The real borders of Israel

Arno Froese

For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth” (Isaiah 62:1).

This was prophesied almost 2,700 years ago. God’s eternal plan is crystal clear. He cares about Zion, He cares about Jerusalem, and He cares about His people, as we can read in the last two verses: “Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken” (11-12). Here we see that the world is included. What are we to do? “Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh…” Of course, we know that salvation did come but, collectively under the authority of the religious leaders, Israel rejected the salvation offered through Christ the Messiah, the Redeemer and King of the Jews.

We know from history that the city was destroyed and forsaken when Nebuchadnezzar led Judah into captivity. Later, after 70 years of captivity, the temple was rebuilt and completed in 515 BC. The last of the prophets, Malachi, prophesied from 431-425 BC. Then came the long silence until Jesus came. What did He say about Jerusalem and the temple? “…See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down” (Matthew 24:2). The fulfillment took place in the year 70 AD, when the Roman forces conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the temple.

It is beneficial to read the entire chapter of Isaiah 62 and realize that these are the direct words of God. He begins with Jerusalem, and He ends with the words, “…a city not forsaken.”

Jerusalem Today
Times of Israel wrote the following:

In an unexpected, unprecedented and curious move, Moscow said it considers West Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital, making Russia the first country in the world to extend such a recognition to any part of the city.

“We reaffirm our commitment to the UN-approved principles for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement, which include the status of East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state. At the same time, we must state that in this context we view West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said in a statement.
-timesofisrael.com, 6 April 2017

 

Eight months later, on 6 December 2017, US President Donald Trump formally announced the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

While Russia’s recognition barely made the headlines, President Trump’s announcement caused uproar in the Middle East and in the Islamic world.

While we highly admire the courage of Russia and the USA in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, we must keep in mind that, whatever manmade decisions are made about Jerusalem and Israel are not final. They may say this or that, or do this or that; it changes little to nothing in God’s resolution regarding the city of Jerusalem and the land of Israel.

It is of interest that on 17 May 1948, the Soviet Union—followed by Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Ireland, and South Africa—officially recognized the State of Israel. Eight months later, the United States officially recognized the State of Israel on 31 January 1949. How much do these recognitions mean? We may give two answers: very much, and little if anything. Why? Because the God of Israel, the Creator of heaven and earth, does not depend on what politicians do or don’t do, what they say or don’t say.

Here is the great confrontation for the Church: if Jerusalem causes so much controversy throughout the world, then we might ask: how much controversy will the real borders of Israel cause? The biblical borders are revealed to the world’s leaders: “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates” (Genesis 15:18).

We cannot go wrong when we base our statements on Holy Scripture, and there we simply learn that God is in control. As for the nations of the world, He has this to say: “All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity” (Isaiah 40:17).

Nevertheless we, as Bible-believing Christians, rejoice when politicians make decisions in the right direction.

Midnight Call - 04/2018

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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