“For from the rising of the sun even to its setting, My Name will be great among the Gentiles, and in every place incense is going to be offered to My Name, and a grain offering that is pure; for My Name will be great among the Gentiles,” says Yahweh Sabaoth. (Malachi 1: 11)
The Story Behind the Picture: Biblical Jerusalem
There’s an interesting story behind the picture I use for SnyderTalk editorials. I took it at the top of the Hill of Evil Counsel.
It’s where Ahithophel, one of King David’s chief counselors, met with David’s son Absalom when he attempted to take his father’s crown. Ahithophel wanted Absalom to depose David.
Ahithophel was Bathsheba’s grandfather. He was angry with David for impregnating his granddaughter and having her husband killed. Those were terrible sins, but keep this in mind: Yahweh said that David was a man after His own heart. (1 Samuel 13: 14)
All of us have sinned and fall short of Yahweh’s glory. David was no different from any of us in that regard. David’s faith in Yahweh made him special and different. It set him apart.
Betraying David, Yahweh’s anointed, was the same as betraying Yahweh. That’s what Ahithophel did, and that’s why the Hill of Evil Counsel is appropriately named.
The Hill of Evil Counsel is reputed to be the place where Caiaphas conspired with his colleagues to arrest the Messiah. I don’t know if that’s true, but it fits.
Today, the Goldman Promenade is at the top of the Hill of Evil Counsel. It’s one of the most stunning overlooks of Jerusalem you can find. I think the Mount of Olives overlook is better, but it’s in “East Jerusalem”. Going there is somewhat risky. It’s certainly more risky today than it was a few years ago.
The U.N. headquarters in Jerusalem is at the top of the Hill of Evil Counsel as well. There is a lot of mystery associated with Yahweh. I think the Hill of Evil Counsel is a special place to Him for all the wrong reasons, but as I said, it’s a great overlook.
Below is the same picture with several circles. The City of David is inside the red circle. In the Bible, Bethlehem is called the City of David. The City of David today is called “Jerusalem” in the Bible.
Every time you see “Jerusalem” in the Old Testament, it refers to the area inside the red circle. In New Testament times, Jerusalem extended out a little further, but not too much further.
In the picture below, it’s difficult to tell how steep the topography is around the City of David. The Hinnom Valley is to the left of the City of David. It used to be Jerusalem’s garbage dump. It was also the place where lepers lived. During Solomon’s time, idol worship was a common practice in the Hinnom Valley.
The Messiah used the Hinnom Valley as an example of hell because there was always smoke billowing up from the burning trash. He called it Gehenna, a place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The Kidron Valley is to the right of the City of David. It’s also called the Valley of Jehoshaphat. This is what Yahweh told Joel about the Valley of Jehoshaphat:
“I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land.” (Joel 3: 2)
Yahweh doesn’t make frivolous comments. The Valley of Jehoshaphat is a special place, especially now, and it will be in the future as well.
Silwan is located at the southern end of the City of David. Literally, it’s across the street in “East Jerusalem”. It’s a hotbed of Islamist radicalism and terrorism right now. If you read SnyderTalk regularly, you read about it all the time.
The Temple Mount complex is inside the white circle. It’s near the top of Mount Moriah. The Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque are on the Temple Mount today.
The Dome of the Rock is inside the purple circle. Yahweh’s First and Second Temples occupied the space where the Dome of the Rock sits today. It’s also the site where Yahweh told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac and the site where Jacob had the dream about a stairway to heaven.
Herod the Great built the Temple Mount platform and its retaining wall. The retaining wall still exists. It can be seen clearly in the picture.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is inside the yellow circle. It sticks out like a sore thumb.
As I said, there is a story behind the picture. I’ve told you some of it.
The website is loaded with factual information that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Yahweh is our Savior and that the Messiah is Yahweh.
I hope you will take a few minutes and explore the website. I also hope you will share it with your friends and family.
It’s time for believers to tell the world about our God by His Name—Yahweh.
