The seven stars and Orion

Arno Froese

Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his name” (Amos 5:8).

The Creator of heaven and earth revealed Himself to the patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and to the nation of Israel. The prophet Amos wrote the above words in approximately 787 BC, but the same God is inviting Israel—and through Israel the entire world—to “seek him.” What is the result when seeking Him? The answer is finding Him, for the Bible says, “seek, and ye shall find.” Whom do we find? The Creator of heaven and earth. John writes: “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). But then the sad statement in verse 10: “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” 

There is an exception, and that is those who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God, who manifested Himself in the flesh. When we begin to realize this wonderful truth, we are transported to heavenly spheres, and the things of the world become insignificant. 

On the other hand, if we ignore this eternal, incomprehensible fact, we will be deluded by the things of the world—primarily the products of man’s imagination. 

While we are living in a very progressive era, where poverty is declining and riches are increasing, we as believers have entered the most dangerous time in all of history. When the Lord Jesus answers the disciples regarding the end, He makes this profound statement: “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matthew 24:4b). 

What kind of deception is He speaking about? It is the deception that man is capable of solving all problems, with the aim of building a global, successful society marked by peace and prosperity. Today, we are living in that certain end-time dispensation. 

Before Sodom and Gomorrah were judged, we read in Ezekiel 16:49: “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.” The last “Sodom and Gomorrah” is called “Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth” (Revelation 17:5b). She pridefully testifies: “I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow” (Revelation 18:7b). This level of pride and self-indulgence is also revealed in the church of Laodicea: “…I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing” (Revelation 3:17a). In summary, the future for the world is proclaimed to be glorious, albeit briefly. 

An article was published in The Jerusalem Post headlined, “Israel unveils breakthrough laser to intercept missiles, aerial threats.” Here is an excerpt:

The Defense Ministry has made a technological breakthrough in the development of lasers that can intercept aerial threats, including rockets and anti-tank guided missiles, it announced.

Speaking about this new addition to the existing tools of war employed by Israel, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said that “we will add a laser sword when dealing with threats from the North or the South.”

“This is a dramatic solution to rocket fire,” said Dubi Oster, head of the DDR&D Optronics Department. “We have been working on this for years. But it is challenging to get a good-quality beam to stay the size you need at the range you need... for example, a beam the diameter of a coin from here [in Tel Aviv] to Herzliya.”

According to Oster, the ministry was able to take several laser beams and, with an advanced algorithm, connect them to get one strong beam that is able to intercept and take down a variety of threats. Based on high-energy electric lasers rather than chemical laser technology, the robust system will complement the other layers of Israel’s aerial defenses and will be a strategic change in the defense capabilities of the state, the ministry said.

“During a war, missile interceptors will at one point run out, but with this system, as long as you have electricity, you have a never-ending supply,” said Brig-Gen. Yaniv Rotem.

“This is a weapon that you can’t see or hear,” Rotem said, adding that while it is not free since it runs on electricity, every interception will only cost a few dollars, as opposed to interceptor missiles that can run into the thousands.

“This technology enables the development of highly effective operational systems that will serve as an additional layer of defense to secure the State of Israel by air, land and sea,” the ministry said.

-www.jpost.com, 9 January 2020

Israel exhibits confidence in its technological advantage over its potential enemies.

Also, something unusual happened at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, during voting on the special “Division for Palestinian Rights.” The result was a surprise:

The resolution still passed by a whopping 87-23, with 54 abstentions. But what was significant was that 11 EU countries that abstained in the past this year joined Hungary—which broke ranks with the EU last year—and voted against the resolution.

Yinam Cohen, the director of the UN Political Affairs Department at the Foreign Ministry, said that the voting “marks a significant first step in the long way to change the bias against Israel in the UN.”

According to Cohen, “for the first time, a major group of countries, many of which are EU member states, said enough is enough, and voted against a resolution that allocates UN budget and human resources to promote an anti-Israel agenda in the UN.”

The resolution mandating a “Division for Palestinian Rights” is just one of a package of 20 annual anti-Israel resolutions that have passed in the UN General Assembly since the 1970s.

By contrast, there is only one General Assembly resolution at the UN dealing with Syria, one with Venezuela, and two dealing with the Russian-Ukrainian situation.

While the annual package of UN resolutions has not fundamentally changed anything on the ground, the resolutions do have an accumulative impact in that they shape the perception of Israel within the UN. Israel wants to be treated equally in the UN along with the other 193 countries, but the fact that there are so many resolutions against the Jewish state effectively sets the country apart in the world body.

As one official in Jerusalem dealing with the UN once put it: “We want to be seen as a normal country, but as long as these resolutions pass each year, we will not be a normal country”—at least not in the UN.”

-www.jpost.com, 4 December 2019

Suddenly, Israel is being viewed from a different perspective; not only did some European nations vote no, but also a large number of Arab League countries abstained, who usually and automatically vote for any anti-Israel resolution. While we welcome this new development at the United Nations, we must keep in mind prophetic Scripture. Ezekiel proclaims: “...the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and there is no peace, saith the Lord God” (Ezekiel 13:16). Jeremiah states: “They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14; cf. 8:11). For the Church of Jesus Christ, the apostle Paul specifically identifies the time before the Lord’s return with these words: “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3).

Midnight Call - 03/2020

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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