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Second, Matt. 24 is about Israel not the church. The "holy place" (verse 15) refers to the Temple in Israel. "Those in Judea" (verse 16) refers to people on the West Bank in Israel. The "Sabbath" (verse 20) refers to the day of rest and worship in Israel. The gathering of the "eagles" (vultures; verse 28) refers to the Battle of Armageddon in Israel (Job 39:27-30; Rev. 19:17-18).
The "Fig Tree" (verses 32-33) refers to Israel (Jer. 24:1-10; Hos. 9:10). The "elect" (verses 22, 24 and 31) refers to Israel (Isa. 45:4).
On the eve of the anniversary of the terror attacks of 9/11, President Obama addressed the nation in a prime time televised speech on the threat posed by the Islamic State (aka, ISIS or ISIL) and how his administration plans to respond. Here is a transcript of his remarks. I encourage you to read what he said very carefully.
A brief analysis:
Victoria Osteen, wife of megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen, is standing by her controversial remarks that called upon congregants at Lakewood Church to "do good for your own self" because obedience, the church and worship are not for God as much as for self-happiness.
"Victoria's view of God is far too human," he said. "She honestly believes in her original comment that somehow God is happy when we're happy. She forgets that the defining mark and characteristic of our Lord is not happiness, it's holiness."
What's behind the choice of name of Mideast terror group?
The idea that Obama is disrespecting Israel by adopting the name ISIL has been popular. Indeed, the use of the term Levant by Islamic militants in the past has been motivated precisely by their ambitions for taking over the Jewish state.
Donald Trump added to the mystery recently when he said there is "a reason" Obama uses ISIL, but he declined to elaborate.
RoseAnn Salantiri, a contributing writer to the conservative commentary site TPATH, had an even more mysterious theory.
How else to explain the recent explosion of left-wing (largely Jewish) attacks against conservative talk show host Mark Levin? Their charge: that Levin's unabashed and passionate support for the Jewish state during its recent defensive fight against Hamas terrorism makes him not only anti-Israel—but maybe even an anti-Semite!
This recent row started when left-wing Jewish comedian Jon Stewart, real name Jon Leibowitz, accused Israel of veritable war crimes in its response to Hamas rocket and terror attacks against Israeli civilians. After Levin accused Stewart of siding with Hamas, which was precisely what Stewart had done, the Jewish left took to their prominently featured blogs at high-profile websites like the Huffington Post and the Times of Israel to explode in anger—not against Stewart, who was nightly accusing Israel of war crimes and genocide, but against Levin.
Sen. Ted Cruz was booed offstage at a conference for Middle Eastern Christians Wednesday night after saying that "Christians have no greater ally than Israel."
Cruz, the keynote speaker at the sold-out D.C. dinner gala for the recently-founded non-profit In Defense of Christians, began by saying that "tonight, we are all united in defense of Christians. Tonight, we are all united in defense of Jews. Tonight, we are all united in defense of people of good faith, who are standing together against those who would persecute and murder those who dare disagree with their religious teachings."
Our Tribute to the Victims of 9/11 -- OTM
In a televised address on how to address the Islamic State this evening, President Barack Obama declared the organization variously known as ISIS or ISIL to be "not Islamic."
In making this preposterous claim, Obama joins his two immediate predecessors in pronouncing on what is not Islamic. Bill Clinton called the Taliban treatment of women and children "a terrible perversion of Islam." George W. Bush deemed that 9/11 and other acts of violence against innocents "violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith."