Peace Process and
An open letter from Christians to Christians
Never before was an ancient
nation destroyed, its people dispersed to the ends of the
earth-and yet for centuries remain a separate and distinct people.
Then, for that people to be regathered to its ancient homeland and
re-established as a nation after nearly 2,000 years is a
contradiction of time and logic. The rebirth of the Nation of
Israel in 1948 was an unparalleled miracle of history.
This miracle of rebirth actually
had its conception in 1878. David Ben Gurion observed that the new
State of Israel did not begin in 1948 but with the pioneering
efforts of Jewish immigrants that began in 1878 with the founding
of the Jewish settlement Petah Tikvah—which means "Door of
Hope."1 The year 1878 did mark the beginning of an
incredible fulfillment of a series of Bible prophecies related to
the miraculous restoration of natural Israel. In that year the ban
on Jewish immigration and Jewish Land purchase was eased. In
fulfillment of Bible prophecy, the massive return of the Jew in
Diaspora to his ancient homeland commenced (Jeremiah 16:14-16;
Isaiah 43:4-6). The purchasing of land itself was a fulfillment of
prophecy (Jeremiah 32:44). At exorbitant prices, barren desert and
malarial swamps were purchased from absentee Moslem landowners.
Miraculous climatic changes as well nourished the dry and thirsty
Land (Joel 2:21-24). The very heavens opened and "the early
rains," which for centuries fell only moderately, increased.
The "latter rains" awoke from centuries of dormant
slumber. As a result, the barren desert and malarial swamps began
to blossom "as the rose"—fulfilling the Divine
prediction of vineyards and gardens and roses (Isaiah 35:1; Amos
Then the birth pangs of the
Jewish State began. In 1929 the Arabs in Hebron massacred 67 Jews.2 In the 1930s under the direction of the Grand Mufti
a minority of Arabs in
Palestine, inspired by Nazi propaganda, plotted the
"stillbirth" of the Jewish State. These "spasms of
travail" were reflected in calculated acts of terror against
the Jewish settlements. Then in the 1940s the Mufti (who was Yassir Arafat's uncle4
joined with Adolph Eichmann
in Europe in the systematic extermination of the Jews.5 History has recorded this shameful event as "The
Holocaust." Finally, recognizing the enormous slaughter, the
guilt-ridden nations felt a moral obligation to grant the Jews an
independent state. In spite of the fact that the UN Partition Plan
of 1947 dismembered the Land of Israel, Arab nations were
determined to prevent the Jews from having any of it.
The Divine Physician, however,
prevented the "stillbirth" of the Jewish nation. During
the final travail, Israel's War of Independence, the Jewish State
was born—notwithstanding the fact it was outnumbered 100 to one
by the invading armies of six Arab states. The newborn State
developed by massive immigration. Land reclamation continued in
fulfillment of Bible prophecy. The miraculous Six Day War in 1967
added Israel's ancient territories of Samaria, Judea, East
Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights to the modern
State. All the while quoting Bible prophecies about Israel's
restoration, both Prime Ministers Menachim Begin and Yitzhak
Shamir systematically helped 130,000 Jewish settlers to flourish
in Samaria, Judea and Gaza. The sudden fall of Communism in 1989,
that was in itself a miracle, stimulated another miraculous growth
spurt by the massive influx of half a million Russian Jews to
Israel. Excitement was running high. Certainly one or two million
would shortly follow.
Israel's prophetic momentum,
however, seems to have stalled. In the 1992 general elections the
nationalist camp (Likud and the right wing parties) received the
majority of Jewish Israeli votes, but the marginal Arab Israeli
vote put the Labor Party in power. The Labor government under Ben
Gurion and Golda Meir still had the Zionist ideal, that "the
Torah would go forth from Zion"—albeit in humanist terms.
Seemingly, the highest idealism inspiring the current Labor
government is a "common market of the Middle East" in
which Israel would be a tiny island in the midst of a sea of Arab
and Moslem nations. Furthermore, the immigration of Russian Jews
has slowed to a trickle. Giving up "land for peace"
appears a looming reality.
Thus, with Israel's prophetic
momentum in fulfilling Bible prophecy seemingly grinding to a
halt, many Evangelical Christians are reconsidering their
prophetic expectations. Perhaps, they say, the traditional
churches were right—Israel has been permanently replaced by the
Christian Church. Perhaps the Palestinian claim of a large Arab
community in Palestine with a continuity reaching back several
thousand years is correct. Would not the World Powers be justified,
then, in pressuring Israel to give up Land? These doubts, however,
are without a Biblical foundation. Though Bible prophecy can be
demonstrated by the perspective of current events, Bible prophecy
cannot be determined by today's headlines.
One perspective overrides all
peace initiatives, compromises and accords: God's perspective. The
Judaic Christian Bible discloses not only God's perspective, but
His agenda for implementing His own incontestable peace plan. The
following presentation is an endeavor to document and submit for
consideration God's perspective:
God's promise to Israel that the Holy Land belongs to the Jews
forever had never been forfeited.
As prophesied, the Land would remain relatively
"desolate" for centuries during Israel's temporary
expulsion. Finally, at God's appointed time, the Jewish people
would return to their Land and this returning prosperity to the
Land would attract a large influx of Arabs from surrounding
God has indicted the Gentile nations who partitioned God's Land by
giving portions of it to the Arabs.
Regardless of the outcome of the "peace process," the
Scriptures seem to indicate a final Israeli-Arab war which would
yield the rightful borders to the Land of Israel.
The question of the size of the "remnant" of Israel is
Scripturally defined as large. The destination of the road to
peace will be reached in the final harmony of Israel and the Arabs
when God's Kingdom is established on earth with Jerusalem as its