Posts Tagged ‘Jewish People’


Todd BakerBy Todd Baker
B’rit Hadashah Ministries

Part of the reason for the return of Israel’s Messiah will be to enforce the everlasting decree of God’s land grant to the Jewish people and to overthrow the nations of the world in league with the anti-Christ who will violently attempt to take the land away from them (Zech. 12-14; Ezekiel 47:13-48:35). In fact, the boundaries God gave for the Promised Land stretch from the river of Egypt (Wadi el-Arish) to the Euphrates River near the Syrian/Iraqi border (Gen. 15:18-21) — an area yet to be occupied by the Jewish nation that well includes the two presently disputed areas of Gaza and the West Bank (Judea and Samaria).

The covenant God made with Abraham not only would produce the Jewish people from his posterity (“seed”) with a land to live in, but their presence in the world also would greatly benefit and bless Mankind. The Lord said:

“And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3).

Indeed the Jews have brought the world immeasurable blessings. They wrote and preserved the Scriptures (the Bible), which is the number one best-seller in the world and were the people through whom the Messiah came to redeem humanity from sin (Romans 3:2; 9:5). The Jews wrote the Bible and the Messiah Jesus is a Jew.

God subsequently reaffirmed this covenant with Abraham to his son, Isaac, and Isaac’s son, Jacob (Genesis 25:5-6; 35:9-15). From these three patriarchs, God eternally promised the land of Israel to the Jewish people. From a divine and biblical perspective then, the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people. And so God chose this Land and the Chosen People to play a central role in His plan of redemption for the world and mankind that naturally involves the past, present, and the future.

The plan of redemption for Israel and the world focuses around two epochal events — the first and second comings of the Messiah Jesus Christ. In both advents, Christ has and will personally come again directly to Israel. The covenant God made with Abraham plays a special significance and role in end-time Bible prophecy. The fact God guaranteed the people of Israel a national existence and homeland forever that brought the material and spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ to the Gentile nations basically defines and determines the primary focus of the whole eschatological program of God. The covenant of Abraham with the provisions of a land, nation, Messianic descendant, and blessing to the world is the building base and foundation upon which the plan of God is built and enlarged through the other covenants.

The creation of the Jewish people and the bestowal of a national homeland via the Abrahamic covenant were preparatory for the first coming of the Messiah. Gentiles who come to faith in Him are adopted into Abraham’s family and receive the blessing promised through that covenant (Galatians 3:8; 14-29). And just as the establishment of the Jewish people as the nation of Israel was crucial to the first coming of Christ, so too Scripture indicates that the regathering of the Jews into their ancient homeland, after being scattered throughout the world for nearly 2,000 years, and the reestablishment of the nation of Israel are necessary for the second coming. In fact, it would serve as a super-sign that will set the stage for the prophesied series of events that will culminate in the return of Christ to Israel. Without the reconstitution of the nation of Israel in our generation, none of the events of End-time prophecy could occur or be possible.

Thomas Ice and Timothy Demy articulate and underscore this point well when they write:

“God’s plan for history always moves forward in relation to what He is doing with Israel. Thus, the fact that Israel has been and continues to be reconstituted as a nation is prophetically significant, so significant that it makes Israel God’s super-sign of the end times. Were Israel not a nation again it would be impossible for events of the end times to occur since so many of them take place in that tiny country or in reference to it. But it has returned and so it is that all other aspects of Bible prophecy are also being prepared for the grand finale of history.” (Thomas Ice and Timothy Demy, Prophecy Watch, p. 61.)

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Israel Through The Eyes Of Scripture – SpiritandTruth.org (Tony Garland)
Are Israel and the church the same thing? Does God still have a plan for Israel? – GotQuestions.org
Christian Israel supporters urge Rand Paul on aid – Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Israel: The Super Sign of the End-Times (Part 1) – BPB (Todd Baker)
Soros blames Israel, encouraged by Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt – American Thinker

Jimmy DeYoungBy Dr. Jimmy DeYoung
Prophecy Today

The eight day Jewish holy day Hanukkah is the time that Jews around the world mark the rededication of the second temple in Jerusalem after the Greek leader Antiochus Epiphanes had desecrated the temple by slaughtering a pig on the temple alter. Over a three year period of time, the Jews grew strong enough to overthrow the Greek leader and the Maccabees ran Antiochus out of Israel and cleansed the temple and restored temple worship and practices.

In fact, the flask of virgin olive oil they used to relight the seven branched candelabra, the Menorah, stayed lighted for eight days – thus the Jewish holy days of Hanukkah.

