Posted by: cindybythesea | November 14, 2010

the price for peace


20 Stealth Bombers, the apparent price for peace these days.  A bit more than Esau sold his birthright for – but, not by much; not when you consider the cost involved.

This just in from Reuters News Service:  Following week-long negotiations in the United States with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Prime Minister Netanyahu returned home to Israel with a five point peace plan in his pocket and the promised delivery of 20 stealth fighter jets in exchange for moving forward on the previously stalled middle-East peace negotiations. The delivery of the jets, (if approved by congress) an extra incentive for moving forward.  An interesting number when you consider the number 20 in scripture is one which denotes expectancy and waiting.  

But waiting for what?

In Genesis 25, Esau the oldest son of Isaac sells his birthright to his younger brother Jacob for a hot meal;  the blessings of God which were rightfully his as the eldest son, apparently too far in the distance to be fully appreciated by him;  the immediate gratification of a hot meal a far more immediate and attractive proposition. 

 And, while that at first sounds laughable to us, it’s actually a spiritual condition that persists today; the inability of many to see the long-term value of eternal things in contrast to that which is temporal and fading. And, in the case of the twins was foreseen by God long before they were born, when Jacob came out grasping the heel of his older brother Esau.  In other words, Jacob understanding the long-term and eternal value of the blessing, when he got the opportunity to receive it; grabbed hold of it.

What we’re seeing today in the mid-East peace negotiations with its proposed two-state solution is an attempt to reverse what happened in Genesis 25, by taking the blessing away from the sons of Jacob and giving them back to Esau and his descendants. Satanic in nature, this is nothing short of an attempt to nullify the eternal covenant God made with Jacob and his descendants.

“I shall see him, but, not now: I shall behold him but not nigh: there shall come a star out of Jacob and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel and shall smite the corners of Moab and destroy all the children of Sheth.” Numbers 24:17

By accepting what I see as little more than a bribe, Israel is in danger of doing what Esau did – selling or forfeiting their birthright for what they believe will bring peace to the region.  Instead of trusting in God and the covenant made with their forefathers, they trust a covenant made by those who use and manipulate them and who stand idly by while their enemies threaten their destruction.  And, while Israel is far from stupid, I think they should have rejected this bone thrown to them in an effort to get them to sign on the dotted line.

  Oh, that the sons of Jacob would do what their forefathers did and grab hold of the blessing and inheritance that is theirs and refuse to let go! 

The decision to do otherwise will be a costly one –

one that will bring forth the final seven years of history –

a shortsighted decision –

that will result in the time of Jacob’s trouble.

And, woe to those who have been so bold as to meddle with God’s eternal promises; a heavy price will be extracted from those who have pushed, prodded, bribed and coerced God’s chosen people into such a terrible and fateful decision.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6   Waiting and watching with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy




  1. Last night at 7 pm est 11-13-10 we looked at this chapter and now I will pray that the prime minister wuold do just as Jehoshaphat did in his day. May the Lord God here his people.

    2 Chronicles 20 (New King James Version)

    2 Chronicles 20
    Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir Defeated
    1 It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites,[a] came to battle against Jehoshaphat. 2 Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria;[b] and they are in Hazazon Tamar” (which is En Gedi). 3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4 So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
    5 Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, 6 and said: “O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? 7 Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? 8 And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, 9 ‘If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’ 10 And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir—whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them— 11 here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit. 12 O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”
    13 Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the LORD.
    14 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15 And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. 17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you.”
    18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the LORD, worshiping the LORD. 19 Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with voices loud and high.
    20 So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying:

    “Praise the LORD,
    For His mercy endures forever.”[c]
    22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 23 For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
    24 So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.
    25 When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away their spoil, they found among them an abundance of valuables on the dead bodies,[d] and precious jewelry, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away; and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much. 26 And on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berachah, for there they blessed the LORD; therefore the name of that place was called The Valley of Berachah[e] until this day. 27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat in front of them, to go back to Jerusalem with joy, for the LORD had made them rejoice over their enemies. 28 So they came to Jerusalem, with stringed instruments and harps and trumpets, to the house of the LORD. 29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel. 30 Then the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.
    Thank you Dear God for your covenant with your people protect what is yours I ask in the name of Jesus. As of 6:25 am est there has been 14 earthquakes in an isolated area off the coast of Yeman.

    • What a great portion of scripture, thank you for sharing it here and for your prayers, which I echo as well. Our God is a great God and stands ready to act, if we would just ask. Blessings brother! Cindy

  2. An excellent post, Cindy. We can see how Israel is still putting its faith and trust in man instead of God, just as they did when they faithlessly gave control of the Temple Mount to Arabs as soon as they captured Jerusalem in ’67.

    p.s., that’s a B2 stealth bomber, not the same aircraft the Israelis will be receiving (the F-35 fighter/attack aircraft), though it does make a very pretty image for your post. You always pick great images for your posts, however that one’s not technically accurate. 😉

    • Hi Jay, Thanks for writing and for pointing out the discrepancy in the aircraft. I appreciate the expertise and in-put of all my readers and and consider my blog to be a joint effort. I would like to see a photo of the type of aircraft we are talking about. Post a link if you have one. Blessings brother and thanks so much for your continued encouragement. Cindy

      • Cindy,

        Here are some images: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

        Here’s the Air Force’s official photos.


