“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)
“Christians” Who Demonize Israel are Modern-Day Balaams
Denis MacEoin wrote an interesting article titled “Christians Who Demonize Israel: Kairos”. He started with this:
Last September, during the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel — an initiative of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches, St. Thomas’ Church in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, hosted an event titled “Wall Will Fall”.
For anyone unfamiliar with the history, legal issues, and distortions of the Israeli-Arab and Jewish-Muslim conflicts, the deeply one-sided presentations and literature of the event may seem reasonable in the lack of such a context, and this report will, therefore, attempt to rebalance the narrative.
There are, broadly speaking, two clashing narratives about historical and current events in the region. By presenting only one side of the conflict, Wall Will Fall served only to exacerbate the root cause for the failure of peace negotiations: Palestinian rejection of the two state solution. Although Israel was repeatedly condemned — often very harshly — for its treatment of Palestinians, not once in the presentations or in the literature available were the Arabs ever censured for their series of aggressive wars against Israel, or the Palestinians criticized for their decades of terrorist attacks on Israelis, their preaching of anti-Semitic hatred in school textbooks, mosque sermons, summer camps, government-controlled media, and elsewhere. During the event, guilt was placed on one party only: Israel. As we shall argue, Israel is the least likely candidate for censure at such a high level.
I have a problem with the title. The word “Christian” should have appeared in quotation marks, because they aren’t really Christians. They are modern-day Balaams.
Balaam is an Old Testament character who tried to betray the Children of Israel for cash while they were wandering in the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land. You can read about him in Numbers 22 and 23 and in Joshua 13.
Balaam is mentioned in the New Testament as well:
- “Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness.” (2 Peter 2: 15)
- “But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality.” (Revelation 2: 14)
Revelation 2 mentions Balaam in connection with the church in Pergamum. Pergamum is in modern-day Turkey:
“And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: The One who has the sharp two-edged sword says this: ‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality. So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.’” (Revelation 2: 12-17)
Satan’s throne from Pergamum is in the Pergamum Museum in Berlin today. It’s referred to as the “Altar of Zeus”. It’s in the picture below:
That’s not a recreation of Satan’s throne. It’s the real deal. It was discovered in the late-1800s, eventually moved to Berlin, and opened to the public in 1930 during the Nazis rise to power.
Since the Messiah referred to it as “Satan’s throne”, that’s exactly what it is. His reference to Balaam in connection with it is especially enlightening.
So-called “Christians” who demonize Israel should consider Balaam very carefully. His end on earth was by execution at the hands of the Children of Israel. His eternal home is with Satan.
In other words, this is a very serious matter.
Some people have taken issue with my assertion that “ordinary peaceful Muslims” aren’t really Muslims, because they don’t believe the Quran or live by its dictates. I believe this is true as well: “Christians who demonize Israel” aren’t really Christians because they don’t believe Yahweh or live by His dictates.
My logic is simple: you can’t be faithful to Yahweh while you try to prevent Him from fulfilling His promises. That’s a lesson Balaam never learned.
To read the entire Kairos Document, click here.
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.
To see videos that explain the importance of Yahweh’s Name, click here.
CBN News—Worldwide Anti-Semitism Metastasizing 70 Years after Holocaust: Bad news! Anti-Semitism is on the rise, Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett told the cabinet ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday this week. Seventy-five percent of Jewish students in U.S. universities have experienced or witnessed anti-Semitism, Bennett said, either from anti-Zionist campus organizations or from anti-Israel professors. According to the statistics, the situation in Western Europe is particularly bad. Bennett said anti-Semitic crime in London rose more than 60 percent last year, Israeli press reports. Regarding France, 57 percent of French Jews want to leave the country. There was an 84 percent jump in anti-Semitic attacks in France in the first quarter of last year compared to the same time the previous year. That included the attack on a kosher super market in Paris, killing four. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is also gaining traction in Europe where it’s now promoting not only the boycott of Israel but also of Jewish events and representatives.
