SPECIAL REPORT: Hopes for cease-fire fade as Israel and Hamas continue fighting (Second Coming Watch Update #280)

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1. According to The Los Angeles Times, overnight hopes for an Egyptian-negotiated cease-fire faded on Sunday as clashes resumed between Israel and Hamas and several Palestinian journalists were injured by Israeli air strikes. By the morning, talks had broken down and Hamas resumed its strikes. By 11 a.m., twin rockets could be seen rising from a residential neighborhood in Gaza City, heading toward the Israeli city of Ashkelon. Though many of the rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, including another one heading toward Tel Aviv, direct hits were registered in Beersheba, Sderot and Ashdod. No deaths or serious injuries were reported.

2. According to Fox News, the Israeli military pressed ahead with its aggressive offensive against Palestinian rocket operations Sunday, intercepting at least two rockets fired toward Tel Aviv with the country’s new `Iron Dome’ missile defense system. Thousands of Israeli troops are massed near the Gaza border, meanwhile, awaiting an order to invade should Israeli leaders decide to widen the operation. At the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that “The Israeli military is prepared to significantly expand the operation.”

3. According to The Guardian, the number of those killed and injured from the fighting between Israel and Gaza continues to increase. According to Gaza medical officials, 48 Palestinians, about half of them civilians, have been killed and more than 400 wounded. The World Health Organisation said Gaza hospitals were overwhelmed with casualties and their medical supplies were running short. Three Israeli civilians have been killed and more than 50 wounded from rockets fired by Hamas terrorists.

4. According to The Associated Press, Palestinian militants fired a rocket aimed at Jerusalem on Friday, setting off air raid sirens throughout the city and opening a new front in three days of fierce fighting between Israel and armed groups in the Gaza Strip. Witnesses said they saw a stream of smoke in Me-vass-e-ret Zion, a Jerusalem suburb. The rocket landed in an open area near a collection of Jewish settlements in the West Bank southeast of the city.

5. According to Reuters, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “The Israel Defence Forces will continue to hit Hamas hard and are prepared to broaden the action inside Gaza.” His words came after Israel’s largest city, Tel Aviv, was targeted by rockets from Gaza. Israel has since mobilized thousands of ground troops many of which have massed along the border with Gaza.

6. According to Voice of America News, Egypt’s prime minister has vowed to intensify his country’s efforts to achieve a truce as the deadly aerial volleys between Israel and Hamas-led Gaza continued. He-sham Kan-dil spoke in Gaza on Friday after a brief cease-fire that Israel put in place during his visit to the area collapsed. He said, “The Egyptian revolution will make every effort to stop this aggression and to establish a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

The Bible says in Psalm 122:6: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”

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Gaza militants pound southern Israel as Israel responds with intense air, naval strikes (Second Coming Watch Update #279)

1. According to The Associated Press, militants in the Gaza Strip pounded southern Israel with rocket fire on Thursday, killing three people as the Israeli military pressed forward with a second day of intense air raids and naval attacks on militant targets. With Israel threatening to invade the Palestinian territory, the heaviest fighting between Israel and Hamas in four years showed no signs of letting up. Israeli leaders have said they are prepared to broaden the operation to a ground invasion if necessary, though there were no signs of extraordinary troop movements along the border.

2. According to The Jerusalem Post, the Israeli Air Force struck and killed Hamas’ head of military operations, Ah-med Ja-ba-ri, in central Gaza on Wednesday. IDF spokesman Yoav Mordechai said the airstrike marked the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense targeting Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror organizations in Gaza. The spokesman said, “The first aim of this operation is to bring back quiet to southern Israel, and the second target is to strike at terror organizations.”

3. According to The Associated Press, Egypt asked the United States to push Israel to stop its offensive against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, warning that the violence could “escalate out of control.” Foreign Minister Mohammed Amr spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking for “immediate U.S. intervention to stop the Israeli aggression.” The call came after Egypt recalled its ambassador to Israel to protest the offensive.

The Bible says in Matthew 24:5-6: ” And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”

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Breaking Prophecy News; Who is the Queen of Heaven? Part 3 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #221)

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Signs of His Coming: Hamas says Israeli killing of its military leader “has opened the gates of hell” | Israeli diplomats say they will reconsider its historic peace accords with the Palestinians | Israel may try to topple Abbas if he continues with statehood bid

Prophecy Bootcamp: Our topic for today is titled “Who is the Queen of Heaven? Part 3” from Dr. John MacArthur’s book “The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Action Point: Listen to Dr. David Reagan, President of Lamb and Lion Ministries, on how Christians should live for Christ in the end times.

