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PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 70

May 31, 2002

The Attack Into the Land Where They Shall Dwell Safely!

I Thessalonians 5:3,4

[3] For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. [4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Paul had a deep burden especially for his own people, the nation of Israel, which is quite evident in Romans, chapters 9 through 11.  He bluntly stated in 11:32 – “For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.”  Of course, the “they” and “them” in verse three could be applied to all who are in unbelief when the tribulation period begins, but he makes reference primarily to the nation of Israel.  It always puzzled me how Israel could ever actually believe it had “Peace and safety” after some 2000 years of being persecuted, prosecuted, tortured, hated, and slaughtered to the count of six million by the Nazi regime. Furthermore, the last 54 years in Israel, and the remark heard over and over again from every new Prime Minister being consistently “We MUST have peace WITH security,” was certainly not conducive to causing one to believe it would ever be a reality, especially since the conduct of the Palestinians has clearly shown their word is completely worthless.  I tried over and over again to imagine a set of circumstances under which they could finally trust the Palestinians and the Islamic nations.  I finally did what I always do when I cannot imagine how an event will come to pass, and just said, well, maybe one day I will see how God intends to do this thing.  When the Yigal Allon Defensive Buffer Zone came out in 1968, I simply shrugged it off as one of the many plans to protect the Israeli people, and when it was not implemented it never came to mind until 2001 when I first presented a “forced” peace plan the Israelis could impose on the Palestinians, and even then I did not realize it was the old Yigal Allon Plan of 1968.  In fact, I did not recognize it in the present day form until March of this year.  At that point I was certain what Israel was putting into effect was a revised version of the 1968 Plan, which they eventually began to call Operation Defensive Shield in April.  In Prophecy Update 65A I laid out a prediction of what Israel would do to “force” a peace on the Palestinians, such that in Israeli minds they would be sure to the extent they could actually “say” we have “Peace and safety.”  So far it has followed the seven steps I outlined to the letter.  In all essence, I suppose I should have realized what now is evident: The only way Israel could ever believe it had a true condition of “peace and safety” would be if it was installed and operated by its own forces.  I believe the present day activity described in 65A, and pictured in 65C, will lead Israel to believe it finally has real “Peace and safety” between itself and the Palestinians.

Once Israel is satisfied with its internal security and safety then the antichrist, knowing they feel secure and, as such, will make it possible for a surprise Jihad blitzkrieg from the north by the forces of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Iran to be successful, will began a highly coordinated attack that eventually drives Israel into the Negev Wilderness, where Israelis will remain for some 1260 prophetic days [42 prophetic months or 3 and ½ prophetic years or time, times, and the dividing of times (1 yr + 2 yrs + ½ yr = 3 and ½ years)]. 

Ezekiel 38:14-16

[14]  Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? [15] And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: [16] And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.

Revelation 12:6

[6] And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Revelation 11:2

[2] But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

Daniel 7:25

[25]  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
 
PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 70A
June 1, 2002
AND THE PLAN PLAYED ON AND ON AND ON AND ON!
 
I Thessalonians 5:3,4
[3] For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. [4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
 
