A Jewish Homeland

Written by David Ben-Ariel

Did God condemnrepparttar Jews to wander until Messiah comes but blessed every other tribe of Israel with a national inheritance? Does that make sense? Is God fair? Is Israel so much holier than Judah? Or could it be, as Herbert Armstrong taught in The United States and Britain in Prophecy, that Israel's punishment was to last for 2,520 years (Lev. 26:21)?

After that time, around A.D. 1800, because of ABRAHAM'S OBEDIENCE, God decreed that He would bestow His blessings. Did that 2,520 years of punishment apply only torepparttar 149398 Northern Kingdom of Israel? Does God have a double standard? Once God removedrepparttar 149399 Kingdom of Judah wasn't it His responsibility to RESTORE it atrepparttar 149400 appointed time?

Didrepparttar 149401 Anglo-Saxon and European peoples take these prophecies into their own hands? Were they able to create their countries with no divine mandate, signs and miracles, or prophetic leadership?

For those who have eyes to see,repparttar 149402 Biblical countries came into being by DIVINE MANDATE since only God determinesrepparttar 149403 rise and fall of nations! Many of our founding fathers were inspired of God, in spite of themselves, to accomplish our Manifest Destiny. God's overall plan is greater than any single man.

God stirred up Theodore Herzl to inspirerepparttar 149404 Jewish people withrepparttar 149405 Biblical idea of having a Jewish State again. He wrote and spoke about it extensively, plantingrepparttar 149406 seed of holy imagination in Judah's mind.

Later, duringrepparttar 149407 British Mandate,repparttar 149408 British began to "look favorably" uponrepparttar 149409 establishment of an independent Jewish Homeland, watering that holy seed. The Balfour Declaration was part of a divine mandate to restore Judah to "Palestine" (a Satanic wordrepparttar 149410 Romans used in an evil attempt to erase our father Israel's name offrepparttar 149411 map - Ps. 83:4).

God utilized political Zionism for His purposes, just as He utilized America's rebellion againstrepparttar 149412 English throne. Onrepparttar 149413 surface, neither were so special or righteous, but both were instrumental in fulfilling prophecy.

As forrepparttar 149414 treatment ofrepparttar 149415 former inhabitants ofrepparttar 149416 lands that God decreed for His people, whether Arabs or Indians, I'm surerepparttar 149417 Canaanites would offer scathing condemnation but others would see God's purpose being worked out, however imperfectly to limited human vision. God addresses any injustices in His own way and time (2 Sam. 21:1-14), but dismisses those charges that exaggerate or exploit them to deny our basic Biblical right torepparttar 149418 lands He has chosen for us (Acts 17:26).

Asrepparttar 149419 Greeks are representative of all Gentiles, sorepparttar 149420 Jews are representative of all Israel. It is to Israel, specifically torepparttar 149421 Jews, that God has committedrepparttar 149422 "oracles of God" (Rom. 3:2). The oracles of God includesrepparttar 149423 DIVINE COVENANTS AND PROMISES (Rom. 9:4-5). The Jews hold, in trust,repparttar 149424 Biblical land deed/covenant torepparttar 149425 Holy Land for all Twelve Tribes!

GOD MADE A LAND-COVENANT WITH ISRAEL (Gen. 12:7; 13:15; 15:18; 17:8; 26:3; 28:13; 35:12). Not once did He promiserepparttar 149426 Holy Land torepparttar 149427 "Palestinians" (Philistines) so Bible-believers must reject their illegitimate claims! Those who attempt to justify foreign occupation of our land or terrible treatment of our people because of our sins are condemning themselves before God! (Isa. 47:6; Jer. 50:7; Zech. 1:15).

There are many Scriptures that speak of a REPRESENTATIVE AMOUNT OF JEWS living in Israel before Christ comes. Shamefully, God's ministers, and consequentlyrepparttar 149428 Church, have often been BLIND to what God is doing in Israel TODAY. We've failed to seerepparttar 149429 wonders that God has wrought,repparttar 149430 TYPES that foretell of greater things to come!

We've been ignorant ofrepparttar 149431 Biblical principle of DUALITY and have nit-pickedrepparttar 149432 prophecies demanding all or nothing! With that limited vision we would've argued with Peter on Pentecost/Shavuot about Joel's prophecy being fulfilled! However, it certainly was - IN PART! (Acts 2:16-21).

Considerrepparttar 149433 following:

God promised to "save Zion, and buildrepparttar 149434 cities of Judah" (Ps. 69:35). He's faithfully done that by rewarding Jewish efforts (Annuit Coeptus) and respecting their blood, sweat and tears! (Isa. 61:4; Ps. 102:13-14). God has usedrepparttar 149435 Jews to makerepparttar 149436 desert blossom asrepparttar 149437 rose and protected them during this conversion process, just as Moses requested (Deut. 33:7).

