Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Was the date Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Joint Session of U.S. Congress - the Eve of Purim - Prophetic?

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I have to admit this would have slipped past me if someone had not told me. Did you know that the day the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, addressed the joint session of Congress of the United States was the eve of the Jewish holiday of Purim? (Tweet that!)

If you listened carefully to the Prime Minister’s speech, you heard him talk about Purim. To see the importance you need to know that Purim commemorates the attempted annihilation of the all persons of Israeli descent in the days of Queen Esther in 474 B.C.  (Tweet that!)

It seems to me that God is speaking to us through events today occurring on important dates to the Jewish people, whether in history or in the holy days God gave the Jewish people.  (Tweet that!) For example, three days ago we witnessed the third total lunar eclipse falling on the first or last of the 7 annual Jewish Feasts – the second year in a row that we had a totally eclipsed moon on Passover.

It was John Boehner who invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress. Interestingly he invited to speak on February 11, 2015. You can see Mr. Boehner’s original invitation here to Mr. Netanyahu here

I don’t know who changed that date or how that came about, but I find it very interesting that it was changed to the eve of Purim. (Tweet that!) I believe that was a change orchestrated by God because I believe that timing is a message from God. (Tweet that!

What is that message? It is a warning and a promise. Just as evil regimes in the time of Queen Esther tried to annihilate the Jews, evil regimes are about to try again in our near future. (Tweet that!)

But their evil plan did not succeed then and it will not succeed in our time. (Tweet that!)

Don’t believe me? Come back for the next post and we’ll look at another important date in Jewish history on which several similar events have occurred.

Here is a brief portion of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech, from The Washington Post.com, that referenced Purim:

My friends, I've come here today because, as prime minister of Israel, I feel a profound obligation to speak to you about an issue that could well threaten the survival of my country and the future of my people: Iran's quest for nuclear weapons. 
We're an ancient people. In our nearly 4,000 years of history, many have tried repeatedly to destroy the Jewish people. Tomorrow night, on the Jewish holiday of Purim, we'll read the Book of Esther. We'll read of a powerful Persian viceroy named Haman, who plotted to destroy the Jewish people some 2,500 years ago. But a courageous Jewish woman, Queen Esther, exposed the plot and gave for the Jewish people the right to defend themselves against their enemies. 
The plot was foiled. Our people were saved. 
Today the Jewish people face another attempt by yet another Persian potentate to destroy us. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei spews the oldest hatred, the oldest hatred of anti-Semitism with the newest technology. He tweets that Israel must be annihilated -- he tweets. You know, in Iran, there isn't exactly free Internet. But he tweets in English that Israel must be destroyed.  
For those who believe that Iran threatens the Jewish state, but not the Jewish people, listen to Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, Iran's chief terrorist proxy. He said: If all the Jews gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of chasing them down around the world.  
But Iran's regime is not merely a Jewish problem, any more than the Nazi regime was merely a Jewish problem. The 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis were but a fraction of the 60 million people killed in World War II. So, too, Iran's regime poses a grave threat, not only to Israel, but also the peace of the entire world. To understand just how dangerous Iran would be with nuclear weapons, we must fully understand the nature of the regime... 

I’m reminded again how important it is to have a Jewish/Hebrew calendar and to keep it handy and reference it often, if not every day. I should not have missed this. I’m pleased the Lord, through a friend, brought it to my attention.

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