Today is August 27, 2018

Verse of the Day — 1 Corinthians 7:2

Let each man have his own wife and let each woman have her own husband.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Marriage is between a man and a woman—male and female.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

In the Old Testament the Bible is extremely clear in regards to the sanctity of marriage

For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. —Genesis 2:24

He who finds a wife finds a good thing
And obtains favor from the LORD.
—Proverbs 18:22

Let your fountain be blessed,
And rejoice in the wife of your youth.
—Proverbs 5:18

Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun. —Ecclesiastes 9:9

and penalties associated with homosexuality.

You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. —Leviticus 18:22

Even secular history has taught us that every civilization that treated homosexuality as anything other than perversion did not survive—i.e., Rome, Sodom and Gomorrah, ancient Greece.

The Church Age instructions are just as clear. In Romans 1:17-32 we see that homosexuality is the result of rejecting God as Lord and creator. Homosexual perversion is at the bottom of a long downward sinful spiral and even has associated diseases.

and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. —Romans 1:27

1 Corinthians 6:9 states categorically that we should not be deceived: homosexuals will NOT go to heaven (unless they repent and trust Jesus’ atonement for their sins).

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals

God is not mocked, and every person, outside of the atonement of Christ, will receive what he/she is due.

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. —Galatians 6:7

Every knee ever born on this planet will bow to a righteous God on judgment day.

I have sworn by Myself,
The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness
And will not turn back,
That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance.
—Isaiah 45:23

For it is written,
“AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME,
AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.”
—Romans 14:11

Therefore, we should pray for those who say “homosexuality is acceptable and should be protected.” Homosexuals are simply lost, and if they don’t repent of their deeds, their end is the burning fires of hell.

Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. —Matthew 25:30

And he cried out and said, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.” —Luke 16:24

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! . . . their root will become like rot and their blossom blow away as dust; For they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. —Isaiah 5:20, 24


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

I know that we are to support Israel, and in the light of today’s email, I’m questioning my thoughts. I understand on many different levels why there is so much animosity between Israel and Palestine. It all started with Abraham’s sons and that they and their descendants would always fight each other about birthright.

I know that the U.S. gives hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Israeli government for each person living in Israel. I know that the Israelis purchase military vehicles and weapons from the U.S. government which are then used against the Palestinians. I know that Israel’s leaders and Palestine’s leaders both engage the use of terrorists, with policies that will only destroy each other (and themselves in the process).

I guess I really don’t understand why a group of countries after World War II decided, without permission from or compensation to the Palestinians, to just give that land to the Jews so they could once again establish their own country. Perhaps I just don’t understand history, in which case I really look forward to your response.

At this point, I don’t agree with how much support we’re giving Israel (or any other country for that matter) when we have so many issues here at home that have been neglected for far too long. I remember seeing the pictures from Palestine after the 9/11 attacks, and even though it really hurt and made me angry, I could also understand why they were so happy to see something horrible happen to Americans. I mean, these are the people who look up in the midst of an attack and see American flags on the vehicles used by Israel to carry out those attacks. I can hardly blame them for their anger towards us, especially when the policies of both governments (Palestine amd Israel) seem to be only about obliterating each other.

I know that this is a controversial topic. I know that Christians are supposed to support Israel, etc., but I guess I feel pushed to blindly support a country just because of its title and who lives there, instead of supporting a leader, supporting the peace effort (which I know is impossible until Christ returns), and supporting a group of people who are trying to better themselves and their situation instead of killing all those around them who live in the same territory. I really hope I’m missing something huge that will put all of this into perspective for me. Will you help me understand the conflict and look at the situation in the light of God’s word? Thanks and God bless!


ANSWER:

You have a lot of misconceptions, and you make several statements that are simply incorrect. But MOST Christians, sadly, have many of the same thoughts and misconceptions. Hopefully the following information will help discern truth from myth.

At Compass, we defend a literal translation of the Bible. And God made unconditional promises to Abraham. For instance:

I will give (the land of Israel) to you and to your descendants forever. —Genesis 13:15.
     See also Genesis 12:1-3, 7; 13:14-17; 15:1-21; 17:1-21; 22:17-18.

The fulfillment of those promises was not based on Israel’s obedience, and they had no expiration date. Through these promises God would:

  1. bring the world a Messiah/Savior via Israel’s blood line,
  2. make Israel’s name great,
  3. give Israel the land as an everlasting possession, and
  4. bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel.
“Unconditional” means those promises are still in effect today.

Not all of Abraham’s sons were promised peace and prosperity. Only Abraham’s son Isaac and Isaac’s son Jacob (later named Israel) were to receive God’s blessing. Abraham’s descendants from his illegitimate son Ishmael were prophesied to be wild fighters.

The angel of the LORD said to her further,
“Behold, you are with child,
And you will bear a son;
And you shall call his name Ishmael,
Because the LORD has given heed to your affliction.
He will be a wild donkey of a man,
His hand will be against everyone,
And everyone’s hand will be against him;
And he will live to the east of all his brothers.”
—Genesis 16:11-12

All Arabs trace their ancestry to Ishmael, not Isaac.

Yes, the U.S. Government supported Israel, up until the Obama administration, for a number of reasons . . . and one big one is that Israel is the only democracy (stability) in the area.

The Israeli government purchases military gear from many nations, including the U.S., for protection of its citizens and to defend its borders. The Muslims are given guns and ammo from the U.N. that are used to kill Israelis. On our scores of mission trips to Israel, we have never seen an American flag on any Israeli government vehicle.

After the defeat of the Ottomans in World War I, the land we today call Israel, Jordan, Gaza and the West Bank was given the name “Palestine” and given to Israel—first through the Balfore declaration in 1917 and later by the League of Nations in 1922 (yes, you read that correctly!). We believe it was God’s provincial hand at work. Israel, called Palestine, was Jewish.

