Tag: Egypt

Vatican’s recent Synod of Bishops

By Hal Lindsey

Last week, I reported on the Vatican’s recent Synod of Bishops for the Middle East. The 200 bishops met to try to discern the cause of the rising exodus of Christians from Middle Eastern Muslim countries. After two weeks of deliberation, the bishops decided the major cause of that exodus was Israel’s “occupation” of Palestinian land.

Huh?

I guess nobody thought to suggest that Christians might be fleeing for their lives at the hands of their Muslim tormentor-hosts. And they probably simply overlooked the fact that Muslim majorities have been persecuting and martyring Christian minorities for centuries before there were any “Palestinian” lands to occupy! But those are just minor details.

The Muslims are providing some real-life examples. For some time now, Egyptian Muslim clerics have been spreading lies and rumors about the Egyptian Coptic Christians. On the Arab television network, Al Jazeera, a very prominent Egyptian scholar and cleric accused the Copts of importing and stashing weapons in their churches in preparation for an assault on the Muslims of Egypt. Never mind that there are 10 million Christians and 70 Muslims, the Egyptians are eating it up. What’s more, the clerics say the Copts are acting in concert with the Israelis. This has caused an outburst of violence against the Coptics, who were in Egypt hundreds of years before the Muslims and are one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.

An offering by fire

Last night some of my friends honored me with their presence in my succa – the booth prescribed by God to Moses in Leviticus 23:33-43 – and we talked about Israel. These friends are both novices when it comes to Israel and her customs, as are many of my friends. Generally, they want to know the whys and traditions and why I, as a Christian, choose to keep the Jewish traditions. It is always an opportunity to teach a little bit of what I know and to share my heart.

We sat in the succa, ate a lovely meal and talked quietly about current events, watched the starless sky through the lattice work as the brilliant moon moved slowly across the sky outshining the attempt we had made at outdoor lighting. We listened as an Air Force plane flew over and wondered if they wondered what on earth that big white thing was in our yard since it hadn’t been there before and we likened it to the movie, Close Encounters of a Third Kind. We were having a close encounter as we shared our hearts.

Report: U.S., Israeli warships cross Suez Canal toward Red Sea

Egypt opposition angered at government for allowing the fleet of more than 12 ships to cross Egyptian manned waterway, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reports.

More than twelve United States Naval warships and at least one Israeli ship crossed the Suez Canal towards the Red Sea on Friday, British Arabic Language newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday.

According to the report, thousands of Egyptian soldiers were deployed along the Suez Canal guarding the ships’ passage, which included a U.S. aircraft carrier.

Blood in the Water

To some Christian fundamentalists, the oil plume in the Gulf of Mexico heralds the apocalypse.

A growing conversation among Christian fundamentalists asks the question that may have been inevitable: is the oil spill in the gulf a sign of the coming apocalypse?

About 60 million white evangelicals live in America, and about one third of them believe that the world will end in their lifetime, according to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. Broadly speaking, these Christians subscribe to a theology called “premillennial dispensationalism.” In this world view, they are warriors on the side of God: a cosmic battle—culminating in apocalypse, judgment, and, finally, the reign of Jesus in “a new heaven and a new earth”—will come soon. The most determined of these believers mine the Book of Revelation for signs that the end is near. A text of terrifying and mysterious prophesy, Revelation forecasts the apocalypse in coded language; Christians have spent lifetimes trying to break that code by correlating its verses to current events. (A New York minister named William Miller used Revelation and other sources to predict that the world would end on Oct. 22, 1844. He had previously predicted—wrongly, obviously—that the date would be March 21, 1843. The Millerites, once a powerful and fast-growing sect, quickly became extinct.)

Global troops to protect Israel

Previous international forces failed duties, allowed terrorists to re-arm

A U.S. plan envisions stationing international troops along Israel’s border with a future Palestinian state, WND has learned.

Palestinian Authority officials privy to the plan say the Obama administration proposed deploying NATO soldiers along the Palestinian side of a future border with Israel as well as along the borders of Jordan and any future Palestinian state.

Israeli government sources confirmed such a plan has been proposed.

The sources said the concept is not exclusive to the Obama administration. Both Presidents Clinton and Bush broached the idea of stationing international troops along the borders of a future Palestinian state.

Sadat’s nephew begins work in Israel

He was only three when his uncle signed historic peace treaty with Israel. More than 30 years later, Ahmad Sadat arrives in Israel to serve as diplomatic advisor to Egyptian ambassador

Even nowadays, almost three decades after his assassination, Anwar Sadat is still a symbol of rare courage and ability to overcome obstacles and prejudice on the path to peace.

The legendary president would have been proud had he known that his family tree already produced likely successors, namely his nephew Ahmad Sadat, who arrived in Israel to serve as a diplomatic advisor at the Egyptian Embassy.

Kiddush – First Cup

Why is this one of the 15 steps to freedom?

To begin the Seder, we make Kiddush and sanctify the day. The word “kiddush” means special and unique. The first step to personal freedom is to recognize that you are special. You have a distinct combination of talents, skills and experiences that qualifies you to make a unique contribution to the world.

In Egypt, the Jews were forced to build the store-cities of Pitom and Ramses. Why was this tortuous labor? Because these cities rested on swampland, and every time the Jews built one level, it sunk into the ground. Slavery is a life with no accomplishment, no achievement, and no meaning.

Making it personal

How can we identify with the Jewish slaves today?

“In every generation each individual is bound to regard himself as if he had gone personally forth from Egypt.” – the Passover Haggadah

At Passover Seders each year, we recite the Haggadah’s timeless instructions to regard ourselves as having personally lived through the events of the Exodus. The Seder itself is designed to help us envision our participation in the story. We dip parsley into saltwater to remember the tears we shed in Egypt, and we munch on spicy, bitter horseradish in an attempt to replicate a little of the misery we experienced as slaves.

But how far can saltwater and horseradish really take us? For most of my life, when I pictured ancient Egypt, I thought of the 1956 epic film, The Ten Commandments. The sets were opulent, and I loved Anne Baxter’s gorgeous robes and headdresses as she played Nefertiti, queen of Egypt
After viewing ancient Egyptian artifacts, I don’t think I’ll ever think of ancient Egypt the same way again. Years later, when I caught the traveling King Tut exhibit, my preconceptions of ancient Egypt were confirmed. The craftsmanship of the artifacts was breathtaking. I knew that ancient Egypt wasn’t good for my ancestors, but it was hard to picture it as something really unpleasant. To the contrary, it seemed fascinating, advanced and beautiful.

ABC’S of Passover

Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is known as the “holiday of freedom,” commemorating the Jewish Exodus from Egypt following 210 years of slavery. Passover is regarded as the “birth” of the Jewish nation, and its lessons of struggle and identity continue to form the basis of Jewish consciousness 3,300 years after the event.

Jerusalem Palestinian capital before talks

Al-Gomhuria newspaper reveals main principles of Egyptian initiative for permanent agreement negotiations, which will start off with Israeli recognition of 1967 borders, east Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital. Palestinians, in return, to agree to thousands of new housing units in settlements Roee Nahmias