This was a historic week. For the first time in U. S. History an American President refused to meet with the Prime Minister of Israel or even acknowledge his visit to the United States. Instead, without the consent or approval of the President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives invited him to speak to a joint session of Congress. This was scandalous. So scandalous that in protest and solidarity with the president, the vice president and approximately 60 Democrat members of Congress boycotted the event.
Historically the U. S. has been Israel’s strongest supporter and ally. Since World War II the U.S. has given over $121 billion in aid to Israel. There are political and philosophical reasons for this support, but the overriding factor is spiritual. Eighty three percent of Americans claim to be Christians. Because of the historic importance of Israel, specifically the Jewish roots of Christianity, the majority of Americans believe in supporting Israel.
Christians believe in the Bible. The Bible is the historical transcript of the History of the Jewish people and the development of the Jewish sect we now call Christianity, named for Jesus the Christ or Messiah, who was prophesied in the Torah or Old Testament of the Bible. Christians understand that the establishment and protection of the nation of Israel is critical to future prophesies concerning the return of Christ and the End of the World.
Christians also believe the pronouncement of God over Israel and the Jewish nation to the father of the nation, Abraham:
Genesis 12:3New Living Translation (NLT)3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
It seems that those who boycotted Mr. Netanyahu may have suffered a little bit of a curse based on this clip from “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” .
The main purpose of Bibi (Netanyahu)’s speech was to encourage America’s support in standing up to their biggest bully-Iran. He drew references of Israel’s past bullies the Nazi regime and the Pharaoh of Egypt. He reminded us that the price of Hitler’s regime was more than 60 million lives Jew and non-Jew as well. He warned that Israel’s current bully Iran could cost the annihilation of the world as we know it. In other words, what is good for Israel is good for the world.
He also reminded us that this time, unlike those other times in its history, Israel is a formidable force in the world that will stand alone if necessary.
As he spoke, I reflected on the prophesies of Israel as told by St. John in the book of Revelations. According to these prophesies Israel will stand alone against the armies of the world.
Revelation 20:9New Living Translation (NLT)
9 And I saw them as they went up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded God’s people and the beloved city. But fire from heaven came down on the attacking armies and consumed them.
America has lost many of God’s blessings as it turns further and further from the Christian nation it once was. Will the blessings turn to curses because of an administration that no longer supports Israel or will it continue to stand because it stands with Israel?