By Joel Richardson – “The Book of Revelation, chapter 19, contains what is perhaps the most famous Biblical passage concerning the return of Jesus. There, Jesus the Messiah is seen to burst forth from heaven, riding on a white horse with the armies of heaven following Him. But as powerful and well known as this prophetic portrayal of the return of Jesus is, few are aware of the fact that the prophecy of Ezekiel 38 and 39, most often known as the Battle of Gog of Magog, also concludes with the return of Jesus. In fact, it can be said that Ezekiel 38 and 39 is in fact, the Armageddon of the Old Testament.
Although many popular interpreters have wrongly understood this passage to conclude several years before the return of Jesus, any honest assessment of the text simply does not allow for this. But among the many reasons to reject a pre-Day of the LORD conclusion of this prophecy, one of the simplest, is because it concludes with the LORD actually physically present in the land of Israel.
That’s right, Ezekiel reveals that at the conclusion of Gog’s invasion, Jesus the Messiah is physically present on the ground, in the land. Consider the following passage:
“For in my jealousy and in my blazing wrath I declare, on that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish of the sea and the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the field and all creeping things that creep on the ground, and all the people who are on the face of the earth, shall quake at my presence” —Ezekiel 38:19–20
According to this text, the Lord Himself says that throughout the earth, both people and animals will ‘quake at [His] presence.’ The word used for presence here is the Hebrew word paneh. Paneh is a reference to the actual face of someone or something. When God says that the people of the earth will quake at His paneh, He is saying that they will be terrified because of His actual physical presence, on the ground, in the land of Israel (see also: Zechariah 14:2-5, Isaiah 29:2-8, Revelation 16:16-20).
Concerning the word paneh, The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary says, ‘The presence (face) of Jehovah is Jehovah in his own personal presence.’ The New International Encyclopedia of Bible Words says, ‘In the OT, being in God’s or another’s presence is indicated by a preposition (l) prefixed to the Hebrew word panim (‘face’). The thought is to be ‘before the face of the person.’ Paneh is used throughout the Old Testament to refer to the actual presence of God. Jacob, for instance, after wrestling with the Angel of the Lord, referred to Read more…
This disclosure by federal authorities, even if true, is the epitome of reckless stupidity. To disclose the creator as a “Coptic Christian” during a time in which the Coptic community in Egypt is struggling for their very existence is akin to reinforcing the Nazi conviction in 1939 that the Jews were responsible for all of Germany’s misfortunes. And we all know what then happened to Jews …
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities have identified a Coptic Christian in southern California who is on probation after his conviction for financial crimes as the key figure behind the anti-Muslim film that ignited mob violence against U.S. embassies across the Mideast, a U.S. law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The official said authorities had concluded that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was behind ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ a film that denigrated Islam and the prophet Muhammad and sparked protests earlier this week in Egypt, Libya and most recently in Yemen. It was not immediately clear whether Nakoula was the target of a criminal investigation or part of the broader investigation into the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya during a terrorist attack.
Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed Thursday that Justice Department officials were investigating the deaths, which occurred during an attack on the American mission in Benghazi.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation, said Nakoula was connected to the persona of Sam Bacile, a man who initially told the AP he was the film’s writer and director. But Bacile turned out to be a false identity, and the AP traced a cellphone number Bacile used to a southern California house where it located and interviewed Nakoula.” Read more.
Flashback: Egypt: Islamist Organizations Distribute Leaflets Calling For The Killing Of All Christians Who Will Not Convert To Islam – “According to today’s issue of El Fegr, ‘Elements of terrorist, jihadi organizations distributed leaflets today inciting for the killing of Copts in Suez, Ismailia, and Upper Egypt, promising them [Copts] a tragic end if they do not return to the truth.’ An image of a copy of the letter appears on El Fegr’s website. Titled ‘An Urgent and Important Notice,’ it begins by calling on ‘all brothers and sisters’ to ‘kill or physically attack the enemies of the religion of Allah—the Christians in all of Egypt’s provinces, the slaves of the Cross, Allah’s curse upon them…’ It proceeds to promise a monetary reward for whoever helps ‘achieve Allah’s rights against his enemies.’” Read more.
Muslim Brotherhood Tweets Sweet Nothings On English Twitter Account, Calls For Egypt To ‘Rise To Defend The Prophet’ In Arabic
And while the US takes notice, it still doesn’t seem to get it …
By Gil Ronen, INN – “While Egyptian protesters fought security forces outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo Thursday morning, another standoff was taking place in cyberspace between the Embassy and the Muslim Brotherhood, wrote Al Ahram Online Thursday.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s official English-language Twitter account reposted a message from the group’s deputy head, Khairat El-Shater, saying he was ‘relieved none of @USembassycairo staff was hurt’ and expressing hope that U.S.-Egyptian relations would survive intact.
‘This reconciliatory tweet, however, was posted while the Brotherhood’s Arabic-language Twitter account and its official website were both praising the protests… and calling for a million man march on Friday,’ wrote the news source.
