"Reaching The Lost - Feeding The Sheep Since 1955"
Abundant Harvest Ministries
August 5, 2006
News of prophetic importance from Israel and the Middle-east,
with analysis from Messianic Jewish Evangelist FRED SHMIDT
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“Reaching the lost—feeding the sheep since 1955”
THE GAZA STRIP
HOW IMPORTANT TO ISRAEL?
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon’s “Disengagement Plan” affects both the Gaza Strip and certain areas of
the “West Bank.” It involves first, the removal of several Jewish communities
located near the Strip.
The citizenry of Israel, and the “settlers” who live in the affected area are divided over this controversial issue. So much so, that some of these Jewish communities considered fighting for the right to stay. There were many demonstrations and legal efforts to stop the disengagement process. Over 70% of the Knesset and the Israeli public are against the giving up of this land which is part of the great allotment of land which God gave to the Jewish people centuries ago.
WHAT IS SO IMPORTANT ABOUT GAZA?
The whole issue has brought confusion not only to the Israeli public, but to the world at large. The controlling factor in the disengagement program seems to be Israel’s overwhelming, even desperate desire for peace, to somehow cause the Arabs to stop their acts of violence against Israeli citizens.
THE EARLIEST OCCUPIERS OF GAZA
Historically, the Gaza Strip early-on was occupied by settlers from the cult-ridden island of Cyprus. They were fishermen who worshipped several demon-deities, principal of which, was Dagon, whose idol was shaped with lower parts of a man, and upper torso shaped like a fish. The classic true story of the captured Ark of the Covenant destroying the Philestinian idol of Dagon in the pagan temple of Dagon in Gaza shows the power and determination of God to destroy wickedness (1 Sam. 5:1-7:17).
THE EVIL OF ANCIENT GAZA
God told the Jewish people to take-over and clean up the entire land of the Canaanites from the pagan practices that permeated this part of the world. The horribly immoral lifestyle of the Canaanites is clearly exposed and condemned by the Lord God of Israel in Leviticus chapters 18 through 20—all of which is necessary reading.
In Leviticus 18:24-30; and 20:22-27, however, God states matter-of-factly, that their gross immorality and their involvement in demon-worship is the core reason He ordered the Jewish people to oust the Canaanites and to replace them as the next tenants on God’s turf.
Simply put, all men reside as probationary tenants on parts of God’s geography. The Canaanites were unfit tenants to the extreme, and had to be ejected from that part of God’s land.
While all of the peoples throughout the world were entrenched in demon-worship and unspeakable immorality, God ordered the Hebrews to take this part of the world, and He set them in what used to be Canaan so that He,
WHEN DID THE JEWS BEGIN LIVING IN GAZA?
Understanding the history of the region is important in the forming of an opinion.
The Jewish presence in Gaza dates back to over 3,000 years ago. The Bible speaks of Jews who were in Gaza during the times of the early Patriarchs, continuing through the time of the Judges and Kings.
Jonathan the Maccabee took over Gaza in 145 B.C., and Shimon the Maccabee settled it. King Alexander Yanai-Janeus renewed the Jewish community again in 96 B.C. The Jewish community was expelled by Rome in 61 B.C.
Constantinus the Great tried to convert the 4th century A.D. Jewish community to Roman Catholicism, but failed. Remnants of ancient synagogues were discovered in Gaza, including one with a mosaic floor next to the Gaza pier dating back to 508 A.D.
In 1384 A.D., Georgio Gucci complimented the Jews of Gaza for producing excellent wine. In 1395, De Angelir noted that the Jews of Gaza were forced to wear a yellow cloth. In 1481, Meshulam from Voltera reported that the Gaza Jews were entrenched in Gaza and that they owned substantial real estate that included vineyards, and that they had the control of the wine industry. He was impressed with the “hilltop” synagogue which was destroyed in 1831 by Egypt’s Ibrihim Pasha. In 1488, Ovadia from Bartenura described a “wholesome Jewish community” in Gaza. In 1507, Martin Baumgarten spoke of the presence of Jews in Gaza and Hebron. Historic records show that there were 116 Jewish families in Gaza in 1549 A.D.
In 1885, Jewish leaders decided to resettle three historical Jewish locations: Lydda, Nablus, and Gaza. A new Jewish day school was established 1910, and a Jewish-managed bank in 1914. In World War I, the Ottoman Turks deported the Gaza Jewish community. In 1919, the Jews returned.
