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Glenn Beck and His 10 Tribes of Israel Theory.


 

Talk show host Glenn Beck.
Talk show host Glenn Beck. (GlennBeck.com)

There are a lot of theories as to what happened to the 10 lost tribes of Israel—most of them improvable, some of them outright wacky. (Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, believed they, along with the apostle John, are floating in space on a piece of Earth that broke off.)

Recently, popular radio host and sometimes Trilateral-Commission-like conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck taught his listeners that the 10 tribes were the founders of the United States—at least, I think that is what he was saying.

He presented a history lesson—that had as much congruity as Ahmadinejad’s teachings on the Holocaust—backed up by no sources, no quote from any reputable historian and not even a Wikipedia reference. It simply left me dumbfounded and, truthfully, unable to figure what his point was.

I have a lot of respect for Mr. Beck. Over the years, he has confronted America on key issues. He has called out those in the political world who don’t share American values. He has revealed socialists and anti-Semites in the Obama administration. And most importantly, he’s funny. But every now and then, he will share something that is so far out in left field that I am left to wonder if he doesn’t have two personalities:

  1. Powerful prophetic voice to America.
  2. Mel Gibson in Conspiracy Theory before he gets his mind back.

Beck’s theory on the U.S. being founded by lost members of the 10 tribes of Israel went something like this:

  1. There were two kingdoms in Israel.
  2. The Northern Kingdom of Israel was made up of 10 tribes.
  3. The Southern Kingdom “was Judah, that has Jerusalem … root, Jew!” (Actually the word Jerusalem is not at all connected to the word Jew [Yehuda], and the Southern Kingdom was made up of Judah, Benjamin and half of Levi.)
  4. God speaks against the northern tribes through Jeremiah. (In fact, the northern tribes had already been conquered by Assyria before Jeremiah was born—86 years before!)
  5. Then Israel (the northern tribes) is taken into captivity by the Assyrians.
  6. “The kingdom of Judah was not scattered.” (Wrong! They were the ones to whom Jeremiah prophesied. In 586 B.C., Judah went into captivity. However, unlike the northern tribes, it remained an identifiable people group and returned to Jerusalem 70 years later.)
  7. When the Assyrians were defeated, they, along with the 10 tribes of Israel, fled together. (This is nuts! Beck just explained how ruthless the Assyrians were, but then they flee hand in hand with their buddies, the Israelites?)
  8. They flee together to the Caucasus Mountains. (I am not sure if Glenn knows where these mountains are, based on his next comments. They are, in fact, in northeastern Turkey, bordering Russia, Iran and a few other countries.)
  9. Then the Assyrians settled in Italy, Germany (both very, very far from the Caucasus Mountains) and Russia. According to Beck, the Assyrians were meticulous record keepers, but he doesn’t cite any of those records to prove his theory.
  10. The Israelites went north and settled on the coastlines, referring to the area where our pilgrims came from. (That would be England, Mr. Beck. Please go to a map and locate the Caucasus Mountains and then go north—you will be in northern Russia. London is 2,500 miles west of the Caucasus Mountains.)
  11. The Israelites then populated Western Europe. (Beck forgets that, according to his theory, the much larger group of Assyrians was also populating the region).
  12. Beck seems to claim that the pilgrims (who in reality were separatists from the Anglican Church in England) were, in fact, part of or the entire lost 10 tribes.
  13. Or maybe he is simply saying that the lost 10 tribes (who were idol worshippers, by the way) had a profound influence on the West and inspired the pilgrims (which would be difficult, because if the 10 tribes were actually in Europe, they didn’t know it—they had long ago assimilated).

You watch the clip and tell me in the comments sections if you can figure out what Beck was saying.

There are so many biblical accuracies in Glenn’s teaching that it is clear he has not studied this issue. It appears he is simply repeating by memory a theory he read in a book. With such a large audience, he was very reckless in handling the Word of God.

