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The Daily Brief Wednesday, November 28, 2012
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
The Middle East in Focus
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto Your name give glory, for Your mercy, and for Your truth's sake. Why should the nations say, Where is their God? But our God is in the heavens. He has done whatever He has pleased." (Psalm 115:1-3)
1. $1M per missile: Watch Magic Wand test - Ynet News
The Defense Ministry published on Tuesday a video showing the successful test of the Magic Wand missile interceptor system, which was recently conducted in the Negev.
2. Moshe Feiglin leads hardliners' rise on Likud's Knesset slate, at expense of moderates - Times of Israel
This is just the beginning, says Feiglin. Eventually, we will build the temple and fulfill our purpose in this land.
3. Britain, following France, may support Palestinian status upgrade at UN - Times of Israel
The Palestinians' bid for upgraded, non-member observer state status at the United Nations received major boosts Tuesday as, after France announced that it would support the move, Britain indicated that it might do likewise, subject to certain assurances from the Palestinian leadership. Spain is also reported to be shifting in the same direction.
4. US in final bid to thwart Palestinian bid at UN - Israel Hayom
U.S. officials are trying to stop Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas from appealing to the U.N. General Assembly to upgrade the Palestinian status on Thursday. Palestinians are currently listed as a U.N. observer "entity" with no voting rights, and Abbas is set to ask for this status to be changed to nonmember observer state.
5. Gazans say 'Thank you Iran', for missiles used against Israel - Ha'aretz
Gaza residents put up billboards to show their gratitude; during eight-day conflict, the Iranian-made Fajr missile fired toward Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
The Daily Jot
Revivalution Needed: Radical Christians sought
What we need in this country is a revivalution. A revivalution would be a revival of the ancient paths of our Lord; a revival of understanding of and relationship with the one true God, YHVH and his son Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus Christ). This revival is not the showy mega church version of revival. It is a revival of the heart--a return to the gospel and the scriptures in their traditional form and meaning. The "lution" part of revivalution is we become a people so passionate in our relationship with YHVH, we would be described like the apostles and disciples in Acts 17:6 "These who have turned the world upside down are come here also." We would be as Jesus described in the Sermon on the Mount, "salt of the earth."
This is not to be confused with Dominion Theology or Kingdom Now. These theologies are the problem, not the solution. Scripturally, man has absolutely no power over when Jesus Christ returns to earth. It is the sole responsibility of YHVH the Father and Jesus the Christ. Teachings to the contrary are in great error and lack an understanding of what the Bible says about the end times and the Millennial Reign. Placing in leadership misguided "Christians" who believe in bad theology expecting different results than what we have is tantamount to getting the same, if not worse, than what we have in place. They lack discernment and wisdom because they are not grounded in the Word of YHVH.
A revivalution means getting right with and having a close personal relationship with YHVH and Jesus Christ first and foremost. And through that right relationship conducting your life in a manner consistent with the scriptures. This means you are a living testimony to the one true God and you are making disciples. These disciples indigenously begin to change the nation from its current state to one whose God is YHVH. This is harder work than sitting in a church pew listening to some pastor teaching self indulgent, extra biblical, out of context concepts of selfish living disguised as Christianity. Revivalution means we become an Acts 5:29 people where we "obey YHVH rather than men."
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
The Madison Report
November 26 - 30, 2012
Fellow conservative patriots,
Congress is back in session until the end of the term, and final negotiations over the fiscal cliff will begin . . . behind closed doors. Republicans are continuing to unilaterally and preemptively agree to raising taxes without a commensurate agreement from Democrats to reduce the welfare/entitlement state.
We'll be keeping a close eye on the private wheeling and dealing, and will be offering a primer on the fiscal cliff in next week's issue. For now, there are several other important issues on the table this week.
