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May 2015 Prophetic Observer

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Dancing with the Devil

by Dr. Bob Glaze

Israel at 67“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 12:1–3). When God spoke to Abram he was not a Jew nor did he have a son, but he was speaking of the future Jewish State through Isaac and Jacob. Abraham was not considered a Jew at this time, but a Hebrew. From him came the Jewish nation known as Israel, and its inhabitants are called Jews, not Palestinians.

God’s covenant with Abram was unconditional which means that regardless of what the Jews do today, it is still in effect and will be kept by God Himself. Therefore, those who bless the Jews God will still bless, and those that curse the Jews God will still curse. The phase “and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Therefore, to curse Israel is to curse Abraham and his descendants, the Jews. And, to side with Israel’s enemies against Israel is tantamount to cursing Israel. This is being done by many countries, including the United Nations and even the present administration here in the United States.

One way to destroy a nation is to demonize its leader. This seems to be the status quo of many nations and leaders, including our own. It is expected to hear a Muslim national leader make derogatory remarks about the political leader of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. But to hear an American president make those same remarks about our only democratic ally in the Middle East is reprehensible. So why would Barak Hussien Obama, the president of the United States, make light of his political equal from another sovereign nation, Israel. The answer might go back as far as Israel’s 2009 election in which Obama’s favorite to win was Tzipi Livna, who lost to Netanyahu.

It can only be concluded that Livna agreed with Obama’s aspiration of making the two-state solution of Israel a reality. Things began to get worse when Obama tried to strong-arm the newly elected “Bibi” into halting the construction of new settlements. This began a series of snubs of Netanyahu by Obama for the next six years. Some of these diplomatic insults follow:

  • May 2009—In Obama’s release to the press, he stated that Israel refused to endorse a two-state solution on Netanyahu’s first visit to the White House.
  • June 2009—Media speculation suggests that Obama might be plotting to force the collapse of Netanyahu’s government.
  • November 2009—In Jerusalem, upon announcement of 1,600 new housing units, Hillary tells CNN that the announcement is insulting.
  • March 2010—During a White House visit, Netanyahu did not deliver on a settlement freeze, so Obama left him by himself and had dinner with Mrs. Obama and the kids.
  • May 2011—Netanyahu lectures Obama on Jewish history in front of reporters.
  • November 2011—In Cannes after a G20 summit, then-French president Nicolas Sarkozy calls Netyanhu a liar on an open mike; Obama replies, “You’re fed up with him? I have to deal with him every day.”

Fall 2012—After Romney’s defeat, the New York Times reported that Netanyahu was “widely perceived in Israel and the United States as having supported the Republican challenger” (Politico Magazine).

Is it possible to have a narcissistic, pouty United States president? Evidently, it is. Or, is it something deeper? Obama’s demeanor is certainly not presidential. Remember he is not a god, but a man. He acts like an insecure person who tries to build himself up in other’s eyes by tearing down his peers. He is the first United States president that was not reared in a Christian home, so his worldviews will naturally differ from those who were reared in a Christian home. It is commonly viewed that most Christians support Israel and object to anti-Semitism. However, his treatment of Israel in any way less than a blessing will certainly keep America from receiving God’s full blessing and protection. 

Many believe that the United States is mentioned in Bible prophecy. If so, to what degree does it participate in the Tribulation government, particularly of the Antichrist? We believe that the Christians will be removed by Christ at the Rapture, so there will be no saved enter in to the seven-year Tribulation period (1 Cor. 15:51ff; 2Thess. 2). Therefore, with the current sentiment of the White House, the power and prestige of America as we know it, will be substantially diminished. This will certainly be caused by deliberate choice and close association with those that hate our Saviour, adherents of Islam. 

It only takes a visit to www.state.gov (2012 U.N. Voting Practices) to see what countries are faithful to the U.S. The voting record of those Muslim countries whose vote coincides with the United States are as follows: Pakistan, 0.0%; Qatar, 12.5%; Saudi Arabia, 14.3%; Syria, 0.0%; Turkey, 14.3%; United Arab Emirates, 14.3%; Yemen, 14.3%; Egypt, 12.5%; Iran, 0.0%; Iraq, 14.3%; and Jordan, 14.3%. The overall percentage of support by the Organization of Islamic Conference averages only 17.9%. These same countries receive billions of dollars of American taxpayer money annually—some for humanitarian support and some for military support. Yet we continue to negotiate with these countries against the future welfare of Israel.

