Donald and Goliath

imagesIs there a hidden ingredient behind the momentum of US President-elect Donald J. Trump? Could it be a divine hand has chosen him?

For eight years the Obama administration has been at least aloof towards Israel. The relationship between President Obama and Israeli PM Netanyahu has been mean and bitter.

Obama supporters like to point to the $38 billion military aid deal US granted Israel last year. It was the largest deal of its kind in American history but it also gave a huge subsidy to the weapons industry in the USA.

Recent action taken by the US Obama administration at the UN against Israel, rocked the world and sparks our Donald Trump thoughts.

“I think Obama will join Jimmy Carter as somebody who will always stand against Israel, but who will be tossed into the dustbin of history when it comes to the Middle East, and this will harm his legacy tremendously,” said esteemed legal scholar Professor Alan Dershowitz.

 Brutus.

“Today’s passage of an ill-conceived resolution on Israeli settlements marks another shameful chapter in the bizarre anti-Israel history of the United Nations,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in a statement. “The abstention of the United States has made us complicit in this outrageous attack, and marks a troubling departure from our nation’s long, bipartisan history of defending our ally Israel in the United Nations.”

Yes America the so-called stalwart of Israel became Brutus. Even Democrats issued scathing statements aimed at the Obama tactic. Incoming Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer said the decision was ‘extremely frustrating, disappointing and confounding.’

“Whatever one’s views are on settlements, the UN is the wrong forum to settle these issues,” Schumer said.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, called the US’s abstention from the vote “unconscionable.” “A two-state solution must be negotiated directly between the Israelis and Palestinians, and this resolution flies in the face of this necessity,” Blumenthal said.

images-1The Democrats were soundly demolished during recent US elections. Donald Trump trounced Hillary Clinton, and Republicans won both houses. Whether or not the anti-Israel move was a Barrack Obama dummy spit or not. His decision placed the USA on precarious turf.

 Zechariah

Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef declared, “Sometimes, we need to be reminded from above, that we can count on no one but our Father who art in heaven.” He declared to his followers that the USA has forsaken Israel and now the Jewish state can now place its trust in God.

Among the authors in the Bible there is Zechariah, a man who is called ‘the prophet of hope.’ His writing covers the centuries of the pagan empire and moves on to the age of Messiah.

He wrote these very interesting words: “On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered around her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock to all nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.” (Zechariah chapter 12, verse 3)

Theologian Matthew Henry wrote about this. “The enemies of God and of His kingdom bear a great deal of malice and ill-will toward Jerusalem and form designs for its destruction, but it will prove at last, that they are but preparing ruin for themselves.”

Picture the scene at the UN. The nations of the world led by the USA are gathered around the tiny state of Israel determined to do harm. It is amazing to me that New Zealand, a small nation itself, could be part of this agenda. (Thankfully our Australian leaders would have none of it!)

On his blog Stan Goodenough cut loose: “There is no Palestinian territory. There never has been. You can call it that until you are blue in the face but it has never been – and it is not – Palestinian territory. Weeks ago you let UNESCO cut the Jews off from their holiest site, the Temple Mount, the Mountain of the Lord.

You’re going to learn this soon. You will eventually get it: The Land belongs to the LORD God of Israel. Jerusalem is the City of David. The Temple Mount is the Mountain of the LORD – the throne room of the Great King.”

Remember what Rabbi Yosef said. He declared the USA had forsaken Israel and now Israel must trust God. If Obama has been concerned for his legacy, he sealed it at the UN. He will forever be Brutus.

But now the divine implications (or are they?) From January 20, Obama will be replaced, by President Donald Trump, a declared champion of Israel.

When he chose to run for office, the US media went into frenzy. They found and exposed every possible flaw in his character and openly championed Hilary Clinton to win. But the Trump train rumbled on, all the way to the White House.

President Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu plan to meet in February. There are strong indications a much stronger US-Israel relationship will be achieved.

Remember the Obama big deal with Iran? That could well face serious challenge. Trump called it ‘the worst deal ever negotiated.’ I imagine Bibi and The Donald will enjoy their time together.

Before then, comes the Trump Inauguration on January 20. The US media has thrilled to announce every singer, actor or stooge who prefers not to appear. At school they were the types who ‘don’t want to play with you anymore.’ Life will go on and Trump will be President.

Among the faith leaders who will be there is Rev Franklin Graham, who has been a staunch Trump supporter all along. The media describes Graham as anti-gay and anti-Islam, a petulant press playing childish games! On the other hand Franklin Graham has credited God for Trump’s win in the election.

