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And you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share the nourishing sap from the olive root, Romans 11 v17

The Christian's roots in Israel

shared with the Jews

The  "Old Testament" of the Christian Bible is the Jewish Tanakh, and the "New Testament" is built on these Jewish scriptures.   
Why do some Christians dislike and ignore the Old Testament ?

Jesus is a Jew. He was born, lived and died as a Jew. He was born King of the Jews and died King of the Jews.
How can some Christians say,   "I don't like Jews" ?

Jesus taught as a Jewish Rabbi.
Why do many try and understand his teaching using Greek philosophy?

We are familiar with the Christian holidays.  
Why don't we understand the Jewish feasts and holy days that Jesus celebrated ?

God promised the patriarchs of Israel, "He who blesses you, I will bless and he who curses you, I will curse." 
Why do so few Christians support Israel and the Jews in informed prayer ?

Jesus is coming back to Jerusalem
How can Christians side with those seeking to destroy Israel and seize Jerusalem? 

In these pages we look at what went wrong, the good things we are missing, the way things should be, and how Israel and the Jews are key to world events as they unfold, in these end-times .

This website explores the relationship between Christianity and Judaism  (the Jewish faith), including Messianic Judaism.   It explains the Jewish roots of Christianity, and the continuity of revelation and worship through Jewish and into Christian scriptures.   It looks forward, with the Jews, to the  coming  of their Messiah and ours.   It is possible to span the gulf that opened over the centuries by realizing where we stand.   The apostle Paul likened  non Jewish Christians to wild olive branches grafted into the cultivated olive tree of Israel.   Since this is the basis of our acceptance by the God of Israel,  wildolive  explores the implications of this relationship.

The Messianic Seal  -  this version is the original work of wildolive.co.uk but free for use under the GNU Free Documentation LicenseAn understanding of Hebrew and Jewish culture, tradition, faith and worship can add so much to even familiar Bible stories and  celebrations.   

This was nearly all lost due to replacement theology so we look at all the Jewish Feasts and their relevance and importance for the Christian.

We want to see how much can be recovered, and how we Christians can draw nourishment from our Jewish roots.

The unfolding of God's purposes in World History centres around Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews.  The Christian can not afford to ignorantly follow the prevailing world-view of events in the "Middle East" and side with those who oppose God's purposes and the people He chose to bring salvation to the world.    We need to understand and act upon "the signs of the times" revealed in Israel, so we look at the politics and media coverage of Israel and the forces ranged against her.

We seek to draw practical conclusions for ways the Christian can be in God's will concerning these matters, and to point the way to the many resources which are available for those who seek to draw from their roots in God's olive tree.

Healing

Awareness of the importance of Israel is not the only thing that much of the church has lost. Healing is an important part of the Gospel that few Christians believe in, having become more sophisticated and educated in the world's wisdom. See also Unbelief.

 

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For the first time since a truce came into effect on 26 August, a mortar was fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel yesterday evening. However, Hamas denied any knowledge of the attack and reportedly arrested those responsible following Israeli pressure.

The mortar shell apparently landed in Israeli territory near the Gaza border between the Sdot Negev and Eshkol regions. Army Radio reported that local residents heard an explosion but that there were no injuries or damage. Nonetheless, it was the first instance of rocket fire since Operation Protective Edge ended. During the 50-day conflict, 4,562 rockets and mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip, 3,641 of which exploded in Israeli territory.

 

It is hypocritical to condemn the Islamic State terrorist group but not Hamas, which is just as evil, said US Senator Harry Reid.

 

Israel is facing threats from Multiple Fronts - new page

 

Think Tanks bought by foreign nations - reveation

Exerpt - Some of this funding has been given clandestinely, with think tanks taking money under the table while benefiting from a moral image of disinterestedness. In the most prominently egregious example, the government of Qatar, as the NYT reported, "funneled hundreds of millions to Hamas-led Gaza and encouraged its rocket and tunnel assault on Israel," also signed a four-year $14.8 million deal in 2013 to fund the Brookings Institution where Martin Indyk serves as vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Program. Indyk worked for Secretary of State John Kerry from July 2013 to June 2014 as special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. As someone on the same payroll as is Israel's mortal enemy, how could Indyk be expected to act in a neutral way? - Daniel Pipes



Free Syrian Army spokesperson says I.S. quietly making inroads in villages near Golan by offering aid in exchange for services to be named later

Elhanan Miller

The Islamic State terror group is operating sleeper cells in southern Syria near the border with Israel, a spokesman for the opposition’s Free Syrian Army charged Sunday.

