"Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying,
Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in
one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth
shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise
anymore:.. The merchants of these things, which were made rich
by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping
and wailing... for in one hour so great riches is come to naught.
And every shipmaster, and all the company of ships, and sailors,
and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they
saw the smoke of her burning, saying What city is like unto this
great city! And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping
and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were
made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness!
for in one hour is she made desolate. Rejoice over her, thou
heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged
you on her." (Revelation 18:10.. 20, KJV)
[ED Note: a caller told me yesterday that a mosiac, inlaid
pieces of an exact replica of the Statue of Liberty was found
on the floor of an excavated temple in the Middle East. She represents
Semiramis, the daughter of the Syrian fish-goddess Derceto. She
reigned for 42 years and according to legend conquered Perdia,
Libya, and Ethiopia, founded Babylon and Ninevah, and built many
monuments. Later she acquired many characteristics of Ishtar.
(The Columbia Encyclopedia, 2. Edition 1950, p.1791)
SETTING THE MIDDLE EAST STAGE
Koenig's International News - July 17, 2001 - The failure
of the Israeli-Palestinian peace
talks a year ago came down to the sovereignty over the Temple
Mount and the status of East
Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat was offered 95 percent
of what he wanted, but that still
wasnt enough. He also wanted sovereign control over the
Temple Mount and the neighboring holy
sites in East Jerusalem (the Old City), including the Church
of the Holy Sepulcher. He even
signed a Vatican-Palestinian Agreement in February of last year,
calling for Jerusalem to be an
international city for Jews, Muslims and Christians.
At about the same time, Syrias President Hafez Assad
turned down Israels offer of the Golan
Heights because it did not include a 100-meter strip of land
along the eastern shoreline of the
Sea of Galilee. Today the Palestinians and the Syrians have very
little to show for their
efforts, and they will never see again what they had on the table.
In effect, both the Palestinians and the Syrians blew their
opportunities, and now they are
dealing with the much tougher government of Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon. The majority of the
people of Israel were tired of the frustrating peace process,
and the result was the election
of Sharon by a landslide.
In reality, however, the peace process is not about the land.
It is about an ancient conflict
between two faiths, Judaism and Islam. And the leaders of Islam
have used the United Nations,
the European Union, and the United States to help them in this
scheme to defeat their Zionist
The Islamic scheme hasnt worked because the one true
God, the Lord Almighty, has had other
plans, documented in Holy Scripture thousands of years ago. Those
who continue to participate
in this diabolic plan of Islam will continue to pay a dear price,
eventually paying the
ultimate price. The Lord is using these events to bring our times
(the church age) to a close,
just as has been prophesied in the Bible.
The Muslims call this ongoing conflict a religious war, while
the Jews for the most part do
not. The Muslims want to destroy Israel, while the Jews keep
indicating that they are willing
to live side by side with their Arab neighbors.
The Muslim radicals hardly trust each other, and they cant
even coexist together. They have a
history of fighting each other. However, they apparently can
come together in solidarity when
the central target is Israel.
To further complicate matters, both the American and European
business, political and
intelligence leaders continue to concern themselves with the
steady flow of oil from the Middle
East and its economic importance.
Among them, there also continues to be some strong anti-Semitic
feelings. These leaders have
for many years, especially the last 20-plus years, had a huge
impact on political matters in
the Middle East and in bringing Israel to its vulnerability at
this time. Unfortunately, the
Israeli leaders have played into this charade too.
To put things into further perspective, there were 690 resolutions
voted on in the U.N. General
Assembly before 1990, with almost two-thirds (429) directed against
Israel. Of the 175 UN
Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed
against Israel. The world and
the Muslim nations continue to vote against this tiny (but mighty)
little nation of Israel.
