Peace in the Middle East. That would be a joke if there really was? You could hear a comedian say something like this:
A Middle Eastern president was finally able to leave his palace. And what an emotional scene — on the way out high-fiving all those suicide bombers.
Hamas says they will no longer recognize Israel. We’ll of course they don’t recognize Israel, people keep blowing it up!
Does the Bible say there will be peace? Yes, one day in the future when Jesus establishes his kingdom.
Why should I be concerned about this issue? Because it has to do with the future of our country.
How does this relate to me personally? We’ll let’s find out by talking about three reasons why there is no peace in the Middle East.
One: Islam’s Dominance
After Islam’s founder, the prophet Muhammad died in 632, a disagreement arose over who should succeed him as leader of Islam. Two main factions arose, creating a rift that remains almost 14 centuries later.
The Shiites (she-ya) believe that Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law, Ali, was his rightful successor, and that Ali’s descendants are the true leaders of Islam. They are predominantly found in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain and Azerbaijan.
The Sunnis (soo-ne) believe that Muhammad’s most pious companions were his rightful successors, and that the leaders of Islam may be chosen by consensus. Today, Sunnis make up the majority of Muslims today.
These two branches of Muslims are fighting against each other all the time, and everyone else who does not submit to Allah.
What are we doing to pray for them? Let us pray that God would send missionaries to convert them or they will come after us.
What are we doing with the Muslims around us? Talk to them about Jesus.
Two: Israel Is Hated
Jesus predicted the overthrow of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. This was fulfilled by the Romans led by General Titus.
Mt. 24:1-2 says, “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
Luke 21:24 says, “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.”
For all these centuries, the Jews have been hated by many people. We call this anti-Semitism. Some of these famous people have been Muhammad and Adolph Hitler. Their belief that Jews should be exterminated comes from their dealings with the Jews or influence from others.
After six million Jews had died during WWII, the United States Army began to liberate the concentration camps. General Dwight Eisenhower ordered: “So that we have the maximum documentation-make films, tape testimonies-because the day will come when some fool is going to stand up and say that none of this ever happened.”
Today we have many Muslims and others keeping the Holocaust from being taught to our children. They’re saying that’s it’s all a lie. It’s being taken out of school textbooks. Incredible but true.
Parents, would you teach your children that the holocaust was a reality?
We are encouraged to pray for Israel and the peace of Jerusalem. Ps. 122:6 says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” Do you want to prosper in your Christian life, then pray for God’s chosen people.
On May 14, 1948, Israel became a nation. This in itself is a miracle. For 1900 years, this was a barren wasteland, Hebrew was a dead language, and shekels (currency) was not in circulation.
Isaiah 11:11 says, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people.” Verse 12 says, “And he (Jesus) shall set up an ensign (banner) for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”
The Jews came back to their homeland the first time after the Babylonian captivity ended. So allow me to explain this reference to the second time. After the rapture and the seven year tribulation period, Jesus will bring back all the Jews to their land in his millennial reign. Right now we are seeing Jews returning to Israel, but it’s ultimate fulfillment won’t be until Jesus Christ has returned and established his kingdom on earth.
Three: Influence Of America
America’s fate goes back to an old promise. 4,000 years ago, God called Abraham out of the Ur of the Chaldees and said in Gen. 12:3 “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
God says I will bless those who bless Israel and I will curse those who curse Israel. If America turns against or abandons Israel and the Jews, God warns that he will bring judgment upon us.
Joel 3:1-2 says, “For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted (divided) my land.”
America is Israel’s greatest ally, but tragically, the United States is trying to divide the land of Israel.
This process was formalized under President George W. Bush who officially called for the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state, which would divide the land of Israel. “I was the first American President to call for a Palestinian state, and building support for the two-state solution has been one of the highest priorities of my Presidency,” said President Bush.
President Obama and his administration have continued the Bush policy and pushed hard for Israeli leaders to divide the land. “It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of their own,” President Obama told hundreds of Israeli students in a speech in Jerusalem. “Palestinians have a right to be free people in their own land.”
If you recall in the Bible, there was a group of people that lived in Nineveh. Remember the first time God sent Jonah to declare judgment and the people repented, fasted, prayed and got right with God. That spared the people from judgment. But about 100 years later, the people fell back into major sin and Nahum the prophet warned them but they failed to listen. The city of Nineveh was destroyed.
Is America at a Jonah moment, or a Nahum moment?
2 Chron. 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Will we personally seek revival or watch our nation go in decline and then collapse. Without a revival, we are on the road to implosion.