“And it will come about in the last days that the mountain of the house of Yahweh will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, and the peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, ‘Come and let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh and to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us about His ways and that we may walk in His paths.’ For from Zion will go forth the law, even the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.” Micah 4: 1-2
Who is God? What is His Name?
Brian Hennessy wrote a very interesting article titled “Is Israel Just Our Good Luck Charm?” This is how he begins:
Ask a Christian why he or she loves and supports Israel and the Jewish people and the response will most likely be, “Genesis 12:3: Those who bless Israel, shall be blessed, and those who curse Israel shall be cursed.” It has almost become our mantra.
But is that the right answer?
Because if our love is supposed to be unconditional, then blessing Israel to get blessed has strings attached. It’s a way to get blessed, not be a blessing. Or avoid getting cursed. It’s a bit self-serving.
The fact is, the way many of us are using Genesis 12:3 is close to fetishism. It’s like Israel has become our good luck charm. Our rabbit’s foot. Caress it and it will bless you. Disrespect it and it will curse you.
Is that how we are to understand God’s promise to Abraham? Are we missing something here? I believe so. Centuries of Replacement Theology has left us with an “us” and “them” mentality due to the Jews prolonged state of disbelief regarding Messiah. We may no longer accept that the Church has displaced the Jews as God’s chosen ones, but we still see the Church and the Jews as two separate people of God. We reveal that mindset when we look at Israel’s restoration and say things like, “well, if God kept His promises to them, then we know He’ll keep His promises to us.” As if God has two different sets of promises and destinies for His people. Do not ALL the promises of God “have their yea and amen” in Yeshua? (2 Cor. 1:20)
So how then should believers, especially those not Jewish, treat Genesis 12:3?
I’ve asked Hennessy’s question many times. Since Yahweh has led me to become actively involved in Israel and with the people of Israel, my conclusions trouble me.
I’ll begin with my most basic concern: Yahweh’s Name has been removed from circulation.
Yahweh is the Only Elohim. Problem is most Jewish people won’t say His Name because their rabbis forbid it and most Christians don’t even know that Yahweh has a Name. They think His Name is LORD or GOD with capital letters because that’s the way it appears in most Bibles.
Both groups are wrong. Here’s why:
- Yahweh told Moses who He is by Name and commanded us to call on Him by Name forever: “Then Moses said to God, ‘Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you.” Now they may say to me, “What is His name?” What shall I say to them?’ God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’; and He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, “I AM has sent me to you.”’ God, furthermore, said to Moses, ‘Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, “Yahweh, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.” This [Yahweh] is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations.’” (Exodus 3: 13-15)
- The First Commandment says: “I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20: 2-3)
- This will shock most Christians, but the words “Lord” and “God” are derived from false deities. Lord comes from Baal and God comes from Gad or Gaud. Both of them are false gods. The correct Hebrew words are Adonai and Elohim. Reread the First Commandment, and you can see the problem.
- Yahweh told Isaiah, “I, even I, am Yahweh, and there is no savior besides Me!” (Isaiah 43: 11) He couldn’t be any clearer than that.
- Joel said that we have salvation in Yahweh’s Name alone. (Joel 2: 32) Peter said the same thing by quoting Joel verbatim on Pentecost (Shavu’ot) the year the Messiah was crucified. (Acts 2: 21) That was the birthday of the so-called “Christian church”. When Peter said it, virtually every “Christian” was Jewish. In those days, “Christianity” was a sect of Judaism. They were called Nazarenes. Paul repeated Joel’s and Peter’s message precisely. (Romans 10: 13)
- Peter went even further to make his point crystal clear: “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4: 12) He wasn’t referring to Jesus or LORD or GOD. He was talking about the Name Yahweh.
- The Messiah told us that He is Yahweh: “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham existed, I am.” (John 8: 58) The Jewish religious leaders in Jerusalem who heard Him say it got it. Most of them didn’t believe Him, but they understood what He said. Today, most Christians don’t.
