-"Come, let us wipe them out as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more"- the Amalakites, Ishmaelites, Edomites , Philistines and the inhabitants of Tyre (Lebanon), Psalm 83.
-"To destroy, to kill, to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, women and children, in one day, the 13th day of the 12th month Adar, and to seize their possessions as plunder"- edict of Haman the Agagite, Persia (Agag was the king of the Amalekite terrorist organization, whom King Saul had not eliminated as he had been commanded by G-d), Book of Esther.
-The Final Solution to the Jewish Problem- (Mein Kampf- Adolf Hitler)
-‘The destruction of the illegal Zionist entity built upon occupied Arab lands’- the Hamas Charter
-"Israel must be wiped off the map"- Ahmadinajad, Iran- today's Persia, in pursuing nuclear weapons.
-"There is nothing new under the sun"- Ecclesiastes.
As we prepare to celebrate the Festival of Purim here in Jerusalem on the 13th of Adar, a holiday celebrated annually since the events in Persia in 473 BC described in the Book of Esther, we again hear the dark chorus of the many voices described above. Purim is a festive day of singing and dressing in costumes with our children and grandchildren, and eating and reading the Scroll of the Book of Esther. This we do again in the face of the constant threats of our destruction by those whose ceaseless hatred rolls out through the generations. We listen to the story of those whose intent is to annihilate the Jewish people, and we read of the miraculous deliverance wrought through the workings of a very few courageous souls under the eye of the Almighty.
In the face of this reality, we have all read of the assassination in Dubai of one of the world’s arch terrorists, carried out by a daring team whose identity is yet obscured, but who are now being pursued as criminals in an international dragnet by Interpol. Rather than lauding this as an act of heroism in ridding the world of an evil in the war on terrorism, a confused world is outraged by an “audacious murder”. If the world had heeded Winston Churchill in a timely fashion, and eliminated Hitler and his team early, the loss of more than 40 million lives could possibly have been avoided in WW2. But rather than doing so, he was termed a “warmonger”, and preferred instead was the delusion of Chamberlain’s pact with the Devil to produce “peace in our time”.
Our enemies have declared the assassination of the Palestinian terrorist to be the work of Israel’s Mossad, though without proof, thus further blowing on the coals of the hatred of Zion. Meanwhile,they are stockpiling their arrows and sharpening their swords in hope of venting their hatred, and a generation in the West also in the sites of the same enemies, raised up on the junk food of Relativism, simply does not know what to do about it, simply cannot make up their collective and foggy mind what is right and wrong. “Woe unto them who call evil good, and good evil, who substitute darkness for light, and light for darkness”, declares Isaiah the Prophet (5:20).
Israel, a tiny nation yet to enjoy the wonderful blessings of the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, who was sent first unto Israel (“the first shall be last”), but the only nation with the Biblical promise that they will yet indeed do so, is being blessed from the unseen Hand, and thriving in the midst of a seething sea of hatred and opposition. The Holy Land is simply blooming with goodness, while at the same time suffering from the results of sin and corruption, awaiting the Messiah. But we are assured that it is not for our sakes that this blessing is enjoyed, but for the divine promises made to our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and for the sake of YHVH- for His own name’s sake (Ezekiel 36; Romans 11:28-29, 9:1-5). On the other hand, nations like the USA have enjoyed the presence and prosperity of Messiah for some four Biblical generations, 400 years (Genesis 15:12-21), since the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620. It is only to be hoped that the most blessed of nations will understand what it has, and not allow to erode the very foundation upon which it stands.
It is our hope, as we live here before immense challenges and overwhelming odds, that you will stand with us in prayer and more, even as Moses did after Israel’s great sin of the Golden Calf when the L-rd would have destroyed this people but for Moses’ selfless intercession. In that prayer he boldly reminded G-d of His promises to the fathers, and of the reaction of the nations and peoples watching who would say that the God of Israel brought them out only to destroy them, saying, “Where is their God?” (Exodus 32:7-14; Psalms). I believe that it may be also said today, as I survey the world media, along with the long list of accusatory resolutions against Israel from that august body of the world’s nations, the UN, that the world is again watching the Holy Land, and waiting.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem- Psalm 122:6