We regularly blog on the depressing rise of Anti-Semitism that is evident in this country. The situation is particularly bad across university campuses and the University of Southampton is the latest to jump on the bandwagon by hosting a conference in April entitled ‘International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism’. It is clear that this is not a debate, but a three-day hate-fest directed against Israel.
The Express contributor Douglas Murray has done a great job of exposing this for what it really is and his comments can be read in his column – No debate but a rally of hatred directed at Israel.
We are in disbelief over the lamentable vilification of Israel that is commonplace in this country and at the brazen double standards by those who attack the only democracy in the Middle East, whilst completely ignoring the conduct of the oppressive dictatorships that surround Israel.
The Bible (see passage below) predicts the arrival of Jesus Christ will be prompted by a worldwide attack against Israel and all the signs indicate the stage continues to be set for this to occur. We suspect the dramatic rise of anti-semitism will continue not only in the UK but across Europe and further afield and that worldwide Jewry will be forced to return to Israel for protection. The scene will be set perfectly for the battle that will end all battles. Woe betides those who add to the persecution of the Jews whether it be active violence and campaigns of hate or passive indifference. Worst of all, we despair of churches to engage in this behaviour – we pray that their eyes will be opened to recognising the Jewish people as the ‘apple’ of God’s eye and treat them as such. We can take heart from verse 4 below which describes the return of the Lord Jesus to the Mount of Olives – these will be desperate times, but be sure that redemption is near for those who remain faithful amid severe persecution.
For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. (Zechariah 14:2-4, emphasis added)