The anonymous spokesman said that some of the 6,000 Islamist fighters who fled southward toward the borders with Israel and Jordan in July actually belong to the Islamic State, not to the less extreme Nusra Front as previously believed.

According to the intelligence agency of the Free Syrian Army, Islamic State activists would approach individuals in the area, offering them basic food staples or financial aid. “They say: ‘Stay at home, no one will know about you. The moment we need you, we’ll call.’” The spokesman said that many locals refused the IS overtures, but that could change given the region’s grave poverty.

Eyal Zisser, an expert on Syria at Tel Aviv University, said he was unaware of the IS presence in southern Syria, but was not surprised by the new information. “ Islamic State is trying to establish itself all across Syria,” he told The Times of Israel.

The Free Syrian Army currently controls the entire border between Israel and Syria, including the Quneitra border crossing, wrested from the Assad regime by opposition forces including the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front in late August, the spokesman said.

Click for complete article from Times of Israel

 

Hamas may have agreed to a ceasefire with Israel two weeks ago but that did not stop its spokesmen from vowing to start replenishing its weapons storehouses immediately  in preparation for another war against the Jewish state.

“We have not stopped making weapons, even during the battle, and we will redouble our efforts…to prepare for the next stage, which we hope will be the battle for freedom,” Abu Hamza, spokesman for Hamas’s Al-Quds Brigade, declared as the ceasefire took effect.

Now it appears the Israeli government has obtained proof that Hamas is smuggling weapons into Gaza, improving its own weapons-making facilities and rebuilding terror tunnels into Israel, according to reports circulating in the Israeli media, which quote an unnamed senior Israeli diplomat.

Islamic Jihad fighters are digging new tunnels in Gaza and showing them to Al Jazeera reporters

 

The cease-fire is really just a Hudna.

 

An overview of what is likely to happen in the Middle East - Daniel Pipes

 

Mahmoud Abbas is expected to announce a suspension of relations with Hamas

At a press conference in Cairo the chairman of the Palestinian Authority attacked Hamas and blamed them for the results of Operation "Protective Edge,". According to a newspaper report of the Egyptian Al-Dustour, Abbas said that "Hamas is responsible for the deaths of 2,100 dead and 11,000 wounded,". The report added that Abbas is expected to announce the severing of relations with Hamas

 

An emissary of the European Union said there are EU-member countries supporting Islamic State terror by purchasing oil from them.

“Most of the group’s oil flows through local middlemen and is paid for almost entirely in cash, making the transactions extremely difficult to track. That insulates Islamic State from traditional methods used to dry up terrorist funds, such as international banking sanctions and anti-money-laundering laws.”

 

Assistance in standing up for the truth about Israel

During Operation Protective Edge we have been receiving many requests for a joined up campaign network that will send out information and calls for action.  I wish to share with you a tool that we believe we can all use to achieve just that. Please sign up for ISRAELikers using this link:  http://www.israelikers.org/joinus.aspx?Grp=120

 

Put it another way - in Rap

Ari Lesser - "If you support Hamas, you're a fool! "

 

Love your enemies

A 12-year-old boy was injured in Syria by shelling near Damascus, his brother led him on a donkey to Israel for emergency medical treatment. The boy lost his arm, shattered in leg, and lost his sight in the tragic fighting in Syria. He is currently in recovery in Israel. Picture here. We wish him a speedy recovery. Ziv Medical Center in Israel has treated 354 Syrians so far.

 

Hamas - Israel Cease Fire

Is this the end of the war, or just a Hudna?

Hamas and Israel agreed a new ceasefire deal, one that was negotiated by the Al-Sissi government in Egypt.

More than 4,500 rockets were fired at Israel during the conflict !

So - who won and who lost? Thought provoking articles - see Gaza 2014

Melanie Philips addressing a Honest Reporting occasion, after the conflict.

 

See also History of Gaza new page with access to all Gaza pages.


In the wider World - Islamic State, Iraq and Syria

Saudi Arabian media reported on Sunday that Jordan had handed secret intelligence over to the NATO with details about infiltrations of ISIS fighters into Jordanian territory through its borders with Syria and Iraq. The British ambassador to Jordan, Peter Millett, said the U.K. and NATO were prepared to assist Jordan in dealing with the dangers posed by ISIS.

