THE PRO – ISRAEL AGENDA IN PERSPECTIVE TO THE BIBLE

The pro- Israel ministries such as Christians United for Israel (aka CUFI) are generally not going to teach their followers sound Biblical doctrine concerning Israel. On the contrary, they have a political agenda and they use the texts from scripture which help support their agenda.

The problem is, the average Christian who feels endeared to Israel will often think that those with a pro Israel agenda (such as CUFI) are giving them the Bible perspective, when in reality they are not.

For example, you probably will never hear a (CUFI) leader teach that Jerusalem is no longer the place of worship for God’s people. Especially since pro Israel ministries teach that Jerusalem will be the place of worship when Christ returns.

Yet in the Bible, Jesus says otherwise in His conversation with the woman at the well in John 4.

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, NOR AT JERUSALEM, worship the Father….But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him (John 4:21, 23).

Also those with a Pro- Israel agenda will not tell you that the land promises given to Israel in the Old Testament were conditional. They want you to believe they were unconditional and that is why they only tell you verses which sound as if they are unconditional. Yet when you read and study the Bible you find out they are conditional.

Here are a few Bible facts that many Pro Israel Christians don’t know.

1. If modern Israel truly possessed the Promised Land according to scripture, it would include parts of Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Kuwait, and parts of Saudi Arabia (Genesis 15:18; Exodus 23:31; Deuteronomy 11:24). What we recognize as modern Israel is a very small fraction of the land promise inherited in scripture. Under the reign of King Solomon the Kingdom extended from the border of Egypt to the Euphrates as was promised to Abraham in Genesis (Genesis 15:18; 1 Kings 4:20-21, 24).

You would not know this ^ above ^ unless you studied what the scriptures say about the land and took into account that the Old Testament is an unfolding narrative leading to revelation of Jesus Christ.

2. The land of Promise was the inheritance and rest for Israel in contrast to Egypt which was the place of bondage. This is a type and shadow of the inheritance and rest we have in Christ in contrast to the bondage of slavery to sin and death.

3. The strangers among the Israelites who were circumcised and kept the Passover were to be counted among the Israelites as one born in the land (Exodus 12:48). In other words, those who were not Abraham’s physical descendants also became heirs to the land promise through circumcision and obedience to God’s Laws given to Israel.

4. God never promised the land of Canaan to Israel apart from serving Him (Exodus 34:8-16; Leviticus 18:24-30; Deuteronomy 19:8-9; 28:1-3, 7, 10, 15-16, 25, 63-64; Joshua 23:11-16; Jeremiah 7:4).

5. God drove out the previous inhabitants of the land because of their sins and wickedness (Deuteronomy 18:12).

6. God also promised to drive Israel out of the land if they did not keep His ordinances, statues, and judgments (Exodus 34:8-16; Leviticus 18:24-30; Joshua 23:11-16).

7. God told Israel they were only STRANGERS and TEMPERARY RESIDENTS in the land (Leviticus 25:23).

8. Through Ezekiel, God rebukes those who think they have the right to the land inheritance because they are physical descendants of Abraham only, rather than doing right in God’s sight (Ezekiel 33:23-26).

9. God promised to make the land desolate because of the sins of Israel (Ezekiel 33:25-29).

10. Within the boundaries of the Promised Land (Genesis 15), was a place known as Mount Seir. God told Moses that He had given this portion of the land not to the children of Israel, but to the children of Esau.

Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea, as the Lord spake unto me: and we compassed MOUNT SEIR many days. And the Lord spake unto me, saying, Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward. And command thou the people, saying, Ye are to pass through the coast of your brethren THE CHILDREN OF ESAU, which dwell IN SEIR; and they shall be afraid of you: take ye good heed unto yourselves therefore: Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of THEIR LAND, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir UNTO ESAU for a possession (Deuteronomy 2:1-5).

Mount Seir is in the desert area known as the Negev in the southern portion of modern Israel. The ancient town of Beersheba is also in the Negev.

If you are a follower of a Pro Israel ministry or organization and you think you have a Biblical perspective of Israel based on what those ministries/organizations are teaching you, my I encourage you to study your Bible.

When you learn what the Bible teaches – across the board –  on any biblical truth, it opens your understanding to so many more other truths within scripture.

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2 thoughts on “THE PRO – ISRAEL AGENDA IN PERSPECTIVE TO THE BIBLE

  1. Hi Michael,
    Let me first say that I really appreciate your messages, I find them both a blessing and very informative. I have been debating with a friend / pastor who believes in a National salvation of Israel and the restoration of the kingdom. He keeps referring me back to Zechariah 14. Do you have anything to help me with that text? Is Jesus going to literally return to the MT of Olives or is that symbolic?
    Dennis Gagne
    gahngyea@gmail.com

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    • At this time I do not, but thank you for provoking me to look more into it. I think it’s so important that we uderstand Zechariah 14 in view of the entire unfolding of the revelation of Jesus in scripture. Jerusalem under the old testament was a foreshadowing of the new Jerusalem. We can see that in the new testament.

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