The message about Yahweh’s Name is so basic, so simple, and so ubiquitous in the Bible that I have a hard time understanding why preachers who are supposedly well-trained have trouble getting it. If I was a preacher and I didn’t share this essential truth with my congregation, I would be terrified by the thought that I would have to explain why to Yahweh.
Once I told a long-time acquaintance that God’s Name is Yahweh and that we have salvation in Yahweh’s Name. His reaction surprised me. With an angry tone in his voice, he said, “Are you telling me that I’m not saved?”
I said, “No, I’m just telling you what the Bible says.”
That made him even angrier. He snapped back, “Then why haven’t I ever heard it in church?”
“Good question,” I said. “The only reason that makes any sense to me is that Satan has blinded most preachers, and churchgoers tend to follow them without doing their homework.”
That angered him even more.
The truth of what I said meant nothing to him. He didn’t know the facts; he wasn’t willing to do any work to verify or refute my points; and I don’t think he even cared. His was a classic kneejerk response. I’ve seen it many times.
My acquaintance was about 55-years-old at the time. He had been a regular churchgoer his entire life. He had served as a deacon in his church. To him, it made no sense that something that important could have been completely ignored by every preacher to whom he had ever listened, but that’s exactly what happened.
After that incident, I stopped telling him much, and I started limiting my exposure to him. He’s Yahweh’s problem, not mine.
I think the Messiah had something like that exchange in mind when He said, “Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15: 14)
Another time, I was giving a talk about the Name Yahweh to a group of men who meet at the Athens, Georgia YMCA on Thursday mornings. One of them was a preacher. He introduced himself to me before I started and told me that he was a man of the cloth. During my presentation, as soon as I said that we have salvation in Yahweh’s Name and that the Messiah’s Name at birth wasn’t Jesus, that it was Yeshua, he got up and walked out in a huff. His disapproval was on display for everyone to see.
As a showman, I gave him an A+, but as a leader of believers, he failed miserably.
I spent a quarter of a century teaching very bright students at the University of Virginia about things that challenged their assumptions. I’ve seen that reaction before and a lot worse. It goes with the territory.
My experience has taught me that people who behave that way lack substance. If they are well-informed, they will argue their case. That’s the way it should be. If they lack substance, they do and say ridiculous things.
After my presentation, the leader of the group wrote a long and angry email to all of the attendees. He said in essence that he rejected everything I told the group. His reaction was over-the-top angry.
The person who invited me to speak sent me a copy of that email. I was stunned. The group leader went on and on about the name Jesus and how many times he had been blessed and healed “in the name of Jesus”. He concluded by saying that he would stick with the name Jesus no matter what.
That incident was bizarre. The year was 2004. I was retiring from UVA in May. In March of that year during spring break, I went to Athens where my parents lived to drop off some fragile and expensive items that I didn’t want movers to handle. I spoke to the YMCA group in March while I was in Athens. When the semester ended, I returned to Athens. On the very day that I arrived in town, the leader of the YMCA group committed suicide.
I’m not saying that I’m sure the two incidents are connected, but I would be foolish to rule out that possibility. Yahweh holds us accountable for what we know and should have known and for what we do and should have done. Again, I would hate to be a preacher or a leader of any Christian group and not get this message right. Please refer back to the bullet points above. They explain why.
I’ve had many fantastic experiences telling people about Yahweh, as well. I am thrilled when I see the lights coming on. One time in Florida at the end of a presentation, an old man told the group that he had wondered about that since he was in seminary. I said, “Were you a preacher?”
He told me that he had been a preacher his entire professional life, but now he was retired. The man was in his 80s.
I asked him specifically what he had wondered about. He said, “I knew that LORD and GOD had been substituted for God’s Name, but I was taught that His Name is Jehovah. Now I know the truth.”
I could see it in his eyes. He was truly thankful. That made my day.
Getting back to Hennessy’s article, I have one problem with his thesis, and it’s significant. Yahweh’s promises to Abraham have to do with his descendants through Isaac and Jacob/Israel. Jewish people are from the tribe of Judah. There are 11 other tribes, and Joseph got a double portion so there are 12 other groups. In Genesis 12: 3 when Yahweh said, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse,” He was referring to the Children of Israel, not Judah exclusively.
