How do we know that God protects the nation of Israel?
We know from several standpoints:
1. Biblical Promises
First, the God of Israel promises protection for His chosen people:
I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses (despises, dishonors, treats with contempt) you (Gen 12.3)
Whoever assails you will fall … no weapon that is formed against you will prosper (Isa 54.15,17)
I will be a wall of fire around her … he who touches you, touches the apple (pupil) of the LORD’s eye (Zech 2.5,8)
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you (Isa 41.10)
Those who strive with you (Israel) shall perish (Isa 41.11)
2. Historic Examples of Israel’s Protection
Secondly, there are well-known examples of God’s intervention on behalf of His people:
- When the Egyptian army pursued the Israelites during the Exodus, God slowed them by removing their chariot wheels, and drowned them as the parted waters returned (Exod 14.19-31)
- In the fifth century BC a number of Jews were still in Babylon under Persian rule. God used a brave Jewess, Queen Esther, to prevent the killing of Jews, both young and old (see the book of Esther)
- God promised Joshua that, when the Israelite armies marched around Jericho seven times, blew their trumpets and shouted loudly, then Jericho would be given into their hands. When they did this the city walls fell flat (Joshua chapter 6)
- When five kings went up with their armies and made war against the men of Gibeon, the LORD said to Joshua “do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand”. The armies fled, struck down by large hailstones. And “the sun stood still” (didn’t set) until Israel had revenge on their enemies (Joshua 10.1-15)
3. Long-term Verification of God’s Protection
Despite some 2,500 years of scattering and persecution, the people of Israel (generically, the Jews) have survived. Furious attempts to annihilate this people have all failed. From the Babylonians to Queen Isabella to Hitler, their plans to totally exterminate the Jews failed. When King Louis XIV of France asked Blaise Pascal, the great Christian philosopher to give him proof of God, Pascal answered, ‘Why the Jews, your Majesty, the Jews!‘ The fact that the Jews have survived whilst many other nations have disappeared points to their protection over the ages.
In fact, in recent years God has actually restored the nation of Israel and blessed her. In just 100 years the Jewish population of Israel has risen an amazing 7,700 percent through mass Jewish immigration, or aliyah.
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 (Mat 24.15-28). It will be a time of the refining of Israel until they recognize their true Messiah.
Recent Examples of God’s Protection
There are recent examples of God’s miraculous protection of Israel:
1948-49: When the Jewish State was born in May 1948, five Arab armies (Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq) immediately invaded Israel. Arab rulers thought they were heading towards an easy victory; they had no difficulty obtaining all the arms they needed and even British RAF planes flew with Egyptian squadrons over the Israel-Egypt border, link. Israel was thought to be virtually defenseless, link. But they were wrong. The Arab armies suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of a combination of Jewish militias (there was no formal Israel Defense Force or IDF). Reasons have been advanced for the Arab defeat, such as inter-Arab political rivalries:
The rivalries were a major problem because they resulted in poor command, lack of transparency, and ultimately, failure [Sami Moubayed, Syrian political analyst]
It is claimed Arab leaders fought against each other for land and glory. Was this the hand of God? A similar scenario will occur in the imminent Gog-Magog War. The God of Israel says:
“I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord God. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother” (Ezek 38.21)
1967: In the Six-Day War of June 5–10, 1967, the armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon (and later Iraq) again attacked Israel. Their goal was “to wipe Israel off the map”. The Arab armies had huge superiority in armour, aircraft and troops. For instance, Egypt had around 100,000 troops and 900–950 tanks in the Sinai, and the Israeli Air Force could pit only two hundred aircraft against six hundred Arab planes (which included many Soviet MiG fighters).
In the light of this, Israel resolved to make a preemptive strike aimed at destroying the Arab air forces on the ground, link. After the war Israel held the Sinai, the Golan Heights, Gaza, the West Bank and, for the first time in 2,500 years, all of Jerusalem. As in the 1948-49 war, this rapid military defeat of the Arab armies is attributed in part to the lack of coordination among Arab states, link. Others e.g. Bible scholars, see the defeat as God preparing the way for Christ’s millennial rule from Jerusalem.
