Did God condemn the Jews to wander until the Messiah comes, but bless all the other tribes of Israel with a national inheritance? Makes sense? God is fair? Is Israel Much Holier Than Judah? Or could it be, as Herbert W. Armstrong taught in The United States and Great Britain in prophecy, that Israel’s punishment was to last 2,520 years (Lev. 26:21)?
After that time, around AD 1800, because of Abraham’s obedience, God decreed that He would bestow His blessings. Did those 2,520 years of punishment apply only to the Northern Kingdom of Israel? Does God Have a Double Standard? Once God took away the Kingdom of Judah, wasn’t it His responsibility restore At the appointed time?
Did the Anglo-Saxon and European peoples take these prophecies into their own hands? Could they create their countries without divine mandate, signs and wonders, or prophetic leadership?
For those who have eyes to see, biblical countries were born by divine mandate, as only God determines the rise and fall of nations. Many of our founding fathers were inspired by God, in spite of themselves, to achieve our Manifest Destiny. God’s overall plan is greater than any man’s.
God prompted Theodore Herzl to inspire the Jewish people with the biblical idea of having a Jewish state again. He wrote and spoke extensively about it, planting the seed of holy imagination in the mind of Judah.
Later, during the British Mandate, the British began to “look favorably upon” the establishment of an independent Jewish Homeland, watering that sacred seed. The Balfour Declaration was part of a divine mandate to restore Judah to “Palestine” (a satanic word the Romans used in an evil attempt to wipe our father Israel’s name off the map – Ps. 83: 4).
God used political Zionism for His purposes, just as He used America’s rebellion against the English throne. On the surface, neither was that special or that fair, but both were instrumental in fulfilling the prophecy.
Regarding the treatment of the ancient inhabitants of the lands that God decreed for His people, whether they are Arabs or Indians, I am sure that the Canaanites would offer a scathing condemnation, but others would see that God’s purpose is being fulfilled, albeit in a imperfect for limited human vision. God addresses any injustice in his own way and in his time (2 Sam. 21: 1-14), but rejects charges that exaggerate or exploit them to deny our basic biblical right to the lands He has chosen for us (Acts 17: 26). .
Just as the Greeks are representatives of all Gentiles, the Jews are representatives of all Israel. It is to Israel, specifically the Jews, that God has entrusted the “oracles of God” (Rom. 3: 2). The oracles of God include the DIVINE COVENANTS AND THE PROMISES (Romans 9: 4-5). The Jews hold, in trust, the biblical covenant / land deed of the Holy Land for all the Twelve Tribes.
GOD MADE A LAND COVENANT WITH ISRAEL (Genesis 12: 7; 13:15; 15:18; 17: 8; 26: 3; 28:13; 35:12). God did not once promise the Holy Land to the “Palestinians,” so Bible believers must reject their illegitimate claims. Those who try to justify the foreign occupation of our land or the terrible treatment of our people because of our sins are condemning themselves before God (Isa. 47: 6; Jer. 50: 7; Zech. 1:15).
There are many Scriptures that speak of a REPRESENTATIVE AMOUNT OF JEWS living in Israel prior to the return of the Messiah King, Yeshua. Shamefully, God’s ministers, and consequently God’s Church, have often been blind to what God is doing in Israel today. We have not been able to see the wonders that God has worked, the types that portend greater things to come.
We have ignored the biblical principle of duality and they have criticized all or nothing prophecies. With that limited vision, we would have argued with Peter on Pentecost / Shavuot about the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy. However, it certainly was … partly (Acts 2: 16-21).
Consider the following:
God promised to “save Zion and build the cities of Judah” (Ps. 69:35). (He does not refer to them as “Palestinian” cities) God has faithfully done so by rewarding Jewish efforts (Annuit Coeptus) and respecting their blood, sweat and tears (Isa. 61: 4; Ps. 102: 13-14). . God has used the Jews to make the desert bloom like the rose and protected them during this conversion process, just as Moses requested (Deut. 33: 7).
