The Impossible Story Of The Jews

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“Depart and go up from here, you and the people
whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt,
to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
saying ‘To your descendants I will give it.’
And I will send my Angel before you,
and I WILL DRIVE OUT the Canaanite and the Amorite
and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.”
Exodus 33:1-2

At this point God had brought the Israelites out of Egypt and they were travelling in the wilderness, on their journey to the promised land. God told Moses that HE would drive out the inhabitants of that land, because he was giving that land to the Israelites.

That was more than 3,000 years ago. Consider the fact that of all those peoples, only the Israelites, (the Jews) remain to this day.

If I had no other reason to believe, the story of Israel alone would be enough to establish my faith.

God took a people thousands of years ago, choosing this people for two reasons:

1. Through their story, God teaches us about himself and about his dealings with mankind.

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning…”
Romans 15:4

2. It is through this people Israel, that God would sent the Messiah, Jesus Christ, to make an atonement for man’s sins.

That this people alone has survived all these thousands of years is truly miraculous. When was the last time you saw an Amorite or a Perizzite? You haven’t – because they no longer exist. They either died off through wars, or they were assimilated into nations that conquered them. Either way, they disappeared from history. They no longer exist as a people.

The Jews on the other hand, who were contemporary with them, are still with us and the Israel story goes on. Throughout the years of history, Satan has done all in his power to destroy them, because he knows very well their story. Satan knows that the Messiah comes through the Jewish people, and Satan knows that in the last days, that same Messiah will return and that will be the end of Satan’s story. Satan’s fate is the Lake of Fire, therefore he struggles to destroy the Jews so that that day can’t come.

The plots of the destruction of the Jews have continued throughout history. When Moses was born, Satan caused the Pharoah to command that all Jewish babies be murdered, and there was a great slaughter throughout the land of Egypt. Moses was spared because he was found in a basket by Pharoah’s daughter, and he was such a beautiful child that she took him and raised him herself. Had Moses not been spared, the Israel story would have ended.

Later, when the day came for the Messiah to be born, Satan caused Herod to kill all the male children two years old and under. Jesus was not murdered because God spoke to Joseph to take Mary and the child and flee to Egypt until Herod’s death.

The Jews have been the object of Satan’s wrath throughout history. In the 7th century, Satan raised up a man called Mohammed, who would forever try to destroy the Jews. Later, the church of Rome would persecute the Jews through the Inquisitions and the Crusades. In more recent times, Satan raised up a man named Hitler, who was determined to destroy all the Jews from the face of the earth. He succeeded in slaughtering six million of them, but he didn’t get them all. And currently -the Muslims have proclaimed very publicly, very loudly, and very clearly that they intend to finish the job, in the horrific rise of Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Fatah, and Hezbollah, all Muslim peoples who are determined to destroy them. In fact, right now they have tiny Israel surrounded. And currently, Israel’s greatest enemy is Iran, who is behind many of the terrorist groups, and who will be destroyed, along with Russia in the Exekiel 38 war which God himself will settle.

Well …the Jebusites are gone, the Hittites are gone, Pharoah, Herod, and Hitler are gone.

The Jews remain.

There has never been a people so continuously persecuted and hunted down as the Jewish people. Outside of God preserving them, they would have been destroyed a long time ago. Yet the Jew remains. And not only remains, but the Israelites have been returned to the homeland of their fathers from which they had been scattered for over 2,000 years. The same Jerusalem is their capital. And Hebrew, the language lost throughout those years is once again the language they speak. The land that went barren while they were gone, is once again flowing with milk and honey.

How is this possible?

Outside of God preserving them, it ISN’T.

When you understand the Israel story, all that’s happening in today’s news makes sense. It explains it all. We know where it comes from and where it’s going. We know that the generation seeing Israel back in the land of her fathers is the one trigger that tells us we’re in “the last days.”

What’s next? The great Tribulation through which Israel will be prepared to recognize her Messiah, the one they rejected so long ago.

When the Messiah comes, they will ask:

“What are those wounds in your hands?”
Zechariah 13:6

“…then they will look on me whom they pierced. Yes, they will
mourn for him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for
him as one grieves for a firstborn.
Zechariah 12:10

Right now we’re poised for the rest of the story. All the signs say we’re almost there. This is not a good time to be out of favor with the Lord. The end of the ages is upon us.

 

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Israel and Gaza Moving Towards Full-blown War

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Israel and Gaza moving towards full-blown war. Hamas breaks cease-fire. 200+ rockets and mortars fired at Israel since Wednesday night. 11 Israeli civilians injured. IDF retaliating. Palestinians in Gaza suffering under Hamas tyranny.

by Joel Rosenberg

(Jerusalem, Israel) — Pray it doesn’t happen. Pray that civilians on both sides of the border are spared the horror. But all signs suggest a major new war is about to erupt between Israel and Hamas and other terrorists in Gaza.

