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Ezekiel’s Army

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Ezekiel’s Army


By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of The Levesque Institute

“So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.”  Ezekiel 37:10 

The promises God made regarding a miraculous rebirth of Israel as a nation also have specific and implied promises of an equally amazing army.  An army with muscle.  An army on the move.  An army with a divine mandate.  The modern Israeli Defense Force or IDF is an impressive military force by any standards, winning every conventional battle since its inception.  Ezekiel’s army has risen.

The IDF is a comprehensive organization.  It costs 10% of total national GDP not including American funding.  It is the only military in the world that has obligatory service for both men and women.  It has minimal separation of services, meaning it includes and integrates army, navy and aviation units.  In national emergency it takes precedent over every other branch of government, and Israel is almost always in a state of emergency.

Most of Israel’s past political leaders have had major roles in the IDF.  Dayan, Begin, Rabin, Sharon and Barak were all military men.  The nation’s civilian technical prowess comes from the training of scientists, engineers, software and robotic technicians in the service of military needs.  Though small in numbers, the IDF retains technological superiority of the air, sea, land and space in order to maximize the use of force when necessary. 

Because the land mass of Israel is so small and vulnerable it’s military and political doctrine combine to justify the concept of a “pre-emptive strike”.   It’s alliances with America also give it an ‘aura’ of teeth that can bite with immunity.  In case of a catastrophic attack, the well known ‘Samson Doctrine’  would ensure a nuclear or equally devastating response, bringing the house down upon Israel’s enemies.

Army Profile:

40,000 professional officers

125,000 full time soldiers

600,000 part time reservists

4000 “Merkava” (Chariot) Main Battle Tanks

11,000 Armored Vehicles

 

Navy Profile:

14,000 full time sailors

300 full time commandos

3 “Tekumah” (Revival) submarines

3 Missile Corvettes

50 patrol & attack boats

2 amphibious landers

 

Air Force Profile:

25,000 full time airmen

35,000 part time reservists

100 F15i “Ra’am” (Thunder) Fighter aircraft

320 F16 Fighter/bomber aircraft

120 attack helicopters

 

Technology Profile:

Ofek-6 Surveillance/communication Satellite

1500 “Mossad” (the Institution) Intelligence agents

200 Nuclear warheads

Jericho 2 missile (2500 mile range)

First missile stopping Laser weapon

 

War Fighting Profile:

1948-49           War of Independence

1956                 Sinai War

1967                Six Day War

1973                Yom Kippur War

1978                 First Lebanese Incursion

1981                Iraq nuclear reactor strike

1982-2000        South Lebanon Occupation

1987-93           Palestinian uprising

1991                 Iraq Scud attacks

2000-05           Al-Aqsa uprising

2006                Second Lebanese Incursion

While Israel has not officially acknowledged it’s possession of nuclear weapons, it is generally held that they do possess these weapons.  It is to be understood therefore, that an Iranian nuclear strike against Israel would initiate the very first nuclear retaliation or exchange.  Such a truly “nuclear war” is unimaginable for the IDF prompting a pre-emptive strategy.  Although the U.S. has not given a green light for such action, the IDF has shown it is ready to go it alone if necessary.  However, the ultimate hope for Israel’s defense cannot be in the IDF, but in the builder of Ezekiel’s army.

“And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land:  then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.”  -Ezekiel 37:14

*for further information go online to BibleNation.org to read “Wielding the Nuclear Sword” from the October 2007 edition of the magazine.

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Iran the Persia of the Bible

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Iran the Persia of the Bible


By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, the Founder of The Bible Nation Society

The country of Iran is referred to throughout the pages of Scripture, not as Iran, but as Elam, Media, and Persia.  It has been inhabited since near Creation with scientists dating the habitation of the land to 4000 BC.  The first mention in Scripture of this country is by way of its apparent post-flood pioneer, Elam the son of Shem.  That’s right, Elam was Noah’s grandson. (Genesis 10:22)  It would seem apparent to the population of modern Iran that they are an ancient progeny with God-fearing roots:  the Elamites.  Indeed, Iranian museums, textbooks, and universities, all recognize this fact, yet today, ninety-nine percent of the people practice a dedicated form of Islam and call themselves Shiites.  Shiites are followers of the Koran, not the Bible, and are becoming increasingly hostile to Christians and Jews.  It is this national and religious hostility concerning the encroachment of ‘western’ ideology and power that has put this ancient land back in the headlines.

