The Hopeless State of National Israel
As Israeli troops remove inhabitants from the Gaza Strip forcefully, we are once again reminded of the theological implications of how hopeless the cause of a political Israeli state truly is. It’s odd that our support of Israel is out of a theological misunderstanding. Also, it amazes me how Americans view the Palestinians in the Middle East drama.
There has been nothing short of a disaster since Israel was set up as a politically sovereign nation in 1948. It’s no wonder why there have been so many struggles since then. Now granted, if the 1947 UN Partition Plan would have come to some sort of fruition (that is the setting up of both a political Jewish and Arab state) then maybe some of the tension would be alleviated but not all. So we see this struggle play out. The Palestinians are upset, because they were removed in favor of a Jewish settlement (and rightfully so). So, this whole “peace process” is a farce for two reasons: (1) the Palestinians see nothing less but the full return of the land necessary and will fight until such and event comes to fruition, and (2) if this indeed did happen then there would be retaliation by the Jewish people. It is also important to remember why militant Islamists come after us. It is our support of the Jewish settlements that they identify “us” with “them.”
Theological Implications of the Political State of Israel
When Israel, as we know it know politically was set up, there was resurgence in the doctrine of Dispensationalism. Therefore, it seemed to an overwhelmingly Christian nation that the ethnic Jews were receiving what was due them. It is in this that we find the most glaring error of this controversy and why I am a Palestinian sympathizer.
When understanding the Bible correctly, there is no geographic land coming back to the Jews. The millennial reign which Dispensationalists attribute literally to Christ sitting on the throne of David of geographic Israel over the ethnic Jews of old (Old Testament saints) is not to happen. It is when we understand the Church as the fulfillment of those promises that we see that the Middle East peace process is foolish (Heb 8).
I should note that in “spoils of war” the Palestinian support of the Axis powers of WWII certainly deemed them unworthy to make a claim on land when they fought so proudly against us. It’s just that we must understand why the Palestinians continue as they do. We looked around after 9/11 and asked, “why would they do such a thing?” Please understand I am not justifying their actions on 9/11, but I’m speaking to our lack of understanding why they acted as they did (no matter what the anger or situation murdering thousands was wrong).
Confusing “Israel” and “Jew”
Paul attributes a “Jew” to being one receiving the “circumcision of the heart” (Rom 2:25–29) and Israel is an ambiguous term referring to the elect (people) of God. Those who practice Judaism still live in the theological error that they still have divine right to the promises of the Abrahamic Covenant (while they could repent and turn to Christ to receive the promises, but that is not their understanding of inheritance). We, Gentiles (which they still call us this to this day), have been “grafted in,” and only on the second coming of Christ will “all of Israel be saved” (Rom 11:26) referring to people of God (Paul uses the phrase “Israel of God” in Gal 6:16 describing the same body of believers).
As long as our country continues on a foundation of misunderstanding this theological idea then we will justify our actions wrongly. To say that our support of Israel is not politically charged is to be guilty of most high ignorance. If peace were possible then we should strive to accomplish this, but it seems as something that will never happen.