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Is it the End of the World?

When my son and I visited Israel over the summer, we visited the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Since the Muslim wakf is in charge of the area, they frown on non-Muslims praying or reading their Bibles. I was actually ushered away from the interior of the famed Golden Gate…I don’t know what I was doing wrong but an armed security guard yelled at me!

However, we managed to face the Mount of Olives on the east—the biblical scene of the Messiah’s return in the end of days. We prayed together facing the Mount of Olives. It was very meaningful!

Bottom line is this: there are those of us who actually believe the Bible is true and we eagerly anticipate the Creator renewing creation. It will happen, and to see the actual sites…wow.

Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

I once read a long-time Bible scholar who claimed that Job was really sort of an imaginary figure created by a Hebrew writer. The scholar also went on to say that no one in Job’s time (perhaps the second millenium B.C.) understood life after death issues, etc. In other words, those people were just more primitive in their thinking.

As usual, the scholar’s statements are false. (Somehow, though, they have influenced huge numbers to believe the Bible is in fact a collection of fairy tales.)

From the book of Job, we read the protagonist say: “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.”

Amazing. Not only does the book clearly claim that it is an historical account, Job himself shows just how knowledgeable he really was. In fact, I often say that Job is the greatest Bible prophecy teacher of all time. He had supernatural revelation about not only his own future, but the future of all people: Resurrection.

I’m a big advocate that the common man can understand the Bible and stand on it. Unbelieving scholars often show their own ignorance, because they believe the path to academic acceptance is to denigrate Scripture.

How pathetic is that?

An ancient grave in Jerusalem, which will one day be empty

I’m constantly amazed not only at the number of Jewish conspiracy theories, but also by the sheer audacity of them.

A new book by Dr. Alex Grobman, License to Murder: The Enduring Threat of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, is a terrific examination of this antisemitic forgery. The Protocols have been used as Exhibit A for Jewish conspiracy advocates for a century.

Yet the truth is completely the opposite.

A hallmark of propaganda against Jews and the Jewish state is the total inversion of truth. For example, we hear that Israel is the catalyst for unrest and violence in the Middle East. In other words, our problems are Israel’s fault.

Yet when the weapons shipment aboard the Karine A was discovered a few years ago, not only were huge caches of weapons found onboard, but also the passports of some Palestinian officials!

Did this outrage the world? Hardly. Yet it is one example that we should think long and hard about. If Israel’s alleged peace partners are arming to the teeth and telling their own people that peace initiatives are empty rhetoric (read: ready for war), shouldn’t we change our focus as to the real problems in the Middle East?

Palestinian officials caught red-handed on the Karine A

It is historically obvious that Israel’s many enemies have all gone the way of the dodo bird. Assyria, Babylon…the Nazis.

A fresh wave of Palestinian terrorism has been launched against the state of Israel in the last century, virtually unabated. Yet as I often teach, Isaiah 54 tells us that God promises no weapon formed against the Jews will succeed.

Hundreds of rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza have been launched since Hosni Mubarak was forced from office in Egypt (the Egyptians did a moderately good job of controlling the flow of arms to terrorists in Gaza and the Sinai).

My favorite subject is this: the Bible is true because it is self-authenticating and it reflects reality in our world today. Even though Israel faces many enemies, I am not ashamed to say that I believe Scripture is true. Israel will not be defeated or obliterated by any foreign power. Iran? Please. Antiochus Epiphanes was arrogant once, too.

The Palestinians might be developing more advanced weaponry, but in the end, it will not succeed.

Kassam rockets, like the ones fired at Israel from Gaza today