New Moon 1/10/37/120
We have been dealing with the commentaries of the Twelve Prophets up until the Last Days. They deal with the reorganisation of Israel and the nations surrounding them from Iraq to Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and the cities of the Philistines which are the cities of Palestine now from Gaza to the north.
The iniquity of the Middle East is mounting and the sins are piling up so that God is about to deal with the nations from the Mediterranean and from the Red Sea to the Persian Gulf and beyond.
The Sunni and Shia divisions and the attempts to exterminate Israel are resulting in the continued decimation of the nations of the Middle East and the terrorists sponsored by Turkey and Qatar and the other Arab nations.
So also are the Muslims in the nations of the world using terrorism to intimidate the other nations and to attract terrorist soldiers to serve in the Middle East and also in the western nations. They are brutalising young boys and sodomising them also.
In order to understand what God will do and what He will and will not tolerate we need to go back to the Book of Judges and see what God did to Benjamin in Israel and see what God will do to these terrorists of pseudo-Islam.
 As they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, base fellows, beset the house round about, beating on the door; and they said to the old man, the master of the house, "Bring out the man who came into your house, that we may know him."  And the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, "No, my brethren, do not act so wickedly; seeing that this man has come into my house, do not do this vile thing.  Behold, here are my virgin daughter and his concubine; let me bring them out now. Ravish them and do with them what seems good to you; but against this man do not do so vile a thing."  But the men would not listen to him. So the man seized his concubine, and put her out to them; and they knew her, and abused her all night until the morning. And as the dawn began to break, they let her go.  And as morning appeared, the woman came and fell down at the door of the man's house where her master was, till it was light.  And her master rose up in the morning, and when he opened the doors of the house and went out to go on his way, behold, there was his concubine lying at the door of the house, with her hands on the threshold. He said to her, "Get up, let us be going." But there was no answer. Then he put her upon the ass; and the man rose up and went away to his home.  And when he entered his house, he took a knife, and laying hold of his concubine he divided her, limb by limb, into twelve pieces, and sent her throughout all the territory of Israel.  And all who saw it said, "Such a thing has never happened or been seen from the day that the people of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt until this day; consider it, take counsel, and speak."
Thus the immorality had become so bad in Benjamin that hospitality had become an excuse for abuse, and rape and sodomy and murder were the norm. So also is it the case in Islam now and also in the West. Then we see what God did and what Israel did when they saw how far against God’s Laws these people were. Because they have ridiculed God’s Laws and used the false teaching of the Hadith, the demons are now to be used to sift them like wheat. The most powerful are to be released to deal with them first.
Then all the people of Israel came out, from Dan to Beer-sheba, including the land of Gilead, and the congregation assembled as one man to the LORD at Mizpah.  And the chiefs of all the people, of all the tribes of Israel, presented themselves in the assembly of the people of God, four hundred thousand men on foot that drew the sword.  (Now the Benjaminites heard that the people of Israel had gone up to Mizpah.) And the people of Israel said, "Tell us, how was this wickedness brought to pass?"  And the Levite, the husband of the woman who was murdered, answered and said, "I came to Gib'e-ah that belongs to Benjamin, I and my concubine, to spend the night.  And the men of Gib'e-ah rose against me, and beset the house round about me by night; they meant to kill me, and they ravished my concubine, and she is dead.  And I took my concubine and cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout all the country of the inheritance of Israel; for they have committed abomination and wantonness in Israel.  Behold, you people of Israel, all of you, give your advice and counsel here."  And all the people arose as one man, saying, "We will not any of us go to his tent, and none of us will return to his house.  But now this is what we will do to Gib'e-ah: we will go up against it by lot,  and we will take ten men of a hundred throughout all the tribes of Israel, and a hundred of a thousand, and a thousand of ten thousand, to bring provisions for the people, that when they come they may requite Gib'e-ah of Benjamin, for all the wanton crime which they have committed in Israel."  So all the men of Israel gathered against the city, united as one man.  And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, "What wickedness is this that has taken place among you?  Now therefore give up the men, the base fellows in Gib'e-ah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel." But the Benjaminites would not listen to the voice of their brethren, the people of Israel.  And the Benjaminites came together out of the cities to Gib'e-ah, to go out to battle against the people of Israel.  And the Benjaminites mustered out of their cities on that day twenty-six thousand men that drew the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gib'e-ah, who mustered seven hundred picked men.  Among all these were seven hundred picked men who were left-handed; every one could sling a stone at a hair, and not miss.  And the men of Israel, apart from Benjamin, mustered four hundred thousand men that drew sword; all these were men of war.  The people of Israel arose and went up to Bethel, and inquired of God, "Which of us shall go up first to battle against the Benjaminites?" And the LORD said, "Judah shall go up first."  Then the people of Israel rose in the morning, and encamped against Gib'e-ah. And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin; and the men of Israel drew up the battle line against them at Gib'e-ah.  The Benjaminites came out of Gib'e-ah, and felled to the ground on that day twenty-two thousand men of the Israelites.  But the people, the men of Israel, took courage, and again formed the battle line in the same place where they had formed it on the first day.  