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Guatemalan Embassy Opens In Jerusalem While Jewish State Bill Advances



The new Guatemalan embassy opened in Jerusalem today, coming only 48 hours after the historic opening of the United States' own diplomatic headquarters in the city.  The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Netanyahu, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, and Guatemala's First Lady.

I find it fascinating to see who, in God's sovereign will, He has chosen to give the stage to in Jerusalem this week—prominent evangelical Christians (Robert Jeffress, John Hagee, Jimmy Morales, etc).  Most eastern, Arab, and European countries opposed the embassy moves, in addition to the Roman Catholic Church and pretty much leftists everywhere.  Yet evangelicals have been stalwart defenders of Zionism and have thus been given an incredible platform to share the gospel.  Some took the opportunity (Jeffress), while others didn't (Hagee), but in the end, God drew Israel's attention to Christ.

While the country isn't ready to accept the message now, they will remember these things and in just a few years time—in the midst of Jacob's Trouble—they will remember that it was Christ's Church that supported and protected the New Jersey-sized country in the midst of a sea of Arab enemies.  And then they will call on the Name of the LORD and be saved.


In other news, the Jewish nation-state bill has advanced further in the Knesset after a Likud committee member vowed to overrule Arab objections.

And hats off to the Daily Crow for spotting that according to the United Nations today is the International Day of Living Together in Peace.  It seems like the world sure is flirting with 1 Thessalonians 5:3 of late.

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  1. No mention in below article that Hamas provoked Palestinians to storm the border. This was no peaceful protest!! Who brings gas bombs and Molotov cocktails to a peaceful protest????

    http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/05/15/561820/Turkey-OIC--Binali-Yildirim--Recep-Tayyip-Erdogan

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    1. Recent reports are suggesting 50 of the 60 killed were members of Hamas.

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    2. Thanks Gary and Gail B! It's very quicly and very interesting! I found also a new article in JP – Row with Turkey gets ugly
      https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Row-with-Turkey-gets-ugly-556680

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    3. and this in the NZHerald today..."the fool has said in his heart, there is no God". Plenty of Journalist 'fools' around today unfortunately.

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12052786

      Ryan

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    4. Hi Ryan!

      Capitol Hill Crusaders? I didn't realise that the House and Senate had so many NZ rugby fans?!

      I find it interesting that this article is quoted as coming from news.com.au. That's an Australian source. Go fig, I thought the Aussies were supporting the move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem?

      Such as life.

      GO ALL BLACKS!

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    5. ha, yeah we have our own version of capitol hill crusaders (rugby that is) called the Canterbury Crusaders, who, ironically enough, are from ChristChurch...thus being the Christ Church Crusaders. Whoda thought!

      p.s. - Job as the pastor of the local Open Brethren Church has just popped up if you were interested (they are more 'open' to the spirit of God than in previous years...). Let me know how I can contact you if you were interested.

      Ryan

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    6. Thanks for thinking of me Ryan! Yeah, where are they located?

      I've not had time to follow rugby this year but last year was a great one for the Crusaders! Christchurch and greater Canterbury was an area I felt a great need to plant, especially after the quakes of 2011.

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  2. I wondered about the nation of GUATEMALA being first following the example of the US nation to open their embassy in J'lem and did a little research: Apparently, the Guatemala vote at the UN resolution 181 in birthing the state of Israel in 1947 was the decisive one.

    https://hamodia.com/2016/11/29/knesset-honors-guatemala-role-1947-u-n-partition-vote/

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    1. Annabel, yes, it was. I touched on this in an earlier post. Interesting mirror here in that, after the vote, USA officially recognized Israel 1st and Guatemala 2nd, precisely as the order of the embassy maneuvers happened as well. As students of typology and a Wonderful Abba Who Never Changes we are well attuned to patterns and especially those which REPEAT. Something is afoot here with Guatemala and it will be interesting when we find out what it is, apart from the strong evangelical nature of their leader, of course. Maranatha!

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    2. Jimboni - I had no idea that he's an evangelical... very interesting & wonderful little tidbit of info!!

