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Ukranian Jews Ordered to Register With the New Regime

Israel Intimidation End Times

Source: "Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine" by USA Today staff writers, published USAToday.com, 4/17/14

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-04-19

Scripture: Matthew 24:

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Lest you think history cannot repeat itself:

Jews emerging from a synagogue in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk say they were handed leaflets by masked gunmen that ordered the city's Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated," reported Ynet News, Israel's largest news website.

The fingerpointing has begun over who is responsible for the distribution of the leaflets and whether they are "real" or fake. It could be argued, however, that leaflets handed out by masked gunmen, are real, whether they have the force of law behind them or not.

"The leaflets bear a striking resemblance to the Fascist registration decrees that preceded the Holocaust. Fake or not, these 21st century instruments of intimidation sent a chill throughout the Jewish world and beyond," reports RNS news.

The ages old war against God's people Israel is clearly not over. Indeed, dark days once again loom on the horizon for the Jewish people as a new wave of anti-Semitism spreads across Europe and much of the world.

In fact, Scripture attests that a day is soon coming when Satan Himself will attempt one final, all-out assault against them in an effort to thwart the ultimate fulfillment of God's prophetic promises to them. 

APPLICATION

Yet God's Word is sure. His people must not allow intimidation, no matter how fierce, to dissuade them from trust in His Word and His promises.

In the last days, many will perish, but a great many will finally realize that Jesus is indeed their promised Messiah and turn to Him in faith, fulfilling God's prophetic Word. Then the Lord will establish His Kingdom and reign from His holy city!

Matthew 24:

1 As Jesus was leaving the Temple grounds, his disciples pointed out to him the various Temple buildings. 2 But he responded, “Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth, they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”
3 Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?”
4 Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 5 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately.7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. 8 But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.
9 “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. 10 And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. 11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.
15 “The day is coming when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about—the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place.” (Reader, pay attention!) 16 “Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. 17 A person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack. 18 A person out in the field must not return even to get a coat. 19 How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days. 20 And pray that your flight will not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began. And it will never be so great again. 22 In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones.
23 “Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. 25 See, I have warned you about this ahead of time.
26 “So if someone tells you, ‘Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,’ don’t bother to go and look. Or, ‘Look, he is hiding here,’ don’t believe it! 27 For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes. 28 Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near.
29 “Immediately after the anguish of those days,
the sun will be darkened,? the moon will give no light,?the stars will fall from the sky,? and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
30 And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.
32 “Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. 33 In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door. 34 I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.
36 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.
37 “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. 38 In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to t

Kardashian's Prayers for Israel Met With Anger, Hate

Israel Persecution Intimidation

Source: "Kim Kardashian slammed over pro-Israel tweet, deletes it" By Hollie McKay, Fox News, 11/16/12

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-11-17

Scripture: Genesis 12:3 ; Psalms 122:6

Author: Hollie McKay
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As rockets rained down on the Middle East today amid the newest flare in tensions between Israel and Hamas, Hollywood celebrity Kim Kardashian discovered the hard way that expressing support for the Israeli nation and its people in today's post-modern, post-Christian climate, is not only unpopular, it could be downright dangerous. Hollie McKay of Fox News reports:

On Friday morning Kim Kardashian sent out a supportive Israel tweet, declaring to her almost 17 million followers that she was “Praying for everyone in Israel.” What she probably wasn’t anticipating was the violent backlash, including death wishes.

“Die in hell,” wrote one, another called the E! sensation a “bit*h” who “should die there,” while others went even further. Less brutal detractors said they had “lost all respect for her,” were giving her “the middle finger,” and called her a “disgrace to her people” and outright “disgusting.”

Others told her she should be “praying for Palestine, not Israel.” So she reportedly tried that.

According to Twitchy.com ... Kardashian attempted to appease her haters with the follow-up tweet: “praying for everyone in Palestine and across the world!”

However, both tweets soon disappeared from her account and she has returned to discussing other important things – like her two-hour Tracy Anderson workout this morning.

APPLICATION

In an entertainment culture where we are daily bombarded with detailed reports of every inconsequential thing that crosses the mind or comes out of the mouth of Ms. Kardashian and company, it should be noted that today she broadcast something of biblical consequence and import.

"Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper" (Psalm 122:6). "I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you" (Genesis 12:3).

Sadly, Ms. Kardashian's foray into relevance was short lived due to the negative reaction she received. Increasingly, we will find that all who support God's people, Israel, will be met with intimidation and persecution. In fact, Christians who attempt to be a witness to biblical truth face reactions that are even more vitriolic.

In the face of such hostility, the temptation is to do what Ms. Kardashian did and retreat to irrelevance. But if the believer is to identify himself with Jesus, he must not cower in these increasingly hostile times. Remember Jesus words, "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first" (John 15:18).

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Oversized Gear

Intimidation Courage Evil

Source: Head Game (Thomas Nelson, 2007), p. 309

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-02-26

Scripture: James 4:7

Author: Tim Downs
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ILLUSTRATION

 In his book Head Game, author Tim Downs writes:

"Psy-ops stands for Psychological Operations, a form of warfare as old as the art of war itself. An early example of this can be found in the battle strategies of Alexander the Great. On one occasion when his army was in full retreat from a larger army, he gave orders to his armorers to construct oversized breastplates and helmets that would fit men 7 or 8 feet tall. As his army would retreat, he would leave these items for the pursuing army to discover. When the enemy would find the oversized gear, they would be demoralized by the thought of fighting such giant soldiers, and they would abandon their pursuit."

APPLICATION

The forces of evil, set to oppose the believer, are not nearly as powerful as we have been misled to believer. What power they do have is constrained by a loving God, Who determines its limits. Everything they threaten to take, God promises to restore. All we need do is to resist the Enemy of Our Souls and his minions will retreat, albeit, leaving oversized gear in their wake.  

"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7).

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Marriage Intimidation Abuse

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-02-10

Scripture: 1 John 4:10 ; 1 John 4:18

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Presumption Judging Self-righteousness

Contributed By: Terry Power | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:12

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Grace Condemnation Pardon

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-05-19

Scripture: John 3:16 ; Colossians 2:14

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Legalism Calling God's Love

Contributed By: Gabriel Carnes | Date Posted: 2019-03-29

Scripture: John 4:14 ; John 10:27

Author: Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
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Friendship Confrontation Self-absorbed

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-07-17

Scripture: Matthew 18:15

Author: Joseph Parker
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Deceived/Deception God's Judgment Law (of God)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-10-14

Scripture: Luke 8:17

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God's Judgment Law (of God) Justification (Positional)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-21

Scripture: Galatians 2:16 ; Romans 3:20

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