Sunday, November 25, 2012

Peace and Safety?

But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 
1 Thessalonians 5:1-3  NKJV

In his comments following the ceasefire agreement which was arranged this past week between Israel and Hamas, the Prime Minister of Israel made the following statement;

As Prime Minister, I have the responsibility – and it is the highest responsibility – to take the right steps to ensure our security. That is what I have done and it is what I will continue to do.
Benjamin Netanyahu 

As we celebrated Thanksgiving this past week, I wonder how many people considered peace as a reason to be thankful?  Compared to the people of Israel, where bombings and rocket attacks are a constant threat, I think we in this country have a definite reason to be thankful.  

I have no doubt that we are fast approaching, if not already have arrived, at the point in history referred to by Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians.  Israel feels it can defend itself with the technology it possesses, and has shown that it is willing to do so.  However the day will come when the entire world will be against them and their safety will come in the form of divine intervention by the God of this universe.

The following link is to an article by the ambassador of Israel to the United States, Michael Oren.  I hope as we thank the Lord for what He has provided for us, we never forget to pray for the peace of Jerusalem as well.

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