The Honorable Jim Ryun
Chairman of The Madison Project
Beginning Wednesday or Thursday, the House will consider H.R. 6429, the STEM Jobs Act, under regular procedures. This bill would increase the number of green cards available to people with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math by 55,000 per year. Additionally, this bill eliminates the preposterous Diversity Visa Lottery Program, which randomly doles out thousands of green cards to various third world countries. Our immigration system should never be random; rather it should work to deliberately benefit our country.
1. Chain Migration: After the election, Republicans added a provision to an otherwise worthy bill that will contribute to chain migration. It allows for hundreds of thousands of family members of green card holders or permanent legal residents to enter the country with V visas while waiting for their green cards. This provision would apply to a broad group for immigrants, not just those graduating with advanced math and science degrees. While we all agree that family unity is an issue that needs to be addressed, it should be done as part of a broader reform bill that limits other forms of immigration from third world countries. At present, we let in over 1.1 million immigrants a year. By allowing hundreds of thousands of new people automatic residence - sans broader reforms and enforcement against illegal immigration - we will open the door for mass chain migration and make it easier for people to overstay their visas.
2. Undermining the Intent of the Bill: The entire rationale behind the STEM bill was to encourage highly educated immigrants who are schooled in American colleges to work in the US instead of for our competitors. Yet, the newly revised bill eliminates a provision of the introduced bill requiring STEM green card recipients to promise to work for at least five years in the U.S. or for the petitioner in a STEM field.
In theory, this is a good bill and represents the proper messaging that Republicans should be using going forward in the immigration debate. We need to make it clear that our immigration system should benefit the country by shifting away from the 1965 Kennedy law, which has tendentiously skewed our immigration system towards low-skilled immigrants. The STEM bill is a good start, and the elimination of the ridiculous visa lottery is even better. However, we are hoping that conservatives offer an amendment to strike the additional provisions that will flood the country with a higher concentration of immigration than we can deal with at this point. We would advise a no vote until the bill is restored to its original form.
IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ!
Open Letter to Permanent Representatives to the UN
from the European Coalition for Israel (UCI)
Help save the Peace process, vote for peace
Say no to a unilateral PA statehood bid
The United Nations was created in 1945 in order to prevent war and settle disputes peacefully. Over the years, we have seen many conflicts resolved peacefully through negotiation, with the help of the UN. At other times, the UN has failed, with parties in dispute rejecting a peaceful settlement and walking away from the negotiating table.
Excellencies, tomorrow afternoon you will be faced with an important decision which relates to one of the first conflicts involving the UN, namely the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Tomorrow, Thursday, the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, will apply for observer non-member state status at the UN. If accepted, it could mean the end of the Oslo Peace Process which clearly stipulates that "neither side shall initiate or take any steps that will change the status of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, pending the outcome of the Permanent Status negotiations" (Article 31).
November 29th also marks the 65th Anniversary of the UN Partition Plan for Palestine which promised two states for two peoples, Jews and Arabs, living side by side in peace. Sadly, the plan was rejected by one side who walked away. Instead of reaching out for peace, five Arab armies attacked Israel the moment the Jewish people declared the independence of the State of Israel on May 14th, 1948, based on the UN Partition Plan. As we mark this historic day, it is important to remember that there would be no Palestinian refugees today if the Arab side had simply accepted the UN offer. Instead of observing International Solidarity Day for the Palestinian people, we could tomorrow be marking the 65th Anniversary of an independent Palestinian state.
Excellencies, tomorrow you will be faced with another historic vote. The choice is once again between negotiation and unilateralism. There is no way to peace other than through negotiation. This was true in 1947 and it is true still today.
History confirms that unilateral actions, whether declarations of war or a unilateral declaration of a state, have never solved any conflict, nor led to a sustainable peace. In 1947, the Arabs missed a unique opportunity to have their own state. Let us not be irresponsible and suggest that they walk the path of 1947 again. The Palestinian people deserve something better.
Your vote on Thursday can be a vote for peace, however in order to give peace a chance, you need to vote for resumed negotiations and not for unilateralism. This is why you need to reject a premature and unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state.
