The Punishment of Hashem

"...Israel remains threatened by groups and regimes that deny its very right to exist. And yet, through centuries of struggle, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob have endured. And endure they must, for the consequences of failure are great and far reaching. If one free and democratic society is threatened, all are at risk" (Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, on Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day).

 

Isaiah 10:20 "And it shall come to pass on that day that the remnant of Israel and those of the House of Jacob that escape shall no more rely upon the one that smote them."

This would teach the nation to rely on Him alone instead of turning for succor and support to the very nation that He used to strike them.

Netanyahu: We Are Committed to 'Two-State Solution': Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu expresses his support for a two-state solution during a reception for foreign diplomats.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday once again expressed his support for a two-state solution to end the Israeli-Arab conflict.

Speaking during a reception for foreign diplomats in honor of Israel’s Independence Day, Netanyahu said, "We are committed to our aspiration for peace, a peace that will be based on the principle of two states for two peoples, a Jewish state alongside a demilitarized Palestinian state (INN, 4/17/2013). 

It is interesting to note that the Bible makes reference to a fictitious nation confronting Israel. "They (Israel) have provoked My jealousy with a non god, provoked My anger with their vanities. Thus, I will provoke their jealousy with a non people, provoke their anger with a foolish nation" (Deuteronomy 32:21).

The "two-state solution" has long been the fundamental basis for seeking a peaceful resolution, but one accepted only by the Israeli government, not by the Arab world. Successive Israeli governments, including the current one have in direct contradiction to the truth even agreed to acknowledge the existence of a "distinct Palestinian people" - one entitled to self-determination, to a homeland, political independence and to armed security forces in the land of Israel - the exact opposite of what the Mandate of Palestine  recommended!

Arab League Ministers Discuss Israel-PA Peace: An Arab ministerial committee met on Monday in Qatar to discuss ways to revive the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and plans to send a mission to Washington, the Arab League chief said, according to AFP.

"This meeting was to discuss the mission of the Arab delegation that will visit Washington on April 29," the organization’s secretary general, Nabil al-Arabi, told reporters.

The talks of the Arab Peace Initiative Committee were attended by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, and chaired by Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani, reported AFP.

Arabi said before the meeting that the delegation would go to the UN Security Council in New York. It is not clear if the delegation will still visit the UN headquarters.

The proposal to send a delegation to New York was agreed at an Arab summit held in Doha last month.

The PA’s foreign minister Riyad al-Malki told AFP that the delegation being sent to Washington would meet U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

The team will include the foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, as well as the Arab League chief, he said.

Reports on Monday indicated that Kerry intends to bring back to life the 2002 Arab peace initiative, which offers diplomatic recognition of Israel in return for its complete withdrawal from Judea and Samaria and a resolution of the "Palestinian refugee" issue (INN, 4/9/2013). 

Anyone who thinks that Israeli concessions and withdrawals will solve the conflict with Iran is in for a BIG surprise. Both the US and Israel are committed to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, but the United States is also committed to prevent Israel from attacking prematurely.

Prematurely, before what? Sanctions...diplomacy...

Both the US and Israel are committed to the establishment of a "Palestinian" Arab state.

King Abdullah II of Jordan: "Solving the Palestinian problem is the key to reduce the Iranian nuclear threat."

"If there are those that are saying that Iran is playing mischief, then I say it is being allowed to play mischief...The platform they use is the injustice of the Palestinians and Jerusalem. So if you start taking those cards off the table, then Iranian influence on the Mediterranean through Hizbullah and Hamas in Gaza diminishes or becomes non-existent… By dealing with the core issue, that's when you start taking cards away from the Iranian regime."

He said that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell and American General James Jones all accept his theory (King Abdullah: Jordan Was Better Off without Peace with Israel, INN, 04/06/10).

Read also: White House links Iran nukes to Palestinian state: Israel now faces a moment of truth - it can either acquiesce to international demands and in return have its most serious threats dealt with, or maintain the status quo and have those threats persist (Israel Today, May 04, 2009).

Obama about to betray Israel, says former US intel official (Israel Today, Mar 19, 2009). Report: Obama leverages Iran to extract Israeli concessions (Aug 2, 2009, Israel Today).


