A Promise is a Promise!
In the midst of Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza and certain
West Bank settlements, some Christians want to know what this has to do
with them. They wonder if God may be finally finished with Israel after
all their years of stiff necked defiance and refusal to accept Jesus as
their Lord and Savior. What they fail to consider is the fact that if God
is finished with Israel then maybe He might be finished with them as well.
Impossible you say, then read on.
Ludwig Schneider wrote “Christians note the veil over the
eyes of Jews that binds them from seeing the Messiah, but when non Jews
don’t believe that God’s promises to Israel are still valid today, there
is a veil over their hearts which encompasses all the nations. Whether Jew
or Gentile, these veils must be removed.”
The Abrahamic Covenant gave ownership of the land of Canaan
unconditionally to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It was an
everlasting possession (Genesis 17:7-8). That means forever. This was
reiterated when an Angel of the Lord said; “I brought you up out of Egypt
and led you into the land which I have sworn to your fathers and I said I
will never break my covenant” (Judges 2:1). God keeps His promises that He
confirmed to Israel as an everlasting covenant (Psalm105:6-11) and He says
that the offspring of Israel will cease from being a nation when the fixed
order of the sun, the moon and the stars departs (Jeremiah 31:35-37).
If Israel ceases to be a nation on that land, then what was
Paul speaking of when he said of the Jews that the gifts and calling of
God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29)? Jesus Himself said that all the things
talked about in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be
fulfilled. It means the Temple must be rebuilt (Daniel 9:27). The House of
David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem must recognize Him that they have
pierced (Zechariah 12:10). That will never happen if Jerusalem is ceded to
the Palestinians. Paul in his Second Letter to the church at Thessalonica
said that the antichrist will reign from the Temple (2Thess.2:4). The
Temple will not be rebuilt under Palestinian control. And finally Paul
wrote that someday all Israel will be saved (Romans 11:26). This will not
happen if Israel no longer exists.
What does all of this mean to Christians? If God promised
Israel that land and reneges on His promise, then He might renege on your
promise of salvation. Paul wrote to Titus about “the hope of eternal life
which God promised ages ago” (Titus 1:2). God cannot lie and His promises
are faithful (Hebrews 10:23). Thus if God keeps his promises to Israel and
the land, then he will keep his promises to you about eternal salvation.
Watch God working with Israel and rest assured that He will keep working
with you because a promise is a promise!
About the Author:
Stephen M. Yulish, born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1947, received
his BA from Case Western Reserve University in 1969, his MA in 1972, and
his PhD in 1975 from the University of Illinois. His first book, The
Search for a Civic Religion, was published in 1980. He was an Assistant
Professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson and then became a Jewish
Community Professional in Phoenix. Currently disabled with Multiple
Sclerosis, the author is co-leader of Chayim Chadashim Messianic
Fellowship and is on the Board of Reference for Jewish Voice Prophetic
Magazine. He lives in Flagstaff, AZ, with his wife Paula and daughter
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