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"Few if any recent generations could sit with a Bible in one hand and their newspapers in the other and see the fulfillment of prophecy, but for us it’s almost routine." Jack Kelly

Friday, June 3, 2011

We Are the World, We Are the Children, Lets All Hate Israel..

I have been not so outspoken lately about Israel, well, except for my commentary on Obama's incredibly ignorant and asinine speech telling the world that Israel needs to go back to the pre 1967 borders.

Well, I feel I must speak up again, in defense of Israel because so much has been going on for the past few years, but more so within the past few weeks- dear leader's speech included. 
I read a article tonight on The Blaze, which, usually would make my hair get in a knot, but strangely, all I feel is pity and sadness for the ignorant masses who have fallen lock and step with the same kind of hateful speech which paved the way to the death camps of the Third Reich.
Seems that some musicians are the latest to jump on the anti Israel bandwagon, and have recorded a song that accuses Israel of “crimes against humanity” and “illegal occupation,“ and demands ”freedom for Palestine.”  Now, I've never heard of any of these people, except for the band Coldplay, but even then, I don't think I've ever heard one of their songs.   Anyway, this group for some reason calls themselves OneWorld.  Would that be a world without Jews?  Just askin'.

I'm going to suggest you get a coffee, or whatever your pleasure, and get comfy because this is going to be one of my longer articles to explain history.  I do not want to make it a record breaker, but this is something that can not be broken down into a multi part series- so bear with me folks.
So many people have for a long time been lulled into a false history of the Middle East for decades, specifically that which pertains to Israel and "Palestine".   This song, these people who wrote and recorded it, all the flack for the past year about flotillas, and the steady rise in Anti Semitism is an indication of just how much people are blinded to the history of Israel.

I could show hundreds of Biblical verses which tell about the beginning of the nation of Israel thousands of years ago,  but for the first part of this, let's look at it in a purely secular way.
Where was Palestine, and who were the Palestinians?   Back during the Roman Empire days, AD 70 to be specific, the Roman persecution of the Jews was in full swing.  The Empire didn't appreciate much about this backwater, hickville place in the desert, and they cared less for the people who lived there- specifically the Jews, the new religious kids on the block- the Christians, or the Arab people.  They decided to call the region Palestine, which was meant as a slur to the Jewish people.  The region has never, since the Israeli kings had a self rule or their own government.  It has been in the hands of the Babylonians, Assyrians, Media/Persians, Greeks, Romans and since the fall of the Roman Empire, it fell under the rule of the Islamic and Christian Crusaders and the Ottoman Empire.  It was not until the Balfour Treaty, after the World war, that Israel became a nation again, drawn with property lines established by the Allies.

The area, still known by the Roman name, Palestine, was not much of a promised land for much of the past millennium.  In the early 19th century, Palestine was a backward, neglected province of the Ottoman Empire. Travelers to Palestine from the Western world left records of what they saw there, the empty land was, neglected, abandoned, desolate, and ruins.  Jerusalem wasn't much different.   Mark Twain describes the area in "The Innocents Abroad" in 1867: There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent [valley of Jezreel] — not for 30 miles in either direction… One may ride ten miles hereabouts and not see ten human beings. … For the sort of solitude to make one dreary, come to Galilee … Nazareth is forlorn … Jericho lies a moldering ruin … Bethlehem and Bethany, in their poverty and humiliation… untenanted by any living creature… A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds … a silent, mournful expanse … a desolation … We never saw a human being on the whole route … Hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil had almost deserted the country … Of all the lands there are for dismal scenery Palestine must be the prince. The hills barren and dull, the valleys unsightly deserts [inhabited by] swarms of beggars with ghastly sores and malformations. Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes … desolate and unlovely …"
Sir Winston Churchill described a Palestine without the Jews in the winter of 1920-1921., "Left to themselves, the Arabs of Palestine would not in a thousand years have taken effective steps towards the irrigation and electrification of Palestine. They would have been quite content to dwell—a handful of philosophic people—in wasted sun-drenched plains, letting the waters of the Jordan flow unbridled and unharnessed into the Dead Sea.”
In any historical description of the area of Palestine, you will never see the word "Palestinian".  There is no such thing as a Palestinian race or people.  There is no such thing as a Palestinian language or culture.  The fact of the matter is, these people whom the world and anti Israel sympathisers call Palestinians are in fact Arabs.

The Arabs of the land were mostly nomads or Bedouins.  They had done nothing much to improve the land in any modern way, and it was the Jewish people who lived there, in the years before and after the world wars, which produced transformations by building power stations, industry and commerce and rebuilding cities.  Because of the ingenuity of the Jewish people, they were making living standards better not only for themselves, but also for the Arab people who lived and worked there. 
When the State of Israel came into being again after a thousand or so years, there was still much to improve in the land which in Biblical days had been described as a land flowing with milk and honey.  It was not long after, that the tiny new nation was being drawn into war over territory by the Egypt, the newly created Trans Jordan and Syria.  Israel, with barely a standing military managed to win these wars.  Interestingly, before these happened, there had never really been a call for a "Palestinian State".  Interesting.
During the Six Day War, Israel did capture land which included parts of Jerusalem and what is now called the West Bank.  But again, they did NOT capture this land from "Palestinians".  They captured it from Trans Jordan.

