A Wonderful And Awful Clarity… Israel’s Future pt 9

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war… And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.(Revelation 19:11,19)

One of the beautiful things about living in these turbulent last days, is the wonderful clarity that current events reveal. Evil at the highest levels has usually tried to hide behind a facade of benevolence if not righteousness, at least in the formerly Judeo Christian Western world.

Thus western politicians in the past have pretended to be Christians , or virtuous, or at least to respect the Holy, good and true.  They have always justified themselves and their actions as being “for the people”, or for “the children”, or on behalf of some oppressed  group, “women or minorities”.

But here in Revelation 19, we see with remarkable clarity, that the “Kings of the Earth” and their armies, though seemingly siding with the good and true, step out of the shadows and openly side with “the Beast” . They range themselves directly against the Lamb of God. This is what most have been doing all along but in the end all pretense is dropped and we finally see who is who!

This expression “Kings of the Earth and their Rulers” goes far beyond the political or government leaders. Educators, Intellectuals, Pundits , Entertainers also and other media and cultural opinion makers also usually take pains to give the appearance of being conscientious and compassionate, ever on the side of the underdog and interested in truth.

But recent events, particularly in the Gaza of Israel have polarized the world, bringing out into the open the true nature of many of these celebrity “do gooders”.

In both the war in Gaza and in the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant(ISIL), Evil is now on full display, and thanks to modern technology, the whole world is an unavoidable witness to it. No one can deny that they know what is going on, and not even the carefully crafted propaganda which once fooled so many masses of people, can cover up the current expose of full frontal EVIL in all of its naked deformity.

There is first of all,  the spectacle of  the Hamas controlled State of Gaza, raining thousands of Rockets indiscriminately upon the cities and towns of Israel for years, and hiding behind its own women and children, using them as human shields to prevent the counter attacks of the Jewish military. The fact that this reprehensible tactic even works is testament to the compassion of Israel even for the children of her enemies.

Terrorists are transported to battle in ambulances, rocket firings are staged from hospitals, schools and residential areas. Israel actually warns those in areas she intends to bomb, giving civilians a chance to flee. There are numerous reports coming out that Hamas is holding Gazans captive, using their own population as human shields..

Can there be any clearer contrast?

On the one hand, the State of Israel waging war humanely, even towards avowed enemies, than treating the wounded and maimed in hastily constructed field hospitals not far from the front. Pleading daily with the civilian Arab (hostage) population to flee from the war zone lest they be hurt.

On the other hand the world sees Hamas shelling and rocketing cities of Israel with impunity, then playing the victim when Israel responds. It doesn’t take a genius to see that there isn’t even a shred of moral equivalency. Clearly Israel is on the side of civilization and Hamas sides with savagery.

But the streets of formerly civilized places such as Rome, Paris,London, and Chicago are filling up with ever growing crowds of protestors. These are angry, anti-Semitic crowds, menacing onlookers, assaulting any one who looks Jewish, and calling for the extermination of Israel, death to the west and solidarity with the Palestinians!

Yes, thats right, millions around the world, are lining up to show their unqualified support for a people who literally shoot from behind their own children, Kidnap and murder other people’s children and then pass out sweets and celebrate when such acts of appalling degeneracy are committed.

This is  as surreal as the time Yasser Arafat, the father of modern, ruthless, terrorism and mayhem…recieved the Nobel prize for peace! So many “do gooders” began wearing the Palestinian Kafeyah in solidarity with the blood thirsty, perverted monster. It became a sign of what? Chic-ness? Being part of the avant garde?

In a similar fashion many young people sport t-shirts with a romantic picture of Che Guevarro, the cowardly executioner and mass murderering Communist.

Some of these recent demonstrations ominously include marchers carrying the black flag of ISIL, the Sunni Terror army, bulked up and steroided with Western armaments and training. One of ISIS’s recently released leaders , told his former US military jailer,”I will see you in New York”.

Does it not bother the ‘enlightened’ western throngs that they are marching in solidarity with people recently known for and even boasting of capturing little children, beheading some of them, sawing others in half, and marrying away little girls as young as 9 to hardened and depraved sub human Jihadis, as prizes of war?

Not even the most ‘progressive’ liberal westerner can evade the raw ugliness of the evil on display these days. There are ISIS propaganda pictures of the lines of captured Iraqi soldiers, marching in bent submission, being kicked and beaten by their ISIS captors, then lined up and shot.

