What does the Bible say about Israel?
God has a lot to say about Israel and the Jewish people, and these words can be found in the most important book of all time, the Holy Bible. The Bible is filled with scripture pertaining to God’s covenant land, Israel, whether it is praying for Israel, protecting Israel, or the role of Israel in the end times. As Christians, it is important for us to stand united and support Israel, for it is THE only piece of property in this whole world that God ordains as His own. God states that Israel is the “apple of His eye” and for all those who think that God has forgotten or abandoned Israel, we can see that the 1948 creation of the State of Israel demonstrates otherwise. We can also see the prophecy of Ezekiel 37:11-14, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘O My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, My people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put My Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it,’ declares the Lord.”
The land we call Israel was given from God to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all their descendants, the Jewish people. In Genesis 12:7a, we read: “The Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your descendants I will give this land.'” Not only does God give this promise to Abraham, He REPEATS this promise again in Genesis 13:15, saying: “for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever.” He said the same thing in Genesis 15:18, “To your descendants I have given this land.” Christians are taught that everything that is repeated in the Holy Scriptures is noteworthy, so it’s obvious that Israel is very important to God. It is important to understand that in today’s times, when conflicts abound, that God’s people unite for His purposes. God made an eternal promise concerning this piece of land. Even while the Israelites complained in the desert for over forty years, God still led them to the fulfillment of His promise and guided the Israelites out of Egypt and into a land flowing with milk and honey.
Also, Israel is the land to which all Jewish people from the four corners of the Earth will return. “He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel, He will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth” (Isaiah 11:12). However, this return is not a smooth operation because being chosen is no simple task. Anyone chosen to be an example has to live according to higher standards. As far as land goes, Israel has a time for glory through tribulation. The Bible says that God will gather all nations to battle and then His glory will be revealed.
As we can see, this land is not just any other country, it is the place where God chose to reveal Himself in the context of the chosen people. It is also a place to watch as history unfolds and we draw to a culmination, the coming of the Messiah. The New Testament speaks in detail about Jesus coming back to reign in Israel. That is why we need to be alert, watching and praying to know the times we live in. It is a time to stand together, prepared and actively involved in what God is doing today in the land of Israel.