Seventy nations versus Israel

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“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?  The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers take council together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” – Psalm 2

“For behold, in those days and at that time when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat (God’s judgment)…then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of my people and my inheritance Israel…for they have divided my land and cast lots for my people…” – Joel 3:1-3

In these our days the United Nations and the European Union, the Arab world and even the United States are pressing to divide the tiny land of Israel in two. This surgery would be in the noble effort of bringing peace between two peoples by rearranging the game board, even though there is nothing that can rightly be called peace anywhere in the region. The Arab and Muslim world remains aflame in bloody and fearful turmoil:his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers,” as is written in the Bible (Genesis 16:12). Even the Palestinians find little peace among themselves, be it the Palestinian Authority and Hamas divide, or simply regular “honor” killings in their own families. And yet this perennial conflict seems to call forth no other solution but forcing Israel into an endangering compromise by giving up strategic lands for a Palestinian state, reducing Israel’s waist to a mere indefensible 14 miles wide, a gamble that holds only a remote hope for a lasting peace with a hostile Arab population. But this is a risk that the world seems willing to take as the powers of the world converge in frustration upon the Holy Land.

Is it mere coincidence that the fortunes of the Jewish state have rather suddenly increased from a backwater wasteland as described by Mark Twain, to a modern and powerful high-tech nation of great invention and ingenuity? With the recent discovery of very large offshore gas reserves, the erection of four desalinization plants and a most advanced water re-cycling program, and a viable economy all achieved, under constant threat of wars of annihilation, in the 68 years of its existence. In that short time the ancient cities have been rebuilt, and has become a land of plenty, restored and fertile, flowing with milk and honey.

At the same time, the European Union has decided that International law has declared Israel’s communities (aka ‘settlements’) in the Lands of Judah and Samaria (aka ‘West Bank’) illegal, and to drop the status of “Terror Organization” for Hamas. If a well-armed organization whose self-defined reason for being in its charter is the destruction of a recognized nation with which it refuses to negotiate or recognize, having attacked it with thousands of missiles and suicide bombings on its civilian population for years, is not enough to qualify it as a terror organization- then what does it take to qualify in the EU? Why not then change the status of ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and Boko Haram as well. Post-Christian Europe has entirely lost its bearings as it moves historically into the Valley of Decision. And is it mere coincidence that these events seem to parallel that which is foretold in the Biblical prophecy, or are these the very days and time spoken of by the prophet of God?

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Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published five illustrated books of poetry, painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, and most recently produced THE JERUSALEM ILLUSTRATED BIBLE, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.