There is evidence that suggests that some of these Israelites did end up in an area near the Caucuses to which Beck refers. Some believe Peter was writing to them (the pilgrims of the Dispersion [as in exile] in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia). There is also evidence that some fled to India, China and even Africa.

I am not an expert on this. However, Beck’s assertion (again, he was all over the place, so I am not sure what he said) that Caucasians come from Jews who fled with Assyria and then either were the pilgrims or influenced them is fantasy.

What About the 10 Tribes?

When Assyria conquered the Northern Kingdom, without a doubt many fled to Judah—the Southern Kingdom. Plus, there was intermarriage within the tribes. My point is, every tribe to some degree has been preserved. Luke 2:36 says Anna the prophetess came from the tribe of Asher, and this was more than 700 years after the Assyrian captivity.

Beck does get one thing right. At about 6:20 in the clip, he says, “I am not the guy to go to on [Middle East History].” Sadly, he then went on to teach utter nonsense with an air of authority.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

RON CANTOR/MESSIAH’S MANDATE

Ron Cantor is the director of Messiah’s Mandate International in Israel, a Messianic ministry dedicated to taking the message of Jesus from Israel to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). Cantor also travels internationally teaching on the Jewish roots of the New Testament. He serves on the pastoral team of Tiferet Yeshua, a Hebrew-speaking congregation in Tel Aviv. His newest book, Identity Theft, was released April 16. Follow him at @RonSCantor on Twitter.

Ezekiel Prophecy Reveals Major Future Alliance Against Israel.


Vladamir Putin,Mahmoud Amadinejad
Russian President Vladamir Putin (l) and Iranian President Mahmoud Amadinejad

Ezekiel 38-39 foretells a massive future invasion of Israel by the armed forces of six nations. Five of those nations are identified in Ezekiel 38:5-6 with the names they bore in Ezekiel’s time.

The first nation, Persia, is now the modern state of Iran. It is currently ruled by an Islamic fundamentalist government that is building significant military power, including the development of nuclear weapons. It has openly declared its commitment to the annihilation of the Jewish state of Israel.

The second nation, Ethiopia, was not the same as modern Ethiopia. Instead, it occupied the area later known as Nubia. Today it is known as Sudan and is dominated by an Islamic fundamentalist government that is using brutal means, including crucifixion of Christians, to attempt to establish a pure, Islamic state.

The third nation, Libya, the western neighbor of Egypt, is also an Islamic nation today. It is strongly anti-West and anti-Israel, and Western intelligence has been informed that Libya has hired Eastern European and former Soviet military scientists to aid its development of military power.

The people of the fourth nation, Gomer, were also known as the Cimmerians. They originally lived north of the Caucasus Mountains in the southern part of what is modern Russia. In Ezekiel’s time, they had settled in what is now central Turkey.

The people of the fifth nation, Togarmah, were identified by Josephus as the Phrygians (Antiquities, I. 6, 1 [126]), who settled in Cappadocia, now eastern Turkey.

Considering the location of the fourth and fifth nations in Turkey, it should be noted that the present secular government of Turkey is being threatened by Islamic fundamentalists. As a result, some leaders fear that Turkey could become another Iran. If that happens, all the nations named in Ezekiel 38:5-6 will be characterized by a militant Islamic hatred of Israel.

The Identity of the Leader of the Invasion
The five nations of Ezekiel 38:5–6 will be led by a sixth in the future attack against Israel. God gave three identifying marks for that leader.

The Leader’s Name
The leader will be “Gog, of the land of Magog” (see Ezek. 38:2). Jerome, a prominent church leader (345-420 A.D.), declared that Magog was located north of the Caucasus Mountains, near the Caspian Sea. Josephus (Antiquities, I. 6, 1 [123]) and Greek writers associated the name “ Magog ” with the Scythians. According to the revised International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, the major group of Scythians lived near the Black Sea “from the Caucasus around to the Danube.” It appears, then, that the land of Magog was located near the Black and Caspian Seas north of the Caucasus Mountains, in the southern part of 20th-century Russia.

