Treatment of Israel

July 26, 2019 0 Comments

Recently there has been a lot of attention in the news to statements made by a few of our own congresswomen regarding their bias against Israel. It seems incredulous that we have members of Congress who are more sympathetic to Muslims than to the nation of Israel.

Does it matter how we treat the nation of Israel; whether we support Israel or not? According to the Bible, it does. Jesus, in His “Olivet Discourse” in Matthew chapter 25, picks up on a theme begun in the preceding chapter regarding the awful treatment of the Jews by the Anti-Christ during the Tribulation period (see 24:16-22). The “Sheep and Goats” judgment is all about how the nations of the earth, gathered before Christ’s throne, treated God’s earthly people, Israel. The term “the least of these My brethren” refers to the Jews, the nation of Israel.

In the portion of this chapter that deals with the judgment of the Gentiles (nations), it is important to note that this is both an individual judgment (the sheep are those who are saved, while the goats are those who are unbelievers), and a national judgment, but both are based on how they responded to Jesus, and also how they responded to the needs of God’s people. “Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me”. There are three parts to Matthew 25:
First, the Parable of the Ten Virgins (vs. 1-13). The emphasis is on watching for Christ’s return. Second, the Parable of the Talents (vs. 14-30). The emphasis is on using the gifts God has given us in order to serve Him. Third, the Judgment of the Gentiles (vs. 31-46). As stated above, this judgment is called the “Sheep and Goat” judgment and is based on how people treated God’s people, particularly the Jews. This means those nations which were pro-Israel will be blessed, and those who treated Israel poorly will “go away into everlasting punishment”. Therefore, the best foreign policy we can have as a nation is to be supportive of the nation of Israel, and respond to the needs of God’s people.

It is going to be interesting and most revealing, in the future, to see how these anti-Israel women in Congress fare in upcoming elections, and whether or not the American public is willing to support these politicians who are openly hostile against the nation of Israel.

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.