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Acts of God: America's Warning Not to Divide Israel
CBN ^ | June 26, 2003 | Jennifer James

Posted on 06/28/2003 8:49:26 AM PDT by yonif

Since its modern establishment, the state of Israel has been a hotbed of controversy. Jews and Palestinians have long battled over who should rightfully inhabit the land of Israel, a land promised to the Jews 4,000 years ago. In the Bible, the book of Genesis details the covenant God made with the descendants of Abraham.

"On that day, the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, 'to your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river of Euphrates.'" - Genesis 15:18.

For more than a decade, America has led attempts to settle that dispute, each time encouraging Israel to bring its covenant lands to the bargaining table, this time with the "Road Map" peace plan. Bible scholars say that may be a costly decision for the U.S. as America again stands at odds with God's covenant promise.

U.S. Consul General Jeffrey Feltman said, "What we need to do now is implement and focus on how we get the two sides back to a political process and towards the vision of a two-state solution: Israel and Palestine living side by side."

On April 30, 2003, America was positioned as the catalyst to jump-start the so-called "solution" to the Middle East crisis. As U.S.-backed Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas was sworn in, the "Road Map" peace plan was set in motion.

The very next day began the worst month of tornadoes in American history, more than 500 in a single month. Normally, 1,000 tornadoes hit the United States each year, but this year, in just eight days in May, 375 twisters ripped across the heartland of America.

While in Israel, Assistant Secretary of State William Burns told a group of left-wing activists that "common sense" would override the conservative and Christian viewpoints concerning the road map.

May 9th, 2003, President Bush addressed students at the University of South Carolina. Bush called on the Palestinians to embrace the road to peace, and see the flag of Palestine raised over a free nation.

Hours later, tornadoes returned and Oklahoma City again became the bulls-eye for deadly twisters, reducing what was left of businesses and homes to splinters and bricks. The tornadoes of May devastated the Midwest with the third worst property damage in American history. Since then, the Road Map has endured a rocky road to June, coinciding with what may be America's most rain-drenched spring in history.

On the East Coast there have been less than 10 rainless weekends the entire year. And in the West, certain crop-eating pests are having their best year in six decades amid dry conditions.

In the early stages of the Road Map peace process, weather catastrophe and recent violence in Israel have competed for the headlines. That violence coupled with America's own battles at home are leading some to question the Road Map. Is there a connection between dividing the Holy Land and utter disruption? Some Bible scholars think so.

In the book of Joel, God warns against dividing the land of Israel. Joel 3:1-2 says, "...I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of my people and my inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up my land."

Bill Koenig, author of Israel: The Blessing or the Curse, said, "We know for a fact that God gave this land, through the Abrahamic covenant, He gave the land of Israel to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their descendants, and this land is God's land."

Koenig said the U.S. should not consider such chaos a coincidence. "These are warning signals, these are warning judgements to America that this is My covenant land and it's not to be traded for promises of peace and security. This land is not to be parceled," he said.

In the last 12 years, the U.S. has stepped up its efforts to pressure Israel to give up her covenant lands, several times sharing the spotlight with major storms.

On October 30, 1991, in a meeting scheduled by the first President Bush, Israelis and Palestinians discussed ways to achieve peace in the Middle East. Opening talks focused on trading the lands of Israel for a peace agreement.

That same day, thousands of miles away, a powerful storm was brewing off the coast of Nova Scotia. On October 31st, what would be called "The Perfect Storm" smashed into New England, pummeling the President's Kennebunkport, Maine home with waves 30 feet high. It was a storm so rare that the weather patterns required to create it only happen once every 100 years.

August 23rd, 1992, Middle East peace talks resumed in Washington, D.C. The issue remained surrendering the biblical lands of Judea and Samaria in exchange for peace. Hundreds of miles south, Florida was the target of the worst natural disaster in American history. Hurricane Andrew tore through with an eye more than 30 miles wide and winds up to 178 miles per hour leaving a $32 billion disaster.

Koenig said, "The world leaders have attempted to parcel the covenant land, so as Israel's property and land is at risk, so is the property of the nation that's promoting the peace process. And I might add that the greater the pressure on Israel to give up this property, the greater the repercussions and the greater the following events that take place afterwards."

In the Bible, the prophet Zechariah warned the nations that would come against Jerusalem. "On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves," says Zechariah 12:3.

Koenig said, "We have the nations of the world right now siding with the Arabs and the Muslims that are focused on the covenant land, but we know God is standing with the nation of Israel."

Is America playing a dangerous game? As the Road Map peace process encounters resistance, the Bush administration's determination to see it through has escalated.

Secretary of State Colin Powell said, "We have a plan, we have the commitment of leaders and now we have to execute that plan, keep moving forward and not allow ourselves to be distracted or thrown off point, from the promise that's out there with the Road Map, by this surge of violence. We've got to punch our way through it."