The Leader’s Political Position
The leader is identified as “the chief prince” or ruler “of Meshech and Tubal” (see Ezek. 38:2; 39:1). Classical Greek writers called the people of Meshech the “Moschoi,” and Assyrian records referred to them as the “Muski.” This group settled in the area of Armenia, “where the borders of Russia, Iran and Turkey converge.”

The people of Tubal were located in the central part of Turkey immediately west of Togarmah.

The Leader’s Geographical Location
Gog’s location is “the north parts” (see Ezek. 38:15; 39:2). The Hebrew word translated “parts” means “extreme or uttermost parts.” Since Ezekiel was a Hebrew prophet, he would refer to geographical locations from the vantage point of his homeland. Thus, his statement in 38:15 indicates that when Gog leads the six-nation attack against Israel, he will come from his location in the extreme or uttermost parts directly north of Israel. Russia is the nation situated in the extreme or uttermost parts directly north of Israel.

From what has been observed, it appears that Russia will lead the future invasion against Israel foretold in Ezekiel 38-39. Why would Russia do this? One reason is anti-Semitism. Before Communism, Russia was notorious for brutal persecution of Jews. While Communism held an iron grip on the government of that nation, it suppressed the outward expression of hatred for Jews. Now that Communism has lost that grip, at least for a while, anti-Semitism has been allowed to raise its ugly head again.

Some members of Pamyat, a strongly anti-Semitic organization that wants to rid Russia of all Jews, blame all of that nation’s problems on the Jews. Some have even accused Jews of being the source of the AIDS virus. As a result of these ominous trends and the lifting of Communist rule, a mass exodus of Jews from the former Soviet Union has been taking place since the early 1990s, with the majority returning to their ancient homeland of Israel.

There is another reason for Russia to lead the future invasion—a desire for status. According to an independent secular intelligence agency, officers of the armed forces of the former Soviet Union believe that Russia can still have superpower status, even without Communism, if it will ally itself with Islamic nations against Israel.

In line with this, early in the 1990s, an official Soviet government spokesman stated that young people in the nation’s schools are being required to learn Arabic as their second language because his government had concluded that the future of their nation lies with the Islamic nations of the world.

The Time of the Invasion
In Ezekiel 38:8-16, God declared that this future invasion of Israel would take place “in the latter years” and “latter days.” That would be after Israel has been regathered from the nations to its homeland and feels so safe and secure that it will have no defenses of its own (see verses 8, 11–12, 14). There has been an amazing regathering of Israel to its homeland since its re-establishment as a nation state in 1948, but certainly Israel does not feel so safe and secure there today that it has no defenses of its own.

Since the Scriptures indicate that there will be no warfare during the future reign of the Messiah (see Ps. 72:7; Isa. 9:6-7; Mic. 4:3-4), this invasion cannot take place during the Millennium. Is there any time between now and Christ’s Second Coming to establish the Millennium when Israel will feel so safe and secure that it will not maintain its defenses? It appears so.

According to Daniel 9:27, at the very beginning of the future seven-year Tribulation period, the Antichrist will enforce a strong covenant with Israel. It will so strongly bind Israel to the Antichrist that he will regard that nation as an extension of himself and his empire in the Middle East. As a result, through that covenant, the Antichrist will guarantee Israel’s national security. This guarantee will cause Israel to feel so safe and secure that it will discontinue the costly burden of maintaining its defenses.

This feeling of security will not last long, however. In the middle of the Tribulation, the Antichrist will begin to decimate Israel (see Dan. 9:27; Matt. 24:15-21); thus, the nation will feel safe and secure only during the first half of the seven-year Tribulation. It appears, then, that the invasion of Israel by Russia and its Islamic allies will take place during the first half of the Tribulation, perhaps shortly before its midpoint.

