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”
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?
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…
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]