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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Barak Obama: Friend of Israel?

Frequently President Obama claims to be a friend of Israel in his statements. This is not something that Israel or her friends can afford to take at face value. Actions speak louder than words. While we do not know completely what takes place behind the scenes, we do see that the actions of the president do not support his verbal claims.

God has promised to bless those who bless Abraham's descendants, which would include Israel, and curse those who curse Abraham's descendants, which would also include Israel (cf. Gen. 12). Israel is also the only democratic state in the Middle East. Therefore, on a spiritual/eternal and temporal/political basis, we should be supporting our "friend" Israel. Israel is surrounded by those who lust for her destruction like a pack wolves over a lamb. (We would have to admit that this lamb has sharpened teeth. God has blessed this tiny nation with knowledge and wisdom, as well as political savy and a topnotch military.) A sense of common decency, reason, and justice should move us to support Israel who is vastly outnumbered.

Israel exists in a dangerous neighborhood. She is so vastly outnumbered that truly, if a consorted attack were made by her enemies against her, only the hand of God could protect her. Scripture indicates that God will indeed protect the apple of His eye (Zech. 2:8; e.g. Ezek. 38-39; Rev. 19). Scripture also indicates that a time will come when no one, no nation will stand with Israel (Rev. 19:19; Joel 3:9-17; Zech. 12:1-9). If the United States is now deserting her "friend" then it should not surprise us. It should concern us though. Not because Israel is left without a single nation to support her, but because if we do desert Israel, we will suffer as a nation who has crossed the line into the camp of the enemies of Israel, who is God's special treasure.

I would encourage you to watch this 30 minute video and ask prayerfully where our national leadership is leading us and this nation. Then also ask, is that a direction you want your nation to go? We know that in the end every nation will be against Israel. But it doesn't have to happen on our watch. There is still time for we and our nation to humble ourselves, pray and seek the LORD, repent and ask forgiveness of God for not only our wavering stance in support of Israel, but for all the sin we have fallen into as we have drifted further and further away from the LORD (2 Chron. 7:14). Revival may not be likely, but it is possible. As long as we have breath, as long as the LORD tarries, their is hope. Until the LORD says otherwise, pray for the peace of Jerusalem, support Israel, and pray for a heaven sent revival for God's people and this nation. Pray:

Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence - As fire burns brushwood, as fire causes water to boil - to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence! - Isaiah 64:1-2

1 comment:

  1. Reminded of of what Paul exhorted Timothy...Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and who are in authority, that we may lead a quite and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence...1 Timothy burdened to pray for our nation and our leaders.