‘Hand the Cup to the Gentiles’

Is God ready to take the cup of His fury from the Jews, and press it into the hands of the nations? Is it our turn to drink? And are we, as Believers, prepared for this?

By Stan Goodenough | | Topics: CHRISTIANS, Gaza, Hamas
Families of Israelis held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza hold up photographs of their abducted family members, at "Hostage Square", outside the Art Museum of Tel Aviv, October 24, 2023. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90
Families of Israelis held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza hold up photographs of their abducted family members, at "Hostage Square", outside the Art Museum of Tel Aviv, October 24, 2023. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90

On October 7, nations were given one more opportunity to recognise and confront the absolute evil that seeks to annihilate the Jewish people, and to come unconditionally to Israel’s defence. They have – already – clearly failed. What will the consequences be?

 So the angel who spoke with me said to me, “Proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “I am zealousfor Jerusalem and for Zion with great zeal. I am exceedingly angry with the Gentiles that are at ease; for I was but a little displeased, and they helped—but with evil intent.” (Zechariah 1:15)

Thus says your Lord, the Lord and your God, who pleads the cause of His people: “See, I have taken out of your hand the cup of trembling, the dregs of the cup of My fury; you shall no longer drink it. But I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you, who have said to you, ‘Lie down, that we may walk over you.’ And you have laid your body like the ground, and as the street, for those who walk over.” (Isaiah 51:22-23)

For thus says the Lord God of Israel to me: “Take this wine cup of fury from My hand, and cause all the Gentiles, to whom I send you, to drink it.  And they will drink and stagger and go mad because of the sword that I will send among them.” (Jeremiah 25:15-16)

If you are a Gentile, this article could make bone-chilling reading. Nonetheless, I do hope you read it.  What it is not, is a word of prophecy from me (I don’t make those). What it is, is prophecy from the Word of God; prophecy we ignore to our disadvantage; at our peril.

Kfar Aza residents and supporters call for the release of Israelis held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza. Photo by Jonathan Shaul/Flash90

On October 7, along with millions – probably billions – of people around the world, I heard – and saw some of – the unspeakable, stomach-churning horrors that Palestinian Arabs inflicted on more than 1,000, mostly Jewish, Israelis – from infants to the elderly.

What they did to those Jews truly defies description. Absolute carnage; a terrifying bloodbath. I am going to be very specific here, because the world (and world media) is already downplaying what happened, drawing moral equivalence, some even suggesting that Hamas did not really do what it did.

There were scenes of horrendous cruelty, barbarism, mutilation, dismemberment, rape. Couples and family members were bound together and immolated alive; while still alive, whole families had their organs removed; children were made to watch as their parents were tortured and killed; parents forced to look on as their children had their eyes gouged out and their heads bashed in. Living rooms, kitchens, children’s bunk beds and toys, babies’ cradles, baths, lawns, cars – everywhere was splattered and smeared with the congealed blood of murdered Jews.

A young child once lived in this room. She was butchered for no other reason that that she was a Jew. And there were hundreds more like her. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Hollywood, in all its depravity, could not have made a more terrifying movie than the ones those evil Arabs filmed of themselves cutting off small children’s fingers, joint by joint, and laughing at the agonised screams. Laughing as they plunged daggers into infants. Laughing as they soaked pleading Jews with petrol and set them on fire. Laughing as they called their own parents back in Gaza and described how many Jews they had killed with their bare hands. And laughing as they poured gunfire into hundreds of young Israeli men and women, turning the concert grounds where they had come to dance the night before into a turkey-shoot and leaving it a quagmire littered with sprawled, disfigured forms.

Nor did the debauchery stop with the killing. Hundreds of Jews, from infants to grandparents, were dragged away as hostages, carried across motorbikes, pulled by their hair from the backs of pickups and paraded through Arab streets, their suffering and terror a source of pleasure to those lining the way.

These inhuman monsters were Palestinians – thousands of them. Thousands more followed in their bloody wake to pillage and ransack violated Jewish homes. And multitudes more – in Gaza and elsewhere where Palestinians heard the news – handed out candy in celebration, singing and praising their murderous god. As Arabs do. As Muslims do.

