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Gaza is a Part of Israel's Final Destiny, Not Egypt's.

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Feb 11, 2008 at 12:14

Many things can be debated as to the circumstances by which one might speculate on the expedience of Egypt assuming, but using Hebrew Scriptural references to support such requires a more discerning attitude about what the Scriptures are revealing. The life and destiny of Israel are not merely guided by the Hebrew Scriptures, but they are intertwined indistinguishably.

Gaza is mentioned more than a dozen times in the early Scriptures, from its original description in the land of the Canaanites to its description as belonging to Judah in the time of Joshua; from its subsequent place of contention in the time of the Philistines and Sampson and overthrow by the Pharaoh, to the declaration found in Zephaniah 2:4: (For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up).

All things point to Gaza being a place of contention for any who have had to deal with the place. And as was pointed out by the reference to Zechariah, the strife will remain until the return of the Anointed Holy One of Israel, which, as we read earlier in that Zechariah reference, made His first entrance into Jerusalem to set her on her course to her destiny. So if we read that Gaza was and always has been such a place of incontinence, why would any in their right mind seek to take any responsibility for control of the place, let alone assume any governmental duties over such a people?

Egypt is already serving out a sentence of judgment by the Almighty Sovereign of Israel for past transgressions, and in the process has found a way to keep from further complicating things Scripturally by engaging and maintaining a peace accord with Israel. Why jeopardize that? Instead, what should not have happened is the release by Israel of Gaza in the first place, and then Israel would only be blamed by the world community for administering the place in self-preservation instead of being blamed for abandoning Gaza and falsely being accused of causing the supposed humanitarian catastrophe by agents of antipathy against Israel.

A more revealing view of Gaza can be found in its role as a catalyst to the events that will lead to the completion of Israel's destiny in the world, that the Almighty Sovereign is polarizing and galvanizing the enemies of Israel, who are legion, against the One who will become Israel's sole defender and keeper of the promise to her. In that vein, it is apparent that as mentioned in the previous response to this one, Gaza will not be in any state of peace until we see fulfillment of Zechariah 14:6 according to the final Word of the LORD.
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