THE GOG / MAGOG WAR
"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when
they do it from religious conviction!" - Pascal
"The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith
the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the
foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within
"Behold, I WILL MAKE JERUSALEM A CUP OF TREMBLING
unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege
both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
"And IN THAT DAY WILL I MAKE JERUSALEM A BURDENSOME
STONE for all people: all that burden themselves with it
shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be
gathered together against it." (Zech. 12:1-3)
PART 1: GOD'S LOVE FOR ISRAEL IS
BASED ON GRACE, NOT ON WORKS
At first glance, it would seem that Hitler's Holocaust is a nightmare
that could never be repeated. The Gotterdamerung in which Hitler's
Valhalla went up in flames in a Wagnerian Twilight of the
Gods should have consumed this horrible disease - AND PUT TO
AN OPEN SHAME ALL THOSE WHO HATE THE JEWS. But like a nightmare
which won't go away, like a cancer which goes into remission - feigning
a cure - only to reappear again in some other part of the body and in
a more virulent form, anti-Semitism is once more rearing its ugly head
- and Jews have very REAL reasons to fear for their lives
To a very large extent, today's anti-Semitism revolves around the existence
of a new and UNEXPECTED phenomenon: the reappearance in
world history of the state of Israel, a phenomenon which the Jews felt
they had no other choice but to FORCE on the world in
order to forestall their own eventual extermination. The Jews have learned
through grievous experience that unless they act to save themselves,
unless they hold their own fate in their own hands, they are powerless
to fend off the world's hatred against them - and no assurances to the
contrary (even when proffered by the liberal democracies of the West)
can ever suffice to make the Jews believe otherwise. The Jews have learned
how truly WORTHLESS such assurances are.
For example, in May 1938, as Germany's "orgy of hatred" against
the Jews was reaching new heights of sadism, the governments of Great
Britain, France and the United States protested. While the world might
not remember what happened next, the Jews certainly do: although Hitler
was annoyed at this protest, he convened the Evian Conference and offered
"his Jews" to the "international community," and
to Great Britain, France and the United States in particular. He knew
the offer would be refused. And that's precisely what happened: the
nations of the earth - and in particular the "Western Democracies"
- refused to take them.
German opinion smirked at the hypocritical posturing of the "Anglo-Americans."
Goebbels laughed! - had he not known all along that no "civilized"
nation would ever accept that "accursed" race? A German newspaper
of that era commented,
"One likes to pity the Jews as long as one can use this pity
for a wicked agitation against Germany, but no state is prepared to
accept even a few thousand Jews. The conference (i.e., Evian) serves
to justify Germany's policy against Jewry."
FORCING ISRAEL ON THE WORLD
It is precisely the remnants of these people - the people the world
turned their back on at Evian and later during the Holocaust - who,
as frightened hordes of desperate refugees fleeing from Hitler's death
camps, arrived in Israel to build a sanctuary against the unrelenting
HATRED of the world. They knew at the time they were dispossessing
people who had been there for centuries, BUT THEY HAD NO WHERE ELSE
TO GO. No other nation - not even the United States - wanted them.
If they were going to live, they would have to force the issue.
They came as the outcasts of Europe; the downtrodden of the shoddy
Jewish ghettos of the Near East and North Africa; people with childhood
memories of the sound of hammers boarding up doors and windows against
the unrelenting pogroms directed against them in Russia, Hungary, Poland,
etc.; they came as the remnants of Hitler's death camps and as people
fleeing the indifference of the French, the Belgians, the Dutch, the
Swedes, and all the other "do-gooder" nations of the earth
to their plight - people who had at last been driven to frantic desperation
to hold their OWN fate in their OWN hands
for a change, which meant having their OWN nation and
their OWN army with which to defend themselves - again,
even if that meant forcing themselves onto the people of the Middle
East and dispossessing Arabs from land they had inhabited for generations.
The Jews were seeking a place of refuge where, when all else fails,
Jews could flee to without having to depend on the capricious consent
of other nations and peoples who experience had shown were at best indifferent
to their fate!
THE NEW ANTI-SEMITISM
of refuge; of shelter; of asylum, of sanctuary! - that's what Israel
means to the worldwide Jewish community. AND IT'S A PLACE WHOSE IMPORTANCE
IS ONLY GROWING IN THE FACE OF A RESURGENT WORLDWIDE ANTI-SEMITISM.
