Monday, September 26, 2016

EYE ON ISRAEL - ZECHARIAH 12 APPROACHES

Two posts today: this one and NEWS UPDATES below.

For those of us who very much believe that the Bible speaks to future events, in particular the future of Jerusalem, then we need to read what Caroline Glick wrote on Friday.

Glick wrote an article for the Jerusalem Post about the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The MoU is a military deal that will extend long past President Obama's departure from the Presidency, and at first seems like a mere budget agreement between the two states.

Glick has us look again. (emphasis in bold mine)

True, this MoU does cover a budget agreement, but Glick points out that Obama is using it for a stepping stone to the U.N. resolution that the French are prepared to present concerning not only the state of Israel, but also the division of Jerusalem.

This blog (and multiple others) have been watching for this very event for a long time perceiving that President Obama would not be content to leave office without having a two-state solution in place. For the entirety of his term this has been elusive, and it has appeared (administration officials have even said so) that Obama was resigned that there would not be two states 'living side by side in peace and security' before he left office.

Glick puts this to rest.

For Obama, the MoU isn’t about securing military financing for Israel. The aid is a means for him to achieve a different aim.

Administration and congressional sources warn that Obama wished to conclude the MoU in the final months of his presidency to burnish his pro-Israel credentials. He wants his pro-Israel bona fides intact as he enables the UN Security Council to adopt an anti-Israel resolution just after the US presidential election in November.

For the past year and a half, the French have been sitting on just such a resolution. If passed, the French draft Security Council resolution will require Israel to accept a deal with the Palestinians that would require it to withdraw to the 1949 armistice lines with minor adjustments and partition Jerusalem within 18 months or face the prospect of the nations of the world recognizing a sovereign state of Palestine in a formal state of war with Israel.

You may have to read that last sentence again.

The French resolution would call for Israel to withdrawn to the 1949 armistice lines and PARTITION JERUSALEM WITHIN 18 MONTHS OR FACE THE PROSPECT OF THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD RECOGNIZING A SOVEREIGN STATE OF PALESTINE IN A FORMAL STATE OF WAR.

A formal state of war? Against Israel? All the nations?

Bill Koenig keeps two verses from Zechariah at the top of his website:

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 12:3

And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. Zechariah 12:9

It appears that there is coming a day when all the nations will gather against Jerusalem to burden themselves with her (make Jerusalem their business).  Those nations that do so will be destroyed. If Caroline Glick is right, it appears that President Obama is ready to step aside and let the U.N. have their way with Israel.

Zechariah makes it plain, those nations who do this will be destroyed. He does not write how that will be accomplished but at Blue Letter Bible, Gesenius writes that the word 'destroy' means 'to lay waste cities . . . to destroy persons and peoples . . . to be annihilated.'

Here is the link to Glick's full article.

Obama’s Denouement, The devil in the details of Obama's military aid deal with Israel