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    3. Jimboni TY for your reply! I did a little research on Jimmy Morales again and don't really know what this "evangelical" labeling means. Someone who declares himself Christians and quoting the bible often does not yet make a born again believer to me. And even if he is, what does some Lot do "sitting in the gate of Sodom" (= administration, town council) Genesis 19:1? Don't we have the best example from Abraham and Lot in the bible, where they lived, what they did there and what the result for their faith was? (The books of Jasher and Jubilees are even expanding on the faith decline of all of Lots family members in Sodom) Why do we look on men following their example instead of obeying the word of God?

      http://evangelicalfocus.com/world/2866/Jimmy_Morales_corruption_guatemala_Evangelicals_have_not_faced_this_case_wth_impartiality

      I'm not sure about a former TV comedian going into politics then calling him my brother in Christ. I think according to the bible there would have been more of a testimony if there would be a visible change of lifestyle and mindset. Just quoting the bible often is not a real understanding of Christianity to me. He might however be some "Lot type" but what kind of testimony for Christ is THAT then to the world? They would laugh about him, at best. Genesis 19:14

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    4. Annabel, honestly I was using the tag a bit loosely, having seen it parroted in a few secular posts, months ago, when doing research around these topics. That any gov't leader anywhere ends up being 'born again' and truly operating from that worldview does seem antithetical, however, in this case, apart from what you bring up, there is the fact of the fruit of this nation as relates to Israel in these last days, all the way back to 1948. In light of the alignment of those facts of national fruit with their leader's personae, I felt comfortable making that reference. Maranatha!

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  3. My political views tend to be liberal for what I consider to be very good reasons, and I strongly support the embassy moves. I was horrified when Trump was elected, but I have come to see that, despite all of his many faults, he is God's choice to lead our nation at this time in history. Please don't paint all liberals with such a broad brush.

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    1. I'm right there with you Jeff! We may hold differing perspectives on issues and that's okay -- I believe those differing views add balance and mediate the result. Creation is replete with opposites yet G-d uses them all to His Glory. Nothing is wasted. We are all created in the image of G-d and all due the respect that comes with that.

      But if we were taking score of who supports what, I did not vote for Trump either yet I strongly support the embassy moves too.

      Long ago I came to understand that socio-political labels fail to define me. The ONLY label that properly defines me is as a child of the One True King. My identity is in Christ alone. That's why I have a "JESUS 2018" sticker on the back of my cars. It is an election year in the US after all!

      My faith and trust are not in any man, they are in the LORD G-D Almighty. To Him be all the glory!

      It's okay, G-d's got this,


      Pastor Rich

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    2. Jeff, love you brother and I respect your view. I agree that labels can often be unhelpful. When I say "leftist", I'm not referring to your run-of-the-mill liberal (I'm a liberal in the classical sense, and conservative on most social issues, so labels don't suffice). I'm referring to movement leftists who are actively working around the world to break down Judeo-Christian and western society by isolating evangelicals and legalizing all sorts of things that are antithetical to biblical morality and a healthy society:

      - Transgenderism
      - Homosexual marriage
      - Pedophilia (in some instances)
      - Bestiality (see the recent ruling in Canada)
      - Abortion (murder of innocents)
      etc.

      Blessings brother.

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    3. Bestiality ruling in Canada? I had to look that one up and found this bit,

      https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/canada-legalizes-beastiality/

      I don't claim that Snopes is 100% but they have helped in the past. Very interesting story on a topic that is shocking to have to visit in the legal system.

      Thanks brother!

      PR

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    4. I think the Snopes article is misleading for several reasons. First of all, Canada's highest court ruled IN FAVOR of the defendant who used an animal as part of the sexual abuse of his daughters. Second, Snopes' argument is that Canada did not create a *new law* legalizing bestiality, but I don't think anyone is arguing that--courts don't create new laws, they just rule on the constitutionality of existing laws and that's the point of concern. Lastly, in fact it looks like Snopes' own "fact check" contradicts itself. It argues penetration is already defined in the criminal code, but then cites a section where the term is ambiguous.

      The court's ruling was murky and did in fact open the door to certain acts of bestiality (including non-vaginal penetration).

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    5. Agreed. You are correct that the article may be misleading.

      I have not read it exhaustively but I have gotten far enough to see that the courts ruled on the case per the definitions of the law to that point. They found that the case (as morally reprehensible as it is) did not constitute bestiality for lack of penetration.

      Obviously the 1955 rewrite of 19th Century law needs to be revisited by those upon whom that task falls.

      The courts did say that legislation would be required from Parliament and that it should be done quickly. Such a bill was introduced in June 2016 and is making slow progress according to the Snopes reporting.


