(Photo source: Larousse French Dictionary 1939)
(Photo source: Larousse French Dictionary 1939)
My friends, I’m deeply humbled by the opportunity to speak for a third time before the most important legislative body in the world, the U.S. Congress.
I want to thank you all for being here today. I know that my speech has been the subject of much controversy. I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political. That was never my intention.
I want to thank you, Democrats and Republicans, for your common support for Israel, year after year, decade after decade.
I know that no matter on which side of the aisle you sit, you stand with Israel.
The remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States has always been above politics. It must always remain above politics.
Because America and Israel, we share a common destiny, the destiny of promised lands that cherish freedom and offer hope. Israel is grateful for the support of American — of America’s people and of America’s presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.
We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel.
Now, some of that is widely known.
Some of that is widely known, like strengthening security cooperation and intelligence sharing, opposing anti-Israel resolutions at the U.N.
Some of what the president has done for Israel is less well- known.
I called him in 2010 when we had the Carmel forest fire, and he immediately agreed to respond to my request for urgent aid.
In 2011, we had our embassy in Cairo under siege, and again, he provided vital assistance at the crucial moment.
Or his support for more missile interceptors during our operation last summer when we took on Hamas terrorists.
In each of those moments, I called the president, and he was there.
And some of what the president has done for Israel might never be known, because it touches on some of the most sensitive and strategic issues that arise between an American president and an Israeli prime minister.
But I know it, and I will always be grateful to President Obama for that support.
And Israel is grateful to you, the American Congress, for your support, for supporting us in so many ways, especially in generous military assistance and missile defense, including Iron Dome.
Last summer, millions of Israelis were protected from thousands of Hamas rockets because this capital dome helped build our Iron Dome.
Thank you, America. Thank you for everything you’ve done for Israel.
My friends, I’ve come here today because, as prime minister of Israel, I feel a profound obligation to speak to you about an issue that could well threaten the survival of my country and the future of my people: Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons.
We’re an ancient people. In our nearly 4,000 years of history, many have tried repeatedly to destroy the Jewish people. Tomorrow night, on the Jewish holiday of Purim, we’ll read the Book of Esther. We’ll read of a powerful Persian viceroy named Haman, who plotted to destroy the Jewish people some 2,500 years ago. But a courageous Jewish woman, Queen Esther, exposed the plot and gave for the Jewish people the right to defend themselves against their enemies.
The plot was foiled. Our people were saved.
Today the Jewish people face another attempt by yet another Persian potentate to destroy us. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei spews the oldest hatred, the oldest hatred of anti-Semitism with the newest technology. He tweets that Israel must be annihilated — he tweets. You know, in Iran, there isn’t exactly free Internet. But he tweets in English that Israel must be destroyed.
For those who believe that Iran threatens the Jewish state, but not the Jewish people, listen to Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, Iran’s chief terrorist proxy. He said: If all the Jews gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of chasing them down around the world.
But Iran’s regime is not merely a Jewish problem, any more than the Nazi regime was merely a Jewish problem. The 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis were but a fraction of the 60 million people killed in World War II. So, too, Iran’s regime poses a grave threat, not only to Israel, but also the peace of the entire world. To understand just how dangerous Iran would be with nuclear weapons, we must fully understand the nature of the regime.
The people of Iran are very talented people. They’re heirs to one of the world’s great civilizations. But in 1979, they were hijacked by religious zealots — religious zealots who imposed on them immediately a dark and brutal dictatorship.
That year, the zealots drafted a constitution, a new one for Iran. It directed the revolutionary guards not only to protect Iran’s borders, but also to fulfill the ideological mission of jihad. The regime’s founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, exhorted his followers to “export the revolution throughout the world.”
I’m standing here in Washington, D.C. and the difference is so stark. America’s founding document promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Iran’s founding document pledges death, tyranny, and the pursuit of jihad. And as states are collapsing across the Middle East, Iran is charging into the void to do just that.