ISIS has also released self congratulating pictures of captured Christian women  under the gunpoint and glare of  Burqaed ISIS women, and covered by other ‘brave Islamic warriors’ holding assault rifles on the defenseless women  as they are led away in a line, tied together by the hand, off to be sold into sexual slavery and unimaginable horrors.

This is Islam and these are the real Muslims. ISlam, thy name is EVIL!!!

This should be simple for anyone with a functioning human conscience; Christianity is believing in and acting like Jesus. Islam is believing in and acting like Mohammed. These are the ones who are acting like Mohammed. How could any civilized person stand in solidarity of any kind with them?

This has to be a demonstration of spiritual blindness. Certainly moral blindness comes into play here. Could this moral confusion be the judgment that has come upon us for abortion? Or for trying to maintain the morally dissonant acceptance of gay marriage? Has the world become reprobate and no longer can distinguish right from wrong?

MSNBC, CNN, Fox, the BBC, ABC, and CBS, all so called champions of womens rights and political correctness, and who eagerly repeated the left’s charge recently that the conservatives are waging a “war on women” because we aren’t willing to be forced to pay for any harlot’s birth control, have little or nothing to say about this real “War on women”.

My friend and brother Mark in South Africa posted this lament of the lopsided media coverage of the war in Gaza, by a member of the media in the UK,

Western TV screens never show Hamas – not a gunman, or a rocket launched at Tel Aviv, not a fighter shelling a nearby kibbutz. In these past few weeks, it has seemed as if Israel’s F-16s and Merkava tanks and 155mm artillery have been fighting only wailing mothers, mangled children, run-down concrete slums.”
Benny Morris – The Telegraph.

Do we not live in the day of the Lie? This is (seemingly) their hour and the power of darkness.

But the true and Living God sees and is taking names.

The clarity I speak of is remarkable, it is almost as though the time for pretence is over and multitudes are openly siding with evil and showing utter hatred and contempt for good.

Perhaps we have come to the day that Jesus warned us of…

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.(Luke 21:34-36)

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The Two Objects Of The Dragon’s Fury… Israel’s future pt 8

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.(Revelation 12:15-17)

The apostle John was given several visions which constitute the Revelation. In the vision of Revelation 12, we are given a Divine perspective of the mystery of anti-Semitism. This is the  Divine answer to the real historical events of Genesis 3.

Israel is a woman, clothed with the Sun, standing on the Moon and crowned with 12 stars. She is in agony of child-birth, for she has been chosen by God to bring into the earth the man-child, that is, the Messiah.

Satan is a Dragon. Originally, in Genesis Satan was a serpent, but by the time of this vision, He has become a Dragon, invested with all worldly power(Political, juridical,  Military, economic…). These are the Heads, Horns and crowns of the Dragon.

The Dragon seeks to thwart the birth of the man-child, (Who is the “seed of the woman”). Furthermore the Dragon could not prevent the completion of mission of the man-child..

The Man-Child is born, accomplishes His mission and is ascended to Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Most High God. The Dragon has been proven to be impotent, he cannot prevent the man-child from accomplishing the salvation of the world, even though virtually all worldly power has been handed over to him.

But since he cannot get at the man-child, the Dragon turns on the woman and her seed, as Genesis predicted He would.

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.(Genesis 3:15)

Who are the “seed of the Woman”? The Prophecy in Genesis 3 indicates a two-fold answer to this question; The ‘seed of the woman’ who would eventually crush the serpent’s head, but at cost to himself, is none other than the Messiah, the Lord Jesus. By his death on the cross,

… he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.(Hebrews 2:14-15)

The same scripture also indicates a corporate “Seed”, which would ever be at enmity with a corporate “seed of the serpent”. Jesus and John the Baptist, for example warned the God defying “brood of vipers” of the coming wrath, calling upon them to repent.

Who are these “Seed of the woman” and “seed of the serpent”?  Are they of a natural or are they of a spiritual affinity ? In the case of the woman, the natural seed of the woman are the Jewish people, chosen by God to be witnesses to the world.

Spiritually, the seed of the woman are all of those down through time who would stand with Adam and Eve on the ground of the promise, and who would patiently wait for the Lord to descend from heaven to save them and to undo the work of the serpent. They admit that they are helpless sinners in need of a God sent saviour.

