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Reflections from AIPAC Conference

Prophecy Update:

I was privileged to attend the AIPAC conference in Washington D.C. this past week. We had many good conversations and met many great people. This prophecy update is going to focus on what I learned at the conference. (You can watch the speeches at their website, policyconference.org)

The goal of the conference is to support the state of Israel. The theme was “Many Voices One Mission.” The bond between Israel and the USA is very deep and that is reflected in the way everyone pulls in the same direction at the conference. There is a real sense of camaraderie. That bond is because of the nature of Israel and America at its core. Our governments are based on rights and truths deeply rooted in the Scriptures.

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, spoke on the relationship between the two countries. He welcomed the new ambassador to Israel David Friedman. His line is that “Israel has no greater friend in the world than America and America has no greater friend that Israel.” The concern that the Prime Minister spoke on was the dark future that Islamic terrorism has planned for the world. He said that he was “confident that the United States and Israel will stand together, shoulder to shoulder, to ensure that light triumphs over darkness, and hope triumphs over despair. That means preventing Iran from ever developing nuclear weapons.” This ended up being a common theme throughout the conference. We ended up lobbying on Capitol Hill about the Iranian regimes aggression and there are several bills before congress and the senate that put more sanctions on Iran. In both chambers of Congress, lawmakers have introduced bipartisan bills to respond to Iran’s malign behavior in the Middle East. The Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 1698), authored by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), aims to strengthen sanctions targeting Iran’s ballistic missile activity and illicit arms transfers.
Similarly, the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 (S.722), authored by Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and SFRC Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD), bolsters sanctions across an array of activities in response to Iran’s dangerous activities in the region.

Netanyahu called it a ‘battle between modernity and medievalism’ and said that “more and more countries are realizing that Israel is on their side.” He highlighted the incredible cyber capabilities to protect infrastructures in other countries and the medical services that are second to none in the world. Israel is a global technological power, the world looks to them for all of the latest break troughs. He highlighted that what Israel could not have been done without the alliance with America. He thanked President Trump for the strong support. This was expressed by Ambassador Haley at the United Nations. He said, “We confront the same enemies, and defend the same values, our open societies, our respect for the rule of law, and the many freedoms we rightly cherish, these are the things that bring Americans and Israelis together.” He called on the Palestinian Authority to stop teaching hatred to its children, stop paying terrorists, stop denying our legitimacy and our history, and above all recognize the Jewish State!

As Netanyahu defended the nation of Israel, he cried peace, peace, but was very realistic. Not like others who do not see the fight with Muslims as a real fight. So many speakers cried peace, peace when there is no peace. They are advocating peace that will get Israel killed. Many of the democrats defended the Iran deal of Obama. For example, Nancy Pelosi said, “our faith tells us that we have not done enough to rid our nation of the poisonous attitudes that we are witnessing now. Our presidential campaign where hate speech went unchallenged, anti-Semites who desecrate cemeteries, hate crimes continue to increase, white supremacists and the alt right feel empowered and connected to the white house. That is unacceptable.” Applause—only I was not applauding. It was apparent that even at AIPAC, it was not free of partisan politics and lies. AIPAC is a bipartisan organization and Nancy Pelosi felt for some reason to continue what the democrats have been doing since last year, destroy the President of the United States. She equated our president with anti-Semitism. This was after the Prime Minister praised the President of the United States. We are truly divided in the USA. That is bad for us and Israel.

Nancy Pelosi went on to defend the two state solution. The two state solution is a continuation of the final solution! Yet, many are advocating for Israel to give up land to Mahmoud Abbas who pays terrorists to kill Jews, teaches the children to kill Jews etc. You cannot make peace with someone who wants you dead! She even read a letter to the president supporting the two state solution, signed by 189 democrats and 2 republicans! Then she said something that blew me away, “That is why we must come together to counter the Iranian ballistic missile threat building on the Obama Administration leadership and imposing unilateral sanctions more than a year ago.” I just about dropped out of my chair with laughter! Does this woman really believe that Obama did anything to help Israel with that horrible deal with Iran. He showed no backbone and gave Iran everything they wanted.

By contrast, Democrat Bob Menendez, who voted against the Iran deal was much more realistic. He was attacked by Democrats for his stand on Israel and against the Iran deal. He talked about it and said that he would do it again. He pushed for standing resolute against terror and Iran. He quoted Netanyahu who said, “If the Arab’s put down their weapons there would be no more war but if the Jews put down their weapons there would be no more Israel.” This is the type of moral clarity that was at the conference and that I applaud. So many stood up against the resolution in December, UN Resolution 2334, that attacked Israel. It is bias and pins every wrong in the Middle East on Israel.

We heard from the new UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley. She was the hit of the conference, she really energized the crowd with statements like, and ‘there is a new sheriff in town.’ ‘I wear high heels not as a fashion statement, but to kick people at the UN.’ Maybe you did not know, but South Carolina was the first state in the USA who made a law against the boycott, divestment, and sanction movement. This racist policy of many universities and businesses was roundly condemned at the conference by all people. Nikki Haley stood up against the UN resolution 2334 and said it would never happen again. She was so fun to listen to, her strength and courage made me proud to be an American.

We went to several seminars and heard from some great people. One thing that was clear, Israel is using its medical expertise to help those brutalized in Syria. Syria, much like other Arab countries, girls cannot go to school after 2nd grade, no freedom of speech, press, religion etc. Yet, Syrians make their way to the fence on the border of Israel and get medical help. This is dangerous for them because others in their country would hurt them for doing so. Israel finds them in the night, take them for medical attention, and then help them get back to their families. They do this at no cost, out of love. I was impressed by one soldier who spoke of the reason they train and protect their people—it was out of love. Love for family, country, and your enemies.
Several seminars were about the technology coming out of Israel. They have a machine that takes water out of thin air. Can you imagine being in a place where you cannot get water and have this machine. It is a miracle.

“To be a realist in Israel is to believe in Miracles” David Ben Gurion.

God is blessing the world through Israel. They have gifts and technology for the world. If you bless Israel you will be blessed. God made the promise to us in Isaiah 49:5-7, And now says the LORD, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, To bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel might be gathered to Him(For I am honored in the sight of the LORD, And My God is My strength), He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light of the nations So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and its Holy One, To the despised One, To the One abhorred by the nation, To the Servant of rulers, “Kings will see and arise, Princes will also bow down, Because of the LORD who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen You.”
Notice in this passage that God promises Jesus that He will save Jacob and the Kingdom will come. Until then, Jesus has saved us, the Gentile world. We must be about His business because He is working in the nations to bring them to a point of decision. The Bible is clear that the nations will decide against the Jewish Messiah. Psalm 2 paints our future and it is a future with the nations rejecting Jesus. Those who love the Lord and the Bible will heed what Jesus has said about the future. It is not a time of peace but a time of war. Peace can come only after the war is fought over Jerusalem and Israel. Pray that we will see people come to Jesus and get ready for the rapture, a time to meet the Lord in the air!