Ten Arabic Words; Insightful Guest Article-

Ten Arabic Words: A challenge to national security professionals engaged in the Global War On Terror

by Matthew Bracken

If you are a politically-correct bliss-ninny with a coexist bumper sticker slapped on the back of your Subaru, and you don’t have the slightest clue what the following ten words mean, then this essay is not meant for you. You are excused.

dawah, dhimmi, hijra, jizya, kafir, shaheed, shariah, takfir, taqiyya, ummah

But if you are a national security professional, senior military officer or political leader involved in any aspect of the “Global War On Terror,” AKA “Countering Violent Extremism,” these are ten words that should already be a part of your working vocabulary. If you can’t readily discuss their meaning, significance, and relationships, then you are worse than a fool, you are disgrace to your office and a danger to your country.
Islam rising over Washington D.C.

If you don’t already have a firm grasp of the meaning of these words, then you are as prepared to conduct the GWOT as President Obama’s “Pajama Boy” is prepared to fight a heavyweight MMA champion in a no-quarter steel-cage death match.

If you couldn’t accurately define at least eight out of the ten directly from your personal knowledge base, then as a national security professional, you are an abject failure. You are as dangerously ignorant as a parent who would send his ten-year-old son to a NAMBLA summer camp, because a friendly self-identified “Namblan” neighbor said it was like Boy Scout Camp, but even more fun, and completely free of charge.

In effect, you sent your innocent and vulnerable young son to a summer camp run by perverts, pedophiles and predators, and you didn’t even know it, because you couldn’t be bothered to learn the actual meaning of NAMBLA independently from your helpful Namblan neighbor. Sounds insane, doesn’t it? Nobody could be that stupid, right? Wrong. That level of stupidity is official Obama administration policy when it comes to fighting the GWOT.

So, if you are an Army general or Navy admiral who, right here and now, without looking at your smart phone, cannot discuss how a kafir becomes a dhimmi, and what a dhimmi’s rights and options (if any) are under shariah, then you are as ignorant of your job as an European-theater Army general circa 1942 who did not know a panzer from a pancake, or a schutzstaffel from a schnitzel. A person as ignorant as you should be kept away from any responsibility for protecting our nation. You are incompetent, and you are a fool.

If you don’t know how to determine when a Muslim suicide bomber is a shaheed and when he is a terrorist according to the shariah, then you are as dangerous to our national safety as a North Atlantic ship captain who believes that icebergs are a fairy tale concocted by conspiracy theorists. Full speed ahead, Captain Smith!

If you don’t know takfir from taqiyya, and can’t discuss the meaning and importance of both, you are as useless as a WW2 intelligence officer who didn’t know the Kriegsmarine from the Luftwaffe, (but who thought that one of them was a private flying club, based on conversations that he overheard among his ever-helpful German cleaning staff).

The OIC White House
If you cannot, right now, intelligently discuss the global ummah and its relationship to the OIC in the context of the GWOT, then you should be working for the Department of Parks and Recreation, and not the Department of Homeland Security. If you don’t know what the OIC refers to in this context, put on a dunce cap, and go stand in the corner. And if you don’t know whether your office is in the Dar al Islam or the Dar al Harb, please jump out of an upper-story window, and when you hit the sidewalk, ask any immigrant who is engaged in hijra. He’ll know the answer, even if you do not.

If you don’t know how dawah relates to jihad when faithful Muslims are engaged in long-term hijra, you should turn in your official credentials and take early retirement. You are as oblivious as a WW2 U.S. Army general who thought that the Geheime Staatspolizei were German motorcycle policemen much like our American state troopers, because a helpful German passer-by told him so.

