Today, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution urging an end to Israeli settlements, after the United States failed to use its veto. The main obstacle to a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians is not the Israeli settlements. Rather, it is the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist.
The resolution will be almost impossible to repeal in the future, because China and Russia also have a permanent right to veto, and they have not been historically friendly to Israel. This vote represents a permanent alteration to international order.
My fear is that there will be grave spiritual consequences for the United States. It is an inviolable spiritual law that one reaps what one sows. We US citizens further the division of Israel’s land by pressuring Israel to trade land for “peace”. What sort of division will we reap?
–God’s call to the Jews is irrevocable.
Romans 11:28-29 (AMP)
From the point of view of the Gospel (good news), they [the Jews, at present] are enemies [of God], which is for your advantage and benefit. But from the point of view of God’s choice (of election, of divine selection), they are still the beloved (dear to Him) for the sake of their forefathers.
For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]
–Israel is called to be the prophetic nation.
Psalm 105:15 (NIV)
“Do not touch my anointed ones;
do my prophets no harm.”
–Israel, located at the junction of Europe, Asia, and Africa, is called to manifest God to all the people of the earth.
Ezekiel 28:25 (CEB)
The LORD God proclaims: When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they’ve scattered, and I demonstrate my holiness through them in the sight of the nations, they will live on their fertile land, which I gave to my servant Jacob.
See also Deuteronomy 28:9-10 and Jeremiah 3:17.
–Every time God spoke to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, He talked about the land. This includes Jehovah’s first appearance.
Genesis 12:7 (ESV)
Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him.
–God spoke to the land itself.
Ezekiel 36:1, 12 (AMP)
ALSO YOU, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord. . . . Yes, [O mountains of Israel] I will cause men to walk upon you, even My people Israel, and they shall possess you, and you shall be their inheritance; and you shall no more after this bereave them of children [for idol sacrifices].
The mountains of Israel are located in Judea and Samaria, the land now called the West Bank.
–God called it His land.
Leviticus 25:23 (ESV)
The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine. For you are strangers and sojourners with me.
See also Joel 3:1-2.
–God’s covenant for the land was a one-way covenant. Abram did not pass between the pieces; the smoking pot and flaming torch did. God covenanted with Himself.
Genesis 15:7-21 (ESV)
And he said to him, “I am the LORD who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.” But he said, “O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” And he brought him all these, cut them in half, and laid each half over against the other. . . .
When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites.”
Exodus 32:13 (NIV)
Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’”
–Thirty-four times, the scriptures document that God “swore” the land to the patriarchs. (Gen 26:3, Ex 6:8, Ex 13:5, Ex 13:11, Ex 32:13, Ex 33:1, Num 14:23, Num 14:30, Num 32:11, Deu 1:8, Deu 1:35, Deu 6:10, Deu 6:18, Deu 6:23, Deu 7:13, Deu 8:1, Deu 9:5, Deu 10:11, Deu 11:9, Deu 11:21, Deu 26:3, Deu 26:15, Deu 28:11, Deu 30:20, Deu 31:21, Deu 31:23, Josh 1:6, Josh 21:43, Judg 2:1, Neh 9:15, Jer 11:5, Jer 32:22, Ezek 20:42, Ezek 47:14) There are more promises of God to give land to Israel than any other promises.
Genesis 26:1-3 (NIV)
Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham.
Gerar is located in Gaza.
–The covenant is described as forever, for all time, everlasting, forever and ever, as long as the heavens remain above the earth. (Gen 13:15, Ex 32:13, Deu 4:40, Deu 11:21, Josh 14:9, Judg 2:1, 1 Chr 16:15-18, Ps 105:8-11, Is 60:21, Jer 25:5, Ezek 37:25)
Joshua 14:9 (ESV)
And Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be an inheritance for you [Caleb] and your children forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.’
The land promised to Caleb forever is located in the West Bank.
–Jesus did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it.
Romans 15:8-9a (NIV)
For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy.
Our Father in heaven,
We thank You for Your irrevocable gifts and call to Israel, for the manifestation of Your holiness, for Your land, for Your everlasting covenant, and for Your mercy to Israel. We glorify Your holy name.
O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from Your commandments and rules. We have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke through Holy Scripture to our nation’s leaders. To You, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame for not blocking the United Nations resolution. We Americans have transgressed Your law and turned aside, refusing to obey Your voice.
And now, O Lord our God, You brought Your people out of the old covenant and into the new covenant with a mighty hand. We stand under the new covenant. We have sinned. Our nation has done wickedly. O Lord, according to all Your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from the United States of America for our sins and for the iniquities of our leaders.
Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of Your servants and to their pleas for mercy. For Your own sake, O Lord, make Your face to shine upon our nation, especially Mississippi.
O God, incline Your ear and hear. Open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the church that is called by Your name. For we do not present our pleas before You because of our righteousness, but because of Your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for Your own sake, O God, because Your church and Your people in the United States are called by Your name. We humbly beseech you in the name of Jesus. Amen.