Western intellectuals like to think themselves more sophisticated than to believe in ancient promises of blessings and curses as written in Scripture. Put that in a child’s fairy tale, a novel or a movie, and it may make for an exciting plot. But let’s not allow such to actually frame our thinking in the real world. While most people do believe there is a God, some intelligent being “out there” somewhere, the idea that He is directly involved in our daily lives runs afoul of our arrogant, self-centered belief that we are ‘the captains of our destiny’.
One of the attributes of our amazing God is that He is ‘unchanging.’ After all, if He is the God described in the Bible, with no beginning and no end, then His absolute perfection negates the possibility of any reason to change.
So, when He makes a promise, a covenant with His creation, we should understand that He will follow through. Time is not an issue to a God Who lives outside of time. As long as there is another day His promises hold constant.
When He established His covenant with Abraham, guaranteed by His own Name, He made clear that He would oversee his progeny to the end of time – and beyond.
“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” [Genesis 12:3 NIV]
We ignore this at our own peril!
We certainly know that the last phrase in this verse refers to the entrance of Immanuel (God With Us) through the lineage of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David. The most wonderful gift of our Father God – His Son, Jesus – is a laser-like light breaking through the darkness.
And the first two points, blessings and curses, are getting more play today than ever in the history of the world. The reason for that is the 1948 Miracle of the re-establishment of the nation Israel in its traditional land as promised by the original and reigning owner – Almighty God
For its part, the USA has not been the bastion of support one might expect of this tiny nation. Although we could say we ultimately played an important role in the final establishment of Israel, we certainly failed in many ways – from several of our Presidents down to the man in the street.
A succinct presentation that points out the direct link between US Presidents and their support of Israel, or lack thereof, and the resulting blessings or curses, was researched and presented by Jan Markell, founder of Olive Tree Ministries. You can listen to a synopsis of her full presentation [U.S. Presidents & Israel: A Blessing or a Cursing?] at
But what about you and I? Followers of The Way are slaves of our Master, Who very clearly is a Jew. That point alone makes Christian Anti-Semitism an oxy-moronic position of the highest order!
We live in a period of time unlike any since Jesus walked this earth. In fact, the fast track of prophecy fulfillment really began at the beginning of the twentieth century. By the year 1900 many Christians were discounting Bible prophecies, or re-analyzing them in an attempt to make sense of the “tardiness” of God.
The Balfour Declaration was a letter transmitted to Chaim Weitzman, head of the Zionist movement, in 1917. It was precipitated by the fact that the war effort was completely bogged down. Something had to change if there were to be an end to the conflict and, potentially, a victor. The declaration basically promised that the British government would work toward the creation of a homeland for the Jews in Palestine. Thirty-one years later Israel was born; and Harry Truman proudly announced the USA as the first nation to formally recognize it. A day later the combined Arab states attacked Israel. They failed – Genesis 12:3.
Dr. David Reagan, a Biblical prophecy expert and founder of Lamb & Lion Ministries, has made the following insightful statement regarding the nation of Israel:
“WWI prepared the land for the people. WWII prepared the people for the land “
God works in mysterious ways, as many will agree. But, more importantly for us to grasp is that God is at work. His plan for His Creation is set in stone. It will be accomplished!
Working with, or supporting the works of the anti-Semitic, is not an option for Christians. In fact, it is not a viable option for any nation. It is quite literally playing with fire. The Two-State solution, being pushed by the White House, is not a solution. It is like hoping a rock will turn into a loaf of bread. The Israeli leadership would be committing national suicide by giving up any more of their currently occupied land to the Palestinians. The oft stated position of the Palestinian leadership is the complete annihilation of the Jews. The PLO and Hamas are splintered groups with regard to their thirst for power, but blood brothers in the fight to destroy Israel. Lebanon based Hezbollah, puppets of their Iranian masters, at this very moment are staging Iranian short-range missiles aimed at Israeli population centers and strategic targets. The mission of these two renegade groups – to destroy Israel – has not – WILL NOT – change.
Many people will say, ‘If God would just show me a miracle I would believe Him.’ Perhaps the greatest miracle in recent centuries is the re-gathering of the Jews and the re-establishment of the nation Israel. No people, tribe or nation has ever come back from so complete a ‘diaspora’ as have the Jews. And that after nearly 2000 years. God alone has the power to accomplish such a thing!
Three thousand years ago King David wrote a song that is directed toward us in this present crisis:
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.”” [Psalm 122:6 NIV]
We know that this will not come to pass in our present world. The fulfillment of this prayer will be when Jesus sets foot on the Mount of Olives.
Watch Jerusalem. Watch Israel. As goes this little nation, so goes the future of the world.
Write your Congressional delegation. Demand that they stop playing games and press the Administration to support Israel: in the UN; in Trade Agreements; in military technology and hardware. Our staunchest ally in a region exploding with violence and anti-Christian hatred is being hammered by Western leadership for defending itself.
Show your support in your local environment. Do not sit on your hands when you see anti-Semitism played out among friends, in your schools and universities, in your town councils, in your market place.
Which side do you want to be associated with when Jesus looks you in the eye and asks, “Did you support My people Israel?”