Palestinians: Thorns in Israel’s Sides
“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. Moreover it shall come to pass, that I shall do unto you, as I thought to do unto them” – (Num.33:55,56).
“…but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this? Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you” - (Jud.2:2,3).
Palestinians is derived from “the land of the Philistines.” They occupy a strip of land today called the ‘Gaza Strip,’ along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in Southwestern Israel. They were the most persistent enemies of Israel all through the O.T. and have been persistent enemies of Israel since 1948 when Israel became a nation again after being conquered by Titus the Roman in A.D. 70 and begin disbursed among the Gentile nations. Surely the Palestinians have been and are ‘thorns in Israel’s sides’ because instead of obeying God’s commandments and diving them out of the land that God had given them, they allowed them a strip of land inside their borders. They surely are today in A.D. 2009, vexing Israel as they did in the O.T.
The Palestinians are God’s proof to Israel that they are not obeying the Word of God, not the O.T. or the N.T. “And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the Lord…” – (Jud.3:4). Because Israel will not live godly lives, they have two million Arab Moslems living in Israel and constantly vexing them with rockets and suicide bombers etc. This will continue to escalate until the U.N. sends all the armies of the world, under Antichrist to besiege Israel at Armageddon. But as God sent deliverers to save them from their enemies, like Ehud, Barak and Samson, so the Deliverer, the Lord Jesus, will save a remnant at Armageddon when they cry out to Him, as they did in O.T. Times. “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob” – (Rom.11:25). At Armageddon, Israel will have to simultaneously fight her Goliath of enemies from without, but also her Palestinian enemy from within.
The thorns in Israel’s sides very pointedly show Israel’s sins – “Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee…” – (Gen.3:18). And it points especially to Israel’s rejection of the Lord Jesus wearing His crown of thorns and dying on the cross as the Savior of the world – (Mk.15:17). And God’s curse upon all the unsaved – “But that which beareth thorns and briers in rejected, and is nigh unto cursing: whose end is to be burned” – (Heb.6:8).
A town in Israel today on the shores of the Dead Sea is named Sodom, where the sodomites of Abraham’s time practiced this abominable sin and the wrath of God fell upon them and burnt them to ashes, except for righteous Lot and his two daughters. Sodom is God’s example and barometer of evil for all others who commit this vile sin. “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly. And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For this righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)” – (2 Pet.6-8).
God delivered just Lot who refused to cast in his ‘lot’ with the filthy sodomites and so was saved from the fiery holocaust – (Prov.1:14). And yet Israel today has made Sodomy legal and allows ‘gay pride’ days in Jerusalem with sodomites marching there from all over the world provoking the anger of the Lord. The ‘Holy Land’ today is the greatest misnomer in human history. It will not be the holy land until the Lord Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, returns at Armageddon. Because Israel refuses to be vexed with the filthy lives of the Sodomites like Lot and his daughters, so they are vexed by the Palestinians like a thorn in their sides. Dimona, Israel’s nuclear bomb plant, is just a few miles from Sodom, Israel and portends a soon coming fiery nuclear Armageddon, when the whole world burns like Sodom – (2 Pet.3:10). Black Hebrews from Chicago, Obama’s home town, live in Dimona. There are 2000 of them there.
Have you been made righteous by Jesus Christ? Are you saved from your sins and hell and been born again by the Holy Spirit? “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth” – (Rom.10:4). Born again describes what happens to you when you’re truly saved. Your old man dies spiritually with Christ on the cross and a new man is born again. You are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the true body of Christ and born again into the family of God. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17). Jesus said – “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” – (Jn.3:6,7). Repent of your sins and believe in Christ in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sins. Be saved from the second death in the lake of fire and become a new born again creature in Christ possessing eternal life.
Pastor Mike Storti
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