July 18, 2014
Sweet Manna Ministries

                         Gaza is making headline news once again.

                               Gaza is a rocket launching pad

Praise the Lord for the Iron Dome

According to Yahoo news of 7/17/2014, Gaza terrorists have fired more than 1,400 rockets at Israel during the month of July so far. The attacks have sent thousands running into bomb shelters, threatening 3.5 million Israeli lives.
Since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, terrorists from the strip have fired more than 8,000 rockets into Israel.

For an up to date account from IDF on the rocket attacks:


Isaiah 31:5 As birds flying, so Jehovah of Hosts will defend Jerusalem; also defending, He will deliver it; and passing over He will preserve it.

Israel’s astonishingly effective Iron Dome air defense has prevented Hamas from killing Israelis and spreading terror in the civilian population. Ironically, though, the better Iron Dome works, the less sympathy the rest of the world has for a nation that remains under rocket attack. Read More:

Golda Meir once said that Israel would not have peace until the Arabs loved their children more than they hated Israel. Truer words have not yet been spoken concerning the peace of Israel and the Middle East. Unfortunately generation after generation of children, have been taught to hate the Jew. The children are being taught to hate and the parents of these children are so deceived that they encourage their children to sacrifice their lives to Allah.


While your children and grandchildren are enjoying summer camp with all its fun, games and adventure, something entirely different is taking place at the summer camps for the children of the Gaza Strip...

Watch and pray.

Recent History on the Gaza Strip

Israel gained control of Gaza from Egypt during the 1967 war. It is a strip of land on the Mediterranean Sea that is only 25 miles long and 7 miles wide at the southwestern border of Israel and Egypt. See Map.

Gaza was subject to Israel’s military control until 1994 when Israel gave Gaza its right to self-govern. Ariel Sharon, in an effort for peace, evacuated 8,000 Jewish settlers from Gaza and the West Bank in 2005. Hamas became the elected ruling party of Gaza in 2006 winning the majority vote over Fatah. However, a short military conflict between the two parties took place in 2007 and Hamas took control of Gaza removing Fatah from any political control.

Hamas has its roots in the Muslim Brotherhood which was founded in Egypt in 1928. The Brotherhood seeks political power to implement its religion of Islam and Sharia law in the governments of the world, and aims to overthrow Muslim governments that are secular in nature in order to put Sharia law in place. Recently the Brotherhood gained a foothold in the Egypt government and was overthrown by the military and branded to be a terrorist group by Egypt.

Fatah was founded by Yasser Arafat and was known as the Palestinian Liberation Organization or the PLO, which controlled the West Bank. Fatah and Hamas have been rival factions until this year when they together formed a Unity government joining forces against a common enemy…Israel, and supposedly forming it for the purposes of peace. Israel refuses to recognize the new government because Hamas is labeled by Israel as a terrorist group.

What does the Bible have to say about Gaza?
Will the events of today, be recorded in history as the time that ancient prophecy was fulfillment?

Let’s look at what Zephaniah has to say: chapter 2 verses 1-7.

Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD'S anger come upon you. Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger.

Here we see a cry from God for repentance before it is too late. The Hebrew for nation is “goy” it means Gentile in the sense of an unbeliever. The Lord is calling to the Gentiles or unbelievers to turn to the Lord before the day of His wrath. In reference to these scriptures it is a call to “a nation not desired,” which today are the inhabitants of the Gaza strip and the West Bank. The refugee’s that occupy the Gaza strip are for the most part refugee’s that the other Arab nations have rejected. The day of the Lord’s fierce anger refers to the end of days when the Lord’s wrath will be poured out upon the nations for the rejection of His Son, Jesus. Those that seek the Lord, even if it is at the last moment, shall be hid from His anger. Being hid from His anger is an idiom for “the rapture.”

For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up. Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.

Much of scripture has either a duel fulfillment or progressive fulfillment. Such is the case I believe for the prophecies concerning Gaza.  Gaza has been conquered many times through various wars; however Gaza was never just handed over to an enemy, that is, not until 2005.

Before we continue, I would like to remind everyone that the scriptures promise judgment to the nations that take action to divide the land of Israel.

The fulfillment of Gaza being forsaken began with the Oslo Accord in 1993 when Clinton, Arafat, and Rabin negotiated for the withdrawal of the Israeli military, giving parts of Gaza and the West Bank to the control of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, (the nation not desired) Jewish settlers in the area could remain. The signing of the Oslo Accord took place on September 13th 1993.

From May to September of 1993, there were intense negotiations led by President Clinton, to establish a Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority that ended with the signing of the Oslo Accord on the White House lawn.

