DESIGNATED YEAR FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE
February 1, 2014
Part 2: Aliyah or A Lie?
In the words of historian Howard Zinn, "History is always a matter of taking sides." The late Columbia University English professor Edward Said added, "Facts get their importance from what is made of them in interpretation." Arguably, nothing lends itself more handily to their brand of postmodernism than mere mention of the word, “Israel.”
As Socialist International designates 2014 the Year for Middle East Peace, the anti-Israel crowd details her“long record of terrorism, even against the United States.” For example, in 1954 the Israeli government purportedly plotted to blow up American installations in two main Egyptian cities and, then, projected blame onto Egyptian nationals. Once the failed Lavon Affair was uncovered, the Israeli Defense minister Pinhas Lavon resigned over the incident.
Thereafter, in 1967, Israel is said to have purposefully attacked the USS Liberty, an American Naval vessel patrolling near Egypt. Although the U.S. Secretary of State and Navy Chief Admiral blamed Israel for deliberately striking, the powerful Zionist Lobby ostensibly prevented a formal Congressional investigation.
Even biblical depictions of backslidden Israel are disparaging. For example, mourning the wayward ways of Israel and Judah,the prophet Hosea characterized them as idolatrous and adulterous harlots, rebels, transgressors, liars, murderers, stealers, and scorners. He further likened them to “silly doves without hearts.” In New Testament times, Jewish leaders actively sought ways to kill Jesus.
Precisely because of wayward ways, God drove Israelis from their land, thus rendering them homeless among the nations—yet He lamented, “Oh, how can I give you up, Israel?”
The answer: He cannot and will not.
Israel, Friend or Foe?
Why should people of faith embrace the unfaithful, those who are manifestly distanced from the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Why even call them “God’s chosen (literally, ‘called out’) people”? The answer is simple. Even in their obstinacy, God loves them. He longs to gather His own as a hen musters her chicks. By foreknowledge, He sees many returned to their homeland and turned to follow Him. Then, they will “blossom like the lily” and “send roots deep into the soil.”
To bless Israel is to be blessed. Through her, all the peoples of earth will be blessed. For instance, Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Haym Salomon, George Washington’s banker from Philadelphia. In the most desperate hours of the American Revolution, this Orthodox Jew appealed to fellow Jews for financing and, without note or interest, committed his personal fortune to the Continental Congress. Doing so qualified Salomon as “Financier of the Revolution.”
Clearly, not all Jews are hardcore Zionists, “banksters,”or conspirators any more than all Muslims are suicide bombers. While Jews join the ranks of world-order opportunists, the one-world movement (which predates Abraham) is by no means an exclusively “Jewish agenda,” as some suppose.
Notably, God works for good in all things. Case in point: Christ’s enemies counted the crucifixion as their victory, but the resurrection proved otherwise! Similarly, despite nefarious world-order politics and illegalities surrounding the nation’s founding, or there after, believers rightly celebrate the miracle of Israel as demonstration of “the holiness of God’s great name” and His faithfulness to Abraham’s progeny.
Even through fallen humanity, God never fails to work for good. With or without blind eyes and deaf ears, the Jews were created for God’s glory, for His name’s sake, and for redemptive purposes. Throughout nineteen-plus centuries of the diaspora, God wondrously preserved unto Himself a faithful remnant. Ultimately, His “called-out ones” will look upon Him whom they have pierced and tearfully accept their Messiah as Savior and Lord.
God is Not a Man That He Should Lie
In the Old Testament, no Hebrew word corresponds to “promise.” Instead, “word,” “speak,” and “say” are used. Accordingly, God’s word is unbreakable; in fact, “it is impossible for God to lie.” Therefore, believers can trust the over 700 last-day scriptural references to God’s gathering His seed in “their own land, which He gave His servant Jacob,” and believe for God’s blessings out poured through them.
Ezekiel prophesied God’s taking back, gathering, and cleansing the diaspora. “All Israel will be saved” and led down “a level path.” Living in the land God gave their forefathers, she will be His people and He, her God. Moreover, God will equip Israel for Kingdom work—i.e., future erection of the fourth Millennial Temple, return of shekinah glory, and salvation of “all Israel.” Prophetically, the generation that witnesses Israel’s reestablishment as a nation—specifically, the “boomer” generation—will not pass away until the whole of Christ’s Eschatological Discourse is fulfilled.
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Repatriation of the Diaspora 
Scriptures allow primary and secondary applications with both literal and figurative meanings. For example, references to “national” Israel (as a people and/or land) point in type to spiritual Israel (New Covenant, “called out ones”). By Old Covenant command, male Jews were circumcised in the flesh (type), which act found greater, spiritual fulfillment in New Covenant believers’ having circumcised hearts (antitype). Both truths apply.
