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Prophecy Update: Psalm 80: Our Current Crises and Israel! 3/26/20

Christians should have reason to be thankful for the confirmation of Scripture. The recent troubles shed light on the faithfulness and glory of God and His Word. I have no doubt that the current troubles that the world experiences is directly linked to the refusal of nations to bow to Gods will regarding Israel. Refusing to declare Judea and Samaria sovereign Israeli territory will bring more judgment from God. As God judged Israel during the dispersion, so He will judge the nations for their rebellion! Since the Romans destroyed the temple in 70 A.D., the Jews have been scattered across the globe, but mostly in Europe. Our text in Psalm 80:1 says, “Oh, give ear, Shepherd of Israel” You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who are enthroned above the cherubim, shine forth!” Jacob said as much in Ge.48:15 when he said, “The God before whom my father’s Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day” and Psalm 28:9, “Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.” As Christians, it is special to declare that our God is a shepherd. Jesus said as much in Matthew 26:31 when He quoted Zechariah 13:7, Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, And against the man, My Associate,” Declares the LORD of hosts. “Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered; And I will turn My hand against the little ones.”

Jesus quoted this verse to describe what was to happen as He went to the cross. Today, I am looking at the Psalm 80 passage as a description of how Jesus, the Shepherd of Israel is sovereignly moving the nations into position for the day when Israel possesses all of the land of Israel. Unfortunately, the majority of so called churches in the past have declared that Israel does not have a shepherd! Here are a few quotes from Jews who experienced great persecution among so called Christian Europe: Joseph Ha-Kohen was a Rabbi in Avignon, wrote a book in 1496 called the ‘Valley of Tears.’ It is a history of his people from the destruction of the Temple to his time. It is a book described by David Baron as the record of an “almost unbroken chain of unparalleled sufferings, a chronicle of massacres, oppressions, banishments, fiendish tortures, spoliations and degradations which have been inflicted upon the Jews for the most part by so called Christian Nations.” While Israel is scattered, the righteous hand of Gods judgment is summarized for us in Psalm 80:4, O LORD God of hosts, How long will You be angry with the prayer of Your people?

Another Jewish historian Samuel Usque in the sixteenth century said, “To which part of the world shall I turn to find healing for my wound, forgetfulness for my pain, and comfort for my heavy, unbearable sufferings? Among the riches and enjoyments of Asia I find myself a heavy laden pilgrim. In Sun burnt Africa, rich with gold, I am a wretched, starving exile. And thou, Europe, my hell on earth! What shall I say about thee? How shall I praise thee, vicious warring Italy? Like a hungry lion hast thou fed on the torn flesh of my lambs! Ye corrupted French meadows, poisoned grass did my lambs eat on you. Proud barbaric, mountainous Germany, thou hast thrown down and broken to pieces my young men from the top of thine Alps” Another Jewish author, Joseph Ibn Verga said, “Europe is as one in their hatred against the Jews, all creatures in heaven and on earth are united in sworn hostility to them.” Not to be outdone though are the many Church Councils that announced judgments and persecutions of the Jews. One example will suffice because Hitler used this nugget of history: Lateran Council of 1215: The whole of Western Christianity was represented by 71 archbishops, 412 bishops, 800 abbots, and a whole host of other dignitaries. They wrote 70 canons and four of them directly impacted the Jews. One of them said, “Henceforth the Jews in all Christendom and in all times were ordained to wear a distinctive dress or badge.” This was humiliating and designed to persecute the Jews because they could easily be identified. Remember the ‘Star of David’ Hitler made the Jews wear? One commentator of this era said, “were the Jews by this badge of degradation given over by the church and the representatives of the Christian religion to shame and reproach for half a millennium.” But the Shepherd of Israel began in the 1600’s several movements of Christians who would defy the church dogma and believe the promises God made in the prophets. Promises that seemed to lay dormant until the late 1800s with the rise of Zionism.

Zionism: “a movement for (originally) the re-establishment and (now) the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel. It was established as a political organization in 1897 under Theodor Herzl, and was later led by Chaim Weizmann. Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Zionism has come to include the movement for the development of the State of Israel and the protection of the Jewish nation in Israel through support for the Israel Defense Forces.” Israel is a prophet of judgment and a warning to all Christendom. As God moves to fulfill all of His promises to Israel, the Church needs to pray and assist.
Psalm 80:14, “O God of hosts, turn again now, we beseech You; Look down from heaven and see, and take care of this vine.”
Has not God been doing this since 1948? Micah 7:19-20 describes this perfectly: “He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins Into the depths of the sea. You will give truth to Jacob And unchanging love to Abraham, Which You swore to our forefathers From the days of old.” The unchanging love that Jesus had on Israel during the judgment of the dispersion is now actively fulfilling promises made long ago!

