ISRAEL ASSAILED BY THAT COMBINATION OF PAN-ISLAM AND EUROPEAN UNION
VERBAL WAR, WHICH INCREASINGLY MATCHES THE BIBLICAL 'ALL THE NATIONS'
Zechariah 14:2, and the "all the surrounding peoples" to whom Israel was predicted to be made (later than
the crucifixion of the Messiah, repented of in ) what ? This: "a cup of drunkenness to all the
surrounding peoples when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem". IT IS THIS WHICH ISRAEL IS PREDICTED TO BECOME TO THEM, AND
SURELY SHE HAS DONE IT!
The former reference to the
surrounding nations may be the intent of the later one; and certainly this has
already occurred in 1948 with its extensions into 1967, 1973 and a little less
directly, 1991, when Israel suffered from an Iraq still declaring its continuing war on
the Jewish State. Israel has been more than triumphant in all
this. The Lord has seen to that, according to His word (cf. Zechariah 12:8).
Now with the Arab League following up on the Pan-Islam announcement of 1991,
summoning concerted assault on Israel, we are undoubtedly in the broader
sphere of reference.
All the surrounding nations have already fulfilled their prophecy,
concerning the multi-national assault on Israel; and at that, since 1947, the UN
declaration has widened that to a vast concourse of nations certainly
fulfilling the scope of the announcement. The Pan-Islam and Arab League
announcements broaden this still further, so that not only the immediate
region, not merely the UN (rather a large body, representative of the whole
territory of the nations, one would think!), but now in addition these two
further bodies thunder their thoughts, dispossessing Israel verbally, whereas
in the providence of the predicting God, they have simply not been ABLE to
dispossess it physically. Words speak; but in this category, actions can speak
The UN and the Arab League, this time, they
are all yapping like wolves. It is so obvious that God's Biblically declared
will concerning Israel does not matter. It is so clear that the Bible is to be disregarded.
The world in its Arab League and its United Nations are all agreed. Jerusalem is not to be Jewish. The UN since 1947 has had internationalising plans in store. This concourse of
peoples abundantly satisfied the text of Zechariah 14, for "all the
nations" in the context of Zechariah 12's surrounding peoples, has indeed
been the thrust of history: the whole international (grossly misnamed)
community, PLUS the surrounding peoples. Now, we go yet further. The European
Union has made a statement.
What is its purport ?
This: it is one "refusing
to recognise Israeli sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem". Quite a mouthful. It is a European mouthful. "Those nations" in Zechariah 14:3
makes it clear that we are not dealing with absolutely every nation, but a vast
concourse of peoples as are also seen unleashed specifically in Ezekiel 38-39.
Wave after wave, result after result comes in this drawn-out process, like Act
V in a Shakespearean play, filled with warning to the 'players' as the
crescendo mounts. But what of the tenor, of the manner of the announcement made
to this sovereign State of Israel ? What sort
... of diplomacy is it which tells it that its capital, currently held by it as
really as Moscow by the Russians, really, will not at all to be in any
part ... under Jewish sovereignty. What are to think
of this ? How does it compare with other statements
made by one nation to another, to diplomatic courtesies and protocol
Suppose now England had been invaded more successfuly than by buzz-bombs,
at the discretion of Adolf;
and in the aftermath of wars and more wars
(as in your papers and in the predictions for the
tragic approach to the historic finale, in Matthew 24, you can read
either, both indicate similar results),
the European Union had graciously decided that
no part of London shall be under British
If such were the case, one
would almost tend to gain an impression, and this ?that the EU did not LIKE the British. It would, not to put
too fine a point on it, scarcely suggest an underlying amiability towards the
British. If now the British were allowed only a few counties within say 100
miles of London anyway, the rest being taken over by people of other
kindred and alien creed, then the ultimatum concerning London (as well) would look even less amiable. It would
indeed look brilliantly hostile.
The Jews reside in the Middle East, in their
minuscule residual territory, with their miniaturised
residue of people left from the holocaust, surrounded by scores of millions of
Arabs with their hostile Moslem apparatus including the holy war syndrome which
affects many, and the "duty" to assault and so on, coming at various
times from various sources, such as the 1991 Moslem meeting in Teheran, which
wanted to "islamicize" the opposition to
Israel. Such noises often come from people of Moslem disposition, nations with
scores of billions of oil dollars, enriched to a fabulous point, just as the US has been rendered a massive debtor in the last score
of years, instead of an historically large world
creditor. The two changes are not unrelated.
What then do we find ?
It is an interesting proposition.
(that is the EU, for this State apparatus is
not "Europe" but a bureaucratic bustling about Brussels, and about
ideas, though it is expected to grow enormously, as part of the predicted
European power base),
nor the Arab League are inclined to favour the Jews.
