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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Then Let Those Who Are In Judea…Israel’s future pt 4

 

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(Israel …Brown Shaded Areas are Gaza, and West Bank. Originally the areas were known as Judea and Samaria on the West, and Gaza was part of the parcel given to Juda also.)

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.( Matthew 24:15-22)

 

We continue to call on Palestinians to end incitement against Israel, and we continue to emphasize that America does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements.” (Barack Obama speech to UN General Assembly 9/23/09)

The definitive chapter in the gospels about the last days according to Jesus would have to be Matthew 24. In his last public speech from the temple, Israel’s Messiah  pronounced that the nation would never see him again until they were willing to say unto Him, “Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!”.

As he walked out the disciples asked him three questions which he answered in Matthew 24, When shall these things be? (The destruction of the temple), What shall be the sign of thy coming? And of the end of the Age? Matthew 24 is the answer to these questions, an answer which danes from 70 AD to the very end of time!

At first, everything Jesus says about the end is spoken of in universal terms, there would be deceptions, false Christs, and false prophets, earthquakes, wars and rumours of wars, universal evangelism,persecution and betrayal. Where? Everywhere in the world!

But suddenly in verse 15, Jesus speaks in local terms…Let those who are Judea…. Something is going to happen that will be a signal to those in Judea, which portends something so terrible, that Jesus literally speaks instruction from the pages of the gospel to those end time residents of Judea (Most of whom, currently do not even believe in him).

What is currently happening in the area Jesus warned of, called Judea?

Judea has now been designated by the U.N.,the USA, the EU, and Russia as the site of the New Palestinian State. Gaza, was originally part of the parcel of Land God have to the tribe of Judah,who lost it to the Philistines.

There has been very much acrimonious debate and demonstration against what the world calls the “Occupied Settlements” in the mountains of Judea. The world charges the 600,000 Jewish settlers there, occupiers of Palestinian land.

The presence of Jews in Judea is an affront to the Muslim world and a thorn in the side of the West which seeks to impose a peaceful settlement to the problem of Judea.

The Obama administration and State Department under Hillary Rodham Clinton, even sought to impose a “No Natural Growth” policy on the Jews who have been building outposts and gated communities in Judea.

When asked to explain “no natural growth”one of George Mitchell’s advisors told a reporter, that it mean a cap on Jewish population in Judea. “If a Jewish Baby is born in the morning, by that evening a jewish old person must leave! No. Natural.Growth!”Charles Krauthammer explains in the Jewish World Review,

Israel is ordered to freeze all settlement activity. As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton imperiously explained the diktat: “a stop to settlements — not some settlements, not outposts, not natural-growth exceptions”. 
What’s the issue? No “natural growth” means strangling to death the thriving towns close to the 1949 armistice line, many of them suburbs of Jerusalem, that every negotiation over the past decade has envisioned Israel retaining. It means no increase in population. Which means no babies. Or if you have babies, no housing for them — not even within the existing town boundaries. Which means for every child born, someone has to move out. No community can survive like that. The obvious objective is to undermine and destroy these towns — even before negotiations. http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/krauthammer060509.php3

This is an excerpt from an August 3rd,2010 Haaretz article, “US Turns up Heat on Israel over Settlement” by Barak Ravid,

“Israel is under increased pressure from the United States over settlement construction. In the past months, since Barack Obama was sworn in as US President, Israel has received four official complaints from members of the administration regarding various issues linked to West Bank settlements. A senior gov’t official in Jerusalem told Haaretz that the complaints represent a gradual increase in American pressure vis a vis settlement activity. This is going to be one of the main issues that the Obama administration will be dealing with in the coming weeks and months.

Ezekiel predicted that the Mountains of Israel, aka Judea and Samaria, the very heart of Biblical Israel, would be the subject of very much discussion among the wicked of the world in the last days. The “Talkers” would claim, the “houses of God” for their own possession and  would seek to appropriate the Land for themselves.

Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord: Thus saith the Lord God; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession: Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people:(Ezekiel 36:1-3)

The whole world is being propagandized to resent the settlers in Judea. They are seen as the impediment to peace,”occupiers”, in the way of the U.N.’s “Two state solution” and an aggravation to the Muslim Arab the world is trying to appease. This rage is going to explode someday soon and the warning of Jesus will be realized.

…Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be…

Break off of your sins and turn to the Lord, for the prophecies of the scripture are coming to pass before our very eyes. The time has come for “Great tribulation such as has never been seen before..”. The world’s irrational hatred of the Jews in favor of savages who openly use women and children as human shields for their barbarities, is a sign of it.

The way to get right with God is to believe that Jesus is God, come to us n the flesh, who died for our sins as a substitute. We know this , because the Father raised Him from the dead! Call upon His name, ask Him to forgive you and to give you the gift of eternal life, and follow Him in faith and gratitude.God wants to save you from His own wrath, but hurry and get into the Ark of safety!

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The Times Of The Gentiles…Israel’s Future pt 3

Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.(Luke 21:21-24)

One of the outcomes of the 1967 Six-Day war was that the modern state of Israel captured Jerusalem, including the holiest site to Jews, the Temple Mount. There was great excitement among those who study the prophecies, because the implications of this was that perhaps “the times of the Gentiles” were now fulfilled, and the set time had come for the LORD to restore Zion.

But when Moishe Dyan turned the custody of the sacred site into the hands of the Jordanian Muslim Wafq council, there was equally much puzzlement and confusion. To this day Muslims control Jerusalem’s holiest site, and often profane it by broadcasting from loudspeakers  antisemitic and blasphemous sermons, and raining stones upon those Jews at the foot of the Mountain, praying at the “Wailing Wall”.

Evidently the “times of the Gentiles” is not yet terminated,  for in spite of the gains of the Six Day War, Jerusalem at it’s most holy center, the temple mount, is still “Trodden under foot of the Gentiles.

As a matter of fact the Muslim custodians of the temple mount are feverishly working to destroy any trace of the former two Jewish Temples. Heavy construction equipment is constantly employed to hollow out the ground underneath the platform where the temple once stood. Priceless Bulldozer shovels brimming with  Archeological treasure are being excavated without care for history or Theology, and hauled out of the area, and dumped unceremoniously outside of the city. The Wafq wants to make the entire Mountain which once held both Solomon’s and Herod’s temple into a giant Mosque.

Archeologists who comb through the rubble are finding countless relics of the temples, sacred shovels, rings pans, cups, and assorted other precious antiquities are being retrieved, but who knows how much has been destroyed?

Jesus is the only one in scripture to use the expression, “The times of the Gentiles”. What was He referring to? There are two possibilities that I know of;

He may be referring to the vision of King Nebuchadnezzar, which forecast the entire future of Israel as a nation till the end of time.Because of her sin, Israel lost the national sovereignty, and has come under either directly or indirectly under the rule of Gentile powers, until the set time of restoration should come.

Since around 600 BC Israel has been ruled by Babylonians, Persians,Greeks, and Romans. She lost her status as a nation entirely in 70 ad and regained it again in 1948, but has been something of a client state of western powers till today.

OR perhaps Jesus is referring to what Paul refered to in Romans 11 when he told us that God has temporarily blinded Israel, and has given them a Spirit of slumber for a season. He is working primarily with the Gentiles now, until the set number(fulness of the Gentiles) comes into faith.

What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them: Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway. I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy…

 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:(Romans 11:7-26)

Personally I believe both of these are two aspects of the same thing. Politically, Israel is very much beholden to Gentile Powers, the latest being the United States. Spiritually we are at the closing days of a period of time in which God has been working primarily with the Gentiles, calling out for himself a people for His name, the “non People” that Moses and Hosea spoke of, have become the people of God.

