The Middle East Predicament

January 31, 2012 at 7:54 AM 4 comments

I read a great article by Gary Stearman from the latest Prophecy in the News magazine.  In it, he reminded all of us that the rhetoric coming from Hamas is murderous. In other words, they will not be content until they have taken all of Jerusalem for themselves.  The Prime Minister of Hamas – Ismail Haniyeh – “reiterated on Saturday that his organization will never recognize Israel and will never give up on Jerusalem…” [1]

The sad fact of the matter is that this is becoming the norm for Arab groups opposed to Israel.  They blame Israel for all things and want Israel out of the Middle East, as if Israel has no right or reason to be there.

According to history, King David purchased Jerusalem AND what became known as the Temple Mount.  While it has traded hands over the centuries, no one else has actually paid for that area of the world.  That alone says that Israel has some ownership.

More importantly though, God’s Word in many places tells us that Israel has a right to that Land.  While I fully realize that there are many who disagree with me here, the only way they can arrive to their conclusions is by allegorizing Scripture.  Some of the means to that end are real doozies because it quickly becomes clear that their method of (allegorical) interpretation leaves a great deal to be desired.  One is often left with the question, How DID they arrive at THAT conclusion?!

But as if Hamas is not enough, it would also appear that Hamas is desperately trying to form an alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood. Stearman notes, “…during discussions, Haniyeh’s men met with senior members of the extremist Muslim Brotherhood movement.  According to the report, the purpose of the meetings was to look into the possibility of having Hamas join the Muslim Brotherhood.” [2]

If that doesn’t offer enough of a problem, Stearman also informs us that the Muslim Brotherhood is gaining quite a bit of ground. “The ‘Arab Spring’ of 2011 has become the Muslim Brotherhood Movement of 2012.  It appear (sic) that in a short time, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon and perhaps, Turkey will unite under the Brotherhood.” [2]

We cannot help but note that Scripture also informs us about the plight of the Jewish people and Israel particularly.  “Thus declares the LORD who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him, 2 “Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. 3 It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it,” (Zechariah 12:1-3).

Obviously, from the above passage (and others like it), it becomes clear that though groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas are moving against Israel, it would appear that it is the Lord who is causing it.  Why would He do that and how then can He hold these groups responsible for doing what He has decreed?

The answer to the last question is that they are as responsible for their actions as Judas was for his.  Moreover, the reason God would do this is for the same reason He does anything – to bring glory to Himself.

So the reality seems that there is a growing fervor within the Middle East that would deny Israel its right to exist.  They want them out and I daresay, if that means killing Jews, then so be it.  What we have been told is a new rise of democratic freedom in places like Egypt has become anything but that.

Mosab Hassan Yousef (Son of Hamas) sat in a church on the platform explaining to all of us who sat in the pews that the Muslim Brotherhood had no chance at all of rising to the top of the heap because there were too many young people who were fighting for Democracy.  He was obviously and painfully incorrect.  Does Yousef simply not know any better (though his father was one of the founders of Hamas), or is he an agent of disinformation? It would certainly appear to be the latter because he does not strike me as an idiot or someone who is not in the know.

Just this morning, I read that PM Netanyahu is going to travel to Ramallah to meet with Abbas.  It would seem that the Jews are always willing to meet.  They are always willing to consider options.  Yet, we have groups like Hamas and now the Muslim Brotherhood who are completely unwilling.

What is Abbas going to do?  It will likely be the same tired, old rhetoric.  The Jews need to get out of there or there.  They need to stop building.  Meanwhile, the shelling of Israel has never stopped.

All of this is merely a front.  It would seem that Arab groups are simply biding their time so that they can find a way to unite and then attack.  Are we going to see Ezekiel 38-39 (the Northern Invasion) occur within the next several years? It’s certainly possible and it could occur sooner with the way the warlike rhetoric is increasing in pitch and ferocity.

It would seem that short of giving everything back to Arab nations, Israel can do nothing to please her neighbors. Too many people are also climbing on the bandwagon ready to blame Israel for all of the Middle East woes.  They wrongly believe that if Israel would just clear out, then all would be well because the Arabs would no longer have a reason to complain.  Of course, what they fail to understand is that Arabs who are Muslim within the religious ideology of Islam have no intention of stopping with Israel.  They want a world dictatorship led by the Final Mahdi.  This is what they look for, hope for, pray for, and work toward.

