Rod Valentine gives a spiritual overview why it's no accident the Jews have a home.
"God is not a man that He should lie. Has He said and will He not do?" Numbers 23:19 That's the scripture that comes to mind when I think about Israel, and the battle that rages in the church over its (the Jewish) presence in the Middle East today. Israel is seen as a political accident, caused by man. But if you study the history of years prior to this happening you can see how God moved nations to bring about this rebirth of Israel according to the prophecies in His word.
There are over 300 references by God that He will bring Israel (The Jews) back to their own land, in the (Tanach) Hebrew Bible, or what we call the Old Testament. How many times does God have to say a thing before we believe Him? In Jeremiah 32:41 God says He will bring them back with His whole heart and His whole soul; this is the only time in the entire Bible that the creator of all things uses this expression, should we not take note?
In Deuteronomy God says: "The LORD did not set His love upon you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people - for you were the fewest of all peoples - but because the LORD loved you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers". Then who are we to disregard the Word of the LORD or to bend it to fit our own theology? I have had many discussions with many people over this issue and it would appear that in their eyes what I do wrong is to believe what I read in the Bible - I don't interpret it, although I have to say how you can interpret "I LOVE YOU" in any other way I do not know.
You may have gathered by now that I believe with all my heart and soul that the church (you know, that group of human beings drawn by God alone, through Jesus, to make up that living organism - the body of Messiah) should look at and possibly reappraise the way we see Israel in God's plans and purposes. This is a battle in the heavenlies, one that I believe we should see and understand.
We should not be led by the media in all its guises, which are many, or by leaders who have their own agenda at heart or who have been kidded to think that the church has replaced Israel in God's plans. We should be led by the true word of God. Does it not say in Ephesians 2:12,13: "that at that time you were without Christ (ie Messiah, Anointed One) alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers of the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now, in Messiah Jesus you who then were afar off, came to be near by the blood of Messiah".
The church has spent nearly 2000 years being the tool of the devil, who is trying to wipe out Israel - I believe the church has got to change sides and get on God's side. The history of the church regarding the Jewish People and Israel is appalling. Ogden Nash wrote an interesting poem:
"How odd of God
to choose the Jew,
But not so odd
as those who choose the Jewish God
and spurn the Jew."
In 1995 he moved to Africa to establish the CFI Africa Development Office. Rod also served as Project Coordinator for First Fruits, developing CFI's outreach to the Household of Faith in the land of Israel, for two years.
In 2002 he took up an appointment with the UK office of CFI where Rod holds the portfolio of church liaison, with special responsibility for traveling and teaching around the country.
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