Nakba

Why the Arab World is lost in an emotional Nakba (catastrophe) and how the West keeps it there.

Anthropologists and legal historians have long identified certain tribal cultures – warrior, nomadic – with a specific set of codes whose violation brings debilitating shame. The individual who fails to take revenge on the killer of a clansman brings shame upon himself and weakens the clan, inviting more aggression. It makes the man feel like a woman. Arab political culture tends to favour ascendancy through aggression. This tends to produce a Middle East caught between prison and anarchy, between Sisi’s Egypt and al-Assad’s Syria. To understand the honour/shame concerns in the attitude of Arabs to Israelis it is necessary to know of the history. For 13 centuries before the foundation of the State of Israel, the Jewish people had been subject to a political status in Muslim lands designed around issues of honour to Muslims and shame to Jewish people. The Jewish people were regarded as Dhimmi (protected) from Muslim violence by acceptance of daily public degradation and legal inferiority. The Jewish people were in poverty at the hands of the Muslims.

For more than 1000 years Arab and Muslim honour resided. A Muslim deeply deplores loss of superiority and believes that a Jewish man and a Christian man is an inferior being to himself. For an honour driven Muslim the very prospect of an autonomous Jewish political entity is a blasphemy against Islam, endangers all of Islam and is an insult to Arab virility. It undermined Islamic theology. For the sake of Arab honour the Arab leadership concluded that Israel must be destroyed and that those who were not in agreement were traitors to the Arab cause. This threat to Arab superiority came from the Jewish people who were traditionally the most passive, abject and cowardly of the populations over which Muslims ruled. History records that when the Armenians rebelled against their Islamic Turkish overlords, there was an enormous massacre of Armenians.

The establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 constituted a catastrophic insult to the honour of the Arab peoples. Seven Arab armies representing hundreds of thousands of Arabs were defeated by less than a million Israelis – people who were so low on the scale that it was almost dishonourable even to fight them. In 1948 the Arab leaders assumed it would be a rout of the Jewish people. In the eyes of the World audience the members of the Arab League were humiliated. When appearances matter above everything any public criticism shames the nation, the people and the leaders.

In a state of intense humiliation and impotence on the World stage, the Arab leadership chose denial – the Jewish people did not and could not have won. The war could never be over until victory. If the refugees from Palestine had disappeared, absorbed by their fellow Arabs in the lands to which they fled, it would acknowledge the intolerable conclusion that Israel had won. Driven by rage and denial, the Arab honour group redoubled the catastrophe on its own refugees. They made them suffer in camps, frozen in time at the moment of their humiliation, waiting and fighting to reverse the Jewish victory, which could not be acknowledged. The continued suffering of these sacrificial victims on the altar of Arab pride called out to the Arab World for vengeance against the Jewish people. Whenever Muslims held power in Yemen and Iraq, they drove their Jewish population out as a preliminary act of revenge, retaining their property and bank accounts.

The Arab leadership’s interpretation of honour caused them to move from their determination to massacre the Jewish people to a position of damaging the Jewish people – no matter how much that effort might hurt Arabs, especially Palestinians. Hence they adopted the stance against Israel of “No recognition, no negotiations, no peace.” They would rather die than negotiate a solution. They would sooner commit suicide to kill Jewish people than to make peace with them.

However obvious these observations are, their implications rarely get discussed in the media. Peace plans assume that both sides will make the necessary concessions for peace. Any acceptance of the State of Israel is impossible for the Arabs. Any concession by the Arabs is a sign of weakness involving a sense of shame, a loss of honour and an insult to the Arabs.

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Summary of Israel

The Jewish people.

The History of the Jewish people.

Present Day Israel.

Jerusalem.

Israel Today.

The Time Line of Israel.

The People Israel.

The Land Israel.

The Covenant of God.

End Times Prophecies Regarding Israel.

Herod the Great.

Facts about Israel.

Anti-semitism.

Nakba.

The Jewish People

What World-famous Men have said About the Jewish People.

 

The Jewish people are the only people in the world who have found hostility in every country in which they settled in any numbers. The big question is – WHY? Today it is taught in the schools that “Anti-Semitism” began in Germany in the 1930s after which they were deported. What is not studied is the fact that at one time or another the Jewish people have been expelled from every nation in Europe! When the Jews first began to immigrate to America the early colonialists in New York, Charleston and Savannah tried to ban their entry. Benjamin Franklin pleaded with the members of the Continental Congress to enter a specific ban against Jewish immigration into the U. S. Constitution to bar them for all time to come.

The Jewish people claim that they are “only” a religion. The truth is that the Jews are a race. Less than 30% are members of any Synagogue. Whether they are Orthodox religious, atheists, capitalists or communists – they still claim to be Jewish – members of the Jewish race! Every race has inherited traits. In the case of the Jewish people they include trading, money-changing, usury, and a loathing for “productive labour” which is scorned as beneath the dignity of the Jewish people in their “bible” called “The Talmus.”

 

The Jewish people have not changed since the days when Jesus Christ took up a whip and drove “the money changers out of the Temple.” Jewish people have always united to form monopolies. Today they control all the department store chains and speciality shops along with the lucrative jewellery and animal fur trade. Jewish people dominate the fields of all precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, tin, lead, etc. They will always ban together to drive Gentile competitors out of business. America has been being flooded with Jewish immigrants from Russia and even 20,000 per year leave Israel for the United States – all with dollar signs in their eyes. Jewish people have used their vaunted money-power to seize control of the Democratic Party and constitute over 50% of all its financial contributions. Today they are buying up more and more major U. S. companies. While only 3% of the population, the Jewish people control over 25% of the nation’s wealth and this percentage rises every year. Opposition to the Jewish people did not begin in Germany but dates back before the birth of Christ over 2,000 years ago!

 

CICERO (Marcus Tullius Cicero). First century B.C. Roman statesman, writer.

“Softly! Softly! I want none but the judges to hear me. The Jews have already gotten me into a fine mess, as they have many other gentleman. I have no desire to furnish further grist for their mills.” Cicero was serving as defence counsel at the trial of Flaccus, a Roman official who interfered with Jewish gold shipments to their international headquarters in Jerusalem. Cicero himself certainly was not a nobody, and for one of this stature to have to “speak softly” shows that he was in the presence of a dangerously powerful sphere of influence. On another occasion Cicero wrote: “The Jews belong to a dark and repulsive force. One knows how numerous this clique is, how they stick together and what

power they exercise through their unions. They are a nation of rascals and deceivers.”

 

AQUINAS, THOMAS, Saint. 13th century scholastic philosopher. In his “On the Governance of the Jews,” he wrote: “The Jews should not be allowed to keep what they have obtained from others by

usury; it were best that they were compelled to worked so that they could earn their living instead of doing nothing but becoming avaricious.”

 

POPE CLEMENT VIII “All the world suffers from the usury of the Jews, their monopolies and deceit. They have brought many unfortunate people into a state of poverty, especially the farmers, working class people and the very poor. Then as now Jews have to be reminded intermittently anew that they were enjoying rights in any country since they left Palestine and the Arabian Desert, and subsequently their ethical and moral doctrines as well as their deeds rightly deserve to be exposed to criticism in whatever country they happen to live.”

 

MARTIN LUTHER, Table Talk of Martin Luther, translated by William Hazlet, page 43 “But the Jews are so hardened that they listen to nothing; though overcome by testimonies they yield not an inch. It is a pernicious race, oppressing all men by their usury and rapine. If they give a prince or magistrate a thousand florins, they extort twenty thousand from the subjects in payment. We must ever keep on guard against them.”

 

REV. MARTIN LUTHER, sermon at Eisleben, a few days before his death, February, 1546 “Besides, you also have many Jews living in the country, who do much harm . . . You should know the Jews

blaspheme and violate the name of our Saviour day for day… for that reason you, Milords and men of authority, should not tolerate but expel them. They are our public enemies and incessantly blaspheme

our Lord Jesus Christ, they call our Blessed Virgin Mary a harlot and her Holy Son a bastard and to us they give the epithet of changelings and abortions. Therefore deal with them harshly as they do nothing but excruciatingly blaspheme our Lord Jesus Christ, trying to rob us of our lives, our health, our honour and belongings.”

 

(The Universal Jewish Encyclopaedia states that “The Talmud is the real “bible” of the Jews and that it supersedes the Old Testament. This volume has been condemned down through the ages for preaching hatred for Christ and all Christians.

 

MOHAMMED, in the Koran “Whoever is a friend of a Jew, belong to them, becomes one of them, God cannot tolerate this mean people. The Jews have wandered from divine religion. You must not relent in your work which must show up Jewish deceit.”

 

BACON, FRANCIS. 16th century British writer, politician. In his The New Atlantis, he remarked that Jews “hate the name of Christ and have a secret and innate rancour against the people among whom

they live.” He also disapproved of non-Jewish usurers as “Judaizers” who would wear “tawny bonnets” like Jews.

 

LUTHER, MARTIN. 16th century German religious reformer. “They are the real liars and bloodhounds, who have not only perverted and falsified the entire Scriptures from beginning to end and without ceasing with their interpretations. And all of the anxious sighing, longing and hoping of their hearts is directed to the time when some day they would like to deal with us heathen as they dealt with the heathen in Persia at the time of Esther . . . On how they love the book of Esther, which so nicely agrees with their bloodthirsty, revengeful and murderous desire and hope.

1). The sun never did shine on a more bloodthirsty and revengeful people as they, who imagine to be the people of God, and who desire to and think they must murder and crush the heathen. And the foremost undertaking which they expect of their Messiah is that he should slay and murder the whole world with the sword. As they at first demonstrated against us Christians and would like to do now, if they only could; have also tried it often and have been repeatedly struck on their snouts . . . Their breath stinks for the gold and silver of the heathen; since no people under the sun always have been, still are, and always will remain more avaricious than they, as can be noticed in their cursed usury. They also find comfort with this: “When the Messiah comes, He shall take all the gold and silver in the world and distribute it among the Jews.

2). Thus, wherever they can direct Scripture to their insatiable avarice, they wickedly do so. Therefore know, my dear Christians, that next to the Devil, you have no more bitter, more poisonous, more vehement and enemy than a real Jew who earnestly desires to be a Jew. There may be some among them who believe what the cow or the goose believes. But all of them are surrounded with their blood and circumcision. In history, therefore, they are often accused of poisoning wells, stealing children and mutilating them; as in Trent, Weszensee and the like. Of course they deny this. Be it so or not,

however, I know full well that the ready will is not lacking with them if they could only transform it into deeds, in secret or openly.

3). A person who does not know the Devil, might wonder why they are so at enmity with the Christians above all others; for which they have no reason, since we only do good to them. They live among us in our homes, under our protection, use land and highways, market and streets. Princes and government sit by, snore and have their maws open, let the Jews take from their purse and chest, steal and rob whatever they will. That is, they permit themselves and their subjects to be abused and sucked dry and reduced to beggars with their own money, through the usury of the Jews. For the Jews, as foreigners, certainly should have nothing from us; and what they have certainly must be ours. They do not work, do not earn anything from us, neither do we donate or give it to them. Yet they have our money and goods and are lords in our land where they are supposed to be in exile! If a thief steals ten gulden he must hang; if he robs people on the highway, his head is gone. But a Jew, when he steals ten tons of gold through his usury is dearer than God himself! Do not their TALMUD and rabbis write that it is no sin to kill if a Jew kills a heathen, but it is a sin if he kills a brother in Israel? It is no sin if he does not keep his oath to a heathen. Therefore, to steal and rob (as they do with their money lending) from a heathen, is a divine service . . . And they are the masters of the world and we are their servants — yea, their cattle! I maintain that in three fables of Aesop there is more wisdom to be found than in all the books of the Talmudists and rabbis and more than ever could come into the hearts of the Jews . . . Should someone think I am saying too much — I am saying much too little! For I see in [their] writings how they curse us Goyim and wish as all evil in their schools and prayers. They rob us of our money through usury, and wherever they are able, they play us all manner of mean tricks . . . No heathen has done such things and none would to so except the Devil himself and those whom he possesses — as he possesses the Jews. Now what are we going to do with these rejected, condemned Jewish people? . . . Let us apply the ordinary wisdom of other nations like France, Spain, Bohemia, et al., who made them give an account of what they had stolen through usury, and divided it evenly; but expelled them from their country. For as heard before, God’s wrath is so great over them that through soft mercy they only become more wicked, through hard treatment, however, only a little better. Therefore, away with them! How much more unbearable it is that we should permit the entire Christendom and all of us to be bought with our own money, be slandered and cursed by the Jews, who on top of all that be made rich and our lords, who laugh us to scorn and are tickled by their audacity! What a joyful affair that would be for the Devil and his angels, and cause them to laugh through their snouts like a sow grinning at her little pigs, but deserving real wrath before God. (From THE JEWS AND THEIR LIES) Maybe mild-hearted and gentle Christians will believe that I am too rigorous and drastic against the poor, afflicted Jews, believing that I ridicule them and treat them with much sarcasm. By my word, I am far too weak to be able to ridicule such a satanic brood. I would fain to do so, but they are far greater adepts at mockery than I and possess a god who is master in this art. It is the Evil One himself. Even with no further evidence than the Old Testament, I would maintain, and no person on earth could alter my opinion, that the Jews as they are today are veritably a mixture of all the depraved and malevolent knaves of the whole world over, who have then been dispersed in all countries, similarly to the Tartars, Gypsies and such folk.”

 

WASHINGTON, GEORGE, in Maxims of George Washington by A. A. Appleton & Co. “They (the Jews) work more effectively against us, than the enemy’s armies. They are a hundred times more dangerous to our liberties and the great cause we are engaged in… It is much to be lamented that each state, long ago, has not hunted them down as pest to society and the greatest enemies we have to the happiness of America.”

 

WORLD FAMOUS MEN of the past accused the Jews of founding Communism. This charge is well founded. The Communist philosophy was drawn up by Karl Marx who descended from a long line of Rabbis. His ideology of anti-Christian and Socialist thought is outlined in the Jewish “TALMUD” which is the “bible” of the Jews. Of the four political groups which overthrew the Christian Czar of Russia two were 100% Jewish. They were the Mensheviks and The Jewish Bund. The other two were the Socialist Revolutionary Party and the Bolsheviks. Both were headed by Jews but had some Gentile

members. Today we now know that Lenin was Jewish and all of the leaders of his first government were Jews. They were Trotsky, Zinoviev, Kamenev and Sverdlow. The wealthiest Jewish banker in the world at that time, Jacob Schiff of Kuhn, Loeb investment bank of New York City, gave Trotsky and Lenin $20 million to overthrow the Czar and establish the Soviet tyranny

 

CHURCHILL, WINSTON. 20th century British politician. In 1920, he wrote a long newspaper article of the recent Bolshevik seizure of Russia. After praising what he called the “national Jews” of Russia, he said: “In violent opposition to all this sphere of Jewish efforts rise the schemes of the International Jews. The adherents of this sinister confederacy are mostly men reared up among the unhappy populations of countries where Jews are persecuted on account of their race. Most, if not all, of them have forsaken the faith of their forefathers, and divorced from their minds all spiritual hopes of the next world. This movement among the Jews is not new. From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, and down to Trotsky (Russia), Bela Kun (Hungary), Rosa Luxemburg (Germany), and Emma Goldman (United States), this world-wide revolutionary conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing. It played, as a modern writer, Mrs. Webster has ably shown, a definite recognizable part in the tragedy of the French Revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the Nineteenth Century; and now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworlds of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads and have become practically the undisputed masters of the enormous empire. There is no need to exaggerate the part played in the creating of Bolshevism and in the actual bringing about of the Russian Revolution by these international and for the most part atheistic Jews. It is certainly the very great one; it probably outweighs all others. With the notable exception of Lenin, the majority of the leading figures are Jews. Moreover, the principal inspiration and driving power comes from the Jewish leaders . . . In the Soviet institutions the predominance of Jews is even more astounding. And the prominent if not the principal part in the system of terrorism applied by the extraordinary Commissions for combating Counter Revolution has been take by Jews, and in some notable cases by Jewesses. The same evil prominence was obtained by Jews in the brief period of terror during which Bela Kun ruled in Hungary. The same phenomenon has been presented in Germany (especially Bavaria), so far as this madness has been allowed to prey upon the temporary prostration of the German people. Although in all these countries there are many non-Jews every bit as bad as the worst of the Jewish revolutionaries, the part played by the latter in proportion to their numbers in the population is astonishing. (“Zionism versus Bolshevism: A Struggle for the Soul of the Jewish People.”

 

WILHELM II. German Kaiser. “A Jew cannot be a true patriot. He is something different, like a bad insect. He must be kept apart, out of a place where he can do mischief – even by pogroms, if necessary.

The Jews are responsible for Bolshevism in Russia, and Germany too. I was far too indulgent with them during my reign, and I bitterly regret the favours I showed the prominent Jewish bankers”

 

VLADIMIR, LENIN, Founder of Bolshevik Communist. “There the great universally progressive features of Jewish culture have made themselves clearly felt: its internationalism, its responsiveness of the advanced movements of our times (the percentage of Jews in democratic and proletarian movements is everywhere higher than the percentage of Jews in the general population.). Those Jewish Marxists who join up in the international Marxist organizations with the Russian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian and other workers, adding their might (both in Russian and in Jewish) to the creation of an international culture of the working class movement, are continuing the best traditions of Jewry.”

 

JOSEPH STALIN in a reply given on January 12, 1931 to an enquiry made by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency of America (Stars and Sand, page 316) “Anti-Semitism is dangerous for the toilers, for it is a false track which diverts them from the proper road and leads them into the jungle. Hence, Communists, as consistent internationalists, cannot but be irreconcilable and bitter enemies of anti-Semitism. In the U.S.S.R., anti-Semitism is strictly prosecuted as a phenomenon hostile to the Soviet system. According to the laws of the U.S.S.R. active anti-Semites are punished with death.”

 

POPES, ROMAN CATHOLIC.

GREGORY I (‘The Great’). Protested wholesale circumcision of Christian slaves by Jewish traders, who monopolized the slave trade in Europe and the Middle East and were widely suspected of supplying white girls to Oriental and African buyers.

 

JULIUS III. Contra Hebreos retinentes libros (1554) ordered the TALMUD burned “everywhere” and established a strict censorship over Jewish genocidal writings – an order that has never been rescinded and which presumably is still binding upon Catholics.

 

BENEDICT XV. Warned, in 1920, against “the advent of a Universal Republic which is longed for by all the worst elements of disorder.” This is resented by some Jews because of their active sponsorship and direction of such projects as the League of Nations and United Nations. In effect, all Popes who have issued editions of the Index Expurgatorius, in which Jewish genocidal and anti-Christian writings are condemned, according to the instructions of the Council of Trent.

 

TWAIN, MARK (S. L. Clemens). 19th century American writer. “In the U.S. cotton states, after the war the Jew came down in force, set up shop on the plantation, supplied all the Negroes’ wants on credit, and at the end of the season was the proprietor of the Negro’s share of the present crop and part of the next one. Before long, the whites detested the Jew.

1). The Jew is being legislated out of Russia. The reason is not concealed. The movement was instituted because the Christian peasant stood no chance against his commercial abilities. The Jew was always ready to lend on a crop. When settlement day came, he owned the crop; the next year he owned the farm – like Joseph.

2). In the England of John’s time everybody got into debt to the Jew. He gathered all lucrative enterprises into his hands. He was the King of Commerce. He had to be banished from the realm. For like reasons, Spain had to banish him 400 years ago, and Austria a couple of centuries later. In all ages Christian Europe has been obliged to curtail his activities. If he entered upon a trade, the Christian had to retire from it. If he set up as a doctor, he took the business. If he exploited agriculture, the other farmers had to get at something else. The law had to step in to save the Christian from the poor-house. Still, almost bereft of employments, he found ways to make money. Even to get rich. This history has a most sordid and practical commercial look. Religious prejudices may account for one part of it, bit not for the other nine. Protestants have persecuted Catholics — but they did not take their livelihoods away from them. Catholics have persecuted Protestants – but they never closed agriculture and the handicrafts against them. I feel convinced that the Crucifixion has not much to do with the world’s attitude toward the Jew; that the reasons for it are much older than that event . . . I am convinced that the persecution of the Jew is not in any large degree due to religious prejudice. No, the Jew is a money-getter. He made it the end and aim of his life. He was at it in Rome. He has been at it ever since. His success has made the whole human race his enemy. You will say that the Jew is everywhere numerically feeble. When I read in the Encyclopaedia Britannica that the Jewish population in the United States was 250,000 I wrote the editor and explained to him that I was personally acquainted with more Jews than that, and that his figures were without doubt a misprint for 25,000,000. People told me that they had reasons to suspect that for business reasons, many Jews did not report themselves as Jews. I am strongly of the opinion that we have an immense Jewish population in America. I am assured by men competent to speak that the Jews are exceedingly active in politics.

1). Since Jews provided most of the agitators and orators who pushed forward the Abolition campaign that culminated in the Civil War (which Jewish bankers largely financed, on both sides), it seems

a legitimate question whether there was any preplanning for the wholesale – and retail – economic looting done by mainly Jewish carpetbaggers after the war.

2). We have cited a host of other writers on the terrible economic depredation that Jewry visited on the people of Tzarist Russia.

 

WAGNER, RICHARD. 19th century German composer. “The Jew has never had an art of his own, hence never a live of art-enabling import. So long as the separate art of music had a real organic

life-need in it, down to the epochs of Mozart and Beethoven, there was nowhere to be found a Jew composer: it was utterly impossible for an element quiet foreign to that living organism to take a part in the formative stages of that life. Only when a body’s inner death is manifest, do outside elements win the power of judgment in it – yet merely to destroy it. On one thing am I clear: that is the influence, which the Jews have gained upon our mental life, as displayed in the deflection and falsification of our highest culture-tendencies. Whether the downfall of our culture can be arrested by a violent rejection of the destructive alien element, I an unable to decide, since that would require forces with whose existence I am unacquainted. (Judaism in Music)

 

BONAPARTE, NAPOLEON. French statesman and general. “The Jews provided troops for my campaign in Poland, but they ought to reimburse me: I soon found that they are no good for anything but selling old clothes.” “Legislating must be put in effect everywhere that the general well-being is in danger. The government cannot look with indifference on the way a despicable nation takes possession of all the provinces of France. The Jews are the master robbers of the modern age; they are the carrion birds of humanity. They must be treated with political justice, not with civil justice. They are surely not real citizens.” “The Jews have practiced usury since the time of Moses, and oppressed the other peoples. Meanwhile, the Christians were only rarely usurers, falling into disgrace when they did so. We ought to ban the Jews from commerce because they abuse it . . . The evils of the Jews do not stem from individuals but from the fundamental nature of this people.” “Nothing more contemptible could be done than the reception of the Jews by you. I decided to improve the Jews. But I do not want more of them in my kingdom. Indeed, I have done all to prove my scorn of the most vile nation in the world.” (Letter to his brother Jerome, King of Westphalia, March 6, 1808)

1). Every big and small Jew in the peddling trade must renew his license every year.

