Jan 5, 2015
Why Is Tiny Israel So Important And Constantly In The News
One of the most mysterious questions in the minds of people around the world is, "Why is the tiny nation of Israel always in the news, constantly being fought over, more hated by more human beings than any other nation and more controversial than any other? Israel is 263 miles long, an average of about 60 miles wide, smaller than New Jersey by 700 square miles and one of the smallest countries in the world. Why then is it so important and the founding ground, the cradle of the world's three monotheistic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and several lesser religions?
I feel certain that the first reason it is the epicenter of conflict in the world, and so important, is because the God of the universe chose this land as the homeland of His chosen people, the Jews. It was through the Jews that God chose and sent his prophets and Apostles, sent His word to the world, and through whom He gave His "Only begotten Son", the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ. Both Old and New Testaments came out of that Holy Land. Israel is the only country in the world specifically given, by God, to a nationality of people .... the Jews. Gen.12:7, 13:14-15, 15:7, 17:8, and Exodus 50:24.
A second reason Israel is so important in the world, is that it has always been a land bridge and access highway between the adjoining Continents of Europe, Asia and Africa. Merchant caravans, pilgrims, immigrants and innumerable armies have marched to and through that land throughout human history.
A third reason is surely the fact that Israel has, because of its geographical position as a land bridge between Continents, also been a battleground between opposing armies of empires. The great armies of history's Generals such as Alexander the Great and Napoleon have marched into battle there. The Empires of the Assyrians, Babylonians, Medo-Persians, Grecians and Romans have shed their blood and the blood of their enemies there. Both God and Satan know that the Kingdom of Anti-Christ will be headquartered there and that more rivers of blood will be shed there. The final battle of Armageddon will be fought there. And, most importantly, Jesus Christ will establish the throne of His Millennial Kingdom there for a thousand year. No wonder the devil is right in the middle of the middle east, surrounding Israel, stirring up trouble since the very beginning of the Jewish people and the Jewish nation.
Israel is like a rather small theatrical stage, a microcosm of world conflict, playing out, in representative form, the Battle Of The Ages between good and evil, God and the devil. Israel is the young boy David fighting the huge, giant Goliath. A small sling and stone against a monstrosity of a man with a sword in his hand and a vast army backing him up. They are today surrounded by nearly a billion Muslim enemies constantly threatening their extermination.
Israel must be observed and judged from a Biblical, historical, geographical and deity conscious viewpoint rather than a racial or political or public opinion viewpoint. It is totally impossible to understand the nearly 4000 year history of Israel without considering the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Bible is the only true textbook in understanding what Israel is all about, its conflicts, its importance, and its destiny. RB