Human history would be completely lost if it were not for the Holy Bible. The Bible is the only written account in the world that conveys a history of mankind and his existence on this planet. Were it not for the Bible, the history of mankind would be left for the mystics and the mythologies of antiquity to convey the meaning of human history. Fortunately the God of creation inspired the memorization and recording of world history down through the generations. That very same God issued a call unto Abraham to separate himself from the tribes of mankind and to become a peculiar people unto God, through which God could manifest himself, and make his existence known among the nations.
Biblical history is the history of Israel. The Bible, being authored by the one and only Alpha and Omega (Yahweh) is the only book in the entire world that views history from the central vantage point of the nation of Israel. Ironically, God positioned his chosen nation right smack in the middle of the world, probably just so the rest of the nations would be forced to contend with its presence, and its God. The prophet Isaiah, for instance, envisioned Israel as occupying "the center of the earth": In that day (the Lords Day) shall Israel become a blessing in the midst of the earth (Isaiah 19:24). (Ezekiel 5:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.)
Israel, with the appearing of her Messiah looming ever nearer and nearer is once again reassuming the center stage position of world history and will continue to do so until the end of the Messianic kingdom. Although Israel remains in blindness to the reality of Jesus Christ being the Messiah, she will soon discover that reality after the whole world comes against her. Thus, the vast bulk of the Word of God revolves around Israel, the Chosen nation of God, and the relationship Gentile nations have with Israel. The Bible mentions Gentile nations only insofar as they had contact with the Chosen Nation. Thus the reason that many of the dominant nations of modern history are absent from prophetic scriptures. The Scriptures presented Egypt in relation to Moses and the epic drama of the Exodus account. The scriptures presented the Canaanites as the inhabitants of the Promised Land and the obstacle to the Conquest of the land. The scriptures also portray ancient Babylon and the history of how Babylon figured in the destruction of the first Temple and with the Captivity of the children of Israel. The kingdom of the Medes and Persians are also depicted in Biblical history and the part that they played in bringing about the restoration of Jerusalem. Also the great Greek Empire is depicted in the Bible within the context of Daniel's vision of future world powers, under its leader Alexander the Great. Finally the great Roman Empire is portrayed under Caesar and the part that it played during the lifetime of Jesus, and the impact that it had on the New Testament Church in subsequent years.
In the Last Days, the final world power to come into prominence within the scope of Israeli history and dominating the landscape of Israel is the kingdom of the Antichrist. Through all of these contacts with the Gentile nations, Israel remains the one nation around which scriptural history revolves. If we look at the world the way that the Scriptures do, then we must view the actions of all peoples and all nations from the perspective by which the nation of Israel has been and will continue to be used as a sign to all the nations by God. We must understand that much of what God will accomplish on the earth between now and the Lord's Second Coming is going to be done in and through the nation of Israel, and with in the context of the geopolitical-religious struggle that persists around the subject of Israel. The world has a thorn in its side because it has a natural animosity and hatred of that nation. Satan himself is a student of Bible Prophecy, and he also knows through his perspective of Biblical prophecy that the restoration of Israel will set the stage for the Second Coming of Christ. Therein lies the historical strategy of Satan to annihilate the descendants of Israel. If Satan could have ever accomplished the completion of his conspiracy to extricate the world of Jacob's descendants, then he would have never been forced to deal with the miraculous providential promise of God to restore the children of Israel into the Promised Land. When Jesus Christ returns, Satan will be incarcerated and ultimately cast into the Lake of Fire. This is his fate, and just one of many reasons that he hinders the study of Bible Prophecy. Satan doesn't want anybody to discover that he is a defeated rebel. Satan has always sought to undermine the credibility of the prophetic word of God because the imparted record of future history by God is perhaps the most vivid evidence of his existence, and his motivation for using the nation of Israel.
