When I say defend them, I mean that based on Bible prophecy, God won't allow the nation of Israel to be destroyed. I have always felt like God used the circumstance in WW2 to bring about the restoration of Israel. I am not sure that 2/3 of the people of Israel will be killed during the tribulation. I have always taken it that 2/3 of the overall inhabitants of the earth will be killed. To me, Israel will be the safest place to be during that time. Of course, when it comes down to interpretation of prophecy, only God knows for sure. It is not like it is spelled out so clear we are unable to make mistakes.
Wow, you have a lot to swallow here so let me try:
I was listening to the Glen Beck radio show the other day, and he had John Hagee as a guest. John Hagee has a new book out "4 Blood Moons," and he went on to discuss how there will be 4 such events in the next 2 years, the first being on April 15 of this year, and the last one being on September 28 of 2015. He said that whenever this has occurred in the past, it coincided with a major even effecting the Jewish people. His belief is that this will likely signify Iran getting the nuke, and Israel attacking them. He believes this will lead to Russia moving against Israel to defend it's ally. Has anyone else ever heard of the connection between blood moons and the Jewish people, and do you find these claims to be credible?
Just looking at world events, I can see how this could occur, but that doesn't mean it will. I can't imagine Obama defending Israel against an attempted Russian invasion, and I am not sure what would happen if we did fight along side of Israel? If it were up to me, I would defend Israel regardless of the consequences, but I am not so sure with this administration. Of course, I know God would defend his people, even if nobody else comes to their assistance.
Anyway, this is all just speculation for now. I will be keeping an eye on world events to see if any of this bears out, but I am curious how others at WB feel about this kind of speculation on the part of evangelical ministers. I am also interested in anyone's knowledge about the historical significance of four consecutive blood moons and it's tie to Israel?
You said God will defend his people. Based on your context, I guess you mean Israel, right?
Just a few thoughts if I may- I believe scriptures seem to indicate in Zechariah that two-thirds of all the Jews in Israel will be killed during the great trib. And of course, there didn't seem to be a lot of protection during the Holocaust.
In light of this, why would you say God will defend them when it looks like he allowed in ww2 and will allow in the great trib a lot of Jews to be killed? I'm not trying to be difficult here, I really would like to see a perspective that perhaps I'm missing.
As for the blood moons, I haven't done the research, so I cannot make any definitive statement about that. I would have to see the historical data that supports that first.
Lastly, I've always thought Russia at some point will come down to bully Israel and God himself will save them and wipe Russia out in a miraculous way. I get this from Ezekiel 38-39. I wonder if I'm misapplying those chapters. I definitely don't think USA will stand by Israel. Oil may be more important than friendship.
Again, please don't take my initial questions wrong. I really would like feedback, especially if you think my thinking is misguided.
FYI, I believe Israel will be the most unsafe place to be in the GT. Jesus told them even to flee to the mountains of Petra in Jordan I believe.
Here is the two thirds passage if interested:
7“Awake, sword, against my shepherd,
against the man who is close to me!”
declares the Lord Almighty.
“Strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered,
and I will turn my hand against the little ones.
8In the whole land,” declares the Lord,
“two-thirds will be struck down and perish;
yet one-third will be left in it.
9This third I will put into the fire;
I will refine them like silver
and test them like gold.
They will call on my name
and I will answer them;
I will say, ‘They are my people,’
and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”
Again, sorry to get off task on your thread. I won't post again on this.