See: Who are the Gaza civilians?

And what did we, Gentiles do?

How did Western countries – the United States, the UK, Australia, France, Germany, some of the other EU states – react to this orgy of Jewish bloodletting; this pogrom; this day of Holocaust?

Initially? There were expressions of shock, outrage and disbelief; of sorrow, apparently shared pain, and compassion; even tears. Initially.

Israel’s blue and white flag was projected on the White House, 10 Downing Street, the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, the Brandenburg Gate.

And as terrorised Israel, grieving but with gritty resolve, girded for war against the Arabs of Gaza, leaders of these nations, and others, sent effusive expressions of solidarity, lining up to voice their support of Israel’s right to “dismantle Hamas.”

But their ‘solidarity’ didn’t last. Their horror didn’t linger. Not even for a week. Within just hours, the Israeli flags disappeared; the sympathy dried up. A few hours more, and the distress and attention had turned away from Israel – where funerals were being held by the hundreds every day – towards the “humanitarian needs” of the “poor Palestinians” in Gaza.

One after the other, world leaders came to call – “to show solidarity” they said. But what the US’s Biden and the UK’s Sunak, Germany’s Scholtz and France’s Macron really came for – behind closed doors, after publicly lauding Israelis’ courage to the skies – was to deliver a pointed message to the government:

“We will uphold your right to defend yourselves, but if you wish to have our help, our support, then Israel had better abide by our wishes; take our national interests into account; heed our directions and fight the way we say you should.”

How quickly these ‘friends’ returned to business as usual – Biden unashamedly insisting, even as he embraced Prime Minister Netanyahu, that under no circumstances must Israel retake the Gaza Strip, and that the Two State Solution remains the only way forward for the region. And Macron? He came calling for “a decisive relaunch” of the peace process [SIC].

These world leaders won’t hear. They refuse to hear: the October 7 act of mass murder was the direct result of this process! They are complicit in what happened!

Biden, before he came, referred to the monster that is Palestinian nationalism, as manifested by Hamas, as “pure evil.” But it is the United States – as the chief sponsor of the Land-for-Peace process AKA the Two State Solution – that created the Palestinian Petrie dish in which the monster was spawned and – by for decades curbing every Israeli effort to crush Hamas, insistent that their threats of ‘itbach al-Yahud’ were just rhetoric and should be tolerated – enabled the evil.

By tying Israel’s hands today, Washington and its allies will ensure Hamas’s survival and continuing growth.

In the three weeks since this war began, these western nations have done what they’ve been doing for years.  ‘Healing the hurt of God’s people lightly.’ To them, Jewish life is cheap; the Jews’ shed blood marginalised or easily forgotten.

Pro-Palestinian protesters in London on October 21, 2023. Photo by EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN
Pro-Palestinian protesters in London on October 21, 2023. Photo by EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

There were Israeli corpses still lying undiscovered along Gaza’s border when governments and their police forces in Australia, the UK, the US, France, etc. allowed their citizens to march freely through the city streets, in their tens and hundreds of thousands calling for Jews to be hunted down, for Jews to be gassed and for Israel to be destroyed so that “Palestine can be free, from the river to the sea.”

For 30 plus years I have witnessed these nations’ disposition to throw the dice on Israel’s survival – to gamble with her security and existence.

I don’t know how long they believe themselves able to, with impunity, play fast and loose with the lifeblood of the Jew; how long they think that they will get away with dancing their satanic tango in partnership with the likes of the PLO/Palestinian Authority and Hamas, Hizballah and Iran – fiends who exist to exterminate the Jewish state, annihilate every Jew, establish a global caliphate, and who are working fervidly towards those goals.

We learn from the Bible that, in times past, as a consequence of Israel’s unfaithfulness, God placed in her hand a “cup of trembling” and bade her drink from it. For more than 2,000 years, the Jews drank, and drank, and drank again. But whereas God was “but a little displeased” with Israel (Zechariah 1:15), He is “sorely displeased” with the Gentiles, who unrestrainedly piled on persecution of their own. Virtually every nation that came into being maltreated the Jews; many sought to wipe them out.

