The Founding of the modern-day state of Israel was not an accident. It was prophesied about in the Bible, a long time ago. God remembered His timeless promise and covenant to Abraham. In AD70, as predicted by Jesus, the children of Abraham were exiled from their ancient homeland. After centuries of exile, and the horrors of the holocaust, God brought the Jewish people back to their ancient homeland and the modern-day state of Israel was formed in 1948. There is no occupation of the land, as Palestine was not a country then, nor is it now. It has never been a country. In these studies Pastor Sean takes us through the history of Israel from the time of Abraham up to the present day, and explains the role the modern day state of Israel has to play in contemporary politics and in the Last Days, for the Bible talks about this future.
The Biblical command enjoined on modern Christians - the people who follow Christ - is crystal clear in the pages of the Bible - They are to be a blessing to the People of Israel - and will receive a blessing in return from God. The opposite is also true. Whether someone comes from traditional or evangelical Christian backgrounds, nothing at all is different. The Bible is still the Bible.
We read of God’s words to Abraham in Genesis 12:3a. “I will bless those who bless you (וַאֲבָרְכָה מְבָרְכֶיךָ), and the one who curses you I will curse (וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ אָאֹר).
In Hebrew the verb to bless isלברך (pronounced: LeVarech). This is based on the root B-R-K (ברך) which is connected to the word “kneel”, which actually implies rendering service to someone, doing good to them - helping them. So, think about it? The meaning of this verse, therefore, is clarified: “I will do good to those who do good to you!” But this is not all. God also promises Abraham that everyone who curses (מְקַלֶּלְךָ) him will be also cursed (אָאֹר) by God. The strength of the promise, however, is often lost in translation. The first word for curse (מְקַלֶּלְךָ) comes from a root that literally means to make lite of someone heavy. In effect, this means God will not take seriously those who actively seek to harm Israel and the Jewish people, in word and deed, so that they are in effect cursing Israel. God will consider such people insignificant in His sight. The second word for curse (אָאֹר) actually comes from a completely different root that means something like “to utterly destroy”.
Taking into consideration these insights from Hebrew language the translation should be as follows: “I will do good to those who who do good to you. I will not help those who curse you, them, I will utterly destroy.” Could the guarantee of God’s protection over the Children of Abraham be made clearer? It is important that those who follow Christ understand the serious implications of their attitude towards the Jewish people and the modern-day state of Israel. This is a serious matter.
This twelve part series will help you to understand what the Bible says about this very topic from the promise when first made to Abraham, the inheritance of the land, and the exiles from it, and how after the second exile God worked through history to bring children of Abraham back to the promised land and the modern day state of Israel was formed. We also look at future biblical prophecy concerning the last days of which Israel will be the center of world focus.