Kuwaiti Writer: “Like it or Not, Israel is an Independent Sovereign State”

Absolutely intriguing things are going on in the Middle East, as we witness several Sunni Muslim-dominated Arab states warm up to Israel in efforts to oppose the Shi’ite Iranian regime.  More and more we are hearing Arab leaders and media speak out on behalf of Israel.

One example is an absolutely amazing interview of Abdullah Al-Hadlaq, a Kuwaiti writer, published by the Jerusalem Post.  Here are quotes from that article:

  • “Like it or not, Israel is an independent sovereign state. It exists and has a seat at the United Nations, and most peace-loving and democratic countries recognize it.”
  • “The group of states that do not recognize Israel are the countries of tyranny and oppression.”
  • [Regarding the alleged occupation of Palestine] “There is no occupation. There is people returning to its promised land. Are you aware that the history of the Israelites is ancient, predating Islam? Therefore, we Muslims must acknowledge that the Israelites have a right to that land.”
  • “When the State of Israel was established in 1948, there was no state called ‘Palestine.'”
  • “The Persian regime boasts that it has occupied four Arab capitals, and that it will soon occupy the fifth.  Has Israel ever said such a thing?  Has it boasted about occupying anything?  Israel came to its own land, whereas the Iranian Persian entity is a plunderer.”

(You can watch the entire 6 1/2-minute interview here.)

Only 2 or 3 years ago, who would have dreamed Arabs would openly go on national TV and proclaim Israel’s sovereignty and their right to exist.  No one I know would have ventured that guess.  However, when we look at Scripture, it appears to fit perfectly!

You see, when the prophet Ezekiel named names in chapter 38, laying out the coalition that will invade Israel from the north, it is clear that Russia, Iran and Turkey (among others) will invade (verses 2-3, 5-6), while Saudi Arabia and their allies (Sheba and Dedan) will not directly participate in the invasion.  Interestingly, following President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia several months ago, the Saudis have come right out to declare a degree of cooperation with Israel.  They are united in the front against Iran.  (Saudi Arabia is the motherland of Sunni Islam, and Iran is the motherland of Shi’ite Islam.  Both consider the other “infidel,” thus the two detest one another.  The Gulf Emirates side with Saudi Arabia and the West, while Hamas, Hezbollah, Houthis, and other terrorist groups serve as puppets for the Iranian regime.

Each passing day causes my awareness of the imminency of Christ’s return to grow more and more acute.  And each day I sense a greater urgency of being about the Father’s business.  My friends, our time is short.  No one knows the day or hour in which Jesus will call us home (either through death or the rapture), but we are seeing the stage being set.  The time is fast approaching.

“…knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
~Romans 13:11-12

The King is coming.  Are you ready?

Judaism Takes a Prominent Place in the Newly-Opened Museum of the Bible

I’m pausing this afternoon from our ongoing mini-study regarding Jesus’ return.  So, if you’re looking for that study (which began on Thursday), the next post will be tomorrow (Sunday) morning.

However, the long-awaited Museum of the Bible just opened in Washington DC, and there is ample recognition of the Bible’s foundation in Judaism.  The Jerusalem Post released an article focusing on that.

I had the privilege of taking two behind-the-scenes tours during construction of the Museum of the Bible, and can tell you it is a marvelous place!  (I shared a bit of detail here.)  The 8-story, 430,000sf  museum is considerably larger than the neighboring National Air and Space Museum (which houses aircraft, among other things).  From the upper floors, one gets an incredible view of the US Capital Building.

The museum is incredibly high-tech and the Bible is unashamedly the central focus throughout.  But, rather than trying to describe its many features, I’ll direct you to this virtual fly through:

 

You will find more info, such as floor-by-floor overviews, construction time lapse video, and other interesting media here.

Though admittedly not an “evangelistic” museum, its quality and focus on God’s Word makes it a museum of which Christians can be proud, and I highly recommend it.  Let’s pray that, as millions visit the museum, they will be encouraged to open THE BOOK!

PS: Museum of the Bible is a critical partner with Christian Friends of Yad Vashem, helping to educate Christians about the history of the Jews and why we should stand with them.

Celebrating 100 Years of the Balfour Declaration

Following World War I, British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour (a Christian Zionist) authored a declaration to restore a national homeland for the Jews.  It was clear by that point that the Ottoman Empire, which previously ruled the area, would be unseated and the League of Nations would give Britain the mandate to assist in building the Jewish state.

What is less known, is that Arab nationalism was given a boost as well.  As a result of the mandate, Britain was to oversee nation-building in Palestine (Israel) and Iraq, while supervision of nation-building in Lebanon and Syria became the responsibility of France.  Ironically, many Arab lands gained legal claim to their land in the same set of decisions that produced the idea of a homeland for the Jews.

Thus, as the Balfour Declaration reaches it’s 100th anniversary, remember that it’s benefit extends to all nations in the region, not just Israel.  You’ll find more interesting information in No Apologies for Balfour.  Enjoy!

60,000 Participate in Jerusalem March, Showing Support for Israel

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is hosting a Feast of Tabernacles celebration in Jerusalem, with thousands of Christians from over 90 nations participating.  The Jerusalem March each year falls during the Feast of Tabernacles, making it possible for those Christians celebrating the Feast to join in the 60,000-strong participants (not all of whom are Christians) who take to the streets to show love and support for Israel and the Jewish people.

That event ended just hours ago and you can find a report and festive videos and pictures in the Jerusalem Post.  Enjoy!