They are those who humbly acknowledge that sin requires death, and yet they rely on the God appointed substitute. The seeds of the woman are pilgrims, who will have to endure persecution in view of the eternal prize, all the while expecting the final triumph of the Redeemer.

In other words, the seed of the woman are Jews and True Christians. The Dragon and his seed utterly hate real Christians and Jews.

The seeds of the serpent refuse to acknowledge God, nor thank Him, much less admit their own helpless condition, nor the need to be saved by the God appointed substitute, Jesus Christ. Proudly they deny the need for salvation.

They always take the side of the serpent in the issues of their day, whether they actually believe in the Devil or not. Jesus rebuked Peter , saying he was like Satan, because he “savored the things which be of men and not of God”. Satan is a humanist, not a Satanist, he savours the things that “be of men”, ie human autonomy, pride, independence from God.

The seed of the serpent alternate between the denial of God’s existence, or complaint about the concept of a “merciful God” in view of the perceived injustice of the world. They don’t hesitate to defy God’s revealed will, for they allow themselves no reverence for him.

They actually believe the serpent’s lie, considering themselves, or man in general to be “as gods”, able to define for himself right and wrong, good or evil, beauty and meaning, with no reference to the real God.

These are the God resisting “brood of vipers” that John the Baptist railed against, the children of their (true) father, the devil, and who never fail to take the stand of their father, against the Most High.*

The world is rapidly being sharply polarized around two issues; the hatred and persecution of the Jews, and the hatred and persecution of Christians.

Who did the Ancient Romans refuse to tolerate, after they were thrown out of the Synagogues? The Christians. Who do Muslims hate and fear the most? Jews and Christians? WHo did the Roman Catholic Popes belittle, grind down and even exterminate at times? True Christians and Jews. When Atheists came to power in Europe through Fascism and in Russia through Marxism, and in China through Communism, who did they persecute with the most fervor? Christians and Jews.

Who is forbidden so much as a presence on the entire Arabian peninsula? Jews and any expression of the Body of the Messiah. Who is ISIS ruthlessly seeking to slaughter, rape and plunder now that there is enough tolerance of such savagery among the leaders of the West? Jews and Christians. This is the Dragon unleashed.

Do you think CNN, Fox news, MSNBC, ABC, The BBC, or any other western “news” outlet would give as much coverage of Muslim atrocities as they do feigned Jewish atrocities? Would the coverage be the same if ISIS were a group of misguided christian in name only neo crusaders? The Whole World Lies in The Power of the wicked One!

The Dragon has always hated the woman and her seed…“those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”. 

Get ready for an even greater “flood” to come out of the Dragon’s mouth. Words, propaganda, incitement to hatred and outrage is going to be leveled at Jews and Christians which would make Goebbels blush with pride and admiration.

Current events are revealing the true nature of everyone who is either a witness to them or is involved in them.

How could anyone stand up in defense of Islam, the religion of rape and murder, on display for all of the world to see? Yet millions do, demonstrating their moral blindness, deafness and inability to judge, as they take their stand with Islam, even in the face of blatant depravity, such as HAMAS hiding behind children, ambulances and hospitals, knowing the Jews to be too humane to knowingly destroy such things.

Yet millions around the World fill the streets of Paris, Berlin, Cairo, and other major cities, demonstrating against the Jewish state!

The Serpent is aroused, knowing his time is short, and he is wroth wroth the woman and her seed. So also are all of those under the thrall of the serpent, and on the way to a fiery judgment.

 

* I am very indebted to a book by Erich Sauer called The Dawn of World redemption, particularly for my understanding and description of the nature of the “two seeds”.

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Anti Semitism is Satanic…Israel’s Future pt 7

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.  And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.( Revelation 12:1-3)

We return to the vision of John the apostle, in Revelation 12, which explains the spiritual reality behind the phenomenon of anti-Semitism. The woman is Israel. As in Joseph’s dream, she is clothed in the Sun, and with the moon, and crowned with twelve stars.

She has labored and travailed, bringing forth the Messiah, and the written scripture, and maintained the true worship over centuries, enduring the reproach of humanity in the process.

The Dragon, is “that serpent of old…”, the Devil. Note that He is crowned with seven crowns and has seven heads and ten horns. It is enough at this point to note that this description of the Devil tells us that all of the worldly power, political and military are at his disposal. John tells us in his first epistle, “The whole World lies in the (power of) the wicked One”.

