“And when He broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” Rev. 8:1
Today there was a brief taste of what that silence might feel like, of how heavy it will be, of how unnerving and upright it will bring those who are listening. In the middle of his intense speech, Prime Minister Netanyhu paused in absolute silence and let it ring through those marble halls. The silence was deafening, lingering, threatening. I was listening and I felt the awesome heaviness of the devastation that knocks at Israel’s door – and ours. Devastation gift wrapped in silence.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu stood before the once august body of the United Nations today, bringing a speech that should go down in history not only as a warning but as a prophetic utterance. He was speaking to a thinned out audience but there was nothing light in his words as he addressed the proposed Iranian Nuclear Deal; “And I’m gravely concerned that the nuclear deal with Iran will prove to be the marriage certificate of that unholy union,” he said. Signing this deal with Iran will bless them with the nod of approval as they step-up their fanatic quest for the bomb.
There was no visible evidence of seven angels in that room today, but the warning was as loud and as clear as though they stood in that hall blowing the trumpets they hold in their hands!
For 43.29 minutes, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu stood before an audience of anti-Semitic enemies and told, once again, that Israel WILL Survive – no matter how this once august assembly decides against Israel – we WILL Survive. And she will! Think of the multitudes of nations that have threatened Israel’s demise, promised to obliterate Jews from the face of the earth. They all live only in the annals of history now, long gone from current events.
Netanyhu warned, “in every generation, there were those who rose up to destroy our people. In antiquity, we faced destruction from the ancient empires of Babylon and Rome. In the Middle Ages, we faced inquisition and expulsion. And In modern times, we faced pogroms and the Holocaust. Yet the Jewish people persevered.”
“And now another regime has arisen, swearing to destroy Israel,” he continued. “That regime would be wise to consider this: I stand here today representing Israel, a country 67 years young, but the nation-state of a people nearly 4,000 years old. Yet the empires of Babylon and Rome are not represented in this hall of nations. Neither is the Thousand Year Reich. Those seemingly invincible empires are long gone. But Israel lives. The people of Israel live. חי ישראל עם Israel Lives!”
Somehow, in the echoes of that speech, in the lingering, deafening silence, one could almost imagine a warrior in full battle gear making a speech to his men moments before marching out onto the battlefield. And, you knew – you just knew – that this battle was already won; that this warrior would, once again, taste the glory of victory because he had righteousness on his side!
Dramatic? Perhaps. But look at the history behind it. Look at the promises that are waiting to be fulfilled and the threats that are being made.
While it was once very hard to imagine anything, absolutely anything negative could happen to bring down these United States, now it’s not so hard to imagine. These United States are not mentioned anywhere in the Bible – other nations are mentioned in the last days but not the U.S. In the last 6.5 years we have watched this nation slide down a greasy slope with no apparent ability to stop it. Yet it has happened. And now, we are the leader – or at least the pusher – behind this Iran deal all the while their promise to destroy Israel and the United States shouts loudly through marble halls, yet no one is listening. Silence speaks. Today there was silence.
Netanyhu continued with his speech, quoting Iran’s leading military man, “Last week, Major General Salehi, the commander of Iran’s army, proclaimed this: “We will annihilate Israel for sure. We are glad that we are in the forefront of executing the Supreme Leader’s order to destroy Israel.” Perhaps they should think about that. Just a year ago, during Operation Cast Lead – Israel’s war with Hamas following the murder of the three Israeli Yeshiva students – one of the Gaza newspapers ran headlines quoting their general in reference to Israel, “Their God Turns our Rockets.” Normal thinking people would take that statement into consideration and contemplate the wisdom of fighting against Israel’s God!
“Last month, Khamenei once again made his genocidal intentions clear before Iran’s top clerical body, the Assembly of Experts,” Netanyhu continued, “’He spoke about Israel, home to over six million Jews. He pledged, “there will be no Israel in 25 years.’” An astute student of history, he continued, “Seventy years after the murder of six million Jews, Iran’s rulers promise to destroy my country. Murder my people. And the response from this body, the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here has been absolutely nothing! Silence!”
Netanyhu then stopped and waited, in silence. One minute of silence! How long is that? Sometimes, it is forever. Sometimes, some people are forever silent as they have been in the United Nations over the Iranian Nuke deal. But there, in front of a thinned out audience of opened lap-top computers, stood one very brave warrior. The silence was, as he said, “deafening.” Perhaps it was penetrating; I don’t know. As the camera panned the sparse audience I noticed two young women laughing. Then they stopped. Silence!
“Iran’s aggression in the Middle East and its terror around the world, Iran is also building inter-continental ballistic missiles whose sole purpose is to carry nuclear warheads. Now remember this: Iran already has missiles that can reach Israel. So those intercontinental ballistic missiles that Iran is building – they’re not meant for us – They’re meant for you. For Europe. For America.”
“So here’s my message to the rulers of Iran: Your plan to destroy Israel will fail. Israel will not permit any force on earth to threaten its future. And here’s my message to all the countries represented here: Whatever resolutions you may adopt in this building, whatever decisions you may take in your capitals, Israel will do whatever it must do to defend our state and to defend our people.”