Samantha Power, R2P and the End Times

“Glorify a lie, legalize a lie, arm and equip a lie…and after all it is nothing but a lie. ” E. H. Chapin

Former CBS News Anchor, Dan Rather

Former CBS News Anchor, Dan Rather

Lying has been popular since Eden but it seems we’ve entered the age of the exalted lie, where deception trumps everything but irony. From former New York Times national desk reporter, Jason Blair, whose repeated lying landed him not lasting shame but a book deal and a cult following, to ex-CBS anchorman, Dan Rather, who in 2004 attempted to discredit then President George Bush’s military record on the CBS news show, Sixty Minutes, using false documents…Rather was caught, fired then eventually given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Television Academy.

The Lie is king.

Jason Blair

The most accomplished current practitioner, Joe Biden, withdrew from the 1988 presidential election campaign when caught egregiously plagiarizing one of British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock’s speeches to the British House of Commons. Now Joe Biden is Vice President of the United States. Few Americans seem to know about his gaping lack of character, fewer seem to care.

Dishonesty has become socially acceptable and often discussed as an appropriate use of “personal” power. Which brings me to Samantha PowerNational Security Adviser to Barak Obama, the United Nations R2P policy, an amazing correlation of current events to end times prophecy and how they all point to the temporary peril of… Who else?

Israel and the Jews.
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“Listen, Jew…”

Martin Luther, famed reformer and fabled anti-Semite got many things wrong about the Jews, but expressed one thing perfectly…

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Had the great Protestant reformer Martin Luther lived until 1949 he may not have been so comfortable claiming that God had abandoned the Jews forever. He may even have been embarrassed. Given his courage, intellect and passion, it’s clear he was a remarkable man, but just a man after all, limited like the rest of us by his inability to consistently grasp the infinite. And, with regard to the Jews and their status in God’s eye, he was a man proven wrong by passing time and his own reasoning,

Early in his famous work, “The Jews and Their Lies (1543),” Luther wrote…

Listen, Jew, are you aware that Jerusalem and your sovereignty, together with your temple and priesthood, have been destroyed for over 1,460 years?” For this year…is exactly 1,468 years…since Vespasian and Titus destroyed Jerusalem and expelled the Jews from the city. Let the Jews bite on this nut and dispute this question as long as they wish.

Are we aware? Yes, thanks. Jews were well aware in Luther’s day and even 2,124 years earlier when Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon leveled David’s City and destroyed the First Temple. And Jews were aware 136 years before that when Assyria wiped out the Northern Kingdom of Israel. And they remained aware 400 years after Luther’s anti-Semitic masterpiece appeared when Nazi Germany took their turn at attempting to destroy them. Even now, 2,734 years since the fall of the Northern Kingdom, as the US turns its back, the UN compulsively condemns Israel and Iran continues to enrich uranium…

Well, who would be more aware?

Buchenwald Prisoners

Buchenwald Prisoners

As Luther said…

For such ruthless wrath of God is sufficient evidence that they assuredly have erred and gone astray. Even a child can comprehend this.

Agreed. Hebrew prophets expressed the same in even harsher terms…before the fact. But Luther continues, and stumbles…

For one dare not regard God as so cruel that he would punish his own people so long, so terribly, so unmercifully, and in addition keep silent, comforting them neither with words nor with deeds, and fixing no time limit and no end to it… Therefore this work of wrath is proof that the Jews, surely rejected by God, are no longer his people, and neither is he any longer their God.

Luther’s first error was to assume that 2,000 years could exceed God’s reach. He cites a single verse in Hosea (1:9) to prove His dismissal of the Jews:

Call his name Not my people, for you are not my people and I am not your God.

Then he says…

They [the Jews] may interpret this as they will; we see the facts before our eyes, and these do not deceive us.

But Luther’s lonely verse is a condemnation, not an eternal promise,and the facts before our eyes in 2012 differ greatly from those the poor fellow considered 479 years ago. Scores of other uncanny, prophetic verses point clearly to a Jewish return both to God’s favor and the Land, none more compelling than this sampling from Jeremiah 31…

At the same time [the latter days], saith the LORD, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people…

Again I will build thee…Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria…and say, O LORD, save thy people, the remnant of Israel…They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them…for I am a father to Israel…

He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock...

And from Ezekiel 36…

Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you… And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

One might ask. “How could Luther have missed the testimony of every Old Testament prophet promising the Restoration of Israel?” But here, I think, is a better question…

How can so many Jews today, while the miracle of Israel expands before our eyes, while God’s chosen return to Israel from the corners of the earth as promised and while the nations gather to oppose her–exactly as prophesied–fail to understand what is happening? 

Luther said, “Listen, Jew…”

Listen to the Tanakh. Listen to the promises of the Prophets. Listen, Jew, to the longings of your heart. Martin Luther got that right.