Indeed, Donald G. McNeil, Jr. of the New York Times reports that
in France there is a rising tide of anti-Semitic incidents. In Marseilles
the Orthodox Jewish Or Aviv synagogue was burned to the ground.
An additional three other French synagogues were set on fire over the
Passover-Easter weekend, and a synagogue in Strasbourg had its doors
set ablaze the day after an anti-Israel demonstration there. In addition,
in Lyon, 15 masked men crashed two cars through the gates of a synagogue
and set them afire. Finally, shots were fired at a kosher butcher shop
in Toulouse, and a young Jewish couple were badly beaten in Villeurbanne
in the Rhone region.
The Central Jewish Consistory in Paris, in a statement sent to Agence
Frence-Presse, called the weekend's attacks "the beginning
of a new Kristallnacht, with the government totally passive about
what was happening." Kristallnacht, or "Night of Broken
Glass," on November 9, 1938, was named for the sweeping attacks
that the Nazis incited on Jews and Jewish shops and places of worship.
In the face of all this, French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin announced
that 1,110 additional police officers would be deployed to guard France's
synagogues and Jewish schools - and, as a result, police officers, some
carrying submachine guns, now are posted outside dozens of synagogues
and Jewish schools throughout the country.
THE JEWS ARE FRIGHTENED
This is a shocking development for Jews in France. Until recently,
leaders of France's 600,000 Jews have believed that they were living
in a country where they were safe from the scourge of anti-Semitism.
But with the growing number of anti-Semitic incidents, they no longer
believe that's the case - especially in light of the fact that when
they have publicly complained about the attacks, there has not been
any genuine public outcry to stop them.
They just keep on occurring, ranging from anti-Semitic graffiti that
is appearing on walls all over the country, to threatening phone calls
received by rabbis, to shootings, to burnings, etc. Similar incidents
have occurred in Belgium where five firebombs were thrown at a synagogue
last weekend. And it's not just in France and in Belgium that this new
anti-Semitism has taken hold. The fact is, it's happening all over Europe:
in Germany, in Austria, in Denmark, in Italy - everywhere!
THE REBIRTH OF THE "BLOOD-LIBELS"
addition to all this, Newsweek Magazine reports that there has
been a marked revival of all the old "BLOOD LIBELS"
against the Jews - including stories that the pastries used in the Jewish
Purim festivities contain human blood; and that at Passover the blood
of Christian children under the age of ten is used in the rituals. And
while these stories are still confined to the fascist fringe in Europe,
they are REGULAR FARE in the Middle East and throughout
the Islamic world.
Indeed, devotees of these stories and myths can be found not just among
the uneducated there, but among the university-trained elite as well.
Take Dr. Umayma Ahmad al-Jalahma of King Faisal University Hospital
in Saudi Arabia: Newsweek reports that she believes that at Passover,
"A needle-studded barrel (in which the Christian or Muslim
child-victim is locked into) is used (to obtain the blood). The victims
suffer dreadful torment - torment that affords the Jewish vampires
great delight ..." [We URGE you to read our detailed
account of these "blood-libels" in our article, "Pat
Robertson, ILLUMINISM, and the New World Order."]
as if to add insult to injury, a venomous anti-Jewish press has re-surfaced
"big time," and is peppering the world with anti-Semitic CONSPIRACY
THEORIES. In Egypt, according to Newsweek, the press
regularly features stories denying the Holocaust and accepting as fact
the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. [Please see our
article, "The Origins of the
Illuminist Myth: The Fabrication of the Protocols of the Learned
Elders of Zion" for a detailed account of the Protocols
and the many other conspiracy theories that surround the Jewish people;
please also see our article, "The
Business Right and The Christian Right An Alliance Made In Hell"
for an interesting historical discussion on the intersection of interests
in anti-Semitism between the American business community and the Religious
Right; finally, please see our short article on "Holocaust deniers"
Institute for Historical Review."]
