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israel-goldstein-updateUpdate from Israel Efraim Goldstein Nahariyya, Israel September 23, 2014 More than 30 days have passed since Operation Protective Edge came to a halt. The cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian forces of Hamas has held. The rockets and bombings have stopped. Sirens are no longer heard in the streets of Israeli cities, towns, and villages. The war-wounded are recovering from their injuries. Some young men will never walk again, and others suffered life-changing wounds. Families have finished the traditional 30 days of mourning for their dead. However, the path to recovery and healing is a long, painful road. In Gaza, people are slowly recovering from the devastating price they paid in human life and property damage. Rebuilding Gaza will take a long time. Hopefully, the people will emerge with more than just an improved terror infrastructure. The relationship between the people of Gaza and the Hamas organization is lethal. How do you separate a people from their chosen, or imposed, leaders? The prospect of long-term peace and quiet between Gaza and Israel is not on the horizon. Negotiations are without any visible breakthroughs. There is a great deal of dissatisfaction with the status quo from both sides of the conflict. Yet in Israel we have a saying: “Better a cold peace than a hot war.” Syrian Border Meanwhile, all is not quiet on our northern border with Syria. Syrian rebels continue their brutal civil war against Assad’s forces. The ISIS forces appear to be engaging and killing people on both sides of the current conflict. The humanitarian crisis is overwhelming—especially as the fall and winter seasons approach. Syrian Rebel Fighters Iranian-backed Hezbollah is waging war against the Syrian rebels. The deadly forces of Hezbollah are gaining experience and weaponry that one day might be used against Israel. Chaos and destruction continue to engulf the region. These forces of Islam are engaged in a power struggle. However, they can all agree on one thing; the destruction of Israel.  

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Sightseers looking out towards the Syrian city of Kuneitra on top of Mount Bental, Israel.

In Psalm 83, the Psalmist Asaph laments the plight of Israel. The enemies that stood against the nation were strong and Israel was weak. The foes of Israel called for the nation’s destruction (see  v. 4). The cry of the psalmist was for the Lord God to destroy those who opposed His covenant people: “O my God, make them like the whirling dust, Like chaff before the wind” (v. 13, NASB). The ultimate purpose of the destruction of Israel’s enemies was that God would be glorified: “That they may know that You alone, whose name is the LORD, Are the Most High over all the earth” (v. 18, NASB). The nation of Israel in the twenty-first century might be a stronger military force than in ancient times. We have a determined army and the technological capabilities such as the Iron Dome and Patriot missile defense systems. Still, the fate of Israel is in the hands of the Lord God, and the hope is for the nations to recognize the glory of God. These are the days of the Jewish High Holidays in Israel—Rosh Hashanah (the New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). Between these two holidays are Ten Days of Awe—a time when religious Jewish people earnestly pray seeking God for forgiveness. It is a somber time of hoping for a renewed relationship with God and better things for the New Year. Turmoil, death, and destruction engulf the Middle East these days. May the eyes of Jews and Arabs turn once again to the One born in Bethlehem, Yeshua the Messiah. Yeshua alone is the only true hope for peace and forgiveness as we stand on the edge of the New Year. L'shanah Tovah!
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As anyone watching the news can observe, the situation in Gaza is tragic. However, what one will likely not learn from their favorite news outlet is that these terrible images showing the deaths of women and children is the intentional aim of Hamas.

As Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of one of Hamas’ co-founders, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, stated in a recent CNN interview, “Hamas does not care about the lives of Palestinians, does not care about the lives of Israelis or Americans; they don’t care about their own lives; they consider dying for the sake of their ideology a way of worship” (July 24 2014, CNN Interview).

Further, it goes unreported that Hamas encourages Gazans not to leave areas where the IDF issues pre-warnings of attacks on missile-launching stations and weapons facilities which are often hidden in or beneath schools, private homes, and mosques. Rather, Hamas wants the world to believe that Israel is the aggressor in mercilessly attacking innocent civilians—and this propaganda is being puppeted almost everywhere. Most sources will not report that Hamas deprives Gazans of medical treatment offered by Israel and has even refused Israel's and Egypt's humanitarian assistance offering food for Gaza—all this while journalists are threatened not to report on Hamas' use of human shields. The real siege on the people of Gaza is the one that has been forced on them by Hamas (July 31, 2014, Honest Reporting).

