NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN!
Are you aware that what is going on in Israel and Gaza is nothing new? In fact, it is simply a continuation of an attempt to destroy the nation of Israel and the Jewish people that has been going on for several thousand years. Ecclesiastes 1:9&10: “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.”
The conflict between the Jews and the Arabs actually started as a feud between two half-brothers, both sons of Abraham. One is Isaac, the son of promise, born to Abraham and Sarah. The other is Ishmael, born to Abraham and Hagar, Sarah’s handmaid. (see Genesis 16 for the story). It was prophesied by the Angel of the Lord about Ishmael and his descendants, Genesis 16:12: “And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” Ismael is the father of the Arab race. The Prophet Mohammed, the founder of Islam, is his descendant. However, this is simply an extension of the conflict that begun in Genesis 3 when Satan, as the Serpent tempted man to rebel against God. Genesis 3:14&15: “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: AND I WILL PUT ENMITY BETWEEN THEE AND THE WOMAN, AND BETWEEN THY SEED AND HER SEED; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
The Hebrew word translated “enmity” in this verse literally means hostility and hatred. The hostility will be between Satan’s seed and the seed of the woman which is a direct reference to the coming of Messiah. That means Christians as well as Jews!
CHRISTIANS IN THE CROSSHAIRS!!
We see this conflict beginning to play out, not only against the Jews and the Nation of Israel but also against Christians. While the conflict of Israel and Gaza continues to make daily news, the murder of Christians in Iraq is being totally ignored by the mainstream media. Consider this report from Christianpost.com.
“The end of Christianity in Iraq could be ‘very near’ according to Canon Andrew White, the vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq, as Islamic militants continue their attacks of Christians and the central government. ‘Things are so desperate, our people are disappearing,’ White said in an interview with BBC Radio 4 over the weekend. ‘We have had people massacred, their heads chopped off. Are we seeing the end of Christianity? We are committed come what may, we will keep going to the end, but it looks as though the end could be very near.’”
“ISIS militants had warned Christians in the northern state of Iraq that they need to convert to Islam, pay a tax or be put to death, forcing thousands of them to flee the region. The militants have also been painting the letter ‘N’ for Nasrani, the Arabic word for Christian, in Christian homes in Mosul. Watchdog groups like International Christian Concern have said that up to a million Christians lived in Iraq prior to the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 against the government of dictator Saddam Hussein, but that number has dropped to less than half.”
“Other church leaders, such as Syriac Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan, who last week traveled to Washington to speak with federal government representatives and members of Congress, have also condemned the ‘mass cleansing’ of Christians from Mosul by what he called ‘a bed of criminals.’ ‘We wonder how could those criminals, this bed of criminals, cross the border from Syria into Mosul and occupy the whole city of Mosul … imposing on the population their Shariah (law) without any knowledge of the international community,’ Patriarch Younan said, referring to Islamic State fighters, according to Catholic News Service. ‘What happened is really kind of a cleansing based on religion. You have heard about what they did: proclaim — they announced publicly with street microphones, the ISIS – there’s no more room for Christians in Mosul, that they either have to convert, pay tax, or just leave. And they have been leaving now since then with absolutely nothing,’ he added.”
“Patriarch Younan noted that ‘there is no more Christian presence’ in Mosul, which he described as ‘tragic’ because it had been the largest Christian city in Iraq, and a nucleus of Christians for many centuries. ‘And we have at least 25 churches in that city. All are abandoned. No more prayers, no services, no more Masses on Sundays in Mosul because no clergy, no people there that are Christian,’ he said.” 
ISRAEL –GAZA CONFLICT!
The main stream media has made much of the claim that Israel purposely fired on a UN school causing a number of civilian casualties. Consider the following:
“While all three networks denounced the shelling of a U.N. school in Gaza on Thursday, NBC, ABC and CBS all failed to report on similar U.N. schools in the war-torn territory being used to hide Hamas rockets. As Fox News reported on Tuesday, ‘The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said the rockets were found in between two other UNRWA schools that are being used to host 1,500 displaced people.’” “On Wednesday’s Special Report, anchor Bret Baier read a statement from the office of the U.N. Secretary General condemning Hamas for the action. Panelist Charles Krauthammer blasted the international organization: ‘The U.N. workers, UNRWA, have collaborated with Hamas for years and years. They know that there are missiles in the schools, in the hospitals, in the mosques, and they know what’s going to happen. Kids will be killed and that’s going to be on television.’ Krauthammer also took the media to task: ‘The U.N. is so committed to the Palestinian cause, and in this case, the Hamas cause, that it doesn’t even care about appearances. And after all, who, but you, and a few other outlets, are gonna report it? How many have reported the rockets in the school?’ Baier responded: ‘I don’t know. But it’s not many, I guarantee you that.’ The answer is none when it comes to the Big Three networks.”
“Despite the nonexistent coverage of Hamas using U.N. schools to conceal weapons, Thursday’s network evening newscasts seized on the opportunity to lambast Israel over the school that was hit – though it remains unclear who was responsible. 
Well, now we do know who was responsible for the rocket that hit the school! It was a Hamas rocket that went off course, but have you heard that on any of the mainstream media? I don’t think so.
“MAJOR NEWS OUT OF ISRAEL: It was an errant Hamas rocket that hit the UN school, ooooops! UNRWA has admitted that a Hamas misfired rocket hit a U.N.-run school in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, according to Channel 2′s Ehud Ya’ari…” 
Christians should not only educate themselves as to what is really happening, they should not sit by idly when others are speaking without knowing what is going on.
Psalm 122:6-9: “PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.” (emphasis mine.)
Also pray for the Christians, especially in Iraq, but also all around the world where they are being targeted by the enemy.
Blessings, Tom and Jeanie
 Link: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2014/07/25/networks-condemn-attack-un-school-gaza-ignore-hamas-hiding-rockets-sch?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Marketing&utm_term=Facebook&utm_content=Facebook&utm_campaign=Hamas-Schools