favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country." I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation. Yours sincerely, Arthur James Balfour
When British forces under General Allenby took Jerusalem in December, 1917, a Jewish Legion of several thousand Jews from many nations formed part of the victorious army. Under a Mandate from the League of Nations, Britain continued to administer the territory. Meanwhile, a huge steady influx of Jewish immigrants began to arrive. As though to thwart the fulfillment of prophecy, Hitler's Nazi government arose and began the systematic slaughter of six million Jews in gas chambers and ovens. It took the Second World War to stop this demonic madness and to keep the prophecy on track to fulfillment. But enough Jews survived to see the formation of the State of Israel in 1948. The Bible indeed proved to be a book of true prophecy. How could the ancient Bible writers see thousands of years ahead into mankind's future? How could they know, in advance, that the gods of the Gentile nations would fade into antiquity, while Israel's God would come to have worshipers in every nation? How could they know that the Jewish nation would be destroyed, its people scattered worldwide, only to be restored once again after thousands of years? Actually, they did not "know" the future, except in the sense that they wrote down what they were told by
God, and they believed what He told them. God, in turn, knew the future, because he could make it happen. Regardless of what men chose to do, using the free will that he granted them, he could intervene in human affairs and cause events to turn out in fulfillment of his inspired prophecies. These prophecies, undeniably fulfilled thousands of years later, offer indisputable evidence of the truthfulness, inspiration and reliability of the Bible.
Chapter 5 Chosen People
"Who are God's chosen people?" "The Jews." Ask almost anyone that question, and that is the answer you will receive. (However, many people will be quick to add a qualifying statement, opinion or argument.) The expression "chosen people" is commonplace, part of everyone's vocabulary. And everyone knows that it refers to the Jews.
But what does it really mean?
First, it is important to understand what it definitely does NOT mean. It is clear from Scripture that their being the chosen people does not mean that God approves of everything they do or endorses the policies of their government.
The government of Israel has brought worldwide criticism upon itself for its mistreatment of Palestinian civilians both politically and militarily. Have those injustices and brutalities been endorsed by God, because the Jews were his chosen people? The best answer is to look into the Bible to see what God had to say about Israeli political leaders in the past. Although he referred to King David as "a man after my own heart," his Word the Bible had much more negative things to say about most of the kings of Israel:
"Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eight years in