Now hear this: From May to September of 1993, the same amount of time that the negotiations were going on with the PLO, major flooding took place, The Great Midwest Flood ranked as one of the greatest natural disasters to ever hit America to date.

What a sad time it was when Gaza was totally forsaken; those days are recorded in history as August 18th - August 22th 2005. Ariel Sharon, pressured by the US President and Secretary of State, called for the evacuation of all Jewish settlers from Gaza giving Hamas complete control of the strip. A total of 1,700 families were forcibly evacuated at a cost of nearly $900 million, thinking this would bring peace. This forced evacuation left approximately 8,000 Jews homeless.

Now there are a couple of things that are “worthy of note” and “thought provoking” to consider about this action. First I want to make my readers aware of what was in play that led up to the August date for the evacuation of 8,000 Jews.

1. Israel’s 21 members Security Council voted 14 to 7 in favor of uprooting all Jews from Gaza. This meant that 2/3rd of the Council was ignoring God’s word that Gaza belongs to Judah and 1/3 of the Council remained faithful to the promise.

2. Then when the Knesset voted, again 2/3 voted for the removal of their brethren from the land that God had given to Judah. Leaving a 1/3 minority that had faith in God’s word to them that Gaza belonged to Judah.

3. Now when the people of Israel were polled by Ha’aretz remarkably the people polled, favored the evacuating of their fellow Jews from the land of Judah now called Gaza by a 2 to 1 margin. Again indicating by a 2/3 majority that the people had lost faith in the promises of God.

This calls to my mind two scriptures, first:

Zechariah 13:8-9 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, (Israel) saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

And then, Deu: 19:15 the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

I cannot help but to ask myself, “Does this 2/3rd vote to uproot fellow Jews from Gaza stand as a witnesses against those in the land without faith?” It certainly is thought provoking! One thing is for certain, the fierce anger of the Lord and Gaza are linked together and Gaza may very well be the trigger that unleashes that anger.

Now hear this: It’s the end of August in 2005 and 8,000 homeless Jews in Israel are wondering where to find housing. They are homeless because Israel met the demands of American leadership to give up the Gaza Strip.

On August 29th of that same year, America was hit by the worst natural disaster to have ever occurred in the United States of America, exceeding all previous disaster ratings. New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Katrina, leaving 500,000 people homeless in America.

It appears to this ministry that the signature of God was all over this disaster. Why, you may ask? Well, according to Rabbi Menachem Kohen in his book, Prophecies for the Era of Muslim Terror/A Torah Perspective on World Events, the exact same percentage of people were homeless in Israel based on per-capita as there was in the US base on per-capita. Rabbi Kohen states, “The exact percentage – this cannot be a random occurrence”. I agree.

For further information on the relationship between the disasters in America and the peace negotiations with Israel to divide the land, let me recommend the following books.
Eye to Eye, by William Koenig
Prophecies for the Era of Muslim Terror, by Rabbi Kohen
The Israel Omen, and The Israel Omen II, by David Brennan







     "Blow you the trumpet in Zion,


and sound an alarm in my holy mountain:


  let all the inhabitants of the land tremble:


       for the day of the LORD comes,


         for it is near at hand" Joel 2:1




      Moving on with the rest of the prophecy:
...and Ashkelon a desolation:

The Ancient City of Ashkelon and the New City of Ashkelon in the Background

Ashkelon was the oldest and largest seaport in ancient Canaan. Ashkelon became one of the five Philistine cities that were constantly warring with the Israelites and the kingdom of Judah.

They shall drive out Ashdod at noon day...


A better translation would be, “they shall be driven out of Ashdod at noon day.” Being driven out at noon day is an idiom for “driven out suddenly.” The ancient city of Ashdod lays just south of the modern city of Ashdod in an excavated tell. The ancient city was one of the five Philistine cities. It was in Ashdod that the captured Arc of the Covenant was brought into the temple of Dagon, and God smote the Philistines with boils.

The city was conquered and destroyed many times. During the Arab and Israeli War of 1948 the inhabitants of Ashdod also known in Arabic as Isdud were driven out. The Egyptian forces retreated and most of the inhabitants of Ashdod left and those few remaining were driven out by the Israeli military. Will there be further fulfillment of this prophetic word at the end of days? Hopefully the prophecy has been totally fulfilled.

Modern Ashdod was re-established in 1956 and was incorporated after the six day war in 1968. It is the sixth largest city in Israel and boasts of over 240,000 people. The port of Ashdod is the country’s largest and most important port in Israel, carrying about 60% of cargoes.

