OMINOUS TIMES - Israel, America, and the Sanhedrin! (March 2005)


    Lately I have heard a lot of Christians talking about how important it is that we (America) continue to back and support Israel. This last surge of concern seems to have been sparked by President Bush insisting Israel return to the peace process and be willing to trade land for peace. There are of course groups in America and Israel that oppose this. Undoubtedly they were afraid that if Sharon was unwilling to go down that road he would lose our support. They are convinced we would then lose Gods approval. To support this they always point to the same verse in Genesis.

Genesis 12:1  Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curses thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

    It seems that some Christians in this country, actually a lot of them, think that because of our past support of Israel God has blessed this country with wealth and power. They forget that verse 3 refers to the promise of the Messiah. This is the blessing that I believe God was referring to here. In my mind that should be quite enough.


Did God bless Israel with wealth? Yes.

Genesis 13:1 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.

2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

Genesis 13:5  And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents. 6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.

Genesis 24:35 And the LORD hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.

Genesis 26:12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.
13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: 14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.

    There is no question that, as it pleased the Lord, he blessed his people. It pleased the Lord when his people followed him. When they turned their backs on him and refused to hear his voice, well that was a different story. 

    It seems ironic that we claim to be blessed by God yet we can barely take care of our own population. Just last year, the national poverty rate rose to include 35.9 million Americans, 12.5 percent of the population. More than 36 million people were at risk of suffering from hunger in the United States, including 1 in 3 children. In addition, 3.5 million people were forced to sleep in parks, under bridges, in shelter or cars.

    In the mean time our government slashes domestic spending to the bone while requesting billions of dollars to finance the War on Terror and the spread of peace, prosperity and freedom in other countries.   Our economy is teetering on the edge of collapse. The value of the dollar is virtually artificial and in the hands of countries like China and Japan.  Can you imagine what would happen if they were to decide to divest themselves of US dollars. We are a nation of consumers that produces almost nothing. More and more jobs have been outsourced to cheap labor markets over seas. This is not just the unskilled jobs anymore. Its the high tech jobs as well. To add insult to injury our President wants to make it easier for immigrants to come into this country to do the jobs he says Americans will not do. The real truth is that Americans can not afford to take these jobs.

    The only thing of value left on the planet is oil and the US is on the hunt. We have invaded and currently occupy Iraq. Not to rid the Iraqi people of an evil dictator but to stop him from trading oil on the Euro. When we go into Iran, and I believe we will. It will not be to rid them of weapons of mass destruction. (Have we heard that before?) It will be to stop them from making the change to the euro.

    This does not sound like an economy blessed by God to me. We have supported Israel for some time now and still our economy is a mess.



    Did God Bless Israel with power (military might)? Yes, actually it might be more accurate to say that God blessed Israel with military victories. 

Genesis 14:14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.

15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. 

16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

    Here we see the only recorded victory of Abram. It is a victory he should not have had. This was three hundred and eighteen men against the armies of four kings. It can only be that God gave him the victory. Of course, that was the idea.

Joshua 6:1 Now Jericho was straightly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.

2 And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valor. 

3 And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. 

4 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. 

5 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him. 

Joshua 6:11 So the ark of the LORD compassed the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp.  

Joshua 6:14 And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days. 15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times. 16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.

Joshua 6:20 So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

    This is a victory that I am sure surprised the citizens of Jericho. They must have thought the Children of Israel were nuts but they had enough respect for the God of Israel to at lest stay behind their walls. The story of the Jordan crossing must have got around pretty quick. Jericho was worried but confident in their walls. The taking of Jericho was to be something that no one could mistake as anything other then the God of Israel working in their behalf. 

Judges 7:2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.

3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand. 

4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go. 

5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that bows down upon his knees to drink. 

6 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water. 

7 And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place. 

Judges 7:16 And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.  

17 And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do. 

18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. 

19 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands. 

20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. 

21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled. 

22 And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Bethshittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abelmeholah, unto Tabbath.

    This was a no Shock and Awe campaign.  God relentlessly trimmed Gideon's troops form thirty-two thousand down to the three hundred most faithful. There would be no room for doubt in the minds of the Israelites or the Midianites who was responsible for the victory. There would be no boasting. No press conference where a General displays the incompetence of the enemy. No back slapping or claims of superiority. Only prayers of praise and thanksgiving. Israeli victories on the battlefield were meant for one reason only. To prove to the surrounding nations that God was taking care of them.



    In contrast, no one since 1991 has had any doubt in the American military machine. When we invaded Iraq the question was not would we achieve our objective? The question was how long would it take? Our victories are not the kind that gets ascribed to God. Nor are they the kind that brings glory to God. The whole world watches our victories and asks a very ominous question. Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?  And yes the world does watch our victories. We put them on CNN. Survivor was not the first Reality TV. American victories on the battlefield are for one reason only. To prove to the surrounding nations that we will take care of them if they threaten American interests. 

    This country does not seek to do Gods will. We do not make decisions based on what God wants for us. We make them based on what is good for us and how best to secure our energy needs going forward. We are so bent on believing that we are a Godly nation. We need to believe that so badly. We point to our support of Israel and Genesis 12 and use it to prove that God looks upon us with favor.

