One of the most widely acclaimed sermons ever preached was preached by Jonathan Edwards in the mid-Eighteenth Century. Edwards entitled this message “Sinners In the Hands of An Angry God.” In this message, Edwards teaches that God is angry with the whole world because of mankind’s sin and he teaches that God rightly judges sin and sinners.
Because of New Zealand’s part (with Senegal, Malaysia & Venezuela) in leading the battle cry against Israel at the United Nations Security Council concerning the settlements in Judea & Samaria (UNSC Resolution 2334), we need to be concerned that our nation has placed itself in the hands of “an angry God.” According to God’s Word, New Zealand has made herself subject to God’s judgment & wrath because of her stand at the UN against Israel.
Please take note of these Scriptures.
“I will bless those who bless you (Israel), and him who dishonours you (treats you lightly, dishonourably, unfairly) I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)
“Up! Escape to Zion, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon. For thus said the Lord of hosts, after His glory sent me to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye: “Behold, I will shake my hand over them, and they shall become plunder for those who served them. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me. (Zechariah 2:7-9)
“For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, 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, and have cast lots for My people.” (Joel 3:1-3)
“Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.” (Jeremiah 31:10)
In this Resolution that was passed because America abstained from using their veto, the United Nations condemned Israel for establishing settlements on land:
that God gave to Israel by everlasting & unconditional covenant
that for millenniums has belonged to Israel & which has been part of biblical history concerning Israel
which Israel took back from Jordan in the 6 Day War in 1967 & which rightfully belongs to Israel. According to international law, any nation that repels an attacker is then entitled to land that is taken in the act of defending themselves against an aggressor.
which Jordan today has no interest in. Jordan has never argued against Israeli ownership of the land.
which has never been given to Palestine (understanding that Palestine is NOT a nation & that the term “palestine” is not biblical & that it has only ever related to a piece of land, NEVER to a nation or a people group).
which the world calls “the occupied territories” & which the world says is occupied by Israel as “illegal occupiers.” The question is rightfully asked “how can land be called ‘occupied territories’ & how can you be ‘illegal occupiers’ of land that is yours & that has been yours for millenniums.” It is like declaring that the French are illegal occupiers of France, that the Americans are illegal occupiers of the USA, that Germans are the illegal occupiers of Germany, & so on.
The consequences are that:
New Zealand has contributed to the dividing of the land & therefore is subject to God’s judgment on those nations who divide the land of Israel (Joel 3;1-3 above)
the UN Security Council “will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations.”
the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem (which has always been occupied by Jews) is now considered “occupied territories,” as is the Western Wall & the Temple Mount!
even construction by Israel in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem is “a flagrant violation under international law.”
it is illegal for Jews to be born in Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, Judea & Samaria & effectively, it is a crime to be Jewish in those areas.
if Israel abides by this resolution & agrees to this division of the land, then Israel will be unable to defend herself against those nations whose continually stated objective is to “wipe Israel off the face of the earth.” For this reason, the 1949 borders that this UN Resolution imposes on Israel, are called the “Auschwitz Borders.”
this Resolution essentially encapsulates the world’s denial that the Jews have any right to the land that God gave them by everlasting, unconditional covenant – significant areas where biblical history took place. It also essentially denies the Jewishness of Jesus, a lie that sadly is being propagated by some in the evangelical Church who are teaching that Jesus was a Palestinian & the first Palestinian martyr.
worldwide anti-semitism will increase, as will the anti-Semitic, anti-Christ pressure on the nation of Israel.
according to Joel 3:1-3, (the leaders of) nations who have been involved in the dividing of the land, will be called by God to the Valley of Jehoshaphat where they will be judged for what they have done to the people of Israel & for what they have done with the land of Israel.
The resolution makes Israeli citizens that are involved in the settlement enterprise in the West Bank vulnerable to lawsuits in courts all over the world.
Jerusalem is also worried that the resolution opens the door for lawsuits against Israeli officials at the ICC: government ministers and senior IDF officers who make decisions about construction in the settlements, the demolition of Palestinian homes, or the expropriation of lands could be accused of war crimes under the Geneva Convention.
