RE-DISCOVERING THE BIBLE'S FORGOTTEN SOLUTION
By Rev. Ted Pike
raging conflict in the Middle East sparks two essential questions. First:
Do the Jews own Palestine? The answer is yes. Scripture makes it clear
that the land of Palestine was given by God to the physical descendants of
Abraham. (Gen. 12:7, 13-14-17- 11 Chron. 20:7; Acts 7:5)
Do the Jews have the right to occupy Palestine? The answer to this
question is no! Scripture states that if Israel rejects Jesus, (Yahweh)
who brought them into Canaan, He will expel them from the land. They can
never lawfully return until they are obedient to their rejected Messiah.
Yahweh's conditional terms of occupancy are bluntly laid down in
Leviticus 26-27,33. "Yet if in spite of this you do not obey me, but
act with hostility against me, then I will act with wrathful hostility
against you ... You ... I will scatter among the nations and will draw out
a sword after you, as your land becomes desolate and your cities become
4:25-27 continues: "When you do that which is evil in the sight of
the Lord your God so as to provoke him to anger, I call heaven and earth
to witness against you today that you shall surely perish quickly from the
land ... You shall not live long on it, but shall be utterly destroyed.
And the Lord will scatter you among the nations, where the Lord shall
in Deuteronomy 28:63-4- "if you are not careful to observe all the
words of this law ... you shall be torn from the land where you are
entering to possess it. Moreover, the Lord will scatter you among all
the Old Testament, when Israel and Judah abandoned Yahweh, both nations
were exiled from Palestine: Israel by the Assyrians in 722 B.C., Judah by
the Babylonians in 597 B.C.
abject repentance entitled a small minority of Judeans, under Ezra and
Nehemiah, to return from Babylon and again occupy their land of promise.
After the remnant Jews' rejection and crucifixion of Christ, they also
were scattered among the nations in fulfillment of God's ancient decree.
Since their expulsion under Titus in 70 A.D., the Jews still have not
repented. They have not given Christ the obedience He demands.
Who Has Rights of Occupation? Who, then, are the legitimate occupants of
Palestine today? When God exiled Judah under Nebuchadnezzar in 597 B.C. He
allowed various mixed people, later called Samaritans, to occupy Judea.
Such occupancy was not conditional on righteousness. What was important
was that rebellious Jews not occupy the land.
when God expelled the Jews from Palestine in 70 A.D. He allowed various
peoples eventually known as Palestinian Arabs to occupy the land in lieu
of Jewish obedience.
Do the Palestinians own the land? They do not. But they do have divine
approval, as did the ancient Samaritans, to become tenants of the land
until Israel repents.
Someday, out of great tribulation, a remnant of Jews will give God the
obedience He demands. Christ will lead this believing remnant back to the
land of their forefathers; they will dwell there lawfully, in peace and
safety. This will be the only legitimate return the Jews will make to
Palestine since their rejection of Christ 2000 years ago. It will
gloriously fulfill hundreds of Old Testament prophecies. (Isa. 4:4, 10:20,
59:20; Hos.14:4; Joel 2:18-20; Zeph. 2:7, 3:11-13) Until that time, God
calls heaven and earth to testify that unbelieving Jews must remain
dispersed, scattered, "wandering" among the nations (Deut.
4:25-27). And yet, as in ancient Babylon, God encouraged them to build,
plant, marry and take root in
the land of their dispersion, and to "seek the welfare of the city
where I have sent you into exile." (Jer. 29:4-7)
The proper role for unbelieving Jews is to dwell scattered among the very safe and prosperous Jewish communities in New York, London, Paris, etc. They are not to wrest Palestine from its divinely approved occupants, thus inciting persecution and hatred against Jews worldwide. This timeless principle of "no obedience, no occupancy" was illustrated in the time of Joshua. (Num. 13:25-33; 14:1-45) God invited the Hebrews to occupy Palestine by faith. Yet when unbelief emerged, He refused to let them in. When the people decided they wanted to penetrate the land anyway, God rejected them, ultimately condemning them to wander and die in the wilderness. Only a new, obedient generation (like the later generation under Ezra and Nehemiah) would be allowed to take root in a land dedicated to obedience.
Times and Laws
Today, God's law requiring Jewish obedience has been subverted by Zionist
Jews and by evangelical Christians. Zionism says to Jews, "We don't
have to remain scattered, wanderers according to the curse of God's law.
We can be re-gathered, established in peace and safety in the land God
expelled us from. Obedience doesn't matter any more." The evangelical
church heartily agrees, blessing them and bidding Godspeed.
