Israel, Syria and The Bible~Part 2 of 12

Part 2 of 12~6,000 Years of History
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Christians Under Attack in Syrian Town of Maaloula…

A small village where Christians and Muslims have lived peacefully for hundreds of years has been attacked and taken over by Rebel Forces. Maaloula, a scenic mountain community located fifty-six kilometers north-east of Damascus, is on the UNESCO list of tentative world heritage sites.  It is also one of the few places in the world where residents still speak the ancient Middle Eastern language of Aramaic.
The rebel advance was spearheaded by Jabhat al-Nusra, or the Nusra Front. Reports claim that approximately 1,500 rebels entered the town shouting “Allahu Akbar”, and began attacking Christian homes and churches. People have reported seeing dead bodies in the street.
A CNN report says:
Christians make up roughly 10% of the population. Syria is ruled by a government dominated by Alawites, whose faith is an offshoot of Shiism. The regime is opposed by an opposition with a large Sunni presence. Aid agencies say Syria’s 2 million Christians are often targeted for suspected sympathies to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The USA is preparing to attack Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in order to aid the Rebels~But~there is a real concern that the rebels have been infiltrated by Militant Islamists from Al Qaeda. They have sworn that if they take control they will wipe out all minorities~with Christians being the first to feel the blow. 
Please pray for this tiny Christian community…

Here is Maaloula Before Civil War Broke Out…

Here is Maaloula Now…

Israel Syria and the Bible~Introduction (Part 1 of 12)

Part 1~The Roots of Syria’s Civil Conflict and the Effect on Israel

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The Muslim Brotherhood Must Be Eliminated…

From what I have been able to learn, it began with a taxi driver travelling on a street in Alexandria, Egypt. What happened next is disgusting, but typical. 
The driver had a Christian cross on his dashboard~because he was a Christian. Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood (the ones who say they are so peaceful) spotted the cross and the rest is history…but not necessarily news.
The mob dragged him from his cab~a typical lynching. Judging from the blood, he died a horrible death. The “brothers” then proceeded to torch the cab.
This is not a “one of” situation! Christians are under attack in Egypt, and in every Muslim country. Islam does not tolerate anything other than Islam! They even kill each other. The only thing they know is brutal, barbaric slaughter. NO courts, NO trials, NO chance. That is Islam, and the top of the manure heap is the Muslim Brotherhood. They were at one time Banned~yes, Banned! Apparently some liberal decided that because the “brothers” were wearing suits they should be given a chance. Hows that working out now?
Islam is attacking, slaughtering and subjecting the entire middle east, bit by bit. The UN, EU, and USA are keeping very busy~attacking Israel~The Only Democratic country in the area~the Only country where all religions function openly, the Only country where women have full rights, and “Surprise” the Only country where refugees, Including Muslims are sneaking across the borders every day. So, just when will the world wake up? When will the church stop their attack against Israel and look at their own brothers being murdered on a daily basis. When will the Church stand up and say Enough!!  When??? 
* Full Story at Weasel Zippers blog

A Celebration in Jerusalem’s Old City

Jerusalem is a large city, boasting approximately 840,000 residents~and then there are the tourists! Although there are many sites to see, the most popular is of course the Old City and within that, the Kotel or Western Wall.
When Herod was made king in Jerusalem he began a huge renovation of the Temple Mount, that consisted of flattening the peak and building four supporting walls around it. The western support wall is what we now know as the Kotel, Western Wall or Wailing Wall. It’s uniqueness is due to the fact of its close proximity to the Holy of Holies in the former Temple. For Jews, this is their Holiest site.

Every day you will see men and women praying in the plaza that extends from the wall. There are also public prayers on the High Holy Days, and Jews from around the world come to the Wall to celebrate weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs (coming of age) and other Simchas (celebrations).

In the video below, our Vistas crew were in the Old City when they came across a parade of people. They were singing and dancing their way through the streets to the Western Wall. The celebration was for a Bar Mitzva. You can see the young boy walking under a Chupah (a cloth, usually a prayer shawl, tied to four poles carried by friends or family). Everyone, young and old, joins the celebration!

Life in Israel is Filled With Joy !