What is the relationship between God and the nation of Israel?

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(Q)  What is the relationship between God and the nation of Israel?

(A)  Understanding God’s relationship with Israel is of the utmost importance to the welfare of all nations on earth.

Over recent years, we have witnessed a shocking erosion of support for Israel among many nations, including the USA, and even many professing Christians. The issue of the rightful ownership of the West Bank has been used to confuse well-meaning believers who don’t fully understand how and why the Jewish claim to this land is more legitimate than the claims of the Palestinians.

God’s relationship with Israel is special because He has elected them to be His chosen nation above all other nations on earth.    

Deuteronomy 14:2: 2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth

God called Israel a “peculiar people,” and He did not mean oddball. He is saying that Israel is specially chosen by Him. They are the nation He called out from among all the other nations, and He holds them in the strength of His own hands.

Genesis 12:1-3: 1Now 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.

God asked Abraham to move to the Promised Land. After he moved, God said, “I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God;Genesis 17:7-8. Below is a list of what the underlined words in this paragraph mean:
A) God’s covenant with “thee” means with Abraham.
B) With “thy seed after thee” means with Abraham’s descendants after him.
C) In “their generations” means anytime Abraham has living descendants.
D) For an “everlasting covenant” means God’s covenant will last forever.
E) “I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land” means God gave the Promised Land to Abraham and his descendants (the Jews; see below).
F) “All the land of Canaan” means all (not part) of the Promised Land belongs to Abraham and his descendants (the Jews).
G) “For an everlasting possession” means all of the Promised Land belongs to Abraham and his descendants (the Jews) forever.
H) “I will be their God” means God made a covenant with Abraham to be Israel’s God.

Zechariah 2:8:  8For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. Also see Deuteronomy 32:10; Psalm 17:8

Israel is precious to Almighty God, the apple or pupil of His eye. He is simply saying, “You touch my chosen nation Israel; you poke me in the eye.”

God will always be watching over Israel, and He will not allow them to be destroyed; ever.

Isaiah 54:17: 17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

Anyone; and I mean anyone who hates Israel is an enemy of God Almighty!!  God say’s don’t mess with Israel!!

Psalm 83:2:  NASB VERSION OF THE BIBLE IS USED HERE FOR A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IS BEING SAID: 1O God, do not remain quiet; do not be silent and, O God, do not be still. For behold, Your enemies make an uproar, And those who hate You have exalted themselves. They make shrewd plans against Your people, And conspire together against Your treasured ones. They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more.”

If you hate Israel, you are God’s enemy! God say’s If you want to prosper, then you need to love Israel.

Psalm 122:6: 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Psalm 121:1-8: 1 (A Song of degrees.) I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6 The sun shall not smite thee, by day nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Genesis 28:12-15: 12 And he ( Jacob) dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.13And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed. 14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

WHAT IF THE NATIONS REJECT OR IGNORE GOD’S COVENANT WITH ISRAEL?

God’s Word is settled forever Psa. 119:89. God won’t break His covenant. If the nations keep rejecting and ignoring God’s covenant by attacking Israel without His approval they will eventually wind up in a battle with God called the Tribulation Period and the Battle of Armageddon. Don’t forget that the covenant says God is Israel’s God.

It was approximately 4,000 years ago that God appeared to Abraham in a vision and there made this unilateral covenant with him to give him the land of Israel, Genesis 15

“On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates…” Genesis 15:18

This land covenant stretches from the modern-day nations of Egypt to Iraq and includes parts of Lebanon, Syria and Jordan! As previously stated, the covenant was not bi-lateral, but unilateral. This is a critical difference to understand.

A bi-lateral covenant requires the faithful performance of both parties in order for its provisions to remain in force. A unilateral covenant requires only the faithful performance of the one party who established it in order for the covenant to remain in force. The land covenant of Genesis 15 was granted to Abraham unconditionally by Yahweh! Yahweh was the God of the Old Testament, but He is the same God we know today as our Lord Christ Jesus our Savior.

This covenant was confirmed when God alone passed between the animal parts which the Lord had asked Abraham to provide. Has God remained faithful to that covenant? Of course, and He always will! That is why Israel’s disobedience and unbelief have often cost them their place in the land, but never their title to the land! Biblically speaking, their obedience to God was never a condition or a pre-requisite to that title.

God speaks again to Jacob in Genesis 35:10-12: 10And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel. 11 And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; 12 And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.

