Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Riots in Jerusalem

This is a story that has been percolating for a few days and doesn't seen to be simmering down. In a nutshell, there has been intermittent fighting in and around the Temple Mount, extending into greater Jerusalem and felt to be instigated by Hezbollah and Hamas. The AP has a nice review of this situation in this article:

"Israeli police bring reinforcements to Jerusalem". This article could be reduced to the following statements:

"Israel and the Palestinians both lay claim to Jerusalem, with Israel insisting it will retain control of all of the city, including the eastern sector it captured and annexed in 1967."

"The Palestinians want east Jerusalem, with its major Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites, for their future capital. Like the rest of the international community, they do not recognize the Israeli annexation and regard the Jewish neighborhoods that ring east Jerusalem as settlements, which Israel does not."

"Raed Salah, head of a militant branch of Israel's Islamic Movement, told the Haaretz newspaper on Monday that the clashes would last as long as Israel's 'occupation' of the city and al-Aqsa continued."

In a related story, Joel Rosenberg has an ominous story:

According to Mr Rosenberg, the two threats are:

"The first threat is the real and growing possibility that the United Nations will shift the nuclear spotlight away from Iran and on to Israel in an effort to force Jerusalem to disclose and dismantle its alleged nuclear weapons and join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)...The U.N. Security Council could pass a resolution forcing Israel to allow international inspectors in. If Israel refused to comply, she could be subject to diplomatic isolation, crippling economic sanctions, and even international enforcement."

Rosenberg continues with this: "...such a resolution could be introduced by Russia. The coalition against Israel could be led by Russia and Iran. Should this happen, we could begin to see the prophecies of Ezekiel 38-39 come to pass in fairly short order."

"The second threat is the real and growing possibility that the world will unilaterally create and recognize a Palestinian State, not through negotiations with Israel but by fiat. World leaders have been trying to engineer a "comprehensive" final peace agreement for decades."

"With his Cairo and U.N. General Assembly speeches, President Obama has taken the lead on this effort. He is demanding Israel return to its pre-1967 borders, divide Jerusalem and allow the Palestinians to have a state with contiguous borders (thus cutting Israel proper in two)."

"During July, the EU's Javier Solana lectured in London and said that if the peace process was going nowhere, the international community should consider recognizing a Palestinian state under a UN resolution EVEN WITHOUT ISRAEL'S CONSENT." (emphasis mine).

"In short, the Solana plan is an imposed solution, using the UN Security Council as its main instrument, which will decide the issue of Israel's future borders and those of the Palestinian state."

The world is continuing to turn against Israel, just as Zechariah 12 informed us:

"On that day, when all the nations are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves."

Israel will ultimately be placed in a situation where only God can protect them - and God most certainly will protect them. This is not because the people of Israel "deserve" God's protection - but because God intends to preserve His holy name:

"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. It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day that I have spoken of." (Ezekiel 39:7-8).

"This day" is a reference to the day that God personally intervenes on Israel's behalf, upon the massive invasion as led by Russia and Iran. As the world lines up against tiny Israel, they are oblivious to God's promise to intervene. Thats too bad.

What we're ultimately seeing is simply put:

"The Nations" (as they collectively act against Israel, with attempts to "move" Jerusalem from Israel) versus God.

I'm betting on God.

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