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January 2008 Update

Eyes On Israel – Sodom and Egypt

Recently, while in Africa, the question was posed more than once as to whether we should look to Jerusalem for our direction. Following is an article from Arutz Sheva which should provide an answer to this question.

Shas MK Ze'ev Re-Proposes: No Abortions After 22 Weeks
by Hillel Fendel

MK Nissim Ze'ev (Shas) has re-submitted his bill to outlaw abortions after 22 weeks with some changes, in the hope that this time, it will pass.

Ze'ev previously submitted it over a year ago, but it was voted down in its preliminary Knesset reading. He told Arutz-7 that he originally wanted to make the cut-off date 20 weeks, but now realizes that he must first have the bill passed before attempting to put it in its ideal form.

"Twenty-two weeks is the time by which all possible defects have been detected," Ze'ev explained, "and there is therefore nothing new that should warrant an abortion after that time. On the other hand, at that age, the fetus is quite viable, and an abortion then is not abortion, but murder of the fetus."

The bill's introduction states, "Since the fetus is viable at 22 weeks, and an abortion at that time is murder of the fetus, there are no grounds at all to the claim that preventing an abortion at that time is unfair intervention in the woman's rights and freedom."

"To kill a fetus at that age, when advances in science, technology and medicine enable it to be kept alive even outside the womb, is totally immoral and unjust," the bill states.

Not all abortions would be banned after 22 weeks, according to Ze'ev's bill; if two doctors sign that the mother's life is in direct danger, an abortion may be carried out.

Abortions: 20,000 Legal, Many More Illegal.

Women who wish to have an abortion today must merely receive the permission of a medical board, and nearly 20,000 do so annually. Another 30,000-50,000 women are estimated to undergo illegal abortions.

The approval board is under no fetus-age restrictions, and can theoretically approve an abortion even a few days before birth.

In 2005, 19,090 women requested an abortion, and 98.5% received approval. Over half were OKed under the "out of wedlock" clause, another third for either "suspected physical or mental defect" or "danger to mother's health" clauses, and 10% were approved because the mothers were either under age 17 or over age 40.
(Emphasis Ours.)

Over the past few years, despite the rise in population, a slight decrease has been noted in the number of women seeking legal abortions.

The Efrat organization which offers aid, information, and financial assistance to women to help them not abort, reports that it directly saved 3,027 babies in this manner over the past year. Every year when the Torah portion of Shmot is read aloud in synagogues – recounting how the midwives Shifra and Puah endangered themselves to save the male Jewish babies whom King Pharoah had decreed for death – Efrat wages a campaign to arouse awareness of its pro-baby efforts.

The Chief Rabbinate has also entered the fray against abortions, establishing a special rabbinate committee for the purpose of formulating methods to combat the scourge. The committee's members are Rabbis Simcha Kook, She'ar-Yashuv Cohen, and Yehuda Deri - Chief Rabbis of Rechovot, Haifa and Be'er Sheva, respectively.

On the other hand, MK Zahava Gal'on – who announced on Sunday her intention to run for leader of the extrem-left Meretz party – has submitted legislation that would enable any woman who wished an abortion to have one without need for a committee's approval. She says this would do away with the dangers of illegal abortions. (Emphasis Ours.)

When one reads the news from Jerusalem and sees that within its borders the above abomination and others are approved of and countenanced, can anyone truly say that Yahweh is there? The following verses explain what Yahweh thinks about Jerusalem today.

“Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, ‘Get up and measure the temple of Yahweh and the altar, and those who worship in it. Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Elohim of the earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; so if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way. These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire. When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Master was impaled. Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.’” (Revelation 11:1-9; NASU)

Yahweh’s temple today consists of His people who make up the building blocks of His spiritual house. He is not dwelling in a city that HE himself calls Sodom and Egypt by the mouth of His prophet. Now, knowing this, why would anyone look to Jerusalem for guidance? Don’t look to any city, or man for guidance – rather look to Yahweh through His son Yahshua, for only from them will righteousness most assuredly flow.

“Thus says Yahweh, ‘Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls. . . ‘” (Jeremiah 6:16; KJV)

Who Is Wise And Who is Foolish?

"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Master, Master, open to us!' But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.' Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” (Matthew 25:1-13; NKJV)

Awaken friends! The closer we come to the end of the age of man, the more pressure and emphasis will be placed on allowing Jewish prayer and worship on the Temple Mount. When that happens they will sanctify an altar there and the daily sacrifices will begin again, thus fulfilling prophecy. The observant Jews in Israel are currently demanding a presence on the Temple Mount, the most sacred site in Judaism. It will soon come. Prophecy is unfolding and accelerating before our eyes and we need to watch the signs of the times!

