Hal Lindsey Report (3-30-12): Cash for Peace, Cash for War, Going Rogue Again, India and China Say 'No,' Flying by Instruments
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This week on 'The Hal Lindsey Report'
More than 30 years ago, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed the historic Camp David Accords. In doing so, the once bitter enemies broke with history and altered the complexion of the Middle East.
The action required great courage and vision by each man. Anwar Sadat paid with his life.
Three years later, Islamist soldiers from Sadat's own army avenged Islam's honor by killing him for making peace with Islam's mortal enemy, Israel.
And though they tried, at the same time, to murder Egypt's vice president, Hosni Mubarak, they failed to do so. Mubarak succeeded Sadat and for the next three decades held true to Anwar Sadat's courageous heritage. To be frank, at times the peace between Egypt and Israel has been a cold one. It has been, nonetheless, peace.
And the United States rewarded Egypt for its faithfulness. Over the past 33 years, Egypt has received more than $28 billion in foreign and military aid from the U.S., not to mention many other forms of preferential treatment. Not in any way to demean Sadat's vision and courage, but the promise of assistance was part and parcel of the Accords. And it was contingent on Egypt's continued adherence to the treaty.
Some cynics labeled the deal, "Cash for peace." But it was still peace.
When massive internal protests and pressure from the Obama Administration forced Hosni Mubarak to resign in early 2011, the peace deal with Israel began to unravel. Cross border attacks on Israeli civilians -- to which Egyptian border guards turned a blind eye -- increased. Sabotage of the pipeline transporting natural gas from Egypt to Israel became commonplace. Attacks on Israeli offices, and those of other nations, in Egypt began to occur. Understanding that things were changing, the US Congress cut off foreign aid to Egypt until the Secretary of State could certify that the new government would continue to uphold the treaty, or if she deemed it necessary to America's national security.
Then this week, the lower house of the Egyptian parliament -- which is now completely controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood and another, even more radical, party -- voted unanimously to expel Israel's ambassador and cut off natural gas sales to Israel. The resolution declared that "Egypt will never be a friend, partner or ally of the Zionist entity, which we consider to be the number one enemy of Egypt and the Arab nation."
Now, the Egyptian parliament does not have the power to enforce its declaration, only the current ruling military council can do that. But the parliament's resolution indicates a seismic shift in the relationship between Egypt and Israel.
By any reckoning, this represents the first step toward Egypt's abrogation of its treaty with Israel.
So how did the Obama Administration respond? Not as any rational person would expect. Instead, the President instructed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to issue the necessary "national security" waiver so that military aid to Egypt could be resumed.
Some cynics (including me) might label this deal, "Cash for war!"
Egypt is one of only two Arab nations that have paper treaties with Israel. The other is Jordan. If Egypt can get away with threatening its treaty without repercussions, there's little reason for Jordan's King Abdullah to risk his throne by keeping his father's (King Hussein) peace deal with Israel.
With the entire Arab Middle East rapidly morphing into a Muslim Brotherhood caliphate, even if the details aren't clear, the direction in which events are leading is crystal clear. And it's the direction the Bible predicted for the final days.
On February 29, North Korea signed a pledge with the United States to honor a moratorium on long-range missile launches. It also promised to suspend uranium enrichment and nuclear tests and to admit U.N. weapons inspectors. In return, the U.S. promised to supply 240,000 metric tons of food supplies to the impoverished nation.
16 days later, the North Koreans reneged. Again.
North Korea announced that it would violate the new agreement and launch a weather satellite into space. The launch is timed to coincide with the celebration of the 100th birthday of Kim Il-sung, the founder of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Naturally, both the U.S. and the United Nations are upset. Not only does North Korea's announcement leave the U.S. looking fooled once again, but it flies in the face of a Security Council resolution passed in 2009 requiring North Korea to suspend long-range missile launches.
On top of that, it overshadowed President Obama's Nuclear Security Summit which met in Seoul, South Korea this week. Some things just cannot be forgiven!
India and China, the world's two most populous nations, don't always see eye to eye. But on one subject, they're in total agreement. Both nations have let it be known that their national airlines will not pay the new carbon tax being levied by the European Union. How will the airlines thwart the plan? Simple. They won't surrender their internal flight data to the Europeans so they can compute the bill.
Other disgruntled nations are planning to follow suit.
Hmmm. Kings of the east refusing to cooperate with the latest form of the revived Roman Empire forcing its policies on the rest of the world. This could get interesting.
Finally, I want to share with you the most important truth God ever showed me. All of God's miraculous powers flow through the believer who enters into God's supernatural dimension described in this promise found in Hebrews 4:10: "For the one who has entered into His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His."
It's only from this dynamic base called "God's rest" that we can enter by faith into all the wonderful things God has provided us for living a fruitful and exciting life. If you're not living in the "faith-rest," don't miss this important lesson. It will change your life. It certainly changed mine.
On a personal note, I've been battling some daunting physical challenges the last couple of years. As many of you know, the march of time can sometimes be unkind. And I've been marching for more than eight decades!
Don't be alarmed, though, I remain capable of producing and appearing on "The Hal Lindsey Report" each week -- and will do so. However, I would appreciate your prayer on my behalf that God will continue to sustain me with His strength. Pray, also, that He will make the way clear for a more thorough resolution to these difficulties, either through my earthly physicians or through His healing power.
I'm sure you feel the way I do, that our lives are in His hands. We trust Him completely and want only His will accomplished through our lives. Thanks for believing with me to that end.
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