©March 24, 2012 Revive Israel Ministries
Terror in Toulouse
On Thursday March 22, at 11:35 AM, terrorist Muhammad Marakh, was killed in a shootout with French police. He had murdered 4 French Jews and 3 French soldiers.
After the murders, before the identity of Marakh was discovered, European news media reported that it was likely the work of neo-Nazis. That was false. Marakh was a member of a branch organization of Al Qaida. Let's state the obvious. He murdered those Jews simply because they were Jews. He murdered them because he was indoctrinated in Islamic extremism.
European Union Foreign Minister Katherine Ashton made a comment listing the murder of the Jews in Toulouse together with the death of Palestinian children in Gaza. Certainly any death of any innocent person is tragic beyond words. However that moral equivalency is unacceptable. As Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu replied, “It is unthinkable to compare a massacre [as in Toulouse] and the Israeli army’s surgical, defensive actions against those who use children as human shields.”
Will Europe now wake up and stop trying to justify Islamic extremism? The odds seem slim. To paraphrase an Israeli saying, "He who raises snakes in his backyard will one day be bitten in his living room."
Martyrdom in Yemen
On Sunday March 18, Joel Shrum (29) was shot to death in Taiz, Yemen, by two gunmen on a motorcycle from the local Al Qaida sect. Joel, an American from Pennsylvania, taught English in the "Swedish International School." Joel's sister Jessica replied, "Joel was a Christian and motivated by the love of God."
On Tuesday, moderate Muslims turned out by the hundreds to demonstrate against Shrum's murder. They carried signs saying, "We love you Joel" and "Stop Terrorism." Let us agree with them in prayer. More Arabs are victims of Islamic terrorism than any other people group. For a fuller report on Shrum's murder and video coverage, click http://www.worldmag.com/webextra/19326
This murder is strikingly parallel to the murder of the Jews in France, only this time it was a Christian in Yemen. Let no one be deceived. Shrum was murdered for being a Christian and his murderers acted out of their indoctrination in Islamic extremism.
Covenant can be defined as an agreement between God and man that cannot be broken. Covenant is the framework for all the events in the Bible. The covenants of the Bible come in a consecutive series that logically build upon one another.
God's covenants are unbreakable. All God's promises will be fulfilled. We are saved, not by a philosophical agreement, but by a covenantal commitment. The covenant is offered to us by grace. Our faith is a partnership with God in a covenant agreement that cannot be broken.
Please mark your calendars for the "Israel, the Church in the End Times" conference at IHOP in Kansas City, May 17 – 20. Asher will be teaching along with Mike Bickle, Allen Hood, and Wes Hall.
Mark your calendars as well for the all night "Second Pentecost" revival prayer and fasting vigil. The local Israeli assembly and international network prayer will take place on Shavuot eve, May 26-27.
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