Zephaniah 2: 1
Gather yourselves together… O nation not desired ; 2
Before the decree bring forth , before the day pass
as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD
come upon you, before the day of the LORD'S anger
come upon you... 4 For Gaza shall be forsaken... 5
Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the
nation of the Cherethites! The word of the LORD is
against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines,
I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no
God’s word is clear.
There will not be a Palestinian State side by side with
Israel. Before a final decree is issued (presumably by
the United Nations), the judgment of God will come upon
Gaza and they will be destroyed.
Historically, Gaza was
the homeland of the Philistines (also known as the
Cherethites). The Philistines were a sea faring people
who left the Island of Crete (presumably driven out by
natural disaster, Mycenaean Greeks, or other) and
settled in Lower Egypt. The Philistines were promptly
defeated out of Lower Egypt and driven into Canaan
(Gaza). By the time they reached Gaza, they were ready
to stand and fight. So fearsome were the polytheistic
Philistines, God would not allow the Israelites
departing Egypt to take the shortest path to the
Promised Land by crossing through Gaza. The Philistines
would go on to become the mortal enemies of Israel and
would persist until they lost their independence and
were absorbed into the Babylonian and succeeding
Persian, Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic empires.
A few recent events have occurred making Gaza, and its
inhabitants, relevant again on the world stage.
1. In 1948 Israel
became a nation again. After the immediate 1948
Arab-Israeli War, the Gaza Strip was carved out and
acquired its current boundaries (under Egyptian
administration) at the cessation of fighting.
2. In 1993, the Oslo Accords signed between Israel and
the Palestinian Authority, gave the Palestinian
Authority administrative governance over the area with
Israel maintaining control of the airspace, territorial
waters and border crossings apart from the land border
3. Lastly, and perhaps most significant, was the Israeli
unilateral disengagement from Gaza in 2005 giving the
native population control of Gaza, which promptly
elected (democratically) the Radical Islamic terrorist
organization, Hamas, to its leadership.
Hamas's Charter calls
for the destruction of Israel. It is to be replaced by a
single Islamic Palestinian State. Since 2005, Hamas has
launched thousands of rockets and missiles at
settlements, towns, and cities in southern Israel. Hamas
backed terrorists in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip
have fired approximately 900 rockets and missile shells
into Israel this year alone (as of November 2012).
Additionally, the range and accuracy of the rockets has
increased with support from Iran and others, putting
large numbers of Israelis in danger.
The respected Israeli diplomat, politician, and author
Abba Eban said in previous negotiations with the
Palestinians, “They never miss an opportunity to miss an
opportunity”. Hamas, like its Palestinian Authority
predecessor, views Israel’s desire for peace
negotiations as weakness; a sign that Allah is blessing
their cause, bringing them closer to victory in their
armed conflict over the Jews. Hamas is not interested in
peace, unless it is a Mohammedan peace (Hudna).
The God of Israel will not sit back idley and allow
Islamic Terrorists, or any other nation to destroy His
heritage. He brought them back to Israel after two
thousand years. He has established Jerusalem. Perhaps it
will be the IDF, a natural disaster, or something else,
but Gods word is clear; Gaza will be forsaken,
destroyed, and without inhabitant.