Barack Hussein Obama and the Controversy of Zion

On March 20th, 2013 Barack Obama visited the nation of Israel for the first time in his five years as President of the United States. Despite his frosty relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his refusal to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Mr. Obama voiced continued American support for Israel. He told Israeli leaders that America is Israel’s “strongest ally and greatest friend.” This has certainly been the case historically, but can Israel and America trust President Obama to stand by those words when it really counts? Sadly, the answer is probably not.

This conclusion is based on his history as one who is, at the very least, sympathetic to Islamic nations who are enemies of Israel. As a recent example, Mr. Obama successfully pressured Mr. Netanyahu to make an apology to the Turkish Prime Minister for the deaths of nine Muslim terrorists who violently attacked Israeli soldiers as they boarded the Mavi Maramara flotilla in May of 2010. These same terrorists were captured on video just hours before, chanting vicious slogans calling for the extermination of all Jews. These are the people that Mr. Obama felt obliged to advocate for when calling for an Israeli apology. An entire article could be written documenting Obama support for Islamic nations while snubbing Israeli leaders.

Mr. Obama would do well to study what the Bible has to say regarding personal and corporate relationship with Israel. The fact is, one cannot support and agree with both Israel and her enemies. A choice is required, because the enemies of Israel are not interested in anything except the annihilation of all Jews and a complete takeover of the land, especially Jerusalem.  It is difficult to believe that an American president could be ignorant of this reality. As our president, Mr. Obama would serve America’s best interests by taking to heart what often happens when US leaders pressure Israel to divide their land. Later in this article I will document some of these historical events.

The subject of Israel and their covenant right to the land is perhaps the most controversial political and religious topic of the postmodern world. It offends nearly every strata of society: Jews, Gentiles, the majority of the Church, and Muslims. This subject is far too important, and the treatment of it in scripture much too expansive, to adequately cover it in this short article. But the premise is simple to articulate, and it can be stated thusly: God has made an eternal Covenant with the Jewish people; they are His Chosen People and He has given them a large and clearly defined area of land in the Middle East where they will live forever under the leadership of Jesus the Messiah as He rules from Jerusalem. It is important to note that this Covenant is based on God’s sovereign election, not on the goodness or merit of the Jewish people (see Rom. 9:11 below.)

Gen. 15:18 In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto your seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.

Gen. 17: 7-8 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your seed after you in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to your seed after you.  And I will give unto you and to your seed after you, the land wherein you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

Rom. 9:11 …for the children being not yet born, neither having done anything good or bad, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calls…

Although the ability to receive God’s blessings and to remain in the land was in fact contingent on Israel’s obedience, the covenant is eternal and irrevocable. And while Israel has been driven from the land several times for their disobedience, the scriptures state that in the last days God will bring them back into the land He promised to them. Furthermore, the bible tells us that one third of the Jewish Nation will recognize Jesus as Messiah as He enters Jerusalem in the final war at the end of this age. These truths are reiterated from Genesis to Revelation, and as stated above they are offensive to nearly everyone.

  • They offend Israel because only by Jesus will the nation be saved, both spiritually and politically. The bible predicts another Holocaust at the end of this age that will see the slaughter of two thirds of all Jews. (Zech. 13:8-9) This message is so offensive to Jews that they killed Zechariah for delivering it. (Matt. 23:35)
  • They offend Muslims, who consider the land and especially the city of Jerusalem to belong to them.
  • They offend the majority of Christians because most believe that the Church has replaced Israel, the testimony of scripture notwithstanding. The postmodern Church knows little about the vast importance of a Jerusalem-centered eschatology (end time study.)
  • They offend the Gentile world because of demonic antisemitism and a false justice mentality that is not rooted in the Divine world view.

The Controversy of Zion (see Isaiah 34:8) boils down to one fundamental question that all of these groups and every individual must eventually answer: Will we acknowledge God’s sovereign right to do as He chooses? He chose Israel according to divine election and He gave them the land and the city of Jerusalem. In fact, the prophetic scriptures are replete with references to the glorious reality that Jesus will rule all the nations of the earth from his throne in Jerusalem. It is the City of the great King. God has chosen to test all the nations and peoples of the earth in these last days through the controversy of Israel in the land. Before the end of this age, every city, nation, and person will have to decide where they stand on this controversy. It will be the defining sociopolitical issue in the earth, and like pre-Nazi Germany, everyone will have to choose whether to support the Jews or participate in their persecution. This time it will be on a global scale. The seeds of this crisis are now beginning to sprout and are clearly visible.

The Church needs to have a theological reformation regarding God’s plan for Jerusalem and for His Jewish people. Romans 9-11 make it clear that replacement theology and other doctrines that undermine the importance of Israel are not from the Lord. God is requiring the Church to stand with Israel during the nation’s darkest hour known as the “time of Jacob’s trouble.” (Jer. 30:7) An important theme of prophecy is how the Lord will deal with nations based on how they have treated Israel, both in a historical context and in this final global showdown. Jesus’ parable of the sheep and the goats relates to how he will judge nations based on how they treat the Jews during this time of great tribulation. (Matt. 25:31-45) Of particular focus is judgment upon the nations regarding the dividing of the land.

