On January 2, 2014 the NY Times, USA Today & Israeli Newspapers all reported that “Ariel Sharon’s Condition Has Deteriorated and is Now ‘Life-Threatening” Sharon died on January 11th 2014.
Who is Ariel Sharon? Is this news?
There is a large backstory to this story and the backstory has to do with the return of Jesus.
Before I go there let me give you some background on Ariel Sharon…
He was a military General and later the 11th Prime Minister of Israel (Israel’s Prime Minister is much like a U.S. President).
His military mind was second to none.
He was the kind of guy you either loved or hated – there was little to no middle ground.
Ariel Sharon was 85 years old. He was elected Israel’s 11th prime minister in 2001.
While in office, He suffered a stroke on January 4th 2006 and has been in a coma for the past 8 years.
For eight years, Mr. Sharon has been breathing on his own but fed with a feeding tube. In September of 2013 he underwent surgery to fix the feeding tube.
A year ago, January 2013, scientists announced that during a brain scan they had found surprising activity in response to the voice of his sons and visits of his grandchildren. This raised the question, could this brain activity suggest that Sharon might be able to hear and understand. If so, could there be a possibility that he could actually recover? That was the hope. That was a year ago…
Mr. Sharon was a controversial military commander who rose to hold many of his nation’s top positions. In fact he suffered the stroke at what many believe was the height of his political power.
He was the architect of Israeli settlements in what is called “Palestinian territory”.
Because of his background in the development of these settlements, he stunned the world with a complete withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005.
And it was believed he was preparing for further territorial concessions to establish a Palestinian state when he became ill.
Personally, He has been widowed twice. His 1st wife was killed in a car accident driving between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. He is the father of 3 sons.
As for his military background, until his stroke in 2005, modern day Israel had never fought a war where Sharon was not involved. In 1948 when the Israeli army was started , he was a commander. He was a member of Israel’s Paratroopers Brigade.
In 1964, Ariel Sharon was promoted and became the Chief Staff Officer at the Northern Command. At that time Israel was in a conflict with Syria due to Syrian attempts to divert the main tributaries of the Jordan River in order to dry up the Sea of Galilee, which is the main water source of Israel.
A year later he was promoted in rank and became Brigadier General.
In September of 1973, after 25 years of military service, he got out of the military and was beginning to form a new political party. His time away from the military lasted one month. October 5th 1973 was the start of the Yom Kippur War and Sharon was brought back in and placed in command of the southern units.
He eventually crossed over the Suez Canal into Egypt…
“The canal crossing transformed the war from defeat to a victory, and eventually it was the factor that brought about the signing of the first peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.
Now for the backstory
Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, was an extremely well respected Rabbi. He died on January 28th 2006.
He was born in Iraq, but lived in the land of Israel before it was officially called Israel.
Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri was known for his photographic memory and his memorization of the Bible, the Talmud, and other Jewish writings.
He knew Jewish sages and celebrities of the last century and rabbis who lived in the Holy Land and kept the faith alive before the State of Israel was born.
Kaduri was not only highly esteemed because of his age of 108, He was charismatic and wise, and chief rabbis looked up to him as a righteous man or saint. He would give advice and blessings to everyone who asked. Thousands visited him to ask for counsel or healing. His followers spoke of many miracles and his students say that he predicted many disasters.
When he died, more than 200,000 people joined the funeral procession on the streets of Jerusalem to pay their respects as he was taken to his final resting place.
His last wish was to wait one year after his death before revealing his final message.
You can find a link to his last message here:
The Rabbi, the Note and the Messiah
What were the words of this highly respected Rabbi?
That Jesus is the Messiah!!!
“When he comes, the Messiah will rescue Jerusalem from foreign religions that want to rule the city,” Kaduri once said. “They will not succeed for they will fight against one another.”
Thursday October 13, 2005 was Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement. On the Jewish calendar – this is the Holiest day of the year .
On the evening before Yom Kippur a 25 hour period of fasting and prayer begins.
On Yom Kippur, Synagogue attendance is mandatory. Rabbi Kaduri had a congregation and that evening, they came to hear him speak.
Women were dressed in white signifying purity and not a person wore any items made of gold – which was an unholy reminder of the sins associated with the golden calf constructed at the base of Mt. Sinai.
