Re: Dark Times In The Land Of Israel
- From: "steb" <nospamsteb@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2008 16:48:46 GMT
Are they worried? Seriously, If you were a jew you would be worried. If I
was an Ethiopian or African worried about the next meal I woudl be
worried.If you are in the tens of wars and billions in poverty you might be
worried too. Lots of reasons to be worried. I would be worried if I made any
othe policies that allow these things to continue..The way the world
rationalizes hate and doing the wrong things is based on power and control.
The people who leads armies and countries depend on macho control to keep
power so people do wrong things. Religion is the cause of more wars and
deaths then most everything. A sane rational existence would lead people in
the future. to care about one another , not this world.
"MasterChief" <1@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Dark Times In The Land Of Israel
Israel's Faithlessness - In "The Dark Time"
At this writing, we cannot foresee the outcome of Israel's present war.
But we can see its precise prophetic beginning, which happened in exact
conjunction with a series of critical dates. It tells us that the Lord
doesn't do anything by accident. The dates we shall document are June 25,
July 12, and August 3 . all in the year 2006.
It was a Sunday morning when Gilad Shalit was captured by Hamas guerillas.
The international media called them "Palestinian militants." They crossed
the border from the Gaza Strip into Israel by way of a tunnel that emerged
near an Israeli army post. Two Israeli Defense Force soldiers were killed
in the skirmish. Four others were wounded. The date was June 25, 2006. In
the days that followed, Hamas demanded the return of a thousand
Palestinian prisoners before they would even discuss Shalit's release.
Then, a little over two weeks later, on July 12, 2006, Hezbollah crossed
the southern Lebanese border in a raid that netted the capture of two more
Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. This resulted in an
immediate Israeli response. Within hours, they began a full-scale assault
upon the hundreds of Hezbollah emplacements in Lebanon. As we shall see,
these two dates bear incredible significance!
When these events unfolded, religious Jews around the world began to
announce that this was the opening salvo in the great battle that brings
on the northern enemy called, "Gog of the land of Magog" (Ezekiel 38:2).
Typical of their comments was this one, sent out on July 16, by Gershon
Salomon, leader of the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement.
These were his opening comments:
"Israel is attacked again by missiles and other weapons with the backing
of Arab and Islamic countries - the G-d [sic] of Israel and His faithful
Israeli soldiers will win this battle as well. Israel is now in the
beginning of the end-time Gog and Magog war - The rebuilding of the Temple
in Jerusalem and the coming of the Mashiach ben David is behind the door."
His obvious excitement is characteristic of religious Jews who are quite
open about their belief that we are living in the days of "Mashiach"
(Messiah). But there is another reason for their excitement, and it has to
do with the Jewish calendar and two important days of fasting.
Critical Moments of History
It has been said that in God's foreordained plan, there are no
coincidences. Religious Jews fervently believe this to be true. They
closely monitor dates in the Jewish calendar, believing them to be not
just historic markers, but divine appointments for future fulfillment.
They were quick to point out that two historical time periods were
involved in the kidnapping of the three Israeli soldiers. The first was a
forty-day period from Galit's kidnapping to the Fast of Av. The second was
a three-week period from Goldwasser and Regev's kidnapping to the Fast of
The latter two men were kidnapped on the fast day known as the Fast of
Tammuz 17. This day is forever inscribed on the Jewish calendar as the day
of catastrophe marking the incident of the golden calf at Sinai. On the
same calendar day, a Torah scroll was burned in the Temple. Also, a man
called Apostomos erected an idol there.
The Fast of Tammuz 17, is also the anniversary date of the breaching of
Jerusalem's walls by the Roman army in A.D. 70. At precisely that time,
the daily sacrifices at the Temple ceased, never again to be fulfilled to
Finally, Tammuz 17 initiates a mourning period that culminates three weeks
later, with the Fast of Tisha B' Av - the 9th of Av.
Three Weeks - The Dark Time
Jews were, therefore, electrified when they discovered that "The Three
Weeks" (also called "The Dark Time") marked the exact timing of the
Israeli offensive into the territory of Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.
Traditionally, this three-week period is called bein ha-metzarim - meaning
"between the straits." It is a time of gloomy recollection, when no
celebrations are held, musical instruments are put away, and activities
concerned with hygiene are all but eliminated. Haircuts, laundry, shaving
are dropped for a time. Entertainment is curtailed. Significantly, the
first chapter of Isaiah is read on the Sabbath preceding the fast. It is
called hazon, or "vision," of which the following is but a small portion:
"Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have
nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
"The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth
not know, my people doth not consider.
"Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers,
children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have
provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
"Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the
whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
"From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it;
but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed,
neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
"Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land,
strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by
strangers" (Isaiah 1:2-7).
Here is an acknowledgment of Israel's sin, rejection and desolation. Thus,
the period between the two fasts becomes Israel's national acknowledgment
of guilt and alienation. As Hezbollah rockets rained in the hundreds upon
northern Israel, many Jews were reading Isaiah's words with a mixture of
trepidation and hope. But there was much more than that.
The Faithless Spies
As mentioned above, the Fast of the 9th of Av - Tisha B'Av - brings the
Three Weeks to an end. It is the darkest single day on the Jewish
calendar. This is the day when both Jewish temples were destroyed. The
first, built by Solomon, saw its end in 586 B.C.; the second, erected by
Herod, was completed in A.D. 70, and destroyed in the same year. First,
the Babylonians, then the Romans committed their atrocities, both on the
same anniversary date.