The significance of that point is lost on most people today, including Jewish people, but it’s straightforward, uncomplicated, and accurate. At the End of Days, that will become obvious. In fact, it’s becoming obvious now.
Yahweh made that promise, and the Children of Israel are supposed to represent Him. He chose them to deliver His message to the world. This is His message in a nutshell:
- There is One Elohim.
- His Name is Yahweh.
- Yahweh is our Savior.
- The Messiah is Yahweh.
- He came in Person to shed His blood for our redemption, and He is our Redeemer.
- As He was about to die on the cross as our Passover Lamb, most Bibles tell us that he said, “It is finished.” That’s a very poor translation. He actually said, “Paid in full.”
- He paid our sin debt and declared us righteous because we have faith in Him.
I have given away more than 1 million copies of the book in PDF format to people all over the world, and I have given my permission to anyone who wants to copy the manuscript and share it. I know they are doing it because they email me and tell me. What’s more, in 2014, I gave away almost 200,000 copies of the book in PDF format. People continue to download, and I assume that they continue to copy and share. That’s what I hope they will do.
In other words, the message is getting out. Surprisingly to me, the people who seem to be most interested in it live in China, Southeast Asia, and Africa. I’m thrilled to play a small part in helping them learn more about their Creator and Savior, but I’m dismayed that churchgoers in the U.S. tend to shy away from it. Some of them run from it. I’ll stop there for now, but I have a lot more to say. One day, I will say it.
The purpose of SnyderTalk is to spread the word about Yahweh by focusing on global events that demonstrate His actions in the here-and-now. Unbelievers won’t see any connection. Believers should.
I also have a website that addresses the importance of the Name Yahweh. Its title is His Name is Yahweh. Take a look at it and share it. It’s mobile friendly so people everywhere can read it.
Yahweh has given all of us a role to play. That includes you and me.
SnyderTalk Comment: The significance of these changes will become obvious in due course.
I’ll cut to the chase: the old way of doing things doesn’t work and won’t work. If we keep doing what we are doing, we are in serious trouble.
Candidly, I think it’s already too late. Am I a pessimist?
I don’t think so. I’m a realist.
Eyder Peralta: Obama Says His Biggest Frustration Has Been Inability To Pass Gun Laws— Just hours before a gunman opened fire at a Louisiana movie theater, President Obama spoke about gun control in an interview with the BBC. “If you ask me where has been the one area where I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied, it is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on Earth in which we do not have sufficient common-sense gun-safety laws,” Obama said, “even in the face of repeated mass killings.” Obama continued: “And, you know, if you look at the number of Americans killed since 9/11 by terrorism, it’s less than 100. If you look at the number that have been killed by gun violence, it’s in the tens of thousands. And for us not to be able to resolve that issue has been something that is distressing. But it is not something that I intend to stop working on in the remaining 18 months.”
SnyderTalk Comment: Obama is fixated on guns. Problem is that guns are pervasive all over the world. Anyone who wants a gun in any country can obtain one or many. Criminals and deranged people can get guns and they do. They do not obey gun laws. The only people affected by gun laws are law-abiding citizens. Disarming them will have no bearing on criminals and deranged people. Disarming law-abiding citizens puts them at risk.
That’s a simple truth. I think you have to be stupid not to get it.
Caroline Glick: Obama’s age of nuclear chaos—On Tuesday, we moved into a new nuclear age. In the old nuclear age, the US-led West had a system for preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons. It had three components: sanctions, deterrence and military force. In recent years we have witnessed the successful deployment of all three. In the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War, the UN Security Council imposed a harsh sanctions regime on Iraq. One of its purposes was to prevent Iraq from developing nuclear weapons. After the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, we learned that the sanctions had been successful. Saddam largely abandoned his nuclear program due to sanctions pressure. The US-led invasion of Iraq terrified several rogue regimes in the region. In the two to three years immediately following the invasion, America’s deterrent strength soared to unprecedented heights.