2). Checks and other obligations are only redeemable if the Jew can prove that he has obtained the money without cheating. (Ordinance of March 17, 1808. Napoleonic Code.)

The history of the Jewish people

THE JEWS.

Turn on the news and the headline news is that the armies of Islamic nations have overrun Israel. The Israeli government has conceded defeat. The Muslim leaders declare that Israel no longer exists as a nation amongst the nations. How would you react? Would your faith in God be affected? I shall ask that same question later. 4,000 years of history.

Why speak about the Jews? Israel is on every page of the Bible. Without an understanding of the Jewish people in the purpose of God it is difficult to make sense of the message of the Bible. God reveals Himself through the Jewish people. God hammers out His message on the anvil of history and chose this people for that purpose.

Gen ch 6 v 5. The World was in a state of rebellion against God. God sent the Flood. Only Noah was found to be righteous. God started again with the descendants of Noah. The people of the World were all descended from the three sons of Noah – Seth, Ham and Japheth. Do you believe that statement? It is in the Word of God. “God is not a man that He should lie.”

Gen ch 11 v 1 – 9. After the Flood the rebellion of man continued and Nimrod persuaded the people to build a city, contrary to the instructions of God to spread over the face of the Earth. The tower of Babel was built and God scattered the language of the people. v 8 – 9. Nimrod was not only a political leader. He was also a spiritual leader. He established the Babylonian Mystery religion, which is the basis for all the false religions in the World. His son Tammuz was claimed to be the one mentioned in Gen ch 3 v 15. It was claimed that he was the one born of woman who would be the saviour of the World.

Gen ch 15 v 5 – 6. God called Abraham to come out of the land of the Chaldeans (Iraq), which was riddled with worship of the occult. Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness. He was the only man in the World at that time, who believed in God. God gave Abraham a promise of a land and a nation for everlasting. God promised to bless those who blessed Abraham.

Gen ch 15 v 18. The promise was of a tiny land at the centre of the Earth – where the three continents of Africa, Asia and Europe are joined. It is equidistant from America and Australia. God told Abraham His plans for the 430 years ahead. The Covenant that God made with Abraham was unconditional, depending entirely on His own unbreakable word and not on the character of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Canaan, Israel, Palestine, Israel – different names at different times – but an everlasting possession to the Jews. However there were certain conditions. God said that if the Jewish people behaved like the Canaanites He would remove them from the land. And He did – twice

Gen ch 17 v 8. The promise was repeated to confirm it – as an everlasting possession.

Gen ch 26 v 3 – 4. God gave the same promise to Isaac.

Gen ch 32 v 24 – 32. Jacob – a real man of the World with many flaws in his character – wrestled with God and was called Israel – the name Israel means struggle. God foresaw the struggle, which lay before Israel as they sought to hold onto God and live in the World, which was hostile to God. God had a great plan of salvation and these were the opening moves to reach the peoples of the World in centuries to come.

Gen ch 35 v 12. God confirmed to Jacob the promise, which He had given to Abraham and Isaac. The promise did not depend on the character of Abraham, Isaac or Jacob. They did some awful things. It depended on the purpose of God.

Gen ch 35 v 23. Jacob had 12 sons – they became the Children of Israel – who was their father. The Children of Israel went to live in Egypt – Goshen. There were 70 in number when they arrived there. 430 years later there were over two million of them. They lived in Egypt as shepherds.

Gen ch 47 v 27. They were fruitful and multiplied. In this way they fulfilled the purpose of God given to Adam and Eve.

Gen ch 46 v 3. God confirmed the promise to Jacob.

Gen ch 46 v 34. The Egyptians were farmers and hated shepherds. Why? There was no apparent reason. It was irrational. Satan- the enemy of God hated Israel and sought to defeat God’s purpose of salvation.

Gen ch 47 v 27. The Children of Israel were fruitful and multiplied. In this they fulfilled the purpose of God given to Adam and to Noah.

Exodus ch 1 v 8 -10. Through Joseph God had saved the Egyptians from famine and death. The new Pharaoh was frightened of the Children of Israel. They reminded him of God and offended the polytheism of the Egyptians. Pharaoh was a type of Devil, holding the people in bondage. As the numbers of the Hebrews increased they posed a threat to the rulers of Egypt. The prosperous Egyptians were having few children. The Hebrews had many children. It was not a huge mathematical calculation as to how long it would be before the Hebrews outnumbered the Egyptians. Pharaoh made slaves of the Hebrews and ordered that the male babies be killed.

Exodus ch 2 v 23 – 35. After 430 years in Egypt the Children of Israel finally cried out to the God of their forefathers. Help! God would have acted sooner but they did not call on Him. God usually gives a physical picture to teach spiritual truth. In these facts God is teaching spiritual truths for man for centuries to come.

Exodus ch 12 v 40. After 430 years, God went into action and sent Moses. God had arranged for him to leave the Court of Egypt and over 40 years in the wilderness had tamed him and stripped him of all pride and self-confidence. Moses was the meekest of men. He even had a stutter. His confidence was not in himself but in God. 600,000 men as well as women and children left Egypt for the land promised by God to their forefathers – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. There was an estimated two and half million people.

Exodus ch 15 v 26. Perhaps the greatest blessing would be health. There would be no diseases, if they obeyed God completely. Sin and disease are so closely related. So much of our disease is directly related to our own sin.

Exodus ch 19. God brought the people out into the wilderness to meet Him at Mount Sinai. There God revealed Himself through the giving of the moral law through Moses. God made a covenant or agreement with the people. He chose them – not because they were His favourites, like you might choose a shirt or tie – but because God had a purpose for them. He wanted them to reveal to the World the real living God amongst people, who worshipped false gods. He wanted them to be a holy nation. Israel is you and me on a national scale. God chose you for the same purpose. The people had a free choice. There was no pressure upon them, other than the fact that God had released them from slavery and therefore they ought to have been grateful. There would be blessings for obedience to the commands of God and curses or problems for disobedience.

Exodus ch 24 v 1 – 8. God sealed the covenant with blood. The covenant was like other treaties, which existed in these days. The greater party – God – would protect the weaker – the people of Israel – and the weaker would serve the greater. The covenant was a very practical one.

God gave certain religious practices and duties to bind the people together as a nation. Religion is the glue, which binds the nation together. God revealed Himself to them in their moral and spiritual teaching. The pages of the Old Testament are a story of the struggle as the people one day wandered from God and worshipped the pagan gods and the next day they repented and turned to God. The Jews tried to hold on to God but failed. Isaiah said: ” We were with child but brought forth wind.” Isaiah ch 26 v 18.

Deut ch 7 v 6 – 14. The peculiar status of Israel. “My first born son.” God swore on His oath 46 times in Scripture that He would keep the people as a people. They were the apple of His eye – to be blessed above all people. He had called them to a task, which demanded their total commitment. Although they failed, they were still His people and He is not a God who abandons people.

Jer ch ch 25 v 11-12.
Jeremiah remained in Judah and prophesied the return to the land and the end of the captivity.

Jer ch 31 v 35 – 37. They would be a people forever. God sent the prophets to the people – these were men close to God with the mind of the Lord. They called on the people to repent and turn to God.

Ezekiel ch 18 v 32. Don’t die! Live! I have no pleasure in the death of any person. It was the promise of the Lord that He would care for the people. The leaders He had sent to do this had failed by the time of Ezekiel.

Ezekiel ch 34 v 11. God promised to come Himself to do the job.

The state of the nation was reflected in the leaders and in particular the Kings. The leaders make the people to sin. God holds leaders particularly responsible. David built up the physical Kingdom to its peak of influence. Solomon built the temple. But Solomon sinned in a serious way by disobeying the Lord and as a result the Kingdom was divided into two parts. The Northern Kingdom was called Israel. The Southern Kingdom was called Judah. Eventually the Northern Kingdom of Israel was taken into captivity by Assyria. Despite the warnings by several prophets, Judah was captured by Babylon. Israel was always a pawn between the military and political powers as they fought for supremacy in the Middle East. Jeremiah stayed in Judah. Daniel and Ezekiel were taken off to live in Babylon.

God sent the prophets to them with the message: “Turn back to me! Please!”

All the time Israel was in the Promised Land other peoples and empires rose and fell. They were fighting each other for the top position of power in the World. Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, Persia. Israel was always a political pawn between the military and political powers as they made alliances and fought for supremacy in the Middle East. Eventually Israel – the Northern Kingdom was taken captive by Assyria never to rise again. The Southern Kingdom of Judah did not heed the warnings of several of the prophets such as Isaiah, Micah and Jeremiah to the consequences of their sin and eventually the Southern Kingdom was taken into captivity in Babylon. The policy was to take away the leading figures to Babylon and to replace them with their own leading people. This happens today as in East Timor. Not all the Jews were exiled. Daniel and Ezekiel were among those who went to Babylon. Most of the prophets spoke during a short time of exceptional political activity. It was a time of moral and spiritual decline in Israel. At the same time the countries of the World were facing a moral and spiritual crisis and God spoke out through His prophets to the people. Malachi was the last one to speak – 400 years before Jesus arrived on planet Earth.

Dan ch 6 v 1 – 24. The enemy was opposed to Daniel’s prayers and stirred up his colleagues to try to get rid of him. Daniel was put in the lions’ den in an attempt to stop him praying the return to Judah.

Daniel’s prayers succeeded. Ezra and Nehemiah were the two chosen by the Lord to lead the people back to the land and to restore the temple and the city of Jerusalem. Only a remnant of the Jews returned. Most remained in Persia (Iran), where they were second-class citizens but quite comfortable – like being in the World and of the World. They were not slaves nor living in poverty but they were living in exile.

Dan ch 9 v 2. Daniel knew that it had to be prayed through. Do not expect God to do it all by Himself. Tell Him to act.

Dan ch 12. Daniel was given a vision for the history of the World. The Babylonian empire, the Persian Empire, the Greek Empire then the Roman Empire. The Kingdom of God would rise out of the Roman Empire.

In his prophecy Daniel saw into the future. The Babylonian Empire would be succeeded by the Persian Empire. The Medes and the Persians overthrew Babylon on the very night that the writing was on the wall at Belshazzar’s feast. Belshazzar touched the holy things of God from the temple in Jerusalem. He was dead by the end of the night. The policy of the Persians reversed that of the Babylonians and they allowed the Jews to return to their land. The Greek Empire would succeed the Persian Empire and would in turn be succeeded by the Roman Empire. In fact all four empires continue to this day. The Babylonian Empire was a military empire. The Persian Empire was a religious empire. The Greek Empire was largely one of thought. Hellenism or humanism was the thinking of its day. The Roman Empire was largely an economic empire. Persia or Iran is the centre of Islamic fundamentalism. Greece is the humanistic thought denying the Gospel. Humanitarian aid is all the talk. The treaty of Rome brought in the European Common Market, which has developed into the European Union. It is the economic power in the material World. Through all these empires then and right up to the present day, there is a common thread – the Jewish people. They have never gone away as a people. Today they are back in the Promised Land and challenge all four Empires. Iraq tried to destroy them physically in the Gulf War. Islam tries to destroy their religion. Humanism seeks to undermine their thinking. Europe will use its economic power to bring them to nothing. Daniel was also told about events concerning the Jewish people in the last 3½ years of this planet. 1335 days to be exact. Are these to be literal days?

After the Jews returned to Israel, they lived under the power of the Persians, then the Greeks, then the Romans. No wonder the Disciples asked Jesus in Acts ch 1 v 6 if He would restore the physical kingdom to Israel. Jesus did not say He would not do so but told them there were other priorities in the meantime. Later God would do it. While the people were allowed to return under Cyrus the Persian emperor, they were still ruled by Persia. It was not until 2,520 years later that the physical Kingdom would be restored and Israel would be an independent nation again amongst the nations of the World. On 10th May 1948 it came to pass. Can a nation be born in a day? Isaiah ch 66 v 8. Yes it was.

Ezekiel ch 4 v 4-8. Ezekiel prophesied 390 years before the physical kingdom of Israel would be restored. 390 years plus 40 years. 430 years in total. Less 70 years in exile. That equals 360 years. In Lev ch 26 v 14 – 20 God warned the people that, if they continued to sin after He had warned them and punished them, that He would punish them 7 times for their sins. 7 times 360 equals 2,520. From the time of the captivity in Babylon that takes us to 1948. Believers are privileged to see that prophecy. Is the rebirth of the Jewish state a political accident or within the purposes of God? Is the rebirth of the Jewish state an accident or within the purposes of God? Scripture has a lot to say.

Isaiah ch 11 v 11. God promised that He would gather the Children of Israel a second time. This was not because they deserved it. It was for the honour of His name. God has said that He would do it and therefore He must do it. The Jews have returned out of 100 countries all over the Earth to the very land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It is their inheritance. The forces of darkness are as determined to drive them out this time, as they were the first time under Joshua.

Jeremiah ch 16 v 14 – 16 and ch 23 v 7. Jeremiah spoke of a day when there would be an exodus from the lands of the North, which would eclipse the exodus from Egypt. Two million left Egypt. 3,200 years ago. The Jews still talk about it as if it happened yesterday. Moscow is directly north of Israel. Jer ch 23 v 7. The second exodus is happening today.

Zechariah ch 12. There is a promise to pour out the Holy Spirit on the Jewish people. They will look upon Him or look up to Him whom they have pierced and mourn for Him as an only son. Salvation has always been on the basis of faith in the unseen Jesus.

The Messiah came to dwell on Earth to bring salvation to man.
Mat ch 2 v 2. Jesus was born King of the Jews.
John ch 19 v 19. Jesus died the King of the Jews.
Jesus rose the King of the Jews. He is today King of the Jews.
Acts ch 1 v 6. “Will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” Not yet. That is the Father’s secret.

The return under Ezra and Nehemiah took place. By no means all the Jews returned. Most stayed on in Persia. Although there were some who returned to the Promised Land, the Jews still lived under the power of first the Persians, then the Greeks and then the Romans.

After Jesus died the Jewish people revolted against the Romans. In A.D. 70 the Roman Emperor Titus sacked Jerusalem and over one million people died – mainly the old and young. The active ones were either sent into slavery or taken to Rome to be gladiators. The Romans changed the name of Jerusalem and the name of the land of Judea. As an insult to the Jews the Romans renamed it Syria-Palestina and renamed Jerusalem. In time it became known simply as Palestine. There were no Philistines surviving at that time. The Jews were scattered all over the World and remained there for 1,900 years.

This explains why there is such intense hatred on the part of the Arabs and Islam towards the Jews and the state of Israel. Islam and the Arab peoples are determined to wipe Israel off the face of the World map. They actually produce maps showing no presence of Israel. The land is not a valuable one. It is not large. There is no oil. The Jews are looking after the land far better than the Arabs ever did when they were in occupation of it. There is a degree of jealousy on the part of the Arabs. But there has to be far more than that to justify the intense hatred. There is a spiritual battle in the Heavenly realm between the forces of good and evil. The forces of light and darkness are locked in a battle, which is being acted out on the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The very presence of the state of Israel undermines the whole of Islamic theology. Islam declares that God finished with the Jews, when they rejected their prophet Jesus. They see Jesus as a prophet and not as the Son of God or God the Son. Islam teaches that the Christians got it wrong when they lost personal faith in Jesus and then God gave a final revelation to the World through Mohammed. Islam believes that land once occupied by Islam belongs to Allah. So when the Jews returned to the land after 1,900 years, it showed that God is not finished with the Jews. He has still a great purpose for them. Either the Bible or the Koran is right. They cannot both be right. As long as the Jews are in the land, it shows that the Bible is right and the Koran is wrong. If the Jews could be wiped out, it would prove the Koran to be right and the Bible to be wrong. But it will not happen!

What does the Word of God have to say on the matter of the Jewish people and the land of Judea?

Joel ch 3 v 2. The nations are dividing up “my land.” The land belongs to God. He says so.

Joel ch 2 v 25. God promised that He would make up for the years the locust had eaten.

Joel ch 2 v 27. My people will never again be put to shame.

Amos ch 9 v 14. I will plant them on their land and they shall never again be plucked up.

In Obadiah v 18. God said so long ago that the descendants of Esau would disappear but the descendants of Jacob would never disappear.

Zeph ch 3 v 9. God has said that not only will the people be restored to the land, but He would restore the Hebrew language to them. And He has.

There are 40 chapters in the Bible about judgement of the nations of the World. Britain is the 23rd empire to go into decline.

Luke ch 21 v 24. Jesus Himself spoke of the fact that Jerusalem would be downtrodden by the Gentiles until the days of the Gentiles were fulfilled. He saw a day for Jerusalem. When He told the Disciples that God had a secret agenda for the state of Israel. He was aware of the fact that the state would one day take centre stage in World history. Jerusalem was restored to Jewish rule in 1967. It was the same year that Britain passed the Abortion Act. Abortion was the reason why the Jewish people were sent into captivity in Babylon. There comes a time when God finally says: “Enough is enough. Time is up.” Nahum ch 3 v 19. When Jesus returns to Earth, time will be up for the human race. There will be no further opportunity to make a decision for Jesus. That will be the moment when all will be revealed and those who have never made a decision to accept Jesus as their Saviour and Lord will face eternity without the presence of God.

One further stage has been declared in the Scriptures. Firstly the state would be returned to the Jewish people. Jeremiah spoke of the second stage in God’s wonderful plan for His people.
Jer ch 30 v 1 – 3 tells of the plan to bring them back.
Jer ch 31 v 31 – 34 tells of the new covenant He will make with them.

Ezekiel ch 37 v 22 – 28. The dry bones will come to spiritual life. This is speaking of the people of Israel. The two sticks relate to Israel and Judah. The once divided nation will be united again as one people. Then the enemy shall come against them in great power.

Ezekiel chs 38 and 39 tell of the onslaught of Gog and Magog as the hoards of the enemy will make a final last-ditch attempt to wipe Israel off the map. Iran, Sudan and Lybia as the main sources of Islamic fundamentalism will join with the atheistic spirit of Russia to come to Israel in the final battle at Armageddon. This has still to take place. The nations of the World will stand back and leave Israel without support. Then God will come to her aid.

Isaiah ch 41 v 8 – 10. Many prophecies concerning Israel have still to be fulfilled. Gently the Holy Spirit is descending on one here and one there and the number of Messianic Jews is growing quietly. God will never put away His ancient people. He has said so. If God did abandon His people, where would the promise of Jesus be in John ch 6 v 37? “Some will come to me – those the Father has given me – and I will never, never reject them.”

Though the Jewish people God has revealed so much of His character and purposes. Even without their Messiah they remind the World about God. Without an understanding of the Old Testament is it any wonder that so many Christians make little of the New Testament? The Church was entirely Jewish for the first 15 years after Jesus rose. “Salvation is of the Jews.” Jesus said so. The Jews are the emblem of eternity. They remind the World of God.
The Bible is a Jewish book. Believers owe so much to the Jewish people. It was a Jewish Church until God used Paul to start to take the Gospel to the Gentiles. It was always God’s plan to reach out to the whole World through the Jewish people.

God is a covenant God and shows this in His covenant relationship with the people of Israel. He makes binding agreements. He has made one already and has promised to make another one.

Jesus is a Jew. When believers look on His face it will be a Jewish face. The nail prints are in a Jewish body. It will not be a black body or a white body but a brown body.

In Eph ch 3 v 10 God states that through His dealings with the Jewish people and the Church, He is revealing His manifold wisdom to the principalities and powers in the Universe. What a privilege to know that fact.

Jesus is coming back to Jerusalem – not Rome or London. His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. The Bible is a book of revelation. God reveals Himself to man through His dealings with the Jewish people. In this way man learns about grace, God’s principles of judgement, His eternal purpose for mankind, election, repentance, sanctification, and all the other doctrines of God. It is like being part of a tutorial class.

Anti-semitism is a picture of the rejection of God by human beings. The rejection focuses on the Jews. A man is either for Jesus and His people or against Him and His people. The Jewish people teach that everything, which happens in the physical, seen World is a manifestation of what is happening in the spiritual, unseen World. There is a battle going on in the Heavenlies and the people are caught up in it. The battle of Armageddon is still to come. The presence of the Jews in the Middle East undermines the whole of Islamic theology.

Today is a generation that has largely rejected the idea that God would act in judgement on a disobedient nation.

In the closing months of 2005, the United States brought pressure on Israel to disengage from Gaza. Families who had refused to leave voluntarily were torn from their homes and businesses. Within days, much of the infrastructure of Gaza, including greenhouses, for which American businessmen had reportedly paid $5,000,000, had been trashed. Within weeks, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, a life long Zionist, had ordered the disengagement – whether for personal reasons or buckling under the pressure from America, is still not clear. Two months later, he fell into a coma in which he lay for years, hovering between life and death.

Bishop Ryle of Liverpool wrote: “When the Scriptures speak of Israel, of Zion and of Jerusalem, what right have we to question that they mean exactly what they say?’

Why are the Jews hated so much? It is impossible to understand this matter without an understanding of the Spiritual dimension – the role of God’s ancient Covenant people in God’s plan of salvation. That is the politicians’ problem.

In the 18th and 19th Centuries, the Church in Britain, commonly accepted the Word concerning the return of the Jews to the Land but by the 20th century this literal interpretation of prophecy had been widely rejected. The establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 was seen by many within the Church as well as those outside it as no more than a political accident.

The medieval doctrine of ‘Replacement Theology’claims that the Church is the new Israel and that God has finished with the Jews. Replacement Theology is not a doctrine but a heresy. Certainly some passages of Scripture do seem to speak of the Church as the new Israel – but God has not finished with the Jews. (Jer ch 31 v 35ff and Rom ch 11 v 1) Many people seem happy to believe anything, which casts the Jewish people in a bad light.

