In my last blog entry, I wrote about God’s judgment coming to the Nations, and I am going to devote this entry to the issue of God’s judgment on the Government of Israel. Before I start, I want to acknowledge that this issue of God’s judgment is a very delicate one, but it is one we can’t ignore, especially since each of us will give an account to God for how we have lived our lives.
I am in no place to judge anyone’s decisions or motives; in fact, while I believe it is very easy for us to judge our leaders, we must be careful, since we do not know all the facts leading our leaders to make their decisions. That being said, we must also understand that God’s principles exist, whether one chooses to acknowledge them or not is beside the point; all will stand before the Great Judge one day and answer for all we have done…and not done.
Regarding Israel, it is crucial to note that the current government is a secular one and does not seek wisdom from the Word of God in making decisions. In reality, the governments of modern Israel have always been secular. While there may be religious Jewish people within the government, one needs to understand that the vast majority of the decisions being made are based on politics and not on the principles found in the Word of God.
Before I became a follower of the Messiah, I believed that man-made peace was not only possible, but also the only solution to the conflict with the Palestinians. In the 90s, Israel was in the midst of intense peace talks led by the Clinton Administration. Israel also suffered a horrible reality of suicide bombings and other terror attacks throughout our country; hundreds of Israelis died during that time, and many in the Land were blinded by the false idea that this was the heavy price we needed to pay in order to see true peace come.
In 2005, the Israeli Government led by then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, decided to dismantle all of the Israeli settlements in the Gaza strip, in what came to be known as the “Disengagement from Gaza”. The reason for doing so was simply the desire to see true peace coming to our region, under the false belief that by giving up land to the Palestinians, the people of Israel would see true, lasting peace.
Many in the believing circles from around the world were very angry because of this. In fact, some were quick to say that Ariel Sharon’s two strokes in Dec 2005 and then in January of 2006 were God’s judgment on him because of the Disengagement, forgetting all of the amazing things that this man did for the modern State of Israel. I must say that it is for God alone to judge if this is true or not.
Once again, in hopes to see true peace, Israel was willing to make painful concessions, including giving up parts of our precious land. While I understand why one may get angry over this, I also want to remind us all that the people of Israel are very weary of the reality of war. We value life, and are very tired of burying our sons and daughters, and in order to see that stop, we are willing to pay any price necessary. History has taught us, however, that “land for peace” does not work, and it is clear to those of us who know the Word of God, that man-made peace will not be realized in Israel; this is not – nor has it ever been – an issue of land!
Based on the few facts which I stated above, the reality is that a lot of the decisions which are being made right now, are being made in the flesh, based on human feelings, rather than on what God’s Word says.
So what can we do? We can pray! Pray for:
- Wisdom for Israel’s leaders to receive a divine, godly wisdom.
- Pray that God will remove the veil from their eyes.
- Pray for God’s mercy and forgiveness for your nation.
- Pray that the leaders of Israel will fear God more than they fear men.
Make it right with God today; make sure your heart is in the right place and continue to follow Him in the difficult days that lay ahead.
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