This week, Israel is 70 years old, and the hatred against her grows worse and worse, and the lies grow even faster. So, as someone who knows Israel from the inside out, I am committed to bringing you the truth to help neutralize those lies and that hatred – lies and hatred that will do great damage to your soul and even… your life.
And yes, I know the truth.
I know the history, the language and the people. I lived there for 15 of my 23 years in Asia. More importantly, I know the Bible and God’s plans for that tiny patch of land.
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The Truth About Israel – 2018 Edition
YouTube shortlink: https://youtu.be/2KPf-jwHGGo
Intro To The 2018 Edition Of The Truth About Israel
I am disheartened by the insane hatred of Israel. It is everywhere that I look and growing quickly. Worse, it’s growing in the hearts of those who should know better.
Rick Wiles (TruNews), Stephen Anderson and a host of others claim to be Christian, yet demonstrate the worst kind of hatred and add to that an amazing amount of dishonesty. The idea that they would drag Christ’s name through the mud like this, is utterly abhorrent to me. How sick to have the name of our Lord and Savior blasphemed by such false Christians.
Then, when you look at alternative sources of news, to find information that the mainstream media is ignoring and distorting, you expose yourself to a torrent of hatred of the foulest kind. If I listed all the sites that I’ve had to stop using, we’d be here all day.
What I want to do is provide you with a repository of useful facts that help neutralize the venom. And, if I miss anything, let me know. Much of what you see below comes from great questions from great readers, just like you.
Oh, and for those of you who have read the previous edition of this article, there is new material that I think that you will appreciate.
Also, I will not allow blatant anti-Semitism in the comment section. And, anti-Zionism is just anti-Semitism with a fake halo.
So, let’s begin…
My hope is that you read your Bible. If you don’t, then there’s nothing that I can do to help you survive what is coming. The Last Days began decades ago, and we are approaching the final stretch. And, anyone who reads their Bible will see that Israel – specifically Jerusalem – figures prominently in those passages about the Last Days.
Yes, I know that it doesn’t make sense that the Land of Israel is so important. God doesn’t say why He brought Abraham to this tiny bit of geography. God doesn’t tell us why He sent Jacob out of Israel, only to pull his children back again, centuries later. God doesn’t tell us why Mt. Moriah is so important.
The only thing that God tells us, is that He chose that tiny patch of ground.
Did you know that the Old City of Jerusalem is just one square kilometer?
Did you know that you can walk across the ‘City of David’ in just 30 seconds?
That’s right. The original City of David is outside the walls of Jerusalem, and you can walk across the width of the patch of ground where David’s city stood… in just 30 seconds. I know, because Mrs. Little and I did that.
Yet, all the world is focused on that one little place. Yes, everyone. EVERYONE is trying to take Jerusalem from the Jews and give it to the Arabs.
That part of my brain where my expertise in geopolitics lives is absolutely astounded by the kerfuffle over Jerusalem. It’s not mentioned in the Quran. It doesn’t have any oil. There are no trade routes running through it. There is literally nothing there but old stones carved out of the earth by people who died a very, very long time ago.
If I did not know that there was a titanic battle between God and Satan over this place, I would be forced to say that a mass psychosis was gripping the world. Just look at all the UN resolutions that have something to do with Israel and Jerusalem. If I were an alien from another planet, and only had UN documents to look at, I would probably say that Israel must be the size of China.
But, the Land of Israel is only as big as the island where I am now living: Taiwan.
Can you even recognize Israel on a global map without a magnifying glass?
Yet, the whole world is fixated on that tiny place. And, there is literally no reason for that, except that God chose that place and chose the people that live there, to one day be His servants in that struggle. But, lets take a step back and talk about how I came to see Israel, in the way that I see her now.
A (John) Little Perspective
My interest in Israel is complex. And, it started when I received Christ at a very young age, with parents who were (and are) passionate about Christ, as well. It led to a life-long love for reading the Bible that has stayed with me, even now. In fact, that love was intensified when my pastor-father one day gave up in disgust with commentaries on the Book of Hebrews. Realizing the inadequacies of such commentaries, he threw them all out.
Nothing promotes the reading of the Bible, when your spiritual vision is no longer obscured by the well-intentioned views by Doctor this or Professor that. They aren’t necessarily wrong, but they can be a crutch that keeps you from true discernment.
Seriously. When you have the Holy Spirit, you have no need of an interpreter. After all, it was meant to be read, as it is. The Bible interprets itself. This means that commentaries – at best – are often a waste of time, and at worst… well …they can blind you with blasphemous lies.
I Read My Bible
Anyway, I read my Bible. And, when you do that, you quickly get a picture of God’s love for the descendants of Isaac, the son of His friend, Abraham. God made a promise to His friend that would be forever, and when you read the prophets… well, you’ll quickly see how that promise would be fulfilled.
No… make that …IS BEING FULFILLED.
And, the hatred of Israel that is building everywhere is a sign of Satan’s desire to stop that promise from being fulfilled.
