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Is it the End of the World?

Is it the End of the World?

Terror in the Age of Cyberspace

posted by jfletcher

Terrorism has always existed in our world. Abraham’s encounter in ancient Mesopotamia (Genesis 14) is one of the earliest recorded examples of local terrorists (tribal chiefs) kidnapping and plundering innocents. The Assyrian invasions of ancient Near East kingdoms were particularly brutal. Certain tactics used to win the American Civil War were horrific, and individuals involved in winning that war often took matters into their own hands, thus terrorizing the local countryside.

Of course, in our day, radicals have flown planes into buildings and launched individual attacks using guns, cars, and bombs.

But no one has ever seen the destruction possible in the new frontier of cyberspace. Certainly, Western nations are intimately aware of these threats, which range from computer hacking by foreign governments, to an even scarier possibility: an EMP attack.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the 2016 CyberTech Conference in Tel Aviv.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the 2016 CyberTech Conference in Tel Aviv.

Israel and her ally, the United States, stand at the forefront of efforts to combat cyber-terrorism. The recently concluded CyberTech Conference, held in sunny Tel Aviv, was a unique opportunity for cyber journalists to interact with the folks who are working to keep all of us safer.

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The America-Israel Friendship League, coordinating a delegation of such writers with the Israeli Foreign Ministry, is committed to strengthening friendships for Israel the world over. Executive Director Daniella Rilov couldn’t have been happier with the outcome of the conference:

“Cyber security highlights an area in which Israel excels and her cyber security experts introduced a dialogue in a language that is easily spoken amongst colleagues. I was honored to join these distinguished American Cyber journalists and to witness their profoundly positive response as they visited Israel for the first time. Seeing Israel through their eyes reminded me of the truly unique value of this amazing country.”

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Several of the writers on the AIFL delegation were impressed with what they saw; and each has spent a good deal of time in the field of cyber-security. Richard Steinnon easily saw the potential of what Israel is doing in pioneering high-tech:

“The meetings painted a picture relative to other countries in the world: a tight-knit community pulling in the same direction, even with different motivations. In Israel, we saw the government and venture capitalists all pushing an agenda of creating a cyber powerhouse in Israel.”

Anthony Freed, director of corporate communications for Evident.io, was particularly interested in a chance to visit with a person who has contributed greatly to public safety, General Danny Gold, who developed the Iron Dome Project.

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“We had an action-packed week. We had an opportunity to have dinner with Danny Gold. The Iron Dome has proven to be 90 percent effective, and it was very impressive to see technology behind it.” Freed also understands the threats faced with regard to electric grids.

The AIFL delegation enjoyed opportunities for close networking with Israeli cyber-security experts.

The AIFL delegation enjoyed opportunities for close networking with Israeli cyber-security experts.

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“We went to Haifa, and had a briefing with some of Israeli electric company officials. Their grid is an isolated grid, unlike other countries. They have a lot of fail-safes there. It’s much more challenging than what we face with ours, and they do a very good job of it.”

As we all go about our daily lives, it’s comforting to know that smart people with good intentions are working round-the-clock to keep ahead of the bad guys.

That’s a great comfort in our Brave, New World.

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Stabbings, Incitement Fulfill Prophecy

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“A day of the Lord is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls.

“I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle.” (Zechariah 14:1-3)

For 100 years, Palestinian Arabs (and neighboring countries like Egypt and Jordan) have sought to exterminate the Jewish population in what was once known as Palestine. Between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, any Jewish presence has been unacceptable to the Arabs, and that continues to this day.

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A couple years ago I was strolling through Jerusalem’s Old City, and stopped at a shop in the Arab Quarter. There with t-shirts depicting NBA basketball teams, Barack Obama, and soft drinks, I spotted a shirt with the image of a map of Israel and the words: “Free Palestine.”

All of it.

This is what the Arabs have sought to do for generations, and this effort has greatly accelerated since Israel was established in 1948. The 1967 Six Day War, in which Israel took the bulk of its ancestral lands in a defensive conflict (Egypt, among others, had threatened to wipe Israel off the map), became an excuse for a new round of violence from the Palestinians.

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Though Israel has already returned 90 percent of the territory taken in ’67 (Gaza, The Sinai, territory ceded to the Palestinian Authority)…it still isn’t enough. And not only for the Palestinians. The international community, led by its de facto chief, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, really, truly doesn’t like Israel. Ki-Moon recently has claimed that Palestinian murder of Jews is justified.

This is grotesquely immoral.

Since last fall, Israelis have been hunted by Palestinians, who have killed scores in knife attacks, shootings, and by ramming cars into crowds. Rather than reign-in his people, PA/PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas contributes to the incitement, as the Palestinians name streets and soccer fields after the killers of Jews. The PA/PLO, the recipient of billions in foreign aid, also gives stipends to the families of the murderers.

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As the world descends into chaos, it is ironic that jihad is sweeping the globe. Until now, people have thought that throwing the Jews to the fiends would prevent wider killing. Think again. When the West shows weakness, Islam will pounce.

The only silver lining in this dreadful scenario is that Israel can defend itself. The Israel Defense Forces is feared, thank God.

The prophets spoke of a time in the distant future in which the international community (“the nations”) would turn on Israel, for a final assault on Jerusalem. Today, the Holy City, all of it, remains under Israeli sovereignty and this the world despises.

It sets up perfectly the final stage, prophesied by Zechariah and others. People everywhere mock the Bible and scorn those who believe in God.

Soon and very soon, they’ll never know what hit them.

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Will There Be A Second Coming?

posted by jfletcher

Bible prophecy is being fulfilled at an astonishing rate, yet ironically, growing numbers of people within the Evangelical world (once a bastion of prophecy teaching) seem unaware of it.

