Israeli settlements

Arno Froese

“Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing…All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity” (Isaiah 40:15, 17). 

The above two Scripture verses are a precise description of the nations of the world. Why? Because the nations of the world are subject to the god of this world. Subsequently, it is impossible for them to agree with the God of Israel and His intentions for His people.

Israel and many friends of Israel around the world were shocked when on the 23rd of December last year, the UN passed a resolution describing Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as illegal, with a vote of 14 to 0 (the United States abstaining). With so much turmoil in the world, virtually unending bloodbaths in Arab countries in particular, not to mention Africa and Central & South America, the UN takes time to condemn Israel.

Just reading the abbreviated statement of the 4th Geneva Convention, signed in August of 1949, clearly shows that the nations’ condemnation of Israel is actually illegal. An article published by unitedwithisrael.org had this to say: “…any careful examination of international law would establish that Judea and Samaria, as well as East Jerusalem, are not occupied territories and that the Geneva Convention spoke of forced transfers, such as what the Nazis did, not the voluntary transfers that Israel engages in.”  

The Jerusalem Post of 27 December 2016 listed 10 top anti-Semitic events, including the following:

“The most stunning 2016 UN attack on Israel was facilitated by President [Barack] Obama when the US abstained on a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel for settlement construction. It reversed decades-long US policy of vetoing such diplomatic moves against the Jewish State,” wrote the center.

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn along with former British politician Baroness Jenny Tonge ranked second.

According to the ranking, “antisemitism in the [Labour] party has greatly escalated. Corbyn, who previously called Hamas and Hezbollah his ‘friends,’ also promoted his strategy adviser Seumas Milne, a Hamas proponent.”

France earned the third spot for “singling out Israel. Amid a backdrop of devastating and murderous Islamist terrorist attacks, continued targeting of French Jewry and reports of the refusal of some Muslim police officers to guard synagogues, the French government became the first member of the European Union to implement the requirement of labels on all Israeli goods produced beyond the Jewish state’s 1967 borders.”

Fourth place included a list of BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) actions targeting Israel.

“Leaders of the German Teacher’s Union (GEW) local in Oldenburg have called for a total boycott of Israel. In September, the Oldenburg GEW local published a pro-BDS article by Christoph Glanz, a public school teacher and fanatic opponent of the Jewish state. Glanz, who has tried posing as a Jew to avoid charges of anti-Semitism, recently called for the eradication of the State of Israel and relocation of its Jews to southwestern Germany,” notes the list.

Also included in spot four were the United Church of Christ, which overwhelmingly voted to endorse BDS, as well [as] Ryerson University in Toronto, where the student union voted to endorse the BDS movement.

The head of the far-right US-based National Policy Institute, Richard Spencer, garnered the fifth spot for being “America’s 21st century Nazi.”

It is not our intention to take political sides, except to point out that Israel is being blatantly discriminated against throughout the world. That fact, however, gives Bible believers tremendous support in confirming the truth of the Prophetic Word.

From God’s perspective, what the nations do and don’t do is virtually insignificant and expressed with the introductory Scripture: “…as a drop of a bucket…as the small dust of the balance...less than nothing.”

One would think that representatives of governments the world over are usually the most brilliant of the nations: well-educated, having instant access to all kinds of information. Yet somehow they feel it to be right to condemn Israel and thereby support what is wrong. One must keep in mind that virtually all Arab countries and Palestinian Arabs publically and openly disseminate anti-Semitism. Hatred of Jews seems to come naturally. The world’s top intellectuals deliberately ignore that, in many countries, anti-Semitism is encouraged, promoted, and (in most Muslim schools) is included in the curriculum.

Yes, Israel as a people has suffered for many centuries, even millennia, but there is a distinct difference between Israel and all other nations. The nations of the world do not have a future, but Israel does. We read in the prophet Jeremiah: “Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the Lord; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid. For I am with thee, saith the Lord, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet I will not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure...” (Jeremiah 30:10-11).

Midnight Call - 03/2017 

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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