I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.—Joel 3:2
Ladies and Gentlemen I said last year that Israel was entering into the most dangerous periods of its entire existence as a nation. That is intensifying this year with the loss of Sharon. Sharon was personally a very likeable person and I am sad to see him in this condition, but I think we need to look at the Bible and the Book of Joel. The prophet Joel makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who “divide my land.” God considers this land to be His. You read the Bible and He says “this is my land” and for any Prime Minister of Israel who decides he is going to carve it up and give it away, God says “no, this is mine.” I had a wonderful meeting with Yitzhak Rabin in 1974. He was tragically assassinated, it was a terrible thing that happened but nevertheless he was dead. And now Ariel Sharon who again was a very likeable person, a delightful person to be with, I prayed with him personally, but here he’s at the point of death. He was dividing God’s land and I would say woe unto any Prime Minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the EU, the United Nations, or the United States of America. God says “this land belongs to me. You’d better leave it alone.” —-Pat Robertson, The 700 Club, January 5, 2006.
Here we go again. America’s foremost theocrat, the Rev. Pat Robertson, has demonstrated anew that he is incapable of performing either Biblical exegesis or political analysis. Pat, like a lot of other Christians, believes that the Republic of Israel, created in 1948 by the United Nations, has inviolable borders that were determined by the Old Testament. To change those borders by giving land to any one else is to invite the wrath of Yahweh in the Valley of Megiddo.
Never mind that the borders of Eretz Israel HaShlema (Greater Israel) changed every few years after the founding of the monarchy at the beginning of the first millennium BCE. Never mind that the Old Testament says Israel was divided into two rival kingdoms in 722 BCE, by Yahweh. Never mind that the Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans each took turns chopping and dividing the Jewish homeland. Never mind that Jesus himself foretold the destruction of the Temple and the great Jewish Diaspora. No, Pat says, the U.N. was right in 1948, and nobody better change a thing.
If they do, they will be shot or suffer a brain hemorrhage or some other tragic fate. That Yahweh, He don’t mess around: just ask Rabin and Sharon.
Robertson’s theology is rooted in passages like Exodus 23:31: “And I will set your border from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines and from the wilderness to the River; for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and you shall drive them out before you”.
Numbers 34:3-12 awarded more land to Israel: “Your south side shall be from the wilderness of Zin close by the side of Edom, and your south border shall begin at the end of the Salt Sea eastward. And your border shall turn about southward of the ascent of Akkribim and passed along to Zin; and the going out of it shall be southward of Kadesh-barnea; and go as far as Hazar-addar and pass along to Azmon; and the border shall turnabout from Azmon to the brook of Egypt, and the end of it shall be at the Sea. And for the western border you shall have the Great Sea and this shall be your western border. And this shall be your north border: from the great sea you shall mark out your line to mount Hor. You shall mark out a line to Hamath; and the goings out of the border shall be at Zeded. And the border shall go forth to Ziphron and the going out of that shall be at Hazar-enan which shall be your north border. And you shall mark out your line for the East border from Haza-enan to Shephan; and the border shall go down from Shephan to Riblah on the east side of Ain; and the border shall go down and you shall strike upon the slope of the Sea of Kineret eastward. And the border shall go down to the Jordan. And the exit from it shall be at the Salt Sea; this shall be your land according to the border thereof roundabout.”
That would include much of modern day Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and parts of Iraq, and Robertson has suggested turning over all that territory to Israel. Robertson and his friends in the “Christian Zionist” movement want the Republic of Israel to occupy the ancient land of Israel, because they believe that when Jesus returns, he needs at least as much space as David or Solomon had. With all those six-foot tall scorpions and the blood flowing up to the bridles of the horses, you’d think that Jesus would be doing all right on the battlefield, but apparently he needs Robertson to secure the borders first. Some Son of God he is.
It’s the twelfth day of Christmas and the Drum and Fife Corps of the 3rd Infantry are drumming. Pat, you are my true love.