WHAT IF THE JEWS SIN

God clearly said they would sin and He would put them off the land, but He would not forget the covenant. Concerning their sin, He said, “And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God. But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD,” Lev. 26:44-45.

In the days of Jeremiah, He said, “Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever. Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the city shall be built to the LORD from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate of the corner” Jer. 31:35-38Israel won’t cease to be a nation as long as the sun, moon and stars are shining.

Understanding these things, we can see that although Israel has been occupied throughout its history by various people groups, these groups were always “tenants”, not “title-holders”. Does a tenant have the right to remain in residence when the property-owner decides to return and reclaim his home? Not at all!

This is why, in 1400 B.C., when God freed the Israelites from their 400 year bondage in Egypt, and returned them to the land He had promised to Abraham, they were not usurping the land from the Canaanites, but rather evicting them from Abraham’s property, the rightful inheritance of Abraham’s descendants.

As God told Abraham in Genesis 15:18:  “To your descendants I give this land…” This, then, is the historical precedent of land reclamation for modern-day Israel which God has seen fit to bless. After 1,878 years away (70 A.D. to 1948 A.D.) the Jewish people returned to their rightful property to reclaim what God had “rented” to others, but had never “deeded” to others.

The Arabic tenants of Jerusalem demonstrate their instinctive understanding of this truth even today as they have been systematically eradicating all the archaeological evidence they find of the Second Temple which they have unearthed beneath the site of their “Al Aqsa” mosque.”

They understand that tenants must destroy all documentation of a previous owner if they want to build their case for possession.

What does all of this prove? It proves that it is correct to say that East Jerusalem and the West Bank areoccupied” by those who are not their rightful owners, but those “illegal occupiers” are the Palestinians, not the Israelis!  It is the Israelis who are the rightful owners of these lands and of much, much more.

When Christ Jesus reigns in Jerusalem, He will bless millions of His Arabic followers with great wealth and beautiful properties. But their lands will be located on other continents. The  land near and about Jerusalem which He promised to Abraham 4,000 years ago will be given to Abraham’s physical descendants whose spiritual hearts have been circumcised in Christ.

So does modern-day Israel have the right to exist? Do they have the right to reclaim ownership of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights? Is there any precedent in history for a nation rightfully reclaiming its ancient homeland after hundreds of years without being present? Yes, indeed there is, and that nation is Israel itself!

ISRAEL WILL EVENTUALLY OCCUPY THE LAND AND NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO REMOVE THEM

God said, “And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy GodAmos 9:15.

The prophet Ezekiel spoke of a time that the Jews believe is beginning to come true today. God said, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen. Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel. Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be buildedEzek. 36:26-33.

Some of our churches today believe that God has forsaken Israel and cast them aside forever. These church leaders also believe that the Christian believers living in modern times today have replaced Israel, and the churches of today are SPIRITUAL ISRAEL. This is not true as we shall see from the scriptures!

WHAT THE NEW TESTAMENT SAYS

 Paul addressed the question this way, “I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham; of the tribe of Benjamin.  God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew,Rom. 11:1-2.

Paul also said, “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.  28As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance,” Rom. 11:25-3). God will not repent or change His mind about His gifts and calling of Israel.

ISRAEL IS THE KEY TO BIBLE PROPHECY

 Israel must exist to be God’s people and exist in the latter years and latter days, Ezek. 38:8, 13. Israel must exist to be God’s people and God heritage at the Battle of Armageddon, Joel 3:1-2. Israel must complete all seventy weeks or 490 years of her punishment and all prophecy be fulfilled and the time of everlasting righteousness begins, Dan. 9:24. Israel must exist for Jerusalem to be a cup of trembling and a burdensome stone for the whole world at the end of the age, Zech. 12:2-3. Israel must exist to sign a seven-year covenant at the end of the age that will begin the Tribulation Period, Dan. 9:27. Israel must exist to rebuild the Temple, Matt. 24:15; II Thess. 2:4. Israel must exist to resume the animal sacrifices before the Antichrist can stop them, Dan. 9:27.Israel must exist to flee into the wilderness when the Antichrist defiles the Temple, Matt. 24:15-17.

Jeremiah 30:1-4:  1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2 Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. 3 For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. 4 And these are the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah.

Hosea 5:15: 15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.

Hosea 6:1-3: 1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. 3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

Psalm 102:15-22: 15 So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory. 16 When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory. 17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer. 18 This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD. 19 For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth; 20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death; 21 To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem; 22 When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.