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    6. Gary, love and respect you too, and thanks for the clarification! :)

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  4. Didn't Romadon start yesterday? I think it lasts for around a month. I seem to remember that there is an increase in terror activity after that, but not sure?

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    1. Yes, Ramadan did just start. Here is a quotation from Wikipedia,

      From dawn to dusk, "Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations. Muslims are also instructed to refrain from sinful behavior that may negate the reward of fasting, such as false speech (insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, etc.) and fighting except in self-defense. Pre-fast meals before dawn are referred to as Suhoor, while the post-fast breaking feasts after sunset are called Iftar. Spiritual rewards (thawab) for fasting are also believed to be multiplied within the month of Ramadan. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of salat (prayers), recitation of the Quran and an increase of doing good deeds and charity."

      Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramadan

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  5. AN INTERESTING PIN-POINT

    ...from the pages of The Washington Post

    "Tuesday, the White House released a statement with a markedly different tone, saying Ramadan 'reminds us of the richness Muslims add to the religious tapestry of American life.'"

    Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/05/16/trumps-surprising-ramadan-message-to-muslims/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.15643241b775


    In contrast to that article is the following which quotes a study on the social effects of anti-Muslim tweets,

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/hate-crimes-spiked-after-trumps-anti-muslim-tweets-study-finds


    But then, in this day and age we never really know who to trust when it comes to news do we? Thank G-d we have His Holy Spirit to lead us and His Word to guide us!

    PR

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    1. Ha!! We might "learn something from Muslims"... Yes, this is truly ENDTIMES. LOL!

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  6. And as if I were not spending way too much time in this forum...

    Today is the first day of the third month on the Torah Calendar. (A new moon!) Shavuot (Pentecost, Feast of Weeks) is in six days on the first-quarter moon (6:49 am in Jerusalem), sixth day of the month, third day of the week. (That's Tuesday 5/22/18 on the Gregorian calendar)

    Twice blessed and a fine day to have a wedding!

    PR

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    1. 'twice blessed and a fine day to have a wedding', good call Pastor Rich...that was one of my earliest 'Chuck Missler' teachings from the book of Genesis. Lord knows how much I love that man, and will miss not seeing him at the River Lodge.

      Ryan

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    2. Amen.


      A PIN-POINT of ENCOURAGEMENT FOR ALL

      Matt Redman has released his rendition of a classic hymn, one not often heard but known by many, "One Day (When We All Get To Heaven)",

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXOstbNiAwk&t=0s&index=15&list=PLjZGbPk4bFaZTcZjShw10HZmq2HAeK0A4

      "And in a moment we shall be changed. On that Day. One Day we'll be free, free indeed. Jesus! One Day all the struggle will cease. We will see your glory revealed, on that Day!"

      The site Worship Together is geared toward Worship Leaders so you get the live performance of the song and a discussion on how to perform it. Great stuff for planning worship.

      A beautiful worship song rendered in the brilliant voice of Matt.

      Enjoy.

      Blessings,

      PR

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  7. Hey Gary!

    We have another potential spambot post. A quick Google of "sherrily6 Lane" found several entries in the past month of spam posted across Blogspot under this username.

    One or two of these is not a big deal but if someone is working to weaponize the tool they could "potentially" swamp the server(s) and the site(s). You may want to post a Support Ticket with the host.

    PR

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    1. Thanks for the heads up! I found it and marked it as spam. I've put in place some pretty good spam protection on the site over and above what Blogger offers, but sometimes things slip through.

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  8. "When We All Get to Heaven " (What a day of rejoicing that will be) is one of my favorite Hymns. That, and "Victory in Jesus" (My Savior forever.)

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  9. Heart completely broken over events in TX school this morning. Just wanted to connect to my brothers and sisters. Come Lord soon! We need you desperately....

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    1. Amen and amen. Eagerly awaiting Righteous Judgement for TPTB behind such nonsense, Maranatha!

