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WHY ISRAEL - INTRODUCTION

God's love for Israel [01]

God has chosen Israel and has a covenant relationship with her."For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession". Deuteronomy 7:6


God's covenants with Israel [02]

God has a unique relationship with Israel. He entered into covenants with Israel. They are a permanent connection between God and Israel. The first covenant is the covenant with Abraham. The covenant contains three promises: a land, a people and a blessing. All the other covenants build on this covenant.

The promises in the covenant with Abraham are unconditional. In other words – they do not depend on Israel´s performance. Individual persons can miss the blessings by being disobedient, but God continues with His covenant.


God's purposes with Israel [03]

God’s plan with this world is not restricted to Israel. It has been His intention from the start to reach the world through Israel. In and through them God wants to show the world who He is. He has given them His word and through His dealing with Israel the world learns to know Him. In this way Israel shows the world the light of His glory. The purpose of this is that all nations will praise Him.


Israel and the Church [04]

Many Christians over the centuries, and even today, say that Israel was God’s chosen people until the moment they said “no” to Jesus. And then their place was taken by this new people of God, all those who believe in Jesus. The Apostle Paul, however, demonstrates that this is – and cannot be – the case.

I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. (Romans 11:1-2)

Paul comes to the conclusion that God still loves Israel and will be faithful to His promises to save "all Israel". He uses the image of an olive tree to explain his point. He describes the Jewish people as the natural branches of the olive tree. The gentiles did not belong to this tree, but by God’s grace have been “grafted in”. They are now “sustained by the nourishing sap from the olive root”.

And God will regraft the nation of Israel back into their own olive tree, from which they have been cut off.

“If you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree! (Romans 11: 24)


Hatred towards Israel [05]

The Church and the nations have a bloody history as far as Israel is concerned. To our shame and misery, and possibly because of it, Satan has used the Church in his attempt to destroy the Jewish People.

The Bible tells us that the devil, the biggest enemy of God and man, directs his hatred for God at the People of Israel.

See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.” With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you— Psalm 83:2-5

Israel is the apple of God’s eye. Touch Israel, and you touch the God of Israel. Satan could not overcome God, and so he tries to exasperate God by attacking the people He loves.


Israel's return [06]

The Jewish people continue to exist, despite all the persecution of Jews over the centuries, culminating in the slaughter of 6 million Jews in Europe in the Holocaust. God remains faithful to His promises. And not only that. Despite the fact that Israel does not yet serve Him as a whole, He returns His people to their country.

God elects to restore His people to the land despite the absence of national repentance. He does so because of His Holy Name. In that process, God will cleanse them and give them a new heart and spirit. Then Israel will remember their sinful ways and be penitent about their deeds. In that time, God will repair the land to become, once more, like the Garden of Eden. Then all will see that the God of Israel is a great God.

'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.” Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.' Ezekiel 36:33-36


The King of Israel [07]

The Bible says the return of the Jewish People and the restoration of Israel will be followed by a spiritual restoration. The return of the Jewish People, taking place these days, must be seen as the most important sign of the coming return of Jesus.

Additionally, the Lord Jesus identified two more important signs.
In the first place, He says, Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. Jesus also said the World would not end before the Gospel of the Kingdom is preached over all the earth. With modern communication, it is possible for the Gospel to reach the furthest corners of the earth.

'In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.' Daniel 2:44


 

 

Isaiah 49:22 (NKJ)

22.  Thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, I will lift my hand in an oath to the nations,
And set up My standard for the peoples;
They shall bring your sons in their arms,
And your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders”

 

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