Van Yandell

Genesis 12:3“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

I was sitting in a restaurant one morning recently with a crew of “good old boys” drinking coffee. Displayed on a wall was a flag of Israel. Someone mentioned the flag and another made the statement, “I hate Israel.” To me, that sounded almost like blasphemy and was actually somewhat frightening to hear.

I asked him, “Why would you say that?” He responded, “They are terrorists, killing everyone not just like them.” I, of course, responded with, “All they do is try to protect themselves. They are actually a peace loving people just wanting to be left alone.”

He clearly was not a student of the Old Testament and his knowledge of Israel and its history was somewhat limited. To try to explain how the Hebrews were God’s chosen people would have been futile at best.

In Genesis 12: 1-3 God said to Abram “1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (The last phrase is referring to Christ the Savior.)

So Abram left his home in the Ur of the Chaldees and moved to Canaan. With him he took his wife, Saria, his flocks and tents and obeyed God. God promised to make his offspring a great nation. God also promised to give him a parcel of land. That land is sometimes referred to as Israel or the Promised Land. The geographic description of that land is described five times in the Bible (Genesis 15: 18, Exodus 23: 31, Numbers 34: 3, Ezekiel 47: 15 and Joshua 1: 4).

The boundary to the northeast is the Euphrates River (through Babylon or Bagdad) through Syria, into Turkey. On the west is the Great Sea (Mediterranean), and then southwest to the Great River of Egypt (Nile). On the southeast, Israel’s boundary extends into Saudi Arabia and crosses the Red Sea into Egypt. That sounds really big and compared to what Israel is today, it most certainly is.

God’s promise to Abram (changed to Abraham) was not temporary; it was eternal. The country of Israel today consists of about 8300 square miles. That is approximately one seventh the size of Florida and slightly smaller than New Jersey.

The original Promised Land as described in the Bible consists of over 300,000 square miles. To put that in perspective, the state of Texas covers 268,000 square miles or about ten% smaller than the Promised Land as described in the Bible

There are many in our world today that would choose to destroy Israel. A widely believed, the Bible was written in recent years in an attempt to make people behave. Had that been the case, it obviously did not succeed. About one third of the world’s nearly 7.5 billion people are Christian. The other five billion do not agree the Bible is God’s revealing His will, His way and Himself to us.

We now have verification the Bible was written between 1900 and 3500 years ago. This is a time span of 1600 years. The forty men that wrote the Bible did not even live in the same time periods. In 1947, Bedouin shepherds threw a rock into a cave near Qumran, southeast of Jerusalem. That rock hit an earthen vessel and they heard a clink. That led to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The book of Isaiah was found in its entirety and those scrolls have been carbon dated back to between 1900 and 2300 years.

Through the fulfillment of Bible Prophesy we now know beyond any shadow of a doubt, the Bible is real and Israel is God’s chosen. Like it or not, the United States must continue to stand with Israel. It is not that the Hebrew people are any more favored by God, blessed or in any way better than the rest of God’s creation. They were chosen by God to provide a Savior for the world.

On the contrary, the Jews have paid a terrible price to be God’s chosen. They have been exiled from their homeland for over 2500 years of their history. Many rulers and nations have attempted to exterminate them. They have been persecuted, murdered and deprived of basic human rights. At times throughout history, their numbers have been reduced to a few hundred but then they repopulated into a viable people group.

God told us in Ezekiel 36: 19, Israel would be scattered over the Earth. Then in verse 24 we are told He would gather Israel to the Promised Land.

On May 14, 1948, we saw that happen. Then in June of 1967, Jerusalem was reestablished as the Capitol of Israel. Prophesy fulfilled. No other major nation has ever fallen from power and then been resurrected to its former glory. Israel did. Makes one think doesn’t it.