There is no doubt left in my mind as to what Israel has done, is doing, and will do to finally create its own sweet aroma of a time of “peace and safety.”  I am now certain that they have revived the old Yigal Allon Buffer Zone Plan of 1968, added a few new wrinkles, and are now in the process of fully implementing it with a new name of OPERATION DEFENSIVE SHIELD.  I am certain to some it must seem that I have ridden this horse into the ground since I first referred to it as a “forced peace” in the first prophecy update of 2001.  But this operation is extremely important in what will eventually bring a false peace to the land of the Bible, which is something many believers have been very anxious to see arrive on the prophetic scene.  At first I was not certain this would be the process that caused fulfillment of the false peace prophecy, but when Ariel Sharon launched his IDF Operation Defensive Shield into the West Bank on March 29th my confidence soared.  By April 7th, when we issued Prophecy Update Number 62A, I had gained sufficient confidence to made some predictions based on what I remembered from the original plan of 1968, and wrote:  “The IDF entered Ramallah on March 29th, Qalkilaya on April 1st, and Jenin and Nablus on April 3rd.  Soon they will have accomplished their objectives and withdraw from the Palestinian cities, but do not be surprised if they form a ring on roads around them to tightly monitor all traffic that goes in and out, and they might maintain it longer if they go on to initiate the “forced peace” plan they have discussed, yet never implemented.”  I apologize for constantly hammering away on this “forced” peace through all the Special Prophecy Updates issued up to the present time, but I am not riding a dead horse, and it is very much alive and running.  Finally, I became certain of what Israel was planning, and in Special Prophecy Update Number 65A I outlined, in meticulous detail, future actions that Israel would carry out until it was satisfied a “peace and safety” condition existed that satisfied its requirements for security of the Jewish people.  I have discussed in detail what Israel must have in order for it to satisfy its longing hunger for a “peace with security.”  It has amazed me how they have followed, and are still following, the seven steps of Update 65A, which have as a final objective the diagrammatic picture in 65C.
 
Please read Special Prophecy Update Number 65A and survey 65C, then consider the following account of what has happened since Operation Defensive Shield began on March 29th.
 
From March 29th to April 5th Ramallah, Qalkilaya, Turkarem, Beit Jalla, Nablus, Jenin, Tubas, Bethleham, and Hebron were invaded by the IDF.  In each locale terrorists were arrested, killed, or scattered.  Since that time Ramallah, Qalkilaya, Jenin, Turkarem, and Nablus have experienced a series of repetitive out again, in again, gone again visits by the IDF, and on each visit terrorists were arrested, killed, or scattered.  The same pattern has been followed by the IDF in Hebron, Bethlehem, and their environs, but to a lesser extent.  From April 6th to May 31st, while the aforementioned pattern was continuing, the IDF began the same in and out cycle in Yatta, Dura, Arabe, Ashar refugee camp, Selat-Hartia, Balaa, Rijah refugee camp, Burij refugee camp, Netzarim, Qaulancliya, Bani Naim, Shawara, Dehishe refugee camp, Halhoul, Gaza City, and Furik.
 
Why have I ridden this mule across seven deserts and through eight rivers?  Because it is the most important factor presently functioning inside Israel to fulfill a final prophecy of the long awaited false peace in Israel.  I am now confident that a pattern of arresting, killing, or scattering terrorists, then pulling back to await internal intelligence information, then going back in to arrest, kill, or scatter terrorists, if continued long enough with bull dog tenacity, will give Israel a growing awareness of peace with security.  Israel is now actively engaged in repeating Steps 5 and 6 over and over again.  Please allow me to quote Step 7 as it was written in Special Prophecy Update Number 65A on April 27, 2002.
 
“Step 7 – Once Steps 5 & 6 have been successfully completed to the degree that a “peace with security” is believed to have been accomplished, then complete what has been envisioned since Step 1.  While Steps 1 through 6 are being accomplished, be in the act of building a “zone of security” that encircles the entire West Bank.  This “defensive shield” would take in as many fringe Jewish settlements in the West Bank as deemed possible to afford “peace and security” according to their location.  Many of the Jewish settlements in the interior of the West Bank would have to be abandoned.  My guess is that between 50 and 70 per cent can be kept inside the “zone of security.”  The zone would be widest on the eastern side of the West Bank and would extend from the foothills of the Samarian Mountains to the Jordan River.  It would be the narrowest on the western side of the West Bank.  I suspect it might be as much as 12 miles wide in some places on the eastern side, and less than 2 miles wide in places on the western side.”
 