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.(Revelation 12:4-5)

The Dragon stood before the pregnant woman waiting to devour the coming man-child, destined to rule the world.  But the Dragon was unable to do so.Having failed to devour Christ, the man-child, resulted in the Dragon being thrown out of heaven, to the earth in great wrath.

The Devil knows His time is short, and that if He is going to evade judgment, He must destroy the ones God has promised to preserve, Israel and the church, “the Woman and the remnant of her seed”. This is the meaning of the rising tide of anti-Semitism and the concentrated attempt to isolate and destroy the fledgling state of Israel.

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.(Revelation 12:12-13)

For Jews, France and Germany have begun to resemble 1938, and thanks to the waves of Islamic immigration, much of the formerly sympathetic Judeo Christian world is awash with anti Israel demonstrations. Every University campus in the western world now has anti-Israel agitation clubs, and even in the evangelical churches there are those who are teaching the heresy of the disenfranchisement of Israel.

We are  beginning to see and hear the flood of words, Media propaganda, coming out of the serpent’s mouth, accusing the woman, stirring up hatred and resentment even among once fair-minded people, all in an attempt to destroy the woman.

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.(Rev 12:15)

Satan is wroth with Israel, and with ‘the remnant of her seed‘ , ie the church. The Muslims proclaim, “First we will annihilate the Saturday people, and then we will destroy the Sunday people”. Satan’s arch apostle, Mohamed, declared in one of the Hadiths, that “The last day will not come until we have wiped out the Jews. On that day if a JEw hides behind a Rock, even the rocks will cry out, ‘here is a Jew hiding, servant of Allah, come and Kill Him! ‘ “.

The world is also headed for a Christian persecution madness. The neo Pagans who have now taken the reins of power in the once Judeo Christian West have no place in their ‘brave new world’, their perverted, godless, humanistic Utopia, for those who insist that there is only one true faith, and that sin is evil, and that all men must appear at the throne of God’s judgment.

And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.(Revelation 12:17)

 

 

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The Spirit Behind AntiSemitism…Israel’s Future pt 6

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.(Revelation 12:1-5)

In a recent article we began an exploration of the mystery of the near universal hatred and antipathy towards the Jews. We examined possible human reason why people seem to have hated, blamed and suspected the Jews of much evil.

Such causes as envy at the successes of Jewish people, and badly misreading scripture, or the fact that God exiled the Jews and caused them to be perpetual strangers in the diaspora over the centuries, all factor in, no doubt. Also the fact that even in their estrangement from God and temporary exile, the Jews are yet a witness to the reality of the God of the Bible would be a reason why those who hate God would hate the Jews.

But there is a virulent, irrational aspect to anti-Semitism which points to even deeper, darker causes than these. I believe tat the vision the Apostle John had in Revelation 12 is a spiritual explanation for Anti Semitism.

There is a correspondence between the Sacred books of Genesis and the Revelation. As it was in the beginning, so shall it be at the end, for there is continuity in the Divine Revelation.

Genesis three features a woman, in a garden of delight, being tempted by a serpent. By the time we come to Revelation 12, the woman is in labor, with child, and the serpent has become a multi-headed, multi crowned Dragon! There is a man in the garden also, He was called to rule the world. In the vision of John, there is now a man-child, destined to rule all nations.

Who is the woman? We know who the woman is in Genesis, she is Eve, the mother of us all. But who is the woman in Revelation? She is clothed with the Sun, with the moon under her feet and has a crown of 12 Stars.

When I was a Roman Catholic, I used to think the woman was the Virgin Mary. Our little church even featured a statue of Mary, standing on the globe, crushing the serpent underneath her feet. She had a crown of 12 Stars.

Of course this was a blasphemous misinterpretation of the original gospel in Genesis 3:15, the promise of the “Seed of the woman” who would himself crush the serpent’s head , but would bruise his own heel. Mary, the mother of Jesus, didn’t crush the serpent’s head, for she confessed that she too was a sinner in need of salvation.

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.(Genesis 3:15)

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name”.(Luke 1:46-49)

The European Union, a new political entity heavily influenced by Roman Catholicism, has chosen as its flag the 12 Stars in a circle, the so-called “Crown of Mary”.

But the woman in the vision is not Mary. Then who is she?

