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Quartet and Forty Winks
Spiritually Drowsy Jousting with Jews
We hear during the last weeks,
quite a little of the QUARTET. It is not some pleasant church music which is in
view, not some classical performance either. Rather it is an association of
UNIONS, namely the (former
On the topic of
That ? It would be good, perhaps, if the union of unions, the Quartet were to consider it. Is there one rule for some, one for another, whatever may be the fault of both ?
'Palestinian' ? Does not
the very name spell shame ? Was not this the object, this Palestine, that
figured in the Balfour Declaration, ratified in the League of Nations, a place
for the Jewish people given as a result of an intense struggle against central
European efforts at attaining hegemony among the nations, yes with the aid of
Turkey, which THEREFORE lost control of Palestine in 1917! That, it
occurred when General Allenby's troops, yes and aeroplanes, took over
The Moslem menace to the
The Moslems however have oil. They have it in Iraq, they have it in Iran, in Libya, yes and in some of the former USSR territories, where even now there is a question of which way the new oil is to go, by which pipeline, through which territories near the Caspian Sea, and ... WHEN!
The whole area is not only a matter of OLD NEW but of NEW OIL, in great quantities. Oil is perhaps more important than any threatened biological weapon, since its power is enough to intimidate many, who WANT it, and SEEK it without war if possible. Since the Moslems are mighty in numbers in the Middle East. Consider their degrees of power in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Algeria - a little to the East, to be sure, but still very comfortable in any mutual pact, for surrounds! Look likewise in Morocco, Egypt, Chechnya - northward as in Ezekiel 39's scenario of the coming invasion, but still religiously comfortable for Moslems if anything ... happened, and in Armenia, Georgia and of course, Saudi Arabia.
This last land, having been
rescued to no small degree in the Desert Storm war of the early nineties, is
now not very willing to serve as a place for US expeditions against
This, however, it is a (relatively) small point. More important is the folly of the President and those who agree with him, in making such bonds with Islam, in praising the religion and so on, which MEANS praising the condemnation of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, as the Redeemer, and of course, of the Bible.
Whatever Bush MEANT, this
is the implication of such words. As noted previously, it is altogether
possible that the destructively minded bin Laden escaped BECAUSE of this
alliance, since the loyalty of some, and the preparedness to accept bribe, or
even to allow religious concerns and latent hope for world domination to sway
them, who ostensibly were allies of the US in the recent Afghanistan war (in a
land which still seethes with petty ambitions of war lords, by report), may
have worked amiss. It may indeed have led to his escape from the assault to
The recent studies we have made (in Chapter 3 above) have biblically shown from history, the extreme foolishness of mixing the religions, and it is no mere political alliance which comments favourably on another religion WHILE going to war with its exponents on your side! It is so like Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, noted in Ch. 3, who TWICE made this error, and nearly died the first time, and suffered sharp rebuke the second. It is not for you to help wickedness, said Jehu, son of Hanani to the returning king, of his reckless, feckless act (II Chronicles 19). The Christian does well to remember that our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29), and playing with that fire is as wise as a fire-fighter playing with a forest, in order not to lose his job through lack of work to do!
Love is a wonderful thing, but its betrayal is proportionately foul. Life is a wonderful thing, as God made it, but not at all to be admired is selling it out ; for this is like purchasing shares that fall, with money lent, as in the World Com affair, so that what you take is a measure of what you lose, and all falls. Convenience is a stately luxury, but unwise is he who makes it a rule against the Royalty of Christ, and who makes its call a sound to be heeded amid evil, against the purity of true devotion.
Like high tension wires,
there is wonder in the work of the Lord; but when you try to fool with these,
disregard them, take their warmth and power which they provide eventually at
the home, as evidence that they are easily treated, need no great respect: then
electrocution is not far away.
THE BASER NOTES OF THE QUARTET
The movement in the EU is
continually that reported this week of one of its functionaries, that
past ? Would not some considerate tenderness be preferable to unfeeling disregard in such a situation!
What however of the UN, another member of the quartet ? Does not its song go back to 1947 when in shameless defiance of ethics, of agreement, of the past agreement for Palestine to be for Israel, it dis-assembled the booty, and instead of demanding why part of Palestine, a LARGE part had been given in the 1920's to Jordan when it had already been arranged for Israel, it decided that the (relatively) small part remaining should NOT be one territory, but BITS, and that Jerusalem should not be Jewish, but INTERNATIONAL! Such an affront must rarely have been gratuitously offered to any nation.
This then is the ethical sensitivity of the UN, which as one of the Quartet, has little quarter to give to Israel, being more interested, by all appearance, in insulting the afflicted Israel, victim of endless inhuman terrorist attacks in its tiny residual domain, than in rebuking and seeking the extradition of the terrorists who so boldly claim responsibility for endless seeming atrocities, and confronting the country which before the rebukes from Israel, did so little to prevent such things, even releasing some of the more violent of them from prison!.
