Commentary on world events that relate to Bible prophecy and on Rapture Ready issues world events.

3 May, 2011

Obama's 1967 Borders Policy

President Obama has made a huge shift in U.S. foreign policy by calling for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians that would be based on borders that existed prior to the Six-Day War of 1967. This is the first time a sitting American president has basically sided with the Muslim world on where the borders should be.

"The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states," said Obama.

He is also against having Israeli troops stationed at borders that separate the Palestinians from Egypt and Jordan. If it wasn't for a separation barrier between Gaza and Egypt, a vast amount of weapons would flow into the zone controlled by Hamas.

The international community is already going to extreme lengths to micromanage Israeli housing construction policy. This new shift will make the outside meddling all the more absurd.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to voice his displeasure with President Barack Obama’s new policy. Netanyahu told Obama that Israel was willing to make compromises for peace, but flatly rejected the idea of going back to 1967 borders, which he described as "indefensible."

“Israel believes that for peace to endure between Israelis and Palestinians, the viability of a Palestinian state cannot come at the expense of the viability of the one and only Jewish state,” Netanyahu told Obama in the Oval Office.

Obama can only push Israel so hard without suffering major political damage. Jewish donors and fundraisers have already warned the Democratic Party that the president is at risk of losing financial support because of concerns about his handling of Israel. One can hardly imagine what Obama would do if he won a second term and didn't have to worry about a reelection vote.

Even with the political limits placed on him, Obama has managed to open one of the deepest divides in relations between the United States and Israel. One Washington server noted that Obama has basically become the head negotiator for the Arab world.

I don't think the Arabs deserve to be given any land concessions. Hamas has never stopped firing missiles into southern Israel. The same day Obama made his speech, Syrian forces were shooting at unarmed protesters. It would be insanity to give the Syrians access to the Golan Heights. It would be a perfect location to rain rockets down on northern Israel.

The city of Jerusalem was not mentioned in Obama's speech. Since it was part of the land captured in the 1967 war, the new policy would have to call for the Israelis to surrender control of the old city. Of course, this is where Bible prophecy steps in. The Word of God says that Jerusalem will be the center of conflict in the last days.

"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 . 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” (Zechariah 12:2-3).

America is at great risk to suffer God's wrath over how it deals with Israel. Great Britain was once Israel’s benefactor. The Balfour Declaration of 1917 made the creation of the modern nation possible. The Lord had given the British lands that spanned the globe. “The sun never sets on the British Empire” was their legitimate boast. But in 1938, when they suddenly changed their tune and began a period of open hostility toward Israel, things changed. Today, most of that empire is gone and Britain is no longer the dominant world power.

I don't hold to the popular view that calls for an immediate judgment every time the U.S. does something that is negative for Israel. I do, however, believe there is a long-time cost that comes with standing against the apple of God's eye. I would cite our past Middle East policy as the likely reason our nation is currently experiencing its worst year for natural disasters. I dread to imagine what the new change will mean for the future.

“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:2-3).

-- Todd

God’s Definition of Genius

Reports are that Christopher Hitchens, the well-known atheist, has told friends and the press that if he were to make a last-minute deathbed conversion, they should not believe it. It would be his delirium, not his rational mind doing the converting.

Reports are, too, that the deathbed is now his fate, as he lies dying of complications due to advanced throat cancer. He remains unrepentant and apparently unafraid of whatever comes next.

Hitchens has long prided himself in his ability to debate, debunk, and debase all claims of religion in regard to the afterlife. He particularly has seemed to take enjoyment from intellectually dismantling the Bible and Christianity. There is no God, he has consistently claimed, lacing much of his confutation with acerbic wit intended to dissect Christianity with a laser-like argumentation scalpel. He seemed to delight in humiliating his debate opponents with ridicule. Many people–Christians whose God the British, self-styled intellectual has denied—have prayed for him. The prayers were that he be healed both physically and spiritually.

A special day of prayer for him was arranged, which he summarily dismissed:

Author and outspoken atheist Christopher Hitchens, undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, skipped Everybody Pray for Hitchens Day Monday. "I shall not be participating," said Hitchens, author of the book God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. ‘[Incantations,] I don't think, have any effect on the material world’” ("Atheist Hitchens Skips His Prayer Day," Drudge Report, 9/21/2010).

Hitchens' fellow Brit, also an intellectual known for his derogatory views on religion, talks about the afterlife from the view of one who has lived at death's door for many years. "Heaven is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark," the eminent British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking said in an interview published on Monday.

Hawking, 69, was expected to die within a few years of being diagnosed with degenerative motor neurone disease at the age of 21, but became one of the world's most famous scientists with the publication of his 1988 book, A Brief History of Time.

"I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first," he told the Guardian newspaper. "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark” (Nia Williams, Paul Casciato, ed., "Heaven Is a Fairy Story for People Afraid of the Dark," Reuters, 5/16/2011).

Both men are looked upon by the world as possessing genius. This is particularly true of Hawking, who is held up by some as almost the equal of Albert Einstein in terms of his cerebral brilliance. In his book, The Grand Design, published in 2010, Hawking stirred controversy among some religious leaders. The physicist declared in the book that there was no need for a divine force to explain the creation of the universe. God, in other words, isn’t relevant. As a matter of fact, in the minds of many of the world’s scientific “geniuses,” there is no god. Evolution is their religion, and man, himself, is god.

The Lord of heaven says the following about all of this: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good” (Psalms 53:1). The world when David penned those words was likely almost tame compared to the lawlessness of our time. The intellectuals of these end-of-the-age days are at the head of the line of rebellious humanity. God’s words through David more nearly reflect this generation than David’s.

God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? Who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God. (Psalms 53: 2-4)

The genius of this world is but condemned foolishness in the eyes of God. His view of wisdom is all that matters. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. (Proverbs 9: 10)