Israel is a big fish to be sure, but the entire world is the biggest fish and Islamists believe they will one day have all of it.  Too many people in this world are woefully naive in thinking that if Israel would just leave and hand over everything to the Muslims/Arabs, then all would be well with the world.  That’s like saying that a person harassed by thieves should just give up what the thieves have been trying to steal and all will be well.  On the contrary, it would give far greater boldness to those thieves to move into other areas until they got what they wanted.

Israel is right to stand their ground.  Neither Hamas, Abbas, or the Muslim Brotherhood are giving any – repeat any – ground to Israel at all.  The demands are all one-sided, providing the former groups to attack Israel at the slightest perceived failure in the “peace” talks.  For her part, Israel should give nothing back.  What Israel has she has because of how the Lord has been working.

We will one day see a group of armies advance on Israel and attempt to attack her.  God has the answer to that.  “In that day,” declares the LORD, “I will strike every horse with bewilderment and his rider with madness. But I will watch over the house of Judah, while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. 5 Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘A strong support for us are the inhabitants of Jerusalem through the LORD of hosts, their God,’ (Zechariah 12:4-5).

The government of the United States (as well as many other governments) has been walking away from supporting Israel for too long.  We need to get back on track, but unless I’m mistaken, it does not appear that the U.S. will embark on such a course, certainly not with the current Administration and in all fairness, since the days of Jimmy Carter, our alliance with Israel has been a shaky one.

Woe to those who stand in any way, shape, or form against Israel.  They need to stop looking at things from a human perspective and start looking at it from God’s. End of story.

[1] Gary Stearman, The Rise of a “Jerusalem Army” (February 2012 – Prophecy in the News), 3

[2] Ibid, 4

[2] Ibid, 4

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4 Comments

  • 1. Resources for Zechariah 12:1 - 3  |  February 23, 2012 at 12:23 AM

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  • 2. Sherry  |  January 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

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  • 3. MJ Ritter  |  January 31, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Good article, lots of fine points,just not very objective. First, Israel themselves would disagree with you on one point: the US has not turned it back on Israel, nor have we diminished our level of support. Of course Israel is a country that has murdered our sailors (USS Liberty), and got caught spying on us (Jonathan Pollard). The problem you didn’t address is that what has been going on for years isn’t working. You claim that Israel is willing to meet anytime, anyplace, yet the facts don’t beat fruit. Talk is cheap, or in better terms: actions speaker louder than words. Much of what Hamas states is bluster. It incites the crowds. We see that even in church’s and political rally’s here in the US. Newt is king of bluster and rhetoric, whether it be true or not. Negotiations are the only way to solve the problem. You mention Israel annexing land as being an excuse for not meeting. Yet, even Israel acknowledges a problem with the orthadox Jews who keep taking more and more land, moving further out. You didn’t mention the forced moving of many palestinians from their homes when Israel was created by the UN. It is not an easy issue. Each side must be willing to severely compromise, something Arafat just couldn’t do. Just remember there are 2 sides to every issue. One man’s freedom fighter, is another man’s terrorist. Have an awesome day!

    • 4. modres  |  January 31, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      Hi MJ,

      I fully believe that our government HAS diminished its support for Israel. I firmly believe this particular administration would toss Israel under the bus if it could. In fact, many within Congress drafted a letter to Mr. Obama demanding that he continue to support Israel as his LACK of support was becoming apparent.

      I’m aware of the USS Liberty and Pollard.

      I didn’t mention the forced moving out of “Palestinians” because for me, that doesn’t enter into the issue.

      I fully disagree with you though that negotiations are the only way to solve the problem. While you are looking at it solely from a human perspective, I am looking at it solely from a biblical one.

      This issue will NEVER be solved by humanity. Daniel 9:24-27 tells us that the Antichrist will somehow broker a covenant with Israel and surrounding nations for a period that will allegedly last for seven years. The problem is that the Bible also tells us that he will break the covenant in the middle of the week.

      We are not on the same page, MJ, but thanks for writing.


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