, Secretary of State, June 20, 2005
[and INstability as well.  Will INstability force people to accept "peace?"]

End 05-29-2005


08-20-2005

from the website-
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/08/20/world/main788985.shtml
we read of more encouragement to confirm the covenant-

Pope Urges Muslims To Fight Terror

CBS) Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday decried the "cruel fanaticism" of terrorism and urged Muslims to join Christians in trying to combat its spread.

In blunt remarks, he told a gathering of Muslim officials in Germany that Muslim leaders had a "great responsibility" in properly educating their younger generations.

"I am certain that I echo your own thoughts when I bring up as one of our concerns the spread of terrorism," Benedict told the Muslim leadership, mainly Turks, in the most extensive remarks on terrorism of his four-month papacy.

"Terrorist activity is continually recurring in various parts of the world, sowing death and destruction, and plunging many of our brothers and sisters into grief and despair," he said.


End 08-20-2005


09-18-2005

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5283281,00.html

Sharon Has Rare Meeting With Abdullah

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met Friday with Jordan's King Abdullah II, their first talks in months and a further sign of warming relations between the Jewish state and the Arab world after Israel's Gaza withdrawal.

The meeting, on the sidelines of the U.N. summit marking the world body's 60th anniversary, was Israel's latest diplomatic reward for ending its 38-year Gaza occupation - its first evacuation of territory Palestinians claim for a future state.

In just two weeks, Qatar, Pakistan and Indonesia have held high-level public meetings with Israel - a rare event for Muslim countries - and Sharon has received particular praise at the U.N. summit for the Gaza pullout, deemed a ``courageous'' act by President Bush as well as Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.


http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/09/20050916-1.html

President to Welcome King Abdullah of Jordan to the White House

President Bush will welcome King Abdullah of Jordan to the White House on September 22, 2005. The United States appreciates Jordan's friendship and values our strong partnership in the region. The President looks forward to discussing with the King his initiative in promoting moderate Islam, the progress of reform in Jordan, and other bilateral and regional issues.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1126924527954

Shalom: Jordan decides to deepen ties with Israel

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Saturday that King Abdullah of Jordan made a strategic decision to improve his relations with Israel and to deepen the ties between the two countries.

In an interview with Israel Radio, the foreign minister said that Washington was interested in stabilizing the situation in the region, but first wanted to see that the model of Gaza was successful.


http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=53065&version=1&template_id=57&parent_id=56

The dominant summit theme of how to combat terrorism was taken up again yesterday by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who called for greater international co-operation and a focus on the “true causes” of the problem.

“We in Indonesia believe that interfaith dialogue and empowering the moderates can reduce radicalism,” said the leader of the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

That message was echoed by Jordan’s King Abdullah who made an impassioned plea for “zero tolerance” toward those who promote Islamic extremism.

“Jordan wants true, moderate, traditional Islam to replace fundamentalist, radical and militant Islam, everywhere in the world, for every single Muslim,” Abdullah said.

http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=90002

Jordan Calling for Additional Israeli Withdrawals

IsraelNN.com) Meeting with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in New York City, Jordan’s King Abdullah expressed his hope that the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza was just a first step.

The Jordanian monarch stated “the process does not necessarily need to be the final step but the first, and there is a need to continue withdrawals from the West Bank.”

http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2005/Sep/16/27570600.htm

King Continues Meetings with World Leaders in New York

Pet0245 4 0408 King Continues Meetings with World Leaders in New York New York, Sep. 16 (Petra) -- His Majesty King Abdullah II on Friday continued his meetings with countries leaders and heads of delegations participating in the UN 2005 World Summit. King Abdullah met with President of Ecuador Alfredo Palacio, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, Croatian President Stipe Mesic, President of Paraguay, Nicanor Duarte Frutos and Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and discussed with them ways of enhancing the bilateral ties in addition to ways of facing the international challenges and problems that hinder economic growth and achieving sustainable development. King Abdullah outlined the current regional situations, especially the peace process and situation in Iraq, reiterating the importance of the international community's role in supporting efforts exerted to achieve peace and stability in the region. During a meeting with United Nations UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, King Abdullah noted to the importance of the role played by the UN in keeping international security and peace, paying attributes to the efforts exerted by Annan that aim to reform the UN. For his part, Annan hailed the role of His Majesty King Abdullah II to achieve peace in the Middle East and his continuous efforts to bring religions closer and stress its joint human values. King Abdullah also received Member of the Lebanese Parliament Saad Hariri and expressed hope for Lebanon to stay safe, stable and united, stressing the depth of the bilateral relations and keenness to promote them in the various domains


Here we go folks.  The heat is going to be turned up in the kitchen.

End 09-18-2005


09-24-2005

I've often wondered how it would eventuate that the antichrist will "confirm the covenant for [exactly] one week."  We know that the end point of the week will occur upon the physical return of Jesus Christ.  Yet, what will mark the BEGINNING?  Many have said that the antichrist will sign an agreement.  The Bible, however, does not say the antichrist will sign an agreement.  It says he will confirm the covenant.   We have already stated that to confirm implies preexistence.  One can not confirm that which does not exist.

Interestingly enough, we find the following quote-
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3145738,00.html

Abdullah to rabbis: Pursue peace

Jordanian king notes High Holy Days and Muslims' Ramadan both begin next month, an unusual concurrence. 'By embracing true spirit of these sacred times, conferred by God, we can reaffirm the essential principles of our faiths and apply these principles to the challenges before us all," Abdullah tells U.S. rabbis

http://macdonald.hartsem.edu/answers_ramadan.htm

RAMADAN is the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is a twelve-month lunar calendar.  The lunar year is approximately 11 days shorter than the solar calendar.  This means that Islamic holy days and holidays, which are calculated according to the lunar calendar. will rotate around the solar calendar.  In the 2004-2005 academic year, Ramadan will begin around October 15

            The beginning of any month is marked by the first appearance of the crescent moon after the new moon (when the moon cannot be seen).  Although the rise of the crescent moon can be determined scientifically, many Muslims still like to watch the horizon and sight the moon visually.  Those who rely on a visual sighting of the moon may begin Ramadan a day after the others if the sky is cloudy.  This is why Muslims cannot know ahead of time the exact date for their religious holidays. Nevertheless, to recognize and accommodate Muslim students, school administrators should place projected dates for Islamic holidays on the general school calendar.

http://www.hebcal.com

Rosh Hashana (feast of trumpets) begins October 4
Yom kippur (feast of atonement) begins October 13
Sukkot (feast of tabernacles) begins October 18


Will this unusual concurrence (the King's words) become historic?  We will know soon

End 09-24-2005


09-26-2005

http://www.adnki.com/index_2Level.php?cat=Politics&loid=8.0.212354674&par=0

JORDAN: KING ABDULLAH PLANS MIDEAST PEACE MISSION

Amman, 26 Sept. (AKI) - King Abdullah II of Jordan will visit the Palestinian territories and Israel in the coming days to try to give new impetus to the peace process, the deputy prime minister Marwan al-Maasher has told journalists in Amman. "Jordan has not changed and will not change it's position regarding the Palestinian question" al-Maasher said in response to Israeli press speculation about a plan to divide the West Bank between Israeli and Jordanian control. The Jordanian mediation offer is the result of a request by US president George W. Bush made to King Abdullah last week.

During the trip the King will meet the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and the Israeli premier Ariel Sharon.

http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2005/Sep/26/27845700.htm

Annan: King Abdullah II Plays Key Role Achieving Peace Agreements

Annan: King Abdullah II Plays Key Role Achieving Peace Agreements New York/Sep.26(Petra)-- Un Secretary general Kofi Annan on Monday praised his meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II in New York last week, describing as successful and coped with political events. The relentlessness efforts King Abdullah is being exerting to fulfill peace agreement between Palestinians and Israelis is deemed to be distinguished and needs to be supported by int'l community, in addition to the cooperation of concerned parties to reach just, last, and comprehensive peace in the Middle East, Annan told Petra correspondent at the UN. Jordan's role is well known at the int'l arena and has its weight, because its leadership enjoys a respect at the international level, Annan added UN Secretary General praised Jordan's capability of fighting and eliminating terrorism, noting to Jordan's vast experience in this regard.

09-26-2005


10-03-2005

Watch This, amazing (best viewed by opening Real Player, then, opening the webpage, at least that is how it worked for me) --

http://digitalmedia.cua.edu/events/video/asx_dsp.cfm?event=2468&stream=2649

The Catholic Archbishop prays benediction "in the name of Allah... God".  The Archbishop said the path of King Abdullah and the Pope are the same.   If this isn't East-West unity, what is it?  All of this, to quote the King, is "to seek peace."

The Bible says when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them.

End 10-03-2005


10-09-2005

from
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=90949
we read how there is mounting PRESSURE to include JORDAN as a party to "peace."  The problem is that the 1994 treaty between Israel/Jordan is, in reality, a treaty between Israel and the Hashemite regime, not Jordan the political entity.  This concept of a larger political entity will put more pressure on the King of Jordan to take action.

Abbas Sends SOS to Sharon

"We are on the verge of civil war if the situation remains out of control," said Kaddoura Fares, a PA legislator aligned with the Fatah movement headed by Abbas - also known as Abu Mazen.

A PA police commander was killed by Hamas gunmen in a Gaza City street battle on Sunday, and several policemen stormed into the parliament compound the next day, demanding a crackdown on Hamas. Shots were fired outside the building, and one armed policeman entered the chamber and interrupted the session. Shortly afterwards, the PA legislature resolved overwhelmingly to vote Abbas out of office if he does not form a new government within two weeks.

Against this backdrop, King Abdullah II of Jordan announced last night that he had arranged a meeting for next Tuesday between Sharon and Abbas. This, only ten days after the king met with rabbis and Jewish students in the U.S. and delivered a message of tolerance and respect for Judaism.

Middle East expert Prof. Rafi Yisraeli, speaking with Arutz-7 today, said that the Sharon-Abbas meeting is an "SOS call from Abbas to Sharon." Before he elaborated, however, he said that King Abdullah's intervention in arranging it requires explanation:
"When he has problems with Iraq, he doesn't come and ask for our help, so why is he getting involved between us and the Palestinians? In my opinion, this shows the basic flaw in the entire process known as the 'peace process' - including our peace treaty with Jordan. The whole country [Israel] was excited about the 'great' thing we did by signing a peace treaty with Jordan in 1994 - but the fact is that we didn't sign an agreement with Jordan, but rather with the Hashemite Kingdom.

"[The problem is that] the Hashemite family is not a state, nor is it a nation, but is rather a regime that controls a country that is mostly Palestinian. It is well known that King Abdullah is scared to death, just like his father King Hussein was, that one day they will be told that Jordan is really the Palestinian state, or part thereof. Therefore, King Hussein made a very smart move by making peace with Israel, thus having Israel recognize Jordan as a Hashemite country - leaving the Palestinian problem for us [Israel] to deal with all alone. And we fell into this trap, and in fact the Palestinian problem is all ours. In the meantime, Abdullah plays the role of the hero, the mediator, etc.

"But the [Palestinian] problem won't go away, because if the Arabs of Judea and Samaria receive a state, and even if they are fine and perfect, they still only comprise a third of those who see themselves as Palestinian; the 2/3 who are in other countries will still continue to knock on our doors. There is simply no solution to the Palestinian problem if [the area of] Jordan is not involved - and yet Sharon is going along with Abdullah's strategy."

End 10-09-2005


10-16-2005

the Bahrain News says
http://english.bna.bh/?ID=36694

Amman, Oct. 16, (BNA) Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), met here on Monday with the Jordanian Monarch, King Abdullah II.
The two leaders reviewed issues of common concern to Palestine and Jordan, latest political developments in the Palestine's occupied territories, in the aftermath of the Israeli pullout from Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank in addition to the Palestinian President's upcoming visit to the United States. Abbas' meeting was part of a tour which will cover a number of Arab and European sates and the USA. The tour aims at familiarizing the leaders of these countries with developments in Palestine after Israel's withdrawal in addition to ways of pushing the peace process forward.

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http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?catid=138&ch=0&newsid=74467

Amman. Jordan will continue working on an international and regional level in support for the Palestinian Authority and for reaching peace with Israel, Petra reported citing Jordan’s King Abdullah as saying at a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
“The achievement of abiding peace is linked to the fulfilment of commitments by the two countries”, Abdullah said.

End 10-16-2005


10-17-2005

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/635418.html

Jordan's Abdullah pledges help to gain control of Gaza post-pullout
By The Associated Press

Jordan's King Abdullah II promised Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday to continue rallying international support for Mideast peacemaking and offered him help to take control of the Gaza Strip, from which Israel completed its disengagement last month.

Abdullah, who met Abbas in a closed-door meeting at a hilltop Amman palace, said Israel's pullout from the Gaza Strip last month "must be followed by other withdrawals from the West Bank as stipulated in the road map" - the U.S.-backed peace plan that envisions Palestinian statehood.

Abbas arrived in Jordan on Friday at the start of a tour that also takes him to Egypt, France, Spain and the United States, where he is scheduled to meet U.S. President George W. Bush on Thursday.



End 10-17-2005


10-30-2005

http://breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=131715680&p=y3y7y6z6x

Jordan a 'strategic partner' in Middle East peacemaking
25/10/2005 - 12:14:31

Israel sees Jordan as a “strategic partner and an important element” in efforts to attain peace with the Arabs, the Israeli Embassy in Amman has said in a statement coinciding with the 11th anniversary of a peace treaty between the two Middle East neighbours.

This year marked a “significant stage in deepening political dialogue and bilateral cooperation on all levels,” the statement said, referring to public contacts between both leaderships, including Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Jordan became the second Arab state after Egypt to sign a peace treaty with Israel on October 26, 1994.

End 10-30-2005


11-17-2005
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1548422,00050004.htm
Well, now, is Babylon the Great promoting someone?  

Jordan monarch gets first John Paul II peace award


Jordan's King Abdullah II was awarded the first Pope John Paul II Peace Award in recognition of the campaign to foster tolerance among the world's religions and weed out the extremists from Islam.

Abdullah, who was not present at Wednesday's award ceremony, accepted it in a letter "on behalf of the people of my beloved Jordan and the entire Arab World. Millions are courageously standing up for peace and tolerance the traditional Muslim values that are the heart of our heritage and our hope for the future."

The king assembled 180 Muslim scholars from 45 countries last year in his capital, Amman, for a conference he called "True Islam and its Role in Modern Society." The result was "a joint statement of accord to help end abuses of our faith," Abdullah said in September in a Washington speech. It came to be called the "Amman Message."

In his letter accepting the award, Abdullah said, "The murderous bombings in Amman last week demonstrate clearly the inhumanity, the bankrupt morality and the anti-Islamic nature of extremism." Suicide bombers at three Western hotels killed at least 58 people.

"We will not let our faith be hijacked by the violent few," he wrote. "This was the driving force behind the Amman Message, issued a year ago, which expresses Islam's teachings regarding humility and equality before God, compassion and peaceful coexistence among all human beings.

End 11-17-2005



11-19-2005

In an article discussing the award to the King of Jordan (the story is on a rotating content page)-
Strangley enough, per Google, not one single American press outlet is carrying this story and the award was given in Washington, DC.  Four stories from outlets in India and one in Jordan appear on a Google search.  That is it.  Why is that?
http://www.jordantimes.com/fri/homenews/homenews1.htm

The King has been at the forefront of efforts to portray a positive image of Islam in the light of terrorist acts carried out in its name.

Last year, the King assembled 180 Muslim scholars in Amman from 45 countries for a conference called “True Islam and its Role in Modern Society.” The result was “a joint statement of accord to help end abuses of our faith,” the King said in September in a Washington speech. The statement became known as the “Amman Message.”

In his letter accepting the award, the Monarch said, “The murderous bombings in Amman last week demonstrate clearly the inhumanity, the bankrupt morality and the anti-Islamic nature of extremism.” A total of 59 people died as a result of triple suicide attacks at three of Amman's international hotels last Wednesday.

We will not let our faith be hijacked by the violent few,” said the King in his letter. “This was the driving force behind the Amman Message, issued a year ago, which expresses Islam's teachings regarding humility and equality before God, compassion, and peaceful coexistence among all human beings.” Msgr. William A. Kerr, executive director of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Centre, which presents the award in the name of the late pontiff, said King Abdullahwas chosen because of his efforts to broker peace and understanding and for his tireless work to peacefully settle conflicts that engender violence.”

Among those in the audience were representatives of 65 of the 130 countries visited by Pope John Paul during his papacy. He died April 2, and the award was established to honour his legacy.

“Justice, peace and prosperity would all suffer if our world becomes divided into hostile camps. Our future depends on the respect we have for each other, and the tolerance we exhibit in its truest sense: mutual understanding and acceptance,” read the letter.

End 11-19-2005


11-20-2005

from the website-
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=1311232
we learn how the specific bombings in Jordan itself will shortly act as a catalyst to "justify" the enforcement of the covenant by the King himself.  That is, fighting "Islamic terrorists" with a Muslim political force.  The day of the 9-11attacks I realized that this would be the kindling for the coming fire.  This page covers the unfolding of the "confirming" phenomena.  The kindling is being prepared.

AMMAN, Jordan Nov 14, 2005 — U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Jordan's King Abdullah here late Monday and visited one of three bombed hotels where 60 people, including three suicide bombers, were killed last week.

"There is no justification for the wanton killing of innocents and we stand in solidarity with the people of Jordan (and) the people around the world who have suffered similar tragedies and we will stand firm," Rice told reporters during a visit to the Radisson SAS hotel, one of three attacked Wednesday.

Rice, who flew from Jerusalem to Amman, expressed condolences for the victims' families and praised the efficiency of Jordanian security forces to uncover the plot and its perpetrators, according to a Royal Palace statement carried by the official Petra news agency.

"We have all been inspired by the determination and the conviction of the people of Jordan," she said.

Rice said she came to Jordan to "underscore our common struggle against terrorism against people who would kill innocent people who were here trying to carry normal lives in the case of this wedding hall, to celebrate one of the happiest days of anyone's life."

More than 20 people were killed when one of the three Iraqi suicide bombers blew himself up during a wedding reception at the Radisson SAS.

Jordan's state-run Petra news said Abdullah reaffirmed in his meeting with Rice that the bombings won't "dissuade Jordan from its active role in supporting peace and security to prevail in the region."   (No kidding!!!  If you believe that catching the woman whose vest did not explode is a lucky break, think again.)

End 11-20-2005



 11-21-2005

As we suggested yesterday,
http://www.theepochtimes.com/news/5-11-20/34811.html

Jordan's King Abdullah Strengthens Leadership Role

As the suicide bombers detonated their explosives in Jordan last week little did they know that their actions would have the propensity to drive the Arab world's tolerance of al-Qaeda and its affiliated groups into the realm of violent opposition.

Yet the attacks on everyday Jordanians and other Arab nationals has created a groundswell of outrage toward the militant group. On Friday November 18 an al-Qaeda's top operative, the Jordanian born Abu Musa al-Zarqawi released an Internet audio tape in which he appears to apologise for the attacks.

In the tapes the alleged voice of Zarqawi attempts to blame bad intelligence for the disastrous bombings. "We ask God to have mercy on the Muslims, who we did not intend to target, even if they were in hotels which are centers of immorality," the voice on the tape said, reported Reuters. "The idea that they blew up inside wedding ceremonies is a lie by the Jordanian regime ... the target was a meeting of intelligence agencies," he said.

The attacks, which killed 54 people in hotels across Amman last week, provoked massive protests in Jordan with participants reported by Al-Jazeera to be chanting "Death to al-Zarqawi." Most victims were Muslim Jordanians who were attending wedding parties.

For King Abdullah the bombings have proven to not just be a threat to his kingdom but also a litmus test for his ability to connect with his small and difficult state. He is often hampered by his father's legendary image of a savior of Jordan, after he forced out the Palestinian militant groups, which threatened to overrun Jordan and attempted to take control of the state in 1970.

King Abdullah, the son of a British army colonel's daughter, has been argued by many to not have the right pedigree for the crown. His mother's divorce from his father in the early 70's, as well as his extended British and United States education and military career and favoritism for the English language all compounded this feeling among ordinary Jordanians.

However, in the past week, the bombings have enabled the young King to mark a new era in the state following changes to both his government and his royal court. CNN reports that 11 of his close advisors, including the prime minister, have handed in their resignations following the bombing. Slowly by [sic] surely Abdullah is emerging as a stronger ruler to his people. As one protestor was quoted by y.netnews as stating,

"All the people here have come to say that we are by the king's side throughout the way, that we Jordanians want peace and oppose violence. We are one people, united and unified behind King Abdullah."

End 11-21-2005


11-27-2005

Is this the first Arab nation to take an anti-terrorism stance?
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=1347781

AMMAN, Jordan Nov 26, 2005 — Jordan's new prime minister denied that this month's triple hotel bombings in Amman were the reason for a major reshuffling of the kingdom's government, according to remarks published Saturday.

But Marouf al-Bakhit, who was appointed Thursday, vowed that fighting terrorism and implementing reforms would top his agenda, saying Jordan "must replace the culture of extremism with that of tolerance."

King Abdullah II appointed al-Bakhit with a mandate to form a new government and launch an all-out war on Islamic militancy in the wake of the Nov. 9 suicide bombings that killed 63 people, including the three Iraqi bombers, and wounded hundreds.

End 11-27-2005


11-29-2005

Well, now.., this is a lead-in to covenant confirming..
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2005-11-29-zarqawi_x.htm

Al-Zarqawi's clan disowns leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Hundreds of clan members of terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi publicly disowned him Tuesday despite anger from his al-Qaeda in Iraq, which said they will face God's judgment for abandoning him.

The members of the Bani Hassan tribe published a full-page letter in Jordanian newspapers pronouncing their loyalty to King Abdullah II. The letter bore the stamps and signatures of more than 370 clan members.

It was the second attempt to persuade Jordanians that the family has renounced all ties to the man who claimed responsibility for the Nov. 9 triple suicide blasts in Amman hotels that killed 60 people. Three weeks ago, 60 members of al-Zarqawi's al-Khalayleh clan published a similar letter.

"We, the sons of the Bani Hassan tribe in all its branches in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan support and express solidarity with our cousins, the al-Khalayleh clan, and their decision to sever relations with the terrorist Ahmad Fadheel Nazzal al-Khalayleh, who calls himself Abu Musab al-Zarqawi," said Tuesday's letter.

"We condemn all terrorist actions carried out or claimed by this individual — actions which are alien to members of this tribe," it said.

...

The Bani Hassan is one of the largest of Jordan's nearly 100 major Bedouin tribes, which form the bedrock of support for the royal family. Its members hold senior posts in the army and other government departments.

Referring to family of King Abdullah, the letter added: "We reiterate our support for the Hashemite Crown which, God willing, will always be protected, and we uphold the pledge of our ancestors to be a sword in the hands of the noble Hashemite dynasty."

In a similar letter on Nov. 20, almost 60 members of al-Zarqawi's family — including his brother and several cousins — disowned him and pledged fidelity to the crown.

Al-Zarqawi has claimed responsibility for several terror attacks in Jordan, including a plot to cause a chemical explosion that would have killed thousands of people, according to government experts. The plot was foiled in April 2004.

A Jordanian court condemned him to death in absentia for planning the attack that led to the 2002 murder of U.S. aid worker Laurence Foley.