But, up against biblical prophecies, Koenig said America is standing against the very Word of God and should expect major obstacles.

"I believe the Lord will allow these events to happen that disrupt the peace process," he said. "As long as you are going to have a terrorist infrastructure that's allowed to co-exist in the nation Israel, we're going to have a problem."

And with those same terrorist groups opposed to America's brand of peace, the future of the Road Map is dim. Israelis maintain they will be relentless to protect their country while all plans to split up the tiny nation may be curbed.

Koenig said, "God loves the nation of Israel. He still, to this day, loves this nation. He is in hot pursuit of the people of Israel. Through these events, we look at the tragedies and we look at the trials, but God's trying to wake up the world."

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cbn; divide; god; idf; israel; land; terrorists
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To: Zakie
And I happen to think you will be damned for eternity. Not because you're not Jewish but because of your infernal bigotry.

Easy there.... Just because you don't believe what is written in the Bible doesn't give you the right to attack those who do. Why don't you just move on to another thread if you cannot participate in a civil discussion?
41 posted on 06/28/2003 2:10:19 PM PDT by demkicker ((I wanna kick some commie butt))
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To: nmh
"If Bush were REALLY a born again Christian, why does he elevate homosexuals in positions of power and authority?"

Because he is president of a diverse nation. I agree homosexuality is immoral. It doesn't appear that he's appointed any to positions from which they can significantly impact the political/moral landscape.

Also if Bush is a born again Christian, WHY did he open pandoras box and okay EMBRYONIC stem cell research AFTER he sent out NUMNEROUS letters to concervative organizations saying he would NOT okay this?

You do realize that Bush only authorized continuing research on the existing stem cell cultures but did not allow the killing of any more embryoes to obtain stem cells, right?

42 posted on 06/28/2003 2:10:20 PM PDT by MEGoody
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To: yonif
I don't presume to know what is an act of God.
43 posted on 06/28/2003 2:10:54 PM PDT by rmlew ("Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute.")
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To: Matchett-PI
I think we agree...I was trying to squeeze a bunch of stuff in one tiny paragraph...There is no doubt about Rome...
the anti-christ Rev.13:18 ...I know the spirit of anti-christ is alive and well today.
I can't write good like you...Where do you think I am wrong ?
44 posted on 06/28/2003 2:20:30 PM PDT by OREALLY
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To: Zakie
"This is exactly the sort of warped ideology that led to 2,000 years of Christian persecution which ended in the gas chambers of Auschwitz."

Excuse me, did you even READ what was in post 4? You even copied/pasted this from the post "But it will be in God's chosen way and in his chosen timetable, not through political or military action."

Get that? No political or military action. Do you understand? With no political or military action, there wouldn't have been an Auschwitz.

There has been no '2,000 years of Christian persecution'. It's just a fantasy you've made up to suit your own agenda.

45 posted on 06/28/2003 2:20:49 PM PDT by MEGoody
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To: Zakie
>Like a moth to a flame, Norse descends on the Jewish >thread to give everyone the benefit of his anti-Jewish two >cents.

That's a shockingly stupid comment.
46 posted on 06/28/2003 2:25:02 PM PDT by Norse
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To: Zakie; nmh
>And I happen to think you will be damned for eternity. Not >because you're not Jewish but because of your infernal >bigotry.

Wow, Zakie, you really do have problems.
47 posted on 06/28/2003 2:30:52 PM PDT by Norse
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To: Zakie
>This is exactly the sort of warped ideology that led to >2,000 years of Christian persecution which ended in the >gas chambers of Auschwitz. The Jews of Europe were wiped >out because people of you. I certainly would give a wide >berth to your brand of "religion."

Wrong again, Zakie. Hitler, the SS, and the Nazi party were anti-Christian. In fact, they openly worshiped pagan Gods...Norse Gods to be exact. The Jews in Europe were wiped out by the forces of evil. Now, people hate Jews because of people like you. How does it feel?
48 posted on 06/28/2003 2:33:22 PM PDT by Norse
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To: Zakie
You think anything we do here on earth has anything to do with God's will?
49 posted on 06/28/2003 2:39:09 PM PDT by Cacophonous
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To: Cacophonous; Zakie
I poorly phrased my question; I should have asked if you actually think anything we do here on easrth can change or influence God's will.
50 posted on 06/28/2003 2:46:23 PM PDT by Cacophonous
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To: yonif
Glad to see that someone else is seeing the patterns of Israel and weather.

I would suspect that were we to ever show direct action against Israel with out military we'd see BIG earthquakes in the San Andreas fault and that one around Memphis.

51 posted on 06/28/2003 2:55:27 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (We are crushing our enemies, seeing him driven before us and hearing the lamentations of the liberal)
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To: Matchett-PI
This is a fascinating post. Where did you get all of the references? I mean it, it's really fascinating--a little compendium of scholarship that could keep me reading for hours.
52 posted on 06/28/2003 3:09:58 PM PDT by huck von finn
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To: Zakie
,,, I certainly would give a wide berth to your brand of "religion."