Operation Protective Edge (Mivtza Tzuk Eitan, popularly understood as "Operation Mighty Cliff") began as a defensive measure after a series of events that included "the collapse of American-sponsored peace talks, attempts by rival Palestinian factions to form a coalition government, the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, the subsequent kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teenager, construction by Hamas militants of warfare tunnels enabling militants to attack deep within Israeli territory and increased rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas militants in response to an extensive crackdown by Israeli troops on Hamas in the West Bank" ("2014 Israel–Gaza conflict").

When media outlets and governmental bodies spend countless hours denouncing Israel's defensive measures to eliminate Hamas' threats but show minimal outrage over the numerous public executions by Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq, it becomes clearer to see the motivation: anti-Semitism rebranded as mere anti-Israelism. Where is the outrage over the heinous behavior of the ever-growing Islamic State, which has recently warned the Christians of Iraq to convert to Islam, pay the dhimma tax, or die? (July 18, 2014, The Guardian). Where is the outrage over Hamas' terrorizing of innocent Israelis and torturing of Palestinians who do not support their regime? ("Hamas Terrorism: 101"). Israel, like peace-loving Palestinians or the Christians of Iraq, needs your voice of support as well as your prayers for peace.

As a family that spends its summer months in Israel, we are grateful for the Israeli government's strong response to Hamas' targeting of civilian population centers like Ashdod, Beersheba, Eilat, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Our children and their friends have learned well the sound of the Code Red Alert (tzeva adom), and we are thankful for the success of the Iron Dome (kippat barzel). Of course, our confidence and hope is in the true Keeper of Israel who neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4).

Tim M. Sigler, Ph.D.
CJFM Scholar-in-Residence

 


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CJFM’s broadcast “Messianic Perspectives” can now be heard on Radio Agape, a new Internet media outreach by Israel College of the Bible (ICB) in Netanya, Israel.

ICB has partnered with New Hope Radio Ministries, Inc. in Tulsa, Oklahoma to create Radio Agape—an ICB Messianic Media Network that will “proclaim the Word of God over radio, TV, and the new social media to Jewish people and the Messianic community worldwide.” Radio Agape’s round-the-clock programming will reach Israel, the Middle East, and the Diaspora worldwide via the Internet (www.agape.fm); the United States, Canada, and Central America can also hear the broadcasts via Galaxy 19 satellite.

CJFM’s “Messianic Perspectives” broadcast will be one of many 15-, 30-, and 45-minute messages to be broadcast regularly. Radio Agape’s broadcast schedule calls for a variety of programs to be transmitted in Hebrew, Russian, Arabic, and of course, English. We pray that God will use this medium to bring the Gospel to the Jewish people, counter growing anti-Semitism, and offer encouragement to the persecuted believing Jewish community worldwide.

Galaxy 19 Satellite Info:
Frequency: 11966
Polarity: Horizontal
FEC: 3/4
Program: 19
PMT PID: 1019
PCR PID: 3019


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Have you ever booked a hotel room online? Purchased an airline ticket? How about paid your mortgage or even filled a prescription online? If you have, you probably submitted your email address at some point during the transaction.

I conduct a lot of business online. I pay my bills, book travel, manage subscriptions, look at my bank statements, and submit my taxes—all online. My email address is a part of every transaction—either as a point of contact, used as my username, or both.

Why is any of this important?

Many major US companies outsource their online marketing and communications to a company called Epsilon. In fact, experts are saying that if you've ever given your email address out to any major US company, Epsilon probably has it. However, last weekend Epsilon's email servers were compromised, or hacked.

Don't panic!

As far as anyone knows (or is saying) the only information that the hackers had access to is your email address—paired with the company that used your email address. I've received notices from several companies (i.e. Target, Home Depot, Hilton) that report the hackers either had access to my name, or that they didn't. They all say that credit card and other personally identifiable information (i.e. social security numbers, drivers license numbers, etc.) aren't involved.

Should we worry?

The key word is vigilance. While Epsilon and all the companies it does business with are saying that none of your usernames, passwords, Social Security numbers, or account numbers have been compromised, you can bet that the people who stole your email address will stop at nothing to try and get that information from you.

How could they do that?

The experts are already seeing a rise in the number of "phishing" attacks. These attacks are messages sent to your compromised email address that are designed to look exactly like messages you could receive from your favorite retailer, bank, or travel company. The difference is that the message is cunningly designed to extract information from you.

Below is a list of resources you can use to find out exactly what phishing is, the scope of this attack, and what you need to look for.

If you have any questions about an email you've received, feel free to contact me and I would be glad to help.

