24 January, 2024 It is a new year and the war in the Middle East wages on. Late last year, the war was sparked by the Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS is its acronym) aimed at the sovereign state of Israel. It is, as with the war in the Ukraine, a war for territory. Aided by the political debate that has been sparked since “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood” first reigned rocket fire over Israel accompanied by a breach of the Gaza-Israel barrier by 3000 Islamic militants — Christians have been divided in their interpretation of the war.
The reason for this disagreement among Christians is wide ranging, but if it were to be reduced to its basic form, it is clear that it comes down to what they believe about Israel’s future. Some, like mainline Covenantal thinkers, place little value on future Israel as a nation with territorial boundaries, while others, myself included, interpret Bible prophecy and promises regarding Israel as containing not only spiritual blessing, but also tangible and measurable territorial blessing.
The former may lead to an interpretation of the current conflict as merely a sad humanitarian disaster (of course any loss of innocent lives is tragic), however, of no-to-little biblical importance or significance as Israel’s future is concerned. The latter view, which, broadly speaking, is the Premillennial interpretation, necessarily sees current events in the Middle East as yet another pagan attack on a nation to whom Yahweh has promised a lasting legacy (Ez. 37:25-28).
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