Zechariah 12 in 2012?

Global March To Jerusalem Banner (source: http://www.gm2j.com)

Global March To Jerusalem (GMJ), the latest in a long list of anti-Israel publicity stunts, is scheduled for March 30, 2012 and a look at this movement leaves me wondering if this march will be bringing us one step closer to the fulfillment of Zechariah 12.

GMJ aims at having one million people march on Israel’s borders from the surrounding countries of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt, with the goal of reaching Jerusalem.  Simultaneously, demonstrations will be taking place at Israeli embassies in major cities around the world.  GMJ spokesman Zaher Berawi said “…the march would besiege Israel and its embassies over the world”

Zechariah 12:1-3
1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 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.

The organizers of GMJ are made up of members of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, far-left extremist groups and are backed by the Iranian government.  This should immediately raise warning flags.  And while official statements attempt to portray this movement as a peaceful protest aimed at highlighting the plight of Palestinian refugees (See: The GMJ, the 36th Land Day and IMAGINE Revolution!) and the so-called “Judaization of Jerusalem” (See: Global march to challenge the ‘Judaization’ of Jerusalem), former protests of this nature have always been anything but peaceful.  In 2011 two separate attempts were made to march on Israel’s borders, one on May 15 and another on June 5; both turned violent and resulted in dozens killed and hundreds injured. (See: IDF rebuffs ‘Naksa’ rioters trying to cross Syrian border)

So what exactly is Land Day, you ask?

Land Day 1976

What happened during Land Day in 1976?

March 30th is “Land Day”, commemorated by Palestinian and Israeli Arabs.  In 1976, the first Land Day was a protest over confiscation of Arab land for Jewish settlements in northern Israel.  Demonstrations, accompanied by a general strike of the Arab sector, erupted into violent clashes with police with six Arab fatalities.

What actually happened in 1976 has been distorted as the annual event has become an instrument of propaganda.  On March 11, 1976, the Israeli government published a plan to expropriate approximately 21,000 dunams (5,250 acres) of land in the Galilee.  Only 31 percent of the land in question, or less than one-third, was Arab-owned, some of which was to be used to expand the Arab village of Majar near Acre and to build public buildings in Arab towns.  This action by Israel was no different than the eminent domain process that is regularly used in the United States or other countries to acquire land for public projects.

Nevertheless, the most prominent political party in the Arab sector at the time, Rakah (The New Communist List), cynically decided to seize upon the decision and called a general strike for March 30.  Riots broke out the night before – in which soldiers and police were attacked with stones and firebombs – and continued the following day, resulting in the deaths of six Israeli Arabs.  Though the media portrays Land Day as a day when Israeli Arabs peacefully vented their frustrations, Land Day was in fact born in violence, the product of the machinations of a political party that proudly waved the dubious banner of Marxism-Leninism.

Since 1976 the date has become an annual event for Palestinians and Israeli Arabs who have turned Land Day into a general protest against what they claim are discriminatory practices by the Israeli government.  Land Day has often been marked by angry demonstrations and country-wide violence.  Land Day demonstrations are also the focus of open support for Hamas and Hizbullah, showing of flags from Syria and other Arab countries, and denunciations of the Israeli Prime Minister and the government’s policies toward the Palestinians. (Source: Palestine Facts)

Now as a sovereign nation, Israel has every right to defend its borders and control who enters therein and it is my belief that by choosing March 30th (Land Day) as the day for these protests to begin, the organizers are seeking violent confrontations with Israeli forces with the aim of igniting a Third Intifada.  With the bloody uprising in Syria, a Muslim Brotherhood dominated Egypt, the looming Iranian nuclear threat, a failed peace process, increased rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza, and now the Toulouse shootings in France, tensions are high and the situation is volatile; the smallest spark could ignite the blaze that leads to fulfillment of Zechariah 12 and subsequent other prophecies pertaining to these last days.

As Christians, we understand according to God’s Word that this assault on Jerusalem indicates Jesus’ return is drawing nearer with each passing day.  It is my prayer that each one of us use the remaining time we have left to draw closer to the Lord and make every day count for Him.

Until That Day…

Luke 21:19-28
19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

[All Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Bible]

4 thoughts on “Zechariah 12 in 2012?

  1. Well dear sister Coreen, I am looking for the Psalm 83 war to occur first, and these countries that take part in this war are not mentioned in the Ezekiel 38 and 39 war which takes place when Israel feels secure under the 7 year covenanted peace plan in Daniel 9:27 put into place by antichrist.

