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Sifting The Nations

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Why America Must Stand With Israel

Suicide bombing goes on in Israel constantly, calling themselves freedom fighters. The problem is there is a spirit behind them wanting to destroy Israel as a nation. When Arafat was surrounded in his compound in Ramalia by Israeli tanks, taking out his funding and support, many of these things slowed down. Much evidence shows that he is behind much of this. Yet much of the world was against Israel ’s incursions to the Palestinian areas and once they pulled out, the terrorist acts started up again.

          We have said we would go after the terrorists and those who support them. We know that Arafat is responsible for much of the terror against Israel and yet we seem to separate that from all other terrorist activities. That is a problem. We are the only nation supporting the right of Israel to protect itself and defend themselves against the terrorists. All Europe is pro-Palestinian. So we have tried to balance it in their eyes by backing off of our support of Israel and trying to help the Palestinians.

          One of the main reasons for the 9/11 attacks was our relationship with Israel and our relationship with God. We have in the past been a Christian nation, one nation under God. He had raised us up and made us great. But in the past few decades we have been turning our back on God and that is a part of the reason of the attack. God let down the hedge to try to get our attention and turn us back to Him. But also part of the attack is because of our support of Israel . We are the world’s superpower because of our support of Israel . God said he would bless those who bless Israel . That is a part of why God has blessed and made us so strong. It all has to do with Israel . That is God’s major key for biblical prophecy in the world.

          The Palestinians have said there will be no peace in America until there is peace in Palestine, meaning until there is no Jewish presence in Palestine. Hosni Mubarak said that 50% of terrorism is directly related to the Israel/Palestinian conflict. That was right after the 9/11 attacks. The meaning of it is clear. Pull back your support of Israel and put pressure on them to make peace with the Palestinians and the attacks against America will stop. The problem is that the peace plan isn’t about peace, but about a piece of land, one after another until they get a stronghold to drive the Jews out of the land into the sea, until they cease to exist as a nation. It is not about peace, but a tactic to advance their agenda.

          Lets go back to 9/11 and see why we were attacked, the ramifications of the attack and where it is going. Remember that Israel is the center of focus and God’s time piece in the end times. Isaiah 30 tells us much about this scenario of the 9/11 attacks and it’s ramifications.

          Isaiah’s countrymen had fallen into rebellion, unbelief and turned their back on God. Then God tells him something to note down in a book for a time to come, meaning for the last generation. Isaiah 30:8 is a word for this generation today. “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:” It was a word for His people, but it was for the last generation to see and understand. God tells the people that they have lied and rejected His prophets and told them not to see or prophecy the truth, but falsehoods and deceit, flattery and make them feel better about themselves and not negative speak things. The prophets are told to be quiet and go stand in a corner, to paraphrase it. Then God says He will serve them the bread of adversity and water of affliction, but he would also restore them. Why? Because they have changed their mind and started asking the seers to tell them what to do and how to walk. Those who had put their faith in perverse things, are turning from the idols of silver and gold and throwing them away and turning to the men of God to instruct them in the way they should walk. There is a spiritual revival.

Isaiah 30:25And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.” There was a day of great slaughter when towers fell.  A day of great adversity.  Is it possible that this verse is the reason that in verse 8, Isaiah was told to note these things for us today. I believe so and that God wanted us to see what happened as a result of those towers falling.

Then in verse 27-28, after the great slaughter and the spiritual renewal is underway, God says he will move through the earth in wrath and indignation, as a consuming fire to sift the nations, not just Israel , but all nations with the seed of vanity. “Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire: And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.” I think these are things that are just beginning to happen with the war on Iraq , but much of it has not yet happened.

This shaking of the nations happens after a great day in which the towers fall. There are many scriptures with dual applications, for the people at that time and then for a future day. However there has been no other time in history that I know of when towers have fallen causing a great slaughter. An Example of dual application: In  Hosea 11:1 God calls His son out of Egypt . “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.” In the natural, this was in reference to them being in Egyptian bondage and God bringing them out. Yet in the New Testament we see that because of Herod, the angel told Joseph to take Jesus and his family into Egypt and then spoke of calling His son out of Egypt , referring to Jesus. Matthew 2:14-15When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt : And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.”

