Monthly Archives: August 2009

August 28, 2009

In last week’s commentary, I reported on the current “condition” of the Middle East peace process concerning Israel and her Arab/Muslim neighbors. – This week I want to dwell for a moment on why Israel will only “give” so far in these ongoing negotiations.
If you will also recall in last week’s news headlines, the meeting between Israeli President Shimon Peres and his counterpart, President Dmitry Medvedev? – In that meeting, Peres expressed Israel’s serious and growing concern about the state of the Russian-Iranian alliance, Russia’s continued assistance to Iran’s nuclear program, the extreme views of the Iranian regime, and the gravity of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.
Peres went on to say that the problem is not just their desire to develop nuclear weapons, but the character of the regime. – Re-elected Iranian President Ahmadinajad has often expressed his desire to see Israel “wiped off the face of the Earth.” – Peres concluded by saying, “From my standpoint, a nuclear bomb in Iran’s hands means one thing – an airborne death camp.”
President Peres and his Israeli countrymen have good reason for their increased anxiety. Israel’s terror-sponsoring neighbors are working non-stop to develop nuclear bombs and missiles that will deliver them. No one should ever doubt which direction these weapons will be pointed once completed.
It’s important to remember Israel’s one, common declaration amid all of the political infighting that’s currently taking place — the one thing that defines the core of its defense — “Never Again.”
The following summary of atrocities to the Jewish race presents compelling evidence why “Never Again!” must be their passionate declaration.
Due to Israel’s disobedience the Jews have suffered terribly. They were ruled by Rome in Christ’s day, but rebelled in A.D. 70 and 250,000 were killed. They rebelled again in A.D. 135 and again Rome smashed them, killing even more and scattering them throughout the Empire. Since then, they have been bitterly persecuted. Forcibly expelled from England in 1290 and from France in 1306. In 1298 more than 100,000 were killed in Europe. From 1648 to 1658, some 400,000 were massacred. From 1939-45 Hitler’s Nazis killed more than 4 million…In its history, Egyptian pharaohs, Assyrian kings, Babylonian rulers, Persian satraps, Greek Hellenists, Roman caesars, holy Roman emperors, roman Catholic pontiffs, medieval monarchs, Christian crusaders, Spanish inquisitors, Nazi dictators, communist commissars, Arab sheiks and United Nation delegates have all turned against the Jews, yet they still survive.” (Charles Monk – A Look at the Bible Covenants and Their Meanings).
The Jewish people of Israel have collectively declared that they will never again let themselves be enslaved by regimes that want them “erased from the earth”. They back this national vow with what is called the “Sampson Option”. This is a last-ditch military option designed to “bring the house down around them” should they be put in a no-win situation
In addition to the Iranian menace, there are several Arab nations lobbying the E.U. for support in forcing Israel to open up its secretive nuclear arsenal. Israel has never confirmed whether she has the bomb. — In what is probably the worst-kept secret in the Middle East, Israel is considered to have several nuclear weapons.
I, along with the Israelis, have great doubts that the Arabs have peaceful intentions in wanting to force Israel to give up its nuclear weapons. — Bible prophecy warns that Israel has yet to face several major conflicts with its neighbors. In fact, it is very likely that an Israeli nuclear bomb is the reason behind Damascus’ coming destruction. Isaiah 17:1 states, “See, Damascus will no longer be a city, but will become a heap of ruins.”
In closing then, we will watch the ongoing efforts of the world leaders as they try to solve the Middle East peace dilemma. – But remember, Israel will only go so far before she draws a “line in the sand”. — With their history, who can blame them?
Until next time,
Red

