Thursday, August 27, 2015

Grace in God's Sight

August 27, 2015
 
Dear Pastors:
 
Today, let us touch upon [1] THE DIVINE FAVOR THE JEWS HAVE IN THE EYES OF GOD ALMIGHTY BY HIS GRACE ALONE, [2] HAMAS COMMANDO TUNNEL, [3],   Israeli air strike targets Hamas in response to rocket attack, and then [4]  Putin again Touts Gazprom for Running Israel’s Offshore Gas Exports!
 
Exodus 33:12 And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, [First,] and thou hast also found grace in my sight.

[From Scriptures Brethren, it is plain to ole jav that the Children of Israel found Divine Favor of which “the child Samuel” is a worthy illustration for us!  1Sa 2:26 And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the LORD, and also with men.]  [Grace is THE UNMERITED FAVOR OF GOD ALMIGHTY.  WE CAN DO NOTHING TO MERIT HIS GRACE.]
 
 13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found [Second,] grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find [Third,] grace in thy sight: and [#1,] consider that this nation is thy people.
They were a Peculiar Treasure –

Ex 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:  

They were chosen by Jehovah –

Deut 14:2:For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.  

They were Exhalted above all nations –

Deut 26:19; And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken.

Zec 2:8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.

The Children of Israel are the APPLE OF GOD’S OWN DEAR EYE!!!
Exod 33: 14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
 15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.
 16 For wherein shall it be known here that I [#2,]  and thy people have found [Fourth,] grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated[#3,] I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.
 17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found [Fifth,]grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
 18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.
 19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will [Sixth,]  be gracious to whom I will [Seventh,] be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
 
 
Arab-Israeli Conflict
By JPOST.COM STAFF \
08/27/2015 11:58

WATCH: Hamas reveals 'commando tunnel unit' in new propaganda clip

The video, which was released prior to the latest rocket fire at Israel and the subsequent IDF reprisals, shows Hamas terrorists simulating their activities as if they were fighting Israeli soldiers.

 
Hamas on Wednesday posted a video on Islamist propaganda web sites showing what it claims to be exclusive footage of the organization's units responsible for the construction of underground tunnels in Gaza.

The video, which was released prior to the 
latest rocket fire at Israel and the subsequent IDF reprisals, shows Hamas terrorists simulating their activities as if they were fighting Israeli soldiers.

The clip depicts Hamas gunmen doing battle against Israeli positions, tanks, homes, and even civilians. It also shows a simulation of Hamas rocket fire on Israel as well as the takeover of an IDF post and the killing from short range of an IDF soldier.

The video appears to be sophisticated in its production and editing while revealing a number of interesting insights into the method of operation employed by the special Hamas units.

The Hamas operatives are shown digging tunnels, evacuating wounded fighters, engaging in camouflaged stakeouts, and staging commando operations.
 

Israeli air strike targets Hamas in response to rocket attack

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JERUSALEM Israel launched an air strike against a Hamas facility on Thursday in response to a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said.
No one was hurt in the night-time rocket attack on southern Israel, the army said in a statement. There were no immediate reports of any casualties in the Palestinian enclave after warplanes struck what the Israeli military said was a weapons factory belonging to the ruling Hamas Islamist movement.
Salafi jihadist groups that support al Qaeda's calls for a global holy war have claimed most of the sporadic rocket strikes on Israel from the Gaza Strip since the end of a 50-day war a year ago.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Thursday's rocket, which exploded in an open area adjacent to the Gaza border, but Israel has said it holds Hamas accountable for any attacks from the enclave of 1.8 million Palestinians.
According to the Israeli Foreign Ministry website, 11 rockets from the Gaza Strip, excluding the one launched on Thursday, have struck Israel since the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that halted the Gaza war.
Three weeks ago, after a rocket hit southern Israel, Israeli planes bombed a Hamas training camp, wounding four security men. A small Salafi group said it had launched it.
 
Putin again Touts Gazprom for Running Israel’s Offshore Gas Exports!
 
President Vladimir Putin has put a fresh offer to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for a stake in the development of new Israeli gas fields in the Mediterranean and a contract for its national Gazprom to lay the future gas export pipeline to Turkey.
From there, he wants Israeli natural gas to flow through Russian pipelines to Europe.

 
Putin in a word is pitching for Russian control of Israel’s gas exports. His selling point is linked directly to another Russian strategic step:
Moscow is about to embark on military intervention in the Syrian war.

The estimated investment for fully developing Israel’s Leviathan, one of the biggest offshore gas discoveries in recent years, is $7-10 billion. A pipeline from Israel to Turkey would come to another roughly $2bn.
It is not the first time that the Russian leader as propositioned Israel on its gas bonanza. In 2012, secret meetings took place between Russian and Israeli gas experts and investors, mostly in London.
Those tentative exchanges were shelved in mid-2014, mainly because the US was furiously opposed to Israel contracting business with Moscow shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine and was penalized with US and European sanctions.

