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With All the Young Lions Thereof by Merwin
Coming up through the now, many years, I had read from a few commentators that Ezekiel 38 "...young lions" may refer to the U. S. among others.
EZEKIEL 38:13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?
Now I am seeing other possibilities.
A long time friend of mine, William, is as passionate for the health and well being of Israel as I am... perhaps more so, though I am not sure how that is possible, recently joined the ranks of Ron Paul enthusiasts of which, I too am one.
Upon declaring his support for Ron Paul he also voiced his reservations, and I will copy and paste them here from my Facebook status...
William Burnam OK Merwin my Brother... I am on board... directing all prayer and energy toward the RP campaign. I have cross examined as much as I can... I am satisfied with the results. I realize the implications and can understand the advantage Israel will have if RP is able to implement his policy in the Middle East... My only caveat is in regard to hoping a decision will not be difficult for him if it comes time to acting on preventing a nuclear weapon being realized by enemies such as Iran. In any case, we know what it is we wrestle with in even such cases... Shalom!
William Burnam My prayer is that conservatives will realize that RP is not so worried about a Nuclear Iran because he knows that Israel can take care of that themselves and he would not stand in Her way, but warn Her enemies of retaliation toward Her WHEN she protects Herself.... But again, we have Scripture to show us what IS coming to pass in all above mentioned concerns... May the Author of all Truth be praised!
Please note, that I share William's concerns and completely agree.
It has been my concern since coming to grips with Ron Paul's foreign policies of non-intervention.
I included my quote of William here because he so eloquently portrayed the hesitation of all that support Israel, and may also wish to support the good Dr. Paul.This brings me to R.P.'s foreign policies and the connection it may have with Ezekiel 38,
I had assumed that for the U.S. to be one of the "young lions" and also to have such a feeble response to the blatant concerted attack against Israel as described in Ezekiel 38, something surely must have happened to render the U.S. impotent, so that all they could muster was a weak objection to the invasion. Something catastrophic, something perhaps along the lines of... Babylon the Great from Revelation.
But, now I have a different vantage to look from, one, that provides a different scene entirely for the U.S. as one of the young lions.
Let us say for instance that Ron Paul were to get elected as the next POTUS. And, let us say further, that he did indeed complete the campaign promise of removing all our troops and support from all countries, including support for Israel. which by the way is kind of what Benjamin Netanyahu requested before our Congress on his last visit...
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That for the duration of his term(s) of office POTUS Paul, adhered to his policies of non-intervention, staying out of Israel's way and allowing her to conduct her own affairs in her own sovereignty. Then as a morale supporter of Israel, we would fit very well into that description of one of "...the young lions" that raised only objections to the invasion of the land.