I praise God for blessing me, from Toledo to Jerusalem, to have lived on eight kibbutzim (collective farms) throughout Israel that have helped fulfill these pioneering prophecies, including during Operation Desert Storm.
God clearly prophesied through Zechariah chapters 12-14 that the Jews again to be living in their ancient capital of Jerusalem, with their own rulers, and that the “United Nations” would oppose them and eventually they would be defeated.
Zechariah also shows the long-awaited recognition of Yeshua by the Jews as the Son of God and the Firstborn of Judah and the sincere repentance of the political (House of David) and religious (House of Levi) establishment. In fact, Yeshua said that the Jews in Jerusalem would never see him again. until they had this necessary change of heart (Matt. 23:39).
Zechariah also reveals that the Jews would once again be a formidable military power in the Middle East with God working in, through and for them. Many israelis to know that God has been his true General and has performed many miracles in his name. I have heard Gershon Salomon, president of the Temple Mount Faithful, tell many times of his miraculous experience of divine protection on the Golan Heights.
It is important to note that God has inspired the holy prophets to write about flesh and blood Jews living in Israel, not Jewish impostors.
Why? Because those who suffer from the disease of anti-Semitism are willing to sow doubts and confusion about Israel’s Jewish identity. They publish slanderous hate literature that attempts to poison minds against Jews by promoting charlatan racial theories and Nazi propaganda.
They are nothing less than the desperate efforts of Satan to deny that God has the power to fulfill prophecy. Bible believers reject their bitter lies knowing that God’s Word is true.
Zechariah also agrees with the New Testament prophecies that reveal Jerusalem as a prosperous Jewish city that will suffer under heavy Gentile occupation just before the Messiah arrives in time (Rev. 11: 2; Zech. 14: 2).
Yeshua will liberate Jerusalem and secure it as His headquarters. Jerusalem, the site of David’s Throne, will be the seat of God’s government. Yeshua, like the prophet Daniel, foresaw that Christian Jews would live and work in a Jewish state. They will witness the historic restoration of animal sacrifices and their abrupt cessation by an evil European force, quickly followed by the “abomination of desolation” that unleashes World War III (Matt. 24: 15-16; Dan. 12:11) .
Meanwhile, the Church of God (or select individuals if the Church continues to shirk its responsibility) must ANNOUNCE TO THE CITIES OF JUDAH (the prophecy It is not refer to them as “Palestinian” or “Israeli-occupied” cities) that the Messiah is about to appear!
We must boldly offer Judah the hope and comfort that TRUE PEACE is coming and prepare for it (Isaiah 40: 1-3). We must help prepare Israel for the impact of a GLORIFIED YESHUA FINALLY REVEALED (vs. 5) and lead them to await an audience with a DIVINE KING whose ROYAL BRIGHTNESS will illuminate all nations.
We must identify Yeshua as the “Son of Man” from heaven that Daniel anticipated (Dan. 7: 13-14), and emphasize that Zacharias gave an “eyewitness account” of this same DIVINE SAVIOR who descended from heaven to reign as from Jerusalem. over all the earth (Zech. 14: 3-4, 9, 16).
Remember that this is not a small task and it is quite controversial, as Jews are still waiting for a human leader to save them from all their troubles.
The Two Witnesses will be the most influential in reaching the cities of Judah from Jerusalem (Isaiah 40: 9; 52: 7-8), effectively knowing their mindset and culture (unlike many others), but God’s Church should still Let’s do what we can now
These exciting Scriptures clearly prove (not assumptions) that with God nothing is impossible: the Jews would once again live in an independent Israel, risen from the dust of history just before the coming of the Messiah, with Jerusalem as their capital, complete with a force of effective combat, having been restored to its ancient cities and energetically transforming the land from barren desert to productive fields, all with God’s blessing (Ezekiel 37: 1-14).
These Scriptures glorify God as faithful and we should praise Him because His Word is good and true. Amen.