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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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Cease Fire - 26/08/14

- is this the end of the war?

Gaza 2014

More than 4,500 rockets fired at Israel since the beginning of this conflict!

Hamas and Israel have agreed to a new ceasefire deal, one that was negotiated by the Al-Sissi government in Egypt. Admittedly, this is the 12th ceasefire deal in the past seven weeks. Hamas has broken 11 of them. So there is not a great deal of confidence here in Israel that the true quiet and calm has come.

Israel - Syria border

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. Jets flown by regime pilots bombed rebel positions near the border on Thursday as rebels, including a contingent from the Al-Qaida linked Al Nusra Front, apparently took control of the crossing, including territory just 200 meters from the Israeli guard post. The crossing is under the ostensible control of the UN, but reports Thursday indicated that rebels had taken a number of UN personnel hostage. "Our aim isn't Israel right now," said a spokesman for Western-backed rebel factions. "The matter of Israel - it's not for now, and it's more political." However, Islamist groups fighting with the rebels are reported to have a much different agenda. Continues

11th Cease fire was broken on 20/08/14,

When Hamas says it fired 50 rockets, claims responsibility for firing M-75 and Fajr-5 rockets at central Israel and Jerusalem, J-80 missile at Ben Gurion Airport.

So - who won and who lost? Thought provoking article here.

Hamas’s humiliation, and Israel’s looming defeat

Earlier

Operation Protective Edge and following negotiations

Did you notice a new demand creeping into Hamas' reasons for not agreeing a ceasefire? They are demanding that the "Blockade" be lifted. See also Blockade legallity .

So Hamas will continue firing imported rockets at Israel unless Israel opens the blockade and allows in more imported rockets to fire at Israel. Makes sense.

Hamas gunmen killed seven suspected informants for Israel near a Gaza City mosque as worshipers were ending their midday prayers. The masked gunmen were part of a hit team sent by Hamas that are executing so-called collaborators with Israel across Gaza. The seven Palestinians were part of a larger operation in which 18 men in total were killed by Hamas. On Saturday, four more men were killed, bringing the total to 22. According to witnesses and Hamas media, masked gunmen lined up the seven men on Friday in a side street adjacent to the mosque. The gunmen opened fire, killing the men.

72% in Gaza hope for peace deal with Israel, 68% prefer reconstruction over rearmament - IDC survey . An overwhelming 92 percent of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip are in favor a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, and 72% hope their leaders will work to achieve a lasting peace agreement with the Jewish state, a new poll has found.

Palestinian civilians attacked Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri and beat him near Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip recently, according to a report on the Egyptian website Veto Gate.

 

BBC and others got into their stride of demonizing Israel with some appaling television journalism. (video)

Anti-Semitism is raging in western cities.

What are the rockets and what can they do to Israel?

 

The Obama administration faced accusations in The Wall Street Journal that it held back Hellfire-missile transfers to Israel.

 

Northern Israel Under Rocket Fire from Syria & Lebanon
By Lea Speyer August 24, 2014


Rockets fired from Syria slammed into the Golan Heights early Sunday morning following rocket fire from Lebanon the night before. “At least five rockets fired from Syria hit different locations across the Golan Heights,” the IDF confirmed in a statement. The IDF did not return fire.

“The rocket that was fired from Lebanon hit the Upper Galilee,” the IDF said in a statement. The army did not return fire but sent “a strong protest” to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, which is responsible for monitoring the border between Israel and Lebanon.

This information is only the latest news and will be displaced from this page.

However, a summary is being compiled on Gaza 2014. - History of Gaza new page with access to all Gaza pages.

 

In the wider World - Islamic State, Iraq and Syria

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)

A shocking video that appeared on an Arabic-language Facebook page captured hundreds of Hamas followers rallying on the Temple Mount, calling to “spill the blood” of the “infidels” and to hit Tel Aviv. The frenzied crowd proclaimed allegiance not only to Hamas, but also to Seraya al-Aksa, the military wing of Fatah and Hamas. Mahmoud Abbas is chair of the Fatah party.

“There can be no doubt that a relentless second front in the existential war that Hamas and the like are waging against Israel has geared up on the Temple Mount,” stated Linda Olmert, deputy director of Haliba, the movement for freedom of worship on the Mount.