Even the oft repeated story attributed falsely to Benjamin Franklin
that the Jews would take over America if allowed to immigrate to the
United States - a theory concerning the so-called "squalid"
and "immoral" effect of Jewish power that most in the Religious
Right in this country already subscribe to (see below) - is standard
reading throughout the Middle East. This particular theory is a popular
one because it seems to give an answer to many Muslims (and not a few
Christians as well) concerning what many perceive to be America's slavish
and unreasonable devotion to the Jewish state; a theory predicated upon
a belief by many in the existence of a NEW YORK-JERUSALEM AXIS
controlled by a mysterious cabal of Satan-worshipping Jewish financiers
associated with the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign
JEWS AS THE HIDDEN-HAND
BEHIND THE ATTACK ON THE WTC
these stories just keep on coming. For instance, the events of September
11th have given rise to the theory that Israel was the "hidden
hand" behind the attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) and the
Pentagon - a theory that was given a certain amount of "legitimacy"
in Pakistan a few days after the attacks when General Rashid Qureshi,
the public-relations chief for President Pervez Musharraf, told Newsweek
that the attacks were carried out by the Israeli Mossad, and that all
the Jewish employees of the WTC had mysteriously failed to show up for
work on the day of the attack. [In fact, Jews suffered far more deaths
from the attack on the WTC than any other group in relation to their
percent of the population - editor]
These stories - and many others beside - give evidence to the fact
that anti-Semitism is making a big "comeback" not only in
the world at large, but in this country as well. The truth is, a great
many Americans today would not find it particularly difficult to agree
with Daniel Bernard, France's ambassador to Great Britain, when - according
to Newsweek - he was overheard to say at a private dinner party
"... that shitty little country (i.e., Israel)! Why should
the world be in danger of World War III because of these people (i.e.,
the Jewish people)?"
BILLY GRAHAM AND THE JEWS
Indeed, one of the great "open secrets" of today's America
is that there remains a HUGE reservoir of anti-Jewish
hostility in this country, especially in the Religious Right - THE
CORE ELEMENT OF GEORGE BUSH'S POLITICAL CONSTITUENCY; and this hostility
is clearly reflected in their hate-filled rhetoric against the ACLU.
[Please see "The Republican Party
And The Jews."] Why? - because, in the artful phraseology which
has over the years come to surround anti-Semitism in the United States,
THE ACLU HAS BECOME NOTHING MORE THAN A CODEWORD FOR THE JEWS. The
truth is, there are a lot of Christians who would have little trouble
echoing Billy Graham when he told Richard Nixon that the Jews had established
a stranglehold on the country, and that -
"This stranglehold has got to be broken or the country's GOING
DOWN THE DRAIN."
Pretty harsh stuff! Going down the drain! - i.e., that the Jews are
responsible for ruining the United States! Wow! Nonetheless, if words
are to be taken at their face value - that's what Graham was saying
here! - i.e., that Jewish influence in the United States was ruining
the country. That sounds like something Hitler, or Goering, or Goebbels,
or Himmler would have said about Germany sixty years ago. And, indeed,
it is! [Please see "The Jews,
The Minorities And The Multicultural Imperative."] Graham continues,
"... there is a powerful bloc of Jews in this country that
are putting out the pornographic stuff."
Plainly, Graham believes that Jews are responsible for America's lapsed
morality. This, of course, is what Hitler et. al. believed too.
Graham persists with even more caustic remarks about the Jews,
"A lot of Jews are great friends of mine. They swarm around
me and are friendly to me ... THEY DON'T KNOW HOW I REALLY FEEL."
Since these remarks surfaced a few months ago as a result of recently
de-classified and released Nixon tape recordings from the National Archives,
a great number of "Graham-experts" and apologists have been
hauled out to cite Graham's "unstinting support" for Israel
over the years and to "write off" Graham's anti-Semitic remarks
as something that "should not be taken out of context" - in
other words, what people should do is ignore the implications of Graham's
"unguarded" White House "table talk."
WE NEED TO BE HONEST ABOUT GRAHAM
But come on now! What is more likely to be representative of the REAL
Graham? - his "unguarded" remarks about the Jews to close
confidants and friends? Or his carefully contrived public statements?
Come on! - be honest here! Alexander Cockburn of Counterpunch Magazine
believes that such thinking is very representative of the white, country
club kind of Christian that - SADLY - Graham has come
to mirror over the years. Cockburn writes knowingly and very sarcastically,
"Don't people know that this sort of stuff is consonant with
the standard conversational fare at 75 percent of the country clubs
in America, not to mention many a Baptist soiree. Nixon thought American
Jews were lefty peaceniks who dominated the Democratic Party and were
behind the attacks on him. Graham reckoned it was Hollywood Jews who
had sunk the nation in porn."
SCHIZOPHRENIA, THE JEWS,
AND THE EVANGELICALS
Moreover, one should not be thrown off track with regard to Graham
and the many others like him in the evangelical Christian community
because of their "unstinting support" for the state of Israel.