New York, 28th November, 2012
- Please pray that these ambassadors will indeed read, and take heed, to the message in this letter. Ask our Lord to intervene, visiting each one as he or she lays asleep tonight. May He turn the hearts of these "kings" in the direction of His will -- that the land He gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob not be divided! Pray!
- "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes." (Proverbs 21:1)
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The European Coalition for Israel has also published a detailed report, titled: UNILATERAL PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD -- Why the Palestinian application for advanced status in the United Nations should be rejected
We strongly recommend this report to you as a permanent record of the case for rejecting Palestinian statehood. You can access this important document, signed by sixteen dignitaries, by going here.
An Ominous Vote at the U.N.
An Ominous Vote at the U.N.
Permanent United Nations Observer of Palestine, Riyad H. Mansour, heralded the upcoming vote by the United Nations General Assembly on November 29th to upgrade the Palestinians' status to an observer "state" as an "historic event." He boasted that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's maneuver, in which Abbas will personally appear at the General Assembly and present the resolution for a vote, was a form of resistance to Israeli occupation that Mansour labeled "diplomatic resistance."
Speaking to reporters at United Nations headquarters in New York two days prior to the vote, Mansour asserted that the General Assembly will be "legislating" international recognition of the Palestinians' claim to statehood, with "borders based on June 4, 1967″ and East Jerusalem as its capital. He said that every nation, whether voting for or against, should respect the result because "what we are doing is legal, honorable" and following the "democratic way," the "multilateral way."
Mansour characterized the General Assembly vote on the 65th anniversary of the original General Assembly partition Resolution 181 in 1947 as completing the UN's "legislating" of a two-state solution. Responding to a question as to whether the Palestinians were willing to admit that it was a mistake on the part of their leaders and neighboring Arab countries to reject the partition resolution, he dismissed the premise of the question as futile "score keeping." The Palestinians like to cherry-pick the parts they now like in the partition resolution they once rejected. Most importantly, Resolution 181 referred several times to the "Arab and Jewish States" resulting from the partition. To this day, Abbas refuses to acknowledge Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state as part of a two-state solution. . . (Front Page Magazine) Read more.
France to Vote in Favor
France to Vote in Favor of Palestinians' U.N. Bid
PARIS - Support in Europe for a heightened Palestinian profile at the United Nations grew on Tuesday when the French government said it would vote in favor of the Palestinians' bid for nonmember observer status, embracing a move that Israel and the United States have opposed.
Challenges in Defining an Israeli-Palestinian Border
The announcement by France, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, is the most significant boost to date for the Palestinians' hopes to be granted the enhanced status in the world forum, and with that greater international recognition. Russia and China, two other permanent members, have also thrown their weight behind the Palestinian bid.PARIS - Support in Europe for a heightened Palestinian profile at the United Nations gr ew on Tuesday when the French government said it would vote in favor of the Palestinians' bid for nonmember observer status, embracing a move that Israel and the United States have opposed. Read more.
- What is France thinking? Is France's approval due to the numerous Moslems who live in France? Pray against France's vote for the non-member status of the PA at the UN. The vote occurs tomorrow, and doubtless the Moslem nations will support the PA. Ask the Lord to block this vote, for a "yes" will surely cause more problems for Israel.
- ". . . before your wickedness was uncovered. It was like the time of the reproach of the daughters of Syria and all who were around her, and of the daughters of the Philistines who despise you everywhere." (Ezekiel 16: 57) ..
The Fiscal Cliff
The Fiscal Cliff
Information and Prayer from FRC Prayer Targets
America faces two major problems if Congress and the President fail to act before New Year's Day:
1. Expiration of the 2001-2003 Tax Cuts -
Every taxpayer faces significant tax increases. The estate ("death") tax rate will also rise from 35% to 55% and the $5 million asset exemption will drop to $1 million. Many small family farms and ranches will be forced to sell their land to pay taxes. Congressional Democrats (and some Republicans) want to eliminate the mortgage deduction and put caps on charitable deductions. President Obama promises to veto any extension that does not raise tax rates on upper income Americans, which is a part of his plan to redistribute wealth.
