Israel at Christ’s Coming and The Re-Election of Netanyahu - A Two-Part Article
TGP Prophecy Letter – November 25, 2022
Alright, Brethren. Our comments at this time concern something that we believe may have profound implications for Israel and the return of Christ, and therefore us. Not all world-developments bear on prophecy the same. Many things happen that we can see acting as stepping stones for the Lord’s plan, offering us encouragement, excitement, and real, tangible cause for earnest expectation. But every now and then, and increasingly so, something happens that seems to be extra-filled with promise; something that stands out well above others. We believe that one of these “somethings” has just occurred! So please, brew a cup of coffee or tea and consider this topic with us, for the Lord is certainly working among His people Israel!
Bibi is back. Benjamin Netanyahu, commonly called Bibi, has once again assumed the position of Israel’s Prime Minister (Israel365 News). When he was voted out of office in 2021, he left a short, hand-written note on his desk for in-coming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. It simply said, “Be right back!” (World Israel News).
Naftali Bennett did not last long in office, and he was replaced with Yair Lapid. However, the recent election brought the familiar face of Netanyahu back to the forefront. Bibi still has to form a government and go through a few other hoops before it is completely “official”, something which was an issue in a previous election, but it seems like this will not be an issue this time around. This election has troubled the waters of the Middle East, and we anticipate major developments in the time ahead as a result of it!
Some may question, “Why such expectation? What significance can there be in a simple Israeli election? There have been countless elections before. What makes this one any different?” These are valid questions and require valid answers. It all has to do with the prophetical picture we are given of Israel at the time when Christ returns to them. Because of the importance of this topic, we think it needful to explain it in sufficient detail.
We break these comments up into two parts so readers do not feel obligated to read all of it at once. Part 1 discusses what the prophecies say about Israel when Christ reappears to them, and Part 2 explores Netanyahu’s potential relevance to this.
Part 1: Israel at Christ’s Coming
There are a number of passages that bear upon this, but we will examine only the most clear for the sake of time. The most pointed passage is Psalm 118, and we believe this lovely chapter offers remarkable insight to Israel’s state when our Messiah returns to them. It is a Psalm of David, and here the Spirit moved him to prophesy and write from Israel’s perspective after the fact. When viewed in this light, every single aspect finds a beautiful, logical, and Scripturally supported meaning. The chapter is rich in key aspects and phrases that help us to identify its placement on the Lord’s timeline.
We encourage a reading of the entire chapter from everyone’s own Bibles before moving forward as this is undoubtedly the most profitable route. Nevertheless, because the chapter is so wonderfully abundant in the particulars of this topic, we will include every verse here in RED and offer comments on a few parts, tying in the other prophecies that expound it as we go along:
(1) O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. (2) Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. (3) Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. (4) Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
We are introduced to an Israel that has finally recognized the Lord and now thanks him for his ever-enduring mercy. Worthy of note is when Israel says this. The fact that it says “Let Israel now say” indicates that this thankfulness is in response to something. It does not arise out of the blue. Something has happened that has evoked a grateful attitude from Israel of the Lord’s mercy. What exactly happened has yet to be revealed in the chapter, but it is clear that it will display the Lord’s long-suffering and mercy to Israel’s benefit. Let us continue:
(5) I (Israel, we submit) called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. (6) The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? (7) The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
Aha! We learn that Israel was in “distress”. This word is mêtsar, and Strong’s defines it as referring to “something tight, trouble, pain.” We now see the reason for Israel’s humble gratitude for the Lord’s mercy. Israel was in distress, they called unto the Lord, and the Lord answered them with salvation. From this point on, Israel will not fear what finite man can do.
Verse 7 introduces a new party to the scene. “The LORD taketh my part with them that help me…” Who is this group that helps Israel? Whoever it is, the fact that the Lord was with them gives Israel the confidence to say, “therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.” We suggest that it refers to the saints, for we find them to be involved in this conflict (Zechariah 14:5, Obadiah 1:21).