The current rumblings for regional dominance coming out of the broader Middle East are by no means a new phenomenon.  In Genesis, an Elamite king by the name of Chederlaomer, led a group of Mesopotamian rulers in a military campaign to exact tribute and dominate the region of what is now modern-day Israel.  The Biblical patriarch Abraham was forced into the conflict because his nephew, Lot, was being taken captive by the invaders.  Abraham defeated the multinational force with three hundred of his own men, but insisted the victory was not due to military prowess, but came by the hand of God Himself.  The Canaanite kings were grateful, but Abraham was not impressed by these men anymore than the ones he had just defeated.  They were the kings of the soon to be destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.

Babylon (near modern-day Baghdad, Iraq) was in the geographic center of many powerful kingdoms, and eventually dominated the Elamites of the south and the Assyrians of the north.  The prophet Daniel was no doubt privy to the political intrigues of the day and ended up in the Elamite city of Susa, serving the Persian Emperor Cyrus, and his Median lord, Darius.  It was in Susa that Daniel had his great vision of Jesus, similar to John’s in Revelation.  The angel Gabriel delivered a message from God to Daniel here that encouraged him about Israel’s future restoration, and Persia’s eventual decline.  From here on out, Elam is highlighted by its greater context as the Persian Empire.  Daniel had envisioned this empire in a dream, as the representation of the arms and chest of silver.  This Empire surged from India to Ethiopia, and moved its capital from Susa to Persepolis.  These ruins today lie near the modern-day city of Shiraz, southeast of the province of Llam (from the name Elam).

Of course, the pages of Scripture are filled with the accounts of Persian rulers allowing, and even paying for, the return to Israel of the long-captive Jews.  Sheshbazaar, Zerrubabel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, and Mordecai, all served close to the seat of power and were players in the gradual restoration of legal rights, return of temple treasures, and rebuilding of Jerusalem’s temple and walls.  Iran is the background to all of these historical narratives concerning the repatriation of Jewish exiles from the Assyrian and Babylonian captivity.  These political intrigues were no doubt an attempt to form a strong alliance with previously enslaved peoples in order to create a geographic buffer against the rising ‘western’ storm of Greek people and power infringing upon its empire.  A similar encroachment is felt by Iran’s Imams and Ayatollahs today, but they are not using a goodwill campaign to combat it this time.  They instead are using a campaign of regional guerilla warfare and global terror justified upon Shia law.

After failed western campaigns, the Persians then found themselves battling the young conqueror Alexander, who made quick work of their armies and burned the city of Persepolis as a statement to the nations of his new world order.  After his death the Greeks divided the vast lands and in the order of time were reconquered or simply assimilated by the Romans.  The Romans in turn had to divide their empire until the Byzantine Christian monarchs eventually had influence in the region.  The Muslim movement rejected the old Roman order and Byzantine rule, filling the void of the region’s hunger for purpose and self identity, eventually becoming the dominating force in Iran.  It has been struggling to be even a third-rate power for 2,400 years, but now finds itself with the best opportunity for global advancement since the world was ruled from its cities.

Perhaps the best insight into how Bible-believers should respond to the current saber-rattling and potential nuclear showdown facing America is found in the New Testament book of Acts.  In Chapter two we find God-fearing men and converts from all points of the compass including “Elam”.  It is incredible to think that the modern, mostly Bible-rejecting people of Iran, had representation at the greatest Spirit-inspired evangelism crusade ever to be witnessed.  These Elamites heard Galileans speak, with perfect diction, the message of Christ in their native tongue!  Bible truths were heard by Iranians!  It was God’s will!  And so should it be today.  There is a small but growing group of Iranian Christians who daily read the Bible in the Persian tongue, and who boldly, but carefully, distribute it to their countrymen.

