GOD'S LOVE FOR ISRAEL IS
BASED ON GRACE, NOT ON WORKS
To a very large extent, today's anti-Semitism revolves
around the existence of a new and UNEXPECTED
phenomenon: the reappearance in world history of the state
of Israel, a phenomenon which the Jews felt they had no
other choice but to FORCE on the world in
order to forestall their own eventual extermination.
The Jews have learned through grievous experience that
unless they act to save themselves, unless they hold their
own fate in their own hands, they are powerless to fend
off the world's hatred against them - and no assurances
to the contrary (even when proffered by the liberal democracies
of the West) can ever suffice to make the Jews believe
otherwise. The Jews have learned how truly WORTHLESS
such assurances are.
For example, in May 1938, as Germany's "orgy of
hatred" against the Jews was reaching new heights
of sadism, the governments of Great Britain, France and
the United States protested. While the world might not
remember what happened next, the Jews certainly do: although
Hitler was annoyed at this protest, he convened the Evian
Conference and offered "his Jews" to the "international
community," and to Great Britain, France and the
United States in particular. He knew the offer would be
refused. And that's precisely what happened: the nations
of the earth - and in particular the "Western Democracies"
- refused to take them.
German opinion smirked at the hypocritical posturing
of the "Anglo-Americans." Goebbles laughed!
- had he not known all along that no "civilized"
nation would ever accept that "accursed" race?
A German newspaper of that era commented,
"One likes to pity the Jews as long as one can
use this pity for a wicked agitation against Germany,
but no state is prepared to accept even a few thousand
Jews. The conference (i.e., Evian) serves to justify
Germany's policy against Jewry."
FORCING ISRAEL ON THE WORLD
It is precisely the remnants of these people - the people
the world turned their back on at Evian and later during
the Holocaust - who, as frightened hordes of desperate
refugees fleeing from Hitler's death camps, arrived in
Israel to build a sanctuary against the unrelenting HATRED
of the world. They knew at the time they were dispossessing
people who had been there for centuries, BUT THEY HAD
NO WHERE ELSE TO GO. No other nation - not even the
United States - wanted them. If they were going to live,
they would have to force the issue.
They came as the outcasts of Europe; the downtrodden
of the shoddy Jewish ghettos of the Near East and North
Africa; people with childhood memories of the sound of
hammers boarding up doors and windows against the unrelenting
pogroms directed against them in Russia, Hungary, Poland,
etc.; they came as the remnants of Hitler's death camps
and as people fleeing the indifference of the French,
the Belgians, the Dutch, the Swedes, and all the other
"do-gooder" nations of the earth to their plight.
They are people who had at last been driven to frantic
desperation to hold their OWN fate in their
OWN hands for a change, which meant having
their OWN nation and their OWN
army with which to defend themselves - again, even if
that meant forcing themselves onto the people of the Middle
East and dispossessing Arabs from land they had inhabited
The Jews were seeking a place of refuge where, when all
else fails, Jews could flee to without having to depend
on the capricious consent of other nations and peoples
who experience had shown were at best indifferent to their
THE NEW ANTI-SEMITISM
A place of refuge; of shelter; of asylum, of sanctuary!
- that's what Israel means to the worldwide Jewish community.
AND IT'S A PLACE WHOSE IMPORTANCE IS ONLY GROWING IN
THE FACE OF A RESURGENT WORLDWIDE ANTI-SEMITISM. Indeed,
Donald G. McNeil, Jr. of the New York Times reports
that in France there is a rising tide of anti-Semitic
incidents. In Marseilles the Orthodox Jewish Or
Aviv synagogue was burned to the ground. An additional
three other French synagogues were set on fire over the
Passover-Easter weekend, and a synagogue in Strasbourg
had its doors set ablaze the day after an anti-Israel
demonstration there. In addition, in Lyon, 15 masked men
crashed two cars through the gates of a synagogue and
set them afire. Finally, shots were fired at a kosher
butcher shop in Toulouse, and a young Jewish couple were
badly beaten in Villeurbanne in the Rhone region.
The Central Jewish Consistory in Paris, in a statement
sent to Agence Frence-Presse, called the weekend's
attacks "the beginning of a new Kristallnacht,
with the government totally passive about what was happening."
Kristallnacht, or "Night of Broken Glass,"
on November 9, 1938, was named for the sweeping attacks
that the Nazis incited on Jews and Jewish shops and places
In the face of all this, French Prime Minister Lionel
Jospin announced that 1,110 additional police officers
would be deployed to guard France's synagogues and Jewish
schools - and, as a result, police officers, some carrying
submachine guns, now are posted outside dozens of synagogues
and Jewish schools throughout the country.
