Our eternal God has the power to always protect Israel. God is the creator of all things. Habakkuk, the prophet, questioned God’s seemingly lack of response to the sins of the Jewish people. God informed Habakkuk that He would respond with judgment to the sins of the people of Israel. God also told Habakkuk that He responds to sin according to His timetable, not ours. God will always protect the Jewish remnant who are saved by faith and live by faith, Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17. Since Israel came into existence, God has punished His chosen people, the Jews, for rebellion against Him, but He always brings them back under His full protection when they repent. In the future, a Jewish remnant will enjoy the everlasting protection of God.
Isaiah 57:15 “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy;…”
God is the “high and lofty One”. God is not limited to one place or one time. Since God is the creator of even time, He exists in all eternity. God does not have a beginning or an end in His existence. Just as space has no beginning or end, God goes on forever. There is an end to the stars, but there is no end to space. God knows each star by name. God is Holy. Since God is holy, it is His character to punish even the sins of His chosen people, the Jews. God cannot lie, and He has promised to bring the Jewish remnant under His protection in the future, Isaiah 57:15.
Micah 5:1-2 “Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. 2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”
In the future, King Jesus will judge Israel and the rest of the world. As Jesus hung on the cross, they smote Him on the cheek, Matthew 27:30. As prophecy foretold, Jesus was born in Bethlehem, as a human baby. Jesus was born Jewish. According to the flesh, Jesus was from the tribe of Judah. This was all a part of God’s eternal plan to save the Jews and Gentiles from the penalty of their sins. Each Jew needs Jesus, the Saviour, before they can serve King Jesus in the future. King Jesus will rule from Israel in the future. The saved Jewish remnant will be under the full protection of King Jesus. Those Jews who die without accepting Jesus as their Saviour will not enjoy the protection of God in eternity.
Revelation 12:5 “And she [Israel] brought forth a man child [Jesus], who [Jesus] was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her [Israel’s] child [Jesus] was caught up unto God, and to his throne.”
Jesus has always existed as a person of the one and only triune God before being born as a baby. The Scriptures do not teach that we have three God’s. There is only one God who expresses Himself as a triune God in three persons. The three persons of the Godhead are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As God, Jesus is from everlasting. Jesus had different names in the past. For example, Jesus was called the Word when He took part in creation, John 1:1-13.
Since Jesus is God, He has the power to punish and protect Israel. The protection of Israel by Jesus is the protection of God. Jesus has appeared at different times throughout history to protect Israel. Of course, the best protection that Jesus has made available to the Jews is eternal salvation. But, only the Jewish remnant who believe on Jesus and repent of their sins will get this eternal protection from God, Micah 5:1-2.
Habakkuk 1:6 “For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs.”
God told Habakkuk that He would use the wicked Chaldeans to punish Israel for their sins against Him. Many historians say the Chaldean attack, prophesied by Habakkuk, on Judah was around 610 B. C. Time after time God has allowed heathen nations to come against Israel to punish them for their sins. God is doing this so that He can refine them and save a Jewish remnant. Even during the prophesied seven-year Tribulation, in the future, God will save a Jewish remnant, Habakkuk 1:6.
Habakkuk 2:14 “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”
In the future, during the millennial reign of Jesus, from Jerusalem, the nations of the world will know about the glory of the LORD. Many of the nations of the world have been used by God to refine the Jews. But, in the future, Israel will be under God’s protection. The nations of the world will have a great respect for Israel. In the past, punishment has often come to Israel because of their sins. But, in the future, God will protect the repentant Jews, Habakkuk 2:14.
In Habakkuk 3, Habakkuk prays and remembers how God punished Israel in Egypt for 400 years. But, after the punishment was over, God brought the Jews out of Egypt with great force. God sent plagues on the Egyptians, and finally, the Jews were saved from the pursuing Egyptian army when they crossed the Red Sea. In Habakkuk’s prayer, Habakkuk remembers how Joshua asked God to hold the sun and moon still. God did as Joshua requested so that the Jews could win the battle against their enemies. God has protected Israel in the past and He will continue to protect them in the future. We encourage everyone to stand behind Israel. If you fight against Israel, you are fighting against God. God will protect a Jewish remnant in the future. If you want to be on the winning side, stand behind Israel. Sadly, many nations and even so called churches are against Israel in these last days. It is time to repent and believe on Jesus as your Saviour. God wants both Jews and Gentiles to receive His salvation.
HIBM Editorial by Avi Goldstein * God’s Everlasting Protection For Israel! – Dr. K. Daniel Fried, Editor in Chief – copyright © 2016 hopeofisrael.net
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