How much is heaven worth?We often associate the word 'heaven' with somewhere in the s...
Talk is cheapIf someone says he is wonderful and powerful, it should be v...
Time, space and peopleThe very first verse in the Bible is: 'In the beginning God ...
Copyright 2007 TheBook.co.za
Israel and the Bible
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Bible related
The nation of Israel is engaged in a sustained battle to survive. They are surrounded by furious enemies who desire to drive them from the Holy Land and wipe them off the face of the earth. The reason for this is that they are hated and envied because they are the heirs of God’s promise to Abraham: “The whole land of Canaan (Israel) ... I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you, and I will be their God” (Genesis 17:8). Two of Abraham’s sons were Ishmael (the Arab nations) and Isaac (the nation of Israel). God said to Abraham that “it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Ishmael “will never share in the inheritance with ... Isaac” even though God will “make him into a nation also, because he is Abraham’s offspring” (Genesis 21:10 & 12-13). Whatever the enemies of Israel plan, they will not be successful in dislodging this nation from their promised, eternal inheritance of Jerusalem and Israel. The word God spoke thousands of years ago, is an unchangeable, reliable, everlasting truth that is being proven in our present time in the news media.
The country Israel serves as a type of the Bible. It is amazing how frequently the Bible is attacked from all sides. There are many people who devote their time to try and influence society against it. Their reasons are not persuasive to the discerning hearer, only to those who would like any excuse to discard the call of God on their lives. They for instance state that those who believe in the Bible are prone to violence and anarchy. Anybody who really studies the Bible, will know that these arguments are completely untrue. But modern day society is influenced by lies. Lies are accepted as normal. (The constant propagation of evolution as truth, without any shred of evidence, is proof of it.) There are also false theologians who desperately try to tell people that the Bible has a merely human origin. They retain their positions of influence in christian institutions, in order to lead unwary students and others to destruction. If they deny the supernatural nature of God’s revelation to man, they should resign their theological teaching posts and do other work, or write their own religious books. There is also a subtle, but organized attack on the Bible through the media. Ron Luce in his book, Battle cry of a generation (NexGen, Cook Communication Ministries, 2005, p38), gave these statistics concerning a survey of 105 of Hollywood’s elite: 93% seldom or never go to worship services; 97% believe in a woman’s right to abort; 5% strongly agree that homosexuality is wrong; 16% agree that adultery is wrong; 99% believe that television should be more critical of Judeo-Christian values. These anti-Christ ideas are passed on through movies and television and are a very powerful, modern influence on our youth.
The lesson: just as Israel will never be dislodged from its Promised Land, so the Bible will never be destroyed, or its influence curbed. The Gospel is growing supernaturally. Colossians 1:6 states, that “all over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth”.