Palestinian Suicide Bombers and Middle East Peace Part 1

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Authored By  :
Bill Kochman

Published On :
October 5, 2003

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009

NOTE: This article or series has not been updated recently. As such, it may possibly contain some outdated information, and/or ideas and beliefs which I no longer embrace, or which have changed to some degree.

Haifa Suicide Bomber Attack, What To Do With Yasser Arafat,
Arafat's Mysterious Illness, Israel Strikes Syria, Bush
Supported Syrian Strike, Bush's Misguided Terrorism Doctrine
Danger Of Pre-Emptive Strikes, Yom Kippur War, Retaliation
By Syria A Bluff, Israel And Palestinians Both Guilty, Jesus'
Doctrine Of Peace, Jewish-American Hidden Middle East Agenda,
Sharon And Arafat's Final Confrontation, Sharon's 1982 Sabra
And Shatila Massacre, Sharon Wants Arafat Dead, Pro-Israel
Attitude And Weak Rebuttals, God's Blessings Are Conditional,
True Children Of Abraham And Chosen People, Jews Lost Kingdom
Christians Are God's New Nation, Peter Attempts To Save Jesus
Restoration Of The Kingdom, Ministry Of Repentance, Purpose
Of Roman Conquest And Occupation, Jesus Is The Door To God's
Kingdom, Spiritual Blindness Of Jews, Moshiach ben David,
Battle Of Armageddon, Jesus Rules Earth With A Rod Of Iron

After a lull of almost one month, on October 4, 2003, at
around 2:15 PM Israeli time, another suicide bomber attack
occurred in the northern port city of Haifa. As a result of
the attack, nineteen people were killed, and fifty more were
injured, some critically. What is alarming about the attack,
is that according to the Ha'aretz news website, the "Maxim"
restaurant was not only owned by Israeli Arabs, but four of
the victims were also Israeli Arabs; so it seems that even
they are no longer immune to the lethal attacks of such
radical Palestinian factions as al-Aksa Martyrs Brigade,
Islamic Jihad, Hamas, etc.

Following the previous double attacks in September, a lot of
people, myself included, were feeling that the situation was
at a breaking point; and that all it was going to take was
one more serious attack, in order to force the government of
Ariel Sharon to make a firm decision regarding what to do
with Palestinian Authority president Yasser Arafat; that is,
whether to deport him, or to assassinate him. With Saturday's
attack, I believe that the Israeli government has now been
forced into a corner, and they are now going to have to do
something dramatic; as otherwise, not only will they appear
weak to their own people, but they will lose the faith and
support of their constituents as well.

On a related note, according to the British newspaper "The
Guardian", last week Yasser Arafat suffered what it termed a
mild heart attack; and his personal physician, Dr. Ashraf
al-Kurdi, was called in from Jordan due to the seriousness
of Arafat's condition. Arafat was absent from public view
for several days, and when he reappeared this week, he
looked pale, thin and quite sick. Palestinian Authority
officials insisted that he had merely had a stomach virus,
and his doctor stated that Arafat had "a relatively minor
stomach disorder". The Ha'aretz news site reported that Mr.
Arafat had "a severe gastroenterological infection". The
London-based Asharq al-Awsat, an Arabic-language newspaper,
reported that Mr. Arafat was "suffering from a tumor in the
intestines" which required an immediate operation. Time
Magazine quoted a source from within the Muqata as saying
that Arafat has stomach cancer. To add to this mysterious
illness, one radical Muslim website went so far as to say
that Arafat had been intentionally poisoned by the Israelis.

While we may never know the full truth of this matter, it
does make me wonder if the Lord might have plans to simply
take Arafat out of the picture, so that the failed peace
process can be revitalized and move forward again. Time will
certainly tell. I'll be commenting more on this topic in
part two.

Returning to Saturday's suicide bomber attack, it appears
that the Israeli government has once again engaged in the
same tit-for-tat retaliatory game by launching two missile
strikes in the Gaza Strip. As with previous suicide attacks,
it also destroyed the home of the suicide bomber in Jenin,
in the West Bank. In addition to this, the New York Times
has just reported that Israel has re-implemented a complete
closure of the Occupied Territories, due to many warnings of
impending suicide bomber attacks, as we see here:

----- Begin Quote -----

A "general closure" prevents the 3.5 million Palestinians in
the West Bank and the Gaza Strip from entering Israel.