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    2. Thank you Gail B. for your kind words and prayer, We are heartbroken again here in Texas, more tears, more pain, unimaginable grief for the innocent victims. Yes, Come Lord soon, we are in horrible times where evil is relentless, seemingly unstoppable and the blood of the innocents flows without end. Lord God I pray for these children and their families that you give them courage and strength to endure. Please help us all galvanize our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Please come soon dear Lord. Amen. "36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

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    3. My Prayers Join with yours. Heartbreaking to consider there are those behind the scenes pulling the strings on sick and misguided people to have these things occur to achieve an agenda. Blessings - Sherry

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    4. Amen Sherry Griffin. Truly satan at work through those behind the scenes to achieve their agenda. I sometimes wonder if those in the shadows and those out in the open know who they really serve. I believe most of them do; the evil written on their faces reveals who they are despite the lies that come out of their mouths. God Bless.

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    5. Boy wouldn't it be something if President Trump tweeted "our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the 1760 unborn children who were slaughtered in their mothers wombs this very day".

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    6. I'm sorry guys but didn't you immediately check out "A call for an uprising" or other truthers channels? How blind must I be to find some interviewee on the "Independent" news with a Freemason necklace right into your face? You STILL think these events are not staged and orchestrated? Hmmm... Must be sth wrong with my eyes and ears. Sorry.

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    7. Annabel, we all know there is nothing wrong with our eyes and ears. I believe the problem most people have with accepting these as staged events is 2 fold. Primarily - Cognitive Dissonance - If they accept these events are orchestrated, then their world as they believe it to be no longer exists and they must take action. Most are unwilling or unable to process and comprehend such a fact. Secondly - Though still very much related to the primary, they dismiss the possibility of orchestration because of the "mental illness" displayed by the perpetrator or the fact some have said the deaths in these incidents are not real. This is absolutely not correct (thank you Alex Jones for helping people dismiss this because you overplayed it probably intentionally). People are killed, people do die - perhaps not all, but certainly some and probably most. We know there are crisis actors involved and the most easily manipulated are the mentally ill. We find in ALL THESE CASES these people are known to authorities, many have connections to the FBI, Military, etc. The manipulation of these people to instigate these horrible acts with their mind control techniques is quite simple and whistleblowers have shown us these programs going on for years. Right now Gun Control is THE HOTBUTTON ISSUE on liberals minds in the US, thus they will continue to do this until they get what they want. Sorry to be so brutally frank about my beliefs regarding the evil cabal who is actively seeking to control the US and the world, but that's how I see it. Blessings - Sherry

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    8. When I was in school, the worst we had to worry about was someone chewing gum in class, not getting shot or teachers hitting on students and vice versa. Maybe there was someone who wanted to kick my behind after school but that was all we had to worry about. We need prayer back in school. We need to invite the Lord back into our schools.

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    9. Archangel, you're sweet... "invite the LORD back into our schools"... but keep Him out of ALL the rest of our lives, right? That's not the way it works though. 2 Kings 2:23-24

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  10. If this is legit, pray for Hawaii

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-18/hawaii-national-guard-whistleblowers-warn-friends-family-imminent-power-plant

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    1. "Ironic" to read a message like this on May 18th. (Yellowstone has been active too) Up until May 18th, 1980 I could see Mt St Helens from my front door stoop. This day in 1980 that changed when the mountain top got blown away.

      We didn't have lava bombs falling from the sky but we sure got buried in ash more than once. I'll never forget that experience. The midday sun in Yakima, Washington was blotted out by the ash cloud when it finally went. It was like noon on a winter day in Nome. Dark. But the fluff gently falling from the sky was not snow. It was volcanic ash.

      Yes, pray for Hawaii. Pray for the victims of the violence in Texas, the families of New Jersey bus accident and the families of the lost today in the crash outside of Havana.

      We may be getting to the point it's time to pray for the whole of humanity.

      PR

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  11. Amen Richard. Praying with you for all of humanity. The death, and hatred and godlessness is just gut wrenching. Lord Jesus, I am so sorry for the mess we have made. Forgive us for the roles we have played. May the world see their need for you. May your good and perfect will be done. May as many as possible be saved. Be with all those who have lost loved ones and those who have had to be close to the evil. While they grieve, may they know you are God, and you can rescue them and you will save them if they would just put their trust in your son Jesus who died and rose again. I pray this for every man woman and child of every race and tongue, that they might come to know and love you even though there is little time left.

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  12. An update on the peace plan

    https://www.debka.com/trump-me-peace-plan-half-west-bank-for-palestinians-abu-dis-as-capital/

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  13. PARAGUAY is next opening its embassy in J'lem today. Just saying. But we don't need another extensive article about this now I think... MARANATHA! :D

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