The Suffering Servant

Written by David Ben-Ariel

Will anti-Zionist, anti-Semites blame God for encouraging and enablingrepparttar Jewish "monopoly" on suffering? After all, aren't those who refuse to forgetrepparttar 149397 horrors ofrepparttar 149398 Holocaust and warn of man's inhumanity to man, following a biblical precedent?

Didn'trepparttar 149399 Hebrew God enshrine Israel's suffering by creating a holy day to commemorate their deliverance from Egyptian bondage? Didn'trepparttar 149400 God ofrepparttar 149401 Hebrews sear Israel's suffering into mankind's memory by instituting PASSOVER, a religious festival God commands all nations to observe? Didn'trepparttar 149402 Egyptians enslave other peoples, as well? Yet who hears about them, except perhaps in a passing comment?

Didn'trepparttar 149403 God of Israel dedicate a WHOLE BOOK to a Jewish tragedy that was averted? Doesn'trepparttar 149404 Book of Esther warn anti-Semites to this day that "he that touches you touchesrepparttar 149405 apple of His eye"? (Zech. 2:8). Of what other nation has such been said? Weren't other peoples threatened throughout history and yetrepparttar 149406 Bible doesn't make mention of them?

And is it some part of a "Jewish conspiracy" forrepparttar 149407 whole world to mournrepparttar 149408 murder of Jesus Christ byrepparttar 149409 Romans (yetrepparttar 149410 Italians aren't branded to this day as "Christ-killers")? Didn'trepparttar 149411 Romans torture and crucify thousands of individuals? Are CHRISTIANSrepparttar 149412 biggest cry-babies? Has Jesus' death been exaggerated and milked for all it's worth by Christians fixated with His suffering and self-sacrifice? I'm speaking foolishly (like those who thinkrepparttar 149413 Jews have exaggerated their misery) to make a point.

It's not politically-correct, however,repparttar 149414 plain truth is that not all lives are equal. Ancient Israel recognized thatrepparttar 149415 life ofrepparttar 149416 king,repparttar 149417 nation's leader, was far more important than that of his soldiers (1 Sam. 18:3; 2 Sam. 21:17). Some people and nations have a greater influence and impact upon history. It's not because of Israel's inherent goodness or superiority, we've been warned about believing that, but because of God's overall plan and purpose. At this time, in God's plan of salvation,repparttar 149418 lives of Jews and Israelites are incomparable to any other, even as true Christians (in whom God's Spirit dwells) are greater and different than other humans who are only ordinary (1 Cor. 2:9-16). That's why it is written, "Precious inrepparttar 149419 sight ofrepparttar 149420 Lord isrepparttar 149421 death of His saints" (Ps. 116:15; Numbers 23:10). Isn't God concerned withrepparttar 149422 death of everyone?

The BIG DIFFERENCE between Jesus and Israel (physical & spiritual) versus other individuals and nations, is simply that we are GOD'S SON! (Hos. 11:1; Amos 3:2). The Bible only mentions other nations insomuch as they come in contact with Israel. The Bible is an ethnocentric book; it's all about a FOCUS ON THE FAMILY on Jacob-Israel!

God doesn't recordrepparttar 149423 suffering of others at this time, because as far asrepparttar 149424 plan of salvation goes, genocides in Africa or Asia are inconsequential! And those innocent victims who suffered and died during Hitler's War againstrepparttar 149425 Jews (first and foremost), were basically collateral damage! That's not how mankind would view it, but it is how God sees things (Isa. 55:8-9). I'm not attempting to minimize their loss, I'm just seeking to put things in a biblical perspective, however unpopular.

I'm not magnifying Israel's suffering atrepparttar 149426 expense of others, I'm just emphasizing it asrepparttar 149427 Bible would. Evenrepparttar 149428 coming Great Tribulation is referred to as "the Time of Jacob's Trouble" (Jer. 30:7). Isn't God aware that every nation on earth will suffer whenrepparttar 149429 nuclear bombs begin to drop? Yes. However, presently, other nations are expendable on account of Israel, if necessary. "For I amrepparttar 149430 LORD thy God,repparttar 149431 Holy One of Israel, thy Savior: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee (individuals), and people (nations) for thy life" (Isa. 43:3-4). And, again, "For I am with thee, saysrepparttar 149432 LORD, to save thee: though I will make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee..." (Jer. 30:11).

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