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Is Israel Feeling End-Time Tremors?

{image_1}In 1948, a political earthquake fulfilled biblical prophecy with the creation of the State of Israel. Recent ground shakings have people wondering if the world is about to witness another earth-shattering prophecy come to pass. At 9:38 on December 2, 2007, Israel’s mid-morning coffee and tea was disturbed by an earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale. For Israelis, who live in an earthquake-prone region, feeling a quake is not that unusual. What made the morning’s tremor atypical was that it was the fourth in two weeks.

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The Fallout of a “Palestinian” Jerusalem

{image_1}Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has stated on numerous occasions that Israel is prepared to make “painful sacrifices” to achieve peace with the Palestinians. He has also said that Israel would be willing to cede control over certain Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem to the new Palestinian state, drawing fire from all sides of the political spectrum. Many in the Israeli security services are also afraid that the second Israel withdraws from any of these areas, Palestinian terrorists will take advantage of the new ground to launch rockets and small arms fire against Jerusalem.

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Mayim Chaim – Living Waters

{image_1}Since the earliest of civilizations, rivers and springs have been so highly valued that they were often treated as deities. Water collected from these sources was used not only for ordinary hygiene, but also for ritualistic cleansing. Even modern-day religions, such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism, still use ritual hand and feet washings, as well as aspersions and full-body immersions. Since water often represents spiritual purification and new beginnings, these rituals are usually performed before prayers and during many life-cycle ceremonies related to birth, conversion, marriage, and death.

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Watering the Prospects for Peace

{image_1}Can water resources unite Jordanians, Israelis, and Palestinians?

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Israel—Alone Again?

{image_1}We have experienced a series of earthquakes in Israel this year but none recorded anything like the shock that came with the US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE). “Iran froze its nuclear weapons program in 2003” was the intelligence assessment that shook the foundations here. The NIE report was issued by 16 American intelligence agencies. The spy guys were leaders in their field and included the FBI, CIA, The Department of Homeland Security, The US State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the National Security Agency, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. It was stunning news in Israel, which has a particular awareness of Iran and its objective to “wipe Israel off the map.” The highest priority for the Mossad (Israeli intelligence agency) for the past five years has been the Iranian nuclear program and its increasing risk for Israel.

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Divide Jerusalem? A Dangerous Decision!

{image_1}Jerusalem, city of prayer, piety, and passion; city of controversy, confrontation, and community; city of war, peace, and holiness; sacred city; City of Gold! Zionism has been at the center of the spectacular creation and development of Eretz Israel (Land of Israel) in modern times. Zion takes its name not from the state, but from “The City of Zion”—Jerusalem! Jerusalem is without doubt the most hotly contested city on earth. Throughout history, it has fallen to invading forces more than 20 times.

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Vladimir Putin—A Czar in the Making!

{image_1}By the time author Joel C. Rosenberg published his nonfiction book Epicenter, his earlier fictional works had already caused a stir. Though Rosenberg has never claimed to be a prophet, he wrote about a kamikaze-type attack on the United States, war with Saddam Hussein, and the death of Yasser Arafat before any of them happened. Their ultimate fulfillment attracted the attention of the major US TV and news networks, which suggested that he had “inside information.” He also wrote about a nuclear threat against Israel.

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Temple Mount Drama

{image_1}In the September/October issue of the Dispatch, we briefly covered this issue on our Archaeology page. Since then, we have interviewed two archaeologists, who gave us more detailed information. The extent of the damage far exceeds what we previously understood.

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AGENT BLAIR MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE

{image_1}Militant Islamists rejoiced when Hizbullah declared victory over Israel in the Second Lebanon War. They are preparing a bigger celebration if and when US President George W. Bush and his policies go down in Iraq. Few can see that it is all part of the same war, and it is unlikely to go away any time soon.

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Nuclear Terrorism: Not If, But When

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Yeshua (Jesus) warned that the last days would be like the days of Noah (Matt. 24:37). He also said we would see the signs of His return. Could it be that the rising tide of terror traversing the globe is among those signs? Noah was led by God to make preparations before he was confronted with the great flood that wiped out his generation. When that epochal event dawned, Noah and his family were prepared because he had heard from God and followed His instructions.

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