Ruth Schuster and Ran Shapira—Were There Jewish Temples on the Temple Mount? Yes:
The contention that there is no proof the Jewish Temples existed on the Temple Mount is an artifact of the recent Israeli-Arab conflict. Jewish, Christian and Muslim tradition has always held the Mount sacred and none queried the existence of the Temples. A Brief Guide to al-Haram al-Sharif, published in English by the Supreme Muslim Council itself in 1925, states: “The site is one of the oldest in the world. Its sanctity dates from the earliest times. Its identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute.” “There is no scholarly school of thought that doubts the existence of the First Temple,” Prof. Israel Finkelstein, a world-renowned expert on Jerusalem archaeology, told Ha’aretz.
Archaeologist Gabriel Barkay noted: “Two copies of inscriptions prohibiting the entry of nonbelievers to the Temple have been found on the Temple Mount, which Josephus wrote about. These inscriptions were on the dividing wall that surrounded the Second Temple, which prevented non-Jews from accessing the interior of the courtyard.” The “warning” stone is at the Istanbul Archaeological Museum.
Another inscription in stone, “To the trumpeting place,” was found in 1968 at the southwest corner of the Temple Mount. “It is known that trumpets were blown at the corners of the Temple Mount, to declare the advent of Shabbat and other dates,” Barkay explains. The stone is now at the Israel Museum.
We don’t need to rely exclusively on digging in Jerusalem for solid evidence that the Mount housed the Second Temple. Roman Emperor Titus boasted of crushing the Jewish rebellion in 70 CE and destroying the Temple in Jerusalem. “The Arch of Titus in Rome shows the procession following the gleeful plunder of the Temple by the Romans, even showing the menorah they removed,” says archaeology writer Julia Fridman.
Worth a Look—Hillary Says Mandatory Gun Buyback is ‘Worth Looking At’:
At a New Hampshire Town Hall last week, Hillary Clinton said that a mandatory gun buyback program is something “worth looking at,” referring to Australia’s firearms confiscation programs in 1996 and 2003, which collected roughly 700,000 banned semiautomatic rifles and other firearms.
Clinton admitted she would consider implementing such a system in America during a campaign stop in Keene, N.H. There, a prospective voter asked her, “Recently, Australia managed to get away, or take away tens of thousands, millions, of handguns. In one year, they were all gone. Can we do that? If we can’t, why can’t we?”
Mrs. Clinton responded, “I think it would be worth considering doing it on the national level, if that could be arranged.”
In response, Chris Cox, executive director of The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, said, “This validates what the NRA has said all along. The real goal of gun control supporters is gun confiscation. Hillary Clinton, echoing President Obama’s recent remarks on the same issue, made that very clear.”
At a private gathering from which an audio recording of Clinton speaking was leaked, she stated her belief that the Supreme Court wrongly held that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to self-defense. In her own words from the recording: “…the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get.”
Also, Ms. Clinton has said that as president, she would work to pass legislation making gun manufacturers financially liable for the misuse of their products.
She likewise suggested that as president, she would issue an executive order that would create a presidentially written and mandated definition of occasional sales and gifts so as to require background checks for all gun transfers— a requirement Congress continues to reject.
Bassam Tawil—The Palestinian Jihad: Lies, Lies and More Lies:
First, we are not seeing anything “popular.” We are not seeing, as before, thousands of Palestinians participating in the violence or protests.
It is just another wave of terrorism: targeting Jews for being Jews. The terrorists and their apologists do not distinguish between a Jew living in the city of Beersheba, and a Jew from a West Bank settlement. For the Palestinian leaders and media, these Jews are all “settlers” living in “occupied territories.”
The appropriate term for the current wave of terrorism is “jihad”. The attacks on Jews in Israel and the West Bank are part of the global jihad that has been waged for many years against Jews in particular, non-Muslims in general, and even against other Muslims who might not agree with a differing version of Islam.
This jihad is not aimed at “ending occupation” or protesting against misery and checkpoints. The terrorists do not see a difference between a “left wing Jew” and a “right wing Jew.” They do not ask their victims about their political affiliation before knifing them.
In a grotesque rewrite of history, UNESCO declared that two Jewish holy sites, Rachel’s Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs, were Muslim holy sites.