While it's true that there is a lot of support from evangelicals like
Graham, Robertson, Falwell, etc. for Israel, that does not seem to detract
a great many of them from their disgust of the Jewish people in general.
Evangelicals are SCHIZOPHRENIC on this point - and that
SCHIZOPHRENIA has a lot to do with their view of the Jewish
people as "Supermen" or Obermenschen (or sometimes
as Untermenschen) [Please see "Pat
Robertson, Illuminism, And The New World Order."].
Like the nursery rhyme about the "little girl with the cute little
curl in her forehead," evangelicals somehow or other believe that
when the Jews are "... good, they are very, very good, but when
they're bad, they're horrid" - i.e., that when Jews accept Christ,
they become almost superhuman in their Christianity, but when they reject
Him, they become anti-Christs in their hatred of God. But the Bible
doesn't admit to this kind of distinction between the Jews and the Gentiles;
on the contrary, the Bible says:
"For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory
of God ..." (Rom. 3:23)
And it goes on to say:
"... there is NO difference between the Jew and
the Greek (i.e., the gentiles) ..." (Rom. 10:12)
A PERPETUAL HATRED
All this to say nothing about the very obvious PERPETUAL hatred
that the Islamic world has for Israel - a hatred that is poised to finish
what Hitler tried to do: Drive the Jews of Israel into the ocean and
TOTALLY annihilate them.
There is no bridging this hatred; no way to resolve it. There is no
longer any room for common ground between the Islamic world and the
Even if Israel were to withdraw to its so-called 1967 borders, give
up its defensive positions along the Jordan River, withdraw from all
its settlements on the West Bank and Gaza, that would probably still
not be the end of it. This is what Hussein Ibish and Ali Abunimah, both
Palestinians, believe. They write:
"... the occupation is only one of two major issues standing
in the way of an end to the century-old conflict. The denial of the
right of millions of Palestinian refugees, those displaced in the
1948 and 1967 wars and their descendants, to return to their homes
and land is also a fundamental obstacle. Unlike the occupation, it
is an issue which has never been seriously addressed or properly understood
in the U.S. All recent American and Israeli proposals for Israeli-Palestinian
peace have been predicated on an unworkable and disastrous concept:
that the world's largest group of refugees would renounce or be denied
this basic human right."
But if the Israelis grant the Palestinians the "Right of Return,"
it will mean the end of Israel as a Jewish state. Contrawise, if the
Jews refuse to grant the Palestinians this concession, the suicide bombings
will no doubt continue endlessly into the future. As Newsweek
suggested last week,
"Israelis know - as should the rest of the world - that the
real division among Palestinians is not between those who want peace
in the Western sense - i.e., as a point after which the world lives
free of tensions with a consciousness of reconciliation. In reality,
the number of Palestinian leaders holding this view is minuscule.
THE FUNDAMENTAL SCHISM IS BETWEEN THOSE WHO WANT TO BRING ABOUT
THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL BY CONTINUING THE PRESENT STRUGGLE, AND
THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT AN AGREEMENT NOW WOULD BE A BETTER STRATEGY
TO RALLY FORCES FOR THE ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN LATER ON."
Either way, Israel will eventually have to go if the Islamic world
is to be satisfied!
I WILL SAVE THEE
All these things - the anti-Semitism, the anti-Zionism, the irreconcilable
differences between the Muslims and the Israelis over Israel's presence
in the Holy Land - have conspired together to produce a feeling of dreadful
PARANOIA in the Jews regarding how the rest of the world
feels about them, and a parallel sense THAT WAR WITH THE PALESTINIANS
(AND INDEED THE ENTIRE ISLAMIC COMMUNITY) IS INEVITABLE. The very
real fact of the matter is, Israel's back is up against the wall, and
so much so that Jewish historian Amos Elon writes:
"I'M IN SUCH DESPAIR BECAUSE I FEAR IT IS TOO LATE. AND
I HAVE ONLY TOLD YOU HALF OF WHAT I FEAR."
But the Bible says:
"And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the
heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; SO WILL I SAVE
YOU, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands
"For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you,
when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and
I repented not:
"So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem
and to the house of Judah: FEAR YE NOT." (Zech.
SET THY FACE AGAINST MOUNT SEIR
And so God warns Israel's enemies, and most especially those Muslim
nations in the Middle East who have arrayed themselves against Israel's
presence in the Holy Land:
"Son of man, set thy face against mount Seir (i.e., those nations
that immediately surround Israel), and prophesy against it,
"And say unto it, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O mount
Seir, I AM AGAINST THEE, and I will stretch out mine
hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate.
