Could the Samson Option Be the Outcome?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while speaking at the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, on September 27, 2012, said that “time is running out for the world to stop Iran.” Netanyahu then used a cartoonish drawing of a bomb to explain that a red line must be drawn at Iran’s ability to enrich uranium, which he said is already beyond the 70 percent level.
Netanyahu also made the point that the international community’s decade of negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program and the imposition of sanctions have not stopped Tehran from advancing its nuclear technology. He said, “There is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs – and that’s by placing a clear red line on Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Red lines don’t lead to war, red lines prevent war!”
His demand came two days after U.S. President Barack Obama disappointed some Israelis by not giving Iran an ultimatum in his own U.N. address, although he did passively warn them that time for diplomacy “is not unlimited.”
Netanyahu barely addressed the Palestinian issue, except to say that more negotiations are needed. But Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas blasted Israel for allowing settlers to carry out what he called “a campaign of ethnic cleansing” against his people.Iranian President Ahmadinejad, downplayed his previous statements that Israel should be “wiped off” the map during his visit to New York this week, but a quick look at Iran’s government media leaves little doubt about the true nature of the Iranian regime as it calls for the complete destruction of Israel and even denies that there was a Jewish Holocaust during World War II.
In addition to the part that Iran and Palestine play in the effort to destroy Israel we are also aware that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in March 20, 2010, during a visit to the West Bank, declared that Israel’s settlements in the West bank and East Jerusalem were “illegal.” He also said an agreement had been reach by the International Quartet (United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the United States). It is an agreement that would include an end to the occupation of Palestinian territories and would make Jerusalem the capital of both Israel and the new Palestinian State.
The return of Judah to the above land in question is alluded to in Yeshua’s last words (or commands) to His disciples, given just prior to His ascension into Heaven from the Mount of Olives. He said, “You shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and [in addition but not in place of] even to the remotest part of the earth.” These are the areas of the Old City of Jerusalem, the ancient territory of Judea (which was given to Judah, the son of Jacob), and Samaria (which was located in the ancient territory of the Northern Kingdom of Ephraim, he being the son of Joseph, the son of Jacob, and the Firstborn heir of Jacob). In our day these locations are often duplicitously called the “West Bank.” Under the Quartet Plan these areas would be know as the “State of Palestine.”
Some 3,800,000 people who now live in the West Bank claim to be the descendants of Abraham through his son Ishmael, and most of them worship a god called “Allah.” These are primarily the ones who want to populate this planned State of Palestine. If they have their way, they will possess the land that was once given by the God of Abraham, to Abraham’s descendants through Isaac and Jacob. It is they who are the rightful heirs.
So how will this give away of YHVH’s Chosen Land be regarded in Heaven’s Throne Room?
It is safe to say that it will not be received well at all. It is less than what our God hopes for His chosen people.
If this is not the best plan of our God, what can we, the Messianic forerunners of Redeemed Israel, do about it? Are we destined to be little more than spectators who are ever-learning about end-time events? That seems to be the role outlined in most end-time scenarios. It seems that many would have us sit on a street corner and wait for a “Rapture Bus” that will come and whisk all of us away.
In response to our what to do question, let us consider four potential options that are currently available to the secular State of Israel:
1. Continue to Postpone a Decision on Statehood. Israel has essentially followed this postponement route for the past forty- three years, ever since the 1967 War. In this vein, they can keep pushing a decision on statehood down the line, all the while seeking to increase the Jewish population in Israel and the West Bank. However, this option leaves the vast majority of the West Bank under defacto Palestinian control and that puts such residents decidedly at risk on a daily basis.
2. Two State Solution. Jewish Israel can accept the idea that, to keep Israel “Jewish” they will have to have a smaller State of Israel. In turn, a separate Palestinian State will occupy, if not all, surely the majority of the West Bank, and have East Jerusalem as its Capital.
