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6 years ago

Israel Today

Believing Christians and Jews will answer this question with Isaiah 40:8,  "The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever."  If the word of God is not eternally valid, then this crowning verse for Christians would also be null and void:  "Whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life"  (John 3:16).

Nevertheless, many Christians question the validity of statements that God directed toward the Jewish people, as if the promise that God's word "stands forever" does not apply to the Jews.

The September session of the UN General Assembly caused many Christians to stumble.  That is because, at the request of the Palestinians, it dealt with recognition of a Palestinian state in biblical Judea and Samaria, the Land that God has promised to the Jewish people.  When it is a question of their salvation, which is clearly promised in the Bible, these Christians chose to trust firmly in God's word;  but exhibiting a double standard, they lack this assurance when it comes to God's promises to Israel.

Let's take a little Bible test regarding God's promises to the Jewish people.  Answer each of the following statements to yourself with either a valid or not valid response.

"I will bless and will make him [Ishmael---the Arabs] fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly.  But My [eternal] covenant I will establish with Isaac [Israel]."  Genesis 17:20-21

"I will bring you to the Land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob [Israel], and I will give it to you [Israel] for a possession; I am the Lord."           Exodus 6:8

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the Land of Canaan."              Leviticus 25:38

"Then the Lord said to Moses, '...See the Land which I have given to the sons of Israel'...This land shall be yours for a possession before the Lord."                                  Numbers 27:12  and   32:22

"The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of earth.  The Lord did not...choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples...but because the Lord loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers."                                                               Deuteronomy 7:6-8

"I [the Lord]...led you into the Land which I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, 'I will never break My covenant with you'."                                                                Judges 2:1

"My covenant I will not violate, nor will I alter the utterance of My lips."                                                               Psalm 89:34

"When the Lord will have compassion on Jacob, and again choose Israel, and settle them in their own land."   Isaiah 14:1

"If this fixed order [of the sun, moon, and stars] departs from before Me, then the offspring of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me...Then I will also cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done."                                                                                       Jeremiah 31:35-37

"I [the Lord] will...gather you from all the lands, and bring you into your own land."                                         Ezekiel 36:24

"I will also plant them on their land, and they will not again be rooted out from their land which I have given them."                                                                                           Amos 9:15

"If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it?  May it never be!"         Romans 3:3-4

Christians should apply the same standards to all of God's promises.  We cannot accept some of what God said and not the rest.  Is there any doubt as to who the Land of Israel belongs to?  Who has the right to take away what God has given the Jews and give it to the Palestinians?

taken from the teachings of Zola Levitt

6 years ago

Amen Jeanette.


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