Why It Is Folly To Call a Christian Woman ‘Jezebel’…

And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him. And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him. ( I Kings 16: 31-33)

It is unfortunately not that uncommon these days to hear Christian preachers, often decrying very real evils such as feminism, and the distortion of the male/female roles occurring in the church. But too often they respond to it by calling out Christian women whom they disagree with as being a “Jezebel”.

Of course there really was a person called Jezebel, and there truly are reasons why the name ‘Jezebel’ is a pretty accurate archetypal description of some women. Jesus himself refereed to a woman as “Jezebel” in one of his letters to the churches, in the book of Revelation;

Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.( Revelation 2: 20)

Calling a woman a ‘Jezebel’ is a pretty serious accusation though.

Jesus called one woman in the church of Thyatira a Jezebel. This woman wasn’t merely guilty of being a feminist, or of wearing loud clothes or of having a mouth full of gossip.

She was literally a false prophet, employing the doctrine of Balaam, getting the church to destroy itself by “prophetically ” teaching license to fornicate and to commit idolatry.

It is a serious thing to call any woman a Jezebel. The real Jezebel was an idolator, a sworn enemy of the only true God. She was a murderer, who didn’t fear God, she persecuted and opposed the Prophet Elijah, and other prophets had to be hidden from her or she would have killed them. Literally killed them.

I admit that there is a lot of gender confusion, and confusion of roles even in the church, as a result of the plague of feminism, one of the most destructive heresies of our day, Feminism, saturates our culture and outside of the church, the culture is at the very point of complete gender inversion.

It is unfortunate that too few in the church have insisted on maintaining the teaching of the roles assigned to male and female by the Creator, and re-inforced by Jesus and the Apostles. This is all of a piece of the lager cultural decline we are experiencing and against which, the true church is the final witness.

I do not think it right or healthy that there are women ministries such as Beth Moore and Joyce Myers, to which Christian men line up to receive their spiritual guidance from. This is a tragedy and a shameful denial of the revelation of the Divine order of the sexes, in a time where the world needs that witness desperately. Leadership in the church is and should be male, but women are desperately needed to help in the work.

But it would be a stretch to call Joyce Myers, Beth Moore or Kay Arthur a ‘Jezebel’. Have any of them killed anyone? Have they promoted other ‘gods’ as Jezebel did? Have they persecuted and killed true ministers of the LORD?

Or to put it into a New Testament context of who Jezebel is… Do they induce the church to go ahead and commit fornication? Do they justify compromise with open idolatry? This is what the woman Jesus called ‘Jezebel’ did.

Jesus and the Apostles didn’t go around flinging the title ‘Jezebel’ on Christian women lightly. there really are people in our society who fit the archetype, as I believe that the patterns revealed in scripture are applicable for all time and all of humanity.

But just getting irritated at a Christian sister, whom you happen to have disagreements with, even if they seem to be somewhat serious disagreements, doesn’t merit flinging a serious accusation such as ‘Jezebel’. Remember that the WORD of GOD commands us .”Thou Shalt not bear false witness….” .

I have a couple of friends in Scotland, who are serious, witnessing, publishing and film making Christians, earnestly striving to serve the LORD, who came under attack by a very popular preacher, Jacob Prasch who publicly rails at them as being “Ahab and Jezebel”.

I cringe every time I hear this, because this man seems to have no idea what a serious thing it is to call someone that. He is guilty of a serious sin every time he does so.

This couple are nothing like Jezebel and Ahab, they have given their lives to serve Jesus Christ, they produce gospel films at their own expense, to my knowledge they have never hurt anyone in or outside of the church, and they would vigorously resist the idea that a Christian can fornicate, or commit idolatry.

Simply because of a disagreement, They are called Jezebel and Ahab. In effect, they are maligned as murderers and idolaters, although they are worshipers of Jesus Christ. They are not perfect….but they are not Jezebel and Ahab either.