End 11-29-2005


12-14-2005
from the website-
http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=94242

we read-
Abdullah Hints Christians Suffer Under Israeli Rule in Jerusalem

(IsraelNN.com) Abdullah II, the king of Jordan, made statements while meeting today with the Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, implying that Christians suffer unnamed "challenges" under Israeli rule in the Jewish capital.

"Jerusalem must be open to the followers of the three monotheistic religions," Jordan's King Abdullah said, urging "Christian religious leaders to unite their efforts and speak in one voice to the West about the challenges that face the Christian Arab presence in Jerusalem."

(You probably know the 3 monotheistic religions, (tongue-in-cheek), Judaism, Islam, and Roman Catholicism.)
but the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months - Rev 11:2

End 12-14-2005


02-12-2006

The religious and ethical covenant (and the major players involved in its promotion), which will eventually be "confirmed" (enforced) against all forms of "extremism", is beginning to take shape.  A major step was taken recently in Washington DC at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 2.  The following highlights some of the dialogue and the participants.  Worthy of note is the participation of so-called "evangelical Christians" who apparently have no qualms about uniting with 2 religious groups who are nominally opposed to the Deity of Jesus Christ.  I wonder if the participants would consider Isaiah 9:6-7 as "extremist."  The irony of it is that one of the main speakers encouraged the group in the name of their common Judeo-Christian-Islamic heritage.  Such unity can not survive the test of scripture in spite of the "evangelicals" indications to the contrary.  The only way "Christians" can plead a common heritage is to ignore the essential tenet of scripture - Jesus Christ is God and is the only way to salvation.  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12)  is what the scriptures say.  Ignoring this tenet effectively renders one a non-Christian, let alone an "evangelical Christian."   So far has the professing church strayed from the Bible that the words "evangelical Christian" are nearly synonymous with "political operative."   As we have said many times our only task is to wait for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, let men do what they will.  We, as Christians, have no cause to forward, no political task or objective.  We are just watchers and seekers.  It is our hope that many (Jews, Arabs, "evangelicals", Muslims) will accept Jesus Christ.  It is a matter for the individual conscience, not a national or international policy.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.  (Isa 9:6-7)

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.  (1 Tim 3:16)

The National Prayer Breakfast  is more interesting for the role of the so-called "evangelicals" than anything else.  Take a close look at the attendees.  This Breakfast is demonstrative of how much trouble one can get into following a Purpose Driven Life.

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0600664.htm

Jordan's king talks Islamic moderation to evangelical Christian group

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- King Abdullah II of Jordan took his efforts to promote moderation in Islam to the evangelical-dominated National Prayer Breakfast in Washington Feb. 2, earning a standing ovation with a speech that quoted the Bible as much as the Quran.

He called upon people of faith to witness to its positive role in public life by being an example of "the principles transgressed by those who oppose us."

"In every generation, people of faith are tested," King Abdullah said. "In our generation, the greatest challenge comes from violent extremists who seek to divide and conquer. Extremism is a political movement under religious cover.

"Its adherents want nothing more than to pit us against each other, denying all that we have in common," he continued. "We must therefore heed the words of the New Testament: 'Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.'"

After ascending to the throne of Jordan upon the 1999 death of his father, King Hussein, King Abdullah has aggressively prodded Islamic leaders toward a uniform message reflecting the moderate beliefs of the vast majority of Muslims, as an antidote to the Islamic extremism associated with terrorism.

In speeches last fall at The Catholic University of America and to a group of American Jewish leaders, the king outlined an interfaith message based upon the shared beliefs of Islam, Christianity and Judaism: belief in one God, worship and devotion to God, and love and justice toward other human beings.

At the prayer breakfast, King Abdullah described the principles in a "Reaffirmation of True Islam" adopted by the Organization of the Islamic Conference in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, last year, as part of a 10-year plan for the future of the Islamic world.

"This strikes at the very roots of extremism by denying its Islamic legitimacy, and consolidates the traditional middle ground of Islam, to which the vast majority of Muslims belong," he said. "It constitutes a full frontal assault on extremist distortions of Islam by exposing the falsity of their ideologies to the light of truth."

Nothing would please extremists more than for terrorist events, including the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, last summer's subway and bus bombings in London and Spain's train bombings, to reinforce the idea of a "clash of civilizations," King Abdullah said. But the falsity of the notion that religious differences are responsible for such a clash "is made clear to all by the extremist bombings in the Islamic world ... in Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and more."

Extremists in Iraq kill Muslims every day, he said. "Their targets are not Christians, not Jews, not Americans or Europeans, but indigenous innocent Muslims."

Such violence stems from hatred, he said, not from true religious faith.

"They do not preach the Islam of the Quran or the prophet Mohammed," he said. "Theirs is a repugnant political ideology which violates the principles and statutes of traditional Islamic law. No matter what grievance one may have or what evil one confronts, the Quran commands us: 'Let not the hatred of others make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just! It is closer to piety.'"

The king said extremists of any religion "who teach intolerance and violence mutilate Scripture to advance their cause. We behold with horror and disgust the recent targeting of Christian churches in Iraq, breaking with a 1,400-year tradition of Christian-Muslim friendship and mutual acceptance among the Arabs of (the region.)"

He added that "while we respect and revere freedom of speech, we condemn needless desecration and injury of Islamic sensibilities, such as the recent cartoons misrepresenting and vilifying my ancestor, the prophet (Mohammed)."

The original publication in a Danish newspaper and recent reprinting elsewhere of satirical cartoons of Mohammed have stirred an outcry across the Muslim world. Muslims consider any images of Mohammed to be blasphemous.

"If we allow such intolerance and ill will to polarize us, we betray all those who have died at their hands," he continued. "And we do worse. We turn away from truth -- truth expressed throughout our Judeo-Christian-Islamic heritage. 'For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit,'" he said, quoting from the Gospel of Luke.

The National Prayer Breakfast's main morning session has long been attended by political and religious leaders from many faiths -- this year it was co-hosted by Jewish Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., and King Abdullah, a Muslim, joined Christians and Jews in offering prayers during the breakfast.

President George W. Bush spoke briefly at the morning session, where the keynote speaker was Bono, of the rock band U2 and activist for eliminating poverty and disease worldwide.

But the king's major speech was at a luncheon program where the audience was more typical of the event's roots among white evangelical Christians. His talk followed testimonials by two politicians about their Christian faith.

The National Prayer Breakfast draws thousands of participants from across the United States and around the world to a conference lasting several days each winter.


http://washingtontimes.com/national/20060202-111835-3132r.htm

King Abdullah II of Jordan quoted from the Bible and the Koran in a brief speech to a lunchtime crowd of 2,000 mostly evangelical Christians yesterday, invoking "our Judeo-Christian-Islamic heritage" and urging moderates of the three great religions to unite.
    "At this point in history, our service to God, our countries and our peoples demands that we confront extremism in its myriad forms," he told listeners at the annual National Prayer Breakfast luncheon at the Washington Hilton.
    "To overcome this common foe, we must explore the values that unite us, rather than exaggerating the misunderstandings that divide us."
    The king got an enthusiastic welcome from the crowd, and Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Democrat, called Abdullah "a great example of unity for us." Praying in the name of Jesus Christ, a name otherwise hardly mentioned by anyone else at the event sponsored by evangelical Christians, Mr. Nelson asked God for "a double portion" of the spirit of the late Jordanian King Hussein to rest upon Abdullah, his son.
    The king reciprocated with a speech that included six verses from the New Testament, eight from the Koran, two from the Old Testament and remarks from Martin Luther King.

    The king criticized the targeting of Christian churches in Iraq by insurgents and the "needless desecration and injury of Islamic sensibilities" by a series of cartoons that have appeared in several European newspapers.
    Earlier yesterday, the king gave the benediction at the National Prayer Breakfast attended by 3,600 guests; the first Muslim head of state to be given such a role.
    After yesterday's lunch, the king met privately with 23 religious leaders for an hour. Joseph Lumbard, the king's interfaith adviser and a convert to Islam from the Episcopal Church, called the meeting "very, very, very friendly."
    Christian leaders included the Rev. Richard Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals; the Rev. Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.; Richard Mouw, the president of the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.; Don Argue, president of Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash.; and Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Park East Synagogue, an Orthodox congregation, in Manhattan.
    Mr. Cizik said the rabbi reminded them that Abu Musab Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, had threatened to assassinate Abdullah.
    "The king's message of finding common ground resonated," Mr. Cizik said. "I think it's important we evangelicals get the message out that we support this man. The king's courage was acknowledged by all in the room."

http://www.jordanembassyus.org

King Abdullah told the audience of about 3,000 that the three religions -- Islam, Christianity and Judaism -- have important points of consensus, beginning with the belief in one God. Additionally, he said, the three religions demand both humility and strength in their followers and require them to live lives of conscience, to make a positive difference and to honor and love their families. He called extremism a "political movement under religious cover (whose) adherents want nothing more than to pit us against each other, denying all that we have in common."

Earlier today, King Abdullah joined Senator Norm Coleman (R- MINN) at the National Prayer Breakfast, where he delivered brief remarks and where he asked attendees -- who included American government officials, congressmen, community, civil and religious leaders and members of the Washington diplomatic corps -- to join in a prayer for the Middle East so "that not one more generation will grow up knowing conflict or injustice, that not one more family will lose a loved one to war and bitterness, and that together, Muslim, Christian and Jew, we can create a new future for the Holy Land."

In a separate meeting with American religious figures, including nearly two dozen Evangelist leaders, King Abdullah discussed his message of peace and coexistence across all religious faiths.

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/politics/13776574.htm

Jewish group praises prayer breakfast for inclusiveness

FREDERIC J. FROMMER
Associated Press

An Orthodox Jewish group praised Thursday's National Prayer Breakfast for its inclusive tone, following concerns the event has become too Christian in recent years.

"All Americans should hope and work to ensure that this very public, very pluralistic and very inspirational program be held up as a model for future events," said Nathan J. Diament, director of public policy for the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.

Coleman, who co-chaired the breakfast with Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., said in a telephone interview that he hoped the event was more inclusive this year.

"I did try to make sure that this event was inviting to Jews, members of my faith," he said. "I worked very hard at that. My sense is that we were successful."

Coleman made a point of having Abdullah address the breakfast - the king wasn't scheduled to speak until lunch - to offer a prayer for peace in the Middle East.

"So you had a Muslim, a Christian and a Jew embracing at the very end," Coleman, said, referring to Abdullah, Pryor and himself.

http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=42228

Bush extols a "nation of prayer"

Washington, Feb. 03 (CNA/CWNews.com) - Americans are a prayerful people who continue to seek God’s will and to respond to this will in service to those in need, said President George W. Bush at yesterday’s National Prayer Breakfast. The event was held at the Hilton Washington Hotel.

The annual breakfast is organized without government funding by the Fellowship Foundation, an evangelical Christian group. But this year’s breakfast had a more interfaith presence than past years in that the event’s co-chair was the Jewish Senator Norm Coleman. King Abdullah II of Jordan, a Muslim, was also one of the honored guests. He spoke at a lunch following the breakfast.

Rock star and humanitarian Bono gave the keynote address. He spoke about his own experience of faith and God and referred to the Jubilee 2000 Campaign before urging the United States to give "an additional one percent of the federal budget" to the poor, especially in Africa.

President Bush followed Bono at the pulpit. “It is fitting we have a National Prayer Breakfast, because our nation is a nation of prayer,” said the President. He said he appreciated the presence of world leaders and people of other faiths, and adding that all present were “united in our dedication to peace and tolerance and humility before the Almighty.”

In America, we do not prescribe any prayer. We welcome all prayer. We're a nation founded by men and women who came to these shores seeking to worship the Almighty freel"

http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2006/Feb/03/30373100.htm

[The King] added that Islam, like Christianity and Judaism is a monotheistic religion: Muslims believe that there is only One God, that is the basis of everything in Islam. '' Extremism is a political movement, under religious cover. Its adherents want nothing more than to pit us against each other, denying all that we have in common,'' said the King, noting that Jordan launched a religious initiative to reaffirm traditional moderate Islam, to expose and isolate extremism and to emphasize the common teachings of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.


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02-28-2006

from the website-
http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2006/Feb/27/31048300.htm

Hamas members are visiting Jordan as members of a parliamentary delegation...

 Hamas members are visiting Jordan as members of a parliamentary delegation... Asked whether Jordan will present a plan to the upcoming Arab summit in Khartoum to reinvigorate the stalemated Middle East process, Judeh said Jordan see [sic] any Arab summit a positive step to discuss Arab issues. " Jordan welcomes the convening of any Arab summit to discuss Arab issue and find proper solutions to them," Judeh told reporters.

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03-26-2006

from http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2006/Mar/25/558980200.htm
we read how the -
ARAB LEAGUE GENERAL SECRETARY, IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER PRAISE KING'S INITIATIVE

KHARTOUM, MARCH 25(PETRA)-- GENERAL SECRETARY OF ARAB LEAGUE AMR MOUSSA AND IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER HOSHYAR ZEBARI HAILED KING ABDULLAH'S INITIATIVE TO HOLD A CONFERENCE FOR IRAQI RELIGIOUS LEADERSHIPS IN AMMAN.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/696484.html

King Abdullah: Time running out for peace in the Middle East

Jordan's King Abdullah said on Monday he believed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process had only two years left before changes on the ground would make it redundant and condemn the region to more years of strife.

The international community was tired of the failure to make a breakthrough and risked washing its hands of the peace process with potentially disastrous results, Abdullah told the European-American Press Club.

http://www.catholic.org/national/national_story.php?id=19035

Cardinal: Holy Land at critical stage

JERUSALEM – The Holy Land is at a critical moment in its history following the Hamas victory in Palestinian elections and preceding March 28 Israeli elections, said Washington Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick. 

"There is the sense that this is a very crucial moment, and it will require an enormous amount of wisdom and courage and prayer because there are so many intangibles we just don't know," Cardinal McCarrick told Catholic News Service March 10, the final day of a three-day visit to the Holy Land.

The Washington cardinal said both elections could "very significantly change the equation" of keeping the peace in the Holy Land.

The elections also may make it more difficult for the U.S.-backed "road map" -- designed for a permanent, two-state solution for Israeli-Palestinian peace -- to move forward, he said. The cardinal said the U.S. Catholic Church is committed to the road map, developed in 2003.

Despite the challenges during this time of transition, the United States needs to be dedicated to a two-state solution that gives Israel "recognized borders and freedom from terrorism" while at the same time giving Palestinians a "viable and peaceful state," he said.

"Unquestionably, our country has a lot on its plate right now, but I believe the commitment the president made to the road map is a most important and essential one, and we still believe we have to follow (it) and encourage our government not to give up," he said.

"Our reaction to Hamas has always been that it is impossible to deal with someone who wants to drive you out," he added. "I am optimistic that now that Hamas is leading the government we will be able to see some change in that policy."

In turn, he said, the U.S. government should not react hastily to the new leadership of Hamas, a militant Islamic group, but should wait to see how leaders proceed once the new government is formed. But whatever happens, he said, humanitarian assistance is "absolutely necessary to avoid a human tragedy in the Palestinian territories."

Cardinal McCarrick was in the Holy Land to visit with Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops' international relief and development agency. He arrived in the area following a March 7 visit to Amman, Jordan, with King Abdullah II -- whom the cardinal referred to as "my friend" -- for further discussions about the Amman Message, a 2004 declaration recognizing the common principles of eight traditional schools of Islamic religious law.


Pope talks to king of the South-

http://www.christianpost.com/article/middleeast/520/section/middleeast/1.htm

Pope, Egyptian President Discuss Mideast Peace

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak held talks at the Vatican Monday about Iran, Iraq and the prospects for lasting peace in the Middle East, the Holy See said.

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04-06-2006
from the webpage-
http://www.wpherald.com/storyview.php?StoryID=20060406-110810-2936r
we read-

Analysis: Summit may be Iraq's last chance for peace

By UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
Published April 6, 2006


WASHINGTON -- As Iraq teeters on the brink of civil war and remains unable to form a government of national unity more than four months after the elections, Jordan said it would host a conference aimed at defusing the volatile situation across its eastern border.
    
    The Iraqi Islamic Reconciliation Summit will be held in the Jordanian capital, Amman, on April 22. The intent of the 'summit' is to gather a large number of Iraq's top religious and tribal leaders representing Sunnis and Shiites, Arabs and Kurds, in an effort to seek an agreement based on common religious principles. The first hurdles the conference will tackle will be to find a way to end the violence that is claiming dozens of lives every day and to achieve a political solution that will put an end to Iraq's current strife.

The Iraqi Islamic Reconciliation Summit will be held under the patronage of King Abdullah II, and is expected to draw a large number of senior Iraqi religious and tribal leaders from all sects and walks of life. The conference organizers, Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought and the Arab League, say they hope the meeting "will provide a forum for Iraqi leaders to take a crucial step towards stemming the violence in Iraq."
    
    Jordan's King Abdullah, said to be a forty-third generation direct descendent of the Prophet Mohammed, and thus a member of the Aal al-Bayt (the Household of the Prophet) is expected to join the delegates in calling for "an end to bloodshed and religious tension in Iraq." The summit is expected to culminate in a signed declaration stating that fighting between Shiites and Sunnis has no legitimate religious basis.

Interestingly, the conference of April 22, 2006, is one week after First Fruits in 2006.

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04-10-2006

from the website-
http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2006/Apr/10/83.htm

Amman, April 10 (Petra) -- Jordan is working hard to host the Iraqi Islamic reconciliation conference (IIRC) scheduled on April 22.  IIRC Spokesman Abdul Salam Abbadi is to hold a press conference on Wednesday to talk about the preparation for the conference.  The IIRC is expected to be held in Amman under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah in cooperation of the Al al Bayt Foundation for Islamic Thought and the Arab League with participation of key Iraqi religious clerics representing Sunnis, Shi'is and Kurds in Iraq.

In this regard please read about the prophetic potentiality of the three kings (Sunni, Shia, Kurds?).
Could there be a crown for the King in the offing?

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04-15-2006

from the website-
http://www.gamla.org.il/english/article/2006/april/g2.htm
we read-

The Jordanian option

[Problem]

The Palestinian rocket offensive on southern Israel and the establishment of terror training camps on the ruins of Israeli settlements are incontrovertible proof that the Israeli strategy of "disengagement" has failed utterly and completely. During the 38 years of Israel's presence in Gaza, even when things were at their worst, the area never constituted much more than an irritant to Israel's national security.

Now, with Hamas in charge and al-Qaida, Iran, Hizbullah, PA militias, Islamic Jihad and Fatah terror-crime mobs running rampant, Gaza has become more than an irritant. Today, Gaza has become a base for global jihad and a source for constant and intensifying destabilization throughout the region. The current rocket offensive from Gaza - for which Israel has yet to come up with any effective response short of invasion - has placed some of Israel's most sensitive national infrastructures in under constant attack. The daily shelling of the communities around Gaza imperils the economic viability of southern Israel...

Yet lip service aside, Olmert and his cohorts are fully committed to the surrender paradigm and they are gunning for the Bush administration to dump appeasement and join their bandwagon. As Olmert put it to Newsweek, "I understand that if [the retreat and expulsion plan from Judea and Samaria] will be accepted as a contribution to a Middle East with less violence and terror, we will be able to reach an understanding with the American government about some measures of support that can be essential for the success of this move."

Unfortunately for the Bush administration, as the Gaza model shows, backing Olmert's plan will mean that the US will be giving its support to a strategy that has no chance whatsoever of making a "contribution to a Middle East with less violence and terror." To the contrary, Olmert's surrender paradigm has made a contribution to violence and terror.

So what is the Bush administration to do? Its current paradigm of appeasement has no chance of succeeding and Olmert's paradigm of surrender is also a recipe for failure.

[Solution]
Luckily, appeasement and surrender are not the only options available for stabilizing the Middle East and diminishing levels of violence and terror. In the current issue of the Middle East Quarterly,Dan Diker and Pinchas Inbari outline a paradigm that has a better chance of success than either appeasement or surrender.

Their article, "Re-energizing a West Bank-Jordan Alliance" notes that Israel and Jordan today share a cardinal interest in ensuring that Judea and Samaria do not follow the Gaza model. As they demonstrate, there is reason to believe that from this convergence of interests, a strategy can emerge that will be capable of succeeding where appeasement and surrender fail.

The Jordanian regime is today subject to two sources of turbulence that have the potential to destroy it. First there is Iraq. Iraq's political and military instability wreaks havoc on Jordan which is economically dependent on its eastern neighbor. Jordanian terrorist and al-Qaida commander in Iraq with Abu Musab Zarkawi has targeted the Hashemite regime. Al-Qaida has cells throughout Jordan. Al-Qaida operatives attacked Eilat with Katyushas from Akaba on August 19 and they targeted Amman itself in the hotel bombings last November.

Al-Qaida's spread from Iraq to Jordan is now, in the wake of Israel's retreat from Gaza being followed by its spread to Gaza and Judea and Samaria. As Jordanian diplomats explained to Diker and Inbari last September, Jordan is deeply opposed to Olmert's proposed Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria. In their view, such a retreat would cause a spread of Gazan and Iraqi style chaos to Judea and Samaria. Such chaos could easily endanger the Hashemite regime.

Until 1988, Arabs in Judea and Samaria were Jordanian citizens. Fearing that the Palestinian uprising which began that year would destabilize his kingdom, the late King Hussein renounced Jordan's claims to sovereignty over the areas. Yet Jordan has remained actively engaged in the areas. Some 70 percent of Jordanians define themselves as Palestinians and most Jordanians have family in Judea and Samaria. Trade between the two banks of the Jordan is intense. King Abdullah's wife Rania is a Palestinian. In naming their son Hussein the crown prince of Jordan, Abdullah has effectively transformed the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan into the Hashemite-Palestinian Kingdom of Jordan-Palestine.

Inbari and Diker believe that the Jordanian regime may be willing today to entertain a strategy of federating or confederating with Judea and Samaria. The advantage of such a policy for the Palestinians is that as citizens of overwhelmingly Palestinian Jordan, they would no longer be stateless. The advantage for Israel and Jordan would be that the threat that the PA's chronic instability poses to both states' security would be remedied by the presence of two sovereigns - at peace with one another, with have decades of military cooperation behind them, and a shared interest in destroying all vestiges of Islamist terror cells in the area - in charge.

Although they do not discuss the issue of Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria in their article, there is little reason to think that a confederative or federative arrangement that would place Jordan in charge of the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria would necessitate any limitation on the right of Israel to remain responsible for the Israelis who live in the areas. Clear and straightforward arrangements regarding citizenship and security responsibilities for both the Palestinians and the Israelis can be reached with little more than a handshake given the depth of both Israel and Jordan's shared interests.

One of the main reasons that the notion of Palestinian statehood - upon which the appeasement and surrender paradigms are based - is acceptable to Israelis is because it is believed that if the Palestinians are given sovereignty they will begin to behave like a responsible member of the community of states. Sadly, events of the past 13 years have proven repeatedly that the conferring of the accoutrements of statehood - including sovereignty in Gaza -- exacerbates Palestinian support for jihad and instability.

With Hamas in charge of the PA and global jihadist terror groups backed by Iran on the march in Gaza and Judea and Samaria, further empowerment of the Palestinians will endanger the survivability of Jordan and Israel. But as Inbari and Diker show, other options exist. If the Americans wish to support an Israeli policy that will, as Olmert says make "a contribution to a Middle East with less violence and terror," they should suggest that he consider switching his paradigm to one that has a chance of achieving that goal.
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04-25-2006

from the website-
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1143498908383&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

we read how the Jordanian monarch is calling for Israel to give up nuclear weapons
Abdullah: Israel should give up nuclear weapons

Jordan's King Abdullah stated on Monday that in order to achieve peace in the Middle East, Israel must relinquish its nuclear weapons, Army Radio reported.

