“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says Yahweh Sabaoth. (Zechariah 4: 6)
Sowing Fear to Prevent Israel from being Faithful and Obedient
An article in The Algemeiner titled “Iranian Revolutionary Guards Spokesman: Settlements Will Spark War That Will Lead to Israel’s Destruction” reminds me of an incident that Jewish people, especially those in Israel, should never forget. Below is an except from the article:
Ongoing Israeli settlement construction will spark a war that will lead to the Jewish state’s “complete destruction,” an Iranian military official said on Thursday, the Tehran regime-aligned Tasnim news agency reported.
A day after US Secretary of State John Kerry assailed Israel’s settlement policies and less than week after the UN Security Council passed an anti-settlement resolution, General Ramezan Sharif — a spokesman for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps — stated that further settlement building would “definitely provoke a reaction.”
Sharif — according to Tasnim — also called the US abstention from last Friday’s Security Council vote a “sign that Washington has come to realize the course of events and continued settlement construction will result in the collapse of the Zionist regime of Israel.”
It’s obvious that General Sharif is trying to frighten the Israeli people and lead them to believe that so-called “settlements” are a problem that threatens their survival. That is just another lie from the pits of hell.
If it were not settlements, it would be something else. In the past, the right of return, al-Aqsa Mosque, the Hasmonean Tunnel, “occupation in Gaza”, and a host of other issues have been used to frighten the Israeli people into submission. West Bank settlements are the latest issue, but there are many other possibilities waiting in the wings to assume center stage.
Simply put, Israel’s existence is the issue. Enemies of the tiny Jewish state will use anything and everything they can conjure up to scare the people of Israel and to incite the world against them.
Regrettably, Israel’s enemies have been successful and have prevented the Israeli people from doing what they should have done a long time ago: lay claim to all the land that Yahweh promised them. Settlers in Israel have been faithful and obedient because they understand that their heritage from Yahweh is nonnegotiable and binding for all eternity. They take Yahweh seriously. Most Israelis don’t, but things are beginning to change.
I’m reminded of the time Moses sent a group of spies to explore the Promised Land and bring back a report. It’s discussed in Numbers 13:
25 When they returned from spying out the land, at the end of forty days, 26 they proceeded to come to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the sons of Israel in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; and they brought back word to them and to all the congregation and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 Thus they told him, and said, “We went in to the land where you sent us; and it certainly does flow with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Nevertheless, the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; and moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 Amalek is living in the land of the Negev and the Hittites and the Jebusites and the Amorites are living in the hill country, and the Canaanites are living by the sea and by the side of the Jordan.”
30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.” 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.” 32 So they gave out to the sons of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size. 33 There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” (Numbers 13: 25-33)
The Children of Israel believed the spies’ report and demonstrated lack of faith in Yahweh. For that reason, they had to spend 40 years in the wilderness instead of taking immediate possession of their inheritance. Joshua and Caleb were the only two adults in the group who were allowed to enter the Promised Land because they had faith in Yahweh. Every other adult traveling with Moses died in the wilderness.
Today’s problem is just like that. The Israeli people need to demonstrate faith in Yahweh and do what they know in their hearts that they must do and eventually will do.
This is not a political issue. More than anything else, it’s a moral issue, a matter of right and wrong. It’s wrong to demonstrate a lack of faith in Yahweh. He is Israel’s Protector and Defender. He always has been and always will be.
The Israeli people must rely on Yahweh and trust Him to do what He said He will do. That is the only safe course.
“If My people who are called by My Name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7: 14)
Change that Yahweh calls “good” begins in the hearts of believers—people who are recognizable because they are different.
We are different because we belong to Him and are called by His Name. We are Yahweh’s people, His followers.
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