The Everlasting Pity of It
The Jaded Jangling of Racial appetites
and the word of god
the dispositions of god
in the earth
and the gospel of christ
in the heart
In Ezekiel 36
you find it.
"Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: 'Surely I have spoken in My burning jealousy against the rest of the nations and against all
, who gave My land to themselves as a possession, with wholehearted joy and spiteful minds, in order to plunder its open country.' Edom
"Therefore prophesy concerning the
, and say to the mountains, the hills, the rivers, and the valleys, Thus says the Lord GOD: 'Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and My fury, because you have borne the shame of the nations.' landof Israel
"Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
'I have raised My hand in an oath that surely that nations that are around you shall bear their own shame.
'But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come ...therefore you shall devour men no more, nor bereave your nation anymore,' says the Lord God, 'Nor will I let you hear the taunts of the nations anymore, nor bear the reproach of the peoples anymore.' "
Later (from 37:23-28): "They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, with their detestable things, nor any of their transgression: but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. ... Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them... The nations also will know that I, the LORD, sanctify
, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore." Israel
Ezekiel 37 deals with the two phase restoration, first to the land and then to the Lord whom they as a nation, so summarily dismissed, just as the nations have dismissed, and do dismiss them so summarily to this day. In this restoration, there is to come, in phase two, their incorporation in the everlasting covenant (as in Jeremiah 31:31, 3:16), where the preliminary symbols of the temple are fulfilled by the consummatory magnificences of the Messiah in person, who replaced the temple in His flesh, and to heaven brought the testimony of His accomplishment, even where He came from and whence He was sent (John 8:42).
He had offered in His own flesh, as God in man format, the sacrifice which priests had brought.
He had proffered His OWN blood, not in the holy of holies of ceremonial type, in the temple of stones, which could be and were to be dismantled in the rebellion of the people from Him who came for them, but in the open face of heaven. Thence He was received, a living because resurrected testimonial to one, to all, to heaven, to earth, as it were in the holy of holies in heaven, before the everlasting justice and in terms of the everlasting mercy of God, sealing His deeds and opening the doors of heaven to all races by prior payment on the Cross.
There He covered all who
would ever come, having foreknown His own (Romans 8:32ff., Isaiah 53). In
Hebrews 6:19-20, 7:16,22-26, 8:4-6,7-10, 9:8-14, 23-28, 10:1, 11-1419-21,
we see these things. In many nations, sprinkled among their people, we find
those so redeemed. Among many Jews such are found, there even being Messianic
Congregations. But in the nation of
Hence although the unconditional promise to Abraham stands, one which included the land (Genesis 17), and is operative, and the resolute undertaking of Ezekiel 36-37 to bring them back to a fulfilment in Christ, which would first have them back in their land, so that this followed irrevocably and without further evacuation: so does turmoil fall on them. This is as in Zechariah 12-14, where prior to phase 2 of the Ezekiel 37's scenario*1A, there is vast assault on the land by the nations in remorseless profusion. This is rebutted in divinely assured aid.
So it was to be. So, except for the culmination to come and statedly to come later, it has been.
Meanwhile the pressure is on. The UN like the Arabs seems all but incapable of recognising two things:
2) that God exists, and has spoken concerning the small part of the earth's surface which He had assigned to this nation.
Certainly the UN might
despise the Balfour Declaration.
Perhaps other nations
should have ASSIGNED to them things which the international 'community' - is
that the word for this invasive insult ? - would like.
However, the amusingly, and almost terrifyingly obvious reality is this, that just as God said, so the Jews have been harried and harassed, and now the nations seem to be following the follies of Europe during the Middle Ages and beyond, with its pogroms and its persecutions and its despisings of the Jews as if they did not exist, or might not exist, or might be induced not to exist, and certainly not so much!
What a brilliant, brave new world!
But the pity ?
