Genesis 12: 1-3  ‘Now the Lord had said to Abraham, Go from your country….to the land I will show you.  I will make you into a great nation and will bless you.  I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.

I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse…’

Throughout history, the nation of Israel, or the Jewish people have been the center of controversy and the subject of much persecution.  In accordance with Biblical prophecy and historical accounts they have been both blessed by God and the object of his displeasure and discipline.  Until the re-formation of the country of Israel in 1948 the Jews were scattered for centuries to many parts of the world, as prophesied (Deuteronomy 28:64).  Since the resettling of Israel, it has prospered in many ways.  Israel has recently been recognized as one of the world’s top ten great powers, from economic, scientific, military and political perspectives.  The nation is responsible for world leading technological and scientific advances, particularly in the areas of irrigation, desalination of seawater,military weapons, and medical equipment and procedures.

Although God, in the Bible, promised the descendants of Abraham the land from the Nile River to the River Euphrates (Genesis 15:18), the country is currently one-fifth the size of the Island of Newfoundland.  In spite of it’s small size, it’s had an amazing impact on the world.  Politically, Israel is the only true democracy of all the countries of the Middle East.  Militarily, Israel is undoubtedly the most feared nation in the region, although it is surrounded by much larger countries, most of whom are committed to its destruction.   In Romans 12 Paul states that ‘all Israel shall be saved’ – a promise not given to any other nation or people.

Of course a major reason to believe the Jews are the chosen of God is that this is the race from whom He would send the Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Although the Jews have rejected Him as the Messiah, they will realize this truth during the Great Tribulation period; and 144,000 will be chosen from the 12 tribes of Israel as evangelists and will be witnesses to the world at that time. (Revelations 7:3-8)  This end-times act, along with the other evidences of God’s providential care and provision for the Jewish people leaves no doubt that they are His chosen nation.  Finally, in Psalm 122:8, Christians are encouraged to ‘pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Do you feel that Christian’s should pray

for the peace of Jerusalem

fot the Jewish people

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