I could go on with that aspect of my interest in Israel, but there’s another part that is parallel to my Biblical understanding.
A Secular Interest, Too
From an early age, I’ve had an incredible interest in military history, specifically World War II. The tactics and strategy were – and still are – fascinating. I ate up personal stories of conflict in Europe and East Asia. First-hand accounts by pilots of the RAF, the Flying Tigers and the carrier pilots of the United States Navy were mesmerizing. Accounts of infantry combat in France and the rebels of Italy were equally interesting.
It was all a tapestry that I just could not get enough of.
But, there was one day that I ran into The Holocaust.
I remember when I opened that Encyclopedia of World War II. I was sitting on the couch in the family room, transfixed by the horrors of what the Germans had done. The genocide. The vile and awful barbarity. I was overwhelmed, and to this day I cannot watch a movie about the Holocaust. I just can’t.
That did not stop my fascination with the strategy and tactics that bring victory on the field of battle, but it illustrated that there was a terrible and dark evil at the heart of all of it.
Eventually, my interest in World War II waned a bit, and I looked for other conflicts with the same dramatic contest between good and evil, where brilliance in battle meant success. And, if there were tanks involved, even better.
Well, outside of the Eastern Front of World War II, the biggest tank battles in the world occurred during the Arab-Israeli wars of 1967 and 1973. Furthermore, it was a David and Goliath story, where a tiny country attacked by a horde of Arabs… won – against all the odds.
And, I was reminded of the Holocaust, and the Israeli vow to never again be like sheep, sent to the slaughter.
I studied the history that led to those victories, the plucky courage of the new Israelis willing to wrest victory from the jaws of defeat. The stories of courage and sacrifice became as mesmerizing as the daring-do of the heroes of World War II.
And, I also quickly saw the Hand of God in all of this.
Jerusalem Under Jewish Control
On June 7th, 1967, Colonel Motti Gur cried out three words to General Narkis, and to the world, “haHar haBayit b’Yadenu!” (The Temple Mount is in our hands). And, it marked the end of Gentile control of Jerusalem. And, it was the fulfillment of the words of Christ:
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.
I call that verse, one of the longest verses in the Bible. It spans 1897 years, from AD 70 to 1967. And, it also meant that the times given to us – the Gentiles – were over.
Furthermore, since Luke 21 was describing the events of the Last Days, it meant that we were in the final era before the return of our Lord and Savior.
And don’t start telling me that Jerusalem isn’t controlled by Israel and the Jews. I’ve lived a very long time in Jerusalem. The city of Jerusalem is under COMPLETE control by the Jewish people.
For those of you not so sure, let me ask you this:
How do we know when someone is in control of something, in this day and age?
When you break the law in America, you go to an American court, and you are penalized under American law. When I break the law here in Taipei, I go to a Taiwanese court and am penalized under Taiwanese law.
What happens when you break the law in any part of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount?
You go to an Israeli court, and you are penalized under Israeli law.
Here, let me emphasize this a bit with a picture:
Israeli police officers walk in front of the Dome of the Rock, on the Temple Mount.
March 17, 2010. (photo by REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
Those are Israeli policemen.
Does that give you an idea as to WHO rules over the Temple Mount, and the law that prevails over it?
Yeah. It’s Israeli law, applied in Israeli courts. If you violate the law of Israel on the Temple Mount, you pay an Israeli fine or go to an Israeli jail.
Is there anyone ELSE who governs the Temple Mount?
No. Of course not. Otherwise, the Palestinians wouldn’t be nearly as desperate as they are now, to get control of that place.
However, please understand that Jesus specifically made the connection to Jerusalem, and I find that the be particularly significant. He was saying that Jerusalem was the key, not the Temple.
Antizionism Is From Satan
The problem is that there is a concerted effort by anti-Semites to dilute your understanding of all this. They’ve introduced lie after lie, mixed with cunning half-truths, to divert your attention from the whole truth.
I keep running into these lies, and the lying liars who tell such contrived tales will not stop, no matter how much truth you throw at them. And, I have been banned from a host of websites, because I gave facts that proved their hatred to be wrong.
Why do they lie like this?
Because their hatred comes from Satan.
Unfortunately, the father of lies, is very clever and has caught a few of our brothers and sisters, and I do not wish for you to suffer the same fate. And, it’s important to have a clear head over this, because I believe that it is a life-and-death-issue.
Those of you who have read my free book, Ezekiel’s Fire, will know what I am talking about.
Furthermore, it is an abomination to God for the just to be persecuted.
He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.
I don’t think that ANY of you wish to be committing an abomination before God. So, let’s take a look at the lies, fabrications and canards of the anti-Semites. But wait… I described ANTI-Zionism without describing Zionism.
Let me start by directly answering that request by a reader:
What is Zionism?