Joel 3:1-3 For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; And they have divided up My land.

Consider this famous messianic prophecy from Zechariah, set in the last days at the time of Jesus’ return to Jerusalem to rescue Israel:

Zechariah 12: 1-3, 9 The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, says the Lord, which stretches forth the heavens, and lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him. 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. 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. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Although there are literally dozens of scriptures relating to all that has been written so far, let us remember this promise:

Genesis 12: 1-3 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get you out of your country, and from your family, and from your father’s house, unto a land that I will show you: And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Did you know that there is a consistent pattern of personal and national disasters associated with the pressuring of Israel to divide their land by US presidents and other leaders?

  • October 30,1991: As President George H. W. Bush opened the Madrid (Spain) Conference to consider “land for peace” in Israel’s Middle East role, the “perfect storm” develops in the North Atlantic, creating the largest waves ever recorded in that region. The storm travels 1000 miles from “east to west” instead of the normal “west to east” pattern and crashes into the New England Coast. Thirty-five foot waves crash into the Kennebunkport home of President Bush.
  • August 23, 1992: When the Madrid Conference moves to Washington DC and the peace talks resume, Hurricane Andrew, the worst natural disaster ever to hit America, comes ashore and produces an estimated $30 billion in damage and leaving 180,000 homeless in Florida.
  • January 16, 1994: President Bill Clinton meets with Syria’s President Hafez el-Assad in Geneva. They talk about a peace agreement with Israel that includes giving up the Golan Heights. Within 24 hours, a powerful 6.9 earthquake rocks Southern California. This quake, centered in Northridge, becomes the second most destructive natural disaster to hit the United States, behind Hurricane Andrew.
  • In April 2005 President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met in Crawford, Texas where Bush praised Sharon for his “strong visionary leadership” in initiating the Gaza withdrawal, known as the disengagement plan. “I strongly support his courageous initiative to disengage from Gaza and part of the West Bank,” Bush said, referring to the withdrawal of more than 8,000 Jewish settlers from Gaza and four isolated West Bank settlements. Exactly one week after Sharon completed the forcible eviction of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip, hurricane Katrina struck the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama with a destructive and catastrophic force. This disaster effectively ended the Bush presidency.
  • On May 19, 2011 President Obama called for Israel to return to the pre-1967 war borders. It was during the 1967 war that Israel re-captured the old city of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. On May 22, 2011 a tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri.

There are many more such events associated with the US pressuring Israel to divide the land, or meeting with Palestinian leaders to negotiate “land for peace” deals. For example, there are numerous dates involving Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat meeting with President Bill Clinton to discuss a Palestinian State with Jerusalem as the capital, that coincide with stock market plunges, multiple tornadoes, and the breaking of scandals in the Clinton White House including the Monica Lewinski and impeachment scandals.

Despite his positive remarks in Israel, President Obama has given every indication that he intends to pursue an agenda in the Middle East that is based on dividing the covenant land and that is sympathetic to the enemies of Israel. It would seem likely that America is continuing on a path of great peril. A number of credible prophetic leaders in our nation have had dreams involving a massive earthquake along the New Madrid Fault that runs through St. Louis, MO and follows the Mississippi River to the gulf. There were three huge quakes along this fault in 1811, the most powerful earthquakes ever experienced in modern North America. Prophetic voices are warning us that if we contribute to dividing God’s covenant land, He will divide our land. Those experiencing these dreams describe in graphic detail the destruction that they see, with massive changes to the geography of the US heartland.

The praying Church (is there another kind?) must cry out to God for mercy, and plead with Him to turn the hearts of our president, secretary of state, and other leaders regarding their stand on Israel and the Covenant right of the Jews to the land and to the city of Jerusalem. Many Church leaders feel as though prayer is the only thing holding back increasing judgment from God against America for her sin and for helping to divide His Holy City. Let us pray that Mr. Obama has counselors who will warn him of the personal and national consequences of coming against Israel by refusing to affirm their divine covenant. And may God have mercy on him should he confirm this covenant and then later go back on his word!

Jesus warned us to watch and pray. There is no more crucial situation in our world today than that of our stand with Israel. The Church would be well-advised to pray for the peace of Israel and to keep a careful watch on what our leaders say and do about the apple of God’s eye. The controversy of Zion will touch every person and nation in the months and years to come. Those who choose to ignore what God says about His chosen people and their covenant land will learn too late that, “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

For a thorough study of many of the issues discussed in this article, please see The Controversy of Zion, by Dalton Thomas. (New Zealand: Maskilim Publishing, 2011)