2. Sequestration -
The 2011 Budget Control Act requires the President and Congress to produce a budget that meets goals to reduce growth of the deficit and national debt. If they fail, a 10% across-the-board cut for all government agencies will be automatic. The Heritage Foundation estimates that 42.6% of the $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts will be cut from defense spending, putting national security in jeopardy (see Chart). Entitlement spending, the largest part of our budget, will barely be touched.
The impact of these events - the "Fiscal Cliff," will be huge. Most economists expect a deep recession if they are not remedied. If the charitable giving deduction is capped, it could mean a radical loss of income for churches, missionary agencies, and charities of every kind, for whom contributions are life blood.
Rev. Pierre Bynum
Chaplain & National Prayer Director
Family Research Council
801 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
- May God intervene mercifully, giving our leaders strength of will and guiding them with wisdom to preserve the fiscal underpinnings of our nation. If He intends to bring us to our knees by economic distress, may we bow in humility and repentance before Him and may he hear our cries for help!
- "I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears." (Psalm 34:4)
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
Miracles on the border: Syrians encounter Jesus
Part One: Jesus Speaks to Syrian Widow
NOTE TO READERS: The deepening crisis created by the civil war in Syria poses a major threat not only to the continued existence of that nation but to the stability of an already chaotic Middle East. This story and the following other stories (published tomorrow and Friday) cover the growing Christian ministry to thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing into neighboring countries.
"Tomorrow, I will send you someone who will tell you about Me. Listen to him." -God to Syrian Widow
BEIRUT (BP) -- The Christian relief team heard about the needy Syrian widow living outside a Lebanese Muslim village near the Syrian border. So they took food to her.
Apparently, Jesus had been there first.
A refugee from the civil war in Syria, the Muslim widow, along with her three children, had sought shelter in Lebanon -- like more than 100,000 other Syrians. She was observing a traditional 40-day period of solitude to mourn her dead husband, so she had received nothing from the local Islamic aid society.
When the Christians knocked at her door, the widow appeared fully covered in black, including an opaque veil over her face. She explained her period of self-isolation. They offered to leave the food outside, but she unexpectedly invited them in. They sat with her and her children on the floor of the temporary dwelling.
"Who are you?" she asked anxiously.
"You don't know us, but we have great love in our hearts toward you," the team leader answered, explaining their reasons for helping Syrian refugees. "That love comes from God, who has worked in our lives."
To their amazement, she responded by removing her veil --- unheard of in her conservative Muslim culture. Then the words came flooding out.
"I want to tell you what happened to me yesterday," she said, her voice trembling with emotion. "As I was sleeping during the night, someone knocked on my door. I was so scared, but I opened the window to see who it was. No one was there. After a while, I heard the same knocking. My heart was beating so fast, so I went and sat beside the door, and I fell asleep there.
"As I was sleeping, someone put His hand on my shoulder. He said, 'You don't know Me. You have passed through a great pain. I experienced a great pain, also. But I will not leave you alone. Tomorrow I will send you someone who will tell you about Me. Listen to him.'"
When she finished the story, she began to weep. She turned to the team leader and said, "Tell me about this person that I saw in my dream."
Through his own tears, the leader told her about Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the friend of widows, orphans and outcasts. "This Book that I'm going to give you will explain to you about God's love," he promised, giving her a Bible along with additional aid to help her and her children survive the mourning period.
The widow later returned to Syria. No one knows for sure what has become of her. But God knows.
TOMORROW: 'Dead or alive?'
(Source: Baptist Press) Read more.
Praise the Lord for this powerful testimony! HE LIVES! Ask our Lord to protect these brave missionaries who are now serving Him on the border between Syria and Lebanon. May their words be anointed by the power of the Holy Spirit, and may they bear "fruit that remains" for the Kingdom of God!
"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)
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