Background Information: Zechariah was a priest and prophet to the Jews during the rebuilding and reestablishing of Jerusalem after Babylonian exile. He was the son of a prophet, which means he belonged to Aaron’s family. The Lord assigned Zechariah to encourage His people to continue rebuilding the second temple (the first temple was burned down by Nebuzaradan, Captain of the Guard, who served under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon). The theme of Chapters 12 through 14 deals with Israel in the latter years, signifying the return of Jesus Christ and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth. Continue reading “Paraphrasing of Zechariah 12 – 14”
Background Information: The book of Revelation was written by Apostle John, who authored the Gospel of John, and John I, II, and III. He was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ and known as the disciple whom Jesus loved. During the time of the Apostles’ ministry, the early Christians were gravely persecuted by the Roman government. As the last surviving Apostle, John strove to abolish paganism and fortify the faith of the seven churches in Asia Minor (modern day Anatolia, Turkey): Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicean. Toward the end of his ministry, Roman Emperor Domitian (81AD – 96AD), successor of Nero, came to power. Domitian was the splitting image of Nero in his extreme, diabolical persecution of the Christians. In 95AD John was summoned to Rome and was found guilty of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Domitian viewed John as a rebel of Roman ordinance, and ordered him to be thrust into boiling water. Miraculously, John walked away unscathed because of the Lord’s protection. When Domitian saw that John had suffered not one burn, he ordered him to be exiled to a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, called the Isle of Patmos. To the Romans, the Isle of Patmos was a place of banishment for criminals; but for Christians this small island represents a banner of faith and hope, inasmuch as it is the place where the Apostle John received and wrote the Apocalypse, called The Revelation of Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Paraphrasing of Revelation”
Pope Francis confirms Middle East trip for May 24 and 26. Emerging as the new ‘broker’ for the Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, he will speak with Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas.
Pope Francis officially announced on Sunday that he will visit Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority in May, reports Reuters. Francis, who has made many appeals for peace in the Middle East since his election in March, announced the trip to thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square for his Sunday address. Read Full Article
While the EU and the United States cheered a deal that world powers reached with Tehran over its nuclear ambitions, Israel was fierce in its criticism Sunday, which PM Netanyahu believes Iran nuclear deal was a historic mistake. “For years the international community has demanded that Iran cease all uranium enrichment. Now, for the first time, the international community has formally consented that Iran continue its enrichment of uranium.” Read Full Article
Mr Netanyahu reacted angrily when the 1967 proposal was made by Barack Obama in May but was now said to be offering to trade Israeli territory on its side of the line for West Bank land where its main settlements were located. “We are willing in a framework of restarting the peace talks to accept a proposal that would contain elements that would be difficult for Israel and we would find very difficult to endorse,” said an official, answering a question about the Obama proposal. Read Full Article
American and European diplomats warned that if peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians are not renewed, the Quartet, may formally recognize a Palestinian state, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday.
“We have more than 130 nations set to recognize the Palestinian state within the 1967 borders,” said Abbas,”and even if we make no further efforts, that number could be increased to 140 or 150.”Speaking to the Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam, Abbas also said the PA would fulfill the vision of U.S. President Barack Obama, who said he wanted to see a Palestinian state established in September as determined by the Quartet of Mideast peacemakers. Read Full Article
Quartet envoys call for peace deal by 2012 between Palestine and Israel. Quartet comprises representatives from the US., Russia, the E.U., and the U.N.
AFP – The United States and other world powers called Friday for the Palestinians and Israel to resume direct peace talks within a month and commit to seeking a deal by the end of 2012. The Quartet of the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations acted after Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas formally submitted his request to the United Nations for Palestine to be admitted as a full member. Read Full Article
President Obama gives Israel 2 years to implement 2 States solution which would define Israel’s borders as they were prior to the Six Day War in 1967.
London-based A-Sharq al-Awsat reports that U.S. President Barack Obama presented his version of peace in the Middle East to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during the latter’s visit to Washington last month, as well as to two Eygptian officials. The plan reportedly calls for a process that will finalize a Palestinian state within two years. Read Full Article