Instead of speaking, Rabbi Kaduri, bowed his head and lightly mumbled, meditated, to himself. He stayed in this meditation position for 45 minutes.
Then, after 45 minutes, he lifted his head and announced “I have met the Messiah”.
Obviously this caused quite a stir in the synagogue. Raising his right hand and asking for silence, then he spoke again…
“He shall appear soon”
“You must be ready for His coming”
“Many events of awe will take place before his coming… But they will happen quickly”
Then he delivered the unbelievable statement that “He (the Messiah) will not present himself until after the death of our prime minister, Ariel Sharon. (This was 2005 and Sharon was healthy!)
The Messiah will not come until after the death of Ariel Sharon?!
Kaduri later said that he had discovered that Jesus is the Messiah in November 2003 but did not say anything publically until Yom Kippur 2005.
Here’s a quick review of the timeline;
- October 13, 2005 – Kaduri announced to his congregation he had met the Messiah, stating that His return will not happened until after the death of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
- January 4, 2006 Ariel Sharon suffers a stroke and goes into a coma
- January 28, 2006 Rabbi Kaduri, at age 108, dies from complications of pneumonia
- Early 2007 – Rabbi’s handwritten note is open and read – revealing the name of the Messiah – he wrote that Jesus is the Messiah
- January 2, 2014 Sharon is in critical life threatening condition
- January 11, 2014 Ariel Sharon dies at age 85.
What do you make of all this?
Did this highly respected Rabbi have an encounter with Jesus?
Is this a modern day “Paul on the road to Damascus” experience?
Will Jews be drawn to Jesus because of this Rabbi’s vision/words?
For the first time in his presidency, President Obama recently went to Israel. For weeks before his trip we were told that there wouldn’t be any talk of forcing Israel into a two state solution and there would be just limited attempts to restart peace talks.
The ISSUES and the purpose of this trip was to deal with:
- Iran and nuclear weapons and Netanyahu’s “red line”
- Syria and the threat of biological and chemical weapons
What will be the outcome, the fruit of this visit? We probably won’t really know for several weeks. I will do a follow up as we see how this all plays out. However there is a red flag, a warning to what could transpire from this trip. Our leadership could eventually take, desire, maybe even ask for, undue honor. What is “undue honor”? Taking credit for what God is doing!
Here’s a biblical example…
“In Lystra there sat a man who was lame. He had been that way from birth and had never walked. 9 He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed 10 and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.”
Notice Paul didn’t say “In Jesus name”? Why not?
Jesus was already present. Paul saw Jesus in this man’s eyes!
“When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” 12 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. 13 The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them.”
The temptation Paul & Barnabas faced was to receive this praise being offered them. HOWEVER – look at how Paul and Barnabas responded…
“they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: 15 “Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.”
After this event, Paul is stoned and left for dead.
- In other cities he had been plotted against, persecuted, abandoned, attacked…
- In all those occasions, Paul just picked himself up and moved on.
Here however, he tears his clothing and shouts out against their actions. Why such a strong reaction to what the people in Lystra were doing versus what people in other cities did?
Because what the people in Lystra were trying to do was to bring “undue honor” onto Paul and he was not about to take credit for what God had done and was doing!
Here’s the danger with President Obama’s 1st trip to Israel: our leadership taking credit for what God is doing and is going to allow to happen in the Middle East.
How close is Iran to nuclear weapons? Do they already have them?
Is Israel going to strike Iran?
Where does Syria play in all of this?
Is their leadership going to fall?
How many more deaths will that civil war cause?
Where do countries like Jordan end up in all this?
What about Egypt and its leadership which is taking a stance against Israel?
Our president and American leadership will be somewhat involved in all of this. My only hope is that they do so with humble hearts and do not expect or receive “Undue Honor” for what God is doing.
That would not bring blessing to America!
Psalms, Daniel, Joel, Obadiah & Zephaniah, all Old Testament books, all speak of Jerusalem as God’s Holy Hill.
“Then you will know that I, the Lord your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her.”