Ekron shall be uprooted...Ekron, the city of Satan worship, still lies in ruin to this day just as predicted. The city was originally given to the tribe of Dan and then to Judah, but was conquered by the Philistines becoming the most Northern of the five Philistine cities. The captured Ark of the Covenant was brought first to Ashdod and then to Ekron. Baal-zebub was the worshipped deity of Ekron, from whom King Ahaziah sought counsel. Along with Zephaniah, the Hebrew prophets Amos, Zechariah, and Jeremiah prophesied its doom.

The relatively recent excavations in the temple complex at Tel Miqne in 1996 have uncovered a significant artifact, the inscription identifying the 7th century king of Ekron and securing the location of the city. The city of Ekron is mentioned in the Book of Joshua but the exact location of the city remained a mystery until the 1996 discovery, which places it 22 miles southwest of Jerusalem.

                 The Ancient City of Ekron

The Hebrew word for uprooted is עקר (aqar). One of the many meanings for the word is to dig up. Let me suggest to you that since this prophecy deals with the end times, to consider with me the possibility that the scriptures are indicating that the city of Ekron will be dug up or excavated before the day of the Lord’s fierce anger. Perhaps this is another sign that the “day of the Lord,” is very near. With so many signs upon us we cannot deny that these are indeed the “end times.”

Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.

Here is a warning to the inhabitants of the Gaza strip that refuse to turn to the Lord God of Israel. The Lord calls them the nation of the Cherethites. The bible dictionary says that the Cherethites were a clan of the Philistines. In Strong’s concordance, the Hebrew word is כרתי (krethiy) and the first definition is executioners, so since nation is the word goy, meaning unbelieving Gentile, the Lord is calling the inhabitants of Gaza “unbelieving executioners.”

According to this prophecy His intent is to destroy them leaving no inhabitants. This is yet to be fulfilled before the Gaza strip is returned to Israel as part of Judah’s inheritance. Moving on we find the promise.
Zep 2:6-7 And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.  And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for the LORD their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.


Once again the remnant of Judah will occupy the Gaza strip. The houses in Ashkelon will be safe and secure. The people will lie down in the evening without the fear of rockets being blasted toward them from Gaza.
The World pressures and negotiates with Israel for a “Two State” solution for peace in the Middle East. At best, should peace come to Israel, it would be short lived. The Lord, however, has a peace plan in place for Judah and Jerusalem and a plan for those that divide His land, His plan is the one that will prevail and cannot be negotiated.


Joel, Chapter 3
Yes, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and take them to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. I will enter into judgment with them there because of My people, My inheritance Israel. The nations have scattered the Israelites in foreign countries and divided up My land.  They cast lots for

My people; they bartered a boy for a prostitute and sold a girl for wine to drink.
  And also: Tyre, Sidon, and all the territories of Philistia--what are you to Me? Are you paying Me back or trying to get even with Me? I will quickly bring retribution on your heads.

For you took My silver and gold and carried My finest treasures to your temples.

You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks to remove them far from their own territory. Look, I am about to rouse them up from the place where you sold them; I will bring retribution on your heads.  I will sell your sons and daughters into the hands of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a distant nation, for the LORD has spoken.

Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for holy war; rouse the warriors; let all the men of war advance and attack!  Beat your plows into swords and your pruning knives into spears. Let even the weakling say, "I am a warrior."  Come quickly, all you surrounding nations; gather yourselves. Bring down Your warriors there, LORD.  Let the nations be roused and come to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit down to judge all the surrounding nations.

Swing the sickle because the harvest is ripe. Come and trample the grapes because the winepress is full; the wine vats overflow because the wickedness of the nations is great.
  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the Day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.  The sun and moon will grow dark, and the stars will cease their shining.

The LORD will roar from Zion and raise His voice from Jerusalem; heaven and earth will shake. But the LORD will be a refuge for His people, a stronghold for the Israelites.  Then you will know that I am Yahweh your God, who dwells in Zion, My holy mountain. Jerusalem will be holy, and foreigners will never overrun it again.

In that day the mountains will drip with sweet wine, and the hills will flow with milk. All the streams of Judah will flow with water, and a spring will issue from the LORD's house, watering the Valley of Acacias.

Egypt will become desolate, and Edom a desert wasteland, because of the violence done to the people of Judah in whose land they shed innocent blood.
But Judah will be inhabited forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.  I will pardon their bloodguilt, which I have not pardoned, for the LORD dwells in Zion.












Pray for America!


I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men;


For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peacable life in all godliness and honesty.


For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.


Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.


For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (Yeshua)


1 Timothy 2:1-5




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