Category Archives: Israel’s Role in the Endtimes
Israel- God’s Measuring Rod; Friend or Foe
Four thousand years ago God told Abraham;
‘..I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed’ Ge12:2,3.
How the nations of the world treat endtime Israel will determine their blessings or curses. Recently it has been widely reported of an open feud between the US and Israel; of the US refusal to draw ‘red lines’ on Iran’s nuclear producing capacity, and the refusal of the US president to meet with Israel on this matter. God is using Israel today as a measuring rod of the nations of the world; to judge the nations whether they will support or reject tiny Israel! The prophet Joshua put it succinctly that God alone will fight for Israel:
‘For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day. One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you‘ Josh23:9,10.
Watch what is happening in the Middle East and Israel, a cup of trembling for these last days. The lineup of the nations and their armies has begun. The most important thing for the America is to be a friend of Israel. Soon we will see who will support or reject Israel, and what nations will God bless and who will He curse!
Presently, there are great turmoil and uprisings going on in the Middle East. US embassies in Egypt, Libya, and Yemen have been attacked and the US flag burned. An American ambassador and three colleagues have been killed in Libya supposedly because of a new derogatory movie being shown ‘The Innocence of Muslims’. These attacks on the US embassies have been coordinated by Muslim extremists on America’s anniversary of the 911 destruction of the World Trade Center on Sep. 11, 2001. So far, there have been over 35 protests against the US, over the film by Muslims from Indonesia, India, the Middle East to Africa! The lineup for the next great war has begun, with the whole world on a sure path to Armageddon! We will continue to look at Israel’s Role in the Endtimes in this Part II conclusion:
ISRAEL’S ROLE IN THE ENDTIMES- Recent Wars Against Israel
While Satan seeks to destroy Israel, God is using Israel to fulfill His endtime plan on earth. Satan has filled the Arab world with great hatred towards Israel, even till today. Soon the entire world will be engulfed in a war, where all the nations of the world will take sides either for or against Israel. Here are some recent scrimmages against the nation of Israel. Each time God intervened and gave Israel the victory, and God will one day destroy all nations that come against Jerusalem!
1948 War. As quickly as Israel was declared a nation, surrounding countries such as Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq attacked her. The coordinated Arab attack was soon halted, but the Jordanians were able to take control of old Jerusalem. The UN then negotiated a truce.
1956 War. In July 1956 Egypt’s Gamal Abdal Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal to halt shipping between the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean. In Oct 1956, Israeli General Moshe Dayan launched a successful air and ground assault into Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. Control over the Suez Canal was then turned over to the UN forces, allowing Israel and the other nations access to the Indian Ocean.
1967 Six-Day War. In May 1967 President Nasser mobilized units in the Sinai, and closed the Gulf of Aqaba to Israel, the seaway to the Indian Ocean. On June 5, 1967 Israel launched a massive air assault that crippled the Arab air capability and gained air superiority to protect her ground forces. Israel then won control over the Sinai peninsula after three days, capturing Jerusalem’s Old City from Jordan, and the strategic Golan Heights along Syria. By June 10 the war ended. Israel miraculously won again though she was greatly outnumbered! For the 1st time in 2500 years since the Babylonian captivity by Nebuchadnezzar, Jerusalem, the holy city of God, was again back in Israel’s hands!
1973 Yom Kippur War. On this Jewish holy day of atonement Oct 6, 1973, Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat launched a two-pronged assault on Israel. The Egyptian forces struck eastward across the Suez Canal and pushed the Israelis back, while the Syrians advanced from the north with Jordon, Iraq, and Libya in support. Israel was caught off guard for a few days, but eventually defeated the Egyptian/Syrian invasions.
1982 War. In 1982 Israel launched a massive preemptive attack to destroy the Palestine Liberation Organization bases in Lebanon. Israel then withdrew from Lebanon but maintained a policed buffer zone north of its border. Yasser Arafat later died, and the PLO no longer exist!
The Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Hamas in Gaza have since taken over from the PLO. They have been firing numerous short-range missiles, striking and killing over 10,000 people in nearby cities of Israel! Today there is a greater war looming that will greatly affect all of us on earth as the final chapter of God’s plan for mankind is being turned!