3. One State Solution. Judah can conclude that present-day Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, would collectively become a single State and all of its inhabitants would be equal citizens (anything less than equality means the battle will continue). This single State would in turn initially have a 60% Jewish majority. However, considering Judah’s low birthrate, it would be a serious battle for Judah to maintain a “Jewish” majority. The good news is that, in turn, this decision could well present an opportunity for a greater Ephraimite presence in the land. This could possibly happen if Ephraim were perceived by Judah to be a “lesser evil” – and one that could provide the physical population numbers that would help them continue to be a “Nation of Israel.” In turn, this single state solution would probably be acceptable to the Palestinians because they would think that, in the long run, they would win the battle of the womb. They believe that their ultimate world destiny is to be the ruling majority. And woe unto all non-Muslims who fall into their ruling hands.
4. The Samson Option. Finally, as a last resort, Israel can exercise what is known as the “Samson Option.” This term describes Israel’s deterrence strategy against nations whose military attacks threaten Israel’s very existence. It speaks of preemptive strikes with nuclear weapons, followed by massive retaliation – all of which is done as a “last resort.”
The term “Samson Option” comes from the biblical story of Samson, who, after being blinded and pressed into slavery, broke the pillars that supported the roof of the temple of the false god, Dagon. Sampson did this deliberately in order to bring the building crashing down on the heads of his enemies. He also did this knowing that the building would fall on him and probably kill him.
Our question is, would the Jewish people, who are primarily known to revere the gift of life, ever use such a deathly strategy? To answer, we contrast today’s situation with that of the ancient siege of Masada. There, 936 Jews were greatly outnumbered by mighty Rome, whose army spent three years building a ramp in order to reach and defeat the “defiant” Jews. But, rather than die at the hand of heathen Rome, the Jews of Masada preferred to commit mass suicide. Better to be dead than to be a slave of heathen Rome. Judah went down – fighting.
After the ugly experiences of Hitler’s Holocaust, the late General Moshe Dayan said, hereafter, “Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that will happen, before Israel goes under alone.”
In considering the above options it is clear that Option Three offers the greatest hope to collective Israel. It also is surely an option that would be acceptable in Heaven’s Throne Room. Thus, we suggest that the people of Judah now need to exercise the faith that YHVH has complete control of all wombs. (How many times has He proved that point to His people!) YHVH also has repeatedly shown that He is well able to regather Israel’s lost sheep and bring them safely back to His chosen Land.
For these reasons, we opt for Option 3 Three a single State of Israel as the solution. We opt for a Biblical decision that will allow for the regathering of Israel’s Twelve Tribes. We opt to have Judah and Joseph regathered together. We want to see the gathering of all of scattered Israel.
Considering our conclusion, we ask, what can we do to help and encourage Judah decide to accept and receive the return of Prodigal Ephraim?
First and foremost, we need to pray for brother Judah. We need to know that they are, on a daily basis, in an extremely wearing and very difficult position. Thus they do not need our judgment, but instead need real, tangible help. Moreover, if we do not want to become part of the problem, so our help needs to be solidly Scriptural. Thus, if we want to return to the Chosen Land, we must do so as ladies and gentlemen. We do not go in demanding anything! Instead, we go in as servants of the Messiah – as people who preach the Gospel with our lives rather than our words! If necessary, and if asked, we will use words, but first we want to speak through our actions. We must be people who respect what our Father has been doing with our brother, knowing that He has thus far, put Judah in charge of His Land.
Messiah Yeshua taught that we are to behave as servants at a table. We must never demand a higher position, but instead wait until a preferred position is offered to us by those who are in charge (Luke 14:10; 22:27). We cannot overstate our call to absolute humility in our service to Judah. That does not mean that we compromise our faith, but that we respect their God-given position. We do not compromise when Judah errs, but neither do we get ugly when they do not see things our way. We must walk a tightrope of faith across a great chasm, but in Messiah, it can be done. (For suggestions about how we should walk, we highly recommend the book, Return to the Land by Ephraim Frank.
Option Four is the only option available for forever-learning-spectators. But we do not want to only be spectators in our faith. We instead want to be true Spirit-led, on-fire-doing-followers of our Messiah! Therefore, if we want to see Option 3 become a reality, as the Ruach leads, each of us needs to step out in faith in Messiah. If we expect Judah to exercise faith, how much more should we be called to do the same and even more!
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