September 24, 2018
Political leaders in the world today are dealing with an age old dilemma of what to do with the “people of God,” the Jews. The Arab nations reject God’s blessing on Israel as the chosen people of God. They dispute Israel’s claim to the “promised land” given to them by God so many years ago. Many other nations of the world have experienced in their past and continue today in their hatred of the Jews. Unfortunately, some have directed their hatred, in the name of Christianity, toward the Jewish nation, who as a people rejected Jesus Christ as their Messiah and called for his crucifixion. As believers in the Word of God, hatred for the Jews is simply not an option for us if we want the blessings of God on our lives, and it is not an option for America either if we hope for God’s blessing on our land.
Historically every modern day American president, including President Trump, has opposed the Arab nation’s intention to wipe Israel off the map forever. As believers we know that God’s Word teaches that Israel is the nation that God has chosen for his purposes. It does not mean that believers support every political decision that Israel makes, but I do believe that the dilemma of what to do with Israel will become more and more of a major issue for America in the coming years, and as believers who understand the Word of God, we may find ourselves at odds with the majority of people as to what America should do.
Front page stories around the world regularly relate to the very essence of the Biblical account of God dealing with His chosen people. They consistently report about the saga of how the Jews, God’s chosen people, desperately want their land to be safe and free from oppression. Remember when God called Abraham out of his country to a land He would give to him. God gave Abraham a promise not only for him, not only for the Jews, who are God’s chosen people, but this promise would affect every other nation on the earth forever. Genesis 12:2-3, “And I will bless you and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curse you. In you all of the families of the earth shall be blessed.” God’s Word cannot be plainer here. If you want the blessing of God as an individual on your life or as a nation on its existence, you must bless His chosen people, the Jews. It also indicates God’s blessing to the world through the Jews, His Son Jesus Christ.
Jesus cannot be separated from his Jewish roots. His mother Mary, and Joseph, were very much a part of the political process which was going on at the time of his birth. Our belief that Jesus was the Messiah promised by Jewish prophets in the first century is not shared by the majority of the world today. The peace that the world longed for on the night Jesus was born is still being sought by the people of the world today. Before Jesus gave his life on the cross he prayed to the Father, asking Him to protect and guide his disciples as they went out into the world with a message of salvation and of peace. John 17:18, 20 – 21 “As you sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world…I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that you sent me.”
Because Israel rejected Jesus as their Messiah, God allowed the Romans to destroy Jerusalem in 70 A.D., and the Jews were dispersed among the Gentile nations of the world. Since then they have wandered from nation to nation suffering bitter persecution. However, in the late 1800’s a remarkable thing started happening. In large numbers, the Jews began returning to Palestine, and in 1887 they made formal statements that they intended to repossess their homeland. When World War I began in 1914, there were 80,000 Jews living in Palestine. By 1939 400,000 Jews had settled in their Biblical homeland. Adolph Hitler murdered six million of God’s chosen people as an outright act of hate and revenge. This massive slaughter created enough sympathy for the Jews that the United Nations granted 5000 square miles of Palestinian land to them after World War II. Then in 1948 Israel became an independent nation for the first time in many centuries. The Islamic nations have fought viciously to destroy Israel, but with no success. During the Six Day War of 1967, Israel even gained possession of the ancient temple sight, and plans are currently underway to rebuild the temple.
God wants His people in the land He promised for them. We know that God has been re-gathering the Jews for a reason. Amos 9:14-15, “I will bring my exiled people of Israel back from distant lands, and they will rebuild their ruined cities and live in them again. I will firmly plant them there in their own land. They will never again be uprooted from the land I have given them, says the Lord your God.” Jesus likened Israel to a “fig tree” in Matthew 24:30-35, “And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world, from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place.”
Jesus said that He would return during the same generation which witnesses Israel putting forth leaves as a nation. We are living in that generation. There are over four million Jews living in Palestine today. We have seen the Jews return to Palestine, and we have seen the nation of Israel prosper. It seems clear to me that there is a reason for all of this. Jesus Christ is coming soon! The message of the Gospel is about Jesus, the promised Messiah to the Jews and a blessing on the rest of the world, promised so long ago to Abraham. We are participants in the prayer of Jesus when he prayed for his disciples. His prayer was that we be one. His prayer was that the world He created would believe in Him. More than ever before let us proclaim the message of Jesus, the Savior who has come to a lost and dying world, who will someday return as King. The events of the world today indicate that the time to share the Gospel is growing short. If we care, we will compel those who don’t believe to repent and believe in the coming King, Jesus Christ.