June 21, 2010
The reality of 2010 is that we are "in the last days" and Satan will do everything he can to get our focus off where it should be, and put in on something such as our mind's eye of "our importance" to God. God doesn’t need us.
In the Divine Dispensation, for all you who might be "dispensationalists," Israel was destined to sustain the highest and most important part that can be assigned to any nation.
Originally chosen to be the depositary of Spiritual Truth, and separated from all other nations in order to fulfill this mission, it was preserved till the Divine purposes were accomplished. These purposes served as the channel and as the exemplification of Divine truth, and to afford a medium by which the fulness of Divine truth, and of Divine fact, might become embodied in Him, my SAVIOUR, the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
With a Muslim-Marxist-Socialist sitting in the White House, our nation no longer is the representative, and its 2010 history the embodiment, of some truth, as would have applied in a special manner, or had at least became specially manifest in our 200 plus year history. In the case of Israel, Israel was mean to be a theocracy. Our Forefathers, in America’s case, had enough sense to establish this Republic with a Constitution displaying and embodying the Truth of Divine Providence!
In Israel’s case, in its ecclesiastical, but, also, in its political constitution, was it to show forth the supremacy, the authority, and the continued presence of JEHOVAH GOD with HIS Everlastingly Covenanted people.
For that truth to be "exhibited to the world," it became necessary to fix upon and to separate from all the rest of the world’s nations, one nation, i.e, the JEWS OF PALESTINE!
Now, Praise be to HIS HOLY NAME, though in the preparatory stage national, these were spiritual facts and truths, which ultimately could not belong, and were not meant to be, confined to any one race.
These realities are necessarily universal; they are designed for, and apply to all, both "to those who are afar off," and to "those who are nigh."
But, something else of a kindred feature, was Israel’s typical character. Israel, its history, its ordinances, its prophecies, all — were not only so many present realities — they pointed also to something future, to which they stood in the "relationship of shadows."
The grand end and meaning of the preparatory stage was to show the need of, and to open the way for, the ADVENT OF THE SAVIOUR! With His Coming, (my Jewish friends has not seen the reality of "Its happenstance") what was "typical" gave place to what is "real," which we Christian Friends of the Jews should not forget.
The "truths" which the Old Testament dispensation and history embodied, were chiefly these: that Jehovah is the "living" and that HE “is the True God,” all other “gods” such as this Ishmaelite created one named “allah,” are but figments of someone’s imagination. In opposition to heathenism, which so much of the "allah followers" play best in making their "women" follow, worship of the TRUE AND ONLY GOD, JEHOVAH GOD, exhibits "the unity," "the personality" "the Character," and "the Purpose" of our TRUE DEITY!
We cannot and do not deny that certain traditions, containing some portions of spiritual truth, circulated among the heathen, nor that the Spirit of God Who moved over that chaotic deep awakened among them aspirations after, and ultimately produced a general preparedness for, the coming of the Kingdom.
“The World by Wisdom Knew not God,” and the Jewish Nation also, notwithstanding the eternal seed in the midst of it, misunderstood its mission, and, when finally left to its own development, only exhibited by its judgments the truths which at one time it had, and is designed to "declare" and to "enjoy," just as Mrs. Vineyard and I read in the thirty-fifth chapter of Isaiah this morning.
The misunderstandings of the Jews relative to God’s purpose as "Light Bearers" for them (Isaiah 42:6 and 49:6) to us poor dumb Gentiles, and their rejection of THE MESSIAH climaxed not too long afterward in the downfall of Jerusalem and destruction of the temple and the city. Consequently, I have "kindly, but comfortably," told hundreds of Jewish friends who would take me telling them, that same religious tendency led them to that catastrophe, and developed the formalism of true religion to its utmost, until their religion became only a recollection of the past.
When "the world by wisdom knows not God," man, left to himself in that state, with all the different "unGodly" tendencies for thought, of morals, and of fact, are allowed to ripen into maturity. That, in turn, proves that, in the highest and only true aim, man left to himself is as unprofitable, and hence must, in the righteous dispensation of his LORD, meet with the same doom as did the unfruitful fig-tree which our LORD cursed.
The Jewish nation, bless their hearts, notwithstanding the eternal seed in the midst of it, misunderstood its mission, and, when finally left to its own development, only exhibited by its judgments the truths which at one time it had, and is again, designed to "declare and to enjoy!"
Viewed in this light, the history of the Jews gains additional interest and importance. Their past importance can scarcely be overstated:
 They gave the world a Bible.
 They preserved for the world "the home."