In addition, Palestinians are barred from traveling from one
Palestinian town to another within the West Bank and Gaza.
Most Palestinians have been unable to reach Israel since the
current round of violence began three years ago, but the
internal restrictions make normal life virtually impossible.
Many Palestinians have ordinarily traveled between towns or
from outlying villages to reach their jobs and schools, or
to shop.

Israel said the army would maintain "a full encirclement on
all of the Palestinian cities in the West Bank," while the
Gaza Strip has been cut into four sections, with
Palestinians unable to move from one to another.

----- End Quote -----

This restriction of movement by the Israelis is only going
to frustrate the Palestinians even further, and fuel an even
deeper hatred towards their Israeli oppressors. Not content
with this, on a more dangerous level, early Sunday morning,
only hours after the attack in Haifa, the Israeli Air Force
bombed Ein Saheb, an alleged Islamic Jihad training camp
located deep within Syrian territory, only ten miles to the
northwest of the Syrian capital, Damascus. This unprovoked
aerial attack has naturally alarmed the United Nations; and
Syria, as well as other nations, are warning that with this
strike, Israel has crossed the red line. The danger now
exists that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may possibly
spread beyond the borders of Israel.

This danger is increased by the sad fact that prior to the
attack, President George W. Bush had privately told Ariel
Sharon, that the United States would not condemn an Israeli
attack against Syria; and then again, after the attack, in
responding to a reporter, Bush stated that "Israel must not
feel constrained in defending the homeland." If this is not
giving Israel the green light to make additional military
incursions into the sovereign nation of Syria, then I don't
know what is. Ariel Sharon certainly knew how to take Bush's
cue, and Israel has since stated that it may possibly attack
Syria again, if it feels compelled to do so. So basically,
it seems that Israel has adopted George W. Bush's misguided
doctrine of attacking alleged terrorists wherever they may
be; even if they happen to be in another sovereign country.

As you may already know, every since the US's illegal attack
and invasion of Iraq, both Iran and Syria have feared, and
rightly so, that they may be the next targets on America's
agenda for reshaping the Middle East according to American
hegemonistic ideals. Israel's attack against Syria certainly
confirms their fears. Both Syria and Islamic Jihad denied
that Ein Saheb was an Islamic Jihad training camp. In fact,
Islamic Jihad stated that they don't even operate out of
Syria, and Syria stated that it was a civilian camp. But
even if they are simply lying about it, (and I don't know
that they are), what really strikes me as being odd, is the
fact that Syria claimed that the camp was deserted; and in
one Israeli news report that I read, I recall reading that
they described it as being a "safe target", or something to
that effect. So one must wonder, what is going on here? Why
would Israel attack an empty camp?

When you stop and think about it, it actually makes perfect
sense. Why would Israel consider the target safe if it was
empty? For several reasons actually. First of all, the act
of bombing the camp would serve as an object of rage for the
Israelis who wanted to vent their anger from the Haifa bomb
attack. Second, by bombing Ein Saheb, they were sending a
clear message to both Syria and Islamic Jihad, while making
it appear to the Israeli public that they were really doing
something, when they weren't. Finally, by bombing an empty
camp, the Israelis realized that they could get away with
it, because the most that Syria would do, is exactly what it
did do; that is, it complained to the United Nations, and it
huffed and puffed in the mass media, but it made no attempt
to launch a counter strike of any kind; and that is exactly
what Israel probably anticipated them doing; so it was a
safe target. Had it been an occupied camp, then the results
may have been very different. This is all just theory on my
part, but it makes sense to me.

What I also find quite alarming, is the fact that according
to certain news reports I was just reading, both Russia and
Israel are now claiming that, just like the United States of
America, they possess the right to make pre-emptive strikes
against foreign nations, if they happen to feel threatened
by them. As I have been telling my readers for some time, by
illegally and unjustifiably attacking Iraq, the president of
the United States has set an extremely dangerous precedent,
and other nations are sure to follow suite sooner or later.
The policy of "shoot now, ask questions later", is simply a
very dangerous one indeed, and will only lead to a situation
of international lawlessness, chaos and anarchy, if it is
adopted by other nations.