I believe there are great implications for this verse yet to come. Hebrews 12:25-29See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.” The day is coming when God will shake not only heaven, but earth. A universal shaking so He can determines what is worthy to stand and what is not worthy to stand and it ends telling us that God is a consuming fire. That hasn’t happened yet. I think that is the same as what Isaiah 30 is talking about.  9/11 was an indication to the church that God is beginning to sift the nations as described in Isaiah 30 and Hebrews 12. Every nation, every denomination, every institution, every government is going to be shaken, as well as every individual. Then that which is built upon the rock will stand and the rest will fall.

The writer of Hebrews 12 is quoting from Haggai 2:5-7. “According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt , so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not. For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.” God promises to shake heaven and earth, all the nations. It is the same thing Hebrews 12 is talking about. Dake wrote in the Dake’s Bible, that Haggai is the 911th chapter of the bible. It is dealing with the shaking of the nations, as Isaiah 30 and Hebrews 12. What does that come on the heals of? A day of great slaughter when the towers fell! Why were we attacked? Not only because of our current distant relationship with God, but our relationship with Israel . But we have to know that America is not the focus, but Israel .

Next, let us deal with the Oslo peace accords. Prophecy teachers have been looking for a peace treaty with Israel to identify an antichrist. There will be a 7 yr tribulation, in the middle a peace treaty is broken and the antichrist announces he is god.  Daniel 9:11Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.” Daniel was reading Jeremiah and realizes it is time for them to be released from captivity. He understands why Israel ended up in captivity to begin with and made an interesting concludion. The Hebrew word translated ‘the curse’ in Hebrews would be pronounced allah, the name of the Islamic deity. Allah is not another name for god as some think. The word for curse poured out upon Israel because of their unbelief is allah. It is something that they are today being attacked and persecuted by those who believe in Allah, which is being poured out upon them. Remember most of those in Israel are even atheists today and don’t even believe in God.

Daniel says when all these end time things are over, he gives a time table of 70 weeks. Sixty nine of those weeks are history. We are only waiting for one week, a period of 7 years called the great tribulation at the end time to be fulfilled. Then at the end of those 7 years, Jesus will return to Jerusalem. Daniel 9:27And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” The he is the antichrist. This is the main passage of scripture to understand that there will be a 7 year tribulation and in the middle of it the antichrist will desecrate a Jewish temple. Many think the antichrist will make the peace agreement with Israel . That is a misunderstanding of the scripture, though it is the common interpretation. The scripture doesn’t say that in those words. It says he will confirm the covenant with many, not just with Israel . This peace process involves many nations. The antichrist doesn’t create or initiate the agreement, but adds his support to it. The word translated ‘confirm’ should be strengthen. The word translated ‘many’ in Hebrew is rabab, raw-bab'. The Aramaic is rabin. It was Mr. Rabin, the then prime minister of Israel , who shook hands with Arafat on the white house lawn with President Clinton, to initiate the Oslo peace accords. It has since started, stalled, stated again, and stalled again and is not working. It qualifies to be called a covenant that is not working, it is weak and needs to be strengthened by someone who can make it work. That is what Daniel is talking about. The antichrist strengthens the covenant with many, meaning many nations. The reason the agreement will not work is because of factions within the Palestinians. Not all are as the suicide bombers. Some want peace with Israel , but many do not and want to derail any attempt at peace. One such group is Hammas. There is a scripture that alludes to them. Genesis 6:11The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.” The Hebrew word for violence is hammas. The earth was filled with hammas. That scripture takes place just before the flood. That is one of the main reasons God decided to destroy all the inhabitants of the earth – violence. Jesus attributed the end time in the last days as the same as in Noah’s day. Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Today things are the same as then, we are in the seasons of Noah. People, marry and are given in marriage, they eat and drank, but the earth was being filled with hammas. Another place this word is found is Ezekiel 28. There we learn of the anointed cherub that covers, Lucifer who became the devil. (V.14) “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth;” But volence, hammas was in him and because of that he was cast down out of heaven. (V.16 ) “By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned .” Violence, hammas. Could it be that the hammas, the growing violence identifies today with the days of Noah before the flood came? The purpose of hammas and Islam is to destroy not only Israel and the Jews but all who align themselves with them. Throughout time, all the wars Israel has endured, has been to destroy Israel and most have been at the hands of Muslims.

