“There is, then, a partial and primary restoration of Jews before the manifestation [of the Messiah], which is to serve as the nucleus, or basis, of future operations in the restoration of the rest of the tribes after he has appeared in the kingdom.”
Israel’s existence in the land today, regardless of what men might think, is God’s doing. This is especially true of the area of the West Bank. We read in Ezekiel 38:8,
“After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.”
God hasn’t put Israel there because of any intrinsic righteousness they may have, they are flesh like every single one of us. However, he states in Ezekiel 36:21-24:
But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
Let’s get this straight; the nation of Israel has made its mistakes in the past, for which it has greatly suffered. However, because of his Holy Name’s sake God has had pity on this nation and has brought them back into the land. Their existence in the West Bank is by divine decree and will eventually lead to God being sanctified in Israel before the eyes of the Gentiles. Paul tells us, in Romans 11:28-32:
“…as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ [Patriarch’s] sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”
To be involved in political, academic or economic boycotts is to join the Catholic system in opposition to the work God is doing in establishing the kingdom of God on earth. It is a poke right in the eye of Almighty God himself, for he states in Zechariah 2:6-9
“Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD. Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon. For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me.
God describes nations and peoples that lift their hand against Israel as poking Him in the eye. He says he will shake his hand upon them. This is in keeping with the promises that were given to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3:
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
If we want to be cursed with the nations of the world who despise Israel – then join them in their cursing of Israel today! If we want to be blessed with Abraham a different attitude to the nation of Israel must exist amongst us. We should be praying for the peace of Jerusalem, (Psa 112:6), and for their deliverance when the Messiah will come out of Zion as the Deliverer and turn away ungodliness from Jacob (Rom 11:26).
ISRAEL'S FUTURE EXALTED POSITION
Israel’s future is clearly predicted. Daniel 7:27 clearly states:
And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
The kingdom which was promised to Abraham extends from “the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates” (Gen 15:18). This is promised to the people of the saints of the most High. The saints of the most High are the righteous who will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their father (Matt 13:43), constitute the ruling class. Christ promised the disciples in Matthew 19:28
Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
This is extended to those who overcome in Revelation 2:26-28 and Revelation 3:21. The people of the saints of the Most high are the Jews. They are promised, as the subjects of the kingdom under the divine leadership of Christ and the saints to be given a kingdom.
Micah 4:8 echos these sentiments:
Thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.
The kingdom or “first dominion” is the area promised to Abraham, while the “dominion under the whole heaven” will extend throughout the entire world, as Daniel 2:44 describes:
“...the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.”
Until then the same sentiment amongst the nations exists which will cause them to speak the words of Micah 4:11-13:
Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion. But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
At that point in time, the nations will be silenced as we read in Zechariah 2:10-12:
Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD. And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee. And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.
As far as all these boycotts and rallies against God’s people go… the end of the matter is clearly outlined in v13:
Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.