Let us interpret scripture with other scripture, Revelation with Genesis in this case.The identity of this vision is revealed in the story of Joseph and his dreams.

“And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?”(Genesis 37:9-10)

The twelve stars are the sons of Israel, and the Sun and the Moon are Jacob and Leah. Thus the Woman in the vision is Israel.

What does the part mean about Israel laboring in birth? The chosen nation has ever been in labor, for beyond the reception and custody of the written Word of God, and the maintenance of a Holy nation of Priests and Kings, and the sole witness to the true God in a pagan world, Israel’s great task was to be the vessel through whom the Messiah, ‘the seed of the woman’ should come into the world to save us from our sins.

Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail. Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.(Micah 4:9-10)

All of the above, though being Divine privileges, have involved a lot of pain, endurance and hatred from the world which “lies in the power of the wicked One”.

The Red Dragon? The very text tells us who that is…

…that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.(Revelation 12:9)

The Dragon waited for the woman to give birth, that He might devour the man-child, ‘the seed of the woman who would one day crush the serpent’s head’. The ‘man-child’ is Jesus of Nazareth, “Born of a woman, and born under the law“.

From the time of the announcement in the garden of Eden, of the coming ‘man-child’, all through the calling and election of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob, and on into the history of the twelve tribes of Israel, the serpent has ever sought to destroy the ‘seed’, before He could rise up to rule and crush the Devil’s head.

This is why Pharoah took Abraham’s wife, and Isaac’s wife, and tried to obliterate the children of Israel, tempting them to commit fornication with idolaters, , trying to wipe out the grandchildren of David through Athaliah, or to get the Jews to intermarry with Pagans in the days of Nehemiah.

Behind all of these incidents was the Serpent seeking to devour the seed! Thus, as we will elaborate in our next article, Anti-Semitism is Satanic! Everywhere antisemitism is promoted, you are hearing the hiss of the serpent.

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Tish B’Av …Israel’s National Day Of Sorrow

(Tish B’Av, the ninth of the Hebrew month of Av comes this year between August 4-5. I am republishing an earlier article for this occassion. Keep looking up everybody!)

How hath the LORD covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger!

The LORD hath swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied: he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter of Judah; he hath brought them down to the ground: he hath polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof.

He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about.

He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire.

The LORD was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation. (Lamentations 2:1-5)

Tuesday, August 9th, is Tish B’Av (the ninth of the month of Av) in the Jewish calendar. The day is marked by fasting, mourning and solemn prayers by pious Jews around the world, in commemoration of both the Babylonian destruction of the Temple, in 586 BC, and the Roman destruction of the Temple on the same calendar day in 70 AD.

Not only had those two horrors occurred on that day, but there have been many,many other incredibly horribly occurrences which concern the Jewish people,on this same calendar day through history.

Incredibly , it was on the ninth of Av that;

* The Sages tell us that the 10 Spies discouraged Israel from occupying the Land God gave them, resulting in the forty years wandering in the wilderness.

* 586 BC, Nebuchadnezzar fulfilled the prediction of Jeremiah, destroying the Temple in Jerusalem, killing one hundred thousand Jews, and carrying hundreds of thousands of others off, into Babylonian captivity.

* 70 AD, Titus fulfilled the predictions of Jesus, surrounding the city of Jerusalem, imposing a siege and finally on the day of TishB’Av, destroying the Temple, not leaving One stone upon another.

Two and a half million Jews were killed in this war, by famine, disease, infighting and One million Jews were killed in that war, much of the nation was exiled, and 100,000 Jews sold to Roman slave markets.

* On 132 AD, Tish B’Av, the Bar Cochba revolt was crushed, killing over 100,000 Jews.

* 133 AD, Turnus Rufus plows site of the Temple. The Romans then built on the Holy Site the pagan city of Aelia Capitolina .

*1095 AD, On TishB’Av of that year was the date Pope Urban II called the first crusade, which resulted in the killing of more than ten thousand JEws, and the obliteration of Jewish communities in Germany.

* On TishB’AV 1290, all Jews were expelled from England , property was confiscated and killings of Jews occurred.

* In 1492 on the same date, TishB’Av, all Jews were expelled from Spain, by order of the “Holy order” of the Inquisition. There were forced conversions, family separations, pogroms, and much loss of property.

