First let us be clear, the Bible is all about Israel and Israel’s enemies. As I mentioned last time, God promised Abraham in Gen 12:3 “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you. I will use you to bless all the people on earth.” The Bible is about God blessing all the people on earth through Abraham and his descendants. This blessing was partially fulfilled of course in the salvation of all mankind through Jesus, God’s Son. Jesus was a Jew, a descendant of Abraham.
But this blessing is a two-edged sword, as God also promised Abraham and his descendants that He would also curse all those who curse Israel. God said in Zech – 2:8 whoever touches Israel touches the apple of God’s eye. = (Hurt Israel – hurt God)
This promise does not end with the death of Jesus on the cross, because God does not change nor lie nor retract his promises, so today that promise is as powerful as it ever was, and we have seen the fulfillment of that clearly, in the way God has blessed Israel with miraculous victories over their enemies, in wars where their enemies far outnumbered them in manpower, military hardware and equipment. At the time, no one believed for a moment that it was possible for Israel to survive, let alone to win.
That brings me to current world events. There are two major events currently taking place in the world; both of these events will severely hurt Israel, and according to the Bible, these events will shape the future of the world and the nations.
The first of these is the dividing of the land of Israel amongst her enemies. The world is determined to divide Israel up and give the West Bank and Gaza to the Arabs and the Egyptians who currently live there, under the guise of being Palestinians, (see my previous post) and to create a state of Palestine. What the World does not understand is that the land they are intent on giving to God’s enemies, does not belong to the Arabs nor the Egyptians, nor even to the so called Palestinians, in fact it does not even belong to Israel, it belongs to God!!!
Lev 25:23 The land shall not be sold forever; for the land is Mine. For you are strangers and pilgrims with Me.
Eze 38:16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.
Joe 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and I will judge them there for how they treated my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
Leading the charge is the USA, hand in hand with The European Union, The United Nations and Russia. The BIG 4. These countries have been trying to cut Israel down to size, as it were, for over 25 years now. I believe that the root cause of the problem lies in the fact that the whole world needs oil, and the Islamic nations and their friends control some 80 % of the world’s oil supplies, meaning that most other nations in the world have very little oil, or none at all, so they have to stay on side with these Islamic nations if they want to be able to buy the oil they need to keep their countries running. That of course means going against Israel when it comes to touchy matters like “The Palestinian Problem” and dividing the land of Israel “God’s land” amongst His enemies.
The second part of the problem is the Boycott, Sanction and Divestment movement. This organisation was started by the Arabs in the West Bank of Israel, and the Egyptians in Gaza, (aka the Palestinians) in order to try and financially cripple Israel, and thus force Israel to give part of God’s land to them. Today this organisation is sweeping the world. Boycott = don’t buy anything made in Israel. Divest = sell all your shares in Israeli companies and don’t invest in Israel. Sanction = don’t allow Israel to buy or trade with other countries.
The World Council of Churches as an entity, supports BDS against Israel.
I think the saddest thing about all this is that people who actually call themselves Christians, are often the leaders of the pack. In the USA most if not all of the mainstream or nominal churches synods, or hierarchies have approved BDS and are putting it into action in their denominations. In saying that I would also like to note that as far as I know, and also according to BDS published materials. there are no Spirit-filled churches within the BDS movement I am also pleased to say, that I have read of a few mainline church assemblies who have refused to follow their organisation’s lead in this matter.
I would like to point out two things. 1. For about 300 years the Jews had collaborated with the Roman Emperors to have all the Christians they could catch tortured and fed to the lions, or killed in some other gruesome way, for refusing to bow down to Caeser as their God. When Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity, the so called “Christians” of the church, filled with hatred for what the Jews had done to them for so long, decided to get their own back. This is reflected in the churches adoption of “Replacement Theology” meaning that all God’s blessings belong to the Church, including the land of Israel, and all God’s curses belong to the Jews.
Origen (185-254 AD) – He was responsible for much anti-Semitism, all of which was based on his assertion that the Jews were responsible for killing Jesus. He was the father of the allegorical method of interpretation, and he was excommunicated by the early church and declared an heretic.
Augustine 400A.D. Asserted that the “Jews deserved death but were destined to wander the earth to witness the victory of the Church over the synagogue.” Augustine took up Origen’s heresies and introduced them into the Roman Catholic Church who adopted them, as did all the Bishops of Rome from that time on.
- Unfortunately, apart from the Wesley Bros, all the other leaders of the Reformation continued to carry this hate and unforgiveness in their hearts, and so today it is still prevalent in mainstream churches.
Martin Luther 1543 “Even if they (the Jews) were punished in the most gruesome manner, that the streets ran with their blood, that their dead would be counted not in the hundred thousands, but in the millions…in sum they are the devil’s children, damned to hell……..Saints, you may think I’m behaving too crudely against the poor miserable Jews, but good God, I’m much too mild in insulting such devils.”
Such hate and such unforgiveness is in conflict with the Gospel message, “Luk 6:27 But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. And Mat 6:15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, neither will your Father forgive your sins.” I’m so glad I can leave all that to Jesus.
All of this is further fulfillment of prophecy. Our God knows the end from the beginning. He always knew it.
So how is this going to affect the world and the nations? The Bible says in Zec 14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy (Jerusalem’s) spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. v2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle;
This is where the dividing of Israel’s land, and putting BDS into action is leading the world right now.
Zec 14:3 “Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. v4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives”. Still future, but coming very soon the nations will have to fight against God for His land and His chosen people.
Mat 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: v 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
The result, If you read the rest of the passage, is that the sheep nations who helped Jesus brothers, were accepted into God’s kingdom, the goat nations did not help Jesus brethren and were cast into hell. This will be the end result of what is currently taking place in the world.