The Canadian Israeli Friendship
Israel enjoys a friendship with its latest "young lion!"
December 8, 2013 - Audio, 11.00 MIN
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Welcome to another edition of the Bible in the News. In an article this week the Mclean's magazine had an article titled "Israel’s best friend: Stephen Harper"
Opening audio clips of Stephen Harper.
Due to the strong friendship Israel has with Canada, the JNF (Jewish National Fund) is building a world class bird sanctuary in the Hula Valley and naming it after Stephen Harper. And this week here in Toronto the JNF put on a gala dinner to honor Stephen Harper, the following are excerpts from a promotional video and words from the Jewish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Audio clips from the JNF promotional video.
In the Mclean's article, Harpers friendship with Israel ran a sub title that reads "The Prime Minister’s support seems less strategic than a reflection of his deeply held personal beliefs."
The following is an excerpt from the article:
"The political advantage in Canada to such a pro-Israel stance is unclear. “Going after the Jewish vote is not great political strategy,” says Frum. “I think it’s almost a disadvantage,” says Dimant. A handful of ridings, including key constituencies in Toronto and Montreal, can be tilted by Jewish support. But that’s about it, in stark electoral terms. Frum says the polls are not what drives Harper’s support for Israel. “These are his genuine, and true, and deeply held convictions, and he feels he has no choice,” she says. “He’s not going to take a different position because it’s politically advantageous.” Indeed, the Prime Minister told the gala audience in Toronto that his affection for Israel comes not from political ambition, but rather his father’s own fervent belief in the then-fledgling nation."
This I belive is the truth, Stephen Harper the prime Minister of Canada, a nation of the British commonwealth supports the state of Israel, sure because the are a democracy and have similar values etc. but Harper is a Christian and on some level he has been affected by the word of God, of that I have little doubt.
The prophecy of Jeremiah 31 reads in verse 10 "Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock." The word of the Lord was declared in the isles afar off and in particular to Tarshish and her "young lions" as they are called in the prophecy of Ezekiel 38. Tarshish clearly refers to Britain and interestingly when we look at the result that the English Bible has had on Britain and her commonwealth including The United States, it was simply the basis of morals, law and society as a whole. I was recently in Washington D.C. and we went the Library of Congress and there as you came in is a huge display case containing a copy of the Gutenburg Bible. Selling in the gift shop were facsimile copies of the first book ever printed in North America and it was the Bay Psalm Book, simply the Bible.
As for Britain being the Tarshish of the Bible we are going to somewhat take it for granted as this subject has been dealt with at length. If you want to look further into this you can go Bible Magazine Volume 20 Issue number 3 for a special edition dedicated to this subject. Having said that when you put the defining characteristics in a list, characteristics such as it being a maritime trading power with an empire and a unique and long list of metals that could be mined from her shores, Britain is the only possible choice.
And if there was any doubt of who Tarshish was, John Thomas back in the 1800's predicted that Britain would help the Jewish people return to their homeland based on her being Tarshish. Straight up, he nailed it leaving no doubt for the role the Britain played in Bible prophecy. Case in point, in 1849 John Thomas wrote "the finger of God has indicated a course to be pursued by Britain which cannot be evaded, and which her counsellors will not only be willing, but eager, to adopt when the crisis comes upon them. The degree has long since gone forth which calls upon the young Lion of Tarshish to protect the Jews. Upwards of a thousand years before the British were a nation, the prophet addresses them as the power which at "even-tide" should interest themselves in behalf of Israel." - Elpis Israel
A complete article was written on the "course which cannot be evaded" in issue 1 of the Bible Magazine this year and I highly recommend reading it for more information on this.
That said it is not just a trait of Britain to protect the Jews but also a trait of the young lions that stand with her. As we know from history when Britain removed its support of the nation the United States stepped in. Well, today as you heard in the opening clips it seems Canada is stepping in where America is unfortunately slowing down. Canada may not have the military to support Israel as the United States does but the Prime Minister does not seem to mind speaking out even if there is a political cost at home. But whether it is Britain, Canada, Australia or some other part of the British Empire, Israel can expect a level of support. I say that but if the effect of the English Bible has been support for the Jews, then what happens when society rejects the Bible? Obama clearly has not been reading the prophecies of Ezekiel lately.
The truth is that if anyone truly reads the scripture with an open mind it is plain to see that the Jewish people are God's chosen. It is He that had made them survive for 2000 years in dispersion, it is He that saved them from the Holocaust and it is He that brought them back to their ancient home just as He said he would. When we consider the following words we have to remember who it is that orders events in this world
Daniel 4:17 - "...the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men."
At this point in history Israel's friend is Harper but the problem with that friendship is that Harper is human. It was only this time last year the Harper was rejecting the settlement expansion in the West Bank. The true and only friend that Israel has the God of Israel.
The interesting thing when we consider the prophecy of Ezekiel 38 is that there is much verbal oppostion to the invasion of Israel by the northern confedercy of nations but little military action it seems, that is until the almighty God steps in.
So for now God has given Israel a friend in Canada, a young lion in the British Commonwealth. It has been written long ago that the Tarshish power would stand with Israel so when we see this today in the news know that you are witnessing the Bible in the News.
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