Gaza Attack, James Malm, and No Peace



The following was in the news this morning:

Israel launches air strikes on Gaza, 155 dead

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli warplanes retaliating for rocket fire from the Gaza Strip pounded dozens of security compounds across the Hamas-ruled territory in unprecedented waves of airstrikes Saturday, killing at least 155 and wounding more than 310 in the single bloodiest day of fighting in recent memory.

Hamas said all of its security installations were hit and responded with several medium-range Grad rockets at Israel, reaching deeper than in the past. One Israeli was killed and at least four people were wounded.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said “the operation will last as long as necessary,” but it was not clear if it would be coupled with a ground offensive. Asked if Hamas political leaders might be targeted next, military spokeswoman Maj. Avital Leibovich said, “Any Hamas target is a target.”

The strikes caused widespread panic and confusion in Gaza, as black clouds of smoke rose above the territory, ruled by Hamas for the past 18 months. Some of the Israeli missiles struck in densely populated areas as children were leaving school, and women rushed into the streets frantically looking for their children. Most of those killed were security men, but civilians were among the dead…

Israeli leaders approved military action against Gaza earlier in the week.

Past limited ground incursions and air strikes have not halted rocket barrages from Gaza.

But with 200 mortars and rockets raining down on Israel since the truce expired a week ago, and 3,000 since the beginning of the year, according to the military’s count, pressure had been mounting in Israel for the military to crush the gunmen.

James Malm also sent the following to me this morning:

I do admit to having been somewhat premature concerning the timing of these matters, I still stand on my position that this war will result in ultimate victory over extremism and the achievement of a semblance of Peace and Safety (security) 1 Thes 5:3, over the next few months.  I was correct on the basic facts, just very slightly off on the timing.

While I agree that he has been wrong on his timing (James Malm Admits Error, But Provides Another Wrong Date), he is also wrong about how he interprets 1 Thessalonians 5:3, which states:

3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape (1 Thessalonians 5:3).

The current Gaza incursion is not the ultimate fulfillment of the “No peace” warning.  It is yet future.

James Malm previously reported the following:

2 May 2007

It is obvious,  that for years now,  the United States has been working to establish a New Order in the Middle East.  Persuant to this goal,  they are determined to change the regime in Iran.  At the same time,  the tensions between Israel and her Palestinian, Iranian and Syrian adversaries are escalating rapidly.  In the event that conflict does break out,  the US can quickly bring Iran to it’s knees by a heavy bombing campaign against the Revolutionary Guards and an occupation of Khuzestan Province.  Meanwhile, Syria and the Palestinian militias are no match for Israel.  Regardless of how events work out,  it is apparent that victory for the Judeo American forces is a virtual certainty.  Finally bringing an END to ISLAMIC EXTREMISM and the dream of PAN ISLAM.

Such a victory would damage and isolate the Palestinian and Iraqi militias,  forcing them to seek an accommodation with their enemies.  Thus allowing the United States and Israel to declare that PEACE AND SECURITY had been achieved Dan 8:25 and 1 Thes 5:3.  IF these events begin to occur, we should expect that SON OF PERDITION 2 Thes 2:4-12 to quickly be revealed.  He will,  as the counterfeit lamb,  call for a new order in Europe. Proclaiming that they should make an IMAGE (LIKENESS,  REPLICA) of the Roman system Rev 13:11-18.

IF a peace agreement were to be enforced by large numbers of peacekeepers from this new system in Europe,  the potential for a confrontation between the ANGLO AMERICAN JUDEO EGYPTIAN coalition (THE KING OF THE SOUTH, please see our page by that title) and the rising HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE would be significant.

It is written that ISRAEL, JUDAH and EPHRAIM will fall together Hos 5:5 and that EGYPT will fall with them Dan 11:40-42.  It is also written that the reason for Judah’s fall will be God’s anger at them for trying to steal land,  moving border markers Hos 5:10.  And that they shall fall suddenly in a time of PEACE Dan 8:25 and 1 Thes 5:3.

The USA, its Anglo-Allies, and Judah fall BEFORE Egypt per Daniel 11:39 (see Who is the King of the North?) as a result of the deals in Daniel 11:27 and Psalm 83.  James Malm, PCG’s Gerald Flurry, and others who do not understand this are mistaken.