*In 1914, on Tish B’Av , Britain and Russia declare war on Germany. First World War begins. The First World War led to the Second World War and the Holocaust. Over 400 pogroms immediately following the war in Hungary, Ukraine, Poland and Russia.All but one-third of world Jewry would perish.

*On TishB’Av 1941, Hermann Göring ordered SS general Reinhard Heydrich to make all the necessary preparations for the Final Solution.

*TishB’AV, saw the 1942 mass deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka concentration camp begin.

* On TishB’Av 1994, the deadly bombing the building of the AMIA (the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina) which killed 86 people and wounded some 300 others.

* On TishB’Av 2003, at the Democratic National Convention, Barak Obama was catapulted from relative obscurity to national fame, after giving a speech which electrified the convention. He would go on to become the most avid anti Israel president in American history.

There are many many other calamities that have befallen Israel upon this tragic day. I believe there are several conclusions we can glean from the uncanny circumstances of the day.

* TishB’Av points to the veracity of the Word of God. Moses warned that should Israel break faith with God, That they would be scattered across the Gentile world,

And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; …And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:…(Deuteronomy 28:64-65)

Our God is faithful in Judgement as well as in His promises of mercy.

* Yet in spite of these terrors and calamities, God in mercy has kept his covenant to keep the Jewish people,

This is what the LORD says,

he who appoints the sun
to shine by day,
who decrees the moon and stars
to shine by night,
who stirs up the sea
so that its waves roar—
the LORD Almighty is his name:
“Only if these decrees vanish from my sight,”
declares the LORD,
“will Israel ever cease
being a nation before me.”(Jeremiah 31:34-35)

The Sun, moon and stars would have to perish before God will alow the Jewish people to perish!

* Our God is a merciful Saviour, who will again turn His attention to the Jewish people in Love and mercy-

“At that time,” declares the LORD, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people.”

This is what the LORD says:

“The people who survive the sword
will find favor in the wilderness;
I will come to give rest to Israel.”

The LORD appeared to us in the past,[a] saying:

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
I will build you up again,
and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt.
Again you will take up your timbrels
and go out to dance with the joyful.
Again you will plant vineyards
on the hills of Samaria;
the farmers will plant them
and enjoy their fruit.
There will be a day when watchmen cry out
on the hills of Ephraim,
‘Come, let us go up to Zion,
to the LORD our God.’”

We can see by the signs of the times that the Biblical prophecies are being lined up for fulfillment, and the time spoken of in Psalm 102 has come-

Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.(Psalm 102:11-16)

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Why They Hate Israel (Humanly Speaking)…Israel’s Future pt 6

Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits. The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness. Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the Lord hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: her children are gone into captivity (Lamentations 1:3-5)

Whereas thou has been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.(Isaiah 60:15)

In the passage above, Isaiah speaks to Israel, as having been long forsaken and hated. History bears this out. For Israel, the past two thousand years have in particular been a long dark night of exile, suffering, rejection and in many cases, utterly violent hatred.

What is this mystery of Anti-Semitism? How do we explain the irrational, persistent and utterly fierce Jew hatred? If ever there were a people who sought to assimilate into whatever nation they have been scattered, it is the Jews.

But in the diaspora, the anti-Semitism of the host nations has prevented any successful integration, whether in Catholic Europe, throughout Asia, the Muslim world or in the eastern Orthodox world of Russia and eastern Europe. For almost twenty centuries Jews have sought to settle down in the nations they have been scattered to, but have been unable to do so.

Humanly speaking, It is fallen human nature to oppress and harass vulnerable sojourners. Part of the curse of the Law of Moses was that Israel would be exiled from the Holy Land and made to wander throughout the Gentile world, as perpetual strangers. Like Jonah, the Jews were thrown into the sea, that is, among the nations.

And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.(Deuteronomy 28:37)

 

Israel is also hated because she is a perpetual witness to the reality of God. A good many Jews would love to shed the reproach of identification with God, but even in their estrangement, they cannot do this. Remember that Israel was used by God to give us the scripture, and through them came the Messiah. Israel is deeply associated with the Ten Commandments, right and wrong, an absolute concept of ethics and morals, and a system of judgment.

In our day of Atheism, lawlessness and radical egalitarianism, there would be hatred of any reminder of the one true and Living God, the absolute governor of the universe. Those who seek moral and sexual anarchy are going to hate the one who proclaimed from the black cloud and in flaming fire, “Thou shalt not commit adultery!”.