Christian Zionism is the movement among Christians who believe that God is fulfilling His promises as written in the Scriptures regarding the reestablishment of Israel. It teaches that the secular State of Israel is a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. In the 1800’s many pastors began to teach that God would fulfill His promises and reestablish the state of Israel. Against all odds, these pastors like Charles Spurgeon, J.C. Ryle, Horatious Bonar, and Dwight L Moody were right. As Jews began to trickle back to Israel they began to do the impossible. “In Britain, politicians such as Lord Shaftesbury, Lord Palmerston, David Lloyd George, and Lord Balfour saw the value of a Jewish state because of the Scriptures. The Jewish Zionist movement also grew, largely due to British Christian leaders such as William Hechler. Zionism eventually gained international recognition through the Balfour Declaration, which in 1917 (during World War I) guaranteed a Jewish homeland in Palestine.” God was on the move! After the Balfour Declaration was proclaimed the next year a pandemic broke out all over the world, the Spanish Flu. Coincidence? Just as the nations rejected the Balfour Declaration, so the nations are rejecting the move to annex Judea and Samaria which started in 2019! That rejection led to the pandemic: coincidence?

A friend of mine sent me this (Tuesday 3/24/2020): “When Jerusalem was captured back on Dec 11 1917 the British commander was Edmund Allenby, a Christian, who had been praying for the Jews since childhood. He was praying over invading the city and the bloodshed. It would be in Christian control (not Arab) for the first time since Nebuchadnezzar burned the city in 586 BC. (almost 25 Centuries) He read Isaiah 31:5 “like birds flying over The Lord of Host will defend Jerusalem”. It dawned on him to fly airplanes over Jerusalem. The Turks ran from the city and Allenby (some interpret -God-sent) captured Jerusalem without firing a shot. Not a bomb dropped, and not a drop of blood shed. Before his troops entered the city he read that verse to them. Of course after that the Balfour Declaration & the one day prophecy (Isaiah 66:8) May 14, 1948.” It is not out of the realm of possibility that God would use the coronavirus to drive the circumstances so that Israel gets all of her land back. The prophecies will not be complete until He does. That brings me to today: the coronavirus broke out after the World Court and International Criminal Court threatened Benjamin Netanyahu with war crimes if he annexed Judea and Samaria. Coincidence? The Israeli government is in conflict. The Blue and White party has lost their minds. Here is why–

“They are working feverishly to cobble together a radical government with the post-Zionists in Labor-Meretz and the anti-Zionists in the Joint List. All of which will be hard-pressed to work with the Trump administration.” This is a civil war of ideas: those who believe that God is giving the land to Israel and those who do not want to take the land. The Blue and White party act like the ten spies of Numbers 14—no faith, no courage, and no heart for God and His ways. They agree with the UN, Russia, China, EU, and all of the Muslim nations that want to drive the Jews into the sea! Since 1948, every time the pacifists get control, war ensues. I pray that the Israeli Zionists take control of the country and obey God by annexing all of the land of Israel. It is going to happen. The Shepherd of Israel teaches us that the dispersion was a testimony to both Gods righteous judgment and preserving love. Psalm 80:6 says, “You make us an object of contention to our neighbors, And our enemies laugh among themselves.” There is no doubt that God preserved Israel while they have suffered as no other group. They did survive though and ended up in the land God promised them. That is a miracle and God pictures this preservation in Psalm 80:19, “O LORD God of hosts, restore us; Cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.”

Amos 9:14-15 is a prophecy that is being fulfilled as I write this blog. It says, “Also I will restore the captivity of My people Israel, And they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them; They will also plant vineyards and drink their wine, And make gardens and eat their fruit. I will also plant them on their land, And they will not again be rooted out from their land Which I have given them, Says the LORD your God.” Israel is at this moment considering a bill to annex the settlements in Judea and Samaria. It is the next step in the fulfillment of the prophecies. (this movement to annex started last April)
God said they would come back as a nation and it happened in 1948. God said that they would control Jerusalem and it happened in 1967. God said they would possess and rebuild the ancient cities in the mountains of Israel, that has not happened fully yet. I remember back in 2000 Camp David Summit, when ‘Ehud Barak the leftist offered PLO chief Yasser Arafat Judea, Samaria, Gaza and the Temple Mount, as well as the Golan Heights to Syrian dictator Hafez Assad.’ I remember Bill Clinton hailing the peace deal as a great deal for the Israeli’s. I remember thinking that Clinton and Barak are crazy and disobeying the scriptures—God did not allow that foolishness to go forward. He will not allow the foolishness of the Blue and White party to go forward.