This is a wave of terrorism based on lies. Palestinian leaders, including Abbas his officials in the Palestinian Authority and his Fatah faction, have been lying to us for months. They told Palestinians that the Jews are “invading” and “desecrating” Islamic holy sites with the purpose of destroying them. Abbas and his officials are urging Muslims to join the jihad against the Jews.
The leaders are now telling us that most of the terrorists were, in fact, innocent civilians who were shot dead by Israelis while on their way to buy food or going to work. Lying has become an integral part of the jihad against Jews. The campaign of lies, distortion and fabrications is not less serious than the terror attacks.
This is yet another phase of the worldwide jihad against all the “infidels” and “enemies of Islam.” Those who are murdering Jews today do not hesitate to murder other non-Muslims tomorrow, especially those who are seen as Israel’s friends, such as the U.S.
Following is an edited version of the first address made by Ambassador Danny Danon to the UN Security Council on Thursday. The people of Israel seek to live in peace and to see their children prosper. For the Jewish People, who have suffered centuries of exile and persecution, our dream can be summed up in the words of our national anthem, “to live as a free people in our land.”
Tragically, since the establishment of the State of Israel, every Israeli in every generation has been touched by war and by terror.
My own father, Joseph Danon, was severely injured by terrorists during his reserve duty. After sustaining critical injuries, he eventually passed away after a long and painful struggle.
We all hope and pray for peace with our neighbors, and we will do all that we can to achieve this noble goal, but we will never compromise the security of the Jewish state.
Today, I address this chamber at a time of great difficulty and pain in my country and for my people.
This is not how I envisioned my first address.
Over the past six weeks, the streets of Israel have been swept by a savage tide of terror, and I am disappointed that all I hear are calls to end the “cycle of violence.”
There is no justification for any incitement to violence. When you say that Israel wants to undermine the status of the al-Aqsa Mosque or change the status quo on the Temple Mount/al-Haram al-Sharif, it is equivalent to yelling “fire” in a crowded theater, given the role that such allegations have played in provoking past violence. As Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview with National Public Radio last Friday, “There’s no excuse for the violence. No amount of frustration is appropriate to license any violence anywhere at any time. No violence should occur.”
There needs to be an honest acknowledgment that the Temple Mount/al-Haram al-Sharif is holy to both Muslims and Jews. Israeli leaders of all stripes have asserted the sanctity of the area to Muslims since the time of the Prophet Muhammad in the seventh century. The reverse has not been the case. The Palestinian leadership does not tell its public that the area also has historical significance for the Jewish people. Understanding that both sides have religious rights seems to be a prerequisite for calming the situation. Palestinians must come to grips with the fact that both peoples do not just have political rights but also a religious connection to the land based on their own history.
Gilead Ini—Blame “Desperation” – Rationalize Murder:
As a wave of Palestinian violence continues, some Palestinian advocates and sympathetic journalists have promoted the narrative that the violence against Jews should be blamed on Jews. What underlies the “uprising,” New York Times reporter Jodi Rudoren wrote, is “frustration and alienation.”
Palestinian author Sayed Kashua told NPR on Oct. 19, twice, that life is “not worth living” for Arabs in Jerusalem. Yet a 2015 poll found that Arabs in Jerusalem would prefer to be citizens of Israel rather than citizens of a future Palestinian state.
Kashua concluded: “It’s just a very slow, and a very good, ethnic cleansing. Unfortunately that’s the only words that I can use when I see the reality of Palestine and the reality of east Jerusalem.” In fact, the Arab population of Jerusalem has grown 330% since 1967 when Israel took over the eastern sector of the city, while the Jewish population grew 160%.
The root causes of the current violence cannot be understood without first understanding the Palestinian worldview. Even among Jerusalemites who indicated in the 2015 poll that they prefer Israeli citizenship, in that same poll, a majority of Jerusalem Arabs said that Jews have no right to any of Israel. A majority also agreed that “the struggle is not over and the resistance should continue until all of historic Palestine is liberated.” It is this same worldview that inspires fathers to teach their young children to “want to stab a Jew,” as a little girl said in a chilling video posted on Facebook.