Isaiah 66:5-24:  5Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. 6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies. 7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. 8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. 9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God. 10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: 11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. 12 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. 13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. 14 And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies. 15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. 16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD. 21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD. 22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. 24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

The prophet Amos reaffirms this restoration of a sovereign nation Israel:

“In that day ‘I will restore David’s fallen shelter—I will repair its broken walls and restore its ruins—and will rebuild it as it used to be, so that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations that bear my name,’ declares the Lord, who will do these things… ‘They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them.’ They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit.  I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them” says the Lord your God,” Amos 9:11-15.

The Land of Israel did start to blossom where it once was so desolate for years (with the return of God’s people to the land). This fulfills Old Testament prophecies from Isaiah written centuries ago, Isaiah 27:6; 35:1-2. It is now one of world’s leading exporters of flowers, ornamental plants and produce. With Israel’s increased rainfall and their world-renowned irrigation technology, the land has done a complete turn around since the Jews returned. Keep in mind that the Lord said this would happen in the “latter days.” The scriptures declare that the city of Jerusalem would be rebuilt on its own ruins, Jeremiah 30:18, Zechariah 12:6.

As well as Amos and Deuteronomy, Zephaniah talks about the very real restoration of Israel:

“At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you. I will rescue the lame; I will gather the exiles. I will give them praise and honour in every land where they have suffered shame. At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home,” Zephaniah 3:19-20.

Yeshua (Christ) also declared that Jerusalem would by trotted down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled, Luke 21:24. The Jews regained control of the Old City during the Six Day War in 1967, thus ending Gentile control which had been in effect since 70 A D. Psalm 83:4-8, deals with the nations surrounding Israel with words saying, “Come let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”

Not only has the Iranian regime uttered those exact words, be we can see the whole region around her growing with anti-Semitic attitudes. Truly, she is surrounded by enemies which are Islamic. In the not to distant future, Israel is going to have to take action against these threats. Iran continues to pursue nuclear weapons at an alarming rate. Prime Minister Netanyahu has already drawn a ‘redline” for Iran to cross and presented it to the U.N. They continue to climb to that line despite the great hardship they are putting on their people. We need to be in prayer for the Iranian people, as it is the regime that continues their pursuit of weapons of mass destruction.

How many times have we seen in the news, usually our secretary of state, making a trip to the Middle East just on this subject? But, there will be no true peace until the Prince of Peace returns to set up His Kingdom to reign for a thousand years. The Eastern Gate will remain closed until the Messiah returns. At Yeshua’s Second Coming He will enter Jerusalem through this now sealed Eastern Gate, Ezekiel 44:1-3. Again Zechariah 2:8, declares that Israel is still the “apple of His eye.”

The United States has been the most blessed nation ever on the earth through our standing beside the Jew. We need to be in prayer for our elected officials, praying that the USA will continue to support Israel for the welfare of our nation. God is true to His Word and He never changes. Not for anybody, not even America. Hosea speaks of a time when Israel will seek His face, acknowledge their offense and return to the Lord, Hosea 5:15; 6:1-3. He will then live in their sight.

REMEMBER THIS, AND REMEMBER IT WELL; ISRAEL CANNOT EVER BE DESTROYED. GOD WILL NOT ALLOW IT TO HAPPEN!!!

The Bible clearly says that God gave the Promised Land to the Jews forever. It’s even an undeniable fact of history that Jews have lived on the Promised Land for centuries. Even during the Babylonian and Roman dispersions there were still some Jews on the Promised Land. Nevertheless, it’s not uncommon to hear Church leaders in mainline denominations refer to major portions of the Promised Land as “occupied territory” because Jews live on it. These Church leaders claim to understand the Scriptures, but if they do they are making themselves willingly ignorant of what the Scriptures say.

THROUGH ISAAC NOT ISHMAEL

Some ask, “Does God’s covenant with Abraham go through Isaac, Ishmael or both?” God answered the question: “Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year,” Gen. 17:18-21. God said the covenant will go through Isaac not Ishmael.

This is not unfair. God loved Ishmael and promised: 1) to bless him, 2) To give him many descendants, and 3) to make him into a great nation. Ishmael now has about 300 million descendants. Ishmael’s descendants now rule in more than twenty Arab nations. God gave them billions of barrels of oil. But God didn’t give Ishmael’s descendants (the Arabs) the Promised Land. God said His covenant will go through Isaac. The descendants of Isaac (not Ishmael) will eventually possess all of the Promised Land forever.

