Hopefully, there is now one Graham who tells the truth regardless of political pressure, or Ahab-type alliances. Scripture tells us that the corrupt king Saul went into his final battle with his sons (1 Samuel 31). Jonathan, the friend of David, knew the nature of his father. But, despite knowing the truth, he also died with his corrupt father despite his knowledge, because family loyalty came ahead of the truth of God's theocracy. Franklin doesn't appear willing to go down with Billy! Israel often suffered in her history for this same reason. There are three quotes in 2 Samuel commemorating the disastrous nepotism of Saul's family:History warns us of the worst kind of alliance: Ahab and Jezebel!
2 Sam 1:19 "Your beauty, O Israel, is slain on your high places! How have the mighty fallen!
2 Sam 1:25 "How have the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan is slain on your high places.
2 Sam 1:27 "How have the mighty fallen, And the weapons of war perished!"
We have an account of this nepotism in 2 Chronicles 18 and 1 Kings 22:1:
And three years passed without war between Aram and Israel. 2 And it came about in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel. 3 Now the king of Israel said to his servants, "Do you know that Ramoth-gilead belongs to us, and we are still doing nothing to take it out of the hand of the king of Aram?"
Can you just hear George W. Bush talking to Saudi Arabia and Pakistani leaders:
"Do you know that bin Laden has been responsible for all these atrocities - and we are still doing nothing to take him out of the hand of the Taliban?" [see the Readers Digest article of August 1998 which reported details of bin Laden's atrocities and the supposed acknowledgement of the danger he posed to West - yet nothing was done!]
US and Tony Blair have a grossly oversimplified image of Islam
We should beware that history warns us of the worst kind of alliance: Ahab was married to Jezebel - the woman whose very name is given in the Bible as the metaphor for false religion (1 Kings 16:29):
Now Ahab the son of Omri became king over Israel in the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty-two years. 30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD more than all who were before him. 31 And it came about, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he married Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and went to serve Baal and worshiped him. 32 So he erected an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he built in Samaria. 33 And Ahab also made the Asherah. Thus Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel than all the kings of Israel who were before him. 34 In his days Hiel the Bethelite built Jericho; he laid its foundations with the loss of Abiram his first-born, and set up its gates with the loss of his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which He spoke by Joshua the son of Nun.
Look what Jesus said about Jezebel in Revelation 2:20:
'But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray, so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.
If you alliance yourself to Ahab you're in bed with Ahab - in modern parlance - for Ahab is in bed with Jezebel! It is a satanic trap and Jehoshaphat is too dull to see it. Today we have Carey in bed with the Pope who is in bed with the Dalai Lama who allows people to worship him as God! Rampant idolatry! In politics we have Bush in bed with the corrupt 'royal' Saudi family, corrupt Islamic leaders in Pakistan, and pandering to corrupt Yasser Arafat over Israel.
What sort of filth were Jezebel and Ahab up to? Read the prophesy of Elijah in 1 Kings 21:16-29, given after Jezebel had Naboth killed so Ahab could seize his vineyard::
And it came about when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab arose to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it. 17 Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 18 "Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who is in Samaria; behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth where he has gone down to take possession of it. 19 "And you shall speak to him, saying, 'Thus says the LORD, "Have you murdered, and also taken possession?"' And you shall speak to him, saying, 'Thus says the LORD, "In the place where the dogs licked up the blood of Naboth the dogs shall lick up your blood, even yours."'" 20 And Ahab said to Elijah, "Have you found me, O my enemy?" And he answered, "I have found you, because you have sold yourself to do evil in the sight of the LORD. 21 "Behold, I will bring evil upon you, and will utterly sweep you away, and will cut off from Ahab every male, both bond and free in Israel; 22 and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, because of the provocation with which you have provoked Me to anger, and because you have made Israel sin. 23 "And of Jezebel also has the LORD spoken, saying, 'The dogs shall eat Jezebel in the district of Jezreel.' 24 "The one belonging to Ahab, who dies in the city, the dogs shall eat, and the one who dies in the field the birds of heaven shall eat." 25 Surely there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do evil in the sight of the LORD, because Jezebel his wife incited him. 26 And he acted very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the LORD cast out before the sons of Israel. 27 And it came about when Ahab heard these words, that he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and fasted, and he lay in sackcloth and went about despondently. 28 Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 29 "Do you see how Ahab has humbled himself before Me? Because he has humbled himself before Me, I will not bring the evil in his days, but I will bring the evil upon his house in his son's days."
