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WHO REALLY IS YOUR FRIEND ISRAEL?

April 5, 2018

 

All nations are going to come against Israel, so Israel wake up and know who your real friend is. Your true Messiah, Yeshua...Jesus Christ.

 

Zechariah 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

 

Zechariah 14 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. 6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: 7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. 8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. 9 And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.10 All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses.11 And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the Lord shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.15 And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. 20 In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, Holiness Unto The Lord; and the pots in the Lord's house shall be like the bowls before the altar. 21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.

 

Scripture says call no one Rabbi for you have only one teacher.

Matthew 23:8-12 (KJV)

8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

 

It’s true that Jesus shed his blood on the cross as an unblemished sacrificial Lamb for the sins of the world. He did it for Jew and Gentile. So if you reject His free gift of mercy and grace and don’t believe it, then yes there is a price to pay.  You can read about it in the book of Revelation and elsewhere. Jesus paid our penalty, He paid for our sins.

 

Why would God as a perfect and holy judge allow sinners who have not been washed in the blood of His Son enter heaven? Only the prideful and pompous would reject our Savior’s atonement. Would you accept a judge that allows criminals to go free just because they are not bad all the time or they only killed one person instead of 10?  

 

As for MBS who knows if he is truly a friend of Israel. We know that an individual known as the anti-Christ will also become a friend of Israel and make a covenant with many. Not saying MBS is the anti-Christ. God knows who the person is and they may not even be on the scene yet.

 

2 Thessalonians 2 (KJV)

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

 

Most events played out on global warfare is not about I'm your buddy and I'll go to bat for you. If this is the case then we are promising all allies our defense and deployment against their enemies at all times. If this is true then Israel would have no more enemies since the U.S. would blow up Gaza and the Palestinian territories, then attach all the Muslim countries. There is always a motive behind every piece of armory. 

 

JERUSALEM POST

 

NO HOLDS BARRED: IS THE SAUDI CROWN PRINCE BECOMING A FRIEND OF ISRAEL?

"We have problems like you would find anywhere in the world, among some people.But the normal sort of problems.”

BY SHMULEY BOTEACH

 

 APRIL 3, 2018 21:08

 

A week ago on these pages I called on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to electrify the world by recognizing the State of Israel. The column was widely quoted and republished. I do not flatter myself in believing that it had any impact on the prince’s thinking, or that he even read it. Yet six days later MBS did something extraordinary and historic. In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, he all but recognized Israel. Asked by Goldberg whether he accepts that “the Jewish people have a right to a nation-state in at least part of their ancestral homeland,” MBS responded: “I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation. I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land.”

 

The words may seem straightforward, but they are historic. Saudi Arabia is the 600-pound gorilla of the Arab world. A Saudi ruler who speaks of Israel’s right to exist is a game-changer.

 

But MBS continued. Goldberg asked him if there was a “religious-based objection to the existence of Israel?” The crown prince and effective ruler said, “We have religious concerns about the fate of the holy mosque in Jerusalem and about the rights of the Palestinian people.

This is what we have. We don’t have any objection against any other people.”

And in perhaps the most interesting response, when asked about the existence of antisemitism in Saudi Arabia, the prince said: “Our country doesn’t have a problem with Jews. Our Prophet Muhammad married a Jewish woman. Not just a friend – he married her. Our prophet, his neighbors were Jewish. You will find a lot of Jews in Saudi Arabia coming from America, coming from Europe. There are no problems between Christian and Muslims and Jews. We have problems like you would find anywhere in the world, among some people.

But the normal sort of problems.”

I grew up hearing of Saudi Arabia’s racist polices of not allowing Jews into the country and its sworn animosity to Israel’s existence. Now you have a Saudi crown prince speaking openly of Israel’s right to exist, Jews living in Saudi Arabia, and calling Ayatollah Khameini, the spiritual head of Iran, a man who is “worse than Hitler.”

 

“Hitler didn’t do what the supreme leader is trying to do. Hitler tried to conquer Europe. This is bad. But the supreme leader is trying to conquer the world. He believes he owns the world. They are both evil guys. He is the Hitler of the Middle East. In the 1920s and 1930s, no one saw Hitler as a danger. Only a few people. Until it happened. We don’t want to see what happened in Europe happen in the Middle East. We want to stop this through political moves, economic moves, intelligence moves. We want to avoid war.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has, of course, been preaching the gospel of Khameini as a genocidal Hitler wannabe for years. Few took him seriously and US president Barack Obama especially made it seem like Khameini was a man he could do business with.

But now you have the leader of Saudi Arabia making the case even more strongly against Iran than the Israeli prime minister.

And on Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, which so many of us fought so hard against, MBS made a powerful argument against both it and the huge cash infusion that the deal brought to Iran.

“The economic benefits of the Iran nuclear deal are not going to the people... they took $150 billion after the deal – can you please name one housing project they built with this money? One park? One industrial zone? Can you name for me the highway that they built? I advise them – please show us something that you’re building a highway with $150b.”

Of course, not everything with Saudi Arabia is roses.

There are still serious human rights abuses that must be addressed, and the country still has zero diplomatic ties with Israel. The rights the crown prince wants to accord women, like driving, voting, or running for office would seem basic and obvious to anyone in the West and nothing to applaud. But still, progress should be applauded.

 

So, is MBS becoming a friend of Israel and the Jewish people? Many would say no, that his decisions are purely transactional, his purpose nothing more than stopping Iran, his outreach to Israel of the “the enemy of my enemy of is my friend” variety.

Perhaps so. Never having met him, I do not know his heart.

But I will say this.

Many years ago, when rabbis like me started reaching out to the Evangelical Christian community because of their public statements in support of Israel, we were vilified.

Yes, our critics admitted, Christian Evangelicals are stalwart supporters of Israel, especially in supporting and electing pro-Israel politicians. But, they said, their motives are suspect. Their support for Israel is all based on an eschatology in which Jesus can’t come back until the Jews are gathered back to the Holy Land.

But once Jesus comes back, the Book of Revelation says the Jews are going to get walloped for having rejected Jesus.

I wrote a lengthy book called Kosher Jesus to respond to these allegations. I summoned a great deal of scholarship to rediscover the Jewish Jesus that lay hidden behind so much Christian gauze. But my main argument was this: Christian support for Israel should not be examined for its motive but its effect. I personally believe that Christian Evangelicals love the Jewish people and Israel because of biblical teachings. But for those who believe that their motives are nefarious and troublesome, Judaism focuses on action, not motive.

“One should always do the right thing even for wrong reason,” the Talmud teaches. We are not a religion that focuses on intent so much as on effect and impact.

So, does MBS hate Iran or love Israel? Only he can answer that question, and there is certainly reason to believe that the former is much more compelling for him than the latter. But in the final analysis, a Saudi future king who is speaking of Israel’s right to exist, who is beginning to allow flights to Israel over his territory, who is condemning the funding of terrorist groups like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, and who is speaking openly of Jews living in his land, deserves to be taken seriously and deserves to be engaged.

The author, “America’s rabbi,” whom The Washington Post calls “the most famous rabbi in America,” is founder of The World Values Network and is the international best-selling author of 31 books, including his most recent, The Israel Warrior. Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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