The End is Near

Posted Monday, May 23, 2011, at 10:31 AM
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  • Well said. Amen.

    -- Posted by Mike Holland on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 2:34 PM
  • Quite amusing, yet thought provoking.....

    -- Posted by always skeptical on Mon, May 23, 2011, at 11:58 PM
  • Seems convenient to me that only a choice few remember that the Bible emphatically states that "NO man , not even the SON knoweth the time...". They way I view it, if you're around someone who thinks they can predict the coming of our Lord, then our precious Savior just gave you the proverbial brick to the head to get away from that person. Great blog as always Charles! :)

    -- Posted by karenmeister on Tue, May 24, 2011, at 2:06 PM
  • Nice Charles...Maybe it proves also that every man is a sinner..?

    On the Israel thing though, a little history lesson, Churchill gave Palestine to European Jews post WWII when it wasn't his to give. It was a colony of the UK just as we were a while ago. Israel kept expanding its borders and in 1967 took even more by force and continues to push more and more outside of the boundaries that were originally assigned pre 1967.

    If you look at Palestinian Territorial map today you will see little isolated "islands" of land that are not connected. Because of this Palestinians cannot get to work nor see their relatives unless they go through a portion of what Israel has taken since 1967. It would be like someone taking over the United States but leaving us Indiana, Iowa, and Nevada but no way to get from one state to the other with check points.

    Whe you look at it that way, you can see the similarities of these isolated territories to the ghettos of pre WWII Europe that Hitler set up for the Jews. No way to get supplies in and out. no way to get to other relatives and no way to get to work.

    Add to that that Israel has plowed under acres and acres of olive groves that were the Palestinian farmer's livelihood to build apartment complexes for more incoming "Jews". And the Jews in quotations marks is on purpose. The Jewish religion and those who practice it are good people with moral values and the same set of commandments as Christian, BUT the Israeli government is Jewish in culture only. Their indiscriminent acts of oppression towards the Palestinian has been deplorable yet we let it continue.

    Dealing with this situation truly as Christians would get us far more "brownie points" with the Arab world than bribes to Pakistan, forgiving of Egypt's huge debt, and tolerance of cruel dictators to keep oil flowing. If we don't change our stand on Israel and start acting as the Christian country we are supposed to be instead of acting out of the fear of being thought of as Antisemetic, we would find a lot more peace around the world.

    Even many Jews within Israel are appalled by what their government has done. Did you know that Americans have literally been run over and killed by bulldozers when going there to stand in protest of their on going building of settlements illegally?

    Have a good day

    -- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, May 25, 2011, at 8:12 AM
  • Look here to see how Palestinians have been divided into their own isolated patches of land much like ghettos the Jews were kept in in pre WWII Europe.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian...

    -- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, May 25, 2011, at 8:20 AM
  • Jenny if you are going to discuss history perhaps you should research that history a bit more. What you are talking about in 1967 was what was known as the 6 day war, where Isreal was surrounded on all sides by Arab states bent on the destruction of Israel, 12 of them to be more precise, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia just to name a few. Now I don't know about you but if I was running a country and had enemies massing their troops on all sides of my country I think I would take offense to that. Not sure that protecting yourself from destruction equates to taking land by force. So again I ask you, study up on the history before you comment about something you don't understand or have much knowledge on.

    -- Posted by Mr. History on Wed, May 25, 2011, at 9:56 AM
  • Mr History:

    All those countries you mention were upset that Churchill had given away the land of a neighboring country. Yes they wanted to push them back out.

    But in all honesty that is ancient history. Palestinians would be happy with the lines drawn as they were in 67 but Israel keeps pushing, further isolating the Arab population and violating their human rights. Not to say that some on Palestinian side weren't guilty as well. Both sides need to take true steps to peace.

    I suggest reading Holy Land, Whose Land by Dorothy Drummond. Now retired ISU history professor who studied and interviewed many over there before writing her book on the subject. She lives in Terre Haute and I've had the pleasure of hearing her speak on the subject.

    Eye opening.

    -- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, May 25, 2011, at 6:46 PM
  • Yes, maybe Winston Churchill did give that land to Israel but again if you study history that land belonged to Israel to begin with and was stolen from them by the Arabs centuries before. And also last time I checked it wasn't Israel sending suicide bombers in to blow up busses, restaurants, theaters, markets etc. Of course Palestinians and many other countries in the area would be happy with the borders as they were before the 6 day war as that would leave Israel with virtually undefendable borders.

    -- Posted by Mr. History on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 9:51 AM
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