In the first century A D the lands now called Israel and Jordan were provinces of Syria and the entire area was under Roman rule. The Jews were difficult to rule – unhappy about paying taxes and – in obedience to the second Commandment – refusing to bow to god-like statues of the Emperor. Responding to a Jewish uprising, in 70 A D, the Romans sacked Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple and burned the city. By the time that and a later Jewish uprising had been dealt with, most of the Jewish inhabitants of the Land had been killed, sold into slavery or forced into exile.

The exiled Jews wandered – a few to the south as far as Ethiopia, many East into the Arab lands, most North West into Europe and North East into what became Eastern Europe and Russia. When the New World was discovered, they emigrated in hundreds of thousands to Australia to South Africa and above all to North America. For 2,000 years they and their descendents remained in exile. This was known as the Diaspora. As a result there were Jews in every country in Europe in 1939.

In Palestine, there remained a remnant of Jews and a small population of nomadic Arab tribesmen. The land became a desert – neglected and largely depopulated. The idea commonly put about that Palestine was, in centuries past, populated by thriving Arab communities has no basis in reality.

Many 19th century travellers wrote of their visits:
Mark Twain was appalled to see the state of the Holy Land and wrote of, ‘–a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land.”
Walpole wrote, “On my road I saw six ruined towns and only six living persons.”
Rev. Robert Murray McShane saw Jerusalem with rubbish piled as high as the city walls and over run with rats.

But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations, which they had not known. Thus the land became desolate after them. Zech. ch 7 v 14.

The Jews of the Diaspora encountered Anti-Semitism wherever they settled but nowhere was this unique form of racism more vicious than in Europe:
11th, 12th,13th Century. The objective of the Crusades was the liberation of the Holy Land from Muslim invaders but, caught up in a religious frenzy, Crusaders murdered thousands of Jews on the road to Jerusalem.

In 12th Century England, Jews were held responsible for the Black Death. Hundreds were massacred – the worst outrages being in Norwich and York – before all Jews were expelled from England. When Shakespeare was writing in the 16th C. the only image Englishmen had of the Jew was Shylock. They began to return only under Cromwell in the 17th C.

15th Century. Spanish Inquisition: Jews were forced to convert to Catholicism and celebrate the Mass or face being burned alive.

There was some respite in the West during the 18th Century Enlightenment but in Eastern Europe anti-Semitism continued. Russian Jews were herded into ghettos known as the Pale of Settlement and were subject to frequent attacks and humiliation. Jewish communities could be – and often were – forced from their homes with little notice and for no good reason.

And then there was Germany. In the Mediaeval German States Jews had few rights. They had to pay a Jew tax to enter any town and they were denied access to education other than in their own schools.

During the Holocaust Jews were driven from their homes and transported to the camps where they endured starvation, brutality, cold, disease and medical experiments on living human beings. They were ruthlessly killed by being shot and in gas chambers, ovens and mass graves. By 1945, at least 6,000,000 probably nearer 8,000,000 were dead. This was all carried out with the knowledge of the leaders of the World powers.

Corrie ten Boom’s father wept as he watched Jews being transported from his native Holland and quoted Zechariah: Zechariah ch 12 v 8. He who touches you (Zion) touches the apple of God’s eye.

Modern Britain is not excluded from the role call of anti-Semitic nations. Britain’s treatment of the Jews from the time she was granted the Mandate over Palestine at the end of WW1 was shameful. In 1921, immediately after taking control, Winston Churchill, the Colonial Secretary, ordered the partition of Palestine – two thirds became an Arab State, then called Transjordan – now Jordan – and one third continued under British rule. Many have claimed that with the exception of Sir Herbert Samuel, every British Governor of Palestine was anti-Semitic.

In the 1930s as the tide of Nazism rose and even more strictly after the 1939 ‘White Paper’, Britain imposed immigration quotas on Jews though not on Arabs. Desperate Jews who had managed to reach the shores of Palestine were sent back to Europe and almost certain death. It is estimated that as a consequence of their having been refused entry to Palestine by the British immediately before and during the War, hundreds of thousands of Jews perished in the Holocaust. This was the policy that led to Jewish terrorist attacks on the British Administration in Palestine after the War. Out of the Holocaust, the modern state of Israel was born.

The Zionist Organization had been founded in 1897. From the late 19th century, Jews, mainly from Eastern Europe, had begun to make their way to Palestine, buying land from the Arabs and struggling to develop it.

From 1945 there is documented evidence that some of the Allied soldiers who liberated the death camps, fit young men who had survived the War, were driven mad by the sights they saw. Certainly the reports they made and the pictures they took shocked the world.

Britain, meanwhile, was tired of administering an increasingly dangerous Palestine and in 1947 Earnest Bevin handed the problem to the UN. On 29th November, the General Assembly endorsed a second partition of Palestine – a Jewish state and a second Arab state. Britain abstained in the vote.

In the morning of 14th May 1948, the British left.
In the afternoon, the Sovereign State of Israel was proclaimed by David Ben Gurion.
One newspaper headline read, “State of Israel Born 14th May 1948.”

2,700 years before, the prophet had written: Isaiah ch 66 v 8.
Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things?
Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment?
Yet no sooner is Zion in labour than she gives birth to her children.

The Jewish people accepted the partition. The Arab nations refused to accept it and the following declared war on Israel and attacked the Jewish people.

In the last 60 years, despite Israel’s being continuously under threat of war and – since 1967 – of terrorist attack, Jewish immigration has continued. The return from Babylon was from the East. In modern times, Jews have returned from every corner of the Earth.

The Scriptures that speak of this second return are too numerous to mention.
Isaiah ch 43 v 6. “I will bring your children from the east and gather them from the west. I will say to the north, “Give them up” and to the south, “Do not hold them back.” Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the Earth.”

Ezek.ch 36 v 24. “For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all the countries and bring you into your own land.”

Let a people, long hated, know that they, the natural olive tree have the loving support of the Gentile branches, which have been grafted in.

“And it shall come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you and you shall be a blessing.” Zech ch 8 v 13.

“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and of supplication; then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son.” Zech ch 12 v 10.

If the Muslim leaders declared Israel as being no longer a nation, would a believer’s faith in God be shaken?

Present day Israel

THE JEWS.

 

Turn on the news and the headline news is that the armies of Islamic nations have overrun Israel. The Israeli government has conceded defeat. The Muslim leaders declare that Israel no longer exists as a nation amongst the nations. How would you react? Would your faith in God be affected? I shall ask that same question later. 4,000 years of history.

 

Why speak about the Jews? Israel is on every page of the Bible. Without an understanding of the Jewish people in the purpose of God it is difficult to make sense of the message of the Bible. God reveals Himself through the Jewish people. God hammers out His message on the anvil of history and chose this people for that purpose.

 

Gen ch 6 v 5. The World was in a state of rebellion against God. God sent the Flood. Only Noah was found to be righteous. God started again with the descendants of Noah. The people of the World were all descended from the three sons of Noah – Seth, Ham and Japheth. Do you believe that statement? It is in the Word of God. “God is not a man that He should lie.”

 

Gen ch 11 v 1 – 9. After the Flood the rebellion of man continued and Nimrod persuaded the people to build a city, contrary to the instructions of God to spread over the face of the Earth. The tower of Babel was built and God scattered the language of the people. v 8 – 9. Nimrod was not only a political leader. He was also a spiritual leader. He established the Babylonian Mystery religion, which is the basis for all the false religions in the World. His son Tammuz was claimed to be the one mentioned in Gen ch 3 v 15. It was claimed that he was the one born of woman who would be the saviour of the World.

 

Gen ch 15 v 5 – 6. God called Abraham to come out of the land of the Chaldeans (Iraq), which was riddled with worship of the occult. Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness. He was the only man in the World at that time, who believed in God. God gave Abraham a promise of a land and a nation for everlasting. God promised to bless those who blessed Abraham.

 

Gen ch 15 v 18. The promise was of a tiny land at the centre of the Earth – where the three continents of Africa, Asia and Europe are joined. It is equidistant from America and Australia. God told Abraham His plans for the 430 years ahead. The Covenant that God made with Abraham was unconditional, depending entirely on His own unbreakable word and not on the character of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Canaan, Israel, Palestine, Israel – different names at different times – but an everlasting possession to the Jews. However there were certain conditions. God said that if the Jewish people behaved like the Canaanites He would remove them from the land. And He did – twice

 

Gen ch 17 v 8. The promise was repeated to confirm it – as an everlasting possession.

 

Gen ch 26 v 3 – 4. God gave the same promise to Isaac.

 

Gen ch 32 v 24 – 32. Jacob – a real man of the World with many flaws in his character – wrestled with God and was called Israel – the name Israel means struggle. God foresaw the struggle, which lay before Israel as they sought to hold onto God and live in the World, which was hostile to God. God had a great plan of salvation and these were the opening moves to reach the peoples of the World in centuries to come.

 

Gen ch 35 v 12. God confirmed to Jacob the promise, which He had given to Abraham and Isaac. The promise did not depend on the character of Abraham, Isaac or Jacob. They did some awful things. It depended on the purpose of God.

 

Gen ch 35 v 23. Jacob had 12 sons – they became the Children of Israel – who was their father. The Children of Israel went to live in Egypt – Goshen. There were 70 in number when they arrived there. 430 years later there were over two million of them. They lived in Egypt as shepherds.

 

Gen ch 47 v 27. They were fruitful and multiplied. In this way they fulfilled the purpose of God given to Adam and Eve.

 

Gen ch 46 v 3. God confirmed the promise to Jacob.

 

Gen ch 46 v 34. The Egyptians were farmers and hated shepherds. Why? There was no apparent reason. It was irrational. Satan- the enemy of God hated Israel and sought to defeat God’s purpose of salvation.

 

Gen ch 47 v 27. The Children of Israel were fruitful and multiplied. In this they fulfilled the purpose of God given to Adam and to Noah.

 

Exodus ch 1 v 8 -10. Through Joseph God had saved the Egyptians from famine and death. The new Pharaoh was frightened of the Children of Israel. They reminded him of God and offended the polytheism of the Egyptians. Pharaoh was a type of Devil, holding the people in bondage. As the numbers of the Hebrews increased they posed a threat to the rulers of Egypt. The prosperous Egyptians were having few children. The Hebrews had many children. It was not a huge mathematical calculation as to how long it would be before the Hebrews outnumbered the Egyptians. Pharaoh made slaves of the Hebrews and ordered that the male babies be killed.

 

Exodus ch 2 v 23 – 35. After 430 years in Egypt the Children of Israel finally cried out to the God of their forefathers. Help! God would have acted sooner but they did not call on Him. God usually gives a physical picture to teach spiritual truth. In these facts God is teaching spiritual truths for man for centuries to come.

 

Exodus ch 12 v 40. After 430 years, God went into action and sent Moses. God had arranged for him to leave the Court of Egypt and over 40 years in the wilderness had tamed him and stripped him of all pride and self-confidence. Moses was the meekest of men. He even had a stutter. His confidence was not in himself but in God. 600,000 men as well as women and children left Egypt for the land promised by God to their forefathers – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. There was an estimated two and half million people.

 

Exodus ch 15 v 26. Perhaps the greatest blessing would be health. There would be no diseases, if they obeyed God completely. Sin and disease are so closely related. So much of our disease is directly related to our own sin.

 

Exodus ch 19. God brought the people out into the wilderness to meet Him at Mount Sinai. There God revealed Himself through the giving of the moral law through Moses. God made a covenant or agreement with the people. He chose them – not because they were His favourites, like you might choose a shirt or tie – but because God had a purpose for them. He wanted them to reveal to the World the real living God amongst people, who worshipped false gods. He wanted them to be a holy nation. Israel is you and me on a national scale. God chose you for the same purpose. The people had a free choice. There was no pressure upon them, other than the fact that God had released them from slavery and therefore they ought to have been grateful. There would be blessings for obedience to the commands of God and curses or problems for disobedience.

 

Exodus ch 24 v 1 – 8. God sealed the covenant with blood. The covenant was like other treaties, which existed in these days. The greater party – God – would protect the weaker – the people of Israel – and the weaker would serve the greater. The covenant was a very practical one.

 

God gave certain religious practices and duties to bind the people together as a nation. Religion is the glue, which binds the nation together. God revealed Himself to them in their moral and spiritual teaching. The pages of the Old Testament are a story of the struggle as the people one day wandered from God and worshipped the pagan gods and the next day they repented and turned to God. The Jews tried to hold on to God but failed. Isaiah said: ” We were with child but brought forth wind.” Isaiah ch 26 v 18.

 

Deut ch 7 v 6 – 14. The peculiar status of Israel. My first born son. God swore on His oath 46 times in Scripture that He would keep the people as a people. They were the apple of His eye – to be blessed above all people. He had called them to a task, which demanded their total commitment. Although they failed, they were still His people and He is not a God who abandons people.

 

Jer ch ch 25 v 11-12.

Jeremiah remained in Judah and prophesied the return to the land and the end of the captivity.

 

Jer ch 31 v 35 – 37. They would be a people forever. God sent the prophets to the people – these were men close to God with the mind of the Lord. They called on the people to repent and turn to God.

 

Ezekiel ch 18 v 32. Don’t die! Live! I have no pleasure in the death of any person. It was the promise of the Lord that He would care for the people. The leaders He had sent to do this had failed by the time of Ezekiel.

 

Ezekiel ch 34 v 11. God promised to come Himself to do the job.

 

The state of the nation was reflected in the leaders and in particular the Kings. The leaders make the people to sin. God holds leaders particularly responsible. David built up the physical Kingdom to its peak of influence. Solomon built the temple. But Solomon sinned in a serious way by disobeying the Lord and as a result the Kingdom was divided into two parts. The Northern Kingdom was called Israel. The Southern Kingdom was called Judah. Eventually the Northern Kingdom of Israel was taken into captivity by Assyria. Despite the warnings by several prophets, Judah was captured by Babylon. Israel was always a pawn between the military and political powers as they fought for supremacy in the Middle East. Jeremiah stayed in Judah. Daniel and Ezekiel were taken off to live in Babylon.

 

God sent the prophets to them with the message: “Turn back to me! Please!”

 

All the time Israel was in the Promised Land other peoples and empires rose and fell. They were fighting each other for the top position of power in the World. Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, Persia. Israel was always a political pawn between the military and political powers as they made alliances and fought for supremacy in the Middle East. Eventually Israel – the Northern Kingdom was taken captive by Assyria never to rise again. The Southern Kingdom of Judah did not heed the warnings of several of the prophets such as Isaiah, Micah and Jeremiah to the consequences of their sin and eventually the Southern Kingdom was taken into captivity in Babylon. The policy was to take away the leading figures to Babylon and to replace them with their own leading people. This happens today as in East Timor. Not all the Jews were exiled. Daniel and Ezekiel were among those who went to Babylon. Most of the prophets spoke during a short time of exceptional political activity. It was a time of moral and spiritual decline in Israel. At the same time the countries of the World were facing a moral and spiritual crisis and God spoke out through His prophets to the people. Malachi was the last one to speak – 400 years before Jesus arrived on planet Earth.

 

Dan ch 6 v 1 – 24. The enemy was opposed to Daniel’s prayers and stirred up his colleagues to try to get rid of him. Daniel was put in the lions’ den in an attempt to stop him praying the return to Judah.

 

Daniel’s prayers succeeded. Ezra and Nehemiah were the two chosen by the Lord to lead the people back to the land and to restore the temple and the city of Jerusalem. Only a remnant of the Jews returned. Most remained in Persia (Iran), where they were second-class citizens but quite comfortable – like being in the World and of the World. They were not slaves nor living in poverty but they were living in exile.

 

Dan ch 9 v 2. Daniel knew that it had to be prayed through. Do not expect God to do it all by Himself. Tell Him to act.

 

Dan ch 12. Daniel was given a vision for the history of the World. The Babylonian empire, the Persian Empire, the Greek Empire then the Roman Empire. The Kingdom of God would rise out of the Roman Empire.

 

In his prophecy Daniel saw into the future. The Babylonian Empire would be succeeded by the Persian Empire. The Medes and the Persians overthrew Babylon on the very night that the writing was on the wall at Belshazzar’s feast. The policy of the Persians reversed that of the Babylonians and they allowed the Jews to return to their land. The Greek Empire would succeed the Persian Empire and would in turn be succeeded by the Roman Empire. In fact all four empires continue to this day. The Babylonian Empire was a military empire. The Persian Empire was a religious empire. The Greek Empire was largely one of thought. Hellenism or humanism was the thinking of its day. The Roman Empire was largely an economic empire. Persia or Iran is the centre of Islamic fundamentalism. Greece is the humanistic thought denying the Gospel. Humanitarian aid is all the talk. The treaty of Rome brought in the European Common Market, which has developed into the European Union. It is the economic power in the material World. Through all these empires then and right up to the present day, there is a common thread – the Jewish people. They have never gone away as a people. Today they are back in the Promised Land and challenge all four Empires. Iraq tried to destroy them physically in the Gulf War. Islam tries to destroy their religion. Humanism seeks to undermine their thinking. Europe will use its economic power to bring them to nothing. Daniel was also told about events concerning the Jewish people in the last 3½ years of this planet. 1335 days to be exact. Are these to be literal days?

 

After the Jews returned to Israel, they lived under the power of the Persians, then the Greeks, then the Romans. No wonder the Disciples asked Jesus in Acts ch 1 v 6 if He would restore the physical kingdom to Israel. Jesus did not say He would not do so but told them there were other priorities in the meantime. Later God would do it. While the people were allowed to return under Cyrus the Persian emperor, they were still ruled by Persia. It was not until 2,520 years later that the physical Kingdom would be restored and Israel would be an independent nation again amongst the nations of the World. On 10th May 1948 it came to pass. Can a nation be born in a day? Isaiah ch 66 v 8. Yes it was.

 

Ezekiel ch 4 v 4-8. Ezekiel prophesied 390 years before the physical kingdom of Israel would be restored. 390 years plus 40 years. 430 years in total. Less 70 years in exile. That equals 360 years. In Lev ch 26 v 14 – 20 God warned the people that, if they continued to sin after He had warned them and punished them, that He would punish them 7 times for their sins. 7 times 360 equals 2,520. From the time of the captivity in Babylon that takes us to 1948. Believers are privileged to see that prophecy. Is the rebirth of the Jewish state a political accident or within the purposes of God? Is the rebirth of the Jewish state an accident or within the purposes of God? Scripture has a lot to say.

 

Isaiah ch 11 v 11. God promised that He would gather the Children of Israel a second time. This was not because they deserved it. It was for the honour of His name. God has said that He would do it and therefore He must do it. The Jews have returned out of 100 countries all over the Earth to the very land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It is their inheritance. The forces of darkness are as determined to drive them out this time, as they were the first time under Joshua.

 

Jeremiah ch 16 v 14 – 16 and ch 23 v 7. Jeremiah spoke of a day when there would be an exodus from the lands of the North, which would eclipse the exodus from Egypt. Two million left Egypt. 3,200 years ago. The Jews still talk about it as if it happened yesterday. Moscow is directly north of Israel. Jer ch 23 v 7. The second exodus is happening today.

 

Zechariah ch 12. There is a promise to pour out the Holy Spirit on the Jewish people. They will look upon Him or look up to Him whom they have pierced and mourn for Him as an only son. Salvation has always been on the basis of faith in the unseen Jesus.

 

The Messiah came to dwell on Earth to bring salvation to man.

Mat ch 2 v 2. Jesus was born King of the Jews.

John ch 19 v 19. Jesus died the King of the Jews.

Jesus rose the King of the Jews. He is today King of the Jews.

Acts ch 1 v 6. Will you restore the kingdom to Israel? Not yet. That is the Father’s secret.

 

The return under Ezra and Nehemiah took place. By no means all the Jews returned. Most stayed on in Persia. Although there were some who returned to the Promised Land, the Jews still lived under the power of first the Persians, then the Greeks and then the Romans.

 

After Jesus died the Jewish people revolted against the Romans. In A.D. 70 the Roman Emperor Titus sacked Jerusalem and over one million people died – mainly the old and young. The active ones were either sent into slavery or taken to Rome to be gladiators. The Romans changed the name of Jerusalem and the name of the land of Judea. As an insult to the Jews the Romans renamed it Syria-Palestina and renamed Jerusalem. In time it became known simply as Palestine. There were no Philistines surviving at that time. The Jews were scattered all over the World and remained there for 1,900 years.

 

This explains why there is such intense hatred on the part of the Arabs and Islam towards the Jews and the state of Israel. Islam and the Arab peoples are determined to wipe Israel off the face of the World map. They actually produce maps showing no presence of Israel. The land is not a valuable one. It is not large. There is no oil. The Jews are looking after the land far better than the Arabs ever did when they were in occupation of it. There is a degree of jealousy on the part of the Arabs. But there has to be far more than that to justify the intense hatred. There is a spiritual battle in the Heavenly realm between the forces of good and evil. The forces of light and darkness are locked in a battle, which is being acted out on the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The very presence of the state of Israel undermines the whole of Islamic theology. Islam declares that God finished with the Jews, when they rejected their prophet Jesus. They see Jesus as a prophet and not as the Son of God or God the Son. Islam teaches that the Christians got it wrong when they lost personal faith in Jesus and then God gave a final revelation to the World through Mohammed. Islam believes that land once occupied by Islam belongs to Allah. So when the Jews returned to the land after 1,900 years, it showed that God is not finished with the Jews. He has still a great purpose for them. Either the Bible or the Koran is right. They cannot both be right. As long as the Jews are in the land, it shows that the Bible is right and the Koran is wrong. If the Jews could be wiped out, it would prove the Koran to be right and the Bible to be wrong. But it will not happen!

 

What does the Word of God have to say on the matter of the Jewish people and the land of Judea?

 

Joel ch 3 v 2. The nations are dividing up “my land.” The land belongs to God. He says so.

 

Joel ch 2 v 25. God promised that he would make up for the years the locust had eaten.

 

Joel ch 2 v 27. My people will never again be put to shame.

 

Amos ch 9 v 14. I will plant them on their land and they shall never again be plucked up.

 

In Obadiah v 18. God said so long ago that the descendants of Esau would disappear but the descendants of Jacob would never disappear.

 

Zeph ch 3 v 9. God has said that not only will the people be restored to the land, but He would restore the Hebrew language to them. And He has.

 

There are 40 chapters in the Bible about judgement of the nations of the World. Britain is the 23rd empire to go into decline.