Due to Arab complaints, 80% of the land initially given to Israel was given to the Arabs and called Trans-Jordan. This was in addition to what was already given to the Arabs—i.e., Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and others. After 300 years of Arab rule, Israel, in 1922, was a total wasteland practically devoid of vegetation. No one wanted it.

Between 1922 and 1948 Israelis began moving back to that wasteland, paying huge premiums for land, draining the swamps, planting trees, building houses. After World War II, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi and Israel were given nation status by the United Nations. If Israel was illegitimate, then Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Saudi are also illegitimate.

The United Nations gave Israel only about 20% of the original land she was apportioned by the League of Nations in 1922, but Israel agreed to take what was offered following the horrific World War II holocaust. The day Israel was given official nation status, May 14, 1948, she was attacked by six Muslim nations. Outnumbered 6 to 1, with no official government or army, it was nothing less than a miracle that she fought off the attack and survived.

The Arab countries publicly proclaimed that their objective was to push Israel into the sea. During that war, Jordan took over Judea and Samaria (what is today referred to as the West Bank) and illegally “occupied” those areas until 1967. Egypt took over Gaza and illegally occupied it.

During the Israeli war for independence in 1948, Arab leaders told the Arabs living in Israel to flee because the Jews would kill them. Those who knew better stayed home and are now citizens of Israel, can vote, and have elected Muslims to represent them in the Israeli government. These Arabs in Israel have the highest standard of living for a middle class of any group of Arabs in the Middle East. The surrounding Arab nations refused to absorb their Arab brothers who fled and instead have kept them in “refugee camps” in the West Bank and Gaza. On the other hand, Jews living in Arab nations moved to Israel and were totally assimilated.

In 1967 six nations again went to war against Israel. In six days Israel recovered Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), Gaza, the Golan Heights, and also won the Sinai Peninsula, which had enough oil reserves to make Israel independent in its fuel needs.

Two nations, Egypt and Syria, attacked again in 1973 on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Israelis. Though caught completely off-guard, Israel again defeated the unprovoked Arab invasion.

In 1978, Israel agreed to give back the Sinai (and the oil reserves) to Egypt in a peace effort and has remained at peace with Egypt to this day. Israel made peace with Jordan in 1994. Israel has abided by every peace agreement she has signed, while the “Palestine” Arabs have NEVER done what they agreed to do . . . NEVER ONCE!

So you can see a lot of media error in their reporting about the Israeli Arab situation. There has never been an Arab “Palestinian State.” There is no history, no culture, no currency, no anything until the media mislabeled them with the Palestine name around 1948. Up until 1948, Palestine was Israel! Modern day Jordan, originally to be part of the new Israel, was given to the Arabs for their “Palestine.”

The media also gave the name “West Bank” to the Judea/Samaria area. It has ALWAYS been part of Israel. Israel is not illegally occupying it today, but Jordan DID illegally occupy it from 1948 to 1967. And Egypt illegally occupied Gaza during the same period. And, during Jordan’s and Egypt’s occupation and total control of these areas, not once did the Arabs try to make a new country called Palestine.

But none of the above explains what the real problem is. The real problem is that the Koran, a book devoid of the words “love” and “Jerusalem,” teaches that the Muslims will one day rule the world in Allah’s name (Allah is NOT Jehovah God).

Muslims are commanded to kill infidels—Jews, Christians, and anyone else who does not submit to the Muslim faith. This was the basis for the 9/11 attacks, as well as other attacks around the world. Even today Arab children are taught in their public schools that Allah says it is OK to kill Christians and Jews.

In contrast, the Bible teaches that a Jewish Messiah will one day rule the world . . . from Jerusalem, from a throne on the Temple Mount on Mt. Moriah. So this is certainly not an issue over land. It’s not an issue of the “Palestinian people.” It is simply an issue of “whose God is the real God?” Is it Allah or Jehovah God?

We believe the Bible; therefore, we believe we should support Israel whenever possible. The recent move away from supporting Israel is heart-breaking. Always remember that God says Israel is His land and Israelis are His chosen people. The Bible says the Jews would “execute” their Messiah (Daniel 9:26) and God would disperse the Jews around the world for approximately 2000 years. They would be persecuted in their dispersion but would remain a pure race until He gathered them back into their homeland in preparation for the Messiah’s Second Coming (Ezekiel 37).

God also implores us to pray for peace in Jerusalem. And most fascinating, God says He will bless those who bless Israel. We can think of no better way to bless Israel than to support her effort to defend the land that both God (and the United Nations) gave her. If you are against Israel, you are against God.

The images you see on television of tanks rumbling through streets with bands of rock throwers pelting the Israeli military are not from Israel. They are scenes from Gaza and occasionally cities on the west rim of Samaria (West Bank). Today, Israel proper is virtually indistinguishable from any American city. Tel Aviv looks similar to downtown Seattle, Washington . . . with the obvious exception that the signs are in Hebrew.

We organize trips to this special place as often as we have people willing to go. We take our spouses and children, stroll the streets, and visit the hundreds of Old and New Testament sites like the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Empty Tomb. In taking over 50 groups to Israel, we have never once seen a rock thrown, heard a gun shot, or seen a tank in a street. Since 1948 not a single person on a pilgrimage traveling to Israel to see the biblical sites has ever been killed or maimed. Israel is just as safe, if not safer, than here in the U.S. Therefore, we encourage all who really want to understand their spiritual roots to go to Israel while we can still go there. We know it will change the way you read your Bible and forever affect the way you view Israel. It’s one of the few eternal investments you can make in this life.

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