      • Incredible machines!! Thanks Jay for providing the links.

      • Now I see it – awesome photo! Thanks Jay!

  3. F-35 IMAGE

    • Hi John, Thanks for posting the link, but, when I clicked on it, I didn’t see aircraft – the middle of the page was blank – ???

      • Is it that the new aircraft is SO stealthy that it can’t be photographed? 😉

      • hee, hee – love your sense of humor! Thanks for writing!

  4. Note that all going down as former PM Ariel Sharon’s care was being shifted. I found great allegorical weight in the following, from Arutz Sheva:

    “Doctors are planning to permanently return Sharon to his home [called ‘Sycamore Ranch’!], nearly five years after falling into a vegetative state”

    The Hebrew work for ‘sycamore’ is transliterated ‘shqmim’ (Strong’s H8256, technically a sycamore *fig* tree; many allusions that with that!). Interestingly, it shows up in Isaiah 9:10, the passage read by numerous U.S. lawmakers after 9-11-01 in a defiant attitude (not to mention gross ignorance of its prophetic context).

    So here we have an all-but-dead (dormant, sleeping, unaware) symbol for Israel being returned (note the passive voice) to his permanent home even as a symbolic counterpart to that home (the sycamores at Ground Zero) were struck through by a girder in the 9-11 attacks, then cut down and replaced by man’s efforts. Somethin’ big is going on here…

    • Great insight Art! When you consider Ariel was the ancient name for Jerusalem – it would be hard not to see the parallels between the physical state of Mr. Sharon and the spiritual state of Israel. With the proposed 90 days for drawing up borders, it will be interesting to see how Mr. Sharon’s health fares now that he is back home on the Sycamore Ranch.

      • Re. Cindy’s note about ‘Ariel’ being the ancient name for Jerusalem, here’s one way of reading the line I posted above, from Arutz Sheva (“Doctors are planning to permanently return Sharon to his home [called ‘Sycamore Ranch’], nearly five years after falling into a vegetative state”):

        THE doctor, the ultimate physician, Jesus Christ is planning to permanently return Ariel (the true and pure new Jerusalem) to its proper home, a living temple/body, the place where sycamore figs are grown in abundance (not just a profusion of leaves to cover nakedness, but real, sweet, fruit) nearly five millennia after the Father, YHWH first called a people for himself, in Abrahm, out of the midst of the nations, closing their ears and eyes and hardening their hearts (‘living-dead’, persistent vegetative, state) for a time and a purpose when they entrenched themselves in rebellion.

      • Beautifully stated Art!

  5. Blessings Cindy.

    I really do not know why it drops off the six digit number when you click on this link. ???

    If you go to the link, then scroll down on the right for the following article. The picture of the fighter is on the upper right side.

    Second squadron of F-35s is ‘an offer hard to refuse

    May the Lord be with you.


    • Now I see it! Awesome photo, thanks John!

  6. I agree twenty is a number that every Jew knows; Joseph was sold by his brothers for twenty pieces of silver. That’s why I think the vote in the Knesset perhaps tomorrow will reject the US proposal; Israel is not bent on suicide.

    Though, it seems the current administration is producing an apparent irreconcilable failure in negotiations, preparing the way for a forced solution. Of course like Haman, who built the gallows for Mordecai, those who curse Israel will be themselves cursed.

    But we remain hopeful, trouble will come, but those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ are already more than victorious. Nothing is too hard for the Lord! Not one of His lambs can wander too far to be redeemed.


    • Great comment Michael!


      “The US government tried extremely hard to persuade right-wingers in Mr Netanyahu’s cabinet that it was in their interest, even offering to give Israel 20 F-35 stealth fighters for free as an inducement, but it failed.” BBC NEWS

  7. So i just read that they won’t even be receiving these planes until 2020, if they are even given the option to buy them. How pathetic.

  8. “I will gladly repay you on Tuesday for a hamburger today …” (J. Wellington Wimpy)

    I earnestly pray that Israel won’t fall into this trap, and cannot imagine what sort of arm-twisting may be going on behind the scenes.

  9. […] “…This just in from Reuters News Service: Following week-long negotiations in the United States with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Prime Minister Netanyahu returned home to Israel with a five point peace plan in his pocket and the promised delivery of 20 stealth fighter jets in exchange for moving forward on the previously stalled middle-East peace negotiations….Cindybythesea tackles this topic quite well […]

  10. I believe that Obama is trying to bring down the United States, everthing he has shown is against Christ, he covers the image of Christ at a Catholic University, he omits Creator in 2 of his Declaration of Independance speeches and has an Alter to Zeus as a platform for his Inaguration. He is working for those who wish to bring in a New world Order and the Antichrist, for a New World Order to arise America must fall and it is being destroyed from the inside. Great post love the site very much God Bless you.


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