"The New Judas"
Rapture Forum Staff: Robert
The United States is in trouble.
I am not talking about the recession, as bad as that may be, nor am I referring to any of the "ills" that currently plague society in the US today. They are but by products of her core problem, which I will address later on in this article. No, the kind of trouble I am referring to is the kind that kills nations; the kind that God has warned man about in his word from the BEGINNING, yet like utter morons, we have ignored it...
...and with DIRE consequences.
At one time, America was a friend and ally to Israel, being the first to recognize the newly-reformed nation in 1948, and having maintained diplomatic and economic relations with the Jewish State, as well as supplying weapons in the intervening years. But in recent years, especially after the 2008 elections, the course the United States has taken regarding her longtime ally has been one of idiocy. In a bid to "establish peace" in the Middle East, President Obama has repeatedly attempted to pressure Israel's government, namely PM Benjamin Netanyahu, to concede land to the PA, so that they may establish the "Nation of Palestine". Military equipment and supplies destined for Israel were rerouted mid-shipment, and inordinate demands made upon the tiny nation. The US squeezed Israel to freeze construction in Jerusalem in a bid to appease the PA, while the Palestinian Authority has no legal or moral authority to demand such a thing, as Jerusalem and indeed, ALL of Israel, belongs to the Jews and NO ONE ELSE.
But if that were not enough, President Obama humiliated PM Netanyahu after the "Gaza Flotilla Raid" incident that occurred on May 31st of this year. Israel had repeatedly issued warnings to the Flotilla NOT to violate the Gaza Blockade, which the Flotilla promptly ignored. Then when intercepted, the Flotilla tried to outright MURDER the Commandos sent aboard, who only drew deadly force when they had to literally fight for their lives. For this, Netanyahu was castigated silently by the US, in the form of by giving him the coldest of welcomes in Washington after practically being ORDERED there by the US.
Then, the United States made plans to give the Lebanese army 100 MILLION dollars; their rationale for doing so: “Improving Lebanon’s ability to defend its borders, stop arms trafficking, build institutions and fight terrorist elements is imperative to the security and stability of the region." Considering that Hezbollah now constitutes a majority of Lebanese forces, it does NOT take a "rocket scientist" to figure out where the money will go or how it will be used.
Adding to that, the US has decided to give $400 MILLION in aid to the Palestinian Authority; a gesture that President Barack Obama pledged to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Then, in a separate measure, another 150 MILLION in aid was announced by Hillary Clinton, who also asked other countries to "step up" and offer aid. All of this was issued on the "promise" that the PA would "renounce all terrorist acts". Essentially, the US is paying terrorists now to NOT attack the nation or its' allies, and aside from their word (which is worth less than the scrap paper upon which they signed the agreement), there is no way to make sure that they will not attack the US, Israel, or any other ally of the US.
We have done all of this, with a MULTI-TRILLION dollar debt to our name, citizens of this nation IN NEED, and virtually NO assurance that any of the money given will do a single thing. It all goes to demonstrate our core problem, as mentioned earlier:
WE HAVE FORGOTTEN GOD, and we will rue this as surely as the sun comes up in the morning.
It is not enough that we have thrown God out of our schools, businesses, off our town greens at Christmas time, and out of our courthouses and places of government. It is not enough that we have made preaching the gospel nearly a "hate crime". It is not enough that we use his name and his son's name as crude epithets when we are agitated or angry. It is not enough that we murder the unborn in the name of choice and pander filth on TV that 2 generations ago would have resulted in station closings by the FCC. It is not enough that most "evangelicals" in the US believe in the damnable "replacement theology", a hell-spawned "doctrine" that claims the church is the new Israel. It is not enough that antisemitism is spreading across our nation and the planet like wildfire, and threatens to consume all in it's flaming hatred for those of Abraham's lineage. Now we have chosen to ARM the enemies of Israel, all in the name of "expediency" in promoting 'Middle East peace?"
The United States has become "The New Judas"; we have betrayed Israel and by extension, the Lord God HIMSELF.
God promised in scripture:
"Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father's house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed." (Genesis 12:1-3, NASB, emphasis mine)
"And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before You!” But God said, “No, but Sarah your wife will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this season next year." (Genesis 17:18-21, NASB, emphasis mine)
"Also I will restore the captivity of My people Israel, And they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them; They will also plant vineyards and drink their wine, And make gardens and eat their fruit. I will also plant them on their land, And they will not again be rooted out from their land Which I have given them,” Says the LORD your God." (Amos 9:14-15, NASB, emphasis mine)
"I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? “Lord, THEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS, THEY HAVE TORN DOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY ARE SEEKING MY LIFE.” But what is the divine response to him? “I HAVE KEPT for Myself SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL.” In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace. What then? What Israel is seeking, it has not obtained, but those who were chosen obtained it, and the rest were hardened; just as it is written, “GOD GAVE THEM A SPIRIT OF STUPOR, EYES TO SEE NOT AND EARS TO HEAR NOT, DOWN TO THIS VERY DAY.” And David says, “LET THEIR TABLE BECOME A SNARE AND A TRAP, AND A STUMBLING BLOCK AND A RETRIBUTION TO THEM. “LET THEIR EYES BE DARKENED TO SEE NOT, AND BEND THEIR BACKS FOREVER.” I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous. Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be! But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too. But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either. Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree? For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, “THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION, HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB. THIS IS MY COVENANT WITH THEM, WHEN I TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS.” From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all. Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen." (Romans 11:1-36, NASB, emphasis mine)
By arming her enemies, denying her heritage, demanding she hand her rightful land over to leering jackals that drool and bay for her blood, and by insinuating that the Lord hes reneged on his promises to her, the people and the government of the United States have collectively stabbed poor Israel in the back, and in doing so, the Lord we CLAIM to serve and obey.
Is it any wonder then, that the PROMISE contained in Genesis 12:3 is being fulfilled now?
It is not JUDGMENT that is being cast upon the US, but the PROMISE that the Lord made concerning any that would dare to touch the apple of his eye.
Judgment? That is yet to COME... and come it WILL, in the Tribulation
With all of that said, I say this to president Obama and those in his Cabinet and staff who think dealing with the enemies of Israel as if they were friends is a good idea:
SHAME ON YOU.
Set the teleprompter aside and read this, Mr President:
In your arrogance, you have DEFIED the Living God and have INSULTED him in his temple in heaven. You have disregarded his words as though they are nothing, and have sought in your ARROGANCE to write your own version of how things will work out in the Middle East. And all for your OWN aggrandizement; to make a name for yourself so that you would be remembered throughout the generations. Not only does that smack of the same boast the people made at Babel, but with the signs all around us, does this world REALLY have that much time left?
God has promised in his word:
“Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it." (Zechariah 12;2-3, NASB, emphasis mine)
And God says of his word:
"So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it" (Isaiah 55:11, NASB, emphasis mine)
God is NOT mocked, Mr President; not by anyone, even the President of the United States. And you may say you believe in "god", but is it the God of the Bible? Because if it were, then why are you NOT doing what he has clearly commanded?
It's up to you; will you serve him, or Mammon?