With the modern restoration, or re-gathering of the descendants of Jacob into Israel, Satan today actually is contemplating the reemergence of Israel among the nations of the world, and is therefore plotting his final strategy to disrupt God's great movement within his Chosen Nation. Revelation chapter twelve is an overview of the supernatural conflict that is raging around the reconstitution of Israel into possession of the Promised Land. Satan has to be the most confounded and perplexed being of all of creation. Everything that he has conjured up in the roaring sea of world geopolitical intrigue has blown up in his own face. Satan conspired with his hellish cohorts to incite the spirit of Anti-Semitism on the European continent, and coordinated it to mesh precisely with the emergence of the Nazi-Hitler-Axis warmongers. His final concoction was an all-out attempt to exterminate political Zionism in Europe. The plan was to destroy the hope of a Jewish homeland within the hearts of Jews, if not actually accomplish the total extinction of World Jewry. Hitler's Final Solution of the Jewish Problem was in reality a demonic inspired scheme of Satan to usurp God's plans to re-gather a remnant seed of Israel by working through the undercurrent of world events to replant the seed of Jacob in their natural homeland. When you realize, though, that Satan was terrified by the realities of the early stages of a restored Israel, it makes some sense. With his supernatural powers, Satan could mobilize an elite corps of underlings to gain political control. Once in power, they could proceed with their enormous effort to stop Israel from being created at all costs! Satan failed in stopping the creation of Israel. In fact, Satan's plan completely backfired. Instead of keeping the Jews from returning to the Land, the Holocaust convinced the Jews that there was an urgent necessity for them to have a safety valve. They must have their own sovereign state in a world in which anti-Semitism surrounded them. And without the re-gathering of the Wandering Jew, God's grand land covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob could never become a living reality. So even the Satanic Holocaust worked to the reverse of Satan's evil scheme. Everything Satan does with an evil intent, God intervenes and turns it into a miraculous twist of historical fate on the prophetic time-clock.
So, the re-gathering of the seed of Israel, and the reemergence of the State of Israel has triggered a countdown to the final showdown between God and Satan. In the years since the rebirth of Israel, Satan has plotted to destroy the tiny remnant nation by inciting the neighbors of Israel into attempting an outright military conquest of the new nation. Failing on four separate occasions to accomplish the destruction of Israel, Satan saw the necessity of changing his strategy. His next move was to affect a world rejection pertaining to Israel's legal claim to the land. Satan, failing to annihilate Israel militarily, has since labored to use the clout he has among the nations of the world (UN) to deny Israel's legitimacy in the land, and to call into question the notion that the Bible is relevant to the controversy. The success Satan has enjoyed on these fronts has been overwhelming. He has succeeded in forcing Israel's most philosophical and ideological ally, the United States of America to coerce Israel into complying with the world's demands. The international geopolitical pressure of that diplomatic game of chess brought the world and Israel into the checkmate situation of the Oslo Peace process.
What the enemies of Israel could not accomplish militarily, they have been quite successful at accomplishing through political blackmail with the threat of international terrorism.
And so the world changed on September 11, 2001. America's shield of supernatural protection was removed, not so much from a lack of military capabilities, but from its own self induced disassociation from God and his word, and its national foreign policy of appeasing the enemies of the God of Israel. Satan once again was able to shift gears, and plotted his next strategic move against Israel. For several decades Satan has been inciting fundamentalist Islam against Israel and the lone supporter of Israel in the world. The landmark of that strategy came into world focus with the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979. Geopolitically compelled to operate under the diplomatic guise of dual containment, America sought to play Iraq against the Iranian threat. Using the mighty arm of deterrence, America postponed the inevitable confrontation with the growing Islamic Empire. America and Israel finally ran out of presents in the great give-away program pursuit of peace with the failure of the Camp David Peace Talks and the advent of Yasser Arafat's 2nd Palestinian Intifada. The unrelenting position of Presidents Bush and Sharon propelled the world headlong full steam toward a confrontation over the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. In the newly acquired territories under Yasser Arafat's domain, suicide bombings became the bodily incarnation of the demonic hatred of Israel. It was literally parodied in the Osama bin Laden videotape messages in the aftermath of the attacks on America. “There will be no peace for America until there is peace in Palestine!” Consequently, American President Bush was forced to take an active position in the Israeli-Arab conflict. Content prior to September 11th to allow Israel and her neighbors to resolve their differences on their own account, the new President was vaulted into the arena of Middle East religious-political dynamics. Europe and the Arab world had long become exasperated with America and its failure to force Israel and Arafat into a Middle East Peace. Since Arafat had never desired peace with Israel in the first place, the September attack by Islamic fanatics upon America was a slap in the face of America's traditional Christian ideal of supporting Israel's right to exist. The September event was the throwing down of the gauntlet by Muslim extremists.
