The Covenant And The Curse - Prophecy in the News Magazine - October 2009
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A Prophetic Mini-Study
The Covenant and the Curse
By Gary Stearman By removing our full support for Israel, made to the Jews.
the U.S. is taking an incredible risk. God Following the Nazi defeat and the
In incremental fashion, the govern- watches over His covenant people. He Nuremberg trials, Streicher was sentenced
ment of the United States continues to promises blessing for those who support to death by hanging. As he took his final
put pressure on Israel. Our President and Israel and the Jews. For those who could walk up the gallows steps, he said, “Now
Department of State have sternly warned support them and do not, there is the real it goes to God.” Just before the trap was
Prime Minister Netanyahu not to take ac- danger that God will remove His support sprung, he shouted, “Purim Fest, 1946!”
tion against the Iranian nuclear threat, or from us. At the moment of his death, Streicher
Hamas, or Hezbollah in Lebanon. We con- recalled Haman and the Persian plot to
sistently act to limit Jewish power. A Little History destroy the Jews. The villainous Haman
The ancient Holy Land is in a continu- The most dangerous thing a government was hung upon the very gallows that he
al state of self-defense against Hamas in can do is to attempt to destroy the Jews. had prepared for the righteous Mordechai.
Gaza, Egypt to the south, Hezbollah and Historically, many nations have tried to do The scheming Haman had tricked the Per-
the Syrians to the north, and Iranian influ- just this. To name a few, the Amalekites, sian King Ahasuerus into signing an evil
ences to the east. Nevertheless, our gov- the Midianites, the Persians, the Romans decree. His desire: “Let it be written that
ernment insists upon limiting Israeli secu- and the Germans all tried, and they all suf- they be destroyed” (Est. 3:9).
rity in the region. This position, which is fered devastating loss. But in the end, it was Haman and his
hardening with each passing day, puts us To Abraham, the first Hebrew, God gave sons who were destroyed. Marking this
in grave danger as a nation. a covenant in perpetuity. Through Isaac occasion, a day of feasting was instituted:
Instead of being a blessing to the Jews, and the Twelve Tribes of Israel, the cov- “But when Esther came before the king,
we are becoming a curse. The Bible warns enant has been handed down from genera- he commanded by letters that his wicked
against such action. If we continue, the re- tion to generation. From the promise given device, which he devised against the Jews,
sult could be catastrophic for this country. to Abraham down to this day, the covenant should return upon his own head, and that
On September 4, the Financial Times is either overlooked or ignored by those he and his sons should be hanged on the
reported the latest escalation in U.S. pres- who desire the extinction of the Jews. This gallows.
sure: is especially true today. “Wherefore they called these days Pu-
“The Obama administration attacked Is- Actually, even Israel’s enemies have a rim after the name of Pur. Therefore for all
rael on Friday for giving the green light to dim recognition of her intrinsic blessing. the words of this letter, and of that which
the building of hundreds of new homes in When the Nazis attempted to establish a they had seen concerning this matter, and
the occupied West Bank even as the two thousand-year reich, (a German kingdom), which had come unto them,
sides negotiate a freeze on settlement con- they must have had some idea that the “The Jews ordained, and took upon
struction. Jews would have to be annihilated before them, and upon their seed, and upon all
“Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime they could complete their plans. such as joined themselves unto them, so
Minister, is set to approve the new homes Julius Streicher, publisher and editor for as it should not fail, that they would keep
in the coming days, a move that appears the German newspaper Der Stürmer, be- these two days according to their writing,
aimed at softening opposition within his came the Fuehrer’s propaganda minister and according to their appointed time ev-
rightwing Likud party to a temporary set- after lauding him as a “gift of God,” fol- ery year” (Esth. 9:25-27).
tlement freeze. lowing his release from prison in 1924. He There is something about the Jews that
“An official close to Mr. Netanyahu continually promoted the libel that Jews is recognized by everyone, even Israel’s
who declined to be identified because of murdered Gentiles to obtain blood for the worst enemies. No doubt, even despots
the sensitivity of the issue said the PM Passover supper. He painted the Jews as like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad carry a deep-
would consider freezing building ‘for a haters of men — Christians in particular. seated recognition of the fact that God
few months’ only after giving the green He wrote, “Christ is not a Jew, but an has reserved a special blessing for Israel.
