THE DELEGITIMIZATION OF ISRAEL
On Saturday, 7 October 2023, the Nation of Israel, while observing the Shabbat and celebrating the joyous day of ‘Simchat Torah’, was treacherously attacked by Hamas from the Gaza Strip. Almost immediately, Israel declared war on Hamas.
At first, most of the world showed sympathy towards Israel. However now that Israel has retaliated strongly and is busy with a ground incursion into Gaza, much of the world is fervently condemning Israel for defending herself. In fact it seems that much of the world has conveniently forgotten the horrendous and barbaric attacks that took place on Saturday, 7 October.
Israel is at war and this is like no other war Israel has faced. Israel is systematically destroying Hamas and Gaza, and I believe that this is the fulfilment of the prophecy in Amos 1:6-7: “Thus says the LORD: “For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because they took captive the whole captivity To deliver them up to Edom. 7 But I will send a fire upon the wall of Gaza, Which shall devour its palaces.””
Realistically, Gaza has been flattened like a pita and much of Gaza has been demolished.
When you watch the regular news – CNN, BBC and other news networks, the only focus is on Gaza and the “horrendous Israelis” who dare defend themselves.
What would have happened if ‘Black Saturday’ as it is called in Israel never took place? Gaza would not have been flattened like a Pita and the Arabs living there would not have had to face the destruction of Gaza.
As I write this article, it is just hours away from the release of some of the hostages that Hamas took captive – “For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because they took captive the whole captivity.”
If Hamas would have not attacked Israel, and had they not taken captives, they would not have had to face the wrath of Israel and the might of Almighty G-d.
So, on the news: Gaza, Gaza, Gaza!
But wait a minute … what happening on the North with Hezbollah and the Houthis firing ballistic missile into Israel?
What about the 200,000 displaced Israelis in the North of Israel?
Is this the world’s view: “It’s not necessary to report on this, let’s just delegitimize Israel and not bother with them; after all, they are only Jews”.
The story is told that King Frederick the Great of Prussia once asked his physician to give him proof for the existence of G-d. His physician replied, “Your Majesty, the continued existence of the Jews”.
It’s true; the Jewish people are the most persecuted people in history. Throughout the ages, there have been repeated attempts to destroy them. No other people group has been so persecuted, yet still the Jewish people miraculously survive.
In fact, we are seeing an upsurge in this anti-Semitism and persecution right now. This is in accordance with the prophecy in Jeremiah 16:16: “Behold, I will send for many fishermen,” says the LORD, “and they shall fish them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.”
There are a number of reasons for this anti-Semitism and persecution, starting with G-d’s Covenantal Promise to the Jewish people.
The other reason is that G-d has a continuing role for the Jewish people that will usher in the Final Revival which will lead to the return of Yeshua.
This is why satan has tried to wipe out Israel, the people and the Land throughout the ages. He understands that G-d has a continuing role for them – including the ushering in of the Final Revival that will bring about the return of Yeshua that will ultimately lead to his downfall.
Regarding the very quickly escalating the anti-Semitism around the world, what are governments doing and saying to protect Jewish people, communities and institutions?
Don’t wear your kippah or a star of David or anything ‘Jewish’ around your neck.
Don’t wear your fringes ‘tzitzit’ in public and remove the ‘mezuzot’ from your doorsposts.
Show nothing that will make people realise you are Jewish.
This is called delegitimization and it come straight from the pit of hell.
I call on Jewish people the world over to stand strong and do not allow ourselves to be delegitimized.
What was the ultimate delegitimization of the Jewish people? Taking their name and identity and tattooing a number on their arm – which is what happened in the Holocaust.
What is happening now – Let’s take your identity and pretend you are non-existent as Jews. In other words: Let’s delegitimize Israel, the people and the land.
We read in Jeremiah 16:16: “Behold, I will send for many fishermen,” says the LORD, “and they shall fish them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.”
This prophecy begins with fisherman – born again believers in Yeshua.
I am thrilled that there are so many Christians actively standing with great enthusiasm and passion with Israel.
However it will be even more thrilling if these very same Christians will actively stand with great enthusiasm and passion for the salvation of Israel – ‘Actively’ being the most important word – and start fulfilling their mandate to get the gospel to Jewish people”.
Now is the time for the ingathering of the Jewish harvest. And now is the time to understand G-d’s ultimate plan for the Redemption of mankind.
It began with the Jewish people.
It continued with the Jewish people in the ‘Torah’ and the ‘tenach’ (Old Testament).
It continued through the Jewish people in the New Testament.
It embraced the Gentiles through the Jewish ‘Moshiach’ and Saviour of the world, Yeshua (Jesus).
And it will come to its final conclusion through Israel, when Jesus will return to Israel and stand amongst His brethren in His Holy City, Jerusalem, in His Holy Land, Israel.
And Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihadists and all anti-Semites will have no place there.
A final thought: Trying to delegitimize Israel, the people and the land, will only delegitimize you when Jesus returns.