Iran, perhaps foolishly borrowing a leaf from Saddem Hussein’s Iraq, you remember “Mother of All Wars,” has continued her saber rattling in her efforts to intimidate Israel and blackmail the West. Not really concerned about the welfare of her wretched masses, instead of investing in projects that would lift her people from the anvil of penury and debilitating dictates of her misinterpreted religious doctrines, she has come up with grandiose military projects and dubious causes that have nothing to do with the well being of her nation and people. Drenched in oil, she claims to want to secure a steady source of energy from nuclear science. But nobody is fooled. Not least Israel, who now has enough evidence and justification to stage a crippling pre – emptive strike against her, - the type generally dubbed “When we hit you, you will stay hit.” When Iraq threatened Israel in an even less menacing manner by setting up nuclear reactors many years ago, fighter / bombers left Israel flying at tree top level, so avoiding radar detection to make nonsense of the brazen potential threat from that direction. On the 7th of June 1981, 8 Israeli bombers / fighters bombed a French built nuclear plant in Osirak near Baghdad - IRAQ. It was the military equivalent of Dr. Christian Bernard’s pioneering heart transplant procedure that sent echoes reverberating around the whole world. Israel was eminently justified. A pre – emptive strike against a known enemy especially when such an enemy is in the process of taking delivery of materiel that could be used in an enemy action against you, is justified.
You see, hauling verbal threats at Israel at national and international forums has been and is a favorite past time of the neighboring Arab nations. And Iran (Persia) though not an Arab nation per se, due to Islamic assimilation manifests the same if worse rabid animosity and hostility towards Israel; who very small geographically has been seen as a common enemy by all its neighbors, right from the time of Abraham the patriarch of JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY and ISLAM. A huge climax to all this is in the offing. But no Christian who knows scriptures is taken unaware. If you see your very crazy neighbor who swears to destroy you sharpening his cutlass every morning and evening, boasting he would annihilate you and all you stand for, would you tell your children to “Go and greet uncle” to show good neighborliness or how well brought up they are? No! You will either move away if you can or if you cannot, look for every opportunity and excuse to quickly “neutralize” him as they say in espionage, before he does you in. Never mind me, all this comes from watching too many James Bond movies.
As a spiritually discerning observer who knows the mindset of the numerous shades of Islamic thought, - the liberal, conservative, fundamentalist, honor killing, suicide bombing, Taliban (No female Education), Boko Haram (No Western Education at all), etc, I am not in doubt at all that if the suicide bombers of 9/11 had one million atomic bombs they would have let them loose on the USA without batting an eye lid; killing millions of Muslims along with the other multitudes of “unbelievers” in the process. Their weapon of choice - violence is only justified by their rabid twisting of injunctions from one who is anything but The Almighty Father - the Christian God who is LOVE. “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is Love.” 1John 4:8. With every action so totally devoid of love, and infused with rabid hatred spiritual edification is all but impossible. So an eminently sublime proclamation “The Lord God Almighty is Great / Greatest” is then twisted by children of Satan to be flippantly shouted by sinners setting out to commit a grievous sin, in the stupidly mistaken understanding and belief that they serve and please God thereby. Truly sad.
