By now the whole world is aware that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has suffered a stroke and is every near death. It came quite suddenly but not as a shock to many. You see, after spending much of his life fighting to settle the land of Israel, Sharon made an about face when he became Prime Minister and has since worked very hard to give away Jewish land, which was given to them by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. So far Sharon has given away all of Gaza and displaced over 8,000 people. He recently announced that he is in favor of giving away more land in Judea and Samaria. He has even hinted at giving away portions of Jerusalem.
When I say his stroke came as no surprise to many it's because God has prophesied it. No, I don't mean that there is some sort of Bible code about Ariel Sharon. What I do mean is that God has said that He has a problem with people who divide His land (see Joel 3.2, among others). How much more of a problem do you think He has with a Jew doing it?
After Sharon's second stroke, Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested that Sharon's stroke was divine punishment for dividing God's land. While I don't always agree with everything Pat Robertson has to say, I personally don't have a problem with that statement. It's our job to declare the truth, not be humanists. (I'm not praying for Sharon's death here; only proclaiming what I believe is happening from a Biblical perspective.) However, it seems that some people do have a problem with it. One of those people is George W. Bush (a man who "claims" to be a Christian himself). On Friday, presidential spokesman Trent Duffy criticized Robertson, saying, "Those comments are wholly inappropriate and offensive and really don't have a place in this or any other debate." Given that it was the Bush Administration that pressured Sharon to give up the land (and given Bush's 'vision' for a divided Israel), perhaps Mr. Bush is a little concerned for his own well-being. God is serious about what He is doing and what He says. This is not a game. We need to pay heed to what the Scriptures say.