ISRAEL — GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE.
The whole of the Bible is centred around ISRAEL. It is HIStory, — God’s record of His chosen people, past, present and future. The Bible is the history of the nation whom God called “The apple of my eye”. Zec 2:8 For this is what the LORD of the Heavenly Armies says: “In pursuit of glory I was sent to the nations who plundered you, because “whoever injures you, injures the pupil of my eye.” (ISV).
Nations of the world today should be very very careful of how they treat Israel, because world history shows that when a nation blesses Israel and treats them well, they in turn are very blessed and prosper exceedingly. The latest nation to be blessed because of their stand for Israel was the USA, until they decided that they needed ARAB OIL more than they needed Israel. To gain Arab Oil, meant they had to side with the Arab nations and the Palestinians against Israel, and call for the division of Israel, by giving back Judea, Samaria and the West Bank to the Palestinians. This decision was a very bad choice, as from that time on America began its steady decline into debt and into the constant fear of terrorism, both of which were unheard of in America until then.
The nation prior to the USA to bless Israel was the UK who brought forth the BALFOUR DECLARATION, which gave Israel back their own land again in 1917, and it was said later the sun never set on the British Empire, as wherever it was daytime the sun was over a British Colony somewhere in the world. However, that ended when Britain refused entry to the Jewish people from EUROPE during World War Two, and sent thousands of Jews back to Germany, where they became victims of the holocaust, another very bad choice, and for that God removed His blessing from the UK, and it declined to the mediocre power it is today, lagging behind many other countries in the world.
God promised that this would happen right back at the very beginning in Genesis chapter 12 where he promised Abram, later to be called Abraham, Gen 12:2 “I’ll make a great nation of your descendants, I’ll bless you, and I’ll make your reputation great, so that you will be a blessing.” Gen 12:3 “I’ll bless those who bless you, but I’ll curse the one who curses you, and through you all the people of the earth will be blessed.” (ISV). God, being the faithful God He is, has honoured that promise down through the ages, and is still honouring that promise today, despite Israel’s unfaithfulness to God for so much of the time.
God’s word is truth, you cannot escape from it, God told Israel He would punish them if they turned away from Him and worshipped false god’s, and He has been faithful to His word all the way through. All who worship God are blessed, those who worship false gods are being, or will be, punished.
Bad choices, choices made against God and against His Word the Bible, always result in bad outcomes. Let us look at some prophecies concerning the “last days” or the “end times”. These prophecies are currently in progress.
Zech 1:18 & 19 Then I looked up and saw four horns. I asked the angel who was talking to me, “What are those?” So he answered me, “Those are the forces that have dispersed Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.” (ISV) (Horns in scripture nearly always refer to Empires, or World Powers. See also Daniel 7:24 & Rev 17:7 —- The four horns spoken of here are the four known today as “The Quartet” — the United States, – the EU, – Russia and the United Nations. These four powers or “four horns” are working together to create a “Peace Plan” which will divide God’s land, – ISRAEL, and give half of it to the Palestinians. Let me say here that ALL the nations who work together and vote together with the four horns, to take God’s land away from Israel and give it to God’s enemies will be judged by God for doing that. See Joel 3: 1 & 2.
Joel 3: 1 & 2 “Look, now! In those very days and at that time, when I restore prosperity to Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations, bringing them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. I will set out my case against them there, (I will judge them) on behalf of my people, my heritage Israel, whom they scattered among the nations, apportioning my land among themselves. (ISV).
ISRAEL’S ENEMIES. I believe that Israel’s enemies, are of necessity also enemies of God, or God’s enemies, because of God’s covenants with Israel. It is not my intention here to go through naming nations, as we are only dealing with God’s Land – Israel, and the surrounding nations which are mentioned in the Bible. It is very interesting to note, but also logical, that Israel’s enemies today, are the very same enemies Israel battled in the Bible. It is also very interesting to note that those enemies of yesteryear, have all become Islamic nations, and without exception, all swear to exterminate the Israelis from the face of the earth. Also of note those same nations are also virulently anti Christian, and have vowed to cleanse the earth of all Christians as well as all “Jews”. (Read Israelis).
Jer 46:10 That day belongs to the LORD of the Heavenly Armies. It is a day of vengeance to take vengeance on his foes. The sword will devour and be satisfied, and will drink its fill of their blood. For the Lord GOD of the Heavenly Armies will hold a sacrifice in the land of the north, by the Euphrates river. (ISV) We were created in the likeness and image of God. Are you capable of hate? so is God. Are you capable of jealousy? so is God. Are you capable of vengeance? so is God. The difference is that God’s hate, jealousy, vengeance etc.etc. are just and holy, whereas ours are driven by passion and often go beyond being just. That is why the Lord tells us in Rom 12:19 Do not take revenge, dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath. For it is written, “Vengeance belongs to me. I will pay them back, declares the Lord.”
Eze 30:3 “For comes now the day—comes now the Day of the LORD, the day of clouds! The time of the gentiles is fulfilled! Compare with Rom_11:25 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. (ISV) Ezekiel prophesies here that the Day of the Lord will come when the Gentiles is finished.
ISRAEL — GOD’S CLOCK.
I think we need to understand these passages clearly so we have no misconceptions as to what the Lord is telling us here. What the Lord is saying here is that when the day of the Lord comes, at that time the Gentiles domination of the world will cease. The Day of the Lord is a time of Judgement upon the unsaved peoples of the world. During this time, the Lord is trying desperately to bring sinners to salvation, knowing the end is near.
The success of this time of judgement is seen in Rev 7:9 where we are told that “After these things ( i.e. After the first six seals of God’s wrath have been executed) I looked, and there was a crowd so large that no one was able to count it! They were from every nation, tribe, people, and language. They were standing in front of the throne and the lamb and were wearing white robes, with palm branches in their hands.” In verse 14 we are told where this great crowd of people have come from, when the Elder tells John, “So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
These are the people who have seen that God is serious about cleansing the earth of sin and all manner of evil and wickedness, and they have been prepared to become martyrs in order to gain salvation and eternal life, by putting their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The rest of the world continue in their unbelief, in their evil and wicked ways, cursing God for what is happening, but not prepared to give up their evil and wicked practices.
I believe that the times of the Gentiles is perilously close to coming to an end, as more and more pressure is brought against God’s chosen people Israel to give up some of God’s land to God’s enemies, and when they force Israel to accede to their peace plan, then God will say “Finish” and the times of the Gentiles will be over, and God’s judgement will commence.
President Trump and his team of peacemakers are believed to be on the cusp of making an announcement right now. It is believed that both sides will have to give up some of their demands, but that both sides will also gain previously unattainable concessions from the other side. If this is correct, and a date is set for the signing of a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians and the Arabs etc. then look for 1Thess 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labour pains upon a pregnant woman; and they shall not escape.
As the whole world cries out for peace and safety at any price, keep your eyes on Israel, Israel is God’s clock, and they will be the ones who have to pay the main price in this “peace at any price” deal with the Palestinians, and while watching Israel, don’t forget to keep your eyes on the Lord as HE brings to pass HIS word.