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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, January 16, 2023, and this is Episode #3 of Series 2023. This episode is titled “The Dangers of the Two-State Solution.”
Something big is afoot in our world. Everyone senses it, although most people are making a weak attempt to brush off the anxious sensation. It’s as if a dark, monstrous hand is enveloping the earth and is starting to squeeze it with all its might.
Not only is this a symbolic description, it is also very much a real one. Just this past week here in the United States, tornadoes ripped through the Southeast, killing some and injuring others. Along the California coast, the country is being buffeted by floods, earthquakes, and severe storms. Unprecedented drought has struck the southwestern part of America, and food shortages are threatening more and more areas of our nation.
So, what is happening?
I believe that God’s hand of judgment has fallen upon us.
Now, before you start reminding me that there have always been earthquakes, tornadoes, droughts, famines, and floods, consider this for a moment. For the first time in human history, these disasters are occurring all at the same time. The word is convergence. The disasters are converging. That is, they are happening simultaneously in all places. This month alone, bitter snowstorms raged in the northern part of the country, while severe thunderstorms and high winds wracked the southern part.
So, why is the convergence happening?
The biggest reason, I think, is that the United States has taken a position in support of a two-state solution for Israel. Such a position is strictly forbidden by God Who gave Israel control of Jerusalem and of a huge land mass extending to the Euphrates River. In Genesis 15: 18, God said this to Abraham: “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates.” Imagine that! From the river of Egypt (which is the Nile) to the Euphrates River! This parcel of land–ALL of it–belongs to Israel, and Israel will one day inhabit it. And any nation trying to steal the land or any portion of it will have to contend with God Himself. Hebrews 10: 31 tells us that “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
America is falling into the hands of the living God because she is actively opposing God’s will for Israel. She is seeking to divide what God has forbidden to be divided. America is shaking her fist at God. This is an extremely dangerous act of open rebellion against God and will not go unpunished. God said this in Joel 3: 2: “I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land. . . . “
Israel belongs to Israel. Plain and simple. God later repeated the original promise He made to Abraham to Abraham’s son Isaac and to Isaac’s son Jacob, whose name was later changed to Israel. In Joshua 1: 4, God confirmed His promise about the land when the Israelites, under Joshua’s command, were about to enter the Promised Land. God said, “Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.”
From north to south, God gave Israel all the land territory from the Nile River to Lebanon and, from west to east, God gave Israel all the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River. In today’s language, that means that God gave the Jews all the land that is currently modern Israel, all the land in the West Bank and Gaza (now inhabited by the Palestinians), all the land of Jordan, and parts of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. That is quite a parcel of land!
Those who try to change the boundaries that God set in place for Israel will be sorely punished. We learn in the Book of Galatians 6: 7, that God will not be mocked. He will not be insulted. Whatever a person (or a nation) sows, that shall the person (or the nation) reap. America is about to reap a fearsome harvest of evil because she has pushed to divide God’s land.
Unless America changes her position toward Israel, we can expect to witness worse things happening: worse storms, worse calamities, and even the division of our country geographically by a huge earthquake right down the middle, at the New Madrid fault-line. Other nations who support a two-state solution can expect the same in their own countries.
You see, my friends, we cannot disobey God and get away with it. If we think we can, we are being very foolish. God will always win in the long run.
But the truth is, He wants you and me to win with Him. The plan He has set in motion for us—and for the whole world—is a plan motivated by love. God is Love. All that He says and does proceeds from His heart of love for us. He always has our best interests at heart. Even when He disciplines us, He does so for our good, just as a parent disciplines a child for the child’s good.
So, to rebel against God is to hurt oneself.
If you really care about your well-being, obey God. To do otherwise is to spite yourself and to bring calamity upon yourself, your family, and your country. God has His reasons for doing things the way He does. We cannot possibly understand His reasons, but we can always trust them because God is perfectly trustworthy.
If you don’t know God in this way, then you need to meet this wonderful Maker of your spirit, soul, and body. No one will ever love you more than God loves you. No one will ever want to be in relationship with you more than God wants to be in relationship with you. No one will ever want to bless you more than God wants to bless you.
So, how can you meet this awesome God Who wants to be a Father to you? There is only one way, and that is through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the mediator between us and God the Father. Jesus is the bridge that reconnects us with the Father. You see, when God created our first parents, Adam and Eve, they were connected to God. But when they disobeyed Him, they willfully severed that connection and were left isolated and alone in their suffering and disgrace.
But God loved them so much—and all those who descended from Adam and Eve, including us—that He wanted to give us a second chance at being connected to Him. But the only possible way to do that was to send Jesus to be our Substitute. Jesus was both God and Man. As God, Jesus was the only Person Who could pay the infinite cost of sin. As Man, Jesus was the only Person who could represent us and stand in our place before a righteous God.
So, in order to be reconnected to God the Father, you need to go through Jesus. Let’s do that now, shall we? Please pray this simple prayer with me:
Lord Jesus, I acknowledge and admit that I am a sinner. I have sinned against You and I now choose to repent. I ask You to forgive me of my sin. I want to be reconnected with God the Father. So, cleanse me, Lord Jesus, of all unrighteousness. I receive You now as my Savior and my Lord. Help me to experience the true success that comes only from knowing You. In Your Name I pray. Amen.
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Source cited: “Original Land Promised to Abraham (Genesis 15:18) and Current Boundaries”
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