Some Christians were put off by the flaws in the Trump character but then they missed the murder and adultery of David and the Christian killer lust of the Apostle Paul.

Ron Ross is a Middle East consultant for United Christian Broadcasters (Vision FM). Previously he was radio news editor for Bridges for Peace in Jerusalem, Israel.

His career started at WINTV (Email: ronandyvonne@mac.com)

Ron Ross previous articles may be viewed at

http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/ron-ross.html

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Clinton-Trump Flawed? Me Too!

clinton-trumpjpegHillary Clinton and Donald Trump, in the US presidential race share one thing, negativity ratings north of fifty percent. It is hard to understand how either became their party candidate. Personally, I follow US politics closely maybe because of the years I spent reporting news in Israel. America with its superpower status effects nations all over the world and the US President holds great power. The negatives out of this campaign have been hard to take. One thing after another claimed headlines and provided topic fodder for the gossip hungry media.

Speaking about abortion Hillary Clinton said,”and deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” Writing for Charisma News Ron Cantor wrote: “It used to be, you were considered compassionate, caring and humble to embrace the values of the Bible. Now you are the enemy … according to Secretary Clinton and President Obama. It is only going to get worse.” (Cantor is the director of Messiah’s Mandate International, Israel). Hillary has mounting concerns over many other issues but suggesting we can rewrite or dismiss Bible teaching is a major concern for me at least.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump for gossip seeking journalists and commentators is the gift that keeps on giving. He supposedly represents the Republican Party but most of his party leaders have denounced and disowned him. As headline after headline brings more negativity he slugs it out maintaining support from a nation tired of the political playbook.

It is time to take a deep breath. What headlines would appear if our biblical hero David ran for office today? His victory over Goliath would be a great start. He arrived onto the public arena with enormous public support. He is instantly hailed as a deserving hero, only sling and stones you say? What a champion? Even the incumbent King Saul is feeling threatened by his popularity. In line with the Clinton-Trump campaign, we must seek to destroy him! Saul cannot wait to meet David face to face to say, “You’re fired!”

To report on King David we have to study the Old Testament books First and Second Samuel. As King he lacked suitable administrative skills and relied heavily on his cousin Joab. But if we are searching for headlines appropriate for our modern media, I think we have it. David had one of his own soldiers killed so he could take his wife, behavior that angered God (1 Samuel chapters 11 and 12). The reports would carry the story for weeks and surely our ratings jump high. The Bible refuses to sugarcoat the character of its heroes.

Sinners

In fact the Apostle Paul speaks very clearly, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” Romans chapter 3 verse 23.

Our Bible heroes Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Samuel and Elijah all had sinful moments. The famous Apostle Paul persecuted Christians zealously, Peter denied Christ, the Bible tells us the truth. There is no politically correct cover up, just the facts.

imagesYears ago I watched and admired Archbishop Fulton Sheen on his television broadcasts. He was an eloquent and courageous communicator. Thomas Reeves wrote a biography of Sheen, ‘America’s Bishop, The Life and Times of Fulton J. Sheen.’ (Encounter Books). Here is a brief quote: “Fulton had appeared at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. He had accepted the invitation against the advice of his cardiologist, Dr. Bruno, who accompanied him to the event. Officials asked Billy Graham, who was present, to be ready to fill in should Sheen be unable to carry on. Graham wrote later, “Even as he made his halting way to the podium, I silently prayed that God would grant him the necessary physical and spiritual strength.”

“Mr. President,” Fulton began, turning toward the chief executive and his wife, “you are a sinner.” Having everyone’s undivided attention, he then pointed to himself and said, “I am a sinner.” He looked around the huge ballroom at the sophisticated and influential spectators, and continued, “We are all sinners, and we all need to turn to God…” Graham wrote, “He then went on the preach one of the most challenging and eloquent sermons I have ever heard.”

If we want a sinless leader there is only One, Jesus Christ, the righteous.

The real danger comes when we are so downtrodden by sin that we refuse to rise up and allow God to bless us with His love. Every hero in the Bible, apart from Jesus, is a sinner. Every politician who stands for office, is a sinner. You are a sinner. So am I. But we do not have to live there or be burdened by it. It matters not the colour of our skin, the nation of our birth or the differences we created, we are all sinners but Jesus sets us free and washes us clean.

If we really want a sinless leader, Jesus is the only answer.