Deceiving the Elect

“I along with many others throughout the world share Nelson Mandela’s view that the denial of Palestinian rights remain ‘the greatest moral issue of our time.”  Quote from speech given by Richard Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and Research Fellow, Orgalea Center on Global Studies.  UN Special Rapporteau on Palestinian Human Rights.  Palestine: Political violence is not the answer

Falk also mentioned in his speech in 2012 that, “It is part of the Palestinian tragedy that the international community and the media are so easily manipulated.”  From the very beginning of the establishment of the State of Israel in Palestine the Zionists had muscled their intent through the international community by deception, use of enormous financial reserves, and ongoing manipulation.  The most common ruse by the Zionists was and is to accuse any person, group, or country of anti-Semitism if there is opposition or criticism.

“Two other interrelated factors have contributed to the perpetuation of violence and regional upheaval: the condoning of illegal Israeli actions from a submissive White House and U.S. Congress during recent years, and the deference with which other international leaders permit this unofficial U.S. policy in the Middle East to prevail.  There are constant and vehement political and media debates in Israel concerning its policies in the West Bank, but because of powerful political, economic, and religious forces in the United States, Israeli government decisions are rarely questioned or condemned, voices from Jerusalem dominate our media, and most American citizens are unaware of circumstances in the occupied territories.  At the same time, political leaders and news media in Europe are highly critical of Israeli policies, affecting public attitudes.  Americans were surprised and angered by the opinion poll, published by the International Herald Tribune in October 2003, of 7,500 citizens in fifteen European nations, indicating that Israel was considered to be the top threat to world peace, ahead of North Korea, Iran, or Afghanistan” (Palestine Peace not Apartheid, Jimmy Carter, p. 209).

Due to media manipulation, and the U.S. government’s manipulation and propaganda towards its own constituents which is based in part on the significant amount of financial support these elected officials receive to obtain office, Christians who support the State of Israel have entered into dangerous spiritual waters.  This is a spiritual battle where evil has spread its heavy, oppressive darkness over the Holy Lands.  Growing numbers of Christians are supporting the Israelis due to the overt manipulation of AIPAC (Zionist Lobbying Group) whom are depending on the Christians lack of understanding of scripture to increase their protection from the possibility of international pressure coming to bear down on their continuing activity of crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, or genocide against the Palestinians.

The spiritual danger for these Christians who are supporting Israel is they are not taking the important responsibility each one of us has to use scripture to determine God’s will and praying for discernment when we don’t understand.  It is so easy to be stuck on a couple of verses of scripture without properly exegeting those particular verses in their expanded context.  Subsequently, if we accept the premise Palestine belongs to the Zionists (Jews), therefore, a Christians’s support must be given to the State of Israel, a significant moral question arises:  Does God support rape of women,children,and the elderly, murder of innocent families, theft of property, complete destruction of villages and homes, abuse of  power by taking away survival resources, murder of international aid workers, deceptive practices, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide?  Do you understand the moral/spiritual dilemma?

Abomination of Desolation

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 “Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),  then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house.  Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak.  But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!  But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.  For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.  Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.  Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or There He is,’ do not believe him.  For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.  Behold, I have told you in advance.  So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them. For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.  Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”

The Hebrew expression, “abomination of desolation” refers to an abominable or hateful destroyer.  The first fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy in chapter 11 was the Greek ruler, Antichus Epiphanes (“king of the North”) in 167 B.C.E., as described in I Maccabees, who proclaimed that each nation should renounce its particular customs, and if one didn’t obey the punishment would be death.  As a result, many Israelites chose to follow the “one religion” set forth by Antichus Epiphanes and began sacrificing to idols and profaning the Sabbath.  Epiphanes banned burnt offerings and sacrifices and set up a statue of Jupiter Olympus on the temple altar where Greek soldiers with women performed sexual acts. Hebrews referred to the statue as the abomination of desolation.  Additionally, in an act of further defilement, swine were sacrificed on the altar (Charles Pfeiffer, Between the Testaments, 1974, p. 81).

