The Mess that is Lebanon



The Times of Israel: “According to Lebanon’s constitution and its national covenant, which was established in 1943, the country’s president must be a Maronite Christian. This is so even though Christians are now a small minority compared with other religious communities such as the Shiites and the Sunnis. So two Christian candidates, each from a different political camp, were proposed immediately after Suleiman left office.

Most of the parties and centers of political power in Lebanon are waiting to see what will happen, and are in no hurry to issue endorsements of any kind. While it is not yet certain that Aoun has the parliamentary majority he needs to be elected president, his chances have improved dramatically.

And if the “general” should be the one to enter Baabda Palace as Lebanon’s next president, we can be sure of one thing: Hezbollah and its allies will be continuing their takeover of Lebanon.

0713-web-lateMIDEAST-mapOpinion: Maronite Christianity derived its name and religious identity from Saint Maron whose followers migrated to the area of Mount Lebanon (present day Republic of Lebanon) from their previous location of residence around the area of Antioch ( present day Turkey), establishing the nucleus of the Maronite Church.

More specifically, Maron, a fourth-century monk was a contemporary and friend of St. John Chrysostom, (347-407 AD). And that is where the trouble between the early church and the Jews of Israel began.

Replacement Theology (the church replaces Israel in the promises made to Abraham) began in the early Church under Chrysostom and was supported by Jerome and Augustine, leading to the anti-Semitism infecting both Catholics and Protestants today.

In an article in the Jewish Voice magazine (Jan/Feb, 2011), guest author James W. Goll writes: “John Chrysostom was the Patriarch of Constantinople, yet he described the Synagogue as a place of meetings for the ‘assassins of Christ … a den of thieves; a house of ill fame, a dwelling of iniquity, a refuge of devils, a gulf and abyss of perdition.”

It is little wonder then, Christian leadership and all, that Lebanon will be a participant in the future war of Psalm 83 and is listed twice in verse 7.

And interestingly, the prophet Asaph added that only Southern Lebanon, not northern, would have inhabitants which is Hezbollah today.

  • Gebal – Northern Lebanon
  • The inhabitants of Tyre – Southern Lebanon (Hezbollah)

The hatred – it’s in there.

(For more on Psalm 83, see Bible Prophecy 101 chapter 6, front page of this website)

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