The fact that American troops virtually surround Iran to-day has the current president Ahmadinejad and the military establishment there up in arms.  They are pursuing nuclear power, backing terrorist organizations, purchasing advanced weapons at an alarming rate, and allying with a newly robust Russia.  These facts also can be seen prophetically on the pages of scripture.  Ezekiel prophesies in chapter 38-39 about the war of Gog and Magog (Russia) who align with Persia (Iran) against Israel, but are annihilated by God Himself.  America seems to be absent in this scenario.  Could that mean we are passive, subjugated, or neutral during this time?  Do we lose power or are we crippled by weapons of mass destruction?  It is an interesting question that has Bible enthusiasts focused squarely on Iran in the news.

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Israel Versus America?

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Israel Versus America?


By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of The Levesque Institute

Who would have thought that the United States, Israel’s greatest national ally would become aligned with her enemies?

The rapid deterioration of relations between the two friends is the result of several parameters: 

First, is the United States governments’ wholesale acceptance of a two state solution to the Palestinian quandary.  In 2007, the Annapolis Plan set forth by the Bush administration, and supported by the global “quartet” of Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations, made into policy what previous generations would have thought impossible – A Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capitol.

With such a preponderance of pressure, Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tipni Livni, were sucked into the vortex of giving away land for peace.

In fact, in 2008 Olmert and Livni offered the Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas the entire West Bank, along with the already surrendered Gaza Strip. 

The Israeli’s then sweetened the deal by also including East Jerusalem, a “tunnel” or land bridge connecting the two pieces of land, plus swaths of the Negev desert to compensate for Israeli settelements.  This would have created an independent Palestine side by side with an independent Israel, but was refused by Palestinian leaders.

Of course, the continuation of invading rocket fire into Israel led to the military incursion of early 2009 and the seeming death of the Annapolis Plan.  The U.S. also paid a dear price for such heavy handed peace mongering. 

Natural disasters, financial collapse, political dissatisfaction and military weakening will always be the results of such a poor friendship with Israel.  While Americans chose to shift to the political left, Israelis chose the hard right factions to lead them.

Secondly, the new Obama administration, with Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, has gone even farther in joining the rest of the world in pressuring Israel with the Annapolis plan.  New Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has declared that the Plan “has no validity”, igniting a firestorm from world opinion and from former FM Livni, who retorted that his statement, “wiped out in 20 seconds” years of efforts to advance the peace process.

A State Department spokesperson added, “We are going to work hard to see what we can do to move the process forward.”  The New York Times call Lieberman “blunt and belligerent”; CNN touts that the Israeli’s position will “spurn the peace process.”  With such harsh rhetoric being offered up, it seems as though Israel is being isolated from America more and more each passing day.

Lastly, with our administration sitting down to talk “warmly” with the Iranians and the Pentagon reversing its doctrine and dealing with the leading state sponsor of terrorism, we send a clear message to our former ally in the Middle East, “It behooves us to let you stand alone.”  Our real consolation is in knowing that Israel is the “apple” of God’s eye, and will never truly stand alone. (Psalm 17)

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The Character of a Nation

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The Character of a Nation


By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of The Levesque Institute 

The Biblical world view naturally held by America’s founders, and so successfully ingrained in the national psyche in succeeding generations, is a national phenomenon unparalleled in history.  Such a pervasive viewpoint fueled America’s decision making and action taking for centuries.  It is the not-so-secret reason behind the United States meteoric  rise to superpower status, economically and militarily.  It is also the rationale that put the U.S. in support of Israel’s right to exist as an independent nation state.  Does not the Scripture endorse Israel as a nation, and one beloved of God at that?  Do we not see ourselves the same way?  Surely we are akin to such an idea of ordained nationhood?  For sixty years America has backed this point of view with diplomacy, foreign aid, military alliance, and sometimes . . . a blind eye.  The relationship between the two nations has been give and take, but also one of frustration and disappointment.  With both nations preparing to be led by new and differing governments, with manifold forces intent on severing the bond at any cost, with a nuclear Iran on the immediate horizon, how are we to behave now toward our tempermental ally?  The character of Israel and America is being put to the test.  An understanding of one another is vital now more than ever.