The Invader’s Attitude and Actions
The invaders will think that since Israel has let down its military guard, it will be their opportune time to strike and plunder its resources (see Ezek. 38:10-13). As a result, they will launch such a large invasion force that it will seem like a massive cloud covering the land (see Ezek. 38:9, 15-16).

God’s Attitude And Actions
God’s initial action will be to pull these invaders into Israel for His own sovereign purpose (see Ezek. 38:4, 16; 39:2). When they attack, His attitude toward them will be characterized by fury, jealousy, and fiery wrath (see Ezek. 38:18-19). He will then actively intervene to destroy the massive invading force through a fierce earthquake, landslides, self-destructive panic, pestilence, excessive rain, great hailstones, fire and brimstone (see Ezek. 38:19-22).

The destruction of the invading army will be so extensive that the mountains and open fields of Israel and a valley near the Dead Sea will be congested with corpses. God will bring fowl and beasts to eat many of them. It will take the Jews seven months to bury the remainder of the dead and seven years to destroy their weapons (see Ezek. 39:3-5, 9-20). If this invasion takes place shortly before the middle of the Tribulation, this destruction of weapons will continue into the early part of the Millennium.

God’s purpose for all of this will be to glorify Himself before Israel and all the nations—to so impress them with His existence and power that He will have life-changing influence on them (see Ezek. 38:16, 23; 39:7, 13, 21-22). Many Jews and Gentiles will be saved during the Tribulation (see Rev. 7). No doubt the fulfillment of the Ezekiel 38-39 prophecy will be one of the means through which God will bring people of that time to Himself.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

Dr. Renald E. Showers is an author and an international conference speaker for the Friends of Israel. For the original article, visit foi.org.

 

Insight: Brutality, anger fuel jihad in Russia’s Caucasus.


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GIMRY, Russia (Reuters) – Little girls in hijabs peek out of tin-roof houses and boys play at “cops and insurgents” in the narrow dirt streets.

At one end of the village of Gimry men are building a new, red-brick madrassa, one of many religious schools springing up acrossDagestan, a region in the high Caucasus mountains on Russia’s southern fringe, in the throes of an Islamic revival.

More than a dozen young men from the village have “gone to the forest” – the local euphemism for joining insurgents in their hideouts, says village administrator Aliaskhab Magomedov.

“It’s a full-fledged jihad,” he said. “They don’t recognize my authority. Islam does not separate the state from religion.”

Throughout the 12 years since Vladimir Putin rose to power and crushed a Chechen separatist revolt, Russia has battled a simmering insurgency across its mainly Muslim Caucasus mountain lands: Chechyna and its neighbors Ingushetia and Dagestan.

With Putin back in the Kremlin after a four year hiatus as prime minister, he has tried to end the violence by emphasizing the unity of Russia, providing backing for mainstream clerics and cracking down hard on religious radicalism.

But the formula seems to be failing here, driving communities further into the embrace of radical religion, and sending more young men into the mountains to take up arms.

In the first half of 2012 alone, the Caucasian Knot website recorded 185 insurgency-related deaths and 168 wounded, making Dagestan one of the deadliest places in Europe. The number of men seized bysecurity forces as suspected militants so far this year, tracked by Russia’s leading rights group Memorial, has already exceeded last year’s total.

And the violence has begun spreading beyond the Caucasus to other parts of the country, like Tatarstan, long a peaceful area on the Volga river in Russia’s European heartland.

DIRTY BUSINESS

Fighting the insurgency is dirty business. In an empty office down in the provincial capital Makhachkala, police lieutenant colonel Magomed Gusseinov, 58, says his officers take out their anger and fear on petty criminals and other prisoners.

“If you’re sitting on the second floor above the holding room, you can hear the screams. They beat them, rape them with bottles, torture them. They do such things here every day.”

“Our boys have zero emotion at work. They have to stand there for eight hours in uniform and they know they can be shot at any moment,” he said. “If my colleague is shot before my eyes, of course something burns in me, I want revenge. That’s how war works. It’s a crooked balance sheet.”