The U.S. State Department and intelligence agencies have a
pro-Arab history and have had a huge
impact on Middle East policy. We have only had one Secretary
of State [before Colin Powell] in
the last 20 years who was pro-Israel (Alexander Haig), and he
was forced out of office because
Even the American presidential administrations have been more
pro-Arab because of the oil and
the concerns over its steady flow. There has also been no national
energy policy, resulting in
a lot of questionable dealings with the world supply by both
U.S. and British oil companies and
Leading with this priority, these two nations have compromised
Israel and its existence, both
defensively and economically, for many years to appease the oil-producing
Middle East nations.
The U.S. has given billions in aide to Israel, but they have
also armed and aided a few of the
Muslim nations. The U.S. is reported to be spending $40 billion
a year through direct aide and
military personnel to insure the flow of oil out of the Middle
The Muslim nations have used their oil leverage in an attempt
to weaken and eventually
eliminate Israel, but in reality, Israel is very capable of taking
care of herself. However,
when Israel gets to a point where she is at risk, the Bible says
the Lord will powerfully
intervene. As I said last week, the Muslim oil-producing nations
have the world on their side,
and Israel has the Lord on her side.
The bottom line is that the Muslims want Israels covenant
land and want to destroy the Jews in
PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT OVERTURES
the process. The Lord isnt real happy about that, and He
will respond at the appropriate time.
He has also shown us through "Acts of God" that He
doesnt want the covenant land traded for
so-called "peace and security."
Man (and nations) covet oil and seek economic stability. To
gain these objectives, man relies
on his own ingenuity and intellect. And yet, the Lord uses these
goals and these "skills" to
bring about fast-evolving events that are compatible with the
prophesied end of the age. This
world is now at a very key point in human history.
Although, as believers, we might be disappointed and even
angered by the worlds super-brokers
and their clandestine and covert intelligence efforts on behalf
of the Middle East oil
companies and producers at the risk of Israel, the Lord is using
these activities to expose the
worlds scheme against Israel, to bring the prophetic nature
of our times to a soon completion,
and to evangelize more people to Him in the process.
The situation in the Middle East is at a very serious stage.
Many prophecy watchers believe
that, as the Bible forecasts in Daniel 9:27, the world is nearing
the time for a peace
"covenant with many for one seven (year period)," but
it will only last for half that time.
At the same time, it is not difficult for any prophecy student
to discern also that the world
is moving towards the fulfillment of key Biblical "end-time"
scenarios. These would be the
worlds final Middle East battles:
Those spoken of in Isaiah, chapters 17 and 19, having to do
with the devastation of Damascus,
Syria and Egypt by Israel. The Gog and Magog War of Ezekiel,
chapters 38 and 39, having to do
with the Russian and Islamic invasion of Israel in which they
are defeated by Israel through
the Lords help. And the final battle, the Battle of Armageddon,
where the worlds armies come
against Jerusalem as mentioned in Joel 3:1-3 and Revelation 16:16.
The Lord said through Zechariah 12:9 (KJV), "And it shall
come to pass in that day, that I will
WHO ARE (OR HAVE BEEN) THE PLAYERS?
seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem."
Listed below are the main Middle East power brokers: This
is a remarkable list of the worlds
most powerful leaders, and they are Israeli, Arabs, Americans,
Europeans, and United Nations
participants. Yes, it is astounding that all these people have
been involved in the "peace and
security" talks of a tiny Middle East nation.