In an interview to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Abdullah said that if the world was asking Iran to abstain from the development of nuclear weapons, it must ask other countries that have nuclear weapons to do the same.

King Abdullah said that his country wished the Middle East to remain nuclear-weapon-free.

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05-02-2006

While the pressure on Iran (Persia) accelerates from the US White House, China and Russia increase their support of Iran, Turkey is under duress over exclusion from the EU and the presence of Kurdish unrest (US intel ops?) on their souther border, dividing Iraq is in the news again from Senator Biden, the ethnic group Assyrians (from ancient Ashur) are objecting http://assyriatimes.com/engine/modules/news/article.php?storyid=3196 via official channels in the US embassy in Iraq to their exclusion by the Kurdish Iraqi President Talabani in a recent speech (watch this closely for the potential emergence of a fake Magog-"antichrist" and other near-term so-called "Assyrian" activities (but actually psyops designed to draw attention to the "Assyrians"; I kid you not, black ops people do things that the "foolish" religious populace might believe), 1000 Shia militia have moved to Kurdish Kirkuk http://www.kurdmedia.com/news.asp?id=12178  (Magog is being staged, friends); Jordan and Egypt (king of the north and king of the south?) are leading the call for a return to peace negotiations.  Friends, we are living in the last days.

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/710816.html

Jordan, Egypt say will urge Abbas, not Hamas, to make peace

Jordan and Egypt said Saturday they hoped to encourage the newly formed Israeli government to return to the negotiating table and wanted the Palestinian Authority chairman - not his Hamas-led government - to reach a final settlement with the Jewish state.

Jordan's King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak discussed their common strategy against terrorism and to promote peace in the region, said Egypt's foreign minister after a closed-door meeting in the Red Sea resort town of Aqaba.

There is a "joint Egyptian-Jordanian-Arab effort to encourage the new Israeli government to abandon unilateral moves, return to the negotiating table and implement the road map for peace," Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit told reporters.

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05-06-2006

The scripture says that Jerusalem shall be divided (Rev 11:2)

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/D/DIVIDING_JERUSALEM?SITE=OHDEF&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Israel Offers Outline to Divide Jerusalem


JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's new government is drawing up a blueprint for dividing the holy city of Jerusalem - a once inconceivable notion - giving the Palestinians nearly all the Arab neighborhoods while holding onto Jewish areas and disputed holy shrines.

Otniel Schneller, an architect of the plan, described it in interviews this week with The Associated Press, giving the clearest picture yet of how Israel plans to separate from the Palestinians, abandoning most of the West Bank.

"We will not divide Jerusalem, we will share it," he said.




http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1145961282236&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull

Bush: US must ensure Israel's security

US President George W. Bush said Thursday at the American Jewish Committee conference in Washington that the United States had a strong and inalienable obligation to ensure the security of Israel, referring to the threats Iran had made against the Jewish state.

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05-28-2006

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060527/NLETTER02/60527008

The drive toward "peace" and the support of the eventual antichrist continues.  This is an excerpt of the President's speech at the West Point Class of 2006 Commencement.  The following is proof that the President (in spite of numerous reports to the contrary) has no real knowledge of Bible prophecy.  Only a post-millennialist or Dominionist would pursue such a policy.

Our strategy to protect America is based on a clear premise: The security of our nation depends on the advance of liberty in other nations. On September the 11th, 2001, we saw that problems originating in a failed and oppressive state 7,000 miles away could bring murder and destruction to our country. And we learned an important lesson: Decades of excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe. So long as the Middle East remains a place where freedom does not flourish, it will remain a place where terrorists foment resentment and threaten American security.

So we are pursuing a forward strategy of freedom in the Middle East. I believe the desire for liberty is universal - and by standing with democratic reformers across a troubled region, we will extend freedom to millions who have not known it - and lay the foundation of peace for generations to come.


Bible students know who these "democratic reformers" are going to be.  And he... shall think to change times and laws... (Dan 7:25)

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05-30-2006
http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/05/29/jordan.us.ap/index.html

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jordan's King Abdullah II met with President Bush on Monday and urged him to pursue Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, repeating a plea the king made in a recent letter to the White House.

"King Abdullah underlined the importance of moving forward in the pursuit of a two-state solution as outlined in President Bush's vision for peace," the Jordanian Embassy said in a statement Monday night.

The king told Bush the Palestinian people need aid to avert a humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories, the embassy statement said.

Abdullah told Bush that Jordan plans to play a key role in the peace process, the embassy said. Abdullah meets regularly with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and plans to hold a separate meeting in the next few weeks with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Abdullah wrote to Bush earlier this month urging him to help restart the Mideast peace process.

The king met with Bush for a private dinner Monday during a brief visit to the United States. In addition to the Mideast peace process, the possibility of additional U.S. aid for Jordan came up during their conversation, the embassy said.

Abdullah "thanked the president for considering additional assistance to Jordan this year, at a time when Jordan's economy is facing many challenges associated with high oil prices," the statement said.

Earlier Monday, Abdullah met with Vice President Dick Cheney in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The king has been on a private visit to the United States since Friday.

End 05-30-2006


05-31-2006

http://www.isn.ethz.ch/news/sw/details.cfm?id=16054

US allies in ME press for Israel-PA talks

ISN SECURITY WATCH (Wednesday, 31 May 2006: 15.11 CET) – Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are mobilizing for a diplomatic offensive designed to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), Middle East Online reports.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will meet Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday for talks that may pave the way for a summit between the Israeli leader and PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

Saudi ruler King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud will hold talks with Mubarak ahead of the Egyptian leader's summit with Olmert.

Jordan's King Abdullah II is to hold a summit with the Olmert in mid-June. The king warned in an April letter to US President George W. Bush that unilateral Israeli moves would have "negative repercussions"...  It is understood that Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Arab League are building pressure on Hamas to accept a landmark league proposal, formulated in 2002, that would see an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank rewarded with the full normalization of relations with Arab states.

What a wonderful opportunity for the rapture to occur followed by the formation of the covenant.  I am ready for the Lord to come.
It is up to Him when He is coming.
 
End 05-31-2006


07-19-2006
from the website-
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1150886027611&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

We read-

Olmert hopes for "eternal covenant" with Arabs

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday that he hoped an "eternal covenant" could soon be signed between Israel and its neighbors.

"Israel didn't want these confrontations, on the contrary, we did our utmost to avoid them by withdrawing to borders recognized by the international community," said the prime minister.

Olmert added that Israel had no business in involving itself with the internal struggles within Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority adding, "our problem is with the terrorists attacking us from those territories."


End 07-19-2006


07-24-2006
The pressure will now increase to create "peace" in the Middle East.  We don't know how long the 10-king building phase may last, but, the pressure is on for peace.

http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?idCategory=33&idsub=1
25&id=4577&t=Pope+prays+for+Mideast+peace+now%2C+not+'tomorrow'
Pope prays for Mideast peace now, not 'tomorrow'
The Pope arrived at the church in the company of Bishop Giuseppe Anfossi of Aosta, and greeted the faithful gathered there. Following the liturgy of the Word, the Holy Father referred to "the dramatic situation in the Middle East ... where war persists between Christians, Muslims and Jews." He exclaimed: "Lord, free us from all evil and grant us peace; not tomorrow or the day after, grant us peace today!"
...
http://www.easybourse.com/Website/dynamic/News.php?NewsID=28933&lang=fra&NewsRubrique=2
Rice Calls For Mideast Peace Based On 'Enduring Principles'

JERUSALEM (AP)--U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Israel on Monday for talks about the ongoing fight between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon, saying that she was looking for a sustainable peace.
...
http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/07/24/blair.maliki/

Blair hopes for Mideast peace plan

Hostilities between Lebanon and Israel are 'catastrophe'

...
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/15a1d8d6-1a70-11db-848c-0000779e2340.html

Syria wants dialogue with US on Mideast peace

By Heba Saleh in Damascus

(of course, a lot of pressure may be brought to Syria before this happens)


End 07-24-2006


07-25-2006
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0604211.htm

On eve of summit, pope says prayers for Mideast might be working


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- On the eve of the Rome international summit for peace in the Middle East, Pope Benedict XVI said it appeared that perhaps prayers for peace were starting to work.

"It seems to me that today something is beginning to move, which shows that prayers are not useless," the pope told reporters in northern Italy July 25 as he returned to the chalet in Les Combes where he has been vacationing.

"Let us strongly pray that tomorrow's conference will bear fruit and bring concrete results for peace," the pope said. "I hope they find stable and lasting solutions" to the violence that has ignited in Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

While sending official observers to the Rome summit for peace in the Middle East, the Vatican also planned to continue working behind the scenes in pushing for a peaceful solution to ongoing violence in the region, said Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state.

The Vatican announced late July 25 that it had been invited to participate in the July 26 summit as an official observer.

Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, the Vatican's foreign minister, and two officials from his staff were to represent the Vatican at the meeting, said the announcement from the Vatican press office.

Before Vatican participation was announced, Cardinal Sodano told Italian state television that the Vatican would be following the summit's progress with "great attention."

"The Holy See tries to be 'super partes' (above all parties); it has a universal mission to unite all of humanity," the cardinal said in the July 24 interview with RAI television.

His remarks echoed Pope Benedict's July 21 comments that the Vatican tends to leave diplomatic bargaining to other nations "because we do not get involved in politics even if we do everything for peace."  (chuckle)

However, the Vatican supports everything that can facilitate and lead to peace, the pope had said.

Because modern civilization calls for dialogue, not war, to resolve disputes, every day the Vatican has been contacting foreign diplomats in an effort to foster a peaceful resolution, Cardinal Sodano said.

"There has been intense effort contacting the chanceries of many of the countries" involved in or concerned about resolving the Mideast violence, he said.

Cardinal Sodano said the Vatican has been emphasizing Pope Benedict's concerns and wishes for an immediate cease-fire and a humanitarian corridor in the area of conflict so as to get needed aid into the region.

The Vatican will continue to maintain contact "with various governments of the world in order to make its contribution so that this tragedy may end as soon as possible," he said.

...

In the magazine's July 30 issue, released July 25, Cardinal Sodano said that over the last century the Vatican has always held fast to "reasons of peace" which will often "displease one or the other side of belligerent parties."

The church's calls for nonviolence will always carry the risk of being criticized, misunderstood, or accused of taking sides, he said, "but this is the price one must pay in order to contribute to the establishment of peace."

Church teaching says that, if there is no competent and sufficiently powerful authority at the world level to resolve the danger of war, nations cannot be denied the right to legitimate defense once every means of peaceful resolution has been exhausted, he said.

However, even in cases of legitimate self-defense, innocent civilians must not be caught up in the fighting, and basic humanitarian laws "must never be violated," he said in the magazine interview.

Meanwhile, Cardinal Sodano praised the Italian government and others who made the July 26 summit a reality, saying the city of Rome has a special "vocation of peace for the world."

Government ministers and leaders from at least 13 countries, including the United States and Canada, were expected to attend the special summit aimed at finding a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict. Representatives from the United Nations, the European Union and the World Bank were to attend the meeting, which also was expected to address reconstruction plans and aid to Lebanon.



End 07-25-2006


08-17-2006

http://www.kuwaittimes.net/Navariednews.asp?dismode=article&artid=1092730312

Jordan calls for resumption of Middle East peacemaking
AMMAN: Jordan called for the immediate resumption of Arab peacemaking with Israel, saying yesterday that the time was ripe after guns fell silent in the Lebanese-Israeli conflict. King Abdullah II warned that the Lebanon conflict "could be repeated unless the international community shoulders its responsibility and works for a comprehensive solution to he Arab-Israeli conflict." The "stalemate jeopardises the opportunities for peace and stability in the region," Abdullah said in talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is on a tour of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Government spokesman Nasser Judeh said Jordan was working with Arab governments to revive the peace process with Israel. "We have to have negotiations and solve outstanding issues, particularly the Palestinian question," Judeh said, adding the "root-cause" of Mideast crises was the lingering Palestinian-Israeli conflict.  On Monday, Abdullah urged Arab leaders to devise a comprehensive strategy to deal with crises besetting the Mideast.

End 08-17-2006


10-02-2006

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/10/02/africa/ME_GEN_Mideast_Rice.php

Moderate Arab states form united front to win Rice's support for relaunching peace talks

Eight U.S.-allied Arab countries are banding together to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on her trip here, in hopes of reviving the deadlocked Arab-Israeli peace process and making headway on other regional issues.
 
During their meeting Tuesday with Rice, the ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, Egypt and Jordan are expected coordinate efforts to buttress the stature of the moderate Palestinian leader and stem Iran's growing influence.
 
The trip comes as Arab countries have in recent weeks halted dealings with the Palestinian militant group Hamas. They want it to join a unity government that supports a 2002 Arab League plan that would offer peace to Israel in exchange for land and they've even started funneling aid through Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Arab diplomats say.
 
The goal of the secretary of state's tour is to push ahead the U.S. democratization agenda and discuss threats to stability in the region such as Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah, Rice's spokesman has said. But the Arab ministers' priority — officials and media reports in the region say — is relaunching peace talks.

End 10-02-2006



10-11-2006

From
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=113311

Synagogue Planned For Temple Mount, Hashemites to Add Minaret
20:30 Oct 10, '06 / 18 Tishrei 5767

MK Uri Ariel (National Union) is drawing up plans to construct a synagogue on the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site. Jordan's King plans to build a fifth minaret on the site as well.

The synagogue would be build upon the Temple Mount, but in an area that is indisputably not within the areas that require immersion and other preparations, according to Jewish law.

Ariel says that the synagogue would not change the Muslim status quo on the mount, which is home to the Al-Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

Of course, the sacrifice is mentioned in Dan 9:27 which says that in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.  In order to have a sacrifice, there must be a temple.  This could be the temple of the Daniel 9:27.

End 10-11-2006


11-19-2006

Is this the first time in US history that a midterm election has effectively restored the administration of a former president?  By virtue of the restoration to power of James Baker (at least where it concerns Iraq), it certainly appears to be the case.  I don't recall an administration's policies ever being so thoroughly repudiated as the recent midterm elections did for President Bush.  In one day, he has gone from "if you are not with us, you are against us" and "we are gonna smoke 'em out" (a Texas gun-slinger) to mushy photo-ops with Nancy Pelosi.  What a transformation!!  Bush's before-election persona and after-election persona are remakable at best and pitiful at worst.  He looked, well, sad, firing Donald Rumsfeld the day after the election.  He had plenty of chances to fire him when it would have helped.  Bush looks like total milquetoast and a totally manipulated man. Is this all real?  The difference in approach is too remarkable to fathom.  It just goes to show you that a president knows nothing but what he is told and you easily can control the president with whom you put around him, especially if he happens to be a weak man.  Elsewhere on this site, we discussed how intelligence operations could be against the White House as well as by the White House.  It looks like the executive branch of government has taken a major hit while simultaneously accelerating the Clash of Civilizations.  Someone has achieved a geo-political coup - kicking off the Clash of Civilizations in earnest and humiliating the White House in the process.  Will the executive branch ever be able to run the country again?  The country is now going to be run by "committee" and "peace" (the real subject of this short treatise) is going to consume us all.

From the idealistic, simplistic black-and-white, good-versus-evil world of an administration whose policy was hijacked by the OSP (Office of Special Plans) and others, which lead to the public humiliation of a public servant like General Colin Powell (when he was conned into spreading the lies of those who hijacked the administration) in front of the United Nations, no less; we have reinstalled the "realists" from the 41st administration.  They allowed the National Guard "flyboy" a turn at the helm and now they are taking away his stick before his policy wonks have him bomb Iran.  (And, just think, we wanted to spread this kind of "elective democracy" to Iraq?)  It all seems like a cruel joke.  When those in charge change course, the president of the United States follows.  When you finish the entire 11-19 update, ask yourself, "who benefits from all this?"   The answer will be who really runs US foreign policy.

Meanwhile, "sanity" is going to rule the day.  Is there not anything that is actually as it appears?   Now, comes the subject at hand- what are the "realists" going to do next? We don't have to look far.

Where the now-former Dubya administration (2 official years remaining, but in reality it is already over) was all Israel, all Jordan, all Egypt, and all Saudi-Arabia; the Phoenix 41st administration is going to actually speak to US "enemies."  It will not lead to peace, but it will lead to "confirming the (peace) covenant."

from
http://www.debka.com/article.php?aid=1229
we read-

The campaign will peak in the third week of December, when British premier Tony Blair is due to visit Damascus to open the road for Washington (as first revealed in DEBKA-Net-Weekly 278 on Nov, 17).

As a down-payment for buying Syrian president Bashar Asad’s cooperation on Iraq, Blair will try and coerce Israel to accept talks with Syria for the return of the Golan captured in the 1967 war.

Last Monday, Nov. 13, prime minister Ehud Olmert rather naively claimed he and President George W. Bush were of one mind that Israel must not sit down and talk to Syria until the Asad regime had abandoned its sponsorship of terror.

As he spoke, three high-ranking US officials - David Satterfield, the state department’s coordinator for Iraq,J.D. Crouch, deputy national security adviser, and Condoleezza Rice’s assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs, David Welch - were deep in arrangements for the Blair visit to Damascus, which they see as the key for opening the door to direct US-Tehran talks.
The fresh US-European Middle East momentum on the Palestinian issue is being crafted as a positive counterweight to the negative effect of the impending American-British withdrawal from Iraq. The groundwork for this ploy was laid by Blair’s senior political adviser Nigel Sheinwald, when he met Asad in Damascus in late October (as first reported by DEBKAfile).  

He brought back welcome tidings from his meeting: Damascus and Tehran did not see eye to eye on Iraq; Asad said he felt no compulsion to stick to the Iranian line in the embattled country. Reporting this, DEBKA-Net-Weekly also revealed that former US ambassador to Syria, Margaret Scobie, would follow Blair to the Syrian capital. Now stationed in Iraq, she was abruptly withdrawn from Damascus in 2005 at the height of the crisis between Washington and Damascus. It is hoped that her return, formally designated as a visit to take leave of old friends in the Syrian hierarchy, will occasion a meeting with the Syrian president. This would be taken as the first sign of a thaw in US-Syrian relations.

The two Damascus visits are meant to be the conduit to the start of Washington’s dialogue with Tehran.

Blair’s most recent foreign policy statements are at odds with the positions he and Bush have shared - unless seen in the context of these behind-the-scenes diplomatic feelers. Through this prism, they sound like an effort to prepare American and British public opinion for the extreme policy reversal embodied in his impending visit to Damascus in the role of appeaser. The pacifier he means to offer for Syria’s cooperation on Iraq: massive Israeli concessions.

In an interview to the Washington Post Thursday, Nov. 16, Prime Minister Tony Blair was suddenly optimistic about progress on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying that "sensible Arab and Muslim countries" now see "strategic reasons" for finding a solution and new initiatives could come within weeks.

In a closed-door video conference Tuesday with the US Iraq Study Group, the bipartisan panel in Washington reviewing Iraq policy, Blair said that any solution to Iraq must begin with progress on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. That is the one issue, he insisted, that unresolved allows extremists to gain purchase on the more moderate elements of the Muslim and Arab world.

Then, talking to David Frost on al Jazeera’s new English language program Saturday, Blair again stressed the importance of progress in the Middle East peace process in winning the "war on terror". But he admitted for the first time that Western intervention in Iraq had "so far been pretty much of a disaster.”

DEBKAfile’s Middle East sources note that very few people in Washington, London or Damascus understood why President Bush’s leading ally in the Iraq war had suddenly turned against him. But Blair’s eye, say those sources, was very much on the Damascus ball; he was signaling the Syrian leader that he and Asad were now on the same side: the two leaders should together take a lead role in solving the burning issues of Iraq, the Middle East dispute and Iran. He implied that the US president, whose party had lost control of Congress, like Olmert, who had lost the Lebanon war, no longer held controlling stakes in the must urgent regional issues, whereas Blair and Asad were now in a position to seize the high ground...Asad was thus given to understand that for London, the rancor over the Iraq war was water under the bridge and the way forward out of what he later admitted was a “disaster” was the paramount consideration.

All this radical shifting around of US and British positions for the sake of an exit from Iraq, coupled with Europe’s maneuvering to make hay on the Palestinian-Israeli front, leave the Jewish state prey to crippling pressures as well as dangerously exposed to Iran, whose nuclear weapons aspirations remain unsolved in the stampede to leave Iraq. Tehran’s proxy Hizballah, Syria and the Palestinian Hamas will be left in peace to advance on their agenda for rapid armament and preparations for the next war.

http://frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=25441

Many are looking to the Iraq Study Group, the commission headed by James Baker and Lee Hamilton, to provide a face-saving, bipartisan way for the United States to withdraw from Iraq as quickly as possible, with a clear conscience and a decent interval before the full and disastrous consequences of that withdrawal manifest themselves. Most expect the commission's report will provide intellectual cover for retreat, offering elaborate explanations of how the departure of American troops will actually improve the prospects for a political settlement in Iraq.

Is it not interesting that this last paragraph sounds like 1 Thessalonians 5:3? 
For, when they shall say, peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them...

Now, Israel and Jordan (along with Egypt) will be compelled to have stronger ties (lest the "Shiite crescent" overcome them.)

http://www.debka.com/article.php?aid=1227

Monday, Nov. 13, former US secretary of state James Baker and ex-Congressman Lee Hamilton will present their recommendations on Iraq to President Bush in the Oval Office. Their audience will include an array of top administration officials: Vice President Dick Cheney, national security adviser Stephen Hadley, secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte and CIA Director Gen. Mike Hayden, as well as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace. Incoming defense secretary Robert Gates will attend as a member of the bipartisan committee.

Absentees will include outgoing defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who stepped down after the Republican’s lost the Nov. 7 midterm to the Democrats over the Iraq war, and the commanders directly running that conflict, Generals John Abizaid and George Casey...The timing and composition of the conference indicate that the larger decisions are already in the bag with regard to the new US policy on Iraq and a fresh approach to the radical side of the Middle East led by Iran and Syria, mainly at the expense of Jordan and Israel. Monday’s White House conference will be concerned mostly with tying up the last ends and deciding who performs which part of the revised strategy.

Will the King of the North and the King of the South be compelled to unite? (continuing with the above article...)

Unlike Israel, King Abdullah - who gambled and lost on Bush standing foursquare behind his plans for Iraq – has at least two alternatives:

He can make common cause with Syrian president Bashar Asad and join the anti-Israel Eastern Front with Iran, Hizballah and the radical Palestinian organizations operating out of Damascus or -

He can turn south instead of north and accept the protection of the Saudi Arabian-Egyptian alliance.

Israel, in contrast, will find itself high and dry in the Middle East. After being downgraded by the Lebanon War’s outcome, the Olmert government will be obliged to accept the crack of the American whip - at least until it can build a new security option that is not dependent on Washington’s new Middle East strategy.

The new Middle East strategy of Israel could well be the "covenant with death and with hell". (Isa 28:15)

End 11-19-2006



02-01-2007


Reader Writes

Hello Russell,
I’ve been wondering how often you’ve been updating your website.  I often look for current events relating to bible prophecy and really appreciate the work you have done. I am especially concerned with Iraq and how it is the launch-pad for the end days. If the AC is truly the Great Assyrian and he comes from Nineveh(modern day Mosul area) or out of an alliance btwn Iraq’s 3 sects and the Hashemite King, then I would only assume it makes great sense to closely monitor all events concerning these territories.

