The fate of Gaza.....
Gaza is an agony to Israel. What would YOU do if there was a city/statelet right next door to you ruled by people who hated you and whose purpose was to kill you? A city of 1.7 million people packed into a coastal strip 25 miles long and 6 miles wide. A city ruled by terrorists (Hamas) who follow a religion (Islam) which COMMANDS them to kill you and every single one of your people. A city that was packed with rockets. That is Gaza.
What would you do if they sent thousands of rockets into your territory and refused to stop? What would you do if they hid those rockets and rocket launchers in hospitals, schools, mosques, private houses? What would you do when you warned them and warned them to stop - and they only became more and more belligerent? What would you do if you warned individuals personally that you would bomb their specific building and urged them to leave and get to safety – but their Hamas leaders COMMANDED them to stay put! What would you DO?
Read here the fate of Gaza, which is in God’s holy book, the Bible.
The ultimate fate of Gaza is in the little book of Zephaniah. Zephaniah was one of the 12 ‘minor prophets’ in the Old Testament – minor only in that their books are shorter than the ‘major prophets’. But, as Dr McGee says, their books are so powerful that they are like atom bombs, small, but devastating. There is nothing ‘minor’ about them! Another teacher here in Britain has called those books ‘the twelve jewelled crown’ of the Old Testament.
Here is what Zephaniah says, chapter 2:4-7
‘For Gaza shall be forsaken, Ashkelon a desolation; they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron* shall be rooted up.
‘Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! The word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant. And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds and folds for flocks.
‘And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for the LORD their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.’
There we have it - the ultimate future of Gaza. It has a bad history and a bad present. The Great Tribulation is just around the corner, and Gaza's portion of that will be horrific, just like the rest of the world.
But, dear friends, a new day will dawn! We believe for many reasons that we are living in the season of the Lord's return. When the Lord Jesus comes back, to destroy His enemies and set up His kingdom on earth, Gaza will be part of that kingdom! War-torn Gaza will become made a peaceful pastureland. No squalid high rise blocks with rockets hidden in the cellar! Just quiet fields and lovely cottages for shepherds who will watch over their flocks. What a wonderful, beautiful future for such a violent, dreary place.
Gaza was always a problem to Israel. Goliath the giant was from Gaza. The Philistines lived in Gaza and were a constant threat to Israel. Now the Muslims hold Gaza. The book they follow, the Koran, teaches them to kill or oppress every single Jew. That is the command of their religion. Please look at just a few of their scriptures below.
Koran - Sura (chapter) 9 verse 123: You who believe, fight the disbelievers near you…’
Sura 9 verse120: ‘…take any step that angers the disbelievers, or cause any harm to an enemy; a good deed is recorded in their favour on account of it.’
Sura 9 verse 39: ‘If you do not go out and fight, God will punish you severely.’
Sura 9:29: ‘Fight the people of the Book (the Bible – Jews and Christians).
Their religion of Islam is based completely on the teachings of one man, Muhammed, an illiterate camel driver who lived in the desert in the 7th century. He hated Jews and Christians because they would not accept his new religion; they would not declare that Allah (the moon god) was God and that Muhammed was his prophet.
Anyone who would not knuckle under to the new religion was either beheaded or made a second class citizen (a dhimmi) with no rights and made to pay a heavy tax. In other words, become a muslim or be enslaved. This is happening in Syria and Sudan today.
Islam had slaves from the start, and still does today. Islamists murdered people from the start and still do today.
What would YOU do if you had a city ruled by this religion and this philosophy and that city was right on your doorstep?
The only real solution is THEIR conversion, not ours! THEY need the truth of the gospel, and we have heard that many, perhaps millions, of the world’s 2.2 billion Muslims (the CIA’s estimate) are being converted to Christianity. Muslims are seeing visions, having dreams, meeting angels, and being told that they need to trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior. They are being pointed to the Bible, not the Koran.
They are starting to follow Jesus, Prince of Peace – not Muhammed, man of war.
They are beginning to love, not hate.
That is the solution for Gaza– the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Of course if they change their muslim religion, the Koran commands that they be killed. And this the is the religion which our leaders say is a 'religion of peace' !
Prayer: Please, Lord, let the gospel roll like a river through Gaza; let repentance wash over them; cause those people to hear the truth and stop believing lies. Oh Lord God of Israel, holy Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, if any in Gaza have ears to hear, let them hear the gospel and repent. Give them courage not to kill, but to believe and affirm the truth.
Note: have a look at our 'Table of Truth: Islam versus the Bible' on the home page top left. Usual copyright, but please! Print out a copy for any family, friends, anyone you know of who will read and think, anyone who is searching for the truth, anyone willing to consider these important things. Email it to anyone who will listen. But dear Christian reader, don't throw these pearls before swine, as Jesus warned us, lest they turn on you. Pray before you witness. The Lord Jesus will give you discernment.
The truth about Islam and other false faiths and cults which deceive the world is in our book 'Cults and Isms: True or False?', available from our webshop. Alan also has a DVD on Cults and Isms. See also this story, one of many on our website about true Islam: http://thefreepressonline.co.uk/news/1/2636.htm
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