In the streets of the sun-drenched Caspian Sea city, government banners proclaim: “We are against terror”. Residents say they have become desensitized to near daily sniper and bomb attack on police.

“Not a day goes by without the killing of either a terrorist or a policeman. We’re so used to it, we think that’s the way things ought to be,” said taxi driver Nabib Abdulvagabov, 35.

In one sleepy seaside neighborhood, a stray rocket-propelled grenade shell tore through the walls of family home in July, several blocs away from where security forces had laid siege to what they said was a rebel hideout.

Standing amid the charred and plaster-strewn shambles of his children’s room, Magomedgusein Vagidov seethed: “Why with all their radars and satellite today can they still not find a bunch of guys hiding in the woods?” he said.

“They either don’t know how or don’t want to end this war.”

Aisha, a former Russian-language teacher, said that most people in Dagestan were not caught up in new religious conservatism, but were sick of official corruption and wanted change like that seen in last year’s Egyptian revolution.

“People have reached a breaking point. Bribes start at the maternity ward and end at the grave,” she said. “Clearly it will be religious here, though most people dislike these religious people. I think 80 percent of people don’t want Sharia law.”

ISLAMIC REVIVAL

In Gimry, weathered tombstones pointing toward Mecca bear witness to the village’s ancient Muslim roots. But the Islam practiced here today bears increasingly little resemblance to the village customs of old.

For centuries, the Muslim communities of Russia’s Caucasus mountains practiced Sufism, a mystical form of Islam whose practitioners chant prayers in circles. There was little of the formal Islamic legal scholarship that prevails across much of the Sunni Muslim world.

In the two decades since the fall of the officially atheist Soviet Union, many Caucasus Muslims studied abroad in Saudi Arabia, Egypt or other parts of the Middle East. When they returned, they clashed with the religious establishment, demanding a “purer” Islam uncorrupted by local Sufi customs.

Government figures show 8,872 people are now studying Islam in institutions of higher education.

Dozens of madrassas, funded in part by zakat, a charitable contribution required by the Koran, have sprung up in villages across the region. The messages being taught are often from the Salafi school of Islam which seeks to recreate the 7th century practices of the Prophet Mohammed and his successors.

“You can’t live by Sharia law where the Russian constitution rules,” said Abdurakhim Magomedov, a charismatic Salafi preacher whose video sermons are popular on the Internet and whose schools in the village of Novosasitli teach 200-300 pupils.

The sprightly, white bearded 70-year-old who first translated the Koran into the local Avar language, says that while Dagestan is not yet ready for jihad, its Muslim population must not live under secular law and Russian rule.

“It’s written that if a man steals something, his hand must be chopped off. But you can’t do that today so we are not living by Sharia, and this isn’t right.”

Today in Gimry, along the single, potholed road to the remote scattering of houses, green signs proclaim “Allah is Great”. Disputes here are ruled on by the local imam, alcohol is scarce, polygamy is common and people say there has been no theft in years – virtues they attribute to Sharia law.

Despite decades of Communist rule, most children know only the local Avar tongue and people speak of Russia as if it were another country, or an occupying force.

Federal forces recently encircled the village in a more than year-long counter-terrorism operation – squeezing its trade in apricots and other produce.

“They are kafirs (infidels) who are fighting against Islam,” a 22-year-old gym teacher who gave his name as Gadzhimurat said of the federal troops. He and other young men loitering outside the mosque said they condoned near-daily attacks on police.

HIJAB ON THE BEACH

The influence of religious conservatism can be seen not only in remote villages but also on the streets of Makhachkala, Dagestan’s Caspian Sea coastal capital. The Salafi community has its own media outlets, charities and even a football league.

A sex-segregated school that opened this year already has more than 250 students.

“Five years ago, there were no Islamic clothing shops. Now every other girl wears a hijab,” said Fatima Ramzanova, 19, feet curled under her on the sand of a new women-only beach in a full, black Islamic dress she wears against her mother’s wishes.

