This past week President Trump, and leaders from Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain signed the “Peace to Prosperity” plan. This plan would potentially establish a Palestinian state and give Israel sovereignty over an essentially undivided Jerusalem. Historically every modern-day American president, including President Trump, has opposed the Arab nations intentions 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 we also know that the dilemma of what to do with Israel will become more and more of a major issue for America in the coming years.
Those of us who trust and believe in God’s Word, relate to the Biblical account of God dealing with the nation of Israel, His chosen people, and remember that God called Abraham out of his country to the 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 them who curse you. In you, all of the families of the earth shall be blessed.” God’s Word cannot be plainer. 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, and through His Son Jesus Christ. As Christians, we believe that Jesus was the Messiah promised by Jewish prophets in the first century, and 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.
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. For decades they wandered the earth suffering bitter persecution. But 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. During WWII 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 WWII. Then in 1948 Israel became an independent nation for the first time in many centuries. Since then, 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 per biblical prophecy, plans are currently underway to rebuild the temple. God wants His people in the land He promised for them. 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 told his disciples that He would return during the same generation which witnessed Israel’s rebirth as a nation. We are now living in that generation. There are over four million Jews who live in Palestine today. The world has seen the Jews return to their land and have seen the nation of Israel prosper. It seems clear to me that there is a reason for all of this, and that reason is, Jesus Christ is coming soon! The message of the Gospel is about Jesus, the promised Messiah to the Jews who will be a blessing to 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 the world He created would believe in Him. More than ever before we need to proclaim the message of Jesus, the Savior who has come to a lost and dying world, and who will return as King. The events of the world today indicate that the time to share the Gospel is growing short. If we care about people, we will compel those who don’t believe, to repent of their sin and place their trust in the coming King, Jesus Christ.
Robert Andrews, Ph.D.