Caroline Glick: How and why to kill the deal—Washington Post columnist David Ignatius — whose work appears on JWR — is a reasonable man. After hearing back to back interviews with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the Obama administration’s pact with Iran’s ayatollahs, he tried to balance them out. Speaking Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation, Ignatius equivocated that on the one hand, “My takeaway [from Kerry] is that the details of this deal are pretty solid, that it’s been carefully negotiated, that it will hold up for 10 years or more.” On the other hand, he said, “Netanyahu is right. Iran is a dangerous destabilizing force in the Middle East. So somehow good policy seems to me to use the deal to cap the nuclear threat that Iran would pose for 10 years but work on that other problem.”
Edward Alexander: The Nuclear ‘Deal’ and Obama’s Post-POTUS Future—President Obama’s decision to send the potentially catastrophic “executive agreement” (formerly known to speakers of English as a “treaty”) with Iran for immediate unanimous approval by the UN Security Council before it could even be considered (much less voted on) by the legislature of his own country is only the latest (albeit the most brazen) of his relentless assaults on the American system of checks and balances. It is the culmination of an Iranian policy evident from June 2009 when Iranians who took to the streets en masse to protest the results of a fraudulent election were savagely beaten,by government order. On June 15 Obama said he was watching the news from Iran. But, he quickly added, it is “up to Iranians to make decisions about who Iran’s leaders will be,” not Americans, adding that “we respect Iranian sovereignty and want to avoid the United States being the issue inside of Iran.” He would not be swerved from his policy of “engagement” and “outreach” to the Islamist regime of technically competent barbarians, a regime to which he has now assigned the role of dominant power in the Middle East. Obama’s resort to the UN before the legislative bodies of his own country could consider the treaty is also the existential realization or culmination of a worldview hitherto alien to America.
SnyderTalk Comment: Obama has already sought and gotten a unanimous vote of the U.N. Security Council supporting the Iran deal. The deal includes a provision that the West will protect Iran’s nuclear facilities. If Israel strikes Iran now, it will be inviting U.N. military action against the tiny Jewish state.
Bottom line: It doesn’t matter what the U.S. Congress does now.
See “US House leader vows to do ‘everything’ to stop Iran deal”. That’s just talk.
“I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness,” declares Yahweh. (Zechariah 12: 2-4)
Ahuva Balofsky: Israel Fuming Over West’s Promise to Protect Iran’s Nuclear Facilities— Israel reacted in anger Monday to a hidden detail in the Iran nuclear deal which promises Western support and training to protect Iranian nuclear facilities from attack or sabotage, Israeli media reported. According to Israel Hayom, the commitment in Article 10 did not appear in draft versions of the agreement. Israel National News noted it was buried on page 142 of the 159-page agreement. “The US has to protect Iran as it pursues nuclear weapons because its program is allegedly civilian?” one senior official in Israeli Prime Minister Iran’s nuclear program, which the Islamic Republic claims is peaceful in nature but which most Western allies doubt, has been subject to several sabotage attempts in the past, some successful. The crippling Stuxnet virus cyber-attack in 2010 has been popularly attributed to either Israel or US President Barack Obama. Now, the P5+1 are promising to help Iran defend against such attacks. Article 10 appears in a section titled “Reactors, Fuels, Facilities, and Processes,” and stipulates that the P5+1 powers and Iran will foster “cooperation through training and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to protect against, and respond to, nuclear security threats, including sabotage, as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems.”
SnyderTalk Comment: The Iran nuclear deal puts the U.S. and the rest of the world on a collision course with Israel and with Yahweh. That’s a fact.
I think it’s a done deal, and all that remains is the train wreck.