The pity is this, that
strong men are contesting this pitifully small remnant of land in which the
Jewish people currently comport themselves. They want it to become LESS...and
then LESS. They want 8 or 20 or 15 or 18 % of '
After all, according to
Rachelle Hamilton, New Life, pp. 14-15,
Perhaps, then, it is
really best that there be NO CHOICE in the arena, and that bitter persecution
and vast social displacement (yes and you can look further to Afghanistan,
where the social distress for women alone, in the removal from professional
life, has been attested on this site before), best that intrusive directions
and threats to life, should occur ? Perhaps in actuality,
Is it not for the Arab, the Moslem, too little ?
Should not the nations obliterate the Jewish people, and use planes to scrape off more and more of the little bit of wood remaining, and help things along, for there are so few acres in the 99% and there is so much in the 1% of the Jews, that it would seem shameful, perhaps to some, to ... the word ? ALLOW them (yes, allow, that is it) to keep ALL of it. After all, they are only Jews.
Fine, non-racial, non-discriminatory, open-minded, neutralistic twenty first century diplomacy... do you think ?
But do not mistake! It is
not the plight of the Jews alone that is the concern. It is indeed sad that
dedicated Arabs desire to blow up an armoured Jewish
bus and kill eight or so teachers and wound many children. The world news
hardly seems to pause at that. It passes on to the 'horrific' - is that the
word ? - fact that
It is not the plight of the
Jews alone that is here the concern. That is horrific, in their planed slither
of land, their ceaselessly affronted mini-base by the sea, into which the Arab
peoples have so often desired, and sometimes expressly as with
But perhaps it does not matter if one of the nations should have its capital removed ? and if one nation which has one place for its one site and its one former occupancy, should lose its capital with its sacred history, in order that other peoples who have large numbers of sacred places and several deemed very sacred elsewhere, should possess this one. After all, it is a matter of UN and human (again the word ? justice ? no it cannot be that, surely) judgment, that this would seem the sort of direction to take.
It is certainly the case that all this is far more than deplorable. It would be a comic type of the ludicrous if it were not so painful, so agonising to so many, so that one Jewish mother on TV recently, asked (with the remains of the juveniles passingly mentioned on the program), yes, one of the Jews who had been wounded in her mind by these atrocities, asked: WHY ?
WHY ? she asked,
do they have to have more and more of
However the pity one has in mind, though it assuredly includes these maximal tragedies, is rather pointed in another direct ion, as to emphasis here. It is another element in the tragedy which is our present concern.
It is sad, horribly sad, poignant almost past measure to find all this kefuffle, all this consternation and sagacious planning, and incendiary attack, and jihad consciousness, and children trained up to hate from youth in order to REGAIN from the JEWS the land which they have TAKEN (actually it was accorded, and much of that appears to have been reneged upon!). All this is quite in vain. That, that too is sad, amongst the self-inflicted griefs and the mesmeric clashes of so many of the Arabs.
It is a mischief without
glory. It is a battle without triumph, a crusade without wisdom, an assertion
without God. After all, it is He who made the land, and the Jews currently have
far less of it than what would be in view! only a
small portion of the internationally promised '
tenderly for the misled juveniles among the Arabs. They cannot gain the
They should not gain the objective. It is an harassment, an invasion, and though they may have been brought up to conceive that
Doubtless there will be more diplomacy. Daniel 11 speaks of an abode for an antichristian figure, between
PITY FOR THE ARABS WHOSE
DEDICATION IS SO DELETERIOUS
TO THEIR PEACE IN SUCH A CASE
It is the Arabs at this
point for whom one is concerned. It is not at all that one is NOT concerned for
the Jews. One is profoundly stirred and concerned for the Jews, as should be
But this facet of the case is our current concern: the Arabs.
It is not at all that they
should dispossess the Jews of their pitiful seeming slither of contested land,
and so remove all of the appointment of the Balfour Declaration, made when
What did Ezekiel say (and
see SMR Appendix A for more detail on these
chapters in Ezekiel):
GOD is against this Arab desire, yes and to the extent it is internationalised, as at the Teheran Conference of 1991, this Muslim desire. . If there is one thing that the history of
The Arabs, the Muslim
hosts, inflated with oil money and with zeal, will do much to afflict the Jews,
but they will not prevail in gaining their land. It was lost by divine
pronouncement as in Leviticus 26, Deuteronomy 32-33, and has been restored by
divine pronouncement as we have seen in earlier chapters, and now see in
Ezekiel, preliminary to the mass national conversions noted by Paul and
Zechariah 12, when the repentance at the PIERCING of GOD IN FLESH, the ancient
prophet indicated, would be the criterion.