The initial assumption in some quarters that Israel is safe from nuclear attack because such an attack is also almost certainly going to affect lives in neighboring Muslim countries is really not tenable. From the palpable venom spewed out by these neighbors, one is not in any doubt at all that Iran, intending to annihilate Israel is prepared to take along half the population of Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt together to achieve its objective which it has sung for many years for all to hear. In their arcane thought and belief it would not be too strange to hear that the brother countries gladly donated hefty percentages of their population for their morbid cause. Well as long as destruction and threat to life doesn’t get near the presidential palaces. Yes, let the masses bear the sacrifice again. The 9/11 bombers did not ask for the number of Muslims in the twin towers of New York. Neither did they send secret notices, memos or bulletins to tell “fellow believers” or just “brothers” (don’t ask me what happened to the sisters) that they were going to be forced into martyrdom. They just left home to do their business of the day at the twin towers of the trade center, and another group of brothers forced, compelled, cajoled, em, em, I mean murdered them and declared them martyrs whether they, their wives, children, parents, siblings, etc agreed and liked it or not. KAAABOOOUM! And “All the brothers (there you go again, how about the sisters?) who died during our holy attack have been declared martyrs by his eternal holiness Ayatollah bla bla bla. Those of them who like girls would be given as many virgins as they want together with packets of Viagra and Cialis. This is the final judgment of his royal eternal holiness Ayatollah who will live forever.” God has no need to spend his time on the final judgment on these ones, since the perfect bearded holiness has already helped Him out, down below here. How about the women? Admittedly they were ready to kill 2000 fellow Muslims to get at 200 “unbelievers.”
Furthermore, military strategists know that certain tactical nuclear devices could be exploded within small territories without necessarily affecting lives and even properties in neighboring lands. Such is the reality of modern tactical warfare today. Some weapons can now be precisely tailor made to achieve predetermined goals. If Iran has this capability to develop designer nuclear weapons or any nuclear weapons at all is not known. Therefore the first scenario of taking as many Muslims along with Israel is considered the more likely option.
In Canada, in a court case that has just been concluded, an Afghan faithful and his pious second wife and son, in order to appease their blood drinking deity killed his 3 daughters for acts of waywardness and first wife who had no children with him for perhaps simply being of no “meaningful” use in the arcane thinking of a religion that is increasingly self unraveling to the utter consternation of very many of its conscientious adherents, who are beginning to cautiously ask some disquieting questions. This blood - letting ostensibly to protect family honor is pure hogwash. Make no mistake about it, - waywardness, stubbornness, rascality, etc hallmarks of the conduct of most of our youths today are condemnable. But murder them so as to correct the problem by far outstrips the original sin or crime any father may have set out to correct. The self righteous father and his clan of religious cleansers are more of an infinite danger to the society than their murdered siblings, kith and kin could ever be.
In like mind Iran and its horde of religious brotherhood have continued to conduct their business as if their only purpose for being in existence at all is to destroy Israel. Israel on her part has refused to tone down her laws often seen as anti Muslim and antagonistic to its neighbors because according to her the sustained anti Semitic rhetoric and loudly expressed military objectives of these neighbors convince her that it would be suicidal for her to let down her guard. This principled stand is supported by military analysts all over the world. The sustained anti Semitic rhetoric and venomous condemnation for anything Jewish from Arab and Muslim nations around the world means that the young reborn nation of Israel must be permanently on her toes. Indeed at this point when everyone sees Iran as seeking nuclear capability solely to destroy Israel, no sane military strategist would condemn Israel for staging a crippling pre – emptive strike against Iran. It would be fatally stupid for her to remain docile and let her sworn enemy to achieve military nuclear capability. Heb 12:14 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” (KJV) is a biblical injunction we as Christians must follow with all our heart. But when our love for peace points us to the peace of the grave yard that compels us alone to make all the sacrifice, and which our sworn enemy insists is the only peace we must have, then we would be justified to ensure the threat is permanently removed. This removal of grave danger only glorifies God and his Christ. Israel has never vowed to destroy anyone. She has maintained her resolve to defend herself by all means. It is a stand no one can fault her on. She has a right to defend herself. And a crippling pre – emptive strike is a credible option. But this is not likely to happen until President Barack Obama returns to the white house for the second term which is the mandatory last lap for his career as president of the USA.