We have another “aha!” moment in verse 7 as we perceive another piece of the puzzle: a reason for Israel’s distress. Israel talks about “them that hate” them and desires justice on them. Who are these enemies who hate Israel? We find them referenced in the words of Zacharias:
Luke 1:67-75 – And his (John the Baptist’s) father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, (68) Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, (69) And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; (70) As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: (71) That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; (72) To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; (73) The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, (74) That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, (75) In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
Israel’s salvation from these “hateful” people is here said to result in the Lord performing the mercy that He promised to the fathers, specifically Abraham. What was the promise to him? That he and his seed would inherit eternal possession of the land from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates (Genesis 15:18-21). Both Abraham and his seed (which is Christ – Galatians 3:16) have yet to inherit this land (Acts 7:5).
In order for this land to be possessed of Israel, it must be dispossessed of the foreigners who presently reside therein. These are currently the Arabs, and interestingly, they vehemently hate Israel! Since Israel was delivered from Egypt and conquered the land under Joshua, all the nations who were (partially) driven out have despised Israel with a bitter hatred. They were continual thorns in Israel side, drawing them away from the truth and warring with them on every side just as prophesied:
Numbers 33:55 – But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.
How true this turned out to be, and how true it is today! Imagine the peace Israel would have known had they faithfully executed the Lord’s judgments and completely expelled them from the land. It is no coincidence that the Arab descendants in those same territories play the same role of vexing Israel today.
The Temple Mount is the most hotly contested area in the land, for both Jews and Arabs claim it as a holy site. Without question, the Arabs are the greatest obstacle to Jewish religious service. Though the Jews are in darkness and have yet to recognize and correctly serve their Messiah, it is clear that the false Muslim claim to the land is the greatest inhibitor to not only Jewish worship, but to the full possession of the land promised to Abraham. They simply cannot reside there when the kingdom is established (Zechariah 14:21).
We believe that these Arabs who surround Israel on every side and are prophetically named in Psalm 83 are those who “hate” Israel and will be the cause of their “distress” at a future date; one which is fast approaching! Further Scriptural evidence for identifying them as such is found in Ezekiel 28 where all of the same elements are seen:
Ezekiel 28:25-26 – Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob. (26) And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God.
It is here reinforced that those nations “round about” Israel are those “that despise them” and prevent Israel from dwelling “with confidence”. The only nations who are “round about” Israel are those enemies named in Psalm 83. It is also further demonstrated that the destruction of these heathen nations is directly related to Israel’s safety, confidence, and recognition of their Lord!
If we add to this the passages of Deuteronomy 33:29, Isaiah 17, Ezekiel 35, Obadiah 1:15-21 Zechariah 12-13:6, 14:3-21, and others still, what we have is a great host of testimonies all joining in chorus and speaking one message: Israel is to reach a point of distress and weakening by the hand of her Arab neighbors, they will cry unto the Lord for salvation, and the Lord will come not only to save them, but to establish the Kingdom in the land promised to the fathers.
Now that we have identified the aggressors in Psalm 118, perhaps our other comments can now be shorter!
(8) It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. (9) It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
After Israel’s miraculous victory and acquisition of Old Jerusalem in the Six Day War, the famous Defense Minister Moshe Dayan made a comment that is telling of Israel’s military mindset. He said in reference to the Arabs and Israel’s victory (and we quote liberally from memory), “I wish everyone would stop talking about prophecy. We just licked em’!” Israel is confident in their own ability to handle any matter.
This Psalm, however, shows Israel realizing their dependence on the Lord. It appears that this abasing conflict with the Arabs is the means of achieving it. Finally, they will learn not to trust in their own abilities, but in the Lord’s. Zechariah 12 details the time when “all the people round about… shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem” (vs. 2). The RSV of verse 5 depicts the moment when Israel will have learned the lesson: “Then the clans of Judah shall say to themselves, 'The inhabitants of Jerusalem have strength through the LORD of hosts, their God.'”
This same thing is reiterated in
Joel 3:16 – The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
(10) All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. (11) They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. (12) They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
These “all nations” are all of those “round about” as we have already seen. They will “compass” Israel on every side. The prophet Joel elaborates on this aspect:
Joel 3:11-12 – Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. (12) Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.