Are such people, then, actively sought by the UN, those like Hamas, as war criminals, and are they being looked for that they might go to the War Crimes Tribunal or any coming modern equivalent ? It is not, to say no more, very noticeable that it feels that way. Its emotions at this level seem rather levelled at the butt of the terrorist, to rebuke the victim, than at the aggressor.
Yet, you say,
Now one gains the feeling
that the UN would like Israel to be investigated, indeed they had their
committee of counsellors actually physically in WAITING to GO to Israel to make
just such an investigation, not many months ago. Is Hamas, the terrorist
organisation, not rather to be, with its many allies, such as
Or is the
Yet is the US to be heeded because it INSISTS that there MUST be a Palestinian State, that is, a FURTHER carving out of some of the tiny residue now accorded to the Jews, and even from what they WON, DESPITE the other nations; for it was forced to act without their aid in 1948, and in the face of UN discrimination of an order which itself comments on the nations of this world!
The nations ? they are but men, and their aggregation - although in the days of the Atlantic Charter and the newly formed UN, after the heady days of World War II victory, and the vision of Churchill, there were many moral aspects, drawn not least from a Christian background in Britain and in the USA - is one which has little to commend itself morally. It has divorced morals from God, and is run from the nations of many gods, and is no more reliable than any other atheist-polytheist admixture.
Its words do not accord
with those of the
Opposed to God, whom it
does not recognise, moving in the spiritual scenarios of many gods and none, it
is rapidly taking on an appearance of what the biblically predicted
social-political-economic matrix (and especially the last in form of control -
Revelation -17), is to be. It is that aspirant to the post of
all-controlling 'master', or 'beast' as has been attested, some 2000
years ago. As at
The word of God and the work of God continue, yes assuredly; but men ? they do not become saints by gathering together, and feasting on the prey.
Feasting ? The term is certainly metaphorical here, but consider that. Is it not an astonishing and ghoulish seeming fact that the efforts of the UN are to further dismember Israel - face it - and to make its blood less and less effective, in the biblically predicted, and highly successful victories of that little nation against far more numerous foes, since 1948 BENT ON ITS VERY DESTRUCTION! The UN actually shows itself wanting to HELP those very powers which sought to ruin the land, to devour it and send its people (quite expressly) into the sea. They were not able; so now the UN helps the process ? Does the judge carry a semi-automatic weapon in order to aid the criminal in the dock accomplish his destructions ? This, it is justice ?
When was this done ? In the opening of 1917.
With what other steps was
it taken by the German Government of the day, equipped with its Kaiser who
brought on it such ruin ? At this time, it was also resolved to open
unrestricted U-boat action, so that sighting of merchant ships that might aid
This, says Fisher, was
reckless, as the
The important point for our
present purpose is this, that this historian of no small note declares that it
was THIS, the German thrust to involve
It is not the case. It
sought to preserve its own territorial integrity and to frustrate any such
plans, through any imperial nominee in
In the case of Israel,
however, it appears that the declaration of war by that country on what supports terror against
its territory, what is actively engaging in war, so that it is not merely
exposed in the possibility of it, as in the American-Mexican case, but
receiving its probes and pangs: this is not very acceptable. It is true that
there has been the sentiment admirably expressed by the President on one
It was not so with
DROWSINESS MAY BE NICE ON SUMMER
BUT THIS IS NO VACATION
Did not the
There was no need of an
international commission to condemn the
In fact, it was precisely
this action which became one major motivation for Sharon who is weary of the
slaughter from the terrorists, to become firmer. The
How great this can be is
shown by the famous Israeli interception of an ARMS SHIP, for which the stated
base was Palestinian, and the source of cargo, perhaps
Was the Mexican threat a
major reason for the USA to enter World War I, with such tremendous and
ramifying results, while the Palestinian terror threat needs no suppression,
though it is sometimes quite explicit from the mouth of Arafat, who explicitly
intends to GET East Jerusalem in any way necessary, and whose land does not
suppress terrorist groups, or even substantially do so, nor has it done so, but
rather it releases them at will even if any be apprehended. Is the threat from
the South of the
Does the State of Afghanistan become a total embroilment in war because of the assault on the USA (that is, one which is USA activated), though it be far distant from the USA, while what is Israeli territory is not to be considered when it is used as a base by those who despise the conditions by which it was partly ceded to them for their use, though it IS PART of Israel as a matter of fact ? Is the one to be invaded, while the other must not even have occasional counter-attacks on those who so misuse its own soil as bases ?
