By Bill Koenig
Bill Koenig is co-author of Israel: The Blessing or the Curse, available through his website: www.watch.org. You may subscribe to his on-line newsletter at www.watch.org/subscribe.html. We reprint this message, with his permission, to inform our readers that God has raised up other men who proclaim the same Truths He gave the late Elmer Josephson. Very recently, our concern for our USA rose high with the introduction to the UN Security Council by our US Ambassador, John Negroponte’s resolution endorsing a Palestinian State along side Israel: it passed unanimously.
Many warnings have been issued about giving or trading away God’s covenant land of Israel, in exchange for a peace which would be tenuous and temporary at best. Letters have been delivered to government leaders and officials in both the United States and Israel. Our book, Israel: The Blessing or the Curse, and accompanying documentation about the past, present, and future implications of tampering with Israel’s covenant land have been widely distributed to those involved in policy decisions for both nations . . . . it was my prayer and my hope that both the Bush Administration and the Sharon government would understand and react to the importance of taking a strong faith-based position regarding the covenant land.
These two countries–both of them democracies and allies–were founded on Biblical principles. Israel is primarily a Jewish nation, and the U.S.A. is primarily a Christian nation. By historical and spiritual standards alike, both nations serve the one true God of the Bible.
Just as our fair and just God of the Bible has done, in both documented prophetic history and in stated promises, both governments have been warned about dealing with His covenant land in a secular manner. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that they are heeding these warnings and promises. Now, as violence is escalating daily and the prospect of peace fades with each incident of retribution, there can only be one answer to the question, “Why is this happening?”
Since the first “land for peace” proposals were introduced at the Middle East Peace Talks in Madrid, Spain over ten years ago, the Lord has warned those involved time after time. (Note: these warnings are documented in the book, Israel: The Blessing or the Curse.)
During this time, Israel’s leaders have reluctantly bought into the “land for peace” dream, and some even yielded to the enormous pressure being exerted by the world powers. No one could ever totally comprehend the pressures that the prime ministers of Israel have had to face.
Tamar Excavations in the Arava Desert, about 20 miles south of the Dead Sea. The project of the Biblical Tamar Park is governed by the Jewish National Fund, Israel’s Antiquities Authority, Tamar/Sapir Regional Council and Blossoming Rose. The latter is headed by Dr. DeWayne Coxon. The purpose of Biblical Tamar Park is to provide an educational center for Christians and Jews in a greened desert environment while restoring the ancient city.
However, yielding to those pressures has led Israel into the most dangerous position in her history. The United States, her ally and benefactor, has been complicit in this scenario.
A current case in point is the Saudi Middle East Peace Plan, which reportedly calls for Israel to give up the “disputed” territories (God’s covenant land) and retreat back to the pre-1967 borders in exchange for “full normalization of relations” by Arab countries with Israel.
It should be noted that, even though (at last report) the plan sits undelivered on the desk of Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, President George W. Bush, and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell have all grabbed on to it as a “creative solution” toward peace in Israel. . .
Before the appearance of the Saudi plan, it appeared as though the U.S. president and administrative leaders were understanding the importance of the covenant land, even as their official stance still favored the proposed Mitchell Plan (also with “land for peace” concessions).
The bottom line is that only an American President and an Israeli Prime Minister who will stand firm on God’s covenant land can offer any hope. As long as any proposals or plans call for giving away covenant land, there is no solution, and God’s judgment will continue to intensify.
The ultimate solution, of course, lies with the return of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring His 1,000-year millennial reign over a new heaven and a new earth:
“Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4 KJV)
Collision Course with Israel
Friends, as the Bible has prophesied, the nations of the world are rapidly moving towards a major collision course with the God of Israel. For those who have not accepted the Lord, the scenario isn’t going to be pretty.
“And it shall come to pass in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” (Zechariah 12:3 KJV)
Up until the present time, the many prayers of Christians for Israel and for God’s mercy have helped to hold off His wrath on an unsuspecting secular world. What is yet to come, for those who come against Israel, is going to be devastating.
To know where the world is headed in the coming days and weeks, keep your ears and eyes on the words and actions of the world leaders as they pertain to Israel. Most, if not all of them, do not even suspect what could await them. They have a divine appointment with the God of Israel, the God of the Bible. His fury is building. -
The Israelite Fortress Gate at the Tamar excavations in the Arava Desert. To have a part in this restoration and development project of the Biblical Tamar Park, contact DeWayne Coxon, Blossoming Rose, 360 Pine St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.