The Next Great War- The Ezekiel Chapters 38/39 War
Recently the war drums have been beating loudly as there have been talks of a Israeli preemptive attack on Iran’s nuclear capability. Nations are already taking sides with China, Russia, and Syria siding with Iran, and the US, France, and England meekly backing Israel. The next war could well be a nuclear war that would cause great devastation and bring havoc to 40% of the world’s oil being shipped from the Middle East. Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 speak of this coming great war, a direct attack upon Israel from the north, with a confederation of armies from several countries surrounding and near Israel, such as Persia (Iran), Ethiopia, and Libya! Nations such as Gog and Magog, Gomer, and Togarmah are mentioned but these names do not exist today. Bible scholars believe that these nations are Russia, Germany and Turkey. They will invade Israel with great ferocity from the north, but God will intervene and destroy them, with 5/6 of their armies destroyed Ez39:1-7. It will take 7 months to bury the dead v12, and 7 years to burn up the weapons of warv9. Then the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forever v22,28. The Antichrist will then negotiate a 7-year deceptive peace covenant with Israel, and in the middle of that period break it and desolate her Da9:27! This is the prelude to the final war- the war of ARMAGEDDON!
The Final War of ARMAGEDDON – A Nuclear War
God said in Zech12:2,3;
‘Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem’ v9.
Then Zech14:2,3 state
‘For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken.. half of the city shall go forth into captivity.. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle..’ and ‘.. this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth..’v12.
Here we see that eyeballs will disappear in their sockets and tongues will melt in their mouths. These passages describe the final nuclear war of ARMAGEDDON in Jerusalem in the valley of Megiddon Zech12:11, Re16:16. Jesus will then return the 2nd time to earth to fight for Israel, to battle the Antichrist and the False Prophet, and their armies, and cast both of them alive into a lake of fire Re19:11-20. Thus, we see clearly how God will use Israel to fulfill his endtimes plan and purpose!
America’s Role With Israel in the Endtimes- Love Her, Be Blessed; Reject Her, Be Cursed!
A nation is only as great as its leaders. It can also be said that a nation is only great if it has God’s blessings! God will bless those that bless Israel, and curse him that curse Israel Ge12:3. America, a world superpower, also has a great role in these end-times. Many sitting US presidents had to deal with the Israeli/Palestinians conflict issue. Briefly here are some of their actions:
- In 1948 Pres. Harry Truman gave immediate recognition to the new nation Israel.
- Pres. L.B. Johnson acknowledged America’s strong Judeo-Christian heritage.
- Beginning in 1983, Pres. Ronald Reagan signed strategic partnership memorandums with Israel, particularly in the area of defense and economic development. But in the 1990’s, things began to change.
- In 1991, in appeasement to the Palestinians George H.W. Bush became the first US president to call for ‘land for peace’- for Israel to give back strategic land won in the 1967 war!
- In 2001 Bush Jr. became the first president to call for a Palestinian State, telling Israel to give up the West Banks and Gaza to the Palestinians. Israel is reluctant to do so, for then she would be exposed to more enemy attacks.
- Recently Pres. Obama has also shown strong disdain toward Israel and also has distanced her! In these endtimes, America’s blessings or curses will depend upon our continued support or betrayal of Israel.
Someone once said ‘If the Arabs put down their weapons today there would be no more violence. If the Israelis put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel’.
Apparently many presidents don’t know or believe in the Holy Bible! Ps122:6 states ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee’. But America is doing just the opposite and is now in fast economic decline!
ISRAEL’S ROLE IN THE ENDTIMES– Love Her, Be Blessed; Reject Her, Be Cursed!
The world is heading for ARMAGEDDON because of its treatment of Israel. For many years now, Iran Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for the annihilation of Israel- that ‘Israel should be wiped off the map’. He recently said, ‘Israel is an insult to all humanity’. His invectives and tirades have inflamed the Muslim’s hatred for Israel. With the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, once politically stable nations such as Libya, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria have been taken over by radical Muslims, and are now threatening the very existence of Israel. New Egyptian Pres. Mohamed Morsi recently stated the capital of Islam should not be in Cairo, Mecca, Medina, but Jerusalem. Morsi is calling for a million martyrs to march on to liberate Jerusalem. The prophet Zechariah wrote that God will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling and a burdenstone, and all nations that are burdened by her shall be cut to pieces, crushed, and destroyed Zech12:3,4,9! God’s endtimes role for Israel is certainly coming to pass!
Do you have an endtime focus? Do you believe that we may be living in the endtimes? Do you believe that we are living at the end of the age before the Rapture, and then the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ? If so, are you preparing and making yourself ready for His coming as Jesus told us to do so Mt24:44, Mt25:13? Or do you believe that things will continue as they always have been or things will even get better? God has chosen Israel to be His prophetic time clock, and knowing what is happening in Israel will give us clues how close we are to the end of this age!