Islam: Pretender To The Throne of David
A 1995 convention address by Alan C. Lazerte B.A.,LL.B.
President, Christian Action for Israel
Tonight we are going to examine more closely some of our Jewish roots as Gentile Christians, because it is profitable to do so. If much of Christianity had not separated itself from the truths still rooted in the Tenach, (or what we call the Old Testament) we wouldn't be so anemic in our faith and enthusiasm.
To draw an analogy; much of Christendom has been chopping away at it's Jewish roots, while at the same time expecting more fruit from the tree! For most of two millennium we have substituted Greek and Roman thought, and thought systems, for the Hebrew original. Today we idolize "individualism' and "democracy"; whereas the Hebrew scriptures were concerned about Israel collectively; the focus was the "community", not the individual. And gentiles had to come to God through Israel's religion; via "the Court of the Gentiles" in the Temple. Ruth the Moabitess was one; Rahab the harlot another).
In the New Testament dispensation the community focus changes to "the Body of Christ" (the "saved" within the professing Church); and Salvation becomes "Whosoever will may come". Nevertheless Paul talks in Romans 11:25 to Gentile Christians and says: "I don't want you to be ignorant about the mystery of Israel." Israel certainly is an enigma to the world; but should not be to New Testament believers! Paul says that in the Mercy and Wisdom of God, because Israel did not recognize the Messiah when He came (due to unbelief), their failure actually led to the salvation of the Gentiles.
Apparently, if the Jewish people in the majority could have accepted Jesus of Nazareth as Messiah, the Kingdom would have then come; and the future gentile world would not have had the opportunity. Something worth thinking about!
But the Wisdom and Grace from God did not stop there. Paul makes it clear that one of the intentions of God in saving the Gentiles was that the Gentiles would be so revolutionized by the Gospel that they would provoke the Jewish people back to God (to make them jealous for God). This could have happened through mercy shown to them (Romans 11:31); through their testimony and witness and lifestyle. It has not yet happened but God will not give up on Israel yet becoming a holy nation. A substantial remnant will yet return to their God. When they make that cry they will find Yeshua truly in their hearts. (Jer.31;31)
Well we certainly have provoked them, but not to jealousy. One of the things that the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, and around the world, is doing is provoking the Jewish people to jealousy, by an unconditional love ministry; by which we mean not making our love for them dependant on their accepting Jesus! I have been down at Qumran where we hold an evening celebration out in the desert and have spotlights and artistic performances (even reenacting Moses bringing down the Covenant from the mountains to the people below.) I have seen Jewish cars back up on that highway, stopped in the middle of the night looking up and seeing these Gentiles doing what Jews should be doing; and they are truly amazed.
I told the group this afternoon about a rabbi who walked into our celebration in Jerusalem and said "We know that Messiah is coming soon because you Gentiles are up here worshipping our God and your God in Jerusalem as Zechariah said it would be in the Day of Messiah." Hallelujah! We were able to say to him: "We too know that Messiah is returning (a slight difference of interpretation) because you Jews are back here in the Promised Land as He promised" (Amos 9:14,15; Isaiah 11:11 et al)
Psalm 138:2 says that God has set His Word above His Holy Name. There is no Name higher than the name of Jesus, but there is one thing above the Name and that is His Word of honour. We can bet our lives on the truth of his Word. We are not imagining vain things. We are standing on the Word of God. I would like to direct you forward to the future in prophecy, according to the Word. We can be so general about prophecy that we really don't learn anything. Today, however, we will zero in on something very specific that you need to know about the time in which we live, and about the enemies of God, the enemies of Israel, and the enemies of Christ. But first, let us pray:
"Father, we come in humility of heart and we tremble before Your Word. We thank You for Your mercies towards us. You found us when we were lost - without hope, without God, without covenants, without Christ - and You reached down and poured out Your life to redeem us from eternal destruction. We just worship and praise You for who You are. In Yeshua's Name. Amen."
Our prophetic subject is Jerusalem. Who owns it? God! "I have set Jerusalem in the midst of the nations" (Ezekiel 5:5). But, like "the Land" He has given stewardship of Jerusalem over to the Jewish people collectively. Leviticus 25:23 commands: "The land is Mine, it shall not be sold".