And the people of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until the evening; and they inquired of the LORD, "Shall we again draw near to battle against our brethren the Benjaminites?" And the LORD said, "Go up against them."  So the people of Israel came near against the Benjaminites the second day. And Benjamin went against them out of Gib'e-ah the second day, and felled to the ground eighteen thousand men of the people of Israel; all these were men who drew the sword.  Then all the people of Israel, the whole army, went up and came to Bethel and wept; they sat there before the LORD, and fasted that day until evening, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.  And the people of Israel inquired of the LORD (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,  and Phin'ehas the son of Elea'zar, son of Aaron, ministered before it in those days), saying, "Shall we yet again go out to battle against our brethren the Benjaminites, or shall we cease?" And the LORD said, "Go up; for tomorrow I will give them into your hand."  So Israel set men in ambush round about Gib'e-ah.  And the people of Israel went up against the Benjaminites on the third day, and set themselves in array against Gib'e-ah, as at other times.  And the Benjaminites went out against the people, and were drawn away from the city; and as at other times they began to smite and kill some of the people, in the highways, one of which goes up to Bethel and the other to Gib'e-ah, and in the open country, about thirty men of Israel.  And the Benjaminites said, "They are routed before us, as at the first." But the men of Israel said, "Let us flee, and draw them away from the city to the highways."  And all the men of Israel rose up out of their place, and set themselves in array at Ba'al-ta'mar; and the men of Israel who were in ambush rushed out of their place west of Geba.  And there came against Gib'e-ah ten thousand picked men out of all Israel, and the battle was hard; but the Benjaminites did not know that disaster was close upon them.  And the LORD defeated Benjamin before Israel; and the men of Israel destroyed twenty-five thousand one hundred men of Benjamin that day; all these were men who drew the sword.  So the Benjaminites saw that they were defeated. The men of Israel gave ground to Benjamin, because they trusted to the men in ambush whom they had set against Gib'e-ah. And the men in ambush made haste and rushed upon Gib'e-ah; the men in ambush moved out and smote all the city with the edge of the sword.  Now the appointed signal between the men of Israel and the men in ambush was that when they made a great cloud of smoke rise up out of the city  the men of Israel should turn in battle. Now Benjamin had begun to smite and kill about thirty men of Israel; they said, "Surely they are smitten down before us, as in the first battle."  But when the signal began to rise out of the city in a column of smoke, the Benjaminites looked behind them; and behold, the whole of the city went up in smoke to heaven.  Then the men of Israel turned, and the men of Benjamin were dismayed, for they saw that disaster was close upon them.  Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel in the direction of the wilderness; but the battle overtook them, and those who came out of the cities destroyed them in the midst of them.  Cutting down the Benjaminites, they pursued them and trod them down from Nohah as far as opposite Gib'e-ah on the east.  Eighteen thousand men of Benjamin fell, all of them men of valor.  And they turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon; five thousand men of them were cut down in the highways, and they were pursued hard to Gidom, and two thousand men of them were slain.  So all who fell that day of Benjamin were twenty-five thousand men that drew the sword, all of them men of valor.  But six hundred men turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, and abode at the rock of Rimmon four months.  And the men of Israel turned back against the Benjaminites, and smote them with the edge of the sword, men and beasts and all that they found. And all the towns which they found they set on fire.
So we see in this matter that Israel was not blameless. They also had to pay a high price in dead for the sins they had allowed to develop in Israel.
The cowardice of the Levite was problematic. The concubine had been rebellious and her father was of Bethlehem in Judea. They chose not to take refuge with the Jebusites of Jerusalem but rather went on to the town of the Benjamites and the man that gave them refuge was an elder of the hill country of Ephraim resident there who was aware of the dangers of being in the open in the square of the town. Israel and Levi and Benjamin were all judged in this instance.
So also is it the case that God is about to deal with these paganised heretics now in the Middle East. None will escape and so also will the nations be judged and brought down to deal with the Middle East and the demons will be used to bring them to nothing as Satan was allowed to deal with Job to use him as an example and remove his idolatrous children and to test Satan as an accuser of the brethren.
Each of the sequences in this text uses the Number sequences of 1-22 of completeness and of 13 for rebellion and 19 for judgment and 29 of Divine Judgment and 30 and 40 of times and sequence and probation and repentance. So also are we now in the sequence of probation in Syria, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Gaza.
So also the tribal terrorism in Pakistan will see the Waziri punished for their dealing with the children of the Pashtun and the politicians will pay for their disorganisation and opportunism. So also the Taliban in Afghanistan sheltered by the opportunism of the Pakistanis.
The terrorists are simply enraging the world and they will bring the nations down to the Middle East and nations will be destroyed. They are simply tools of the demons as are the Muslim supporters in the nations.
In the end all Israel throughout the world will be marshalled to deal with these sinners and many will be destroyed.
The prophecies of God through the prophets will unfold and the nations we see now in the Middle East will be decimated and many of them removed and others take their place. Turkey and Qatar and Iran and Saudi Arabia will have hooks put in their jaws and dealt with also (see the paper War of Hamon-Gog (No. 294)).
Remember Scripture cannot be broken (Jn. 10:34-36). Study also the Commentary on Amos (No. 021C) for the timelines to the end.