Saturday, October 13, 2012

Middle East Debate

The foreign policy debate the next few weeks between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney will zero in on the Middle East conflict.  Both sides have differing views of how to handle the problem and neither side has taken a correct  stance.

Why? Neither camp understands God's plan for the nation of Israel, that's why.

According to the Bible, God chose the Jews and made them a nation through Abraham. Both Jews and Muslims share Abraham as their patriarch. However, the Muslims descended from Hagar and the Jews from Sarah. The blessings of God for the Jews to occupy the middle eastern patch of ground known as Israel and Palestine and beyond were promised to Abraham's seed through Sarah, not Hagar. Abraham had a child by with Hagar but that child was outside the covenant promise God made through Abraham. Study Genesis and Galatians for further information on that.

The descendants of Hagar have been opposed to the descendants born through  Sarah since that time. We're talking thousands of years of hatred towards the Jews by the descendants of Hagar. Those descendants  are mostly Muslim in their religious beliefs. There is real animosity between the two making the Hatfield and McCoys feud look like a Sunday social.

It is because we as a nation have deviated from what the Bible teaches that we do not understand God's plan and purposes for the nation of Israel. Dispersed for nearly 2,000 years after Titus and Roman Legions destroyed the Temple, Israel  miraculously became a nation again in May 1948. Four wars have been fought against the Jews in that time and a fifth is looming. Each time God has protected His people. It will continue to be that way. My readings this week in Nehemiah 4:7-8 simply confirm historically what is happening today. Nothing has changed.

Our past and present elected leaders have tried various approaches to the conflict, albeit ignoring the history behind the conflict and re-inventing current history of the Palestinian land and it's previously nomadic residents. Jerusalem had always been the seat of government for the Jews as it is today, yet our government and leaders refuse to officially recognize or proclaim it. It has never been the seat of government for the Palestinians or any Arab nation.The nations wish to carve up Jerusalem as an international city because three faiths share its history. The Palestinians want a major do-over to Israel's borders back to pre-1967 lines, all the while wishing to see the extermination of the Jewish state.

Israel needs to have complete control of it's capital city, secure borders won in the four wars  by its Arab neighbors and the promise of help from it's friends and allies.That also means Israel needs to refuse trading land for peace. It doesn't work as we have  seen, most recently in 2006 when Israel ceded the Gaza strip to the Palestinians. As a gesture of thanks, the Palestinians launch their rockets against Israel's cities.

 Our present administration has backed away from Israel and Obama is the only president since Israel became a nation to refuse to visit  Israel. He's visited other Arab countries but not Israel. That speaks volumes to Israel's enemies and to Israel's leaders.

Unfortunately, Israel is pretty much standing alone.  When you think about it, what better place to be for God to work another miraculous intervention.

Our political leaders need to repent, wake up to the real historical facts and begin to believe that the f God says what He means and means what He says.  That can only be found in the revealed word of God as found in the Bible.

Any plan for the nation of Israel in these "last days" that deviates from the word is doomed to failure. Obama and Romney both need to understand that fact.

Christians need to do the following in addition to voting:

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces."  (Psalm 122:6-7 NKJV)