‘One Arabic language article on the Brotherhood’s site sported the headline ‘Egyptians rise to defend the Prophet’.’
The U.S. Embassy in Cairo picked up the contradiction and tweeted: ‘Thanks. By the way, have you checked out your own Arabic feeds? I hope you know we read those too.’
The Brotherhood replied some 20 minutes later, saying ‘we understand you’re under a lot of stress, but it will be more helpful if you point out exactly the Arabic feed of concern.’
‘They were just three tweets, but they provided a snapshot into the strains US-Egypt relations are under this week,’ said Al Ahram.
Egypt’s president, Mohammed Morsi, is the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party.” Source – INN.
Flashback: Truth Or Consequences -The Two Faces Of The Muslim Brotherhood – “In Part One of our examination of the Muslim Brotherhood, we outlined the history of the organization and detailed how they manipulate or distort their message to keep the West at bay. It is clear that the Brotherhood is keenly aware of the need to prevent non-Muslims from discovering the truth about their intentions. Despite the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood totally rejects the West, they are more than happy to take our money. They will be glad to accept every penny Obama is willing to give them and as long as Obama keeps sending money, they will pay lip service to Democracy, tolerance and equality for all. Sadly, lip service is all it will be …” Read more.
White House: Aid to Egypt Will Continue – “The White House is flatly rejecting calls from House conservatives to halt U.S. aid to Egypt after a slow response from Cairo in rebuking violent attacks on the U.S. Embassy there Tuesday night… Egypt is second only to Israel in the amount of assistance it receives from the U.S., an estimated $2 billion a year, but the White House has no plans to curtail its investment there.” Read more.
Russia: Convert To Islam Calls For Killing Of All Non-Muslims To Unite The Muslim World Under A ‘Global Islamic Caliphate’
RAPSI – “MOSCOW, September 13 – RAPSI. The Moscow City Court has sentenced radical Islamist Tatyana Tarasova to 1.5 years of probation for posting an article promoting terrorism on a Muslim advocacy website that she administered, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) Thursday.
Tarasova pleaded guilty in the case. Her case was considered via special procedure in one day. The special procedure classification ensures a trial without an evidentiary review or witness testimonies, and the court cannot sentence the defendant to the maximum punishment.
According to the investigators, Tarasova converted to Islam and began supporting radical Islamic views and the idea of committing terrorist acts against non-Muslims in an effort to unite the Muslim world under a ‘global Islamic caliphate.’
In 2005, she joined the interregional ‘Islamic Committee’ movement as the deputy chairman. She also started administering its website. Investigators believe that Tarasova used the website to promote the organization’s beliefs, and published materials promoting terrorist activities.
Tarasova studied theology at Moscow State University’s Philosophy Department.
Investigators have said that she understood the consequences of her actions.” Source – RAPSI.
Flashback: Russia: Prominent Muslim Lawyer Promises To ‘Cover Russia In Blood’ and Turn Moscow Into ‘A Second Dead Sea’ If Sharia Law Is Not Implemented – “Police in the Russian capital said on Wednesday they will examine a video in which a prominent Muslim lawyer pledges to ‘cover Russia in blood’ if the authorities refuse to establish courts to implement Islamic law. ‘May be you are foreigners here, and this is our home. We will set our rules, whether you want this or not … Any attempts to stop this will result in blood. We will turn the city (Moscow) into a second dead sea,’ he was quoted as saying.” Read more.
Flashback: Russian Radio Host Slash-Attacked For Criticizing Islam Over The Air, ‘You Are Allah’s Enemy!’ – “A radio host has been hospitalized after being cut 15 times by an unidentified criminal. Two weeks ago the journalist ventured to criticize the founder of Islam, the Prophet Mohammed, on air. Sergey Aslanyan, 46, was brought to Moscow’s hospital with numerous non-penetrating knife wounds to the chest, neck and arm… Aslanyan claimed that the attacker was shouting ‘you are Allah’s enemy!’ while slashing at the victim.” Read more.
Telling It Like It Is: Arizona Senator Jon Kyl Says The US Embassy Response Is Like Blaming Rape Victim
Blaming the victim is the modus operandi of Islamists. The fact that many of our own leaders continue to do precisely the same thing does not bode well for the future of freedom …
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, the 70-year old, retiring senator said:
‘It’s like the judge telling the woman who got raped, ‘You asked for it because of the way you dressed.’ OK? That’s the same thing. ‘Well, America, you should be the ones to apologize, you should have known this would happen, you should have done – what I don’t know – but it’s your fault that it happened.’ You know, for a member of our State Department to put out a statement like that, it had to be cleared by somebody. They don’t just do that in the spur of the moment.’
Kyl likely referred to criticism by U.S. diplomats in Egypt of a U.S.-produced film that reportedly features a negative depiction of Islam’s prophet, Muhammed. The film was cited later during the attack on the U.S. embassy in Egypt.