THE JEWS ARE FRIGHTENED
This is a shocking development for Jews in France. Until
recently, leaders of France's 600,000 Jews have believed
that they were living in a country where they were safe
from the scourge of anti-Semitism. But with the growing
number of anti-Semitic incidents, they no longer believe
that's the case - especially in light of the fact that
when they have publicly complained about the attacks,
there has not been any genuine public outcry to stop them.
They just keep on occurring, ranging from anti-Semitic
graffiti that is appearing on walls all over the country,
to threatening phone calls received by rabbis, to shootings,
to burnings, etc. Similar incidents have occurred in Belgium
where five firebombs were thrown at a synagogue last weekend.
And it's not just in France and in Belgium that this new
anti-Semitism has taken hold. The fact is, it's happening
all over Europe: in Germany, in Austria, in Denmark, in
Italy - everywhere!
THE REBIRTH OF THE "BLOOD-LIBELS"
In addition to all this, Newsweek Magazine reports
that there has been a marked revival of all the old "BLOOD
LIBELS" against the Jews - including stories
that the pastries used in the Jewish Purim festivities
contain human blood; and that at Passover the blood of
Christian children under the age of ten is used in the
rituals. And while these stories are still confined to
the fascist fringe in Europe, they are REGULAR FARE
in the Middle East and throughout the Islamic world.
Indeed, devotees of these stories and myths can be found
not just among the uneducated there, but among the university-trained
elite as well. Take Dr. Umayma Ahmad al-Jalahma of King
Faisal University Hospital in Saudi Arabia: Newsweek
reports that she believes that at Passover,
"A needle-studded barrel (in which the Christian
or Muslim child-victim is locked into) is used (to obtain
the blood). The victims suffer dreadful torment - torment
that affords the Jewish vampires great delight ..."
[We URGE you to read our detailed account
of these "blood-libels" in our article, "Pat
Robertson, ILLUMINISM, and the New World Order."]
Finally, as if to add insult to injury, a venomous anti-Jewish
press has re-surfaced "big time," and is peppering
the world with anti-Semitic CONSPIRACY THEORIES.
In Egypt, according to Newsweek, the press regularly
features stories denying the Holocaust and accepting as
fact the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.
[Please see our article, "The
Origins of the Illuminist Myth: The Fabrication of the
Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion"
for a detailed account of the Protocols and the
many other conspiracy theories that surround the Jewish
people; please also see our article, "The
Business Right and The Christian Right An Alliance Made
In Hell" for an interesting historical discussion
on the intersection of interests in anti-Semitism between
the American business community and the Religious Right;
finally, please see our short article on "Holocaust
deniers" entitled, "The Institute for Historical
Even the oft repeated story attributed falsely to Benjamin
Franklin that the Jews would take over America if allowed
to immigrate to the United States - a theory concerning
the so-called "squalid" and "immoral"
effect of Jewish power that most in the Religious Right
in this country already subscribe to (see below) - is
standard reading throughout the Middle East.
This particular theory is a popular one because it seems
to give an answer to many Muslims (and not a few Christians
as well) concerning what many perceive to be America's
slavish and unreasonable devotion to the Jewish state;
a theory predicated upon a belief by many in the existence
of a NEW YORK-JERUSALEM AXIS controlled by a mysterious
cabal of Satan-worshipping Jewish financiers associated
with the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign
JEWS AS THE HIDDEN-HAND
BEHIND THE ATTACK ON THE WTC
And these stories just keep on coming.
For instance, the events of September 11th have given
rise to the theory that Israel was the "hidden hand"
behind the attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) and
the Pentagon - a theory that was given a certain amount
of "legitimacy" in Pakistan a few days after
the attacks when General Rashid Qureshi, the public-relations
chief for President Pervez Musharraf, told Newsweek
that the attacks were carried out by the Israeli Mossad,
and that all the Jewish employees of the WTC had mysteriously
failed to show up for work on the day of the attack. [In
fact, Jews suffered far more deaths from the attack on
the WTC than any other group in relation to their percent
of the population - editor]
These stories - and many others beside - give evidence
to the fact that anti-Semitism is making a big "comeback"
not only in the world at large, but in this country as
well. The truth is, a great many Americans today would
not find it particularly difficult to agree with Daniel
Bernard, France's ambassador to Great Britain, when -
according to Newsweek - he was overheard to say
at a private dinner party in London:
"... that shitty little country (i.e., Israel)!