A-Jad: PA State First Step to Israel's Demise: Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinijad says the recognition of a PA state by the United Nations is just the first step to Israel's end. "Recognizing the Palestinian state is not the last goal. It is only one step forward towards liberating the whole of Palestine,"

The Zionist regime is a center of microbes, a cancer cell and if it exists in one iota of Palestine it will mobilize again and hurt everyone."

"It is not enough for them to have a weak, powerless state in a very small piece of Palestine. They should unite to establish a state but the ultimate goal is the liberation of the whole of Palestine," he said. "I urge the Palestinians never to forget this ideal. Forgetting this ideal is equal to committing suicide. It would be giving an opportunity to an enemy which is on the verge of collapse and disappearance." (INN, 8/26/2011).

Iran Offers Aid to Palestinian Authority to Defeat Israel: Iran tells Gaza’s Hamas leader Haniyeh it is offering “scientific and technological experience” to the PA for a “victory” over Israel. Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told Haniyeh Saturday of “the need for Palestinian adherence to the basic principles of resistance as the key ingredient for their victory against Israel,” ...

Haniyeh replied, “Muslims through full unity and with the support of the Islamic Republic of Iran will liberate Al Aqsa mosque [on the Temple Mount] in the future.” (INN, 2/12/2012).

 

Yaalon Meets Hagel: The U.S. is Our Best Friend: Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon met on Sunday evening with his visiting American counterpart, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

During the meeting, Yaalon expressed his condolences to the American people over the terror attack at the Boston Marathon last week, which claimed the lives of three people and wounded more than 100 others.

Yaalon also thanked Hagel for arriving in Israel so close to the beginning of his term in office and said, "The United States is not only a strategic partner of Israel, but also our best friend." (INN, 4/22/2013). 

The Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran applauded the decision to nominate Chuck Hagel as U.S. Secretary of Defense. Why?

Because Senator Hagel is a long-time advocate of "engaging" the Islamic Republic. Hagel wishes to perpetuate the failed policy of confronting America's enemies by way of cordial talks. So while the administration talks, Iran will further develop its nuclear weapons.

Consider Hagel's track record. As a member of the United States Senate, Hagel opposed imposing economic sanctions on Iran and opposed designating Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. Keep in mind that the Revolutionary Guards are the very ones responsible for arming the Iraqi insurgency and killing American soldiers.

Hagel even opposes supporting Israel if it attacks Iran's nuclear program. Instead Hagel believes the U.S. should turn a blind eye to terrorist tenets, and magically "normalize" relations with the terrorists. Hagel explicitly endorsed such an approach, in his signed letter to President Obama (secureamericanow.org). 

Former Military Intelligence Chief:Iran Has Crossed the Red Line: But the head of the research division at Military Intelligence does not believe an all out war is imminent. According to Yadlin, Iran has already “crossed the new red line drawn by Israel.” (Jewish Press, April 23rd, 2013).

A nuclear Iran would pose an immediate, existential threat to states both in the Middle East and Europe, but will trigger a huge arms race in the Middle East and Europe, which will fuel $?$ into a hard pressed American economy.

US Official: "We believe that there are many cases in which the Iranian threat commits us to strengthen the ability of states in the region to defend themselves" (World Tribune, Monday, July 5, 2010).

Hagel: Arms Deal a Sign of 'Ironclad' U.S. Support for Israel: U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Israeli counterpart, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, on Monday hailed a major arms deal as a sign of "ironclad" U.S. support for the Jewish state after talks on Iran's nuclear drive and Syria's war.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Yaalon in Tel Aviv, Hagel confirmed the two had agreed on a multi-billion dollar weapons deal that will see Israel receiving an impressive array of advanced U.S. missiles and aircraft.

On Tuesday morning, Hagel will meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu before leaving for a brief stopover in Jordan, then on to Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, where he will wrap up details of the $10 billion arms deal that will also provide missiles to Saudi and U.S. F-16 fighter jets to the UAE (INN, 4/23/2013).

Iran: US-Israel Arms Deal Only Serves to Destabilize Region: Iran has denounced a deal for the US to sell advanced missiles and aircraft to Israel, saying the move will only serve to destabilize the region.

"This kind of aid will only lead to instability and insecurity in the region," foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters at his weekly press conference, according to the AFP news agency.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who touted the deal during his trip to Israel, has said it sends Iran a "very clear signal" that the military action against Iran and Syria are both viable options (INN, 4/23/2013). 