On October 7, the Jews drank yet again from that terrible cup. How much I want to believe that this was the very last time; that Heaven will now say, “Enough!”

I do sense, deep in my spirit, with this massive spilling of Jewish blood, and the (formerly) Judeo-Christian world’s indifference to it, that a line has been drawn; that we have arrived, or very soon will, at the time God forewarned us would come.

Globally there is a real fear that the assembling around Israel of opposing national powers – the US, UK, Russian, Chinese and others – could suddenly tip mankind into a third, non-conventional, world war.

My prayerful pondering is this: Is God ready to take the cup of His fury from the Jews, and press it into the hands of the nations? Is it our turn to drink? And are we, as Believers, prepared for this?

With the above in mind I go to the Word, and this is what I read:

“Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for I called him alone, and blessed him and increased him.”

For the Lord will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.

“Listen to Me, My people; and give ear to Me, O My nation: For law will proceed from Me, and I will make My justice rest as a light of the peoples. My righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth, and My arms will judge the peoples; The coastlands will wait upon Me, and on My arm they will trust. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look on the earth beneath. For the heavens will vanish away like smoke, the earth will grow old like a garment, and those who dwell in it will die in like manner; but My salvation will be forever, and My righteousness will not be abolished.

 “Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, you people in whose heart is My law: Do not fear the reproach of men, nor be afraid of their insults. For the moth will eat them up like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool; but My righteousness will be forever, and My salvation from generation to generation.”

 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord! Awake as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Are You not the arm that cut Rahab apart, and wounded the serpent?

 Are You not the One who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep; that made the depths of the sea a road for the redeemed to cross over? So the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

 “I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die, and of the son of a man who will be made like grass? And you forget the Lord your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth; you have feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, when he has prepared to destroy. And where is the fury of the oppressor?

The captive exile hastens, that he may be loosed, that he should not die in the pit, and that his bread should not fail. But I am the Lord your God, who divided the sea whose waves roared —The Lord of hosts is His name. And I have put My words in your mouth; I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, that I may plant the heavens, lay the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’”

 Awake, awake! Stand up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of His fury; you have drunk the dregs of the cup of trembling, and drained it out. There is no one to guide her among all the sons she has brought forth; nor is there any who takes her by the hand among all the sons she has brought up. These two things have come to you; who will be sorry for you?— Desolation and destruction, famine and sword— by whom will I comfort you? Your sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, like an antelope in a net; they are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of your God.

 Therefore please hear this, you afflicted, and drunk but not with wine. Thus says your Lord, the Lord and your God, who pleads the cause of His people: “See, I have taken out of your hand the cup of trembling, the dregs of the cup of My fury; you shall no longer drink it. But I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you, who have said to you, ‘Lie down, that we may walk over you.’ And you have laid your body like the ground, and as the street, for those who walk over.” (Isaiah 51:1-23)

For thus says the Lord God of Israel to me: “Take this wine cup of fury from My hand, and cause all the Gentiles, to whom I send you, to drink it. And they will drink and stagger and go mad because of the sword that I will send among them.”

Then I took the cup from the Lord’s hand, and made all the Gentiles drink, to whom the Lord had sent me: … all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another; and all the kingdoms of the world which are on the face of the earth. …

“Therefore you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Drink, be drunk, and vomit! Fall and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.”

“And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup from your hand to drink, then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “You shall certainly drink! For behold, I begin to bring calamity on the city which is called by My name, and should you be utterly unpunished? You shall not be unpunished, for I will call for a sword on all the inhabitants of the earth,” says the Lord of hosts.’

 “Therefore prophesy against them all these words, and say to them:

‘The Lord will roar from on high, and utter His voice from His holy habitation; He will roar mightily against His fold. He will give a shout, as those who tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. A noise will come to the ends of the earth—For the Lord has a controversy with the Gentiles; He will plead His case with all flesh. He will give those who are wicked to the sword,’ says the Lord.”

Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Behold, disaster shall go forth from Gentile to Gentile, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the farthest parts of the earth. And at that day the slain of the Lord shall be from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth. They shall not be lamented, or gathered, or buried; they shall become refuse on the ground. (Jeremiah 25:15-17; 26-33)