We continually receive questions and comments about our support of the Nation of Israel. The arguments against what we believe fall into the following categories that people express to us:
1. It is a secular nation and NOT a fulfillment of prophecy.
2. Only the church is the true Israel, the real people of God.
3. Israel is the agressor and occupier of territory that belongs to the Palestinian Arabs.
4. Jews have been forsaken by God because they crucified Jesus!
5. Israel forfeited its rights as a nation and to its land because of their sin and disobedience.
6. God judged Israel and destroyed her in 70 AD – the modern State of Israel has NO connection with the Bible!
7. Israel is the main reason why there is no peace in the world!
The criticisms and comments go on and on – there are many more. So, in the face of so much Christian antagonism, why do we continue to support the modern State of Israel?
Let’s start with the fact that ISRAEL is mentioned 2566 times in the Bible – this is not a small subject! Here are the reasons we support the Nation of Israel:
1. ISRAEL is God’s CREATION!
Isaiah 43:1 says: “the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel.” Isaish 43:7 says: “I have created him for My glory.! Isaiah 43:15 adds: “I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.”
Interestingly, the word “created” is the Hebrew word “bara” which is used in Genesis 1:1 for the creation of the material and physical universe out of nothing that previously existed – read Hebrews 11:3.
2. ISRAEL is God’s CHOICE!
Deuteronomy 7:6-9 tells us “the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto Himself, ABOVE all people that are upon the face of the earth.” Isaiah 41:8 says “But thou, ISRAEL, art My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen.” Isaiah 43:10 and 44:1-2 say the same thing. We might not like it or agree that it should have been done that way, but ISRAEL is the choice of God Himself! It is the most important nation in the history of the world!
3. ISRAEL is God’s CALLING!
Isaiah 43:1 says “I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine.” Isaiah 43:7 says “called by My name,” and Isaiah 45:3 adds, “I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of ISRAEL.” Isaiah 48 says this truth three times (verses 1, 12, and 15).
4. ISRAEL is God’s CONFIRMATION!
Confirmation of what? Isaiah 44:26 answers: “That confirmeth the word of His servant, and performeth the counsel of His messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Juday, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof.” Isaiah 46:10 reminds us “My counsel shall stand and I will do all My pleasure.” Verse 11 adds: “I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.”
Psalm 105:10 makes it very clear: “and confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to ISRAEL for an everlasting covenant.”
5. ISRAEL is God’s COVENANT!
Genesis 15:18 states that God made a “covenant” with Abrahm. In Genesis 17:7-8 we learn that this covenant is “everlasting” and includes “ALL the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession.” Psalm 89:34 states that God will not break His covenant. Psalm 105:8 speaks of God giving the land to ISRAEL and says “He hath remembered His covenant forever.”
6. ISRAEL is God’s COMFORT!
God has NEVER forsaken His people, and in spite of their sin and disobedience, He will continue to comfort them, for His promises to them are NOT based on their performance but rather on His love and faithfulness! Isaiah 40:1 begins “Comfort ye, comfort ye My people, saith your God.” Isaiah 44:21 states: “O ISRAEL, thou shalt not be forgotten of Me.” Isaiah 49:11 says, “for the LORD hath comforted His people.” Isaiah 51:3 adds: “For the LORD shall comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places; and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.”
Isaiah 51:12 says, “I, even I, am He that comforteth you.” Isaiah 52:9 adds, “for the LORD hath comforted His people” and Isaiah 66:13 puts it this way: “As one whom his mother comforteth so will I comfort you.”
7. ISRAEL is God’s COMMITMENT!
This commitment is based on the PLAN of God to save them! That is the clear argument of Romans 11:25-36. Isaiah 43:25 speaks of this in a wonderful and powerful way: “I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” Isaiah 44:22 adds, “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy sins; return unto Me; for I have redeemed thee.”
Isaiah 45:17 makes it clear – “But ISRAEL shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation.” Isaiah 45:25 states, “In the LORD shall all the seed of ISRAEL be justified.” Isaiah 46:13 says, “I will place salvation in Zion for ISRAEL my glory.” Isaiah 52:11 states: “Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.”
This commitment is not only based on God’s PLAN to save them, but on His PROTECTION for them. Isaiah 41:13-14: “For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not, I will help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob and ye men of ISRAEL; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of ISRAEL.” What comfort God gives to His people when He says through the prophet – Isaiah 43:2: “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; whey thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”
Isaiah 49:16 says “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands.”
This commitment is based not only on God’s PLAN to save them, and His PROTECTION of them, but also upon the PURPOSE He has to be glorified through them. Isaiah 40:5 says, “and the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.” Isaiah 43:7 – “for I have created him for My glory.” Isaiah 43:21: “This people have I formed for Myself; they shall shew forth My praise.” Isaiah 49:3: “Thou art My servant, O ISRAEL, in whom I will be glorified.” Isaiah 60:21 and Isaiah 61:3 continue to emphasize this great truth – “that I may be glorified.”
This commitment of God to ISRAEL is not only based on God’s PLAN to save them, His PROTECTION of them that guarantees their survival and continued existence forever (Jeremiah 31:35-37), His PURPOSE to be glorified through them, but also it is based on God’s PROMISES to them found in His written Word! Isaiah 46:11 – “I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.” Isaiah 55:11 adds: “So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Make no mistake about it – God has NEVER cancelled His everlasting covenant to ISRAEL and has NEVER forsaken them!
Perhaps after reading this (if you have come this far!) you will understand more clearly why we continue to support ISRAEL! Thanks for reading!