Iran’s goons in Gaza, its lackeys in Lebanon, its revolutionary guards on the Golan Heights are clutching Israel with three tentacles of terror. Backed by Iran, Assad is slaughtering Syrians. Back by Iran, Shiite militias are rampaging through Iraq. Back by Iran, Houthis are seizing control of Yemen, threatening the strategic straits at the mouth of the Red Sea. Along with the Straits of Hormuz, that would give Iran a second choke-point on the world’s oil supply.
Just last week, near Hormuz, Iran carried out a military exercise blowing up a mock U.S. aircraft carrier. That’s just last week, while they’re having nuclear talks with the United States. But unfortunately, for the last 36 years, Iran’s attacks against the United States have been anything but mock. And the targets have been all too real.
Iran took dozens of Americans hostage in Tehran, murdered hundreds of American soldiers, Marines, in Beirut, and was responsible for killing and maiming thousands of American service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Beyond the Middle East, Iran attacks America and its allies through its global terror network. It blew up the Jewish community center and the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. It helped Al Qaida bomb U.S. embassies in Africa. It even attempted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador, right here in Washington, D.C.
In the Middle East, Iran now dominates four Arab capitals, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sanaa. And if Iran’s aggression is left unchecked, more will surely follow.
So, at a time when many hope that Iran will join the community of nations, Iran is busy gobbling up the nations.
We must all stand together to stop Iran’s march of conquest, subjugation and terror.
Now, two years ago, we were told to give President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif a chance to bring change and moderation to Iran. Some change! Some moderation!
Rouhani’s government hangs gays, persecutes Christians, jails journalists and executes even more prisoners than before.
Last year, the same Zarif who charms Western diplomats laid a wreath at the grave of Imad Mughniyeh. Imad Mughniyeh is the terrorist mastermind who spilled more American blood than any other terrorist besides Osama bin Laden. I’d like to see someone ask him a question about that.
Iran’s regime is as radical as ever, its cries of “Death to America,” that same America that it calls the “Great Satan,” as loud as ever.
Now, this shouldn’t be surprising, because the ideology of Iran’s revolutionary regime is deeply rooted in militant Islam, and that’s why this regime will always be an enemy of America.
Don’t be fooled. The battle between Iran and ISIS doesn’t turn Iran into a friend of America.
Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam. One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the entire world. They just disagree among themselves who will be the ruler of that empire.
In this deadly game of thrones, there’s no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don’t share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone.
So when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.
The difference is that ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons and YouTube, whereas Iran could soon be armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs. We must always remember — I’ll say it one more time — the greatest dangers facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons. To defeat ISIS and let Iran get nuclear weapons would be to win the battle, but lose the war. We can’t let that happen.
But that, my friends, is exactly what could happen, if the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran. That deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. It would all but guarantee that Iran gets those weapons, lots of them.
Let me explain why. While the final deal has not yet been signed, certain elements of any potential deal are now a matter of public record. You don’t need intelligence agencies and secret information to know this. You can Google it.
Absent a dramatic change, we know for sure that any deal with Iran will include two major concessions to Iran.
The first major concession would leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure, providing it with a short break-out time to the bomb. Break-out time is the time it takes to amass enough weapons-grade uranium or plutonium for a nuclear bomb.
According to the deal, not a single nuclear facility would be demolished. Thousands of centrifuges used to enrich uranium would be left spinning. Thousands more would be temporarily disconnected, but not destroyed.
Because Iran’s nuclear program would be left largely intact, Iran’s break-out time would be very short — about a year by U.S. assessment, even shorter by Israel’s.
And if — if Iran’s work on advanced centrifuges, faster and faster centrifuges, is not stopped, that break-out time could still be shorter, a lot shorter.
True, certain restrictions would be imposed on Iran’s nuclear program and Iran’s adherence to those restrictions would be supervised by international inspectors. But here’s the problem. You see, inspectors document violations; they don’t stop them.
