Thursday, June 5, 2008

News That You Can't Find

As this age comes to a close, it seems that the truth becomes more and more elusive. The major media constantly paint Israel in the most negative light possible, and we continually hear the news from the most extreme anti-Israeli point of view possible. In the coming weeks, you will probably see news of Israeli tanks entering Gaza and "occupying" Palestinian land.

What you won't find in the news, is information revealing the daily launching of missiles from Gaza into Israel schools, shopping areas, neighborhoods and factories. Just in the month of May alone, there have been three deaths and dozens of serious injuries to innocent Israeli citizens simply going about their daily business. Gaza, which was once a thriving Israel community was voluntarily evacuated by Israel in 2005 and given to the "Palestinians" as part of the ongoing peace process in the middle east. Since that time, thousands of missiles have been launched from Gaza into Israel resulting in death and destruction upon innocent Israeli citizens. This is the news that you can't find easily.

When Israel tanks enter Gaza, in efforts to stop the missile attacks, you'll most definitely see this reported. You'll also see selected interviews with people complaining about this "occupation", and perhaps you will see where Israel targeted and destroyed a generically labeled "Gaza building" when actually, a missile factory, or a missile launching site was destroyed.

Israel is under attack from every border in a never-ending series of suicide bombings, mortar attacks and missile launches, on a daily basis. Yet Israel rarely strikes back. Innocent Israeli citizens are killed or injured weekly. Israel is expected to ignore this, as if it never occured, while being accused of not giving even up more land. During the "peace process" and ongoing negotiations for Israel to give up more and more land, Israeli officials are expected to ignore the daily missile attacks.

God is not ignoring the situation in Israel. Through the prophet Ezekiel, God declared that his "anger will be aroused", and Israel's enemies will face judgment with "plague and bloodshed". Its not a politically correct message in this era of the "user-friendly" God that some churches have created. But God has not changed through the years. His prophetic words will occur exactly as written.

As God gave the land of Israel to Abraham and his descendants, in a permanent covenant, He made the following statement which clarified His thoughts towards Israel:

"I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you." (Gen. 12:3).

This was a definitive statement without qualifiers. God will also directly intervene in Israel, according to His timing. When He does intervene, He will do so in order to make His presence known: "I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the Lord am the Holy One in Israel." (Exekiel 39:7).

And if that weren't enough, God issued a reminder; perhaps for the skeptics:
"It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord." (Ezekiel 39:8)

God is watching Israel - we should be too. We should also pray for Israel as they face their enemies. Once again.

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