It seems that all we hear in the news about the Middle East is another outburst of violence, or a threat of one.
The Bible makes it clear in the last days Israel would be surrounded by her enemies and would be the focus of global attention.
Israel appears 2,566 times in the Bible. Jerusalem is named more than 800 times. The expression “God of Israel” appears over 200 times. Jerusalem and Israel are subjects very close to the heart of God.
Satan hates God and his chosen vessel, the Jews. Over the years he has found many partners only too eager to persecute and even kill God’s chosen people.
Many people will celebrate Christmas because 2,000 years ago Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. The wise men from the east declared him “King of the Jews.” Most people attach no literal meaning to that title, especially one that has anything to do with Jews. Jesus was a Jew. He descended from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jesus clearly identified himself with the Jews and nation Israel.
God used the Jews to bring His word, the law and morality, to the Earth and then sent His son, Jesus, in a Jewish body to save the world from its sin and destroy the works of Satan.
In all the ages God has had only one plan, and that plan is that His glory and His salvation should go forth from Israel to all nations. Israel and Jerusalem are truly unique in that they are central in God’s great plan for humanity.
The Bible makes it clear that the choice of the Jewish people was for God’s own redemptive purposes on Earth. God chose Israel to introduce the Savior to the world, His only son Jesus Christ, and the King of the Jews.