Israel Wrestles With God

The Biblical promises made to Abraham, and renewed through Isaac, began to materialize through the patriarch Jacob.  In fact, it was he who was called “Israel” by the Almighty.  His unique personality and situation are a key to understanding the nation and mindset of Israel today.  With a name meaning ‘supplanter’ or ‘trickster’,  Jacob has set the pace for what others think of him.  He tricked his father, ‘stole’ his brother’s birthright, exploited his position and contract with his father in law, then encountered some of the same traits among his twelve sons.  It is this same “Israel”  who, when encountering the Angel of the LORD, wrestled with him, and would not let him go.  Perhaps Jacob’s sense of promise, passed on no doubt from grandfather and father, made him justify what we deem a flaw in his character.  Who was he to be so familiar with God?  What made him think that he should win at any price? Why was he compelled to succeed at his own friends and families expense?  The same questions that perplexed Jacob about his own identity,  perplex the modern day Israel still.  And yet, they wrestle with God.  They continually fall short of yielding to the will of God, but then again, so does the United States.  Can we accept that?  Do we understand that?  Can America be faithful in a high stakes marriage with Israel that is like a partnership between the Kings daughter and the Kings friend?  Both have much to gain and much to lose.  Both have a character they believe to be chosen, destined, and promised, yet are intertwined with God in a wrestling match that they cannot win, but dare not give up on.

Israel Wants Divine Blessing

Everyone wants to have a sense of spiritual or universal mandate.  Even imperialists and secularists talk of higher consciousness.  The Muslim Mullahs feel compelled to conquest, and the Catholic Cardinals claim a destiny to rule.  Israel, like Jacob, wants desperately to get “its’” blessing from God.  After all, they are children of promise.  The Biblical framework has Jacob (“Israel”) preparing to meet Esau, whom he had previously defrauded, and from whom he now fears annihilation.  While prayerfully waiting for this meeting, the LORD shows up and engages Jacob in hand to hand combat.  Of course, such a meeting is always a one sided affair unless God’s intention is not to destroy, but to direct.  When Jacob realizes who he is face to face with, his defensive posture turns into an all out press to grab hold of God and not let Him go.  The LORD finally ends the confrontation with Jacob getting an answer to his prayer, although not in words, but in a real sense of assurance, and a successful meeting with Esau.  Today, Israel is in real and surreal ways, reaching for Divine fulfillment of it’s national potential.  Can anyone blame them?  America has a similar sense of needing God’s hand.  In fact, the very reason Americans support Israel is to capture God’s favor and blessing for doing so.  Israel sometimes takes advantage of this reality.  Let us hope there is a reciprocal understanding of each others motives and intentions.  Jacob’s character was enhanced by striving after Divine blessing.

Israel Walks with a Limp

As a permanent reminder of the special meeting with God, Jacob was “touched” in his thigh and so walked with a limp throughout his days.  Israel continues to be hobbled by their special relationship to God, and their place of favour in the Bible.  It is meant to direct them and keep them reliant upon the Almighty as opposed to political allies, military prowess or Mossad intrigue.  At times, the limp seems to make them an easy target, or a weak competitor, but make no mistake, that same limp is a mark of survival from a meaningful scuffle with the LORD himself.  If Israel walks different from us it is because it has to walk at it’s own pace, and often by itself.  A golden ally will be cognizant of these integral character traits, and strive to be a friend at all times.  Israel, likewise, should be patient, explanatory, and appreciative of The United States role and desire to be a partner in equitable national efforts to please the LORD.

