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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
KEEP YOUR EYES AND PRAYERS ON ISRAEL
By Danelle Carvell
This week I was planning to write about all the things that are right with the world. I wanted to lighten things up after four consecutive blogs about America's problems. But this is an important week. Another topic stole my attention, and I decided to postpone my lighter subject for a more serious one. This week Russia is planning to supply Iran with the fuel to start its nuclear reactor. Russia is operating under a 1 billion dollar contract with Iran and has spent more than a decade building the reactor named Bushehr. Once these fuel rods are delivered, Bushehr will become an operating nuclear site capable of producing plutonium 239, which can be used to make nuclear weapons. Once operational, Bushehr will be immune to any air strikes because of the risk of spreading radiation that could kill civilians and poison surrounding areas. This means that Israel has until Aug 21 to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.
Why should we care? Because God cares. Israel is the apple of God's eye. The Jews are God's chosen people. In the book of Genesis God tells Abraham that He will make Him a great nation (Israel) and that God will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel. There's no greater time than now to prove that God is who He says He is and He does what He says He's going to do. Do you think it's a coincidence that seventeen regions of Russia are on fire right now? The fires are threatening to stir settled radiation from the Chernobyl accident and are also coming close to other nuclear sites. These fires are obviously from the hand of God and they are God's curse upon a nation that's helping Iran destroy Israel. Russia is planning to deliver the final piece of the weapon Iran wants to use to wipe Israel off the face of the map. God is doing to Russia exactly what Iran wants to do to Israel.
Several blogs ago I further proved the authority of God's word when I told you that the day after President Obama declared that the US would no longer stand with Israel in the UN security council decisions, our country was hit with the worst environmental disaster in history. The Deepwater Herizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf less than 24 hours after Obama's decision to no longer support Israel. Once again, God was true to His word. He cursed a nation that cursed Israel by sending unrestrained toxic oil into its oceans. What's even more interesting is the incredible history of how God has kept His promise of cursing or blessing nations according to how they treat Israel.
One of the most amazing examples of this came on October 30, 1991. As President George Bush Sr.was opening the Madrid Conference to consider giving away Israel's land for peace, the "perfect storm" began brewing in the North Atlantic, creating the largest waves ever recorded in that region. The scriptures clearly forbid giving away covenant land for peace. But our president ignored God's word and as a result, his own home in Kennebunkport was destroyed by thirty-five foot waves. It was as if God was saying, "You mess with my property, I'll mess with yours." But God's curse didn't stop there. When the Madrid Conference moved from Spain to Washington DC and the peace talks resumed, Hurricane Andrew slammed into our shores and produced 30 billion dollars in damage. The devastation left 180,000 people homeless in Florida.
God can curse a nation any way He wants to. He can use natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, or tornadoes. He can bring down a nation's economy or close the Heavens so the land gets no rain. Sometimes God curses a nation by allowing it to be overtaken by foreign invaders. A school in Michigan is changing its football practice schedule to allow Muslim students to practice between 11pm and 4 am. This would enable them to eat and drink while practing. Muslims fast during the day to observe certain religious holidays. Restaurants, supermarkets, and hospital cafeterias are changing their food choices to accomodate Muslim preferences, businesses are making allowances for Muslim practices and religious beliefs, Traffic was stopped in NYC as Muslims came out into the streets to pray, and now Muslims want to build a mosque close to the site where Muslims slammed two planes into the world trade centers. That sounds to me like a nation being overtaken.
John Mc Ternan wrote a book called As America Has Done To Israel. In that book he points out 50 examples of God's judgement on our nation that happened on the very same day our leaders tried to divide the land of Israel. Here are a few highlights:
January 16, 1994- When President Clinton met with Syria's president in Geneva to talk about a peace agreement with Israel that included giving up the Golan Heights, a powerful 6.9 earthquake rocked Southern California. The Northridge earthquake became the second most destructive natural disaster to hit the US, behind hurricane Andrew.
September 28, 1998- As Secretary of State Albright worked on the final details of an agreement in which Israel would give up 13 percent of Judah and Samaria, Hurricane George slams into the United States Gulf coast with 110 mph winds and gusts up to 175 mph. That same day, Clinton met at the White House with Yasser Arafat and Netanyahu to finalize the land deal. Arafat later addressed the United Nations about declaring an independent Palestinaian state, as Hurricane George pounded the Coast, causing $1 billion in damage. At the exact time that Arafat departs the country, the storm begins to dissipate.
November 30, 1998- Arafat again came to Washington to meet with Clinton to discuss raising money for a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as the capitol. Clinton promised $400 million in aid. On the same day, the Dow Jones average dropped 216 points. Hundreds of billions of market capitalization were wiped out in the US and Europe.
God even moves people like pawns on a chess board to protect his nation Israel. When President Roosevelt wouldn't recognize Israel as a nation, God removed Him from office and put in Truman who declared that the United States would recognize the state of Israel when it declared itself a nation in 1948. One would have to be a fool not to see the hand of God on Israel. This tiny nation truly is the apple of God's eye. He really does bless those who bless Israel and He curses those who curse Israel. But how may of us are praying for Israel?
Our churches should be calling for prayer and fasting for the nation of Israel. We should be praying that all of Israel's enemies be overthrown. We should be praying for Benjamin Netanyahu and that God would give him strength and divine wisdom right now. Our churches are asleep. They don't even mention Israel. What blessings are they missing because they don't bother to offer the blessing of prayer for Israel? What blessings are you missing?
"I will gather all nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there. On account of my people. My heritage Israel. Whom they have scattered among the nations. They have also divided up my land." Joel 3:2