It is also in this passage that we learn in clear terms that Israel will have a role to play in “seeing their desire upon all that hate them” (Psalm 118:7). “In the name of the LORD I (Israel) will destroy them” (vs 12). This is substantiated by Zechariah’s prophecy as well, once again in clear, unmistakable terms:
Zechariah 12:7-8 – The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. (8) In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.
We understand these “feeble” ones to refer to the literal inhabitants of Jerusalem (perhaps specifically the IDF?), for to give it any other identity does not seem to fit in with the passage. Imagine an army where the most “feeble” of the group are as mighty as David! Truly, this is an unstoppable force!
Zechariah 14:14 – And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.
This passage speaks for itself!
As has been hopefully demonstrated at this point, this Psalm is simply loaded with terms and phrases that help guide us in understanding its meaning. Another one of these phrases is found in verse 12 regarding Israel’s enemies: “they are quenched as the fire of thorns…” What’s intriguing about this is that we not only find this same imagery used elsewhere in Scripture, but in the instances that we do, we find a number of other similar elements as well!
Ezekiel 28:24 – And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
The ties between these passages are wonderfully numerous! Ezekiel 28 shows us that those who are “round about” Israel and who “despised them” are the thorns and briers! There is no more apt name for the Arabs, for they have continually been as grievous thorns in Israel’s side, incessantly poking and irritating, yet never destroying. This irritant, however, will one day cease. The thorns will be removed and cast into the flame.
(13) Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me. (14) The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. (15) The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. (16) The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. (17) I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. (18) The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death. (19) Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: (20) This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter. (21) I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
These verses explain the dire straits that Israel will face, but will not be to their destruction. They will be “thrust” at and “chastened” sore, but this is the Lord’s hand of correction. While still the Lord’s people, Israel allows sin and evil in their land. Tel-Aviv is the considered the “gay pride” capitol of the world. While some of them recognize that the Lord is the cause for Israel’s prosperity and success, most believe it to be of themselves. They are a prideful people who trust in their own devices, and as such do not presently possess the disposition to call upon the Lord for help. We believe the principle of Proverbs 18:12 is applicable here: “Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.”
The fact that Christ comes to Israel’s rescue is well established in Scripture. Allow two references to suffice:
Isaiah 63:1– Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. (for those with time, read through verse 6)
Habakkuk 3:12-13 – Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger. (13) Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.
It is clear, then, that Israel will require saving. That day has yet to arrive, but it is fast approaching! The Lord will hear their cry!
(22) The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. (23) This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. (24) This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (25) Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. (26) Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. (27) God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. (28) Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. (29) O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Oh, the wonderful end of this conflict! The stone of Christ which was refused by the Jews of his day will be the head corner stone in Jerusalem (Mark 12:1-11)! It will not be accomplished by the hands of carnal man, but will be “the LORD’S doing”.
One of the most beautiful and insightful verses here is verse 26, for it so clearly teaches us that this refers to the time when Israel will gratefully accept Christ as their King! Israel is shown crying, “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the LORD”. The Jews have said this very thing only one time in the past, and we have it recorded in
Matthew 21:1, 4-5, 8-11 – And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples… (4) All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, (5) Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass... (8) And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. (9) And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. (10) And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? (11) And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.
Such was Christ’s reception into Jerusalem with the Jews acknowledging him as the rightful heir to the throne of David (2 Samuel 7:12-16). Their welcoming beckon was a direct quote from Psalm 118. For clarity, here is the passage again:
Psalm 118:25-26 – Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. (26) Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD
Here is the Jews’ quotation of it:
Matthew 21:9 – And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
“Hosanna” means “oh save!” (Strong’s G5614) and directly correlates to “Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD” in Psalm 118.
The Jews warmly welcomed Christ and saw him as deliverance from the woes of their age, thinking the Kingdom would be established then and there (Acts 1:6). Little did they know that time must continue on for further ages. Nevertheless, such was their joyful reception of him.