If you don’t know what the three options are for a kafir who violates the shariah when living in the dar al Islam, then please get out of the national security business. If you don’t know why a dhimmi would care about jizya, please retire, and hand your duties over to someone who has the natural curiosity and personal integrity to conduct his own study of our actual enemies and their actual strategies. But in the meantime, you must immediately stop lapping up the false narrative being spoon-fed to you by hostile foreign agents, domestic traitors, useful idiots, and cowards who know better—but who won’t make waves while their pensions are beckoning.
Flag of the USA and the Muslim Brotherhood

If your job is national security, and you didn’t score at least an eighty on the ten-word quiz, then you have obviously swallowed the big lie that we can safely delegate the understanding of our Islamist enemies to the WW2 equivalent of “moderate Nazis.” Sounds insane, doesn’t it? But under President Obama, this is indeed our national policy for fighting the GWOT: allow a range of Muslim Brotherhood front groups to conduct America’s narrowly limited analysis of so-called “radicalized Islam,” and thereafter guide our policies toward Islam and Muslims in general.
Here is an important example straight from current events. Please tell us, oh national security professional, whom has the United Nations delegated the critical task of selecting and “screening” the Muslim “refugees” who are currently arriving in the USA at the rate of thousands per month? Any guesses? It is the same organization that the Obama administration has also optimistically granted the authority to choose our new Muslim “refugee” immigrants. If you don’t know the answer, please get out of the national security business.
USA-OIC minarets

So who is it? It’s the fifty-seven-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation, headquartered in Saudi Arabia, which I referenced above. The mission of the OIC is to promote the spread of Islam across the globe until there is no more dar al harb, and all of the kafirs have either been converted to Islam, killed, or forced into submission as dhimmis. If you didn’t know, dhimmis are formally and legally subjugated second-class citizens who must pay the special jizya tax as the price of their being allowed to live under shariah in the ummah.

But this special offer is only extended to Christians and Jews: all others must choose between conversion to Islam, and the sword. That is, if their Muslim conquerors grant them the option of conversion. According to the Shariah, the defeated kafirs may also be killed or enslaved, if either of these two outcomes would be considered more beneficial to the ummah, based on local conditions and needs. (Of course, the captured women and girls may be taken as sex-slaves.) Mohammed did all of the above, and he commanded that these practices be continued in perpetuity, and they are.

The charter of the OIC puts Islamic shariah law ahead of secular law. This means, for example, that the official position of the OIC is that Muslims who leave the faith should be killed, and that any faithful Muslim who kills an apostate ex-Muslim has done no sin, but instead should be thanked and congratulated for the deed. It’s the same with adulterers: they should die, and killing an adulterer is no crime.

Yes, that really is their position, and they really do believe it, and much more than that. The OIC is made up of fifty-seven Muslim nations, united by a common belief in the supremacy of Islam, and their mutual obligation to conduct both dawah and jihad until the Dar al Islam covers the globe, and Allah’s eternal and immutable shariah has supplanted godless democracy and all manmade laws. This dawah includes the practice of using taqiyya when making arrangements or having negotiations with as-yet unsubmitted kafirs in the dar al harb.

So it’s no wonder that ninety-nine percent of the “refugees” being “screened” by the OIC and transported into the USA are Muslim, even though the Christians and other non-Muslims (who until recently made up over ten percent of the populations of Syria and Iraq) are suffering a brutal genocide and holocaust at the hands of Islamic State kidnappers, mass-rapists and mass-executioners.

The same OIC which is choosing our Muslim “refugees” is also strong-arming the European Union, the United States and the United Nations into accepting shariah-compliant religious blasphemy laws, which will turn criticism of Islam into illegal “hate speech.” It’s worth noting that Bill and Hillary Clinton have collected millions of dollars in “speaking fees” and “donations” from OIC members, and perhaps unremarkably, Hillary Clinton also supports outlawing criticism of Islam, if the criticism leads to violence by Muslims.

Flag of the USA Ummah
In light of this, it’s particularly sad to see disgraced former General David Petraeus heap even more shame upon himself, with his recent call for a mindless capitulation to Islamic extortion threats, extortion threats which have been ongoing against kafirs for 1,400 years. With fourteen centuries of history to examine, “Don’t make the Muslims angry, or they’ll run amok like uncontrollable sub-human savages, and kill lots of innocent people” is a wretched strategy for a former American general and intelligence agency director to espouse.

