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Nuclear “Jackpot” Deal for Iran

The King Is Coming - Iran Nuclear Deal

The King Is Coming - Iran Nuclear Deal

In a move of unprecedented international irresponsibility, the Obama administration has agreed to an agreement with the nation of Iran that perceivably stands to benefit only the nation of Iran. Importantly, it should be noted that the United States has entered into this agreement under the guise of what is known as “The P5+1.” This group is made up of China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States; the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (P5), plus Germany (+1). Germany was included, most likely, since it is currently the most active trading partner Iran can claim. Also, the Iranian nuclear program up to this point has been dependent upon acquiring the vast majority of its machinery and software from Germany. So, for the time being the fate of the Middle East has been called into serious question through the actions of these six countries in brokering what amounts to a “sweetheart deal” with Iran.

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In fact, it is not too great a summation to call this deal, as did Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a “jackpot” deal for Iran as that nation gained nearly everything it demanded and gave up virtually nothing in return! As has been widely reported in numerous media outlets, the benefits to Iran as a result of this deal include access to 150 billion dollars currently frozen in international banks, lifting of the economic sanctions that were enacted to curtail Iran’s open support of terrorist groups such as Hezbollah, the retention of all of its nuclear infrastructure; such as the ability to continue to enrich uranium and produce plutonium at the more than 19,000 centrifuges in Iran. As reported by the Israel National News, this many centrifuges working around the clock could produce a nuclear weapon within approximately six weeks. As part of this new U.S. orchestrated deal, Iran also has the right to limit access of weapons inspectors to only those facilities Iran declares as military facilities. Sadly, this deal gets even worse. Further benefits of this deal to the nation of Iran stipulate that Iran will not have to disclose any information regarding what steps it has thus far taken to develop nuclear weapons. More frighteningly, a 2006 United Nations arms embargo will be lifted allowing countries such as Russia and China to sell weapons to Iran as well as allowing Iran to openly sell weapons to other countries, such as Syria, and the terrorist groups it currently sponsors such as Hezbollah and Hamas. Additionally, the international embargo on countries selling missile technology to Iran would be lifted. This particular detail will no doubt assist Iran in the development of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching other areas of the Middle East and even the United States. Despite the embargos, Iran has the most diversified ballistic missile arsenal in the Middle East having acquired the majority of its stockpile from foreign sources such as North Korea, Russia, and China. Thus, lifting any weapons embargo will undoubtedly only expedite and expand Iran’s quest for such weaponry.

Pope Praises Mahmoud Abbas as an “Angel of Peace”

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In an announcement that has startled and puzzled many, Pope Francis offered high praise for a leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization; Mahmoud Abbas, during Abbas’ recent visit to Rome for the canonization of two 19th-century nuns. The Associated Press reported that Pope Francis presented Abbas with a papal medallion which he explained represents an “angel of peace destroying the bad spirit of war.” Despite Abbas’ published beliefs denying the Holocaust, his support for the terrorist group Hamas, and his long standing connection with radicals such as Sultan Abu Al-Einein; one of Abbas’s top advisors who publically called for the murder of Israelis in 2014, Pope Francis stated the gift was appropriate telling Abbas “you are an angel of peace.” However, quite to the contrary of such a noble title, in 2013 Abbas posthumously awarded “the highest order of the Star of Honor” to arch-terrorist Abu Jihad, who was responsible for the murder of at least 125 Israelis.

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Likewise, Abbas also decorated another terrorist leader Nayef Hawatmeh, who is the leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), with the Palestinian Star of Honor. The DFLP, as reported by Israel National News, has carried out, and claimed responsibility for, numerous deadly terror attacks including a suicide bombing near Tel Aviv that killed 4 people in 2003. One such, well documented, attack on a school bus in Ma’alot Israel, praised by the papal “angel of peace” Abbas, resulted in the deaths of 30 schoolchildren and 7 adults. Obviously a true “angel of peace” who was dedicated to “destroying the bad spirit of war,” such as Pope Francis declared Abbas to be, would condemn such terrorist activities.

