Has God Made Provision for the Jews to have sovereignty in Israel, and Does it Matter?
Christopher Barder


In a sense it is probably helpful to answer the second question first. It is clear that in an article of this size, matters can only be touched upon and so whet appetites for more!

It does matter because God has intended the believer to walk in agreement with Him (Amos 3, 3). We are also sustained by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (Deuteronomy 8, 3; Matthew, 4, 4). Therefore the issue comes down to whether or not the hermeneutics, the very understanding of what the Bible says, reveal that God has given the Land to the Jews in perpetuity, as it is His Land to give, for the descendents of Abraham according to the covenant promise made by God (Genesis 12 and 15 for instance).

“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all people on earth will be blessed through you” says the Lord God in Genesis 12. This is made plain in relation to the Land in Genesis 15:  “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates...”

God reiterates these promises in many places. He wants the understanding of them to be explicit and internally echoing throughout the centuries. Has the Church shown respect for them down the centuries? Does it today? The issue is a spiritual one not a sentimental one. God is a Zionist, because His was the election and designation, a product of His own choice, as is clear in Exodus 33, 19 and in Romans 9, 15, which cites it: “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion”. That is a Zionist to demonstrate His faithfulness as a covenant keeping God showing the world that His word does not fall to the ground void.

There is no shadow of turning with Him and His gifts and calling are without repentance.

“As for me, this is my covenant with you:  You will be the father of many nations. ...  I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.  The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God” (Genesis 17:4,7,8). (The emphasis is the present author’s).

It is clear that the promises of God go a long way back. As for whether it matters: intelligent and diligent reading of Paul’s letter to the Romans will establish that God has never forsaken the Jewish people; that the root supports the Gentiles grafted in; that one day all Israel shall be saved. It all amounts to divine faithfulness and the one true loving God who watches over His Word to perform it. This is a message to individuals who trust Him and believe and to communities too.

In terms of practical politics, however, there are real signs of strategic favour and protection for the Jewish people in the Land of Israel, demanding response from the Church if it is to agree with God Himself.

For God has made Israel strategically capable and linked this strategic capacity with its history. The goyim, the nations round it and the EU, UN, Russia and the US under Obama in particular, seek to perpetrate strategic abuse against the very plans of God Himself. In this they are, wittingly almost certainly, in line with Islamic views of Israel to an alarming degree. They are not siding with God and Jewish safety. The prophet Amos made clear that his was the God of the Gentile nations as well as the God of Israel. It matters that the Church worldwide sees that God will judge the nations and in relation to the Jewish people and His Land being promised to them.

One quotation must stand for literally thousands of hate encouraging exhortations against the Jewish people and the State of Israel by Muslims. “O brother believers, the criminals, the terrorists - are the Jews, who have butchered our children, orphaned them, widowed our women and desecrated our holy places and sacred sites. They are the terrorists. They are the ones who must be butchered and killed, as Allah the Almighty said: 'Fight them: Allah will torture them at your hands, and will humiliate them and will help you to overcome them, and will relieve the minds of the believers...”

“Have no mercy on the Jews, no matter where they are, in any country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill them. Wherever you are, kill those Jews and those Americans who are like them - and those who stand by them - they are all in one trench, against the Arabs and the Muslims because they established Israel here, in the beating heart of the Arab world, in Palestine. They created it to be the outpost of their civilization and the vanguard of their army, and to be the sword of the West and the crusaders, hanging over the necks of the monotheists, the Muslims in these lands. They wanted the Jews to be their spearhead...”¹

God shows the centrality of the mountains of Israel and His restorative purposes after Israel’s return to the Land under His Hand. Here then is a spiritual battle of serious proportions.

"But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come.  For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown.  I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt"  (Ezekiel 36:8-10).

92% of the Biblical place names are in the mountains of Israel (Judea and Samaria), wrongly labelled the West Bank by King Abdullah of Jordan after his unrecognised (save by Britain and Pakistan) invasion of 1948.² These mountains provide line of sight defence capability and the mountain aquifer for water. Ezekiel was even told to prophesy to the mountains. They are a kind of Biblical backbone to the modern state, thought by some to represent righteousness even as the Jewish settlements do, as they proclaim before the world, the truth of Scripture.³ There is an element of security involved:

“I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be” (Ezekiel 34, 14).

Such connotations give rise to association with emotional well-being and life flowing from God to His people. Biblical symbolism frequently finds echoes in reality and prophecy is fulfilled before our very eyes. What they also show is the need all believers have to watch and pray – that is to watch the unfolding of God’s purposes and His fulfilment of His Word in relation to His ancient people.