I am a proud Palestinian who grew up in a refugee camp. I want peace and prosperity for my people. I want an end to the misery and destruction. It is time we Palestinians stopped pretending that we can destroy Israel or drive the Jews into the sea. It is time that we stopped listening to Muslim radicals or Arab regimes that use us to continue a pointless, destructive, and immoral war with Israel.
In the West Bank, the only good jobs are with Israeli companies, and the BDS movement is doing its best to take those jobs away from us. Abbas runs a corrupt dictatorship that uses international funds to consolidate its own administration rather than to develop the Palestinian economy.
Despite what we tell ourselves, Israel is here to stay. What’s more, it has a right to exist. It is the nation of the Jews but also a nation for Israeli Arabs who have better lives than Arabs anywhere in Arab countries. We must accept these facts and move on.
We know that Israelis want to live in peace, and that the vast majority of Israelis are friendly and neighborly. We know that Egypt was able to secure a very favorable peace deal with Israel because Egypt agreed to accept Israel and to give up on violence.
Israel’s public diplomacy is usually defensive, focusing on our historical rights to the land and our legitimacy as a state – crucial issues, except that few care about them. Israel must bring the battle to its enemies, exposing their murderous nature, the danger they pose not only to Israel but mostly to world peace, nay, to the survival of the West and its values. It has to expose the criminal regimes that try to destroy it as dark and evil dictatorships that deny the human rights of their citizens, especially women, children and minorities. It must clarify that their wish to destroy the “small Satan” Israel is a prelude to destroying the “great Satan” America, representing Western culture and Christianity, which Islam is determined to vanquish.
Secular Westerners are oblivious to the power of religious faith. They therefore overlook Iranian determination to have Shi’ite Islam vanquish Christianity and the West, even at immense cost to its people. The ayatollahs are true believers and they will do their utmost to first vanquish Sunni Islam. They could then lead a united Muslim jihad against the West.
The PA is a clan-based coalition made up of murderous political gangs. It foments rage against Israel by incessant incitement that calls on even little children to kill Jews. Can granting it statehood bring about peace?
Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall—Iran’s Stake in Syria:
According to Hojjat al-Islam Mehdi Taeb, a former senior official of Iran’s Basij militia, Iran’s line of defense passes through Syria, and that is why the Iranian government proposed creating battalions of Basij-style militias in Syria. The price that Iran is paying to protect Assad’s regime is increasing. The number of Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) forces and Shiite volunteers from various countries has continued to rise, and recently senior IRGC commanders have been killed on Syrian soil.
The crisis in Syria is gradually turning from a protracted regional crisis into an international one in which regional (Iran, Saudi Arabia) and international (Russia, the United States) powers are involved. Iran sustains Syria and Assad’s minority regime because this serves its strategic interests. For Iran, Syria constitutes the first line of defense against Israel, and also a line of defense for the Shiite population in Lebanon against Islamic State incursion.
Zvi Mazel—Show Time for President Sisi:
Parliamentary elections are underway in Egypt. Official results are due on Dec. 2. The Freedom and Justice Party of the Muslim Brotherhood, which received 47% of the votes in the 2011 elections, will be kept out this time, since the Brotherhood has been outlawed. The Al Nour party of the Salafist movement, which won 25% of the votes in 2011, has been allowed to compete, perhaps because of its unflagging support for Egyptian president Sisi. The new electoral law stipulates that out of the 596 seats in the House of Representatives, 448, or 75%, must be attributed to independent candidates, and only 120 will go to political parties. The remaining 28 seats will be appointed by the government and will go to Copts, women and other minorities who did not manage to achieve suitable representation.
Letter from JK Rowling, Simon Schama and others—Israel Needs Cultural Bridges, Not Boycotts:
In February 2015 the Guardian published a letter from UK artists announcing their intention to culturally boycott Israel. We do not believe cultural boycotts are acceptable or that the letter you published accurately represents opinion in the cultural world in the UK. Therefore we are writing to declare our support for the launch and aims of Culture for Coexistence – an independent UK network seeking to inform and encourage dialogue about Israel and the Palestinians in the wider cultural and creative community.
