by James Merritt

Israel: The Nation That Will Not Go Away
James Merritt
Jeremiah 31:10


1. If you pick up a Bible or a newspaper on any given day, and read it long enough, you can rest assured that you will read something about the Nation of Israel. Contrary to what politicians and pundits may say, Israel, not the United States, not Russia, but Israel, is the most important nation on earth. Jerusalem, not Washington, not Moscow, not Peking, not Paris, not London, is the most important city on earth. Why?

2. You cannot understand the future, you cannot understand Bible prophecy, you cannot even understand the ways and the workings of God, if you don't understand Israel. The Jew is God's yardstick; God's measuring rod; God's blueprint; God's outline; God's plan for the future.

3. The Jew is going according to the Word, and the world is going according to the Jew. Israel is to the nations what the sun is to the planets. Just as surely as the planets revolve around the sun, the nations of this world revolve around Israel.

4. Israel is the geographical center of the world. Ezekiel 5:5 tells us, ''Thus says the Lord God: 'This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations and the countries all around her.''' The ancient rabbi' used to refer to Israel as ''the navel of the earth.'' In the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, there in Jerusalem, there is an inscription which reads, ''This is the center of the earth.'' It is here at this tiny nation that three great continents - Europe, Asia, and Africa, meet together.

5. It is the spiritual center of the world. It is here that Jesus was born; Jesus lived; Jesus died; Jesus was raised; Jesus ascended; and one day Jesus will return to rule and reign over this earth. The three major religions of this world - Islam, Judaism, and Christianity (though Christianity technically is not a religion) claim Jerusalem as a spiritual capitol.

6. It is the prophetical center of the world. If you want to know what t ...

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