Israel is the focal point of hate and violence from many nations, even though the land of Israel is only slightly larger than New Jersey. And yet the opposition against the Jews having their own land prompts the call for their annihilation regularly. Why? Is Israel really just another piece of land?
The Importance of Israel
Israel is important because Israel is important to God. God chose Israel for Himself and His purpose. The promises God gave Israel would be fulfilled. This makes the hatred and violence against the nation of Israel and the Jewish people, in reality, a war against the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
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Israel is very important to God, because in His word He tells us why from Genesis to Revelation. So why is Israel very important to God?… finish reading “Israel And Why Is She Important”
With that being said we go to scripture. Below are a few biblical prophecies concerning Israel.
- God gives them the land of Canaan – In Genesis 12 God promises Abraham and his descendants that they will be a great nation.
- God scattered the people – God also continually warns that if they continue to turn their back on Him and His righteousness, then they would be scattered out of their land. And this is exactly what happened. Leviticus 26
- The land of Israel becomes barren – Leviticus 26, Virtual Israel Tour Day 11: Israel – The Land of Milk and Honey
- Jews return home – Ezekiel 36:8-12 KJV 8 But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come. 9 For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown: 10 And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded: 11 And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. 12 Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave them of men. — The Miracle of the Jewish People’s Return to Israel
- Israel becomes a nation in 1 day (Six Day War) – In Jeremiah, he told the Jews they would return to their homeland after 70 years. And they did.
- Daniel 9: The 70-Year Prophecy of Jeremiah document showing Israel became a nation
- Press Release Announcing U.S. De Jure Recognition of the State of Israel 1/31/1949
- Israel’s land begins to prosper – Isaiah 27:6 KJV In the days to come, Jacob will take root. Israel will bud and blossom and fill the whole world with fruit.
Ezekiel 36:8-12 KJV 8 But you, O mountains of Israel, will produce branches and bear fruit for My people Israel, for they will soon come home. 9 For behold, I am on your side; I will turn toward you, and you will be tilled and sown. 10 I will multiply the people upon you—the house of Israel in its entirety. The cities will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. 11 I will fill you with people and animals, and they will multiply and be fruitful. I will make you as inhabited as you once were, and I will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the LORD. 12 Yes, I will cause My people Israel to walk upon you; they will possess you, and you will be their inheritance, and you will no longer deprive them of their children. The Land of Promise: The State of Israel
- Jews prepare for the third temple – Jerusalem is important to God and therefore Jerusalem is to be important to all His children… Why Jerusalem Is Important
- Coming! the Antichrist will sit in the temple, Jerusalem (Matthew 24:15)
We see God not only scattered the nation of Israel, but it was as if it never existed. But God chose them and had made an everlasting covenant. This is why Israel became a nation in one day after being scattered. Also, Israel flourished, and brought back their original language. God is not finished with His plan or purpose for Israel. In order to know God’s purpose for Israel, let’s see how Israel began.
Where Did Israel Come From?
It is important to know a little about the history of Israel. Israel did not always exist. So, how did Israel come into existence?
God reveals for the first time His plan to have a people for Himself. The plan includes land, greatness, and blessing. God called Abram out of his homeland, his way of life, and everything he knew. Abram (Abraham) began the journey of what would become the nation of Israel believing God.
God makes a promise to Abram (Abraham) that a great nation will come from him. And somehow all families in him will be blessed.
Abram wants to know how he can be sure what God is telling him will come true. It is here God makes His covenant with Abram. The covenant God makes He makes in Himself. That is He will be faithful to His word no matter what.
The covenant God made is an “everlasting covenant.” Abram’s name is changed to Abraham. Therefore, it is called the Abrahamic covenant. This covenant will be passed down to his descendants, generation after generation.
Abraham and Sarah have a son named Isaac and Isaac has a son named Jacob. It is through the sons of Jacob we get our first look at the tribes of the nation called Israel.
