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ZIONISM is God's Idea!
"And I will set bounds from the Red Sea even unto the sea of the Philistines (the Mediterranean Sea), and from the desert to the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land unto your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee. Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.  They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against Me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee. " (Exodus 23:31-33)
ISRAEL...the land mentioned in the above Scripture is not just any piece of real estate.  It is holy and set apart...its boundaries set by God Himself.  No other land on this earth has been so designated.  From its miraculous rebirth as a nation in 1948, we see the Hand of God turning the pages of time and Biblical prophecy at an ever increasing rate.  The crux of this on-going conflict is Israel's right to exist and to possess this land.  The very land that the God Whom we both love and serve has said in His Word that He has given to the JEWS!  EVERYTHING and ANYTHING that contradicts that Word is a lie from Satan...the Father of Lies...and must be rejected. 
In the world's view, buoyed by insidious anti-Israel and anti-Semitic voices not only within Arab nations but in other nations as well (and sadly even within some churches), the term "occupation" has become a dirty word and "Zionism" something to be condemned.  But it is clear from the Word of God that HE was the One Who told Abraham, Moses, and Joshua to "go in and possess the land." 
Zionism then is not an is our LORD'S INSTRUCTIONS!
Therefore, for those who champion the rights of the Palestinians to live here, that right can ONLY come if it falls in line with God's predetermined destination for it as a JEWISH homeland.  We know that God has made provision for the strangers who dwell in the midst and who 'desire to live in peace under Jewish rule' that they should be allowed to do so. But for all others who refuse to live in peace under Jewish rule there is no option and no place to be found for them in the land of Israel. We must be carefu,l that we do not compormise this basic fundamental Truth.  It must remain the litmus test as to those who would live in this land that bears the Name of the One True Living God. 
 Why Jerusalem Will REMAIN the capital of Israel and the Jewish Nation
The # 1 Reason: Jerusalem is ALREADY Spoken for!
We are blessed to serve the ONE True Living God.  The One Who is never surprised but Who knows the end from beginnings and Who forewarns us through His Word of events to come. He foretold of the end-time fight over Jerusalem and thus His commandment to us to "PRAY for the Peace of Jerusalem".  The Book of Zechariah is key to understanding the unique position that Jerusalem holds and WHY the battle surrounding her is so hot and furious. 
Zechariah 1 :14  declares  "So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of Hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy." 
Imagine that!  If we can rise up in jealousy to defend our beloved how much MORE will the LORD do so in His Jealousy over Jerusalem!  This is a fight other suitors ABSOLUTELY CANNOT win!
The LORD makes many other declarations concerning Israel in general and Jerusalem in particular that attest to His unwavering commitment to Love Her, Protect Her, Defend Her, Provide for Her and Save Her.   We will discuss each in detail in the upcoming weeks. All of these were recorded thousands of years before there was a United Nation, European Union, Palestinian Authority, Islam, Hamas or any other entity that wants to lay claim to Her.  And long after they have ceased to be, His Word will still ring true.  AMEN!
The following is an except from an important email I sent out on June 10, 2010 entitled:
ENOUGH with the Public Flogging of Israel!!!
Shalom Friends,
Trusting this email finds you well and rejoicing in the Goodness of our LORD.    You have no doubt been bombarded with media reports condemning Israel’s raid yesterday  (Tuesday, June 9th)on the Gaza-bound flotilla.  The main purpose of this flotilla was clearly not about delivering their meager 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid to Gazans.  (By the way, Israel transfers many times that amount into Gaza on a near daily basis!).  Rather, their primary purpose is to break the blockade. Remember that the blockade is a security measure imposed by both Israel and Egypt after the terrorist group Hamas violently and sadistically overthrew the PA and took control of Gaza.    Let there be no mistake about…this was just the latest in a whole list of very well orchestrated evil schemes hatched in the evil minds of Israel’s enemies meant to incite the world against Israel.  Fresh off of the Goldstone Report fiasco there is now yet another growing call for an “independent inquiry” into Israel’s actions on the ship.  It is so pathetic with arch terrorists Hamas and Ahmadinejad  leading the chorus. Why is it that there are no such calls made when Russia or the USA or any other nation uses military force to protect its interests?    Hamas’s leader was so bold as to declare on the day before the confrontation that “if the flotilla went through they had victory and if it did not go through they STILL had victory.”  WHY?  Because of the violent confrontation they had already planned to implement.  They had their people in place. They had come prepared for a showdown.  All that was needed was for Israeli soldiers to show up and the well-oiled propaganda machine would commence.  Sadly, yes, some died.  As the saying goes, “when you play with fire, you WILL get burned”.  But, EVEN this was part of the overall scheme.  Afterall, what’s a few sacrificed lives for the sake of demonizing Israel?
Speaking of sacrificed lives, just WHO were these “activists” who were killed?  The report said they were Turkish.  A few questions warrant asking. What were their names?  What were their occupations in Turkey?  What did they do for a living?  Are there images of them ALIVE aboard the ship?  When and HOW did they die?  Strange isn’t it that Turkey was instrumental in organizing this flotilla, it was Turks who were “killed” and it was Turkey who was the first voice to call for condemnation of Israel.  Something about this stinks!   It is clearly time Israel rethinks its friends.
Some media reports are using headlines like “massacre on the high seas in international waters.”   This case, as in countless times in the past, Israel’s enemies will be proven to be LIARS as videos exist clearly showing those so-called “activists” attacking Israeli soldiers as the soldiers  landed on the ship.  Still, it is sickening just how eagerly nations around the world line up to condemn Israel EVEN BEFORE facts are known.  It has become evident that the UN’s sole goal, and the only one which seems to warrant “emergency meetings of the Security Council” is to undermine the sovereignty of the State of Israel.  Just one more sign of the end-times foretold in Scripture and in which we now live.   As Israel finds herself increasingly isolated in the international arena it is not her struggle alone.  But we who are Believers in the One True Living God… the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…the Holy One of Israel, the Lion of Judah, the Messiah and our Soon and Coming King…it is our struggle as well.  It is time to say to the world “ENOUGH with the public flogging of Israel…our sister!”   ( I am reminded here of Simeon and Levi’s response in Genesis 34:31 to Jacob who feared reprisal from the people because of their actions, “Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot” )  We must come along side of Israel and lift up our voices in fervent prayer before God… and loud and clear in defense of her before the world.  I pray that the LORD will give each of us a platform from which to do so and anoint us with the Fire of Elijah in our bones.
(Click here   to watch a video of Israeli soldiers being attacked by these “activists” as they boarded the ship.  It is quit disturbing. )
Brenda Giles
        Director, Hugs for Israel
            Helping the Hurt to Heal for children victims of terror