Returning to the Israeli attack against Syria for a moment,
of particular interest is the fact that the Israelis chose
to attack Syria just prior to the beginning of Yom Kippur,
which is the most sacred of all Israeli holy days. For the
record, it was thirty years ago, in 1973, during Yom Kippur,
that Syria and Egypt launched a surprise attack against
Israel, which has become known as the Yom Kippur War. Syria
and Egypt both suffered terrible defeat in that war. In the
current situation, it seems that the tables were turned, and
Israel was the clear aggressor. Even though other countries
condemned the attack, Israeli officials claim to have clear
evidence which proves that Islamic Jihad terrorists operating
out of Syria, were linked to Saturday's suicide bomber attack
in Haifa. Whatever the case may be, Syrian officials have
warned that if Israel strikes within Syrian territory again,
Syria reserves the right to respond militarily. However, it
seems from the information I have read, assuming that it is
true, that militarily-speaking, Syria is simply no match for
Israel's high-advanced war machine; so Syria's threat to
return fire with fire may possibly be just a bluff, in order
to save face, since she remains helpless against a much more
powerful Israeli enemy.

Before continuing, I think it is important that I once again
express my general position regarding the on-going conflict
between the Israelis and the Palestinians. As my long-time
readers will already know, I do not view the dire situation
in the Middle East from the perspective of an American, or a
European, or a Jew, or a Palestinian, or an Arab/Muslim; I
view it from the perspective of a Christian, who believes
that God's Word takes precedence above all worldly political
viewpoints. Because I view the Middle East situation from
this perspective, and because I believe that we are all
supposed to live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ,
I am forced to find both parties guilty in this conflict;
because they have both spilled a lot of innocent blood; they
are both guilty of practicing deceit, with each other, as
well as with the world; and because they have both rejected
the Lordship and Messiahship of Jesus Christ. Looking at the
situation from that perspective, neither one of them truly
deserves to call the land of Israel their own. Jesus Christ
clearly taught us to live in peace with each other, as we
see here:

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth...
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the
children of God." Matthew 5:5, 9, KJV

"...Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that
take the sword shall perish with the sword."
Matthew 26:52b, KJV

Neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians are demonstrating
meekness of spirit, and neither side has truly made a real
all-out effort to achieve peace. Neither side has fulfilled
their commitments, and they have both resorted to extreme
acts of violence, including assassinations, suicide bomber
attacks, the killing of innocent civilians, etc., and now
Israel has even gone so far as to directly involve Syria,
which until now, has more or less been on the sidelines of
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

I can't help but suspect that a larger, hidden agenda is now
being carried out in the Middle East, and that its principle
promoters and participants are Israel and the United States.
Prior to the illegal invasion of Iraq, I seriously doubt that
Israel would have attacked Syria as it has now done; but with
Saddam Hussein seemingly out of the way, American troops now
stationed at Syria's doorstep, and with George Bush foolishly
giving his nod of approval to Sharon, it certainly seems that
an American-Israel plan, which calls for the restructuring of
the Middle East, with Israel as the American-backed dominant
power there, is currently underway. Obviously, the Arabs in
the surrounding states are more than aware of what is really
going on, and they are alarmed, as they realize that they
could be next in the Jewish-American plan of conquest.

But putting the Syrian attack aside, allow me to say this.
I view the current situation as the final battle between two
Old Guard titans, Sharon and Arafat, and it has been going on
for several decades. They are both getting old, and because
of their pride, neither man is willing to say "uncle" to the
other. Their hatred towards each other is apparently greater
than their desire to make real peace for the sake of their
two peoples. We hear all of this talk in the press about how
Yasser Arafat needs to be deported or even killed, because
he is the problem; but in reality, is Ariel Sharon any less
of a problem? Was he not found to be indirectly responsible
for the massacre, by Christian Phalangists, of hundreds of
innocent civilians in the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian
refugee camps in Beirut in 1982? Sharon tries to convey the
image of being a nice, grandfatherly, "teddy bear" fellow,
but in reality, he is a war-hardened hawk; just like Yasser
Arafat. Last year, twenty years after the massacre, Sharon
was reported in the New York Times as having said:

----- Begin Quote -----

"There was an agreement in Lebanon not to liquidate Yasir
Arafat," he said. "Actually, I am sorry that we did not
liquidate him." An Israeli sniper is said to have had Mr.
Arafat in his sights as the Palestinian leader boarded a
ship to leave Beirut for Tunis, but he did not receive the
order to fire.

