Is The War In Israel A Sign of the End Times?
The Bible, in Deuteronomy 7:6-8, tells us that God picked Israel to be very special to Him. They are like a treasure to God, different from other countries.
“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself.”
This passage speaks to the special relationship between God and Israel.
God’s covenant with Abraham forms a foundational part of Israel’s history. This covenant included the promise of many descendants and a land that would belong to them forever. This promise extends from Abraham through Isaac and Jacob. Even when Israel does things wrong, God keeps His promise (Deuteronomy 7:7-8).
Does Israel Have a Right to the Land?
God promised land to Abraham and his descendants, covering areas from Egypt to Iraq. God repeated this promise to Isaac and Jacob. The land promised to Israel is a permanent promise. Nobody can change that. That is God’s promise. This land, historically Jewish, witnessed significant events:
- Entry of Joshua (1,400 years before Christ)
- Establishment of King David’s throne (1,000 years before Christ)
- Construction of Solomon’s Temple (957 years before Christ)
- Destruction of the Temple (70 years after Christ)
Only approximately 600 years ago did Islam begin to invade the Middle East. The idea that a piece of territory always belonged to the Palestinian state is false. What we call the Promised Land, God gave as a permanent allowance to Abraham and his descendants.
Replacement theology says the church took over Israel’s role in God’s plan. However, issues arise with this view. Why, then, do Jewish people still exist, and why was Israel established as a nation after almost 2,000 years?
The church and Israel are different, and they are not interchangeable. God hasn’t finished His plans with Israel; their special role is paused. God’s Promised Land, the blessings of Israel, has not changed.
The Future of Israel
Romans 11:25-26 prophesies a future where “all Israel will be saved,” indicating a time when Jewish people will recognize Jesus as their Messiah.
The Bible shows us a parallel of this in the story of Joseph.
- Joseph saved his people at the time; Jesus is our Savior.
- He was rejected and betrayed by his brothers; Jesus was too.
- He was sold for the price of a slave, and so was Jesus.
- He was falsely accused by a woman; Jesus was also falsely accused.
- He sat in jail with two others; one got elevated, and the other one got hanged. Jesus was hanging between two people; one went to paradise, and the other was doomed.
- Joseph’s brothers went to Egypt during the famine, and Joseph was reigning with his bride and his family. He was the right hand of Pharaoh. Similarly, Jesus is at the right hand of our Father right now, as our Intercessor, our Savior, and our King.
And the similarities go on. The Jewish brothers of Jesus who rejected Jesus are living with the idea that Jesus is dead and never rose from the dead.
However, a time is coming when real trouble and hunger is going to hit Jewish people. The Bible says, they will look at Him at whom they pierced, and they will weep; and it says that salvation will come to Israel.
That’s a beautiful prophetic picture of what will happen to Israel. They will accept their Messiah. Like the brothers of Joseph, they will embrace their Brother. They will repent, and they will cry, and there will be a reconciliation. Jesus, who was rejected by the Jewish people, will be accepted by them as their Messiah.
God is not done with Israel, so we pray for Jerusalem, as the Bible says, pray for its peace and pray that God will protect Israel.
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