It is literally encapsulated within a Hebrew phrase spoken by the Jewish people for two thousand years:
לשנה הבאה בירושלים
It means, “Next year in Jerusalem.” (or, in Hebrew: L’shanah ha’bah b’Yerushalayim.) And, it is the heart of Zionism, the desire of the Jews to return to the Land of Israel. Anyone who says otherwise is lying to you.
Many anti-Semites have whispered darkly that Zionism is a desire to rule the world. They talk of vast conspiracies by the Jews to subjugate non-Jews. They pass on stories about foul habits and awful atrocities as the reason for their horrifying hatreds.
Yet, I lived in the most Jewish city in Israel for 15 years – Jerusalem. I am as Gentile as you can possibly get. There isn’t an ounce of Jewish blood running in my veins. BOTH of my grandfathers were complete anti-Semites. There is literally no cultural reason for me to care for the Jews, or for the Jews to care for me.
Furthermore, I was openly a Christian, while I lived in Jerusalem. Yet, I was treated well. In fact, I was treated better in Israel than I was treated in the United States.
The other thing to remember about Zionism is that the Jews have been reluctant to embrace it. It took the Holocaust and the expulsion of the Jews from Arab lands to convince the Jewish people that Israel was a necessity. No one was going to protect the Jews, so the Jews had to protect themselves.
To put it another way, there would be no Zionism, if the Gentiles had treated the Jews with the common decency that any human being should expect. And yes, this is literally the case. Read a good history book, if you don’t believe me.
I could get into that history, and I might be forced to do that one day. My hope is that you will use my explanation as a jumping off point for your own study on the subject. But, let’s not stop there.
God Is A Zionist
Do a search for the word, Zion in the Bible. In fact, you don’t need to do it yourself, just click here:
The Bible uses the word Zion 153 times in the Bible. If you read through all of those verses, you will be getting some REALLY powerful stuff. In fact, the word ‘incredible’ doesn’t even BEGIN to describe the connection that God has for that tiny patch of ground.
Zion Is Jerusalem
And no, Zion is NOT Israel.
Please let that sink in a bit, because there has been a lot of foolishness about this topic. And, this point needs to be addressed directly and properly.
Zion is a patch of ground, on the southern part of a hill called Mount Moriah. It isn’t even ALL of the Mount Moriah. In fact, if it is just The City Of David, then you could walk across the width of the place in 30 seconds. I know, because Mrs. Little and I did that.
And yes, it really is THAT small.
But, did you notice how much attention that the world has given to that place, now that Israel has it?
It really is astounding to see just how much fighting is going on over Jerusalem. Countries have pulled out their embassies. The Palestinians have chosen annihilation, instead of peace. The Muslims have even introduced Jerusalem Day (aka, Quds Day) for the last Friday of Ramadan – which we are experiencing right now.
Are the Muslims celebrating the fact that the Jews control Jerusalem?
OF COURSE NOT!
Sorry to shout like that, but the insanity just never ends. And, Islam is definitely insane. Just look at how they promise to liberate Jerusalem and destroy the Jews? ALL of them!
Look at the symbols of the ‘Dome of the Rock’ that are a part of almost EVERY Muslim terrorist group. This focus on Jerusalem is astounding.
In fact, everyone on the face of the Earth wants to take Jerusalem from Israel. EVERYONE! That, just by itself, should send alarm bells ringing in your mind. If the world – under the control of Satan – wants pry Jerusalem from the hands of Israel, then there MUST be something important about that place.
Unfortunately, I’m not completely sure that I can tell you the core reason for why EVERYONE is focused on Jerusalem. I can tell you a few things. And, there are a number of WHATs involved. But, I believe we only know part of the story. As with so much in the Bible and this life, we will need to wait until the next life, to get all the answers. But, we CAN talk about he answers that have, and I will start by quoting from Ezekiel’s Fire.
In Luke 21, the disciples were admiring the Temple, exclaiming over how beautiful it was. Jesus proceeded to send them into a state of shock by saying:
As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
After that horrifying statement, Jesus then launched into a description of what would happen over the next 40 years, before that moment in time. And, as we know, everything happened exactly as He described – especially with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple – in AD 70.
That takes us to Luke 21:24. And, it is this verse that spans almost exactly 1900 years. It says this:
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.
The people referred to here were the Jews, and for almost 1900 years, they were scattered to literally the ends of the Earth. And, Jerusalem was indeed controlled by the non-Jews for that entire time.
And then… after 1897 years …something happened.
Time of the Gentiles Completed
Luke 21:24 indicates that when the Gentiles (i.e., non-Jews) no longer control Jerusalem, the period of time allotted to the Gentiles will have been fulfilled – or become complete. To put it another way, the period of time set aside for them will have been finished. The word ‘fulfilled’ is the same one used when talking about fulfillment of prophecy.
When did that happen?
On June 7th, 1967, and if you want the exact moment… well …It was when Colonel Motti Gur cried out, “haHar haBayit b’Yadenu!” (The Temple mount is in our hands). And, it marked the end of Gentile control of Jerusalem. Luke 21:24 had finally been fulfilled.
