Have you felt in some way Satan's accusations? About what?
Daniel 6:5-6 (NIV 4-5)
"At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said,"
"We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God"
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When you compare the verses with the original Aramaic you'll find a very good version to the English language. And you can see that a mob of envious Babylonian officers are planning to get rid of Daniel (for those who believe that anti-semitism is something modern, from Nazis or Muslims, let me remind you that this happened 539 BC, when Hitler or Muhammed were not even born)
Why do this accusers do plans to harm Daniel?
If you have read previous messages then you have found that the plan of the king for Daniel was just a part of God's plan fo him, and for the Jews who were in the Babylonian captivity. We have spoken about God's plans for persons and even for Israel and Jesus Christ's church - you can read Daniel 6:4 (NIV 3) in this site. The plan of God for men or nations begins with the Holy Spirit acting upon them, and the resistance arises with satanical action. This opposition can take the form of an ACCUSATION against those ones who are following God's plan.
The captives return from Babylonia can be found in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, among another passages. In Ezra 4 and 5 we can read how Israel's enemies tried to manipulate kings to make them prohibit the Jews the restoration of Jerusalem and the temple. Nevertheless this activity was in God's plan, and the accusations affected the Jews only temporarily; finally, they completed the work.
It is not only in biblical times that Israel has been under accusation. Let me show you an example of satanical accusation against the people of God in our time.
The Holy Land became desolated and practically abandoned during the Jewish diaspora. The reports of the English cleric Thomas Shaw (1694-1751) show this condition, and also the French historian Constantine Francois de Volney who made a population's research (in 1785 were less than 15000 persons in Jerusalem, which today has a population of 3/4 million, and in Hebron less than 1000, compare 160000 at the present) The depiction was one of great desolation.
The 19th century didn't change much this picture. The French politician Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869) confirmed the same situation in 1835, and the British consul in Palestine under Ottoman occupation, James Finn (1806-1872) declared it was nearly empty.
The most known citations about the conditions in the Holy Land come from the American writer Mark Twain (1835-1910) who wrote 1867:
"Mount Tabor stands solitary .. [in a] silent plain .. a desolation .. we never saw a human being on the whole route .. hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country"
“Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes. Over it broods the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies….Palestine is desolate and unlovely…. It is a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land.”
We find many places in the Bible which warn Israel of the results of leaving Yahwe and serve another gods, not only to them but to the land He gave them. The depiction of the desolation of the Holy Land shows us the fulfilment of these prophecies. Our Lord prophesied:
"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled"
This prophecy is to be fulfilled once again in the 70th "seven", the Great Tribulation. But it was partially - and terribly - fulfilled in the Roman conquest of Juda. The Romans were the doers of this "punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written". Israel's desolation, Jerusalem in the hands of Gentiles and the Jewish diaspora, everything was prophesied by Our Lord, but even by other prophets (that's why He talks about "that has been written" in the OT) These "times of the Gentiles" which Daniel the prophet called "time of breaking the power of the holy people", are precisely that period of time when Israel had lost the government of the Holy Land, a period that began to finish on May 14, 1948.
But the Lord not only judges and punishes; He also pardons and restores. To that desolate land, almost empty and abandoned, Jews began to arrive from late 19th century. A great number among the most of 6 millions Jews living in Israel have returned to their nation in fulfilment of the prophecies of restoration to Israel. The proclamation of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, is the fulfilment of other prophecies from God to His people. And these large immigration of Jews has totally changed the Holy Land.
In a recent comparison of the "QOL" index - "quality of life" - between countries, Israel was situated in the 19th place in the whole world. This is very high. The countries in the Middle East which are nearer, Qatar and Saudi Arabia (places 31 and 34 respectively) are oil exporters. Everyone knows that petroleum is one of the most lucrative products in modern economy, and the greater source of wealth among the nations of the Middle East (Saudi Arabia is the first oil exporter in the world, and Qatar the 12th)
How did the little land Israel, which doesn't exports oil, got to the first place in QOL in the Middle East?
There is only one explanation to this: it's a MIRACLE.
The Jews returning to Israel from the second half of the 19th century found the desolation depicted on Mark Twain's writings - and on the testimony of all others. It was necesary to make the earth fertile, but also to sanitate it - for instance, to desiccate the swamps where mosquitoes were thriving, and transmitting malaria.
In 1909 came to Palestine Henrietta Szold (1860-1945) the founder of Hadassah, the main organization of Zionist women in USA. Her mission was a very important one among the Jewish communities repopulating the land: to carry on a health system. Her work is a main factor in the demographic explosion at that time; in 1921 were circa 50 000 Jews in Israel, and 20 years later, more than 500 000.
Those desolated and arid lands were irrigated with modern systems, and were cultivated. In a country where more than a half is literally a desert, Israel has developed an agriculture which covers 95% of the country's needs - even exporting; a 4% of Israel's export is just agricultural products. The nation of Israel is a world leader in agricultural technologies. An abridged list should include wheat, maize, sorghum, citrus, avocado, kiwi, guava, mango, grapes, tomatoes, dates, cucumbers, apple, pear, melons, asparagus, strawberries, pomegranate, bananas and cotton.
Cattle raising is also a very developed branch. Israeli cows have the largest milk production in the world per animal. There is fishing along the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Galilee, but it is not all. Israel has developed aquaculture (cultivation of fish) getting groundwater to form the ponds - and that water is used to irrigation as well. This technology has been applied in other countries with an arid climate, where poverty is rather common.
You can watch this video and see some images about how the Jews transformed the Holy Land:
This short film from the archives of the renowned director Steven Spielberg shows us how did Jewish communities use to live in the times they were making "a pool from the burning sand" and causing "the wilderness to blossom", as Isaiah prophesied in chapter 35 in his book. And this happened several decades ago. Israel has advanced much more.
