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The Battle for Jerusalem

Source: Art Sadlier, Thursday November 1st 2012

The word JERUSALEM appears in the King James Bible 767 times. It shows that the nations do not have the right to partition the land of Israel; the land of Israel is a gift from God to Abraham and to his descendants forever. “And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God” (Genesis 17:7-8).

It is shocking to hear what the nations are saying about Israel’s right to the Promised Land.

On October 16, 2012, the Obama Administration reiterated its position that Jews must not be allowed to build and live on their ancient biblical heartland for the sake of peace in the region.

Speaking before the UN Security Council, US Ambassador Susan Rice stated that the White House "does not accept the legitimacy of Israeli settlement activity, and will continue to oppose any efforts to legalize [Jewish] outposts."

Though technically the territories of Judea and Samaria are disputed, the US and other Western powers set no such limits on the Arab population's rampant construction.

Rice went on to suggest that the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, which the world calls "the West Bank", is a detriment to the international community's plan to solve the conflict by birthing a Palestinian Arab state.

Mitt Romney has also taken the same position. The USA is defying Jehovah God, they are saying to the Lord of Israel, “You can take a jump in the lake; we don’t care what you say.” The American administration has joined all the other nations of the world in declaring war on God.”

The nations of the world are saying in effect to God, “What are you going to do about it?”

The Bible shows that Jerusalem will be in the eye of the storm in the last days. Welcome to the last days! “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” (Zechariah 12:2).

Meanwhile Islamists continue to agitate for the assault on Jerusalem.

The supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement which Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi belongs to, called on Thursday, October 12, for a jihad (holy war) to liberate Jerusalem from Israeli rule.

"Jerusalem is Islamic ... and nobody is entitled to make concessions" on the Holy City, said Sheikh Mohammed Badie in his weekly message to supporters, according AFP.

"The jihad for the recovery of Jerusalem is a duty for all Muslims," he said, stressing that the liberation of the Holy City "will not be done through negotiations or at the United Nations."

Islam is determined to wrest control of Jerusalem from Jewish hands. They also are defying God. Scripture reveals that in two soon coming wars, the God of Israel will bring an awesome judgment on these enemies of Israel. We live in an hour when the prophecies of Zechariah are falling into place, prophecies concerning the coming great attack on Jerusalem.

Though America has supported Israel in the past there is a reversal of American support now underway. According to news reports, Henry Kissinger and sixteen American intelligence agencies agree that in the near future, Israel will no longer exist. This is wishful thinking which they will strive to bring about.

The New York Post quotes Kissinger “word for word”: “In 10 years, there will be no more Israel.”

Kissinger's statement is flat and unqualified. He is not saying that Israel is in danger, but could be saved if we just gave it additional trillions of dollars and smashed enough of its enemies with our military. He is not saying that if we elect Netanyahu's old friend Mitt Romney, Israel could somehow be salvaged. He is not saying that if we bomb Iran, Israel might survive. He is not offering a way out. He is simply stating what he believes is a fact: In 2022, Israel will no longer exist.

The US Intelligence Community agrees, though perhaps not on the precise 2022 expiration date. Sixteen US intelligence agencies with a combined budget over USD70 billion have issued an 82-page analysis titled “Preparing for a Post-Israel Middle East.”

The sixteen US intelligence agencies agree that Israel cannot withstand the coming pro-Palestinian juggernaut consisting of the Arab Spring, the Islamic Awakening, and the rise of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The following quote is a ridiculous justification of Iran’s commitment to eliminate Israel.

“In the past, dictatorships in the region kept a lid on the pro-Palestinian aspirations of their people. But those dictatorships began to topple with the fall of the pro-Israel Shah of Iran in 1979 and the establishment of a democratic Islamic Republic, whose government had little choice but to reflect its people's opposition to Israel. The same process, the overthrow of dictators who worked with, or at least tolerated, Israel, is now accelerating throughout the region. The result will be governments that are more democratic, more Islamic, and far less friendly to Israel.”

The US intelligence community report says that in light of these realities, the US government simply no longer has the military and financial resources to continue propping up Israel against the wishes of more than a billion of its neighbours. In order to normalize relations with 57 Islamic countries, the report suggests, the US will have to follow its own national interests and pull the plug on Israel.

Interestingly, neither Henry Kissinger nor the authors of the US Intelligence Report give any sign that they are going to mourn the demise of Israel.

