Christ is King of the Holy Land

New plan: Kingdom of Jerusalem. A just commonwealth is achieved neither by a Zionist ethnostate that enables the firebombing of churches and enriches Jews at the expense of native Palestinians, nor by a practically Islamic state that leaves little room for Christians and cannot tolerate a Muslim’s conversion to the faith of Jesus Christ. The Jewish state would, through deprivation, push the Palestinians into oblivion; the Palestinian state would, for retribution, push the Jews into the sea. Nor is the Zionist régime’s apartheid wall a way for native Palestinians and descendants of ancient Israelites to live at peace in a land that largely belongs to the Palestinians by legal deeds but also embodies the Jews’ longing for the peace of God.

Against the Zionists

God’s judgement upon unbelieving Israel, forty years after the Lord was crucified and raised from the dead, was that it should be broken down and scattered to the winds. His express plan for this purpose is unlike his plan for the first exile: at no point has he expressed a plan for that nation to return. If God’s sentence is national exile, then a national return without his leave is wanton rebellion, and it will no more find peace than a man and a woman living together in adultery. When Israel was exiled to Babylon for 70 years, it was exiled to learn a lesson. Either to return without leave or to stay comfortably in Babylon without learning anything was to oppose his purpose: the nation’s repentance for the sins of its fathers. And even today he has offered the same path to his blessing: repentance. He who does not repent, let him not expect to be restored. Except by repentance and faith in the stone whom the Jewish builders rejected, the Jews today cannot be at peace.

For they who have refused to enter God’s rest, they who have grieved the Spirit as at Massah (‘temptation’) and Meribah (‘provocation’), they are condemned to wander, as the writer of Hebrews says in the words of the Psalmist: unto whom I sware in my wrath, that they should not enter into my rest. Their fathers fell in the desolation of Jerusalem, but those who believed in Christ have in him inherited God’s promise. No good is destined for those of the unbelieving Jews who now decide to conquer the land:

And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the Lord? but it shall not prosper. Go not up, for the Lord is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies. For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the Lord, therefore the Lord will not be with you. But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and Moses, departed not out of the camp. Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.

In daring to resist the sentence of the Lord, they do not have the Lord with them; in their sin of præsumption, they are smitten by their enemies. So today, even today, their work will not prosper; for God himself has spewed them out, and they have returned to the land but not to YHWH their God. They may seek peace in the land of their fathers, but they will not have peace while they reject the Father while rejecting the Son.

Against the Saracens

But the Palestinians, they whom God kept in the land when he expelled unbelieving Israel, can they rejoice? Slaves of a hæresy, they will not turn back to the true gospel of Jesus Christ, nor will they honour those who leave the counterfeit for the truth. If they will not honour the Son of God, then God will not call them worthy rulers of the land. Let them also turn back to the Lord, whom their fathers worshipped, that he may bless them with his wisdom and his love, and in his care they may live long in the land.

Their oppressors are Jews, but their only true hope is the Lord who chastised his people with foreigners while they rejected his law and turned aside from his care. This, too, will not end till the people have turned to the pure and holy gospel.

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2 responses to “Christ is King of the Holy Land

  1. To me the far, far easier solution would be a two state solution and some internal reforms of Israel. Crafting a solution based on angering roughly 90%+ of the population seems foolish and imprudent.

    The fact of the matter is that the Jewish state, with it’s forerunners in Old & New Yishuvs, settled with those welcomed by the Old Yishuv and with most of it’s population generally indigenous to the Land, is set up as validly as really any other nation-state in history.

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    • I doubt not that the Jewish population could well have the right by convention to have its own nation-state, and by the laws of the nations establishing such a state is not intrinsically unjust. My claim, however, is theological: that the Lord does not grant peace to those who rebel against his judgement.

      A solution of two sovereign states, moreover, while attractive and also originally planned, will after the bad blood of the past decades only entrench two ethnoreligious identities – one Pharisaic, the other Muhammadan – that by nature leave little room for either the remaining Christian minority or the reconciliation of the two sides. Indeed, I believe that a viable two-state solution will not come forth until those whose fathers rejected and crucified Christ have turned and submitted to his rule.

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