The second fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy in chapter 11 occurred in the temple destruction of 70 A.D. (prophesied by Jesus as well) where according to Josephus, 1.1 million Jews were killed with an additional 97,000 enslaved.  As an act of desecration of the temple, Titus erected an idol on the destroyed temple altar. In both of these events were extreme destruction, loss of life, idol worship, and defilement of the Temple’s sacred space.

The last fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy refers to a future time which will be the “end of the age,” or the “last days,” where again will be seen an “abomination that causes desolation …standing in the Holy Place.”  According to scripture prophecies, this will come after burnt offerings and sacrifices are stopped in the temple.  Since there is no temple presently, it is conjectured the Jews will build a third temple and burnt offerings will resume first.  Extrapolating from this prophecy, many Christians believe the Zionists’ aggressive pursuit of ridding the land of the Palestinians including taking over the West Bank and Gaza by whatever means possible is somehow approved by God.  The reasoning goes like this (if we draw parallels from Antichus Epiphanes):  Daniel prophesied the temple would be destroyed and defiled, and because it was prophesied, God approves, so therefore all people should have supported Antichus Epiphanes.  Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?  The utter destruction and horror of what the Israelis are doing to the Palestinians (which includes Muslims and Christians), exemplifies the definition of “abomination of  desolation” – abominable or hateful destroyer.

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A general view shows the destruction in Gaza City’s Shejaiya neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (Photo credit: AP/Khalil Hamra)

But [au]instead he will honor a god of fortresses, a god whom his fathers did not know; he will honor him with gold, silver, costly stones and treasures. Daniel 11:38

Israel secretly developed nuclear warheads in a manner that characterizes all of its practices – by manipulation and deception. David Ben-Gurion (founder of the State of Israel and first Prime Minister) made it his mission to make sure Israel was protected from other Middle Eastern countries by promoting a nuclear weapons program.  However, the Israeli nuclear program was established with outright lying by foreign minister, Shomon Peres assuring President John F. Kennedy in an Oval Office 1963 meeting that Israel would “not introduce nuclear weapons to the region.”

In fact, the Israeli deception continues to the present time as no other country knows exactly how many warheads Israeli has developed.  The figures run from 65 – 400 as the deception and manipulation runs high with U.S. full participation.  Furthermore, Israel has repeatedly refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty even with the United Nations explanation that allowing IAEA inspectors into its facilities would be the best way to progress toward a Middle East nuclear free zone.  (Welcome to Israeli Weapons 101)

Additionally, Jimmy Carter stated in 2008 and 2014 he believes the number of warheads to be around 150 – 300.  However, due to federal secrecy rules, “…such remarks generally cannot be made even now by those who work for the U.S. government and hold active security clearances.  In fact, U.S. officials, even those on Capitol Hill, are routinely admonished not to mention the existence of an Israeli nuclear arsenal and occasionally punished when they do so.  The policy of never publicly confirming what a scholar once called one of the world’s ‘worst-kept secrets’ dates from a political deal between the United States and Israel in the late 1960’s.  Its consequence has been to help Israel maintain a  distinctive military posture in the Middle East while avoiding the scrutiny-and occasional disapprobation-applied to the world’s eight acknowledged nuclear powers” (Israel’s Worst Kept Secret: Is the silence over Israeli nukes doing more harm than good?)

 

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The Wall around Qalqiliya. A twenty-five foot high concrete cage cuts residents off from their agricultural land, necessary for their survival, and prevents them from traveling even 5 minutes out of the City. A single gate, which opens at the whim of the occupying army, controls 100,000 residents.  The Separation Barrier is called the “Apartheid Wall” or “Berlin Wall” by Palestinians.  Sections of the Separation Barrie include electrified fencing, two-meter deep trenches, roads for patrol vehicles, elections ground/fence sensors, thermal imaging and video cameras, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s), sniper towers and razor wire.

