Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or seek help from the LORD their God.
This past week the nation of Israel was torn asunder by political divisions, chaos, turbulence, and fierce rivalry. It was shocking to see the pictures of violence exploding across our TV screens as literally hundreds of thousands of protesters crowded the streets and even blocked the entrances to the Knesset, intending to block the vote on Judiciary Reform. The "Holy Land" didn't look very holy. And then something even more alarming happened. Military (I.D.F.) reservists refused to report for duty. I saw pictures of some of them lying in the streets in protest.
As one who endeavors to keep a true watch over Israel, attempting to line up current events with ancient prophecies, this development was truly stunning! Suddenly it appeared as if Israel was more vulnerable to attack from all her enemies than she has been since becoming a nation in 1948. But it seems that the people of Israel today have a great memory lapse regarding those early wars. No sooner did they receive the great miracle of their re-birth as a nation than their enemies waged a great attack against them and they had no trained army to defend themselves. No horses and no chariots! But God intervened mightily - just as He did again in the 1967 war - and they won great and unexpected victories only through the power and strength of Adonai Tzav'ot, Captain of the Angel Armies, their Defender and Protector! It seems those on the Left in the Land have forgotten their God. They have been trusting in their "mighty men," the great Israel Defense Force. And suddenly the "mighty men" were refusing to report for duty, leaving the country in dire straits. By no coincidence, this all happened in the week of the time known as Tisha b'Av (the 9th of Av), when all the Jewish people fast and pray, to remember the MANY horrific losses and events of that day in history, including the destruction of both temples. This time is also known by the Jews as the "Dire Straits."
The LORD warns Israel what will happen when they turn from Him and depend on their own strength in Hosea 10:13-14:
But you have planted wickedness,
you have reaped evil,
you have eaten the fruit of deception.
Because you have depended on your own strength
and on your many warriors,
the roar of battle will rise against your people,
so that all your fortresses will be devastated--
And He also speaks through the prophet Amos regarding these hundreds of thousands who are protestsing and railing against JUST LAWS in their courts. It is breathtaking how accurately Amos prophesies from ancient times what is happening even in THIS WEEK:
Amos 5:7, 10-15
There are those who turn justice into bitterness
and cast righteousness to the ground.
There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court
and detest the one who tells the truth.
You levy a straw tax on the poor
and impose a tax on their grain.
Therefore, though you have built stone mansions,
you will not live in them;
though you have planted lush vineyards,
you will not drink their wine.
For I know how many are your offenses
and how great your sins.
There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes
and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.
Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times, for the times are evil.
Seek good, not evil, that you may live.
Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you,
just as you say he is.
Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts.
Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy
on the remnant of Joseph.
Israel is a divided nation, and Scripture tells us that a nation divided against itself cannot stand. It breaks my heart that there are so many who have no desire at all to be reconnected to their Jewish heritage and to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Yet we in America dare not point fingers. Are we not always a "mirror" of Israel? Indeed, the entire passages from Amos, Hosea and Isaiah above all accurately describe the very same situation here. Our prayer for both nations must be a prayer calling the people to repentance. The Hebrew word is teshuva; and it literally means to "turn and go 180 degrees the other direction." Then and only then perhaps the Lord God Almighty might have mercy on the remnant of Joseph and on those grafted into His family.
Kelly Ferrari Mills