For those of us who follow Bible prophecy, this is rich stuff. It reinforces in a huge way the point that I love to think about and discuss: the Bible is validated due to “facts on the ground” in our world. In other words, what you see in the Bible is what you see in our world: hatred for Israel and the status of Jerusalem. What could account for this, but a Supernatural Being who predicted it long ago?
This is what God says in Obadiah 15-18:
“The day of the LORD is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head. Just as you drank on my holy hill, so all the nations will drink continually; they will drink and drink and be as if they had never been. But on Mount Zion will be deliverance; it will be holy, and Jacob will possess his inheritance. Jacob will be a fire and Joseph a flame; Esau will be stubble, and they will set him on fire and destroy him. There will be no survivors from Esau.” The LORD has spoken.
This is a specific prophecy for the last days, regarding the Arab people. Note also the warning given in Joel 3:2:
“I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.”
It doesn’t matter that liberal scholars, the Emergent crowd, and others constantly repeat the lie that the Bible isn’t true, is full of mistakes, outdated, etc. What matters is that God has pierced our world, and has directed history to a conclusion that we can clearly see from network news, online, and in newspapers: the world is getting its fill of the Jewish state, and intends to do something about it, even if that means imposing a hostile Arab state in its doorway; a whole host of hostile Arab states already sits on Israel’s doorstep. Soon they’ll be inside the house.
And what will be their fate? Interestingly, the Lord says He will do this to them. This isn’t something that He sits passively for, and waits for it to unfold. In fact, the Lord of History causes these things to happen, for a specific reason: to enter into judgment with the nations for how they have treated Israel.
Krauthammer is right about many things. He’s one of my favorite commentators. But on one point he is wrong on a colossal scale: Israel is not only going to retain the “West Bank”—the Jewish state is set to become the crown jewel of the entire world.
My friends, this is where the mystery of true religion melds with our gritty, day to day lives. Bible prophecy is now a cold, hard fact.
The nations are preparing for war. The Lord has told us how that will turn out.