Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Amalekites: Cruel Cowards Then and Now

The Amalekites: Cruel Cowards Then and Now

The Amalekites were descended from Amalek, who was a grandson of Esau (Gen. 36:12); they were also known as Edomites. Esau and his descendants were enemies of God. We are told that God Himself hated Esau (Romans 9:13), and when we look a little closer at these people we can see why. Two characteristics prevailed in them: cowardice and cruelty.

The Ancient Amalekites

The Amalekites were fierce warriors, but they never fought a fair fight. They were bullies who chose to attack, and mercilessly kill, the weak and defenseless. As the Israelite warriors would do battle, they kept the women and children and old and feeble in the rear to protect them. But the Amalekites, being the cowards they were, would avoid the warrior men and sneak up in the rear and attack the defenseless, as we read in Deuteronomy 25:17-19: “Remember what Amalek did to you along the way when you came out from Egypt, how he met you along the way and attacked among you all the stragglers at your rear when you were faint and weary [the King James Version says more eloquently, ‘smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee’], and he did not fear God.” The leaders of Israel soon learned to keep the women and little ones in the middle, surrounded by warriors, rather than at the back where they were vulnerable.

Some years later, King Saul was sent on a mission from the Avenger of Blood to obliterate the Amalekites and avenge the deaths of these innocents. We have read how Saul disobeyed and let the Amalekite king, Agag, live and how the priest Samuel slew him to spare God’s judgment on the people. Before Samuel let the blows fly, he reminded Agag that he had been a murderer of innocent children. Guilty! Whack! No long, drawn-out appeals in God’s Court!!

When David was encamped at Ziklag, the Amalekites attacked the women and children when the men were away, kidnapping them and taking them to a secret hideaway (1 Samuel 30:1-3). But Providentially, the Amalekites’ own lack of mercy was their undoing in this instance. They had left a sick Egyptian slave in the desert to die, and David’s men saved him, reviving him with good nourishment. It was this thankful, rescued man who led David to the Amalekite’s secret camp to save the women and children of Ziklag. (Interestingly, the slave’s price for showing David the camp was that he not be killed or sent back to his master.)

It was an Amalekite who strode proudly into David’s camp, bragging that he had put Saul to death. David repeated Samuel’s method and promptly shut him up (2 Samuel 1:1-16). Haman, who tried to have Esther and her people put to death, was an Amalekite of King Agag’s family.

Modern Amalekites

We are told that God Himself would have war with Amalek from generation to generation (Exodus 17:16). The modern Amalekites no longer have a national identity and geographical borders, but they may be found in all races and countries. And they are still true to character—cowardly and cruel. And they still stalk the weak and feeble, the innocents who cannot protect themselves:

• Who else could tell a woman that her baby is just a blob of cells and then cold-bloodedly shoot scalding saline into the sanctity of his first home, the womb? Or insert scissors into the skull of an almost born child, in the name of “medicine”?

• Who else could take a nation’s seeds and “engineer” them, to be sold at whatever price they demand, holding the sword of famine over our children’s heads?

• Who else would put industrial waste into our water—chemicals known to cause cancer and bone fracture—and tell parents that it’s good for our kids’ teeth?

• Who else could sneak drugs into our food in the name of artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, and preservatives and target our children to buy their sorceries, knowing that their minds will be tormented and their bodies debilitated?

• Who else could inject cocktails of unspeakable filth and toxicity into our little ones in the name of ‘vaccination,’ manipulating parents (propaganda for the less discerning ones, mandatory laws for the thinking) into allowing their own children to be fodder for a financial empire? Do we not see the mark of Amalek—the very young and the very old as the most injured by vaccines and flu shots? There is even a Stealth Virus that was given with the polio vaccine between 1955 and 1962. Women are primarily its victims, now suffering from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and a host of other auto-immune diseases.

Just like the demons that Jesus sent into the pigs, the spirit of Amalek indwells the human swine of the land today. The Amalekites, both ancient and modern, were evil and cowardly because they “did not fear God.” But it will not always be so. In Revelation 19:13 we read these words that tell us of a time when the accounts will be settled:
“And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war. And His eyes are a flame of fire, and upon His head are many diadems; and He has a name written upon Him which no one knows except Himself. And He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood; and His name is called the Word of God.”This is a fulfillment of the prophetic conversation that Isaiah recorded in the sixty-third chapter of his namesake book. Bozrah, in modern day Iraq, was the capital of Edom and symbolic of the stronghold of the Amalekites. (And after Bozrah, I.G. Farben and Monsanto could use a visit.)

“Who is this who comes from Edom, with garments of glowing colors from Bozrah, this One who is majestic in His apparel, marching in the greatness of His strength?”
“It is I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”
“Why is your apparel red, and Your garments like the one who treads in the wine press?”

“I have trodden the wine trough alone, and from the peoples there was no man with Me. I also trod them in My anger, and trampled them in My wrath; and their lifeblood is sprinkled on My garments, and I stained all My raiment. For the day of vengeance was in My heart, and My year of redemption has come.”

But until “the day of vengeance” and the “year of redemption,” Amalek is still the enemy and we must not be ignorant of his devices if we are to live in prosperity and health.

“They band themselves together against the life of the righteous, and condemn the innocent to death. But the LORD has been my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge. And He has brought back their wickedness upon them, and will destroy them in their evil; The LORD our God will destroy them.” –Psalm 94:21-23

1 comment:

Arlean Kelley said...

Very interesting, Donna!