Friday, March 9, 2012

Tell it like it is.

Tom's Journal.

Please make a note of it, and be advised, that I have made a few changes, deletions, and corrections on my last Blog post, and perhaps other posts,  I hope for the better, just trying to keep peace and harmony in the 'family.'   And  if I fall short of the 'Mark of Perfection' I stand ready to fix things, and correct things, if I can. 
    But if my frequent quotations of Scripture offends some folks--  sorry, I will not make any apologies to exercise my Rights as outlined in the U.S. CONSTITUTION, and in God's Word.  Better to be killed for using God's Word.. than to be a coward, and live a few more short days on earth... sorry, again. 

Now, I don't put all my stock in the following great article, but it does make me wonder and perhaps change some of my calculations, or give me pause.  For we bible loving Christians do not watch the clocks or calendars to determine when God will come to claim his Bride class-- 'for we know not the hour or day of the Lord's coming...'  but we do know the SEASON! 

Warm Regards
Tom Schuckman

Obama offered PM 'package deal' on Iran attack

by David Lev---

A report in Ma'ariv Thursday said that U.S. President Barack H. Obama offered to give Israel advanced “bunker buster” missiles and long-range planes that could fly thousands of kilometers without refueling – if Israel agreed not to attack Iran during 2012.

The report was based on discussions with diplomatic officials who were privy to the conversation Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had with Obama in Washington this week. The diplomats said that Obama had offered a “package deal,” whereby the U.S. would not seek to prevent an Israeli attack in 2013 – after the U.S. presidential election in November. That didn't mean that the U.S. was giving Israel a “green light” for an attack; it was more like a “yellow light,” which perhaps could be interpreted as close to red than green, the diplomats said.

In tandem with the report, the Institute for Science and International Security, which works to reduce the threat of nuclear war, released an assessment Wednesday that Israel was unlikely to attack Iran during 2012.

Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said Wednesday that Iran was hiding important information about its nuclear program. In an interview on CNN, to be broadcast later Thursday, Amano said that Iran is “not being open about its nuclear program. We demand that Iran speak to us of their own volition. Iran has some questions to answer,” he said.

Former Israeli Ambassadorto the U.S. Yoram Ettinger said:
“The ideological divide between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama is unbridgeable. It cannot be papered-over by photo-opportunities, smiles and warm hospitality…Sanctions – which have been undermined by Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Turkish non compliance - will not prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. Forty years of sanctions did not prevent the nuclearization of North Korea, and thirty three years of sanctions against Iran have provided Teheran with additional time to develop/acquire nuclear capabilities…The cost of non-preemption (a nuclear confrontation) would dwarf the cost of preemption…In order to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear capabilities, President Obama will have to amend his worldview. Otherwise, Netanyahu will have to demonstrate the principle and value-driven tenacity and steadfastness of former Israeli Prime Ministers Ben Gurion, Eshkol, Golda Meir, Begin and Shamir, who founded the Jewish State, and catapulted it to dramatic achievements, through the defiance of US and global political correctness.”

God said: “The Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men.”…“With my great power and out stretched arm I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone I please.”…“Yahweh has established his throne in heaven and his kingdom rules over all.”... “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.”(Daniel 4:17; Jeremiah 27:5; Psalm 103:19;Romans 13:1)

The Jerusalem Connection said: Now we know that really all options are not on the table. Apparently there is one option for sure that is not on the table and possibly two. One option no longer on the table is that there will not be an Obama-authorized U.S. preemptive strike on Iran until the election is over. The second appears likely as well and that is there will not be an Israeli preemptive strike this year. Did the President make the Prime Minister a deal he couldn’t refuse? On the other hand, Donald Trump is betting that Obama will strike Iran this year in an attempt to insure his election. Whatever the case, the President’s action will most certainly be governed by his election motivations.While our vote is important, our prayers are more important. We need to pray that God will contain and restrain our elected leadership to those policies and decisions that will be most in keeping with his will and purposes for his people. And may God give us grace to be like Esther in “such a time as this.”

The story of Esther

Purim is a classic story of deep-rooted anti-semitism, pitting a powerful ruler (King Ahasuerus) and his vicious, arrogant advisor (Haman) against the Nation of Israel. Plans were drawn up for the “final solution” – wiping the Jews off the face of the earth. The word ”Purim” means lottery – referring to the method used to determine the fateful day set aside for the annihilation of the Jews.

The story of Esther told by One Night with the King clips to “Born For This” by Mandisa.

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Make sure and check out all of our articles on Purim!

Purim is the holiday when Jews (and many Christians) remember the story of Esther. Purim is a celebration of God’s providence and Esther’s courage. Some people call Purim the “Jewish Halloween” because it is traditional to dress up in costume, eat sweets, and put on fun plays. The main part of the holiday is reading the story of Esther together with a group of friends or family. Sound fun? Throw on a crown and get your Bible; you can host your own Purim party!

A messianic look at Purim by Mark Stover
Haman and Mordecai in ;the book of Esther by Kleros Ministries
Video: The Purim Song
Purim for Kids
(games, coloring sheets, explanations, videos and more) by Shelley Neese
Purim in the Holy Land by Travelujah