For Christendom the spiritual focus is the "New Jerusalem"; not so much an earthly as a heavenly place. Jesus said, "I go to prepare a place for you." That place is an eternal place in the heavenlies. Christianity has been especially mindful of that ever since St. Augustine wrote The City of God. The Church of Jesus Christ, mostly Gentile, has understood that we are pilgrims and strangers and foreigners in this world, and that the New Testament is mostly a spiritual covenant which promises temporal blessings as a bi-product. "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God (and all these material benefits: food, shelter, clothing, and blessings) shall be added unto you."
The Old Testament, the Tenach, was not that way. It was quite an earthy covenant. It was the forerunner of Christianity: Jesus said that He didn't come to destroy it but to fulfill it; and further, that not a word or jot or tittle of it would be misplaced until it was all fulfilled; and that even then the Word would forever endure in heaven.
God gave the Jewish people some very earthly covenants. In Genesis 12:1-3 God told Abram (before his name and character were changed by God) to get out of the land, leave his relatives, and "I will take you to a land and give it to you and your descendants and through you shall all the families of this earth be blessed." That has not yet been totally fulfilled. It has started, but if it had been fulfilled there would be no reason for Jesus to return again.
Note that the Covenant Promises were to eventually be for "all the families of the earth", but first "He came unto His own and His own received Him not."
He came, and it says in John, "I have not come to condemn the world, but to save the world; the world is judged by the fact that it loves darkness more than light." Each of us were "in darkness" before we were saved, Jew or Gentile. We liked the monkey-on-our-back too much to give it up; and as a matter of fact didn't have the power to give it up until the God of Glory came and dwelt within us by the Spirit. Jesus said, "The Kingdom of God (for now) is within you." So He delivered us from the power of sin. He delivered us from the penalty of sin. We need no longer jump when the evil one says, "Jump!" There is a day coming, praise be to His Glorious Name, when He will deliver us from the presence of sin; and we will never know it first or second hand. God promises that He will take this earth through the crucible of fire and that He will yet have His way. "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
So how do we get there from here? By the sovereignty of God, and the gift of faith. Not faith in oneself or a faith in humanity or faith in the governments of men, but faith in the Living God and the Word of God. Faith is a gift, and faith is also a fruit of the Spirit; "having your senses exercised through use." We have to build up our spiritual muscles (faith) by exercise (obedience).
There is a heavenly Jerusalem to which the Redeemed will go one day. Before that there will be a thousand year period where Jesus Christ returns and rules the nations with a rod of iron sitting on David's throne in Jerusalem in accordance with the Word of God. Hallelujah! This side of that happening there is big trouble! Specifically there is a time coming not only for all the earth, but specifically for Israel called "the time of Jacob's trouble" (Jer.30:7). You would think that the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisitions, the Diaspora and the Holocaust were enough trouble, but the Bible tells us that there is a time coming called the Time of Jacob's Trouble ,yet "he shall be saved out of it". Praise be His Holy Name.
If you want to understand Israel today you will have to know some Bible. You will have to be spiritual and not just carnal and religious, because people who are looking at externals today are totally bewildered. It says in Scripture that the Gospel message threatened to turn the world "upside down"; which really meant that they were turning it rightside up. That process will go on and God will perform His will; and "in the latter days" the City of Jerusalem is at the center of the storm. "The Law shall yet go forth from Zion and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem" as Yeshua returns and compels the nations to obey the Word of God; until that final rebellion at the end of the thousand years, and then comes the new heaven and the new earth, without sin.
There is a great issue overtaking this world; and it is moving closer to "center-stage" every day. It was forecast some 2500 years ago by the prophets, especially Zechariah, in chapters 12, 13 and 14. God says that the nations that are against Him, (unsaved humanity of all colours and stripes and even false religions) are going to do battle with God by going against that city which God has chosen. God has in fact set Jerusalem as a trap for the nations that are against Him, and His plan of redemption. He said to Moses, "Three times a year shall your males appear before Me in the place that I shall chose." Before that He had said to Abraham , through his experience with Melchizedek (probably an angel of the Lord if not the Lord Himself) that He was the King of Righteousness, the King of Peace, the King of Salem (later Jerusalem).
