Israel today–terrorist state or Bible prophecy fulfilled?

One of my valued Facebook friends wrote that he is a Christian, and that by being a Christian, he states “I am part of Israel (the true Israel) because of my faith in and by the grace of Jesus!!”

He further states, “Now, this terrorist state calling itself Israel does not represent me or the God I serve, let’s get that straight!! They are a murderous evil entity disguising itself as an angel of light (to many, anyway). All who support these murderers are supporting the evil they claim to reject. One of my Lord’s greatest commandments to us is to ‘Love good and hate evil.'”

My Response:

Since I have studied the Bible very carefully for many years (since 1953), I have good and solid reasons to believe that you are mistaken about what our stance toward present-day Israel should be.
 
Bible prophecy tells us that Israel would return to its promised land in unbelief. That is exactly what we see now. They do not believe in our Lord Jesus Christ. They are, as Paul writes, “enemies of the Gospel” (Romans 11:28),
 
Romans 11:28
28  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.
King James Version
 
Zep 2:1  Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; 
 
From my book, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury (2016) on Zephaniah 2:1,
 
 
desired. or, desirous. or, longing. FS24C, +2Ki 18:21, i.e. not desirable. or better, incapable of shame. A reference to Israel’s initial restoration to Palestine without a Messianic longing before the Great Tribulation mentioned in Zep 2:2, This seems to confirm that Israel returns to its land initially in unbelief. Gen 31:30, Deut 9:24, Job 14:15, **Psa 83:1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  Psa 84:3, Isa 26:8, 9, Ezek 36:7, *Zec 7:7, +**Acts 3:19, 20, 21.
 
The return of Christ is declared to be dependent in some degree upon the timing of Israel’s national repentance (Acts 3:18-21),
 
Act 3:18  But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. 
Act 3:19  Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 
Act 3:20  And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 
Act 3:21  Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
 
God’s promises to national Israel have not been abrogated (Romans 11:29),
 
Rom 11:29  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. (KJV)
Rom 11:29  For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (ESV)
 
Malachi 3:6  For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
 
Leviticus 26:42
42  Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.
King James Version
 
Therefore, in the light of what the Bible teaches, we need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6),
 
Psalm 122:6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
 
Remember that God’s promise still stands:
 
Gen 12:3  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.
 
Be very careful not to place yourself on the wrong side of this promise!

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