A THING INTRIGUING
That is one of the things which is infinitely intriguing about the word of God. It is just like the word of God. It is beyond it all. It tells you 500 years BEFORE the Messiah (and tells you in Daniel 9, when that will be also, SMR pp. 886ff.), that the Jews will reject Him (as a nation, that is), and how they will treat Him, and that they will be without their land for a long period before His recognition in their midst (as in Hosea 3, and Ezekiel, where their return is to "the mountains of Israel, which have been always desolate" - Ezekiel 38:8).
The word of God is teaching the world, from 500 B.C. or so, that
The word of God taught from that ancient time in the millenia that are past, that the Jews would return, would be confronted by multitudes on a continuing basis, would overcome in an amazing fashion, and that they would be in their land again, only thus to be treated.
The word of God likewise affirmed from millenia past, and half a millenium before Christ so much as CAME to the earth, let alone was mutilated by His people (with the full support of the ROMAN, that is Gentile governor), that the Jews on their return would come to the time, in the midst of the wars, when there would be a massive wave of repentance FOR the murder which at the time of the prophecy was hundreds of years ahead.
Before it happened, they were told that long after it was so, after they had both left and returned to their land, they would in large measure repent of the action, yet to occur at the time of Zechariah, hundreds of years ahead.
That of course is the scoop of all time.
NOW is the time near.
YET THE PITY
But the everlasting pity ? Well perhaps one could amplify the point. It is only that the Arabs, however misled, are still human, and that they are people, often young, whose breasts are still capable of feeling, whose lives could still be accommodated in so many other places in the 99% of the land at the disposal of their (usually) co-religionists, who are the subject of such pity. One must feel for them, for they are misled and actively encouraged in this murder business. One has no desire to make plaster saints of the Jews. It is just that the whole scheme of their removal is not only unfeeling, unnecessary and absurd on the basis of peoples and places and cultures and minimisation already; it is contrary to the word of God. Yet into this fray as if it were some sort of glory, go the 600 as it were, if one may borrow from British history. It is of course not only 600, or 6000, for the hinterland of Muslim passion may number in scores of millions.
One must then lament for those young Arabs who with courage amiss, vigour misused, feelings inflamed contrary to their Maker, hurl themselves uselessly at the already highly disciplined Jewish nation. As we have seen before, God does not approve of people adding to His disciplines, and assaulting those whom He has already corrected. For this, see Ch. 1, End-note 2, and consider this.
Thus in Isaiah 47:6ff., we read:
"I was angry with My people,
I have profaned My inheritance,
And given them into your hand.
You showed them no mercy;
On the elderly you laid your yoke very heavily,
And you said, 'I shall be a lady forever,
So that you did not take these things to heart,
Nor remember the latter end of them."
There are numbers of such references, available at end-note 2 as above.
can see the point. If a teacher disciplines a student, it is not to the point
to have the school bully, or a gang of ... children, kick and harass him
afterwards, or worse, try to make his life so intolerable that he leaves, must
leave, the school.
The Temple that is Christ
broken temples of misled youth
Hence they are fighting
against God who want to seize more and more, and reduce Israel to less and
less, and remove its capital and take over the holy site. Now let us be clear.
It is not that the temple site SHOULD BE so important to the Jews in their
CURRENT religion. As their OWN prophet Isaiah made so very clear, their failure
to receive the Messiah would become a ground of their dismissal from their post
as a show-piece and centre for people to see the will and word of God (Isaiah
43:21, Isaiah 65:13-15). This was presented in the most intense fashion, with
the most elaborate scrutiny and force. OTHERS would rejoice in the Lord, but
they would inherit sorrow. They had foregone (as the prophet foresaw and
famously predicted) the time of their appointment, the opportunity of wonder.