(A few hours later, my Dad suffered a terrible fright when he heard the news of Jerusalem’s capture on the radio, on his way to work and found that he had missed The Rapture.)
And Yes, God Really IS A Zionist
Now, I would LOVE to continue telling you all the reasons why God really is a Zionist. But, when I thought of writing this piece, I wondered about whether someone else had given that title. And, I discovered that someone HAD done something on the subject:
YouTube shortlink: https://youtu.be/U1vwIsu8-wY
Wow. That was impressive. And, he directed himself at the Muslims, as well as Christians.
Why This Is Important
It is vital that you understand the importance and centrality of Jerusalem – aka, Zion. This isn’t some theoretical exercise in which we are free to take any position, comfortable in the thought that we will suffer no ill effects from being wrong.
No, this is life and death.
For you and for those that you love.
We are in the Last Days, and this period of time began 50 years ago. It is now time to face the implications of that and redouble our efforts to warn our brothers and sisters that the worst of times is upon us.
I sincerely doubt that many of you will die of old age.
DEBUNKING THE LIES ABOUT ISRAEL… WITH TRUTH
So, let’s take a few minutes and debunk the lies being told about Israel. And, I want to start with the more recent lies.
What I would like to do now, is stamp out a few of the more idiotic lies propagated by anti-Semite morons.
The Most Recent Example – A ‘Massacre’ In Gaza
As I write this there is outrage over the number of Palestinians that were killed attempting to breach the border with Israel. At the moment, they are saying that 55 Palestinians are dead.
Well, Hamas says that 50 of those were their operatives.
Sorry, but those 50 operatives were NOT civilians. They were terrorists engaged in terrorism. They were asking to be shot, and Israel complied with their request.
The bottom line is that these were not innocents that were killed.
As for the remaining five, it’s hard to know who they were, or even if they were even killed. Hamas is a master at the Islamic art of Taqqiya – the right to lie to anyone, if it benefits Allah.
Of those who were injured… again, it’s hard to know if the numbers that Hamas gives us is even close to the truth. But, even if it were true, Israel was very clear that they were not going to allow anyone to cross into Israel without permission.
Israel did its best to use non-lethal force, but even non-lethal force causes injury.
For those who do not live next to a hostile country, you might wonder why all this is necessary. And, your lack of experience in this area makes it difficult for me – in a short space – to adequately describe why Israel needed to do what she did.
The easiest and most direct way that I can describe this, is:
When people cross into Israel without permission, Israelis die.
I have seen this for myself. I’ve had buses blow up near my apartment and near my place of work. Friends have had lives shattered by suicide bombers. My neighborhood was shot at for a year. Friends lost children. Children lost mothers and fathers.
Israel must protect her borders, and she must make it clear that there is a price for violating those borders. And, remember that Hamas has vowed to murder every Jew IN THE WORLD – not just Israel.
My hope is that you understand this situation a little better.
Israel Is A Creation Of The Rothschilds?
I always find this one to be interesting. There is some truth the idea – in that the Rothschilds supported the left wing of the Zionist movement. But, that very same ‘left wing’ was against the idea of statehood and had to be dragged kicking and screaming into independence, by the incessant Arab attacks upon the Jews.
Furthermore, the Left wing of Israel has been completely neutralized in Israel. The Labor Party in Israel has been defeated so often that it had to change its name and merge with another party… AND they STILL keep losing.
Who is winning?
Those who were/are ANTI-Rothschild.
The Left Wing of Israel comes from the Theodore Herzl group led by David Ben-Gurion. Very left wing. Very socialist. In fact, so much so, that the Soviet Union thought of Israel as a possible, natural ally.
But, the Right Wing – which has won pretty consistently since the ’70s – comes from a different group originally led by Ze’ev Jabotinsky. Jabotinsky detested the socialists and fought them, tooth and nail.
It is the Likud Party, currently led by Binyamin Netanyahu, that was formed by the followers of Jabotinsky.
So, think of the current government of Israel as anti-Rothschild.
Furthermore, you can find very few Illuminati symbols in Israel, except in one place:
The Israel Supreme Court Building.
The Rothschilds DID fund the building of that awful monstrosity, and they must have had a hand in designing it. I suspect that the Israelis didn’t know what they were getting into when they were offered that building for free.
They saw something offered for free, and jumped at the opportunity.
Unfortunately, the anti-Semites have used that building to vilify all of Israel, even though you can find nothing else in Israel that is as remotely like it.
Are you going to label all of Israel Satanic, because of ONE BUILDING?
Please also remember that the Jews are NOT saved. They aren’t going to heaven when they die, unless they accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. And, until they are saved, they are going to be ruled by Satan – even though he has difficulty doing that.
So, let’s set some realistic expectations when it comes to Israel.
(Remember that YOU were ruled by Satan, before you were saved.)
