Where evil lurks

Oct

25

2023

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I find it bizarre that so many “celebrities” , media people, liberal s, and others support Hamas especially after their sneak attack on Israel. They murdered babies, elderly, women, and children and brazenly bragged about it. One man is still bragging that he killed ten with his bare hands. Another called the parents of victims on the telephone and laughed about killing their children to them.

Evil lurks in the dark shadows of the world. This terrorist movement is nothing more or less than a direct assault against God. Israel launched the strikes on Gaza after Hamas militants attacked southern Israeli towns on Oct. 7, killing 1,400 people, most of them civilians, and taking more than 200 people hostages. Many want to repay with vengeance and vow to kill every Hamas fighting aged man.; however, God says I will repay. Make no mistake sin and evil will not go unpunished, but God reserves that for Himself.

I imagine with holding vengeance to be one of the most difficult things in this life to do. I shudder to think what I would do to murderers of my family.

This conflict in Israel has been a reality whenever Israel has existed as a nation. Whether it was the Egyptians, Amalekites, Midianites, Moabites, Ammonites, Amorites, Philistines, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, or Romans, the nation of Israel has always been persecuted by its neighbors.

Why is this?

According to the Bible, it is because God has a special plan for the nation of Israel, and Satan wants to defeat that plan. Satanically influenced hatred of Israel—and especially Israel’s God—is the reason Israel’s neighbors have always wanted to see Israel destroyed. Whether it was the king of Assyria; Haman, of Persia; Hitler, leader of Nazi Germany; or Rouhani, President of Iran, attempts to completely destroy Israel will always fail. The persecutors of Israel will come and go, but the persecution will continue and remain until the second coming of Christ.

As a result, conflict in Israel is not a reliable indicator of the soon arrival of the end times.

Deuteronomy 7:7 tells us, “The LORD did not set His affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath He swore to your forefathers that He brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands.”

God chose the nation of Israel to be the people through whom Jesus Christ would be born—the Savior from sin and death (John 3:16). God first promised the Messiah after Adam and Eve’s fall into sin way back in Gen. Chapter 3. God later confirmed that the Messiah would come from the line of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jesus Christ is the ultimate reason why God chose Israel to be His special people. God did not need to have a chosen people, but He decided to do it that way. Jesus had to come from some nation of people, and God chose Israel.

However, God’s reason for choosing the nation of Israel was not solely for the purpose of producing the Messiah. God’s desire for Israel was that they would go and teach others about Him.

Israel was to be a nation of priests, prophets, and missionaries to the world. God’s intent was for Israel to be a distinct people, a nation who pointed others towards God and His promised provision of a Redeemer, Messiah, and Savior. For the most part, Israel failed in this task. However, God’s ultimate purpose for Israel—that of bringing the Messiah into the world—was fulfilled perfectly in the Person of Jesus Christ. Think about this as you try to understand your role for your adoption as a born again child of God.

Matthew 24:4
“Watch out that no one deceives you . . . You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come”.

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