And an update on the crisis in Libya.
By Joel C. Rosenberg
(Washington, D.C., March 18, 2011) -- We've just posted on The Joshua Fund website a new article I've written called, "Iran, Israel and the Threat of Annihilation: Modern Day Lessons From The Book of Esther."
It includes fascinating excerpts from a new interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by CNN's Piers Morgan on the Iranian nuclear threat and the savage killing by Islamic Radicals of an entire Jewish family in Israel while they slept. I hope you'll take a moment to read it.
NOTE: The holiday of "Purim" commemorating these events begins on Saturday evening. If you're a pastor or Bible teacher, would you consider preaching and teaching on the Book of Esther? If you're a father or mother, would you consider taking some time this weekend to take your children through the Book of Esther and help them understand God's love for the Jewish people and His heart for saving them when they prayed and fasted?
UPDATE ON LIBYA: After weeks of inaction by the U.S. and our allies, Egypt has become the first government to actually begin supplying arms to Libyan rebels -- including assault rifles and ammunition -- to fight against the evil and brutality of Col. Gaddafi's forces. Good for them.
In a rare development, the Arab League last week actually suspended Libya's membership in the organization, recognized the rebel faction as the legitimate government, called on the non-Arab world to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and take military measures to protect innocent Libyans being slaughtered by the forces of Gaddafi. Aside from Egypt, the Arab nations don't seem willing to take actual military action themselves. They want the non-Arab world to do it for them. But I give them credit for showing resolve they didn't show against Saddam Hussein, and haven't shown against the Iranian regime, at least on paper.
Now, with Gaddafi's forces gaining the upper hand, and his threats against innocent men, women and children growing more vicious by the day, and the Libyan people crying out for real help and not just words, the U.N. is finally moving, too. "The United Nations authorised military action to curb Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday, hours after he threatened to storm the rebel bastion of Benghazi overnight, showing 'no mercy, no pity,'" reports Reuters. "'It's over. The issue has been decided,' Gaddafi said. 'We are coming tonight....We will find you in your closets.'"
Let's be clear and consistent: the God of the Bible....