Israel's worst nightmare is coming true.
Last week, Iran's new president, Hussan Rouhani, a perceived moderate cleric who replaced hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was the life of the party at the UN General Assembly.
In an all-out media blitz, dubbed the 'charm offensive', Rouhani has managed to beguile everyone but the kitchen sink.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu urged the world not to believe a word Rouhani says, calling him a "wolf in sheep's clothing" using "soothing rhetoric". Rouhani's purpose?
- To buy Iran time in its relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons
- To convince the U.S. to let up on crippling economic sanctions
- To isolate Israel by calling on the international community to demand their disarmament
At the same time, Russia has decided to create an international conference to eliminate WMD in the Mideast.
A mere coincidence or an orchestrated plan designed to take the heat off Iran while convincing the court of public opinion that Israel, not Iran is the problem.
Meanwhile, Rouhani is telling anyone willing to listen (which is just about everybody) that his country "has never had nuclear weapons ambitions and never will."
World leaders seem to be eating it up. Everybody except House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rodgers (R-MI) that is. "Iran has been and continues to be aggressive in pursuing and accelerating its nuclear program," Rodgers said. "Rouhani was chief negotiator for Iran's nuclear program before becoming president earlier this year."
And get this: In 2006, Rouhani bragged about stalling European negotiators while continuing to build up Iran's nuclear program!
The Bible paints a bleak picture for Israel in the last days, one devoid of allies "though all the nations of the earth are gathered against it" (Zechariah 12:3).
The dynamics are beginning to shift into place as the world perceives Israel as an obstacle to peace. Netanyahu told the UN, "Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone."
The Bible predicts Israel will indeed stand alone, but the victory belongs to the Lord (Proverbs 21:31).
A wise man once said: "In our time Biblical prophecies are being realized. As the prophet Amos said, 'they shall rebuild ruined cities and inhabit them. They shall plant vineyards and drink their wine. They shall till gardens and eat their fruit. And I will plant them upon their soil never to be uprooted again.' Ladies and gentlemen, the people of Israel have come home never to be uprooted again."
-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Amos 9:14-15)
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Today marks the end of an era as Pastor Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel, finished his faithful service on earth this morning, and went home to heaven.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing (2 Timothy 4:7-8).Our prayers go out to his family.