God's Future Plans for Israel by Daniel Rodgers

God's Future Plans for Israel
Dan Rodgers
Isaiah 62:1-12

INTRODUCTION:

1. When we look at what is happening in Israel today, and we see the bloodshed—Jews and Palestinians, alike, one might wonder how it will all end.

ILLIUS: The following is a couple of excerpts from a CBS news article printed this week: A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in a supermarket at the entrance to a Jewish settlement in the West Bank on Thursday, killing himself and wounding four bystanders, just hours after another bombing was thwarted in the heart of Jerusalem.

Ariel Sharon ordered military strikes after more than two dozen Israelis were killed last weekend in a string of Palestinian attacks. The prime minister has come under sharp attack at home for not offering Israelis a way out of their malaise. The past week has been one of the bloodiest in 17 months of fighting, with 80 Palestinians and 31 Israelis killed. (CBS, March 7, 2002)

2. As we read and listen to the news, we find world opinion to be—for the most part, slanted against Israel. By and large the news favors the plight of the Palestinians, paying little attention to the years of terrorism against the Jewish people.

a. Yasser Arafat instigated the Intifida or uprising," in 1987--a movement against Israel's military occupation. They have been unrelenting in their goal to annihilate Israel, and in their words, to "drive them into the sea. I've got news for Yasser Arafat, and I've got news for those who distort the news: ISRAEL WILL NOT BE DEFEATED!

ILLUS: A little humor here: During the Six Day War, there was a division of Arabs making its way across the burning desert sands towards Israel, when the Arab commander, bouncing along in his jeep, spoted an aged Israeli on top a distant sand dune.

The commander drops his binoculars and shouts orders to a foot soldier to run up ahead and kill the infidel Israeli. The soldier sprints ahead of the advancing troops, and soon disappears over ...


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