The Mountains of Israel & The Apocalyptic Armageddon.
"Blessed is He that Watcheth!"
July 16, 2011 - Audio, 9.25 MIN
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Welcome to another edition of the Bible in the News. This is Paul Billington who is once again trying to impress all of you out there with the significance of what is happening upon the mountains of Israel today, and more specifically among the people who dwell there in the so-called Jewish "settlements."
We have said it before, and I will say it again now: If you rely on the
main-stream media for your information about this area which they call
the West Bank, you are going to get a distorted picture and one which
will paint the Jewish settlers as religious fanatics who have moved in
to "occupy" Palestinian lands. Having visited this area earlier this
year--places like Hebron, Shiloh, Elon Moreh, Shechem--I think I could
demonstrate that the Biblical culture that has emerged among the Jewish
settlers is far preferable to the violent terrorist culture for which
the Palestinians are known. The Religious Zionists love their Land and
genuinely long for peace, which is something hard to claim for Fatah,
Hamas or Hezbollah!
Be that as it may, my purpose here is not to
make a party political broadcast on behalf of Jewish settlers who are
dwelling upon the mountains of Israel. I shall avoid that temptation
and simply draw attention to some facts which seem to escape the notice
of the media, of political leaders, religious leaders and even of the
government of Israel itself.
The first fact is what I call the
Israel Fact. What I mean by that is simply this: the Bible foretold, in
clear and unmistakable language that the Jews would return again to
their ancient homeland. This is an undeniable fact. For example, look
at the well Known passage in Isaiah 11:11,12.
"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, which shall be left, from
Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from
Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the
sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble
the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from
the four corners of the earth."
are literally dozens of passages that speak of this, and the stubborn
unbelief of the modern world doesn't erase the fact that this was
foretold thousands of years ago, and that it has come to pass during
the last century.
But there is more to it than that. Look at Ezekiel 34:13,14 which we have also referred to on this programme before:
I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the
countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon
the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places
of the country. I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high
mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good
fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of
Jews on the mountains of Israel? Well, argue the rights
and wrongs of it all you like--the fact is, they are there--and they
are there in considerable numbers. Let me quote a line from a Jerusalem
Post column just this week. Larry Derfner under the headline "Quicksand
in Yesha" writes:
"Even if the Palestinians were ready to give
up terror, which they're not, Israel is not about to uproot the
50,000-100,000 settlers necessary to make room for a Palestinian state.
Bottom line: Israel is staying in the West Bank indefinitely."
rest of the world doesn't like this fact--they want to impose what they
call a two-state solution on the people of the area. They have been
wanting that for a long time now, but it hasn't happened. The
Palestinians (whoever they are) have shown themselves incapable of
establishing a stable and responsible state. Look at the Gaza Strip
from which Israel "disengaged" a few years ago. As soon as Israel left,
chaos took over. The Palestinians couldn't make it work!
cannot repeat that mistake in the West Bank. The Olmert government of
Israel would withdraw from the mountains of Israel if they could--but
they simply cannot do it. The world knows this, but refuses to
recognise the fact. Only this week the British Government had to cave
in to left-wing pro-Arab lobbying. The Government of the UK wanted to
build up a relationship with the settlers, but had to abandon the
policy. A report on Israel National News explained this; it said:
spokesman for the (British) embassy replied, 'In a way, it's very
important for us to hear from them what's going on in the settlements.'
Last September, British Ambassador Tom Phillips began a campaign to
build ties with Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. British
officials explained that the embassy had not changed its political
stance regarding Jewish communities in Yesha, but wanted to build a
relationship with local Jewish leaders."
But this policy of
appeasement will not accomplish anything. The Jewish settlers are there
to stay. They will stay on the mountains of Israel until a
multi-national force is assembled under the leadership of Ezekiel's
"Gog," and comes down to forcibly evict God's people from the Promised
This situation was foreseen as long ago as 1866 when John
Thomas wrote about it in his exposition of the Apocalypse. Those who
have access to this work will find the relevant comments in Eureka
Volume 2, pages 85-87--in the earlier editions (It is Section 3,
entitled 'Sealed up with Seven Seals'--about half way through this
section). In explaining the sixth vial he points out that the policies
and machinations of the frog-like spirits will bring the nations "into
position for conflict with Jesus and his brethren..." who, "leading the
tribes of Israel" will form the little stone that smites the Image of
Daniel chapter 2.
The growing hostility of the nations of the
world against Israel that we see today is preparing the ground for this
conflict. It is being impelled by the spirit of democracy, of "Liberty,
Equality and Humanism" and will form an ideological challenge to
biblical Zionism and the Theocracy of Messiah.
We are now very
close to that time when many in Israel will own their true Messiah (see
Hosea 3:5). When this happens the forces of Antichrist--that is
so-called Christendom--will lead the nations of the world against this
new Jewish Messiah. over 140 years ago John Thomas wrote of this in
Eureka. He said,
"...the peoples will associate themselves
against Israel, in whose midst Immanuel" will be... "He will cause them
to come up from the north parts, and bring them upon the mountains of
Israel, which are the apocalyptic 'Armageddon"--Ezek. 38:9; 39:2,4."
what we are witnessing upon the mountains of Israel today, is a
situation that will develop in such a way so as to antagonize
Christendom, that is the so-called Christian world.
But before that matures, the Messiah will have come and called away all those who are constitutionally in him.
So let us keep watching!
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