His call for the end of free speech rights anywhere and anytime that they “offend” Muslims is no different than warning a beaten wife not to anger her chronically abusive husband again, lest he give her yet another violent thrashing—which would then be entirely her fault. In fact, she should be punished again, just for provoking him after being warned not to!

This is not merely the heckler’s veto, which we are, sadly, familiar with today on the American college campus. This is the Muslim terrorist’s veto, and it means forced submission to Islam’s shariah law as the price of temporarily forestalling Muslim violence. Shame on David Petraeus for siding with the perpetrators of Islamic terrorism, and not the victims. But at least his motives are transparent: pure greed. Petraeus, who has no background in finance or economics, is making millions of dollars by hustling in Muslim nations for the multi-billion-dollar global hedge fund KKR. They want something for their money, and he gave it to them in his recent Washington Post column. (Read “Why David Petraeus really wants you to shut up about Islamism,” TheFederalist.com, May 18, 2016.)

Let me offer you another simple test that you may apply to your own national security work space and mission. If you have been ordered to purge the ten listed Arabic words (and others) from your official GWOT lexicon, and instead to hand over the task of analyzing “Islamic radicalism” to alleged “moderate Muslims,” then you are being played for a fool by our nation’s most implacable and devious enemies, both foreign and domestic.

Fifteen years after the twin towers came down, you have no excuse for such obliviousness. After the next 9-11, you will not be able to plead ignorance yet again. As a national security official, you have a duty to perform your own due diligence. You must educate yourself, and reject the politically-correct blindfold that you have been ordered to wrap around your own mind.

Sun Tzu wrote: “if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.”

Today, we are literally outsourcing our intelligence analysis in the GWOT to the OIC and various Muslim Brotherhood front groups. Simply do a search for “Holy Land Foundation, Hamas, CAIR, and FBI” to begin your overdue education. Is it any wonder that the official “Countering Violent Extremism” narrative holds that there is utterly no connection between Islamic terrorism and Islam? That the Islamic State, which quotes chapter and verse of the Koran as justification for its every decision, is not Islamic? That Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Caliph of ISIS, who holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the Islamic University of Baghdad, knows less about Islam than President Obama and his American-trained national security staff?

In 2016, ignorance of the reality of the Islamist threat is no longer an excuse. Many resources are readily available if you are willing to look unblinkingly at the light of truth. I would suggest the online video lectures given by Stephen Coughlin and Dr. Bill Warner as starting points. Those who need or desire to read an exhaustively researched (over a thousand footnotes) academic treatise on the present Islamist threat should carefully study Coughlin’s “Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad.”

After 9-11, Mr. Coughlin was an acclaimed subject matter expert and frequent high-level lecturer at the CIA, the FBI, and the Pentagon, until 2008 when he was made persona-non-grata on federal property as an unwelcome “Islamophobe.” And who made the determination of Mr. Coughlin’s “Islamophobia?” The same Muslim Brotherhood front groups that our intelligence agencies now rely upon for their understanding of “violent extremism,” which, of course, we are assured has absolutely nothing to do with Islam.

We know this must be true, because President Obama has told us so. Unless, of course, he is practicing taqiyya on behalf of the ummah. Taqiyya is a bedrock principle of Islamic shariah, a ready tool for Muslims to use when they are dealing with kafirs. And not only radical Muslims, but ordinary, everyday, “moderate” Muslims. According to the shariah, it’s not a sin when a Muslim lies to a kafir in order to promote Islam. In that case, taqiyya is just a very clever form of dawah, helping to prepare the kafirs for the final Islamic jihad victory.

Now, go look up the Arabic words that you didn’t know, and read the article again, with fuller understanding. Then, go ask your colleagues how they did on the quiz. In the current threat environment, when mistakes are punished with passenger jets falling out of the sky, seventy is a failing grade for a trained and educated national security professional.