And yet Israeli officials refer to the above Separation Barrier (405 miles long, and 25 ft high) as a “fence” (Hebrew word, gader) or gader hafradeh (separation fence).  The Hebrew word, chomah is typically used for protective fortifications  (gosh, why don’t we just use the work “fortress?”) which would be more appropriate.  Due to the Israeli officials semantic manipulation, U.S. media reporting on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict use the word “fence,” and oftentimes will erroneously state the “fence” runs along the  West Bank-Israeli border.  In reality, the Separation Barrier does not even run along the Green Line which separates the West Bank from Israel proper, but runs through the West Bank on Palestinian land which has created significant agricultural and other issues for the Palestinian people in the West Bank. (Is it a Fence? Is it a Wall? No it’s a Separation Barrier)

Jimmy Carter writing in Palestine Peace no Apartheid, reports the International Court of Justice (judicial arm of the United Nations) in July 2004 determined the construction of the segregation wall was illegal.

“The court acknowledged Israel’s right to protect the lives of its citizens by building a protective barrier within its own national border but based its negative ruling on international law including the Fourth Geneva Convention, which forbids an occupying power from transferring any parts of its civilian population into territories seized by military force.  The court called on Israel to cease construction of the wall, to dismantle what has already been build in areas within the occupied Palestinian territory, and to compensate Palestinians who have suffered losses as a result of the wall’s construction. The Israeli Supreme Court has chosen not to accept the International Court’s decision but acknowledged that Israel holds the West Bank ‘in belligerent occupation’ and that ‘the law of belligerent occupation…imposes conditions’ on the authority of the military, even in areas related to security” (p. 193-194).

From B’Tselem: Welcome to Bir Nabala (video)

October 2012

The town of Bir Nabala, next to Jerusalem, is trapped in an enclave of the Separation Barrier. A residential suburb of East Jerusalem since the 1970s, Bir Nabala enjoyed relative prosperity in the 1990s thanks to its central location and easy access to Ramallah and East Jerusalem, and from there to central Israel. Now isolated by the barrier, Bir Nabala lost half its residents, most of them East Jerusalemites who returned to the city, and many of the town’s businesses closed. Using unique archival footage, “Welcome to Bir Nabala” documents the transformation of Bir Nabala into a ghost town, via the stories of two local banquet halls.

Israeli Weapons

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From the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 until now, the Israeli military has expanded and grown their weapon arsenal as well as enhancing weapons technology.  In contrast, the Palestinians had very little to defend themselves until the group Hamas was formed as a response to Israeli aggression.  The early rockets used by Hamas were few, and primitive in its technology.  Within the last five years, Hamas has obtained slightly better rockets, but with limited range and precision which has led Hamas to build tunnels so that their rockets have better reach.  Recently, President Obama pledged millions of dollars to the Israeli’s to develop “tunnel detection and destruction systems.” Subsequently, Israeli fatalities have been minimal and the Palestinians fatalities significant. This has been with the help of the U.S., the who have provided the Israelis with millions of dollars to enhance their weapon technology which paid for the Iron Dome program. The State of Israeli receives three billion annually from the U.S., and received an additional 270 million to establish the Iron Dome system.  The system has had significant expansion and improvement with further integration of all aerial defense systems.  The Israeli’s are implementing “David’s Sling” which is more advanced technology of their aerial defense system.  Additionally, the U.S. has pledged an additional 600 million to assist with that further development.  The Palestinians have no such technology, and don’t even have bomb shelters.  Additionally, the Palestinians have no tanks or aircraft. And yet from the U.S. government and the media, the emphasis has always been on keeping the State of Israel secure.

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Israeli beach goers in Tel Aviv watching the Iron Dome defense system take out a rocket in July 2014.