 

Luke ch 21 v 24. Jesus Himself spoke of the fact that Jerusalem would be downtrodden by the Gentiles until the days of the Gentiles were fulfilled. He saw a day for Jerusalem. When He told the Disciples that God had a secret agenda for the state of Israel. He was aware of the fact that the state would one day take centre stage in World history. Jerusalem was restored to Jewish rule in 1967. It was the same year that Britain passed the Abortion Act. Abortion was the reason why the Jewish people were sent into captivity in Babylon. There comes a time when God finally says: “Enough is enough. Time is up.” Nahum ch 3 v 19. When Jesus returns to Earth, time will be up for the human race. There will be no further opportunity to make a decision for Jesus. That will be the moment when all will be revealed and those who have never made a decision to accept Jesus as their Saviour and Lord will face eternity without the presence of God.

 

One further stage has been declared in the Scriptures. Firstly the state would be returned to the Jewish people. Jeremiah spoke of the second stage in God’s wonderful plan for His people.

Jer ch 30 v 1 – 3 tells of the plan to bring them back.

Jer ch 31 v 31 – 34 tells of the new covenant He will make with them.

 

Ezekiel ch 37 v 22 – 28. The dry bones will come to spiritual life. This is speaking of the people of Israel. The two sticks relate to Israel and Judah. The once divided nation will be united again as one people. Then the enemy shall come against them in great power.

 

Ezekiel chs 38 and 39 tell of the onslaught of Gog and Magog as the hoards of the enemy will make a final last-ditch attempt to wipe Israel off the map. Iran, Sudan and Lybia as the main sources of Islamic fundamentalism will join with the atheistic spirit of Russia to come to Israel in the final battle at Armageddon. This has still to take place. The nations of the World will stand back and leave Israel without support. Then God will come to her aid.

 

Isaiah ch 41 v 8 – 10. Many prophecies concerning Israel have still to be fulfilled. Gently the Holy Spirit is descending on one here and one there and the number of Messianic Jews is growing quietly. God will never put away His ancient people. He has said so. If God did abandon His people, where would the promise of Jesus be in John ch 6 v 37? “Some will come to me – those the Father has given me – and I will never, never reject them.”

 

Though the Jewish people God has revealed so much of His character and purposes. Even without their Messiah they remind the World about God. Without an understanding of the Old Testament is it any wonder that so many Christians make little of the New Testament? The Church was entirely Jewish for the first 15 years after Jesus rose. “Salvation is of the Jews.” Jesus said so. The Jews are the emblem of eternity. They remind the World of God.

The Bible is a Jewish book. Believers owe so much to the Jewish people. It was a Jewish Church until God used Paul to start to take the Gospel to the Gentiles. It was always God’s plan to reach out to the whole World through the Jewish people.

 

God is a covenant God and shows this in His covenant relationship with the people of Israel. He makes binding agreements. He has made one already and has promised to make another one.

 

Jesus is a Jew. When believers look on His face it will be a Jewish face. The nail prints are in a Jewish body. It will not be a black body or a white body but a brown body.

 

In Eph ch 3 v 10 God states that through His dealings with the Jewish people and the Church, He is revealing His manifold wisdom to the principalities and powers in the Universe. What a privilege to know that fact.

 

Jesus is coming back to Jerusalem – not Rome or London. His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. The Bible is a book of revelation. God reveals Himself to man through His dealings with the Jewish people. In this way man learns about grace, God’s principles of judgement, His eternal purpose for mankind, election, repentance, sanctification, and all the other doctrines of God. It is like being part of a tutorial class.

 

Anti-semitism is a picture of the rejection of God by human beings. The rejection focuses on the Jews. A man is either for Jesus and His people or against Him and His people. The Jewish people teach us that everything, which happens in the physical seen World is a manifestation of what is happening in the spiritual unseen World. There is a battle going on in the Heavenlies and the people are caught up in it. The battle of Armageddon is still to come. The presence of the Jews in the Middle East undermines the whole of Islamic theology.

 

This is a generation that has largely rejected the idea that God would act in judgement on a disobedient nation.

 

In the closing months of 2005, the United States brought pressure on Israel to disengage from Gaza. Families who had refused to leave voluntarily were torn from their homes and businesses. Within days, much of the infrastructure of Gaza, including greenhouses, for which American businessmen had reportedly paid $5,000,000, had been trashed.

Within weeks, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, a life long Zionist, had ordered the disengagement – whether for personal reasons or buckling under the pressure from America, is still not clear. Two months later, he fell into a coma in which he still lies, hovering between life and death.

 

Bishop Ryle of Liverpool wrote: “When the Scriptures speak of Israel, of Zion and of Jerusalem, what right have we to question that they mean exactly what they say?’

 

Why are the Jews hated so much? It is impossible to understand this matter without an understanding of the Spiritual dimension – the role of God’s ancient Covenant people in God’s plan of salvation. That is the politicians’ problem.

 

Israel and the Word

In the 18th and 19th Centuries, the Church in Britain, commonly accepted the Word concerning the return of the Jews to the Land but by the 20th C, this literal interpretation of prophecy had been widely rejected. The establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 was seen by many within the Church as well as those outside it as no more than a political accident.

 

The medieval doctrine of ‘Replacement Theology’claims that the Church is the new Israel and that God has finished with the Jews. Replacement Theology is not a doctrine but a heresy. Certainly some passages of Scripture do seem to speak of the Church as the new Israel – but God has not finished with the Jews. (Jer ch 31 v 35ff and Rom ch 11 v 1) Many people seem happy to believe any thing, which casts the Jewish people in a bad light.

 

In the first century A D the lands now called Israel and Jordan were provinces of Syria and the entire area was under Roman rule. The Jews were difficult to rule – stroppy about paying taxes and – in obedience to the second Commandment – refusing to bow to god-like statues of the Emperor. Responding to a Jewish uprising, in 70 A D, the Romans sacked Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple and burned the city. By the time that and a later Jewish uprising had been dealt with, most of the Jewish inhabitants of the Land had been killed, sold into slavery or forced into exile.

 

The exiled Jews wandered – a few to the south as far as Ethiopia, many East into the Arab lands, most North-West into Europe and North–East into what became Eastern Europe and Russia. When the New World was discovered, they emigrated in hundreds of thousands to Australia to South Africa and above all to North America. For 2,000 years they and their descendents remained in exile. This was known as the Diaspora. As a result there were Jews in every country in Europe in 1939.

 

In Palestine, there remained a remnant of Jews and a small population of nomadic Arab tribesmen. The land became a desert – neglected and largely depopulated.

 

The idea commonly put about that Palestine was, in centuries past, populated by thriving Arab communities has no basis in reality.

 

Many 19th century travellers wrote of their visits:

Mark Twain was appalled to see the state of the Holy Land and wrote of, ‘–a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land.”

Walpole wrote, “On my road I saw six ruined towns and only six living persons.”

Rev. Robert Murray McShane saw Jerusalem with rubbish piled as high as the city walls and over run with rats.

 

But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations, which they had not known. Thus the land became desolate after them. Zech. ch 7 v 14.

 

The Jews of the Diaspora encountered Anti-Semitism wherever they settled but nowhere was this unique form of racism more vicious than in Europe:

11th, 12th,13th Century. The objective of the Crusades was the liberation of the Holy Land from Muslim invaders but, caught up in a religious frenzy, Crusaders murdered thousands of Jews on the road to Jerusalem.

 

In 12th Century England, Jews were held responsible for the Black Death. Hundreds were massacred – the worst outrages being in Norwich and York – before all Jews were expelled from England. When Shakespeare was writing in the 16th C. the only image Englishmen had of the Jew was Shylock. They began to return only under Cromwell in the 17th C.

 

15th Century. Spanish Inquisition: Jews were forced to convert to Catholicism and celebrate the Mass or face being burned alive.

 

There was some respite in the West during the 18th Century Enlightenment but in Eastern Europe anti-Semitism continued. Russian Jews were herded into ghettos known as the Pale of Settlement and were subject to frequent attacks and humiliation. Jewish communities could be – and often were – forced from their homes with little notice and for no good reason.

 

And then there was Germany –

In the Mediaeval German States Jews had few rights. They had to pay a Jew Tax to enter any town and they were denied access to education other than in their own schools.

 

During the Holocaust Jews were driven from their homes and transported to the camps where they endured starvation, brutality, cold, disease and medical experiments on living human beings. They were ruthlessly killed in by being shot and in gas chambers, ovens and mass graves. By 1945, at least 6,000,000 probably nearer 8,000,000 were dead. This was all carried out with the knowledge of the leaders of the World powers.

 

Corrie ten Boom’s father wept as he watched Jews being transported from his native Holland and quoted Zechariah: Zechariah ch 2 v 8 He who touches you (Zion) touches the apple of God’s eye.

 

Modern Britain is not excluded from the role call of anti-Semitic nations. Britain’s treatment of the Jews from the time she was granted the Mandate over Palestine at the end of WW1 was shameful. In 1921, immediately after taking control, Winston Churchill, the Colonial Secretary, ordered the partition of Palestine – two thirds became an Arab State, then called Transjordan – now Jordan – and one third continued under British rule. Many have claimed that with the exception of Sir Herbert Samuel, every British Governor of Palestine was anti-Semitic.

 

In the 1930s as the tide of Nazism rose and even more strictly after the 1939 ‘White Paper’, Britain imposed immigration quotas on Jews though not on Arabs. Desperate Jews who had managed to reach the shores of Palestine were sent back to Europe and almost certain death. It is estimated that as a consequence of their having been refused entry to Palestine by the British immediately before and during the War, hundreds of thousands of Jews perished in the Holocaust.

This was the policy that led to Jewish terrorist attacks on the British Administration in Palestine after the War. Out of the Holocaust, the modern state of Israel was born.

 

The Zionist Organization had been founded in 1897. From the late 19th century, Jews, mainly from Eastern Europe, had begun to make their way to Palestine, buying land from the Arabs and struggling to develop it.

 

From 1945 there is documented evidence that some of the Allied soldiers who liberated the death camps, fit young men who had survived the War, were driven mad by the sights they saw. Certainly the reports they made and the pictures they took shocked the world.

 

Britain, meanwhile, was tired of administering an increasingly dangerous Palestine and in 1947 Earnest Bevin handed the problem to the UN. On 29th November, the General Assembly endorsed a second partition of Palestine – a Jewish state and a second Arab state. Britain abstained in the vote.

 

In the morning of 14th May 1948, the British left.

In the afternoon, the Sovereign State of Israel was proclaimed by David Ben Gurion.

One newspaper headline read, “State of Israel Born 14th May 1948.”

 

2700 years before, the prophet had written: Isaiah ch 66 v 8.

Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things?

Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment?

Yet no sooner is Zion in labour than she gives birth to her children.

 

The Jewish people accepted the partition. The Arab nations refused to accept it and the following declared war on Israel and attacked the Jewish people.

 

In the last 60 years, despite Israel’s being continuously under threat of war and – since 1967 – of terrorist attack, Jewish immigration has continued. The return from Babylon was from the East. In modern times, Jews have returned from every corner of the Earth.

 

The Scriptures that speak of this second return are too numerous to mention.

Isaiah ch 43 v 6. “I will bring your children from the east and gather them from the west. I will say to the north, “Give them up” and to the south, “Do not hold them back.” Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the Earth.”

 

Ezek.ch 36 v 24. “For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all the countries and bring you into your own land.”

 

Let a people, long hated, know that they, the natural olive tree have the loving support of the Gentile branches, which have been grafted in.

 

“And it shall come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you and you shall be a blessing.” Zech ch 8 v 13.

 

“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and of supplication; then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son.” Zech ch 12 v 10.

 

If the Muslim leaders declared Israel as being no longer a nation, would a believer’s faith in God be shaken?

Jerusalem

JERUSALEM. Zechariah ch 2.

Jerusalem is the spiritual epi-centre of the World. Jerusalem is mentioned 680 times in the Bible. God is involved with this city. The role of Jerusalem teaches something about the character of God and His wider purposes for the World. Jerusalem not only had a significant past. It is currently in the forefront of World news, as the struggle intensifies for control of the city. Its future will herald perhaps the greatest battle in modern times – the battle of Armageddon.

John ch 3 v 16. God so loved the World. This is not limited to the people in the World but the whole of creation. It is hardly surprising that humans have a love of the mountains. They are made in the image of God who also has a love of the mountains and all the natural creation. God has a deep concern for the city of Jerusalem. He chose it for a purpose, which is intimately linked to His plan of salvation for human beings who are the pinnacle of His creation.

It is an ancient city – 5000 years old – 20 times conquered and 14 times destroyed. Melchizedek, who met Abraham in B .C. 1800, was the King of Salem – Shalom – peace or righteousness. Gen ch 14 v 18. Abraham recognised someone greater than himself and gave him a tenth of everything. A secret relationship was birthed at that moment between God and Jerusalem. It appears as Jebus in Judges ch 19 v 10. It was inhabited by foreigners, who were not the people of God. It was chosen by God to be symbolic of a spiritual reality. It is pictured to foreshadow the Heavenly Jerusalem, where man will dwell in eternity with God forever. It is the physical picture of the spiritual truth. It has remained the spiritual centre of the World. It was 3,000 years ago that David captured the city from the Jebusites and made it his capital city. 2 Sam ch 5 v 6-11. After David captured the city he placed the Ark of the Covenant there. The ark symbolised the presence of God in Jerusalem. David reigned over Israel from there for 33 years. The Lord said in 2 Kings ch 21 v 4: “In Jerusalem shall I put my name.” Solomon built the temple there. It was the centre of worship to God. The temple was huge and towered over the city. People went up to worship because Jerusalem sits on top of the mountains and the temple sits on top of Jerusalem. It was symbolic of the supremacy of God. After the Jewish people were exiled to Babylon for their sins it was the Lord who decided to rebuild Jerusalem. 2 Chron ch 36 v 22-23. It was the Lord who stirred up the spirit of Cyrus to help rebuild the temple and the city of Jerusalem. There has always been a Jewish presence in the city. Since 1900 the Jewish community spread far outside the walls of the city and created a modern urban community. Zech ch 2 v 3.

Many nations have risen and are no more. All their glory has gone – Babylon, Thebes and Nineveh. Jerusalem is the city where God chose to honour His name. It was by the Spirit of God that Nehemiah wept and mourned over Jerusalem. Nehemiah felt ashamed that the walls were broken down. He asked the king for permission to rebuild the walls. He faced an enormous struggle in the face of determined efforts of the neighbours to prevent the walls being rebuilt. What was their great concern? Why were they so bothered that the walls of a small city should be rebuilt? What was upsetting the forces of darkness, that they should go to such lengths to stop the work? It is because the rebuilding was important to God.

Jesus was presented as a baby in Jerusalem. Luke ch 2 v 22. He had His Bar Mitvah in Jerusalem at the age of 12. Luke ch 2 v 41. In Jesus’ day it was the great capital city where all the important decisions were made. Jesus went up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. He stood up on the last day of the feast and claimed that He was the fulfilment of the feast. It was the clearest statement of His divinity that He is God the Son and the Son of God. The Feast was designed to show that God lives amongst His people. Jesus came to fulfil the Passover and did this in Jerusalem. The trial of Jesus took place in Jerusalem and it was just outside the city walls where He was crucified. Jesus rose from the dead in Jerusalem. In Mat ch 23 v 37-39 Jesus wept over the city – not just for the people but for the city itself. God has promised to protect it. Isaiah ch 31 v 5. “He will spare and protect it.” Psalm 122 v 6-9 is a command to pray for the peace (salvation) of Jerusalem. The word for peace is shalom, which means wholeness or salvation – not just a cessation of physical hostilities. The last sight of Jesus’ physical eyes as He gave up His spirit was of the city, which lay below Him. It is hardly surprising that Jerusalem has a special place in the heart of Jesus. Jesus had often read Psalm 137 v 5. “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither and let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.” Jesus will return to Jerusalem. The angel said so in Acts ch 1 v 11. The Eastern Gate has been closed ever since. Ezekiel says that the King will enter by the Eastern Gate. Jesus was born King of the Jews and died King of the Jews and rose as King of the Jews and is coming back as King of the Jews to His capital city – Jerusalem. The Church started in Jerusalem. Acts ch 1 v 8. “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and in Samaria to the ends of the Earth.” Peter preached at the southern end of the Temple Mount and 3,000 were converted. Jerusalem has a pivotal role to play. Rev ch 21 v 2.

Jesus prophesied that Jerusalem would be downtrodden by the Gentiles or non-Jews until the days of the Gentiles are fulfilled. Mat ch 23 v 37. The history of domination of Jerusalem by the Romans, the Muslims and the Turks from A. D. 70, when it was destroyed by the Romans, until 1967, is horrific. Jerusalem has been an attraction to many peoples down through the centuries for religious reasons. The Crusaders fought over her. But Rome was the first city of Christendom. The Muslims came and built their mosques on the site of the temple, which Solomon had built for the Lord at His instigation. But Mecca was always their first city. Jerusalem is never mentioned once in the Koran. Other rulers have not made Jerusalem the capital of the country ruled by them. The transformation of the city since 1967 has been amazing.

In 1917 General Allenby walked into Jerusalem freeing it from Turkish rule of the Ottoman Empire. In 1967 it came under Jewish rule for the first time since A. D. 70. That was exactly 50 years later – the law of Jubilee when property returns to its natural owner. The principle of Jubilee was taught to the Jews so that they accepted that everything belonged to God. This principle protected against the gap between rich and poor widening. It applies to believers also. The house of a believer is owned by God and leased to the believer. God is entitled to take it back like any gift and give it to another, if it is not being used properly and appreciated. The same rule applies to the body. It is on loan to house the spirit. Believers rely entirely on God for a new body one day – an immortal body to house the spirit forever. Jerusalem is a symbol of that principle.

Since 1967 Jerusalem has been transformed. In the land there have been millions of trees planted and the rainfall has increased 450% since the Turks occupied it. This is in marked contrast to places like Ethiopia, where trees were cut down and drought has been the result. Man was told by God to be a steward of the Earth. It is dangerous to spiritualise everything. Man has a responsibility to the natural World. There are parks in Jerusalem. Gradually it is being prepared for the return of the King.

Jerusalem differs from other capital cities. It is not on a major river or on the sea. It does not have a harbour. There is no mineral wealth. It is not on a major trade route. There is no major industry nor are there any natural resources nearby. It does not even have a natural water supply. There is hardly a flat piece of ground in the whole city. Everything is built on a slope. God chose the weak and foolish to confound the wise. God chose Jerusalem to challenge the people of the World. Mankind chooses a symbol of strength, like a lion or bear. God chose a lamb – one of the most vulnerable animals. Jerusalem is a household word. The Scriptures are full of references to the city. 2 Kings ch 21 v 4. “In Jerusalem shall I put my name.” Jerusalem is the capital city of a small nation at the crossroads of three continents. Ezekiel ch 5 v 5. “I have set Jerusalem at the centre of the World with countries all round her.” The salvation of the city is the real heart of World history. It is at the centre of the World. Ezek ch 5 v 5.

The wickedness of Manasseh brought terrible destruction on Jerusalem. God brought the Chaldeans to destroy the city. 2 Chr ch 36 v 19. The city was broken and burned down. Cyrus the King of Persia was charged by God to build a house for God in Jerusalem. The city is closely linked to the people. The blessings and curses of God in relation to His people are worked out in the city of Jerusalem. When the people returned, Jerusalem was the focus of their concern for the restoration of the land. David’s prayer in Psalm 51 v 18 was to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. The restoration of the city was symbolic of the restoration of the people to God. That thought is confirmed by Psalm 137 v 5-6. Jesus makes it clear in Mat ch 23 v 37 that His coming is linked with the restoration of the city and the restoration of the people within the city. Man tends to spiritualise everything. The physical city of Jerusalem is loved by God

Despite the Jewish people being scattered the city of Jerusalem was central to their thoughts. They were never fully assimilated into any other country. No capital city rivalled Jerusalem in their prayers. They never belonged to Berlin or New York. “Next year in Jerusalem” was always the end of the prayers. The spirit of God has been at work reminding the people of their love affair with Jerusalem. The destruction was due to sin. The return was due to repentance. Restoration was symbolic of their being restored to God.

The use of the word trampled implies that it was unnatural for the city to be governed by those who were not Jewish. From David’s time the responsibility for this unique city had been committed by God to the Jewish people. Only because of disobedience was it governed by others, but it was still unnatural. In June 1967 governmental control was returned into Jewish hands. Under the rule of the Turk, Palestine was reduced to a howling wilderness. Trees were cut down and rainfall decreased. Jesus entered Jerusalem through the Eastern Gate. Ezekiel ch 34 v 24 prophesied this. To this day the Eastern Gate has been closed and blocked with great stones and it remains closed. There is a Muslim cemetery outside of the Gate to prevent the Holy One returning through that gate.

Jerusalem is near the top of God’s agenda. Jesus promised that the city would see Him again but only when the sing Baruchaba – blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Jerusalem is in the centre of World attention because it has to do with the return of the Messiah. It is marvellous in the eyes of God.

The struggle for control of Jerusalem is to do with the desire of the powers of darkness to frustrate the purposes of God in relation to the city. There is not a single Middle East leader who would negotiate for the future of Jerusalem. Anwar Sadat tried it and was assassinated for his efforts. Jerusalem is at the centre of jihad – a holy war. God said that He would make Jerusalem a cup of reeling to all who try to control her. Zech 12 v 1-5. Ch 12 v 10 and ch 13 v 1.

The Jewish Parliament – the Knesset – declared that Jerusalem is the indivisible and eternal capital of Israel. It is not open for negotiation. All kinds of people want to take it away from the Jewish people. The Roman Catholic Church seeks to internationalise it. The One World Church may seek to have its centre there to deflect the purposes of God. It seems that it is not just God who has a special interest in the city. The same forces of darkness, which attempted to stop the building of the walls in Jeremiah’s time are appearing again in different guises.

Zech ch 14 v 1-5. There is still a battle to be fought over Jerusalem. The enemy will have one final onslaught against the city and the purposes of God. Ezekiel chs 38-39 describe this as the battle of Armageddon. The battle between the forces of darkness and light will come to its climax before Jesus returns. Jesus will fight against them as they attack Jerusalem. God has revealed Himself in Jerusalem. It has a special place in His thoughts and purposes. He has taught principles of truth through Jerusalem. He has challenged mankind to allegiance to Him in Jerusalem. He had given the city as a capital to His Son.

Israel today

ISRAEL TODAY.

