A terrible warning: 'Gaza Will Be Forsaken' . . .
Recently the world watched as all the Jews in Gaza were forcibly removed from their homes and their land ... even the dead Jews were forcibly dug up from their graves and removed from Gaza. This 'uprooting' of the Jews from Gaza which the whole world watched on the news may be a much more 'significant' prophetic event than most realize, and the Bible warns there is more to come . . .
In the book of Zephaniah, God warns Gaza would one day 'be forsaken' (yes, that same Gaza you have recently been watching on the world news). Gaza is in the land which was given to the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:1-12), and one of Messiah's titles is "The Lion of the Tribe of Judah." The Bible links the forsaking of Gaza to the coming 'Apocalypse,' which is also called 'The Day of Wrath' and the 'Day of the Lord's Anger."
From these following passages in Zephaniah 2:1-7, God wants the children of Israel and ALL people on Earth to learn and know at least THREE (3) things . . .
1. GOD has issued a terrible warning and a 'plea' to both the children of Israel and to all people on Earth . . .
"Gather yourselves together,
Yes, gather together O undesirable nation
(the nation who would willingly try to give God's land to her enemies)
Before the decree is issued,
Before the day passes like chaff,
Before the Lord's fierce anger comes upon you,
Before the day of the Lord's anger comes upon you!
Seek the Lord, all you meek of the Earth
who have upheld His justice (meaning ... this warning is also for everybody on Earth!)
It may be that you will be hidden
In the day of the Lord's anger." (The coming 'Apocalypse' ... the 'Day of the Lord's Wrath')
2. GOD wants all in Israel and on Earth to know what will help trigger this fierce and terrible anger: Gaza!! He warns, 'Gaza will be forsaken'... her inhabitants (the children of Israel) 'uprooted' and 'driven out' . . .
"For Gaza shall be forsaken,
And Ashkelon desolate;
They shall drive out Ashdod at noonday,
And Ekron shall be uprooted.
Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast,
The nation of the Cherethites!
The word of the Lord is against you,
O Canaan, land of the Philistines (Palestinians):
"I [God] will destroy you
So there shall be no inhabitant." (All 'Palestinians' and their allies should take note ...)
3. GOD also wants all to know there is Hope. He promises hope for all those who will wait in faith and trust in Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) ... for one-day in the future, after the coming 'Apocalypse' ... the 'Day of God's Wrath' ... the terrible coming 'Day of the Lord' a remnant of the tribe of Judah will once again peacefully inhabit and prosper in that precious land God promised and gave to them ... and then, and only then, will there be 'peace on Earth.' For at that time, our Messiah and God will restore all the Earth in peace and beauty ... as promised.
"The seacoast shall be pastures,
With shelters for shepherds and folds for flocks.
The coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah;
They (the remnant of the house of Judah) shall feed there flocks there (coastlands of Gaza);
In the houses of Ashkelon they shall lie down at evening.
The the Lord their God will intervene for them,
And return their captives."
Yet, as noted above, the Bible warns prior to 'the remnant of the house of Judah' returning to their land in peace, Israel (and the world) will go through a 'time of tribulation' and 'testing' sometimes called in the Bible the 'Day of God's Wrath' (the coming 'Apocalypse') when 2/3 in the land of Israel will be "cut-off" for their unbelief . . .
"And it shall come to pass in all the Land (Israel), says the Lord,
That two-thirds of it shall be cut off and die,
but one-third shall be left in it:
(only one-third in Israel will survive ... even fewer in the world)
I will bring the one-third through the fire,
will refine them as gold is tested.
They will call on my Name,
and I will answer them.
I will say, 'This is My people';
and each one will say, 'the LORD is my God.'"
The following numbers may just be 'coincidental,' but they are
worth noting . . .
Remember, there was no 'Palestine' in the days of Jesus ... the Romans still called it 'Judea' (Judah) ... just look at their maps and their coins ... it wasn't until after the second Jewish revolt against the Romans (over 100 years after Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew) was Crucified and Resurrected) the Romans changed the name from Judea (Judah) to 'Palestinia' (Palestine). The Roman rulers re-named it after Israel's ancient enemy the Philistines in order to try to break the Jews away from their relationship and bond to their Land of Israel. The Bible has much to say about the land of Judah and it has a lot to say about the terrible time we are now moving into . . .
We find in the Bible God says what He means and He means what He says! Bible prophecies will not be fulfilled in secret, but in a way the whole world can see (if they are looking and watching.) It may be time to start taking the Bible seriously...
Please remember . . .
The Kingdom of Heaven is available to every man, woman, boy, and girl in this world, no matter who they are, where they live, or what they have done. It is freely offered to any and all who will receive it. Simply learn of Jesus (Yeshua), the promised Messiah, invite Him into your life as Lord, believe He died on the Cross for all of your sins and rose from the grave (proving there is a Kingdom of Heaven ... and a Hell). Learn of Him and believe in Him . . . for He was the only one who has ever loved you enough to substitute Himself for you on the Cross. He shed His blood, suffered, and died on the Cross to save you from your sins and from the utter darkness and torment of Hell, if you will accept it, believe it, and trust in it. That is why Jesus is called Savior. He now lovingly and graciously offers you life in Heaven (and we are warned it is a "take it or leave it" proposition.) We have to consciously receive it and accept it in faith. If you sincerely admit you have sinned (which means you will need a Savior to get into Heaven) and ask Jesus to come into your life and honestly try to stop doing (and saying) those things God says are wrong, you will go to Heaven ... and with open arms and tears of joy He will receive all who will come to Him in faith and in love ... It's God's Promise!!!
The only unpardonable sin is to reject God's love and His free offer of life in the Kingdom of Heaven by rejecting Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) who stepped forth from Eternity ("from of old, from everlasting"... see Micah 5:2) ... not to condemn the sinner, but to save the sinner (from the torment of Hell) and who willingly and lovingly shed His blood on the Cross so we can be washed clean of all our sins. The Bible warns there will be no peace in our lives until we make peace with God through His Son, Jesus (Yeshua), the promised Messiah. The Bible also says there will be no peace in Israel or on Earth until Jesus (Yeshua), the Messiah returns . . .