However ISRAEL’s Mossad is already developing alternative strategies to engage Iran. To delay Iran’s march towards nuclear capability, while perhaps waiting for the nod of the White House, using opposing underground groups in Iran, Israel has commenced a systematic neutralization or liquidation (there I go again with this James Bond lingo) of nuclear scientists involved in Iran’s nuclear development programs. It has been said, and rightly too that the young Jewish state, known to have the proverbial memory of an elephant, wrote the book of retaliation and vengeance. Go and ask the escaped Nazi henchmen who having been part and parcel of Hitler’s holocaust program, escaped to several South American countries, from where in brazen covert actions Israelis Mossad agents and sympathizers are still fishing them and bringing them to justice till today. Because her destiny is in her hands, though the young state covets the support of the USA, should intelligence reports from its Mossad operatives and associate agents from around the world indicate an urgent need for immediate action or escalation of action from sporadic assassination of selected key nuclear scientists to more brazen surgical or even blanket military actions to take out key core and ancillary targets and personnel whose destruction would radically reduce that country’s military profile and therefore threat to Israel, the young state would take the wise option. She would thereafter explain her difficult position and apologize to her key ally.
Why should all this interest our Christian youths? Well for starters the 3 (Three) contending religions in the Middle East - JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY and ISLAM all issued from one great man, the only man called FRIEND OF GOD in scriptures. Abram who later became ABRAHAM meaning father of many nations, pleased God so much that God changed his name from Abram to ABRAHAM. God went further to give him the title of FRIEND OF GOD because of his obedience and therefore FAITH in God. But somewhere in his walk with God in the past before this promotion, being human and under pressure from his wife SARAI (exactly like Eve), he ABRAM took his wife’s bondswoman Hagar to bed. This, he did because he and his wife SARAI had become desperate for a child; despite the repeated assurances of God that he would provide them with a child, indeed a child of covenant. You see as in the case of ADAM and EVE, ABRAM’S faith in God under the steady ministration of his wife SARAI failed him, so he succumbed and slept with her bondswoman. That singular, apparently innocuous action was to cause TROUBLE later for mankind, after first attempting to scatter ABRAM’S household; which made him send HAGAR and her son ISHMEAL away, on God’s assurance to protect and prosper them. “1 Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. 2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. 3 And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. 4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. 5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee. 6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face. 7 And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. 8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. 9 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. 10 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. 11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. 12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. 13 And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me? 14 Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.” Gen 16:1-14 (KJV).
The child of covenant promise to ABRAM however was ISAAC. 19 “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.” Gen 17:19-21 (KJV). ISAAC represents God’s perfect will. ISHMEAL represents God’s permissive will. The Hagar and Ishmeal case represents a merciful conversion of an outright sin of disobedience on the part of Sarai and Abram to a tolerated forcing of God’s hand through an act or acts of true repentance. The same position is seen in David’s act of contrition after the Bathsheba / Uriah imbroglio of 2Sam11:3. There is a difference between the PERFECT WILL and the PERMISSIVE WILL. Every Christian youth must work this difference out not just for this purpose of understanding the issues between Israel and her neighbors, but also for the personal life of the youth; and why he / she must seek God’s perfect will for his / her own walk with God Almighty.
The name ISRAEL was specifically given by God to JACOB after an all night prayer engagement in the course of being purged of his wiles; and seeking God’s favor. God blessed him and changed his name from JACOB to ISRAEL. “And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” Gen. 32:28.
All this should be of great interest to all Christian youths because the name ISRAEL and the Promised Land flowing with milk and honey where ISRAEL as a nation is today go hand in hand. The name and land were God’s especial gift to his people.
Today, ISHMEAL’s descendants in collusion with all their religious brothers all over the world are determined to exterminate ISAAC’s children from their God given land, as a continuation of the deadly rivalry started when HAGAR first despised her mistress SARAI because with the birth of her son Ishmeal, HAGAR the bondswoman felt suddenly superior to her mistress who had still not given her husband ABRAM a child, though God had promised her and ABRAM a child of covenant. Later because of their diligent repentance and demonstration of absolute obedience when they did not hold back ISAAC his “ONLY” son according to God, from God when he demanded that ISAAC be sacrificed for him, ABRAM and SARAI pleased God and redeemed themselves in God’s eyes. “And he said, Take now thy son, thine ONLY son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” Gen. 22:2. He therefore forgave them and changed their names from ABRAM and SARAI to ABRAHAM and SARAH respectively; and who were now also to be known henceforth as FRIENDS of GOD. The only ones so called before Jesus Christ came to make every true believer A FRIEND OF GOD. ABRAHAM means “Father of many nations.”