Inspectors knew when North Korea broke to the bomb, but that didn’t stop anything. North Korea turned off the cameras, kicked out the inspectors. Within a few years, it got the bomb.
Now, we’re warned that within five years North Korea could have an arsenal of 100 nuclear bombs.
Like North Korea, Iran, too, has defied international inspectors. It’s done that on at least three separate occasions —2005, 2006, 2010. Like North Korea, Iran broke the locks, shut off the cameras.
Now, I know this is not gonna come a shock — as a shock to any of you, but Iran not only defies inspectors, it also plays a pretty good game of hide-and-cheat with them.
The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency, the IAEA, said again yesterday that Iran still refuses to come clean about its military nuclear program. Iran was also caught — caught twice, not once, twice — operating secret nuclear facilities in Natanz and Qom, facilities that inspectors didn’t even know existed.
Right now, Iran could be hiding nuclear facilities that we don’t know about, the U.S. and Israel. As the former head of inspections for the IAEA said in 2013, he said, “If there’s no undeclared installation today in Iran, it will be the first time in 20 years that it doesn’t have one.” Iran has proven time and again that it cannot be trusted. And that’s why the first major concession is a source of great concern. It leaves Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure and relies on inspectors to prevent a breakout. That concession creates a real danger that Iran could get to the bomb by violating the deal.
But the second major concession creates an even greater danger that Iran could get to the bomb by keeping the deal. Because virtually all the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program will automatically expire in about a decade.
Now, a decade may seem like a long time in political life, but it’s the blink of an eye in the life of a nation. It’s a blink of an eye in the life of our children. We all have a responsibility to consider what will happen when Iran’s nuclear capabilities are virtually unrestricted and all the sanctions will have been lifted. Iran would then be free to build a huge nuclear capacity that could product many, many nuclear bombs.
Iran’s Supreme Leader says that openly. He says, Iran plans to have 190,000 centrifuges, not 6,000 or even the 19,000 that Iran has today, but 10 times that amount — 190,000 centrifuges enriching uranium. With this massive capacity, Iran could make the fuel for an entire nuclear arsenal and this in a matter of weeks, once it makes that decision.
My long-time friend, John Kerry, Secretary of State, confirmed last week that Iran could legitimately possess that massive centrifuge capacity when the deal expires.
Now I want you to think about that. The foremost sponsor of global terrorism could be weeks away from having enough enriched uranium for an entire arsenal of nuclear weapons and this with full international legitimacy.
And by the way, if Iran’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile program is not part of the deal, and so far, Iran refuses to even put it on the negotiating table. Well, Iran could have the means to deliver that nuclear arsenal to the far-reach corners of the earth, including to every part of the United States.
So you see, my friends, this deal has two major concessions: one, leaving Iran with a vast nuclear program and two, lifting the restrictions on that program in about a decade. That’s why this deal is so bad. It doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb; it paves Iran’s path to the bomb.
So why would anyone make this deal? Because they hope that Iran will change for the better in the coming years, or they believe that the alternative to this deal is worse?
Well, I disagree. I don’t believe that Iran’s radical regime will change for the better after this deal. This regime has been in power for 36 years, and its voracious appetite for aggression grows with each passing year. This deal would wet appetite — would only wet Iran’s appetite for more.
Would Iran be less aggressive when sanctions are removed and its economy is stronger? If Iran is gobbling up four countries right now while it’s under sanctions, how many more countries will Iran devour when sanctions are lifted? Would Iran fund less terrorism when it has mountains of cash with which to fund more terrorism?
Why should Iran’s radical regime change for the better when it can enjoy the best of both world’s: aggression abroad, prosperity at home?
This is a question that everyone asks in our region. Israel’s neighbors — Iran’s neighbors know that Iran will become even more aggressive and sponsor even more terrorism when its economy is unshackled and it’s been given a clear path to the bomb.
And many of these neighbors say they’ll respond by racing to get nuclear weapons of their own. So this deal won’t change Iran for the better; it will only change the Middle East for the worse.A deal that’s supposed to prevent nuclear proliferation would instead spark a nuclear arms race in the most dangerous part of the planet.