Peres: Obama Will Attack Iran if Diplomacy Fails: President Shimon Peres said that he believes that U.S. President Barack Obama will attack Iran’s nuclear facilities if diplomatic efforts fail.

"I have no doubt that if diplomatic talks fail with Iran and Tehran doesn't stop accelerating its nuclear development – U.S. President Barack Obama will conduct a military attack against Iran," Peres told the Israel Hayom newspaper this week, in an interview ahead of Israel’s 65th Independence Day next week.

"Preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon isn't only an Israeli interest, but a global and an American interest. As long as the U.S. is in the lead — why shouldn't we use its assistance?" Peres said.

"It could be that the Iranians are trying to buy time, but they are also losing. The situation in Iran is greatly deteriorating, the economy is collapsing, and the people understand this very well," said Peres (INN, 4/13/2013).

 

US, Canada Thank Fayyad, 'Strong Partner' : The US and Canada praise resigning Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad for his role as a “strong partner” in state-building.

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird also expressed his nation’s concern over Fayyad’s resignation, saying he was “saddened and deeply disappointed” with the decision.

Fayyad has been a “trusted and dedicated interlocutor and friend of Canada,” Baird said, adding that he hoped the economist would “continue to advance the cause of peace and continue to work to improve the lives of the Palestinian people” (INN, 4/14/2013).

Canadian FM Holds 'Positive' Talks With PA: Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird held what he termed "positive" talks on Saturday with Palestinian Authority leaders in Ramallah (INN, 4/7/2013).

Likewise we hope that Israel will soon be cured of the malady of placing its hopes on an ally (the USA) that constantly pursues policies which have the effect of undermining the nation's security.

Egypt Seizes U.S.-Made Weapons Meant for Gaza: Egyptian security forces have seized U.S.-made anti-tank and surface-to-air missiles destined for Gaza, security officials say (INN, 1/4/2013).

God's purpose in sending enemies against Israel and the Jews in our time is not to destroy them but only to bring us to repent with all our hearts (Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum).

 


"Every time the name SHLOMO appears in Song of Songs, it is a holy name of God, who is the King of Peace" (Talmud Shevuos 35b). In the sense of punishment, the word "mussar" is used in the context of "mussar HaShem," or "the punishment of HaShem."

Isaiah 53:5 "But he was pained BECAUSE OF our (the gentiles') transgressions, crushed BECAUSE OF our (the gentiles') iniquities; THE CHASTISEMENT OF OUR welfare/PEACE (MUSSAR SHELOMENO) was upon him, and with his wound we were healed." For Israel was chastised so that there be peace for the entire world (Rashi).

Isaiah 53:6 “We have all strayed like sheep, each of us turning his own way, and HaShem inflicted on him the iniquity of us all.” We (the gentiles) sinned by inflicting punishment upon Israel. Such oppression is often described as “Hashem’s punishment” (Isaiah 10:5, Hab. 1:12), for He decreed that it should happen (Abarbanel):

”If his (David’s) sons forsake My Torah and do not walk in My judgments, If they profane My statutes and do not keep My commandments, I shall punish their transgression with a rod, and their iniquity with stripes" (Psalms 89:29-33).

“...so that when he (Solomon) goes astray from the Torah, I will chasten him with the rod of men” (II Samuel 7:14). This refers to Rezon the son of Eliada, who rose up as an ADVERSARY (Hebrew: SATAN) to him: “and with the stripes of the sons of Adam.”

1 Kings 11:4-25 "And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who ...had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods; but he kept not that which the LORD commanded... and thou hast not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded thee,..

"And the LORD raised up an adversary (SATAN) unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite; he was of the king's seed in Edom. And God raised up another adversary (SATAN) unto him, Rezon the son of Eliada,.. And he was an adversary (SATAN) to Israel all the days of Solomon, beside the mischief that Hadad did; and he abhorred Israel,.." The adversaries would come to test and try the House of David, to see if they would remain faithful to God’s Torah.


Isaiah Ch. 10 provides us with timely lessons as to how we should see and respond to the protracted campaign of the nations of the world against Israel today.