FAQ: Epsilon email breach
Link to ComputerWorld article

Tips
Link to CNET Article

Avoid Phishing Scams
Link to CNET Article

What is Epsilon and why does it have my data?
Link to CNET Article

Should you be worried?
Link to CNN Article

How to recognize phishing email messages or links
http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/phishing-symptoms.aspx


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I've been on this earth long enough to know that there are two sides to a story. I always strive to obtain both perspectives of a situation before settling on my own opinion. This morning I ran across a very disturbing news story out of San Diego, California. A pastor and his wife are claiming that the authorities in the county they live in are threatening to fine them because they are holding a Bible study at their house. Could this really happen in the United States of America? I'm appalled at what I've read, but there has to be more to this story . . .right? What are your thoughts? Here is a link to the news story. http://www.10news.com/news/19562217/detail.html

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An American doctor (born in Cyprus) claims that he has implanted cloned human embryos into four women's wombs in a secret lab in the Middle East. The claim lacks any evidence, but nonetheless this is a very controversial subject. What are your thoughts? Here are some articles to reference: Dr. Panayiotis Zavos
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panayiotis_Zavos Zavos Organization
http://www.zavos.org/ ABC News Article
http://www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=7406854&page=1 Relevant Magazine article by Adam Smith
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/features-reviews/life/16771-the-cloning-question

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Our dear brother, Ed Johnson, sent this out this morning. I thought it needed a larger audience.

“HE WILL BE VERY GRACIOUS UNTO THEE AT THE VOICE OF THY CRY; WHEN HE SHALL HEAR IT, HE WILL ANSWER THEE” (ISAIAH 30:19).

May we look at this scripture and see what it says. Thy God, thy Savior, thy Jesus, knows thy voice, hears thy cry, and will assuredly answer. He will not only be gracious, but very gracious.

He waits to be gracious; waits for the most suited time, the best time, the praying time, and the crying time; for He times His grace, His mercy, to our need. And though we know it not, yet so it is; when His time is near at hand, which is always the best time, He puts a cry in our heart; so that the time of our cry, and the time for the manifestation of His glory, shall come together.

May we see such a truth that Jesus will be very gracious to His people? Faith, well-grounded faith in Jesus, should always bring down general rules to particular cases and circumstances, as the soul’s experience may require.

We do not always know what is good for us. Too much candy can make us sick. But trusting in Him and not leaning on our own understanding will reveal God’s faithfulness and truth and becomes the believer’s shield and buckler.

May we think on these things!


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Tonight at 11:35 pm, "Nightline" will air a debate on the question of "Does Satan Exist?" Mars Hill Church in Seattle hosted the debate and it was moderated by Dan Harris. If you're like me and 11:35 pm is past your bedtime, you can already view the debate on the abcnews.com website. The link is below. What do you think of the debate? Does Satan Exist? The Nightline Face-Off
http://abcnews.go.com/nightline/faceoff
Mars Hill Church Blog
http://blog.marshillchurch.org
1 John 5:19–20 Dr. Hedrick has a series discussing Satan's origin, exposes his strategies, and even explains why Satan—a created being who once lived in Heaven—is convinced that he can ultimately prevail in his age-old battle with God. Satan's Plan for the End Times-1 Satan's Plan for the End Times-2 Satan's Plan for the End Times-3 Satan's Plan for the End Times-4 Satan's Plan for the End Times-5 Satan's Plan for the End Times-6 Satan's Plan for the End Times-7 Satan's Plan for the End Times-8 Satan's Plan for the End Times-9

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One area that I'm going to start blogging more about is Internet security. It's really getting serious out there, and with the current economic conditions I see it getting even worse. Here is an email I just received. If you receive an email like this, you're being scammed. No legitimate company you do business with will EVER ask for any password via email. In fact, no company you do business with should be asking for your password PERIOD (through email, phone, etc . . .). If you forget your password, any legitimate company will provide a way to reset it yourself. ////////////////////\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ This message is from your ISP Network to all Email Account owners. We are currently changing our Email System (INCREASED SECURITY). To prevent your Account from closing you will have to update it below so that we will know that it's presently used. Please note that as soon as we receive a reply from you, we shall inform you of further Email Instructions via Email. CONFIRM YOUR EMAIL IDENTITY BELOW; Email Address: ............... EMAIL Password: .............. Date of Birth: ............... Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his or her Account within Seven days of receiving this warning will lose his or her Account permanently. THANKS, ISP NETWORK SOLUTION SUPPORT TEAM. Reply to: support2008@mail2webmaster.com ////////////////////\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

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Something just doesn't seem right with this story. What do you think? http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/4727161/

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