What are your current thoughts about this recent push for peace between the Palistinians and the Israelies? It seems as if the King has met with all local parties and has everyone talking about his concerns: http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/01/30/opinion/edgreen.php

If the only way to prevent civil war from erupting throughout the middle east is by finally establishing a Palestinian/Israel 2 state solution, then I think we’ve seen something very significant happen in the dynamics in the middle east.. It would seem the world is being “duped” by this guy so a peace can be “confirmed” and the 7 yr tribulation can begin. It’s almost as if the world’s elite would have to be stupid not to realize that NOW is finally the time to force peace upon the region or else the region BLOWS UP. Period.

What do you think?
God bless you for all the great work! 
In his name,
Joe

Answer

Joe,
Thank you for writing.   To answer your first question- how often you've been updating your website?  The answer is NOT NEARLY ENOUGH.   Due to increased administrative responsibilities regarding record keeping for my "day" job, I have had less time to devote to research and writing for the site. Since I have about caught up with the administrative tasks and have a system in place, I will have more time to devote to the website.

I do want to go on record as saying this.  Considering the accelerating trends in the Mid-East, there is a LOT MORE TO WRITE ABOUT TODAY THAN WHEN I FIRST STARTED THE WEBSITE (INCLUDING THE INCEPTION OF THE IRAQ INVASION).   What I am saying is that my temporary silence should not be construed as any indication that events are slowing down.  In fact, events are increasing in intensity and frequency and the pressure is building on men to carry out God's will and fulfill Bible prophecy.   The article you cite in your letter is an excellent illustration of some of the major themes of this website.

There are 5 significant events that stand out in what has lead up to the now rapidly accelerating trends:
1) so-called "terrorism"
2) 9-11
3) Iraq invasion
4) the "unpredictable" insurgency and the total deconstruction of Iraq
5) the establishment in the minds of the population that there is the need to kill "extremists" (aka fundamentalists) (thus the inevitability of "assymetric warfare", an actual DOD doctrine)
 
Quoting your referenced article-

DAVOS, Switzerland: It was an electric moment in this mountain town last week when the young Hashemite king, Abdullah II of Jordan, stood in front of the World Economic Forum and warned of a conflagration that could spread "from Beirut to Bombay" — pitting Shiite against Sunni, Persians against Arabs with untold consequences for all.

The king saw three potential civil wars on the boil, involving the Palestinians, the Lebanese and the Iraqis. The number one issue that could soothe the region would be the swift creation of a Palestinian state.

"The continued denial of Palestinian rights is a fire starter," he said. "If you don't fix the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, you can't have stability in the region. We will all pay the price for what I think may be the last opportunity."

The United States is now absorbed with Iraq. But before Iraq, President George W. Bush made the decision to not even try to be an honest broker between Israel and the Palestinians, reversing 30 years of American foreign policy, as Colin Powell pointed out to the president during one of their first national security meetings.

But as part of the new "surge" strategy, the administration has decided to adopt at least one of the Iraq Study Group's recommendations: revive the effort to bring about a two- state solution between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently visited the region, and a meeting of the so-called Middle East Quartet — the United States, the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations — which so far has made no progress, is planned for Friday.

Other voices from the region share the king's urgency. Amr Moussa, the long-serving secretary general of the Arab League, said a Palestinian state should be brought into being in 2007.

The reason for the new urgency is a common fear of Iran shared by Arabs and Israelis alike. Recently, the Israelis have sent out feelers to their Arab neighbors to explore this mutual concern.

The new Arab plan would be to build on the 2002 Saudi initiative that offered peace and full recognition of Israel in exchange for an Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories to pre-1967 lines. Surprisingly, all of the Arab League members signed on. It was a nonstarter, as far as the government of Ariel Sharon was concerned. But the talk in Davos is that a new offer, much more to Israel's advantage, will be made.

There can be little doubt from the above article and many others that the pressure is mounting on all parties to "settle" the problem. This could be "it".   We don't know for sure.  However, the Bible says and the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and the patient waiting for Christ. (2 Thess 3:5)

It has been my objective from the beginning to establish a Biblical and historical foundational framework of study from which any person who is interested can follow the developments themselves.  I believe this has been achieved on the website.  If I never write another word, a truly open minded student who believes the Bible is true can follow these developments without me or anyone else.
Time permitting, however, and the Lord willing, I will continue to write.

God bless you,
Russell

PS - This "guy" is being duped himself along with the rest of the world.  It is my firm belief that there is nothing in this "guy"'s intentions that are meant for anything other than his definition of good.

People say there is no such thing as a conspiracy.  The world's greatest "conspirator" is the Almighty Himself.  He knows what is going to happen and He allows men to follow their own devices until the inevitable happens.  Certainly He allows principalities and powers to influence the world's leaders because the Lord instituted authority and (at this time) authority remains in the hands of the angel of light and his "princes."  Contemplate this for awhile.  The conclusions boggle the mind.  More reason for a man to be wary of following his own devices and other men.

End 02-01-2007


02-24-2007

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1171894503424&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Abdullah: This could be last chance for ME peace

Jordan's King Abdullah II said in remarks broadcast Friday that prospects for Mideast peace are dwindling, and that a current window could represent a "last opportunity."

"We find ourselves at this very important crossroads ... that I do feel really is the last opportunity for peace for all of us," Abdullah told Israel's Channel 2, in an excerpt from an interview to be broadcast in full on Saturday.


End 02-24-2007


02-28-2007
We had better start watching this one... and apparently we had better not let the proverbial cat out of the bag either..

in a Google search for working in parallel to the Quartet (US, EU, Russia, UN) Arab Quartet
I found this news story link...
Jordan´s King Abdullah said Arab nations agree with Western ...
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, NY - Feb 24, 2007
Abdullah said that, working in parallel to the Quartet -- the United States, European Union, Russia and United Nations -- there is an "Arab Quartet" seeking ...

A reader sent me part of another link to the same story and that story has been yanked also..

The Arab Quartet is pushing the Saudi Peace Intiative.  Keep an eye on this.


End 02-28-2007


03-04-2007
The world may be standing on the precipice. 

A great deal is happening with the impending US military "withdrawal" (of some sort) from Iraq (and the resulting vacuum), the unification movements of Turkey and Iran, the Saudi Peace Initiative, the calls of Jordanian King Abdullah for a "last chance for peace", and the emerging Sunni-Shiite conflagration.

The vacuum created by impending chaos in Iraq (even if we stay apparently) is plenty of motivation by surrounding states to come together (as 10 Kings?).  The Saudi Peace Initiative is an open effort to mitigate the circumstances. The Saudi Peace Initiative could lead to the covenant of  Daniel 9:27.  The unification efforts of Turkey and Iran portend for a sooner Magog invasion. The US strategy which puts the Sunnis against the Shiites could be a synopsis of the campaign of Armageddon.  The Biblical Armageddon is not one battle, but a campaign that culminates in Revelation Chapter 19.

The emergence of the Jordanian King Abdullah as the primary leader in bringing the parties to the table makes one wonder if this could be the real Biblical scenario developing.

What if some combination of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon constituted a scenario whereby these 3 countries became the 3 horns (kings) referred to in the Book of Daniel?  These scenarios are becoming more likely.

If there ever was an ominous news paragraph potentially describing the scenario above, the following article might do it-

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/832721.html

A new chance for peace

The decision of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to hold the Arab League summit in Riyadh later this month to discuss proposing the 2002 Arab peace initiative anew, offers a fresh opportunity to revive the peace process between Israel and its neighbors, and to bolster the moderate axis in the Middle East against the emerging Iranian nuclear threat.

Here we have the covenant (peace process...) and the emerging Sunni-Shiite conflict (moderate axis...Iranian ... threat) all in one sentence.  The article continues...

Abdullah's original initiative proposed a simple formula: A complete Israeli withdrawal from the territories, including Jerusalem, in return for normalizing relations between Israel and the Arab world. At the Beirut summit, which approved the plan as "the Arab peace initiative," significant changes were made. It was established that the Israeli pullout should be to the lines of June 4 , 1967, and a "refugees article" was added, calling for "a just and agreed-upon solution" to the problem according to United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194, which the Palestinians interpret as recognition of the right of return. Israel, under Ariel Sharon, had its reservations about the Saudi initiative, but in recent months Prime Minister Ehud Olmert altered his approach and began referring to "positive elements" in the initiative. This was his way of signaling that there is something to talk about.

The 2002 initiative was launched at the worst possible moment: Hundreds of Israelis were murdered in suicide bombings and the attack at the Park Hotel in Netanya resulted in Israel's operation "Defensive Shield" in the West Bank. The circumstances today are absolutely different. Saudi Arabia is once again talking about a peace initiative, following the second Lebanon war and the pledge of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to wipe Israel off the map. The Saudi message is that Israel will be a welcome partner in the region - if it pulls out of the territories. As such, Abdullah took a stance opposing Ahmadinejad and called on him not to intervene in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Saudi Arabia holds a unique status because of the king's role as the guardian of Islam's holiest sites and also because of the country's oil wealth. It is therefore in a position, more than any other state, to offer religious and economic backing to peace settlements between Israel and the Palestinians, Syria and Lebanon.

Saudi Arabia and Israel also share concerns about the growing strength of Iran and both wish to prevent another war in the region. They have a shared interest in the renewal of the peace process. Taking advantage of this opportunity requires both sides to show flexibility and openness. The Saudis need to understand, as Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has said, that Israel has red lines on the issue of refugees, and it will not be able to accept the right of return as the basis for dialogue. It is therefore important that the Riyadh summit conclude with a more pragmatic formulation of the initiative.

It is the duty of the government of Israel not to reject the hand that is being offered by Saudi Arabia. Olmert must consider the Arab peace initiative to be an appropriate basis for dialogue, one that will lead to a permanent settlement and a settling of the status of Israel in the region, and which will serve as a definitive response to Ahmadinejad and his partners in the extremist camp. A renewed peace process will save Olmert's government from the impasse in which it is stuck. It is important that the four weeks left before the summit in Riyadh involve intensive diplomatic efforts to formulate an agreed-upon framework for the regional peace initiative.


from- http://www.americandaily.com/article/17862
It appears that the Saudi Peace Intiative is a back door for Bush to accept the Iraq Study Group (ISG).
On Feb 19/07 Washington Post published “Can a Saudi Dealmaker Rescue Bush?”

from- http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17364686/

Iran, Syria invited to Iraq ‘neighbors meeting’

Announcement by Rice reveals shift in U.S. approach to regional talks

WASHINGTON - The United States and the Iraqi government are launching a new diplomatic initiative to invite Iran and Syria to a “neighbors meeting” on stabilizing Iraq, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday.

“We hope that all governments seize this opportunity to improve their relations with Iraq and to work for peace and stability in the region,” Rice said in remarks prepared for delivery to a Senate committee. Excerpts were released in advance by the State Department.

The move reflects a change of approach by the Bush administration, which previously had resisted calls by members of Congress and by a bipartisan Iraq review group to include Iran and Syria in diplomatic talks on stabilizing Iraq.

I wonder if "neighbors" could become "horns?"

http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7006568690
Jordan's King Abdullah Announces "Last Opportunity" For Peace In Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

February 25, 2007 2:21 p.m. EST

Amman, Jordan (AHN) - Jordan's King Abdullah says the current climate in Middle East diplomacy is presenting a prime opportunity to resolve the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

During an interview on Israeli television Abdullah stressed that a new Palestinian unity government must abide by the demands of the so-called Mideast Quartet made up of the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations.

"I think the circumstances in the Middle East have changed so much that really this is our last opportunity. We have all this momentum moving in the right direction at the moment," Abdullah said in a Saturday interview with Israel's Channel 2 TV.

Abdullah also stressed the importance of a two-state solution and the need for Israel to be "fully integrated into the neighborhood."

If chances for peace aren't exploited now, he said, "I think we'll always live under the shadow of, for example, this summer" -- referring to Israel's war with the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon.

http://feed.insnews.org/v-cgi/feeds.cgi?feedid=144&story_id=2699369
Jordan calls for broader Mideast plan

WASHINGTON _ As President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki head for a summit in Jordan this week that is gaining urgency with the escalating violence in Iraq, their Jordanian host said Sunday that only a much broader approach toward conflict in the Middle East can offer peace in the region. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict primarily, but also strife within Lebanon and Iraq, must be confronted quickly by leaders throughout the region and in the United States if full-scale civil war throughout the region is to be averted in the next year, King Abdullah II of Jordan said. "We could possibly imagine going into 2007 and having three civil wars on our hands," Abdullah said on ABC News' "This Week." "Therefore, it is time that we really take a strong step forward as part of the international community and make sure we avert the Middle East from a tremendous crisis that I fear, and I see could possibly happen in 2007." The host of this week's summit in Amman also said that American and Iraqi leaders must agree to "some very strong action taken on the ground" in Iraq. "They need to do it now, because, obviously ... things are beginning to spiral out of control," Abdullah said. "The indicators are of tremendous concern to all of us." The Bush administration has cautioned against expecting any "big, bold announcement" out of the meeting between Bush and al-Maliki, but in recent days sectarian strife and record levels of violence have added new urgency to the meetings Wednesday and Thursday in Amman. The Jordanian king, one of the region's leading voices of moderation, expects to play host to Bush and al-Maliki, though Shiite leaders in Iraq have pledged to withdraw from Iraq's fragile coalition government if al-Maliki goes ahead with the summit. Bush and al-Maliki are to join the king for dinner Wednesday at Raghadan Palace in Amman and hold a breakfast meeting Thursday followed by a news conference before Bush returns to Washington on Thursday. Bush's stop in Amman will follow Tuesday's NATO summit in Riga, Latvia. The president plans to leave Washington on Monday, with a stop in Estonia along the way. The summit in Jordan was added last week as the security situation in Iraq, particularly Baghdad, has deteriorated.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/26/AR2006112600309.html
The 3 wars?

Jordan Fears Three Middle East Civil Wars

Jordan's King Abdullah, who will host President Bush this week during emergency talks on Iraq, said yesterday that the Middle East faces the prospect of three simultaneous civil wars erupting.

"We're juggling with the strong potential of three civil wars in the region, whether it's the Palestinians, that of Lebanon, or of Iraq," the Jordanian king said on ABC's "This Week."

The 3 wars may well be related to the 3 kings.
Dear friends, the horsemen approach.  Are you ready or are you not ready?  By the way, the last article was zapped almost immediately.

End 03-04-2007


05-22-2007
http://www.cjp.org/page.html?ArticleID=145628

Does the confirmation of the covenant begin soon?

Jordan's king urges Olmert to set deadline for clinching peace accord with Palestinians

AMY TEIBEL (Associated Press Writer)
05/15/2007

AQABA, Jordan - King Abdullah II of Jordan urged Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to set a deadline for clinching a peace deal with the Palestinians, and Olmert appealed to Arab leaders to meet him in Israel or anywhere else they choose to breathe life into their regional peace plan.

The two leaders held a rare meeting Tuesday at the king's seaside palace in Aqaba - just across a small bay from Israel - in the highest-level attempt yet to turn the Arab peace initiative in reality.

The plan, first proposed by Saudi Arabia in 2002, offered Israel full recognition by the Arab world in exchange for a complete withdrawal from land it captured in the 1967 Mideast war, allowing establishment of a Palestinian state.

Israel, which rejected the plan when it was first floated, is now ready to consider it, though it objects to key provisions such as the complete pullout. Since the proposal was dusted off earlier this year, it has generated a great deal of diplomatic activity but little progress.

At a conference of Nobel laureates Abdullah sponsored in the ancient Nabatean city of Petra, and later in his talks with the king, Olmert expressed readiness to discuss the Arab plan.

"We heard about the Arab peace initiative and we say, come and present it to us. You want to talk to us about it, we are ready to sit down and talk about it carefully," Olmert told the conference.

Describing the plan as "very interesting," Olmert called on Arab leaders to come to Israel to discuss it - or invite him to another location for talks.

"I'm ready to come," Olmert said.

But in their private talks, Abdullah told Olmert that Israel first had to take concrete steps to improve relations with the Palestinians, and urged him to set a timetable for reaching a final accord, said Amjad Adayleh, the director of the information department at Jordan's royal palace.

"The king told Mr. Olmert that all the Arabs are committed to the peace initiative and they have a real intention for a comprehensive peace if Israel accepted that," Adayleh said. "He warned that time is not on the side of either the Palestinians or the Israelis, and urged the Israeli prime minister to set a time frame for making peace with the Palestinians."

Abdullah also appealed to Olmert to "immediately unfreeze" hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes Israel has withheld from the Palestinians in the 15 months since Islamic Hamas militants swept to power, and to ease travel restrictions on the Palestinians, Adayleh said.

Olmert spokeswoman Miri Eisin had no details about the 30-minute private meeting but said the hourlong working lunch that followed "focused on ways to promote the Israeli-Palestinian process," including financial and other support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian moderates.

End 05-22-2007


06-10-2007

From http://www.wafa.ps/english/body.asp?id=10258
We read-
New US Senate Resolution Calls for Two State Solution for Mideast Conflict   
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2007 (WAFA) - A new draft resolution co-sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans is currently underway in the US Senate calling for a two state solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the appointment of a new peace envoy to the Middle East.

The resolution reiterates the senates commitment to a "true and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on the establishment of two states, the State of Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, with recognized borders."

It also calls on the US President George W. Bush to "consider appointing a Special Envoy for Middle East who has held cabinet rank or is equally qualified, with extensive knowledge of foreign affairs in general and the Middle East region in particular."

Behind the early stage of this draft resolution are five Democrat Senators, Dianne Feinstein, Christopher Dodd, Max Baucus, Robert Byrd, Sheldon Whitehouse, in addition to three Republican Senators, Richard Lugar, Chuck Hagel, and John Sununu.

The draft resolution applauds the peace initiative re-adopted by the League of Arab States earlier this year, asking Palestinian and Israeli leaders to "embrace efforts to achieve peace and refrain from taking any actions that would prejudice the outcome of final status negotiations."

Furthermore, the draft calls on US administration to "pursue a robust diplomatic effort to engage the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, begin negotiations, and make a two-state settlement a priority."

Four of these senators are ranking members in the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, giving this draft a large chance to get pass this committee and placed for vote in the Senate within two weeks.

"A just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, and a comprehensive Arab Israeli peace agreement, is in the national interest of the United States, " said Senator Feinstein commenting on this new initiative.

While both Senators Lugar and Dodd linked the timing of the resolution to the 40th anniversary of theS ix Day War between Arabs and Israelis in June 1967.

"There will be no stability or security in the Middle East until all parties reach a higher ground of resolution based on common interests," concluded Senator Hagel.

This step coincides with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's visit to Washington on June 19 and the ongoing talks between Israeli and US officials about the revival of the peace process in the Middle East.


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1847241/posts

Report: Olmert will cede Golan for peace
AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/8/07 | Steve Weizman - ap

Posted on 06/08/2007 2:43:10 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

JERUSALEM - Israel has told Syrian leaders it is willing to give up the captured Golan Heights as part of a peace deal that would require Syria to distance itself from Iran's virulently anti-Israel regime, a newspaper reported Friday.

Yediot Ahronot said Prime Minister Ehud Olmert recently sent messages to Syrian President Bashar Assad through German and Turkish diplomats saying Israel was open to direct peace negotiations and to give up the strategic plateau it seized in the 1967 Mideast war.

The paper said Syria had not responded to the overture, quoting unidentified officials close to Olmert.

Olmert's office would not comment on the report. But an Israeli official said earlier in the week that Israel had been taking soundings on Syria's intentions through an undisclosed third party. That official agreed to discuss the matter only if not quoted by name.



End 06-10-2007


06-22-2007
http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2007/Jun/18/7000.htm

WCC Chooses Jordan to Launch Initiative to Put End for Israeli Occupation

Amman, June 18 (Petra) – The World Churches Council (WCC) has chosen Jordan to launch an international initiative that calls on international churches to put an end for Israeli occupation of the Palestinian and Arab lands to reach just and comprehensive peace in the region.

Choosing Jordan, conferees said, was because of the WCC confidence in the initiatives of His Majesty King Abdullah II, which they described as "precursor in seeking to achieve peace in the Middle East".

This was announced during the World Council of Churches International Peace Conference, which kicked off today in Amman. The conference aims to call all churches and related organizations to work hardly and put an end for the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian and Arab lands, according to the General Secretary of the WCC Samuel Kobia.

The World Council of Churches (since its inception) has been a communist front and apparently an organ of Vatican II as well.

End 06-22-2007


07-08-2007

From http://www.atimes.com/atimes/middle_east/if20ak02.html
we read how there is more than a little change going on inside the upper echelons of the US military.  These trends portend for an increase in efforts to promote the Middle East peace process (instead of  "winning" the so-called Iraq war).  Read the whole article for excellent insight into what is/has happened.

Strangely enough, of the high ranking officers mentioned, two of them were in my company at the U.S. Naval Academy (General Pace, Class of 67, and Admiral Mullen, Class of 68) and a third (Admiral Giambastiani, Class of 70) was in my class.  You probably know as much about the three of them as I do because their 40, 39 and 37 year careers are a matter of public record.

(Copyright 2007 Mark Perry.)

...On Wednesday, June 6, just as the controversy over the naming of Lute as the White House "war czar" had finally abated, President George W Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were told by Senate Armed Service Committee chairman Carl Levin that Pace would have difficulty getting reconfirmed for a traditional second two-year term as JCS chairman. "Bush and Cheney were told that Pace would just be shredded," this official says.

Gates had seen it coming. The Pentagon's congressional staff had told Gates that Pace was going to have trouble and that Pace's renomination would not sail through as expected. The Democrats in the Senate were expected to ask some embarrassing questions about the war in Iraq. Bush and Cheney told Levin that they would pull the Pace nomination. Immediately, the recriminations set in, particularly among Pace partisans in the Marine Corps.

"Pace is taking the fall for these assholes," a retired marine general said. "If you know how the war started, if you know anything about [Ahmad] Chalabi or Cheney or anything like that, you're gone. [hmmm, there is a loaded sentence if there ever was one; ya know that guy who is not in the executive branch of government] Peter Pace is being sacrificed to the White House failure in Iraq." The neo-conservative press has also weighed in, calling the Bush administration's decision "cowardly".

The Wall Street Journal lit into Gates: "There's a rumor going around that Robert Gates is the secretary of defense," the newspaper's lead editorial noted. "We'd like to request official confirmation, because based on recent evidence the man running the Pentagon is Democratic Senator (and Senate Armed Services Committee chairman) Carl Levin of Michigan."

Gates was nonplussed and quickly announced that Pace's replacement would be the current chief of naval operations, Admiral Michael Mullen - a riposte that was a mini-declaration of war against the pro-war press.

Mullen, a tough-minded and hard-nosed conservative, is known for his scoffing (if private) dismissal of Washington's neo-conservatives, though sometimes he can barely keep it under wraps. During a recent Washington reception, he was asked by a reporter whether he would oppose an attack on Iran: "It's your job to convince the politicians just how stupid that would be," he said, "not mine."

Accompanying Pace out the door will be Admiral Edmund Giambastiani (predictably, "St John the Baptist" to his friends), a former protege of Paul Wolfowitz - one of the last of the senior uniformed neo-conservatives.

