Does the Bible teach that Christians should support the state of Israel?

Many charismatic preachers in America teach that “He who blesses Israel will be blessed and he who curses Israel will be cursed.” They promote that America as a nation must support Israel politically and financially. And they claim that this is the divine reason for the present prosperity of the United States.

But this has nothing to do with America being blessed today because America was established long before the rebirth of the nation of Israel which took place in 1948. America was simply blessed because it was established on godly principles of the Judeo-Christians faith. God was honored and His principles formed the principles of the American Constitution. As long as America honors God’s law it will prosper, but if they turn away from the divine principles it will deteriorate.

The charismatic preachers quote Genesis 12:3, where God said to Abraham, “I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you, and in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” Notice that this promise was given to Abraham because of his obedience and faithfulness to God. Therefore, the Lord promised him that “all the families of the earth” were to be blessed in Abraham, which meant through “his seed,” which was Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:16). Therefore, in order to receive that very blessing, individuals must be willing to “turn away” from their sins by God’s grace (Acts 3:25,26) and accept God and His word by faith (Galatians 3:7-9).

In Deuteronomy 28, God gave Israel a conditional covenant. If they followed Him they would be “blessed,” but if they didn’t,  they would be “cursed.” Throughout the Old Testament, God’s blessings or curses upon the Israelites were connected to their faith and obedience to His will. In the Bible, there is NO UNCONDITIONAL BLESSING upon any individual or nation that chooses to reject faith and disobey God. God’s hands are yet tied by man’s choice; He has no alternative but to reward a man in harmony with his conduct (Matthew 6:33).

Paul said that “glory, honor, and peace” would come upon “the Jew first, and also the Gentile,” if they do what is right, whereas “indignation and wrath” would come “upon every soul of man that doeth evil, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile … for there is no respecter of persons with God” (Romans 2:8-11). “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29). Thus in the New Testament, the name Israel does not just apply to the Jewish state (Romans 9:6), but to those who are born in Christ—His Church! In other words, all true Christians are now God’s spiritual Israel. The only way the modern Israelites will receive God’s favor and blessings is if they accept God’s love, repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as their promised Messiah (Acts 3:26).

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In His service,

BibleAsk Team

 

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