light to the construction of the new units Aryan.” Of Judaism, he said, “Its father is His denial of the Holocaust is tinged with
for Jewish settlers. the devil.” a hysteria that indicates a desperate hope
“‘We regret the reports of Israel’s plans He also said, “Germans must fight Jews, that he can convince others of his fantasy.
to approve additional settlement construc- that organized body of world criminals Men like him are faced with a choice:
tion,’ said Robert Gibbs, White House against whom Christ, the greatest anti- Either they must destroy the Jews, or ac-
spokesman. ‘The U.S. does not accept the Semite of all time, had fought.” cept their special place in the eyes of God.
legitimacy of continued settlement ex- Grotesque thoughts like these set the The latter, they cannot bear to do.
pansion and we urge that it stop. We are tone of the Holocaust. The Nazis knew Returning to the case of Haman and the
working to create a climate in which ne- Jewish history. They were well aware that Persians, there is an interesting footnote:
gotiations can take place, and such actions their biggest hurdle in setting up their uto- “And in every province, and in every
make it harder to create such a climate.’” pia was the great promise that God had city, whithersoever the king’s command-
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ment and his decree came, the Jews had “And also that nation, whom they shall watch, Gentile world power is rising to its
joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. serve, will I judge: and afterward shall maximum, at which time it will be brought
And many of the people of the land became they come out with great substance. under judgment.
Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon “And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; The Apostle Paul put it succinctly:
them” (Esther 8:17). thou shalt be buried in a good old age. “For I would not, brethren, that ye
From this, it may be discerned that the “But in the fourth generation they shall should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye
Persian “man on the street” knew all along come hither again: for the iniquity of the should be wise in your own conceits; that
that God reserved a special blessing for Amorites is not yet full. blindness in part is happened to Israel, un-
the Jews. Now, in the wake of Jewish vic- “And it came to pass, that, when the til the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
tory, they were free to become converts. sun went down, and it was dark, behold a “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it
Thoughts of this historical event must smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that is written, There shall come out of Sion the
have raced through Julius Streicher’s mind passed between those pieces. Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodli-
as he dropped toward the end of his rope. “In the same day the LORD made a cov- ness from Jacob:
enant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed “For this is my covenant unto them,
The Forgotten Covenant have I given this land, from the river of when I shall take away their sins” (Rom.
The opposite of a blessing is a curse. Egypt unto the great river, the river Eu- 11:25-27).
What Israel’s enemies (and her half-heart- phrates” (Gen. 15:12-18). For over two centuries, the leaders of our
ed would-be supporters) willfully forget is It has been said that the full extent of this country have been blessed, as they played
that the Abrahamic Covenant contains a land grant is about 300,000 square miles, a positive role in God’s plan for Israel. But
curse along with the blessing. It is plainly of which Israel, at its maximum took only today, they have become wise in their own
spoken; not hidden in any way, yet gener- about a tenth … 30,000 square miles. Af- conceits. Their actions tell us that they
ally ignored: ter several exiles, they were finally forced now believe God’s plan and His covenant
“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, to leave even this behind. with Israel are laughably antiquated.
Get thee out of thy country, and from thy Still, the blessing continued, and con- Americans and their allies have repeat-
kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto tinues to this day. This simple fact is ig- edly reduced the Jewish claim to sover-
a land that I will shew thee: nored on a daily basis by the leaders of eignty over their already diminished, tiny
“And I will make of thee a great nation, the powerful nations around the world. sliver of a nation.
and I will bless thee, and make thy name They know that God has a special blessing They have forgotten the Covenant and
great; and thou shalt be a blessing: for Israel, yet their actions deny it. As we the Curse. u
“And I will bless them that bless thee,
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and curse him that curseth thee: and
in thee shall all families of the earth be
blessed” (Gen. 12:1-3).
There is something special about this
curse. It returns to smite Israel’s enemy in Watch us on the
exactly the same way that it was intended
against the Jews. In the case of Haman, he Dish Satellite System
was hanged upon the very gallows that he
had commissioned for Mordechai.
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whether they are living in their Land or
not. As the Lord ratified His covenant with Saturdays 1:30 PM (CT)
Abraham, He told the great patriarch that
his descendants would be exiled for four
centuries. Yet, they would not be destroyed.
Their blessing would continue, and they
would return to receive their land grant:
“And when the sun was going down, a
deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an
horror of great darkness fell upon him.
“And he said unto Abram, Know of a
surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in
a land that is not theirs, and shall serve
them; and they shall afflict them four hun-
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