How does this relate to our understanding of Israel at Christ’s coming? After prophesying of the desolation of AD70, Christ spake pointed and clear words to Jerusalem:
Matthew 23:39 – For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Jesus was soon to ascend to the right hand of his Father. Though he was presently among the Jews, they would not see him again until they once again said, “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” This will be the disposition of the Jews in that day. We are looking for that same attitude to appear in Israel once again! Just as they did long ago, they will again gladly receive him as the rightful heir to the throne of David.
However, does the Israel of today possess this feeling? Is the democratic nation open to and looking for a king? and not just any king, but specifically the one appointed by the Most High? Not quite. Something has to change. As Paul wrote in
Romans 11:25 – … blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
The Jews do not currently have the eyes to see the light of the truth, and this must be remedied in order for them to call upon the Lord. The beautiful Psalm we have been considering addresses this very change, for verse 27 depicts an Israel whose eyes who have finally been opened: “God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light…” (see also Isaiah 32:1-3, Zechariah 12:10, 13:6). This realization, we believe, will be born out of Israel’s humbling final skirmish with her thorny Arab neighbors. The Arabs will abase them, but the Lord Jesus will save and exalt them!
Having considered some of the Scriptural testimonies concerning Israel at that future date, it is hoped that the relevance of recent events is more readily perceivable. We now turn our attention to
Part 2: The Potential Relevance of Netanyahu’s Re-election
We were thrilled to see the familiar face of Bibi return to the Prime Minister’s office, particularly given the circumstances in which this election occurred. Why? The reason is simple: Just as Vladimir Putin has the personal qualities that make it easy to see how he could be the ruler of Gog when the confederacy descends against Israel, so Benjamin Netanyahu has the personal qualities that make it easy to see how he could be ruling Israel when the Arabs unite against them and Christ comes to their salvation. Consider Netanyahu’s effect on the following topics:
The Palestinians and Other Arab Neighbors
If Israel’s neighbors are ever to unite under the purpose to “cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance” (Psalm 83:4), then it is evident that Israel and the Arabs must not be enjoying good relations at that time. We would expect intense bitterness between the two that climaxes in a full-out confrontation. All of this is easily perceivable with Netanyahu in power. A right-wing, pro-Israel Prime Minister like him is a thorn in the side of the world’s nations, particularly the Arabs. Unlike some other politicians in the Knesset, Netanyahu will not tolerate Arab aggression or calls for Israeli annihilation.
Unlike the previous Prime Minister Yair Lapid, Netanyahu knows that true peace will not be realized with the Arabs. He is far more likely to act in Israel’s interest and leave the Arab neighbors in the dust, further causing Israel to appear as the sole “obstacle” preventing peace. In fact, he already has plans in place that will be interpreted by the world as opposing peace efforts. Arutz Sheva recently reported that Netanyahu vows to 'neutralize' the Lebanon deal that Yair Lapid helped foster. Bibi has declared that his emphasis is to “return Israel to its place as a rising power among the nations” (World Israel News). Endless and profitless negotiations with the Arabs will only hinder this effort.
Netanyahu recognizes the foolishness of a two-state “solution”, so the proponents of it are in for a difficult time dealing with him. We must stress that it is not only Netanyahu that causes worry among the Arabs, but the rest of his government as well. In response to Bibi’s victory, the Palestinians were outraged and declared that they were going to fight the results in the International Court (World Israel News). This is because they know that this government will not cater to them. They would far rather have Yair Lapid or a more left-leaning man in charge.
Interestingly, another result of the election was the complete ousting of one of the most liberal, far-left parties in the Knesset called Meretz (World Israel News). This party advocates for “Peace between Israel and the Palestinians, based on a two-state solution, as laid out in the Geneva Accord” and “Freezing construction of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank” (Meretz - Wikipedia). Such a government would be ideal for the Palestinians and other Arabs, but the election resulted in this party losing all representation in the government. This is, however, the opposite of Netanyahu’s government. Instead of trying to oust the Jews from disputed lands, Netanyahu and Ben Gvir agree to legalize Jewish towns in the Biblical heartland (Israel365 News). With a far-right leaning government, calls in the Knesset for a two-state solution will now soften. Coincidence? We think not.
