Israel Today

Arno Froese

For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth” (Deuteronomy 14:2).

We notice the words, “…above all the nations.” There is only one.

Israel is so distinctly different, the prophet Amos writes, “You only have I known of all the families of the earth…” (Amos 3:2a). That, without a shadow of doubt, confirms the exceptionalism of the nation Israel from among all other nations of the world.

There are several false teachings regarding Israel; one is popularly called “British Israelism.” It is built upon the assumption that Britons are the descendants of the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh. This teaching has become somewhat popular, particularly among the English-speaking nations. All others simply shake their heads and ask themselves how such fake interpretation is possible.

The intensity of God’s love for Israel is expressed with the words, “…have I known.” The word “known” is the Hebrew word yaw-dah: we find the same word, for the first time in the Bible, in Genesis 4:1a: “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived…” There is simply no closer intimacy between two people or between God and Israel than that expressed with the word yaw-dah.

Christians should never permit themselves to be led astray by nationalism, culturalism, isolationism, or many other -isms.

There is only one Israel, and Israel is the homeland of the Jews—that always was and always will be.

The prophet Amos we just quoted, concludes his message with these words: “And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God” (Amos 9:15).

The Israel of God
What about Galatians 6:16: “And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God”? This statement simply assures the believer that he or she belongs to Israel as well, but—please note—spiritually. There is no verse found in Scripture that promises geographical inheritance to a group of believers.

The often-repeated phrase “God’s country,” claimed by so many believers around the world, is in error. This country—or any other country in the world—is subject to the god of this world, for the Bible clearly says: “He who sins is of the devil.” And since all have sinned, all come short of the claim to belong to God, except those individuals who take advantage of the escape; namely, faith in Jesus Christ and His accomplished work on Calvary’s cross, when he cried out, “It is finished.”

No Jew, No Greek?
The confusion between Christians and Jews, when both are believers, was emphasized by the apostle Paul: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). Does a Jew cease to be a Jew when he believes in Jesus? Not at all, because neither does a male or a female cease to be such. Thus, a Jew and a Greek (Gentile), male and female remain the same in the flesh.

There is another connection of the Church—the true believers born again of the Spirit of God—with Israel through the father of Israel, Abraham: “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29).

Spiritually speaking, the apostle Paul explains in Romans 2:28-29: “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” This, again, is strictly on a spiritual level.

Back to Amos: “You only have I known of all the families of the earth…” is eternally valid for the past, the present, and the future. That special relationship, based on God’s unconditional calling, does not require any action on Israel’s part (although there are many other prophecies that are based upon Israel’s obedience to the commands of God).

Israel Today
This is the year that Israel celebrates its 70th birthday—that is, the new political identity established on 14 May 1948. That day caused great excitement among Christians the world over. The Jews had come back to the land of their fathers under virtually impossible circumstances.

Prophecy in Fulfillment
Already Moses proclaimed this return: “That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee” (Deuteronomy 30:3). Later, the prophet Ezekiel proclaims: “And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country” (Ezekiel 34:13). Thus, the Jews always had the promise that one day they would return to the land of their fathers: to the land of Israel, the Promised Land.

Identity
Throughout the 2,000-year dispersion into all the countries of the world, the Jews kept their identity, primarily through the synagogue. When a synagogue was destroyed, they built a new one. They treasured the Torah (the five books of Moses) and kept it protected.

Now, however, after the Jews have returned to the land of Israel, religious identity has been put into a lesser position, and security stands in first place.

The enemies around Israel tried desperately to destroy the nation, but always failed. Instead, the opposite happened: Israel’s borders were enlarged.

For now, it seems, no Arab country dares to touch Israel because of their excellent defense forces. There is little to no doubt that Israel’s military is by far the best in the world.

The required defense mechanism, forced by the enemies, has catapulted Israel to the top of the world when it comes to high tech, particularly relating to security. That, in turn, has given birth to a new industry, which seems to challenge even the United States. An article in the Jerusalem Post was headlined, “Beersheba Is the New Silicon Valley”:

The 2017 Nextech International Conference on Advanced Technologies, which took place in Beersheba, brought together industry and academia leaders from a variety of fields—medicine, robotics, satellites, cybersecurity, virtual reality, communications, and the IDF.

Among the new technologies that were showcased at the conference were a robot that harvests crops, a robot that purifies contaminated water, an autonomous submarine that can reach a depth of 300 meters below sea level, and an autonomous car.

Other special innovations were a rooster robot designed for locating and rescuing, a new video tour-planning platform, an automatic defense system against DDOS attacks that is based on a biological-immunological model, and a platform that transforms images of an apartment plan into a three-dimensional experiential tour in just one minute.
-www.jpost.com, 24 October 2017

That’s where Israel is today: successful, prosperous, and one of the world’s leading countries when it comes to agriculture, medicine, robotics, satellites, cybersecurity, virtual reality, and communications.

However, in the end, it will be interrupted by the greatest catastrophe that ever occurred; namely, the Great Tribulation. Israel will be in the position God originally intended her to be: leader of the world, a light unto the nations.

Revelation speaks of the heavenly Jerusalem descending: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea… And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it” (Revelation 21:1, 24).

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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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