If you want to know God's heart for Jerusalem and the Jewish people you will read specifically the book of Zechariah, because "Zechariah" literally means "God remembers." What does God remember? Everything except our sin. But two things He remembers especially: His covenant with Abraham repeated through Isaac, repeated through Jacob, and not given to Ishmael or Esau. Not that they are locked out of salvation, but they would not be in the bloodline for the full blessing of the Jewish covenant or Messiah. So He has made this covenant and He is going to keep His Holy Word.
If you will read Daniel's prayer in Chapter 9 of Daniel, as a young man maybe somewhere in his early twenties in Babylon during that first captivity, he prays that marvelous prayer and he ends with: "O God, how long? How long before You remember Jerusalem? When are You going to bless us again?" (I am paraphrasing) "Not for our sakes, but for Your Holy Name's sake for Your people and Your city are called by Your Name." When you invest in something, even the stock market, you read the papers daily to see how your investment is doing. When God invests in something He watches over it; and the Jewish people are still the apple of His eye no matter what anyone else thinks about it. God will yet have His way with Israel.
We haven't time tonight to deal with the question of the Jewish claim to the Promise Land and to the city of Jerusalem. I doubt if we have to convince anyone here of that either historically, religiously or spiritually. Suffice to say that this is the year that the Jewish people are celebrating the 3000th anniversary of David taking a city called Jebus from the Jebusites, and changing it to Jerusalem; and making it the spiritual and administrative capital of his kingdom; having spent the previous seven years and having been crowned King of Israel in Hebron. The present diplomatic battle over Hebron (where the Jewish Patriarchs and Matriarchs are buried) is really a forerunner to the upcoming battle over Jerusalem!
As we come to the end of the age of the Gentiles there is going to be a great clash. Jesus said that there is going to be such tribulation that there has never been anything like it before in human history. He said that except the time be shortened (possibly by the taking out of the Church from the world) that no flesh would survive these tribulations. God has a plan. The Jewish people have been promised the Promise Land and they are going to have it no matter what the oil rich countries or other nations think; no matter what the industrial West thinks; no matter what the Chinese or the kings of the East think.
God has chosen the city of Jerusalem and in the end the battle is the Lord's, but what is going on is that all hell has broken loose to try to delay or prevent the return of Yeshua to save this planet from total destruction.
Unless you see it in the light of Scripture you will be blown to and fro by every news report, because you won't hear much truth from the secular media which is consistently against God, against the Jewish nation, against the Jewish people, against Jesus Christ, against the Church. And the spirit of this world is very consistent (just as positive faith is very logical). The enemy in his own sphere is very ruthlessly logical too.
We will not tonight basically trace the Jewish claim . It is obvious to those who know the Word of God, the promises of God and the character of God. Tonight we shall not trace in detail the Christian claim because the Christian claim is not a political earthly claim on an earthly city. The claim of Christendom to Jerusalem is the right of pilgrimage, the right of safe passage, the right of visitation. Historically, from the earliest times the Christian prophecies about the destruction of corrupt Jerusalem made it incompatible with Church theology that it be a Christian headquarters. Rome was, and still is, the headquarters of the early Church.
But tonight I want to zero in on something that we must come to understand, and that is Islam's so called claim to Jerusalem.
Firstly, have you asked yourself why there are more Moslems in this world than professing Christians? No one has the exact statistics, but it is believed that there are about a billion Christians in the world - how many are real and how many are not, we cannot tell. But the Moslems are over a billion; and they have a big sign outside their theological training school in Cairo, Egypt, saying: "Two billion by 2000." How does our 20th century vision for the message of Jesus Christ compare to that?
To be a Moslem you don't have to have a change of heart; you just have to repeat what was whispered in your ear when you were born, namely that "Allah is God and Mohammed is his prophet." All through your life you will hear that. In your crib you will learn to speak and read from the Koran; and when you die the last thing you will hear whispered in your ear is that "Allah is God and Mohammed is his prophet."