----- End Quote ----

Now, more than twenty-one years after Sabra and Shatila, the
Israelis once again have Mr. Arafat surrounded in the Muqata,
that is, his now all-but-destroyed compound in Ramallah. With
Saturday's suicide bomber attack, it isn't too difficult to
figure out what is probably on the mind of Ariel Sharon. He
wants his decades-old arch-rival eliminated; however, due to
American pressure, it seems that the political atmosphere is
not ripe yet for such an assassination. Of course, as you may
know, the American pressure is not due to the fact that the
USA is so fond of Yasser Arafat, (the Bush administration has
even been refusing to deal with him), but merely because the
Americans are concerned that a major blow-up between Israel
and the Palestinians right now would negatively affect their
current struggles in Iraq. That is their only real concern.
As I have said before, America uses, abuses and then trashes
its foreign puppets. We have seen this over and over again
with such people as Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, who
were once American allies; and that is documented fact and
not just fiction. Please do your homework.

Now, I don't doubt for a minute that a lot of you pro-Israel
American Christians are going to take strong exception to my
comments. In typical Pavlov dog fashion, some of you will
see that big red anti-semitism warning flag waving in front
of your eyes, and you are going to robotically offer some of
the same old worn-out arguments regarding how the Jews are
still God's "Chosen People", and how God promised them the
land of Israel for their "eternal inheritance", and how we
are supposed to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and how the
Lord told Abraham "I will bless them that bless thee, and
curse him that curseth thee". If you wish to present those
same rebuttals, that is up to you; but I will tell you right
now that if you do, then you have unknowingly become another
brainwashed pawn of the manipulative Jews, who have you in
their grasp. Furthermore, hoping that you will accept it, I
will be candid and inform you that you simply do not know
whereof you speak, because you do not fully understand God's
Word as you should.

If you honestly do not understand what I am talking about,
then allow me to suggest that you read some of my articles
and series, such as "The Fruits Of Disobedience", "Oh Israel,
Why Will Ye Die?", "The Great Tribulation And The Rapture",
"The Children Of God And Politics", "Is God A Racist?", "Once
Upon A Time: A True Story", "Yasser Arafat's Ultimatum, Camp
David And Broken Promises" and "The Seven Heads". All these
articles will help you to better understand why the Middle
East is in such turmoil right now, and why God is allowing
the Jews to face so much death and destruction at this time.

Among other things, you will hopefully learn that the Lord's
blessings are conditional; they are not guaranteed; and that
they are showered upon God's children in proportion to our
obedience to Him. You will also hopefully come to realize
that God's true nation, His true Kingdom, His true "Chosen
People", are only those who have accepted the Sacrifice of
Jesus Christ. That excludes any Jew who rejects Christ. If a
person has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior,
then they are a true child of Abraham, and a true child of
faith. The Bible says it, and I believe it; what about you?
This concept is explained in some of the aforementioned
articles, if you will take the time to read them.

Allow me to also draw your attention to one of the verses I
shared a moment ago. I am referring to Matthew 26:52b where
Jesus says "...Put up again thy sword into his place: for
all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword."
Now, because some of you are erroneously convinced in your
hearts that the Jews are still God's "Chosen People", you
have also arrived at the misguided conclusion that their war
against the Palestinians is justified. Instead of living by
the New Testament Plan, and the New Testament Covenant, as
established by Jesus Christ with His own Blood, you have
accepted the Jewish argument, and are still living in the
Old Testament, where the Jews fought bloody wars to destroy
their enemies in the land of Canaan. As I have pointed out
many times before, the Jews lost the blessings, and they
lost the Kingdom, the minute they rejected Jesus Christ;
and that is why we Christians are the new Children of the
Kingdom, and the new nation founded upon the Blood of Jesus
Christ, as we see here:

"And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and
west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob,
in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom
[the Jews] shall be cast out into outer darkness: there
shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
Matthew 8:11-12, KJV

"Therefore say I unto you, [to the Jews] The kingdom of God
shall be taken from you, [from the Jews] and given to a
nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever
shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever
it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. And when the
chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they
perceived that he spake of them." Matthew 21:43-45, KJV

