SHOULD AMERICA BLESS ISRAEL
Pastor Roger Anghis
October 19, 2014
In last week column we started to look at what happens to nations that do not bless Israel but do something that in God’s eyes curses Israel.
We can go all the way back to when the children of Israel were slaves in Egypt. What did God do to Egypt for the way they treated Israel? He turned from the world’s most powerful nation into a third world nation almost overnight and they have never recovered from that.
In the late 1800’s a book was written concerning giving Israel back her land and this was take to every person in power at that time in every nation in Europe and even the head of the Ottoman Empire and all rejected the plan. Within just a few years all of those powers lost their kingdoms, Germany went into a war, WWI, that decimated their country and that was followed by WWII that further decimated Germany.
In 1991 after the fall of the USSR and the Russian Jews began returning to Israel in large numbers. Because of this Israel needed funds to house and educate these people. They had gone to the World Bank for a loan and was granted the loan as long as the United States was the guarantor. President George H.W. Bush sent his Chief of Staff James Baker to negotiate the loan. One of the stipulations for the US to guarantee the loan was to stop building settlements on the West Bank. This was a land for peace deal of which NONE have been successful in attaining peace. The West Bank is where the mountains of Israel are spoken of in scripture concerning the end times and how those mountains will be part of the prosperity of Israel.
We were looking at a point in time when the United States was acting as a guarantor for a loan to Israel in 1991. The US would back the loan only if Israel would stop the settlement building in the West Bank. These are the mountains of Israel that God speaks of in Ezekiel 36:8 “But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.” The Israelis Prime Minister agreed to sit down with its neighbors and talk land for peace. It was called the Madrid Peace Conference. This conference was a headline in the papers but the bigger headlines were there were more storms in America on that day, October 31, 1991, than in any other day in America’s recorded history. There were storms from coast to coast. Minneapolis received 35” of snow in a 24 hour period. Part of the requirement for the loan guarantee as stated earlier was to stop the building in the West Bank and the Israelis Prime Minister told James Baker that the Jews had the right to build and live in the West Bank and refused to those terms. This was also an election year for President Bush and going into this loan agreement he had a 70% approval rating. He lost the election.
We can look at the term of his son, George W. Bush. He was in support of Ariel Sharon giving the Gaza Strip to the Palestinians. Another one of those land for peace things. It didn’t bring peace but it did bring over 10,000 rockets fired into Israel from Gaza. The day that they forced Israelis from Gaza a small storm began to develop in the Atlantic. It eventually grew into what we know as hurricane Katrina, one of the most destructive natural disasters in American history. From that day on Bushes poll numbers began to fall and he never recovered. Though he would not run for re-election because he was term limited he lost any political capital he might have had and the damage done to the Republican Party was devastating in the 2008 election. Ariel Sharon shortly afterwards had a stroke, went into a coma and never regained consciousness and died earlier this year.
We have seen Obama snub Israel and even sell weapons to Israel’s enemies. This cannot be looked at as blessing Israel. We have yet to see the judgment for these actions but they are coming. You can take that to the bank. God is serious about the nation of Israel and how the nations of the world treat her. As stated in Joel, ALL nations will be drawn to the valley of Jehoshaphat and there they will be judged.
America has always had Israel’s back and this administration has treated Israel with contempt like no other administration has. We can only pray that God has mercy on us.
These are just the tip of the iceberg of events of this nature. There have been more throughout history. What is hard to understand is why are we not learning the lesson here. We can continue to deny that there is a correlation but since when has the Bible been proven wrong?
America of all nations should be more cognizant of the relationship we need to have with Israel. I’m not saying that even the rulers of Israel never do wrong, Ariel Sharon is an example of that, but we should always side with scripture concerning Israel. God said He would bring them back to their land and He did. They did not get all the land they were supposed to but we should never support them giving land away for peace. Out of all the so-called peace agreements the Arabs have agreed to with Israel the Arabs have never kept one of the stipulations they agreed to. Israel has kept all of theirs. Amos 9:15 “And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.” This is what we need to stand on and support Israel for in all circumstances. God will back our stand because it is His Word He is defending.
All scripture is KJV unless otherwise noted
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Pastor Roger Anghis is the Founder of RestoreFreeSpeech.org, an organization designed to draw attention to the need of returning free speech rights to churches that was restricted in 1954.
President of The Damascus Project, TheDamascusProject.org, which has a stated purpose of teaching pastors and lay people the need of the churches involvement in the political arena and to teach the historical role of Christianity in the politics of the United States. Married-37 years, 3 children, three grandchildren.
Web site: BuildingTheTruth.org