In this matter,
are not disposed to listen to the word of God,
are not inclined
consider the chastisement the Jewish people have suffered since the death
They seem not too concerned
about their own Romanist follies on the
continent and indeed at Smithfield in Britain as well, just to name one reeking
example; nor to lament at their own distinctively European denial of the faith
in multitudes of sophisticated but futile efforts to seize it and run, like
some ruckman in a football match (this 'ball' has
proved far too heavy, but they still tried). We do not generalise.
Many Europeans are of the most gracious, faithful. So are many Jews, from whose
ranks, for that matter, the apostles were drawn for the Christian Church!
However, we are dealing with a REPRESENTATIVE BODY, the European Union, which
in some sense is supposedly intimately related to Europe.
THIS is the statement which evocatively, provocatively, has been issued
according the AFP News Report.
Prodigious for heretics, Europe
has spawned a whole crusade of them in the last 100 years, as much an attack on
the Lord as were the hands that others laid roughly on Christ. The Lord and His
word are not separable in this, that He wholly endorses it (cf. Isaiah 8:20,
Jeremiah 23, Matthew 5:17-20). His scathing scorn at a people professing His
name and wresting disagreeably His word, are famous down the hollow of the
people draws near Me with their lips, but their hearts
are far from Me." Every manner of
subterfuge and dissidence has been the lot of multitudes of Jews and Gentiles
alike (Jeremiah -18, Isaiah
30:15-16,8-11 - but do not forget Isaiah 30:18!;
Matthew 24:24, II Peter 2, II Timothy 3).
It is true that Europe has been the site of some
of the most beautiful Christian characters, rich in suffering and dedication,
grand in compassion and concern, valiant for the truth, willing to die and
often taken to this point, for the faith, a place of earnest and hearty
reformation for some, as well as most brutal and rapacious religious
persecution, and sometimes of aspiring religious beauty, so that with
England and Scotland, it has made rich yet heavily costed
contribution to the powers of return and resource in the Lord. It is unwise to
forget the good because of the evil. Nevertheless, Europe quite simply is now a
mission field, a large missionary body bears its name as target, citing
startling statistics of need; the testimony of
truth has diminished in scope, as also in England; and Europe has indeed a
large swathe of people wandering as to their final alliance with larger
forces willing to lead them, as they have indeed led, in large masses,
twice in this century. (See also, for England and movements after the hegemony of the British Empire, News 13.)
For Europe, the forces
of restraint are less manifest and its tendency to absorb England has its stern warning, following the World Wars of
this century; while the forces leading to disastrous secular humanism, spiced
with the fearless ideas of the flesh, in place of the fervent ideals of the
truth, are less and less curbed. Such sweeping ambitions have been seen
already, under the microscope of history; and their end is biblically perfectly
clear. (Cf. SMR Ch.7, pp. 502ff., 510ff., 516ff.; Ch. 8, pp. 726-732C, Bk.2 Glossary, pp.750Bff.; Ch.9, pp. 886-889,899-900, 905-911,929-931, 948; Ch. 10, 1031C; Barbs, Arrows and Balms,
Item 20, Extension, esp. Part II, in pp. 150-152,
Biblical BlessingsCh.1, Ch.2,
esp. pp. 19-26 - with
preceding table). AsRome centres
(see refs. preceding)
Babylon, in the "mystery Babylon" reference in Revelation 17:5-18:24, and is Babylon's
death mask, or its deadly concentrate in the ultimate eras, becoming the
projection into contemporary society of this vast 'heritage' reaching back to
Babylon itself, so Europe is the predicted site of Daniel's forecast, for the
world rule to come.
What then ?
It is not a question of decrying Europe, but of
decrying pride, the vainglory of the flesh which, whether in army or
philosophy, and sometimes the first following the second, can take man
for a ride to the spiritual ghettos and the more sophisticated concentration
camps, which are to become the barbed wire of this world. Electronic barbed
wire can be cheaper, and easier to string out.
It is a question
understanding of the direction of things, the correction for that direction individually,
and for the nations that are interested in equity,
·of finding compassion, concern and sensitivity also to
the plight of the Jews, who though disciplined by God, are not any man's
plaything as if they were not a people. To disregard these things is merely to
request from the God and King of eternity, what the barrenness of heart
deserves for so doing. Europe then would do well to channel its concern in less
distant ways than making such pronunciamentos about Jerusalem. If they do these things, they are playing with fire,
not merely for such interference with another State, but for such action
towards what God has most emphatically arranged differently. After all, He made
the land, and there is no claim to compete with that. This is not merely an
ethical, a moral and a spiritual fact; it is statedly
to be an observable one.
