Monday, March 30, 2015

Gathering Against Israel

When did support for Israel become a political issue? You'd think that a modern, secular democracy threatened by people who engage in or are sympathetic toward religion-motivated terrorism would have bipartisan support in the United States. Once upon a time our support for Israel did indeed go across political parties. But alas, that has to change if we are to embrace the utopian new world envisioned by our ruling elite.

The animosity President Obama has for Israel is legend. It seems every day we learn something new about how the leader of the free world seeks revenge for Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu opposing our appeasing Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. The Obama administration did everything they could to keep Netanyahu from being re-elected, they have insisted on Israel giving up land they captured in 1967, they threatened to stop blocking resolutions against Israel at the United Nations, they have accused Israel of spying, and they have revealed Israel's nuclear secrets.

The U.S. officially turning against Israel reveals how close we are to the return of Christ. We have been one of the few nations that have helped keep the wolves at bay but have recently made it clear that Israel is on her own. This is just as Scripture said it would be in the time-frame of the Lord's return: "It shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it" (Zechariah 12:3).

Some Bible skeptics will say that seeing prophecy such as this being realized is self-fulfilling; that Christians enable prophecy to be fulfilled so we can say the Bible is true. But this would mean that it is Christians who are behind turning nations against Israel. How ludicrous; such convoluted excuses for unbelief is proof that people who oppose God do not think rationally (Romans 1:28). True Christians pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6), support Israel out of gratitude to God for blessing us through the Jews (Genesis 12:1-3) and recognize that God is not done using Israel to be a blessing to mankind (Romans 11:25, Zechariah 8:22-23).

Others will say that the United States is not completely against Israel because the Republicans in Congress still favor them. Well this is something that does give Israel supporters hope but we'll see if it makes any real difference. We have seen how effective the Republicans have been trying to oppose anything Obama wants to do; the spirit of Antichrist is strong with our president having the irrational invincibility that foreshadows the Beast of Revelation 13:4. The momentum is on the side of change and the world turning against Israel is among the trends that are apparent to the spiritually discerning who are actively watching for the return of Christ.

There will be consequences for touching the apple of God's eye (Zechariah 2:8). The United States has seen an amazing correlation of natural disasters on previous occasions when we have pressured Israel to divide up God's land (Joel 3:1-2, see "End Times Evangelism" pages 90-93). Those occasions were warnings. The fact that we are not seeing any natural disasters despite the recent intense pressure Obama is putting on Israel tells me the time for warning is over. So it looks like God is saving up His wrath for the judgment of the Tribulation when the Church will not be on earth. At least I hope that is the case, we are in the midst of the birth pangs preceding the Tribulation that are pretty painful to those caught up in them.

The world turning against Israel is just one more indicator that we are getting ever closer to the end of the Church Age. "Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect" (Matthew 24:44).

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