What does the Church think of Israel?
Can some natural disasters be a judgement from God?
Now what I am about to say may rankle with you, even if you have been in broad agreement with what I’ve already spoken about. My thesis is, as already stated, that God still speaks to us, particularly through nature, when He feels the need to correct us.
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, (2 Peter 2:4-9)
I will narrow things down and repeat what I’ve already said concerning Israel, that God would be expected to speak clearly when people mess with His land.
“I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land”. (Joel 3:2)
“O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. "Come," they say, "let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more." With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you-- the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. (Psalm 83:1-7)
When the Israelis bowed to international pressure (particularly from the USA) and forced the Jews to leave their homes in Gaza, followed almost immediately by Hurricane Katrina, which forced a similar number of Americans from their homes in New Orleans ... could God have been speaking?
When the G8 nations met in the UK on 6th July 2005 and issued an official declaration that Israel must give up land for peace and the very next day Islamic terrorists hit London with the atrocity known ever since as 7/7 ... could God have been speaking?
When the Advertising Standards Authority in the UK banned a poster advert from the Israel Tourist Board that featured the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on the grounds that Jerusalem is not a part of Israel, then the very next day a volcanic eruption in Iceland grounded all holiday flights from the UK (for many days) ... could God have been speaking (and laughing)?
The three days of collective madness that terrified Britain in August 2011 with unprecedented rioting and looting started the day after the UK Foreign Office spokesman on the Middle East and his counterpart in the EU ( a British woman) both condemned Israel for building houses in the outskirts of Jerusalem ... could God have been speaking?
This is not a random, contrived selection. The aforementioned book (in the previous article) lists on its back cover the following historical consequences for USA turning against Israel: Nine of the ten costliest insurance events ever, six of the seven costliest hurricanes ever, three of the four largest tornado outbreaks, nine of the top ten natural disasters and the two largest terrorist events in US history.
All food for thought, so see what reaction you get at the water cooler or at the next dinner party. You’ll probably be laughed under the table, which is a sad indictment of the faith atmosphere in modern society (but great credit to you for your bravery!)
It is very difficult to write about specifics in a situation that is literally changing daily, so I have tended to concentrate on principles and generalities and leave it to you to fill in the gaps with all latest attacks – whether literal or propaganda – on Israel or the Jewish people wherever they find themselves in the World. What you do with this information is, of course, up to you.
This thing won’t finish until God decides that it’s time to wrap things up.
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