APRIL 23, 2019
Attaining to the Promise of the Land
The land of Israel is the promised possession of our people. Yet since the days of Joshua son of Nun we have struggled to attain it. This struggle is in part due to the condition of our people. Most of our people are not committed to live in covenant faithfulness to God. Comparatively few have embraced faith in the Messiah Yeshua. We have failed to obtain this promise, because its full attainment is contingent on covenant faithfulness (Deuteronomy 19:8, 9). Christians are called to stand with Israel and affirm God’s promises to her. However, it is not wise to counsel Israel to seek to attain this promise before returning to God in the Messiah Yeshua. The day will come when all of our people embrace him. Then and only then will we attain the fullness of God’s promise to us.
The Resistance of the Nations to God’s Promise of the Land
The kingdoms of this world resist Israel’s full attainment of the promise of the Land. This brings the judgment of God. In the prophetic books of the Bible, we read that those who were instruments of judgment upon Israel were also judged, and were severely judged if they were wicked and inhumane. Currently, Israel is resisted by its immediate Arab neighbors, most non-Arab Muslim nations, and liberal secular regimes in the West. This situation will lead to judgment of these nations.
Muslim Nations Follow a Book that Denies the Truth of the Bible
The Koran explicitly denies the promise to Isaac as Abraham’s son. Incoherently, the Koran, though frequently referring to Moses, Israel and Yeshua, denies that Israel was God’s chosen people. The extension of Islam was mostly through violence and forced conversion. This is how Islamic Arabs obtained the rule of the Holy Land. God has a serious case against all the nations that deny his Word. The teaching of the Bible does not support the radical view of the separation of Church and State. Yes, the institution of the State is not to govern the institution of the Church and visa versa. However, while the State may legitimately make room for different views, even atheism, the Bible is clear that all nations are to acknowledge God and his Messiah. Indeed, the nation that will not acknowledge the place of Israel will perish (Isaiah 60:12). All nations are to submit to the universal dimensions of the Law of God. The vision of world peace in Isaiah 2 does not come through U. N. resolutions, but by the nations coming to embrace the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Yeshua and submitting to his Law.
God’s Challenge to the Nations and the Nations’ Response
God has spoken about his allocation of the Land of Israel to our people. There is no equivocation. God has asked the world to acknowledge His right to allocate one very small piece of Land. If the world acknowledges this, all peoples will come into their inheritance. However, the world has its reasons for not acknowledging this. It is a world that mostly denies God. For Arabs, it is not really about displaced Palestinians. Indeed, the Arab world rejects Jewish settlement on land that was never settled by Palestinians. They reject even the legitimacy of Tel Aviv! Why? Because, land once under the rule of Muslims must never again be ruled by so called infidels, Islam must always progress. This is dar al Islam doctrine, or the realm of Islam.
The International Law Question
The West desires to appease the Muslim world. They say that Israel’s possession of the whole Land is a violation of International Law. God’s Law and promise does not count for them as any part of International Law. What laws are being spoken of here? Was there an elected legislature that passed international laws? No. We are speaking about a recent doctrine. It is the doctrine that the status quo of borders determined after World War II, confirmed by the U. N. and rooted in the prior League of Nations mandates is to be forever enforced. Thus we have U. N. resolutions 242 and 338 that demand Israel’s return to their Pre-67 boarders. Some even declare that Israel must return to the pre-War of Independence borders (1948). A secret British position paper, leaked some years ago, declared that several Jerusalem Jewish neighborhoods were in violation of International Law because they were built on land that was, in 1947, allocated to the intended Arab state. The Arabs had never settled there! These were fully new neighborhoods.
The U. N. declares that nations must never for any reason expand their territory by war against another nation, even if clearly necessary for defense after a war. This is selectively applied! It is not applied in Africa. Russia had veto power in the U. N. Security Council as it swallowed up Eastern Europe and established puppet governments. Russia was not indicted for violation of International Law! Neither was China for the annexation and continued suppression of Tibet or Russia’s recent seizure of Crimea – Ukrainian sovereign territory.
The fact that the Jews and Christians lived in Israel and had prior claim to the Land before Islam’s violent conquest does not count. The judgment of conventional wisdom is this took place too long ago. Was it too long ago for God? Do justice issues before 1948 have no relevance? The Jews were cast out of their part of Jerusalem and their holy places desecrated after the 1948 war. Jordan was not found in violation of International Law from 1948-1967. Jordan also claimed and ruled the land allocated for a Palestinian State. Again, Jordan was never accused of violating International Law.
In the history of warfare, aggressive nations were sometimes punished. More defensible borders were the gain of the nation that successfully resisted aggression. Land expansion was considered a just result of winning against aggression. When the U. N. affirmed its partition plan, the borders drawn were terribly wrong. These borders made Israel’s defense almost impossible and tempted Arab aggressors to think they could easily conquer and destroy Israel. So in Israel’s wars, and especially in 1948 and 1967, she expanded her territory.
Here are some important facts. Though Israel in 1948 accepted the borders proposed by U. N. resolutions, the Arabs never accepted the partition. Therefore the original resolution became moot. The Arabs went to war and lost their right to this solution. Israel rightly gained territory and more defensible borders. It is indefensible, that in spite of multiple Arab wars of aggression, Israel must return to the original untenable U. N. borders. The so called International Law that Israel violates is an unjust law and in violation of God’s true International Law that supersedes all other law. There are hundreds of millions of Arabs in their own states. There has never in history been a Palestinian State. A Palestinian state partitioned from Israel was rejected by the Palestinians and the Arab States. Israel may negotiate a new solution but this should be based on today’s realities, not upon a solution whose time has long since passed and has always been impossible.
Actually, we really do not see any solution but reconciliation through the Messiah Yeshua. Only when our people turn to him will they enter into the fullness of His promises to them.
So while the nations resist Israel, they are also storing up judgment for seeking to divide the Land (Joel 3:2). For Israel, compromise for peace is another matter. That the nations would take this stand against Israel even after the holocaust is worse than immoral. Yet, it is just this situation of injustice and pressure that opens Israelis to question their situation in life. Through such questioning, Israelis are turning to God and His Messiah Yeshua. This is the most important fact of all.