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Did Hugo Chavez die because he cursed Israel?

Venezuelan president and dictator Hugo Chavez died on March 5, nearly two years ago, after battling cancer. What has come to light since then is that he developed the cancer that killed him after he publicly cursed Israel. Interestingly, the cancer originated in the pelvic region of his body, which he specifically referenced when cursing Israel:

“I seize this opportunity to condemn, one more time, from the bottom of my soul and of my visceras, the State of Israel.  D–n you, Israel!” Hugo shouted before a staged crew of clapping spectators (see clip below). The Spanish word visceras translates “innards” or “bowels” in English. While the Venezuelan dictator sought to ensure that the specifics of his cancer were kept quiet even up until his death, the consensus of reports indicated that it was indeed this region of his body that was afflicted. Also in keeping with eating the fruit of his own lips (Proverbs 18:21), Chavez’s soul was required of him on March 5, 2013.

God promised Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). God does not change (Malachi 3:6). God is in the business of keeping His promises and upholding His covenant with Abraham’s seed,  even today.

In light of what God said, we should be challenged to seek ways to bless Israel. God said that “whoever touches you, Israel, touches the apple of His eye” (Zechariah 2:8). By blessing Israel, we bless God’s heart, and we invoke a blessing for ourselves. We can bless Israel with our prayers and proclamations, by financially sowing into Israel, and by speaking up for Israel and God’s people, the Jews, when there is opportunity – particularly now that Antisemitism is on the rise.

We must also pray that our leaders bless and stand with Israel. Throughout scripture, God talks about executing judgments on nations that oppose Israel (Psalm 2:1, Psalm 79, Isaiah 14:2, Isaiah 60, Zechariah 2:8, etc).

How is The Lord asking you to bless Israel at this time?

About Emily Tomko

Emily Tomko's radical encounter with the Lord while at a nightclub changed her life forever and inspired her first novel, College Bound: A Pursuit of Freedom. She is the author of seven books, including 31 Thoughts on Prophecy and Leaving the Shallows: igniting the faith that overcomes the world. Her tastes tend toward vintage and she's a Germanophile, having spent a year in Bremen and Nuremberg. Emily loves the scriptures and writes with fierce compassion and a deep desire to see people freed from the miry clay of this world and walking in the truth.

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6 comments

  1. John Clark

    VERY interesting. If this is the reason for his cancer I think we are going to see more individuals judged. It wouldn’t surprise me if Obama is judged, also, for his shunning of the nation Israel.

  2. Our administration’s stance on Israel – and this most recent snub by the two dozen or so Dems threatening to boycott Netanyahu’s speech, thereby making Israel into a partisan issue – is disturbing. My concerns especially are for what this means to us as a nation when leadership goes against Israel. Chavez was a curse to his own nation, a Venezuelan friend of mine said, bringing them down a steady economic slide and into deplorable conditions right now. Of course, being a socialist and having bad policy is as much to blame as anything, but I do wonder if the nation gets judged as well…

  3. Well there is no doubt God blessed Abraham and his offspring for out of him came the nations of the earth numbering more than the sand. Now, it is a ridiculous notion that Chavez died because he made such utterances. It is surprising how so many ‘Christians’ can revere the modern Nation of Israel yet turn a blind eye to the atrocities it perpetuates against other children of God. The modern Israel is nothing like the Israel of Abraham and King Dave – a man after God’s own heart. Israel like the United States and Venezuela is just another country. Hugo Chavez died because it was just his time to die – the Lord saw it fit that he were to die.

  4. And I know you won’t publish my comment…

    • Hello Blue,
      I’m not sure what atrocities Israel committed to which you’re referring. Nowhere in scripture are Christians commanded to criticize Israel, only to bless them.

  5. Joel Bauer

    Hey there Blue Hat. We typically try to avoid censoring people’s comments because everybody is entitled to their perspective, and I don’t think any of us can say we always get it right. You are always welcome to share your view on things as long it is done with a reasonable amount of politeness, and I feel you have done so. God bless.

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