the tragedy of it all
Submitted by jennifer solis (United States), Oct 12, 2007 at 16:40
Hello Mr. Tovey,
"And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse." (Genisis12:3)
Mathew 24:6 - Jesus Christ warns of wars and rumors of wars until He returns.
I found your letter very poignant. The hope of Israel to live in peace, and their endurance, is extremely admirable. Sadly, according to the Bible, the peace they desire will never materialize here in the Church age. We can and should support Israel (Gen. 12:3). However, as the Bible so often explains what human experience cannot, any hope on the part of Zionism to establish God's promise to Abraham will meet with rath from the one who comes "disguised as an angel of light", and who is labled "the master of deceit".
The Bible explains the geographical strategic importance of "Palestine" and how, at the end of the Tribulation, the armies from the King of the North, and South, East, and West will all converge on Palestine. The blood will run as "high as the horse's bridles" for hundreds of miles. Only a remnant of believing Jews will ultimately be left. And then the King of Kings and Lord of Lords will appear; it will be the only battle in the history of mankind where man stands by and watches the deliverance of God.
The Bible reveals we are in the Church Age, which interrupts the Age of Israel. At the end of the Church age, when the "bride of Christ" is complete, the Rapture of the Church occures. Once all believers in Christ are removed, so is the restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit. Ergo, Satan, during the Tribulation (a period of seven years, and the completion of the Age of Israel) is as never before free to indulge in his machinations. Palestine will be the last Theatre in angelic and human warfare.
I realize Orthodox Jews do not believe this.
There is much more information on the subject in the Bible. Again, the Bible explaines the inexplicable.
The tragedy of it all is the fact that the 20th and 21st century has and is able to witness what to me is obviously the "master of deceit" working overtime, but still we delude ourselves thinking humanity will come up with explanation and answer.
"Love thy neighbor", one of the most mis-applied passages in the Bible, does not apply to battle. The angel of the Lord himself slaughtered 185,000 of the enemy (the Assyrian army; Isaiah 37:36).
As a nation, we should apply Genisis 12:3, but also, according to the Bible, we should not expect the Arab assault against Israel to permanently cease in our time. And also, according to the Bible, we should not expect Arab-Israel negotiations to produce anything but rot.
Quoting Paul, Romans 9:13 - "Just as it is written, 'JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED'."
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