Monday, November 4, 2013

What About Israel’s Future

A literal interpretation of God’s promises to His people, the nation of Israel, assures us He will not allow the Islamic nations surrounding the tiny nation of Israel to annihilate her.

Scripture certainly teaches that Israel will indeed face enormous problems with the Islamic nations that surround her. These will doubtless include Egypt, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Turkey, and Russia. These, with the exception of Russia, already embrace an Islamic worldview. Russia is becoming more and more Islamic and it appears will, in fact, be Islamic soon. Central Scripture such as Daniel 11:40-45 and Ezekiel 38–39 clearly predict how the Islamic nations will continue their goal to annihilate Israel. But God will not allow this to happen because He promised “to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem” (Zech. 12:9).

Surely God loves Islamic people just as He loves every member of the human race. That does not mean, however, that He will allow those who hate Israel to destroy her. When Israel will be surrounded by her national enemies in the future, the Lord God has said, “My fury will mount up in My anger and in My zeal and My blazing wrath” (Ezek. 38:18-19) will bring devastating judgment upon Israel’s enemies. The Israelites are His people in His land and God will preserve them and bring them to Himself in His time and way. In fact, His destruction of Israel’s enemies will be so sweeping that it will take the people of Israel seven months to bury their enemies’ bodies and seven years to destroy their weapons left on the battlefield (Ezek. 39:3-5, 9-20).