For “Scripture Sunday”:
I hope you didn’t forget the “Day of Infamy”, Dec. 7th. 1941.
While this defining moment in US history is commemorated in many cities all across the country, it occurred so long ago that few youngsters know how the events unfolded on that fateful day.
7th December Pearl Harbor 1941.
December 7th Is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
President Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital
by Erik Jones - December 6, 2017
“President Trump has announced that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and will move the U.S. embassy there. Now the world holds its breath.
Palestinians play cards during President Trump's televised speech in the West Bank City of Nablus, Dec. 6, 2017.
“On Dec. 6, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will now recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. Along with that announcement, he made it known that he would direct the U.S. State Department to fulfill one of his campaign promises—to begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
President Trump is actually responding to an act passed by Congress in 1995, which recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and required the president to move the embassy. Since then, every U.S. president has temporarily deferred fulfilling that requirement because of the perceived risk it would pose to peace efforts between the Israelis and Palestinians. The Palestinian ambassador to the U.K. has said that this decision would be “a kiss of death to the two-state solution.”
The danger of this decision
President Trump had been warned by multiple world leaders of the danger this move poses. It has been condemned by almost every world leader who has commented on it. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned of “dangerous consequences.” The Palestinian position is that East Jerusalem would be the capital of any Palestinian state.
Scholar Aaron David Miller summarized the concerns about President Trump’s decision this way: “The problem is that Israel has declared the entire city to be its eternal and undivided capital, including the eastern part of the city where many Palestinians reside and where the Palestinian Authority hopes to establish a capital once a Palestinian state is created. If Trump asserts that US policy is that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, it would be tantamount to saying that Washington now recognizes Israel’s sovereignty over the entire city. If he simply says that just West Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, he risks alienating the Israeli government by suggesting that the eastern part of the city isn’t included.”
The fear is that this will not only make an unlikely peace agreement even more unlikely, but that this could ignite a new wave of violence.The fear is that this will not only make an unlikely peace agreement even more unlikely, but that this could ignite a new wave of violence. The Palestinian Authority says it will not lead those under its authority to violence against Israel because of the decision, but Hamas (which controls the Gaza Strip) has said the decision will “open the gates of hell.”
Jerusalem is the world’s most dangerous powder keg, and today’s announcement may provoke a new wave of violence—” Continued at: https://lifehopeandtruth.com/prophecy/blog/president-trump-recognizes-jerusalem-as-israels-capital/
What does the Bible say about Jerusalem in prophecy?
“With tensions between Christians, Jews and Arabs, what lies ahead for Jerusalem? Will peace come? What does the Bible say about Jerusalem in prophecy?
Jerusalem in prophecy: Conflict ahead
The Scriptures reveal that at the time before Christ’s return to earth, this region of the world and the city of Jerusalem will once again be in turmoil and conflict. The fragile balance of peace that currently exists will be destroyed.
The prophet Daniel was inspired to write that, at the time of the end, the Jews would resume animal sacrifices and that a religious power called “a little horn” would arise (Daniel 7:8, 11, 21-22; 8:9-10). With his influence and control over the civil government—called the “beast” in Revelation 13:1-4—this man will use the army of the beast to stop these daily sacrifices (Daniel 8:12) and set up an “abomination of desolation” on what appears to be the Temple Mount (Daniel 12:11; Matthew 24:15).
In a long and detailed prophecy, Daniel also prophesied of a conflict that would occur between the “king of the South” and “the king of the North” at “the time of the end” (Daniel 11:40). Jerusalem is going to be caught in the middle of this battle. The prophecy reveals that the “king of the North” is going to “enter the Glorious Land”—a reference to Palestine. This king and his spiritual adviser will take control of the city of Jerusalem.”
Temple Mount: Its History and Future
“The Temple Mount was an important location in the history of Israel and Judah. This same area is prophesied to play a major role in the end times and beyond.
The biblical history of the Temple Mount—a leveled area on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem—began long before the construction of the first temple. About 900 years before the first temple, Abraham was told to go to Mount Moriah (the Mount of the Lord) to sacrifice Isaac (Genesis 22:2, 14).
This location was near the village of Salem, which later became Jerusalem (Joshua 18:28; 2 Chronicles 3:1). It was here that Abraham came to give a tithe to Melchizedek and was “blessed by the better” (Genesis 14:18-20; Hebrews 7:1-4, 7-8). This particular location seems to have already been chosen by God for His future temple.
Coming forward 400 years to the time of Moses, we see in the Song of Moses a reference to “the mountain of Your inheritance, … which You have made for Your own dwelling” (Exodus 15:17). At the end of the 40 years in the wilderness, God commanded through Moses that Israel should “seek the place where the LORD your God chooses, out of all your tribes, to put His name for His dwelling place [habitation in the King James Version]; and there you shall go” (Deuteronomy 12:5).
