Israel and the UN
The United Nations was established in October of 1945 after World War II in order to prevent another such conflict. The UN did a good job of maintaining the peace between the Soviet Union and NATO block nations. During the Cuban Missile crisis, the organization helped cool tempers in what was the closest we ever came to nuclear conflict.
At the founding of the UN, there were 51 nations. Today, 193 nations have joined the club. The only non-members are the Holy See and the State of Palestine, which I don’t think are actual countries. If we add all the nationalities under the jurisdiction of other countries, one could argue that there are 247 different countries.
One of these disputed nations is Kosovo. On 17 February 2008, Kosovo unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia. It has since gained diplomatic recognition as a sovereign state by 112 UN member states. On 22 July 2010, the International Court of Justice ruled that Kosovo’s declaration of independence did not violate international law, which its president said contains no “prohibitions on declarations of independence.” Kosovo remains tied to Serbia mostly because of apathy.
In 1971 the Republic of China (Taiwan) had its UN membership revoked and its seat was taken by Communist China. Citizens of Taiwan are not even allowed to enter the United Nations New York building. Great care is made not to anger the People’s Republic of China, which regards the territories administered by Taiwan as their own territory.
A possible reason why there are dozens of countries that should be recognized by the UN as free nations is because the UN spends most of its energy on one dispute: the State of Palestine. This so-called nation has no working monetary system, its government is a dictatorship, and its citizens are mostly made up of Jordanians. Without direct support from Israel, the State of Palestine would have collapsed into chaos.
The UN has spent more time worrying about Israel than any other nation. The UN human rights council has issued 135 resolutions, and 68 of them concern the Jewish state. Nations like Cuba, Myanmar and North Korea have camps that should have triggered all of this council’s red flags, and yet the UN worries more about perceived human rights violated in Israel.
When Israelis are the victims of terrorism, the UN only offers token condemnation. After a 2005 suicide bombing in Tel Aviv was carried out by Islamic Jihad, the Security Council issued only a “policy statement” urging the Palestinian Authority to “take immediate, credible steps to find those responsible for this terrorist attack” and bring them to justice.
The Most bizarre thing about the UN’s relationship with Israel is how it tries to micro-manage affairs that no other nation would tolerate. The UN passes resolutions that dictate where Israel can build a road or buildings.
When the UN voted to void Trump’s decision to move our Embassy to Jerusalem, there should have been outrage in the press. The US Congress had already passed a law directing the president to make the move. It was craziness for the media to cheer the UN’s attempt at overriding our constitution.
Trump did the right thing by cutting $285 million from its 2018–2019 United Nations budget. Regarding the cut, Ambassador Nikki Haley stated “we reduced the UN’s bloated management and support functions, bolstered support for key U.S. priorities throughout the world, and instilled more discipline and accountability throughout the UN system.” I would pull all funding from an organization that says Zionism is a form of racism.
Another good move was Israel announcing it is leaving UNESCO, the U.N. cultural agency. The spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry said the decision was based on the organization’s “attempts to disconnect Jewish history from the land of Israel.” Last year, UNESCO said the Jews had no link to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. It is like saying that China has no connection to the Great Wall of China or that Egypt has no connection to the pyramids.
Unless the UN is slapped back into reality, its next moves will be to say that Israel is not really a nation and the Jews are not part of the human race. A very heavy burden comes with being God’s chosen people. The Bible plainly warns that the Jews would suffer relentless persecution at the hands of many nations:
“And among those nations you shall find no rest, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot; but there the Lord will give you a trembling heart, failing of eyes, and despair of soul” (Deuteronomy 28:65).
“Ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake” (Matthew 24:9).
Unheralded Prophecy in View
We’ve been over it before in this column. However, things are shaping so rapidly it again needs our attention. Prophecy watchmen on the wall should pay close attention.
The seminaries consistently ignore this prophetic indicator altogether. Or they steadfastly say it is to be applied to Jews alive during the Tribulation. It is not for the Church.
I say–and have done so for years–that the prophecy is specifically for our time–that is, the Age of Grace. I’m referring to Jesus’ foretelling of the time of His next intervention into the affairs of mankind. He described those days being like the days of Noah and the days of Lot.
‘m convinced the prophecy involved is so important for us to consider as this new year begins that we will include it here it in its entirety.
In the Matthew Olivet Discourse account, the Lord says that no one can know the day or hour of His coming. He next informs of what this time will be like and what to look for in being watchmen.
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. (Matthew 24:36-42)
Jesus further expands in the Luke account:
And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. (Luke 17:26-30)
We have looked numerous times at these words of Christ. We have noted that the time of which He spoke in prophesying these matters could not be the time of His Second Advent. The world will be almost totally destroyed when Armageddon is raging. perhaps as much as three-fourths of the earth’s population will have died as a result of God’s wrath and Satan’s evil through the Antichrist’s reign. it will not be business as usual.
This prophecy about Christ’s “revealing” indicates plainly that it will be a time of buying, selling, marrying, planting–all of the activities that indicate business as usual. I maintain that because Christ doesn’t emphasize things that are mundane; he was talking here about a time when business was much better than usual.
As long as five years ago, we expressed in this Nearing Midnight column our belief that it would be a time of economic boom, not bust, that would mark when the Rapture of the Church would occur. It would be the think not time because the world, economically speaking, would be doing quite well.
Of course, not all the world is doing well at present, economically or in any other way. This has always been the case. The poor will always be with us, the Lord, Himself, told us.
However, for the part of the world where economies have the capability to thrive, the world, Jesus said in this prophecy, will be doing quite well at the time He is next “revealed.”
Almost every economic indicator is moving upward in America at this moment. This nation is the economic engine for the rest of the world. The better the U.S. does, economically speaking, the better the other nations who have the capability to thrive will do.
I’m dumbfounded at the fact that the true, Bible-teaching seminaries of America see this prophecy as being only for the Jews of the Tribulation. It seems to be a blindness they suffer.
However, I do know why the tremendous economic potential that has burst onto the scene is unheralded by the mainstream news media. They hate Donald Trump, plain and simple.
Now, I’m not so foolish as to think that the economic upswing is one built on sound economic principles. We are in a tremendous financial bubble that continues to grow by the hour. At some point it is going to burst. It simply defies the fiscal laws for it to continue without imploding.
However, it will not come to that point of implosion, I’m of the belief, until the Lord Says so. He is allowing it to move exactly toward the prophetic point the Lord Jesus foretold in the above scriptural accounts.
As I’ve expressed many times, this president is God’s chosen man for this hour, a builder, an entrepreneur extraordinaire. But, the mainstream news prevaricators refuse to report the tremendous economic growth the nation is experiencing. To do so would move in the opposite direction of trying to bring America down so that the globalists can usurp its wealth and power to construct the world order they wish to establish. They want desperately to destroy this president’s efforts to restore the United States to its former, leading status.
Antichrist’s global platform will be constructed, I believe, when the Rapture occurs and this phenomenal economic bubble explodes and comes down around the ears of an unsuspecting world.
The year 2018 could be the time. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!