Golden QuillJuly 2014 Newsletter

July certainly has been an interesting month, and distressing for many. The pre–meditated abduction of three Israeli teenagers started a war, and in so doing, saved thousands of Israeli lives. What a strange outcome. Three young men were hitchhiking home from their yeshiva, anticipating spending time with friends and family, when some men who were dressed as Jews picked them up in their car.

They thought it was a safe ride, but the men turned out to be Muslims who were bent on mischief. One of the boys managed to call a help line and say that he and his friends had been kidnapped. The call was considered to be a joke and was not followed up for several hours. The boy's lives would not have been saved anyway. The two younger boys were shot and killed, probably within the first hour of abduction, and when the older one put up a fight, he was beaten before he was killed.

The bodies were buried near Hebron, in a field attached to an Arab village named Helhul. I thought that the news was saying Hell Hole, and that seems to be a fitting name for it. The villagers knew that the bodies were buried there, while multitudes of people prayed for the boys' safe return and the IDF conducted a rigorous search. Arabs gloated to Jews on the Temple Mount that they had the three teens, holding up three fingers in the Jews' faces. It was a despicable display of malice.

The bodies were discovered; Muslims attacked the ambulance that took the bodies away. Another despicable act of malice.

In retaliation, an Israeli murdered an innocent Muslim youth. This was another despicable act of malice. That poor boy had nothing to do with what had happened to the other boys.

The rioting escalated and Hamas stepped up their rocket attacks. Israel's military had to respond, for the sake of defending their citizens. In the course of the conflict, they discovered that Hamas had mined more than seventy tunnels beneath Gaza, many of them extending into Israel, some even coming up beneath the floors of a dining room in a kibbutz, and another beneath their kindergarten!

It would have been like demons from Hell emerging out of the floors. The inspiration for these tunnels were spawned in Hell. When the Golani unit investigated further, they found a warren of tunnels beneath Gaza, like an underground city. Some of the tunnels were wide enough to ride a scooter through, and there were stockpiles of weapons. Millions of dollars of foreign aid, that was supposed to benefit the citizens of Gaza, had been poured into this labour, which also took the lives of over 160 children who were set to work to dig these tunnels.

Heartbreakingly, when the IDF went into these tunnels, they were accosted by young teen–aged boys who had suicide bombs strapped to their bodies. It is a truly savage people who, instead of protecting their young, put them in the line of danger. The soldiers had no choice but to shoot the boys before they could get close enough to them for the bombs to kill them when the boys' handlers set off the triggers. Some of the soldiers have reported that they are having nightmares from being forced to kill those poor boys.

Kamal Saleem, who wrote The Blood of Lambs, described his experiences of being recruited for missions to Israel when he was only seven years old. He was sent into Israel with a group of boys, who were herded into tunnels from Syria, to pass on weapons that would be strapped to the bellies of sheep and led further into Israel by an Arab shepherd, who would distribute the weapons and ammunition to kill Israelis.

The second time Kamal and the boys were sent into Israel, the IDF was waiting for them. He was the only one who made it out of there alive. Did they use too much force? Maybe, but they may have thought that the kids were rigged up with bombs. It is unspeakably evil to use children to make war, poisoning their souls with hatred, teaching them at a young age to kill people, and placing them in danger.

Kamal recalled how innocent the boys' faces had looked as they slept in the truck on the way to the Syrian border, like kittens. He spoke of how the Arab terrorists treated them as objects, rather than as human beings. They were just expendible commodities, to be callously sacrificed for their war. The terrorists knew that the Israelis would be forced to kill the children, if they saw them, as they would not know if the kids were wired with explosives. Those kids should have been home, sleeping in their beds, not being used as mules or human shields for cowardly fanatics.

The things that Kamal Saleem says seem legitimate, for the most part, though I heard him in a video calling Muslims his brothers and sisters, and urging them to ask Allah to bless America. One might overlook the brothers and sisters remark, on the basis that the Lebanese Arabs and the Turks are his ethnic relatives, but hasn't he been a Christian long enough to know that Allah is a false god? He said so in the video of how he came to the Lord. What good would it do to ask Allah to bless America?

It's a tricky thing in regards to believing the testimonies of Muslim converts. I got sucked in when Afshin Javid gave his testimony in my church, and it was later found out that he'd had numerous sexual affairs since his so–called conversion, was dishonest in business, encouraged adultery in his church, and gave massages to various females in his home meetings, on the bare skin of their backs, besides meddling sexually with female overnight guests in his home. He couldn't deny these allegations, particularly in regards to giving those massages; there were too many witnesses in his church who would have known he was lying. Weirdly, all this was overlooked by some ministers who continue to support his ministry.

Now it seems that another fake who claims conversion from Islam has been uncovered, according to Walid Shoebat. Walid Shoebat accuses Mosab Yousef, the author of Son of Hamas of being a double agent, after having translated Yousef's remarks on an Arabic show called Daring Question from Arabic. Here is Shoebat's REPORT ON MOSAB YOUSEF.