Please strive to do better. Your country is depending on you. Don’t let us down again. Educate yourself, and then prepare to stand firm against the prevailing winds of political correctness. Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” Remember your core values, and stand tall against America’s enemies, both foreign and domestic.

 

Matthew Bracken was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1957, and attended the University of Virginia, where he received a BA in Russian Studies and was commissioned as a naval officer in 1979. Later in that year he graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, and in 1983 he led a Naval Special Warfare detachment to Beirut, Lebanon. Since then he’s been a welder, boat builder, charter captain, ocean sailor, essayist and novelist. He lives in Florida. Links to his short stories and essays may be found at EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com. For his previous essays, see the Matthew Bracken Archives.

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The Fate Of The Nations…Psalm 9 pt 6

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.(Psalm 9 :17-20)

Many people miss the full import of the Psalms of the Bible, because they limit their understanding of them to being divine poetry, or as wisdom literature.

Some correctly go further and realize that the psalms are also Messianic prophecies, describing the mission and triumph of the Lord Jesus. But few realize that the Psalms of the bible have an eschatological aspect. They speak of the events and conditions of the end-times, and of the coming of the Lord.

Psalm 9 celebrates the cataclysmic judgment that falls upon the nations of the world, who hate and trouble Israel. They have digged a pit for her, but they themselves have fallen into it. They are guilty of innocent blood, but the LORD comes to make inquisition.

In our final passage, there are two categories of nations discussed. The wicked nations are those who are and always have been twisted. These are those whose very essence has been shaped by false religion, such as Islam, or Hinduism, or the more recent Atheistic nations(communist).

At the core of every “culture” is a “cultus”, a religion, which informs and undergirds the culture so pervasively that few even consciously realize it. If the religion is false, the culture is by definition deeply flawed.

There are nations which can only be described as “wicked”. Injustice is written into the very fabric of the culture, let alone the laws which reflect that culture. Because of the religion that undergirds those nations, informing their cultures, there must of necessity be a “caste system”, or a “Jizya” tax.

Muslim nations have to be hostile to christians, one would expect them to top the world lists of the most repressive nations, to women, minorities and religious minorities. Sharia is of necessity a twisted parody of justice. These nations are “the wicked”!

But there is another category of nations suggested here, “all of the nations that forget God”. These are the nations who once had some semblance of Freedom, true justice, and human rights. They were never perfect, but for a time were not oppressor nations, although they wielded unprecedented power to be so.

I speak of the west, Europe, the English-speaking world, and wherever they colonized and thrived. How is it that such nations developed into such freedom loving, human rights guarding, private property respecting cultures? Because our culture developed out of the soil of Judeo Christianity.

It is the secret of our prosperity in the West, as well as of our sense of fairness, respect for life, willingness to sacrifice, our work ethic, insistence on checks and balances in Government, and a host of other traits which have brought refugees from every other culture streaming into the West to enjoy those freedoms.

But the West has forgotten God, for the most part. Certainly our leaders have, many of them are working hard to erase all traces of the Judeo Christian influence from our past, present and future. They have repudiated God, they are actually proving to be hostile to God!

The nations are headed for Tribulation, they are about to be cast into an unbelievable pit, a Hell of biblical proportions!

…For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. ..

The “poor and needy” that God will not forget, in this case, are not the “political poor”, nor is this a reference to general poverty.

Here the “poor and needy” are the remnant of God’s people, who have been isolated by the nations, hated , and lied about and who have no natural resources or power to successfully answer the charges. They cast themselves on God for they have no other options in a hostile world.

Israel’s enemies are gathering in size and influence, and her friends and lovers are abandoning her. Vicious hate groups such as Hamas, Hezbullah, and Al Queda are losing their fear of Israel, realizing that her former friends are aloof.

But she is about to learn the age-old lesson that it never was the USA or the IDF that saved and preserved Israel. Israel’s help and champion has always been her God.

