Modern Israel In Prophecy 1

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Modern Israel In Prophecy - Part One

 

I had the privilege to take upper level history courses on European history at a Christian College. When history is taught from a God centered world view, it takes on an added dimension that is missed otherwise. In such a learning environment, one sees that history is shaped and molded by more than just the decisions and actions of men. God’s sovereignty and His existence above time enables Him to know and control the events of the future as easily as the events of the present. Therefore God accurately predicted the rise of a modern Israel in the land of Canaan 2600 years before it actually took place.

Before we take a look at modern Israel’s place in the prophetic plan of God it is valuable to note the role God played in opening up the land of Canaan to Israel in the years leading up to her re-establishment as a nation. God worked among the nations of the world to make this possible. The story of how this took place is a marvelous illustration of God’s sovereign role in the history of man.

Israel as a nation came to an end in 70 AD when the Romans moved to quell a Jewish rebellion by destroying the city of Jerusalem, its Temple and forcing most of the Jewish population to leave their land. With the exception of a hand full of Jews still living in Canaan, the Jews now found themselves living among the Gentile nations as foreigners and outcasts. The land had been closed to all Jews by Roman decree and this status was not altered when the Arab people seized control in the 7th Century. With this land under Arab rule for over 1200 years, God needed a way to end Arab control opening the door to Jewish immigration and the establishment of a new nation.

Anyone who studies European history leading up to the First World War knows that both sides of the conflict were equally responsible for starting the war. Two alliances had formed among the European nations (the Allies and the Axis) creating an atmosphere of great distrust and resulting in a massive military buildup. By 1914, the political situation in Europe was a powder keg waiting for the least little spark to set it off and that spark came with the assassination of the Archduke of Austria. Both sides immediately accused the other resulting in a declaration of war. Though each side made advances and retreats, over time the war turned into a miserable stalemate. The United States at first sought to stay neutral since this was an “European” conflict but both alliances saw the involvement of the US as a necessary key to ultimate victory. They therefore put great pressure upon the US to enter the war on “their” side and many in the US were of mixed opinion as to which direction the US should take if any. Eventually the US did enter the war and was the key to the ultimate victory of the Allied side.

At this point it should be noted that if the US had not entered the war or had entered on the side of the Axis, the land of Canaan would have remained under Arab control and unavailable for the establishment of a modern Israel. Likewise the political environment would not have evolved into the deplorable condition that demanded from the world an independent Israeli nation. It was God who determined that the US enter the war on the side of the Allies and He did it for the sake of His chosen people.

Since the US joined the Allies, the Allies won the war forcing the Axis to surrender. As part of the surrender the Allies required the Axis nations, particularly Germany, to accept full responsibility for the war and to pay the full cost incurred by the Ally nations. This resulted in two important events.

1) Liberation of the land of Canaan: The Ottoman Arab empire, being a part of the Axis, had to surrender much of the land they owned including the land of Canaan. This land was turned over to British control by the League of Nations for safe keeping until such time a decision could be made as to what to do with it. This decision was never made and Britain became the ruling authority over Canaan until the end of WW II. Thus God had wrestled the land of Canaan away from the hands of the Arabs and opened the door for a future Jewish state.

2) World War II and the Holocaust: Germany received all of the burden of responsibility for the war even though the Allies were equally at fault. As the saying goes, “the spoils of war go to the victors” and often this happens even when the victors are the instigators. Because the Allies forced this burden of blame and economic responsibility upon the Germans, it caused deep and lasting bitterness in the heart of the German people. This bitterness became the rich soil which enabled the rise of a charismatic private to the head of a nationalistic nation who sought revenge on their enemies, the allies. This private was Adolf Hitler and the German people readily accepted his vision that they were the “master race” who had a mandate to become the most powerful nation on the face of the earth. With Hitler at the helm, Germany started WWII in the quest of conquering all of Europe, Russia, North Africa, and ultimately the United States. Since Hitler needed an escape goat for Germany’s loss in World War I, he moved against the Jewish people, first putting them in concentration camps and eventually killing over 6 million in an attempt to rid the world of this “miserable race.”

These two events more than anything else were used of God to open wide the door for the Jews to return the land of their fathers. Prior to WWII, the world was not very much concern about the Jewish plight nor the fact that there was no place they could call home. Even during WW II, as Hitler waged war on the Jewish people through the Holocaust, the rumors of these activities did not raise much of concern among most American citizens. Many Jews who fled Nazi Germany to find refuge were denied access to the US and other Western nations. At the close of the war in Europe, a large ocean vessel filled beyond capacity with refugee Jews was turned away from the land of Canaan by the British and was denied access to all other countries of the world as well including the US. They were left stranded in the worse of conditions on this ship for several months as the nations of the world pondered on what to do with them.

It was at this point that the United Nations was formed and with the defeat of Germany the full story of the Holocaust was finally revealed to the nations of the world. The world was appalled at that this atrocity and was moved, at least for a short period, to do something to aid the Jewish cause. With a number of Jewish refugees needing a place to call home, the United Nations looked for a place in which the Jewish people could be established as a nation. The logical answer was the land of Canaan. The British government no longer wanted the responsibility of governing this land and since the it belonged to no nation or people it was decided that the land would be divided into two sections; one section for the Jews and one section for the Palestinian Arabs. However, for this decision to be finalized it had to be voted on by the United Nations and it required a unanimous vote. With the horrors of the Holocaust still fresh in the minds of all including those nations who have never voted on any measure supporting the Jewish people, the vote was unanimous and the Jews finally had a land to call home. 

These two important events that prepared the way for Israel to be re-established as a nation were ultimately a result of God placing the US into WW I on the side of Allies. If Germany had won WW I, there probably would not have been a WWII nor would the land of Canaan been turned over to the control of the British. The Jews would have been no closer to becoming a nation and occupying their land than they were prior to WW I. God’s sovereignly put the events into motion through His direction of the decisions and actions of the nations of the world. This work of God is truly reflected often through out the Scriptures. 

Jer 27:5-6, “I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and have given it to whom it seemed proper to Me.” NKJV

Dan 2:21-22, “And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.” NKJV

Dan 4:32, “until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses." NKJV

Rom 13:1-2, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” NKJV

Rev 1:5, “And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.” NKJV