The controversy of Zion
-The case of Gaza-
As believers, we stand for what the Word has foretold about the end of times, including individuals, nations, creation, and church.
Today, I know, the topic of this sermon could be controversial for many. We aren’t in favor of violence and injustice or the death of innocents. My objective is to remind you that the Word of God will always be fulfilled, even when sometimes we don’t understand the full extent of what is going on in the lower story of this earth. Here we have a very little space to talk about such an abundant topic. There is a lot of information that was left out as I write this summary and I know there is a lot of information on the media. That is why this is only a summary of the summary.
The city of Gaza is one of the oldest cities in the world. We can find reference of that city as early as Genesis chapter 10. The word “gaza” (azzah in Aramaic) means strong, fortified. Nowadays the Gaza Strip is inhabited by Palestinians as well as the West Bank.
The Gaza Strip is governed by Hamas, an extremist Islamic terrorist group. The anti-Israelis activities of Hamas have re-started an ancient fight in the area. What is happening there has divided the opinions and point of view of the nations.
The final fate of Gaza and the West Bank is foretold in the many books from the Bible prophets. Joel is one of those prophets. In chapter 3 verse 4 he writes: “Now what have you against me, Tyre and Sidon and all you regions of Philistia? Are you repaying me for something I have done? If you are paying me back, I will swiftly and speedily return on your own heads what you have done.” Tyre and Sidon correspond to West Bank. The regions of Philistia correspond to Gaza Strip.
When a terrorist was interviewed in England regarding all the rockets that failed to hit Israel, he answered: “Their God changes the path of our rockets in mid-air”. Beyond the Patriot anti-missiles weapons from Israel, there is a promise from God that no men can change.
You can read Amos chapter 1 and Zephaniah chapter 2 for more prophesies about Gaza and Israel.
What should we do?
First, we have to pray for peace and protection of the innocent people dying in the Gaza Strip and Israel. We need to pray for God’s justice and mercy to be shown among them. We have believers in Jesus that are suffering with this war. May our God protect them and bring peace to Jerusalem as His Word is being accomplished.
Second, we need to repent. Before the prophet Zephaniah tells about Gaza he makes an invitation to God’s people: “Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands.
Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.” Zephaniah 2:3