Thoughts to Ponder

Why Does The World Hate the Jews and Israel?

Maybe it's because they are a physical reminder of God.

Isaiah 43:10 "You are My witnesses," declares the LORD, "And My servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and believe Me And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, And there will be none after Me."

Isaiah 44:8 'Do not tremble and do not be afraid; Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me, Or is there any other Rock? I know of none.'

From Abraham, God gave the land of Caanan to the Israelites. [biblical map of Canaan] Today, that map would include Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the so-called Palestinian Territory and Israel. [current map] Because of disobedience, God caused the Israelites to be exiled away from their land, dispersing them to the four corners of the earth. This did not, however, negate the everlasting covenant God made with Abraham and to his descendents on the claim of the land of Israel.

Deuteronomy 30:3-5 The Lord will restore you from captivity, and have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you. If your outcasts are at the ends of the earth, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you back. And the Lord your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it.

In Ezekiel 37 God prophesied that Israel will be a nation again.

Ezekiel 37:11-14 Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished; We are completely cut off.' Therefore prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it, declares the LORD.'"

This event took place in 1948. Since that time, the land of Israel has been a focal point of the world and the goal of the Arab world to destroy. There was never a state of Palestine. Biblical references to "Palestine" often are about Philistine or Philistia. The Canaanites and Philistines, along with many other Biblical tribes, no longer exist, except for the Jews. Interestingly enough, the Philistines were European people from the region of Greece, not Arabs. How did "Palestine" come about? Around 135 AD, Emperor Hadrian renamed the land of Israel to Palestine to try and erase any references to Jews and Israel. Just as today, the Arab world's goal is to destroy Israel and the Jews.

Current news of the day is the ensuing battle between Israel against the Islamic terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah, that leads to Lebanon, Syria and Iran. The call for a Palestinian State is a ruse by the Arab/Muslim world to detract from their true agenda. What are world leaders saying in the midst all this conflict? Peace? if there is a Palestinian State. Peace? if Israel concede more land. Peace? if Israel stop their agression. Israel has made concessions since 1948. Israel was attacked while trying to form their young nation by the Arab/Muslims around them. Then 1956, the fight over the Suez Canal against Egypt, Syria and Jordan. The 1967 Six day War again the Arab armies made war with Israel to try and destroy them. The 1973 Yom Kippur War, Egypt and Syria attacked Israel on their most holiest day. In all four of these wars, the tiny nation of Israel was victorious against the large Arab armies, gained the lands of the Golan Heights, West Bank, and Gaza Strip. The Muslims lost these lands that they are now claiming the Jews stole from them. The chances of Israel winning these battles against the armies of the surrounding Muslim nations combined was very low. More than likely, they would be have been destroyed as a people and a nation. I believe that God had a hand in all these victories. This is the land that God gave to Abraham and his descendents through Isaac and Jacob. No one can uproot them, unless God allows it.

So is it any wonder that when missles are falling on Israeli towns, you don't hear a peep from news or world leaders, but when Israel finally retaliates against these terrorist, the world tells Israel to stop their agression.

What should we make of this? The Jews are not only a witness to the sovereignty of God, but also His power. In Ezekiel 38-39, God prophesied of nations invading Israel named Gog and Magog. These are believed to be Iran and Russia. Iran is calling for the destruction of Israel and supporting Hamas and Hezbollah in its terrorist acts against Israel. Russia has been aligned with Saddam Hussein (Iraq), Iran, North Korea, Hamas. That war will be won by the Power of the Most High, not by the might of man. Both Gog and Magog will be destroyed. Will we see these biblical events happen before our eyes? I don't know. But what I read from the Bible is that when this war happens, this will be the beginning of the end. The wrath of God will be let loose upon the earth, and those who have thumbed their nose at God will feel that wrath. Those who are in Christ, that is those who call upon His Name as Lord and Savior of their soul, will escape the wrath to come and be taken up to heaven.

That explains why people hate the Jews and why they will be a focal point in the end times, but why does God continue to bless and protect and help Israel even though they for the most part don't follow Him and have rejected His Son their Messiah? The answer to that is simple, yet very complicated. First God made promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and He will not break His promises.

