For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.(Joel 3:1-3)
The final count of the four count indictment against the nations of the world by the infinite,personal,Holy,Sovereign King of the Universe, is that they have sold out the boys and girls of Israel,God’s people, for the hire of a Harlot and that they might sate their thirst for wine.
What does this mean and how could it possibly apply to the nations of the World ? How have the nations prostituted themselves as regards the children (literal) of Israel? Why did they do this, and what is it that they have been so thirsty for that they have been willing to do so?
Israel is a nation which from its rebirth in 1948, has been in a state of siege by its sworn,implacable and at the same time impotent enemies, the Muslim Arab states that surround it. They hate Israel and would wipe it off of the map!
Having been humiliatingly defeated in five major wars in which the Muslim armies outnumbered the fledgling state of Israel some ten to one, the Arabs have resorted to the same kind of cowardly warfare that the Amalekites waged against Israel, As Moses relates,
Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God.(Deuteronomy 25:17-18)
This would include a war on the unsuspecting, the weak, vulnerable, and on children, boys and girls. The so-called intifada of the last 40 years have been well documented, they are known for the quality of their merciless savagery against the innocent,
The cold-blooded slaughter of the 1972 Israeli Olympic team, the exploding of buses, attacks on Jewish schools, the murder of school children in caves, parks, pizza parlors, and anywhere else that these so-called “martyrs” manage to pull off,have been met with a strange indifference by the rest of the world. There has been little official outrage or condemnation that hasn’t also included an equivalence argument, or lecture against the Jews.
On the other hand the late Yasser Arafat, the father of modern terrorism, has been feted as a man of peace, a virtual george Washington, a freedom fighter standing up for his people. He actually addressed the U.N. with a holster strapped on his hip, to a standing ovation!
The ultimate sign that the world is utterly insane in it’s opposition to God, was the fact that this blood stained murderer was actually awarded the Nobel Peace prize, in 1994.
Jewish boys and girls have not been valued by the nations of the earth, for when vicious predators such as Arafat and the terrorism that he spawned slaughtered them, the world can only for the most part lecture Israel for ‘provoking’ these modern Amalekites!
In the Arab world the slaughterers of innocent women and children have streets named after themselves, they are regarded as Holy men, and their families are praised!
One sickening example of this is that of the child killer who was released in one of those disproportionate prisoner exchanges Israel is often pressured into. This from the Sydney Australian Morning Herald,
“In Jerusalem, an Israeli spokesman condemned the hero’s welcome accorded to Kantar in Beirut yesterday. “Kantar is a brutal child murderer who instead of being rejected upon his return was cheered and greeted like a rock star and this is disgusting and deplorable,” said David Baker, a spokesman from the Israeli prime minister’s office”.(http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/freed-lebanese-prisoners-vow-to-fight-on/2008/07/18/1216163096414.html?page=fullpage)
How have we nations prostituted ourselves, selling out Jewish boys and girls? We have betrayed our own values of human rights, selling them out by looking the other way, to appease perhaps the worst violators of human rights in the world today, the Arab Muslim world. To appease them we hold Jewish life, and rights cheap, forcing them into indefensible borders, muting our usual condemnation of Human rights violators so as not to offend.
What is it that we are so thirsty for, that we would prostitute our own stated values, which we were never afraid to champion before, in the face of Communism and Fascism? We called them on human rights, why not the Saudi’s?
Our ‘wine’ in the modern industrial world is Oil, cheap, easily accessible oil, which the Lord has seen fit to put in the hands of the Arabs, as a moral test, which we are failing.
Dear Pastor Bill, Thanks for your recent articles. You are so right! “The world IS utterly insane in its opposition to God.” That is the only reasonable explanation for the outrageous way that the nation of Israel is being treated. There is certainly no logical explanation for it. I pray that the Israelis will turn to Yeshua.
Uninformed people often question – how could God be a loving righteous God when He commanded Israel to kill and totally destroy her surrounding nations?
The answer is the same then as it is today. The permitted leaders of the enemies of Israel are bloodthirsty killers out to destroy. Even their little children are brain-washed to be vicious, violent, bloodthirsty bullies. Never-the-less, those of the heathen nations were allowed to join Israel, (like today) if they obeyed God’s/Israel’s laws. Rahab was one of them.
Israel has a right to defend herself but there is no way to change these vicious nations except through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Until Israel as a nation acknowledges her Messiah as Jesus Christ, the violence will continue. It is amazing to witness the blindness of the enemies of God. As you say – “The ultimate sign that the world is utterly insane…was the fact that this blood stained murderer (Yasser Arafat) was actually awarded the Nobel Peace prize, in 1994.”
Thank you for your post Ps Bill.
Thanks for the great exposition. It always sends a chill down my spine to realize what the world is headed for. God warned us centeries ago. His prophecies continue to warn us about what we are headed for unless we submit our lives to Him. Thanks again for another great series. They greatly strengthen one’s faith.