"WOE ASSYRIA, ROD OF MY WRATH." (10:5): Isaiah (Ch. 10) teaches that the nations; USA, EU, Iran, Arabs; "Palestinians"; the UN etc., that RISE UP against Israel today are nothing but God's rod of chastisement; MUSSAR SHELOMENOH (Isaiah 53:5, see II Sam. 7:14, Psalms 89:29-33, 1 Kings 11:4-25), "Hashem's punishment,"

used as a tool to accomplish a specific purpose; to bring us to repentance; return and take hold of His Torah (Isaiah 27.4-5), so that God's Master plan, "and that the purpose of the LORD (Torah study) might prosper by his hand:" - for all the peoples' welfare/peace -  shall succeed by Israel´s hand (Isaiah 53:5,10).

"Oh let him take hold of My strength that he make peace for Me" (v 5): God appeals to Israel to take hold of His Torah, which is His "strength", for this will assuage His anger and frustration at not being able to take vengeance on His enemies, and He will then have peace from the attribute of Justice, which will no longer be able to make accusations against Israel (Rashi). 

Jihad Terror Group Claims 'Credit' for Eilat Rocket Attack: A Salafi Muslim jihadist group has claimed responsibility for Wednesday morning’s rocket attack on the Israeli Red Sea resort city of Eilat.

“The lions of the Mujahedeen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem managed to target occupied Eilat with two Grad rockets on the morning of April 17, and withdrew safely,” a statement posted on jihadist web sites said. There were no details indicating the site from where the rockets had been launched, AFP reported (INN, 4/17/2013).

Rashi interprets Isaiah 27:3-6 as God's appeal to Israel to repent in order to enable Him to answer the attribute of Justice, which objects that Israel also sin and should thus be treated no differently from the nations. If Israel will only repent, God will be able to exact retribution from "those who make war against Me - that is, ISHMAEL" without the attribute of Justice being able to protest (Rashi on v 4).

ALL THE NATIONS THAT RISE UP AGAINST ISRAEL, WILL BE PUNISHED FOR THEIR ARROGANCE: God sends the nations against Israel (Isaiah 10:5-6) in order to rebuke and chastise it. After using them as His ”rod of anger;” as a tool to used to accomplish a specific purpose, God will punish them for their arrogance (10:12-14).

Rashi explains that God's purpose in sending Sennacherib was to take vengeance on the Ten Tribes and on the sinners in the cities of Judah that he overran, and to CAUSE SUCH FEAR among the inhabitants of Jerusalem that they would be humbled, repent and turn to God.

"For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall be accomplished, and Mine anger shall be to their (the nations´) destruction" (Isaiah 10:5-26, 17:12-14). Having served his purpose, to cause such fear among the Israelis, that they would be humbled, repent and turn to God; Sennacherib (or Gog and Magog, God's axe and saw of retribution) would be CUT DOWN in retribution for his overweening arrogance;

"For he said, "With the strength of my hand I accomplished it, and with my wisdom, for I am clever, and I remove the boundaries of peoples, and their positions have I plundered, and I lowered many inhabitants..." (Isaiah 10:13-14, see Ezekiel 38:12-13, 36:2,5, Psalms 83).

 

THE SPOILER: Isaiah 33:1 "Woe to you who spoil and you are not spoiled, and who deal treacherously, and they did not deal treacherously with you. When you finish your spoiling, you shall be spoiled, when you finish dealing treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with you."

This is a prophecy about the days of Mashiach, when Edom, the fourth, divided kingdom/beast in Daniel's visions (Daniel 2:31-35,40-44, Ch. 7), will be called "the spoiler." "And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' CLAY, and part of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom;..” (Daniel 2:40-41). The lands of the Roman Empire came to be dominated by Edom and Ishmael, represented by Christianity and I -SLAM. Both – one as strong as iron, the other as weak as POTTERY, comprise the latter day, "Fourth Kingdom" (Abarbanel). Psalm 2:8-9.

"Here the prophet foretells that as soon as the mission of the "spoiler" -TO BRING ISRAEL TO REPENT OUT OF HELPLESS FEAR - will have been accomplished, he will immediately be overthrown." "...for when Rome is destroyed Israel will be redeemed." "The intention of Gog and his allies is to despoil Israel of their wealth" (Ezek. 38:12-13, 36:2,5, Psalms 83) and appropriate their land (R' Avraham Greenbaum).

 

“Should the axe boast itself against Him that heweth therewith?" (Isaiah 10:15).

