I especially enjoy the “Letters to the Editor” section of Midnight Call.
Regarding the United States, God and Israel:
I can’t for the life of me understand the thinking, not only of those who write to Midnight Call, but of TV teachers and evangelists who want people to help Israel against Iraq and the Palestinians. Or those who say God will punish United States for not helping Israel—when God is orchestrating the whole thing. No one can help Israel as a nation. Jesus Christ said your house is left to you desolate (Matthew 23:37-39).
Yes, one day God will punish the nations who go against Israel, but He intends to take care of Israel first. “Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! To what end is it for you? The day of the Lord is darkness, and not light” (Amos 5:18).
There are so many Scriptures that warn Israel. One that is very clear is “…yet have you not returned unto me…Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel” (Amos 4:11-12). Why is God bringing seven years of trouble to the whole earth? Because of Israel! (Micah 1:5).
God today deals with individuals in Israel and anyone else the same way; they can escape Jacob’s trouble by the blood of Christ. As a nation, Israel is going down, and God is doing it. World nations are only pawns. Remember what Jesus said to Pilate concerning the power he thought he had.
I rarely watch the mainstream TV evangelists and teachers any more. I suppose they mean well, but I feel like Omar Khayyam who said, and I quote loosely from memory, “…time with saints and sages I have spent, and always, went out by the same door as in I went….” I don’t know what those men are thinking.
I personally teach prophecy to a small adult group of various ages, each Sunday—and have learned so much—not because I’m intelligent, but because I can read.
-S. Martin, OH
If my memory serves me correctly, I have never published or said that people should “help Israel against Iraq and the Palestinians.” Nor have
I ever made the statement that “God will punish the United States for not helping Israel.”
Many theologians base their political/religious idea on Genesis 12:3: “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee.” This promise is not collective, but individual, and valid today just as it was during Abraham’s time. Haman, for example, cursed Israel and he was cursed. Ruth, on the other hand, blessed Israel and was blessed.
Take Germany, for example. A country that committed the most horrendous crime in human history, allowing six million Jews to be slaughtered—yet today, they are the envy of the world. Also, the Soviet Union was first to sell weapons to the Jews to defend themselves, while America had an arms embargo in place. Plus, the USSR was first to recognize Israel as a State, 17 May 1948. Yet, the USSR ceased to exist!
Indeed, Israel will experience Jacob’s trouble, but you need to read the rest of the verse, “but he shall be saved out of it.” I think it to be an error assuming that promises relating to Israel will only be fulfilled in the future. Read carefully Ezekiel 36, and you will notice that God prepares first the land for the people. Why? Because verse 8 says, “…for they are at hand to come.” Then in verse 26, God promised the Jews a “new heart…and a new spirit.” That is happening in our days. Jews that allowed themselves to be mistreated, persecuted, and killed throughout the millennia now stand up for themselves—and woe unto anyone touching Israel! That’s the new heart and new spirit.
But that’s not all. Verse 27 reads, “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them” (Ezekiel 36:27). That will be Israel’s collective conversion; they will be His people.
Take note of the ending of most of the Minor Prophets; Zephaniah, for example, “At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD” (3:20).