Genesis 15:18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates--"

Genesis 35:10-12  God said to him, "Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel." So he named him Israel. [11] And God said to him, "I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come from your body. [12] The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you."

Notice that God didn't make this a conditional promise, He just plainly said that He would give this land to the decendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob for ever. This promise cannot be broken. Now because of disobedience, God has at times removed the Jews from the land, but it has and will remain their land until the end of time.

There is another reason that God continues to bless and help Israel, and that is because they represent Him. Now as a nation they don't think they represent God, many Jews in fact don't believe in the God of their Father Abraham, or at the very least don't think much about Him. But that doesn't matter, God and the Jews are connected and will remain connected.

2 Chron. 6:5-6 'Since the day that I brought My people from the land of Egypt, I did not choose a city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house that My name might be there, nor did I choose any man for a leader over My people Israel; but I have chosen Jerusalem that My name might be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.'

Ezekiel 20:14 "But I acted for the sake of My name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, before whose sight I had brought them out."

Whether it is the Christians, or the Muslims or anyone else in the world who look at the Jews, they see the God of the Bible. They may or may not believe in Him, but they see Him in the Jewish people. The Jews, and especially the nation of Israel, bear God's name and He is very jealous for His name:

2 Chron. 6:5-6 'Since the day that I brought My people from the land of Egypt, I did not choose a city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house that My name might be there, nor did I choose any man for a leader over My people Israel; but I have chosen Jerusalem that My name might be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.'

Ezekiel 20:14 "But I acted for the sake of My name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, before whose sight I had brought them out."

God says that sometimes He backs Israel and supports them because He refuses to allow His name to be profaned. It isn't about the Jews as individuals, it isn't even about whether they believe in God or follow Him, but rather it is about what they represent. They represent God and His holy name. He has made promises and those promises will stand. There may be give and take, and He may even allow horrible things to happen to Israel, but they will never be destroyed and God will never allow His name to be profaned.

The nation of Israel is a nation today because of these promises of God, and God's world will be fulfilled. His word says that the world will hate Israel, it also says that Jerusalem will be the focus of the world in the last days. As we see the things happening in Israel we should prepare ourselves because the time is short. I am not saying that the incidents of the last few days mean that Christ will return in the next year or soon, but He certainly could, but what I am saying is that the time is growing short and we as believers need to look up and be prepared.

Below are some news stories and comments about the current situation in Israel.

The Moment of Truth Americans need to take a hard look at what is going on in the Middle East, because it provides the clearest picture possible of the war we are in. On one side are al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hizbollah, Syria and Iran and their allies: Russia, France, Greece, and the UN majority. On the other is the only democracy in the land of Muslim and Arab terror. The origins of this front in the war on terror are crystal clear: the desire of the Muslim terrorists -- the elected majority among Palestinian Arabs and the occupying Shi'ite army in Lebanon, backed by Syria and Iran -- to destroy Israel and push the Jews into the sea.

Human Rights (Except for Jews) The main mistake lies in the fact that the Palestinian organizations did not respond correctly to the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and its consequences. Instead of beating their swords into plowshares, pens, and other things that are needed for the development of Palestinian society - in terms of the economy, society, culture, and so on - most of them read the developments incorrectly and immaturely. This was exploited by the terrorist networks, that are funded and run by the regimes of the ayatollahs in Tehran and the Ba'th [party] in Syria, and [people] have been taken in by delusions and empty slogans like "liberation from the river to the sea" [that are heard] among the poor, hungry, and desperate Palestinian masses. At present, what [these masses] need most is food, medicines, clothing, and other essentials – not explosive belts, car bombs, and the slogan, "Congratulations, oh Martyr, the black-eyed virgin awaits you."

The Jews in Prophecy Israel is always pictured as the focal point of world politics in the end times (Zechariah 12:3; 14:1-9). This has been true since the Arab oil boycott in 1973. The West suddenly realized its dependence on Arab oil and began to line up behind the Arab obsession to annihilate Israel.

These devotional is written by Ralph and Mylene Dettwiler, and reflects their views.

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These devotionals are written by Ralph Dettwiler, and reflect his views.

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