“God is preparing His heroes;
and when the opportunity comes,
He can fit them into their places in a moment,
and the world will wonder where they came from.”.
— A. B. Simpson
If you’ve ever watched children at play, you’ve probably witnessed the scenario of one child very carefully building a block tower … and another gleefully (or maliciously) knocking it down. That’s the nature of children.
I read an article that claimed there are summer camps in the Islamic world created to teach kids how to become martyrs for the glory of Allah, and to encourage hatred, primarily toward the descendants of Jacob.
Did you know that hatred for those who are now called Israelis originated with one man – Abram – who, like Eve, made one decision that has affected the entire human race. He listened to his impatient wife rather than waiting for God’s perfect timing concerning the conception of a promised child.
You see, when “the word of the Lord” came to Abram one day in a vision, God promised something that seemed utterly impossible. Abram was an old man, and his wife Sarai was barren. Yet God told them: “A son coming from your own body will be your heir. Look up at the heavens and count the stars – if indeed you can count them…. So shall your offspring be” (Genesis 15:4-5). Scripture tells us, “Abram believed the Lord, and that act of faith was “credited to him as righteousness.”
But Abram’s beloved Sarai thought her husband must have misunderstood the message. She reasoned that since she had not been able to have a child — and she was nearing 90 years old — there must be some mistake. So she took control of the situation and convinced Abram to have intercourse with her Egyptian maidservant, Hagar.
Naturally, after Hagar became pregnant, Sarai became ragingly jealous of her husband’s baby mama. She mistreated Hagar, so the woman fled into the desert. There the angel of the Lord appeared and instructed Hagar to go back and submit to her mistress Sarai, because the Lord God had a plan. He promised: “I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count. You will have a son and name him Ishmael, because the Lord has heard of your misery” (Genesis 16:9-11).
The next verse is astoundingly prophetic: “He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him. He will live in hostility toward [also translated “to the east of”] all his brothers” (Genesis 16:12).
So Hagar obeyed, returned to Sarai and Abram, gave birth to a son and named him Ishmael. Then, God showed up again. He made it clear that what He had promised some time ago was still going to happen. As if to underscore that fact, the Lord gave Abram and Sarai new names – Abraham and Sarah. And He told them the name of the son whom Sarah had conceived. He would be called Isaac.
I encourage you to read the entire account in Genesis of these historical events, since I can’t recount them all here. For this purpose, I’ll just establish the fact that the descendants of Ishmael have indeed “lived in hostility toward” their relatives – Isaac’s descendants – for centuries, and a majority of them still nurture that hatred!
Toss into the mix the descendants of Isaac’s son Esau – who foolishly gave his birthright to his twin brother, Jacob, in exchange for a bowl of stew, and then got really mad about it – and you have a basic overview of the enemies of “Israel” (Jacob’s God-given, new name).
If we could trace the family tree of Ishmael, we would likely find that the ancient people group known as the Assyrians was connected in some way. According to revelations in The Harbinger, the Assyrians were among the most brutal people who ever lived. At the peak of their power they ruled most of the ancient Middle East, and they perfected the art of terrorism. They spoke a language called Akkadian … which today is called Arabic – the tongue of Al Qaeda.
The Lord God eventually made good on His Deuteronomy 28 promise to provide blessings and to allow curses to flow upon the descendants of Israel, depending on their attitude and behavior toward Him. When they continued to worship other gods and act out in deviant ways, He removed His blessings and the hedge of protection that the Lord had placed around the Israelites, because they chose (as a nation) to defiantly disobey the laws that He had put into place for their benefit. In 732 B.C. the Assyrians breached the wall and attacked the Israelites, drawing them into military conflict, war, and tragic national drama.
One of the specific curses listed in Deuteronomy 28 sounds chillingly familiar: “The Lord will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth, like an eagle swooping down, a nation whose language you will not understand, a fierce-looking nation without respect for the old or pity for the young” (verses 49-50).
On September 11, 2001, America’s hedge of protection was breached by a group of Semitic men. They were gathered from nations across the Middle East and communicated with each other using words and phrases which resembled the ancient Akkadian language. Their weapons of choice were jets that swooped down and took out the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, without respect for the old or pity for the young.
At that historic moment, the United States of America – “one nation under God” – was irretrievably drawn into military conflict, war, and tragic national drama. The world watched in horror as the carefully built towers came crumbling down.
“Carefully follow the terms of this covenant
so that you may prosper in everything you do.”
A RUST REMOVER …
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