The resolution can also lead to the creation of mechanisms to monitor and report Israeli actions, which could lead to sanctions being imposed against it.
The resolution’s wording can also be seen as a victory to the BDS Movement (Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions – see https://bdsmovement.net), as it opens the door for boycotts of goods produced in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
The resolution includes an article requiring the UN secretary-general to report to the Security Council every three months regarding its implementation. This will lead to continued pressure on Israel, putting it in a constant defensive position, similar to South Africa during the apartheid regime.
Article 5 of the resolution calls to create a distinction between the State of Israel and the settlements built on lands captured in the West Bank and in east Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War.
This article calls on the international community not to aid those settlements and allows for countries and organizations to boycott the settlement enterprise—either directly or indirectly.
Such a move would lead banks, gas stations, HMOs, retailers, high-tech companies and others to close their branches beyond Green Line to avoid being included in the “blacklist” of companies doing business in the settlements and consequently being boycotted as a result.
Officials in Jerusalem are also worried that other nations in the world will follow in the footsteps of the European Union—even if not by boycotting the settlements, then at least by labeling settlement products.
Nevertheless, the resolution cannot be applied retroactively and has no immediate practical consequences. Since it was adopted under Chapter 6 of the United Nations Charter, it cannot be forced on Israel. Only resolutions passed under Chapter 7 can be imposed.
New Zealand’s involvement in the drafting of this horrific resolution & New Zealand’s involvement in pushing it through the various processes in the United Nations, has sadly been significant. Consider these facts.
Prior to this vote at the United Nations, New Zealand was pressured to withdraw it’s support & it’s promotion of this Resolution by Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu informed our Foreign Minister Murray McCully: “this is a scandalous decision. I’m asking that you not support it and not promote it. If you continue to promote this resolution, from our point of view it will be a declaration of war. It will rupture the relations and there will be consequences. We’ll recall our ambassador [from New Zealand] to Jerusalem.” Britain encouraged New Zealand to keep pushing for a vote.
On Friday, December 23rd (NZ time), UNSC Resolution 2334 was going to be postponed indefinitely.
On Saturday, December 24th (NZ time), New Zealand pushed this Resolution through so that it was voted on by the United Nations Security Council.
The Resolution was passed 14 votes to 0 with the United States of America abstaining & refusing to exercise it’s right to veto the resolution, as has been previously noted.
It should also be remembered that:
United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, had a hurried meeting with John Key on November 13th.
the Kaikoura earthquake struck at two minutes after midnight on November 14th.
John Key suddenly & unexpectedly announced his resignation on December 4th.
What should our response be as believers?
Firstly, we need to understand that as disappointing & as concerning as this situation is, it has not taken God by surprise, which means that God allowed this to occur & that it is therefore part of His plans & purposes in these last days. The Scriptures make clear that the God of Israel will keep us & protect us, that He watches over Israel & that He neither slumbers nor sleeps. He is sovereign & good & we can trust Him to fulfil & to outwork His purposes for Israel, for New Zealand & for believers in this nation.
Secondly, I believe that this situation presents us with the urgent need & opportunity to cry out to God for an outpouring of His Spirit upon our nation. Our sad involvement in this Resolution will have ramifications for our nation. I am not going to speculate what they may be & perhaps we have seen some of those ramifications already, in some measure. However, I believe that New Zealand still has a prophetic destiny in God & that God still wants to use New Zealand as a David nation, a nation that is insignificant in terms of natural strength & resources, but through whom God can move. I’m believing for God to touch the Church in New Zealand in genuine revival & that He will use New Zealand to take that revival to the nations. Sadly, much of the Church is asleep to the lateness & the urgency of the hour & most of the Church is ignorant concerning the prophetic signs all about us that point towards the imminency of the return of the Lord.
No matter what, we need to “ask God for rain in the season of the spring rain.” (Zechariah 10:1) No matter what, we need to be desperate in prayer before the Lord for Him to come by His Spirit to our nation. As it has been said, the world at it’s worst, needs the Church at it’s best.