ISRAEL, OH ISRAEL!
Speculations and opinions are being tossed around like feathers in the wind because of the dire physical condition of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. What will happen to Israel?
The Bible is literally coming alive before our eyes as we watch happenings around the world today. Are these the "end times" as prophecied? Will God frown on the involvement of the United States in the removal of the Jews from the Gaza strip in hopes it will bring �peace� between the Arabs and Jews?
Christians in the United States are aware of the scripture, �those who Bless Israel will be Blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed,� (Genesis 12:3) but they are not aware of the dividing factions in Israel. Israelis� are as divided on their political and religious views as we are here in the United States.
The United States is a nation founded on Christianity, but not all who live here are Christians. The same is true for Israel as not all who live there are religious Jews.
Christians are divided on whether the Bible is the literal word of God or whether it is open to �interpretation.� This appears to also be true with the Torah in the Jewish community by those who are very secular. Neither the Reform or Conservative groups maintain Jewish laws in accordance with Halacha (Jewish Law) and appear to change laws at will.
The six-day war in 1967 left Israel with the largest territorial gains from any of the wars in which the country had been involved. The Sinai and Gaza Strip were captured from Egypt, East Jerusalem and West Bank (Biblical Judea and Samaria) from Jordan and Golan Heights from Syria.
The recent surrender of the Gaza strip was supposed to be part of the Roadmap to Peace, but religious Jews believe it was an act against God's promise of Covenant land.
Scriptures outline the Covenant land God gave Abraham to pass on to his son Isaac and the Jewish nation for all time. Ishmael, Abraham�s son by a maidservant, did not receive this inheritance and through him was the beginning of the Arab nations.
In a message given in March of 2003, President Bush said: �The United States has developed this plan over the last several months in close cooperation with Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations. Once this road map is delivered, we will expect and welcome contributions from Israel and the Palestinians to this document that will advance true peace. We will urge them to discuss the road map with one another. The time has come to move beyond entrenched positions and to take concrete actions to achieve peace.�
Apparently Sharon�s government became very tired of the constant Jhadist attacks and stated that if the Gaza was returned to the Palestinians, there would be peace. The United States agreed with Sharon. We are told senior security advisors in Israel did not agree with the Roadmap to Peace.
On August 17, 2005, forced evacuation of the Jews from the Gaza Strip began. There were 22 settlements to be destroyed, all but four being in the area known as the Gush Katif containing over 10,000 Jews.
�G-d will for sure bring terror and destruction upon the Nations that are trying to crush The State of Israel, the war of God and Magog is beginning, read your Bible and see what the end is as a result of that for all involved,� reported a religious Jewish source from Jerusalem. (See Ezekiel 38)
Olive Tree Views reported:
�President Bush, Condi Rice, and the entire U.S. State Department really believe that Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority (PA) cronies are committed to peace, to curbing violence, and that Abbas is one of the greatest players for peace in the Middle East. Most American leaders and even some (leftists) in Israel see him as a lamb, ignoring his wolf-like characteristics.�
Abbas trip to Washington was to promote the armistice borders back to 1949 according to the Olive Tree report and these are suicidal borders.
��� the thinking (by American government) is that there must be no separation of territory between the West Bank (Judea and Samaria in the Bible) and Gaza for the Palestinians. America pledged $50 million on top of the $200 million U.S. tax dollars sent to Arafat which was totally stolen from his people.�
�America is moving towards a collision course with God over all of this. In Joel 3, judgment is pronounced on any nation that tries to divide God's land.�
Miraculously, since 1948, the Jews had returned to the land God had set aside for Israel as prophesied and the �dry bones� of Ezekiel 37 breathed new life and the desert bloomed. Was this coincidence or fulfilled prophecy?
There were no �Palestinian� people prior to the Six Day War of 1967. They were people from Arab nations such as Jordanians, Syrians, Egyptians, etc. but the term Palestinian began withYaser Arafat. There is no Palestinian language, culture, history or historical records before 1967.
Quoting Olive Tree Views, �But most of the world has bought into outrageous historical revisionism so that "all nations can come against Jerusalem" as prophesied in Zechariah 12 and 14, a reminder of how late the hour is. Yet the only outrage comes from a small group of Christian friends of Israel and many in the Jewish community who have not bought into the deception of Mahmoud Abbas.
Friends of the Gush Katif tell us that media has given the impression that the Gaza was an �Arab-inhabited wasteland� but those who settled in the Gush Katif area give God the glory for the magnificent agricultural region it had become since they began their settlements following the six day war in 1967. The area was sparsely inhabited prior to these Jewish settlements.
Religious Jews see the Gaza area as a miracle. The land was arid, dry sand dunes but in Deuteronomy 11:8, God promised rain would return when the Covenant land was restored and the deserts would bloom. The land of Israel was basically desolate until after 1948 when the Jews returned and it burst into bloom and the rains returned.
Winston MidEast Analysis reported:
Farmers in Gush Katif were considered among Israel's most successful; their total annual exports totaled $100 million, or 15% of Israel's agricultural exports. Of Israel's exports abroad, Gush Katif exported to Europe 95% of the bug-free lettuce and greens, 70% of the organic vegetables, 60% of the cherry tomatoes, and 60% of the geraniums. Israel's largest plant nursery was in the Gush Katif community of Atzmonah. Other Katif produce included spices, green, red and yellow peppers, celery and more.
WorldNetDaily reported that Palestinians who took over the hot houses in Gaza are now begging the Jews for help because the bugs have returned and they no longer can produce their famous insect-free vegetables.
are reports that PA terrorist camps have now been set up in the Gush
Katif area causing great concern to residents of Israel. The roadmap
and removal of Jews from Covenant land was apparently not the answer
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Joyce Morrison is a weekly columnist and news reporter for the Illinoisleader.com, an online conservative news source. She also writes for SOWER magazine, NewsWithViews.com, as well as various other publications. She is a weekly participant on the teleconference of the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative think tank and is a pro-life, pro-family activist.
Morrison attempts to educate the public regarding the dangers coming to their local communities through Sustainable Development and Agenda 21 programs which are designed to gradually take control of all private property through undue regulations.
She is a chapter leader for Concerned Women for America as well as Secretary to the Board of Directors of Rural Restoration/ADOPT Mission, a national farm ministry located in Sikeston, MO. FarmersRuralRestoration.com. Her most enjoyable time is spent teaching a senior adult Sunday School class which is a focus on hope and encouragement.
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Palestinians who took over the hot houses in Gaza are now begging the Jews for help because the bugs have returned and they no longer can produce their famous insect-free vegetables.