Highlights from the Philippines; Israel, Hamas, and anti-Jewish Protests; and Our Calling to be World Changers

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Dr. Brown shares some exciting news from his recent trip to the Philippines then focuses on the latest news from Israel and the anti-Jewish protests in France and Germany, then shares thoughts on our calling as believers to change the world through the gospel. Listen live here 2-4 pm EST, and call into the show at (866) 348 7884 with your questions and comments.

 

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Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: The ancient word spoken to Abram and to Jacob still applies today. God will bless those who bless his physical descendants, the Jewish people, and He will curse those who curse them.

 

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Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: In the midst of the chaos and conflict in the Middle East, don’t just look to the news; look to the Word for clarity.

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23 Comments
  1. According to prophecy, every nation that’s come against Israel in the last days will be in for a rude awakening…America included, if so be we’re in with those who want to harm Israel. I suppose “not helping” Israel would be the same as harming her. Or, is that going to far? I don’t think so.

  2. Dr. Brown,
    About Gn 12 vs Gal 3 “seed” vs “seeds”: I heard that Paul might’ve been quoting the Aramaic TNK which at times does use singular vs plural seed. Is there any reality to that?

  3. Dr. Brown,
    You said “Khartoum, Egypt”; I thought Khartoum was the capital city of Sudan (my step dad was from Sudan).
    I did a little research, and found that it was founded by Egyptians but it became the capital of Sudan in 1956 (upon independence from the British).

  4. Dan1el, re: Khartoum — yes, as I said Egypt I questioned myself. Thanks for the correction. I’ll attribute it to jet lag. 🙂

    Re: Aramaic, it’s the same concept as the Hebrew: seed is used collectively, generally speaking.

  5. I was surprised to hear on the TV news yesterday about how successful the protection of Israel was going by the nation of Israel. Sadly many lives were lost, the great majority of them being those of Israel’s enemy Hamas.

    As Israel protects it’s people from attacks of missiles, rockets, and such, and hits those targets from where they have been coming from, depending on the success of the defense, many more casualties may be on the side of Israel’s enemies, and so in the future I suppose I will hear that Israel kills many more of it’s enemies than are killed of Israel, but this does not mean
    that Israel is somehow the greatest evil doer in all of this.

  6. Ray,

    >>Sadly many lives were lost, the great majority of them being those of Israel’s enemy Hamas.

    For sure, the majority (as in a 100+ to 1) killed are Palestinians but how many are Hamas?

    We see pictures of little children and old grandmothers in the office — certainly not Hamas members.

    There has been quite a few stories about Israel taking steps to prevent civilian deaths and I don’t doubt they try. But, it’s not possible.

  7. The Palestinians need a Muslim Ghandi and the Israelis need a Jewish Mountbatten. Or a Mandella and a PW Botha.

    — leaders on both sides who can work together for a future of peace and reconciliation.

    Those countries were every bit as hopeless as Israel-Palestine is now, yet they found a way out of it.

  8. It was just on the news — the death radio is 196 to 1.

    This is about how it usually goes — yet people here insist that the Jews take the brunt of these conflicts.

    It’s not anti-Jewish to point out that far more Palestinians have been killed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It’s not even close.

  9. Greg,

    Perhaps Hamas should stop lobbing missiles over into Israel, then there would be no more deaths.

    Do you fault Israel for being able to protect their own citizens and incur only 1 death? As far as the Palestinian deaths, it grieves me to think about the pictures I’ve seen of the devastation. War isn’t pretty and innocent people get killed. All the more reason to pray for peace between them! But, I don’t know of any other nation that calls people on the phone telling them to get out we’re sending in a missile! That, or they drop pamphlets. And Hamas tells them to stay put–it’s crazy and really sad!

  10. Sheila,

    Yes, Hamas should stop firing missiles. So should Israel.

    How many dead Palestinians are enough for Israel to protect themselves? 200, 2000, 2 million?

    The more moral side of this conflict will be the first to stop the cycle of violence.

    I’ll be honest here — these “knock on the door” stories, all over the media, strike me more like public relations campaign than an effective way to protect civilians.

    I find it hard to believe that Israel really wants the Hamas terrorists to run out of the house before they bomb it. Something about that doesn’t add up.

    But, I dunno. Maybe they do.

  11. The number of deaths on this side or that is moot, though it is tragic. Something needs to be done and it needs to be significant enough to cause lasting change, if that is possible. And I seriously doubt that the liberal media is giving us the real picture of what is transpiring.

    Maybe we should blame Hamas for the deaths that come upon Gazans because of the retaliation to their missile launching. I am sure that most people in Gaza just want to live life, but lasting peace can never be achieved while the rulers and the rogues are constantly stirring up hatred and endangering lives.

    If Mexicans or Canadians started launching missiles toward us, we would not stand for it for very long either. And if the Canadian and Mexican people would not or could not overthrow such rogue governments, we would be stupid not to either do it for them or make it obvious that they should and also make it easier for them to do so…if we just didn’t conquer them and add a few more states to the union. And in those circumstances, I am sure that most of the people of those countries would like it better in the end to have a bit more stability.

    While I was in Israel we spoke to a reporter for a newspaper in a certain European country that had gone into Ramala and interviewed people on the street. The vast majority did not want a Palestinian state. They are well aware of the stability that Isreal’s government brings and also the corruption of their own. The common man wants stability so that he can live in peace and provide for his family.