Jacob Becomes Israel
God changed Jacob’s name to Israel which becomes the nation of Israel. This is the first time the name of Israel is found in scripture, and shows how God begins to build his nation of people. Jacob and twelve of his sons will be the beginning of the tribes of Israel.
What did God Want from What Would Become the 12 Tribes of Israel?
In order to understand the significance of the twelve gates being inscribed with the names of the twelve tribes, we must look to the beginning of the Old Testament, when God promised a new land and a great nation to Abraham, whose descendants would spread blessing upon all other nations (Genesis 12:1–3). To Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, whom God later named “Israel” (Genesis 32:28), twelve sons were born to establish the twelve tribes of Israel (Genesis 49). Those twelve tribes escaped slavery in Egypt, inherited the Promised Land (Exodus 6:14; 24:4), received the Law (Exodus 20), and were chosen by God to be His covenant people (Exodus 19:5–6).
- Reuben – Reuben was the firstborn son of Jacob by Leah and the forefather of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. The story of Reuben in the Bible is told in Genesis chapters 29–50. Reuben’s mother Leah became the wife of Jacob by a cunning trick (Genesis 29:15–30). Jacob had gone to live with his uncle, Laban, in Paddan Aram… by Got Questions
- Simeon – Simeon in the Old Testament is the second-born son of Jacob, born to Jacob’s wife Leah. Jacob was the patriarch, or father, of the twelve tribes of Israel and had received the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 28:14–15). Simeon was a man of anger and violence. His sister Dinah was taken and defiled by a Hivite named Shechem, a son of the ruler of that area (Genesis 34:2)… by Got Questions
- Levi – The fourth Levi was a son of Jacob. He was the third-born, and his mother was Jacob’s wife Leah. Levi and each of his eleven brothers became the heads of the twelve tribes of Israel. The Bible does not give many details of Levi’s life; however, in Genesis 34, Levi and his brother Simeon defend the honor of their sister, Dinah, although the manner in which they went about it was appalling… by Got Questions
- Judah – Judah was the fourth son of Jacob with his wife Leah, and the head of one of the 12 tribes of Israel. The other 11 tribes descended from Judah’s brothers and half-brothers. Judah’s second-to-youngest brother, Joseph, was preferred by their father, and Judah and his brothers hated Joseph (Genesis 37:3–4)… by Got Questions
- Zebulun – Genesis 49:13 Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon.
- Issachar – Issachar was Jacob’s ninth son and ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. In Hebrew, Issachar means either “man of reward” or “hired man.” His name is associated with the circumstances of his birth. Issachar’s mother was Leah… by Got Questions
- Dan – Dan was the fifth of twelve sons born to the Jewish patriarch Jacob. Dan’s mother was Bilhah, Rachel’s maidservant. Dan’s younger brother was Naphtali. As full brothers, the two are frequently mentioned together in the Bible (Deuteronomy 27:13; Exodus 1:4)… by Got Questions
- Gad – Two people bear the name Gad in the Bible. The first is Jacob’s seventh-born son and forefather of the tribe of Gad, one of the twelve tribes of Israel. The second is a prophet in the time of King David. Jacob had four wives: Rachel, Leah, Bilhah, and Zilpah. Gad’s mother was Zilpah, Leah’s maidservant. Zilpah was also the mother of Asher… by Got Questions
- Asher – Asher was the eighth son of Jacob, and his name means “Blessed” or “Happy.” Asher’s mother was Leah’s servant, Zilpah. According to the laws at the time regarding children born of servants, Asher would have been seen as Leah’s son rather than Zilpah’s… by Got Questions
- Naphtali – Naphtali was Jacob’s sixth-born son and the second of two sons by Rachel’s maidservant, Bilhah. Naphtali’s older brother was Dan. Rachel was so delighted at the birth of another son that she called the child Naphtali, which means “my wrestling.”… by Got Questions
- Joseph – Joseph was the eleventh son of Jacob, his first son through his favored wife, Rachel. Joseph’s story is found in Genesis 37—50. After the announcement of his birth, we see Joseph next as a seventeen-year-old returning from shepherding the flock with his half-brothers to give Jacob a bad report of them. We are also told that Jacob “loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him” (Genesis 37:3)… by Got Questions
- Benjamin – Benjamin was a son of Jacob and head of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Benjamin was the twelfth-born and youngest son in Jacob’s family. He was born to Jacob’s wife Rachel, making Benjamin the full brother of Joseph. His story is found in Genesis chapters 35–49… by Got Questions
Why did God Call Abram out From His Pagan Ways?