"But ye [Christian disciples] are a chosen generation, a
royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye
should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out
of darkness into his marvellous light:" 1 Peter 2:9, KJV

Please consider carefully what I am about to tell you. What
is the context of that verse from Matthew? Jesus was saying
this to Peter, after Peter had pulled out his sword, and cut
off the ear of the servant of the High Priest. It is easy to
imagine what was probably going through Peter's mind at the
time; the reason being that, as I point out in "Peter: Faith
Tried In The Fire", sometime earlier, Jesus in fact had to
rebuke Peter strongly, because due to his ignorance of God's
Plan, Peter felt that he had to protect Jesus from death. In
the Gospel of Matthew we read:

"From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his
disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer
many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and
be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter
took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from
thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and
said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an
offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be
of God, but those that be of men." Matthew 16:21-23, KJV

Remember; just like many Jews today, many Jews of that era
believed that God was going to send them a messiah who would
free them from Roman occupation, and restore Israel to her
former glory, as when King David ruled the kingdom. This is
what the Maccabees, the Zealots and others were all about.
They were expecting a literal return of an Earthly kingdom,
brought about by a powerful, charismatic spiritual/military
leader. It is precisely for this very same reason that on
one occasion, just prior to His Ascension, the Disciples
asked the Lord:

"...Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom
to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know
the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his
own power." Acts 1:6b-7, KJV

I think that Jesus gave them a very wise, partial answer,
because if He had told them the whole truth, it is possible
that they would have never accomplished the goal of world
evangelism, as God had ordained for them to do. You see, God
had indeed begun to restore, not the kingdom of Israel, but
rather the Kingdom of Heaven to men, since the days of John
the Baptist, but the Jews, including the Disciples, were to
spiritually blind to understand it at the time. It is for
this reason that Jesus said earlier:

"...Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they
knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed.
Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them."
Matthew 17:11b-12, KJV

As I point out in my Elijah series, Jesus was referring to
John the Baptist, who was ultimately beheaded by King Herod.
That is why He says "Likewise shall also the Son of man
suffer of them". In the previous verse, that word "restore"
is derived from the Greek word "apokathistemi", pronounced
ap-ok-ath-is'-tay-mee, which means to restore to its former
state. What former state was Jesus talking about? A Jewish
kingdom on Earth? No. He wasn't talking about a physical
state, but rather a spiritual state; that is, the condition
of men's hearts. And what condition was that? Well, what was
John's mission? Consider these verses:

"In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the
wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom
of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by
the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the
wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths
straight." Matthew 3:1-3, KJV

As we know, Jesus' ministry picked up where John's left off.
That is why Jesus also preached the very same message, as we
see here:

"From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent:
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 4:17, KJV

So what the prophesied Elias, that is, John the Baptist, did,
was to restore the spirit of humility and repentance in men's
hearts, by reminding them of their sins, so that the Jews, at
least some of them, would accept Jesus as their Savior when
He later arrived on the scene. Another tool that God used to
break the pride of the Jews, was the Roman occupation itself;
just as He used the Egyptian bondage to break and humble the
Israelites, in preparation for the blessing of acquiring the
land of Canaan. This is a topic I also discuss in "The Fruits
Of Disobedience" series. There is a lot of talk from many
preachers who teach that the purpose of the Roman occupation
was to bring peace, to create one common language, and to
create an empire-wide road system, which would later aid in
the spreading of the Gospel. While all of these things may
be true, these reasons for the occupation do not agree with
the clear lessons and examples we find in the Old Testament.

Whenever the Lord allowed Israel to be invaded, conquered or
oppressed by her enemies, it was clearly a result of her
sins. This is true in the case of the Egyptian bondage, the
attacks and oppression by the Midianites, the Philistines,
etc., the conquest by the Assyrians, and the conquest by the
Babylonians. There is no escaping this fact. So again, that
is why the Israelites were conquered by the Romans. God was
dealing with them. He was breaking and humbling them, in
preparation to receive their Savior; and John the Baptist
was a part of that breaking process.