The last verses of this Psalm are a prayer about the nations, in which the Psalmist by the Holy Spirit exposes the twofold problem with the modern nations of the world and which has led to this coming cataclysm;

*”Put them in Fear,O LORD…”– Certainly America, Britain and Europe have lost the fear of the Lord. Is it any mystery why Wisdom is so far from our leaders? They are godless and thus have no knowledge.

When nations lose the fear of God, they lose the power to have a just and moral society. There is no reason to restrain any appetite, no matter how depraved when God is forgotten, as Pau testifies;

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:(Romans 1:28-31)

How terrible to live in a time like that!

* “That the nations may know that they are but men…” When people forget God, they never really remain godless, they instead deify man on some way. Usually man is deified in the form of making government into something all-powerful.

The Kings of the earth and the rulers come out in open opposition to “the Lord and His Christ” according to the second Psalm and Revelation 19. They have forgotten, to their own destruction, that they are not gods, but men in need of God.

Jesus prophesied to Capernaum and the surrounding areas where He had done most of his miracles, that they were guilty of the same thing when he warned them….

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.(Matthew 11:23-24)

I have been taught that the quotation of Isaiah 14 in this verse, “which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: ” is actually a question and answer.

To prosperous Capernaum, like the modern western world, has seen and benefitted of the works of Jesus, thus has no excuse for its unbelief, and pride. Jesus is literally asking an ironic question, “Will you be exalted into heaven?” , the answer being “No, you shall be brought down to hell”.

Man shall not prevail, the worldwide atheistic, humanistic enterprise is about to go the way of the tower of Babel. The wicked shall indeed be cast into hell and all nations that forget God.

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The Heathen Have Dug a Pit…

The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah. (Psalm 9:14-15)

The ninth Psalm is an eschatological revelation. The Psalmist ,by the Holy Spirit celebrates the coming of the LORD . At his Arrival, the united international enemies of Israel fall, they are turned back and routed! They had besieged her in their fury, but God rebukes them,”putting out their name” forever!

The LORD comes to make “Inquisition for blood” , He will take accountability of the nations. Innocent blood has been spilled; millions of babies have been slaughtered, the Jews have been viciously hated and persecuted, millions of Christians have been hounded,harassed nd even murdered, now the nations(Heathen) must be made to give an answer to the Righteous Judge of ll of the earth.

The “Heathen”, ie the nations, have dug a pit, a trap has been set by them to victimize God’s people, but they themselves are slated to fall into the trap, to their own destruction. Psalm 7 also prophesies this of the Anti-Christ;

Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.(Psalm 7:14-15)

Those who hate God, whose Kings and rulers have “taken counsel together against the LORD and His anointed” are also conspiring against God’s saints, Israel, and the church. But the pit they are digging shall be their undoing.

Like Haman, they will hang on the very gallows they have constructed for Mordechai, and all of the earth will know of it. There are traps being set in the halls of the United Nations, to strip Israel of the her right to self-determination, and to give an edge to the Muslim world which hates her and is committed to her destruction.

Psalm 83 a desperate prayer for deliverance for Israel from her many besieging enemies, also mentions the “crafty counsel” being taken to destroy the name of Israel.

Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:(Psalm 83:1-5)

A snare is being set for them, inadvertently by them, which shall be the means of Divine judgment on them. They shall ultimately be “hoisted by their own petard” as the saying goes.

Traps are also being set in motion for Christians, such as when in the book of Daniel chapter six, laws were being crafted as a web, to be used against those who like Daniel fear God more than they fear the State. Currently Hillary Clinton and the US state department are working to enact U.N. legislation that would enforce “tolerance” of all religions, banning “insulting language or depictions” of any religion.

This will work to the advantage of Islam, (ironically the least tolerant of any religion), outlawing truth-telling, any attempts at conversion, and criticism of the Koran, Mohammed, and Islam generally.No wonder our Lord Jesus told us to work while it is light, for night comes, when no man can work. Maranatha!

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Consider My Trouble…Psalm 9 pt 4

Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.(Psalm 9:13-14)

Psalm 9 is an eschatological psalm. It describes the coming of the Lord to this earth to deliver a besieged people, Israel, surrounded by menacing enemies on the verge of destroying her.