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July 2014 Israeli rocket bombardment inside the Gaza strip

In January 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency detailed a nuclear development arms agreement to effectively stop Iran from developing nuclear warheads by removing some of the previously implemented sanctions against Iran.  Zvika Haimovich, Senior Air Force Commander of the Aerial Defence Division, in an article discussing Israeli aerial defence:

“Iran, now enjoying sanctions relief, is behind much of the new deadly missile and rocket threat facing Israel, he added. “After the nuclear agreement, I can see how this is influencing Iran; I see Iran giving much more support to terrorist organizations, in the form of money, and technological and technical assistance, in anything you can imagine. Iran is conducting missile tests, and provides close assistance to Hezbollah and Hamas.”

Why would Iran respond with more aggression after the nuclear agreement?  Because the State of Israel, fairly small at around the size of Vermont, has developed up to 300 nuclear warheads and refuses to follow international directives to take steps to reduce their nuclear arsenal.

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Two Palestinian teenagers throwing rocks at an Israeli armored tank.  The second photo is a young Palestinian boy being placed in a choke hold by an Israeli soldier for throwing rocks at a tank.  There are hundreds of photos of Palestinians throwing rocks at tanks – in occupied Palestinian territory.

These photos clearly illustrate the helplessness of the Palestinian people which is why the Israelis are encroaching more and more into Palestinian occupied territory as they are like a Goliath facing puny men who are beaten down again and again.  It is ironic the Israelis are using the name, “David’s Sling” for their new aerial defense system – just part of their ongoing deception to characterize themselves as the ones being attacked and in danger as opposed to being the inhumane aggressors – they are the Goliath.

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End Time Prophecies

 I am not pretending I can interpret end time prophecies.  However, there are metaphors, visual descriptions, or phrases that can be applied to the present time.  For example, I used “he will honor a god of fortresses, a god whom his fathers did not know” from Daniel to explore the State of Israel’s massive focus on fortifying, securing and aggressively pursuing the land that is occupied by Palestinians instead of honoring their Jewish covenant with God and pursuing peace and justice.  Another prophecy phrase, “prince of the covenant” also can be used by describing the relationship between the State of Israel and the U.S.  “Prince of the covenant” is made up of two Hebrew words, “nagiyd” which refers to a leader, ruler, prince or governor, and “b@riyth” which means covenant, alliance, pledge, treaty, league or confederacy.  This could possibly pertain to a leader of an alliance or treaty, or a pledge between two countries.  The complex relationship between the Israelis and the U.S. has always been wrought with deception, manipulation, and greed with no concern or compassion for the plight of the Palestinians.  In fact, I watched an IDF soldier in a video interview state, “We are trained to perceive ourselves as human, and the Palestinians as animals.”

‘Less Than Human’: The Psychology of Cruelty: NPR author interview with David Livingston Stone:

“During the Holocaust, Nazis referred to Jews as rats. Hutus involved in the Rwanda genocide called Tutsis cockroaches. Slave owners throughout history considered slaves subhuman animals. In Less Than Human, David Livingstone Smith argues that it’s important to define and describe dehumanization, because it’s what opens the door for cruelty and genocide.

‘We all know, despite what we see in the movies,’ Smith tells NPR’s Neal Conan, ‘that it’s very difficult, psychologically, to kill another human being up close and in cold blood, or to inflict atrocities on them.’ So, when it does happen, it can be helpful to understand what it is that allows human beings ‘to overcome the very deep and natural inhibitions they have against treating other people like game animals or vermin or dangerous predators.’

Rolling Stone recently published photos online of American troops posing with dead Afghans, connected to ongoing court-martial cases of soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. In addition to posing with the corpses, “these soldiers — called the ‘kill team’ — also took body parts as trophies,” Smith alleges, “which is very often a phenomenon that accompanies the form of dehumanization in which the enemy is seen as game.”

But this is just the latest iteration in a pattern that has unfolded time and again over the course of history. In ancient Chinese, Egyptian and Mesopotamian literature, Smith found repeated references to enemies as subhuman creatures. But it’s not as simple as a comparison. ‘When people dehumanize others, they actually conceive of them as subhuman creatures,’ says Smith. Only then can the process ‘liberate aggression and exclude the target of aggression from the moral community.’