‘It came from people on the ground, who are potentially in danger,’ Obama told ’60 Minutes.’ ‘You know, my tendency is to cut folks a little bit of slack when they’re in that circumstance, rather than try to question their judgment from the comfort of a campaign office.’
Mitt Romney was the first to attack the president, releasing a statement Tuesday night that claimed the White House’s initial reaction was ‘disgraceful’ and said the administration was inclined to ‘sympathize with those who waged the attacks.'” Read more.
Flashback: Muslim Cleric Blames Women For Being Raped, Says All Women Should Wear Burkas, Head Scarves And Face Veils – “But don’t worry, this enlightened Muslim cleric only wants all non-Muslim women to dress like Muslim women because he cares so much for their safety. Indeed, nothing shows you care more for the inferior sex than blaming them for being sexually assaulted. Because they’re asking for it, right?” Read more.
Flashback: British Woman Gang Raped by Five Afghan ‘Refugees’, Europe Continues to Suffer From Muslim Gang Rape Epidemic – “The brutal gang rape of a British woman by five Afghan refugees has sparked a massive protest against illegal immigrants in a Serbian spa town. The 38-year-old woman – who bravely managed to film the attack on her mobile phone – was repeatedly raped after befriending a group of Afghan men in a park in Banja Koviljaca… ‘These people are always hanging around the parks and streets during the day causing trouble,’ said one mum. ‘They have no respect for us, no respect for women and we want them gone because they have no right to be here.” Read more.
Asteroid 2012 QG42 is between 625 feet to 1,400 feet wide (190 to 430 meters) and was first spotted by scientists last month. Researchers say the space rock has no chance of hitting Earth this week when it makes its closest approach on Thursday.
The asteroid will pass by at a safe distance of about 7.5 times the Earth-moon distance. The moon is, on average, about 238,000 miles from Earth.
Asteroid 2012 QG42 is, however, listed as a ‘potentially hazardous asteroid’ by the Minor Planet Center at Cambridge, Mass., meaning it may pose a threat in the future.
At least two online observatories are tracking the asteroid’s pass by Earth.
The Virtual Telescope Project run by astronomer Gianluca Masi in Italy began providing a live video stream today at 6 p.m. EDT (22:00 UTC). You can see that video stream on the project’s website.
The Virtual Telescope Project has been tracking asteroid 2012 QG42 since last week and posting images online.
On Thursday, the Slooh Space Camera night sky observing website will provide a live view of asteroid 2012 QG42’s closest approach in a webcast starting at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT), offering views from at least one of its telescopes at its observatory in the Canary Islands, off the west coast of Africa. You can tune into the Slooh webcast here.” Read more.
Revelation 13:18 – Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the multitude of the beast: for it is the multitude of a man; and his multitude is χξς …
“(ANSAmed) – CAIRO – The Prophet ‘is a red line nobody can touch’, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was quoted as saying by Egypt’s Mena news agency comments on protests across Egypt and Libya and a film on the Prophet slammed as blasphemous. The Prophet ‘is a red line for all Muslims and we refuse any attack’, said the president. ‘We will sacrifice with our soul and heart’ Morsi also said, citing a Muslim profession of faith. The Egyptian president, who had a phone conversation with US President Barack Obama before talks with European leaders and then a trip to Rome this afternoon, stressed his condemnation of ‘all attempts to attack the Profet [sic] and the sacred principles of Islam’. .
Meanwhile he also assured Egyptian security forces will do everything in their power to protect foreigners in the country.
Morsi asked also his US counterpart Barack Obama to ‘take dissuasive measures against those trying to demolish relations with the US’;. Morsi also expressed his condolences for the death of the US ambassador in Libya in statements to Egypt’s state television.
Talking about the ‘dissuasive measures’ requested, Morsi cited Father Terry Jones stressing that ‘he is the same person who tried to burn the Koran and is now trying to offend the Prophet’;.
”We don’t attack anyone and do not accept any aggression against our sacred principles’ Morsi told state television after phone talks with Obama.” Source – ANSAmed.
University Professor Under Criminal Investigation For ‘Insulting Mohammed’ … In Germany – “… Dr. Armin Geus, emeritus professor of medical history at the University of Marburg, who wrote a book exploring the possibility that Mohammed, the supposed founder of Islam, had been suffering from a mental illness, is now under investigation for ‘Incitement to hatred against peoples’ and ‘Insulting faiths, religious communities and philosophical associations’. The investigation was prompted by a complaint filed by the Saudi-controlled Wahhabist centre, the King Fahd Academy.” Read more.
Flashback: Kuwaiti Parliament Approves Death Penalty for Those Who Insult Allah, The Prophet Mohammed or His Wives – “MP Adel Al-Damkhi proposed to the government Sunday to establish ‘a center to treat negative phenomena alien to Kuwaiti society.’… Al-Dallal added the legal committee also unanimously approved amendments to the Penal Code pertaining to blasphemy. The amendments stipulate the death penalty for those who publicly insult [Allah] Almighty (Divine Entity) or Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) or his wives.” Read more.