God is fulfilling promises today that were made to the Jewish people thousands of years ago. These promises rest on a series of legal agreements, called covenants, made between God and the Jewish people, that center on the land of Israel.#God is fulfilling promises today that were made to the #Jewish people thousands of years ago. Click To Tweet
The cornerstone covenant — the Abrahamic Covenant — grants the title deed to the land of Israel to the descendants of the line of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This unconditional, irrevocable, and everlasting promise was literally sealed in blood (Genesis 12:1-7; 13:14-18; 17:7; 1 Chronicles 16:17-18; Psalm 105:8-11; Romans 9:4)!
God’s Land Covenant promised that Israel will one day become the prime nation of the world, that is, as long as the Jewish people remain obedient to God (Deuteronomy 28:1,13).
The Davidic Covenant promises an eternal King who will descend from the line of King David. One day this Messiah will rule over the entire world from Jerusalem (2 Samuel 7:10-16).
For hundreds of years, Christians have believed that because God said so, we should naturally support the nation of Israel. Seems pretty self-explanatory, wouldn’t you say?
Well, not so, says a particular group of Christians, Christians who meet at conferences with names like Christ at the Checkpoint. They question, “Should Christians really support Israel?”
Let’s debunk seven of their most popular myths for why Christians should not support the nation of Israel.
Myth #1: “The Jews killed Jesus!”
Those who accuse the Jews of killing Jesus seem to have purposefully forgotten that the Bible says, “Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus” (Acts 4:27-28).
So, not only did both Jews and Gentiles participate in murdering Jesus, but in truth, we are all sinners, and therefore all of us are responsible for Jesus dying on the cross. But, reality check, Jesus Himself clearly stated that He alone laid down His life, and that no one took it from Him (John 10:15-18).
Myth #2: “The Jews have been disinherited because of their unbelief.”
The Jews may have been evicted from their land — twice — due to their rebellion against God. But, as Psalm 105 explains, God guaranteed in His Abrahamic Covenant that the land of Israel unconditionally and forever belongs to the children of Jacob. And, as the Apostle Paul argued in Romans 9-11, “Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself… Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all!”
And so, no, God has neither disinherited the Jewish people nor revoked His land covenants.
Myth #3: “The Church has replaced Israel and now receives her inheritance.”
Not according to the Apostle Paul! He tells the story of an olive tree whose branches were pruned off due to unbelief, and wild vines grafted on (Romans 11). But, when the natural branches began believing again, they would be grafted back on the tree. Salvation may have come to the wild olive vines — the Church — but God still has salvation planned for the natural branches — a believing Israel who will call Jesus Savior.
Myth #4: “The Jews regathering back to the land of Israel can’t be from God because they haven’t repented and accepted Jesus as their Messiah.”
The Jews returning to Israel in unbelief is exactly what God foretold would happen. Isaiah prophesied the Jews would be regathered a second time from the nations of the world, and Ezekiel made it clear that the Jews would regather in unbelief in order for God Himself to give them a new heart towards Him (Isaiah 11:10-12; Ezekiel 36:22-28). It’s no accident of history that a people dispossessed from their country for 1,900 years could ever have kept their ethnic identity and rebirthed their nation two millennia later. Such a thing has never happened! And this is the nation of the Bible we’re talking about. Therefore, the regathering of the Jews can only be a miracle from God.
Myth #5: “To support Israel is to support every action of the Israeli government.”
Nobody supports every action of any government, even their own. Supporting Israel is to support the redemptive work God is doing in bringing a remnant of their people to salvation in Christ and ultimately into the fulfilment of His covenants.
Myth #6: “The Jews stole the Palestinians’ land and live there illegally.”
First off, the Abrahamic Covenant grants the Jews the eternal deed to the land of Israel. Second, when the Jews began returning in the early 20th Century, there was no such thing as a Palestinian. The handful of Arabs living in that wasteland sold the land back to the Jews at exorbitant prices. And third, Israel was created legally in response to a United Nations declaration passed in November 1947, which authorized the establishment of a Jewish state in the land the Romans had renamed Palestine. You can’t steal land that’s already legally yours!