Is what harboured terrorists in Afghanistan to receive the full force of international assault, while what is PART of Israel, as Texas is of the USA, is not to be cleared of terrorists, if its partial government will not do so ? It is useless to claim that they cannot because of the Israeli attack on the authority which does not remove the terrorists, for long did they play the fool with the matter, when strong!
Would it not be deemed
quite remarkable kindness if the USA had ceded Texas to Mexico on strict
conditions, then found it used as a terrorist base from which to launch bloody
operations against its very children, even in their shopping centres, as if to
throw all morals to the wind, and laugh, without simply taking Texas thoroughly
back into its OWN RULE, in order to prevent this prostitution of privilege ? If
indeed it did not invade
The things in the USA (admittedly more moderate than the rest of the quartet, but equally deadly in its intention to remove parts of little Israel from it!), in the EU and in the UN scarcely speak of wisdom or equity, in this matter; but in the case of Russia, the fourth member of the quartet, is it any better ?
Did it not invade Chechnya
with a final lust or bust force, after being resisted for so long, and did it
not point out the danger of the Moslem menace to Europe, when Putin went
abroad, and in effect sought to argue his case ? Beware! quoth he, that you in
And why is this terror, this infliction of agony, this rule by MERE FORCE, to be thrust upon part of Israel ?
It is because more of Israel is not freely given to those who desire it, or because the territories such as the West Bank, ceded partly on conditions statedly not kept, are not absolutely given - though obtained under international duress, and terror, to the extent they are given at all - at the present! So then Chechnya must have an international commission, and its liberty must be affirmed, and the 'international community' whoever amongst the motley lot of disagreeing nations they may be, must invade with commissions if not troops, to make sure that this outrage cease, so that any thought of this part of the former USSR being be kept within Russia's hands, should be nullified ?
Not at all! Rather Putin is here in rational garb and moral toga, to help them all decide what to do about Israel which would rather like to keep, if not its territories, at least peace in them. It is not as if people are actively pushing the point that if the Palestinians want to have the undoubted economic advantages of being citizens of Israel, provided of course, as with any other country that could readily be envisaged, terrorists are not included, then that might in time and by democratic process be wisely enabled. Not at all! Force instead of fidelity groups would of course be excluded as undemocratic and wilful. The case would in various ways presumably be prudently realistic.
Do we however hear of it ?
No, rather of war crimes
If it bungles, if passions at times prevail, is not the murderer to expect some lack of finesse at times, while the blood of the slain children dries ?
Did not the USA actually in effect state through one representative, concerning the slaying by error of some in Afghanistan, some in a wedding group, that there is always risk where one has to war against marauders, against international murderers in their support base ? Is Israel different because relatively oilless, because Jewish and the habit of pogrom persists, as if by some conditioned reflex ? Does the world actually, however, have especially in mind, in heart indeed, in some expressly anti-God forces, some anti-Biblical troops, a desire to reduce the victories of Israel to servility, to overturn the word of God, and in true humanist grandeur, dictate to all, including the God of the Bible ? (Cf. Galloping Events Ch. 4.)
God knows the heart, but we also know of the Communist talk about God in the early stages of the regime, that He should get out of the country, bag and baggage! It is useless to pretend. Strident anti-God feelings have long been part of the structure of many nations, and if some have in part escaped it for a time, such as Britain and the USA, and even helped the spread of the Prince of Peace's doctrine, of Christ's offer of pardon in peace with the love of God and man, yet now the movement of the nations, in general, and of the quartet qua quartet, is not so.
It is however all as
biblically predicted, and in terms of closer and closer approximation to the
biblically prophesied lunge by an international consortium against
SPASM, CHASM AND RENEWAL
The world is in spasm, and this, not only in the jerking last movements of the Israeli children terrorised with brutality that is not only general, as in World War II's bombings, but specific, in that children are sometimes ACTIVELY SELECTED, as in the bus case! It is in verbal spasm, justice becoming in much and for many, where lust is concerned, more a word than an observation. It is in environmental spasm as it foils the beauty of order with greed and thoughtlessness, in psychological spasm, as fear grabs men's hearts concerning what is to come, astronomically, environmentally, physically, with disease and jihad and other impassioned destructive motions where current knowledge and ancient hatreds merge. Into what do they then merge ? It is into a violent epoch with increasing indifference for our cosmic marvel, this unique earth. It is like a young man, alert to his youth and joys, spoiling an inheritance as if it did not take anything to create it, and so with reckless gusto and artless haste disposing of it.
That too (Luke ,26, Matthew 24:6) it is exactly as predicted. The passions of men no more turn the word of God, than a fly interrupts a truck. There is plenty more to come (Revelation 6, 8:8-11), including the time when an asteroid does NOT miss by a narrow margin (an event avoided when one came recently in-between the orbit of the moon and the earth).