Then we take a look at the only non-Muslim democratic nation in the region, Israel. According to the same above report, Israel’s coincidence of voting is 100.0%. However, is Israel’s loyalty given in vain? Is this administration giving impetus as the leader in the free world for other countries to agree to a two-state solution? We believe that it is.

Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Following UN General Assembly Vote on Palestinian Observer Status Resolution

Thank you, Mr. President.

For decades, the United States has worked to help achieve a comprehensive end to the long and tragic Arab-Israeli conflict. We have always been clear that only through direct negotiations between the parties can the Palestinians and Israelis achieve the peace that both deserve: two states for two people, with a sovereign, viable and independent Palestine living side by side in peace and security with a Jewish and democratic Israel.” (www.usun.stategov/briefing/statements.201226.htm) 

It is plain to see that the future contiguous state of Israel is not in the plans of the United States government or the United Nations. According to the records of the United Nations Security Council resolutions, as of 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Council has condemned Israel in 45 resolutions since 2006. With the help of God, Israel has made some important inroads into the United Nations, such as actually acknowledging that the Holocaust did in fact take place in deference to Muslim claims. 

In countering, the Security Council has never adopted a resolution critical of the PLO or of Arab attacks on Israel. “What takes place in the Security Council ‘more closely resembles a mugging than either a political debate or an effort at problem solving,’ declared former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick.” Those that take on Israel are indeed “dancing with the devil.”

Those that are against Christ are naturally anti-Semitic. It is Satan’s goal to take as many to Hell with him as possible. One of his methods is to fight against Christians and Israel because they represent God, his Creator, who has condemned him to a place prepared for him and his angels—“everlasting fire” (Matt. 25:41). Why does the devil’s crowd hate Israel? Because they cannot get to God, so they try to destroy those that represent Him. 

Southwest Radio Church Ministries has always loved and supported Israel and will continue to do so. Israel is the only nation named in Scripture that will continue to exist into eternity. Israel contains the only city in Scripture that we are to pray for: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6).

“But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else” (Isa. 45:17–18).

Happy 67th Anniversary Israel! We are praying for you, and you have our complete support. Please pray for the United States of America. 

 


Is the Sad History of the “Americanites” Unfolding Before Our Eyes?

by Dr. Larry Spargimino

The United States of America has had phenomenal growth and prosperity in our short history. America has excelled in everything from education to agriculture and mathematics to music. A steady stream of missionaries have come from America to be a blessing to all the nations of the earth. We’ve also been faithful and supportive of our only reliable ally in the Middle East, Israel. Supposing that changes? 

This is not a mere speculative question. There are many signs of a downgrade in Israeli–U.S. relations. This is no more evident than in President Obama’s obvious attempts to let the world know that he holds Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the lowest possible esteem. The Jerusalem Post (3/29/15) reported that U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, said the Obama administration’s “animosity” toward Prime Minister Netanyahu is “reprehensible.”

Though we are making innumerable and unwise concessions to the Iranian regime, that anti-Israeli rhetoric from Iran continues to spout forth. Like a camel with a bad gut, Iranian leaders are continuing to vomit hateful rhetoric. Melaney Batley, writing for Newsmax, reports that the commander of the Basij militia of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, said that “erasing Israel off the map” is “nonnegotiable.” Brig. Gen. Reza Naqdi’s statements were made public as Iran and six world powers  chose to extend nuclear talks with Iran to June. Naqdi has made militant statements against Israel in the past, and recently affirmed that Iran was increasing efforts to arm West Bank Palestinians for battle against Israel.

Ten years ago, the thought of a nuclear Iran brought thoughts of horror to the hearts of many. Today it has become a reality. In 2005, Joel Rosenberg published his award-winning Epicenter: Why the Current Rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your Future:

British Prime Minister Tony Blair says he has been both stunned and sickened by the unprecedented nature of the threats emanating from Tehran. He has also strongly hinted that the West may eventually have to resort to the use of military force against Iran if diplomacy fails. Blair told leaders of a European summit that he felt a “real sense of revulsion” from Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric and said, I have never come across a situation of the president of a country saying they want to wipe out—not that they’ve got a problem with, or an issue with, but want to wipe out another country. … Can you imagine a state like that with an attitude  like that having nuclear weapons? (p. xiv).

The conclusion is clear: We are on a fast track to Armageddon.  

God’s Covenant Promises

There are a number of Scriptures that remind us that God’s covenant promises to Israel are still binding on the Lord Himself, who gave the promises. There are many examples of this in the Bible.