Here is why—Ezekiel 36:1-2, And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, ‘O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD. ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Because the enemy has spoken against you, ‘Aha!’ and, ‘The everlasting heights have become our possession,’
First, God hears what the nations are saying about the ancient cities. The UN and Palestinian Authority are in lock step saying that Hebron is not a Jewish city, David never lived there, it was never the capitol city of Israel under David, and that the tomb of the patriarchs is Muslim not Jewish. God will conquer Hebron and Israel will possess the city—it is going to happen very soon.
Secondly, the taunting, hatred, and cursing of Israel at the UN, EU, and universities of the USA and Europe will be dealt with. God says in Ez.36:6-7, Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and to the hills, to the ravines and to the valleys, “Thus says the Lord GOD, ‘Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and in My wrath because you have endured the insults of the nations.’ Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, ‘I have sworn that surely the nations which are around you will themselves endure their insults.” I also have endured the constant cursing of Israel from the media. When Nikki Haley went to the UN, I rejoiced because she stood up for Israel like no other American representative at the UN. She exposed the hatred of Israel at the UN. Ezekiel 36:12 says, ‘Yes, I will cause men—My people Israel—to walk on you and possess you, so that you will become their inheritance and never again bereave them of children.’

This is very important: God will cause His people Israel to possess the cities. It will not come about by the work of man but the work of God! There are many Hebrews coming from France, USA, and other places soon—where are they going to go in Israel? I think that they will go to the ancient cities—Bethlehem, Hebron, Shechem, Shiloh, Bethel, and Jericho. These cities have Jewish settlements near some of these towns but they are not possessed by Israel—yet!! Satan has organized most nations and most of the world’s press against Israel and against Christianity. The one movement that has remained resolute in its support for Israel and sound Biblical teaching is the loose-knit conglomeration of individuals and groups that form the entity called “Christian Zionism.” I like to think that Christian Zionists are just simple people who believe all that the Prophets foretold. Either you believe the Word of God or you don’t!

Quick fact: Hebron has 1000 Jews and 216,000 Arabs. I pray for the Arabs living in Hebron that they will ask the Lord for His mercy. He will give mercy to those who break their hearts before Him. Soon the prophecy will be fulfilled, what will happen to all of those people? God will not put up with this hatred and war against His land and people forever. The first time that the Lord took the land, it was when the sins of the people who lived there were full. (Genesis 15) After God established the nation of Israel God told them He would kick them out of the land if they did not obey. After the Babylonians took them into captivity the remnant trickled back after the 70 years of captivity (Jeremiah 29:10, Daniel 9), but the Jews lived under the Persians, Greeks, and then Romans until 70AD. Ezra was right when he said in Ezra 9:8-9, “But now for a brief moment grace has been shown from the LORD our God, to leave us an escaped remnant and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our bondage. For we are slaves; yet in our bondage our God has not forsaken us, but has extended lovingkindness to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us reviving to raise up the house of our God, to restore its ruins and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.” Notice how he says they are slaves. It was like this in Jesus day, they were under the sovereignty of the Romans.

Israel stayed in the dispersion until the late 1800’s as more and more Jews started moving to Israel. This led to the establishment of the Nation of Israel again on the earth. No nation has ever been scattered as a people and then came back as a nation like Israel. It is a miracle and it has never happened before or since! This is why I am so confident that God is going to fulfill His word regarding Israel today. The signs of the times are ripe for fulfillment. Here is a headline that bears out this truth: BIN: As Coronavirus Distracts the World: Israeli Law-Makers Move to Annex Judea-Samaria. “Politicians from Netanyahu’s Likud party have filed a private member’s bill that would immediately apply sovereignty to all Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria reports Makor Rishon.” This was March 19th and since then the enemies of Israel and Gods plan went into action to stop it. They will fail.

What really excites me about Psalm 80 is vs.17-18, “Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, Upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself. Then we shall not turn back from You; Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.” The Father is going to turn to His Son Jesus and say, it is time. Romans 11: 25-26a says, “For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved.” God will save the nation of Israel, they will come to their Messiah and be saved. Zechariah pictures this time when it tells us how Jesus will come and fight to destroy those who came together to fight Israel. Then in verse 10 He says this amazing thing: “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.” What a day that will be!

There are two key words in Psalm 80, revive and restore. Please add these two words to your prayers as we face the coronavirus tragedy. President Trump said three weeks ago: “Israel is a light to the nations, the land of Israel is the promised land and historic homeland of the Jewish people.” That sent the UN into a tailspin, with their supporters Biden, AOC, Talib, and Sanders and the rest of them. You could hear the howling across the globe. God will make the nations accept this biblical truth. Maranatha!

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We live in the last days and the Bible commands us to watch for the Lord’s coming. I have a keen interest in history, prophecy and current events. I read widely about political and military developments and write a weekly blog from the things I follow. My special interest is in Middle Eastern affairs.

Since I was in college, I have also studied how God judges nations. It all started in Buck Hatches’ class at Columbia Bible College in 1979.

I fell in love with God’s word and especially the prophets. The results of this interest led me to writing The ‘I’ Judgements: Four Sins that Bring about the Fall of Nations. It serves as a warning to the United States, showing biblically of what we need to repent.

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