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Israel’s Vote and Joel’s Prophecy

Listening to the mainstream news talking heads the day after the elections in Israel in 2014 was self-validating. Like so many who try to use common sense in considering these strange times, I didn’t see any way the people of Israel would throw a strong defender of their nation out in order to install a Neville Chamberlain-like leader in such a critical political position at such a crucial time.

Days leading up to the Tuesday, March 17, 2014 vote by the Israeli people brought from liberal journalists every possible reason why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should lose and a more conciliatory government be installed.

Until the American presidential election of 2016, I had never heard such announced polling data forecasting a likely win that turned out to be so starkly wrong. Leading up to that Israeli election, the American press predicted a close race with Hertzog, Netanyahu’s opponent for prime minister, to be in the lead right up until the exit polls began on election day. Then it changed to “the election has tightened.”

Benjamin Netanyahu, as it turned out, claimed victory relatively early–so dramatically in his party’s favor had the voting gone. –This, even despite the American president having sent an election advisory team to Israel to help Netanyahu’s political opposition. I must admit that, like I did in the 2016 election of President Trump, I basked in the results of that election. At that time, I  envied the people who had the good sense to re-elect the type leader (through their own brand of party politics) that I hoped we in America would be wise enough to elect again one day, should the world wag on in its precipitous state for a time yet.

While contemplating all of this–how pleased I was with the election results–I was brought back in a moment of epiphany to the deeper reality of what it all might mean in terms of God’s prophetic Word.

Benjamin Netanyahu made one campaign adjustment at the last minute that–my spiritual senses reminded–seemed to make the difference in his momentum toward re-election. He promised that if his government was returned to leadership, he would not allow a two-state solution to the ongoing Palestinian conflict with Israel.

We now get a sense of exactly the import of the prime minister’s speech before Congress on March 3, 2014. He laid out his case for why Israel must be on alert at all times against Iran and all of its enemy neighbors. At the heart of the hatred for Israel, of course, is the very point of the two-state solution much of the world of the diplomatic realm wants to force upon the Jewish state. At the same time, the Iranian antagonists and all other of the Islamist peoples surrounding Israel want only a one-state solution. They have voiced it many, many times since the establishment of Israel in 1948. Nasser, Sadat, and most every leader of Arab nations and of terrorist organizations in the Middle East have declared that they want Israel off the land it “occupies.”

They, in fact, have often, like the Nazis, proclaimed that the Jew is the problem with the lack of “peace” in the region and world. Every Jew should, therefore, be expunged from the earth.

There has been conjecture among those who watch the issues and events of the times, analyzing them in light of Bible prophecy. Many indicated they sensed that if Benjamin Netanyahu had lost the election, thus putting a Hertzog government in power, the results thereof would have increased the speed in dividing  the land, thus bring on Armageddon.

The prophecy by Joel the prophet reads: “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).

I understand where those considering the prophecy might reasonably conclude that dividing the land spoken here speaks to a future time when, for example, Antichrist causes the land to be divided as part of the covenant of Daniel 9: 26. Or, perhaps the dividing of the land might be thought to mean a precursor agreement such as one made by Obama and John Kerry or some others in the Roadmap to Peace process .

However, in the much greater context, God’s land has been divided for centuries by the world of nation-states. The land has been forced by the Babylonian system of successive governments to carve up God’s real estate covenant with Israel. For this, the world is about to pay a terrible price–be brought to the killing field called Armageddon.

The Obama administration simmered over what it called Netanyahu’s “divisive rhetoric” regarding the prime minister saying at the time  that he would not allow two states. If Obama and the rest of the world diplomatic enclave could truly be made to understand the immensely greater danger of their own divisive demands–those demands against God’s chosen nation–they would indeed be trembling instead of continuing in the year 2018 to push for the phony peace that Joel and Isaiah say will destroy much of the world’s population.

We are in the most dangerous times in U.S. history. But, we must also be in the time very near hearing the call from Jesus: “Come up here!”


4 Comments

  1. If only the world could follow the simple foreign policy of Genesis 12:3. Even if all nations were to give Israel whatever she desired we would be far better off than capitulating to Israel’s enemies. Indeed – we would be blessed!!

  2. Patricia Purkiss says:

    God will protect His city! Come Lord come! Amen!

  3. Mary Beth Milby says:

    A good article, but the last scripture quoted was Jesus saying to John in the “Revelation”, “Come up here” so that he would have a heavenly perspective in the things that would eventually happen on the earth. It was in no way a reference to the rapture. We must always be Here and, and READ IN CONTEXT, not pull 3 little words out and apply an unintended meaning to them.

  4. Ed Wood says:

    From the Bible:

    Daniel {4:17} This sentence is by the decree of the angelic watchers And the decision is a command of the holy ones, In order that the living may know That the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind, And bestows it on whom He wishes And sets over it the lowliest of men.

    From the Hamas Charter:

    “The Arab states surrounding Israel are required to open their borders to the Jihad fighters, the sons of the Arab and Islamic peoples, to enable them to play their role and to join their efforts to those of their brothers among the Muslim Brothers in Palestine.”

    “Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the Muslims.”

    From the Daniel passage, we see clearly that God ultimately decides who rules what, when and where. From the second two excerpts from the Hamas Charter, the attitude of Hamas and its spiritual kindred is also without question.

    I very much believe from this information that God has put Benjamin Netanyahu in his present post of Prime Minister of Israel and that he will remain there as long as the Lord decides he should. What is needed in the face of the present hostility of Israel’s adversaries is a strong hand. Now this is not to say that one day a future ruler might appear who is more conciliatory and this might even be likely as the Bible reveals there will eventually be an operational Middle East peace treaty which might favor a leader with a softer approach to get it off the ground.

    For three and a half years this accord will appear to be a genuine solution to the conflict between Israel and its enemies before the Antichrist who initially confirms it turns around and scuttles it half-way into its seven-year term (Daniel 9:27)

    The course of human history has always been under God’s direction and will be fulfilled exactly as he has determined from the beginning of time. For those who believe, there is great hope. For those who don’t there will only be despair, even if they don’t realize it yet!

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