The retirement of Pace and Giambastiani completes the "clean sweep" of the senior military leadership that marked the tenure of former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld. Since the swearing in of Gates as Rumsfeld's successor, nearly every major senior military officer responsible for the war in Iraq has been replaced.

Petraeus has taken over in-country (for the discredited George Casey), Fallon was named to replace the forcibly retired General John Abizaid (the former head of CENTCOM), and Pace and Giambastiani have now been replaced by Mullen and marine General James Cartwright. Lute is in the White House.

Since the retirement of Colin Powell, four generals have served as JCS chairman. All have been weak.

"This has been a purposeful policy," a former senior army commander said. "Bill Clinton quietly advised George Bush that the last thing he wanted was to have a strong chairman, as Colin Powell was able to dictate military policy to Clinton because of his prestige. He really stood him up.

"After Powell retired, Rumsfeld and Bush made certain that they never had a man of Powell's caliber in the chair. That's how we eventually ended up with Pace. He was a good man, no doubt about it, but Mullen is a real shift. He's Gates' choice. He's a real leader. He can say 'no'. and he intends to."

There are other changes. In Iraq, General Rick Lynch has taken control of the 3rd Infantry Division, which has started to move into the insurgency area south of Baghdad. The Americans have been there before, but this time Lynch has privately vowed that things will be different and more low-key. The Americans will take on al-Qaeda and leave the people alone.

"This hearts-and-minds stuff is bullshit," an Iraq commander recently rotated back to the US said. "Every time an American soldier meets an Iraqi there's trouble, friction. Our job is to stay out of their homes and lives, not interfere in them."

In al-Anbar and now in Diyala province, American soldiers and some CIA officers have been quietly arming Sunni insurgents.

"They don't even like us a little bit," a Pentagon official admitted, "but if they'll kill the real radicals, that's fine with us."

The strategy has caused some consternation at the higher reaches of the Pentagon, but it is part and parcel of Gates' view that there is no military solution in Iraq without political accommodation. He knows that the guns given to the Sunnis today could be pointed at the Americans tomorrow.

"We're petrified," a Pentagon official admitted. But changes are being made - if slowly.

The lessons of Operation Iraqi Freedom and its aftermath are starting to be felt. Deep in the bowels of the Pentagon, where the future of the US military is decided, mid-level officers are crunching mobilization numbers and facing some stark realizations.

"Some marines are on their third tours in Iraq," one marine colonel said. "It is just untenable. We're facing a Marine Corps that is damned near eviscerated. We can't ask these guys to do much more."

When the Bush administration floated the idea several weeks ago that there might be a surge beyond the "surge", with US troops peaking to 180,000 or more by the middle of 2008, Pentagon planners nearly rebelled. The numbers simply weren't there and the equipment is falling apart.

"What are we going to fight them with, spitwads?" a Pentagon major recently asked.

Then too, war planners on the military's Joint Staff have been diligently passing around Colonel Gregory Fontenot's assessment of Operation Iraqi Freedom, a 500-page tome on the US military's performance in the Iraq war. Its flat tone belies the underlying sense that things did not go as well in "OIF" as the Bush administration would have us believe. In many ways, that failure led to the current crisis, leading many in the Pentagon to conclude that no amount of military might can ever reverse a disastrous political decision.

"Individual Americans fought well and with courage," said US Military Academy graduate Ed Deagle, a military analyst who has studied Fontenot's work, "but in key situations, the military failed to anticipate, failed to plan, failed to estimate, failed to perform."

You have to read between the lines of the Fontenot report to understand what US military commanders now know: "At any other time, and against any other army, we might have been defeated. So we're starting to learn those lessons and apply them." Robert Gates is leading that effort.

This is not to say that the United States is about to win the Iraq war. It's not. And it won't. But a shift, small and perceptible - away from escalation and confrontation - has begun. There are people, powerful people, in Washington who are still committed to confronting Islam, whose default position is the deployment of another division, another aircraft carrier. But there are others now, also powerful, who oppose them.

As General Joseph Hoar has put it, "Perhaps we are finally, finally learning that this idea that Americans can walk down the street and be safe in Iraq is ludicrous. And perhaps we are also learning that we cannot drag a Muslim man out of his house in front of his family, in front of his wife and children, and humiliate him and expect to be considered a great power and a great people. Maybe, just maybe, we are starting to learn that too. And it's about time."

(emphasis added)

If the outright neo-cons and neo-con influenced officers are leaving and no-nonsense guys like Mike Mullen (who is willing to publicly call invading Iran, and other neo-con inanity, "stupid", and he is correct) are going to take over, look for some sanity to return to policy.  Practically speaking, confronting Islam has been an ugly chapter in our history and the Iraq War justification was one of the most inane things in the history of the United States. It cost us over half a trillion (to date) and nearly ruined the military (we are not done yet).   As we slowly turn our policy, the peace process can begin.  Without the peace process there can be no Magog invasion.  In Iraq the table is still set for a "fix."

End 07-08-2007


07-17-2007
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070716/ts_nm/palestinians_israel1_dc_2;_ylt=AtBZhwRsFSh.ZDnloq0X2l1lM3wV

Here we go?

U.S. calls for Middle East peace conference

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush called on Monday for a Middle East peace conference bringing together Israel, the Palestinians and some Arab neighbors and led by Secretary of State Rice.

End 07-17-2007


07-22-2007
http://www.africasia.com/services/news/newsitem.php?area=mideast&item=070718181218.0uv94jeb.php

Islamic Conference hopes Bush plan will lead to Israeli withdrawal

The Organisation of the Islamic Conference said on Wednesday it hoped the call by US President George W. Bush for a Middle East peace conference would lead to "the end of the Israeli occupation" of Palestinian territories.

For their part, the United Arab Emirates and Oman welcomed the Bush initiative.

The UAE president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, thanked Bush for his proposal, which he said could "put a definitive end to the sufferings of the Palestinian people, based on the Arab peace plan."

"A just solution to the Palestinian question is key to resolving most of the problems in the Middle East," Sheikh Khalifa was reported by the official WAM news agency as telling Bush in a telephone call.

In Muscat, a spokesman for the foreign ministry said Oman "supports all efforts aimed at reaching a just and comprehensive peace in the region and guaranteeing the legitimate rights of all parties," the ONA news agency said.

Bush proposed a peace conference later this year to be chaired by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The OIC's Ihsanoglu said such a conference should aim for a "just and comprehensive peace".

End 07-22-2007


07-28-2007
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?apage=1&cid=1185379015982&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Hitherto, the Jordanian monarch has been reluctant to "unite" with the Palestinians.  His motivation has been enhanced.

Just four or so short years ago, the rulers of the kingdom to our east were feeling rather pleased with themselves. A decade after sealing their peace treaty with Israel, the Jordanians had unreservedly thrown in their lot with the US and, given the initial success enjoyed by the Americans in ousting Saddam Hussein's murderous Iraqi regime, they were confident that they'd made the right choice.

The most senior figures in the Hashemite kingdom were known, at the time, to go so far as to ridicule their ostensibly short-sighted neighbors, the Syrians, for seeking to defy American will in our region, deriding the inexperienced President Bashar Assad for "swimming toward the sinking ship" of Saddam's Iraq.

The Jordanians aren't feeling quite so confident or pleased with themselves nowadays. America's military presence in Iraq is the sinking ship now, and even some of President George W. Bush's most loyal backers are abandoning it. Iran, not the United States, seems to be the key rising regional power broker, and those hitherto derided Syrians aren't looking quite so foolish in their choices of allies.

As violence rages beyond its eastern border, in Iraq, moreover, Jordan simultaneously looks anxiously westwards, sees the Iranian-encouraged Hamas securing its viciously achieved stranglehold on Gaza, and worries about a replicated process of Hamas primacy in the West Bank - directly threatening its own stability.

It's a worrying picture, and Jordan's Hashemite rulers fear it can only get worse.

If he thought it would make the difference, King Abdullah would be trying to repeat some of his late father's personal attempts to foster Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation and thus begin to defuse the Islamic extremist threat. He would probably be shuttling energetically between Ramallah and Tel Aviv, with intermittent visits to Washington, Moscow and all manner of other key capitals in between, radiating earnest endeavor and fair-mindedness in the manner of his much missed paternal mentor.

But Abdullah knows full well that no amount of single-handed mediation by even the pluckiest of Jordanian kings is going to prove sufficient to restore the terror-battered Israeli public's shattered faith in the viability of a Palestinian negotiating partner, and that the Palestinian public, much of which quasi-democratically rejected Mahmoud Abbas's rotten Fatah hierarchy in choosing Hamas as its parliamentary leadership last year, has yet to be persuaded that Abbas is transforming himself into a reformist, corruption-smashing president worthy of their trust.

Rather than limited Royal Jordanian diplomacy, what's needed, Amman has been telling every international would-be mediator, is a wider sense of constructive regional momentum, to revive public faith on both sides of the conflict in the viability of a settlement. This means a process in which not only Egypt and Jordan, already at formal peace with Israel, encourage the resumption of a substantive Abbas-Olmert dialogue, but one that sees other players in this region and beyond, with a common interest in marginalizing Iran and its fundamentalist allies, getting prominently and reassuringly involved, too.

THE VARIOUS fragile sprouts of diplomatic activity that have emerged in the last few days are particularly interesting in the context of this urgent Jordanian sense of a need for widely backed progress to counter the Islamists' rise.

{Would you say -confirming the covenant with many is required?)

End 07-28-2007


07-31-2007

http://www.france24.com/france24Public/en/administration/afp-news.html?id=070730075109.t7w2p1k2&cat=null

Sometimes the above link does not open.

Olmert looking at Jordan troops for West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is in favour of Jordanian forces deploying in the occupied West Bank to help Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas fight extremists, a report said on Monday.

"What Olmert has in mind and what has been raised in recent meetings with Jordan's King Abdullah II... (is) 'regular' Jordanian army troops, Bedouin who have experience fighting terrorism," said the English-language Jerusalem Post, citing unnamed sources.

Government spokeswoman Miri Eisin dismissed the report, calling it "speculation."

But she said that Olmert "is not opposed to the idea of deployment of foreign troops, including from Arab countries, in the West Bank with a view to combating the terrorists of Hamas."

The Islamist Hamas overran troops loyal to the moderate Abbas in the Gaza Strip on June 15, splitting the Palestinians into two separate entities, with the Western-backed president ruling over the West Bank and the Western-shunned Islamists in control of Gaza.

Following the takeover, Israel has taken several steps aimed at bolstering Abbas in the West Bank and isolating Hamas, which does not recognise the Jewish state.

Israeli media reports in recent months have speculated Jordan's Badr Brigade, made up of 1,500 to 2,000 Palestinians who receive their salaries from the Palestine Liberation Organisation, would be deployed in the West Bank.

But Olmert is leaning toward the "regular" Jordanian troops instead, the Post said.

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End 07-31-2007


09-03-2007
http://news.monstersandcritics.com/middleeast/news/article_1349803.php/Jordans_king_to_visit_Saudi_Arabia_France_Egypt_next_week

Amman - Jordan's King Abdullah II plans visits to Saudi Arabia, France and Egypt next week in a fresh bid to push forward the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the royal court announced Thursday.

The monarch flies to Riyadh on Saturday for talks with King Abdullah as part of the 'cooperation and coordination between the Jordanian and Saudi leaderships on various Middle East developments', the court said in a statement.

The discussions in Riyadh 'will focus on means of reinvigorating the Middle East peace process as well as the situation in Iraq', it added.

On Sunday, King Abdullah is due to travel to Paris for talks with President Nicolas Sarkozy and Prime Minister Francois Fillon on 'the role France, in particular, and the European Union, in general, can play in the peace process in the light of US President George W Bush call for an international conference on the Middle East this fall'.

The monarch will also discuss with the French leaders the situation in Iraq and means of boosting bilateral relations, the statement said.

The Jordanian head of state is also due to visit Egypt on Tuesday for talks with President Hosni Mubarak as part of the two countries' efforts to spur peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, it added.

He is coming, friends.

End 09-03-2007


10-03-2007

http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/6275657.html

Abbas calls on Israel to reach deal on key issues before Mideast peace conference

"We are negotiating with the Israelis and we should carry to the international meeting an agreement which is comprehensive and addresses all final status issues including Jerusalem, refugees, borders, settlements, security and water," Abbas told the reporters.

http://news.monstersandcritics.com/middleeast/news/article_1361416.php
Mechanism_needed_to_oversee_future_Israeli-Palestinian_deals_Erekat

(the above link is all one)

Ramallah - Future agreements with Israel will need some sort of international mechanism to oversee their implementation, chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said Monday.

'We need decisions, mechanisms for implementation, and teams to monitor the implementation,' Erekat told Voice of Palestine Radio.

'There must be international observers to follow up and make sure that the deals are implemented on the ground,' he added.

Erekat said that when the joint Israeli-Palestinian crews are formed to deal with the subjects Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas raise in their regular meetings, they will oversee everything and will meet regularly.'

(sounds a lot like "confirmation" to me)

End 10-03-2007


11-26-2007
  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,312802,00.html

Interfaith Prayers Offered for Success of Mideast Peace Conference

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  Jewish, Muslim and Christian clergy are praying for the success of this week's Middle East peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland.

Local religious leaders held a rally today on a hill overlooking the U.S. Naval Academy.

Rabbi Ari Goldstein of Temple Beth Shalom in Annapolis told the gathering of more than 100 people that they were all "children of Abraham."

The Reverend William Hathaway, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, said Jews, Muslims and Christians all pray for the peace of Jerusalem. He prayed that the international leaders who meet in Annapolis this week will catch that vision and "move from words to actions."

Imam Mohamed Arafa of the Islamic Society of Annapolis asked God to remind the negotiators that "there is no peace without justice."

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The irony of this is that it was not too long ago when I was a plebe at the U.S. Naval Academy.   After studying prophecy for 35 years, we now have the "peace" prayers on the very spot where I used to walk as a midshipman.  Praise the Lord!   Heaven and earth shall pass away, but, the Word of God shall stand forever!!
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End 11-26-2007


01-05-2008

US president discusses by phone upcoming Mideast trip with Jordan's king

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/01/04/africa/ME-GEN-Jordan-US.php

U.S. President George W. Bush discussed with Jordan's King Abdullah II developments in the Middle East and efforts to push forward the peace process ahead of his upcoming visit to the region, a Royal Palace statement said Friday.

In a telephone call to Abdullah, Bush briefed the monarch on the objectives of his trip to the Middle East, including to support the Palestinian and the Israeli sides in their efforts to reach a final compromise to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The White House confirmed the telephone call took place, describing the conversation as covering the president's trip, the Israel-Palestinian issue as well as other bilateral issues.

Bush is expected to arrive in Israel Jan. 9 and will also visit the West Bank, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

The statement said Abdullah stressed on "the vital role that the U.S. is playing to help the Palestinians and the Israelis and push them to reach lasting solutions to the final status issues which would lead to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on all the Palestinian soil in the West bank and Gaza."

Bush's phone came one day after Abdullah met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert who expressed willingness to move forward in negotiations with the Palestinians with the aim of reaching a final settlement to the conflict.

Abdullah also met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday as part of his effort to push the two sides to the negotiation table.

Abdullah expressed hope that the visit to the region by Bush would encourage the Palestinians and Israel to implement commitments they made at Annapolis.

Israelis and Palestinians relaunched peace talks at a U.S.-hosted Mideast conference in November, and both Olmert and Abbas have said they hope to reach a final peace agreement by the end of 2008.

As I said a few weeks ago, the Iraq "War" is OVER. 
Mr Preemptive War himself is going to the Middle East to kick start the process begun in Annapolis.

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http://www.arabnews.com/?page=4&section=0&article=105323&d=5&m=1&y=2008

Abdallah, Sarkozy Discuss Peace Moves

AMMAN, 5 January 2008 — Jordan’s King Abdallah and visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday discussed at the Red Sea resort of Aqaba latest efforts aimed at pushing the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians to a successful conclusion, according to an official statement.

“The monarch updated the French president on Jordan’s initiatives to muster support for the Palestinians and Israelis in their endeavors to arrive at a peaceful settlement for the Palestinian question that handles the final status issues,” the statement from the Jordanian royal court said.

Abdallah also held talks at Aqaba in the past two days with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to try to remove hurdles facing the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, including the expansion of Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories.

Abdallah thanked France for its support at the Paris Club buyback of Jordanian debts and the assistance offered by Paris for Jordan’s nuclear program.

On Lebanon, the Jordanian and French leaders “expressed their support for efforts aimed at bringing about a national reconciliation in the country that ensures Lebanon’s supreme interests and safeguards its unity and sovereignty.”

However, the two leaders “voiced concern over the failure of the Lebanese groups to reach compromise regarding the election of a new Lebanese president with a view to averting Lebanon any dangerous repercussions consequent on the continuation of political vacuum,” the statement said.

The monarch was also involved in telephone conversations over the issue yesterday with US President George W. Bush and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, the statement said.

The monarch and Bush discussed “efforts under way to push forward the peace process” in the region, the Jordanian royal court said.

Bush is scheduled to arrive in the region next week to try to help overcome hurdles impeding the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, including Israel’s expansion of a settlement in East Jerusalem that was deemed by Palestinians as detrimental to a peace agreement.

Bush told the king his trip “seeks to reaffirm the United States’ commitments to helping Israel and the Palestinians reach a final peaceful settlement to their conflict,” it said.

The king called Bush’s landmark visit “key to enhancing the vital role by the United States to push for an agreement on final status issues, leading to the establishment of an independent state on Palestinian land in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.”

The United States will boost economic and military aid to Jordan by more than 40 percent, providing its ally with $663.5 million for 2008, the US Embassy said yesterday.

It will give the kingdom $363.5 million in economic support and $300 million in military financing, an embassy statement said.

“Jordan is among our strongest partners and closest friends. This increased level of assistance shows the bipartisan support in America for the difficult choices Jordan has made in its homegrown reform efforts,” it quoted US Ambassador David Hale as saying. Jordan is a major beneficiary of US financial assistance and was given $461 million in 2007.




End 01-05-2008


01-10-2008

from the webpage-
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22587081/

Bush calls for end of 'occupation' of Arab lands

Vows to do 'all I can' and to make at least one more trip to region

RAMALLAH, West Bank - President Bush, summing up meetings with both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, said Thursday that a peace accord will require “painful political concessions” by each. Resolving the status of Jerusalem will be hard, he said, and he called for the end of the “occupation” of Arab land by the Israeli military.

“Now is the time to make difficult choices,” Bush said after a first-ever visit to the Palestinian territories, which followed separate meetings with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem the day before.

Bush is in the Mideast for eight days, trying to bolster his goal of achieving a long-elusive peace agreement by the end of his presidency in a year. Speaking at his hotel in Jerusalem, he said again that he thinks that is possible.

End 01-10-2008


05-18-2008

Even the "War Party" says the Iraq War (aka "peace") will be over by 2013.

Remember when John McCain said we may have to fight 100 years in Iraq? 
Well, the real "War Party" has told John to change his mind.  By the way, Hillary is another "War Party" candidate.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/05/mccainiraq.html
It's January 2013. By then, he says, American combat involvement will be over and most U.S. troops back home.
A staunch defender of the war in Iraq and an ardent advocate for last year's military surge, even before the Bush administration decided on it, McCain's surprising remarks this morning are an early indicator of a significant shift in the former fighter pilot and POW's stance on the controversial and unpopular war.

End 05-18-2008


05-27-2008

http://english.wafa.ps/?action=detail&id=11726

King of Jordan Calls for Just and Everlasting Settlement for Palestinian Issue

AMMAN, May 26, 2008, (WAFA)-His Majesty King Abdullah II highlighted the importance of finding a just and everlasting settlement for the Palestinian issue, since it is the core conflict in the region, noting that the region will remain in conflict if this issue was not solved.In a meeting with a US Congressional Aides Delegation, currently on a visit to the Kingdom,

His Majesty also highlighted the importance of the international community to keep its support for the Palestinian National Authority, represented by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in order to strengthen its institutions and eliminate the suffering of Palestinians and establish its independent state. King Abdullah briefed the delegation on the efforts exerted by Jordan to achieve tangible progress in the peace process, and mainly before US President George W. Bush leaves the White House.'Israel must take practical steps to improve the living standards of Palestinian People, to guarantee the success of negotiations and reach a break through in the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis' affirmed King Abdullah.


We know it will last only 7 years.

End 05-27-2008


06-24-2008
The kitchen is getting very hot and the pressure is mounting.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/126614

"Jordan is Palestine" Plan is Receiving Attention

 
by Hillel Fendel

(IsraelNN.com) Jordan is in an uproar over the revival of the "Jordanian option" - the thesis that Jordan is the true home to the "Palestinians."  Reports that a top advisor to US Presidential candidate John McCain is promoting this idea have led to a flurry of press reports in the Arab media, as well as a denial from Jordan's King Abdullah himself.

Some officials in Israel and the United States, however, feel it's the only way to prevent the formation of a Palestinian state.
 
The King responded defensively to the option, declaring in an interview with a Lebanese newspaper last week, “This country was made to stay. Jordan is Jordan and Palestine is Palestine."
 
"Palestinian Homeland" = Jordan
However, he also added another sentence that has given observers pause, wondering if he meant something else. 

"The Palestinian nation has the right to a state and independent identity on the areas of Palestine," said King Abdullah II. "The Palestinians will not accept any substitute for their homeland Palestine."
 
Though Arabs today call Israel "Palestine," MK Benny Elon (National Union) told IsraelNationalNews that in this case, "the words 'Palestinian homeland' can mean Jordan as well... Certainly Abdullah himself remembers that the original Palestine includes Jordan - but perhaps he assumes that everyone else does not."
 
Elon was referring to the fact that the area of Palestine, as recognized by the League of Nations and the British rulers nearly 100 years ago, includes what is today Israel and Jordan.  King Abdullah's remarks, therefore, can mean precisely the same idea that Elon has been promoting: The Arabs of Judea and Samaria should be "annexed" to Jordan.
 
Anxieties in Jordan
The idea has been making waves in Jordanian and other Arab media as well.  The English-language The National, published in Abu Dhabi, reported this week that the news that a top advisor to John McCain had raised the idea - even though the advisor, Robert Kagan, later denied having done so - has "brought to the forefront hidden anxieties in a country that hosts the largest Palestinian refugee population."  The paper reports that 1.9 million refugees and their descendants currently live in Jordan - nearly a third of the country's population.  Some reports state that the refugees comprise half of Jordan's populace.
 
“There is a conspiracy to revisit this option ['Jordan is Palestine'],” The National quotes Mohammad Abu Hdeib, who heads the Jordanian parliament’s Arab and international affairs committee, as saying. “Such a scenario would be an end to the Jordanian state. It also contradicts international resolutions that call for an independent Palestinian state.”
 
Precisely, says MK Elon: "We have to find a way to stop the trend to form a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, because it is simply dangerous and ineffectual."

Elon: Stop the Danger-Fraught Two-State Solution!
For years, Elon has been promoting a peace plan called The Right Road to Peace, or the Israel Initiative, as an alternative to the accepted Roadmap two-state solution.  "The establishment of a Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (the West Bank) will only prolong the Arab-Israeli conflict and exact a heavy toll in human life," Elon explains. 

His plan's website elaborates on this point, explaining that forming such a state will not solve the "real problems that perpetuate the conflict: The Palestinian demand for the right of return of refugees to areas within the State of Israel, the rehabilitation of the refugees, the status of Jerusalem, and the nature of the Palestinian state and its borders.  Within a short time, these unresolved problems will resurface and draw the region into yet another war."

