The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

October 12, 2012

Foreign unrest: God’s promises are true even after 3,500 years

From the Pulpit

By Pastor Charles Schwartz

---- — About a month ago our embassy in Libya was attacked and our ambassador was murdered. The details are still not complete, but it was a well-organized terrorist attack. The date was Sept. 11th, and yet the Obama administration did not want to call it an act of terrorism. Instead, they blamed a little-known video for the attack. They then blamed Mitt Romney for inappropriate comments when he lambasted the administration for apologizing about the movie. The President talked much more about Mitt Romney than he did about the terrorists.

At his U.N. speech, he continued to speak out against the movie. Our president refused to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu and was more concerned about appearing on “The View” rather than handle the Middle East crisis. I believe that this is a very dangerous path for the U.S. to take. The Muslim countries have had four years of apologies and nice talk, and all that this has done is weaken our position with our enemies and our allies.

Here is the real problem in the Middle East. This will appear to be a bigoted statement, but it is actually a biblical statement. The Muslim countries will never be our friends. They might respect us, but they will never love us.

One of the great prophecies of the Word of God is found in Genesis 16:12: “And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of his brethren.” This is talking about Ishmael and his descendants. The Muslim people believe that they have the true religion, because they come from Ishmael, the first son of Abraham. The Bible makes it clear that God’s blessing would come through Isaac. That ultimate blessing would be the Lord Jesus Christ.

Let’s focus a little more on the prophecy of Ishmael: “He will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him.” The Muslim people (extremist if you want) are a wild people. There was great celebration when the Twin Towers went down. Gifts were exchanged and people danced in the streets and fired guns into the air.

This seems to be the reaction to every terror attack. We wouldn’t celebrate the death of innocent people, regardless of what country had the tragedy. There is celebration when Jews are killed. There is celebration when citizens of the U.S. are killed. There are even celebrations when the “wrong” type of Muslims are killed.

I might have missed it, but where are the strong denunciations of these acts in the Muslim world? The Egyptian president at the U.N., on our soil, denounced freedom of speech if it blasphemed the Prophet. He strongly intimated that we brought these uprisings upon ourselves by allowing free speech.

Shouldn’t he have denounced these acts of violence instead? Especially when he is speaking in New York City, where the Twin Towers once stood! He is simply fulfilling the prophecy of Ishmael. By the way, my God, the Lord Jesus Christ, is blasphemed every day and we do not riot and burn down embassies or murder diplomats.

Another great prophecy in the Word of God is found in Genesis 12:3: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” This promise to Abraham that was extended through Isaac and Jacob is true to this day.

America at one time was a righteous country. With over a million babies aborted every year and a porn industry in the billions every year, we cannot claim righteousness any more.

God has made promises to Israel that have not been fulfilled yet. He is not through with the Jewish people. For 2,000 years it did not look like there would ever be an Israel again, but in 1948, they became a sovereign nation. Immediately, the Arab (Ishmaelite) countries tried to push them off of the face of the earth. They were not able to do it then or now!

The only hope for America is a good relationship with Israel. For the past four years, President Obama has put down and snubbed Israel and their prime minister over and over. He says Israel is one of our strongest allies, but actions speak louder than words.

My words will create disagreement and perhaps even scoffing, but Israel does not need the United States. The United States needs Israel and the promise that God made over 3,000 years ago.

God bless the USA.

Chuck Schwartz is pastor of Bible Baptist Church, Mercer.