The Khazars – A Fiction
There’s this myth running around anti-Semitic circles that the Jews aren’t really Jews, that they are Khazars – from the Medieval Kingdom of Khazaria.
Well, it’s not true.
In fact, the only proof that anyone has that there was a Jewish Khazaria is based upon the absence of records about this kingdom. That’s right. We have NO RECORD of a mass conversion of the Medieval Kingdom of the Kazars. None. Zip. Zero. Nada.
My proof comes from a historian that spent four years trying to track down proof of such a kingdom, and couldn’t find any. Four years. Nothing.
Here’s an article to back this up:
Now, go tell any friends who believe in such myths… to shut their yap – after showing them the article. But… nicely, please.
The Attack On The USS Liberty
This one comes up a lot. You would think that people had never heard of a friendly fire incident before. Furthermore, the United States and Israel WERE NOT ALLIES AT THE TIME.
There were certainly moves by the US and Israel to come closer together to block moves by the Soviet Union to gain hegemony in the region. But, those moves were a far cry from the kind of alliance that we have today. Just eleven years before the USS Liberty event, in 1956, the United States had forced Israel to retreat from the Sinai.
Furthermore, when hostilities began, Israel contacted the United Nations and communicated to the world that Israel had created a naval exclusion zone. Any ships found in that ‘exclusion zone’ would be sunk. Period.
It was supremely foolish of the US Navy to send the USS Liberty into the naval exclusion zone. No one really knows why the USS Liberty was in that naval exclusion zone. Some evidence indicates a communication problem. Other evidence indicates that it was deliberate.
By Lyndon Baines Johnson, President of the United States.
When the USS Liberty was attacked, the President of the United States said to the Secretary of Defense McNamara:
“I want that goddamn ship going to the bottom.”
If this account was correct, this was clearly a false flag setup, by the President of the United States of America – or, just an ‘opportunity’ that he grabbed with both hands.
I will dispense with the ‘false flag theory’, even though I have discussed it in previous versions of this article and elsewhere. So, let’s focus on the story itself.
The conspiracy theory that anti-Semites and anti-Zionists love to spin about the attack, is so full of holes, you could float the freighter through it. It offers no sources, other than books that cherry-pick their information to fit a hateful agenda:
To attack and destroy the State of Israel
Satan has been trying to do that ever since Israel’s founding, so it’s no surprise to see that they continue to do so. Worse, the cry of the Muslims and neo-Nazis is growing louder and louder with each passing moment.
I am appalled at the vicious hatred that so many ‘so called christians’ espouse when discussing Israel. It is truly amazing, but I need to keep reminding myself that I was once ‘hoodwinked’ by the mainstream media, so I should give some of my brothers and sisters a bit of a break. Unfortunately, only some.
When it comes to discussing the USS Liberty, it is important to remember these important points:
- If Israel could defeat the most powerful armies in the Middle East, why was she unable to sink a 25 year old freighter?
- The aircraft that attacked the USS Liberty were not armed with ‘ship killing’ weapons. Two aircraft were armed with air-to-air weapons and were returning from an air superiority, combat air patrol mission. Two other aircraft were diverted from an infantry support mission and were armed with only napalm and on-board machine guns.
- Only three Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs) were sent to the location of the USS Liberty, and only two torpedoes were fired at her from one of the boats (T-203).
- Total combat time: about 15 minutes, maybe less. Those who claim otherwise are inflating the amount of time by adding in the time between the three separate attacks. First attack (Kursa flight) begins strafing run at 1358. Kursa flight leaves. Second attack with napalm (Royal Flight) begins at 1404. Royal flight leaves at 1411. At 1430, USS Liberty gunner fires at Israeli MTBs. Captain of USS Liberty orders cease fire. At 14:35, torpedo attack begins. One torpedo misses. One torpedo hits. MTBs DO NOT strafe USS Liberty. At 1503, MTBs flash signal to USS Liberty, offering assistance.
- The USS Liberty DID fire on the Israeli torpedo boats prior to the attack run of T-203.
Here’s a picture of the USS Liberty from the fraudulent article that I gave you a link to:
Yes, she was in bad shape, but do you honestly think that a 25 year old converted freighter would be doing that well, if Israel wanted her sunk?
Why did the Israeli jets attack the ship with napalm, when they would have known that you don’t sink a ship like the USS Liberty with napalm?
Here’s the timeline created from ships logs and communications transcripts:
Now, THAT is data. The foul and revolting anti-Semites offer none of that. And, here’s an article that thoroughly debunks, in detail, the slander:
Unfortunately, some slanderous articles and books go further in their attempt to tarnish Israel’s image – accusing Israel of attacking Syria. The opposite happened.
SYRIA WAS THE ONE THAT ATTACKED ISRAEL!!!!
Now, does this give you an idea of just how bad this article is?
Please, do not listen to lying liars. And frankly, with all the attacks that Israel is suffering, ANY criticism would be wrong. Stop attacking Israel, and start doing the right thing and supporting her.