As the influence of Salafism has grown, insurgents have increasingly targeted state-backed Sufi religious leaders they accuse of assisting the government’s crackdown on true Islam.

On Tuesday, a woman posing as a pilgrim entered a Sufi Muslim cleric’s home in Dagestan and detonated an explosive belt packed with nails and ball bearings, killing him, herself and six others, including an 11-year-old boy visiting with his parents.

Earlier this month, masked gunmen opened fire in a mosque where Muslims were celebrating the end of Ramadan. In June, militants burned down another Dagestani mosque after killing the imam and a worshipper.

The Kremlin is particularly alarmed by the spread of the violence to other regions, including Russia’s heartland. Last month a leading cleric was shot dead and another wounded by a bomb in the central province of Tatarstan.

DISILLUSIONED YOUTH

Today, the ranks of fighters are filled by youths disillusioned by police brutality, joblessness, corruption and the perceived persecution of religious conservatives.

Some are said to fund their activities by running protection rackets. At least two local entrepreneurs, speaking on condition of anonymity, described receiving USB memory sticks with video-taped threats to bomb their businesses if they refused to pay large sums of cash. One left. The other paid.

On a most-wanted board in Dagestan’s capital, snapshots of smooth-cheeked teenagers and twenty year olds in army fatigues outnumber black-and-white mugs of bearded veteran fighters.

The insurgency is romanticized in online videos and chat forums. Locals refer to militants, sometimes with irony, as “Robin Hoods”.

In recent months the relatively privileged sons of local officials have been among those who joined the rebels. The deputy mayor of the city of Khasavyurt on Dagestan’s border with Chechnya was fired this month after his son was killed by security forces at an alleged rebel safe house.

In a survey, as many as 13 percent of Dagestanis under 30 said “yes” or “maybe” they could see themselves ending up as rebel fighters, sociologist Zaid Abdulagatov said. Some 95 percent view themselves as religious, he added.

The government’s response is to round up young men, who disappear and are brutally treated in captivity. Zhanna Ismailova says three of her four sons were taken this year by masked members of the security forces.

One of them, Arslan, was freed after two days and went into hiding. Her cell phone holds pictures of bruises and burns on his body she says are signs of beatings and electric shocks, used to force him to admit to involvement in two suicide bombings on a police checkpoint that killed 12 people in May.

Another of her sons, Ruslan, is in detention, and her youngest is still missing: “It’s been four months since my son was kidnapped and no one can tell me where he is,” she said in the house outside Makhachkala. “If my son is guilty, why don’t they charge him and try him?”

Kamil Sultanahmedov, a popular young Islamic scholar who has himself been detained several times, says the crackdown by the security forces is only driving more recruits to the insurgency.

“The security forces are making a lot of money off getting promotions in this conflict. We are just pieces of meat. Victims of our beliefs,” he said. “I don’t know what to say anymore to people who decide to join the insurgency. It’s their choice. I can’t judge it. At first, it is a form of self-defense.”

CHECHEN WARS

Russia’s attitudes towards Islamic militancy were largely shaped in the two brutal post-Soviet Chechen wars that ended with the defeat of separatists a decade ago after Russian forces killed tens of thousands of people to halt an independence bid.

As those wars wore on, rebel rhetoric turned from a nationalist message to an explicitly Islamist one. Defeated in Chechnya, rebels launched attacks in other parts of Russia.

Thirty-nine attackers and at least 129 hostages were killed after a two-day siege at a Moscow theatre in 2002. More than 380 people, mainly school children, were killed in the siege of a primary school in Beslan in 2004. Bombs in the past two years killed dozens in a Moscow airport and subway.

Today, the Chechen rebel leader, Doku Umarov, leads an underground movement to create an Emirate across the Caucasus region. He has called on Muslims across Russia to rise up.

