Many Christian leaders around the globe agree — the United States is at a very pivotal point in world and biblical history with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s much-contended March 3 speech before Congress at the nation’s capital.
With President Barack Obama and other leading Democrats continuing to sour America’s long-established alliance with Israel and exacerbating the issue by not attending Netanyahu’s speech, many religious leaders are fearful that the U.S.’s blessing as the world’s superpower is coming to a close. The White House’s harsh rebuke of House Speaker John Boehner for inviting Netanyahu to speak further highlights the unprecedented disconnect between the U.S. and Israel.
Also opposing Netanyahu’s speech, the first Muslim elected to Congress, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), is issuing Boehner a letter signed by 22 other House Democrats urging him to postpone the speech.
Top staffers in the Obama administration are also heavily involved in the political opposition to Netanyahu, who faces an election on March 17. The State Department and Obama’s 2012 campaign team spent millions in taxpayers money to mobilize efforts to depose Netanyahu in favor of more pro-Arab candidates.
But the Obama administration’s cold shoulder to Israel — not to mention the short fuse on the powder keg in the Middle East with ISIS, Iran’s nuclear program and the Palestinian conflict — is not the only thing pointing to a global grand finale. Bible prophesy points to the stars, or more specifically, the sun and the moon, as a prelude to climactic things to come.
Of politics and prophesy
El Shaddai MinistriesFounder Pastor Mark Biltz solemnly warns America that its judgment hinges on whether the White House embraces or rejects Israel in the midst of its volatile situations with its Middle Eastern enemies.
“When Netanyahu speaks before Congress on March 3, this is the day before the Fast of Esther when the enemies of Israel, specifically Persia/Iran, had planned to destroy the nation of Israel,” explained Biltz, according to WND. “The next day is Purim, which celebrates the day Israel achieved victory over Iran. The timing significance of this is just as important as the timing of the blood moon.”
To shine more light on the biblical significance of these timely events, Biltz will join Jewish rabbi and New York Timesbestselling author of The Harbinger, Jonathan Cahn, and Prophesy Depot Ministries’ Bill Salus on a televised program called “End Times Praise,” hosted by international evangelist Perry Stone of Perry Stone Ministries. The four will discuss how Jeremiah’s 2,600-year-old Bible prophesy of Elam will culminate this Shemitah year as the final two blood moons appear April 4 — on Passover, one month after Netanyahu’s speech — and September 28 on the Feast of Tabernacle.
Adding to the climactic weeks ahead, Israel’s election lands just two weeks after Netanyahu’s speech on March 17. This is an election that the Obama administration has reportedly been working feverishly — with U.S. tax dollars — to ensure that Netanyahu is ousted as Israel’s PM, with its last attempt exposed just weeks ago.
Three days after Israel’s election, a total solar eclipse will appear on March 20, which, according to the biblical calendar, precedes Nisan by one day — the beginning of the Jewish New Year. The significance of the April and September blood moons this year are detailed in Biltz’s Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs.
For or against Israel?
Biltz insists that America must not discount its relationship with Israel or the signs in the skies about which the Bible forewarns.
“God tells us in Genesis 1:14 that the heavenly bodies were created to serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years,” Biltz points out, according to WND. “But the word seasons is better translated as divine appointments, and here we have a solar eclipse and then a blood moon falling on the New Year and Passover respectively — all at a time when the Jewish state is under great persecution. God is trying to tell us something about a divine appointment.”
Biltz isn’t the only pastor keeping a close eye on events as they quickly unfold over the next several weeks.
“Rabbis have a saying, that the word coincidence is not a kosher word,” Maranatha ChapelPastor Ray Bentley said, reports WND. “These kinds of signs show we are in a powerful, phenomenal time, a time of great testing for both Israel and the world.”
Bentley warns that that Israel could be entering a “second Holocaust” and urges Christians to rally behind the Jewish State during this critical time with unwavering support. He says believers should be “praying like they never have prayed before.” He alerts America that the Bible gives them the dire warning that “the nations will be judged collectively” on what they do right now,” stressing that Christians should be discussing End Times prophesy as much as they discuss already fulfilled prophesy.
“We are told that Israel will be alone during this time,” Bentley informed. “We may be seeing the beginnings of that process.”
Both Bentley and Biltz referred to the Book of Joel to back their assertion that God will judge nations for scattering the people of Israel to other nations and divvying up its land that God promised to the Jewish People.
“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
Biltz explains that the Scripture is intended to show that God’s favor of nations will be determined by their relationship with His chosen people of Israel.
“God says He will divide the sheep from the goats, one nation from another, and He will do it on the basis of those who supported Israel and those who didn’t,” Biltz clarifies.
Witnessing how Democrats and Republicans have become divided over their foreign policy regarding the support of Israel, Biltz says that Israel’s partnership with the U.S. shouldn’t be a conservative or liberal issue, contending that all from both parties should recognize the crucial need to support Israel.
“This shouldn’t be political,” Biltz argues. “This is about the survival of Israel.”
Biltz also notes how Iran’s nuclear program should be of grave concern to every American, as its weapons could not only be used devastatingly against Israel, but the U.S., as well. They can be used as a judgment on both nations.
“Iran is the issue of the day,” Biltz continued. “It is developing nuclear weapons. And our own nation will be judged depending on how it acts in this moment.”
Where do we stand?
Christian leaders agree that whether the U.S. stands with Israel or lets it go it alone in the Middle East, its future will be affected for better or for worse.
“This is a critical turning point,” stressed Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN) Founder Laurie Cardoza-Moore. “It seems that with Obama’s presidency, every year that goes by the relationship between Israel and the United States becomes more strained, and not because of the Israeli prime minister.
Cardoza-Moore, who also serves as a special United Nations envoy for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches, says that Obama is asserting his personal agenda opposing Netanyahu and Israel against the will of the American people.
“The overwhelmingly majority of Americans support Israel and believe Israel has the right to defend itself against terrorism,” she insists. “But this president is trying to undermine Prime Minister Netanyahu.”
According to Cardoza-Moore, Obama is a major proponent of the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) movement, which is a global anti-Semitic campaign that Leftists have been pushing in universities and churches from coast to coast. All 10 schools in the University of California (UC) system have passed a vote to go anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian on their campuses. Cardoza-Moore argues that Obama is fully on board with this movement, especially in lieu of his foreign policy concerning Israel over the past six years of his presidency.
“I see this as anti-Semitism,” PJTN’s founder expressed. “The president of the United States has bought into the BDS movement.”
If the BDS movement gets its targeted result, Americans refusing to support Israeli businesses will weaken the nation financially to the extent that it has to make concessions to the Palestinians and give up its land. Despite these concerted efforts, Cardoza-Moore foresees Congress giving Israel’s prime minister its undivided support.
“[Congress is] the body that really represents the American people,” Cardoza-Moore attests. “You will see [a]standing ovation after standing ovation for this man.”
Cardoza-Moore reminds America from Scripture that United States’ existence as a nation is contingent on what Congress decides to do regarding Israel.
“There will be judgment upon this nation based upon how we act right now,” Cardoza-Moore concludes. “That’s all I can say.”