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Should the United States Recede Back to its 1845 Borders?

If the above question sounds a bit absurd, so should the recent proposal to the State of Israel by the Obama Administration that Israel should recede back to its 1967 borders in order to appease the Palestinian / Arab governments.

If we use the same kind of pretzel logic that the Presidential Administration is using, we could also rationalize the returning of land to Mexico that the United States took (annexed) from them in 1845 (see map below).

1845 Mexican Border

1845 Mexican Border

During the American and Mexican War (1846-1848), thousands of Mexican people were driven from their homes and lands and forced to relocate south of the new U.S. borders imposed by American aggression. Some people might even argue that American settlement in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and California is clearly illegal and should be returned to Mexico.

Please Stand in Solidarity with Israel

The truth of the matter is, Israel won the 1967 war with the Palestinians and Arabs – fair and square. No one has the right to pressure them to give up this land.

From a biblical perspective, the Children of Israel fought many such wars in the Old Testament, conquering the Amorites, Ammonites, Moabites, Jebusites, and others who originally lived in the land of Canaan. In each case, God Himself instructed the Israelites to do so, and He gave them the victory – sometimes under seemingly impossible odds. After each battle, God also instructed them to dispossess the inhabitants and possess the land for themselves, along with the spoils of war. Why should things be any different today?

God originally gave this land of Israel as a possession to Abraham and his descendents forever through his son ISAAC (not Ishmael). The land of Israel has never belonged to the Arabs nor the Palestinians since that time, and anyone who tries to undo what God has ordained will find themselves pushing against a brick wall. God made a promise to Abraham and the Jewish people long ago that still stands:

“The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, ‘Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever…Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” – Genesis 13:14-17

As an American evangelical Christian I believe the Bible is inspired by God and I take it’s warnings seriously. I am a strong supporter of the State of Israel and I regularly pray for the peace (shalom) of Jerusalem (Psalms 122:7). Therefore, I am concerned that if the Obama Administration continues to pressure the State of Israel to give up the land that rightly belongs to them, the anger of God will be aroused against America and the curse pronounced against those who curse (or harm) Israel will come upon us (Genesis 12:3).

Write your congressman and protest Obama’s irrational proposal to have Israel return to its 1967 borders, and continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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President Obama Wants To Know The Real Jesus

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone– for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”  – 1 Timothy 2:1-2

President Barack Obama

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA - 1 TIM. 2:1-2

Prophetic minister Rick Joyner said he believes President Obama “wants to know the real Jesus.” But the MorningStar Ministries founder is teetering in his own view of which faith the president practices.

In a ministry blog Monday, Joyner responded to a recent Pew Research Center poll that found 18 percent of Americans think President Obama is a Muslim—up from 11 percent in March 2009—and 43 percent don’t know what religion he practices.

Joyner said after reading Obama’s books during the 2008 presidential election he was “95 percent” sure the president was a Christian, even if a “superficial” one. But now he’s not so certain.

He said he is “about 55 percent persuaded that Obama is a Christian” and 45 percent convinced that he is possibly a Muslim. “And at times I have been more persuaded that he is a Muslim,” he said.

Joyner pointed to moves the president has made in recent months to reach out to Muslims while distancing himself from some evangelical Christians. Most notably, President Obama observed the National Day of Prayer privately in 2009 while publicly commemorating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

“In judging Obama’s faith, many are simply using the basic reasoning that ‘if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck—it’s a duck!'” Joyner said.

“No doubt President Obama is acting more like a Muslim, and doing far more to promote Islam, while at the same time demonstrating disdain or hostility toward Christians and Christianity,” he continued. “The fruit of his actions bears strong evidence that Obama is indeed a Muslim, or at the very least has far more affinity for Islam than Christianity.”

Joyner said many of his Christian friends have long believed the president is a Muslim who is intent on harming the U.S. Joyner himself has been an outspoken critic of President Obama’s health care overhaul, and he formed The Oak Initiative last year to influence politics with conservative Christian values.

Still, Joyner—known for his prophetic-themed books The Final Quest and The Call—said he is unwilling to label the president a Muslim.

“I would believe [the president is a Muslim] except for one thing—I inquired of the Lord about this and feel that I have been shown something else—that deep in his heart he wants to know the real Jesus, just as many Muslims do,” Joyner said.

“He has had a hard time finding Jesus in His people,” he added. “He has had bad influences to shape his life and bad counselors now. I’m praying for the Lord to raise up a Joseph or Daniel to help him.”

Joyner believes the nation’s strength is being “devastated” under the Obama administration and says Christians should pray for the president. “The greatest victory of all could be Obama’s illumination and conversion, which could lead to him becoming one of our great presidents,” he said. 

President Obama has repeatedly described himself as a Christian, and a group of more than 70 Christian ministers came to his defense last week, blasting media and political leaders who continue to question the president’s faith.

The ministers said the president has been “unwavering” in confessing Christ as his savior.

A White House spokesman also said the president is “obviously” a committed Christian. “His faith is very important to him, but it’s not something that is a topic of conversation every single day,” said White House spokesman Bill Burton.

In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams Sunday, President Obama attributed the confusion over his faith to “a network of misinformation that in a new-media era can get churned out there constantly.”

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Source: Charisma Magazine, August 2010. www.Charismamag.com

Pastor Luis Yosefus

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