ISRAELS LEADERS Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin Prime Minister
Shimon Peres Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister Ehud Barak Prime Minister Ariel
MUSLIM LEADERS Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat
Jordanian President King Hussein
Jordanian President King Abdullah II Syrian President Hafez Assad
Syrian President Bashar Assad
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek
COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS (CFR) MEMBERS BELOW Click here
for the CFR web site:
Nixon and Reagan Administrations President Ronald Reagan (not
CFR, not anti-Israel or anti-
Semitic, but concerned about the flow of oil) Secretary of State
Henry Kissinger (Jewish and
compromised Israel) Secretary of State George Shultz (pro-Arab)
CIA Director William Casey
(pro-Arab) Secretary of State Alexander Haig (pro-Israel) Secretary
of Defense Caspar
President George H. W. Bushs Administration President
George H. W. Bush (not anti-Israel or
anti-Semitic, has many friends in the Arab nations due to oil
and Desert Storm) Secretary of
State James Baker (pro-Arab) Special Assistant to the Secretary
of State Richard Perle (pro-
President Bill Clintons Administration President Bill
Clinton (pro-Arab) Secretary of State
Warren Christopher (pro-Arab) Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
(pro-Arab) State Department
Middle East Envoy Dennis Ross (Jewish, but pro-land giveaway)
President George W. Bushs Administration Vice President
Dick Cheney (position still
developing, but his oil company had many Arab customers) Secretary
of State Colin Powell
(position still developing, is diplomatic, moderate) National
Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice
(position still developing, but not a Middle East student) Secretary
of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
(favors taking strong action against Arab militants, not CFR)
Jewish Businessmen Edgar Bronfman (President of the World
Jewish Congress (WJC); owner of the
Jerusalem Report) Charles Bronfman - (Brother of Edgar Bronfman.
Was appointed chairman of a
super-Jewish organization created by melding the United Jewish
Appeal (UJA), United Israel
Appeal (UIA) and Council of Jewish Federations. Has bought key
industries in Israel.) Conrad
Black (Chairman of the Hollinger Corporation the owners of the
Jerusalem Post. Hollinger is one
of the biggest clients of Henry Kissinger Associates.) Henry
Siegman - (Heads American Jewish
Congress (AJC); Heads CFR Middle East Task Force) Ronald Lauder
(In February, 1999, took over
chairmanship of the Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.)
David Kemche - Chairman (Chair
of Israels Council on Foreign Relations)
EUROPEAN UNION Spains King Juan Carlos French President
Jacques Chirac British Prime Minister
Tony Blair German President Helmut Kohl German Chancellor Gerhard
Schroeder Middle East Envoy
UNITED NATIONS SECRETARIES GENERAL Boutros Boutros-Ghali Kofi
VATICAN Pope John Paul II
MIDDLE EAST SHORT TAKES OCCUPIED BY WHOM?
In an Agence France Presse (AFP) article, it was stated that
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State
for the Near East, William Burns, said that Washington wanted
"to break the cycle of violence"
so as to re-launch the peace process between Palestinians and
He also emphasized the commitment of the U.S. Administration
toward a return to the peace
process on the basis of U.N. Security Council resolutions 242
and 338, requiring Israel to give
up "occupied" territory and espousing the principle
of trading land for peace.
With friends like the U.N. and the United States, who needs
enemies? What is meant by
"occupied?" It is Israels land.
AMERICAN - EUROPEAN HARMONIZATION?
"I think the Mitchell report is an American-European
product." Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon
Peres said. "There is harmonization, and God bless the harmonization.
I think that as long as
they work together, the better it will be. What unites them is
the fight against terror; what
may break this is if we shall begin to de-legitimize Arafat."
"For us, the harmonization of Europe and America is more
important than to break it in order to
single out Arafat." He said de-legitimizing Arafat would
destroy the harmony, since there are
some European countries which do not accept that Arafat is a
terrorist. [Ed Note: Arafat
participates in the Bilderberg meetings. (See July EU Report
Peres said the Israeli public is mistaken if it thinks that
the problem is Arafat, and that the
problem would be solved if he would suddenly disappear.
PROUD OF HIS WORK?
Jewish and Arab businessmen were proud of their efforts in
the planning behind the scenes of
the Oslo Accords. I know because I met with a prominent Jewish
businessman in Dallas. He
proudly shared with me pictures of his Arab and Jewish counterparts
along with Yasser Arafat.