This deal won’t be a farewell to arms. It would be a farewell to arms control. And the Middle East would soon be crisscrossed by nuclear tripwires. A region where small skirmishes can trigger big wars would turn into a nuclear tinderbox.
If anyone thinks — if anyone thinks this deal kicks the can down the road, think again. When we get down that road, we’ll face a much more dangerous Iran, a Middle East littered with nuclear bombs and a countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare.
Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve come here today to tell you we don’t have to bet the security of the world on the hope that Iran will change for the better. We don’t have to gamble with our future and with our children’s future.
We can insist that restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program not be lifted for as long as Iran continues its aggression in the region and in the world.
Before lifting those restrictions, the world should demand that Iran do three things. First, stop its aggression against its neighbors in the Middle East. Second…
Second, stop supporting terrorism around the world.
And third, stop threatening to annihilate my country, Israel, the one and only Jewish state.
If the world powers are not prepared to insist that Iran change its behavior before a deal is signed, at the very least they should insist that Iran change its behavior before a deal expires.
If Iran changes its behavior, the restrictions would be lifted. If Iran doesn’t change its behavior, the restrictions should not be lifted.
If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country.
My friends, what about the argument that there’s no alternative to this deal, that Iran’s nuclear know-how cannot be erased, that its nuclear program is so advanced that the best we can do is delay the inevitable, which is essentially what the proposed deal seeks to do?
Well, nuclear know-how without nuclear infrastructure doesn’t get you very much. A racecar driver without a car can’t drive. A pilot without a plan can’t fly. Without thousands of centrifuges, tons of enriched uranium or heavy water facilities, Iran can’t make nuclear weapons.
Iran’s nuclear program can be rolled back well-beyond the current proposal by insisting on a better deal and keeping up the pressure on a very vulnerable regime, especially given the recent collapse in the price of oil.
Now, if Iran threatens to walk away from the table — and this often happens in a Persian bazaar — call their bluff. They’ll be back, because they need the deal a lot more than you do.
And by maintaining the pressure on Iran and on those who do business with Iran, you have the power to make them need it even more.
My friends, for over a year, we’ve been told that no deal is better than a bad deal. Well, this is a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal. We’re better off without it.
Now we’re being told that the only alternative to this bad deal is war. That’s just not true.
The alternative to this bad deal is a much better deal.
A better deal that doesn’t leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure and such a short break-out time. A better deal that keeps the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in place until Iran’s aggression ends.
A better deal that won’t give Iran an easy path to the bomb. A better deal that Israel and its neighbors may not like, but with which we could live, literally. And no country, no country has a greater stake — no country has a greater stake than Israel in a good deal that peacefully removes this threat.
Ladies and gentlemen, history has placed us at a fateful crossroads. We must now choose between two paths. One path leads to a bad deal that will at best curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions for a while, but it will inexorably lead to a nuclear-armed Iran whose unbridled aggression will inevitably lead to war.
The second path, however difficult, could lead to a much better deal, that would prevent a nuclear-armed Iran, a nuclearized Middle East and the horrific consequences of both to all of humanity.
You don’t have to read Robert Frostto know. You have to live life to know that the difficult path is usually the one less traveled, but it will make all the difference for the future of my country, the security of the Middle East and the peace of the world, the peace, we all desire.
My friend, standing up to Iran is not easy. Standing up to dark and murderous regimes never is. With us today is Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel.
Elie, your life and work inspires to give meaning to the words, “never again.”
And I wish I could promise you, Elie, that the lessons of history have been learned. I can only urge the leaders of the world not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
Not to sacrifice the future for the present; not to ignore aggression in the hopes of gaining an illusory peace.
But I can guarantee you this, the days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over.
We are no longer scattered among the nations, powerless to defend ourselves. We restored our sovereignty in our ancient home. And the soldiers who defend our home have boundless courage. For the first time in 100 generations, we, the Jewish people, can defend ourselves.
