Eye to Eye

Counter-CutThis is a brief book review of “Eye to Eye – Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel” by William Koenig.

I give the book a thumbs up.  It’s an interesting and stimulating read.  Unfortunately the chronology stops in 2005; I’d love to see it continued to the present, but the point is emphatically made nevertheless.  Every American citizen should study these facts before casting their vote for the best solution of “the Middle East problem.”

All is not as it looks.

The following is an excerpt from the book’s introduction (P. ix):

In “Eye to Eye – Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel” you will gain a greater understanding of the biblical significance of what is occurring today in the nation of Israel.

You will read about the consequences that the leaders and their nations have experienced after pressuring Israel to divide her land.

The Jewish people have a 3,900-year history with the land of Israel and a 3,000-year connection with the city of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is mentioned 812 times in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

Every world power that has controlled and occupied the land of Israel has become a former world power, or has lost power, such as Britain.

The premise is simple:  God gave the land of Israel to Abraham and his descendants, the Jews, forever.  Furthermore, God chose Jerusalem to be His dwelling place and specifically promised to bless those who bless Israel and to curse those who curse Israel.  There is no expiration date for these covenants, nor is any nation or individual exempted.  The consequence is also simple:

“America is now experiencing the consequences (curses) of Middle East policies, which have been opposed to God’s Word and to the preservation of His covenant land.  Ever since the Madrid Conference of October 1991, the United States participation in Israel’s destiny has been flawed when put in the context of Holy Scripture.”  (P. xxi)

After a brief Biblical, theological, and historical review Mr. Koenig proceeds to examine over 50 significant events and disasters that occurred recently.    The analysis is strictly factual, and apparent relationships are clearly drawn.  Copies of original documents and texts are used where appropriate; exact dates are provided throughout.  The argument is compelling, but is it valid?  Are these apparent relationships just circumstantial and the result of random coincidence, or is there something deeper at work?

It is impossible to “scientifically” establish a causal relationship between seemingly unrelated events in terms of known worldly causes, but not so difficult to understand if one accepts the existence of the Judeo-Christian God who is fully in control and an active participant in history.  Consider the following sequence of well-documented events:

May 3-4, 1999

On May 3, 1999, the most powerful tornadoes ever to hit the United States raged through Oklahoma and Kansas.  …

The storm warnings were sounded that day at 4:47 p.m (CST).  In Israel, this would have been about 1 a.m. on May 4, the date that Arafat had been scheduled to declare a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.”  [with President Clinton’s encouragement].  (P. 76)

The Bible contains many examples of God using weather phenomena to achieve his purposes…  Is this a modern example?

October 14-15, 1999

“During the week of October 11, Jewish settlers on 15 West Bank hilltops in Israel were evicted as part of the ongoing ‘land-for-peace’ process, which was actively supported by President Clinton. …

While Israel was forcing the settlers off the covenant land, the stock market was melting down, with the Dow having its worst weekly drop since 1989.  On October 15, the market lost 266 points (the loss of hundreds of billions of dollars in market capitalization).  That same day, Hurricane Irene hit North Carolina; and the next morning, the power Hector Mine 7.1 earthquake rocked the Southwest, the fifth largest earthquake to hit America in the twentieth century.” (P. 79)

Were these “coincidental” events just the result of random coincidence, or did they have a greater significance demonstrating God’s displeasure?

February 1, 2003

“On Friday [Jan 31, 2003] Secretary Powell said in a speech that President Bush would become much more involved in the Israel-Palestinian conflict and that the administration ‘would actively resume its pursuit of a settlement,’ … “aimed ‘to create a Palestinian state by the year 2005, carved out of land that Israel has held for more than 35 years.’” (P. 114)

On February 1, 2003, Space Shuttle Columbia broke up over Palestine, Texas.  How symbolic and ironic it is that the pride of America would be broken up over Palestine just as America was breaking up Israel…  Random coincidence or evidence of God at work?

The above are but three of over fifty examples cited in the book.  These three were selected primarily because they are easy to summarize briefly.  Many of the other examples have more complex and sophisticated relationships – sometimes connecting multiple concurrent events – and would have required more extensive explanations.

One must read this book with a panoramic view in mind.  Otherwise the number of coincidences becomes so overwhelming as to become repetitious and feel like one is counting trees in an endless forest – and the book’s impact is lost.

Coincidence?

Perhaps.  Perhaps once.  Perhaps two or three times.  But more than 50 times?  Let’s examine the situation.

What is the probability of just a single such coincidence occurring at random?  Let’s consider an extremely conservative guesstimate of 1 in 10 (or 10%).[1]  The probability of two such events would be (10%)2; the probability of three such events (10%)3; and the probability of 50 such events would be (10%)50, or 0.000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001%!  That probability is so small as to be essentially impossible, but a more realistic figure based on our crude probability calculations is even smaller – in fact it is inconceivable small.[2]

Clearly all is not as it looks!

Conclusion

One who does not believe Biblical Truth will likely ignore it.  But the evidence is compelling to anyone with an open mind.  Could there be a connection between America’s actions regarding Israel and catastrophes experienced by America?  This book supplies the facts; it is up to the reader to decide whether or not to believe the Truth, given the evidence.

(809)


[1] A crude preliminary calculation actually yields a much smaller figure of somewhere between 1 in 1,000 (0.1%) and 1 in 10,000 (.01%) depending on assumptions.  The logic goes something as follows:  We have kept accurate weather records for 100 years, or 36,500 days.  However, there are hurricane seasons (and tornado seasons), so let’s assume there are only 10,000 possible days.  The probability of the largest storm occurring on any given day is therefore 1 in 10,000, and of it occurring in any given week it’s 7 in 10,000 (or .7 in 1,000).

[2] The following number: .00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
0000000001%

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