… Today’s passage marks the first time God issued His call to Abram to leave his pagan ways behind and enter into a covenant relationship with the one, true Lord of all. While the Almighty did not formally seal His covenant with the patriarch when He first issued His call (see Gen. 15; 17), He did declare the blessings that would come if Abram trusted in the covenant promises of God. These blessings included a good land, many descendants, a great name, and the privilege of being the agent through whom “all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (12:1–3)… The Call of Abram by Ligonier Ministries
What is Israel’s Purpose?
God chose Israel to be His. The nation of Israel was to be separate from the ways of the ungodly. They were to be holy and not bow to the culture around them. But when you keep reading through scripture you find Israel did not keep themselves holy before God. Instead they ran the circle of sin, slavery, crying out for mercy, and God delivering them ( Entire book of Judges). Until finally the tribes were scattered, Israel as a nation was not in power and the land became barren.
But God is not finished with Israel. He made an “everlasting” covenant. Everlasting means eternal. We live in the time when the miracle of part of the land promised was given as a place of safety for the Jewish people. Also, God said the Jews would return from wherever they are to the land He has given them. And we see that happening as well (Ezekiel 37:20-22).
God’s Chose Israel
Israel is the adopted children of God because He chose to love them (Deuteronomy 7:7-11). But when their Messiah came, though there were those who believed in Christ, as a whole the nation missed the promised Messiah. Why? They believed they would inherit the kingdom of God through the bloodline of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob plus following the Law of Moses (Romans 4).
But Jesus told a Pharisee who was a leader among the Jews – “unless a person is born again he cannot ever see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3). The problem was not with God, His Word or Law, the problem was with the understanding of God’s Word. Israel became proud of the physical heritage and missed salvation belongs to God only. Like in the past, there are Jews today who believe being born a Jew gives them the right of sonship and access into the kingdom of God.
God Promised Abraham, therefore God is not Finished
Paul says I am proof God has not rejected and disowned His people the Israelite’s. If you are being taught the church has replaced Israel, please read for yourself in scripture God’s truth, and pray for His wisdom. God today has a remnant He keeps based on His grace (Romans 11: 4-6).
There is coming a day when the true nation of Israel will receive their Messiah. God in the Old Testament focused on Israel telling them of a Messiah to come, and they missed Him. After their rejection of Jesus the Christ, God gave them an attitude of stupor, eyes that should not see and ears that should not hear that has continued down to this very day (Romans 11:8). However, God will be faithful to His “everlasting covenant” and the nation of Israel will be given all the land God promised.
Tip: Israel is present all the way to the last chapter of the bible.
Israel Biblical Prophecy
- Israel became a nation in one day (Six Day War) (Isaiah 66:8-10; Ezekiel 37:21-22).
- Jews are returning to the the land of Israel from all over the world. This will continue (Ezekiel 34:11-13, 36:24, 37:1-14).
Coming Biblical Prophecy
- Israel will make a 7 year “peace agreement” with the Antichrist thinking it is the King they have been waiting for (Isaiah 28:15-18, Daniel 9:27).
- A third temple will be built (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
- The Antichrist will break the 7 year agreement after 3 1/2 years (Daniel 9:37, 12:1; Matthew 24:15,21).