God's Promises To Israel Are A Sure Thing
Jesus said to the Samaritan woman:
"You worship what you do not know,
we know what we worship,
for salvation is of the Jews."
Many people who are not familiar with the Bible might be surprised to hear that Jesus was Jewish, and his mother Mary was a Jew. The twelve apostles were Jews. God's story from Genesis to Revelation is all about the Jews. It began with the Jews and it will end with the Jews.
We're approaching the last of the last days, and Israel is now in the news daily. Imagine it - a nation that was destroyed two thousand years ago and its people dispersed throughout the world - is now back in our news media daily, two thousand years later.
History shows us that when a nation is conquered, after a couple of generations it will be completely assimilated into the conquering peoples. When was the last time you heard of Amelekites, Jebusites, Perizites, Phoenicians, Hittites? They all disappeared from history, having been absorbed into the nations that conquered them.
Not so with the Jews. How could a people survive 2,000 years of dispersion into every country on earth, be brought back to the very land from which they were dispersed - after 2,000 years - and speaking the same ancient language as though they had never left?
But that's exactly what happened.
How could a people become a modern nation, as modern as America or anywhere else -- in just one generation? The nations surrounding her have been there for thousands of years, yet they have not accomplished in thousands of years what God has accomplished in Israel in one generation!
God called out a people, the Jewish people, to demonstrate many truths about himself through them. And one of those truths is his faithfulness to his Word. He swore a covenant oath to them that after enduring his judicial punishment for those 2,000 years, HE would bring them back to the land of their fathers and totally restore them, and that all the prophecies of "the last days" would come to pass through them.
Do not think that the Middle East conflict is accidental. I used to wonder why God didn't restore the nation of Israel in some deserted place on earth where she could thrive without other nations hating her. You know - maybe in some remote area in the middle of South America or Africa? How about Newfoundland? There wouldn't be anyone there to hate her.
No, God has DELIBERATELY brought her back to the land that Satan has spent the past two thousands years preparing, surrounding her with enemies brainwashed to hate her with ceaseless plans to destroy her.
When Israel was scattered two thousand years ago, there was no Islam! Mohammed wouldn't be born for centuries to come. Islam is the creation of Satan who has succeeded in surrounding the nation of Israel with Muslims whose Satanic religion demands that they kill the Jews and drive Israel off the map. Israel's enemies surround her, 500 to 1. Does she have a chance against those odds? Not unless her God makes her victorious. The day after Israel became a nation in 1948, few in number, weak survivors of the Holocaust, she was attacked by five surrounding Arab nations who had been established for centuries. There is no way imaginable that she could survive it. Yet she did. Because the God of Israel gave the victory.
This story is not so much the conflict between Ishmael, the father of the Arabs, and Isaac the father of the Jews, though that is the source of the conflict. But more than that, it is Satan against God. And God has laid it out in such a way that Satan has every advantage, the purpose being that God's faithfulness will be undeniable when he brings to pass the total restoration that he promised Israel and which the prophets of the Old Testament foretold over and over and over again, in fact they foretold it even before Israel was ever scattered.
God shows himself as knowing the end from the beginning, prophesying beforehand what will be the outcome. Imagine the prophets prophesying the end when the scattering throughout the world hadn't even taken place yet. No other god could even come close to prophesying this because the facts on the ground said it was impossible.
Prophecy identifies the author. No other religion contains prophecy, because Satan does not know the future, except what is revealed in the Word of God. The God of Israel, and ONLY HE, proves himself by the fulfillment of ancient prophecy concerning “the last days,” prophecies which were given thousands of year beforehand.
And therefore we know he will be faithful to the promises made to believers as well. Through the atonement made for us in his Son, Jesus Christ, our sins are forgiven with the promise of eternal life. Heaven forever, for all who will receive him.
God's Word is faithful. God's Word stands forever.