|The following are portions of an email I received from Pastor Amir Tsarfati. Amir is a Biblical Christian from Israel who is a bestselling author, Bible teacher, conference speaker, and Founder of Behold Israel.
The Bible predicts, “in the last days perilous times shall come” 2 Timothy 3:31 and what Amir is describing, along with what we see every day, fits well within Paul’s description. I urge you to pray for discernment and salvation. It is, without doubt, that we are in the last days now.
“Shalom from Israel! Sunday night was like no other night I’ve experienced in my life. I was in Tel Aviv to record the audiobook for my upcoming release, Has the Tribulation Begun? From my hotel room, I had a bird’s eye view of tens of thousands of Israelis chanting, waving flags, blocking roads, and causing all sorts of mayhem. My heart broke as I witnessed firsthand the division that has laid siege to my country. Friend against friend, neighbor against neighbor, family member against family member.
This is a seminal moment in the history of my nation, Israel. As such, I have decided to make this week’s newsletter a Special Edition focusing on the current crisis. Along with reading what is written below, I would also encourage you to watch my Breaking News Update from Sunday night and my Special Middle East Update: Chaos in Israel from Monday.They both go into far more detail than I am able to provide here. When you have finished reading this special edition newsletter, please forward it on to others you know who have a love for the nation of Israel.
History of the CrisisThis situation in which Israel finds itself is not an overnight development. Despite it seeming as if the nation’s struggles have only come over the past couple of years, the foundations of this divide have been laid over the previous three-and-a half decades. It was at that time that the Israeli judicial system began to go through a revolution. The Supreme Court took more and more powers to themselves to the point that they began making various laws and overturning others.
The justification for this judicial overreach was found in the “reasonableness doctrine”. When a case or law is brought before the Supreme Court, they are allowed to ascertain whether or not it could be considered “reasonable” by their own arbitrary standards. This is a lot of leeway, particularly for a liberal, activist court, such as the one that exists in Israel today. The result, according to one pundit I respect, has been that our nation is now ruled by a judicial oligarchy. But if this has been building up for 35 years, why has it suddenly blown up now? It is because Benjamin Netanyahu ran his latest campaign on a platform of judicial reform, and the majority of Israelis voted him back in. Once in office, he sought to fulfill his pledge. The reform bill that he put forth seeks to correct five very obvious problems:
As the judicial reform began the process of working its way through the Knesset, the Left, funded by billionaires both domestic and foreign, unleashed their well-organized and well-funded resistance troops. The media began a campaign of disinformation that insisted that passing judicial reform meant an end to democracy and an end to Israel. People began buying into it. And it wasn’t just the masses. It was business leaders and people of influence. Generals began saying that they would not support the legislation. Military reservists said that if the reforms passed, they would not obey a call-up in case of national emergency. These included officers and air force pilots. The nation was beginning to erode from within.
RamificationsWhere does this leave us in Israel? As a nation, we are damaged, possibly irreparably. Internally, we are weakened. The identity that once united us together no longer exists. This is intentional, as the liberal agenda pushes its strategy of globalism and ethnic diversity. They don’t want a Jewish state; they want Europe along the Eastern Mediterranean coast.
We are also weakened economically. This too is according to plan. A weakened economy will damage Netanyahu’s government, and when it comes to the Left the ends always justify the means.
Finally, we are weakened militarily. The homogenous mindset of the Israeli armed forces is now fractured and its purpose has been politicized. Once the generals and officers said they were willing to put their political agenda over national security, a line was crossed that cannot be uncrossed. And our many enemies have seen it.
That leads us to the external ramifications, which are possibly the more dangerous of the two. Every Middle Eastern nation was excitedly covering the protests. They have seen that we are fractured, and it fills them with glee. Iran is now faced with a difficult decision. Do they finally reveal their nuclear program and attack while we are weak? Or do they hold back and simply let us destroy ourselves?
Russia, too, sees our debilitated state. Their influence continues to grow in Syria through their blossoming relationship with Iran. Will this be the time that they finally decide to eliminate their primary competitor for the European natural gas market?
This is not something that Israel can just bounce back from. Now that Netanyahu has paused the judicial reform, both the Left and the Right are angry. As much as I want him to remain in power, I am afraid that the days of his administration are numbered. And I fear for the government that a pendulum swing away from his conservative agenda might bring.
Spiritual PerspectiveAs I watched the protesters outside my hotel window in Tel Aviv, I couldn’t help but think how ready these people were for the coming of the Antichrist. The spirit of delusion is so powerful in this nation. Mentally and spiritually, they are ready for someone to come in promising them peace, telling them that he’ll bring them into the European Union, and assuring them that they are going to be just like every other nation in the world. They’ve forgotten that, historically, every other time Israel has desired to be like all the other nations, it has ended very poorly for us. In Ezekiel 36-37, God promised that He would physically restore the land and the people. However, Israel is not spiritually restored yet, as this last week has so clearly proven. According to Zechariah 13:8-9, two-thirds of the population of my beloved nation will not survive the years ahead. However, to those who do, He promises, “I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘this is My people’; and each one will say, ‘The LORD is my God.’”
So, there is a blessed hope for Israel. Not one based on government or a prime minister or our military or America or Europe. It is a hope that is grounded in the love, grace, and mercy of the one true God and the promises He has given His people in His Word. So, while I mourn what my country has become, I rejoice in what I know it one day shall be.
PrayerPray for God’s glory to be shown. The words so often repeated to the prophet Ezekiel ring loudly in my ears – “Then they will know that I am the LORD.” That is my greatest desire in the midst of this mess. Pray that Israel’s enemies will not be able to take advantage of our weakness. In the last few months, 150 terror attacks against Israel have been thwarted. Sadly, 15 did succeed. Ask the Lord to keep His protective hand on His people. Pray for peace for Jerusalem and throughout the nation. So often in the past, this prayer has been directed at our external enemies. Now, we must pray for protection from the enemies of righteousness amongst our own people. Pray for wisdom for Prime Minister Netanyahu, his cabinet, and his coalition. These are some uncharted waters they are sailing. They will need the wisdom of Solomon to be able to discern what is the correct path in which to proceed.
Thank you again for your support of the ministry of Behold Israel and your faithful prayers for us and, more importantly, the nation of Israel. We know that God is in control and that He will work out His plan. But, still, we continue to lift the State of Israel before our Lord asking for His grace, mercy, and love to pour out onto His people as we anxiously anticipate the day of their redemption.
Awaiting His Return,