Answers to Bible Questions
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(Q) THE GENOCIDE OF ISRAEL; WILL IT EVER HAPPEN?
(A) There are many nations around the world, especially the ones in the Middle East who would love to see Israel annihilated. Some of these nations include Iran, Russia, Syria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and many more.
I want to make it absolutely clear right now at the beginning of this article why most of the nations of the world hate Israel. The next four paragraphs will explain why there is so much intense hostility toward this tiny nation.
Why are Israel’s enemy’s always trying to wipe them off the face of the earth? Why did the Muslim world call the rebirth of Israel a catastrophe? To understand why there is so much animosity against Israel, this one vital fact needs to be clearly understood. The fact is this: The Muslim world is being used as a powerful tool by Satan in his go-for-broke effort to annihilate the Jewish State and the Jewish people. That is the crux of the entire conflict that keeps the Middle East, and the entire world, on the brink of a heated war.
God made this promise to Abram who was used to start the Jewish nation of Israel, and Satan hates this promise: Genesis 12:1-3: 1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
This one fact cannot be overstated. If the Jews can be obliterated then God has been lying for millennia, and if He is a liar then He has no moral authority to judge Satan. Thus the destruction of the Jews is obviously advantageous to him — because he escapes hell and gets to rule the world; that is the way he sees it, believe it or not.
Today, Israel is a country slightly smaller than the U.S. state of New Jersey, is located in the Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea for a length of 273 kilometers (168 miles). In the south and southwest, it borders the Gulf of Aqaba and the Sinai Peninsula, occupied in the war of June 1967 and returned to Egypt in April 1982. To the east, it shares a 238-kilo-meter (147-mile) borderline with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and 307 kilometers (189 miles) with the Palestinian Autonomous Area on the western shore of the Jordan River. In the north, Israel shares 79 kilometers (49 miles) of borders with Lebanon, and with Syria for 76 kilometers (47 miles) on the disputed Golan Heights. Israel’s population stood at a record 8,252,500 in 2014 on the day of Rosh Hashanah.
The land was a desert until Israel became a nation again in 1948. Now it is a beautiful land, just as God said it would be. The land is now very productive, and the other nations around Israel would like to take it away from them, but I can tell you with absolute certainty no one or no nation on this earth will ever cast Israel out of their present land in which they now live.
In the past, because of Israel’s rebellion against God, He said He would scatter them: Deuteronomy 4:27: “God will then scatter you among the nations, and only a small number will remain among the nations where God shall lead you”
It has been prophesied in the Torah that Jews will survive as an eternal nation despite dispersion and being few in number.
To every other people, a small population spells extinction. We know from the records that the Romans kept about 2,000 years ago, there were between 8-10 million Jews living in the world. How many Jews do demographers say should be in the world today?
If in the same period of time, the Chinese went from a population of 30 million to over 1 billion people, there should be approximately 500 million Jews alive in the world today. After the Chinese and the Indians, the third largest ethnic group on the planet earth should be the Jews! But there are only 14 million Jews alive today.
There are virtually no more Jews in the world today than there were 2,000 years ago and yet throughout all this time, the Jews remained a distinct people.
Dating back to the start of their nation, they were a people called out by God. And it is with God that they had a covenant–that they would be His people, and He their God. In their willful disobedience to Him, they were scattered. Surrounding nations captured them, enslaved them. In their history it is written of them actually making it back to their nation’s land of Israel. Though, again, the same process occurred.
The people of Israel (also called the “Jewish People”) trace their origin to Abraham, who established the belief that there is only one God, the creator of the universe. Abraham, his son Yitshak (Isaac), and grandson Jacob (Israel), are referred to as the patriarchs of the Israelites. All three patriarchs lived in the Land of Canaan, that later came to be known as the Land of Israel. They and their wives are buried in the Ma’arat HaMachpela, the Tomb of the Patriarchs, in Hebron ,(Genesis Chapter 23).
The name Israel derives from the name given to Jacob,(Genesis 32:29). His 12 sons were the kernels of 12 tribes that later developed into the Jewish nation. The name Jew derives from Yehuda (Judah) one of the 12 sons of Jacob (Reuben, Shimon, Levi, Yehuda, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Yisachar, Zevulun, Yosef, Binyamin), (Exodus 1:1). So, the names Israel, Israeli or Jewish refer to people of the same origin.