This is why — this is why, as a prime minister of Israel, I can promise you one more thing: Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand.
But I know that Israel does not stand alone. I know that America stands with Israel.
I know that you stand with Israel.
You stand with Israel, because you know that the story of Israel is not only the story of the Jewish people but of the human spirit that refuses again and again to succumb to history’s horrors.
Facing me right up there in the gallery, overlooking all of us in this (inaudible) chamber is the image of Moses. Moses led our people from slavery to the gates of the Promised Land.
And before the people of Israel entered the land of Israel, Moses gave us a message that has steeled our resolve for thousands of years. I leave you with his message today: “Be strong and resolute, neither fear nor dread them.”
My friends, may Israel and America always stand together, strong and resolute. May we neither fear nor dread the challenges ahead. May we face the future with confidence, strength and hope.
May God bless the state of Israel and may God bless the United States of America.
Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you all. You’re wonderful. Thank you, America. Thank you.
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WRITE BY ARTIE KOFFER
When reading scripture, Israel is always referred to as Sheep Holy Nation & Priests.
There is NO such thing in scripture as Replacement Theology, the Church, the Body of Christ did NOT replace Israel, Israel is a Chosen Nation unto God and will Always be one.
Replacement Theology came about from them that call themselves British Israelites, there is no such human animal, Biblical Israelites and Jews are one and the same people.
Scripture says, the Lord came to the (lost) Sheep of the house of Israel, the word lost does NOT literally mean lost, and couldn’t be found, lost means scatted, the Lord knows where every one is.
Israel as a Nation had Priests & Kings. Israel failed to be a Holy Nation, Israel will be a Holy Nation in the future.
In scripture when the Lord addresses Israel He always refers to her in the feminine way. Spiritually speaking the Lord was married to Israel but Israel never had a real marriage supper.
In Ezekiel 16:8 The Lord entered a marriage covenant with Israel.
In Jeremiah 3:14 The Lord said He was married to Israel, the Lord is the Bridegroom and Israel is the Bride.
Jeremiah 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: – Spiritually speaking the Lord gave Israel a Divorce.
In Jeremiah 3:8 The Lord is the Bridegroom, He gave His Bride Israel a Divorce.
Jeremiah 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
In the future Christ will remarry His Bride Israel & Israel will have her first live marriage supper as stated Revelation 19:7 8 & 9.
In Hosea 2:7 The Lord is saying, she = Israel will return to her first husband, her first husband = Christ, the Lord = Bridegroom, Spiritually speaking Israel will remarry her Bridegroom = Christ.
Also in Hosea 2:9, 19 & 20 The Lord is Spiritually saying, He = Christ, Christ will remarry Israel…And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
The key word in Hosea 2:9 and 19, 20 is “betroth,” the Lord, the Bridegroom, Christ will spiritually remarry Israel.
Isaiah 62:5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
In Isaiah 62:5 Thy sons = Israel, the Bridegroom = the Lord, the Bridegroom rejoiceth over the Bride, the Bride = Israel, God rejoice over thee, thee = Israel.
Revelation 19:7-9 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
Verse (8) And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Verse (9) And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb, And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
The word (us) in verse (7) above is referring to Israel:
The word him = Christ,
The word Lamb = Christ,
His wife = Israel,
Lamb = Bridegroom = Christ,
His wife = the Bride = Israel—>This will be a real marriage supper.
In Revelation 21:9 It say’s, come hither, I will shew thee the Bride, the Lamb’s Wife.
John is saying in Revelation 21:9 – come hither, I will shew thee the Bride, the Lamb’s Wife.
Christ is the Lamb, who is the Lamb’s wife? The lamb’s wife has to be Israel, Israel was spiritually Married to the Lamb/Christ.
Revelation 21:10 is showing where the Bride and Bridegroom will reside, they will reside in the New Jerusalem that decends out of heaven from God…. the 12 tribes of ISRAEL and the 12 apostles will live in that New Jerusalem.