My first question is why has our God allowed this? I don't know, but I have an inkling. Just as God allowed ungodly Nebuchadnezzar and his armies, whom He called His servants, to purge Israel, perhaps Islam will be an instrument allowed to purge Christianity of its impurity and sins that are an abomination to the Holy One. We can play church without holiness, but we will never see God without truth and righteousness in our inner beings!
A second preliminary comment is necessary. We live in a pluralistic society, a "politically correct" society in which the only "sin" is "intolerance". What I am going to tell you is not politically correct. We can say it here in Canada, though not on radio or television. But if I were to say it in the Middle East I would be in greater danger than Salmon Rushdie.
We must know the truth. Jesus said: "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free". There is nothing to fear in the truth. What is Islam? Is it the final flowering of Judaism and Christianity? No! We know that Jesus Christ is the greatest and the final prophet and the Messiah, and that there is no new revelation that is valid after Him. There is no new Bible or Word of God that is valid. So where did this third so-called monotheistic faith come from?
Mohammed starting preaching in the year 610 A.D. What did he start preaching? He started preaching a polluted Judaism and a distorted Christianity, added to which was a new "revelation": that he was a greater prophet and the final prophet of God; that God was not the Jehovah of the Jews or the Christ of the New Testament, but this "Allah". Allah is not a figment of someone's imagination. He is a spiritual reality!
In the book of Daniel, after Daniel prayed the angel finally came through with the answer, but said: "It has taken me twenty-one days of battle in the heavenlies to get through to you. I was prevented by spiritual forces from getting to you." We know that one-third of the angels rebelled with Lucifer and went with the powers of darkness; and they are not unemployed today. Not one of them is sitting down unemployed ; they are against God's purposes in the earth. Who then is Allah?
Around 600 A.D., Mohammed in Mecca, to begin his new religion, destroyed over 300 idols of the pagan Arabs of that time, but preserved one - Allah. Allah is worshipped in Mecca at the Kaaba (supposedly the meteorite that fell from heaven, much like the Jupiter of the ungodly pagans in Christian times). So Islam's holy site is first and foremost Mecca. It is so holy to them that you cannot go there, and if you could get into Saudi Arabia and you tried to go there you would be arrested and jailed for trying to go there if you were not a Moslem. If you owned an international airline and had permission to fly over Saudi Arabia, you could not fly over holy Mecca. It is too holy to be polluted by the jet stream.
Their second claim is to a second city called Medina, because Mohammed was driven from Mecca to Medina. Although Mohammed started preaching his message in 610 A.D., strangely the Moslem calendar does not start with the birth (or death) of it's founder, but starts in the year 622 when Mohammed was driven from Mecca to Medina; that is the beginning on the Moslem calendar. Mohammed died in the year 632 A.D.
The city of Jerusalem is not mentioned once by that name or any other name in the Koran. Not once! Compare that with 811 references in the Jewish and Christian Testaments. The verse in the Koran on which the total claim to Jerusalem is based is paragraph or sura 17:1 and this is what it says: "Praise be unto him who transported his servant by night from the sacred mosque to the furthest mosque"; being Mecca and supposedly Jerusalem respectively. As you know, Mohammed in trying to follow Jesus' ascension to heaven, supposedly rode on a magic carpet from Mecca to Jerusalem; from whence he and his faithful horse rose and ascended to heaven.
Islam admittedly bases it's claim to Jerusalem on this verse. But there is a problem with that. The mosque in Jerusalem which Mohammed visited had not yet been built; and in fact was not built until sixty years thereafter, in 692 A.D. Exactly sixty years after Mohammed's death, the Dome of the Rock was built. Where? On Mount Moriah where Abraham had met his test of faith over Isaac; and where Solomon later built the first Jewish Temple containing the Holy of Holies as ordained by God. And where the Second Temple stood in Jesus day. So by comparing the Hebrew, Christian and Islamic religious books, we discover that, according to foundation documents, Islam is not first, but last in it's claim to Jerusalem. Then, why does Islam want Jerusalem? Because they believe that Ishmael, not Isaac, is the "child of promise".
