Land-for-Peace-Season

It is Land-for-Peace season again. The European Union and the US are pressuring Israel to relinquish land for peace. At the same time when John Kerry is busy with his shuttle diplomacy, the US government showed its true colours by deciding that Jerusalem is not in Israel – I refer to the court ruling in the US not to list Israel as the place of birth on US passports for citizens born in Jerusalem.

This far-reaching ruling is a direct result of the lack of courage of consecutive US State President’s to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by not moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

Almost at the same time, the EU decided that grants and funding could not be awarded to Israeli entities, including non-profit’s and educational institutions, located beyond the pre-1967 lines, meaning Judea and Samaria, the Biblical heartland of Israel.

These actions would have been beyond understanding if not for the clarifying truth of the Bible. The Gentile nations – of whom many are Christian nations – are bringing the wrath of God on themselves, either through ignorance or by following a skewed and false narrative.

The prophet Zechariah said the following:

“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” – Zechariah 12:3

The punishments for the nations who interfere with the affairs of Jerusalem are vividly described by the prophet Zechariah:

 It will come about that all of the survivors of the nations who came against Jerusalem will come there year to year to worship the King, the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, and to observe the Feast of Tents (Tabernacles).

 If anyone from the families of the earth will not come to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, there will be no rain for them.” – Zechariah 14:16&17. In other words, they will not survive.

It will be good for the nations to take note of the Biblical narrative regarding Israel’s future and not to follow human designed narratives.

It is appropriate to end this article with the words written in the Book of the prophet Joel:

“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land” – Joel 3:2.

“Let the nations be awakened and come to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; because I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations” – Joel 3:12.

The literal meaning of Valley of Jehoshaphat is Valley of Decision. Therefore, the nations can devise their little plans and schemes, but God will make the final decision.

 

Watch this insightful video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=XGYxLWUKwWo

 

 

 

 

Ariel Sharon’s Legacy

Ariel Sharon was born on 26 February 1928 and died on 11 January 2014 at the age of 85. He was in a coma for eight years after a massive stroke in 2006. He was also known as the Bulldozer, aptly describing his individualistic personality as a no-nonsense person who often went against the popular view.

For much of Israel’s history, Ariel Sharon held positions of leadership and influence. In Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, Sharon distinguished himself on the battlefield, rising to become one of Israel’s most highly regarded generals. Many regarded his bold moves in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 as controversial, but nobody doubted his military genius and courage.

 Although the media reported different versions of the Lebanon War of 1982, the fact is that Sharon led the offensive to protect the Christian minority suffering persecution at the hands of militant groups. The trigger for the offensive was the persistent rocket attacks from Palestinian groups in Lebanon. Unfortunately and unjustly, Sharon’s name was heavily tarnished when Israel was eventually mired in guerrilla warfare in Lebanon for years.  

Although regarded as a hero by most Israeli’s during his term as Prime Minister of Israel and his long service of distinction in the Israeli military, he also did the unthinkable – the withdrawal of Jews and the demolishing of Jewish settlements in Gaza and parts of the West Bank.  His disengagement policy turned him into a hated figure among Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jews.

The irony is that Sharon believed and actively pursued the premises of the San Remo declaration of 1922, in which Israel was given the right to settle the land in the Biblical Judea and Samaria or the so-called West Bank as many know it today. The San Remo declaration is the forerunner of the United Nations.

Whatever people think of Ariel Sharon, his dedication to defend Israel cannot be disputed. Although some sectors of the community regarded his disengagement policy as treason, we could also derive from his controversial tactics a deep seated longing for peace for his people. The heart-wrenched scenes of withdrawal from Gaza – feelings of despair, anger of the people and the demolishing of homes and synagogues certainly had an impact on Ariel Sharon who loved his people so much.

Whatever the rationale Ariel Sharon had, the lesson Israel’s leaders and we could learn is that God will not allow the division of His Land. No matter what the United Nations or the United States opinion is. The only opinion that matters is God’s opinion.

Click on the link below to watch this very interesting video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0DTT3u2JZ8