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A Day of Great Consequence

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A Day of Great Consequence


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By Dr. Douglas F. Levesque, Founder of The Levesque Institute

Today the special relationship between Israel and the U.S. dies yet another death. In late 2007 the Bush administration became the first American presidency to make a two state solution with a divided Jerusalem official policy. Despite a full court press called the Annapolis Plan executed in 2008, all ended in abysmal failure.

Instead of attaining peace, Gaza continued a barrage of rocket fire, was invaded and is in a terrible state of affairs.

Instead of attaining acclaim, the U.S. government was overwhelmingly overturned, markets were completely decimated, and our enemies emboldened.

It seems as if the Almighty’s covenant with Abraham, “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee.”, is still in cosmic operation.

Things have only gotten worse. The Obama administration is now opening up dialogue with Iran. It is the first such high level diplomacy since the Iranian revolution and hostage crisis in 1979. Today we are “resetting” our relationship with this state sponsor of terrorism in the Netherlands. A day of great consequence indeed.

At the same time, Israel is finally seating its new hard line government in Jerusalem. Today, two former commandoes, Netanyahu and Barak will formulate government policy and prepare to protect Israel at all costs. More consequences will be had.

All of these events take place in the shadow of the G20 summit in London, promoting a global world, economy, regulation czar, and trade policy. Will American sovereignty also die another death? Does this explain why we are not mentioned in prophetic passages of Scripture? What other consequences will result from this days foolishness.

The apostle Peter lived in a day of great consequence. Amidst all the clamor he reassured early saints with these words, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (I Peter 1:13)

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The Cost of Annapolis

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The Cost of Annapolis


“…but the wicked shall do wickedly:  and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.”   -Daniel 12:10

President Bush is the First US president to declare a two state solution as US policy.  His “road map to peace” initiative has included a “quartet” of partners including the UN, the EU and Russia.  He has gone on record supporting a separate, equal, contiguous Palestine.  In the shadow of the Presidential Election ahead, Bush puts his attentions on finishing his diplomatic fiat regarding the Israeli problem.  Despite a long record of the link between American-Israeli relations and it’s correlation with economic prosperity or downfall, the United States pushes forward on this foolish plan of dividing Israel.   The price is too high.

1.  October 14th, 2007                      A Foul Wind Blows

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice travels to Israel to inform and invite Israelis and Palestinians to the upcoming Annapolis Talks.  The purpose of Annapolis is to finalize and foster this policy including the division of Jerusalem.

Consequence:                    October 19th   California:  The Santa Anna winds blow reaching hurricane force; Massive brush fires are triggered; 320,000 homes are evacuated (the largest evacuation in the state’s history);  500,000 acres are destroyed, thousands of homes and businesses are burnt;  over one billion dollars in damage.

October 24th-      President Bush declares much of Southern California a disaster area.

2.        November 27-28th, 2007       The Perfect Storm

At the Annapolis conference President Bush declares the end of 2008 as the deadline for the creation of a Palestinian state that is connected, with East Jerusalem as it’s capital.

Consequence:                    November 29th- Stock market falls 1400 points from October high; first ever time ever hurricane hits Washington and Oregon coasts;  called a 500 year event; biggest rainfall amount in recorded history; 147 mph winds contribute to landslides, flooding and massive loss of property.

3.        January 9-16th, 2008              Aftermath

 

President Bush travels to Israel and Middle East to push Annapolis agenda.   He starts of the new year, his last year as President, reinforcing the 2008 deadline for a Palestinian state.

Consequence:                    January 11th-  Most powerful January storm ever produces 74 tornadoes from Alabama to Wisconsin.  Stock market falls 250 points a day for 4 days; a loss of 5%.  Bush declares an emergency 145 billion economic  stimulus package necessary.

 

4.       March 10th, 2008      Lesson NOT Learned

Vice President Cheney travels to Israel and the Middle East to follow up the Annapolis plan.   14th-Rice criticizes Israel for lack of progress.

