Both read the bible day and night; but you read black where I read white.
No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.
A letter to the editor in today’s Sentinel Record (May 28, 2011, page 8)…
‘On wrong side of history’
I am more than a little concerned about our nation distancing itself from Israel. The current administration is exemplifying the cliché of being “on the wrong side of history” on this issue in more ways than one.
Four thousand years ago, God established His chosen people through a covenant with Abraham, promising to make his descendants a great nation which would settle an area now known as Israel. On that day, God defined that land by borders even beyond what now shapes the country. Before the Israelites (Jews) took possession of this promised land, they were subjected to 400 years of slavery in Egypt. After Moses led the miraculous escape of more than a million of Abraham’s descendants, they wandered for 40 years and ultimately reclaimed the land given them by Jehovah God.
Against all odds, the Jews conquered the inhabitants of the promised land around 1400 B.C., as God empowered them. Between the sixth and eighth century B.C.,, almost all the Jews were defeated by their enemies and taken captive to Babylon. Decades later, the Jews were freed, with some returning to the promised land, but most being dispersed throughout the world. This dispersal characterized the Jewish nation from around 500 B.C. until 1948 A.D. when the United Nations, largely influenced by the United States, declared the land now known once again as Israel to be the Jewish nation. The U.S. was the first nation to officially recognize that declaration.
Relatively few people realize the biblical significance of the resurrected nation of Israel, now in its 63rd year. The land is still the land of God’s covenant with Abraham. It is the fulfillment of many biblical prophecies and will ultimately be the fulfillment of the prophecy of the end times. All prophecies in the Bible have either happened as predicted or are still to happen in the future. All prophecies regarding the future end times and the second coming of Christ are centered on Israel. The Bible is clear that Israel will not experience peace until just before Christ comes again. And, even then, it will be a false peace. All efforts for peace in the Middle East are commendable, but ultimately futile.
When God first promised what is now Israel to Abraham, He said, “I will bless those that bless you, and curse those that curse you.” As a Christian under a new covenant with Christ, I am the beneficiary of God’s covenant with Abraham, although I am not a Jew. However, a study of the scriptures bears out the continuing connection between God and the Jews under the original covenant. Furthermore, this small country has demonstrated repeatedly its strength and tenacity against seemingly superior forces. I don’t want America to be on the wrong side of history from either a biblical or geo-political perspective. I believe God has a heart for Israel and will continue to bless its allies. May America always be a dependable friend of Israel.
Anyone interested in how current events are fulfilling the biblical prophecies of the end times is invited to Crossgate Church where these scriptures will be studied at 9 and 10:45 a.m. each Sunday for the next several weeks.
The image above, from the website of Crossgate Church, links to this video featuring spectacular wars and disasters, with an oh-so-meaningful pause on an Israeli flag and the Dome of the Rock, just as the ominous background music crescendos…
This would be comical if it didn’t fit a larger pattern that is sweeping across American megachurches (and wannabe megachurches). Watch the following May 12, 2011 video featuring that noxious icon of Western civilization, Geert Wilder, and marvel (or weep) at what has become the too-common face of Christianity.
– Monsieur d’Nalgar