Now, America has embarked upon a war on terrorism. President Bush issued an ultimatum to those nations that sponsor and harbor international terrorists. He termed the club of nations that are seeking to acquire weapons of mass destruction for the purpose of using them against Israel, and anybody that supports Israel's right to exist as the “Axis of Evil”. I related to my regular Bible Prophecy classes in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks on America, that our nation has begun a journey down a dark and cloudy tunnel. I do not know how long that tunnel may be, and I do not know what all will transpire while America travels down the this pathway of routing out the evil forces of terrorism. But I can readily estimate from an analytical review of the historical and prophetic time-clock conveyed by God in the Biblical record concerning the Last Days that Satan been permitted to target America in the crosshairs of his gun-sights, as he pursues his agenda to exterminate the nation of Israel. Around the world there are chants of Death to America, and death to Israel. This backlash of venom has come about because of the traditional Christian connection to the State of Israel. America has taken the lead in the war on terror, and finds itself in a lonely and unenviable position. Will the dark and cloudy tunnel result in Divine judgement on America? Will it catapult the church onto the platform of a rapturous takeoff? Will America compromise its support for Israel? Many world leaders commented on the day after September 11th that the world would never again be the same. They are correct in that assessment. From a Biblical world view the nations of this world are already positioning themselves in the exact international theatre alignment regarding Israel, as prophesied by all the prophets of God.
For America's part, President Bush spelled out the new Middle East Doctrine in his June 24th, 2002 speech regarding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
The President stated: For too long, the citizens of the Middle East have lived in the midst of death and fear. The hatred of a few holds the hopes of many hostage. The forces of extremism and terror are attempting to kill progress and peace by killing the innocent. And this casts a dark shadow over an entire region. For the sake of all humanity, things must change in the Middle East. My vision is two states, living side by side in peace and security. There is simply no way to achieve that peace until all parties fight terror. Yet, at this critical moment, if all parties will break with the past and set out on a new path, we can overcome the darkness with the light of hope. Peace requires a new and different Palestinian leadership, so that a Palestinian state can be born. I call on the Palestinian people to elect new leaders, leaders not compromised by terror. I call upon them to build a practicing democracy, based on tolerance and liberty. Today, Palestinian authorities are encouraging, not opposing, terrorism, and this is unacceptable. And the United States will not support the establishment of a Palestinian state until its leaders engage in a sustained fight against the terrorists and dismantle their infrastructure. I've said in the past that nations are either with us or against us in the war on terror. To be counted on the side of peace, nations must act. President Bush also stated, that Israel must withdraw to the military positions it held before the outbreak of the intifada, freeze its settlement construction, and as a democratic Palestinian emerges, "end its occupation of territory" and negotiate borders on the basis of UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338.
So, President Bush has effectively compromised the war on terrorism by conceding that the territories of the West Bank (Old Testament Judea and Samaria) belong to a mythological State called Palestine. With this action, President Bush has positioned the United States in opposition to God's providence for the re-gathered remnant of Israel. There is absolutely no neutral ground when it comes to Israel and the so-called “Occupied Territory”. With the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict resolved by the creation of a new State of Palestine, America is hedging its bets that it can more efficiently wage the war on terrorism by sidelining the controversy over the Promised Land. But, America's new doctrine in the Middle East doesn't take into account that God has pronounced a curse upon those nations who compromise the covenanted land, especially in these last days after he has begun the restorative process of returning Israel unto himself.
Soon though, Satan will modify his conspiracy to deny Israel's right to exist, and launch a campaign of peace with security that will permit Israel the opportunity to resurrect its ancient Temple with a presence on the contentious Temple Mount. After having failed to exterminate Israel, and deny its right to exist, Satan will turn his devices toward a scheme that will entice Israel into a Covenant with Hell. Satan's agenda ultimately is to be worshipped as God, and he will manipulate the present Jewish desire for a third Temple for his own willful promotion.
The whole world is focused intently on Israel today. Israel is an annoyance for most of the nations around the world. Israel's mere presence in the Middle East is an affront to the religion of Islam and is a constant point of contention for the world's powers because of the agitation that surrounds the Arab-Israeli controversy. World history will soon reach its climax, and the nations of the whole world will come face to face with the precipice of Armageddon because of the evil scheme of Satan to destroy the gathered remnant of Israel.
Israel is the focus of world history, and the clearest evidence that
Jesus is coming soon! Soon the whole world will make the discovery that
The Bible was always relevant to the history of mankind, and relevant to the controversy surrounding Israel. Most importantly however will be the
discovery that Jesus Christ is the real King of the Jews! While Israel
is the national vehicle for the focus of the movement of world history,
Jesus is the one who will change the world.