In the church, have seen a virtual mythology develop over the concept of calling people Jezebel and Ahab. It is a “christianized ” mythology, involving elaborate teachings about ‘the Jezebel spirit’ and ‘the Ahab spirit’ and ‘the spirit of Elijah’, and the constant ‘warfare’ among them. This has become an accepted aspect of the false spiritual warfare I once wrote about in my book, “Making War On The Saints”.

Many times I have observed that the men who fling such terms around have abysmal marriages, they lord it over their own wives, (I actually heard one preacher say to his wife in front of others, “SHUSH!!!YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT WOMAN!) He was a big proponent of the “Jezebel/Ahab” myth, obviously.

Of course, those who deal this way, fancy themselves to be like…. (you guessed it)… Elijah.

The truth is, Jesus elevates women and the gospel has elevated them wherever it has gone. I do not believe in feminism, it is a cancer, killing every society that embraces it. But I do believe that Women are to be respected, treasured and honored by all who love our Lord Jesus. Remember, we were warned at the beginning, that God would put enmity between the Serpent and the Woman. Satan has a particularly vicious hatred for women.

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A Eulogy; Bob North Sr… the righteous man dies and none take it to heart…

The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. (Isaiah 57:1)

A few weeks ago , a dear friend and brother passed away, and for various reasons, unforseen, I was unable to make it to the funeral. I have had an ache in my heart since, not that he died, for I know my brother is in a better place, but because I feel closure cannot come to me until I offer a public eulogy for this good man.

My wife Kristin and I met Bob, and his late wife Judy, as young pastors. We were in our late twenties when we met, and they were perhaps in their late fifties. They had recently come to the LORD, largely through the testimony of their son Bob, who himself had recently given his life to Jesus.

Bob and Judy loved Jesus, and they loved our little fellowship. They took to the services, and soaked up the teachings and the worship. They were filled with the Spirit, and the LORD would often use Bob Sr in the gifts of the Spirit. He would often given an utterance in prophecy or tongues and interpretation to edify all of us.

Bob senior would often tell me that he and Judy needed the church, and that they came along at just the right time in their lives, but the truth was, we needed them as well. We needed their wisdom and experience which they readily offered. Bob and Judy were Grandma and Grampa North to our children, and we considered them as family.

Though they were older than we, they were actually pretty youthful as well. I remember Bob North Sr doing some work around the church (which was attached to our house. He was washing off some paint brushes with a hose, when my wife threw a glass of water out the screen window at him, from our kitchen. Bob didn’t miss a beat, he took the hose up to the window and soaked Kris in her own kitchen The waterfight was on!

Everything we did as a young church, Bob and Judy were totally involved in, giving of themselves, their time and money and energy. All was unto the LORD, but we also received the benefit of it. I still remember shingling and siding the building addition with Bob Sr, and doing sheet rock at the new church with him and many others. We worked as a team, unto the LORD.

Brother Bob was great with people as well. His wisdom and experience were drawn upon over the years, time and again by the men of the church, and as the church matured, Bob’s maturity beyond most of us, was a treasure.

When God builds a church, it is not a haphazard affair. He, the wise masterbuilder puts the stones in place, fitting and shaping them, putting them in place as it pleases Him. This is to the benefit of everyone else. Bob and Judy were just the right pieces or the temple we call “Believers in Grace”, they were team players, they put others ahead of themselves, and took their place in the body , meeting a real need for a long time.

When I think about brother Bob, There is a beautiful scripture about Christian growth in I John 2 which comes to mind,

I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.

I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. ( I John 2:12-14)

There are in Christ, children, Fathers and Young men. Children is entry level and they have two great privileges just by virtue of being born again; They have forgiveness of sns, and they know the Father above.

Young men are in the battle and by the Word they are destined to “overcome the wicked One”.

But then there are Fathers, they have weathered the spiritual storms, they have been through the times when the truth has seemed to have been eclipsed, and they have realized the eternity of God, that this wold and all lust pass away, but God is forever.They have been tried, and come through.