    Do you see what has been going on in the last couple of years? We have a president who claims to be a Christian. (I will not dispute his claim. After all I do not know his private thoughts. In addition, what passes for Christian these days seems to have changed some what.) The Church in this country soaked that up like a dry sponge. With a Christian president we can right all the wrongs in this world. Now no matter what we do, it must be of God, and they scramble to prove it.


    Let’s follow this to what I believe is its natural conclusion.

    Sharon is trading land for peace. A sensible step from a political stand point. Everyone is tired of the fighting, Jew and Palestinian alike. There seems to be no other way to secure peace. Not that Sharon has any real choice in the matter. With the US on one side and the EU on the other, both insisting that this is the only way, the decision is not really his anyway. From a secular point of view, they’re right this is the only way.

    The newly re-formed Sanhedrin has a different opinion. They have chosen to refer to Sharon’s plan, known as The Disengagement in the Knesset in another way. Something far more biblical. They are calling it the Uprooting.

    On March 7, 2005 they released a statement called The Sanhedrin's Declaration Concerning the Disengagement.

    In it they state in no uncertain terms their opinion of Sharon’s plan, and they are quite unapologetic. They state that Sharon’s plan is in direct contradiction to the Torah of Israel. That it will cause large numbers of Jews to transgress many of the Torah's commandments. They claim the government of Israel has no authority to contradict the Torah. In addition they claim that the Disengagement is a crime and injustice and places Israel in mortal danger. They are not pulling any punches; this is what they have to say about anyone involved in the Disengagement.

Any Jew who participates in, or cooperates with this plan, whether actively, or even by merely remaining silent, transgresses the commandment "You shall not stand idly by your neighbor's blood (Lev. 19:17)," and in the future will be judged by G-d for this sin.
The leaders and their agents - including soldiers and policemen who support the uprooting and participate in it - may be brought to bear personal responsibility for all damages caused to those who are hurt, and to their property.

    They refer back to Deut. 12:29 and state that Gods commandment to "inherit and dwell" the land supersedes any Israeli government. 
Therefore: Even if (Heaven forbid) the residents are forcibly removed from their homes - when the government changes, and a government in Israel arises that conducts itself according to the Torah, the armies of Israel will return and re-conquer this strip of land, to reinstate the people of Israel to their rightful place. This applies not only to this area, but to all the expanses of the Land of Israel that were stolen and are presently in foreign hands.

    In short they are condemning the Disengagement and warning the world that what ever land is lost or taken will be recovered. They are taking a big step here, standing up to their own government and those involved in the peace process. They have absolutely no power, yet here they are. Can you imagine the instability this could cause? There are settlers who do not want to leave their homes. There are those who settled in the occupied area because they already believed what the Sanhedrin is saying now. They believed that God gave them the land and expected them to occupy it (inherit and dwell). Sharon has already had problems with some of these people.  Some of them are in the government and the military. If these settlers, elected officials and soldiers begin to publicly line up behind the Sanhedrin, others will join them. People who have been straddling the fence or just unwilling to speak up. This is where the Sanhedrin will get its power, from the people.

    All this internal strife is going to make some of Israel’s neighbors nervous. Others might get to thinking Israel is weak and ripe for the picking. Either way it will derail the peace process again. Sharon is going to need help. At the very lest he is going to need someone to watch his back and keep his neighbors at bay. 

    Enter the US. We are already involved in the peace process. We already have a large presence in the Middle East. We have a President who has said Israel "is our ally and in that we've made a very strong commitment to support Israel, we will support Israel if her security is threatened." And we have a Christian population that won’t let him forget that anytime soon.

    Of course this protection will come with the understanding that Israel will get back to the table with Palestine. Once the Sanhedrin has some momentum it will not sit back and just let the peace process go forward. How long until the US decides it can’t commit much needed assets to Israel’s protection? Maybe 3.5 years.

Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

    Of course there is no way to know for sure that this is the case. I have to say that I got chills when I saw the Sanhedrin’s declaration. This scenario has been swirling around in my head ever since. Let’s not forget that the Christian Right in this country believes that support of Israel is essential for our continued success on the world stage. If Bush is sincere is his profession of Christianity, then I am sure he believes that as well. I am positive that Bush will continue to stand behind Israel. Whether it’s due to his own convictions or just to keep the Christian Right happy. Either way America is in it for the long haul. Or at lest until the Sanhedrin becomes too much of a hand full and America is forced to turn its back on Israel. Not only turn our backs but maybe even attack Israel ourselves in an attempt to silence the Sanhedrin and bring the peace process to a close. 


    Is it possible that the reforming of the Sanhedrin was foretold in Ezekiel 37? We have discussed this possibility here at 11Th Hour and the consensus seems to be yes. Bill points to verse 9 and 10.

Ezekiel 37:9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

    Verse 7 and 8 is the physical re-gathering but these two verses speak to the spiritual awakening of the Jewish people. Frank calls it the re-budding of the olive tree.

Revelation 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

    What a privilege it is to be alive today and see Gods word coming true before our very eyes. You can rest assured that we will be watching things in Jerusalem very closely.


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In Christ, E. D. Smith

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