Further, as a matter of historical fact, the Arabs never called it Jerusalem; they called it "Ilia" agreeing with Hadrian the Roman conqueror who destroyed Jerusalem in 135 A.D. and attempted to wipe out the memory of Jerusalem from the earth, and the memory of Jews and Judaism and the God of Israel from the memory of humanity. Hadrian renamed Jerusalem "Aelino Capitalano"; and any Jew caught within eyesight of it was to be killed on sight.
Hitler said that he believed in Positive Christianity, i.e. Christianity that wasn't Jewish; Christianity without Jewish prophets; Christianity without a Jewish Messiah; Christianity without Jerusalem; the devil's counterfeit, the Third Reich announced "to last 1000 years", lasted 12 years. It's hell on earth lasted 12 years!
Later on the Arabs renamed Jerusalem "Al Quds" meaning the holy one, supposedly the holy place, but they didn't do that until a few centuries ago. Nor do the Muslims pray toward Jerusalem (as do the Jews), but rather towards Mecca, their true holy place.
What is going on today is a result of post World War Two Arab nationalism. The truth is that there was never any Arab nationalism in this world at least until after the first World War and mainly after the Second. Lawrence of Arabia in helping the Allies fight the Turks and the Germans in W.W.I could not even stir up patriotism among the Arab tribesmen as late as 1917. So Arab nationalism is a new thing. They have always been scattered, warring tribes, not in Palestine but in Saudi Arabia.
Mohammed never set foot in Jerusalem in his life. Even Moslem historians will agree with that. But the Moslems have a very easy way with history. They make it up. When Israel said: "This year we have been in Jerusalem 3000 years.", the PLO replied on your television set: "We are descendants of the Philistines. We have been here 4000 years. Too bad." The Philistines weren't even Semitic peoples; they were likely Hamites. False history. According to Moslem theology, although Islam was not invented until 610 A.D., Jesus was a Moslem; Moses was a Moslem; and Adam originally was a Moslem; the Jewish Scriptures were originally the Koran and changed by the filthy Jews; the New Testament was originally the Koran manipulated and polluted by Christendom. A convenient way to win a argument.
The spirit behind Islam is a spirit of error; and I say that on the authority of Scripture. In I John 4, we are given some spiritual tests to apply to counterfeit messages and their messengers. I call it the spiritual litmus test. Remember in chemistry class you took a little piece of paper and put it in the liquid and if it turned one colour it was acid and if it turned the other it was alkaline. God has given us a spiritual litmus test to test any faith, any provision of being godly, and it is in chapter 4: "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but test the spirits whether they be of God, because many false prophets have already gone out into the world." - and Mohammed is one of them. "Hereby know you the Spirit of God (the word "know" in the Bible is a very intimate word - it says that after Mary gave birth to the Messiah, Joseph knew Mary), every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God." Romans 10:10: "If you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Messiah you shall be saved, but every spirit that confesses not (notice silence doesn't even do the trick) that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God, but is the spirit of antichrist." In verse 6: "Hereby know we the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error."
What does Islam say about Jesus Christ? Let's look at the Koran for a minute. This is not to tickle anyone's ears, but I believe it is necessary that the Church wake up. I will read you the scripture from the Koran and then you can go to the library and get a Koran and look it up. "Jesus, son of Mary, is only an apostle of God. Say not three. Far be it from his glory that he would have a son." Sura 4:169 "This is Jesus the son of Mary. It befits not God to have a son." Sura 19:33,36 "They say God has a son. No." Sura 2:110 "Praise be to God who has not begotten himself a son." Sura 17:111
If you go to Israel and visit you will see a golden domed building on the Temple Mount called the Mosque of Omar (which is another untruth because Omar is the name of the Caliph that finally conquered Jerusalem in 622 A.D.; it was not built until 692 A.D.). Written around the inside of that golden dome in Arabic it says: "There is no God but Allah. Praise be Allah who never produced a son, nor had a companion, nor needed a protector. Praise his greatness." Another translation says: "Allah is the one and only true God. Has not begotten himself a son and none is his equal." If you analyze that you find that it is the total denial of the Triune God - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - Who are equal with One another, and in total unity.