Bob Sr was like a Father to us, we went through a lot together, He stayed calm through the storms, and we saw something of “Him who is from eternity…” in Him. I Love you brother Bob, and we will see you again soon…

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A humble Apology From a Detractor…

Mike and Pat Rogers have come out of Charismatic deception, and operate a Discernment blog. For various reasons, I became the subject of quite a few articles and more than a few insulting and degrading comments on their blog. After a few e-mails and letters passed between us, they humbly published a sincere apology for their comments.

I want to commend them for their humility and for their willingness to take back the many insulting and overboard comments they have made. They have set an example for us in this unfortunate day of “in your face” dialogue and coarse ways of dealing with each other. As Mike Says,

It is difficult at times, in our work at closingstages, not to take a shot even when we know we shouldn’t.

Thanks so much Mike, I really appreciate the apology and forgive you and Pat wholeheartedly.

From Mike and Pat Rogers’ blog;

… Please let it be known that there have been some statements and comments from us that have been removed, in part or full, from this article https://closingstages.net/2019/09/06/bill-randles-twists-and-turns-eisgese/   and others that we have commented on. The fact is that some statements and comments were snide and snarky and for that we apologize and ask forgiveness from, not only, Bill Randles but our readers. This truly is not how we ever intended to conduct ourselves. As stated, in response to  Bill:

“I would also like to say that I am certainly willing and able to try and rectify things that I have said, in snide or snarky ways, that have caused you discomfort, grief or pain. Of equal importance, I want to put this right so that no one in the body of Christ is caused to stumble. It is difficult at times, in our work at closingstages, not to take a shot even when we know we shouldn’t. God has helped us in the past to control the impulse to say things we shouldn’t. We are thankful for that and pray that God will continue to work in us. 

… Again, our apologies to the body of Christ and Bill. Certainly, we will rely on God’s grace and mercy to walk in this much better than we have.

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Fred Blomkamp : Precious In The Sight Of The LORD…

What shall I render to the Lord
For all His benefits toward me?
I will take up the cup of salvation,
And call upon the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord
Now in the presence of all His people.

Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His saints. ( Psalm 116:12-15)

Many years ago , when I first visited the beautiful country of South Africa, I enjoyed the hospitality of a beautiful Holy Spirit filled couple, Fred and Wendy Blomkamp. I had never met anyone like Fred before in my life and probably never will. He went to heaven yesterday, and I wish to Eulogize my dear friend and brother.

Fred had led a hard, sinful life, and he would be the first to tell you that when he would give his testimony, as He often did. He loved his race horses and his excessive gambling and all that went with that kind of life, until he met Jesus Christ.

Fred told me once that when he was a sinner he gave all, 100 percent to his sinful pleasures, now that he was a Christian he was going to go every bit as far if not further.

Fred was a sold out witness of Jesus Christ. He had to be the boldest man I have never seen. I have never seen anyone as utterly un self-conscious as Fred Blomkamp. He did not care what anyone thought of Fred Blomkamp, He was always more concerned where they stood with Jesus Christ!

Wherever he went, Fred was distributing tracts, CD’s, Cassettes, of Gospel sermons, testimonies and prophetic teachings. He wanted everyone to know Jesus. Fred was an evangelist from the word “Go”.

God gave Fred a great booming voice, He could literally penetrate the hardest walls and closed doors with that powerful voice. I love the story of the beautiful, sweet refined South African lady I met, who had been at the post office, where she heard and saw Fred witnessing to a customer , whose back was against the wall, and who was looking for a way out of the situation.

When the person Fred was witnessing to excused himself, Fred continued on with his business, but this lady followed him out, and told him, “I overheard you speaking to that man about Jesus… He may not have wanted him, but I would like to be born again, sir!” Right there in the parkade of the post office Fred led this dear lady to Christ, and as far as I know she still follows Jesus to this day.

I would give anything to be able to have another home fellowship meeting at Fred and Wendy’s house, but he is gone. That was Fred (and is Wendy), always serving the LORD, always meeting the need, opening up their home, baptizing people in their pool, sharing the latest book or tract or cassette or CD with whoever will. We miss you Fred.

