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Before I get into the Palestinian Myth that I promised to talk about today I want to clear up something that I said yesterday. These posts are based upon my broadcast, and in a 15 minute broadcast it is difficult to express every thought clearly.
Yesterday I finished by saying there are only two ways that I can think of that would give Israel peace. The first is if Israel would rise up in military might and crush the back of Muslims in the Middle East. This is the only language Muslims have listened to for 1400 years. Islam will only respect the strength of the sword. When they don’t have the strength to defeat the infidels they are taught to submit and we don’t hear much from them. When they do have the strength we feel the wrath of Islam.
The second option for Israel to find peace is to convert Muslims to Christ. If we can get the Muslims to accept the truth that Christ is the Messiah and get them to turn from Islam to this truth we can find peace for the Middle East.
I received an email from one listener and he said, “You chose the sword as your first resolve, and evangelism as the second. I hope this is a slip of the tongue and not your solution to the problem.”
Which one of the two options would I prefer? Naturally I would prefer the second option. If you have been following Fortress of Faith you know that I speak often about reaching the Muslims for Christ. I would prefer evangelism to the sword. The first option should be the last resort. As I preacher, I certainly would want to exhaust all peaceful measures to avoid a conflict.
Romans 12:18 tells us “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
Matthew 5:9 says “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
In Matthew 26:52 Jesus gave us instruction saying “… for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.”
Peace is always the option we should choose first. However, the Bible is also clear that there is a time for war. I don’ think I need to site the verses in the Old Testament where God told Israel to use the sword to deal with other nations. Why? Because there are evil people in the world.
Jesus also gave his disciples instruction to arm themselves for protection. He said, “But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.” Luke 22:36
“When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:” Luke 11:21
2 Thessalonians 1:6 says “Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;”
There is a time for using military strength as an option for a nation to defend itself and their allies from others who are using aggression against them. However, he has given us a system of laws to govern this type of activity. It is not to be a vigilante exercise. Certain people are to be put in charge and execute justice and capital punishment upon those who break the laws and break the peace. Governments must sometimes take up arms to protect their people and their allies.
Ecclesiastes 3:3 tells us there is “a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down …… vs. 8 …..a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” There are times where military might has a place.
Is Israel Justified to go to war with Islamic nations to protect themselves? YES!
Was George Busch justified in using military force against Muslim groups and nations who were bent on exercising jihad against us and our allies? YES!
Is President Obama justified in using military force to protect us and our allies against the terrorists who are bent upon killing non-Muslims? YES!
Sometimes God’s instructions for Israel to deliver justice on evil was swift, harsh and unmerciful. Sometimes His instructions were to utterly destroy some nations, to kill every man, woman, child, animal. Sometimes the commandments were harsh. In the Old Testament the stoning of a rebellious teenager was the law not because God wanted them dead, but so Israel would obey His precepts, if not out of love, then out of fear. There was a procedure that was to be followed to ensure that all was done to correct the problem before the stoning was carried out.
Deuteronomy 21:18-21 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.
You will notice that the purpose of this was that all Israel might hear and fear God. The purpose was to cause the rebellious to keep God’s righteous precepts, even out of fear if necessary.
Look at what happened to Ananias and Sapphira in the New Testament when they lied to God about their offering in Acts 5. God killed them. His swift judgment was to set an example for others who might break His law.
God has also given us the choice to offer mercy if we deem it appropriate. For example look at the woman caught in adultery. According to the law she deserved stoning to death but Jesus gave her mercy.
Let me say this; in Muslim society mercy is rare. Shariah demands justice of the harshest kind. It demands stoning for adultery, cutting off the head of the apostate and the Kufar (unbelievers) who will not submit to Islam. This is the mindset of Muslims in the revival of fundamentalism. They see Israel as the pigs of society, the occupiers of their land, and the ones who deserve Allah’s wrath.
How do you communicate with those who have this mindset? History shows that the only way is force.
The answer to the listener’s email is that I am not favoring the option of force and military action. What I am saying is that this may be Israel’s only option. When we try to negotiate with Islamists they respond with more terrorism. For example, every time Israel makes concessions for peace the Palestinians respond with more rockets. These rockets kill Israeli citizens, both Jews and Arabs, yet the world does not condemn them. The world’s only response is to condemn Israel for protecting her citizens.
Not enough is being said about this subject. The Bible is not silent on the issue of using force. It is the ugly part of what we have to face because we live in a fallen world. Sin, evil, and rebellion against the true God are realities that must be dealt with.
Now I want to get into the Palestinian Myth. After WWI Great Britain was given control of the Middle East and was given a mandate by the League of Nations. The Ottoman Empire and the Arab nations were defeated. Some of the story is told in the fictional story if Laurence of Arabia. The story was based an actual event.
Although I am careful about using Wikipedia as a source because you never know what their sources are, it does have a good article on the British mandate.
The term Palestine was made popular by the British government. Palestine was used once in the Bible and was referring to the land of the Philistines. The Roman Emperor Hadrian in 135 AD tried to attach that name to the region. For many years hardly anyone lived there. The land became barren. There were always a few Arabs and Jews living there, but the land was mostly ignored.
In 1867 Mark Twain said, “Nowhere in all the waste around was there a foot of shade.” He called the land a “blistering, naked, treeless land.” Of Galilee, he said, “There is no dew, nor flowers, nor birds, nor trees. There is a plain and an unshaded lake, and beyond them some barren mountains.” He said, “If this is the Promise Land, I hope that it is not promised to me.”
Zionism was born in the 1800’s and Jews began to return to Canaan. This was largely because of persecution in Russia and Europe. The Arabs started noticing this and countered it by moving Arabs into the area from Egypt and Arabian Peninsula. The Arab population exploded from less than 250,000 in 1882 to nearly 1.4 million in 1948.
It was the British who called this area Palestine while it was under their control. They were the first to call Arabs Palestinians. At that time the Arabs rebelled and rejected the name. For over a thousand years that area had always been called Syria.
In the 1940’s some of the Arab groups started adopting the British name for the area and started calling themselves Palestinians. They were trying to suggest that they were indigenous people of that region. In fact they were not. They came from Egypt and Arabian Peninsula. Very few of them were actually born in that area.
Yasser Arafat, the most famous “Palestinian”’ was not born there. He was born and raised in Egypt. He later moved to Palestine and claimed that he was a Palestinian.
The Palestinian Myth is that those we call Palestinians today are the indigenous people of the area. They are not, they are Arabs who were moved there to promote a lie.
There is more I want to share with you on this subject so come back tomorrow.
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