Is Israel Cursed?

Is Israel Cursed?

Since Israel was declared a state in 1948, it has known nothing but violence and suffering. This nation has made numerous failed attempts at peace that only led to bloodshed. Why is this? Is Israel cursed? What would it take for this nation to achieve peace finally?

A Faith Failure

A Faith Failure

Faith is the driving engine of Christianity. Faith is what Christianity is all about. Faith is so important that the Scriptures tell us in Hebrews 11:6 without faith it is impossible to please God. Therefore, a faith failure is a severe offense. It’s a sin.

So, what is a faith failure? A faith failure is when we fail to believe something we haven’t experienced or seen will occur even when God has promised it. As the Scriptures state in Hebrews 11:1 in part, “…the evidence of things not seen.” We haven’t seen God, but we are expected to have faith in Him and His promises.

Now, let’s look at this: some of the greatest miracles in the Scriptures resulted from faith. Likewise, some of the greatest disasters have occurred due to the lack of faith. Regarding the former, a woman was healed because of her faith: if she just touched the hem of the garment of Jesus, she would be healed, and when she did, Jesus turned to her and said, “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.” AND THE WOMAN WAS MADE WHOLE FROM THAT HOUR (Matt 9:22-23)!

But addressing the latter, the Israelites were camped in the Desert of Paran, just south of the Promised Land, and on the brink of entering, rebelled and refused to enter in because of their lack of faith in God’s promise. As a result, they had to wander in the desert for forty years. That whole generation died in the desert, except for Kaleb & Joshua, who maintained their faith.

A faith failure is a severe offense. It’s a sin—period—full stop! The larger the promise, the greater the consequence if there is a failure to seek that promise—in faith. Faith failures affect more than the offender. They can affect loved ones, co-workers, and friends. When a nation commits a faith failure, it affects millions of people. Prov 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” It is godliness that makes a nation great, but sin is a degradation to any people.

The examples mentioned were in the past; they’re history. However, this article looks at one occurring today.

Israel’s Dilemma

In 1948, when Israel was declared a state or nation, it was attacked immediately by the Arabs. After winning this war, the Jews recognized it as a miracle. Simply because Israel didn’t have an organized army at that time, and the fighting was done mainly by civilians with guns. A prophecy foretold that they would have a nation, which was miraculously fulfilled. It was the first time Israel was an independent nation in two-thousand years.

Other miracles would follow as problems continued between the Arabs and the Jews. In 1967, as tensions grew, it became apparent that the Arabs would soon attack the Jews as Egyptian troops poured into the Sinai.

However, the Jews decided to strike first. They decided to fly into Egypt and, in just three hours, demolished 300 grounded Egyptian combat jet fighters. They never left the ground.

Consequently, in just six days, the Jews captured East Jerusalem, the Suez Canal, all of the Sinai, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights. This victory again was acknowledged as a miracle by God. The Jews had unabated faith.

Afterward, Israel prospered and became complacent with a false sense of security. In the latter part of 1973, the Jewish Israel’s military ignored intelligence reports that the Arabs were again planning to attack [Is this familiar?]. This attack ensued on October 6, on the somber Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

Israel won the war in three weeks, with considerable aid from the U.S. Again, Israel had been miraculously saved by God.

However, after this miraculous event, a dramatic event occurred. In 1977, after Menachem Begin was elected prime minister, Jimmy Carter, the U.S. President, convinced him to return the Sinai to Egypt.

Israel gave up the land that God had given them back to the Arabs. This action was the beginning of the Israeli-Arab peace process and the end of MIRACULOUS SUPPORT FROM GOD.

This action was a slap in God’s face. When the Jews returned the Sinai to Egypt, it most likely included Mount Sinai. The very location where God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses and where God gave birth to the nation of Israel.

The biblical name for the Jews is Judah. However, the modern descendants of the ancient Israelites include many nations, primarily the U.S. (biblical Manasseh) and Britain (biblical Ephraim). To be clear, biblical Judah is only a small part of Israel today. America and the British populaces are also Israel. The prophecies concerning end-time Israel are primarily focused on these three nations. But this morning’s focus is on Israel. (For more information, please see the article “The Rise and Fall of America” on this website.

Britain and the United States were influential in coercing Judah (Israel) to give the Sinai back to Egypt. This action was conducted despite their ancestry, as a part of ancient Israel when God’s law was given on Mount Sinai. The land was theirs also.

A prophecy says that these three nations, Israel, the U.S., and Britain—will be conquered together just before Christ returns. Hosea 5:5 states:

5. The pride of Israel testifies to his face; Therefore, Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity; Judah also stumbles with them. NKJV

Therefore, the Jewish nation had to be established by God for this prophecy to be fulfilled. This caused a miracle by God to be accomplished.

The root of the problem, the reason these nations are in such turmoil today, stems from giving the Sinai back to Egypt. Why would you give back to the enemy what God has given you? This action has caused an injury or wound to be placed upon Israel. Their relationship with God was wounded.

Because of weakness and a lack of faith in God—a faith failure, the Jews created this wound! Because of the land they gave to the Palestinians, their territorial and strategic position was abated. This result only encouraged the Arabs in their relentless hatred for the Jews. Despite the Jews giving the land of Sinai back to Egypt, Egypt has become one of Israel’s most antagonistic neighbors. If peace was indeed the goal, it was an exercise in futility. The Jewish nation was established and maintained by godly miracles. But it still declined to trust God!

In 1993, there was a handshake between the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on the lawn of the White House. At that time, Israel surrendered this God-given land in the hope that the Arabs could be negotiated into giving up their desire to annihilate Israel.