The Joy of the LORD radiated from my brother! Who hasn’t been stopped in their tracks by one of Fred’s shattering “PRAISE THE LORD!” shouts? The Blomkamp home was a haven, I always felt such joy and relief when Fred would take me there after those grueling flights, to be greeted by Wendy’s cheerful smile and hug, and Fred’s friendship and sense of humor.

We only have each other for an indeterminate time, people ae gifts. Fred was a gift to all of us. He has gone on to his reward. He suffered greatly in his later times, but I am told he did so without complaint, for Fred was a real man. He loved God and was grateful for his salvation. Fred believed God could do anything, He was a man of great faith, but he also believed in the Sovereignty of God, and that we cannot tell God what to do.

My dear Wife Kristin and I are praying for you all. Our hearts go out to you Wendy, and to Leigh and Romy, and to Gina, and Nicky and to all of your precious families. We love you and ae praying for you in this time of loss. Remember that death is not the final Word, for Jesus, whom Fred loved, says to us “I am the resurrection and the Life, He who believes on me will never die”.

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The Fate Of The Nations Psalm 9 pt 6

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.(Psalm 9 :17-20)

Many people miss the full import of the Psalms of the Bible, because they limit their understanding of them to being divine poetry, or as wisdom literature.

Some correctly go further and realize that the Psalms are also Messianic prophecies, describing the mission and triumph of the Lord Jesus. But few realize that the Psalms of the bible have an eschatological aspect. They speak of the events and conditions of the end-times, and of the coming of the Lord.

Psalm 9 celebrates the cataclysmic judgment that falls upon the nations of the world, who hate and trouble Israel. They have digged a pit for her, but they themselves have fallen into it. They are guilty of innocent blood, but the LORD comes to make inquisition.

In our final passage, there are two categories of nations discussed. The wicked nations are those who are and always have been twisted. These are those whose very essence has been shaped by false religion, such as Islam, or Hinduism, or the more recent Atheistic nations(communist).

At the core of every “culture” is a “cultus”, a religion, which informs and undergirds the culture so pervasively that few even consciously realize it. If the religion is false, the culture is by definition deeply flawed.

There are nations which can only be described as “wicked”. Injustice is written into the very fabric of the culture, let alone the laws which reflect that culture. Because of the religion that undergirds those nations, informing their cultures, there must of necessity be a “caste system”, or a “Jizya” tax.

Muslim nations have to be hostile to christians, one would expect them to top the world lists of the most repressive nations, to women, minorities and religious minorities. Sharia is of necessity a twisted parody of justice. These nations are “the wicked”!

But there is another category of nations suggested here, “all of the nations that forget God”. These are the nations who once had some semblance of Freedom, true justice, and human rights. They were never perfect, but for a time were not oppressor nations, although they wielded unprecedented power to be so.

I speak of the west, Europe, the English-speaking world, and wherever they colonized and thrived. How is it that such nations developed into such freedom loving, human rights guarding, private property respecting cultures? Because our culture developed out of the soil of Judeo Christianity.

It is the secret of our prosperity in the West, as well as of our sense of fairness, respect for life, willingness to sacrifice, our work ethic, insistence on checks and balances in Government, and a host of other traits which have brought refugees from every other culture streaming into the West to enjoy those freedoms.

But the West has forgotten God, for the most part. Certainly our leaders have, many of them are working hard to erase all traces of the Judeo Christian influence from our past, present and future. They have repudiated God, they are actually proving to be hostile to God!

The nations are headed for Tribulation, they are about to be cast into an unbelievable pit, a Hell of biblical proportions!

…For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. ..

The “poor and needy” that God will not forget, in this case, are not the “political poor”, nor is this a reference to general poverty.

Here the “poor and needy” are the remnant of God’s people, who have been isolated by the nations, hated , and lied about and who have no natural resources or power to successfully answer the charges. They cast themselves on God for they have no other options in a hostile world.

Israel’s enemies are gathering in size and influence, and her friends and lovers are abandoning her. Vicious hate groups such as Hamas, Hezbullah, and Al Queda are losing their fear of Israel, realizing that her former friends are aloof.