                Consequence:                    March 14th-  Bear Stearns collapses requiring a federal bailout. 

March 15th-  Georgia storm and Atlanta tornado are the crescendo of storms across the south and Midwest that require Bush to declare large sections as disaster areas.

5.        June 3-6th, 2008        Full Court Press

 

Secretary Rice speaks to Jewish group promoting the Annapolis plan.  She announces that she will be going to Israel on the 14-16th to further push Annapolis.  On the 4th, President Bush meets with Israeli leader Ohlmert in the White House to discuss the division of Jerusalem.

Consequence:                    June 6th- Stock market plunges 600 points; Oil surges to record high; Dollar falls to record low; housing falls 16%.

June 7th-Midwest floods; called ‘Iowa’s Katrina’; Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Des Moines under water;  Millions of acres of crops, livestock destroyed to cost of 20 billion dollars; Bush declares disaster areas in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Minnesota and Nebraska.

 

6.        August 18th, 2008    Two Minute Warning

Rice announces yet another trip to Israel to ensure the 2008 mandated deadline for a Palestinian state.  On the 25th, she meets with Abbas and on TV and states “this is the most intensive discussion since at least Camp David.”

Consequence:                    August 18th- Tropical Storm Fay hits Key West, Florida; crosses state 4X; moves on to Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana; 35 dead; Bush declares Florida a disaster area.

August 25th- Tropical Storm Gustav in Caribbean Sea;  New Orleans evacuated for 2nd time since 2005; hit on 29th.

7.        September 11th, 2008             Disaster Strikes

 

US Consul General to Israel Jake Welles speaks to press in Israel about the commitment to Annapolis plan including division of Jerusalem by the end of 2008.  Bush, McCain and Obama memorialize the Twin Tower tragedy on ground Zero.

Consequence:                    September 11-12th- Hurricane Ike hits Houston, Texas destroying Galveston; nearly 50 billion in damages; no electricity for millions for a week; worst natural disaster in state’s history.

                                                September 13-14th-Lehman Brothers goes bankrupt to the tune of 613 billion dollars; greatest bank failure in US or world history; solidifies credit crises freeze up and stock market melt down;  Bush calls for another emergency 700 billion dollar bailout.

September 25th-Bush meets with Mahmoud Abbas in the White house at 1 pm to discuss dividing Jerusalem followed by a meeting with McCain and Obama at 4pm to discuss the necessity of the bailout.  These meetings are only 3 hours apart!

September 29th- Rosh Hashanah-Stocks fall 777 points!

October 9th- Yom Kippur- Stocks fall 679 points!

October 15th-Feast of Tabernacles- Stocks fall 737 points!

During the ’10 days of Awe’ World markets collapse; Stocks lose a combined 2400 points; American economy shrinks 22% or 8.1 trillion dollars.  This solidifies an Obama victory and a Democratic landslide in the congress.  Bush calls for the G20 to meet in the White House to discuss a new global economic system or “new world order.”

In light of the December incursion into the Gaza Strip by Israeli Defense Forces, the Annapolis plan and the 2008 deadline seem to be a failed measure.  The cost for Americans has been high.  That the Obama administration will reverse course seems too high a hope.   For Bible advocates there is a “road map to peace” we can believe in: “Looking for that blessed hope and that glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”  (Titus 2:15)

President Bush’s National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley said this in his January 7th, 2009 farewell speech,

“President Bush has led our Nation during a time of great consequence. Few presidents have faced more challenges. But when the history books are written, they will tell the story of a man who never wavered from his principles … who kept our Nation safe … and who helped spread the blessings of liberty to millions around the world. “

The prophet Obadiah said this in chapter 1 and verse 15, “For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen:  as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee:  thy reward shall return upon thine own head.”

For further reading on this subject see “As America Has Done To Israel” by John P. McTernan.

You can purchase John McTernan on Amazon.

 

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