The news today has been full of Israel and the resulting fiasco in Lebanon. It has no doubt it has been history, which has kept virulent Arab states from attacking Israel. This history revealed the small nationís ability to defend itself against all odds. Of course, if you ask conservative Christians and even the Israelis themselves, God had a hand in it.
Moreover, the losses in the past by Arab nations to Israel were more than just defeats. It was a real spanking so to speak. They were whipped but good. The avenue for resistance was virtually eliminated all together by the far superior Jewish force. Although outnumbered, they managed, as in the six-day war to achieve miraculous victories. I can still remember listening to the tape of Israelís army advance into Jerusalem. This recording was made public. It told of the excitement as Jews for the first time actually were gaining control of Jerusalem. In this instance, the inheritance of David came to full light as the Jews seemed to understand the actual event that stood out. The times of the gentiles treading down Jerusalem looked like it came to an end.
Prophecy scholars went right to work on the biblical significance of the event. This marked the point in prophetic history where the Jewish state now had control of its biblical homeland with Jerusalem as its jewel. From this point on, it seemed, the small nation would continue.
However, if one were to look real close at scriptures, it is plain the problems would not be over. For Israel will face enemies right up to the time of the Messiahís arrival. Many bible scholars put this time at the end of the tribulation. It is during this time that most believe Israel will indeed come to see Jesus Christ, Messiah Yeshua as the true Messiah.
All this was hope and hoped for. Israel to be in the land. Has anything changed? You bet it has. With the short 30 days or so war, Israel has put herself backward to pre-six day war times. Today, the Arab states are emboldened, convinced they can destroy Israel. Now they are working already on another attack. Further, Israel also has foreign troops on her border. Along with this the international community with its bias and hatred against the Jewish state is involved more than ever.
Israel and her leadership failed the Jewish nation. By killing so many innocent Lebanese and not disarming Hezbullah, they are the losers. Because of the short mismanaged war, this hatred has risen. Israel today still does not have her soldiers back. One thing they were desperate to do. They were going to clean out this terrorist group. Now they are more entrenched than ever. Israel is back to square one, but this time the stakes are even higher.
Israel will now face a more determined enemy. Missilesí will continue to fall. This time they will come from Lebanon and Syria both, with the possible addition of Iran. Resistence will also come from Gaza. Because the leadership of Israel has been so consistent in giving land for peace, they have nowhere to run. Because they are now weak, they are facing destruction as never before. Add to this the fact that the Bush administration has pushed them into various actions and this leaves the tiny nation with only a few actual friends. One is the conservative Christian who loves Israel and her people. The other is the Lord Himself, who will protect Israel in the end when all nations forsake her.
The next battle for Israel could be the big one. With our nation embroiled in Iraq and Afghanistan we donít have much left to fight other foes. Our foes like North Korea, Iraq, and even China would take us on. China has already told us of their intent over Taiwan. They have said a nuclear exchange with us will come if we try to help Taiwan. A thing America will have to do since we have a mutual agreement with Taiwan to help them if such a thing occurs. The next time all out war hits Israel, our enemies could hit us at the same time. With us out of the mix and taken care of, Israel faces it alone.
The next war with Israel could indeed be her Armageddon. This war I speak of is not the same one in Revelation. This is what I call Ďprophecyí talk. It stands for a really big bad war with lots of dead. There is only one way to go with all this. Until the Ďson of perditioní comes and makes a treaty with Israel and her enemies, this war will arrive. After this person arises and puts his plan in motion, the rest of Israelís prophetic scenario will take place. At the hub of it all, is the Lord who will bring Israel to himself according to Romans 11. This is Paulís discourse on the Lord grafting in Israel again. Until the Lord actually rescues Israel and establishes her, there will be no permanent peace.