We must also consider another factor: What would happen to the Holy sites of the Jewish people and of Christendom if Islam were to control Jerusalem? We already have an answer because Islam did control Jerusalem from 1948 (the birth of Israel) to 1967 (the Six Day War, during which Israel took Jerusalem). From 1948 to 1967, while King Hussein was in charge of the West Bank, which he annexed to Jordan adding East Jerusalem to it without a squeak from the world.
There were fifty-eight synagogues in the Jewish quarter and Islam demolished each and every one of them. The Jewish tombs on the Mount of Olives there for centuries if not millennium (because the Jews used to come to Jerusalem to die - it is when they have come there to live that the world says: "No more!"), Moslems took Jewish tombstones, some 28,000 of them, and made them into toilets and sidewalks and building foundations for their new Jerusalem. They burned and destroyed every Torah scroll and library and Jewish book that they could find. As did the Nazis.
In spite of an agreement in the 1949 Armistice Agreement (of the 1948 war) whereby they promised to allow the Jews to come to worship at the Western Wall, they didn't. Under Jordan, under Islam the Jewish people couldn't even get to the remnants of the Western Wall to pray. When finally they could, they were given 720 sq.ft. two days a year, and "make it quick."
It is to King Hussein who the Prime Minister of Israel has reportedly given authority over the Muslim Holy sites in at least East Jerusalem. No wonder Arafat is smiling these days. This is serious business. Only Moslems can pray today on the Temple Mount. In fact it is worst than that!
My wife was on the Temple Mount two years ago with her Bible under her arm and the Moslem religious police tried to confiscate it from her. To test this, workers in the Christian Embassy in Jerusalem went on the Temple Mount last year without their Bibles to pray and they were forcibly evicted for praying to God on the Temple Mount, even without their Bibles. By Moslem law no Jew can go on there under threat of his life. Yet the Jews in 1967, in their liberal generosity, when they took the Temple Mount Moshea Dyan ran up the Moslem flag because Israel didn't want a continuation or an expansion of a holy war.
Israel, I believe, made the serious mistake of turning the total jurisdiction of the thirty-eight acres on top of Mount Moriah over to Moslem control so now they are on the horns of a dilemma. The Jewish people can not get access to their one and only Holy site; the Temple Mount. However, the Word of God says that there is going to be a third temple: and it is going to be here before Jesus returns (Ezekiel chapters 44-47; Daniel 9:24-27). Also before Jesus returns there is an antichrist coming in the flesh who will make Adolf Hitler look mild. Daniel in chapter 9 tells us that in the middle of the last seven years of Gentile history, just before the start of the great tribulation, that this antichrist, this son of perdition, the devil incarnate, will walk into the third Jewish temple and command the Jewish people to worship him. This they will refuse to do. He will shut down their Temple and worship of the One true God; and the final persecution of the Jewish people will begin. But this time God will intervene, judging the nations for their hatred of His "chosen people"(Joel 3:1-3)
The third Temple may not be long in coming. The last few years as we have gone to Jerusalem, we have gone to see two amazing places: the Institute of Temple Mount Studies where you will see a model of Ezekiel's temple in chapters 44 to 47, three times as high as Solomon's temple, and the nearby "Temple Treasures" exhibit displaying the newly-made Priest's garments, Temple vessels, and even new Menorah for the soon-to-be built Third Temple (as prophesied by Ezekiel in Chapters 44-47)
He came unto His own and His own received Him not. "I have come to you in the Father's Name and you receive Me not; one will come in his own name and him you will receive." The time of Jacob's deception. Christian's who are students of Israel, Israel watchers because Israel is God's timepiece - you can tell what time it is in this world by watching Israel; the Bible says it is one minute to midnight.