I expect evil from outside of the Body of Christ, but to see such evil WITHIN?
Sorry, but that’s just too much.
Weighing In With Prager University (And Others)
I’ve discovered a bunch of videos from Dennis Prager that is a part of something that he calls:
Dennis Prager’s PragerU YouTube channel is here:
Lots of good stuff there. You’ve already seen me use a few of those videos, and I expect to be using more, especially below.
Israel – A Blessing To The Arabs
The whole idea that Israel would be a blessing to the Arabs is probably astounding to you. It even astounded me, once upon a time. However, I’ve had years to digest this – decades, actually. So, you might want to be sitting down while you watch the video and then read what I have to say afterwards:
YouTube shortlink: https://youtu.be/yfN2IvnIA4M
THAT is a GREAT video. But, I would like to add something else to it. Something important.
Israel Saved Millions Of Arab Lives
Before the Jews returned to the Land of Israel, the Arab population was poor, destitute and horribly ill. It was devastated by one of – if not THE – worst disease to afflict mankind:
Because of that awful disease, nine out of ten children died before reaching maturity. Those that survived lived a miserable life. Because of that disease, the Arab population of the Land of Israel numbered less than 300 thousand FOR CENTURIES.
But, when a diminutive Jew named Israel Kligler came along, all of that changed. I’ve written about him before, and you will find the latest incarnation of that writing, here:
Israel Kligler – An Unsung Hero Used by God
I’m not sure that he ever understood the impact that he had, or that he would have. But, Dr. Kligler is responsible for saving millions upon millions of lives and changing the quality of life for Arabs ALL OVER THE MIDDLE EAST forever.
And, if it wasn’t for the Jews, the Land of Israel would be a horrible, disease-ridden wasteland for both Jew and Arab, alike.
Israel: The World’s Most Moral Army
As a student of warfare, I’ve spent time thinking about how it is done and how it SHOULD be done. Each and every battle zone is different, and the strategies and tactics vary according to the situation.
Unfortunately for Israel, their cultural motto is:
To save a life
I say ‘unfortunately’ because their dedication to saving lives makes conflict in civilian areas difficult, and Israel’s enemies know this – which is why they always make sure that EVERY conflict is in a civilian area.
Here’s the video that inspired the subtitle:
YouTube shortlink: https://youtu.be/tN1MkAGuVyY
Over the years of watching Israel defend herself against her enemies, I can attest to the truth of that video. And yes, I was there. When the Tanzim shot up my neighborhood of Gilo, I was surprised at the incredible restraint by the IDF.
Because the Palestinians were shooting from the Christian village of Beit Jalla, just across the valley from Gilo. And, Israel did not want to cause the death of civilians. And, the Tanzim specifically chose Beit Jalla because Christian Palestinians would be harmed when Israel was forced to shoot back.
Remember this important quote that explains the soul of Israel:
“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”
– Golda Meir
The Israelis hate being forced to hurt and kill. They hate it, but they WILL defend themselves.
The Balfour Declaration
As much as I might cry against the rapid spread of evil writings, via the printing press, I must offer praise for the fact that the printing press gave the average Briton the ability to read the Bible for himself and herself. And, as I have said before, you cannot read the Bible without eventually supporting a homeland for the Jews. You just can’t.
And, here is this quote from an article on British Zionism:
However, the rise of Protestantism and the enlightenment brought a new spirit to Europe. Following publication of English versions of the bible and with the rise of the Puritan faith, Hebraicism and restoration of the Jews became increasingly popular. Puritans adopted names such as Amos and Obadia and Isaiah and Isaac and even Habakkuk and Abednego. On the one hand, Protestants in Britain and later those in the USA began to identify themselves as the inheritors of the Israelites or the lost ten tribes. On the other hand, support grew for restoration of the Jews as the rightful owners of “the Holy Land.” This movement was nourished by many sources, not all favorable to the Jews. The theology of some branches of Protestantism posits that the second coming of Christ would only come only after the Jews were reestablished in their land, and were converted to Christianity. Anti-Semites believed that establishment of a Jewish homeland would be a convenient way to rid Europe of Jews. Imperialists hoped that a Jewish Palestine would be an excuse for a British protectorate there, and might serve as a solution for the “Eastern Question.”
This was the context under which the British Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour reached out to the leadership of the Jewish Zionists in June of 1917. They were asked to provide their own wording for the declaration of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. After the ensuing back-and-forth negotiations over this declaration, the following statement was finalized and made official on November 2nd, 1917:
His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
When that declaration was made, Britain did not control very much of Palestine. The most that they had was the desolate land around Beersheba. That was it. But, it wasn’t going to stay that way, and they knew it.
When the Ottoman Empire finally gave its last gasp and collapsed, legal ownership of the lands controlled by the Ottomans were transferred to the British and the French. And, the Balfour Declaration made it clear that one part of those lands were going to be given to the Jews. And, when the League of Nations was formed, this ‘transfer of title’ was reaffirmed.