This man really believed there would finally be lasting peace
in Israel. Talk about wishful
thinking! It has been a total failure, and worse yet: it has
put Israel at great risk. It is
remarkable how many people have been involved, at many levels,
all over a small amount of land
Unfortunately, the radical Muslims, who took control once
the peace talks began, caught this
very nice and honorable man, a conservative Jew, off guard. It
wasnt the diplomats in charge;
it has been the terrorists. In addition, this man is not aware
that the land they were dealing
with was the land that God gave to Israel, and that it was not
to be given for peace and
security. He certainly wasnt aware of the importance of
the Abrahamic Covenant.
However, all of this hasnt surprised those who are prophetically
tuned into the significance
of what has happened in Israel the last ten years. As much as
we have hated to see what has
transpired, along with the U.S. role, there shouldnt be
any surprises because this has all
been prophesied in our Bible.
A MATTER OF PRIORITY
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), its leaders and policy
makers at the State Department
and the White House and at the United Nations, has been the policy-maker
in the Middle East
rather than the Word of God.
The CFRs plan has been to bring world peace and to insure
the steady flow of oil for the
worlds economy. They could have referred to the Word of
God for His direction, but of course
they havent, and thus they have brought the current scenario
to a potentially cataclysmic
point. [ED note: CFR believes Israel/PA is an unsolvable situation]
The CFR has mistakenly relied on man and not on the Lord to
handle the Middle East problem. The
CFR has also totally misread (or been in total denial) about
the desires of the radical
Muslims, who call for the destruction of Israel and its people.
LAND GIVEAWAY CONFIRMATION
The Israeli settlers have become pawns in this "peace
game," and as John McTernan showed us in
"Gods Final Warning to America," that makes the
Lord very mad.
During the week of October 11, Jewish settlers on 15 West
Bank hilltops in Israel were evicted.
The settlers resisted this eviction and the confrontation was
reported in the national media
throughout the week. Remember, President Clinton was the power
behind Israels giving land for
On October 16, the New York Times ran a front-page article
about this confrontation titled, "On
the West Bank, a Mellow View of Eviction." What is amazing,
also on the same front page was an
article titled, "Big Sell-Off Caps Dows Worst Week
Since October 89." During the week, the
market lost 5.7 percent, and it was the worst week since October
While Israel was forcing settlers off the covenant land, the
stock market was melting down. On
THE MAIN PLOT: U.S.-ISRAEL CONNECTION
October 15, the market lost 266 points! Also on October 15, Hurricane
Irene hit North Carolina,
and on the morning of the 16th, a powerful 7.1 earthquake rocked
the Southwest. (Read Ezekiel
In John McTernans book, "Gods Final Warning
to America," the author noted that the United
States held its presidential election on November 7. The election
resulted in total political
chaos as neither candidate was declared a winner. The State of
Florida hung in the balance to
determine who would be elected president.
The election dragged on and on until the Florida results went
to the United States Supreme
Court. On December 12, the court ruled and George W. Bush was
declared the winner. From
November 7, until December 12, the U.S. government was in chaos.
There was no elected
The Israeli government was de-stabilized by the direct actions
of former President Bill
Clinton. At almost the exact time that the Israeli government
was in chaos, the U.S. government
was de-stabilized and in chaos. On December 9, the election was
set in Israel, and a few days
later the U.S. election was settled.
Both governments were in chaos at nearly the exact time! What
was happening to the Israeli
government, was happening at the same time to the U.S. Government.
The country that was
responsible for de-stabilizing Israel was itself de-stabilized
at the very same time.
While the United States presidential election was in total
chaos from the worst crisis in over
100 years, President Clinton invited Yasser Arafat to Washington
to try and re-start the peace
talks, which had completely broken down after the Camp David
"summit" in July and the intifada,
which started in September.
Arafat arrived in Washington on November 9, just two days
after the election, while the voting
SUB-PLOT: PRESIDENT VISITS POPE
results were in doubt and the process was melting down! On November
9, the media headlines were
shared by the election crisis and the Arafat meeting with Clinton!
