The Ages-Old Conflict Between the Arabs ...and Whom?
"For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel for his special treasure." Psalm 135:4 And that has never changed. God made a covenant with Abraham, the father of the Jewish people, and then he confirmed it to Abraham's son Isaac, and then again confirmed it to Isaac's son Jacob. God stated that it is an EVERLASTING covenant. "And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an EVERLASTING covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an EVERLASTING possession; and I will be their God.” Genesis 17:7-8 Satan has watched this story from the beginning, and from the beginning he has tried to destroy Israel. Satan absolutely delights in his efforts to get men to hate and come against Israel and the Jewish people. If you look at a map of the Middle East, you'll see that it is astonishing how this tiny - very tiny - piece of land is of any concern to ANYONE. It would make absolutely no sense were this story just a contemporary history lesson. The countries surrounding Israel are huge. Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt - all well-established - they certainly don't need tiny Israel, a sliver on a map, which until recently has had no natural resources or any other thing to make it desirable. Yet Israel is hated and Jerusalem is in our news every day. Why? If ever my faith should waver, the story of Israel would restore it quickly, because it is so demonstrably a story that makes absolutely no sense ...yet is true. Why has Israel has been the object of Satanic hatred from the very beginning? Because God is using this story to reveal things about himself to us. First of all, God makes it clear that when he has established a covenant, there is no power on earth or in hell that can destroy or annul it. The Jewish people have been the target of persecution from the get go, and that will always be the case until the Messiah comes, because this is not a conflict between Israel and the Palestinians; it started with the conflict between the two sons of Abraham - Ishmael, the father of the Arabs, and Isaac the father of the Jews to whom the covenant was made. God chose to establish his covenant with Isaac, and he made that very clear and uncontestable, repeating it and confirming it many, many times all throughout the Scriptures, lest there be any doubt. God shows through the efforts of Satan that no one can destroy his plan, and this is going to be played out until the final battle, called the battle of Armageddon, where Satan's end will come. In the end, all the armies of the earth will gather against Israel, and they will all be destroyed in what the Scriptures show to be a nuclear holocaust - but Israel will remain. The fundamental question every human being is going to be confronted with is: "Do you believe in the integrity of God?" He demands that we accept all he says just as a child blindly accepts what his father says. The child doesn't choose to love his father based on having to understand what his father says. He just innately trusts his father. How much more must we trust the Creator of the universe? Many people today have a very small concept of God. They make him a human in their minds, and should he go beyond what a human being thinks reasonable, they scorn him. People need to have their concept of God established in reality. He is the creator of the entire universe. If the day comes when a human being can create a planet, just one, perhaps then he might be justified in questioning God. Throughout God's Word He reveals himself to us as righteous, just, faithful, and loving. If some have a problem believing any of this, the problem is on their end, not on God's. Start resisting the LIES Satan whispers about God. Satan is a liar and the father of it (John 8:44). Every accusation against God comes from his enemy, and your enemy, Satan. Think hard on this one. MORE: God's Covenant With Israel