Myth #7: “To support Israel is to hate the Palestinian people.”
Contrary to Arab propaganda, those who call themselves Palestinians enjoy more freedoms and rights in Israel than if they lived in any Muslim nation. For it’s not the Jews who hate and abuse the Palestinians, but their own terrorist leaders who steal billions of their foreign aid and deny refugees access back to their own home countries of Syria and Jordan. Why, the Palestinians have been afforded several opportunities since 1948 to create another Palestinian state besides Jordan, but each time they have rejected those offers and instead responded with violence. Why? Because their ultimate goal is the annihilation of Israel. So, who exactly is hating who here?
With those myths busted, let’s look at some of the reasons why Christians should support Israel:
The nation of Israel is the only Western-style democracy in a sea of Islamic tyranny. Supporting Israel is to support the only nation in the Middle East which offers religious freedom and human rights to women.
Israel protects the West and Christianity by standing as the first line of defense against violent, radical Islam.
Israel contributes to the world a mind-boggling amount of food, medicines, and cutting-edge technologies that raise the standard of living throughout the world.
When it comes to supporting the nation of Israel, God promised in Genesis 12, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you…” Supporting Israel incurs God’s blessing.
It rather goes without saying that it is biblically correct for Christians to support God. Since God loves the Jewish people and wants them to return to Him, then shouldn’t Christians want this as well? Loving Israel expresses our love for God.
And finally, whether you love or hate the nation of Israel, or even the Jewish people, regardless of what we mere mortals think — Bible prophecy will be fulfilled. God’s will will be done, and there’s just no stopping it. After all, who could ever stand against the Living God and expect to win (Psalm 76:7; Hebrews 10:31)?
So, in conclusion, it’s not “Should Christians really support Israel?” but rather — Christians must support Israel!
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Excellently put forth. Please permit me I would like to correct in Myth #7 the time frame of reference should be the Balfour Declaration , 1920, and not 1948.It was Churchill who hived off a sizeable portion of the Bible land and created a country called TransJordan,having done that they should have made the “Palestinians( in fact Arabs) living in the biblical cities move over to Jordan and cleared the way for Jewish immigration.Instead brought the son of Grand Mufti in Mecca and placed him on the throne as King which was opposed by the locals and to suppress this insurrection British trained a sizeable Arab army called it Arab Legion under the leadership of Sir John Glubb Pasha. Today the problem is compounded and Britain is off the record having thrown the baby with the bath water and US is breaking its head.
I also would like to add in Myth#5- ..supporting Israel is to support every action of the government” SO WHAT lets support every action of the government of Israel. Please sir show me one government in this world which acts fair, loving, and just.NOT ONE. That’s why the bible portrays them as Ferocious animals – Daniel 7:3 following.I would rather support the government of my elder brother ( jews) even if they were wrong than to support a government of the infidels who in their own opinion may be right. As Christians we also should know that God executes his judgements on nations through Israel and he punishes the nation of Israel in his own ways, the times of enslavement and deportation is all over its time for Israel to Rise and shine. and as Believers lets give them the best possible support.God Bless Israel
Vijayakumar, so good to hear the Inbox video was a blessing to you. The Balfour Declaration made in 1917 may have expressed the British-ruled Palestine Mandate desiring to give the Jews their land back, but the UN resolution in November 1947 provided the international support for the nation of Israel, and Palestine if they so desired, to become a nation.
Is a must for every Christian to support the nation of Israel because loving them is loving God Almighty. In I Jn. 4:8 the Bible says “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
In addition, loving Israel is a road to blessings and prosperity. Is there anyone who doesn’t want to prosper and be blessed? I guess none. God promises blessings to anyone or nation that blesses Israel and whoever curses them would be cursed. All blessings on earth comes through flows through the nation of Israel. Gen.12:3-4
Finally, we should support and love Israel because God loves them
Good article–succint, to the point… I agree the Balfour Declaration ought to be in the article, but only to show that 1947 didn’t happen out of nowhere…thank you for this…blessings
also…would add to Myth #4:
“It’s no accident of history that a people dispossessed from their country for 1,900 years could ever have kept their ethnic identity and rebirthed their nation and revived a formerly “dead”/unused language (Hebrew) two millennia later.”