Why should the world be in danger of World War III because
of these people (i.e., the Jewish people)?"
BILLY GRAHAM AND THE JEWS
Indeed, one of the great "open secrets" of
today's America is that there remains a HUGE
reservoir of anti-Jewish hostility in this country, especially
in the Religious Right - THE CORE ELEMENT OF GEORGE
BUSH'S POLITICAL CONSTITUENCY; and this hostility
is clearly reflected in their hate-filled rhetoric against
the ACLU. [Please see "The Republican Party And
Why? - because, in the artful phraseology which has over
the years come to surround anti-Semitism in the United
States, THE ACLU HAS BECOME NOTHING MORE THAN A CODEWORD
FOR THE JEWS. The truth is, there are a lot of Christians
who would have little trouble echoing Billy Graham when
he told Richard Nixon that the Jews had established a
stranglehold on the country, and that -
"This stranglehold has got to be broken or the
country's GOING DOWN THE DRAIN."
Pretty harsh stuff! Going down the drain! - i.e., that
the Jews are responsible for ruining the United States!
Wow! Nonetheless, if words are to be taken at their face
value - that's what Graham was saying here! - i.e., that
Jewish influence in the United States was ruining the
country. That sounds like something Hitler, or Goering,
or Goebbles, or Himmler would have said about Germany
sixty years ago. And, indeed, it is! [Please see "The
Jews, The Minorities And The Multicultural Imperative."]
"... there is a powerful bloc of Jews in this
country that are putting out the pornographic stuff."
Plainly, Graham believes that Jews are responsible for
America's lapsed morality. This, of course, is what Hitler
et. al. believed too. Graham persists with
even more caustic remarks about the Jews,
"A lot of Jews are great friends of mine. They
swarm around me and are friendly to me ... THEY
DON'T KNOW HOW I REALLY FEEL."
Since these remarks surfaced a few months ago as a result
of recently de-classified and released Nixon tape recordings
from the National Archives, a great number of "Graham-experts"
and apologists have been hauled out to cite Graham's "unstinting
support" for Israel over the years and to "write
off" Graham's anti-Semitic remarks as something that
"should not be taken out of context" - in other
words, what people should do is ignore the implications
of Graham's "unguarded" White House "table
WE NEED TO BE HONEST ABOUT GRAHAM
But come on now! What is more likely to be representative
of the REAL Graham? - his "unguarded"
remarks about the Jews to close confidants and friends?
Or his carefully contrived public statements?
Come on! - be honest here! Alexander Cockburn of Counterpunch
Magazine believes that such thinking is very representative
of the white, country club kind of Christian that - SADLY
- Graham has come to mirror over the years.
Cockburn writes knowingly and very sarcastically,
"Don't people know that this sort of stuff is
consonant with the standard conversational fare at 75
percent of the country clubs in America, not to mention
many a Baptist soiree. Nixon thought American Jews were
lefty peaceniks who dominated the Democratic Party and
were behind the attacks on him. Graham reckoned it was
Hollywood Jews who had sunk the nation in porn."
SCHIZOPHRENIA, THE JEWS,
AND THE EVANGELICALS
Moreover, one should not be thrown off track with regard
to Graham and the many others like him in the evangelical
Christian community because of their "unstinting
support" for the state of Israel. While it's true
that there is a lot of support from evangelicals like
Graham, Robertson, Falwell, etc. for Israel, that does
not seem to detract a great many of them from their disgust
of the Jewish people in general.
Evangelicals are SCHIZOPHRENIC on this
point - and that SCHIZOPHRENIA has a lot
to do with their view of the Jewish people as "Supermen"
or Obermenschen (or sometimes as Untermenschen)
[Please see "Pat Robertson, Illuminism, And The
New World Order."].
Like the nursery rhyme about the "little girl with
the cute little curl in her forehead," evangelicals
somehow or other believe that when the Jews are "...
good, they are very, very good, but when they're bad,
they're horrid" - i.e., that when Jews accept Christ,
they become almost superhuman in their Christianity, but
when they reject Him, they become anti-Christs in their
hatred of God. But the Bible doesn't admit to this kind
of distinction between the Jews and the Gentiles; on the
contrary, the Bible says:
"For ALL have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God ..." (Rom. 3:23)
And it goes on to say:
"... there is NO difference between
the Jew and the Greek (i.e., the gentiles) ..."