Gentiles the world over have come to worship the God of israel, they listen to Jewish prophets and read the Jewish scripture, and worship the Jewish Messiah Jeshua! Other than among a tiny remnant, Israel is yet far from God in spirit and worship.

But very soon, all of that is going to be changed. As the Prophet Isaiah predicted,

Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord… Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more… For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer. (Isaiah 54)

 

The Olive Tree, which is Israel, the people of God, has been pruned of unbelieving branches, and gentiles have been grafted into it. But in the end Jewish branches are again added to the tree and as Paul has told us, this will be resurrection from the dead for the whole world! Maranatha!

 

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History’s Climax…Israel’s future pt 2

Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.(Zechariah 12:1-4)

It is increasingly obvious to all thinking people, Christian and non-Christian alike, that the world is headed for some kind of apocalyptic climax. Since the two World Wars, the cultural exhaustion of the Judeo Christian west, has led to a posture of surrender; first of colonies in the third world , then of religion at home, ultimately of moral leadership in the world , and a crisis of confidence in its own ideals and once cherished values.

This cultural surrender has created a power vacuum which less principled entities are rushing headlong into. Russia is flexing her muscles again, probing the west’s defenses, taking back bits and pieces of the former Soviet Union, bullying newly liberated nations such as Georgia and the Ukraine, which were once assured protection by a more confident West.

China has steadily increased her power, vying for the time when her military and economic might will put her into a position to settle some old scores with the west.

Then of course there is the steaming cauldron that is the Middle East.

The Sunni Muslim world smells blood in the water. Bolstered by western arms and support, and flush with newly looted cash, and even gold reserves ISIS (ISlamic State of Iraq and Syria) is busy retaking much of northern Iraq. This was a nation  that was recently set free to become a democracy at the tremendous cost in blood and treasure by the US, Britain and the western coalition.

The renewal of the Sunni Caliphate is one of the goals of ISIS, or ISIL(Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). The only line of defense for many of Iraq’s remaining Chaldean Christian population, is the Kurdish Peshmurga militia. Though Muslim , the Kurds were the most pro United States portion of Iraq, and are holding their own enclave from ISIL.

Iran is confident, flush with a newly developed Nuclear arsenal, and heady after thirty years of constant pushing and harrying of the western powers with little or no push back. The throngs of youth in the streets of Tehran, begging for western support for their movement towards liberal democracy, was met with indifference in the west and repression by the Mullahs.

Iranian young people are the first generation in centuries to live under free and unfettered Shariah, and they hate it! In fact, they hate ISlam period for the most part. These young Persians  paid with their blood, many being murdered in the streets, because they believed that the west would see their demonstrations and use its considerable influence to support them.

The constant shelling of Israel from the Gaza strip and from Hezbollah held southern Lebanon threatens to bring the entire region and eventually the world into war.

History is headed for a climax. Few realize that at the center of both the world and of History sits Israel. The center of Israel is Jerusalem and the center of Jerusalem is the Holy mountain, Mt Zion.Everything revolves around the center.

Jerusalem is the only city on earth which God says He has placed His name in. The Psalmist prophesied that Jerusalem is “the  Joy of the whole earth…Mt Zion on the sides of the North, the city of the great King!”. It was in Jerusalem that God dwelt in the temple, between the Cherubim. Jerusalem was the place where Jesus died on the cross and defeated man’s primal enemy, Satan. Outside of Jerusalem sits an empty tomb, for He is risen!

Jerusalem is mentioned 800 plus times in the Bible. Jesus quoted the Psalm above when He said, “Swear not at all, neither by Heaven for it is God’s throne, nor by earth, for it is His footstool, nor By Jerusalem for it is the city of the great King!”. Of course we know also that God’s glory lifted off of the city, and that the temple was destroyed, and that as of late Jerusalem is called “Sodom and Egypt, the city where our Lord was crucified”in the book of Revelation chapter 11.

