Monday, November 10, 2014

Ayatollah's Plan to Destroy Israel?

Um, No. Ain't Gonna Happen.

You have to hand it to Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei. He is brazen if not anything else. Over Twitter and other social media, the Iranian regime's Supreme Leader detailed his plan for the "global authorities" to get rid of the Jewish state. You can read about it here thanks to The Independent. Complete with questions and answers in a chart.

My first verbal reaction is that the Ayatollah is certifiably nuts. But that's too flip and glib. There is something far more sinister at work, even demonic. But I take comfort in this. To repeat an old Christian maxim, "I've read the back of the Book. I know who wins." And it won't be the Ayatollah.

Zechariah 12 speaks of a future time concerning Jerusalem and the people of Israel. In verse 3, it describes Jerusalem as a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it. The passage goes on to predict the swift, certain destruction of all who come against Israel. When you mess with Israel, you're messing with the apple of God's eye.

Does that mean one has to agree with every action taken by today's Israeli government? No. In fact, one thing clearly stated in Scripture is that when God brought Israel back to the land, He brought them back in unbelief. But the day is coming when . . . I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.

But the weeping will only endure for a time and Israel will recognize her Messiah. I can assure you that Israel's Messiah will deal with the Ayatollah, and all other world leaders who plot Israel's destruction. Israel is indeed in for some very tough, hard, belt-tightening days. The "time of Jacob's trouble." But the promise of her deliverance is sure, and comes from the God who is completely sovereign over His universe.


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