“This is what the LORD says: If you can break my covenant with the day and the night so that one does not follow the other, only then will my covenant with my servant David be broken. Only then will he no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne. The same is true for my covenant with the Levitical priests who minister before me. And as the stars of the sky cannot be counted and the sand on the seashore cannot be measured, so I will multiply the descendants of my servant David and the Levites who minister before me.” The LORD gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, “Have you noticed what people are saying?—‘The LORD chose Judah and Israel and then abandoned them!’ They are sneering and saying that Israel is not worthy to be counted as a nation. But this is what the LORD says: I would no more reject my people than I would change my laws that govern night and day, earth and sky. I will never abandon the descendants of Jacob or David, my servant, or change the plan that David’s descendants will rule the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Instead, I will restore them to their land and have mercy on them.” Jeremiah 33:20-26

In Ezekiel 16:60-63 we see that God will establish His covenant with Israel even though they have failed Him time and again. It will be an everlasting covenant which is a covenant of grace. Notice, it is an everlasting covenant, and everlasting means everlasting.

In Deuteronomy 30:1-6, God instructs how the nation of Israel would be dispersed throughout the world because of disobedience, but that they would later be restored once again as a nation:

Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back.  He will bring you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors.” Deut. 30:1-5.

In Romans 9 the Apostle Paul is saying that the promises and covenants to Israel made in the Old Testament are still in force, even if they are exiled from their land and in a state of unbelief. They are still adopted to sonship, still partakers of divine glory, still in covenant with God.  “For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises,” Romans 9:3-4.

Israel and the Jewish people are always going to be a special people to God as I quoted in the beginning of this article from Deuteronomy 14:2: 2 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and The LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth. Israel and the Jews are going to have a great influence upon the nations of the earth during the coming tribulation, and the coming millennial kingdom of Christ.

The Tribulation

God is going to use the Jews to be a light to the Gentiles during the coming Tribulation as described in the book of Revelation chapter seven. Verses 1-4:  1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Verses 1-4: The angels are restraining judgement until the 144,000 servants of God are sealed.

Verses 5-8 are describing the different tribes of Israel, and 12,000 being sealed from each tribe.

Verses 9-12 are showing that God has commissioned the 144,000 to be a light to the Gentiles through the evangelistic ministry of these sealed Jews.

Verses 13-17 are talking about the redeemed Gentiles who will be martyred during the tribulation for their beliefs, or believers who will survive the tribulation and enter the Millennium.

Millennial kingdom of Christ

During the coming millennial kingdom of Christ; Christ Jesus Himself implied a restored nation of Israel when he told his apostles that they, “…will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel,” Matthew 19:28.

Gog and Magog war

More than 2,600 years ago, the prophet Ezekiel warned of a future time when a vast coalition of nations will attack Israel. The Bible tells us the leader of this coalition is a man named Gog from the land of Magog. He’s also known as the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal: Ezekiel 38:2. When Israel is living in peace, Gog will come with a mighty army and cover the land like a cloud: Ezekiel 38:14-16.

But his plans to conquer and pillage will come to nothing. Why? Because God promises to turn these enemy invaders against each other: Ezekiel 38:21. God says the invading armies will have their weapons knocked from their hands, and they will die in open fields where they’ll become food for vultures and wild animals: Ezekiel 39:3.

In fact, the Bible says Gog’s invasion of Israel will trigger an earthquake so strong every living creature on the face of the earth will tremble in God’s presence, Ezekiel 38:19-20, and He will send a torrential rain of fire, hailstones, and burning sulfur on the invading armies: Ezekiel 38:22. The end result? Total destruction of the Gog of Magog alliance. So many dead bodies will litter the landscape it will take seven months to bury the dead – even with the help of every citizen in Israel: Ezekiel 39:12.

This vast coalition of nations attacking Israel will include the “Palestinian people.” The “Palestinian people” we know in our time today are the real terrorist, not Israel.

Conclusion

God’s relationship with the nation of Israel is nothing to take lightly. God will always protect His chosen people from destruction. They will suffer some loss because of their unbelief, but even if every nation on the face of the earth would attack Israel; Israel will win. God will not ever allow Israel to be destroyed.

God says to all the nations on earth, don’t mess with my chosen people Israel, or you will be under a curse. Don’t believe me; just keep your eyes on Israel.

Maranatha (Lord Come)

John

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