Certainly the separation of the Jews, has caused resentment, and has been hated by many who would radically remove all distinctions among men, and even among genders.There is no place for a Holy people in such a world. Jews eat, drink, bury their dead, bathe, keep Sabbath, practice hygiene and medicine in a different fashion tan the rest of the world.
There is no political entity like Israel, there is no city like Jerusalem, there are no people like unto the Jews. Like it or not , they are unique among all of the Peoples of the earth.What people have been exiled for two thousand years, and suddenly re-emerged after all of those centuries, Intact and with a revived language?

Balaam, a pagan prophet, but under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, once said of Israel, “This is a people who dwell alone”. We can have a Red Cross, or a Red Crescent, but never a Red Magen David! The U.N. security council has a fixed and revolving membership. All nations can take a turn serving on it but one, Israel. In 2004 Syria was on the US state dept list of terrorist nations, but served on the UN security council.

Though Jerusalem is the manifest capital of Israel, no nation dare puts their embassy in it. Every US president since Eisenhower until Bush 2 has run on the pledge to move the embassy to Jerusalem, but have failed to do so. Appeasing Jacob’s cousin Esau, has been the modern order of the day .

Circumcision itself has been hated, in Roman times it was considered an abomination, and today in places which have largely vacated their Judeo Christian past, like Germany, circumcision is currently outlawed,(in spite of its obvious health benefits).

What is the underlying message of circumcision?  It is that we are not alright as we were born, there is something wrong with us that needs to be altered(New Birth, Salvation). Circumcision is a testimony to original sin and presupposes guilt and the need to shed blood. Thus Humanists would hate circumcision and the circumcised.

There are a host of other human reasons for the near universal, irrational hatred of Israel;Communists are atheistic , so were Nazis, therefore they would utterly hate the people of the God of the Bible. Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy indulge in the anti Semitism of some of the earliest church Fathers, and in a form of replacement theology which causes them to militate against the Jews.

To the Arabs, Israel’s re-emergence is called Al Naqba, ‘the disaster’, to the Arab Muslim world. Islam has a doctrine that if any land was ever Islamic it would always be Islamic, therefore  the Arabs are implacable in their hatred of the Jew.

They also share in a more sinister, spiritual hatred of Israel called “the everlasting hatred“, which was fostered by Ishmael, Hagar and Esau, as well as Ammon and Moab all of whom felt dis-enfranchised by the election of Isaac and Jacob over Ishmael and Esau. The Koran and Hadiths of Islam take the side of Esau and Ishmael and cultivate the “Everlasting Hatred to this day”.

Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end: Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord God, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.(Ezekiel 35:5-6)

Much of the hatred towards the Jews comes down to envy. Because of God’s touch on their history, even in an estranged state the Jewish people are generally blessed and elevated. Any contact with the Word of God is elevating, if not spiritually, intellectually. The literacy,industry, habits of study, frugality and other wonderful traits inculcated into Israel, by the Law and Wisdom literature of the Bible have elevated Israel as a people, and in a fallen world their success is resented.

But there is a more spiritual explanation, which goes beyond the human element, which explains anti-Semitism. John the apostle had a vision, recorded in Revelation 12, which perfectly describes the spiritual dimension of the curse of Jew Hatred.We will examine that next…

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Jacob Have I loved; the Chosen Nation…Israel’s fture pt 5

For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.(Deuteronomy 7:6-8)

An otherwise intelligent person very near and dear to me, scoffed at the very notion that Israel is the “Chosen people”, as if that would be un-egalitarian of God to have a “Chosen people”. How could God favor any one group of people over any other, doesn’t the Creator love all equally?

However it is a manifest fact that Israel is indeed the Chosen people, when one considers just what it is that Israel was chosen to be and do.

The story of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob, comes after the story of the tower of Babel. All of the nations defected from faith in God. God was going to create a new,miracle nation for a special task.

If you or me were going to create a new nation, we would look for a virile young couple, capable of having lots of babies, in order to populate the new nation rapidly.

But when the God of the Bible wanted to create a miracle nation he found an old, barren couple well past child-bearing years. It is as if God was saying, “Here is something I can work with!”. When God approached him, Abram was an idolater , he was worshipping the moon-god! The proposition was, that if Abraham would leave all to follow God, He would make his Seed as ,“…the sand of the sea, and the stars of the sky”.