To continue then, as I point out in other articles, Jesus did
in fact restore the relationship between God and man, by His
own Sacrifice upon the Cross. He reopened the door to God's
Kingdom, with His own Blood, which is why He also said:

"...Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the
sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers:
but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any
man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out,
and find pasture." John 10:7b-9, KJV

"...The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither
shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the
kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17:20b-21, KJV

"...My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of
this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not
be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from
hence." John 18:36, KJV

So, God has been restoring His Kingdom among men, ever since
the First Century, but only those people who possess the Gift
of Spiritual Discernment are able to understand it. To those
people who have not been predestinated and called, it remains
a mystery to this day; including to many of the Jews. Thus it
is that Paul wrote concerning his blind Jewish brethren:

"For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of
this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits;
that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the
fulness of the Gentiles be come in." Romans 11:25, KJV

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit
of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he
know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
1 Corinthians 2:14, KJV

"In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of
them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious
gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto
them." 2 Corinthians 4:4, KJV

"Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the
life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because
of the blindness of their heart:" Ephesians 4:18, KJV

As I point out in other articles, this is why many Orthodox
Jews continue to patiently wait for the arrival of their
messiah, "Moshiach ben David", or messiah son of David, who
they believe will usher in a period of "teshuvah", (that is,
a return to God and full observance of the Torah); who will
defeat the Muslim enemies of Israel; and who will ultimately
sit in the rebuilt temple of Solomon, which they expect to
build on top of Mount Moriah, in East Jerusalem. The Jews
were, and continue to be, blind to Jesus' true identity, so
they have fallen under the delusion of Moshiach ben David.
Paul warned us of these Endtime events, as I clearly explain
in such articles as "Who Hindered the Antichrist?".

Having explained these things to you, perhaps you can now
better understand why Peter rebuked Jesus. As far as Peter
and the other Disciples were concerned, a dead messiah would
do no good whatsoever for the people of Israel. What they
were hoping and waiting for was a hero who would restore the
physical kingdom of Israel, and not the spiritual Kingdom;
just like many Jews today.

Before moving on, allow me to add one final point to this
topic. As I stated a moment ago, Jesus gave His followers a
rather wise answer just prior to His Ascension. As we know
from the Scriptures, and as I point out in such articles as
"From Armageddon To The New Earth", there is going to come a
time when God will literally, and physically, restore His
Kingdom to this Earth, exactly as Jesus prayed in the Lord's
Prayer; but that will not occur until the great Battle of
Armageddon, at which time the Beast and the False Prophet
will meet their fate in the Lake of Fire; and Jesus shall
indeed sit upon His Throne, ruling the nations with a rod of
iron, as it is prophesied in Psalm Two of the Old Testament,
Daniel chapter two, and elsewhere, as we see here:

"Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will
declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my
Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall
give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the
uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt
break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in
pieces like a potter's vessel." Psalm 2:6-9, KJV

"And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set
up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the
kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall
break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall
stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was
cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in
pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the
gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall
come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the
interpretation thereof sure." Daniel 2:44-45, KJV

"And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all
nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto
God, and to his throne." Revelation 12:5, KJV

"And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he
should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod
of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and
wrath of Almighty God." Revelation 19:15, KJV

"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices
in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the
kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign
for ever and ever." Revelation 11:15, KJV

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and
the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name
shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The
everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6, KJV

Now, had Jesus told His Disciples that a literal restoration
would not occur until the Endtime, do you honestly think that
they would have had the same driving motivation to go into
all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature? Maybe
not. After all, one of Satan's favorite tricks is to tell us
that we have all the time in the world, so why don't we just
put it off and procrastinate a little bit. So, as on a few
previous occasions, Jesus only told them what He knew they
could bear, and what they needed to know, in order to get
the job done.

As we continue this series in part two, we will take a look
at such topics as winning people to God's Kingdom through
love and self sacrifice, the spiritual nature of our Kingdom
and warfare, the Christian Crusaders, the cause of war, the
ill treatment of Palestinian Christians, the shrewdness of
Sharon and Arafat, the stereotyped Palestinian profile, the
Temple Mount visit by Ariel Sharon, political motivations
for war, Hanadi Tayseer Jaradat the latest suicide bomber,
the desperation of the Palestinians, Israel's oppressive
tactics, the Parable of the Good Samaritan, the animosity of
the Jews and the Samaritans, Aramaic and the Galileans, love
your enemies, the Jewish view of Gentiles, the Israeli plan
of talk and take, and more. I trust that you will join me.

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