June 2, 2012: Weekly 5 minute update (Audio Only)

You may view the 5 minute update this week via audio:

1) Listen to the audio

In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:

1) The current status of the Israel / PLO peace process
2) The prospects for war with Syria and Iran

Israel responded to the letter given to them by Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas on April 17. Israel’s letter was 1 1/2 pages without giving much details. The content of the letter has not been published. The PLO called the Israel letter “vague”  and did not include “clear answers” to the Abbas letter. Abbas reiterated that he will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state. He also repeated his threat to go to the UN General Assembly to be recognized as a UN non-member state. Originally threatening to go to the UN General Assembly in June or July, it now appears that Abbas will try to do so in September.

An agreement to divide Jerusalem and establish a PLO state is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles are as follows:

1) Unity gov’t watered down response to PA letter

There was a massacre of over 100 people in the Syrian city of Houla. UN envoy Kofi Annan said that he was ‘shocked’ and ‘horrified’ by the incident. He called on the Syrian government and the opposition to implement his agreed upon peace plan. While the Western world has blamed the Syrian government and reacted by pulling out their diplomats, Russia said that both sides were to blame. Russia and China continue to oppose foreign military intervention in Syria to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power. As a result, a proxy war continues to be fought in Syria with the West and the Arab League supporting the rebels and Iran, Russia and China supporting the Assad government.

A war with Syria where Damascus is destroyed (Isaiah 17)  is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles is as follows:

1) ‘Shocked and horrified’ Annan appeals for calm after Syrian massacre
2) Annan frustrated over Syria, Russia gives no ground
3) Russia and China Warn Against Military Intervention in Syria

The IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) report shows that Iran has doubled since February its stockpile of 20% enriched uranium. It is believed that Iran now has enough enriched uranium for 5 nuclear bombs. When Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the Pentagon on May 17, he was told that Obama had rejected Israel’s toned-down demands for Iran to halt high-grade uranium enrichment, export its stocks of material enriched higher than 3.5 percent grade and shut down production at the Fordo nuclear plant near Qom. As a result, Israel has withdrawn its pledge to Obama that they will not strike Iran’s nuclear program prior to the US November elections. At the P5 + 1 (US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) talks with Iran over its nuclear program held in Baghdad on May 23, Iran refused to give up its right to enrich uranium and wants economic sanctions against it lifted before its stops its nuclear activities. While no agreement was made at these talks, it was agreed to meet again on June 18-19 in Moscow. Because the US didn’t demand that Iran stop its nuclear program at the May 23 meeting in Baghdad, Israel refused to meet with US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman who represented the US at the talks. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened that Israel would strike Iran if the talks fail. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Iran needs to take concrete steps to begin the process to stop its nuclear program as a result of the June 18-19 meeting to be held in Moscow.

A US war with Iran is a tribulation event.

The link to these articles is as follows:

1) Diplomats: Iran installed more enrichment centrifuges
2) Iran Doubles Enriched-Uranium Stockpile and Goes Beyond 20%
3) Iran has enough uranium for 5 bombs: expert
4) Israel revives military option after Obama rejects its nuclear demands of Iran
5) Iran insists on right to enrich at nuclear talks in Baghdad
6) Iran, powers agree nuke talks Moscow June 18-19
7) Iran, big powers agree to hold more nuclear talks in June
8) Netanyahu, Barak refuse to see US official with negative report on Baghdad talks
9) Netanyahu threatens military action if negotiations with Iran fail
10) Clinton: Iran needs to take concrete steps on nuke program

From a Biblical prophetic perspective, the reason why the God of Israel would allow these events to happen is because it will result in the end of the exile of the house of Jacob and the reunification of the 12 tribes of Israel (Ephraim and Judah).

We will to be “watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem” and we will not rest until the God of Israel makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62).

Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l

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