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Additionally, The Jews have given back many other biblical sites to the Arabs. America and Britain have strongly admonished them to do so. They have given Bethlehem, Jericho, Gaza, and other West Bank areas back to the Palestinians. Even though those areas were won in a war in which the Arabs were trying to obliterate them. This land-for-peace process is unprecedented in history. This process was done at the urging of Britain and the U.S.

Ironically, these developments are titled the peace process when no considerable drop in aggression has occurred. So, where is the Peace? While the Palestinians have continually stated that they desire a peaceful collaboration with Israel publicly, at the same time, they are vowing to their citizens Israel’s destruction—a gross paradox. Hence their chant, “From the river to the sea.” The goal is to Annihilate the Israelites from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. The destruction of Israel remains on the Arabs ‘to-do’ list.”

After yielding their God-given land to their enemy in search of peace, Israel finds itself perpetually fighting the same enemy. They were deceived by a peace pact—a piece of paper. They trusted in man instead of God.

The Scriptures clearly warn us against the trusting of man instead of God. Psalm 118:8-10 reads:

8. It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man.

9. It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in princes.

10. All nations surrounded me, But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.

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This should have been Israel’s action plan: to trust the Lord. But instead, they trusted—in a peace pact.

So today, we witness, once again, Israel at war with the Arabs. Again, as Israel ignored intelligence indicating an attack that has led to the loss of life and hostages taken, they find themselves negotiating a cease-fire for the hostage’s return and a solution for peace.

Perhaps, and hopefully, the hostages will be returned to their loved ones. But peace in the Middle East will never happen. Peace for Israel will never happen until it repents and puts its trust in God again. Make no mistake: we are witnessing the evidence of a faith failure.

If only Israel would learn from their history. In Hosea 5:13-15 God speaks through his prophet. It reads:

When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.

14. For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.

15. I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.

Obviously, Israel had a wound before. Judah and Israel were spiritually sick because they transgressed against God. This transgression was the wound. As a result, God sent enemies against them. When they realized how sick, distressed, and wounded they were, instead of turning to God in repentance, they turned to the King of Assyria for help. It was an exercise in futility because God was like a lion against them, and he would wait until they sought Him and repented of their sinful affliction. As it turned out, Assyria was the destruction of Israel and the weakening of Judah.

Apparently, the problem was that neither Israel nor Juda realized their situation wasn’t natural but spiritual, and neither was the solution. They needed to repair their relationship with God—not man.

This prophecy is headed for a second fulfillment. But that’s a discussion for another time. But it’s important to understand that Israel may still have not learned the lesson. We may see a repeat of this action. Because the United States and Britain are pressuring Israel for a two-state solution for peace, and they may listen to man again. But as mentioned earlier, peace will never happen until Israel repents and puts their trust in God again.

As the saying goes, history repeats itself, especially if lessons aren’t learned. Israel, in 1993, sought relief from its enemies by getting in bed with them. A place that makes one most vulnerable. They Had access to the Scriptures as we do, but this is what happens when the Word of God isn’t heeded.

Understand that our nation, the U.S., along with Britain, is Israel’s extension. We have our share of repenting to do. Our nation isn’t exactly in God’s favor either. After all, the U.S. and Britain have done and are still doing all they can to push this so-called peace process. But notice the chaos happening in these nations with more to come.

So, if you want to see the evidence of a faith failure, you need to go no further than your television, radio, or just pick up a newspaper.

However, Israel is God’s chosen nation and will prevail; the Lord says through His prophet Zechariah regarding Israel in Zechariah 14:11, “It will be inhabited; never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure.” NIV Ultimately, Jerusalem will be occupied with God’s people and safe at last, never again to be cursed and destroyed. [cf. Jeremiah. 24:5]

But it must learn a hard lesson first. Israel has a history of making bad choices, from the time when it coveted a king to today, as they seek peace on their own.

According to the Palestinian Authority, at the time of this writing, over 15,000 people in Gaza have been killed. In Israel, 1500 were killed—raped and burned alive, with almost 200 hostages taken. This is in addition to the previous wars with the Arabs. All because of a faith failure.

So, Israel will have to repent and seek God. We know what 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

So, in closing, what are we to get from this? What does this have to do with us? What lessons can we glean from this evidence?

For starters, we must take the Word of God very seriously. Remember what 1 Corinthians 10:11 says, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” The point is that the things in Scripture were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age. So, let us not make the mistake Israel has made over the ages and is still making. Take heed of the Word of God.

Unfortunately, our nations won’t repent until they are in captivity. Still, God promises mercy and safety to any individual who truly repents.

Look at what Isaiah 9:16 reads: “For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.”

Notice it says, “they that are led of them.” We do not have to continue to follow our leaders when they go against God’s will. We can repent and be saved.

Prov 28:13 says, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”

In other words, Individuals who conceal their sins won’t prosper, but if they confess and turn from them—repent, they will receive mercy. This thought carries on to the very end.

Rev 3:10, 19 NIV reads:

10. Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.

19. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.

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Reliance on man will by no means give us security. Repenting our sins will give us security forever. Repenting and obeying God’s Commands will reserve us a place in the New Jerusalem. Therefore, if we need repentance, we’d better get to it.

We must also pray for our nation; for it to repent for its sins for choosing to follow the ways of man instead of seeking God an His will.

Lastly, when trouble arises, when enemies come against us, let us not seek man to solve them but seek our God the Father, and believe His promises. To not do so—is a faith failure.

There’s comfort in the Psalms regarding our enemies.

Psalm 143:7-8 reads:

7. Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.

8. Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

Psalm 25:2 reads:

O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. NKJV

These Scriptures encourage us and remind us to trust God to guide us and defeat our enemies, preventing us from committing—a faith failure.

Amen

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