Gods Relationship With Israel
To see why Israel, a tiny nation no bigger than the state of New Jersey, one 19th the size of California, is always on the front page of the news and central to #EndTimes prophecy, we must look at God’s relationship with Israel. If we just look at the proportion of the book of Genesis devoted to this relationship, we can see it is of utmost importance to God. Only two chapters of that book are devoted to the whole creation of the world. One chapter covers the fall of man. Eight chapters cover thousands of years from creation to the time of Abraham. Thirty-eight chapters deal with God’s relationship with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the progenitors of the Jewish nation. God doesn’t waste any words in the Bible. He emphasizes what is important to Him.
Clearly Abraham had a beautiful love relationship with God, and trusted Him totally. God found Abraham utterly obedient and faithful. For this reason He made an amazing promise to him. Genesis 15-17 documents God’s covenant which changed his name from Abram to Abraham, meaning the father of many nations. God promised Abraham the possession of the land he was on and much more. He also promised the continuation of his covenant to Abrahams descendants and their descendants, and that they would be His children into eternity.
After that covenant, the Children of Israel (COI) had times of devotion alternating with great times of rebellion against God. Through the prophet Ezekiel (37) God told the Jewish nation they would be disciplined for 430 years. They were to be scattered and suffer at the hands of others throughout the world. Soon they were conquered by the Babylon (which is Baghdad today) and taken as servants. For 70 years they were held . When they were released, many wanted to stay.
The continued rebellion against God caused the exile to be multiplied by 7. Bible scholars have done the math for centuries and come up with the year 1948. On May 14, 1948 the UN dissolved the British hold over the land that is Israel, the United States recognized Israel as a sovereign state, and on May 15, 1948 Israel declared independence. With this restoration of the Jewish state, many prophecies were fulfilled in a 24 hour timeframe, which scripture said would be done in 1 day.
Studying prophecy is amazing when you realize thousands, if not millions, of people cooperate to make it happen, most who have never read the Bible. God gave us free will to either choose or reject him, because He wants a real love relationship with His children. He is patient, wanting all to be saved. But regardless of what we do, God will bring His prophecies into being, as they foretell of His ultimate victory over evil and his eternal love for His children.
The redemptive sacrifice of Christ on the cross, grafted all believers into the same family of God. This is why Christians who know this will always support their brothers and sisters in Israel. Paul tells us in Romans 15:27 “For if the Gentiles have shared in their (the Jews) spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things.” As far back as Genesis 12:3, God says, “I will bless them that bless you (the Jews) and curse him that curse you; and in thee shall all nations of the earth be blessed.”
Tomorrow we will look at a BIG picture prophecy from Daniel that is also an amazing view of the accuracy of #EndTimes prophecies. God bless!! HUGS!
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