The Bible and Jews Returning to Israel
One of the issues we talked about Wednesday night.
"Another 5,000 French Jews emigrated to Israel last year, figures showed Monday, continuing a trend that has seen tens of thousands quit the country after a series of attacks targeting the community.The 5,000 departures in 2016 add to the record 7,900 who left in 2015 and 7,231 in 2014. In total, 40,000 French Jews have emigrated since 2006, according to figures."
Jews are returning to Israel! This is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy!
Not so fast!
The Bible contains several prophecies concerning Israel returning to their land. Most notably Isaiah 11:11-12; Ezekiel 37:21-25, and Zechariah 10:8-10. What's the difference between the regathering of Israel in their land in these passages as compared to this news article?
According to the news article, Jews are fleeing France for Israel because of persecution. They are tired of getting beat up on, so they are returning to their land.
According to the Bible passages, Jews will return to their land when God gathers them, when He "whistles" for His people, and His king reigns. This isn't going on now.
Israel has been beat up on for years. People don't like Israel. America has long stood with Israel and I'm glad for that. To me this is like being on the schoolyard. America is the kid with lots of power and Israel is the kid who is picked on by everyone. America has used its power to protect Israel. This is cool.
The United Nations Security Council on Friday passed a resolution condemning Israel's settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The United States abstained on the resolution, allowing it to pass, rather than vetoing it -- as it usually does with resolutions it sees as overly critical of Israel.
Being against Israel is the cool thing to be. America is following the cool. I think that is unfortunate.
At the same time, I don't buy the idea that God needs America to protect Israel, nor do I think America has anything to do with Israel being regathered to their land. In fact, if America backs out, this will give God more opportunity to do the protecting, theoretically!
Christians should be careful how we view Israel. Avoid the danger of thinking Israel is gone, that the Church is fulfilling Israel's promises. We aren't. Israel's promises will be fulfilled in the Millennial Kingdom.
Avoid the error of thinking that today's political Israel are "God's chosen people." As Paul said, "Not all who are Israel are of Israel." Just because you're born a Jew doesn't mean you're automatically regathered to your land in the end.
Christians should also avoid the error of thinking America is necessary for God's plan. America is not mentioned in Bible prophecy, much to many American Christians' chagrin. America is not Jesus Part Two. There's a reason we're not mentioned--we have nothing to do with it.
I do think America should support Israel, both for political and symbolic reasons. But I also think we should be careful to separate American foreign policy from Biblical Prophecy.