Jimmy’s Prophetic Prospective on the News

The Jewish holy days of Hanukkah remind us of an event that will be repeated in the future – according to Bible prophecy.

Jewish people around the world for the eight days of Hanukkah will light a candle each day to mark the overthrow of Antiochus Epiphanes and the reconsecrating of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem over two thousand years ago.

The Maccabees rose up against the Greek leader Antiochus and after three years were able to return to temple worship and practice on Kislov 25, the Jewish month of December. Interestingly, the early church fathers selected December 25 to celebrate Christmas based upon the fact of the feast of dedication taking place on December 25, 165 B.C.

Antiochus Epiphanes had slaughtered a pig on the temple alter and stopped Jewish worship in what was referred to as the Abomination of Desolation. This event in history is a prototype of things to come, according to God’s Word found in the prophetic book of Daniel. In fact, Daniel, the ancient Jewish prophet, 360 years before the fact foretold the act by Antiochus (Daniel 11:21-35). Daniel also prewrote history about the Abomination of Desolation that will take place at the midway point of the Tribulation Period in the future (Daniel 9:27).

There will be a temple in Jerusalem desecrated once again, a temple that the Jewish people are right now prepared to build. History will be repeated – Bible prophecy will be fulfilled.

Related Links


Chanukah – Jewish Virtual Library
What is the abomination of desolation? – GotQuestions.org
As Many as 40 Killed in Israeli Wildfire on first day of Hanukkah – AOL
Daniel: The Key to Prophetic Revelation – John F. Walvoord (Book)
The Kingdom Of Greece – Bible.org (John Walvoord)

Ryan JonesBy Ryan Jones
Israel Today

In a seemingly unprecedented move, a group of Amish Christians from the US made widespread use of modern technology – including airplanes, tour buses and even iPhones – in order to come to Israel and apologize to the Jews.

The Amish are most notable to outsiders for their shunning of the technological conveniences that have made life so fast-paced for everyone else. But they did not shy away from using whatever means necessary to accomplish what they viewed as the vitally important task of making things right between their community and Israel.

The Amish, both in the US and Europe, have a long history of anti-Semitism and have traditionally been firm proponents of Replacement Theology, which claims that God cast aside the Jews for their widespread rejection of Jesus as their messiah. Many Amish once believed the Nazi Holocaust was God’s punishment for that rejection of Jesus, and actually applauded Hitler.

“We are here to say we are sorry,” group leader Ben Girod told Israel’s Channel 2 News as the group visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem. “God reminded me that this is not who He is. We no longer want to reject you or look at you as not being God’s people. You were God’s people long before we were.”

Group member Jonas added, “Our people have had some bad attitudes toward the Jewish people and have rejected the Jewish people to a certain extent, and we have come to restore that and apologize.”

In another clip, Girod is shown reading Psalm 121:4 to the group, reminding them that “He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”

But the group did not only speak of these things amongst themselves. A strong declaration printed on a beautiful parchment was presented Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, who oversees the Western Wall, on behalf of the entire Amish community. In the declaration, the Amish ask Israel’s forgiveness “for our collective sin of pride and selfishness by ignoring the plight of the Jewish people and the nation of Israel.”

The document concludes by committing the Amish from this point forward to speak out strongly in support of the Jews and the Jewish state.

During their stay in Jerusalem, the group made great efforts to interact with average Israelis, who needed little prodding to satisfy their curiosity regarding these odd-looking foreigners who had come with a message of such warmth and love.

Related Links


Amish community asks forgiveness of Jews at Kotel – Jerusalem Post
Amish representatives fly to Israel – American Thinker
Replacement Theology – BPB (James A. Showers)
Amish group travels to Israel to ask forgiveness of Jews – Examiner.com
Israel Through The Eyes Of Scripture – SpiritandTruth.org (Tony Garland)

Q. I read much of your material on the 12 tribes of Jews. Some of us have Jewish blood which we were not aware of.  Some were raised Christian and yet have discovered Jewish ancestors.  Some of these ancestors may have come from the original 12 tribes and some may have been converts.   I am pretty sure I am one of these, way way back. So many of us are “partly Jewish” even though we are fully Christian.

And my half-Jewish husband, who was also “born again”, is part of the Church already in Heaven, even though he knew positively of his Jewish roots and even of which tribes his ancestors came from (Judah and Levi).  I would assume that he is not among the “tribes of Israel” who will be identified in the last days?

A. Some have speculated that Christians who are especially attuned to Israel may have some Jewish blood from the distant past circulating through their veins. There’s no way to know for sure but it’s an interesting thought.

