Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | August 7, 2014

Under The Dome, by David Bower

God’s Version

There is a recent TV series called “Under the Dome” which tells the story of the small fictional community of Chester’s Mill after it is covered by an impenetrable transparent dome. The TV series is a highly sanitized adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Stephen King. In all fairness I’ll confess that I have not encountered this sort of plot in any other science or fantasy fiction that I’ve read. However a different version of being under the dome came to mind as I’ve reflected on the story.

As we examine the Bible, especially the Old Testament, we can see a protective dome over Israel both as a people and a land. A major distinction of God’s dome is it can be penetrated and has been on many occasions. I have no doubt that each of those historic penetrations have been part of God’s larger plan for Israel.

My wife and I have discussed the results on the various nations through history that God has used to discipline His people; history shows that being used as an instrument of judgment against Israel has proven disastrous for those nations  so used. Prophecy suggests no change in this pattern either so I recommend the United States move very carefully in its dealings with Israel.

History is littered with the carcasses of nations who fought against Israel while today, the nation Israel still exists and continues to fight for its life.  A time is coming when, with God’s help, a final victory will be won and Israel will prevail over all her enemies!

That Tiny Spec of a Nation Called Israel Has Become a Focus of World Attention

Any rational observer might well wonder how is it that a nation as small in area and population as Israel could manage to garner such a disproportionate share of the world’s headlines. The land area of Israel is 8,019 square miles; by way of comparison the land area of New Jersey is 7,787 square miles and that is not very big. The 2014 estimated population of Israel is 8,146,300 whereas the estimated population of New York City in 2013 was 8,405,837.

There is clearly more going on here than meets the eye; there has to be a reasonable explanation for the incredible emphasis such a small nation is being given by the world. Can we find any clues as to why this is happening? May I suggest there are a considerable number of clues provided in the pages of Scripture which are available for examination.

Some of the saddest words to fall from the lips of our Lord Jesus Christ involved His lament over Jerusalem; in Luke 13:34-35 he said:

34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’

Again as He approached Jerusalem on His way to die it is recorded in Luke 19:41-44:

“41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

This was fulfilled by the Roman army in 70 AD with the destruction of the Temple and the City of Jerusalem, sadly, for Israel this was only the beginning of the judgments that would continue to this day.

A Glimmer of Hope

While God’s judgments on Israel for their rejection and crucifixion of their Messiah have been severe, God has given them a message of hope. The dry bones are being drawn back together and after almost 2,000 years there is again a nation of Israel. A promise of restoration was given in Ezekiel 37:21-23, “21 and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. 23 They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.”

This process began in 1948 and despite fierce opposition from adjacent nations has continued to this day. Although spiritual life has not yet entered them nationally, they are in the land and the nation has begun its restoration.

Next, The Miracle of the Missle


Responses

  1. Keep up the great work! Truly appreciate the Metaphor for Israel. They do interestingly enough have an “Iron Dome” of protection:-)) But of course we know Who is really their Iron Dome. I will probably never watch “Under the Dome”. Don’t much like Sci Fi or Stephen king! But I truly appreciate the rest of what you wrote. We are, In HIS Grip. And are we not Thankful! Carol

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    • If you don’t watch “Under the Dome” you’ll not be missing very much; my wife barely tolerates it and I’m just curious how it will end. I’m struggling through the book and that is a struggle for me; I’m sort of committed to finishing the book and will write a review on Amazon since I’m a Vine Voice. The book is rather crude but much of the crudity is deleted for the TV adaptation.

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