When God first began working with the Israelites, His place of dwelling was a portable tent, called the “tabernacle” (Exodus 25:9; 26:1). It was the location for worship on God’s annual holy days, where God “put His name” (Deuteronomy 12:5).
Over the years, this tabernacle moved to various locations, including Kadesh, Gilgal, Shiloh, Nob and Gibeon. After approximately 400 years of the tabernacle being moved from time to time, a permanent temple of stone was built for God in the city of Jerusalem—the site being chosen by God Himself (Psalm 132:13; 1 Kings 11:13; 14:21; 2 Chronicles 33:7).
Acquiring the future Temple Mount
When David became king over all of the tribes of Israel, one of his first tasks was to capture and secure the stronghold of Zion from the Jebusites and rename it the City of David (2 Samuel 5:7-9). By capturing the stronghold of Zion, David gained control over the very strategic areas of the city and the citadel. Jerusalem then became the center of Israel and Israel’s capital. This made it possible for David to later negotiate the purchase of the area that would become the Temple Mount.”
“Palestinian protesters opposite Israeli heavy machinery on Sunday after a tunnel across the Israel-Gaza border was discovered.” CreditMahmud Hams/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Hans is back from his trip to The Holy Land. He showed me lovely pictures fron Israel, Jerusalem, Petra, and Jordan. He brought me a beautiful grey and red, soft, polyester scarf with a hanging tag saying “Jerusalem”. The design on it was a Paisley pattern, which is Scottish, (though it did originate in Persia eons ago), and the tiny tag said “Made in China”. The Chinese probably distribute these with tags for every tourist city. It is lovely, but I wish he had been wearing his glasses when it chose it and seen that tiny tag. He forgets a lot of things, and that I had asked him to bring me a cheap Star of David necklace.
Zack, my neighbor and I moved some stuff out of the mini-house to make more room for working. I had three microwaves in there for sale, so we put them on some shelves and used the roll-around table that they had been on, for a working table. We needed it to make the curve on the counter top that goes in the mini-house kitchen. It will be to the right of the doorway as you go in the kitchen, so a curved edge will eliminate a hip-catching square corner. We cut a curved piece of plywood, to follow the curve and another to make it the right thickness the same as the 1 x 2” that would be on the edge. We smoothed it with the belt sander, and filled in any ‘holidays’ with wood putty. Now it will be ready for the Formica.
Jay acted like he was sober, so he worked on installing the door between the living room and kitchen for two mornings. But the second morning he was defintely hepped up or hyperactive, and so I ddn’t have him come the next morning. Hyper people make me so nervous, I had enough hyperactivity with my youngest son.
The following morning Zack and I quietly worked taking out the shims which Jay had installed that made the door jam have a curve, and reset the hinges so they wouldn't be in a bind.
Jay is like "The little girl who had a curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very, very good, and when she was bad she was horrid" (Longfellow)
When he is thinking straight he can do a lot of good work, but when he has been imbibing or pill-popping…..that’s a different story. His biggest problem is that he lies to himself… he thinks that he can stop at two beers and that they won’t affect him, but even the next day he is still under the influence. Alcoholics delude themselves!
I have advertised for someone else, but no one suitable has shown up yet, and I have to get the mini-house done.
We had snow on the ground for a while on Friday! Here in South TX! Many photos were posted and ‘oohed’ and ‘wowed’ upon. I took pictures of it here with my phone, then accidentally deleted them off my Micro SD card.
For the church potluck I made Mexican Cabbage. That was because I had a jar of salsa that was way too spicy for me and I didn’t know what to do with it. I just dumped it into some cooked cabbage. Several folks at church like spicy foods, so they loved it.
For another dish, I had cooked several whole sweet potatoes in a crockpot but there were too many for me, so I mashed them and added some sauteed onions, red and green peppers.
Jay had left some organic milk here, but there was no way I could use all that up. So I made Bread Custard Pudding (Cooks.com) with some raisin bread that had got squashed. I looked for the recipe which called for the most milk (1 qt) and the least eggs, (3) and that was it. So it was made with local farm eggs which is all that I will use. No store-bought eggs for me, they are so cruel to those chickens and their eggs have hardly any nutrition. The farm eggs have deep yellow yolks and taste so much better. Now that was really enjoyed, and I was asked to make more. The pastor’s wife gave me some Eggnog which was going to be out of date soon, and asked me to make the Custard with that. Why not?
The Bible readings were Gen. 32:4-36:43, (that’s got a lot of begatting in it), Hos. 11:7-12, Ob. 1:1-21, Heb. 11:11-21, and Matt. 26:36-46. The teaching was about “Everything is Built on Christ”, how He is the Cornerstone.
Jay didn’t go to church with me on the Sabbath, I didn’t expect that he would this week. His mother, Claudia, is out of the hospital and in re-hab now. She has GOT to get up and walk, and eat, if she ever wants to get out of there. He was taken by his neighbor to see her today.