Lauren French: Israel’s ambassador addresses GOP hardliners on Iran deal— Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, on Wednesday told 40 of the most conservative Republicans in Congress that the Iranian nuclear deal negotiated by the administration does little to protect Israel from aggression. Capitalizing on a widespread distrust of the nuclear proliferation deal among congressional Republicans, Dermer argued that in the past, the U.S. generally had support from neighboring countries when it crafted arms deal but this time it is acting without the support of its closest allies in the Middle East. At the event organized by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), Dermer said Israel is skeptical that the billions of dollars Iran is expected to receive once a series of decades-old sanctions is lifted wouldn’t be used to fund terrorism that targets Israel. Under the agreement, those funds are to be earmarked for the development of Iran’s beleaguered economy. “If we hand them $150 billion … that’s huge. They are within two to three months of nuclear breakout and they can build one weapon with the resources they have in that period of time if they adopt the Obama-negotiated agreement,” King said.
David Smith: Obama faces political minefield during Kenyan ‘homecoming’— Everyone thought Francis Oduor was dead. In fact the Kenyan international footballer had fled into the bush, walked 6km and gone into hiding after his house was torched. When he resurfaced, people were shocked and ashamed. “I was like the walking dead,” he recalls. “Everyone recoiled at the sight of me.” Like many survivors of the post-election violence in 2007-8 that claimed at least 1,100 lives here, Oduor feels that justice has not been done because no senior politician has been held to account. He therefore refuses to join in the state-sponsored euphoria around Barack Obama’s “homecoming” to Kenya, which begins on Friday night when Air Force One lands in east Africa’s biggest economy. It will be Obama’s first visit to the land of his father as American president and a far cry from a 1988 trip when his luggage got lost. He will be greeted by the Stars and Stripes flying all over the capital, Nairobi, and giant billboards and paintings bearing his face with slogans such as “Welcome home”. Last-minute beautification projects include the painting of street kerbs and planting of flowers and grass, while 10,000 police officers will protect the honoured guest.
Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: Sanhedrin Calls Obama to Trial on Mt. Zion—A re-established and self declared Israeli Sanhedrin is calling US President Barack Obama to trial for what it says are “criminal offenses” against the Jewish people following the passage of the Iran nuclear deal. The modern day Jewish high court, made up of 71 Judaic scholars and rabbis, plan to bring the American president to trial on Mount Zion on September 9, 2015, four days before Rosh Hashana, the beginning of heavenly judgement days for the Jewish nation. According to a letter obtained exclusively by Breaking Israel News that was sent to the president, the Sanhedrin calls out Obama for “deliberately promoting genocide for the Jewish people.” The judges of the Sanhedrin call on the president to “immediately announce that you are repealing and suspending the agreement.” The Sanhedrin, which has been active in Israel for over a decade, recently made news when it announced that it would be putting Pope Francis on trial in absentia for his recognition of a “State of Palestine”.
Stephen M. Flatow: Obama’s Record on Palestinians a Clue to How He’ll Handle Iran Deal Breaches— One of the major issues in the debate over the Iran deal revolves around the question of what will happen if international inspectors want to visit a particular nuclear site, and the Iranians say no. But an equally important consideration is: What will happen if Iranian violations are actually discovered? The Obama administration’s handling of Palestinian violations of agreements they’ve signed offers an important clue as to how it will respond to Iranian breaches. Consider the issue of incitement to commit terror. The Oslo Accords obligated the Palestinian leadership to “abstain from incitement, including hostile propaganda.” This obligation was reiterated in the 1998 Wye River agreement, which required the Palestinian Authority (PA) to “prevent incitement against the Israeli side.”
Rabbi David Wolpe: Israel’s Paradox: Powerful yet Imperiled— Strength alone is not a guarantee of safety. The current anxiety over the recent Iran nuclear deal is a reminder that the Jews are in a paradoxical situation—they are a powerful, imperiled people. In comparison, the Palestinians, the most familiar adversary of Jews, are a relatively powerless people, but not imperiled. Their population keep increasing, and no serious commentator thinks the Jews plan to or have ever committed any sort of genocide against them. The Iranians, who have emerged as the most formidable foe of Israel in recent years, are powerful and not imperiled. Yes, sanctions have left their economy in tatters. Yes, they have fought some powerful regional enemies, including Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and the growing power of ISIS. But no one has ever seriously suggested that a wrong step by the Iranian regime might find the world free of Iranians.