Ex 3:8 “And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.” Ex. 3:8. “In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands:” Ex 20:6. This same land is what IRAN and other confederates of Muslim nations are threatening to over run, destroy ISRAEL and take over their land as their possession. But they have forgotten God’s solemn promises to his people. God made it clear that for as long as his people diligently served him he will make them the terror of all their opponents, apart from prospering them. Deut.28. He also went on to warn of the dire consequences of disobedience. In the time of Christ also the consequences of rejecting their chosen Messiah were highlighted. Self willed and disobedient after rejecting and crucifying Christ, they were scattered into slavery and persecution all over the world after first suffering on their own land and getting the temple razed to the ground exactly as Christ had judged in advance. “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” Lk 21:24 (KJV). But the hope that the times of the gentiles are fulfilled took concrete shape when against all human understanding and expectation, but for the understanding of the ELECT, following in the path of eternal truth as laid down by Jesus Christ, ISRAEL as a nation emerged from the ashes of Hitler’s world war 11. Alleluia! Let every man be a liar and let God be true. In the fullness of time, in the time table of GOD ALMIGHTY the children of Israel found their way back to their God given land. You see, because of the unraveling of the history of the dealings between God and his people, the children of Israel, especially due to the clock work fulfillment of God’s prophecies concerning them, they have been ascribed the sobriquet of “THE CLOCK OF GOD.”
Your duty as YOUTHS of The Church of Jesus Christ universal is to pray for peace in Israel. 6 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. 7 Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. 8 For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. 9 Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.” Psalms 122:6-9 (KJV). Indeed one of the several reasons establishing the eternal TRUTH of scriptures is the high precision regularity with which biblical prophecies about Israel’s dispersal, in gathering and whole destiny as recorded in scriptures are fulfilled. The WORD of God, The Bible further tells us that they that bless Israel would in return be blessed. “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Gen. 12:3.
But God’s people (ISRAEL) need to throw away their profile of unbelief in Jesus Christ as their promised Savior and Lord. Though today a very few Israelis are converting to Christ, this spiritual reality would fully manifest according to scriptures during the reign of the personification of Satan, after the true believers would have been secured in a place of protection with The Lord who we expect to return very soon to confirm this promise he made to all true believers. This second coming is good news to all true followers of Christ and a terrible curse to all unbelievers and followers of Satan. 16 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1Thess 4:16-18 (KJV).
Though right now it looks like Israel is in for another baptism of great fire and trial by the opposing enemies of Christ, every true believer is encouraged to be very vigilant and glad because all this huge turmoil simply heralds the much awaited second coming of Jesus Christ. All true followers of Christ are to wish Israel well. We cannot force them (Jews) to accept Christ. For this they must look to themselves; and quickly tap into the abundant grace of God readily and freely made available through the same Jesus Christ who they have rejected, scourged and murdered. When they finally come to the recognition of their chosen Messiah, Prophet, Savior and Lord; and repent of their sin of rejecting, scourging and murdering him, and confess him in the light of God’s word as their Messiah, Savior and Lord, they will see the salvation of the Lord in full measure. Scriptures tell us that a lot of serious trouble must come in the land of ISRAEL. For one, the old temple of Solomon which has long been destroyed will be rebuilt. But today, in Jerusalem, on the site for this reconstruction stands the third most holy mosque of Islam – the Al Aqsa Mosque, which is also the second oldest mosque after the Kaa’ba in Mecca. What this means is that somehow this mosque must make way for the temple to be rebuilt. The envisaged trouble will be of an epic proportion. But never mind The Lord God Almighty who declares the end from the beginning is in absolute control. May his name be praised for all eternity.