In the modern era, Israel has still struggled with their original land. And she has also struggled with intense hatred and thoughts of annihilation that existed in Biblical times. Adolf Hitler was not the first monster to attempt to "purge" the world of the Jewish people. Yet it is the Holocaust that was one of, if not the, worst genocide attempt ever known to human history. Jews were rounded up like cattle and were abused, molested, tortured, mistreated, raped, and murdered. Many times these atrocities took place right in front of the individual's family. After World War II ended, the world seemingly came together to help the Jewish people. And while many wanted to help, the idea of Israel becoming a sovereign state was controversial at best. Nevertheless, President Harry S. Truman pushed for Israel's creation and became one of the first allies of the new nation. It was Truman in fact that helped make the decision that the "new" nation would be called "Israel." This was in 1948.
From the moment of Israel's creation, she has had to fight to keep the property given to her. Fights broke out both militarily and politically over these borders. Some nations and terrorist groups began attacking Israel to push her out of her land. Speeches and legislation have been written and given for years about creating peace in Israel and with her neighbors.
One of the greatest points of conflict came in the Six Days War in 1967. Though the preparations for this war have been debated for years, what is undoubtedly true is that Israel responded to what was a threat on its land and people. The war saw Egypt, Syria, and Jordan form an alliance and beef up troops on Israel's border. The alliance claimed to have intelligence that Israel was preparing to attack them. Israel denied the plans and suggested that the troop build up and the closing of transportation and trading straits would result in an act of war. For six days, the war ensued and Israel won. As part of the win, Israel took over some territories from the alliance. Many of the land disputes existing today find their origins in 1967.
President Obama ruffled feathers yesterday with his speech in the Middle East. In a time where America is seeking to improve its standing in the troubled Middle East, Obama pledged his support to the democratic movements which are springing up. Yet, he also made a speech concerning Israel's borders which has come under great fire. In his speech, the President stated that Israel should go back to 1967 borders preceding the Six Day War. In essence, Obama asked Israel to work towards giving back land.
The President's speech has caught a lot of press since being given. Many Christians have started talking about the Anti-Christ, the return of Christ, and other apocalyptic events. I think we have to learn to quit overreacting to everything we don't agree with. There are some truths we need to recognize before we label our President, as wrong as I believe he is in his assertion to Israel, as the forerunner for the Anti-Christ. (By the way some will tell you Jesus is coming tomorrow, so none of this will matter . . . ) Let's look at some facts:
- The Bible is clear that a nation that supports Israel will be blessed. A nation that doesn't will be destroyed.
- Israel is God's chosen nation and people. To be against Israel is to be against God.
- As many as three countries would have to cease to exist for Israel to truly have all the land it was originally given by God.
- Without honoring the 1967 borders, Israel will still not have the land God intended for them to have, and the USA and other allies are responsible for that.
- President Obama was preceded by President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President George H. W. Bush in an attempt to create a Palestinian state which would require Israel to give up land. The three previous presidents have attempted the same thing President Obama is attempting now.
- President Obama is the only president of the four which mandated Hamas (a terrorist organization which doubles as a political party in Palestinian areas) cease to exist for Israel to even consider negotiations.
Now let me speak frank. I'm not in favor of Israel giving any land back. As a Bible believer, I believe that all the land Abraham set foot on belongs to Israel. That was the promise God made to him. It will take a miracle for that to happen however . . . or a major war. Let me speak further, we must learn to quit overreacting to everything our President does. No I don't agree with him, but truth is truth. Where was the outrage when the Bush's attempted this? Where was the outrage when Clinton did this? I vaguely remember some outrage when it came to Clinton's attempts. I don't remember any when it came to Bush's attempts. I think we need to realize that we as Christians appear biased, unfair, and judgmental when we choose to landblast people we disagree with and don't like and then extend mercy or ignorance to those we do like but don't agree with. Is Obama's decision and objective part of the end times' prophecy? Yes without a doubt. But this has been going on. With or without this speech, we were already closer to Christ's return.
Our greatest responsibility is to pray for Israel, pray for God's intervention, and pray for our President. Again, I don't agree with him. But the time to pray is now and has been for some time. The fulfillment of the land prophecy of Israel will take place because God will honor His Word. If you read Revelation, you will see exactly when it comes to pass.