Friday, September 23, 2011

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Students of bible prophecy agree that the Jews back in the Land is the most significant fulfilled prophecy of our time. And though they've been attacked repeatedly throughout their 63-year history, the Bible makes it clear they will never again be uprooted from the Land. (Amos 9:15).

In 1967, Egypt started the 6-Day War and Israel shocked the world with its military superiority. Though grossly outnumbered, the Jews managed to conquer the Sinai, the city of Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights. Since that time, in a quest for peace, Israel has forged formal treaties with Turkey, Egypt and Jordan, withdrawn from Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Lebanon.

But major changes are underway in the Middle East. Arab rebels have overthrown the governments of Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. Syria is enmeshed in a bloody power play. U.S. President Obama, speaking of the revolutions, said: "Something is happening in our world. The way things have been is not the way they will be. The humilitating grip of corruption and tyranny is being pried open. Technology is putting power in the hands of the people."

That maybe true. However, power is a dangerous thing in the wrong hands. The Muslim Brotherhood is moving into the vacuum.

Last week:
  • The Israeli embassy in Egypt was viciously attacked
  • Americans were warned to "get out of Syria--Now!"
  • Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador and severed trade relations with Israel
  • Israel warned off American tourists
This week:
  • The Palestinians plan to seek statehood recognition from the U.N. Security Council based on the pre-1967 borders
  • President Obama has vowed to veto it. (Ironically, it was Obama who planted the seeds in the Palestinians' heads to ask for pre-1967 borders in the first place. This has put the U.S. in a very awkward position. Note to Obama: you reap what you sow.)
  • Saudi Arabia has threatened to cut ally-ties if U.S. vetos Palestinian Authority bid
  • And Turkey is threatening to send war ships into the Mediterrean if Israel enforces a naval blockade of Gaza
Israel is in a very precarious position.

The irrevocable promise of God to Israel: "I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you." (Gen. 12:3)

And to the rest of us God says: "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee."  (Ps. 122:6)

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