Friday, May 22, 2015

Israel, God's Time Piece

Imagine if you will how disappointing it would be to be told that your heirs would inherit a nation and be revered throughout the world only to discover that your wife is barren and unable to conceive. This was the case with Sarai and Abram and so like some do today Sarai opted to have a surrogate woman conceive with her husband’s sperm and bear a child as an heir. Today it is done very impersonally by in-vitro fertilization, but in Abram’s time he was required to physically copulate with the surrogate mother which would have created an emotional and spiritual chasm between any two women. The thought of her husband laying naked with another woman and fathering a child with her would have been difficult to bear and is usually grounds for divorce in our times.
What made matters even worse was the haughty attitude of the surrogate 
mother Hagar towards Sarai, Abram’s only rightful and beloved spouse. So it’s of little wonder that when Sarai (Sarah) eventually gave birth to her own son Isaac fathered by Abram (Abraham) that she came to the place where she had enough of Hagar’s haughty insolence and sent her away.
What would exacerbate future matters was that when Hagar was making her way through the desert with her son Ishmael she was informed by a messenger that her son would become the father of nations. Imagine the ensuing spite-filled conversations between the mother and son over the following years, of how he was Abraham’s first born and by that right alone he should be the heir of God’s promise to Abraham rather than Isaac. Would not this have created great enmity between the sons of Ishmael and Isaac in the generations to follow?

Bible history backed by archeological discoveries have provided more than sufficient evidence that the current location of the nation of Israel is the rightful homeland of the Jews promised long ago by God where there exists thousands of years of Jewish history there that is clearly evident. In 70AD the Jews were scattered to the far corners of the earth by the violence perpetrated by surrogate forces of the Roman Empire. In the early 1900’s when the British still controlled Palestine and the surrounding area known as the Holy Lands, the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community petitioned the Crown to set aside a Jewish Homeland, this became known as the Balfour Declaration. God put the desire into the hearts of the Jews of the diaspora who were scattered throughout Europe following the horrific holocaust of WWII perpetrated against Jews by the demonic will of Adolf Hitler and the Jewish Nation was reborn. The Jews returned to what was then a desolate land inhabited by Arabs and Bedouins and over time have created a beautiful country, turning desert waste into lush gardens, all throughout which time they have come under continual attack by the sons of Hagar and Ishmael. Even now the enmity and murderous lies and acts of violent terrorism perpetrated by The illegitimate offspring of Abraham threaten to destroy Israel just as Cain destroyed Able which is backed by a resurgence of an anti semitic mindset within the United Nations whose armies will be sent to interfere on behalf of Israel's enemies.

(Psalm 83) O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God.
See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads. 
With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. 
“Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.” With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you—
the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Byblos, Ammon and Amalek, 
 Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to reinforce Lot’s descendants.
Do to them as you did to Midian,  as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon, 
who perished at Endor and became like dung on the ground. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,  all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, who said, “Let us take possession 
 of the pasturelands of God.” Make them like tumbleweed, my God, like chaff before the wind.
As fire consumes the forest or a flame sets the mountains ablaze, so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm. Cover their faces with shame, Lord, so that they will seek your name. May they ever be ashamed and dismayed; may they perish in disgrace. Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord, that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.

(Zechariah 14: 1 - 4, 6 - 7 & 12) Behold, a day of the Lord is coming, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in the midst of you. For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women ravished; half of the city shall go into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives which lies before Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley; so that one half of the Mount shall withdraw northward, and the other half southward. On that day there shall be neither cold nor frost. And there shall be continuous day (it is known to the Lord), not day and not night, for at evening time there shall be light. 
And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will smite all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh shall rot while they are still on their feet, their eyes shall rot in their sockets, and their tongues shall rot in their mouths. 

Yes and rightly so amen!

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