As for your husband, according to Gal 3:28, once a person is born again it doesn’t matter what his or her biological origin is. In Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile. I believe Paul taught that in God’s eyes the Church is also unique race, taken from among both Jews and Gentiles but no longer considered to be either (Ephes. 2:15, 1 Cor. 10:32).

Q. I want to thank you for all of your time and hard work keeping up with your wonderful site, it’s truly a blessing!! I have a question about being Jewish. Are Jewish people Jewish by DNA, or just religion? I have always though that Jewish people were Jewish by DNA. I have a friend that says she is Jewish and that being Jewish is only a religion. Can you please clear this up for me?

 

A. This is a complex issue made more confusing because the race and the religion have the same name. There are many people of Jewish blood who are not religious at all.  There are also followers of the religion who are not of Jewish blood. And then there are those who are neither Jewish by blood nor by religion, but are still called Jews. For example many Israelis are not religious, nor are they of Jewish ancestry.  Somewhere in the past their Gentile forefathers converted to Judaism and ever since then they’ve been called Jews even if they no longer practice the religion.  Many of them came from Europe after WW2 and helped re-settle Israel.

This is a situation that troubles some.  They say the people in Israel today are not biological descendants of the original 12 tribes and therefore have no right to the Promised Land. While it’s true that many Israelis are descendants of Gentile converts, there is a significant population of religious Jews in Israel today who are descendants of the 12 tribes. They’re the remnant of the original inhabitants and have a legitimate claim to the land. If the history of the Jewish people is any example, every one of the original 12 tribes is represented among the population of Israel.

Joseph FarahBy Joseph Farah
WorldNetDaily

Have you heard the latest great foreign-policy idea from Barack Obama?

He wants Israel to lease lands in historic Judea and Samaria from the Palestinian Authority.

This would presumably be a reward to the Arabs for waging nearly continuous acts of war and terrorism on the Jews for 62 years.

But what is even more shocking to me as a Christian American of Arabic heritage is that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approves of the idea in principle.

It’s a suicide pact for the Israelis – who continue to believe they can negotiate with an implacable foe hell-bent on their total annihilation.

The proposal is for a seven-year lease of the lands in question. Netanyahu’s only objection is that the term of the deal is not long enough.

“Seven years is not enough – an arrangement like this needs to last for dozens of years,” Netanyahu reportedly said behind closed doors to Israeli army radio. Another senior minister was quoted anonymously as saying “anything less than a 99-year lease is not worth talking about.”

But the Israeli leaders are missing the point – as usual.

Any agreement to lease the land bestows ownership of the land by their enemies. It thoroughly undermines the legitimate Jewish claim to land bestowed to the heirs of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

If Israel agrees that the land legitimately belongs to the Palestinians, how will it morally and legally defend the rest of its land?

The concession would represent an implicit admission that so-called Palestinians have a legitimate right of ownership to all lands under the control of Israel – including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, which are contested by the same people.

Israel has tried the old “land for peace” approach too many times. It hasn’t worked and it will never work – not with people whose ultimate objective remains the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people.

Perhaps some in Israel are tempted to try a new “bribe for peace” approach.

I sympathize with Israelis who only want to live in peace and harmony with their neighbors. But this is not the way.

Any such agreement will not only raise the stakes for the terrorists of the Palestinian Authority, but it will increase international pressure on Israel for even more absurd land concessions.

If you really think this conflict is about the Arabs not having enough land, please consult a map.

Arabs control more than 99 percent of the land mass of the Middle East. Israel controls less than 1 percent.

If you really think this conflict is about money, think again.

The Arabs control all of the oil resources of the Middle East. The Arab nations are among the wealthiest in the world. Israel has to import oil.

When conventional warfare against Israel proved unsuccessful in four major conflicts, the Arab nations began supporting the asymmetrical warfare conducted by so-called Palestinian terrorists to rid the Middle East of Jews. They brutally exploited the so-called Palestinian refugees rather than resettling them.

This proposal from Barack Obama represents nothing but a reward for six decades of anti-Semitic hatred and intimidation by Arabs – recently cheered on by Western leaders under the economic thumb of Middle Eastern oil interests.

Have we already forgotten how and why the nation of Israel was reborn in 1948? It was a direct result of the European Holocaust in which about half of all Jews perished. They were chased out of their homes in country after country as the Nazis hunted them down as part of their genocidal “final solution.”

The ideological heirs of the Nazis in the Muslim world are hard at work once again.

And, once again, a world blinded by self-interest and the possibility of quick fixes turns its back on the Jews.

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