Behold I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the people around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples” (Zech. 12:2-3a).
Hey Gang: Perhaps it is time for a quick review! Zechariah makes it pretty clear that in the final chapter of the Age of the Gentiles there will be great controversy across the earth as to who really owns the land of Israel. The sons of Ishmael would have the world believe that the Hebrew people have never had the rights to the land of “milk and honey” and have done all in their power to erase any remembrance of those days of the Patriarchs and Kings of Israel.
They claim there has never been a Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. An interesting article recently appeared in a newsletter from a national ministry pertaining to the Barbary Coast pirates who were harassing all shipping that came near to their countries. Kind of like the Somalia pirates of today.
To find out why they were doing this a contingent of world leaders went to the Barbary Coast and met with one of the gurus and asked the question, “Why are you doing this when we have not harmed you in any way?” The official remarked, “Because we are told, in our holy book, as sons of Islam we are to harass and kill all infidels who do not believe as we do.
In the Bible, God spoke to Abraham, father of the Jews, and directs him to take up his bed and leave the country of his birth and go to the land of Canaan. Later God told him, “I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing. And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed” (Genesis 12:2-3).
Later in Genesis God promised Abraham, “To your descendants I have given this land, From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates” (Gen. 15:18). Notice, ”I have given this land”. Do you think God changes His mind?
Two chapters later, God tells Abraham, “I will establish my covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you” (Gen. 17:7).
Still in doubt, check out the following verses from Chronicles and pay close attention to the word “covenant”. “O Seed of Israel His servant, Sons of Jacob, His chosen ones! He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth. Remember His covenant forever, The Word which He commanded to a thousand generations, The covenant which He made with Abraham, And His oath to Isaac. He also confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, To Israel as an everlasting covenant, Saying, ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan, as the portion of your inheritance” (1 Chron. 16:13-18).
So my friends, what say ye? Several years back, William Koenig wrote a book which he titled Eye to Eye. He subtitled it “Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel.” In the book Koneig chronicles 57 catastrophic events that occurred in our land as our leaders attempted to find a way to coerce Israel to return to the 1967 boundaries. The most notable, Katrina that devastated the New Orleans area and several of the Gulf States; this occurred when the world passed the mandate that Gaza would be cleansed of all Jews and given to the Palestinians.
I wonder how close we came to a similar judgment from the heavenlies as our past president threw Israel under the bus, by refusing to protect our only ally in the Middle East, with His veto powers. My friends and neighbors, Psalm 122:6 tells us to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem”. That is an irrevocable mandate from God Almighty through His servant David. Keep in mind God said, “Those who bless Israel I will bless and those who curse the ‘apple of my eyes’ I will curse!