Psalm 2

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Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
“Yet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.”

Is Baptism a Christian Concept or Jewish – by Ron Cantor

Growing up Jewish, I was taught that Christian Baptism was the ultimate act of betrayal. Considering that Jewish people in the Middle Ages were forced into Baptism by so called Christians who had completely erased the Jewishness of the Gospel from the pages of the New Testament, its understandable that Jews today feel that way.

continued at:
http://messiahsmandate.org/video-ep-2-is-baptism-a-christian-concept-or-jewish/#sthash.cZtxmAVJ.dpbs

Palestine before the Palestinians by Olivier Jack Melnick

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…until the early 60s, Palestine was always synonymous with Israel and/or Holy Land. Arabs in neighboring countries never called themselves Palestinians but rather Syrians, Lebanese, Jordanian, Egyptians, etc. Most Arabs in the early 1900s would have argued that Palestinian Arabs were simply Syrians.

Recently, an interesting new piece of evidence in favor of Jewish Palestine was found in the most unlikely of places. Some will argue that it is just anecdotal and that it certainly doesn’t prove anything, but I would beg to differ.

Complete article here:

http://www.newantisemitism.com/2014/11/palestine-before-palestinians.html

Qanta Ahmed

In the west I think we need to understand that, despite the anti-west rhetoric spewed by spokesmen from ISIS,  Islamism has so far proven to be more of  danger to middle-eastern Moslems than to us.

For every American or European journalist and aid-worker butchered by ISIS, tens of thousands of Moslems (as well as Christians) in Syria and Iraq have also been brutally killed. So the apparant lack of condemnation of ISIS from western Moslems seems significant. [On the other hand, is the western media reporting when Moslems are condemning them?*]

Last Saturday I saw an interesting interview with Dr Qanta Ahmed, a Moslem woman who IS speaking out about the dangers of “Islamism”.

https://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/25585233/the-muslim-supporting-israel/

 

It was refreshing to hear a Moslem willing to speak against the atrocities being committed in the name of Islam and the danger that Islamism presents not only to western interests but to Moslems as well.

During the interview I think she politely put Andrew O’Keefe, the Aussie interviewer, “in his place” (though I’m sure he didn’t realise it) when he tried to compare/equate Islamic extremism (ISIS, Hamas etc) to other religious extremism in the world – also inferring that extremists in the US Bible Belt are no less dangerous than ISIS.

Andrew O’Keefe: I think the debate here in Australia is centred around Islam but meanwhile, in Burma, we have Buddhists running riot against Muslims trying to attempt a genocide there.

We have Hindu nationalism going crazy in parts of India.

The southern states of America, even now, there is an extreme fundamentalist Christianity that has sought to stamp out Judaism and other forms of religious, it’s any religious tradition.

 

Qanta Ahmed: Your point is well taken, any belief system can be galvanised into grounds for persecution but Islamism is extraordinary.

It’s over 100 years old that steals and borrows language from one of the world’s most populated religion, 1.62 billion Moslems.

So that has a power and scale that few ideologies can lend themselves.

 

There are Islamist governments that are in power and Iran, also in other countries which have wielded enormous influence.

So it’s much bigger than some of those things you’ve mentioned.

I have previously heard O’Keefe trying to minimise the dangers of Islamists by refering to the dangers presented by all religions. And it seems at times that some media sources can go the extra mile to downplay any Islamic responsibility regarding the rise of Islamism*. A trend not gone unnoticed by Dr Ahmed, who wrote last year:

Expressing concern, executive editor Chris Fields of The Blaze recent wrote “American journalists bend over backward to treat Muslims in a positive way, even to ludicrous extremes. As a result, terrorists are often called “militants”—even when they are on U.S. government terror watch lists. And any open criticism of radical Islam has typically been treated as “Islamophobia.”

He later draws a contrast with the much more critical portrayal of Christians in the media. His argument is long overdue, though most members of the press are too uncomfortable to consider engaging in this debate.

