As a Christian Zionist, I declare “thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God” (Ruth 1:16); and I believe that all true Christians must identify with Israel; as we are the “wild olive branch” grafted onto the olive tree by the grace of God.
Moreover, I identify with the people of Israel in their struggle and understand a little something of their pain, confusion, and their hope in the midst of continued media misrepresentation and the world’s disdain of the Jewish people and the nation of Israel.
Israel Under Fire
Israel appears to be coming under increasing criticism daily; for the very steps of self-defense which we in America take for granted as our sovereign moral right to defend of ourselves and our interests.
As a follower of Jesus, I have and can have no doubt that mankind must learn that obedience toward God and his commandments is the key to progress, whether personal or corporate, national or international.
Disobedience, on the other hand, can lead only to great difficulty. This too is the story of the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. Indeed, it appears that God’s chosen people have ascended to heights and descended to depths far beyond our experience – in both blessings and curses – in progress and disaster.
In considering the history of Israel, however, this principle alone is insufficient to explain the great magnitude of Israel’s’ sufferings. There is another dimension. Throughout history Israel has been, and continues to be, a tangible and visible target for dark spiritual forces which are directed against the living God himself.
No one can touch God; but the Jewish people and the nation of Israel are within reach of those whose hatred is directed against God, and who would attempt to foil the fulfillment of His purposes and disrupt His plan for the people of His covenant and the nation of Israel.
This hatred toward the Jews has been manifested time and again throughout the ages. To name only a sampling, there have been the crusades, the inquisition, and the pogroms.
In the last century, we have seen the Holocaust, as well as the humiliation of, and later reneging on, numerous peace agreements regarding the Land of Promise. Since the re-establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, there have been many wars and many more attacks of terror.
Most recently, there has been the Gulf War with scud missiles, threatening chemical mayhem. Then there continues to be, the forced pressure of “peace” negotiations and calls of “land for peace” – despite the fact that Israel is the only nation on Earth that was created by a sovereign act of God and whose borders are clearly defined by God.
The Land Belongs to the Jews
For in Exodus 32: 13 He said, “… all of this land which I have spoken of will I give to your descendants and they shall inherit it forever.”
And when in the summer of 2000, the Prime Minister of Israel indicated that in return for the much prayed for “peace”, Israel would be willing to give most of the territory of the Holy Land re-conquered in the 1967 War- a war commenced by the Arabs with the declared purpose of destroying Israel- to create a Palestinian state, those very Palestinians rejected the offer, declaring that the Jews had no right to Jerusalem or to the Temple Mount.
Claiming the Bible is a Lie
They claimed that the Bible was “forged” to show such a connection between the people of Israel and the site of His House, and then commenced a wave of terrorism, sending human bombs to kill and maim teenagers at discotheques and families at pizza lunches.
The PA TV video shows a woman who apparently represents “ancient Palestinians” (or possibly Muslims) going through the history of the land – replacing the Jewish people’s actual history. The woman is introduced in a peaceful scene feeding birds in a period predating the Roman conquest of Judea and destruction of the Temple in 70 CE.
The recent events in the land of Israel notwithstanding, with sorrow and regret, we must admit the truth and confess that the greatest sufferings imposed on the Jewish people and Israel throughout history have come from the so-called Christian church and from those confessing the Christian faith.
For this we must all ask their forgiveness. The forces directed against the Jews have misrepresented God and have wrongly interpreted His Word in an attempt to rob Israel of its inheritance which is based on a sovereign promise from God and an everlasting covenant (Deuteronomy 4:31).
Despite the fact that these expressions of evil are totally contrary to God’s everlasting covenant, His unchanging nature and purpose, these actions were and continue to be “justified” by these evil men and nations for their own ends.
God has not forsaken His People
But as the Bible declares, God has not forsaken His covenant people and, “as new covenant believers,” we are commanded by God’s Word to stand together with the Jewish people whom the world has abused. As the fulfillment of prophecy is for the Jewish people – the realization of their covenant and the answer to the prayers of countless generations:
“And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord the God.” (Amos 9: 15)
I agree, but it's probably more related to his age than anything else. Under 70, you can pursue your dreams. But at 75 and a bank full of investor money that now belongs to JB, why would he continue banging his head into dirt.