Spiritual Warfare - Part 10
God's Beloved Land & People
Familiar with Hatred, War, Persecution and Victory
By Berit Kjos - September 24, 2012
 John Noble, I Found God in Soviet Russia
Today, Israel stands alone. But thank God, Netanyahu has the wisdom and courage to take a stand, trust His Lord, and fight the evil that surround His ancient nation.
Who will stand with Netanyahu? Not Obama or Kerry! Not our corrupted America! Not the threatening nations that surround God's people and seek its demise! Not the mainstream media! Not Palestine which has received food and finances from the nation its hates. Not Syria, whose victims of war where given food and care in Israel's hospitals.
All those nations would love to see the demise of Israel! But God is far greater than any human force, and Netanyahu knows it!
Keep in mind, spiritual warfare is nothing new. Ever since Eve bit the forbidden apple and shared it with Adam (that's not simply a myth) the forces of darkness have raged through the lands and ravaged the people who despised our God.
"Why do the nations rage, and the people plot [conspire] a vain thing? ... the rulers take counsel together...saying, 'Let us break Their bonds in pieces...'" Psalm 2:1-3
A Brief History of God's Chosen People
Israel's past is nothing to boast of. It's early history sounds like a roller coaster: faithful to God in one generation, corrupt in the next, and destroyed by its enemies in the following decades. But the crushing wars and famines brought God's people to repentance, and like the standard patterns in many other nations, God restored the land and the bounties of its harvest, then blessed the people once again.
During those old-testament years, God allowed Israel's destruction. Centuries later, Israel would be called Palestine. There was always a remnant of Jews in the land, but it wasn't their land anymore. And God didn't restore until 1947???. And before the scattered Jews regained their homeland, a new set of terrors undermined hope for peace. (See Chronology of Persecution: The Nazi/Arab plots to exterminate Jews)
It's hard to even phantom the horrors God's people would endure before Israel would again be there homeland:
1941-1945. Adolf Eichmann ruled the Department of Jewish Affairs in Nazi Germany. Sharing al-Husseini's hatred, he would oversee the transport of 3 million Jews to concentrations camps both in Germany in Nazi-occupied Europe. He also wrote glowing reports of the Nazi ideals embraced by Arabs: "Nazi flags fly in Palestine and they adorn their houses with Swastikas and portraits of Hitler."[p.61]
1939-1945. [The Nazi killing machine] "Auschwitz, which wasn't purely a 'death camp,' lives on in our memory due in large part to those who lived to tell the tale....
Nearly half of the millions of Jews killed by the Germans died in lands taken from the Soviets. In the territory that the Nazis occupied in 1939, the extermination started later. The innovation was the gas chamber in the main 'death factories' at Treblinka, Chelmno, Belzec, Majdanekand Sobibor, which took in Jews only to kill them.
...at Birkenau, near Auschwitz, in early 1943, more than three-quarters of the Jews killed in the Holocaust, and most Soviet and Polish Jews, were already dead." Matthew Kaminski, "How Stalin and then Hitler turned the borderlands of Eastern Europe into killing fields".
1947. "The 'Exodus 1947' was a worn-out U.S.-owned coastal passenger ship launched in 1928. ....Initially sold as scrap for slightly more than $8,000, the ship was acquired by the Hagana [an "underground" Jewish military organization -- since Jews had neither a nation nor any rights, they had no legal "organizations"]....
"In July 1947, the [old 'Exodus 1947' left] for Palestine with over 4,500 Jewish men, women, and children, all displaced persons (DPs) or survivors of the Holocaust. Even before the ship... reached Palestine's territorial waters, British destroyers surrounded it....Attempting to make an example of the 'Exodus 1947,'the British transferred the passengers onto three navy transports which returned to Europe....
"When the passengers, including many orphaned children, forced the issue by declaring a hunger strike, the British were forced to return them to Hamburg in the British-occupied zone of Germany. Amid worldwide public outrage, the British authorities compelled the passengers to disembark; some were forcibly removed from the ship. The passengers were then transferred to displaced persons camps in Germany.
"Displaced persons in camps all over Europe protested vociferously and staged hunger strikes when they heard the news. Large protests erupted on both sides of the Atlantic. The ensuing public embarrassment for Britain played a significant role in the diplomatic swing of sympathy toward the Jews and the eventual recognition of a Jewish state in 1948.
Berit you said:
What a time we live in, Maria! I feel so badly for the younger generations. We are getting old, but they will face problems and terrors that we can hardly imagine. I truly wonder if we might soon face the end times with all its horrors. After all, globalism is here, and with the UN agendas and America's open borders, there doesn't seem to be any hiding places."
I think that we are indeed heading for the end times, with all of its trauma and suffering. And, like you, I feel badly for the younger generations. Not only will they face unthinkable things, but they are so unprepared to face anything difficult at all. They don't know how to think logically. They don't have common sense. They are into occultism and drugs etc. And even the ones who call themselves Christians mostly don't have much real understanding of Christianity or of Jesus Christ, because there are so few real pastors out there, and so few churches that really believe the Bible.