Israel is the key to all end-time prophecy.
Keep your eye on Jerusalem
When the Psalmist described a great, end-times coalition that
huddles together to plot the final destruction of the Jews (Psalm 83), it must
have been somewhat difficult for contemporaries to fully imagine such a large
community of enemies coming together at once.
Today, it is not so difficult to imagine. If globalism in the
days of the prophets meant the outer edges of Arabia, or possibly India, today it
means just that: covering the globe.
The plotting described in Psalms has all the earmarks of an
Arab-led plot to finish the job attempted by historical psychos Haman, Antiochus
Epiphanes, Hitler, etc.
Fifteen years ago,
was fairly secure in terms of stability. The strengthening of the country by
leaders like Menachem Begin and, yes, Ariel Sharon (who spearheaded the
expansion of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria in the ‘70s) gave at least
the sense that Israel was strong and Jerusalem in particular was certainly
united under Israeli sovereignty, for sure.
But never underestimate the mendacity and tenaciousness of
Arab terror chieftains, who can wait 100 years to achieve their goals (see
statements by Syrian mass-murderer Hafez Assad). Whereas Westerners weary of all
sorts of things, from prolonged wars to standing in line for ice cream, the
Palestinians and their Arab cousins and Iranian neighbors adopted a long-range
strategy based on terrorism, political deceit, and nationalist propaganda
we can see the tightening of a noose around Israel’s neck. From Israel, one sees
the breathtaking threats up-close. This takes place in many forms — terror,
saber-rattling from neighboring countries, heavy security presence — but I’d
like to point out a seemingly more benign circumstance. It is in reality every
bit as vicious as the suicide-bombers.
Whenever I’m in Israel,
I love to visit the Temple
Mount. Not long ago, I
hailed a cab at my hotel and asked to driven to the security checkpoint just
inside Dung Gate. It is here the
Mount looms over the
Pulling up, we were told “maybe” it’s open; this even though
we were there during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. I had my doubts, but thought
it at least worth trying.
Sure enough, the security guard came back and shook his head:
But that meant it wasn’t open to Christians or Jews. Muslims
usually have access to the Temple
Mount — what they call
As a Christian pilgrim, the
Mount is a major place of
worship. So many giant biblical figures were there in the past, and one senses
that it is the spiritual center of the universe. Yet I couldn’t “go up there.”
And the last time I had been on the Temple Mount,
I was shocked by the efforts of the Palestinians to wipe away thousands of years
of Jewish presence. Now, just behind the Golden Gate (which Scripture tells us
the Messiah will enter one day), there is a series of stone steps descending
down to a new mosque built underneath the Temple Mount — in the area known as
Solomon’s Stables. Part of the Temple Mount
has been dug up!
Besides this, the very plaza stones themselves are being
pulled up and replaced. All this is an attempt to dissolve the Christian and
Jewish heritage of the area. For the Arabs, it is all from Allah, and belongs to
For many years, Palestinian leaders have been denying that the
Jewish temples ever stood on this spot. It is an outrageous, aggressive lie that
the world rarely challenges.
But despite all this, I know that God is in control. There
will be some confusion of the plans of those who are conspiring against the
Jews, in their own state. The God of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.