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/islamists-media-jihad-the-deadly-embrace/

(It’s nice to see her make reference to claims of the all too common negative portrayal of Christians in the media.)

It is also refreshing to hear a Moslem speaking of Israel’s right to exist, especially when so many other voices, even “Christian” opinion has been so opposed to Israel, especially in recent months when Israel responded militarily to Hamas rocket attacks.

Dr Ahmed had this to say in an article from early 2013 (showing the persistency of the Hamas campaign against Israel, and the little value Hamas continues to place on the lives of the Palestinian people in Gaza).

Hamas is never sated – each year it devours ever more Palestinians, regardless of age or gender. If Israelis lose fewer citizens than the Palestinians in these conflicts it is for the same reason Israel exchanges more prisoners for each captive soldier: quite simply Israel values human life more than does Hamas, which relishes ground operations taking place among densely populate civilian areas.

Full article here:

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/israels-jihad-is-mine/ 

 

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I want to draw attention the the two statments above marked with *. Why does the media seem to have this attitude?

 

The Fascinating History of the First Jewish Believers, by Ron Cantor

How big was the early Jewish church and what happened to them?

What was the response of “tradtional” Judaism when faced with the increasing numbers of  Jews believing in Jesus?  
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Excerpt from “The Fascinating History of the First Jewish Believers”, by Ron Cantor.

We know from Scripture that the Messianic Community in Jerusalem was thriving in the first decades after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem. When Paul comes back to Jerusalem to greet the apostles, they report to him:

 On hearing it, they praised God; but they also said to him, “You see, brother, how many tens of thousands of believers there are among the Judeans, and they are all zealous for the Torah.” (Acts 21:20 CJB)

 There are two interesting points worth noting. First, they are Torah-honoring Jewish believers. This does not mean that they necessarily followed all the traditions of Pharisaical Judaism, but that they suddenly found deep meaning in the commands and feasts that they previously only kept out of religious guilt or soulish zeal. This is reported to Paul as a good thing. There is no hint that they are moving away from Torah or their Jewishness, but closer.

For the rest of the article see part 1 here:

http://messiahsmandate.org/the-fascinating-history-of-the-first-jewish-believers-part-1/#sthash.5mFmI4u7.dpbs

Link to part two is provided at the end of part 1.

Hamas. Intimidation. Executions.

It seems that Hamas has been observing the most recent ceasefire and things have become quieter, but it’s only a week or so ago that 18 people were executed by Hamas for allegedly collaborating with the “enemy” (some reports give a number of 22 victims). What were the collaborators guilty of?

Maybe the following news report gives an indication.

Trapped in Gaza: How Hamas punishes reporters for the truth

GABRIELLE DEBINSKI, OR AVI-GUY AND TZVI FLEISCHER

THE AUSTRALIAN – JULY 31, 2014

HAMAS is not just targeting Israeli civilians, threatening Gazans and using them as humans shields.
It has another terror tactic: intimidating foreign journalists.
Journalists who have taken pictures of Hamas operatives preparing to shoot rockets from civilian structures and/or fighting in civilian clothing have been threatened by Hamas operatives and had their equipment confiscated.

Reporter Peter Stefanovic, of the Nine Network’s news, stationed in Gaza, received a surge of abuse and threats when he tweeted that he had seen rockets fired into Israel from near his hotel, in a civilian area.

Pro-Hamas tweeters said Stefanovic was “passing and fabricating information to Israel … from GAZA”. Another account wrote: “You are a cretin. Are you working for the IDF” and “in WWII spies got shot”.

full story here: http://aijac.org.au/news/article/trapped-in-gaza-how-hamas-punishes-reporters-for

Also see more reports including videos at the following link. One of the videos can be seen below the link: http://mfa.gov.il/mfa/foreignpolicy/issues/pages/testimonies-from-gaza-and-hamas-intimidation-of-foreign-journalists.aspx