To the contrary, Replacement Theology insists that God is done with Israel and has permanently replaced her with the church, but this is not so. In response to the question, “Did God reject His people?” the apostle Paul exclaimed, “By no means! God did not reject His people, whom He foreknew.” Indeed, gentiles are charged with the task of repatriating (not supplanting) the diaspora. In assisting the aliyah, gentiles take their part, along with Jewish pilgrims, in fulfilling God’s prophetic plan.
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The word aliyah (Hebrew for “ascent” or “pilgrimage”)
conveys the religious significance of returning to Israel. Although
some Jews had begun to return as early as the late 1800's, the official
Aliyah (return) began in May of 1948 when the League of Nations approved
formation of the re-born State of Israel in the area known as Palestine.
2. Mary Grabar. The “Bad History” of Howard Zinn and the Brainwashing of America: The People Speak. (America’s Survival, Inc., Accessed 23 January 2014).
3. Edward W. Said Quotes. Accessed 23 January 2014
4. Israel means “princes or prevailers with God,” as pertaining to national Israel (under Old Covenant law) and spiritual Israel (under the New Covenant—some Jews, as Paul; others, Gentiles). Israel is used to designate the son of Isaac (Jacob) or his descendants, the twelve tribes of the Hebrews. It refers specifically to the nation’s ten northern tribes, as opposed to Judah in the South.
5. The Lavon Affair: How a false-flag operation led to war and the Israeli bomb (Accessed 23 January 2014)
6. BBC Documentary on the USS Liberty: "Dead in the Water" (Accessed 23 January 2014)
7. Hosea 3:15, 17; 11:8-11; 14:5-7
8. John 8:40, 55
9. Hosea 11:8-11
10. Ezekiel 39:25-29
11. Ezekiel 36:24-28
12. Nehemiah 9:16-17
13. Luke 13:34
14. "It pleased the Lord to bless Israel” (Numbers 24:1). God will “gather them from the ends of the earth,” and a great throng shall return (Jeremiah 31:8).“Jacob my servant, Israel whom I have chosen,” I will “pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants” (Isaiah 44:1-28). "Speak kindly to Jerusalem” … “that her iniquity has been removed” (Isaiah 40:1-2). The prophet Ezekiel announced that God will take back, gather, cleanse, and put in a new heart/ spirit inclined to follow His decrees and laws. They will be His people, and He their God (Ezek. 36:24-28).
15. Hosea 14:1-9
16. One need only consider the debt of gratitude Christian Gentiles owe the Jews, who pretty much had God to themselves thousands of years before Gentiles were grafted in. These owe their faith and very salvation to the Jewish lineage of Jesus Christ, a Torah-believing, feast-observing Jewish rabbi. Moreover, against all odds, and through brutal sufferings, Jews accurately recorded the Scriptures. Attested to by discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, they exceled as faithful custodians of the oracles of God.
17. Haym-Salomon (Accessed 24 January 2014).
18. Genesis 11:1-9
19. Dennis Cuddy, Ph.D., A Chronological History of the New World Order, arranged and edited by John Loeffler: . Accessed l November 2007.
20. Romans 8:28
21. 1 Timothy 1:15, Romans 10:9-11, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
22. Isaiah asked, “Can a country be born in a day, or a nation be brought forth in a moment?” (Isaiah 66:8) By the time Jerusalem’sbirth pains begin,?her children will be born. "With men it is impossible, but not withGod; for withGodallthings are possible." (Matthew 19:26 and Mark 10:27)
23. Ezekiel 36:23
24. Genesis 13:15
25, Isaiah 43:5-8
26, Ezekiel 36:22, 39:25-29
27, Romans 11:26
28, John 19:37,Romans 3:21-24—“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
29, Numbers 23:19
30, Genesis 12:3. T. Alton Bryant. The New Compact Bible Dictionary.(Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1967). 476.
31, Romans 9:6-8—Not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. In other words, not the natural children, but the children of the promise are regarded as “Abraham's offspring.”
32, Jeremiah 31:7-10
33, Ezekiel 28:25—God expressly says they will “live safely in their own land, which He gave His servant Jacob.”
34, Ezekiel 36:24-28
35, Joel 3:1-2
36, Romans 11:1a, 2a, Matthew 24:32-35
37, From the Greek word meaning “scattered” or “dispersed,” diaspora typically refers to Jews living outside of Israel.
38, Romans 2:17-29
39, Isaiah 49:22—"See, I will beckon (or call) to the gentiles, I will raise up a banner to the peoples: THEY (the gentiles) will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders.”
will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not hold
them back.' Bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the ends of