Jerusalem is the only capitol which the nations of the world refuse to put their embassies in. Every President from Eisenhower to Bush 2 ran on the pledge to move our embassy their but failed to do so. Jerusalem is the city the UN has cut in two pieces! Jerusalem is a city the Pope has designs for also.

Jerusalem is never mentioned by name in the Koran, yet the Muslims claim it as the third holiest site.

Jesus warned that “Jerusalem would be trodden under foot of the gentiles until the time of the gentiles be fulfilled”. Currently, the temple mount is under the custody of the Jordanian council of Muslims known as the WAQF, though Israel liberated Jerusalem in 1967.

There is only one oblique reference to Jerusalem in the Koran, and we only know it is Jerusalem because Modern Islamic scholars say so. It is in the story called the ISRA, wherein Mohammed supposedly mounted a winged horse and rode it to “Al Aqsa”, “The farthest places” in the Arabic. There he ascended to heaven to attend a Muslim prayer meeting with Jesus and Moses! This is the only indirect reference to Jerusalem in the entire Koran.

In 2009 when the president of the United States of America gave an unprecedented speech to the entire Muslim world, at Al Azhar university, (The Harvard, Cambridge and Yale of modern Sunni terrorism, providing the intellectual and philosophical underpinning for it), He mentioned one Koranic verse.

Which Koranic verse did President Barak Hussein Obama mention when he addressed the Muslim world? The only verse which remotely gives credence to the Muslim claim that Jerusalem is theirs, the ISRA.

Current events are swirling around Jerusalem like an Iowa Tornado. Watch Jerusalem, the future of Israel is a siege of Jerusalem, then the Lord himself comes back to rescue his prodigal people and raise the world from the dead. Shalom! Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!

 

 

Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out. There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up. These two things are come unto thee; who shall be sorry for thee? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort thee? Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of thy God. Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine: Thus saith thy Lord the Lord, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again: But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over.(Isaiah 51:17-21)

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re Philip Powell

I have a friend named Philip Powell, who is a man I have long admired and respected for his courageous stand for the gospel, when his denomination went apostate. To his own hurt he left the denomination which he had served for much of his life, because of the principle of truth .

In a recent conversation with Him, he told me that I had deeply hurt him, when I told my readers that he had submitted a statement of faith, part of which I deemed to be docetic*.

I thought I had made it clear to everyone I knew that I did not regard Philip to be Docetic, but that the statement he and several other ministers drafted appeared to be Docetic, and I wanted to spare them the (wrongful) accusation that they were indeed promoting Docetism.

Because I love this man, his family, his church and the Truth of the gospel, I agreed to post on my blog another written statement of apology to any who wrongfully concluded that I accused Philip of docetism. I have never thought he was, I only thought he wrongfully worded a statement which he submitted to me for critique,(WHich I happily offered what I thought was a helpful suggestion).

I hope this helps Philip, and resolves the issue, God knows all things.

I do believe that among those of us who stand for th true Christian gospel, the warning of Jesus is true, “Satan desires to have us that He may sift us like wheat…”. The devil wants us to fight and provoke each other, rather than to stand for the truth.

Philip, I beseech you in Jesus name to forgive me, and to accept as truth my pledge that I never accused you of Docetism and if I unwittingly allowed others to think so, I didn’t mean to. This will be my last public communication on the subject. Grace and Peace to you all

ps the rest of the verse I quoted is encouraging, for Jesus says “…but I am praying for you that you faith fails not. When you are converted you will strengthen the bretheren”.

 

* Docetism- the heresy that denies the incarnation of Jesus into flesh. Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, and sits on the right hand of God in the flesh, and is coming again bodily! Maranatha!!!!