The present Jewish community of Kfar Darom was established as far back as the 3rd century A.D. At the end of the 19th century A.D., Kfar Darom was acquired by Tuvia Miller from Rekhovot, who transformed the swamps into a blossoming orchard. The Arabs destroyed the orchard and the water well during their Intifada terror attacks that plagued Jews throughout Israel in 1936-1939. Jewish presence was renewed in Kfar Darom in October, 1946, along with ten other Jewish communities as a response to the British Mandate attempt to “disengage” the future Jewish State from the Negev region of Israel. The village was again evacuated following the Egyptian siege of 1948-1949, but became the first Jewish community in Gaza following the Six-Day War of June, 1967.
GAZA STRIP TO BE TOTALLY DESTROYED
This center for Moslem trouble-makers has caused the deaths of thousands of Israelis over the years. It is a hate-peddling center to this day—unchanged from its earliest history.
In the future 70th Week (Tribulation), when God deals terminal judgment to the wicked nations of the Earth, along with Babylon, Syria, and others, Gaza will be among those pagan palaces of perpetual pollution that will be utterly destroyed. Consider:
“Behold, the Lord will cast her (Syria) out, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured by fire.
5 Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also shall see it, and be very sorrowful, and Ekron; for her expectation shall be ashamed (her determination to kill all Jews); and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.
6 And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines…” (Zech. 9:4-8).
“For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.
5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.” (Zeph. 2:4-5).
Be encouraged, you sons of Israel, the Lord will avenge you! He will soon destroy those that curse you. You will dwell in the land (Gen. 12:1-3). Y
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The European Union’s anti-fraud unit has now admitted that
funds given to the Palestinian Authority have consistently been used to support
The EU budgeted some 10 million euros (12.8 million US dollars) every month to give to the PA since Arafat ordered the start of the latest Intifada in 2000. Documents taken from Arafat’s office during Operation Defensive Shield confirmed this, and were handed to the EU by Israel. Y
The Israeli navy has begun building an underwater barrier leading out into
the Mediterranean Sea from the north Gaza shore. It extends the northern
security road separating Israel from Gaza, and is aimed at thwarting Palestinian
terrorists from swimming up the Israeli coast to strike Jewish cities.
For the first 150 meters, it is made of cement pilings burrowed into the sandy bottom. For the next 800 meters, it is a 1.8 meter-deep fence floating beneath the surface.
The barrier is needed because of the increased vulnerability when the IDF pulled its forces out of Gaza August 15.
At the Lebanon border off the coast of Rosh Hanikra, Israel linked seven buoys reaching out 4,200 meters from the coast.
In similar moves to better seal off Gaza, the Navy is also upgrading its observation and radar station at the Erez border crossing, and adding a 85 meter antenna tower.
Palestinian terrorists have made attempts to swim to the Israeli coast already, and have been spotted and dealt with.
Last November, a heavily armed Arab terrorist in a wetsuit tried to swim in from the sea to attack a Jewish settlement in the northern Gaza Strip. Navy surveillance ground forces spotted him and shot him dead 400 meters from the beach. He carried a bomb, an AK-47, four grenades, five ammunition clips, a knife and a rubber raft. The new sea barrier will be highly effective in preventing re-occurrences of infiltration attempts by suicide bombers. Pray for our Jewish friends. Y
Under a featured headline “Revealed: Iran’s Nuclear Factory,” the same
newspaper that reportedly exposed Israel’s nuclear arsenal, as detailed by
Mordechai Vanunu in 1986, has exposed Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Elahe Mohtasham’s report detailed “unique access to a plant [at Esfaham] that brought her face to face with Tehran’s nuclear ambitions” —leaving little doubt that the Islamic Republic is on the verge of large-scale nuclear weapons production.
Mohtasham reports that Iran now has the capacity to produce, “on an industrial scale,” UF6—the gas needed to enrich uranium in gas centrifuges, for either nuclear power or atomic weapons—enough to feed 50,000 centrifuges planned for the Natanz factory.
“Between 1,500 and 2,000 centrifuges could produce enough uranium for one atomic device each year.” According to IAEA reports, Iran had 1,140 centrifuge rotors by spring of 2004. By October, the number had risen to 1,274” noted Mohtasham. “In February, 2005,” she added, “the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Hassan Rohani, declared that “during the period of one year and several months we built and assembled all the centrifuges we need.”
All that is lacking for Iran to go into major production, is to spend a year testing and assembling different sections of the centrifuges, and “an extra few months producing the necessary UF6 at Esfaham and transfer it to the Natanz factory as the feed for the enrichment process.” Y