Article of the Month

February 2009

Why Israel Can't Lose

 

Students of prophecy could probably barely keep from smiling when they saw the cover of TIME MAGAZINE for January 19th. The title was “WHY ISRAEL CAN’T WIN.”   The world in general, of course, uses a different reasoning, perspective, wisdom, and hope than is used by those guided by prophecy.  While students of the Bible are not prophets, they are convinced of certain inevitabilities for the near future.  And, while we cannot necessarily see all the intervening details clearly, the eventual outcome is both clear and secure: 

 

ISRAEL CAN’T LOSE!

 

ISRAEL AS THE CENTER OF FOCUS

 

While prophecies concerning Israel and its reestablishment in its homeland have been excitingly in the process of fulfillment since the late 1800’s, it would take a book to go into their documentation. 

 

So much has happened!

 

Today, all of the world figuratively puts its head into its hands and shakes its head.  The battles of the Middle East are a perplexity to all who do not understand the Holy Scriptures.  Yet, all seem to know, at least instinctively, that the Arab-Israeli “situation” is at the very center and root of many of the world’s current problems.

 

As we write this article, Israel is attempting to end its Gaza entanglement prompted by the terrorists’ rocketing of near-by Israeli towns.  We will come back to today; but first, let us envision the near future.

 

THE BLESSER NATION

 

“Israel shall blossom and bud and fill the face of the world with fruit.”  These are the words of Isaiah 27:6.  They epitomize God’s intent for The Jewish People once the Kingdom of God on earth has been established.  The earthly descendants of Abraham will be sought out universally, as all of the world acknowledge their need for God and acknowledge Israel as the channel of blessings they seek.  As Zechariah 8:20-23 states it:

 

 “Thus saith the Lord of Hosts: It shall yet come to pass that there shall come people and the inhabitants of many cities; and the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray  before the Lord and to seek the Lord of Hosts. I will go also.

 

“Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of Hosts in Jerusalem and to pray before the Lord.

 

“Thus saith the Lord of Hosts: In those days it shall come to pass that ten men shall take hold, out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”

 

THE INAUGURAL BATTLE

 

What is it that makes all of the world seek the blessings offered through Israel?  It is one final international commotion centered in Israel which will serve many functions.  Some people (and one scripture) call this battle “Armageddon.”  (Revelation 16:16)  This struggle will:

 

(1) expose and destroy the beliefs and structure of false Christianity;  (Revelation 14:8, 19, 20)

 

(2) destroy the credibility of all of Israel’s enemies, and

 

(3) reveal the true God to all the nations of the earth

(Ezekiel 38:14-23; Isaiah 66:18, 19), and

 

(4) miraculously deliver Israel so that they and everyone else will know Who God is, and that He intends to administer His Kingdom through Israel even as He had promised to Abraham.  (Zechariah 12:8-10)

 

The miraculous nature of this battle will be manifest.  (Zechariah 14:1-3)  Israel will appear to be losing against vast forces and odds.  It is then God’s opportunity to intervene and demonstrate worldwide Who is now in charge!  (Ezekiel 39:25-29)

 

This final battle begins when Israel (and the world) are not expecting it.  It seems apparent from prophecy that the world will think the Middle East situation has been solved.  (Ezekiel 38:10-16)

 

THE PEACE BEFORE THE GREAT BATTLE

 

Prophecy indicates that in our near future we will see a sizeable conflict between Arabs and Jews which will result in a “peace.”  It seems from the prophecies that this conflict and its resulting “peace” will actually increase the size of the current state of Israel.  (Zechariah 10:10-12; Isaiah 11:12-16; Zephaniah 2:4-10; Psalm 83; Ezekiel 38:11)  Details are not clear currently, but from the texts just cited it seems that, among other things, the Arabs will lose Gaza entirely.

 

WHERE ARE WE NOW?

 

We have seen the likelihood of a coming significant battle between Arabs and Jews which will enlarge Israel and bring some sort of resulting “peace.”  Thereafter, (Ezekiel 38), we will see a final conspiratorial invasion of Israel at the end of which God will miraculously deliver Israel and establish the long-prayed-for Kingdom when war shall be no more.  (Isaiah 2:1-4)

 

Today the world is upset over Arab-Israeli strife.  Blame-fixing is rampant.  Only God can straighten it all out.  But, man will try to straighten it out—an effort upon which God frowns.  Because mankind does not understand what God is doing, efforts at “helping”—efforts to establish a “peace process”—are all flawed.  There is a Divine warning that today’s powers should keep their hands off Israel.  The world’s powers, of course, will not hear nor listen.  But they have been warned:

 

“Behold!  I will make Jerusalem a cup of poison unto all the people round about….In that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people.  All that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces.”  (Zechariah 12:1-3)

 

SOON

 

Some might err in thinking that the above texts imply a long period of time and series of events.  This is not the case.  Jesus (in the parable of Matthew 24:32-35) points out that Israel (the fig tree) would put out leaves (symbolic of statehood—the profession of national life).  He then assures that “heaven and earth (the old religions and governments) shall pass away” within the generation of those who witnessed Israel’s statehood.  THAT IS SOON!  (Isaiah 26:1-4)

 

The place of the Jewish people in God’s plan (past, present, and future) is inescapable in the pages of the Bible.  Christianity has tended to cast off, ignore, or belittle the Jew.  But God’s promises to Israel are “without repentance.”  (Romans 11:26-29, 32-36)  Christianity in general now haughtily seems to believe that it alone has the answers.  But it has lost most of the answers; it seems not even to have the right questions to ask.  Judaism, too, is living in a senility under the Law Covenant which has made them blind to Messiah.  Many eyes are yet to be opened!  But, beginning with Israel’s coming deliverance, the desire of all nations shall come:

 

“The whole earth is at rest

and is quiet.

They break forth into singing!”

Isaiah 14:7