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What the Messiah Awaits…Israel’s Future pt 1

I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed  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.(Deuteronomy 4:27-31)

In this day of so much international condemnation and hatred for Israel, it is important for us to remember that Israel is a miracle nation. The nation has a  supernatural beginning and a history full of Divine deliverances, revivals, inexplicable victories  and also utterly disastrous defeats, such as the Babylonian captivity, the destruction of the temple on the ninth of the month of Av,  in 536 BC, as well as the devastating Roman invasion and destruction of the second temple on the ninth of Av in 70 Ad.

The aftermath of 70 AD was the Diaspora of the Jews, a scattering of the nation to the ends of the earth and exile which has lasted almost two thousand years. As you can see from the selection in Deuteronomy, Moses predicted all of this, none of the tortured history of Israel should be a mystery to any who read Moses. He even taught Israel a national song to sing , the Song of Moses  which laid out the future of Israel till the end of time.

Hosea also predicted the long exile of Israel, without national polity, official leadership, land, temple, national and religious symbols, formal God ordained worship, and in exile until the “latter days”.

For the children of Israel, shall abide many days without a King and without a Prince,and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an Ephod and without a Teraphim;Afterwards shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God and David their King, and shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days.(Hosea 3:4-5)

Afterwards, the prophet assures us, Israel shall return. As of May 1948, Israel has returned onto the world stage, in fulfillment of many other prophecies besides Hosea 3.

 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.(Isaiah 11:11-12)

Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. (Jeremiah 30:10-11)

The rebirth of Israel is a modern-day miracle on the level of the parting of the Red Sea. A nation was reborn in one day, a prophetic people thrown into the sea of gentile peoples, has been preserved and re-emerged like Jonah the prophet after two thousand years. A long dead language has been re-introduced.

In the resurrection of Israel, the whole world is now witness to the reality of the living God. Furthermore, for those who have ears to hear, Israel’s re-emergence is a sign that we are indeed in the “latter days” , leading to the long prophesied “Day of the Lord”, the time in which God intervenes in human history.

But there is a precondition to be met. God is waiting for something specific from Israel. Long ago through Moses and Hosea, and even through the Messiah Jesus, God told Israel what He was waiting for before He would come to them.The Hebrew Bible renders Leviticus 26 thus;

38 And ye shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.
לט וְהַנִּשְׁאָרִים בָּכֶם, יִמַּקּוּ בַּעֲו‍ֹנָם, בְּאַרְצֹת, אֹיְבֵיכֶם; וְאַף בַּעֲו‍ֹנֹת אֲבֹתָם, אִתָּם יִמָּקּוּ. 39 And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.
מ וְהִתְוַדּוּ אֶת-עֲו‍ֹנָם וְאֶת-עֲו‍ֹן אֲבֹתָם, בְּמַעֲלָם אֲשֶׁר מָעֲלוּ-בִי, וְאַף, אֲשֶׁר-הָלְכוּ עִמִּי בְּקֶרִי. 40 And they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, in their treachery which they committed against Me, and also that they have walked contrary unto Me.(Leviticus 26:38-40)

The Messiah is awaiting a national confession, not only of Israel’s present iniquity, but of the iniquity of their Fathers, a specific, absolutely devastating sin committed, which led to the exile, alienation  and suffering of the nation, at some point in her history.

Hosea also prophesied this, when in the name of the LORD he proclaimed,

 

I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.(Hosea 5:15)

When did the LORD “go back to his place” , (Heaven) and what offense is He waiting for them to acknowledge? Hosea predicted that in “their affliction”, (The tribulation), they will seek Him early, and as He was earlier quoted, they will “return to the Lord their God and David their King”.

A clue to the acknowledgment that the LORD of Israel and of the Universe seeks from the estranged, chosen nation comes in the gospels, set 40 years before the calamity of 70 AD.

Jesus, in his final address to the nation in the temple of God, announced that He was leaving them, and that the temple would be desolate of the presence of God, and that they would never see him again until they made an acknowledgment from Psalm 118,

 

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.(Matthew 23:37-40).

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