Having served his purpose, Sennacherib would be cut down in retribution for his overweening arrogance. Sennacherib would be overthrown through a miracle which would bear comparison with the overthrow of the Egyptians at the Sea of Reeds (Exodus 15:9, Ch 14-15) and the future owerthrow of the forces of Gog and Magog ((Zechariah 12:9, Jeremiah 30:7-11, Ezekiel 39, Tsefaniah 2:1-11).

And that very night an angel came and wiped out his entire camp.

Sennacherib was merely a tool in God's hand AND CAN DO NO MORE THAN GOD GIVES HIM LICENSE TO DO:

WHO IS SATAN? Satan is one of the many angels mentioned in the Bible. It is worth noting that the Hebrew word for angel is malach, meaning “messenger.” Throughout the Bible, an angel is a messenger of God who carries out the divine will of the Almighty. There is not one example in the Jewish Scriptures where any angel, Satan included, ever opposes God’s will.

http://www.outreachjudaism.org/articles/who-is-satan.html


Isaiah 10:20 "And it shall come to pass on that day (in the days of Moshiach) that the remnant of Israel and those of the House of Jacob that escape shall no more rely upon the one that smote them."

This would teach the nation to rely on Him alone instead of turning for succor and support to the very nation that He used to strike them. Likewise we hope that Israel will soon be cured of the malady of placing its hopes on an ally (the USA) that constantly pursues policies which have the effect of undermining the nation's security.

Instead of worrying of present-day Persia will harm Israel, we should repent with all our hearts and trust in God (Daniel 12:1, Jeremiah 30:7-11, Zech. 12:9).

"The frightened Jewish nation was warned by Assyria, that no other nation had stood up to an Assyrian siege. Hezekiah’s trust in God prevailed, however, and the Jewish king persuaded his people not to lose trust in the Almighty. Because of this national spiritual affirmation, God zealously saved the Jewish people from Sennacherib’s powerful army in a miraculous fashion. In one night an angel killed 185,000 soldiers, in the military camp of the Assyrians" (Rabbi Tovia Singer). 

 

A FOOTSTOOL AT YOUR FEET "Of David a psalm. The word of the Lord to my master (David); "Wait for My right hand, until I make your enemies a footstool at your feet." The staff of your might the Lord will send from Zion; rule in the midst of your enemies" (Psalm 110:1-2).

FOR WE SHALL NEVER BE WIPED OUT "Are You not from everlasting, O Lord, my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O Lord, You have ordained them for judgment, and, O Mighty God, You have established them for correction" (Habakkuk 1:12). I know that You have set this one [Mahmoud Ahmadinejad] up only to judge and punish those who rebel against You...


The wicked ones are merely God's tools to execute His judgments: Psalm 17:13 “Arise, O Lord, confront him; bring him down to his knees; rescue my soul from the wicked, Your sword.” Our enemies sit in judgment: See Deut. 32:30-31.

"Request of Me, and I will make nations your inheritance, and the ends of the earth your possession” (Psalms 2:8, Zech. 9:9-10, Psalms 89:1-30).

 

"Did you know that North Korea helped Syria build a nuclear reactor that Israel had to then bomb in 2007? So there is a link between N. Korea and Israel, it's not just a threat to the USA...

Below is an interesting video predicting a nuclear attack from 'Korea', made back some years ago. It is of the Rav Nachmani who is said to have predicted the 6 Day War of 1967, the Yom Kippur war of 1973, and even the Gulf war (Iraq). In the video, he mentions 'Korea' being a direct threat with its nuclear bombs" (Tamar Yonah). 
 
Rav Nachmani - A Prophecy about KOREA and Gog-U-Magog.
 
 

 

PRAISE GOD FOR THE MIRACLES: Monday night-Tuesday 15-16 April, YOM HA-ATZMA'UT: Israel's 65th Independence Day commemorating the Declaration of Independence on May 14 1948.

"Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Is a land born in one day? Is a nation brought forth at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children” (Isaiah 66:8). A language revived (Tzefaniah 3:9) and the monetary unit (Shekel) revived (Ezekiel 45:12) - A people revived!

In the spring of 1945, the sounds and horrors of World War II ceased, and the last vestiges of the European Jewry, emerged from the death camps and the killing sites – one survivor per town and two per family (Jeremiah 3:14-15), battered, embittered, orphaned, with neither communities nor homes and without a close relative waiting anywhere in the world... (To Bear Witness, יָד וָשֵׁם, Isaiah 56:5).

