What is Israel’s future?
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you” (John 15:18).
Theologically speaking, the words Jesus spoke were addressed to His disciples; in the first place the apostles. Except for John, the apostles all experienced the hatred of the world against them. We have no Biblical record of how the apostles’ lives ended except for James, who was “put to death with the sword.” Church history fills us in on how the other apostles died.
We may now ask a logical question: why did they have to die? In the first place, to fulfill Scripture: “It is appointed unto man once to die…” But, in the apostles’ case, they had to literally and physically partake in the suffering of Christ. To the apostle Peter, Jesus said: “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God…” (John 21:18-19a).
The apostle Paul makes this profound statement about his death: “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death” (Philippians 3:10). The death of the apostles was caused on the one hand by the prince of darkness, the god of this world; but on the other hand, it was fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
About Jesus, we read in John 15:25: “…that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.” These words were fulfillment of prophecy uttered by David: “They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away” (Psalm 69:4). The key words are “hate me without a cause” and “wrongfully.”
All Bible readers know that Israel rejected the Righteous One and chose a murderer instead. Jesus did no one harm, but good, yet He was still rejected. It is this same Jesus who clearly proclaimed: “Salvation is of the Jews.” That is precisely the statement that the world at large collectively hates. Of course, they don’t outright say so or proclaim it in the news media, but their actions are much stronger than words. Thus we see, just as Israel rejected the Messiah some two thousand years ago, today the whole world collectively rejects Israel.
Someone may now object: Israel has many friends, and the United States, for example, is Israel’s closest friend. Granted, that is true, but only on the surface. It’s simply a political game; Israel is very beneficial as a friend of the United States.
For example, the most modern, sophisticated weapons have been tested in Israel; much of the know-how comes from Israel because of their experience defending themselves from their aggressive neighbors—and lately, terrorism.
We all remember when, during the first Gulf War, then president George H. W. Bush proudly proclaimed that America’s Patriot missiles were a guarantee for Israel’s security. The end result, however, was the opposite: not one single Iraqi Scud missile aimed at Israel by Saddam Hussein was shot down by the Patriot system. Israel then took these important defense issues into their own hands and developed the most accurate anti-missile system in the world, called the “Iron Dome.” That’s just one of many reasons why the United States, along with much of the Western world, exhibits at least half-hearted support for the state of Israel. But, in the end, the hatred against the Jewish people can no longer be hidden and will burst out into the open.
A recent article by the Jewish Telegraphic Association (JTA) investigates why a UK lawmaker, Jenny Tonge, hates Israel without a cause. Here is an excerpt from the article:
Reacting to the record number of anti-Semitic incidents in Britain in 2016, a lawmaker who was suspended from her party for anti-Israel rhetoric accused pro-Israel Jews of creating the situation by not criticizing the Jewish state.
“Do you NEVER consider that the actions of the Israeli government are contributing towards this rise?” Tonge wrote. “If the Board of Deputies and the CST spoke up against the abuse [of] human rights, flagrant disregard of international law and the Geneva Conventions they would do much to improve the situation here.”
Last year, she wrote to The Guardian, saying: “It is difficult to believe that a 75 percent increase in antisemitism it reports have been committed by people who simply hate Jewish people for no reason. It is surely the case these incidents are reflecting the disgust amongst the general public of the way the government of Israel treats Palestinians and manipulates the USA and ourselves to take no action.”
-www.jta.org, 3 February 2017
President of the European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor, made this statement in response: “This ambiguity…demonstrates clearly that anti-Semitism requires no outside factors and, without strong action by authorities, will continue to grow.”
Thus we see, there is no reason for anti-Semitism; it is simply hatred without a cause. It is the hidden work of the powers of darkness, which desperately seek to hinder the fulfillment of God’s prophecy. They do not want to believe nor accept Jesus’ statement: “Salvation is of the Jews,” and vehemently oppose God’s instruction to the Gentiles: “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins” (Isaiah 40:1-2).
What is Israel’s future? We know from Holy Scripture that they have the greatest future of any nation on the planet; but before that prophecy will be realized, Israel will be led into the greatest deception ever known, as recorded in John 5:43: “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.”
Midnight Call - 04/2017