The Bible predicts a global drift toward world government with incredible accuracy. How did its writers know, 2,700 years ago, that many of the descendants of a tiny Mideast country would someday be corrupting and controlling the nations, maneuvering for world domination? (See 'Babylon the Great' is Israel)
In Ezekiel 38 and 39, the prophet records his vision of a “wicked,” “profane” Israel (Ezek. 39:23-26) someday “gathered from the nations” to Palestine, safely dwelling “at rest.” Jews “live securely, all of them living without walls and having no bars or gates,” and there is “no one to make them afraid.” (Ez. 38, 11, 12, and 39:26) Similarly, Revelation 17:18 says Babylon the Great (Israel) “reigns over the kings of the earth.” It portrays an awed world saying of Israel’s partner, the anti-Christ, “Who is able to wage war with him?” (Rev. 13:4) Ezekiel foresaw Israel not needing traditional military defense. This suggests that someday the Zionists will have successfully neutralized their enemies - very probably through nuclear blackmail.
Last week The Guardian described how Israel is boldly increasing its nuclear capability toward intercontinental “second strike” potential. This would enable the Jewish state to rain atomic destruction on the world via nuclear missiles, submarines, and aircraft, even if Israel is destroyed.
Israel threatens to attack Iran just for being suspected of developing a nuclear bomb. But Israel has up to 400 nuclear-tipped missiles. Each of them might possess a hundred times the destructive power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. With the help of Germany, Israel already deploys an increasing fleet of submarines capable of firing such nuclear warheads against any nation in the world.
Portrayed as the victim of terrorism, could Israel exert a disproportionate terror among the nations by threatening nuclear holocausts against any who came against her? Might Israel even suggest that, if overwhelmed, she is willing to destroy herself along with the whole world? Incredibly, such bullying is already used by Israel to deter nations, including Russia and the US, from opposing the Jewish state. It’s called the “Samson Option,” patterned after the Hebrew strong man who was willing to pull down the pillars of a Philistine temple filled with revelers, in order to destroy more of God’s enemies in death than in life.
These quotes confirm the Samson Option is alive in Israel today:
Originally a strategy of last resort retaliation - even if it means Israel’s annihilation - it has developed into being a nuclear bullying strategy to further Israel’s territorial goals through threats and blackmail. Israel has bullied not only Arab and Muslim nations, but the United States and Russia with its Samson Option threats. Mordechai Vanunu has alleged that Israel uses for purposes of blackmail its ability to "bombard any city all over the world, and not only those in Europe but also those in the United States."
…as Seymour Hersh documents in detail in his book The Samson Option, from 1973 these weapons have been used to discourage the Soviet Union - now Russia - from intervening militarily on behalf of Arab nations. Obviously an Israeli nuclear attack on Russia by the United States’ great ally Israel would result in Russia sending thousands of nuclear weapons towards the U.S. and the U.S. responding in kind.”
Not surprisingly, no nation state has attempted to attack Israel since 1973. A former Israeli official justified Israel’s threats. “You Americans screwed us” in not supporting Israel in its 1956 war with Egypt. “We can still remember the smell of Auschwitz and Treblinka. Next time we’ll take all of you with us.” General Moshe Dayan, a leading promoter of Israel’s nuclear program, has been quoted as saying “Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.” Amos Rubin, an economic adviser to former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, said "If left to its own Israel will have no choice but to fall back on a riskier defense which will endanger itself and the world at large…”
Then-Minister of Defense Ariel Sharon said things like "We are much more important than (Americans) think. We can take the middle east with us whenever we go" and "Arabs may have the oil, but we have the matches."
To dissuade the Soviet Union from interfering with its plans, Prime Minister Begin immediately “gave orders to target more Soviet cities” for potential nuclear attack. Its American spy Jonathan Pollard was caught stealing such nuclear targeting information from the U.S. military in 1985.
Former Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres has admitted that nuclear weapons are used by Israel for “compellent purposes” - i.e., forcing others to accept Israeli political demands…
Israeli Israel Shahak wrote in 1997: "Israel clearly prepares itself to seek overtly a hegemony over the entire Middle East...without hesitating to use for the purpose all means available, including nuclear ones.” Zeev Schiff opined in 1998 that "Off-the-cuff Israeli nuclear threats have become a problem." In 2003 David Hirst noted that “The threatening of wild, irrational violence, in response to political pressure, has been an Israeli impulse from the very earliest days” and called Israel a candidate for “the role of 'nuclear-crazy' state.” Noam Chomsky said of the Samson Option “the craziness of the state is not because the people are insane. Once you pick a policy of choosing expansion over security, that's what you end up getting stuck with.” Efraim Karsh calls the Samson Option the “rationality of pretended irrationality,” but warns that seeming too irrational could encourage other nations to attack Israel in their own defense.
Two Israel supporters are frequently quoted for their explicit support of the Samson Option. Martin Van Creveld, a professor of military history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has been quoted as saying: "Most European capitals are targets for our air force....We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under."