National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice offered the following
information on President Bushs
trip to Europe at a White House Press Conference on Friday, July
13. The information had to do
with President Bushs visit to Britain, Italy for the Genoa
G-8 conference, and a scheduled
meeting with Pope John Paul II.
Tensions are certainly increasing in Israel, and I am curious
what the Pope will tell President
Bush about that situation. I am sure it will be something along
the line of what the Pope said
in Damascus, Syria, on May 6. As a reminder, he called for lasting
peace in the Middle East and
for all parties to fulfill the U.N. Resolutions and the Geneva
Ms. Rice said, "At the Vatican, the President is looking
forward to his meeting, for the first
time, with Pope John Paul II, one of the great thinkers, moral
and religious leaders of our
time. You should also know that the Vatican and the United States
have a close dialogue on
international issues of common interest."
She continued. "The U.S. values, in particular, the Vaticans
significant contributions to
CLUE: FLAWED POLICIES
international peace and human rights. The U.S. and the Holy See
share many common views and
consult regularly about issues of religious freedom."
It is a sad irony that many in America believe that the U.S.
has stood by Israel. In reality,
this nation has led them to the edge of the abyss, though the
flawed policies of the Reagan,
Bush (the elder), and Clinton Administrations.
The State Department and the White Houses past policies
have been designed to protect the flow
of Middle East oil. This is the same concern that President George
W. Bush has. Regardless of
the intentions, bad or good, the American policies have put the
"apple of Gods eye" in harms
The United States has put a noose around Israels neck
by sponsoring, or co-sponsoring, Madrid,
Oslo, Wye, Tenet, and the Mitchell plans. Yet the U.S. thinks
we are standing by Israel.
The United States misguided Middle Eastern policy has
been designed around protecting the flow
of oil from that region. And Israel has been used as insurance,
through a presence there, to
keep a foothold in the region. It has also cost the U.S. taxpayers
billion of dollars in aide
to our so-called Arab "allies" who have all sided against
Israel since her independence in
But then again, as I mentioned above, the oil issue has moved
prophetic matters to a closer
CONFRONTING THE MIDDLE EAST REALITY
fulfillment. In other words, Gods is in control, and His
plans play out to perfection.
The United States has prospered in the past, in spite of our
social condition, because this
nation has been there to protect Israel, and because of our Christian
heritage. However, if
United States policy causes Israel to go to war, will the same
happen to the United States?
If the United States had been unconditionally in favor of
Israel all along, so that if anybody
attacked her, we would respond, the country would be in a better
position right now. The USA
also would have developed a national energy program which was
not reliant on the unpredictable
But then again, Gods Word, the Bible, has foretold all
these current events, leading our world
to the completion of the church age and the coming reign of Jesus
Even the church today, struggling with the apostasy prophesied
in the same Holy Bible they
purport to follow, falls under the shadow. Most Catholics, Methodists,
Episcopalians, and other denominations believe the church has
replaced Israel, and they dont
understand the importance of Israel. They casually regard the
Bible as a book and not the
active Word of God.
Even the Reform and Conservative Jews who have been involved
in the peace talks have stepped
in, trying to come up with a deal in the pursuit of peace and
security to make life better in
Israel. They tried to use the land (Gods land) and not
the Lord to help resolve the problem.
The radical Muslim leaders have called upon and used the peacemakers
of the United Nations and
the United States. These are the same Muslims who want to destroy
the nation of Israel and
drive its people into the Mediterranean.
This American administration has been warned about not participating
in the Israeli land
giveaway through letters, books, and other published material.
Unfortunately, attitudes and
commitments have come so far that it isnt easy to turn
back. If the U.S. did change direction,
it would greatly complicate political matters, but it would be
a courageous, faith-led
decision. Unfortunately, it doesnt appear likely.
Additionally, the Arafat administration of the Palestine Liberation
Organization has studied
the work of Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Hitlers propaganda mastermind
in Nazi Germany. He hated Jews.
