As we prepare to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence (May 14, 2018) we need to explain to others, and to remind ourselves, why many evangelicals fervently support Israel and the Jewish people.
According to Lifeway Research in Nashville, at least half of self-identified evangelicals believe that at some point in the future most Jewish people will accept Jesus of Nazareth as the promised Messiah.
Additionally, large segments of American evangelicalism believe that God has made certain promises to His chosen people, the Jews, that He did not make to Gentiles — including possession of the Promised Land of Israel forever, in belief, in unbelief, in obedience and in disobedience, unconditionally forever.
These beliefs are based on the Abrahamic Covenant that God made with Abraham (Gen. 12:1–3). In this covenant with Abraham, God not only promised the land of Canaan to the Jews forever, He also promises to bless those who bless the Jews and curse those who curse the Jews. Consequently millions of evangelicals believe that if they want God to bless them individually, and America collectively as a nation, then they need to bless the Jews.
This means among other things, that anti-Semitism must be resisted vigorously wherever and whenever it rears its demonic head. It also means supporting the Jewish people’s aspirations to have their own homeland in the ancient God-given land of Israel.
The previously unimaginable horrors of the 20th century Holocaust underscore the necessity of such a homeland of refuge for the Jewish people. Israel’s 1948 Declaration of Independence says, “We will be open for Jewish immigration and for the ingathering of the exiles.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking to his fellow Israelis explained how his grandfather was beaten unconscious by an anti-Semitic mob in a train station in the heart of Europe at the end of the 19th century: “He pledged to himself that if he survived the night, he would bring his family to the land of Israel and help build a new future for the Jewish people and its land.” Mr. Netanyahu went on to say, “I am standing here today as the Prime Minister of Israel because my grandfather kept his promise.”
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Source: Christian Post