A PERPETUAL HATRED
All this to say nothing about the very obvious PERPETUAL
hatred that the Islamic world has for Israel - a hatred
that is poised to finish what Hitler tried to do: Drive
the Jews of Israel into the ocean and TOTALLY annihilate
There is no bridging this hatred; no way to resolve it.
There is no longer any room for common ground between
the Islamic world and the Jews.
Even if Israel were to withdraw to its so-called 1967
borders, give up its defensive positions along the Jordan
River, withdraw from all its settlements on the West Bank
and Gaza, that would probably still not be the end of
it. This is what Hussein Ibish and Ali Abunimah, both
Palestinians, believe. They write:
"... the occupation is only one of two major issues
standing in the way of an end to the century-old conflict.
The denial of the right of millions of Palestinian refugees,
those displaced in the 1948 and 1967 wars and their
descendants, to return to their homes and land is also
a fundamental obstacle. Unlike the occupation, it is
an issue which has never been seriously addressed or
properly understood in the U.S. All recent American
and Israeli proposals for Israeli-Palestinian peace
have been predicated on an unworkable and disastrous
concept: that the world's largest group of refugees
would renounce or be denied this basic human right."
But if the Israelis grant the Palestinians the "Right
of Return," it will mean the end of Israel as a Jewish
state. Contra wise, if the Jews refuse to grant the Palestinians
this concession, the suicide bombings will no doubt continue
endlessly into the future. As Newsweek suggested
"Israelis know - as should the rest of the world
- that the real division among Palestinians is not between
those who want peace in the Western sense - i.e., as
a point after which the world lives free of tensions
with a consciousness of reconciliation. In reality,
the number of Palestinian leaders holding this view
is minuscule. THE FUNDAMENTAL SCHISM IS BETWEEN THOSE
WHO WANT TO BRING ABOUT THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL BY
CONTINUING THE PRESENT STRUGGLE, AND THOSE WHO BELIEVE
THAT AN AGREEMENT NOW WOULD BE A BETTER STRATEGY TO
RALLY FORCES FOR THE ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN LATER ON."
Either way, Israel will eventually have to go if the
Islamic world is to be satisfied!
I WILL SAVE THEE
All these things - the anti-Semitism, the anti-Zionism,
the irreconcilable differences between the Muslims and
the Israelis over Israel's presence in the Holy Land -
have conspired together to produce a feeling of dreadful
PARANOIA in the Jews regarding how the rest
of the world feels about them, and a parallel sense THAT
WAR WITH THE PALESTINIANS (AND INDEED THE ENTIRE ISLAMIC
COMMUNITY) IS INEVITABLE. The very real fact of the
matter is, Israel's back is up against the wall, and so
much so that Jewish historian Amos Elon writes:
"I'M IN SUCH DESPAIR BECAUSE I FEAR IT IS TOO
LATE. AND I HAVE ONLY TOLD YOU HALF OF WHAT I FEAR."
But the Bible says:
"And it shall come to pass,
that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of
Judah, and house of Israel; SO WILL I SAVE YOU,
and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands
"For thus saith the LORD of
hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers
provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I
"So again have I thought in
these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house
of Judah: FEAR YE NOT." (Zech. 8:13-15)
SET THY FACE AGAINST MOUNT SEIR
And so God warns Israel's enemies, and most especially
those Muslim nations in the Middle East who have arrayed
themselves against Israel's presence in the Holy Land:
"Son of man, set thy face against
mount Seir (i.e., those nations that immediately surround
Israel), and prophesy against it,
"And say unto it, Thus saith
the Lord GOD; Behold, O mount Seir, I AM AGAINST
THEE, and I will stretch out mine hand against
thee, and I will make thee most desolate.
"I will lay thy cities waste,
and thou shalt be desolate, and thou shalt know that
I am the LORD." (Ezek. 35:1-4)
Listen brothers and sisters: it is a fearful thing for
someone to hear those words from God, "I AM
AGAINST THEE." There can be no more frightening
thing in all the world, because we are dealing with God
here. The Bible says:
"... fear not them which kill the body, but are
not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him (i.e.,
God) which is able to destroy both soul and body in
hell." (Matt. 10:28)
And why is it EXACTLY that God is against
Mt. Seir? The Lord explains:
"BECAUSE THOU HAS HAD A PERPETUAL HATRED
(against Israel), and hast shed the blood of the children
of Israel by the force of the sword ..." (Ezek.
