Summary: I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you...(Gen 12:3)
Why America Must Stand By Israel!
I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you...(Gen 12:3)
He that touches [Israel] touches the apple of [My] eye (Zec 2:7-13).
I will gather all nations and enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land Multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision (Joel 3:1-14).
America is at an epochal crossroads. Will we believe God and stand by Israel? Or will we equivocate and sympathize with Israel s enemies? Having already turned our back on God in America, we are feeling the sting of His gracious remedial judgments. Yes, we still have a form of religion, but we have lost the moral and spiritual power we once possessed. We now find ourselves in an unprovoked, worldwide war with militant Islamist terrorists and our homeland is vulnerable. Yet, while our President has vowed to act against terrorists and those who harbor them, he has ironically pressed Israel not to retaliate against Palestinian terrorists. And the cornerstone of his Middle East policy is to divide the land of Israel to create a terrorist-ruled, Islamist Palestinian state. Because God’s Word speaks so clearly to this issue (Joel 3:1-17) and because there will be grave consequences if we fail to heed Him, no greater moral or political issue faces our nation at this moment in history than this (see Jer 12:14-16; Zech 2:7-13). There are two absolute reasons why America MUST stand with the Jews and their claim to the land.
First: God gave the Land of Israel to the Jewish People!
Unlike the historic claim other people may have to their homeland, the Jews have an overriding, stronger claim. God Himself gave the title deed to the land of Israel to the Jews. The earth is the Lord s and the fullness thereof. Any human ownership of land is but a lease, subject to His overriding authority. God establishes the boundaries of nations (Dt 32:8-10; Nu 34:10-15; Josh 11:16-22:14; Acts 17:26).
1) God promised the land of Canaan to Abraham and his descendents forever by a solemn oath and covenant (Gen 15:18; 17:2-8). He renewed the covenant with Abraham s son, Isaac (note: not Ishmael c Gen 17:19-21; 21:12-13), and his grandson Jacob (note: not Esau c Gen 28:13-16; 35:11-13).
2) The Land Record is found in Scripture. God’s covenant with the Jews regarding the land and the drama of His covenant promises, Israel s slavery, deliverance, sin, wanderings, possessing of the land, national glory, cycles of sin and repentance, captivities, returns, defeats, dispersions and ultimately permanent possession of the land are an over-arching, grand theme of scripture. That we live in the day when God has brought the dispersed Jews back to Israel and restored the land to them should be a matter of awe and wonder for the entire world, but especially for Bible-believing Christians. It is a sign that helps us believe and not doubt His even grander promise, that the Jews, who rejected Christ as their Messiah during the first century, will yet embrace Him as their Savior and Lord, just as God promised (Gen 12:7; 26:2-5; 35:9-12; Ex 6:1-8; Nu 34:2-15; Dt 32:8-10; Josh 11:16-23; 13:1-22:14; Eze 47:13-48:35).
3) God’s Promises Are Clear For All to See. His promises to the Jews regarding the land of Canaan are stated and repeated in scores of Bible verses. The major and minor prophets proclaimed them (e.g., Gen 12:7; 13:14:15; 26:3b; 48:4b; Ex 3:8; 6:2-4, 8; Lev 25:23; Is 11:11-12:2; Jer 23:7-8; 30:30; 32:37-44; 33:7-26; Eze 11:16-20; 34:13; 39:27-29; 34: Joel 3:1-20; Amos 9:13-15; Zec 1:13-21; 2:1-13; 7:14; 8:1-8).
4) God’s Promises Regarding the Jew s Land Inheritance are Unconditional. God’s promises of blessing and continuity in the land to Moses and David were conditional (e.g., be careful to obey so that it may go well with you Dt 6:3; Dt 30:1-8; 1 Chr 28:8). But His promises through the prophets of the Jews ultimate, permanent possession of the land and their embrace of Jesus as Messiah, were unconditional. You may protest, These Jews are anti-Christian, ungodly. They practice abortion, homosexuality, all the sins of the other secular western nations. True, God has bound them over to disobedience so that like us, He may have mercy upon them all (see Rom 11:all, but especially vs. 27-36). The fulfillment of God’s promises to the modern Jews is not dependent upon their faith, obedience or righteousness, but entirely upon God’s sovereign power and the immutability of His Will (Is 2:2-5; Jer 23:7-8; 30:3; 33:7-26; Eze 11:16-20; 20:41-44; Am 9:14-15; Zech 8:1-8). God promised that after regathering the Jews to Israel He would reveal Himself to them (Eze 20:42-43; 36:24-36; Zech 10:8-10; 12:8; 13:9). They will embrace Him and be marvelously saved (Eze 39:29; Rom 11:24-36). We must believe God with and for them.