Saturday, January 10, 2009

Do you see what's happening?

God speaking to Abraham, the father of Israel, in Genesis 12:3 "I will bless those who bless you; those who curse you I'll curse."

From a Comcast news article this morning: "And with neither side ready to step down, the death toll in two weeks of fighting rose to more than 800 Palestinians, according to Palestinian medical officials, and 13 Israelis."

Did you read that? 800 Palestinians. 13 Israelis.

Further in that article it reads: "Israeli defense officials say they are prepared for a third stage of the offensive, in which ground troops would push much further into Gaza, but are still waiting for approval from the government.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were discussing classified information, said the army also has a fourth stage planned that calls for a full reoccupation of Gaza and toppling of Hamas."

This will happen. I sit with baited breath watching biblical events unfold before my eyes. The words of Isaiah rolling out in real time. How can people not see? How can people not believe? How can people deny God's truth and His word?

Again, Genesis 12:3 "I will bless those who bless you; those who curse you I'll curse." As said by a good friend (Once again, start your blog and I'll link you, darn it!) this is God's foreign policy. Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse them will be cursed.

Oh, Lord. Help our nation be on Your side, Israel's side. All others are fighting against You. Open the eyes of those who have been blind! Bring Your people to You!

(Read the full article here.)
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Ken Smith said...

Emotionally, I always find myself on Israel's side. But I also feel concerned whenever anyone seems to believe that the Israeli government can do no wrong. Certainly neither Nathan, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, nor Ezekiel believed that was the case. Nor did Jesus, when it comes down to it. I do believe that Israel is God's chosen nation, but I don't think this means that they always do what is right. Certainly you'd be hard pressed to find a single Israeli who thought that their government was always right. I've spent many months in Israel, and I've never found a single Israeli who supported the Israeli government the way many American Christians do.

For instance, Israel clearly has a right to defend themselves against Hamas -- but Israeli settlers, for example, don't have the right to steal land from Palestinian farmers. It's been well documented that nearly 1/3 of all Israeli settlements in the West Bank are on land that belongs to private Palestinians and was stolen from them.

For what it's worth, I've spent quite a bit of time reflecting on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict on my own blog: here, here, and here, for instance.

Angela said...

Ken, thanks for taking the time to comment! I agree with what you're saying. My post was meant to convey the reality of prophecy unfolding. Israel is not God's perfect people, rather, His chosen people. As Christians, it's not our role to support everything the Israeli government does, bar none. The Bible shows that time and again. (Thank God for a new covenant!) But we should be praying for God's will, and that eyes would be opened... both the world's eyes and the eyes of the Jewish people. Israel will be victorious in the end, no matter the odds, because that's what His word says.

I'll check out your blog when I get the chance!