1973: On October 6, 1973, hoping to win back territory lost to Israel in 1967, Egyptian and Syrian forces launched a coordinated attack against Israel on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. For Jews, Yom Kippur or ‘Day of Atonement’ is a solemn time of rest, prayer and fasting – a time of sincere reflection on the state of one’s relationship or ‘at-one-ment’ with God, link. So this attack came at a time when Israel was “resting” and looking to God.
With the element of surprise to their advantage, Egyptian forces successfully crossed the Suez Canal, suffering only a fraction of the anticipated casualties, while Syrian forces were able to launch their offensive against Israeli positions and break through to the Golan Heights. But despite the surprise and consequent heavy losses, Israel, with urgent US help, once again defeated the attack, link. It seems the God of Israel once more helped Israel, this time when they were unprepared.
Did God Protect Israel against ISIS? Early December 2016 a strange storm cloud (dust and rain) put a barrier between Israel and ISIS. Reports say the storm stopped on the border of Syria and was ‘unable’ to enter Israel’s Golan Heights area.
Many believe God intervened on behalf of Israel to prevent ISIS from entering Israel, link.
Future Example of God’s Protection
The imminent Gog-Magog War against Israel will demonstrate to the world that God still protects His people Israel. When Russian-led Islamic armies come against Israel from the north, God promises to help Israel in Sodom and Gomorrah fashion:
I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains, says the Lord God. Every man’s sword will be against his brother … I will rain down on his troops flooding rain, great hailstones, fire and brimstone (Ezek 38.21-22)
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I wish with all my heart that you continue prospering in your ancestral land. God with always protect all of you.
To the Most High God, may your spirit and truth rule and reign forevermore…we believers stand still to see the salvation of our lord of host … we pray for your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. May the peace of God that passes all understanding be with Israel and those who stand with them, so it was written let it be done amen.
Hi. My name is Tracy and my whole family with me are from Malaysia. We are so sorry to hear that your people have been going through such tough times. Its our hope that we’ll be able to witness with all of you the peace of Jerusalem since we are also called to believe the same God. We have been called for many years now and our hearts do feel a huge warm spot for the land and people of Israel. Although Malaysia is a majority Muslim country, there are a handful of us who regularly offer prayers for Israel. It is the land we love because God first love you and you are very lucky to be chosen by Yahweh. In these times however, we do hope that your example of moving closer to the Lord will inspire many more to turn to Him. Please do share with us your news. Shalom and God bless all of you.
Sincerely In Christ
Your Malaysian Brethren
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I am just thankful that I’ve found this site! Shalom Israel!
God bless Israel abundantly. Chosen by God is the nation of Israel and will always be protected by God. One day Israeli people and us Christians will be as brothers and sisters in faith. I hope to live long enough to see that happy day with joyous tears of celebration and welcoming them with a full heart. Enemies may hurt or wound her but will never destroy Israel completely for the hand of God will come to their rescue and the enemies of Israel will stand in wondering horror at the absolute might of God!!! Amen
YES BIBLE TRUE PROPHECY
The state of Israel is an apple of God’s, and any one who attacks ISRAEL attacks God and he/she shall automatically lose.
You know it brother….there are a vast amount of Israel supporters still in the US ! Israel will not be defeated!
I thought that God was talking about his people. By this I mean the ones that he has chosen to be his. NOT just Israeli but all the ones that serve him in spirit and in truth. Jesus said who is my sister, my brother, father, and mother, the one that do the will of my father. If he was only talking about Israeli than where do we stand?
Thanks for your comments. Believers in Christ choose to believe, whilst the nation of Israel was chosen. They are God’s special nation to act as His witness in the world. They failed and were scattered but they are not lost (Rom 11). A remnant will be restored and at the end of this age God will show His power through protecting Israel against her enemies.
The Israeli’s are God’s chosen people, but as a people, they rejected the Lord’s greatest messenger and son, Christ Jesus. Romans 11-7 “What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for, but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. The believing Israelites are referenced here as God’s “election” or “the chosen ones.” (Galatians 3) The Jews, God’s elect, were given the law by Moses, but because the Lord hardened their hearts, the Gentiles were blessed to hear and receive the Gospel. The law enables the awareness of sins; the answer is to seek Christ for salvation as it is impossible to win salvation by obeying Mosaic Law. Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection redeem us from this curse of the law. Gentiles and Jews are equal according to the Lord’s new covenant established upon our belief in the way, the truth, and the life, Jesus Christ. Amen.