 As to HIS humanity, they gave us our SAVIOUR.
 Jewish loans made George Washington’s Revolutionary Army capable of purchasing cannon, muskets, and powder to take on the British.
 They gave us our system of government [Isaiah 33:22, judicial, legislative, and executive powers of government].
 The inventions of their clever minds have given humanity so much.
 The "blessings" we can get for befriending and being a blessing [Genesis 12:3] to them are incomprehensible!
Yes, they were scattered by the Almighty God for their disobedience to HIM! Still, Israel was to have a future history, and it could not be destroyed.
They wandered, but could not be lost. However, in none of their undertakings could they really prosper. It was vain for them, once and again, to renew the unequal contest for national restoration, without the Favor of God Almighty. In my opinion, they gained that back through the efforts of Evangelists D.L. Moody and William Blackstone, who had that great influence upon Arthur Balfour and England’s World War I Prime Minister.
Now, Pastors, everything for me for 2010, is future. It is in that light which I have to look at the reality of today. GOD ALMIGHTY DOESN’T NEED ME. I need HIM! He could use anyone to do all that I do.
The Jews present importance to us Truly Born Again Christians is indicated by their almost miraculous national preservation, and the fact of their being scattered by the DIVINE HAND broadcast over the fields of the world and of its history, as so many seeds of spiritual truth.
The "future importance" lies in this, that they are seeds which are yet to take root, to spring up and to bear bruit; and that their future is connected with the last and brightest events of coming history. Israel and its history are inseparably connect with Scripture. We meet Jews everywhere; and everywhere their past, their present, and their future are full of the deepest meaning.
It was during the time of "that root out of Jesse," or King David’s reign, that the nation of Israel gradually gained in unit and strength, and it enjoyed its greatest prosperity in a political point of view under that reign of Jesse’s root, David!
In applying that to the Jews, during Solomon’s reign, the introduction of "foreign luxury," and "foreign customs" soon produced its natural result. From that period we may date the commencement of the peculiar pre-Babylonian form of religious apostasy. It had, indeed, appeared even before that event but now it rapidly developed, and finally assumed gigantic proportions.
In that stage, the idolatry of Israel, a lesson again for us Independent Baptists in 2010, consisted not so much in "the rejection of the truth," as in "its admixture with and neutralization by, foreign elements."
The worship of JEHOVAH GOD was not wholly set aside, but HE was only looked upon as their national DEITY; and along with HIM other national DEITIES were more or less avowedly made objects of worship.
The sad consequences of this made themselves feel that, in the series of national judgments, which terminated in the deportation of Israel, and then of Judah, to Babylon, there were, in fact, failures "nationally" to their God, the LORD GOD OF ISRAEL.
Israel, then, without her GOD, became Israel without her country.
With HIS OWN HAND, then, we can conclusively say, GOD ALMIGHTY took down the tabernacle, and closed the temple doors; HE put HIS SEAL to what had been done in Judgment upon the Jews!
Then, after the Jews returned from Babylon, they continued subject to the kings of Persia, and under the administration of their own high priests. But, when Alexander the Great on his march of conquest subdued Syria, Judea also fell into his power.
A Jewish tradition relates that the high priest Jaddua refused to pay to him in future the customary tribute. On the plea of his oath of allegiance to the Persian Monarch, Alexander advanced against Jerusalem. But, at some distance from the city, Alexander was met by a solemn procession, with the high priest at its head, who had come to welcome the conqueror, in obedience to a command Jaddua, the high priest, had in a vision.
The tradition adds that Alexander had seen a similar vision, and, in accordance with its injunction, he then received the deputation most graciously, not only sparing their city, and temple, but, even offering sacrifices there, and according great privileges to the Jewish nation.
This narrative, whatever may be its historical value, and the numerous other stories about Alexander the Great which Jewish legend has to record, prove, at least, the deep impression which his appearance made. Certainly ever afterward the Jews remained attached to his interests.
But, after the death of Alexander, his former generals began to take power in the various provinces which had constituted his empire. They became speedily involved in mutual hostilities, and it was a downhill path then for the Jews!
Now, as I try to close out this lengthy email, let me state that, Israel, and its history, are typical; yet will they, as such, meet with a blessed "realization" and it is "reality" which I am dealing with in this letter.
Let me mention to you the new public relations stunt, featuring a ship heading for Gaza and carrying Muslim and Christian women headed by a Hizbullah backer, is aimed at embarrassing Israel into using its mighty force against what will be portrayed as defenseless women. [http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/138126]
The Lebanese ship has been christened the "Mariam" and received the blessing of Catholic women who gathered last week at a statue of the Virgin Mary in southern Lebanon to pray for her to bless another attempt to break Israeli sovereignty over the coast of Hamas-controlled Gaza.