What is different about the time in which we are living now? All the necessary forerunning pieces are in place for fulfillment of the prophecies of Daniel. The big question today is: is the present government of Israel, which is admittedly not only humanistic but atheist (which as it said in Saul's day: "Give us a king; we don't want God to reign over us. We want to be like all the other nations."); Israel today through the government of Israel today is saying exactly the same thing: "Get Jesus off our back! Get God off our back! Give us trade and commerce. We will be like all of the other nations and we know that we can hold our own."; that is really what has gone on, but there is a shock coming - God will not allow it. God will not allow it.
The United Nations, which Israel calls the "United Nothings" because they have been watching them for forty years and they know that all that they are against is Israel, in 1947 passed that wonderful plan whereby the Jewish people could come back to Palestine. They didn't do it willingly. They did it because the 1923 League of Nations "British Mandate over Palestine" specifically included the earlier 1917 Balfour Declaration.
Britain forced it because of the 1917 Balfour Declaration where a Christian government (if there is such a thing) in Britain under Christian David Llyod George and under Christian Lord Balfour, the Foreign Secretary, and under a Christian General named Allanby who took Jerusalem from the Turks; that Christian government issued the Declaration (a letter) to the Rothchilds November 2nd, 1917: "Her Majesty's Government views with favour the establishment in Palestine of a homeland for the Jewish people." Legal precedent necessitated that the U.N. put that in the 1947 Resolution allowing the Jewish people to create a State. The war with the Arabs didn't start when the State was created in May 1948; it started the morning after the U.N. passed that Resolution. But the chilling thing is the title of that Declaration of the United Nations in 1947: "A Resolution for the partition of Palestine." No one is going to partition Palestine permanently with God's blessing.
The prophet Joel has this to say to this ungodly, unbelieving world who will not escape the Word of God or the judgment of God anymore than you or I; Joel 3:1,2 describing the judgment to come against the anti-Semitic nations: "In those days, and at that time, when I shall return the captivity of the Jews and Jerusalem (today), I will also gather all nations, bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat (means: "The place where God judges") and will plead with them there for My people (and if you think "My people" means the Church keep reading), My heritage Israel, whom they (the nations) have scattered among the nations (the proverbial "wandering Jews" of Christendom) and partitioned My land."
That Resolution spat in the face of the Holy One of Israel and ever since, the United Nations has been against Israel, so predictably that Israel expects it. Canada is part of that conspiracy; we are on the losing team against Israel in the United Nations. Canadian troups were in the Sinai in 1957 when Nasser decided to invade Israel, and those great defenders of Israel (the U.N.) got a little note from Nasser saying: "Please leave. I am going to invade Israel."; and they picked up their U.N. signs and went home.
When Israel went down into the Gaza Strip and tried to put in toilets and water and sewers for the Arab refugees in the Gaza Strip, the U.N. passed a Resolution condemning Israel for trying to make tenants out of the Palestinians. When Israel built a new city in Gaza (which you have never heard about) and said to the refugees in Gaza, move and live here for five years and we will give you title to these modern homes and hospitals and schools; the PLO in effect said to the Gaza Camp refugees: "If you move you are collaborating with Israel."
And the U.N. again passed Resolutions. On December 5th, 1995, the U.N. passed a Resolution , (with Canada voting against Israel) and that Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly during the 3000th Jewish Anniversary in Jerusalem says: "Israel has no claim to any part of Jerusalem." Shame!
But we should expect it from ungodly nations - the United Nations. The United Nations by its Charter forbids prayer. Whose god would they pray to? That would cause disharmony to pray to the One God. We are living in a time where "no god" is fine, or "any gods" are fine, but One God is not fine.
God has brought you here to strengthen the hands that hang down and the knees that are feeble; to encourage you; to have you go forth from here realizing that we are in a war and the Scriptures plainly say that from this war there is no discharge in this life. The weapons of our warfare, unlike the Crusaders, are not swords and shields and horses, but "mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds".
It is when we find out who we are in Jesus Christ, and what authority we have in Him for "He has given unto you all authority over the kingdom of darkness" that we are effective. God have mercy on us! God light a fire within us! Not a fire of carnality and human energy and zeal and religion, but the fire of the Holy Ghost that we may go forth in righteousness and truth even at this hour realizing that our days too our numbered. May we find wisdom to apply our hearts to righteousness! Amen.