One of the more frequently asked questions we have been asked this week pertains to the just completed elections in Israel.
Does the outcome of this vote have any biblical implications, especially from the standpoint of End Times prophecy?
The bottom line?
It seems inevitable that Benjamin Netanyahu will form either a centrist, or right leaning governing coalition and become Israel’s new Prime Minister.
What is not clear is how our government will respond to this development.
US worried over prospect of right-wing gov’t
“There would be great unease” at the prospect of such a government, said one Capitol Hill source.
He predicted that a governing coalition of parties from the Right could embolden the left flank of the Democratic party and turn up pressure, particularly in the US Congress, to pass measures that made clear demands on Israel.
US officials are publicly taking a wait-and-see approach to the formation of a new Israeli government, but privately many have expressed concern that Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu might preside over a right-wing coalition.
Despite the Likud’s second-place finish to the centrist Kadima party, parties on the Right won more of the vote, which means Netanyahu might have an easier time forming a hawkish coalition but could try to work out a formula for a unity government, as could Kadima head Tzipi Livni.
The Capitol Hill source, who didn’t want to be identified speaking about another country’s internal politics, noted that Netanyahu had made a strong effort to reach out to the Obama administration and made the case to the US and the Israeli public that he could work with the White House.
It seems as though there are two courses of action Mr. Netanyahu will have to choose from.
He can engage in “negotiations” with the P.L.O..err..I mean Yasser Arafat’s Fatah Party..err..I mean the Palestinian Authority.
This would curry favor with Washington, but at the risk of alienating his supporting coalition.
Netanyahu has been quite blunt in pointing out that both Hamas and the so called “moderates” in Fatah have the same stated goal in their charters – the extermination of Israel.
It’s tough to find middle ground with those who either want you dead on the spot, or are willing to see you die incrementally over time.
Alternately, he could stick to his stated principles of holding on to the strategic Golan Heights and consolidating Jewish control over Jerusalem and risk the wrath of Washington.
If this second possibility happens, things could get interesting in a hurry from the perspective of biblical prophecy.
As we have mentioned before one of the most intriguing questions concerning the Last Days is the fact that the United States is conspicuous by its absence.
In Genesis 12, God made Abraham a powerful promise:
I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
When we consider the moral and spiritual state of the U.S. many wonder what has staved off God’s judgment.
Billy Graham was famously quoted as saying, “If God doesn’t judge America soon He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Could America’s fortunes have been the result of that blessing that God promised to Abraham?
And what will happen if we begin to pressure Israel to make dangerous concessions to her sworn enemies?
You do the math.
It will be interesting to see how the Israeli election dust settles.
It will be even more interesting to see how our nation responds.
And more interesting still to see how God deals with all involved.
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