Last week, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution criticizing what it calls Israel’s “occupation” of the Golan Heights.
Perhaps not coincidentally, that typical condemnation of Israel by the UN was overshadowed by a tweet from US President Donald Trump. He wrote, “After 52 years, it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability.”
Thank God for a President with the courage to stand up to the world’s elite and the determination to protect and defend Israel. I believe God will honor His covenant with Abraham and bless America for blessing and defending the Jews.
Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria, one of its attackers in the 1967 Six-Day War.
Some critics say that Mr. Trump’s opportune recognition of Israel’s right to the Golan Heights was a political ploy. I think, though, that it simply acknowledges reality.
From a military standpoint, Israel cannot afford to allow an enemy to own the high ground to its immediate north. Especially an enemy completely controlled by Iran and Hezbollah (and Russia and Turkey in the deeper background). Further, Syria’s dictator, Bashar al-Assad is a recognized butcher who has repeatedly used poison gas on his own people, including children.
To return a strategically vital defensive asset like the Golan Heights to Syria at this time would be an insane act of self-destruction for Israel. But it is a suicidal act that the EU and the UN (not to mention all of Islam and many on the Left in Israel) are pushing Israel to commit.
Once again, I thank God that our President is bravely standing firm with Israel in the face of worldwide opposition.
Harvard Professor-Emeritus Alan Dershowitz explained the situation perfectly. He said, “You don’t give back a battleship that you captured from an enemy who is going to use it to fire at you. The Golan Heights is a battleship and you don’t give it to Syria and Iran.”
Especially after half a century!
You just thought that “Meatless Mondays” was another incoherent screwball idea by the insufferably self-aware Left’s social justice warriors. It was recently announced that the New York City public school system is adopting the idea in all of its cafeterias next year.
But what if the whole idea has some prophetic significance?
In 1 Timothy 4:1,3, Paul writes, “But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith…. men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.” (NASB) The King James Version specifically says, “…commanding to abstain from meats….”
I doubt that pursuing a vegan lifestyle one day per week will significantly hurt growing children, although the idea is hotly contested among dieticians and nutritionists in the world’s medical community. But it is increasingly becoming politically incorrect to eat meat or dairy products. And isn’t that exactly what the Bible predicted for “the later times”?
We already know that, more and more, cultural trendsetters are opposing the institution of marriage. They call it “sexist.”
These are just two of the hundreds of prophetic signs being fulfilled daily in our time. And the amazing thing is, they’re all happening at once. Remember, the Bible predicts that all of these signs will grow in frequency and intensity as the end of this age approaches.
There was a time when people could depend on their “life savings” for a sense of security. Not anymore.
The world’s economy is surprisingly fragile at the moment. There are even signs that the US economy might be headed for some instability or, at the least, sluggish growth.
These problems may turn out to be insignificant, temporary setbacks. But there is one warning sign that no one can dismiss: national debt.
Unsustainable levels of national debt hang like the sword of Damocles over the United States and the world.
In 1992, the US debt stood at 62% of our nation’s annual Gross Domestic Product, or GDP.
In 2009, our national debt reached 82% of our GDP.
This year, it will be at least 106% of GDP.
That’s an explosion of debt!
Remember, when I say “GDP,” I’m not talking about the amount of money the government brings in through taxes and tariffs. I’m talking about all of the wealth generated by the ENTIRE nation in a year. Government debt now exceeds the annual amount of everything the nation produces!
In 1981, the US debt hit one trillion dollars. President Ronald Reagan tried to illustrate to Congress how much a trillion dollars is.
He said, “…if you had a stack of thousand-dollar bills in your hand only 4 inches high, you’d be a millionaire. A trillion dollars would be a stack of thousand-dollar bills 67 miles high.”
Last month, US debt hit 22 trillion dollars. That’s a stack of thousand-dollar bills 1,474 miles high!
But official Washington doesn’t seem to care. Now they want to give Medicare to everyone and pay all college tuitions. They want to ban fossil fuels, build millions of massive windmills, and rebuild every building in America. Including your house.
The American Action Forum estimates that will require more than 90 trillion dollars! That’s how you turn the most prosperous nation in human history into another Venezuela!
But it’s not just happening in America. In 2017, 19 nations had government debt higher than their GDP. Japan’s national debt stands at a staggering 236% of its GDP!
History proves these numbers cannot be sustained. The world is headed for a financial disaster like nothing ever seen before.
And it will set the stage for the emergence of the Antichrist.
If your hope is only in this world, your future is scary!
Speaking of hope, the first prophecy of a Savior for the world comes right after the first mention of sin in the Bible. In Genesis 3:15, God said that the future Seed of woman would bruise the head of Satan.
Nothing more was written about the Promised Seed until around the year 2000 BC. At that point, God spoke to a man named Abram who would later become known as Abraham.
God told Abraham to leave his home and travel to a far-off land. God made a covenant with Abraham. He told him that great blessings await him and his descendants in that unknown land.
In an amazing act of faith, Abraham obeyed.
And from that one act of faith flowed the blessings that have enriched all of the peoples of the world and history, most notably the birth of the “Anointed One,” ha-mashi’ah, Messiah.
On this week’s program, I am going to tell you the story of “The Amazing Mr. Abraham.”
PROGRAMMING NOTE: This week’s program will be our last edition on TBN. I have been a regular on Friday evenings on TBN for the past 12 years, but financial considerations are causing us to alter our airtime commitments. Don’t worry, though, you will still be able to find The Hal Lindsey Report on Daystar in our regular Sunday night slot, 11:00 pm Eastern. You can also find the show on CPM Network, www.hischannel.com, and various local stations at our normal times. Of course, you can watch all of my programs on demand at any time on my website, www.hallindsey.com.
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