The Psalmist reveals that Israel’s enemies will be routed by the very presence of the Lord, the perousia spoken of in the New Testament, as Old and New Testament prophets testify also, by the Holy Spirit;

For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.(Zechariah 14:2-3)

When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;( 2 Thess 1:7-9)

The Psalmist asks the Lord to consider the troubles he has, which are due to the hatred of the world.

Why has Israel been so universally hated? What is it about her that consumes so much frenetic activity in world forums such as the United Nations? Why so many censures of the only free and democratic nation in the middle east? How could there even be a suggested ‘moral equivalence ‘ in discussions of Israel and her enemies?

How is it that there can be a Red Cross, and a Red Crescent but there can never be a Red Star of David?

Israel, even in it’s current temporary state of unbelief, is an ongoing testimony to the reality of the God of the Bible. The world seeks to “will away” the existence of God, therefore it hates Israel.

Many centuries earlier a pagan prophet, Balaam, was used by the Holy God to prophesy to the King of Moab, who had paid him to curse Israel. Instead God inspired Balaam to bless and extol Israel, predicting that Israel would triumph over all of her enemies in the last days.

One of his statements was the prediction that Israel would dwell alone and not be reckoned among the nations,(Numbers 23). Israel alone can not have a seat on the U.N. security council, nor will the vast majority of the nations of the world place their embassies in Jerusalem, but rather in Tel Aviv.

The world hates Israel. Other than the majority of evangelical christians who else is Israel’s friend in the world?

The eschatology of the Muslim world, (one out of six people in the world) insists that the “last day cannot come until the Muslims wipe out the Jews”, the very existence of a nation of Israel is an affront to Islam, and a daily reminder of the impotance of Allah.

The secular democracies of Europe hate Israel, because they see it as an impediment to their ongoing attempt to appease the Arab world, for the sake of cheap crude oil. The secular aspect of America is going the same way, despising Israel, accusing her of being an “occupier” and nearly taking the side of Hamas and Fatah in the political debate?

Another prophetic Psalm describes the alienation of Israel in the last days ,

Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek,
that I live among the tents of Kedar!
Too long have I lived
among those who hate peace.
I am for peace;
but when I speak, they are for war (Psalm 120:5-7)

Such is modern Israel’s plight, that she is situated in the world’s worst, most implacably bitter neighborhood, the middle east. “Meshek” , a son of Japheth whose descendents eventually settled in the Caucasus area, is slated to lead a confederation of Moslem nations against Israel.

Kedar is a son of Ishmael, one of the forefathers of the Arab nations. Like their father Ishmael, of whom God said he would be a “Wild Ass of a man”, who would be at war with everybody, including his brothers, Kedar is currently for war, though Israel wants peace.

The ‘ everlasting hatred’ is coming to a head. The events leading up to the last intervention of God almighty to this earth are centered around this Israel hatred. This is why the Psalmist cries out to God, to consider the trouble inflicted upon Israel by it.

But Israel’s prayer to God shall be answered for she will not always be surrounded by such hateful and painful neighbors, who seek her destruction even as she seeks peace, the Lord promises her in Ezekiel that by the time He is through “sanctifying Himself before the nations”,

And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD. Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob. And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God.(Ezekiel 28:24-26)

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When He Makes Inquisition For Blood…Psalm 9 pt 3

Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings. When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.(Psalm 9:11-12)

The message of Psalm 9, is the coming of the Lord. He comes to deliver Israel from the enemies who besiege her in the last days. He comes to Judge the world in righteousness. He comes to put an end to the wanton destruction of the enemy.

Here we see another of the reasons the Lord comes again, He comes as the judge to to make inquisition for blood. We like to think that we have progressed beyond the brutality of past ages. But really we live in a bloody age, in fact even in America and the west, oceans of innocent blood have been shed.

