By Merrill Olson
In spite of what has recently happened with President Obama’s decision to divide the land of Israel, this will not deter God’s ordained plans for this nation. They are clearly revealed in the pages of Scripture.
These plans began with Abraham and God’s unconditional covenant with him (Gen. 12:1-4; 13:14-17; 15:1-21; 17:1-8). Keeping of this covenant would be totally upon the faithfulness of the LORD GOD. This is stressed as He alone passed between the sacrifice (15:9-17). This signified that Abraham had no part in making or keeping the covenant. The LORD alone would keep it; and since it was totally depended upon Him, it was unconditional.
Therefore, God has a binding relationship with Israel. Even though the people went through times of rebellion leading to captivity, as clearly revealed in Old Testament history, God’s ultimate purposes for Israel would not be rescinded. These ends would include blessing Israel by revealing Himself through her, providing redemption through Christ, and bringing her into the Promised Land (15:18; Ps. 105:8-10).
The importance of God’s special relationship with Israel would be covered in His pronouncement to curse those who curse Israel and to bless those who bless her (Gen. 12:3). Even though this promise was made to Abram (Abraham), it would take in his posterity by Jacob (28:1-4). Friends of Israel would be blessed and anti-Semites would be cursed. There would be divine, retributive justice taken against any who treated Israel with contempt. A thorough study of history bears this out.
Consequently, for the United States to turn against Israel and seek to divide her land is hostile to God and what He says about her. Even though Israel has never entirely obtained the land God has given her (Gen. 15:18), she will someday in the millennial reign of Christ. Until that happens, God’s hand remains upon her. To “curse” her is to receive a “cursing.” To “bless” her is to receive a “blessing.”
However, God’s Word distinctly reveals also that Israel is yet destined for a time of trouble. In Daniel 9:24-27, the prophet Daniel receives his famous vision of 490 years that God has decreed upon the Jewish people. The first 483 years have already been fulfilled (v. 26). The remaining seven take in the Tribulation period; but the last three and one half years of it will bring about abominations and desolations upon the Jewish people (v. 27). Jeremiah 30:7 calls the Tribulation “the time of Jacob’s trouble.” Everyone will suffer, but the Jewish people will suffer the most.
Nevertheless, the Tribulation will end with the Lord’s return physically to this earth (Zech. 14:4). He will render judgment and inaugurate His millennial kingdom (Zech. 14:9-21; Matt. 25:27-31; Rev. 20:4). He will establish Himself as King in Jerusalem as He sits on the throne of David (Luke 1:32-33). Saved Jews will then dwell in all the land God has promised under the rule of their Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. What a promise! God’s plans for Israel will never be thwarted (Jer. 31:35-37).
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