Peace in the Middle East?  

Israel and the Palestinians are at it again. The world watches nervously, because this is not just a local skirmish - Israel is sending a strong message to its enemy Iran. What might Israel do next? If Iran has nuclear weapons, will it use them? What will the US or Russia do?' If you're willing to listen the Bible has all the answers.

Israel and the Middle East seem to constantly dominate our news agenda. Recent events between Israel and the Palestinians are among others in numerous skirmishes between the 2 states. Many consider the situation to be impossible to resolve. Others try, but have so far failed to produce any lasting peace.

But how has the situation become so bad? Why did the fighting start in the first place and will it ever be resolved? The Bible tells us that God’s plan is centred on the nation of Israel, and we have the chance to be part of it, if we want to be. If we go back to the first book of the Bible, Genesis, we meet a man called Abraham. God made a promise to him:

Now the Lord had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
(Genesis 12:1-3)


Abraham had 2 sons; Ishmael (from whom some of the Arab states descended) and Isaac (from whom the Jews came from). Isaac’s son was Jacob, whose name was later changed to Israel. Jesus was also a descendent of Israel. So 3 faiths; Islam, Judaism and Christianity all look at this prophecy and say “this seed is referring to us”. But who is correct?


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