The Gentile people, more broadly, have nothing
to boast about, in the mass; and to the point, it was the United Nations, a
broad-based body if you like, which made the earlier verbal aggression against Jerusalem and Jews, in their 1947 pronouncements to the point.
That was man. As to the Lord, the Bible explicitly predicts a vast return both
physically, to the territory, of the Jews, and of course, that happened. The
Bible carried the day, and the UN did not! The Jews have Jerusalem. The Bible proceeds with the unfolding history. AFTER
that Jewish return, following this miraculous development, with its stunning
suddenness in the re-institution of the nation as predicted (Isaiah 66:7,cf. News 47), the return in large
numbers of Israel is predicted to be ...a return spiritually to the
Lord (Ezekiel 34-37, Zechariah 12:10, Romans 11:25ff.: cf. The Shadow of a
Mighty Rock, Appendix A).
Indeed, as the apostle Paul shows there,
it was the fall of the Jews
(as a nation in their posture about Christ, which is not greatly
relaxed yet, when it comes to Christian evangelism, as attested in an
earlier News item in this site)
provided the vast gap leading to massive Gentile exposure to the Gospel.
It is the RETURN, the restoration, the coming
back to the Lord, and to the rejected Messiah as so eloquently described
prophetically by Zechariah, noted above, which is to give ground for a vast
rejoicing among the Gentiles (cf. Deuteronomy 32:43), to which the apostle Paul
points in Romans 11:12,14-15, 15:9-12). "If," says Paul,
"their being cast away
is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be
but life form the dead?" This says
he to the Gentiles, "DO
NOT BOAST!" The Jews were lost as a nationthorugh unbelief, so let
the Gentile peoples "be
not highminded but fear!"
All these matters we have dealt with in
Biblical and considerable historical detail, in The Shadow of a Mighty Rock, Chs. 8 - 9,
and elsewhere as noted in the second Index,
for other volumes. Today, in view of this news item, we have -
other than review, one simple task. Be warned: the time is of the
return of the Lord with all the vexations preceding, is drawing near
as the UN Declaration of 1947 giving the Jews some
slender portions of Palestine and an internationalisedJerusalem to "SHARE",
is now vexed further by this
intensely partisan European statement that NO PART of Jerusalem shall be under Jewish sovereignty!
NOT SO, say the Jewish nation.
Mr Netanyahu is reported as summoning the ambassador
from Germany, an offender in this field in the past, to stress how
gravely was viewed this EUROPEAN ANNOUNCEMENT. Proclaimed the "eternal and indivisible capital
of Israel" by the Israeli Parliament in 1980, Jerusalem is now the subject of a new statement by the Israeli
parliament. And this, as reported ?
"Israel will not accept under any
circumstance the division or internationalisation of
Jerusalem, which will remain for eternity under the exclusive sovereignty of
the State of Israel."
For clarity, that is a pearl. Not for Israel
in this thing is the ambivalence of the World Council of Churches,
that hideous synthesis of Christianity, which in fact requires that one
"forsake all" if one is to follow Christ (Luke 14:27ff.), with masses
of other and contrary perspectives and beliefs. It is impossible to do (cf.
Galatians 1, and refer That
Magnificent Rock,Ch.3) but the WCC tries just the
same. The Israelis here have spoken a very different language, clear and
unequivocal. Not for them the phrases that cover up the underlying cracks. WHEN
the nations DO attack Jerusalem in their brave finale, as noted in Ezekiel 38-39 and
indicated in Zechariah so dramatically, then various things will follow.
These will include the following two:
1) The massive turning to the Lord Jesus
Christ, the Messiah who came to die at the date predicted by Daniel the
prophet, on the part of a vast swathe of Jewish people; and
2) a massive thrust
from the Lord God personally, to deliver the people from precisely this
invasion. After all, it is a wonderful opportunity to make
a point, and the Lord is on record, that HE WILL MAKE THIS POINT. For the
nature of it, see Ezekiel 39:21ff.. The nations will
then KNOW why the Jews went into their long exile, and the Jewish nation will
see the evidence once more, Ezekiel 37:13-14, and find it in their lives as
well as in their land. This draws near to the return of Christ (Luke ), and that speaks
to the Gentiles, that their special innings is about up (Christ
signifying this to occur when Jerusalem was no longer 'trodden down'
by the other nations);
the Jews, that their time for return to the Lord is imminent.
To all, it speaks. It is time
to repent (Luke 13:1-3). It is always time (II Corinthians 6:1ff.). Indeed,
there is not always time to do it. Now is the time (Isaiah 55).