The Iranian Threat
This government will not only be intolerant of Arab aggression, but particularly Iranian aggression. While the world allows Iran to continue its course to full nuclear capability, Netanyahu will not sit idly by. He recognizes that the threat is truly a matter of Israel’s existence and will do what is necessary to take care of the issue. Consider some recent developments:
Iran tests satellite-carrying rocket, US calls it 'destabilizing' - The Jerusalem Post
Iran seeking nuclear help from Russia in exchange for weapons - The Jerusalem Post
Likud MK estimates: Netanyahu will attack Iran's nuclear facilities - Arutz Sheva
'400 seconds' to Tel Aviv: Iranian media publishes Hebrew missile threat - The Jerusalem Post
IAEA: Iran increases highly enriched uranium stockpile - JNS
As Israel’s F-35 fleet grows, IDF accelerates preparations against Iran - JNS
Iran nuclear program ‘very close to breakout,’ warns US ambassador… - All Israel News
Iran gets closer and closer to the nuclear mark, and Israel cannot afford to completely rely on someone else to deal with the issue. Netanyahu has clearly stated that he is ready to attack Iran if the US doesn’t remove the threat soon (All Israel News). We believe that Israel may be forced to try and handle Iran, a move that we think could spark the war of Psalm 83 and bring Israel to the position outlined in Psalm 118. Netanyahu is far more likely to accelerate the confrontation with Iran than other individuals. This brings us to Bibi’s relevance to the country’s relations with
The United States
The Biden administration is not fond of Netanyahu for the same reasons mentioned above: he is pro-Zionist and pro-Israel. This distaste from the US was apparent immediately following Bibi’s victory. It is customary for world leaders to call the election victor to congratulate them on their triumph and express willingness to work together on future endeavors. Historically, as Israel’s greatest ally, the US President is among the very first to make this call. However, Biden was among the last to call Netanyahu, causing many in the meantime to wonder whether he would call him at all. Consider the following news items that were published after Netanyahu won:
World leaders congratulate Netanyahu on election victory, but still not Biden - World Israel News
Biden snubs Bibi: No congratulation call to Netanyahu for election victory - World Israel News
Is Biden intentionally snubbing Netanyahu? - Israel365 News
A delayed call is no accident, but is rather a way to communicate disapproval. The Biden administration is pushing for a two-state solution, and a right-wing government like Netanyahu’s is their worst nightmare. The US does not hide this either:
Netanyahu victory in Israeli election presents 'stark challenge' for US Middle East policy - Fox News
Former US ambassador: Biden administration unlikely to cooperate with Ben-Gvir or Smotrich - World Israel News
Nides: US will fight any Israeli attempts at annexation - JNS
A new foreign policy headache for Biden as Israel forms its most right-wing government ever - Los Angeles Times
This last article from Los Angeles Times so succinctly explains the situation that we reproduce the first few paragraphs here:
"The Biden administration is grappling with how to deal with a new Israeli government that will be the most right-wing in that country’s history and may stand in the way of core U.S. goals for the Middle East.
"... Netanyahu formed an alliance with controversial political figures known for their extreme anti-Arab views, likely dooming any peace deal with Palestinians.
"Dealing with the Netanyahu-led government will pose major challenges for the Biden administration, which desires a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and broader acceptance of Israel in the Arab world."
Friction between the two countries exists beyond Israel’s borders though, perhaps even climaxing on the Iranian issue. The US is still pushing for a nuclear deal, something which will still allow Iran to reach nuclear capability. Netanyahu knows this and (rightly so) sees this as reason for Israel to take matters into their own hands:
Biden still eager for nuclear deal with Iran – agreement ‘not off the table’ – US Ambassador to Israel tells THE ROSENBERG REPORT - All Israel News
Netanyahu ‘ready’ to attack Iran if Biden doesn’t neutralize threat soon, long-time Netanyahu confidante tells THE ROSENBERG REPORT - All Israel News
Why does all of this matter? Again, it relates to the picture we have of Israel when Jesus returns. If Israel enjoys an intimate bond with the most advanced military power on the planet, an attack on Israel would likely result in the US coming to their aid: something that is not perceivable in prophecy. The prophets illustrate an Israel who stands alone and who, as they have no carnal allies in their greatest hour of need (Isaiah 63:3), is forced to humble themselves and cry unto the Lord. We believe this is being worked out before our very eyes, and Netanyahu’s re-election contributes to this prophesied end.