As we read early part of the Bible – called the Old Testament we come across a land and a people called “Israel.” The land is situated in the Middle East. What does that land and that people have to do with the nation of Israel today and the Jewish people who live there?

Certain questions just will not go away.
1. Why is the Land of Israel never out of the news?
2. Why did Hitler kill 6 million Jews during World War 2?
3. Why, despite the best efforts of the leading politicians, is there no peace between the Jewish people and the Arab peoples?

The Jewish people have in the past played a central role in World history and they still do today. Why?
A lot of believers attempt to understand the Bible without any real understanding of the people of Israel and God’s purpose for them. God has chosen to speak to mankind through the Jewish people set in a specific land and at specific times. It is essential to understand something of the Jewish culture in order to understand the message of the Bible. The word “Israel” is on almost every page of the Bible. We shall look at the land of Israel, the people of Israel, the Covenant between God and the people of Israel and anti-semitism – in order to find answers to these questions.

Romans ch 11 v 11-12. This is God speaking. Satan operates in deception. He is the deceiver. God operates in truth. Believers are called to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth and therefore it is important to find the truth concerning the Jewish people and their role within the purposes of God. “Has God finished with the Jewish people?” That is an important question for a number of reasons.

The New Testament and the Letters of Paul to Timothy and the letters of Peter in particular were written to counter certain heresies or untruths circulating in the Churches, which were confusing the believers. False teaching is Satan’s principal line of attack on believers. Paul refers to them in 1 Tim ch 4 v 1 as doctrines of demons.

In the early Church there were no denominations. It was the Church at Ephesus. Never the Baptist Church at Corinth or the Methodist Church at Antioch. The denominations became denominations by over emphasising one aspect of the truth and then spending their energies defending their doctrinal belief. Satan delights in schism – dividing the Church.

It is false teaching in many Churches today that God is finished with Israel and the Jewish people and that the Church is the new Israel. The Jewish experience was just a phase of history but that God has moved on and all the promises of God are now to be received by the Gentile Church. In the Roman Catholic Church the final authority is vested in the Pope and only the priests are able to communicate on behalf of God to the people. In the Protestant Church generally it is only the minister who is able to speak to God on behalf of the people and to the people on behalf of God. The professional leaders hold onto their position at the expense of the growth of individual members. Martin Luther was very hostile to the Jewish people. It is easy for us today to understand the Scriptures but when many people were illiterate it was only the Minister who understood the Scriptures. The Catholic Church for centuries prevented the people having access to the Bible.

The Church today has discarded its Jewish roots and has an understanding that the Gentiles have replaced the Jews as the people of God. This is called “replacement theology.” It is always easy to look back and see that God has a purpose for the Jewish people and has fulfilled His prophecy. But until it happens it is not obvious and takes faith to believe it. God promised to bring the Jewish people back a second time into the land He had promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Many Churches teach and preach exclusively from the New Testament and virtually ignore the Old Testament. But the Bible is one book with 66 individual books – each complete in itself – yet each one forms part of a single message. In some countries middle class adults want a good moral teaching for their children – to keep them morally good. The Bible is therefore reduced to a moral book, alongside other moral books. But there is no power. 2 Tim ch 3 v 5.

How did this come about? In A. D. 70 the Romans sacked Jerusalem killing over one million Jews and scattered them throughout the World. There were so many crucifixions carried out by the Romans that the hills were stripped bare of trees for miles around Jerusalem. The Romans ensured that no Jewish person should live in Jerusalem. The Romans changed the name of Jerusalem to Aeatola Capitalina as an insult to the Jewish people. The Jewish people had refused to accept Roman rule and the Romans wanted to crush the Jewish people. For 1,900 years there was no Jewish nation. The Jewish people who survived had no common language, no government, no king and no currency. It seemed that they had simply ceased to exist as a people. During the 1900 years there was not the slightest indication that the Jewish people could ever be a nation again. Only those who knew their Bible and believed it had an expectation that one day in the future God would fulfil His promises

Jesus had prophesied the event. Mat ch 23 v 37-39. Jerusalem, Jerusalem. Not one stone will be left standing on another. Behold your house is desolate “until.” Like all prophets Jesus spoke a word of judgement for the sins of the Jewish people, who had refused to recognise Him as the promised Messiah. However, like the prophets before Him Jesus also held out a word of hope for the future. “Until.”

One of the consequences of this teaching that God is finished with the Jewish people is that not only is the history of the Jewish people today irrelevant but the past history from the Exodus to Malachi – 800 years is also of little interest. Replacement theology has opened the door for Islam. Islam teaches that God has finished with the Jewish people because they rejected their Messiah and also with the Christians, who have distorted the teachings of Jesus. When a non-believer considers all the different denominations, who disagree about so many teachings in the Bible it is no surprise that he will conclude that God is not honoured as a result. In the cupola of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem’s Temple Mount is inscribed the statement many times over ” God has no Son.” This is the worship of a false god of the imagination.

Since 1948 the state of Israel has been back in occupation and ownership of the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – or at least part of it. This event took place on 14th May 1948 following a resolution of the United Nations. After 1,900 years without a king, currency, land or government the people of Israel were declared by the U. N. to be a state amongst the states of the World. Isaiah ch 66 v 8. “Can a nation be born in a day?” ”Can a country be formed in one day?” The nation of Israel was formed in a day in fulfilment of Isaiah’s prophecy nearly 2,600 years before. What does that mean for you and me?

A brief history of Israel. Go back to the beginning and follow the story from the beginning to understand the purpose of God in the whole story. Look at the Covenant with the Jewish people, the significance of the land promised to the people, the people themselves and the opposition of the World to the people chosen by God.

Noah was the only righteous man in his day. A righteous man does what is right in the sight of God. Noah believed God and built a boat – in the desert. The neighbours mocked him. Noah preached for 120 years and no one believed him. Only his 3 sons, their wives and Noah’s wife were saved. Noah saw the wickedness and understood that God would judge the World. Luke ch 17 Jesus said that at the time when He came again to Earth it would be like it was in the days of Noah. People would be indifferent to the things of God. It would be business as usual right up to the day of His coming. Jesus is coming again to bring the people of the World into judgement.

Every person in the World is descended from the 3 sons of Noah. Gen ch 9 v 19.

Nimrod claimed to be the false Messiah – in Gen ch 3 v 15. Tammuz – his son – it was claimed was the one born of woman. Nimrod instigated the false religion in Babylon. The Babylonian Mystery Religion. Satan had done a brilliant job of deceiving the people of the World. They worshipped strength and saw in Nimrod a strong man. The people of Babylon were involved in the occult. Before God intervened, the World was in a dreadful state. God called Abraham to come out of Babylon. God could have finished the World once and for all. Despite the warning of the Flood the people had turned from worship of the true God to worshipping all kinds of false gods. Like Noah, Abraham believed God and left the civilised empire of Babylon and became a shepherd. Because Abraham exercised faith in God he was declared righteous. He had done the right thing – even though he had little idea of what lay ahead. He trusted God and that God knew and had the best for his life.

God promised that He would make a great nation form the descendants of Abraham. What prompted God to make a Covenant with the Children of Israel? Gen. ch 6 v 5-7. God had promised Abraham. Gen ch 12 v 7. Gen ch 13 v 14-17. Gen. ch 48 v 4. Ex. ch 6 v 2-8. Ex. ch 19 v 4-6. The purpose of the Covenant. Israel was chosen for a purpose. It was hard for them to fulfil their task. It was not favouritism. The promise was repeated to Isaac and Jacob. The men God had chosen were not perfect by any means. Abraham lied about his wife and claimed that she was his sister and not his wife in order to save his own life. Abraham had sexual relations with his concubine in order to have a son.

THE COVENANT God made with the Children of Israel.
1. The form of the Covenant was based on the Hittite covenant. Only God can cancel it. Israel can break it. It was sealed in blood. Ex. ch 24 v 6-8.
2. The new Covenant does not render the Old Covenant redundant. Jeremiah ch 31 v 33 is a New Covenant with the House of Israel. God does not go back on His word.
3. Deut. ch 4 v 31. Why was there a need for a new Covenant? Ezek. ch 34 v 1-5 & 11-15.
4. God always meant Israel to be a theocracy – a people ruled by God. 1 Sam. ch 8 v 7. She was, but for only a short time. The people wanted to have a king just like all the other peoples in the World. Every believer at one time or another is tired of being holy and wants to be just like the other people around them. Israel and the Earthly kingdom mirror the Heavenly kingdom. Israel is designed to show the rule of God among men. The Kingdom of God is the rule of God in the hearts of men.
5. The Covenant. There is something in it for both parties. God took the initiative in making the covenant with the people. There was nothing they could have done by themselves. The purpose of God was that He would be glorified in the eyes of the World.
6. Does new Covenant made in Jesus cancel the old one? The other Covenants e.g. with Noah (rainbow) – David (a king on the throne) – are still in force. Gen. ch 9 v 8-17.
7. In the Old Testament there was only a remnant who were faithful.
8. There is a parallel in the Covenant with Jesus. ” I shall never leave you or forsake you.” If God were to abandon Israel, where would that leave the promise of Jesus to each believer?
9. There is a spiritual battle in the Middle East. The battle is centred on the truth of the Koran and the truth of the Bible.
10. Zech ch 12 v 2-3. All the nations try to move her. It will happen because God has said that it will. It is His covenant and His name, which is at stake.
11. The Holocaust was unnecessary unless God still had a plan for Israel. Pagans were removed to make room for Israel the first time. The hostility of Islam towards Israel is proof of the role of Israel, which has still to be fulfilled.
12. “Come back to me and I shall come back to you.” Zech ch 1 v 3. “I have a deep love for Jerusalem.” Zech ch 1 v 14. He loves Jerusalem more than any other. Zech ch 2 v 12. God has longed to help Jerusalem. Zech ch 8 v 2. When the Jewish people come back to Jerusalem it will be as if God had never deserted them. Zech ch 10 v 6. He will deal with the remnant differently. Zech ch 8 v 11.
13. When the Jewish people are back in the Land they will look up to Him (not on Him) whom they have pierced. God will pour out on the House of David and on Jerusalem His Holy Spirit. Zech ch 12 v 10. When will this take place?
14. The death and resurrection of Israel speaks of Jesus’ death and resurrection. ” Re-gathered Israel will be a banner for God.” Isaiah ch 11 v 10.
15. The Bible is very clear that God would restore them to the land of Canaan, not because they deserved it but for the honour of God’s name – the name of Jesus. Isaiah ch 49 v 8 and v 14-19. Jeremiah ch 31 v 31-37. Zechariah ch 14 v 1-5.
The covenant reveals that God cannot lie or break His word. He is utterly reliable and trustworthy. He is totally able to accomplish what He has said He will do. He is not limited in any way. His love is unconditional.

Back to the history of Israel.

Isaac favoured one son against another. He favoured Esau rather than Jacob stirring up jealousy and deceit. In Ishmael and Esau – the Edomites – we have the beginning of the Arab people. The trouble of the Middle East can be traced back to these days. Jacob repeated the sin of his father and favoured Joseph making him a special coat. Jealousy on the part of his brothers led them to want to kill Joseph. Instead they sold him into slavery in Egypt. Jealousy is a powerful emotion, which has serious consequences, including murder. The sons of Jacob became the Children of Israel. Jacob’s name was changed by God from Jacob to Israel – meaning he had struggled with God and survived. When the Children of Israel went into Egypt to survive the famine in Canaan they numbered 70. When they left 430 years later they numbered two and a half million. They left Egypt in an astonishing act of deliverance by God when He judged Pharaoh and the Egyptian people. The Egyptians had forgotten that it was God through Joseph who had saved them from famine. As they prospered they worshipped many gods and despised the Hebrew people, making slaves of them. Pharaoh was concerned that the Hebrews were growing in numbers faster than the Egyptians. In their prosperity the Egyptians were having perhaps 2 children per family while the Hebrews were having many children. Over a period of time the Hebrews would soon outnumber the Egyptians. So Pharaoh made slaves of them.

God sent Moses to lead the people out of Egypt towards the land promised to Abraham. It is a walk of 11 days but it took the people 40 years to reach the boundary of the land of Canaan. The Jewish people were not grateful but complained that they were better off in Egypt than in the desert. All but a few died in the desert and it was their children who inherited the land.

THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
Who are the Jewish people and what is so special about them?
1. There are many passages of Scripture, which speak to the people of Israel as a people. Many different nations have disappeared as nations but yet Israel is still a nation. The Jewish people are the only people in Scripture whom God promises to preserve. Deut ch 32 v 8-10. Their preservation is a miracle and defies the rules of anthropologists. Without a language, a king, a currency or a land they are still a people. Their survival is evidence of the hand of God upon them.
2. The contribution of the Jewish people to the culture and development of mankind is out of all proportion to their numbers. Gen ch 22 v 18. The Jewish people comprise a tiny proportion of the population of the World but have made a contribution to the well-being of the World way out of proportion to their numbers. Many developments and innovations in the fields of science, medicine and agriculture continue to come from Israel, which has become a leader in technology and research. God promised that He would build a great nation. He has done that.
3. Pagans were removed from the land to make room for the Jewish people the first time they entered the land. Israel was chosen by God not because they were better than other people or because they were favourites but they were chosen for a purpose. This was to reveal the glory of God to a World, which worshipped false gods of every kind. God had a purpose in choosing them. The Canaanites had broken every condition of their occupation of the land.
4. The Church is not paralleled with Israel but is within it. The early Church was started by 12 Jewish men and was within Israel. For the first 15 years the Church was entirely Jewish. A huge debt is owed to the Jewish people who have brought to the World the Word of God and the Messiah. 39 out of 40 of the writers of the Bible were Jewish. The Gentiles were grafted into the true Church. Romans chs 9-11. There is an election within the elected nation. Elijah and the 7000. The wider election of Israel are those who do not believe in a living God but who are still called as God’s instrument of glory. God has not rejected them because of their unbelief. The people of Israel today even in their unbelief are still a covenant people.
5. The people of Israel speak of the common grace of God in 7 ways:
(a) Their preservation proves God’s hand at work,
(b) They reveal a personal God who intervenes in history.
(c) Their presence reminds mankind of its origin. The Jews are the origin of the Church.
(d) Man’s destiny is in the hands of God.
(e) Pharaoh reminds man that God is a God of judgement and mercy.
(f) God overrules sin in the World for His glory.
(g) Israel reminds the World that God is bringing the history of this World to a conclusion. God speaks through the Jewish people today.
6. The Jews have a sense of destiny as a people although they do not really understand their history. God has drawn close to them. God cannot forget His own people. Even so He has promised to bring about their return, not because they deserve it, but for the glory of His own name.
7. Other people are jealous of their role as servants of God and their success as a people. The Land is blooming in the desert. They are a diligent people and diligence leads to prosperity. Their use of the land shows up the use of the land by the previous occupants who were the Arabs. Instead of thanking them, the Arabs have sought to bring them down and show their hatred of the Jewish people. There is plenty of room in the land for all.
8. The Arabs are semitic also. Anti-semitism is equal to anti- Jewish. Islam says that the Jews have twisted the Word of God and that the Bible is untrue. The Arabs identify with the promises to Ishmael. Jealousy is at the root of Islam since the Jews were chosen. The Arabs were to be next-door neighbours.
9. The rebirth of one Jew, Paul, proved to be a greater event in history than Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great or any great World leader.
10. Zephaniah ch 3 v 9 speaks of a pure language being spoken in Israel – Hebrew.
11. The Persians were the only people kind to Israel. Persia is the only land identifiable in the Middle East today. Like all other peoples on Earth the Jewish people long to be loved.
12. Israel and the Jews are God’s timepiece down through history. Prophecy is history written in advance.
13. Since 1948 the State of Israel has been sustained against insuperable odds. Six million Arabs with far superior weapons were ranged against Israel. Their very name means “struggle”. They have struggled to hold on to God as His first-born son. The Jewish people are the emblem of eternity. The Jews are isolated today because they stand in a different relationship to God. There will be a New Covenant with the Jewish People. Jer ch 31 v 31.
14. The pattern is established in Nehemiah that God drew the people back to the Land first and then to Himself. It seems to be the same again today. Ezekiel ch 36.
15. Zechariah says that the nations will raise a signal to Israel. The State was founded by a resolution of the United Nations.
16. The Scriptures mention that the Gentiles as a people will lead the Jewish people back to the Land. From the Balfour Declaration in 1917 onwards there was a trickle back to the Land. The Declaration was a way of recognising the work of a Jewish scientist during the First World War when he had by his invention helped Britain win the War. The British foreign Secretary Lord Balfour declared a commitment to providing a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine, which was under the British Mandate at the time.
17. In Israel today, apart from the orthodox Jews, there is a warmth and openness to the New Testament, which is no longer banned in Universities. It is as if God is preparing the ground for a revelation to them. There are groups of Messianic Believers. Jews do not like the names “Christian” and “Church” because of past associations. In the name of Jesus terrible persecution took place at the hands of religious people calling themselves “Christians.” They were not true believers – just religious people.
18. The scattering was described as if written in a history book. Deut ch 28 v 25 and 63. In every country of their dispersion they have been persecuted, massacred, robbed and then banished. They became wanderers. The name has stuck – “the wandering Jew.” Russia has been the cruellest to the Jews. The Austrian Empire was split apart and Germany has been divided at the end of World War II.
19. God is totally committed to the people. God’s reputation is bound up with the Jewish people. It is a risk He took in choosing them. He said He would bring them back a second time to protect His own name. Zech ch 1 v 14. “I have a deep love for Jerusalem.” Isaiah ch 11. Re-gathered Israel will be a banner to the nations for God. The Jews without Jesus sometimes remind the World of God better than the believers with Jesus. God said that He would bring about their return to protect His name and His word. Ezek. ch 36 v 21. Deut ch 32 v 26-27. God can never forget His own dear People. He has committed Himself to them in a way He has not done with any other people. The overriding reason for the re-gathering is the honour of God’s name and to show to the Nations of the World that He is God. Jer ch 31 v 20. “I delight in my son even though I speak against him. Ephraim is my first-born son and I love him.” Hosea ch 11 v 8-9.
20. God has made a great nation of the descendants of Ishmael also, as He promised. In Abraham’s day the one true God had been forgotten. Abraham was singled out for special service. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. Life for Arabs is far better in Israel than in Arab countries.
21. The people will be gathered a second time. Isaiah ch 1 v11. The people in Israel today have been gathered from 140 countries throughout the World.
22. The “Servant Psalms” in Isaiah ch 42 onwards. Who is the servant of the Lord? Sometimes it is the nation of Israel. Sometimes it is Jesus. Sometimes it is hard to tell which is meant.
23. God calls the nation His first born son. As a Father He has had to discipline His son. Jesus will return to Jerusalem the special city built as a temple to God. The Jews are the emblem of eternity. The people have already been a great blessing to the World, without their Messiah. What blessing will they be with Him? It is not true to blame the Jews for the crucifixion. The Jewish religious leaders wanted Jesus put to death. The Jews were no more guilty of killing Jesus than any others. It was the Romans who carried out the execution sentence of death. However, it was Jesus who laid His life down of His own free will as an offering for the sins of the whole World
24. The person who has done more for the World is a Jew. Born the King of the Jews – Herod. Died the King of the Jews – Pilate. Still the King of the Jews. The Church was founded by Jews. For the first 15 years the Church was entirely Jewish. They were regarded by the Romans as a sect within Judaism. As Gentiles were converted and brought into the Church the nature of the Church changed gradually until in time there were virtually no Jews and the Church severed its Jewish roots. The Bible is a Jewish book. Luke was the only Gentile contributor. Paul understood that the Gentiles were like a wild olive tree and had been grafted into the natural olive tree. The root of the tree is Jewish. Salvation is of the Jews. The nation of Israel was the channel of God’s blessing to the World. Jesus came to His own people. If God had deserted the Jewish people, how can believers rely on the words of Jesus, when He promised not to cast out those who come to Him? Will God not seek His own people? The way is open for the Jewish people as for all people. While the majority of Jews rejected their Messiah not all did so. There has always been a remnant. They misread the Scriptures but are still aware of the Messiah to come. Even atheists cannot understand the story of the Jews, preserved over 1900 years.

The Hebrews were sinful and wanted a King just like other people. Israel means struggle. – God strives. Page after page the struggle is acted out on the stage of history. One day they worship God. The next they are drawn away to worship false gods. There were times when God had to punish them for their own good. Eventually they were taken away into captivity in Babylon for 70 years. Ezekiel ch 34 v 11. God said that he would come in person. Ezekiel ch 36 v 22. God said that he would bring them back for the good of His own name. No one will be able to say that God failed. Of 835 prophecies, most have already come true. Some have still to be fulfilled.

When the fig tree was cursed by Jesus the nation of Jewish people was
1. Denationalised. They had no political unity.
2. Dispossessed. Jerusalem was trodden down by the Gentiles
3. Disinherited.
4. Dispersed – led away captive into many nations.
5. Discredited. Instead of being a credit to God they were regarded as abandoned by God.
6. Deprived. They have been without a leader.
7. Disowned. God said: “They are not my people.”

The Jewish people are like a mirror in which man sees the way God deals with others. They have contributed to the culture of man more than any other people. If a man truly loves God, he must love the Jewish people. They show mankind at its best in worship and at its worst in sin.

DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 7.
v 7. Why did God seem to favour the Jewish people as against the people living in the land of Canaan? It is essential to understand the reason. In the wilderness God had taught the people “You shall not kill.” Then He told them to wipe out 21 million people – men, women and children. There are three questions crying out for an answer. God is a gracious God and always comes to man with a word of judgement and a word of mercy. God had revealed His power and mercy to the Children of Israel in Egypt. The whole World of that day knew all about it. Rahab the prostitute confirmed to the 2 spies sent out by Joshua that the people in her city had heard all about what God had done and she asked for protection. Joshua ch 2 v 10.
The disgusting practices of the Canaanites and other nations in the land. The seven nations occupying Canaan had no right to be there. They were squatters. Num ch 23 v 9.

God chose Israel for a purpose and not out of preference. Circumcision of the heart means a turning to God. However, because of His choice, God has special concern for and responsibilities towards Israel, who, although they failed in their mission to the World, have through a remnant of believing people, been faithful to God. Jesus chided the people that they neither knew the Scriptures, not the power of God and were not reading the Scriptures correctly. That applies to all peoples. Too many come to the Bible with their doctrinal beliefs established. Too many believers have more faith in their own ability and finances than they have in God’s Word. The Word of God prophesies the economic collapse of the Gentile nations. Several nations and a few empires butchered and oppressed or persecuted the Children of Israel.

