How do we Know that God Protects Israel?
We know from two standpoints. First, the God of Israel promises protection:
Whoever assails you will fall because of you … no weapon that is formed against you will prosper
I will be a wall of fire around her … he who touches you, touches the apple of (the Lord’s) eye
Sometimes this protection is through mighty angels. For example, in the book of Daniel we read that the archangel Michael protects the people of Israel (Dan 12.1). Another way is via God-given ingenuity, as in Israel’s cutting-edge weaponry used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), link.
Protection is Sometimes Conditional
Of course, when the nation of Israel walked away from their God and Protector these promises seemed not to apply and Israel was scattered throughout the nations for some 2,500 years. The scenario is similar today. Most of the 8 million inhabitants of Israel do not recognize Yeshua (Jesus) as their promised Messiah. So, according to prophecy, in the near future is seems Israel will go through a time of great trouble. It will be a time of the refining of Israel until they recognize their true Messiah.
Historical Verification of Protection
The second standpoint is simply the historical verification of the biblical promises. Despite some 2,500 years of scattering and persecution the people of Israel (generically, the Jewish race) have survived. Despite furious attempts to annihilate this people they have all failed. From the Babylonians to Queen Isabella to Hitler, and now the Islamic conspiracy (Hamas, ISIL) to exterminate the Jews. Moreover, in recent years God has restored the nation of Israel and actually blessed her. It seems that, right now, Israel is once again under God’s protection so that the nations can see the God of Israel in action!
There are recent historical examples of God’s miraculous protection. As the Jewish State was born in 1948, five Arab armies (Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq) immediately invaded Israel. The Arabs had no difficulty obtaining all the arms they needed. But they were defeated by a fledgling Israeli defense force. Similarly, in the Six-Day War of June 5–10, 1967, the armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon (and later Iraq) attacked Israel. Their goal was “to wipe Israel off the map”. Israel defeated the attack even though the Arab armies had huge superiority in armour, aircraft and troops. And in October 1973 Egypt and Syria launched another attack on Israel (the Yom Kippur War). This was at a time whne Israel was “resting” in Yom Kippur. Despite the surprise and consequent losses, Israel once again defeated the attack.
So if we examine the circumstances and events that led to the establishment and continued survival of the Jewish state, the facts point to a miraculous existence. There must be a reason!