There is, however, more. God has marked out in the natural sphere, this singular and special place, in a sense so underlining the unique spiritual calling the land and its covenant people possess.4  



Geography:

Israel is only 1/6 of 1% of the landmass of the Middle East, and 55% of Israel is desert.

Israel is roughly half the size of Lake Michigan.

The Sea of Galilee, at 695 ft. below sea level, is the lowest freshwater lake in the world.

The Dead Sea is the lowest surface point on earth, at about 1,373 feet below sea level.

Israel is the only nation in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees.

Jericho is the oldest continuously inhabited town in the world.

The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is the oldest, continually used cemetery in the world.



Demographics:

Israel's population is half the size of Metro New York City.

Israel has only 2% of the population of the Middle East.

Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees per capita in the world.

Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation in the world - by a large margin.

Israel has the highest number of scientists and technicians per capita in the world - by a large margin.

Israel has the highest number of engineers per capita in the world.

Israel has the highest number of PhD's per capita in the world.

Israel has the highest number of physicians per capita in the world.

Israel has the largest percentage of its workforce employed in technical professions in the world.

Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation in the world, per capita.

Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the Christian population has grown over the last 50 years.

Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Christians, Muslims and Jews are all free to vote.

Israel is the only country in the Middle East where women enjoy full political rights.



Economics:

Israel has the largest number of startup companies per capita in the world.

Israel is the world's largest wholesale diamond centre, finally surpassing Antwerp in the 1970's.  Most of the cut
& polished diamonds in the world come from Israel.

Israel has the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies outside of the US and Canada.

Israel was the first country to have a free trade agreement with the United States.

Apart from the Silicon Valley, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world.



Electronics:

The cell phone was developed in Israel at Motorola's largest development centre.

The Voice Mail technology was developed in Israel.

In the early 80's, IBM chose an Israeli-designed computer chip as the brains for its first personal computers.

The first anti-virus software for computers was developed in Israel in 1979.

Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed in Israel by Microsoft.

Both the Pentium-4 and Centrino processors were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel.

The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.

Israel has the highest number of home computers per capita in the world.

The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ was developed in 1996 by 4 young Israelis.

Israel was the first Middle Eastern country to launch a satellite, the Ofek 1, on September 19, 1988.



Culture:    

Hebrew is the only case of a dead national language being revived in all of world history.  Hebrew had not been spoken as a native tongue by anyone for centuries.  Today it is the native tongue of millions of people.

Israel has more museums per capita than any other nation in the world.

Israel has more orchestras per capita than any other nation in the world.

Israel publishes more books per capita than any other nation in the world.

Israel publishes more books translated from other languages than any other nation in the world.

Israel reads more books per capita than any other nation in the world.

The most independent and free Arabic press in the Middle East is in Israel.



Military/Security:

Israel has the largest fleet of F-16 aircraft outside of the US.

Israel has the world's most impenetrable airline security.

Israel spends more money per capita on its own protection than any country in the world.



Other:

Of the 175 UN Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel.  Of the 690 UN General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel.

Israel's dairy cows are the most productive dairy cows in the world.  They average 25,432 pounds of milk per cow per year, compared to just 18,747 pounds from American cows; 17,085 from Canadian cows; 13,778 from European Union cows; 10,207 from Australian cows; and 6,600 from Chinese cows.

Israelis, per capita, are the world's biggest consumers of fruits and vegetables.

Psalm 126, 1 tells of the surprise and delight when the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion in a previous period. Can anyone nowadays among the believing community worldwide doubt that God keeps His word and will continue His restorative work, bringing in the end the prophecies of Zechariah to fulfilment – and the Messiah shall return to the Mount of Olives? Who can tell of the love in the heart of God – and ignore His testimony through the apple of His eye? (Deuteronomy 32, 10. Compare Psalm 17, 8). “Zechariah 2, 8 says “...he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye”. Little more need be said about the importance of God’s provision for the Jewish people. An obedient church must agree with God’s view in all things.




¹ On 13 October 2000, the official Palestinian Authority television station broadcast live a Friday sermon in the Zayed bin Sultan Aal Nahyan mosque in Gaza. Below are excerpts from the sermon, as transcribed by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), http://www.memri.org.The speaker is Dr. Ahmad Abu Halabiya, Member of the Palestinian Authority-appointed "Fatwa Council" and former acting Rector of the Islamic University in Gaza. From http://www.iris.org.il/quotes/quote50.htm.

² See for instance http://www.internationalwallofprayer.org/A-268-The-Mountains-of-Israel.html.

³ At http://www.globalisraelalliance.com/id12.html.

4 Taken from http://www.biblicalzionist.com/facts.html.