The descendants of Abraham crystallized into a nation at about 1300 BCE after their Exodus from Egypt under the leadership of Moses (Moshe in Hebrew). Soon after the Exodus, Moses transmitted to the people of this new emerging nation, the Torah, and the Ten Commandments, (Exodus Chapter 20). After 40 years in the Sinai desert, Moses led them to the Land of Israel, that is cited in The Bible as the land promised by God to the descendants of the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, (Genesis 17:8).
The people of modern day Israel share the same language and culture shaped by the Jewish heritage and religion passed through generations starting with the founding father Abraham (ca. 1800 BCE). Thus, Jews have had continuous presence in the land of Israel for the past 3,300 years.
The year 587 BCE marked a turning point in the history of the region. From this year onwards, the region was ruled or controlled by a succession of superpower empires of the time in the following order: Babylonian, Persian, Greek Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Empires, Islamic and Christian crusaders, Ottoman Empire, and the British Empire.
The Jewish people were exiled from Israel by the Babylonians in 587 BCE, but they survived, returned to Israel after 70 years, and then built the Second Temple. Then in 70 CE, the Romans destroyed the Second Temple, causing the Jews to go into exile once again. Israel is very unique in that they were:
A. The only nation exiled twice from their own land
B. The only nation to ever survive and return from a previous exile
The Torah goes on to spell out a final uniqueness within this phenomenon—amongst these nations within which the Jews will be scattered; there will be a continual wandering. Deuteronomy 28:64 (“And God shall scatter you among all the peoples from one end of the earth to the other…”), the prophesy continues—“Among those nations you shall find no repose, not a foot of ground to stand upon, for there the Lord will give you an anguished heart and wasted eyes and a dismayed spirit,” Deuteronomy 28:65.
This prophesy of the “Wandering Jew” has remarkably not only characterized Israel’s ancient history, it continues to identify them as a unique people right up until and including the present day.
When we scan the dispersion of the Jew’s over the entire globe and throughout the entire civilized world, we are surprised to see that this Nation, which is almost the most ancient in the world, is in truth the youngest in terms of the land under its feet and the sky above its head. As a result of the relentless persecutions and forced expulsions, most Jews are but recent new-comers to their respective lands of residence. Ninety percent of the Jewish people have lived in their new homes for no more than 50 or 60 years! (The Jewish People) are dispersed throughout over 100 lands on all five continents.
Early historian Josephus, who dates back to the first century even wrote of them saying, there was “no nation in the world which had not among them part of the Jewish people,’ since they were “widely dispersed over whole world among its inhabitants’.
So their sticking together wasn’t a matter of choice. In their willful disobedience, they were allowed to be captured. The Bible also speaks that their nation divided into two: Israel and Judah, due to the great King Solomon and his disobedience in leading the nation. And from there also, they willfully decided to split. That is recorded in 1 & 2 Kings of the Bible.
How much land did God give to Israel in the past?
God has given Israel the land from the Nile to the Euphrates Rivers
This means that God also gave to the Jews the lands of Lebanon, Jordan, much of Iraq, and also much of eastern Egypt, up to the “river of Egypt”, which is the Nile river. If you look at a map, It shows a small Israel, surrounded by many enemies, most of which have larger countries than Israel. But that is not God’s plan. God’s plan for Israel is to control the land from the Euphrates River in Iraq over to the Nile River in Egypt. As I stated before, the Fundamentalist Christian does not care what men say. It is what the Bible says that counts. And the Bible says that all of Israel, in fact a much larger area than her current borders, belongs to the Jews. So, this of course means that the entire Gaza Strip belongs to Israel.
“Israel is the very embodiment of Jewish continuity: It is the only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name, speaks the same language, and worships the same God that it did 3,000 years ago.
The Bible makes it very clear that it will be Israel’s Enemies that will be decimated, not Israel.
Jehovah God is soon to be known by the world and, especially, by the enemies of Israel. The configuration of the nations in the Middle East, including Russia, will be forever changed. Russia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, plus all their allies will no longer exist as government entities. There is the possibility that as many as twenty-five or thirty nations will be utterly destroyed. The full extent of this cataclysmic war has never been fully declared or understood. The Bible makes it clear that the nations which have determined to destroy Israel will be decimated. The Holy Spirit said, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem:” Zechariah 12:9.
The War of Gog and Magog will be the first step towards making the entire earth conscious of the one and only Supreme God. This war will also open the way for the Antichrist to rebuild Babylon and to become the dominant force in the ancient Eastern leg of the Roman Empire. Iraq is known in the Bible by her past names of Sumer, Chaldea, Mesopotamia, and Babylon. This nation has always been one of the strongest enemies to Israel and the Jews.