This dark day also marks the tragic end of the Bar Kochba revolt in A.D
135, when the Jews were scattered to the four winds. Amazingly, it also
recalls the expulsions of the Jews from England (A.D. 1290) and Spain
Most importantly, Tisha B'Av also denotes the historical moment of perfidy
when the twelve spies returned with their evil report. Moses had sent them
into Canaan to report back on the best way to enter the Land of Promise.
Upon their return, ten of the twelve delivered a dramatic and fearful
account that denied any possibility of taking possession of the land.
They had found the land to be beautiful and fertile:
"And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.
"And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the
congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to
Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation,
and shewed them the fruit of the land.
"And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest
us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of
it" (Numbers 13:25-27).
But they were afraid that its inhabitants were too strong:
"And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at
once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
"But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against
the people; for they are stronger than we.
"And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched
unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone
to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all
the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.
"And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants:
and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their
"And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people
wept that night.
"And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron:
and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in
the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!" (Numbers
Because of the spies' faithless report, Israel was doomed to wander in the
wilderness for another forty years. Truly this Tisha B'Av was the bleakest
of bleak days. From then till now, Israel has remembered what happens when
their leaders have a clear mandate to take possession of the Holy Land .
then fail to do it.
Today's religious Jews have grimly noted that the government of Ehud
Olmert is bent upon returning land to the PLO, beginning with the recent
"disengagement" from Gaza. With great sadness, they believe that to give
back land to those whose sole wish is your annihilation is to disobey God,
with frightening consequences.
In the Scripture above, note that from the time when the ancient spies
left, until they came back to give their evil report on Tisha B'Av was
forty days. The spies were sent out in the 29th of Sivan. Forty days later
they returned on the 9th of Av.
With great consternation, religious Jews have observed that Gilad Shalit
was kidnapped from northern Israel on the 29th of Sivan! This began the
forty-day countdown to Tisha B'Av!
Seventeen days later, Goldwasser and Regev were kidnapped and taken into
Gaza on the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz, which is also the opening day of
"The Three Weeks!"
God, they say, must be trying to give modern Israel a message of some kind
. if its leaders will only listen. And this is the message: Do not give up
your land. Act in faith and take it while the opportunity lies before you.
But the Disengagement Goes On
As the Hezbollah rockets continued to fall and religious Jews prayed for
deliverance for Israel, the government of Ehud Olmert strengthened its
pledge to continue the policy of disengagement.
On the very eve of Tisha B'Av (August 2), Olmert boldly proclaimed that he
would not be deterred from his plan to withdraw from Judea and Samaria!
In a WorldNetDaily article published on Tisha B'Av (August 3, 2006), Aaron
Klein related the sad details:
"Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's announcement yesterday he will forge ahead
with unilateral withdrawal from Judea and Samaria in spite of violence in
Lebanon and Gaza that followed similar evacuations amounts to a 'victory
for Palestinian resistance' and proof the Jewish state can be destroyed, a
senior terrorist leader here told WorldNetDaily in an interview.
"'[We are in] the beginning of a new era in the region [that] will break
the psychological wall in the idea that Israel is invincible,' said Abu
Maamun, a senior leader in Jenin of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorist
"The Brigades, the declared 'military wing' of Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, is responsible for scores of
shooting attacks, rocket launchings and, together with Islamic Jihad,
every suicide bombing inside Israel the past two years.
"Drawing fierce criticism from all sides of the political spectrum here
yesterday, Olmert told reporters the outcome of Israel's fighting in
Lebanon will create 'new momentum' for Israel's plan to evacuate Judea and
He wishes to defeat Hezb'allah in order to give away Israel!
The irony is palpable. On Tisha B'Av, the very day that the spies majority
report told Moses to forget about taking the land that would become
Israel, Olmert echoed their statement. In essence, he denied Israel's
ability to take and hold the Promised Land, deeming the enemy too powerful
The Tisha B'Av edition of IsraelNationalNews [INN] darkly announced, "As a
result of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's declaration that victory in the
Lebanese war would advance his withdrawal plan, ten reserve soldiers have
announced their refusal to fight.
"For the past several months, Olmert has championed his 'convergence'
plan, which is in essence another unilateral withdrawal and the planned
destruction of most of the remaining Jewish communities located throughout
Judea and Samaria. Olmert has said he will 'converge' them together into
settlement blocs, but the international community has not agreed to this."
Today, Israel is split down the middle . literally a house divided. For
the past fifty-eight years, the tiny state has been run according to the
ideals of secular Judaism . a people regathered in unbelief. Yet, they are
driven by idealism and the deep desire to form a nation where they can at
last come home to live in peace and security. Time and again, they have
proven that they will go to any length to achieve this goal, even to the
brink of self-destruction.
As this is written, Israel writhes under the hot lights of an anti-Semitic
world media. We have no idea where the Lord will take the Israelis from
here. But we know they are worried.
As INN reported, "Word of Olmert's statements quickly spread through the
ranks of the IDF units fighting in Lebanon. Army Radio featured a father
from Ofrah, one of the communities slated for destruction due to its
proximity on the 'other' side of the Partition Wall. 'I text-messaged my
two sons serving in Lebanon to tell them to come home,' he said. 'It is
outrageous that the man sending them to war states that the victory they
are risking their lives for will result in their family being expelled
from their home, allowing it to become exactly what Gaza and southern
Lebanon have become.'"
From Jewish history - ancient and modern - this father knows that if
Israel doesn't take the Land by faith, the Land will be taken from them.
Like the Israelites who received discouraging news in the wilderness of
Paran, they can only stand by and weep as their hope of life in Israel
No matter what happens from this point on, nothing will change "The Dark
Time" of 2006, when the Lord commemorated the sin of the spies with a
reenactment of their sad failure. And the events that brought it forth
fell precisely on their anniversary dates. There are no coincidences! By
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear
arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in
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