Israel Is God’s Own

Arno Froese

The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 7:7-8).

The five words, “…because the Lord loved you,” are a powerful statement that contradicts our common sense. It goes against the grain of today’s nationalists in particular. It does not fit into our success-minded society, and it has no room in the world’s philosophical expression and interpretation.

Nevertheless, God chooses a “loser,” one that continues to be stubborn, disobedient, and even killed the prophets and those God sent to warn the nation.

But these many negative facts do not invalidate God’s statement, “because [I] loved you.”

Here we are reminded of the well-known verse in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Not because “the world” is good or evil; God loves you independently.

Israel Is God’s Own
Israel is God’s own and is not subject to judgment from the world and, we may add, particularly Churchianity. We have previously reported that a number of major denominations have made clear their stand against Israel by supporting the Israel boycott movement. Actually, that is very strange, because churches—by whatever denomination—should know that they depend on Israel, not vice-versa.

The apostle Paul warns the Gentile church: “Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee” (Romans 11:18-21). Thus, no boasting and no high-mindedness when it comes to Israel. That not only means historical and Biblical Israel—as we read about in the Old and New Testaments—but Israel today as well.

Today’s Israel was founded in 1948—that is, the modern political, geographical Israel—but from God’s perspective, Israel never ceased to exist. This is made very clear by the prophet Jeremiah, who bases Israel’s existence on the ordinances of the sun, the moon, and the stars: “If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever” (Jeremiah 31:36).

Israel was, is, and always will be distinctly different from all the nations of the world. The prophet Amos makes this statement in chapter 3, verse 2a: “You only have I known of all the families of the earth.” That sets the nation apart from all others, and we would do well to remember that.

The Prophet Balaam
Chapters 22-24 of Numbers record the events involving a heathen prophet named Balaam.

The King of the Moabites, Balak, witnessed Israel’s victory, and employed the prophet Balaam to curse Israel: “Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed” (Numbers 22:6).

But Balaam had a meeting with God, and received the following instruction, “...thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed” (verse 12).

The report continues to show that Balaam the heathen prophet sought to detour the instruction of God. But when he meets the king of Moab, he proclaims: “How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the Lord hath not defied? For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations” (Numbers 23:8-9). What a mighty prophecy! Israel will be isolated; they shall dwell alone; they shall not be reckoned as part of the nations of the world.

Balak did not let up and continues to insist that Balaam curse Israel, yet we read in verses 21-23: “He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the Lord his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them. God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn. Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought!”

This prophecy is rather mysterious, because Bible readers know that the nation of Israel was extremely stubborn, hardheaded, and rebellious. Yet here the prophet clearly states there is no iniquity, no perverseness; it sounds like the perfect nation.

To understand this better, here is an example: if you were my neighbor, and your children misbehaved, I do not have the authority to go to your house and dispense punishment upon your children. You would vehemently protest. What happens in your family is not my business. That’s exactly what God is telling us here in this Scripture. It is none of our business what Israel does and does not do. We respect, honor, and love Israel, because that is what God does. His relationship to Israel is based on His love for the people, and woe unto us if we oppose Israel and join the nations of the world in continually condemning the Jewish nation.

Balaam, the heathen prophet, as he sees the star— “the bright and morning star,” which is Jesus Christ the Lord—finally makes this declaration, unilaterally proclaiming Israel’s victory: “I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. And Edom shall be a possession, Seir also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly” (Numbers 24:17-18).

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Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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