When God Gathers the Nations Print E-mail

When God Gathers the Nations
by: Bishop David Fuller
Vice Chairmen, AWCF

Why are the nations of the world so concerned about Israel? Why is the Middle East continually in the news? This is such a small nation that it seems that it would never make the news. It’s in the news because God’s Word said that it would be the concern of the world in the last days!

All of the earth is the Lord’s. See Psalms 24:1. However, the Lord has specifically said that the land that we know as Israel is His land. It is amazing what the Bible says about God and this land. A good example is Deuteronomy 11:12. (NKJV) A land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.

If God is that concerned about this land the nations had better be careful regarding it!

Joel 3:1, 2 (NKJV) For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there on account of my people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land.

The nations of the world are trying to work out a peace settlement in the Middle East. Our current president, and the two that preceded him, have it as a number one priority to bring peace to the Middle East. Each has failed. All have pressured Israel to give up land so a “Palestinian state” could be formed. Israel, due to this pressure from the U.S. and the U.N., has given up some land. The Muslim nations that are threatening Israel will not be satisfied with Israel giving up part of the land for a “Palestinian” state. They want all of the land and Israel’s total destruction. What happened when Israel gave up Gaza to the “Palestinians?” The Jihadists used it as a staging area to launch rocket attacks against Israel!

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently said that he is going to destroy Israel and that the Jewish people should go back to the nations that they left. Mr. Ahmadinejad is in for a great surprise. He and his country will be destroyed.

Who does the land really belong to? Notice that God said that it is, “My land!” Since this is God’s land, what right does any president, nation, or group of nations have to demand that Israel give it up? God gave the land to Israel. It is quite a dangerous thing for anyone, even a president to demand that Israel give away God’s land!

It will be the plan of the antichrist is to divide the land. Daniel prophesied this 2500 years ago concerning the antichrist. Daniel 11:39 (NKJV) Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain.

The spirit of the antichrist has gripped the nations and they are putting pressure on Israel to give up the land that God has given them. Israel will eventually by attacked by many nations of the world! Why will the nations of the world attack Israel? The nations will say that they are doing it for peace. Notice God said, “I gather all nations to the Valley of Jehosophat.”

What does God say about Russia and the nations aligned against Israel? The prophet Ezekiel answers that in a prophesy that he gave twenty-five centuries ago. Ezekiel 38:1-6 (NKJV) Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. 5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6 Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you.

It is amazing how accurate the Bible is. Thousands of years ago the prophets foretold the alignment of the nations against Israel in the last days. Russia is the nation referred to in Ezekiel 38:2. Iran was known as Persia until 1935. Ethiopia is not the Ethiopia known today, but is part of Sudan. Libya is still called Libya. Togarmah is Turkey, as well as some of the nations of the old Soviet block of nations. Gomer is the southern area of the old Soviet Union.

The nations of the world are following the script that God had His prophets write centuries ago! There are many prophesies that foretold this. Note what Zechariah said. Zecheriah 12:2 (KJV) Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

The hope of America’s survival is to a great degree tied to Israel. All the way back in Genesis God gave a promise and warning concerning this. He told Abraham that He would bless those that blessed Israel and curse those who cursed it! See Genesis 12:1-3; 27:29; Psalms 122:6; and Amos 9:15.

It would be wonderful if the president and the leaders of the world would read the Bible, and not just read it, but heed it. We can only pray that this happens. However, you and I can read it and heed its warning and prepare for the soon coming of our Lord Jesus Christ!

 
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