    I had my rental car stolen by hamas while I was in Israel. They ended up smashing everything of value. It was an inconvenience to me, but it cost big bucks for the insurance company and the car rental company. Hamas is the mafia with bigger guns and a deep religious motivation. There is no changing their minds.

    From a political point of view, the only thing that can be changed is their access to innocent victims and their ability to get weapons. Spiritually we know what the answer is, but that is not going to happen fast enough to prevent the current terrorist agenda…and Israel is not going to be sending missionaries in there to convert them to Messiah.

    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…and Gaza.

  12. Yes, sadly Hamas causes a lot of innocent people to suffer, loosing their life or livelihood.

    The Prime Minister of Israel talked about (and rightly so) how Israel uses missiles to protect their people, while Hamas uses people to protect their missiles.

  13. Greg wrote:
    “I find it hard to believe that Israel really wants the Hamas terrorists to run out of the house before they bomb it. Something about that doesn’t add up.”

    From what my sources in Israel say, it is the infrastructure, arms and wealth/assets of hamas that Israel is trying to reduce. Also they say that when the hardcore Hamas initiates hear that there is a chance to die in jihad, they seek out the houses that are targeted if they can, because they have a free trip to heaven and 72 virgins waiting for them if they die. If either of these things are true, it makes a lot of sense and adds up nicely. If both are true, it adds up even better. I seriously doubt that the majority of casualties are civilians. It could be, but I doubt it.

  14. Bo,

    >> The number of deaths on this side or that is moot, though it is tragic.

    No to you. For most of people the number of deaths matter. It’s the concept of “overkill” and it’s done by brutal governments. Moral governments exercise restraint and proportionality.

    >> Something needs to be done and it needs to be significant enough to cause lasting change, if that is possible.

    You and I agree on something! I don’t pretend to be an expert on this conflict but I do know that violence is not causing lasting peace.

    That’s why I said, earlier, that we need a Muslim Mandela and Jewish PW Botha — two leaders, leading two people’s to a lasting peace.

    >> And I seriously doubt that the liberal media is giving us the real picture of what is transpiring.

    (I hate to even ask which media you consider “liberal”!)

    Recently, all the mainstream TV news outlets, I saw, featured stories of how Israel is trying to not target civilians. It read like an IDF press release!

  15. Bo,

    >>From what my sources in Israel say, it is the infrastructure, arms and wealth/assets of hamas that Israel is trying to reduce.

    You have “sources” in Israel? I think you mean friends. And most of your friends aren’t going to know about the targeting decisions of the military any more than you and I do.

    I think both sides acknowledge that Israel is targeting homes, mosques, cafes, etc.

    Israel argues that if a Hamas leader is having a cup of coffee, they get to kill everyone in the coffee shop.

    I’m not good with that. I’m not sure if that is a war crime.

    But, of course, Hamas is even more random — just lobbing missiles in the general direction of civilians. I’m not good with that either.

    >> Also they say that when the hardcore Hamas initiates hear that there is a chance to die in jihad, they seek out the houses that are targeted if they can, because they have a free trip to heaven and 72 virgins

    I’ve head that claim, as well. It strikes me as classic wartime racism.

    It’s a universal of war — we convince ourselves that the enemy don’t love life as much as we do.

  16. Ray,

    >>The Prime Minister of Israel talked about (and rightly so) how Israel uses missiles to protect their people, while Hamas uses people to protect their missiles.

    “Rightly so” in the logic of militants.

    Kill others before they kill you!

    Blessed are the peacemakers who don’t share that logic.

  17. So where are Messianic Jews in terms of West Bank settlements – clearly illegal under international law – and the accompanying violence? This is the flash point in the discussion. Hamas doesn’t have very many defenders in the mainstream media so far as I can see. People may invoke considerations like frustration, 50 years of occupation in the West Bank etc. but there are not many willing to defend the lobbing of missiles into Israel. For one thing, it also is clearly illegal under international law.

  18. (i) Shooting rockets into Israel is detestable, disgusting.

    (ii) Laser/guided missiles being shot back knowing that innocent people will inevitably be killed is even more of an abomination. outright disgusting. defending Israeli citizens at the cost of x100 other innocent people? unforgivable.

    (iii) The whole problem – 99.99% of the problem – is that the mid-east nations (INCLUDING ISRAEL) are godless, evil, wicked nations – just like the rest of the nations in the world – and they are receiving their just desserts for rejecting God. they are having the curses of Moses poured out onto them in full measure even to this day! e.g. As I understand it, they are doing things in Tel-Aviv that is making even the gay folks back in San-Fran blush. the wickedness of “Palenstine” is not the real issue here. terrorism is not the issue. Israel’s godlessness is! If they would just turn to God, by his mighty outstretched hand all of it would end. But no. They insist on their wicked ways, just like their fathers of old, they have stiff necks and want to be like the rest of the nations, instead of being called out to be holy and a chosen people to make a name for the LORD – they want to go their own way. Fine go your own way. and reap what you sow.

  19. Gen 12:3
    And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

    Ben,
    What kind of things do they need to repent of?

    You mention rejecting God. Can you be more specific?

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