The Middle East: Will It’s Problems Ever Go Away?
As I write this posting, we are about to see yet another attempt to resolve the problems in the Israeli-Palistinian dilemma. Can peace come from within, this time, any time, or will we some time soon see forces bearing down from the north? Consider this …
The writings by Ezekiel suggest there will be a leader, one day in the future, to the north of Israel who will devise a plan. That plan includes the invasion of Israel, and the result is just the opposite of what one might expect. The World will take notice. But how might we see this one coming?
The object of this northern leader’s strategy, according to Ezekiel, is to gain a prize–but what is it? How about if we think outside the box for a minute. Is there any plausible scenario that might fit today? One comes to mind. You might be surprised, or will it be such a surprise? Read on!
Vladamir Putin might be a ‘type,’ a ’shadow,’ or representative of one who fits the description of this leader. A recent article posted on the web by singer and entertainer Pat Boone may give us a clue to completing Ezekiel’s prediction. First, we can see why Israel today may represent a ‘prize.’
Further, if you have been following Mr. Putin’s recent moves, it is obvious he likes being in the forefront, in power, in Russia. You might say he is putting Russia back on the map in both an economic and military way. He is also holding fast to the reins of power and the old Russian tendency to want to be a big power player … this is surfacing again … even long after the ‘Cold War.’ Might he be the leader from the north? First, consider some quotes from Mr. Boone’s article:
Who Needs Israel Anyway?
(excerpts from World Net Daily)
Article by Pat Boone
Posted: July 21, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern
The above question, either in word or implication, is being voiced by way too many these days, as people and governments cast about desperately for lasting solutions in the Middle East.
… we all see clearly that the world needs Israel. The whole world.
Israel, the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world’s population, can make claim to an astounding number of society’s advances in almost every direction!
Intel’s new multi-core processor was completely developed at facilities in Israel. … [the] cell phone was developed in Israel by Motorola, … Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology was pioneered in Israel.
Bill Gates calls Israel “a major player in the high-tech world”; most of Windows NT operating system was developed by Microsoft-Israel; … both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the U.S. in Israel; and, with more than 3,000 high-tech companies and start-ups, Israel has the highest concentration of high-tech companies in the world apart from the Silicon Valley.
Get this: Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the U.S., over 70 in Japan, and less than 60 in Germany. With over 25 percent of its workforce employed in technical professions, Israel places first in this category as well!
It goes on and on. …
These are only a few of Israel’s recent contributions to the welfare of the world. There are just too many to list here. Water shortage, global warming, space travel, anti-virus, anti-smallpox, blood pressure, solar power, paralysis, diabetes, data storage – these and hundreds more – are being addressed by Israel’s scientists. They’re pioneering in DNA research, using tiny strands to create human transistors that can literally build themselves – and playing an important role in identifying a defective gene that causes a rare and usually fatal disease in Arab infants!
… Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin; it has the largest number of startup companies globally, second only to the U.S.; it is No. 2 in the world for venture capital funds, financing all these advances; its $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined; and Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East. …
Simply that the very idea of eradicating or even displacing Israel from its historic home is suicidal to the rest of the world, not just her Arabic neighbors. Though there are ominous biblical consequences pronounced on those who “curse Israel,” there are also wonderful blessings promised those who “bless” her – and we’re seeing those real, practical, humanitarian blessings proliferate around the world, blessing all humanity.
Stop just for a second and imagine a world today that never knew Israel. And then go further: Given their living standards, ideologies and attitudes toward all who dare to disagree with them, imagine what our world would be like if Israel’s enemies held sway. Would you rather live in an Iran, Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan? Or an Israel?
Who needs Israel? Let’s be honest. We all do.
The Window’s View on Looking at Current Events
Okay, so now you have considered some facts about Israel and some things that are quite amazing. It’s not just a sleepy little country filled with non-intillectuals doing not so much for the world’s technological development. In fact, Israel is not only geographically at a cross roads, it’s in the thick of being at the cutting edge.
And to many of our readers the Bible just isn’t so important. Think again. And be open minded, for the writings by Ezekiel have never had a fulfillment by any set of historic events, to date. If you are skeptical, that’s fine, just don’t forget we brought this to your attention when it’s Russia leading the troops south. Could it happen? Did the US send troops ti Iraq? Russia doesn’t need oil. Remember the laundry list of goodies described above! Israel is a prize and will be more so if time and more economic developments take place in Israel. The prize will be ever more tempting.
We’ve made our point. At Windowview we encourage our visitors and viewers to read more and to explore the depths of the issues. You can read the related passage of Scripture here (below). But if you wish to think of the really big picture that includes scientific evidence on life’s origin, issues that relate to global changes (climate and much more than that), and some scriptural evidence that fits into making a larger holistic paradigm that defines the world’s future, then we’ve got a lot to share. Putting the different pieces of the view together gives us an all inclusive paradigm. It’s a way to see where we are all headed into the future!
What Ezekiel Says Fits Today
Ezekiel 38:1 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
10 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan:
11 “You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’ –
12 “to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land.
13 “Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?’”’
14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it?
15 “Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army.
16 “You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against them?
18 “And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord GOD, “that My fury will show in My face.
19 “For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel,
20 ‘so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’ 21 “I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord GOD. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother.
22 “And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
23 “Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.”’
39:1 “And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal;
2 “and I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel.
3 “Then I will knock the bow out of your left hand, and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand.
4 “You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 “You shall fall on the open field; for I have spoken,” says the Lord GOD.
6 “And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in security in the coastlands. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 “So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.