The Battle Is the Lord’s By Daymond Duck

Via Rapture Ready

The story of a young shepherd boy named David defeating a giant named Goliath is one of the most famous stories in the Bible (1Sam. 17:1-50).

Most scholars believe David was only about 17 years old when he volunteered to fight that strong, cocky, heavily armed 9 foot 9 inch tall champion Philistine warrior.

David was offended when he overheard the boisterous Goliath cursing the God of Israel. He was shocked to learn that everyone in the Israeli army was afraid to fight him.

He told King Saul, “The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine” (v. 37).

Saul wanted David to use the king’s personal armor and weapons, but the brave youngster didn’t want them. He took his shepherd’s staff, picked up his sling, went to a brook, selected five smooth stones, put them in his shepherd’s bag, and went to the mountains of Israel near the valley of Elah to fight the blaspheming Philistine.

“And the Philistine said to David, ‘Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.’ Then said David to the Philistine, ‘Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands’” (vv. 44-47).

Goliath moved toward David, but the youngster from Bethlehem didn’t back up. He took out a smooth stone, put it in his sling and started swinging it in a circle over his head. He ran toward Goliath and released the stone toward his head.

Some authorities estimate that the stone struck Goliath with the force of a 45-caliber bullet. It sunk deep into his skull and the mighty man fell forward on his face.

David gathered Goliath’s weapons, beheaded him and stood upon his body. The other Philistines started running and they were killed by the Israeli army. Their bodies became food for the fowls of the air and the beasts of   the field.

For thousands of years, people have known that there is a God in Israel. But He didn’t save Israel with a sword and spear. No! He used a young shepherd boy and a weapon that people call “David’s sling.”

Today, a new giant (Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and others) is gathering on the mountains of Israel near her border with Syria. Goliath was armed with a sword, a spear and a shield. This new giant is armed with rockets, missiles and a shield called the Russian air force. Continue

Vatican accord with Palestine comes into effect

Pope Francis embraces Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the end of the ceremony for the canonisation of four nuns at Saint Peter's square in the Vatican City
Pope Francis (R) embraces Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the end of the ceremony for the canonisation of four nuns at Saint Peter’s square in the Vatican City, May 17, 2015. KREUTERS/Tony Gentil

MILAN (Reuters) – An agreement signed last year making the Vatican’s de facto recognition of Palestine in 2012 official has come into effect, the Holy See said on Saturday.

The Vatican signed its first treaty with the “State of Palestine” last June when it called for moves to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and backed a two-state solution. CONTINUE