What Might Have
Been Will Be!
Psalm 81 is a tale of postponed love, as it were. God tells Israel
that if only she had been like her forefather, Joseph, who called on Him in time
of trouble…He would have delivered her from her enemies. Instead, there were
those who sought after strange gods. God reminded them that He had brought them
out of Egypt.
They rebelled, anyway. Thus started Israel’s
long slide into persecution.
However, every great drama has an ending. Israel’s
“end” is still future, but we are seeing the outlines coming sharply into focus.
Ironic that the outlines are still blurred for Christians who denounce Bible
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the critics of the
Bible, including several Christians, mock folks like Hal Lindsey. They say that
he made specific assertions 35 years ago with
The Late, Great Planet Earth, and
some didn’t come true. Well, anyone who sees Israel
as central to world history must be doing something right, and Lindsey saw
correctly on a number of things. Psalm 81 is one of those scenarios in which Israel’s
history is so clearly revealed — if one reads history — that one wonders how the
critics can see themselves without shame.
What I mean is this: Psalm 81 reads like the first half of
a great love story; God passionate for His people, but they rejecting Him.
However, as one progresses through the sweet musings of David, one can see that
God intends to rescue them, and rescue them forever.
In their gross stupidity, Israel’s
enemies — may I say this boldly: Islamists and Jew-hating Christians — see the
Jews in the past-tense. For them, the story stops at the end of Psalm 81.
Christian critics of
(guys like Tony Campolo, United Methodist bishops, and “thoughtful, careful”
thinkers such as Brian McLaren) seem to enjoy thinking of Israel
in the past. For them, there is no link between modern Jews in the Jewish state
and the figures from the Bible. And notice this: the critics talk long and loud
about the OT admonitions that the Jews will live in peace in their land so long
as they practice justice and mercy. In other words, if Israel
today will show “justice” and give the Palestinians a state, God will be happy
This is a real recipe for disaster. As Israel’s current, outgoing
prime minister surrenders and says Israel
must return to the 1949 UN armistice lines (nine miles wide at its narrowest
point), the Arabs grow more aggressive, arrogant, and demanding.
As the Jerusalem Post’s astute Caroline Glick notes, these
things are now accepted by Israeli leaders simply
because. There is no rationale given,
only the shrill assertion that it must be done
is being squeezed diplomatically, militarily, religiously, philosophically. As
we’ve said before — but it bears repeating again and again only because it is so
delicious — all this merely proves that God’s promises to the Jews are still in
force. The critics, the opponents of Israel,
by their mere presence and mendacity, are themselves part of prophecy.
And they don’t get it.
When an agency head with the
chirps that Israel
is “occupying” the Palestinians and is therefore not practicing justice and
mercy, I laugh and recall my friend who says, of a proposed pull-out from the
West Bank: “Leave Judea and Samaria?
They could move 8,000 from Gaza,
but there are a quarter-million of us in the heartland.”
Which of course sets up a showdown, an ultimate High Noon.
God has said that because He wants to, He will set up Israel
again, forever. The critics claim Israel
Someone must be wrong!
The psychopaths who run Iran
are so sure they have the final solution to the Jews, they can’t discern that
history itself is dead-set against them. They should remember their ancestors,
the Persians, who failed miserably in their own extermination plans.
With every Israeli concession, her enemies stupidly lick
their chops and anticipate victory. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, visiting Moscow this week to ask the Kremlin to please
help with Iran
(think JFK asking
pretty please to remove the missiles from Cuba), pledged to turn over
a patch of ground — a Russian compound — in Jerusalem, to Moscow.
It is symbolic, of course, because Russia
has no military presence there. Yet the power of symbol pushes Israel
further down the path of seeming vulnerability. I say “seeming” because it is
much like a lion lying down and feigning injury while a bunny rabbit plays all
The Bible tells us that as Israel
becomes more vulnerable in the last days, that is precisely the moment that God
rises up to defend her. The ultimate fighting lion will arise and destroy His
We are upset that Olmert is weak. We are upset that Iran
is saber-rattling. We are upset that the international community desires to
But it has to be this way! Three thousand years ago, David
recorded God’s judgment on the people of Israel.
Now we have a situation in which Israel
is becoming more vulnerable, though in her own sovereign land.
This week, Michael Freund wrote in the Jerusalem Post:
“[Shimon] Peres and those who backed the Oslo Accords owe all Israelis a belated
apology. On September 13, 1993, when Rabin shook hands with Arafat after signing
the accord, I along with many other television viewers felt a sense of gloom.
Not because we were we were any smarter or wiser, but simply because we knew,
deep down, that you cannot compromise with evil, however easy and tempting it
might appear to be.”
Now it is time for the second half of the story. The half
that ends with Israel’s
Her enemies don’t see it coming.