Furthermore God told Abraham that He and his Seed would be blessed that they might be a blessing, and that His Seed would bless every family that dwells upon the earth.

Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.(Genesis 12:1-3)

What did God choose Israel for?

It turns out that Israel, the miracle nation, was chosen to be a witness to the almost entirely Pagan world of the reality of God.  Thus they were called to be “holy”, i.e. separate from all other nations of the world. Separate from pagan religion, and separate unto God.

Israel was chosen to maintain the worship of the only true God, even when the  rest of the world had departed, and gone into the deepest and most degrading forms of demon worship and paganism. The Holy House of God, the temple, was a city shining on a hill, a light to the dark world, a place of worship, teaching and prayer for all nations, its sanctity maintained by Jewish Priests.

Furthermore , Israel was chosen to receive the written Word of God, and to maintain the integrity of scripture, in spite of many attempts to destroy it by Satan’s minions. Scripture was revealed to Israel’s prophets and in the Christian era, to the Jewish Apostles of Jesus who founded the church.For centuries through darkness and persecution, Israel safeguarded the scripture.

Most importantly, Israel was chosen to be the vessel nation through whom the long promised “Seed of the woman”, the virgin born Messiah would come from. The epistle to the Hebrews tells us that” it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah”. Jacob had a prophecy that out of Judah would spring a Lion, who would save the world.

The Saviour of the world, as a man, came to us in a Jewish context, was steeped in the Jewish scriptures, and was a pious worshipper in the God of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob. He kept the Jewish feasts and the Law of Moses, and suffered, trusting in the God of the Psalms, and of the prophets.

Jeshua,(Jesus) has brought the faith of the Jewish prophets and apostles to the very ends of the earth, thus families in Russia, Nigeria,India,New Zealand, Hawaii and China read the book of the Jewish prophets and apostles, name their children Matthew, Simon, Zechariah and Ezekiel, and worship the God of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob.

In spite of her many failings, Israel is precious both to God and to all who truly fear God. Even in her apostate state of estrangement, Israel is an extra-ordinary blessing to the world. Her contribution to human betterment in the fields of science, technology, medicine, education, and all other forms of civilized development is grossly disproportionate to her tiny population.

God has promised that the Sun and Moon and stars would fail before He would ever give up on Israel.

Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord.(Jeremiah 31:35-37)

 

God said she would be a blessing to the world, and Israel is indeed, though for the present she is estranged from God, as Moses and the prophets predicted she would be.

And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you. And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.(Deut 4:27-29)

Has not the world benefitted directly and indirectly through the scriptures? Have not all kindreds and families been blessed through the Messiah of Israel ?

I believe that Israel also was chosen to be a microcosm of the entire human race. She is a demonstration of God’s grace.God deals with her as hE does all men. Her unbelief, defection and apostasy is all of ours.

Someone says, why should God choose the Jews? Are there not better nations than Israel?  Perhaps there are, better and worthier ations than Israel.

But salvation is not based upon human merit or worthiness, Salvation is entirely of Grace. The same question could be asked of any individual. Why did God choose Israel? Why did God choose you and me? Is there any answer other than sheer grace?

The people who despise and hate Israel, are people who despise and hate GRACE, yea, they are people who despise and hate the only true God and his true salvation. God doesn’t choose the powerful or mighty or ‘good’ or self sufficient, God chooses to save the bankrupt, ruined and spotted sinners.

Consider that the very foundations of the heavenly city are eternally engraved with the names of the 12 sons of ISrael, including Reuben(A man who stole his Father’s concubine), Simeon and Levi,(Two brothers who tricked a town into circumcision that they might slaughter in vengeance every male in the town), and Judah, a man who sold his brother Joseph into slavery!

Heaven isn’t about the people who “did it all right”, rather it is for sinners, such as the Sons of ISrael, ruined and stained sinners who found cleansing and redemption through the God of ISrael and His Messiah.

The world is rapidly and violently polarizing, between those who hate Israel and those who love her for the Father’s sake. Thus Israel is a moral test for the entire globe.God isn’t through with Israel, He plans in the end to redeem her, and to wash her sins away in one day! Satan would like to pre-empt this by wiping Israel off the globe. Soon neutrality will not be an option for anyone.

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