It is not at all that amidst these spasms of folly, these judgments which interpret and rebuke them, and these chasms of conscience, where evil is called good to such an extent that the distinction for many is all but forgotten, presenting a case like that of a fit, further glamorised by having falling called progress, that there is no love from God. It is rather that when you set your entire global life against Him, and ignore His word, make it a thing passé, then your reception committee for the grace of God is spitting still in His face. God does not use force for faith, and if you want to spit, that is your bit.
In grace He may still seek you, since His perseverance is marvellous, as many of us Christians know with delight from personal experience; but you are not received when your heart is deceived. Repentance is needed, and He who knows all, knows who are His own. On the other hand, if you feel you are not, that is your feeling; if however you come to Him and trust Him, that is the fact. Peace is made (Isaiah 27:5). Certainly it is through His own sovereign act that your eyes are then opened, but it is equally in His loving desire that all should be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth (I Timothy 2), so that the opening is no uncertain sovereignty, inscrutably assigning from vagrant passions, but the utmost work of gracious love directed to mankind. Nothing lacks in Him to your salvation! He does not force, that is all, He who knows all.
Come if you want renewal of life (Titus 3:3-7), for this globe is going (II Peter 3, Isaiah 51:6), and it is His righteousness as Isaiah declares, and His salvation which DOES NOT GO. THAT renewal is not like forests, subject to new fires, but is the inheritance which does not pass away (cf. John 10:9,27-28, I Thessalonians 5:9-10, I John 5:11ff.). It is fascinating and wonderful not least for that reason. Death does not separate nor does the removal of this earth even qualify it, for this is no more than passing from Primary to Secondary School, an advance in premises. You may mourn your old school, but it is replaced with what is real progress, passing from pilgrimage to possessions that cannot pass away (II Corinthians 5:1-4), so that "mortality may be swallowed up by life".
You are dealing with an architect and an artist, an engineer, a mathematician and a great love. When He wishes, He makes a universe, like this one, for test and for pilgrimage, that faith be assured and disbelief find its own level; when He wishes, He makes another, where faith is the nature of the land, and pilgrims who came home last time, live in His permanent pilgrim places this time. Indeed, there will be place found for the fleeing heavens and earth as Revelation 20 tells us. In eternity in heaven, there is peace; and God, He makes such new things as He pleases, starting with the hearts of men who receive Christ - not some international replacement of the same name (antichrist) - as Lord and Saviour.
There is one last point that should be grasped, and though to some it may sting like a nettle, if you want mettlesome reality, not indulgent pretence, it must be seized. What is this ? It is that when you call Him Lord, you do not consider it an optional extra to "do the things that I say" (Luke ). The one who does not so seek and act, what is he like ? and he who being converted, with a new heart MUST do them, desires them like fragrance and perfume, like the sound of vast waterfalls, and the call of sublime mountains: what is that one like ?
Hear the LORD Himself on this point (Luke -49):
“For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”
You will notice that the house that stands is one on the ROCK, and the foundation that is this, it is Christ (I Corinthians 3:10-11, Psalm 62, Isaiah 44:8, Deuteronomy 32). He was it from the first, and is to the last, and this His school, the Creator the school-master is a place of grace, and it is moreover, the only one for the race! The human race rapidly loses humanity when its source is despised. But He, to know Him is to see the oblivion that sin brings, just oblivion, though its judgment has no oblivion. It took the full power of the Creator, enshrined in flesh as Jesus Christ, to break that, and He broke it because He took it, the just for the unjust (I Peter ).
This, it is a gift, but like all gifts, it must be received. No cheque, which represents only an offer, makes any financial difference until it is cashed. No redemption takes place for any till the offer is received, and though the full results are known from the first, indeed are predestinated in accord with the divine knowledge of His own will, none has ANY cover of ANY kind who is not found in Christ. Thus Isaiah 53 tells US that WE are healed, who believe and it is the sin of US ALL, the healed, which He bears.
good passion He offers more; but with what divine precision He knows who are
His! (II Timothy 2:19). If you do not come, then you go; and if you go, who then
is it that goes and whose responsibility is that ? But if YOU CALL on the name
of the Lord in all faith and simplicity, the One who is unmanipulable by man,
sent by His Father to this world as Saviour, you WILL be saved... (Acts 2),
saved FOR Him, BY Him and FROM all sin and selfish aspiration, contrary to
truth, IN peace and IN His righteousness IN Him, which is a glory itself, like
shining rain anointing the fair grasses of the quiet meadow.
Not all are 'guilty' of this, it is in the past, to be sure, but it is there, and was there for centuries, part of the loathsome ferocity of the Inquisition as well.