Yet, the perfect prophecies of Holy Scripture leave Iraq out of the Gog and Magog coalition. The elimination of Saddam Hussein from the Iraqi political scene was a powerful preparation for the end time events. Iraq had to be the uneasy democracy that it represents today in order for the Assyrian — the final beast of a man — to step onto the stage. His face will be revealed only after the Rapture of the chosen saints.
As we await the Rapture, this war of Gog and Magog is gathering forces. President Obama or our next American president will most likely be shackled with the duty of deciding whether to or not to respond to Jerusalem and Israel’s defense when the Gog and Magog multitude show their intentions. It will be one of the most telling moments of American history. Will President Obama or our next President put our entire nation at risk by sending our warships and planes face-to-face with the largest coalition of nuclear armed troops in history?
But, God will decide the future of Israel. This nation’s existence in the homeland of God’s Promise Land is set in Biblical perfection. God will defend Israel with a show of divine deliverance that will never be forgotten. Every nation of the earth will tremble. The heavens will come alive with a display of destruction. Such a demonstration of power will be unleashed on this army and the homeland of every government involved that the whole earth will either respect or hate this Sovereign God. Those that hate this act of God the Father will be prepared to join the Antichrist for the last great Battle of Armageddon.
The world will be brought to the edge of total obliteration. Many commentators will be on the airwaves and internet calling the developing schemes of this massive army “the end of human existence.” Russia will threaten the nations with nuclear holocaust if anyone comes to Israel’s defense. The only words of hope will be those of Bible believers – men and women that have read God’s final words of prophetic promises. If our governmental officials do not understand what God is going to do, they will bow to the Russian warnings. Europe will be hiding in their basements and deep government enclaves. Even the atheists will probably be praying.
Just before this massive offensive reaches the heart of Israel, God will direct the outcome. An overflowing rain will likely be the first sign of action. It will be such a flood falling on the entire Middle East that a tremor of fear will begin to develop. Pestilences will strike terror as unreal swarms of scorpions and other creatures attack the terrorist soldiers. Great bolts of lightning will interrupt communication systems and hot brimstone will fall upon the armies and throughout the nations that have joined this coalition. Missiles will literally be stopped in midflight and will fall on the stations of those very armies that are firing them towards Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and the cities of Israel. Hail will fall with such sizes and weights that it will destroy airborne planes or tanks that are plowing through the mud. Five of every six military personnel will be slaughtered.
The capitals and cities of every army involved will be under this deluge. The cell phones of these soldiers will begin to ring with the terror felt at home. Imagine this army as they learn that this destruction is not just on the battlefield but throughout their personal world. The soldiers will begin to turn on each other in their insane stupor, fear, and anger.
The Bible clearly promised God’s great defense of Israel. Our God said, “And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD:” Ezekiel 38:21-23.
This would be catastrophic enough if it was only happening to this great army marching towards Jerusalem. The Bible promises that their homeland will also be utterly destroyed. The words of God clearly state, “And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD,” Ezekiel 39:6.
The prophet Joel joined in with his declaration of the results of this Heavenly display. What is left of this army will march back to the ruins and destruction of their nations. “But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things,” Joel 2:20.
Do not look at this great destruction as some ugly and negative event. The Islam religion is a false and dark work of Satan to deceive and destroy. It must be judged or our God will have to repent to Noah’s world and to Sodom and Gomorrah. Out of this Divine display our Heavenly Father will begin a work of His Holy Spirit and multitudes will be converted to Jesus Christ. The emerging church and the religious deception in the church world will be seen for its error and departure from truth. Those that still refuse the infallible Word of God will be given reprobate minds to become the Antichrist army that will develop after the Rapture.
It’s imperative that every reader opens his heart to Biblical, prophetic truth and warnings and that he carefully and fully believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior of all. Ephesians 2:4-9: 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
There is nothing to fear but fear itself. The Lord is in charge. It’s His world and He is preparing for His eternal kingdom of righteousness.
In conclusion, it is Satan the devil who hates Israel, and also has stirred up the nations of the world to hate Her. As Christians, we should not fall into the same trap as the rest of the world. Again I cannot stress it enough that God will not bless anyone who refuses to bless Israel. Back up and support Israel and don’t be a part of the deception going on in the world against Israel. God is for Israel; no nation on the face of this earth will win the battle against her.
God is going to defeat ALL of Israel’s enemies like it or not! In the end, Israel wins because God is their fortress.
Have a good day,
Maranatha (Lord come)