Evangelicals believe the church has a responsibility, like a midwife, to
come alongside and encourage Israel's birth of faith in Christ by blessing
and endorsing unbelieving Israel, right or wrong. Such blessing, the
church believes, can only hasten Israel's eventual national acceptance of
Yet the church has no biblical right to bless the Zionist experiment in
Palestine. Zionism's capitol
is that fleshly Jerusalem which Revelation describes as "the great
city, which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord
was crucified." (Rev. 11:8) It is anathema that the church should bid
Godspeed or pray for the peace of such a city, a city Scripture portrays
as embodying the perversions of Sodom and all the bondage and occultry of
ancient Egypt. The church is obligated to encourage and pray for
the peace of that spiritual Jerusalem, which includes all Jews who accept
the rulership of the "King of Jerusalem," or "King of
Peace," Jesus Christ. (Heb. 7:1-3) Yes, Christians must be kind to
Jews, responsive to their rights and humanitarian needs - just as
Christians are to be charitable, without discrimination, to all people.
(James 2:1-4) Yet the greatest blessing the church can give Jews is to
preach the gospel to them, leading them to the gift of faith, joy, and
eternal life in their only true messiah, Jesus.
Zionism's defiance of God's law not only creates anger in Heaven, but
strife, hatred, revenge and terrorism within God's holy land, sending
shock waves through the Middle East and the world. Further, because the
Zionist presence in Palestine is against God's law, no attempt at
peace-making by America, Israel, or the Palestinians can succeed. If God
really endorsed the Zionist occupation of Palestine, He would bless Israel
and the region with harmony - the kind of harmony Solomon enjoyed with his
political neighbors. God is the One who causes even the enemies of a
righteous man to be at peace with him. (Prov. 16:7) Instead, violence,
hatred, terrorism erupt in the Middle East: God's laws have been turned
What is to be done? The evangelical church, while seeking the spiritual good of individual Jews, should end its support of the unlawful Zionist occupation of God's holy land. Such a return to Biblical law does not forsake or persecute Jews. Instead, it is a blessing, helping deliver them from further persecution and anti-Semitism. The fact is, Zionism stimulates hatred against Jews. The modern state of Israel was established ostensibly to provide safe haven to European Jewry. Actually, Zionists' unlawful occupation of Palestine, expelling and persecuting the divinely sanctioned occupants has only heightened hatred of Jews and lessened the security of Jews living in war-torn Palestine. In fact, it would be difficult to imagine a less secure place for Jews than Israel.
Right Thing to Do
The argument can be made, of course, that God's law is impractical for us
today. Exodus of the Jews from Palestine, it could be said, would be like
giving America back to the Indians. Yes, it is inconvenient. But it is
also God's law - the right thing to do. The alternative - heightened
hatred and possible world war, destroying staggering numbers of Arabs,
Jews, and probably Americans in order to uphold the Zionists' unbiblical
claim - is a much more painful one.
Even worse, Zionist occupation will eventually precipitate the Great Tribulation, when the antichrist, Israel's false messiah, turns on the Jewish people in fury. (Isa. 10:5-11; Ezek. 38 & 39) Just as Sargon II and Nebuchadnezzar scattered Israel and Judah, the antichrist will be God's instrument to once again enforce God's law to expel and scatter disobedient Jewry throughout the world. (Hos. 9:13, Ezek. 39:23-28, Luke 21:24) Scripture tells us that the Tribulation will be the period of greatest suffering Israel has ever known, a holocaust to end all holocausts at the hands of antichrist, Arabs and gentiles. (Deut. 28:15,18-29; Hos. 8:7-8,13; Isa. 47:6; Jer. 6:1-3; Ezek. 23:46-47, 33:28-29; Matt. 24:21-22
We have come to a time, as in the time of King Josiah, when the law of
the Lord concerning rightful occupation of Palestine has been forgotten.
Both Israel and the church have massively strayed from God's law. The
church, even when confronted with such law, has the greatest difficulty
comprehending it. Such light is unwelcome, painful to those who have dwelt
for a century in the dark shadow of Zionist propaganda.
It is time the church returned to confidence that God alone, in His time
and on His terms, will bring back His remnant Jews to Palestine. The
church dishonors God by joining with Christ-rejecting Jews in ramming a
counterfeit return down the throats of the Arab world. Further, the church
is siding with a bully. It bids Godspeed to arrogant and bloody men. Such
include Menachem Begin who, having committed such atrocities as blowing up
the King David Hotel and its occupants, proudly proclaimed himself
"the father of modern terrorism." Or Ariel Sharon, who presided
over the infamous Shattilla and Sabra Massacres in Lebanon, slaughtering
hundreds of innocent victims.
Scripture warns that those who misguidedly bless evil men, bidding
godspeed to them, become partakers of their evil deeds. (II Jn 1:11) Only
by separating from international Zionism can the church escape further
entanglement and corruption by it. The church must also remind Jews that
if they want to avoid persecution, anti-semitism and ceaseless strife,
they must return to Christ's divine law and terms of occupancy, given not
to the gentiles, but to their forefathers thousands of years ago. If they
obey, the Middle East will at last have peace.
For a complete discussion of the history and aspirations of the Jews,
past, present, and future, order Rev. Ted Pike's monumental 345 page
best-seller Israel: Our Duty...Our Dilemma
and its video version
The Other Israel.
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