Elon told Arutz-7 that the plan to give the Arabs of Judea and Samaria citizenship in Jordan is the "only way to re-route diplomatic talk away from the dangerous Roadmap." 

Elon said his plan enjoys the strong support of US Senator Sam Brownback (R., Kansas), "who has been actively promoting it.  He spoke to [US Secretary of State] Condoleeza Rice about it, and when she said it has no chance of being accepted by the Arabs, he went to Jordan - and found that the situation was not as simple as she said."

Elon explained that Jordan is very wary of having on its western border a Hamas state, which a future Palestinian state is likely to become. "Jordan also has an increasingly extremist-Muslim Iraq to contend with on its eastern border - a very uncomfortable situation for King Abdullah," he continued.  Elon noted that the Jordanian monarch dispatched his former Prime Minister Abdel Salam al-Majali to discuss the plan with the Israelis. 

"If Jordan knows that the plan is serious, and has the support of the United States, and that it can work, it will support it," Elon said.

Comment - if the US or UN or private investors give Jordan enough money, anything is possible.

End 06-24-2008


01-17-2009

The Situation in Gaza

The Israeli military is ostensibly going after Hamas.   Yes, the situation is such that pressure is exerted to create a change.  The question being - a change in what?   Pressure for "peace" or hooks for the jaws of Magog or both?

Men have their plans and goals.  God has His promises in the Bible.  His promises will become a reality soon.

Meanwhile, think on this.  Hamas is supposedly the target.  However, Hamas is a creature of the Mossad, the Israeli Intelligence Service.
Just as in 9-11, things are not what they appear to be on the surface.  Hamas and the Mossad both are apparently catalysts for CHANGE in Israel and the Middle East.  Like other places in the world, Global Change is underway and DELIBERATELY so.  These are not accidents. 

A New World is coming and it is different in each locale, but the essence of the change is to remove sovereignty from nations to make way for "international law."   The Word of God is marching toward victory as we watch.  Pray for those you know to receive Jesus Christ before it is too late.   God bless you.

Will the Jordanian make "peace"?  http://www.jordantimes.com/?news=13284

The Economic Situation

Look for the dollar to collapse in the next few years (maybe during the tribulation, maybe before).  The economic solutions are not solutions at all.  They are simply POWER GRABS.  The dollar and the US credit is being destroyed while we watch.

Obama is already worn out before he is sworn into office.  Look at his face.  What the US government is doing is economic suicide.

The world economy will TOTALLY change and soon.  Many will be brought to poverty.  And (i believe) it is being done deliberately so that world economic controls can be put in place.  The United States, as we know it, is gone forever.   The only thing we have left is Jesus.   And many do not know Him.  Turn to Jesus before it is too late for you. 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090108/ap_on_bi_ge/eu_france_new_capitalism

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/4125947/Willem-Buiter-warns-of-massive-dollar-collapse.html

http://www.larouchepub.com/pr_lar/2009/lar_pac/090110cheney_mid-e_lar.html

Based on a series of recent reports, it is our assessment that Vice President Dick Cheney, with backing from London, is pressing for a broader confrontation in Southwest Asia, that would extend the already ongoing, disastrous Gaza incursion, into a multi-front war, engulfing Lebanon, Syria and Iran. This effort, which has reached a critical threshold in the past 48 hours, is part of the same London-directed global showdown that we see with the recent Ukrainian actions, aimed at creating a major European wide energy and security crisis, that could lead to a new Eurasian war.

We have received credible reports that Cheney, in league with British and Saudi factions, is attempting to pressure the Israeli government and military into a suicidal extension of the conflict against Hezbollah and Syria. The broader purpose is to give Cheney the opportunity, during the closing hours of the present Administration, the justification to launch American military actions against Iran, despite powerful opposition from within the Pentagon, the CIA and the State Department. Such actions have been prevented, up until this moment, through a concerted opposition from within those U.S. institutions, as reflected in frequent public statements by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff head Adm. Mike Mullen, and others.

This effort to create a series of impossible strategic crises for the incoming Obama Administration, at a moment when they hope to concentrate their initial efforts on the onrushing global financial disintegration, and the full-scale collapse of what remains of the U.S. economy, is, by our direct information, a focus of Vice President Cheney's activities. We are pursuing reports that Cheney has personally intervened, as recently as Jan. 8, to promote an Israeli second-front war against Lebanon. We have credible indications that the same Anglo-Saudi circles of 'Al Yamamah' notoriety, are directly engaged in weapons trafficking, aimed at triggering this expansion of the crisis. Specifically, we have evidence that Saudi-supplied weapons have been used, as part of the efforts to implicate Iran, and that Saudi assets may be engaged inside Lebanon in efforts to force a second front. So far, Israel has not fallen into this expanded 'Sykes-Picot' trap; however, there is an ongoing London-directed effort, working through Cheney and other assets, to break that opposition, before Barack Obama is inaugurated on Jan. 20th as the 44th President of the United States.

Mexico

There are reports on the net regarding "high risk of collapse of Mexico."   This is a step toward the North American Union.
http://www.elpasotimes.com/newupdated/ci_11444354

End 01-17-2009


02-17-2017

Before we begin this discussion about the impact of Donald Trump on the world situation (as it relates to Bible prophecy), let me quote from Proverbs. 
The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. _ Pro 21:1

This verse is saying that the Lord is in charge of the king's heart (and any presidents - leaders).  The LORD even used a pagan King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar.   The LORD told the Jews to submit to Nebuchadnezzar, even though he was a pagan.  See Jeremiah 27:12  

By the way, I am not passing judgment on the man Trump.  The fact is I am delighted and surprised to see that he is doing the things he has done (especially since we have seen about 30 years of liberal nonsense and political correctness ruin our country, especially the last 8 years).   I never would have thought the day would come to read this in the mainstream media.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/27/trump-just-reversed-the-last-8-years-of-obama-in-one-week-what-happens-now-commentary.html

But, I digress.   The issue at hand is the creation of a covenant that is the background for the fulfillment of Bible prophecy.

One thing is certain. The actions of Trump are creating pressure world-wide.   The pressure will create change for the Middle East, China, Europe, and the USA.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-team-weighs-engaging-arabs-allies-to-push-mideast-peace-report/
This article is copyrighted by the Times of Israel.

Trump team weighs engaging Arabs allies to push Mideast peace — report

Determined to make the elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, US President Donald Trump is deliberating bringing in Arab states and embracing the “outside-in” approach to peacemaking that has been endorsed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to The New York Times

An article Thursday said that both Trump and his Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner — who has been designated the point man for the Mideast peace process — have found the idea appealing after meeting with a number of Arab leaders since the president assumed office in January.


In the last three weeks, Trump has meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and spoken on the phone with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.  

Kushner has reportedly met with a number of Arab officials, including Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to the United States.

Those discussions, according to The Times, have led the two to believe in the possibility of enlisting such Arab states to help bring Palestinians to the negotiating table and create the conditions for a comprehensive agreement to be made.

Moreover, Kushner has also become friendly with Israel’s envoy to the US Ron Dermer, one of Netanyahu’s closest confidantes, who has sometimes been referred to as “Bibi’s brain.”

...

The Times report suggested that Trump’s meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah two weeks ago was a catalyst to the administration’s mild warning on settlement expansion, a statement that came hours after they spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast.

It also said the president’s conversations with other Arab leaders helped slow the president’s resolve to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Abdullah reportedly told Trump he feared moving the embassy unilaterally would set off unrest among the Palestinians living in Jordan, who make up a large portion of the country’s population.

By the way, the eventual Prince that Shall Come IS going to move his headquarters to Jerusalem, but only after war.

What you are seeing here, friends, is the unfolding of Biblical prophecy.   "The Donald" is changing the world in a swift and dramatic fashion (regardless of whether one likes it or not).  You had better be concerned about your eternal destination.  

You can go to the timesofisreal.com and click the search icon and use search words "trump mideast peace" to see numerous articles.

There are lots of threads involved in the run-up to the Book of Revelation fulfillment.

[Check the link to the Prince that Shall Come for an extensive 2-part study of the potential Bible ramifications.   Remember, this link is to a STUDY by this author, not a proclamation, not some bold assertion.  This study is not for the world to read.  It is only for truth seekers who "WATCH" as the Bible directs us.   So, please respect this concept if you discuss the study with others.  Do not go blabbing on social media.  Once someone went blabbing on wikipedia (thinking they did God a service) and consequently I took the entire page down. ]

Here is another-

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/syria-deal-draws-iran-into-alliance-with-russia-and-turkey/2017/01/24/5336057c-e199-11e6-a419-eefe8eff0835_story.html?utm_term=.7cfb21df0102

Syria Deal Draws Iran into Alliance with Russia and Turkey

For a Biblical Discussion of Iran and Turkey (an apparently former ally of the USA) and their eventual invasion of Israel, see this author's study.  In the study, you will read how God is going to "put hooks in their jaws" and bring them down to invade Israel.  The "hooks" are being set as the world moves toward the establishment of a peace covenant and a threatening change created by the covenant (and related issues, e.g. Power Balance with respect to USA or Israel).   The scenario is about threats or perceived threats to Iran, Turkey, Libya, etc.   Please note that per my analysis the Magog invasion is just before or in the early stages of the tribulation of the Book of Revelation.      See the chart.    However, on a more significant note, the Rapture of the Church now looms on the horizon.   The Rapture itself will be a causal event.   Imagine if all the real believers are removed from the earth in an instant.

BTW, for some background reading check this-
http://themillenniumreport.com/2017/01/exposed-cia-the-swamp-monsters/

End 02-17-2017


02-26-2017

A friend of mine, Dave, asked me to comment on the following article.
http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1015

The article discusses how Trump and Putin could become the modern day Cyrus (who was prophesied to order the rebuilding of  the Temple of Israel in Isaiah 44:28).   Cyrus is named in the verse.
That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.

There is no prophecy of Trump or Putin to have a role in the rebuilding of the temple as was Cyrus.
In fact, let's discuss the Biblical aspects of the prophecies that DO exist regarding the existence of a future temple in Israel.
When we look at this prophecy, we will find that (by time and by inference) no modern politician will have any effect on it whatsoever.  

Firstly, there is a detailed description of a future temple of Israel (and the whole layout of the land and the services performed in it) in Ezekiel 40:1 - 46:24

Here you will find a depiction of this Ezekiel Temple (and the land surrounding the sanctuary).
http://preservedwords.com/disptruth/images/13-millennial.gif

The sanctuary is surrounded by a court which including the gates and walls is 500 cubits square.   (Ezekiel 45:2)
A cubit is approximately 1 and one half feet (some say 20 inches).
So, the sanctuary walls/gates are approximately 750 feet on each side (or 250 yards, 2 and one half football fields on each side).

There will be sacrifices made in the temple Ezekiel 45:15.
To all those who say Christ ended the temple sacrifice in Daniel 9:27 (I say that Daniel 9:27 refers to the future antichrist, not Christ's first coming), I guess your Jesus failed to end it because Ezekiel 45:15 says it will be resumed.
Daniel 9:27 says ... (in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease)    But, I digress. 

The total size of the land surrounding the Sanctuary consists of the Levites Portion (10,000 reeds), Priests Portion (10,000 reeds) and the City-Jerusalem- (which is 9 miles square) (5,000 reeds of length through which the New River flows (from the throne in the Sanctuary to connect the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean Sea).   The total size is 25,000 reeds in length by 10,000 reeds in breadth.  This 25,000 by 10,000 reed area is included in an area called the Princes Portion (along with 12 like areas for each of the 12 tribes of Israel).   A reed is said to be about 6 cubits.    The 25,000 reeds are 150,000 cubits (225,000 feet).  225,000 / 5280 feet per mile yields 42.61 miles on each side.

North of the Princes Portion is the Land for Dan, Asher, Napthali, Ephraim, Reuben, Judah.   South of the Princes Portion is the land for Benjamin, Simeon, Issachar, Zebulon, Gad.   The whole area North to South extends from Assyria to Egypt.
Eastward the land extends to the River Euphrates.  Well, how is that for "settlement expansion?"

Ezekiel 44:3  It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.
The LORD is the LORD Jesus Christ who will be present during His 1,000 year reign called the Millennium.
The "prince" is a type of David, former king of Israel.  Probably, in fact, Jesus Christ Himself, if not King David. http://www.biblicalresearch.info/page897.html
Eze 44:3 will occur after Jesus physically returns to earth and sets up His 1,000 year kingdom.  When the feet of Jesus touch the Mount of Olives, there will be a great earthquake which will create the New River described above (as the Mediterranean Sea and Dead Sea waters merge).  See the diagram above.

And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.  Zech 14:4

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There have been 2 temples for the Jews and the one described above will be AFTER the tribulation and when Jesus Christ returns.

The first temple was in the wilderness and it was a tent.   God gave Moses the instructions to build that temple.
Some aspects of the wilderness temple are described  here (along with other numerical aspects of God's creation that teach the gospel via the essence of His creation work).  The tent itself and its environs teach Jesus Christ and His Redemption work.

Of course, the 2nd temple was Solomon's temple (I Kings 5 etc).

Herod rebuilt the temple (though much smaller than Solomon's) in 20 BC and it was destroyed by the Romans.

Neither of these 2 temples survive.  Since 2 temples are gone and a third is in the Millennium, is there a temple that remains to be built and is prophesied to exist before Jesus Christ physically returns?

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) -Mat 24:15

Here we have a prophecy of the antichrist standing in some future holy place.

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Mat 24:21

It is clear from the chart that the holy place appearance of the antichrist is at the midpoint of Daniels 70th Week (for that midpoint is the point at which the Great Tribulation begins).  We know the sacrifice and the oblation is present at that time and is stopped by the antichrist.  However we do not know from that description if it occurs in a "temple."  But, there is another verse to help us.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.   2 Thes 2:3-4

So, there WILL be a temple of God during the tribulation (Daniel's 70th week) and the antichrist will appear in it showing himself to be God.   This fact is clearly a logical consequence of Daniel 9:27, Mathew 24:15, Mathew 24:21, 2 Thess 2:3-4 taken together.

We do not know where this temple will be exactly nor what it will be exactly.  But, we do know that the antichrist is going to appear there and show himself to be God.  Daniel 9:27 says ... (in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease)

Taken alone, Daniel 9:27 is discussing the 70th week of Daniel and we know for a fact that it last seven years (2520 days).
We therefore know that after 1260 days, the antichrist will appear in the temple of God showing himself to BE God.

The question remains== what will that "temple" be and where will it be?
It is almost inherent that it be in Jerusalem.

As to Putin and Trump being a force in getting something "built"  is anyone's guess.

A little background for you:
Everywhere you go Putin and Trump are being labelled "the bad guys" by the Mainstream Media.
It appears that the Flynn firing is related to his having knowledge of certain people being involved in Pedogate (look it up).
Pedogate (international) is a bigger set than Pizzagate (look it up) because Pizzagate is a USA phenomenon.
It is assumed that Putin and Trump now have knowledge of Pedogate participants as well.
Their knowledge is important because CIA/Mossad/Saudis are apparently running Pedogate as a way to control politicians via blackmail.  Putin and Trump have to be minimalized or else the Pedogate/Pizzagate scandal blows up the entire Federal Government.  For example, some believe that FBI Comey did not prosecute Hillary for the email scandal because too many "elites" would be outed as participants in Pedogate.

Based on the above background, one might conclude that naming Trump/Putin as forces to build the temple is actually criticism, not praise, aimed at the left or Vatican audience.    There is a full fledged Purple Revolution (look it up) in which Barrack Obama from his "house" (aka Headquarters) is running the overthrow Trump effort.   In other words, this is an unconstitutional attempt to oust the President of the USA.  Obama is NOT on vacation.    Obama is reportedly running the Purple Revolution.    Neither Trump nor Putin are going along with the NWO.    Ergo, they are the bad guys.   So, effectively, Trump/Putin are in an all out war vis-a-vis the Purple Revolution.   http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=56078
Remember Bill and Hillary wearing Purple during the concession speech.   It ain't for unity.

Given this background, both factions are now in a mad rush to see who arrives at the finish line first.   This alone is a HUGE impetus to propel us swiftly into future events.



04-16-2017

The Revelation Chapter 12:1-2 Sign in Heaven on September 23, 2017

Meanwhile, the following looms on the horizon.
Go to youtube and search for "September 23, 2017 Revelation 12 "
We will explain.
Meanwhile, our friend Rob is on Starry Night Backyard scooping the story.

I will say this unequivocally, friends,  "You had better get ready; the LORD is coming soon."

09-24-2017
There is nothing like waiting until September 23, 2017 to see which of the following is true:
1) The Revelation 12: 1-2 SIGN in the heavens occurs on the September 23, 2017
TRUE
2) The Rapture itself occurs on September 23
FALSE
3) The Rapture occurs AFTER the 23rd
TRUE
 
Do not forget there is a 2nd sign and here it is.

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

Rev 12:3-4

Notice that Satan (in the person of the Seven heads and ten horns) is waiting to devour the child.
We know that Satan is foiled and the child escapes in the Rapture.

And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.  Rev 12:5

We said earlier that once all the bodies are in place (the last being the moon), the moon becomes our clock.
In fact the moon has been our "point man" throughout the setup of the sign.
Here is the role of the moon in the leadup to the FORMATION of the sign.
The moon POINTS OUT each of the participants.
How does it do it?
The Moon occults (covers) Regulus, Venus, Mars, Mercury.
It did this on the 18th of September.
So, we are to follow the moon throughout the entire process.
Why am I doing this?   Because I BELIEVE God and He would not bring us this far and leave us hanging.

The process of Rev 12 INCLUDES the 2nd sign.
So, I started following the path of the moon on Google Sky Map.
I did this because I wanted to see if the Moon goes to the 2nd sign.
What time is it AFTER Rosh Hashanah?
It is the 10 days leading into Yom Kippur.   These 10 days are the Days of Awe.
See the chart in that link.   Yom Kippur is for REPENTANCE!   Those who are not saved are being given a chance to repent. 

If what we are doing is not the 10 Days of Awe, what could it be, brother?

Praise the Lord!!
Did you know that there is a 13th constellation named Ophiuchus?  Guess where the Moon (our Clock) is headed right now?  The Moon is headed toward this Constellation.  Ophiuchus is a "Man" wrestling with a "Serpent".   This represents Jesus Christ contending with Satan on behalf of the Body of Christ.  Jesus Christ is in the process of saving His Children from being devoured by the Dragon.  .

What is in Ophiuchus right now?
Answer: Saturn
Saturn represents Satan, the real motivator behind the Dragon with 7 heads with 7 crowns (and 10 horns).
Satan has been so successful that he convinced the world to make his birthday to be celebrated on December 25.  See the link. Saturnalia, the pagan holiday of Satan, was made into our "Christmas Day".   This includes Christmas Trees and Lights, friends.

Our clock started ticking on September 23 and here is a picture of the Moon this morning.
Here is a picture of the Moon as it nears Saturn on September 26 at 1215 EDT.

The September 26 picture of the moon shows us that the moon has travelled from the feet of Virgo on the 23rd and is nearing Saturn (Satan) and thus is near being devoured.  Look at the section entitled Festival's Time and read this quote
"his devouring of his children."      However, the strong man who is wrestling with the serpent is going to defeat the serpent
and allow the "child" (now represented by the moon's path) to escape.

It is abundantly clear in the article that Cronus and Saturn (Satan) are the same and that they eat the children.

Watch as the Moon gets closer to Satan on Sep 26th at 1320.

By the way, you do not need me to watch this whole process.   Just get you some software and track it.   Why?

It gets even better as you follow the Moon, the clock.    You might say, "But, Jupiter is the child."   You would be correct but Jupiter gets raptured directly from the woman, Virgo.   The moon lets us find the TIME.  We continue.

Notice that the Moon on Sep 26th at 2124 has moved AWAY from Satan (Saturn) toward Pluto (Disney World? Just kidding).   Would it be safe to say that the Rapture had taken place?  For further evidence, see the Moon on Sep 27 as it moves toward Pluto (but in reality the throne of God).  It is possible that the escape from Satan (Saturn) is accomplished but not a reality at that moment.

Let's see if we can later find the "Child" (Moon) at a place of interest.  Suppose the Days of Awe are finished (Past Sep 30).
We are beyond the time of repentance being possible.

Here is the moon on Sep 30th (Past Saturn, Past Pluto).

Jesus told Peter and John (yes, Peter and John and You(hopefully you believe)  and I will eat the dinner with HIM.
And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.
The question was asked of Jesus
And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare?  Luke 22:8-9

And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. Luke 22:10

And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? Luke 22:11

By the way, I shared this last night with our Brother and Friend, Rob.   Why?  Because Rob is da man!!   He said to me years ago that the SUPPER we are going to have with the bridegroom has something to do with Aquarius, Bearing A Pitcher of Water.    So, when I sent him the following picture last night the following picture, he REJOICED mightily

Notice that the picture is on October 3, past Yom Kippur, the Days of Awe and the Day of Atonement and Before The Feast of Tabernacles.  The moon is in Aquarius!!

Praise the Name of the Living God, the LORD Jesus Christ!!
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. Romans 11:25

The MOON IS FULL on October 3 and the Feast of Tabernacles follows immediately.

Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.  Micah 5:3

Amen?


End 09-24-2017

09-25-2017

We stopped our story yesterday when we met the man with a pitcher of water who was to show us the room where the disciples had the Passover Supper with the Lord.  We arrived at Aquarius literally on October 3, 2017 (2 Days before the Feast of Tabernacles) when we met the man with the pitcher of water. In so doing, we were showing that the man with the pitcher of water is also showing us where (and when) we would have the Supper with the Bridegroom in heaven after the rapture.   

We found the man with the pitcher of water by following God's Clock (the Moon) which he made to go through the entire sign of September 23, 2017, and past the 2nd sign (Satan who was waiting to devour us (the Man Child)).  As the LORD has told us, we escaped the Dragon (as shown in the celestial 2nd sign).   In so doing, He is telling us to continue the process until we (the Church) are at the Bridegroom's Supper.

Remember the Blood Moons?   They happened two years in a row.  My friend, Rob, sent me a text message last night and the message said

Passover-Tabernacles
Passover-Tabernacles!!

God was telling us this in the Blood Moons of 2014-2015.   Sukkot is Tabernacles.   Tabernacles is when we DWELL with the LORD.  The Blood Moons Fell on Passover and then Tabernacles two years in a row.   The point is/was that the 2nd Supper on Tabernacles is Coming!  Look at what happened on Passover with Jesus and the Disciples.  The same is coming on Tabernacles with us and the LORD.   These pairs of Blood Moons give us this message.

We are going to SUP with Him on Tabernacles.  I set Sky Map to October 4, 12 noon which is the EVE of Tabernacles and look what I found by following the Moon.   I found the ZeroHour.  I could not believe the Moon took me to the 0h.  In that picture the moon is moving toward the 0h.

The ZeroHour is used for Celestial Navigation and Celestial Time.  Go to Page 31 and Read "Right ascension."  This is amazing to me.  See this explanation.

The celestial equivalent of terrestrial longitude is Right ascension.  The right ascension coordinate of an object tells observers when (at what time) an object transits ... their local meridian...  The Zero Hour line starts at the NCP (North Celestial Pole), passes through the celestial equator at the vernal equinox, and ends at the SCP (South Celestial Pole).

