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Today I want to continue talking about the negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran on Iran’s nuclear production. This was a huge opportunity for the international community to get Iran to put away their ambitions for nuclear weapons. This has been going on for 10 years. Iran has been constantly threatening Israel since the 1960’s. They have threatened, and are still threatening, to wipe them off of the face of the earth.
Ten years ago they started to enrich uranium and as a result the international community has put sanctions upon Iran. The sanctions were working and forced them to come to the negotiating table.
Instead of getting Iran to stop their efforts to develop a nuclear bomb, they got some minor temporary concessions from Iran in exchange for our easing some sanctions and releasing a lot of money to them. The U.S. was behind this agreement. The U.S. forced the rest of the P5+1 to lighten up on the sanctions. All we got in return was a bunch of empty promises.
Do we have any past examples of Iran telling the truth and proving they can be trusted? Absolutely not! They have been telling us for years that they haven’t been enriching uranium, but we see the evidence. Now we are going to trust them again???
This agreement was a huge mistake. Benjamin Netanyahu has called this an historic mistake. It is very similar to the mistake that the world made with North Korea. We bought their lies and it gave them the time necessary to develop nuclear weapons.
Who do we have to thank for this? It is the Obama administration. They orchestrated this deal and pressured the others in the P5+1 to lighten up on the sanctions. Iran didn’t force this agreement because they had nothing to bring to the table. They needed the lightening of sanctions because it was crippling their economy.
I have learned a bit more about the promises that were made. The promise to destroy the uranium that has been enriched to 20% is meaningless. This grade of enrichment is what they need to produce nuclear warheads. They are not far away from getting enough to build their bomb. Instead of forcing them to destroy the 20% uranium, we are allowing them to turn it into an oxide. Once it is turned into an oxide we allow them to keep it. This is an easily reversible process. You can see that this is a huge mistake.
We missed another opportunity in these negotiations. We could have forced Iran to release Saeed Abedini, and American citizen who is being held simply because he is a preacher of the Gospel. In these negotiations we have not only turned our back on our best ally in the Middle East, we have also turned our back on an American citizen, yet the Obama administration is trying to sell this to us as a great victory.
The point I want to make with all of this is the danger we face when we turn our back on Israel. We don’t have to rubber stamp everything that Israel does. It doesn’t mean that we have to hate the Arabs and the Palestinians. We need to have compassion on these people also. But it does mean that if we want to be blessed by God we need to honor the Scriptures. The Scriptures say very clearly in Genesis 12:3 “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
The principle is simple. Those who bless the seed of Abraham, Israel, will be blessed. Those who curse his seed will be cursed. This is why America has been blessed of God. We have stood with Israel since Israel was reborn as a nation in 1948. Today that is changing. With this agreement, and other things coming out of this administration, we have told Israel that we no longer have its back.
I believe that Israel will now have to take matters into their own hands. Who knows what will happen in the Middle East now.
We need to learn a lesson from what has happened to Great Britain because they put their hand against Israel. Yesterday I told you how they betrayed Israel in the dividing of the land. Remember how they gave in to the Arabs concerning the land they had promised to Israel. They gave 80% of that land to the Arabs and created the nation of Jordan.
Not only did they give away the land promised to Israel, the British Government kept the Jews out of the land from the 1930’s until 1948. As a result they are responsible for the killing of over 50,000 Jews. Most of the Jews who tried to get into that land during this time were fleeing the persecution of Nazism in Germany and which was spreading throughout Europe.
The British were, at that time, responsible for administering the area they called Palestine. Displaced person camps run by American, French and Italian officials often turned a blind eye to the situation, with only British officials restricting movement in and out of their camps. In 1945, the British reaffirmed the pre-war policy restricting Jewish immigration which had been put in place following the influx of a quarter of a million Jews fleeing the rise of Nazism in the 1930s and had been a major cause of the Arab revolt of 1936–1939. The British then prepared a massive naval and military force to turn back the refugees. Over half of 142 voyages were stopped by British patrols, and most intercepted immigrants were sent to internment camps in Cyprus.
About 50,000 people ended up in camps, more than 1,600 drowned at sea, and only a few thousand actually entered the Promise Land.
One vessel gained international attention. It was formerly called the President Warfield and renamed Exodus 1947 or as some call it SS Exodus. It was filled with survivors from the German Death Camps –4,515 passengers including 1,600 men, 1,282 women, and 1,672 children and teenagers.
Ten miles out, the British forcibly boarded the Vessel. One crew member and two passengers died of gunshot wounds. No serious injuries to the British Army. It was decided that the emigrants were to be deported to France. However, the Jews refused to disembark and the French refused to cooperate with British attempts to force disembarkation.
London decided to send the Jews back to Germany and said it was the only suitable territory under British control that could handle so many people at short notice.
One hundred military police and 200 soldiers of the Sherwood Foresters were ordered to board the ship and eject the Jewish immigrants back into Germany into the same camps that were killing the Jews under Hitler. Remember, Hitler had killed 6 million European Jews.
The treatment of the refugees at the camps caused an international outcry after it was claimed that the conditions could be likened to German concentration camps. There were reports that the camps were surrounded by barbed wire and guarded by Germans. Of the 4.500 people on this ship, only about 1,500 survived.
My Point…. Britain did not bless Israel but rather apposed them and the consequences of this was the downfall of the British Empire. It started with the dividing of the land and giving it to the Muslims. God took his hand of blessing away from Britain for their treatment of God’s chosen people.
Zechariah 2:8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.
9 For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me.
Not only was Great Britain responsible for taking away the land promised to Israel, but they forcibly kept the Jews out of the land. They have suffered greatly for standing against the Jews. The great British Empire upon which the sun never set is now but a shadow of what it once was.
When we remember that Great Britain is such a tiny nation, it is amazing that they once ruled the world. Their strength and their wealth was without parallel in the world. Today they hardly have control of their own nation.
Look at the all the calamities that has befallen this little Nation that ruled the World. Bit by bit they lost control and power through out the world.
- 1918 Internal war with Sinn Fein in Ireland
- 1919 Uprisings in India
- 1922 Lost control of Egypt
1926 – Balfour Declaration, the lost control of:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- 1947 – Lost India
- 1951 – Lost Libya
- 1956 – Lost the Suez Canal & Sudan
In the 1960′s they lost power in:
- Sierra Leone
- Northern Rhodesia
In World War II, Britain was a breath a way from being occupied by Nazi Germany. They have America to thank for that. At the close of the war, the nation was bankrupt. It has America to thank for bailing them out.
Today, like most European nations, Britain is just a breath away from bankruptcy and on the verge of being taken over by Islam.
There is a lesson for us in America and I pray we will fear God and stand with Israel.