It has been exactly four years since the last full-scale war between Israel and the terrorists of the Gaza Strip. In August of 2014 (the month my family and I moved to Israel), some 4,594 rockets and mortar rounds were fired at civilians in the Jewish State by Hamas and its allies. The Israeli military retaliated fiercely, bombarding the Strip with hundreds of strikes on terrorist facilities. IDF ground forces made numerous incursions into the Strip. In the end, Israeli chose not to launch a complete invasion and occupation of the Strip, but many on both sides of the border suffered and great damage was caused during the conflict.

Since then, a shaky truce has persisted. The Egyptian government of President el-Sisi deserves credit for actively working behind the scenes to persuade Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terror groups to stand down.

In 2015, there were only 21 rocket/mortar attacks from Gaza.
In 2016, there were only 15 rocket/mortar attacks.
In 2017, there were 35 attacks.

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Yet in 2018, there has been a dramatic escalation:

  • May 29th — more than 70 rockets and mortar rounds were fired at Israel.
  • June 20th — at least 45 rockets and mortar rounds were fired at Israel.
  • July 14 & 15 — more than 200 rockets and mortar rounds were fired at Israel.
  • August 8 & 9 — as of noon local time here on August 9th, there have been more than 200 rocket and mortar attacks since the evening of the 8th.
  • The Iron Dome has intercepted 30 rockets so far.
  • The IDF has attacked 150 terror sites in Gaza.
  • Tens of thousands of Israelis have spent most of the night in bomb shelters, and at least 11 Israeli civilians have been wounded, and nine have been treated for shock.
  • What’s more, since May there have also been 450 fires in southern Israel caused by terrorists lighting kites and balloons on fire and sending them over the border to destroy forests and farm land.
  • Some 7,500 dunams (about 1,800 acres) of Israeli land has been scorched in the relentless attacks, causing millions of dollars in damage.
  • In March, “Hamas leaders…called for some 100,000 Gaza Strip residents to engage in six weeks of mass demonstrations along the Israeli border as Jewish families gear up for the Passover holiday.”
  • In April, Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar vowed that his forces would “breach the borders,” head to Jerusalem, “and pray at Al-Aqsa,” the mosque on the Temple Mount. He added, “We are going to Jerusalem, millions of martyrs.”
    Then Sinwar openly vowed on Al Jazeera Television that the purpose of the protests was to storm into Israel and kill Jewish civilians. “We will take down the border (with Israel) and we will tear out their hearts from their bodies,” he declared.
  • Tens of thousands of Palestinians turned out for the protests (though not 100,000), massing close to the security fence. While many of the demonstrators have been peaceful, they have provided cover for dozens of terrorists to repeatedly race to the security fence, try to set off explosives in hopes of creating large gaps through which terrorists could flood into the civilian communities of southern Israel.
  • Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar openly declared he wanted to see “hundreds of thousands” of Palestinians storming “through the fence.”
  • Thus, the IDF soldiers charged with safeguarding the border have fired upon such attackers, killing and injuring many, 80% of whom have been proven to be known terrorists.

So far, Israeli officials have chosen not to mobilize reservists and launch a full-scale ground and air operation against Gaza. But Hamas and their terror allies are clearly trying to provoke such a war.

Why? That’s anyone’s guess. These evil leaders are determined to rob, kill and destroy. They have trapped — enslaved, really — the people of Gaza in a brutish environment. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

The Palestinians people of Gaza have priceless beachfront property along the Mediterranean. They have smart, industrious people. They have natural gas reserves right off the coast that foreign petroleum companies are willing to help them develop if there only was peace. Israel, it should be noted, has not occupied the Strip since August 2005. Thus, for the last thirteen years the people of Gaza could have been building a free and thriving and prosperous society. Instead, they find themselves suffering under a wicked tyranny that is engaging in hundreds of war crimes (i.e., shooting at innocent civilians in Israel from schools, hospitals, playgrounds and other civilian centers in Gaza.) Hamas can’t provide enough food or cooking fuel. They only provide a few hours of electricity every day. That means even people with air conditioners suffer in blazing desert heat most days without being use them.

Israel has a right to defend her people. These terror attacks and this humanitarian disaster cannot go on.

The world needs to focus like a laser on pressuring Hamas to stop attacking Israel, surrender their weapons, and let the Palestinian Authority reassert control and begin to rebuild with Egypt’s help, and the help of wealthy Gulf countries.

The people of Gaza need help. They are people created in the image of God — a God who loves them. They deserve so much better. Let us pray for quiet and calm on the border, to be sure. Let us pray war that war will be averted. But let’s not stop there. Let’s pray for more — for the complete political, economic and spiritual liberation of the Palestinians of Gaza. It cannot come too soon.