God is the only reason the Jews have been preserved, but God has used nations to do that and America has been one of the main ones in these last times to support them. So if the goal is to rid the world of the Jews and Israel , which is the purpose of Islam, anyone who helps Israel to continue to exist and be a thorn in their side must also be dealt with by Islam. So they believe to get rid of Israel they know they have to destroy or at least neutralize America . They believe it is their destiny to rule the world. 12 yrs ago, Saddam invaded Kuwait and said the land belonged to them. He was then intending to go against Saudi Arabia and that is why they asked for us and other countries to come to their country, to protect them. If he had conquered Saudi Arabia , Saddam could have taken over all the richest oil fields of the world and took the world captive or brought us to our knees by oil embargo to get his way, called blackmail. He could have used this oil to cripple the west and then opened up the door so the Muslims could have been rallied to go against Israel and he would have been regarded as the Islamic messiah, the Mahadi. That is what he wanted and what Osama ben Laden wanted for him, but God had another plan.

The antichrist will arise, cause the peace plan to work and then go into Israel and sit in the temple of God that will be built. Recently, in Beirut, Lebanon , there was a summit that adopted what is known as the Saudi Peace plan. It says the 22 Arab nations would normalize relations with Israel if they pull back from the boarders of 1967, and surrender the Golan heights, that Syria used to attack Israel in those days before the 1967 war, which is why they want it back. Also, they would have to surrender the West bank and the old city. That would mean that you couldn’t go into the Mount of Olives without going into an Arab country. Israel ’s border would be only 9 miles wide at one point between the sea and hostile nations. They know that Israel can’t accept this, because they would have no security, but they put it up as a façade peace plan. Another thing that came out of this summit of 22 Arab nations said that if anyone took aggression against Iraq , they would call it aggressions against all 22 of these nations. Cheney was going about before the war trying to get support and he was told, no. So to follow it up these 22 nations, including our so-called allies, Saudi Arabia adopted this resolution that called us their enemy. Saudi Arabia is starting to come out of the closet and make a play to be a powerful Arab country. Many Muslims hate the Saudi government and think that they are not true Muslim, because they allow American infidels to be on their sacred ground. So there is much animosity of the other Arab countries over this issue.

Daniel 11:24He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.” The antichrist will enter the fattest places. Fattest is really oily, the oily places of the province. Why did we liberate Kuwait ? It was also to defend the oil of Saudi Arabia . The word for province in Hebrew is medina. So he will enter the oilly places of Medina. There are three holy places to the Muslims. Two in Saudi Arabia , Mecca, where they make their pilgrimage, then Medina, then the third in Jerusalem. Medina is a holy site in Saudi Arabia who is trying to make this peace agreement. The antichrist will enter the oily places of medina. What Saddam didn’t do successfully, the antichrist may do - overthrow the Saudi government and take over the oil fields and then dictate terms to the west, especially Europe to get his way. Then he will go into Jerusalem and sit in the temple. Mubaruk of Egypt and Abdullah of Jordan didn’t attend that meeting because their lives were threatened because they are too pro west and the only two nations with a peace agreement with Israel and Israeli intelligence said if they went they would be killed. It was Israel that warned them not to go. Also when Arafat was surrounded by the tanks of Israel , Iran , Iraq and Syria pledged military support to him if he would settle the peace deal with the United States and just continue the intefada. So these two nations didn’t take place in the Arab summit before the war.

We are seeing what may be the opening stages of end time war, which could be called WWIII. We will look back and see that 9/11 is where it all started. In Isaiah 30:8,25-28 God connected the sifting of nations and the great slaughter of the towers falling. Israel will have to continue to go into those Palestinian places to get suicide bombers and these things could expand at any time. All Muslim nations would go against Israel and will one day.