Please keep in mind that I am very pro-Israel, and truly believe God gave all the land from Dan to Beersheva to Israel and that it has every right to keep it, when I tell you that Israel has, in a very cunning manner, already grabbed 42% of the West Bank for illegal settlement activity.  The Palestinians are going to get back a lot less of the West Bank than they are demanding.  Pray tell me who will stop Israel from continuing through Step 7.  Once they get the Palestinians boxed into their little surrounded state, the only ones they can throw rocks at are each other.  All the roads in and our of the rows of barbed wire fences, radar and electronic high tech detection devices, will be monitored so tightly a terrorist field mouse couldn’t get in or out.  And if an occasional katushya rocket flew the coup periodically, the retribution by the Israeli Air Force would be a 50 fold payback, such that the practice would soon cease.  All Air traffic would have to clear through an Air Port immediately on the Israeli side of the buffer zone.  It really doesn’t matter whether you or I think this will bring an internal “peace with security,” it only matters that the Israelis believe it will.  Lord willing in our next Update, I’ll discuss the Jewish settlement problem and how it fits into the prophetic mix.
 
 
SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 70B
June 2, 2002
THE RAW ROPE OF OPERATION DEFENSIVE SHIELD IS A DAILY TIGHTENING NOOSE ON THE NECKS OF ALL WHO THREATEN ISRAEL’S CONSTANT QUEST FOR ITS DREAM OF INTERNAL PEACE AND SAFETY.
This international news article from MSNBC, describing events of yesterday in Israel, gives living proof to what I have placed before you in update after update since 2001, especially since update number 65A.
“Israel Conducts New Incursions Into West Bank
Troops move in an out of Nablus, Bethlehem
MSNBC NEWS SERVICES
 
June 1 – As new peace diplomacy quietly continued, Israeli troops searched for Palestinians militants in four separate cities and villages in wide-ranging West Bank operations Saturday, making arrests and encountering little resistance. 
The almost daily Israeli forays into Palestinian territory have come to resemble police operations – but ones carried out with tanks and armored carriers. 
 
In the latest raid, Israeli troops searched house to house for a second day Saturday in the balata refugee camp, a militant stronghold next to Nablus in the northern West Bank.
 
Soldiers rounded up Palestinian men ages 15 to 45 on Friday, and after checking identity papers, put about 100 in trucks and drive to a nearby military base, according to some Palestinian witnesses.
 
The soldiers also patrolled the deserted streets or Nablus, which was under curfew, and made arrests Saturday in a residential area near Al-Najah University where many students live.
 
Troops also entered the nearby town for Talmoun, about 10 miles northeast of Nablus, using small explosives to break down the the doors of some houses, Palestinians said.  The army said seven suspects were arrested early Saturday.
 
Soldiers in armored vehicles also entered Bethlehem’s Dheihseh refugee camp before dawn and arrested one suspect before leaving several hours later.
 
The raid marked the third time in a week the army has gone into biblical Bethlehem, just south of Jerusalem.  In several recent Palestinian suicide bombings, the attacker has come from the Bethlehem area.
 
Israel troops also briefly went into the town of Tulkarem during the night.
Israeli army spokesman Brig. Ron Kitrey told Army Radio troops were trying to pre-empt suicide bombings in Israel.” 
 
How ironic that Israel is now setting in place what will cause it to produce a scenario that will fulfill I Thessalonians 5:3,4, for when they believe they can honestly say “Peace with security” then, after a short period of false peace with internal security, a sudden external surprise Jihad will be launched against them from the north by 10 Islamic nations, and they shall not escape the last 1260 days of the Tribulation Period.
 
I Thessalonians 5:34
[3] For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. [4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
 
Revelation 17:12,13
[12] And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. [13] These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
 
Ezekiel 38:14-16
[14] Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? [15] And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: [16] And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.
 
Zechariah 13:8
[8] And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
 
Revelation 12:6
[6] And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
 
 
SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 70C
June 3, 2002
JEWISH SETTLEMENTS IN THE WEST BANK AND GAZA
A FACTOR IN OPERATION DEFENSIVE SHIELD
CAUSING ISRAEL TO BEING IN A “FORCED” PEACE
 
The Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been a national project that began shortly after the war of 1967, in which Israel took the West Bank from the Jordanians and the Gaza Strip from the Egyptians.  It has existed as an officially recognized government program for more than 30 years.  Its confiscations of land and settlement construction have been real and pursued without letup under every Prime Minister that has held the office since 1967.  But since 1993, when you ask a government official about a new settlement suddenly springing up in a new place, he or she will quickly tell you it is not “new,” but rather “old” because it is based on an “old” decision made before 1993, which was the year of the Oslo Peace Accords.
 