The whole present world system is under the control of Satan and he is leading the members of his kingdom to destroy God’s chosen people. Jesus said of Satan, “...the prince of this world cometh...” (John 14:30). By the permissive will of God Satan is the ruler of this present evil world’s system. At salvation the new believer is transferred out of Satan’s kingdom and into the kingdom of Christ. “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son” (Colossians 1:13).

We are facing the final battles of the great conflict between God and Satan. This coming escalating conflict will involve three major wars, one prior to the beginning of the tribulation period and one closely following it and the final and closing battle of Armageddon. Those final battles will be centred upon Israel and Jerusalem, the stage is now being set.

Joel describes that final scene in Joel 3:1, 2, 16, “For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead (judge) with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.” John gives us further insight into this battle in Revelation 19:11-15, 21.

As we look out on the world today we see the preparations underway for all three of these wars.

Another aspect of this conflict is centered in apostate Christianity. Fifteen leaders of US churches and other faith-based organizations have asked Congress to re-evaluate US military aid to Israel. "As Christian leaders in the United States, it is our moral responsibility to question the continuation of unconditional US financial assistance to the government of Israel.”

"We write to you as Christian leaders representing US churches and religious organizations committed to seeking a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians," the letter said that their organizations have, "Worked alongside our Palestinian Christian sisters and brothers to help build a peaceful and resilient Palestinian civil society."

Apostate Christianity is opposed to God’s will and God’s purposes for Israel; it is no longer the Church of Jesus Christ. It is using its influence to help turn America against Israel.

Islam is now also beginning to exercise influence within America to turn Americans against Israel.

On November 22-25, activists with links to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas will come together at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort in Illinois in an endeavour entitled, American Muslims for Palestine’s (AMP) Conference for Palestine in the U.S.

The event also highlights the Islamists’ success in forging interfaith partnerships with Reverend Donald Wagner of “Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding” as one of the speakers.

American Muslims for Palestine isn’t just about Palestinian statehood. It’s about the elimination of Israel. Michael Rubin points out that, “Its home page depicts the conference logo—a map of Palestine made from birds showing the Palestinian state encompassing all of Israel, so much for the two-state solution.”

The conference, which has Turkish Airlines as a sponsor, features some of the top Brotherhood-linked speakers.

On a wider scale anti-Semitism is growing world-wide. In France, a burgeoning Muslim population has been the primary culprit behind a 45 percent increase in anti-Semitic attacks over the past year.

In neighboring Belgium, "Death to the Jews" was spray-painted on a Brussels synagogue, and across the continent in Ukraine, a Jewish doctor was mercilessly slain by three Muslims.

Anti-Semitism is nothing new in Europe, but the problem is not contained there.

At the same time anti-Semites were attacking Jews in Paris, Malmo and Ukraine, Nazi-sympathizing vandals desecrated the bulk of the tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in Auckland, New Zealand, while in Montreal Canada, masked assailants firebombed a kosher restaurant.

From the most surprising places monstrous lies are being perpetuated to discredit Israel and Israelis. Significant representatives of the US Intelligence Community are boldly stating that Israel was responsible for the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. They allege that Israel was seeking to influence America; they claim it was a Zionist plot to turn America against Islam.

Even those who claim to be working for human rights and peace in the Middle East have provided a platform for and helped disseminate virulent anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Earlier this month, Greta Berlin, the American woman who heads the Free Gaza Movement, wrote on her Twitter account that "Zionists operated the [Nazi] concentration camps and helped murder millions of innocent Jews."

The Washington Free Beacon has obtained a report soon to be released by the United Nations that calls for an international campaign of legal attacks and economic warfare on a group of American companies who do business in Israel, including Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar Inc., and Motorola Solutions Inc.

At the same time the EU is calling for a ban on the import of all goods produced by Israelis in Judea and Samaria, the so called West Bank. A new report by aid development and church groups from nine European Union (EU) countries calls for the EU to stop buying goods from Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Jewish businesses in East Jerusalem.

Meanwhile the world is indifferent as Iran is perilously close to obtaining nuclear bombs to fulfill her pledge to wipe Israel off the map.

The whole world seems to be coming to the place where Israel and Israelis are believed to be responsible for all of the world’s problems; they imply that the elimination of Israel would result in a peaceful more just world.

The only peace this world will ever know will come when the Lord Jesus Christ rules the world from the throne of David in Jerusalem. “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:32-33).

We live in a world that is at war with God, and the objects of the enemies of God are the people of God. What the world does not know or understand is that when this war with God is over there will not be a living unbeliever left alive on the face of the earth. You can choose whose side you are on, I have already made up my mind.