August 21, 2009

Luke 21:29-31 says:
He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
All who study or are generally aware of Bible prophecy know that the “fig tree” is representative of Israel. She and her capital Jerusalem are one of the true focal points to watch as current end-time prophecies unfold before our very eyes.
I’ve written quite extensively in the past on this incredible nation and her people. (For more in-depth information, see Israel/Jerusalem under the Teaching Tab.) — Going forward, I think we need to continually watch the daily events surrounding her. In this writing, I want to touch on the current state of the ongoing peace process.
To start, we know that America, Israel’s one, true ally since she became a nation in 1948, has been steadily pulling away from this relationship since the Obama administration came to power. (See blog entry “Israel’s Impending Isolation” – dated 03/20/09.) Although many are surprised by this, I am not because of the scripture in Zechariah 12:2-3 which states, 
I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.
Also, Zechariah 14:2 says, 
I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it… (Emphasis mine.)
These verses clearly state that Israel will stand alone in these final days of “The times of the Gentiles”.
The sad part about America’s desertion of Israel is that she, along with all the other nations who go against Israel, will be dealt with in a severe way by Almighty God. (See Zechariah 12:3)
Moving now to the state of the current peace process, we saw President Hosni Mubarak, of Egypt visit President Obama this week in Washington D.C. – We all remember the “famous” speech by Obama in Cairo in early June of this year – how he praised all Muslim nations and insulted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu by not even meeting with him — and how he declared there will be peace and security only when Israel’s land is divided and the Palestinians are given a state as part of that divided land, with part of Jerusalem as its capital.
The meeting this week is part of the process of America seeking a deal that will set the final borders of a Palestinian state. Also, Obama assured Mubarak that America was applying “extreme pressure” on Israel to freeze all construction in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
I’m sure this is all good and well-intentioned, but what about Israel? How does she feel about all this? — To start with, Netenyahu and a large majority of the government and the populace, do not want, and therefore will not willingly split their capital city. — Just a thought, but I wonder how Obama and the rest of America would feel if Israel asked us to split Washington D.C. with half going to Canada, and to not start any new construction in the surrounding areas? — I won’t even qualify this with an answer.
As for the Palestinian state, Israel has agreed if the Palestinians will recognize Israel as a sovereign Jewish state, and if they will agree to being a demilitarized nation. — On just these two issues alone, all of the Arab nations, and especially the Palestinians, Hamas and Hezbollah, said they will never agree to this. — And by the way, Israel said they will never agree to splitting their capital city, Jerusalem.
Cutting to the chase, it is pointless to reach out to groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, let alone the Palestinians. These organizations have one agenda and that is the extinction of Israel. With this in mind, the two-state solution for peace is doomed to failure. Every concession will lead to the need of further peace talks. — The Arab’s goal is to capture and destroy ALL of Israel.
But the main reason Washington’s hopes for peace will fail is that the bible says it will never work. Eventually, Jerusalem will become the main stumbling block of the “peace process” and the struggle over this city will eventually lead to a series of global conflicts.
Speaking of Jerusalem, anyone with a secular mindset should think it strange that so much attention is being paid to this city. Jack Kelley rightly pointed out in a recent article that, “Jerusalem has no natural harbor. It isn’t situated astride any major trade route. Nor is it a gateway city. It’s not a banking or industrial or commercial or medical or high tech center. it has no natural resources. While it’s too hilly for an airport, it doesn’t command any strategic high ground.”
Despite its lacking all the qualities that mankind would desire, Jerusalem remains the center of world attention. — Coincidence? — Those of us who know the Bible know better! The prophets told us this is how it would be in the final days.
To sum up, I believe America is in real danger because of its policies and political shift away from Israel. In short, we are messing with God’s city, HIs beloved Jerusalem, and He will pour out His wrath on this nation. — I think one of the reasons we are in such tough shape economically is because of our current attitude toward Jerusalem and Israel. — And I truly believe there is much more to come to this once-great land.
Concerning Jerusalem, there is no easy answer. The Palestinians laid claim to all Jerusalem neighborhoods that were occupied by Jordan between the years 1948-1967. This simply means they want the entire old city.  — Israel will never agree to any such thing because God has already declared the Jews as the rightful owners of the Holy City.
In the end, the Anti Christ may have a temporary compromise, but there will be total war for control of Jerusalem.
As we march ever closer to this moment, it lets us know how close we are to the Tribulation hour.
1 Peter 4:7 says, “The end of all things is near, therefore be clear-minded and self controlled so that you can pray.”
Until next time,
Red

