Early yesterday morning at 5:15, we were awakened in Beer Sheva by the sound of the air raid siren. Another rocket from Gaza was fired our way, hitting in a residential neighborhood in the center of the city. Thankfully, it missed a direct hit on a house, but nonetheless caused injury and damage. Schools were called off that day, and once again the Mayor made the right decision: another rocket hit around 9:45, when children would have been in school. Other rockets were fired into other western Negev cities and towns. The Islamic Jihad took credit; the Palestinian Authority and Hamas claim that they are against escalation of the simmering conflict at this time.
Later yesterday, around 3:00, the terror of bus bombings returned to Jerusalem. One person has died so far; others are still in critical condition, with many wounded or traumatized.
The woman killed in the terror attack was a Christian who had been working for 20 years translating the Bible into the language of a tribe in togo.
Mary Gardner was from Scotland and she came to Israel at the beginning of the year to hone her translating skills at a ministry here called the home for Bible translators (Assoicated with Wycliffe Bible Translators)
Chris Mitchell and Julie Stahl, CBN
We know and have been forewarned that lawlessness will be increasing as we get ever nearer to the end of the age and the coming again of the Lord. Terror produces fear and anxiety. May the grace of our God work in us the fear of the Lord and complete trust in Him.
Pope Benedict XVI convened a special Vatican Synod in Rome, composed of about 200 bishops mostly from Muslim countries. These official representatives of the Roman Catholic Church have reiterated in its strongest terms its historic ‘replacement theology’ and distortion of Scripture, reverting to official Catholic positions prior to adjustments stated in Nostra Aetate, an interfaith document drafted in October 1965 during the Second Vatican Council. In this latest synod to decide on important issues, the Vatican issued a declaration: “Recourse to theological and biblical positions which use the Word of God to wrongly justify injustices is not acceptable.” This is a true statement. but their use of it here is not, for they are using it against the truth and integrity of YHVH, God of Abraham, of Issac, and of Jacob; the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. For they say,
“We Christians cannot speak about the promised land for the Jewish people. There is no longer a chosen people. All men and women of all countries have become the chosen people … The concept of the promised land cannot be used as a base for the justification of the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of Palestinians… The justification of Israel’s occupation of the land of Palestine cannot be based on sacred scriptures.” The Pope has yet to speak out publicly repudiating this statement issued by the Bishops representing him and the RCC.
If this is so, then the Roman Catholic Church should no longer use the Word of God to speak of itself as the ‘Mother Church’; or to claim that Peter, the Israeli Jewish apostle to the [Jewish] circumcision, somehow became the first Pope; or to use their interpretation of Scriptures to justify or minimize many of the sexual sins among and by the priests which have recently come to light; or to forbid marriage for certain orders within their church; or to elevate Mary above what is true about her. At least this would be true self-judgment of their own abuse of Holy Writ, but all Christians have assurance about God’s promises to believers in Jesus because His promises concerning Israel and the land of Israel are also still true.
God, in His infinite wisdom and foreknowledge of all things, had Paul, the Jewish Israeli apostle especially for the uncircumcised Gentiles, write a very clear theological ‘treatise’ to the church in Rome on some of these very things! “To God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever!”