Dear Midnight Call Ministries,
Wasn’t happy reading the Christmas letter that seemed to be so wise yet blamed the coming war and the suffering of the tribulation all on Israel. I started my subscription opening to that stab in the heart. When we were reading Daniel in Sunday School, prophecy became a big thing to me. I seemed to hear God’s heart cry for His land, and it touched my heart. There are, of course, three reasons God brings war to Israel, according to what I learned then: 1. to bring His people back to Himself; 2. to judge the nations hating Israel; 3. to cause the world to know He is the God of Israel. God is drawing His people to Himself, and in the seven years, revealing a people for His name’s sake. Are not the gates and foundations of the New Jerusalem all with Jewish names, tribes, and apostles?
-B. Willig, IN
Answer: We fully believe that the return of the Jews to the Promised Land and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 are part of God’s way of restoring Israel, with the ultimate aim of fulfilling Scriptures such as Romans 11:26, “And so all Israel shall be saved.”
The three reasons you mentioned relating to Israel’s conflicts are certainly confirmed in the Bible. Unfortunately, even many evangelical Christians seem to deny that the process of preparation (about 4,000 years) is part of the fulfillment of the final prophecies.
To us as believers, it is of great encouragement to see what is happening in Israel today, realizing that Israel’s neighbors, the Arabs, and to a larger extent, the Islamic world, oppose Bible prophecy fulfillment. However, ultimately all nations of the world are enemies of Israel. But the good news is that virtually all of the prophets end pronouncing the restoration and collective salvation of Israel.