On November 29, 1947, the United Nations resolved to terminate the British Mandate for Palestine and partition Eretz Israel into two states; a Jewish one and an Arab one. Jordan, is located on Israel's eastern-most border. The following day, the Arabs declared war on Yishuv, the settlement, and the War of Independence broke out.

”From the ashes of the Holocaust the nation arose, ingathered from a hundred countries, and flowed along timeless routes to the ancient homeland” (Chaim Herzog, manifesto for Israel’s 40th Independence Day).

Survivors played a major role in the defense of the newly declared Jewish state: "Helpless, humiliated, dejected, totally degraded and starved survivors that barely have skin covering their bones - how is it that those Jews that managed to survive in such a state of physical and psychological despair in 1945….after the most horrible chapter of persecution against Jews in 2,000 years….how in such a short period of time did world Jewry recover in a mere three years and find the strength to win the war of independence in 1948 against superior odds and firepower?

There can only be one answer….The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! Logically, Israel should never have survived the war of independence in 1948. A people, poorly armed, devastated by the Holocaust with little more than skin and bones (Ezekiel 37:1-11) prevailed against well equipped enemies! (Eliezer Braun; Shuva Israel).

David Ben-Gurion-Israel’s 1st PM (1948), said: The renaissance of Israel did not and does not consist merely of the establishment of state-national instruments for the Hebrew nation, but it will express its fullest and highest form in the revelation of its eternal spirit and the fulfillment of its historic mission in redeeming mankind!”

"Waiting for Moshiach means knowing that Moshiach will bring the world to the recognition of the Almighty and at last fulfill the national mission of Israel" (Rabbi Mordechai Blumenfeld).

Rabbinate: Yom Ha'atzma'ut a Day to Praise G-d: Yom Ha'atzma'ut is a day to thank G-d for the miracles of Israel, the Rabbinate said (INN, 4/15/2013).

 

THE MOST REMARKABLE PROPHECY: "And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone (KNOWLEDGE OF GOD), and slung it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead; and the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell upon his face to the earth." (1 Samuel 17:49).

Daniel 2:31-35,40-44 "Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon its feet that were of iron and CLAY and broke them to pieces.

...and the stone that smote the image (of the fourth kingdom; Edom-Rome, ”the divided kingdom,” dominated by Esau and Ishmael, represented by Christianity and I-SLAM) became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth."

And in the days of those kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed; nor shall the kingdom be left to another people; IT (the kingdom of David) shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, but it shall stand for ever." See Daniel Ch. 7. "Thou (David) shalt break them (the nations) with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a POTTER'S VESSEL" (Psalm 2:9).

JERUSALEM IS THE CENTER OF SPIRITUALITY AND KNOWLEDGE OF GOD: ”And it shall come to pass on that day that I will make Jerusalem a stone of burden for all peoples; all who bear it shall be gashed, and all the nations of the earth shall gather about it.” (Zechariah 12:3,9). All the nations that dare to set its hand against Jerusalem will be destroyed.

”They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9, Habbakuk 2:11,13-14).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBUJztI884M

"Why are the Jewish people the embodiment of faith? Because we don’t just have faith in that the Mashiach is going to come. We have so much faith that we are going to pick up a couple of stones and go take out Goliath... (Jeremy Gimpel).

 

”Behold, the one with whom I am not, shall fear, whoever mobilizes against you (for war) shall defect to you. Behold I have created a smith, who blows on a charcoal fire and produces a weapon for his work, and I have created a destroyer to destroy [it].”

That is, to say: I am He Who incited the enemy against you; I am He Who has prepared retribution for him (Rashi).

”Any weapon whetted against you shall not succeed, and any tongue that contends with you in judgment, you shall condemn; this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their due reward from Me, says the Lord” (Isaiah 54:15-17).
 
"None of the weapons that Iran, Hamas, Hizbullah or anyone else may dream up will ever succeed in dislodging Israel from their God-given land" (Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum).
 
”For sure, this is just one of the threats out there...all the more reason for us to focus on Ain Ode Milvado...only Hashem exists. These threats have no real power” (Rabbi Michael Skobac).
 

Happy Independence Day All Israel !