But she is about to learn the age-old lesson that it never was the USA or the IDF that saved and preserved Israel. Israel’s help and champion has always been her God.

The last verses of this Psalm are a prayer about the nations, in which the Psalmist by the Holy Spirit exposes the twofold problem with the modern nations of the world and which has led to this coming cataclysm;

*”Put them in Fear,O LORD…”– Certainly America, Britain and Europe have lost the fear of the Lord. Is it any mystery why Wisdom is so far from our leaders? They are godless and thus have no knowledge.

When nations lose the fear of God, they lose the power to have a just and moral society. There is no reason to restrain any appetite, no matter how depraved when God is forgotten, as Pau testifies;

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:(Romans 1:28-31)

How terrible to live in a time like that!

* “That the nations may know that they are but men…” When people forget God, they never really remain godless, they instead deify man on some way. Usually man is deified in the form of making government into something all-powerful.

The Kings of the earth and the rulers come out in open opposition to “the Lord and His Christ” according to the second Psalm and Revelation 19. They have forgotten, to their own destruction, that they are not gods, but men in need of God.

Jesus prophesied to Capernaum and the surrounding areas where He had done most of his miracles, that they were guilty of the same thing when he warned them….

And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.(Matthew 11:23-24)

I have been taught that the quotation of Isaiah 14 in this verse, “which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: ” is actually a question and answer.

To prosperous Capernaum, like the modern western world, has seen and benefitted of the works of Jesus, thus has no excuse for its unbelief, and pride. Jesus is literally asking an ironic question, “Will you be exalted into heaven?” , the answer being “No, you shall be brought down to hell”.

Man shall not prevail, the worldwide atheistic, humanistic enterprise is about to go the way of the tower of Babel. The wicked shall indeed be cast into hell and all nations that forget God.

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The Nations Have Dug a Pit…Psalm 9 pt 5

The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah. (Psalm 9:14-15)

The ninth Psalm is an eschatological revelation. The Psalmist, by the Holy Spirit celebrates the coming of the LORD . At his arrival, the united international enemies of Israel fall, they are turned back and routed! They had besieged her in their fury, but God rebukes them,”putting out their name” forever!

The LORD comes to make “Inquisition for blood” , He will take accountability of the nations. Innocent blood has been spilled; millions of babies have been slaughtered, the Jews have been viciously hated and persecuted, millions of Christians have been hounded,harassed nd even murdered, now the nations(Heathen) must be made to give an answer to the Righteous Judge of ll of the earth.

The “Heathen”, ie the nations, have dug a pit, a trap has been set by them to victimize God’s people, but they themselves are slated to fall into the trap, to their own destruction. Psalm 7 also prophesies this of the Anti-Christ;

Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.(Psalm 7:14-15)

Those who hate God, whose Kings and rulers have “taken counsel together against the LORD and His anointed” are also conspiring against God’s saints, Israel, and the church. But the pit they are digging shall be their undoing.

Like Haman, they will hang on the very gallows they have constructed for Mordechai, and all of the earth will know of it. There are traps being set in the halls of the United Nations, to strip Israel of the her right to self-determination, and to give an edge to the Muslim world which hates her and is committed to her destruction.

Psalm 83 a desperate prayer for deliverance for Israel from her many besieging enemies, also mentions the “crafty counsel” being taken to destroy the name of Israel.

Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:(Psalm 83:1-5)

A snare is being set for them, inadvertently by them, which shall be the means of Divine judgment on them. They shall ultimately be “hoisted by their own petard” as the saying goes.

Traps are also being set in motion for Christians, such as when in the book of Daniel chapter six, laws were being crafted as a web, to be used against those who like Daniel fear God more than they fear the State. Fairly recently Hillary Clinton and the US state department were working to enact U.N. legislation that would enforce “tolerance” of all religions, banning “insulting language or depictions” of any religion.