Washington Post—Marco Rubio talks to Iowa about God: Marco Rubio’s first questioner was blunt: “On your decision-making, will you follow God’s word?” For the next few minutes, Rubio sounded more like a Sunday school teacher than a presidential candidate.
SnyderTalk Comment: That’s a good thing.
Burak Bekdil—Turkey: Death to Free Speech: Defending his quest for an executive presidential system Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cited Hitler’s Germany as an effective form of government. Yes, he said, you can have the presidential system in a unitary state as in Hitler’s Germany. His office later claimed that the president’s “Hitler’s Germany” metaphor had been “distorted” by the media. Erdogan’s words on Hitler’s Germany may or may not have been distorted, but the way he rules Turkey reminds one powerfully of how Hitler ruled the Third Reich.
RT—Turkish prosecutors demand life sentences for 2 jailed Erdogan critics: Turkish prosecutors are demanding life sentences for two journalists imprisoned over a report that alleges President Erdogan’s government tried to ship arms to Islamist rebels in Syria. The case is being seen as a clampdown on freedom of speech.
SnyderTalk Comment: Erdogan is a Hitler-in-the-making. If you live in Turkey, be careful. Insecure narcissists are dangerous people.
Memo to Erdogan: Hitler is in hell today.
World Bulletin—Turkey’s Erdogan to make South America tour: With the upcoming visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey seeks to strengthen economic relations with the region, according to an official statement made by the President Press Office on Wednesday.
Israel Hayom—ISIS funded by ‘Turkish money,’ defense minister says: Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Tuesday that Islamic State militants had been funded with “Turkish money,” an assertion that could hinder attempts to mend fences between the two countries after years of estrangement. Yaalon said that the Turkish government was not pulling its weight in the fight against terrorism.
The Guardian—Ban Ki-moon calls Israeli settlement expansion an ‘affront’ to the world: Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has accused UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, of giving a “tailwind to terror” after the UN head criticised Israel for continuing to build settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and describing it as an affront to the Palestinian people and the international community. In unusually strong language, Ban also questioned Israel’s commitment to a two-state solution, claiming Palestinian violence was the result of “frustration”.
SnyderTalk Comment: Ki-moon can’t be that ignorant. There is something else going on here. It’s a spiritual battle.
International Business Times— Ban Ki-Moon ‘Encouraging Terror,’ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Says: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Ban Ki-moon Tuesday of “encouraging terror,” after the United Nations Secretary-General spoke of Palestinian frustrations with the Jewish country’s settlements in the West Bank. Earlier in the day, Ban had said that it was natural for Palestinians to resist the Israeli occupation.
David Horovitz—It’s Not Just the Settlements, the Palestinians Reject All of Israel: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has taken to giving press conferences where he tries to wriggle out of his own personal role in fostering the vicious incitement against Israel that lies at the root of the ongoing Palestinian terror wave. His successor may indeed well be worse, but Abbas is impossible. The Fatah hierarchy he heads has been openly encouraging attacks on Israelis, and the Hamas terror group with which he seeks to partner is again plotting suicide bombings, developing more sophisticated rockets, and digging tunnels under the Gaza-Israel border ahead of its next planned war.
ABC News— French Justice Chief Resigns Amid Flap Over Terrorism Bill: France’s charismatic justice minister unexpectedly resigned Wednesday after objecting to President Francois Hollande’s push to revoke citizenship from convicted terrorists with dual nationality.
Business Insider— It just got even more unlikely that Syria peace talks will begin as planned: One of the major opposition blocs in the Syrian war said Wednesday that it was unlikely to attend imminent Geneva peace talks, specifying it would only join negotiations if sieges in the country are lifted and other conditions are met. The announcement cast further uncertainty on peace talks scheduled to begin in two days.
Washington Post— Why is Israel so cautious on the Islamic State? A recent war game explains why: Let’s say Islamic State fighters attack an Israeli military patrol along the Syrian border. They try unsuccessfully to kidnap an Israeli soldier, and they kill four others. A Jordanian border post is hit, too, and the Islamic State proclaims it has control of Daraa province in southern Syria. How do Israel and other key players respond? In a war game played here last week, they retaliated, but cautiously. The players representing Israel and Jordan wanted to avoid a pitched battle against the terrorists — they looked to the United States for leadership.
