How should a Christian see current events in Israel? Who should they support, the Palestinian Cause, or the Israeli cause?
In a book I have from Logos, a woman discusses a Bible study she was at…
Scripture’s ability to help people understand modern-day circumstances was evident at a recent prayer gathering where Kay Arthur spoke. A woman came up to her afterwards to discuss some insights she had gotten while Arthur was reading from the book of Ezekiel. “She said, ‘when we were reading Ezekiel today, I noticed that it kept talking about the land, the land, the land.’ And I said, ‘you’re right. That’s a very good observation.’ We were reading it aloud, marking the text, and when you go through the Bible, starting in Genesis, and you mark every reference to the land of Israel (the land that God plans to give to Abraham as a covenant, as an everlasting possession) suddenly the Middle East situation and the idea of Israel giving away part of their land seems wrong, because they’re going against the Word of God.”
Christy Tennant, “Kay Arthur: Inductive Bible Study: Observation, Interpretation & Application,” in Study the Word: 12 Christian Leaders on Bible Study, ed. John D. Barry, Rebecca Van Noord, and Jessi Strong, Bible Study Magazine (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2014).
What utterly astounds me is that many Christians reject the word of God, and instead follow the media and the skewed presentation of the facts they force upon the public. Everyone’s been in an uproar about whether there’s fake news or not – I can honestly tell you that – oh, yeah… there’s fake news. Almost all of it. You’re certainly not being told any truth on the TV at ALL.
Simple facts. God promised Abraham all the land he could see, and God even specified the limits of it. It certainly went much farther than what Abraham could see, as Abraham’s line of sight was limited to 17 miles.
“In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.” (Genesis 15:18–21, KJV)
That’s a big chunk of land, and Israel does not possess all of that yet. That means Syria, Lebanon, part of Iraq, and part of Egypt all belong to Israel.
God promised it.
So, what about the Palestinians?
Let me very briefly explain that. The Media shows you the Palestinians, and then they start talking about those people who owned the land before the Jews were brought in en masse by England and given the land.
That’s like showing you a tiger and talking about an ostrich.
Previous to World War II, Israel was sparsely settled, by a mixed population of Jews and Arabs. Many of the houses we’re shown on TV that the media references as having belonged to “Palestinians” actually belonged to Jews. Many of these Arabs who lived in Israel when the larger waves of emigrants from Europe came in packed up and… left. Like Benny Hinn. Whose father, by the way, was NEVER mayor of Jaffa.
So… who are these Palestinians? The day that Israel declared itself a nation – and the President of the United States, against all recommendations recognized it, because he’d read in his Bible the passage above. So, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and a couple of other countries massed their armies. They swore to their troops, “What you conquer, you will keep.” The troops gave away everything they owned, houses, property, land. And their families came behind the armies, prepared to take whatever they could grasp, after they murdered all the Jews in Israel.
They attacked without warning – kind of like 9-11. The declaration of war was in the form of artillery fire, as the troops poured over the border.
Israel fought back, and drove the attackers right back to the borders of their countries. In the case of Egyptian troops, they were driven back all the way across the Sinai far into Egypt.
And the attackers found the borders locked. They literally were locked out of their countries. “Sorry, you gave your stuff away. Good luck.”
So Israel did something no other nation has ever done to an invading army. They allowed them to put down their weapons and return to Israel, to live in refugee camps until the Israeli government could figure out what to do with them.
That’s the Palestinians. An invading army who was defeated and given aide by the very nation they invaded. The modern Palestinians are the descendants of those invading soldiers.
The Palestinians constantly speak of Israel as their land. it is their land only in the sense that their grandparents were promised they could keep what they took in warfare. They lost. It would be like Germany suddenly rioting and blowing themselves up in Paris, because they invaded years ago and had conquered France, so that’s their “homeland”.
The Palestinians want a homeland? They had one. Syria. Egypt. Lebanon. Massive invading forces were wiped out, and beaten. Is it Israel’s fault that all their countries got mad and locked the doors? Whose fault is it? Is it Israel’s fault that Syria, Lebanon and Egypt locked the borders and would not allow their own soldiers to return in disgrace, and uproot all the people the soldiers had given their land to?
Why did these countries do this? The orders literally were, “Conquer Israel and massacre all the Jews, or let no one come back alive.” The soldiers disobeyed the orders, and refused to be wiped out to the last man. So, those countries locked the borders.
And according to the media, it’s Israel’s fault.
Before anyone begins complaining and asking where I got my facts from, that’s your hint. It’s contained in news broadcasts of the 1948 war. It’s contained in the Encyclopedia Britannica. And you can find all the details in factsandlogic.org.
And if you’re a Christian, your mind on who you should support should have been made up once you read Genesis 15.