The Peace Lie
The Prophet Hosea wrote about Judah’s wound, referring to the Jewish nation in the Middle East. The modern nations of Israel—America and Britain—are also implicated by Hosea’s prophecy.
Notice the seriousness of these nations’ condition in the end time: “Therefore will I be unto Ephraim [Britain] as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness” (Hosea 5:12).
Think of a severely moth-eaten garment. It may look fine on the outside, but if moths have gnawed away at it on the inside, it almost falls apart when you pick it up! God says He has afflicted Britain with such a plague today!
Meanwhile, Judah is rotten to the bone, as the word “rottenness” means here. This tiny nation is like a terminal-cancer patient expected to die at any time—unless God intervenes, and He will.
“When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound” (verse 13). As bad as Judah’s wound is, Ephraim’s sickness is even worse! That’s why it is mentioned first. Manasseh, or America, isn’t mentioned at all because it is more sick than Ephraim and has already faded from international relevance by this time. No man can heal these nations. Only God can.
“The Assyrian” here is Germany. (Request our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy for proof of the identities of the titular nations, as well as Judah and Germany.) King Jareb is the Assyrian leader. “Jareb” means “warlike monarch,” or “King Contentious,” as the Soncino Commentary translates it. This leader is more dangerous than Adolf Hitler. If you study history, you know that the German people routinely follow the lead of some truly frightening men. They are a great people, but they have not repented of their warlike ways.
“All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border: the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him” (Obadiah 7).
This verse pictures a particular people coming “to the border” of a national neighbor to engage in diplomatic talks for peace. These talks are a fraud, a scam, a snare, a trap, an outright lie, and, most of all, a wound! Judah’s wound is a fruitless land-for-peace deal with its mortal foe, and it all officially started with the Oslo Accords in 1993.
Really, Jewish capitulation began way back in 1973. During the famous Six-Day War from June 5-10, 1967, Judah executed a preemptive strike on Egyptian forces camped out and preparing for attack in the Sinai Peninsula. In just three hours, the Jews annihilated 300 of their fighter jets. This led to absolute Jewish victory over Egypt, Jordan and Syria, which also received support from Algeria, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (plo). Judah essentially crushed the anti-Semitic hopes of 11 nations and one farcical government entity.
But after 1973, following an unsuccessful attempt by the Arabs to conquer Judah once again, United States President Jimmy Carter pressured the Jews to give Sinai back to the Arabs. Throughout history, anytime a nation wins territory in war as Judah had done in 1967, that nation gets to keep that land. Yet our naive and historically ignorant leaders pressure Judah to return much of its own land to the enemy—something no other nation has ever been expected to do!
Relinquishing command of Sinai was a particularly significant moment in Jewish history. This region contains Mount Sinai, where God gave the Ten Commandments to the 12 tribes of Israel and made them His special nation. This is fabulous history that our nations have sadly forgotten.
In 2005, Judah evacuated 9,000 Jews from the Gaza Strip and turned the territory over to Palestinian control. The enemy has used that land as a launching pad for rockets aimed at Judah ever since. Gaza is now a proxy of Iran, the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world. The West Bank Palestinians have also joined forces with the terrorists in Gaza. So much for a peace pact.
Thanks to a foolhardy campaign promise by newly elected Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, the Israel Defense Forces withdrew from South Lebanon in 2000 after 15 years of warfare with the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization. Of course, Hezbollah immediately seized control of the area, and now Iran has Judah virtually surrounded.
Iran is no friend of Judah. It is controlled by ayatollahs, the Islamist extremist spiritual leaders of the country. Seemingly every week, these madmen lead huge crowds in chants of “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” They have branded America “the great Satan” and Judah “the little Satan.” Their immediate goal is to wipe the Jewish nation in the Middle East off the map.
America and Britain offer huge financial aid to Judah. Since America began defense support of Judah in 1962, it has given more money to Judah than any country—amounting to $100 billion total or about $2 billion per year. And that’s just for defense purposes.
Bolstering a brother is indeed a worthy cause, but American and British generosity comes with a great deal of pressure. The U.S. and Britain have basically forced Judah to give up land every time they have given support. This shows the grand delusion clouding the minds of nearly all Western leaders today: that all problems can be solved through negotiation.
There is no judgment or wisdom in sitting across the negotiating table from avowed enemies—whether Iran, the plo, Hamas or Fatah. These Islamic radicals believe the only way their messiah will return to Earth is if they slaughter as many people as possible! They are also convinced that America, Britain and Judah are Satan’s proxies and must be crushed from existence.
No amount of land or pleasant platitudes will change the minds of these evil men. Our people need to wake up and recognize this truth!
A Crippled Will
Shmuel Schnitzer wrote in Maariv on Sept. 14, 1994: “Suddenly we are gripped by a will to withdraw. … We are a generation that is betraying its forefathers, their faith and their sacrifice. We are now engaged in tearing out the heart of the land from ourselves, undercutting everything which we nurtured. An entirely new Jewish people is being created before our very eyes.”
The Jews no longer have the will to fight, but the will to withdraw. America, Britain and Judah are vastly different from their former triumphant selves. Why? God tells us throughout the Bible that it’s because of sin.
“The Bible is no longer our calling card; it’s a mere historical curiosity,” Schnitzer continued. Twenty-one years later, the Bible isn’t just a curiosity anymore; it’s an object of scorn!
On June 28, 2006, then-Sen. Barack Obama gave a speech in which he mocked the Bible. “Which passages of Scripture should guide our public policy?” he asked. “Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith. Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount, a passage that is so radical that it’s doubtful our own defense department would survive its application? Folks haven’t been reading the Bible.”
This man is now leading the United States of America! The Founding Fathers would be ashamed.
Reliance on self, rejection of the Bible, and sin have led to our peoples’ pathetic loss of will. “And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass” (Leviticus 26:19). God Himself has robbed America, Britain and Judah of the will to use their astounding power.
Judah is by far the most powerful nation in the Middle East. It possesses nuclear weapons, but it won’t confront the terrorists because of the peace process. The other side doesn’t want a solution—they want war. Winston Churchill said war is the only real way to solve anything with carnal men. Our nations can either rely on God or crush the enemy, but they refuse to take either action!
Sound the Alarm
“Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at Bethaven, after thee, O Benjamin. Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be” (Hosea 5:8-9). Who is declaring to the nations God’s own words about the peace process?
“For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah” (verse 14). God will tear these nations apart as a lion ravages its prey! He is a God of mercy, but people don’t realize that He also punishes severely when necessary.
“I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early” (verse 15). Through indescribable suffering, God will force the nations to see their wrongdoing. Then, the Messiah will return to this Earth to solve all our problems.
“For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 8:11). Our leaders always try to negotiate peace, but it only causes gaping wounds! We need God’s judgment and wisdom.
Judah’s capital, Jerusalem, is filled with violence today because of the peace process. But God shows us throughout the Bible that Jerusalem will soon be the capital of the entire universe! This is the wonderful conclusion to Judah’s wound.