ISRAEL: A GOOD, YET A POOR SAMARITAN
Last month, there was an interesting tweet from the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) – it was a tweet on how IDF had sent in another batch of goods to Gaza. According to the tweet, IDF had sent in 277 truckloads (6,608 tons) of goods and gas to Gaza from Israel via Kerem Shalom Crossing.
It was indeed interesting, for such was never reported in the media. That’s not all. In fact, that’s not the only things media has purposely had left out time after time.
It has been reported, in the first quarter of 2010, alone, Israel supplied 48,000 tons of food products; 40,000 tons of wheat; 2,760 tons of rice; 1,987 tons of clothes and footwear; 553 tons of milk powder and baby food, totalling 94,500 tons of supplies (transferred in 3676 trucks) for Gaza.
On daily and weekly basis, large quantities of essential food items such as meat, wheat, dairy products, baby formula also are transferred into Gaza from and by Israel. The amount is increased during the holidays, for instance, supplying 11,000 heads of cattle for Muslim holidays of Ramadan and Eid al-adha.
Major supply of electricity, fertilisers, building materials are supplied by Israel for Gaza (two luxury hotels opened in June, a second shopping mall opened in July, hundreds of new homes and two dozens of schools are also built or being built of which all materials were granted and or supplied by Israel) and even medical care for Palestinians insofar as Hamas allows them and so continues the endless list which all one can find here.
Now, in regards to the Israeli protests on housing price and rising cost of living, let us first reason.
Why in Israel are there protests on housing?
Not only places available are scarce, but the rental is too high.
Why is the rental too high?
Because of the limited land.
Why is the land so limited in Israel?
Because of Arab refugees that refer themselves as “Palestinians” have taken up the land that Jews have originally bought with price and cultivated even before the Balfour Declaration, and are preventing Jews to make settlements in Israeli land. Yet it is all left for Israel to take care of these “Palestinians” concurrently.
It is agreeable that it’s complex to correlate the direct relationship between rising house prices and (then an) inflation, and we do have to consider that there are a lot more other factors such as interest rates in the real world. It, however, remains valid to believe increase in housing price increases households’ net worth which, in turn, increases demand for goods to consume and, then, increasing aggregate demand. <1> And the fact that Israel, not only she has to spend so much on defence, but obliged also to supply goods and services to these “Palestinians” who were made as refugees by other Arabs in the first place, isn’t helping to fight inflation. And that is, perhaps, what Israel is facing now.
WHAT ISAIAH 49 REALLY SAYS
Whatever it is, the significance of these protests, apparently, is found in the Bible. Namely, Isaiah 49.
The prophecy of Isaiah 49, however, has remained rather inconspicuous owing much thanks to the heretical replacement theology.
Before we jump on to exact verses in Isaiah 49 that prophesies of the current event, there is something that we must clarify. Commentators who were haunted by the replacement theology including Wesley, it seems for this chapter, have made the Church the ‘super’ protagonist and by doing so neglected the entire context. Is this valid?
The rule of thumb, if there is any, and this is how I personally do it, in distinguishing the term ‘Israel’ and its identity in the Old Testament , is not only to look at the whole context within which the verse(s) is set, but to also look for the term ‘Jacob’ and see whether this has been used interchangeably. If it has been done so, then it’s a unique emphasis and specific reference to Jews. Church, in this case, would not, actually never, find place there. Church may find her place in ‘Abraham’ only, not Jacob or Israel or, in like, manner Isaac.
Same with the term ‘Zion’ – there is only one Zion. It is not of multitude concept that the Church can take it away from Israel and root it elsewhere, just like them calling themselves “Spiritual Israel”. Why, the Jews don’t have spirits? No wonder I even heard a (gentile by ethnicity just as I am) Christian considering Israel a “gentile” race to be preached on Gospel!
With these in mind, let us look at the brief context of Isaiah 49 and then verses from 19 onwards.
What has been insinuated, to begin with, is that the remnants of Israel, Jacob, will be preserved throughout, despite countless attempts to extinguish the entire Jewish race. Now, as for why Satan wants Jews to be extinguished has been already noted here.
Verses 1-4, indisputably, is about Messiah.
Verses 5-6, then, is about the role of Messiah – to reconcile Jacob, as well as the Gentiles, to God. This is once again confirmed in vv 13-16 – where it stresses, God will never forget Zion.
And as a result, the Jews are not only ‘preserved’ till now, but they do return to their promised land (vv 17-18). The returning and the offspring of already returned are great in numbers that
19. “For your waste and desolate places, and the land of your destruction, will even now be too small for the inhabitants; and those who swallowed you up will be far away.
Which leads to,
20. The children you will have, after you have lost the others, will say again in your ears, “The place is too small for me; Give me a place where I may dwell.’
===> Compare this with the current situation in Israel. How vivid!
We must continue to refute commentaries on this chapter influenced by replacement theology. Church, despite persecutions and oppressions she had faced, was continual in her ‘existence’ throughout. Jews weren’t. It is, then, improper, as much as it is unconvincing, to believe that the Church had “lost” her children who predated other children she will have again.
21. Then you will say in your heart, “Who has begotten these for me, since I have lost my children and am desolate, a captive, and wandering to and fro? And who has brought these up? There I was, left alone; But these, where were they?”‘
===> Again, when has the Church ever lost her ‘children’? Or even who is the ‘children’ of Church? Persecution towards the Church (the past, the present and the future) is not same as being on the verge of extinction as Jews had faced.
Moreover, when has the Church, after losing “her children” in the first place, ever left desolate and as a captive, and even wandering to and fro?
22.Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations, and set up My standard for the peoples; they shall bring your sons in their arms, and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders;
===> Concept of Aliyah, inevitably, (as with vv 17-18) is present here. Again and again, since when did the Church ever had or have the need to be brought back from where?
To those who might say that this is a reference to the millennial kingdom of the Christ, know this first; there is no such concept of captives being freed (first) and returning (second) in the millennial kingdom, for it’s all about the unification with the Christ, both Jews and the Church likewise.
And the following verses from 23 to 26, the end, is about God’s promise to Zion, the remnants of Israel, that He will save and He will deliver them so that “all flesh shall know” our God, “the Mighty One of Jacob” is indeed Israel’s Saviour and Redeemer (V 26).
Give your attention to God, here, referring Himself as “the Mighty One of Jacob” – it is a unique emphasis that He is addressing this to the remnants of Israel. Not to Church.
Prominence of the current event is seen from the words that children of Israel cry out: “Give me (us) a place where I (we) may dwell!” (v 20) Which, basically, encodes another message: “Let us live!” How can you, after all, live, if you don’t have place to dwell, and cannot dwell?
And this, by no means, is a gentle request. This is also an indicator, isn’t it, that the number of returning “children of Israel” is filling up.
In continuing inference, looking at the latter verses of 25-26, where God promises that He will avenge those who contend or oppress the remnants of Israel and deliver them, it seems, there has to be events that will cause such.
We can only assume that the protests will build an internal pressure (and already has) for Netanyahu administration. Building of settlements, then, it seems, has to continue to cope with the demand, and the “Palestinians” and Arabs will never accept this. It, then, is probable to believe that there has to be war of some sort.
In any events, we know that it’s getting closer to His return. And indeed, it is “too small a thing” to “raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel” (Isa. 49:6) for Yeshua Ha’Mashiach.
17. Therefore say, “Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.”‘
18. And they will go there, and they will take away all its detestable things and all its abominations from there.
19. Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh,
20. that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
<1> Markus, Demary, “The Link between Output, Inflation, Monetary Policy and Housing Price Dynamics”. P.1