4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
Sometimes I turn on the news and watch what is going on in the world. I don’t always trust the news, but that is a different subject. The nation of Israel really is a miracle, and I believe it was reborn in May 1948 by the hand of God. Its in the news all the time for one reason or the other, but one major reason is hatred. Iran is always making comments about it being destroyed, wiped off the map, or some other nonsense. Its a real shame. One thing the leader of Iran should remember is that the God who chose Israel and brought about her rebirth is the one who protects her. He neither slumbers nor sleeps. I think the modern history of warfare against Israel would make that obvious. The key to all end time prophecy is Israel.
The nation of Israel was formed by God when He chose Abraham and his son Isaac to carry the promises and convenant He had made with him. Isaac’s son Jacob was renamed by God to Israel, and his twelve sons would father the twelve tribes of Israel. God had a plan from the very beginning for that nation, and He will carry it out. He took them to Egypt to preserve their life during the great famine that hit during the life of Joseph. He brought them out of Egypt with great wonders and miracles to make His name known throughout the entire earth. He brought them to the land of Canaan to bring judgement against the wicked in the land. He gave them the land of Canaan to fulfill the promises He had made to Abraham. It became the land of Israel at that time. At that time He made the Mosaic Covenant with them. If they trusted in Him and obeyed, they would be blessed. If they did not trust and obey Him, they would be cursed.
God told them in advance and gave them their entire history in advance in the book of Deuteronomy (28-30). He told them that they would forsake the God of their fathers, and He would destroy the nation and scatter them among all nations. But, at some future point God would bring them back to the land and restore all that He had destroyed. He would gather them back together into the land and they would take possession of it. The best promise of all is made at that time as it is writtin in Deut 30:6.
“The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.”
We know that this is the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation through Christ. God circumcises our hearts so that we will love Him with everything we are and live. The way God brings about those things that are prophecied is amazing. It began when He allowed Israel to be reborn. It was His hand that brought about their capture of Jerusalem in 1967, and it is His hand bringing about their salvation through circumcision of the heart. Chosen People’s ministries (see link on the right) is part of an amazing work among the Israeli people. Just 10 years ago or so there were very few Messianic congregations in Israel. I was told it was around 3 or so a few years ago. When I talked to David Sedaca he said there are over 200 Messianic congregations in Israel now. God is fulfilling His promises. He restored Israel and brought her people back to the land not for their sake, but for the sake of His Holy name (Ezekiel 36:22).
God is fulfilling His promises to the people of Israel, and He neither slumbers or sleeps. He is the one who protects and takes care of them. The nations of the earth rage at Israel because she exists, but that is all in the plan as well. The nations of the earth will know that God is the Lord when He is shown to be holy through the nation of Israel (Ezekiel 36:23).