Reflecting Back on the Trumps’ 2017 Christmas Greeting

A year ago, I felt blessed to hear President Trump quote Isaiah 9:6, recognize Jesus as our source of hope and joy, and wish us Merry Christmas (rather than “Happy Holidays”).  Do the Trump’s actually know the Savior in whose birth they acknowledge?  I don’t know, but it is certainly my prayer.  I hope it is your’s as well.  

While President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are both on record at various times quoting Scripture, and America is currently a great friend of Israel, we live in a time where legal and administrative challenges are bearing down on both world leaders.

We don’t know what will ultimately come of the various charges, but one thing we know for certain: Trump and Netanyahu will not be in power forever.  In fact, even if they are successful defending legal allegations, neither may survive their next election.  Legal and moral challenges aside, though, each seems to have been strategically place by the Lord “for such a time as this.”

My point?  Short of miraculous turns in both countries, Israel may soon find herself without America strongly at her side, and with Israeli leadership unable to accomplish what is necessary to keep Israel secure.  That, friends, is a recipe for the Lord to come to Israel’s defense, as He will when Israel is invaded from the north.

So, this Christmas season, let’s rejoice in leaders who are willing to quote Scripture and accurately acknowledge the Christmas season.  That dynamic may soon disappear.  Let’s also pray fervently for them.  

BTW – here is the Trump Christmas greeting from 2017.  Hopefully we’ll hear similar sentiments this Christmas as well!

Anti-Israel Resolutions, “Operation Northern Shield,” and Political Drama in Israel

While hypocrisy continues to reign supreme at the United Nations, Israel is forced once again to take action to thwart Iranian-backed plans of attack, perhaps bolstering Netanyahu’s position as Prime Minister.

Lest you believe I’ve gone totally off the rails by lumping those current events into a hodgepodge of nonsense, stick with me.  I think we can draw it all together!

First, let’s tackle the kangaroo court known as the UN.  On Friday, six new anti-Israel resolutions passed, including two that reject Jewish ties to Temple Mount and the city of Jerusalem.  (Others had to do with the “Syrian Golan Heights,” and “peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine.”)

All this in an era where not one single resolution has been issued to deal with things such as the use of chemical weapons in the mass murder of Syrian civilians by the Syrian government; incessant missiles, fire kites, etc fired at Israeli citizens by Hamas; or Iranian violations of current UN resolutions prohibiting test firing of ballistic missiles.  Anti-Israel bias in the UN is as strong as ever.

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While the UN is busy entertaining (and passing) ridiculous resolutions, the IDF is busy taking care of business on Israel’s northern border.  Yesterday they launched “Operation Northern Shield.”  After a decade of patiently monitoring construction of terror tunnels by Hezbollah, and the recent escalation of Iranian aggression via its proxies, Israeli military leaders determined it is time to deal with the threat.  The IDF is now on mission to destroy terror tunnels from Hezbollah-controlled, Iranian-backed Lebanon into Israel.  (Here is a video detailing Hezbollah’s plans, in their own words!)

That leads us to the complicated political situation in Israel.  It’s a long story I won’t go into here, but suffice it to say the press is hounding Netanyahu as he battles accusations of bribery and fraud.  Meanwhile, his government almost blew up a couple weeks ago when Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned and left the coalition in protest of Netanyahu’s agreement to a ceasefire in Gaza.

That decision was criticized by many, though Netanyahu hinted that there were bigger fish to fry…but was unable to explain publicly.  Now we know what the “bigger fish” are: the Iranian-backed threat on the northern border.  Wisely, PM Netanyahu did not want to stretch his military thin, should more action break out on the northern border.

With a coalition hanging on by a thread, and a possible indictment over his head, “Operation Northern Shield” could not have come at a better time!  Particularly in Israel, leaders typically gain much greater support when national security is at stake.  (Find out more about that in Northern Shield was Planned, but its Political Timing is Impeccable.)

So, how do we tie it all together?  Easily.  Israel will ultimately stand alone, so action at the UN should be no surprise.  Iran and other foes will be relatively free to operate without major ramifications from the UN or anyone else, leaving Israel no choice but to take care of their own national security.  That requires strong leadership, and it seems that Benjamin Netanyahu has been called by God “for such a time as this.”  Will it last?  Perhaps not, as God alone…not Netanyahu, not the IDF, and not any other force…will deal with Israel’s enemies when the War of Gog and Magog actually occurs.

The time could be very near.

Israeli Police Recommend Indictment of PM Benjamin Netanyahu

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For months, law enforcement officials have interrogated both Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu in regard to several allegations of corruption and bribery.  As long expected, on Sunday, the police recommended indictment of PM Netanyahu. 

