by Lee Underwood, Editor,
Emet News Service
[Used by permission. For his full article click here]
"If a so-called 'Palestinian' state were to be established in Yesha would it mean the destruction of the state of Israel? The nation of Israel would be reduced to a narrow strip of land varying in width from 9 miles to 22 miles surrounded by their sworn enemies on three sides and the Mediterranean Sea on the other. The odds would not look good for the tiny nation in this situation. But, again, would it mean the end of Israel?
"The uniqueness of Israel is that it is the only nation that G-d, the Creator of all things, has chosen as His own. It is the only nation to which G-d gave His Law, the living oracles. It is the only nation which He has declared that He will dwell in the midst of for all eternity. It is also the only nation that He gave to dwell in the midst of the Land of Israel, "And I will fix your boundary from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the River Euphrates" Exodus 23:31
. The covenant between the G-d of Israel and the people of Israel regarding the Land of Israel is an eternal one. While G-d may have judged Israel and driven her from the Land 2,500 years ago, there was always a promise that He would regather her back to the Land. (See: Isaiah 10:20-22; 37:12-13; 37:31-32; Jeremiah 16:14-16; 23:3; 29:14; 32:37-38; 31:10; Ezekiel 11:16-17; 34:13; Micah 2:12-13
; among others.)
"G-d declared through the prophet Jeremiah, "Thus says the L-rd, who gives the sun for light by day, and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; the L-rd of hosts is His name: 'If this fixed order departs from before Me,' declares the L-rd, 'then the offspring of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me forever.' Thus says the L-rd, 'If the heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out below, then I will also cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done,' declares the L-rd" Jeremiah 31:35-37
"The nations are deceived in that they look at Israel and measure its strength according to its physical size and outward abilities. However, the memory of the Six-Day War still lingers in the consciousness of all the nations. This may be what the L-rd meant when, speaking through Zechariah, He declared, "In that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves, so they will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples, while the inhabitants of Jerusalem again dwell on their own sites in Jerusalem" (Zechariah 12:6
). That is exactly why the United States has tried to make sure that Israel stays out of a war with Saddam Hussein. G-d would grant Israel a mighty - and quick - victory, taking the glory from the U.S. and giving it to the G-d of Israel.
"The idea being put forth by world leaders concerning Israel should not surprise those who search the Scriptures for the truth of G-d's word. G-d Himself declared that He would bring the nations against Israel (Ezekiel 38; 39
) in order to judge them for what they have done to His people (Joel 3:1-2;14-16
). Micah puts it very concisely, "As in the days when you came out from the land of Egypt, I will show you miracles. Nations will see and be ashamed of all their might. They will put their hand on their mouth, their ears will be deaf. They will lick the dust like a serpent, like reptiles of the earth. They will come trembling out of their fortresses; to the L-rd our G-d they will come in dread, and they will be afraid before Thee" (Micah 7:15-17
"Will there be a so-called 'Palestinian' state in the midst of Israel? I believe it depends on G-d and His judgment of the nations. If so, will it mean the destruction of Israel? Not according to G-d. That is the only word we can trust in. In the meantime, let us rejoice for the Creator of the Universe - the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - is redeeming and will keep His people, Israel."