Since the beginning HaSatan (Satan) has done everything in his power to destroy the Lord’s plan to bring salvation to the earth. He first decided to pollute mankind and drive him away from the Lord in the garden. From there it was downhill for humanity all the way.
1. Cain kills his brother Abel, Gen 4.
2. Mankind is corrupted and destroyed in the flood, Gen 6-8.
3. The Tower of Babel, Gen 9.
4. Then in Gen 12 we see that the Lord creates for Himself a people from the seed of Abraham.
The creation of the nation of Israel has always been a thorn in the side of Lucifer. From them come the promises to redeem the world. From the nation of Israel, in spite of all of their sin, the Lord has been faithful to bring forth the prophets who would foretell of the one to come who would fulfill this plan.
6 “I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness,
I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you,
And I will appoint you as a covenant to the people,
As a light to the nations,
7 To open blind eyes,
To bring out prisoners from the dungeon
And those who dwell in darkness from the prison.”
This is the crux of the problem when it comes to the Israeli “Palestinian” conflict.
Need I remind anyone that, for centuries, the Jews have been persecuted by those who called themselves “Christians” in the name of “Christ”. They have been the most persecuted reviled people on the face of the earth throughout history.
They were persecuted as far back as Moses. They have had to fight for their survival since day one of their existence, not to mention the things they brought upon themselves by their own sins. Yes, Satan has done everything he can do to wipe them off the face of this planet. Yet, not only do they continue to survive, they prosper against all odds.
Twice, after their displacement, they have come back to the land as the same people with the same language. This was unprecedented in the world until accomplished by the Lord through Israel.
They were threatened by all of their neighbors with the threat of annihilation or assimilation. They have gone into captivity and have been scattered from their land multiple times by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Muslims and others until their connection to the land was only a dream.
Around the world they were hated and persecuted by the Roman Catholics, Spanish, Russians, French, English, Germans and many many more.
So, when HaSatan realized he could not win using this strategy, he changed his battle plan. He decided to craft a people group totally made up out of thin air and he named them after the Philistines the enemies of Israel. He called them, in our modern tongue, Palestinians, a name made up by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 130 AD. This name was given to them by Hadrian to disassociate any connection the Jews had with the land.
Satan was patient until the time was ripe. (Back then he had plenty of time on his hands.) So when it was strategic to do so he used the Philistine “wannabees” to enter the land from all over the Middle East and had them claim to be the real ancient indigenous people of the land. Then they asserted that they were the ones who have suffered under the hands of the evil oppressive imperialist Zionist dogs. Somehow the oppressed became the oppressors in their own land, and the world swallowed it hook line and sinker. To make matters worse some of the Jews started believing the propaganda themselves.
The Jews felt guilty for these “poor oppressed people” so they gave them concessions by offering them a two-state solution in their own land. This was like offering a room in your house to a sex offender and asking him to be good with your beautiful daughters. After all, as long as he promised to be good he could stay in the room. But once the sex offender is let in, as long as he is there, he is going to want to defile your daughters. But I guess it is all right as long as the police know he is there, what could happen?
We all know that the UN is a just and equitable organization looking after the good of all nations. Right! Hey give the Philistine wannabees a little land and they will be satisfied. Then there will be peace. After all, they have shown themselves to be a peaceful people, right? NOT!!
Once a camel gets his nose under the tent, he wants in. Once he gets in I promise he is going to wreck the place. The problem is that all the world can see is the Jews trying to get the camel out of the tent, and all that they can say is…”be nice to the camel, he’s just a poor animal.” They should have kept their tent tied down. They should have seen from the camels’ past behavior that they don’t belong in a tent. I must admit this plan of Satan has proven to be one of his most effective to date.
Sorry to say in the eyes of the world today that which is good is declared evil and that which is evil is declared good. So it is time for the body to see this for what it is. This is a spiritual plot to emasculate the Lord of Life, Yeshua, and His people of promise. Satan might have won another battle in this arena, but the war is not over. I cheated – I read the back of the book.
Today, then, let me remind you of some of those promises that the Lord has made to Israel. These promises are not only for their benefit but for the benefit of the world.
The Lord has a plan for the Children of Israel.
The Lord has a plan for the future of Abraham’s children, and He has laid out that plan in a very clear and concise way. This plan has been articulated in the Word, and shows the deep connection between Israel and the rest of the world. I have provided the address and a brief description of the verses. I do hope you will look up each verse and read the entire passage.
2 Sam. 7:22 The Lord has established Israel as His people forever.
Jer. 10:14-16 Israel is the tribe of His inheritance.
Joel 2:18-27 The Lord will be zealous for His land.
Joel 3:1-21 The nations will be judged; Israel will be restored.
Jer. 31:35-36 The descendants of Israel will never cease to be a nation before the Lord.
Is. 62:6-7 YHVH will establish Jerusalem as the most praised place in all the earth.
All of these promises are for the benefit of the world, not just Israel. For it is through these promises that the Lord established a people for His glory to be spread out to the entire world.
Although Israel displaced the seven ungodly, immoral Canaanite nations to take their Lord-given inheritance of their land, the countries surrounding Israel did not give up the portions of their own land for the establishment of Israel. This land is part of Israel’s divine appointed inheritance. The Lord gave them this land, and to the rest of the nations, He apportioned land in conjunction with the borders of Israel.
Deut. 32:8,9 When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the children of men, He set the bounds of the peoples according to the number of the children of Israel. For Jehovah's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
Josh. 14:1 Now these are the territories which the sons of Israel inherited in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the households of the tribes of the sons of Israel apportioned to them for an inheritance,
Josh. 23:1-5 Now it came about after many days, when the LORD had given rest to Israel from all their enemies on every side, and Joshua was old, advanced in years, that Joshua called for all Israel, for their elders and their heads and their judges and their officers, and said to them, "I am old, advanced in years. "And you have seen all that the LORD your G-d has done to all these nations because of you, for the LORD your G-d is He who has been fighting for you. "See, I have apportioned to you these nations which remain as an inheritance for your tribes, with all the nations which I have cut off, from the Jordan even to the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun. "The LORD your G-d, He will thrust them out from before you and drive them from before you; and you will possess their land, just as the LORD your G-d promised you.
Ps. 78:55 He also drove out the nations before them and apportioned them for an inheritance by measurement, and made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents.
This is why Israel is so unique in its creation. They were made by the hand of the Lord Himself. He is their Creator, and He is the one who can and will maintain them according to His word. Israel is the family into which the Lord wants to adopt the Gentiles. If you are a non-Jew, be grateful that he sought you out, and did this all for you. The Lord wants to fulfill His original intent and reconcile the entire world back unto Himself. Israel is His tool and time-piece that He uses to accomplish this, whether anyone else likes it or not. That includes the world of Islam or the United Nations.
The Jewish context of the Gospel is not just an element that adds color and flavor to the message; it is the message. Israel is not just another nation among the other nations, it is the Lord’s. Threaten their existence as a people and you are acting as an enemy of the Lord. Speaking of Jerusalem in the context of the passage, the Lord says…
Zec 2:8 For thus says the LORD of hosts, "After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.
I’ll tell you one thing that I know for sure, I wouldn’t want to be the one poking the Lord in the eye.