Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

For the past 40+ years Israel’s major military concerns have been her northern and southern borders. Syria to the north, and Hezbollah which has taken over as the military power in Lebanon. On the southern border is Egypt which has never really acted like a neighbor but who wants peace with Israel. Now the Hamas has taken over Gaza. Not to mention the ever increasing threat Saudi Arabia poses with their very strong Air Force supplied by the USA. Over the past two decades Iran has become the predominant player, and is about to become the major military power in the region.

But recently two new and very disturbing factors have come into play. In the past Israel did not have to worry so much about her eastern and western borders - now this has changed. The King of Jordan, like his father, has become worried that this time around the Arab world will be able to destroy Israel. If that happens it would leave him in a terrible position. The rest of the Arab world would surely destroy his Kingdom - which by the way, is 80% Palestinian anyway. So King Abdullah is now making trips to Iran to join the Iranian led coming war against Israel. The small buffer zone of safety Israel thought they had been provided with in the Jordanian peace treaty has evaporated in the past few weeks. This of course makes that 80% Palestinian population happy and gives the Kingdom a little breathing room, or so the King hopes.

Israel’s western border is the Mediterranean, and Israel and Turkey have for many years shared military contracts and agreements - and maintained a good economic relationship - as well as reciprocal tourism. But that has changed because Turkey has now joined the Iranian and Syrian threat to Israel - and that is no small threat. What we are witnessing is Ezekiel 38:5-6 as well as Isaiah 17:1 in the making. What is happening in God’s economy? The weather has changed, and will continue to do so. On the Fox Weather channel they even call it “wicked” weather. For those who don’t believe that God will use the weather to bring correction and punishment should read Job 37:9-13 and Job 28:21-23. These Scriptures give a clear picture, yet many will say that this is not for this day - but they best read them again.

- Pastor Virgil Amundson

With the enemies of Israel closing in on all sides, there is an upside to this situation. Israel will have no choice but to look up to the only salvation they have. The Bible tells us that it is God who will save Israel and destroy her enemies on the mountains of the north. That is not to say that Israel will not fight with everything she has and many will die. Yet it is God who will have the victory for this is HIS LAND and JERUSALEM is HIS CITY. And everyone who comes against it will be destroyed and cut to pieces. For we read in God’s Word: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matthew 24:30 For those of us living in these days need to read again and again But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Matthew 24:13 (This report is from Jerry golden who lives in Jerusalem.)