In Jeremiah 2:32 The Lord is still spiritually married to Israel, Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet “my people” have forgotten “me” days without number, me = Christ my people = Israel,
Jeremiah is telling Israel we are His Bride, why have you forsaken the Bridegroom days without number, the Lord is showing Israel that they have forgotten that they were Spiritually Married to the Lord, Israel = Bride.
Jeremiah 7:34 Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate.
In Jeremiah 7:34 The Lord is saying, He is the Bridegroom & the voice of the Bride = Israel.
Jeremiah 16:9 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride.
In Jeremiah 16:9 The Lord is saying the same as in Jeremiah 7:34 & 25:10.
In Jeremiah 25:10 the bridegroom = Christ, voice of the bride = Israel.
Jeremiah 25:10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.
Jeremiah 33:11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the Bridegroom and the voice of the Bride the voice of them that shall say, Praise the Lord of host: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the “land,” as at the first, saith the LORD.
In Jeremiah 33:11 the Lord said, For I will cause to return the captivity of the “land,” as at the first, saith the LORD…the Body OF Christ inherits NO land, the Body OF Christ has a Heavenly HOME, … that land = the land Israel will inherit, that land was promised to her.
AGAIN, In Jeremiah 33:11 It is very clear who the Bride and Bridegroom is, the Bridegroom = Christ = Lord, and the Bride = Israel.
In Joel 2:16 It is also very clear who the Bride & Bridegroom is, it say’s, let the Bridegroom go forth of his chamber and the Bride out of her closet, the Bridegroom = Christ = Lord, His chamber is referring to the Holy of Holy’s where the High Priests would enter, the Bride out of her closet is referring to the chambers where the High Priests would reside.
Read Ezekiel 40:45 & 46, that explains the chambers where the High Priests would reside.
John 3:29 He that hath the “bride” is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
John 3:29 above is saying, He = God = Christ is the Bridegroom . . . the word “Friend” = Israel.
Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
John in Revelation 18:23 above is saying, the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee, that candle = the Golden Candelabra that Israel use to light. . .the word thee = Christ. . . the voice of the bridegroom = Christ, and of the bride = Israel, God is talking to Israel in Revelation 18:23.
Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
John in Revelation 21:2 above is saying, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. . .that New City is where the 12 tribes and 12 Apostle to Israel will reside. . .God is preparing that City for His Bride, His Bride = Israel, Israel will be living in that New City. . .adorned for her husband, who is the husband? The Bridegroom = the husband = Christ.
Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
What is John saying in Revelation 22:17? John he is saying, the Holy Spirit and the Bride/Israel is saying come, let him/Israel, take the water of life freely.
Revelation 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
John is saying in Revelation 21:9 above. . .come, let me show you the the Bride, the Lamb’s wife, John is pointing to the the New City that comes down from God out of heaven…that New City is where Israel the Bride is gonna reside with the Bridegroom/Christ.
The BRIDE OF CHRIST = Israel, the Bridegroom = Christ.
A few things to remember:
# 1, When reading scripture, context is the KEY to understanding scripture.
# 2, Knowing to whom the Book was written to.
Acts 3:21 = Prophecy = Israel…Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began, the key word is spoken.
Romans 16:25 = Mystery = the body of Christ…Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began, the key words are kept secret since the world began…the words my gospel = is the gospel the risen Lord gave to Paul.
Hopefully what you read has given you some insight, will add more as the Lord gives me more to see.
din volumul “Slujitorul adevarat, Slujitorul care schimba lumea”
Este posibil ca cea mai puternica arma a celui rau impotriva slujitorului adevarat sa fie descurajarea.
Este extraordinar cat de usor devenim descurajati.
In Egipt, ca sa elibereze pe Israel din robie Dumnezeu a folosit o multitudine de minuni. A despartit Marea Rosie in doua, dar copiii lui Israel au murmurat, caindu-se: “Nu erau oare morminte in Egipt, ca sa nu mai fi fost nevoie sa ne aduci sa murim in pustie?” (Exodul 14:11).