His method was to stir something up, blame it on the Jews, and
then call for martial law.
Arafat follows a similar "modus operandi;" he starts
the violent intifada, blames it on the
FINALE: ISRAEL IS GODS NATION
Jews, and then calls for United Nations peacekeepers. The whole
world, except the United
States, now seems to be in favor of U.N. peacekeepers.
Israel has her shortcomings, just like other nations of the
world, but the Lord will not allow
her to be sacrificed or put at risk without responding forcefully.
He has certainly given the
United States many warnings on the same day Israel was pushed
to give up its land by three
different Presidential Administrations in the last ten years.
Should the American church go unpunished for its replacement
theology, naiveté, apostasy, and
apathy towards Israel? Putting the Middle East process into perspective,
lets review the
church background of a few of the following peace participants.
Former president George H. W.
Bush is an Episcopalian. Did he ever hear of the importance of
Israel in his church? No! Did he
ever hear about a supernatural God? It is doubtful.
Former president Bill Clinton is a non-practicing Baptist.
He didnt see the importance of
standing by Israel, and he did a lot of harm to Israel for the
purpose of establishing a legacy
and "as he said" an attempt at an atonement for his
improprieties. This dysfunctional leaders
efforts failed and put Israel in a very precarious position.
He also spoke of lasting peace
frequently, something that is not mentioned in the Bible until
Jesus Christs Second Coming.
President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are
Methodists. Did they ever hear of
the importance of standing by Israel? Again, it is doubtful.
Did Condoleeza Rice hear about the importance of Israel as
the daughter and granddaughter of
Presbyterian Pastors? Did Methodist Chief of Staff Andrew Card,
or his wife who is about to
become an ordained Methodist Minister, ever hear about the importance
of standing by Israel?
Did Counselor to the President, Karen Hughes, a Presbyterian
Elder, hear about the importance
of standing by Israel? Did White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer,
as a child of reform
Jewish parents, ever hear about the importance of preserving
Did Secretary of State Colin Powell or Secretary of Defense
Don Rumsfeld ever hear about the
importance of standing by Israel?
Here is the current problem. These leaders dont know
of the importance of Israel in Gods plan
or the reality of an active, supernatural Lord in their own lives.
Instead, they rely on their
intelligence and idealism to solve problems in a fallen world.
All these people are good and
decent people, but they are not aware of the Abrahamic Covenant,
which makes it clear that
Gods land is not to be given away or compromised for peace
It is obvious who has had the clout in the affairs of the
Middle East. I listed many of them
above. These are the people "American, Europeans, Israelis
and Muslim leaders" who have shoved
Israel to the brink of war whether they were aware of it or not.
And whether they know it or not, there will be a huge price
to be paid and consequence "not
only for the United States, but for the countries in the United
Nations who have placed Israel
in harms way. These are the countries who have approved
429 resolutions (out of 690) against
Israel before 1990.
However, their actions are prime examples in todays
world that these people are not aware with
whom they are dealing, Apparently, they will soon find out, and
He will respond accordingly.
CREDITS: LINKS TO MIDDLE EAST U.N. RESOLUTIONS AND PEACE COVENANTS
United Nations Resolution 242 &SHY; November 22, 1967
United Nations Resolution 338 &SHY; November 22, 1967
Remarks at the Opening Session of the Middle East Peace Conference
in Madrid, Spain &SHY; President
George H.W. Bush - October 30, 1991 - http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/papers/1991/91103000.html
Oslo 1: Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government
Arrangements - September 13, 1993
Olso 2: Treaty Of Peace Between The State Of Israel And The
Hashemite Kingdom Of Jordan October
26, 1994 - http://www.israel.org/mfa/go.asp?MFAH00pa0
Wye River Memorandum &SHY; October 23, 1998
The Mitchell Report On Israeli-Palestinian Violence &SHY;
April 30, 2001
[Source: Koenig's International News - http://watch.org ]