To the contrary, Mahmoud Abbas publicly praises such activity as it furthers his anti-Semitic, anti-Western agenda which stretches back to his days as a Ph.D. student at the Oriental College in Moscow. The title of Abbas’ doctoral dissertation was “The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism.” Clearly, such sentiment reveals the true, long standing, intentions of Mahmoud Abbas to be that of the destruction of Israel and her supporters. Hardly, “an angel of peace.” In fact, as the Daily Mail UK recently reported, one of Abbas’s counter-parts, IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi publicly admitted what honest scholars have long recognized; “Islam was never a religion of peace, Islam is the religion of fighting.” Sadly, the Pope and much of the world has been deceived by Abbas and other so-called peaceful leaders.

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Such deception of religious leaders, as evidenced by Pope Francis’ praise for Abbas, is similar to that predicted in the Bible as humanity, during the end times, will seek to have their “itching ears” satisfied and will “turn away … from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:3-4 KJV).

PRAY: That religious leaders, such as Pope Francis, will not continue to be deceived by those who would seek to destroy Israel and her supporters. Pray for the faithfulness of Christians to continue to support Israel’s struggles against the terrorist threats that seek to destroy her. God has promised He will bless those who bless Israel (Genesis 12:3).

Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Sentenced to Death

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As a result of his role in a massive 2011 jailbreak, an Egyptian court recently sentenced ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, and over 100 others, to death. Prior to this death sentence, Morsi was serving a 20 year sentence for his role in the 2012 death of numerous protestors outside of his presidential palace in Cairo. In that event, Morsi was officially charged with “incitement to murder and violence.” Morsi, a member of the notorious Muslim Brotherhood, was Egypt’s first freely elected president having been elected by 52% of the voters. In July 2013 he was ousted by the military after extended mass protests by Egyptians. These protests took place during the period that has come to be known as “The Arab Spring” which was a series of violent, and non-violent, anti-government protests, insurrections, and armed rebellions that spread across the Middle East.

While initially popular with the voters, Morsi’s reign, and connection with the Muslim Brotherhood, was anything but peaceful. The Guardian reports that the Muslim Brotherhood has been blamed for the majority of the unrest in Egypt, resulting in the deaths of at least 850 people. Shortly after Morsi’s removal from office, Egyptian authorities designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group in December 2013, declaring even verbal expressions of support of the group to be punishable by imprisonment. Citing Morsi’s membership in the Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptian prosecutors said Morsi and the other defendants repeatedly carried out espionage and seditious activity for the Muslim Brotherhood, the terrorist group Hamas, as well as the nation of Iran between 2005 and August 2013 “with the aim of perpetrating terror attacks in the country in order to spread chaos and topple the state.”

Reuters news agency reports that at a recent parade in Gaza, Hamas publicly “reaffirmed the Islamist movement’s founding charter’s pledge to destroy Israel.” Likewise, in a move reminiscent of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calling for Israel to be “wiped off the map,” the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently offered a plan calling for the annihilation of Israel. With such groups and countries as regional allies, one must be leery of Egyptian policies that leave too much control in the hands of their military.

While the ousting and trial of a despotic leader is a positive step for the nation of Egypt, they are still under a constitutionally mandated state religion of Islam. The formal constitution adopted in 2014, mandating Islam as the state religion, has also been criticized by many for allowing the military to retain far too much power. One of the dangers of such a situation is illustrative of the events surrounding the end times invasion of Israel by the enemies that surround her. Many prophetic passages of the Bible can be easily understood in light of the aggressive Arab and Islamic nations and the ease with which they could be ideologically driven to launch a major war against Israel (cf. Psalm 83; Zechariah 12; 14).

PRAY: For the Christian population of Egypt to be effective witnesses for Christ and to have influence in their country so that the nation of Egypt can continue on a path of positive reform while distancing themselves from the tyrannical rulers they have known in the past.