    The war you are describing is the Psalm 83 war which includes Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, the Gaza strip. It is these countries that are absent from the Ezekiel 38 and 39 war.

    You might want to ask yourself WHY does this conflict not escalate into a global conflict?
    Who enters the scene to stop this conflict from escalating into a global conflict?
    Could the antichrist be introduced to the world through ending this conflict?

    We know from scripture that the restrainer who withholds the antichrist from coming to power must be taken out of the way first, that restrainer being the Holy Spirit whom Paul said would seal us unto the day of redemption. 2Thess 2, Ephesians 1:13,14.

    As the Psalm 83 war comes into focus more as time progresses the anticipation of the church is that Christ is coming for his bride. Only after the bride is caught up will antichrist be revealed
    He is the missing piece of the puzzle that will be coming unto the world stage to set up the 7 year peace plan that will allow Israel to rebuild her temple. I also believe he, the antichrist, will be the person who stops this conflict from escalating.

    Jesus says in Mathew 24:15-20 that when you see the abomination of desolation stand in the Holy place and he refers back to the book of Daniel to underscore his point, then to run for it, for this will be the greater part of the tribulation period under which the Jews will suffer great persecution.

    When does the antichrist stand in the temple as the abomination that causes desolation, at the midpoint of the 7 year tribulation period, Daniel 9;27

    Want to know how really bad it is going to get for the Jews at the midpoint of the tribulation period then read Mathew 10. What will be the penalty for giving a Jew even a glass of water at that time will probably be the death penalty.

    Now, you should understand what the basis for the judgement of the nations that will take place in Mathew 25 when all Gentiles will be judged on to whether they go into the millennial reign of Christ. When you gave that cup of water to that Jew you were literally giving it to Jesus.

    And Jesus said, And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my bretheren, ye have done it unto me., Math 25:40

    • Well laid out Mark, and the players for this Psalm 83 war just happen to be the ones who are getting ready to breach Israel’s borders on March 30th! Are we about to see fulfillment of Psalm 83? We don’t have to wait long to find out! As we watch current events unfold, passages in Scripture are becoming clearer with each passing day. Be encouraged in the Lord my brother and keep looking up!

  2. I thought you might find this article interesting from the Rapture Ready website since your article relates to the end times and Israel,

    Mar 19, 2012

    Israel’s Christian Enemies

    My heart is grieved. Frankly, I would imagine my ideological enemies would smile about that, since I’m talking about the myriad attacks against Israel. I write again this week about American Christians’ efforts to marginalize both the Jewish state, and its supporters in the evangelical world.

    I am discovering more and more that the vast majority of even those who support Israel are not aware of much of this. Who knew the attacks would come from evangelical ranks?

    This week, I bring you news from three fronts (though each dovetail with each other, since anti-Israel evangelicals are superb networkers): The diabolical “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference in Israel; the Palestinian Authority’s clamping-down on religious freedom—you won’t hear Christian Palestinianists talk about this; and, more from the Leadership Network.

    We start with the Checkpoint goings-on. To refresh your memory, this is from a team of anti-Israel Christians (one wonders how much the PA is involved, behind the scenes) who have created a propaganda campaign against the Jewish state and her supporters.

    Fortunately for us, researcher extraordinaire Dexter Van Zile attended (check out his work at http://www.camera.org) and gives us first-hand accounts. First, from Christian Newswire (which apparently doesn’t discern the sinister nature of this gathering):

    “A major breakthrough in the evangelical world took place in Bethlehem through a gathering of over 600 international and local Christians, including renowned evangelical leaders. Organized by Bethlehem Bible College, the conference, under the banner ‘Christ at the Checkpoint,’ addressed the issue of how to find hope in the midst of conflict. The conference exceeded all expectations.”

    Major breakthrough? This kind of activity has been going on for some time, and I wonder if most supporters of Israel get it. Here is another telling paragraph from the Newswire story:

    “Conference organizers challenged the evangelical community to cease looking at the Middle East through the lens of ‘end times’ prophecy and instead rallied them to join in following Jesus in the prophetic pursuance of justice, peace and reconciliation.”

    Do you see? There is a major movement underfoot to jettison the teaching of Bible prophecy from the American Church; sadly, in my view, it is succeeding at a breathtaking pace. A major component of the Checkpoint crowd’s propaganda:

    “The Kingdom of God has Come.” Do you get it? This is a fundamental, ideological straw-breaker between us and them (and yes, it is “us and them”). These people believe at the core that their efforts have already brought the Kingdom of God to Earth. In their world, it isn’t necessary for Jesus to return to rescue a disintegrating planet. People can save themselves.