Priveau stalpul de nor si stalpul de foc, dar se indoiau.
Culegeau mana proaspata in fiecare dimineata din cuptorul cerului, dar se indoiau.
Au baut apa din stanca, dar s-au indoit.
Au umblat 40 de ani cu aceleasi haine si incaltaminte, dar s-au indoit.
Au vazut prezenta lui Dumnezeu la poalele muntelui, au vazut rugul aprins, dar continuau sa se indoiasca.
Da, intr-adevar, descurajarea este cea mai teribila arma a Satanei impotriva slujitorilor lui Dumnezeu.
Ilie s-a rugat, la rugaciunea lui s-a coborat foc din cer si a mistuit toti idolii lui Baal si apoi a omorat toti proorocii lui Baal la parau. Dar nu multa vreme dupa aceea il gasim sub un ienuper rugandu-se la Dumnezeu descurajat sa-i ia viata.
Istoria se repeta si astazi la fel. Cate un pastor rosteste o predica deosebita duminica la amvon, cheama poporul la rugaciune si o multime de oameni care cauta salvare si iertare ies in fata, se vad minuni, se schimba vieti. Apoi, luni dimineata ceva o ia razna si-l vezi pe pastor sub un ienuper descurajat si spunandu-i lui Dumnezeu ca renunta la slujire. Alunecarea de la varful muntelui la cea mai adanca vale poate fii foarte rapida.
Cum este posibil sa vezi manifestarea lui Dumnezeu in toata gloria si in minutul urmator sa ai intrebari catre Dumnezeu, sa fii descurajat si sa vrei sa renunti la lucrare? Durerea mare este ca se intampla prea des.
Aceasta se numeste sindromul vaii. Fiecare slujitor mai devreme sau mai tarziu ajunge acolo. Spre acel moment duce un drum mai popular decat la World Disney or Gatlinburg, mult mai popular decat spre Riviera sau Acapulco.
Daca te gasesti in vale, intelege locul unde te afli. Ai o panorama complet diferita decat daca te-ai afla pe varful muntelui. Pe culmi crezi ca poti scoate demonii si te poti lupta cu serpii; in vale vezi diferit, muntii parca s-ar prabusi peste tine. Vezi numai ce este foarte aproape de tine. In vale pierzi perspectiva viitorului. In vale circumstantele nu te lasa sa vezi totul in largul lor; focusul tau numai este acelasi. In ochii tai te vezi mai mic si fara importanta. De multe ori te vezi doar ca o lacusta in marime. In vale nu poti vedea nimic dupa coltul stancii sau dupa dealul din fata. Nu poti sa vezi nici o solutie, numai daca apare direct in fata ochilor tai. In vale pierzi viziunea, care devine incetosata si fara sens.
Cum ai putea pastra si luni dimineata victoria de duminica?
In primul rand, nu poti urca pe munte cu pacat in viata sau cu greutate impotriva fratelui tau, sau cu un duh coplesit, sau cu o atitudine de neiertare si amaraciune impotriva cuiva.
Apoi, dupa ce ti-ai cercetat inima si totul este in ordine, incepe sa lauzi pe Domnul. In mijlocul vaii tale lauda-L pe El. Lauda-L in timpuri bune ca si in timpuri mai putin bune. In mijlocul laudelor tale bezna se va ridica, si vei intelege drumul din nou catre varful muntelui.
Valea descurajarii si muntele biruintei nu sunt experientele naturale din jurul nostru; ele sunt starea mintii noastre, starea spirituala a inimii, a biruintei ori a deznadejdii.
“Chiar daca ar fi sa umblu prin valea umbrei mortii, nu ma tem de nici un rau, caci Tu esti cu mine.” (Psalmul 23:4)
Cuvantul meu pentru tine este ca poti sa mergi prin vale dar sa locuiesti pe munte. Cand pasii vietii tale te poarta prin cele mai intunecate momente, pastreaza experientele si bucuria muntelui. Pentru ca am fost candva pe munte, am o bucurie de nedescris si Gloria Lui ma inconjoara. Am laude pe buzele mele si un cantec nou in inima.