In our days, the work that Henrietta Szold began for many years ago has growth hugely in the State of Israel. The Jewish nation is a scientific world power in the field of medicine. Israeli discoverings and inventions have revolutionized the treatment of several diseases, e.g. cancer, Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's syndrome. Israel is the country which registers most patents in the field of medicine IN THE WORLD per capita. That's why so many persons in this world are alive and sound because of Israeli inventions.
Last - by now, because this list could be much longer - we can talk about the technological development besides health. There are in Israel 140 scientists, technics or engineers per 10000 employees, which rates as first in the world also (compare 85 per 10000 in USA or 83 per 10000 in Japan) The achievements of the Jewish nation are remarkable, especially in the fields of computing science, the use of solar energy, electronics and much more. This technological development in Israel is an important factor in the world, transforming our planet in a better place for every human being.
The whole panorama of the miraculous growth of this little country, which came back to existence in 1948 after two millennia of desolation, being repopulated by immigrants, is the fulfilment of a promise that the God of heaven gave to Abraham his friend:
"“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you"
Genesis 12:2, 3
There are many nations that could thank God in this world because of the blessing that Israeli science and technology have represented for their economy and prosperity. From the field of medicine, to computer science or modern agriculture and irrigation systems, Israel has been a great blessing to this world, the same world which discriminated and persecuted Jews for 2000 years.
But Satan hates God's miracles, he hates that God's work witnesses about God's love and protection for us, he hates that people believe in God and His goodness. There is a whole infernal machinery to obliterate Israel, that we have talked about in other places. And an important part of this war is to try to weary Israel economically and deny it's legitimacy.
This year (2015) has showed a concern for Israel's protection in some places, which is a proof that God is listening to our prayers. Three states in USA (Tenessee, Indiana and Illinois) have made pronouncements against BDS and have declared that Israel doesn't deserve any boycott. This is like some millions Americans saying to Satan, STOP!
Maybe you wonder, what is this BDS?
In previous messages (you can especially read Daniel 5:24-28 in this site) we have mentioned the constant aggression against Israel, coming from people who should have migrated to Jordan in peace or accept Israeli citizenship, but they have allowed their antisemitism to permeate their lives and their society. A part of this aggression is about the Israeli economy, to make the Jewish State weak and to harm it's legitimacy in the international opinion. This is the goal of "BDS".
BDS means "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions". The goal is to boycott Israel, not buying Israeli products and not doing business with the Jewish State. If somebody has tried to recruit you to participate in this satanical work, listen to the facts before you get involved in a such degrading activity.
The promoters of BDS - especially the "Palestinian Authority", which is an "authority" only by name - are demanding from the Jews many things, especially to be allowed to create a state in the so called "West Bank", a territory known as "Judea and Samaria" from Biblical times. They accuse Israel of "apartheid", the only democratic nation in the Middle East, who includes several Muslim Arab politicians in the government and has one of the most known mosques in the world in the very core of the capital, in the Temple Mount. They accuse Israel also of "occupying" illegally Judea and Samaria.
The territory of Judea and Samaria, which was destined for the Jewish home by the precedent government - the British Empire - was invaded and illegally occupied by Jordan in the 1948 war, and Israel took it back in the 1967 war. If this is an illegal occupation, then the Kingdom of Spain is only the Principality of Asturias, and the rest of the country is "territory illegally occupied" to the moors - Arabs from the Maghreb which invaded almost the whole Iberian Peninsula in the early Middle Ages. Scania, the southest province of the Kingdom of Sweden, should also be an "occupied territory", because Danmark invaded it and it was a Danish province by centuries, until the Swedes retook it by the 17th century. It is important to know and made known that Israel took back those territories FROM JORDAN, not from some "palestinian state" which has never existed.
Judea and Samaria are Israel. Those are not "occupied territories" because Israel took them back from Jordan, a nation which had invaded them and occupied them in violation of an international treaty signed in the San Remo Conference, 1920. The purpose of the Jordan invasion was not only to occupy Judea and Samaria, but the whole Israeli territory. In the same war - 1948 - Egypt occupied also the Gaza strip. Let's remember that the Palestinian Arabs living under Jordanian and Egyptian rule never cried in the period 1948-1967 to get a "palestinian state", neither they waged war or terrorism against Egyptians and Jordanians, as they do against Jews. They were not offended by being a part of Egypt or Jordan. The Palestinian Authorities preach hatred against Jews only, and that fanatical inhuman hatred arises when the question is to become Israeli.
The Jews living in Judea and Samaria aren't "settlers" or "colonists" and least of all "invaders". They are Israeli citizens in an Israeli territory - the one in dispute. To make a decision for or against something, and do it in the just way, we have to respect both truth and justice. Israel is not an "usurper power" and there's no "apartheid" in Judea and Samaria. The country in the whole Islamic world where the Arabs have got a better life, with human rights, democracy, same rights for women and all the features of the civilized society is precisely the State of Israel. Never allow Satan to deceive you with his lies.
If you are under the Evil one's accusation, look att the Jewish determination, both in Ezra and Nehemiah's time and nowadays, which is a good example that illustrates how peoples can endure when they understand God's plan for them, and when they ask God for strenght to fulfil it. The God of heavens and earth is Almighty, but Satan isn't.
If you have not yet received Christ as your Lord and Savior, let me tell you, there's time! He can arrive any time, get his church and leave this world in the Antichrist hands, in a tribulation which like has never existed from the creation of the world.
Now is the time, today is the day! Make your decision for Christ, who will never leave you!
In the love of Christ, your brother
PS Jesus comes soon!