Now I ask you, Who is it today that has A PERPETUAL
HATRED against Israel? Is it not CLEARLY
those who are carrying out the suicide bombings in Jerusalem,
in Tel Aviv, in Natanya, etc? SUICIDE BOMBING!
- now that's hatred!
The Bible says that God is AGAINST THEM
(i.e., all those who hate Israel in this way) and He will
PURSUE THEM UNTO BLOOD!
Specifically, the Bible says:
"Therefore, as I live, saith
the Lord GOD, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood
shall pursue thee: sith (since) thou hast not hated
blood, even blood shall pursue thee.
"Thus will I make mount Seir
most desolate, and cut off from it him that passeth
out and him that returneth.
"And I will fill his mountains
with his slain men: in thy hills, and in thy valleys,
and in all thy rivers, shall they fall that are slain
with the sword.
"I will make thee perpetual
desolations, and thy cities shall not return: and ye
shall know that I am the LORD." (Ezek. 35:6-9)
SOMETHING DREADFUL IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN
Listen to me: you do not want to be found on the "RECEIVING"
end of these verses for any reason! God is warning you!
Get away, and get away fast! He is warning all those that
are "round about" Israel - all those who will
hear Him out on this matter - get away as quickly as possible.
SOMETHING DREADFUL IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN, and
you do not want to be around when it occurs.
All you believing Arabs who dwell in the vicinity of
Mt. Seir, all you who believe and are "called according
to His purpose," get away - and get your friends
and families away too.
A great calamity is coming. Something horrible is about
to happen: all those who today say that Israel has no
right to be where she is; all those who think that the
Jewish people are trespassing on Palestinian land, you
SHALL BE DESTROYED:
"I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall
pursue thee." (Ezek. 35:6)
What's that say, then, about those who believe that Israel
has no right to the so-called "West Bank?" Who
say that they are going to drive Israel into the sea?
Who say that Israel should negotiate with the Palestinians?
Who say that Israel should give up East Jerusalem and
the Temple Mount? Who hate Israel with a PERPETUAL
HATRED? - it says that God -
"... will even do according to thine anger (i.e.,
HATRED), and according to thine envy which
thou hast used out of thy HATRED against
them; and I will make myself known among them, when
I have judged thee." (Ezek. 35:11)
In other words, what the Bible is saying here is that
God will hate these people to the degree that they have
hated the Jewish people and the state of Israel.
WHO ARE YOU TO SAY TO GOD WHAT'S FAIR?
God is going to HATE them to the degree
that they hated Israel? Wow! - you say that that's not
fair? - well, I tell you something, WHO ARE YOU TO
SAY TO GOD WHAT'S NOT FAIR? The Bible says:
"Nay but, O man, WHO ART THOU THAT REPLIEST
AGAINST GOD? Shall the thing formed say to him that
formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
"Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the
same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another
unto dishonour?" (Rom. 9:20-21)
We must understand something here! HE IS THE POTTER
AND WE ARE THE CLAY. There is nothing more to be said
- and God help those who would dare to say otherwise and
challenge God's UTTER and TOTAL
supremacy and sovereignty in this matter! The Bible says:
"Who is this (i.e., man) that
darkeneth counsel by words WITHOUT knowledge?
"Gird up now thy loins like
a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me
(if you can).
"Where wast thou when I laid
the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast
"Who hath laid the measures
thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the
line upon it?
"Whereupon are the foundations
thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
"When the morning stars sang
"Or who shut up the sea with
doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out
of the womb?
"When I made the cloud the garment
thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
"And brake up for it my decreed
place, and set bars and doors,
"And said, Hitherto shalt thou
come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves
"Hast thou commanded the morning
since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his
"That it might take hold of
the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken
out of it?
"It is turned as clay to the
seal; and they stand as a garment.
"And from the wicked their light
is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.
"Hast thou entered into the
springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search
of the depth?
"Have the gates of death been
opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the
shadow of death?
"Hast thou perceived the breadth
of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.
"Where is the way where light
dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
"That thou shouldest take it
to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the
paths to the house thereof?
"Hast thou entered into the
treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures
of the hail,
"Canst thou bind the sweet influences
of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
"Knowest thou the ordinances
of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the
"Shall he that contendeth with
the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let
him answer it.
"Then answered the LORD unto
Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
"Gird up thy loins now like
a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto
"Wilt thou also disannul my
judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be
"Hast thou an arm like God?
or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
"Deck thyself now with majesty
and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty
(if you can)." (Job 38-22, 31-33, 40:2, 6-9)
"DECK THYSELF NOW WITH MAJESTY AND EXCELLENCY;
AND ARRAY THYSELF WITH GLORY AND BEAUTY ..." if
Of course we can't!