 
Then, too, relations between the Russian leader and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Edrogan were at a low point.


First “Russo-Syrian Military Commission” is born!


But this year, from late July and early August, Putin took a fresh look at the fluctuating Middle East map and decided to reassess his strategy. He found the Turkish operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) to be useless, and the arrangement for US air strikes over Syria to be coordinated with Turkish ground action getting nowhere. Indeed, in his view, these faltering steps had allowed ISIS to evolve into a palpable threat to Russia itself.
 
The signs of Moscow’s intention to take a hand in fighting ISIS in Syria include the creation in recent weeks of the first “Russo-Syrian Military Commission,” designed to supervise Russian forces destined in Syria to put up an effective fight against ISIS – and not just to rescue Bashar Assad from his military straits.
 
There is also informed speculation that the six Russian MiG-31 Foxhound interceptor aircraft from Moscow which landed Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Mezze Airbase of Damascus international airport, are to be part of the new deployment.


Russian military in Syria - on the spot for securing the gas fields!


How does all this tie in with Moscow’s quest for a partnership in Israel’s gas?
 
Putin maintains that the forthcoming Russian military presence in Syria, including air and naval units, would offer the only credible shield for protecting Israel’s offshore gas fields.
 
Leviathan has estimated reserves of 22 trillion cubic feet (tcf) or 622 billion cubic meters. The Russians estimate the reserves as quadruple this amount.
 
As far back as March 2013, when the Russian leader talked to Netanyahu in Israel – and again when they met in Sochi three months later - he pushed the argument that Russian forces alone were competent to secure the gas fields against attack by any of the groups taking part in the Syria conflict, because of their heft in Damascus, which also worked as a deterrent against the Lebanese Hizballah sabotaging the gas fields.
 
Putin now proposes setting up a joint Russian-Israeli task force. This would be the first instance of Russian-Israeli military cooperation.
This initiative is the counterpart of another Moscow project: a joint Russian-Egyptian task force for securing the Suez Canal and its shipping lanes, which Putin put before Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisiduring his visit to Moscow Tuesday, Aug. 25.



Progress in talk with Turkey as anchor client and pipeline partner!


Moscow is aware of the negotiations the Israeli government and the Noble Energy-Delek gas consortium are holding with Turkey on the selfsame issue of an underwater pipeline to carry Leviathan gas under water to the Turkish coast. The field is slated to begin production in 2018 or 2019.
 
The talks with Turkey are at an advanced stage.
The Erdogan government is willing to cover a large part of the investment. Turkey's overall gas consumption is seven times that of Israel and growing fast, expected to double in the next 20 years. At the moment, Ankara is heavily reliant for its gas on Russia, from whom it purchases 40 billion BCM a year. The Turks are keen to reduce their dependence on Moscow by using Israel as a competitive source.
Gas is also piped in to Turkey from Iran and Azerbaijan as well as high-priced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Algeria. Ankara has stepped up its purchases from those sources to cut down on gas imports from Gazprom.

 
The Turkish-Israeli talks are now down to discussing the price per MMBTu (British thermal units in millions) to be charged by Israel.
While markets for Israel’s Mediterranean gas are eagerly awaited in Egypt and Jordan, Turkey is seen as an anchor customer for Leviathan’s product.



Israeli consortium divided over Turkish connection!


The Israeli partners of the consortium are keen on going ahead for a deal with Turkey, but the American side, Texas-based Noble Energy, is leery, raising the fear in private parleys that Turkey faces the danger of a radical Islamist revolution, whose leaders might without warning cut off the inflow of Leviathan gas to its premier outlet.
 
Netanyahu has been enthusiastic about the deal with Ankara, also because it holds out the prospect of better relations with Turkey, on which he places high strategic value. He has picked up hints from the Erdogan regime that this improvement is indeed in prospect.
 
But Netanyahu is now faced with a new proposition from Moscow. He must take into account that Israel’s acceptance of that proposition would leave Russia in continued domination of Turkey’s sources of gas and its export pipeline to Europe and determine how that suits Israel’s interests.
All this Brethren gives us cause to keep our EYES ON ISRAEL and everything that is going on over THERE IN RELATION TO THE JEWS.  THEY ARE GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE.  GOD MADE AN EVERLASTING COVENANT WITH THEM – EZEKIEL 16:60.  THAT COVENANT IS STILL IN EFFECT ON THIS 27TH DAY OF AUGUST 2015!  WE GENTILE CHRISTIANS ARE DEEPLY INDEBTED TO THE JEWS.  WE SHOULD ALWAYS REMEMBER OUR DEBTS TO THEM.
PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM!

Please pray for Dr. Bill Pickell's, Pacolet, SC, Granddaughter, Hope.  She does have cancer.
 
JIM VINEYARD
YEDIDIM OF ISRAEL

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