In the past several months the Israelis have set up some 36 to 40 “new” settlements based on “old” decisions.  The Washington Post reports that the West Bank landscape is “dotted with more water towers, more electrical generators and more moveable homes inhabited by small clusters of armed Jewish settlers under Israeli army guard.”  According to the Washington Post the formal number of designated settlements in the West Bank has stayed at about 120 since the 1993 Oslo Agreement.  So the Israeli government officials say: “See, we are not increasing the number of our settlements,” and on paper that is true.  But they do not tell you the 120 have been spreading horizontally like army ants, and that the Israeli population has increased by more than 70,000 in the West Bank since 1993.  Please bear in mind that I am pro-Israel and believe they have every right to do what they are doing.  I am simply telling you what is going on in order to show one of the factors involved that leaves Israel no option other than to put a “forced” peace on the Palestinians to protect its settlement citizens, as well as all its citizenry.
 
A Washington Post article of May 31st stated the following: “Such settlement activity is one of the roots of Palestinian frustration with the peace talks that followed the Oslo Accords, Palestinian analysts say.  The creation of settlements required the confiscation of private and communal land and a permanent stationing of Israeli troops to protect settlers from hostile Palestinians, which in turn led to checkpoints and more friction with the Palestinians.  Bypass roads built to segregate Israeli and Palestinian travelers also have meant more confiscations and further division of territory set aside for Palestinian rule under the Oslo Agreements.  This has helped turn Palestinian controlled areas into an archipelago of unconnected islands.
 
Since conquering the West Bank, Israel has claimed large tracts for settlements and state land preserves.  About 200,000 Israelis live among 2,000,000 Palestinians in the West Bank, in addition to 175,000 who live on the West Bank territory annexed to the Jerusalem municipality after 1967.  In the Gaza Strip, a sandy coastal area, 1,000,000 Palestinians are squeezed on about 60 percent of the land, while 3,000 Jewish pioneers have settled on the rest in heavily guarded communities.
 
Sharon has vowed never to withdraw from any of the West Bank or Gaza Strip settlements, whether close to the Israeli border or deep inside the territories.  He has spent the better part of his political career pushing their construction, citing the Jew’s biblical roots in what is now called the West Bank.”  I believe his launching of Operation Defensive Shield will finally result in a containment buffer zone very similar to what I drew up and presented diagrammatically in Special Prophecy Update Number 65C.  This will allow Israel to keep about 70 percent of her existing settlements outside the buffer zone.  And the effectiveness of the buffer zone from internal terrorist attacks will allow all Israel outside the zone to say they have a time of “peace and safety.”
 
Brian Whitaker in Jerusalem, writing for The Guardian, on May 15th wrote: “Israel has secretly grabbed 42 percent of Palestinian land in the West Bank for illegal settlement activity, according to a new report.  Although the many built-up Jewish settlements cover only 1.7 percent of the West Bank, the Israeli authorities have used a variety of ruses since they occupied the territory in 1967 to assign vast areas of extra land to the settlers.  Full details of the seizures have been made public for the first time by the Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem.  In theory the documentary evidence has always been open for public inspection, but B’Tselem fought a year-long legal battle to get it released.  B’Tselem found that municipal boundaries allocated to the settlements extend far beyond the built-up areas and account for 6.8 percent of the West Bank.  BUT LAND ASSIGNED TO SETTLERS’ REGIONAL COUNCILS ADDS A FURTHER 35.1 PERCENT.
 
In truth, a genuine lasting peace cannot come in the Middle East until Christ returns.  The only type of peace that can occur at the present time is the “forced” false peace now being installed by Operation Defensive Shield, which will eventually lead to an external Jihad by many Arab nations from the north assisted by an internal breakout Jihad on the part of the Palestinians living inside the buffer zone.
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