Since the autumn of 1999, when an incursion of Chechen rebel leaders into Dagestan sparked what became the second Chechen war, Dagestan has outlawed Wahhabism – the austere form of Islam that is the state religion of Saudi Arabia and has become a derogatory term for Islamic radicalism in Russia.

In the eyes of Dagestan’s authorities, beards, veils and other outward signs of religion were synonymous with terrorism.

“Many people are afraid to even look our way,” said Akhmad Mogamedkamilov, who helps run a “Salafi football league” where “halal” rules are observed: No swearing, no tackling or arguing with the referee. Players break for prayer on the field.

Two years ago, the local government launched a policy of liberalization in an attempt to ease some of the tension. While Putin was serving as prime minister and his protégé Dmitry Medvedev was president, the local authorities relaxed the rules to decriminalize practicing Salafism. Salafi charity and social groups sprang up across Dagestan.

In November 2010, the government set up a commission to give rebels a path back to civilian life. The move was hailed by doves, who blamed the crackdown for driving youths to militancy.

“Medvedev put things the right way. He said we must extend a hand to those who will take it and eliminate those who won’t,” said the commission’s head, Rizvan Kurbanov, formerly Dagestan’s deputy prime minister and now a Russian parliamentarian.

But since Putin’s return to the Kremlin, the commission’s work has all but halted. Rights activists view this one of a number of signals that hawks have retaken the policy lead.

They fear the Kremlin is planning to impose a model in Dagestan and elsewhere similar to the severe authoritarianism it put in place in post-war Chechnya, where Moscow’s cash has funded extensive rebuilding but rights groups accuse pro-Kremlin strongman Ramzan Kadyrov of crushing all dissent.

“I criticized the commission myself until I realized it could cease to exist,” the International Crisis Group think tank’s North Caucasus director Yekaterina Sokirianskaya said.

“It is a very dangerous situation because there are many signs of a rollback to the Chechen model being realized under Putin. It is Putin’s model.”

Gulnara Rustamova, a Salafi Muslim and human rights activist, said the rise of Salafism is in part a form of political protest against corruption and oppression.

“With Putin’s return, the situation has gotten worse, and more and more people understand that if they don’t change things for themselves, no one will change it for them,” she said.

“This is a protest; only, here in the Caucasus, it’s religious in nature… We can only trust in Allah, who else can we trust in if the state itself is carrying out crimes?”

(Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by Peter Graff)

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

By Alissa de Carbonnel | Reuters

God’s Peace – Part I.


“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.” – Deuteronomy 6:5-6 (NKJV)

   I have discovered several principles that, if you apply them to your daily life, will bring you peace of mind. First, enjoy that moment called “Now.”
 A famous author was raised in the Caucasus Mountains. An old hermit lived up in the hills. It was the custom for parents to take their children to visit the old man.
 The author’s parents took him, along with a gift for the old recluse. In return, the hermit would impart some of his sage wisdom.
When they arrived, there were other families waiting. They stayed until it was their turn. Then the young boy walked timidly up to the stern-faced man with the long beard.
Reaching out a wrinkled old hand, the gentle man lifted the young boy to his lap, put his arm around him, and then waved the other people away.
The young boy handed the sage the little gift he had brought. Taking it, the wise man smiled and asked, “Son, what do you want to do? Where do you want to go? What do you want to be in life?”
The lad answered as best he could, and then listened to some wondrous tales of the places the old man had been and what wonderful things he had done in his long, long lifetime.
Suddenly he looked the boy straight in the eye and said, “My boy, I want to give you something that will be wonderful while you are young as well as when you are old.
Something you can use when you’re sad and when you’re happy. Here it is; never forget it. This moment! each moment in life is part of eternity. Enjoy it!”

Prayer:

Dear Lord, with You by my side, I realize that NOW is the most important moment in my life. I will have peace of mind as I enjoy each moment with which I am blessed. Amen.

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Are you enjoying the moment? Do you feel peace? If not, read the scripture above a few times, maybe journal your thoughts, and then see what the Lord does in your heart.

By Robert H. Schuller.

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