Like boxers going 12 rounds, the Prime Minister has gone toe-to-toe with law enforcement regarding the allegations, claiming there is nothing to them and they are “crazy claims.”  Law enforcement officials have punched back with constant pressure and various allegations. 

Who’s right?  We don’t know.  But just as top American administrative officials are facing damning allegations, so is the Israeli Prime Minister. My only thought is this:

I believe the two leaders (Netanyahu and Trump) were brought to positions of power “for such a time as this.”  Whatever our thoughts are about either or both men, they have been powerful and stern leaders for Israel and America in a time it is sorely needed.  Eventually, though…should the Lord tarry, the course of time will usher both men out of office.  In both cases, the scenario of who will follow is potentially dire for each nation.

Events in the Middle East and Europe are evidence the stage for the Ezekiel 38 War of Gog and Magog is set, and we are told that neither the US nor anyone else will stand with Israel.  She will stand alone.  At best, America will join Sheba and Dedan (Saudi Arabia and perhaps the entire Arabian peninsula) as bystanders.  Meanwhile, we also know that Israel will need a supernatural work of God Himself to prevail.  Neither Netanyahu nor Trump will have any bearing when all is said and done!

Not only is the stage seemingly set, we may be seeing the opening acts of the play.  Are the last minutes of the last hour upon us?  We don’t know.  But we should be living as the bride of Christ, prepared for the coming of her Bridegroom!

BTW – we’re celebrating Hanukkah!  Jesus, the Light of the World, is our Bridegroom, and His appearance is glorious!

BREAKING: Netanyahu Government Collapsing?

On Tuesday, a ceasefire brokered by Egypt and the UN between Hamas and Israel was officially ratified.  Prime Minister Netanyahu’s agreement to the ceasefire has created a firestorm in the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has resigned, expressing his displeasure with “ongoing excuses” in failing to deal more strongly with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

He has called for an early election and current Education Minister Naftali Bennett has threatened to leave the coalition if he is not given the Defense Minister position.

For those wondering how government works in Israel, here’s a very brief explanation.  There are at least 20+ political parties in Israel and 120 seats in the Knesset.  During each election, each party presents a list of candidates and the number of elected representatives from each party is proportional to the percentage of support their party receives.  A majority coalition is formed by parties in general agreement with a common agenda. The remaining parties serve as check and balance to the power of the coalition.  The chairman of the largest party in the coalition is typically tapped as Prime Minister.  The honor of actually selecting the Prime Minister is reserved for the President, who may choose who he wishes.  After which, the President has much less political clout than the Prime Minister he selects.

In the current scenario, Yisrael Beiteinu (Avigdor Lieberman’s party) and Bayit Hayehudi (Naftali Bennett’s party) are both part of the Netayahu/Likud coalition, but are threatening to leave, which would cause the Netanyahu government to collapse.

Politics in Israel are often much more volatile than those in America.  Only recently, Benjamin Netanyahu was himself considering calling for early elections, and his party (Likud) was expected to win handily and form a stronger coalition.  Now, however, he may face a stiffer challenge.

So, what’s the point?  Much of the Israeli public, particularly in the south, is dissatisfied with Netanyahu’s “dovish” stance toward Hamas.  Could it cause a loss of seats for Likud and a splintering of parties typically favorable to Netanyahu and Likud?  Or, will Netanyahu’s stability as Prime Minister be regained by election time?  Only time will tell in the crazy world of Israeli politics.

More importantly, though, is the “big picture” of how God seems to be setting the stage for end time events. The Trump-Netanyahu partnership has had tremendous impact on stemming the rising tide of globalism, antisemitism and the dividing of land (which the Bible specifically warns against).  I continue to believe God has called two men, Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump, for such a time as this. Ultimately, though, it appears animosity for each in their home countries could eventually lead to wide open doors for evil to swoop in to measures we have never seen.  I have consistently said I am not a fan of Donald Trump, the man.  But I firmly believe God has used him to bless Israel.  Once that blessing leaves, America could experience God’s hand of blessing removed for good, and we could find our nation either opposed to or uninterested in Israel.  At that point, Israel will stand alone…just as the Bible tells us she will.

But take heart, friends! This is only a “what if” scenario, but even if events happen as described (or worse), God is fully in control! The point is not to scare people. The point is to prepare people. That’s what Bible prophecy does! As believers in Jesus Christ, we know we could face difficult times, but we will never experience the wrath of God. He has promised to deliver us from it! (1Thessalonians 1:10, 1Thessalonians 5:9)  He is coming for us soon!

Check back later today for specific words of encouragement as we face the days ahead!  Shalom…peace!