The YouTube video “demonstrates that there is no denying that ISIS and Hamas are one.”

 

The west starts to be concerned about IS

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.

US President Barak Obama authorized the Pentagon to begin conducting reconnaissance flights over Syria Monday. Officials said the recon missions were needed in any case and did not necessarily signal a shift in policy, but White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House is prepared to take military action to protect US citizens “without regard to international boundaries.” Meanwhile, Syria’s Assad regime has warned that US airstrikes in Syria, even if they targeted IS terrorists in territory not under the regime’s control, would be considered an “aggression” unless it is coordinated with the Regime.

UK government response to the situation in Iraq. This page will be updated regularly.

The UK government response is focused on 3 objectives:

  • alleviating the humanitarian suffering of those Iraqis targeted by ISIL terrorists
  • promoting an inclusive, sovereign and democratic Iraq that can push back on ISIL advances and restore stability and security across the country
  • working with the international community to tackle the broader threat that ISIL poses to the region and other countries around the world

Hmmmmm!

There has been considerable debate about what to do with British Jihadis / terrorists when they come home radicalised.

Middle East Conflict redefined

An op-ed published yesterday 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.

 

Why Should we bother about Israel and Gaza ?

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

Hamas's PR war is religiously motivated not to gain Palestinian sovereignty but to attack Israel as the West's outpost. The media is misrepresenting Israel as engaging in war crimes while taxpayers aid Hamas terrorists to fight our ally.

A simpler explanation - for those who cannot understand what is happening.

 

Find this on You Tube and share it ! www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvI2VRpIbSI

 

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)

 

Complete lunacy at the United Nations

In case you aren't yet convinced that the UN is completely morally bankrupt: today the UN condemned Israel for not sharing the Iron Dome with the very terrorist organization they are fighting - Hamas. http://m.washingtontimes.com

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."

"Right now, three thousand Christians are in Iraq fleeing to neighboring cities," he told Mann. Arabo is calling on the international community to follow France's lead and offer the Christians of Iraq asylum.

 

Iraq, Syria and the ISLAMIC STATE

(Pushed off the News broadcasts by the Israel - Hamas war)

(Gaza war approx 1,000 casualties - Syria conflict 200,000 casualties)

As Iraq appeared to be disintegrating into factional fighting, a new Sunni Islam faction arose. Originally calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) but called ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) by the UK media. It now calls itself Islamic State.

Fighters for the al Qaeda offshoot, Islamic State have taken nearly half of Iraq.

An unverified statement from Islamic State militants on Twitter claimed to have executed 1,700 prisoners, before it posted gruesome pictures of groups of apparently executed men.

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.
It said Christians who wanted to remain in the "caliphate" that the Islamic State declared this month in parts of Iraq and Syria must agree to abide by terms of a "dhimma" contract - a historic practice under which non-Muslims were protected in Muslim lands in return for a special levy known as "jizya".

Is Israel Next On ISIS’s List?

Stephanie Knizkov
During the past several weeks, the world has been exposed to the horrific photographs originating in Iraq, courtesy of the extremist Islamic organisation, ISIS. Based on testimonies from Iraq, the extreme Sunni organisation is burying its victims alive and caused the exile of thousands of Iraqi refugees who fear the same fate to Syria.

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. Its intent is to establish itself in its country,” says Prof. Kais Firro, an expert on Lebanon and Syria from Haifa University. “The ISIS phenomenon will not change the balance of powers in the Middle East as it hopes, and the chances that it will be able to establish itself in Iraq or Syria are low. ISIS’s efforts are in establishing its status inwards, in the Muslim world.”

See Gulf War III ? - See also Persecution

Syria

See Syria

Syria becoming part of a wider war as the ex Al Quaeda fighters, become ISIL and spread the conflict wider - along Sunni - Shia lines. - Gulf War III ?

Death Toll in Syria - 200,000

At the end of July, 700 people died in two days in Syria, in what has been described as the deadliest 48-hour period in the country since its conflict began more than four years ago. And 1,700 are reported to have died in seven days, in one of the worst weeks on record.

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 Muslim Brotherhood is showing the world its true colors," "The group that 'renounced violence' in an effort to gain political power is engaged but now The-muslim-brotherhoods-war-on-egypts-christians

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

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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