    Now, to Dexter Van Zile’s piece in The Algemeiner. He has reported that the PA’s Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, has shut down Bethlehem pastor Rev. Naim Khoury; Khoury’s son Steven had told Van Zile that the PA is severely restricting the church from operating; the Khourys are courageous Christians who do not tow the company line in that region when it comes to Israel.

    According to Van Zile:

    “The irony, Steven said, is that the PA’s announcement comes right after the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference. This conference, which took place from March 5 through March 9, 2012 was a gathering of approximately 600 Evangelical Protestants from across the globe (mostly from the United States) to discuss the theology of Christian Zionism, which some Evangelicals believe increases the prospect of violence in the Middle East and gives support to Israeli policies that they do not like.

    “During the opening night of the conference, Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad told the assembly that his government respected the rights of Christians. Palestinians celebrate religious holidays together, PA officials attend Christmas celebrations and even attend Midnight Mass for Christmas, Fayyad said.”

    Coincidence? Please. As usual, the “voices of tolerance” from the left, which is how I think the Checkpoint crowd would identify themselves if asked, bring out the fangs when it comes to pro Israel support. Their hypocrisy is mind-boggling.

    You can read the whole account at: http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/03/13/exclusive-baptist-church-in-bethlehem-declared-illegitimate-by-palestinian-authority/

    Now, it’s no accident that these efforts parallel those of Catalyst, the conference program spearheaded by the Leadership Network—begun by folks like Peter Drucker and Bob Buford, and advanced by Rick Warren and Bill Hybels.

    In a recent Catalyst newsletter, I spotted a talk by Todd Deatherage of the Telos Group; the Telos website describes the group thusly:

    “The Telos Group believes in the redemptive power of Jerusalem, despite the modern war being waged there by Israelis and Palestinians today. We believe, however, that the promise of Jerusalem as an exemplar of peaceful coexistence between the three great monotheistic religions will not be realized until the rights and viability of all of Jerusalem’s communities–Israeli and Palestinian, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim–are protected. We believe that the best way to protect the rights of all of Jerusalem’s communities is through a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a solution that is mindful and respectful of the faith communities’ needs and concerns.

    “Telos Jerusalem brings the world’s top Jerusalem experts together in an unprecedented initiative to monitor real-time facts on the ground and to analyze how those facts impact the potential political resolution of the Jerusalem question as well as religious interests in and around the Holy City. Telos Jerusalem guides Telos leadership pilgrimages on complete tours of the Holy City, including the Old City, the Holy Basin, and Greater Jerusalem–exploring all of the communities and the full geopolitical impact of the modern Israeli-Palestinian conflict on this ancient city. Telos Jerusalem will begin releasing later this year a monthly newsletter, urgent updates, and occasional case studies with maps, allowing people the world over to explore modern Jerusalem in all of its dimensions.”

    Deatherage’s talk at Catalyst revealed the fact that he works with such groups and people as Sami Awad and Lynne Hybels. His PowerPoint highlighted those who worked to produce the “Little Town of Bethlehem” film, now openly being used as a propaganda piece targeting unaware evangelical leaders.

    Interestingly, Deatherage began his talk with a photo of the famed garden café at Jerusalem’s American Colony Hotel. I’ve been there, and it is a meeting place between Palestinians and Western media and leftist religious groups. So we know right off the bat where Deatherage is coming from.

    Midway through his remarks, Deatherage said the following:

    “Eschatology matters, in so many areas of life. What we think about the end helps shape how live and act today. So if we believe that violence and war and bloodshed in the Middle East is predetermined and necessary and maybe even a good thing, then how responsible would we be to Jesus’s call that we be peacemakers? How authentically Christian is any theology that makes us more perpetuators of conflict than agents of reconciliation?”

    I think it’s obvious what is going on here. I spoke this week with a researcher who has studied the Leadership Network, and was told that the leaders of the group actively work to train younger leaders to let go of the “old time” teachings (my phrase) regarding eschatology. That means of course that anything relating to the Rapture, pro Israel support, and warnings of the tribulation coming are dismissed as the rantings of fringe thinkers and doom lunatics.

    Notice that Deatherage regurgitates the lie that Bible prophecy teachers and students are basically warmongers who hope a soon-coming bloodbath in the Middle East triggers Armageddon.

