Monthly Archives: August 2012

Every Whisper of Grace (Iran)

Every whisper of grace from above counts, saints! It’s shocking and delightful to me to hear Ban Ki Moon’s strong stance against Iranian leadership regarding their wicked rhetoric and plans. I’m grateful for this moment of sober rebuke!

Although the stakes are still very high – not only for Israel, but all of the free nations of the world, let’s take this window of opportunity to bless Israel greatly and pray to YHWH in Yeshua’s Name for a complete aversion of nuclear attack from Iran! – Tom

Article below comes from The MidEast Update (their website is closely following the Non-Aligned Movement conference of Islamic nations meeting in Iran this year) via Bridges for Peace.

UN Chief Meets with Iranian Leaders—Discusses Nukes and Israel

Ban Ki-moon

Recent verbal attacks on Israel were a noteworthy part of the discussion between United Nations [UN] Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. The [Iranian] nuclear program and Syria conflict [were] also key talking points.

According to comments posted on the UN website, Ban’s spokesman said the UN leader mentioned to Khamenei on Wednesday [August 29] that “he strongly objected to recent remarks from Iranian officials denying the Holocaust and Israel’s right to exist. He said that such offensive and inflammatory statements were unacceptable and should be condemned by all.”

Ban spokesman Martin Nesirky said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received the same message, which Nesirky said was done “extremely forcefully.” On the Iranian nuclear program, for which Tehran is under multiple sets of UN sanctions due to it’s refusal to fully cooperate on the matter, Ban told Ahmadinejad he “regretted that little tangible progress has been achieved so far” in the talks between Iran and the P5+1—the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany.

Nesirky said he further noted Iran “needed to take concrete steps to address the concern of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and prove to the world that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.”

Ban sounded opposed to a military approach to dealing with Iran’s nuclear program, saying that “there is no alternative to a peaceful, diplomatic, and negotiated settlement, which should be reached step by step and based on reciprocity.” He also said rhetoric from many sides on a military conflict with Iran has been “unhelpful” and “wants to see tensions lowered, not further raised,” according to Nesirky.

The discussions were “extremely detailed,” with both Ban and the Iranians listening “very carefully,” although Nesirky did not elaborate on the atmosphere of the talks much beyond that. He did note that on the nuclear issue Ban was there to share the concerns of the international community and not to negotiate.

Ban is in Iran for the Non-Aligned Movement [NAM] summit, an annual event that brings together the 120 nations in the powerful UN voting block. The current chair of the Non-Aligned Movement, Iran, is hosting the summit this year.

Meanwhile, the same day Ban met with the Iranian leadership, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the attendance of nations in Tehran for the NAM summit in comments with a German official. According to a press release, Netanyahu noted the NAM meeting involves 120 countries “saluting a regime that not only denies the Holocaust but pledges to annihilate the Jewish state, brutalizes its own people, colludes in the murder of thousands of innocent Syrians and leads millions in chanting ‘Death to America, death to Israel.'”

Contrasting this with the pledges of “never again” after the Holocaust, Netanyahu said that “many in the international community appear to have learned nothing. I think this is a disgrace and a stain on humanity. I’m glad that Germany is among those countries that refuse to take part in this charade and condemn us, because our common future is bound on standing up and confronting this inhumanity and this brutality.”

(By Joshua Spurlock, The Mideast Update, August 29, 2012)

The Replacements

There’s this band. There are two guys in the band. They replace. Take the wholistic and natural meaning of sentences and verbs and proper nouns and just jack ’em all up. They are the replacement theology that denigrates and deludes regarding Israel… and the replacement theology that does hermeneutical violence to the place of Israel’s enemies – the bad guys!

That’s one bad band. They get it WRONG all over the place!

The Bible is rather simply stated when you look at the facts on the ground.

But, if you trust THESE guys – Knox Theological Seminary in 2002:  “The People of God, the Land of Israel, and the Impartiality of the Gospel,” states, “The church of Jesus Christ, [is] the true Israel.” Could be trouble!

Genesis 12:2-3 – “Then I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will make your name great, so that you will exemplify divine blessing. I will bless those who bless you, but the one who treats you lightly I must curse, and all the families of the earth will bless one another by your name” – יהוה.

(my edit!)