Flotilla spokeswoman Rima Farah told the French news agency AFP, "The participants are committed to making progress and our only weapons are faith in the Virgin Mary and in humanity."
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon stated, "If there was a mask of humanitarianism on previous flotillas, the mask has been removed completely from these boats, which are carrying representatives of Hizbullah and Iran."
The women insist they are not affiliated with Hizbullah, but the organizer of the Miriam, Samar al-Hajj, is the wife of Lebanese general Ali Hajj, who is in a Lebanese jail for involvement with the 2005 assassination of former anti-Syrian Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. She reportedly met with Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah last month.
Muslim publicists have pulled out all stops for the women’s flotilla. Al-Hajj called women the "new secret weapon" against the "thieving enemy." She claimed that some of the women aboard will include those allegedly suffering from cancer as a result of "chemical bombs" that Israel supposedly used in the Operation Cast Lead war against Hamas terror last year.
"This has nothing to do with Hizbullah, although it is an honor for us to be supporters of the resistance," she declared. She also thanked Israel, which has vowed to stop the ship from reaching Gaza, "for its threats which only strengthened these women's willpower to make the trip. We are not afraid."
The financial backer of the Mariam and one other ship is Syrian businessman Yasser Kashlak, who previously has stated support for Hizbullah. He told the terrorist organization’s Al-Manar television satellite network that the boats will take "Europe’s refuse [the Jews] that came to my homeland back to their homelands."
Kashlak, like Al-Hajj,insists he has no ties with Hizbullah or Hamas, but last year, he wrote Nasrallah in a letter published in a Lebanese newspaper, "In the name of the Palestinian people… we stress that we are taking the path of resistance…. We ask [sic] allah to extend your life and the lives of all who support Palestine and the noble 'resistance,'" the letter stated. [end of article]
From Nonnie Darwish, let me give you the following:
In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this child. Consummating the marriage by 9.
The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use her as a toy.
Even though a woman is abused she can not obtain a divorce.
To prove rape, the woman must have (4) male witnesses.
Often after a woman has been raped, she is returned to her family and the family must return the dowry. The family has the right to execute her (an honor killing) to restore the honor of the family. Husbands can beat their wives 'at will' and he does not have to say why he has beaten her.
The husband is permitted to have (4 wives) and a temporary wife for an hour (prostitute) at his discretion.
The Shariah Muslim law controls the private as well as the public life of the woman.
In the West World (America) Muslim men are starting to demand Shariah Law so the wife can not obtain a divorce and he can have full and complete control of her. It is amazing and alarming how many of our sisters and daughters attending American Universities are now marrying Muslim men and submitting themselves and their children unsuspectingly to the Shariah law.
By passing this on, enlightened American women may avoid becoming a slave under Shariah Law.
Learn More.... Read: Cruel and Usual Punishment just released in most bookstores.
Ripping the West in Two.
Author and lecturer Nonie Darwish says the goal of radical Islamists is to impose Shariah law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two.
She recently authored the book, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law.
Darwish was born in Cairo and spent her childhood in Egypt and Gaza before emigrating to America in 1978, When she was eight years old, her father died while leading covert attacks on Israel He was a high- ranking Egyptian military officer stationed with his family in Gaza .
When he died, he was considered a "shahid," a martyr for jihad. His posthumous status earned Nonie and her family an elevated position in Muslim society.
But Darwish developed a skeptical eye at an early age. She questioned her own Muslim culture and upbringing. She converted to Christianity after hearing a Christian preacher on television.
In her latest book, Darwish warns about creeping sharia law - what it is, what it means, and how it is manifested in Islamic countries.
For the West, she says radical Islamists are working to impose sharia on the world. If that happens, Western civilization will be destroyed.
In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. to elect the President!
I think everyone in the U.S. should be required to read this, but with the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on! [end of article]
Reality is about to set in upon us. Israel will probably be at war before August 1st. If they are (even as I found out a few minutes ago from my cardiologist that my heart has gone back into "Atrial Fibrillation," which I have known now for some three weeks, or greatly suspicious it had), this ole man is planning to go back over there to be with the Jews in their time of need. Pray for me about all this. And, should I go, it will be very expensive in "war time" which I will need to be calling on all my friends to help with those incurred expenses.
I remain, sincerely and gratefully, your dutiful friend and obedient servant,
YEDIDIM OF ISRAEL