Should America Stand With Israel? (Part 2) Israel . . . the Hated One

Should America Stand With Israel? (Part 3)

April 30th, 2010

I want to close this series of posts by approaching this from a secular, as well as biblically prophetic point of view.  How has Israel managed to survive during these modern times of attempted destruction by its Arab neighbors. Could it be divine protection?  It is not logical that a nation the size of Israel, could survive an attack from almost anyone, much less multiple nations attacking her either single handedly….or collectively….since 1948.  Yet she has!

Before we look at the secular nature of how our present government is addressing Israel, lets look at what God said in scripture about His chosen people.

Here is what God told Abraham in Genesis 12: 2-3….in originally telling him to move to this particular piece of land from his present home in UR, to the land that would eventually become Israel.
I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great;
and you shall be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you and I will curse
those who curses you; and in YOU all the families of the earth shall be blessed.

The last line of that scripture is what really gets my attention.  Families is interpreted as nations, countries, peoples, people, anyone or anything who blesses Israel.  That’s why I think America has been SO blessed to be the greatest nation in the world.  We have stood by her and been her strongest ally from day one.  Question is….how long will that continue to be the case?

In Zech. 12:2-3 God said, “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 (Israel) 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.”  In other words, Bible prophecy promises calamity for any nation….and all nations….that comes against Israel and  Jerusalem.  Skeptics may say that Jerusalem has been under attack many times in biblical history so this prophecy is past, not present or future.  However, I would argue the final thought of the scripture….though ALL people of the EARTH be gathered together against it.  That has never happened in history but, is prophesied to become reality in scripture.  That concludes to me that it is yet to come.

One more scripture to solidify that God gave Israel this land.  Genesis 35:10-12.  “And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob:  thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name:  and he called his name Israel.  And God said unto him, I am God Almighty:  be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of they loins;  And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.”  I would suppose that Abraham and at least Isaac, were thinking that they would have been the first to be called Israel.  However God waited, for whatever His reasons, to change the name of the land that God gave to Abraham.  He gave to his grandson Jacob the name….Israel.

There have been several times throughout the course of history when God put the hammer down on Israel when they would turn from Him for whatever idol was next in line.  However time after time….the feud between God and Israel was resolved because after all….they are His chosen people and the apple of His eye….according to Him!  One doesn’t have to look at ancient history….one only has to look from 1948 forward!  Tell me of one time when the United States Of America….or anyone else….has had to intervene for this small group of people to protect them?  Not once!

Did Israel buy our weapons?  Yes.  Did they need the United States to use them on their behalf?  No.  Israel has protected themselves in war after war….at times against insurmountable odds.  Wait…Let’s think about that…protected themselves without the United States sending reinforcements of planes….ships…..tanks and troops….and against overwhelming odds!  Am I the only one that finds that to be a little super-natural?  Look at the 1948 attack alone.  All they had to fight with was a couple of slingshots and a few rocks.  Does that remind you of David and Goliath?  David was an Israelite wasn’t he??  I suppose that’s just a coincidence!

After Prime Minister Netanyahu apologized for the gaffe by some lower lever diplomat announcing construction of new apartments in East Jerusalem while Mr. Biden was there last month, he thought the matter was settled.  Not so fast my friend!  Three days later, Mrs. Clinton reamed Netanyahu for 43 minutes, via phone, about the gaff.  I wouldn’t do that if I were you Hillary.  The fact is, the Israeli government can build whatever they want….whenever they want….wherever they want, in their own capital.  If the Obama administration believes that it can dictate to Israel what it will or won’t do concerning its land, I think this administration is finding out, that will be difficult.  What could change that, as I described in my earlier post, is for the administration to be successful in getting Mr. Netanyahu out of power.  Netanyahu is still trying to find ways to continue the road to peace through his attempts to find solutions to satisfy all concerned.  However, there is still a line drawn in the sand that I don’t believe he will cross.  I continue to read stories day after day where the President is trying to make strides in being affectionate to the Arab world, while foundationally still doing little to insure that Israel is still our strongest Mid-east ally.  That troubles me!

If America takes its hands off Israel because they will not bow down to the wishes of this administration….or any administration…. then the day has arrived.  We as a nation have already experienced an extreme decline in our world wide influence.  However, it will be nothing compared to what we will face if we turn our backs on Israel.  At least….that’s the way I see it.

So to give a final answer to the question, Yes, America should continue to stand with Israel in my opinion.  But, as to the answer if it will at the end of the day, I default to the scripture.  If prophetic scripture is true….America will turn on Israel along with all the country’s of the world.  If one refers back to the scripture in Zechariah that I quoted above, it is clear that “all people of the earth be gathered against it.”  ALL people of the earth is pretty inclusive and yes, that does include the United States.  When does this happen?  I’m not sure.  Is it Revelation’s war of Armageddon….or before?  With the way things are pointing, it could be at any time.  If I’m placing a bet, I’m going with sooner rather than later.  What we do know for sure is that it will certainly happen at Armageddon…..according to scripture.

For any one that would choose to accept scripture as “storybook,” then I suppose one would see the politically correct approach that the administration is taking, as the one that makes sense.  Whatever it takes to get peace in the Middle East, lets do it.  I know I would….if I saw things that way.  This again is one of those personal choice issues.  Mine is to believe that when America breaks its long standing partnership with Israel, the end of the age is upon us.  Call that crackerjack philosophy if you want…..but right or wrong…. I’m hanging my hat on what God said.

Let me just say this.  This is solely just my opinion, but I believe the firecrackers are going to start popping in the Middle East at a rapid pace.  As much as Iran is talked about in the daily news in their hatred and repeated babbling about destroying Israel from the face of the earth, especially watch for movement with Syria and Lebanon against Israel.  Once these conflicts start, I find it hard to see where they will end.  Times….they are of interest!

Until next time….Keep Watch and America Bless God!