Three weeks ago I asked you to pray for Israel. Psalm 122 tells us that we are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. I explained that David wrote that Psalm for when those traveling to Jerusalem to celebrate a festival time could sing that Psalm. They would be praying for the peace of Jerusalem, which was a prayer for the ability to worship without distraction.
I explained that true peace will not come to Jerusalem unto the Lord returns.
Then I asked you to pray for the elections facing Israel. Those elections took place on January 22, 2013.
The results were NOT what most had anticipated, not what most of the polls showed going into the elections.
It was believed that Israel was moving more to the “right” meaning that they would be moving away from the peace process with the Palestinians, that they would not be as open about dividing Jerusalem, God’s Holy Hill. It meant they were moving toward a much harder stance with security and especially with Iran.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likid party, before the elections, held 27 of the 120 seats in Israel’s government. It was believed that after the early elections were called that his party would have 45-47 seats. They ended up with just 31. His party is still the largest party but it doesn’t hold the political power it was expected to have.
Israel’s second largest party is a party that did not exist a few months ago. It is led by a former news anchor personality who got out of TV and into politics. He formed this new party just for these elections and they won 19 seats, which is amazing. The party’s name is Yesh Atid which means “There is a future”. They would be considered more center/right. Their focus is changing the old corrupt system and to create a new political system which offers change and hope. (Sound familiar? Obama 2008?)
Arabs who live in Israel take part in the election process. They have their own party and they have a voice. If THEY are included in the final tally it seems that the power is divided evenly, 60 seats to the left (liberal) and 60 seats to the right (conservative).
Is there a future for Israel?
Iran wants to wipe them off the map. Egypt has a new leader who calls Israelis pigs and monkeys. Syria has killed over 40,000 people and has deadly chemical weapons. Internationally Israel is becoming more and more isolated, including a strained relationship with the United States. Israelis see the darkness around them but they also see new possibilities such as the natural gas that has been discovered off the shore of Haifa and the pipelines being built to harvest that. In the near future Israel could actually be exporting natural gas to Europe! This new party is a fresh political face; it’s not the same status quo and that appealed to the younger Israeli voters. This party won because of first-time young voters (again, sound familiar?)
The problem with this new direction is that Israelis are looking for change, hope, a brighter future but they are doing it by looking everywhere except to God. There is a hardening toward God taking place. By its own admission, this new party is a very “secular” party.
Recently Benjamin Netanyahu has been seeking out Scripture, including hosting a Bible study in his own home. That Scripture was becoming an element that he was including in his decisions.
At the United Nation General Assembly meeting in New York last fall, Benjamin Netanyahu drew a bomb and said this is the Red Line for Iran. When they get to this point (expected in 2013) there would be no stopping them. With these election results, Netanyahu’s political power has been reduced. Military analysts inside Israel say that because of that an Israel pre-empted strike against Iran is less likely.
What does all of this mean?
Will Israel strike Iran?
Will Israel negotiate with the Palestinians?
Is Jerusalem going to be a part of those negotiations?
Will Israel/ U.S. relations be stronger or weaker?
Will Israel become self-sufficient because of the natural gas discovery?
What will happen to the peace treaty signed with Egypt?
What will happen with the threat of chemical weapons in Syria?
Much will be happening in Israel. Remember Psalm 122 tells us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem – God’s Holy Hill.
1.) Bank Network Investments – BNI
Italy’s 4th largest bank has declared a Bank Holiday from June 14th to July 1st without giving any prior notice to the customers.
BNI customers are unable to make withdrawals / payments, payments of utility bills, mortgage payments, taxes, etc.
2.) Henry Kissinger headlines Romney event at the Trump Tower in Stamford, Conn., on July 12.
Is Romney in line with the elite and their plans?
3.) It was just announced that Russia and China intend to send military personnel and equipment to SYRIA to stage war games.
A joint Russian-Chinese-Iranian-Syrian exercise is to take place in Syria.
It is being described as “the largest of its kind ever staged in the Middle East” with 90,000 personnel, 400 air planes and 1000 tanks taking part.
China is reported to have asked Egypt for and received permission for the passage through the Suez Canal in late June of 12 naval ships heading for Tartus, Syria.
4.) Israel forms unity government, wards off September elections
Happened on May 7th
Has Israel ever done this before – YES
1967 just before they went to war!!!