+ Plus, listen to Tobymac singing “Break Open the Sky”

Breaking Prophecy News; Who is the Queen of Heaven? Part 2 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #220)

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Signs of His Coming: UK prime minister says Iran could ‘trigger a nuclear arms race’ | Nigeria floods kill 363 people, displace 2.1 million | Israel conducts wargames simulating a strike on Iran

Prophecy Bootcamp: Our topic for today is titled “Who is the Queen of Heaven? Part 2 ” from Dr. John MacArthur’s book “The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Action Point: Listen to Dr. Michael Reagan, President of Lamb and Lion Ministries, on how Christians should live for Christ in the end times.

+ Plus, listen to Tobymac singing “Break Open the Sky”

Russia’s defense spending is on the rise (Second Coming Watch Update #278)

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Russia’s defense spending is on the rise. According to World Net Daily, Moscow is to increase its annual defense spending by 59 percent by 2015 as it attempts to modernize its military. Increased spending reflects the latest in Russia’s military doctrine that is meant to address its security strategy and what it defines as threats to the homeland. Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev has stated, “It should be clear to all that we will respond to any aggressive act committed against us.”

Israel successfully tests upgraded Iron Dome with longer interception range. According to The Times of Israel, Israel has completed testing an improved version of the Iron Dome missile defense system, which can intercept medium-range missiles held by Hezbollah and Syria that could reach the center of the country. The army said it had carried out the tests with a new, fifth battery of the Iron Dome system, which will be added to the four already deployed in Israel’s south to intercept rockets fired by terrorists in the Gaza Strip. The country’s aim is to develop a system that will eventually protect all of its territory from enemy rockets.

Iran strengthens its naval presence over disputed islands. According to Reuters, Iran will increase its naval presence in the Gulf to strengthen its authority over three islands which the United Arab Emirates says are its territory. The islands sit near oil shipping routes at the mouth of the strategic Strait of Hormuz and the challenge over their sovereignty is a constant threat to Iran’s fragile relations with its Arab neighbors. The Iranian military stated that it was “increasing, expanding and improving the expert capability in naval defense” in various areas.

The Bible says in Matthew 24:27: “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

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Breaking Prophecy News; Who is the Queen of Heaven? Part 1 (The Prophet Daniel’s Report #219)

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Signs of His Coming: Four Christians imprisoned in Iran | Iran claims it can penetrate Israel’s Iron Dome | Egypt’s Christians face continued persecution and discrimination

Prophecy Bootcamp: Our topic for today is titled “Who is the Queen of Heaven? Part 1 ” from Dr. John MacArthur’s book “The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Action Point: Listen to the continuation of J.C. Ryle’s message on the meaning of Jesus’ words, “Occupy till I come.”

+ Plus, listen to Jeremy Camp singing “There Will be a Day”

Israel says it may have to get involved in Syrian war (Second Coming Watch Update #277)

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Israel says it may have to get involved in Syrian war. According to The Jerusalem Post, a day after three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone on the Golan Heights to attack Syrian rebels, Israel Defense Forces’ Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz visited the border region, and warned army forces that “the Syrian affair could turn into our affair.” He instructed the IDF to be on alert in the area, and to prevent any spillover of the Syrian conflict onto Israeli territory. The Syrian tanks that entered the demilitarized zone on Saturday have still not left the area.

Strong earthquake shakes Philippine island. According to The Associated Press, a strong earthquake rattled the southern Philippine island of Mindanao over the weekend, but there were no reports of any injuries or damages and no tsunami warnings were issued. The quake had a magnitude of 6.4, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake spawned several aftershocks and over a thousand residents fled to higher ground.

Israeli prime minister Netanyahu ordered attack on Iran in 2010, but military blocked the move. According to The Associated Press, an Israeli news channel revealed that Israel’s prime minister and defense minister ordered the military to go on alert to prepare to attack Iran’s nuclear program two years ago, but backed off following opposition from top security officials. Then-military chief Lt. Gen. Gabi Ash-ke-na-zi warned that Israel’s enemies would notice the measure and that it might lead to a war.

In Revelation 22:12, Jesus Christ says, “behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

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