Slujitori, robi ai Domnului, trebuie sa invatati sa luptati cu adversitatile, cu indoiala, cu descurajarea. Depinde de tine cat stai in vale; refuza sa stai in ea. Numai de pe munte poti avea o imagine clara a voii lui Dumnezeu in viata ta si in viata de slujire.
Niciodata sa nu iei vreo decizie pentru viitorul tau cand mergi sau esti in vale.
Cand esti pe varful muntelui, minunile au loc in viata ta.
De pe varful muntelui Dr. King a vazut Gloria venirii Domnului.
De pe varful muntelui Enoh a umblat cu Dumnezeu si apoi a fost luat la El.
De pe varful muntelui Moise a vazut rugul aprins si prezenta lui Dumnezeu.
De pe varful muntelui Ilie a vazut focul coborindu-se si mistuind jertfa.
De pe varful muntelui Daniel, dupa ce s-a rugat cu geamurile deschise spre Ierusalim, a dormit ca un copilas cu capul pe laba leului ca pe o perna.
De pe varful muntelui Ezechiel a vazut frumusetea rotilor care se invarteau una in mijlocul celeilalte.
Si totusi, valea nu este infrangere. Viata asa este facuta, sa locuiesti pe munte dar sa umbli si prin vale.
Iov, in cea mai adanca vale a vietii lui a zis ca si de varful celui mai inalt munte: “Eu stiu ca Rascumparatorul meu traieste!”
Stefan, in vale este lovit cu pietre de farisei, saduchei si ipocriti, dar moare pe varful muntelui cand declara: “Am vazut pe Isus, pe Fiul omului stand in picioare la dreapta lui Dumnezeu.”
Pavel si Sila in mijlocul noptii cantau in inchisoarea din Filipe ca de pe varful muntelui dar numai cateva ore inainte, in valea lor, erau batuti cu nuiele.
Cand descurajarea, indoiala incearca sa-si croiasca radacini adanci in viata ta, recunoaste ca Satana vrea sa te traga in mlastina vaii, cat mai adanc. Dar atunci, uita-te la Dumnezeu ca la Dumnezeu si al vailor, nu numai al muntilor.
va urma….SA CASTIGI RAZBOIUL SPIRITUAL
Take this test to see whether you have already taken the first steps toward hardness of heart.
If you neglect your secret closet at home—if you think praying at church takes care of all your needs—you will never survive the troubled days ahead. If you will not heed the Word that is meant to heal and strengthen you in good times, how will you ever find power to overcome during the difficult days to come? Having a personal knowledge of your heavenly Father is the only way to prepare for what is coming!
2. How many times have you been warned of the awful consequences of gossip?
At times, my warnings on the subject of gossip have been like soft, gentle rain and at other times, they have been like rolling thunder. Time after time, the Israelites were warned of the dangers of this sin. But they persisted in disobeying the Lord and it brought them a lifetime of misery in a snake-infested desert. Gossip and murmuring cost Israel everything.
Have you said something against a brother or a sister during the past week, something you had no business repeating? Or have you listened to any gossip about that person? If so, did you allow a seed of doubt about him or her to be planted in your soul? If you continue to gossip in light of all the warnings you have heard, you have started down the path toward hardness of heart.
3. How many warnings have you heard against harboring a secret sin?
What about that secret sin, the one that God‘s Spirit has continually spoken to you about? Over the years I have written many warnings about the dangers of flirting with a pet sin. Yet, not only have I preached against sin, but I have taught of God’s resurrection power. I have preached that the Lord both endues us with overcoming power through His Spirit, and puts a will in our hearts to do right.
The person who dares sit under loving reproof week after week and yet goes on sinning is heading down the path toward hardness of heart. Don’t be such a person!