God promised the Jewish people the right to live in the land forever but the same conditions, which applied to the Canaanites, would apply to the Jewish people. Breach of the conditions would result in the expulsion of the Jewish people from the land. It happened twice in their history – once expelled into Babylon. The second time expelled among the nations of the World. Twice God has brought them back into the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

THE PROMISED LAND.
What is the importance of the Promised Land?
1. Adam was set in a specific land, which was described in detail. God provided a specific land for His own people. The Bible speaks of people in a clearly identified land. Num. ch 34 v 1-5. The Bible is not a series of blessed thoughts. It is about a specific people in a specific land. Removal from the land was due to his sin. Gen ch 3 v 23. Restoration is an act of grace. The Jewish People are not back in the Land because they deserve to be. Deut ch 9 v 6.
2. The land was chosen by God who led Abraham to it. Gen. ch 12 v 1. Then it was covenanted to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – forever. Gen ch 17 v 7-8. Psalm 24 v 1. Deut ch 4 v 40. It is in a unique position at the centre of the Earth at the cross-roads of 3 Continents – Asia, Europe and Africa and equidistant from America and Australia – in a pivotal position for a mission to the World. True religion is not Asian, European or African. The land is the centre of migration of people and birds. Jesus chose to teach at Capernaum where the trade routes crossed so that He met with people of different tribes and nations. Israel occupies 0.5 per cent of the total land in the Middle East and has less than 3 per cent of the total population – two thirds of the Land is desert.
3. God fixes the boundaries of all the lands for every people. Acts ch 17 v 26. People need a land as a person needs a home. If you want a key man in a key position you have to provide a home. So God needed a home for His key people. A People needed a land in which to live.
4. The land of Canaan like the whole Earth belongs to the Lord. The Jews prove it. God removed them when they sinned and restored them at His pleasure for the honour of His name. God declares the land to be “My land.” Ex ch 38 v 16. Joel ch 3 v 2. That makes the land “holy land.” It was to this land that God sent His Son Jesus. He created it for His pleasure and this land has a special place in His heart since this is where Jesus lived as a human being on Earth. Moreover Jesus was declared at His birth and at His death as King of Israel – King of the Jews. There is no evidence that Jesus ever abdicated from His throne. He is still King of Israel and King of the Jews as well as King of kings and Lord of lords. Acts ch 1 v 6. Jesus was asked when He would restore the Kingdom to the Jewish people. There was no denial that He would do this, but He did not say when, since there were other greater priorities. The date is in the Father’s diary.
5. ” Flowing with milk and honey ” suggests that there will be grass and flowers. Ex ch 3 v 8. It is fertile and pleasant – with water. God blesses the Land, which is 200 miles long by 100 miles wide i.e. the size of Wales. There is a tremendous variety of land – mountains and valleys and rivers. There are minerals in the Dead Sea. Water comes from Mount Hermon in Lebanon. The land depends on rainfall for its fertility. God promised to provide the rain for the land, as long as the people obeyed His commandments.
5. God made a Covenant of grace. The land and the People go together. It is a picture for the World. The Land shapes the People. The people are not the same outside the Land and the Land is not the same with other people in it, e.g. Eskimos in the desert. They do not mix. Remove a farmer from his land and put an office worker on it and the land will suffer. The Arabs with all their money could not do for the land what the Jewish people have done without money. They have greatly restored the land since their return. Under the rule of the Turk, the land then known as Palestine was reduced to a howling wilderness. Trees were cut down and the rainfall decreased. Since re-afforestation by the Jewish people rainfall has increased 450%. The Land is prospering today under Israel better than at any time since A.D.70. There was no blessing for the Land in the absence of its rightful occupants.
6. The Land is loved by God as well as the People. God created man and the World to live in harmony. Spiritual man needs to be earthed to the land. The Land as well as the People were affected by Israel’s removal for sin. 8. The Jewish people were punished twice and driven out due to sin. Lev ch 26 v 33. Deut ch 28 v 64.
9. Zechariah speaks of bringing them back home from among the nations. ch 10 v 6. ch 10 v 9. Ezekiel ch 11 v 17. ” I will assemble you from the countries in which you have been scattered.” They will be brought back from among the nations. Deut ch 30 v 2-5. Jeremiah ch 30 v 3. Back to the Land of their forefathers. Ez ch 36 v 24. Back to the Land. Deut ch 32 v 8. 27. Jerusalem will be a heavy stone. Zech ch 12 v 3. Back from east and west. ch 8 v 7. God will guard the Land. ch 9 v 8 and there will be no more tyrants. God will destroy all nations who attack Jerusalem. All the nations will come against Jerusalem i.e. the United Nations Force. ch 14 v 2. Chapter 14 speaks of the attack on Jerusalem by the nations of the World.
12. The land of Israel is the only place the Jewish people feel safe. The State of Israel came into being on 14th May 1948. “Can a country be born in a day?” Isaiah ch 66 v 8.
Jerusalem came under Jewish rule again on 7th June 1967. Israel was offered Uganda but refused. Only the land of Israel was acceptable to the Jewish people. Psalm 137. “We cannot sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land.” When you are at home you can relax and be yourself in a way you cannot do away from home. Refugees need a home. It is difficult to develop and grow without one. Deut ch 4 v 40. Deut ch 21 v 63-68. Ezekiel ch 11 v 1-21.
13. The dispute between Israel and the P. L. O. could be settled by reference to Scripture – as could all disputes. It has been promised to Israel forever but they are to look after the Arabs as aliens, since they were once aliens in Egypt.
14. Believers have not been promised a particular land. Heaven is their home forever – citizens of Heaven. Phil ch 3 v 20. Israel for the Jewish People is a physical picture of a spiritual truth of the promise to believers.
15. Jesus came at a time when the Romans had built roads and there were trade routes to take the message of the Gospel to all parts of the Roman Empire. Today there are Jewish People living all over the World and many nations have contacts with Israel. The Jewish airline EL AL flies to most nations of the World – except the Muslim nations. God is in control of the affairs of the World and He is working out His great plan of salvation. The land of Israel is of strategic importance to that plan.
16. Mat ch 23 v 37-9. Israel’s return to the Land has shaken Islam to the core. No other Dhimmi people occupy land in Islam. The Land is a key element in the whole story. It could not have happened anywhere else. The presence of the Jews troubles the Arabs since their aim is World domination and this is a set back
18. The new Covenant in Jeremiah follows ch 30 v 1-3, which speaks of one people in the Land and a new spiritual covenant with that people. v 37 says that the people will never be cast off. The New Covenant in Heb c 7 v 22 is a better one because there were faults with the old one. The promise in Hebrews is that there will be a new one with the House of Israel in the days to come, but they have not yet come. “They shall all know me.” It may be obsolete, but is not finished yet. The Covenants can lie side by side. They are all covenants of grace.
19. Lev ch 26 v 44. ” Despite all they have done I will not utterly destroy my People and my Covenant with them, for I am their God.”
21. The land was given as an everlasting possession. It is an inalienable right of the Jewish people. There are Jews from 100 nations in Israel today. First God will restore the people to the land and then He will restore them to Himself. Survival for 2000 years, with no land, no language, no King, no government. They have not been assimilated. They have survived over 40 years against insuperable odds. Ezekiel ch 22. The dry bones will come back to life. Ezek ch 36. Israel today is still very much a secular state but will have no one to turn to but God when all the other nations desert them.
23. Eastern people have a strong attachment to the land in which they were born – more so than other people. This is part of the Palestinian problem. However, since the land belongs to God, the Jews are not at liberty to negotiate over the land. They are but tenants. They cannot assign it without the Landlord’s consent. The Landlord has covenanted it to them
24. God put them out for sin and is entitled to restore them. The Jews have always had a love for the land and have never been the same people when they were out of the land.
25. Israel is described as an everlasting nation. Jer. ch 31 v 35-7. Israel has been preserved for 1900 years without a King, government, currency, language or land. Anthropologists cannot understand it. It has never happened to any other people.
26. There are 40 chapters in the Bible about judgement on the nations for their rejection of the Jews.
27. God chose the Hebrews not because they were better or cleverer than anyone else but because He had a purpose for them. He asked them to undertake a task for Him in the World. He wanted them to live a holy life so that people all over the World would see that God existed and that through them people would be drawn to God. God led them into the land He had promised them, teaching them truth and He hammered out His message on the anvil of history.

Back to the history of the people. God has not finished with the Jewish people.

There has always been a number of Jewish people living in the land throughout the centuries. A trickle of Jewish people returned to the land of Israel during the 19th century. In the 20th century the trickle increased. The land had been a wilderness under the rule of the Turks. The returning Jewish people began to clear the swamps and restore the fertility of the land. As anti-semitism began to build in Europe in the 20th century more and more returned to the land. With them came a number of Arabs who saw the opportunity for work and employment with the Jewish people.

In John ch 3 v 16 God says that He so loved the World that He sent His only begotten Son so that everyone who believes in Him shall have eternal life. God also loves the Jewish people and the Arab people. Just because God punishes people does not mean that He does not love them. Indeed He chastises those He loves for their benefit.

The problems in the World today revolve around Israel and the capital city Jerusalem. So many politicians claim that if only there could be peace between the Jewish nation and the Arab people then there would be hope for peace in the World.

The Arabs are against the Jews. Islam is totally committed to the extermination of Israel. Why? Why is peace impossible? There are forces of darkness determined to defeat the purpose of God through the nation of Israel. The Jews have always reminded the Arabs of the God of the Bible and they have rejected Him. They created their own idea of God. They are jealous of the blessings of the Jews. They are not happy with what they have and the goodness of the Jews upsets them. The Jews have made a better job of the land than the Arabs did. The Jews have a democracy. The Arabs have a number of dictatorships. In Saudi Arabia with all its wealth 5 % of the people have all the money and 95 % have little. As was the case with Satan, the Arabs were fed up with praising God and wanted to do it their way. The Jews remind the World of God. The prodigal son illustrates the Jewish people as they return to God the Father after years in the wilderness. Is the older brother – the Church – willing to welcome the Jewish people back into God’s family? In Romans, Paul broke off after chapter 8 because of the heartache he felt for his own people. The chapters did not seem to make much sense until after 1948. God has not rejected the Jews. History is building to a great climax. It is easy for God to restore the natural branches, if He has been able to graft in unnatural branches. If the Jews abandon their unbelief they will be back in their rightful place. The olive tree has no trunk. All the branches come up out of the root in the ground. Without the Jews Gentiles have nothing.

There is some sympathy for the way Mohammed thought in his day. He observed Jewish people and Christian people and no one was living out the truth of what they taught. He logically assumed that they were wrong and was deceived by Satan to think that the word from Satan had come from God. He was led by Satan to establish a new religion. In the eyes of Islam the Christian religion is a sham – a form of religion with no power.

Human beings tire of things quickly. What chaos there would be if humans could control the weather. Dan ch 2 v 21. God removes kings and raises up kings. He changes the times and the seasons. When Israel was in Egypt, the sin of the Amorites was not yet at the level where He would sanction destruction of an entire nation. There are definite predetermined times for definite predetermined events. Eccles ch 3 v 1. There is a time for everything under Heaven. Sometime in the future all the awesome power, which created the Universe, will be unleashed in military conflict through Israel.

God does everything ultimately for Himself in order to make a name for Himself in the World. Russia has collapsed to the point where the superpower is given Third World status. The Russians have squandered the resources given to them.

The Law was designed to bring Israel face to face with the insurmountable barrier of trusting in their own goodness to bring salvation. It was designed to put into the heart of the Jew his need of a saviour.

The Jewish People were a people who were to dwell alone. The Jews have returned to Israel from 100 nations of the World, including 1,000 families from China – the land of Sinin. Only affluence has kept the American Jews from returning home. But they will return. If there is a financial collapse, the Jews will get the blame. God will use any method to achieve His purpose. Many who have returned have left everything behind them or had their estate confiscated to the government of the land where they lived. The infrastructure exists in Israel to absorb 100,000 immigrants a month. Anti-semitism is on the rise in Russia as it is in America, where attacks have doubled in recent years. God is the God of the religion of the Gentiles who persecute His ancient people. Most of the decisions of Hitler were based on the actions of the Christian Church towards the Jews. On each Good Friday for 300 years Christians were told to hit Jews on the face in retribution for the crucifixion. They were forbidden to trade with Jews. Forced baptism was common place. Jews killed them selves rather than face forced baptism.

Restoration means reconstituting the state and state functions. It needs all the correct ingredients to reconstitute a product or country. 1 Sam ch 17 v 35. The fighting force of Israel in 1973 was almost the same as King David’s fighting force in1000 B. C. 337,000 men. When Israel discovered an arms dump in Syria in 1982 – ready for a Russian invasion – it took 4,330 trucks to bring the weapons to Israel. Israel is recognised as having enough nuclear weapons to level every city in the Middle East. She also has more chemical weapons than Iraq.

Jesus made it clear that His Kingdom was not of this World. John ch 18 v 36.

One picture is worth a thousand words. The bias in media reporting is caused by esteem for Arab oil. Oil representatives sit on the boards of the most powerful news media. The bias of the U N against Israel is very apparent. Some 30% of all meetings of the Security Council concerns Israel and one third of its resolutions is about Israel. When Syria killed 20,000 people in one of her main cities no comment was made at the U. N.
The Koran holds Israel as non-existent and the Jews as an insidious people worthy only of contempt and punishment. The Muslim world is duty bound to prevent a sovereign Jewish state from springing up in its midst. A recreated Israel proves the Bible to be true and the Koran to be false. Israel is an affront to Islam. Israel undermines all Islamic theology. The goal of Islam is an Islamic World Republic. To struggle in the cause of Allah with pen, speech or sword is jihad. The fourth holiest place for Islam is in Damascus. Islam teaches that it was Ishmael who was nearly sacrificed by Isaac. The siting of the Golden Dome above Solomon’s temple states that Islam has superseded Judaism and that Islam is supreme. The Golden Gate is the gate through which the Messiah is to return to Jerusalem. It has been bricked up by Muslims and a Muslim cemetery has been established in front of it. Mosques are always built on the highest places to declare supremacy over all other religions. The purest joy in Islam is to kill or be killed for Allah.

850,000 Jewish refugees fled Islamic countries during the Arab-Israeli conflict. Most left all their possessions behind to the Arab states, without any compensation. The Arab refugees were largely poor. Lies are a way of life in Islam. The Koran permits telling a lie, especially to a Jew or Christian. Violence is also endemic in Islamic life. Gen ch 16 v 12. The word Nephilim means bully. The Middle East has been a bloodier place during British rule – long before Israel became a state. Most killings are not connected with Israel. Many Palestinians fled to Israel, fearing their Arab brothers far more that they feared the Jews. Gen ch 10 v 14. Some Palestinians may have been Philistines from the Aegean Sea.

Anti – Semitism.

Ham, Shem and Japheth. Shem stayed in the east. Abraham was called out of the land of Shem. He was a shemite or semite. Anti-semitism is hostility against all from the land of Shem but it has become to focus on the Jewish people as the descendants of Abraham. Abraham was an Arab who moved at God’s request to Canaan – the land of Ham. The locals seized the wells Abraham had dug. After that the record of hostility to the Children of Israel is almost endless.
Despite Joseph having saved Egypt from starvation, Pharaoh made slaves of the Hebrews. As soon as God rescued the people from Egypt others came against them. The Amalekites resisted them, despite knowing what misery they had endured at the hands of Pharaoh. The Edomites – the descendants of Esau and therefore relations of the Jews – prevented them passing through their land, even though there was no cost to them. The Canaanite people ganged up together to attack Israel.
The Babylonians inflicted great misery upon them taking their best people into captivity in Babylon including Daniel and Ezekiel and sacking Jerusalem.
In the Persian Empire the wicked Haman – an Amalekite – sought to exterminate the Jewish people.
When Nehemiah and Ezra led some of the people back to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, Sanballot and Tobiah made life very difficult for them.
If that had been an end of the hostility, it would be understandable. If God had finished with the Jewish people, we would have expected the hostility to be at an end. But that is not the case.
As soon as the Emperor Constantine became a Christian persecution of the Jews started again. Yellow badges and the burning of synagogues were routine. After that the Christian Church has been at the forefront of persecution of the Jews.
Some of the harshest words have been from the early Christian fathers and includes Martin Luther.
Britain expelled all Jews in 1100 A. D. after a massacre of them.
France did the same in 1306. 100,000 Jews left France.
The Crusaders who set out to free Jerusalem from the Muslims, slaughtered Jews all the way to the Holy land.
Jews have been called Christ killers and made scapegoats time and again throughout history.
During the Spanish Inquisition many Jews were killed and 300,000 fled penniless to America.
Persecution in Russia has been particularly harsh. Goods have been confiscated and synagogues closed. The Jews were forced to live in pogroms. Stalin was deeply anti-semitic.
Under Islam, the Jews were treated as dhimmi people – second class citizens with limited rights
Hitler set about systematically exterminating the Jewish people in World War II and killed around 6 million. He stole all their possession, worked them almost to death and then gassed them. All the nations of the World were aware of what Hitler intended to do and did nothing to receive the Jews from Europe. Poland, Austria, Romania, Switzerland, Italy and even the Red Cross were all involved. Neutral Switzerland was the bankers for Hitler and stole the money and valuables form the Jews.
After the War the Arab countries took over the persecution. As soon as the United Nations declared Israel a nation in 1948 six Arab countries declared war on the new state. For 50 years there has been a relentless war waged by the Arab countries against Israel, militarily, economically by boycotting Israeli goods and emotionally by publishing lies about them. Maps are produced to Arab school children, which make no mention of the nation of Israel. Yet Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. The life of Arabs living in Israel is far better than in any other Middle East country. They have wonderfully restored a land turned by Arabs into a wilderness.
The nations of the World have placed huge pressure on Israel to make peace with the P. L. O. despite the fact that the P. L. O. has never changed its covenant, which calls for the extermination of the Jewish people.
No other nation in the long history of the World has faced such sustained hostility and persecution as the nation of Israel. Repeatedly they have been brought to the verge of annihilation. If you reject the fact that God has a purpose still to fulfil through the nation of Israel, then you face a very real difficulty in finding an alternative explanation, especially in view of the outstanding contribution of Israel to the culture and development of mankind – way out of proportion to their population. 75 Nobel Peace prizes have been awarded to Jews.
The history of the Jewish people tells about God. Their destiny is in the hands of God. They remind the World about God and about judgement. If only there was an end in sight but the prophecy of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 has still to take place.

Islam is a triumphalist religion. At the heart of its teaching is the belief that it is God’s fulfilment of all that God began to do with the Jews and continued with the Christians. Islam is the final and ultimate word of God concerning all things. It has superseded both Judaism and Christianity. God started with the Jews who corrupted the Old Testament. God continued with the Christians. Islam believes that Jesus was the Messiah. They believe that Christians corrupted God’s word in the New Testament, which, while it has much truth in it, has been corrupted by Christians. It is not absolute truth. The Quran has put it right. But Islam omits the essential truth. The Quran accepts that Jesus was born of a virgin, that His teaching was up to that time a remarkable revelation of God, that He was the promised Messiah and that He was rejected by the Jewish people and sentenced to death. But He did not die. Rather He was spirited away because He was so pure and good. Therefore there was neither an atoning death, a finished work or a resurrection. They believe that Jesus will return again. The heart of the matter is missing, since there is no salvation, no new birth and no union with God. Submission means that the whole World will finally submit to God through Islam.
The growth of Islam was astonishing. It destroyed the Christian Church in Saudi Arabia. ( It has never existed there to this day.) It swept along the North African coast and into Spain and Portugal. It advanced right up to just south of Paris. At the Battle of Poitiers in 732 A. D. the forces of so-called Christian Europe defeated the onward march of Islam. Islam came close to conquering the whole of Europe. If it had succeeded, there would not have been a Christian North America. Islam retired to wait until the advent of the Ottoman Turks in the 15th century, when is swept right through the Balkans. In the Battle of Vienna the Islamic armies were defeated. Islam retired to stagnate until the beginning of this century. If Islam had conquered Europe there would have been no Christian Europe. Islam is quite prepared to accept Jews and Christians as an antique remnant of what God has used. They are called Dhimmi people or people of the Book. They are not infidels but they are not the faithful. As long as they are subservient to Islam, they are tolerated but when they stand up for their faith and declare that they do not accept that Mohammed and the Quran are the final word of God they are only worthy of death. The discovery of oil has changed matters. With oil and money from oil there has come a political and economic might to the Islamic lands. Islam is not a sister religion to Christianity and Judaism. It is desperately hard even to pray in Islamic countries. There is something demonic in Islamic lands. It is as difficult to convert a Muslim as someone involved in black magic. A Muslim convert is as good as dead if he declares his faith openly. The Islamic revival has been dramatic throughout the whole Muslim world. Mosques have been built everywhere. There has been a renewal of their theology. Islamic law – the Sharia – is being reinstated, even in Egypt. Out of 36 million in Egypt there are 7 million paid-up members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The face of Islam is most clearly seen in Iran, Lybia and Saudi Arabia, who are the most hostile to Israel.

The recreation of the modern state of Israel is impossible and unthinkable to Islam whose aim is World domination. It undermines Islamic theology, which says that Islam has superseded Judaism. It is a total contradiction. While the Christians are scattered throughout the World, the Jews have become a nation and this is something concrete, tangible and actual and within the very heartland of Islam. It is an obscenity to Islam. It will never accept the existence of a Jewish state. There can be no acceptance of Jerusalem as the capital of this state.

Therefore the pressure on Israel to negotiate is pointless. The Islamic countries will only negotiate with a view to the ultimate destruction of Israel at a more opportune time. It is wrong to ask Israel to negotiate. The Saudi Arabians cannot even bring themselves to mention the name Israel. Islam will never be able to negotiate because according to Islamic theology there is no possibility of a Jewish state. The existence of Israel means that Islamic theology is false. Islam cannot accept Israel as a Jewish state. The Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount is the focal point of the controversy. Where the Temple of God stood now stands the Mosque, where the words are written: “God has no Son.” The Crusaders referred to the Dome of the Rock as the abomination of desolation. The adjoining mosque with the silver dome is placed on the spot where the disciples preached and 3000 were converted. The early Christians gathered there for prayer and teaching. A coincidence? Beneath the Temple Mount is the location where Abraham offered Isaac on Mount Moriah.