The Apostle Paul told the church at Rome that  Christians  have continuing responsibilities to Israel. “For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their [Israel’s] spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things” (Rom. 15:27). Paul is reminding the church that as Christians have been richly blessed by Israel (Rom. 3:2; 9:4–5), so Christians in their abundance need to be a blessing to Israel in material things.

Why did God select Cornelius and his household to be the first gentile household to receive the blessings of the Gospel and to kick off a worldwide movement of Gospel preaching to all nations?

Surely, God noticed the inclination of Cornelius’ heart—he was “a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always” (Acts 10:2). But we must also mention what the men who had been sent from Cornelius told Peter about Cornelius: “Cornelius that centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews” (Acts 10:22). That same logic, if we may call it that, was used by the elders of the Jews who were sent to get Jesus to come to bless a certain Roman centurion’s servant: “And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should  do this: For he loveth our nation, and  he hath built us a synagogue” (Luke 7:4–5).Here were two gentiles—Roman military commanders—who were especially blessed because of their attitude of honor, respect, and support given to Israel.

God Keeps His Promises

God gives promises, and makes threats, that He keeps. God keeps His Word—though an increasing rarity in the world of humans, yet an outstanding attribute of our Triune God. Hebrews 6:17 says, “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an  oath.” These words hearken back to Genesis 15. God had made a promise to Abram regarding Abram’s seed. Naturally Abram wanted to know if God really meant what He had promised. In response, God said to Abram:

“Take me a heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. And he took unto him  all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each  piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. … And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates …” (vss. 9–10, 17–18).

The Hebrew phrase for making a covenant was, literally, “cutting a covenant,” referring to the cutting of those animals. That ritual act reminded the parties of the covenantal agreement what will happen to them if they do not keep their part of their covenantal obligations. In the covenant ritual, the parties to the agreement would pass between the two parts of the slain animals. In this case, God passed between the animals and took that curse upon Himself. God was saying, “Abram, if I don’t make good on this promise, may I be cut in half like these animals.”

Of course, God could not be “cut in half.” However, for the dwellers of the ancient Near East, this was a sign of God’s perfect and binding oath. He was saying, “Abram, I mean what I say.” This is what Hebrews means when it says that God confirmed His promise “with an oath.”

Backing up from Genesis 15 to Genesis 12 we read the Lord’s words to Abram: “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee,  and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee …” (vss. 2–3). Blessings and curses would fall on people and nations according to the treatment rendered to Abram and his descendants.

A cursory look at the nations that have opposed Israel shows that God has kept the promise of verse 3. Take Edom, for example. Obadiah prophesied that Edom would cease to exist because it opposed the Jewish nation: “For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever” (Obad. 10). Verses 12–14 reveal that Edom plundered the Jewish people during their times of trial, plundered them and delivered the Jewish survivors to their attackers. Anybody planning to buy a ticket to Edom? Sorry. It doesn’t exist. 

There are many nations—ancient and more contemporary—who have cursed Abraham’s descendants. You can’t buy a ticket to visit the Moabites, Midianites, the Ammonites, the Amalekites, and the Jebusites. At this present rate, no one will be able to buy a ticket to visit the land of the doomed “Americanites,” either. Are we seeing the sad history of the Americanites unfolding before our eyes? 

If America wants to invite disaster, here’s how you can do it: Curse Israel. Abandon her, desert her, favor her attackers who want to wipe the Jewish nation, and people, off the map. But let’s be honest. Don’t blame this administration. Blame the people who put this administration in place. Who, and what, we have in Washington is who and what we put in office. In her book, Distortion: How the New Christian Left Is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging the Faith, Chelsen Vicari writes: 

Eight days after Americans elected their president in 2012, it was reported that nearly 6.4 million evangelicals cast their vote for Barack Hussein Obama II—a proven supporter of taxpayer-funded abortions who voted three times to continue the horrific practice of partial-birth abortions, an advocate for same-sex marriage, an expander of the national debt, a national security risk-taker, and a religious liberty compromiser (p. 19).

As we contemplate the 67th anniversary of the founding of the modern State of Israel, it is wise to contemplate the sad history of men and nations who have no regard for the Word of God and for the sworn purpose of God to bless His people. God has not ended His intrusion into the affairs of nations. He still raises nations that are inclined to His will and still topples those nations who have forged a covenant with Hell.