My "religion". Hmm..well, I guess you, as a Jew, would not acccept Christianity (or Islam, or Buddhism, or Wicca, or whatever) as a religion because it is not Judaism. Fair enough. You are, of course, free in this country to practice your own brand of bigotry.

As a Christian, I am taught that only those who have accepted their salvation through Jesus Christ will see the Kingdon of Heaven.

I--a Christian--cannot make exceptions for Jews (or Muslims, or Buddhists, etc), just as you, a Jew, cannot make exceptions for Chiristians (or Muslims, or Buddhists, etc). It would therefore be false of me to say otherwise.

However, a Christian does not prosecute others. Any atrocities committed in the name of Christianity were not committed by Christians, irrespective of what the authors of those atrocities claimed. Simply, Christians don't do that. I amy try to teach you about Christ, and invite you to worship with me; just as you may invite me to synagogue with you. No offense should be taken in either instance.

I make every effort to be civil; and would ask that you conduct yourself in the same way. And grow up; noone is persecuting you.

53 posted on 06/28/2003 3:11:09 PM PDT by Cacophonous
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To: Dave S
Yes, Dave S

Abraham indeed had two sons.

Isaac Is a son of the Covenant and Ishmael is Not a son of the Covenant.

The Lord GOD chose to Bless the bloodline/seed of Isaac (The Son of Promise - The Son of Sacrifice) to bring forth The Messiah...Yeshua/Jesus The Christ.

GOD did Not choose Ishmael, as his bloodline was corrupted by Cain and Amalek.

The Word Of GOD is very clear about this.

Read: Genesis/Beresheit Chapter 21, Verse 12 where GOD chooses Isaac over Ishmael.

God also Blesses Ishmael and promises to make him a great nation.

Ishmael and Hagar his mother were Egyptian Pagans.

Genesis Chapter 22, Verses 12 to 19 where GOD allows Isaac to Live and Blesses Abraham the Hebrew/Jew with His Eternal Covenant, because Abraham OBEYED GOD!

Please Re-read Verses 17 and 18.

Also Read the Account of Jacob and Esau: Genesis/Beresheit Chapter 25, Verses 21 to 34 where GOD chooses Jacob over Esau, to be the bloodline/seed that will bring forth The Messiah Yeshua/Jesus.

Remember that it is: EL SHADDAI - The Almighty Living GOD of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel who chooses how HIS Plan will be carried out.

54 posted on 06/28/2003 3:11:48 PM PDT by Simcha7 (GOD Bless and Protect Our Troops, ISRAEL and the IDF.)
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To: yonif
Palestinians are the seed of Abraham too since they are Arabs descended from Ishmael. Don't they qualify for God's promise too?
55 posted on 06/28/2003 3:16:43 PM PDT by Eternal_Bear
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To: nmh
There are a lot of people who are genuinely saved, yet never touch a Bible. I'll sadly admit to being one of those for a long time myself. Luckily, I've now figured out that you CANNOT lead the Christian life you should without the Bible. That is God's primary way of speaking to us and we need that time with Him.

I hope Bush is truly saved, but he shows zero biblical awareness whatsoever that I've been able to tell.


56 posted on 06/28/2003 4:26:43 PM PDT by MississippiMan
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To: MEGoody
The bible is also very, very clear that Israel is to be a theocracy. Today's Israel is anything but that.

The covenant in which the land was given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, was UNCONDITIONAL and permanent. So on the issue of land, that's irrelevant. The land is theirs, actually far more land than what they currently occupy.


57 posted on 06/28/2003 4:28:24 PM PDT by MississippiMan
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To: Matchett-PI
"I had quite different expectations for Bush. I wonder if he's just biblically ignorant or what."

Matchett, you're certainly entitled to your beliefs regarding antichrist, but I don't buy into them at all. Please don't address those voluminous posts to me that take up eight or ten screens. And yes, I'll freely admit that I'm ignorant on far too much of the Bible. Not on this issue, though. The land belongs to Israel, as everyone is gonna find out in the end.



58 posted on 06/28/2003 4:33:32 PM PDT by MississippiMan
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To: yonif

Look, why would God be mad at us over this land dispute?

Is it not the Jews and Palestinians who constantly try to draw us into their battle?

If they are so concerned God's promise to Abraham, this division of land and our role in it, then why don't the Jews simply handle it themselves instead of pointing the finger at innocent third parties they begged for help?

59 posted on 06/28/2003 4:34:29 PM PDT by Jhoffa_
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To: Dave S
Excuse me but didnt Abraham have two sons. The Jews descended from one and the arabs from the other. Doesnt that make the arabs co-heirs?

See post 54. Simcha7 gave a perfect biblical explanation as to why the Arabs are definitely not co-heirs.


60 posted on 06/28/2003 4:35:40 PM PDT by MississippiMan
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