ISRAEL’S IMPOSSIBLE POLITICS
A NATION OF PRIESTS
God’s primary purpose in creating the nation of Israel has always been priestly, saying, “… you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” Exodus 19:6. From God’s perspective, then, He was forming a nation that, when walking in obedience to His Word and worship, would serve the lost nations of the world as a PRIEST NATION, interceding for them and pointing them to God. That is why, when rebuking His people centuries later for their failure to heed His call, the Spirit of God declares, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest.” Hosea 4:6.
Not only is Israel a priestly nation, but when welcoming the disciples from the nations into the commonwealth of Israel, Peter defines their calling, saying, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” I-Peter 2:9.
Since priesthood is God’s primary calling for His people in this age rather than government (not ruling out the saints’ responsibility and privilege to engage in the political process), it is no wonder then that the political arena of the modern day resurrected State of Israel is complex, intense, and uneasy. Simply put, Israel’s destiny and DNA in this age is not about rulership, but rather about priesthood, and all her efforts to create an ideal and efficient government are doomed to face ongoing conflict and frustrations. It will continue this way until King Jesus returns with His Kingdom, ushering in His perfect rule.
The sons of Jepheth, on the other hand, who populate the great nations of the West, are far more gifted and anointed to create strong and efficient governments that can lead and administer great empires and civilizations as history has proven. Sadly, in their walking away from God’s ways and Word, this gift and grace of rulership has been squandered and is likely to backfire upon the sons of disobedience.
WHO WILL RULE?
True to these principles, and following the recent February elections, Israel’s political arena remains confusing and embattled. Zippi Livni, leader of the Kadima centrist party, who won the popular vote and secured more parliamentary seats than Benjamin Netanyahu, is in fact unable to form a ruling coalition. Such a coalition requires a minimum of 61 parliamentary seats; a needed majority in the 120 seat Israeli Parliament which is modeled after the ancient Sanhedrin (The Great Assembly of elders who formed the supreme legal and religious authority of Israel during the Second Temple period).
Consequently, President Peres has entrusted Benjamin Netanyahu, who ran neck to neck with Livni, with the task of forming the new government which will, by default, place him at the helm as Israel’s next Prime Minister. We are not surprised at this turn of events as the Lord had shown us in a dream nearly ten years ago that Netanyahu would once again reenter the Prime Minister’s office during turbulent times when America’s position in the Middle East would be diminishing due to economic troubles.
Entering the Premier’s office through the “back door,” as it were, is a good thing for Netanyahu since it creates a built-in humility, knowing that he is in this position even though he DID NOT win the elections (we told you - Israeli politics are crazy…). Trying as he is to form a National Unity Government with Livni’s Kadima party, Netanyahu has thus far been unsuccessful and is likely to form a ruling coalition without her.
This means that he will have to lean more heavily upon the Ultra Orthodox parties who, by nature, are far less accommodating or tolerating to Christians who befriend Israel and the Messianic Jewish Believers in the Land. Please pray that God’s hand will guide Netanyahu’s efforts to form an effective government that could wisely and confidently respond to the emerging regional crisis, and that heaven’s rule will be established through these imperfect human instruments. Remember, we dare not look to men to solve the dilemmas of mankind, but rather, our confession remains, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
GAZA – NOW WHAT?
With the military operation in Gaza almost over (it’s never fully over as long as terrorists control this Palestinian enclave), the terrorists continue to parade and chant their usual slogans. Having shelled Israeli civilian communities for years, Hamas took on Israel’s advanced war machine and was almost decimated. However, using women and children as human shields, the Hamas terrorists positioned themselves in homes or close to schools to ensure civilian casualties, earning a great fanfare and outcry against Israel from the biased media. In that sense, Hamas won the public relations war.
Now that much of Gaza’s infrastructure is destroyed, the terrorists appeal to the United Nations and the international community with “humanitarian” pleas to rebuild their terror nesting grounds. The only difference is that this time the Palestinian Authority, the supposed moderate Palestinian government, will supervise and manage the flow of International funds. Good luck…
While there are homes to be rebuilt and roads to be resurfaced, history has shown that these funds will instead be mostly diverted to rebuild the terror infrastructure, the underground smuggling tunnels, the advanced missiles and much more. Tragically, this battle will have to be fought and won all over again as long as the root reasons of this conflict remain unchallenged and undealt with.
The numbers are staggering. The US plans to grant $900 million to the Palestinian Authority to rebuild Gaza while its own economy is fraught with scandals, credit problems and massive job losses. The UN is asking donor nations to provide another $700 million, while Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Algeria have pledged $1.5 billion.
With all this money, plus previous billions of dollars poured into Gaza and the West Bank over the last decade, the Palestinian people should have had a viable and prosperous economy by now. But they don’t! Rather they remain the world’s notorious dysfunctional and unruly “child” that no one dares discipline but Israel, keeping the international community manipulated through “temper tantrums,” guilt trips and the threat of the “big bad Islamic Jihad boogie man” of terrorism.
The truth is that the Palestinian people are not a nation, never have been a nation, and will never succeed in forming a viable national life no matter how much assistance, funding or opportunity they are granted. They have demonstrated time and again their inability to self govern and, unless embraced and cared for by another national entity, they will remain a sore point of human misery in the Middle East; a festering pocket of Islamic poverty, dysfunction and abuse that will continue to hold the nations of the world hostage to their endless anguish. They are, in fact, a pawn in the enemy’s grand design to sow continual international frustration, irritation and condemnation regarding the State of Israel and her survival in the Middle East. Don’t stop praying just because the Gaza operation is over.
God, however, who loves His entire creation and desires that none will perish, has a better destiny for all the Arab people groups of the Middle East. Prophesying of the final judgments that will rock and cleanse the Middle East, the Lord declares that “In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying, ‘Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.’” Is 19:23-25. God will have the final word.
ISRAEL - COME AND TOUCH THE MIRACLE
We will be leading a prayer team to the land of Israel June 5-16, 2009, and all those interested to learn more about it need to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org asap since the time to register is now. The group will be focused and space is limited. We will spend quality days exploring Jerusalem’s ancient past and eternal future, visit the beautiful Galilee, Nazareth and the Golan Heights, travel south through the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the Dead Sea and Masada, and dip our feet in the Mediterranean Sea by Tel-Aviv. As we travel throughout the land, our group will worship with local believers, meet with Messianic leaders, and hear from Israeli scholars in the fields of