A terrorist proudly displayed the IS flag” on the Temple Mount

The flag states: “There is no deity but Allah. Mohammed is his messengers.” (the shahada)

 

Iran says it has begun arming West Bank ,

Iran said (August 28, 2014) it was stepping up efforts to arm West Bank Palestinians for battle against Israel, with Basij militia chief Mohammad Reza Naqdi saying the move would lead to Israel’s annihilation, Iran’s Fars news agency reported.

The west starts to be concerned about IS

The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts US intelligence officials.

Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors say, he methodically shot four people at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels. Three died instantly, one afterward. Nemmouche was arrested later, apparently by chance.

USA General McInerney believes that we should be taking this ISIS threat far more seriously than we are, suggesting that we should be at DEFCON 1 and preparing for possible attacks on multiple cities. McInerney believes they have already come across our southern border and suggests we could be hit on 9/11 of this year. He stated that we need a massive air campaign in both Iraq and Syria to combat ISIS.

UK raises terror threat to 'severe', Cameron says 'attack likely'

ISIS poses a “greater and deeper threat to our security than we’ve seen before” said Prime Minister David Cameron. His statement follows a decision to raise the UK's terror threat level from "substantial" to "severe" over events in Iraq and Syria. Fighting the Islamic State is “a generational struggle” against a “poisonous ideology” Cameron said, adding the UK “must respond calmly and with purpose” to a “greater and deeper threat to our security than we’ve seen before.” Cameron said the root cause of the terrorist threat is “the poisonous narrative of Islamist extremism.”

 

Middle East Conflict redefined

An op-ed published in the Saudi owned, London-based newspaper Asharq al-Awsat argued that the Middle East conflict once known as the “Arab-Israel” conflict has shifted so much that it needs to be recast as one between Israel along with moderate Arab regimes, on the one hand, and extremist regimes, terror groups and their backers, on the other.

 

Should we bother about Israel and Gaza - and IS?

Does the war in Gaza affect YOU? Why should you care?

 

The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the UK has shot up nearly 500% in the wake of Israel’s military operation in Gaza. (CST)

Israel's enemies

Iran is still the number one threat to Israel -

- attention has strayed from the most important actor in the region, Iran. Melanie Philips - explains here - - see also Understanding the Times

Islamic Caliphate - I.S. - ISIS - ISIL

The world is starts to take notice as the Gaza conflict pauses.

A prominent Christian leader of the Chaldean community unveiled the "systematic beheading of children" and other horrendous crimes committed by ISIS. He said that the Sunni extremists are committing genocide against Christians in Iraq and with the aim to instill the Sharia Law as the law of the land.  

In the interview with CNN's Jonathan Mann, Chaldean-American businessman Mark Arabo said that the "world hasn't seen an evil like this for generations." 

"There is a park in Mosul, where [ISIS] they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick and have them in the park," he explained. "More children are getting beheaded, mothers are getting raped and killed, and fathers are being hung."

- See more at: http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/52128/20140806/chaldean-christian-leader-isis-systematically-beheading-children-in-iraq.htm#sthash.je6jaGxs.dpuf

Chaldean Christian leader: ISIS 'Systematically Beheading' Children In Iraq

Aug 06, 2014 08:52 PM EDT
ISIS Beheading Children

A prominent Christian leader of the Chaldean community unveiled the "systematic beheading of children" and other horrendous crimes committed by ISIS. He said that the Sunni extremists are committing genocide against Christians in Iraq and with the aim to instill the Sharia Law as the law of the land.  

In the interview with CNN's Jonathan Mann, Chaldean-American businessman Mark Arabo said that the "world hasn't seen an evil like this for generations." 

"There is a park in Mosul, where [ISIS] they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick and have them in the park," he explained. "More children are getting beheaded, mothers are getting raped and killed, and fathers are being hung."

- See more at: http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/52128/20140806/chaldean-christian-leader-isis-systematically-beheading-children-in-iraq.htm#sthash.zXR7UR5S.dpuf

"Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst," said Mark Arabo, a Californian businessman and Chaldean-American leader. In an interview with CNN's Jonathan Mann, he called what's happening in Iraq a "Christian genocide" and said "children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being hung."

Islamic State has issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq's dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death, according to a statement distributed in the militant-controlled city of Mosul. The ruling will come into effect on Saturday.

Is Israel Next On ISIS’s List?