The Gospel would surround the Messiah and the word of God would continue
remorseless in its pity, concentrated in its power, in the very thing that they
The crucified Messiah would be a cornerstone (Isaiah 28:16, 52-53). In fact, Christ wept at their foolishness in failing to receive the day of the divine opportunity in Himself, noting that
It was Christ, not the temple, who held the essence. The temple symbolism issued in Him, from whom it came. In destroying His body in the crucifixion, so long planned by the mighty, they rendered their own temple therefore doubly worthy of destruction.
Hence the reason the Moslems are permitted to have the site is simple. The errors of Judaism are that the Messiah, Jesus Christ, is not recognised. Hence the ANACHRONISM of the temple, in that Christ is the temple, is not seen.
The Moslem cannot touch Christ, for the crucifixion is over, once and for all (Hebrews 9:23ff.). There is no room for any improvement on the treatment of that particular ... Jew, as He was via Mary, in the flesh.
They therefore can, in scathing divine irony, be permitted to flaunt themselves even with a mosque, an appalling horror for Judaism, itself also far off from the Lord as He indicated. They can have the husk. The wheat lies elsewhere. In fact, Christ is in heaven from which He is, by ANOTHER DIVINE APPOINTMENT, in terms of Luke 21:24-28, shortly to come. We do not know when; it is forbidden (Acts 1); but we know the index to the arrangement, and it is all but fulfilled to the last point. When this happens, we are authorised to look up, knowing that the day is near.
Thus encouraged, many
instead of seeing the realities of the Jews' plight, may imagine that having so
much, they can take still more. Oil rich nations can be treated with profound
courtesy, and even rescued, as with
Think of all those thousands of Arab youths and even children, putting their lives in the midst of violence with violence. Those who live by the sword, die by it. But they are so young.
It is horrifically piteous,
to see them, courage amiss, eyes flaming with false fire, taught amiss,
directed amiss, to be savaged, flinging themselves not against the Jew alone,
but against the Lord.
Doubtless they are but an advance guard, harbingers of the fateful approach of the end, leading in judgment, to the new and millenial beginning with Christ as King.
After all, in the end,
Passion has a flower. To see humans alight with purpose, clear-eyed with determination, fearless in hope, this can be a lovely sight, like a yacht in full sail. But it is not so gorgeous when they sail at a reef.
Moreover, the light of the world, killed by the Jews, despised by not only Muslim but many world powers and peoples, is available. It is that, for THIS! There lies the everlasting pity of it. Oh that the Muslim could take pity on himself. In the end, it is God who determines things by His word, and He has determined at all times, does determine and will determine.
As noted above, He
"Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an
everlasting covenant with them... The nations also will know that I, the
It is this
covenant that needs to be sought. Alas and alas, for it is very grievous, to seek land and not the Lord is a fatal error.
scenario which would lead to a mercy not to be lost, a restoration not to be
rebelled against further, in Ezekiel 37 was this. First, like dry bones, seen
in a vision, scattered about the earth, the Jews are summoned by command to
ZIONISM, RACISM and HUMAN RACISM
In fact, the
Balfour Declaration of
It is true
that, by the endorsed Balfour Declaration, there
had to be safeguards for the rights of non-Jewish communities in
The current concept that ZIONISM is racism, apparently dear to some in the UN and desired for discussion, is actually in essence, a desire for HUMAN RACISM, the deliberate, determinate, relentless, remorseless if not pitiless procedure to excise what God, with much discipline, has provided, to exclude what He has included, and it speedily tends to make a mockery of any nation having any claim or involvement in its own parameters. That evil is evil remains true, for and from any race or city or nation or group of nations; but that this means, what in a universal principle of similar disregard, would be implied, that all peoples are now virtual expatriates, free to be governed from beyond, is absurd. It is to seek to gather them, as in the tower of Babel, to themselves by their own authority with multi-national or international disdain for localities and apportionments; and this invites an exquisite disaster, as we have seen in recent autocracies of man, and hideously exposed in Escape from Red China (Robert Lo with Humphrey Evans - see Pitter-Patter of Prophetic Feet Ch. 9).
