Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Will Israel be Divided?

Scripture speaks of many things having to do with Israel.  In fact, it speaks of the Jews breaking Yahweh's covenant, being exiled and being brought back to their land at the beginning before they ever enter (Dt. 30:1-5).  It does state that they will be brought back, that they will indeed possess the land.  5 "The LORD your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.   The prophet Ezekiel also devotes two entire chapters to the nation and people being restored (Ezek. 36,37). 
Deuteronomy 30:5

But one thing the scriptures DO NOT state is that the land will be divided or taken away from them again after the LORD God has restored them to the land promised to Abraham (Gen. 12:3).  All this political posturing of the PA and incitement to riot in Egypt... and their own citizens just want their leaders to take care of them.  But the leaders are on a fervish course to wipe out the nation of Israel.  As Ahmadenijad has said, he has spoken to "the Mahdi," who is a spiritual entity, who is not supposed to arrive until a time of global chaos and bloodshed.  So it appears that there is clearly a malevolent spiritual force at work, seeking to incite violent war, chaos and bloodshed.  It's the making of all your Hollywood apocalyptic movies.  And I think is the inspiration for most of these movies.

I am thankful the resolution for a Palestinian state has been delayed.  I think it has been done in answer to prayer.  Scripture says that "the LORD is not slow as some count slowness, but is patient with you, desiring that none would perish, but everyone come to repentance" (2 Ptr. 3:9).  Indeed, it would seem that Psalm 2 is addressed to the nations and political leaders of today, fighting against what Yahweh Himself is doing in bringing the Jews back.  But on closer reflection, the leaders fighting against the Jews and warring on them is in fact what Yahweh Himself is doing.

To see this, look at Ezekiel 38.  The LORD Himself says in verse 4, "I will bring you out..." and verse 16 we are told why: "It shall come about in the last days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me when I am sanctified through you before their eyes, O Gog." Ezekiel 38:16

So we see that Yahweh is doing this for His glory, and the praise of His name.  He has chosen the tribe of Israel to fulfill the promises to the first parents, Adam and Eve, of a seed who would crush the head of the Serpent, who tempted them to disobey their loving Creator God.  He brings glory and praise to His name by bringing the enemies of His chosen people against Israel, under the influence of the evil one, and through His chosen people, defeating them, and manifesting His power and glory. (Ezek. 38:1-17)

The apostle Paul described it in this way: 22 What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory,
Romans 9:22-23

Which are you?  An object of God's mercy?  If you repent of your sins, and trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation, you are.  9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
Romans 10:9-10

The LORD God is accomplishing His will among our day, and we see it quickly coming to fruition.  If you have never repented of your sins, do it today, while it is still called the day of grace.  We are getting ready to move into a period of time, when the global government comes to power, and the wrath of God is going to be unleashed upon the earth.  I know many people have taught that the four apocalyptic horsemen are now (and have been) upon the earth, but the first of those horsemen is the coming one-world ruler, seeming like a savior, coming in the name of peace, and he will destroy many.  And in his wake, the other three will quickly follow behind.
"It is appointed for a man to die once, and after this comes the judgment."  Hebrews. 9:27

Trust Him while there's still time. (Rom. 10:9-10)

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