Links: | Ha'aretz |July 17 (Day 198, Glory Has Departed): Two suicide bombers blew themselves up near the old central bus station in Tel Aviv. Three people were killed and at least 40 injured. Two of the dead were foreign workers, and the third was an Israeli citizen. The two homicide bombers blew themselves up 15-20 yards (meters) apart on the busy Neve Sha'anan street at 10:20 PM less than a minute apart. The pair of bombers represent a witness, as in court.
Links: | Ha'aretz |A private member's bill to allow civil marriages and divorces in Israel was defeated in the Knesset. Likud ministers joined religious and ultra-Orthodox parties to vote down the proposal 46 to 34, with four abstentions. The number, 46, stands for pregnancy, and 34 for the division of the land. The vote, which revealed the Sovereign Design of God, is the interesting part - not the debate over whether Jews should allow civil marriages and divorces. The laws of Marriage are written in the Bible, but people should be free to accept or reject those laws. Israel treats this backward and only religious marriages are considered legal.
But the vote of 46 to 34 spoke volumes about how God viewed the vote. Pregnancy is something that occurs in Marriage, but the term also refers to the beginning of a project. The division of the land is what the land for peace deal was all about. In the vote of 46 to 34, God is bringing up the fundamental cause of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, that is Marriage Culture.
The story is as old as Samson, whose marriage failed because the prevailing Marriage Culture could not sustain the marriage of a Jew and a Philistine. God's answer in the Knesset vote was that Israel is pregnant (46) with the peace process because of the breakdown of Marriage Culture. If the Israelis and Palestinians had followed God's laws in the first place, there would be one set of laws and intermarriage. But the Palestinians will never accept Judaism, and the Jews will never accept Islam. And they shouldn't be expected to do so because both Judaism and Islam are contrary to the laws of God.
Israel and the Palestinians have both rejected God. Consequently, the land will not support intermarriage. God designed Right Men and Right Women among the Israelis and Arabs. When Right Man and Right Woman marriages do not exist, the consequence is the destruction of the nation. The root of the problem is the rejection of Jesus Christ as Savior. Next is the break down of Marriage Culture. Because of the breakdown of Marriage Culture, the state of Israel has a problem with marriages and divorces of people who are not religious. But God's answer to Israel was that you are pregnant (46) with the peace process (34).
Links: | AP |Spanish soldiers swooped down in helicopters in a pre-dawn raid and recaptured the Isla Perejil, Island of Parsley, from Moroccan soldiers. The Moroccans surrendered without firing a shot. Spain has claimed the island in the Strait of Gibraltar since 1668. But on July 11th, Moroccan police landed on the island and laid claim to it. Later Moroccan soldiers took over.
Links: | Washington Post |Locusts, grasshoppers, and Mormon crickets have invaded the western US with a vengeance. Nebraska, New Mexico, Idaho, Oregon and South Dakota have been hardest hit. But most states west of the Mississippi River are having trouble with the pests. Locusts were the 8th plague of Egypt and represented demon Managers in the hierarchy of the Cosmic System. The locusts cleaned up what was left after the other plagues.
The image of an elephant continued to stretch from Texas to the Great Lakes, which is the sign of the adultery of Reuben. And the trunk of an elephant from half way across the Atlantic stretched through south Florida. An elephant represents a demon Commander, such as Baal.
Links: Weather Links |Typhoon Fengshen is in the northwest Pacific. It is moving northwest with 125-knot winds. Fengshen is the name of the Chinese demon of the wind.
Again today, the large elephant stretched from Texas to the Great Lakes, which was the sign of Reuben's adultery with Bilhah (Genesis 35:22). Texas is the home state of President Bush and the Great Lakes are in the region of Naphtali, the doe and symbol of peace.
Spain recaptured the Island of Parsley in the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco. The location of Spain in Europe corresponds to Israel in Asia. And Morocco is in the region of Asher, royalty, in Africa. Spain is now having the same problems with Morocco that Israel is having with the Palestinians.
Today was July 17th, for lawlessness. The Palestinians represent lawlessness. And it was Day 198, for 'Ichabod, the glory has departed.
A relationship with God begins with Salvation. Eternal Life is freely available. The Lord Jesus Christ paid for the sins of the world so that anyone who wants Eternal Life can have it simply by believing in Him. There is Salvation in none other. The only way of Salvation is a way that solves the problem of sin. The Lord Jesus Christ did that when He paid for the sins of the world on the Cross.
"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31). "Everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have Eternal Life" (John 3:16b).