There is of course an element of truth in the proposition that mankind has a proper and happy relationship, but not in these terms. It IS true that all peoples and all individuals, not having made themselves, and being on God's earth and required to show forth good fruit, are invited into the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. It is true that in this kingdom there is neither Jew nor Greek, in that spiritually, there is entire brotherhood, under one King; and ONE KING WILL REIGN ON THIS EARTH, whose mind is His own. His dispositions are His own likewise, and His plans and demonstrations of this and that, they too are His own.
One of His
intentions meanwhile, however, for an alienated earth (Romans 1:17ff.,
Ephesians 4:17ff.) is as in Ezekiel 36-37, relative to the Jews. He is a
teacher as well as the LORD and only SAVIOUR. The lessons TO the nations are
there outlined, in the return, so long foretold, of
To try to
call divine apportionments racisms, however, is beyond the ludicrous. It soon
bids fair to become that human racism, that inward if not autistic racism,
which seems only the power of the flesh to determine with the very implements
of divine majesty, what the Lord will have to 'suffer'. It is in short no
wonder that Armageddon has peoples declaring war on
God, nor that it is in the due
It is of course true that any race may exalt itself, and seek to expand imperially with crazy philosophies, naturalistic, in that ditch of confusion now openly rejected, Darwinism (cf. A Spiritual Potpourri Chs. 1-9, SMR Ch. 2, Wake up World! Your Creator is Coming Chs. 4, 5, 6 and Stepping out for Christ, Chs. 2, 7-10, Spiritual Refreshings for the Digital Millenium Ch. 13 etc.) or spiritistic as in the case of the Japanese ideas before World War II.
However Zionism is not exaltation in this, that it is
Indeed (5) there smallness is such that their land is only with all but miraculous assistance (and sometimes with it as predicted in Zech. 12 and seen since 1948 repeatedly) able to be defended at all.
From this sliver, there are many who seem to seek to exhume more of this little Israeli island from the graveyard many seem to have conceived it to be for Jews: and things of this order Arabs have repeatedly, with various others such as Egypt under Nasser, declared or implied the matter to be, in prospect.
That such desire by Jews to
be in their land, Zionism if you so conceive it, that this should be accorded
the name 'racism' is an elegance of witticism or a disaster of irrationality and
inhumanity. Lands are vast and wealth no less, for the many
who embrace Islam, on all sides of the country, if it could be called that, of
If, then, it be an 'elegance', so verbally to attack this Jewish desire as racism with the term Zionism used as if one of abuse: then it is an unseemly and shameless, an immoral and unfounded taunt; and if it be merely a 'disaster', then no less is it a shambles. Such verbal concoctions cannot stand. It appears that failing in logic, there are those internationally who would like to see Israel even less than it is: on the one hand, by violence, blowing up women and children as an inveterate form of war, or on the other, by chilling diplomatic amputations.
What a charming international excursion!
As for Israel, it is time that it returned to the Lord; for autonomy in this world, their own or anyone else's, when it comes to the point of the self-declaration of God, is not merely unwise, but in the end justly unworkable. There are greater things than land to be concerned about, and though the LORD has graciously returned the nation as He SAID He would do, yet He has also provided for their return to Him, even to that self-same Messiah the world of the United Nations seems set on ignoring, and from whom they also departed.
It is only in Him the world will find peace: for the world is HIS! Theft is not before God a wise operation, nor is it just!
It should meanwhile be carefully noted that the thunder is coming, the direct, fearless fiasco of the nations climbing up on their band-wagon, using powerful megaphones and telling God that this is THEIR earth, and His word can be forgotten. Unfortunately for them, it is not their earth, a fact they do not seem to have noticed; and His word will not be forgotten by Him, nor will it, as always is the case, fail to be seen implemented in history, in whatever it has said.
The day may soon come when those who seek to rule this world without the God of the Bible, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, may wish their tune were more harmonious with the happy blessedness of the will and word of God Almighty, whose Son Jesus Christ has paid for sin, but does not accept rebellion that rejects mercy and declares man god (cf. Ezekiel 28:9, Psalm 2).
At such pompous parodies of
truth He laughs, as in Psalm 2 He declares.