“At the doors”
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made an interesting statement this week,
regarding his efforts to bring peace to the Arabs and Israel.
It is difficult to understand what decades of Arab terrorism have done to the
Jewish psyche, as the Israelis are now apologizing for the wars inflicted on
them. Olmert lamented the fate of the “Arab refugees,” but of course quickly
added that the world should care about Jewish refugees from Arab countries, as
The international community, and in particular the pan-Arab nation, is licking
its collective lips like some hungry vampire. The more Israel
bleeds, the more the eyes glow and the tongue runs slowly, snake-like over the
Olmert has resigned himself to a strategy of Israel
taking what it can get in a peace deal, which, in reality, is not much. Amazing
for a man who a decade ago was a hawk as mayor of Jerusalem.
However — and this is the key takeaway from this sad situation — the whole
affair is leading up to God showing Himself to the world.
In Ezekiel 36, we read of a world in which Israel’s
enemies have boasted that “even the ancient high places are ours in possession.”
The mountains of Israel, the range that runs through the country’s middle and is
referred to as the “West Bank” by almost everyone (except Bible believers), is
evidently the first stage of retreat for the little country everyone loves to
hate (except Bible believers). Listen to Olmert’s sad surrender:
"There is no magic charm which will produce an agreement - the price is very
heavy," Olmert continued. "My feeling is that a territorial price will bring us
"We need to emphasize this with honesty and courage. I think that the price is
less than what would need to be paid if we didn't have an agreement," Olmert
But that’s an interesting statement. He seems to indicate that another war of
extermination might be launched by the Arabs, should Israel
have the temerity to no longer concede territory.
It is obvious from scripture that Israel’s
enemies in the last days (the last days that atheists, skeptics, and Emergent
leaders refuse to acknowledge are upon us), will come to the end of their
insanity and try to finally rid themselves of their cousins.
How fast are events accelerating?
Ten years ago I sat in Olmert’s Jerusalem
office with David Lewis, my late friend and mentor. Olmert impressed as one who
would not compromise and would certainly never concede an inch of his beloved Jerusalem.
Now, he is prepared to offer the barbarians of the Palestinian Authority 98
percent of the Jewish heartland. This would include neighborhoods in Jerusalem!
I don’t judge Olmert, though. Do not judge too harshly, Christian supporter of Israel.
Once, an Israeli friend told me a story that is probably apocryphal. That is, I
doubt that it’s literally true, but it illustrates a point.
It seems that in 1996, when a jubilant Benjamin Netanyahu had been elected prime
minister of Israel,
he was paid a visit by none other than Henry Kissinger. The former U.S. secretary of state was
driven from the airport to Netanyahu’s Jerusalem
office, where they met behind closed doors.
At the conclusion of the meeting, both men emerged and Netanyahu appeared shaken
(perhaps an exaggeration; let’s say he appeared “concerned”). Kissinger was then
taken back to his plane and took off for home. No sight-seeing for Nixon’s top
The point? I believe Israel
has been squeezed by some of the world’s top leaders for quite some time.
Whatever Kissinger told Netanyahu, it was serious enough to be taken as a sort
of veiled threat/friendly warning.
So, when we see an Olmert, Netanyahu, or Sharon — all tough guys — conceding
territory, know that they are not doing it because they are weak. They are doing
it because if there’s anything the world hates more than a Jew, it’s the Jew. As
in the collective nation that has been reborn before our very eyes.
A decade ago, when we visited with the mayor of Jerusalem,
only a nut-case would have predicted that he would give up the farm. Remember
when only a left-leaning crazy would predict a Palestinian state? Now it’s all
At the same time the world says the Bible is not true, that it is full of
mistakes and contradictions, the very scenario predicted so long ago — a global
fight for Jerusalem — is on the
horizon. This is not the speculation of wild-eyed, old-time tent evangelists.
Now, it is the domain of smooth, sophisticated diplomats.
It is here.
“So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even
at the doors.” (Matthew 24:33)
Jim Fletcher is director of Prophecy Matters, an apologetics ministry, and the
The Last War (2001). He can be reached at