Saturday, January 10, 2009

Israel & the Jewish People: A Rock that cannot be Moved

In Zechariah, chapter 12 verses 2 and 3, God prophesies, "I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves."
From the rebirth of Israel in May of 1948, many of the muslim nations surrounding Israel have tried to kill or expel the Jewish people. Many times they have tried...and many times they have failed. Why?
Is it because Israel's military was just that much more powerful than the nations surrounding them? Maybe one could make a case for that being true today, but this has only been true in the last few years. We looked at a few of the miracles from the 1948 war that helped the Jewish people of Israel keep their land in the midst of overwhelming odds. How about these from the years following 1948?
"There was a time in the 1967 Sinai campaign when two Israeli tanks topped a sand dune and found themselves facing a complete Egyptian tank unit. With no explanation, the Egyptians stopped, opened their turrets, jumped out and began to flee through the desert. After the Egyptians were captured, they explained their actions, telling stories of the 'hundreds of Israeli tanks' they had encountered." (Finto, Your People Shall Be My People, p.117)
Then, there's this one:
"During the 1973 Yom Kippur war, Syria marched across the unprotected Golan Heights. They could have been in the city of Haifa within 24 hours had they not suddenly stopped on the ridge of the Jordan River, nearly with firing range of the city of Tiberias, and remained there for three days. This gave the Israelis time to muster their forces and engage the Syrians in battle. Why did the Syrians remain on the ridge? A nonreligious Israeli general described a 'great gray-white hand pressing down onto the Syrians from out of the sky.'" (Finto, Your People Shall Be My People, p.117)
If there truly is a God protecting Israel and anyone who tries to move Jerusalem "will injure themselves" like the Bible says, one starts to understand why it is so important for the United States to #1 support Israel and #2 not try to split Jerusalem and expel the Jewish people. I don't know about you, but I shutter at the thought of fighting against God Himself.

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