When the Nazis described Jews as Untermenschen, or subhumans, they didn’t mean it metaphorically, says Smith. ‘They didn’t mean they were like subhumans. They meant they were literally subhuman.’

Human beings have long conceived of the universe as a hierarchy of value, says Smith, with God at the top and inert matter at the bottom, and everything else in between. That model of the universe ‘doesn’t make scientific sense,’ says Smith, but ‘nonetheless, for some reason, we continue to conceive of the universe in that fashion, and we relegate nonhuman creatures to a lower position’ on the scale.

Then, within the human category, there has historically been a hierarchy. In the 18th century, white Europeans — the architects of the theory — ‘modestly placed themselves at the very pinnacle.’ The lower edges of the category merged with the apes, according to their thinking.

So ‘sub-Saharan Africans and Native Americans were denizens of the bottom of the human category,’ when they were even granted human status. Mostly, they were seen as ‘soulless animals.’ And that dramatic dehumanization made it possible for great atrocities to take place.”

Excerpt from Stone’s book, Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others:

“The Holocaust is the most thoroughly documented example of the ravages of dehumanization. Its hideousness strains the limits of imagination. And yet, focusing on it can be strangely comforting. It’s all too easy to imagine that the Third Reich was a bizarre aberration, a kind of mass insanity instigated by a small group of deranged ideologues who conspired to seize political power and bend a nation to their will. Alternatively, it’s tempting to imagine that the Germans were (or are) a uniquely cruel and bloodthirsty people. But these diagnoses are dangerously wrong. What’s most disturbing about the Nazi phenomenon is not that the Nazis were madmen or monsters. It’s that they were ordinary human beings…

What is it that enables one group of human beings to treat another group as though they were subhuman creatures?

A rough answer isn’t hard to come by. Thinking sets the agenda for action, and thinking of humans as less than human paves the way for atrocity. The Nazis were explicit about the status of their victims. They were Untermenschen — subhumans — and as such were excluded from the system of moral rights and obligations that bind humankind together. It’s wrong to kill a person, but permissible to exterminate a rat. To the Nazis, all the Jews, Gypsies and others were rats: dangerous, disease-carrying rats.”

In Daniel 11:32  we read, “By smooth words he will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and action.”   As mentioned,  the manipulation and deception from the very beginning of the establishment of the State of Israel has been devastatingly significant.  Most Americans, especially Christians, either don’t understand what is really happening because of U.S. government leaders and media manipulation, or have some idea of what is happening to the Palestinians, but feel the State of Israel is justified in their actions towards the Palestinians, because they  believe the Holy Lands belong to the Jews.  Or, Americans believe since terrorism stems from Islam, and the majority of Palestinians are Muslim, the State of Israel and the U.S. are justified in attempting to eradicate the Palestinians because of the supposed threat to the Israelis and the U.S., while clearly not understanding the greatest threat comes from the Israelis.

For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. Matthew 24:24

“If possible” doesn’t mean it won’t be possible for the elect to be fooled,  but it emphasizes the danger the elect have of being fooled if we are not deep into scripture, following the Word, and prayerfully being led by the Holy Spirit.  In today’s world, many Christians are in spiritual danger due to allowing culture to determine their understanding and subsequently their spiritual choices.  The Christians increasing fascination with all things Jewish as well as falling under the spell of Zionist manipulation, is a good example of the enemy deceiving God’s elect.

The Nature of Deception

In the very beginning of the Bible after Adam and Eve were created there is the story of the serpent deceiving them with the consequence of Adam and Eve being cast out of the Garden of Eden.    This is a story of lost innocence, disobedience, and punishment.  In reality, Adam and Eve are cast out of the Garden of innocence.  And in the very next chapter, we read about their child Cain, killing his favored brother, Abel, out of jealousy and then committing the sin of deception to cover up his murder.

