About Jesus Steve Sweetman
the book of Judges we see that God appointed Gideon to help bring a
measure of revival, restoration, and blessing to Israel, a nation suffering through a period of economic, social, and military
upheaval. In Judges 6:12 the
angel of the Lord spoke to a reluctant Gideon by saying, "the Lord
is with you". These
words were meant to encourage Gideon to lead Israel
into better times, but they didn't.
Gideon seemed a bit confused.
In Judges 6:13 he answered the Lord.
"If the Lord is with us, why is all this happening to us'?
Gideon couldn't figure out why the Lord would allow one disaster
after another to come upon His people if He indeed was with them.
we look back in history, we know why Israel
was experiencing those disasters. Not
so with Gideon. He lived in
an era of Israeli history when Israelis were so far removed from the
knowledge of God and His ways that
his question made perfect sense to him.
Gideon didn't know that
haven't changed since Gideon's day.
People are still asking the same question.
After 911, especially in America, people were asking, "if there is a God watching over us, why did
He allow 911"? I
ask, "did America
do evil in the eyes of the Lord prior to 911 that would have prompted a
Judges 6:1 response by God"?
are two issues to consider at this point.
The first is the Abrahamic Covenant.
God decreed that whoever blessed
September 13, 1993, in Washington D. C., U. S. President Bill Clinton
hosted the signing of the Oslo Accords.
President Clinton stood alongside PLO chairman Yasser Arafat and
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to witness the signing.
I, along with much of the world watched this historic ceremony on
TV, and, I'm convinced the Almighty watched from His vantage point.
The intent of the accords was to divide Israel in exchange for peace.
It has been called "land for peace".
would forfeit certain territories
in exchange for peace with
host to the signing ceremony, and as a prime backer of the accords, Bill
Clinton stood in agreement to divide God's land.
As in the days of Gideon, President Clinton and those standing
with him were so far removed from the knowledge of God and His ways
that they had no clue what they were doing.
President Clinton led others in robbing God, dividing up His
land, and attempting to nullify another historic treaty which we call
the Abrahamic Covenant.
witnessing the signing of the Oslo Accords also knew nothing of what the
Israeli prophet Joel prophesied centuries earlier, and that includes
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Joel 3:1-3 states that "in those days and at that time, when
I restore the fortunes of
have been scattering Israelis and dividing their land for centuries.
That's nothing knew. However,
what is knew is this. According to the prophet Joel, when the Lord begins
to "restore the fortunes of Israel", as He is now doing, the nations of the world will attempt to
"scatter Israelis and divide their land", as they are doing
Well, for the first time in more than 2700 years, God is now in
the process of "restoring the fortunes of Israel". And,
as Amos 9:15 states,
when this happens, Israel
will never lose her land again despite these attempts to take it from
her. The process of
"restoring the fortunes of
judge for yourself. As host
and main supporter to the Oslo Accords that was signed on September 13,
in the case of