"I will lay thy cities waste, and thou shalt be desolate, and
thou shalt know that I am the LORD." (Ezek. 35:1-4)
Listen brothers and sisters: it is a fearful thing for someone to hear
those words from God, "I AM AGAINST THEE." There
can be no more frightening thing in all the world, because we are dealing
with God here. The Bible says:
"... fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to
kill the soul: but rather fear him (i.e., God) which is able to destroy
both soul and body in hell." (Matt. 10:28)
And why is it EXACTLY that God is against Mt. Seir? The
"BECAUSE THOU HAS HAD A PERPETUAL HATRED (against Israel),
and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of
the sword ..." (Ezek. 35:5)
Now I ask you, Who is it today that has A PERPETUAL HATRED
against Israel? Is it not CLEARLY those who are carrying
out the suicide bombings in Jerusalem, in Tel Aviv, in Natanya, etc?
SUICIDE BOMBING! - now that's hatred!
The Bible says that God is AGAINST THEM (i.e., all those
who hate Israel in this way) and He will PURSUE THEM UNTO BLOOD!
Specifically, the Bible says:
"Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will prepare thee
unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith (since) thou hast not
hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.
"Thus will I make mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from
it him that passeth out and him that returneth.
"And I will fill his mountains with his slain men: in thy hills,
and in thy valleys, and in all thy rivers, shall they fall that are
slain with the sword.
"I will make thee perpetual desolations, and thy cities shall
not return: and ye shall know that I am the LORD." (Ezek. 35:6-9)
SOMETHING DREADFUL IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN
Listen to me: you do not want to be found on the "RECEIVING"
end of these verses for any reason! God is warning you! Get away, and
get away fast! He is warning all those that are "round about"
Israel - all those who will hear Him out on this matter - get away as
quickly as possible. SOMETHING DREADFUL IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN,
and you do not want to be around when it occurs.
All you believing Arabs who dwell in the vicinity of Mt. Seir, all
you who believe and are "called according to His purpose,"
get away - and get your friends and families away too. A great calamity
is coming. Something horrible is about to happen: all those who today
say that Israel has no right to be where she is; all those who think
that the Jewish people are trespassing on Palestinian land, you SHALL
"I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee."
What's that say, then, about those who believe that Israel has no right
to the so-called "West Bank?" Who say that they are going
to drive Israel into the sea? Who say that Israel should negotiate with
the Palestinians? Who say that Israel should give up East Jerusalem
and the Temple Mount? Who hate Israel with a PERPETUAL
HATRED? - it says that God -
"... will even do according to thine anger (i.e., HATRED),
and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy HATRED
against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I have
judged thee." (Ezek. 35:11)
In other words, what the Bible is saying here is that God will hate
these people to the degree that they have hated the Jewish people and
the state of Israel.
WHO ARE YOU TO SAY TO GOD WHAT'S FAIR?
God is going to HATE them to the degree that they hated
Israel? Wow! - you say that that's not fair? - well, I tell you something,
WHO ARE YOU TO SAY TO GOD WHAT'S NOT FAIR? The Bible says:
"Nay but, O man, WHO ART THOU THAT REPLIEST AGAINST GOD?
Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made
"Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump
to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?"
We must understand something here! HE IS THE POTTER AND WE ARE THE
CLAY. There is nothing more to be said - and God help those who
would dare to say otherwise and challenge God's UTTER
and TOTAL supremacy and sovereignty in this matter! The
"Who is this (i.e., man) that darkeneth counsel by words WITHOUT
"Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee,
and answer thou me (if you can).
"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?
declare, if thou hast understanding.
"Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who
hath stretched the line upon it?
"Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid
the corner stone thereof;
"When the morning stars sang together ...?
"Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as
if it had issued out of the womb?
"When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness
a swaddlingband for it,
"And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
"And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here
shall thy proud waves be stayed?
"Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused
the dayspring to know his place;
"That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the
wicked might be shaken out of it?
"It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.
"And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high
arm shall be broken.
"Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou
walked in the search of the depth?
"Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou
seen the doors of the shadow of death?
"Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou
knowest it all.
"Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness,
where is the place thereof,
"That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that
thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?
"Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast
thou seen the treasures of the hail,
"Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose
the bands of Orion?
"Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the
dominion thereof in the earth?
"Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he
that reproveth God, let him answer it.
"Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and
"Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and
declare thou unto me.
"Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me,
that thou mayest be righteous?
"Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice
"Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself
with glory and beauty (if you can)." (Job 38-22, 31-33, 40:2,
"DECK THYSELF NOW WITH MAJESTY AND EXCELLENCY; AND ARRAY THYSELF
WITH GLORY AND BEAUTY ..." if you can?
Of course we can't!
GOD CHOSE ISRAEL ON THE BASIS OF GRACE
Again, I say: He is the Potter, and we are the clay. But one should
be perfectly clear here, God certainly did not choose the Jews because
they were somehow or other congenitally better than any other people
on earth; or because they were a people morally superior to the people
who surround them; or that they possess some kind of innate spiritual
DNA that predisposes them toward God.
He chose them in order to make an open show of His MERCY
- i.e., that His dealings with man are based on UNMERITED FAVOR
(i.e., GRACE) and nothing else. That's what the Bible says:
"He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us
according to our iniquities.
"For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his
mercy toward them that fear him.
"As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed
our transgressions from us.
"Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth
them that fear him.
"For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust."
GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS
And His mercy toward Israel is an OPEN and PUBLIC
demonstration to that effect - a historical display of His KINDNESS
and COMPASSION for ALL to see who seek after
God - for the Bible says that with regard to this matter (i.e., His
mercy), He is - as Peter says:
"... NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS:
"But in EVERY nation he that feareth him, and
worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." (Acts 10:34-35)
And the Bible goes on to explain what it means here by the word "work:"
"Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that
ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6:29).
What's that mean? - it means that our relationship with God - whoever
we are - is based on His mercy toward us and not on any innate righteousness
on our part; that if we try to approach God on the basis of anything
we can do, we will surely fail. The Bible says:
"... we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses
are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities,
like the wind, have taken us away." (Is. 64:6)
And again, the Bible says:
"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
"They are all gone out of the way, they are together become
unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." (Rom.
And so it is that we must trust in God's mercy to clothe us with His
righteousness. But what assurance do we have that He will do so? For
those of us who believe, we have, of course, the assurance of the Written
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that WHOSOEVER (that surely includes everyone,
no matter who they are or what they've done) believeth in him should
not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
And the Bible goes on to say:
"For by GRACE (i.e., unmerited favor) ARE
YE SAVED through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the
gift of God:
"NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast."
And Israel is God's OPEN and very PUBLIC
demonstration in the HISTORICAL RECORD and IN THE
EVENTS OF TODAY, that God saves man on the basis of His mercy
alone, and not on the basis of any righteousness we think we possess.
After all, if God can remain faithful to Israel despite all that Israel
has done, and all that she has failed to do, He can remain faithful
to ALL those who call upon His name - and that He will
fulfill ALL the promises He has made to us and bring us
safely through to the end.
GOD'S MERCY TO ISRAEL AND
THE JEWISH PEOPLE WILL NOT FAIL
Contrawise, if God's promises to Israel fail on the basis of Israel's
unfaithfulness, than we also stand in jeopardy of our future - for surely
the church has been as unfaithful to God as Israel has been - OR
HAVE YOU BEEN READING OUR MATERIAL FOR NAUGHT? The very real
truth of the matter is, the church's historical record is every bit
as tawdry and cheap as is Israel's, and to think otherwise is to reveal
yourself as an IDIOT.
It's for this reason that those who condemn Israel because she supposedly
is no different from any other nation are so wrong. While THEY
ARE RIGHT that she possesses no higher innate morality than
do the Palestinians, no greater virtue, no higher sense of decency and
purity, they are still very wrong because THAT'S NOT THE POINT!
The point is UNMERITED FAVOR - i.e., GRACE.
That's the point - and that if God can save Israel on that basis, He
can also save you on that basis as well - whether you are Jew or Arab,
Iranian or Turk, Russian or Chinese (China, of course, is today the
home of more REAL Christians than anywhere else on earth,
despite the fact of their unrelenting persecution by the Chinese government)
- whoever you are! All this to say that God will surely save NATIONAL
Israel, for the Scriptures say that on THAT day,
"... THEY (i.e., Israel) SHALL LOOK UPON ME WHOM
THEY HAVE PIERCED (very obviously the Lord), and they shall mourn
for him (i.e., Jesus), as one mourneth for his only son, and shall
be in bitterness (i.e., great sorrow) for him (i.e., Christ, whom
they rejected), as one that is in bitterness (i.e., great sorrow)
for his firstborn." (Zech. 12:8)