Friday, March 02, 2012

Cut Off Israel

 1Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
 2For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
 3They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
 4They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. 

Cut Off Israel

Is it deja vu? Who were the enemies of Israel who had determined to cut off Israel from being a nation? If this Psalm was written by Asaph after the captivity of Judah, the enemies were the nation of Syria, which is present-day Iran.

The following is a quote from a blog entry in Joel C. Rosenberg's blog entitled, "Why Iran's Leaders Believe That The End of Days Has Come." on December 1, 2011.
What’s more, they [leaders of Iran] believe the way to hasten the coming of the Twelfth Imam is to annihilate Israel (which they call the “Little Satan”), and the United States (which they call the “Great Satan”).
For over 2000 years the enemies of Israel have wanted to completely cut off Israel, and have come close to doing so. But, God, has promised to save a remnant of the nation from total annihilation,
 30  And the remnant who have escaped of the house of Judah
      Shall again take root downward, 
      And bear fruit upward.
 31  For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant,
      And those who escape from Mount Zion. 
      The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.’   
(2 Kings 19:30-31, New King James Version)
Just as God answered the prayers of His people in the days of Asaph, so will He answer the prayers of His people today. Though nations may set themselves up to cut off Israel, God will again intervene.

What are the implications of this to us, as Christians, today? As we look around us on a world that has largely forgotten and forsaken God, we can be assured that God has not ignored or forsaken our world! God's plan for this world is continuing, directly on the course He has determined before time even began.

As Christians know from the Word of God, Christ will return, and from that time on, we, as Christians will forever be with the Lord. 
13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, New King James Version)
Not only is this a great comfort to us, as believers, this helps us to set our priorities in order. The things of this world will pass away, so let us set our hearts and our minds upon the Lord Jesus Christ and our service for Him.

God Bless You,
Linda




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