Herb Keinon: Nuclear Deal Does Not End Israel’s Battle with Iran—Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to speak out against the Iran deal because after the Security Council endorsement and after the Congress vote, Israel will still be stuck with a radical, extremist Iran, and wants to keep it on the international agenda. Israel wants to ensure that people do not forget what Iran is and stands for, and whom it supports. Jerusalem wants to stress that Israel has serious problems with certain elements of the deal, in the hope that maybe those problems can be fixed – perhaps through congressional legislation to plug specific holes, similar to legislation Congress recently enacted to battle BDS efforts. Netanyahu is also sending a message to those chomping at the bit to do business with Iran. Netanyahu wants to remind them with whom they are running to do business, and that they should not throw their principles out the window for a quick euro. Israel’s battle with Iran did not end with the signing of the agreement. Facing a world that may now have a tendency to see Iran in a softer, more forgiving light, Israel wants to make sure that this does not happen, and that Iran remains a pariah for its engagement in subversive activities around the globe.
Peter Juul, Brian Katulis, and Shlomo Brom: Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Actions in the Middle East—The newly negotiated agreement with Iran has a specific purpose: reining in Iran’s nuclear program. It does not address the rest of Iran’s malicious international behavior. Accordingly, the U.S. and its partners in the Middle East and Europe should take active steps to crack down on Iran’s ability to foment chaos in the region – and the Obama administration should lead the way. The nuclear agreement is unlikely to change Iran’s bad behavior – which in turn is causing great apprehension among U.S. allies in the region. Iran’s subversion and proxy network is vast, stretching geographically from Latin America to Afghanistan. Tehran has three main organizations through which it spreads regional instability: the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security, and Lebanese Hizbullah. Tehran’s fingerprints can be seen on virtually all of the region’s conflicts. With or without a nuclear agreement, Iran will continue to present a severe threat to the stability and security of the Middle East. Countering Iran’s malignant regional behavior will require a series of actions from both the U.S. and its Middle Eastern partners. The overall goal should be to degrade and disrupt Iran’s effort to destabilize the Middle East.
Alan M. Dershowitz: US Gave Away Better Options on Iran—The most compelling argument the Obama administration is offering to boost what it acknowledges is a compromise nuclear deal with Iran is this: it’s better than the alternatives. That sort of pragmatic point is appealing to members of Congress, particularly skeptical Democrats who are searching for ways to support their president and who are accustomed to voting for the lesser of evils in a realpolitik world where the options are often bad, worse, even worse, and worst of all. But the question remains: How did we get ourselves into the situation where there are no good options?
Todd Beamon: NY Times: Christians Facing Annihilation in Middle East— The Islamic State is using the early history of Christianity to legitimize its violent efforts to eradicate Christians and other minorities in seeking to solidify its caliphate in the Middle East. “How much longer can we flee before we and other minorities become a story in a history book?” Nuri Kino, a journalist who founded the advocacy group A Demand for Action last year to help persecuted Christians in the region, asked The News York Times. The report, in the Times Magazine, cited a report by the Pew Research Center saying that more Christians were being persecuted in the region than at any time since their early history. “ISIL has put a spotlight on the issue,” California Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo, told the Times, using an alternative name for the terrorist group. Her parents are from the region. “Christianity is under an existential threat.” For instance, ISIS recently posted videos designating Christians as second-class citizens in the caliphate, the Times reports. Those unwilling to pay the “jizya” — a per-capita tax on non-Muslims — or convert to Islam have been slaughtered.
The Independent: Cameron: Islamic Extremist Ideology, Not Injustice or Poverty, Is the Root Cause of the Threat Facing Britain—British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday set out the government’s five-year strategy for tackling extremist ideology:
- “What we are fighting, in Islamist extremism, is an ideology. It is an extreme doctrine….At its furthest end it seeks to destroy nation-states to invent its own barbaric realm. And it often backs violence to achieve this aim – mostly violence against fellow Muslims – who don’t subscribe to its sick worldview.”