So, what we are reading is the heavenlies are telling us where are locally!!    

Here is the Moon moving closer to the 0h intersection.  It is at 1700:59 hours on October 4.  Maybe that is when dinner is served.  Smile.  That is the closest the Moon got to 0h as I could determine, but, there is more!    Looks like it might be the Blessing, because as I watched, the horizon came through and I got this picture as it passed rapidly.  Look at all those intersections.  There are 3 lines intersecting at the 0h and the horizon splits the 0h and the Moon.

After this miracle, I took another picture as the Moon moves away.
This picture is at 2232:50 on October 4, 2017 which is Erev Sukkot.
So, I decided to take another picture at the same time of Virgo and Leo.   In this picture, Jupiter is now OUT of the womb and Venus has occulted Mars, in other words, the Morning Star, Jesus, has superceded the archangel.  Mercury has moved from Leo into Virgo (announcing the Birth of the Man Child).  But, do not get ahead of yourself.  This could be a foretelling for the actual date of Tabernacles or it could be the actual event itself.  Go back to, say, September 26 and look at Virgo.   (I understand that there are variations in software results).   The Man Child is not out on September 26. 

The pattern for all the signs beginning with September 23, 2017 is a foretelling, not the actual event.  I believe that the Moon is giving us timing now and that timing MAY be a foretelling as well.   If it is a foretelling, we could be raptured on the Feast of Tabernacles itself.   However, we might need to take a shower first before we sit down to eat with HIM.   Smile !!


10-02-2017

There are many things I would like to discuss with you.   You should be aware already that the LORD is so great in all His creation that His stars, moon, sun, and planets are an eternity of lessons to be learned (and taught).   During the Millennium and into the Eternal Age of Ages, we will be learning, teaching, and praising Him for all His mighty works.   We have just begun.   We know He is coming soon.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.  Psa 90:2

Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.
Acts 4:4

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

How old was the man when he was "whole?"
For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed.
Acts 4:22

You see, dear friend, I was above forty years old when the LORD healed me AFTER He had broken me.
The date on the picture of my Bible is very near my birthday and when I was over forty years old.   When I read Acts 4:22,
 I wept.  The LORD will reveal Himself to you in your brokenness.   He gave me a "ministry", LOL.  

My Father kept a scrapbook on News Clippings of Israel.   He often quoted Mathew 24:32.

He said to me---  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

I was born approximately 120 days before Israel was born. 
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
Mat 24:32

So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Mat 24:33

We are at that moment NOW!

 You will see in a moment that Daniel's 70th week starts around 100 days before my 70th birth. 
A generation is 70 years.    Amen?

Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

When I was in High School in Senior English, we had a discussion of the Book of Revelation.   My teacher (Mrs Jean Patrick) turned to me and in front of the whole class said, "I have never seen such faith."   Friend, my faith is a GIFT from God.   You see, dear friend, ALL of it is the work of God Himself.   Our role is simple (but hard)... submit.  Wait on the LORD and Rest in him.

You should know by now that the pursuit of God's revelation (on this or any topic) for us is NOT merely an intellectual or academic process. It is based on the attitude of PRAISE of the Almighty God.

Our purpose is to Praise the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is our attitude toward Him that is most important.   Believing-that-He-is-the-God-of-"Hei":  is our path.  

Having said this, let me proceed with the following discussion concerning the Second Coming.

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No one knows EXACTLY what the timing is (now, I am referring to minutes, not hours).  Nor do we know precisely how to interpret the signs in the heavens that we are seeing and have seen.   I will attempt to show you a small part of what I have been shown.   This happened to me because I believed the LORD would show me if I looked at His creation.   God put it into my mind to follow the path of the Moon.   What I found is incredible.   Let the Spirit of the LORD witness to you to affirm if what I am saying is true. 

Rob contacted the Messianic Rabbi.  He did so after the update above (more specifically).  The Rabbi refers to himself as the Watchman.   In fact, the meaning of his name IS watchman.   We told him that when I had followed the moon I found some amazing things. He rejoiced and he said, "you are on the right path."  The reason he rejoiced is that he knows the joy one finds from SEEKING (when in the course of believing God, Gods shows the believer His beauty.)   The Rabbi said that he was interested in the Moon coming OUT of Virgo in 1999.   Friend, God inhabits the praise of His children.  

God's sequence of events are:  1) Affliction  2) Repentance 3) His statutes and his judgments 4) Praise

Regarding the continued study of this topic during the Millennium, we find:
And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 
Rev 5:10

We are going to be Kings and Priests.  

Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
Rev 3:9

Do you believe there was a sign in heaven for the Wise Men from the East to follow to Bethlehem?
Of course, you do.   Why would the heavens not tell us about the Second Coming?

Well, I am here to tell you that the HEAVENS are FULL to the brim with DETAILS about the whole thing.  I am astonished at the precision of it.   What I am referring to is that the whole of the Book of Revelation is mapped and told in the heavens

We do know that the season of the Rapture and the Tribulation to follow is upon usI believed the Rapture was on the Eve of the Feast of Tabernacles as soon as I saw this ZeroHour.   I also believed in my Spirit that this was a  Defining Moment.  Dare I conclude that it was a dividing line between Rapture and the instance of the beginning of Daniel's Week?

I set out to find a confirmation by following the Moon further.   I found it !!
Now, I want to share with you a confirmation of the ZERO HOUR phenomenon.

I was looking at the 0h (the Zero hour) and the thought entered into my mind that -  What if the hours represented YEARS within the Tribulation?   So, I thought.: Let's find the Mid-Trib (3 and one half years later).   Well, this would be half way between 3h and 4h

Boom!   Here it is, dear friend.  You can see the 4h mark at the top and the 2h mark at the bottom.  See the Horizon crossing the Hour (now year) Axis at the the 3.5 mark!    Where is the Moon?    It has passed the head of Cetus, the Beast from the Sea. 

It is Cetus, the Beast from the Sea.    Look on the right under symbolism in the wiki link.   It says SEA MONSTER.  Where is it found in the Bible?  It is in the first verse of Revelation chapter 13.   There is much more to this.   I will leave that up to you.  We can finish the job (maybe) during the Millennium.

But, God gives Israel wings of an eagle to escape the antichrist in the second half of the tribulation.  This is related to  Andromeda etc who was rescued by being flown away.

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
Rev 13:1

This beast is the antichrist.  This point is the beginning of the second half of the tribulation (mid-trib)
 
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Want more confirmation?  So far, I have said that the Evening of 10-4-2017 (Erev Sukkot) is the beginning of the Tribulation and the moment of Rapture. 

Until now, I have hesitated to post this about "Planet X" and the Red Dragon phenomenon because I was not sure what the NASA/CIA crowd were doing with this topic.  

Last night, however, Rob pointed out to me an email I had shared with him concerning the Red Dragon.  By the way, the building (the Body of Christ) is

In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Eph 2:21

Here is the link to the email I sent Rob.
Here is a picture of the "Red Dragon."  

Rob and I were discussing this last night AFTER I showed him the Mid-Trib in the sky.  All of a sudden both of us went crazy because the photo of the Red Dragon says

Jupiter's position on 10/4 about sundown!

We had totally forgotten about the article.
The Red Dragon is an astronomical event which is soon to emerge when the Tribulation unfolds.

Convinced?

I am and so is Rob.

By the way, I forgot to mention this.
Saturday night (Sep 30) I was at my brother's house watching the Gamecock versus the Aggies.
The phone rang during the game and it was Rob.  Suddenly, he had to hang up, saying, "Gotta go, my landlord is here."

At the end of our conversation last night after midnight (Oct 2), he was telling me about the Globe of the Heavenly Bodies that his landlord gave him on Saturday.  

Unfortunately, the globe had a dent in it from some "accident."

Here is a picture of the globe he took last night.

The globe shows the constellations as viewed from being on the surface of the Globe looking upward, not from the heavenly view looking down.

Notice that the "accidental dent" is EXACTLY where the Red Dragon  is in the sky (in the legs of Virgo).

What you must understand is that in Virgo (under the Sun) you are seeing what will happen on EARTH.
On Earth... the tribulation.
Following the moon, you will see what will happen in the heavens.
In the heavens... the Wedding Feast.



People Get Ready, there is a train a comin.


10-03-2017

A caveat regarding the Feast of Tabernacles:

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.  On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.  Lev 23:35

Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.  Lev 23:36

Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.
Lev 23:39

The feast this year begins on the evening of October 4 after sundown.   It ends on October 11 after sundown (the beginning of the 8th day).

For October 4th, I previously showed this picture, the zero hour.   By the way, Paul says,

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed

A moment occurs between constellations via the moon's movement.  This may explain why the ZeroHour is "nowhere."

 On October 11, I show this picture (the twins).
Is it possible that the twins represent the 2 witnesses that prophesy for 1260 days?   They testify during the first half of Daniel's 70th week.

And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.  Rev 11:3

If the rapture occurs on the Feast of Tabernacles, it could occur on either of the convocation days (October 4 or October 11).  It would seem to make sense at the beginning of the feast, if you allow for the fact that the sign on October 11 (2 witnesses) would actually begin on the earth on the same day (Oct 4) as the rapture.  This means that the sign is given on the last day of the Feast even though the rapture happens on the first day of the feast  (perhaps because Israel is being gathered on earth and the church is gathered in heaven.)  

I am not dogmatic about this date because I am NOT setting a date.   I merely showing where the moon takes us on these dates because they are illustrative. 

One other thing that concerns me to some extent is that the Red Dragon sign (we illustrated) does not appear to have seven heads and ten horns.  Perhaps it will appear (as such) only on earth and not in the sky.  Time will tell.

In any case, dear friend, we know that the rapture is near.   Believe in Jesus Christ TODAY.   Do not be left behind

End 10-03-2017


10-05-2017

We have talked about this before.  

And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. Luke 22:10

And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? Luke 22:11

The moon has left Aquarius and is headed to the Tabernacle Supper House, Pisces.  It is rising right now and is a HARVEST MOON.   Get it?     This picture is NOW.   Where was the moon on October 3?  Talking with the man with the pitcher of water.

At a minimum, this is a foretelling of a near term future event.  It could be a present event and we will know which shortly. 
I am still waiting on the Lord to rapture us between now and October 13.  More on this on Saturday, if we are here.

The house where he entereth in .... is Pisces.

Is this not awesome?  THESE ARE THE SIGNS OF WHICH THE LORD SPOKE!


10-10-2017

As I have stated before, the September 23, 2017 sign in heaven is a foretelling of the rapture (not the actual event).
The sign itself has been an impetus for God's Children to BEGIN the watch for His return.   The September 23 sign established a "clock", a starting point in other words, from which we can watch.  Many of you are scoffing at the notion of watching.   Of course, many are scoffing because the rapture did not occur on September 23rd. However, the scripture commands us to watch. 

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.  2 Peter 3:3-4

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting [encouraging] one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  Heb 10:25

This verse tells us we can SEE the day approaching.  We are seeing it now.  In fact, the Bible says that toward the time of the end, KNOWLEDGE SHALL INCREASE.

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.  Dan 12:4

We are running to and fro on the internet to SHARE these remarkable days with fellow believers.  We have social media for rapid communications of what we have seen.  

If you are scoffing at God's work in the sky, I would reconsider my position.  We are encouraging each other right now.
Do not be ashamed at the judgment seat of Christ (if you are a believer) and do not bust Hell wide-open if you are NOT a believer.  

Just to show you how remarkable God's creation is and to demonstrate the idea that the September 23rd sign is a starting point for us to begin watching, we are going to take a look at a MAGNIFICENT sign in the heavens that demonstrates that from the time of the September 23rd rapture sign counting 1260 days we arrive at the MID-TRIBULATION sign.  This will actually happen in the TEMPLE in Jerusalem on the ground at the midpoint of the tribulation.  The clock for this reality will start ticking as soon as the actual rapture occurs.  The question becomes - when will the actual rapture occur?   More on this in a moment.

The Scriptures say that :
 after the rapture counting 1260 days we arrive at the MID-TRIB phenomenon in which the Antichrist shows up in the temple.  

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he [antichrist] shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate...   Daniel 9:27

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.  2 Thess 2:4

Now, please watch this entire video (you could start around 5:10) to see that God created a sign in the heavens at the BEGINNING in Genesis to show us the antichrist event.  The author of the video assumed (like so many) that the Rapture would occur on September 23rd.   I am not holding that against him, however.   Who could have known it was a clock, not the event?

In addition to Mercury the messenger, Saturn (Satan) appears and REPLACES Christ (Venus) in the place of SACRIFICE and a comet named TEMPEL is arriving to point out this.  Jupiter (the King) is conjuncting Saturn (Satan).   The sun meets Jupiter in the Dead Center of Capricorn (the place of sacrifice).   Jupiter and Venus exit Capricorn (after a 9 day journey for Venus=  9 means JUDGMENT).  Mercury goes into retrograde motion to escort Jupiter OUT of the place of Sacrifice.  A comet named TEMPEL comes across to POINT at Jupiter leaving the place of sacrifice (at the EXACT moment that Saturn (satan) enters the CENTER of the place of sacrifice.

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The question becomes - what day could the rapture occur?

Since I believe that the rapture will occur during the Feast of Tabernacles, I began searching the scriptures for some indication of this idea.   How about John 6:39 and John 6:40.

And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.  John 6:39

Notice that of "all of which he (Father) hath given me" Jesus will raise IT up on the last day.   IT represents the corporate BODY of Christ.  

The next verse seems redundant, but, in fact, it gives us more information.

And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:40

The reference here is to the individual believer.

The question is what is meant by LAST?   Last day of the tribulation?   Of course, not.    Last day of the millennium?   Of course, not.   How about last day of the feast of tabernacles?   It is a fact that in Virgo on this day we have some interesting phenomenons.   Venus (Christ) as the Head of Virgo.  Mercury the messenger in the EMPTY womb of Virgo.  We have Jupiter OUTSIDE the constellation Virgo (at last)!

End 10-10-2017


10-17-2017

For many days I have been thinking that the Moon must complete a full cycle from the time we started the sign of September 23rd (just after the new Moon sighting).   I started my search by tracking the Moon (our clock).   Let's continue to track the month to see if it yields any interesting results.  You will see that it DOES!

And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:40

Now dear friend, let the Spirit of God witness to you (yea or nay) as to the significance of the following.  The Lord has lead me to this point.   It is my duty and joy to share with you.

Here is a picture of the Moon at the head of Virgo on 10-17
We see that the Moon is adjacent to Mars (war is coming).   We also see Venus (Christ at the Head of the Body).  We see (just above the horizon) Jupiter (the Body of Christ to be resurrected) being accented by the Mercury the Messenger.   This accenting increases as we move forward.

Moving on the timeline, we see the Moon (which is waning) moving closer to Venus (10-17) between Mars and Venus.  We want the moon to go completely dark and then we later will find the crescent of the New Moon exactly as when the Rosh Hashanah New Moon appeared.  We are looking for the next month on the Hebrew Calendar.

Continuing, we see the Moon Closer to Venus.  This is 10-17 at 1810 (TODAY).   We also see that Mercury is on top of Jupiter the Body of Christ.  The Moon is now completely dark.  We are now waiting for the New Moon.

Next, we see the Moon at Venus.   At this point Mercury the Messenger appears to be completely inside Jupiter.

Proceeding further, we see the Moon on 10-18 at 1851 has moved past Venus.  At this point all have gone below the horizon EXCEPT Jupiter and Mercury.   The coming risen Body of Christ is still visible.

Now on to 10-19 at 1851 and the Moon is between the Sun and Jupiter.  Mercury has moved away from Jupiter because the next message is no longer the resurrected body of Christ, but the tribulation.

We see now the dark moon at the foot of Virgo exactly as it appeared during the Rapture sign of September (Tishrei 1).  Finally, we have the Last Day of the Month Tishrei (10-20 at 1800).  See the October calendar in the link.  Could this be the Last Day referred to in John 6:40?   It is the Last Day of the month Tishrei in which the rapture sign appeared on the first day of Tishrei.  

And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:40

Now we have the dark Moon approaching Libra on 10-21 at 0357.

So, if the 20th of October (the last day of Tishrei) is the day the Body of Christ is caught up, would not the 1st day of the next month Cheshvan (10-21) begin the tribulation?

What is the Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan?
Marcheshvan (Hebrew: מַרְחֶשְׁוָן‎, Standard Marḥešvan Tiberian Marḥešwān; from Akkadian waraḫsamnu, literally "eighth month"), sometimes shortened to Cheshvan(חֶשְׁוָן‎, Standard Ḥešvan Tiberian Ḥešwān), is the second month of the civil year (which starts on 1 Tishrei) and the eighth month of the ecclesiastical year

Look at the dark moon entering Libra at 0826 and no New Moon yet.

The next minute at 0827, the New Moon appears.
Mercury is above the horizon pointing to the risen Body of Christ and Libra (the scales of Judgment) are below the horizon and the tribulation is rising!

The eighth is the time of transition, a new beginning and the end of the prior age.  There were EIGHT (8) souls in the ark.
Judgment of the flood on earth and salvation of the souls IN the ark.   The ark was "pitched" with "pitch".   "Pitch" is translated... REDEMPTION.   The prior age is the Church Age to end at the RaptureThe New Age is the Time of Jacob's Trouble the 70th week of Daniel.

The LORD has commanded us to WATCH.
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.  Mat 24:42
Therefore, we will watch as he commanded.

And what did we think?  When did we think He would come?  Of course, we thought he would come on a feast day.
Smile, y'all.

Well is the timing of the 20th consistent with any scriptures?
Answer: Yes, it is consistent with the following:

Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Mat 24:44
Let's be honest.  As we began the watch that the September 23rd, 2017 sign showed us to do, all thought He would come for the Church on Trumpets, then, Atonement, then, Tabernacles.

Well, friend, He (apparently) told us that He is coming for the Church on a day that is NOT on the Feast Day.

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This page is NOT about the Rapture.   The Rapture page is here.  The topic of this page is the Covenant that the antichrist will confirm at the beginning of the Tribulation. Part I of the covenant discussion begins here.   We are on Part II of the study of the Covenant that the antichrist will confirm.   I put this discussion of the sign of the rapture of 09-23-2017 on this page because I believed that the two events (Rapture and covenant confirmation by the antichrist) were coincidental.  The antichrist topic I first published on 07-03-2002.

This apparently is not a coincidence>>>.  Look what starts TODAY.  I started this website in May of 2002.  I sent a personal snail mail to about 50 friends and relatives on this topic on 09-19-2001 (I licked the 50 stamps and placed the studies in large manila envelopes) and I published the letter here on this website as the FIRST content page when I began the website on 05-04-2002.  Why did I do this?   Because I believed that the very War on Terror (not terrorism itself) was going to be the modus operandi of the antichrist. 

In 2003 I went to the Bethlehem Baptist Church (where my parents are buried awaiting the SHOUT of the LORD to Come Up Hither!) to tell the "serious" Bible study class of what I had found.   NOT ONE SOUL EXPRESSED ANY INTEREST.

Believers and non-believers, the time is drawing near.  Unbelievers, let God change your heart today while repentance can be found.  Yes, there are those among us who say Lord, but are NOT true believers.  Examine your heart with the Word of God.  READ IT NOW!!  The link for  becoming true believers is here for YOU.

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  Mat 7:22-23

The LORD has been patient waiting for you to repent:
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. II Pet 3:9

If you do NOT watch, He will come on you as a thief:
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon theeRev 3:3

If you do not repent, He will cast you into the tribulation:
Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. Rev 2:22

Fear will grip the people on earth and it is coming soon:
And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them  Rev 9:6

If you are straddling the fence, He will spit you out of His mouth (straight into the tribulation):
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Rev 3:16

I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.  Only those who ADMIT they are sinners will change their minds about God and themselves.  All are sinners.  No work will save you, not doing good, not refraining from evil, not Church attendance, not tithing, not sacraments, not being a "good" person.   Only by the WAY that God has provided through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Only Begotten Son is there ANY hope.   We are NOTHING when confronted with the Almighty.  Agree with God.   Here is my personal testimony about the righteousness of Jesus Christ which is imputed to me in an instant.

The tribulation is a time of judgment in which God is going to pour out His wrath to see who will believe Him.  If God has already sent you through some time of FIRE, consider this truth and escape those things that are coming upon the earth.


End 10-17-2017

10-28-2017
Let's talk about the birth of the man child.   In the heavenly sign of September 23, 2017, which the vast majority concedes, we see a representation of Revelation 12.  

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.  Rev 12:1-2

And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.  Rev 12:5

As everyone knows, the alignment of September 23, 2017 was a SIGN of the coming rapture of the church, the body of Christ.   The woman, as we know, represents Israel.  After the child is caught up, the dragon (Satan through the end times political system and through the person of the antichrist) persecutes the woman (Israel).  The agreement to save the Palestinians and the Middle East will begin the tribulation.

And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.  Rev 12:13

We read in Isaiah about the man child.

Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.   Isa 66:7

In other words, the "pain" of the woman is the 70th week of Daniel (or the time of Jacob's trouble).  It is known also as the tribulation (the 2nd half of which is called Great Tribulation).   It is described in Revelation chapters 6 through 19.   In other words, the Rapture precedes the Tribulation.

There are other verses about the "man child" and the woman which we have overlooked.   Let us consider some of them now.

Leviticus 12:2-4

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean.
And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.
And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled.

Now, once these days have passed, to where does the woman go?

And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest:  Lev 12:6

The woman goes to the place of sacrifice offering after the man child is born and after the days of her purification.

We know that during Daniels 70th week...
We know that the antichrist will enter the temple and be worshipped as God at the midpoint of the tribulation period. 

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. -- Daniel 9:27

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God   -- 2 Thessalonians 2:4
  
This means that the eventual antichrist will appear on the temple mount in Jerusalem (where will have been established the Jewish temple sacrifice).  Wonder who has control over the temple mount?

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Jesus said-
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:40

Is the last day related to the sign of the rapture and the actual rapture and the days in Leviticus 12?   Could these days lead us to the last day ?

Well, start with September 23, 2017 and count off these days.
seven days
eighth day
three and thirty days
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41 days total

So, what date(s) might this be?  Check this.

The date is November 3, 2017. 
November 3 starts at eventide on November 2, in Jerusalem.other

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https://www.farmersalmanac.com/calendar/moon-phases/2017/11/
The Moon becomes 100% full on November 3.   In other words, the train is full
We all thought He could come on the day of the Rapture sign, Sep 23.  We were wrong.  Many thought He might come on Atonement (not me).   They were wrong.   Many thought He could come on Tabernacles.  We were wrong.  I thought He might come on the last Day of Tishrei.  He did not.   As my friend Rob said, it is now or never (in this series of signs projecting from Sep 23rd which leads to November 3rd).  I agreed.  Perhaps that is why He said at the last day.
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Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

I am going to continue do what Christ has commanded us to do.
Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:  Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.   That ALL is US.

11-02-2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBlE4dQX71A
End 11-02-2017


11-08-2017
This section is for those people having trouble with the sign of Sep 23.

Do you think the Lord did not actually create a sign in the heavens because the sign does not and did not even exist?
Well, friend, the sign did and does exist.  It clearly portrays Revelation 12 and it clearly portrays the rapture.

Do you think the LORD created a sign in the heavens that clearly portrays the rapture and this by mistake? 
In other words, He did not know the rapture is coming, and He accidentally created a sign portraying the rapture.