This will work to the advantage of Islam, (ironically the least tolerant of any religion), outlawing truth-telling, any attempts at conversion, and criticism of the Koran, Mohammed, and Islam generally.No wonder our Lord Jesus told us to work while it is light, for night comes, when no man can work. Maranatha!

The same goes for criticism of sexual anarchy, ie homosexuality, transgenderism, and even pedophilia. The Nations of the world have decided that those expressions of perversion are the new frontier, the protected species which they seek to enable, in order to decrease the population of the world.

The unexpected consequences? The collapse of western civilization, and the judgment of God almighty, whom they have affronted. What a Pit they are soon to slip into, and from which there will be no return!

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Consider My Trouble… Psalm 9 pt 4

Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.(Psalm 9:13-14)

Psalm 9 is an eschatological psalm. It describes the coming of the Lord to this earth to deliver a besieged people, Israel, surrounded by menacing enemies on the verge of destroying her.

The Psalmist reveals that Israel’s enemies will be routed by the very presence of the Lord, the Parousia spoken of in the New Testament, as Old and New Testament prophets testify also, by the Holy Spirit;

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.(Zechariah 14:2-3)

When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;( 2 Thess 1:7-9)

The Psalmist asks the Lord to consider the troubles he has, which are due to the hatred of the world.

Why has Israel been so universally hated? What is it about her that consumes so much frenetic activity in world forums such as the United Nations? Why so many censures of the only free and democratic nation in the middle east? How could there even be a suggested ‘moral equivalence ‘ in discussions of Israel and her enemies?

How is it that there can be a Red Cross, and a Red Crescent but there can never be a Red Star of David?

Israel, even in it’s current temporary state of unbelief, is an ongoing testimony to the reality of the God of the Bible. The world seeks to “will away” the existence of God, therefore it hates Israel.

Many centuries earlier a pagan prophet, Balaam, was used by the Holy God to prophesy to the King of Moab, who had paid him to curse Israel. Instead God inspired Balaam to bless and extol Israel, predicting that Israel would triumph over all of her enemies in the last days.

One of his statements was the prediction that Israel would dwell alone and not be reckoned among the nations,(Numbers 23). Israel alone can not have a seat on the U.N. security council, nor will the vast majority of the nations of the world place their embassies in Jerusalem, but rather in Tel Aviv.

The world hates Israel. Other than the majority of evangelical christians who else is Israel’s friend in the world?

The eschatology of the Muslim world, (one out of six people in the world) insists that the “last day cannot come until the Muslims wipe out the Jews”, the very existence of a nation of Israel is an affront to Islam, and a daily reminder of the impotance of Allah.

The secular democracies of Europe hate Israel, because they see it as an impediment to their ongoing attempt to appease the Arab world, for the sake of cheap crude oil. The secular aspect of America is going the same way, despising Israel, accusing her of being an “occupier” and nearly taking the side of Hamas and Fatah in the political debate?

Another prophetic Psalm describes the alienation of Israel in the last days ,

Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek,
that I live among the tents of Kedar!
Too long have I lived
among those who hate peace.
I am for peace;
but when I speak, they are for war (Psalm 120:5-7)

Such is modern Israel’s plight, that she is situated in the world’s worst, most implacably bitter neighborhood, the middle east. “Meshek” , a son of Japheth whose descendents eventually settled in the Caucasus area, is slated to lead a confederation of Moslem nations against Israel.

Kedar is a son of Ishmael, one of the forefathers of the Arab nations. Like their father Ishmael, of whom God said he would be a “Wild Ass of a man”, who would be at war with everybody, including his brothers, Kedar is currently for war, though Israel wants peace.

The ‘ everlasting hatred’ is coming to a head. The events leading up to the last intervention of God almighty to this earth are centered around this Israel hatred. This is why the Psalmist cries out to God, to consider the trouble inflicted upon Israel by it.

But Israel’s prayer to God shall be answered for she will not always be surrounded by such hateful and painful neighbors, who seek her destruction even as she seeks peace, the Lord promises her in Ezekiel that by the time He is through “sanctifying Himself before the nations”,

And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD. Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob. And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God.(Ezekiel 28:24-26)

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