Once again with this new administration, not unlike several previous administrations, a major political goal is to engineer lasting peace in the Middle East; specifically peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis. The present administration adamantly states that such a peace agreement must include a “two state” arrangement whereby the Palestinians can establish a sovereign state within Israel’s borders. The present administration also feels that Israel is the major obstacle to such a peace agreement. The truth is that the Palestinians do not want to share Israel’s land, they want Israel totally annihilated. This was obvious when former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered the Palestinians the most generous proposal to date but it was flatly refused. This offer included ceding the vast majority of the West Bank to the Palestinians as well as splitting the ancient city of Jerusalem. It’s interesting to note that Olmert offered concessions that were way “above his pay grade.”
Now then, how does the present challenge with Israel and the Palestinians relate to Armageddon? Simply this; the proposed solution to the ongoing strife between Isaac and Ishmael will be the “straw that broke the camel’s back” of God’s patience.
It is utterly amazing that an issue that is so clearly stated and confirmed repeatedly in the Bible is totally ignored by the world’s decision makers including those of the United States.
“…And I will establish My covenant between Me and you (Abraham) and your descendants after you…for an everlasting covenant…also I give to you …all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession…” Genesis 17:7-8
“…My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year” Genesis 17:21
And even though the United Nations doesn’t recognize Jerusalem as the legal capital of Israel, God established it as such.
“…I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people. The nations also will know that I, the LORD, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.” Ezekiel 37:26-28
“…this (temple in Jerusalem) is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever.” Ezekiel 43:7
The kings of the earth, however, think they have a better plan; but their rationale will produce catastrophic results. And while they think that they have devised their own strategies, they will learn that they are just fulfilling the word of God penned over two millennia ago.
“For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem…” Zechariah 14:2
“It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” Zechariah 12:9
“Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice…saying ‘release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.’ So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.” Revelation 9:13-15
“Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates…and I saw three unclean spirits…go out to the kings of the earth…to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty…And they gathered them together to the place called…Armageddon.” Revelation 16:12-16
And what does the Bible say will precipitate this great war called Armageddon?
“I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land.” Joel 3:2
Therefore, what men are attempting to fix, specifically the splitting of Jerusalem and dividing the land with the descendents of Ishmael, God says will lead to destruction.
While America should be pleased to have a professing Christian as their Commander in Chief, many find it troubling that he has recently stated that “America is no longer a Christian nation” and then goes on to state that the United States is now “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.” Rhetoric and wisdom are not necessarily synonymous. President Obama needs to keep in mind always that his Bible clearly states that God’s covenant was with Abraham’s son Isaac, the father of Jacob, who was the father of the 12 tribes of Israel and not Isaac’s half brother Ishmael, the progenitor of the Arab nations.
The Bible further clearly states how God looks on those who want to usurp His sovereignty and who attempt to design the future and fate of the nations.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. He brings the princes to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth useless.” Isaiah 40:21-22
It is sad to realize that with all the history to validate the Bible, we as a nation will continue to trudge on in darkness which will only serve to accelerate the inevitable arrival of Armageddon.
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