Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.
Before I begin this article let me say clearly that I am not anti-Arab. But I am firmly against any Arab (or anyone else) that supports and spreads these anti-Jewish claims).
In parts one and two of ‘Israel vs The Palestinians’, we explored how the ‘Palestinian’ claims to the land of Israel are based upon lie upon lie upon lie. As Walter Scott once wrote, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive“. But what about the Jewish claim to the land? Their claim needs to have complete validity, because otherwise a two-state solution would indeed seem to be the most fair compromise.
If you claim to be a Christian, but question whether the Jews ever lived in Israel, you had better examine exactly what you DO believe in the Bible.
One of the Arab claims, is that the Jews have no connection to the land now called Israel. As Christians we can, and should, dismiss that claim as being totally ridiculous. There is no way that you can be a Bible-believing Christian and not accept that the Jews (or the Israelites to be accurate) left Egypt under Moses and conquered the land of Canaan under Joshua. You also cannot dispute that the land became known as Israel and, despite some major upheavals along the way, the Jews were still there at the time of Jesus – that is historical fact and I do not want to waste time here discussing it. If you claim to be a Christian, but question whether the Jews ever lived in Israel, you had better examine exactly what you DO believe in the Bible. Instead, we will focus on whether the modern Jews have any claim to the land previously known as Palestine.
Unto thy seed have I given this land.
Firstly let’s see what God originally promised to the children of Israel, and then see if that promise still applies today. In Genesis 15:18, God said to Abram (later Abraham) as He made covenant with him, “Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates“. After the Israelites had left Egypt and were preparing to take the promised land, God repeated this promise, “From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast” (Joshua 1:4). If this promise still applies, Israel is only currently in possession of a fraction of the land that they are entitled to. If the promise still applies, as well as its current land, Israel is also entitled to:
- The entire West Bank (or Judea & Samaria to give it its correct name)
- The Gaza Strip
- Part of Egypt
- Part of Syria
- All of Jordan
- Part of Saudi Arabia
- Part of Iraq
God said he would give the land to the children of Israel forever.
But of course, that all depends on the answer to the question: Does the promise that God made to Abraham, still apply today? Look at Genesis 13:14-15, “The Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever“. God said he would give the land to the children of Israel forever. The Google online dictionary defines ‘forever’ as: “For all future time, for always“. In other words the promise does indeed still apply today. The Chumash acknowledges that forever does not mean that the Jews would always possess the land. It is an historical fact that for many centuries of exile, they did not possess the land (although there was always a Jewish presence, a remnant in the land). The Chumash states though, that the nation of Israel and the land of Israel would always be destined for one another.
The Jews spent many years in exile because of their disobedience.
Deuteronomy 4:40 in the New King James Version says, “You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time“. It is true that the Jews spent many years in exile because of their disobedience, but that did not alter their right to the land. God very clearly said that He was giving it to them “for all time“. You cannot, as a Christian, argue that God’s promise to the Jewish people no longer applies, when God used phrases like, “forever” and “for all time“. We have already seen that the nation of Israel is entitled to far more land than what they currently possess and at the very least they should take complete possession and control of the entire (so-called) West Bank and reclaim the Gaza Strip – which should never have been given away. The Gaza Strip was used by the Philistines to launch attacks against the Israelites in times past, and so to give the Gaza Strip to people who make the Philistines look like fluffy teddy bears, was not the best policy decision Israel has taken.
No compromise is ever enough.
Which brings us to one of the biggest mistakes of Israeli government policy: The acknowledgement (by even discussing the issue) that there is some legitimacy to the Arab claim, despite all their lies. The truth is that there is absolutely no legitimacy whatsoever to the Arab / Muslim claim; God promised a certain portion of land to the children of Israel, to be theirs forever – case closed! But, so far, the Israeli government has sought compromise, they have sought peace with a people who teach hatred to their children. For example, the Gaza Strip was given to the Arabs in 2005 by Israel, as an attempt at compromise, a gesture of goodwill. But has it brought peace? No, far from it! The Gaza Strip has served as a base from which to launch rockets or dig tunnels into Israel. By right the Gaza Strip belongs to Israel, it does not belong to the Arabs – God has given the Arabs plenty of land outside of the land He promised to the Jews. By negotiating and attempting to make peace with the Arabs who call themselves ‘Palestinians’, the Israelis are saying that they might have a valid argument – but they do not!
Much of Israeli policy is based on trying to appease the world, to keep the world onside – you may have noticed though that it’s not working, and it will never work. Despite their attempts at compromise, the world still vilifies the Israelis (along with many ‘Christians’). The world still talks of ‘illegal settlements’, of ‘occupied Palestinian land’, of ‘Israeli oppression and aggression’, of an ‘apartheid state’, of ‘the suffering of the Palestinian people’, etc. Nothing that Israel does is ever good enough, no compromise is ever enough.
The world will only ever be satisfied with complete surrender.
Before we continue, let’s take note of what we can learn from this. As we saw above, Israeli compromises are never enough, likewise any attempt that we make to compromise our Christian beliefs to fit in with the world is never going to be enough; just as with Israel, it is only going to bring more problems. The world will only ever be satisfied with complete surrender – and that applies equally to Israel and to us. Instead of being concerned with the opinions of a world that has turned against God, Israel should instead set their hearts to seek the will of God and then carry out that will regardless of whether the world likes it or not. If Israel does that, they will prosper. We too should do exactly the same. Israel needs to stop compromising and boldly claim what is rightfully theirs and as Christians, we do too.
They are God’s people as much as we are.
But with regards to the Jewish claim to the land, which is the topic of this post, we have seen that their claim is absolutely rock-solid. Which means that we should be 100% behind them with regards to the Palestinian issue. It means that you should never again talk about how the ‘poor Palestinians’ are suffering because of the Israelis – recognise that what you see on the news is a distorted version of reality. People will be against you when you stand up for Israel, but the Jews are God’s people as much as we are and we should be on their side. God said He would bless those who bless Israel and curse those who are against Israel, and make no bones about it – if you even remotely side with the ‘Palestinians’, you are against Israel.
Historically, the Church made the wrong choice and we cannot change those past mistakes, but now we have our own choice to make. So make your choice today: What do you want? To be blessed, or to be cursed?
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