OK. Lets look at the land.  What purpose does the world demand Israel give up half it's country to Arabs?  It can't be due to size!
Syria has nearly 71,500 square miles. Jordan has nearly 35,700 square miles of land.  Iraq, nearly 169,000 and Iran nearly 637,000 square miles.  Saudi Arabia nearly 757,000 square miles!  These are only a handful of Arab lands surrounding Israel.  Israel, is 8,109 square miles.  The widest part of the country is not quite 30 miles across!

So it's not land.  It's not oil or other natural resources, as the massive square mileage of Arab lands has plenty.  Maybe, as so many people seem to believe, it's because the Arabs were forced from their homes during the early wars against Israel.  That could be part of it.  It's not pleasant to think of anyone having to be forced from their homes, but like it or not, this has happened throughout history- not just from Israel.  Should all people all over the planet be allowed this "right of return"?   If this were the case, most of North America would be emptied, much of South America as well.  And if we really want to knit pick, Israel would go back to it's right of return as well, the original lands based on the early Biblical description has it's eastern border on the Euphrates River!     No, it's not even really about the people displaced during the early years of Israel's rebirth. 

Is Israel a perfect nation? Not by a long shot- but show me a nation, or people who are!  My secular side, if I even have one, tells me that the world seems piled against Israel is just not right.  Something doesn't make sense here.

Then it must be religious right?!  After all, the Dome of the Rock is there, so Arabs should be able to have Jerusalem as their capital!!  Not so fast!
Again, yes, the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque are located where?  On the Temple Mount.  What Temple would that be?  The Jewish Temple, not the original one mind you, built by King Solomon over three thousand years ago, but the one rebuilt by Herod between 20 BC and AD 70.  Islam wasn't even a twinkle in the Muslim eye until after 500 AD.
The Jewish Temple is the most Holy Place of Judaism.  Jerusalem has been the capital city of Israel for over 4000 years.  Did you know that Jerusalem is not even mentioned in the Quran?  It's true.  It is not.  Mecca, the Holiest place of Islam is in Saudi Arabia, and is mentioned throughout the Quran, but not one mention of Jerusalem.  So, it can not be for religious reasons.... or can it?

I have posted on Israel, the end times and prophecies much on my blog ever since my earliest days at AOL.  I have, time and time again, told people to watch the happenings in and around the middle east, specifically Israel, because all of prophecy concerning the coming of Christ points to the rebirth of the Israeli Nation, political upheavals, the rise against God's chosen people of Israel through anti Semitism, and the world coming against Israel until she has no friends left.

It seems that things are falling rapidly into place.  Up until recently, the western world, specifically the United States has stood with Israel, supporting her new creation.   With the present administration, it has come to pass where America no longer seems to be wanting to remain a steadfast friend of Israel.  The past few decades has seen a steady decline in American/Israeli relations, but no more pronounced and troubling as recently with Barack Obama.  With the main stream news reporting so called atrocities, so called apartheid and so called Israeli occupation of a fictional race of people- the masses are quick to pile on the anti Israel bandwagon.

This is a religious thing.  It always has been.  God chose Abraham to be the father of the Jewish people.  Through the promise of his descendants through the line of Isaac, Israel has been the apple of God's eye for thousands of years.  It is through the earthly descendant of Abraham, Ishmael, who was described as a wild donkey of a man, quick with bow and arrow, who is the father of the Arab people.  The brother of the Promise have been enemies ever since.

Satan has always had his plans to destroy God's people.  After all, God's Holy Word comes to the world from the Jews, as does the Savior of the World.  Satan has tried through centuries, by leading the people of Israel, through disobedience to God, to be lead into captivity time and time again.  But God keeps on bringing His people home.  He has brought them home after the last major attempt to wipe them off the face of the earth by the gas ovens of World War 2.   He will try again, by the world coming against one of the tiniest nations on earth, but when everything seems the most hopeless for Israel, God will once again save His people, and show the world He is Lord of Lords.  Soon thereafter, Jesus comes to reclaim His creation.  Please read the Book.  It's all in there.  Ask Jesus, ask Him, "if You are real, please reveal yourself and Your Word to me, that I understand".   Trust in Him.  The rest of the Word is coming to life in front of our eyes, you can be assured, that Jesus is the Author, and His Word is True.

May G*d Bless and Keep Israel! Amen.


Heli gunner Tom said...

What a fine, well worded post, and I loved the comparison of land area of all the Arab countries compared to Israel! |I hope you continue your blogging and send them to me, please.

Tom Schuckman
Disabled Vietnam Veteran: 68-70
Jesus is my Lord and Savior.

Nelishia said...

This taught me so much and it was so well written. It answered a lot of my questions. Thank you for writing this.

I have a question or sort of a thought. What happens in the natural to Israel also happens within the church. I've watched a pattern for awhile. When people start attacking Israel, not only do tragedies happen to the country not standing by them, but in the spiritual, apostacy toward God and His Son Jesus becomes more common within the church too. As Israel is ganged up on more, do you see a hardening of hearts toward God like never before also coinciding with the activity? Even within the church, the we are the world, we are it's people, seeker friendly bunch think we should all just get along. I hope I've made a little sense. It's just something I've noticed. There's a pattern to it.

Anonymous said...

I have always been pro-Israel.

I'm going to suggest you get a coffee...(ha, ok...)

Jenny said...

Interesting reading, i enjoyed that it was very clearly written.
Jenny <><

Mik said...

Some days Carolyn, I really believe that I learn much better from reading your posts than when I try to make sense out of my Bible But yeah, Israel deserves a whole lot more support than what she gets from our country. We must stand with them... God Bless you and yours Carolyn.