Islam thinks that Western society is Christian. Islam is the rising of a demonic principality similar to the spirit behind the Nazies, which arose in Germany in the 1930s. It is as powerful and dark and demonic. It is a spiritual principality and spiritual world ruler of darkness to renew Islam in the last days, in order to seek to frustrate the purpose of God. It will not brook or tolerate a Jewish or Christian state in the Middle East. It was Israel who drove the P. L. O. out of Lebanon. Israel is not the only point of controversy for Islam. The Principality, which has arisen has not only the destruction of Judaism on its agenda but the destruction of Christianity. First the Saturday people and then the Sunday people. Hitler had the same agenda. If he had won the war, the Christians were next on his agenda for extermination in order to purge the World of everything, which reminded the World of God and Jesus. His intention was to restore paganism to the World. The Anti-Christ has the same agenda. This is hardly surprising since Satan is the master-mind. The Islamic force will come to its end on the mountains of Israel. We are in a confrontation and Israel is in the front line in the confrontation between the Word of God and the false teaching of the Quran. We are dealing with spiritual forces and powers, which have as their aim the frustration of God’s plan and purpose for the Messiah. The real thrust is against Jesus and His work. Israel is moving towards its redemption. The powers of darkness are doing all they can to stop the salvation of Israel and to annihilate the people of Israel.

The reason for support of Israel is nothing to do with sentiment for the ancient people back in their own land. Nor it is a love of antiques. Nor just because they were important in their day. Nor is it a love of the underdog, outnumbered by the Arabs. These grounds are not sufficient. It is God’s Word, which is at stake in the confrontation. God’s word will be fulfilled. Israel is not large in area. There is no oil or wealth to make it important. It could disappear into Arabia. There are no grounds for Israel being an economic prize. It does not even have a decent river. The Jordan is like a stream compared to the Nile. There is no oil or gold. There is no harbour. Why all the battles for Israel? The only answer is theological. There are invisible spiritual principalities and powers at work. Islam cannot believe that God had any place in His plans for the Jewish people. It is in Jerusalem that the Messiah will appear. The final ferocious attempt of the evil one is against Israel.

There was trouble the second time Israel entered the land. On each occasions it was a rejection of the Word of God. In 1948 there was plenty room for the Jews. There was no place for them in Europe after the Holocaust. The nations of the World knew what Hitler intended to do with the Jews and did nothing to prevent it. Britain was as guilty as any and had the Mandate for Palestine. Britain turned back the Jews trying to get into Israel in 1947.

All the prophets spoke about judgement and also a day when God would restore Israel to the land and to Himself.
After 600 years of captivity it was natural to want that.
What does this tell us about God?
He is faithful to His promises.
God is true to His Word.
Nothing can frustrate His purposes.
The Gospel is about mercy and not justice.
If God could forsake Israel, what about the promise by Jesus never to forsake us?
God still loves His people. He cannot cast off His adopted son.
His Word is true. The Koran is false.
Jesus is coming back to Jerusalem – the eternal city.
The final prophesies are still to come true. God is sovereign over the affairs of the World.

The Jordanians drove the P.L.O out of Jordan in 1973 when they had become a state within a state and were threatening Jordan itself. The P. L. O. terrorised Lebanon, before the Jews drove them out.
The Lord does everything ultimately to make a name for Himself. Ex ch 9 v 16.
Groups of believing Jews are found in many countries throughout the World and the number is increasing dramatically.
The economy of Russia has been brought to ruin, because they refused to let the Jews return home to Israel. It is just the same as it was for Egypt in the days of Moses. The economy of Egypt was built on slave labour – the slavery of the Jews.
God has a relationship with the Jews. Israel is my first born son. Ex ch 4 v 22.
Ezekiel ch 16 v 8. You became mine. Jer ch 3 v 14. I married you.
It is almost unbelievable to what extent the countries of Europe have debased themselves in their slavish attempts to placate the Arabs. Hundreds of companies regularly certify that they have no Jewish employees. The economic boycott has cost Israel billions of dollars in lost trade and foreign investment.
The U. N. Security Council has devoted 30 per cent of all its meetings and one third of its resolutions to Israel. It is just a tiny land with no great material wealth.
When Assad of Syria arranged for the death of 30,000 of his own people in Syria, who were members of a rival sect, there was not a word from the U. N.
Most of the nations of the World refuse to have their embassies in Jerusalem, which is declared to be the undivided and eternal capital of Israel. This is unheard of in other countries.
The Occupied Territories belong to Israel under International law. If the country, which is attacked repels the attack and occupies the land, that land belongs to the occupiers until a peace treaty is signed between the countries which dispute the land. Jordan who had the greatest claim did not want the land back – the West Bank – because of the problem of Palestinians, which it would bring. Ultimately the land belongs to God, who owns all the land and can give it to whomsoever He wishes.
Many of the Jews who have returned from Russia have said that they feared Saddam Hussein and his threat of rockets less than the anti-semitism in Russia. Anti-semitism is God’s tool to move the Jews back to their own land.
Since 1948 the Jewish people have fought off 7 armies greater than themselves and remain undefeated. They are now recognised as one of the top three armies in the World, despite their tiny size and have been referred to as a superpower alongside U.S.A.
Anwar Sadat of Egypt stated: “I promise to crush Israel and return it to humiliation and wretchedness as established in the Koran.” Israel is to the Arab world like a cancer to the human body. The only remedy is to uproot it. On the very spot where Abraham offered his son Isaac to God on Mount Moriah (the Muslims claim it was Ishmael) the Muslims have built 2 mosques.
Muslims state – Our goal is not an Islamic state but an Islamic World Republic. Khomeni said:
“The purest joy in Islam is to kill and be killed for Allah.” This is the nature of the beast, which seeks to dominate the World today. The spirit of Islam is the greatest evil facing the World today. It is on a collision course with God and God will win – but there will be casualties.
The P. L. O. problem is not a problem but a war. The word Intifada means to shake off. The media of the World has been used to give Israel a bad press against which Israel has no defence. The one who controls your information, controls your judgement and ultimately your actions. Hundreds of Palestinians have died dreadful, brutal deaths at the hands of fellow Palestinians. Never in history has there been an Arab state in Judea or Samaria. Jordan was created as a state for Palestinians to the exclusion of Jews.
The 850,000 Jewish refugees from 10 Arab nations at the time of the war in 1948 fled to Israel without any compensation for their homes and businesses. Most of the Arab refugees, who fled Israel at the suggestion of their own leaders, were peasants with limited resources.
The “Palestinian ” problem is both a political and military weapon created and disguised specifically to win sympathy for the Arabs, who are in a declared state of war with Israel. The sole intention of the Arab cause is to wipe out completely and permanently the entire Jewish presence in the Middle East.
Part of the Arab culture is to lie in order to save face. Within the Koran it is acceptable to lie. Even converted Arabs have difficulty in telling the truth several years after conversion. Lies, if told often enough, will eventually be believed to be true.

Israel – Time Line

The Historical Timeline for the Nation of Israel and the Jewish people as they relate to Britain.

c. 2000 B.C. God made an everlasting covenant with Abraham, which continues through Isaac, Jacob and their descendants. They would become a great nation. Those who bless Abraham and his descendants will be blessed and those who curse Abraham and his descendants will be cursed. All the nations of the Earth will be blessed through them. The Land of Canaan will be their everlasting inheritance. Gen ch 12 v 3. Gen ch 13 v 14-17. Gen ch 15 v 18-21. Gen ch 17 v 7-8. Exodus ch 32 v 13. Psalm 105 v 8-11.

c. 1350 B.C. The Israelites entered the Promised Land. Prior to that they had been delivered from the Egyptians and then spent 40 years wandering the desert because of unbelief. Through the Mosaic Covenant they had been given the Torah and separated unto God as a holy nation. Exodus ch 19 v 5-6. The 12 tribes of Israel were allotted their portion of territory.

c. 1000 B.C. King David conquered Jerusalem and made it the capital of the Kingdom of Israel. God covenanted with David that his dynasty would be an everlasting one. 1 Chron ch 17 v 3-15. David’s son Solomon was commissioned by the Lord to build the House of the Lord. The Lord declared that His eyes and His heart would dwell there perpetually. 2 Chron ch 7 v 16.

c. 920 B.C. Israel was divided into 2 Kingdoms. The 10 northern tribes rebelled against the Lord and set up an alternative religious system. The tribes of Judah and Benjamin remained faithful to the Lord for a while. A remnant from the 10 northern tribes joined the 2 southern tribes (known as Judah) to worship the Lord in Jerusalem.

c. 720 B.C. The 10 northern tribes were taken into captivity in Assyria. By this time judgement had been prophesied against Judah for their rebellion against the Lord.

c. 586 B.C. The Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon on 9th Av in the Hebrew calendar. The third wave of captives was taken into exile. The first one was in 606 B.C. A 70 year exile had been prophesied by Jeremiah. Jer ch 29 v 10.

c. 536 B.C. The first wave of Jewish exiles returns to Jerusalem and with the permission of King Cyrus of Persia begins to rebuild the Temple.

c. 445 B.C. The third wave of Jewish exiles returned to Jerusalem under Nehemiah and the walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt. However a significant number chose to stay in exile.

c. 167 B.C. The temple was defiled by Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who sacrificially sacrificed a sow on the altar and halted the temple worship. Three years later Judas Maccabees liberated and cleansed the Temple. This was commemorated by the Feast of Chanukkah. The Hasmoneans ruled Israel until the Roman invasion.

c. 4 B.C.- c. 30 A.D. The earthly life and ministry of Yeshua HaMaschiach (Jesus the Messiah) fulfilling more than 300 Old Testament prophesies. Through His death on the cross the New Covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah was ratified. Jer ch 31 v 31-34, Heb ch 8 v 8-12 and Mat ch 26 v 26-28. Shortly before His crucifixion Jesus prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem and the scattering of the people until “the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” Luke ch 21 v 24.

70 A.D. The second Temple was destroyed by the Romans, again on 9th Av in the Hebrew calendar. Approximately one million Jewish people were killed and most of the survivors were sold into slavery or scattered into the nations. However, a small remnant of the Jewish people remained in the Land throughout the dispersion.

135 A.D. The Bar Kokhba uprising was quashed by the Romans. Jewish people were barred from Jerusalem for several centuries. On 9th Av the Romans ploughed over Jerusalem, renamed the city “Aelia Capitolina” and the Land of Judah “Syria Palestina” to eradicate the memory of the Jewish presence there. Over the next 19 centuries the religious Jews in exile included the amidah prayer in their daily devotions – a heart-cry to God for their restoration to their beloved Jerusalem.

1066 A.D. The first known Jewish people arrived in England from Normandy with William the Conqueror.

1144 A.D. The first “Blood Libel” against the Jewish people took place in Norwich. According to the Libel Jewish people showed their hatred of Christianity by re-enacting the crucifixion by sacrificing a Christina child and using his blood in the unleavened bread for Passover. The concept Blood Libel subsequently spread from England across Europe and continues to this day.

1212 A.D. A large contingent of Jewish people arrived in Jerusalem, including 300 rabbis from England and France.

1299 A.D. On 9th Av King Edward I of England issued an edict that all Jewish people must be expelled from the country within 3 months. England remained ”Juden-rein” until on 1656 Oliver Cromwell decreed that they could return.

1858 A.D. the British Parliament passed an Act allowing Jewish people to be elected to Parliament without restriction. Benjamin Disraeli later became the first Jewish Prime Minister of Great Britain.

c. 1881. The first major wave of aliyah (Jewish immigration) into Eretz from Russia began in the wake of ongoing pogroms against Jewish people.

Sept 1897. The first Zionist Congress took place in Basel, Switzerland. At the conclusion Theordore Herzl wrote in his diary: “In Basel I founded the Jewish State. Maybe in 5 years, certainly in 50 years everyone will see it.”

1914. At the outbreak of World War I the Turkish Ottoman Empire, the power, which ruled over the whole of the Middle East, outlawed Zionism and expelled 11,000 of the 60,000 Jewish inhabitants of Palestine.

Oct 1917. The British and ANZAC military forces captured Beersheba from the Turks and the Germans. This paved the way for the British conquest of Palestine. On the same day the British Cabinet decided to pave the way for the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The decision was published by the Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour 2 days later in what became known as the Balfour Declaration.

Dec 1917. The British and ANZAC forces conquered Jerusalem, bringing to an end 400 years of Ottoman Turkish rule. Two days later, on the eve of the Feast of Chanukkah, the British General Allenby ceremonially entered Jerusalem, declaring British rule over Palestine.

April 1920. Haj El-Amin, later to become the Mufti of Jerusalem, led riots against the Jewish population of Jerusalem as Britain and France participated in a League of Nations conference in San Remo, Italy to issue a mandate for British and French rule over the Middle East. France was awarded a Mandate to rule Syria and Lebanon while Britain was given a Mandate to rule over Palestine, which included all of modern-day Israel, Jordan and the West Bank. The Balfour Declaration was incorporated into the British Mandate, giving it international-legal status.

1922. Sir Herbert Samuel took his position as the first British High Commissioner if Palestine. The Churchill White Paper divided Palestine along the Jordan River creating an Arab Homeland on Palestine known as Transjordan (later Jordan).

Aug 1929. Arab riots broke out across Palestine, including Gaza and Hebron. In Hebron, the oldest continuously inhabited Jewish city in the World, 69 Jewish people were brutally murdered. The British authorities responded by evacuating the Jewish people from both places and forbidding them to return. Serious unrest and riots continued through the 1930s as Arabs pressurised Britain to halt Jewish immigration and abandon the Balfour Declaration.

Jan 1933. Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany creating a dark cloud for German Jewry. Within a year he instigated a programme of anti-Semitism across Germany in accordance with Mein Kampf, which he had written a decade earlier. Over the next few years Hitler successfully mobilised almost the entire German nation against the Jewish people.

July 1938. Representatives of 32 nations met at Evian in France to discuss the rapidly worsening refugee problem resulting from Hitler’s ruthless persecution and murder of the Jewish people in Germany and Austria. Britain only agreed to attend on condition that the Jewish immigration into Palestine was not on the agenda. The Jewish people were affectively abandoned by the Evian Conference.

May 1939. A White Paper was published, which severely restricted Jewish immigration into Palestine. And outlawed land sales to Jewish people altogether. Only 75,000 Jewish immigrants would be allowed over the following 5 years. All further immigration beyond that would be subject to the agreement of the Arabs. The 1939 White Paper effectively annulled the Balfour Declaration.

1939-1945. Six million Jewish people were murdered by the Nazis under the leadership of Adolf Hitler during the Holocaust of World War II.

1945 – 1948. The British policy of restricted immigration into Palestine continued. Calls for mass immigration into Palestine in the wake of the Holocaust were ignored as at least 60,000 Holocaust survivors were imprisoned in Cyprus or returned to Europe. The British policy resulted in escalating violence across Palestine and the Mandate became increasingly unmanageable.

July 1947. One refugee ship – called the Exodus – was captured by the British in international waters off Palestine. Its cargo of 4,500 Holocaust survivors was eventually returned to German prison camps. The ensuing media coverage shamed the British government, which had decided to commit the fate of the mandate to the United Nations.

Nov 1947. The General Assembly of the United Nations voted in favour of partitioning Palestine into Jewish and Arab states. Resolution 181. The Jewish people accepted the Partition Plan and the Arabs rejected it. Jerusalem would become an international city. Violence escalated further across Palestine as the British prepared to withdraw.

14th May 1948. The last High Commissioner, Sir Alan Cunningham, left Palestine and the British Mandate ended. At 4 p.m. David Bengurion, the recognised leader of the Jewish people, declared the existence of the sovereign State of Israel, according to U.N. Resolution 181.

15th May 1948. Five Arab armies attacked the infant State of Israel and war raged for several months. Jordan captured the eastern part of Jerusalem and Israel’s historical heartland, Judea and Samaria. The Jordanians expelled or killed the Jewish people in the territory they conquered and desecrated the Jewish holy sites. They annexed the territory and renamed it “the West Bank of Jordan.” Their sovereignty over the territory was not recognised by any nation other than Britain and Pakistan.

Jan 1964. The PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) was formed under the auspices of President Nasser of Egypt. The PLO drew up a Charter with the goal of liberating all of Palestine (i.e. Israel) and liquidating the Jewish State. Egyptian-born Yasser Arafat later became the PLO leader and embarked on a campaign of international terrorism against Jewish targets. The PLO Charter calling for the liquidation of Israel has never been rescinded.

June 1967. Israel made a pre-emptive strike against Egypt while president Nasser was preparing another war of annihilation against Israel in conjunction with Syria and Jordan. In defending herself against the invading armies Israel captured the Golan Heights, the Sinai peninsular, the “West Bank” and East Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount – the holiest site to the Jewish people. Several years later the Golan Heights and the eastern part of Jerusalem were formally annexed to Israel.

Sept 1967. The Arab nations met in Khartoum, Sudan, for a conference. In a united front they declared that there would be “no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with Israel, and no peace with Israel.” Since then only Egypt and Jordan have made peace treaties with Israel.

Oct 1973. Egypt and Syria attacked Israel once again. The surprise attack on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, took Israel completely by surprise and almost resulted in her defeat. The war raged for more than a month and brought the Israeli forces within gunshot range of Cairo and Damascus.

Nov 1977. President Anwar Sadat of Egypt made an historic visit to Jerusalem. A Peace Treaty was subsequently signed in which Israel handed over the oil-rich Sinai peninsular, but was forced to keep the Gaza Strip. President Sadat was assassinated by Muslim extremists in 1981 for making peace with Israel.

July 1980. The Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, passed a law that Jerusalem would be “the eternal and invisible capital of Israel”. The PLO and Arab nations reacted with a threat to nations that their embassies in Jerusalem: “leave or your oil supplies will be cut off.” 13 countries moved their embassies to Tel Aviv.

Dec 1987. The first Palestinian intafada (uprising) began.

Sept 1993. In a surprise move Israel recognised the terrorist PLO as the official representatives of the Palestinian Arabs, ending Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres signed a Declaration of Principles for a Peace Treaty on the White House lawn in the presence of president Bill Clinton. Arafat announced that he had renounced terrorism and pledged to rescind the PLO Charter. Over the next 7 years under what became known as the “Oslo Accords” the PLO was given autonomy over 98% of the Palestinian population and 40% of territory in Judea and Samaria and 80% of the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile Palestinian incitement to hatred and terrorism against Israel escalated.

July 2000. President Bill Clinton invited the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to a summit at Camp David in U.S.A. for “Final Status” talks under the troubled “Oslo Accords.” Israeli P.M. Ehud Barak offered to recognise a Palestinian state in 97% of the territory Arafat was demanding, which embraced most of the Old City of Jerusalem including the Temple Mount – all in exchange for an end to hostilities. Arafat rejected the offer and 2 months later launched the second intafada against Israel.

March 2002. In a month, which proved to be the bloodiest of the intafada in which more than 100 Israelis were murdered, including 30 people in a single attack on a Passover Seder, the IDF launched Operation Defensive Shield in which they re-occupied most of the territory and cities ceded to the Palestinians. Yasser Arafat was held under house arrest in his Muqata compound in Ramallah where the IDF subsequently discovered concrete proof that he had been directing financing and co-ordinating terrorist attacks against Israel. US president Bush declared that Arafat was the main obstacle to achieving peace in the Middle East.

2003. A new peace initiative was launched by the U S, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations (collectively known as “the Quartet”) to replace the failed “Oslo Accords”. The new initiative – known as “The Roadmap” to peace – called for a ”performance based” path to peace in stages. The first stage required the Palestinian leadership to disarm and disband the terrorist organisation. Arafat agreed to ”The Roadmap” and pledged to take the necessary action, but failed to do so. The Roadmap faltered.

Nov 2004. Yasser Arafat died. In an election held in January 2005 Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat’s long-time right-hand man, was elected as the Palestinian president.

Feb 2005. In yet another ceremony as Sharm –el –Sheik in Egypt Mahmoud Abbas met with Israeli prime Minister Ariel Sharon to restart “the Roadmap”. In front of the Israeli PM and the Western media Abbas pledged to disarm and disband the terrorist groups, and in front of the Arab media he quickly renounced that pledge.

Israel – the people

THE PEOPLE ISRAEL.