We see how gracious God is - even to a vile man like Ahab (v29)? Yasser Arafat made a speech in 1994 at a Johannesburg mosque calling for continuing jibad (holy war) by the Arabs to retake Jerusalem. Arafat left no doubt as to his meaning: "This agreement [between the PLO and Israel], I am not considering it more than the agreement which had been signed between our Prophet Muhammad and Kuraish." After signing a "peace treaty" with his own tribe, the Kuraish, Mohammed broke it on a pretext, killed the Kuraish leaders and conquered Mecca. So Arafat was saying that the PLO's agreement with Israel is only a step toward her conquest and is intended to be broken. The ignorant people who keep claiming that Islam is a 'peaceful religion' completely ignore her spiritual heritage brought through Muhammed - feign peace until you think you are in a position of power and then kill all your enemies (or offer them the slight advantage of 'conversion to Islam or death'!). Islam's unchangeable goal is not only conquest of Israel but of the world. Everyone in the West recognized the Iron and Bamboo Curtains, and communist determination to take over the world. Yet the Islamic Curtain is never mentioned in the media nor is Islam's intention to conquer the world for Allah. There was more freedom of religion in the former Soviet Union and there remains more today in communist China than there is in Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, the Sudan and other Islamic countries. The spread of Islam's mosques throughout the Western world accelerates even while Islam denies the same overt liberty for other religions in territories it controls. It is estimated that fully one-third of the world's population will have embraced this fastest growing religion by the end of this decade. While Yasser Arafat and his terrorist groups plot to make peace with Israel before taking the whole vineyard there will be no peace. Yet many 'evangelicals' are under the delusion that current negotiations are bringing real peace, and TBN's Paul Crouch and CBN's Pat Robertson have promoted this fantasy. Supposedly God's peace is being engineered by a Muslim terrorist organization and an unbelieving Israeli leadership which is disobeying God in bartering land He gave to Israel that was never to be given up!
We remember that Ahab was cunning enough to throw a big banquet for Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 18:2-3) to induce him to 'go up against Ramoth-gilead'. Scripture tells us (Proverbs 15:16):
Better is a little with the fear of the LORD, Than great treasure and turmoil with it. Better is a dish of vegetables where love is, Than a fattened ox and hatred with it.
More than ten years after the Gulf War nothing has changed! Do not be deluded into thinking that Palestinian self-determination prevents Arab-Israeli peace, since we did not see a single Palestinian flag, or even hear about the existence of a Palestinian nation, when the entire West Bank was under Arab control before 1967! It wasn't Yitzhak Shamir who caused the hatred. Israel-haters wanted Israel dead when it was governed by David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir. Nor is it over the West Bank, for Israel-haters wanted Israel dead when Israel had no West Bank! In reality it should never be called 'the West Bank', for Judea and Samaria are the real names, as the UN and British Mandate records show prior to 1948. Before this date the United Israel Appeal was known as the United Palestine Appeal and, if there is an appeal for an Arab Palestinian state they should be given back land that could be called theirs - Jordan! Jordan is in fact Eastern Palestine and occupies approximately 78% of the original mandate territory given to the British by the League of Nations for the explicit purpose of establishing a Jewish homeland in the historic land of Israel, Palestine, on both sides of the River Jordan and presently containing about 70% Palestinians. When people attack Israel's reactions to the intifada they conveniently forget that more Palestinians (~20,000!) were killed by the armies of King Hussein of Jordan in September 1970 than by Israel in the whole of her existence! When do we hear about that in the press of the East or the WEST! Israel has survived for four thousand years as a people, two thousand years of exile in pagan lands with resultant Inquisitions, Pogroms and then the Holocaust, but finally re-gathered to form a State in 1948 and kept alive in a tiny land that Iran swallows up sixteen times, Iraq twenty times, Syria nine times and the Arab League four hundred and eighty-five times! How come these 'neighbours' pounced on her when she was a fledgling state and now refuse to house the Palestinian homeless? Because the cause of the hatred is the mere existence of the Jewish state whose destruction is sought by the same Satanic power which inspired the megalomaniac Hitler.
We have already seen pressure increase upon Israel to agree to a 'peaceful settlement of the Palestinian issue' as George W. Bush has been deceived by the Ahab's and Jezebel's he is in bed with who have vowed her destruction. Israel relies on exports to survive, her economy struggling to cope with the cost of re-arming continuously to prevent the Satanic hordes of Islam crushing her. Biblical prophesy may allow Bush to persuade her to relinquish much control so that the coming anti-Christ will guarantee Israel's security - a covenant which he will break before leading the world's armies to destroy her. Regional security councils and forces, the possible 'ten toes' of anti-Christ's worldwide revived Roman Empire, may bring a temporary peace to the region - but it will not last. There are other factors in the growing 'peace and prosperity' delusion, but we can rest assured that God will use the latest exposé of the true nature of Islam to bring the right balance of power to the world.
It is clear from the reaction of the US and Tony Blair that they have a grossly oversimplified image of Islam and are unaware of the huge doctrinal divisions that exist among the dozens of Islamic sects and their wide range of perspectives on the world. Strangely enough, when most Americans think of Islam they think of the Saudis. Perhaps these images result in part from the high media profile fuelled by the Saudis' oil wealth. Similarly, most Americans would probably list the Saudis as among the "good" Muslims. Aside from bin Laden, there is a general absence of Saudi's in stock terrorist footage, and Americans also recall the role played by Saudis as American Allies in the Gulf War.