According to various horror scenarios, ISIS will succeed in establishing itself in Jordan or Syria and turn its aggression towards Israel. Experts we spoke with assess that this scenario is not likely. "It is very hard to assess the number of ISIS members, but according to estimates it numbers at between 10 to 15 thousand members,” explains the head of the terrorism project at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Yoram Schweitzer. “It is an extremely aggressive organisation that acts violently also towards Muslims who do not accept its ideology, but it does not pose a threat to Israel."

One of the current indications for this is ISIS’s meagre presence near the Israeli border. “The concrete danger that ISIS does pose, is the evil militant spirit it is spreading, which can encourage other likeminded organisations,” said Schweitzer. “The moment ISIS will face a trained, united army, unlike the crumbling Iraqi army, it will be defeated. In my opinion, ISIS will not be able to establish itself in Jordan or Kuwait.”

This assessment is also heard amongst other experts in the field, who say that the influence ISIS is assumed to have on the balance of power in the Middle East is overrated. “ISIS has declared that Israel is not its target.

See Gulf War III ? - See also Persecution

Syria

Israelis on the Golan Heights were instructed by the IDF to keep their distance from the border with Syria Thursday as fighting raged between forces loyal to the Assad regime and rebel factions over the Quneitra  crossing region.

Death Toll in Syria - 200,000

As the global spotlight shifted to Gaza, the past month has been particularly brutal in Syria. Why? Experts cite a bloody fight between Assad forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for control of the large Shaar gas field, east of Homs; an increased regime offensive in Aleppo; and clashes between ISIS, which is rapidly consolidating its territory in the east, and rebel factions like Jabhat al-Nusra. Read the whole story at Syria Deeply

 

Egypt

The government appears to be in favour of Israel destroying Hamas, for their part in the Muslim Brotherhood's takeover in Egypt. It has been observed that the cease fire deal that Egypt proposed involved a humiliating defeat for Hamas, that they would reject so that Israel could finish the job of destroying Hamas.

Libya

Full scale civil war looks likely. New evidence reveals that jihadi entities, such as al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Ansar al-Sharia (ASL), are holding training camps in Libya. Al-Wasat, an academic/policy research blog, reported that credible sources within Libya have confirmed such camps exist.

Jordan

Now being threatened by ISIS / ISIL. Jordan has lost control over much of its territory. Western intelligence sources said Jordan has become a hub for rebel operations against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Lebanon

Iranian backed Hizbollah are believed to be digging away industriously into Israel, like Hamas did in Gaza. See Melanie Philips article Melanie Philips - explains here

Rockets fired into Israel - Not by Lebanon or Hizbollah; they say. As the lebanon government does nothing to restrain Hezbollah, Israel has stated that provocative actions will be treated as emanating from Lebanon, and responses will be against Lebanon.

 

What now?

The long running Roadmaps, the Oslo Accords and Two State solutions all appear stalled, so what must be done now?

What will Israel do?

If the Two State Solution is dead.

Will Israel consider Caroline Glick's The Israeli Solution ? This book provides an excellent explanation of how the current situation came about - which will be essential to understanding how the policies might backtrack to an earlier status. (pre Oslo?)

What Now? - Gulf War III ? - Iraq Crisis

 

New Pages on wildolive

Gaza's Terror Tunnels - 30/07/14 - the costs and strategy

History of Gaza new page by Ron Cantor - with access to all Gaza pages.

Gulf War III ? - 16/06/14 - Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

What Now ? - 09/06/14 - The Roadmaps, Oslo and Two State solutions all appear stalled, so what must be done now?

Blood Libel 2014 ? 31/05/14 - the "Nakba Day shooting"

Christ at the Checkpoint 2014 - 21/03/14 - observations

Evangelicals against Israel - 05/03/14 - A worrying, downward trend, analysed by Dexter Van Zile

Assimilation 29/12/13 Is it just a Jewish question?

 

Updated Pages

Multiple Fronts - 15/09/14 - Summer 2014 sees threats from all directions

Walls around the World - 30/07/14 - to include the Pale of Settlement

Persecution - 05/07/14 - review of present day persecution plus Biblical view

Two State / One State Solution? - 13/05/14 - New Book recommendation

Revelation - 12/05/14 - New book recommendation

Who are the Palestinians? - 31/03/14 - interesting picture.

My Denomination - BMS - 28/03/14 - More anti-Israel articles in BMS magazine

Islam - 04/03/14 - Somali Piracy and slavery

International Law 03/01/2014 - US and PA in breach over terrorist release pressure

Nuclear Iran 03/01/14

 

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