In 2002 the Los Angeles Times, published an opinion piece by Louisiana State University professor David Perlmutter in which he wrote: "What would serve the Jew-hating world better in repayment for thousands of years of massacres but a Nuclear Winter. Or invite all those tut-tutting European statesmen and peace activists to join us in the ovens? For the first time in history, a people facing extermination while the world either cackles or looks away--unlike the Armenians, Tibetans, World War II European Jews or Rwandans--have the power to destroy the world. The ultimate justice?"
Can Critics Restrain Israel?
Is it possible that increasing condemnation of Israel could restrain her nuclear blackmail? There is no doubt that escalating public disapproval may indeed slow Israel's expansionist agenda - as evidenced by Israel's removal of Jewish settlements from Gaza. Israel's seige of Gaza and Israel's flotilla attack, as nothing else, enflamed world opinion against her. The UNESCO vote last week was yet another blow for Israel as the majority voted for Palestinian membership.
Of course, if enough Christians stop supporting Israel and instead cry out for deliverance God is very capable of delaying the ascent of the Great Harlot.
Does political opposition really hold back Israel for long? Following the above setbacks, Israel defiantly builds more illegal settlements on Arab land, flouting world opinion and international law. She continues her nuclear proliferation. Kabbalistic, conspiratorial Jews have never depended upon popularity - they survive by shrewd, long-range thinking and deception. Even if Palestinians obtain full membership in the UN, Israel will not voluntarily return an acre of property to them. She will relentlessly continue her historic agenda of attempting to drive all Palestinians from Israel and the occupied territories. Even if Israel becomes the most hated, isolated, pariah state on the planet, it is clear Israel is intent on raw survival through the only means that really matters—nuclear threat and invincibility.
During the 20th century, Israel spectacularly fulfilled much of Ezekiel 38 and 39 by occupying the Holy Land in defiance of God's law - a counterfeit return. (See List of Conditional Occupation Verses) The next stages in the prophetic sequence are for Jewish-dominated world governance to begin and Israel to expel the Palestinians and impose effective, overwhelming power against all who might come against her. With Palestine under Jewish control, Israel may then dismantle the Dome of the Rock and build her new temple, as Christ prophesied (Matt. 24:15). Once that is finished and Jewish world government is a reality, the Zionists will appoint their “Messiah.” Such will almost be a formality since it is largely taken for granted in Judaism that the "Messiah" is the Jewish people, i.e. full realization of Jewish power. Daniel 7:8 suggests that several world administrations, or "messiahs" may precede arrival of the actual anti-Christ - the "little horn." "In a time of tranquility" (Daniel 9:21) "marriage" between Israel and her new husband “Gog,” the “wicked profane prince of Israel” (Ezek. 21:25) from Russia follows.
For nearly three and a half years, Israel and anti-Christ rule the nations as "the man of sin" "causes craft to prosper in his hand" (Dan. 8:25), and Jewish commerce floods the nations with affluence (Rev. 18:3). By this time the present love affair of Christian evangelicals toward Zionism will have turned into bitter disillusionment. The Sanhedrin will have now largely finished the persecution of Christians it began 2,000 years ago in the book of Acts and is “drunk with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus” (Rev. 17:6). The anti-Christ will "wear out" the saints (Daniel 7:21, 25, 8:24) Descendants of today’s Israel-first evangelicals will be crying to God for vengeance against Israel (Rev. 18:6).
Yet something happens to sour Israel’s marriage to Antichrist. Scripture implies Jewish leaders may inflict on him a “deadly wound” (Rev. 13:3). In imitation of Christ, the Antichrist rises from the dead. As Satan incarnate, he goes on rampage against those likely to have done him in, the Jews. His armies encircle and invade Jerusalem, killing most of its Jewish inhabitants. He proclaims himself God in the temple and desecrates it. This is the “Abomination of Desolation” predicted by Daniel. Along with the encirclement of Jerusalem, this act was foretold by Christ as the only definitive sign that His return is near (Mark 13.7, 14). A remnant of Jews are now exiled to the nations and endure “great tribulation.” Yet as they near extinction, Christ returns in glory. He judges the nations from the heavens with terrible plagues and vials of wrath, including horrific vengeance on the armies of the Beast in the battle of Armageddon. The repentant remnant Jews are now worthy to occupy Palestine and dwell there with Christ for 1,000 years.
So much for the “nuclear shield” which empowered the Great Harlot to proclaim “I sit as a queen, and… will never see mourning” (Rev. 18:7).
Ironically, it is probably treachery within the highest echelons of Judaism that spells the end of Israel’s world dominion. She is then destroyed by the rage of the nations who are even now increasingly angry with the Jewish state. The collapse of Zionism finally negates the nuclear shield in which Israel increasingly trusts. It will prove as powerless to protect her as France's Maginot Line or the Great Wall of China.
After millennia of trusting those who crucified Israel’s true Husband Jesus, a battered and disillusioned remnant of Jews will gladly trust the One whom all must trust to have peace of soul and salvation. He is the One King David described as the only “shield” worth hoping in—“…my rock, my stronghold and my deliverer; my shield and he in whom I take refuge.” (Ps. 144:1,2)
Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative
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