…can’t underline or highlight in the above paragraph
…”and revived a formerly “dead”/unused language (Hebrew)”
I have printed this several times.
The Lord had said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house and in Jerusalem,m which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my name forever.” II Kings 21:7. The connection between the Jews and Jerusalem is deeply rooted and compelling. The tie is over three thousand years old. When Arabs pray they face Mecca; when Jews pray they face Jerusalem. The Arabs have no real connection to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem must not be divided It is impossible to imagine any part of the regal city under Arab rule. Jerusalem was built stone by stone from a dusty desert town in the hills of Judea to become a thriving metropolis, sophisticated, and multinational. It is the home for the Jews, a symbol of survival through the centuries. A divided Jerusalem would mean Israel would be bereft of a peacekeeping force capable of maintaining a terrorist-free Jerusalem.
Lamb & Lion is one of my favorite programs. Thanks David and Nathan for proclaiming the truth. I refer many people who are seeking the truth to tune in to watch.
I have studied the Bible for over 50 years and can tell when someone is “blowing smoke”. You guys certainly do not. It is getting much more difficult to find people and churches that really follow the true Bible.
One of the best resources for the history of Israel was the piece put out by The 700 Club a while back called, “Whose Land is it?” I have provided the Youtube links to part 1 and 2 here:
Sam, thank you for those encouraging words and the links! So good to hear our Bible teaching materials have been a blessing to you.
Nathan, They (your teachings), have been a blessing for centuries, ok, well, decades…Just know that the effort you and David put forth are not for naught. Your compatriots and fellow believers, however silent they may be, appreciate your endeavors to bring the truth to center stage where it should be. God’s word will be heard throughout the world now and in the days of tribulation. The truth will prevail as it should for all eternity. The judgement of all people and nations will be justified in His righteousness for all time. This is the way of things as foretold. Those that acknowledge it will be vindicated and justified in the truth and preserved by it. The end result will be everlasting peace and the privilege to live in heaven forever with Christ in His paradise. Words cannot even convey what shall be for those that believe. Our challenge is to get the word out to those that are in darkness and know not the difference between the twisted lies of the devil and God’s truth and love.
Sam, what a blessing! Thank you for those encouraging words.
I believe everything that was written here is correct except number 4, the blessing part. This is a common misinterpretation of scripture (Genesis 12:3).
Was it Abraham personally who was to bless families through-out the earth? No, it was through Abraham’s seed (singular) that this blessing came 2000 years ago. It was to be Jesus Christ, who by his birth, death and resurrection blessed the people of the earth; by making a way for eternal life, for all those who would believe on him.
Galatians 3:13-16 clears this up.
13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.15 Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it. 16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ.
Nathan, Thanks for your replies. They mean a lot. With all the distractions in this life many find it difficult to maintain focus and perspective. Many lose sight and objective purpose for the reason God has put us here. We must keep unbridled attention on speaking the truth and spreading the word of Salvation that Christ gave us. Freely we have received and freely we give. No? Yes! This is the Great Commission. It should not be the great omission. Once we have done that, then we can pursue secondary goals.
The time is truly short to accomplish this goal. Selah! -And we must reach a spiritually lost and dying world with that message. There is so much effort and true enthusiasm spent to pursue this commandment, that some get lost in the details. The message is so simple and we must never waver from our primary cause.
Thank you for being salt and light in a dark world. The here and now won’t last forever. Now is the time to make our best effort to fulfill God’s plan at any cost.
Please tell Dave his dedicated and timeless efforts are appreciated to a degree he can not imagine. Many thanks to all of you and you staff who promote the Cause.
One of our Pastors believes in replacement theology, hence there is NO Israel and we are the new Israel, which I totally disagree with, he doesn’t like it when I occasionally mention how Israel is and always will belong to Jews and Gentiles, he says Those POOR Arabs when trump stated he was moving the embassy
He doesn’t like Jews at all
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