By Elmer Josephson
Excerpt from the book “Israel, God’s Key to World Redemption” Written in the early 70’s, it applies yet today.
Because of Jews
“Closed because of Jews.” This was a sign seen at a gasoline service station in St. Louis, Missouri when the energy crisis was at its peak.
A sign, “Open Because of Jews” might well be placed over every church in America and around the world, which many seem to have forgotten (John 4:22).
Bumper strips on cars have been seen reading, “We need oil, not Jews.” A man reported, “I saw a car pass with a white bumper sticker on the rear that read: ‘Burn Jews, not oil’.” Others read: “Oil, yes – Jews, no.”
Dr. Chaim Weizmann, Israel’s first president, warned the governments of both Britain and the United States against the Arab control of a large part of the world’s oil resources. He wrote: “It has always been my view that Palestine [Israel now] could be made a center of the new scientific development which would get the world past the conflict arising from the monopolistic position of oil. Not that our scientific work would be dedicated solely to that purpose but it would certainly be one of its main enterprises.”
We ask the question: When any nation has a monopoly upon a critically needed commodity, is it right and should that nation be permitted to use such a trump card as a means of international blackmail? In such cases if consumer nations stood together it would end such claptrap. If all the non-oil, food-producing nations would stand together and say to the oil non-food-producing nations, “Man cannot live by oil alone, but by every commodity that proceeds out of all the earth,” the problem would resolve immediately.
Though the Almighty is sovereign over all things and will carry forward all His plans and purposes to the Nth degree, still He has the prerogative to test the hearts of men as King David declared, “Thou, O God, has proved us, thou has tried us as silver is tried” (Psalm 66:10). . . to test the nations of the world who do know Israel is the chosen seed through whom all the knowledge of the One true God has come. In spite of this, these nations have not only ignored Israel in her dilemma but have taken a strong stand against her, thereby bringing themselves under divine judgment.
“I will undo all that afflict thee” (Zeph. 3:19). Providential retributions have already been evident upon some of these nations and we shall witness more. He who declared, “Thou shalt not bear false witness” in His commandments, will not Himself falsify relative to His promises regarding His people Israel, “I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee” (Genesis 12:3).
The mature human mind is skeptical and very apt to push into future millennia any great Biblical prophetic fulfillment such as the coming judgment of the nations (Matthew 25:31-46) by Messiah at His coming. But from multiple prophetic passages already fulfilled, it could well be that this generation shall see the Messiah’s judgment of the nations on the promised premise, “Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the lest of these MY BRETHREN, ye have done it unto me.” [For further explanation of this passage in Matthew, see chapter 10 of “Israel, God’s Key to World Redemption.”] -
An almond orchard established in memory of Elmer Josephson is at Ma’ale Michmas, northeast of Jerusalem. The orchard has room for many more trees to be planted. For $15.00 or more, you can receive a certificate suitable for framing. Designate who you wish it planted “In Honor of” or “In Memory of”. The sign at the orchard quotes from Psalms 1, “He shall be like a tree . . . That brings forth fruit in his season.” The orchard is blessing the settlement with almonds.