Voice of America— Is China Using Business Deals to Expand Middle East Influence?: Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up his first visit to the Middle East last Sunday with Saudi Arabia, Iran and Egypt pledging to enhance their relationships with Beijing.
Transparency International— Middle East and North Africa: Why corruption is fuelling regional insecurity: Once again, three of the bottom 10 countries in this year’s index are from the MENA region – Iraq, Libya and Sudan. The ongoing devastating conflicts in these and other countries, such as Syria and Yemen, inevitably mean that any efforts to strengthen institutions and the state have taken a back seat. Yet security will only succeed long-term if governments make a genuine break with cronyism and build trust with citizens. This will require a huge change in political will.
SnyderTalk Comment: With one exception, what do all of the countries in North Africa and the Middle East have in common?
Greeneville Sun— Court to weigh practice of Christian prayers at meetings: A federal appeals court is poised to examine whether county commissioners in North Carolina should be allowed to open their meetings with Christian prayers.
Jerusalem Post— Israel believes Russia’s intervention decreases chance of Israel-Hezbollah conflict: The IDF believes that the chances of Hezbollah initiating a war with Israel are low, but that the chances of a tactical incident in 2016 inadvertently turning into a bigger conflict remains significant.
Times of Israel— NPR apologizes for map that erased Israel: The pro-Israel website HonestReporting.com was the first to recognize the blunder. Its managing editor, Simon Plosker, wrote on their website, “It is completely unacceptable for NPR to publish an image that erases Israel from the map.”
Algemeiner— Americans Have a Moral Duty to Stand With Israel: It is shocking that on August 1, 2014, eight sitting members of Congress, including South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford, voted against emergency aid to Israel.
MEMRI—Ex-Libyan Intelligence Official: ISIS Has Gaddafi-Era Chemical Weapons: A former Libyan intelligence official, Ahmad Qadhaf al-Dam, told Egyptian Dream2 TV on Jan. 18 that ISIS and other terrorist groups had gotten hold of the chemical weapons that had remained in Libya, “hidden in bases with which nobody was familiar, deep in the desert….These weapons were smuggled out of Libya, as the world knows. I believe that the weapons that reached Syria originated in Libya.”
U.S. News & World Report—Big Questions on Iran Are Still Unanswered: Iran did us no favors with the nuclear agreement. It ends sanctions on Iran and will return up to $100 billion of past oil sales revenue in exchange for limits on (but no end to) Iranian enrichment and no admission of wrongdoing despite abundant evidence. Iran’s quest for regional hegemony through asymmetrical warfare, terror and intimidation remains a major accelerant to the region’s problems.
Wall Street Journal—A Moderate Iranian Purge: The disqualifications of candidates for Iran’s Assembly of Experts and Parliament were the work of the Guardian Council, an unelected body that vets candidates for ideological purity. The system allows the mullahs to hold popular “elections” while ensuring no one who might challenge Islamist rule could ever be in a position to win a seat.
The Hill—Iranian president: Congress needs ‘more sensible people’—Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the U.S. needs “more sensible people” in Congress. “We hope we will get more sensible people in the U.S.”
SnyderTalk Comment: Rouhani is a real piece of work. I met an Iranian man the other day who told me that Rouhani is a piece of something else.
All I could do was laugh.
Washington Post—Italy minister says Iran statue cover-up ‘incomprehensible’: Italy’s culture minister has criticized as “incomprehensible” the decision to cover up naked statues at a Rome museum where Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was visiting, adding a new twist to the controversy that has dominated Rouhani’s deal-making visit to Italy.
SnyderTalk Comment: Actually, it’s outrageous.
Rouhani knew or should have known that the statues were there. If he had problems with it, he should have stayed home or skipped the Italy visit.
- 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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- 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.
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- 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.
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)
See “His Name is Yahweh”.