The Perpetual Hatred-Its Final International Demise

In spite of all the talk over the past six years of peace between Israel and its Arab neighbours, there is an underlying animosity on the part of the Arab world which goes back 4,000 years to the time of Ishmael and Isaac, Jacob and Esau (also known as Edom and Mount Seir). It manifests itself in the inability of the Palestinian Authority to convene a Council and officially amend those clauses in its founding covenant which call for the destruction of the State of Israel.

Beneath the "smooth" rhetoric of the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab world (aimed at the Western industrialized nations' public only) lies an implacable hatred of the Jewish nation. Palestinian airwaves and school textbooks deny the Holocaust ever occurred during World War II; pictures of Iraq's Saddam sell well in the PA-controlled territories as mobs there gather to call for him to rain down biological and chemical weapons on Tel Aviv; Arafat has a map of the Middle East in his office on which one cannot find Israel-there is no place for it in his private thinking. Anyone with eyes to see realizes that real peace between these two peoples is not even a remote possibility.

The prophet Ezekiel reveals the Divine view of this ongoing hatred: "Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end... Because thou hast said, These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess it; whereas the LORD was there: Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will even do according to thine anger, and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy hatred against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I have judged thee. And thou shalt know that I am the LORD, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume" (Ezek. 35:5, 10-12).

The Arab antipathy towards Israel and the ongoing demands for the land covenanted by the Creator to the Jewish nation is to call forth catastrophic Divine retribution upon them.

With respect to Arab designs on Jerusalem itself, at the time of Nehemiah, three of the prime antagonists to the Jews carrying out the work of rebuilding the city were Sanballat the Horonite (probably from Moab), Tobiah the Ammonite and Geshem the Arabian. Their opposition was bitter; but Nehemiah's reply then is applicable to the Arab descendants of those three today: "Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem" (Neh. 2:20).

As Jerusalem is yet to be chosen again (as it was first chosen at the time of David) as the place where God will set His Name, there is no possibility that any Arab claim to Jerusalem will be recognized in the counsels of the Almighty: "And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee. And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again" (Zech. 2:11-12).

With respect to the international community and its thoughts concerning Jerusalem, it is interesting to note that the problems the President of the United States is encountering with respect to his own political future seem to stem from the very time he was pressuring the Prime Minister of Israel to make concessions concerning the West Bank and the city of Jerusalem. The words of Zechariah ring ominously true for any world leader who will engage him or herself in the future of that special city: "And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it" (Zech. 12:3).

A world leader today attempts to make projections about the future of Jerusalem from a strictly human perspective, which is totally inadequate: "Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion. But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people..." (Micah 4:11-13).

The Divine Mind has revealed that Zion will be the holy hill upon which He will set His only begotten Son; from that site the world will be brought into subjection to the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, however the machinations of the world community unfold over the next few months with respect to the status of Jerusalem, the ultimate Divine purpose is crystal clear: "Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously" (Isa. 23:24).

Finally, the question must be raised: If there is some serious event involving the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem which ignites Arab fury, which brings the perpetual hatred to a never-before-realized white hot glow, why can we safely predict that the world community will react in a virulently anti-Israel fashion? The answer is that the economies of the Far East, western Europe, and to a lesser extent the United States (but certainly in a powerful way indirectly as the above noted nations are key trading partners for North America) depend on crude oil controlled by the Arab nations. These industrialized countries simply must have that oil being delivered in an unimpeded manner. Their attitude will be this: If Israel has to be the international sacrificial offering to the perpetual hatred of the Arabs, so be it; the real overriding concern will be the uninterrupted flow of that oil from Arab sands.

In this brief summary, we can therefore see the following:

The implacable hatred that the Arabs currently hold for the State of Israel reaches back to the time of the progenitors of both the Jewish and Arab nations.

The upcoming crucial focus of that hatred, namely the West Bank and Jerusalem, is so intimately linked to the industrialized world's insatiable demand for oil that the issue cannot remain localized, but will reverberate around the world. Undoubtedly, CNN and other networks will fan the flame of the already existing anti-Israel sentiment worldwide until it becomes a raging international inferno.

The end of the matter however will totally stun the intelligentsia of this age: "And the nations were angry and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged... and there were great voices in heaven saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever" (Rev. 11:18,15).

William Farrar
Hamilton, Ontario


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