And while there may be times that people will feel safer than others, the deal that is likely the “No peace” fulfillment related to 1 Thessalonians 5:3 is NOT the current incursion by Israel into Gaza and some neutralizing of Iran, but the deal of Daniel 9:26-27.  yet, Daniel 9:26-27 is something that James Malm seems to think happened already as he wrote:

…the city (Jerusalem) was destroyed in circa 70 ad Dan 9:26-27.

Now, in an email I received from James Malm shortly after writing the above, he indicates that Daniel 9:26-27 is dual and he believes it has a future fulfillment.  And while that is good that he realizes it, since that deal has NOT been made, the Great Tribulation cannot begin for at least 3 1/2 years from then.

And as the Great Tribulation cannot begin now or in 2009 (see Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2009, 2010, or 2011?), those readers who are listening to prophetic interpretations of those outside of the Living Church of God are being misled now and will be misled in the future unless they change.  And according to various scripture, that change needs to be preferably soon.

Part of the purpose of being part of the organized Church according to the Apostle Paul is:

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ– 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But you have not so learned Christ (Ephesians 4:11-20).

Being independent (see Independent Members of the COG: Herbert W. Armstrong Comments, Plus Questions and Answers), not being focused on proclaiming the gospel (see Should the Church Still Try to Place its Top Priority on Proclaiming the Gospel or Did Herbert W. Armstrong Change that Priority for the Work?), and not accepting proper church governance (see Polycarp, Herbert W. Armstrong, and Roderick C. Meredith on Church Government) leads people to become misled.

Perhaps I should close with the following:

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:16-17).

While about 30% of the Bible is prophecy, many of the prophecies have to do with the fact that Jesus came to die for the sins of all of humankind and that God will offer salvation to all that ever lived (see Universal Offer of Salvation: There Are Hundreds of Verses in the Bible Supporting the Doctrine of True Apocatastasis).  This part of the prophetic message is emphasized by the Living Church of God, but often missed by those outside of our fellowship.

Those interested in more biblically-supported prophetic understandings may wish to read and study the following articles:

Why Prophecy? Because the World Will Not End Next Week Some question or downplay the role of prophecy. This article gives some of the biblical reasons what it is important and explains why the world cannot end for at least 3 1/2 years from now.
End of Mayan Calendar 2012–Might 2012 Mean Something? There is a Mayan calendar prediction for change in 2012. 2012 changes were also centuries ago predicted by the Hopi Native Americans (the Hindus may have some predictions for the next decade as well). Do these Mayan/Hindu/Hopi prophecies have any value? Why might Satan have inspired this date? Does the Dresden codex show destruction of the earth by flood? Can the great tribulation start before 2012?
Two Horned Beast of Revelation and 666 This article explains how the LCG views this, and compares this to Ellen White.
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about “the Beast”? What is ahead for Europe?
Persecutions by Church and State This article documents some that have occurred against those associated with the COGs and some prophesied to occur.
Why Be Concerned About False and Heretical Leaders? There have been many false leaders–here is some of why you should be concerned about them.
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, British, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first?
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? When does the Bible show that economic collapse will affect the United States?
Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? What does the Bible say?
Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End? Was a 6000 year time allowed for humans to rule followed by a literal thousand year reign of Christ on Earth taught by the early Christians? When does the six thousand years of human rule end?
Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2009, 2010, or 2011? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord?
Prophecy Obama: Prophecies of Barack Obama? Are there biblical and non-biblical prophecies about Barack Obama. Did Nostradamus predict Barack Obama dealing with the Antichrist? This is the longest and most detailed of the articles here related to prophecy and Barack Obama.
Universal Offer of Salvation: There Are Hundreds of Verses in the Bible Supporting the Doctrine of True Apocatastasis Do you believe what the Bible actually teaches on this? Will all good things be restored? Does God’s plan of salvation take rebellion and spiritual blindness into account?
Hope of Salvation: How the Living Church of God differ from most Protestants How the Living Church of God differs from mainstream/traditional Protestants, is perhaps the question I am asked most by those without a Church of God background.

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