Peace

Israel and the NZ earthquakes

kerry-and-keyIn November 2016 the US Secretary of State John Kerry sneaked into New Zealand to meet prime minister John Key and Trade minister Murray McCully.  We were surprised at the timing because it was election day in the US. 

I covered it in a shaken nation.

We now know what the meeting was for. It involved Israel … and the TWO State Solution.  They met on the 13th November to discuss “particularly matters currently before the United Nations Security Council, including the Syria crisis.”

And what was currently before the United Nations Security Council?  Israel.

The Two State Solution

Here’s what led to the meeting.  There have been seven decades of failed peace talks between the ‘Palestinians’ and Israel.  US Secretary of State John Kerry led the most recent attempt at brokering a final peace agreement.  Those talks broke down in 2014, and then NZ successfully bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.

In 2015 the NZ government immediately started to pressure Israel to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, by using its position on the UN Security Council.  It led to Israel sending a blunt message to the NZ government not to try to restart the peace talks.

The day of the meeting on 13th November had barely ended, when at two minutes after midnight on the 14th November 2016 NZ was struck by the massive 7.8 earthquakes. This time there was damage in Wellington, and Kaikoura was devastated.

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The number two figured prominently in this earthquake.  Two huge earthquakes happened simultaneously, involving two different plates, at two minutes after midnight, that lasted two minutes, with two people dead, affecting two islands (the North and South Island), and to top if off the land underwent a two-metre shift south of Marlborough.
I have covered this more on my other blog: The trap in the ground, and the trumpet in the sky.

In the Meaning of Numbers in the Bible, the number two conveys the meaning of a union, division or the verification of facts by witnesses.

After the earthquake, NZ put forward a motion in the UN Security Council on the 23rd of December 2016.  (You’d think we’d have better things to worry about.)  It criticized Israel’s settlement in East Jerusalem, commonly referred to as the West Bank.  That meeting led to the Paris peace conference three weeks later on the 15th January 2017, a shameful Two State Solution hammered out in Paris without agreement from Israel.

“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”  Amos 3:3

This cartoon shows what I think of complicit little NZ’s actions.  I hope Israel and God will forgive this foolishness.

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The sign of “Peace and Security”

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“At the heart of this whole debate is whether we will see a future in which two states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace and security” the Zealand Herald reported on 12 January 2017.  Source: Opinion: Resolution 2334 – Preserving the two-state solution. 

Did you know the term “peace and security” was given as a sign before the Lord’s sudden return?  “Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.  1 Thessalonians 5


Links

Israel sends a blunt message to New Zealand: Don’t try to renew peace talks

Israeli ambassador to New Zealand recalled after UN security resolution

A mystery from World War 1

poppyThis is a story about two soldiers from the Western Front in World War 1, who met each other in no man’s land.  Its as true as I can get it, for its a puzzle with broken pieces, and much remains a mystery. 

No man’s land can also be a place in the soul, for some things never get talked about.   While on a visit to my Great Grandmother in Gisborne (NZ), I asked her to tell me about her family, but she wouldn’t.  There was too much loss. “Don’t go there” was the silent message.  No man’s land.   So while I poked around in her shed, looking at stuff in boxes for my family history, I found somebody else’s.  It was an Soldier's paper given to David Walshextraordinary find, a paper thin army document from World War 1, belonging to a German soldier called Emil.

Folded within Emil’s paper was a scripture bearing a picture of Jesus and Lazarus, with verses in German. I was baffled. How on earth did it get there? Who was he?  My Great Grandmother had an Irish father and a Scots mother, so Emil couldn’t have been a German cousin. I could see the papers were from World War 1. I knew Great Nana’s brother David had died in that war.  The old photo that hung in the passage of her house depicted him as a young soldier with a solemn expression, as he stood next to his gun. Had he shot this German soldier? It was another thing I could not talk about with Great Nana. I stared at the papers I held in my hand, and debated whether to ask her about it.

Eventually I decided not to, but instead of sliding the papers back into the box I carefully folded them into my pocket. I felt the papers were too important to leave in the bicycle shed. Its just as well I did because some kids set fire to her shed not long after that. I never did Walsh-David-James-World-War-I-1914-1918-16333-617771bring the subject up with Great Nana. Instead I put the papers in a stamp tin, and kept them for years.

Ypres was the place where David died, in World War 1 it was a cruel place of mud, blood, bullets, chlorine and mustard gas. The only time the guns went quiet was in the Christmas truce of 1914 and 1915.  Perhaps it was there that Emil Ospin Binthur and David Walsh met, smiling and and exchanging handshakes, not bullets.

This morning, our friend Thomas who hails from Germany helped us translate Emil’s paper and the scripture card, no easy task as the letters are printed in old German. Thomas spotted 1969 on the bottom of the card and said it was made for Easter, to commemorate a battle of 1917. The card was printed by Max Hirmer of Munich. This leads to more questions and detective work for us.

The scripture card translates “I have come back from life for living”; John 11:25  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;”

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 Translation:  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” John 6:51

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28

Perfect Repentance.  O mein Gott! Alle mein sünden meines ganzen lebens find mir leid und reuen mich von herzen, weil ich dich, das höchste gut beleidigt und deine gerechte strafe verdient habe. O Gott, …. mir gnadig und barmherzig! Amen

Oh my God! All my sins my whole life find sorry and repent of my heart, because I love you, insulted the highest good and your appropriate penalty deserves punishment. O God, be gracious to me! Amen

If anyone reading this knows the family of the solder Emil, we think his name is Emil Ospin Binftuz, or Binftur, or Binthur, I would like to find them.  Please get in touch with me. I would welcome any information you can provide about these papers.