GOD CHOSE ISRAEL ON THE BASIS OF GRACE
Again, I say: He is the Potter, and we are the clay.
But one should be perfectly clear here, God certainly
did not choose the Jews because the they were somehow
or other congenitally better than any other people on
earth; or because they were a people morally superior
to the people who surround them; or that they possess
some kind of innate spiritual DNA that predisposes them
toward God. He chose them in order to make an open show
of His MERCY - i.e., that His dealings with
man are based on UNMERITED FAVOR (i.e., GRACE)
and nothing else. That's what the Bible says:
"He hath not dealt with us after
our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
"For as the heaven is high above
the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear
"As far as the east is from
the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions
"Like as a father pitieth his
children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
"For he knoweth our frame; he
remembereth that we are dust." (Ps. 103:10-14)
GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS
And His mercy toward Israel is an OPEN
and PUBLIC demonstration to that effect
- a historical display of His KINDNESS and
COMPASSION for ALL to see
who seek after God - for the Bible says that with regard
to this matter (i.e., His mercy), He is - as Peter says:
"... NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS:
"But in EVERY nation he that feareth
him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him."
And the Bible goes on to explain what it means here by
the word "work:"
"Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the
work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent."
What's that mean? - it means that our relationship with
God - whoever we are - is based on His mercy toward us
and not on any innate righteousness on our part; that
if we try to approach God on the basis of anything we
can do, we will surely fail. The Bible says:
"... we are all as an unclean thing, and all our
righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade
as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken
us away." (Is. 64:6)
And again, the Bible says:
"As it is written, There is none righteous, no,
"They are all gone out of the way, they are together
become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good,
no, not one." (Rom. 3:10, 12)
And so it is that we must trust in God's mercy to clothe
us with His righteousness. But what assurance do we have
that He will do so? For those of us who believe, we have,
of course, the assurance of the Written Word:
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his
only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER (that
surely includes everyone, no matter who they are or
what they've done) believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
And the Bible goes on to say:
"For by GRACE (i.e., unmerited favor)
ARE YE SAVED through faith; and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:
"NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should
boast." (Eph. 2:8-9)
And Israel is God's OPEN and very PUBLIC
demonstration in the HISTORICAL RECORD and
IN THE EVENTS OF TODAY, that God saves man
on the basis of His mercy alone, and not on the basis
of any righteousness we think we possess. After all, if
God can remain faithful to Israel despite all that Israel
has done, and all that she has failed to do, He can remain
faithful to ALL those who call upon His
name - and that He will fulfill ALL the
promises He has made to us and bring us safely through
to the end.
GOD'S MERCY TO ISRAEL AND
THE JEWISH PEOPLE WILL NOT FAIL
Contra wise, if God's promises to Israel fail on the
basis of Israel's unfaithfulness, than we also stand in
jeopardy of our future - for surely the church has been
as unfaithful to God as Israel has been - OR HAVE
YOU BEEN READING OUR MATERIAL FOR NAUGHT? The
very real truth of the matter is, the church's historical
record is every bit as tawdry and cheap as is Israel's,
and to think otherwise is to reveal yourself as an IDIOT.
It's for this reason that those who condemn Israel because
she supposedly is no different from any other nation are
so wrong. While THEY ARE RIGHT that she
possesses no higher innate morality than do the Palestinians,
no greater virtue, no higher sense of decency and purity,
they are still very wrong because THAT'S NOT THE
The point is UNMERITED FAVOR - i.e., GRACE.
That's the point - and that if God can save Israel on
that basis, He can also save you on that basis as well
- whether you are Jew or Arab, Iranian or Turk, Russian
or Chinese (China, of course, is today the home of more
REAL Christians than anywhere else on earth,
despite the fact of their unrelenting persecution by the
Chinese government) - whoever you are! All this to say
that God will surely save NATIONAL Israel,
for the Scriptures say that on THAT day,
"... THEY (i.e., Israel) SHALL LOOK
UPON ME WHOM THEY HAVE PIERCED (very obviously the
Lord), and they shall mourn for him (i.e., Jesus), as
one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness
(i.e., great sorrow) for him (i.e., Christ, whom they
rejected), as one that is in bitterness (i.e., great
sorrow) for his firstborn." (Zech. 12:8)