If we continue to go against nations that harbor terrorists, then we will have to go against Syria , Lebanon , Saudi Arabia , Iraq , Libya , and the Sudan . They all have only one common denominator, they are Muslim. Despite the administration trying to say it is not a war against Islam, the war against terrorism, if we continue it, will turn into that. There is no way out of it. All the world’s terrorist nations are Muslim and they desire to rule the world, to do what men like Hitler and Stalin desired but could not accomplish.

Syria is under the son of the late Assad. He is trying to prove himself in the Arab world and is doing saber rattling and put troops on their border to show Israel he means business. One day the masses will be destroyed as one. That hasn’t happened but it will happen. If this war on terror continues and if Israel continues to deal with suicide bombers it could expand the war to include Damascus, Syria and they will be destroyed. That would be a result of the war on terror. Ezekiel 38 and 39 tells us the invasion of the armies of gog and magog, in 38:1-6, listing the nations invading Israel , one that is so conspicuous by it’s absence is Syria . So is it that Damascus has been destroyed by this time? Could that be the reason for this invasion in Ezekiel 38-39? (Isaiah 17). It is important that Syria is so anti Jew and anti-American today and yet not mentioned in those nations in that battle.

God is sifting nations. That is what war is about. If we continue, the war could expand and we could find ourselves fighting all alone with no supporters. In Ezekiel 38 we don’t see anyone helping Israel to intervene. Ezekiel 38:13 “Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” They don’t help by fighting, but say only, speaking of the efforts of diplomatic intervention. If we were still a super power at this time, it seems we would be trying to help our ally. So something must happen to the United States to remove us from being the world superpower. What is it? Is it the war on terror? Very possibly! Impacting us financially, in resources and manpower. We could become so drained in every way that we can no longer afford to be the world’s policeman. We are not destined to remain the great superpower. God will also sift America in all this. It could be the opening salvos of what becomes WWIII.

If you look at patterns of history you see that WW’s are a modern thing. WWI began by a terrorist act, an assassination of the Austria-Hungarian heir to the throne and his wife in sereavo, Bosnia . WWI started by an act of terror. Our entrance into WWII was by a surprise air attack on Pearl Harbor. The result of both WW’s is that the balance of powers shifted. The greatest nations or powers were reduced to nothing. After WWI there was no longer a Hungarian or Ottoman empire. Same with WW2. before WWII the powers were Britain , Japan and Germany . After WWIIi, the great powers were the U.S. and the USSR . The balance of powers shifts with such war. WWII actually began with the appointment of Hitler as the chancellor of Germany . He threatened war if he wasn’t given land. It was a land for peace deal. Pacifists gave him the land and said, ‘we have been granted peace in our time.’ Before the ink was dry on the land for peace deal, he was going on, next invading Poland . The peace deal they are trying to use in Israel will only lead to greater conflict. If the lesson of history is true, the great superpowers before the war will not come out of the war as the superpower. Today we are the only real superpower. Not that we will be destroyed, but we will eventually be eliminated as the superpower to set up the end time events of prophecy. What was our purpose? Why did God raise up America ? So that we could support Israel when it was a fledging nation to make sure they would not be destroyed them. Also for the purposes of the Gospel. But as we are shaken, we will cease to be great. Is there a purpose for us to propagate this war on terrorism? Yes. If we look at WWII, before Pearl Harbor, American’s didn’t want to get into another war that had nothing to do with us. But with the attack and 2000 lives lost at Peal Harbor, it was the rallying cry to war. But when it began we actually sent most of our troops to Europe and not against Japan . Hitler was perceived as the greater threat. Japan was murdering thousands as they invading other countries, but what they were not doing was what Germany was doing. Killing all the Jews in every nation they took over. If Hitler had not been stopped, he would have destroyed more and more Jews. That is why God had us intervene in that European war that didn’t involve us even after Pearl Harbor. So God allowed the attack to get Americans to rise up and not only to go after Japan , but to go after Hitler. So we became in WWII, God’s sword of vengeance. Vengeance is the Lord’s, but God always uses nations to do that. He raised up Babylon to chasten Israel , then raised up the Medes and Persians to destroy Babylon. So is it possible that God allowed 9/11 to no only get our attention to return to him in repentance, but to rise up to support Israel and go after these people who are out to destroy Israel . Again, God is allowing us to be the sword of vengeance of God. The sword of Islam, the spirit of Islam desires to destroy all Jews and Christians and rid the world of all people of the book so they can rule the world. This war on terror, despite what the government says, will turn into a war against Islam. No, we should not go out to kill those in America ; they are not our enemy, but the spirit behind them.