Under the League of Nations, the British were given the ‘Mandate for Palestine’, and that ‘mandate’ was for the purposes of setting up a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Unfortunately, the anti-Semites among the British were successful in diminishing this promise of a Jewish homeland, until it was a shadow of its former self. But, this attempt by the anti-Semites could not roll back history.
The Land Of Israel – Legal Under International Law
Legal title to the Land of Israel has been legally and officially transferred to the Jewish people. That ‘transfer of title’ had been reaffirmed and authorized by international law and the international community. The anti-Semites howled in outrage, but the deed had been done.
The State of Israel was essentially a foregone conclusion.
If you want more on this legal ‘transfer of title’ under international law, listen to lawyer Dr. Jacques Gauthier, who is a specialist in this area:
YouTube shortlink: https://youtu.be/gwSSBvTQWUI
There is absolutely no way that you can get around the legal right of Israel to the modern day Land of Israel, as well as the West Bank and Gaza Strip – especially, Jerusalem. Under international law, the ownership of the Land, is absolutely clear. And, the legal basis for that ownership begins with the Balfour Declaration.
And, PragerU has a shorter version of this discussion that is wonderfully concise:
YouTube shortlink: https://youtu.be/12KJa4a0d64
Israel’s Legal Right To Jerusalem
Okay, so we’ve established that Israel has a legal right to the Land of Israel, but let’s zero in on Jerusalem. And, we will turn to the same legal scholar that helped us understand Israel’s legal founding:
YouTube shortlink: https://youtu.be/zf8cF1HYqN8
THAT video knocks it out of the park. It’s a home run. A hole in one. I could use a number of other sport euphemisms, but I’ll stop.
I have never seen such an accurate and comprehensive legal argument that definitively puts the question to rest. This expert in international law, makes it absolutely clear that Israel has the right to every square inch of land, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. After watching that video, only a moron would disagree.
Unfortunately, morons abound, which is why there are so many who hate this tiny, tiny land.
Is the UN Fair to Israel?
But, let’s turn to look at how Israel is being bullied by that organization that EVERYONE just LOVES – The United Nations.
(I know. I know. You love it, too. Um… wait.)
So, here’s a video about how Israel is treated by the UN:
YouTube shortlink: https://youtu.be/2tYdL-jiBQE
It’s almost as if the United Nations has an obsession with Israel, a tiny country that you can’t see on a globe without a magnifying glass.
A Black South African on Israel and Apartheid
The anti-Semites LOVE to talk about Israel as an apartheid state. Here’s a black South African’s view of all this:
YouTube shortlink: https://youtu.be/AcEL-NlxBk0
There is NO WAY that Israel could EVER be called an apartheid state. It is JUST NOT POSSIBLE. Furthermore, accusing Israel of being an apartheid state is to diminish the suffering of the black South Africans, who DID live under apartheid.
Are Israeli Settlements the Barrier to Peace?
I love the arguments that Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories prevent peace and are the cause of all the conflict in the Middle East.
Here’s a great video:
YouTube shortlink: https://youtu.be/dhbCtAz_BQc
And, I don’t actually agree with everything that Dershowitz says there. But, assuming that he’s right, that’s still not a problem.
If the Arabs agreed to peace and laid down their weapons, Israel would give up all of those ‘settlements’ in a heartbeat. But, that’s not what the Arabs want.
The Arabs want Israel… DEAD.
The Middle East Problem
This will be my last ‘Prager University’ video for this article. I promise. But, it’s an important one, so pay attention:
YouTube shortlink: https://youtu.be/8EDW88CBo-8
That’s just the briefest thumbnail sketch of the problem. PragerU videos are supposed to be short, so including everything is just impossible. And, I won’t add much myself. I’m already over three thousand words at this point, so I’ll be short.
When Dennis Prager spoke of the waves of suicide terrorists being sent into Israel by the leadership of the Palestinians… I was there. They shot up my neighborhood. They blew up a bus down the street. They blew up buses all over Israel.
They forced Israel to build a wall.
And yes, the word ‘forced’ is operative here. I remember the arguments for and against among Israelis, in Israel. Most Israelis were against it – dead-set against it. But, wave after wave of bombings wore the Israelis down… forcing them to agree to build the wall.
I left Israel before that wall was completed. When I brought my lovely wife back to Israel, in 2010, I returned to an Israel that had changed. No longer were they constantly worried about suicide bombers. No longer were they intently worried about terrorist attacks. The stress and intensity were dramatically reduced.
That WALL has helped create peace.
The other thing that Dennis Prager didn’t mention – and did not have time to mention – was the issue of the refugees. Everyone talks about the Palestinian Refugees. Everyone.
But, no one talks about the Jewish Refugees.
The Arab refugees that fled Israel did so voluntarily. They were told by the Arab armies that their Jewish neighbors would be massacred, and they could return to take over the best of the Jewish homes and lands – after the Arab armies were finished killing all the Jews. However, it is true that some Arabs were (irrationally) afraid of the Jews.