The Rest of the Nations
The same reasons that foster US disdain on Israel bring out condemnation from the rest of the world: a Zionist government does not work to the rest of the world’s desires. Earlier this month, we commented on a UN resolution that singled Israel out as a nuclear threat to the Middle East. Even more recently, the UN voted on another resolution:
UN votes 98-17 to take Israel to Int'l Criminal Court, 'occupation will need to end' - World Israel News
They voted that the Israeli “occupation” of so-called “Palestine” must end, meaning that they believe that the Jews do not belong there. It is nonsense, yet it is the stance that the world at large has taken. The re-election of Netanyahu means that this point of conflict will only intensify. Why? Because of the nature of this particular government:
Public diplomacy challenges await Netanyahu's extreme government - The Jerusalem Post
Again, this contributes to Israel standing alone when her Arab neighbors (the ones who claim to be the “rightful” owners of the land) come against her. Given the general Arab-sympathizing trend we are seeing, it is possible that the world might even justify the Arabs’ invasion when it occurs. How do we imagine they will react to the destruction of this group? Will they submit to the King of Israel when he disperses his Gospel dictate (Revelation 14:6)? Unfortunately, we are told that they will not (Psalm 2). Things are escalating, and they are almost certain to continue this path under Bibi.
We must consider one last thing with this new government, for it seems that it may address an important aspect that most other Israeli governments have not had.
The Israeli government is not really a religious one, and so for them to call upon the Messiah implies a substantial change has occurred. What’s incredibly important is the kind of government this will be under Bibi. Consider an excerpt from The Jerusalem Post:
“The government that Netanyahu will have the easiest time forming – with the Religious Zionist Party, Shas and UTJ – will be the most religious and extreme government in Israeli history.”
This will most likely be the most religious government Israel has seen since its rebirth! It’s noteworthy that it was not just Netanyahu that won this election. In fact, many are giving a lot of credit to his running partner Itamar Ben-Gvir, a man who is considered a far-right religious extremist and who has just been appointed as Israel’s National Security Minister (World Israel News). He does not advocate for compromising with the Arabs and holds beliefs that are increasingly unpopular with the rest of the world. Netanyahu’s partnership with him is believed to be what afforded him election success.
What’s also interesting is what this election says about the people of Israel as well. Again from The Jerusalem Post:
“The people have spoken. A majority of this country voted for this exact government. When someone cast a ballot for Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, they knew they were getting Itamar Ben-Gvir. No one thought that a vote for Netanyahu meant a unity government with Yair Lapid.”
It appears that the people of Israel were not wanting a unity government, but rather a more right-leaning religious one. All of this appears to us as a step in the direction which the prophets spoke of, for a more religiously based Israel is one that is more likely to call upon the Lord in times of distress as compared to trusting in their own abilities and being willing to die in their pride.
We wish to emphasize that though these developments concerning Netanyahu are promising, his government is not a perfect one. Evil is still allowed to prosper in the land:
Netanyahu says future Israeli gov't won't violate LGBTQ+ rights - report - The Jerusalem Post
Netanyahu is no Messiah for Israel. He is merely another instrument in the Lord’s toolbelt utilized to further His eternal plan. However, his personal characteristics, those of his running partner Itamar Ben-Gvir, and the present status of the Middle East all come together to create a prime stage for major prophetical development. Let us be aware of the prospects ahead of us and prepare ourselves accordingly, for Israel’s King (our King) is soon to triumphantly enter Jerusalem once again to claim the throne of his father David, and the Jews will echo the cry of their ancestors, “Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord” (John 12:13).