If you wish to be kept informed of events in Israel, sign up for the daily e-mail update newsletter offered free of charge from Arutz Sheva News Agency at www.Arutzsheva.com. We are much closer to Yahshua’s return than any of us realizes; therefore it is of utmost important that we become and remain informed.

Please read the following article taken from a recent edition. Then, shake the dust off of your Bible and gather your “sack-cloth and ashes” and begin to fast and pray that you will not be considered one of the foolish. Knowing the Sacred Names and attempting to keep Torah alone does not necessarily mean we will be considered a WISE VIRGIN.

Yahweh’s Truth MUST be your whole life and your utmost priority!

Olmert Gov't Bans Jewish Prayer From Temple Mount
by Hillel Fendel

Public Security Minister Avi Dichter announced on Tuesday the government's official policy regarding Jewish prayer on the site of the Holy Temple: "Jews may pray on their holiest site - but only in their heart; no lip-moving allowed."

Dichter explained that government policy on the Mount is dictated by the wish to ensure that bloodshed not occur. He said that Jews moving their lips in prayer on the Mount, which the Moslems have sanctified as their own, can be seen as a Jewish provocation that could lead to bloodshed.

Knesset Members Aryeh Eldad and Uri Ariel - both of the National Union party and both residents of Kfar Adumim in the Jordan Valley - had submitted a request to pray on the holy site, and Dichter's response was the result.

Though the two had pledged not to perpetrate "group prayer" or "demonstrative prayer," both of which have been banned for Jews at the Temple Mount, Dichter said that the "outer trappings" of private prayer - namely, moving of lips - render even that forbidden. In his response to the MKs, Dichter noted that the only option for Jews who wish to pray on their most sacred site "is to exchange thoughts with his G-d in his heart."

The New Jewish Congress responded with barely-controlled fury, issuing this statement:

"Minister Dichter's comments demonstrate his, and this government's, total disconnect from the reality of the Temple Mount, from the Jewish people, and from the government's obligations towards both. This is yet another indication that the government of Ehud Olmert has ceased to be a Jewish government altogether, having not the slightest connection with the Jewish people."

Just two weeks ago, the government did nothing when Fatah allowed Hamas to broadcast its anti-Jewish incitement directly from the Temple Mount. The New Jewish Congress noted the irony of the juxtaposition of the loud and clear Hamas broadcasts and the banned silent Jewish prayer emanating from the same site - that of the Holy Temple.

"In reality," the statement continued, "the Jewish people enjoy freedom of religious expression, including prayer and Torah study, everywhere - except on the Temple Mount, their only holy site."

"Minister Dichter's comments convey hatred and discrimination towards the Jewish people," the New Jewish Congress stated. "In due time, this government will be held accountable for its actions and will stand trial in a Jewish court of justice that will be established by the Jewish people."

Request for Communal Jewish Prayer

Just last week, four top Temple Mount activists and New Jewish Congress leaders - Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, Rabbi Yosef Elbaum, Prof. Hillel Weiss, and Rabbi Chaim Richman - penned a letter to Prime Minister Olmert asking for specific days on which Jews would be allowed to pray atop the Temple Mount.

The letter states that while now, Jews are degraded on the Temple Mount, "it is our position that if the stature of the Jews on the Temple Mount were to change positively, then the standing of the State of Israel would immediately improve. This would effect a positive change for the benefit and security of all its citizens."

Noting that the very day of mourning prayers for the six million Holocaust victims was also the day on which Hamas incitement to violence and death to Jews emanated from the Temple Mount - "we view [this juxtaposition of] events as a horrific failure of this government" - the signatories wrote, "We demand that the Government of Israel allow the Jewish people to have freedom of religious expression on the Temple Mount. Additionally, the government must establish special fixed days for Jewish communal prayer in fixed locations on the Temple Mount. This move will serve as evidence of Jewish sovereignty on the Mount."

The specific days on which the Jews should have rights to pray communally atop the Temple Mount, according to the writers, are: Passover Eve [a day on which Jews are commanded to bring the Paschal lamb - a right that Israel's High Court of Justice has recognized, in case #2955/07], Passover, Sukkot, Shavuot, Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Chanukah (first day), Israel Independence Day, Jerusalem Day, and the three fast days commemorating the destruction of Jerusalem (Tisha B'Av, Tevet 10, and Tammuz 17). In addition, once every seven years, at the Hakhel Ceremony concluding the Shemittah (Sabbatical) year, Jews should be allowed to pray at the holy site.

"If you do not accept our appeal and demand," the letter concludes, "we shall understand that the chasm separating the Jewish people - whose values have remained unchanged since time immemorial - and the current composition of the Government of Israel, as reflected by its policies, is immeasurably widening and deepening with each passing day."

No response has yet been received.