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DURBAN II & GOD'S JUDGEMENT UPON THE NATIONS

WHAT HAPPENED IN GENEVA
On the day of Hitler’s birthday - Monday, - Monday, April 20, 2009 - a modern Hitler, the President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke to the participants of the ‘Durban II’ UN-conference in Geneva.  The Review Conference, which ran from April 20 thru 24, aimed to assess progress made since the 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance held in Durban, South Africa.
The United States, Canada, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Poland and The Netherlands, said they will not attend the summit because of fears Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president, may use it to propagate anti-Semitic views.

During Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s address to the Durban Review Conference, representatives of the European Union and other delegations admirably left the chamber in protest when he accused Western countries of “resorting to military aggression to make an entire nation homeless under the pretext of protecting Jews” following World War II.
As expected, Ahmadinejad focused his attacks on the West and Israel. He condemned the “cruel and racist regime in Palestine,” complaining that the U.N. Security Council has enabled its survival over the last sixty years. “The word Zionism personifies racism,” he said. “Efforts must be made to silence the will of Zionists and their supporters.”
Ahmadinejad then deplored “world powers” who “mobilize all their resources, including their economic and political resources and the world media, to render support to the vain Zionist regime.” He continued, “Governments must be encouraged and supported in their fights aimed to eradicate this barbaric racism.” These remarks were met with applause from the audience.
Ahmadinejad also blasted the U.S. in particular, suggesting that racism is the root cause of the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and support of the “usurper Zionist regime.”

REACTIONS
The following speech by the Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store vigorously challenged Ahmadinejad, calling him “the odd man out to hijack the conference.” “We will not surrender the floor of the United Nations to extremism,” Gahr Store said. Referring to the draft Durban II text, the minister stated, “Freedom of expression, yes, but our document is also clear on incitement of hatred and this is what I heard in the President’s speech — incitement to hatred.”

Speaking at the ceremony marking Israel's annual Memorial Day for the 6 million Jews killed by Nazis and their collaborators during World War II, Netanyahu also described a U.N. anti-racism conference under way in Geneva as an anti-Israel event. The prime minister, who took office about three weeks ago, criticized the president of Switzerland for meeting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the conference. Netanyahu called Ahmadinejad a Holocaust denier who wants to perpetrate another massacre of Jews. "We will not allow the Holocaust deniers to carry out another Holocaust against the Jewish people. This is the supreme duty of the state of Israel. This is my supreme duty as prime minister of Israel," Netanyahu said.

EUROPEAN COALITION FOR ISRAEL
Thomas Sandell of the European Coalition for Israel reports:
Evian les-Bains 24 April, 2009 – Christians from many European nations and from countries as far away as Australia, USA and Israel, crossed the Lake Geneva on Tuesday from the European UN headquarter in Geneva to Evian, to commemorate the failed Evian conference in 1938. In Geneva the Iranian president Ahmadinejad had been allowed to speak at the World Conference against Racism on Monday, calling Israel a "racist state". In Evian the delegates were reminded of a similar conference in 1938 where leaders of the 33 nations had gathered to deal with the consequences of Nazi annexation of Austria and the growing number of Jewish refugees in Germany and Austria.
“ - Hitler wanted to test the nations if they were willing to receive the Jews so he forced a Jewish man to go to the conference with the offer to sell Jews for 250 USD per person, otherwise the first 40.000 Jews would be sent straight to the concentrations camps. The man was ridiculed and thrown out of the conference and no nation opened their borders", said the Mayor of Evian, Member of French Parliament, Marc Francina, who greeted the international guests to the event.
Among the guests were Member of European Parliament, Hannu Takkula of Finland and Member of Swedish Parliament Mikael Oscarsson. Other parliamentarians, from the House of Commons in London and the parliament in the Netherlands, had sent their personal messages to the event.

In a private written message to the meeting the Italian Foreign minister Franco Frattini said:
“- We cannot underestimate the challenge of anti-Semitism, as the Western World did in 1938 at the Evian conference; we cannot allow ourselves to hesitate in firmly reacting to any indication that anti-Semitism is gaining ground. History clearly shows us that any hesitancy can pave the way to horrible tragedies. “
“ Our voice must be strong and uncontroversial about the new forms of anti-Semitism, that commonly manifest themselves in the guise of opposition to Zionism and the existence of the State of Israel,” he concluded.

I WILL CURSE HIM THAT CURSES YOU
God’s comment on what happened in Geneva can be found in the Bible. He clearly warns that whoever curses Israel, will be cursed. Israel’s origin is in the calling of Abraham by God. In Genesis 12:1-3 we read: “… The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you.”I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you…"

During Israel’s more than 3000 years history many have cursed the Jewish people and the Jewish nation. One of them is even hired to do so: Balaam.
“…But God said to Balaam, "Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed…" (Numbers 22:12)
And ultimately he cannot help but say: “…How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced?...” (Numbers 23:9) “…May those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed!...” (Numbers 24:9b)

Balaam understands that Israel is not a nation like all the other nations on earth. In Numbers 23:9 we read (KJV): “…For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations…”

Israel is a chosen people. God choose this nation to reveal Himself to the world, and to bless the nations of the world through them. No matter how many times Israel failed to meet God’s plans and purposes with them, it never changed HIS mind about them The apostle Paul says in Romans 11:28-29 “…but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable…”
Today we witness the miracle of the return of the Jewish people back to the Promised Land, as fulfilment of scores of Biblical prophecies. The new-born State of Israel just celebrated its 61st anniversary as an independent Jewish State. All as part of God’s plans and purposes with planet earth. We witness an unique phenomenon with our very eyes: God is moving the history of this world forward towards HIS goal: the Coming of the Kingdom and the Coming of the King of that Kingdom, the Prince of Peace, the Saviour of the world and the Messiah of Israel: Jesus Christ, Yeshua Ha-Mashiach. The Kingdom of Peace is coming, and Israel has to play an important role in that. The prophet Isaiah says in chapter 2:2-4: “…In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore…”
But before nations enter into this coming Kingdom, there will be judgement first. The declaration about judgments upon Israel’s enemies finds its full expression only when the nations will one day stand before Christ’s glorious throne and He declares unto them on His left hand: “…'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels…” (Matthew 25:41) This issue is one respecting the treatment of Israel whom Christ identifies as ‘My brethren’.
Who is worthy to enter the Kingdom, and how? Isaiah 14:2-3 and 60:10-12 say: “…Nations will take them and bring them to their own place [Israel]. And the house of Israel will possess the nations as menservants and maidservants in the LORD's land [Israel]. They will make captives of their captors and rule over their oppressors. On the day the LORD gives you relief from suffering and turmoil and cruel bondage…” ”… "Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you. Though in anger I struck you, in favour I will show you compassion. Your gates will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night, so that men may bring you the wealth of the nations— their kings led in triumphal procession. For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish; it will be utterly ruined…”

What happened at Durban II God will not forget. It is only fair to warn the nations that they should realise that by cursing Israel they move towards an ultimate judgment by the Everlasting One, who revealed Himself through Jesus Christ, the greatest son of Israel that has ever walked the face of this planet... and will do so again in the foreseeable prophetic future. May the Churches worldwide realise their responsibility to ‘stand in the gap’, pray for Israel, repent for her Christian anti-Semitic past (and sometimes even present) and prophetically warn the nations for ‘things to come’. Only if nations start to bless Israel there will be any positive future for them. There is still time...

Rev. Ds. Willem J. J. Glashouwer, President Christians for Israel International