Consider that America has recently passed a grisly landmark; our fifty millionth abortion! As a civilization, we have callously shed the blood of our most vulnerable and innocent, infants in the womb. Do we not remember the solemn warning Jesus uttered about causing “little ones to stumble”?

He has heard the “silent scream” of our little ones, He knows each one of them, and shall soon avenge each one of them. But we have willingly elected to the highest office of our land, a man who as a legislator went far beyond abortion, He vigorously resisted a move to enact a law requiring medical services should an infant survive abortion! The blood of these babies cries out from the very ground!

How many teenaged girls have been coerced into abortion, quenching their very femininity in the act, killing not only the baby but the soul of the mother? God has seen this and will visit us in judgment for it. Did you know there are approximately ten times less Downs syndrome babies than there ever were before? Where did they go? God knows.

There is other bloodletting that He is coming to visit us in judgment for. What of our violent , crime ridden cities?

Virtual armies of fatherless children throng our cities, assaulting people at will in race based attacks on strangers, beating people so they can film the beatings and post them on Youtube. Who is responsible for the breakdown of the family? The racial hatred that is kept artificially stoked? The deliberate division of society for political benefit? The Lord is coming to make inquisition for blood!

Consider also the falsely called “religion of peace”, whose “prophet” was a pirate and rapist, and whose “holy book” incites hatred and violence throughout the world. For fourteen centuries this religion has inflicted violence, murder, war and slavery upon the world, rivers of blood have stained the earth in the name of this pagan religion.

The Muslims harbor a particular hatred for Israel, Ezekiel calls it the “perpetual hatred”,

Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end: Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.(Ezekiel 35:5-6)

On the October 23, 2000, cover of Time magazine, a photo featured a young Arab leaning out an upper story window waving blood soaked hands to a cheering crowd below. The story explained that two Russian Jewish reservists had taken a wrong turn and ended up in a Muslim neighborhood in Ramallah. A baying crowd hounded them down, and murdered them with their bare hands. God saw that.

Recently, members of the Fogel family, including an infant, who lived in Judea (the “west bank”) were slaughtered in their sleep by two Muslim terrorists. When the news of this cowardly slaughter surfaced, Muslims in Gaza and the West Bank, passed out candies in the streets in celebration.

The bloodletting of the Nazi’s, and of the centuries long Communist revolution has been noted by God. It isn’t only Jews who have been or are being slaughtered by Muslims, Nazi’s and Communists, but there is a particular vehemence in the hatred for the seed of Abraham in these bloody movements. This is God hatred at work.

The Lord is coming to make inquisition for blood, he is going to regard the blood that has been shed as innocent blood, as the Prophet Joel, (in the chapter that reads as though we are reading todays newspaper), states assuredly in the name of the LORD,

Judah will be inhabited forever
and Jerusalem through all generations.
Shall I leave their innocent blood unavenged?
No, I will not.”(Joel 3:20-21)

pt 4 to come

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If You Seek Me With All of Your Heart…Psalm 9 pt 2

The ninth Psalm is eschatological. It is a celebration of the return of King Messiah, whose coming is an intervention, a deliverance of Israel from the amassed nations of the world who have united to destroy her.

The psalmist taunts the enemies who have sought Israel’s destruction,

O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.(Psalm 9:6)

Either this is rendered as ‘Your destructions are over forever!”, or it means “You are eternally destroyed”. Perhaps it is both, for the Coming of the Messiah shall certainly produce both effects; the end of the destruction wrought by the Kings of the earth, and the everlasting ruin which God will bring upon them in the lake of fire.

“Thou hast destroyed cities…”. By the time of the Parousia, ancient cities shall have been destroyed by the “Kings of the Earth and their Rulers”. Damascus, Syria and Amman Jordan come to mind,(Isaiah 17,Jeremiah 49:2) but unfortunately there will be many others as well .

But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment. And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.(Psalm 9:7-8)

The Lord is coming to deal with all of humanity in Judgment. But he categorizes them into two groups, “the world” and (His) “people”.