When Israel was attacked over the years, it has been one more step to cause the Muslims to realize that they have to stop America because we have kept supporting Israel . It will only get worse before it gets better. Tribulation is coming upon the earth. The question is, what will we as Christians do? Who will we support? Will we try to pacify the terrorists or will we stand on God’s word and keep supporting Israel ? Nations have risen and fallen based on how they treated Israel . Why is it so important that we as a nation support them and we as individuals.

Matthew 25:40 “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Typically we think of this as benevolent ministries, as feeding the poor, because of other related verses above. We need to realize that these statements are made in context of the judgment of the nations that had gathered at Jerusalem. Matthew 25:40 is dealing with the end times, not charity. Matthew 25:31-34When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:” We see we are dealing with the end of times and sifting, separating of nations gathered at Jerusalem. Here, brethren is not in general, but in context, the Jews. Nations have gathered in the Kidron Valley in Jerusalem and Jesus comes and stands on the Mount of Olives and begins to separate the nations that have come there. The ones that have blessed Israel and helped the Jews, his earthly brethren get the blessing. The shepherd king, personified by David, divides the flock. The sheep nations enter the kingdom, the goat nations into hell. If you stood on the Mount of Olives facing Jerusalem and  the Kidron Valley is before you and you separated the nations to the right and left, the sheep would enter what is know today as the lion’s gate also known as the sheep gate and on the left side would be the valley of Hinnon known in Hebrew as Gehenna. So we see how literal this is. If this interpretation is right, then it means that how you deal with the Jews can affect your eternal destiny. God takes it personally when people come against his people.

This period in Matthew 25 comes at the end of the tribulation period. The word for tribulation comes from a Latin word for a tool for the harvest, a threshing tool, sifting the wheat. God said He would sift the nations. Haggai 2. The tribulation is the pinnacle of that shaking, the climax. At the end of it, God separates the sheep and goat nations at the end of the 7 years. If there is a pre-tribulation rapture as some believe, we will be gone those 7 years and return with Jesus.

Joel 3:1-2 tells about God judges all nations in the valley of Jehoshaphat, or the Kidron Valley east of Jerusalem.“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” God gathers the nations to judge them. It is the same thing as Matthew 25 when God separates the sheep and goats. There God will judge the nations. This sifting at the end of the tribulation is about who will stand with God and the Jews, who will bless them and who will curse them.

Zechariah 12:8-9In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” God takes it personally when nations come against Israel . He has made a promise and covenant with them and he will preserve them. Anyone who comes against them is his enemy. It is so important in these last days, regardless of the attack of terrorists who say if we stop supporting Israel the attacks will stop. We can’t listen to the preachers who say Israel is of no importance and we must confirm our stand with Israel . They are our spiritual brethren. God takes it personally. God said I will bless those who bless you and curse those who bless you. Despite the politics of the day or even the trend in the church, if they turn away from supporting Israel , we must not do so. There are nations that will not go against Israel in Jerusalem, but some will at least given them supplies, food and water and care for them.

We know that God has begun shaking the nations. It will intensify and get worse. The reason God is going to shake heaven and earth to see what things that will stand upon the rock of God’s word and those that won’t. Israel will go through difficult times, but God will preserve it. There is where Jesus will return and judge the world. The end times are upon us and prophecies are beginning to come to pass as at no time in the past 2000 years. Let us support our leaders and pray they will make the right decisions, ones that are just and righteous and that they keep supporting Israel .

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