1. They are the only people in Scripture whom God promises to preserve. Deut ch 32 v 8-10. Their preservation is a miracle and defies the rules of anthropologists. Without a language, a king, currency or a land they are still a people. Their survival is evidence of the hand of God upon them.
2. There are many passages of Scripture, which speak to the people of Israel as a people.
3. Many different nations have disappeared as nations but yet Israel is still a nation. They are like a thread running through history.
4. Their contribution to the culture and development of mankind is out of all proportion to their numbers. Gen ch 22 v 18.
5. The approximate World population of Jewish people. Israel 6 ml. Britain. ½ ml. Russia 3 ml. U.S.A. 6 ml. France 700,000. Argentina 1 ml.
6. The Church is not paralleled with Israel but is within it. The early Church was entirely Jewish for the first 15 years and was within Israel. The Gentiles were grafted into the true Church. Romans chs 9-11. There is an election within the elected nation. Elijah and the 7000. The Church in the West has largely discarded its Jewish roots and has an understanding that the Gentiles have replaced the Jews as the people of God. This heresy is called replacement theology. The wider election of Israel is those who do not believe in a living God but who are still called as God’s instrument of glory. God has not rejected them because of their unbelief. The people of Israel today are still a covenant people. However for all Jewish people salvation is found only in accepting the atoning work of Jesus on the cross.
7. The people of Israel speak of the common grace of God in 7 ways:
(a) Their preservation proves God’s hand at work,
(b) They reveal a personal God who intervenes in history.
(c) Their presence reminds mankind of their origin. They are the origin of the Church.
(d) Man’s destiny is in the hands of God.
(e) Pharaoh reminds man that God is a God of judgement and mercy.
(f) God overrules sin in the World for His glory.
(g) Israel reminds the World that God is bringing the history of this World to a conclusion. God speaks through the Jewish people today.
8. 39 out of 40 of the writers of the Bible were Jewish. The Church was started by twelve Jewish men. The New Covenant is with the Jewish People. Jer ch 31 v 31.
9. God promised that He would build a great nation. What Israel and the Jews have contributed to the World prove that they have been and are a great nation. Today the World is being blessed by Jewish developments and innovations in agriculture, science, medicine and technology. Israel has become a leader in technology and research.
10. God has made a great nation of the descendants of Ishmael also, as He promised. In Abraham’s day the one true God had been forgotten. Abraham was singled out for special service.
11. The Jewish people have a sense of destiny as a people although they do not really understand their history. God has drawn close to them. God cannot forget His own people. Even so He has promised to bring about their return to the land, not because they deserve it, but for the glory of His own name.
12. Other people are jealous of their role as servants of God and their success as a people. The Land is blooming in the desert. They are a diligent people and diligence leads to prosperity. Their use of the land shows up the use of the Land by the previous occupants who were the Arabs. Instead of thanking them, the Arabs have sought to bring them down and show their hatred of the Jews. There is plenty of room for all.
13. The Arabs are semitic also. Anti-semitism is equal to being anti-Jewish. Islam says that the Jews have twisted the Word of God and that the Bible is untrue. The Arabs identify with the promises to Ishmael. Jealousy is at the root of Islam since the Jews were chosen. The Arabs were to be next-door neighbours.
14. The rebirth of one Jew, Paul, proved to be a greater event in history than Caesar or Alexander.
15. Zephaniah ch 3 v 9 speaks of a pure language being spoken in Israel – Hebrew.
16. The Persians were the only people kind to Israel. Persia is the only land identifiable in the Middle East today.
17. Israel and the Jewish people are God’s timepiece down through history. Prophecy is history written in advance.
18. Abraham’s descendants have never possessed the whole of the land promised to them by God. The whole land has room for a population of 50,000,000.
19. The State of Israel has been sustained against insuperable odds. Six million Arabs with far superior weapons were ranged against Israel. The very name Israel means: “struggle”. They have struggled to hold on to God. The Jewish people are His first-born Son. The Jewish people are the emblem of eternity. If Israel had remained faithful, the Church would not have been grafted into the olive tree.
20. The pattern is established in Nehemiah that God drew the people back to the Land first and then to Himself. It seems to be the same again today. Ezekiel ch 36.
21. Zechariah says that the nations will raise a signal to Israel. The State was founded by a resolution of the United Nations.
22. The Scriptures mention that the Gentiles as a people will lead the Jews back to the Land. From the Balfour Declaration in 1917 onwards there was a trickle back to the Land. The Declaration was a way of recognising the work of a Jew during the First World War when he had by his invention helped Britain win the War. British Foreign Secretary Balfour declared a commitment to providing a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine, which was at that time mandated to Britain from the end of the First World War.
23. In Israel today, apart from the orthodox Jews, there is a warmth and openness to the New Testament, which is no longer banned in Universities. It is as if God is preparing the ground for a revelation to them.
24. There are groups of Messianic Believers. Jews do not like the names “Christian” and “Church” because of past atrocities carried out to the Jewish people by the Church in the name of Jesus.
25. Under the rule of the Turk, Palestine was reduced to a howling wilderness. Trees were cut down and the rainfall decreased. Since re-afforestation rainfall has increased 450%
26. The scattering was described as if written in a history book. Deut ch 28 v 25 and 63. In every country of their dispersion they have been persecuted, massacred, robbed and then banished. They became wanderers. Russia has been the cruellest to the Jewish people. The Austrian Empire was split apart and Germany was divided.
27. Like all people the Jewish people long to be loved.
28. Israel is on almost every page of the Bible.
29. Israel was chosen by God not because they were better than other people or because they were favourites but they were chosen for a purpose. This was to reveal the glory of God to a World, which worshipped false gods of every kind. God had a purpose in choosing them.
30. God took the initiative in making the covenant with the people. There was nothing the Jewish people could have done.
31. The Bible is progressive revelation.
32. God is totally committed to the people. God’s reputation is bound up with the Jewish people. It is a risk He took in choosing them. He said He would bring them back a second time to protect His own name. Zech ch 1 v 14. “I have a deep love for Jerusalem.” Isaiah ch 11. “Re-gathered Israel will be a banner to the nations for God.”
33. Pagans were removed from the land to make room for the Jewish people the first time they entered the land. The tenants at that time had broken all the terms of their tenancy of the land. Before God intervened, the World was in a dreadful state.
34. The land is situated at the centre of the Earth, at the cross-roads of Europe, Asia and Africa and equidistant from America and Australia. The land was given as an everlasting possession. God put them out for sin and is entitled to restore them. The Jewish people have always had a love for the land and have never been the same people when they were out of the land. They have greatly restored the land since their return.
35. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. Life for Arabs living in Israel is far better in Israel than in Arab countries.
36. Islam is totally committed to the extermination of Israel. Why? Why is peace impossible? There are forces of darkness determined to defeat the purpose of God through the nation of Israel.
37. Many different nations have disappeared as nations but yet Israel is still a nation.
38. Certain questions just will not go away.
1. Why is the Land of Israel never out of the news?
2. Why did Hitler kill six million Jews during World War II?
3. Why is there no peace between Jew and Arab?
The Jewish people have in the past played a central role in World history and they still do today. Why?
39. When the 850,000 Jewish people were ejected from Arab lands in 1948. Most left all their possessions behind to the Arab states, without any compensation. The Arab refugees were largely poor. It is estimated that the Arab countries were enriched by over $100 billion. In Egypt alone the wealth to Egypt was over $3 billion. What the Jewish people have given up in the past has never been taken into account. The Jewish people had suffered years of discrimination and persecution in Iraq and were only too glad to move to Israel.
40. When the fig tree was cursed by Jesus the nation of Jewish people was:
1. Denationalised. They had no political unity.
2. Dispossessed. Jerusalem was trodden down by the Gentiles
3. Disinherited.
4. Dispersed – led away captive into many nations.
5. Discredited. Instead of being a credit to God they were regarded as abandoned by God.
6. Deprived. They have been without a leader.
7. Disowned. God said: “They are not my people.”
41. The Jewish people are like a mirror in which man sees the way God deals with others. They have contributed to the culture of man more than any other people. If a man truly loves God, he must love the Jewish people.

In John ch 3 v 16 God says that He so loved the World that He sent His only begotten Son so that everyone who believes in Him shall have eternal life. God also loves the Jewish people and the Arab people. Just because God punishes people does not mean that He does not love them. Indeed He chastises those He loves for their benefit. The Jews first appear in history as a group of slaves in Egypt. Their story has spanned 3,000 years of history. They are called the chosen people of God. God entered history and promised the land of Canaan to the descendants of Abraham.

God chose the Hebrews not because they were better or cleverer than anyone else but because He had a purpose for them. He asked them to undertake a task for Him in the World. He wanted them to live a holy life so that people all over the World would see that God existed and that through them people would be drawn to God. God led them into the land He had promised them, teaching them truth and He hammered out His message on the anvil of history.

The Hebrews were sinful and wanted a King just like other people. Israel means struggle – God strives. Page after page the struggle is acted out on the stage of history. One day they worshipped God. The next day they were drawn away to worship false gods. There were times when God had to punish them for their own good. Eventually they were taken away into captivity in Babylon for 70 years. Ezekiel ch 34 v 11. God said that he would come in person. Ezekiel ch 36 v 22. God said that he would bring them back for the good of His own name. No one will be able to say that God failed. Of 835 prophecies, most have already come true with 100 % accuracy. Some have still to be fulfilled.

The person who has done more for the World is a Jew. “Born the King of the Jews” – Herod heard from the wise men. “Died the King of the Jews” – Pilate said so. Jesus is still the King of the Jews. The Church was founded by Jews – for the first 15 years. Salvation is of the Jews. The nation of Israel was the channel of God’s blessing to the World. Jesus came to His own people. If God had deserted the Jewish people, how can believers rely on the words of Jesus, when He promised not to cast out those who come to Him? Will God not seek His own people? The way is open for the Jews as for all people. While the majority of Jewish people rejected their Messiah not all did so. There has always been a remnant. They misread the Scriptures but are still aware of the Messiah to come. Even atheists cannot understand the story of the Jews, preserved over 1,900 years. The Bible is very clear that God would restore them to the land of Canaan, not because they deserved it but for the honour of God’s name – the name of Jesus. Isaiah ch 49 v 8 and v 14-19. Jeremiah ch 31 v 31-37. Zechariah ch 14 v 1-5.

The Arabs are against the Jews. The Jews have always reminded the Arabs of the God of the Bible and they have rejected Him. They created their own idea of God. They are jealous of the blessings of the Jews. They are not happy with what they have and the goodness of the Jews upsets them. The Jews have made a better job of the land than the Arabs did. The Jews have a democracy. The Arabs have a dictatorship. As was the case with Satan, the Arabs were fed up with praising God and wanted to do it their way. The Jews remind the World of God. The prodigal son illustrates the Jewish people as they return to God the Father after years in the wilderness. Is the older brother – the Church – willing to welcome the Jewish people back into God’s family? In Romans, Paul broke off after chapter 8 because of the heartache he felt for his own people. The chapters 9-11 did not seem to make much sense until after 1948 when the state of Israel was reborn. God has not rejected the Jews. History is building to a great climax. It is easy for God to restore the natural branches, if He has been able to graft in unnatural branches. If the Jews abandon their unbelief they will be back in their rightful place. The olive tree has no trunk. All the branches come up out of the root in the ground. Without the Jews the Gentiles have nothing.

The land was given forever. It is an inalienable right of the Jewish people. There are Jews from 100 nations in Israel today. First God will restore the people to the land and then He will restore them to Himself. They have survived for 2,000 years and have not been assimilated. They have survived in Israel over 60 years against insuperable odds. Ezekiel ch 37. The dry bones will come back to life. Israel today is still very much a secular state but will have no one to turn to but God as all the others desert them.

God does not go back on His word. The new covenant does not cancel the old one. God calls the nation His first-born son. As a Father He has had to discipline His son. Jesus will return to Jerusalem the special city built as a temple to God. The Jews are the emblem of eternity. The people have already been a great blessing to the World, without their Messiah. What blessing will they be with Him? The Jewish people were no more guilty of killing Jesus than any others. It was the Romans (Gentiles) who carried out the execution sentence of death. Jesus laid down His life voluntarily as an offering for the sins of the whole World.

Because of His choice, God has special concern for and responsibilities towards Israel, who, although they failed in their mission to the World, have through a remnant of believing people, been faithful to God. Jesus chided the people that they neither knew the Scriptures, not the power of God and were not reading the Scriptures correctly. That applies to all peoples. Too many come to the Bible with their doctrinal beliefs established. Too many Christians have more faith in their own ability and finances than they have in God’s Word. The Word of God prophesies the economic collapse of the Gentile nations. Several nations and a few empires butchered and oppressed or persecuted the Children of Israel. Circumcision of the heart means a turning to God.

Human beings tire of things quickly. What chaos there would be, if humans could control the weather! Dan ch 2 v 21. God removes kings and He raises up kings. He changes the times and the seasons. When Israel was in Egypt, the sin of the Amorites was not yet at the level where He would sanction destruction of an entire nation. There are definite predetermined times for definite predetermined events. Eccles ch 3 v 1. Sometime in the future all the awesome power, which created the Universe, will be unleashed in military conflict through Israel.

The Jews comprise less than one quarter of one per cent of the population of the World but have made a contribution to the wellbeing of the World way out of proportion to their numbers. A huge debt is owed to the Jewish people who have brought to the World the Word of God and the Messiah.

God does everything ultimately for Himself in order to make a name for Himself in the World. Russia collapsed to the point where the superpower was given Third World status. For a time the Russian currency was worthless. Food shortages were common. The Russians have squandered the resources given to them.

The Law was designed to bring Israel face to face with the insurmountable barrier of trusting in their own goodness to bring salvation. It was designed to put into the heart of the Jew his need of a saviour.
One picture is worth a thousand words. The bias in media reporting is caused by esteem for Arab oil. Oil representatives sit on the boards of the most powerful news media. The bias of the United Nations against Israel is very apparent. Some 30% of all meetings of the Security Council concerns Israel and one third of its resolutions is about Israel. When Syria killed 20,000 people in one of her main cities no comment was made at the U. N. There is no condemnation of the many dictators in the World.

The seven nations occupying Canaan had no right to be there. They were squatters. Num ch 23 v 9. The Jews were a people who were to dwell alone. The Jews have returned to Israel from 140 nations of the World, including 1,000 families from China – the land of Sinin. Only affluence has kept the American Jews from returning home. But they will return. If there is a financial collapse, the Jews will get the blame. God will use any method to achieve His purpose. Many who have returned have left everything behind them or had their estate confiscated to the state of the land where they lived. The infrastructure exists in Israel to absorb 100,000 immigrants a month. Anti-semitism is on the rise in Russia as it is in America, where attacks have doubled in recent years. God is the God of the religion of the Gentiles who persecute His ancient people. Most of the decisions of Hitler were based on the actions of the Christian Church towards the Jewish people. On each Good Friday for 300 years Christians were told to hit Jews on the face in retribution for the crucifixion. They were forbidden to trade with Jews. Forced baptism was commonplace. Jews killed them selves rather than face forced baptism.

Restoration means reconstituting the state and state functions. It needs all the correct ingredients to reconstitute a product or country. 1 Sam ch 17 v 35. The fighting force of Israel in 1973 was almost the same as King David’s fighting force in1000 B. C. 337,000 men. When Israel discovered an arms dump in Syria in 1982 – ready for a Russian invasion – it took 4,330 trucks to bring the weapons to Israel. Israel is recognised as having enough nuclear weapons to level every city in the Middle East. She also has more chemical weapons than Iraq.

Jesus made it clear that His Kingdom was not of this World. John ch 18 v 36.

Jews were forced to leave Spain in the Middle Ages despite having lived there for 1,500 years without trouble. They were the Marranos.

The Koran holds Israel as non-existent and the Jews as an insidious people worthy only of contempt and punishment. The Muslim world is duty bound to prevent a sovereign Jewish state from springing up in its midst. A recreated Israel proves the Bible to be true and the Koran to be false. Israel is an affront to Islam. Israel undermines all Islamic theology. The goal of Islam is an Islamic World Republic. To struggle in the cause of Allah with pen, speech or sword is jihad. The fourth holiest place for Islam is in Damascus. Islam teaches that it was Ishmael who was nearly sacrificed by Isaac. The siting of the Golden Dome above Solomon’s temple states that Islam has superseded Judaism and that Islam is supreme. The Golden Gate is the gate through which the Messiah is to return to Jerusalem. It has been bricked up by Muslims and a Muslim cemetery has been established in front of it. Mosques are always built on the highest places to declare supremacy over all other religions. The Ayatollah Khomeni said: “The purest joy in Islam is to kill or be killed for Allah.”

Lies are a way of life in Islam. The Koran permits telling a lie, especially to a Jew or Christian. Violence is also endemic in Islamic life. Gen ch 16 v 12. The word Nephilim means bully. The Middle East has been a bloodier place during British rule – long before Israel became a state. Most killings are not connected with Israel. Many Palestinians fled to Israel, fearing their Arab brothers far more that they feared the Jews. Gen ch 10 v 14.

Israel – the land

ISRAEL. THE LAND.

1. Adam was set in a specific land, which was described in detail. Removal from the land was due to his sin. Gen. ch 3 v 23. Restoration is an act of grace. Restoration a second time is also an act of grace.
2. Sin brings a curse on the Earth. Gen. ch 3 v 17-19. The Earth was polluted by sin. Isaiah ch 24. The Earth is blessed by good stewardship and cursed by bad stewardship.
3. The Bible speaks of people in a land, which is clearly identified. Num. ch 34 v 1-5. There is a further statement of the boundaries in Ezekiel ch 47 v 15-20. It is not a series of blessed thoughts.
4. The Promised Land was chosen by God. He led Abraham to it. Gen. ch 12 v 1.
It is in a unique position at the junction of three continents. True religion is not Asian, European or African. The land is the centre of the migration of people and birds. It is equidistant from America and Australia – in a pivotal position for a mission to the World. Israel occupies 0.5 per cent of the total land in the Middle East and has less than 3 per cent of the total population – two thirds of the land is desert.
5. “Flowing with milk and honey” indicates grass for cows and flowers for bees. Ex ch 3 v 8. It is fertile and pleasant – with water. God blesses the Land, which is 200 miles by 100 miles i.e. the size of Wales.
6. A people needed a land in which to live. God decided that is how it would be. God hammers out His message on the anvil of history. The message of the Bible is set in a historical and a geographical context.
7. There is a tremendous variety in the land – mountains and valleys, desert, plains and rivers. There are minerals in the Dead Sea and there is water from Mount Hermon. Now there is gas and oil.
8. The Land was given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – forever. Gen ch 17 v 8. It was and is an everlasting possession.
9. Whose land is it? It is God’s land and not the Canaanites, the Palestinians or the Jewish people. It was given to Abraham’s descendants. Gen ch 17 v 7-8. Forever. Ps 24 v 1. God describes it as “My land.” Ex ch 38 v 16. Joel ch 3 v 2. “The Land is yours forever.” Deut ch 4 v 40. So many other peoples have occupied the Land but it was promised to the Jewish people forever. Lev ch 25 v 23. Psalm 85 v 1. There has been a continuous Jewish presence in the land since Joshua entered the land.
10. The land is holy – set apart – because God chose it and used it for His purposes. Jesus walked there and did not leave it except as a baby.
11. A Covenant of grace. The Land and the people go together. It is a picture for the World. The Land shapes the people. They are not the same outside the Land and the Land is not the same with other people in it. e.g. Eskimos in the desert. They do not mix. Remove a farmer from his land and put an office worker on it and the land will suffer.
12. The body of a man needs land. It is easy to be super spiritual but the spiritual must be earthed.
13. The Land as well as the people were affected by Israel’s removal for sin. The Turks reduced it to a howling wilderness. The Arabs with all their money could not do for the Land what the Jewish people have done. Jealousy is at the heart of the problem, since the Arabs deny the grace of God and choose to live on their own strength. Deut ch 4 v 40. Deut ch 21 v 63-68. Ezekiel ch 11 v 1-21.
14. The Jewish people were scattered amongst the nations due to sin. Lev ch 26 v 33.
15. The people of Israel were punished and driven out of the Land twice due to sin. Deut ch 28 v 64.
16. Jesus’ parables refer to the land around Him and lose their true meaning in another place. e.g. sheep and lilies of the field.
17. The Kingdom would be restored to Israel. Acts ch 1 v 6-7. There was no denial from Jesus that the state would be restored but He did not say when, since there were other greater priorities.
18. Ezekiel ch 11 v 17. “I will assemble you from the countries in which you have been scattered.”
19. The Jewish people are not back in the Land because they deserve to be. Deut ch 9 v 6.
20. The Jewish people will be brought back from among the nations. Deut ch 30 v 2-5.
21. The Land is prospering today under Israel in a way not seen since A.D.70. There was no blessing for the Land of Israel in the absence of the Jewish people.
22. Faith in God appears to be tied up with being in the Land.
23. Zechariah speaks of bringing them back home from among the nations. ch 10 v 6-9. Jerusalem will be a heavy stone. ch 12 v 3. Back from east and west. ch 8 v 7. God will guard the Land. ch 9 v 8. There will be no more tyrants. God will destroy all nations who attack Jerusalem. All the nations will come against Jerusalem. ch 14 v 2. Chapter 14 speaks of the attack on Jerusalem by the nations of the World.
24. The Balfour Declaration in 1917. The British Government gave a promise of a homeland for the Jewish people as a reward for helping Britain to win the First World War. People need a land as a person needs a home. If an employer wants a key man in a key position, he has to provide a home. So God needed a home for His key people. Refugees need a home. It is difficult to develop and grow without one. A man needs a spiritual home to develop his relationships and gifts. The land of Israel is the only place where the Jewish people feel safe.
25. The State of Israel came into being on 14th May 1948 at the instigation of the United Nations. Jerusalem came under Jewish rule again on 7th June 1967.
26. Jeremiah ch 30 v 3. Back to the Land of their forefathers. Ezekiel ch 36 v 24. Back to the Land. Deut ch 32 v 8. The boundaries of the land are set by God for all peoples, including the Jews. Acts ch 17 v 26.
27. The dispute between Israel and the P. L. O. (Palestinian Authority) could be settled by reference to Scripture – as could all disputes. It belongs to Israel but they are to look after the Arabs people as aliens. The Jewish people were once aliens in Egypt. The two million Arabs living within Israel are better off than Arabs living in any other part of the Arab World.
28. Believers have not been promised a particular land. Heaven is their home forever. They are citizens of Heaven. Phil ch 3 v 20. Israel for the Jewish people is a picture of the promise to Christians.
29. Israel is strategically placed for a mission to the World. Jesus came at a time when the Romans had built roads and there were trade routes to take the message to all parts of the Roman Empire. Today there are Jewish people living all over the World and many nations have contacts with Israel.
30. Mat ch 23 v 37-9. Israel’s return to the Land has shaken Islam to the core. No other dhimmi people occupy land within Islam. The Jewish people are a dhimmi people. Their presence in the land of Israel undermines Islamic theology. Their presence troubles the Arabs whose aim is World domination. Israel’s presence is a set back to their objective.
31. The Land belongs to God, who is the World’s greatest capitalist. The Jewish people have only ever occupied one tenth of what was promised to them. Jer ch 12 v 14-17 states that it is the Palestinians who are occupying His and Israel’s land.
32. The Land is loved by God as well as the people. God created man and the World to live in harmony. God created the Earth for His pleasure and this Land has a special place in His heart. It was where the Son of God lived as a human being on Earth. Judgement leads to removal from the land and return to the land is due to grace. God made a covenant with the Land also. Ezekiel ch 36 v 8-12.
33. Jesus is King of the Jewish people and Jerusalem is His capital city.
34. The Jewish people were offered Uganda in 1947 but they refused. It had to be Israel or nothing. Psalm 137. “We cannot sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land.” When a man is at home he can relax and be himself in a way he cannot do away from home.
35. The rebellion against God was intensive when Jesus was there. It is intensifying today since the Jewish people are there. The Land is a key element in the whole story of salvation. It could not have happened anywhere else.
36. Jerusalem. During the nineteen years when Jerusalem was under Jordanian control there were no moves to make it the capital of anything. The Jordanians and other Arabs were content to destroy Jerusalem and desecrate it. Only the Jewish people have any love for the city. They have sought to restore it to its former glory.
37. The Palestinian Authority does not have what is required to meet the international definition of a country. Under the Montevideo Treaty in 1933 a state must satisfy four specific requirements: It must have a permanent population, a defined territory, a government and a capacity to enter into peaceful relations with other states. The Palestinian Authority does not satisfy any of these requisites.