    As I’ve said before, I’ve never talked to or known a prophecy teachers who promotes that kind of agenda. Yet the straw-man has been constructed. And Deatherage’s allegation is still repulsive and false.

    Deatherage went on to call the Israeli security fence—THAT HAS SAVED JEWISH LIVES—a “gross injustice.”

    I will say here very clearly and directly: that statement is immoral.

    Jewish lives are meaningless to most of the world, so the irony is that so-called peace activists and those working for “reconciliation” ignore threats to Jews. It’s not in their vocabulary or, more accurately, their talking points.

    The Christ at the Checkpoint crowd is advancing its cause among young evangelicals in America. They are being helped by such as Mart Green’s EGM Films, the Leadership Network, and—drumroll—the PA.

    All of them are of like-mind when it comes to Israel and especially Israel’s Christian supporters. The hostility is disturbing.

    I urge readers to study groups like the Leadership Network, and its offshoots like Catalyst, along with the individuals who are being promoted/marketed through LN. Remember again that Warren and Hybels are big-time mentors, and this is trickling down (flooding, really) to guys like Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel. I’d dearly love to hear either of them really make a statement about Israel, eschatology, and the Palestinian conflict. Not likely to happen.

    Often, readers of Israel Watch ask me how they can make a difference. A few things come to mind:

    •Attend some of these conferences. Go to http://www.catalystspace.com. I know resources are tight, but think about attending the next Christ at the Checkpoint. Buttress this kind of attendance by also learning from the good guys. The Jerusalem Post is hosting an important conference in New York in April— http://www.jpost.com/LandedPages/NYCAbout.aspx. A conference like this will cost you about a grand; I think it’s well worth it. Once you’ve attended one of these, let others know what transpired. Be a reporter. Learn. Pass it on.

    •Most of you are pretty smart. You are savvy. Learn about these people and what their agendas are. For example, though it’s time-consuming (this is something a retired person might be able to do), you will find layer after layer of networks, and you will stumble onto important information. Study the Leadership Network and connect the dots.

    •Consider a trip to Israel. Israel’s enemies often have more resources than the rest of us, so what for us is a huge sacrifice is provided for them. But press on and prayerfully consider going. Let me know if this is an option for you. Aside from your airline ticket (which admittedly can be considerable, especially in warmer months…around $1,500 or more), one can see the country relatively cheaply. It can be done.

    And, don’t be intimidated. Just remember that the person you might dialogue with—someone on the opposite side of the fence—is coming at it from a different worldview, namely, they do not really believe in the authority of the Word of God. A person like this might say he does, but you’re smart enough to know whether that’s true or not. Study about the Middle East. Read Michael Oren’s book, Six Days of War. Read his other classic, Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East—1776 to the Present. Other books and articles. Armed with facts, confront the enemies of Israel…in a respectful way.

    We stand on the edge of history. Israel is being surrounded. The warriors who defend the Land of Israel will do their jobs. And the Lord of History will do His, and it will be complete.

    Those of us who love Zion—we who are not ashamed but rather lean our faces into the wind—will hold the line until the ultimate Cavalry show up: a single commander of unmatched majesty and power.

    Until then, let us not concede an inch to Israel’s many enemies.

    Especially those in the evangelical community. I decided a long time ago that an enemy of Israel is my enemy, as well.

    There are a lot of them in the Church.

    jim@prophecymatters.com

    • Those who are caught up in this movement either do not know, or have forgotten that the majority of the Bible is about Israel and God’s unconditional and irrevocable covenant with them and because of Israel’s blindness, Salvation has come to the whole world.

      Romans 11:25-32
      25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
      26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
      27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
      28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.
      29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
      30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
      31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
      32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

      The Jesus of the Bible is Jewish and those of us who receive Him by faith are now children of Abraham as well. If those in this movement are truly saved, they would understand that by condemning Israel, they are also condemning themselves!

      Galatians 3:7
      Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

      I too am grieved for “Christians” who are coming against Israel and those of us who love her, but I am not surprised by all of this.

      John 15:18-19
      18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
      19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

      A line is again being drawn in the sand on this issue. Corrie ten Boom, along with many other Christians put their lives on the line to save Jews during World War II. If Jesus calls the people of Israel His brethren, and He does, then they are ours as well!

      Matthew 25:40
      And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

      Stan Goodenough from Jerusalem Watchman has written a very good article on this topic.
      http://www.stangoodenough.com/?p=562

      Lord bless you Mark and thanks for sharing.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s