Special Report: A Moment in Time
Vol: 25 Issue: 26 Sunday, October 26, 2003
The ‘Quartet’ — never in tune anyway — aren’t even reading from the same music sheet when it comes to performing the composition that they allegedly wrote together. It looks like ‘The Road Map to Peace’ will be their final performance as a group.
It was doomed to failure from the beginning. European and Russian cultural antisemitism didn’t leave with the fleeing Jews, as those few Jews who remain in Russia or Europe can attest.
When Maylasian Prime Minister Mathahir Mohammed concluded his speech to the Organization of the Islamic Conference Summit last week, he said, “Today the Jews rule this world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them.”
He added that 1.3 billion Muslims could not be defeated by a few million Jews.
When the European Union moved to officially condemn Mathahir’s remarks, it was blocked by Jacques Chirac. Only after global criticism did Chirac send a letter to Mathahir ‘condemning’ his comments saying, “Although you and your government have taken care to rebut any accusation of anti-Semitism, these remarks can only be condemned by those who remember the Holocaust.”
In other words, “you offended everybody else, but maybe you offended me, and maybe you didn’t. Depends on how good my memory is.”
Russian antisemitism is equally alive and well, although not nearly as organized. The United Nations antisemitic views are legendary, having once officially equated Zionism with racism.
After the Second World War and the sudden, forced conversion of millions of ardent antisemites by the victorious Americans, it became unfashionable to hate Jews. Those who only a decade before happily denounced their neighbors and had them sent to concentration camps were now in power in the new post-war Europe.
With the rebirth of Israel, antisemitism had a new outlet, with the problem of ‘Zionist expansionism’ replacing the ‘Jewish Question’ and the ‘Final Solution’ repackaged as the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Instead of the Europeans and Russians wiping the Jews out themselves, they backed the Arab efforts to do it for them.
The United Nations has passed more resolutions condemning Israel than it has all other Arab states combined — including Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Antisemitic rhetoric is standard UN-speak.
The UN Conference on Racism at Durban, South Africa, shocked Americans with its open expressions of antisemitic hatred. What was even more shocking was that the majority of the global population saw nothing wrong with it.
These three entitities, together with the United States, form the Quartet that sought to bring a ‘just and equitable’ solution to the conflict. So it comes as no surprise that the road map led straight to a brick wall.
The United States has decided to quietly drop its opposition to Israel’s security fence, a week after the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a non-binding, EU-backed resolution calling on Israel to halt construction.
Only four countries voted against it. It is always the same four; the US, Israel, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.
Washington stood alone against the rest of the Quartet over Israel’s security fence, which effectively rends the Quartet and leaves the US and Israel on one side, and the rest of the Quartet looking in from the other side of the fence with the Palestininans.
As we approach the end of the age, so many events are coming together at the same time that it is easy to grow numb to what we are witnessing.
For two thousand years, there was no such place as Israel. Europe spent that period in constant warfare with itself. There was no ‘world community’ and no Middle Eastern conflict. Until the 20th century, there was no ‘Arab world’, just the Turkish Ottoman Empire.
Suddenly, in a moment in time, a Jewish state was reborn on the ‘mountains of Israel, which have been always waste . . .brought forth out of the nations’ (Ezekiel 38:8)
At that same moment in time, (1948) the Soviets detonated an atom bomb and imposed the Berlin Blockade, beginning the Cold War and forcing a series of complex political events that led directly to the current alignment of nations. Among them was the European Union, born out of the 1948 Benelux Treaty as a buffer against the tide of communism eroding its borders.
In 1948, the United Nations issued its Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a kind of ‘Magna Carta’ that outlined the framework for a global government.
The global economy was officially born with the 1948 passage of the General Agreements on Tarrifs and Trade (GATT) which eventually became the World Trade Organization.
In 1947, the prophecies of the Book of Daniel made little sense. How could the antichrist confirm a ‘covenant’ with Israel and her enemies, when there was no Israel? How could he come out of a revived Roman Empire when it lay in the ashes of a destruction of its own making? How could the antichrist control all buying or selling?
Think about this for a second. In 1947, Europe was in ashes, the Cold War was just beginning, and Israel did not exist. But Daniel spoke of a revived Roman Empire and a literal state of Israel.
Ezekiel described Israel as a ‘land of unwalled villages.’ (Ezekiel 38:8) In today’s world, that pretty much describes the whole world, which should render it meaningless in any prophetic sense.
Except that right now, in 2003, Israel is literally walling up its villages, setting the stage for them to come back down again, just as literally, when the Roman leader confirms the covenant between Israel and her enemies.
John spoke of a global government and total control of a global economy. All this was unimaginable in John’s day, or in Daniel’s day. Or in my dad’s day.
Are you getting a sense of the enormity of it all?
In a moment in time, Israel was restored out of all the nations; the old Roman Empire began taking steps to revive itself and the European concepts of a global government and global economy were introduced via the United Nations. The religious war between Islam and Judeo-Christianity began with the first shots fired in Israeli War of Independence.
In 1947, Daniel and John and Ezekiel were largely mysterious books describing nations and events nobody could imagine. By the end of 1948, they were describing headline news. And have been, ever since.
“And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed TILL THE TIME OF THE END.” (Daniel 12:9)