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I was reading the other day and came across this passage of Scripture, spoken by the prophet Joel, hundreds—actually over two thousand—years ago:

“I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land.”

This is a prophecy about the last days, when the Lord will bring nations to a place called the Valley of Jehoshaphat, to fight what is called the Battle of Armageddon. Joel is saying that what will happen there will be the result of what the nations have done to His people, “my heritage Israel.”

I’m not heavily into last days stuff. We’ve been in the last days for two thousand years or so, ever since Jesus returned to heaven, so I’m careful about talk concerning earthquakes and wars. There have always been earthquakes and wars, so I’m cautious about saying that these are signs that the time is near—although, since Peter and Paul thought the time was near, we’re certainly not in error to think the same thing ourselves.

But this verse in Joel 3:2 caught my eye because it appears that God is going to be against those nations that have scattered Israel and have divided up His land. It occurred to me that that’s what the removal of the Jewish people from the Gaza Strip was and what the proposed two-state solution will do—which is being advocated by the United States.

God’s promise to Abraham and Isaac, three thousand years ago, was that He would bless those who blessed their descendants and curse those who cursed them. Is one of the reasons that the United States has been so blessed is their support of Israel? Is it possible now that, as we advocate for a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, that we will now be one of those nations that have lined up against God’s promise for His land and be one of those nations fighting in the Battle of Armageddon?

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