In the story of Adam and Eve both become ashamed after their disobedience is revealed, but yet they admit the truth to God.  Because of Eve’s initial innocence, however, they fall into temptation by believing the deception of the Serpent. Cain, however uses deception in an attempt to cover his sin from being revealed by God, and therefore somehow believes the only thing he needs to be afraid of is punishment if he tells the truth, and not shame or guilt for killing his brother out of jealousy.  This is an extremely immature spirituality characterized by fear of punishment, and the need for approval.  God appears to be revealing Cain’s weakness by pointing out his overt need for approval, which places Cain at risk for committing sin.  God teaching Cain, “And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”  Love for his brother, would have Cain being happy for his brother’s offering having favor over his own, but we see the true heart of Cain who piles sin upon sin.  There is the problem of lack of love, jealousy, pride, coveting the same favor his brother received, and the sin of deception to cover it all up.

Deception is the sin that goes hand in hand with all other sins.  If someone is intentionally sinning, then they will attempt to hide their sin.  Furthermore, such deception is an indicator of the spirit of Satan at work.  In John 8:39-47, Jesus is telling a group of Jews that because they don’t believe his word and seek to kill him, and God sent him, then their father is not God, but is Satan   “Why do you not understand [m]what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.  You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks [n]a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of [o]lies.  But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”

Part of the reason the Zionists use of deception has been so successful is because many of the elect have been deceived!  Those Christian congressmen and women in government leadership have not defended the Palestinians, but I’m sure, have willingly, knowingly taken money from AIPAC for their election campaigns, and then became deceivers themselves who lead their Christian followers to support the State of Israel.  The first sin is greed, and lack of trust in God’s providence, and then deception.

This is clearly evident in Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, in the beginning chapters (which were written in his first book on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict),  as Carter provides glowing reports of his and Rosalyn’s visits to the Holy Lands, and the hospitality provided by the Israelis (driving them around in a Mercedes “wagon,” or more correctly, a limo).   His perceptions of the conflict are extremely slanted toward the Israelis and he demonstrates a significant lack of understanding of the underlying issues which have led to the conflict and fueled the fire of violence.  For example, Carter writes, “Some Palestinians have responded to political and military occupation by launching terrorist attacks against the Israeli civilians, a course of action that is both morally reprehensible and politically counterproductive” (p. 15).  This statement indicates no knowledge of the Israeli war crimes against the Palestinians, nor the significant numbers of civilian deaths of the Palestinians, and it shows no understanding of the Israelis continued disregard for any U.N. resolutions, as well as the Israelis continual movement into Palestinian occupied territories using whatever aggressive means possible.  For someone who has no prior knowledge of this conflict reading Carter’s book, there would be an assumption that the Palestinians are to blame and are committing atrocities against the Israelis.  By Carter using the term, “terrorist,” there is an immediate emotional reaction that the Palestinians are the aggressors, and the Israelis are the victims.  This is deception.  Is this intentional by Carter, or just ignorance because he has been deceived, or is it both?

Another statement clearly indicating his lack of understanding of the conflict, “Many Israelis, like their neighbors, are eagerly seeking a measure of normalized existence, but the verbal threats from Iran and some radical Arabs and the terrorist attacks in occupied territories and even within Israel have kept alive the feelings of distrust and alienation among Israelis toward their neighbors.”  Again the use of the word, “terrorist,” which completely deceives the readers of the truth of Israeli progression towards annihilation or genocide against the Palestinian people.

However, later in Carter’s book he examines the Palestinians complaints of the Israelis interception of all international humanitarian funds including from the United States for the Palestinians, and acknowledges the Israeli response that taking humanitarian funds intended for Palestinians for security purposes is not valid.  Carter does not discuss in his earlier books the destructive role of AIPAC, the U.S.’s ongoing financial support to develop Israeli weaponry (which is used against the Palestinians including bombing schools and hospitals with precision targeting weapons), or any history of the conflict which would reveal Israeli war crimes.  This latest book was published in 2006, with an afterword in 2007.

In the afterword, “As a child, I was taught by my father every Sunday about the special status of the Jewish people in the eyes of God, and when I was governor of Georgia, I went with my wife and Jody Powell to the Middle East to learn more about Israel and its mortal threats from Arab neighbors.”  Carter briefly mentions AIPAC in the afterword, but not one mention of the horrific actions of the Israelis towards the Palestinians.

