Israel, a tiny nation about the size of New Jersey, is again fighting for its life. A wall of hostile Islamic nations all of whom support terrorist Yasser Arafat surrounds it. Of course I should qualify the word “support.” Many of the nations that seek Israel’s destruction believe that Arafat is not moving fast enough. They seek to preempt him in the incremental dismantling of Israel. They are impatient for all Jewish blood to stain the sands of what they call Palestine.
The late Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir, wrote in her book My Life what many modern American and Israeli politicians fail to understand: “I have never doubted for an instant that the true aim of the Arab states has always been, and still is, the total destruction of the state of Israel or that even if we had gone back far beyond the 1967 lines to some miniature enclave, they would not still have tried to eradicate it and us.” If members of today’s US State Department don’t understand that basic fact, they are either inexplicably naïve, or malevolent in their intent toward Israel.
Arafat will receive Islamic support so long as he is perceived to be gaining ground – literally land – from Israel via the farcical, non-reciprocal “peace process.” The current violence in Israel is a reflection of the fact that neither Arafat nor his terrorist supporters feel the “process” is getting them what they want fast enough. As columnist Cal Thomas recently wrote, echoing Golda Meir’s sentiments, “How many more examples of intransigence are necessary before apologists in Israel and enablers in Washington understand that the enemies of Israel want nothing less than the complete destruction of the Jewish state?”
Until violence broke out, Prime Minister Ehud Barak had been willing to make near treasonous concessions to the Palestinians. He was willing to jeopardize Israel’s security even more than it has already been endangered, for the sake of a dubious “peace.” Even that was not enough. Arafat looked the gift horse in the mouth.
The visit of Ariel Sharon to the Temple Mount was cited in a thinly veiled attempt to justify the enormity of violence embarked upon by the Palestinians and their terrorist cohorts in the weeks since. The Press and Media, to their discredit, have bought into the idea. The world is outraged at Israel’s “excessive violence” – yet scarcely a word of criticism is sent Arafat’s way. The Palestinians are portrayed as martyrs. Clearly we are saddled with an Arabist Press and Media. Our sources inside Israel tell quite a different story. At every turn, the Arabs have been provocateurs.
Be that as it may. It is clear from Bible prophecy that Israel will never enjoy a permanent peace until Messiah comes. There will be intervals of peace (Ezekiel 38:11), but it won’t be long before that bubble bursts and war reasserts itself. Satan will continue to seek the total destruction of God’s chosen nation (Revelation 12:13) until the day that he is taken out of the way by the returning Lord (Revelation 20:1-2).
Prior to the Lord’s return, the nations of the world will conspire to remove Israel from the map. Asaph, the chief musician of Israel during King David’s reign, wrote prophetically of this evil event:
“O God, do not remain quiet; do not be silent, and, O God, do not be still. For behold, Thine enemies make an uproar; they make shrewd plans against Thy people, and conspire together against Thy treasured ones. They have said, ‘Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation; that the name of Israel be remembered no more.’ For they have conspired together with one mind; against Thee do they make a covenant: The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab, and the Hagrites; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined with them; They have become a help to the children of Lot” (Psalm 83:1-8).
Above we see a listing of the nations and territories surrounding Israel. (There are still original Assyrians living in Iraq. They, together with the Turkoman minority, constitute some 5% of the Iraqi population.)
What is clear from this prophecy is that these nations, like the modern Islamic nations of the Mid-East, have genocide in their hearts. They want to “wipe out” Israel as a nation. They want to expunge the name “Israel” from the earth. They have the mind of Satan. It was Israel, not the Church, that “gave birth to the man child” (Revelation 12:13).
Ultimately, Satan, and the nations of his instrumentation shall not prevail. All of the nations that come against Israel in the end times shall be defeated. God will see to it. The prayer of Asaph will be answered: “Let them [Israel’s enemies] be ashamed and dismayed forever; and let them be humiliated and perish, that they may know that Thou alone, whose name is the Lord, art the Most High over all the earth” (Psalm 83:17-18).
Speaking through Ezekiel of Russia and her allies who attack Israel, God says, “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal; and I shall turn you around, drive you on, and bring you against the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops, and the peoples who are with you; I shall give you as food to every kind of predatory bird and beast of the field. You shall fall on the open field; for it is I who have spoken,’ declares the Lord. ‘And I shall send fire upon Magog and those who inhabit the coastlands [borders] in safety; and they will know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 39:1-7).
This is the fate of those who go against Israel. To fight against Israel is to fight against her God. God had long ago promised Abraham that he would make of him a great redemptive nation – not through Ishmael (the Arabs), but through Israel. And when He did, God said, “I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse” (Genesis 12:2,3).
Woe to those who set themselves against God’s chosen people! Yes, there is hope for Israel, and that hope is Israel’s God. “Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4).