Cultural boycotts singling out Israel are divisive and discriminatory, and will not further peace. Open dialogue and interaction promote greater understanding and mutual acceptance, and it is through such understanding and acceptance that movement can be made towards a resolution of the conflict. Cultural engagement builds bridges, nurtures freedom and positive movement for change. We wholly endorse encouraging such a powerful tool for change rather than boycotting its use.
Bernard-Henri Levy—Things We Need to Stop Hearing about the “Stabbing Intifada”:
- It is painful to hear the phrase “lone wolves” applied to the killers of Jews. It is equally painful to listen to the refrain about “Palestinian youth no longer subject to any control,” after seeing the sermons in which preachers from Gaza, dagger in hand, call upon followers to take to the streets to maim as many Jews as they can, to inflict as much pain as possible and to spill the maximum amount of blood.
- It is doubly painful to hear that refrain from Mahmoud Abbas, describing as “heroic” the murder of the Henkins in the presence of their children, and then expressing indignation at seeing the “dirty feet” of Jews “defiling” the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Also inapplicable is the phrase about “political and social desperation” that is used to explain – or excuse – criminal acts.
- Everything we know about the new terrorists, their motives and the pride their relatives take in converting crime into martyrdom is much closer to the portrait of the jihadist who today turns up in Syria or Iraq. It is highly doubtful that “intifada” is the right term to apply to acts that bear more resemblance to the latest installment of a worldwide “jihad” of which Israel is just one of the stages.
- It is doubtful that the question of a negotiated partition of the land has anything to do with fanaticism and theories of vast conspiracy, in which some decide to stab random others as they pass by because of a vague rumor reporting a secret plot to deny Muslims access to Islam’s third holiest site.
- Intolerable and inapplicable, too, is the cliche of the “cycle” or “spiral” of violence, which, by putting the kamikaze killers and their victims on the same footing, sows confusion and amounts to an incitement to further action. Intolerable, again, that most of the major media have paid the grieving Israeli families only a fraction of the attention they have paid the families of the perpetrators.
- Intolerable, finally, the minor mythology growing up around the story of daggers. When I see those blades, I think of the one used to execute Daniel Pearl; I think of the beheadings of Herve Gourdel, James Foley and David Haines. I think that the Islamic State’s videos have clearly gained a following, and that we stand on the threshold of a form of barbarity that must be unconditionally denounced if we do not want to see its methods exported everywhere. And I mean everywhere.
SnyderTalk Comment: Foolish. That’s my one-word response.
SnyderTalk Comment: That means one thing. We’ll get better videos of terrorist attacks.
SnyderTalk Comment: Netanyahu is no David.
Could it be that Netanyahu believes placating the Palestinians and other Islamist terrorists will solve the problem? I hope not, because if he does, he is dead wrong.
SnyderTalk Comment: Glick is right. Netanyahu is wrong.
SnyderTalk Comment: They think they are smarter than everybody else. How wrong they are.
9 “You shall make the court of the tabernacle. On the south side there shall be hangings for the court of fine twisted linen one hundred cubits long for one side; 10 and its pillars shall be twenty, with their twenty sockets of bronze; the hooks of the pillars and their bands shall be of silver. 11 Likewise for the north side in length there shall be hangings one hundred cubits long, and its twenty pillars with their twenty sockets of bronze; the hooks of the pillars and their bands shall be of silver. 12 For the width of the court on the west side shall be hangings of fifty cubits with their ten pillars and their ten sockets. 13 The width of the court on the east side shall be fifty cubits. 14 The hangings for the one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits with their three pillars and their three sockets.”
SnyderTalk Comment: Read His Name is Yahweh.
- 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)
Whose Name protects you?—Jim Hutchens
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Blessings in the Book of Revelation is a book that you need to read, especially now. There are blessings throughout the Scriptures but Revelation is the only book in the Bible actually containing a specific blessing for reading it. It’s repeated twice, once at the beginning and again at the end. This is the reason that I believe Revelation should be the first step toward studying biblical prophecy. Though not easy to do, Revelation can be broken down and understood by anyone, not just the academic elite. So, Revelation’s blessings are for everyone. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
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.
See “His Name is Yahweh”.