A recent blog post illustrates this fact, as a specific New Testament prophecy comes into view. In a post titled, “Must Christians Believe in a Second Coming?” Chuck Queen questions whether we need to believe in a literal, bodily Second Coming of Jesus Christ:

“As a species we are probably not past adolescence in our moral and spiritual evolution. Terrorist groups are on the rise. Massive systemic injustice abounds in governments, economic systems, and institutions of all types. At times it seems as if we may not even survive as a species. If I believed in some kind of divine intervention it would sure be easier — I could then sit back and wait for Christ to come and clean up this mess.”

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Queen then gets more specific:

“I am not waiting for Jesus to personally return in bodily form, but I am convinced that the spiritual presence of the cosmic Christ is already here pervading this world and this universe.”

The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, opposite the Temple Mount. Jesus will return to the Mount of Olives at a time appointed by God the Father, according to Scripture.

The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, opposite the Temple Mount. Jesus will return to the Mount of Olives at a time appointed by God the Father, according to Scripture.

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Queen evidently doesn’t believe in a bodily return of Jesus Christ to the earth, as was prophesied in Scripture (the following after the apostles watched Jesus disappear from view above the Mount of Olives):

“They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’” (Acts 1:10,11)

Scores of self-described Christian leaders (Brian McLaren) poo-poos the idea of a Second Coming. What was once taboo to talk about is becoming mainstream. Yet note this very specific prophecy from 2 Peter 3:3,4—

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“Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, ‘Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.’”

This is amazing! We now live in a time when leaders in the Church are fulfilling this very prophecy.

Is anyone paying attention?

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What Does Obama Really Think About Islam?

posted by jfletcher

This week, President Obama will visit a U.S. mosque for the first time. One wonders why he didn’t do this in the past, say, October 2012, ahead of his last election. Oh well, he’s probably not coldly calculating, right?

Increasingly, people are realizing that Obama’s foreign policy models are conducive to making America more vulnerable. Even mainstream pundits are wondering about the President’s motives.

The question isn’t so much who Obama is, but rather, why does he do what he does? For example, why is he deferential to Islam, but decidedly less interested in protecting Christians or Jews?

I believe it is crystal clear that, beginning with Obama’s Cairo speech in June, 2009, his deference to Islam has emboldened jihadists who use the Koran as justification for killing Jews and Christians.

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A social media posting gets to the heart of how Israelis view the international diplomatic community’s (led by Obama) handling of security issues:

“What I find most disturbing is actually not so much the stabbings in the streets for being Jews living in our own land. What is most chilling is the sense from so many in the world that we are only getting what we deserve.”

Obama has talked out of both sides of his mouth all during his presidency, mouthing the perfunctory statements about violence in the Middle East, while at the same time emboldening our enemies.

Routinely, for seven years, Obama and his advisors have chosen to be openly confrontational with Israel, while seeking accommodation with jihadists, including Iran.

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A deeply offensive Muslim banner in Jerusalem's Old City.

A deeply offensive Muslim banner in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Jihadists are savvy, and both use and monitor social media to keep their finger on the pulse of Western leaders’ attitudes regarding the war on terror. It was wholly unhelpful to see France’s Hollande greeting Iran’s Rouhani, the Holocaust denier. Such useful idiot deference substantially emboldens those who wish us all harm.

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Obama, though, remains the standard for how a leader should not deal with Islamists who wish to establish a global caliphate. Even seemingly routine and benign events strengthen their hand. According to the Washington Post:

“On Wednesday the president will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore, a sprawling community center in the city’s western suburbs, that serves thousands of people with a place of worship, a housing complex and schools, according to its website. It is one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest Muslim centers and describes itself as aspiring ‘to be the anchor of a growing Muslim community with diverse backgrounds, democratically governed, relating to one another with inclusiveness and tolerance, and interacting with neighbors in an Islamic exemplary manner.’”

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Why doesn’t the President attend or support groups that, for example, stand with the persecuted Christians of the Middle East, who are being slaughtered by proxies of Iran?

A presidential visit to a mosque means that the president is standing-down when it comes to global Islamist terror. It’s that simple.

A snippet from the President’s speech at the Israeli embassy recently, marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, reveals a disconnect between what the President says and what he does:

“And so we’re called to live in a way that shows that we’ve actually learned from our past. And that means rejecting indifference. It means cultivating a habit of empathy, and recognizing ourselves in one another; to make common cause with the outsider, the minority, whether that minority is Christian or Jew, whether it is Hindu or Muslim, or a nonbeliever; whether that minority is native born or immigrant; whether they’re Israeli or Palestinian. It means taking a stand against bigotry in all its forms, and rejecting our darkest impulses and guarding against tribalism as the only value in our communities and in our politics.”

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In fact, the President’s weak hand against jihadists does the opposite of taking a stand against “bigotry in all its forms.” Obama’s deference toward Islam is the opposite of “rejecting our darkest impulses and guarding against tribalism.” While he behaves boorishly with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he ignores the most extreme form of tribalism, that of the mullahs who wish to conquer the world for Islam. Tehran’s drive to obtain nuclear weapons proves that, as they have openly called for the destruction of Israel.

What kind of international leader tolerates that?

Who would seek to make nice with such a grotesque entity, while defaming her democratic foe?

The President claims to be a Christian, yet he stands-down when Islam defames the faith of billions. Islam’s extreme and unacceptable trampling of human rights, and its intolerance for other religions (particularly Christianity and Judaism)…all ignored by the Obama Administration.

Perhaps someday, in some post-presidency venue, he will explain once and for all what he really believes about all this.

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Terror in the Age of Cyberspace
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