Subject: Islam, Israel and Christianity Part 10 – Why Netanyahu is right
October 10, 2015
Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Back on March 3rd, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to the United States and spoke to Congress on the disastrous impact President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran would have on Israel and the world, urging Congress to vote to block Obama’s deal with Iran. Although he received forty bipartisan standing ovations during his speech, his efforts were in vain. Congress did not act to block Obama’s deal.
Last week, nearly seven months later, Netanyahu stood before the Unites Nations to explain in no uncertain terms how his people, the nation of Israel, are responding to the Iranian nuclear deal. Here are some sections of that speech: “This deal will treat Iran like a normal country even if it remains a dark theocracy that conquers its neighbors, sponsors terrorism worldwide and chants ‘Death to Israel’, ‘Death to America.’ I have long said that the greatest danger facing our world is the coupling of militant Islam with nuclear weapons. And what makes matters even worse is that we see a world celebrating this bad deal, rushing to embrace and do business with a regime openly committed to our destruction.
Last week, Major General Salehi, the commander of Iran’s army, proclaimed this: ‘We will annihilate Israel for sure. We are glad that we are in the forefront of executing the Supreme Leader’s order to destroy Israel.’ And as for the Supreme Leader himself, a few days after the nuclear deal was announced, he released his latest book. Here it is. It’s a 400-page screed detailing his plan to destroy the State of Israel.
Last month, Khamenei once again made his genocidal intentions clear before Iran’s top clerical body, the Assembly of Experts. He spoke about Israel, home to over six million Jews. He pledged, ‘there will be no Israel in 25 years.’ Seventy years after the murder of six million Jews, Iran’s rulers promise to destroy my country. Murder my people. And the response from this body, the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here has been absolutely nothing! Utter silence! Deafening silence. Perhaps you can now understand why Israel is not joining you in celebrating this deal.
But no one should question Israel’s determination to defend itself against those who seek our destruction.
For in every generation, there were those who rose up to destroy our people. In antiquity, we faced destruction from the ancient empires of Babylon and Rome. In the Middle Ages, we faced inquisition and expulsion. And In modern times, we faced pogroms and the Holocaust. Yet the Jewish people persevered.
And now another regime has arisen, swearing to destroy Israel.
That regime would be wise to consider this: I stand here today representing Israel, a country 67 years young, but the nation-state of a people nearly 4,000 years old. Yet the empires of Babylon and Rome are not represented in this hall of nations. Neither is the Thousand Year Reich. Those seemingly invincible empires are long gone. But Israel lives. The people of Israel live.”
If you know your history, you understand the power behind Netanyahu’s words. Even in 1897, Mark Twain understood. He challenged everyone to explain how puny Israel survived while the greatest empires in history perished: “The Jews are but ¼ of 1% of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. The Jew ought hardly be heard of; but he has always been heard of. His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine and learning are way out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. The Egyptians, Babylonians, and Persians rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then passed away; the Greek and Roman followed, made a vast noise, and they were gone. The Jew saw and survived them all. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of the Jews’ immortality?”
The answer is in our verse this week, from chapter 1 of the book of Joshua. It is the covenant promise God made to Israel’s patriarchs. In 730BC, God used the prophet Isaiah to remind them on that promise: ”But you, Israel, are My servant. Jacob, whom I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham My friend. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I HAVE CHOSEN YOU, and have not cast you away.” (Isaiah 41: 8-9).
As tensions begin to mount, the warning Netanyahu gave to Iran is one we here in the Unites States need to take very seriously. Israel is not going anywhere. The one and only true God says so.