Monday, May 16, 2011

Nakba, 3rd Intifada, Israel, & Twitter

What an amazing time to be alive. Technology has changed the world as we know it. I remember the days before we had the internet! Gosh...that makes me sound old...but at least I can tell my grandchildren what life was like pre-social network & pre-internet ahaha.

But now the internet has been able to form online communities from people all around the globe. Myspace, Facebook, & Twitter all made a huge impact on the world. And so did smart phones- with their ability to use the internet, check emails, check FB, & tweet.

Twitter has been one of the best sources for me to find out breaking news & to learn of current events happening ALL over the world.

I'm addicted to Twitter. A recent article stated that Twitter is bad for romantic relationships (see HERE). Let me explain how it all got started...

When Tunisians ousted their President- I was impressed. When I learned they used Twitter & Facebook to orchestrate it- I was impressed. Then I realized I could follow Tunisians & journey with them through their "revolution" on Twitter. So I did. I was refreshing my page a thousand times a day & re-tweeting other people's experiences, like getting shot at, where they were going to meet, etc. Then Egypt had their "revolution." Then I started following news agencies like FoxHeadlines, CNN, Gulf News, Jerusalem Post, Guardian, Reuters, & self-proclaimed journalists who would write about their experiences in the Middle East, complete with pictures & video footage.

I was able to see inside a hospital & see dead Libyans because of Twitter. Not that I wanted to see that, but the people involved made it that available.

And even now with Syria not allowing any media in- the major global news agencies are resorting to using amateur video captured by cell phones- all through Twitter & Facebook! So since I was already mesmerized by feeling a part of certain world events, it was only natural for me to be hooked to Nakba (The mourning of the existence of Israel), The 3rd Intifada, & Israel.

I have been paying close attention because as a Christian, Israel is IMPORTANT in Biblical prophecy. Yes, I support Israel because God says that He will keep his covenant with David & exalt Israel, as well as the Bible stating that nations who support Israel will be blessed. Sadly, many Israelis today have forgotten what their prophets had said to their forefathers:

These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me [Moses] to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, promised you.
 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
 10 When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
 Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. 14 Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; 15 for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land. 16 Do not put the LORD your God to the test as you did at Massah. 17 Be sure to keep the commands of the LORD your God and the stipulations and decrees he has given you. 18 Do what is right and good in the LORD’s sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land the LORD promised on oath to your ancestors, 19 thrusting out all your enemies before you, as the LORD said.

 20 In the future, when your son asks you, “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the LORD our God has commanded you?” 21 tell him: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22 Before our eyes the LORD sent signs and wonders—great and terrible—on Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household. 23 But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors24 The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today. 25 And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.” (Deuteronomy 6)
I quoted this chapter not only to remind Israelis to NOT forget their God, but to also teach Muslims (who supposedly believe in the Torah & Bible), that the Prophet MOSES received words from Allah that the Holy Land was given to the children of Jacob (aka Israel) because Allah promised to give them their own land. Allah does NOT break his promises. So the land belongs to the Jews. Muslims, you say you believe in the Torah & you say Moses is one of your prophets- yet you disregard holy texts that are older than your Quran & you disrespect your precious prophet, Moses, by calling him a liar. In fact, it has even been written in the Quran that the land belongs to the Jews:
Surah 5:20 Recall that Moses said to his people (the Jews), “O my people, remember GOD’s blessings upon you: He appointed prophets from among you, made you kings, and granted you what He never granted any other people.
21 “O my people, enter the holy land (Israel) that GOD has decreed for you, and do not rebel, lest you become losers.”
So with my fascination with being kept up to date on historical events around the world on Twitter, to my Biblical literacy- It has been educational & entertaining seeing what Palestinians believe & said as well as what Israeli's believe & said.

In just a few screen shots I'd like to welcome you to the fight:

What was that again Palestine? it's YOUR land? Are you SUUUUURE? 
Surah 5:20 Recall that Moses said to his people (the Jews), “O my people, remember GOD’s blessings upon you: He appointed prophets from among you, made you kings, and granted you what He never granted any other people.
21 “O my people, enter the holy land (Israel) that GOD has decreed for you, and do not rebel, lest you become losers.
Someone brought this to my attention:

Ali says:
"And how many Muslims know that THIS is stated in the Koran??? Sura 17:104 The Jews’ return from 19 centuries of exile is actually the fulfillment of Islamic prophecy!
Surah 17:104 says that And we said to the Children of Israel afterwards, “Go live into this land. When the final prophecy comes to pass, we will summon you all in one group.”‘IF the Koran is the TRUTH, then the truth will prevail. And the Jews have returned to their land.
Praise the Lord."

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