- “Certain intolerant ideas…create a climate in which extremists can flourish:…that Jews exercise malevolent power; or that Western powers, in concert with Israel, are deliberately humiliating Muslims.”
- “Some argue it’s because of historic injustices and recent wars, or because of poverty and hardship. This argument, what I call the grievance justification, must be challenged.”
- “When they say that these are wronged Muslims getting revenge on their Western wrongdoers, let’s remind them: from Kosovo to Somalia, countries like Britain have stepped in to save Muslim people from massacres – it’s groups like ISIL, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram that are the ones murdering Muslims.”
- “Others might say: it’s because terrorists are driven to their actions by poverty. But that ignores the fact that many of these terrorists have had the full advantages of prosperous families or a Western university education.”
- “We’ve got to show that if you say ‘yes I condemn terror – but the Kuffar [non-Muslims] are inferior,’ or ‘violence in London isn’t justified, but suicide bombs in Israel are a different matter’ – then you too are part of the problem. Unwittingly or not, and in a lot of cases it’s not unwittingly, you are providing succor to those who want to commit, or get others to commit to, violence.”
SnyderTalk Comment: I’m reminded of a saying in Israel: “Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” The same is true for far too many Jewish people in the U.S.
SnyderTalk Comment: That’s laughable. It’s like the two-state solution—absurd. Don’t rule it out, though.
SnyderTalk Comment: He’s wrong. It’s too late. The die is cast.
SnyderTalk Comment: It’s a waste of time.
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8 Moses said, “This will happen when Yahweh gives you meat to eat in the evening, and bread to the full in the morning; for Yahweh hears your grumblings which you grumble against Him. And what are we? Your grumblings are not against us but against Yahweh.”
9 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, ‘Come near before Yahweh, for He has heard your grumblings.’” 10 It came about as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the sons of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of Yahweh appeared in the cloud. 11 And Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “I have heard the grumblings of the sons of Israel; speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread; and you shall know that I am Yahweh your God.’”
SnyderTalk Comment: Read His Name is Yahweh.
“And you shall know that I am Yahweh your God.” It’s clear that Yahweh wants us to know Him and that He alone is our Elohim. He is our provider and our protector.
That reminds me of the Messiah’s parable about the rich man and Lazarus:
19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.”
22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’”
25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’”
29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’”
30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’”
31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
Luke 16: 19-31
This is the point: Yahweh gave us His instructions and He wants us to abide by His Law. “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die” is not Yahweh’s philosophy, nor is it His will for our lives.
Yahweh created each one of us for a purpose. Finding it and doing it should be our life’s goal.
Helping one another is part of what Yahweh wants all of us to do. If we live our lives as though Yahweh doesn’t exist and ignore each others’ needs, we will suffer.
That’s why learning to recognize the leading of Yahweh’s Spirit is so important. Satisfying Yahweh requires faith in Him and obedience to His Spirit’s leading. Nothing else will do.
If you haven’t read it already, you should read What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life?.
- God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
- “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
- “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
- Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)
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Other Books by Neil Snyder
- Stand! is a suspense novel that exposes the lies, corruption, and greed underlying the theory that man-made CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming. Professor Wes Carlyle and Karen Sterling, his research collaborator, carefully scan the audience for their would-be attacker—a member of the enviro-gestapo who has been following them for days. Wes spots his man in the back of the room leaning against the wall. Suddenly, another man in the audience steps forward and moves toward Karen at a menacing pace. With a vicious stroke, he swings a billy club at her head. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life? deals with a question that every Christian has to consider: what should I do with my life? Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- Falsely Accused is a true story about a young woman who was accused of committing a double homicide. It’s about a travesty of justice, and it reveals Yahweh intervening in the life of a believer to rescue her from danger in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Everyone will enjoy the book, but young people in particular need to read it because the mistakes made that led to the problem could have been avoided. They were the kinds of mistakes that young people are prone to make. As they say, forewarned is forearmed. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.