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Israel’s crisis - is there an answer?

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The hope that the differences between Israelis and the Palestinians could be

resolved peacefully has all but disappeared. An article on the Aish website

speaks of 'fear of unbridled and senseless terrorism, and, depression from

what appears to be a no-win situation for the State of Israel. Now, more

than ever before over the last 50 years, the Jewish people, and even the

world in general, need a saviour. We need someone who can, somehow --

perhaps even mystically -- bring about more than just a tenuous cease-fire

between two warring peoples. We need someone who can, once and for all,

bring an end to all human conflict, especially in the Middle East.' The

article goes on to describe this person as Moshiach or Messiah.

 

How can anyone, even Messiah, bring an end to human conflict? The only way

is through dealing with the cause of it. Ultimately the cause is not to be

found just in matters to do with territory, ideas / religion or economics.

It is to be found in our own nature as human beings - our selfishness,

hatred, lack of forgiveness, greed etc. Neither armies nor international

mediators can deal with this problem. A peace settlement imposed on people

who want to make war may hold back conflict for a while, but it cannot

prevent it from breaking out again once the restraining influence is

removed. Sadly the Palestinians and much of the Arab world are constantly

being taught to hate and destroy Israel.

 

So the Messiah, if he is to create peace in the Middle East and indeed in

the whole world, has to deal with this problem first. Is this possible? If

so, how? Does he wave a magic wand and banish all evil thoughts and

attitudes? Does he teach people to be good to each other? If so what does he

do with those who refuse to comply?

 

Suppose the Messianic programme is not quite how we imagine it ought to be.

Suppose God realises that humans can't live in peace with each other and

can't do what He wants us to do. So he sends Messiah once to be despised and

rejected, to be a man of sorrows and grief who would be wounded for our

transgressions and bruised for our iniquities. Suppose the Lord lays on Him

the iniquity of us all as He is put to death as a sacrifice. Suppose He then

rises from the dead and grants forgiveness of sins and new life to all who

repent and believe in Him. Suppose that this message is carried to the ends

of the earth and made available to Israel and the nations.

 

Suppose many years later He returns to judge the world, including Israel,

according to how we have responded to this message. Suppose He comes at a

time when Jewish people are back in the land of Israel and Jerusalem is the

centre of world controversy. Suppose that at this time the whole world is in

a state of confusion and is heading for a time of terrible trouble. Suppose

He then judges the world and sets up a kingdom in which peace and justice

are finally established and swords are beaten into ploughshares and the

nations do not learn war any more. Suppose this is the actual programme

prophesied by Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Zechariah and the rest of the

Hebrew Prophets.

 

Suppose the Messianic programme really does fit with the claims of Yeshua,

Jesus, of Nazareth. A few days before His execution by the Romans, He spoke

these words to Jerusalem: 'If you had known, even you, especially in this

your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from

your eyes.' While He prophesied the coming destruction of the Temple in

Jerusalem by the Romans, He also prophesied its restoration: 'Jerusalem will

be trampled by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.'

(Luke 19.42-44, 21.20-24).

 

The present troubles over Jerusalem and the land of Israel are a sign of the

end of this age and the soon coming of the Messiah. In this we agree with

the article mentioned above. Where we disagree is that He is coming again.

The fact that the real meaning of His first coming has been obscured by most

of His supposed followers should not blind Jewish people any longer to the

truth that Jesus is the Messiah of whom the Bible speaks. He is the only

hope for Israel and for the whole world. Think about it.

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