The word of God admittedly does not address all or even nearly all the concerns of mankind. But, assuredly it does address the vital issues - those matters essential to faith. The Word is so clear on this matter of the State of Israel today, that we can hardly miss the message: Israel of today is here to stay, to prosper, and ultimately to glorify the name of the Almighty. That is Israel's - and every Believer's - assigned task; it is the only goal worth striving for. It only may reward its adherents.
The course of history for the Jews has been one of great stress and much violence to that people. It is a result which the Jews brought upon themselves by their idolatrous conduct in the centuries before the First Advent, and later, by rejection of His Son Who appeared among them and was slain at their will.
But even long before their heinous acts of disobedience, their Father let it be certainly known that their race should end well - and in favor with Him and His Son, the Seed of the Woman. For one instance, Moses asked assurance of the LORD during his lifetime that Israel should be eternally blessed, as recorded in Exodus 32:13 - Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.
How could any pronouncement be made plainer?
Today's bellicose accusations by the "Palestinians" and their ilk are blasphemous to the Almighty.The Way of Life is still open to all such; but their intransigent opposition to God's People, and their selfish desire for Israel's Land and Capitol, has rendered them irrelevant - has abolished any hope of their being so blessed unless they change their approach to their bethren, the Jews. Unfortunately, the scriptures of Truth indicate that such shall not be the case. Ezekiel 35 concerns itself with Edom - Mt. Seir - in saying: Ezekiel 35:11: Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will even do according to thine anger, and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy hatred against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I have judged thee. 12 And thou shalt know that I am the LORD, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume. 13 Thus with your mouth ye have boasted against me, and have multiplied your words against me: I have heard them. The result shall be that,When the whole earth rejoiceth, I will make thee desolate. <HEL>
God's Word on the Survival of Israel's State
Nearly any worldly observer must believe that Israel's days as a State are numbered. The overarching superiority of numbers of their enemies - the Proximal Arab States round about Israel - makes it nearly humanly impossible for Israel to have any possibility of longevity, or ultimate survival.
But the worldly observer suspects not the magnitude of the will or strength of the Almighty. The Creator of the universe, and the earth with all its multiplicity of flora and fauna, is not fazed by this abysmal ignorance of man. Even though His Word has been extant for millennia, few have sought it out or understood its diktat: God's Name and Purpose shall be preserved and universally exhibited in Israel, His People. It was a principle evident as far back in time as 4,000 BC, when in the Garden of God, He promised the Entity revealed to Adam and his wife, enigmatically, as "The Seed of the Woman," Who should "bruise the serpent's head," or slay it, after being bitten in His heel by His partaking of that symbol of sin in the flesh - diabolos - by being born (made) of a woman, born (made) under the law (Galatians 4:4, q.v)..
This prophecy bears directly upon the longevity and ultimate survival and prosperity of God's People, the Hebrew nation. For it shall be He who saves the People of the Lord: 2Samuel 3:18: ... the LORD hath spoken of David, saying, By the hand of My Servant David (meaning Jesus Christ - see Ezekiel 37:25) I will save my people Israel out of the hand of the Philistines, and out of the hand of all their enemies.
The prophecy was a short-term prophecy for that time; but its implication also was for the long-term, even to the time of the end, when that particular people should persist in threatening to destroy Israel, as Hamas of the Gaza Strip does today! We are assured that this is the case because of the text of another prophet, Isaiah 11:14: But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them. Admittedly, these are only some of Israel's (and the Father's) enemies. All these immediate foes are named and condemned in the words of Psalm 83, q.v.
That message is, that Israel shall not be removed nor displaced - nor even harmed significantly - by her relentless enemies of this day. <HEL>
God's Word on a "Palestinian" State
It must be admitted by every competent Bible scholar, that there shall be no such thing as a lasting "Palestinian" state within the confines of Israel's Promised Land; it is proven in those prophetic words of Psalm 83, and additionally, those of Obadiah, of Isaiah 11, of Ezekiel 35, all of which speak of "Palestinian" annihilation; and ofHabakkuk 3:3, which begins by illustrating what shall happen to Israel's enemies of the end-time: God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.4 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power. 5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. 6 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting. 7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble. All these are sentences of utter defeat and obliteration. The basic physical law of impenetrability - that no two objects (states, in this case) can occupy the same space at the same time - cannot be violated. And given that Israel's inheritance is FOREVER, this means that the "Palestinian" one is NEVER.<HEL>
God's Word on the Egyptian State
The role of Egypt's activities in the end-time are not well documented in God's word, which, in our view, means that Egypt will not cause much grief to Israel after its initial historical period of bellicosity under Gamal Abdul Nasser, and her devastating, triple defeats in the wars of 1948, 1953, 1956, followed by that under Anwar Sadat in 1973. Egypt seems to have learned her lesson - that she is incapable of defeating the forces of the Israeli State - that she must expend no more blood or treasure in that effort. Isaiah 19:17 notes that ... the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, as it has been. The result is that Egypt shall become a blessing to the LORD and to Israel in future time - a fact which is made entirely clear by the words of Isaiah 19:24: In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land ... <HEL>
God's Word on The Islamic State?
These words, Islamic State, designate an entirely new entity which has sprung onto the horizon in the Levant. It was first known as Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) until its name morphed into the present, somewhat awkward moniker. For several years the G.P.L. has projected the arrival upon the historical scene of an entity which should essentially replace and encompass both Iraq and Syria - the ancient territory, roughly, of "Assyria" - the subject of a powerful, but often overlooked or ignored prophecy in the minor prophet, Micah, chapter 5. Here "Assyria" is clearly shown as a potent enemy of Israel of the end-time, and her reigning Monarch, the Man from Bethlehem, the returned Lord Jesus Christ, in our opinion.
In this uncanny prediction of Micah 5:1, Assyria is said to ... smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.In subsequent verses, that Judge seems to be identifiable specifically as the Lord Jesus Christ, Who, having returned to Israel and defeated their most intimate enemies (the "Palestinians" as well as Jordan, and possibly Lebanon?), shall be occupying the Throne of David, then re-constituted in Jerusalem, and beginning the infrastructural development of His nascent kingdom in Israel. Indication of that is found unmistakably in 2Samuel 7:16: And thine house (David's house) and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.
"Forever" means forever. So the occupant of David's throne will not BE David, but One Who is appointed to sit upon it - a position which is destined to be filled by the returned Savior, Who is referred to above as "My Servant David" in Ezekiel 37.
In the remainder of this 5th of Micah, the narrative shows clearly the ultimate, complete obliteration of "Assyria," an entity which could not in Micah's day be termed today's equivalent Islamic State, for Islam would not arise for some 1200-odd years into the future. The last two verses summarize the outcome: Micah 5:6 - And they shallwaste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.
Please note also that Psalm 83:8 also mentions Assur (Assyria) in the same context - as being reserved for destruction in the same manner. The entire prophecy of Nahum relates to all phases of Assyrian oppression against Israel, Isaiah 11: 11, 16 both invoke Assyria as the object of God's wrath and then His blessing, after its defeat and reconstitution. <HELafferty, MD/USA
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