His report has stirred up accusations against Walid Shoebat of being unloving, of not having followed Scriptural guidelines for confronting a brother in private about his errors. Paul the Apostle publicly denounced deceivers in his letters; what Shoebat did was neither unscriptural nor unloving. It would be unloving to the Church at large to not expose a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Paul said in 2 Timothy 2:16 –18, "But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as a cancer: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some."

In 2 Timothy 4:14 & 15, Paul said, "Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: Of whom you beware also; for he has greatly withstood our words."

Mosab Yousef wrote Walid Shoebat a letter, pleading his case. This is the link to Shoebat's REPLY. Apparently, Yousef is on a campaign to turn Christians against Israel. He goes into detail in his book about how he, and other Muslims who had been arrested, were mistreated in an Israeli jail, but Shoebat points out that nobody was tortured there, unless lives were at stake. I surmise he is meaning in contrast to militant Muslims who torture for entertainment.

Shoebat went on to say that he was shocked when he saw a prisoner being beaten by the guards for attempting to murder another prisoner; what shocked him was that the prisoner was a Jew, and I surmise that person he attempted to kill was a Muslim. Otherwise, why would Shoebat have been shocked?

I'm not saying that I agree with torture, but Shoebat has made a valid point that, when the motivation for it is to save lives, as opposed to doing it for kicks, it is less evil. Ideally, people with an anointing like Elisha are needed to tell the Israelis what they ought to know. If more Christians operated accurately in the word of knowledge, which they could offer in assistance to Israel like Elisha did, that other nasty business could be avoided.

I sure am glad that I didn't waste my money on buying Mosab Yousef's book; someone loaned me their copy. When I read the book, I wanted to believe that Yousef's conversion was sincere, because I would like for the whole world to get saved and nobody to go to Hell. But there was an element that did not sit well with me. It seemed like Yousef worked with the Israelis out of fear because he did not want to be subjected to the hardships of prison, rather than out of a genuine conviction for the rightness of their cause. It sounded like he was trying to convince himself that he was doing it for the right reasons. This change of tune sounds to me like he misses his family and is trying to get back into their good graces.

Yes, July turned out to be a month where there was a lot of conflict with this war in Israel and the turmoil it stirred up across the globe. I went to a rally in Vancouver to show support for Israel. It was disappointing that so few Christians showed up. It was on a Sunday and it was at noon, and many Christians were still in church at that time, but I don't think that God would have minded if we had missed church that day, to stand by His Chosen People.

It was a peaceful rally, for the most part. There were a few passersby who expressed disdain. One lady, who supposed herself to be a great humanitarian, scolded us saying, "Shame! Shame!" Obviously, she is badly informed about what was really going on over there, so why would I care what she thought of me standing there with my sign?

The following is an open letter from Shmuel Aweida. He is the Israeli Arab pastor of a Hebrew-speaking Israeli Messianic congregation:

Well said, Shmuel! Christians, please pray for his safety and that of his loved ones.

At the rally in Vancouver, a couple of men stopped to argue vigorously on the sidewalk, the one near me swearing his head off. Policemen moved in to make sure that nobody got physical while the pro‐Muslim guys disputed with the Jewish ones. For the most part, nobody really wanted to listen to their inane arguments and comments, and they sang songs to drown them out.

There were a lot of people driving by who honked their horns and cheered, and very few jeered. Still, it is astounding to see the amount of reports on the Internet that are full of disinformation and outright lies. Walid Shoebat said he used to tell lies about the Israelis, and that it is common for the Arabs to do it, but many of the people who are spreading lies about Israel on the Internet are not Muslims. So, why are they so rabidly against Israel?

It probably has to do with the Torah, which was given to Israel, and convicts them that some of the things that they like to do are against God's will, and marks them as sinners. They don't seem to want to concede that Israel does anything right, nor that Israel has a right to their land, according the Bible. They likely feel that they have to ignore what the Bible says about Israel's rights to that land, because they want to justify ignoring what the Bible says about their sins.

Everybody is a sinner, until they repent of their sins and receive Jesus Christ as their Saviour. I am not saying that the Jews are better than other people, or that Christians are better than other people. Christians are forgiven people. If they have truly repented of their sins, they are also people to whom integrity matters a lot and they progressively develop more character.

There are also very fine people who are not Christians, including some Jews, some Muslims, some Buddhists, etc., who have allowed the grace of God to penetrate their hearts to some degree, though they have not fully yielded their lives to God and received salvation through His Son.

It has been appalling to see the mayhem happening in riots around Europe, aimed against the Jews, but it has been heartening to see rallies around the world where people have marched in support of Israel. I don't think that the latter happened prior to World War II when the Jews were sent off to death camps. May this support continue and increase, in Yeshua's Name.

And, Christians, please pray for Israel. Terrorist tunnels have also been discovered in the Galilee and Hebron. They are probably all over Israel. There also tunnels going from North Korea to South Korea and on America's southern border. You can look up information about that on the Internet.

A few days ago, I came across a video of Katie Souza's teaching, and there were so many mistakes in it that I could not overlook it. I wrote her a letter and emailed it. This is the letter:

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