August 15, 2009
More and more we are seeing news articles and e-mails concerning the weakened position of the church in America, thus allowing sin to overtake this once-great land.
While there is some truth to these diatribes, what fascinates me is how many of our brothers and sisters have come to believe that if we “fix” the church, this would in turn solve America’s problems as well as the rest of the world.
In my “church visiting” travels and discussions with various church leaders over these past ten years, its amazing as to what I’ve encountered when it comes to this subject. Many have “evolved” to the point of putting America on a near equal footing with our Lord and Savior. – They’ve come to believe that it is America and the church’s specific “anointing” to save the world from itself.
In fact, there are many churches who say that Christ’s Kingdom can be established here on Earth during His absence. These movements take on various names such as kingdom, dominion, or reconstruction. Their basic premise is that mortal man can accomplish what only the immortal Lord can perform.
They believe that society can and must be reconstructed by Christians to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth before the personal return of Jesus Christ.
Although this is a very brief overview of Dominion theology, it is a growing movement in our land and it is false doctrine. — It is quite apparent that their understanding of end-time prophecies is lacking.
Today there are many Christian and church leaders who believe that they can change society through government programs, lobbying activities, civil disobedience, and political pressure groups.
As hard as I’ve looked, I do NOT find anyplace in scripture where it says this is the mission of the church of Jesus Christ. – In fact, this mission is being replaced by those who believe that the Kingdom of God can be established here and now by our human efforts and activities.
How naive and absurd!
Jesus warned that in the last days before His return, there would be a church which would boast about it growing power and strength and self-importance. — Today there are many misled and undiscerning Christians who are looking for the Kingdom of God here on earth, a place where justice will reign and nations will exist in peaceful co-existence.
Simply stated, this arrogant church covets political power, NOT the power of God. – The revival that seems slow in coming has brought many to think they should take over the reins of earthly government and legislate righteousness.
Pastor David Jeremiah once asked these questions: “Would the history of nearly 2,000 years of the church of Jesus Christ have been changed if the martyrs during the era of the Roman Caesars had overturned the despotic rulers? What would have happened in Babylon if Daniel had wrested the reigns of government from Nebuchadnezzar? Would John have received and written the Revelation of Jesus Christ in a plush office in Laodicea, rather than the rocky desolation of Patmos? Are today’s Christians convinced that placard-carrying, slogan bearing demonstrators can replace soul-winners?”
As an American (and one who has traveled to many other lands), I know that I am blessed to have been born here. However, I am deeply troubled to see what has happened in our generation to draw the church away from its central mission.
Richard Halverson, a former chaplain of the U.S. Senate, said, “The more I listen to Evangelicals talk, the less I hear about the hope of Christ’s coming again and the more I hear about making the U.SA. a Christian nation, a prosperous nation….sometimes I think if Christ would come back, it would constitute a terrible interruption of their plans.
To sum up, in an article about the U.S. in prophecy, Herman A. Hoyt said this: “Since the promise of Christ’s coming for the Church has always been held out to His people as an event that could take place at any moment, surely the events of the present hour in relation to the U.S. ought to give new stimulus to watch momentarily for His coming. In these days of crisis, our trust should not rest in a nation that may shortly disappear, but to Him who works all things after the counsel of His own will.”
Dr. Hoyt is right — What do we have to worry about? Our trust has never been in governments, civilizations or cultures. By the standard measurements of eternity, these institutions last but a moment, crumbling into dust to be swept away by the winds of history. Certainly they are helpful while they are here, but they have never been worthy of our trust. — We need to always put our trust in the One who stands above institutions, above history, and even above time itself — the One by whose power and permission these things exist, and who knows their times and the end of their days. — Only our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is worthy of our ultimate allegiance. 
In closing, the following scriptures show us clearly where we belong in the worldly “scheme of things”-
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
John 15:18-19  “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
John 17: 14-16  I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.
John 18:36  Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
I Corinthians 3:19  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”
John 12:36 says, “Put your trust in the Light while you have it, so that you become sons of Light.”
Finally, John 14:1 states, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in Me.”
Until next time,
Red
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