In contrast, Alison Weir, author of Against Our Better Judgment: The hidden history of how the U.S. was used to create Israel, traveled to the State of Israel, West Bank and Gaza as a freelance journalist to intensively, objectively research the conflict from its onset, and discovered the significant role the U.S. has played throughout the history of the conflict which has led to the violent instability of the Middle East.

Weir reports that in the fall of 2000 during the Second Intifada she began researching the news regarding the conflict.  What she discovered was a “more drastic pattern of Israeli violence against Palestinians than mainstream U.S. news organizations were revealing.”  Weir goes on to say that “large numbers of Palestinian children were being killed by Israeli forces, many of them through gunfire to the head – and that they had been killed before the far smaller number of Israeli children who eventually began also to be tragically killed.  Similarly, I found that over 140 Palestinians of all ages had been killed before any Israelis in Israel, even though the media consistently were referring to Israeli violence as retaliatory.”   Weir, as a result of what she found, quit her job and began an organization called “If Americans Knew” to educate Americans regarding the truth.

“Americans have given far more of our tax money to Israel than to any other nation, and to the region in general.  In addition, the U.S. government frequently vetoes international initiatives on Israel that virtually all other nations endorse.  As a result, our support for Israel has created growing hostility against the United States, placing our citizens in increasing risk” (preface vi).

From the very beginning when Zionists were looking for a place to settle, to the present day, the Zionists have manipulated with deception which is not only discussed in Weir’s book (half of the book is endnotes because of Weir’s emphasis on being objective), but many other sources as well.  Unfortunately, the U.S. has been highly involved in deceptive practices as well, which has deceived Christians as to the true nature of this conflict.  The very lands where three religions had their beginnings, Jews, Christians and Muslims, has become a cesspool of hatred, death, and destruction and will most certainly play a role in the end time scenarios. When there is deception, there you will find the workings of Satan.  As People of the Book, we have a responsibility to see the truth through the fog of lies.

Barriers to Peace

Many of the attempts by international government officials to establish peace between the Palestinians and Israelis has failed (including Carter).  The problem is that the conflict is approached as if both nations are equally to blame for the conflict.  This is like a teacher in a schoolyard focusing on making peace between a bully and his victim.  The aggressive bully is bigger and stronger and continually picks on the smaller, weaker boy and gets away with it.  His bullying continues and becomes worse because the teacher is blind to the truth.  The teacher calls in other teachers in an attempt to intervene, but because she secretly likes the bigger boy better, influences the other teachers by describing the conflict as equally promoted by both boys.  Will the teachers “peaceful” interventions work?  Not as long as the bully doesn’t have to take responsibility for his actions, and there isn’t a teacher who is objective to understand the smaller boy is getting aggressively beat up on.  A young Palestinian poet, with the wisdom of an old sage puts it this way, “I’ve grown to learn that peace should be the last discussion, what should be focused on right now is justice, justice is the ultimate solution to the conflict, the oppression and the violence” (Mohammed El-Kurd).

The Prophet Muhammad said:

“There are four characteristics, whoever has all of them is a true hypocrite, and whoever has one of them has one of the qualities of a hypocrite until he gives it up: when he is trusted, he betrays; when he speaks, he lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when he disputes, he resorts to slander.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Saheeh Muslim)

The only way for Christians to battle the deception of Satan is to pray for wisdom and discernment.  Don’t fall away from your faith because of your lack of love, and hard heart.  Close your eyes and allow yourself to feel the fading heartbeat of a dying people, allow yourself to hear the cries of dying babies, allow yourself to feel the fear and terror of whistling rockets becoming louder and louder, allow yourself to imagine what the hating eyes of an Israeli soldier looks like, allow yourself to feel what it would feel like for your life to not matter to anyone in the world.  Allow yourself to understand that no one cares because of the power of lies.  Now turn around and see Satan grinning.

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