The Jews of Arab lands had no choice. They were thrown out by the Arabs, and few were able to go anywhere else than Israel.
So, let me ask you a question:
Which group of refugees were greater?
Here are the figures:
Arab refugees: 400 to 700 thousand
Jewish refugees: 800 thousand to one million
That’s right. Jewish refugees were almost DOUBLE the Arab refugees. I have friends who were among those Jewish refugees.
Of all the lies that I am forced to deal with, the spiritual ones cause me the most pain. I just do not understand how some can claim Jesus Christ as their savior, and then twist His words.
How can you be a Christian and do that?
I love the words of God completely. I can’t claim to be very good at following them, but I live in horror at the thought of twisting them. Yet, I keep running into many who don’t seem to be bothered with Bible twisting.
I dedicated an entire chapter of Ezekiel’s Fire to this willingness to twist the Bible:
Twisting The Bible – Ezekiel’s Fire
Please, if I have to beg, I will… DO NOT TWIST THE BIBLE!
We will all stand before God one day, and we will be required to answer for all that we have done and said. We will be judged for the thoughts of our heart and how we tried to serve God.
If you twist the words of God and teach it to others… what will God say to you about that?
I live in horror at the thought of doing that. And, the idea that anyone would do that is shocking. I can’t understand why someone would do that. I don’t want to understand why someone would do that. But, I am forced to accept that it is being done, because I see it with my own eyes.
The Yuval Clock
The Balfour Declaration is a hundred years old, as of last November. I tend to avoid attributing significance to such numbers, but I can’t seem to avoid this one. You might have remembered the article that I wrote here:
A New Chapter Begins
In that article, I said this:
For those of you who read your Bible…
…what happens on the 50th year?
The land returns to the original owner. In the King James Version, the phrase is jubile. In our more modern form of English, the word is spelled jubilee. In the original language, it’s spelled in Hebrew characters and pronounced Yuval (or, YEW-vahl).
The world has had 50 years to acknowledge the right of Israel to own and hold Jerusalem. They have not, and those few countries that once acknowledged Israel’s right to Jerusalem, have withdrawn that acknowledgment.
In the first turn of the 50 year clock, the world started doing the right thing, and then balked. At the end of that 50 years, God gave Jerusalem to Israel. The world should have done it voluntarily, but they chose to shake their fist in the face of God, instead.
AGAIN: The Time Of The Gentiles Is Complete
Now, a second turn of the 50 year clock has completed. At the end of the first round, this verse was fulfilled:
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.
– Luke 21:24
Again, that verse is one thousand eight hundred and ninety seven years long, and it means that the times of the Gentiles have been fulfilled. We can argue all day long about what that means, but the wording stays the same.
The time of the Gentiles is over. Done. Fulfilled. Complete.
We had our time. And, in many cases, they were good years. And, just as the Jews joined the Body of Christ, when the time of the Jews was over, so will the Gentiles continue on. But, as I look at the sin and corruption in the church, I wonder at how many Gentiles there will be, as the Jews take their rightful place in the Body of Christ.
I think that you are beginning to see that the story that you’ve been hearing from the anti-Semites and anti-Zionists (same thing) isn’t the truth. You’ve probably been fed line after line about how awful the Jewish people are.
To be fair, some Jews ARE awful. In fact, some of them are even ANTI-Jewish. A friend of mine – who is VERY Jewish – told me once that the worst anti-Semites are Jewish. But, that’s not your problem.
Your problem… your challenge …is to follow God. To follow the commandments of God. And, God talks about His plan for Israel in the Last Days. You do NOT want to be against that plan.
Furthermore, you need to know the timing of that plan. You can find it here:
Why Israel MUST be Saved BEFORE the Great Tribulation
That’s right. Israel MUST be saved BEFORE the Tribulation. That’s going to be a shocker for some of you, but it’s important to get that right. In fact, read ALL of Ezekiel’s Fire. It might just save your life.
I Shudder At What Happens Next
I shudder to think about what will happen in the coming months and years. We have defiled ourselves, and the Bible speaks of the judgment that ALWAYS comes when a people have corrupted themselves so thoroughly.
Yes, we continue to give lip service to God. But, when God judged Israel and Judah for their great sins, they were doing the same. With their mouth they praised God, but with their heart, they were chasing after the sins of the flesh.
Judgment ALWAYS comes first to the House of God. Always. Then, it will come for the rest of the world. The recipe for avoiding this judgment is the one given by our Lord and Savior:
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
– Luke 21:36
I believe that another important milestone has passed us by on the road towards judgment. My earnest prayer is that all of you might be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass.
Are you reading your Bible and taking it to heart?
Have you dedicated yourself to serving the Lord with every fiber of your being?
Read my book, Ezekiel’s Fire.
It’s free, and it may just save your life.
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I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. – Proverbs 22:3
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