Judgment is coming upon this world for its sins, the cup of iniquity is finally coming full. It seems as though our modern world has systematically repudiated everything that God ordained in the early parts of Genesis, as the foundation for human society. Marriage, Gender assignments, the sanctity of life, sexuality, the family, the death penalty, political separation of nations, and even “be fruitful and multiply” have all been undermined and rejected by this evil generation.

But The Lord shall “minister judgment” to the people He has chosen. This is the other sense of “judgment” which is deliverance and vindication. The Lord comes again to Israel, the people He appointed as His witness. They are presently estranged from Him but he is drawing them back to Him.

He is using the current geopolitical pressures, and hatred of the nations to bring Israel to the point where they actually cry out to Him for deliverance in the last day. This is none less than the “Time of Jacob’s trouble” spoken of by Jeremiah the prophet.

Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.(Jeremiah 30:7)

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.(Psalm 9:9-11)

Israel shall come to know the Lord again in those days, for He shall reveal himself to them. Moses told Israel that they would drift away from God, and be scattered to the ends of the earth, where they would in the last days, seek Him with all of their heart ;

But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.(Deuteronomy 4:29-31)

I believe that Israel is a microcosm of the whole world, and that God’s dealings with Israel, teach us about His dealings with us as individuals. God is calling all of us to realize how far we have drifted from Him, and to seek Him with all of our heart. The promise is true individually,as well as to the nation, If we seek Him we will find Him. He will reveal Himself to the one who truly seeks Him.Even in the last days.

pt 3 to come….

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The Return of The King …Psalm 9 pt 1

The Psalms of the Bible are full of prophecy. A major theme of many of the Psalms is that of the return of the King, Messiah, and his sufferings and glory. The prophecies of the Psalms are eschatological also, describing in great detail the last great conflict of Israel, and of the world conditions at the time of the second coming of Christ.

The ninth Psalm is an example of this.

I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.(Psalm 9:1-2)

The voice of this Psalm is that of grateful Israel, willingly praising God in the aftermath of a severe testing. Israel had been besieged by the nations of the world, and would have been destroyed but for the intervention of God.

When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence. For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.(Psalm 9:3-4)

Notice that the Psalmist celebrates the final deliverance of Israel in the past tense… the “prophetic perfect”. It is an already accomplished fact, It is finished because God has spoken it.

The prophet Zechariah is but one of the many who saw the final conflict of Israel as an international siege of Jerusalem, leading to the brink of annihilation , until the Lord himself returns to save the remnant of His people,

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem…For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle…Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.(Zechariah 12:2,14:2-3)

It is as a result of “Thy Presence” that Israel’s final enemies “turn back, fall and perish…“. The New Testament refers to the return of the King Messiah as “the Parousia” of our Lord, the actual physical return of Jesus.

The nations of the world are angry, for they have contrived grievances with Israel. But the U.N. isn’t the final court in the worldwide conflict. The last word is not given to the USA, the U.N., or the IMF.

There is a righteous judge of all the earth, the God of the Bible. He is the one that the “kings of the earth and their princes” have taken their counsel together against in the second Psalm,

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed…(Psalm 2:2)

The ninth Psalm praises God that it is He, the judge of all of the earth that has decided the final conflict, “maintain(ing) my right and my cause”.

Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever(Psalm 9:5)

As in the day when God rebuked the sea, saying “You can come this far and no further, thus shall your proud waves be stopped.”(Job 38:11), God shall rebuke all of the nations (Heathen) who had amassed themselves against Israel, and they will find that His rebuke is withering, destructive and final.

The imagery of the Tower of Babel is invoked, for the nations of the world will once again unite, on a project to “make a name for themselves“. But once again the ambitious, humanistic project comes crashing down around them.

The prophet speaks in the past tense, “Thou hast destroyed the wicked…”. The Kings of the earth and their rulers thought that by their unity they could prevail over Him, but the Proverbs warned them long before,

Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished, but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered. (Proverbs 11:21)

look for part 2

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