The other day, a friend asked me why I was always so totally supportive of Israel and why I felt it so important that America stood by Israel in all things. Well, my normal response is simply that God’s promise to Abraham still stands today that He will bless those that bless Israel and He will curse those that curse Israel.
The response I got was a bit unsuspected. They felt that the Israel of today was not the same as the Israel of the Bible. The problem with that type of thinking is that folks just don’t study the Bible completely. You can’t just pick and choose and quote those things you agree with, while ignoring all the other text.
You see, if you read it from cover to cover, you will soon see that God is using Israel as a guide to those of us looking for His return. Israel was scattered throughout the earth as a punishment for rejecting Jesus the first time. Just before His return, we are told that the generation that sees the gathering of Israel back to its land will see the return of the Messiah.
In 1948, a miracle happened. Israel was again allowed to gather into their land. Since then, the land has been flourishing. This is the gathering prophesied about the restoration of Israel:
““On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old; That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all the Gentiles who are called by My name,” says the LORD who does this thing.”
““Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them.””
The final verse in this part of scripture states:
“I will plant them in their land, and NO LONGER SHALL THEY BE PULLED UP FROM THE LAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN THEM,” Says the LORD your God.”
Israel is home to stay. No nation is going to overthrow then, and nations that rise against them will fall. God is truly involved. If you don’t believe it, you need to study a bit.
Jesus told us about it, also. When discussing the disbursement of Israel, He said:
“And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
We are currently in the times of the Gentiles, and will be, until the church is removed from the earth.
He went on to discuss the signs of the times.
“And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
Jesus finished by speaking a parable about Israel. Israel is referred to many times in the Bible, as a reference to a fig tree.
““Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.””
We are encouraged to know that seeing Israel restored as a nation is THE MAJOR SIGN that has been missing from all past generations yearning for His return. We have been blessed to see that event.
He finishes by telling us the importance of watching for the signs.
“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Well, I don’t think I need to explain any further, why I am so supportive of Israel. They are there to stay, and God is on their side. I choose to support my God.
Just my thoughts!
Don D. Stephens