We’re not surprised that Jesus didn’t come, and the world didn’t end on May 21, 2011, are we? Even though Family Radio plastered buses and billboards with “the Bible guarantees it,” those of us who read the Bible know that isn’t so. [see Matthew 24:36]
Just one day before our supposed Doomsday, US President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu hashed it out at the White House again. Their meeting sparked declarations of “the Bible guarantees the Jews a homeland in Israel!” But those of us who read the Bible know that isn’t so.
I am pro-Israel. I’m rooting for them, just as I’m rooting for the USA. My prayers and financial support are with both countries. But I will not say that the Bible guarantees the continuance of either one, because it simply doesn’t.
God’s promises to Israel have always been conditional. [see Deuteronomy 28] If the people of Israel obey the LORD, and love and worship him alone, the Bible says that no one will be able to withstand them. Even if they’re outnumbered by bigger and stronger armies, they will possess the land. We’ve seen this play out, as recently as the 1967 war. We do not need to fear those who oppose Israel. We should instead strive to be like Rahab, whose fear of the LORD prompted her to protect God’s people in the small way in which she had opportunity. In turn, she and her family were protected. [see Joshua 2]
The Bible says if Israel allies themselves with other nations, intermarrying with them, and associating with them, “you may be sure that the LORD your God will no longer drive out these nations before you. Instead, they will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land, which the LORD your God has given you.” [see Joshua 23:12-13]
Israel, as it exists as a nation today, is democratic, multi-cultural, and supports religious freedom, as does the United States. While that is an awesome way to live, it does not meet the Biblical requirements of the covenant that Israel made with the LORD to keep the land. I hope Israel continues to grow and prosper. But if I declared that the Bible guarantees it, I would be no different than those false prophets at Family Radio.
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“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