If not, you must think He did it on purpose.
Well, if He did it on purpose, do you believe He created the sign to show that the rapture is coming soon?
Or do you think He did it willy-nilly with no regard for the imminent return of Jesus Christ?
Or worse, do you think He did it to trick us into thinking that He is actually coming soon, when He is not coming soon?

So, your position, if not any of these, must be that the sign that God has made and is showing us, should be IGNORED.
You are content to IGNORE what God has done?
Why do you think you should IGNORE what God has done? 
Do you believe that God has violated His own book which says "no man knows the day and hour." 
(By the way, watch out for those "Bibles" that say "day or hour" (a totally different thing).  OR means you can know NOTHING.

You do realize that the LIVING WORD of God (Jesus Christ Himself) created the sign in the heaven? 
Is it possible that your understanding of "no man knows the day and hour" is wrong?
Surely, your understanding must be wrong.  Else, God has contradicted Himself.  Yes, your understanding means that Jesus Christ has contradicted Himself.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
...(in case you did not get it the first time, He restated it to show that NOTHING exists without Him, Jesus, making it)
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. (just in case you did not know that the creator is Jesus.  Who else was IN THE WORLD?)
John 1:1-3, 10

If you are content to ignore what God created, then, go ahead and close this page NOW.  If you believe that what God created  is important, continue reading.   END OF SECTION FOR THOSE HAVING TROUBLE

And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Mathew 25:6

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 
I Thess 4:16-17

But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star.
Rev 2:26-28

The cry that the bridegroom cometh will go out at midnight.  The cry will precede the arrival of the bridegroom by perhaps a short time (which is the way it worked in the Hebrew wedding). The Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout. We will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.   Who is the him who will be given the morning star and what is the morning star?

Here is the him:
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 
Rev 12:5

In other words, the Revelation 12 sign in the heavens shows the rapture of the church.  The sign was seen on September 23 and all those who were trimming their lamps began to watch in anticipation of the rapture before September 23 and now after September 23.  It has now been 45 days and soon it will have been 50 days.  5 is the number for grace and 50 even more so, as it is an emphatic 5.  What is the 50th day after the September 23 sign?  It is November 12.   Is there something happening of interest around midnight as the 12th becomes the 13th?   Does it involve a mathematical and graphically verifiable "descending" and "ascending" aspect?  Does it involve the morning star, Jesus Christ?  Does the "descend/ascend" aspect point to a day and an approximate hour?  Does it involve the symbolic Body of Christ, the man child

The answer to all these questions is an emphatic yes.  I saw this heavenly sign sometime ago and I thought it represented the marriage of the Bride, the Church, and the bridegroom, Jesus Christ. At that time I thought it was the real time consequences of a Sep 23 rapture.   In other words, I thought it represented the marriage supper in November which followed the Rapture on Sep 23.  It had never dawned on me that it might be the actual rapture date.

However, as God has shown us since Sep 23, He wanted us to begin our watch on September 23.   Those of you who scoff at the process are going to regret that you did so.  Some of you by missing the rapture entirely and being spewed into the tribulation. The rest of you were told by Jesus to watch.  Do not be ashamed at his coming.

Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
Mark 13:35-37

All includes YOU and ME.   Do you not understand the purifying nature of such a watching?   Are you a bride not waiting for the groom?

Now, for those of you who laugh at the "ignorant" believers who were watching and pointing to various dates as possibilities, I want to show you that God is a sovereign God and he KNEW that this was going to happen.

Here are the primary dates previously identified as possible rapture dates:
(1) Feast of Trumpets
(2) Feast of Atonement
(3) Feast of Tabernacles
(4) Last Day of Tishrei
(5) Now, I am discussing the 5th possibility (Nov 13th, explanation to follow)

To demonstrate the sovereignty of God, I offer you a list of the verses that say he will raise us up at the last day.  Look this up by searching for at the last day.   God makes no mistakes and men fulfill His will whether they believe in Him or not (because God is sovereign over all things).  For example, the antichrist is going to fulfill God's will.   But for the grace of God, we could be an antichrist.

(1)
And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
John 6:39

(2)
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:40

(3)
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:44

(4)
Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:54

(5)
Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
John 11:24

How many verses are there?  Answer: 5.  How many dates have been proposed?  Answer: 5.    Do you think this is a coincidence?  Do you think that since the 5th verse is different from the other 4 verses, that this is a coincidence?   What happened to the first 4 date possibilities for the rapture?  Answer: nothing.  

Notice that the first 4 verses are stated by Jesus and the 5th verse is stated by Martha.  Martha said this when Jesus deliberately WAITED on Lazarus to die so that He could LATER resurrect him.   So, is it possible that our sovereign LORD has waited to show us His sovereignty and His resurrection of the Church?  Our God is far greater than we can imagine!!   Is He saying that the 5th date, as is the 5th verse, going to be different?   You decide.

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Now we ask, what is meant by "at the last day."

Jesus said,
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Revelation 1:8

Since September 23, we have shown that the Morning Star is represented by the planet Venus.  Now pay particular attention to this.   Quoting the linked article, we have

Morning star, most commonly used as a name for the planet Venus when it appears in the east before sunrise

From the Bible:
And I will give him the morning star.
Revelation 2:28

Do you think the LORD speaks casually and does not have specificity in mind?  Think again.  What is the LORD saying?

Remember the context of Rev 2:28.
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.  And I will give him the morning star.

We are talking about those who are going to be raptured.  They and they alone are to be give(en) the morning star.   The context here is the end of the church age (Rev chapters 2 and 3).    The morning star is apparently not only Jesus Christ Himself but also the TIME of the blessed event.

If Jesus Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the ending, let's follow Jesus Christ from the September 23rd sign until November 13th (and its sign) to see what we are being told.   If Jesus is the beginning and ending, he will be the beginning and the ending of the sign of September 23.   September 23rd is the beginning and November 13 is the apparent ending.   This journey of 50 days results in the gift of the Morning Star.

Some ground rules:
The Hebrew alphabet is read from right to left.   So. we will show the position of Venus (the eventual morning star) from the beginning to the ending.   Venus traveled in the sky from right to left beginning in Leo on Sep 23 and moving through Virgo and past Virgo toward Libra.   In so doing, it eventually forms the gift of the Morning Star.

The birth of the man child (the corporate bride) and his translation and ascension will lead to the unification of the Head of the Church, Jesus Christ, and His Body, the raptured Church.  Heavenly symbolism of this union is what we will demonstrate. 

Here is the screenshot of Venus on the extreme right of the planetary formation on September 23rd.   This is the Alpha.

When we reach the Omega, since the planets are moving from right to left (as does the Hebrew Alphabet), Venus the Morning Star will be on the extreme left of the planetary formation. 

Before we show the Omega event, is there a midnight cry event about the coming of the bridegroom?  If so, what would it be except a conjunction of Jupiter (the man child, church, the body of Christ) and Venus (Jesus Christ, the Head of the Body)?   Before we show the midnight cry of the coming bridegroom, let's see what is happening in Virgo.  Virgo is the woman representing Israel.  Israel will be in the Time of Jacob's trouble, aka the 70th week of Daniel, or the Revelation 6 to Revelation 19.     Virgo is empty except for the planet Mars, which represents war.  War is exactly what is going to happen to Israel.  This will happen soon after the rapture.

Now let's look at the midnight cry event in the heavens.   What we see here is the beginning of the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter.   The bridegroom midnight cry is announcing the coming of the bridegroom for His bride.

Now, let's look at the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter purely from a scientific perspective
The website says
the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 8° above the horizon. They will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 05:50 (EST) – 1 hour and 8 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 8° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:40.

In other words, Venus and Jupiter will be low in the sky and difficult to see because of obstructions such as trees, buildings, etc.  In other words, you must have a clear line of sight. But, there is another obstruction which is going to completely engulf the sighting - the rising of the sun.   Furthermore, check out the chart representing the degree of angular separation of Jupiter and Venus.  Notice that its peak is happening on November 13.  Though this is not ascending and descending per se, I am taking poetic license to refer to the phenomenon as such.

Here is a screen shot of the Bride and Groom at sunrise. This is approximately 0556 EST.  Since the article above states that the "couple" will fade from view at around 0640, the question question becomes, what is the twinkling of an eye moment in which you can last see the "couple?" 

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1 Cor 15:51-52
By the way, the LORD can blow a trumpet anytime He wishes.

So, if the Lord is not a joker, and I do not believe He is; He can say Come Up Hither whenever He is ready.
But, why would He not create a thrilling moment, between 0550 and 0640 EST on November 13th to raise up His Bride?

Now, if you look closely, I did not pick the Day and Hour because there is more than one hour here.   Furthermore, I did not say He would do it at all.   I asked why would He not... 

In case you did not know it, He is my LOVER and my FRIEND.  I know Him intimately. 

My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. Songs 2:10

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.  John 15:15

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By the way, here is a picture of the head (Venus) and the body (Jupiter) on Nov 14 with Venus to the left of Jupiter, thus completing the right to left journey.  This picture shows that the Head has assumed the rightful place with respect to His bride.  Notice too that the New Moon is in the Head of Virgo as the Lord must begin His dealing with Israel.



11-12-2017
The subject of this page is the covenant that the antichrist will enforce during the tribulation.

The process to create the covenant is well underway under the Trump administration and the trends in the links below continue to develop.

Here is the link from the US State Department
https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/11/275459.htm

Finally President Trump and President Putin confirmed the importance of de-escalation areas as an interim step to reduce violence in Syria, enforce ceasefire agreements, facilitate unhindered humanitarian access, and set the conditions for the ultimate political solution to the conflict. They reviewed progress on the ceasefire in southwest Syria that was finalized the last time the two Presidents met in Hamburg, Germany on July 7, 2017.

The two presidents, today, welcomed the Memorandum of Principles concluded in Amman, Jordan, on November 8, 2017, between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America. This Memorandum reinforces the success of the ceasefire initiative, to include the reduction, and ultimate elimination, of foreign forces and foreign fighters from the area to ensure a more sustainable peace. Monitoring this ceasefire arrangement will continue to take place through the Amman Monitoring Center, with participation by expert teams from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Russian Federation, and the United States.

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End 09-25-2017


09-11-2017


There are plenty of naysayers within the church who say that this is all hogwash.
(Note: the True Church is not a building and not an organization, but, an organism.)
The true church will be raptured and the professing church will be spewed into the Tribulation.
Being a member of a church has NOTHING to do with your salvation.

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.  Rev 3:16

(1) There are those who think Revelation 12 has NOTHING to do with the Rapture, but is about Jesus Christ and Israel only.

(2) There are those who think there is NO Rapture and those who think it occurs at the Mid-Point of the Tribulation and those that think it occurs at the END of the Tribulation.

(3) Then, there are those who might not think it hogwash, but, do not dare to discuss it because they believe it is NON-Biblical date setting and thus violates the the Biblical notion that "No man knows the day or hour." 

(4) Then, there are those preachers who will not support this topic because if September 23, 2017 comes and NOTHING HAPPENS they will lose their reputations (and their ministry, money?) and be included among many non-Biblical predictors such as Harold Camping who  predicted Christ was coming back on May 21, 2011.

Now, these same preachers can NOT attack the Sign of September 23, 2017 because they will appear as ignorant simpletons to those very few in the congregation who KNOW all about it. So, this 4th group can say NOTHING to give to the believers in their church any JOY that the knowledge of the TRUTH of the SIGN IN HEAVEN of September 23, 2017 absolutely brings to those who understand it (in fact, it amplifies the doctrine of imminence in the hearts of the believers that SEE the sign).   Imminence means CHRIST CAN COME ANY MOMENT!   I will illustrate this with a story below.  All credit for this story goes here.  God created a sign in the heavens that says HE IS COMING FOR THE CHURCH, HIS BODY!

Let's now deal with the above 4 lines of thinking.

From this webpage we read
What are the odds: It didn't occur to me at first, but while I was writing this article it finally hit me like a bullet train. OK, so Lu Vega first spotted the coming fulfillment of the REV12 sign back in 2008. Pop quiz: What other major astronomical sign did God reveal at the same time? OK, time's up...thank you for playing. Mark Biltz first spotted the Blood Moons of 2014–2015 in...wait for it...2008. Yeah, I know—so what?

So what? you ask.

I have said this before that GOD HIMSELF invented The Calculus because he revealed it to TWO men simultaneously (Leibniz and Newton).

To preserve the doctrine of imminence and keep the Church dedicated, God waited until the year 2008 to REVEAL to a couple of men about these two signs (The Blood Moons of Mark Biltz and the Revelation 12 sign of Lu Vega and later Scottie Clark).  What if Paul had to say in Thessalonians, "You have to wait 2000 years for the Rapture to Come?"

If Paul had said that the Church would have been devastated.  Paul did not say that because Paul did NOT KNOW IT.  However, because Christ CREATED the UNIVERSE, JESUS CHRIST certainly KNEW about the sign.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made  John 1:1-3
...
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  John 1:10
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.  John 1:14


The September 23, 2017 great wonder in heaven (Rev 12:1)  is an irrefutable SIGN in the heavens that clearly points to

RAPTURE JUST AHEAD.  Does the preacher actually believe that the great wonder in heaven
does NOT appear in the sky?

The great wonder in heaven does not say that the Rapture can not come before.  It does not say that the Rapture can not come after the sign.  It says the RAPTURE is COMING SOON.  So, all you people who who say NO MAN KNOWS THE DAY OR HOUR-  That verse has NOTHING to do with this sign.  The reason?   This sign does NOT violate the verse.  If anything, the sign CONFIRMS the verse NO MAN KNOWS THE DAY OR HOUR.  I told you in a previous update that the FEAST OF TRUMPETS is known to the Jews as THE DAY AND HOUR NO MAN KNOWS.   September 23, 2017 is the LAST DAY of the Feast of Trumpets.   What do the Jews have to do with this sign?   Everything!

God gave up the Jews to the persecution and Diaspora.  They went to live in Spain.   They were kicked out of Spain in 1492 almost 500 years before Hitler.   To what nation did they migrate?   Poland!   Have you ever heard of Chelmno, Treblinka, Sobibor, Belzec, Auschwitz?   When did God start the period of "giving up" the Jews?   Answer - when the Church, the Body of Christ, began.  When the New Testament Was Written
Which Book in the Bible was written last?   Revelation in 96AD.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

The Book of Revelation is chiefly (Chapters 6 to 19) about the Daniel's 70th week.  Daniel's 70 Weeks
Daniel 9:27 is so important that you can not understand prophecy without Daniel 9:27.
Do you see the now almost 2000 year gap between Daniel's 69th week and the future 70th week?
God has "given up" the Jews for 2000 years.   However, He is going to return to dealing with the Jews and the Bible is clear on WHEN He is going to return to dealing with the Jews.   Here it is:

Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.   Micah 5:3

Friend, when the woman that travails has birthed her child, THAT is when the Tribulation begins.
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:   Revelation 12:1
And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.  Revelation 12:2
...
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up [harpazo] unto God, and to his throne.   Revelation 12:5

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Friend, did you know that the Revelation 12 sign (of the spiritual birth of the Church) was taught as an ORIGINAL REASON to believe in the PRE-Tribulation Rapture of the Church?    What year?  1855!!

So, the Revelation 12 sign has been recognized among the believing Dispensationalists for over 162 years as the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church.  However, they did not know what the SIGN in heaven actually was.  They had no computer software that could forward and backward in time and find this ONCE IN ETERNITY sign that the LORD Jesus Christ created.  We have the ability to see the sign and the LORD revealed this to several people starting in 2008.

The Story

Ms. Jones' 5th grade has been planning for some time to go on a bus trip to visit Disney World.   The day finally arrived and before the eager and excited students boarded the bus, Ms Jones said, "We are going to take the Imminence Highway to Disney World and there are NO Disney World signs on the Imminence Highway.  Work on your homework, chat with your friends. look out the window, and enjoy the ride.   We will not know WHEN we are going to get to Disney World until we actually arrive.   So, be on your best behavior until we get there." 

The trip was very long and soon the children grew restless and began to throw spitballs, overly tease each other.   One child whispered to another, "I do not believe there IS a Disney World and if there is we may be going somewhere else because we have seen NO SIGNS."   This rumor spread to some of the other children and they did not know what to believe.   Their emotions were going up and down. 

Finally, one child who was looking out the window on the right side of the bus, saw a sign that said:

DISNEY WORLD NEXT EXIT

The children on the left side of the bus saw NOTHING.

The one child who saw the sign began to whisper to the next child and pretty soon many were bubbling over with excitement to hear that the next exit was for Disney World.  There were on the bus, however, many church going kids (some were even pastors' children) and they said "The teacher said there were no Disney World Signs on the Imminence Highway." 

No one KNEW when the exit sign for Disney World would appear, but, some KNEW it was soon because they had SEEN the sign and they BELIEVED the sign. 

If you have seen the sign of the Rapture and you believe that God sent the sign, you are more than ever excited over the IMMINENT Return of the LORD Jesus Christ for His Church (BEFORE the Great Judgment of the Tribulation begins.)

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.  Rev 3:10

---Thus, endeth the lesson


And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Gen 1:14

So, it is clear that God created the heavenly bodies for SIGNS.
It is clear also that the 12 constellations were made to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Here is a picture generated from Star Map on my phone using the Time Travel feature on Sep 23, 2017.
The 12th constellation is Leo the Lion.  Jesus Christ is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
The picture is of the constellation Leo.   Christ returns as a roaring lion at the END of the tribulation.
The first constellation is Virgo, Virgin with seed.  Thus, the virgin birth of Christ.
The chief star of Leo is Regulus, the King Star.   You can see the 9 primary stars of Leo in these 2 links.
But, the woman has a crown of 12 stars.   9 stars of Regulus plus 3 planets = 12.
In the photo there are 3 planets lined up in a straight line POINTING to Regulus the King.
Mercury (messenger)
Mars (war)
Venus (Jesus Christ, the Day Star that arises in our hearts)
The message is that War and Jesus Christ are both coming in that order.
And when Christ comes this time it will be as a King.   When He came the first time, He was a prince.
The woman with child is virgo and is discussed below.
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Since the First Coming of Jesus saw a fulfillment on 4 of the 7 Feasts of Israel, there remains 3 Feasts which have NOT been fulfilled.  See Leviticus 23.   Lev 23:24 is the Feast of Trumpets

First Coming
Passover -- Crucifixion of Jesus
Unleavened Bread- Jesus buried
First Fruits- Jesus Resurrected
Pentecost -  The Spirit given to the church as INDWELT in Acts 2

Second Coming
Trumpets -   Tribulation begins?
Atonement - ?
Tabernacles - ?

In many ways, the Jews will be the beneficiary of the sign on September 23 (if the rapture were to occur on the 23rd).
They and all Gentiles who have heard this message will KNOW they have missed the rapture and will now have to live (and die from persecution) during the Tribulation.  

09-12-2017
One other thing
Notice on the Hebrew calendar that the Feast of Trumpets Begins at 6PM Jerusalem Time on 9-20-2017.
The Feast Last 49 Hours.
6PM on Sep 20 to 6PM on Sep 21 is 24 hours
6PM on Sep 21 to 6PM on Sep 22 is 24 hours
In Jewish reckoning, September 23 BEGINS at 6PM on September 22.
Now go to the world clock.
Hover over Jerusalem and you will find it is in the +3 zone.
The Eastern Time Zone in the US is 7 hours earlier.
It is at twilight when the New Moon becomes visible.
This twinkle time is known as Eventide (read this and the links contained therein, especially the one defining EVENTIDE.)



09-17-2017

As we saw above, Isaac (a type of Christ) meets his bride Rebecca (a type of the church) in the middle of the field at what is known as eventide.   Twilight and eventide are synonyms.
There is a technical definition of eventide (twilight).
Here is a general definiton.
More specifically, there are 3 distinct technical definitions: Astronomical, Nautical, and Civil twilight.
Look at the September 22nd date (the Gregorian date) and note the times of the three twilights in Israel.
Astronomical is 757PM
Nautical is 728PM
Civil is 700PM
Therefore, IF  ( do not get your panties in a wad, this is a SIGN! ) the rapture occurs on the evening of the 22nd (September 23rd to the Hebrews) and it occurs at eventide as the type of Issac-Rebecca suggests, and since eventide is between 700PM and 757PM on that date, then the following is true.

The rapture would occur at the Eventide in Jerusalem of 700PM to 757PM which is between 12 noon and 1257PM in the Eastern USA timezone.

Now, let's go back to my lunch trip to the Whole Foods Bistro a few months ago.  I am sitting at the bar eating my Salmon, Spinach, and Kale.  The TV is on and it is showing a Movie, Evan Almighty.   I could not believe it when in the movie it is said by "God" (Morgan Freeman) that the "Flood" will occur on
 September 22nd, Mid-Day
Here it is on youtube.  Look at the 2:22 mark.   BTW, it is hilarious to me that a scoffer like Morgan Freeman is the one who unwittingly makes the announcement.  Also, I am laughing so much at the older son saying at the kitchen table (in light of the dress of his Father), "I hope this is not our Last Supper."  Hey, you, Jesus Christ told me I am His Friend.

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.  John 15:15


The poster of the video says this date is "Right in the middle of the Sign of Rev 12."  He is almost correct.   Given the suppositions above,  September 22, 2017 Mid-Day in the Eastern Time Zone of the USA is absolutely dead-nuts on the combined consequences of all the scriptures properly considered above.  See "4 degrees before Tap Dead Center" from the lips of Merissa Tomei.  LOL

Now as to the Eastern Time Zone, please go to "Noah's" testimony before Congress at the 3:42 mark.
Why is the reference to the FLOOD and not to the Rapture?
Because the sign signals the Beginning of the Tribulation to the Jew.
But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,  Mat 24:37-38
The "ark" is the Rapture for the believer.  
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Think this kind of stuff does not happen? Look at this clip from the 1986 movie Labyrinth.
See the 1:32 mark in which the "devil" says to the child "in 9 hours and 23 minutes you will be mine."
9-23

Rev 12:4
...the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

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Want another?
The Movie Little Shop of Horrors (also 1986) says
On the twenty-third day of the month of September (9-23) ... the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence.

End 09-17-2017



End 09-12-2017

End 09-11-2017



And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:   Revelation 12:1

And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.  Revelation 12:2

(...)

And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up [harpazo] unto God, and to his throne.   Revelation 12:5

The child being caught up is exactly the same verbiage as I Thess 4:17 (the Rapture of the Church).

1 Thessalonians 4:16   For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout , with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first : 

1 Thessalonians 4:17   Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up [HARPAZO] together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord

In conjunction with the woman laboring and her child suddenly being snatched up to heaven (Greek-harpazo, Latin-Rapturo), read this verse in the last chapter of Isaiah. 

Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.  Isaiah 66:7
Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Isaiah 66:8

Notice here that the child, once the gestation period is completed (the Church Age of Revelation chapter 2 and 3, which began at Pentecost, another Jewish Feast Day, in Acts chapter 2), the child is snatched up BEFORE HER PAIN CAME so that the serpent who is waiting to devour the child, turns his persecution towards the woman (since the child is no longer on the earth).  The woman is Israel.   The completion of the gestation period = the last member of the Body of Christ, the REAL Church (not some building on Main Street), has been saved. 

Now, let us read Revelation 12: 3-4.

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. Revelation 12: 3

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.  Revelation 12:4
Verse 5 now
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. Revelation 12:5
The throne?    After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.   And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.   Revelation 4:1-2
The Church Age is Chapters 2 - 3.    The scene in Chapter 4 is the setting to which the Church will be caught up.

Verse 6 now