Sunday, December 11, 2016

Breaking the Covenant

“Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for light by day And the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; The LORD of hosts is His name: “If this fixed order departs From before Me,” declares the LORD, “Then the offspring of Israel also will cease From being a nation before Me forever.” Thus says the LORD, “If the heavens above can be measured And the foundations of the earth searched out below, Then I will also cast off all the offspring of Israel For all that they have done,” declares the LORD.Jeremiah 31:35-37  NASB

Although I doubt very much they would pay much attention to this word from God, it would appear to me that all of those peoples and nations who believe the world would be a better place without Israel should read this passage and sit up and take notice.  The truth is, God makes it perfectly clear that the nation of Israel is His, and only He and He alone will determine their fate.  The God of this universe has chosen and set apart a people of His own and placed them on a particular piece of land for them to possess with the promise that He will be with them and bless them as long as they abide by the covenant He made with Abraham.

“On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying: "To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates”   Genesis 15:18 NKJV

“And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. “Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” And God said to Abraham: “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations.”   Genesis 17:7-9  NKJV

Of course, as we all know, several times they have violated the covenant and as a result been “temporarily” evicted, but true to His Word, God has always restored them. This might be the part of the story that those nations who oppose Israel’s existence should pay more attention to because over the course of history, events have proved without a doubt that God always keeps His word.  Unfortunately for those who oppose Israel, they have chosen to ignore or deny the role that God has played, and will play in Israel’s future when the nations will again try to erase Israel from the map.

“You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes.”   Ezekiel 38:16  NKJV

We know that the time is very close when what has been prophesied for Israel’s “latter days” will come to pass.  God intends to use His people to send a message to the world, but truth be told there will be a time of judgment against the nation of Israel that begs the question just what other parts of the covenant have they ignored to prompt God to act in the manner He has said that He will?  If you are familiar at all with His covenant with Israel it seems apparent that there are at least two major transgressions that His people have chosen to ignore, prompting God to act as He has said He will.  The first is the attempt to bring about peace with their enemies by giving away parts of the land that according to the covenant is not theirs to give, and the second is their failure as a nation to worship the one true God.

In Genesis 17 God tells His people that the covenant He is making with them is an “everlasting” one.  I wonder if the word everlasting was put in there because God knew the time would come when Israel would start giving away part of the land to their enemies in an attempt to buy peace instead of trusting God to protect them as He has done in the past. Did you notice as well that part of the covenant was an affirmation that He was to be their God? As we see Israel giving away parts of God's gift of the land, obviously in violation of the covenant, the natural next question is are they in violation of the other part of the covenant as well?  From His own words, it seems evident that God thinks so.

"Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name's sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. ”And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD," says the Lord GOD, "when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.”   Ezekiel 36:22-23 NKJV

The word in Ezekiel 37 for "hallowed" is “qadash” which literally means to be set apart, or be consecrated. The time is coming when God will use the nation of Israel in such a way as to show the world that He is the only true God. We know that the events found in Isaiah 17 and Ezekiel 38-39 are next on Israel’s prophetic timeline. God will defend His land, and sanctify His name by reminding Israel of the terms of this "everlasting" covenant. The severity of this judgment will result in Israel finally acknowledging Him as their God and Savior and they will "set Him apart" from all others.

“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”   2 Chronicles 7:14  NKJV

 “I will set My glory among the nations; all the nations shall see My judgment which I have executed, and My hand which I have laid on them. “So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day forward.”   Ezekiel 39:21-22  NKJV

Keep watching.

Just an additional note. It seems from the comments I have received that many others have noticed the “coincidences” that keep occurring and which I have mentioned a time or two.  With that in mind, I thought you might another.  Isaiah 17, the destruction of Damascus, appears to be the next event on Israel’s prophetic calendar.  The Bible mentions another city which became a “heap of ruins” at the hand of Israel which I am sure most of you have heard of.  I’m talking about the city of Jericho.  The destruction of Damascus foretold in Isaiah 17 will be, by most accounts, the result of a nuclear strike by Israel.  I was reading an article just last night on the attack this past week in Syria “supposedly” by Israel, which is assumed because Israel has a policy of never revealing their missions.  This article spoke of the fact that the attack was by surface to surface missiles rather than by the air force, which has been their favored method in the past.  The article goes on to mention that in the case of launching a nuclear attack as far away as Damascus, Israel only has one missile in its inventory capable of successfully carrying out that attack.  It’s called the “Jericho”.  Keep watching.