Zechariah 12 - 2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
This was an amazing declaration by the prophet Zechariah in 520 BC. At the time it was delivered, Jerusalem was in complete ruins, yet Zechariah declared that Israel would someday be the center of world attention on day and that all of Israel’s neighbors would be gathered together against her. To the rest of the world Israel would be a big burden.
There has been no time since that prophecy that this prophecy could be true other than today. For more than fifty years Israel’s Arab neighbors have tried to attack them without success, even though they outnumber Israel 50 to 1. Every time they attack them Israel comes out the victor.
Zechariah 12 – 6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.
For 18 centuries of exile from their land, Jews and Christian’s who read their bibles knew that the Jew would once again possess Jerusalem. This finally happened in 1948, but it wasn’t until 1967 that the Jews regained possession of the city Jerusalem just as it was predicted. Jeremiah 31 - 10 Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. 11 For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.
Even though Israel has less than 2 percent of the world’s population more than 30% of the discussions in the United Nations revolve around them. Everyone is seeking a lasting peace between Israel and her neighbors but her neighbors allow for peace only as a ploy to be able to attack them again in some other way. There is no real interest in Peace by her neighbors.
Zechariah 12 - 8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. 9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
The God of the Bible promises to protect Israel while the god of the Quran promises to destroy her. This is why no one should be deceived to think that these books contain information about the same God. Whichever of these books is true causes the other by necessity to be declared as untrue.
It is clear that eventually all nations of the world will be against Israel. When that happens God will gather all the nations into the valley of Jehoshaphat for one final battle.
Zechariah 14 - 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; Joel 3 – 2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
(See also Ezekiel 38:14-23)
Israel has been conquered as a whole in the past but only in recent years has the land been parted (divided). After the first world war in the 1917 “Balfour Declaration”, the 1919 “Paris Peace Conference” and in 1922 the “Declaration of Principles” of the League of Nations the ancient land of Israel which has been called Palestine was recognized as belonging to the Jews. Great Britain was given the mandate to see “Palestine” once again become the national homeland of the Jew but instead divided the land giving 70 percent of it to Emir Abduallah Hussein because of his oil. The gifted land is called Transjordan, now known as Jordan. The Muslims immediately destroyed every Jewish temple and expelled all Jews from the land. This action against Israel set the sun on the British Empire.
Genesis 12 - 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:
Then on November 29, 1947 the United Nations further divided the land giving only 13 percent of what had been designated for the national homeland. The Arabs however want it all. Every so-called peace proposal ever since that time has involved the West asking Israel to give up more of her land. So it is with president Bush’s current “Road map to peace”.
There is one thing that unites all the enemy nations that surround Israel today, it is Islam. Yet the prophecies regarding Israel’s enemies was written one thousand years before Islam ever existed. The Sahih Al-Buhari hadith says, “The last day will not come until the Muslims confront the Jews and the Muslims destroy them. In that day Allah will give a voice to the rocks and the trees and they will cry out ‘O Muslim, O Abdullah, there is a Jew hiding behind me. Come and kill him!’”.
This is not an obscure teaching but part of the foundation of Islam, taught to Muslims through the centuries. It is taught in every Muslim school all over the world and in North America as well. The Jewish state must be crushed or Islam is proven to be a false religion! In a conference of the Islamic Committee for Palestine in Chicago, December 28-31, 1990, Sheikh Abdul Azis Oudeh, one of the leaders of the Islamic Jihad Movement, declared “Now Allah is bringing the Jews back to Palestine in large groups from all over the world to their big graveyard where the promise will be realized upon them, and what was destined will be carried out.”
The consequences of following the wrong God will be severe. If you defy the God of the Bible you will be punished. We cannot pick and choose to accept some parts of the bible and reject others. Until Islam’s real intentions are faced and somehow dealt with, any “peace” plans for the Middle East are a fool’s dream.
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This tracts author is Ray Luff of Bible Door Tracts. Ray’s opinions do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Christian Brethren of Ontario among which Ray is in fellowship. All Bible references are from The New King James Version. 1996, c1982. Nashville: Thomas Nelson unless otherwise noted This tract is a summation of the Introduction of the book entitled “Judgment Day” by Dave Hunt. We highly recommend this book to every Christian, Muslim and Jew.